first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid target BVB whiz Sancho, ex-Man City teammate Diazby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are watching the progress of Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund.Marca says Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are monitoring very closely Sancho’s situation.The giants of the sport see him as a potential signing to strengthen their squads and are keeping tabs on what he is doing at Borussia Dortmund, a club that maintains a close relationship with Real Madrid.As for Manchester City and Pep Guardiola, they’ll be frustrated to have lost such a talent and they’d also be disappointed if Brahim Diaz moves to Real Madrid. Real have been trying to sign young talents for some time now and are currently wrapping up a deal for Diaz. last_img read more

first_imgSpurs regard Real Madrid bigger pull for Pochettino than Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham see Real Madrid as a bigger threat to keeping hold of manager Mauricio Pochettino ahead of Manchester United.The Irish Independent says United have made Pochettino their No 1 target to succeed Jose Mourinho as the next permanent manager.The Old Trafford club are prepared to pay a world-record compensation fee to tempt Spurs to release Pochettino, and are hopeful they can convince him to take on the biggest job in English football.But sources close to the north London club claim Tottenham believe Real are a bigger threat to their hopes of keeping Pochettino if the La Liga giants choose to make another managerial change at the end of the season.While there is a recognition that United would be an attractive proposition, Tottenham insiders feel Pochettino would be torn over quitting to immediately join another English club. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man City boss Guardiola plans to target ‘vulnerable’ Liverpool keeper Alissonby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola sees Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson as a possible weakness.According to The Sun, Guardiola has an idea of how to disrupt the league leaders as they do battle on Thursday.And part of his plan is to perform a two man press on Alisson each time he gets the ball.The Brazilian is very comfortable on the ball, but he has made a couple mistakes in possession that have led to goals this season.City will also be very aggressive and play with a high line, despite the pace of Liverpool’s front three.If City win, they will move to within four points of the Reds at the top of the table. last_img read more

first_imgChelsea to recall Lewis Baker from Leedsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLewis Baker is set to leave Leeds United.The Mirror says Chelsea are set to recall Baker from his Leeds United loan spell.Baker is unlikely to feature much for Leeds in the second half of the season as Marcelo Bielsa’s side look to battle for the Championship title.After struggling to make much of an impact at Elland Road, his parent club may end his season long loan.Baker endured a difficult spell at Middlesbrough on loan last season. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgArsenal manager Emery: A mark for my English…?by Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery rates his English at “six out of ten”.Teenage winger Bukayo Saka revealed he gets Gunners coach Freddie Ljungberg to translate some of Emery’s instructions for him because he can’t yet understand the Arsenal manager’s English. Emery said, “I have done videos with English players, Spanish players, French players, German players.“Now my English is, from one to 10, maybe a six. But at six, I think the players can understand me. If not, some help is good.“Last year, on my first day (in the job), I spoke to them very bad, more bad than today. But I have spoken English and now it’s the same, but I think better.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgGerard Pique has welcomed the potential of Ernesto Valverde leading Barcelona for another season as doubts remain over his future.It had been believed that Valverde’s contract was due to expire at the end of the current campaign, though Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed in October that the 54-year-old’s deal runs until 2020.However, Valverde and Barcelona do have the option to terminate the contract a year early. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Speaking after Barcelona’s 2-1 victory at Getafe on Sunday, Pique made his preference clear. “It’s a decision that he will make and we will respect because he is the coach,” Pique said. “We would be delighted if he decided to continue and he is doing a magnificent job.”He brings calmness and he is producing results and showing that his way works.” 3 points, for 3 Kings. The perfect Reyes Magos present.  pic.twitter.com/3cUHptNBCs — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 6, 2019 Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both scored on Sunday as reigning champions Barcelona moved five points clear atop the La Liga table after 18 rounds.Barca are now 10 points ahead of fifth-placed Real Madrid, who were stunned 2-0 by Real Sociedad.”I don’t know if it’s a major blow to La Liga, in terms of the points between us and the rivals,” Pique said.”It’s always good to come back from the Christmas break with a win. I think it’s years since we did it.”last_img read more

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette would do “very well at Barcelona”, says Claude Puel, with the former Lyon boss seeing similarities between the Arsenal striker and Luis Suarez.A move to Camp Nou has been mooted for the France international.It has been suggested that the 28-year-old is among those being considered by the Liga champions as they seek to bring another No. 9 onto their books. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Lacazette is a proven performer in that position and would be a useful alternative, or successor to Uruguayan frontman Suarez in Catalunya.He has just been named Arsenal’s Player of the Season for 2018-19, recording 19 goals and 13 assists, while previously being a prolific presence in his homeland at Lyon.Puel was the man to give him his senior bow and has told El Pais of a top talent: “Lacazette can be a player like Luis Suarez. “He can go into the midfield a little and ask to get the ball in space. For me, he could do very, very well in Barcelona. “Suarez’s problem is that he has lost some physical condition. He was more powerful and started more. Not now. “He knows how to get away, go deep and ask for the ball, because he is a scorer. But you need something more. “With Guardiola, Barca played 80 per cent of the game in the opposition half of the field. Now they accept playing a low block. When you are so deep, you need a striker to hold the ball when you get it to allow the team to advance. Suarez loses the ball continuously.”Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal 2018-19While suggesting that Lacazette could be the man to improve Barcelona’s forward line, Puel admits that he did not always see him as a team player.He added on his first experiences of a Lyon native: “I went to see him play with the Lyon reserve team. He never ran, he never asked for the ball, he did not move into space, he did not defend. Nothing, nothing, nothing.“He did nothing in 90 minutes. But he scored a goal and he was happy. For him, that amounted to a good game. “He had a great character. It was difficult to make him understand that he needed to work, run, ask for the ball in space. “First, I made him play as a forward because we had many strikers. Then I put him up top so that when he won the ball, he needed time holding it until the others arrived.“He has everything that a scorer needs. He is small, but that is not a problem for him. He has progressed a lot without the ball. Run, work for the team. He has become a complete player.”last_img read more

first_imgAerial view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois.Aerial view of the half-time show at the 1984 Rose Bowl Game between UCLA and Illinois, Pasadena, California, January 2, 1984. UCLA won the game, 45 – 9. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)We have a new College Football Playoff prediction following what happened in college football in the second week of the season.ESPN has updated its College Football Playoff predictor following Week 2.The four teams projected to make the College Football Playoff right now:AlabamaOhio StateClemsonOklahomaLast week, ESPN’s College Football Playoff predictor had Notre Dame making it. The Fighting Irish’s odds have dropped significantly after their showing against Ball State, though.You can view the full picks here.last_img read more

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonOne college football program will be without its starting quarterback for a significant portion of the season. According to the Las Vegas Sun, University of Nevada, Las Vegas quarterback Armani Rogers is out indefinitely.Rogers reportedly suffered a toe injury in the team’s loss to Arkansas State over the weekend. As a result, head coach Tony Sanchez revealed that Rogers will be out “indefinitely”It’s a tough blow for the Rebels, who sit at 2-2 on the season after Saturday’s loss. Sophomore Max Gilliam will take over as the team’s starter while Rogers is out.Here’s more from the report:The expected timeline for Rogers’ injury — a torn plantar plate — is about six weeks, though UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez didn’t want to put a timeline on Rogers’ return.“Best-case scenario, maybe six weeks,” Sanchez said. “It could be longer or shorter, but right now we’ll put the ‘indefinitely’ on it.”Rogers not only leads the team in passing, but he also is the team’s leading rusher after four games.Gilliam kicked off his college career at Cal before transferring to Saddleback College. At Saddleback last year, he completed 69.7 percent of his passes for 1,185 yards and 10 touchdowns with seven interceptions.[Las Vegas Sun]last_img read more

first_imgA closeup of the back of a Notre Dame Fighting Irish helmet.SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 30: A player for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish wears a decal on his helmut honoring Declan Sullivan, a student who was killed while videotaping a Notre Dame practice in high winds this past week, before a game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Notre Dame Stadium on October 30, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are locked in a heated battle with Clemson in the Cotton Bowl Classic. But before the game, one Notre Dame fan got to experience something amazing (and possibly terrifying) that had nothing to do with the game.During the national anthem at AT&T Stadium, a bald eagle was released into the stadium. But the eagle had to land somewhere, and chose the shoulder of a surprised Notre Dame fan in the crowd.Video footage of the incredible moment quickly flooded the internet.You can see one of the best angles from this video, from Sports Illustrated.You can see the Notre Dame fan trying to avoid touching the eagle, either to keep from getting sliced up by its talons or to avoid injuring the bird.As for the Notre Dame football team, the Fighting Irish started well-enough against the reigning ACC champions.After Clemson scored a field goal early in the first quarter, Brian Kelly’s team answered with a field goal of their own.The teams are tied 3-3 at 4:26 in the first quarter.Stay tuned.last_img read more

first_imgA detail of a Nike official NCAA size football as it sits in the end zone while the West Virginia Mountaineers stretchon the field prior to playing against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the top quarterback recruits in the 2019 class has flipped his commitment following a visit.David Summers, a pro-style quarterback recruit out of Connecticut, has flipped his commitment from Maryland to Syracuse.The three-star quarterback recruit is ranked the No. 36 pro-style QB in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.From 247Sports:Syracuse has their quarterback for the 2019 class. Three star Trumbull (CT) St. Joseph quarterback David Summers committed to the Orange during an official visit. Summers had previously been committed to Maryland, but chose not to sign with the Terps during the early signing period. The 6-foot-3 quarterback was offered by his primary recruiter, Syracuse defensive coordinator Brian Ward last Wednesday. Summer is ranked the 36th best prostyle quarterback in the 2019 class by the 247 Sports Composite. He is the ninth best player in Connecticut overall.Summers committed to Maryland on May 21, 2018. That was when D.J. Durkin was still the head coach prior to being suspended in August after reports surfaced regarding the toxic culture within the program. Durkin was fired on October 31st. Matt Canada served as interim head coach and led the Terps to a 5-7 record including 3-6 in the Big-10. On December 4th, Maryland hired Mike Locksley as their head coach.Summers is a 6-foot-3 pro-style QB out of Trumbull, Connecticut.The quarterback recruit is ranked the No. 9 overall player in the state of Connecticut. He’s also received interest from Pittsburgh and Rutgers, among other programs.Syracuse’s 2019 class is ranked the No. 60 class in the country.last_img read more

first_imgA generic view of a goal line marker.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Alliance of American Football made its debut just over two weeks ago and has been dominating the headlines since. While most of the news has been positive, a new report suggested the AAF had trouble paying its players.According to a report, the AAF failed to pay its players for the first week of competition. The AAF released a statement, calling the non-payment a “glitch” in the system rather than a lack of funds.Regardless, it’s a bad look for the new league as it looks to gain legitimacy as a developmental league for the NFL. Former draft busts and college football stars looking to get back in the good graces of the NFL will have to fight through the new league’s struggles in its inaugural season.One of the biggest names in the AAF is former Alabama star Trent Richardson.The former No. 3 overall pick failed to make it in the NFL and now he’s struggling in the AAF.Richardson is averaging just 2.4 yards per carry this season – though he does have three touchdowns in two games.He’s hardly the only former college star struggling. Former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is completing just 50-percent of his passes and hasn’t thrown a touchdown yet this season.It’ll be a tough road back to the NFL for both players.last_img read more

first_imgA closeup of Jim Harbaugh wearing a Michigan hat and jacket.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)Jim Harbaugh has never been shy to express himself on Twitter. Rival programs and head coaches have been targets of Harbaugh’s tweets in the past.This morning, he made Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee his target. Harbaugh took exception to Chamblee questioning the toughness of PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka.“Crossing the line to question a man’s toughness,” Harbaugh said. “Especially when questioner @chambleebrandel has been cut in 4/4 PGA championship appearances while questioning man @BKoepka who had won PGA championship, now back to back & 4 out of last 8 majors. #koepka.” Crossing the line to question a man’s toughness. Especially when questioner @chambleebrandel has been cut in 4/4 PGA championship appearances while questioning man @BKoepka who had won PGA championship, now back to back & 4 out of last 8 majors. 💪 #koepka— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) May 20, 2019 After Koepka won the tournament by two strokes over Dustin Johnson, he admitted that Chamblee’s comments “pissed me off.” Koepka now has won four career majors.Chamblee responded to Koepka’s quotes on Twitter late last night.“I never said he wasn’t tough,” Chamblee wrote. “Perhaps he bought into the headlines. Easy to do. What I said was, I wasn’t going to agree that he was mentally the toughest player on tour until he proved that he could win on a more challenging course off the tee, which he just did. Great to see.”I never said he wasn’t tough. Perhaps he bought into the headlines. Easy to do. What I said was, I wasn’t going to agree that he was mentally the toughest player on tour until he proved that he could win on a more challenging course off the tee, which he just did. Great to see. https://t.co/8NuTh0rnLt— Brandel Chamblee (@chambleebrandel) May 20, 2019No indication yet if Chamblee will fire back at Harbaugh. It would be pretty funny though if he did.last_img read more

first_imgSamsung Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy S10+: Punch hole display, smaller chin and all the rumours so farWhile Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Samsung Galaxy S10 are expected to come with a single front camera, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ is said to come with a dual front-facing camera setup.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJanuary 5, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 09:48 IST HIGHLIGHTSSamsung Galaxy S10 will come with a reverse wireless charging feature that will charge other compatible devices.Galaxy S10 will feature Infinity-O punch hole display with a circular cutout on the top right corner.Galaxy S10 will get a 3,500mAh battery, while Galaxy S10+ will house a large 4,000mAh battery.The Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy S10+ are just a few weeks away from going official. According to a majority of reports doing the rounds, Samsung will announce the phones on February 20, ahead of MWC 2019. In fact, rumours, leaks and reports on the Galaxy S10 trio have been pouring in everyday, which can make it difficult for consumers to keep a track of. To help you out, we have decided to do a roundup of everything that is known about the Galaxy S10-series and we will update this page when a new report comes in.Update January 10: Samsung has confirmed its Unpacked event for February 20 where it will launch the rumoured Galaxy S10, S10 Lite and S10+. The company may also use the Unpacked stage to unveil its foldable Galaxy Fold smartphone.Update January 9: The Galaxy S10 Lite was spotted on Geekbench running a Snapdragon 855 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM. The phone should get additional memory variants as well. The listing also mentioned the phone running Android 9 Pie.On Thursday, tipster Evan Blass posted a live image of the regular Galaxy S10, codenamed Beyond 1. The image reveals the phone’s Infinity-O punch hole display with a circular cutout on the top right corner for the selfie camera. It also reveals that the chin bezel will be slightly thicker than the top bezel. In the same thread where Blass leaked the latest live image, he adds that the Galaxy S10 will come with a reverse wireless charging feature that will charge other compatible devices and watches, similar to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.advertisementA few hours later, another tipster who goes by Ice Universe posted an image showing transparent back covers of the Galaxy S10, S10 Lite and S10+ along their screen sizes and battery capacity. The Lite model will house a 3,100mAh battery, while the regular Galaxy S10 will get a 3,500mAh capacity and the Plus-sized version will house a large 4,000mAh battery like last year’s Galaxy Note 9.What we know so farThe Galaxy S10 will be the middle model and is expected to sport a 6.1-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O display. The Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy S10+ are said to come with 5.8-inch and 6.4-inch AMOLED Infinity-O displays, respectively. Moreover, the Lite model will also be the only one among the three to get a flat AMOLED display. The other two models will get typical dual curved edges.Additionally, while the Galaxy S10 Lite and the regular S10 are expected to come with a single front camera, the Plus model is said to come with dual front-facing cameras, so we expect to see a pill-shaped cutout on the display to accommodate two sensors. A render (as shown above) by concept designer Ben Geskin shows how the display hole on the S10+ will look different to the other two variants. The Galaxy S10, S10 Lite and S10 Plus should get the latest Exynos 9820 or Snapdragon 855 chipset depending on the market. They are all rumoured to come with One UI based on Android Pie out-of-the-box and a 3.5mm headphone jack as well. The Galaxy S10 Lite will also be the only phone among the three to offer a side fingerprint sensor rather than an ultrasonic in-display one.Apart from the size of the displays, the Galaxy S10 trio are also expected to differ with regards to the number of cameras. The Galaxy S10 Lite is rumoured to come with dual rear cameras and a single front-facing camera. The regular Galaxy S10 is said to come with triple rear cameras and a single selfie cameras. Lastly, the Galaxy S10+ may get a quad camera system on the back and dual front-facing cameras.Samsung may not be going with gradient colours for the Galaxy S10 phones like it did with the Galaxy A9 (2018). Instead, tipster Ice Universe claims the phones will have “gorgeous and lustrous” solid colours, hinting that one of them could be an Emerald Green colour.Samsung Galaxy S10 expected priceAs of a report in December, the tentative pricing of the Galaxy S10 Lite is said to be 699 pounds (approx Rs 63,000). Meanwhile, the Galaxy S10 with 128GB of internal storage will cost 799 pounds while the 512GB model will be priced at 999 pounds (approx Rs 90,000). Lastly, we have the Galaxy S10+ which is said to start at 899 pounds (approx Rs 81,000) for the 128GB variant. The phone is also expected to come in 512GB and a whopping 1TB storage variant priced at 1,099 pounds (approx Rs 99,000) and 1,399 pounds (approx Rs 1,26,000), respectively.advertisementALSO READ: | Samsung Galaxy S10 live image reveals punch hole camera and thinner bezelsALSO READ: | Samsung foldable phone may come with triple cameras like the Galaxy A7 (2018)ALSO READ: | Samsung Galaxy S10 base variant rumoured to come with flat OLED display, colour variants leak outGet 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. 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first_imgIndia vs Australia: Dates of Bengaluru, Visakhapatnam T20Is swappedAustralia will start their limited-overs tour of India in Visakhapatnam, which will now host the first T20 International on February 24 instead of Bengaluru after Karnataka State Cricket Association requested for a change of date due to security concerns.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 22:01 IST India and Australia will play two T20Is in February (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVisakhapatnam will now host the first T20I between India and Australia on February 24The second T20 between the two sides will be played in Bengaluru on February 27India and Australia will also play a five-match ODI series from March 2Australia will start their limited-overs tour of India in Visakhapatnam, which will now host the first T20 International on February 24 instead of Bengaluru after Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) requested for a change of date due to security concerns.Bengaluru will host the second T20 International on February 27 instead of Visakhapatnam after KSCA wrote to the BCCI about its inability to host the inaugural match due to security concerns. The date and venue swap was okayed by Committee of Administrators (COA) members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji.On February 24, Aero India Show will be held in Bengaluru and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the event, the reason why the police authorities informed KSCA about their inability to provide security.KSCA wrote to BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, who sent it to the COA for approval.”It was a genuine reason for which KSCA can’t hold the match on the specified date (February 24). The acting secretary had forwarded me the request for swapping of dates with the Visakhapatnam T20I and I have sent my approval,” COA chief Rai told PTI.Australia will be playing two T20 Internationals and 5 ODIs during their three week tour. The five ODIs will be held in Hyderabad (March 2), Nagpur (March 5), Ranchi (March 8), Mohali (March 10) and New Delhi (March 13).Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Aaron Finchlast_img read more

first_imgDC vs SRH, IPL 2019: Feroz Shah Kotla is Sunrisers Hyderabad’s fortressIndian Premier League: Delhi Capitals face a stiff test against Sunrisers Hyderabad, who have a brilliant record at the former’s home ground — Feroz Shah Kotla.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 4, 2019UPDATED: April 4, 2019 17:01 IST IPL 2019, DC vs SRH: David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have given Sunrisers Hyderabad flying starts in the season (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSunrisers Hyderabad have a 8-4 head-to-head record against Delhi Capitals in IPLSunrisers Hyderabad have played seven and won five of them at the Feroz Shah KotlaDelhi Capitals host Sunrisers Hyderabad in their third home game of IPL 2019 on ThursdayDelhi Capitals are heading into their fifth match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 on the back of a demotivating collapse against Kings XI Punjab on April 1. The Capitals were cruising towards a 167-run target but they lost their last seven wickets for eight runs to slump to their second defeat in as many games.Delhi Capitals, on Thursday, will face another stern test as they host Sunrises Hyderabad at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Sunrisers have landed in Delhi on the back of a two-match winning streak, which includes a 118-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 31.Sunrisers Hyderabad will be hoping to make it three wins in as many matches and they will gain confidence from their excellent record at the Capitals’ home ground Feroz Shah Kotla.In seven matches, the Sunrisers have won five at the iconic venue. In fact, their win percentage at Kotla is 71.42, which is better than their record at home (66.66). Sunrisers have a positive head-to-head record of 8-4 against the Delhi Capitals in IPL.The Sunrisers completed a double over Delhi Capitals (then Delhi Daredevils) in IPL 2018, clinching big wins on both occasions. At the Kotla, Rishabh Pant’s dazzling hundred had helped the Daredevils post 187 on the board but a 176-run unbeaten stand between Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson saw the Sunrisers gun down the target with seven balls to spare.Will in-form Warner, Bairstow continue fine form?The Delhi Capitals need a solid bowling performance on Thursday if they are to stop the Sunrisers Hyderabad juggernaut. In fact, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, the two SRH openers, have stitched 100-plus stands in all the three matches they have played so far in IPL 2019.advertisementNotably, the Sunrisers Hyderabad have not lost a wicket in the powerplay overs in all their three matches and they are the only team to have done so.However, Sunrisers Hyderabad will be concerned about their bowling unit, especially pace leader Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s form. The India pacer is yet to open his account in IPL 2019 and has conceded aplenty. In fact, he didn’t even complete his quota of four overs in their big win over Royal Challengers Bangalore.On the other hand, Delhi Capitals’ veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra is eyeing a major landmark as he will become only the second bowler after Lasith Malinga to pick up 150 wickets in IPL cricket if he adds one more to his tally. Mishra was rested for the Kings XI Punjab tie on April 1 but expect the leg-spinner to be back in the playing XI when Delhi play their fifth match of the season on Thursday.Also Read | Jos Buttler reacts to R Ashwin Mankading incident: The wrong decision was madeAlso Read | There are some chinks in Virat Kohli’s batting against spinners: VVS LaxmanAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers HyderabadFollow Indian Premier LeagueFollow IPL 2019Follow Feroz Shah Kotlalast_img read more

first_img Next Varun Singh New DelhiApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 15, 2019 15:21 IST Tata Nexon in Moroccon Blue colour.HIGHLIGHTSTata Nexon XZA+ (petrol) with dual tone roof comes at Rs 9.94 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).Tata Nexon XZA+ (diesel) with dual tone roof is available at Rs 10.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).Tata Nexon has received a five-star safety rating from Global NCAP.Tata Nexon is now available with a dual tone colour option. The compact SUV from Tata Motors has five dual tone colour options — Moroccon Blue, Vermont Red, Glasgow Grey, Calgary White and Etna Orange. The dual tone paint scheme has been introduced with XZ+ and XZA+ variants in both petrol and diesel variants. Tata Nexon in Etna Orange colour.Now, there are two roof options — Sonic Silver and Ivory White. While Sonic Silver can be combined with Moroccan Blue, Vermont Red, Calgary White and Etna Orange, Ivory White can be paired with Moroccan Blue, Vermont Red, Glasgow Grey and Etna Orange.The petrol variant of Tata Nexon XZ+ with dual tone roof is priced at Rs 9.34 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), while the diesel variant’s price is Rs 10.20 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Tata Nexon XZA+ with dual tone roof comes at Rs 9.94 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) in petrol option and Rs 10.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) in diesel option.Tata Nexon gets a 1.2-litre turbocharged Revotron petrol engine and a 1.5-litre turbocharged Revotorq diesel engine. The petrol engine is good for 110 PS and 170 Nm of torque and the diesel motor delivers 110 PS and 260 Nm of torque. The engines are mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with an option for a six-speed automatic transmission as well. The compact SUV comes with multi-drive modes (Eco/City/Sport).Tata Nexon has received a five-star safety rating from Global NCAP. It gets dual front airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), reverse parking sensors, Isofix child-seat anchorage, driver and co-driver seatbelt reminder and park assist with camera.advertisementThe compact SUV gets a touchscreen infotainment system which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple Carplay. There are eight speakers from Harman as well.ALSO READ | MG Hector: Expected price, launch, specifications, all you need to knowALSO READ | Volkswagen Ameo Corporate edition launched, price starts at Rs 6.69 lakhALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki India giving offers of up to Rs 65,000 on cars sold through Nexa dealerships in April 2019Get 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 Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow new coloursFollow More coloursFollow 2019 ColoursFollow Dual tone coloursFollow 2019 dual tone SUV Tata Nexon XZ+ and Tata Nexon XZA+ get dual tone colour options, prices start at Rs 9.34 lakhNow, there are two roof options — Sonic Silver and Ivory White. While Sonic Silver can be combined with Moroccan Blue, Vermont Red, Calgary White and Etna Orange, Ivory White can be paired with Moroccan Blue, Vermont Red, Glasgow Grey and Etna Orange.advertisementlast_img read more

first_img No data available! view more view less Akshay Ramesh ChennaiApril 27, 2019UPDATED: April 27, 2019 11:44 IST IPL 2019: 19-year-old Rahul Chahar has been performing consistently for Mumbai Indians ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSMy coach and uncle used to bring his DVDs and show his highlights: Rahul ChaharRahul Chahar has picked up 9 wickets from 8 matches for MI in IPL 2019Captain Rohit Sharma is mighty impressed with the 19-year-old leg-spinnerShane Warne is arguably one of the greatest, if not the greatest spinner to have played the sport. The legendary Australian leg-spinner has inspired quite a few young cricketers across the globe and Mumbai Indians’ teenage leggie Rahul Chahar is no exception.Rahul Chahar did not think twice before saying “Shane Warne” when he was asked who his role model was during a post-match press conference in Chennai on Friday.”I think Shane Warne (my idol). When I was young, my coach and uncle used to bring his DVDs and show his highlights to me. I started watching and learning from him when I was eight years old,” Rahul Chahar said after Mumbai Indians’ 46-run win over Chennai Super Kings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.Rahul Chahar put the brakes on Chennai Super Kings’ scoring rate in Mumbai Indians’ defence of 155 on a slow turner in Chennai. Despite not picking up a wicket, the 19-year-old leg-spinner just conceded 21 runs in his four-over quota.It’s no surprise that Rahul Chahar has impressed his captain Rohit Sharma. The leg-spinner has been one of the breakout performers of IPL 2019. After getting a chance earlier in the season when first-choice MI spinner Mayank Markande was sidelined with an injury, Rahul Chahar stepped up and made the most of the opportunities that has come his way.With 9 wickets from 8 matches, the young leg-spinner has sealed his spot in the star-studded Mumbai Indians playing XI. More importantly, Rahul has conceded at a miserly economy rate of 6.43.advertisementRahul, who made his IPL debut for Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017, is much like the modern-day leg-spinner who prefers to bowl with some pace.Ellaborating on his preference for being slightly quicker in the air, Rahul Chahar said: “Since childhood I was also told that the times are changing and bowling slower won’t be as effective as it was in the past. Since childhood, I was told that I should focus on getting turn while bowling faster.”Rahul Chahar also credited the Mumbai Indians support staff for being there whenever he has needed them. The 19-year-old pointed out the backing he has been receiving from Shane Bond and Zaheer Khan in IPL 2019.”I was with Mumbai Indians last season as well and I got the opportunity to learn a lot through my coaches such as Shane Bone. Zaheer Khan has also helped me a lot,” Rahul added.”Slowly I am starting to gain confidence as I am bowling well in the ongoing season. Shane Bond and Zaheer Khan have backed me well. During net sessions, they guide me. Whenever I need them, they are there.”Also Read | Rahul Chahar a smart guy, love his attitude, says RohitAlso Read | MS Dhoni’s absence quite a big void: Stephen Fleming after MI crush CSKAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rahul ChaharFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow IPL 2019Follow Shane Warne graphs advertisementcenter_img commentary IPL 2019: Started learning from Shane Warne when I was 8, says Rahul ChaharMumbai Indians leg-spinner Rahul Chahar has seized the opportunities that has come his way in the ongoing season of Indian Premier League. The 19-year-old talks about how Shane Warne played a part in shaping his cricketing career scorecardlast_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk NottinghamMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 12:17 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan vs West Indies Live Streaming (AP)Pakistan and West Indies are launching their World cup 2019 campaign when they clash against each other at Trent Bridge on May 31. The two teams who are eyeing their 2nd and 3rd titles respectively will be looking to start with a win as England did against South Africa on Thursday.Pakistan have the likes of Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman who are in great form. And in their bowling department, they have the likes of Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali who can wreak havoc on any batting line-up in the world. The only thing that they need to be wary off is their fielding which has let them down in the past and can prove costly in this tournament, too.West Indies, on the other hand, have been in good form in the recent times. They held tournament favourites England to a stalemate at home earlier this year. They also boast of having the big power hitters like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shai Hope in their batting line-up which can explode against any opposition and make a mockery of their bowling attack.Here’s all you need to know about the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Match 2, Pakistan vs West Indies:What TV channel and live stream is the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs West Indies being broadcast?The 2nd match, Pakistan vs West Indies, of the ICC Cricket World Cup can be viewed on Star Sports 1 and 2. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream the opener.advertisementWhere will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs West Indies match be held?The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs West Indies match will take place at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, May 31.Where can I check the online live updates of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs West Indies match?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019.What time will the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs West Indies match start?The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs West Indies match will start at 03:00 PM IST.Where can I watch ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs West Indies match?The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs West Indies match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network, and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.What are the teams for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Pakistan vs West Indies match?Squads:Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi, Wahab RiazWest Indies: Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Oshane ThomasFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan vs West Indies World Cup 2019 Match 2, Pakistan vs West Indies: When and Where to watch live streamingWorld Cup 2019: Here you can find all the details regarding when, where and how to watch the 2nd game of the World Cup between Pakistan and West Indies to be played at Trent Bridge, Nottinghamadvertisementlast_img read more

first_img Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiSeptember 21, 2019UPDATED: September 21, 2019 15:03 IST A man ran towards the pitch during the second T20 international (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAnti-Corruption Unit (ACU) chief Ajit Singh has warned hosting associations against any security lapseACU chief has asked for beefed up security inside the stadium to avoid scenarios like in MohaliThe first episode of invasion in the second T20I took place when the South Africans were battingWith the first game in Dharamsala on September 15 washed off, the Indian and South Africa team arrived in Mohali on September 16 only to realise that there was no security arrangement made for the players by Chandigarh Police — due to non-payment of dues. While the team hotel provided for security for the teams on the first day, the police were back in charge on the second day. But Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) chief Ajit Singh has warned hosting associations against any security lapse — on and off the field.Speaking to IANS, a board functionary said that a mail has been sent to all the hosting associations and they have been told that such a lapse will not be tolerated as it can lead to a dangerous situation.”ACU chief Ajit Singh has written to all the hosting associations and has made it clear that such a lapse will not be tolerated in the future. Lack of security arrangement can be a major issue and can even lead to a dangerous situation because we are all aware that fans can sometimes go overboard in order to show their love for their favourite players,” the functionary said.In fact, in the mail, accessed by IANS, the ACU chief has asked for beefed up security inside the stadium to avoid scenarios like in Mohali when two fans invaded the pitch.”To deter pitch invasions, security staff should be positioned between the boundary rope and the public fencing. The security staff should be positioned to face the crowd. The security personnel should be placed at equidistant intervals around the boundary and be placed in the immediate vicinity of traditional boundary fielding positions including long off, long on, deep fine leg, deep third man, deep mid-wicket and deep cover,” the mail read.advertisementThe first episode of invasion in the second T20I took place when the South Africans were batting. The invader was chased down by the security guards and taken away.The second incident took place with India skipper Virat Kohli at the crease and a die-hard fan breaking the security cordon to come in and shake hands with the batsman. Kohli was clearly taken aback by the turn of events and before the fan could reach him, the guards caught hold of the fan and took him away.In fact, this isn’t the first time that such a thing has happened in India and the likes of M.S. Dhoni and Kohli often face this when out in the middle. But the BCCI doesn’t wish to take any chance and the ACU chief has made it clear that these lapses should be stopped with immediate effect.Also Read | Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan set ‘squad goals’ with India teammates at NCA gymAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow BCCIFollow Ind vs SA BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit chief orders hosting associations to beef up security for IND, SA playersACU chief Ajit Singh has asked for beefed up security inside the stadium to avoid scenarios like in Mohali when two fans invaded the pitchadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

first_imgDesign buffs, here’s a teapot for you. “Simple Japanese lines meet functional Nordic design” — that’s the tagline that the Danish design company Menu uses when describing their teapot by Danish architectural firm Norm. The kettle is indeed a meeting of two different cultures, with its Zen approach to brewing tea mixed in with clean and functional Scandinavian aesthetic.Simply pour boiling water into the tempered glass teapot. Then, fill the stainless steel egg with whichever tea of your choice — green, rooibos or chamomile  — lower the egg into the water and let it steep, which, by the way looks pretty cool if you ask us. When the tea is just to your liking simply raise the egg with the attached silicon string. There you have it — a pot of tea that looks as good as it is for you. No need for sloppy teabags or dripping tea filters, it’s all about sleek design with this teakettle.These days most nutritionists are saying that we should substitute tea for coffee, so we might as well do it in a stylish manner, right? We’ll definitely brew tea on a daily basis when our Menu teapot comes in. A team of architects strategically designed this awesome teapot, so we know that it has to be good way to brew tea. Now if we only thought about it sooner, we would have bought one for Mother’s Day. Then again, there’s always next year.Menu Teapot by Norm, $59.95 at amazon.com.  The Maserati Levante is the Family-Friendly Maserati How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations Reyka Vodka May Have the Coolest Distiller on the Planet You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Menlast_img read more

first_img 8 Sling Bags That Are More Than Just Man Bags Editors’ Recommendations Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.They say you can never go back. However, although you certainly can’t relive all aspects of your youth — nor would you want to — there still ways to capitalize on your childhood tendencies without completely evoking Theodore “The Beaver” Cleaver. Take the Base Camp X Sling Shot ($185) for instance, a premium projectile weapon that’s just as apt at shooting targets as it is small game and the neighbor next door.Related: The Haswell Survival Knife is forged for perfectionThe Base Camp X Sling Shot is more than just a forked stick outfitted with a rubber band, though. The initial design was taken and shaped from the company’s axe handles, and moreover, relies on a custom-pressed laminate core for immense strength and the utmost precision when shooting. Nathan Masters — a self proclaimed master of all things sling shot-centric — hand cuts and shapes each limited edition piece of hardware, lining the hickory handles with black walnut scales and a ¾, straight-cut band that renders them as versatile as they are attractive. The bundled, leather Rockstar pouch even holds the sling shot ammunition so you don’t have to. Just remember to watch those wrists.Check out Base Camp X online to make a purchase, or to browse the company’s robust selection of premium axes, journals, knives, and other outdoorsy wears. How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide 7 Best Hatchets for Camping, Backpacking, and Survival The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America How to Play Pool Like You Know What You’re Doing last_img read more

first_img Alternative Snacks Cocktail Has an Unusual Ingredient We Love (Recipe & Video) Close How to Make a Mojito How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather A recent addition to the Charleston, South Carolina, food and beverage scene, Ink N Ivy is situated in an impressive historical building on upper King Street and filled with an eclectic array of contemporary art.It is the third Ink N Ivy location (other outposts can be found in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Greenville, South Carolina) from The Bottle Cap Group, a Charlotte-based hospitality company with 13 concepts under its umbrella. The Charleston hot spot opened in August with delectable American cuisine, craft beer, an extensive wine list sure to please any palette, and a superb selection of cool cocktails customized by expert bartenders.One of the most popular drinks on the menu is the Alternative Snacks cocktail, a rum-based concoction with a surprising addition: salted dill oil. The savory ingredient pairs well with sweet and citrusy elements — because who doesn’t love a salty/sweet mixture? M&M’s and popcorn, anyone?Below you will find the recipe for Alternative Snacks. If you’re a fan of rum, you may also enjoy The Zombie.Alternative Snacks(Created by Evan Christy, Ink N Ivy, Charleston, South Carolina)2 oz Rhum Clément1 oz cucumber juice0.75 oz lime juice0.75 oz simple syrup10 drops salted dill oil Method: Combine rum, simple syrup, and cucumber and lime juices. Shake. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with salted dill oil. ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:30Loaded: 0.00%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:30 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Editors’ Recommendations 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer last_img read more

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Tavis Beck/ UnsplashRe-watching Point Break (the original, not the abomination of a remake) inspired equal parts envy over Johnny Utah’s and Bodhi’s badass surfing skills and their rad, salt-baked, wind-whipped manes. After all, the artfully rumpled surfer hairstyle strikes just the right balance between scruffy and overly groomed, making it perfect for summer. “It’s a much lower maintenance style for guys who enjoy a free and adventurous lifestyle,” explains Baxter Finley barbers Erik Taylor and Carmen Serna. “There is not much upkeep so it’s great when you’re on-the-go or want to spend less time on styling.”While the most obvious method for replicating their Cali beach bum texture is to actually get up on a board, salty seawater does tend to leave locks parched and crispy. To avoid these adverse effects and assist those who want the look, but have no intention of riding a wave or even lounging by the shore, we asked Taylor and Serna how to fake a beachin’ texture.Length Matters“Your hair needs to be long enough to run your hands through it,” says Taylor. As long as you have some length, whether it’s just on top or all over, you can easily rock this style.Adjust for LengthBecause the goal is to get texture without any excessive crunch, modify the amount of texturizing spray you use based on your hair. That can vary from three pumps for shorter, finer hair to eight for thicker, longer manes. “You want to use just enough to leave your hair with a lived-in look,” says Serna.Mess It UpYou don’t want to smooth over this style, so skip the comb and up the dishevelment a bit by roughing your hair up with your hands. If you’re taking the beach bum look more literally and not washing your hair for a day or two, you can refresh it by hitting it with a spritz or two of texturizing spray.Here are a few products to help you score the look sans swells.Best Surfer Hair ProductsTriumph & Disaster Karekare Sea Salt Spray – $28Containing Epsom salt, sea beet, and willow hHerb, this sea salt spray hair tonic from Triumph & Disaster, a New Zealand grooming brand, removes excess oil, volumizes hair, and nourishes the scalp, all while offering that textured, sun-kissed look every wannabe surfer aspires to.Get ItBaxter of California Clay Effect Spray – $27Serna and Taylor helped develop this clay-in-a-spray, which offers hair the right amount of grit and thickness without making it feel fried thanks to a blend of natural oils.Get ItLavett & Chin Sea Salt Texturizing Mist – $35 The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Experts center_img 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now One of the founders of this indie brand personally wanted a product that could deliver devil-may-care hair and so he made one, a sea salt- and algae- infused mist.Get ItByrd The Texturizing Surfspray – $16Because salt water provides hair with the desired texture but saps it of moisture, this spray is rich in hydrating coconut water and sea buckthorn extract. Bonus: It’s scented with sea salt, coconuts, and pineapple so your hair smells as if you’ve been sitting seaside sipping on a tropical cocktail.Get ItR+Co Rockaway Salt Spray – $26This spray roughs up your hair in a way that suggests you spent the day at Rockaway Beach (hence the name) while a blend of Sicilian lemon, tangerine, and tree moss makes it smell like you summered on the Amalfi Coast.Get ItNow that you’ve got the right hair, it’s time to book the right surfing vacation.Article originally published by Katie Dickens on July 25, 2017. Last updated by Chase McPeak on June 5, 2018. Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking Aboutlast_img read more

first_img The project, entitled ‘Construction and Improvement of Police Buildings’, is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security. The Government will be spending $1.2 billion to construct and renovate police stations and other buildings. Story Highlights The Government will be spending $1.2 billion to construct and renovate police stations and other buildings.The project, entitled ‘Construction and Improvement of Police Buildings’, is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security.As outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the money will go towards the construction and expansion of the Caribbean Regional Drug Law Enforcement Training Centre (REDTRAC) building’s second floor; the acquisition of land and completion of building design for the accommodation facility in Montpelier, St. James.It will also go towards the construction of an autopsy suite in Kingston; and construction of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Divisional Headquarters in Port Maria, St. Mary and Port Antonio, Portland.The project is being financed from the Consolidated Fund and is slated for completion in March 2022.The Estimates will be considered by the Standing Finance Committee of the House from March 4 to 5. As outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the money will go towards the construction and expansion of the Caribbean Regional Drug Law Enforcement Training Centre (REDTRAC) building’s second floor; the acquisition of land and completion of building design for the accommodation facility in Montpelier, St. James.last_img read more

first_imgConstruction of a 37-megawatt solar energy plant in Westmoreland by Eight Rivers Energy Company Limited has commenced and is expected to be completed either late 2018 or early 2019.Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 15.He informed that a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement was signed in March 2017 between Eight Rivers Energy Company and the Jamaica Public Service Company to supply electricity generated from solar to the national grid.“This project represents the first Jamaican female-led major Renewable Energy Infrastructure Development. We are very pleased to see that the women are taking charge and they are providing the energy to drive real growth and prosperity,” Dr. Wheatley said.Meanwhile, this year will see the solarisation of Jamaica House, an effort which will produce an annual energy yield of 13,000 kilowatt hours, while significantly reducing the country’s annual carbon emissions by 15,000 kilograms.last_img read more

first_img “If we do that simple amendment to the legislation, it means that the process which is taking two (to) four months, can now be done within two to three days at most with respect to accreditation,” she said. Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon. Mia Mottley, is proposing that the process to verify Certificates of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification be revamped to shorten the time in which this exercise is undertaken. Story Highlights Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon. Mia Mottley, is proposing that the process to verify Certificates of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification be revamped to shorten the time in which this exercise is undertaken.This, she suggested, can be done by adjusting existing legislation to allow the burden of proof to be shifted to the applicant to swear to the authenticity of the certificate, and if later found to be fraudulent, to show cause why the document should not be revoked.“If we do that simple amendment to the legislation, it means that the process which is taking two (to) four months, can now be done within two to three days at most with respect to accreditation,” she said.The Barbadian Prime Minister was addressing the opening ceremony for the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Wednesday (July 4) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.The Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification guarantees qualified nationals the benefit of moving and working freely across the region.This document, which is a provision under the CARICOM (Free Movement of Skilled Persons) Act, allows these privileges without the need for a work permit or permit of stay.Ms. Mottley lamented that the matter of accreditation and the issuance and verification of skills certificates have impeded the day-to-day lives of too many CARICOM citizens, stressing that “this is of great concern to us… . We have to change and change urgently”.She pointed out that in her country, between 2006 and 2018, the Accreditation Council issued 2,039 Certificates and verified another 1,122. Out of the 3,161 certificates, 10 were fraudulent.“In other words, 0.3 per cent of certificates that we spent months seeking to verify, were fraudulent,” she said.Ms. Mottley stressed that in the age of technological advancements, such as blockchain technology, “we must be able to do better at real-time communication, particularly as we go forward in the issuance of skills certificates and diplomas that will allow for more ease of verification”.The Meeting of the CARICOM Heads is being held from July 4-6. Among the key agenda items are crime and violence, disaster management and climate change, and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).The Conference of Heads of Government, which consists of the Heads of Government of the Member States, is the supreme organ of the Caribbean Community and determines and provides its policy direction. This, she suggested, can be done by adjusting existing legislation to allow the burden of proof to be shifted to the applicant to swear to the authenticity of the certificate, and if later found to be fraudulent, to show cause why the document should not be revoked.last_img read more

first_img Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says special emphasis is being placed on instituting safeguards for children on the roads and at schools. Story Highlights Children’s safety is the focus of activities being organised by the Government to commemorate Labour Day this year, on Thursday, May 23.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says special emphasis is being placed on instituting safeguards for children on the roads and at schools.“It is timely, and I think we should also address… the safety of our children from predators. We cannot overlook [this] in our planning and discussions, [as to] how we will address it in a public way,” she added.The Minister was addressing members of the National Labour Day Planning Committee, during a meeting at Jamaica House on Thursday (April 18).Ms. Grange, who chairs the committee, outlined the rationale for this year’s focus.“We thought that the elevation of road safety onto this national community-based platform will deepen the impact of the existing public-private road safety campaign led by the National Road Safety Council; Ministry of Transport and Mining; Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; JN foundation; and UNICEF Jamaica, among others,” she said.The Minister emphasized that Workers’ Week and Labour Day “occur at a critical period for our nation’s children and vulnerable road users, as they take place during Child Month and just before Road Safety Month”.Over the past several weeks, Committee members have been meeting to discuss activities for Labour Day, which culminates Workers’ Week beginning Sunday, May 19.Among the other slated activities are a national thanksgiving church service, and concert. The events will be formally unveiled during a ceremony to be announced. Labour Day is organised by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport in collaboration with several Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and community groups.The administrations of the Municipal Corporations are also instrumental in the planning and execution of activities at the community level. Children’s safety is the focus of activities being organised by the Government to commemorate Labour Day this year, on Thursday, May 23. “It is timely, and I think we should also address… the safety of our children from predators. We cannot overlook [this] in our planning and discussions, [as to] how we will address it in a public way,” she added.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Croatia’s Adria Winch has, in the past month, in cooperation with Seaonics, received contracts to supply anchor-mooring equipment for three different vessels.The orders are as follows:Vard Langsten (contracted 03.09.2013. – around 400.000 €)Adria Winch with partner Seaonics won a contract to produce anchor-mooring equipment for an STX Subsea construction vessel. The vessel will be built during 2014 at Vard Langsten shipyard for Farstad Shipping. The scope of supply includes two anchor-mooring winches of 64K3 chain, two mooring winches of 100 kN and two tugger winches of 200 kN pulling force. All winches on board will be equipped with wireless remote controllers and will have variable freqency drive in order to gain stepless speed control during anchoring and mooring operations.Vard Vung Tau (contracted 10.09.2013. – around 170.000 €)Hydraulic driven anchor-mooring equipment from Adria Winch will be built into new VARD’s Platform Supply Vessel. The vessel will be built in Vard Vung Tau Shipyard in Vietnam for Carlotta Offshore company. The scope of supply will include two Anchor-Mooring Winches of 46K3 chain, two Mooring Capstans of 100 kN and two Tugger Winches of 100 kN pulling force. The company will also deliver two Hydraulic Power Units of 42 kW power.Havyard HLE 116 (contracted 27.08.2013  – around 185.000 €)After producing equipment for Havyard’s Platform supply vessels No. 112 and No. 113 the same set of equipment is to be produced for Havyard’s newbuilding No.116. The scope of supply includes one double anchor-mooring winch of 42K3 chain, powered by two speed electric motor. The company will also deliver two mooring capstans of 100 kN pulling force and two tugger winches of 100 kN with frequency driven electromotors. The vessel will be constructed at Havyard Leirvik shipyard for Global Offshore company.OET, October 2, 2013last_img read more

first_imgzoom EXMAR announced that, together with its Joint-Venture partner Teekay LNG (TGP), it has declared options to build two additional Midsize LPG carriers at Hanjin Heavy Industries.These bring the total of newbuildings for EXMAR LPG BVBA to 12 vessels, four of which are currently being built at Hyundai MIPO and eight will be built at Hanjin. Delivery of these vessels will be between February 2014 and May 2018.Exmar, November 8, 2013last_img

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My location zoom Incat Crowther announced the launch of Super Dream, a 32m Catamaran Passenger Ferry for Ishigaki Dream Tours. Recently launched by Richardson Devine Marine, Super Dream is the second Incat Crowther/RDM vessel for the operator following on from Premium Dream, launched in 2008.Super Dream demonstrates Incat Crowther’s commitment to constant evolution by being a modern interpretation of the previous vessel. Major improvements on Premium Dream include the addition of Incat Crowther’s latest hull form and a sleek, single passenger deck superstructure, resulting in a more efficient vessel.The main passenger cabin seats 197 passengers, design to comply with Japanese “barrier-free” accessibility regulations. Features include dedicated wheelchair storage, boarding ramp and specific seats. A kiosk sits at the aft end of the main deck. Passenger comfort is enhanced by a built-in window washing system that ensures windows can be quickly and easily cleaned prior to each tour.Super Dream has flexible boarding arrangements. In addition to the aft doors, a pair of large doors are fitted at amidships. All three locations feature large double-doors and wheelchair access. The aft deck gates are supplemented by a wheelchair ramp on the starboard side. Additionally, a gate is fitted to the upper deck starboard, allowing for docking at higher wharves.Super Dream is powered by a pair of Caterpillar C32 ACERT main engines. Propulsion is by 5-bladed fixed-pitch propellers. The vessel has a service speed of 30 knots, with a maximum speed of 34 knots.As with Premium Dream, the new vessel is designed and built to JG rules, with structure designed to Class NK. Part of Incat Crowther’s expertise is working closely with government agencies and classification societies to negate any potential non-compliance issues.Incat Crowther has a strong tradition of repeat custom, and Ishigaki Dream Tours is another example of this. Just like Premium Dream, Super Dream will be another successful and profitable addition to the operator’s fleet. Incat Crowther, November 14, 2013last_img read more

first_imgzoom The November 2013 edition of Lloyd’s Register’s Gas Technology Report, issued yesterday, is dedicated to LNG as a marine fuel.Highlights include:A look at developments in Canada – a shipowner, the regulator and a shipbuilder talk about gas fuelled shippingProgress made by the Maritime and Port Authority in Singapore to develop LNG bunkeringThe CEO of Viking Line talks about the LR classed Viking GraceInterviews with SIGTTO and the newly formed Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF)Luis Benito, Global Head of Marketing for Lloyd’s Register, commented: “We hope that this report will help readers build a clearer picture of the realities of being ready to use LNG as a marine fuel. Generally, developments so far reflect our view of a likely trajectory for gas-fuelled investment: take-up is mainly by niche or specialised trades, trades located in emission control areas (ECAs) and point-to-point traders predominantly in ECAs, such as ferries and small containership operators.“It is exciting to see how fast the marine industry in North America is turning to LNG – few would have predicted this a few years ago. Now it will be interesting to see how quickly gas as fuel will develop in the deep sea trades.”Lloyd’s Register, November 28, 2013last_img read more

first_imgzoom Inmarsat, a provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has staged the inaugural ‘Smart Operations’ conference, the first in a series of events seeking an open debate in the maritime industry over the operational benefits of integrated thinking on shore and ship communications.With the first of the three new Global Xpress® satellites already in orbit – a prelude to the global launch of the world’s first high-speed mobile broadband satellite service to the maritime industry, scheduled for early 2015 – the ‘Smart Operations’ conference took place at Inmarsat headquarters in London (February 12th) attended by leading figures in the maritime communications industry. Event organiser Fathom has already set 2014 dates for further conferences in Hamburg, Hong Kong and Athens.“Ship to shore connectivity has not kept pace with the unprecedented data access available ashore after the internet revolution, but things are changing fast,” Inmarsat Maritime President Frank Coles told an audience including key end-users. “The industrial internet is here and shipping will have to accept it. With ships already featuring ever increasing numbers of sensors, smart operational decision-making is available through advanced analytics. Inmarsat is developing the platform that will enable the Maritime Industrial Internet age.”Mr Coles said ultra-fast data transfer rates were in sight. Communications would be the enabler of operationally efficient technologies, he said.“The shipping industry is innovative, but in its own way,” said Mr Coles. “Today, we send data in 2MB bundles, but tomorrow it will be 15-20MB. The point is it is no longer about getting data ashore, but about analysing it and sifting it to ensure smart operations.”David Balston, UK Chamber of Shipping Director – Safety and Environment, outlined the commercial and regulatory pressures facing owners in 2014. High fuel prices and disastrous charter rates persisted while regulatory restrictions could cost shipping half a trillion dollars between 2015 and 2025, he said.Quoting a McKinsey projection that 50 billion devices will be internet-connected by 2020, Mr Coles also cited an Engineering Software Reliability Group estimate to argue that $20 billion could be captured across 100,000 ships through smart decisions on energy efficiency, predictive maintenance and downtime avoidance. Again, the future of compliance with environmental rules lay in collecting, analysing and acting on real time data, he said.Many are keen to fill expanded communications capacity. Introducing the ShipServ Match offer to save buyers money by analysing and rating the performance of 53,000 ship suppliers, Shipserv Chief Executive Paul Ostergaard envisioned a time when some purchasing decisions could devolve to crew. Meanwhile, Lloyd’s Register Lead Environmental Specialist Paul McStay said owners were seeking urgent guidance on which technologies would yield efficiency gains.Lawrence Poynter, Product Management Director from software developer iOra cautioned the industry that effective communications relied more on data management than data transfer speeds. Despite operating dedicated satellites, for example, the US Navy has a strict three tier data transfer regime: general; vessel type data; and ship specific information.“Critical in all of this is reliable, fit for purpose communications,” said Mr Coles. “I believe shipowners cannot be expected to manage the data available alone and it is the engine and other equipment manufacturers and software developers who are taking the lead in developing the large network centres to help manage this. Vendors will drive change. They are doing it already.”Inmarsat, February 19, 2014last_img read more

first_imgzoom Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE) has given an unconditional clearance to the proposed merger of the container shipping activities of Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores (CSAV) into Hapag-Lloyd. The German and the Chilean shipping company signed a binding business combination agreement in April 2014. Its implementation is subject to the approval of regulatory authorities. Among others, the Department of Justice of the United States, the European Union (EU) and Chile have already cleared the planned transaction. Approvals of a few jurisdictions are still pending.The transaction will make Hapag-Lloyd the fourth largest container shipping company in the world, with some 200 vessels, an annual transport volume of 7.5 million TEU and a combined turnover of around EUR 9 billion (USD 11.3bn).Press Releaselast_img read more

first_imgA passenger/RoRo cargo ship caught fire while docked at the Greek port of Elefsis in the evening hours of July 14, according to local maritime authority.The RoPax ferry Evgenia P reportedly burst into flames while docked at the ”Kronos” area of the port.Hellenic Coast Guard dispatched a patrol boat, and local Fire Service sent three firefighting tugs to the scene.The fire was completely put out after several hours, according to the Coast Guard. The Elefsis Harbour Organisation placed a preventive anti-pollution floating barrier around the 1944-built Evgenia P.The fire had reportedly started in the aft area of the ship, and then spread to the bridge and the accommodation areas.There have been no reported injuries or pollution so far.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgzoom German short sea container shipping company Oldenburg-Portugiesische Dampfschiffs-Rhederei (OPDR), a subsidiary of French giant CMA CGM, has revealed its plans to open a new agency in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on August 1.With this move, the company said that it will reinforce its presence in the Baltic region and further its growth plans in Russia.OPDR added that it is working on launching a new faster direct reefer service from Morocco to Saint Petersburg.The new service would link Agadir and Casablanca to Saint Petersburg in eight days.According to OPDR, the new agency would bring the company in close collaboration with CMA CGM.The announcements comes less than two months after the company launched its CAVA service to connect the Spanish east coast with Northern European ports.The CAVA service links the two major Spanish ports Valencia and Cartagena to four of the main ports in northern Europe: Tilbury, Antwerp, Rotterdam, and Saint Petersburg.OPDR deployed six 1,800 TEU container vessels capable of carrying pallet-wide equipment on the service.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) plans to launch two new services between Asia and Australia under a vessel sharing agreement (VSA) with three European carriers, starting from May 2017. To be jointly operated by MOL and Denmark-based Maersk Line, the new Asia-Australia Express will be a pendulum service, linking Northeast Asia to Australia and Southeast Asia to Australia.Under the VSA, MOL will operate three ships and Maersk Line will operate nine ships. The Asia-Australia Express will serve as a replacement for the existing AU2 and AAB/AAT services, according to MOL.Port rotation of the Asia-Australia Express service will be as follows: Yokohama, Osaka (Japan), Busan (South Korea), Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo (China), Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle (Australia), Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia), Singapore (Singapore), Laem Chabang (Thailand), Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Yokohama.The second service, the China-Taiwan-Australia Express (CAE service), will connect China, Taiwan and Australia. The CAE service will be jointly operated by German-based Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line and Switzerland-headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).According to MOL, the CAE service will serve as a replacement of the existing AU1 service.The CAE service will include the ports of Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Xiamen, Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian (China), Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane (Australia) and Kaohsiung.In addition, MOL’s existing NZ1 and NZ2 services will also be enhanced by adding Brisbane port of calls in NZ1 service and Sydney port of calls in NZ2 service.Separately, MSC informed about the service upgrades related to the VSA between the four shipping companies that will come into force in May 2017.MSC’s said its Wallaby Service to and from North East Asia will continue to operate the following port rotation, while maintaining the same transit times: Yokohama, Osaka, Busan, Qingdao, Shanghai (Yangshan), Ningbo, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Yokohama.The company said that the last vessel on the current VSA will be ER France, with an estimated time of arrival in Yokohama on May 2, 2017.Another MSC’s service, the Panda Service, will see improved South China coverage as a result of the additions of Xiamen and Nansha ports.The rotation of the Panda Service will be as follows: Kaohsiung, Xiamen, Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Kaohsiung.The last vessel on the current VSA will be CAP FRIO, with an estimated time of arrival in Kaohsiung on May 4, 2017, according to MSC.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) has entered into conditional contracts with Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to construct two Suezmax-size DP2 shuttle tankers, with options to order up to two additional vessels.Upon delivery in 2019 and 2020, the 154,000 dwt vessels will provide shuttle tanker services in the North Sea under Teekay Offshore’s existing master agreement with Statoil ASA (Statoil).As informed, the new vessels will be constructed based on TOO’s new Shuttle Spirit design which incorporates technologies aimed at increasing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions, including LNG propulsion technology.What is more, Teekay Offshore revealed plans to transfer its shuttle tanker business into a new subsidiary, Teekay Shuttle Tankers (ShuttleCo).This follows a contract signed between Teekay Corporation, Teekay Offshore and Brookfield Business Partners as well as its institutional partners to enter into a strategic partnership. The deal includes a USD 640 million investment in Teekay Offshore. Following the investment, Brookfield will own approximately 60 percent share in Teekay Offshore.As part of the formation of ShuttleCo, a majority of Teekay Offshore’s shuttle tanker fleet will be refinanced with a new USD 600 million, five-year debt facility, and two 50 percent-owned vessels will be refinanced with a new USD 71 million, four-year debt facility.In addition, an existing USD 250 million debt facility secured by the three East Coast Canada newbuildings and an existing USD 143 million private placement project bond financing secured by two vessels, will be transferred from Teekay Offshore to ShuttleCo, the company said.Separately, Teekay Offshore informed that Teekay Shuttle Tankers has completed an offering of USD 250 million of new senior unsecured bonds in the Norwegian bond market. The new bonds will have a coupon of 7.125 percent and mature in August 2022.In connection with the bond issuance, and Teekay Shuttle Tankers’ acquisition of the shuttle tanker business, Teekay Offshore will repurchase approximately NOK 199 million of its TOP02 bonds maturing in November 2018 at a price of 101 percent of par value and approximately NOK 512 million of its TOP04 bonds maturing in December 2018 at a price of 101 percent of par value.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) has acquired full ownership of Azalea Maritime B.V., a Dutch manning specialist.The acquisition of 100 percent ownership was completed on December 21, 2017, and Azalea Maritime B.V. changed its name to MOL Maritime (Europe) B.V. on January 1, 2018, MOL said.The company specializes in providing crews for tankers and carriers of liquified natural gas.With the move, MOL plans to bolster manning of its operated LNG carriers and tankers, the safety of operation being a top priority.“MOL Maritime (Europe) B.V. as a manning company, will continue to support MOL safe operation, while inheriting Azalea Maritime’s accumulated experience with European seafarers and know-how of the manning business,” MOL added.Azalea Maritime Agency was established in January 1997 with its headquarters in Herceg Novi – Montenegro.The Japanese conglomerate has 21 LNG carriers, 2 LPG carriers and 64 tankers in its operated fleet registered under different subsidiaries and joint ventures.The company has 14 LNG carriers under construction at Japanese, Chinese and South Korean yards, eight of them scheduled for delivery in 2018, data from VesselsValue shows.last_img read more

first_imgAssessment notices are in the mail today, Feb. 7, to Nova Scotia property owners. In Halifax Regional Municipality, the value of residential property assessments is more than $23 billion, an increase of 10 per cent from 2006. Commercial property assessments totalled almost $8 billion, an increase of almost 8.5 per cent. “These assessments reflect a continuing increase in residential property values throughout HRM,” said Lloyd MacLellan, regional manager of the central assessment office. “The commercial increase can be explained partially because of increased commercial property values, and new commercial construction.” Property assessment notices for most residential properties will include a personal identification number along with the assessment account number. By entering this information on the assessment website, www.nsassessment.ca, owners can look up assessment information about their property. Those without Internet access can obtain the information and answers to assessment questions by calling 1-800-667-5727. Property owners may appeal the market-value assessment if they do not believe their assessment is a reasonable estimate of market value as of Jan. 1, 2005. To appeal, the form on the bottom of the assessment notice must be filled out and returned to the regional assessment office by midnight Wednesday, Feb. 28. Property owners cannot appeal the capped assessment. Residential property owners who have applied for the 2007 CAP program will know if they received the cap when they get their assessment notice. If they see a value in the capped-value section of their notice, they will be taxed on that value. The CAP rate for the 2007-2008 tax year was set by the province at 10 per cent. Applications for the CAP program for the 2007-2008 tax year were due Sept. 30, 2006. Beginning with the 2008-2009 tax year, the CAP rate will be set at Nova Scotia’s Consumer Price Index. Applications for the CAP program for the 2008-2009 tax year are due Sept. 30. They are available at any assessment office or on-line at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/asmt/cap/.last_img read more

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter will nominate Charlie Parker as the Speaker of the House of Assembly. Members of the Legislative Assembly will vote on the nomination Thursday, June 25, during a special sitting. Mr. Parker was first elected to the legislature in 1998 and was re-elected in 2003, and 2009. He served 10 years as a municipal councillor in Pictou County. He has worked in real estate sales, owned and operated a garden centre business for a number of years, and taught at the junior high and elementary school levels. He lives with his wife Marilyn in Loch Broom, Pictou Co. and they have two grown children and two grandchildren. The Speaker of the House presides over the Legislative Assembly, maintaining order, and regulating debate in accordance with the House rules and practices. The Speaker decides questions of order, rules on questions, ensures that all viewpoints are heard, protects the rights of all members and casts the deciding vote in the event of a tie. -30-last_img read more

first_imgThis summer, the Nova Scotia Museum’s 27 sites across the province will provide families with experiences that are entertaining and educational. “Museums offer excellent ways to spend quality family time together,” said Leonard Preyra, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “I encourage everyone to visit our museums in the summertime to take advantage of special programs, exhibits and learning experiences.” At the Museum of Natural History in Halifax, visitors will be treated to Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television. Featuring more than 40 costumes and objects from science fiction films and TV programs, this exciting exhibition shows visitors how costume design uses colour, style, scale, materials, historical traditions, nature and cultural cues to help actors and audiences engage with the characters being portrayed. Also in Halifax, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic hosts Cable Ships: Connecting Halifax to Titanic and the World. Researched and developed by museum staff, the exhibit explores the history of cable ships, from their contribution to establishing global communications, to the role of Halifax-based ships during the recovery operations after the sinking of RMS Titanic. At Ross Farm Museum in New Ross, visitors can explore 60 acres of rolling farmland to discover what life was like over 100 years ago. From historic Rose Bank Cottage, where the Ross family lived, to daily activities such as wool spinning, candle making and ox shoeing, the museum gives visitors the chance to experience yesterday’s traditional farming methods, while learning sustainable ways of living for today. In Barrington, visitors can step inside the preserved Barrington Woolen Mill to learn how machinery and water power helped revolutionize life in rural Nova Scotia. Established in 1882, the mill industrialized the process of turning raw fleece into yarn and cloth, forever changing the way local fishing and farming families produced warm, wool clothing. At the Museum of Industry in Stellarton, visitors of all ages can push, pull, lift, drop and laugh as they enjoy exhibits and interactive displays that highlight how technology, and people, worked throughout this province’s history. Featuring 30,000 artifacts, the Museum of Industry is the best place to find out what “Made in Nova Scotia” really means. Visitors eager to experience Nova Scotia’s Gaelic culture, heritage and hospitality need look no further than the Highland Village Museum. Located in scenic Iona, Victoria Co., the village is North America’s only living history museum for Gaelic language and culture. The 43-acre site features historic buildings, rare farm animals, lively interpreters and a breathtaking view of the Bras d’Or lake, now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. At Uniacke Estate Museum Park in Mount Uniacke, visitors can explore one of Nova Scotia’s grandest homes. Built in 1816 by prosperous Irish politician Richard John Uniacke, this country mansion features treasured family belongings such as fine furniture and exquisite portraits. Outside the picturesque estate, there are several walking trails, ranging from easy to challenging, that offer recreational opportunities for people of all ages. In Lower West Pubnico, visitors to Le Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Écosse will be able to enjoy the site’s new nature trail, which was opened on June 5. Stretching along the shoreline of the village’s 17-acre property, the trail will feature strategically placed interpretive panels that highlight the area’s natural beauty and historical significance. For information on the 27 museums sites, scheduled events, locations, admission rates and hours of operation, visit http://museum.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more

first_img COLCHESTER COUNTY: Coldstream Road Coldstream Road, from Alton Road south for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-890-7085 HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101 from Exit 5A, westerly six kilometres to start of Twinned Highway will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control people on site. Stop and go traffic will be in place. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 PICTOU COUNTY: Weirs Bridge Closed Weirs Bridge on Shore Road in the Waterside-Caribou Island area of Pictou County is closed to traffic. Two paved detour routes are available on R. Grant Road and Shore Road, and a gravel road detour on Otter Road. Drivers should use extra caution and allow for extra time when travelling in this area. Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104, East of Exit 27A Traffic on Highway 104 will be detoured east of Exit 27A for about half a kilometre until Saturday, July 24, to complete construction work for the twinning project. Detour will be 24 hours a day. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Exit 7 on Highway 125 will have occasional lane closures until Aug. 31, during construction of a bridge. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 INVERNESS COUNTY: Chisholm Bridge The intersection of Northside River Denys Road and Southside River Road will be closed for repairs to Chisholm Bridge until Monday, July 16. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-756-3192 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Belmont Road Belmont Road, from Trunk 2 north to Onslow Mountain Road and Belmont Road underpass, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Saturday, July 21. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 326 Route 326 will be reduced to one lane until Tuesday, July 17, for culvert replacement. Signs are in place. Detour via Mountain Road to Upper River John Road. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 33 to Yarmouth will be reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Motorists can expect delays. Local Area Office: 902-742-2416 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Allan Hill and South Branch Roads Allan Hill and South Branch roads in the Advocate area have a weight restriction of five tonnes until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Twinning Project Route 245, Trunk 4 and Thorburn Road, near Exit 27, Highway 104, will be periodically reduced to one lane for paving work for the Highway 104 twinning project. Construction is expected to be finished by Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2, Springhill Junction Structure The Springhill junction bridge on Trunk 2 will be reduced to one lane for road repairs until Tuesday, July 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge on Route 344 at Middle Melford is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 106 Highway 106, from Exit 2 north to the Pictou Rotary, for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for bridge repairs until Friday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people and signals are on site. The speed limit is reduced in the work zone, expect delays. Hours of work: Monday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 KINGS COUNTY: Shore Road, Oglivie Wharf Shore Road will be closed for repairs to Oglivie Wharf until Friday, Aug. 31. A detour is in place. Local Area Office: 902-670-0762 VICTORIA COUNTY: Red Bridge, Big Baddeck The Red Bridge on the Old Margaree Road in Big Baddeck is closed to traffic. A detour is in place. The bridge will be replaced this construction season. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Hillside Road Hillside Road from Trunk 22 south for about seven kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2247 KINGS COUNTY: Trunk 1 Trunk 1, from the Annapolis-Kings county line, east to Greenwood Road, will be reduced to one lane for repairs until Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be periodic lane closures. Expect delays. Traffic control people are on site. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Brooklyn Street from Morden Road easterly to New Road, Aylesford, will be closed for replacement of the Busby McMahon Bridge from Monday, June 11 until Friday, July 27. Detour is in place.The bridge is reduced to one lane until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-538-4199 PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 Starting Monday July 9, Trunk 4 and Route 245 traffic will access Highway 104 via the new Exit 27 Interchange, formerly Exit 27A. Temporary traffic control will be in place in various locations along Highway 104 in Sutherland’s River during this period. Motorists should anticipate traffic delays and one-lane closures until Tuesday, July 31. Local Area Office: 902-755-7077 NEW WORK CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Twinning from Sydney River, Exit 6, to Grand Lake Road until June 30, 2013. Expect slow moving traffic. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 VICTORIA COUNTY: MacLeod Angus Bridge Traffic on the MacLeod Angus Bridge in South Harbour is reduced to one lane until further notice. Traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-383-2232 RICHMOND COUNTY: West Bay Highway West Bay Highway, from 100 metres east of Black River Bridge for about six kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Sunday, Sept. 30. Traffic control and a pilot vehicle are on site. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge on Marble Mountain Road in Valley Mills will be closed for repairs until Friday, Aug. 10. Detour signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-625-4050 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lower South River Bridge Lower South River Bridge will be closed to replace the bridge and approaches. A detour is in place until Aug. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-863-7378 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2 Trunk 2, for about six kilometres from West Brook Road to Southampton, will be reduced to one lane for maintenance until Monday, July 30. Traffic control people are on site Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 YARMOUTH COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 from Exit 32 to Exit 31 will be reduced to one lane for paving until further notice. Motorists can expect delays. Local Area Office: 902-742-2416 -30-last_img read more

first_imgA new associate deputy minister has been appointed to lead the Chief Information Office as it continues to oversee the province’s information technology systems and data network. Sandra Cascadden was appointed to the position after serving as chief health information officer at the department of Health and Wellness since January 2006. Prior to that, Ms. Cascadden was the director of information technology services at the Capital District Health Authority. “Ms. Cascadden brings a wealth of experience to her new role,” said Marilyn More, Minister responsible for the Chief Information Office. “Her leadership will be invaluable as technology continues to change and improve the way government can serve the people of Nova Scotia.” Miriam O’Brien had been serving as acting associate deputy minister following the retirement of Holly Fancy in December 2012. Ms. Cascadden will begin her new role on Sept. 3.last_img read more

first_imgPICTOU COUNTY: East River East Side Road, Plymouth East River East Side Road (Route 348) in Plymouth will be closed north of the railway overpass for culvert replacement from Monday, Aug. 12 until Wednesday, Aug. 14. Civic number 4868, and numbers higher, can still be accessed using the East River East Side Road. Lower civic numbers will use the detour route. Detour signs are in place. -30-last_img

first_imgNEW WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Joseph Howe Drive Overpass Repairs are being made on the Joseph Howe Drive overpass on Highway 102, Exit 0 until Monday, Jan. 6. Travel lanes are shifted to accommodate rush hour traffic. Drivers should reduce speed to 45 km/h and drive with extra caution in the area or use an alternate route. CONTINUING WORK QUEENS COUNTY: Milton Bridge The approaches to the Milton Bridge on Highway 8 have alternating lane closures during drilling work until Sunday, Dec. 29. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River until September 2015. Traffic is normally two lanes in both directions, however drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. DIGBY COUNTY: Acacia Valley Bridge The Acacia Valley Bridge is now open. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, the province is providing a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route for drivers has also been marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp . HANTS COUNTY: Shubenacadie, Bridge Trunk 2 Shubenacadie Bridge on Highway 2 is reduced to one lane until Tuesday, Dec. 31. The speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h in the construction area. HANTS COUNTY: Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook Bridges The Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook bridges, on Route 202 in West Gore, have a 24-tonne weight restriction until further notice. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Meisner Bridge Meisner Bridge on Highway 10, near Cherryfield, has alternating lane closures for repairs until Monday, Dec. 23. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. RICHMOND COUNTY: Cape Auguet Road Traffic on Cape Auguet Road, from the intersection of Lower Road south for about five kilometres, is reduced to one lane for repaving and other improvements. The work is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, Dec. 31. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and workers in the area. -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. RICHMOND COUNTY: Highway 4 Traffic on Highway 4, from west of Campbells Bridge, west for about five kilometres to Hay Cove Bridge, is reduced to one lane for repaving and the replacement of the Hay Cove bridge. Work is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, Dec. 31. Drivers should travel with caution and obey signs and workers in the area.last_img read more

first_imgIn his June 2015 Report, released today, June 17, Auditor General Michael Pickup said that aquaculture monitoring needs improvement. He also said that the Department of Health and Wellness does not know if prevention and treatment work is reducing gambling-related harms. He found that while government procurement generally followed legislation and policy, work is needed to make sure items are properly approved. As well, he found that six departments and agencies have made significant progress in implementing his office’s previous recommendations. Mr. Pickup identified concerns with aquaculture monitoring. He noted the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture has limited ability to make operators follow environmental monitoring requirements. “The department can cancel licences but needs other options for minor offences,” said Mr. Pickup. “Additionally, information systems do not support effective management of aquaculture in Nova Scotia because the systems do not contain complete information.” The auditor general found that the department followed its policies in issuing aquaculture licences, leases and renewals but needs more written documentation to guide staff. While the department is providing fish health monitoring services and responding to emergencies, it may not always be aware of disease outbreaks or if these are properly managed. The relocation of most of the Aquaculture Division and resulting loss of staff likely contributed to a backlog and delay in processing aquaculture renewal applications. The department also stopped processing new applications while it waited for significant regulatory changes. An audit of the prevention and treatment of problem gambling found the Department of Health and Wellness does not know if prevention and treatment work is reducing the number of Nova Scotians experiencing gambling-related harms. “Many Nova Scotians who need help with problems related to their gambling do not reach out to provincial services. Health and Wellness needs to figure out why this is and focus on getting more of those people to look for help.” The audit also looked at responsible gambling. It found that while the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation has a number of programs to promote responsible gambling, improvements are needed in evaluating those programs to make sure they reach enough people. Additionally, agreements between the province and First Nations bands do not always include responsible gambling requirements and there are no processes to make sure gambling on reserves is in compliance with provincial laws. Another audit looked at procurement of professional services in six departments and found opportunities for improvement. “Procurement requirements were generally followed but departments need to do more to make sure purchases are properly approved,” Mr. Pickup said. The report notes that government completes limited monitoring to verify that the procurement act and policy are followed. While contracts were monitored to make sure government received the services it paid for, in some cases, contracts were signed after work started and in some situations, there were no contracts. Important contract terms related to penalty clauses and dispute resolution were also missing. For the second time in the past year, the auditor general found that government departments may not be following Canada Revenue Agency requirements when they hire contractors. “Government needs to look at the risk of not following the agency rules across departments and take appropriate action to correct any issues identified.” In his followup of recommendations the office made in 2011 and 2012, the auditor general found that six departments and agencies are doing a better job of implementing recommendations from his office. “While the 57 per cent overall implementation rate is only a slight improvement from last year’s 50 per cent rate, it is encouraging to see the improvement to 70 per cent or more in these six organizations,” Mr. Pickup said. “However, some entities had very low rates of less than 50 per cent and should look to those organizations with higher implementation rates for ways to more quickly deal with issues they know exist.” The 82-page report contains 25 recommendations to government. The full report is available at www.oag-ns.ca .last_img read more

first_img “It’s an exciting time to be a part of the efforts the province is making to improve accessibility,” said Clary Stubbert, member of the disabled community and student of the NSCC Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification program. “The training I’m receiving from the Rick Hansen program will allow me to assess buildings in order to remove some of the barriers faced by people with disabilities.” Government will continue to consult with persons with disabilities and those impacted on the development of standards and the implementation of actions outlined in the strategy and government plan. “We are looking forward to working with standard development committees and continuing our consultation with persons with disabilities and others as we develop recommendations for the first standards,” said Doug Foster, chair of the Accessibility Advisory Board. “The success of the Accessibility Act can only be achieved when the voices of those directly impacted are heard.” The Accessibility Act was passed in 2017, setting a goal of an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030. It outlines how we will improve accessibility in our province to ensure that every Nova Scotian can participate in our society. Education, buildings, and shared spaces in Nova Scotia will soon be guided by accessibility standards. Minister responsible for the Accessibility Act, Mark Furey was joined by the Accessibility Advisory Board and stakeholders today, Sept. 21, for the release of the province’s implementation strategy for achieving accessibility. Access by Design 2030 identifies priorities to achieve the goals set out in the Accessibility Act. “I am proud of the collaboration that led to the Accessibility Act being passed last year. This historic piece of legislation will make a real difference in the lives of people with disabilities in Nova Scotia,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. Beginning in 2018 committees will be established to develop accessibility standards for education and the built environment, which includes buildings, streets, sidewalks, and shared spaces. These standards are expected to be rolled out starting in 2022 and will be implemented in the years following. The strategy also identifies actions to improve public awareness, build collaboration and increase compliance with existing regulations. “Access by Design 2030 outlines how government, businesses, communities, and individuals will work together to create a province that is inclusive and accessible to all,” said Mr. Furey. “The priorities outlined in the strategy and the continued input we receive from Nova Scotians will guide our work to make this province more equitable and inclusive.” The first Government of Nova Scotia Accessibility Plan (2018-2021) was also released today. The plan outlines actions for improving access to the provincial public service and to government information, infrastructure, programs, and services for persons with disabilities. “As an employer, and as Nova Scotia’s largest program and service provider, it is important we lead by example,” said Premier McNeil. “Government’s plan sets out concrete actions that will be taken over the next three years to ensure that accessibility is considered in the development and delivery of our policies, programs and services, and in our workplace.” Both the strategy and the plan were developed with input from Nova Scotians, including persons with disabilities and their families, those who provide services to persons with disabilities, municipalities, and representatives from the non-profit, education, health, and business sectors, and in collaboration with staff who work directly on the development and delivery of government programs and services. A summary of the consultation findings, Access by Design 2030, and the Government of Nova Scotia Accessibility Plan are available at novascotia.ca/accessibilitylast_img read more

first_imgSpring signals the start of motorcycling season in Nova Scotia. The province is once again teaming up with Safety Services Nova Scotia to promote Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and help reduce motorcycle crashes and fatalities. “We want to remind all drivers and riders that motorcycle safety is a shared responsibility,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines. “A moment’s inattention on our roads can cost you or someone else their life.” Recent research by the department indicates that almost 70 per cent of motorcyclists in a collision involving a major injury or fatality were male riders over 35 years old. “Along with sharing the road, skills training and refresher courses are also crucial for motorcyclists,” said Mr. Hines. “If you’re upgrading your motorcycle or you haven’t been on a motorcycle for a while, we strongly encourage you to take a refresher course.” “Motorcycle refresher courses will help keep you safe on the road,” said Mike Tops, driver improvement manager with Safety Services Nova Scotia. “We offer courses that give you the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to get the most from your motorcycling experience.” “Last summer, there were nine motorcycle fatalities in Nova Scotia, one being my friend,” said Jimi Swinamer, president of Bikers Down Society. “We want to increase awareness on how motorists and bikers can safely share the road and encourage motorcyclists to take a refresher course.” More information on motorcycle safety and training courses can be found at www.safetyservicesns.ca.last_img read more

first_imgDevelopments in West Bengal in the past week have reverberated across the nation as the assault on one of the junior doctors at NRS Hospital received widespread criticism. Protests across Bengal with the support received from across the country was a sigil of solidarity even as this very solidarity rendered thousands of patients without medical facilities. Doctors refused to work in Delhi, UP, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Karnataka and other parts of the country to display their support towards the demands of NRS doctors. AIIMS Delhi went a step ahead and gave the West Bengal government an ultimatum of 48 hours with a delegation of Indian Medical Council visiting the Union Health Minister over the concerned issue. The pertinent issue of lack of security and police personnel in government hospitals across the nation has been a corner of concern. Like government banks, railway stations, etc., even the government hospitals must have appropriate security and police presence to avoid any mishap. The incident which took place at NRS Hospital was indeed an unfortunate one but more than that it was a serious security lapse. Overreacting patients cannot be ruled out given the severity of issues hospitals deal with and the state of mind any particular individual might be in. Assaulting anyone is against law and there are always those who break laws. Hence, the requirement of adequate safeguards to ensure safety, and that too at someone’s workplace, is paramount. Rightly so then, the demand put forth by doctors of NRS hospital was justified as it echoed across the nation with supporters decrying the incident and demanding action. Of course, the issue was red-hot and at a vulnerable point to be politically exploited and further leading to more protests. Already, a pool of patients had to bear the brunt of doctors’ absence. In short, the state was getting severely affected and the issue would have compounded and became a problem with ramifications which would not be pleasant. Also Read – A compounding difficultyIn this chaos, West Bengal’s chief minister took steps which made NRS hospital, doctors across the state and nation as well as people of Bengal reinstate their faith in the system, especially Mamata above all. The consequence of any agitation in a democracy is always going to be reformist in nature. The seven-day standoff between doctors and state government over lack of security at the workplace came to an end thanks to the truce achieved by the Mamata administration and a delegation of junior doctors. The state secretariat witnessed a 100-minute meeting where Mamata managed to put a smile on faces of protesting junior doctors who, by their absence from the workplace, had brought health services across the state to a standstill; their protest was emulated by others across the nation bringing health services to a halt at many places including the private hospitals shutting their OPDs. The protests staged by doctors transformed into a round of applause as Mamata accepted all their demands and appealed to them to end their strike, calling them “good boys”. The doctors, prior to their meeting, had put forward a demand to live-stream the meeting on news channels instead of a closed-door meeting, setting a precedent that was hailed by all, and would result in increased transparency – something governments have always eluded in some way or another. Closed-door meetings have been conventionally followed to resolve issues, even if they involve the common people. In the garb of confidentiality, almost everything regarding the government is discreetly discussed without letting the layman witness any of it. The essence of democracy is dampened but decisions of authority prevail nevertheless. However, with a one-of-its-kind meeting, the Mamata administration has not only satisfied doctors but the entire state. The incident takes us back to when DD Lok Sabha aired proceedings of the lower house on national TV. Democracy was enriched with public viewership as the elected representatives discussed matters of national interest. The coverage showed Mamata patiently listening to all demands raised by the delegation of junior doctors, jotting down points while asking health and police officials in the room to act on issues as entire West Bengal and the country watched. Governance of this sort really places the administration on a different note. When a government is able to fearlessly pursue remedies and solutions to fix cracks in the system, which is their duty as representatives of people, with a public eye constantly watching, democracy is strengthened. In the context of doctor’s agitation, Mamata pioneered the grievance redressal as the strike ended and doctors returned to their daily work. In fact, the positive note of the meeting reflected in their actions as they went back to NRS Hospital cheering and smiling and apologised to patients and their families with folded hands. If governments – who are fond of setting up committees to look into issues and provide redressal – practice what the West Bengal government did in this case, chances of public redressal increase several folds. Even the quality of remedy is assured since actions of government are now accountable in the eyes of masses due to the live-streamed meeting. In essence, transparency is increased and in a democracy, that will be always desirable.last_img read more

first_imgBraces can help you get straight teeth but it may not always bring happiness and self-confidence, a study suggests. A recently published study followed 448 13-year-old kids from South Australia in 1988 and 1989. By the time that they turned 30 in 2005 and 2006 more than a third of them had received orthodontic treatment. “The study, examined if having braces lead to a greater level of happiness or psychosocial outcomes, later in life. There was a pattern of higher psychosocial scores in people who did not have orthodontic treatment meaning people who hadn’t had braces fitted were happier than the ones that did have braces.” Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Those who didn’t have braces had varying levels of crooked teeth, just like those who had braces treatment –ranging from mild through to very severe,” researcher said. The study looked at four psychosocial aspects: how well people felt they coped with new or difficult situations and associated setbacks; how much they felt that could take care of their own health; the person believed that the support they received was from their personal network and their own level of optimism. “These indicators were chosen because they are important for psychosocial functioning and are relevant to health behaviours and health outcomes; since the core research question was the impact of braces treatment on patients’ self-confidence,” they added. During the study, a dental student, who has never had braces fitted: “My orthodontist recommended that I have braces fitted but I’m quite happy without them.last_img read more

first_imgKarnataka Floor Test Live: “The government received 99 votes, while 105 members have voted against it,” Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar confirmed after counting the votes. The HD Kumaraswamy led Congress-JD(S) government failed to survive trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday, with the coalition falling short of majority in the 224-member House. The trust vote was necessitated after 15 MLAs rebelled against Kumaraswamy government, plunging it to a minority. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The government received 99 votes, while 105 members have voted against it,” Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar confirmed after counting the votes.The trust vote sought by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy reached its culmination today after three missed deadlines. While the Opposition BJP has 105 MLAs in the House and the support of two Independents, the ruling coalition has 101 MLAs on its side on paper. However, as many as 20 coalition MLAs were absent from the House, reducing the number of the ruling government to 99. The political crisis in the state began with the resignation of at least 1 MLAs-12 from Congress and three from the JD(S), threatening the existence of the coalition government in the state. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayEarlier today, the police imposed prohibitory orders in the city under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) (prevents assembly of five or more people at one spot) and banned sale of liquor from 6 pm Tuesday to 6 am. The rebel MLAs had moved the Supreme Court against the Speaker’s delay in accepting their resignations. On July 17, the top court left it to the Speaker to decide on the resignations but ordered that they should not be compelled to attend the proceedings of the state Assembly. (Inputs from The India Express)last_img read more

first_imgGurugram: It was in the year 2017 that the initiative of creating forest within the city was first discussed In Gurugram. After two years, the Haryana government has begun taking action towards implementing the project. If all goes according to the plan, the state government will begin the implementation of the forest project in the city. The forest will be developed and conserved on the lines of Delhi’s ridge area.State Forest Minister Rao Narbir Singh, who will initiate the plantation on Friday, claimed that the forest is the only solution to the critical air quality of Gurugram as the Aravallis can no longer solely bear the burden of urban air cleansing. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”We have identified the land. It will be a model to reckon with in NCR. Local trees and plants will be planted and taken care of as part of the central Jal Shakti Abhiyaan. This forest will be a compensation for the trees axed for urban and infrastructural development in Gurugram,” said Narbir. According to officials, it is also planning to build water bodies, arboretum, recreation centre, medicinal plant garden and a bamboo park surrounded by nature trails in the forest. The area will be fenced and a mass plantation drive will be carried out to increase the green cover. The city forest will be developed in the Aravalli hills and foothills in villages Sakatpur, Gairatpur Bas and Sikohpur. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to officials, the new city forest will be bigger than Aravali Biodiversity Park, which is spread across 300 acres, and a 7-km-long trail along Wazirabad Bundh. The department will encourage plantation of native tree species in the forest and only treated water will be used there. The project is a joint effort of the district administration, forest department and private companies. The authorities plan to also distribute these areas to companies interested in tree plantation and maintenance drives for at least four years. These companies will plant around 2,500 trees and other plants in the forest. A large part of the 1,000-acre land is protected under the Section 4 and 5 of the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA).last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Mutual fund houses should ensure that banks — where a scheme has parked funds in the lender’s short-term deposits — do not invest in that particular scheme, according to Sebi. The markets watchdog has issued a clarification regarding ‘parking of funds in short-term deposits of scheduled commercial banks by mutual funds — pending deployment’. “Trustees/ asset management companies (AMCs) shall ensure that no funds of a scheme is parked in STD (short-term deposit) of a bank which has invested in that scheme,” Sebi said in a circular on Friday. Further, it said trustees and AMCs should ensure that the banks in which a scheme has STD do not invest in the same scheme until the scheme has STD with such banks. As per regulations, a mutual fund may invest funds in short-term deposits of schedule commercial banks, subject to certain conditions.last_img read more

first_imgKochi: Restrictions in the Kashmir Valley are being lifted every day progressively, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday as he promised a “completely normal new Kashmir”.He also criticised certain international media outlets for telecasting “fake news” on the Kashmir situation and said they are being “exposed everyday”. The Minister for Information and Broadcasting, who was interacting with the audience at the Malayala Manorama News Conclave here, rejected suggestions that there was a media blackout in the valley. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Representatives of newspapers and TV news channels were on the field, he added. Kashmiri newspapers are getting printed daily in all languages, and in Srinagar radio and news channels are reaching to the people, Javadekar said. He was responding to a query on the alleged media blackout since August 5 when the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 and divided the state into two Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”There was a phase of reasonable restrictions. Now these restrictions are lifted everyday progressively and you will have completely normal new Kashmir and new India,” the minister said. On international media reportage on Kashmir he said, “Now everybody has come to a situation where they realise that fake won’t survive. It is people’s power. They won’t tolerate fake news.” “As far as media is concerned, many channels are exposing every day. As we know, a very famous foreign TV channel showed a demonstration of 10,000 people. The fact was…it was… one was demonstration in Karachi, and another was demonstration four years ago,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said the government should have taken chief ministers’ views before changing the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission, adding that unilateralism is not good for federal policy and cooperative federalism. Earlier in July, the Centre changed the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission and mandated the panel to suggest ways for allocation of non-lapsable funds for defence and internal security. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSpeaking at an event here, Singh said any change in the panel’s terms of reference at the fag-end of its term should have been done in consultation with the states. “The best course would have been for the Central government that if it wants to tailor the terms of reference, it should be backed by Chief Ministers’ Conference, which is now under the auspices of NITI Aayog, otherwise there would be strong feeling that the (Central) government is trying to rob the states of due resource allotment. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”I think that it is not good for the federal polity of our country and cooperative federalism we all swear by these days,” Singh said while addressing the ‘National Seminar on Additional Terms of Reference of the 15th Finance Commission: Implication for the States’. “The commission’s report goes to the finance ministry and then it goes to the Cabinet and therefore government of the day can take a view that whatever the mandate of the Parliament, the government would abide by that rather than imposing its view unilaterally on the reluctant state commissions,” he added. The government on November 27, 2017 notified the 15th Finance Commission, headed by N K Singh, to suggest the formula for devolution of funds to states by the Centre for five years commencing April 1, 2020, among other issues. The commission, which has been mandated to use 2011 census data rather than the one of 1971 for resource allocation, was to submit its report by October 30, 2019. The deadline was later extended till November 30, 2019. “I respectfully request to the authorities to still take this view that they will go by the advice of the Chief Ministers if there is new controversy with regard to additional terms of reference of the commission,” the senior Congress leader said. “I am told once upon a time, the 9th Finance Commission took the view that it will be guided by the Constitutional mandate and will do the fair distribution of taxes, though I don’t know that whether this (15th) commission is going to adopt that line of thought. But…internal security as well as defence are subjects which are of great national importance,” Singh added. About the role of the commission, he said, “There are certain basic issues like allocations for health, education and other important subjects, environment protection, where all states have a legitimate interest. What should be done by the government is to evolve a broad national consensus in dealing with all these issues, otherwise there would be bickering and dissatisfaction. This is not good for the federal polity of our country.” He was of the view that cooperative federalism demands give and take and therefore it is very important that the Centre should take the initiative to consult states as often as necessary to carry them along. “It’s rather odd for the government to come up with additional terms of reference. Most of the states have already gone to the commission with their requirement and now you impose another terms of reference on the commission, which would complicate its work. That is certainly not good for the federal polity and cooperative federalism that we desire should flourish in the country,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgRiyadh: The weapons used to strike two Saudi oil plants were provided by the kingdom’s arch-foe Iran, the Riyadh-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Monday. “The investigation is continuing and all indications are that weapons used in both attacks came from Iran,” coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki told reporters in Riyadh, adding they were now probing “from where they were fired”. The Tehran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen, where a coalition is bogged down in a five-year war, claimed Saturday’s strikes on two facilities owned by state energy giant Aramco which sent shock waves across oil markets. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pointed the finger squarely at Tehran, saying there was no evidence the “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply” was launched from Yemen. “This strike didn’t come from Yemen territory as the Huthi militia are pretending,” Maliki said, adding that an investigation was ongoing into the attacks and their origins. He labelled the Huthis “a tool in the hands of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the terrorist regime of Iran”. Trump has raised the possibility of military retaliation after the strikes, saying Sunday that Washington was “locked and loaded” to respond. Oil prices rocketed on Monday after the strikes on Abqaiq, the world’s largest oil processing facility, and the Khurais oil field in eastern Saudi Arabia knocked out nearly half of the top crude exporter’s production.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is facing legal action from several environmental groups who accuse the government of dragging its heels on investigating Volkswagen for duping Canadians with diesel engines.Volkswagen pleaded guilty in the U.S. in March after software was found in certain diesel vehicles that made it appear as though the cars were producing fewer emissions than they really were.In fact, under normal conditions, the cars emitted 35 times Canada’s legal limit on nitrogen oxides, which have adverse effects on human health and contribute to climate change.About 105,000 of the rigged vehicles were sold in Canada and Volkswagen has a court-certified settlement program underway to buy back the cars and compensate Canadians who owned or leased them.A statement from McKenna says her department is investigating and will act if necessary, but that investigation is nearly two years old and two groups, Environmental Defence and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, are tired of waiting.Tim Gray, executive director of Environmental Defence, said his organization heard informally from the government that almost two years after the department began investigating there wasn’t a lot of confidence Canada could do anything about the Volkswagen violations.He said if the government doesn’t act when there is a “violation of environmental law at this scale” and an admission of guilt in the United States regarding the same cars, it sends a horrible message.“It basically puts a mark on Canada as a place to get away with dumping your crap into the environment and nothing will be done about it,” said Gray.So on June the two agencies joined forces to apply for a ministerial investigation to be launched under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.Provisions of that act allow a member of the public to seek a minister’s probe into allegations of violations of the act and to be updated on that investigation every 90 days.The application asked for investigations into four allegations including that Volkswagen imported cars that violated Canadian emissions requirements, applied the National Emissions Mark on diesel cars which didn’t meet the standards and then sold those cars, provided false and misleading information and earlier this year resumed sales of the 2015 models without fixing the emissions problem.Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Environmental Enforcement Directorate responded by saying because the department was already doing an in-house investigation on the first three items, there would be no ministerial probe.The department said it would launch a new investigation into the last claim, which looks at what Volkswagen did to fix its 2015 diesel-engine cars before starting to sell them again in Canada.This week the two organizations filed suit to force McKenna to comply with their application on all four issues.Amir Attaran, a lawyer with the Ecojustice environmental law clinic at the University of Ottawa who represents the individuals who filed the suit, said without launching investigations under Section 17 of the act, the government doesn’t have to update anyone on what it is doing to investigate.He said it has been nearly two years since the issue was first made public and Environment Canada launched its investigation. It has been almost six months since the company pleaded guilty in the U.S. and agreed that it wouldn’t deny wrongdoing in other countries as part of that plea. With all this, it doesn’t make sense that Canada hasn’t been able to complete its investigation and file charges here.Ontario NDP MP Brian Masse said Canada doesn’t take this kind of situation seriously enough and urged McKenna to act as soon as possible.Environment Canada spokesman Mark Johnson said in an email it is not abnormal for an investigation of this complexity to take two or three years and that work has to be completed to put together the strongest possible case before deciding whether to recommend charges be laid.—follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG – An upcoming Manitoba Opera production of “Madama Butterfly” has sparked debate over how the more than century-old tale of a doomed marriage between a Japanese teenager and an older American man fits with modern views about race.The opera company’s website describes Giacomo Puccini’s famous work as “the intensely moving story of a devoted young Japanese woman who is loved and betrayed by an American naval officer.”“Set in Japan at the dawn of the 20th century, East meets West in this clash of values and traditions.”Jenny Heijun Wills, an associate professor in the University of Winnipeg’s English department, has raised concerns about staging an opera she says reinforces harmful stereotypes of Asian women.“We may not be able to hold Puccini to our contemporary standards, but we can hold each other accountable in our contemporary moment,” she said.The female protagonist, young geisha Cio-Cio San, believes her marriage to the naval officer will last forever, but he leaves her to return to the United States shortly after they are wed. She bears their son, but the child is taken away from her years later when the officer returns to Japan with his American wife. Cio-Cio San kills herself for reasons of honour.“There are actual material consequences to this narrative of Asian women … always being patient, always being submissive, being sexually available for mostly European white foreigners to overtake,” said Wills, who is also director of the university’s Critical Race Network.Larry Desrochers, executive director of Manitoba Opera, said some concerns with the story are valid.“The original story is really influenced with this kind of imperialistic attitude and obviously there’s still vestiges of it in the opera today,” he said.But many of its themes are universal and timeless, he added.“It tells the story of a young girl who’s misled and mistreated by an older man that’s still relevant today.”Desrochers said it was important to cast a Japanese woman as lead. Renowned soprano Hiromi Omura will be playing the part of Cio-Cio San for three shows next month. When the opera company did “Madama Butterfly” eight years ago, a Chinese singer had the role.Omura, who lives in France, has performed in “Madama Butterfly” 100 times around the world since 2004. The singer, who remembers singing arias in her family’s traditional Japanese garden as a child, said the story resonates with her.“For me, it’s a story of a woman who lived with all of her might, even in a very hard situation,” she said. “Maybe somebody in the audience can be moved, can be touched by her way of life.”In the lead-up to the production, the opera has organized a talk about interracial relationships and a panel discussion on cultural appropriation.Wills said she takes issue with the panel partly because Omura is the only Asian voice on it and, as a member of the cast, is unlikely to have a critical take.The professor also said cultural appropriation isn’t the main issue with “Madama Butterfly,” because the opera is not telling a Japanese story through a white lens and capitalizing from it. Rather, she said, it tells a western story that happens to be set in Japan.Desrochers said the goal is to have a wide-ranging discussion with people in Winnipeg’s broader arts community.The Japanese Cultural Association of Manitoba was invited early on to partner with Manitoba Opera on “Madama Butterfly,” said president Art Miki.The group is holding a sake and sushi night next week and will have information booths and crafts for sale during the shows. Proceeds go toward the association’s fundraising efforts.“It’s a way of promoting our culture here with a wider audience,” said Miki, who also said he takes no issue with the staging of “Madama Butterfly” because it reflects attitudes from a different time.“I have to say, ‘Well, that’s the way it was,’” he said. “Otherwise, we’re in the position of trying to censor everything that exists that may appear to be not acceptable today.”— By Lauren Krugel in Calgarylast_img read more

first_imgTOBIQUE, N.B. – A resident of a New Brunswick First Nation is crediting the strength of several band members for saving his 12-year-old son as they struggled to exit their burning home.Daniel Saulis said he was struggling to maintain consciousness before several young men in their 20s broke the window of his burning Tobique First Nation home early Sunday and hauled he and his son Hunter out.“If it wasn’t for them, I don’t think we would have got out,” he said Wednesday.Saulis said a porch fire had spread into the kitchen, and the doors out of the house wouldn’t open or were blocked by heat, so they retreated into a bedroom and attempted to open a window.He and Hunter heard people outside asking if they needed help, and he told them they did.The heat made breathing difficult, and he couldn’t lift his heavy-set son out of the window on his own, he said.“I couldn’t have got Hunter out, he’s too heavy. I wouldn’t have been able to get him out alone,” said Saulis, who is a wood harvester.He said two or three of the men broke the window and then lifted them out, sheltering them in a vehicle and bringing them to a hospital for smoke inhalation treatment.Saulis said that the men were coming back from a dance and saw the flames coming from the home.He said that Houston Bear, one of the men who rescued them, used his arm strength to lift Hunter — who the father says weighs over 90 kilograms.“Houston is a big boy. He had ahold of Hunter’s arms and he wouldn’t let go for nothing,” said Saulis.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – The long road to replacing Canada’s aging fighter jets took a surprising turn Tuesday as the federal Liberal government added a caveat to its latest battle of the bidders: contenders deemed to be harming the country’s economic interests will find themselves at a “distinct disadvantage.”The plan is to replace the Royal Canadian Air Force’s current fleet of CF-18 with 88 sleek, modern new planes, Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan told a news conference — a contract worth between $15 billion and $19 billion.But the economic-interests test, still in the development stages with the help of the aerospace industry, was an unexpected twist that appears to have raised as many questions as answers.The government also confirmed Tuesday that it is walking away from plans to buy 18 Super Hornets from U.S. aerospace firm Boeing amid a bitter trade dispute with Montreal-based rival Bombardier. Canada will instead buy 18 second-hand F-18s from Australia to deal with what the Liberals call a critical shortage of jets until the entire fleet can be replaced.While the full cost and delivery schedule are still being ironed out, the move will ultimately save time and money, Sajjan insisted.The deal must still be approved by the U.S. government, which originally sold the F-18s to Australia and retains control over the transfer of such arms.During question period Tuesday, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer blasted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to buy old, second-hand aircraft that are of a similar vintage to the planes the government is replacing.“If the prime minister is so keen on buying fixer-uppers, will he come over?” Scheer quipped. “I have an old minivan I would love to show him.”But it was the Conservatives themselves who made a hash of the fighter-jet file and created the need for an interim fleet, Trudeau retorted.Gen. Jonathan Vance, Canada’s chief of the defence staff, was also on the dais at Tuesday’s news conference alongside Qualtrough, Sajjan, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains. The Australian aircraft are safe and will meet Canada’s needs, he insisted.“Make no mistake, these aircraft will work fine and those aircraft are very much needed,” Vance said.The decision to walk away from the interim Super Hornets — which carried an estimated price tag of $6 billion — was hardly a surprise, considering the government’s recent anti-Boeing rhetoric. But it remains to be seen how Boeing will be impacted by the economic-interest test, since the Chicago-based aerospace giant has major operations in Canada.Boeing has already made it clear it’s eager to enter the Super Hornet into the competition, despite its chilly relations with Ottawa over Bombardier. Qualtrough said the competition would be transparent and open to all, and that the new test will apply to all major military purchases in future.But the ministers didn’t dispute the notion that Boeing could be already at a disadvantage.“The purpose of this new policy is to clearly demonstrate that anyone that wants to engage Canada, if they cause economic harm, will be at a distinct disadvantage,” said Bains.“That’s the objective. This is really about our national interest. Our economy. And good-quality jobs in Canada.”Boeing will review the government’s announcement, including the new economic-harm test, before deciding on next steps, company spokesman Scott Day said in an email.At the same time, Day noted that Boeing employs 2,000 Canadians, including many in Winnipeg, conducts business with 560 local companies, and contributes $4 billion to the economy each year.“If you look at Boeing’s record in Canada, I think you have to let our record speak for itself.”That touches on one of the main questions with the new test, said defence analyst David Perry of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute: how the test is applied to companies like Boeing, which already have large interests in Canada.“That will be fascinating to see because there will be an extraordinary amount of subjectivity in that,” Perry said.“They have the trade action and complaint against Bombardier. But they also do billions of dollars of economic activity in Canada every year. How do you weigh those two things?“I think that will be extraordinarily difficult.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgA nurse who preyed on elderly patients in her care told lawyers with an inquiry examining her actions that she wouldn’t have been able to murder eight people if more controls were in place on medication at long-term care homes.Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s musings on what could have prevented her crimes are contained in a transcript of a lengthy interview submitted as evidence in the public inquiry that got underway in St. Thomas, Ont., this week.The 50-year-old injected more than a dozen patients with overdoses of insulin while working in long-term care homes and private residences in Ontario for nearly a decade. Her crimes went undetected until she confessed them to mental health workers and police in 2016.“I’ve given a lot of thought to changes that could have been made where I would not have been able to do this,” Wettlaufer said in an interview conducted Feb. 14 at the prison where she’s serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.“If there was a way that the insulin was counted, I would not have been able to do what I did without getting caught.”Insulin, Wettlaufer said, should be treated like a controlled substance.Wettlaufer said she first began thinking about killing people in 2006 when she was in a Woodstock, Ont., hospital where she had gone to deal with her obsessive and depressive thoughts. She was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and was prescribed medication, she said.“I just had so much anger I couldn’t concentrate … but if I thought about killing somebody while I was talking to other people I could talk normally to them,” Wettlaufer said. “And that’s where the thoughts of killing somebody started.”Wettlaufer said she began working shortly thereafter at Caressant Care, a long-term care home in Woodstock, and soon became overwhelmed.She said she was often working double shifts from 3 p.m. until 7 a.m. the following day, in charge of 32 patients with little help and dealing with a stressful home life.One night in 2007, she said she noticed Clotilde Adriano, 87, was on insulin.“This thought came into my head, just give her too much insulin and see what happens,” Wettlaufer said. “So I did.”Adriano didn’t die, but it sparked something for Wettlaufer, she said. She did the same thing to Adriano’s sister, Albina Demedeiros, 90, who was in a room across the hall, she said.“I chose them based on the fact they couldn’t self-report because they had dementia,” she said. Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to two charges of aggravated assault in connection with the sisters.She would go on to kill James Silcox in 2007 with an overdose of insulin. He was her first murder.Wettlaufer told lawyers with the inquiry that she picked insulin because it wasn’t tracked in the home and it could be deadly.“There was never a time when it was questioned why were we at some times going through insulin more so than others,” she said.Sometimes another nurse would check the amount of insulin she had prepped to give a patient. But that was easily circumvented, she said.“Even though another nurse checks it you can change the amount at any time,” she said.There were two rooms where she could get insulin and they were behind doors without windows, she added.“If the treatment room and med room were completely made of glass … there’s no way I could have done what I did without somebody seeing me,” Wettlaufer said.Even if there were windows, she explained, she could slip a few insulin pens into her pocket. And the pens themselves had no mechanism to restrict the amount of insulin — doses can be dialled up or down easily, she said.“If there was, say, a stopgap measure on the pen that once you dialled up a certain amount you couldn’t dial any more, or even if pens came preloaded … there wouldn’t be excess insulin,” she said.The public inquiry, which is scheduled to last several months, has said it won’t compel Wettlaufer to testify as her confessions and interview have been submitted as evidence.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – Amazon has announced plans to open a new Metro Vancouver shipping warehouse on Tsawwassen First Nation land in Delta, B.C.Amazon spokesperson Lauren Lynch said Thursday that the 41,800-square-metre facility will create more than 700 full-time jobs and is expected to open in time for the Christmas holiday season next year.The facility will be located within Delta iPort, a new industrial park developed by GWL Realty Advisors on behalf of the project’s owner Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, said a news release from the First Nation.Tsawwassen First Nation and the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan signed a 60-year lease agreement on the nine-hectare parcel in 2017, it said.When deciding on a place, Amazon looks for a few things, in particular, a talented workforce and proximity to customers so they can fulfil their one and two-day shipping promise, Lynch said.“We found that with Tsawwassen First Nation.”This will be Amazon’s third so-called fulfillment centre in B.C., where employees will pick, pack and ship items such as books, toys, small electronics and home goods.She said the centre will serve the rest of the country and all over the world depending on what item is selected.Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Bryce Williams said in a news release that the warehouse is a promising advancement that will continue to unlock the potential of the nation as a key economic driver in Metro Vancouver.In 2007, the nation ratified Canada’s first urban land-claim treaty, more than doubling the size of its reserve and providing members with millions of dollars in benefits that allowed it to develop its land.The tiny, 372-member First Nation reached the agreement after more than 15 years of negotiations, giving it ownership of more than 700 hectares of some of the most fertile agricultural land in Canada.The Tsawwassen First Nation is located on the shores of the Fraser River delta, bordered on one side by the BC Ferries terminal at Tsawwassen and on the other by the Roberts Bank Superport.last_img read more

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, Nov. 1———TORONTO VAN ATTACK SUSPECT DUE IN COURTThe case of a man accused in a deadly van attack in northern Toronto that left 10 people dead is expected in court today. Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont., faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 of attempted murder after he allegedly drove a white rental van down a crowded sidewalk on April 23. Minassian’s lawyer has said the Crown has asked the attorney general to skip the preliminary hearing and head straight to trial.———PRIME MINISTER HEADS NORTH TO CHURCHILLPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is to visit the northern Manitoba community of Churchill today as residents celebrate the arrival of the first train to roll into town in more than a year. The train pulled in Wednesday evening, surprising residents who expected it to arrive the following day. Flooding in the spring of 2017 damaged the tracks and severed the only land link to the town, so goods and people have had to be flown in at skyrocketing costs.———TWO MEN KILLED IN TORONTO-AREA CRASH: OFFICIALSTwo men were killed in a crash that sparked a massive tanker fire on a major toll highway in the Toronto area on Wednesday, emergency officials said. The crash happened just before 5 p.m. on Highway 407 in Vaughan, Ont., where provincial police said a westbound tanker crossed several lanes of traffic, jumped a median and collided with an eastbound passenger vehicle. Both vehicles burst into flames and were still smouldering hours later. Police identified the victims as a 41-year-old male truck driver from Brampton, Ont., and a 49-year-old man from Mississauga, Ont.———BRONCO TO PLAY FIRST HOCKEY GAME SINCE BUS CRASHA Humboldt Broncos player who suffered a broken collarbone and shoulder blade in a fatal bus crash last April plans to play in a game with his team for the first time tomorrow. Tyler Smith, who is 20, was one of 13 players who were injured last spring when the junior hockey team’s bus and a semi-trailer collided at a Saskatchewan intersection. Sixteen people were killed. Smith says he has been practising with the team for a couple weeks and plans to play in two games this weekend, including one in Humboldt.———CALGARY 2026 BID SURVIVES CITY COUNCIL VOTEA Calgary bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games survived a close vote at city council. Councillors had a motion before them that would have cancelled a plebiscite and ultimately killed a bid, but Calgarians are still going to the polls in less than two weeks to vote on whether they want to host the Games. Calgary’s bid corporation chief executive officer Mary Moran urges Calgarians to learn as much as they can about the bid before voting.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— The first-degree murder trial continues today for Garry Handlen, accused of the 1978 slaying of 12-year-old Monica Jack.— A judge is expected to rule today on whether a 16-year-old charged with attempted murder in the shooting of German tourist will be granted bail.— Ontario legislature member Jennifer French will host a news conference today with the families of firefighting trainee Adam Brunt and firefighter Gary Kendall, who lost their lives during unregulated private safety training courses.— Lawyers launching a series of court actions against the largest auto insurance companies in Ontario will be speaking at a news conference today.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX — A new report from an ongoing public inquiry into decades of abuse at a Halifax-area orphanage says a fragmented system of care was not equipped to address the needs of children who were vulnerable.Inquiry co-chairwoman Pamela Williams says it’s an idea that has consistently emerged as the inquiry has conducted its work over the last three years.Williams, who is chief judge of the provincial and family courts, says there must be fundamental changes in the way agencies operate to create “stronger trusting relationships” with the community at large.Co-chairman Tony Smith, a former resident of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, says “silos” have to be broken down within a care system that is not designed to address the unique needs of the African Nova Scotian community.A report released by the inquiry in January also pointed to a culture of silence and shame that contributed to the abuse at the home.Friday’s interim report precedes the inquiry’s final report, which is expected in the spring.The restorative inquiry is made up of former residents of the orphanage, community members and the provincial government.Launched in late 2015, it has a mandate to examine the experiences of former residents and systemic discrimination and racism throughout the province. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER — New research suggests that the health of Indigenous women recovering from the trauma of partner violence improves when the healing process integrates elder-led circles and other cultural elements.The study from the University of British Columbia and Western University focused on nurses working with women individually over the course of six to eight months.Their treatment included weekly circles or group activities led by an elder, which involved sharing personal stories and aspects of Indigenous culture through ceremonies, cultural teachings and traditional crafts.Colleen Varcoe, a professor of nursing at UBC, says at the end of the program, the women reported significantly fewer symptoms of trauma and depression and a better quality of life compared with how they felt in the beginning.Study co-author and ’60s Scoop survivor Roberta Price says cultural teachings, stories and songs bring out the strength in women.  Participants included 152 Indigenous women from different First Nations and language groups who were living in Vancouver and Surrey, B.C.Most had survived childhood abuse in a residential school, in addition to partner violence.The study did not include a control group that received treatment without elder-led circles or cultural elements and the results were self-reported.The program was tested in British Columbia, and is now being tested in three provinces to make sure it’s effective for all women.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — The accessibility law that took effect in Ontario 14 years ago and has served as a blueprint for similar legislation in other parts of Canada has fallen well short of its goals and continues to leave disabled residents facing daily, “soul-crushing” barriers, a former lieutenant governor has found.David Onley, a wheelchair user tasked with reviewing the implementation of Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, delivered a withering indictment of nearly all aspects of the law in a report quietly tabled in the provincial legislature this week.The scathing report said disabled residents are barred from full inclusion in the province at nearly every turn, likening some of the barriers they face to long-abolished Jim Crow laws that perpetuated racial discrimination in the United States.He said Ontario is nowhere near realizing the goal at the heart of the act, which promises to make the province fully accessible by 2025. He said only urgent, wide-ranging action from the provincial government can put a stop to the ongoing cycle of human rights violations.“This is a matter of civil rights, and people with disabilities are being discriminated against on a daily basis in multiple ways,” Onley said in a telephone interview. “We don’t like to use the word discrimination because it gets tossed around, but what other word describes the situation? It is discrimination.”Onley said the most obvious manifestations of that discrimination can be found throughout Ontario’s public and private buildings, many of which have physical features that actively shut people out.Onley — Ontario’s first disabled lieutenant governor — said some personal examples include restaurants featuring automatic doors atop a flight of stairs or hotels with accessible washrooms but beds too high for him to climb into from his motorized scooter.“For a person using a wheelchair, stairs are like a sign that says you can’t enter here. The same goes for a deaf student in a classroom without captioning or a blind woman trying to find her way in a building without accurate Braille signage,” he said in the opening chapter of his report. “The message is: you don’t belong here.”Onley said design barriers are no different than “the signs of a bygone era in foreign countries, telling people which water fountains they could or could not use and which restaurants or buses they could or could not use.”While Onley identified built environment barriers as one of the most pressing concerns, he listed a host of other problems with the law he said the government has failed to properly address since it took effect in 2005.Other issues included lack of enforcement, accessibility rules that are slow to be developed and even slower to be implemented, and information-technology standards that are already out of date although they haven’t been fully applied.Some of the issues are even more fundamental, he said, citing the fact that the law does not currently define “accessibility” and leaves people across the province to come up with their own interpretations. Even the definition of “disability” is problematic, he said, saying AODA’s current language positions disability as a medical issue rather than one of social exclusion.Clarifying those key terms is among the 15 broad recommendations Onley provided to the current Progressive Conservative government, who had frozen work by committees tasked with developing accessibility standards since taking power last June.Others involve the government radically changing its approach. Onley urged Premier Doug Ford to lead the way in making accessibility a priority across all ministries, not just the one ostensibly handling the file.He also urged the government to redesign the provincial education curriculum to make accessibility a focus starting as early as kindergarten and extending through the post-secondary years. He likened the efforts he wants to see with past campaigns that brought public smoking and environmental protection to greater public prominence.Onley singled out architects as a particular target of educational efforts, noting trainees in the field learn next to nothing about inclusive design.Other recommendations included offering tax breaks and other financial incentives to those improving accessibility in public buildings and private homes, significantly bolstering enforcement efforts, and lifting the freeze on developing new accessibility standards in areas like health care and education.The government said it acted on the last recommendation already and will be meeting with committee heads to get work back underway.Minister for Seniors and Accessibility Raymond Cho did not respond to Onley’s other recommendations, but thanked him for the report.“We aim to modernize our approach to accessibility to make things easier for families, workers and businesses in today’s Ontario,” Cho said in a statement.Accessibility advocates lauded Onley’s report, saying his “blistering” findings should be of particular concern to other Canadian jurisdictions.David Lepofsky, chair of advocacy group AODA Alliance, said Manitoba and Nova Scotia both put legislation in place that’s weaker than Ontario’s in many respects. The federal government, he said, is poised to follow suit unless the senate makes amendments to strengthen the proposed Accessible Canada Act, the first national accessibility law in Canada’s history.“The thing that we’ve learned, that the Onley report shows, is that just doing what Ontario did has helped, but nowhere near as much as what we need,” Lepofsky said. “(Other governments) need to learn from that and be better.”Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s health program for refugees and asylum seekers is getting a $283 million boost over the next two years.Immigration officials say the funding increase — contained in last week’s federal budget —  is needed because more people are making refugee claims.The number of asylum claims in Canada more than doubled over the last two years with 55,000 people making refugee claims in 2018.The refugee health program provides health care coverage for claimants while their applications are being reviewed but some reports suggest there is confusion among health care providers about how the program works.Early findings of a study being conducted by law professors at the University of Ottawa have found some refugees are being turned away by health care providers who are under the mistaken assumption they do not qualify for health coverage.Lead researcher Y.Y. Brandon Chen says health practitioners aren’t fully aware that previous cuts to the program were reversed and are also often frustrated by the red tape involved in getting reimbursed for refugee health costs. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgGODS LAKE NARROWS, Man. — RCMP in northern Manitoba say a two-year-old boy is dead after being attacked by dogs.Police in Gods Lake Narrows says they received a report of a dog attack on a child in the community early Monday afternoon.Officers found the child with life-threatening injuries in a wooded area not far from where he lived.He was pronounced dead on scene.Police believe the boy wandered away from his home and was attacked by several dogs.RCMP say community members were forced to shoot several dogs that were seen returning to the scene. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgThe Duchess of Cornwall received a canine guard of honour as she visited Battersea Dogs & Cats Home this week with her two Jack Russell terriers.Duchess of Cornwall and Paul O’Grady at Battersea Dogs & Cats HomeCredit/Copyright: http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/news-and-diary/the-duchess-of-cornwall-visits-battersea-dogs-cats-homeA dozen homeless dogs stood in two lines wearing blue jackets as The Duchess fed them treats, petted them and chatted to volunteers at the home, in south west London.The Duchess has recently adopted the two terriers from the charity and it was the first time she had visited Battersea with her new companions in tow.Her Royal Highness got Beth in August 2011 when she was a three-month-old unwanted puppy and later adopted Bluebell in September 2012 after she was found wandering alone in a London park with a painful skin condition.The pair appeared in fine form when they emerged with The Duchess from the royal car, straining at their leads to explore the smells of the home and barking at the cameras as they were photographed.Staff who treated the two dogs commented on how well they were looking and said they were delighted that Bluebell’s fur had grown back.“She’s the nicest dog,” The Duchess said of Bluebell. “Both of them are. They are very happy and they love it… These two, I must say, have turned out to be stars.”The Duchess visited the home in October 2010 to open the charity’s new London cattery and to mark Battersea’s 150th anniversary. During Wednesday’s hour-long visit The Duchess met Paul O’Grady, the television presenter and ambassador at Battersea who himself adopted a Jack Russell from the home in the summer.He told The Duchess: “I think mine’s got a bit of Rottweiler in her. She is tough.” The Duchess replied that her dogs are “very tough too”.Before leaving the Battersea home, The Duchess was given two goodie bags for her dogs, and in turn left the home a bag of Highgrove products donated by The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation.Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uklast_img read more

first_imgActor and UNICEF supporter Michael Sheen has been visiting Chad to see how money raised during last year’s Soccer Aid match is making an impact on child hunger.Michael Sheen sings and plays with children next to a rural health centre in Chad supported by UNICEFCredit/Copyright: UNICEF/2013/Chad/Jordi MatasThe celebrity football game raised nearly £5m for UNICEF’s work for children, thanks to all donations from the UK public being matched pound for pound by the UK Government.In Chad, recent drought and food shortages mean children are suffering from hunger and malnutrition.The money raised through Soccer Aid and matched by the UK Government is helping UNICEF strengthen health systems in the country so more children can be screened for malnutrition and be reached with life-saving care. Children are also receiving vaccinations against killer diseases, and mosquito nets to stop them getting deadly malaria while they’re sleeping.Aid from countries like the UK can make the difference between life and death for a malnourished child. Find out about UNICEF’s 2013 campaign against child hunger here.Source:UNICEF UKlast_img read more

first_imgThe fear of people with mental illness is problematic, says actor Glenn Close in a CBC interview.Borne of ignorance and usually misrepresented in the media, most people associate mental illness with violence and shun both those suffering with it and their families. Ironically, support and friendship are key ingredients in recovery and management.Close says her nephew was diagnosed with a disorder as a teenager and spent two years in a psychiatric hospital, but when he came out, he had lost all of his friends. Close’s sister Jessie wasn’t diagnosed with bipolar disorder until decades later because she wouldn’t pursue it for fear that her young daughter would lose friends as well.“One day when we were visiting my mother,” says Close, “my sister Jessie came up to me and said, ‘I need your help. I can’t stop thinking about killing myself.’ Even though her son Calen had already been diagnosed as living with schizoaffective disorder, we were absolutely clueless about what Jessie was struggling with. That was a huge and shocking wake-up call for me, and it started my journey into the education and awareness around mental illness.”It’s because of the stigma that the afflicted don’t disclose it, and why people don’t realize that the person at the next desk or on their board of directors could be one of the 20 percent with mental illness. Close says the reaction to her Bring Change 2 Mind was overwhelming because people suddenly felt recognized instead of isolated, and felt the relief and hope that comes with the connection to a community of families experiencing the same thing.“It’s astounding to me,” says Close. “It’s something our family talks about, how really clueless we were about mental illness. We had no vocabulary for it. When Calen was diagnosed he was 19, which is very common for that kind of illness. Jessie, however, had always been known as ‘the wild one, the irresponsible one, the one that couldn’t hold down a job’, and we come from a hardheaded tradition where you’re just supposed to pull up your socks and get on with it. She really fell through the cracks in our family because of our ignorance. She wasn’t properly diagnosed until she was 51 years old. What hurt she went through, what her children went through, she lost a lot of years because of that.”Mental illnesses are chronic illnesses, so learning to manage the day-to-day symptoms and learning to live beyond the label, that the person is not the diagnosis and should not be defined by it, is essential.“Have the courage to talk about it,” says Close. “Attention must be paid.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

first_imgIn an open letter published in The Times (London) newspaper and promoted through a digital billboard at Waterloo station, American celebrities Susan Sarandon, Daryl Hannah and Robert Kennedy Jr joined US NGOs, trade groups and businesses such as Food & Water Watch, the Sierra Club, the Rachel Carson Council, Friends of the Earth, the Organic Consumers Association, Dr Bronner’s and NYR Organic to warn British citizens of the dangers of growing GM crops and urge them to speak out before it’s too late.The warning comes at a critical time as the European Parliament will vote in January whether member states can decide for themselves to grow GM crops or not. If this legislation is passed, the UK could see the planting of commercial GM crops within the next six to eighteen months.The letter, which highlights the problems and challenges which American farmers, consumers and others have faced over nearly two decades of growing and eating GM crops, was delivered to Downing Street by a delegation which included fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, actor Jeremy Irons and chef Val Warner and MPs, Zac Goldsmith and Michael Meacher. It also included the two campaigners from the US who helped drive the letter, Pamm Larry and Diana Reeves, as well as Beyond GM Director, Pat Thomas, who coordinated the effort in the UK.The fully referenced letter, signed by groups and individuals representing some 57 million members and supporters, argues that GM crops have never delivered on their promises to increase yields and profits or to decrease pesticide use. In fact, they have done the opposite with the cost of growing GM crops now greater than conventional crops in the US and pesticide use 24% higher amongst GM farmers than non-GM farmers planting the same crops.The environmental harm caused by this increased herbicide has also led to the destruction of vital insect and bee populations. The population of the Monarch butterfly, for example, has dropped by over 80% in some parts of the US as the herbicide, Roundup, kills milkweed – the Monarch’s key food source. It also damages soil structure and makes essential micronutrients unavailable to the plant and therefore our food.The Americans warn that after nearly 20 years of use, GM ingredients are now everywhere in their food chain – over 70% of all processed foods in the US contain them. As a result, traces of glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup – have been found in high levels in the breast milk and urine of American mothers as well as in their drinking water. The levels in the breast milk were around 1,600 times higher than what is currently allowable in European drinking water.The American signatories believe their experience of using what they call a “failing agricultural technology” serves as a warning to other countries about to journey down the same road. They conclude that GM food “has never really been about public good, or feeding the hungry, or supporting farmers. Nor is it about consumer choice. Instead it’s about private, corporate control of the food system.”Susan Sarandon says: “Instead of bringing certainty and security, GMOs have raised more and more worrying questions about their effectiveness, their necessity, and even their safety. Polls show that the majority of US citizens – and in fact citizens everywhere – either want them labelled or taken out of the food system altogether.”Activist attorney Robert Kennedy Jr says: “An informed and engaged public is one of our greatest weapons against widespread threats to health and environmental justice. Initiatives like The Letter from America highlight clearly the problems we have faced in the US in the 17 years we have been planting and eating GMOs.”Vivienne Westwood, who was one of the British celebrities who helped deliver the petition to Downing Street this morning says: “GMOs are a democratic issue. They are a massive, unethical experiment in human and environmental health. People are voicing legitimate concerns about how they and their families will be affected by eating them, how planting them will affect the environment and biodiversity, how forcing them on developing countries will disempower and impoverish farmers there and most of all why, if so many unanswered question remain about GMOs, our government is continuing to try and force them on the British public.”Pat Thomas, the campaign director for Beyond GM says: “The American experience of GMOs shines a light on how our own food future will unfold if we continue to race pell-mell down the road to a genetically modified Britain. It also can teach us about the importance and effectiveness of public engagement. Biotech companies have spent a lot of time and money sidelining public opinion, and turning the GM debate into an abstract and academic affair. It’s time the public was brought back into the ‘public debate’ about what they eat, and what they feed their children, and it’s time politicians and regulators started listening.”For the full version of the Letter from America please visit: www.theletterfromamerica.org.last_img read more

first_imgThe Giving Back Fund’s Sports and Entertainment Philanthropy Summit will take place on July 25 in Los Angeles.Sports and Entertainment Philanthropy SummitThe Summit is a day long, classroom style retreat for staff and managers of foundations large and small. Through speakers and interactive panels you’ll learn cutting edge information, techniques and tips for growing your established nonprofit or getting your new organization off the ground. Plus, built in networking breaks give you an opportunity to create lasting connections with other nonprofit leaders and the event speakers.The speakers include:Carol Cone – On Purpose, CEODr. Richard Lapchick – UCF DeVos Sports Business Management, Program ChairJon Duschinsky – The Conversation Farm, FounderJay Samit – SeaChange International, CEOSpeakers from industry leading organizations will be covering: • How to use Social Media to support your cause and grow your organization • New Fundraising techniques and tactics that you should be using • Regulations and Compliance issues for nonprofits you need to know • New marketing concepts and approaches for any size budget • Innovation in the nonprofit world and what it means for your organization • How crowdfunding can change the way you fundraise. • Getting celebrity participation for your cause and raising public awareness • And MORE!To find out more about the event, click here.last_img read more

first_imgBill Clinton released the following statement on the sixth anniversary of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010:“Six years ago, over 200,000 Haitians were killed in the devastating earthquake, and countless more were displaced from their homes, loved ones, and support systems.“I am deeply grateful to the many partners within Haiti and around the world — including through the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative — who have remained steadfast in their dedication to the rebuilding effort, often in the face of considerable challenges. Together, Haitians and their partners are working today to create jobs, grow small businesses, revitalize Haiti’s once-vibrant agricultural sector, and protect the environment.“Much remains to be done, but I continue to believe that Haiti has a bright future, and will continue to do what I can to support the resilient Haitian people as they build the country they envision.”last_img read more

first_imgSport Relief has announced that James Bay, winner of best British Male Solo Artist at this year’s Brit Awards, is releasing a very special version of his track ‘Running’ as the official Sport Relief 2016 single, available to download on iTunes now.The original song is from the deluxe edition of James’ Double Platinum, number one debut album, Chaos and the Calm, and this new version has been re-recorded live from the world famous Abbey Road Studios to raise money for Sport Relief. The track is available to download on iTunes from today.The video for the single was filmed during James’ live recording at Abbey Road Studios and is available to watch now on Vevo. James Bay is also planning a special live performance of the track which will be shown as part of the Sport Relief Night of TV on Friday 18th March on BBC One.James Bay said: “I was very proud to be asked by Comic Relief to release ‘Running’ as the official Sport Relief single and it was such a great experience to record this special version live from Abbey Road Studios. This song is one that is very close to my heart and it feels like the perfect fit to release it with Sport Relief. Having been given the opportunity to see first-hand where the money raised for Sport Relief goes, I am very proud to be working with the charity to help raise money for people living incredibly tough lives both here at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities.”Comic Relief Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Cahill, said: “We’re very excited to be working with James and are so grateful to him and Republic Records for recording this fantastic version of ‘Running’, which is the perfect track to have as the Sport Relief single. This year’s campaign is set to be the biggest and best yet with more ways than ever for people across the nation to take part, raise cash and feel proud.”James recorded the track in Abbey Road Studios last month. The single is produced and written by James Bay.last_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Arcand was living on the streets in 2014 when a stranger heard him playing a piano in Churchill Square downtown. The music was so beautiful that Roslyn Polard asked if she could take a video of his performance.More than three years later, the video of Arcand playing the song he wrote has been viewed more than 11 million times on YouTube.As the page views started to add up in 2014, people from around the world wanted to learn more about the pianist.The CBC met Arcand a few days after the video hit the internet. A friend had told him his performance had gone viral on YouTube. One of Edmonton’s most famous musicians died peacefully last week.Ryan Arcand, known as the city’s piano man, didn’t play at the Winspear Centre for Music or at the Jubilee Auditorium. But his fingers danced over piano keys in public squares and churches, and finally in the supportive housing facilities that became his home in the final years of his life.He was 46. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Could the story of the Vegas Golden Knights be coming soon to a theatre near you? (Getty Images/CBC Sports) Advertisementcenter_img The Vegas Golden Knights’ run to the Stanley Cup Final feels like a ready-made sports movie — clichés and all.A scrappy group of literal outcasts defying the odds, sticking it to the establishment and rallying after a tragedy to reach improbable heights? The script practically writes itself.So, might as well cast it and start production, right? LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Golden Misfits — working title — has the potential to fuse the sheer lunacy of Slap Shot and emotional stakes of Miracle with the mass appeal of the Mighty Ducks film franchise. The NHL even brought up the subject with the Golden Knights recently, with the players and coaches weighing in on their cinematic counterparts.But in order to achieve peak authenticity, it’s time for an expansion draft (er, casting call) to find the right actors. And should Vegas win the Cup, it’d be a bigger heist than anything Danny Ocean ever schemed up… Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Industry chatter about a blockbuster franchise born in Vancouver moving to the United States has many locals hoping it’s not true.A Production Weekly posting this week is suggesting Deadpool 3 might be shot in Atlanta, but that hasn’t been confirmed.Amber Sessions with Tourism Vancouver is hoping the third installment is shot here. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Like most Vancouverites, Tourism Vancouver would love to see Deadpool 3 filmed in Vancouver. We have a growing film tourism program. Deadpool 2 was actually one of the films that we worked really successfully with Fox and other partners to do a great tourism campaign around.”She adds a recent contest offering Deadpool fans a free trip to the city had more than 40,000 entries and 4 million impressions online.“Certainly if Deadpool did move to Atlanta, we’d be able to move on to other projects. We’ve done similar projects with lots of other movies that have been in Vancouver, so it’s not like this is the only movie that we’d ever be able to work with, but would we love to see it filmed in Vancouver again? Of course we would.”Sessions says other campaigns for the movies Planet of the Apes and Fifty Shades of Grey have also been good.When there was talk of shooting Deadpool 2 outside Vancouver, actor Ryan Reynolds insisted production stay in his hometown.He’s the star of the franchise who’s also one of the producers and was instrumental in getting the first Deadpool movie filmed.by MARCELLA BERNARDO Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsVANCOUVER–The RCMP is expected to announce a major development in the ongoing investigation into the death and disappearance of women along the infamous Highway of Tears.Investigators with Project E-PANA plan to hold a press conference on Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. local time.The RCMP will also be holding news conferences in Kamloops and Prince George, B.C., on Wednesday.At least 18 women, the majority of them First Nation, have gone missing or been found murdered along the Highway of Tears, or Hwy 16, which is a desolate stretch of road running between Prince George and Prince Rupert,B.C. The cases, which date back to 1969, have, for the most part, remained unsolved.The RCMP said in a release that a call for help will be issued to B.C. residents, Canadians and U.S. residents.CBC News reported late Monday that one of the killings has been linked to a U.S. man who died in prison in 2006. CBC reported that police used DNA to link the 1974 killing of Colleen MacMillen, 16, to Oregon man Bobby Jack Fowler.last_img read more

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National News The Huron-Wendat Nation is demanding the Ontario government call an urgent investigation into how one of their sacred burial sites in Barrie, Ont. was desecrated following an investigation by APTN National News this week uncovered how the province not only allowed it to happen but were the ones that did it.Grand Chief Konrad Sioui said the investigation needs to be independent as his ancestors have been dug up, disturbed and “entirely desecrated, likely with the knowledge of certain municipal and government authorities” on what’s known as the Allandale Station lands, a nine-acre site in downtown Barrie. “We are outraged to see that this situation seems to have gone on for years, all without our knowledge,” said Sioui in a press release issued Friday. “We deeply lament this immense desecration of our ancestors. The Allandale Station site and the burial grounds that are found there are sacred and must be protected. Huron-Wendat human remains must never be disturbed, under any circumstances.”The Huron-Wendat people were known to inhabit a large portion of southern Ontario including Barrie. The area is commonly called Huronia. After being forced out in the 1600s they later resettle in Quebec, and parts of the United States.APTN reported Wednesday that several laws and regulations that are supposed to protect archaeological and burial sites were ignored by the Ontario government when it started construction to extend GO Transit, the provincially-owned commuter rail line, into the Allandale site in 2010. This photo was taken in 2011 and shows work is underway on the pedestrian under pass.The government had knowledge of the documented burials, known as ossuaries, for years and that all but one of the many archaeological reports done on the land had warned the province not to dig without looking for the burials. The one that didn’t was commissioned by GO Transit in 2004.Philip Woodley was hired to do what is known as a Stage 1 archaeological assessment of five locations in Barrie where Go Transit was looking to build a new station connecting Barrie to downtown Toronto.A Stage 1 is known as a literature review, meaning archaeologists generally look over any historical documents that can help them understand what was once on a property.Woodley said he never looked in the history books because when he visited the site, known as the Allandale Station lands, he believed it was too disturbed to contain any archaeological potential after operating for years as a rail yard.What he didn’t know, and which had been previously documented, is when the railway yard was first built back in 1853 a large amount of fill dirt was used to level the ground capping the natural soil beneath.This could have protected a large ossuary found in 1846 with 200-300 bodies. Two smaller ossuaries were found later that century. It’s not known what happened to them or their exact location on the site, but many believe they were in the area where GO put their tracks and could still be there. Woodley said he should have told GO Transit a more in-depth assessment of the site was required, such as doing test pits to look for evidence of the ossuaries.“It certainly looked disturbed to me at the time, but apparently I was wrong,” said Woodley. “I went out there. I looked around. I saw a train station and a huge gravel pad that was at the same level as the surrounding land.”The Allandale station in 2009. The Huron Wendat community was located between the station and the tracks.Just a few years earlier, the former AFBY Archaeological and Heritage Consultants found a Huron-Wendat village in the natural soil at Allandale with thousands of pieces of ceramics and tools.AFBY didn’t find the burials and recommended to the province that any development on the site, outside of his testing area, needed further assessment, as he only did a small portion of the site. The province agreed in a 2001 letter to AFBY.Woodley never got those AFBY reports, and there was three of them. He said he asked for them, but the province didn’t provide any.“When we did our background research none of (AFBY’s) work came up as part of existing sites in the area,” he recalled. “I’m not trying to justify my conclusions. I’m just saying … there was no registered sites and I just assumed it was disturbed.”The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport signed off on his report three years later in 2007, around the same time GO Transit acquired a portion of the Allandale site from Barrie.The ministry made no revisions to Woodley’s report.In 2010, construction started on the site, including a station with a deep underground pedestrian pass.Adding to the problem is the province knew of AFBY’s reports and had its own knowledge of the area, but still cleared GO to do the work using Woodley’s report.The province wrote to Barrie officials in 1996 when the city was acquiring the site back from the Canadian National Railway, and told them the lands had archaeological potential and there were rules to follow if they redeveloped the land.That letter mentioned a Barrie Examiner newspaper article from 1926 that recounted an interview with a Major Joseph Rogers, the high constable for Simcoe County.“There are few people who stand on the station platform at Allandale and know they are standing right over one of the greatest Indian burial places known in Ontario,” Rogers is quoted as saying. Archaeologists, who have reviewed the situation, said the province should never have cleared the site for development based on what was known.“Further systemic gaps are indicated by the fact that in 2007 the Ministry of Culture issued a concurrence letter for (Woodley’s) report – essentially clearing the candidate GO station site on the Allandale Station lands of any further archaeological concern – in spite of the outstanding recommendations for further work on the property to which they had previously agreed in 2001,” wrote Robert MacDonald, the assistant managing partner at Archaeological Services Inc. in Toronto, in his January 2015 summary report issued to MTCS calling for urgent action.Download (PDF, Unknown)No action has happened, and the province has refused to directly answer any questions brought to them by APTN, other then to say they’re improving the system and reviewing reports. Another archaeologist said even if the province didn’t share AFBY’s report, Woodley’s work shouldn’t have been accepted.“Right away when Phil Woodley’s report came in (the ministry) should have said ‘try again,’” said Mike Henry of AMICK Consultants. “Even if the ministry didn’t recognize they’re at fault for not giving Phil the AFBY report they should have still said to Phil ‘this is unsatisfactory because we know there is a burial ground there. We told the city there is a burial ground there. We know (because) it’s documented. It’s publicly available information … re-write the report. Re-submit it. Make appropriate recommendations.’” Henry was hired by the City of Barrie in late 2009 to do a Stage 1 of the site. When he requested all previous archaeological reports done the site he got AFBY’s and not Woodley’s.Still, he recommended any lands not assessed by AFBY be thoroughly tested for burials.His recommendations could have been shared with GO and the work stopped, but Barrie never gave the report to Metrolinx, the Ontario government agency that operates GO Transit.“It is Barrie’s understanding that Metrolinx conducted its own archaeological investigations for the work it was completing for the Allandale GO Train Station. Barrie does not have a record of those reports. Barrie does not believe that Metrolinx discovered any archaeological artifacts during the course of its works,” said the city in a statement to APTN. Metrolinx has said in documents they don’t believe its contractors found anything, but have also refused to answer questions. But Henry’s report was also filed with the ministry and it’s not believed they did anything to stop the construction of the GO station. “It is a documented cemetery. (While) it may not be officially registered as a cemetery, it is a documented burial ground,” said Henry of the nine-acre site. “It is a cemetery, so you have to be darn sure that area is contained.”While the ossuaries have never been found since their discovery, Henry did find a large amount of fragmented human remains on the site between 2011-2012, including piece of a human jaw with teeth still attached and shovel-shaped incisors – a known characteristic of Indigenous people pre-contact. He found them about 100 metres from where the GO station is today.The old Allandale rail station in Barrie. In the foreground a test square can be seen where archaeologists are searching for human bones. Photo courtesy: Mike HenryHenry believes remains are yet to be found on the property and further testing is needed of all the land there.Robert MacDonald of ASI said the gaps in regulations need to be closed.“(We’re) very concerned that gaps in provincially mandated policies and protocols, such as those which led to the construction of the Allandale Go Station without a Stage 2 archaeological assessment, may result in further impacts to the archaeological deposits and/or human remains on the Allandale Station Lands,” he said in his 2015 report.Woodley said if the province had other reports and recommendations they should have went with them.“You always go with the most recent report,” he said. “I feel bad about my report (but) somebody else should have shared the other reports.”In June 2015, the Huron-Wendat Nation’s band council adopted a resolution to establish a clear position regarding the protection and preservation of its ancestral heritage. “We will continue to fight for the protection of our history and against the destruction of our heritage and ancestors both in Quebec and in Ontario. These are our ancestors and we will take all the necessary measures to restore their dignity so that they may rest in peace,” said Sioui, Friday. “We have been faced with many situations where the remains of our ancestors have been unearthed, examined, studied, unilaterally appropriated or simply disposed of like garbage. As in all such cases, this situation is unacceptable to us.” kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more

first_img(Leo Arcand with his partner Shawna and children Morningstar, 18 months, and Sakihitiwin, 7. The family drove down from Driftpile First Nation to the Bear Claw Art Gallery in Edmonton where his soap stone carvings are on display. He said his life has been “Like a Song.” APTN/Brandi Morin) Brandi Mori APTN National NewsA First Nations artist from Alexander First Nation in Alberta is quickly becoming world famous after one of his works was gifted to U.S. President Barack Obama by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Washington D.C. Thursday.Leo Arcand, who now calls Driftpile First Nation home, drove to the Bear Claw Art Gallery in Edmonton to celebrate his art being recognized.“It’s a great honour. What are the odds of having the prime minister choose one of your works to give to another world leader?” said Arcand. “I’m still absorbing it.”The soap stone carving of an eagle and a human intertwined that was given as the gift has deep meaning, said Arcand who conducts prayer for inspiration before creating his artwork.“The meaning of the carving was love, humanity, courage, working together. The spiritual aspect of it was to bring together the human form, the spirit animal representing mother earth and the human representing humanity itself,” he said.Since learning of his art going to the White House, Arcand said his life has been “like a song.”The stunning news came as a complete surprise to Arcand Thursday afternoon. The Bear Claw got a call from the Prime Minister’s Office just over a month ago and things unfolded from there.“They were looking at a few different pieces and decided on ‘Courage’”, said Hope Wright, of the Bear Claw gallery. “But they said we had to keep it on ‘the down low’ and if it’s chosen as a gift to a world leader they’d let us know.”Little did the Bear Claw or Arcand ever suspect the work would be given to the most famous leader in the world.He said he believes it’s a symbol of reconciliation that Trudeau took with him to the U.S.“Yes, I believe it’s a symbol, and that things happen for a reason,” said Arcand, who has been soap carving for 25 years and working full time in art for almost two decades.He’s also grateful for the support of the Bear Claw Art Gallery which has showcased Indigenous art for over 40 years.Since word broke of Arcand’s eagle carving gifted to the U.S. president the phones of the gallery have been ringing off the hook. Indigenous art is flying off the shelves, said owner Jackie Bugera.“In our 40 years of selling and representing First Nation artists we’ve never had this kind of media response to an artist the way the media has really embraced Leo and his work,” she said. “Times are definitely changing. 40 years ago First Nations galleries couldn’t even get native gallery’s to represent them. I think there’s so much more appreciation of the culture and the art. And I’ve always believed that art is a way of learning about culture. You can explain culture, go see the art. Go see it.”Arcand said he is “rich in his culture” and that helps to express his gifts within to the world.“Thank you (Trudeau) very much for selecting my work. It’s truly an honour. It’s truly a gift. I think there’s a lot of spiritual happening there because I do come from a spiritual background. As you can see in my work,” said Arcand.bmorin@aptn.ca@songstress28last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – The National Energy Board is issuing a stern warning to the company building the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion for installing mats in streams to discourage fish from spawning where the pipeline is to be built.In a letter on its website, the regulator orders the company building the line from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., to stop installing the mats until it has obtained all approvals from the board to allow the start of construction in those areas.In a blog dated Sept. 12 on the project website, Trans Mountain describes the “innovative use of snow fencing” in streams to protect spawning salmon and trout.It says its biologists had temporarily laid plastic fencing on the bottom of some sections of five streams through mid-August 2017 in preparation for pipeline construction there in early 2018, adding it had identified a total of 26 streams in British Columbia and Alberta where the mats would be used prior to spawning season.In an email, Trans Mountain spokesman Ali Hounsell says the spawning deterrents were considered a “preventive measure” to minimize environmental impacts of construction, adding the company is working on a response to the NEB order.Greenpeace Canada energy strategist Keith Stewart says it’s hard to believe that Trans Mountain owner Kinder Morgan didn’t know or failed to check to see if its anti-spawning strategy was allowed.last_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s labour minister has appointed an economist to lead a commission to advise the government on boosting the province’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.Prof. Marjorie Griffin Cohen of Simon Fraser University will chair the Fair Wages Commission, which also includes Ken Peacock, vice-president at the Business Council of British Columbia, and Ivan Limpright, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.The commission is expected to deliver a report with a timeline to raise the minimum wage within 90 days of its first meeting.The New Democrats had previously set a deadline of 2021 to raise the minimum wage but Labour Minister Harry Bains said that will now be up to the commission to determine.“We want to de-politicize this whole process so that they consult with small businesses, consult with workers, consult with the community leaders to make sure that they come back with the recommendations that will give small businesses at least a gradual, predictable, and common sense increases so they have certainty to adjust their cost of labour over a period of time,” he said.The NDP had promised to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour but after forming a government it agreed with the Green party to set up a commission that would oversee regular rate reviews.The commission will also review wages of liquor servers and agricultural workers that are tied to separate rates.Bains said the commission has also been asked to report on closing the gap between the minimum and living wage, which varies between communities.Cohen said average hourly wages in B.C. are lower than the national average.“These low wages have contributed to growing inequality and poverty for many working people and their families,” she said.The commission has a budget of $490,000 over two years, which will largely fund travel and consultations.last_img read more

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,891.63, up 36.86 points):Aecon Group Inc. (TSX:ARE). Engineering and construction. Up $3.21, or 19.43 per cent, to $19.73 on 13.5 million shares. The Calgary-based company has signed a deal to be acquired for $1.5 billion in cash by CCCC International Holding Ltd. of China, subject to shareholder and government approvals. Aecon will continue to be headquartered in Canada while CCCI’s size and financial strength will help it bid for larger and more complex projects, the companies said.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up 95 cents, or 2.25 per cent, to $43.10 on 7.4 million shares. The oilsands developer reported a third-quarter profit of $867 million (52 cents per share), compared with earnings of $346 million (21 cents per share) for the same quarter last year.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Up one cent, or 0.60 per cent, to $1.68 on 6.1 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Up 19 cents, or 4.41 per cent, to $4.50 on 5.8 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down $1.55, or 7.68 per cent, to $18.64 on 5.6 million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TECK.B). Miner. Down $2.47, or 8.44 per cent, to $26.81 on 5.5 million shares. The mining company saw its third-quarter profit more than double compared with a year ago, boosted by its steelmaking coal business. It earned $600 million attributable to shareholders or $1.02 per diluted share, compared with a profit of $234 million or 40 cents per diluted share.Companies reporting major news:ECN Capital Corp. (TSX:ECN). Financial Services. Up 23 cents, or 5.91 per cent, to $4.12 on 5.1 million shares. The company announced on Wednesday that it acquired Triad Financial Services, Inc. for C$125 million in cash.Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE). Oil and gas. Down 17 cents, or 1.05 per cent, to $16.09 on 2.1 million shares. The energy company lowered its capital spending guidance by $300 million to $2.2 billion- to $2.3-billion due in part to cost efficiencies. It also reported a third-quarter profit of $136 million (13 cents per share), compared with a profit of $1.39 billion ($1.37 per share) a year ago when the results were boosted by asset sales.Maple Leaf Foods (TSX:MFI). Consumer packaged goods. Up 86 cents, or 2.65 per cent, to $33.29 on 393,856 shares. The processed meat company reported third-quarter earnings of $37.6 million (39 cents per diluted share), up from $31.8 million (23 cents per diluted share) a year ago. Third-quarter sales amounted to $908.4 million, up from $852.1 million a year ago.Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT). Fertilizer. Down 29 cents, or 1.15 per cent, to $24.85 on 1.8 million shares. Potash says it earned a third-quarter profit of $53 million (six cents per diluted share), down from $81 million (10 cents per diluted share) a year ago, as it works to close its merger with Agrium Inc. Chief executive Jochen Tilk says the company still expects to close the deal by the end of the year.Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Fast food restaurants. Down $2.15, 2.49 per cent, to $84.05 on 748,643 shares. The parent company of Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, reported third-quarter earnings of US$91.4 million (37 cents per diluted share), up from $86.3 million (36 cents per diluted share) a year ago. Third-quarter revenue totalled $1.21 billion, up from $1.08 billion.last_img read more

first_imgPARIS – Brawls have broken out in French supermarkets as shoppers scramble to get their hands on discounted jars of chocolate and hazelnut spread.Chaotic scenes were filmed in several supermarkets across the country operated by the Intermarche chain, which offered massive discounts on jars of Nutella.The promotion, launched on Thursday, reduced the price of more than a million 950-gram jars from 4.70 euros ($5.85) to 1.41 ($1.75).In one video posted on Twitter, customers are seen shoving each other and shouting as they try to get as many jars as possible. According to Le Parisien newspaper, shoppers started to fight in the northern town of Ostricourt, prompting police to step in.Intermarche did not immediately answer a message from The Associated Press seeking comments. Ferrero, the company that produces Nutella, decried the incidents and distanced itself from the supermarket chain.“We want to clarify that the decision for the special offer was taken unilaterally by Intermarche,” the company said in a statement. “We regret the consequences of this operation, which created confusion and disappointment in the consumers’ minds.”The discount was meant to last until Saturday but stocks ran out very quickly at many supermarkets. Sales went smoothly in some places, however, with no incidents reported in several supermarkets taking part in the promotion.last_img read more

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,216.47, down 25.41 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 16 cents, or 1.41 per cent, to $11.15 on 7.3 million shares.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Down eight cents, or 5.44 per cent, to $1.39 on 6.6 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up $1.45, or 7.73 per cent, to $20.22 on 6.5 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 23 cents, or 2.37 per cent, to $9.49 on 5.8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down 13 cents, or 0.52 per cent, to $24.70 on 4.7 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down three cents, or 0.93 per cent, to $3.19 on 4.6 million shares.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – A rising stock market lifted U.S. household wealth to a record $106.9 trillion in the April-June quarter, the culmination of a decade of economic recovery but a gain that is concentrated largely among the most affluent.The value of Americans’ stock and mutual fund portfolios rose $800 billion last quarter, while home values increased $600 billion, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. Total household wealth is now 2.1 per cent higher than in the first quarter, when it was $104.7 trillion.The Fed’s report came on a day when a wave of buying on Wall Street sent U.S. stocks surging and lifted both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index to all-time highs. The Dow has gained nearly 8 per cent this year, the S&P nearly 10 per cent.Household net worth reflects the value of assets like homes, bank accounts and stocks minus debts like mortgages and credit cards. The data aren’t adjusted for inflation or population growth.They also don’t reflect the experiences of most U.S. households. Stock market wealth has been flowing disproportionately — and increasingly — to the most affluent households. The richest one-tenth of Americans own about 84 per cent of the value of stocks. That’s up from 81 per cent just before the Great Recession began in late 2007.That trend is concerning to some economists, who regard such sizable disparities in wealth as unhealthy for an economy. When lower- and middle-income people don’t share much in overall prosperity, many are forced to absorb more debt and take other financial risks.“I would be happy in a world where we saw big stock increases — if stocks were more broadly distributed across the population,” said Josh Bivens, director of research at the liberal Economic Policy Institute. “The fact that is where most of the gains are going is worrisome.”In theory, greater household wealth can speed the economy by making consumers feel richer and more likely to spend. But most consumers are spending less of their wealth than they did before the recession began, economists have found.Americans are saving nearly 7 per cent of their incomes, according to Commerce Department figures. That figure has remained fairly steady for five years even as the stock market has set new highs and average home prices have increased faster than most people’s wages. That trend suggests that many people remain cautious about cashing in their wealth, economists say, perhaps because they regard it as less stable than in the past.The rising concentration of wealth among affluent and educated Americans is another factor why the nation’s increased net worth isn’t accelerating the pace of consumer spending. Richer households are less likely to spend their wealth gains than middle- or lower-income households are.America’s richest 10 per cent of households were nearly 120 times wealthier than the lower middle class in 2016, the most recent year for which figures are provided in a separate Fed report. That is up from 112 times in 2013. (The lower middle class was defined as those whose wealth placed them between the 25th and 50th percentiles of net worth.)The top 10 per cent had an average net worth of $5.34 million; for the lower middle class, the figure was $44,700.In 2008, the year the financial crisis erupted, U.S. household net worth was $58.9 trillion. Nearly a decade later, it has almost doubled.Sharp disparities in wealth also cut across racial lines. The median white household has a net worth of $171,000, according to Fed data. That’s about 10 times the typical net worth for a black household of $17,200. For Latinos, it was $20,700. (The median is the point at which half the population has more and half has less.)The Fed revised its previous quarterly data to show that household wealth was higher earlier this year than previously reported. Household wealth in the first quarter is now about $4 billion higher than was original reported, mostly because of higher pension reserves than previously estimated.___AP Economics Writer Josh Boak contributed to this report.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI — Facebook says there was a steep rise in data requests from India’s government in the first half of this year as compared to the previous two years.The company said in a report released Friday that it received 16,580 data requests from the government in the January-June period as compared to 22,024 requests in all of 2017 and 13,613 in 2016.Facebook said it provided data to the government in 53 per cent of the cases.It did not say what kind of data was being sought. The Indian Express newspaper said the data usually related to law enforcement.Facebook is grappling with challenges ranging from fake news to its role in elections interference, hate speech and incitement to violence in the United States, Myanmar, India and elsewhere.The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,944.09, down 68.56 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 22 cents, or 2.93 per cent, to $7.29 on 13.6 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Up one cent, or 0.45 per cent, to $2.25 on 10 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Down 13 cents, or 2.97 per cent, to $4.25 on 6.6 million shares.Largo Resources Ltd. (TSX:LGO). Metals. Down 40 cents, or 12.08 per cent, to $2.91 on 6.5 million shares.Nevsun Resources Ltd. (TSX:NSU). Metals. Down two cents, or 0.34 per cent, to $5.95 on 6 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down four cents, or 1.64 per cent, to $2.40 on 4.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:The Bank of Nova Scotia. (TSX:BNS). Up six cents to $70.15. Scotiabank plans to sell its banking operations in nine Caribbean countries and its insurance operations in two other regional markets — and its chief executive expects more international divestments in the pipeline. The bank signed an agreement to sell its banking operations in “non-core” markets — including Grenada, St. Maarten and St. Lucia — to Republic Financial Holdings Ltd. for an undisclosed amount. The bank also said its subsidiaries in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago will sell their insurance operations to and partner with Sagicor Financial Corp. Ltd.Ensign Energy Services Inc. (TSX:ESI) Down 48 cents or 9.3 per cent to $4.70. Precision Drilling Corp. says it is entitled to a $20-million break fee after Ensign announced Tuesday that it will take control of Trinidad Drilling Ltd. by acquiring a majority of Trinidad’s shares. Calgary-based Precision, the largest driller in Canada, said the fee is owed as part of the Oct. 5 arrangement it had with Trinidad after terminating the friendly deal following Ensign’s success. Ensign says 56.38 per cent of Trinidad shares have been tendered by its Tuesday deadline. The 154.1 million shares are in addition to the 26.9 million it also owns, raising its stake in Trinidad to 66.18 per cent.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Free trade agreements with Europe and the United States prevent Via Rail from favouring Bombardier in the awarding of contracts, federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau says. Garneau reacted this morning to a report that Via Rail is preparing to award a $1-billion contract for new trains to the German firm Siemens AG. La Presse reported the Crown Corporation is negotiating the terms of the contract with Siemens after its submission beat out Bombardier Transportation and third-place Spanish company Talgo Inc. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_img“Review and approval processes specific to Fort St. John are now underway,” she added.Shopland said that this week, the City received approval for several water main projects: on 111th Ave. north of C.M. Finch School, 113th Ave. at 103rd St., and 77th Ave. at 90th St.He added that the only project awaiting approval from the health authority is the Local Area Service extension to the Tahltan Road, though he said that project had only recently been approved by Council. Northern Health spokesperson Andrew Palmer said that the engineer position, which is based in Prince George, has been open since the spring and will remain open until filled by a qualified applicant.She said that recruitment for the engineer position is ongoing, though all health authorities in B.C. consider the position “difficult to fill” since it is a professional engineer position.Palmer explained that Northern Health has been collaborating with other professional engineering services and other health authorities, using their engineers to help fill the gap and get projects approved.Despite this, approvals since the departure of the engineer have slowed. Shopland said that the City received approval for only one project – the water and sewer replacement along 92a St. – in the spring.In a post on his Facebook page last week, councillor Byron Stewart stated that City Council stressed to Northern Health that the current outsourcing meant that the limited time devoted to the City’s files created a serious backlog in construction projects in town.Palmer said that due to the backlog in permits, Northern Health has resorted to employing external contractors and prioritizing outstanding permits in order to get permits reviewed as quickly as possible. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Health says that it is working to ease the backlog of pending water main construction permits from the City of Fort St. John that grew after the health authority’s engineer left earlier this year.Fort St. John’s General Manager of Integrated Services, Victor Shopland, explained that any time the City installs or replaces a water main, it must apply for a permit with Northern Health.The application is reviewed by the health authority’s engineer, who looks at such things as the main’s separation from sanitary or storm sewers, and ensures that the correct processes are laid out in the construction plans.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday stepped in to help Rahul Gandhi’s Congress and Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party work out an alliance in the national capital for the Lok Sabha elections. Pawar also reached out to AAP’s Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh soon after.Sources said the Congress leadership is also in talks with AAP leaders and senior leaders within the party are trying to convince Delhi Congress leaders for an alliance with the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Congress had earlier decided to go alone in Delhi after talks with AAP failed and local leaders favoured that the party contests LS polls alone. The Delhi Congress leaders felt that “saving” the party was crucial in Delhi in view of impending assembly elections in the state slated later. AICC general secretary in charge of Delhi Congress, PC Chacko, said: “I am in consultation with Congress party leaders in Delhi on the possibilities of forging an alliance with AAP.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”The Congress Working Committee has decided to align with like-minded parties across the country to defeat the BJP in Lok Sabha elections. I hope Delhi Congress leaders also go by this sentiment and decide on an alliance with AAP, but a final decision will be taken by the Congress president very soon,” Chacko said. Chacko’s views are at variance with Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit, who had made it clear that aligning with AAP will not be in the party’s interests keeping in view the assembly election in the national capital slated later. On other hands, Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit has written to party president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi saying forging an alliance with the AAP for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Delhi will harm the party in the long run. In the letter, Dikshit and working presidents Haroon Yusuf, Devender Yadav and Rajesh Lilothia protested a recent phone survey to gauge workers’ mood on the alliance. Dikshit and the working presidents have urged the Congress chief not to have an alliance with the AAP, saying it will harm the party in the long run, said a Delhi Congress leader. AAP leader Sanjay Singh said after meeting Pawar that with the Constitution, democracy and the country in ‘danger’ under the Modi government, attempts should be made by all opposition parties to unite and come together to fight it out. “The party can be saved later … there will be enough time to save the party. Right now the attempt should be to save the country and democracy, which is in danger due to the Modi government,” he said, without giving details of his meeting with Pawar. Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday stated that it will not have any pre-poll alliance with Congress in Delhi and will contest all seven Lok Sabha seats alone. “This time we are really serious about it,” Delhi convenor Gopal Rai said when asked how serious the party is this time about its decision this time. “The indecision in Congress has killed our time for the campaign. We made all possible efforts for alliance but now there is no room for reconsideration,” Rai said.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: German luxury carmaker BMW Thursday launched 530i M Sport in India, priced at Rs 59.2 lakh (ex-showroom). The model now comes with a petrol engine, is locally produced at Chennai and is BS-VI compliant, BMW said in a statement. The company already sells diesel variant of the model in the country. The 530i M Sport comes with technologies such as display key which allows drivers to keep round the clock contact with car. It also has a gesture-control feature that recognises six pre-defined hand movements for control of a number of functions, it said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The model is also loaded with various safety features including six air bags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist, dynamic stability control (DSC), including dynamic traction control (DTC), cornering brake control (CBC), among others. The two-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in the BMW 530i produces an output of 185kW or 252 hp, allowing it to accelerate from 0-100 km/hr in just 6.2 seconds.last_img read more

first_imgMilan: Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence through injury could give Moise Kean the chance to shine with Juventus after the teenager’s stunning breakthrough with Italy during the international break. Ronaldo looks set to miss the champions next three Serie A games, against Empoli on Saturday, Cagliari on April 2, and AC Milan four days later after picking up a right thigh injury playing for Portugal. The 34-year-old was rested by Juventus in their last Serie A game, after his hat-trick against Atletico Madrid sealed a place in the Champions League quarter-finals against Ajax. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhAnd without the Portuguese star Massimiliano Allegri’s side suffered their first league defeat this season 2-0 against Genoa. Juventus are still closing in on an eighth consecutive Scudetto with a 15-point gap on second-placed Napoli. And Kean will be hoping to get a chance to showcase his talents for their first game at home against Empoli since their dramatic victory over Atletico in the Allianz Stadium. The 19-year-old won his first cap for Italy in a friendly last November, but it was his second appearance for the former world champions that has brought him into the spotlight. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHe became the youngest Italian to score in over 60 years in their 2-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Finland last Saturday. He scored again in a 6-0 rout of Liechtenstein on Tuesday. Being in a star-studded squad alongside five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo means that Kean’s opportunities of regular action have been limited. But ahead of Juventus’ return leg against Atletico, Allegri handed Kean his first Serie A start of the season against Udinese and the forward seized his rare opportunity with a brace. “I always try to be ready and train regularly so that I’m prepared when the time comes,” Kean said.last_img read more

first_imgAnkara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party suffered a major upset on Monday after local election results showed it lost the capital Ankara and Istanbul after a decade and half in power. Losing the country’s two major cities would be a stunning defeat for Erdogan, a former Istanbul mayor himself, whose ability to win at the ballot box has been unparalleled in Turkish history. Erdogan campaigned hard, portraying Sunday’s vote for mayors and district councils as a fight for the nation’s survival, but the election became a test for his Justice and Development Party (AKP) after Turkey slipped into a recession for the first time in a decade. The opposition CHP party candidate for Istanbul mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu, was leading by nearly 28,000 votes with most ballot boxes counted, Supreme Election Board (YSK) chairman Sadi Guven said. Imamoglu won almost 4.16 million votes while the AKP candidate, former premier Binali Yildirim, won 4.13 million. Both claimed victory in the early hours following a tight race for the country’s largest city after results showing them in a dead heat. “We want to start working as soon as possible to serve people,” Imamoglu told reporters on Monday. “We want to cooperate with all institutions of Turkey to quickly meet the needs of Istanbul.” In Ankara, opposition mayoral candidate Mansur Yavas had 50.89 per cent of votes ahead of the AKP’s Mehmet Ozhaseki on 47.06 per cent, Anadolu state agency reported, with 99 per cent of ballot boxes counted. “Ankara has won. The loser in Ankara is Ozhaseki, dirty politics has lost,” Yavas told supporters who were waving Turkish flags and setting off fireworks at a celebratory rally. But in a sign of possible turmoil ahead, AKP officials said they would challenge the alleged invalidation of tens of thousands of votes in both cities. AKP secretary general Fatoih Sahin said the party will appeal in Ankara, saying the gap between the candidates “will narrow down and I believe it will eventually turn into a positive result for us.” Speaking to supporters in Ankara after Sunday’s polls closed, Erdogan had said the election was a victory for the AKP, which along with its coalition partner, the rightwing Nationalist Movement Party, won more than 50 per cent of votes overall. The loss in Istanbul, analysts said, would be especially sensitive for Erdogan, who grew up in the city’s working-class Kasimpasa neighbourhood, and liked to tell AKP rank-and-file that victory in the city was like winning all of Turkey. “Istanbul is his heart, it’s really important for him, it is the first place they (AKP) started winning,” said Ayse Ayata, political science professor at Middle East Technical University in Ankara. “They have retained their 51 per cent majority in total, which is very important. Had they not, this would lead into a questioning of their legitimacy.” For his supporters, Erdogan remains the strong leader they believe Turkey needs and they tout the country’s economic development over the years he and the AKP have been in power. Rallying his base among more religiously conservative Turks, Erdogan had presented his opponents as enemies of the state, tarnishing them as tied to Kurdish militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who have fought a decades-long insurgency.last_img read more

first_imgI must have visited Kerala more than a dozen times. Each time, I have stayed as a guest of either a luxury resort or in one of the famed Kerala homestay properties. Never did I venture to stay in Kerala’s many luxurious kettuvalams (houseboats) until my childhood friend Jacob Kutty urged me to try one of Kerala’s best backwater destinations – the shimmering Lake Vembanad, which happens to be one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes. While there is no dearth of luxury hotels and resorts in God’s Own Country, the Kerala houseboat segment has provided a kind of shot-in-the-arm for Kerala Tourism and today, Kerala has carved a niche for itself as one of the world’s premier backwater cruise destinations, welcoming the discerning world traveller in a most unique way. Also Read – Oman – Beauty with an addressI hopped on an early morning flight from Kolkata to Chennai and from Chennai to Cochin. Around 3 pm, I reached Cochin. Jacob was there to receive me and we reached the magnificently appointed Kumarakom Lake Resort. The unprejudiced eye of the architect echoes in every nook and corner of the resort. Here, at the Kumarakom Lake Resort, the virtually impossible seems graceful and easy. Be it the ethnically designed Heritage Villas, Lake Villas or the marvellously luxurious Presidential Suites, the resort is a supreme adjustment to opportunity and local conditions. All attention has been concentrated on creating art, like one beautiful picture. Also Read – CANADA: A traveller’s delightI was told by the resident naturalist that the Vembanad Wetland system has been integrated into the list of wetlands of global importance in terms of wetland conservation and happens to be the largest of the three Ramsar Sites in Kerala. Vembanad Lake today has become a major tourist destination due largely to its ethereal and picturesque setting. As we ventured towards the impeccably conceived Kumarakom Tourist Village, which happens to be the most popular site on the shores of the shimmering lake, a sense of fulfilment engulfed me. For the benefit of travellers, the village offers a bewildering array of recreational pursuits like luxurious boat cruises, yoga & meditation, the famed Kerala Ayurvedic massage therapies, fishing to name just a few. In fact, the ingenuity of Keralites is admirable – from thoughtfully prepared itineraries to an amazing array of holiday experiences like tracing family history, eco-friendly initiatives and a one-of-its-kind cultural experience with the host community to name just a few. They have compelled the new-age traveller to not only embrace the backwater holiday but also herald the beginning of ‘Responsible Tourism’ in this gem of a tourist state. Being a travel writer, it was most refreshing to absorb the sheer enthusiasm of the support staff at the resort who would go that extra mile just to see you smiling and satisfied. Since I had limited time at my disposal, I preferred to remain within the resort premises to explore every nook and corner of this Eden on Earth. It was only in the evenings, with the red molten ball setting on the distant lake horizon, that I would venture to the impeccably designed luxurious houseboat of the resort, embark on a peaceful 1-1.5 hour night cruise, indulge on a few sips of my favoured tipple, have a sumptuous dinner on board and retire for the night in the king-size bed onboard the houseboat. To explore the nocturnal joys of the backwaters, the concept of ‘Backwaters by Night’ is becoming a rage in Kerala; and I must admit that the joy of viewing nocturnal creatures is thrilling. There was just enough ambient light, courtesy the moon, and pretty soon things got interesting. The expert boatman knew the backwaters by the tip of his fingers and he would often halt at the right places, by the edges of the lake. All sorts of nocturnal creatures: frogs and snakes, fish, large aquatic insects and other weird and wonderful things could be seen prowling in the shallows, right next to the shore. If it is spring or summer, a nocturnal symphony of frogs may be on display. After indulging and being thoroughly pampered on the kettuvallam (houseboat), I can vouch that it is one thing to be pampered in a super-deluxe hotel but quite another to spend time on the banks of Kerala! From the splendid luxurious isolation of Kumarakom Lake Resort, it was now time to appreciate yet another niche backwater holiday in God’s Own Country. We proceeded to the west of Kumarakom and soon figured out the gorgeously anchored Park Apsara, which has provided a new dimension to backwater holidays in Kerala – a touch of boutique hotel experience along with a harmonious blend of the famed European yachting spirit; a spirit of inquiry in nature’s lap, a spirit of discovery and bliss. The sophisticated Park Apsara is a pioneer project of India’s one and only 5-star boutique hotel chain – The Park Hotels. This luxurious cruiser is innovatively built on two levels by the renowned Dubai-based CDB Yacht Design. With eight elegantly designed rooms, an exclusive gallery, saloon and dining area, a sundeck and a fabulous seating area that offers breathtaking vistas of the ethereal backwaters of Kerala, one couldn’t have asked for more. The interiors are sophisticated and ooze luxury. I was particularly impressed with the harmonious décor and quality of food served in the lakeside restaurant that offers some of the most amazing culinary delights from Kerala along with a bewildering array of gastronomic delights from the world over. Every evening, to keep guests entertained, the cruise staff organises cultural shows on the vessel’s deck (vallom) that reverberate with Kerala’s rich heritage and culture. On the penultimate day of my stay, after lunch, which consisted of the quintessential Chettinad cuisine, cooked to perfection by the resident chef, I ventured to an adjoining hamlet; quaint as it was, would you believe, gorgeously dressed womenfolk who were busy preparing for Onam that was just a week away, came out with all guns blazing – singing local Kerala hymns and folk songs as rehearsal that sounded incredibly melodious. The manner in which the quality of life of the rural folks has improved alongside the preservation of nature and cultural heritage is impressive. Here in God’s Own Country, the slow-moving carts still ply on village roads, thatched hutments are in existence, joyful village theatres are active, cows and buffaloes are still being used in tilling the soil and popular folklore remains alive. Add to it the characteristic features of a sustainable backwater holiday option and you have all the makings of an Eden on Earth. The entire experience reminds me of Rishi Aurobindo’s immortal poem: When you and I, we played together, Who my playmate was I did not know. Without a fear, without a shame, Life in quiet ease did flow…last_img read more

first_imgLondon/San Franciaco: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected the call for breaking up his company, saying the size of Facebook was actually a benefit to its users and for the security of the democratic process. In an interview with French broadcaster France 2, Zuckerberg dismissed the claim made by his long-time friend and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes that it is time to break up Facebook as Zuckerberg has yielded “unchecked power and influence” far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in the government. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “When I read what he wrote, my main reaction was that what he’s proposing that we do isn’t going to do anything to help solve those issues. “So I think that if what you care about is democracy and elections, then you want a company like us to be able to invest billions of dollars per year like we are in building up really advanced tools to fight election interference,” Zuckerberg told France 2 while in Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen In an opinion piece in The New York Times on Thursday, Hughes said the government must hold Mark (Zuckerberg) accountable. “Mark’s personal reputation and the reputation of Facebook have taken a nose-dive,” wrote Hughes, who during his freshman year at Harvard University in 2002 was recruited by Zuckerberg for Facebook. Zuckerberg said that Facebook’s budget for safety this year is bigger than the whole revenue of the company when it went public earlier this decade. “A lot of that is because we’ve been able to build a successful business that can now support that. You know, we invest more in safety than anyone in social media,” reported TechCrunch, quoting Zuckerberg. Hughes wrote that Zuckerberg has surrounded himself with a team that reinforces his beliefs instead of challenging them. “Mark is a good, kind person. But I’m angry that his focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks,” he wrote. In a separate opinion piece in the NYT on Sunday, Nick Clegg, who is the Vice President for global affairs and communications in Facebook, said that success should not be penalised. “Facebook shouldn’t be broken up but it does need to be held to account,” Clegg wrote. “Hughes maintains that lawmakers merely marvel at Facebook’s explosive growth and have overlooked their own responsibility to protect the public through more competition. “This argument holds dangerous implications for the American technology sector, the strongest pillar of the economy. And it reveals misunderstandings of Facebook and the central purpose of antitrust law,” Clegg argued. Embroiled in users’ data scandals, Facebook is set to create new privacy positions within the company that would include a committee, and external evaluator and a Chief Compliance Officer. Facebook has already kept aside $3 billion anticipating a record fine coming from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) related to the Cambridge Analytica data scandal which involved 87 million users. The Facebook case is being looked at as a measure of the Donald Trump administration’s willingness to regulate US tech companies.last_img read more

first_imgColombo: The Sri Lankan authorities on Monday enforced a six-hour countrywide curfew as communal violence continued to spread in the island nation in the latest fallout from the Easter Sunday suicide bombings, which killed nearly 260 people. “The curfew has been imposed from 9 p.m. tonight to 4 a.m. tomorrow,” a police spokesperson said. Earlier in the day, the police reimposed a curfew, few hours after it was lifted, on four towns of Kuliyapitiya, Bingiriya, Dummalasuriya and Hettipola in the north western region till 4 a.m. tomorrow following a communal clash in the area. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportIt was later extended to the entire North Western Province as violence continued to spread. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also appealed for calm after the unrest broke out, especially in Kurunegala district targeting Muslims, and appealed to the public not to be swayed by false information. “I appeal to all citizens to remain calm and not be swayed by false information. Security forces are working tirelessly to apprehend terrorists and ensure the security of the country, but each time there is civil unrest, we increase their burden and hamper ongoing investigations,” he said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe Lankan government on Monday also reimposed a ban on social media following violent incidents between the minority Muslim and majority Sinhalese communities in the country . The blockade of Facebook and WhatsApp comes a day after Sri Lankan police imposed curfew in the country’s western coastal town of Chilaw where a mob attacked a mosque and some shops owned by Muslims in a dispute that started on a Facebook post by a Muslim shop owner. The violence is a new backlash from the Easter attacks where nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels, killing 253 people and injuring over 500 others. The Islamic State terror group claimed the attacks, but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group (NTJ).last_img read more

Rabat – Following the response of millions of users worldwide to Facebook’s new tool ‘Celebrate Pride’, critics say that the tool might be another one of Facebook’s psychological experiments on users.On Friday, Facebook launched ‘Celebrate Pride’, a new tool that allows users to apply a rainbow filter to their profile picture in celebration of the US Supreme Court’s decision in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide.While millions of users hailed Facebook’s initiative, some say that Facebook’s intentions were not noble, revealing that the new tool might have been a psychology test on the social network’s users. According to the Daily Mail, critics say Facebook is using it to monitor how views spread online.Facebook set up this tool to let people alter their profile picture, but the concern is that Facebook is able to get an unprecedented insight into how it can influence people, experts said.MIT network scientist Cesar Hidalgo said on Facebook,“This is probably a Facebook experiment. The question is, how long will it take for people to change their profile pictures back to normal.”While Hidalgo’s Facebook update was meant to be a joke, (see article by the Atlantic) online media, including the Daily Mail, took his joke out of context and reported that he is “accusing Facebook to be performing an experiment.”A Facebook spokesperson, on the other hand, denied these accusations, stressing that ‘’Celebrate Pride is not an experiment but rather something that enables people to show their support of the LGBTQ community on Facebook.’’“This is one Facebook study I want to be included in!” wrote Stacy Blasiola, a communications Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois, when she changed her profile.This is not the first time that Facebook has come under fire for allegedly performing experiments on users.A report in The Atlantic confirmed that in 2013 the company released a study in which it admitted to conducting research into how to influence users changed their profile picture to a red equals sign in support of gay marriage. read more

By Sanae ElouaziRabat- A bottle of vodka claimed to be the most expensive in the world was reportedly found empty on a construction site, after being stolen earlier this week from a bar in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, local Police confirmed on Twitter.The owner of the Cafe 33 bar, Brian Ingberg, told Denmark’s Ekstra Bladet that the bottle is worth USD 1.3 million and appeared on the US television series “House of Cards,” where the Russian president gifts the bottle to US President Frank Underwood. “The expensive vodka bottle that was stolen in Vesterbro [central Copenhagen neighbourhood, ed.] in the early hours of Tuesday has been found,” the police’s tweet read.“The bottle is now in police custody, and appears to be intact and will be examined,” said a second tweet.Created by the Russian luxury car maker Russo-Baltique, the bottle is made of gold and silver and has a diamond-studded cap.“I had loaned [the bottle] from the Dartz Factory in Russia, which is known for making the world’s most expensive cars and vodka. It has been part of my collection for six months,” the owner said. “Unfortunately, it’s empty. It is one of the employees working on the construction site that has found it.”“I feel fantastic. The vodka god saved us,” he added.Since the bottle was found unbroken, Ingberg said that he is planning to refill it again and put it back on display.A CCTV footage of the robbery featured what appeared to be a masked young man entering the bar and looking around the storage before taking the high-value bottle. “They apparently had a key or copied a key, and they rolled up the shutters and unlocked the door, then gone into the bar and broken down the door to the vodka museum in the basement. They then left with only one bottle, even though there are 1,200 bottles they could have taken,” Ingberg told the media outlet TV2. read more

Rabat – The agenda of the 2018 Mawazine Festival Rythmes of the World makes today eventful as Moroccan international hip hop star French Montana will rock the OLM Souissi stage tonight starting at 10 p.m.French Montana is joining a rich star lineup set to perform in several stars across the cities of Rabat and Sale. French Montana, who officially earned his US citizenship recently, is set to charm his fans tonight with some of his famous hits, including Unforgettable, Welcome to the Party, Pop That, and Famous.The list of today’s agenda will feature a mixture of music rhymes, including Moroccan, pop, hip hop, street shows, African, and oriental music. French music lovers will have a rendezvous with Hiba Tawaji in the Mohamed V National Theater at 7:30 p.m. The star offered a stunning performance of the “Les Moulin de mon coeur” song during the 4th season of the Voice France.Hiba also played the role of Esmeralda in the musical “Notre-Dame de Paris,” in 2016.Oriental music admirers can enjoy the charming voices of Lebanese stars Saad Ramadan and Marwan Khoury at 10 p.m. in the Nahda Space Stage.Iranian traditional vocalist Alireza Ghorbani is set to charm his fans at 5 p.m. in the Chellah; while African songs will hit the Bouregreg stage by Oumou Sangaré at 10 p.m.Moroccan singer Nadia Laaroussi, who combines Moroccan rhythms in her songs, will share her music with her fans at the Sale stage at 10 p.m.Tonight’s lineup will also feature Moroccan singers Ibtissam Tiskat and Badr Sultan at the Salé stage tonight at 10 p.m.Two street shows will color the streets of Rabat. Timing Boys Batucada will perform in Avenue Fal Ould Oumeir at 5 p.m., while Groupe Soleil will be down in the El Haouz Avenue to share their art with pedestrians at 5 p.m.The 17th annual international festival kicked off yesterday, with several international stars opening the musical event successfully.The OLM Stage was rocked by international Dutch DJ Martin Garrix, generating thousands of attendees, while Iraqi star Kazem El Saher charmed his fans at Nahda Space.The festival will continue until June 30. read more

OTTAWA — The Canadian Real Estate Association says last month was the weakest January for residential sales since 2015, with the number of transactions down four per cent nationally from last year.The association says about 23,968 properties were sold through the Multiple Listing Service in January, down from 24,977 a year earlier.CREA says the national average price for all types of residential properties sold in January was $455,000, down 5.5 per cent from the same month in 2018 — the biggest year-over-year decline for a month since May 2018.The MLS house price index — which adjusts for differing property types — was up 0.8 per cent year-over-year, the smallest increase since June 2018.In the Greater Vancouver area, price index was down about 4.5 per cent year-over-year but up 4.2 per cent in Victoria and up 9.3 per cent from a year ago elsewhere on Vancouver Island.The index for the Greater Toronto Area was up 2.7 per cent and up 6.3 per cent for the Greater Montreal area, but down in Regina (minus 3.8 per cent), Saskatoon (minus 2.0), Calgary (minus 3.9), and Edmonton (minus 2.9)  The Canadian Press read more

Rabat – The American Chamber of Commerce in Morocco (Amcham)  held its annual gala on February 16 in Casablanca at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The event, which gathered business leaders, entrepreneurs, social workers, and authorities from both the US and Morocco, sought to promote greater commercial ties between the two countries.Furthering US-Morocco connectionsIn a press release shared with Morocco World News, organizers highlighted the importance of upholding the traditionally strong connections between Morocco and the US. As a growing continental hub, the document suggested, Morocco offers enormous investment opportunities for American firms. At the same time, business cooperation between US and Moroccan firms and entrepreneurs can enable the North African country to have greater access to the technological know-how of American enterprises.In its bid to become the platform that can uphold and further the US-Morocco connections, Amcham’s event “celebrated the Casablanca-Miami direct flight recently launched by Royal Air Maroc,” the press release noted.Direct flights play an essential role in bringing countries and people closer.Currently, Royal Air Maroc operates two direct flights to the US from Casablanca to Washington, D.C., and New York. The airline also has plans to launch a Casablanca-Boston flight this year.In the US-Morocco case, Amcham suggested, the Casablanca-Miami flight is part of a broader dream of solidifying the win-win bilateral relations between the two countries through a joint platform of support for entrepreneurship.“The Miami-Casablanca line will stimulate trade, investments, tourism, as well as cultural exchanges between Morocco and the US,” the press release noted.In addition to firms and businesses, the Amcham gala marked the presence of US and Moroccan authorities.Representatives from the US included Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose Diaz; Manny Gonzalez, chief of economic development and international trade for Miami-Dade County; and Stephanie Miley, the charge d’affaires of the US embassy in Morocco.Amcham 2019 PrizesAs part of its continued endeavor to pave the way for more prosperous business ventures from the US to Morocco, and vice versa, Amcham 2019 acknowledged the efforts of citizens and firms whose actions strengthened bilateral ties between the two countries.In total, four prizes were awarded to individuals and companies that stood out in their commitment to promoting US-Morocco trade and cultural exchanges.The first prize, the American Investment in Morocco Award, went to Hexcel Composites. A global leader in making and engineering aerospace materials, the American company has been accompanying Morocco’s growing aerospace sector. Hexcel Maroc has invested over $20 million and created 100 jobs in the past three years.Amcham awarded Hexcel Maroc for bringing its state-of-the-art expertise to Morocco as well as “its commitment to innovation, corporate responsibility, inclusiveness, and diversity.”The second category rewarded Moroccan exports to the US. The Marocaine des Thes et Infusions (Mathe), a tea-producing and exporting company, won the prize. A leader in the Moroccan food sector, Mathe’s investments amounted to $12 million in the last three years, creating 250 jobs. The company started exporting to the US in 2015.“Mathe places innovation and creativity at the heart of its activities,” Amcham said. Justifying Mathe’s prize, the document said the Moroccan company has “transformed and improved” the quality of Moroccan tea, gaining it recognition in foreign markets.The third category, US exports to Morocco, went to Tropicars, a Miami-based global leader for golf and utility vehicles. The company operates in the Caribbean, the Americas, and increasingly in Africa. Tropicars Morocco opened in 2016 and is gradually becoming the leading provider of luxury vehicles to the country’s booming tourism industry.The last category, the Amcham Hall of Fame Prize, was awarded to Stephanie Miley, the charge d’affaires at the American embassy in Rabat.The Hall of Fame prize acknowledges a Moroccan or American personality whose efforts stood out in terms of promoting Amcham’s values, actions to strengthen commercial and cultural ties between the US and Morocco.According to Amcham, “Miley has worked with Amcham and American firms in the past three years to further Morocco-US commercial ties.”Promising prospectsWhile this year’s Amcham event was heavily focused on Miami, it came against the backdrop of increased US-Morocco connections.In addition to the security sector where Morocco is regarded as the US’s strongest North African ally, there have been steps in recent months to further commercial ties.In November, US and Moroccan representatives met to discuss collaboration on agro-science. The goal was to equip Morocco with new agricultural technology while allowing greater access to the Moroccan market for American products.The meeting was part of agreements to open the Moroccan market to American poultry and beef.Following the agreements, Robert Lighthizer, the US Trade Representative, noted, “The Trump Administration continues to prioritize the opening of new markets for U.S. agricultural products. This new access to the Moroccan market is an important step in ensuring that American farmers and ranchers can continue to expand their exports.” read more

SAN FRANCISCO — Google Assistant has made for a name for itself in a voice technology market once dominated by Amazon and Apple.Google is expected to announce updates to its voice assistant and smart home products Tuesday at its annual developers conference in Mountain View, California.Google Assistant still comes second behind Amazon in the smart speaker race. But the company launched its product nearly two years after Amazon released Echo and has gained considerable ground on its rival.Google has expanded Assistant to more than 1 billion devices. It released a feature earlier this year that allows Assistant to call and make restaurant reservations for you, a technology that is a first of its kind in the market.Google I/O kicks off Tuesday morning.Rachel Lerman, The Associated Press read more

Louise Arbour relayed the international community’s concerns about the situation in the South Asian country and explained how her Office could assist in promoting national human rights protection in the South Asian country, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson told reporters today.The High Commissioner also “underscored the importance of accurate and independent reporting of the human rights situation on the ground,” the spokesperson said.Clashes in Sri Lanka between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), or Tamil Tigers have affected 3 million people, including over 500,000 who have fled their homes, according to the UN. Over the past year and a half, some 4,000 people are estimated to have died in the fighting. 15 June 2007The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has held what she termed “very productive” talks with the President of Sri Lanka, where millions of people have been affected by fighting between the Government and rebel forces. read more

Ieng Sary, who was foreign minister under the Khmer Rouge regime in the late 1970s, and his wife Ieng Thirith, who served as social affairs minister, met yesterday with the defence support section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to choose their co-lawyers.The meeting follows their arrests earlier yesterday. Mr. Ieng faces charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes while Madame Ieng Thirith is charged with crimes against humanity.Mr. Ieng and Madame Ieng Thirith claim they cannot afford to pay for their lawyers, the ECCC said in a press release issued in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, where the court is based. While the claims are being assessed, the ECCC’s legal assistance scheme will fund their defence.Mr. Ieng has chosen the Cambodian lawyer Ang Udom to represent him and shortlisted two possible foreign co-lawyers as well. The court said a final selection is expected later this week.Madame Ieng Thirith has selected Phat Pouv Seang as her Cambodian lawyer and Diana Ellis QC from the United Kingdom as her foreign co-lawyer.The court also said that the first adversarial hearing in the case will take place tomorrow and will focus on whether the couple should remain in detention before the trial begins.Under an agreement signed by the UN and Cambodia, the ECCC was set up as an independent court using a mixture of Cambodian staff and judges and foreign personnel. It is designated to try those deemed most responsible for crimes and serious violations of Cambodian and international law between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979. 13 November 2007A former foreign minister of Cambodia and his wife have been brought before the United Nations-backed tribunal in the South-East Asian country that is trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings and other crimes during their rule three decades ago. read more