The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Rajasthan faces an uphill battle in the byelections to an Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats, with strong resentment prevailing among various caste groups and major sections among farmers and traders. The January 29 bypolls will provide an opportunity to the Congress to turn the scales in its favour.The Alwar and the Ajmer Lok Sabha seats and the Mandalgarh Assembly seat in Bhilwara district were earlier held by the BJP. Ajmer MP Sanwar Lal Jat collapsed at a meeting in Jaipur and died on August 9, while Alwar MP Mahant Chand Nath died on September 17 following a prolonged illness. Mandalgarh MLA Kirti Kumari died of swine flu on August 28. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, for whom the byelections are going to be an acid test, has been touring the three regions over the past two months. However, the ruling party is yet to finalise its candidates.The Congress has announced former MP Karan Singh Yadav as its candidate for Alwar. The Opposition party has been gaining strength in the desert State, especially after its improved performance in the Assembly election in neighbouring Gujarat. The stature of former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who was the Congress’s election in-charge in Gujarat, has increased after the election results.Gujjar agitationAgitated over the State government’s failure to give them 5% reservation, Gujjars have announced that they will invite Patidar leader from Gujarat, Hardik Patel, to campaign in Rajasthan for voting against the BJP.The politically influential Rajput community, which had earlier traditionally supported the BJP, has been angry ever since the encounter death of gangster Anandpal Singh in June. The CBI, which had earlier turned down the State’s request for an investigation into Anandpal’s death, has now agreed to take up the investigation, but the political damage will be beyond repair.The farmers, who launched a prolonged agitation earlier this year with the demand for a crop loan waiver, are mulling over entering the electoral fray. All India Kisan Sabha president Amra Ram has said that farmers would not allow the BJP to divide them on the basis of caste and religion.Amid all these challenges, the BJP seems to be relying on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the “crowd-puller”. Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said here on Saturday that there would be no challenge for the BJP with Mr. Modi “being around”. “Mr. Modi is working hard for the progress of India. God has sent him to take care of our nation,” he said.The BJP government has invited Mr. Modi for laying the foundation stone of the Barmer oil refinery on January 14 despite a strong protest registered by the Congress. Mr. Gehlot pointed said United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi had already laid the foundation stone in 2013 and Mr. Modi’s visit to Barmer just before by-elections would amount to a violation of the model code of conduct.In an indication of dissension within the party, BJP State president Ashok Parnami told reporters here that the party’s election committee had sent the panels of probable candidates for bypolls to the Parliamentary Board and was waiting for its decision.
Police have arrested two persons on the charge of beating a one-and-a-half-year-old child to death in a fight that followed an objection by the infant’s father to a child from the accused family urinating in the open at Bagaspur village in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh on October 1. The accused have been identified as Ram Singh and his son Umesh.“As a six-year-old boy was urinating on the road, the child’s father objected to it. And in turn, the boy’s father and grandfather attacked attacked him with lathis. The 18-month-old boy he was holding suffered blows and died on the spot,” Amit Sanghi, Sagar Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu.“There is a running feud between the two tribal families,” he said.A case was registered under Section 302 [punishment for murder] of the Indian Penal Code. The injured father is being treated at a local hospital.The case had no similarities to the Shivpuri case where two children were beaten to death for allegedly defecating in public, Mr. Sanghi stated, adding, “There is confusion. There is no case of open defecation here.”
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced a series of awards and special incentives for dedicated doctors, paramedical staff and other healthcare workers of government hospitals across the State.Stating that his government was emphasising on quality healthcare under its 5T (transparency, teamwork, technology, time and transformation) initiative, Mr. Patnaik said that 10 doctors and other healthcare workers will be presented with Chief Minister Award, which includes cash prizes of ₹10 lakh and ₹5 lakh respectively. Government healthcare institutions providing quality service will also be rewarded, he added.
A charming blend of palaces, beaches, tiger reserves, ancient ruins and legendary hangouts, Karnataka is a heady mix of diverse geographical highlights that will delight your entire clan!Hampi for allA great destination for adventure sports and family funWhat: Magnificent ruins of the 15th century Vijayanagara Empire with awe-inspiring structures.Why: Because it’s considered to be the world’s largest outdoor museum and nothing in the world can quite compare to Hampi. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is breathtaking for its sheer beauty and ingeniousness. Of all the rulers of this dynasty, Krishnadevaraya is held to be the most important and progressive king to have ruled over the region. It comprises royal buildings, temples, fortifications, baths, stables, public places, markets, pavilions and thousands of elegant pillars, each of which tell a story of their own. Though, even a week in Hampi is considered inadequate, landmarks not to be missed are the king’s palace, Mahanavami Dibba, Lotus Mahal, the elegant queen’s bath, elephant stables, Virupaksha Temple, Vithala Temple, Hazara Rama Temple and the images of Narasimha and Ganesha. Also worth a visit is Anegundi, which predates the Vijayanagara kingdom and is believed to be the mythical Kishkindapuri, the abode of Sugriva from the epic Ramayana. Try a coracle ride; there are ample opportunities for trekking, rock climbing and cycling.How: Nearest airport is at Hubli (140 km/3 hours) but it has limited connections. A better option would be the overnight train journey from Bangalore to Hospet (13 km/25 mins). Hampi has several stay options but it is better to stay in Hospet at such hotels as Royal Orchid Central Kireeti (royalorchidhotels.com/royal-orchid-central-kireeti; 083943 00100. For a very local experience, do check out the Kishkinda Trust’s heritage home stays (thekishkindatrust.wordpress.com; 085332 67777 in Anegundi. Also, don’t miss having a meal or at least a coffee at Mango Tree, a quirky eatery near the entrance of Virupaksha Temple that has become something of an institution.advertisementMangalore to Karwar Deserted beaches, a museum and incredible foodWhat: A leisurely drive from Mangalore to Karwar via Udupi, St Mary’s island, Maravanthe, Murudeshwar, Gokarna and Honnavar with the Arabian Sea for company.Why: Because it is probably the best hidden secret, encompassing deserted beaches, unexplored coastline, lovely towns and incredible cuisine. Start the drive, about 320 km, at Mangalore after a stint at Ullal Beach and arrive at the temple town of Udupi for a visit to the central shrine and breakfast at Mitra Samaj. Continue north via Maravanthe, a surreal stretch which has the Arabian Sea on the left and the Souparnika River on the right, making for a fascinating drive. Head to Murudeshwar for the famous temple under the watchful eyes of the gigantic Shiva statue. Stop at Honnavar to lounge in the calm sea, then continue to Gokarna to see one of the most ancient seaside temples as well as glorious beaches. End at Devbagh Island for a relaxed and beautiful stay.How: Mangalore is well connected by flights, trains and buses. There are plenty of stay options along the way, Paradise Isle Beach Resort (0820 2538666; paradiseisle.com)Picture credit: Travel PlusHistorical Hassan Beautiful temples, sculptures, Jain pilgrimage siteWhat: The gateway to a set of 12th century temples and a monolithic granite statue of Bahubali that is considered to be the largest in the world.Why: For the sheer weight of history as well as for the radically opposite but incredible temple architecture belonging to two religions. Often clubbed together, the two 12th century temples at Belur and Halebidu , separated by about 15 km, are classic examples of the exquisite temple architecture of the Hoysalas. The Channakeshava Temple at Belur is a living temple and is characterised by it star shape, magnificent friezes on the outside of the temple bearing stories from the Puranas, mythology and folklore. The most famous of the sculptures are the ‘shilabalikes’ or celestial nymphs. The Hoysaleshwara and Kedareshwara temples at Halebidu are in ruins and the central deity is missing, but the structures are equally beautiful. Belur, reached first, is about 40 km from Hassan. On the other hand, the massive 10th century Gomateshwara statue at Shravanabelagola, about 50 km from Hassan, is a sacred place for Jains and is starkly simple. A long flight of steps leads to the hillock where it stands, while the path is strewn with lovely examples of carved temple architecture.How: The nearest airport is at Bangalore (180 km/4 hours); though Hassan has a railway station, there are just a couple of trains, so it is better to arrive by bus or private vehicle. Stay at Hoysala Village Resort (087172 256764; hoysalavillageresorts.com)advertisementChikmagalur Jungles, coffee plantations, waterfalls and trekking trailsWhat: A town which is the gateway to the rushing river Kali and thick forests.Why: Because it is not only packed with forest and wildlife but is probably the only place which allows for intense white water rafting South of the Himalayas. Settle into Kali Resort, located on the banks of the river, surrounded by thick forests and decide whether you want a leisurely holiday or a activity-filled vacation. Gaze upon gorges, valleys, forests and swirling rivers from the sprawling bungalow. Go on long treks along the river or into the jungle while bird watchers can expect to have an eventful stay. If you feel like more vigorous action, trek up to Siroli Peak. Other water based activities that are possible here include white water rafting, kayaking and coracle rides, while land based activities span mountain biking and wall climbing. Wild life enthusiasts can also head out on safaris to see not just the big cats but also black panthers, gaur, sloth bear, hornbills, crested serpent eagles and much more. How: The best way to connect is by train to Hubli (80 km/2 hours), by bus or a private vehicle. Stay at the beautiful Kali Wilderness Camp (junglelodges.com/kali-adventure-camp; 080 40554055) or the Hornbill River Resort (hornbillriverresort.com; 098806 83323).Picture credit: Travel Plus Birding paradise DandeliRafting, coracle rides, kayaking and bird watchingWhat: A verdant district full of rolling hills, forests and coffee estatesWhy: Because it one of the two most green and nature-packed districts in Karnataka. It is packed with the greenery of jungles and coffee plantations, providing the perfect backdrop to relax amidst crisp mountain air and the aroma of coffee plants. Opt for a plantation stay for the best experience and go for long plantation walks or ask for a coffee-bean picking tour. For some adventure trek up Mullayanagiri Peak, the highest peak in Karnataka, rising 1,930 ft, or drive up to Kemmangundi. On the other hand you could also head to one of the many streams that flow through the district where water-based activities such as rafting and river crossing are possible.How: Sep to early Feb is the best time to visit. Mangalore (150 km/3 hours) is the nearest airport but Bangalore (240 km/6 hours) has better connections. Well connected by trains and buses as well. Can stay at the luxurious The Serai (theserai.in; 08262 224903)Bandipur trystA hilltop temple, Nilgiris hills and wildlifeWhat: Bandipur National Park and a tiger reserve.Why: Because Bandipur is one of the best tiger reserves in the country and provides a lovely family outing. It is contiguous with Nagarhole as well as sanctuaries in Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu and Wayanad in Kerala, together constituting the 6,000 sq km Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve. At the last count, there were over 75 tigers and more than 3,000 elephants in this park, making sightings fairly common in this area. With the beautiful mist covered Nilgiris in the background, this park is known for its scenic beauty as well. As a result, there is a heavy tourist influx in season. There are usually two safaris, dawn and dusk, so opt for both to increase your chances of wildlife sightings. During the day, head for a trip to Himavad Gopalaswamy Betta, a beautiful hilltop with a temple covered in mists and offering plenty of verdant trekking routes.advertisementHow: Can be visited round the year. Nearest airport is at Bangalore (230 km/5.5 hours) and nearest major railhead is Mysore (80 km/2 hours). Stay at state-run Bandipur Safari Lodge (junglelodges.com, 080 40554055)Picture credit: Travel Plus Regal MysoreMonuments, bustling markets and a hub for premium silkWhat: A heritage city with regal splendour, palaces, lakes and a host of other sights and activities. Why: This is Karnataka’s own city of palaces and a classified Heritage City. The bastion of the Wadiyar rulers, Mysore is best known for its regal buildings, many of which have been converted into administrative buildings. However, the most famous–the Mysore Palace or Amba Vilas Palace–still stands tall and elegant, and is the centrepiece of the city. Wander around the palace to see the exquisite stained glass domes, carved reliefs, artefacts and two museums. Other places of interest include the Jaganmohan Palace, Lalitha Mahal Palace, Folklore Museum, Chamundi Hills, Brindavan Gardens and the zoo. Spend a day at Srirangapatna, about 30 minutes away; the 18th century island fortress was the stronghold of the legendary Tipu Sultan. Other sights here include Dariya Daulat, Gumbaz (where Tipu, his father Hyder Ali and other royalty are buried), the Jama Masjid, Ranganathaswamy Temple, the obelisk and Wellesley Bridge.How: Mysore can be visited throughout the year. The nearest airport is at Bangalore (145 km/3 hours),well connected by trains and buses. Stay at Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel (lalithamahalpalace.in; 0821 2526100) or Hotel Metropole (royalorchidhotels.com; 0821 425 5566).
Lucknow, May 1 (PTI) Heat wave prevailed in major parts of Uttar Pradesh as weather remained dry with Allahabad recording the highest temperature at 45.1 degrees Celsius today.MeT office said day temperatures changed little over all the divisions of the state and were markedly above normal in Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Faizabad, Allahabad, Lucknow and Moradabad divisions.Allahabad was the hottest place in the state with a maximum temperature of 45.1 degrees Celsius.According to the forecast, thunderstorms accompanied with squall are likely at isolated places of the state. PTI ABN ASV RT ASV
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Transfers Barcelona target Griezmann is going nowhere, says Atletico chief Guy Atkinson 03:22 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Atlético Madrid Antoine Griezmann Primera División The France international will have to see out his contract before leaving the Wanda Metropolitano, according Atletico’s president Cerezo Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has suggested that in-demand Antoine Griezmann is going nowhere.The Frenchman has been strongly linked with a move to La Liga champions Barcelona after another fine season, scoring 29 goals in all competitions for Diego Simeone’s side.Un immense honneur de représenter notre pays en Russie. #FiersdetreBleus 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/fCTo5GTHes— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) May 17, 2018Cerezo, though, has pointed out that the 27-year-old still has four years remaining on his contract and does not appear to be keen on letting Atletico’s talismanic forward leave before it finishes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I do not know the problems of other clubs,” he said.”What I do say is what I have always said: Griezmann has a contract with Atletico for another four years, so it’s very difficult to solve until four years from now.” Griezmann will be looking to put speculation over his future to one side as he prepares for the World Cup with France after being named in Didier Deschamps’ squad.
The Australian Sports Awards were a night of glitz and glamour, with representatives from the Australian Mens 30’s Touch side holding down a table at the Sydney event last night…if you were up late enough watching the SBS broadcast you would have even seen Tony El Takchi’s television interview in the introduction.Nominated in the Masters Team of the Year Award, the side rubbed shoulders with other award nominees, including Grant Hackett, Liesel Jones, the Sydney Swans and more.Unfortunately for the side, they were beaten for the award by the Australian Mens 55’s athletics relay team, although the recognition of making the final three for the award is still something special.Keep an eye on the website for a full report of the evening from the team, coming soon.
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India Today Web Desk TokyoJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 14:37 IST PV Sindhu crashed out of Japan Open 2019 after losing to Akane Yamaguchi in the quarters. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPV Sindhu crashed out of Japan Open after straight games defeat to Akane YamaguchiYamaguchi defeated Sindhu 18-21, 15-21 to enter semi-finals of the tournamentEarlier, Sai Praneeth entered the semi-finals of the Japan OpenIndia medal hope PV Sindhu crashed out of the Japan Open Super 750 tournament after losing to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in straight games of the women’s singles quarter-finals in Tokyo on Friday.In a repeat of last week’s Indonesia Open final, 5th seed PV Sindhu failed to avenge her title contest defeat as the Japanese downed the Indian 18-21, 15-21 in 50 minutes to cruise into the semi-finals of the prestigious Super 750 tournament.In a thrilling first game, both the players gave each other a hard fight for every point. The set was levelled at 3-3 before Sindhu displayed an attacking game to take a 11-7 lead into the first interval. The Indian, however, failed to maintain the lead after the lemon break as the 4th seeded Japanese found her way back to make the score 16-14 in her favour.Sindhu made Yamaguchi move all around the court but the young Japanese emerged better in the battle of endurance to gain 3 game points. Sindhu managed to save first 2 game points with back-to-back smashes but Yamaguchi, with her impressive defensive skills, took the opening game 21-18 in 25 minutes.In the second game, Sindhu made number of unforced errors since the start of the game to give Yamaguchi an early 2-4 lead. However, Sindhu kept showing glimpses of her trademark smash shots to level the game 6-6. But Yamaguchi, who looked at her very best, went into the mid-break with a four-point lead.Yamaguchi continued with her momentum after the interval and earned 5 match points. The Indian saved one but another unforced error marked the end of Sindhu in the tournament as Yamaguchi finished the game by taking the second set 21-15.advertisementEarlier, in men’s singles, Sai Praneeth entered the semi-finals of the tournament after beating Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto 21-12, 21-15 in the quarter-final.Sai Praneeth was on the top of his game as he easily wrapped up the game in two games inside 36 minutes. The World No 23, a former Singapore Open champion, was in complete control of the proceedings against his higher-ranked opponent.Notably, Sai Praneeth has become the first-ever Indian men’s singles shuttler to reach the last-four stages at the prestigious Super 750 tournament in Tokyo.In men’s doubles, the Indian duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also crashed out of the tournament after straight games defeat to Japanese pair of Keigo Sonoda and Takeshi Kamura.Satwik and Chirag gave a tough fight to the number two seeds but the the local pair finished stronger with 21-19, 21-18 win over the Indian pair in 41 minutes.Also Read | Sai Praneeth reaches maiden Japan Open semi-finals after dominant win over Tommy SugiartoAlso Read | Japan Open 2019: Kidambi Srikanth ousted after 1st-round defeat to HS PrannoyAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Japan Open 2019: PV Sindhu’s campaign ends with quarter-final loss to Akane YamaguchiIndia star shuttler PV Sindhu lost 18-21, 15-21 to Akane Yamaguchi in the women’s singles quarter-finals of Japan Open 2019.advertisement Next
The province is enticing more students to stay in Nova Scotia after graduating by helping them secure good jobs. Today, March 7, Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris announced a new program that will encourage employers to hire recent co-operative education graduates in high-demand areas. “More youth who have gone through the co-operative education programs will now have the opportunity to stay and build their futures here in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Paris. “This innovative program gives graduates the chance to develop the skills they need for good jobs. And that’s what jobsHere is all about.” The province is investing $400,000 to provide a 50 per cent wage subsidy for the first three months of employment, up to a maximum of $7,500. The program is expected to support 50 job placements in 2012-13. “The Graduate Placement Program will provide advantages for the future success of students and employers who hire our graduates,” said Carolyn Watters, vice-president academic and provost at Dalhousie University. “Our co-operative education programs complement the academic experience and provide great opportunities for students to gain career related work experience.” The province will encourage students to explore co-operative opportunities in sectors such as ocean technology, financial service, information and communication technologies, and aerospace and defence. The initiative has been developed with Nova Scotia’s colleges and universities that offer co-op programs. The Workforce Strategy program is part of jobsHere, the plan to grow our economy. “This program will link graduates with potential employers,” said Mr. Paris. “In turn, this will strengthen our work force with people who have experience and the right skills for good jobs.”
New Delhi: BJP leader Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said calling Prime Minister Narendra a “thief” was wrong as the Prime Minister does not belong to a party but the country. Speaking to the media as the BJP leads in the trends of the Lok Sabha results, he said the people have voted for the BJP as they have shown faith in Modi’s leadership. “The people of the nation know what is best for the country. In this election, people have shown faith that the Modi rule can change the nation. People have voted for the same. BJP’s win is people’s choice,” the Union Minister said. “The Prime Minister is not of any party, he is of the country; it was wrong to call him a thief,” said Gadkari.
New Delhi: YouTube Thursday tightened its policies to combat hateful and supremacist content, as it resolved to protect the platform from being used to incite hatred, harassment, discrimination and violence.”Today, we’re taking another step in our hate speech policy by specifically prohibiting videos alleging that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion based on qualities like age, gender, race, caste, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status,” YouTube said in a blog post. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCCiting examples, it said this would include videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology, which is inherently discriminatory. Also, YouTube will remove content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School (in Connecticut, United States), took place. The latest move assumes significance as digital platforms and social media companies have come under increased global scrutiny on issues like hate content, fake news and data privacy. India, too, has taken a tough stance on these burning issues. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsEarlier this week, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had warned that misuse of digital platforms will not be tolerated in India. The IT Ministry has already begun work on tightening rules for social media and online companies, for which it already held wide public consultations. The YouTube blog post said that it has been investing in policies, resources and products needed to protect the YouTube community from harmful content. “In 2017, we introduced a tougher stance towards videos with supremacist content, including limiting recommendations and features like comments and the ability to share the video,” it said, adding that the step dramatically reduced views to these videos, on average 80 per cent. The company said it will begin enforcing the updated policy (on tacking hateful and supremacist content) on Thursday, but it will take time for the systems to fully ramp up. YouTube will gradually expand the coverage over the next several months. “We recognize some of this content has value to researchers and NGOs looking to understand hate in order to combat it, and we are exploring options to make it available to them in the future. And as always, context matters, so some videos could remain up because they discuss topics like pending legislation, aim to condemn or expose hate, or provide analysis of current events,” it added. YouTube noted it is critical that the monetisation systems reward trusted creators who add value to the platform. “We have longstanding advertiser-friendly guidelines that prohibit ads from running on videos that include hateful content and we enforce these rigorously…In the case of hate speech, we are strengthening enforcement of our existing YouTube partner program policies,” it added. Channels that repeatedly brush up against its hate speech policies will be suspended from the YouTube Partner program. This means they cannot run ads on their channel or use other monetisation features like SuperChat, it added. The openness of YouTube’s platform has helped creativity and access to information thrive, the blog noted.
CALGARY – Calgary’s mayor says the Flames’ financial proposal for a new NHL arena places a heavy tax burden on the city.Calgary Sports and Entertainment (CSEC) and the city have gone public with what they would pay and what they think the other side should pay, in the wake of CSEC pulling the plug on “spectacularly unproductive” negotiations.The looming civic election Oct. 16 has turned up the temperature on what’s become a public back and forth, even though the Flames insist they’re done talking.CSEC declared via a press release and newspaper ads Thursday they’d put $275 million of owners’ money into a $500-million building and the city should raise the remaining $225 million through a community revitalization levy.A CRL allows the city to divert property taxes from new development that would theoretically spring up around a new arena into paying for it.“That’s tax money. CRL is taxes,” Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi said Friday at city hall.“That is straight up property tax from people who are in that neighbourhood. It’s property tax the city wouldn’t otherwise have.“The Flames would like that property tax to be paid by someone other than them. They are not willing to pay any rent, or property tax or any revenue back to the city in their proposal.”CSEC contends, however, that their $275 million equates to 35 years worth of rent.The city proposed a three-way split on the cost of a $555-million arena, with the city and the Flames each paying $185 million and the remaining third raised from a surcharge on tickets.The city said the Flames would control the new arena and receive all revenue from it.Flames president Ken King insists the city’s offer amounts to the team paying the entire cost, or more, because CSEC considers a ticket surcharge paid by users revenue that belongs to the team and because the city wants CSEC to pay property tax.CSEC owns the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders, Western Hockey League’s Hitmen and National Lacrosse League’s Roughnecks in addition to the NHL’s Flames.The ownership group is comprised of Murray Edwards, Alvin Libin, Clayton Riddell, Allan Markin and Jeff McCaig.CSEC has said the owners “will strive to operate, as we have for the last 34 years, in the Saddledome for as long as we believe it is feasible.”Nenshi, who is running for a third term, says the city is willing to keep negotiating with CSEC on a new arena.“As long as I’m the mayor, we will not leave that table,” he said. “These negotiations are hard. They should be hard. We’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars.“I believe, you don’t have a temper tantrum, you don’t run away. You sit down and you figure out the right way to do it. I hope we will be able to continue to do that.”King is scheduled to speak Monday to Calgary’s chamber of commerce, where he is expected to field more questions about arena negotiations.The arena’s proposed location in Victoria Park just north of Scotiabank Saddledome is part of a larger district east of downtown undergoing revitalization. A CRL is already being implemented for the East Village.Nenshi says the $150 million the CRL is expected to raise over the remaining 10 years of its term has been allocated to other projects in the East Village and can’t go towards a new arena.“That $150 million that’s already spoken for is based on development we think will happen there,” the mayor explained.“An additional $225 million, the only way to do that is if you have a heck of a lot more development than we are forecasting.“In a world where you have 30 per cent occupancy downtown, it’s hard to imagine in the short term. Or you just extend the CRL forever, which just means its property tax money.”Edmonton’s arena cost $483 million to build, but the entire project that includes a cavernous hall leading into the arena, a community rink, a pedestrian corridor, an LRT connection and the land came to $613 million, according to the City of Edmonton’s website.The city expects to raise $231 million via a CRL to help pay for it. The Oilers ownership group contributed $165 million to the arena and the hall in a combination of cash and lease payments.
VANCOUVER – Marijuana consumers are likely to have a flood of options when pot becomes legal next summer and now a not-for-profit group is stepping in to help determine which products to trust.The National Institute for Cannabis Health and Education said its CannabisWise certification will test businesses on quality and safety guidelines, similar to the way other voluntary programs regulate pharmacy services or fish products in Canada.The institute’s CEO, Barinder Rasode, said they’ve heard concerns that Canadians are looking for clarity when it comes to buying quality marijuana that is sourced ethically and adhering to laws from all three levels of government.“People want certainty and want to know how they’re going to be able to trust products on the market and companies that are entering the space,” Rasode said.The certification program is based on 12 standards that focus on quality control, compliance to the new laws and regulations, and the promotion of responsible cannabis use.Any business interested in having their product certified will have to apply, provide the necessary documents and pay a fee.Rasode said they haven’t yet established the cost of the annual certification.Trained inspectors will scrutinize businesses and facilities in person before approving the credentials, she said.The owner of the Vancouver dispensary Buddha Barn said a national standard is exactly what the industry needs.Jessika Villano said there are many “fly-by-night” organizations popping up in attempt to take advantage of the potential for a booming industry.Marijuana growing practices also vary, and Villano said while her dispensary tests for pesticide use, consumers aren’t given that guarantee elsewhere.“I love smoking weed and I don’t want to smoke pesticides and I wouldn’t want any of our members to,” she said.A national standard would help improve practices and get rid of uncertainty for consumers, Villano said.Rasode said pesticide use and organic production are among the factors CannabisWise will test.A method for testing and certifying edible cannabis products will also be added to the CannabisWise program to meet federal standards that are expected to be implemented 12 months after legalization is introduced, she said.“I think the whole question of edibles is going to create quite a challenge from a regulatory perspective,” Rasode said. “How people metabolize edibles is quite different.”She added there is also a question of the quality of the other ingredients in edibles and the process of how they’re made that will need to be regulated.The institute is looking at examples in the United States where marijuana has been legalized, as well a model created by the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries.As regulations are announced by every level of government, Rasode said she’s confident the CannabisWise program will be ready to accept applications by the end of April and issue certificates in time for legalization.— Follow @Givetash on Twitter.
WASHINGTON – The White House has sent Congress a $44 billion disaster aid request that’s already under attack from lawmakers from hurricane-hit regions as way too small.The request issued Friday, President Donald Trump’s third since hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria slammed the Gulf Coast and Caribbean, would bring the total appropriated for disaster relief this fall close to $100 billion — and that’s before most of the money to rebuild Puerto Rico’s devastated housing stock and electric grid is added in.The new installment would add $24 billion to the government’s chief disaster account and establish a new $12 billion grant program for flood risk mitigation projects. Smaller amounts would go to small business loans and to aid farmers suffering crop losses.The request followed lobbying by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello, who pressed the White House for far more. There are sure to be attempts to add to the measure as it advances through the House and Senate.“This request does not come close to what local officials say is needed,” said New York Rep. Nita Lowey, top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee.Even before the measure was delivered, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called it “wholly inadequate.” Cornyn worked in September to nearly double Trump’s initial request for Harvey aid and has been battling with the White House behind the scenes.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded, “I don’t think $44 billion is a low amount and my guess is if you asked any average citizen across this country they wouldn’t feel that it’s low either.”She said Texas “should step up” and provide state money to the rebuilding efforts. But she said damage assessments in Puerto Rico hadn’t been completed yet and additional requests were expected.The measure arrives as lawmakers and the White House face numerous budget-related issues by year’s end, including a deadline of Dec. 8 to avert a government shutdown. Top Capitol Hill leaders are also negotiating bipartisan spending increases for the Pentagon and domestic agencies in hopes of passing a catchall government funding bill. They are also seeking to renew a popular program that provides health care to children from low-income families.And there’s a tax bill that is Republicans’ top priority. GOP leaders have appeared wary of tackling other budget-related issues while the tax legislation was taking shape but time is running low and coming weeks are likely to bring a burst of activity. Talks on increasing tight “caps” on agency budgets have centred on a GOP plan for a two-year, $182 billion increase that still falls short of demands by both defence hawks and Democrats seeking more for domestic programs.Rossello has requested $94 billion, including $18 billion to rebuild the island’s power grid and $31 billion for housing. The White House anticipates sending another request focused on the needs of the island territory but hasn’t indicated when that would be.“Because Hurricane Maria occurred more recently, damage assessments are ongoing,” said White House budget director Mick Mulvaney.Mulvaney also asked lawmakers to consider $59 billion in spending cuts to pay for the aid, including $44 billion from benefit programs by extending automatic cuts known as sequestration over the 2025-2027 budget window.Texas and Florida officials also expressed disappointment. Abbott, the Texas governor, submitted a $61 billion request to Trump last month for Harvey-related damages, including ambitious requests for flood control and navigation projects. He called the White House request “completely inadequate.”The Florida congressional delegation asked for $27 billion. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat, said in a statement that the request “doesn’t come close to providing what is needed. People are hurting and they desperately need our help, yet this request has no money to provide housing for evacuees and barely any money for Florida’s citrus growers. That’s unacceptable.”“Congress needs to pass a more robust disaster bill that actually provides the funding needed to help people recover,” Nelson said.House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Congress had “proven its commitment to aid those suffering from the natural disasters of the fall.” Ryan said the House would “review the request and work with the administration and members from affected states to help the victims get the resources they need to recover and rebuild.”__Associated Press writer Ken Thomas contributed to this report.
Mr. Annan will leave for Salt Lake City on Thursday following the invitation from Dr. Jacques Rogge, the IOC President, spokesman Fred Eckhard told the press at UN Headquarters in New York. In his letter to Dr. Rogge accepting the IOC invitation, the Secretary-General noted that the UN General Assembly’s adoption last December of a new resolution on “Building a better world through sport and the Olympic ideal” was “a welcome reaffirmation of the value of the cooperation” between the United Nations and the IOC, the spokesman said. “I am eager to join you in Salt Lake City to celebrate the commitment and the achievements of young people who are the true wealth of the Olympic Movement, and of the communities they represent,” the Secretary-General wrote to the IOC chief. While in Salt Lake City, the Secretary-General will make opening remarks on Saturday at a forum on “Using support for development to build a brighter future for children worldwide.” The forum is organized by Olympic Aid, an athlete-led non-governmental organization (NGO) affiliated with the IOC. A number of senior officials from UN agencies, including Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director General of the World Health Organizaiton; Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF; and Ruud Lubbers, High Commissioner for Refugees, are expected to participate in the forum at the invitation of Olympic Aid. Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace, Adolf Ogi, will also take part.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay — USA Basketball is headed to the 2019 Basketball World Cup.The U.S. rallied late to beat Uruguay 78-70 on Sunday night, a win that clinches a spot for the Americans in next year’s FIBA World Cup in China. The U.S. won the last two World Cups in 2010 and 2014, and will aim to become the first nation to capture three consecutive gold medals at the event.Travis Trice scored 17 points in the clinching win for the U.S., which used rosters filled primarily by G League players in qualifying. John Jenkins scored 13 points for the Americans (8-2), who have two qualifying games remaining at North Carolina in February.The World Cup starts Aug. 31. The draw for the 32-team event will be held March 16.The Associated Press
It might have taken 10 years, 474 losses and millions of dollars lost, but one thing should be very clear to everyone by now: Professional hockey was not meant to be played in Columbus. At least not at the NHL level, where in their first decade of existence, the Columbus Blue Jackets have provided Ohio’s capital with little more than one season of winning hockey, enormous revenue losses and an ever-diminishing fan base. Since joining the NHL in 2000, the Blue Jackets have compiled a combined record of 313-474-33 (the NHL eliminated ties before the start of the 2005–06 season). The Jackets’ best year came during the 2008–09 season, in which the team posted a 41-41 record (10 of those losses came in overtime) and was rewarded with the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, in which the Detroit Red Wings promptly swept them. But, unlike the other NHL cellar dwellers, who can at least point to the future as a reason for hope, the Blue Jackets are more than likely headed toward their third major roster overhaul in 10 years. The Jackets are currently constructed around forward Rick Nash, which is the equivalent of building an NBA team around Danny Granger, Andre Iguodala or Chris Bosh. Nash might put up some nice numbers and make a few All-Star teams, but you’re not getting past the first round of the playoffs with him as your best player. Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson has also committed $5.8 million over the next two seasons to goaltender Steve Mason, who in the 2010–11 season allowed the ninth-most goals in the league and ranked outside the top 50 in save percentage. The losses, particularly the 66-98 record the Blue Jackets have owned since the 2008–09 season, also have taken a toll on the team’s once-excited-and-optimistic fan base. This past season, the Jackets averaged 13,659 fans per home game — the fewest in franchise history. Just six games sold out at Nationwide Arena this season, and on Oct. 20, a record-low 9,802 fans showed up to watch the Blue Jackets play the Anaheim Ducks, a record that was broken eight days later, when 9,128 fans — 49.3 percent of Nationwide Arena’s capacity — witnessed the Blue Jackets beat the Edmonton Oilers. The most enthusiastic the hockey fans got in Nationwide Arena this season was Dec. 4, when the Blue Jackets played the Pittsburgh Penguins, and jerseys supporting Penguins center Sidney Crosby outnumbered those for the hometown team. Chants of “We want 10” were audible throughout the arena that night, as the Jackets fell to the Penguins, 7-2. Not surprisingly, the lack of fan support has hurt the Jackets’ bottom line, as The Columbus Dispatch reported last week that the team lost $25 million over the course of last season, bringing the Jackets’ total revenue losses since the 2004–05 NHL lockout to $80 million. The financial forecast for the Blue Jackets isn’t looking any brighter either, as the franchise’s dim future isn’t likely to bring any closet Columbus hockey fans out of hiding. One of the reasons for the aforementioned NHL lockout was the overexpansion that the league experienced in the early 2000s, and putting a team in college-crazed Columbus was a part of that problem. Does it really surprise anyone that a city that had trouble selling out games for the No. 1 basketball team in the country this past season isn’t supportive of an irrelevant team in the least popular of the four major sports leagues? As cities like Winnipeg and Kansas City long for a professional hockey team, there’s one in Columbus wasting away. Ten years ago, both the Blue Jackets and the city of Columbus were full of hope and optimism, but as neither the organization nor the city has proven capable of fully committing to the other, it’d be best for both to go their separate ways, because things just aren’t working out.
The Ohio State wrestling team suffered its first two losses of the season to the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Minnesota Golden Gophers this weekend. The Buckeyes, who entered Friday night’s contest against Nebraska undefeated, were beaten, 18-16, in Lincoln, Neb., and again defeated, 24-13, at Minnesota Sunday afternoon. Minnesota seized control of the dual early by winning the first six matches, which left the Buckeyes down, 18-0, at intermission. It wasn’t until freshman Hunter Stieber scored an 11-8 decision against Minnesota redshirt freshman Nick Dardanes in the 141-pound match up that the Buckeyes finally got on the board. OSU mounted a comeback behind victories from freshman Cam Tessari, who pinned Minnesota redshirt freshman Dylan Ness in the 149-pound match, and freshman Josh Demas scored a 13-5 major decision at 157-pounds. In the final match of the afternoon, OSU freshman Derek Garcia dropped a 5-3 decision to the Golden Gopher’s redshirt junior Cody Yohn at 165-pounds, sealing a 24-13 win for Minnesota. The Buckeyes dropped to 7-2 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten while Minnesota improved to 5-2 and 2-0. OSU was able to split the victories in the dual, 5-5, but was edged as Nebraska managed to outscore the Buckeyes, 3-1, in major decisions. Freshman Johnni Dijulius, redshirt freshman Logan Stieber, Tessari, redshirt sophomore Nick Heflin and freshman Andrew Campolattano all collected wins for OSU. While the Buckeyes trailed the Cornhuskers early, 3-0, Dijulius, a true freshman, was able to score a major decision, 11-3, against Nebraska’s Shawn Nagel at 125-pounds to put OSU up, 4-3. At 133-pounds, redshirt freshman Logan Stieber helped the Buckeyes build a slim 7-3 lead with an 8-2 decision against Ridge Kiley. Up next at 141-pounds, freshman Hunter Stieber surrendered a major decision to Nebraska’s Jake Sueflohn which left the Buckeyes tied, 7-7, before OSU redshirt freshman Tessari scored a takedown in overtime which again gave OSU the lead, 10-7. OSU would only manage to win one of the next four matches, which gave Nebraska an 18-13 lead with only the Buckeyes’ redshirt sophomore Heflin defeating Nebraska’s Tyler Koehn, 6-2, at the 174-pound weight class. Campolattano finished the dual in the 197-pound weight class with a 5-3 decision against James Nakashima. OSU will look to redeem itself and continue its march toward a Big Ten title against fellow Big Ten member Purdue this Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena. The Boilermakers, also coming off a loss, are 6-5 overall with a 1-1 record in the Big Ten. Purdue managed only three wins out of 10 matches in their previous dual at home against Illinois.