Virat Kohli as captain of India and RCB: 7 successive losses since March 8

first_imgVirat Kohli’s record as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore went from bad to worse in the IPL this season as the team suffered its fourth successive loss on Wednesday.The Royal Challengers Bangalore side is yet to get off the mark with a win this season as they suffered their latest loss against Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur.Batting first, the Royal Challengers managed to post 158 for 4 on the board with useful contributions from Parthiv Patel (67), Marcus Stoinis (31 not out) and Kohli (23). The visitors though, struggled big time against RR leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal, who bagged three wickets including that of the RCB skipper and AB de Villiers in quick succession.That ended RCB’s hopes of setting a big target for the hosts even though Parthiv, Stoinis and Moeen Ali’s knocks gave a glimmer of hope to the visitors.But the Royals made light work of the run chase thanks to an explosive opening partnership of 60 runs between Ajinkya Rahane (22) and Jos Buttler (59), who took the RCB bowlers to the cleaners to dent their hopes of staging a comeback in the match.The Royals reached the target with 7 wickets in hand to register their first win of the season out of four matches.The result means that Royal Challengers Bangalore is now the only team which hasn’t won a game in the competition after four matches and are languishing in last place in the points table. The Royals meanwhile, surpassed Mumbai Indians to clinch the sixth spot having played a game more than Rohit Sharma’s team.advertisementThis was also Kohli’s seventh successive loss as captain of India and RCB since March 8, 2019. Under Kohli, Team India lost the last three games of the five-match ODI series against Australia last month and RCB has lost four in four in IPL 2019.Virat Kohli as captain since 24 Feb 2019…last two T20Is for India: L Llast three ODIs for India: L L Llast four IPL games for RCB: L L L LMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 3, 2019The latest defeat could mean that RCB will look to make quite a few changes in their team for the upcoming matches with Kohli also hinting at the same.”This tournament is not that long. You have to be on the eight ball. You have to think on your feet. You have to think of the best possible combination going forward.”We will definitely sit down and consider talking about what we can do. What can we do to get the balance right. Hopefully get some fresh guys in and they can make some cracking match-winning performances for us and get the team going,” Virat Kohli said after the game on Tuesday.”We have 10 games to go. If we start turning things around pretty soon, then we can get on a roll as well. We have to keep believing as a side,” Kohli said.Also Read | IPL 2019: Ajinkya Rahane relieved to get points on board after RR beat RCB for first winAlso Read | Shreyas Gopal after dismissing Kohli, de Villiers: One of the biggest moments of my journeyAlso Read | RR vs RCB, IPL 2019: Shreyas Gopal, Jos Buttler ensure RCB stay winlesslast_img read more

Highland Village Receives Award for Virtual Museum Exhibit

first_imgThe Highland Village Museum/An Clachan Gàidhealach in Iona, Victoria Co., has received the prestigious Dr. Phyllis R. Blakely Award for outstanding achievement in the archival field from the Council of Nova Scotia Archives. The award was presented to the Highland Village for its virtual museum exhibition on Cape Breton Gaelic culture, Céilidh air Cheap Breatunn or Cape Breton Céilidh. The exhibit uses archival materials to explore various aspects of Cape Breton Gaelic life, including music, song, storytelling and dance. The interactive exhibit is part of the Virtual Museum of Canada and features video clips, flash movies and a learning centre. The exhibit can be found at or . The Blakeley award was established by the Council of Nova Scotia Archives in 1988 as a memorial to Phyllis R. Blakeley, Nova Scotia’s first woman provincial archivist. During her 40-year career, she epitomized high standards in archival work and was particularly concerned with spreading the word about archival holdings. The award is presented annually to a council member institution or organization displaying outstanding accomplishments in the archival field. The award recognizes projects that focus on archival holdings in preservation or an exhibit that uses archival material to educate the public. Long-time Highland Village volunteer, former board member, and well-known Cape Breton historian, Jim St. Clair was also honoured by the council for his commitment to keep the archival history of Nova Scotia alive. Mr. St. Clair was presented with the Anna Hamilton Award for Outstanding Voluntary Service to the Nova Scotian Archival Community. With a life-long enthusiasm for genealogy and family history, Mr. St. Clair has researched many of the immigrant families of Cape Breton, people of many ethnic strains. He has traveled Cape Breton many times as a volunteer for numerous organizations, encouraging and inspiring people and promoting preservation of archival documents. The Anna Hamilton Memorial Award was established by the Council of Nova Scotia Archives in 2004 to honour one volunteer each year who has served the Nova Scotia archival community with sincere dedication, and in an exemplary fashion, just as Anna Hamilton did for many years. Hamilton was a tireless volunteer who dedicated much of her life to archival work. These awards were presented in Halifax at the council’s annual conference. Highland Village Museum’s genealogist, archivist and collections manager, Pauline MacLean, was elected president of the council. The Council of Nova Scotia Archives is a professional association for archives and archivists in Nova Scotia. The council advocates the importance of archives, preservation of Nova Scotia’s documentary heritage and public access to these records through our member institutions. The Highland Village Museum is part of the Nova Scotia Museum and operated locally by the Nova Scotia Highland Village Society.last_img read more

Province Issues Budget Forecast Update

first_imgGovernment continues to hold the line on expenses, reports the first budget forecast update for the fiscal year, issued today, Sept. 22. The province is forecasting a 2010-11 budget deficit of $203.2 million, $18.9 million less than the budget estimate. Total revenues are forecast at $8.7 billion, $16.2 million less than the 2010-11 budget estimate. This is primarily because of lower than expected personal income tax and petroleum royalty revenues. Total expenses are also forecast to be $35.3 million less than budgeted, at $8.9 billion, mainly because of lower than expected interest payments. “We are continuing to do the hard work to get Nova Scotia back to balance,” said Finance Minister Graham Steele. “While this is only the first forecast update since the budget, we’re happy that we are where we expected to be, and that overall, we are moving in the right direction to achieve a surplus by 2013-14.” Additional appropriations for the departments of Education and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal are included in the forecast update, in accordance with the new Finance Act. The appropriations are to permit spending of additional federal funds coming in for various government projects and initiatives. The department also provided a correction today to the province’s revenue projections that were reported in the 2009-10 Public Accounts, released in July. The forecast update is available on the Department of Finance website at .last_img read more

Communalising heinous crimes

first_imgThe story of Adam and Eve has always fascinated me. It is the ultimate story of vulnerability, seduction, and of course, the first betrayal. The role of Satan disguised as a snake, is equally intriguing. He is able to persuade God’s second human, who is filled with holy goodness, to think thoughts they were hitherto unfamiliar. All it took for our world to exist the way we know it today (and if we accept the Biblical version) was for Eve to commit sin by taking a bite of that juicy apple. The rest is truly history. Also Read – A staunch allyFunny that I am using one religious allusion to write about two other religions. But such are the times we live in that one has to keep revisiting the first lessons ever taught. In an atmosphere where communal hate is naturalised and even encouraged, small groups of people remain who aren’t yet hoodwinked by hard-lined, majoritarian politics. Evil has whispered its lie in many an ear, forcing the majority to fear the minority, fanning years of simmering resentment into dangerous flames of communal disharmony. And if you think these flames won’t one day become the fire that dares to consume the social fabric of this nation, then you are grossly wrong. Also Read – Cuban pathosIf you’re a student of history, then the examples are there for you to refer. Several world leaders such as Adolf Hitler rose by turning the majority against the minority; aided with a kind of fear psychosis that stopped all rational-thinking. And where ever politicians are not seen to be directly causing this thinking, they simply turn a blind eye and allow such an atmosphere of hate to fester. The cruellest of all crimes has to be child abuse. What can allow such perversions to physically harm little children is inscrutable. Now to these nightmares, is the communal touch that is added with a flourish. Last year’s brutal rape and murder of 8-year-old Asifa Bano in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir scarred our souls. So, the nerves were still raw when similar reports came from Aligarh. This time the victim was little Twinkle Sharma who was mercilessly beaten for 8 hours. Though it was also found that she hadn’t been raped, but, by then the damage had already been done. Certain sections purposely added a religious touch to the unfortunate incident. Bringing religion into every crime, scuffle, and protest is becoming the order of the day. Even the government doctors’ protest in Kolkata received the tag of ‘Hindu-Muslim’ strife. More specifically, about crimes committed by Muslims towards Hindus. Celebrities who had railed and ranted about Asifa were accused of not doing the same for Twinkle. Doctors facing patient families’ anger were branded as Muslims attacking Hindu doctors. This dangerous trend is going unnoticed by most who are choosing to either remain silent at the change of the Indian polity, or are partaking of it themselves. We should allow the law to take its course and punish the perpetrators of any crime without the bias of religion clouding our minds. Elections may be over but the poisoning of minds and hearts with communal hatred continues. And for the first time in Indian history, we are being forced to choose sides and remain dumb spectators of this social churn. While the hatred jars the senses of the tolerant, rational, and liberal, it is the acquiescence of a fast-growing unsecular culture that is most worrying. India is changing; our demands and rights are evolving. And while we can choose our political parties, are we also choosing to change our Constitution and the tenets that have governed us? (The writer is a journalist and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Defence minister mum on details of ViceAdmiral Norman settlement

first_imgOTTAWA — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is remaining mum on details of the government’s settlement with Vice-Admiral Mark Norman.Norman and the government announced on Wednesday that the military’s former second-in-command is retiring after negotiating an agreement.The deal follows Crown prosecutors dropping their case last month against Norman, who had been charged with breach of trust for allegedly leaking government secrets about a shipbuilding deal.Speaking from Brussels where he has been attending a NATO meeting, Sajjan tells The Canadian Press that he cannot discuss the details of the settlement because of confidentiality provisions.That includes how much the settlement was worth and whether it included a requirement that Norman refrain from talking publicly about his case.Conservative MPs have accused the Liberal government of buying Norman’s silence with the agreement ahead of the federal election.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jillian Rose Reed Challenges Youth To Tackle Social Injustice In Their Communities

first_imgInternational nonprofit Peace First, actress Jillian Rose Reed and The Allstate Foundation announced today the inaugural Peace First Challenge, which calls on teams of young people across the country to find creative solutions to social issues, such as bullying, poverty and violence.The 10 teams with the most innovative ideas will compete for up to $50,000 to scale up their concepts, with one team walking away with an investment of up to $10,000.Through Feb. 17, young people ages 13 to 24 are urged to sign up in teams of three or more – with no upper limit on number of team members – at Teams can apply for grants of up to $250 to turn their initial plans into reality, and each team will have access to tools and mentors to help them identify social justice issues they’re passionate about. In May, the 10 teams with the best ideas with the biggest impact – and potential for continued impact – will be selected to compete for an investment of up to $10,000, made possible by The Allstate Foundation, to take their idea to the next level.“The Allstate Foundation believes good starts young and that young people can make a difference in our world – they just need support and encouragement,” said Vicky Dinges, Allstate’s senior vice president of corporate responsibility. “The most powerful message we can send our youth has four parts: believe in yourself, believe in your ideas and believe in your ability to improve life for others. And if you need help, believe there are people and organizations who are ready to help you.”The Peace First Challenge is part of The Allstate Foundation Good Starts Young initiative, which empowers future generations with the strength, confidence and skills to rise up as leaders and realize their full potential. To date, more than 1.7 million youth have participated in Good Starts Young programs.As many as 1,000 teams can sign up for the Peace First Challenge on a first-come, first-served basis. The 10 finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges to include nonprofit, business and community leaders, as well as representatives from The Allstate Foundation and Peace First. Finalists will be invited to attend a youth social innovation summit in June, where they will be paired with mentors who are experts on addressing the social injustices each team has chosen to tackle. The finalist teams also will be given access to a pool of up to $50,000 to cover travel costs and accelerator grants.Reed, social activist and star of the hit MTV show “Awkward,” is putting her star power behind the Peace First Challenge by urging young people to sign up and spearhead local change in their communities.“When you’re young, you don’t always realize how much impact you can have on the world,” Reed said. “It can seem scary and hopeless at times, even though you want so badly to be an advocate for change. The Peace First Challenge is exactly the kind of starting point young people need to be inspired to make a change in the community that surrounds them.”In addition to The Allstate Foundation and Reed, 14 national nonprofit Peace First Challenge partners and 500 other community-based leaders and organizations will help recruit teams of young people to accept the Challenge and serve as mentors. Challenge partners include the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts, Communities In Schools and The School Superintendents Association.“From 25 years of experience, we know young people around the country have great ideas to change their communities for the better, but often don’t have access to the support they need to make it happen,” said Eric Dawson, CEO and co-founder of Peace First. “The Peace First Challenge gives them resources to put their ideas into action. We’re very excited to see the solutions and transformations that motivated and empowered young people will deliver to our communities across the country. We’re asking everyone to help share the news about the Challenge and encourage young people to join it and make a difference.”last_img read more

Athabasca Chipewyan battling oilsands project

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Athabasca Fort Chipewyan First Nation is trying to stop hearings into an oilsands expansion project on their traditional territory.The Alberta government’s justice review panel is supposed to begin public hearings into Shell Canada’s plans to expand one of their open pit mines.But the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is trying to get a court injunction to stop them.They say the government failed to consult properly over the Jackpine Project.They want to know more about predicted losses of habitat and wildlife before the hearings go ahead.last_img read more

ITC moves NCLT to cancel Leela sale hearing on June 18

first_imgMumbai: The NCLT Wednesday issued notices to promoters of Hotel Leelaventure and its lender JM Financial ARC to reply to an ITC petition seeking a waiver of 10 per cent minimum shareholding for minority shareholders to be counted in management matters and adjounred the matter to June 18. Though the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) was keen to admit the petition of the tobaccos-to-hotels group ITC, which owns 7.92 percent in Leela, it did not do so citing procedural issues and decided to put the plea off to June 18. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIt can be noted that the 10 percent minimum shareholding is defined under Section 241 of the Companies Act, 2013. There was a similar petition by Cyrus Mistry also against the Tatas after he was sacked as the group chairman in 2016, but the plea was dismissed by the Mumbai tribunal. ITC is seeking a waiver of the 10 percent minimum shareholding requirement to file a petition alleging oppression and mismanagement against the hotel management and its lender JM Financial ARC and also to prevent the premium hotel chain from going ahead with the ongoing sale to Canadian fund house Brookfield for Rs 3,950 crore announced in March. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”We were suppressed of our rights as a shareholder. The postal ballot notice has not addressed many issues. It is a classic case of majority acting against minority shareholders using oppressive means, as they own 73 percent. “We want protection for our shareholding so that the promoters cannot get away with a fraudulent deal,” the ITC counsel Darius J Khambatta told the tribunal. He noted that in 2017, JM Financial ARC bought the debt of Hotel Leela from banks and got 26 percent shareholding after converting the debt into equity. This led to the dilution of ITC’s shareholding to below 10 percent, J Khambatta argued. As per the information available with the bourses, ITC holds 7.92 percent stake in Hotel Leelaventure as of the December 2018 quarter. Under Section 241 of the Companies Act, 2013 a minimum shareholding of 10 percent is required to file such cases. The Mumbai bench of the NCLT comprising VP Singh and Ravikumar Duraisamy issued notices JM Financial and Hotel Leelaventure to reply within three weeks and file rejoinders in two weeks thereafter. ITC said all major hotels of Hotel Leelaventure are being sold off excluding the flagship Mumbai property, which is facing a legal battle with the Airports Authority over land lease, and also a land parcel in Hyderabad which the hotel group is developing with Prestige Developers. Under the deal with Brookfield, the Leela promoters will get over Rs 300 crore from the buyer under royalty and management consultancy agreements for the next five years. “We are seeking deal details or the valuation report but the company is not co-operating,” Khambatta added. Meanwhile, Brookfield Asset Management Company also filed an application to be made a party to the dispute. Its counsel said, they will file an intervention application if they are not made a party to current petition. In another development, Leelaventure in a BSE filing Wednesday said markets regulator Sebi has asked it to hold the sale of its four hotels and other assets to Brookfield.last_img read more

NYCIstanbul Flight Diverted to Canada Over Bomb Threat

New York – A Turkish Airlines Flight from New York to Istanbul was diverted and forced to make an emergency landing in Canada over a bomb threat, Canadian authorities said.Turkish Airlines Flight 2 with 256 passengers on board departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City when the bomb threat was received around 10:50 p.m. local time on Saturday.The aircraft landed safely at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport as informed by the airport’s Twitter account on Sunday morning.According to flight tracking sites, the aircraft was in mid-air when the threat was received. However, authorities have not revealed the “origin of the threat”. Most of the information known as of now comes from the official social media accounts from the Halifax Airport as well as the local police.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Nova Scotia tweeted that they were not going to make any comments on the nature of the threat while investigations seek out the responsible individuals.It went on to add that they were “searching the Turkish Airlines plane using police dogs trained in explosives”. No explosive devices were found on-board after the search, police said.Passengers were transported to the terminal during the bomb check. Canadian Police said “the Turkish Airlines aircraft is scheduled to continue on to #Istanbul later this morning. The investigation in to the threat is ongoing.”According to CNN news, Flight 2 destined to Istanbul has departed Halifax with most passengers on board. Five passengers decided to not board the aircraft after the bomb scare, yet their luggage remained on-board on its way to Turkey.This is the fourth bomb threat made to an airline since the Paris attacks of November 13 that left 130 dead and 350 others injured.Two Air France flights from the United States to Paris received ground bomb threats and had to be diverted to other airports.A Spirit flight from Fort Lauderdale to Minneapolis received an on-board bomb threat returning to its departure airport. No explosives have been found in any of the four flights. read more

Regulators fine Wynn Resorts 20 M over sex allegations

LAS VEGAS — Nevada gambling regulators fined casino mogul Steve Wynn’s former company a record $20 million on Tuesday for failing to investigate claims of sexual misconduct made against him before he resigned a year ago.The penalty against Wynn Resorts Ltd. ends an investigation that began after The Wall Street Journal reported that several women said the company founder harassed or assaulted them.Wynn Resorts will keep its gambling license under the Nevada Gaming Commission settlement reached last month that left the amount of a fine to be determined by the four current commissioners.The fine tops the previous highest in state history: $5.5 million in 2014 against the sports betting and mobile gambling system company now known as CG Technology. It runs sports betting operations at several Las Vegas casinos.Steve Wynn himself is not part of the Wynn Resorts settlement.He resigned as board chairman and company CEO in February 2018 following reports that several women said he harassed or assaulted them. Wynn also sold his shares in the company. He has denied the allegations.Wynn Resorts acknowledged in the settlement agreement that several former board members and executives knew about but failed to investigate complaints including one that led Wynn to pay $7.5 million in 2005 to a former salon employee who alleged he raped her and that she became pregnant as a result.“Mr. Wynn … engaged in intimate and sexual conduct with (company) employees,” the company acknowledged in settlement documents.Documents say the company also failed to investigate a cocktail server’s allegation that from 2005 to 2006 Wynn pressured her into a nonconsensual sexual relationship. Wynn paid a $975,000 private settlement to that woman and her parents, the settlement states.Wynn Resorts neither admitted nor denied Nevada Gaming Control Board allegations that Wynn sexually harassed multiple flight attendants on company aircraft.“The company’s initial response during this period was driven by Mr. Wynn’s adamant denial of all allegations,” said a Wynn Resorts statement provided by company spokesman Michael Weaver. It admitted a “short-sighted focus on initially defending Mr. Wynn, rather than reassuring employees of the company’s commitment to a safe and respectful work environment.”The company points to wholesale changes in the boardroom and executive offices since the allegations were made public, including hiring a new chief executive, requiring new sexual harassment prevention training for all employees and adding a women’s leadership council to promote equality in the workplace.Wynn’s name was removed from the company’s Massachusetts project now called Encore Boston Harbor.“In sum, these 25,000 employees, led by CEO Matt Maddox and a reshaped board of directors, are the company that stands before the commission today, and not Steve Wynn,” the company said in its Jan. 25 written agreement to settle the case.A company settlement also is pending in Massachusetts, where gambling regulators launched a similar probe a year ago of whether Wynn Resorts should be allowed to operate a more than $2 billion waterfront casino resort slated to open in June in the Boston area.Wynn sued to block the release of a Massachusetts Gaming Commission report on that investigation, arguing it contains confidential information that is protected by attorney-client privilege. A Nevada state court judge has temporarily blocked release of that report. A hearing in that case is scheduled Monday.A former shareholder alleged in a case filed in December that his stock plummeted in value because company officials concealed information about accusations against Wynn.Records show that Wynn Resorts traded at more than $200 per share before the Wall Street Journal report, and closed at about $165 after Wynn resigned.Ken Ritter, The Associated Press read more

Security Council regional organizations discuss cooperation for peace and security

After hearing UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appeal for reinvigorated partnership in creating mutually reinforcing mechanisms, regional and global, that are flexible and responsive to today’s reality, leaders of the various organizations took the floor to stress the importance of cooperation and coordination of their various efforts.The Organization of American States (OAS) had assumed responsibility for regional peace and stability to ensure that local disputes did not become international crises and had built structures to preserve peace and security, its Secretary-General, César Gaviria, told the session, which met under the theme “Facing New Challenges to International Peace and Security.”The OAS could be of use to other regional organizations, for example, in counter-terrorism efforts, he said in reply to comments. It had focused on the critical issue of cooperation and promotion of existing conventions and other international instruments, which promoted real international legitimacy.Arab League Secretary-General Amre Moussa said that given the importance attached to fighting terrorism, the League had established a focal point to enhance coordination of counter-terrorism efforts. In cooperation with the UN, it had played an important role in providing a comprehensive vision to address the vulnerabilities of the countries of the region.Mr. Moussa also said the Security Council had been right in refusing to authorize war in Iraq. But once the war had started, the Council remained silent, seriously affecting its role and the multilateral system as a whole. “Judging by the way things are, can we believe that the Council is in charge of maintaining international peace and security?” he asked.He also questioned whether the Council had tried to build on calls for a just and comprehensive peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The Secretary-General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Jan Kubis said that since 11 September 2001, issues related to preventing and combating terrorism had come to the top of the agenda.Because of its broad and supportive membership, its comprehensive approach to security and its operational flexibility, the OSCE had demonstrated a high degree of effectiveness in developing and rapidly deploying multidimensional activities. It had also proved to be a good partner for other organizations involved in complex peace operations such as in Kosovo, Georgia, Tajikistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina.The Interim Chairman of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Fholisani Sydney Mufamadi, Minister for Provincial and Local Government of South Africa, said strengthening regional organizations would in turn strengthen the UN.”We live in a world which requires Governments to deal with one another in the context of multilateral fora and organizations, as well as through the traditional mechanisms of bilateral diplomacy,” he said.Ioannis Magriotis, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece, current President of the European Union (EU), said the Union was committed to building mutually reinforcing and effective relationships with the UN, as well as with other regional organizations in prevention, management and resolution of conflicts.That required action at the political level – in terms of capacity building – of partner organizations and through operational interaction, he added. The EU Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina was the first example of the practical possibilities of cooperation between the EU and the UN, he said.For his part, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Executive Secretary of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), said the West African subregion would very much welcome a collaborative working relationship with the Council and other UN organs.There was a clear and pressing need for collaboration between ECOWAS and the UN in the area of conflict resolution and management, he said, pointing to the conflicts in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia.Closing the session, Foreign Minister Luis Ernesto Derbez of Mexico, which holds the Council’s rotating Presidency for April, said his delegation had convened the meeting out of its concern over security at the regional level, and he thanked all the representatives of regional organizations who had participated in the debate. read more

Gold stocks help boost TSX traders cautious on Federal Reserve stimulus plans

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday, helped along by gold stocks which continued to recover from a severe battering earlier in the summer.However, economic concerns pressured oil prices and traders awaited more clarity on what the Federal Reserve may decide to do about cutting back on a key stimulus measure.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 82.09 points to 12,670.11, making up a bit more than half of Monday’s 149-point slide.The Canadian dollar was down 0.43 of a cent to 96.26 cents US.New York indexes were mixed amid better than expected earnings from retailers Best Buy, Home Depot and J.C. Penny.The Dow Jones industrials gave up early gains to lose 7.75 points to 15,002.99, the Nasdaq gained 24.5 points to 3,613.59 while the S&P 500 index added 6.29 points to 1,652.35.Traders looked ahead to Wednesday and the release of the minutes from the Fed’s most recent meeting at the end of last month.A largely positive run of economic data has persuaded many investors that the central bank will start to taper its monthly bond purchases of US$85 billion, starting as early as September. The stimulus program has kept long term rates low and encouraged a sharp run-up on many markets this year.“Clearly this whole debate about whether we see the onset of tapering in September has taken centre stage,” said Garey Aitken, chief investment officer at Bissett Investment Management in Calgary, who also pointed out that seasonality is playing a part.“We’re in the summer doldrums, we’re out of earnings season . . . so what is everybody focused on? You focus on what’s in front of you. So it’s probably got a bit more of a pronounced effect.”The TSX gold sector ran up about 3.75 per cent while gold ticked $6.90 higher to US$1,372.60 an ounce.The sector was punished along with gold prices after Fed chairman Ben Bernanke first mentioned the possibility of the Fed cutting back in May. It hit a recent low in late June, leaving the gold sector down about 50 per cent year to date. It has since improved and the sector is down about 30 per cent so far in 2013.“We’ve seen a kind of natural bounce back from probably overdone levels with the producers — we’ve seen a better gold price in the last five or six weeks,” Aitken said.“Those producers fell more than the price of gold had declined.”Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) gained 86 cents to C$32.89.The utilities sector also provided lift, up 0.75 per cent. Utilities and other interest sensitive stocks have been a major drag as the prospect of the Fed tapering its massive bond purchases has sent U.S. bond yields higher.The benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury was off 0.06 of a point from late Monday at 2.82 per cent. Still, bond yields have surged well over a full percentage point since Bernanke’s remarks in May. Just Energy Group (TSX:JE) gained 16 cents to $6.32.The energy sector was ahead per cent while speculation over Fed intentions pushed the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down $2.14 to US$104.96 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gained 29 cents to C$30.96.The financials group ran up 0.6 per cent with Royal Bank (TSX:RY) up 65 cents to $64.67.The base metals sector rose 0.52 per cent while copper was ahead a penny at US$3.34 a pound. Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ) climbed 19 cents to C$5.30 while Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) headed 57 cents lower to $27.54.Elsewhere in the mining sector, BHP Billiton said its annual profit dived nearly 30 per cent to $10.9 billion as slower growth in China and other emerging economies resulted in lower prices for copper, coal and iron ore. Annual revenue sank nearly nine per cent to $66 billion.Home Depot beat expectations and raised its outlook. The company earned US$1.8 billion, or $1.24 per share, while revenue climbed more than nine per cent to $22.52 billion. Analysts expected earnings of $1.21 per share on revenue of $21.79 billion. Its stock slipped 91 cents to $74.30.J.C. Penney Co. stock rose 77 cents to $13.99 despite another big loss on a nearly 12 per cent drop in revenue for the second quarter. It lost $586 million, or $2.66 per share while revenue reached $2.66 billion. Analysts were expecting a $1.07-per-share loss on revenue of $2.77 billion.Electronics retailer Best Buy earned 32 cents per share in the last three months, much better than the 12 cents per share financial analysts expected. Most of the growth came from cutting costs and focusing on online sales and its shares jumped $4.03 or 13 per cent to $34.76.On the Canadian retail front, Sears Canada (TSX:SCC) is cutting 245 jobs, mostly at its head office in Toronto and mainly in the information technology and finance departments. Its stock fell 73 cents to $12.27. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 20, 2013 8:29 am MDT Gold stocks help boost TSX, traders cautious on Federal Reserve stimulus plans read more

Canada pension funds buy stake in South Korean grocer as part of

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 7, 2015 11:27 am MDT Last Updated Sep 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Two Canadian pension plans are part of a consortium that purchased South Korean supermarket chain Homeplus from British retailer Tesco for around US$6 billion on Monday.The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board said it spent US$534 million for a 21.5 per cent stake in the company.The Public Sector Pension Investment Board, which manages investments for the federal public service and the Canadian Forces among others, was also a part of the deal but did not disclose its contribution.The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2015, pending approval from the South Korean government and Tesco’s shareholders.Homeplus is South Korea’s second-largest retailer, with more than 1,000 outlets across the country. It was originally founded as a joint venture between Samsung and Tesco in 1999.South Korean private equity firm MBK Partners led the deal and said the consortium will invest US$831 million in the business over the next two years.Canada’s national pension plan makes more than it currently pays out in benefits, and the CPPIB invests the excess money. At the end of June, the fund totalled $268.6 billion.Homeplus is facing criminal and civil lawsuits in South Korea after company executives including CEO Do Sung-hwan were indicted in February for selling the personal data of millions of customers to insurance companies for marketing purposes. Canada pension funds buy stake in South Korean grocer as part of $6 billion deal read more

Oxfam scandal deepens with allegations of sex for aid and abuse in

first_imgIt came after Professor Andrew MacLeod, a  lawyer and former aid worker, said: “Under the UK child sex tourism laws, if one of these prostitute was underage, then the person has broken the law here. And possibly Oxfam executives have broken the law by aiding, abetting and supporting.”He said that if the charity “were treating this seriously” they would hand a dossier on the Haiti allegations to police, adding: “Until they start putting people in jail nothing will change.” A spokesperson for the Charity Commission said that in 2015: “We took the concerns Ms Evans raised very seriously and engaged with Oxfam on a formal regulatory basis to address them. This included meeting with the charity and requesting detailed information about its safeguarding procedures. Indeed Ms Evans acknowledged our initial response at the time; stating that she appreciated ‘the time taken by the Charity Commission to look into safeguarding concerns’.”They said that she did not raise concerns on specific incidents and they met her again in 2017 and “opened a formal regulatory compliance case with the charity which has been ongoing since that time”.  Though she has written to all charities asking for assurances over their safeguarding procedures she has not announced any investigation into the Haiti allegations.  Any suggestion that the furore was subsiding was quashed by Ms Evans’ new revelations which included that volunteers in Britain were not subjected to criminal checks and that her complaints were dismissed by senior Oxfam managers, the Charity Commission and the Home Office. Speaking on Channel 4 News she said: “Behind Oxfam there are thousands of committed staff. They put their lives at risk every day. In terms of the senior leadership team I think they need to look back and say, did they do everything they needed to keep beneficiaries safe?” The latest allegations emerged as there were calls for criminal charges to be brought against Oxfam executives and staff in the UK if they had turned a blind eye to abuse overseas. Concerns were also raised over Oxfam’s use of public money.Oxfam executives met with Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, on Monday evening in an attempt to assure the minister that the charity could be trusted with the £32m of public finding it receives.Caroline Thomson, Oxfam chair of trustees, said: “We recognise that we have some way to go to persuade her that we have the right moral leadership to be fully entrusted with public money.”But the problems deepened less than an hour later as Ms Evans came forward with a number of claims including that volunteers as young as 14 in Oxfam shops in the UK had complained of abuse. She detailed one case of an adult volunteer assaulting a child volunteer and said that she was extremely concerned that children were being left alone with volunteers who had not been checked for criminal records. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The sexual misconduct scandal at Oxfam deepened on Monday night as the charity’s former head of safeguarding revealed teenage volunteers at UK shops had been abused and overseas staff had traded aid for sex.In some of the most explosive allegations yet against the charity, Helen Evans accused her bosses of ignoring her evidence and her pleas for more resources, forcing her to quit in despair. Ms Evans said that staff had been accused of rape and that sexual abuse by shop managers in UK stores against young volunteers was covered up.Ten per cent of staff in some countries had been sexually assaulted by colleagues or witnessed abuse, she added.Her allegations emerged just hours after Penny Lawrence, the charity’s deputy chief executive, quit over the scandal and the Government announced that it would be launching a unit to investigate sex abuse in the aid sector.  Ms Lawrence on Monday became the first executive to resign, admitting that the charity were made aware of allegations relating to prostitute use by Roland van Hauwermeiren and his team in Chad in 2006. Five years later he was posted to Haiti and became embroiled in a scandal where senior aid workers were accused of using prostitutes at orgies, some of whom were allegedly underage. Four members of staff were dismissed as a result of Oxfam’s 2011 investigation into the claims and three, including Mr van Hauwermeiren, were allowed to resign before it concluded.  “What I recognise now, with the severity of issues as they have emerged, is that we should have resourced that team up faster as we now have, indeed, done.” Oxfam CEO Mark Goldring and chair Caroline Thomson Apology: Oxfam CEO Mark Goldring and Chair Caroline Thomson after their meeting with International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt But Penny Mourdant, the International Development Secretary, announced instead that she had asked for the crimes to be investigated in the home countries of the aid workers.  It comes just 24 hours after the charity insisted that it had not detailed the allegations surrounding the use of prostitutes, some of whom were said to be underage, because they did not involve “sex for aid”. Ms Evans said that the latest revelations about the use of prostitutes in Haiti were “not a surprise” as she had been informing the charity commission of her concerns since 2015. Mark Goldring, chief executive of Oxfam GB, on Monday night apologised to Ms Evans and said that he would resign if the board of trustees asked him to. He told Channel 4 News: “I certainly apologise for not acting fast enough, I think we did take them seriously and we responded on many different fronts – the records checking was one of them, training was another, the promotion of the helpline was another – she did some great work. There were 12 allegations of abuse over two years and one involved a shop manager allegedly attempting to force a young volunteer to drop charges against an adult male volunteer who was said to have assaulted them. Furthermore, in the course of one day in 2015 she received reports from the charity’s global operation of “a woman being coerced to have sex in a humanitarian response by another aid worker, another case where a woman had been coerced in exchange for aid and another one where it had come to our attention where a member of staff had been struck off for sexual abuse and hadn’t disclosed that and we were then concerned about what he might be doing.”last_img read more

Ivica Obrvan new CO Zagreb coach

The former Metkovic (EHF Cup) and Gorenje (domestic league champions) coach, with which made superb results on domestic and international scene, Ivica Obrvan, has been named new C.O Zagreb coach. After the dismissal of Nenad Kljajic, the board of C.O. Zagreb reacted immediately and named Ivica Obrvan as a new coach, whose last handball activity was coaching Velenje in 2009/2010 season. The contracts’ duration is two and a half years. ← Previous Story Nenad Kljajic no longer C.O. Zagreb coach! Next Story → Anja Andersen new Oltchim coach read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you should know before you head out the door.1. #PENALTY POINTS: Roscommon County Manager Frank Dawson has ‘utterly rejected’ allegations that he ‘sorted out’ an incident in which local TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan had two penalty points removed from his driving licence. In a statement to the Dáil last night, Flanagan explained the circumstances under which two traffic offences occurred, saying he had contacted a ‘senior council official’ in Roscommon about one of the incidents, who later ‘sorted out’ his penalty points. 2. #MORTGAGE ARREARS: The Government has launched its plan to tackle the current mortgage arrears crisis. The Mortgage Arrears Resolution document gives possible solutions, including  a split mortgage – where a lender splits a borrower’s unaffordable mortgage loan, with an amount set aside to or ‘warehoused’ at a later date – as well as deferring payment, or debt write-off. 3. #EUROPEAN ELECTIONS: The European Parliament has approved changes to the number of MEPs each country will elect next year – meaning Ireland is set to lose one seat, from 12 to 11. MEPs in Strasbourg for the parliament’s monthly plenary session voted by 536 to 111, with 44 abstentions, to approve the reallocation of seats following the elections next June. 4. #PROTEST: Up to 300 people gathered outside the Dáil this afternoon to protest against the rise of anti-Traveller racism among public representatives. The Irish Traveller Movement said it convened the rally in response to the rise in racism among politicians and judges which culminated in the burning of a house allocated to a Traveller family in Ballyshannon, county Donegal last month. A number of TDs joined the protesters. 5. #BONDS: At an auction this morning, Ireland sold its first 10-year government bonds since before its entry into the EU-IMF bailout programme. A high volume of bids for the Irish bonds led the agency to sell €5 billion of bonds instead of the €3 billion it had originally planned.last_img read more

Resvératrol du vin et des noix contre les radiations

first_imgResvératrol : du vin et des noix contre les radiations ?Publiée dans la revue ACS Medicinal ChemistryLetters, une étude américaine montre l’efficacité de certaines formes de resvératrol, une substance présente naturellement dans divers aliments, contre les dommages dus aux irradiations. L’administration américaine en charge de l’alimentation et des médicaments évalue actuellement un médicament capable de protéger contre la toxicité des radiations. Mais celui-ci est difficile à produire en quantité, et a des effets secondaires qui l’interdisent aux patients atteints de cancer, pourtant particulièrement concernés puisque souvent soignés par radiothérapie.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?C’est pourquoi Michael Epperly, Kazunori Koide et leurs collègues étudient les propriétés anti-irradiation du resvératrol, un antioxydant naturel présent dans le vin rouge, le raisin ou les noix. Ils ont constaté que cette substance protège efficacement des rayonnements les cellules in-vitro… mais pas les souris vivantes.Cependant, sous sa forme appelée resvératrol acétyle, il s’est avéré efficace, même  pour les rongeurs. De plus, il peut facilement être produit en grandes quantités, et peut être administré par voie orale. Un mode d’administration dont il reste toutefois à démontrer l’efficacité en pareil cas, soulignent les chercheurs. Le 7 mai 2011 à 14:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Christie concedes says will support Minnis transition

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 11, 2017 – Nassau – Perry Christie issued a statement to say that he wishes the FNM only success and promised his full support for a smooth transition of the new government.  Mr Christie, who now likely ends his political career with the loss of his Centreville seat said it has been an honour and privilege to serve as the Prime Minister of this great nation.  The outgoing PM thanked also those who served with him for their dedication.  Perry Christie has twice served as Prime Minister of The Bahamas, both times it was a one term stint.Prime Minister Perry Christie has conceded the election and released a statement:  “I called Dr. Minnis earlier this evening to congratulate him on his party’s victory. I understand as perhaps few others the challenges that await Dr. Minnis, and I wish him only success on behalf of our nation. He has my full support for a smooth transition. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the Prime Minister of this great nation. I want to express my deepest gratitude to the Bahamian people for that opportunity. To those who served alongside me, I thank them for their dedication to our share ideals.“May God Bless Us All, and May God Bless the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Northwest Florida Support Group Leverages Regions Assets to Secure Reaper Mission

first_imgDespite receiving a lack of encouragement from a four-star general about the chances that Tyndall AFB, Fla., could host remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), leaders of the Bay Defense Alliance believed the new mission was worth pursuing as the installation had some strong selling points. The first one that came to mind was the favorable climate and quality of life of the Florida Panhandle, a sharp contrast to the Nevada desert location of Creech AFB, BDA President Tom Neubauer told the Panama City News Herald. During a visit to Creech in 2016, Neubauer learned the Air Force had a critical shortage of RPA pilots.But Tyndall possessed other assets as well. It already had a runway for unmanned systems and the cost of construction was cheaper than at Vandenberg AFB, the Air Force’s alternative. And the region’s strong history of support for the military couldn’t hurt. “The scoring of the bases was close,” Neubauer said. “The difference between one base and the other may have just been community support, so everything you do and all the members of the community to support the military was probably the game changer.”In November, the Air Force announced that Tyndall had been selected as the preferred location for a new wing of MQ-9 Reapers. At the time, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson cited multiple attributes for the decision — fewer aircraft competing for air space, nearby training ranges, great weather and lower upfront costs at Tyndall.Air Force photo by Sr. Airman Damon Kasberg Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Study Says That Heavy Social Media Use May Harm Mental Health Of

first_img (13) Bestseller Wow facts 1Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийHowever, the researchers explained that the negative impact of social media use to the female respondents’ mental health was due to disrupted sleep, lack of exercise, and exposure to cyberbullying.For boys, these factors were also observed but the impact on their mental health was significantly smaller. Further research is needed to find out what is causing psychological distress among male students who use social media.”Our results suggest that social media itself doesn’t cause harm, but that frequent use may disrupt activities that have a positive impact on mental health such as sleeping and exercising, while increasing exposure of young people to harmful content, particularly the negative experience of cyberbullying,” explained Russell Viner, co-author of the paper.This is not the first time that a study has linked social media use among teenagers to poor mental health. In July, another study warned that spending too much time browsing social media sites and watching television could impact the severity of depressive symptoms that young people experience.What Parents Can DoThe researchers clarified that the study does not mean that social media is inherently evil. In fact, Viner said that social media can have positive impacts on teenagers.Parents, however, should make sure that their children’s use of social media is not interfering with activities that are known to improve mental health.”But they should worry about how much physical activity and sleep they’re getting, because social media is displacing other things,” added Dasha Nicholls, one of the authors of the paper. “It’s about getting a balance.” TAG Social Media, Instagram, Twitter DEAL OF THE DAY 500 Social Media Marketing Tips: Essential Advice, Hints and S… $16.74$24.99 DEAL OF THE DAY (3) Close The new study found that social media use may interfere with activities that have a positive impact on mental health. Teenage girls are especially vulnerable to the potentially harmful effects of excessive social media use.   ( Pixabay ) Another research has linked the excessive use of social media sites, such as Instagram and Twitter, to psychological distress, especially among teenage girls.A team of researchers interviewed over 12,000 young students ages 13 to 16 in England. They were asked about how often during the day they check Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter. After three years, the same respondents were asked to evaluate their levels of happiness, how anxious they feel, and if they are satisfied with life.Social Media Linked To Psychological DistressThe paper published in the journal The Lancet revealed that teenage boys and girls who admitted to using social media more than three times a day reported poorer mental health and greater psychological distress. The girls, in particular, said that they feel less happy and more anxious. Social Media Marketing Workbook: How to Use Soc… DEAL OF THE DAY Ads by Amazon Bestseller $10.47$11.47 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram For Seniors For Dummies AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Bestsellercenter_img $34.54$39.99 ENDS IN ⓒ 2018 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Bestseller ENDS IN ENDS IN $25.97$49.99 Related Products Ads by Amazon All ENDS IN DEAL OF THE DAY (223) (334) Mining the Social Web: Data Mining Facebook, Twitter, Li…last_img read more