The Income Tax (IT) department has launched an investigation against at least 7,500 Indians who have bought high-end properties in Dubai in the last few years, sources told The Indian Express. The Intelligence and Criminal Investigation (I&CI) wing of the tax department has obtained data of Indian nationals who have invested in real estate in Dubai and is probing the source of funds of such investments abroad.Read it at Indian Express Related Items
In an embarrassment for India, ace female wrestler Vinesh Phogat was on Saturday disqualified from the first World Olympic Qualifying event for being overweight on a day when other women grapplers also failed to book Rio Games berth.Vinesh weighed 400gm more than what was stipulated to be eligible for the 48kg category competition.”Vinesh was overweight by 400gm, so she was disqualified from the competition,” a top official in the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) told PTI.India lost out on a chance to ensure an Olympic berth in 48kg and are now left with just one more opportunity to book a ticket to the Rio Games at the last Olympic qualifier – 2nd World Qualification tournament – scheduled to be held at Istanbul, Turkey from May 6-8.The official said a stern warning has been issued to the 21-year-old wrestler and her coaches.”Vinesh and the coaches have been hauled up for costing India a chance to qualify for the Rio Games. Since she is a first time offender, she has been given a warning,” he said.According to the official, Vinesh has pleaded with the WFI for another chance and she would leave no stone unturned to ensure a place in the Olympics in her weight division at the next event in Istanbul.”Vinesh has assured us that she would give her 200 per cent in Istanbul and make sure that she qualifies for the Olympics. But if she fails there as well, she would be issued a show-cause notice after her return to India,” said the official.advertisementAsked why WFI is not considering sending someone else for next month’s competition in Istanbul, he explained: “Firstly, the difference between Vinesh and the next girl in line in 48kg category is huge. In fact, getting someone else’s visa done at the last moment is also not feasible. Secondly, Vinesh is already in the core group of players for the Olympics and has been training in Sofia for a long time now. She is our best bet to qualify for Rio.”The Indian female wrestling team, which includes three Phogat sisters – Vinesh, Babita and Geeta – have been training in Sofia, Bulgaria since the first week of April.Meanwhile, other women grapplers in fray – Babita (53kg), Anita (63kg), Navjot Kaur (69kg) and Jyoti (75kg) – could not make it to the medal round, hence losing out on a chance to book Olympic berths.While Babita, Geeta and Jyoti went down in the repechage rounds of their respective weight categories, Anita and Navjot crashed out in the early stages of the competition.
In an adorable move, the makers of Mahesh Babu’s upcoming film with Vamsi Paidipally let the daughters of the star and the director release the emblem of the film.Mahesh’s daughter Sitara and Vamsi’s daughter Aadhya unveiled the poster with a lot of enthusiasm. A video of the event was shared by Mahesh Babu on social media.Tentatively titled SSMB25, the film has Pooja Hegde of Mohenjo Daro fame as the heroine.It can’t get cuter than this… Thank you my little ones for launching our upcoming film’s emblem… #SSMB25https://t.co/bJB1uNriMxMahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) August 4, 2018The crew has already completed a shooting schedule in Dehradun. The Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat visited the sets of the film when the shooting was held in the state.The film marks the first collaboration between Mahesh Babu and Vamsi Paidipally.A lot of details about the script have been kept under wraps. According to reports, it said that Mahesh Babu might sport a mustache and beard in the film.ALSO READ: Is Mahesh Babu sporting beard-moustache look for Vamsi’s film?ALSO WATCH | I’ve disappointed my fans twice, says actor Mahesh Babu
India vs Pakistan World Cup 2019: Old Trafford, Manchester Weather Forecast news update: Asian giants India and Pakistan will meet in Manchester for a much-awaited clash in World Cup 2019 to write another chapter in the glorious sporting history of the 2 nations. While India are 6-0 ahead on the World Cup record, Pakistan will look to use their unpredictable status to repeat the heroics of their 2017 Champions Trophy final win.But with the weather expected to interrupt the game, fans from both sides would be praying for a full match instead of a curtailed one.The World Cup 2019 has already been infamous for having 3 matches washed out without a ball being bowled while another one between West Indies and South Africa just lasting for a mere 7.3 overs before rain intervened.Notably, India’s World Cup 2019 match against New Zealand on Thursday was abandoned without a ball being bowled in Nottingham. There was constant drizzle throughout the duration of the match and on-field umpires had echoed their concerns over the wet patches at Trent Bridge which wasn’t covered entirely as well.”I am kind of hoping this rain goes away and the sun shines bright because the whole world is waiting for this match [India vs Pakistan],” Gavaskar told India Today on Saturday.The forecasts for Manchester today are already predicting cloudy weather with spotty showers. Here are the latest weather updates from Old Trafford, Manchester:LIve Weather Updates from Manchester:22:45 IST: Rain returns to stop play in Manchester with Pakistan 86 runs behind the DLS score. Pakistan 166/6 (35 overs) need 171 from 90 balls vs India (336/5). Imad Wasim (22*), Shadab Khan (1*)advertisement21:38 IST: According to Accuweather, the rain is supposed to return in another 45 minutes as Pakistan are chasing 337 runs at Old Trafford.20:15 IST: According to Accuweather, the rain may return in the next 9 minutes to halt the play at Old Trafford in Manchester.20:03 IST: The rain is supposed to return in another one and half hours as Pakistan are chasing 337 runs at Old Trafford.20:00 IST: The second innings has started at Old Trafford after a delay due to light drizzle. The Pakistan openers are out on the field to chase 337.The players are back on the field. Let the game begin #INDvPAK #CWC19BCCI (@BCCI) June 16, 201919:57 IST The drizzle is very light19:55 IST: Rain is back as players are walking back. The funny element is the sun is out but it is drizzling as well.19:50 IST: The players are out on the field as the game is about to restart in minutes with no reduction in the overs.19:47 IST: The floodlights are on at the Old Trafford. Meanwhile, a rope is also run across to dry out the outfield.19:43 IST: The sun is out in Manchester but the light drizzle is on. The pitch has been covered as a precautionary step as the rain is not heavy. The umpires are out on the field and are having a chat with the groundsmen.19:36 IST: It is raining again in Manchester and the covers are brought in at Old Trafford. The main pitch has been covered.19:15 IST: The game has resumed at Old Trafford but imminent rain threat continues to hover. Accordng to AccuWeather, the rain will once again hamper the game in next 15 minutes. Screen-grab from AccuWeather19:08 IST: The players are out on the field as the game is about to start. Virat Kohli and Vijay Shankar will resume the batting for India as Wahab Riaz will bowl the remaining 2 balls of the 47th over.19:05 IST: The play will resume at 7.10PM IST (which is 5 minutes from now). No overs have been lost in the game. The mid-innings break though, has been reduced to 15 minutes.7.10 PM IST #INDvPAKBCCI (@BCCI) June 16, 201919:00 IST: We have news from Manchester. Play to resume at 14:40 PM BST and that is 19:10 PM IST. No overs lost. India to resume batting again.UPDATE – Play will resume at 14.40 local time. No overs lost #INDvPAKBCCI (@BCCI) June 16, 201918:54 IST: Live visuals from Old Trafford. The covers are being removed from the main pitch. The 2 umpires out in the middle. India’s innings might resume, sources say.If India don’t bat again, then Pakistan will have to chase 298 in 40 overs272 in 35 overs245 in 30 overs215 in 25 overs184 in 20 overs18:47 IST: The super soppers are in action and it’s looking a lot brighter now. However, we might have another spell of showers after the next 45 minutes. For now, it looks good. Not sure how long it’s going to take for the play to resume at Old Trafford.It has stopped raining and the covers are coming off! #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/fW7Mx3zRsFadvertisementLancashire Cricket (@lancscricket) June 16, 201918:40 IST: It has stopped drizzling in Manchester and thus the covers are coming off at Old Trafford. The game was stopped with 20 deliveries left to be bowled in India innings. With the weather getting better, th egame might resume in some time from now.18:36 IST: Rain is getting lighter in Manchester. It could be seen in the live pictures that it is getting brighter now.According to AccuWeather, the rain is going to stop in next 7 minutes.18.20 IST: The rain has started to get heavier in Manchester. The main pitch and the square is being covered at the moment. AccuWeather says “periods of rain will continue for the next 93 minutes”.That’s a shame.Rain comes down in Manchester with 20 deliveries left in the India innings.#CWC19 | #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/XgerntsRdyCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 16, 2019It’s raining…India are 305-4 after 46.4 overs and, as the rain starts to fall, the players are off the field.#INDvPAK #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/VrdvTLGkoiDoordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) June 16, 201918.15 IST: It’s started to get a bit heavier and it has stopped play. Virat Kohli and Vijay Shankar have walked off the field. India 305 for 4 in 46.4 overs vs Pakistan.18.00 IST: It’s started to drizzle in Manchester as India go past the 300-run mark in the 46th over. Virat Kohli is having a chat with the umpires. Will they get the covers. The rain isn’t that strong as of now. Screengrab from AccuWeather17.40 IST: And as soon as Rohit Sharma departs after a scintillating 140, the weather forecast predicts that rain could arrive any moment. Live pictures from Old Trafford don’t show any traces of dark clouds yet but the forecast predicts that intermittent showers are expected for the next 2 hours Accuweather forecast for Manchester16.45 IST: While Rohit Sharma is carting the Pakistan bowlers all over the park and fans are rejoicing as it’s raining sixes and fours, the weather forecast predicts that actual rain is supposed to arrive in about an hour from now Accuweather forecast for Manchester on June 1615.45 IST: Showers which were expected in Manchester by now, seem to have been busy watching all the action that’s happening in the field and according to the latest forecast rain is now more than 1.5 hours away. Phew!! Great news for all cricket fans Accuweather forecast for Manchester on June 1615.00 IST: As the Indian openers take the field after being put in to bat by Pakistan at Old Trafford, the weather forecast suggests that rain should arrive in an hour or so. Accuweather forecast for Manchester on June 1614.18 IST: It’s not raining now and the teams are now getting ready for the all-important toss. With rain expected to follow in an hour or so, the players must be itching to get a start, especially the Indian ones as they have been out of action since beating Australia a week ago14.00 IST: Even though it has stopped raining for now, the chances of India vs Pakistan game turning out to be a full 50-overs game look slim as showers are expected to resume in about an hour and a half from now. If the game happens to start on time, these clouds are expected to pour in just after the 1st 30-45 minutesadvertisement Accuweather forecast for Manchester on June 1613.48 IST: Rain has stopped in Manchester and we hope it doesn’t return again. All you can do is wish/pray that the dark clouds stay away from Old Trafford. Suresh Raina is already on it:An #INDvPAK cricket match is nothing short of an experience. Looking forward to a thrilling game. Let’s hope rain doesn’t play spoilt sport. #CWC19Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) June 16, 201913.32 IST: Bad news for fans! Rain has started in Manchester but it looks like it should end soon. The forecast coming in is: Expect showery weather on Sunday morning through Monday morning. Hopefully, it will still allow enough game-time Accuweather forecast for Manchester June 1612:46 IST So far, so good. The weather remains fine with no prediction of heavy rain later in the day. However, mild showers are supposed to interrupt the game in between.Wasim Akram talked to India Today ahead of the big India vs Pakistan clash and said players can’t have to prepared mentally to play prepared for it.”I used to call it ‘rain-chester’. When you play county after 2 years you pray for rain as a player. but we can’t control rain and players should be mentally ready reazlising that we have to play,” Wasim Akram said.11.35 IST: Clouds can be seen hanging around in Manchester as the world awaits the start of India vs Pakistan. There are chances of rain later in the day though it doesn’t look as bad as India’s washed-out game against New Zealand where not a single ball could be bowled. Cross your fingers… Clouds can be seen over the Manchester skyGood weather so far near Old Trafford.. #IndvPak #CWC2019 pic.twitter.com/RU6L2uVlHtPiyush Chechani (@cpiyush) June 15, 2019It’s Sunny! 5AM #IndiaVsPakistan #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/ksQtJmWrwcMeet Doshi (@meetdoshiii) June 16, 201910.00 IST: Weather is expected to be mostly cloudy along with spotty showers during the latter half of the day Weather forecast for Manchester today, according to AccuweatherAlso Read | World Cup 2019: A look at India’s heroes vs Pakistan from 1992-2015Also Read | India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Will June 16 witness the most-watched match in cricket history?
Bologna 0 Juventus 3: Pjanic, Mandzukic and Matuidi send champions second Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 23:54 12/17/17 Getty Images Miralem Pjanic scored one and made another for Mario Mandzukic before Blaise Matuidi’s first Juventus goal compounded Bologna’s misery. Juventus climbed up to second in Serie A as Miralem Pjanic inspired a comfortable 3-0 win at Bologna.Inter suffered a first defeat of the season on Saturday, going down 3-1 at home to Udinese and leaving the door ajar for Massimiliano Allegri’s men to leapfrog them as closest challengers to leaders Napoli.It was an opportunity the champions were forced to approach patiently at first but Bologna’s resistance and ambition appeared to desert them entirely once Pjanic’s 27th-minute free-kick had got the better of goalkeeper Antonio Mirante. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Bosnia-Herzegovina playmaker turned provider with an excellent lofted ball for Mario Mandzukic to double the lead before half-time and any remaining doubt over the destination of the points was extinguished when Blaise Matuidi emphatically smashed in his first Juventus goal in the 64th minute.Napoli’s advantage at the summit is now trimmed to one point as Allegri’s squad with reams of title-winning knowhow prepare for next weekend’s match against Roma – a crunch clash that arrives after a midweek Coppa Italia assignment versus Genoa.@Miralem_Pjanic takes, @Miralem_Pjanic scores! #BolognaJuve pic.twitter.com/6HM463JT2H — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 17, 2017 Allegri again opted to leave Paulo Dybala on the bench and Juventus had a solid grip on possession during the first 25 minutes without creating any chances of note.A Bologna counter-attack saw Godfred Donsah test Wojciech Szczesny’s handling with a firmly struck shot but Juve had their set-piece specialist on hand to succeed where they had failed until that point from open play.Mattia Destro brought down Alex Sandro on the left-hand corner of the penalty area and Pjanic curled a free-kick inside the near post that Mirante could only palm into the net.Juve swiftly doubled their advantage in the 36th minute, with Pjanic to the fore again as he picked out Mandzukic with a sublime raking pass.The Croatia forward chested down impeccably and hooked a shot towards the far corner despite some close attention from Ibrahima Mbaye. Once more, Mirante got a hand to the shot but was unable to alter the outcome.A classic finish from @MarioMandzukic9 ! #BolognaJuve #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/g3nsb25z5w — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) December 17, 2017 Bologna boss Roberto Donadoni had his decision to replace striker Destro with Bruno Petkovic whistled in the 53rd minute and the closest a home player came to putting the ball in the net before the hour was when Filip Helander almost prodded Alex Sandro’s cross into his own goal.Helander’s attempts to clear the next cross from the Brazil full-back also left much to be desired when he shovelled a bouncing ball in the direction of Matuidi, who lashed unforgivingly into the bottom corner to ensure Juve would make it four wins from their last five top-flight away games.Some wasteful finishing from Gonzalo Higuain prevented Juve from running up a more handsome scoreline, while fellow attacker Mandzukic limping off with 15 minutes left gave cause for some concern.But the sight of a player as wonderfully gifted as Dybala coming on in his place and streaking clear of Bologna defenders to fire narrowly over underlined the fact that Donadoni’s worries, after six defeats the last nine, might be somewhat greater.Key Opta Stats:- The last team to score at least 44 goals after 17 games in Serie A was Juventus in 1959-60.- Juventus have not conceded goals in eight of the 10 games in which Medhi Benatia has played 90 minutes, included the last six.- The last Miralem Pjanic free-kick scored in Serie A was back in November 2016 versus Genoa.- In the last 10 years no player has scored more free-kick goals than Miralem Pjanic in Serie A (14).- Juventus scored three goals against Bologna with their first three shots on target. read more
The Meteorological Service of Jamaica will be developing a multi-criteria model for bush fire prediction in the upcoming fiscal year as it seeks to better manage this natural hazard.A sum of $15 million has been provided in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure to carry out this and other initiatives under a project to develop a comprehensive bush fire warning index.These include procuring and installing equipment in two monitoring sites; developing a common alerting protocol to include alert levels, warning dissemination and roles and responsibilities of key actors; and conducting a public education and awareness campaign on bush fires.The project, which is scheduled to end in December 2019, seeks to enhance Jamaica’s resilience to bush fire hazards and reduce their negative impact on economic activities and livelihoods, infrastructure, human welfare and life.It is being implemented with funding support from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
British-born actress Archie Panjabi, best known to millions of TV viewers as the sultry, enigmatic investigator Kalinda Sharma on the hit CBS series, “The Good Wife,” has teamed up with the humanitarian organization Rotary International to protect children everywhere by eradicating the paralyzing disease polio.And her involvement extends beyond simply lending her name and celebrity to a cause – she has witnessed the devastation caused by polio.“I grew up in London and at the age of 10, I moved to Mumbai for 2 years,” said Panjabi. “One of the things that struck me on my daily walk to school was seeing polio survivors crawling on the streets using just their hands.”Actress Archie Panjabi lets the world know we are ‘This Close’ to eradicating polio.There is no cure for polio, but the disease is vaccine-preventable. In March, the Emmy Award-winner took to the streets of New Delhi, India, with a team of Rotary volunteers to immunize children with the oral polio vaccine and visit with young polio patients at a local hospital.“I visited a health clinic, where I met parents who brought their babies, siblings who brought their little brothers and sisters – all to receive the oral polio vaccine,” said Panjabi. “I placed drops of vaccine into a child’s mouth, and I was so moved… knowing that this child was now safe from this devastating disease forever.”In April, Panjabi served as emcee for The Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where she spent time as a child. The Summit was co-hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.During the event, global leaders and philanthropists signaled their confidence in the polio endgame strategy by pledging close to three-quarters of the US$5.5 billion plan to eradicate polio within six years.Panjabi’s involvement in the fight against polio began in 2011, when she signed on as a celebrity ambassador in Rotary’s award-winning “This Close” public awareness campaign, “We Are This Close to Ending Polio.” Other participants include Gates, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Amanda Peet, Jackie Chan, Jane Goodall, Queen Noor of Jordan, and golf legend Jack Nicklaus. More than 19,000 people from 144 countries have joined the digital application of the PSA, called the World’s Biggest Commercial.In September 2012, Panjabi emceed the polio segment of the Global Citizen Festival concert in New York City’s Central Park.Rotary is the volunteer arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Gates Foundation. Since 1988, polio cases have dropped from more than 350,000 a year to just 223 cases in 2012. Cases this year number at only 33 – providing the best opportunity to make history by ending polio. Only one other human disease, smallpox, has been eradicated.Archie Panjabi helped immunize children in New Delhi.Polio remains endemic in only three countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. India, once expected to be the last polio-free country, hasn’t seen a case since 2011. This makes Panjabi particularly proud.“Seeing India become polio-free is tremendous, and I am committed to making sure that no other child anywhere suffers from polio again,” said Panjabi.Rotary is a humanitarian organization with 1.2 million members in 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide.For additional information, visit endpolionow.org.Source:Rotary International
APTN National NewsSome major sports organizations are coming under fire for using ethnic terms in team names like the Washington Redskins NFL team.In Canada, as APTN’s Keith Laboucan reports, some people the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos should consider making a name change.
New York – Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday night that Monday is the first day of Eid El Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.Saudi Arabia said the new crescent of the month of Shawal was witnessed in several parts of the kingdom. Shawal follows Ramadan in the Muslim calendar.Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan and Palestine also reported the sighting of Shawal crescent. Oman announced that Shawwal crescent has not been sighted and Eid Al Fitr will be marked on Tuesday.Moroccan have still not announced whether Eid El Fitr will be Monday or Tuesday.
Apple Book charts for week ending August 25, 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher)1. The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter – 9780062858887 – (William Morrow)2. The Day He Came Back by Penelope Ward – 9781951045012 – (Penelope Ward Books, Inc.)3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – 9780735219113 – (Penguin Publishing Group)4. Old Bones by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child – 9781538747216 – (Grand Central Publishing)5. The Lone Wolf by Penelope Sky – 9781393449089 – (Penelope Sky)6. World History by Dahia Ibo Shabaka, Larry S. Kreiger, Linda Black, Phillip C. Naylor & Roger B. Beck – 9780544025387 – (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)7. Biology by Joseph S. Levine, Ph.D., Ph.D. & Kenneth R. Miller – 9780133226713 – (Pearson Education, Inc.)8. The Inn by Candice Fox & James Patterson – 9780316528429 – (Little, Brown and Company)9. Thank You for My Service by Mat Best, Nils Parker & Ross Patterson – 9781524796501 – (Random House Publishing Group)10. Educated by Tara Westover – 9780399590511 – (Random House Publishing Group)____The Associated Press
The United Nations General Assembly today approved by acclamation the appointment of Louise Arbour, a Canadian Supreme Court justice and ex-prosecutor for UN war crimes tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.Ms. Arbour replaces Brazil’s Sergio Vieira de Mello who, along with 21 others, was killed in a terrorist attack on the UN’s Baghdad headquarters last August.She is expected to start her four-year term in the Geneva-based post after she retires from the Canadian Supreme Court in June.Ms. Arbour, 57, was the Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the former Yugoslavia (ICTR and ICTY) from October 1996 to September 1999.The Canadian has been a judge in her home country since December 1987 and served as a senior legal academic before then.Throughout her career she has published extensively, in French and English, on criminal procedure, human rights, civil liberties and gender issues.During the Assembly meeting, representatives of Morocco, Malaysia, Bulgaria, Tunisia, Ireland and the Republic of Korea – many speaking on behalf of their region – congratulated Ms. Arbour on her appointment.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 3, 2014 12:10 pm MDT Liberal throne speech promises big spending along with major restraint TORONTO – Ontario’s re-elected Liberals promised the seemingly impossible in the throne speech Thursday — big spending as well as major restraint.Setting out her government’s agenda for the next decade and beyond, Premier Kathleen Wynne pledged to be pennywise to meet an “unwavering” goal of slaying the province’s $12.5-billion deficit in three years.But her government will also spend billions on public infrastructure, corporate grants, job skills programs and other measures to help grow the economy.While that approach may seem counterintuitive, Wynne insists both those opposing measures can be taken simultaneously to accomplish the complex task her government faces.That includes convincing debt rating agencies, who have signalled their concerns, that her government will do what it takes to hold spending and balance the books.The economy doesn’t work sequentially, Wynne said. You don’t wrestle down the deficit before building up job skills or put the appropriate infrastructure in place, she said.“I think they are integrally entwined,” Wynne added.“All those things are part of the strengthening of the economy. So I don’t see it at all as a matter of sequencing.”The speech, written by the Liberals but read by Lt.-Gov. David Onley, largely regurgitated the May 1 budget that triggered the election June 12 and formed the basis of the Liberals’ election platform.It repeated many of the same pledges, such as cash for skills training, a made-in-Ontario pension plan and $29 billion over a decade to fund public transit and transportation projects. It also repeated a promise to release a second poverty reduction strategy within 60 days.“Your government’s efforts to lift children out of poverty, send more young people on to postsecondary education and help businesses become more globally competitive are all part of the same equation, because together they add up to more opportunity, more security and more economic growth,” Onley read.But the speech also warned that there’s no money for wage increases in the broader public sector as new contract talks loom on the horizon.The Liberals maintain they can balance the books without eliminating public sector jobs or cutting public services, even though economists have warned that holding spending will be a very challenging task.Even Don Drummond, who literally wrote the Liberals’ guidebook on austerity, has his doubts that they can balance the books without lost jobs.Moody’s debt rating agency also cited concerns about the Liberal government’s ability to slay the deficit in three years, changing its outlook on Ontario’s debt rating from stable to negative late Wednesday.The opposition parties say they don’t buy that the Liberals can meet their target without layoffs.They’re already spending $12.5-billion more than the taxpayers can afford, said interim Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Wilson.“I worry that if the government keeps spending as wildly as they’re planning on doing in this throne speech with new programs, that we won’t have the money available for the basic programs that we count on like health care and education.”NDP leader Andrea Horwath warned the Liberal plan will mean massive layoffs and the selling off of Crown corporations.“This is an austerity plan that’s dressed up to look like something very progressive,” she said.The throne speech said voters gave the Liberal plan a green light when they handed the party a majority of seats in the legislature. It also promised the party will govern from the “activist centre” and chose “partnership over partisanship.”“It will not invite your questions only after decisions are taken, but as decisions are made,” Onley read.One of those decisions was the costly cancellation of two gas plants at a possible cost of up to $1.1 billion, which has dogged them for years. A legislative committee looking into the cancellations was to hear from more witnesses before the June election was called.The speech promised more government transparency and accountability, but the Liberals didn’t promise more hearings, only that they would take steps to allow the committee to write its report.Having avoided punishment at the polls in spite of the scandal, the Wynne Liberals appeared less concerned about putting some distance between themselves and the previous administration under Dalton McGuinty.The former premier, who resigned in October 2012 under a cloud of controversy, even attended the throne speech with Wynne singing his praises.“I was talking to him afterwards and the plan that we’re putting forward builds on the work that I did, that we did, under his leadership when he was premier,” she said.“So I’m very, very pleased that he was here, that he thinks we’re on a very good track.”
by Justin Slimm Posted Mar 31, 2016 12:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Confidence lower than ever in Alberta: CFIB It’s another record low for small business confidence in Alberta. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has released its Business Barometer report for the month of March, which shows the numbers have slipped for the fourth consecutive month. Amber Ruddy, Alberta director with CFIB, said there is a lot of pessimism in the province right now, and the report’s confidence index is at its lowest ever, with a mark of 26.5 out of 100 points. She added that it’s been a tough month for the entire country. “Nine out of the 10 (provinces) have seen a decline this month, but we are more than 20 points lower than any other province,” Ruddy said. “Even in terms of the industries. Of course, natural resources, transportation and agriculture are at the bottom of the list, but a lot of the industries have been moving down as well.” An index above 50 points means owners expect their businesses to grow in the next 12 months. Many entrepreneurs say staffing will continue to be an issue, and employees may be let go throughout the year.
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and Luo Zhaohui, China’s ambassador to Canada, meet in Halifax on Thursday, April 28, 2016. The province is working to strengthen trade with China, building on their relationship in the education sector and seafood industries. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan HALIFAX – Capitalizing on export opportunities represented by China’s burgeoning middle class is one of the keys to growing Nova Scotia’s economy, says Premier Stephen McNeil.McNeil announced a new strategy Thursday aimed at increasing the province’s access to the world’s second largest economy.He said there are no export or job targets included in what amounts to a broad expression of the province’s intent to increase trade.“I think the potential is limitless,” said McNeil. “As we see the growth of the middle class in China there is a hunger for high-quality product and we have high quality product.”China is currently Nova Scotia’s second largest trading partner after the U.S., with provincial exports totalling $420 million in 2015. The figure lags well behind U.S. exports at $3.75 billion, but is an increase of more than 50 per cent over 2014.Seafood exports, particularly live lobster, have led the way, growing from $14 million in 2009 to $208 million in 2015.The strategy puts the province’s focus on its competitive strengths in areas such as seafood, education, IT and tourism. It identifies a need to strengthen relationships within the Chinese business community and to support Nova Scotia businesses which already have access to China’s market.The province says it will also seek to generate more formal agreements similar to a memorandum of understanding signed with China’s education ministry in 2007 and like the recently signed ocean tech agreement between Dalhouise University and Shandong University.Kevin Lynch, vice chairman of BMO Financial Group, said a concerted effort is needed by business and government to continue to push into the Chinese market.“It’s a lot easier to go as a broad-based business community. I think this (strategy) is basically saying it’s time for the whole business community to actually take on board China.”Lynch said China is open to new relationships and Nova Scotia is well poised to take advantage of that attitude.McNeil believes one-on-one meetings are important to open the way for provincial businesses to conclude future deals.He said his office is planning a trip to China in early September. It would be McNeil’s third trade mission to the country since being elected in 2013. N.S. makes play for Chinese market, already its second-largest trading partner by Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 28, 2016 9:23 am MDT Last Updated Apr 28, 2016 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council decided to extend the Mission until 30 November 2014, and authorized it to use “all necessary means” to protect civilians, monitor and investigate human rights, create the conditions for delivery of humanitarian assistance, and support the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement.In doing so, the Council requested UNMISS to focus and streamline its activities, across its military, police and civilian components in order to achieve progress on the above-mentioned tasks, and recognized that “certain Mission tasks will therefore be ceased.”The authorized troop and police strengths of the Mission will remain 12,500 and 1,323, respectively, as was decided by the Council in late December 2013 after political infighting between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar turned into a full-fledged conflict that has uprooted over one million people.At the same time, the Council today endorsed the recommendations made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a recent report to increase the overall force levels of UNMISS to support its restructured mandate. It requested Mr. Ban to review needs on the ground, and provide and updated assessment of the force’s operations, deployment and future requirements 120 days after the adoption of the resolution.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General welcomed the adoption of the resolution, and underlined the importance of the new mandate. He also reiterated that every effort be made by potential contributors to deploy all troops, police and enablers to the Mission, as soon as possible. “The Secretary-General reminds the parties of their primary responsibility to protect civilians from violence and end impunity,” the statement added. “He urges the parties to implement the Agreements signed by both parties on 23 January 2014, and as recommitted to on 9 May 2014, without further delay, show the political will necessary to advance the political process and provide their full cooperation to UNMISS as it carries out its mandate.”In line with its mandate, UNMISS has been protecting between 75,000 and 80,000 civilians who have sought safety at its bases around the country for months since the violence began. In today’s resolution, the Council emphasized that the protection of civilians must be given priority in decisions about the use of available capacity and resources within the Mission.The Council also condemned “in the strongest terms” attacks on and threats made to UNMISS personnel and UN facilities, including violations of the Status of Forces Agreement, and stressed that such attacks may constitute war crimes.
“Only by promoting people’s security and safety, human rights and democratic oversight in the security sector can we lay the foundations for rule of law, peace and sustainable development,” Assistant Administrator for the Crisis Response Unit of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Izumi Nakamitsu told the 15-member Council.Joining Ms. Nakamitsu at the Council’s special briefing on security sector reform were Dmitry Titov, the Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and Zainab Bangura Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.Ms. Nakamitsu said security sector reform required both concerted efforts in the lifetime of UN peace operations and longer-term, sustained support. It was critical, therefore, to sequence and strategically prioritize various tasks. Addressing the negative power bases in the security services of post-conflict countries is one of the most challenging aspects of post-conflict reconstruction, she said, stressing the need for predictable and reliable funding sources for national capacity-building efforts.“We must look at security in the broader context of promoting safe and secure environments for communities, especially for women, and in terms of facilitating people’s participation in efforts to strengthen security institutions,” she said. “We must also pay more attention to advancing gender equality and security for women.”“These complex situations require a comprehensive and coordinated response from the UN system and international community,” the UNDP official said. Participants address the Security Council meeting on consolidating the Council’s engagement on security sector reform. UN Photo/Cia Pak/Rick Bajornas/Loey Felipe ‹ ›In her remarks, Ms. Bangura said “a comprehensive response to conflict-related sexual violence must include proactive and purposeful engagement with the security sector, particularly in settings where the security services may have been involved in the commission of sexual violence.”Citing “the critical nexus between sexual violence crimes and dysfunctional security sector reform processes, or the incomplete disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants,” Ms. Bangura gave “tangible results” from initiatives underway such a sin the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guinea.In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), she said, in the 2014 reporting period, military tribunals convicted 135 individuals, including 76 members of the armed forces, 41 members of the national police and 18 members of armed groups, of sexual violence crimes,” she said.And in Guinea, Ms. Bangura continued, a team of experts has provided technical support to a domestic panel of judges established to investigate and prosecute crimes committed against opposition supporters, including at least 109 cases of sexual violence, has resulted in16 indictments, including against high-ranking military officials, and, most recently, former president Dadis Camara.Moving forward, she stressed that sexual violence prevention should be mainstreamed in all reform processes and be viewed as a fundamental indicator of programme success. Greater representation of women in security institutions at all levels was particularly important to help create forces that respected and protected women and children, in times both of war and peace.For his part, Mr. Titov stressed that security sector professionalization should be at the core of the mandates and activities of UN peace operations where appropriate. “Well-trained, well-supported and service-oriented police and military professionals are a country’s best defence against the violence and instability that threaten both lives and livelihoods,” he said. While peace-operation engagement in security sector reform must concentrate on post-conflict situations, it often has a preventive purpose in some circumstances and should be incorporated early in all relevant operations, he said. Special agreements for such engagements could be facilitated by the Security Council, which could also encourage the Peacekeeping Department to provide more details on national and international efforts in that vital area. In any case, all peace operations should “ideally leave behind at least a basic, functioning security and rule of law system”, he concluded.
Subscribe RONAN O’GARA HAS confirmed he is considering a prominent coaching offer from Top14 side La Rochelle amid French media reports the club want him as their next backs coach. O’Gara, presently employed as backs coach of Super Rugby champions Crusaders, told Off the Ball that he is weighing up a number of coaching opportunities – an offer from La Rochelle among them – while not ruling out the possibility of remaining with Crusaders. “It’s decision time now. I’ve got to weigh up a few options, that’s where I am. I’ve got to decide what’s best for my career, and some really tough decisions to make.“So hopefully in the next 10 days to two weeks I’ll come to that decision but there’s nothing done. Short URL https://the42.ie/4634532 30,609 Views 25 Comments Share4 Tweet Email1 ‘It’s decision time’ – O’Gara confirms interest from La Rochelle and rules out Munster return He isn’t ruling out remaining at Crusaders for another year, either. By Gavin Cooney Ronan O’Gara, coaching with Crusaders. Image: Martin Hunter/INPHO There’s two or three other options [separate to the La Rochelle offer]. It’s a great position to be in. You just want to make sure you’re making the right move for you and your family. There’s a sporting decision at stake and there’s also a family decision at stake.“Also, whether I can stay with the Crusaders is another a decision I’m making.” O’Gara has previously worked as defence coach with French side Racing 92,whom he left in 2017 to move to New Zealand. Although French media claim that he is being considered as La Rochelle’s next backs coach, O’Gara says those reports are “inaccurate” and the job on offer is more prominent. “Jono Gibbes is there as the Director of Rugby and he wants someone to run the rugby programme, and that’s what I’m speaking to him about.“These are good decisions. The family aspect is important, too. If it was purely a rugby decision my decision would be quite easy. But it’s not a pure rugby decision because thankfully I’ve got a good family.“I’m ambitious and take it seriously, but you want to be valued and have the best chance to make it work wherever you go, so that’s what I need to get right.” O’Gara said that a head coach role is his next target, and added that while he has had recent contact with Munster, he has not been offered a coaching role at his old club.Instead, he says that a stay in New Zealand or a return to France is most likely at this stage of his career. “I’ve been talking to Munster ever since I was a player in fairness to them. I’ve known Garrett [Fitzgerald CEO] all my career, 25 years. I have spoken to Munster but there is no serious conversation in terms of a coaching position as I don’t really want it to go that route at the minute.“I think that [a role in New Zealand or France] is best for me, and if I’m good enough then I can get a job at home on my terms.” Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Ronan O’Gara, coaching with Crusaders. May 14th 2019, 5:27 PM Tuesday 14 May 2019, 5:27 PM Image: Martin Hunter/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Stay on target If there’s ever been a year to have literally any sort of partnership with Marvel it’s 2019, and adidas has been taking advantage of it in full. They started the year off strong with their Jen Bartel-designed Captain Marvel sneakers and kicked it up a notch for the release of Avengers: Endgame with not only a full lineup of superhero-inspired basketball sneakers but another Bartel joint that drew inspiration from the villainous Thanos. With one more major Marvel movie hitting theaters next month (it’s the one with the spider fellow) adidas is keeping the collaboration going strong with a brand new silhouette.D.O.N. ISSUE #1 Symbiote Spider-Man. (Photo Credit: adidas)The adidas D.O.N Issue #1 (I’m already sold on the name alone) is the first signature sneaker of Utah Jazz superstar Donovan Mitchell. Long nicknamed “The Spider” (move over, Anderson Silva), Mitchell’s first shoe draws inspiration from his figurative namesake, the spectacular, amazing, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.D.O.N. ISSUE #1 Stealth Spider-Man. (Photo Credit: adidas)Let’s start with the new silhouette: the D.O.N Issue #1 features a wider outsole than usual — not to bore you if you aren’t into basketball talk but this is meant to provide extra stability for anyone going for slam dunks in these shoes as those landings can be tricky. It also features a propulsion clip on the sides of each shoe to provide support in lateral movements. The shoe’s sole contains adidas’s signature BOUNCE cushioning as well, which you don’t need if you already have spider powers but will definitely help your jump shot if you don’t.D.O.N. ISSUE #1 Marvel’s Iron Spider. (Photo Credit: adidas)Now let’s get down to the Spidey of it all: first off, the shoes feature a classic spider logo on the tongue and a wavy web-like design on each side. It’s also got four distinct colorways lined up, each drawing inspiration from a different Spider-Man costume. The shoe will be debuting on July 1 with the Amazing Spider-Man colorway, which comes in the classic Spidey red and blue. That’s followed by the Symbiote Spider-Man on July 18, which is based off of the symbiote suit that eventually became that Tom Hardy character. Stealth Spider-Man, which looks to be prominently featured in Far From Home is next on August 1. The first wave concludes with a red and gold Iron Spider colorway on August 31.The shoes will run for $100 and are all set to be available on the adidas website on July 1 and adidas stores on July 5.More on Geek.com:Adidas Basketball Celebrates ‘Avengers: Endgame’ With ‘Heroes Among Us’ CollaborationBest Shoes of 2019 (So Far) for Sneaker GeeksAdidas Announces ‘Game of Thrones’ Sneaker Collaboration Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have LeakedBest Sneakers of Summer 2019
Kylian Mbappe admits that his life has been turned upside down, but is happy living the dreamThe teenage sensation is already a global superstar with the likes of France legend David Trezeguet tipping Mbappe to succeed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the world’s best player.The 19-year-old striker has already been in the headlines across Europe for years and was the most expensive signing of the recent summer transfer window at €180m, when PSG made him a permanent member of the squad.With his profile currently at an all-time high, Mbappe has made the cover of this Friday’s edition of Time magazine‘s international edition.In the interview, Mbappe talks about how he became a superstar and confessed that all of his dreams are already coming true.“My life has been totally turned upside down. I am happy, and I am living the life I always dreamed of.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I think I might have missed out on something. I did not have the moments of so-called normal people during adolescence, like going out with friends, enjoying good times.”Mbappe is expected to lead France’s attack in tonight’s game against Iceland in Guingamp with kick-off set to begin at 21:00 (CEST).Time magazine have featured @KMbappe on their international edition 🤩(📸 via @TIME) pic.twitter.com/l7rwjZRU5R— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 11, 2018
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced a suite of proposed regulations Thursday intended to improve dockless scooter safety and education.The regulations would require dockless scooter companies to limit the maximum speed of scooters in certain areas of the city, give monthly data reports to the city including data on things like reported incidents and trip information and educate scooter riders on local and state traffic laws as well as the cost of being cited for violating relevant laws. The companies would also have to indemnify the city from liability claims in the event a scooter rider is injured within city limits and obtain a permit from the city with accompanying operational fees.“The rapid evolution of this industry is evidence of the popularity of dockless mobility devices as great options for folks who would like to leave their car at home,” Faulconer said. “As with many disruptive new technologies, there are issues that need to be addressed. First and foremost, public safety is our top priority and that will be reflected in these common- sense regulations.”Scooter companies such as Lime, Bird and Razor would have to use geofencing technology to limit scooter speeds to 8 mph in the city’s high- traffic zones like the San Diego Convention Center promenade, Balboa Park, NTC Park and the Embarcadero downtown. Currently, dockless scooters can reach speeds up to roughly 15 mph.The City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee plans to discuss the proposed regulations at its 9 a.m. meeting on Oct. 24.“I’m pleased to have worked with Mayor Faulconer to develop important safety standards for the protection of scooter riders and pedestrians,” said City Councilwoman and Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee Member Lorie Zapf. “My goal has always been to slow down the speed of the scooters and address safety concerns. With this proposal I feel confident that we will see changes for the better.” Dan Plante, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: October 18, 2018 October 18, 2018 Dan Plante, KUSI Newsroom, San Diego Mayor Faulconer proposes regulations for dockless scooters Updated: 11:02 PM