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‘Hunkaar Rally’ raises chances of third front in Rajasthan

first_imgA massive ‘Hunkaar Rally’ organised by Independent MLA Hanuman Beniwal in Sikar on Sunday, in which the speakers accused the ruling BJP of failing to address agrarian crisis, has raised the possibility of a third front emerging in Rajasthan before this year’s Assembly elections.Mr. Beniwal, representing Khinvsar constituency of Nagaur district and considered the new face of Jat politics in the State, has termed the BJP government’s farm loan waiver scheme an eyewash and demanded complete waiver and free electricity for farmers. The participants in the rally rejected the partial and conditional waiving of only ₹50,000 each and demanded bigger relief for the peasants.Addressing the rally attended by thousands of Jats, farmers, cattle rearers and agricultural labourers, Mr. Beniwal raised the demands for complete crop loan waiver, making the State highways free of toll booths, doubling of minimum support prices for agricultural produce and jobs for local youths in the industrial units set up in the State.The independent legislator flayed Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s policy of “rolling out red carpet” for industrialists and said her actions were promoting caste tensions in the State. “The caste conflicts have increased in Rajasthan after 2003. No section of the population is happy with the government,” he said.Hinting at the formation of a third front, Mr. Beniwal said both the BJP and Congress had failed to fulfil people’s aspirations and the two parties had shielded each other in the formation of governments alternately. He said only a third front could bring succour to the farmers, Dalits and the poor who were looking for an alternative.Mr. Beniwal, who had won the 2008 Assembly election on a BJP ticket, was expelled from the party in 2011 following his controversial remarks against the top leadership. After winning the 2013 election as an Independent, he joined hands with Meena supremo Kirorilal Meena for the third front’s formation. Mr. Meena has since joined the BJP.The rally in Sikar was the fourth in a series, in which thousands of people took part following mass mobilisation, creating ripples in the Jat support base for both the major parties. The ‘Hunkaar Rallies’ were earlier organised in Nagaur, Bikaner and Barmer, while the fifth rally is proposed to be held in Jaipur, where the third front may be formally launched.last_img read more

Top skater, cyclist out as PH SEAG team gets trimmed by injuries

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Well, our skater is a potential gold medalist, so we’re minus one possible gold without her,” said Philippine chief of mission Cynthia Carrion, referring to Cabiles.Based in Michigan, the 20-year-old Cabiles placed 14th in the short program during the 2017 Asian Winter Games, 16th in the free skate and 15th overall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAccording to Philippine Cycling Federation deputy secretary general Camille Sumagui, Reyes was brought to a hospital in Seoul to determine the extent of the injury, striking the Filipino cyclist out of next week’s Kuala Lumpur Games for good.Reyes and Mervin Barnachea Corpuz are the only Filipino entries in cycling track, which offers 12 gold medals. National coach Carlo Jazul said they signed up for the track scratch/track omnium event. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Thailand ready to step in for Philippines as 2019 SEA Games host LATEST STORIES MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View commentscenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Alternate gymnasts Rachele Arellano (women’s artistic) and Adrian Mirasol Apuyan (men’s artistic) were earlier pulled out from the delegation by Carrion, also president of the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines.Sailor Ridgely Balladares, who won a gold in the men’s keelboat match racing in 2015 Singapore, was also entered as an alternate to Lester Troy Tayong and Emerson Villena in the international 470 event and was scratched from the lineup.Carrion is expecting a turnout of at least 50 gold medals for the Philippines to improve on its previous finish of sixth place among 11 countries. “I hope there will be no more injuries. Let’s pray for the safety of our athletes,” said Carrion, a board member of the Philippine Olympic Committee.The POC originally submitted a total of 498 Filipino athletes to KL organizers.ADVERTISEMENT Figure skater Samantha Mary Lynn Cabiles begged off from her national team duties and track cyclist Kristian Emmanuel Reyes got injured in a crash, reducing the Philippine delegation to the 29th Southeast Asian Games to 493 athletes in 37 sports.Citing health reasons, Cabiles has decided to skip the women’s individual figure ice skating event while Reyes won’t be suiting up either after getting hurt in a spill while training in South Korea.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arellano was supposed to compete in the floor, vault, uneven bar and balance beam while Apuyan will be tested in the high bar, parallel bars, vault, ring, floor and pommel horse.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

TRAI seeks call drop masking tech details from telcos

first_imgTelecom regulator TRAI will seek details of the radio link timeout technology, allegedly being used for masking call drops and resulting in higher bills for subscribers.”Before setting up any enquiry, we will seek details of radio-link technology (RLT) from telecom operators around parameters that are applicable globally, they are following here and parameters that they have been following over a period of one year,” TRAI Chairman R S Sharma told reporters on sidelines of India Satcom event.In the latest test drive conducted by the TRAI in Delhi, state-owned telecom operator MTNL failed on all network-based quality of service parameters.As per the report for Delhi, Aircel and Vodafone have been using RLT beyond the levels their peers follow. RLT is one of the parameters which decides for how long the call should be sustained if the signal quality drops below a certain threshold.As per an official source, some telecom operators are using it for masking call drops, resulting in higher bills for subscribers. “Today, the test drive report of Hyderabad and Bhopal will be made public,” Sharma said.The Supreme Court recently quashed a rule that mandated telecom operators to compensate consumers Re. 1 for each call drop with the upper limit at Rs. 3 per day.At present, disputes between consumers and telecom operators are not taken up by consumer courts as a Supreme Court judgement of 2009 had barred seeking any such relief under the Consumer Protection Act, saying a special remedy is provided under the Indian Telegraph Act.advertisementThe National Telecom Policy 2012 envisages to undertake legislative measures to bring disputes between consumers and telecom service providers within the jurisdiction of consumer forums established under the Consumer Protection Act.Worried about the call drop problem, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has sought more powers to penalise mobile operators as most of them have failed to meet the quality benchmark in this regard.Telecom Secretary J S Deepak, however, Tuesday said he is yet to receive a communication from TRAI to seek more power.last_img read more

NASA to launch mission to metal asteroid one year early

first_imgWashington, May 25 (PTI) NASA has announced that it will launch its robotic spacecraft to a unique metal asteroid Psyche in 2022 – a year ahead of the original schedule.The mission will now take a more efficient trajectory to arrive at the main belt asteroid in 2026, four years earlier than planned, the US space agency said.Psyche, an asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter, is made almost entirely of nickel-iron metal. It offers a unique look into the violent collisions that created Earth and the terrestrial planets, researchers said.”We challenged the mission design team to explore if an earlier launch date could provide a more efficient trajectory to the asteroid Psyche, and they came through in a big way,” said Jim Green, from the NASA Headquarters in the US.”This will enable us to fulfil our science objectives sooner and at a reduced cost,” said Green.The Discovery Mission programme – a series of lower-cost, highly focused robotic space missions that are exploring the solar system – had directed teams to propose missions for launch in either 2021 or 2023.The Lucy mission – which will study a population of primitive asteroids called Trojans orbiting with Jupiter – was selected for the first launch opportunity in 2021, and Psyche was to follow in 2023.Shortly after selection in January, NASA gave the direction to the Psyche team to research earlier opportunities.Researchers designed a new, efficient trajectory that does away with the need for assistance of the Earths gravity and shortens the cruise time.advertisementIn addition, the new trajectory stays farther from the Sun, reducing the amount of heat protection needed for the spacecraft.”The biggest advantage is the excellent trajectory, which gets us there about twice as fast and is more cost effective,” said Principal Investigator Lindy Elkins-Tanton of Arizona State University in Tempe.The Psyche spacecraft is being built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) in the US.In order to support the new mission trajectory, SSL redesigned the solar array system from a four-panel array in a straight row on either side of the spacecraft to a more powerful five-panel X-shaped design, commonly used for missions requiring more capability.Much like a sports car, by combining a relatively small spacecraft body with a very high-power solar array design, the Psyche spacecraft will speed to its destination at a faster pace than is typical for a larger spacecraft.”By increasing the size of the solar arrays, the spacecraft will have the power it needs to support the higher velocity requirements of the updated mission,” said SSL Psyche Program Manager Steve Scott.The goals of the Psyche mission are to understand the building blocks of planet formation and explore firsthand a wholly new and unexplored type of world.Scientists seek to determine whether Psyche is the core of an early planet, how old it is, whether it formed in similar ways to Earths core, and what its surface is like. PTI MHN SAR MHNlast_img read more

Party President Rick Dykstras resignation the latest shakeup among Ont PCs

first_imgTORONTO – The turmoil continued at Ontario’s Progressive Conservative party on Sunday, with party president Rick Dykstra announcing his resignation just hours after a major internal shakeup was revealed.In a post on his verified Twitter account Sunday evening, Dykstra announced he’s stepping down after nearly two years in the position. His resignation also followed that of Patrick Brown, who quit as party leader last week amid allegations of sexual misconduct.“It has been a wonderful experience to watch the party’s renewal,” wrote Dykstra Sunday night. “And over the next couple of months, we will see the party coalesce around a new leader.”It will have to coalesce quickly. The Tories had been widely favoured to unseat Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals in a provincial election set for June — but that was before Brown’s departure and the upheaval that followed.Dykstra’s resignation came on the same day of a major shakeup that included two key staff members returning to jobs they had quit just days earlier.Chief of Staff Alykhan Velshi and communications director Nick Bergamini were among four key party members who resigned Wednesday night, just minutes before CTV News aired graphic allegations made against Brown by two women. The allegations have not been independently verified by The Canadian Press, and Brown has said they are “categorically untrue.”A staff memo obtained by The Canadian Press, says Velshi and Bergamini are now back in their old roles, while several other high-level positions have been eliminated in a “reorganization” following the Brown debacle. An executive director, two deputy chiefs of staff, a party adviser and a number of junior and mid-level jobs are being slashed, according to the email sent by Velshi on Sunday.“With any change in leadership comes a need for reorganization,” Velshi wrote. “While reorganizations are always difficult, they are also sometimes necessary.”The staffing changes come as a political race takes shape to determine Brown’s successor, who will attempt to lead the Tories to victory in June.The Tory caucus chose Vic Fedeli as its interim leader on Friday, and caucus members had hoped the Nipissing MPP would maintain the leadership role throughout the campaign. But later Friday, the party’s executive voted to hold a leadership race and select a new leader sometime before March.Fedeli told reporters he would be a candidate for the permanent role.Among the other names currently circulating as potential leadership candidates are several Tory members who aren’t part of the legislative caucus.They include Rod Phillips, a former executive at Postmedia and star candidate for the party in Ajax, Ont., as well as Caroline Mulroney and Christine Elliott, who lost to Brown in the 2015 leadership contest.Mulroney, the daughter of former prime minister Brian Mulroney and another PC candidate, greeted the news of a leadership race positively.“Our party is stronger when all of our members across the province have their voices heard about who will lead us into the next election,” she said in a statement on Twitter.Toronto Mayor John Tory and Conservative MP Lisa Raitt, meanwhile, have shot down speculation about their interest in leading the provincial party.Tory broke the news on Twitter Sunday evening, saying he’s had people approach him about seeking the PC leadership.“I have the privilege of being mayor of a city I love, and I hope to continue to do that job,” Tory wrote.Raitt announced earlier that she would not be running.Ottawa-area MPP Lisa MacLeod, who hasn’t said whether she plans to run for the top job, appeared to welcome Dykstra’s resignation Sunday night.“This is good news for taking back our PC party,” MacLeod wrote on Twitter.last_img read more

Trudeau considering more action to keep foreign dumped steel out of Canada

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau admits he still has some questions about what proposed US tariffs on our steel and aluminum exports could have on Canadian companies.Trudeau made the comments in Hamilton, after meeting with local steelworkers.While this tour is mainly aimed at reassuring workers, the prime minister tells CHCH News that he’s also speaking with industry leaders about what the global tariffs could mean for Canada moving forward.“How will that impact the Canadian steel industry? The Canadian aluminum industry? Will that create a privileged access for us in the US market? Are there things that we can be doing?”Trudeau says he has already spoken with President Donald Trump about foreign steel dumping and is willing to take further action, if necessary, to protect our industry.“Whether it’s Chinese or Russian or wherever, we’ve actually strengthened both the controls and the sort of barriers to that easy entry.”The prime minister adds he is still working hard to gain a permanent exemption to these tariffs and has made it clear the US argument of national security makes no sense.Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is in Washington for a series of meetings to push our message on tariffs and NAFTA.last_img read more

Media face challenges in rush to sexual misconduct reckoning

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Talk-show host Tavis Smiley isn’t just upset with PBS for firing him on sexual misconduct charges. He’s upset about his depiction in the media.Smiley believes that if he hadn’t talked publicly about romantic relationships with subordinates at his company, the behaviour that led to his downfall, the public would make little distinction between him and those who have been accused of sexual assault or rape.Conflation of different forms of misbehaviour — the idea itself is controversial — is one of the issues facing media organizations covering the fast-moving story of sexual misconduct that went into overdrive with investigations into Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s behaviour.“The media is painting with too broad a brush,” Smiley said. “We have lost all sense of nuance and proportionality in how we cover these stories.”Actor Matt Damon was torched for broaching the topic recently. He told ABC News that all accused men shouldn’t be lumped together because there’s a spectrum of behaviour. There’s a difference between a pat on the rear and child molestation, he said.“Both of those behaviours need to be confronted and eradicated without question, but they shouldn’t be conflated, right?” he said.Actress Minnie Driver called Damon tone-deaf. Actress Alyssa Milano, who began a cultural movement by urging other women who have been harassed to proclaim #MeToo on social media, tweeted in reply that victims are hurt by all forms of misconduct. All are evidence of misogyny.Still, as the rush of stories about misbehaviour slows down — if it slows down — the point Damon raises will loom larger. Debate over the consequences of Sen. Al Franken’s groping continues despite his resignation. The New York Times noted the difficulties in deciding whether to fire reporter Glenn Thrush following documentation of his unwanted drunken advances on women. Thrush was suspended and stripped of his White House beat.The New York Daily News groups many of its stories about misconduct allegations under the tag “Perv Nation.” The newspaper makes clear that not all allegations are the same, said Daily News executive Rebecca Baker, also president of the Society of Professional Journalists.However, she said, “I don’t think the media can tell people what to think or stop people from conflating things.”Society is in the midst of a debate over changing norms of behaviour that’s very intense and not very organized, said Nicholas Lemann, former dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Distinctions can fall by the wayside with the temperature so high, he said.“It’s a good way for society to change its values,” Lemann said. “It’s a bad way to protect individual rights.”In Smiley’s case, PBS agreed that his history of dating subordinates was the central issue in his firing. But a PBS statement also spoke mysteriously of “other conduct,” giving no other details in order to protect the privacy of people who complained about him.An unwillingness, or inability, to specify behaviour that results in discipline can contribute to conflation. In firing reporter Ryan Lizza, the New Yorker magazine cited “improper sexual behaviour.” Lizza said his bosses mischaracterized “a respectful relationship with a woman I dated.” Her lawyer disputed this, saying the relationship wasn’t respectful, but wouldn’t say why.A television news producer recently dismissed because of his behaviour is concerned that he will be lumped in with bad-behaving media men like Matt Lauer or Charlie Rose, and had his lawyer issue a statement saying his client was never “accused of any physical contact, language of a sexual nature or any sort of lewd conduct.”But how he’s judged is ultimately out of his control, since neither employer nor employee will publicly say what the person actually did that cost him his job.Early stories on misconduct cases — think the Times and New Yorker on Weinstein, The Washington Post on Rose and Roy Moore — were meticulously reported and have proven airtight. The challenge for news organizations is maintaining that rigour with more women coming forward to tell their stories and the pressure for scoops ratchets up.“If you don’t have one of these things really nailed down, it’s a very bad thing for you,” Lemann said. “Whoever gets one of these things wrong, it’s going to be very embarrassing.”The story has already led to some unorthodox decisions. Vox.com assigned a woman who alleged harassment by Thrush, who said the incident still made her angry, to report and write on accusations by her and others. Having someone with a clear personal stake report such a sensitive story would make many news organizations squeamish, although no substantive questions have been raised about her work.Conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt wrote in The Washington Post about rough justice being dispensed by the media, “much of it deserved.” Even the worst offenders deserve due process, he said. It isn’t easy or quick — but other victims are watching, wondering whether it is safe to speak out.“Rarely does media have such a complicated job with stakes as high as these,” he wrote.last_img read more

Man involved in ‘illegal’ deal nabbed with Rs 60 lakh cash

first_imgKolkata: A man was arrested with cash worth Rs 60 lakh from B B Ganguly Street on Monday. It is suspected that the money was being used for an illegal deal.According to sources, on Monday, sleuths of the detective department got a tip-off that a deal involving huge amount of money was about to be made around B B Ganguly Street. Based on the information, plain-clothed police personnel started patrolling the area. While keeping a vigil a police source identified one of the suspects. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe person was identified as Dinesh Lohia of Patipukur in Lake Town. He was detained on suspicion. Sleuths found Rs 60 lakh in his bag. When asked about the source of money he could not provide a satisfactory answer. Sharma was immediately arrested and taken to Lalbazar. The information about the seized money has been shared with the Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate for necessary actions on their part. During the past few days, Kolkata Police have seized huge amount of unaccounted money and arrested several persons. Sleuths suspect a section of people are trying use black money during the ensuing Lok Sabha Elections 2019 and for the same reason money is being circulated through hawala.last_img read more

Down to Business podcast How carbon capture could transform Canadas economy and

Welcome to episode 14 of Down to Business, a weekly podcast from the Financial Post.How to tackle climate change can be a tense conversation in Canada given the importance of the oil and gas industry to the economy. The energy industry often gets a bad rap when it comes to innovation, but the oilpatch is one of the biggest spenders on clean tech in Canada. It shells out over $1-billion a year to try to improve how we extract the energy we all continue to demand. On this week’s Down to Business, Steve Oldham, CEO of Carbon Engineering Inc., speaks to host Emily Jackson about Canada’s lead in carbon capture technology and its implications for the energy industry, the Canadian economy and climate change.You can listen below — or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Play, where you can also subscribe to get new episodes every Wednesday morning. If you have any questions about the show, or if there are topics you want us to tackle, email us: downtobusiness@postmedia.com. Down to Business podcast: The next big thing in cannabis Down to Business podcast: How open banking could change our lives Down to Business podcast: Why Sidewalk Labs’ sweeping Toronto smart city proposal faces hurdles read more

World Court rejects DR of Congos call for provisional measures against Rwanda

In a 14 to 2 decision, the Court concluded that it lacked the “jurisdiction necessary to indicate” those steps, which were requested by the DRC when the case was submitted in May. At that time, the DRC called for provisional measures “pending the Court’s decision on the merits to prevent irreparable harm being caused to its lawful rights and to those of its population by reason of the occupation of part of its territory by Rwandan forces.” In its decision today, the Court also found, by 15 votes to 1, that it could not grant a request by Rwanda to reject the DRC’s entire case, which was brought over “massive, serious and flagrant violations of human rights and of international humanitarian law” alleged to have been committed in breach of relevant international instruments and UN resolutions. In explaining its decision, the ICJ emphasized its deep concern over the “deplorable human tragedy, loss of life, and enormous suffering” in the east of the DRC resulting from the continued fighting there. At the same time, the Court pointed out that it “does not automatically have jurisdiction over legal disputes between States” and it cannot indicate provisional measures without its jurisdiction in the case being established prima facie, meaning at first sight.These findings, however, “in no way prejudge the question of the jurisdiction of the Court to deal with the merits of the case” brought by the DRC against Rwanda. Those countries still have the right to submit arguments in the case. read more

UN labour agency observes annual day promoting workplace safety

In the 20th anniversary year of the massive Union Carbide factory gas leak that affected nearly 250,000 people in Bhopal, India, the United Nations labour agency today observed its annual “World Day for Safety and Health at Work” with a worldwide commemoration of those who lost life or health in workplace accidents.From Addis Ababa to Zimbabwe, from Bhopal to Belgium, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) staged memorials, marches, symposia and talk shows, including a performance by the New York City Labour Choir at the Commission for Sustainable Development meeting at UN Headquarters.ILO estimated that more than 2 million people die from work-related causes every year – including some 22,000 children, 750,000 women and 1.5 million men. The very high figure for men reflected the fact that men often do the world’s most dangerous work, it said.”A safety culture must be nurtured through partnership and dialogue – governments, employers and workers within a framework of rights, responsibilities and duties, finding common ground, creating safe and healthy work places,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said in a message.Highlighting health issues and accidents reported so far this month, ILO said at least 44 miners died in a mine explosion in Russia; electric shocks killed 12 workers and injured three others on a building site in China and a study in Ireland showed that hundreds of thousands of workers were suffering from stress, at a cost of 4 million working days lost last year alone.It noted that the December 1984 Bhopal accident, which drew increased attention to ways of preventing industrial accidents, killed 2,500 people then and 20,000 people later, and injured more than 200,000.About 80 per cent of occupational deaths and accidents could be prevented if all ILO Member States would provide more information to workers and use the best accident prevention strategies and practices. All of these are already in place and easily available, it said.Industrialized countries needed to focus on improving poor workplace relations and management, counteracting the mental and physical consequences of repetitive, highly technical tasks and providing information to workers on handling new technologies and substances, including chemicals, ILO said.Countries that are industrializing should give priority to improving safety and health practices in their primary economic activities, such as farming, fishing and logging.They should prevent industrial accidents, including fires and exposure to hazardous substances, as well as work on methods to avoid traditional accidents and diseases, including those in informal workshops and home-based industries, ILO said. read more

Canadas main stock index up slightly as US peers slip into the

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 24, 2017 9:37 am MDT Last Updated Aug 24, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada’s main stock index up slightly as U.S. peers slip into the red TORONTO – It was a flat trading day as Canada’s main stock index inched forward Thursday, while a volatile session saw U.S. markets tick lower.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s the S&P/TSX composite index gained 13 points to 15,076.16.South of the border, New York indices slipped into the red, but only after a circuitous ride that saw them flip multiple times between small gains and losses.The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 28.69 points to 21,783.40, the S&P 500 index lost 5.07 points to 2,438.97, and the Nasdaq composite index retreated 7.08 points to 6,271.33.Tim Morton, senior vice-president at TD Wealth, said it’s been a tumultuous time for U.S. stock markets in recent weeks amid political drama coming out of the Washington.Hurting stocks have been doubt about how much help President Donald Trump’s Republican-led White House and Congress can provide for businesses. Several crucial deadlines are coming up that could damage the American economy, including a vote to avoid a default on its national debt.Morton said U.S. markets have done very well overall in 2017 but are now taking a bit of a pause.Meanwhile, Canada’s market thus far has “done really relatively little.”One event capturing investors’ attention is an annual meeting of central bankers, economists and policy makers in Jackson Hole, Wyo., that began Thursday.Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi are expected to speak on Friday at the annual conference, which is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar jumped 0.22 of a U.S. cent, trading at an average price of 79.81 cents US.In commodities, the October crude contract shed 98 cents to US$47.43 per barrel and the October natural gas contract rose 2.2 cents to US$2.98 per mmBTU.The December gold contract fell US$2.70 to US$1,292.00 an ounce and the September copper contract advanced about 5.4 cents to US$3.03 a pound.— With files from The Associated Press.By Aleksandra Sagan in Vancouver.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Man who kissed reporter identified charged with harassment

Courtesy: WAVE LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky reporter says police have identified a man who kissed her on the cheek during a live broadcast and he is facing a misdemeanor charge.WAVE-TV news reporter Sara Rivest tweeted on Thursday that Eric Goodman is charged with harassment with physical contact.- Advertisement – Louisville police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley confirmed that Goodman was cited to court for the incident, but did not have details on the charge.Rivest said she felt uncomfortable and powerless when the unwanted encountered occurred last week in Louisville.She shared the video later with the caption, “Hey mister, here’s your 3 seconds of fame. How about you not touch me? Thanks!!”Related Article: Boyle Co. magistrate makes inappropriate comment about tourism directorRivest said on-air Monday that journalists, especially women, experience harassment far too often.She says Goodman wrote her an apology, which she’ll read on-air. read more

Brocks Armstrong comments on significance of naval turning point anniversary

A Brock University operations research associate professor says when an anti-ship cruise missile sank a navy warship for the first time ever 50 years ago, it was a turning point for international conflict.Associate Professor Michael Armstrong, who uses mathematical models to study missile combat at sea and short-range rocket defenses on land, said the sinking of the Israeli destroyer INS Eilat on Oct. 21, 1967 “opened the eyes of navies around the world.”Armstrong, Associate Professor of operations research in the Goodman School of Business, said that event forced the development of missile defence systems, which are back in the news these days with the growing tension between the U.S. and North Korea.“It’s much more on people’s minds,” said Armstrong, who authored an article on the issue recently in The Conversation Canada.In the years since the INS Eilat was destroyed, Armstrong said there have only been two cases of warships using interceptor missiles to down hostile cruise missiles coming at them. One came in 1991 when Britain’s HMS Gloucester shot down an Iraqi cruise missile, and then in October 2016, the USS Mason defended itself from attacking cruise missiles while patrolling the Red Sea.While the concept of missile defence from the sea or on land is essentially the same — “you have this incoming missile and you try to shoot it down with a missile,” Armstrong says — actually shooting down a ballistic missile like the ones being tested in North Korea is more complicated.“On a ship, the challenge is to detect that missile. Once you pick it up on radar, it’s relatively easy to shoot down. It’s also relatively easy to distract and fool the incoming missile,” he says.Ballistic missiles, on the other hand, are easy to see because they show up on radar systems around the world.“But they’re harder to hit because they’re flying over 10 times faster. They’re way up in the sky,” Armstrong says.And unlike a cruise missile that would simply crash into the sea if it’s damaged by a defence system, it’s not enough to just damage a ballistic missile because it could still end up crashing down over a populated area.So is North America ready if a ballistic missile is fired in its direction?“Nobody really knows,” Armstrong says. “This comes back to the naval context. The one system that is considered most reliable or has the best chance is the technology that’s based off the naval system.” read more

Denied education Because I am a Girl

first_imgAn educated girl is less vulnerable to violence, less likely to marry and have children when still a child herself, and more likely to be literate and healthy into adulthood — as are her own children. Her earning power is increased and she is more likely to invest her income for the benefit of her family, community and country. It is not an exaggeration to say educating girls can save lives and transform futures. MILLIONS OF GIRLS worldwide are not going to school, an education gap that condemns them to lives of hardship and makes poverty even more extreme.The report, “Because I am a Girl: The State of the World’s Girls 2012,” was released in New York by Plan International on the United Nation’s first International Day of the Girl.“The estimated 75 million girls missing from classrooms across the world is a major violation of rights and a huge waste of young potential,” the child poverty alleviation group said in launching the report.A total of one in three girls is denied education, but Plan’s report focuses especially on the 39 million girls aged between 11 and 15, right on the cusp of becoming young women, who are out of school.Shehzad Noorani/The Canadian Press/Press Association ImagesThe report, which coincided with the news this week of a 14-year-old Pakistani girl gunned down for her criticism of Taliban campaigns against girl’s education, underlined the hugely positive impact that school can have on girls in poor countries.The CEO of Plan International, Nigel Chapman said: Plan called on global leaders to ensure a minimum of nine years’ schooling for all children, giving them a better chance to enter secondary education.But special priority should be given to girls, the humanitarian organization said, with greater funding and programs to stop child marriage and violence in schools, two main reasons for the current drop-out rate among girls.In many cases, poor families pull daughters from school out of fear for their health or safety. In Ghana, 83 per cent of parents interviewed for the report said the risks of pregnancy were a disadvantage of school.Data from the Because I am a Girl: The State of the World’s Girls 2012 ReportThe report said that in Togo, 16 per cent of children interviewed named a teacher responsible for a classmate’s pregnancy. That figure was 15 per cent in Mali and 11 per cent in Senegal.In Ghana, 75 per cent of children said teachers were the main source of school violence.The opposite trend is also true, with school attendance leading to an ever-widening series of benefits. Plan said:center_img If adolescent girls stay in school and obtain real skills, research shows that they will earn more income in the future, marry later, and have fewer and healthier children,” Plan said. In the longer term, secondary education protects girls against HIV and AIDS, sexual harassment and human trafficking.© AFP, 2012last_img read more

NKM On ne peut pas aujourdhui parler de filière photovoltaïque en France

first_imgNKM : “On ne peut pas aujourd’hui parler de filière photovoltaïque en France”Alors que les professionnels du secteur de l’énergie photovoltaïque s’élèvent contre le moratoire de trois mois sur les aides publiques à l’énergie solaire, la ministre de l’Environnement Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (NKM) s’est expliquée devant la presse. Si elle reconnaît que l’objectif du pays en matière d’énergie photovoltaïque n’est pas atteint, elle insiste sur le fait que le moratoire doit ouvrir la voie à un nouveau cadre pour le secteur.Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet a souligné hier que si les objectifs en terme de volume énergétique sont “très largement atteints”, les objectifs environnementaux et industriels “restent très insuffisants”. Selon la ministre, “on ne peut pas aujourd’hui parler de filière photovoltaïque en France”. Elle regrette que le secteur soit “entré dans un marché de fournisseurs étrangers”, évoquant les panneaux solaires aux faibles performances environnementales, mais bon marché, venant de Chine pour être installés en France. Très peu d’emplois liés au développement de l’énergie solaire ont été crée dans l’industrie, la majorité des postes se trouvant dans les bureaux d’étude et les entreprises d’installation.À lire aussiLiter of Light, d’étonnantes lampes faites de bouteilles pour apporter la lumière aux habitants sans électricitéAlors que la colère gronde du côté des professionnels dont les projets sont gelés depuis l’instauration du moratoire, Nathalie Koscisusko-Morizet tente d’apaiser la situation en rappelant que cette décision a été prise en vue de définir un nouveau cadre pour la filière. “Notre objectif est de créer un équilibre environnemental et industriel de la filière” a-t-elle insisté, estimant qu’il “n’était pas légitime que les subventions filent comme l’eau dans le sable”. Rappelons que le moratoire suspend pour une durée de trois mois l’obligation pour EDF de racheter l’énergie solaire aux tarifs attractifs jusqu’alors en vigueur. Il ne concerne que les professionnels.Le gouvernement entend ainsi mettre à plat le système de subventions pour le développement de l’énergie solaire, et mettre un terme à la spéculation. Mais les professionnels de la filière ont déposé un recours devant le Conseil d’Etat, pour obtenir l’annulation du moratoire.Le 23 décembre 2010 à 17:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Permits for multifamily buildings rose in July

first_imgThe city of Vancouver picked up 28 permits for multifamily housing buildings for the month of July, which would add 60 total units valued at $4.2 million.July was a tick up over June, in which the city received four multifamily building permits totaling 24 units. May was the busiest month, with 34 permits for 272 units.For the year, Vancouver has received 126 permits to build multifamily residences for 935 units.The data comes from a monthly report by the city of Vancouver. The report totals the numbers of permits every month, ranging from commercial permits, single-family housing permits and plumbing permits.last_img read more

27 killed in days of clashes in Libya Ministry

first_img.At least 27 people have been killed and nearly 100 wounded in several days of fighting between rival militias near the Libyan capital, the health ministry said Thursday.The clashes broke out on Monday in suburbs south of Tripoli and continued into Wednesday evening after a truce collapsed, despite an appeal by the United Nations for calm.The clashes came to an end on Thursday after a ceasefire agreement announced by officials from western areas, but it was unclear whether the two rival camps would continue to respect it.The health ministry said at least 27 people were killed and 91 were wounded in the fighting, most of them civilians.Fayez al-Sarraj, the leader of the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), has tasked forces from western and central regions of Libya with ensuring the rivals adhere to the ceasefire.These forces are meant to guarantee the withdrawal of the two rival camps from front lines and ensure normal life returns in the districts affected by the fighting.The proposed pacifying forces consist mainly of powerful armed groups from the cities of Misrata and Zintan in the west, which are technically under the GNA’s defence ministry.Under the orders of Sarraj, who heads the Libyan army, these military units will be allowed to operate in the capital and its environs only until September 30, when they must leave.The Misrata and Zintan militias controlled the Libyan capital from the fall of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011 until 2014, when a coalition of militias mainly from Misrata seized the city.This week’s fighting has pitted Tripoli militias loyal to the GNA against the so-called 7th Brigade.This unit is from the town of Tarhuna southeast of the capital and is supposed to operate under the GNA’s defence ministry.In a televised speech, Sarraj said on Thursday that the 7th Brigade had been “dissolved” since April, before calling on the rival camps to respect the ceasefire.In a joint statement, the embassies of Britain, France, Italy and the United States on Thursday said they were “deeply concerned about the recent clashes in and around Tripoli that are destabilising the situation”.“Pursuing political aims through violence will only further exacerbate the suffering of the population of Libya, and threaten broader stability”, the statement said.“Those who undermine Libya’s peace, security and stability will be held accountable.”The Libyan capital has been at the centre of a battle for influence between armed groups since Kadhafi’s fall.Successive transitional authorities, including the GNA, have been unable to form a functioning army or regular security forces and have been forced to rely on militias to keep the city safe.In mid-2017, pro-GNA militias neutralised several rival groups in Tripoli. Since then, clashes have been rare.last_img read more