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Watch: When Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan sought blessings from Ram Rahim

first_imgVirat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Ashish Nehra were seen bowing down to self-styled godman Ram Rahim in a video that has gone viral.The video dates back to several years ago. Kohli, now the India captain and world cricket’s premier batsman, looked like he was still in the early years of his career. It was unclear whether Dhawan had still made his international debut.In the video, Nehra was seen standing next to Ram Rahim in a Team India tracksuit.Ram Rahim, in an interview, had once claimed that India’s top cricketers and other sporting icons had learnt the finer details of their tradecraft from him.”I have accomplished several feats in my life. As you may have noticed, I am capable of doing so many things. I have participated in 32 different sports at the national level and have coached as well,” Ram Rahim had said in another video which had gone viral in the aftermath of his conviction in a 15-year-old rape case.”Vijender Singh, Virat Kohli and the likes came to me to learn and are now making India proud. There is a video which I will release,” Ram Rahim had claimed in the interview dating back to September 2016.Ram Rahim was unperturbed that none of the cricket superstars had ever mentioned his contribution to their bright careers.”Dhawan, Nehra, Zaheer Khan, Yusuf Pathan all came to me to ask (what they could do to become better,” the godman said.Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s cult Dera Sacha Sauda has a vast rural following in Punjab and Haryana states, where frenzied mobs burned down gas stations and train stations and torched vehicles after a local court found him guilty of raping two women in a 2002 case.advertisementAt least 38 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the violence in Haryana, officials said.India is deploying thousands of riot police and shutting down internet services in two northern states, as it prepares for the sentencing on Monday the ‘godman’ whose followers went on the rampage after he was convicted of rape on Friday.last_img read more

Budget 2019: Big push likely for PSU asset monetisation programme

first_imgGovernments asset monetisation programme involving development and sale of surplus land parcel and other non-core assets of public sector enterprises (PSEs) is expected to be a big focus of Budget 2019-20 that is constrained to look at various innovative models to mobilise additional resources amidst a slowing economy.Senior government officials said that the new asset monetisation programme will hinge on a two-pronged strategy–One involving the strategic sale of loss-making and defunct PSEs sitting on large tracts of land that could be commercially utilised.The second part of the strategy will be to get even existing profit making PSEs such as ONGC, NTPC, SAIL, BHEL, Airports Authority of India (AAI), PowerGrid, to sell some of their non-core assets, including manufacturing units and surplus land to realise funds that could be invested in new projects where private investments is not forthcoming.The government will benefit from such exercise as a portion of gains from such sale by PSUs will be recouped to it by way of higher dividend pay-out. Also, it will receive a portion of the commission charged by state-run construction company NBCC Ltd that may get mandate to auction some of the PSU assets. DIPAM has also sought Expression of Interests (EoI) from international property consultancy firms to offer advisory services in its CPSE land and building asset monetisation drive.”There are huge tracts of land in prime areas that could realise good commercial value on sale. Some of the land parcels are with loss-making and defunct PSEs that could offer good revenue to the government under the strategic sale route. A portion of this land can also be used for making affordable housing for poor,” said a government official asking not to be named.advertisement”Though the asset monetisation scheme was announced in 2016, it never took off due to differences over the scale and end use of such assets. Moreover, the earlier plan weighted heavily on involving NBCC to facilitate quick monetisation of assets. But this was not the right path to take,” the official added.The renewed focus on asset monetisation this year will active participation of both NBCC and international property consultants and other consultants selected through a competitive bidding process. On its part, DIPAM and Niti Aayog, the government’s think-tank, have already started the exercise to identify projects that would be put up under the scheme. The consultants would assess their valuation and decide on a mechanism to sell them.The plan could take up land parcels such as surplus land available with NTPC on its now-closed Badarpur power plant in Delhi. Though an eco-park is proposed over 884 acres of land, sources said some way to commercialise extract the prime land could be explored. Also, erstwhile Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd’s (VSNLs) surplus land measuring 773.13 acres located at five locations in four cities, namely, Pune, Kolkata, New Delhi, and Chennai could also be put up under asset monetisation.Last year, the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) had approved a scheme which cleared the way to de-merge surplus land of nearly 773 acres from Tata Comm that bought VSNL in earlier disinvestment round, settling a 16-year-old matter.At a meeting of officials from DIPAM, Niti Aayog, oil ministry, and other departments recently, a decision has been taken to monetise non-core assets of ONGC and BPCL. This will involve the sale of the sports club owned by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) in Chembur, Mumbai and few of the golf courses of ONGC with priority sale of two at Ahmedabad and Vadodara being located on prime land. ONGC also owns a few more golf courses — in Ankleshwar (Gujarat), Rajahmundry (Andhra Pradesh) and one in Assam.Moreover, six CPSEs, including IDPL, HMT, Hindustan Antibiotics, Scooters India and Tungabhadra Steel Products, have more than 3,000 acres of prime land that may be monetised. The entire sale proceeds from these loss-making entities would flow to the Centre. Huge land parcels are also available with Port Trusts.The whole plan on asset monetisation is being finalised based on its success in the highway sector where National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has been successful in getting good investor interest in some of its operational road projects. In fact, Niti Aayog has favoured reverse BOT (build, operate and transfer) model for all state-run infrastructure projects so that these projects are sold out and allowed to be run by the private sector.While the government seems determined to move ahead with its innovative idea that found its place first in then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s budget speech of 2016, a few PSU heads are not comfortable with the idea to hand over projects build with their sweat on a platter to the private sector.advertisement”We should look at finding buyers for some of our idle and deadwood projects rather than handing over those where PSUs have worked hard to get clearances and create a market,” said a PSUs head not wishing to be named.NTPC is already looking at selling or closing down some of the old power plants that have depleted value for it. For SAIL, the plan is to identify private sector investors for its loss-making units.Read | Budget 2019: With focus on innovation, India’s IT startups call for higher tax incentivesAlso Read | Budget 2019: Income tax changes you can expect on July 5Watch | Great expectations: Can Union Budget fix the economy?last_img read more

Follow TFA On Facebook And Twitter

first_imgTouch Football Australia recently launched its Twitter page, just in time for the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League. If you are an avid Tweeter, be sure to check out TFA’s page by clicking on the following link:http://twitter.com/touchfootyaus Touch Football Australia now has over 1,500 fans on Facebook, and it is growing quickly. If you would like to become a fan, please click on the following link:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 Both pages will be frequently updated during the 2011 X-Blades National Touch League.last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez frustrated losing Ki Sung-Yeung

first_imgNewcastle boss Benitez frustrated losing Ki Sung-Yeungby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is frustrated losing Ki Sung-Yeung.South Korea insisted on taking to the Asia Cup as soon as possible, which other team mates are reporting two weeks later.Benitez pleaded for leeway, but he will miss the trip to Liverpool on Boxing Day and possibly all the games through January.Benitez said: “Ki will go December 26 and we don’t know when he will come back. Muto will go January 3 after Manchester United. I was trying (for longer), but they couldn’t change.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

How To Open A Wine Bottle – No Corkscrew Required

first_img Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Ah, time for a nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon to accompany that fine cut of steak, ey?Or perhaps you’re keen to serve you and that someone special a splash of Pinot Grigio to cool things down on a warm spring afternoon?Or perhaps you’re breaking out a bottle of fine Merlot because Sideways novelist Alexander Payne be damned, you like Merlot, and you’re allowed to, because America.Well, whatever wine you choose, you’re shit out of luck if you don’t have a corkscrew, to use the lexicon of the refined sommelier. That is, you’re SOL without a little bit of Macgyver-style ingenuity. Or, as another option, just read this article I took the time to write. If you can follow a few basic instructions, then you, sir, might still enjoy a glass of ’69 Livent Noir Chablis before the day is out! (Of course… that’s a totally fictional wine I just made up, so I’ll be confused if you manage that specific achievement. Perhaps try some Crane Lake?)Related: Delicious Rainy Day BeersSo… how do you open a wine bottle without a corkscrew? If you only remember one thing from today, remember this: you do it carefully.Oh, and remove the foil.Method # 1: The ScrewAlmost every home is filled with random screws. Take a second to look around, and you’ll find one that’s perfect as a stand in for a corkscrew. You ideally want to find a slender screw that has wide, flat spirals. (For the record, this is to say a wood screw, as opposed to one meant for metals.) Next find a screwdriver. Now screw the screw down into the cork, making sure to leave enough sicking out that you can grasp it with a hammer’s claw or with a pair of pliers. I’ll let you reckon through the rest.Method #2: The Push InSo you have no way to get that cork out of the bottle? Well, then perhaps we need to turn the tables on fate, and push the cork INTO the bottle! (And yes, I meant the Royal We, but if I’m invited, I’ll have a glass, sure.) The best tool for pushing a cork down into a wine bottle is one that’s not so hard it will break the cork into little pieces. I suggest the handle of a wooden spoon or, ideally, a dowel. Just line any slender, sturdy, cylindrical object up atop the cork and begin to tap away using a hammer or your very own hand (cup one over the dowel/spoon/etc. and tap with t’other). It will take some time, but it will work!Method 3: The Bonk n’ SlapYou can use physics to land on the moon, or you can use physics to open a bottle of wine. Yep. Anyway, many bottles of wine can be opened simply via internal pressure created by force. Try slipping the butt end of a wine bottle into your shoe then firmly bonking the heel of your shoe against a strong wall, a pole, and so forth. Alternatively, you can try just slapping the bottom of a wine bottle held horizontally with the ground. The wine sloshing back and forth should start to pop the cork out with enough bonks or slaps.Method #4: Knife and SpinNow be careful, kids: you don’t want to accidentally knife yourself. Just ask ol Knifehand Tony about that one… poor guy. Anyway, this method can work with a slender, strong knife blade, with a scissor blade, or even with car keys, though it may be hard to get those in far enough for efficacy. You simply stab your implement down into the cork at a 45 degree angle, then slowly and steadily force the cork to twist around and around. Due to the pressure inside the bottle, as the cork loosens and rotates, it will almost always start to rise up and out as well.Method #5: The PumpJust to be on the safe side, maybe put on a pair of glasses before you try this one, OK? If you don’t have a corkscrew but you do have a pump, you may still be able to have a bottle of wine. (And go for a bike ride or play a game of volleyball! Hooray!) It’s simple, really: you just need to create enough pressure inside the wine bottle that the cork gives up the fight. Slide the pump’s needle down through the cork (a nail may be needed to open the channel) and then slowly and steadily pump away. Note that you might want to try drawing the pump’s needle out now and then, as the cork may rise with it.Method #6: Smash the Bottle and Suck the Spilled Wine Off the Bathroom Floor While Weeping to Your Old Enya CDActually… no, don’t try this one. The Best American Liqueur 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The Best American Ginlast_img read more

Province Works with Municipality to find Location for Waterville Airport

first_imgThe province and the Municipality of the County of Kings are looking for another location for the Waterville Airport. They made the decision today, June 11, after an update to council on the Waterville Airport study. “We will continue moving forward to look at the best options for the municipality, the Valley and the province,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Graham Steele. “Having possible relocation sites will help council reach a final decision about the airport.” “Putting the interests of our community first is our top priority,” said County of Kings Warden Diana Brothers. “We want to make sure that we are making decisions that will benefit our community, both today and well into the future.” The Waterville Airport study is exploring potential expansion of the Michelin tire plant in Waterville. Michelin said there is no guarantee of an expansion, but it wants to be able to move quickly if the opportunity presents itself. “A major Michelin expansion means new jobs and more opportunities for the Valley,” said Mr. Steele. “We are providing the proper environment and necessary information so Michelin can explore the possibility.” The province will work with the municipality to further explore the 14 Wing Greenwood location, sending a joint letter to 14 Wing Greenwood to request a feasibility study. The Waterville Airport study, co-ordinated by CBCL Ltd., is looking at the impacts, benefits and costs to relocate the Waterville Municipal Airport. The study is reviewing land uses and zoning as well as identifying, selecting and providing cost estimates for alternative sites. The study is available at http://novascotia.ca/econ/docs/Waterville-FinalReport.pdf.last_img read more

CRPF constables timely intervention saves girls life

first_imgSrinagar/New Delhi: A 14-year-old girl was rescued from drowning in a stream in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, thanks to two CRPF constables who jumped into the gushing waters in the nick of time, officials said on Monday.The minor, Nageena, slipped into the fast moving stream at Tangmarg and was washed away by the strong currents, the officials said. They said a group of six Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, who were nearby, rushed to save the girl. While two constables waded through the stream to catch hold of the girl, the others ran downstream as a second line of defence in case the first two jawans could not catch her. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The girl was rescued from the water by the first team consisting of constables M G Naidu, and N Upendra, the officials said. The two constables belong to the 176th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force, according to officials. Officials in Delhi said CRPF Director General R R Bhatnagar has declared that the two men will be awarded the DG commendation disc for their “selfless devotion to duty and exemplary act of saving the life of the girl.” The girl was admitted to a hospital for treatment, they said.last_img read more

Ships must keep 400metre distance as part of new rules to protect

first_imgVANCOUVER — The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced sweeping new rules to protect endangered southern resident killer whales off the coast of British Columbia.Starting June 1, the minimum distance ships must keep from all killer whales will double to 400 metres, although commercial whale-watchers can apply for authorization to view whales other than southern residents from 200 metres away.No vessel traffic will be allowed in “interim sanctuary zones,” at Swiftsure Bank, off southwestern Vancouver Island, and near Pender and Saturna islands, two Gulf Islands.The department is immediately asking ships to voluntarily turn off echo sounders when not in use, allow engines to idle when within 400 metres of killer whales and, in some locations, go slow when they’re within one kilometre of southern residents.The department is also closing recreational and commercial salmon fishing in parts of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Gulf Islands, which will take effect after previously announced restrictions on chinook fishing wrap up this summer and will extend through Oct. 31.Just 75 of the southern resident killer whales remain and they are listed as endangered in Canada.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UNICEF warns on high rates of malnutrition among children in Yemen

“Malnutrition is preventable… therefore, inaction is unconscionable,” Maria Calivis, UNICEF’s Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement yesterday after a two-day visit to Yemen.“Conflict, poverty and drought, compounded by the unrest of the previous year, the high food and fuel prices, and the breakdown of social services, are putting children’s health at great risks and threatening their very survival,” she said.With 58 per cent of children stunted, Yemen has the second highest rate of chronic malnutrition among children in the world after Afghanistan. Acute malnutrition affects as many as 30 per cent of children in some parts of the country, close to the levels observed in south Somalia, and twice as high as the internationally recognized emergency threshold.Malnutrition, along with poor health services, is also to blame for most of the recent deaths of 74 children from measles, among 2,500 affected by an outbreak of the disease, according to Government figures. While most children recover from measles within two to three weeks, children with malnutrition can suffer serious complications which can lead to death.UNICEF has appealed for nearly $50 million to fund programmes for children’s urgent humanitarian needs in Yemen this year.The country also has one of the highest rates of death among children under the age of five in the Middle East and North African region, at 77 per 1,000 live births, which means that some 69,000 children die every year before their fifth birthday.“Now more than ever is the time for a renewed commitment to a better, peaceful future for Yemen’s children. As the country prepares for the next phase, it is essential that children are given top priority in the political agenda. Their needs need to be met and their rights upheld,” said Ms. Calivis.Warring factions in Yemen signed an agreement in November on a transitional settlement under which President Ali Abdullah Saleh agreed to hand over power to Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour al-Hadi. A new Government of National Unity was formed and presidential elections have been scheduled for 21 February.The Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Yemen, Jamal Benomar, told reporters at UN Headquarters that for the country’s transition to succeed, a concerted effort is required to ensure the participation of youth and other important constituencies, including the southern movements and the so-called Al-Houthi group in the north, in the political process.“As an immediate step, all efforts should now be focused on ensuring the holding of peaceful elections,” Mr. Benomar said after briefing the Security Council on the situation in Yemen, stressing the need to ensure that the polls are held on time and in an atmosphere of calm.“Expectations of Yemenis remain high for stability and recovery. I told the Security Council that Yemen will need the sustained and committed support of donors to see it through the transition and help them with economic recovery,” he added.He also stressed that the humanitarian situation in the country remains dire with an estimated 6.8 million people facing food shortages. 25 January 2012The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned that half a million children in Yemen could die or suffer physical and mental damage as a result of malnutrition, unless sufficient resources are made available to alleviate the effects of conflict, chronic poverty and drought. read more

India may relax visa norms for 55k Sri Lankan monks

The one-year visa can be extended up to five years after which they are required to go back to Colombo and apply fresh, added officials. Sri Lanka has not only sought in relaxation of rules for these monks but has also urged the Indian authorities to waive of the visa fees. Days after the visit of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Indian Government is examining a proposal to relax the visa regime for Buddhist monks from the island nation, the Economic Times reported.More than 55,000 monks visit India every year on employment visa to work in monasteries at New Delhi, Dharamshala, Varanasi, Kushi Nagar and Bodh Gaya, said officials. A senior government official told ET, “They are in India to follow their religion and work mostly on honorary basis. Therefore, the Sri Lankan Government has requested us to waive off the visa fees.” Colombo also proposed that the 5-year stay cap be replaced by long term visas to these monks.  (Colombo Gazette) As per the rules, monks are required to pay a visa fee of $150 for employment permit every year. read more

US national security adviser visits Belarus

MINSK, Belarus — U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser has visited Belarus, receiving an enthusiastic welcome from its autocratic leader who has faced Western criticism over the nation’s democratic record.John Bolton met Thursday with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled the nation of 10 million with an iron hand for a quarter century, showing little tolerance to dissent and independent media.The U.S. and the European Union have continuously criticized Belarus for its crackdown on the opposition and flawed elections and introduced sanctions against Lukashenko’s government. Some of those penalties have been lifted in recent years as Lukashenko, who was once dubbed Europe’s last dictator, has sought to improve his nation’s rights record.Russia is Belarus’ main sponsor and ally, but the two nations have a slew of trade disputes.The Associated Press read more

New UN report examines why so many conflicts occur in forested areas

Governments, on the other hand, have tended to see forests as “peripheral places with few people and little political importance or economic value and have focused on them to extract timber or minerals,” while withholding basic services or failing to integrate the areas into the national political process, FAO says in “State of the World’s Forests 2005.”Because forest dwellers feel mistreated or neglected, they may use violence to gain control over natural resources, such as timber, petroleum, land, ivory, diamonds, gold or other minerals, it says. “Given the limited employment opportunities in many forested regions, taking up arms can seem like an attractive way to earn a living.”In insurgencies in Africa, Latin America and South and Southeast Asia, FAO says, rebels may engage in lucrative illegal activities, such as cultivating illicit crops and smuggling.The political, religious or ethnic reasons for conflict may be linked to personal desires for wealth, status, revenge, security, or out of loyalty to an individual, and these factors must be removed in forested areas before strife breaks out, FAO says.Peace may take an even greater toll on forests unless governance and opportunities to make a living are improved, it says, quoting a study which notes that “at the end of a civil war, which on average lasts seven years, a country can expect its per capita income to be 15 per cent lower and to have 30 per cent more people living in poverty.”Asia, on the other hand, has been developing new sources of raw materials for industry from its forests, FAO says.”In Malaysia, for example, exports of rubber wood products are valued at $1.1 billion annually,” while new technologies are expanding the range of items made from coconut palm, oil palm, bamboo and wheat and rice straw, it says.FAO says estimating the exact contribution of non-wood forest products (NWFPs) to the values and flows of international trade is difficult because of the lack of agreement on terminologies, but “from 1992 to 2002, the value of global trade in NWFPs increased 1.5 times.”Before using NWFP commercialization as a poverty reduction strategy, however, it says, “a number of issues need to be carefully considered, including the equitable sharing of benefits.” read more

Rule changes wont force workers to take unsuitable jobs or relocate Finley

by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2012 9:51 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rule changes won’t force workers to take unsuitable jobs, or relocate: Finley OTTAWA – The Harper government sent confusing signals Tuesday about coming changes to employment insurance rules, declaring in favour of a hardline approach while indicating the new measures will be moderate.Human Resources Minister Diane Finley told the House of Commons there’s no plan to force jobless workers receiving EI benefits to take any job available, as the finance minister seemed to suggest the day before.“Canadians will be expected to take jobs appropriate to their skill level in their area,” she said.Later, she suggested unemployed workers would not be cut off from EI benefits for refusing jobs significantly below their previous earnings level.That is decidedly different from Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s comments on Monday, when he said he was brought up to believe that “any job is a good job” and that the current EI rules are a disincentive to work.The minister added to the confusion in a session with reporters Tuesday, saying there is no light between himself and the human resource minister responsible for drafting the new regulations.“Minister Finley believes in the value of work just as I do,” he said. “I graduated from Princeton, I was driving a cab in Toronto working my way through law school. There’s nothing wrong with that.”Finley’s softer stance on the budget changes announced in March, though, does not clear up the issue.Canadians won’t know exactly what the government has in mind until new regulations on defining “suitable employment” are unveiled in the next few months.And that should be a concern to all Canadians, interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae said, pointing out that the government is taking away a definition in law and replacing it with “nothing.”Unsuitable work is defined in part as “not in the claimant’s usual occupation and is either at a lower rate of earnings or on conditions less favourable than … the conditions that the claimant usually obtained.”Finley agreed with Flaherty that one of the problems facing the economy is labour shortages, even though the current jobless rate of 7.3 per cent is more than a full point higher than prior to the 2008 recession.In response to a question in the Commons, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appeared to back his finance minister, saying the government expects labour shortages will be a serious concern to the economy in the years to come.“Let’s face it, Canada is facing unprecedented shortages of labour and skills, so we need to help Canadians who are unemployed get back to work quickly.”Reaction from Conservative MPs in the Commons suggested many would take a hard line on job seekers.MPs three times interrupted a question from NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair which used the finance minister’s statement that there is no such thing as a “bad job,” prompting an admonishment from Speaker Andrew Scheer.But the EI confusion was indicative of what the opposition parties find untenable about being asked to vote on a budget bill that includes sweeping changes on everything from EI to Old Age Security to environmental reviews.Liberal finance critic Scott Brison could not get Flaherty to provide an estimate on how much Ottawa would save on OAS benefits by raising the age of eligibility from 65 to 67 years starting in 2023.The minister said the government’s chief actuary will provide an estimate in a few months once the bill is passed.Brison and NDP finance critic Penny Nash, who had little success in getting definitive answers from Flaherty during a committee meeting, said it was “unacceptable” to ask MPs to vote on a budget bill without knowing its implications.“These are people’s lives we’re talking about,” said Brison.“We know that the plan will be sustainable,” responded Flaherty.In other testimony to House and Senate committees Tuesday, the finance minister expanded on his view that oil sands development in Alberta benefits all Canadians.Referring to previous statements by the NDP leader that the oil sands are helping create a two-speed economy in Canada by inflating the dollar and harming central Canada’s manufacturing base, Flaherty repeated that he thought the comments were divisive and wrong.He said Statistics Canada data shows that trade from the Atlantic provinces to Alberta grew 14.8 per cent on average from 1998 to 2008. Trade flows from Ontario and Quebec grew by 6.2 per cent and 7.3 per cent respectively per year over the same period.Future estimates project that the oil sands industry is expected to purchase $63 billion in goods and services from companies in Ontario over the next 25 years, he added.“The rising tide lifts all boats,” he said. “This is all good for all of us as Canadians from coast to coast to coast.” read more

Stocks plunge wiping out July gains Market is on track for first

Stocks plunge, wiping out July gains; Market is on track for first monthly loss since January NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks are plunging, putting the market on track for its first monthly loss since January.The Dow Jones industrial average had its worst daily drop since February. At one point it was down more than 300 points.The slide interrupted a prolonged advance in the market. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed at its latest record high just one week ago. It’s currently 2.7 per cent below that level.Investors responded to several weak earnings reports, escalating geopolitical instability and widespread views that stocks had become too expensive. They are also contemplating the likely end of the Federal Reserve’s stimulus program this year.The Dow was down 273 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 16,607 in late trading Thursday. The S&P 500 was down 34, or 1.7 per cent, at 1,935. by The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2014 1:47 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

History of black railway workers the focus of public Brock event

Eighty years ago, a group of Black railway workers took their fight for fair treatment all the way to the Prime Minister. In doing so, they made a major contribution to immigration policies, human rights legislation and employment equity in Canada, says Tamari Kitossa, Brock Associate Professor of Sociology.The story of those sleeping car porters is documented in They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada by renowned author, scholar and activist, Cecil Foster.The Brock University President’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights, Equity and Decolonization (PACHRED) Anti-Racism Task Force will host a public reading and book signing with Foster at the central branch of the St. Catharines Public Library on Saturday, April 20. “Sleeping Car Porters and the Making of Modern Canada: an afternoon with Cecil Foster” is an opportunity for the community to engage with the author about his work.“The contributions of people of colour tend to get erased from Canadian history,” says Kitossa, but Foster has shone a light on this “hidden history.”They Call Me George demonstrates that “the sleeping car porters and domestic workers from the Caribbean really struggled hard to open up immigration and employment equity for all,” says Kitossa, effectively laying the foundation for Canadian multiculturalism and human rights legislation.Their fight for social justice continues to resonate today. According to Kitossa, contemporary social statistics show that African Canadians, next to Indigenous populations, are worse off relative to other immigrant groups in terms of education, health, employment, income and wealth.“It’s ironic that this community did so much to open space for others, but their grandchildren are falling behind relative to all the other groups,” he says. “Something very clearly is happening in terms of public policy, which is basically anti-blackness in civil society.”In recent years, a number of community organizations from African-Canadian communities across the country have been meeting with politicians in Ottawa demanding that Canada fulfil its obligations to them, says Kitossa. “The irony is these meetings are taking place 70 to 80 years after the sleeping car porters’ meetings. We need history to remind us that, in some respects, we have forgotten the path that some folks have been walking.“That’s what Cecil’s work is calling us to do — to pay attention to history in the context of the contemporary situation,” Kitossa says.As a sociologist, Kitossa considers himself a consumer of history and someone who relies on archival researchers like Foster to provide a sense of “historical continuum” that contextualizes his contemporary sociological work. Foster’s work, he says, is “archival work done well.”“We often imagine that history books are stodgy and boring, but this is rather exciting stuff,” Kitossa says. “It’s hard to put down.”Sleeping Car Porters and the Making of Modern Canada: an afternoon with Cecil Foster happens from noon to 3 p.m. in the Mills Room of the St. Catharines Public Library. The event is free, but guests are encouraged to register as seating is limited.The public event is sponsored by a number of Brock groups, including the PACHRED Anti-Racism Task Force, Master of Arts in Critical Sociology, Human Rights and Equity, and the departments of Political Science, Labour Studies, Sociology, Canadian Studies and Modern Languages Literatures and Cultures.Event details:What: Sleeping Car Porters and the Making of Modern Canada: an afternoon with Cecil FosterWhen: Saturday, April 20 from noon to 3 p.m.Where: St. Catharines Public Library, Central Library Branch, 54 Church St.The free event is open to the public. Seating is limited. Register online through Eventbrite. read more

Last call for 21st EUROFEST in Slovenia

← Previous Story Netbuss Open: Swedish girls wins tournament in Gothenburg Next Story → Aalborg Handbold is the new Danish champion! EUROFESTeurofest handball festivalhandball festivalYouth handballyouth handball tournament One of the biggest Youth summer handball tournament in Europe – 21st EUROFEST in Slovenian cities on the coast – Izola and Koper will be held from second until 7th of July. Organisers made “last call” for all the teams who still didn’t decide where to go…

Spotify to introduce free mobile music service next week

first_imgMUSIC STREAMING COMPANY Spotify is planning to launch a free ad-supported version of its service next week.The Wall Street Journal reports that the new service will allow users to play a limited number of tracks on mobile, but it will also allow users to listen to playlists and collections they’ve created.The company has invited journalists to an event on 11th December where it’s expected to announce the new feature.Spotify has agreed licensing deals with Sony, Universal and Warner to use their music on the new service. It had been negotiating with the three companies for nearly a year over the rates it would pay them and how much control users will have over what they listen to.Currently, the service is only free on desktop. Mobile users are required to sign up for premium first, either through the 30-day free trial or by paying €9.99 per month, before they can use the app. Premium users have access to unlimited, on-demand music and can listen to its 20 million song catalogue on any device.Spotify has 20 million active users globally, and it has seen 4.5 billion hours of music streamed this year. More than 6 million of its members are paid subscribers.Read: YouTube delays music streaming service until early 2014 >Read: Daft Punk set new Spotify record for most streams in a week >last_img read more

Beer sales increase

first_imgBeer is showing robust resistance to the overall decline in the alcoholic beverages market in Greece, the latest statistics have shown.Beer sales posted an increase in the first seven months of the year both in the so-called warm market (supermarkets, small retail points etc) and the cold market (restaurants, entertainment venues etc). Given that the data do not include the rest of the summer, it is possible that the rise in beer sales will be far greater for the whole of the year thanks to the country’s record tourism arrivals.IRI research data showed beer market turnover in the year to end-July to have reached 123.4 million euros at retail chains and small sales points (such as kiosks), recording 1.4 per cent growth from the same period in 2013.There was also a 3.2 per cent increase in sales volume, which reached 58.1 million litres.In addition, there was a remarkable 1.1 per cent yearly rise in consumption at catering establishments, in contrast to the rest of the alcohol market.Besides tourism, the market’s expansion is attributed to the lower prices in comparison with the other alcoholic drinks, to the development of a great variety of brands with a broad price range, as well as the increase in consumption at home as a result of people reining in their nights out since the start of the economic crisis.IRI account manager Nikolaos Skaros commented that the rise in sales is mostly attributed to the strengthening of cheaper brands and the rise in promotional activity.Price plays a key role in Greeks’ preferences, especially during a financial crisis, hence the rise in sales of cheaper-brand beer and supermarket brands.Source: Ekathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Section of Pacific Highway to close for rebuilding

first_imgA section of Northwest Pacific Highway near La Center will close for two months starting next week while crews rebuild and stabilize the roadway near Jenny Creek.Workers will focus on a 600-foot section of the highway where an underground landslide has been gradually moving — about a half-inch per year — since monitoring started in 1999. The shifting ground has caused cracking and areas of sunken pavement, according to the Clark County Public Works department.The closure starts Friday, July 6, and will affect a half-mile section of the highway. No vehicles will be able to pass through, as 600 feet will be completely removed, according to the county.The $2 million project will employ a “deep patch” method to create a strong road designed to withstand some movement, according to the county. Workers will excavate the land below the road, then fill it in with layers of geotextile fabric and rock before building a wider road over the top of it.last_img read more

2016 Iron Dog snowmachine racers start to arrive in Nome

first_imgDownload AudioCompetitive Iron Dog teams started to arrive in Nome Tuesday.  Team Number #8, Tyler Ecklestad of Palmer and Tyson Johnson of Eagle River, arrived at the 1000 mile halfway point along the Iron Dog trail just after 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. They won $10,000 for their effort, but they weren’t the first team to arrive in Nome.The very first team driving this year’s IronDog trail arrived more than two hours earlier, though with little fanfare.The crowd was tiny because Kent Smith and Frank Ferreira are part of the recreational class of racers, but there was one special person there to greet them.“I’m the Mayor, welcome!” cried Mayor Richard Beneville, as he greeted the team.The rec class race starts two days before the pro class. They usually arrive in Nome around the same time, but this is the finish line for the recreational racers.Frank Ferreira isn’t new to Nome or the Iron Dog. He grew up in Kotzebue and raced in the pro class in 2012 and 2013. He wanted to race in the pro class again this year “I had a partner but he dropped out,” he said. ” I had some issues. I was supposed to actually run Team 19, but me and the partner weren’t getting along,” he said.So, Ferreira teamed up with Marquette, Michigan native Kent Smith in the rec class. Smith said the best part about the thousand-mile trail is the people along the way. “Great people,” he said. “Everybody’s out there says hello [to] us and meets us… just great people.”Nome is the finish line for rec class racers, but it’s only the halfway point for pro class racers. They have a long layover that includes a clocked repair session and a halfway banquet. They will turn around and head for the finish line in Fairbanks Thursday morning.last_img read more