Nobody goes to meetings with 300 bags: ED replies to Mallya’s plea in PMLA court

first_imgAn Enforcement Directorate counsel on Wednesday argued that former liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s plea in a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court, in Mumbai, was non-consequential.A court in London on December 10 ordered that Mallya, wanted for Rs 9,000 crore loans default by his companies and facing charges of fraud and money laundering, be sent back to India. Mallya had run off to London to escape arrest.The ED had moved a special court in UK, seeking to declare him a fugitive under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act (FEOA).Following the Monday order, Mallya’s lawyer on Tuesday sought dismissal of the ED’s plea to declare him a fugitive, citing he left India to attend a meeting.”There was no secret departure. He left the country to attend a planned meeting (of World Motor Sport in Geneva),” he said.To this end, the ED’s counsel, DN Singh, said, “They have been stating that he had gone for a meeting, but have they shown any diary entry or any other proof by way of an invite or anything to show that he had gone to attend this meeting? Moreover, who goes to attend a meeting with 300 bags and a huge cargo?”Desai had argued that for anyone to be declared a fugitive, two issues have to be satisfied. One that the person has left the country to avoid the investigation and second that being abroad, he refuses to return.Desai also reiterated his argument that Mallya did not leave the country secretly as claimed by the ED.advertisementSingh said that in Mallya’s case both the mentioned issues did arise.”Despite summons and three NBW warrants issued against him, Mallya refused to join probe. The extradition process is a proof enough that he was not willing to return,” he said.Desai also claimed that Mallya was a non-resident Indian (NRI) with a house in London and his whereabouts were known to the banks and investigating agencies. The businessman was ready to surrender in the United Kingdom where he had been living for 28 years, but he could not be put in the hands of the agencies which were not ready to follow procedures, he added.Desai wound up his argument on Tuesday. He will further argue the case on Monday.(With inputs from PTI)ALSO READ | Major boost to Indian agencies, UK court orders Vijay Mallya’s extraditionALSO READ | Please take it: Vijay Mallya tweets humble offer to pay 100% backALSO WATCH | So Shayari: Vijay Mallya gets spookedlast_img read more

Irfan Pathan only Indian to enrol for 2019 Carribean Premier League players draft

first_imgIrfan Pathan became the only Indian cricketer on Thursday to enrol himself in the players draft for upcoming Carribean Premier League (CPL).By signing up for the players draft, Pathan may become the first Indian to play in an overseas T20 league.CPL’s official website put out the final list of players who have signed up for the players draft.A record number of 536 players from 20 overseas countries and the West Indies are available to be picked by six CPL teams.”The fact that so many players have registered for our draft is a testament to the stature of our league. Playing cricket in the Caribbean is something that all players look forward to, and the CPL combines that allure with a high standard of cricket. We expect that this year’s tournament will be no different,” Michael Hall, CPL Tournament Operations Director, said in a statement.The likes of Alex Hales, Rashid Khan, Shakib al Hasan, Jofra Archer, and JP Duminy have put their names forward for the draft along with Caribbean stars such as Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope.Each franchise has the option of retaining or acquiring a maximum number of six players, although there is no obligation to do so.The players the teams can potentially retain are:Minimum of three West Indian players, a maximum of four,Maximum of one overseas player, reduced to none if four West Indians retained,A Marquee Player whether retained or acquired,An ICC Americas Player, whether retained or acquired.advertisementTrinbago Knight Riders won the previous edition of the CPL in 2018.This year’s CPL will be held from September 4 to October 12.Also Read | Ashes is pinnacle of women’s cricket: Tayla Vlaemincklast_img read more

Bakayoko keeps promise to dye hair blue

first_imgChelsea Chelsea star Bakayoko dyes hair blue after goal promise Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 2 years ago 00:32 10/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Tiemoue Bakayoko Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Premier League WTF The midfielder vowed to his hair to his new club’s kit after opening his Premier League account with a goal in the defeat to Crystal Palace Tiemoue Bakayoko is a man of his word.The midfielder, signed from Monaco for £40 million in the summer, had promised fans he would dye his hair blue once he scored his first goal for the club in the Premier League.“As soon as I score a goal I will change the colour of my hair,” he said earlier this month. “Possibly to blue. I like changing the colour of my hair from time to time. 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 “I don’t go completely over the top, but sometimes I find it brings me good luck. Since the Man City game I put some white in my hair.”And now he has done just that having foung the back of the net in a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace, with Bakayoko turning locks as blue as the Chelsea crest.Bakayoko 5/1 to score v BournemouthWhile it did take a couple of weeks — the Palace fixture was October 14 — Bakayoko was pictured with his new hair colour as the team boarded the bus to head to Saturday’s clash with AFC Bournemouth. #BakasBlue ! — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 27, 2017 Bakayoko also added a photo of himself on Instagram, showing off the new style. There’s no telling what the midfielder might do for an encore the next time he bags a goal for the Blues, or if he’s able to help the club successfully add silverware to their collection.In the meantime, Chelsea will just hope Bakayoko keeps up his solid start to life in the English top-flight against Bournemouth on Saturday before facing Roma and Manchester United in the next week.last_img read more

Man Utd vs Tottenham team news

first_imgManchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Man Utd vs Tottenham team news: Rashford and Lukaku start as Mourinho opts for back three Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 18:40 10/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jose Mourinho Mauricio Pochettino Getty Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur The United boss has decided to match Spurs’ three-man defence with the same shape as Eric Bailly and Phil Jones return from injury Marcus Rashford retains his place and Romelu Lukaku returns up front for Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur, while Jose Mourinho has kept the three-man defensive system he used in the midweek Carabaro Cup win over Swansea City.Rashford teed up the first of Jesse Lingard’s two goals in South Wales and keeps his place with Anthony Martial dropping to the bench. At the back there are recalls for Eric Bailly and Phil Jones after injury as United go with a back three.Manchester United XI 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 However, Mauricio Pochettino has sprung a surprise by reverting from his own back three. While Harry Kane misses out as expected due to a hamstring injury, Davinson Sanchez also sits out as Spurs switch to a back four with Eric Dier and Harry Winks set to start ahead of the defence in a 4-2-3-1 formation.Man Utd: De Gea; Bailly, Smalling, Jones; Valencia, Herrera, Matic, Young; Mkhitaryan, Rashford; Lukaku. Subs: Mata, Martial, Lingard, Blind, Romero, Darmian, McTominay.Tottenham: Lloris; Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies; Dier, Winks; Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen; Son. Subs: Trippier, Rose, Sanchez, Vorm, Nkoudou, Llorente, Dembele. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Maria Sharapova regains regal air after Donna Vekic win in Paris

first_imgMaria Sharapova Share on Twitter Support The Guardian The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share via Email “So if I do have a chance to play on it, I will welcome it with open arms. And, if it’s another court, then it will be great.”Heather Watson has had her moments on big courts but she played her two matches here in the intimacy of Court No 3, losing in an all-round poor contest against the world No 16, Elise Mertens, who conquered her own jitters to win 6-3, 6-4.Watson’s game and serve, which delivered her nine aces in her first-round win over Océane Dodin, deserted her until the very end, when she launched a spirited but doomed fightback. She held her serve only twice in an hour and a half, served five double faults and hit 37 unforced errors. She did not need the British media – whom she this week criticised for being hard on her and Johanna Konta – to point out she had played poorly.“I had glimpses of playing well,” she said, “but I just wasn’t consistent throughout the match. And when it was important, at 4-4 [in the second], I made a few too many errors. I didn’t serve as well as I have been. I was more frustrated with myself that I was giving away so many free points.”Soon – after the doubles – she heads for the green grass of home and there is still a spring in her step. “I’m signed in to play Surbiton and then Nottingham, Birmingham, Eastbourne and Wimbledon, which is fine for me, because it’s easy playing at home,” Watson said. “I’m feeling positive and confident and I love playing on grass. I’m definitely feeling a lot more positive than I was a couple of weeks ago. I am happy with how I’m playing. I was very happy with parts but also very disappointed with other parts.”If there was a World Cup for taking positives out of a lossfrom a defeat, Watson would be in contention all the way to the final.It is a pleasure to report that Konta, who lost in the first round of the singles for the fourth time in a row, has broken her French Open duck. She and Dominic Inglot won their opening mixed doubles 6-4, 6-3 against the French pair, Fiona Ferro and Evan Furness. They played on Court No 15.In fading light on Chatrier Serena Williams – the most famous 36-year-old former champion of all time with ambitions of rewriting history – kept her fairytale comeback going when she overcame an uncertain start to outlast the Australian Ashleigh Barthy, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, in an hour and 46 minutes. “Every day is a great day for me,” she said mother of a young daughter re-entering the Tour at this level.“I lost the first set and I thought I’ve got to try harder. I’m excited to play singles or doubles [with her sister, Venus, who is out of the singles] and fight my heart out.” Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content The prospect of a third-round match against the world No 6, Karolina Pliskova, does not shake the self-belief of Maria Sharapova, 24 places below her in the rankings but still in command of her hauteur, not to mention her audience.The Russian has been through the wringer over the past couple of years but, as she progressed further into the draw on a lovely summer’s day in Paris with a tough 7-5, 6-4 win over Donna Vekic, she made it clear she was still worth equal billing with Pliskova, who started slowly and finished in a burst to beat her Czech compatriot, Lucie Safarova, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, on Court No 18.That is not exactly the back-blocks (in fact it is quite nice) but it is also not The Bullring, the tournament’s famous third arena, where Sharapova operated against an opponent ranked 50th in the world.“I quite like that court,” Sharapova said of Court No 1, which will be demolished after the tournament. Asked if she was hoping for a move to the main stage, Court Philippe Chatrier, on Saturday, given Pliskova would probably be steered in that direction, she replied, “Well, there is also Sharapova. So …”Only Sharapova could get away with that. She remains a presence in the game, flowing through Roland Garros with the determined air of a queen not quite ready for the guillotine.“It’s been a few years since I have been back on the court,” the two-times champion said, perhaps mulling over her exclusion from Roland Garros a year ago after serving her drugs ban. French Open 2018 Since you’re here… French Opencenter_img Tennis Share on WhatsApp Topics match reports Read more Heather Watson Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Fall Sitting Set For Sept 25

first_imgThe Nova Scotia legislature will begin its fall sitting onThursday, Sept. 25, Deputy Premier and Government House LeaderRon Russell announced today, Aug. 25. The date was confirmed last week by all three party houseleaders. Members of the legislature will meet briefly on Sept. 4 to besworn in and elect a Speaker. -30-last_img

Tall Ships Kickoff Best Party of the Summer

first_imgDon’t miss the best party of the summer – that was the key tip from Tall Ships Nova Scotia event organizers at the announcement of the entertainment line-up earlier today, June 21. Tickets are limited and going quickly. “The waterfronts of Dartmouth and Halifax have something for everyone from ships to shore, and the only way to guarantee you’re a part of it, is to get on board,” said Festival Director David Jones. “For families, the daytime entertainment program and activities offer something for all ages, and in the evening the Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival is going to rock the Halifax waterfront.” “The best way to have a true Tall Ships experience, is to board the ships, and stay for the show,” said Marina Atwell, program director for the Tall Ships Festival. Some of the scheduled performers include: 16-year-old Hunter Hayes and Louisiana Hot from Louisiana; specialized Tall Ships shows and concerts such as Squid’s production; theme parties at the Cunard Centre, Canadian Idols Chad Doucette, Chris Labelle and Brandon Jones; as well as Tall Ship concert productions by Lennie Gallant and John Gracie; and Q-104 Battle of the Bands Winner Mike Trask and MudHill. A complete list of performers and a concert schedule are available at . Ticket prices will range from $5 to $25 dollars per show. The Downtown Dartmouth Business Community, the Waterfront Development Corporation, Alderney Landing, and Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2007, will sponsor Kidz Zone – Pirates’ Landing, A Family Experience. The family-focused venue is one of five festival entertainment zones designed for big and small pirates, during the much-anticipated return of Tall Ships to the Halifax Harbour, July 12–16. The Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival 2007 is presented by the Waterfront Development Corporation Limited. Funding for the festival is raised through public sector contributions, corporate sponsorship and support from the general public and tourists. There will be more than three kilometres of fun and entertainment with something for everyone, old favourites, rising stars and international phenomenon will take the stage for this year’s entertainment extravaganza. Boarding passes to get on board the ships are now on sale, and entitle people to discounts on entertainment and festival merchandise. Tickets are on sale now, and available through the festival website, or by calling 902-451-1221.last_img read more

CM distributes smartphones to 10000 Anganwadi workers

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi government will develop the Anganwadis like the high-end playschools, asserted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday. The Chief Minister also launched a programme for the distribution of smartphones for around 10,000 Anganwadi workers. “There is a perception that Anganwadis are merely centres for providing food to children. Children would come, they will be given food and sent back. Now an Early Childhood Care Curriculum is being introduced so that Anganwadis provide the kind of care and education that is provided at the expensive playschools. Even the poor will have access to the facilities that the rich do. Anganwadis will now be developed into playschools,” said the Delhi Chief Minister. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe smartphones being provided are aimed at reducing the administrative burden of Anganwadi workers and improving the efficiency of the department. According to the officials, this step will also help to maintain a real-time monitoring mechanism of the status of all centres. This will be a major step towards enhancing the quality of Anganwadis in the city. “Whenever governments have to provide electronic appliances to people on a large scale, ordinarily they provide substandard products. But we are providing you high-end phones, ones that ministers, IAS officers use. You don’t have to worry about the data charges either, the government will take care of it. Earlier you would have to maintain 11 or 12 registers monthly at each Anganwadi. Now using this smartphone, you will be able to enter everything into our database and the government will directly have access to that information. This is a digitisation of the entire Anganwadi sector that will not only benefit you but also the department” said CM Kejriwal. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsStressing on his government’s commitment to the welfare of Anganwadi workers, the chief minister said, “I recall that many of you had come to us with the low salary problem. We could have hiked your salary then as per the norm by 10 percent to 20 percent, which was also what you had demanded. Instead, we had hiked your wages by 100 percent. Delhi’s Anganwadi workers may now be the highest-paid in the country.” The Cheif Minister said that whenever someone talks about electricity, water, schools, hospitals, Mohalla clinics, people across the country vouch for the work being done in Delhi. It is my dream that soon Delhi should also be known as the state where Anganwadis are the best. The same system was running for the last 70 years and had run government schools to the ground. “But over the last five years, it was the same set of individuals who turned around the schools of Delhi. We didn’t replace the teachers or Principals, we just gave them a better environment to work in. Now the same 10,000 Anganwadi workers who were neglected by earlier governments will turnaround the Anganwadis of Delhi,” said the Chief Minister.last_img read more

University of Winnipeg seeking Indigenous artist to create podium

first_imgWINNIPEG – The University of Winnipeg has put out a call for an Indigenous artist to create a podium for special events such as convocation.The university has $15,000 to spend on a piece that reflects the location of the university on Treaty 1 territory and on the homeland of the Métis.“We understand that Winnipeg, in particular the heart of Winnipeg where we are, has been a meeting place for many different nations for thousands of years,” said Jarita Greyeyes, the university’s director of community learning and engagement.The funding was provided by a donor who wants to remain anonymous, she said.The university is committed to incorporating Indigenous culture, she said, which includes changing how things operate and also how certain things look.At the most recent convocation, Indigenous students were given the opportunity to wear a sash designed by Anishinaabe artist Destiny Seymour based on patterns found in ancient pieces of pottery unearthed around Winnipeg.A new Indigenous-designed podium is an important step towards recognizing the value of Indigenous knowledge, Greyeyes said. It will also be a powerful symbol for Indigenous students to see their culture reflected at the university’s most important events.“I think it would have meant a lot to my family to see that symbolism and those teachings that our family really lives by and appreciates,” Greyeyes said, reflecting on her own University of Winnipeg convocation.“It would be great to see some of those things represented in those major ceremonies on campus.”Proposals must be submitted by July 27.last_img read more

Fighting a war with a water gun Manitoba facing major crystal meth

first_imgWINNIPEG – Dane Bourget never thought his life would spiral into addiction.But when his roommate brought methamphetamine into their home, it started a decade-long journey in and out of treatment centres throughout Manitoba.“I tried it one time and then, before you know it, it’s been years,” said the 36-year-old. “I often say I tried meth once for 12 years.”Bourget has been sober since 2014 and now volunteers with a self-help group for people who have struggled with methamphetamine. He has seen how the drug that brought chaos into his own life is taking over the streets of Winnipeg and destroying families.While other regions of Canada are coping with an opioid epidemic, crystal meth has become the drug of choice in Manitoba.The Addictions Foundation of Manitoba says meth use increased by more than 100 per cent in adults and nearly 50 per cent in youth since 2014.The province’s chief medical examiner says meth was involved in 35 overdose deaths in 2017, up from 19 the year before. In contrast, fentanyl was involved in 14 fatal overdoses and carfentanil, a synthetic opiate about 100 times more powerful, was involved in 32.“We are seeing an unprecedented amount of methamphetamine that has come into our city,” said Insp. Max Waddell with Winnipeg’s organized crime unit.The drug is appealing because it’s cheap, available, easy to make and it gets people high for significantly longer — it can last 14 hours while crack cocaine lasts only about 45 minutes.The effects of the drug can be devastating for everyone who encounters it, including police.A Winnipeg police officer was sitting in his patrol car recently when a man suspected to be high on meth threw a propane tank through the rear window of the cruiser. The same day, another man who police suspect was high on meth had to be shot with a Taser after he allegedly assaulted someone with a screwdriver and threw a shovel at a police officer.Another man suspected of coming down off a meth high taped machetes to his hands before calling 911. When officers arrived, he advanced on them yelling that he wanted to be shot. He was taken into custody unharmed.“Methamphetamine makes people very unpredictable and when people are unpredictable that means they are not in control of themselves,” Waddell said. “They become in a state of … psychosis where they are seeing and hearing things that are not real.”Possession charges for meth increased by 890 per cent since 2012, police numbers show.In 2017, more than 12,000 grams of meth was seized by police. In January 2018 alone, more than 5,800 grams was taken off the streets.Police are also seeing a significant increase in other crimes associated with methamphetamine — property crime, drug crime and violent crime all increased in 2017.Police have a strategy that includes enforcement, intervention and education, but Waddell said authorities can’t deal with the situation alone.At Morberg House, a 10-bed transitional housing facility in Winnipeg, nearly every person is struggling with a meth addiction. Founder Marion Willis said her clients are different ages and come from various backgrounds, but they all have an underlying mental-health issue and use meth to cope.Most of the country has acknowledged an opioid crisis, she said. There’s been a federal response and a national fund available so organizations can develop and deliver programs. The same can’t be said for meth.“Its like fighting a war with a water gun,” she said. “It’s very frustrating.”Robert Lidstone was a graduate student dealing with undiagnosed bipolar disorder in 2006 when he first tried methamphetamine.“It had a hold on me,” said the 37-year-old. “Once I became addicted, it was just an incredible battle.”He’s been to treatment a few times and has relapsed, but said it’s vital to support people trying to get clean. For some families affected by meth addiction, the cost of treatment is just too high.“So far the institutional response is not able to catch up,” Lidstone said. “We are falling way behind very quickly because this crisis is moving faster than police and first responders, faster than the health-care system and the addiction and mental-health system.”last_img read more

Jenesse Center and Halle Berry to Honor President and CEO of the

first_imgDomestic violence prevention and intervention organization, Jenesse Center and its long time ambassador Halle Berry are proud to honor Peter Long PhD, President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation at the Imagine cocktail party fundraiser to be held Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6:30pm – 10pm, at the Wilshire Country Club at 301 N Rossmore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004.Jenesse CEO Karen Earl said, “Dr. Peter Long and The Blue Shield Foundation are leaders in the mission to ensure domestic violence (DV), its root causes and solutions are identified and shared. They encourage collaborations through cohorts where DV service providers are encouraged to partner with healthcare organizations to establish protocols; where culturally relevant programs are encouraged to work together and strengthen coalitions to ensure that vulnerable populations are served. This is so important as we continue working to address the impact of violence on women of color and particularly black women, who the statistics indicate are most likely to be impacted by violence. Dr. Long and the Blue Shield Foundation are partners in ensuring all voices are heard. We cannot express deeper gratitude for an alliance with Blue Shield and friends like Dr. Long, who have made it their mission to end domestic violence. We stand with you. And we thank you for standing with us.”“Jenesse is an organization that is not only vital to the community, it’s indispensable,” said Peter Long, PhD, president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation. “They are innovative, driven, and relentlessly inspiring and effective. For years, the Foundation has proudly – and wisely – invested in their work to engage the healthcare system in addressing and preventing domestic violence, as well as in their efforts to ensure that services are culturally responsive, survivor-centered, and deeply rooted in justice and empowerment. They are an enduring force for good and a champion for change in Los Angeles, the field, and beyond, and we are honored to call them a partner.”The goal of Imagine is to elevate the conversation around the topic of violence towards women, girls and men and advocate the human right of peace in everyone’s homes, workplaces and relationships.Leaders from business, non profit, media, entertainment and government sectors are invited to attend. The event will shine a light on organizations and individuals who have moved the mission forward to raise funds and bring awareness to the issue, provide funding and relief to survivors and use their voice to stop the cycle of domestic violence.Jenesse Ambassador Halle Berry said, “One in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. This is why for 17 years, I have worked with Jenesse first hand to bring awareness to this life-or-death cause. I am proud of the achievements we have made to heal women, girls and families ravaged by violent homes and relationships.”To learn more about Imagine or Jenesse, visit or call 323-299-9496.last_img read more

What the federal leaders are up to September 16

first_imgLiberal Party of Canada The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, will make an announcement in Calgary.Time: 8:00 a.m.Location: Simmons Building618 Confluence Way S.E.Time: 9:30 a.m.The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, will hold a photo-op before a meeting with the Mayor of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi.Location: Calgary City Hall800 Macleod Trail S.E.Green Party Elizabeth May Unveils Youth and Education Plan in Guelph Time: 10:30 a.m.Federal Green candidate Gord Miller (Guelph) will attend.Location: Raithby House (on the porch),78 Reynolds Walk, University of GuelphConservative Party of CanadaDaily Events TBA APTN National NewsSeptember 16, 2015 – 34 days before people in Canada go to the polls to elect the next parliament.Here is what the parties are up to today.NDPThe NDP releases its Campaign for Change fiscal framework in OttawaTime: 3:05 PMLocation: Delta Ottawa, Ballroom B101 Lyon Streetlast_img read more

SER plans to run special trains

first_imgKolkata: The South Eastern Railway has decided to run 11 pairs of special trains between Shalimar andMumbai from April 20 to July 1 and another 11 pairs of special trains between Santragachi and New Jalpaiguri from April 21 to June 30 to clear the extra rush of passengers during summer. Trains get more passengers during summer as people plan trips during holidays. A weekly special train will leave Shalimar station at 6.10 am every Monday and will reach Mumbai at 4.05 pm on Tuesday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIn the opposite direction, the special train will leave Mumbai at 11.05 am every Saturday and will arrive at Shalimar at 9.30 pm the next day, Sunday. “The special train consisting of one AC 2 Tier, two AC 3-Tier, seven sleeper Class and three general second class coaches, will have stoppages at Santragachi, Kharagpur, Tatanagar, Chakradharpur, Rourkela, Jharsuguda, Bilaspur, Raipur, Durg, Gondia, Nagpur, Wardha, Badnera, Akola, Bhusawal, Nasik Road, Igatpuri, Kalyan and Dadar between Shalimar and Mumbai CSMT,” a senior SER official said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySantragachi-New Jalpaiguri weekly AC special will be leaving Santragachi at 10.25 am every Sunday and will reach New Jalpaiguri at 8.55 pm, the same day. In the opposite direction, New Jalpaiguri-Santragachi special will leave New Jalpaiguri at 11.15 pm every Sunday and will arrive Santragachi at 11.15 am , the next day. This train will have sixteen AC 3-tier coaches and will have stoppages at Bardhaman, Rampurhat, Malda Town, Barsoi, Kishanganj and Alubari Road between Santragachi and New Jalpaiguri. Booking will be available for both the trains from Passenger Reservation System (PRS) and internet with immediate effect.last_img read more

Finlands President supports creation of new UN agency on gender issues

26 September 2007The President of Finland today backed the creation of a new United Nations agency to deal with gender issues and urged greater involvement of women in peacemaking and peacekeeping. The President of Finland today backed the creation of a new United Nations agency to deal with gender issues and urged greater involvement of women in peacemaking and peacekeeping.“We do need to take decisive measures to promote gender awareness across the entire UN system,” said Tarja Halonen, voicing support for a proposal “to set up a new consolidated gender agency” headed by an Under-Secretary-General.Addressing the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate, she stressed the importance of “engaging women in all phases of crisis management: conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding – not forgetting peace talks.” As an example of the positive role women can play in dealing with conflicts, she cited an initiative by the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), which has brought together Israeli and Palestinian women under its Middle East initiative. The President said this effort “can help restart peace negotiations.”In his address to the General Assembly, the President of the Czech Republic called on Member States to proceed with a serious discussion of reforming the United Nations so that this “irreplaceable” institution can better reflect current global realities rather than the era in which it was founded. The UN is an extremely important forum for dialogue among its 192 Member States, based on mutual respect for differing opinions, Václav Klaus said, adding that “there is no substitute for it in the current world.” But to move forward and adapt to current realities, “some changes are inevitable and we should discuss them seriously.” At the same time, Mr. Klaus stressed the need to ensure that the reform process does not take place at the expense of individual countries for the sake of expediency. “It is crucial that every Member State has equal status and that its voice is not ignored,” he stated, urging that the views of all countries be respected, regardless of their size. read more

Closing Bell TSX advances as investors buy up beatendown resource stocks

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday as traders bought into stocks that sustained steep losses in the previous session when disappointing Chinese growth data sent commodities and resource stocks tumbling.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,119.92 +115.04 0.96%S&P 500 — 1,574.57 +22.21 1.43%Dow — 14,756.78 +157.58 1.08%Nasdaq — 3,264.63 +48.14 1.50%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 115.04 points to 12,119.92 after the market registered its biggest one-day tumble since last June and the lowest close since mid-November, plunging 333 points.The TSX was also heavily pressured Monday by gold prices, which fell US$140 an ounce to their lowest level in more than two years amid fears that European governments may sell the precious metal as part of their debt-fighting measures. Prices recovered slightly Tuesday but were well off session highs, closing up $26.30 to US$1,387.40 an ounce.Monday’s plunge left the TSX down 3.45% year to date.The Canadian dollar gained 0.47 of a cent to 97.99 cents US after falling more than a cent on Monday.U.S. indexes were also positive after New York indexes sustained their biggest drops of 2013 as investors looked to signs of further strength in the housing market ahead of the spring buying season.The Commerce Department reported that U.S. builders broke ground in March at the fastest pace in almost five years. Housing starts came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.04 million, up by seven% from February.The Dow Jones industrials ran up 157.58 points to 14,756.78 after the blue chip index plunged 266 points Monday, interrupting a rally that has gone on practically non-stop all year.“We had one bad day yesterday,” said JJ Kinahan, chief derivatives strategist for TD Ameritrade in New York.“You can’t say because of that one bad day that all bets are off.”The Nasdaq composite index was ahead 48.14 points to 3,264.63 while the S&P 500 index advanced 22.21 points to 1,574.57.The positive session came amid a worsening outlook for the world economy this year from the International Monetary Fund.The global lending organization has cut its forecast for global growth to 3.3% this year, down from its forecast in January of 3.5%. The IMF predicts that government spending cuts will slow U.S. growth and keep the euro currency alliance in recession.“I think this bearish sentiment is starting to kind of grow,” said John Kinsey, portfolio manager at Caldwell Securities.“Early on in the year, there were some decent numbers out of the U.S. and it looked like their economy maybe was finally going to find a little bit of traction. But the latest numbers that we have been getting haven’t been very encouraging and that is sort of the last thing we need because Europe is a total disaster and you can’t expect that China is going to pull it out all by itself.”The IMF is keeping its prediction of four% global growth in 2014TSX gains were led by the base metals sectors, the worst hit components on Monday.The major exception was the gold sector, which finished about one% lower after falling about nine% on Monday, leaving the sector down around 37% year to date. Kinross Gold (TSX:K) dipped six cents to C$5.48.Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) continued to fall heavily, moving down $1.06 or 5.22% to $19.24 after plunging 11.5% Monday to its lowest level in at least a decade.Elsewhere on the TSX, the base metals sector was up 3.69% while May copper in New York gained three cents to US$3.31 a pound after falling eight cents on Monday in the wake of data showing that growth in China, the world’s second-largest economy, slowed to 7.7% in the first quarter from 7.9% in the final quarter of last year.China has been a main pillar of support in helping the global economy recover from the recession caused by the 2008 financial collapse. Demand from China has helped lift commodity prices and in turn energy and mining stocks on the resource heavy TSX.First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) rose $1.45 to C$17.03 while Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) rose 60 cents to $26.75.The energy sector was up 1.25% while oil prices were flat amid concerns over the global economic recovery as the May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange added one cent to US$88.72 a barrel after dropping about $6 in the last three sessions. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) advanced 91 cents to C$28.41 and Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) gained 40 cents to $29.44.The industrials sector also gave the TSX some lift as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) improved by $2.41 to $123.84.Financials also improved as Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) advanced 84 cents to $63.16.The TSX Venture Exchange gained 1.74 points to 960.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Where did we go wrong? Canada loses status as world’s economic superstar: IMFForget gold: Here’s where the die-hard skeptics are storing their wealthGold pares losses, but can we ever consider it a ‘safe haven’ again?What labour shortage? Number of Canadian job seekers grows, says StatsCanON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA10 a.m.Bank of Canada policy announcement and report UNITED STATES2 p.m.Beige Book CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESBank of America Corp Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 23¢ a share American Express Co Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.12 eBay Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 62¢ Mattel Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 9¢ BNY Mellon Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 49¢ read more

General Assemblys upcoming session to tackle 185 issues

The agenda for the 56th session contains 185 items, up from 171 in the provisional agenda of the current session. The annual general debate, in which leaders from Member States address the world body on issues ranging from economic and social development to peacekeeping and UN reform, is scheduled to take place from 24 to 28 September and 1 to 5 October.

Researchers receive internal grants

When you’re in the deep, dark hole of depression, it’s hard to claw your way out. You lack the energy and motivation to pursue enjoyable activities and connect with friends, but that’s exactly what you need to do to get better.Recreation and Leisure Studies professor Colleen Hood is researching — and implementing — best practices in therapeutic recreation for people with psychiatric illness. She’s using her research to create a centre at the St. Catharines Hospital for in-patients, outpatients and day patients that will offer “a broad spectrum of interventions and programs.“What we try to do is help people find those interests and passions in life that feed their soul, generate positive emotion, help them manage anxiety and help them feel connected to other people and the community in some way,” she says.“This combats all the things that go with mental illness that are so terrible: isolation, stigmatization, passivity.”Hood’s research, “Well-Being for People with Mental Health Issues: Examining the role of leisure engagement,” is one of 21 recipients of internal grants awarded by the Office of Research Services for research conduced from July 2014 to June 2015.“These awards at Brock recognize, encourage and support research leadership,” says Gary Libben, vice-president research. “We are proud of the work that our researchers are doing and their commitment to research excellence.”The Brock University Advancement Fund (BUAF) provides seed funding for small-scale research or pilot projects that will be developed into mature research proposal submissions for external funding agencies.Hood’s research falls under this category. Others are:• Melanie Pilkington: Towards Targeted Imaging: The development of a family of dual-property MRI contrast agents;• Evangelia Tsiani: Inhibition of Cancer Cell Proliferation and Survival by WineUnder the BUAF category, Tim Fletcher, Georgii Nikonov and Tony Yan received special purpose grants to present papers at international scholarly conferences.The Brock SSHRC Institutional Grant (BSIG) provides seed money for research-related activities with the aim of applying for further funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).Tek Thongpapanl, associate professor of marketing and new product development, is one of this year’s recipients, with his research “Advancing the Use of Social Networks: Enhancing Word-of-mouth Marketing and Consumer Protection in Virtual Communities.”He explains that he’ll be exploring how firms and governments can use social networks in virtual communities more effectively and efficiently to reach and inform consumers with respect to product launches, warnings and recalls.Thongpapanl will also look at how marketers tailor word of mouth marketing strategies and activities for different social network structures across cultures and product categories.“The BSIG Seed Grant will provide us with the needed foundational resources, both in terms of research capability and capacity in analyzing social network data,” he says.Other recipients of the BSIG Seed Grant are:• Lynn Arner: Working Class Women in the Professoriate• Chantal Buteau: Towards Appraising Implemented Mathematics Exploratory Objects in a Microworld Framework• Darlene Ciuffetelli Parker: Narrative Inquiry Teacher Education discourse Community: Preparing future teachers as curriculum makers• Elizabeth Greene: The Burgaz Harbors Project: Shifting centres of maritime activity in the Eastern Mediterranean• Kimberly Maich: Remote Assistive Technology Training in Rural Schools in Newfoundland and Labrador: Is there a need?• Ayda Tekok-Kilic: Cognitive control and Reading: An exploratory study• Philip Wilson: What Motivates Canadian-based Researchers to Engage in Knowledge Translation and Exchange Activities?• Lianxi Zhou: Institutional, Relational and Resource Factors and the Growth of International New VenturesUnder the BSIG category, faculty received funding for: organizing a conference to be held at Brock (Stefan Dolgert); manuscript preparation (Carrie Murray); scholarly book (Ana Isla); and presenting papers at international scholarly conferences (Chantal Buteau, June Corman and Michelle McGinn). read more

Temple continues hot November with win at Missouri

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Fran Dunphy’s last season as Temple’s coach produced a November to remember. The Owls calmly held off a late Missouri charge to win 79-77, claiming their third victory over a Power 5 conference opponent this season after previous wins over Georgia and Cal.“Just a very good win for us,” said Dunphy, who is retiring after his 13th season at Temple. “To come on the road and play a program like Missouri is a tremendous opportunity for our group, and we sustained our good effort throughout.”Quinton Rose scored 18 points, Shizz Alston finished with 15 points, De’Vondre Perry added 11 points and Ernest Aflakpui grabbed 12 rebounds for the Owls (6-1).Temple outscored Missouri 16-4 in the final 3:20 of the first half to open a 42-32 halftime lead. The Tigers (3-3) got within two points in the final two minutes thanks to outstanding outside shooting — they were 11 of 19 from 3-point range — but the Owls never gave up their lead after intermission.“Alston is a good player, and we felt as a staff that the middle ball screen with him — because he’s shifty and can make shots and make plays — we felt like that was the biggest concern,” Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said. “He found guys in the corner, and some guys made shots.”Mark Smith led Missouri with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, Kevin Puryear added 16 points and Jeremiah Tilmon had 14 points and 10 rebounds.CLUTCH FREE THROWSMissouri’s Jordan Geist hit a 3-pointer to cut the Temple lead to 77-75 with 14 seconds left. The Tigers fouled Alston, who made both free throws to secure the game. Alston, who had made all 17 free throws he had attempted entering the game, was just 1 of 3 from the foul line against Missouri before his crucial makes.“He’s as good a foul shooter as I think there is in the country, and I was surprised that he missed any of them,” Dunphy said. “He’s automatic, usually. So when he got fouled, that was a good thing for us. He’s a real solid player and a guy you want the ball in his hands at crunch time.”TURNING POINTThe Owls forced four turnovers in in the final 3:20 of the first half. Temple entered the game ranked seventh nationally with 10.5 steals per game, and Missouri entered with a minus-2.2 turnover margin. As expected, turnovers hurt the Tigers, who committed 15 while forcing only five.“We’re not going to beat good teams turning the ball over 15-plus times a game. . We can’t have that,” Puryear said. “We’ve got to be focused with the ball. We’ve got to be tough with the ball. We’ve got to see all of our passes through.”BIG PICTURETemple: The Owls’ stars played like stars, even when their shots weren’t falling. Rose made just 1 of 6 3-pointers, but he made four steals and dished three assists. Alston shot just 5 of 17 from the field but had six assists and no turnovers.Missouri: Tilmon, a sophomore forward, has been an enigmatic player early in his career, often taking himself out of games with foul trouble or going for long stretches without grabbing a rebound. He didn’t have a single rebound in the first half but came alive after the break to finish with 10. Missouri needs that performance consistently if it is going to compensate for the loss of star forward Jontay Porter, who tore his ACL in the preseason.“We talk to him all the time: ‘You have to rebound the ball. You have to control that area,’” Martin said. “I thought he did a better job in the second half. With him, he’s got to be assertive. His strength is being vocal, being active, rebounding the basketball, running the floor. If he scores the ball, great, but he has to bring those things to the table.”UP NEXTTemple: The Owls return to Philadelphia for a game at Saint Joseph’s on Saturday.Missouri: The Tigers will face a second straight American Athletic Conference opponent when UCF visits Mizzou Arena on Sunday. Temple was picked to finish sixth in the AAC by the league’s coaches, while UCF was projected to win the league.Joe Walljasper, The Associated Press read more

Iron ore export ban in Goa and Karnataka has led to drastic

first_imgIn a report in India’s Economic Times, a ban on mining and exporting of iron ore has led to job losses for a million people in the two mineral-rich states of Goa and Karnataka, the paper quoting a joint study by an industry chamber and a private bank that was published on January 1, 2015.“The export ban after the 2008 global meltdown resulted in drastic fall in mineral production, as export of iron ore from Goa and Karnataka plunged to 14 Mt last fiscal year (2013-14) from 117 Mt in 2009-10,” said the study conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce of India (Assocham) and Yes Bank. The study titled, “Mining: Building a sustainable development framework for inclusive growth”, noted the Indian mining sector was saddled with logistic inefficiencies, economic, bureaucratic, environmental and a host of capacity issues due to lack of coordination between various agencies.“Illegal mining, regulatory issues, policy gridlocks, inadequate supporting infrastructure and legal cases are stalling the sector’s growth and affecting a million people directly and indirectly,” said Assocham Secretary General DS Rawat in the study. Noting that lack of central planning was leading to procurement delays, he called for efficient rail and road transportation for quicker movement of iron ore for consumption by steel producers.Calling for radical policy initiatives such as single-window clearance for greenfield and brownfield projects to enable greater participation by private sector, Rawat said boosting production, improving financing across the value chain and promoting sustainable practices would ensure responsible mining in compliance with law. “Rapid urbanisation and growth in the manufacturing sector will fuel up to 9-11 per cent annual increase in demand for metals and minerals,” the study said.The Economic Times noted from the study that as the mining industry, comprising small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is involved in surveying, exploration and other mining activities, the stakeholders have to tap innovative funding sources, as the recent judicial and regulatory developments in the sector have dried up new funding from banks. “Limited geological and exploration expenditure, weak law enforcement, lack of coordinated approach in decision-making, human resource and technological gaps and insufficient investments are challenges daunting the sector,” Rawat noted.The study has suggested a time-bound plan to monitor mining activities, the introduction of a single-window system to to centralise functions of all ministries/agencies to expedite approval processes and offer information to boost investor confidence in the sector.Ban on mining and exporting of iron ore has led to jobs loss for a million people in the two mineral-rich states of Goa and Karnataka, a joint study by an industry chamber and a private bank said Thursday.”Export ban after the 2008 global meltdown resulted in drastic fall in mineral production, as export of iron ore from Goa and Karnataka plunged to 14 million tonnes last fiscal (2013-14) from 117 million tonnes in 2009-10,” said the study conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commer ..Read more at: read more

Jazz organist Louis Pain plays on

first_imgWASHOUGAL — Maybe it was the pneumonia that hit organist Louis Pain a few weeks before the big gig. Maybe it was the unrelenting pressure of pushing his trio’s new, hourlong album toward release by deadline.Or maybe it was the french fries. “I sat there thinking, I knew I shouldn’t have eaten those f—g french fries,” said Pain, 66.Whatever the cause, Pain found himself in unexpected pain one night in late March when he was onstage in Portland’s Pearl District, jamming away with his trio. There were about 20 minutes left in the set when Pain felt what seemed like sudden heartburn. “It wasn’t like Fred Sanford, ‘This is the big one!’,” Pain says. He finished the tune. He went outside and sat down, feeling queasy. Somebody checked his pulse and found it irregular. Pain’s wife, Tracy, stuffed him into their car and raced to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver.He walked into the hospital and politely asked to jump the emergency department line because he might be having a heart attack; as soon as he said those words, “heart attack,” he felt like a racing car that pulls into the pit and is immediately descended upon from all directions by a fast-working crew.The crew at PeaceHealth did a great job, he said, determining that he had indeed suffered a heart attack and quickly inserting two stents. Pain was told later that one of his arteries had been 100 percent blocked. It was the kind of heart attack doctors call a widow-maker, he said. Tracy, meanwhile, was asked if she wanted a chaplain to sit with her. “This has been much tougher on her than on me,” Pain said.Pain learned that heart disease and its causes aren’t completely understood. A slender guy with low blood pressure, Pain used to think he was about as low-risk as you could get; but just being a male over 60 years old means that’s no longer true — obviously, he said.last_img read more