Congress moves Gujarat High Court, seeks expulsion of MLA Alpesh Thakor

first_imgThe Gujarat High Court on Monday admitted a petition of the State Congress seeking a directive to Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi to take an early decision on its demand to expel Alpesh Thakor as an MLA. After admitting the petition filed by Congress chief whip in the Assembly Ashwin Kotwal, a division bench of Justices S.R. Brahmbhatt and AP Thaker issued notices to Mr. Trivedi and Mr. Thakor, and kept further hearing on June 27. In the petition, the Congress also demanded that till the Speaker takes a final call, Mr. Thakor must not be allowed to exercise his rights as a legislator. The petition stated that though the Congress, through an application in April, had urged Mr. Trivedi to expel Mr. Thakor as an MLA, no decision has been taken yet by the Speaker, which compelled the Party to approach the High Court. On April 25, Gujarat Congress leaders led by Mr. Kotwal had approached Mr. Trivedi seeking expulsion of Mr. Thakor as a legislator claiming that he was no longer with the Party and that he was involved in “anti-Party activities” during the Lok Sabha polls. Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Mr. Thakor had resigned on April 10 from all the posts he held in the Congress, claiming he and his Thakor community were insulted and betrayed by the Party. Mr. Thakor was Congress secretary in charge of Bihar and was a member of all key Party committees for the Lok Sabha polls. Though Mr. Thakor had not mentioned specifically that he was resigning as an MLA or from the primary membership of the Party, Mr. Kotwal maintained that “resignation from all the posts” also include primary membership and as an MLA. Mr. Thakor, a prominent OBC leader, was elected from Radhanpur on a Congress ticket in 2017 Assembly polls.last_img read more

20 days agoBen Chilwell hails spirit inside Leicester squad

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ben Chilwell hails spirit inside Leicester squadby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City fullback Ben Chilwell has hailed the spirit inside the current squad.Leicester are going well, sitting third after their 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.“We’re very confident, especially off the back of 5-0 win against Newcastle and the five great goals that we scored,” Chilwell told the Foxes’ official website.”The confidence is very high in the club, the training is very good.“We’ve made sure that we’ve trained very hard. Just because we’ve won 5-0, we’ve not relaxed.”The manager (Brendan Rodgers) came in the changing room after Newcastle and while he was very happy, he doesn’t show it with us.” last_img read more

Canadas big new trade deal How it could affect a far bigger

first_imgMONTREAL – The signing of a sprawling new trade pact involving two North American countries has revealed a rift in philosophy with the continent’s superpower and raised the question of whether those differences might complicate the NAFTA negotiations.Canada and Mexico joined the new Trans-Pacific Partnership as the three North American countries gathered Tuesday in Montreal for a week-long round seen as potentially pivotal in gauging the prospects for a new NAFTA after a contentious few rounds.The chief negotiators for Canada and Mexico brushed aside the idea that the TPP deal would affect NAFTA talks.“It’s pretty much separate tracks,” Canada’s lead negotiator Steve Verheul told The Canadian Press, while walking between meetings at the negotiating round in Montreal.“It has not come up here yet — so far.”Note the qualifier — yet.Some critics bemoaned the timing of a decision to dive into a new Asia-Pacific trade zone, when some of the deal’s basic principles run counter to those of the new, Donald Trump-led U.S. administration.Trump’s team professes to detest multilateral deals; it’s keen to restrict imports from Asia; and it withdrew from the TPP as one of the incoming president’s first acts in office — exactly one year earlier, on Jan. 23, 2017.Fast-forward one year later, Trump was back in the Oval Office making another announcement on trade with Asia. This time he held a signing ceremony to celebrate punitive duties on washing machines and solar panels, and singled out China as his target.He sounded optimistic about NAFTA.“NAFTA is moving along pretty well.” Mentioning his trade czar Bob Lighthizer, the president said: “If it doesn’t work out, we’ll terminate it. But I think you’re doing pretty well, Bob.”Some fear the bonhomie could hit a brick wall.On automobiles in particular, manufacturing jobs are a key Trump priority. The three countries have been hoping to make progress at this round, and Verheul confirmed he intends to suggest ways to help the U.S. meet some of its objectives.But on autos, the TPP runs in the exact opposite direction of Trump’s goals. He wants taller trade barriers, and fewer Asian parts; but TPP liberalizes auto-parts trade, meaning more pieces imported from Asia, including from countries not in the deal — like China.The current NAFTA allows 37.5 per cent of a car to come from outside the trade zone, before tariffs apply. Trump wants that cranked down to 15 per cent — but the new TPP zone moves dramatically in the other direction, to 55 per cent.One auto stakeholder called it inconceivable that Canada would sign a deal that does the opposite of what its No. 1 customer wants.“This could not be a dumber move at a more important time,” said Flavio Volpe of Canada’s Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association. He accused the government of chasing a legacy item, without regard for how it might affect the far more important NAFTA negotiations: “We’re trophy hunting.”The U.S. buys three-quarters of Canada’s overall exports.And that’s precisely the point, according to defenders of the TPP deal. Pointing to that dependency on the U.S., several defenders said there’s a need for trade diversification. One senior federal source said it even helps Canada’s position at the NAFTA bargaining table, showing the U.S. that it will look elsewhere for partnerships, giving Canada greater leverage.“It’s better than worth it. It’s advantageous,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.“The U.S. does not respect weakness.”Another potential problem area is dairy: the U.S. wants more access to Canada’s closed market. TPP already opens it up a crack to foreign competition, and defenders of the system say it can’t handle any more liberalization.One Washington-based consultant who knows trade, and the auto sector, offered a nuanced view.Eric Miller said he’s thrilled the deal happened. But he acknowledged it could still create headaches at the NAFTA table. Miller, who worked for the federal government on the 2009 auto bailout, said it will complicate the conversation on auto parts.He predicted this will intensify the American desire for rules that extensively track the origin of pieces. This will raise costs for companies, in terms of compliance and possible fines, he added. And he said U.S. customs officers will have to keep a closer eye out for Asian components in Canadian shipments.“It will certainly make things more complicated,” Miller said. “(And) these NAFTA discussions (on autos) become all the more important.”That being said, Miller said the TPP deal is great for lumber exporters, livestock producers and many other Canadians and he believes it’s smart for Canada to diversify its trade.“I think it’s great news for Canada and Canadian exporters,” Miller said. “This helps to advance the cause of trade diversification … (and) I think it actually helps Canada’s leverage in NAFTA.”Miller added, “This sends a signal: that Canada has options.”Mexico’s chief negotiator agreed that the new pact made a broader point. Kenneth Smith Ramos denied that it would affect NAFTA, but he said: “It sends a signal that we can work together with Canada in the context of international trade negotiations.”last_img read more

Cryptocurrencies arent financial state risk but likely to be regulated Carney

first_imgTORONTO – Bank of England governor Mark Carney says cryptocurrencies aren’t a risk to the financial state, but he thinks they will be subject to some form of regulation.The former Bank of Canada governor and so-called rockstar of finance says cryptocurrencies pose a challenge for market integrity because “a huge amount” of illicit activity is run through them.His remarks came as he spoke to business heavyweights and economy-watchers at the Public Policy Forum’s Canada Growth Summit in Toronto.Despite the abuses of cryptocurrencies, he says they aren’t a risk to the financial state because they’re still small and not connected to the financial system.While still relatively small compared with the established system, he says the emergence of such currencies is part of a broader reorganization of the economy and radically challenging the existing payment system.He says that at some point, cryptocurrency systems will have to see more regulation.“There are these exchanges where you transfer your Canadian dollars for a cryptocurrency and those in general are unregulated and in some cases, there’s plenty of serious abuse or at a minimum, they are very porous to a cyber attack and theft and they just do not meet the standards,” he says. “There is no reason why that should be tolerated.”Carney has previously slammed cryptocurrencies and called on regulators to start monitoring them as they do other financial assets because he says, “being part of the financial system brings enormous privileges, but with them great responsibilities.”last_img read more

91 percent of fatal overdoses in Northern BC involved fentanyl

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Coroners Service has released the latest statistics looking at the ongoing fatal drug overdoes epidemic which shows a large spike in the number of illicit drug overdoses across the province in March.Preliminary data indicates that 161 B.C. residents died of a drug overdose in March, a jump of 59 compared to February. That’s a 58 percent increase compared to the 102 deaths that occurred in February, and a 24 percent increase over the number of fatalities in March 2017.The overdose death rate in Northern B.C. surged in March after trailing the rest of the province. After recording nine deaths in the first two months of the year, Northern Health recorded 13 deaths in March alone, bringing the yearly total to 22.  Of the 22 fatal overdoses so far this year in Northern Health, 20 were recorded as fentanyl-detected overdoses, which works out to 91 percent of deadly overdoses.The BC Coroners Service is urgently reminding anyone using illicit drugs not to use alone. Those using substances should have someone nearby equipped and trained to administer naloxone or able to call 911 immediately if an overdose occurs. Photo by BC Coroners ServiceThree of last month’s deaths occurred in Northeast B.C., while eight occurred in the Northern Interior, and the Northwest region recorded its first fatal overdose of the year. The Northern Interior now has the second-highest rate of fatal drug overdoses of any region in the province, with 45.8 deaths per 100,000 residents. The fatality rate in Northeast B.C. is below the provincial average at 27 deaths per 100,000, while the Northern Health rate as a whole was the second-lowest in B.C. at 30.8 deaths per 100,000. Photo by BC Coroners Service Photo by BC Coroners Service Photo by BC Coroners Service Photo by BC Coroners Service The Coroners Service also released its quarterly statistics on the number of fatal overdoses in which fentanyl was detected. Of the 161 people across the province who died from an overdose, 129 had fentanyl detected in their systems, which works out to just over 80 percent. The number of fatal fentanyl overdoses across B.C. in March was higher than the 82 seen in February, and the 112 in January. The rate of fentanyl overdoses was even higher in Northern B.C. Eleven of the 13 people who died last month in the North had fentanyl detected, while all of the fatal overdoses in January and February involved fentanyl. Four of the five fatal overdoses in Northeast B.C. were fentanyl overdoses. last_img read more

US women’s football team sues federation for discrimination

first_imgLos Angeles: Twenty-eight members of the American women’s national football team have filed a suit against the US Soccer Federation (USSF) for gender discrimination, marking a new phase in a dispute that goes back years. The lawsuit, filed on Friday in the US District Court in Los Angeles, accuses the USSF of “institutionalised gender discrimination”, reports Efe news. Besides complaining that they are paid substantially less than their male counterparts, the women say USSF discriminates against them in terms of scheduling matches, the quality of physical training and coaching and in travel accommodations. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “A comparison of the WNT (Women’s National Team) and MNT (Men’s National Team) pay shows that if each team played 20 friendlies in a year and each team won all 20 friendlies, female WNT players would earn a maximum of $99,000 or $4,950 per game, while male MNT players would earn an average of $263,320 or $13,166 per game,” the suit said. This is not the first time the women’s team has challenged the USSF: in 2016 five players presented a wage-discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which subsequently authorised the aggrieved athletes to sue the federation. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open One of the original five complainants, former goalkeeper Hope Solo, filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the USSF last August. The plaintiffs in the suit filed Friday are seeking to be certified as a class, which would give them the right to represent any of the dozens of players that have been part of the national team since February 4, 2015. The 28 plaintiffs include some of the biggest stars of international women’s football, such as Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan. They are seeking several millions of dollars in damages, according to The New York Times. The US squad is the most successful in international women’s soccer, with three Women’s World Cup titles, four Olympic gold medals, eight CONCACAF Gold Cups and 10 Algarve Cups. Their counterparts on the US men’s team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. “Each of us is extremely proud to wear the US jersey, and we also take seriously the responsibility that comes with that,” Morgan said. “We believe that fighting for gender equality in sports is a part of that responsibility.” The women’s team are preparing to defend their title this summer at the 2019 Women’s World Cup tournament in France The filing of the lawsuit coincided with the observance of International Women’s Day.last_img read more

Draymond Green Is Better Than Ever On Defense

2016-173.4%6.4% Draymond Green’s block rate usually increases during the playoffs 2013-143.04.5 2015-163.03.8 Blocked dunks are not only difficult to accumulate, players also run the risk of becoming a potential poster. “There’s definitely a sense of urgency, but it’s also [me] not caring if I get dunked on,” Green said when asked by FiveThirtyEight about his spike in blocked dunks. “Because every time you do it, you put yourself in that position. I like the reward we can reap from getting a block. That outweighs getting dunked on. The way I see it, it’s still just two points. I try to read what the offense is trying to do and be a step early, if I can.”Green, who’s averaging just under five blocks and steals a game combined this postseason, knows his aggressive approach is inevitably going to cause some embarrassment. And that was on display in Game 4 when Utah’s Derrick Favors got the best of him on one play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/draymonddunkedon.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But more important than a few blocked dunks, the Warriors rely heavily on Green’s instincts to read the opposing team’s offense. Many times, his ball denial or ability to close out on someone like Gordon Hayward forces the opponent to look elsewhere to get a shot; a huge accomplishment in the postseason, when teams learn which role players can handle the moment versus which ones can’t.Earlier in the series, acting Warriors coach Mike Brown was asked to compare or contrast Green’s defensive ability with that of Ben and Rasheed Wallace, from the mid-2000s Detroit Pistons teams. In his response, Brown praised Green, saying he was more versatile than those two while saying that Green took a similar leadership role in terms of how much he communicated with teammates on the court.“They anchored whatever defense they were a part of, and they did a lot of things that were kind of on the fly, that they felt,” Brown said. “That’s something Draymond does. I mean, he has carte blanche. Steve [Kerr] has empowered him since day one to quarterback the defense, and he does a heck of a job in that regard.”And as long as Green keeps improvising the way he has, it will be tough for anyone to challenge the Warriors.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Block percentage is a rate estimate of how many 2-point shots a player blocks while he’s on the court.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 2012-131.83.5 SEASONREG. SEASONPLAYOFFS Much like the regular season that preceded it, this NBA postseason has been marked by some eye-popping individual performances. As he tries to reach the NBA Finals for the seventh-straight year, LeBron James has been phenomenal, even by his own ridiculous standards. Meanwhile, point guards Isaiah Thomas and John Wall have been throwing haymakers at one another for the right to face James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.But perhaps no star has raised the level of his game in the postseason as much as Golden State’s Draymond Green. Yes, he was great on offense in Game 4, recording a triple-double as his team finished a sweep of the Jazz1He averaged 16 points, nearly nine rebounds and seven assists for the series.. But it was his defense — both in this series and all postseason — that made his performance as special, if not more so, as Stephen Curry’s or Kevin Durant’s.Utah scored a meager 95 points per 100 plays with Green on the floor (down from 105 points per 100 with Green on the sidelines), connecting on just 52 percent of its shots inside of five feet with Green on the court (down from a respectable 61 percent with him on the bench), according to NBA.com. But Green’s raw defensive numbers in the series weren’t the real surprise — the Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner was statistically the best interior stopper in the NBA this season2Among players who played at least 50 games and defended three or more shots per game from close range — rather it was the emphatic way in which he repeatedly shut down the Jazz at the rim.On Monday night, Utah tried and failed to score on Green at the basket, shooting just 3 of 10 from close range with him nearby. You would have thought the Jazz had learned their lesson earlier in the series: In Game 2, they tried sneaking three alley-oops past Green, including two to Rudy Gobert, a skilled big and Defensive Player of the Year candidate in his own right. In all three instances, Green snuffed out the play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/alleyoop1.mp400:0000:0000:07Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/draymondswat.mp400:0000:0000:08Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenswat2.mp400:0000:0000:06Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Those plays came on the heels of a series against Portland in which Green had a couple of similar rejections at the rim.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenrejection.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenrejection2.mp400:0000:0000:07Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In all, he’s blocked four dunk attempts in 283 minutes this postseason, the most in the league. It’s important to remember here that blocking the dunks of 7-foot-1-inch NBA players is about as hard as it sounds. During the regular season, players were successful on better than 90 percent of their dunk attempts, according to Basketball-Reference.com. To give Green’s postseason performance even greater context, consider this: In his entire career — five seasons and 10,627 regular-season minutes — he had four such blocks, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. 2014-152.92.5 read more

The Big Ten bubble watch

With the regular season winding down, let’s take a look at how each Big Ten team stacks up in the battle for NCAA Tournament entry:Ohio State (23-7, 13-4)The injury to Purdue forward Robbie Hummel completely shifted the Big Ten landscape. It devastates the Boilermakers and gives an opportunity to both Ohio State and Michigan State to enhance their resumes over the next two weeks. In the event that OSU, MSU and Purdue all finish tied for first in the conference (a very realistic scenario), the Buckeyes would earn the top seed in the conference tournament based on tiebreakers. A win tonight against Illinois would clinch OSU a share of the Big Ten title. Thad Matta’s crew has won nine of its last 10 games and could be looking at a No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament if it wins the Big Ten Tournament. Otherwise, OSU will likely fit the bill for a No. 3 seed.Purdue (24-4, 12-4)The loss of Hummel to a torn ACL last week sucked the life out of West Lafayette after plenty of buzz about the Boilermakers’ realistic Final Four aspirations. Now, with perhaps their most valuable player sidelined for the rest of the year, Purdue will be saying, “What could have been.” The Boilermakers nearly blew a sizeable lead against Minnesota when Hummel went down. Unless they somehow capture the Big Ten Tournament title, his injury probably cost the team a No. 1 seed. Still, a No. 2 or No. 3 seed seems likely as long as Purdue doesn’t bow out too early in the conference tournament. Purdue can still win the regular season title if Ohio State falters against Illinois and the Boilermakers win their remaining two games.Michigan State (22-7, 12-4)The Spartans took advantage of Hummel’s absence in Sunday’s victory at Purdue. The NCAA Tournament Committee takes into account recent play and that victory certainly helps Tom Izzo’s squad, which had lost four of its last six games entering the matchup with the Boilermakers. Michigan State reached the National Championship Game a year ago as a No. 2 seed. A conquest through the Big Ten Tournament could result in another deuce for Sparty. Otherwise, a No. 3 seed appears probable.Wisconsin (21-7, 11-5)The quiet team that nobody talks about, Wisconsin has the same number of losses as both Ohio State and Michigan State. Just like those teams, the Badgers were forced to play a stretch of their schedule without a crucial player, forward Jon Leuer. The Badgers split their two meetings with all three Big Ten teams ranked ahead of them, making Wisconsin a dangerous sleeper in the conference tournament. A series of victories in Indianapolis could vault the Badgers from a likely No. 5 seed to a No. 3 slot.Illinois (18-11, 10-6)Illinois missed a critical opportunity to move a step closer to locking up an NCAA Tournament bid with a 62-60 loss to Minnesota on Saturday. Bruce Weber’s crew probably needs two more victories, whether they come against OSU or Wisconsin or in the Big Ten tournament.Minnesota (17-11, 8-8)The Gophers really needed to pull out last Wednesday’s game against Purdue, but even without Hummel’s services, the Boilermakers eked out a victory, delivering a crushing blow to Minnesota’s postseason hopes. Sunday’s victory at Illinois certainly helped Minnesota’s case and wins at Michigan and against Iowa this week would give the Gophers a more realistic shot at an at-large bid. A win or two in the Big Ten Tournament wouldn’t hurt either. read more

Ohio State wrestlers Logan Steiber Nick Heflin Big Ten champions

Ohio State redshirt-junior Logan Stieber takes down Notre Dame College sophomore Maurice Miller in the 141-pound match Nov. 15 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 29-11.Credit: Ethan Day / Lantern photographerA pair of Ohio State wrestlers are the Big Ten’s best in their respective weight classes.Senior Nick Heflin and redshirt-junior Logan Stieber joined exclusive company Sunday, taking home the Big Ten Championship in the 197-pound and 141-pound weight classes at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., according to an OSU press release.Steiber defeated Penn State freshman Zain Retherford, 7-3, in the 141-pound championship match to capture his third-straight conference crown. He became just the second OSU wrestler in program history to do so, joining Kevin Randleman, who wrestled for the Buckeyes from 1991-93.Steiber’s victory against Retherford comes as a bit of payback, as Retherford defeated the three-time conference champion in Dec. 15 in what was his first loss in just more than a year.Steiber is now 25-1 on the season, having won 16 consecutive matches since falling to Zetherford in December.Heflin was the conference runner up at 174 pounds in 2011, but took down Penn State sophomore Morgan McIntosh, 5-3, to capture the title Sunday.The senior has now won 14 straight matches, and the victory against McIntosh was the 95th of his career.With their victories, Steiber and Heflin automatically qualify for the 2014 NCAA Championships, set to take place March 20-22 in Oklahoma City.A total of five other Buckeyes also qualified for the NCAAs with their respective performances Sunday — 184-pound redshirt-sophomore Kenny Courts, 125-pound redshirt-freshman Nick Roberts, 133-pound Johnni DiJulius, 174-pound sophomore Mark Martin and heavyweight redshirt-freshman Nick Tavanello. Redshirt-senior Ian Paddock is set to wrestle in the 149-pound weight class as well after earning an at-large bid Wednesday.The Buckeyes finished fourth as a team with 86.5 points. Penn State took home the team championship with 140.5 points. read more