Amid the raging debate over triple talaq, a woman uttered the three words to “divorce” her husband and free herself from dowry harassment. Amreen Bano said ‘talaq’ thrice at the Inspector General of Police’s office in the presence of media. However, chief Qazi of Meerut, Jenur Rashideen, said there was no such provision for women to divorce husbands in Islam. PTI
Gionee launched a new lower mid-range 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) phone, the P7 Max in India on Monday. The Gionee P7 Max will be available for buying in India at a price of Rs 13,999 across all retail stores. It will be available in the colours Gold and Grey-Blue, the company announced.The P7 Max comes with a 5.5-inch HD display and is powered by a 2.2Ghz octa-core MediaTek MT6595 processor clubbed with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via microSD card.The dualSIM phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Amigo 3.2 out-of-the-box. It sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The phone is backed by a 3,100mAh battery.”We are really excited to present the new P7 Max. At this price point, it will be a perfect buy for customers this festive season. This phone has specially been created with a vision to give you more in less as it delivers a flawless experience along with great design and amazing features,” Arvind R Vohra, MD & country CEO, Gionee India said.Gonee recently joined the virtual reality bandwagon with the launch of the S6 Pro phone and a dedicated VR headset. While the S6 Pro costs Rs 23,999, Gionee’s VR Set has been priced at Rs 2,499.The Gionee S6 Pro supports split screen rendering on the screen when viewed through the dedicated VR headset. The phone and VR headset “allow the user to watch a video already playing while they receive notifications from other apps,” according to Gionee. The phone also comes pre-bundled with Gionee’s own VR app that has an in-built G-Store for games and videos fine-tuned for VR.advertisementAlso Read: Gionee joins VR bandwagon, launches S6 Pro & dedicated headset
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sam Querrey gave the U.S. a commanding 2-0 lead Sept. 12 in its Davis Cup World Group playoff against Slovakia with a 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-3 win over Martin Klizan.In the opening match of the night, American John Isner hit 29 aces in a 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2 win over Norbert Gombos.The U.S. can ensure a trip to the 2015 World Group on Saturday by winning the doubles when it sends out U.S. Open champs Mike and Bob Bryan.“It’s the kind of day you want to have, be comfortable 2-0 with the Bryan brothers coming up,” U.S. captain Jim Courier said. “Both Sam and Jim started off slow but finished strong. Played their best tennis at the end of the match.”Querrey, ranked 51st, faced a set point in the first-set tiebreaker, but responded with two straight aces. He captured the opening set when the 57th-ranked Klizan netted a backhand.Querrey finished with 20 aces on the hard court at the Sears Centre, none bigger than the two he unleashed in the tiebreaker. “It was tough. But my serve is my biggest weapon,” Querrey said. “Just puts the pressure right back on him.”Gombos, ranked 126th, was a surprise choice as Slovakia’s No. 2, but he showed his skills during a group quarterfinal in April when he made his Davis Cup debut and beat Austria’s Dominic Thiem.But this time he had to fight off the powerful serves of Isner and managed only two breakpoint opportunities.“Going into a match like this, three-out-of-five match, it’s not surprising I didn’t lose my serve,” Isner said. “I’ve done that before, for sure. Always going to be the biggest part of my game and it’s going to be the part of my game that I lean on the most.”Isner trailed in the first-set tiebreaker 4-2 before pulling it out 7-5 when Gombos netted a volley and hit long after a strong serve. Isner then broke Gombos in the opening game of the second set and his game improved steadily thereafter.“I was a bit nervous in the beginning. I had to really dig deep to win that first set. But once I got that under my belt, I exhaled and then I started to play better,” Isner said. “It’s never easy. But that first set was very important.”Serving for the second set at 5-4, Isner double-faulted twice but then won the next four points with an ace, a volley, an overhead and a service winner.“I know that he’s serving perfect, like from the Eiffel Tower, you know,” Gombos said. “I never returned a serve like his because it’s quite different from the other players because he is really tall. The ball is bouncing so high.”Isner said he was aware of how well Gombos, who has flat groundstrokes and good speed around the court, can play.“It’s a tough match for someone like me,” Isner said. “We’re at home. I’m ranked higher than him. I guess on paper I’m expected to win that match. There’s a lot of pressure on me. It’s not an easy situation.”The U.S., which lost to Britain earlier this year, hasn’t missed competing in the World Group, the upper tier, since 1988.Slovakia is trying to pull the upset and make it back to the World Group for the first time since 2006.“Well, it’s really tough. I was hoping at least to get one point today. With the better luck we could maybe hope for more,” Slovakia captain Miloslav Mecir said. “But this is the reality.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
Transfers Bony seals Swansea return in deadline day move from Man City Last updated 2 years ago 06:21 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Swansea City Manchester City Premier League The Ivory Coast international has returned to the Liberty Stadium following a frustrating spell at the Etihad, filling the boots of Fernando Llorente Wilfried Bony has sealed a return to Swansea from Manchester City on transfer deadline day, penning a two-year contract.Bony underwent a medical earlier on Thursday ahead of a reported £12million move, with Fernando Llorente leaving to join Tottenham.Swans 23/10 to draw with Newcastle Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘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 The 28-year-old Ivory Coast international left Swansea for Manchester City in 2015 but failed to establish himself at the Etihad Stadium and spent an underwhelming season on loan at Stoke City last campaign.A statement from the Swans on the club’s official website read: “Bony has signed a two-year deal, with the option of a third, at the Liberty Stadium after the Swans paid an undisclosed fee for the Ivory Coast international.“Bony, who has opted for squad number two, returns to South Wales just over two-and-a-half years after he left the Swans for City in a deal worth up to £28 million.“He was a huge fans’ favourite during his first spell as a Swan, when he established himself as one of the Premier League’s leading frontmen.We’ll go wild, wild, wild… pic.twitter.com/JljASfbhEz— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) August 31, 2017“Bony originally signed for the Swans from Vitesse Arnhem, where he had an exceptional goalscoring record, in a club-record deal in the summer of 2013.“He netted 34 goals in 70 appearances – only 56 of which were starts – and became a focal point of the Swans side.”The return of Bony completed a positive day of business for Paul Clement’s side, with a shock loan deal for Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches already wrapped up.
Gaming Fantasy Football: Liverpool dominate Goal Champions League Team of the Week after Spartak thrashing Kevin DeVries Fantasy Football Writer 22:29 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Gaming UEFA Champions League Olympiakos Piraeus v Juventus Benfica v Basel Bayern München v PSG Tottenham Hotspur v APOEL Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund Porto v Monaco Liverpool v Spartak Moskva Porto Real Madrid Borussia Dortmund Bayern München Olympiakos Piraeus PSG Spartak Moskva Juventus Basel Benfica Tottenham Hotspur APOEL Monaco Liverpool Philippe Coutinho Sadio Mané Mohamed Salah Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Our Fantasy writer looks at the latest round of European football and highlights stand out players from the Reds, Bayern Munich, Juventus and more The last round of Champions League group stage play is now in the books, and it was a matchday that saw Philippe Coutinho pick up his first ever hat trick for Liverpool in their 7-0 drubbing of Spartak Moscow. That performance obviously earned him a spot in our Team of the Week, where he is joined by four of his Liverpool teammates, but who else is in the team?GK: Loris Karius – Liverpool – 1 Game, 5 Saves, 1 Clean Sheet = 9 Points 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 DF: James Milner – Liverpool – 1 Substitute Appearance, 3 Assists, 1 Clean Sheet = 15 PointsMilner has done very little when given a chance in the Premier League this season, but put him under the European lights and he shines. He ends the group stages with the most assists of any defender (five), and three of them coming on Wednesday. It’s also worth noting that Liverpool have a much higher clean sheet rate in the Champions League (50%) than domestically (31%).DF: Alex Sandro – Juventus – 1 Game, 1 Assist, 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsDF: Serge Aurier – Tottenham – 1 Game, 1 Assist – 1 Clean Sheet = 10 PointsThe wingback rotation under Mauricio Pochettino has become a thorn in the side of many Fantasy Premier League owner, but it may be more consistent in the Champions League than you think. Aurier started all but one of Tottenham’s European matches and did fairly well in a hellish group, managing a pair of clean sheets and assists. Who they draw in the next round will obviously dictate his value and usability, but the Frenchman definitely did his part in helping Spurs dominate the Group of Death.MF: Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool – 1 Game, 3 Goals = 20 PointsCoutinho had a hat trick of assists at the weekend and followed it up with an actual hat trick against Spartak Moscow on Wednesday. He ends the group stages with the second most Fantasy points among midfielders and sixth overall in the Goal game. His influence on this Liverpool team should have diminished with the arrival of Mohamed Salah, but it seems to have given him the freedom and space to flourish into an even better player.MF: Sadio Mane – Liverpool – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 14 PointsMF: Corentin Tolisso – Bayern Munich – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 14 PointsMF: Mohamed Salah – Liverpool – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 PointsMF: Yacine Brahimi – Porto – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 PointsFWD: Vincent Aboubakar – Porto – 1 Game, 2 Goals, 1 Assist = 15 PointsPorto came into Wednesday’s match just three points clear of Leipzig, but Aboubakar’s performance ensured safe passage to the Round of 16 for the Portuguese club. He has also been a solid Fantasy asset for his owners thus far, considering he currently sits in the top 10 among forwards and is cheaper than everyone with more points. He could face a tough road in the Champions League, though, with the Portuguese side set to face a group winner come February, but he will likely be solid value regardless.FWD: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund – 1 Game, 2 Goals = 12 Points
Share on LinkedIn Ariarne Titmus sets Commonwealth record and sets sights on Olympic glory Share on WhatsApp Read more Swimming Share on Twitter Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email Support The Guardian Read more Read more Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. It has certainly been an eventful week in Australian sport. From Israel Folau to Valentine Holmes, Katie Brennan to Winx, there has been no shortage of talking points. Likewise in Adelaide, where the national swimming championships threw up a number of interesting storylines that served as useful pointers ahead of a defining 12 months in the pool.The championships, which were held at the SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre, have in the past doubled as selection trials for the next big international swimming meet – in this case, July’s world championships in South Korea. This year, however, the team will be selected at a meet in Brisbane in June, in line with Swimming Australia’s new policy of scheduling official trials for major meets closer to the actual event. Topics Share on Pinterest Australia sport Reigning Olympic 100m freestyle champion Kyle Chalmers had an excellent meet in front of his hometown crowd, winning four titles: the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, and the 100m butterfly.Chalmers is a great racer, and his strength and power in the pool are exhilarating to watch. In winning the 100m freestyle he swam a PB of 47.48, 0.1s faster than his gold-winning time at the Rio Olympics, and the fastest time in the world in the past 18 months.The surprise of the meet was Sydney’s Matthew Wilson, who took the 100m and 200m breaststroke titles. His 200m race, which he won in a time of 2.07:16, got everyone talking: he broke the Commonwealth record by 0.14s and was on world record pace for most of the distance.Remarkably, Wilson came into the meet having suffered a hamstring strain the week before. In his words, it resulted in “an accidental taper … I definitely didn’t target this meet for a drop in time like that”.Wilson had a pretty good 2018, winning minor medals in the 200m breaststroke at the Commonwealth Games and the Pan Pacs, but after his stunning swim in Adelaide, which Ian Thorpe said was the breakout performance of the championships, he is definitely one to watch.Cate Campbell and Mitch Larkin also enjoyed standout performances, winning two and four titles respectively. Larkin was victorious in the 100m and 200m backstroke, and the 200m and 400m individual medley, while Campbell took gold in the the 50m and 100m freestyle.Bronte Campbell is returning from a shoulder injury and was third in the 50m and fifth in the 100m.The Adelaide event was the selection meet for the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships. World records were set by Liam Schluter (S14) in the 200m and 400m freestyle multi-class and Timothy Hodge (S9) in the 50m backstroke multi-class, with Hodge breaking Australian Matt Cowdrey’s 2007 record in the 50m event. Ellie Cole (S9) became the first female para athlete to win the same national title six times when she took gold in the 100m backstroke multi-class.The biggest names missing from the national championships were Emily Seebohm, who is concentrating on training for the new FINA Champions Swim Series, and Mack Horton, who is resting a shoulder injury. They will both swim at the June selection trials. Share on Facebook Kyle Chalmers turns hand to butterfly and duly wins Australian national title It is set to be a fascinating year for swimming fans, with the new professional International Swimming League disrupting the sport. Some big names have signed up to participate in the inaugural ISL events, which take place from October to December 2019 in the US and Europe.Meanwhile, Australia looks to be well placed for success at the worlds in Korea, especially in freestyle. The women are particularly strong and currently lead the world in the sprint and middle distance events. For the men, Chalmers, Larkin and Wilson are likely to be in contention for medals.Of course, in the past decade or so the world has caught up to and, in many cases, overtaken Australia in swimming. The USA still reigns supreme, but there are brilliant swimmers in Italy, Japan, Britain, China, Sweden and Russia. The medals are likely to be spread out among all these nations and more. As such, competitors went to Adelaide in heavy training for the June meet, with the usual tapering period not being observed. Under these circumstances, it might be logical not to expect too much in terms of times. But there were some outstanding swims from able-bodied freestylers Ariarne Titmus and Kyle Chalmers and breaststroker Matthew Wilson, and multi-class swimmers Liam Schluter and Timothy Hodge.Eighteen-year-old Titmus was the outstanding female swimmer of the meet, taking gold in the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle. In the 200m she swam 1.54:30, breaking her personal best time by 0.3 seconds and setting a new Australian record.Her 400m swim was even more impressive: her 3.59:66 equalled her Commonwealth record set at the Pan Pacific Championships in August 2018. After 150m she was already 25 in front the rest of the field, and her final split of 29.79 was her third-fastest of the race. Both her 200m and 400m times were the fastest in the world this year.If Titmus can swim this well when she is in heavy training and un-tapered, how well is she going to swim in Korea in July, and in Tokyo in 2020? She is within striking distance of her main rival, US superstar Katie Ledecky. The women’s 400m freestyle could well be the race of the world championships. Share via Email Share on Messenger features Reuse this content
The Best Podcasts to Listen to at Work The Lampuga Air Inflatable Jetboard Is a Go-Anywhere Aqua Thrill Ride The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain If you’re like lots of people, you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk. Your desk might be nestled into a cubicle, it might command the center of an expansive corner office, or it might be tucked into a nook in your apartment. It’s not where your desk is located that we’re discussing today, it’s what you have done to make the desk itself the best damn desk it can be. And we’re not even talking about replacing the desk with a whole new unit; if you want to upgrade to a standing desk (see what I did there? Aw yeah) or get yourself that Cocobolo desk from Better Call Saul, go for it.Today, though, we’re discussing easy and affordable ways to make the desk you already have a bit more excellent. You’re going to spend hours sitting at your desk every day, so why not spend an hour or two improving your space? And for the record, we’re talking about practical, functional updates; when it comes to decorations, that’s up to you. You gotta do your thing…Fresh Air – The Desktop Air PurifierIf you suffer from allergies, a weakened immune system, or your desk simply sits in an environment prone to poor indoor air quality (which people yammer about so often that you’ll even see the abbreviation IAQ all over the place), then treat yourself and your lungs to a desktop air purifier. You can find many fine units out there for well under $50 (though top-of-the-line units are much more expensive), most of which can reliably rid the air of all particulate matter larger than two microns in size (that’s wildly small, FYI). Cleaner air can not only improve your overall health, but it might even keep your thought process more crisp and productive.Put Your Feet Up – The Desk HammockAh, how good it feels to put your feet up at the end of the day, right? But wait, why are you waiting until the end of the day to elevate those tired dogs of yours? With a fine desk hammock, you can kick back and relax right there at your desk. Most desk hammocks, also called desk foot rests by some, cost between $10 and $20 and take about three minutes to install. You can adjust the hammock height to lift your feet a few inches off the ground while you sit forward and type, write, or assemble a puzzle when you should be working, or you can raise the hammock to the same height as your chair and lean back for some quick at-desk R&R.Fresh Food at Your Fingertips – The Desktop GardenAdding a compact hydroponic garden to your desktop offers you three distinct benefits. First, the lights used to grow the plants in these units simulate sunshine and can help elevate your mood and increase your productivity. Second, as the herbs, vegetables, or fruits grow there on your desk, you’ll benefit from a localized reduction in CO2 and increase in oxygen because, you know, plants. And third, once your little desktop garden starts to produce tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, or whatever other edible whatnot your chose, you can eat it. Just FYI, in case you missed that part when you started looking into the whole food growing thing. Prepare to spend about $200 for a great unit.Less Sound Sounds Good – Filter the NoiseImagine trying to conduct your work while riding on a busy subway train, with the clamor of the tracks, the cacophony of voices, and the din of phones, music, and more assailing your ears. And now imagine trying to work while riding along on a runaway stage coach as a band of outlaws chase you, your papers blowing comically over your shoulder as you spill coffee on an anachronistic laptop, while the tobacco-stained face of the driver turns toward you and shouts: “Now what’n the sam hell is that thar thing, mister!?” OK anyway. The point is that noise can be quite distracting, and you owe it your peace of mind and productivity to filter it out. You can do this with noise-cancelling headphones or a white noise machine. Or you can stick some earplugs up in there if that’s your thing. Editors’ Recommendations Will You Need a Passport to Fly Within the U.S. Next Year?
The country’s trade environment and procedures have been significantly enhanced with the launch of the Jamaica Trade Information Portal (JTIP).The portal provides a single authoritative source for trade information relating to import-export regulations, requirements and processes, which businesses can easily access at any time.The rich database includes information on standards, tariffs, fees, levies and applicable penalties; various authorisations; inspections and verifications; and details about trade agreements, while highlighting opportunities.There are downloadable forms for applications, licences, and permits, as well as links to regulatory and various bodies engaged in trade facilitation.Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, noted that JTIP will make it easier for local and international business interests to move valuable goods and services and, in doing so, add value to the economy.Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw (right), is greeted by Team Leader, Jamaica Trade Information Portal (JTIP), Trevor O’Regan, at the launch of the JTIP at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, St. Andrew, on May 16. Story Highlights The rich database includes information on standards, tariffs, fees, levies and applicable penalties; various authorisations; inspections and verifications; and details about trade agreements, while highlighting opportunities. The country’s trade environment and procedures have been significantly enhanced with the launch of the Jamaica Trade Information Portal (JTIP). “This portal is indicative of our strong and clear commitment to improving Jamaica’s business environment,” he said at the launch held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on May 16.He noted that the commitment to enhancing the business environment is further solidified by the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the ministries, departments and agencies that are custodians of the information shared on the portal and the Trade Broad Limited (TBL), which is in charge of the system.“The information portal further represents Jamaica’s efforts to fulfil its commitment to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement, under Article I, which speaks to making information available through the Internet,” Mr. Shaw said.He noted that the Government has been strident in its commitment to improving the country’s competitiveness, recognising that this is pivotal to social and economic growth.“This recognition translates into not only the need to implement far-reaching reforms but to also implement these reforms quicker than other countries that are on a similar path,” he said.The World Bank Doing Business Report 2019 indicated that, even though Jamaica achieved a positive absolute score – increasing from 66.92 to 67.47 over 2108 – the country’s overall ranking declined by five points from 70th to 75th.As it pertains to trading across borders, notwithstanding ongoing efforts, that indicator declined in ranking from 130 to 134.“Initiatives such as the Jamaica Trade Information Portal show that we are on our way to improving this standing. I, therefore, urge us all to ensure that the value of the portal is swiftly channelled into the wider Trade Facilitation Reform Programme, so our traders and businesses can leverage its provisions,” Mr. Shaw said.International Finance Corporation’s Principal Investment Officer and Head for the English-speaking Caribbean, Judith Green, hailed the portal as a useful tool, which has to be kept up to date.The Jamaica Trade Information Portal project was supported by the Trade Facilitation Support Programme managed by the World Bank Group and funded by nine donor partners.The partners are Australia, Canada, the European Commission, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States and the United Kingdom (UK). The portal provides a single authoritative source for trade information relating to import-export regulations, requirements and processes, which businesses can easily access at any time.
Le gouvernement du Canada et la Nouvelle-Écosse ont aujourd’huisigné une entente garantissant que les citoyens de la Nouvelle-Écosse seront les principaux bénéficiaires des recettes desressources extracôtières. L’entente entre le gouvernement duCanada et celui de la Nouvelle-Écosse reflète l’entente deprincipe conclue entre les deux gouvernements le 28 janvier 2005. Le premier ministre Paul Martin, le premier ministre John Hamm,le ministre des Pêches et des Océans, Geoff Regan, et le ministrede l’Énergie de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Cecil Clarke, représentaientleurs gouvernements respectifs à la cérémonie de signature. « J’aimerais remercier le premier ministre Hamm pour la façonadmirable dont il a défendu les intérêts de la Nouvelle-Écosse aucours de nos discussions » a déclaré le premier ministre PaulMartin. « Cette entente illustre bien comment nos gouvernementsont collaboré afin de trouver des solutions qui conviennent à lasituation unique de la Nouvelle-Écosse, tout en restant équitableà l’égard de l’ensemble de la population canadienne ». « Cette entente est le résultat d’une longue bataille pourveiller à ce que la Nouvelle-Écosse profite de 100 pour cent deses recettes extracôtières », a indiqué le premier ministre Hamm.« Le premier ministre a honoré sa promesse et maintenant, leshabitants de la Nouvelle-Écosse franchissent une étapedéterminante en vue d’atteindre une autosuffisance financière quiprofitera à l’ensemble du Canada. » L’entente prévoit un paiement compensatoire ou une remise afin depermettre à la Nouvelle-Écosse de pleinement profiter de sesrecettes extracôtières. Les paiements compensatoires protégerontla Nouvelle-Écosse des réductions de paiements de péréquationqu’aurait entraînées l’augmentation des recettes extracôtières. « Il s’agit d’une journée importante pour les habitants de laNouvelle-Écosse », a affirmé le ministre Regan. « Grâce àl’engagement tant du premier ministre du Canada que du premierministre de la Nouvelle-Écosse, notre province a désormais desolides assises financières. » « Les fonctionnaires de mon ministère poursuivent leurs effortsafin de favoriser davantage l’exploration pétrolière et ledéveloppement des ressources extracôtières », a déclaré leministre Clarke « et ils le font avec la certitude que cesdécouvertes futures procureront des avantages durables à lapopulation de la Nouvelle-Écosse.» La nouvelle entente ne modifie pas d’autres ententes fédérales-provinciales. -30- PREMIER’S OFFICE–Le premier ministre du Canada et le premierministre Hamm célèbrent une entente récente sur les recettesextracôtières
Eight stories in the news for Tuesday, Nov. 28———PM TRUDEAU SET TO APOLOGIZE TO LGBTQ COMMUNITYPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will deliver an apology in the House of Commons today for discrimination faced by members of the LGBTQ community. The Canadian Press has learned that the Trudeau government will also earmark more than $100 million to compensate members of the military and other federal agencies whose careers were sidelined or ended due to their sexual orientation. Several thousand people are expected to be eligible for the compensation.———REPORT CALLS FOR PRIVATIZATION OF HYDRO COMPANIESThe Toronto Region Board of Trade calls for wider privatization of electricity distribution companies in a report to be released today. The report, obtained by The Canadian Press, says the move would increase competitiveness in an attempt to drive down costly Ontario electricity prices. Board CEO Jan De Silva says a key recommendations is to privatize — by a maximum of 10 per cent initially — portions of hydro distribution companies now run by municipalities.———CANADIANS TRAPPED IN BALI AS VOLCANO ERUPTSSome Canadians are trapped in Bali after Indonesian authorities ordered 100,000 people to flee from an erupting volcano that prompted the closure of the international airport. Global Affairs Canada said 403 Canadians in Bali have registered with its Registration of Canadians Abroad service but a spokesperson says registration is voluntary, so more Canadian may be there. Mount Agung has been spewing clouds of white and dark grey ash since the weekend.———MARIJUANA BILL CLEARS COMMONSBill C-45, the federal government’s plan to legalize marijuana by next summer, has received final approval in the House of Commons by a vote of 200-82. The bill now travels to the Senate, where Conservative senators are threatening to hold up passage. Some provinces have complained they can’t be ready to implement and enforce the legislation by next July.———CANADIAN ACCUSED IN YAHOO HACK TO APPEAR IN U.S. COURTA Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails is set to appear in court today in San Francisco. Court records show Karim Baratov is scheduled to attend a change of plea hearing this afternoon. Baratov was sent to face charges to the U.S. this summer after waiving his right to an extradition hearing in Canada.———PLEA EXPECTED FOR COPS WHO MOCKED WOMAN WITH DOWN SYNDROMETwo Toronto police officers who were recorded mocking a 29-year-old woman with Down syndrome are expected to plead guilty to misconduct before a disciplinary committee today. Const. Sasa Sljivo is charged with misconduct related to the use of profane, abusive or insulting language, while Const. Matthew Saris is charged with misconduct related to the failure to report Sljivo’s comments, which contravened the Ontario Human Rights Code.———MICHELLE OBAMA, JOE BIDEN IN TORONTO TODAYTwo prominent figures in the U.S. Democratic Party will attend separate speaking engagements today in Toronto. Former first lady Michelle Obama will speak at a conference about education and equality for girls and women around the world. Later on, former vice-president Joe Biden will be in the city as the headline speaker for a conference on business leadership.———TORONTO SET TO CHEER CUP-WINNING ARGONAUTSA rally for the 105th Grey Cup champion Argonauts will be held today in front of Toronto City Hall. The Argos completed a remarkable worst-to-first turnaround with a 27-24 comeback victory over Calgary in Ottawa on Sunday night, capturing the franchise’s CFL-leading 17th Grey Cup championship. It was Toronto’s first Grey Cup win since beating Calgary for the 2012 CFL crown.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Scotiabank will kick of bank reporting week with its fourth-quarter and year-end results.— Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation will release its 2017 Rental Market Survey.— The Bank of Canada will release the Financial System Review.— Statistics Canada will update the industrial product and raw material price indexes for October.— The Institute of Governance hosts a national summit in Ottawa with Indigenous leaders.— The National Energy Board will hear from landowners in Edson, Alta., about the route of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.— A court date for Oscar Arfmann, charged in connection with the shooting of Abbotsford, B.C., police Const. John Davidson.
VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Government has introduced legislation to complete the fiscal framework for LNG investment.According to the Government, this legislation will pull together the final pieces needed to deliver LNG investment that brings long-term benefits to the Province and thousands of good-paying jobs for B.C. workers, while operating within strong environmental protections.Carole James, Minister of Finance, says this legislation completes the process of creating a fiscal framework that invites investment while protecting Indigenous rights and the environment. “British Columbians are counting on us to attract LNG investment that meets strict conditions: delivering jobs and financial benefits to B.C., creating economic partnerships with Indigenous peoples, and protecting our clean air, land and water. This legislation completes the process of creating a fiscal framework that invites investment while supporting those conditions.”Once passed, this legislation is expected to amend the Income Tax Act to implement a natural gas tax credit for LNG development in British Columbia, repeal the Liquefied Natural Gas Income Tax Act that created barriers for investment in B.C.’s natural gas sector, and repeal the Liquefied Natural Gas Project Agreements Act that left British Columbians vulnerable to footing the bill for special industry tax and regulatory protections.The Government says, once complete, these steps will deliver the fiscal setting needed for LNG Canada’s proposed $40-billion project in northern British Columbia – the largest private-sector investment in B.C.’s history. It is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs and up to 950 permanent jobs in the Kitimat processing terminal.It is also said that this project is on track to be the cleanest of its kind in the world, meaning it will fit within the greenhouse gas reduction targets of the Government’s CleanBC climate action plan.To learn more about the new framework for LNG, you can visit the Government’s website.
P>Ambassador Leslie K. Christian of Ghana, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, read a statement to the press in which members welcomed the measures taken so far to implement March’s Ouagadougou Agreement but voiced concern at the delays in meeting some benchmarks.Mr. Christian, who spoke to the press after an open meeting of the Council on Côte d’Ivoire, also said it was vital to have in place the necessary guarantees to ensure that planned presidential elections are free and fair.Earlier, Abou Moussa, the Secretary-General’s Principal Deputy Special Representative for the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), told the Council that there have been mixed results in implementing the Ouagadougou pact, which sets out a series of measures for resolving the crisis that first divided the country between the Government-controlled south and the rebel Forces Nouvelles-held north in 2002.They include creating a new transitional government; organizing free and fair presidential elections; merging the Forces Nouvelles and the national defence and security forces through the establishment of an integrated command centre; dismantling the militias and disarming ex-combatants; and replacing the so-called zone of confidence separating north and south with a green line to be monitored by UNOCI.Mr. Moussa said none of the benchmarks set to consider adjusting the mandate or troop level of UNOCI, such as the dismantling and disarmament of the militia and the deployment of State administration across the country, have been met.But the zone of confidence separating the forces of the two sides is being gradually dismantled, with the deployment of six mixed brigades involving soldiers from both sides, and the leaders of the Government and the Forces Nouvelles have remained committed to supporting the peace process.The turnout at the mobile court hearings, used as part of the process of identifying voters ahead of planned national elections, has steadily improved since their re-launch last month thanks to a campaign of public awareness and sensitivity, Mr. Moussa said.The Government and the Forces Nouvelles are also addressing the lingering security, logistical and financial constraints to restoring State authority throughout the country.The envoy said, however, that serious challenges remain, especially in ensuring an integrated army involving the two sides and in starting the dismantling of the militias.Mr. Moussa stressed how important it was for all parties to meet their deadlines and commitments to the Ouagadougou pact, and he said the UN stood ready to continue to support that process.Burkina Faso’s Foreign Minister Djibrill Yipene Bassole, speaking on behalf of the facilitators of the Ouagadougou agreement, told the Council meeting that the situation inside Cote d’Ivoire had eased recently, in part because of greater dialogue between the Government and the Forces Nouvelles.The parties were no longer using their arms, there was free circulation of people and the civic service programme had started, he said.But Mr. Bassole noted that the planned elections had been delayed and much remained to be done to ensure that the accord was fully implemented.He called for a new timeline for the identification of voter rolls for the elections to take account of complexities that have emerged in the process, and for additional measures to reassure the public about the fairness of any polls. 22 October 2007Noting the mixed progress made by both sides in the divided West African country of Cote d’Ivoire in implementing this year’s peace accord, the Security Council today called on them to meet all their commitments, from registering voters to disarming and dismantling militias to restoring State authority.<
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is travelling to the Kenyan capital and is scheduled to address the session tomorrow. His Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk, will also participate in the meeting, just the fourth time in its history that the Council has convened away from UN Headquarters in New York.Council members voiced their deep concern over the findings of the Secretary-General’s latest report on the situation in Africa’s largest country, as well as the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation.In addressing these issues, they have reiterated their support for the leadership of the Africa Union in the Darfur crisis, welcomed the Union’s decision to enlarge its mission there, and urged all parties in the conflict to cooperate with the AU to ensue a secure and stable environment.Meanwhile, the UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) said internally displaced persons (IDPs) reported that police units started firing indiscriminately over the weekend at Kalma camp in South Darfur. The residents speculate the shooting took place as a warning following the visit earlier in the day on Saturday of a panel looking into the occurrence of genocide in the region.According to the Government, rebels within the camp fired on Sudanese police positions, forcing an exchange of gunfire, UNAMIS said.The Mission also reported that residents in camps around El-Geneina are increasingly concerned about the presence of armed men in and around their camps. They say that gunshots are being fired during the night.Also in West Darfur, UN agency workers conducted a one-day sensitization training workshop on sexually transmitted diseases and gender-based violence for 60 members of the African Monitoring Force in El-Geneina.
The search is on for Brock University’s next Associate Vice-President Research.The University has put out a call for nominations and applications for the full-time, two-year appointment, whose term is to commence May 1.The position is a high-visibility role that champions the related domains of research, scholarship, application, innovation and creative activity for Brock.Responsibilities include, but are not be limited to, mentorship of faculty in the development of research programs and related funding, and developing practices that support compliance with internal and external policy.The position reports to Interim Vice-President Research Joffre Mercier.Deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 13.All expressions of interest, applications and nominations will be held in strict confidence and should be directed to Patricia Mosca, Talent Acquisition Manager, at email@example.com.
In February, Shakil, represented by Hugh Tomlinson QC, argued in the High Court that emails should be blocked.But he lost his bid for an injunction, with Mr Justice Nicklin concluding that the emails hadcaused little more than “annoyance or distress”.The judge said Shakil played a “significant role” in Spotify and was a close personal friend of Mr Ek.But part of his brother’s grievance was that his role within the company and his relationship with Mr Ek was downplayed and that he “varnished the truth” about his influence and position within Spotify.Tanweer now claims he was portrayed as an “obsessive and vindictive individual” in court and wants to clear his name.He is discussing his legal action with lawyers but says he will pursue his brother for defamation, harassment or malicious prosecution.The two brothers have not spoken for 18 months and he admits that the row had “devastated” their mother. But he adds: “It was only a very one-sided view that emerged in court, a lot of evidence was redacted. I was portrayed as an obsessive, vindictive individual.“My motivation now is to tell my side of the story and fix my reputation. It’s gone past the point of no return.“Of course I’m sad about that but this is how he has treated me.”Shakil told the Telegraph that as far as he was concerned their fallout over the court case ran its course months ago.“I am not aware of any legal action having been brought by Tanweer,” he added. “If any proceedings were brought, they would be completely baseless.” Shakil Khan of SpotifyCredit:Sascha Baumann/Getty Images Tanweer, front, and Shakil Khan as children The brother of a Spotify entrepreneur is planning a new “David and Goliath” legal battle claiming he is owed thousands after his sibling “maliciously pursued” him in court.Tanweer Khan, 48, an investment banker, says his name was dragged through the mud when his brother, Shakil, sought a High Court injunction to stop him from sending “harassing” emails detailing his criminal past.Shakil, an investor in the digital music service, argued that emails sent by his brother should be blocked in a bitter row as Spotify prepared to go public on the stock exchange.The two brothers had fallen out in 2016, a court was told, when their mother’s house was sold. Tanweer claims his brother, who at the time was in severe financial straits, never handed him his share of the profits.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The row escalated when Shakil, 44, contributed to a podcast last year. Tanweer attacked his brother’s public presentation of his criminal record as “a varnishing of the truth” and the court was told he had been “incensed” when his brother accused their father of beating him up during his childhood in Dagenham.Tanweer sent some 70 messages to his brother, as well as Daniel Ek, the Spotify chief executive, and other associates between late 2016 and 2017, making various allegations that formed the basis of the original court case earlier this year. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Danilo BrestovacRK Metalurg Skopje The Macedonian vice-champions RK Metalurg Skopje presented the new coach at today’s press conference. His name is Danilo Brestovac, former goalkeeper’s coach of the club in the golden ages with Lino Cervar on the helm, when RK Metalurg played twice at EHF Champions League quarter-finals (2013 and 2014).The 43-years old Brestovac, currently headcoach of the junior nationa team, coming from Luxembourg where he worked as a first coach since he left France. He was assistant of Croatian coach Ivica Obrvan at Chambery Savoie.I am not David Cooperfeld, but I can promise that Metalurg will continue to be famous as factory of young players – said Brestovac.RK Metalurg were lead by Lino Cervar between 2009 and 2017. Last Autumn he left to Croatia, when his assistant Aleksandar Jovic overtook coaching position.PHOTO: Filip Viranovski ← Previous Story Helle Thomsen overtakes Norwegian Molde HK Elite Next Story → U20 EHF EURO 2018: France to meet Germany in semi-final
The start of major construction on the Columbia River Crossing is now set back to late 2014 — and that’s if both states and the federal government are able to get financial plans in place, project directors told a legislative oversight committee Tuesday.The news was delivered during a daylong meeting at Vancouver City Hall, the first convened by the Joint Transportation Committee’s Columbia River Crossing subcommittee. The bipartisan group of state representatives and senators is tasked with making recommendations on how to proceed with the $3.5 billion project.The state’s Deputy Transportation Secretary David Dye emphasized the importance of the project, stressing that both Oregon and Washington must commit money soon. Dye chalked up the latest timing setback to “funding realities.”It also puts the project’s major construction start time in a place where it’s been since 2008: two years away. In 2008, plans for construction were set for 2010, and by 2010, word was construction would start in 2012.A spokeswoman said Wednesday that minor construction, such as utility and other work, will likely start next year.“The best possible scenario (for construction) is the latter part of 2014,” Dye said. “A lot of things have to come together.”The project is relying on an approximately three-way split between tolling, the federal government and the two states. But uncertainty has swirled as Oregon and Washington legislatures balk at committing on their side without knowing what the
An iconic fish that has sustained Northwest families for thousands of years has become a popular source of artistic inspiration.Images of salmon highlight the two most prominent art installations built in Vancouver’s historic core in the last dozen years.“Salmon is a spiritual resource for us,” said Lillian Pitt, whose tribally inspired artwork is part of the Land Bridge at Fort Vancouver.Jim Demetro doesn’t share Pitt’s lineage, but he appreciates the salmon’s role in Northwest tribal heritage.“Their culture revolved around salmon. To portray that, to tell that narrative, is extremely important,” the Battle Ground sculptor said. His bronze chinook are part of the Salmon Run Bell Tower in Esther Short Park.But the arching, muscular shape of the salmon also graces more humble municipal fixtures: they’re on city manhole covers and pressed into a concrete wall along a downtown street.It all adds to the sense of place for people who live along the Columbia River. It’s something that was bred into Pitt, whose family represents Yakama, Warm Springs and Wasco tribes.“I’m Native American, and we have been fishing for salmon for thousands of years,” Pitt said.“We had salmon feasts: giving thanks to salmon, for giving its life to keep us sustained. And, it was our economic resource. People came from all over to trade for our salmon,” Pitt said.She remembers watching men catch salmon at Celilo Falls, a major Columbia River fishing site before it was inundated in 1957 by construction of The Dalles Dam.
The Post Office has completed a £450 million bulk annuity buy-in transaction for its section of the Royal Mail Pension Plan.The buy-in transaction, completed with Rothesay Life, will cover the scheme’s deferred members and includes all benefits accrued since the Royal Mail Pension Plan started in 2012.The pension scheme’s trustees were advised by law firms ARC Pensions Law and Sackers, as well as business management consultancy Lane Clark and Peacock (LCP).Anna Rogers, senior partner at ARC Pensions Law, said: “We were proud to work with the trustees alongside their ongoing advisers on this transaction. The goal was to reduce the friction between the real world of pensions admin and the ivory tower of legal documentation.“There are constructive things that can be done and a fresh pair of eyes can bring a new perspective. When you’re selling anything it helps if you present it well to the market and pension liabilities are no different.”
After emerging from Chapter 11 on May 20, Summit Business Media has added four new executives to its board of directors roster. Charles McCurdy, CEO of Apprise Media and former CEO of Canon Communications, is now chairman of the board for Summit; he serves on the Cygnus Business Media Board as well. McCurdy is a former chairman of American Business Media.David Nussbaum, chairman and CEO of F + W Media, also joins Summit’s board. Nussbaum will continue to his work with the Thomas Nelson board, and is a member of Metamorphic Ventures’ advisory board. Nussbaum is a former CEO of Penton Media.Another new director on the Summit board is Jason Young, founder of Smart Device Media. Before beginning Smart Device, Young was CEO of Ziff Davis Media; he was with the company for 20 years. Jean Clifton rounds out the additions to Summit’s board of directors. Clifton has acted as EVP and CFO of Penton Media, and SVP and CFO at Reader’s Digest Association. She currently serves on the board of Dainik Bhaskar.Andy Goodenough, president and CEO of Summit (pictured), says of the new board members, “We will work closely with them to implement Summit’s growth strategy as we move beyond our restructuring with a new capital structure that provides financial flexibility and cash flow for supporting the new stage of growth for Summit.”Summit Business Media filed for Chapter 11 in January 2011, after a series of seven deals in 2006 and 2007 contributed to its debt pool. The reorganization plan, which had to go through the courts because only 83 percent of Summit lenders approved it, proposed using Summit’s bank balances and cashflow from current operations to meet working capital needs.The plan was officially approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on May 5, and has wiped $140 million of debt from Summit’s balance sheet.