Shortly before the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code, which defined adultery as a punishable offence, the Rajasthan High Court upheld a man’s conviction under the law. This was probably the last conviction under the legal provision described by the apex court as “manifestly arbitrary” in its September 27 verdict.After the SC verdict, adultery stands decriminalised, though it will be a ground for divorce.In its judgment delivered on September 20 on the appeals filed by convict Devaram, a resident of Jaipur district, and two others, the High Court held him guilty of adultery, as he was cohabiting with Shakuntala, the wife of Heera Lal, but acquitted him of the rape and conspiracy charges. He was facing rape charges in connection with the suicide by Shakuntala’s daughter in 2010.Justice Pankaj Bhandari at the High Court’s Jaipur Bench stated in his 19-page judgment that there was “every possibility of false implication” of Devaram in the rape case by complainant Mr. Heera Lal as he harboured enmity towards him.
A fresh spell of snowfall on Wednesday ended the chilly wave, triggered by the sub-zero temperature in the past two weeks, in Kashmir Valley. However, the snowfall forced the closure of the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway and cut off many areas from the towns in north and south Kashmir. “Snowfall left many stretches on the Srinagar-Jammu highway slippery and was not fit for vehicular traffic,” said an official of the traffic department. The fresh spell saw heavy snowfall in upper reaches of the Pir Panjal mountain range and moderate snowfall in tourist hotspots like Gulmarg and Pahalgam. Mild rainfall Srinagar city also witnessed a mild rainfall. According to the meteorological department, the minimum temperature improved to minus 0.4 degree Celsius compared to around minus 2.8 degree C recorded the previous night. “The day temperature hovered around 6.5 degree Celsius,” said a met official.The department predicted a fresh spell of light snowfall in next two days. “Snowfall may be moderate to heavy but isolated on January 4,” said the official.Meanwhile, on the inputs received from the Indian Meteorological Centre in Srinagar, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan issued a weather advisory on Wednesday. This new weather system may lead to disruption of surface and air transportation. “Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division, including Leh and Kargil, have been asked to advise people not to venture in avalanche-prone areas during this period,” said Mr. Khan. The Deputy Commissioners were directed to activate their control rooms and ensure that the snow clearance equipment is placed at proper places.
Change in mindset helps Milena Alessandrini lead UST over UP Jokic had 22 points and 16 rebounds, and Millsap had 21 points and 16 boards, doing much of his damage after Jokic took a seat two minutes into the second half with his fourth foul.Millsap said he knew he had to step up, “not just scoring inside, but leading the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe said that was easier for him to accomplish thanks to a break earlier this month when he missed three games with a sore right ankle. Since his return, he said, he’s in better shape and better rhythm.“I feel great,” Millsap said. “Having that break was definitely beneficial.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lou Williams scored 24 and Danilo Gallinari had 19 for the Clippers, who couldn’t capitalize on Denver’s uncharacteristic 22 turnovers and 12 missed free throws because they were ice cold themselves.The Clippers made just 3 of 24 3-pointers.That wasn’t all that went wrong for the Clippers.“I didn’t think we played very well,” L.A. coach Doc Rivers said. “I would love to say it was shots missed, I thought they were the tougher team, the more physical team. They got to most of the loose balls, they beat us down the floor. I thought it started on the defensive end, and then in the third quarter I thought it was our offense let us down.”It wasn’t just Millsap who hurt the Clippers when Jokic went out, Rivers insisted.“I think they all hurt us for the most part. They just kept going downhill all game. Millsap was great,” Rivers said. “We had a couple of good efforts overall, but I just didn’t like how we played.”BIG THREE: During Denver’s big third-quarter run, Mason Plumlee found himself unguarded at the top of the key and banked a 3-pointer, just his second of the season, triggering a timeout by the Clippers.Gary Harris called it the play of the game and suggested opponents might want to put a hand up when Plumlee gets the ball deep.“I didn’t hear him call ‘bank,’” joked Malone.Millsap said he heard “Glass!” ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, throws an over-the-shoulder pass past Los Angeles Clippers forward Johnathan Motley in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 123-96. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — Paul Millsap wasn’t about to let Nikola Jokic’s foul trouble hinder the Denver Nuggets.Millsap helped the Nuggets breeze past the Los Angeles Clippers 123-96 with a vintage performance that had his coach marveling at his youthful and infectious energy Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ At least he thinks he did.“Um, yeah,” Millsap said. “I knew it was good when it left his hands.”ROOKIE HICCUPSClippers rookie guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander came in averaging 10 points a game on 47 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent from long-range. But he scored just one point in 30 minutes, going 0 for 8 from the floor, 0 for 3 from the arc and 1 for 2 from the stripe.“Just keep playing. No one’s going to feel sorry for you. I’ll hug him or whatever, but this is the NBA,” Rivers said. “You’re going to have bad games, you just have to be willing to go 0-for and not change your body language. I thought it did tonight, Shai started pressing. He’s young and he’ll learn from that. If you want to be great you have to be willing to go 0 for 20 and still keep doing other things.”TIP-INSClippers: Los Angeles missed all 12 of its 3-point attempts in the first half and was 0 for 14 by the time they finally made one — Williams’ 3 made at the 6:11 mark of the third quarter cut Denver’s lead to 80-64. … The Clippers lost the season series 3-1.Nuggets: Harris, who returned Friday after missing seven games with a right adductor strain, came off the bench and scored 14 points in 22 minutes for Denver. … Harris’ best play, however, was his deflection of Williams’ pass into the paint that he subsequently spiked volleyball style downcourt for Monte Morris’ breakaway basket.UP NEXTClippers: Host Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Nuggets: Host Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine football chief His refreshed body and mind has, in turn, injected Denver’s deep bench with even more energy.“Paul found the fountain of youth or something,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “He’s playing like a young Paul Millsap. He’s flying around. We chart everything, Paul Millsap by himself, he contested 18 shots tonight. Eighteen shots, 21 points, 16 rebounds and just impacting the game. His energy is infectious for all the other guys.“And Nikola obviously, we expect that from him every night. It’s a good win.”One that helped the Nuggets pull within a game of the Western Conference-leading Golden State Warriors.At 41-18, the Nuggets are also three games ahead of the third-place Oklahoma City Thunder, who visit Denver on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT
\R London, Jun 18 (AFP) Stan Wawrinka kicked off his Wimbledon preparations with a 6-2, 6-3 win over British youngster Cameron Norrie in the Queen’s Club first round today. Wawrinka has struggled to return to peak form since suffering a left knee injury last yeat that required two operations and wiped out the second half of the Swiss star’s season. Still hampered by the problem this term, Wawrinka was sidelined again for three months in between a second round exit at the Australian Open and a first round loss in the French Open. The 33-year-old arrived in west London having lost six of his last seven ATP Tour matches and, given grass has never been Wawrinka’s favourite surface, he might have feared more misery at the pre-Wimbledon event. But the three-time Grand Slam champion had an obliging opponent in wild card entry Norrie. Wawrinka hardly had to break sweat to see off Norrie and next faces former Queen’s winner Sam Querrey of the United States, who beat British wild card and ATP Tour debutant Jay Clarke 6-3, 6-3. “Mentally it’s tough when you see how far you are and how long it will take. Still now, it’s not easy,” Wawrinka said of his injury woes. “It takes time to get where you want to be. I need to be really patient with myself, to accept less in a way, because, when you win Grand Slams, I always expect so much from myself.” In other first round action, top seed Marin Cilic made a flying start to his bid for another strong grass-court campaign with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco.advertisement Former US Open champion Cilic is bidding for a second Queen’s title and a fourth appearance in the final after losing last year’s title match against Feliciano Lopez. The world number six, who finished as Australian Open runner-up in January, was back on grass in London for the first time since his tearful injury-plagued Wimbledon final defeat against Roger Federer last year. Cilic made short work of Verdasco and his second round opponent is Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller, who beat rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (8/6). Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, the biggest names in the Queen’s draw, are both due in first round action tomorrow. Djokovic plays Australian qualifier John Millman and Murray will make his first appearance for 11 months after finally recovering from a hip injury that needed surgery in January. – ‘Awesome’ Murray – The former world number one faces a tricky opener against talented but temperamental Australian Nick Kyrgios, who pushed Roger Federer to three sets before narrowly losing in the Stuttgart semi-finals at the weekend. Murray, a two-time Wimbledon winner, has admitted he doesn’t have great expectations at the start of his comeback after so long on the sidelines. Finally free of a nagging elbow injury, world number 21 Kyrgios has grander plans — starting with securing his first win over his good friend at the sixth attempt. “I feel good. My elbow is fine and I played three quality matches in Stuttgart. Pretty disappointed I didn’t win against Roger but it was a good match,” Kyrgios said. “I’m feeling confident. I’m excited (to play Murray), obviously one of my better mates on tour. “It’s just good to see him back ultimately. I think it’s been pretty shitty without him. “To see him healthy is the main thing. I think he’s awesome for the sport.” Kyrgios has a well-earned reputation as one of the tour’s more controversial figures after some petulant behaviour in the past. The 23-year-old remains combustible, but for now he insists he’s focused on ruining Murray’s return. “Early in my career probably didn’t play my best against Andy. I wasn’t as confident back then as I am now,” he said. “Hopefully I’ve still got more to show him. Maybe we’ll see tomorrow.” (AFP) AHAH
Virat Kohli scored his first Test century in 2011 in Australia. During 2014 tour, he amassed four centuries in the Test series Down Under. But Aussie pacer Pat Cummins says the Indian captain will not score a hundred when Indian team plays a four-Test series in Australia later this year.”My brave, bold prediction; I’d say I think Virat Kohli is not going to get a hundred and we’re going to knock them off over here,” Cummins said at a Channel 7 event.Apart from five centuries in Australia, Kohli averages 62 in the eight Tests he has played in the country.In the absence of the suspended Steve Smith and David Warner, India have a good chance of winning their maiden series in Australia.Australian fast bowling great Glenn McGrath was present at the function alongside Cummins. McGrath predicted that Australia would blank India 4-0. He also wants to see the home team target Kohli.”I want to see Australians put pressure on Kohli and just see how he handles it. It’s going to be a good, hard, tough series. Kohli has got a bit of an aggressive attitude, but showed last time he was out here he’s not going to take a backward step,” he said.”The Windies of the late 70s, early 80s were an incredible team and they used to target the captain of the opposition team and get on top of him and have a big impact. I tried to bring that in by targeting players when I played.advertisement”If you get on top of them, the No.1 player and their captain, it makes the job so much easier. If they can get on top of Kohli I think it can have a big effect on the game,” McGrath added.India will be touring Australia for the 12th time this summer. They are yet to win a Test series in 11 attempts, having drawn in 1981, 1985 and 2003. India have won just five out of the 44 Tests.(With PTI inputs)
India are the “sleeping giants” of women’s cricket with the resources they have at their disposal, feels Australia coach Matthew Mott.The interest in women’s cricket in India has been on the rise ever since they finished runners-up in the 2017 World Cup in the United Kingdom.India also entered the semi-finals of last November’s T20 World Cup in the West Indies.”They’re (India) the sleeping giant in women’s cricket. They’ve got a country that’s mad on the game, and in their batting, they’ve already got three or four world-class players,” said Mott.”The depth in their batting is outstanding, their bowling’s got potential as well and their fielding has improved out of sight,” he was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.India entered two World Cup finals (2005, 2017) but finished on the losing on both occasions.But Mott believes if they continue in the same vein, the future is bright for women’s cricket in India.”They’re going to be a force in world cricket. Having made that World Cup final (in 2017), and they’ve got a country of a billion people behind them as well, they’re going to be a huge force,” said the 45-year-old former Queensland all-rounder.Also Read | Injured Harry Kane picked by England for Nations League finalsAlso Read | World Cup controversies: Javed Miandad’s antics against India, Prasad teaches Sohail a lessonAlso See
Manchester United Former Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller dies aged 36 Alex Fisher 08:10 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Images Manchester United Republic of Ireland Premier League Championship Premiership Leeds United Sunderland Celtic Hibernian The Republic of Ireland international also represented Celtic, Leeds United and Sunderland during a career that also saw him play in Australia Former Manchester United midfielder Liam Miller has died of cancer at the age of 36, it has been announced.Miller, who won 21 caps for the Republic of Ireland over a 16-year career, broke through at Celtic before he moved to Old Trafford in 2004.It was reported in November that Miller was suffering with cancer, with his former clubs rallying around him and his family. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Miller’s death on Friday brought tributes from a number of his former clubs – including Leeds United, Hibernian, QPR and Sunderland.”Everyone at Leeds United are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Leeds midfielder Liam Miller,” the Championship club wrote. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”Everyone at #CelticFC is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former midfielder Liam Miller. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.RIP Liam, YNWA. pic.twitter.com/vMkT1CtJ2m — Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 9, 2018 Everyone at Leeds United are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former #LUFC midfielder Liam Miller. Our thoughts are with his family and friends pic.twitter.com/4rtm5yOL1v — Leeds United (@LUFC) February 9, 2018 We are saddened to hear this evening that former #SAFC midfielder Liam Miller has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. pic.twitter.com/MQqL3x2acN — Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) February 9, 2018 We are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of former Hibernian midfielder Liam Miller. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. pic.twitter.com/XWURtc72M3 — Hibernian FC (@HibsOfficial) February 9, 2018 Absolutely devastated to hear of the passing of former team mate Liam Miller. With him not so long ago when with @PHXRisingFC against his @RealMonarchs . Just an amazing guy!! Thoughts and prays with his family — Peter Ramage (@peterramage83) February 9, 2018 Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of former Academy player, Liam Miller, who sadly passed away this evening. God Bless pic.twitter.com/EKFwNHw57p — Celtic FC Academy (@CelticFCAcademy) February 9, 2018 Miller also plied his trade in Australia during the latter part of his career, representing Perth Glory and Melbourne City as well as helping Brisbane Roar to the A-League title in 2014.He then returned to hometown club Cork City before playing his final season in the third tier of US football with Wilmington Hammerheads.
Premier Darrell Dexter, today, April 17, expressed sadness over the passing of Rita MacNeil. “Rita always followed her passion and never let anything hold her back from reaching her dreams,” said Premier Dexter. “Despite her world-wide success, you felt like you could be her friend. She was a kind woman who stayed close to her deep roots in Big Pond.” The premier recognized her struggle with poverty, and her work to advance women’s equality. “Her roots were evident in her songs and in her voice, but you didn’t have to be from Cape Breton to be moved when she sang Working Man,” said Premier Dexter. “The words toShe’s Called Nova Scotia will echo in the hearts of Nova Scotians all over the world for years to come.” Ms. MacNeil was a member of Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia. She was recognized with three Juno Awards and multiple Canadian Country Music Association and East Coast Music awards. The premier expressed condolences to Ms. MacNeil’s friends and family.
New Delhi: Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari on Tuesday wrote to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, raising 10 questions on the functioning of the public transport system in the Capital city, in the wake of the recent announcement that the state government plans to make transportation for women in metro and buses free. He demanded that the government publish a white paper on the status of public transport systems in Delhi so that the feasibility of such schemes can be discussed in the public domain. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarTiwari termed the announcement of free travel for women as an election promise with the 2019 Assembly polls looming. He said due to the shortage of buses, the number of taxis and autos have increased. The state BJP chief claimed that Kejriwal recovered Rs 2,000 crore as cess from the people of Delhi but does not give details on how the fund is used. He has asked Kejriwal to categorically state the number of the DTC and cluster buses on February 10, 2015, and how many of them were in running condition. “What is the number of DTC and cluster buses today? How much is spent on the maintenance of the low floor buses which are more than 10 years old?” Tiwari asked in his letter. The North East Delhi MP however clarified that he is not against the idea of free travel in metro and buses for women, but that the timing of such announcements must be questioned. He has also asked about the steps taken by Delhi Government for improving the transport system of Delhi and the success in this regard.
On Friday, November 6th, actress AnnaLynne McCord (90210, Dallas) will present the Junior League of Los Angeles’ (“JLLA”) Community Leadership Award to Carissa Phelps, author/attorney/advocate and founder of Runaway Girl, Inc., for her work helping sexually exploited runaway children and homeless youth.The event is part of JLLA’s annual Community Leadership Forum that is free for the community to attend. It will be held at the Downtown Central Library in Los Angeles from 9am – 12 noon.Carissa Phelps was the subject of the award-winning documentary, Carissa, the 2008 film that revisits her life as a sexually exploited runaway child living on the streets of Fresno, CA. She’s also the founder of Runaway Girl, Inc., which advocates for runaway and homeless youth, while providing training for organizations to effectively reach out and address homelessness and human trafficking.Actress AnnaLynne McCord has bravely opened up about her own sexual assault experience, and now feels it is time to speak out to aid other women. She just launched her own digital radio show “Truth” which launched 10/1/15 on Smiletime.The Junior League of Los Angeles, now in its 90th year of service, is bringing together members of the community to focus on an important issue impacting the city as it presents the annual Community Leadership Forum. This free community event will be held on November 6, 2015, at the Downtown Central Library in Los Angeles. Breakfast will be served from 9-10 AM; Speakers & Panel Discussion from 10 AM – 12 PM.This year’s topic will focus on The Disturbing Link Between Foster Youth and Human Trafficking. Featuring prominent experts in their field from the city, state and federal levels, the speakers will include: Carissa Phelps, author, advocate, attorney and founder of Runaway Girl Inc., Dana Harris, LAPD Detective Supervisor, Human Trafficking Investigator, and Maggy Krell, Deputy Attorney General, Statewide Human Trafficking Coordinator.Statistics indicate that approximately half of the sexually exploited children on the streets today were at one time living in foster care or in a group home run by the state. The Community Leadership Forum is just one way JLLA is bringing attention to the alarming issues among the foster youth population in the Los Angeles area.JLLA recently established a new partnership with the Alliance for Children’s Rights, a leader in the foster care world that provides children with permanency through adoption, legal guardianship, access to healthcare and an equitable education. This collaboration focuses on females ages 16-21 and empowers them with the life skills to transition out of foster care. For more information, click here.The Junior League of Los Angeles is committed to empowering women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Now in its 90th year of service, JLLA provides volunteers and funding to local non-profit agencies for the benefit and enrichment of the Los Angeles community. Nearly 600 volunteers contribute more than 60,000 hours of volunteer work each year to important projects and programs. In addition to the volunteer services that members contribute, the JLLA has contributed millions of dollars to fund programs and agencies that improve the overall wellbeing of the Los Angeles community.
A senior journalist attached to the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), Mahesh Nissanka, was arrested today over an alleged assault incident.The journalist was arrested after a complaint was filed with the Police over the incident. (Colombo Gazette)
by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 3, 2016 8:12 am MDT Last Updated Mar 3, 2016 at 10:46 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, photo, taken with a fisheye lens, the distinctive winglet on the second Boeing 737 MAX airplane being built is shown on the assembly line in Renton, Wash. On Thursday, March 3, 2016, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. factory orders for January. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) US factory orders up 1.6 per cent, best in 7 months WASHINGTON – Orders to U.S. factories increased in January by the most in seven months, while a key category that tracks business investment plans rose by the largest amount in 19 months.Factory orders rose 1.6 per cent in January after two months of declines, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. It was the biggest jump since June, though it was driven by demand in the volatile category of commercial aircraft. At the same time, orders in a core sector that serves as a proxy for business investment rose 3.4 per cent — the sharpest one-month gain since June 2014.U.S. manufacturers’ export sales have been hurt this year by spreading economic weakness overseas and by a strong dollar, which has made their goods less competitive. And a sharp fall in oil prices has hurt investment.Demand for durable goods — items ranging from autos and appliances to airplanes and battleships — increased 4.7 per cent in January, slightly lower than the 4.9 per cent the government had estimated in a preliminary report last week.Orders for nondurable goods, including chemicals, paper and clothing, fell 1.4 per cent in January after a 1.1 per cent drop in December. This category has posted a string of declines in part because of the big drop in energy prices. The data is not adjusted for price changes.Orders for commercial aircraft jumped 54.4 per cent, with smaller gains for military aircraft and autos and auto parts.And orders for machinery increased 4.6 per cent. This category was led by a surge in demand for mining, oil and gas equipment, an area that has been weak because of the cutbacks that energy companies are making in response to falling energy prices.While January posted a strong overall gain, analysts cautioned against reading too much into one month of data. They noted that many major overseas markets are still struggling with weak growth. And the dollar has risen even further in recent months.The Institute for Supply Management said this week that U.S. factory activity remained at a recession level in February for a fifth straight month. While the level of activity was up a bit from January, it stayed below 50, indicating that manufacturing was shrinking.
It’s one of Calgary’s biggest events, and even with the economic downturn, thousands will be streaming into the city.The Global Petroleum Show takes over the Stampede Grounds Tuesday through Thursday.Wes Scott, Executive Vice President with DMG Events says they’re still on pace with last year’s attendance numbers.“We’re on track to have 50,000 attendees at the show. Certainly not the best ever we’ve ever had, but given the market conditions, we’re pretty excited about that,” he said.However, foreign representation is down.Scott says delegates from about 85 countries will be in Calgary for the event, which is down 15 per cent from last year. Thousands expected to attend Global Petroleum Show AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mike Tarasko Posted Jun 6, 2016 7:27 am MDT
Niagara College President Dan Patterson (left), and Brock President Jack Lightstone are ready for this year’s Peninsula Hoop Classic benefitting United Way, set for Sept. 27. The Niagara College Knights and Brock University Badgers men’s and women’s basketball teams will hit the hardcourt Sept. 27 in support of the United Way.The games are part of the fifth annual Peninsula Hoop Classic, which brings the region’s two post-secondary institutions together to benefit a key community organization.“The Peninsula Hoop Classic is a fantastic way to kick off the post-secondary athletics season as the event showcases the premier basketball talent in the Niagara region” said Matthew Davies, Niagara College’s director of athletics and recreation and the co-chair of the Niagara College United Way campaign. “Niagara College has set the goal of raising $40,000 for the United Way, and the Hoop Classic will serve as the tip-off event for our 2014 fundraising events.”“Niagara College and Brock University have worked together over the past five years not only to continue to build on the great relationship we already have, but to continue to help out with the United Way campaign,” said Brock University interim director of athletics Chris Critelli. “The Peninsula Hoop Classic provides a great opportunity through sport, to raise awareness and funds for the Niagara region.”This year’s event will see more than bragging rights amongst the players on the line as Niagara College’s president Dan Patterson and Brock University president Jack Lightstone have entered into a friendly wager on the outcome. The bet will see the president of the losing school wear the jersey of the winning team to a board meeting.“I think friendly rivalries always celebrate the relationship between two institutions,” Lightstone said. “In this case, it’s for a very good cause and also to have some fun along the way.”Patterson called the event a “worthy cause” that brings together Niagara’s post-secondary schools.“The idea that post-secondary education supports United Way in a big way is so important to us,” Patterson said. “To have both institutions get together in a fun-like, sports-like event brings a lot of attention to the importance of Unites Way, and that’s really good.”The Peninsula Hoop Classic alternates between venues, and will be held this year at Niagara College’s Welland Campus Athletic Centre. The women’s teams will tip off at 6 p.m., with the men’s game scheduled for an 8 p.m. start. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5. All current NC and Brock students and those under the age of 17 will be admitted for free. Throughout the evening donations will be accepted in support of the United Way. Parking is free for this event.As host of this year’s game, Niagara College invites the community to enjoy complimentary refreshments, and meet students and staff prior to tip off. Doors will open at 5 p.m.The Peninsula Hoop Classic originated in 2010, and was the first game played in Niagara College’s Welland Campus Athletic Centre. While the United Way has been the biggest winner in the five-year history of the Hoop Classic, Brock has so far held the edge on the scoreboard sporting an overall record of 7-1. In 2012, the last time Niagara College hosted the event, the Knights men’s basketball program captured a 78-71 victory over the Badgers.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedVenezuelans cross into Colombia as crisis deepensSeptember 28, 2017In “Regional”Neighbouring South American countries stiffen borders as chaos in Venezuela triggers exodusAugust 20, 2018In “latest news”Venezuelan beauty queen slain; daughter survives shootingJanuary 8, 2014In “Crime” (AFP) The garbage truck brakes and desperate teen Rebeca Leon runs up to root hungrily through the bin bags.Venezuela is rich in oil but an economic crisis has reduced her and millions of others to extreme poverty.Instead of doing homework, the 18-year-old is hunting for food in the streets to feed her two-year-old son and her disabled mother.“My mom is putting weight back on now because I have been searching for food like this,” she says.Venezuelan Rebeca Leon, who scavenges for food in the streets of Caracas, shows the fridge at her house in Petare shantytown, on February 22, 2017. (Photo: AFP)Rebeca has been doing it for six months as inflation and shortages have worsened. When the school day finishes, she heads to Caracas’s posher districts to pick up what richer citizens have thrown away.“My mother did not want to accept it,” she says. “But what else can I do with the way the country is?”– Losing weight –Some 9.6 million Venezuelans are living on two or fewer meals a day, according to the Living Conditions Survey.And 1.5 million are living on food given to them or found in bins, says one of the report’s authors, nutritionist Maritza Landaeta.Nearly 52 per cent of the population lives in extreme poverty, says the study by a group of universities.Seven out of 10 people in the country have lost weight — 8.7 kilograms (17 pounds) on average.Rebeca says her mother “had got to the point where her bones were showing through. My son was becoming undernourished so at last I said, I have to go and look for food in the street.”– Humiliation –Rebeca waits in a small crowd of 70 people, including several children, for the rubbish trucks to come.The group shares out the food from those and from the bins in the restaurants.“I used to cry because I felt humiliated. But I don’t care about that anymore,” she says.“If you don’t have a job, and you don’t look in the bins, then you don’t eat.”Outside one restaurant, unemployed builder Jose Godoy, 53, anxiously licks a disposable plate he has found.His daughters of seven and nine drink juice found in a can.They are suffering from anaemia. They are used to eating just banana or yucca once a day.“One night, we had to go to bed without eating. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. The children were crying: ‘I’m hungry,” he says.“I sold my tools and everything, and in the end I came out searching in the streets. There are thousands of us living off garbage.”– Bags of food –The crisis caused by falling oil prices has raised pressure on Socialist President Nicolas Maduro.Opponents blame corruption and his economic management for the crisis.Supermarkets sell rations of food and household supplies. But even at state-subsidized prices they are unaffordable for many.The International Monetary Fund estimates that inflation will reach 1,660 per cent this year.Maduro says poverty actually lessened last year. The United Nations acknowledged his efforts to fight hunger in 2015.His government has been targeting bags of subsidised goods at poor areas. He says that will help millions of households this year.But Rebeca and her family have only received those bags twice.– Faint with hunger –Tired and haggard, Rebeca returns home having found virtually nothing.“Sometimes you do, and sometimes you don’t — at least not today. Today it went badly,” she says.Next she must walk for an hour to get to school as her hungry daily grind begins again.There she will study alongside schoolmates who sometimes “faint from hunger,” she says.“I don’t want to carry on like this.”