Christians arrested on accusations of ‘forcible conversion’ in Mathura

first_imgA group of Christians were arrested by the police after they were found to be praying inside their house in Mathura. They were accused of “forcible conversion” of people in Irauli Gurjar village of Mathura. According to a local resident, Mamta, a Christian resident of the village, had invited fellow Christians in her house and was holding a prayer when they were attacked by her Hindu relatives. Mamta’s extended relatives filed a complaint alleging “forcible conversion” by Mamta and her friends. She denied any kind of conversion bid and had told the police that she and her friends were “holding prayer in her house as December was the month in which Jesus Christ was born.”According to Aditya Shukla, Superintendent of Police (Mathura rural) police received a complaint that a few Christians were trying to “convert people” in the village. “Seven people have been booked and arrested under IPC Section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings). They have been sent to 14 days judicial custody by the local Mathura court,” Mr. Shukla said. Their bail petition is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday in the local court.Pramod Singh from Christian Legal Association told The Hindu that this “was an attempt to spread fear among the minorities and make them feel like second class citizens.”“All that these people were doing in Mamta’s house was holding prayer when they were attacked by Hindutva goons and arrested by the police. Since when holding prayer and practising one’s own religion became illegal in this country,” he said. “The Christian community in Mathura is scared. There is atmosphere of fear and apprehension about practising one’s faith. Christmas is approaching and Christians are scared of holding prayer,” he alleged.last_img read more

Tenure of Rajasthan Lokayukta cut

first_imgThe Rajasthan Assembly on Monday passed the Rajasthan Lokayukta and Up-Lokyuktas (Amendment) Bill to reduce the tenure of the Lokayukta from earlier eight years to five years. The Bill was presented by Energy Minister B.D. Kalla in the House on behalf of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and was passed by voice vote. Under the amendment in the Bill, which was brought to replace an ordinance issued in March this year, the tenure of the Lokayukta has been reduced to five years from eight years. The previous BJP government had increased the Lokayukta’s tenure to eight years from five years last year. “Recently, the term of office of the Lokayukta was increased from five years to eight years by amending section 5 of the Rajasthan Lokayukta and Up-Lokayuktas Act, 1973. But in most of the States of the country the Lokayukta holds the office for a term of five years. “Moreover, the term of the chairperson under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (Central Act No. 1 of 2014) is also five years,” the statement of objects and reasons of the Bill said. “In order to maintain parity with the term of Lokayukta in other States of the country and, chairperson of Lokpal in the Centre, it was decided by the State government that term of five years is adequate for the office of the Lokayukta,” it further said. Heated argumentsDuring the debate on the Bill, heated arguments broke out between Speaker C.P. Joshi and Deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore when the latter was asked to be specific on the topic.last_img read more

ECB, Cricket Australia reject fresh claims of spot-fixing by their players

first_imgAllegations of spot-fixing by English cricketers have been dismissed by the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) Integrity Team and Cricket Australia.The Al Jazeera television network said it had uncovered evidence of corruption in international cricket, including “a small group” of England players in seven matches between 2010 and 2012.Unnamed Australia and Pakistan players were also accused by the broadcaster in a documentary broadcast on Sunday.”Whilst the limited information we have been given by Al Jazeera is poorly prepared and lacks clarity and corroboration, it has been properly assessed,” the ECB said in a statement.”Analysis of this by the ECB Integrity Team has cast no doubt on the integrity or behaviour of any England player, current or former.”The ECB takes its responsibilities on anti-corruption and preserving the integrity of cricket very seriously.”The materials we have been given have been referred to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption unit and we will continue to work with them, as is the correct procedure for protecting the game.”Spot-fixing occurs when players agree to manipulate part of a match by, for example, bowling a wide on a particular delivery or ensuring a particular run rate.The corruption does not usually affect the overall outcome of the match but gamblers in the know can use the information to beat the betting market.Cricket Australia’s outgoing chief executive James Sutherland said it took “a zero-tolerance approach” to any attempts to compromise the integrity of the game.The CA integrity unit had reviewed the claims, he added in a statement.advertisement”Our team have not identified any issues of corruption by any current or former player,” he said.”The materials we have been given have been referred to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption unit and we will continue to work with them in order to ensure the integrity of the game.”We urge Al Jazeera to provide all un-edited materials and any other evidence to the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit.”The Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) were even more forthright, with their chief executive Alistair Nicholson saying players had had enough of “unsupported accusations”.”The players are sick and tired of being subject to accusations without the proper evidence to substantiate it,” he added.The International Cricket Council has previously hit out at Al Jazeera for failing to share unedited footage from their investigations into corruption in cricket.”We will again take the contents of the programme and any allegations it may make seriously and will investigate fully,” said Alex Marshall, the general manager of the global governing body’s anti-corruption unit.”The investigation into these allegations has already commenced and will run alongside a number of other live unrelated investigations. When considering the claims, we will work with professional independent betting analysts.”As with the first programme we have, and will continue to ask for the cooperation of the broadcaster.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Paes, Sania and Bhupathi need to work together for Indian tennis: Boris Becker

first_imgLegendary Boris Becker feels the three icons of Indian tennis, Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, and Saina Mirza need to bury their differences and work together for the betterment of the sport in the country.Talking about Indian tennis, which has not been able to produce world-class singles players in the last three decades, Becker said the trio (all doubles specialists) need to unite to take the game forward in their country.”India has a long successful history in tennis. You have to have a large pool of players, so that some of them go on to win titles. At the moment you don’t see them but I would say it is a matter of time,” Becker told PTI.”Tennis is very popular in India, I know that for a fact. Maybe the likes of Sania, Bhupathi, and Paes need to do something about it. I know they are fighting a little but that is the only solution (to work together). That is what the former players did in Germany and France, they went back to sport administration,” he added.Can Djokovic match Federer’s Grand Slam record?Becker has also backed an in-form Novak Djokovic to chase Roger Federer’s record 20 Grand Slam titles and said the Serbian’s best chance to achieve the feat is in the next two years.31-year-old Djokovic is back to his best after a lean run and has won the last three Grand Slams, including a record seventh crown at the Australian Open last month.Federer is 37 but is still going strong despite his fourth-round loss at Melbourne Park.advertisementSeventeen-time Majors winner Rafael Nadal too is well and truly back in the mix and reached the final at Melbourne Park after an injury lay-off.Becker, speaking ahead of the Laureus World Sports Awards here on Monday night, said equaling Federer’s tally of 20 Grand Slams is now in the realm of possibility.”One of the misfortunes of playing in an era with Federer and Nadal is you can’t really compare yourself to them. Normally, after 15 Grand Slams and seven Australian Open titles, you would say ‘wow’. It is wow but the next question is ‘will Novak ever break Federer’s record?” said Becker, who coached the world number one to six Grand Slam victories between 2014-2016. “The short answer is that there is a possibility (of Novak getting close to Federer’s 20 titles) but a lot of things have to happen. Yes, he won the last three majors but before that, he had a two-year dry spot.”Following his split with Djokovic, Becker had questioned the Serbian’s work ethic.”Tennis is fickle and sensitive. A lot of things have to be right in your personal and private life. For Novak, it is perfect at the moment. Therefore he is on his way (to match Federer’s feats) and hopefully nothing happens in the meantime,” said the German, who himself won six Majors.Is Becker surprised by Djokovic’s red hot form?”Yes and no. Because he has a champion’s mindset and that is something you never lose. He has his work ethic back, as well as his discipline, his desire and his love for the game, so, it was a question of time when he is going to win again,” Becker said.”When he is on, he is very very good. And he is still young enough, younger than Nadal ( who is 32). There is an open window for him in the next two years to add to his trophy collection.”When Federer won his 20th, nobody thought anyone could even come close. Now you have two guys (Djokovic and Nadal). Every Grand Slam is witnessing history.”Becker feels both Nadal and Djokovic might have to win more than 20 titles to break Federer’s record, considering the Swiss master is playing at the moment.”With Roger Federer, nothing is impossible. As long as he is healthy and wants to play, I would never bet against him. Yes, theoretically, there is an age issue but he is redefining that at 37. He is still one of the best. Maybe not on clay but on grass the way he plays, he is one of my favourites to win Wimbledon. It will stay that way until he doesn’t want to play anymore,” he said.Nadal, Federer, and Djokovic are superstars not just in the tennis world, they are also considered as global sporting icons. Their intense rivalry will go down as one of the most competitive in history books and the sport will be a lot poorer when they retire.advertisementBecker on the youngsters in tennisHowever, Becker sees the men’s tennis landscape changing in the next five years.”The younger generation will struggle to quickly move into their roles. But hey when I started playing it was Borg-McEnroe, I thought it was the greatest rivalry the world has ever seen. Next thing I know is I am involved with Edberg, Wilander, and Lendl and then came Sampras and Agassi,” he said.”So every five to seven years you find these two or three players who are extraordinary. We can’t imagine right now but in the next five years, we will have a new top three who may not have the name (and fame) which Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic enjoy.Also Read | Split with coach Sascha Bajin not over money, clarifies Naomi OsakaAlso See:last_img read more

6 days agoSilva safe as Everton defeat West Ham

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Silva safe as Everton defeat West Hamby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton eased the pressure on manager Marco Silva with an impressive win over disappointing West Ham United at Goodison Park.Silva is fighting to ease doubts over his future after four straight Premier League defeats plunged Everton into the relegation zone – but this was a vastly-improved, excellent display to earn three vital points.He made five changes from the side that lost at Burnley and was rewarded with a piece of individual brilliance from recalled Brazilian Bernard, who tricked his way into the West Ham area before beating keeper Roberto Jimenez with a clever finish after 17 minutes to set Everton on their way.Everton had numerous opportunities to extend their advantage but Roberto produced a succession of fine saves, especially from Tom Davies and Alex Iwobi, while Richarlison hit the woodwork. It was in stoppage time that second-half substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson, dropped for the first time since he became Everton’s record £45m signing in summer 2017, ended any doubts about the outcome with a magnificent 25-yard rising right-foot drive.Everton attacker Theo Walcott said at the final whistle: “The game felt like we need to start taking our chances, we had so many. It showed how good we can be going forwards. We know the quality in the team, we know what to expect from each other.”The fans were fantastic today, but then they always are. The sense of urgency was what we needed.”last_img read more

Securityclearance backlogs bedevilled RCMP as employee allegedly leaked secrets

first_imgOTTAWA — The RCMP was struggling to keep staff security clearances up to date during the time a senior employee allegedly tried to pass secrets to adversaries, an internal Mountie audit shows.The audit report stressed the importance of regularly reviewing the security status of RCMP employees to guard against the threat of an insider betraying the national police force by sharing sensitive information with the wrong people.The auditors found all of the RCMP sections across Canada responsible for screening had “a significant backlog” of security updates to do, as well as smaller backlogs of new clearances and upgrades to higher security levels.Overall, the audit concluded that “risks and gaps” were hampering effective delivery of the security-screening program to the force’s nearly 30,000 employees, 25,000 contractors and more than 17,000 volunteers in over 700 communities.The little-noticed Audit of Personnel Security, completed in 2016 and quietly made public in edited form last year, takes on new relevance following the arrest this month of RCMP intelligence official Cameron Jay Ortis.Ortis, 47, is accused of violating three sections of the Security of Information Act as well as two Criminal Code provisions, including breach of trust, for allegedly trying to disclose classified information to an unspecified foreign entity or terrorist group.RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki has said the allegations against Ortis, if proven true, are extremely unsettling, given that he had access to intelligence from domestic and international allies.The charge sheet lists seven counts against Ortis under the various provisions, dating from as early as Jan. 1, 2015, through to Sept. 12 of this year, when he was taken into custody. He is slated to make his third court appearance today.“One of the many questions raised by the Ortis case is what internal security measures failed or might have failed,” said Wesley Wark, an intelligence expert who teaches at the University of Ottawa.“The question of security clearances and security monitoring must be front and centre.”The RCMP’s personnel security program aims to ensure the reliability and security of people who have access to the force’s information systems, data and premises, the internal audit says.This is achieved through the force’s security-screening process, which supports the issuance, denial, suspension or revocation of basic RCMP reliability status or, if required by the position, a secret or top-secret security clearance.A top-secret “enhanced” clearance entails extra screening including a polygraph examination, commonly known as a lie-detector test.Reliability status and secret clearances are valid for 10 years, while top-secret clearances must be updated every five years. “Updates are a critical insider-threat mitigation measure,” the audit report says.Lucki told a Sept. 17 news conference that Ortis held a valid top-secret clearance but said he had not undergone a polygraph test.The RCMP declined to tell The Canadian Press this week when Ortis, who joined the force in 2007, underwent his most recent security update.The police force also provided no answers to questions about any steps the RCMP may have taken in response to the internal audit’s findings.The auditors said the force’s departmental security program had “experienced challenges in meeting service level expectations” due to funding pressures and increasing demand.Eliminating security-clearance backlogs would reduce risk to the RCMP and help the force direct program resources to new security-clearance files, the audit report said.Security clearances, including renewals, are time-consuming, and renewals can be treated as less urgent because of an assumption that a previously cleared person can be trusted, Wark said.Even so, backlogs of security-clearance renewals, especially those involving top-secret levels, are “a serious issue,” he said.The case of Jeffrey Paul Delisle, a naval officer who pleaded guilty in 2012 to giving classified material to Russia, shows the system is not always on top of the challenges. Wark noted Delisle’s top-secret clearance had expired in 2011 but he continued to have access to sensitive databases.Following the Delisle case, the government ushered in revised security-screening standards in 2014.One new element was the concept of “aftercare,” which requires departmental security staff and other personnel to monitor and report on any changes in an employee’s situation that might raise security concerns, Wark noted.Such changes could include misuse of drugs or alcohol, sudden changes in a the employee’s financial situation, expressions of support for extremist views or unexplained frequent absences.“This is meant to be a ongoing process to cover the periods between clearance renewals and to counter the insider threat,” Wark said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 27, 2019.— Follow @JimBronskill on TwitterJim Bronskill , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Adrian Grenier And Kate Walsh Attend Oceana Ball

first_imgOceana, the largest international organization dedicated solely to protecting the world’s oceans, is pleased to announce the total amount realized at this weeks’s Inaugural Oceana Ball.The star-studded affair raised close to $1 million in proceeds via the live auction of fantasy lots curated by Oceana. Proceeds of this year’s gala directly benefit the protection and restoration of shark populations.“Oceana is delighted with the success of the Inaugural Oceana Ball and of its companion online auction at, which runs through April 17. We are grateful to everyone who has raised a paddle, made an online bid, or helped bring attention to the cause,” said Oceana CEO, Andy Sharpless. “This support will help Oceana win policy victories to help protect sharks, many species of which are under threat around the world.”Co-chaired by Oceana Ambassador, Kate Walsh, David & Susan Rockefeller, and Steven & Anne Murphy, the auction was officiated by Christie’s charity auctioneer and Director of Strategic Partnerships, Lydia Fenet. After the bidding, the audience enjoyed a special musical performance by O.C.A.D. featuring Olivia Cipolla, who is set to release a new album this summer.Event attendees included: Susan & David Rockefeller, Kate Walsh, Steven & Anne Murphy, Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, Luke Hemsworth, Adrian Grenier, Sami Gayle, Les Stroud, Almudena Fernandez, Alexandra Cousteau, Jennifer Tilly, and Cameron Silver.The opportunity to have lunch with President Clinton and Susan & David Rockefeller at Blue Hill at Stone Barns swept the evening sale with a winning bid of $110,000. Other fantasy lots, generously provided by JW Marriott Hotels and Resorts, with trips to their properties in Cancun, Costa Rica, Thailand, Ihilani and Dubai generating nearly $40,000.The Oceana Ball will continue raising funds online at through April 17. Lots in the online auction include: Artwork from Peter Lik, Isack Kousnsky, Deborah Buck, Laura Bombier, and David Foox, three custom surfboards from artist Peter Tunney, jewelry and timepieces from Shirley Ephraim, Susan Rockefeller and CORUM, getaways from JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and more.The Oceana Ball focused its attention for the inaugural year on shark conservation, an issue highlighted last year at the third and final Green Auction hosted by Christie’s. Fueled by the support from last year’s event, Oceana made significant progress by helping advance the west coast population of great white sharks to its current position as candidate for the Endangered Species Act. Recent studies show that there may be as few as 350 adult white sharks left in the west coast population. An Endangered Species Act listing will afford the sharks additional safeguards from key threats and garner more funding for research to better understand the status and threats to this distinct population. Proceeds generated from this year’s event will aid Oceana’s efforts to secure protection for this specific population of sharks and others.The initiative was made possible through the joint efforts of Oceana together with Charitybuzz and Christie’s, in addition to the support of all of the visionary leaders from the worlds of art, business, fashion, philanthropy, conservation and celebrity.last_img read more

Colm Feore joins cast of new CBC drama 21 Thunder

first_imgIt’s produced by PMA Productions and Generic Productions and was created by Riley Adams (Flashpoint), Kenneth Hirsch (Extraordinary Canadians) and Adrian Wills (The Surrogacy Trap).By Debra Yeo Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: The series is in production in Montreal and will premiere on CBC in summer 2017.It also stars Stephanie Bennett (Descendants), former Scottish footballer Ryan Pierce (who played as Ryan O’Leary), RJ Fetherstonhaugh (Wayward Pines), Emmanuel Kabongo (Hemlock Grove), Andres Joseph (The Flash) and Conrad Pla (19-2). He has been a U.S. general, a 15th-century cardinal and a presidential spouse — and those are just his TV roles. Now prolific Canadian-American actor Colm Feore is taking on big city crime boss in a new CBC-TV drama.Feore, also known for numerous movie roles and for his stage work with the Stratford Festival, has joined the cast of 21 Thunder, described as a series about “the fiercely competitive and high-stakes world of an under-21 soccer academy in Montreal.”Feore has been cast as Declan Gallard, an imprisoned crime boss trying to reconcile with his son, who plays for the academy, according to a news release.center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

AFN releases election priorities for federal parties

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA—Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde on Wednesday unveiled a list of priorities he’d like to see the next governing party focus on after it achieves power at the ballot box on Oct. 19.Bellegarde said the next federal government needed to “close the gap” between First Nations and the rest of Canada.“First Nations priorities are Canada’s priorities,” said Bellegarde, during a press conference in Ottawa.The national chief admitted he hasn’t voted in previous federal elections and wasn’t sure if he was going to vote in this one. Bellegarde said Elders had advised him against voting in federal elections because, as treaty people, First Nations have a direct relationship with the Crown, regardless of what party holds the reins of power.Bellegarde, however, said First Nation people should cast a vote to influence the outcome of the election and force the next federal government to act on dealing with long-standing First Nation issues.Bellegarde said the AFN’s priorities touch on six themes, including strengthening First Nation families and communities, achieving equitable funding, asserting rights, the environment, protecting Indigenous languages and implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations.“When the gap closes, Canada wins,” said Bellegarde.Bellegarde said the AFN would like the next federal government to commit within the first 100 days of taking power to a process aimed at improving on-reserve education by increasing funding and giving communities control over their schools.The next federal government should also establish a national inquiry into the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls within the same time span.The AFN is also looking for the next federal government to lift the two per cent cap on First Nation funding by the federal Liberals in the 1990s. Bellegarde said it should be replaced with a “new fiscal relationship.” The new fiscal relationship should include new fiscal transfer arrangements, the creation of a multi-party process to create resource-revenue sharing frameworks and restored funding to First Nation political organizations, according to the AFN.Bellegarde said the AFN wants the anti-terror law, Bill C-51, repealed along with changes to environmental regulations contained in the Harper government’s Bill C-38 and Bill C-45, which sparked the Idle No More movement.Bellegarde said the AFN wants to help create a joint AFN-cabinet committee to deal with and monitor the Crown-First Nation relationship.The AFN also wants increased funding for and a focus on preserving and promoting Indigenous languages.Bellegarde said he did not have a dollar figure in mind, but said it would take billions of dollars to get First Nation communities on par with the rest of Canada when it comes to such basics as housing and access to clean water.The situation facing many First Nation communities and people is dire. The life expectancy of a First Nation person is five to seven years lower than the national average. The infant mortality rate is 1.5 times higher than the national average and half of First Nation children live in poverty. There are currently 40,000 Indigenous children in the care of the state and youth suicide rates are five to seven times higher than the national average.Bellegarde said NDP leader Thomas Mulcair phoned him his morning before the announcement and the NDP has already committed to holding a national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women.Liberal leader Justin Trudeau tweeted that he supported Bellegarde’s call to “Close the Gap.” Trudeau has pledged to invest $2.6 billion in new money over four years for core education funding.The Conservative party issued as statement saying it believes “that increasing Aboriginal participation in the economy is the most effective way to improve the well-being and quality of life of Aboriginal people in Canada.”The Conservatives said its government increased education funding by 25 per cent, constructed 41 schools and invested in 500 school projects along with renovating 22,000 existing homes. The party also said that it brought in the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, which is being challenged by 200 First Nations.“The NDP and Liberals favour irresponsible spending over concrete and financial accountability,” said the statement.The Harper government has already rejected calls for a public inquiry and the implementation of the TRC’s recommendations. The Harper government has also refused to increase funding for First Nation education because chiefs rejected the proposed First Nations Control of First Nations Education read more

Congress complains to EC against Modi Irani

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Friday moved the Election Commission against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for allegedly “dragging” the armed forces in politics repeatedly. Congress leaders Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Randeep Singh Surjewala also raised the issues of Union Minister Smriti Irani submitting “contradictory affidavits” to the Election Commission on her educational qualifications and also about a web series on Modi. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Talking to the media after meeting the EC, Singhvi said PM, the President of the ruling party and its other leaders are “shamelessly dragging the armed forces for cheap politics.” “Never in the history has this happened,” he said, adding the web series on Modi is also a violation of the Model Code of Conduct as it is biographical in nature and it should be banned immediately. “If the person makes another violation, he/she should be barred from two days of campaigning, similarly three and four days for the third and fourth violation,” he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Speaking about Irani’s qualification, Surjewala said the Congress is not commenting on her qualification, saying they believe that even the illiterate can also hold high positions. “But the question is the people have been cheated and the Minister has lied to them about her qualifications.” The Congress has submitted a memorandum to the EC over Irani “repeatedly lying” about her qualifications. “There is no information about the degree of the PM and also his favourite minister Irani. There are no classmates of the PM and Irani who are coming out. This is a very serious issue as the people have been cheated repeatedly.” Surjewala demanded that the EC should disqualify Irani for changing her qualifications multiple times. He also said that there should be a strict action and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi should be sacked for her remarks and for “dividing people”. Addressing an election rally, she had said that she would like to win without support of Muslims and would not want to give jobs to them if they did not vote for her. The party also urged the Election Commission to issue directions to all Chief Electoral Officers, booth level officers and other election officials to ensure proper functioning of EVMs during the Lok Sabha elections. It also sought immediate investigation into the malfunctioning of the EVMs and other issues reported from various parts of the country during the first phase of polls on April 11. It said posters of Gen VK Singh were posted right outside a polling station. The party also alleged that BJP candidate from Tehri Garhwal parliamentary constituency “printed voter slips on her election pamphlet”. The party said it was making fifth request for “urgent and necessary” intervention against Modi’s “continued and brazen violation” of the Model Code of Conduct and in particular the “hateful and divisive comments by him”, Shah and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in election rallies at Nanded, Nagpur and Meerut. In its representation against Irani, Congress called for immediate action for filing “false affidavit”, saying it attracts “up to six months imprisonment and/or fine”.last_img read more

Tim Hortons to pilot allday breakfast amid tensions with franchisees

TORONTO — Tim Hortons will pilot all-day breakfast in a dozen Ontario locations and look to introduce a kids menu, delivery and loyalty program, in a bid to regain the trust of franchisees and customers.The fast-food giant’s president Alex Macedo told The Canadian Press that the all-day breakfast experiment will begin at a handful of Hamilton and Burlington, Ont. locations later this summer and include all of the menu items typically available at the store in the morning. If it is successful, he said the company would consider rolling it out further.“The demand is loud and clear,” he said. “Any time we bring up the idea of breakfast at any time, the response is very favourable and very strong.”Macedo’s announcement came as the company has publicly been struggling to fix its strained relationship with some franchisees, who have been sparring with the company in recent months over everything from cost-cutting measures made in the wake of Ontario’s minimum wage hikes to delays in supply deliveries to a $700-million renovation plan that they say will cost store owners $450,000 per restaurant.Last month, Macedo admitted that “we could have done a few things better” and started touring the country to meet with franchises and promise them that he would fix the relationship.This week, he said the visits had concluded and added that “it can take some time to get exactly where we want to be, but right now, I think things are looking much better than they were at the beginning of the year.”His attempt at easing the tensions have coincided with an intensification of Canada’s breakfast wars. In early May, McDonald’s, one of Tim Hortons’ biggest rivals, announced it had begun serving bagels across the country and in recent years. A&W, Taco Bell and Burger King have all upped the ante with breakfast offerings to compete with Tim Hortons, Starbucks and Country Style.Macedo said Tim Hortons’ all-day breakfast launch wasn’t triggered by the McDonald’s bagel announcement, adding that “something as big as this would never be a reaction to anything a competitor would do.”The company, he said, had done a market test on all-day breakfast in 2013 and found it was “generally successful,” but ultimately chose not to roll it out, in part because “the guests weren’t asking for it as much as they are now.”Since then, he said consumer interest in breakfast has grown, as evidenced by research companies NPD Group and Nielsen calling it the fastest-growing part of the day for restaurants since 2012.In addition to all-day breakfast, he revealed that the company would also be looking to a kids menu, new packaging, kiosks, loyalty programs and delivery to entice customers and regain franchisee confidence, but he said he wasn’t prepared to share more details on any of those plans yet.“I don’t think there is one answer to driving brand love,” Macedo said. “My only concern is to work with franchisees all over the country. … I think they are very willing to work with us to get the brand where we want it to be.”Among those franchisees is Aron Burch, who will offer all-day breakfast at five of his seven locations. He said he was eager to get on board with the pilot because he owns a handful of locations near McMaster University in Hamilton and finds most of his customers are students who like to sleep in, often making it to his restaurants just as breakfast is winding down for the day.He said the months of tension between Tim Hortons and the franchisees, and the rise in the cost of living, had caused his stores to see “a little bit” of a decline in transactions in same-store sales, but he was confident that all-day breakfast would help them lure more customers.“Being able to offer all-day breakfast definitely is going to help us go to the customer who might have gone somewhere else or have it at home because of the convenience,” he said. “The busier the stores are, the better the day goes.” read more

Canadian dollar rises amid positive US employment news mixed commodities

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Thursday amid higher commodity prices and positive economic data.The loonie was up 0.48 of a cent at 97.82 cents US.Statistics Canada reported that its price index for new homes rose 0.1 per cent in January.That showing followed a 0.2 per cent increase in December.The metropolitan region of Toronto and Oshawa, as well as the Calgary region, were the top contributors to the increase.Meanwhile, the federal agency also reported that Canadian industries operated at 80.7 per cent of their production capacity in the fourth quarter, down slightly from the 81.1 per cent in the third quarter. The decline was a result of lower capacity utilization in the manufacturing sector.That, in turn, was largely attributable to the transportation equipment manufacturing industry, where capacity utilization fell 3.5 percentage points to 88.9 per cent in the quarter. Factoring in that were longer than usual seasonal shutdowns in the auto sector.In the U.S., fewer Americans sought unemployment aid last week, reducing the average number of weekly applications last month to a five-year low.The Labour Department says applications fell 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 332,000. That pushed the four-week average to 346,750, the lowest since March 2008, just several months after the Great Recession began.Commodities were higher following declines on Wednesday.Oil prices moved into positive territory after the employment data was released and the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 51 cents to US$93.03 a barrel.April gold bullion gained $2.30 to US$1,590.70 an ounce while May copper gained a cent to US$3.54 a pound. Canadian dollar rises amid positive U.S. employment news, mixed commodities by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 14, 2013 8:43 am MDT read more

Indigenous Forum opens with UN officials highlighting sustainable development agenda

The 13th session of the Permanent Forum, which runs through 23 May at UN Headquarters, will focus on the special theme, “good governance” and also consider matters related to the arrangements for the first-ever World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. The session also comes as the UN continues its efforts to define the global sustainable development roadmap after 2015, the target date for achieving the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). “The needs, voices and contributions of indigenous peoples will be a critical part of these efforts,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his opening remarks, spotlighting climate change as an area of “vital focus.” Noting that indigenous peoples are often on the frontlines of this existential challenge, he said this fact was borne out yet again on his recent visit to Greenland. On 23 September, Mr. Ban will convene a climate summit in New York focused on action and solutions.“The traditional knowledge and practices of indigenous peoples can help to close the emissions gap and lead us onto a more sustainable path,” he said, urging Member States to recognize the central role of indigenous peoples in meeting the climate challenge.Also addressing the Permanent Forum, General Assembly President John Ashe underscored that the MDG outcomes for indigenous people have fallen short of expectations. One of the lessons of this, he said, is that policies designed to promote universal access to culturally sensitive social services have been inadequate, and the international community needs to reconsider its approach.“In the context of elaborating the post-2015 development agenda, it has been frequently observed that the core concerns of indigenous peoples, both at the national and the international levels, should be recognized in a clear and forthright manner,” he said, noting that this would entail explicit assertion of indigenous collective rights.In addition, Mr. Ashe said that recent discussions on the post-2015 agenda had also brought to light the universal relevance of values which are particularly dear to the indigenous peoples, such as the freedom from discrimination, the right to live in freedom, peace and security, the protection of biodiversity, good governance, the sustainable management of natural resources, cultural diversity, to cite only a few.As for the upcoming World Conference, he said that his Office and the wider Assembly are hard at work on ensuring the event effectively addresses the most serious challenges confronting indigenous peoples. To that end, Mr. Ashe had already established a consultation process among Member States and representatives of indigenous peoples on the meeting’s outcome. Further, he announced today that the Interactive Hearing would convene shortly after the Forum wrapped up its 2014 session as a channel for providing input to the preparatory process for the World Conference. For his part, Martin Sajdik, President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) emphasized that the relationship between indigenous peoples and Governments must be improved. “This is important work and the [ECOSOC] takes this work very seriously,” he said, highlighting that the main theme for the 2014 Annual Ministerial Review relates to challenges for meeting the MDG’s in 2015 and achieving future development targets. “This is a broad theme upon which the Forum has certainly a lot to say,” said Mr. Sajdik, adding that the Council has established an integration segment aimed at consolidating inputs from various sources, including subsidiary bodies, on how best to ensure a balanced integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development. The first integration segment, which will be held later this month, will be devoted to “sustainable urbanization.”Moreover, he said the Forum’s annual report will now be considered at one of the Council’s Coordination and Management Meetings (CMM), which are held at various times in the course of the year. The Forum is scheduled to report to the Council at its July CMM. This will provide an opportunity for a closer engagement of the Chair with the Council on the outcome of the current session. read more

UN and partners to closely coordinate efforts ahead of DR Congo elections

In a joint press statement, the UN, the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU) and the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) underscored the necessity of an inclusive political dialogue in the DRC, as well as their commitment to support the Congolese actors towards the consolidation of democracy in the country. According to the statement, the four partner organizations “underline the crucial importance of these elections, whose peaceful, transparent, smooth and timely conduct would greatly contribute to consolidating the progress made in the DRC for more than a decade.” Underscoring the importance of dialogue and the search for an agreement between political actors that is respectful of democracy and the rule of law, the organizations urge all Congolese political actors to “spare no effort,” within the framework of the country’s Constitution, to “ensure the successful holding of elections, preserve peace and deepen democracy, including through a political process.” Recalling the appointment by the AU of Mr. Edem Kodjo as Special Envoy to undertake consultations on the envisaged dialogue in the DRC, the partner organizations also urge all Congolese political actors to extend him their full cooperation. They also recalled that the decision by the AU and the efforts of the Special Envoy on the ground fall within the framework of the relevant instruments of the AU, including the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.In addition, the partner organizations said they are committed to closely coordinating their efforts in the DRC, in accordance with their principles and values, with particular regard to the promotion of democracy and the rule of law. read more

Cant wait to meet him How world reacted to birth of Harry

“Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well.”The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the baby’s uncle and aunt, are said to be “overjoyed and looking forward to meeting the latest addition to the family”.Thomas Markle, the Duchess’ father who has been estranged after a very public series of interviews, also shared his good wishes, telling a tabloid newspaper: “God bless the child and I wish him health and happiness, and my congratulations to my lovely daughter Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry, and God save the Queen.”BritainTheresa May, the Prime Minister, shared her congratulations.”Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the arrival of their baby boy. Wishing you all the best at this happy time,” she said.Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, also tweeted his congratulations.”Congratulations to Meghan and Harry on the birth of their baby. I hope they’re all doing well.”The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, sent his congratulations, adding: “May God bless the new family with love, health and happiness.”The royal couple’s news featured on most of the front pages of the country’s press. Huge congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, on the birth of their baby boy today. Becoming a parent is one of the greatest joys of life! #RoyalBaby— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) May 6, 2019 An easel in forecourt of Buckingham Palace announces birth of baby boy in London “Learned first hand 7 months ago how transformational becoming a parent is and couldn’t be happier for Meghan and Harry as they begin this adventure. £playdatesoon.” Ms Obama, the wife of former US president Barack Obama, was among those to send her congratulations.She tweeted: “Congratulations, Meghan and Harry! Barack and I are so thrilled for both of you and can’t wait to meet him. £RoyalBaby.”President Obama retweeted the message.Hillary Clinton sent their to the couple.  Congratulations to the Prince & Duchess with their new baby boy! God Bless.— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) May 6, 2019 “An Australian republic will mean that each child born today can grow up aspiring to the top job – regardless of their family, social status or wealth.”In New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the country would be donating to charities and planting trees to celebrate the occasion. “In line with their request we have not sent a gift, but the government is marking the birth with donations to two New Zealand child-centred charities,” Ms Ardern announced on Tuesday.”We are also donating 10 trees to Trees for Kiwi Babies, for native tree planting events during Matariki 2019. These donations will celebrate all New Zealand babies, as well as the new Royal baby,” Ms Ardern said.Ms Ardern said she wished the royal family all the best and hoped to see them in New Zealand at some point. United StatesMichelle Obama was among those to send their congratulations after the Duke and Duchess Of Sussex welcomed a baby boy. The front page of tomorrow’s Daily Telegraph ‘This little thing is absolutely to die for – I’m just over the moon’ #tomorrowspaperstoday— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) May 6, 2019 An easel in forecourt of Buckingham Palace announces birth of baby boy in LondonCredit:Reuters Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said parenting was the best job there is.”The truth is there’s no better job than being a parent. Jill and I wish you the best of luck on your next chapter,” he said.Bishop Michael Curry, who gave a sermon about love at Harry and Meghan’s wedding, tweeted: “The Jewish tradition reminds us that the birth of every child is a reminder that God is not finished with us yet. There is hope. Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and prayers of blessing for them and their baby.”CelebritiesPatrick J Adams, who starred alongside Meghan in the US legal drama Suits, suggested his seven-month-old daughter could be a friend of the royal baby.He wrote on Twitter: “Just heard that the world just got heavier by 7 pounds and 3 ounces. Much love to him and his incredible parents. US chat show host Ellen DeGeneres also sent her congratulations via Twitter.She said: “The £royalbaby is here! Congratulations, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. The baby is 7th in line for the throne, which is crazy, because right now I’m 7th in line for the key-making kiosk at my grocery store. @RoyalFamily”Wendell Pierce, also of The Wire, sent his blessings on Twitter. Scott Morrison told Radio Triple M he also was excited when the couple broke the news in October that the Duchess of Sussex was pregnant. Just heard that the world just got heavier by 7 pounds and 3 ounces. Much love to him and his incredible parents. Learned first hand 7 months ago how transformational becoming a parent is and couldn’t be happier for Meghan and Harry as they begin this adventure. #playdatesoon— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) May 6, 2019 EXPRESS: It’s a boy! #tomorrowspaperstoday— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) May 6, 2019 “The Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, who is overjoyed by the arrival of her first grandchild, is with Their Royal Highnesses at Frogmore Cottage.  The Australian Republic Movement was a little less excited. It said it “warmly congratulates Harry and Meghan on the birth of their son”, but added that their sentiment extended to “all Australians who welcomed a child into the world today”.”We look forward to when our head of state is chosen by Australians, and on merit, instead of birth right,” the movement said in a statement. The entire #Suits family sends their congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on the birth of their baby boy! 💙— Suits (@Suits_USA) May 6, 2019 Bill and I send our warmest congratulations to Meghan, Harry, and the entire @RoyalFamily for the new addition! What a blessing.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 6, 2019 It was not just stars from the US who sent their congratulations.Former One Direction star Liam Payne said: “Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of your baby boy. So happy for the both of you.”Australia and New ZealandAs the place where the couple’s pregnancy was first announced, royal baby fever has been building for months Down Under.Australia’s prime minister welcomed the birth of Prince Harry and Meghan’s son, recalling the British royals’ excitement when they announced the pregnancy during a visit to Sydney. DAILY MAIL ROYAL SOUVENIR EDITION: ‘This little thing is absolutely to die for’ #tomorrowspaperstoday— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) May 6, 2019 Chloe and I are delighted for Harry and Meghan on the arrival of their baby boy. They are a lovely couple and will make wonderful parents.— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) May 6, 2019 Morrison said: “It’s great that the wonderful day has come and everybody is well.”He added: “It’s wonderful. I mean every time a baby is born it’s fantastic, doesn’t matter it’s a royal baby or anyone else’s baby, it’s always a great moment for the family,” the prime minister said.”Jenny I got to meet the both of them when they were out here last year and we spent a bit of time with them. They’d just announced the fact that they were going to have a baby and they were really excited and my girls were really excited too and so it’s great that the wonderful days come and everybody is well.”Bill Shorten, the Labor leader, also sent his congratulations via Twitter. Actor Sarah Rafferty also tweeted that “hearts are leaping for a beautiful, wondrous and healthy baby boy!””Sending much love and wishes for every blessing across the pond today and everyday,” she said.The Suits official Twitter account replied to Royal Family’s tweet announcing the birth and wrote: “The entire £Suits family sends their congratulations to The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on the birth of their baby boy!” The birth of the Duke and Duchess’ son has drawn congratulations from around the world, with celebrity friends and political figures reacting to the royal couple’s news. Harry announced to the world on Monday his wife had given birth to a boy and could not hide his happiness at becoming a father for the first time, to a baby he said was “absolutely to-die-for”.The seventh in line to the throne baby boy – an eighth great-grandchild for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh – arrived at 5.26am on Monday, weighing 7lb 3oz.The as-yet-unnamed infant was believed to have been born in the sanctuary of Frogmore Cottage – the Sussexes’ home on the Windsor Estate. But the Daily Mail reported that Meghan had her son at a London hospital, possibly The Portland.Following the news, here’s a round-up of how the world reacted.Royal family and relativesThe siblings of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, were included in the formal announcement from Buckingham Palace, in a moving gesture.“The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Earl Spencer have been informed and are delighted with the news,” it said. MIRROR: I’m so incredibly proud of my wife #tomorrowspaperstoday— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) May 6, 2019 read more

Laser scanning systems for mining

first_img3D Laser Mapping is launching its inaugural user conference for the mining community. Aimed at both existing and prospective users of laser scanning systems, within  the mining community, the event will provide hands-on training, end user presentations and of course the chance to network with industry peers and the 3D Laser Mapping team. The two-day conference will be co-hosted by Anglo Platinum, the world’s largest primary producer of platinum, at the Potgietersrust platinum mine in South Africa where delegates can experience laser-scanning systems in operation. Organised in conjunction with  Reutech Radar Systems, the South African Distributor of 3D Laser Mapping’s laser scanning and slope monitoring systems for South Africa and SADC region, the conference will take place February 19-20 2008.“This event is designed to have something for everyone,” said Dr Graham Hunter, Managing Director of 3D Laser Mapping. “New or inexperienced users can see the systems in operation and learn from their peers, we will also offer plenty of opportunities for advice and one to one practical support. For the more experienced user we will be demonstrating the latest developments in technology and exploring the future of laser scanning for the mining operation.”The conference will include end user presentations from some of the leading mining operators in South Africa, including a site visit to the Potgietersrust mine in Mokopane where delegates will have the chance to see 3D Laser Mapping’s SiteMonitor software in operation with Anglo Platinum’s laser scanners, also supplied by 3D Laser Mapping. The onsite visit will also include a demonstration of the new laser scanner from Riegl, which delivers a 6 km operating range.Members  of the 3D Laser Mapping Team and representatives from RRS will also be on hand  to provide delegates with an update on developments in software, hardware and  support and also explore the future of laser scanning within the mining  operation. Delegates will also be able to obtain practical advice and one to one  support and participate in discussion groups and feedback sessions guiding the  future development of 3D Laser Mapping’s products and services.3D Laser Mapping is a UK based specialist in laser scanning solutions, the Riegl  Premier Distributor for the UK, Ireland and sub-Saharan Africa and the leading  distributor of TerraScan software. 3D Laser Mapping integrates laser scanner hardware systems with its own software and peripherals to create robust solutions for mining. www.3dlasermapping.comlast_img read more

Banks closing doors on project financing to the end of the year

first_imgAustralian miners and explorers have been told to expect a “bank closed” sign for at least the rest of the year unless they have exceptionally robust projects needing financing. Addressing the first day of the 2008 Paydirt Asia Downunder Conference in Perth, European boutique bank, West LB Capital Markets said the global credit crisis had dried up mining’s traditional access to non-bank project funding packages. “This will force a return to the banking sector as the source of project funding, with some expectation now for banks to pool their resources to put financing packages together as club deals,” WestLB’s Head of Metals and Mining, APAC, Rod Hill, said.“Appetite for banks to underwrite deals and sell down is currently dead,” Hill said. “The sector faces however, the fact banks in the short-term will be focusing internally, looking only at their current portfolios. They will be very selective in chasing new financings for at least the rest of the calendar year,” he said. “This is not surprising as new internal bank guidelines are being issued daily and the banks are insisting on tighter security for project financing.“Those miners or project developers able to attract bank interest can, however, expect highly fluid funding rates as the fallout from the credit crisis feeds through into new loan financing for miners.”Junior minerals explorers in Australia facing pressures in raising fresh capital as the global credit crunch bites, have been warned to prepare themselves for potential takeover by predatory Asian investors. At the same conference, DJ Carmichael’s Head of Research, Paul Adams, said unlike previous cyclical downturns, there was now “nowhere to run” for small explorers if they could not access capital growth through equity markets.Where once they could convert to a dot com and then back again when cycles improved, in the current global crisis, there is just no opportunity to morph into something else,” Adams said. “The warning signs are already there. Recent rights issues by these juniors have been poorly taken up, there is growing risk aversion to any explorer in an area of geopolitical uncertainty, and funding activities for project development are being delayed if not curtailed altogether.“There is an emerging disconnect between project value and share price and this makes it a very dangerous time for small Australian explorers with reasonable assets but thin balance sheet.”Adams said these companies were becoming easy takeover targets and the most likely predators would be Asian sovereign wealth funds and aggressive funds.“Australian explorers facing this scenario need to think about their defence strategies if a takeover is launched against them,” Adams said. He also warned equities markets not to expect any quick resolution to the worsening US problems overnight – saying that since 1980, the average recovery duration of a true bear cycle was 137 weeks.last_img read more

Pokemon Gos Articuno mystery solved we spoke exclusively to Kaitlyn Covey

first_imgAfter almost four days of constant updates, hearsay, and infighting in dozens of disparate internet communities, the mystery of Pokemon Go’s Articuno sightings have been solved.For those who haven’t been keeping up, Articuno is one of the rarest Pokemon in… well… Pokemon. And one of the only creatures that has not yet been found in Pokemon Go. On Tuesday, Kaitlyn Covey, an Ohio woman, began posting videos of an Articuno that she had in Pokemon Go.The next day, a swarm of prying and harassing commenters demanded additional proof and an explanation of how she had a creature that, by all accounts, should not have been available. She live streamed her game using Twitch, demonstrating that it was more than a spoof or reskin (replacing the image of one creature for another). Covey also showed an email from developer Niantic that suggested her Articuno was a gift, awarded after she had filed a support ticket.That should have been the end of it, right? But, it wasn’t. Her stream only fanned the anger of Pokemon Go players and fans who have come to see Niantic as unresponsive to their complaints, and generally floundering in the maintenance of their own game. It didn’t help that the email Covey initially produced had a typo, saying “Articundo.”Many were upset that they had experienced far worse problems and didn’t get any response from the company. Others accused Covey of lying about how she obtained the rare Pokemon, maintaining that she had hacked the game somehow. While possible, a hacking attempt would be phenomenally difficult as all of the data for player inventory and which Pokemon players have are stored on Niantic’s servers, not on individual devices.On Wednesday, Niantic issued an official statement saying that a number of players had erroneously received “legendary Pokemon,” and that the company, “in the interest of fairness” had removed the creatures from players’ accounts.This was interesting as it suggested that others had also received rare Pokemon because of an accident — not just Covey.And, sure enough, with a bit of digging we found several other instances. The most famous being a Ditto (another Pokemon that has not yet been found in Pokemon Go). There’s a few YouTube videos showing user Cruzin4 having this rare Pokemon. And that’s not to mention various screenshots showing others with an Articuno. A couple of these folks had stories that, more or less, matched Covey’s account exactly. They’d filed a complaint with Niantic and, sometime later, these users had a rare or legendary Pokemon added to their account.A Niantic spokesperson claimed on Tuesday that these users were hacking or spoofing. But on Wednesday, the company went back on that, stating that they’d made mistakes.I reached out to Kaitlyn Covey a couple of days ago and heard back late Wednesday afternoon. She provided (in confidence for fear of her own safety) quite a bite of evidence backing her claim. She included multiple screenshots showing that, while the Articuno had been removed from her account, she kept the Pokedex entry as well as a small token (some lucky eggs and lures) for her trouble. Covey spoke with me on the phone for about 30 minutes and was also able provide copies of the emails she received from Niantic. These emails match those that other players who have had their legendary Pokemon removed, and admit that Niantic made a mistake. The email also had a personalized note for Covey, talking about her social media presence and the harassment she’d received, which was the only major difference between hers and the emails other players received.A few hours later the official Pokemon Go Facebook page admitted that players had “erroneously been granted” legendaries. I spoke with a Niantic representative again late on Wednesday and he confirmed that Ditto and several other Pokemon were all part of “the legendary roll-back.”It’s still not clear exactly why these players were given such rare Pokemon, but Kaitlyn Covey says that her life has been turned upside down. She’s been excoriated on countless message boards, Facebook groups, and on Reddit, largely because a vocal and aggressive few continued to claim that she cheated and lied after repeated evidence to the contrary.Admittedly, Niantic didn’t help much. We even reported that a Niantic spokesperson was suggesting that Covey’s (and others) legendary Pokemon were the result of a hack or spoof. I’ve received some mixed messages that are, no doubt, due the overwhelming volume of press requests and inquiries the company has been receiving. As Pokemon Go continues to top the Android and App Store charts, Niantic has been struggling to keep abreast of their fans and the press.At this point though, Covey and her family and friends (who posted their own videos of her Articuno and helped defend her online) have produced enough evidence, especially when combined with the stories of other players, and official, public-facing statements from Niantic to be in the clear.Covey hopes that she can put all this behind her, and is reticent to keep playing after her experiences with online harassment. Still, some may doubt and continue to accuse her and her family of lying, but the fact that her account is active, has been credited some items for her trouble, and retains the Pokedex entry for Articuno after the fact, plus Niantic’s own admission that they had “erroneously granted,” as opposed to discovered evidence of cheating or hacking, go a long way to validating her story.So that’s it. The big Articuno/Ditto mystery’s been solved. Niantic made a mistake, some lucky players celebrated their good fortune, and the internet chewed them up and ground them down. Great work, folks. What a wonderful week for geeks and nerds everywhere. We’ve stomped out the joy of others for no reason. We’ve sent the message that no matter what good comes your way, we’ll find a way to destroy it. Guarantee 1000+ CP1/17For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter.<><>last_img read more

Pellegrini forsees a bright future for Rice

first_imgManuel Pellegrini is confident that youngster Declan Rice will have a bright future after he netted his first goal for West Ham.Rice who turns 20 on Monday, has mustered 50 first team appearances for the Hammers and bagged the winning goal against Arsenal.The youngster extended his deal through to 2024 and revealed that he will make a call on his international future soon after meetings with Gareth Southgate and his Republic of Ireland counterpart Mick McCarthy.“I am sure that Declan will be a top player,” Pellegrini disclosed via the Evening Standard.Mason MountRice tips Mount for greater things Taimoor Khan – September 11, 2019 Declan Rice says that Mason Mount is going to match the exploits of Frank Lampard when he was in his prime during his playing…“He is improving in every game that he plays and is now more used to give us a good build up in front and not so many passes that before he played back.“He is very strong in aerial duels, strong in 1v1 and has a good technique which he demonstrated today in the goal he scored so I am sure that we are seeing a top player soon.“Not only for West Ham but also for the national squad he decides to play.”last_img read more