A SEEMINGLY resurgent Yohan Blake, once thought to be the heir apparent to Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt, has vowed to let his feet do the talking in response to critics who have come to doubt his credentials.Several seasons ago, it seemed the sky was the limit for the runner, who was not only tipped as a replacement for his more illustrious teammate Bolt, but even thought of as a direct rival to the world’s fastest man.After claiming the World Championship 100m title in 2011 Blake went on to set the second fastest times ever over the 100m and 200m distances at 9.69 and 19.26.In 2013 things took a dark turn for the sprinter, after he suffered a serious hamstring injury. The following year, Blake’s problems were compounded after he suffered what could have been a career-ending tear in the other hamstring, from which he has struggled to get back to his best.For some, the 26-year-old will never get back to the heights that saw him so close to Bolt, but he has vowed to prove them wrong.“I will let my feet speak,” Blake told the Jamaica Observer in a recent interview.His confidence will not have been hurt by an impressive 9.93 seconds clocking at last weekend’s Jamaica Invitational and the 2011 World Champion believes much faster times are in store.“I am feeling good; this is my first 100m this season and running 9.93 seconds, I am really happy,” he added.“I felt really good and just went with the flow … coach said to come out here and take it easy.” (Sportsmax)
OTTAWA — Eight days after Chinese authorities imprisoned Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, a senior Canadian foreign ministry official urged Canadian students to apply for a program to study in China.Sarah Taylor, the director-general of the north-Asia bureau at Global Affairs Canada, made the pitch for the 45-year-old Canada-China Scholarship Exchange Program during a Dec. 18 event at the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa.“My department is proud to support the CCSEP and is eager to see a broader representation of Canadians from across the country, at the university and college level,” Taylor said in prepared remarks released under Canada’s access-to-information law.The government continues to promote the lucrative exchange program, which has a final application deadline of next Friday, even though it has elevated its travel advisory to China with a warning that Canadians are at “risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws.”David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said Taylor’s remarks might have been well-intended but Canada simply can’t continue to conduct business as usual with China.“It sends the message to the Chinese that, no matter what we say, we want the relationship to continue as if nothing had happened. I simply can’t see us holding such an event with any other country if they were holding two of our citizens hostage,” said Mulroney, who served as Canadian ambassador to China from 2009 and 2012.Adam Austen, a spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, said Canada continues to call for the release of Kovrig and Spavor after their arbitrary detentions, but the exchange program is good for relations.“These exchanges provide international academic experience to both Canadian and Chinese students and researchers — and foster co-operation between our two countries,” he said.Kovrig and Spavor were detained nine days after the RCMP arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States, which is seeking her extradition on fraud charges.Nine days later, China detained former diplomat Kovrig and entrepreneur Spavor on allegations that they were endangering the country’s national security. China denies the arrests are retaliation for Meng’s detention.Kovrig and Spavor have not been formally charged, have been denied access to a lawyer or family members, and are being granted only monthly access by Canadian diplomats. Meng has since been released on bail and is living in a Vancouver mansion.There was little mention of the diplomatic dust-up at the Dec. 18 event at the Chinese Embassy, which was attended by a several dozen people, including leading Canadian academics and business leaders, as well as past students in the program.“We are currently accepting applications from Canadians wishing to study, research or pursue language-training in China during the 2019-2020 academic year. I encourage you to share this opportunity with your respective networks so they can apply before the deadline on March 1, 2019,” Taylor said.Taylor said that strong “people-to-people connections have been the bedrock of our dynamic bilateral relationship” and that both countries view “education co-operation” as a strategic priority.“And that priority is easy to see. China is Canada’s most important source of international students with more than 140,000 Chinese students on campuses of Canadian institutions,” she said, adding that Chinese nationals account for more than one-quarter of Canada’s international student population.Canada’s continued engagement with China on the education exchange is indicative of its “national myopia” in relation to the People’s Republic, said Mulroney.“If any other country had detained Canadians in a similar manner, all government-sponsored exchanges would immediately be put on hold,” said Mulroney.“It’s not our fault that China has made it riskier for scholars to work there, nor should we be so eager to contribute to the fiction that it’s business as usual,” he added. “To get our future engagement of China right, we’re going to have to change things, and see the relationship in entirely new ways. That’s really hard to do, but it’s absolutely necessary.”Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press
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By Jorge Barrera APTN National News OTTAWA–The Harper government is planning to allow First Nations leaders to study proposed legislation governing on-reserve education before tabling it in the House of Commons, APTN National News has learned.Aboriginal Affairs is expected to release a discussion paper this week on their consultation plans around the proposed First Nations K to 12 education legislation. The paper could be released as early as Tuesday, a source with knowledge of the file said on condition of anonymity.The move by Ottawa to allow First Nations leaders view and provide input on a draft of the legislation could go a long way in attracting buy-in from chiefs who’ve rejected the idea outright.Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan’s office issued an emailed statement to APTN National News saying no details would be provided until the official announcement. The minister’s office did not directly respond to a question on whether chiefs would get a look at the draft of the legislation.“As we’ve stated, we are committed to intensive consultation,” said Duncan’s spokesperson Jan O’Driscoll.Duncan has been meeting directly with First Nations leaders on education since September.Chiefs from treaty nations in Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan have opposed plans for legislation saying education is a treaty right that Ottawa has failed to respect.The chiefs also passed resolutions at a special education gathering earlier this fall and at last week’s special chiefs assembly against the legislation. It was widely believed that Duncan would follow the Harper government’s recent pattern and table the legislation as a done deal.The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Shawn Atleo faced criticism from some quarters after he met with Duncan following last week’s chiefs gathering to discuss education. The head of the chief’s committee on education, Nova Scotia regional Chief Morley Googoo, also attended the meeting. The meeting was requested by chiefs on the AFN’s education committee.The chiefs, however, indicated earlier this year they would consider supporting it if they got a good look at the draft before it hit parliament.This past July, during the Assembly of First Nation’s annual gathering in Toronto which re-elected Shawn Atleo, chiefs passed a resolution calling on the government to first get approval from chiefs for the legislation before it tabling it in the House of Commons.The issue has been extremely contentious and chiefs from Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec recently withdrew from participating on a blue-ribbon education panel endorsed by Ottawa and the AFN. The panel’s recommendations were to form part of the basis for the [email protected]
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A collision Thursday evening has the Alaska Highway down to single-lane alternating traffic between the Beatton Airport Road and Mile 80.The collision happened at around 8 p.m. Thursday and initial reports suggest no one was seriously injured. A truck is still blocking part of the highway. Drivebc.ca says the high could be open in both directions by 10 a.m. Friday.The collision is located between the Beatton Airport Road and Mile 80 frontage road, which is approximately 33 km south of Wonowon. Yellowhead Road and Bridge posted a warning Thursday night at area highways would be slippery after the area received a mix of snow and rain.For more updates on the Alaska Highway, visit www.drivebc.ca
Mumbai: Jet Airways Monday defaulted on payment to its debenture-holders—the third default since January—even as airline chairman Naresh Goyal assured the employee of a resolution in the immediate possible time, but said more time is needed to clinch bailout. Goyal, in a letter to the 16,000 staff, which comes ahead of the domestic pilots body National Aviator’s Guild annual meeting here, said talks with the airline’s strategic partner Etihad Airways and SBI-led lenders are going on. Though Goyal sought more time to clinch the deal, he did not offer a time-line for the same. The UAE flag carrier owns 24 percent in Jet and its board is considering a draft agreement as part of a debt- recast plan being mooted by the airline’s lenders led by SBI. Earlier, Jet informed the exchanges that “the payment of interest due on March 19 to the debenture-holders will be delayed owing to temporary liquidity constraints.” This is the third time the airline is defaulting in this year as earlier it failed to meet its payment obligations towards the domestic banks’ loans (in January) as well as on part-repayment of its external commercial borrowings due to liquidity crunch earlier this month. The airline, which has a debt of over Rs 8,200 crore, did not specify what is the quantum of interest due Tuesday nor quantum of the debt on this particular account. On February 14, its board had approved a bank-led- resolution plan, whereby the SBI-consortium of lenders will become the largest shareholders in the airline and Goyal would exit the management as the chairman and board member. If the resolution plans goes through, banks would convert a part of their debt into 11.4 crore shares for a consideration of Re 1 as per the RBI norms. Last week, SBI sounded hopeful of reaching an early solution by this week. In his letter to the employees, Goyal said, “the situation, though complex, has my personal attention towards an early resolution…the complexity of the process though has led to some delays and will require further time to conclude.” “Once again I assure you that I am personally committed to have the resolution process completed as soon as possible and restore the much-needed stability to our operations at the earliest,” he said. Since a larger number of planes from its over 100- fleet are grounded leading to drastically curtailed operations, the airline is struggling to prevent a nose-dive somehow. Of this as many as 41 aircraft are grounded for non- payment of lease rentals to lessors. Following this, the airline has indefinitely suspended its operations from Abu Dhabi, one of its two global gateways the other being one in Amsterdam. Jet Airways has been struggling to mop up cash to carry out operations. While discussions with the lessors continue, Goyal said as a responsible airline, Jet has “consciously” and “proactively” decided to curtail its schedule according to the number of aircraft it is currently operating. “This will ensure the sanctity of our schedule, while keeping the regulatory authorities briefed,” said Goyal, who set up the airline after converting his airline ticketing business a quarter of a century ago. For the past few weeks, its passengers have been venting their ire on social media as its flight cancellations have increased gradually due to rising number of planes getting grounded. On the non-payment of salaries to pilots along with senior management and engineers, Goyal said he is fully committed to ensure that their dues are cleared on priority once all parties sign on the resolution plan. The pilots with other senior staff are to get their full salaries of January and February besides 87.5 percent of the December pay. “We are holding our annual meeting Tuesday. During the meeting, besides discussing our general issues, we will also be deliberating on the present scenario (non-payment of salaries),” a source said earlier in the day. Having failed to get any assurance from the management on payment of overdue salaries, the pilots body last week wrote to Union labor minister Santosh Gangwar, seeking his intervention in recovering their dues along with the accumulated interest. The acute liquidity crunch has forced it to ground aircraft, shut down stations and delay salary payments to its pilots and engineers along with other senior staff. It has grounded four more planes, taking the number of aircraft that are non-operational due to non-payment of lease rentals to 41. “… an additional four aircraft have been grounded due to non-payment of amounts outstanding to lessors under their respective lease agreements,” the airline said in a filing to the stock exchanges. According to the company, as mentioned earlier, it is actively engaged with all its aircraft lessors and are regularly providing them with updates on the efforts taken to improve the liquidity. “Aircraft lessors have been supportive of the company’s efforts in this regard,” it said, adding that all efforts are being made to minimise disruption to its network.
Kolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police nabbed a Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) racketeer on Thursday night near Sealdah railway station. He was carrying FICN worth Rs 2.5 lakh.According to sources, on Thursday afternoon sleuths got a tip-off that a person from Malda has reached Kolkata to deal in FICN. Working on the information members of anti-FICN team of the STF came to know that the suspect will come to Sealdah railway station area for the deal. Immediately, sleuths went to the area and started keeping strong vigil in and around the Sealdah railway station. Meanwhile, one of the official of the STF team got a call from his sources stating the location of the suspect. After being informed, the team rushed to the spot near Sealdah station and surrounded the suspect identified as Sahabul Shaikh of Kaliachak in Malda. During search sleuths found several Indian currency notes of Rs 2,000 denomination. Though it looked like original, sleuths had some doubts. Shaikh along with the notes was taken to the STF facility in Lalbazar. There sleuths checked the notes thoroughly and made sure that those are the fake ones. Shaikh was arrested immediately. After counting the money it was found that he was carrying 125 fake notes of Rs 2,000 denominations. Sleuths are interrogating him to nab the receiver of the fake notes.
New Delhi: BJP’s North East Delhi candidate Manoj Tiwari on Sunday held the Congress party responsible for failing to develop his constituency during its time in government, both in Delhi and at the Centre. Tiwari said that despite Delhi being the Capital of the country, governments prior to the Narendra Modi-led government have done nothing to develop North East Delhi.Other BJP candidates for the seven seats also had a field day launching scathing attacks at both the major opposition parties. At a public meeting in his constituency, South Delhi candidate Ramesh Bidhuri accused his AAP opponent Raghav Chadha of circulating fake news and trying to mislead people. Several of Tiwari’s public meetings were attended by former Congress leader Bhishm Sharma, who recently joined BJP. Sharma also leveled serious accusations against his old party. He said that after having been involved in politics for over 40 years, he was extremely disappointed to see his party try to ally with “an anti-national party” like AAP. Moreover, BJP’s Chandni Chowk candidate Harsh Vardhan also tore into Kejriwal for bringing up the full statehood demand for Delhi. While the incumbent MPs went about their campaigns, fresh entrant Gautam Gambhir got campaign help from Bhojpuri singer Pawan Singh, who addressed public meetings, seeking votes for the former cricketer.
Embed Code FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed This week on the show, Hot Takedown analyzes the data behind the New York Giants’ controversial No. 6 pick in the NFL draft, Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. Todd McShay, an analyst for ESPN, is skeptical of Jones’s NFL potential based on his performance under pressure. While we agree that the stats don’t paint a bright future for Jones in the NFL, we disagree on how best to assess his prospects.For our second segment, ESPN NBA analyst and FiveThirtyEight contributor Kirk Goldsberry joins the team to discuss his new book, “SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA.” Through detailed data visualizations, “SprawlBall” describes how the 3-point line has transformed the NBA and how it risks ruining the game’s future.In our Rabbit Hole of the Week, Geoff exposes his lifelong appreciation of (and poor betting record on) the Kentucky Derby. He explains the rationale behind voting for the favorite across sports and why he still won’t take his own advice.Here’s what we’re looking at this week:“SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA” by Kirk Goldsberry, illustrated by Aaron Dana.Patrik Stefan’s epic miss that broke Neil’s heart.FiveThirtyEight’s Josh Hermsmeyer devised a metric for projecting college quarterback success in the NFL.ProFootballFocus’s analysis of Duke’s Daniel Jones ahead of the draft.
“Hokey” and “hockey:” words so similar, they’re often mistaken to be same. Despite the discrepancy of one little “c,” among the women’s collegiate hockey world, “Hokey” and “hockey” are becoming synonymous.Freshman forward Hokey Langan, a 5-feet-4-inch standout from Chatham, Ontario came to Ohio State to play under coach Jackie Barto last year and is having a breakout season.“She’s a dynamic offensive player. She’s a really head-smart, nose in the game [kind of player],” Barto said. “She does the little things out on the ice. She comes to play every night. She’s a determined, aggressive player.”The love of hockey was something Langan always had growing up. Around the age of 3, Langan said she started to play around with her siblings.“It just came. It was something I wanted to do every day,” Langan said. “[I] used to shoot pucks outside with my brother and my sister, and I never wanted to stop playing.”But it wasn’t until Langan developed as a more mature player that the long list of recognition began to grow. In high school, Langan played for the London Junior Devilettes before earning a spot on Team Canada’s Under-18 team. She was a two-time member of the gold medal-winning Team Ontario Red at the ‘07 and ‘08 Canadian U18 National Championships. She served as a captain at the ‘08 championships. In Aug. 2008, Langan competed with Team Canada in a U18 series against Team USA. At the 2009 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championship, Langan won the silver medal with Team Canada. When looking at colleges, Langan said OSU offered her multiple reasons to become a Buckeye.“The first time driving in, the campus [was] beautiful,” Langan said about her recruiting trip. “Academics [are] really good here, and [OSU is] known for athletics. Every sport here is developed, so you can get a good crowd.”But OSU’s location was the biggest factor for Langan.“I live four hours away, so my parents can come and watch,” she said. “They’ve been to every single home game so far.”This year, Langan has been named the WCHA Rookie of the Week twice. She tied OSU single-game records for goals with four and points with five in the 5-2 victory over Bemidji State Jan. 22.Barto said she is proud of the girls who have received WCHA honors this season because the individual rewards are a reflection on the team.Langan has moved into the lead for overall points in the WCHA with 39 (18 goals, 21 assists). She’s maintained the top spot in conference-only scoring with 32 points, 16 goals and assists apiece. With 1.42 points per game, she leads NCAA rookies and ranks eighth overall in the nation.Senior co-captain Raelyn LaRocque said she likes playing with Langan because she can always count on the freshman to be in the right spot.“[Langan offers] a lot of confidence, a lot of control. You know if you give her the puck, she’s going to make something happen with it,” LaRocque said. “So you can just throw her the puck at any point and time … [and] she’ll knock it off her stick and toss it over there.”With a goal of winning a national championship before she graduates, Langan respects the suggestions and criticisms the coaches offer her after each game.“[In] team meetings with the coaches, Jackie [Barto] tells me what I can do to improve and that’s what I strive to do,” Langan said. “Just to improve as a player in offense, defense. Hopefully I can improve for the next three years.”Still in her inaugural season as a Buckeye athlete, Langan said what makes the experience worthwhile is the people that surround her.“The coaches, as well as the team, they make it really fun,” Langan said. “You go to school, do what you have to do, and then you come to the rink and play what you love.”Barto said she sees Langan as a continual contributor to the team, with a bright futureahead.“[If] she keeps working hard on and off the ice, and improving her game … she’s going to be one of the top players in this country,” Barto said. “[She’s] going to … help this program get to the level we want to get to.”