US President Barack Obama visited Southeast Asia’s biggest mosque on Wednesday as he prepared to deliver a speech on US-Indonesian relations in a follow-up to last year’s appeal to the Muslim world from Cairo.The Obamas tour the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta with Imam Haji Mustapha Yaqub (centre). Michelle sports an animal print scarf and a modest suit for the occasion.The visit to the Istiqlal Mosque and speech at the University of Indonesia were the last stops on Obama’s twice-postponed visit to Indonesia — the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country.Grand Imam Haji Mustapha Ali Yaqub led Obama and First Lady Michelle — looking elegant in a silky flowing chartreuse pant suit and beige head covering adorned with gold beads — around the vast, domed structure in central Jakarta.The Istiqlal mosque, made from German steel and Javanese marble with a single soaring minaret in the form of a candle, was built by a Christian architect and can hold more than 100,000 worshippers.Obama was shown a large drum used for the call to prayer, the prayer hall and the inside of the dome.Obama, who is using the Indonesia visit as a platform to reach out to the wider Islamic world by praising Indonesia’s pluralism, pointed out that the city’s Catholic cathedral was opposite the mosque.He said the imam told him that at Christmas, the mosque allowed the cathedral’s parishioners to use the mosque’s parking lot “because they don’t have enough facilities”. “That’s an example of the kind of cooperation between religions in Indonesia,” Obama said.advertisementObama said his efforts to mend ties with the Muslim world were “on the right path” but acknowledged that the job was unfinished.”I think that our efforts have been earnest, sustained,” Obama had said at a press conference after talks with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday.The Indonesia leg of Obama’s Asian tour is expected to be cut short as Obama tries to outrace a cloud of volcanic ash spewing out of Mount Merapi in Central Java, which has severely disrupted air travel across the region.Obama arrived in Indonesia on Tuesday and told reporters he was deeply moved to return to the country of his childhood. He marvelled at the transformation of the sleepy city of Jakarta he once knew into a bustling metropolis and noted the country’s parallel evolution from authoritarianism to democracy and a burgeoning alliance with Washington.”It’s wonderful to be here although I have to tell you that when you visit a place that you spent time in as a child, as the president it’s a little disorientating,” he said.While Obama received a “rockstar’s” welcome in Indonesia, not everyone was quite as welcoming. About 150 protesters gathered in front of the Istiqlal Mosque as the Obamas received a tour. Some of the protesters wore masks of Obama’s face with the eyes cut out.They were not Islamic hardliners, however, but were members of a small political group that sought to make a statement about the economic domination of the West. Riot police kept them a few hundred feet away.
They are on a purple patch and will be hoping to carry on the good from here as well. However skipper Graeme Smith needs to do something about his erratic form before it’s too late. Otherwise, he is known to lead from the front and deliver the goods when the chips are down.Allrounder Jacques Kallis, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and J.P. Duminy are the men to watch. For the record Amla has a 90 plus strike rate and his average is just a shy from 60 in the ODIs.Kallis’s exploits with the bat in the recently concluded Test series are well documented. Not to forget his maiden double ton in Centurion.The pace department looks strong with the presence of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. They have even included leg spinner Imran Tahir to increase their bowling strength.Squad: Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morne van Wyk (wk)
The Indian Premier League is the perfect amalgamation of cricket and entertainment and the players participating in the cash-rich league make sure to constantly entertain their fans with action on and off the field.Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad recently took up the Mannequin Challenge, which is quite a rage on the internet these days. The Mannequin Challenge is a viral internet video trend where people remain frozen in action like mannequins while a moving camera films them.SRH posted a video on their Twitter page with captain David Warner leading the charge here as well.Warner can be seen standing still pointing towards the drawing board where most of the strategies are chalked out. While the rest of the cricketers – Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra and Naman Ojha are all looking in the direction of their captain, one player on the table is least interested in all this and strikes a completely different pose.Yuvraj Singh is seen nodding off while holding the pose for the Mannequin Challenge as the camera pans towards him. SRH have challenged former champions Kolkata Knight Riders for the Mannequin Challenge next..@mipaltan, have you guys seen a better #KingfisherMannequinChallenge? 😛 @KKRiders, ebar tomra dekhao! #OrangeArmy send in your videos now! pic.twitter.com/UoUObA5dYY- SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) April 12, 2017The Sunrisers have won both the matches they have played so far, beating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening game by 35 runs and hammered Gujarat Lions by 9 wickets in the next.SRH will next face former champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium on April 12.advertisementAlso Watch:
The BMW Group is using this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to unveil the BMW Concept 8 Series. The forthcoming BMW 8 Series Coupe will demonstrate razor-sharp dynamics and modern luxury. This will be the next model in the expansion of BMW’s luxury-car offering and will raise the benchmark for coupes in the segment.New BMW 8 Series conceptDesign:The silhouette of the BMW Concept 8 Series spreads low the road. The interplay of a long bonnet and flowing roofline bring dynamic allure to the car’s flanks, while the striking upward sweep of the concept’s trailing edge provides a crisp conclusion to the car’s rearward flow and adds another sporting flourish. A large kidney grille, slim twin headlights and large air intakes form a striking, sporty front-end graphic. The classic BMW template has a fresh interpretation here, taking the company’s design language in a different direction. The grille widens as it extends downwards, emphasising the dynamic character of the BMW Concept 8 Series. Together with super-slim laser headlights and the hexagonal take on the “twin circular” theme, it brings a focused look to the front end.New BMW 8 Series conceptThe rear is bold and modern. The rear is defined by the interplay between volumes and lines, which extend around from the flanks and shape the rear section of the car. The powerful wheel arches hint at the car’s dynamic talents and advertise its rear-wheel drive. The slim, stretched-out rear lights extend far into the sides of the car and provide a connection between the rear and flanks. The lights themselves take the form of L-shaped blades and project out from the rear.advertisementInterior:The interior focuses on the essential- the task of driving. The surfaces and lines all gravitate forwards and underscore the dynamic driving experience. The grouping of functions into control clusters, e.g. in the centre stack, the centre console and the doors, gives the interior a clear graphic structure.Among the standout design elements in the interior are the fluid transition from the instrument panel into the doors and the sporty, enveloping feel of the interior. This impression is magnified by the smooth connection between the centre console and instrument panel, which together form the nucleus of the interior. The high centre console and the instrument panel’s low visual focus add further emphasis to the snug and sporty feeling of space.New BMW 8 Series conceptThe exclusive sports seats are slim in design, the carbon-fibre shell providing the basic structure and the finest leather making them the perfect place to sit. The steering wheel continues along similar lines, its hand-polished aluminium spokes arrow forward purposefully, and the red-anodised shift paddles bring the race track to mind.Features:Merino leather in Dark Brown and Fjord White lends the interior a high-quality ambience. Accent surfaces in carbon fibre and hand-polished aluminium create deliberate contrasts and radiate a sporty and technical feel. Moreover, a faceted ground gearshift lever and the iDrive Controller made from Swarovski glass with a smoky quartz look treat the interior to some modern and classy finishing touches.New BMW 8 Series conceptThe new BMW 8 Series Coupe is slated for launch in 2018 and part of the biggest model offensive in the company’s history.ALSO READ:2018 BMW 2 series coupe and convertible revealed ahead of debutALSO READ:2017 BMW 330i with petrol engine launched in India at Rs 42.4 lakhALSO READ:BMW teases new 8 Series coupe, to showcase on May 26
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The offense didn’t quite come out of the gate guns blazing last Thursday in Mount Pleasant, with a notably conservative attack limiting the Cowboys to just 24 points. The first home game of the season is Saturday evening, and here are three things I expect to see from the offense on Saturday.ATTACKThe offense spu-spu-sputtered initially, but part of that was due to conservative play calling and also a lack of execution. The Cowboys claim to run an air raid offense, and I think that’s exactly what they’ll do from the start on Saturday. Rudolph will be spraying darts all over the field.Opening up the field in the passing game should allow for the offense, and specifically the running game, to open up. That starts with the Cowboys going into attack mode early.AdChoices广告Improved offensive lineDid the offensive line look bad last week? Not necessarily.Altogether, the team rushed for just over 150 yards. It’s good, but I think that number will definitely improve this week.Again, part of this I think will be dependent on play calling. When the halfback dive is ran consistently, it doesn’t quite keep the defense on the heels. I think the more diverse play calling will ultimately lead to a more impressive offensive line – especially against an FCS opponent in UCA.Big playsLast week against Samford, Central Arkansas gave up 4 touchdowns that went for longer than 35 yards, which included touchdown runs of 54 yards and 49 yards. They gave up over 5 yards per carry – a number I am sure Gundy would be pleased to come away with.
Arsenal 3 Bournemouth 0: Sanchez given frosty Emirates return after Welbeck inspires victory Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 00:03 10/9/2017 Getty Images Danny Welbeck scored twice as Arsenal beat Bournemouth 3-0 and Alexis Sanchez returned to Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Alexis Sanchez returned to a mixed reception as Arsenal eased a tense Emirates Stadium with two first-half goals in a 3-0 Premier League win over Bournemouth.Sanchez was back on club duty, having seen his push for a move to Manchester City fall flat before the transfer deadline amid a miserable international break with Chile, and made way for Alexandre Lacazette in the starting XI, before emerging to a mixture of cheers and jeers in the second period.A 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool a fortnight previously and uncertainty over Sanchez’s situation had seen Arsene Wenger come under pressure just months into a new two-year contract, but his players rediscovered their groove to comfortably dispatch Eddie Howe’s strugglers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Danny Welbeck nodded in with Arsenal’s first attack and laid on a second for Lacazette, before finishing again himself after the break.FULL-TIME Arsenal 3-0 BournemouthDanny Welbeck scored twice and set up Alexandre Lacazette’s goal in a comprehensive victory #ARSBOU pic.twitter.com/MeAhHyhTBs— Premier League (@premierleague) September 9, 2017Wenger had talked up his side as title contenders before kick-off and the reaction on the pitch was promising – even if it would be unfair to evaluate the accuracy of the manager’s claim against a Bournemouth outfit that scarcely looked like landing a blow.Howe’s men remain in the bottom three after four defeats this season, while Arsenal move onto six points ahead of a tough week which sees Cologne visit London in the Europa League before Wenger takes his side to champions Chelsea.Arsenal’s nerves were settled by a goal within six minutes, the recalled Sead Kolasinac making the difference with an incisive run and cross on the left to tee up Welbeck for a close-range header.Asmir Begovic parried Granit Xhaka’s low strike clear as Kolasinac made progress again, before the goalkeeper saved brilliantly from a Mesut Ozil free-kick.Xhaka then failed to keep his 20-yard effort down after Lacazette’s fine hold-up play as Arsenal continued to pile the pressure on the floundering visitors.And Lacazette deservedly doubled the hosts’ lead shortly before the half-hour mark with a cool finish high past Begovic from Welbeck’s pass.Enjoying life at your new home, @LacazetteAlex ? #AFCvAFCB pic.twitter.com/z7Z0ExeFly — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 9, 2017 Lacazette could have scored again 10 minutes later when Begovic hurriedly hacked a clearance against Welbeck, but the former Chelsea man smothered the subsequent shot before accosting Tyrone Mings for a shoddy back pass.While Bournemouth were slightly fortunate to escape a penalty award as Adam Smith handled Ozil’s volley, the visitors regrouped at the break and initially threatened as Jermain Defoe crashed a header against the post.But Welbeck’s 50th-minute goal – fired hard and low across Begovic from the left-hand side of the area – ensured Arsenal would cruise through the remainder of the second-half.Ozil thrashed wide and Welbeck lifted a delicate right-footed just beyond the left-hand upright, with Wenger then introducing Sanchez from the bench 15 minutes from time.The Chilean could not get on the scoresheet despite one stoppage-time effort – well saved by Begovic – but sections of the home fans chanted his name throughout the closing stages. KEY OPTA STATS- Arsenal have won their last seven Premier League games at the Emirates, their longest such run at home since April 2015 (nine successive wins).- Alexandre Lacazette became only the second Arsenal player to score in his first two home Premier League games for the club, after Marouane Chamakh in 2010.- Bournemouth have become only the ninth team to lose their opening four games to a Premier League season, though four of the previous eight have managed to avoid relegation.- Danny Welbeck has scored three goals in four Premier League games this season, having scored just two in 16 appearances in the competition last term.- This was only the second time that Danny Welbeck has both scored and provided an assist in a Premier League game for Arsenal, with the other being at Aston Villa in September 2014.- The Gunners have won by at least a two-goal margin in all four of their previous home meetings with Bournemouth in all competitions. read more
Last summer, a horse stepped on her stomach after a mid-race fall, giving her an arterial aneurysm. In Frost’s eyes, that was not another missed bullet, it was the reason for 10 missed winners while she recovered. “It’s your mentality. Never once have I thought this isn’t worth it, for this pain. It’s never crossed my mind. Get back up, get stronger, get out there.” As children in Devon, she and her brother used to pull each other off their ponies while moving at speed, so they could practise falling.When she needs to unwind, Frost is not the type to reach for PlayStations or pizza. She surfs in the summer and trail-bikes in all weathers. She enjoys climbing, indoors or out. “Normally I’m on my own, so I can’t have anyone belaying me. It’s what we used to do on Dartmoor. It relaxes my head because I’m just thinking about the next move, I’m not thinking about anything else.”The clerk of the scales wants his chair back, so it is time for Frost to get up and get back out there. Say Frodon lines up in the Gold Cup, what chance does she give him? “Everything has to fall right in any race. Say I get into a rhythm, say he jumps well, say he enjoys it … if I’ve got to ask him the biggest question of his life, then I’m sure he’ll answer it the best he can.” ‘Nothing beats winning’ – a rising star, a battle-scarred veteran, two Cheltenham journeys Thank you for your feedback. Twitter Support The Guardian Show Pinterest Facebook Twitter There was much Gold Cup-related excitement around Frost and Frodon when they won a trial for the big race in January but, as Festival week approaches, it seems Frodon may be switched to Thursday’s Ryanair Chase, a more winnable contest over a shorter distance. The same stable has Clan Des Obeaux for the Gold Cup and the majority view is that Frodon would struggle to beat him. Facebook Read more Those who enjoy seeing female jockeys break new ground would love to see Frost in the big one, but the Ryanair is also a huge prize and no woman has won it before, or any Grade One race over jumps at the Festival. Frost will take whichever opportunity comes. “He’s an amazing partner to have, beyond brave. He loves his racing. You know he’s going to give you everything he’s got.”Warming to her theme, Frost contrasts Frodon with the more stately Pacha Du Polder, on whom she won the Foxhunters in 2017, the first time most racing fans had heard of her. “Pacha’s the wise old owl in the yard, he just does his thing, never gets too excited, never gets too grumpy, he’s your sort of person that probably always has his whisky at six o’clock in the evening and sits in his armchair. Hide Frost knows about bravery. In her first Guardian interview in 2017, she spoke of being hospitalised for two months at the age of 15, when injuries from a fall led to septicaemia that nearly killed her. “Nothing too bad,” she said. “It gave me a chance to lose a bit of my puppy fat.” Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Was this helpful? Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels interviews Reuse this content Pinterest “I’m just trying to make sure that I’m improving every time I go out and ride a horse,” she says, having been persuaded to come out into the weighing room and chat. “I watch every replay. I feel like, if you think that you’re good enough and you’ve got to where you should be, that’s the moment you start going backwards. I believe that next year I’ll be 10lb better than I am now.”Almost unknown two years ago, Frost has won a series of big races and earned significant praise for her skills, including from Ruby Walsh. It is not unusual to hear pundits suggest she is one of the best steeplechase jockeys riding in Britain. A 10lb better Frost would surely be very hard to beat? She brushes that off with “I don’t know about that”. What does she see to improve?“Little things. Over a hurdle, my heel came up a bit too much and I need to put that down, so the next time you go out, you make sure your heels are down into his sides and tight, just to make you more secure upon him. Out there, work on your racing clock, making sure you’re not missing any gaps you could have put your horse into and made a forward move. I missed it slightly there, or I had him on the wrong lead for that hurdle. It’s the little things that calculate into a big thing that make success.”So, a lot of video analysis? “Yeah. And a lot of time inside your own mind.” Share on WhatsApp Talking Horses: BetBright disgrace is a test for Gambling Commission Leicester 1.50 Hatcher 2.20 Cobra De Mai 2.50 Quantum Of Solace 3.25 Waikiki Waves 4.00 Eastlake 4.30 WaitinonasunnydaySandown 2.00 Precious Cargo 2.30 Bonne Question 3.05 Forza Milan (nb) 3.40 Keltus 4.10 Swift Crusador (nap) 4.45 Young WolfLingfield 2.10 Choral Music 2.40 Holy Tiber 3.15 Warrior’s Valley 3.5 Air Force Amy 4.20 Affluence 4.55 Sister Of The SignNewcastle 5.20 Seeusoon 5.55 Klopp 6.30 Pea Shooter 7.00Lukoutoldmakezebak 7.30 Kodi Dream 8.00 Star Cracker Tips by Chris Cook Share on Facebook Read more Bryony Frost shares the credit with Frodon after winning the Crest Nicholson Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham trials in January 2018. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Horse racing Share via Email Was this helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Since you’re here… “Frodon’s a bit of a young buck, a little bit cockier. A bit more bullish in his character. He’d speak up, he’d tell you his mind, he wouldn’t be scared to share an opinion. That’s what makes him tough and brave and unable to lie down in defeat, because he’ll always believe in himself.” Effervescent in public, focused in private, Bryony Frost will seek another big win aboard Frodon at next week’s Cheltenham Festival. The 23-year-old has charmed the public with her exuberant, voluble post-race interviews, which are unlike the recycling of cliches offered by many jockeys in their moments of triumph, but she can also be found in a more reflective mood, such as during an afternoon at Warwick when there were hours between her two booked mounts and she wanted nothing more than to climb inside her head and think about the next race. Cheltenham Festival 2019 Bryony Frost Share on Twitter Cheltenham Festival Share on Messenger Shining a Light on Racing’s Stars for International Women’s Day 2019. Show … we have a small favour to ask. 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Chelsea v Barcelona Suarez sends Messi goal warning to Chelsea ahead of Camp Nou trip Dejan Kalinic 08:59 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Chelsea v Barcelona UEFA Champions League Barcelona Chelsea Luis Suárez The Barcelona striker believes a vital effort in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge will lead to a more open second leg in a Champions League last-16 tie Barcelona star Luis Suarez believes his team’s away goal against Chelsea will give them more space in the Champions League last-16 second leg.Lionel Messi cancelled out Willian’s 62nd-minute opener at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, putting the La Liga giants on top in the tie.Suarez feels Messi’s strike – his first in nine matches against the Premier League outfit – will give Barca a boost heading into the second leg on March 14. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It was a beneficial goal for the second leg to have more space at the Camp Nou,” he said, via Marca.”Our strength is being better at home, that’s why it was important to score.”Now they have to try to score at the Camp Nou and we’ll have more space.”Barca struggled to create many chances before an Andreas Christensen error allowed Messi to equalise.Despite his side’s challenges, Suarez played down any suggestions he felt isolated during the first leg.”I didn’t feel alone up front,” he said.”In these games you have to be intelligent and look for the best solution.”Seeing that Leo couldn’t create chances, he dropped a bit deeper to find spaces.”
Coach K speaks with Dillon BrooksOregon took down defending national champion Duke on Thursday night, securing its place in the Elite Eight this weekend. The end of the contest, however, featured a little bit of controversy.On Oregon’s final possession, as the shot clock was winding down, Ducks forward Dillon Brooks launched and hit a deep three-pointer, which was meaningless to the game’s outcome. He then celebrated wildly, clearly irritating some of Duke’s players. As we showed you earlier, Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen wouldn’t shake Brooks’ hand. Coach K reportedly took a different route in response.According to SI’s Pete Thamel, Krzyzewski told Brooks that he’s “too good of a player” to show off. Brooks agreed.Brooks shoots 3 on final poss. Allen not happy. Coach K said something after.L ooks like Brooks says “I’m sorry” pic.twitter.com/248waQp5uS— Chris Law (@ChrisLaw) March 25, 2016Dillon Brooks said Coach K told him in handshake line, “I’m too good of a player to be showing off at the end.” Brooks: “He’s right.”— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) March 25, 2016Regardless, Oregon moves on and will face 2-seed Oklahoma on Saturday. It should be a fantastic game.
With the regular season approaching fairly soon, head coach Manny Diaz needs to figure out who will be the team’s backup quarterback.According to Andrew Ivins of 247Sports, the Hurricanes expect Martell and N’Kosi Perry to battle it out for the backup job. It could turn into a major role since Williams doesn’t have much collegiate experience under center.Tate Martell didn’t practice Monday, but he did attend a team meeting and addressed his teammates about the situation that he’s going through after losing QB battle to Jarren Williams. https://t.co/0ZgPVhr7z0 pic.twitter.com/wWDaAYVrJO— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) August 13, 2019It makes the most sense for Martell to learn his fate for the backup role before considering other options. He should expect to find out his role for the Hurricanes fairly soon.Miami opens its season against Florida in the first game of the 2019 college football season. MIAMI, FL – APRIL 13: Tate Martell #18 of the Miami Hurricanes performs drills during the annual Spring Game at Nathaniel Traz-Powell Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)After losing the Miami quarterback battle to Jarren Williams, Tate Martell didn’t participate in Monday’s practice. However, he did take the time to address his teammates about the situation.Despite missing practice to begin the week, the former Ohio State transfer attended a team meeting to open up about what he’s going through.Martell was part of a three-man battle for the starting quarterback job at Miami. Following the news that he wouldn’t be the Week 1 starter, speculation started to rise about him potentially leaving the program.At this time it doesn’t sound like Martell is ready to leaving the Hurricanes. In fact, he’s expected to participate in practice on Tuesday.
OTTAWA — Refugee advocates are crying foul over proposed Liberal government changes to immigration laws that aim to keep would-be asylum seekers from entering Canada at unofficial border crossings.The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers says the changes would rob vulnerable refugee claimants of fundamental human-rights protections.The Liberals are proposing to prevent asylum seekers from making a refugee claim in Canada if they have made a similar claim in certain other countries, including the United States. The changes were quietly included in a 392-page omnibus budget bill tabled Monday in the House of Commons — a move that is even more upsetting to refugee advocates.Janet Dench, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees, says substantial changes to immigration laws like the ones being proposed ought to be given a full hearing in Parliament, rather than being slipped into a fast-tracked budget bill.Dench says her members — including more than 100 Canadian organizations that work directly with refugees and immigrants — are in a state of shock and dismay over the proposed changes, calling them a devastating attack on refugee rights in Canada.The Canadian Press
TORONTO — The Canadian Securities Administrators have set out “disclosure expectations” for marijuana industry firms with investments in the U.S., offering much-anticipated clarity for companies that operate on both sides of the border.The umbrella organization for Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators put out a staff notice Monday, saying that cannabis companies must tell investors about certain risks when they invest south of the border — where issuers with marijuana-related activities in the U.S. assume certain risks due to conflicting state and federal laws.“We expect issuers with marijuana-related activities in the U.S. to address the current legal and regulatory environment in their disclosures, including any risks that result from changes in the approach to enforcement of U.S. federal law,” said CSA chair Louis Morisset in a released statement.While some states have authorized the use and sale of marijuana, it remains illegal under federal law. The federal law relating to marijuana could be enforced at any time, and this would put issuers with U.S. marijuana-related activities at risk of being prosecuted and having their assets seized.More than two dozen states have legalized medical marijuana, including eight states where marijuana is legal for recreational use.The CSA’s move provides much-needed clarity for the cannabis industry, which has operated under an unwritten rule that companies which trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange or the TSX Venture Exchange must not invest in the U.S. cannabis sector.Canadian marijuana companies had largely handled the hazy legality by focusing on markets outside the U.S., or by listing on the smaller and less risk-averse Canadian Securities Exchange.But after Canadian marijuana producer Aphria, which is listed on the TSX, announced an investment in Florida in April of this year, questions about the official policy mounted and regulators took notice.The CSE has been more permissive than the TSX, requiring that companies provide risk disclosure for investors. Currently, about half the trading activity on the CSE is involved marijuana-based businesses, said its chief executive Richard Carleton. Of the roughly 50 marijuana-based companies listed on the CSE, about a dozen have U.S. holdings, he added.Carleton called the CSA’s move an “extremely positive step.”“This is exactly what the industry has been looking for, and I think it will spur more companies involved in the U.S. cannabis space to look to Canada for growth capital,” he said.The CSA’s disclosure expectations apply to all issuers with U.S. marijuana-related activities, including those with direct and indirect involvement in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana, as well as issuers that provide goods and services to third parties involved in the U.S. marijuana industry. Issuers are expected to provide these disclosures in prospectus filings and other required documents, such as their Annual Information Form and Management’s Discussion and Analysis.
Ameer, who was cited as the first accused in the case had only criticised the then Congress-led government at the Centre for its ‘tacit support’ to Sri Lanka in its fight against the Tamils and never incited violence. He only wanted India to find a political solution to the crisis. A Court in India has acquitted Naam Tamilar Katchi leader S. Seeman and film director I. Ameer Sulthan in a sedition case slapped against them for allegedly speaking against India’s sovereignty and in support of the banned LTTE while addressing a public meeting in Rameswaram in October 2008, The Hindu newspaper reported.Bringing the curtains down on the nine-year-old case, Additional sessions judge D Lingeswaran, citing High court and Supreme court orders, said that the accused could not be held guilty under Sections 13(1) (b), 13 (2) (advocates, abets and incites commission of unlawful activity) of the Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act, 1967 and Section 124 A of Indian Penal Code (sedition). The duo, while addressing the public meeting organised by the Tamil film industry in support of the Sri Lankan Tamils had only expressed their anguish over the killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka and wanted India to find a political solution to the ethnic crisis. Similarly, Seeman, supported LTTE leader Velupillai Prabakaran and compared him with revolutionary leaders such as Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Mao Zedong and Yasar Arafat, who fought for the liberation of their people. But speaking in support of a banned organisation would not amount to committing crime, the judge said. A perusal of the speeches of the two accused showed that he never called for separate Tamil Nadu nor incited violence against the Centre, the judge said.Citing the Madras High Court order (S James Peter Vs The secretary to Government), the judge said being a member of a banned organisation or speaking in support of the organisation would not be a crime. The Supreme Court was also clear in the Kedarnath Singh Vs State of Bihar case that ‘a very strong speech directed to a very strong criticism of measures of government or acts of public officials would be outside the scope of sedition under section 124A of IPC”, the judge said. When Seeman and Ameer thanked the judge for his judgement, the judge advised them to exercise restraint while fighting to protect the interests of the Tamils and ensure that their acts never posed a threat to the integrity and sovereignty of the country. The judge noted that they were acquitted the same day they were arrested nine years ago in the case.M Somasundaram and R Domnic Ravi appeared for the accused and C K Venkatesan for the prosecution, the Q Branch police, which registered the case and filed the charge sheet in February 2010. The prosecution cited 28 witnesses, of which, seven turned hostile.
Federal charges against 6 people in WVa chemical spill that left 300,000 without water by John Raby, The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2014 12:58 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Four former chemical company executives and two lower-level employees have been charged in a January spill that contaminated a river and left 300,000 residents around West Virginia’s capital without usable water for drinking and bathing for days.A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday charged ex-Freedom Industries presidents Gary Southern and Dennis P. Farrell and two others with failing to ensure that the company operated in a reasonable and environmentally sound manner the steel tank that leaked the coal-cleaning chemical.Southern also faces federal fraud charges related to the company’s bankruptcy case. Freedom filed for the protection eight days after the Jan. 9 leak into the Elk River in Charleston. West Virginia American Water uses the river for its water supply less than 2 miles downstream.U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement that the tank conditions at Freedom Industries “were not only grievously unacceptable, but unlawful. They put an entire population needlessly at risk. As these actions make clear, such conduct cannot, and will not, be tolerated.”The others charged are William E. Tis and Charles E. Herzing, who along with Farrell owned Freedom until December 2013. They sold it to Pennsylvania-based Chemstream Holdings for $20 million, after which Southern became president.Farrell, 58, was Freedom’s president from October 2001 until the sale, after which he continued to work at the terminal in a management role. Herzing, 63, also was Freedom’s vice-president and Tis, 60, was secretary. All four are accused of violating the federal Clean Water Act.In addition, U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said the company, Freedom environmental consultant Robert J. Reynolds and tank farm plant manager Michael E. Burdette were charged in federal informations with Clean Water Act violations. A federal information typically signals a defendant’s willingness to co-operate in the investigation.“It’s hard to overstate the disruption that results when 300,000 people suddenly lose clean water,” Goodwin said at a news conference. “This is exactly the kind of scenario that the Clean Water Act is designed to prevent.“This spill was completely preventable. And this spill happened to take place in my district, but it could have happened anywhere. If we don’t want it to happen again, then we have to make it crystal clear that those who will commit violations like this are held accountable.”During their time as Freedom corporate officers, Farrell, Tis, Herzing and Southern “approved funding only for those projects that would result in increased business revenue for Freedom or that were necessary to make immediate repairs to equipment that was broken or about to break,” the indictment said.The men ignored or failed to fund other projects to repair, maintain and improve equipment and systems needed for compliance with environmental regulations, including addressing drainage problems in the containment area.Southern’s attorney, Robert Allen, said Wednesday that his client plans to plead not guilty and “vigorously fight the charges.”Steve Jory, an attorney for Tis and Herzing, said the indictment is “an example of faulty legal conclusions” and the charges against his clients are “baseless.”Farrell referred questions to his attorney, who didn’t immediately return a telephone message.More than a dozen aboveground storage tanks at the facility were removed. The World War II-era tank that leaked had two holes, just a few millimeters each, and had subpar last-resort containment walls.According to health officials, after the spill, more than 400 people were treated at hospitals for symptoms that patients said came from exposure to the chemical, known as MCHM. Despite lifting the ban on drinking tap water days later, people still said they could smell the slightly sweet, slightly bitter odour of the chemical.“It’s hard not to have hard feelings against these people,” Rebecca McComas of Marmet said as she shopped at a mall a few blocks from the water plant’s intake.Southern, 53, was arrested last week, accused in a criminal complaint of lying about his role with the company in bankruptcy court hearings and meetings to protect his personal wealth of nearly $8 million from lawsuits. Goodwin said those charges of bankruptcy fraud, wire fraud and lying under oath were included in the indictment.If convicted of all charges, Southern faces up to 68 years in prison, Farrell, Herzing and Tis face up to three years apiece and Burdette and Reynolds would face up to a year each. Freedom could face unspecified fines if convicted.“We’re sending a strong message here that if you cut corners at the expense of the health of American communities, you will be held accountable,” said Cynthia Giles, the EPA’s assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance.___Associated Press writers Pam Ramsey and Jonathan Mattise contributed to this report.___Follow John Raby on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jraby_ap
“It’s because of the compassionate response of the Turkish people and World Food Programme’s (WFP) strong partnership with the Government of Turkey that we have been able to rise to the challenge of assisting so many Syrians in need of food assistance during this ongoing humanitarian crisis,” said WFP’s Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, in a news release.Her comments came at the end of a three-day trip to the country during which she met with Turkish officials in Ankara and Istanbul followed by a visit to the Kilis refugee camp – the first of its kind in the country – situated along the Turkish-Syrian border. Accompanied by the Turkish Minister of Economy and other high-level government officials, Ms. Cousin met with Syrian refugees in Kilis, listening to their accounts of the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria that forced them to flee. According to a recent update released by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the past two weeks have seen 3,266 Syrians admitted to Turkey from the borders as the Syrian conflict has continued to escalate. Now in its 23rd month, the violence has claimed more than 60,000 lives, mostly civilian, while hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been displaced. “These families have gone through very difficult moments, losing their loved ones and worrying about the people and homes they left behind,” Ms. Cousin said. “We have a commitment to continue to support Syrian refugees – whether in Turkey or in the other neighbouring countries – with some of them in very precarious conditions this winter,” she added, referring to the harsh weather conditions which have further exacerbated the living conditions for refugees in the region. During her visit, the WFP chief also stopped at one of the camp’s supermarkets and met women using their WFP-sponsored electronic food cards to purchase fresh food for their families. The voucher system – which the UN agency plans to expand to assist a further 100,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey by June 2013 – allows refugees to shop for the food they want and prepare it to their liking. In addition to Turkey, Syrians are also taking refuge in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt. The UN estimates that up to a million Syrian refugees will need help during the first half of 2013.
The UK’s new bus and coach market saw a second consecutive year of growth in 2016, as demand rose 8.0%, according to figures published by SMMT. 8,779 new buses and coaches were registered in total last year, with more than 2,000 registrations made in the last quarter – a 4.6% uplift on Q4 2015.Double-decks continued to drive growth in 2016, with full year demand rising by more than a quarter (27.9%) to 1,927 units. Minibuses, which account for more than half of the market, also made strong gains, with registrations increasing 9.7% to 4,418, counteracting a -6.2% decline in single-deck vehicles.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,2016 proved to be another strong year for the British bus and coach market, with many operators investing in their fleets over the past 12 months. Getting the latest technology and low emission vehicles on to British roads is essential to help improve air quality in our cities, and 2016’s strong record of fleet renewal will aide that process. New bus and coach market rises 8.0% in 2016, with 8,779 vehicles registered.Sector ends 2016 on a high with 4.6% increase in Q4.Double-decks record strongest performance, with 27.9% growth in 2016. Download the bus and coach press release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. They were also haunted by the memory of a red car being delivered to Downing Street, matching the Labour party’s traditional colour instead of the Conservative’s blue, newly-uncovered documents show.The private papers, which have been released on Monday by the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust at the Churchill Archive Centre in Cambridge, show the Prime Minister’s agreement to test drive the flagship vehicle for Rover’s 800 series caused quite a stir. “You are trying out the Rover 800 tomorrow at Chequers between 1000 and 1030 to familiarise yourself with the car before the test drive in front of the cameras in Downing Street next Thursday,” he told her. “The car will be arriving, covered, towed behind a Range Rover… This is only an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the car. There will be no publicity.”A separate note gave further detail. The Rover would be pulled by a white Range Rover and would “arrive under cover, for obvious reasons, on a trailer”. She would be shown it by Ray Axe, the chief designer, as well as the director in charge of the project.After the test, Mr Addison contacted the Prime Minister again to discuss what she was going to do in the car in front of the cameras. One “simple” option, he said, would be to “walk down to the car at the bottom of Downing Street and drive it back to the front door”. Show more There was this dark fear that she would crash into something, that it would all go horribly wrongChris Collins While aides agreed that it would be good publicity, there appeared to be concerns about her carrying out a difficult reversing manoeuvre in front of cameras.The new release shows a number of letters were sent between staff as early as April – three months before the event – as they discussed the best way to ensure there were no undignified slip-ups.Their first battle was the colour of the vehicle. Bernard Ingham, Mrs Thatcher’s chief press secretary, remembered a time when “they brought a blue (not a red) car” while private secretary Mark Addison was forced to make sure they were “fully aware of the importance of getting the right colour this time”. Mrs Thatcher drove the new Rover on its launch day in front of crowds at Downing Street Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the wheel of the Rover, outside 10 Downing StreetCredit:PA Archive/PA Images Show more She has been widely praised as being one of the most capable Prime Ministers of recent decades.But there was one thing aides were concerned about when it came to Margaret Thatcher – her driving.In fact, senior staff appeared to be so worried that she might crash during a public test drive of a new Rover in 1986 that they organised for the vehicle to be secretly smuggled to Chequers so she could fit in a practice session before the event. Aides gave her two potential routes, with Mrs Thatcher choosing the one that would show her reversing It was also decided that to ensure Mrs Thatcher had the best possible chance of not messing up in front of the cameras, the vehicle would be towed to Chequers – her country house retreat the week before the live event.Plans were put in place to ensure the press did not discover what was going on and members of the public did not see the car. On July 4, the details were revealed in a note to the Prime Minister from Mr Addison. But Mrs Thatcher insisted she wanted to drive the car from the front door, before reversing up a side street and returning. “You would need to feel fully confident about manoeuvring the car into the side road and back out again,” Mr Addison warned.On the day, she was provided with a “top of the range” version of the vehicle, which included an automatic gearbox.Chris Collins, a historian at the Margaret Thatcher Foundation, said the plans were likely put in place as aides had a “dark fear” that she would crash or that it would all go “horribly wrong”.He said part of the problem was that cars had become “a policy issue rather than a personal thing” and she was no longer familiar with “the machine”.“She hadn’t driven for many, many years – maybe 10 years since she had been round in a car, with herself behind the wheel,” he explained. “I wouldn’t think she had driven since 1975 – except for the previous attempts to do this, of course. There may be a memory of a previous drive… that had gone wrong.”Despite fears, the stunt went well and the Prime Minister later wrote to Graham Day, chairman of the Rover group, to say she had “very much enjoyed” the opportunity to drive such a “splendid” car.
The headline news in this year’s Fraser Institute survey is the significant decline of Chile in various rankings, as reflected in the Policy Potential Index (PPI). Last year, Chile ranked 3rd in the PPI with a composite score of 87 out of a possible 100. This year, Chile fell to 27th, with a score of 64. Most worryingly, of the 12 policy areas examined in the survey, Chile suffered its biggest declines in the areas of political stability and security.Chile’s decline can also be seen in the ‘Room to Improve’ figure, which measures the difference between the attractiveness of a jurisdiction under its current policy regime and under a ‘best practices’ regime. Last year, Chile scored about the same response on the ‘current’ and the ‘best practices’ question, indicating that most miners felt Chile was close to or at best practices. This year, there was a 9.2% gap.Since 1997, The Fraser Institute has conducted an annual survey of metal mining and exploration companies to assess how mineral endowments and public policy factors such as taxation and regulation affect exploration investment. Survey results represent the opinions of executives and exploration managers in mining and mining consulting companies operating around the world. The survey now covers 65 jurisdictions around the world, on every continent except Antarctica, including sub-national jurisdictions in Canada, Australia, and the USA. This year, Colombia was added to the survey.The PPI is a composite index, measuring the overall policy attractiveness of the 65 jurisdictions in the survey. The PPI is normalized to maximum score of 100. A jurisdiction that ranks first in every policy area would have a score of 100; one that scored last in every category would have a score of 0. Since no nation scored first in all categories or last in all, the highest score this year is 93.1 (Manitoba), while the lowest score is 2.9 (Zimbabwe).Manitoba ends Nevada’s six-year run at the top of the PPI. Nonetheless, Nevada remains highly ranked, in 3rd place with 89.3. The other top-10 policy jurisdictions are Alberta, Utah, South Australia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Queensland, Tasmania, and Saskatchewan.Zimbabwe’s last place score of 2.4 last year was the lowest score ever recorded in the PPI. This year Zimbabwe’s last place score was 2.9, the second lowest in the history of the PPI. Other bottom scorers were Venezuela, Bolivia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Kazakhstan, Russia, DRC Congo, and Indonesia. The Institute says that “seldom, if ever, has the mining survey received as many negative notes about one jurisdiction as it has this year about Mongolia.” The president of one producer company put it: “Mongolia has literally overnight changed policy from one of openness to one that heavily penalizes foreign owned mines.”Last year in the PPI, Mongolia had only a middling rank and score, ranking 33rd out of 64 with a score of 54 out of 100. But this year, Mongolia’s position collapsed, coming in at 62nd out of 65 with a score of 11 out of 100.Colombia was new to this year’s survey. In the past, the mining community has expressed little interest in having Colombia in the survey. This was likely because it was perceived as too unstable and dangerous to attract much interest. However, Colombia’s government has made large strides in improving security and battling criminal gangs and guerillas. Despite that, Colombia’s score on the PPI was quite low, 25 out of a possible 100, with a ranking of 55th out of 65. Nonetheless, it is far ahead of Bolivia and Venezuela and not too far behind Peru and Ecuador, both of which had scores of 30. After years of turmoil and bad publicity, it is hardly surprising that Colombia entered the survey at a low level. The key questions will be whether Colombia’s improving situation holds into the future and whether the country gains the trust of the mining community.It takes time for the mining community to gain trust that improvements will endure. That is exemplified by British Columbia, in which the Fraser Institute is headquartered. The survey was originally motivated in 1997 by the failure of mining policy in that Canadian province. Over the first years of the survey, British Columbia was either at or near the bottom in mining policy.Several years ago, mining policy in British Columbia began to change. However, this resulted in only slow changes in British Columbia’s position in the survey since. Two years ago was the first time since the survey’s inception that British Columbia had not scored in the bottom 10 of the PPI, though it remained in the bottom third. In last year’s survey, British Columbia ranked in the top half and was a couple of positions away from the top third.However, this year’s report represents the first time since the 2001/2002 survey that British Columbia has not seen an improvement in its score or rank. Its score of 61 is almost identical to last year’s 62, though it did decline in the rankings from 23rd to 30th. This makes British Columbia the lowest ranked of the Canadian provinces, though above the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.And where did industry driving nations end up? China ranked 54th, one place behind South Africa and one ahead of Colombia. India was placed 49th, one behind California, and one ahead of Zambia. Finally, moving further up the scale, Brazil came 36th, flanked by New Zealand (35th) and Ireland (37th).
Hot and heavy: Lions get back to business with training in humid Hong Kong Lions XV v Barbarians: Hogg, Cuthbert, Davies, Roberts, Maitland, Farrell, Phillips, Vunipola, Hibbard, A Jones, Gray, O’Connell (c), Lydiate, Tuperic, Faletau.Replacements: T.Youngs, Healy, Stevens, Wyn Jones, Heaslip, Murray, Sexton, North. Barbarians XV: J Payne, J Rokocoko, E Daly, C Laulala, T Ngwenya, N Evans, D Yachvili: P James, S Brits, M Castrogiovanni, M Wentzel, D Mumm, S Manoa, S Jones, S Parisse.Replacements: L Ghiraldini, D Jones, J Hamilton, I Harinordoquy, A Lo Cicero, K Fotuali’i, J Hook, M Tindall. MUNSTER AND IRELAND lock Paul O’Connell will captain the British and Irish Lions in the first match of their tour this Saturday.The Lions are in Hong Kong to play the Barbarians before taking off for the second leg of their journey to Australia which will take them to Perth.Yesterday, the BaaBaas included Ulster’s Jared Payne and Munster’s Casey Laulala in their back-line for the game which kicks off at noon (Irish time) on Saturday.With 15 players still on duty with province or club duty last week, Warren Gatland’s options where somewhat restricted. Yet it remains a line-up worthy of being labelled among the best in Britain and Ireland.Tour captain Sam Warburton misses the clash with a knee injury, but an all-Welsh back-row remains thanks to the presence of Dan Lydiate, Toby Faletau and Justin Tipuric.Ahead of them, O’Connell is partnered by Richie Gray in one of the most keenly contested positions for this fixture. They pack down behind Adam Jones, Richard Hibbard and Mako Vunipola.