A battle between two political families

first_imgThe Kairana Lok Sabha bypoll scheduled for May 28 is set to witness a battle between two women from two politically powerful and rival families of western Uttar Pradesh. The BJP on Tuesday officially declared Mriganka Singh as its candidate. She will go head-to-head against former MP Tabassum Begum, who is strategically contesting on an RLD ticket but with the open support of the SP and understanding with the BSP.Mriganka Singh is the daughter of former Kairana MP and BJP stalwart Hukum Singh, whose death in February due to illness necessitated the bypoll. Tabassum Begum is the widow of Munawwar Hasan, who was MP from both Kairana and Muzaffarnagar seats in 1996 and 2004 before he died in a road accident in 2008. While Munawwar, whose father Athar Hasan was also an MP, contested on an SP ticket, his wife Tabassum won in 2009 after his death as a BSP candidate. In 2014, BJP’s Hukum Singh won the Kairana Lok Sabha seat, defeating Tabassum’s son Nahid Hasan, then only 26, by 2.35 lakh votes even though he secured an impressive 3.29 lakh votes, in a highly polarised contest post the Muzaffarnagar riots.An opportunity The bypoll will also provide an opportunity for Mriganka Singh to avenge her defeat in the 2017 Assembly elections at the hands of Nahid Hasan, who as an SP candidate defeated her by over 21,000 votes in Kairana despite a high-pitched campaign by the BJP on the controversial and polarising subject of exodus of Hindus. In that election, Hukum Singh’s nephew Anl Chauhan, unhappy over being ticket, contested on an RLD ticket, eventually helping Nahid Hasan widen the gap over Mirganka.While sources said the BJP is expected to raise the exodus issue again in the campaign, Mriganka will, to a large extent, rely on the legacy of her father. On the other hand, by fielding Tabassum on an RLD ticket, the SP has attempted to bridge the gap between Muslims and Jats almost five years after the 2013 Muzaffarnagar communal violence polarised the entire region and dismantled old political arithmetic between the two communities.The nomination will help keep the RLD relevant while safeguarding the opposition against potential communal polarisation which would have become imminent had Tabassum contested on an SP ticket without the RLD involvement. Tabassum will file her nomination on Wednesday and the RLD plans to put up a show of strength on the occasion, with more Hindu Jats than Muslims expected to be visible, as per strategy.“Eighty per cent Jats are are already with us. After campaigning that will reach 90%. This election will heal all remaining wounds between Jats and Muslims,” Masood Ahmed, RLD UP president, told The Hindu.However, BJP spokesperson Chandramohan said the RLD had become an irrelevant party and the legacy and development work of Hukum Singh would see his daughter through comfortably. “The RLD is not in a position to contest elections. All votes for development, oppressed classes, farmers and backwards will go to the BJP,” Mr. Chandramohan said. The RLD had won the Kairana seat in 1999 and 2004. In 2014, under the Modi wave, the BJP had secured 5.65 lakh votes , which was more than the votes of the RLD, the BSP and the SP combined.BJP bypolls candidatesApart from Ms. Singh’s candidature from Kairana for the Lok Sabha bypoll, the BJP on Tuesday evening announced candidates for four Assembly bypolls too. The party has fielded Avani Singh for the U.P. Assembly bypoll from Noorpur, Madhav Lal Singh from Gomia in Jharkhand, Munni Devi from Tharali in Uttarakhand and Sujit Ghosh, a retired police officer, from Maheshtala in West Bengal.last_img read more

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Supreme Court cancels bail of ex-Minister Yogendra Sao

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Thursday cancelled the bail of former Jharkhand Minister Yogendra Sao, against whom several cases of rioting and instigating violence have been registered. A Bench headed by Justice S.A. Bobde said it is satisfied that there have been breach of bail conditions imposed on Sao in December 2017 as his “unauthorised presence” was found in Jharkhand. Sao had been directed to stay in Bhopal. The apex court comprising justices S.A. Nazeer and Indira Banerjee transferred the trial in 18 criminal cases against Sao and his MLA wife Nirmala Devi, an accused in similar cases, from Hazaribagh to Ranchi. Wife’s bail stays However, the top court rejected the State government’s plea seeking cancellation of Nirmala Devi’s bail, saying the deviations in bail conditions in her case were minor in nature. It refused to accept Devi’s prayer to allow her to stay in Patna instead of Bhopal. On January 21, the Jharkhand government had told the apex court that Sao was threatening an investigating officer posted in Barkagaon police station in Hazaribagh district and a case has been registered against him. The State government had asked for cancellation of Sao and Devi’s bail, saying they were not staying in Bhopal as directed by the top court and also did not attend trial court proceedings when they were in Jharkhand. On January 15, the apex court had asked Sao and his wife to explain on how many occasions they did not attend trial court proceedings despite being in the State. The top court had also asked the couple about the circumstances in which they were out of Bhopal, saying the exception granted to them was that they would enter Jharkhand only to attend trial court proceedings. Both Sao and Devi were granted bail on December 15, 2017, by the top court and they were directed to stay in Bhopal as a bail condition. They were allowed to visit Jharkhand only for court hearings under police protection after intimating Bhopal superintendent of police. The Jharkhand government has said that out of 260 days, Sao had been in Jharkhand for more than 150 days and hardly spent 25 days in Bhopal. It has claimed that Sao travelled out of Bhopal on 24 occasions, out of which he travelled to Delhi a dozen times.last_img read more

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PawSox Moving To Providence

first_imgPAWTUCKET, R.I. — For 40 years, Pawtucket resident Mike Shloul has lived within walking distance of McCoy Stadium, where the PawSox have played home games since 1973.“I felt like somebody died,” Shloul said of hearing the news that the Pawtucket Red Sox are leaving and might be headed to the neighboring capital city of Providence. The team, he said, is “part of the culture in Pawtucket.”The expected departure of the Triple-A baseball club takes away one of few bright spots from an old mill town that has never fully recovered from the Great Depression, officials in the Rhode Island city said.“To take the economic activity out of the city’s income stream is a severe blow,” said Robert Billington, a local tourism official who said he was shocked to learn the team’s new owners want to leave.Boston Red Sox President Larry Lucchino and a group of Rhode Island businessmen announced they had purchased the franchise for an undisclosed amount from the widow of its longtime owner and are planning to move the team.Investor James Skeffington confirmed the new owners are eyeing a piece of land along the Providence River for a new ballpark but said nothing is final.The new owners said making improvements to McCoy Stadium would be too expensive. The stadium was built in 1942 and renovated in the late 90s.But Billington, President of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, said he thinks McCoy Stadium could be maintained the way Fenway Park in Boston has been.“If they can make it in Fenway, I think they can make it here,” he said. “I think there’s a desire not to.”Billington said he had hoped the new owners would want to reinvest in Pawtucket. The city was a major manufacturer during the American Industrial Revolution, but has struggled to improve its economy since the 1930s. It’s now one of the poorest cities in the state, with a median household income of $40,379.The team brought fame and fun to the city, he said, along with about 750,000 visitors a year.  “There are a lot of businesses that are supported by the PawSox,” Billington said.That includes the Right Spot Diner, which overlooks the stadium. Owner Julia Tsimikas said she is worried about how losing the team will affect the business she and her family opened in 1975.“It’s going to be a loss for the whole city,” Tsimikas said.Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebian said there is both an economic and psychological impact to the departure of the team. He said he tried to keep the team in Pawtucket but the city wasn’t “on the radar” of the new owners.The new owners said if they built a ballpark in Providence they would use their own funds but would ask the city and the state for support.Billington said any state help should focus on keeping the team in Pawtucket. “We’re not fighting against anyone,” Billington said. “It’s for Pawtucket. Let’s figure out how to do it here.”(AMY ANTHONY)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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IAAF upholds Russia’s international athletics ban over widespread doping

first_imgRussia’s ban from international athletics over widespread doping has been maintained by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the president of the sport’s governing body, Sebastian Coe, said on Friday.Russia has been suspended from international athletics since November 2015 after the McLaren report discovered widespread doping.The Russians had hoped to be reinstated but IAAF officials meeting in Argentina on Friday unanimously upheld the ban and said that although Russia had taken positive steps in the right direction it had not done enough to merit inclusion.”We have brought about change and it’s change that is very viable,” said Coe. “But we weren’t yet at that point where every element of that criteria had been met.”Court of Arbitration for Sport lifts doping ban on 28 Russian athletesRussia’s political and sporting leaders have repeatedly denied state involvement in doping, a key sticking point in lifting the ban, although Russian athletes cleared by the IAAF were allowed to compete as neutrals at last year’s world championships.Such athletes will again be allowed to compete as neutrals in the European Championships, which are scheduled to start in Berlin on Aug 7.But all hope is not lost for Russia as the country could be provisionally reinstated to worldwide track and field competition in December if it meets certain conditions, the IAAF stated.”They have made significant improvement in meeting the outstanding requirements,” Rune Andersen, the IAAF’s Russia task force head, said during a two-day meeting in Argentina’s capital.”In fact, in some cases, they have gone above and beyond what is required.”advertisementAndersen, however, said three conditions had to be met before Russia could be readmitted to international competition.Firstly, RUSAF (the Russian Athletics Federation) has to pay for costs incurred by the IAAF as a result of the scandal.The WADA must also reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), which depends on the country acknowledging the findings that officials at the Russian ministry of sports orchestrated the doping of its athletes, and its cover-up.Finally, Russian authorities have to give access to data from doping tests carried out at RUSADA’s Moscow laboratory from 2011-15.WADA is communicating with Russian authorities to try to resolve these issues before the meeting of the doping agency’s executive committee in September.”We hope there will be a breakthrough,” Andersen said. “If these points are resolved before the (IAAF) Council’s next meeting in Monaco in December 2018, then the Task Force would hope and expect to be able to recommend that RUSAF would be provisionally reinstated at that time.”(With agency inputs)last_img read more

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US Open: World No.1 Simona Halep suffers shock first-round exit

first_imgWorld No.1 Simona Halep suffered a shock defeat in the first round of the US Open on Monday. Halep, in fact, became the first top-seeded woman to lose in first round of the US Open in the professional era.Playing on the rebuilt Louis Armstrong Stadium, Halep lost 2-6, 4-6 to 44th-ranked Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in a match that lasted 76 minutes.Halep won the French Open in June for her first Grand Slam title. But this was the second year in a row she was knocked out of the US Open in the first round.Halep was off to another slow start at a Grand Slam tournament. Halep dropped her opening set against Kanepi 6-2 in 28 minutes.26 winners7/9 net points won5/7 on break points@KanepiKaia was on in her R1 upset of World No. 1 Halep!Read More: https://t.co/3OhhZ8ITeo #USOpen pic.twitter.com/wMK5M7gHLOUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 27, 2018At Roland Garros in late May, Halep ceded the opening set of her first-round match by that same score against 83rd-ranked Alison Riske, before coming back to win that match 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 before eventually claiming her first major championship.Stunner on Louis Armstrong Stadium!Kaia Kanepi knocks out Halep 6-2, 6-4 and it’s now the first time a top seeded woman has lost her opening round match at the #USOpen… pic.twitter.com/NIrKFM7gelUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 27, 2018Halep lost in the first round at last year’s US Open to 2006 champion Maria Sharapova.advertisement(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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Sporting announce details of Silva deal

first_imgTransfers Sporting announce details of €29.5m sale of Silva to Leicester Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 04:39 8/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AdrienSilva - cropped Getty Images Transfers Leicester City Premier League Sporting CP Primeira Liga It remains unclear whether the midfielder will be able to complete his move, but the Portuguese side has released details of his sale Sporting CP have informed the Portuguese Securities Market Commission (CMVM) of a deal worth up to €29.5million to sell Adrien Silva to Leicester City.Silva agreed his switch to the King Power Stadium on September 1, but Leicester reportedly missed the deadline by 14 seconds.Foxes 7/2 to beat Chelsea Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing FIFA are believed to have consequently rejected the Portugal international’s registration, making it unclear as to whether he is eligible for the Premier League club, who are still hoping to find a resolution.However, Sporting have communicated the details of the transaction to the CMVM.Under the terms, the Portuguese side receive €20m up front, with €5m based on performance-related objectives and a further €4.5m relating to the contract extension the midfielder signed in February 2016.Despite Sporting issuing the release, it remains unclear whether the Foxes will complete the deal if they are unable to register Silva until the next transfer window in January.Silva started three Primeira Liga matches for Jorge Jesus’ side this season, as well as helping them secure a place in the Champions League group stage with a play-off victory over Steaua Bucharest.The Euro 2016 winner was expected to fill the space left by Danny Drinkwater’s deadline-day departure to Premier League champions Chelsea.last_img read more

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FIFA 18 releases three new Prime Icons

first_imgeSports Prime Icon Del Piero, Rui Costa and Overmars released for FIFA 18 Ronan Murphy 04:45 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FIFA 18 ICON Del Piero Getty/EA Sports eSports Italy Portugal Netherlands WC Qualification Europe The first three prime legendary players have been announced for this year’s game, and are available through packs and squad building challenges EA Sports has revealed the first batch of Prime ICON cards for FIFA 18, with Alessandro Del Piero, Marc Overmars and Rui Costa all released in packs.ICONs are available on both Playstation and Xbox for the first time ever in FIFA 18, with each legend of the game getting three different ICON versions. The Prime ICON is the highest rated of these and as the name indicates, represents a player at their prime.These Prime ICONS will be available in packs and through the untradeable Squad Building Challenges for the remainder of FIFA 18. Loan versions of the trio are also available via special SBCs for one week only until Thursday October 19. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. FIFA 18 Prime Icons 1The Del Piero Prime ICON SBC requires users to submit a different ICON card when completing the challenge, as well as players from Italy, Juventus and Sydney FC. Luckily, Overmars and Rui Costa have less severe requirements, with high rated squads and teams from their former clubs and countries needed to earn the rewards.More Prime ICON cards will be released throughout the year, with Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Diego Maradona among the big names that will be available.last_img read more

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Texas Announces Significant Injury For RB Kirk Johnson

first_img Texas just announced running back Kirk Johnson will be out for at least six weeks with a shoulder injury. He recently sustained the injury during practice. As a result, Daniel Young will move to the number three spot.— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) August 10, 2019 Richardson noted that his absence will give junior Daniel Young a chance to shine in the role in the interim.Young has 123 carries for 526 yards and three touchdowns in two years at Texas. He also has another 14 receptions for 152 yards.Johnson’s absence will leave Texas rather thin at the position in the interim. Keaontay Ingram is also injured, leaving Young and Jordan Whittington as the only healthy scholarship backs.After today’s scrimmage, @coachtomherman said RB Keontay Ingram tweaked his knee and DB Caden Sterns rolled his ankle. Per Herman, both on field evaluations looked “promising”. @TexasFootball #HookEm pic.twitter.com/g6MNwFpK3h— Clif Thornton (@ClifOnFOX7) August 11, 2019Suffice it to say, Tom Herman may need Sam Ehlinger to throw the ball just a little more often when they take on Louisiana Tech and LSU next month. Texas head coach tom herman watches during the sugar bowlNEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns looks on during the second half of the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)Senior running back Kirk Johnson has largely toiled at the bottom of the Texas depth chart for the last three years. Though he was poised to see more time on the field in 2019, it looks like he won’t be seeing it any time soon.Texas announced on Saturday that Johnson will miss at least six weeks due to a shoulder injury. Per the report, Johnson sustained the injury at a recent practice.Johnson was the No. 3 running back on the Texas depth chart. He has eight carries for 44 yards in his college career. All of that yardage came in his freshman season.Last year the Longhorns ran the ball an average of 40.3 times for over 153 yards per game.last_img read more

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Nautilus Calls for Clarification on UK Seafarer Certificates

first_imgzoom UK’s maritime trade union Nautilus International is calling for top-level assurances that UK seafarers’ certificates will continue to be recognised within the European Union during and after the Brexit process.The Union has written to shipping minister John Hayes to request urgent clarification on what action is being taken by the UK to ensure that British seafarers will still be able to work on ships registered in other EU member states on the basis of their UK training and qualifications.The move comes after the European Commission warned of “certain legal repercussions” for the mutual recognition of seafarers’ certificates arising from the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and its consequent move to “third country” status.The EC’s transport directorate said that following the withdrawal date, UK seafarer certificates will no longer be automatically recognised by the remaining 27 member states. Existing UK certificates which have an “endorsement attesting recognition” would continue to be valid until their expiry date, but would not be transferable between different EU flags.“We believe it is vital that the UK government takes steps now to provide our members with certainty for the years ahead and to ensure that Brexit does not create new barriers to their employment,” Mark Dickinson, General secretary, said.Nautilus is asking the minister whether the UK has plans in place to ensure the continued recognition of UK seafarers’ certificates without interruption after Brexit. The Union said it is also urging the minister to consider whether the future recognition of UK seafarer certificates could be part of any transition deal, and what contingencies are in place for a “no deal” scenario.last_img read more

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Provincial Parks to Reopen

first_imgAll provincial parks, except one, will reopen at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30. The parks closed on Sunday, Aug. 28, as a precaution in advance of severe weather conditions expected from Tropical Storm Irene. Department of Natural Resources staff found little damage to provincial parks. Beaver Mountain Provincial Park, a day-use facility in Antigonish County, remains closed until a power line is repaired. An update on the park’s status will be posted on the provincial parks website, www.novascotiaparks.ca . -30-last_img read more

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USChina relations near new low amid trade battle

WASHINGTON — The U.S. and China have gone through rough patches before.The American public recoiled — and the U.S. government imposed sanctions — after the People’s Liberation Army slaughtered hundreds of civilians in the streets of Beijing in June 1989, crushing the Tiananmen Square protests.Ordinary Chinese were outraged 10 years later when the Americans bombed China’s embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, rejecting the U.S. insistence that it was an accident.And tensions crackled when China detained an American Navy flight crew following the midair collision of a U.S. spy plane and a Chinese fighter in 2001.But U.S.-Chinese relations may be testing a new low.“The United States and China are on a collision course,” the Asia Society concluded in an assessment of the two countries’ relations in February. “The foundations of goodwill that took decades to build are rapidly breaking down.”Likewise, Michael Swaine of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace declared in January that “the U.S.-China relationship is confronting its most daunting challenge in the 40 years since the normalization of relations. Current trends portend steadily worsening relations over the long haul.”The world’s two biggest economies are engaged in the bitterest trade war since the 1930s. President Donald Trump more than doubled import taxes on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods Friday — the same day that U.S. and Chinese negotiators ended their 11th round of trade talks without reaching an agreement. After the Chinese left town, the U.S. announced plans to target the $300 billion in Chinese goods that don’t already face tariffs.But the widening divide between Washington and Beijing goes beyond trade.China is engaging in a massive military buildup. It is flexing its maritime muscle, claiming ownership of the South China Sea and disregarding the territorial claims of its neighbours and a 2016 ruling by the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea. It is cracking down on political dissent in its ostensibly autonomous region of Hong Kong. And it is turning up pressure on Taiwan, an island that enjoys de facto political independence but which Beijing views as a renegade province that must one day reunite with the motherland.Under President Xi Jinping, who took office in 2012, the Communist Party has grown increasingly repressive. In the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in western China, it has detained up to 2 million minority Muslims and forced them to undergo reeducation. Xi himself has overturned a four-decade tradition of collective leadership in Beijing and essentially established himself as president for life.“With the large number of issues we have with China, I wouldn’t rank the trade issues so high,” said David Dollar, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a former official at the World Bank and U.S. Treasury. “And I’m an economist.”The developments are a bracing rebuke to the optimists in America who assumed that China’s 2001 entry into the World Trade Organization would lead Beijing to embrace economic and perhaps political openness, that China would become more like world’s industrialized democracies.“Many countries, the U.S. being one of the prime players, gave China pretty much a bye for a number of years during the honeymoon period right after its entrance in the WTO,” said Michael Wessel, a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a congressionally appointed watchdog.The financial crisis and ensuing 2007-2009 Great Recession helped change the way the countries viewed themselves and each other. Suddenly, the United States looked less like the world’s invincible lone superpower and more like a deeply divided nation that had to struggle to meet the challenge of the deepest economic downturn in seven decades. China’s response was sharp contrast: It quickly enacted a massive stimulus campaign that super-charged economic growth and helped pull the entire world economy out of the ditch.Newly confident, China began to expand its ambitions. After Xi took office, Beijing announced an initiative called Made in China 2025 designed to make Chinese companies world leaders in advanced fields like robotics and artificial intelligence.But the U.S. says China is trying to meet its aspirations by cheating — stealing trade secrets, forcing foreign companies to hand over technology, subsidizing its own firms and burying in red tape foreign competitors that want to compete in the Chinese market. Those allegations are at the heart of the yearlong trade dispute that has rattled financial markets and cast a cloud over the prospects for world economic growth.In the ongoing trade talks, the U.S. is insisting that China change its ways and agree to let the United States check and enforce compliance.Andrew Nathan, a China specialist at Columbia University, said the Chinese would be perfectly willing to buy more American products and put a dent in America’s trade deficit with China, a record $379 billion last year.But abandoning their grander economic vision is another matter.“For the Chinese, the bottom line is, they can accept no effective limitation on their race to the technological summit,” Nathan said. “If you want them to bury the Made in China 2025 program, they will never stop that program, but they can stop talking about it. If you want them to stop the PLA from industrial espionage, they can make the PLA do it more secretly. … If you want them to stop ‘coerced technology transfer,’ they can change the language of the relevant rules so that the same thing happens in a less blatant manner.”The two countries have very different views of the sources of their troubles.“Many American opinion makers are starting to see China as a rising power seeking to unfairly undercut America’s economic prosperity, threaten its security, and challenge its values,” the Asia Society declared, “while their Chinese counterparts are starting to see the United States as a declining power seeking to prolong its dominance by unfairly containing China’s rise.”___Follow Paul Wiseman on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PaulWisemanAPPaul Wiseman, Jill Colvin And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press read more

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Canadian dollar falls on lower current account deficit weaker commodity prices

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar was lower Thursday amid weak commodity prices and some positive trade data.The currency was down 0.23 of a cent to 97.52 cents US.Statistics Canada reported that the country’s current account deficit on a seasonally adjusted basis decreased $800-million to $17.3-billion in the fourth quarter.The agency said that the deficit on trade in goods was reduced by $2.3-billion in the fourth quarter to $2.8-billion. It said that this largely reflected increased exports, led by energy products and by farm, fishing and intermediate food products.Total exports of goods were up $1.7-billion to $114.5-billion in the fourth quarter. Energy products accounted for $1.6-billion of this increase, led by higher prices as volumes were down.Total imports were down $600-million to $117.3-billion in the fourth quarter.The current account is the difference between a country’s total exports of goods, services and transfers, and its total imports of the same.Other data showed the U.S. economy grew instead of contracting in the fourth quarter of 2012. The first revision to the gross domestic product report showed growth of 0.1%, against the earlier read that showed a 0.1% contraction.In the background on financial markets were worries about an Italian election earlier this week which failed to yield a clear winner and the looming U.S. sequestration. That’s the name for a series of automated, across the board spending cuts of US$85-billion set to take effect Friday.The planned sequester could hit U.S. growth if no deal is reached to avoid it. Previous experience, however, suggests a last-minute deal will be cobbled together.Commodity prices were weak with April crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange down nine cents to US$92.67.April bullion was down $5 to US$1,590.70 an ounce while May copper was unchanged at US$3.57 a pound. read more

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In presidential statement Security Council condemns attacks against UN Golan force

In a presidential statement issued, the 15-nation body urged UN Member States with influence to convey strongly to non-State armed actors in the area the need for an immediate halt to all activities that endangered UN peacekeepers and impeded them in their Security Council mandated duties.The measure comes after dozens of UNDOFF troops were detained three weeks ago by armed elements of the opposition in the vicinity of Quneitra amid increased fighting in the area between Syrian Government forces and armed groups.The Council reiterated that the mandate of UNDOF and its impartiality, operations, safety and security must be respected, and called upon parties to ensure full security of its personnel and full implementation of the 1974 agreement, stressing that there could never be any justification for attacks on or the detention of United Nations peacekeepers.Noting with concern the deteriorating security situation in UNDOF’s area of operation due to the ongoing Syrian conflict and the activities of non-State armed actors, including Al-Nusra Front, and the risk it poses to the disengagement agreement and to UN peacekeepers serving there, the Council “recognizes the necessity of efforts to flexibly adjust UNDOF’s posture to minimize risk to UN personnel as UNDOF continues to implement its mandate.” read more

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Gay rights groups welcome marriage referendum plan Catholic Bishops dont

first_imgTHE BISHOP OF Kildare and Leighlin says that the same-sex marriage debate is “not about equality”.Bishop Denis Nulty says that the issue is about “the very nature of marriage itself and the importance society places on the role of mothers and fathers in bringing up children”.Nulty says that the Catholic Church will continue to argue that children “have a right to a mother and father”.He said that marriage between a man and a woman has a “special benefit” to society.“To change the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society,” said Nulty.He added that while Christians would treat homosexuals with “sensitivity, compassion and respect”, it was not homophobic to oppose gay marriage.“It is not lacking in sensitivity or respect for people who are homosexual however to point out that same-sex relationships are fundamentally different from opposite sex relationships and that society values the complementary roles of mothers and fathers in the generation and up-bringing of children.”The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), however said that they were “delighted” by the cabinet’s announcement that a vote on the issue will take place in 2015.““We are delighted with the Taoiseach’s announcement of his strong support for civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples. It is a momentous and proud moment when our Taoiseach and the leader of our country endorses and supports full citizenship in the Constitution through civil marriage for lesbian and gay people” said GLEN Chair Kieran RoseWith the support of the Taoiseach and of Labour and Fine Gael in Government, and with the support of the other Political Parties, we believe that the people of Ireland will support the final step to full constitutional equality for lesbian and gay people and families in the referendum in 2015.The Justice Minister this morning said that he didn’t believe that people should be discriminated against because of their sexuality.Alan Shatter told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that the decision was “historic” and that it was a “good news story”.“I don’t think anyone would be surprised by the views of the church. The church is entitled to express its views. It is for us as politicians to address what is happening in reality in society.”Column: Let’s see a vigorous, successful campaign for marriage equalityRead: Same-sex marriage vote to be one of a number of referendums to be held in 2015Read: ‘We’ve come a long way in this country’ – Cabinet to discuss same-sex marriagelast_img read more

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St Vincents Healthcare Group called on to explain finances

first_imgST VINCENT’S HOSPITAL Group is the latest organisation to be called out in the ongoing controversy over the use of HSE funding.Fine Gael TD and member of the Public Accounts Committee Simon Harris says he is keen to “seriously question” the group on its corporate governance and pension funding.The Wicklow deputy has called on its representatives to come before the PAC to reveal the true financial state of the organisation.PAC chairman John McGuinness told TheJournal.ie that any group who is found not to be compliant with government policies on public pay in a report next week will be called to an Oireachtas committee hearing.Currently, St Vincent’s Healthcare Group is just one of a number of groups which has been found to be non-compliant.“The HSE audit into Section 38 bodies revealed that St Vincent’s had declared itself compliant, however, a letter sent by St Vincent’s to the HSE outlined that not all staff at the organisation were in line with health sector pay policy,” explained Harris.He said that he had explored the group’s accounts further, discovering a number of issues “which need to be urgently addressed”.Harris revealed that there is a “very strong ‘adverse opinion’” made by the group’s auditors on page six of its accounts for 2011.According to him, the report states that “the financial statements do not include the pension costs, pension liabilities and pension assets of those staff who are members of the Voluntary Hospitals Superannuation Scheme as required by Financial Reporting Standard 17″.“It goes on to state that due to the significance of this matter ‘the financial statements do not give a true and fair view in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Practice in Ireland’.”Harris also questions what ‘Directors’ remuneration for other services’ of €554,377 in the 2011 accounts relates to.I am extremely concerned that a set of accounts show such a negative opinion expressed by an auditor, which in reality means that theses accounts cannot be relied upon to give a true and fair view of the financial state of the organisation.“It is also worrying that the 2011 accounts were only filed in recent weeks and that the 2012 accounts cannot be located on the Companies Registration Office website which leads me to believe that they have yet to be filed. Each of these points needs to be addressed immediately.”He also wants to know if St Vincent’s is compliant with the ‘one person-one salary’ rule, as well as the thinking behind why four of the directors of St Vincent’s Foundation are also on the board of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group.The St Vincent’s Healthcare Group did not respond at attempts by TheJournal.ie to contact it today.Since the Section 38 charity scandal came to light, fundraising at organisations has fallen by about 40 per cent.Read: Former CRC boss agrees to appear before Dáil committeeMore: Fundraising ‘down 40 per cent’ as top-up controversy continuesPoll: Has the CRC scandal affected how you give to charity?last_img read more

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The Evening Fix now with added deer on a city bus

first_imgA man jumps from a diving board into a swimming pool on a hill overlooking Kabul in Afghanistan today. The swimming pool built by the Soviets more than 30 years ago has rarely been used. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED#ABORTION: Ireland can expect roughly 100 maternal deaths over the next decade and of these, just two or three could be affected by the proposed abortion legislation – that’s according to a doctor from a Limerick hospital who was speaking at the first day of the Oireachtas hearings on the planned new laws. We’ve been liveblogging the hearings all day and you can catch up here.#PENALTY POINTS: Independent TD Mick Wallace says allegations made against him by justice minister Alan Shatter on live television last night are a “serious abuse of the Minister’s powers” and that he is lodging a formal complaint. Shatter alleged that Wallace had been cautioned for driving while using a mobile phone but had avoided penalty points – but Wallace says he has no idea what Shatter was referring to. The TD says Shatter’s comments were in breach of the legally binding code of conduct for public representatives.#TEACHERS: Primary school teachers have voted to go on strike if the government decides to make cuts to their pay. The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation said its members had not taken the action lightly. The union also agreed to accept an invitation to attend talks at the Labour Relations Commission over pay.#MADELEINE MCCANN: British police have identified a handful of “people of interest” as part of the investigation into the disappearance of 3-year-old Madeleine McCann from Portugal in May 2007. Scotland Yard said a review of the case had brought up new leads which will be explored further.#SEXUAL ASSAULT: A man in his 60s has been arrested in Waterford over allegations of sexual assaults which took place in the 1980s.#MAGDALENES: The Justice for Magdalenes group has announced it is to end its political campaign, saying it believes it has achieved all it can by way of political advocacy. The group, which began in 2009, had campaigned for an apology from the Irish State and a compensation scheme for survivors.THINGS WE LOVED(AP Photo/Kin Cheung)This looks inexplicably appealing. People stick their heads out from holes in a large piece of fabric as part of an exhibition in Hong Kong today. Hopefully no-one farted.Over the course of 10 days in November 1983, the United States and the Soviet Union nearly started a nuclear war over a military exercise – something that was kept quiet for almost 30 years and only came out in newly declassified documents over the past few days. This piece from Wired notes that a single false alarm or miscalculation could easily have brought on Armageddon.Not to make you feel like an underachiever or anything, but here’s the story of an 8o-year-old who wants to become the oldest man to climb Mount Everest. Well that’s… ginormous. The art work, called ‘Untitled’ is on display at a museum in Berlin from today. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber). THINGS WE SHAREDYou’ve seen Sean Combs (aka P Diddy, aka Puff Daddy) in Downton Abbey, right? RIGHT? Even if you don’t like the period drama, this is still funny. Best bit: when he rejects (and then accepts) the advances of Thomas. Or maybe when he tries to get Lady Grantham and Mrs Crawley to kiss.This poor deer crashed through the front window of a city bus in Pennsylvania and then panicked when it couldn’t get out. Don’t worry though: in an article accompanying the piece, a local newspaper quotes a spokesperson for the bus company who said that the deer managed to just walk off the bus after the driver opened the doors. Phew.(Video: TribuneDemocrat/YouTube)last_img read more

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Electric Lightwave sale official jobs cut at Vancouver site

first_imgAround 40 local jobs at Electric Lightwave have been eliminated after its new Colorado-based owners took over Wednesday.The layoffs were confirmed in an email by Shannon Paulk, a spokeswoman for new owner Zayo Group. Twenty percent of the company’s nearly 1,200 workers will be laid off, she said, and 10 percent of its Washington staff.Before the layoffs, 440 people worked at Electric Lightwave’s offices in the Fisher’s Landing neighborhood, she said, with another 60 or so working in offices in Kent and Spokane. Paulk said all impacted employees were offered severance packages, and around 400 Vancouver workers were offered jobs with the new company.Parts of the company will be absorbed into other divisions of Zayo Group Holdings Inc.Electric Lightwave, formerly Integra, has offices in 10 states, including one in Portland.The Columbian reached out to employees for comment but did not hear back by press time.The $1.4 billion deal was first announced in November. The deal overall creates a bigger footprint for Zayo, a telecom infrastructure company with more than $2 billion in revenues.The company has 115,400 miles of fiber-optic cable in North America and Europe, supplying rapid communications between organizations and companies.last_img read more

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Immigration Concerns Highlighted at Public Press Conference

first_img Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Border Control Minister meets with local Haitian Officials Related Items:detention center, illegal immigration, premier rufus ewing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Sept 2015 – While there were some serious matters on the agenda at Monday nights Public Press Conference, there was a slight moment of laughter as the Premier told Turks and Caicos Islanders to walk with their status cards as they too could be picked up by immigration officers and sent to the Detention Center. But it is no laughing matter, as Hon. Rufus Ewing weighed in on the recent immigration raids targeting illegal migrants. Ewing said officers have beefed up patrols during the past few weeks in response to the illegal immigration problem in the Turks and Caicos Islands.The Premier said that “some Turks and Caicos Islanders were pulled over in jitneys, they were not carrying proper identification so they were placed in the Detention Center; it was humiliating. He advised TCIslanders to walk with their Belonger Card and those with Work Permits should do the same, otherwise you will be collected and put in the Detention Center because they’re trying to clean up the streets.”Hon. Ewing said the TCI must step up its defense by providing additional resources and manpower to fight illegal immigration. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Servicelast_img read more

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Ann Keil

first_imgBe sure to check out her personal blog at annkeil.com and follow her on social media where she stays active. Story ideas are always welcome!Twitter: ann_keilFacebook: Ann KeilCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Ann Keil was excited to join WSVN in October 2015. As a tenacious reporter with an eye for issues of importance, she knows she is a part of the right team.Follow @ann_keilBefore moving back to her hometown of Miami, Ann was a special projects reporter at WOFL-TV in Orlando, FL where she regularly tackled exposés centered around societal concerns including immigration policy, hate groups, and repeat sex offenders among others. She also introduced a series to aid in the search for missing people.She spent the three years prior in Indianapolis, Indiana as a city beat reporter and fill-in anchor at FOX59 where she was awarded an Emmy for an in-depth investigation into an emergency medical alert system. During her time there, she received Emmy nods for her live coverage of a decorated police officer’s funeral and devastating tornadoes.Ann got her start at WATE-TV in Knoxville, TN. Beyond her duties as a general assignment reporter, she tackled multiple investigative pieces on the coal mining industry in both Tennessee and West Virginia as well as a massive coal ash spill aftermath.Ann studied journalism and political science at Boston University. Then, she attended American University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a master’s degree in Journalism and Public Affairs.In her spare time, Ann loves to be outdoors in the South Florida sunshine especially if she can head to the keys for an all day fishing trip! She spends as much time as she can with family. She loves taking pictures, getting involved with area non-profits, painting, cooking, and blogging. last_img read more

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CBI to search Arabian sea for weapon used to kill Narendra

first_imgPune: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday informed the Pune court that it has got a clearance from Maharashtra’s environment ministry to conduct a search operation in the depths of the Arabian sea to find out the weapon used to murder rationalist Narendra Dabholkar. The request to conduct a search in the Arabian sea was pending for clearance from the ministry. A foreign company has been given a contract to conduct the operation. Also Read – Congress MLA Shivakumar moves High Court seeking protection from arrest Advertise With Us Dabholkar was shot dead by bike-borne men while returning home from a morning walk on August 20, 2013. Advocate Sanjeev Punalekar, an accused in Dabholkar murder case, has been charged with helping Sharad Kalskar, who had allegedly shot the rationalist, in dismantling the weapons. Last month, Punalekar was granted bail by Pune sessions court on a surety amount of Rs 30,000.last_img read more

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