Nasredeen Abdulbari identifies no particular “aha!” moment when he knew what his life’s work would be.But if you know his country’s background, it’s easy to understand why he would want to devote himself to human rights and constitutional law.Abdulbari was born and brought up in Khartoum. His parents hail from different villages in the Sudanese province of Wadi Saleh, in the region known as Darfur, western Sudan. His grandmothers still live there. “Sudan experienced the longest civil war in Africa, and is now embroiled in a civil war in its western part, in Darfur,” he says.“Everyone from Darfur has suffered, directly or indirectly. They’ve all lost someone, or lost something,” he adds.His life experiences have left him feeling not downcast or dispirited, but energized with a personal vision of what a more fully developed constitutional system could do for his troubled country. “Sudan is now facing a problem — it might fall apart in three years.” And what could hold it together? “Human rights, justice, democracy, and freedoms — they are a guarantee of unity.”Abdulbari earned his bachelor of laws degree from the University of Khartoum in 2002. Three years later, he graduated with a master’s degree in law from the same institution. While pursuing the second degree he served as a lecturer and teaching assistant in the department of international comparative law. He also served as coordinator for the legal aid clinic at the university.Given Sudan’s history as a British colony, he considered furthering his education in the United Kingdom. But a good friend persuaded him to come to Harvard instead. He will be graduating from Harvard Law School with his LL.M. degree June 5, and the next day returning to Sudan. He will continue his teaching at the University of Khartoum, and his human rights, peace-building, and development work with the Sudan Social Development Organization (SUDO).“Lawyers are the cement of society,” Abdulbari says, and in his vision, this is clearly ongoing work. “My personal perspective is that constitutions and lawyers are never static — they’re always dynamic.” Pace Antonin Scalia and his colleagues who adhere to the “originalist” school of legal thought, Abdulbari believes that failure to “renovate” laws and constitutions as needed has made for trouble in Africa and elsewhere.He is prepared to acknowledge that some controversial laws — the bans, common in Islamic countries, on women traveling internationally without the permission of their male protectors — may once have been justified, given the dangers of travel. But those days are gone, and such laws should change, he says.He also resists the argument that human rights are essentially Western ideas of which countries like Sudan must be wary for cultural reasons. “Whose culture do you want to protect?” he asks. “That of the governments? Or that of the peoples who have been oppressed, and whose real interest is in human rights?” He acknowledges that many well-meaning people are concerned about their own cultural authenticity. But often the cultural argument is cover for tyrants. And at the moment, he says, “We all need systems of government in which each person can see him- or herself.”He doesn’t mind importing ideas, wherever they come from: “Our question is, Are they good for us? Their good is in their fairness, their ability to improve our lives, and properly determine the relationship between us and our governments.”Asked about the argument that many states in Africa suffer from badly drawn maps that disregard natural cultural and ethnic communities, he responds, “Cultural or ethnic homogeneity is not a sine qua non of unity.” The most homogeneous country in Africa, he pointedly adds, is Somalia.
*** game preview provided via CSU***GAME #15Green Bay (7-9, 2-1 HL) at Cleveland State (3-11, 0-1 HL)Thursday, January 4, 2018 | 7:00 pmCleveland, Ohio | Wolstein CenterLive Stats | ESPN3 | AM 1420PDF GAME NOTES Green Bay at Cleveland StateGAME PREVIEW:• Cleveland State continues its homestand to open Horizon League play when the Vikings host Green Bay on Thursday (Jan. 4) at 7:00 pm in the Wolstein Center.• CSU is 3-11 overall and 0-1 in the League after falling to Youngstown State, 80-77 in the final seconds on Monday.• Green Bay is 7-9 overall and 2-1 in the League following a 67-63 setback at home to IUPUI on Tuesday night.• Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on Spectrum Sports and ESPN3 with Al Pawlowski and Pat Vuyancih providing the call.• Ed Daugherty will provide the call of the game on AM 1420 and AM 1440. Related TopicsCleveland State basketballCSU Vikings … AND POSTS 2nd STRAIGHT 20-POINT GAME:• Word followed his career-high outburst at Michigan State with a 24-point effort vs. Youngstown State (Jan. 1).• Word hit 9-of-18 from the field, including 5-of-10 from three-point vs. the Penguins.• He scored nine points in the final 49 seconds to help the Vikings rally and hit a three-pointer with nine seconds left to tie the game at 77-77 before YSU won it with a buzzer beater.• Over the last two games, Word is averaging 25.0 points, while shooting 18-of-35 (.514) from the floor and 12-of-23 (.522) from three. Cleveland State Cleveland State GAME 14: YOUNGSTOWN STATE 80, @CSU 77 (1/1/18):• Cleveland State rallied from a 16 point deficit, but fell to Youngstown State, 80-77, on a three-pointer with 0.6 seconds left.• Bobby Word scored 24 points, including a three-pointer with nine seconds left to tie the game at 77-77. Word, who scored nine points in the final 49 seconds, made five three-pointers.• Kenny Carpenter scored 12 points and Kasheem Thomas added 11 points and six assists.CARDIAC VIKINGS:• The Vikings have played in five one possession games this year, posting a 1-4 mark in those games.• CSU played in three straight one poessession games from Nov. 20 through Nov. 29.• CSU fell at ECU, 72-69 (Nov. 20), lost at home to Central Conn., 74-73, (Nov. 24), and topped Arkansas State, 75-72 (Nov. 29).• It was the first time CSU played three straight one poessession games since the 1999-2000 season when CSU fell at St. Bonaventure, 71-69, (12/30/99), and won at Loyola, 70-68 (1/6/00) and at UIC, 91-89 (1/8/00).• The Vikings also had one possession games at Niagara (L, 79-77 on Dec. 19) and vs. Youngstown State (L, 80-77 on Jan. 1). … AND DOUBLES UP TWICE:• Kenny Carpenter has posted two double-doubles this year, the first two of his career.• Carpenter recorded his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 12 boards in the season opener at Akron (Nov. 11).• He posted a career-high 26 points and 11 rebounds against Coppin State (Nov. 17).• Carpenter is one of eight players in the Horizon League who has multiple double-doubles this year.APPLEBY APPEALING:• Tyree Appleby is averaging 11.1 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.6 steals in his first season of college basketball.• He ranks third in the League in steals, eighth in assists and is 21st in scoring – the second highest scoring freshman in the League.• He is a two-time Horizon League Freshman of the Week, earning the award in back-to-back weeks (Dec. 4 & Dec. 10).• Appleby earned the first award after averaging 10.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals vs. Arkansas State and at Kent State, shooting .562 (9-16) from the floor.• Appleby picked up his second straight honor after averaging 18.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.5 steals, while shooting .800 (12-15) from the field, including 5-of-6 (.833) from three-point at Western Michigan and vs. Notre Dame College.• Appleby scored a career-high 24 points at Western Michigan (Dec. 6), hitting 8-of-10 from the field, including 4-of-5 from three-point and all four free throws, while adding three rebounds, three assists and three steals.• It was the most points by a CSU freshman since Rob Edwards scored 26 points at Detroit Mercy on Jan. 4, 2016.THE WRIGHT STUFF:• Anthony Wright recorded his first career double-double on Dec. 2 at Kent State.• Wright scored a career-high 21 points, hitting 8-of-11 from the field, including a career-best four three’s (in six attempts). He also had a career-high tying 11 rebounds.• Wright is averaging 8.6 points and ranks ninth in the League with 6.1 rebounds.• He is ninth in the League in field goal percentage, shooting .500 (42-84) from the field. Wright is also shooting .793 (23-29) at free throw line and has made his last nine free throws.• After coming off the bench in the first two games, Wright has drawn a starting assignment the last 12 contests.WORD UP!:• Senior Bobby Word has started all 45 games of his CSU career.• He is averaging 11.2 points this year, while ranking sixth in the League in three pointers (2.3).• Word scored a career-high 26 points – hitting a career-best seven threes – at Michigan State (Dec. 29).• He followed that up with a 24 point effort vs. Youngstown State (Jan. 1), which included nine points in the final 49 seconds. His three-pointer with nine seconds left tied the game at 77-77 before the Penguins won it with a buzzer beater.• Word scored a team-high 19 points in a win over Notre Dame College (Dec. 10).• He made 5-of-6 from three-point for 15 points vs. Central Connecticut (Nov. 24).• Word is the top returning scorer from last year’s team at 11.1 ppg.HAIRSTON NETS CAREER HIGH:• Jamarcus Hairston had a career-high 17 points at Niagara (12/19).• He hit 7-of-9 from the floor, adding five boards and two assists in a career-high 31 minutes.• Hairston’s old career-high was 13 points set in the season opener against Kent State last year.THE FELTON FILE:• First-year head coach Dennis Felton earned his first victory at CSU with an 80-56 win over Coppin State (Nov. 17).• Felton, who made his CSU regular season debut on Nov. 11 at Akron, was named the 15th head coach in CSU history on March 24.• Felton, a coaching veteran with more than 30 years of experience, is in his 12th season as a head coach, having spent five years at Western Kentucky (1998-03) and five-plus seasons at Georgia (2003-09).• During his time on the sidelines Felton has amassed 187 victories, won seven conference championships and led six of his teams to the postseason, including four NCAA berths.DOUBLE UP:• Thursday’s game will be the first of three doubleheaders at home with the CSU men’s and women’s teams.• The other doubleheaders will take place on Saturday (Jan. 6) with the women hosting UIC and the men playing Milwaukee and on Jan. 20 when the women’s team hosts Youngstown State and the men’s squad plays UIC.• The programs will also play two true road doubleheaders with both teams playing at Northern Kentucky on Jan. 15 and concluding the regular season with a doubleheader at Youngstown State on Feb. 24.VIKINGS TIE THREE POINT MARK WITH 14 MAKES:• The Vikings have tied the single game school record with 14 made three-pointers two times this year.• CSU was 14-of-32 from three-point against Coppin State (Nov. 17) and went 14-of-39 from long distance against Notre Dame College (Dec. 10).• The Vikings have hit 14 three’s in a game six times in school history.FOR THREE:• CSU has hit a three-pointer in a school record 611 consecutive games.• The Vikings have hit at least three three’s in 160 straight contests, extending the streak with 11 threes vs. Youngstown State on Monday.• The last time CSU failed to make a three-pointer was Feb. 21, 1998, when the Vikings were 0-for-8 in a 60-57 win over Detroit.UP NEXT:• The Vikings conclude a three-game homestand to open Horizon League play when CSU hosts Milwaukee on Saturday (Jan. 6) at 3:30 pm in the Wolstein Center.• The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3, as well as AM 1220, AM 1420 and AM 1440.• Saturday will be a doubleheader with the CSU women’s squad hosting UIC at 1:00 pm. CARPENTER GOING TO WORK:• Senior Kenny Carpenter is enjoying his best season to date.• He ranks 14th in the Horizon League in scoring (12.8), 12th in rebounding (5.5), while adding 2.5 assists.• Carpenter is also 13th in field goal percentage (.476).• Carpenter scored a career-high 26 points against Coppin State (Nov. 17), bettering his old career-high of 24 points set at UIC as a sophomore.• He scored 24 points in the first half vs. Coppin State and finished the game 10-of-17 from the field, including 6-of-11 from three-point.• The six three-pointers are tied for the fourth most in a game in program history and the 17th time a CSU player made six three’s.• He became the first CSU player to make six three’s since Charlie Lee hit six at Oakland on Feb. 6, 2014. THE GREEN BAY SERIES:• Green Bay leads the all-time series with Cleveland State, 46-29.• The Phoenix have won five straight in the series and 10 of the last 12 overall.• The Vikings are 18-17 all-time against Green Bay in Cleveland, while the Phoenix have won 16 of the 26 games played in the Wolstein Center. Vince McKee WORD POURS IN CAREER HIGH:• Senior Bobby Word scored a career-high 26 points in at No. 2 Michigan State (Dec. 29).• Word hit 9-of-17 from the field, including 7-of-13 from behind the arc. The seven threes are tied for the third most in a game in school history.• Word’s previous career-high was 25 points last year against Western Michigan.
As the season of sharing and spreading goodwill beckons, Commander of ‘F’ Division (Bartica/Interior Locations) Ravindranauth Budhram hosted a grand Christmas party for the children of Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni/Mazaruni).Commander Ravindranauth Budhram interacting with the children during the partyThe party was held for the members of the Agatash Youth Group and kept at the Agatash Community Centre. The attendees amounted to some 85 youths with ages ranging between five and 16. During the party, the children were gifted with presents and involved in several activities such as singing Christmas carols.The event was supported by parents, residents and the business community in Bartica. The Christmas party is part of the ‘F’ Division Christmas plans for youths in the community.According to Divisional Commander Budhram, this initiative was undertaken as part of efforts to engage youths within the Division in constructive activities. This is in recognition of the fact that youths are the future and special attention needs to be paid to them to ensure they are kept on the right path growing up.“We have to engage them at an early stage in their life to aid in a safe and healthy environment,” he stated, and added that it was heartwarming to see the excitement and pure joy on the faces of the children.
11 April 2013 South Africa needs to honour the men and women who helped the country attain freedom and democracy, says President Jacob Zuma. Zuma was speaking in Pretoria on Wednesday at the official renaming ceremony of the Department of Correctional Services’ Pretoria Management Area to Kgosi Mampuru II Management Area. “As South Africans from all walks of life, regardless of the role we played in history or what we believed in then, we have a responsibility to respect and acknowledge the past, celebrate the present and build the future together,” Zuma said. The event also served as the official launch of Freedom Month. South Africa attained its democracy in April 1994 when South Africans of all races voted for their government for the first time. Kgosi Mampuru, a traditional leader who resisted colonial rule, was hanged in Pretoria prison on 22 November 1883, something Zuma said made it fitting to name the management area after him. “The new name should create a general feeling of belonging, because it captures our history and creates a context of relevance. We are pleased therefore, to launch Freedom Month with such a historic event. “This renaming today also marks a historical milestone in our correctional heritage. To be effective, and relevant, the field of corrections, as well as its facilities, must talk to the history that has gone before it, shaping it and drawing inspirations from it.” Zuma added that the government had an extensive ongoing heritage programme that included the upgrading and declaration of historic sites to ensure a more representative and inclusive South African history and heritage. He said the building and maintenance of new monuments and historic sites had great potential to stimulate economic activity and create jobs in communities where these sites were located. These sites would also contribute towards cultural tourism both domestically and internationally. “We will work together with the people of South Africa and the world to ensure that we preserve and promote our rich cultural heritage,” Zuma said. “We regard this work as central towards transformation, nation building, national identity and building a socially cohesive South African society that is non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, united and prosperous.” Source: SAnews.gov.za
First published on Touch Football Victoria.Semi Final Wrap:Sunday 18th November saw the 2018 F45 Southbank VT League Season come to an end, with Elwood Park hosting the Finals Series. The weather gods were smiling on us as the temperature hit 27 degrees, perfect weather to showcase the best Touch Victoria has to offer.The day commenced with the Division 2 Women’s Semi Finals. Top of the table Melbourne City Lions faced off against Galaxy in one Semi Final, while in the second Semi Final Melbourne University Blacks clashed with Melbourne Phoenix.Some free-flowing touch by the Lions saw them run out 8-0 victors over Galaxy, with Kate Morris and Ruby Timms scoring two touchdowns a piece. A double by Christina Parodi and Kate Howell saw Blacks run out comfortable winners over Phoenix 5-1.The next round of games saw the Division 1 Women’s take the stage. In a repeat of the Division 2 Women’s Semi’s the Lions took on Galaxy and Blacks up against Phoenix in the two Semi-Finals.Melbourne City Lions defeated Galaxy 10-1 with Elizabeth Mottram and Amitty Edgeworth each scoring two touchdowns, while Bronte Angell scored a consolation touchdown for the injury hit Galaxy. In the other Semi, Uni Blacks raced out to a 4-1 lead over Phoenix. After half time Phoenix tightened up their defence not allowing the Blacks to cross for another touchdown, forcing the semi into a drop-off with three touchdowns of their own.With both teams failing to score in their first set, the game went into sudden death. Kelera Ratu scored the winning touchdown running nearly the full length of the field thanks to a lovely draw and pass play by Amelia Bransden. Uni Blacks 5 defeated Phoenix 4.Men’s Division 2 Semi-finals was up next. Melbourne City Lions took on Melbourne University Blues in one Semi, and in a Battle of the Universities, Melbourne University Blacks took on Monash University Vikings, the newest club to the F45 Southbank VT League.After taking a 4-1 lead into halftime, Lions extended their lead in the second half to run out comfortable 7-3 winners. This set up a clash with Lions perennial rivals Uni Blacks in the Men’s Division 2, with the Blacks defeating the Vikings 12 touchdowns to 6 in the other Semi.The Men’s Division 1 Semi’s the Melbourne City Lions up against Monash University Vikings and Phoenix up against Melbourne University Blacks. Both Semi Finals were high scoring affairs with Lions running out 10-4 winners over Monash, while in the other Semi Final Phoenix defeated Uni Blacks 10-4. Grand Final Wrap:The afternoon session tapped off with the first of the Grand Finals in the Division 2 Women’s competition between Lions and Uni Blacks. After a tight first half with the Lions leading 3-0, the Lions blew the game open after half time scoring another five unanswered touchdowns to finish 8-0 victors. This was through excellent attacking play from Ruby Timms, setting up several scoring chances for the Lions with Megan Bresnehan and Kaili Norsworthy each scoring two touchdowns for the game.For her efforts in the final, Ruby Timms from Lions was awarded the Player of the Final. Melissa Dodson also from Lions was awarded the Player of the Season with 26 votes, Tina Higginson from Uni Blacks and Melisa Visca from Phoenix finishing in 2nd and 3rd respectively.The next final was for the Men’s Division 2 title, again fought out between Lions and Uni Blacks. Leading into the finals series the Lions and Uni Blacks both finished the round games equal on points with 48 points apiece. However, Lions superior goal difference saw them finish on the top of the table.In arguably the match of the day, Uni Blacks defeated Lions 6-5. The Blacks defence in the second half crucial to the win restricting the high-powered Lions offence to three, second half touchdowns while scoring five of their own. Player of the Final Josh Thompson was instrumental in both attack and defence for the Uni Blacks, scoring the winner in the dying seconds.Monash University Viking’s Vu Le took out the Division 2 Men’s player of the Season with 25 votes, with Kevin Monaghan from Lions finished in 2nd place, while fellow Viking David Bayley finished 3rd.It was a sense of déjà vu in the Women’s Division 1 Final with the Melbourne Lions taking on Uni Blacks. Leading into the game Uni Blacks had just come off a hard battle against Phoenix with the game decided in a drop off, while Lions comfortably defeated Galaxy.Many would have said that the extra playing time would have softened up the Blacks for the finals, this was not the case with the Blacks running the game out strongly only succumbing to the Lions in the dying minutes losing 7-6.Player of the Final Elizabeth (Lizzy) Motteram was the key to Lions winning the match, her running from dummy half in the attacking third of the field near unstoppable, setting up a number of touchdowns throughout the game.University Blacks star Stephanie Kelly was awarded the player of the season medal finishing with 25 votes. Lizzy’s consistent season was rewarded by finishing a close 2nd in the voting, followed by Brooke Walker from Galaxy.Then came the final match of the day between Melbourne City Lions and Melbourne Phoenix in the Men’s Division 1 Final. The stars came out in the final with Australian representative Robbie McCarthy and Cam Tangaroa leading the attack for the Phoenix, while young guns Trent Toelau and Marcus Kaponga leading the way for the Lions.The match was a back and forth struggle between the competitions top two sides, as the Lions took a 4-3 lead going into half time. Phoenix battled on gamely tying the game at 6-6 with five minutes to go, however Lions were too strong with Billy Gray and Marcus Kaponga scoring in the final minutes while keeping the potent Phoenix offence at bay.Trent Toelau would claim player of the final for the second successive season after setting up a number of scoring opportunity for the Lions. Phoenix’s James Shrimpton was awarded the player of the season medal for his constant year polling 14 Votes. He narrowly finished ahead of his Phoenix teammate Robbie McCarthy and Lions Troy Hanita – Paki on 13 Votes each.The Melbourne City Lions would go on and claim the 2018 F45 Southbank VT League Club Championship after wins in the Women’s Division 1 and 2 Competitions while also claiming the Men’s Division 1 Title.A massive thank you and congratulations must go to all 2018 VT League players, coaches, referees and officials on a fantastic year!
Everton attacker Theo Walcott released from hospitalby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton attacker Theo Walcott has been released from hospital after suffering a nasty head injury during defeat to Manchester City.The Toffees star was smashed in the side of the head with the ball after a Raheem Sterling cross hit him from close range during the early stages of Saturday night’s showdown.The incident occurred in just the second minute at Goodison Park and Walcott received immediate attention from the club medical staff.And, following more than five minutes of treatment, Walcott was taken off on a stretcher and replaced by former Arsenal team-mate Alex Iwobi.Walcott looked understandably confused following the incident and Everton announced that the winger underwent a “precautionary assessment” at hospital, reports the Mirror.Everton issued an update on Saturday night confirming that Walcott has been discharged from hospital and the club “will follow concussion protocols”. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ARLINGTON, TX – JANUARY 12: Quarterback Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after scoring a one yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Oregon Ducks during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)When you go from being a third-string quarterback to leading your team to a national championship like Ohio State’s Cardale Jones did, you get plenty of notoriety. You can also get a pretty slick IPhone that’s customized with your initials and distinctive nickname. The IPhone was fixed up by Fredo Neucase, whose service is based out of California. The script is a nice look, as is the addition of the “12 Gauge” nickname on the bottom right. Jones still has to win the starting quarterback job for this season, but it’s doubtful that J.T. Barrett or Braxton Miller’s phones look as cool as this.
Tate MartellOn Thursday, Tate Martell tweeted out a list of the players he is recruiting to Ohio State. The list is pretty loaded. Here’s the 14-player list, which includes 10 five-star prospects. Hopefully I’ll be able to put a on my white board next to Wyatt Davis name after tomorrow! #GoBucks @wyattdavis53 pic.twitter.com/X6ICrSLCOO— Tate Martell (@TheTateMartell) June 23, 2016How many of these recruits will end up committing to Ohio State?Here’s where the Buckeyes stand with each of the prospectsQBs – Emory Jones, five-star QB in 2018Jones recently visited Ohio State and admitted that the Buckeyes are leading his recruitment. A commitment is likely. RBs – Cam Akers, five-star RB in 2017 The No. 2 running back in the country is believed to favorite Ole Miss, but Ohio State is in contention, along with Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Mississippi State and Tennessee. A commitment is probably unlikely. OL – Wyatt Davis, five-star OG in 2017; Trey Smith, four-star OT in 2017Davis is announcing his commitment later today and he’s expected to pledge to Ohio State. Smith, a Tennessee native, is likely headed to SEC country. WRs – Tyjon Lindsey, Trevon Grimes, Donovan Peoples-Jones – all five-star wideouts in 2017Lindsey is currently visiting Nebraska, who might be leading his recruitment. Ohio State is believed to lead for Grimes, while Peoples-Jones, a Michigan native, is probably headed to the Wolverines. Getting just one of these guys is probably likely. DL – Chase Young, five-star DE in 2017; Jay Tufele, four-star DT in 2017Ohio State and Maryland are in a head-to-head battle for Young, while Tufele is probably headed to Oregon. LBs – Baron Browning, five-star LB in 2017; Anthony Hines, four-star LB in 2017Browning is a Texas native and Ohio State is competing against four in-state schools, so the Buckeyes have a tough road ahead. Hines is also from Texas and will likely stay in the Midwest. DBs – Jeffrey Okudah, five-star safety in 2017; Lamont Wade, four-star cornerback in 2017; Darnay Holmes, five-star athlete in 2017Ohio State leads for Okudah and is in position to land a commitment from him. The Buckeyes are also the favorite for Wade. Holmes, meanwhile, is being recruited by everyone. A couple of his teammates have committed to Nebraska and he could be headed to Husker country. —–Expected commitments: six out of 14.
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau levelled fresh condemnation at Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, but refused to weigh in on the Russian president’s meeting with Donald Trump — underscoring what experts say is the difficult tightrope act that the U.S. president is forcing Canada to walk on the world stage.The tough words for Putin came during a news conference in Nova Scotia, where the prime minister was announcing new money for highway safety even as officials in Washington, Ottawa and other many capitals were still grappling with the previous day’s Trump-Putin summit in Finland.“Canada has been unequivocal in our condemnation of Vladimir Putin and Russia,” Trudeau said in response to a reporter’s question before listing a host of Russian actions under Putin’s watch that Canada has opposed.Those include Russia’s annexation of Crimea, its support for rebel forces in eastern Ukraine and Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria, as well as its alleged use of chemical weapons in Britain, which Moscow has denied.Yet Trudeau noticeably avoided any mention of Trump, who offered warm words for the Russian president during the summit in Helsinki while appearing to blame his own country for poor relations with Moscow and accept Putin’s denials of having interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.The latter comment contrasted sharply with the assessment of various U.S. intelligence agencies about what happened in the election that saw Trump become president, and sparked an uproar in the U.S. as officials and pundits blasted Trump for siding with Putin over American authorities.Asked specifically about Trump’s comments during Monday’s joint news conference with Putin, Trudeau replied: “We condemn Russia and the way that Russia engages in international affairs.”On Tuesday, Trump appeared to walk back some of his comments in Finland, saying that he had full faith in the U.S. intelligence community shortly after tweeting that while he had a good meeting last week with NATO leaders, “I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia.”Still, Canadian officials were hard at work trying to get a better sense of what was said during the two-hour, closed-door meeting between Putin and Trump — and what ramifications, if any, the discussion would have for Canada.The potential implications are many, including in Latvia and Ukraine where Canada has troops, and in terms of further election interference, says Fen Hampson, director of the global security and politics program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ont.“What we’re all worried about coming out of this summit is that Putin is going to feel emboldened,” Hampson said. “The worry is that an emboldened Russia will do things that will increase the risk and security uncertainty.”Even without a firm handle on what passed between Putin and Trump, experts say the meeting again saw the U.S. president throw long-standing norms, conventions and principles out the window — many of which have formed the basis of Canada’s approach to the world.Some such as former Canadian ambassador Ferry de Kerckhove would like to see Trudeau work with allies to take a more assertive stand with Trump when it comes to defending shared values, which he argued is easier now than ever with North American free trade talks having stalled.Yet the prime minister’s refusal to comment on the Trump-Putin meeting, despite Canada’s strong views on Russia, highlights the difficulty he continues to face when it comes to the U.S. president, says University of Ottawa professor Roland Paris, who served as Trudeau’s first foreign-policy adviser.“Canada is in a particularly exposed position compared to other western allies because of our trade dependence on the United States,” Paris said.“The prime minister has to walk a fine line between standing up for Canadian principles and interests and managing a relationship with a mercurial president.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.
CALGARY (660 NEWS) – More changes are coming to Alberta’s liquor laws.Effective immediately, you will be able to take that drink you ordered at the hotel bar to your room or another part of the hotel for an extra fee.As well, bars and restaurants will be allowed to infuse alcohol with fruits, spices and other flavourings and create their own house-aged liquor.“Alberta makes some of the best liquor in the country. But some regulations were constraining restaurants and bars from being creative and limiting Albertans’ enjoyment,” explained Finance Minister Joe Ceci. “That’s why we are bringing in common-sense changes, like being able to take your wine from the hotel bar back to your room. This is in addition to previous changes that allowed for craft beer and liquor to be sold at farmer’s markets and more open patio policies.”Theatregoers and stage stars can now have a celebratory toast after the final curtain within the licensed area of the venue.The province says Alberta’s liquor laws are being updated to keep pace with the evolution happening in the industry.