Delays following traffic accident in Ballybofey

first_imgUPDATE: The road is now clear. Emergency services are at the scene of a two-car collision in the Twin Towns. One person has been hospitalised but Donegal Daily understands their injuries are not serious. The accident happened close to Kilross Junction and the road between the Junction and Stranorlar is now closed.Motorists travelling between Twin Towns and Letterkenny have been advised to use an alternative route or expect long delays.  Delays following traffic accident in Ballybofey was last modified: January 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentBallybofeykilrosslast_img read more

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Lessons Learned at Universal Orlando on Christmas Day

first_imgLive Shows at Universal Orlando on Christmas DayWhile the wait times may be a bit long on Christmas Day, and other such busy days, live shows are a great way to get some bang for your buck without having to endure a long wait. Many shows like the Blue Brothers Christmas Show and other live entertainment take place out in the streets meaning you won’t have to worry about it filling to capacity.Live shows throughout Universal Orlando – quick and easy way to have some fun Share This!When most people think of visiting a theme park in Orlando on Christmas Day, Magic Kingdom is top of mind. However, Universal Orlando presents a great alternative on this festive day. This year marks my second time visiting Universal Orlando on Christmas Day, and although I visited by myself, I had a great time. Here’s how I accomplished having an enjoyable visit and what I learned on this, one of the busiest days of the year in Orlando’s theme parks. Last week in this Touring Plans blog post about Visiting Universal Orlando during the busiest weeks of the year I shared some tips that definitely came in handy.I had Christmas Day to myself and had set the day aside to visit Universal Orlando. Now, it should be noted that the manner in which I visited Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida this day is a bit different than how the average guests would do. I was on my own. It didn’t matter to me if I rode anything. My purpose was to be in the atmosphere I love and be able to report on the crowd levels, wait times, and the overall experience of being inside Universal Orlando on Christmas Day.The arrival experience at Universal Orlando on Christmas DayArriving at any theme park sets the tone for the whole day. When visiting during a busy day like Christmas it is important to not let the long lines and crowds that you will surely encounter dampen your mood. I arrived around 11:00 AM. The parking toll was not backed up as I expected, but still very busy; I headed toward the left hand lanes which are typically shorter. Parade Times at Universal Orlando on Christmas DayI honestly forgot that during the week of Christmas and New Year’s the two parades at Universal Studios are later in the day. The Universal Superstar Parade steps off at 5:00 PM. I happened to be strolling through the New York area 10 minutes before the parade was to step off in the Hollywood area. Front row spots were hard to come by, however, the parade route was only one row of people deep, making it very easy for anyone to stand behind this first row and still have a good view.4:50 PM on 12/25/2016 One of the few places along the parade route to have plenty of room – Louie’s Pizza in NY area.The Macy’s Holiday Parade is at 8:00 PM during these last few days of the year. I was unable to stay in the park that late, but I can say without a doubt that this parade is more popular than the Superstar Parade so you’ll need to secure a spot no less than 30 – 45 minutes before the parade starts in Hollywood area.Final ThoughtsChristmas Day itself is indeed a very busy day. However, the days that immediately follow can actually be a bit worse. Make sure you have a plan, but also be ready to be flexible and take advantage of opportunities as they arise. Keep an eye out for unexpected character experiences. Go ahead and take a break, there’s plenty of calm areas if you look for them and get off the beaten path. Plan ahead for dining and don’t wait until you’re famished to find some food. Enjoy live entertainment, don’t just focus on the rides. Wait times at 1:30 PM on 12/25/2016I visited Universal Studios later in the day and not surprisingly found the wait times for the most popular attractions to be very long as well, including 80 minutes for Minion Mayhem, 50 minutes for The Simpsons Ride, and 60 minutes for Escape from Gringotts. The third and final hurdle came when trying to get into Islands of Adventure. Lines everywhere! Lines for the ticket windows. Lines for purchasing Express Pass in order to avoid other lines. Lines at Guests Services. And of course lines to get through the turnstiles themselves. I’m just going to say it: Universal Orlando’s ticket taking system is so slow. Word on the street is an upgrade to this system is coming soon; I sure hope so!Extra tip: There is a “Side entrance” at Universal Studios Florida that can save you time and frustration when the regular entrance is congested. It is the pathway in between Hard Rock Cafe and the regular park entrance, it leads up to the Blue Man Group Theater. As you walk along the Blue Man Group pathway this side entrance to the park will be to the right of the Blue Man Theater. Enhanced Character Experiences at Universal Orlando on Christmas DayIn both parks you can enjoy some great character meet and greet opportunities. I have found Universal Studios Florida to have an upper hand on the amount of characters and the quality of meet and greet locations, especially in and around the Hollywood area. Around the holiday season you can expect to see a few more characters during the last two weeks of the year.The Penguins from Dreamworks Madagascar are a rare sight, spotted on 12/25/2016Over in Studios I delighted in seeing Doc Brown out and about with the DeLorean very close to the park entrance when I entered around 3:00 PM. Later, about 4:00 PM I happened to cross paths with the DeLorean again as Doc drove it through the Hollywood area, past Transformers the Ride 3-D, and out through the gate near the upcoming Fast and Furious ride (he needed to get out of the way of the 5:00 PM Universal Superstar Parade). You can expect to see this enhanced meet and greet during the last two weeks of the year.Take advantage of these extra opportunities to interact with entertaining characters and get some great photos too! Since I did not have to worry about the parks closing up due to capacity I decided to take a break at Universal CityWalk with a visit to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Cafe. Christmas Day is actually Jimmy Buffett’s birthday so I couldn’t resist the chance to raise a glass and toast the occasion, especially when my friend Chuck was already there! We sat at the Volcano Bar, plenty of seating available at nearly 2:00 PM.I wanted some cranberry flavor due to Christmas so I went with the Incommunicado $10.50 – cheers!Turns out a little rain shower quickly washed over Universal Orlando while I relaxed inside Margaritaville. Talk about great timing! And when I entered Universal Studios around 3:00 PM I didn’t have to brave any crowds at the entrance! Taking a BreakIt’s important to take a few breaks throughout your day, especially on busy days like Christmas. If you look around and get off the beaten path you can find spots with barely any other people around. If you see a path off to the side, go down it. As long as it is not marked restricted or “team members only” you will most likely find a new place to relax. Not everyday you get to see the DeLorean drive through @UniversalORL pic.twitter.com/lEQC1SIjCc— TouringPlans (@TouringPlans) December 25, 2016Dining Options at Universal Orlando on Christmas DayI think I’ve iterated enough that attraction wait times are long on busy days like Christmas Day, and the days immediately following. However, the wait times and lines for food at snack stands and counter service dining can be pretty intense. I opted to take a break and dine at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Cafe (more on that later). I suggest if you want to go with counter service dining that you do so in the 11:00 AM hour. After 12:00 PM the lines never really calm down.If you would prefer to relax and enjoy a table service dining experience then consider using the very easy online Universal dining reservations, especially for the restaurants inside the parks. The security checkpoint at Universal Orlando can get very congested first thing in the morning and on busy days. Such was the case around 11:00 AM on Christmas Day morning. The real backup and congestion came not from waiting to go through the x-ray machines, but rather after passing through and waiting for your belongings to be handed off to you after they go through the machines. Family members wait in clusters making it difficult to exit this area. Two hours later the wait times increased for a few attractions, but stayed relatively the same for most everything. The wait times at 11:50 AM were not all that surprising, especially for Skull Island: Reign of Kong and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. However, it came as a little bit of a surprise to see a 50 minute wait for the Amazing Adventures of SpiderMan and only a 5 minute wait for The Incredible Hulk Coaster. After observing the wait times I decided to head to Seuss Landing to enjoy all the decked out decorations and see what kind of fun I could have there. After strolling through Seuss Landing I caught the end of Oh the Stories You’ll Hear show which is moved to outside of the Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoopendous restaurant during Universal Holidays because of the Grinchmas show. After the show I visited The Lorax for a quick meet and greet, then decided to see about catching a seat for the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular. I was surprised that even though I entered the soundstage with only five minutes left until the 12:45 PM showing, the theater was just over 50% full. Morning Wait Times at Universal Orlando on Christmas DayI arrived in late morning due to some chores at home, but also because I didn’t want to deal with the long lines at parking, security, and the turnstiles. The trade off is I missed out on the glorious first hour or so of operation in which the wait times are at their lowest. Had I been traveling with friends or family I would’ve followed a custom Touring Plan and had everything in order to avoid long wait times. If you decide not to create your own touring plan, you may want to consider reviewing this list of rides with single rider lines. This method helps you enjoy shorter wait times at some attractions, though it does mean your travel party will not ride together.Wait times as of 11:50 AM on 12/25/2016Wait times as of 11:50 AM on 12/25/2016 Although I was on my own, I enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere and going at my own pace. When you’re with friends or family it may seem more difficult to do the same, but if you consciously make an effort to relax and enjoy yourself your visit during this busy time will be worth it.If you’re visting during this time of the year right now, or if you’re planning for next year I hope my experience has helped you plan for your own visit.last_img read more

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Dybala: ‘Juve showed experience’

first_imgPaulo Dybala feels Juventus “sent a signal, we have the necessary experience” to turn around difficult situations after his brace beat Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1. The Russians had taken a shock lead after 30 minutes, but La Joya scored at the 77th and 79th to transform the Champions League match in Turin. “I really needed these two goals. It was a good result for me and for the team, as we suffered, but have the necessary experience to keep calm and find a way through,” Dybala told Sky Sport Italia. Does this show that Juve can play with Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo together? “We can work on it, the Coach has his ideas and we’ll work on them in training to improve together.” The Bianconeri are still unbeaten in all competition this season, dropping points only to Fiorentina and Atletico Madrid. “We sent the usual signal, which is that this is not a Juventus side without experience or talent. We can have our say.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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India vs Australia: Game 5, ODI Tri-series- As it happened!

first_imgAustralia have won the toss and elected to field first against IndiaWelcome to the coverage of the ODI Tri-series, Game 5 between India and Australia from the Sydney Cricket Ground in Melbourne.ScorecardIt’s Official: So the inevitable has happened. The match has been called off. From yesterday rain was predicted for Sydney today and the forecast promptly came true. The match was delayed by 40 minutes. We got some play in before a rain delay for 50 minutes. The rain relented and the players came back to play. 16 overs were possible before a big storm struck and forced the abandonment.Inevitable. Called off! Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 26, 2015India and Australia now share two points each which makes the England clash on Friday a knockout game for the two sides as the hosts are already through to the final. The pitch had pace and bounce and Dhawan struggled. He got out to Starc and Rayudu came out with an intent to play a stroke every ball. He got away a few times, but his luck ran out soon. Rahane and Kohli were there in the middle when the rain came down. India will be happy with the two points as it now gives them a realistic chance of making the final. If they beat England at Perth, they are through. Don’t worry about the weather at Perth, it hasn’t rained in ages there.If as seems likely now, this game is a washout, India vs England on the 30th becomes a straight knockoutadvertisement Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 26, 2015Rain Update: The weather has not changed a bit, rather it’s getting worse at the SCG. The play has been stopped for over an hour now. The cut-off time for a 20-over game is 20:45(local) which is two hours away. In case of a no result today, the two teams will share two points each which will make India’s tie against England on Friday, a straight knockout game. Stay tuned for more updates! We have got no chance now.. Smashing down #washout #AUSvIND Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) January 26, 2015Bad News: The rain is back at the Sydney Cricket Ground, yet again. The players are walking off the field and the covers are coming on. It’s not looking good as dark clouds encircle the stadium. Stay tuned for more updates! With Virat Kohli(1) and Ajinkya Rahane(27) at the crease, India are currently at 66/2 after 15 overs.TWO RUNS off the over!!James Faulkner comes into the attack for Australia. With Virat Kohli(0) and Ajinkya Rahane(24) at the crease, India are currently at 62/2 after 13 overs.Superb catch running back by Warner Rayudu out for 23 India 2-62 #AUSvIND #IndianRepublicDay #AustraliaDay #INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/rfk2Sz7uBE Indian Cricket Team (@IndianCricNews) January 26, 2015SIX RUNS off the over!!Virat Kohli is the new man in for India.There was NO NEED FOR THAT SHOT from Ambati Rayudu who had already scored a boundary in the over!!12.5 overs: OUT!! Mitchell Marsh has got Ambati Rayudu out caught in covers. Rayudu skips down the track looking for the big shot but mistimes it straight into the hands of David Warner who takes a good catch while running backwards. Ambati Rayudu departs after scoring 23 runs off 24 balls with two boundaries and a six. Another BLOW for India!!12.4 overs: FOUR!! Ambati Rayudu hangs back and steers it over the wicket-keeper for a boundary. CLEVER CRICKET from Rayudu!! With Ambati Rayudu(19) and Ajinkya Rahane(23) at the crease, India are currently at 56/1 after 12 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!! First sign of spin, Xavier Doherty comes into the attack for Australia. With Ambati Rayudu(13) and Ajinkya Rahane(16) at the crease, India are currently at 41/1 after nine overs.Nice aggressive batting from @RayuduAmbati #WeWontGiveItBack #INDvsAUS Pavan Praneeth (@praneethtz) January 26, 2015NINE RUNS off the over!!8.6 overs: SIX!! Ambati Rayudu shimmies down the wicket and smashes it deep into the stands over long-on for the maximum. That was SMOKED by Rayudu!! First change, Mitchell Marsh comes into the attack for Australia. With Ambati Rayudu(6) and Ajinkya Rahane(14) at the crease, India are currently at 32/1 after eight overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!7.5 overs: FOUR!! Ambati Rayudu stands tall and smashes it over mid-on for a boundary. Rayudu GETS GOING for India!! With Ambati Rayudu(1) and Ajinkya Rahane(13) at the crease, India are currently at 26/1 after seven overs.TWO RUNS off the over!! Shikhar Dhawan appointed as new fielding coach of Australia, as he gives away catching practice to the slips! #AusvsInd #AusvInd #INDvsAUS Pranay Mehta (@PranayMehta_PM) January 26, 2015Ambati Rayudu comes to the crease for India.advertisement3.1 overs: That’s OUT!! Mitchell Starc has got Shikhar Dhawan out caught at first slip. Dhawan stays back in the crease and dabs it straight into the hands of Aaron Finch who doesn’t drop those. Shikhar Dhawan departs after scoring eight runs off 13 balls. Dhawan’s DISMAL FORM continues!! With Shikhar Dhawan(8) and Ajinkya Rahane(13) at the crease, India are currently at 24/0 after six overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!5.4 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane was looking to pull and gets a faint edge past the wicket-keeper for a boundary. With Shikhar Dhawan(1) and Ajinkya Rahane(8) at the crease, India are currently at 12/0 after four overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!3.5 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane swivels across and flicks it towards long leg for the first boundary in the innings. POOR LINE from Hazlewood!! With Shikhar Dhawan(1) and Ajinkya Rahane(2) at the crease, India are currently at 6/0 after three overs.TWO RUNS off the over!! Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane are back in the middle for India while Mitchell Starc will continue his over for Australia. Good News: The rain has stopped at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the covers are being removed here. The overs have been reduced to 44-over per side. The play will resume at 4:06pm(local) in another 11 minutes. Bad News: The rain returns back to the Sydney Cricket Ground. The players are walking off the field and the covers are coming on. It looks quite gloomy in the background as dark clouds hover over the stadium. Stay tuned for more updates! #TriSeries: The rain returns at the SCG, as do the covers. Ind 6/0 in 2.4 overs against Aus #INDvsAUS #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/vs4oVBCtmT CricketGroundSe (@CricketGroundse) January 26, 2015With Shikhar Dhawan(0) and Ajinkya Rahane(1) at the crease, India are currently at 4/0 after two overs.THREE RUNS off the over!! Josh Hazlewood will bowl from the other end for Australia. TIDY START by Starc, just one run off it!! Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane are out in the middle for India while Mitchell Starc will start the proceedings for Australia.Team News: India have made two crucial changes with Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja coming in for Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. On the other hand, Australia bring back David Warner, George Bailey, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood and Xavier Doherty. This is fantastic looking team. 6 pure batsman 3 All-Rounders 2 Fast Bowlers Amazing n different combination #IndvsAus #RepublicDay Srstc pk 😉 {~} (@Shoaib_Alam0786) January 26, 2015Toss: Australia have won the toss and elected to field first against India. Bad News: It’s drizzling at the Sydney Cricket Ground at the moment. The weather and cloudy situation will only make it worse as the start of the game is likely to get affected. Stay tuned for more updates.If India lose today or the match gets washed out, their ODI against England on Friday, becomes a knock-out game. India will have to secure a bonus point win in case they lose today. Stat-Attack:Sachin Tendulkar scored a masterly 117 in 2008 to mastermind India’s only victory over Australia in a One-Day International in Sydney.advertisementIt’s very very special day for both the teams. While India celebrate their 66th Republic day, the hosts will be celebrating the Australia day, their official national day. A win in today’s game will be of momentous significance for both the teams. Australia are already through to the final and will be looking forward to keep the momentum going. On the other hand, winless India find themselves in a do-or-die situation.The hosts are in terrific touch. Their bowling attack is solid, with Mitchell Starc enjoying a dream run. He was ruthless in their first two games, and combined well with other bowlers in their last match to put up an admirable display of death bowling. Although their batting lacks the same consistency as their bowling, their depth has allowed them to play more freely. George Bailey, who missed the last game due to suspension, will take over the captaincy from Steve Smith. Shaun Marsh will make way for David Warner. Mitchell Johnson is fit but it remains to be seen whether Australia would rush him for a seemingly inconsequential game. The fact that Australia are already through offers them a good chance to experiment.For India, it has been a sorry tale. Opting to bat first in both their games, the visitors stuttered in the initial overs. They were able to post a decent 267 against Australia in the first, but it was no match for a flamboyant Australian batting attack. Against England, it was yet another story. Collective failure from the batsmen meant that India could only post a meagre 153 on board. There continues to be a big question mark over Shikhar Dhawan’s form and Virat Kohli’s batting position still seems uncertain. Even Rohit Sharma continues to remain out of the side due to a hamstring injury. The bowlers have been wayward and miserably inconsistent. India have failed as a unit in both their matches. However, Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja’s return to the side might give the visitors a glimmer of hope.India:The defending World Champions had a sorry day at the office against England. They were blown away by Steven Finn and James Anderson and there appear to be cracks creeping up into the famed batting line-up. There are question marks surrounding Shikhar Dhawan’s place in the side and Virat Kohli’s batting position. India’s two aggressive batsman at the top of the order have failed to get started. Rohit Sharma, India’s centurion against Australia in Melbourne, has been sidelined by a hamstring injury and will miss the encounter in Sydney.India, however, will be boosted by Ishant Sharma’s and Ravindra Jadeja’s steady return to fitness. Stuart Binny, who shone in an otherwise forgettable day against England, may keep his place even if India opt to for a two-spinner attack. Jadeja’s bowling readiness may help the team management make the choice among the three available spinners. A five day break after their twin defeats may augur well for a team that looks to regain its mental freshness.Australia:Australia have enjoyed the perfect tune-up thus far. Their first two victories were set up by Mitchell Starc and their bursts with the new ball. Then, in their last game against England, Starc and James Faulkner came up with a fine exhibition of death bowling to restrict England to 303, when they looked set to get much more. The batting has remained solid, if not flamboyant. The depth in batting has allowed the top-order to bat with freedom.For the India game, there are welcome returns to the squad. George Bailey will take over as captain missing the last game due to suspension. Mitchell Marsh has sufficiently recovered from an injury sustained during the Brisbane Test against India. David Warner and Shane Watson missed the Hobart ODI with hamstring injuries and It remains to be seen, if the think-tank would rush them for an inconsequential game. Mitchell Johnson, though fit, will make a return only for the final. However, Josh Hazlewood and Xavier Doherty are expected to play on Monday.Teams(from):India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(c/wk), Stuart Binny, Akshar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ravindra JadejaAustralia: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, George Bailey(c), Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin(wk), James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Xavier Doherty, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood, Kane Richardson, Gurinder Sandhulast_img read more

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10 months agoREVEALED: Mourinho rejected Real Madrid contract offer just weeks ago

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Mourinho rejected Real Madrid contract offer just weeks agoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho turned down a contract offer from Real Madrid just weeks ago, it has been revealed.Mourinho was shown the door by United yesterday after two-and-a-half years in charge.And El Pais says Real president Florentino Perez moved for Mourinho in October after the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui. The proposal involved a pre-contract, which would have seen Mourinho leave United in June for Madrid. However, the Portuguese turned down the offer.A source revealed: “An agent close to the parties indicated that the proposal included the commitment to hire Mourinho before July 1, with a penalty of five million euros by Madrid if the agreement was not consummated on that date.”The offer was worth €15m-a-year – and could yet be reignited now that Mourinho is a free agent. last_img read more

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9 days agoEverton lose Philippe-Gbamin for three months

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everton lose Philippe-Gbamin for three monthsby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton have lost Jean Philippe-Gbamin for up to three months.The summer signing from Mainz underwent thigh surgery in France on Tuesday.Gbamin played against Crystal Palace and Watford in August before getting injured.Everton are currently 18th in the table having won only two of their first eight Premier League matches this season. last_img

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Kamal Nath unnerves BJP leaders through probes

first_imgBHOPAL: There is no end to the cold war between the Congress and the BJP. Kailash Vijayvargiya, general secretary of BJP and a powerful leader of Madhya Pradesh said that his party would soon initiate mission Madhya Pradesh but the mission will be launched only after the party wins the confidence vote in Karnataka Vidhan Sabha and normalcy is restored there.After Karnataka his party will launch another mission targeting Congress government in Madhya Pradesh. Talking to newsmen in Jaipur he had said, “It is not our wish to make a government fall. But the Congress MLAs have uncertainty in themselves.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He had said that the Congress MLAs had no confidence in their leadership and were marred by division. Therefore, they felt that the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is far better. The BJP leader had further said that the Congress and its governments were falling due to their own works. But after reaching Bhopal, he changed his stance and tried to explain what he really meant when he talked about next mission- his target West Bengal. Observers feel that Vijayavargiya is feeling uncomfortable because the Kamal Nath government has decided to order an enquiry into the massive irregularities in the disbursement of old age pension which happened when he was mayor of Indore. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA three member cabinet sub-committee has been constituted to decide what should be the terms of enquiry and other issue related to irregularities. The sub-committee is headed by Finance Minister Tarun Bhanot. Two other members of the committee are Kamleshwar Patel and Mahendra Sisodia. It may be mentioned here that former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan constituted a judicial commission with Justice NK Jain as its chief to enquire into the irregularities. But commission’s report was not placed on the table of the Vidhan Sabha and no follow up action was taken. The commission found several irregularities in the payment of pension. The Nath government has also decided to order a fresh enquiry in VYAPAM scam. Among others, this enquiry will affect Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The stare government has also decided to order enquiry in the scandal relating to what is known as e-tendering and the probe will mainly affect former BJP minister Narottam Mishra. Commenting on government’s decision to hold enquiry against him, Mishra said “I will quit politics if found guilty in e-tendering scam”.last_img read more

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Open to talk but in a civilised manner India tells Pakistan

first_imgSingapore: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said that India is open to talk about the issue of terrorism with Pakistan provided that it is done in a “civilised” manner “without having the gun pointed at my head.”Jaishankar, who is in Singapore on a visit from September 6 to 10, made the comments while speaking at the Mint Asia Leadership Summit here attended by around 400 delegates. His comments came amidst heightened tensions between India and Pakistan after New Delhi revoked the special status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He said that if there are issues that need to be talked about, it is between India and Pakistan. But it must be done without having the gun pointed at my head, he said, referring to the cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan. Highlighting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khans’ acknowledgement of the presence of 40 different militant groups in the country, Jaishankar said, we are open to talking about it provided that you talk like two civilised neighbours.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KBut you don’t say I talk to you, but I reserve the right to come at night and blow you cities, he added. Talking about the trade issues with the US, Jaishankar said that he was not disturbed by the problems. Though trade is an important part of the bilateral relationship between India and the US, a row over market access and tariffs has escalated in recent months, leading to fears of a protracted dispute. US President Donald Trump in June ended the preferential trade status granted to India, asserting that New Delhi has failed to assure America of “equitable and reasonable” access to its markets. Reality is that if you trade with a country, you are going to have trade issues. Questions is how to manage these issues. I really think most of them (issues) are resolvable, he said. Frankly I am quite confident that we will be able work our way through these, he said. Talking about India’s growth globally, Jaishankar said that if India has to grow beyond South Asia, the relationship with Southeast Asia, member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations and Singapore is going to be fundamental to that. As we get bigger and our interest widens, the importance of this region rises, he said. If India is to grow beyond the confines of South Asia, to get global, the relationship with Southeast Asia, ASEAN and Singapore are going to be fundamental to that, said Jaishankar. Elaborating on the Indo-Pacific, he said it would be the natural progression of India’s interest, influence and engagement in the region. You cannot be among the top five economies of the world and say my world is really between the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. Naturally, as you progress, the world will expand beyond, he said. Stressing that India’s progress is not only in one direction, he said that the country’s interests in Africa have seen remarkable achievements. We are opening 18 new embassies in Africa. There are African countries where India is the largest investor, Jaishankar said, underlining India’s progress globally. We do see in many ways Africa a region where we need to pay much more attention and all our new embassies we are opening are in the continent, he said. Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, who also attended the event, said that India, Singapore and Thailand will jointly patrol the Andaman seas to strengthen maritime security. He, however, did not elaborate. He said that the trilateral navy exercises will be held later this month. Keat also called for more air connectivity between India and Singapore. He also underlined India’s importance in the global order, assuring that Singapore would be very keen to partner India in this together with its fellow member countries in the ASEAN. ptilast_img read more

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Indigenous people need to rock the vote again in 2019

first_imgInFocusIndigenous voters showed up in record numbers in 2015, with several First Nations communities even running out of ballots temporarily.The result — a record 10 Indigenous MPs elected to the House of Commons –or three per cent of the 338 seats, which is proportional to the number of Indigenous adults who live in Canada.Most importantly, Canada had a new government that promised for the first time ever, a nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations.“In the end it didn’t change a lot and in the end I’d say there’s no indigenous democracy in Canada,” said Sheila North, former grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakamak and a one-time contender for the national chief’s job a the Assembly of First Nations.“I think increasingly we’re hearing more from grassroots that they don’t feel like they have any power in the end. Politicians and political parties pay attention during election time but when you look at the constitutions of each of the political parties, they don’t make room for Indigenous rights in any of them.”The Manitoba Metis Federation’s Will Goodon points out Indigenous MPs represent far more than just Indigenous interests or issues.“They represent their constituencies whether it be St. Boniface or Vancouver Centre,” Goodon said.“Those people may be Indigenous they will probably push forward the issues they see fit, but they were not elected by us to represent us.”That’s not the case everywhere.New Zealand’s Parliament has Maori representation baked-in with seven Maori seats, elected by Maori people.But, Maori people occupy general seats too – currently 25 per cent of the members of Parliament there are Maori.“The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples said we need a First Peoples House, “ said Brock Pitawanakwat of the Yellowhead Institute.“You would have what’s called a consociation, essentially like we have a Senate and a House of Commons, there would also be an Indigenous Parliament and any legislation that would affect Indigenous people would go through there,” he said.“I think there is a long standing recognition that the current political system does not adequately represent Indigenous peoples and there has been some ideas on how that might change.”While some of this week’s InFocus panel agreed Justin Trudeau’s promise of a nation-to-nation relationship remains unfulfilled and the honeymoon with this government was short-lived, all feel the momentum from 2015 needs to propel Indigenous engagement in the upcoming Fall election.“We know  how important indigenous voters are across the country and this election I think every vote will matter,” said Madeleine Redfern, a long time political activist who is currently mayor of Iqaluit.“There’s an opportunity for us as Indigenous people to educate every party on our issues and make sure every candidate to run is aware of our issues and working with Indigenous people, whoever wins.”infocus@aptn.calast_img read more

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The head of Ontarios Amazon bid says province wont offer billions in

first_imgTORONTO – The man heading up Ontario’s effort to lure Amazon to the province said Thursday that while the province would consider sensible incentives, the bid will not offer billions in subsidies to the tech giant.Providing large taxpayer subsidies to the firm wouldn’t be fair to other companies that have set up shop in Ontario with little or no government assistance, said Ed Clark, who was appointed last week by Premier Kathleen Wynne to head up the Greater Toronto Region’s bid to become the home of Amazon’s new corporate headquarters.The region’s bid to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will highlight other strengths such as the province’s skilled workforce, Clark said, adding that the province would be willing to make other contributions like helping the company secure land.“There are clearly places in the United States that will, I use the word, bribe, people to come,” he said. “(They) say you just tell us what cheque you want us to write, we will write that cheque. We’re not in that business.”If that’s what Amazon is looking for, Ontario will not win, said Clark, who retired as an executive with TD Bank in 2014.“But we have proven people are coming to Toronto right now, and to Ontario, because we’ve just got fantastic people.”The online retail giant announced earlier this month that it is hunting for a second North American office, saying it would spend $5 billion to build the new headquarters to house as many as 50,000 employees.The company said it wants to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people; be able to attract top technical talent; be within 45 minutes of an international airport; have direct access to mass transit; and be able to expand that headquarters to more than 740,000 square metres in the next decade.Clark said the two biggest roadblocks a Toronto region bid will face are the pressure to spend large amounts on tax incentives and potential blowback to the firm created by U.S. President Donald Trump’s push to keep American companies from moving operations to other countries.“It will be seen as a major political statement if Amazon says the next 50,000 jobs we create are going to be in Canada,” he said. “Whether they will stand that political heat, we don’t know.”“(Bezos) may well be prepared to take that heat and there are companies that say the most important thing is that they get the people and a tax break here or there isn’t going to sway it,” Clark said.Cities have until Oct. 19 to apply through a special website, and Amazon said it will make a final decision next year.Amazon’s current campus in Seattle takes up more than 750,000 square metres, has 33 buildings and 24 restaurants and is home to more than 40,000 employees. At the second headquarters, Amazon said it will hire up to 50,000 new full-time employees over the next 15 years who would have an average pay of more than US$100,000 a year.Toronto Mayor John Tory downplayed concerns the city’s rising housing costs and congestion issues might hurt the bid. If the region is successful, by the time the facility is built, the city and region will have increased its housing supply and transit capacity, he said.“If you go down (Amazon’s) list and tick the boxes, I would say that this region is as well prepared and represented to bid and to be very competitive as any other in the world. But it doesn’t mean that it’s not going to be a tough competition.”last_img read more

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