On the eve of Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final against England at the Lord’s in London, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh for each member of the Indian team for their performance.The cricket board also announced a cash award of Rs 25 lakh each for the support staff of the Mithali Raj-led side.Aiming for their maiden Women’s World Cup crown, India rode on all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur’s breezy 115-ball unbeaten 171 to knock Australia out by 36 runs in the semi-final at Derby on Thursday.NEWS ALERT: BCCI announces a cash prize of INR 50 lakhs for each member of #TeamIndia (Women) for their performance in the World Cup 2017 pic.twitter.com/R4a1H7fmxb- BCCI (@BCCI) July 22, 2017Announcing the cash awards the board’s acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary said: “The BCCI would like to announce a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh to each member of the squad and Rs 25 lakh to each member of the support staff. We wish them the best as they prepare for their biggest match tomorrow at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.”Hailing the performance of the side, BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai said: “I would like to congratulate the Indian women’s cricket team for their exemplary show in the ICC Women’s World Cup.””The team has shown tremendous character and the girls have raised the bar with each passing game under the able leadership of Mithali Raj. The women’s World Cup has been widely followed across India and this team’s spirit and performance on the field has won admirers all over the world. I am sure this team has inspired the next generation of cricketers and many more girls will take up the sport in the years to come.”advertisementActing President C.K. Khanna said: “The BCCI acknowledges the performance of the Indian women’s cricket team that has qualified for the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.””The team has a good blend of young talent and experienced campaigners in captain Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami. The all-round performance was on display in the semi-final against Australia women, who have won the World Cup six times. The fearless batting of Harmanpreet Kaur mirrors the team’s approach under pressure,” Khanna added.This is the Indian women’s team’s second entry in a World Cup final, having lost to Australia in their first attempt in 2005 at Centurion.
MONTREAL — Activists supporting the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong say they were disinvited from marching in Montreal’s Pride parade this month after supporters of China’s communist government threatened to derail the event over the group’s presence.Henry Lam says he and husband Guy Ho wanted to march in the Aug. 18 event with their allies to express their support for fellow same-sex couples fighting for freedom and marriage equality in Hong Kong.But Lam says the authorization for their group, Action Free Hong Kong Montreal, was yanked a day before the event after police reportedly informed organizers of a threat to sabotage the parade by protesters opposed to the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement.Pride Montreal vice-president Jean-Sebastien Boudreault confirmed organizers revoked the group’s permission to participate after receiving at least 10 threats from people opposed to the Hong Kong group’s presence.He says the decision was made for security reasons and to ensure the event could take place without being derailed by geopolitical concerns unrelated to LGBTQ rights.Lam says the incident has left him saddened and made him worry for his security at future events.The Canadian Press
Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsDuring the Second World War Nazi Germany would herd Jewish people like cattle and load them into train cars heading to concentration camps with just the clothes on their backs.They didn’t know where the train was going and they didn’t have a choice.When they arrived they had identification numbers tattooed on them.At the same time, the Canadian government was doing something similar across the country with Aboriginal children.Large trucks would pull up on reserves and haul kids to residential schools.“The cattle trucks come on the reserve, and scoop up the kids to go, and seeing my cousins cry, and then, and they were put on these trucks, and hauled off, and we didn’t know where,” recalled Shirley Leon who attended a residential school in Kamloops, B.C. during the 1940s.Leon’s story is one of dozens chronicled in “The Survivors Speak” book released Tuesday by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Sam Ross fought like hell to stay off the cattle trucks when it arrived to take him and his brothers from their home in northern Manitoba to Prince Albert, Sask.“They took us out to the truck; all four of us. My other two brothers walked to the truck. But me and my late, younger brother, we fought all the way, right up, right to the station, train station,” said Ross.Benjamin Joseph Lafford remembers having no food and no clothes when the Indian agent or RCMP took him away.“So when the train came, they put us on … every station we stopped at, there was children, Native children,” said Lafford who was taken the Shubenacadie school in Nova Scotia.Larry Beardy described his first train trip that took him Churchill, Man. to the Anglican school in Dauphin, Man 1,200 km away.“There was a lot of crying on that train. At every stop … children will get on the train, and then there’d be more crying, and everybody started crying, all the way to Dauphin, and that’s how it was,” said Beardy. “That train I want to call that train of tears, and a lot anger and frustration.”For many, their trip to a residential school started with a letter delivered by a priest.One recalled being taken away without their parent’s knowing – ripped from a playground by the RCMP.If parents fought the RCMP or Indian agents the father was threatened with jail.Others said their parents enrolled them in the schools because the local priest convinced them the children would be better off with an education, clothes and food.On the first day of school for Lynda Pahpasay she was given an identification number.“We were taken upstairs, said Pahpasay of her Catholic school in Kenora, Ont. “They gave us some clothing and they put number on our clothes. I remember there’s little tags in the back, they put numbers, and they told us that was your number. Well, I can’t remember my number.”She was then washed and her hair was cut short. Her brother’s hair was cut completely off.Verna Kirkness said she stripped and had something poured on her head upon arrival at the Dauphin school.“It was coal oil, or some, some kind of oil, and they poured it on my head,” said Kirkness.School life became regimented for the children who say they were programmed.“We had to line up to go to the toilet, line up to go wash, line up to go take a shower, line up to go play, line up to go school, eat,” said John B. Custer.They also weren’t allowed to speak their own language.Survivor’s describe wanting to kill themselves and running away from the abuse they suffered – physical and sexual.Larry Beardy said the students, between eight and 10-years-old, at the Dauphin school finally rebelled.“We started to notice a lot of my colleagues running way, and, and every time somebody ran away, the whole dorm would get physically strapped by the principal of that school … we ransacked the whole dorm. We went violent,” said Beardy.The stories of sexual abuse are documented in the survivor’s book. One recalled being abused by staff and students at the Alberni school.“I was taken out night after night after night. And that went on until I was about twelve years old. And it was several of the male supervisors plus a female,” she said. “It was in the dorm; it was in their room; in was in the carport; it was in his car; it was in the gym; the back of the crummy that took us on road trips; the public school; the change room.”There’s been 45 successful prosecutions of physical and sexual abuse at the schools.– Five things to know about the TRC:1. The commission was established as part of the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, which also included money to pay for the commission’s work.2. The commission is led by Justice Murray Sinclair, Manitoba’s first Aboriginal justice. The other commissioners are Marie Wilson, a journalist, university lecturer and former senior manager at several Crown corporations; and Chief Wilton Littlechild, a lawyer and former Progressive Conservative MP.3. The group is charged with collecting testimony from residential school survivors and compiling their stories into a comprehensive historical record of the schools aimed at educating all Canadians about the residential schools and their legacy.4. The records of the commission, including recollections from 6,200 former students, many of whom spoke on video, with be kept and managed by the National Research Centre on Indian Residential Schools at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, where they will be publicly accessible.5. Residential schools operated for about 150 years, with an estimated 150,000 Aboriginal children spending time in them. At the height of the residential-school era, the federal government supported 130 such schools. There are an estimated 80,000 survivors of the schools who are still alive.– A look at the numbers:The 1840s – Church-run schools are established for aboriginal children.1883 – The year the federal government establishes three large residential schools in Western Canada to “kill the Indian in the child.”1920 – The year the Indian Act is amended to make it compulsory for status Indian children between seven and 15 to attend residential school.70 – The number of residential schools operating by the 1930s.130 – The total number of residential schools that received support from the federal government at the program’s peak.60 per cent – The proportion of residential schools run by the Catholic church.1996 – The year the last residential school closes outside Regina.At least 6,000 – The number of children who died in Canada’s residential schools. Provinces are still handing over death certificates for aboriginal children from the residential school era.60 per cent – The mortality rate reached at some residential schools, according to Truth and Reconciliation chairman Justice Murray Sinclair.$1.9 billion – The federal government’s compensation package offered to former residential school [email protected]– with files from The Canadian Press