Pompey Austin: an Australian sporting hero deserving of recognition

first_img Read more Topics Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp An image believed to portray Albert ‘Pompey’ Austin. Photograph: J Harvey/State Library of Victoria Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Courage comes in all shapes and forms. Last month, Tony Birch called for the recognition of Aboriginal heroes and mentioned Ada and Lena Austin’s attempts to rescue Lena’s daughter from the “protective” system set up by colonial governments in the early years of the last century.Equally worthy of recognition, though a very different kind of hero, is their father, Albert “Pompey” Austin, who in his brief life was a footballer, cricketer, athlete, racehorse owner, horse thief, artist, explorer, savant, entertainer and musician, and a thorn in the side of those who wished to confine him and the few survivors of his generation to remote ghettos on the fringe of the colony.Austin was born in the mid-1840s, when western Victoria was being overrun by the Europeans. His Indigenous name was Poorne Yarriworri and he may have been from the Djab Wurrung nation. He probably attended a mission school near Birregurra, later being described as “a well-educated black”. “May be”, “probably” – these words of introduction to Austin’s story are not used unnecessarily. Even within the Austin family today the memory of Pompey is faint. Aunty Janice Austin of the Gournditchmara Kirrae Wurrung clan, Pompey’s step great grand-daughter, who has a strong interest in the history of her predecessors, says: “I have got much of my knowledge of Pompey from books and researchers, rather than through family stories.” In 1884 he turned up at the Warrnambool Standard with a drawing that the newspapermen damned with faint praise, but from the description it appears this might have been the sort of work with which his successors intrigued the art world a century later. He also travelled further afield. He was part of a group of men who left Camperdown for the Kimberley goldfields in 1886. In her book Kings in Grass Castles, Mary Durack records that her father welcomed “Billy O’Donnell and the prodigious native Pompey who sang popular songs hot from the London music halls”. Austin did not think much of the gold prospects, and was proved right.Austin became a well-known public figure in Ararat, Ballarat, Geelong and Melbourne. He entertained people as a musician but also talked knowledgeably about the political situation and the prospects for war at the corner in Ballarat, the local equivalent of Hyde Park corner in London. Finding that was not bringing in the money, Austin spotted some Scots in his audience and broke into a celebration of the beauties of the Scottish countryside and sang Scots songs.The football pioneer Tommy Wills was a loveable rascal, and has been lionised in the 21st century. He was a decade older than Albert Austin and died 10 years before him, but their lives and careers overlapped. But Austin was treated as a criminal and hounded for trying to make a living by his wits and his talent. He was no lesser man; he just had the misfortune to be born black in a society that did not appreciate him. In that he was not alone. Perhaps in 2017 we can recover his story and grant him some recognition at last. Share on Facebook Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Thank you. featurescenter_img Australia sport Indigenous Australians John McGuire: the Indigenous cricketer who lost out on playing for Australia In research for this article, just one sentence of recorded speech attributed to the man himself was found. Details about Austin are sparse, as all the information about him comes from the “colonial record”, much-despised by some because it is inherently biased against Aboriginal subjects. Despite its racism, bias and prejudice, however, it is possible to use it to piece together some elements of the story of this extraordinary man. Colin Tatz’s massive work on Aboriginal sportsmen, Obstacle Race, has no mention of Austin. Part of the explanation is the sheer difficulty of finding information before newspapers and other sources were digitised. We know so little about many top-class sports people from the 19th century once the memories of those who saw them in action have gone. People today may know of Tom Wills and possibly his cousin Henry Colden Harrison from their published biographies, but important contemporaries such as George Reynolds Rippon and Alex Bruce have disappeared. If that is true of white Australians, then the chances of an Indigenous person being recognised are minuscule.But here’s what we can glean: Pompey Austin straddled two very different worlds as they collided in mid-nineteenth century western Victoria, where the impact on Indigenous people was devastating. His response was to take on the white men, quite literally, at their own games and their own cultural activities, and demonstrate by his prowess that he could match them in both. Yet apart from a few who have studied the history of football and athletics, Austin’s name does not resonate today. Share via Email It was a different story in the first half of the 20th century, when the memory of his feats on and off the field remained with those who had known him or known about him, after he died in 1889. A soldier writing from Belgium during the first world war, told of jumping barbed wire fences “like Pompey used to take his hurdles”. Leading English and Australian athletes who ran against him reminisced about his talents in 1916. Horses and greyhounds were named after him in the 1930s. Both his son, Chris, and one of his grandsons, Cyril, carried the Pompey name into subsequent generations. When those who knew Austin died, our collective memory of him ceased to exist. This is a common phenomenon, even in parts of England where, as Harry Pearson wrote, “football was so embedded in the lives of the people that it could not have been removed without a general anaesthetic”, but because the stories of its local heroes were not written down, they have not survived. Austin exploded into the world of Australian running – then known as “pedestrianism” – in 1872, winning the Geelong Friendly Societies’ Gift, a series of handicap races on the flat and over hurdles. Later that year he turned out for Geelong in their opening match of the season against Carlton – almost certainly the only Indigenous player to play in a top-level football match in the 19th century. Later he was to play for Ballarat Imperial, Cobden and Framlingham. In December 1873 he won all the major races at the Belfast (Port Fairy) Athletic sports and probably used some of his winnings to buy a racehorse, Stranger, with which he won a hurdle race at Charlton the following year. He played cricket with at least three of the men from Framlingham who went to England in the first Australian tour in 1868. Read more Since you’re here… Indigenous rugby league festivals becoming the ‘saviour’ of the NRL Reuse this content Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Australian rugby breathes sigh of relief but problems persist

first_imgThe collective relief was palpable when the full-time whistle sounded in Brisbane on Saturday night. The Wallabies had defeated the Springboks 23-18 in a dour Test at Suncorp Stadium but crucially had snapped a four-game losing streak to relieve pressure on besieged coach Michael Cheika.Yet Australian administrators, coaches and players should take a deep breath because the game in this country is still nowhere near where it should be on or off the field. The most alarming aspect of Saturday night’s Test was the disappointing 27,000 crowd, filling just half the venue in a rugby stronghold. The disconnection between the grassroots and the professional arm of the game is widening to Grand Canyon proportions.And very few, if any, of those diehard Wallabies fans would have come away from the game satisfied with what they saw. After back-to-back shellackings by the All Blacks, just about any win would have been a good win for the Wallabies. But the average standard of the Wallabies-Springboks Test was an accurate reflection of what the game actually was: a contest between the fifth and seventh-ranked teams in the world. comment Australia sport With the World Cup in Japan just 12 months away both the Wallabies and the Springboks have a lot to worry about. The two key questions facing the Wallabies are whether Cheika is selecting the right team and if they are playing the right style of game. At the moment the answers are no and no. It has become irrefutable that Taniela Tupou must start for the Wallabies at tight-head prop. “The Tongan Thor” is only 22 years old, which is young for a Test prop, but he is the best front-rower in the country. Australia can no longer afford to gradually introduce him to international rugby. He is the rock upon which the Wallabies team can be re-built. He made an immediate impact when he came off the bench on Saturday night with his powerful scrummaging, ball-carrying and defence. If he is fit, he has to start.Veteran prop Sekope Kepu seems to have fallen out of favour, but he should be recalled to play loose-head prop. With Tupou and Kepu the Wallabies would have two front-rowers who were capable of running with the ball and passing it. As it is, the Wallabies currently have very few tight-five forwards who can bend the defensive line, which is undermining their game-plan. Cheika hinted that he would persist with the Kurtley Beale-Matt Toomua playmaker experiment and that would be a wise course of action. The combination did not really click in attack and significantly, none of the Wallabies outside backs received the ball on the fly. But the two playmakers need time to develop a rapport. But the benefit was evident of Toomua at inside-centre in defence, bringing a calmness and solidity to the mid-field where previously there had been panic and confusion, particularly on counter-attack from turnover ball.Demoted five-eighth Bernard Foley did not receive many opportunities when he came on towards the end, but he has the potential to play the “finisher” role that Beale played at the 2015 World Cup.In many ways the Wallabies’ win against the Springboks was a perfunctory victory. After all they had lost just one of their last nine Tests against South Africa on Australian soil.  Australia rugby union team Read more Wallabies edge hard-fought Springboks Rugby Championship clash Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Messenger Rugby Championship Read more Australia v South Africa: Rugby Championship 2018 – as it happened Rugby union Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest The distinguishing feature of the Wallabies’ performance against the Springboks was that they overcame the adversity of losing three key players – David Pocock, Israel Folau and Adam Coleman – on the eve of the game. This showed a lot of character and the Wallabies deserve to be admired for it, but they were also very fortunate to encounter a Springboks team that played “stupid” rugby, squandering their forward dominance with foolish and careless play in the backs.The Wallabies may not be so lucky when they play Argentina on the Gold Coast on Saturday night. The Pumas were well-beaten by the All Blacks 46-22 in Nelson, but they arguably performed better against the Kiwis than the Wallabies did in their 38-13 and 40-12 losses.A loss to Argentina would see all of the pressure that was relieved in Brisbane heaped right back onto the Wallabies again. If the Wallabies beat the Pumas, it will probably elicit another sigh of relief. But Australian rugby does not need another “phew” moment, but rather a satisfactory and satisfying performance. Share on WhatsApp Topics Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Casagrande slams ‘monster’ Neymar

first_imgPSG Casagrande slams ‘monster’ Neymar Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 16:36 2/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images PSG Neymar Real Madrid v PSG UEFA Champions League Ligue 1 The Paris Saint-Germain star is not at the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the former Brazil international Former Brazil international Walter Casagrande has slammed Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, saying a “monster” is being created.Neymar was unable to inspire PSG on Wednesday as the Ligue 1 giants suffered a 3-1 loss at Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.AdChoices广告Casagrande, who made 19 appearances for Brazil, has now questioned the 26-year-old, while dismissing comparisons to Barcelona great Lionel Messi and Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. Article continues below 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 Brazil are one of the favourites for the World Cup this summer, but Casagrande is worried that Neymar’s behaviour could prove troublesome at the tournament in Russia.”It bothers me that most fans and media are still patting Neymar on the back,” he told SporTV .”He has already shown several inappropriate behaviours within a team. Against Real, he took a yellow in the first half and could have been sent off in the second.”It would be disastrous if he acted like that at the World Cup. We are creating a monster, which some consider a genius.”Neymar doesn’t have the quality of Messi, [Diego] Maradona or Cristiano Ronaldo, who can win a match at any time.”The criticism of Neymar by Casagrande and others has not sat well with the player’s father, who slammed his detractors after the Real Madrid defeat .Neymar Sr. called the critics ‘vultures’ in a lengthy Instagram post, defending his son and backing him ahead the second leg at Parc des Princes on March 6.last_img read more

QSST win Girls 18’s final at NYC

first_imgTwo touchdowns to captain Emily Reed has helped QSST beat NSWCHS in the 18’s Girls final at the X-Blades National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour. Reed scored one touch down in each half to lead her team to a 6-2 win at BCU International Stadium.QSST and NSWCHS were worthy of their places in the final, being seeded 1 and 2 respectively in the tournament. Leading into the game, both teams had set the benchmark in attack and defence, with QSST only letting through 8 touchdowns in the carnival and NSWCHS only letting through 10.NSWCHS started the game off strong, with Melissa Peters scoring in her first set of six.QSST retaliated and were on the scorecard within the next set of six, scoring through Reed.The opening exchanges were intense, with plenty of ground being made by both teams. However, there was a lot of dropped ball early and QSST gave away several penalties, giving NSWCHS a great opportunity.Despite having several sets of six close to their line in the early stages of the game, NSWCHS were unable to capitalise and QSST pounced.QSST’s Alika Bedford put her team in front for the first time in the 13th minute, scoring in the corner to give the Queensland girls a 2-1 lead.Kirsty Quince scored for QSST 3 minutes later, on the back of a penalty from the NSW team. NSWCHS fought back quickly to score through Rachel Beck in the next set of six.Desperate defence from NSWCHS player, Jordan McGregor in the 19 minute, stopped the score from blowing out and QSST went to the halftime break leading 3-2.Reed was in again for QSST in the opening set of the second half, scoring her second touchdown. Betty Mareko scored 3 minutes later, blowing the score out to 5-2.After a Latisha Gary intercept in the 5th minute of the second half, NSWCHS’ Eliza Naseby was sin binned after an attempt to chase her down.Although NSWCHS had many opportunities in the second half, they were unable to convert these opportunities into points, despite back to back sets of six and ample time close to their line.QSST’s Latisha Gary intercepted the ball in the closing minutes of the game, to put the game beyond doubt for the Queensland girls, with QSST winning by 4 touchdowns.  Kirsty Quince was named player of the match, and Alicia Quirk was named 18’s Girls player of the championships.last_img read more

Video: Mississippi State May Have The Fastest 60+ Year Old Fan In The Country

first_imgMary, a 60+ year old Mississippi State fan, running the 40 yard dash.Twitter/@HailStateFBMississippi State football hosted a “ladies clinic” today, where Bulldog fans had a chance to go through drills and get coached up by the staff. Based on the many Instagram and Twitter posts we’ve seen, it looks like everyone had a great time. The day’s big winner, however, has to be Mary, the fan who has won the 60+ year old 40 yard dash seven years in a row. Mary doesn’t just edge out the competition either, she crushes everyone.VIDEO: For the seventh straight year, Mary wins the 60+ age group 40-yard dash at the Ladies Clinic #HailState pic.twitter.com/WioGhGCTNp— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) July 18, 2015We’re seriously impressed. Mary can fly.last_img read more

ESPN Analyst Names Team To Watch Out For Down The Stretch

first_imgDavid Pollack discusses College Football Playoff.Last night, the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season were unveiled. While the focus was on the top four and those immediately behind them, some teams lurking just beyond still have a shot at the playoff.One of those teams is Ohio State. The Buckeyes’ lone loss was an ugly one at Purdue, but they still essentially control their own destiny. If Ohio State wins out–beating Michigan and Michigan State in the process–and wins the Big Ten title game, they will be 12-1 and almost guaranteed to make the playoff.During last night’s playoff show on ESPN, David Pollack cautioned viewers to keep an eye on the Buckeyes.“Ohio State to me has some things to fix, but they have the talent to me to be a team that could rise up and beat Michigan,” Pollack said. “They have plenty of opportunities. They’ve been there before. This is a team, with their talent level, that should be there at the end of the season.”Interestingly, while Pollack is touting Ohio State’s playoff chances, he wrote them off for the national championship two weeks ago when news broke that star defensive end Nick Bosa would miss the rest of the season.I thought Ohio State cld possibly win a National Championship with Bosa, without I don’t see it happening. Best player in the Country.— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) October 16, 2018Coming off a bye, Ohio State will host Nebraska this weekend. Kickoff is set for noon ET on FOX.After taking on the Cornhuskers, Ohio State will play Michigan State, Maryland and Michigan to end the season.[ 247 Sports ]last_img read more

Urban Meyer’s New Ohio State Job Title Revealed

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer clapping before an Ohio State football game.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is sticking around Columbus after he finishes up as head coach of Ohio State football with the upcoming Pro Bowl.Details of his new role have been coming little by little.On Thursday, it was revealed that Meyer would be teaching a class on “character and leadership” at Ohio State. As you’d imagine, considering what has gone down with Meyer this year with the Zach Smith situation, it has drawn serious derision.He will also have a role in the athletic department, and not just helping out his football program.Urban Meyer will be an assistant athletic director, and Gene Smith has started to outline what he’ll be doing for the Buckeyes’ AD.From The Plain Dealer:Smith told cleveland.com that Meyer will hold the title of assistant athletic director, though he’s not yet sure of the specifics. He also explained how he might handle things if he feels Meyer is hanging around football in a way that could make life more difficult on new head coach Ryan Day.While his official duties are being nailed down, Smith says that he will be aiding in coach development and fundraising roles:Smith said Meyer will work to develop Ohio State’s other coaches. There are 68 assistant coaches across 36 sports, and they all want to be head coaches. While running the football program, Meyer oversaw a de facto head coach finishing school that was praised by Tom Herman, Chris Ash and Luke Fickell as they went to run their own teams. So Meyer can now spread that to other sports.Smith said Meyer will help in raising money. He’ll do speaking engagements on behalf of the athletic program. He’ll spend time with the athletic department’s leadership institute. Meyer said this week he’ll teach a leadership class.Those definitely seem like logical things for Meyer to be doing while he’s still at Ohio State. Smith also made sure to note that Meyer would not be micromanaging his successor, Ryan Day.Time will tell if it is a long term plan for Meyer, or if he will eventually return to coaching, as many suspect.[The Plain Dealer]last_img read more

Salman Khan reveals the only time he will act in an A-rated film

first_imgSalman Khan reveals the only time he will act in an A-rated filmSalman Khan said that he wants to be associated only with clean and entertaining films which can be watched by a family audience.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 12, 2019UPDATED: April 12, 2019 10:23 IST Salman KhanIn his three-decade-long career, Salman Khan has always acted in and produced “clean” entertainers, with no kissing scenes or nudity. In an interview with a newspaper, he revealed that the only A-rated films he would sign would be high on action.”The kind of films that are being made (especially some of the stuff jo web pe aa raha hai) are shocking! I can’t even watch the stuff, but people are watching it. I understand that is also private viewing, phone pe, laptop pe. Akele dekhne mein bhi humko thoda aisa lagta hai ki yeh kya ho raha hai. Because hamari upbringing hai, parents hain,” he said.Salman said that even now, the audience feels awkward when they watch a kissing scene. “Instead of ones and twos coming in to watch movies, I’d rather want our banner (Salman Khan Films) to have films where people know they will have the naughtiness, humour, action and romance, but all of us can watch them together. That’s what I want to keep it to. Aur agar koi picture ‘A’ rated hogi, then it will be because of action. I’m not for kissing and nudity in films at all,” he said.On the work front, Salman will be seen next on the big screen in Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat, which is an official remake of the Korean drama An Ode To My Father and will depict the history of India through the life of an ordinary man. Salman will be sporting five different looks, spanning over 60 years.advertisementBharat, which also features Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani, Nora Fatehi and Sunil Grover in pivotal roles, is set to hit the screens on Eid 2019.ALSO SEE | Salman Khan’s niece Alizeh Agnihotri turns princess in new pic. Seen it yet?ALSO READ | Government wants Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif to promote Urdu. Is this a joke, asks InternetALSO WATCH | A look at Salman Khan’s controversial lifeGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Salman Khanlast_img read more

RollsRoyce TCOMS to Develop Smart Ships

first_imgzoom UK-based engineering company Rolls-Royce and the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine Singapore (TCOMS) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to form a strategic partnership which will focus on developing smart ship technologies.The duo plans to work on a research to develop technologies such as smart sensing, digital twinning and integrated modeling, which are said to be essential for the development of future marine data based solutions. These developments will be applied to technology demonstrators to show how they can be used by specific ship types, according to Rolls-Royce.“By developing demonstrator technology around sensors, data analytics and the Marine Internet of Things, we will see ships become more reliable, more efficient and more closely integrated into global supply chains generating cost savings and improving revenue generation,” Kevin Daffey, Rolls-Royce’s Director Engineering & Technology – Marine, said.TCOMS is a joint venture between Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research and the National University of Singapore. The center is also supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.TCOMS is constructing a next-generation Deepwater Ocean Basin equipped with wave and current generation systems that could simulate harsh ocean environments, including those in ultra-deep waters. Scheduled for completion in 2019, the ocean basin facility will facilitate the development of innovative concepts including intelligent floating platforms and ships, autonomous systems, marine robotics and subsea systems.Earlier this month, Rolls-Royce received an approval for a research grant by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, supporting its aim to make remote and autonomous shipping a reality. The company said that the funding would enable it to further invest in a research and development center in Turku, Finland.last_img read more

Boeing reports 29 bn loss in Q2 biggest quarterly loss ever

first_imgNew York: Boeing reported a second-quarter loss of 2.9 billion Wednesday as the grounding of 737 MAX following two deadly crashes continues to weigh on the company. The loss, the biggest ever in a single quarter for the aerospace giant, follows last week’s announcement that Boeing would set aside 4.9 billion after taxes to compensate airlines for canceled flights and the delay in plane deliveries. Revenues tumbled 35.1 percent to 15.8 billion, reflecting the hit from a halt to deliveries of the 737 MAX, a top-selling plane. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalBoeing also pushed back the timeframe for first flights of the 777X, a new long-haul plane under development. It pointed to problems with the 777X engine, which is being built by General Electric. The 737 MAX has been grounded since mid-March following the second of two crashes that together claimed 346 lives. Boeing is developing a software fix to address a problem with a flight handling system that was linked to both crashes. “Disciplined development and testing is underway and we will submit the final software package to the FAA once we have satisfied all of their certification requirements,” Boeing said. Boeing has said it is targeting early in the fourth quarter to win approval from regulators. The company, which has pulled its full-year profit forecast due to uncertainty about the MAX, boosted dividend payments in the second quarter. Compared with last year, Boeing spent 1.2 billion in dividends, up 20 percent from the year-ago period. Shares fell 0.8 percent to 369.84 in pre-market trading.last_img read more

Economic slowdown one of biggest reasons for 2wheeler sales slump says Honda

first_imgNew Delhi: The current economic slowdown in India is one of the biggest reasons for the slump in two-wheeler sales and with vehicle prices expected to go up due to BS-VI transition next year, the industry will face more challenges, according to a top official of HMSI. Hike in insurance premium from September 2018, expectation of GST reduction by customers and wait for bigger discounts on BS-IV vehicles have also contributed to the decline in sales, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) President, CEO and MD Minoru Kato said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHe was speaking at the launch of the company’s first BS-VI compliant model Activa 125 scooter. Its price starts at Rs 67,490 (ex-showroom), which is 10-14 per cent costlier than the BS-IV compliant model. The industry was expecting recovery when customers began understanding the benefits of insurance premium increase but the expectation of a GST reduction and slowdown in ‘Indian economic fundamentals’ have further led to demand slump, Kato told reporters here at the launch. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”Right now, BS-VI price increase has not started yet. On insurance issue (price increase), we think, gradually, it has settled but the economic fundamentals (are responsible for) more slowdown, it is one of the biggest factors,” he said. Kato was responding to a query on how much the economic slowdown in India has hit the two-wheeler sales. “Basically, our original forecast was that the next fiscal year will be more challenging due to the BS-VI price increase,” he said commenting on the outlook for the next year. “Yes,” he said when asked if times are going to get tougher for the two-wheeler industry. Asked if the company has held back on investments on capacity expansion due to the ongoing slump, he said, “Construction of the fourth plant in Gujarat is going on as scheduled but operationalisation of production line there would depend on the market conditions.” Currently, the two-wheeler arm of Japan’s Honda Motor Co has a total production capacity of 6.4 million units per annum and was targeting seven million by the mid of the next fiscal. HMSI is currently investing Rs 2,400 crore for upgradation to BS-VI, he said adding that all of the 16 two-wheeler models of the company will be ready when the new emission norms kick in on April 1, 2020.last_img read more

NDP leadership candidates debate Manitobas battered relationship with Indigenous people

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe headlines coming out of Manitoba have been ugly lately.Winnipeg has been dubbed the most racist city and the province has been declared the worst place in the country to live if you’re Indigenous.Those issues were front and centre Thursday night at an NDP leadership debate.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.last_img

Angela Merkel Accepts King Mohammed VIs Invitation to Visit Morocco

Rabat – German Chancellor, Angela Merkel has accepted the invitation that King Mohammed VI has extended to her to visit Morocco. The German leader expressed her willingness to visit the North African Kingdom during a phone conversation she held with the Moroccan monarch on Wednesday.“King Mohammed VI held, on Wednesday, a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel,” said a statement by the Royal Office. During this phone call, the King and the German Chancellor discussed the migration policy, the same source said. In this regard, the Kingdom of Morocco committed itself to optimizing and rationalizing the management of migration inflows, it added.“HM the King gave, on this occasion, his orders to the Interior Minister to travel to Germany, along with a team of experts from the same ministry, in order to speed up the process of identifying and bringing home Moroccan nationals involved in this operation, the statement underlined. Merkel accepted the sovereign’s invitation to pay an official visit to Morocco early 2017,” it said read more

Polisario Media Outlets Accuse Leadership of Embezzling Humanitarian Aid

By Sana ElouaziRabat – As Polisario’s usual sources of funding dry up, local media outlets – typically aligned with the separatist front – have accused its leaders of illegally appropriating and reselling humanitarian aid on the black market.The sweeping corruption of Polisario leadership has garnered the attention of the local media, who are accusing the leaders of the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) of taking advantage of humanitarian aid addressed to the Sahrawi population in the Tindouf camps. On October 5, local media outlet Futurosahara, linked to the former vizier of the Sahrawi army, Mohamed Lamine Bouhali, openly accused the members of Polisario’s general secretariat of accumulating fortunes at the expense of the local population.The report reiterates earlier allegations of corruption in the camps.Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in 2013, Nancy Huff, the chairman of Teach the Children International, accused the Polisario Front of embezzling humanitarian aid intended for the Tindouf camps, which “reveals the corruption of Polisario leaders who seek to serve their own interests.”In 2014, the European Anti-Fraud Committee, known OLAF confirmed these suspicions in a report detailing how the Polisario leaders have for four decades been redirecting aid to the black market, turning the conflict into a lucrative business.While this reality was kept under wraps by pro-Polisario media for 40 years as an unspoken taboo, a new shift has occurred among some outlets, who have begun openly discussing the misappropriation of humanitarian aid.  The OLAF reports detailed how this humanitarian aid is sold on the markets in Oran, Algiers, Tindouf, and even in Nouadhibou (Mauritania), Niamey (Niger) and Bamako (Mali).Milk and FlourIn its recent article, “futurosahara” slams the local warlords for having luxurious villas and palaces in neighboring countries, accusing them if turning their backs on the local population mired in poverty.“It is not surprising that countries such as Nigeria, Norway, Venezuela, Spain, and even Cuba are reluctant today to grant scholarships to our students,” reports the separatist publication, stressing that the grants awarded benefit only the progeny of the leadership of Rabouni.The outlet adds that basic goods like milk, flour, peas, and other vegetables are stolen and resold on the markets of neighboring countries, causing serious problems of malnutrition among the abandoned Sahrawi population.Empty PocketsAccording to an analysis provided by Moroccan media outlet le360, this sudden outburst of anger against the leadership of Rabouni was caused by the collapse of global oil prices, causing an economic crisis in Algeria and leading the dinar to fall to its lowest level.The most valuable banknote in Algeria, DZD 1000, is worth no more than EUR 7 today, leading the Moroccan dirham to become the main currency in the Lahmada-Tindouf camps.As reported by le360, the expectation of the total collapse of the Algerian dinar is frightening the leadership of Rabouni, whose survival has been solely dependent on the generous donations in petro-dollars granted by the Algerian regime. Now, this is becoming a luxury that the neighboring ally, threatened by the drying-up of its foreign exchange reserves, can no longer afford.This media outrage can be seen as the expression of tensions between old, Mohamed Abdelaziz-era leaders and newer players, who claim their share of the “cake” but find only crumbs and worthless Algerian dinars. The conflict between higher-ups could likely degenerate into an open struggle between the parties and reveal the nature of the separatist project in the Sahara. read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

QUEENS COUNTY: Middlefield Road Middlefield Road, Pleasantfield, from Route 210 to Trunk 8, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Middle River Road, MacLellans Brook Middle River Road, MacLellans Brook, from Route 289, southerly for about six kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place for 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Maders Cove Road Maders Cove Road, Maders Cove, from Trunk 3 to the end of the pavement, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Dartmouth, Victoria Road Bridge, Victoria Road Bridge rehabilitation work is being done to the Victoria Road Bridge, Victoria Road, until Saturday, Aug. 31. The majority of work will take place after 6 p.m., from Monday to Friday and on weekends. Weekday work will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Deep Hollow Overpass, Greenwich Overpass Bridge rehabilitation is now taking place on the Deep Hollow Overpass and the Greenwich Overpass on Highway 101, between Exits 10 and 11A, from sunrise to sunset. A traffic light will be in place on the bridge during the day. However, the highway will be closed for night work from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. A detour on Trunk 1 will be provided. LUNENBURG COUNTY: East River Bridge, Trunk 3 East River Bridge, Trunk 3, East River, about 150 metres west of Route 329, has alternating lane closure for bridge work until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 (Eastbound Lanes) Highway 104, eastbound lanes near Salt Springs, Exit 19, for about six kilometres, is reduced to one lane in various locations for bridge rehabilitation and repaving until Monday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Bolivar Road, Upper LaHave Bolivar Road, Upper LaHave, from Leary Fraser Road to Trunk 3, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Mill Cove Shore Road, Mill Cove Mill Cove Shore Road, Mill Cove, Route 329, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. QUEENS COUNTY: Molega Road, Molega Molega Road, Molega, from Route 208 southerly for about three kilometres, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Station Road, Lower Northfield Station Road, Lower Northfield, from Northfield Road to Back Street 2 Road, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 eastbound, three kilometres east of the Cobequid Pass toll booth to Exit 12, Masstown, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 eastbound between Exit 13, Debert and Exit 15, at the interchange with Highway 102, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Barss Corner Road Barss Corner Road, Brass Corner, from Ramey Road to Sarty Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre, is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. A replacement bridge is expected this year. A detour is in place via East Big Intervale Road, Crowdis Cross Road and West Big Intervale Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 west of Exit 17, Bible Hill, and Exit 15 at the interchange with Highway 102, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 east of Exit 17, Bible Hill, for about four kilometres, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107, Exit 18 eastbound ramp and westbound ramp, will have weekday lane closures daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Saturday, Aug. 31 while extended ramp lanes are built. Traffic control is in place. Motorists should expect delays. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Cape Forchu Bridge, Route 304 Cape Forchu Bridge on Route 304, Yarmouth Bar, is reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, July 26. Traffic lights and traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 (Westbound Lanes) Highway 104, westbound lanes near Westville, from Exit 21 to Exit 20, are reduced to one lane in various locations for bridge rehabilitation and repaving until Monday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 325 Route 325, Auburndale, from 600 metres west of Auburndale Road westerly to Monk Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. QUEENS COUNTY: Middlewood Diversion Road Middlewood Diversion Road, Pleasantfield, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge, Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. A detour is in place on MacEachern Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lower Onslow Highway 102, Exit 14A to Belmont, has a one lane closure for roadwork until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. NEW WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: New Harbour Road New Harbour Road, New Harbour, from Route 329 to the end of the pavement, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sweetland Road, Lower Northfield Sweetland Road, Lower Northfield, from Northfield Road to Back Street 2 Road, has alternating lane closures for gravelling until Monday, Sept. 30. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge, Whitman Road Whitman Bridge on Whitman Road in Aylesford is closed to traffic for repairs until Friday, July 26. Detour routes on Maple Ave, Victoria Road and Ward Road. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 308 Route 308, Argyle, from Chemin de la Pointe to Indian Sluice Bridge, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place form sunrise to sunset. -30- read more

Construction of Glace Bay Dialysis Unit Underway

Construction of a new six-station dialysis unit at the Glace Bay Hospital is now underway. “It’s exciting to see the construction start for the new dialysis unit at the Glace Bay Hospital,” said Business Minister Geoff MacLellan, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “Dialysis patients often make several trips for treatment each week and having it offered in our hospital means patients and their families will be able to get treatment closer to home.” Dialysis patients now travel to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital in Sydney for treatment. The space will allow for 24 patients from Glace Bay to use the new unit daily. The project will be partially funded by the estate of the late Thomas Peach of Glace Bay, who left $1.9 million with the intent of helping establish dialysis services in the community. Construction is expected to be completed within a year. read more

Plus de soutien pour les élèves pendant la rentrée scolaire

Des milliers d’élèves à l’échelle de la province profiteront d’un accès amélioré aux programmes et aux services cette année. « Le début d’une nouvelle année scolaire est toujours une période intéressante pour les élèves et les familles, souligne Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Je souhaite à tous les élèves, enseignants et membres du personnel une année scolaire remplie de leçons, de plaisir et de succès. » Grâce à 173 nouveaux spécialistes de l’éducation inclusive, enseignants et membres du personnel non enseignant cette année, les élèves peuvent maintenant compter sur 364 personnes de soutien dans le cadre du nouveau modèle d’éducation inclusive dans la province. Deux programmes seront également lancés à l’échelle de la province. Intervention préventive en lecture-écriture aide les enfants de la première année qui éprouvent beaucoup de difficultés en lecture et en écriture grâce à un enseignant en intervention préventive en lecture et en écriture et à des leçons individuelles. ÉcolesPlus aide les élèves et les familles à accéder à différents services, y compris les services de santé mentale. De plus, le programme de prématernelle sera offert dans 201 communautés scolaires cet automne. Le service de transport scolaire sera offert aux enfants admissibles de la prématernelle, et le programme de prise en charge avant et après l’école sera offert à certains emplacements du programme de prématernelle cette année. https://novascotia.ca/educationsystem/fr https://novascotia.ca/preprimary/fr https://novascotia.ca/bap/fr -30- Ressources supplémentaires Faits en bref Le gouvernement a investi 30 millions de dollars au cours des deux dernières années à l’appui de 364 spécialistes de l’éducation inclusive. Toutes les écoles qui ont des classes de première année auront accès au programme Intervention préventive en lecture-écriture. Le programme de prise en charge avant et après l’école est offert aux enfants de la prématernelle à la 6e année à 42 emplacements cet automne. Le service de transport scolaire est offert aux enfants de la prématernelle admissibles à 56 emplacements cet automne, et sera offert à l’échelle de la province en septembre 2020. read more

Emergency Order Issued for Crane Removal

Under the authority of the Emergency Management Act, the province has declared a localized state of emergency to ensure the safe removal of the crane at a building on South Park Street in Halifax. This action allows the province to step in to oversee the crane’s safe and timely removal. “The safety of Nova Scotians is our primary concern and any further delay is not acceptable,” said Chuck Porter, Minister responsible for Emergency Management. “As a government, we are stepping in to move forward as quickly as possible.” The localized emergency area is defined as the city block within the boundaries of Cathedral Lane, and bordered by Brenton Street, Brenton Place and Spring Garden Road. An evacuation order for some tenants was issued by Halifax Regional Municipality Fire and Emergency Services. “We needed to act to find a solution to get this work underway as soon as possible,” said Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “Our first priority is removing the crane safely and for people and businesses to get back to their lives.” A state of emergency remains in effect for 14 days unless government terminates or extends it. Technical Safety Act: https://nslegislature.ca/legc/bills/60th_2nd/3rd_read/b167.htm Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office emergency webpage: https://novascotia.ca/emergency/ the crane collapsed during Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 7, 2019 Labour and Advanced Education (LAE) issued stop work orders on Sept. 8, 2019 so that no persons are able to access either of the construction sites LAE (Technical Safety and Occupational Health and Safety) will continue to work with the operator to ensure the fallen crane and any removal cranes are operated safely and in compliance with the regulations and safety standards under the Technical Safety Act and the Crane Operators Regulations, crane owners and operators are required to ensure a crane is setup, operated and maintained as required by the safety standards and regulations the developer responsible for the crane is WM Fares Group the owner and operator of the crane is Lead Structural Formworks Ltd. Quick Facts: Additional Resources: Emergency Management Act: https://nslegislature.ca/sites/default/files/legc/statutes/emergency%20management.pdf Occupational Health and Safety Act: https://nslegislature.ca/sites/default/files/legc/statutes/occupational%20health%20and%20safety.pdf -30- read more

Amendments Support Infrastructure and Economic Growth

Legislation introduced today, Oct. 3, will provide clarity to the Expropriation Act and support continued infrastructure investments. Attorney General and Minister of Justice Mark Furey introduced amendments to the Expropriation Act to ensure landowners who have been impacted by expropriation are reasonably compensated. The changes will also clarify what can be claimed through legal processes under the act and will transfer the hearing of certain claims, where no land is taken, from the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. “Nova Scotians have told us that infrastructure investments such as highways and health-care services are a priority,” said Mr. Furey. “To do this, we need to ensure the expropriation process provides landowners with fair and reasonable compensation while balancing the interests of taxpayers and ensuring responsible financial management and more clarity to all concerned.” If the bill passes, the changes will be retroactive to June 1, 2019. Nova Scotia’s five-year Highway Improvement Plan available at: https://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/hwyconstruction.asp Additional Resources: Nova Scotia’s Capital Plan for 2019-2020 available at: https://beta.novascotia.ca/documents/capital-plan-2019-2020 Quick Facts: the province, municipalities, towns and public utilities have the legal authority to expropriate land for projects related to the common good disturbance damages are all reasonable costs, expenses and financial losses a landowner incurs when their land is expropriated since 2008, the Nova Utility and Review Board has heard 72 expropriation claims; of these 28 were withdrawn -30- read more