It’s all about the ‘Chicken’ in Brookville

first_imgBrookville, In. — Registration is open now for the Nugget Eating Contest and People’s Choice Award for the Best Looking Chickens in Brookville.Businesses are encouraged to “spruce up” their concrete chickens for the competition.Competitive eaters can register at The Dairy Cottage, Korner’s Kountry Kitchen, the American Legion and The Pioneer Restaurant. Contests will be held at each location on Friday, April 26 at 6 p.m. The winner will be determined by the fastest time to eat 20 chicken nuggets.For more information please call 674-1111.last_img read more

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Bombers ready to challenge elite at 2016 BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships

first_imgLVR then plays Ladysmith later in the day before concluding the round robin pool play Friday against Seycove of North Vancouver.The winners of the four divisions then advance into the final four Friday afternoon with the semi final winners meeting to determine the Provincial Champ Saturday at 1 p.m.The Bombers are attempting to follow the lead of the LVR Rugby squad, which won the 2016 BC High School Boy’s AA Tier II Rugby Championship with a thrilling 13-12 victory over Fraser Valley power Robert Bateman Timberwolves Saturday at Rotary Park in Abbotsford.The 2016 BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships is hosted by Carihi of Campbell River. The Kootenay Champion L.V. Rogers Bombers look to make some noise as the Heritage City team opens play Thursday at the 2016 BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships in Campbell River.The Bombers, which easily disposed of J. Lloyd Crowe and David Thompson of Invermere at the recent Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships in Creston, begin divisional action at the 16-team tournament against Burnsview of Delta Thursday at 11 a.m.last_img read more

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Upsets, thrills in Champions Trophy

first_img29 September 2009The 2009 ICC Champions Trophy has proved to be unpredictable, exciting, and a real crowd-puller – although the upsets mean the hosts, South Africa, won’t contest the semi-finals.In fact, the odds are that neither of the world’s top ranked teams heading into the event, South Africa and India, will make it to the final four. That is good for cricket, but bad for both teams.Don’t expect the elimination of the hosts to affect the enthusiastic support of the fans, however. The crowds will likely remain excellent for the remainder of the tournament.Strong crowd supportThe reason for this optimism can be found in the Indian Premier League, held earlier this year in South Africa. Despite a 59-match schedule – compared to only 15 in the Champions Trophy – there was strong support throughout the event.It showed that South African fans appreciate good cricket, regardless of the teams involved. Should India manage to advance to the semi-finals, it would certainly provide both a boost to the crowd and the finances, but there is no place for sentiment and little margin for error in the Champions Trophy.Lose one match and a team’s hopes of progressing beyond the group stages become shaky. Lose two matches and you’re almost certainly out.IronyThere was a touch of irony to the opening match of the competition – won by Sri Lanka by 55 runs over South Africa on the Duckworth/Lewis Method – as rain affected the outcome. The event had been moved from Sri Lanka because of fears that rain would disrupt it and its tight schedule. Thankfully, it hasn’t had too much of an impact since.The only game to be rained out thus far was Monday night’s clash between Australia and India, with the Aussies poised for a score in the region of 300 runs – a target that no team has managed to successfully chase down yet in the tournament.It will be between the Aussies and India for a place in the semi-final from Group A. The Australians have three points to India’s one, but face an in-form Pakistan team, which has already booked its final four berth, in their final group match. India take on the weakest of the seven teams in the tournament, the West Indies.PakistanThe Pakistan team has become one of the biggest stories in cricket this year. After playing little international cricket because of internal strife, which included a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team, they emerged to capture the ICC World Twenty20 against all odds earlier in the year.Now, in the Champions Trophy, they have thumped the West Indies by 5 wickets with 117 balls to spare and drubbed India by 54 runs. Their place in the semi-finals was assured with authority.In Group B, the script that the Proteas and their fans had envisioned didn’t come about. Instead of a glorious charge to the title and confirmation of a new dominant team in the world of cricket, assuming the mantle once held by Australia, Graeme Smith and company crashed and burned.They went down to Sri Lanka in their opening game, comfortably beat New Zealand in their second outing, and then bowled awfully in a 22-run loss to England on Sunday.EnglandTake nothing away from England, though. They had entered the Champions Trophy on the back of a six-one one-day international series thrashing by Australia in England, but with their win over South Africa, coming on the back of a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka, they secured their semi-final spot.They’ve looked convincing, inspired and surprisingly fresh considering the gruelling Ashes series they recently completed against Australia. Andrew Strauss’ team appears to have the goods to go all the way, but the Champions Trophy has been all about upsets and nothing can be taken for granted.Either Sri Lanka or New Zealand will join England in the final four. The Black Caps have their future in their hands; with New Zealand and Sri Lanka tied on two points each – South Africa also has two points but a lesser nett run rate – the Kiwis know that a victory will be enough to reach the semi-finals.Great individual performanceDespite their shock early exit from the event, there was one great individual performance by a South African worth remembering.Captain Graeme Smith played a heroic innings in the loss to England, hitting a career-best 141 from only 134 balls, but with the next highest score being just 36 from AB de Villiers, his side went down.Nonetheless, JP Duminy, recognised the superb effort put in by his captain. Writing a column for IOL, he said: “What an innings by Graeme (Smith) last night. The skip must have played one of the most outstanding one-day international innings of all time.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Nunavut politicians brush off activists concerns over people living in shacks

first_imgKathleen MartensKent Driscoll APTN News An Inuit-rights advocate says he’s banging into walls when it comes to getting help for the homeless from Nunavut politicians.Qaumariaq Inuqtaqau runs the Facebook page Shame on Canada.It’s where he posts candid interviews about social problems in the northern territory, with a special focus on dozens of people that live in unheated shacks despite the freezing cold temperatures.In a video posted to the site last week, Inuqtaqau questioned Nunavut Premier Paul Quassa in an ambush-style video.“…Could we go to the shacks? Could I show you?” Inuqtaqau says of the plywood homes just down the road.But Quassa says, “I’m very busy right now,” before getting into a car and driving away.Last week he filmed former premier Paul Okalik leaving a grocery store.“Can we go to the shacks? I want to show you the shacks,” Inuqtaqau is heard asking on this video:“You guys are Inuk leaders.”But Okalik declined.“No, I’m not a leader,” he said, while holding a bunch of bananas and a bottle of Perrier water.Okalik was with his partner, Aluki Kotierk, who is president of the land claims organization Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), which promotes Inuit rights and job training.They both know Inuqtaqau and signed a petition he distributed in 2016 calling for more Inuit to be hired by local employers.But on the video Kotierk appears to ignore him and get into a vehicle without saying anything.“Ok, thanks. It’s going online,” Inuqtaqau says of the video.Okalik, who could not be reached for comment, is no longer a public official. He was twice premier of the territory and twice elected a member of the legislative assembly. He ran again last fall but was defeated.A spokesperson for Kotierk declined to make her available for an interview Tuesday.APTN has reported on Inuqtaqau’s petition and lack of affordable housing in depth. Most recently in a documentary that can be viewed here.“If you Google my name you see I’ve been working on this for two years,” Inuqtaqau said in a telephone interview.“People in the shacks are suicidal, depressed. Meantime, our Inuk leaders choose to ignore them.”APTN tried to interview Quassa last week in Ottawa at the annual Northern Lights Conference. But his spokesperson said he was too busy.She said he was travelling Tuesday and unavailable for a telephone interview.“They treat their own people like second-class citizens. We’re ghosts to them,” said Inuqtaqau. “If they’re not going to talk about it I might as well confront them on camera.”Meanwhile, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett told APTN in January she is interested in visiting the shacks.Inuqtaqau said he would like to introduce her to some of the people living there. Some of whom, he said, have been waiting for housing for 10 years.Others, he said, are working but can’t afford to buy a house or rent a two-bedroom apartment for $2,600 a month in one of the most expensive cities to live in [email protected]@aptn.calast_img read more

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Super cop who questioned Dawood Ibrahim says Don confessed to crime

first_imgDawood IbrahimThe super sleuth who interrogated India’s most wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim has finally penned a book revealing the don was an ordinary looking coward person, who confessed that he was involved in (organised) crime.Former Director General of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, BV Kumar, also known as the super sleuth of Indian customs, has revealed in his new book ‘DRI and the Dons’ that initial whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim was disclosed to him by one Rasheed Arba, an alleged underworld figure married to the sister of famous Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar.Speaking with the IANS, BV Kumar said that purpose of writing the book on underworld dons, particularly on Dawood Ibrahim and Haji Mastan, was to showcase DRI’s matchless contribution in initiating tough action against most dreaded underworld syndicates of South Asia.”We were the key agency to detain and interrogate Dawood Ibrahim and book him under COFEPOSA. When I got Dawood detained (in July 1983), a petition came up in the High Court of Gujarat for an immediate hearing. On don’s behalf, Ram Jethmalani had appeared to get Dawood released from detention,” Kumar said.Dawood Ibrahim, who later jumped bail and escaped to Dubai is still wanted by the DRI under the COFEPOSA case registered by BV Kumar.Kumar is one among a few Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officers who led DRI as well as Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) and had a wonderful career in which he crushed the notorious underworld syndicates of Mumbai.Remembering his encounter with Dawood, Kumar said that he was posted as Customs Commissioner in Ahmedabad in the mid-eighties. During that period a bloody gangland shootout between Dawood Ibrahim and Karim Lala gang had created a scare in the society, affecting peace in Maharashtra and Gujarat.Kumar writes in his book that one day while returning from Porbandar to Mumbai by car, Dawood was accidentally hit by a bullet fired by his aide, sitting in the rear seat of the vehicle. The shot was actually aimed at Alamzeb, D-company’s gang rival owing allegiance to Karim Lala.In his book, the former IRS officer reveals that the bullet had hit Dawood in the neck, but the injury was minor. The don was taken to Baroda’s Sayaji Hospital. “I was informed about the incident and I immediately spoke to PK Dutta, the then Commissioner of Police, Baroda.Later during interrogation, Dawood admitted that he was doing ‘number do ka dhandha’ (involved in illegal activities). He was talking to me in Hindi. I found him as an ordinary person who looked calm. The interrogation continued for half an hour at Dutta’s office. I then returned to Ahmedabad and obtained a detention warrant against Dawood under COFEPOSA,” said Kumar.When asked how Dawood managed to become one of the most dangerous underworld dons in Asia, Kumar said that lack of political will seems to be the biggest reason for this.”Dawood used his money power to lure everyone. From Bollywood stars to cricketers and maybe some big politicians. But I am of the view that once India signed the extradition treaty with the UAE, the underworld lord was compelled to leave Dubai and take permanent refuge in Pakistan.He is no more as influential as he was in the UAE “where he was rubbing shoulders with celebrities,” he said.Kumar said he presumes Dawood is not well these days and might remain in Pakistan till everything is over for the fugitive.last_img read more

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New report finds digitisation could open up a market worth 39 billion

first_imgCargo containers are seen stacked outside the container terminal of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai, India, July 15, 2015.REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeRising digitisation will unlock a potential $39 billion worth of export opportunities for Indian businesses in select verticals by 2022 — up from $16 billion in 2017, a Google-KPMG report said on Thursday.The verticals that provide high-potential export opportunities are travel, media and entertainment, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), consumer brands and real estate, said the report titled, “Indian Brands Going Global: A $39 billion opportunity”.”Rising global connectivity is opening up new opportunities for businesses to expand internationally. There is a huge international growth opportunity for select verticals and we wanted to capture that through this report,” said Shalini Girish, Director-Marketing Solutions, Google India.Asia-Pacific is one of the most attractive regions for expansion by Indian players — with China, Malaysia and Indonesia as key target countries. Digitally mature geographies such as the US and UK are other lucrative geographies which can be tapped through digital channels, the report outlined.”With ‘Market Finder’ tool, businesses can get access to all the resources they need to find the right market for their products and services, translate their websites and ad text, find new customers with relevant online ads”, Girish said. General view of Burj Khalifa on April 13, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.Tom Dulat/Getty ImagesFor travel, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East are the broad focus markets with UAE, Indonesia as very high potential markets for Indian online travel agencies. For the media and entertainment vertical, markets like the US, the UK, the UAE and mobile-first markets like Brazil are extremely lucrative for video consumption.In music, growing markets like South East Asia, Malaysia and the Philippines offer new opportunities for the players. The industry is set to grow at a CAGR of 37 per cent to $3.46 billion by 2022 from a $0.71 billion in 2017.The India real estate market offers superior long-term returns, the opportunity for realtors from the NRI customers is expected to grow from $11.5 billion in 2017 to $25.7 billion in 2022. “Indian real estate developers could tap into the NRI and high net worth individual (HNI) customer base by leveraging technology and digital platforms,” the report said. A woman enters a retail store inside a shopping mall in Mumbai, India July 14, 2012.Reuters fileAsia-Pacific is the focus region for consumer brands — the fastest-growing region in apparel and consumer durables. “China, Vietnam and Indonesia are rapidly growing jewellery markets. Consumer brand market in select retail verticals is expected to grow from $1.5 billion to $2.64 billion by 2022.”Geographically, the share of developing economies in global trade is on the rise. This presents a compelling case for Indian Businesses to ‘Look East’ for growth,” said Sreedhar Prasad, Partner and Head, Consumer Markets & Internet Business Advisory, KPMG India.last_img read more

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Myanmar court indicts Reuters reporters

first_imgDetained Reuters journalist Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo sit beside police officers as they leave Insein court in Yangon, Myanmar on 9 July 2018. — ReutersA court in Myanmar on Monday charged two jailed Reuters journalists with obtaining secret state documents, moving the landmark press freedom case into its trial stage after six months of preliminary hearings.Yangon district judge Ye Lwin charged reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, with breaching the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.Both journalists pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, telling the judge they had “followed journalistic ethics”.Speaking to reporters after the ruling, Wa Lone said he and Kyaw Soe Oo had committed no crime and would testify to their innocence in court.“Although we are charged, we are not guilty,” he said, in handcuffs, as officials ushered him into a police truck. “We will not retreat, give up or be shaken by this.”Chief prosecutor Kyaw Min Aung left the courthouse before reporters were able to ask him questions.The case has attracted global attention. Some Western diplomats and rights groups say it is a test of progress toward full democracy under the administration of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in a country where the military still wields considerable influence.The United States embassy in Yangon said it was “deeply disappointed” by the court’s decision.“‎The Myanmar authorities should allow the journalists to return to their jobs and families,” it said in a post on Facebook. “Today’s decision is a setback for press freedom and the rule of law in Myanmar.”Reuters President and Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler called the case against the reporters “baseless”.“These Reuters journalists were doing their jobs in an independent and impartial way, and there are no facts or evidence to suggest that they’ve done anything wrong or broken any law,” he said in a statement.Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay did not answer calls seeking comment after the court ruling on Monday. He has declined to comment throughout the proceedings, saying Myanmar’s courts are independent and the case would be conducted according to the law.TRIAL PHASEThe reporters’ families, including Kyaw Soe Oo’s two-year-old daughter and Wa Lone’s pregnant wife, sat close to them in the courtroom packed with diplomats and journalists.The judge said the court had filed charges against both reporters under section 3.1 (c) of the act to probe the prosecution’s allegations that they collected and obtained secret documents pertaining to the security forces with the intention to harm national security.The case was adjourned until July 16.Proceedings will now enter the trial phase. Defense lawyers will summon witnesses before the judge, who will then deliver a verdict in a process likely to take several weeks, according to legal experts.Defense lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said both reporters would be called to testify as witnesses at the next hearing.“Naturally, I’m not satisfied…not happy,” he told reporters when asked about the court’s decision. “But I’m not losing hope. In the end we will have a happy ending.”Earlier this month, defense lawyers said the journalists were arrested in a sting operation by the police that was aimed at interfering with their reporting.At the same July 2 hearing, prosecutor Kyaw Min Aung said documents they had in their hands when they were arrested detailed the movements of security forces, while further documents found on their mobile phones ranged from confidential to top secret.At the time of their arrest in December, the reporters had been working on an investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys in a village in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The killings took place during a military crackdown that United Nations agencies say led to more than 700,000 Rohingya fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh.The reporters have told relatives they were arrested almost immediately after being handed some rolled up papers at a restaurant in northern Yangon by two policemen they had not met before.In April, Police Captain Moe Yan Naing testified that a senior officer had ordered his subordinates to plant secret documents on Wa Lone to “trap” the reporter.After his court appearance, Moe Yan Naing was sentenced to a year in jail for violating police discipline by having spoken to Wa Lone, and his family was evicted from police housing. Police have said the eviction and his sentencing were not related to his testimony.last_img read more

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Rose Valley investors can approach asset disposal committee for refund Official

first_imgKolkata: The Enforcement Directorate (ED), probing into the multi-crore Rose Valley ponzi scam case, has urged the duped investors to approach the asset disposal committee appointed by the Calcutta High Court to recover their dues. According to an ED official, the investors, who were promised high returns on their investments by the ponzi firm, are free to approach the committee which was set up following a high court suggestion in 2015. “In the Rose Valley ponzi scam case, so far the ED has attached properties worth Rs 4,600 crore,” an ED official, who did not wish to be named, told PTI. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose The enforcement agency attached Rese Valley properties worth Rs 2,300 crore in one go, including two dozen hotels and resorts, which till date is the single largest attachment in the case. The assets are to be sold off via public auction and the proceeds would be used to repay the investors. The ED had registered an FIR against the firm, its Chairman Gautam Kundu and others in 2014 under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Kundu was arrested by the agency in Kolkata in 2015. Multiple charge sheets have been filed in the courts in Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by the ED in the case. The group had allegedly floated a total of 27 companies to run the chit fund operations, of which only 6 were active.last_img read more

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