Amarinder slams SAD for ‘street politics’

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday attacked the Opposition Shiromani Akali Dal for indulging in “street politics at the cost of people’s welfare”. The Chief Minister was reacting to the recent road blockade staged by SAD leaders and workers across the State in protest against the alleged attacks on party workers and registration of “false” cases against them in the run-up to the civic polls.“All political parties should resolve not to block highways, but to find alternative ways to protest,” said Capt. Singh, adding that any form of protest that causes inconvenience to citizens cannot be termed “democratic” and blocking the National Highway is a crime under the law.Stern warningThe Chief Minister warned that nobody would be allowed to break the law in Punjab. “We would not allow a law and order breakdown in the State, nor would we permit anyone to hold the common people to ransom,” he told reporters here.“A number of people suffered as a result of the Akali dharnas, which were nothing but sheer theatrics,” said Capt. Singh, adding that such acts are a sign of petty minds which do not see beyond short-term personal gains.He said that military convoys could not move and essential supplies could not reach the soldiers standing guard at the borders in time because of “this ill-thought and abhorrent decision of the Akalis to sit on dharnas over a complete non-issue”.“The Akalis did not even take into consideration the problems that blocking the highway would cause to the pilgrims visiting the Golden Temple — the world’s most visited religious site — even though they claim to be the guardians of the Sikh religion,” the Chief Minister said.He said if the Akalis had a genuine grouse on the issue of filing nomination papers for the civic body elections, they should have jumped at the opportunity given by the State Election Commission in the form of an extra day to submit the same.“The fact that not a single nominee came out to file the papers on the additional day completely nailed SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal’s lie in this regard,” Capt. Singh said.“The SAD seems to be going the Aam Aadmi Party way with their `dramas’, without realising that they would meet the same fate as the AAP,” he added.Judicial probe soughtMeanwhile, a joint SAD-BJP delegation urged Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore to order a judicial inquiry into an alleged political-administration-election observer nexus, which, according to the Akali Dal, had throttled democracy in elections to the municipal bodies in Punjab.Mr. Sukhbir Badal and BJP State chief Vijay Sampla alleged that the “nexus” had conspired and worked in tandem to harass the SAD-BJP candidates at every stage of the election process.last_img

Maha govt to constitute SIT into fake UK passport, visa scam

first_imgMaharashtra government will set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the fake passport and visa scam exposed by authorities in the United Kingdom, Minister of State for Home (Urban) Ranjit Patil said in the Legislative Council today.The racket, considered among the biggest in central India, was exposed after the Immigration Enforcement International (IEI), a wing of the British High Commission, sent a detailed report to Nagpur Police in October 2017.Read it at India Today Related Itemslast_img

Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, Telugu Titans vs Gujarat Fortunegiants in Noida: Gujarat Overpower Telugu 48-38

first_imgTelugu Titans currently feature among the bottom two teams in the season but a couple of victories in their remaining matches could see them rise in the standings and finish on a good note. The matches will also provide an opportunity for ‘Baahubali’ Siddharth Desai to raid freely and add more raid points to his kitty to hold onto his spot among the top five raiders of the season.It hasn’t been an ideal season for either @Telugu_Titans or @Fortunegiants this time around.Which team will have a memorable final leg of #VIVOProKabaddi Season 7 by winning #HYDvGUJ tonight? #IsseToughKuchNahi pic.twitter.com/ZQLwceUvOC— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) October 7, 2019 Rakesh Gowda impressed while raiding last time around and he will want to make the most of his opportunities in the remaining games this season. Telugu Titans also gave some of their bench players a chance to show their potential in their previous match and they might opt to do the same against Gujarat Fortunegiants.Gujarat Fortunegiants put up a good fight in their previous two matches but failed to land the killer blow in the closing minutes. Skipper Rohit Gulia will be eager to lead the team to a win one final time this year and he will have the opportunity to make this the first 150-point campaign of his career.More GB and Sonu Jaglan have also impressed in patches and will want to cement their reputation as match-winners with another good performance. However, it remains to be seen if Manpreet Singh will choose to rest his key players and give his bench players a run in the team’s final game.last_img read more

Cricket: South Africa counter spin with spin to attain lead in the ODI Series

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementImage Courtesy: DNASouth Africa had their first positive outing in the tour as they managed to oust the hosts to clinch victory in the first ODI by five wickets.After winning the toss and electing to bat first at Dambulla, Sri Lanka were in all sorts of trouble after reducing to 36-5 inside the first 10 overs.Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera stitched a crucial aggressive partnership in the middle overs before the hosts folded up for 193 with over 15 overs to spare. Tabraiz Shamsi and Kagiso Rabada picked up four wickets each in their respective spells.The chase did not begin on a positive note for the Proteas as spin struck again to dismiss Amla and Markram after a brisk start. Skipper Du Plessis managed to survive the spin onslaught alongside De Kock before JP Duminy finished off the innings with a brisk half-century.Brief Scorecard:Sri Lanka 193 all out in 34.3 overs (Kusal Perera 81, Thisara Perera 49; Tabraiz Shamsi 4-33, Kagiso Rabada 4-41) South Africa 196/5 in 31 overs (JP Duminy 53*, Faf du Plessis 47, Quinton de Kock 47; Akila Dananjaya 3-50) Read Also:Cricket: Ravi Shastri hints at flexibility in India’s batting order ahead of the first testEngland vs India: Ravi Shastri feels Kohli will show why he is the best to the British crowdlast_img read more

SPORT-GOLF-LAHIRI 2 LAST

first_imgLahiri did have a massive high when his 40-footer dropped Lahiri did have a massive high when his 40-footer dropped for birdie on Par-4 seventh. “That 40-footer on the seventh was a bit of a bonus. It was one of those things, when you are trying to lag the putt for a two-putt and it just went in,” he said. That incidentally was one of the toughest holes on Saturday. Though Lahiri did have one birdie off a par-five (the second), he said, “I have not scored off the par-fives the way I should have. He has had just one birdie on a par-five in three rounds and dropped three bogeys.” If Spieth wins, he will be the first player to win back-to-back Masters since Tiger Woods (2001-2002) and if Langer wins he would be the oldest and in case the title goes to Matsuyama, he will be the first Asian to do so. And if Kaufman emerges as the man with the Green Jacket, he will be the first-timer wearing it since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. However, with Jason Day, Danny Willett and Dustin Johnson packed together at even par, and Soren Kjeldsen, Brandt Snedeker and Lee Westwood clubbed together at one-over, no less than 10 players are within four shots off the lead. And yes, Rory McIlroy (77) is tied 11th with Daniel Berger (74) at two-over, which means five behind Spieth. Of the other two Asian Tour stars, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (77) slipped up right at the end and Thongchai Jaidee (81) was totally off colour in the third round. Kiradech, who was in sight of a top-10, dropped from overnight Tied-8th to Tied-23rd after a closing double bogey on 18th. Thongchai, the highest ranked among the Asian Trio, was battered by the brutal weather and ended with nine-over 81 that had seven bogeys and a double on the closing hole the 18th. He fell from Tied-42nd to Tied-54th and he 13-over for the tournament. Just like the first day, Kiradech had four bogeys on the front nine on first, fifth, sixth and eighth. But this time there was no recovery on the backstretch. He bogeyed 10th to go five-over. Birdies on 13th and 14th suggested a revival, but a double bogey on 18th ended those hopes. Kiradech said, “The weather conditions and wind were very tough and also the pin position was not easy at all. Maybe I can improve my position on Sunday. I have enjoyed the Masters and hopefully I will try to be back again. PTI Cor AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

WORLD CUP: Confetti Greets Argentina’s 1st Triumph in 1978

first_imgControversy and confetti. The 1978 World Cup in Argentina was awash with both.Twelve years after being awarded the right to host the World Cup, Argentina was a very different country. It had been under the control of a military junta since 1976, after a coup overthrew the government of Isabel Peron. Its ruthless treatment of political opponents — tens of thousands would eventually disappear — cast a shadow over the tournament.The pressure on coach Cesar Luis Menotti and the team to exploit their home advantage and become the third South American country after Uruguay and Brazil to win the World Cup was immense. But after nearly 50 years of trying, Argentina did just that, defeating the Netherlands 3-1 in extra time in front of a confetti-laden home crowd.Inspired by striker Mario Kempes, who scored twice in the final to take his tournament tally to six, Argentina inflicted the second straight final defeat on the Dutch, who almost won it at the end of normal time when Robbie Rensenbrink hit the post.The Dutch were without Johan Cruyff following his last-minute withdrawal. Cruyff later revealed that he didn’t board the plane to Argentina because of a kidnapping attempt months earlier. At the time, there was widespread speculation that his absence was an act of protest against the junta.Forty years later, Argentina’s triumph still raises eyebrows.In that World Cup, there was a second group stage that determined which teams made it to the final, but the scheduling did not allow for the final group matches to take place at the same time. In Argentina’s case, the team took the field knowing that a 4-0 victory over Peru was required after Brazil had won its last group match against Poland 3-1.Argentina won 6-0.Raanan Rein, an Israeli professor of Latin American history, told a FIFA-hosted conference on World Cup history in 2010 that he was “100 percent persuaded” that the junta was somehow involved, collaborating with “at least one foreign government” to fix the match.Others argue that the Peru team just fell away after a strong start — it happens all the time — and were unnerved by the intimidating atmosphere inside the stadium in Rosario.Regardless, it was time for the joyous people of Argentina to let the confetti fly.—By PAN PYLAS , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ford India recalls 5,397 units of EcoSport to fix faulty parts

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 6 (PTI) Ford India today said it is recalling 5,397 units of its popular sports utility vehicle EcoSport to rectify faulty front lower control arm and driver and front passenger seat recliner locks. EcoSport produced at the company’s Chennai plant between May 2017 and June 2017 numbering 4,379 units are being inspected for weld integrity of the front lower control arm, the company said in a statement. “The weld strength on some of these vehicles may be below Ford specifications, which in rare cases, can potentially affect steering control,” it added. A control arm set connects the front suspension of the vehicle to its frame. The company said it is also writing to owners of 1,018 EcoSport vehicles, manufactured between November 2017 and December 2017, to inspect their cars for driver and front passenger seat recliner locks. The voluntary inspections are in line with the companys commitment to deliver world-class quality vehicles to its customers, Ford India said. PTI MSS RKL ANS ANSlast_img read more

Barca accidentally announce Suarez loan to Arsenal

first_imgBarcelona confirmed that midfielder Denis Suarez joined Arsenal on loan for the remainder of 2018-19, before quickly deleting the announcement from their website.The deleted post confirmed that prior to departing Barca, Suarez extended his contract by one year to take him through the 2020-21 season. In addition, the announcement confirmed that the Gunners would retain an option to buy Suarez, and would be paying his salary for the rest of the season.  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? Suarez screenshot 1Suarez screenshot 2Goal reported earlier this week that a breakthrough had been made in talks between the two sides, with the 25-year-old set to join the Gunners for the rest of the current campaign. On Tuesday, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde confirmed that a deal was nearing completion. “I know Denis was in this situation. It’s not official yet and we have to wait a little,” Valverde told a news conference.”It was a possibility that everyone valued, and we hope that things go well.”With manager Unai Emery confirming his side would only be targeting loan deals in January, Suarez was identified as a player who could help the Gunners on the flanks. Suarez has been brought in to compete for playing time with Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is currently sidelined with a foot injury. The midfielder has played 71 total games with Barca since re-joining the club in 2016, but has been scarcely used in the current season.Suarez has just two La Liga appearances this term, to go along with six appearances combined in the Champions League and Copa del Rey. In his time with the Blaugrana, Suarez has scored eight goals and has won five trophies: one La Liga, two Copas del Rey and two Spanish Super Cups.Talks between the clubs have been ongoing for weeks and initially broke down after Barcelona insisted on an obligation-to-buy clause being inserted in the loan agreement.Suarez will be reunited with Emery at Arsenal, with the Gunners boss having managed Suarez during a loan spell at Sevilla in 2014-15. At the international level, Suarez has earned one cap with the Spanish national team, which came in May 2016.last_img read more

Star Bulk Carriers Finance Scrubbers with Green Loan

first_imgzoomPetros Pappas, CEO of Starbulk: Image Courtesy: Capital Link Greek dry bulk shipping company Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has secured a USD 310 million loan, which includes a portion of UD 70 million intended for procurement and retrofitting of scrubbers for up to 50 vessels in the company’s fleet.The Green Loan Tranche has been certified by DNV GL Business Assurance Services Limited to be aligned with the Green Loan Principles.“The completion of this financing is an important milestone for Star Bulk and its lending partners, who are pioneering sustainable Green Loans for dry bulk shipping investments, which aim to promote maritime emission reductions and compliance with the 2020 IMO regulations,” the company said.The Green Loan Tranche has a margin of 280 basis points over LIBOR and an amortization profile of 4.5 years.The remaining USD 240 million were drawn on September 28, 2018 and refinanced in full a group of 26 vessels, including 4 Newcastlemax, 4 Capesize, 2 Post Panamax, 14 Kamsarmax and 2 Supramax vessels.DNB Bank ASA, acted as the mandated lead arranger, facility agent and coordinator, along with ABN AMRO Bank N.V, BNP Paribas, Danish Ship Finance A/S and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB as mandated lead arrangers.Last month, Star Bulk revealed its plans to equip its entire fleet with scrubbers systems to meet the 2020 sulphur cap. The company expects average cost, including installation, to be below USD 2 million per vessel.The identity of the shipyards entrusted with the installation remained undisclosed, while in approximately 35% of the installations, riding teams are being deployed to carry out the retrofitting works onboard the vessels while at sea, reducing off hire time by 50% to 60%.Star Bulk completed the first scrubber installation at sea in August.last_img read more

Mary Robinson Appointed New Chair of The Elders

first_imgThe Elders announced today that their new Chair will be Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.Mary Robinson becomes The Elders’ third Chair since the group was founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007, following Archbishop Desmond Tutu (2007-13) and Kofi Annan (2013-2018).Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary-General, and Graça Machel, former Education Minister of Mozambique and co-founder of The Elders, will serve as joint Deputy Chairs, succeeding Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway, who has held the role since 2013.Mary Robinson said:“It is a huge honour to take up the role as Chair of The Elders at such a critical moment for peace, justice and human rights worldwide. Building on the powerful legacies of Archbishop Tutu and Kofi Annan, I am confident that our group’s voice can both be heard by leaders and amplify grassroots activists fighting for their rights.”Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Emeritus Elder and former Chair, said:“I am delighted that Mary Robinson is the new Chair of The Elders. I have witnessed her commitment to rights and justice in Palestine, Côte d’Ivoire, India and so many other parts of the world. Mary always puts ordinary people at the heart of The Elders’ mission, and I know she will fight for their rights with the same vigour as our dearly missed brother Kofi.”Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary-General and new Deputy Chair of The Elders, said:“It is a pleasure and a privilege to become Deputy Chair of The Elders alongside Graça Machel. I look forward to working with my fellow Elders under Mary Robinson’s leadership to defend human rights, address the challenge of climate change and promote equality.”Graça Machel, co-founder of The Elders with Nelson Mandela, said:“When Madiba launched The Elders over a decade ago, I knew this would play a critically important part in my life. We have accomplished so much together, especially giving a voice to the voiceless, but there is so much more still to be done to achieve the peaceful, just world that Nelson Mandela believed we all can share.”last_img read more

UNbacked report shows most of worlds coral reefs under threat

“Reefs at Risk Revisited,” launched today in Washington and London, says that if the threats to the reefs are not dealt with, more than 90 per cent of them will be threatened by 2030 and nearly all reefs will be at risk by 2050.Global pressures are leading to coral bleaching from rising sea temperatures and increasing ocean acidification from carbon dioxide pollution, according to the assessment of threat to coral reefs by the World Resources Institute, the Nature Conservancy, the WorldFish Center, the International Coral Reef Action Network, the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP-WCMC), along with a network of more than 25 organizations.“This report serves as a wake-up call for policy-makers, business leaders, ocean managers and others about the urgent need for greater protection for coral reefs,” said Jane Lubchenco, Under-Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the US National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).“As the report makes clear, local and global threats, including climate change, are already having significant impacts on coral reefs, putting the future of these beautiful and valuable ecosystems at risk,” she added.According to Lauretta Burke, senior associate at the World Resources Institute and a lead author of the report, coral reefs are valuable resources for millions of people worldwide.“Despite the dire situation for many reefs, there is reason for hope,” she said. “Reefs are resilient, and by reducing the local pressures we can buy time as we find global solutions to preserve reefs for future generations.”The report includes multiple recommendations to better protect and manage reefs, including through marine protected areas. The analysis shows that more than one-quarter of reefs are already encompassed in a range of parks and reserves, more than any other marine habitat. However, only 6 per cent of reefs are in protected areas that are effectively managed.“Well-managed marine protected areas are one of the best tools to safeguard reefs,” said Mark Spalding, senior marine scientist at the Nature Conservancy and one of the authors.“At their core, reefs are about people as well as nature: ensuring stable food supplies, promoting recovery from coral bleaching, and acting as a magnet for tourist dollars. We need to apply the knowledge we have to shore up existing protected areas, as well as to designate new sites where threats are highest, such as the populous hearts of the Caribbean, South-East Asia, East Africa and the Middle East,” he added.According the report, more than 275 million people live in the direct vicinity of coral reefs. In more than 100 countries and territories, coral reefs protect 150,000 kilometres of shorelines, helping defend coastal communities and infrastructure against storms and erosion.The report identifies the 27 nations most socially and economically vulnerable to coral reef degradation and loss. Among these, the nine most vulnerable countries are Haiti, Grenada, Philippines, Comoros, Vanuatu, Tanzania, Kiribati, Fiji and Indonesia. 24 February 2011An estimated 75 per cent of the world’s coral reefs are threatened by local human activity, including over-fishing, coastal development and pollution, and global pressures such as climate change, warming seas and rising ocean acidification, according to a United Nations-backed report unveiled today. read more

China oilsands deal and BC pipelines stand buffet Harpers resource strategy

by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2012 5:51 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email China oilsands deal and B.C. pipelines stand buffet Harper’s resource strategy OTTAWA – First China, then British Columbia.Two major developments on Monday are putting the centrepiece of Stephen Harper’s much-vaunted economic strategy to the test.Harper has moved aggressively to put natural resource exploitation at the forefront of his government policy, aiming to ensure Canada’s future as an energy superpower.But Monday’s massive $15-billion takeover bid for Calgary’s Nexen Inc. by the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Company will force Harper’s hand, making him decide how much say foreign interests can have on how Canadian energy is developed.And statements from British Columbia’s government — laying out new conditions for the Northern Gateway pipeline to carry Alberta bitumen to the West Coast — add more uncertainty to the future of the controversial pipeline.The pipeline has been a key part of Harper’s strategy to diversify Canada’s trade and ship more oil to Asia.Both developments raise pointed questions about who gets the spoils of natural resource development, and who shoulders the risks.Observers of all stripes say the sands are shifting so rapidly, it’s now time for Canadian political leaders to hash out a coherent plan on how the country’s energy bounty should be dealt with in the interest of all of Canada.“It’s really important for Canada as a whole,” said University of Calgary economist Jack Mintz. “It’s important we get our thinking straight, to make sure we do it for the benefit of all Canadians.”Environmentalist Gillian McEachern said she hopes to see that kind of direction coming later this week from the premiers when they meet in Halifax and discuss a national energy strategy.“Canadians need to come together to decide what’s in our best interest, and what kind of energy future we want,” McEachern said.CNOOC’s $15-billion proposed all-cash takeover of Nexen was a friendly bid, offering shareholders a generous 60-per-cent premium on their holdings.The real test will be at the political level. The deal requires approval from federal Industry Minister Christian Paradis, who will need to determine under the Investment Canada Act whether the transaction is of net benefit for Canada.His review will take an initial 45 days, and can be extended by 30 days or more.As is standard, the Competition Bureau will also require a review to see if the transaction would dramatically reduce competition. That review will take an initial 30 days, and can be extended if the bureau requests more information.But for the opposition NDP, those reviews fall far short. Natural resources critic Peter Julian said he wants a full public review, through a House of Commons committee, to discuss whether the takeover would benefit the country.Julian also wants Paradis to come forward with the more transparent rules on foreign investment, promised two years ago in the wake of the government’s “secretive” rejection of the takeover bid for Potash Corp. by Australia’s BHP Billiton.A combination of public hearings and more transparent investment review procedures would reveal whether the Nexen deal is truly good for the Canadian economy, the environment and communities, Julian said.“The ultimate question here is, are we selling all of our resources to foreign investors, and are they being put to the best use for the best value,” said Reynold Tetzlaff, the Canadian energy leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Calgary.The growing Asian involvement in the oilpatch raises the stakes for the building of a pipeline to the West Coast, he added, because the foreign investment assumes Canada will build a pipeline one way or another.Harper’s decision on Nexen and the way he handles the Northern Gateway pipeline in the face of political friction will show the world in great detail how much Ottawa is willing to do to attract foreign investment and pin its future on oil product, Tetzlaff said.“Just how open are we to foreign investment?”The initial reaction from the Alberta government was overwhelmingly positive, suggesting any barriers to the deal will be elsewhere.“Foreign investment benefits Albertans, and Canadians, putting Canadian firms in a better position to compete globally,” said Energy Minister Ken Hughes.“The oilsands have already drawn investment from China, the United States, Norway, Japan, South Korea, France, Thailand and the United Kingdom. The result is jobs for Canadians here and abroad, and competitive products on an international market.”CNOOC seems fully aware of political state of play. The high bid — coupled with CNOOC’s promise to keep Nexen’s Canadian management in place — are clear reflections of the political stakes, Mintz said.The companies provided Ottawa with a heads-up before the offer was announced, Nexen chief executive Kevin Reinhart told a conference call.“There was some work in preparing for conversations with the government; initial phone calls were made to them, but it is premature to talk about any of the reaction,” Reinhart said.“We will work together to file the necessary applications and to work with the various governments to make sure that they have all of the information they need to make the right decision.”The premiers are meeting in Halifax this week, and hope to tackle these very subjects as they forge ahead with a national energy strategy.Led by Alberta Premier Alison Redford, the premiers hope to craft a joint plan to develop and market a range of natural resources — not just oil and gas, but also hydro-electric power and other resources — in a way that is sustainable and protects the environment.But they have been talking about such a plan for years, and observers say it’s unlikely they can nail down anything beyond a set of common principles.“If you try to take a pan-Canadian approach, it just goes on and on and on” since the provinces have vastly different self-interests, Mintz said.Saying no to the Nexen takeover would have major repercussions for Canada’s reputation as an open economy, and could well scare off China and its ample supply of investment, he added.But at least one expert expects Ottawa to give CNOOC a green light.Political scientist Wenran Jiang said the relationship between the Canadian government and China has been warming in recent years, and that Alberta has shown an openness to foreign investment, too.“The reality is that the Chinese money is not that threatening,” Jiang said.Comparisons to the rejection of the Potash deal are unfounded, he added. Nexen’s board has unanimously approved the deal and shareholders will likely be happy with the offer; the $US40-billion BHP offer, on the other hand, was a hostile bid.Nexen also represents a small fraction of Alberta’s oilsands industry. Potash Corp. is one of the world’s biggest producers of the crop nutrient for which the company is named and Saskatchewan relies on it heavily for employment and tax revenue.“I expect huge debates, but I would expect this to be approved and I think it should be approved,” Jiang said.“It’s good for Canada. It’s good for bilateral energy co-operation. Let’s move that to the next level.” read more

Canadian consumer debt grows in February at slowest pace since 2001 RBC

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 2, 2013 10:46 am MDT TORONTO – The Royal Bank says February marked the slowest year-to-year growth in Canadian household debt in more than a decade.RBC Economics says overall household debt stood at $1.67 trillion in February, up 4.5 per cent — the smallest 12-month increase for any month since June 2001.Total Canadian mortgage debt stood at $1.16 trillion in February, up 5.4 per cent compared with the same month last year — the smallest since November 2001.Non-mortgage debt including credit cards, personal loans, lines of credit and other loans stood at $512 billion — up 2.5 per cent, the smallest 12-month increase since July 1993.RBC says policy-makers should welcome a moderation in consumer borrowing that began to emerge in 2012 and has continued in the first two months this year.However, it says the household sector will also be less of a force in driving overall economic growth — particularly in the housing market.Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney have warned repeatedly that the level of household debt is too high. Canadian consumer debt grows in February at slowest pace since 2001: RBC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Business leaders at UN forum challenged to invest in a more sustainable

“Business as usual approaches won’t work,” said Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed at the 2018 ECOSOC [Economic and Social Council] Partnership Forum, an annual event promoting inclusive societies, including through innovative business models and mobilizing big data for public good. “We need action – and bold action – to build an inclusive, resilient and sustainable future that leaves no one behind,” she continued.Ms. Mohammed shared a snapshot of today’s world, pointing out that more than eight per cent of the population lives in poverty; 192 million are unemployed; and young people are three times more likely to be jobless.“Their voices in many places are stifled and leading to a greater sense of disenfranchisement and disillusionment,” she underscored.Calling the private sector “an indispensable partner,” Ms. Mohammed stressed the need to work together “to reduce inequalities, end discrimination, empower people and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all.” Partnering with the private sector is essential to pursue common goals and to align their business models with the 2030 Agenda.“Sustainable business makes business sense,” she continued. “Better engagement with the private sector requires an enabling policy environment and dialogue mechanisms that encourage firms to do business in a way that works for global good, and for the bottom line.”She said that both the Organization and the private sector need to step up efforts and scale up partnerships to generate results that would “reach the furthest communities and villages.”“Our ambition is nothing less than ensuring that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment,” she underscored.A win-win partnershipOpening the annual forum, Marie Chatardová, ECOSOC President, pointed out that inclusive development models and combatting inequality was critical to achieving the SDGs, which aim to wipe out poverty and boost equality by putting the world on a more sustainable economic, social and environmental path by 2030.“It also requires building the resilience of societies, communities and people to cope with shocks – be it natural disasters, economic shocks, conflicts or others,” she said. “To do so, we must reach out to ‘those furthest behind first,’ including women, youth, indigenous peoples and persons living with disabilities.”Citing research by the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, she argued that sustainable business models could unlock economic opportunities “worth up to $12 trillion and increase employment by up to 380 million jobs by 2030.”“The study also shows the majority of companies are already aware that investing in sustainable development goals is a ‘win-win partnership,’” she stressed.Ms. Chatardová said the private sector can contribute to more inclusive value chains, diversity policies – including marginalized groups in decision-making processes. “I would also like to take the opportunity to challenge the business leaders present here today to consider making bold commitments to act and invest towards co-designing a more inclusive future for all,” she concluded.   This forum will contribute important elements to a special ECOSOC meeting York in May, which will inform discussions at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2018. read more

Seaside town plagued by gulls fights back against its feathered marauders

first_imgSeagulls in Scarborough, where there were 22 attacks by their kind on passers-by With its pier, steam railway and traditional fish and chips Scarborough has long been a favourite seaside location for holidaymakers who prefer British coastal resorts to the Costas.But along with the bracing North Sea air and the perennial threat of showers, they are now having to fend off repeated attacks from seagulls.Scarborough council has logged at least 22 seagull attacks on passers-by along the North Yorkshire coast this summer.Several of the seagulls’ victims report that the birds grabbed food off them after swooping form the skies.Others told how they had been deliberately pecked by the birds for no apparent reason. Similar attacks have been reported in seaside towns around Britain, including St Ives in Cornwall, Brighton and Maryport, Cumbria.Scarborough council warns that during the summer, herring gulls are likely to “aggressively seek out food by any means possible” as they feed and protecting their young.Councillors are to discuss the problem after receiving a report on the summer’s seagull attacks next week.The report states: “This is an on-going project that will require further measures to be implemented over a number of years to effectively minimise, in the long term, the public nuisance caused by the local gull populations.“It is important to stress that this is not the sole responsibility of the council. It is the collective responsibility of all building owners and occupiers (proofing against gull nesting) and residents, visitors, local businesses (not to feed the gulls and not leaving litter/waste which encourages scavenging).”A council spokesman added: “Unfortunately, by feeding the birds, leaving rubbish bags out for collection unsecured and dropping litter in the street, humans have made it easy for them and this is one of the main reasons we are experiencing the problems, particularly in the spring and summer seasons.”Britain’s leading urban sea gull expert, Peter Rock, who has studied herring gulls since 1980, says the “misunderstood” birds are simply trying to protect their chicks.  He said: “They do not seek to attack humans or animals because they are thugs, they only attack to protect their young and to snatch food.” Visitors and residents in the town have been urged not to feed the gulls in order to avoid attracting more to the area, not to put out rubbish bags too early – as these can be torn open by the seagulls – and to make sure their bin lids are closed to deter the birds.Now the council is planning to introduce further measures to stem the problem, including placing netting over the ledges and windows of town centre buildings to prevent kittiwakes from nesting.This would force them to return to native nesting areas on cliffs such as nearby Castle Headland. Seagulls in Scarborough, where there were 22 attacks by the birds on passers-byCredit:Guzeliancenter_img Among the most serious incidents was one in which a seagull snatched a sausage roll from two-year-old Harley Siddle-Haigh as he sat in his pushchair in the town centre in May.His mother Penny Siddle said: “It was really aggressive, really aggressive. Normally when you shoo at it leaves but this one was coming back for more. It went straight in his face.“Luckily he was all right but he was shook up and he was scared. Being strapped in your pram and being attacked with a huge seagull grabbing it from his mouth.”Ms Siddle and other victims of the gull attacks have called for the birds to be culled.   “I think they should start culling them again. If a dog bites or attacks a human they’re put down. It’s the same,” she said.Herring gulls and kittiwakes are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, although homeowners can remove herring gull nests and eggs from their property.Natural England grants licences allowing any authorised person to remove eggs or a nest from their land to “preserve public health and safety”.Of the 22 attacks logged between March and August, 19 took place in Scarborough, two in Whitby and one in Filey. Unfortunately, by feeding the birds, leaving rubbish bags out for collection unsecured and dropping litter in the street, humans have made it easy for themScarborough Borough Council Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Travailler beaucoup augmenterait le risque dalcoolisme

first_imgTravailler beaucoup augmenterait le risque d’alcoolismeUne étude néo-zélandaise suggère que les jeunes adultes qui travaillent durant de longues journées sont davantage sujets à l’alcoolisme que les autres. Le risque pourrait être multiplié jusqu’à trois fois, selon les résultats publiés dans la revue Addiction. Travailler beaucoup pourrait avoir des conséquences insoupçonnées. En effet, des chercheurs de l’université d’Otago en Nouvelle-Zélande ont réalisé une étude qui semble indiquer que de longues journées de travail augmentent le risque d’alcoolisme chez les jeunes adultes. Plus précisément, les résultats publiés dans la revue Addiction montre que : “Les individus qui travaillent 50 heures ou plus par semaine sont de 1,8 à 3,3 fois plus nombreux à connaître des difficultés liées à la consommation d’alcool, comparé à ceux qui ne travaillent pas” ont précisé les auteurs qui ont suivi près d’un millier de personnes âgées de 25 à 30 ans. De plus, aucune distinction n’a été faite entre hommes et femmes dont les taux observés sont similaires. À lire aussiL’étrange maladie qui rend ivre sans boire une goutte d’alcoolSelon les chercheurs, ce risque accru proviendrait en fait de deux facteurs : le stress et le contact avec les collègues. Sheree Gibb qui a dirigé l’enquête néo-zélandaise explique ainsi : “Les personnes qui travaillent beaucoup ont la possibilité de côtoyer leurs collègues plus souvent que ceux qui font des journées courtes. Les endroits où travailler de longues journées est habituel peuvent être dotés d’une atmosphère sociable, accompagnée de consommation d’alcool”. L’étude souligne alors l’importance de cibler les grands travailleurs dans les campagnes de lutte contre l’alcoolisme.  Le 9 août 2011 à 17:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Auditor Battle Ground school district didnt allocate Title I funds properly

first_imgThe Washington State Auditor’s Office issued a finding against Battle Ground Public Schools Thursday over how it handled federal funds.The report said the district did not follow federal rules for allocating Title I funds to schools, resulting in $36,032 of questioned costs.Title I funds support programs for low-income students, and the amount of services provided at schools with higher percentages of low-income students might have been unfairly limited as a result of the misallocation, the audit said.The state auditor’s office determined one primary school with a rate of low-income students below the federal government’s 35 percent threshold received funding that should have been allocated to other eligible schools during the 2017-2018 school year.Despite the finding, the district received clean audits in regards to its finances, federal grants and accountability, according to Meagan Hayden, chief financial officer with Battle Ground Public Schools. Hayden said this is the fifth year the district has received all clean audits. She said the finding was a “non-compliant one.”“It was not related to an internal control failure or a misstatement or an error,” she said, adding that the overall audit was unmodified.The finding came because the district has to rank its schools that will receive the Title I money. When a school’s poverty rate falls below 35 percent, the district has to make adjustments to give the qualifying schools priority. Battle Ground didn’t do that when Tukes Valley Primary School fell to a low-income rate of 32.74 percent, Hayden said.She added that the district has changed how the rank order is done for the current school year, and put in place processes to ensure that the rank order aligns with Battle Ground’s low-income rates moving forward.last_img read more

San Diego Convention Center to expand

first_img May 15, 2018 Steve Bosh 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) – KUSI has learned the city and Port of San Diego have signed an agreement with developer 5th Avenue Landing to acquire a parcel of land next to the Convention Center.This opens the way for the long-stalled expansion on the Convention Center if it gets voter approval in November.Many have viewed this move as unconstitutional because the financing was a hotelier-approved room tax.The court ruled a tax increase has to be approved by the voters.Since then, 5th Avenue Landing went forward with plans to build two hotels, two acres of public plazas, a promenade and a rooftop garden plaza.An expansion could not occur without that 5-acre parcel. As the city moved to regain control of the land, 5th Avenue sued the city, saying it was interfering with its lease contract, which ends six years from now.A series of negotiations followed and Tuesday, KUSI learned a deal had been signed.Mayor Kevin Faulconer released the following statement regarding Fifth Avenue Landing:The City continues to be in confidential mediation with the Port and Fifth Avenue Landing, LLC. A settlement would be subject to approval by the City Council in a public hearing prior to becoming final.That deal, we’re told, will cost taxpayers upwards of $30 million. Updated: 2:50 PM Steve Bosh, Posted: May 15, 2018 With this deal done, one more big hurdle remains: getting it on the ballot and convincing the voters to approve the “Yes for a Better San Diego” initiative.To sweeten this for the voters, the initiative includes funds for the homeless.“Once this initiative is passed, in the first five years, the initiative will dedicate about $150 million for homelessness,” said Joe Terzi, president and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority.However, the city says this remains in confidential mediation with the Port and 5th Avenue Landing. A settlement would be subject to approval by the council in a public hearing prior to becoming final.“In addition to the other benefits we heard about today, this measure has the potential to provide for much-needed housing programs for those experiencing homelessness,” said Deacon Jim of Father Joe’s Villages.The initiative is in the signature gathering phase for the November ballot.Expansion will generate 7,000 jobs and $40 million of economic impact annually.Richard Disbrow heads the Union of Workers at the Convention Center. He said it will double the number of jobs at the Convention Center.“This citizens’ initiative is a once in a lifetime opportunity to spur job growth in one of our city’s most important industries,” he said.The big hoteliers are funding the signature drive and are paying a premium to get this on the ballot.But even the smaller hotels will benefit by the overflow of visitors for large conventions, which hadn’t come here for lack of space.For Elvin Lai, owner of a small hotel in Pacific Beach, it’s about jobs and the economy.“The ‘Yes for a better San Diego!’ initiative will infuse more than $40 into our local economy,” Lai said. “We are supporting it, we hope every San Diegan will get out and vote, this is a great opportunity to produce economic benefits for San Diego.”The other incentive for voters is that the tax increase will not fall on them. It will be paid by the visitors to San Diego and the visitor industry is generating record numbers. San Diego Convention Center to expand? Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

DUI Patrols for St Patricks Day weekend

first_img KUSI Newsroom DUI Patrols for St. Patrick’s Day weekend March 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 15, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter 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) – If you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, deputies say your luck will run out if you drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.Watch for increased impaired driving patrols by Sheriff’s Deputies across San Diego County on Monday, March 17th starting at 6:00 p.m. and lasting through 6:00 a.m. the following day. Ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, there will be DUI checkpoints in Encinitas and Santee on Friday, March 15th.According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), one person was killed and 48 others were injured in DUI crashes on St. Patrick’s Day in 2018.During St. Patrick’s Day 2018, Sheriff’s Deputies said they arrested five people on suspicion of impaired driving. That’s down from 12 arrests on St. Patrick’s Day 2017. The Sheriff’s Department arrested a total of 1,183 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in 2018. That’s down from 1,225 arrests in 2017. last_img read more