Quick Tip: Creating Extended Markers in Premiere Pro

first_imgLearn how to mark a range in your timeline using this Premiere Pro quick tip.You may be familiar with markers in Premiere Pro, but did you know that markers can be adjusted to cover a span of time rather than a single point? By creating these “extended markers” users can more accurately define comments and edit notes. Simply follow the steps below and you will be setting extended markers in no-time.This feature was added to Premiere in version CS6.1. Place a Marker in Your Premiere TimelineMove your playhead to the desired marker location and click the ‘M’ key.2. Option-Click the MarkerOption-click on a Mac or Alt-click on a PC to change the marker from a single point to an extended marker.3. Drag the Marker HandlesIt’s as easy as it sounds. Simply drag your marker’s in and out points to cover the desired range in your timeline. Duration can also be adjusted by double clicking the marker and adjusting the duration parameter.4. Markers Will Reflect In and Out PointsIf you can’t see the Markers panel go to Window>Markers in the menu bar. All of your markers will be reflected here, with edit notes.If you want to learn more about Premiere Pro check out the Premiere section of the Premiumbeat blog.Have any other tips for using extended markers? Let us know in the comments below!The video images in this example are from IMSTEPF Studios, used with a Creative Commons Attribution license.last_img read more

IPS officer ‘writes’ to Adityanath, says willing to campaign for BJP

first_imgSix months after he triggered a row by pledging to the early construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, a senior IPS officer in Uttar Pradesh has courted fresh controversy after he allegedly offered to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the 2019 Lok Sabha election post his retirement on August 31.A letter purportedly written by Surya Kumar Shukla, Director General, Homeguards, surfaced on Monday. Dated July 23, the leaked letter written on the letter head of the 1982-batch IPS officer, addressed to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, also lists four government posts he would want to be offered by the BJP government post his retirement. “The pension I will receive post-retirement will be sufficient for the sustenance of me and my family. After retiring, I want to actively help your prachar-prasar (election campaigning) for the 2019 election,” the letter reads.In the letter, Mr. Shukla begins by introducing himself as an “admirer” of the “honesty, diligence and serving attitude” of Mr. Adityanath in taking the State towards the path of “development and peace.”While referring to Mr. Adityanath as his “margdarshak” (guide) and “adarsh” (role model), Mr. Shukla said he had “full commitment and faith” in the “works and ideology” of the BJP.Arguing that he will be able to “actively help” Mr. Adityanath if allotted a top government position post-retirement, Mr. Shukla lists four vacant positions as preferences. These are: vice-president planning commission, president of Khadi Gram Udyog Board, president of the state social welfare board and head of the State pollution control board, which would give him the status of a minister.The officer cites his experience in working in several districts in the State as an added qualification. When contacted for his clarification several times, Mr. Shukla was not available for comment. However, talking to a Hindi news channel, he neither denied nor admitted to writing the specific letter. “Such letters are frequently written on various issues. But it is not proper to share the details with the media till a decision is taken regarding them, because these are departmental correspondence,” Mr. Shukla told the channel Bharat Samachar.The officer went on to say that post retirement, a government servant was free to do any social work, run a private business or join a political party. He, however, clarified that he had “not taken a final decision” yet on joining the BJP or any other party. Not new to controversiesIn February, a video clip of him taking pledge for the early construction of a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya had gone viral on social media. In the 21-second clip, Mr. Shukla along with half-a-dozen people was seen taking a vow on building the temple. “We Ram bhakts, as part of this programme, take the pledge that a grand Ram Mandir be constructed at the earliest…Jai Sri Ram,” the video showed them saying with one arm raised. The controversial incident took place during a private function organised in a room of the Public Administration department of the Lucknow University on January 28 by the Akhil Bharatiya Samagra Vichar Manch, which claims to be a social organisation.last_img read more

Rams-Patriots will be the 8th Super Bowl rematch

first_imgPittsburgh and Dallas have met three times. Pittsburgh won the first rematch, a 35-31 thriller in Super Bowl 13. Then, 17 years later, Dallas defeated the Steelers 27-17.Other rematches:FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges—Redskins 27, Dolphins 17 in Super Bowl 17; a rematch of Miami’s perfection-capping victory in Super Bowl 7.—Giants 21, Patriots 17 in Super Bowl 46; a rematch of New York’s win, which spoiled New England’s run at an undefeated season, four years earlier. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants —Cowboys 30, Bills 13 in Super Bowl 38; a rematch of Dallas’ crushing of the Bills the previous year.—Eagles 41, Patriots 33 in Super Bowl 52; a rematch of New England’s win in Super Bowl 39.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Come together: Super Bowl Sunday, the last stand of live TV Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) stretches during practice for the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the New England Patriots, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)Today’s game between the Rams and Patriots marks the eighth rematch in Super Bowl history.Good news for the Patriots: The team that won the previous matchup is 4-3. New England defeated the Rams, then in St. Louis, 20-17 back in 2002.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

Jaishas illness delays Ministry probe into official apathy

first_imgBengaluru, Aug 26 (PTI) The probe into allegations of official apathy levelled by Olympian marathon runner O P Jaisha has been delayed as the athlete is recovering from Swine Flu and will need at least a weeks rest. Jaisha, who returned from Rio with fever and body ache last week, was hospitalised yesterday after she tested positive for H1N1, two days after another athlete Sudha Singh was found to be suffering from the same disease. “Jaisha has been hospitalised for H1N1 and at this point in time, the athlete will not be allowed to travel. She needs rest for at least six to seven days,” Sports Authority of Indias Dr Sarla told PTI here. Since Jaisha is not permitted to travel, the probe into the allegations of official apathy levelled by her will be delayed. The committee, which was formed a Tuesday, was supposed to submit its report in seven days from the date of its formation. Sports Minister Vijay Goel had constituted a two-member committee consisting of Onkar Kedia, Joint Secretary (Sports) and Vivek Narayan, Director (Sports) to enquire into the allegations. Jaisha, who had finished 89th in the marathon event, had alleged that no water or energy drinks were made available by the Indian officials during her event, leaving her completely exhausted at the end of the race. She had fainted after crossing the finishing line. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI), however, has asserted that the athlete herself refused any such arrangement when approached a day before the event. Jaisha, after returning from Brazil, claimed that officials from all other countries provided refreshments to their runners at designated points set up every 2.5 km. PTI BDN PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Venkaiah Naidu at Safaigiri 2016: Gandhi’s satyagraha finds new meaning in Modi’s swachhagraha

first_imgUnion Minister Venkaiah Naidu at India Today’s Safaigiri Awards 2016 recalled words of Mahatama Gandhi who gave us two personal goals to follow – sanitation is next to godliness and sanitation is more important than political freedom.While addressing the audience at the function, Naidu said, “Today is Gandhi Jayanti. If you have respect for Gandhiji, you should follow what he prescribed. Gandhiji earlier called for Satyagraha and our Prime Minister, another man from Gujarat, has called for Swachhgraha.”‘INDIANS ARE CAPABLE BUT HAVEN’T ACHIEVED THEIR FULL POTENTIAL’ “PM Modi has said – perform, reform and transform. Indians are very capable but still we have not been able to achieve full potential. Earlier, we politicians would take things for granted. I am thankful to the India Today Group for helping in mobilising the public opinion towards the cause of Swachh Bharat.”‘CINEMA IS A GREAT COMMUNICATOR TO SEND OUT THE MESSAGE’ Naidu said the need of the hour is to change the mindset, create infrastructure and make it a people’s movement to achieve the Swachh goal of 2019. ” It is important to communicate to the masses for which we have approached sports icons, celebrities, religious gurus to emphasise on sanitation. And we have received a positive response. What politicians say may not reach the people, but what someone like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan says will reach you because cinema is a great communicator.”‘AISHWARYA BEAUTIFUL AND DUTIFUL’ Praising Bachchan for her commitment to the Clean India campaign, Naidu said she is both “beautiful and dutiful”. Naidu said if a country has wealth but no health it would continue to suffer. The Union minister shared various anecdotes of how he came across people who have voluntarily dedicated themselves to the cause of sanitation.advertisement”A 104 year-old woman in Chhattisgarh sold her goats to build toilet. Another woman gifted a gift toilet to her daughter-in-law. A woman in Ahmedabad goes and checks dustbins in the homes of the citizens. These are small efforts to achieve the bigger goal of complete sanitation.”Naidu emphasised on effective communication to bring in the change.”Communication changes mindset, it is a powerful tool. We should remember the Swachh Bharat symbol has a spectacle which refers to Mahatama Gandhi. The symbol says that Gandhiji is watching you and you should do your duty.”THE PROGRESS REPORT Talking on upcoming projects and achievements, Naidu said 170 towns of Gujarat have become open defecation free, similarly, 110 cities of Andhra Pradesh have been declared open defecation free which would be soon followed by Kerala and Maharashtra. “We recently invited movies on sanitation and we received a massive response. We have received fine movies from the directors and producers who are not above 30 years of age. Such immense creativity and talent for the cause is commendable. We have also teamed up with Amar Chitta Katha to educate the children of the abhiyaan through comic books. “The Swachh survey competition carried out by the centre should not only be at the national level but also within the states. The states should hold competitons among its districts and villages to encourage people to follow the path of cleanliness. “By 2019, I am sure we will have a clean India,” he said.Also read:Safaigiri Awards 2016: Swachhta as a way of life needs to be imbibed, says singer Keshav Tyohar We are great but Safaigiri can make us better, says Kailash KherKeeping your body healthy is a way of keeping your body clean, says ‘balam pichkari’ singer Shalmali KholgadeSocial media has made it easy for talented youngsters to reach an audience: Himesh Reshammiya Pop singer Mika bows before garbage pickers at Safaigiri award functionAdnan Sami on surgical strikes: Because you couldn’t do it, I had to enter your house and do itlast_img read more

Philippe Coutinho scores a double as Brazil beat Bolivia in Copa America opener

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho scored a second-half double and Everton added a cracking third as Brazil recovered from a sleepy start to beat Bolivia 3-0 in their Copa America opener on Friday.Both sides were poor in the first period but the game briefly came alive five minutes into the second half when Coutinho slotted home a VAR-assisted penalty.Coutinho grabbed a second with a close-range header three minutes later before Everton rifled home a third from outside the box with five minutes remaining.”In the end, with a bit of patience, we opened things up, we had more of the ball and we created plays,” captain Daniel Alves told reporters. “We deserved a big victory.”The match was the first of this year’s tournament, which is being held in Brazil for the first time since 1989. All 10 South American teams are participating along with guest nations Qatar and Japan.Brazil, who stared with Roberto Firmino up front and Fernandinho in midfield in place of the injured Arthur, failed to inspire the strangely subdued crowd of just 46,342 at Sao Paulo’s Morumbi stadium.Wearing white shirts for the first time in more than 60 years, the home side huffed and puffed but rarely threatened and even after they went 2-0 up, they lacked ideas and urgency.Bolivia, who last won the title in 1963, rarely threatened at the other end after starting brightly.”Tactically Bolivia played well in the first half, the players responded well and when we got the ball we tried to go forward on a couple of important occasions and that left us positive,” Bolivia coach Eduardo Villegas told reporters.advertisement”But it was a game of two halves. We have to be honest and realistic, Brazil beat us and they beat us well.”Peru play Venezuela in Porto Alegre on Saturday in the second Group A game.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Batsmen need to take responsibility, avoid careless shots, says Jason HolderAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Recent history suggests India firm favourites vs PakistanAlso Seelast_img read more

JFF Technical Centre Renamed in Honour of Captain Burrell

first_img The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Technical Centre located at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, has been renamed in honour of the federation’s late President, Captain Horace Burrell. Story Highlights Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, said the establishment of the facility “is perhaps the most important move made to date in the interest of Jamaica’s football development”. In his remarks, JFF Vice-President, Garfield Sinclair, said Captain Burrell’s legacy as a “truly great Jamaican visionary” had long been secured, and the naming of the centre in his honour serves to “expand his influence to international proportions”.  The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Technical Centre located at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, has been renamed in honour of the federation’s late President, Captain Horace Burrell.The UWI-JFF Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence was unveiled on Monday (June 26).Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, said the establishment of the facility “is perhaps the most important move made to date in the interest of Jamaica’s football development”.“The Captain would want this centre, through its activities, to be at the forefront in the rebirth of Jamaica’s football. What we can promise… is that my Ministry is prepared to work with the university and the JFF Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence, in whatever way the centre requires, in the effort to further the Captain’s legacy,” she said.Ms. Grange noted that the name change represents a continuation of the partnership established by the UWI and JFF in 2008 for the creation of the facility.“We are happy to see that since the signing, a technical centre for training sessions has been completed, plus two training fields; dormitories are currently under construction, and the facility is blossoming into a centre of excellence,” she pointed out.She said the facility deserves the attention and support of all who love the game of football, adding that the Government is committed to the development of the sport.In his remarks, JFF Vice-President, Garfield Sinclair, said Captain Burrell’s legacy as a “truly great Jamaican visionary” had long been secured, and the naming of the centre in his honour serves to “expand his influence to international proportions”.“We, the members of the Jamaica Football Federation family and indeed of all football, and I believe all of Jamaica, only hope and expect that his impact on the sport and, frankly, on every Jamaican life will eventually be appropriately immortalised,” he said.Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal, UWI Mona, Professor Archibald McDonald, said the centre is critical for sports training, education and research in the country.Captain Burrell’s son, Romario, expressed gratitude for the honour bestowed on his late father.“We are in awe at what the university, the JFF and the country have decided to bestow on my father. We are almost speechless and we will be forever grateful for this honour. He gave his life to serving his county, he gave his life to serving the people, and this is just one way that I see the respect on behalf of the country for my father reciprocated. so it means the world to us,” he said.Captian Burrell died earlier this month after a period of illness. A thanksgiving service will be held on Wednesday (June 28) at the National Arena in Kingston.last_img read more

Westports Readies for New and Larger Shipping Alliances

first_imgzoom Malaysian port operator Westports Holdings Bhd said that the first phase of the expansion of its container terminal facilities has started operations with the addition of four new 52-metre high ship-to-shore cranes and six rubber tyred gantry cranes.When completed, the operator’s CT8 expansion project, which is expected to cost a total of MYR 1.1 billion (USD 270.6 million), would increase Westports’ total container terminal handling capacity to 13.5 million TEUs.The new facilities would feature an extended contiguous linear berth of 5.2 kilometers and will therefore be able to support requirements “of new and larger shipping alliances from 2017 onwards,” Westports chief executive officer, Ruben Emir Gnanalingam, said.The operator reported a 31 percent increase in its net profit for the second quarter ended June 30, due to a rise in container volumes.Namely, Westports’ net profit jumped during the three-month period to MYR 159.9 million (USD 39.3 million) from last year’s MYR 122.1 million (USD 30 million), while the port’s net profit for the first half of 2016 went up by 37 percent or MYR 88.6 million when compared to 2015.During the first half of the year, Westports handled 4.9 million TEUs. The port’s transhipment container volumes increased to 3.6 million TEUs, while gateway container numbers reached 1.3 million TEUs.Westports’ quarterly revenue climbed to MYR 522.6 million from MYR 405.3 million, bringing the total revenue for the first half of 2016 to MYR 987.3 million.last_img read more

Sharing Nova Scotias Mikmaq Culture and Heritage

first_imgTOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Sharing Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaqCulture and Heritage Visitors will soon be able to learn more about Nova Scotia’sunique Mi’kmaq culture and heritage thanks to a new interpretivecentre in Truro. The Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage is investing$300,000 towards the development of the Glooscap InterpretiveCentre, which will be built on the Truro Power Centre property,adjacent to Highway 102. The project will be jointly managed bythe Central Nova Tourist Association and the Millbrook BandCouncil. “Being located along Highway 102 will help entice visitors tostop and learn more about Mi’kmaq culture and everything CentralNova Scotia has to offer,” said Jamie Muir, Minister ofEducation, on behalf of Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism,Culture and Heritage. “A high-quality, Aboriginal tourismattraction will bring economic benefits to the region and theprovince.” The province’s one-time grant will support the design anddevelopment of interpretive panels and displays for showcasingMi’kmaq artifacts. It also will support site preparation, andengineering and architectural design work. The Glooscap Interpretive Centre will showcase Mi’kmaq heritage,with a special emphasis on the legendary Mi’kmaq figure,Glooscap. “This investment will go a long way towards making ourinterpretive centre a reality,” said Lawrence Paul, chief,Millbrook Band Council. “The centre will promote the legend,tradition, and culture not only for Millbrook First Nation butfor the whole Mi’kmaq Nation as Glooscap is a legend for allMi’kmaq.” Nova Scotia’s 2005 Tourism Plan identified a need to developenhanced interpretation and interactive cultural heritageactivities. Today’s investment is part of $15 million in funding announced byMr. MacDonald in December 2004. That funding is designed to helpboost Nova Scotia’s tourism industry in the areas of marketing,product development, and regional tourism initiatives.last_img read more

Juvenile held for opening fire to create his terror

first_imgNew Delhi: A juvenile who fired at the residence of his enemy here and then shared the video of the incident on social media to show his “terror and dominance” has been apprehended, a police officer said on Wednesday. “The video later went viral on Whatsapp, Facebook and Tik Tok. The juvenile accused wanted to be a don and show his terror in Uttam Nagar and adjoining areas of west Delhi. A case was registered in Uttam Nagar Police Station when it came into notice of police,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Anto Alphonse said. “The accused was apprehended on Tuesday night from Uttam Nagar bus stop,” he added. “During interrogation, the accused said he had recently joined notorious gangster Sadam Gorri’s gang and had indulged in dozen of cases of extortion, attempt to murder, loot and robbery on gun point. He had made a video of each incident with help of his other gang members and later made them viral,” he added.last_img read more

New literary prize for Indigenous writers to offer 25K in awards

first_imgAdvertisement It’s the result of a crowdfunding campaign that emerged this summer after an editorial in Write magazine argued in favour of “cultural appropriation.” They say jurors will include Indigenous writers Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Virginia Pesemapeo Bordeleau, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Gregory Scofield and Richard Van Camp, as well as poet Rodney Saint-Eloi and CBC Radio personality Shelagh Rogers. Advertisement Facebook She ended up collecting more than $116,000, which grew to more than $141,000 with further donations. The prize is being administered by the Indigenous Literary Studies Association, a scholarly organization dedicated to supporting Indigenous literature and its study.Organizers say the remaining funds will be dedicated toward supporting what they expect will be an annual event. As public outrage grew, Toronto lawyer Robin Parker launched a campaign to raise $10,000 for a prize to support emerging Indigenous voices. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement More details will be announced Saturday at the Vancouver Writers Festival and on the association’s website.For additional information – visit the ILSA site:  http://www.indigenousliterarystudies.orgby Cassandra Szklarski Login/Register With: Organizers of the Indigenous Voices Awards are inviting submissions between Oct. 31 and until Jan. 31, 2018. The winners will be announced in Regina on May 31, 2018. TORONTO — A literary prize born out of a media scandal will bestow $25,000 in various awards to burgeoning Indigenous writers. That was followed by a social media debate in which several media executives tweeted that they would help fund an “appropriation prize.” Twitterlast_img read more

Onreserve election reform launched

first_imgAPTN National NewsHalifax–The federal government took its first steps Friday toward overhauling on-reserve elections.Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan announced in Halifax that two First Nations organizations would begin consultations across the country and lay the groundwork for the creation of opt-in federal legislation to reform reserve elections.Duncan made the announcement along with representatives from the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs (APC) and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC).“This reform will help First Nations create the political stability they need to establish solid business investments, practice long-term planning, and build relationships that will increase economic development for First Nations,” said Duncan, in a statement.The existing electoral system under the Indian Act has faced widespread criticism from First Nations community members who say it is too easy to manipulate the results.Accusations of vote buying and ballot tampering are widespread across the country. There are also widespread concerns around the appeals process, the existing two year length of terms and a lack of defined penalties for election infractions.“Our joint initiative…is ‘paving new ground’ by making the necessary changes to the existing election system which will support the stability of leadership, long-term planning and increased accountability,” said New Brunswick Chief Candice Paul, co-chair of the congress, in the statement.“The ultimate goal of all First Nations is to be self-sustaining and self-governing,” said Grand Chief Ron Evans, who leads the AMC.There are currently 247 First Nations that hold Indian Act elections, 338 First Nations that use a custom or community-designed election process, and 29 First Nations that follow rules set out in their self-government agreements.The announcement comes the same day a Conservative MP tabled a private members bill to make all chief and band council salaries public.last_img read more

Elder inspired mom to go on Twitter to get kids out of

first_img“They tried to quiet me by saying that they were going to sue me, charge me with a $50,000 fine and two years in jail,” Twitter Mom said.The penalties apply to news organizations like APTN, too. That’s why we can’t publish her real name or show her face.Her friend, artist and Indigenous rights activist Christie Belcourt, can’t believe the family was ripped apart.“She’s a victim of domestic violence. CFS should have supported her and her kids to be together during that time,” she said.“Her story is a lot of people’s story. It’s also one of the worst cases that I’ve ever heard.”Twitter Mom shared those details with the online world, too, tweeting out how she and her son were abused by her husband and the boys’ father but social workers blamed her and seized the children when police questioned her.She says she cut off contact with the father and hasn’t seen him since.And she’s been trying to get the boys back the entire time.Support for her is strong on Twitter where her posts are retweeted thousands of times. People are also donating money to her legal defence fund.She says she’s showing people how child welfare really operates.“I feel that I’m a voice for a lot of women who can’t speak,” she said.“I feel as if I’m able to be a voice on Twitter because on Twitter I have a huge audience who’s really paying attention to this issue.”However, the government and agencies involved declined to comment, citing the privacy law.kmartens@aptn.ca Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsShe can be fined or jailed or both, but a woman we’re calling “Twitter Mom” says it’s worth the risk.“I met with an elder once and he had told me to share my story in the open,” she said. “And from there it went forward.”Now, the elder didn’t say go public on social media, but that’s what Twitter Mom is doing.She’s sharing pictures of her home, business and children, along with details of her dealings with two child welfare agencies that have custody of her sons.The information is all in a series of tweets she hopes will pressure social workers to reunite her family.“Pretty much the agency is saying that I’m not co-operating,” she said in an interview.“But I find how can you co-operate with somebody who has had your kids for 10 years?”How her children wound up in care and everything she has done to free them is now on Twitter.It’s something the agencies, which are protected by a powerful privacy law, don’t like.last_img read more

Rival groups clash in Behala over supply of building materials several injured

first_imgKolkata: Several persons got injured after two groups got involved in a clash over supply of building materials at Prafulla Sen Colony in Behala on Sunday night.Locals claimed that at least seven persons were injured and two of them reportedly sustained major injuries. The locals also alleged that during the scuffle someone had fired a shot but no one was hit by the bullet. According to locals, the two groups were involved in supplying building materials in the area and they often used to get involved in altercations and scuffles over the same. Recently, one of the group’s leader, identified as Satyajit Sarkar, allegedly attacked his rival group’s members. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersWhen the other group retaliated, the situation got worse. Both the groups pelted stones and bricks at each other. Later, they allegedly used bamboo sticks to beat up each other. A few locals also suffered minor injuries in the incident. Amidst the clash, police were informed by some local residents. Upon receiving the news, police personnel from Behala police station went to the spot and intervened. The injured persons were rushed to the Vidyasagar State General Hospital, from where they were treated and discharged. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSources informed that later on Monday morning, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South West Division (SWD) Nilanjan Biswas visited the spot. Though locals alleged that gunfire took place, police are not sure about whether any shot was actually fired or not. On Monday two cases were lodged by both the parties involved in the clash against each other and five persons from both groups have been arrested. Police are investigating the case to find out the exact cause of the clash. Both the cases have been initiated on charges of 341 IPC (punishment for wrongful restraint), 324 IPC (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 114 IPC (abettor present when offence is committed).last_img read more

International Day spotlights need for more women in UN peacekeeping

29 May 2009The United Nations is marking the annual International Day of Peacekeepers by honouring the brave troops, police and civilians who serve in some of the most difficult places around the world, and by stressing the unique role played by women and the need to deploy more of them. This year’s commemoration comes at a time when the services of UN peacekeepers are in greater demand than ever. Deployment is at a record high, with more than 113,000 peacekeepers serving in 18 operations on four continents. Yet, “there are still far too few women peacekeepers,” as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted in his message for the Day, pointing out that women make up only 8 per cent of the UN police and 2 per cent of its military personnel.“We have a long way to go both with the military and the police,” Susana Malcorra, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support and one of the UN’s senior female officials, told a news conference in New York.She stressed the importance of women in the UN’s peacekeeping activities, which in many cases also involve programmes related to peacebuilding, reconstruction and reconciliation.Often, female blue helmets, human rights monitors and other mission staff can better communicate with local women, generating a greater sense of security, as in the case the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where rape has been used as a weapon of war and UN agencies estimate that 200,000 women and girls have been assaulted over the past 12 years.Serena Tiberia, a human rights officer with the UN peacekeeping mission there, known as MONUC, said that she experiences easier access to victims, as a woman. She added that female UN staff can also serve as models of women’s empowerment. “I think the fact of seeing women working [with the UN], driving cars and managing teams, it can be a good example for Congolese society,” she said. “Women can care about the family, but they can also study, they can also work, they can also do other things. I think reinforcing the role of women within the UN system, from the lowest to the highest level, could definitely serve as an example for the society we work with.”India was among the first to answer the call for more women personnel with the deployment in 2007 of an all-female Formed Police Unit (FPU) – comprising police officers who have received specialized training in high-risk operations and managing crowds – to the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).That subsequently led to a marked increase in women applicants to the West African country’s national police force.UNMIL chief Ellen Margrethe Løj, the only female currently heading a UN peacekeeping mission, highlighted the important impact of the Indian police officers on the local society, during a medal ceremony last year in the capital, Monrovia.“You have made a real difference, not only to us in UNMIL, but to a cross-section of Liberians, especially women and girls. Your presence in Liberia has demonstrated that women can play and have an increasingly crucial role in the establishment of the rule of law in post-conflict countries,” she stated.As noted by the Secretary-General, UN peacekeepers often face insecurity, disease and violence on a daily basis while working to make a tangible difference in the lives of many in some of most difficult and inhospitable places around the world. “Peacekeeping is tough and it means spending a lot of time away from your family,” said Bokani Hart, who heads MONUC’s civil affairs unit. The Zimbabwean native added that the UN could look at issues such as conditions of service, and help with work/life balance. At the same time, the job was not without its advantages, she said. “It’s very, very interesting work. Every day is different. I come into work and I’m juggling 101 different issues and that’9s what I love about my job.”Ms. Hart said her decision to work with UN peacekeeping has to do with her own personal history. “I spent the first 15 years of my life as a refugee and I’ve always been pulled to this kind of work. So I have sort of a personal attachment to my UN peacekeeping job, and I’m very proud to call myself a UN peacekeeper.”She added that while there are many women working in the UN system, there could be more, especially in decision-making positions. “If we put our own house in order, then we could be a very good example to wider Congolese society,” she noted. The UN is working to increase the number of women in senior positions at Headquarters and in field missions, according to DPKO. “We have done a lot but we need to do a great deal more,” UN peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy said, noting that women peacekeepers make a critical contribution in areas such as providing security, reforming State institutions and supporting political processes, and their work encourages others to participate in local peace processes.General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto, in his message for the Day, stressed that peacekeepers do not just carry out their mandated tasks. “They create a lasting legacy by exemplifying how military and police can engage in humanitarian work while interacting respectfully with civil society.” From New York to Naqoura, Darfur to Dili, the Day is being marked at UN offices around the world with a range of events, including ceremonies to honour those who paid the ultimate price in the service of peace. In 2008, 132 peacekeepers – including 10 women – lost their lives, whether through attacks, illnesses or accidents – one of the highest one-year totals in the history of the Organization. “The legacy of these men and women lives on. It lives on in what they did for the people of the countries in which they served. It lives on in the example they set for all of us as talented, dedicated professionals,” Mr. Ban said at the wreath-laying ceremony in New York.The Secretary-General also presided over the awarding of the Dag Hammarskjöld Medals, which are given posthumously to the military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives last year. He said he hoped the Medals – named for the former UN Secretary-General, who himself died on a peace mission to the Congo – “can serve as a tangible symbol of our sincere condolences as well as our immense gratitude for their sacrifice.”Designated by the General Assembly in 2002, the International Day is observed on 29 May, the date in 1948 when the first UN peacekeeping mission, the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), began operations in Palestine. read more

Dundas doctor sentenced in sexual assault case

A Dundas doctor has been sentenced to serve time in jail for sexually assaulting women in his care.Dr. Pierre Picard, was arrested back in January on several counts of sexual assault.On Friday, he was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison plus three years probation.Picard was also handed several conditions including he must not contact any of the victims, and has been ordered to a lifetime on the sex offender list.RELATED STORIESDundas doctor facing new sex charges as more victims come forwardFive more sexual assault charges laid against Hamilton doctorHamilton doctor facing two charges of sexual assault

Trudeau seeks to right his campaign in Toronto as Scheer heads to

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau pushed aside Friday global mockery of his decisions years ago to dress in blackface, saying he’s focused on apologizing to Canadians — including his rival, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.But images of the three times he chose to put on black- or brownface for costume events continued to flash around the world, reaching even the White House.U.S. President Donald Trump’s reaction summed up how the incidents have surprised people accustomed to seeing Trudeau as a champion of inclusivity and diversity, raising questions about whether that brand is forever tarnished.“I was hoping I wouldn’t be asked that question. … Justin. I’m surprised and I was more surprised when I saw the number of times and I’ve always had a good relationship with Justin. I just don’t know what to tell you. I was surprised by it, actually,” Trump said.Trudeau apologized profusely for the third day in a row for the incidents — one from his teens, one from his time as a whitewater rafting guide in his 20s and one when he was a teacher at a Vancouver private school. He said they were mistakes, and he did not understand at the time how racist wearing black- or brownface is.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Former Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne, a Liberal, said she’s worried that the apology will fall on deaf ears around the world.“People in other countries don’t have the benefit or the access or the interest in, quite frankly, the day-to-day machinations of Canadian politics so they don’t know him as well as we do,” she said.“So they kind of had him on this pedestal, which was unrealistic and ridiculous, and now he’s fallen off that pedestal and so there’s almost even more of an oversimplification on the international stage: he was perfect and now he’s the devil.”Since the first photo emerged Wednesday night, Trudeau has been calling members of his cabinet, candidates and community leaders to try to make amends. In turn, all day Thursday, many of them were speaking out publicly, if a tad cautiously, in support of their leader.On Friday, the day after Trudeau was the butt of late-night TV jokes in the U.S. and shocked headlines around the world, Chrystia Freeland took a turn.As Trudeau’s foreign affairs minister, she has had the ears of many influential leaders and their aides around the globe.Freeland said she was troubled and disappointed by the images, calling racism and intolerance unacceptable. But she said she accepts his apology and commitment to do better.“The prime minister continues to have my full and unwavering support,” she said in the statement posted to Twitter.Trudeau said he’d also like to speak to the NDP’s Singh, who has condemned the images he saw as personally hurtful.“I will be apologizing to him personally as a racialized Canadian,” Trudeau said Friday at an event in Toronto.“As I have been apologizing to Canadians who have suffered discrimination and intolerance their entire lives in ways some of us like me have never had to experience on a daily basis.”Singh said he is open to having a private conversation with the Liberal leader, declining to disclose what he’d say.Where he wants to keep the focus, Singh said, is on all of the Canadians who’ve been hurt by what Trudeau did.“I’ve spoken with young people who tell me that if the prime minister can mock their reality, can mock their struggles, then what’s to stop other people from saying ‘if the prime minister can make fun of people for what they’re going through, why can’t I?’,” Singh said at an event in Windsor, Ont.The incidents made the front pages of news websites around the globe. Trudeau attracted scorn as well from prominent civil-rights advocates in the U.S., a country that has grappled with its own cases of prominent politicians having been found to have, or admitting to have, worn blackface.Trump has in the past called for Democrats outed for wearing blackface to resign, but at the same time as he supported Republicans caught in similar scandals.The U.S. has always viewed Canada as being a bit smug on issues of diversity and inclusion, said Chris Sands, director of the Center for Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins University, based in Washington, D.C.In Trump’s eyes, this might knock Trudeau down a peg, he said.“I think this will make Trudeau look like he’s just another liberal-left opponent of Trump who preaches all the right things about minorities and diversity but is secretly not sensitive at all,” Sands said.Trudeau took a small jab at the U.S. Friday, though, in announcing his party’s marquee policy on gun control, picking up on a theme in the contentious debate in that country.Those in favour of stronger gun regulation in the U.S. have in recent years argued that it is no longer enough for politicians to respond to mass shootings by saying their “thoughts and prayers” are with the victims.And that was how Trudeau styled his campaign pledge Friday to ban assault rifles and institute stricter regulations on who can buy guns and import ammunition.“Thoughts and prayers aren’t going to cut it,” Trudeau said.He also promised to allow municipalities the right to ban handguns, a policy also advocated by the NDP.That party was shopping its policy on expanding public coverage for drugs and dental care on the campaign trail Friday, while Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was also campaigning on the health-care theme, pledging $1.5 billion to buy new medical imaging equipment for facilities across the country.The Conservatives had been behind the release of a brief video documenting Trudeau wearing blackface. Their campaign received the clip and turned it over to Global News. The other two images were given directly to the media.Scheer said Friday he’s not aware of the existence of any more photos or videos. Trudeau has said he won’t say definitively there aren’t any, as he doesn’t necessarily remember everything.While Trudeau talked of a gun ban, Green Leader Elizabeth May promised a ban of her own — on the kinds of cars the vast majority of people drive. A ban on sales of new internal-combustion engine passenger vehicles by 2030 is part of her party’s broader transportation strategy unveiled Friday, which seeks to get to zero-carbon transportation in Canada.People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier is trying to hold onto his own seat in Quebec and spent most of Friday campaigning there, though he has a swing to Western Canada next week.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2019.–With files from Allison Jones in Toronto read more