Laitkor (Meghalaya), Dec 28 (PTI) Opposition Hills State People Democratic Party today alleged corrupt people were responsible for the financial mess in the state and if elected to power the HSPDP-UDP alliance will provide a clean government.Assembly elections in Meghalaya are due early next year and the HSPDP has forged a pre-poll alliance with United Democratic Party (UDP).HSPDP president Ardent Basaiawmoit alleged corrupt officials were allowing corruption to take place at various levels in the government resulting in low availability of funds for developmental works and causing hardships for the people.”HSPDP will not tolerate corruption at any level of governance. We will not be afraid to pull out all the corrupt people in governance responsible for all the financial mess in the state. We will take them to task,” he said.”Our vision is very clear ? to remove hardships of the people and to protect them through appropriate legislations and to root out corruption,” the HSPDP president said.The HSPDP has at present four MLAs.As per the pre-poll alliance with the UDP, he said the HSPDP will be contesting in 10 seats reserved for the party.But the party and will also put up candidates in another nine free-to-contest seats in the Khasi – Jaintia Region, the HSDP president said. Basaiawmoit, who is also the MLA from Nongkrem seat distributed work orders worth Rs 2 crore to beneficiaries under the Special Rural Work Programme of the government.The HSPDP president also distributed work orders worth Rs 2.5 lakh each under the Intensive Sports and Youth Development Programme and the Development of Traditional Folk Music. PTI JOP RGadvertisement
New Delhi, Oct 16 (PTI) The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has proposed amending the 2007 Sports Act to ensure that the largest number of viewers have access to broadcast of sporting events of national importance, officials said Tuesday.As per the provisions of the Sports Act, the live feed received by Prasar Bharati from the content rights owners or holders is only for the purpose of re-transmission of the said signals on Doordarshan’s own terrestrial and DTH network and not for cable operators or other networks, they said.As such the viewers, who do not have DD FreeDish or Doordarshan’s terrestrial network, are either unable to watch these sporting events or are compelled to watch them on highly-priced sports channels, thus defeating the objective of the Sports Act, officials said.With a view to give the largest number of viewers access to broadcast of sporting events of national importance, the ministry proposes to amend section 3(1) of the Sports Act to ensure mandatory sharing of the signals of such sporting events with “other networks, where it is mandatory to show the Doordarshan channels as per the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995”, according to a ministry notice, seeking feedback from people and the stakeholders on the draft bill that carries the amendments to the Sports Act. PTI ASK RC
Chelsea 0 Leicester City 0: Relentless Foxes hold on after Chilwell red Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 00:53 1/14/18 Getty Images Leicester City forced Chelsea out of their rhythm but could only claim a draw at Stamford Bridge after Ben Chilwell’s dismissal. Chelsea missed a chance to go second in the Premier League as they were held to a 0-0 draw by a relentless Leicester City side that finished the match with 10 men.Leicester put on a masterclass in pressing until Ben Chilwell was shown a second yellow card for a lunge on Victor Moses, but the champions were unable to take advantage and claim the three points that would have moved them above Manchester United.Claude Puel welcomed Jamie Vardy back after two games out with a groin injury and the England striker, along with Riyad Mahrez, caused Chelsea no end of problems – his chasing of a long ball leading to returning captain Gary Cahill going off with a hamstring injury in the 33rd minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Foxes had the better of the chances and Antonio Conte reacted by replacing Eden Hazard, ineffectual with Leicester’s intense closing down robbing him of service, and Cesc Fabregas with Willian and Pedro before the hour mark.A second booking in the space of five minutes for Chilwell meant Leicester had to play out the final 20 minutes a man light, and the Blues could not make their numerical superiority count.Chelsea’s fourth successive draw in all competitions could see them slip to fourth by the end of the weekend, while Leicester will take heart from a thoroughly deserved point at Stamford Bridge.Full-time: Chelsea 0-0 Leicester.The points are shared this afternoon. #CHELEI pic.twitter.com/gbidBf0Rlx— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 13, 2018Leicester began with great energy and should have gone ahead when Chilwell cut back to Shinji Okazaki inside the six-yard box, only for the Japan international to steer over.Vardy failed to hit the target from dangerous positions twice in less than a minute, before Wilfred Ndidi’s free header following a corner was parried brilliantly by Thibaut Courtois and Antonio Rudiger stopped Aleksandar Dragovic slotting home on the follow-up.Chelsea responded by launching a counter-attack from which Fabregas warmed the gloves of Kasper Schmeichel with a low drive from an acute angle.Leicester continued to overrun the hosts, who were forced to replace the injured Cahill with Andreas Christensen just after the half-hour mark.But Chelsea soon showed signs of getting to grips with the game, Alvaro Morata pulling a save from Schmeichel after charging in along the byline, while the Dane did well to tip a fierce Fabregas drive over three minutes before half-time.12 – Leicester have had 12 shots against Chelsea so far – the most of any visiting team in the first half of a @premierleague match at Stamford Bridge (since 2003-04). Brash. #CHELEI— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 13, 2018Leicester were soon back on top after the restart. Mahrez was at the heart of the action for Puel’s men and, after being refused a penalty having gone down softly as he ran at Christensen, he drove in from the right and saw a 20-yard shot deflect narrowly wide off the centre-back.Conte had seen enough and replaced the disappointing Hazard with Pedro, while Fabregas got the chop for Willian as Chelsea switched to a 3-4-3.The hosts were handed a boost when Chilwell was shown a second yellow card for catching Moses, but they found it difficult to create openings as Leicester sat back.A 25-yard effort from N’Golo Kante was held by Schmeichel, before Tiemoue Bakayoko sent a pair of attempts from outside the box off target.Morata’s frustrations got the better of him as he picked up a yellow card for a petulant foul on Harry Maguire towards the end of another lacklustre showing, while Marcos Alonso had a stoppage-time free-kick pushed around the post by Schmeichel as Leicester kept Chelsea at bay. Key Opta stats:- Chelsea have drawn three consecutive games 0-0 in all competitions for the first time in their history.- Leicester had 12 shots in the first half – the most of any visiting team in the opening 45 minutes of a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge since 2003-04. However, they managed just two shots after the interval.- The Foxes have kept consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since May 2017.- Only Watford (4) have been shown more red cards than Leicester (3) in the Premier League this season.- Indeed, Leicester were shown the last Premier League red card of 2017, and the first of 2018. read more
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Former Chelsea defender: Hudson-Odoi deal brilliant newsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea defender Jason Cundy is happy with Callum Hudson-Odoi’s new deal.Cundy claims it would have been “devastating” to see him leave.“He is the future, he has shown the quality he has got, he’s a full international,” Cundy said on talkSPORT.“For me he starts [when he’s fit], he starts wide of the three, left or right.“It depends what formation you play but if you’re playing a three up top, he can either play on the left or the right.“So he’ll cut in on the right or cut in [on the left], generally on the right-hand side.“He can’t play down the middle, I’ve not seen him play there, I’m sure given an opportunity [he could].“But he is the future of the football club and it is brilliant news.”
All England 2019: Gopichand banks on Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth to end title droughtAll England Open Badminton Championships 2019: National chief coach Pullela Gopichand says he expects one of his wards to end the 18-year-long title drought in Birmingham this year.advertisement Press Trust of India HyderabadFebruary 4, 2019UPDATED: February 4, 2019 19:20 IST India’s seasoned campaigner, Saina Nehwal has begun the ongoing season with a bang (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPullela Gopichand was the last Indian shuttler to win All England title in 2001PV Sindhu had reached the semi-final of last year’s All England Badminton ChampionshipsThe upcoming edition of All England Badminton Championships will start from March 6 in BirminghamHe was the last to win the All England Championship for India and chief national coach Pullela Gopichand Monday hoped that one of the three prodigal talents he has shaped will end the 18-year-old title drought at the event this year.”I hope that we have one of our players win the All-England tournament this time around. We have had good performances by Saina (Nehwal), (P V)Sindhu and (Kidambi) Srikanth has also been in good form. I do expect that we will have a good performance in this year’s All-England,” Gopichand told PTI.”Going in Saina has just won the Indonesian Open and Sindhu has also done well. So, I think both of them can do well at the All England as well. Hopefully, we will have some good performances from our players. It is almost 18 years now and I hope that this year we can break the jinx.”Gopichand had claimed the All England Championship in 2001, more than two decades after Prakash Padukone became the first Indian to achieve the feat in 1980.Srikanth, who had clinched four titles in 2017, endured a title-less season last year and Gopichand said he expects the Indian to do well this year.”Srikanth has played well. He is somebody whom I expect will do well in the year,” he said.Also Read | Marriage has been a lucky charm: Saina NehwalAlso Read | All England Championships will not be easy even without Carolina Marin: PV SindhuAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Pullela GopichandFollow All England Open Badminton Championships 2019Follow Saina NehwalFollow PV SindhuFollow Kidambi Srikanth Next
New York-headquartered crude oil shipping company Gener8 Maritime has entered into a memorandum of agreement for the sale of the 2004-built MR tanker Gener8 Consul to an undisclosed buyer.Some USD 9.8 million of the net proceeds, from a total of USD 17.5 million in gross proceeds, will be used to repay a portion of the senior secured debt outstanding under the refinancing facility associated with the vessel and the company’s remaining net proceeds, Gener8 said.The 47,171 dwt Gener8 Consul is expected to be delivered to the buyer in February 2016.“We are pleased to have reached an initial agreement for the sale of our sole MR tanker, further allowing the company to focus on the larger segment of the tanker market,” Gener8 Maritime’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Peter Georgiopoulos, said.Gener8 Maritime has a fully-delivered fleet of 47 vessels, including one time-chartered-in VLCC.The company’s owned fleet is comprised of 17 VLCC newbuildings and 29 vessels on the water, with an average age of less than 6 years upon delivery of the newbuildings.As World Maritime News reported in December, the company secured a credit facility for up to USD 259.6 million of debt financing for its Chinese VLCC newbuilding program to be drawn in connection with the deliveries of the first four of the company’s six Chinese newbuildings.
Auditor General Jacques Lapointe, today, June 11, released his special report on the audit of the Economic Stream of the Nova Scotia Immigration Nominee Program. The report contains results from the first phase of the auditor general’s examination of certain aspects of the economic stream portion of the province’s immigration program. Mr. Lapointe said the report identifies significant deficiencies in the program’s design, implementation and administration. “While much of the design and operation of the program were contracted out to the private sector, the contract with the provider was inadequate,” said Mr. Lapointe. “It failed to incorporate sound business practices and did not provide for appropriate oversight by government.” “The program objective to provide nominees with a mentorship position was not met. Less than 50 per cent of nominees received a mentorship and most mentor companies tested during the audit did not meet minimum criteria.” The full report is available on the auditor general’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/audg/ or by contacting the Office of the Auditor General at 902-424-5907 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Investments in the Lunenburg Academy and several heritage properties will ensure the cultural institutions in Lunenburg County are preserved. The Lunenburg Academy Foundation, which protects and preserves the heritage of the Lunenburg Academy, a former school and landmark in the town, is receiving $10,000 to engage in strategic planning. The funds are part of the One Time Emerging Culture and Heritage Initiatives Program and will go toward the hiring of a management firm. Suzanne Lohnes-Croft, MLA for Lunenburg, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince, announced the funding today, March 24, at the Lunenburg Academy. “The Lunenburg Academy fits the textbook definition of a heritage property,” Ms. Lohnes-Croft said. “It is beautiful, historic and worth protecting. This money will help the Lunenburg Academy Foundation plan appropriately for the building’s future.” Built from 1893-95, the academy is a brilliant example of late nineteenth century architecture and provides a window into the history of Nova Scotia’s education system. “The Lunenburg Academy Foundation has worked tirelessly since its incorporation in 1981 to upgrade and preserve the academy,” said Roxanne Lohnes Smith, president of the Lunenburg Academy Foundation. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Town of Lunenburg in this venture and are extremely grateful to the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support.” In addition, several other heritage properties in the county will receive facelifts thanks to support from the Heritage Development Fund. “The Lunenburg area is awash in history, and these properties are no exception,” said Ms. Lohnes-Croft. “This program is critical to ensuring that our historic infrastructure remains as up-to-date as possible.” The Heritage Property Program was created to help identify and preserve heritage properties across Nova Scotia. Funding is provided to private owners of registered provincial or municipal heritage properties.
New Delhi: The ongoing session of the 17th Lok Sabha has been the most productive in the last 20 years, with the lower house registering 128 per cent productivity till Tuesday, according to think tank PRS Legislative Research.Lok Sabha members discussed the General Budget for 17 hours, demands for grants for Railways for 13 hours, demands for grants for Road and Transport for 7.44 hours, Speaker Om Birla informed the House Thursday. He said members discussed demands for grants for the ministries of Rural Development and Agriculture for 10.36 hours, and issues related to Sports and Youth Affairs Ministry for 4.14 hours. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Since Zero Hour in Lok Sabha could not take place for the past few days, Birla allowed members to raise issues of urgent public importance around 6 pm. Over 100 members are likely to raise issues during the extended Zero Hour Thursday. The Lok Sabha has been working for more than its scheduled time and has sat till midnight on two occasions to complete its legislative business. “This session, the Lok Sabha has been working for more than its scheduled time. Till July 16, 2019, the Lok Sabha’s productivity is at 128 per cent which is the highest for any session in the past 20 years,” the PRS Legislative Research said.
OTTAWA – A year into its effort to help equip youth for the rapidly evolving workforce, one of the country’s largest banks says enhancing young Canadians’ human skills will be critical in navigating the machine-led disruption that lies ahead.In a new study, the Royal Bank of Canada is calling for a national review of post-secondary programs to ensure they place more of a focus on “human skills” — from active listening, to critical thinking, to social perceptiveness.The research argues these foundational skills will help future workers remain nimble and position them to complement increasingly pervasive technologies like robots and machines, rather than compete with them.And it warns that without action Canadians will not be ready for inevitable changes over the next decade or two.Many say the transformation is already underway.Governments have poured energy and funding into efforts to prepare workers for a significantly altered labour force, which will be driven by technological advances, such as automation and artificial intelligence.For example, the federal government has emphasized the importance of promoting the fields of STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — to help youth prepare for the future workforce. In its recent budget, Ottawa also noted that one million students will learn coding and digital skills through its CanCode program.But the RBC study found that while digital literacy is increasingly critical for all workers, it won’t be as crucial for everyone to learn a specific expertise like coding.Foundational human skills, on the other hand, can truly improve a worker’s opportunities and mobility.“To help Canada’s next generation do the disrupting instead of being disrupted, we need to start with 21st-century skills — skills they can use to grasp new opportunities and surf the waves of technology and innovation that are changing the world,” said the report titled, “Humans Wanted,” to be released Monday.“We need to stop telling them that work revolves only around degrees, qualifications and jobs.”RBC president and CEO Dave McKay said in an interview that if policy-makers and employers don’t do more to start preparing now, then Canada could run into a lot of challenges — from competitiveness obstacles to social-cohesion issues.“We believe there’s a national dialogue that’s lacking around this issue,” said McKay, who noted the study estimated more than 25 per cent of Canadian jobs will be heavily disrupted in the next decade and half will require far different skills than they do now.He said Canada currently spends a lot of money as a society to train people in skills and roles that won’t be needed down the road or, at the very least, will be a significant mismatch.“It won’t be good enough if we keep training ourselves on the same old, same old going forward — machines can do a lot of what we’re training students for,” McKay said.Canada, like many countries, suffers from a shortage in skills in their young people, like leadership, decision making, communication and emotional intelligence, he said.The report also recommends a national target to provide work-integrated learning, like internships and apprenticeships, for 100 per cent of undergraduate students.The federal government has committed funds to work-integrated learning. Last year, for example, it announced a program to help create work placements for 60,000 students over the next five years.Asked about federal efforts to prepare the next generation, McKay said it’s not enough, so he wants to work with Ottawa.“They seem to be small and I don’t have the actual execution plans, so yes, there’s money that they put aside, but to do exactly what?” McKay said of Ottawa’s promises.“We have a plan and a vision of what success looks like. We hope the two will come together.”The report is part of RBC’s 10-year, $500-million commitment toward helping young people prepare for the future workforce.The hunt for solutions to the impending workforce skills challenges have been preoccupying governments and business leaders for several years.Later this week, several federal cabinet ministers will host a G7 meeting in Montreal to explore how best to prepare for jobs of the future with their counterparts from other member countries.The Canadian Chamber of Commerce released a report last week that said businesses should invest now in the skills development and lifelong learning to ensure their workers will have the tools to face the coming disruptions from AI, advanced robotics and automation.It’s better to re-train workers now rather than waiting until after these new technologies have taken their jobs, the organization said. If properly harnessed, new advances can improve production and boost economic growth and even create jobs.The Chamber’s report also noted the importance of social skills.It said people interviewed for the document praised British Columbia’s school system for its new curriculum emphasizing areas like social skills, communication, and creative and critical thinking. The report said these lessons are being integrated with lessons for traditional skills, such as numeracy and literacy.—Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter.
VANCOUVER — A transgender woman whose case against Canada’s oldest rape crisis centre was dismissed by the courts says she hopes the City of Vancouver’s decision to refuse the shelter funding will help change policies.Kimberly Nixon, 61, filed a human rights complaint against Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter in 1995 after she was refused training to work as a volunteer peer counsellor on the basis she did not share the life experience of someone born female.“The organization is not bad,” said Nixon. “It just means that attitudes have to change.”Nixon’s complaint was upheld by the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal with a $7,500 reward from Rape Relief, but the B.C. Supreme Court found discrimination had not occurred.The B.C. Court of Appeal dismissed Nixon’s appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed her request to appeal that decision in 2007.The City of Vancouver announced last week that, starting next year, it will no longer provide Rape Relief with a nearly $34,000 annual grant, saying the charitable group does not meet its trans equality and inclusion criteria, adopted in 2016.“While (Vancouver Rape Relief Society) services have been and are very important, staff identified concerns about the organization’s position on trans women in relation to the full intent of grant criteria,” the city said in a statement.Hilla Kerner, spokeswoman for Rape Relief, said women who are born female and socialized to submit to male domination do not feel comfortable around women who may appear and sound like men and don’t share the same life experience.“More often than not, being born female still means we are born as an oppressed class. We haven’t achieved liberation for women yet,” she said.Rape Relief does not turn transgender women away and often connects them to other services, Kerner said.She said the group is no different from other organizations that serve people with specific needs, including those who are Indigenous, disabled or migrants.Morgane Oger, who chairs the Trans Alliance Society, said she has been advocating since 2013 for Rape Relief’s municipal funding to be stopped.“Vancouver Rape Relief and other organizations that are publicly funded are responsible for keeping up the highest standard of inclusion,” Oger said, adding the group helps only a subset of women.Adrienne Smith, a human rights lawyer in Vancouver, said all of Smith’s clients are transgender and some of them have said they have been turned away from Rape Relief after a sexual assault.“Rape Relief takes the position that transgender women are men in dresses and that there’s something inauthentic about them,” Smith said. “Their followers repeat this messaging and it’s fundamentally hurtful to my clients and to trans and non-binary people.”Smith said Rape Relief has stuck to the same message even as society has changed.Trans women are sexually assaulted at four times the rate of non-trans women, often by other women, Smith said.“The Nixon case was wrongly decided and I think it would be decided very differently if it were argued today because decision makers have a much more clear understanding that transgender women are women,” Smith said.British Columbia provides about $600,000 in annual funding to Rape Relief, which has a budget of about $1.1 million and opened its doors in 1973.Nixon said provincial funding should also be reconsidered.“If the province continues to fund them they are basically enabling their treatment of trans women, or trans people in general,” said Nixon, who recently spoke at an International Women’s Day event at Ryerson University in Toronto.“I hope the society’s reached a point where they can recognize what is right and what is wrong. So this is just another opportunity for them to make the necessary change.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter. Camille Bains, The Canadian Press
By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe ongoing, Mi’kmaq-led opposition to shale gas exploration in New Brunswick is creating an on-line backlash, with some calling for a counter-protest in support of SWN Resources Canada which was forced to call off its planned work Thursday after facing dozens of demonstrators.The calls for a counter-protest were posted Thursday evening on the Facebook group, Say Yes to Natural Gas and Oil in New Brunswick.“I think the people that move this country are fed up… Time for action (sic),” posted Tim Bamford, whose publicly available Facebook profile indicates he lives in Chipman, NB. “The intent would to be to go there in support only. If it escalated…Then that would force the govt hand to act…Trudeau would have shut this down before it started (sic).”The comment was part of a 125-comment thread in response to a posted Twitter photo about Thursday’s protest on Hwy 11 depicting Elsipogtog residents and supporters stopping SWN’s trucks.SWN turned back its thumper trucks after dozens of Elsipogtog residents and supporters confronted the machinery. The RCMP intervened, briefly shutting down Hwy 11 in an area about 46 km north of Elsipogtog First Nation.One woman was arrested in relation to the protest and the RCMP is investigating several acts of vandalism against one of SWN’s trucks and some of its equipment.The day’s events triggered a flurry of angry online reaction.While Bramford’s call received some support, some posters worried whether they’d be able to muster enough people to make an impact.“Your right tim show of real support is needed and we shall do it (sic),” posted Dan Richard, whose publicly available Facebook profile indicates he lives in Miramichi, NB.“Good luck Tim Tim Bamford, we could hardly get 20 to show up at the leg building last year… But hey if there’s at least 50 going, IM IN! (sic)” posted Jason Chase, whose publicly available Facebook profile shows photos of a license plate from Nova Scotia.It appears the pro-SWN protest never materialized and instead the discussion turned to taking out a newspaper advertisement.“What if we all pitched in enough to take a full page ad out in the papers?” posted Peter Melanson, whose publicly available Facebook profile included a photo calling to “Frack Baby, Frack.”The thread also revealed a high level of anger from local residents over the ongoing protest.“Push clutch in, put transmission in gear, gently ease off the clutch, hammer down !!! (sic)” posted Kevin Cai, whose publicly available Facebook profile indicates he went to high school in Rogersville, NB.“Good thing i don’t drive truck because i likely would have run over top of them (sic),” posted Stephanie Dawn MacLeod, whose publicly available profile indicates she lives in Saint John, NB.“Run the maggots over.. take them out of there misery. Enough is enough!! (sic)” posted Adam Merrill, whose publicly available Facebook profile indicates he lives in Nova Scotia.“Arrest everyone of them or bring in our army and deal with the warriors with real warriors…one law for all in this country (sic),” posted David Donahue, whose publicly available Facebook profile indicates he lives in Blackville, NB.email@example.com
TORONTO — A new study concludes that Ontario needs to get far more creative in order to properly prepare young people for jobs of the future.The study was commissioned by the Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance which represents companies that employ more than 400,000 skilled trades people across the province.It points out that 65 per cent of the current population of elementary school students will end up in careers that don’t yet exist.To keep pace with advancing technology and help close the skills gap, the report calls for more flexible skills and apprenticeship training.It also urges students to dedicate 20 hours of community work to mastering trades and practical skills — and it recommends that more emphasis be placed on creative online learning.The reports states that up to 41 per cent of Ontario employers would hire more people, if they only had the right skills.
WINNIPEG — Prices were mostly higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Monday:Canola: July ’17 unchanged $571.10; Nov. ’17 $8.20 higher $525.50; Jan. ’18 $8.80 higher $529.60; March ’18 $9.50 higher $533.70; May ’18 $8.10 higher $533.00; July ’18 $7.10 higher $533.10; Nov. ’18 $0.20 lower $488.20; Jan. ’19 unchanged $489.10; March ’19 unchanged $489.10; May ’19 unchanged $489.10; July ’19 unchanged $489.10.Barley (Western): July ’17 unchanged $138.00; Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00.
LONDON — It’s long been known that Britain’s Parliament building must be vacated for urgent repairs that will take years and cost billions, but the problem now goes beyond the water leaks and vermin infestation to Britain’s global reputation as a model of democracy-in-action.In parts of the world where Britain’s parliamentary system and adherence to the rule of law provided a model to emerging nations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s brusque decision to shut down Parliament for crucial weeks ahead of the looming Brexit deadline is seen by some as proof that Britain, too, can be subject to a power grab.Johnson’s gambit may pay off if he is able to make Brexit a reality on Oct. 31 without doing grave damage to Britain’s economy, but the widely held perception that he is shuttering Parliament to squelch debate (despite his claims to the contrary) has been roundly condemned in key parts of the former British Empire, including some where Queen Elizabeth II is still accorded the status of head of state.Many Britons — politicians and the public alike — have a lofty view of the country’s role in world affairs, emphasizing its seat on the United Nations Security Council, its nuclear arsenal, and its traditional influence in trouble spots like the Middle East. But the prolonged impasse over Brexit, which was approved more than three years ago but still hasn’t taken place, has taken a toll on how much of the world views Britain’s vaunted political institutions.Nicholas Sengoba, a columnist in the former British colony of Uganda, said Johnson’s action shows that Britain is not immune to the abuse of power that has plagued some African nations. “The whole notion that a British prime minister cannot be as powerful as an African dictator has been stripped off,” he said.The prolonged Brexit stalemate in Britain has made the former colonial power “look extremely bad” because there is no clear leadership and no consensus on what the actual consequences of a “no deal” Brexit might be, he said.Britain’s longstanding reputation for openness and fair play has been tarnished by a years-long rift in the opposition Labour Party over whether party chief Jeremy Corbyn and his top advisers tolerate anti-Semitism — there has even been a police investigation of some party members — and a desire to keep foreigners from settling in Britain under liberal European Union regulations was at least in part responsible for the 2016 Brexit vote in favour of leaving the 28-nation bloc.Many academics warn that the loss of EU funding, and a stiffening of rules that made it easy for Europeans to study, research and teach in Britain, will lower the standards of Britain’s world-class scientific and medical institutions, and perhaps even dim the quality of the country’s brilliant arts scene. Even the respected royal family is not untouched, with new photographs and stories that document Prince Andrew’s association with pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in prison in August.Some have also been surprised by the queen’s role in the shutdown of Parliament. As head of state in a constitutional monarchy, Queen Elizabeth II is required to maintain strict neutrality on all political issues, which left her little choice but to approve Johnson’s request to shutter Parliament for a longer-than-usual time period.No one outside her closest family members and inner circle of advisers is likely to ever know whether she felt Johnson’s request was appropriate or gave the executive branch too much power by limiting debate in the legislature, just as no one in the media or public can say with certainty how the queen feels on the underlying question of whether it is wise for Britain to leave the EU.Britain’s tortured path toward Brexit — perhaps now nearing its climax — has exacted a price. In New Zealand, another former colony, the latest moves by Johnson have provoked some talk about whether it’s time to change its status as a constitutional monarchy with Elizabeth as a figurehead head of state (she does, after all, reside nearly 12,000 miles away) and instead transform into a republic.In a satirical tweet, newspaper columnist Dave Armstrong wrote that it would be dangerous for New Zealand to become a republic “as it would sever our ties with the UK — a stable parliamentary democracy where coups, dictatorships and tyranny by the minority simply doesn’t occur. Discuss.”University of Otago professor Robert Patman told a New Zealand newspaper that other countries are suspicious that Britain, which he described as gripped by its worst economic and diplomatic crisis since World War II, is behaving like a banana republic, and those suspicions have been deepened by Johnson’s latest actions.“At the moment there’s a very dangerous situation in the U.K.,” he said.Johnson’s suspension spawned protests in many British cities Saturday, a phenomenon familiar in Canada, where the queen is still the head of state. Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper sparked major protests after he suspended Parliament in 2008 and 2009, but the protests eventually dwindled and he managed to remain in power despite a no-confidence vote accusing his government of contempt of Parliament.The influential Toronto newspaper The Globe and Mail said in an editorial that Johnson’s suspension of Parliament must be reversed: “It’s wrong. It’s undemocratic. It certainly isn’t British,” the newspaper said.A cartoon in the Toronto Star newspaper showed Johnson with the queen on a boat that’s about to go over a waterfall. Johnson says: “Hold on to your knickers, not even democracy can stop me now!”The spectacle of Britain’s prolonged political impasse over Brexit, and now the decision to shutter Parliament at a key time, is contributing to a sense in Canada that the old colonial power is in decline.Robert Bothwell, a University of Toronto professor of Canadian history, said Britain has been receding in the Canadian consciousness since the 1960s.“There is about a 150-degree change in the way Canadians see Britain since the 1960s,” he said. “It’s not gone but it doesn’t exercise the same political economic draw as it did fifty years ago.”___Associated Press writers Rodney Muhumuza in Kampala, Uganda, Nick Perry in Wellington, New Zealand and Robert Gillies in Toronto contributed.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit and British politics at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitGregory Katz, The Associated Press
It’s good to give, and to receive: treat holiday charity like an investment by Peter Henderson, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 26, 2015 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Nov 26, 2015 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – More than nine in 10 Canadians follow the example of reformed miser Ebenezer Scrooge and give to charity every year, but experts advise taking a page from his tightwad ways and treat those charitable donations like an investment.Philanthropy professionals and charity watchdogs say that as the holiday season approaches and the airwaves fill with messages of altruism, you should still analyze your chosen charities the same way you would research the purchase of mutual funds or property.Financial adviser Kate Bahen, managing director of watchdog group Charity Intelligence Canada, says key things to look for include whether the charity’s financial statements are audited and up-to-date, if the charity has an independent oversight board, and if it spends more on programs than administration and fundraising.“People need to look at that giving as an investment,” she says. “If they could bring that business brain to the giving table, I think that’s where we would see such huge change in Canada for the good.”Bahen says charities will often play on the heartstrings by telling one story of one client in need, but big businesses don’t ever limit their quarterly reports to talking about just one customer.While Tiny Tim’s blessing brought a smile to Scrooge’s face, he would surely also be pleased by the charity tax credits offered by the federal government that can reduce your total income and therefore, your tax bill.The Canada Revenue Agency gives a tax credit of 15 per cent on the first $200 you donate, rising to 29 per cent for amounts over $200. If you haven’t donated before, you can claim an additional 25 per cent tax credit for any donations made before the end of 2017, up to $1,000. The provinces have their own tax credits.The CRA posts a searchable list of the more than 85,000 registered charities in Canada online and provides a detailed breakdown of their finances. Third-party organizations such as Charity Intelligence Canada also provides guidance on giving and ratings on individual charities.Lawyer Mark Blumberg says people are happiest when their tax savings reflect their values.“It would be nice if people would have a sense of how they want to give, so that at the end of the year when you look at all the receipts you have it is a fair reflection of what you want to support,” he says.He says Canadians shouldn’t just rely on the grades given out by third parties to make their decisions.The best way to get to know if a charity is worthy of your support is to volunteer, he adds.Financial planner Cynthia Kett says it’s best to form long-term relationships with charities that share your values, instead of doling out many smaller gifts throughout the year.“We often have a tendency to make donations on the fly, and I think it’s useful to be strategic in your giving,” she said.When it comes to taxes, Kett says it’s important to understand the nuances of the charitable giving tax credit.Because the first $200 has a lower credit, married couples can save a little money by combining their donations on one return and having the higher-income spouse claim the credit.Kett says Canadians should report their charitable donations every year, but can hold off on claiming for up to five years in order to maximize their returns. You can also use your spouse’s unclaimed charitable donations towards your returns.Sandra Miniutti, chief financial officer of American watchdog group Charity Navigator, says that over the last decade, more and more charities have begun to measure the impact of their work and publicize the results.She says those looking to give should make sure their chosen charity is monitoring the outcome of its work.“If you’re not measuring and tracking your impact, how do you know you’re doing good and not harm?”Follow @Henderburn on Twitter.
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The Amazon Warriors’ playoffs chances were hit when captain Martin Guptill left the tournament due to a family emergency. But the Warriors have seemingly been galvanized with the arrival of his replacement Ronchi, who has scored more runs in three matches (149) than Guptill did in the first seven (142).A harbinger of the savage display to come arrived on his third ball when he effortlessly lofted Mahmudullah back over his head for six. After the Powerplay, Ronchi feasted on poor angles offered by the Tallawahs bowlers, as he used nothing but wrist to whip Rovman Powell for a pair of sixes off the first two balls of the seventh over. Kesrick Williams wilted under pressure too. Ronchi soon brought up the second-fastest fifty of CPL 2017, off 20 balls.Ronchi finished with 70 off 33 balls, setting up Thursday night’s showdown with Trinbago Knight Riders for a chance to return to the CPL final for the fourth time in five seasons. (ESPNcricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCPL 2017: Calm Williams takes Tallawahs up to second in thrilling finishAugust 18, 2017In “latest news”CPL 2017: Walton, Ronchi ensure Amazon Warriors all but qualifySeptember 2, 2017In “latest news”CPL 2017: Warriors face Tallawahs in 1st home game this eveningAugust 17, 2017In “latest news” By Peter Della PennaGuyana Amazon Warriors 169 for 5 (Ronchi 70, Mahmudullah 3-25) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 168 for 8 (Sangakkara 57*, Rashid 3-32) by five wicketsRashid Khan created history by claiming CPL’s first ever hat-trick Getty ImagesIn a rematch of the 2016 CPL final, Guyana Amazon Warriors exacted revenge behind Rashid Khan’s hat-trick and Luke Ronchi’s cold-blooded 70 off 33 balls to knock out the defending champion Jamaica Tallawahs at Brian Lara Stadium. Tallawahs were on the back foot throughout Amazon Warriors’ chase of 169 courtesy a splendid second-wicket stand of 67 in 5.1 overs between Ronchi and Chadwick Walton, before victory was sealed by a six from Assad Fudadin with 13 balls to spare.Opening questionFor the second night in a row, the decision to open the batting with a player who hadn’t played through the tournament produced underwhelming results. On Tuesday night, it was William Perkins with Trinbago Knight Riders and on Wednesday night, it was Kennar Lewis with Tallawahs.The Tallawahs management decided to drop Glenn Phillips despite four 30-plus scores in seven innings in the competition. Captain Kumar Sangakkara said at the post-match presentation that the reason to include Lewis was because the Tallawahs “had gone soft in the Powerplay”. Lewis managed 15 before he was bounced out by Rayad Emrit, caught at deep square leg in the fifth over.The riddle in the middleSangakkara and Andre McCarthy, a consistent performer for the Tallawahs this season, were pushed down two spots. Rather than giving their two leading scorers the most time to bat, their delayed entry may have cost the side 20-plus runs, particularly since Sangakkara finished unbeaten on 57 off 38 balls.Steven Jacobs benefited most. The offspinner pinched two early wickets in the seventh over, snapping up Lendl Simmons at cover for 34 and then had Mahmudullah four balls later as his sloppy swat to the leg side found Veerasammy Permaul at midwicket to make it 59 for 3.Rashid’s googly hat-trickOn Wednesday night, Rashid created CPL history with the tournament’s first ever hat-trick.First was McCarthy, beaten driving by a googly to begin the 15th over. Jonathan Foo lunged at another googly next ball and was beaten easily as the ball knocked into leg stump.Rovman Powell’s dismissal was the worst stroke of the three, teased into chasing a flighted delivery well outside off that spun back sharply to hit off stump. At 116 for 7, Tallawahs were left with a struggle to get to a defendable total on a night where heavy dew made gripping the ball increasingly difficult as the night wore on.Ronchi the ravager
THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT is to tell Twitter and Facebook users how to avoid “inadvertently breaking the law” by revealing banned details from court cases.Legal advisories previously sent only to the mainstream media will be published on social media networks in recognition of the fact that newspapers and television no longer have a monopoly on news.There are strict rules in place in the UK on what can be reported or publicly discussed about a court case, with fines levied on those deemed to have prejudiced a fair trial, while it is also illegal to identify some victims of crime.But these rules are increasingly being broken by users of social networks, most recently when socialite Peaches Geldof tweeted the names of two mothers whose babies were involved in sexual abuse orchestrated by disgraced rock star Ian Watkins.Geldof apologised and swiftly deleted the tweets but police are considering whether to press charges under the law protecting the identity of victims in sexual offences cases.“Blogs and social media sites like Twitter and Facebook mean that individuals can now reach thousands of people with a single tweet or post,” said Attorney General Dominic Grieve, the government’s chief legal advisor.“This is an exciting prospect, but it can pose certain challenges to the criminal justice system.“In days gone by, it was only the mainstream media that had the opportunity to bring information relating to a court case to such a large group of people that it could put a court case at risk. That is no longer the case, and is why I have decided to publish the advisories that I have previously only issued to the media.” “This is not about telling people what they can or cannot talk about on social media; quite the opposite in fact, it’s designed to help facilitate commentary in a lawful way. Grieve said he hoped to “stop people from inadvertently breaking the law”.The British attorney general’s advisories will be published on his website and his Twitter account.In Ireland, there has been no official warning about social media and legal cases, in terms of prejudicing legal cases. On a personal level, however, businessman Declan Ganley reached a minor settlement out of court and received an apology in January from a blogger who made defamatory comments about him on Twitter this time last year.© – AFP 2013Read: Peaches Geldof defends tweeting names of mothers involved in Lostprophets court case >Can you get arrested for things you say on Facebook and Twitter?>Read: French court says Twitter must identify racist tweet authors >