Vaghela resigns as Leader of Opposition

first_imgVeteran leader Shankersinh Vaghela, who quit the Congress two days ago, on Sunday resigned as Leader of the Opposition in the Gujarat Assembly. Mr. Vaghela sent his resignation letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.In his letter shared with the media, the former Chief Minister alleged that he was forced to take this “tough decision” as some Congress leaders were conspiring against him ahead of the Assembly polls, expected to be held in Gujarat in December.Mr. Vaghela, who joined the Congress in 1998, claimed that just as some Congress leaders had conspired against him in 2009, when he lost the Godhara (Panchmahal) Lok Sabha seat, attempts were made to oust him from the party in recent times.“As I can see right now that once again history is repeating itself, as a well-planned conspiracy,” the letter said.last_img read more

Deserters will be back: Ajit Pawar

first_imgA day after the election results of five states which saw Congress winning three and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) drawing a duck, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders claimed that many BJP and Shiv Sena leaders are in touch with them and would be inducted at right time. NCP’s Ajit Pawar claimed on Wednesday that the leaders who deserted the party in 2014 are trying to return now. “I don’t want to name anyone. But it is true that some of those who left the NCP in 2013 and 2014 are in touch and want to rejoin the party as they are disappointed with BJP. Any decision on their induction is yet to be taken. Party’s senior leaders will take a final call on that,” said Mr. Pawar indicating that there could be major changes in state politics soon. Around 15 State-level leaders of NCP had joined BJP ahead of general and Assembly elections in 2014. Sources said that now these turncoats are disturbed over BJP’s changing electoral fortunes and may return. For Congress, former MP Nana Patole and former MLA Ashish Deshmukh, two leaders from Vidarbha, returned to the party and many others are reportedly in waiting. “Two senior leaders from north Maharashtra and one from western Maharashtra are in touch with the NCP leadership. Two leaders of different communities recently met Mr. Pawar and expressed their desire to join back,” said another senior NCP leader. BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP from Pune, Sanjay Kakde was present to wish NCP president Sharad Pawar on his 78th birthday at Yashwantrao Chavan centre and later travelled in his car to his residence. Last week, an influential member of the Hiray family from Nashik district rejoined the NCP after quitting the BJP.last_img read more

Court: Nike logo of Michael Jordan didn’t violate copyright

first_imgMMA star Jones fined $205,000, license revoked over drug test Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH While the poses in Nike and Rentmeester’s photos are similar — Jordan in a leaping motion inspired by a ballet move — Rentmeester’s copyright does not give him a monopoly on that concept, Judge Paul Watford, writing for the majority, said.Among the significant differences in the two photos are the position of Jordan’s legs, the background and lighting, Watford said.“Just as Rentmeester made a series of creative choices in the selection and arrangement of the elements in his photograph, so too Nike’s photographer made his own distinct choices in that regard,” Watford wrote.The ruling affirmed a lower court decision dismissing Rentmeester’s 2015 lawsuit against Nike.  /mufADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES MOST READ Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Both show Jordan leaping with his legs extended outward toward a basketball hoop with a ball above his head.Nike used its photo for the “Jumpman” logo — a silhouetted image of Jordan in the leaping pose in its photograph.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRentmeester photographed Jordan while he played at the University of North Carolina. His photograph appeared in Life Magazine in a photo essay featuring U.S. athletes competing in the 1984 Summer Olympics.An email to a law firm representing Rentmeester wasn’t immediately returned. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum File – In this Oct. 17, 2017 file photo, The Michael Jordan “Jumpman” logo is shown on merchandise at the Charlotte Hornets’ NBA basketball fan store in Charlotte, N.C. A federal appeals court says an iconic Nike logo of a leaping Michael Jordan did not violate the copyright of an earlier photograph of the basketball star. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, that the logo was based on a photograph of Jordan by Nike that was inspired by a 1984 photo by Jacobus Rentmeester. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An iconic Nike logo of a leaping Michael Jordan that the company has used to market billions of dollars of merchandise didn’t violate the copyright of an earlier photograph of the basketball star, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.The logo was based on a photograph taken by someone Nike hired. That photo was “obviously inspired” by a 1984 photo by Jacobus Rentmeester, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. But the court in a 2-1 decision said the photos are unmistakably different in key elements.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Intense battle looming as Formula One heads home

first_imgFormula One heads home after four opening long-haul races with the championship finely balanced between champions Mercedes and Ferrari and the prospect of an intense battle stretching out ahead.With the European season proper starting in Spain next week, and teams promising upgrades and a faster pace of development, the two frontrunners return to their factories with two wins apiece.Mercedes have a one point lead in the constructors’ championship while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, with two wins and two second places, is 13 clear of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.”It’s going to be extremely close,” said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. “More than very.”They (Ferrari) came out of the winter with a good car and it seems to suit Sebastian a lot. And we just need to stretch ourselves to perform as good as we can,” added the Austrian.So far success has alternated between the two teams, with Vettel winning the opener in Australia, Hamilton in China, Vettel again in Bahrain and Valtteri Bottas taking his career’s first success in Russia for the team he joined in January.In 2016, Mercedes were dominant and won all but two of the races with 20 pole positions from 21 starts but resurgent Ferrari — who won nothing — have already recast the 2017 landscape.Vettel’s pole in Sochi was Ferrari’s first since 2015 and the front row lockout the first grid since 2008 with both red cars at the front.There can be no doubt now that the sport’s oldest and most successful team are back with a vengeance.advertisementThe split between the Mercedes drivers has favoured Vettel, whose own Finnish team mate Kimi Raikkonen has scored 49 points to the German’s 86 while Hamilton and Bottas are separated by just 10.Red Bull are a distant third at present, with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo fifth and sixth in the standings, but they too could get back into the mix if impending upgrades to their engine and chassis are as good as they hope.”I think it will be a very close race between Mercedes and us…and I also hope that Red Bull find some pace,” said Vettel, who won his four world championships with that team before joining Ferrari.”There’s lots of rumours around. They are a strong team, they know how to build a quick car so I expect it’s a question of when rather than if. But the sooner, the more exciting it will be for us.”Verstappen won for Red Bull in Spain last year, his first career victory, after Hamilton and now-retired team mate Nico Rosberg collided on the first lap and nobody is taking anything for granted now.”Everybody will come with upgrades for Barcelona,” Mercedes’ non-executive chairman Niki Lauda told reporters.”The season will start anew and then who has the better upgrades, and makes the quicker car, we don’t know yet. We will see in Barcelona and practice and then the race,” added the Austrian.last_img read more

‘Big Four’ must switch off cruise control on Manic Monday

first_imgThe “Big Four” of men’s tennis have made it into the second week of Wimbledon unscathed and largely untroubled while the women’s draw remains wide open, but “Manic Monday” could offer major clues as to the destination of this year’s titles.After a day of rest, all the fourth-round contenders will be in action at the All England Club on a day that promises an unmatched concentration of excellence.Spain’s Rafa Nadal has arguably looked the most impressive of the famed quartet at the pinnacle of the men’s rankings.The 31-year-old won this year’s French Open without dropping a set and he has kept up that run here – meaning he has now won 28 consecutive sets at the grand slams this year.But Nadal, Wimbledon winner in 2008 and 2010, is up against a tricky opponent in Luxembourg’s left-handed serve and volley specialist Gilles Muller, who beat him in the second round in 2005 – the Spaniard’s first loss at the tournament.”He’s one of the toughest opponents possible on this surface especially, this is his best surface without a doubt. He has a great serve, a great volley. He plays well from the baseline here. He is a tough, tough opponent,” Nadal said.Roger Federer, seven-times Wimbledon winner, has yet to be truly stretched but Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov should give observers some clues as to just how sharp the Swiss’s form is.”He’s in the prime of his career you would think right now. I expect that every time I have played him he has become better. I expect the same on Monday,” Federer said.advertisementDefending champion and home favourite Andy Murray is up against Benoit Paire, the tall bearded Frenchman who seems to have finally come to terms with playing on grass.Three-times Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic also faces a French opponent in the shape of Adrian Mannarino.For the second successive match, 37-year-old American Venus Williams will play an opponent who was not even born when she made her Wimbledon debut.Croatian Ana Konjuh, at 19 the youngest player left in the draw, made many sit up and take notice with her three-set win over eighth seed Dominika Cibulkova in the third round.Britain’s Johanna Konta has won plenty of praise for the focused, business-like manner in which she has advanced to the last 16 and she will face an opponent who knows all about dealing with high expectations – France’s Caroline Garcia, once tipped by Nadal to be world number one.Current world number one Angelique Kerber will have to refind her form after a poor clay season if she is to get past confident Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.Simona Halep of Romania could unseat Kerber at the top of the rankings but she has the imposing presence of Victoria Azarenka, quickly back in form after her maternity leave, standing between her and a place in the quarter-finals.last_img read more

Quarterback From SEC Powerhouse Is Considering Transfer

first_imgA general view of the Georgia Bulldog's football field.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 6: Fans of the Georgia Bulldogs watch play against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Sanford Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)Georgia is stocked at quarterback at the top of the depth chart. However, it could be in some trouble, should third-stringer Stetson Bennett transfer. The class of 2017 signal caller impressed during his first year with the program, and could head to another school at which he can play.Bennett probably doesn’t have a road to meaningful playing time at UGA. Jake Fromm is coming off of a freshman season in which he led the Dawgs to a national championship appearance. He’s being pushed by five-star talent Justin Fields, the No. 2 overall player in the class of 2018.The situation already led one Georgia quarterback to transfer out. Jacob Eason, a former five-star recruit who began the 2017 season as Georgia’s starter before going down for the season with a knee injury in Week 1.Eason transferred back to his native Washington, and will play for the Huskies. There, he’s a potential heir apparent to Jake Browning’s job.Bennett walked on at Georgia last year, turning down some smaller school options to play for the Dawgs. While he didn’t see playing time, coaches raved about his work on the scout team. From The Telegraph:During the postseason, Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker was complimentary of Bennett’s ability to challenge his unit on a daily basis.“Stetson Bennett is a beast, man,” Tucker said. “Stetson Bennett puts a lot of pressure on our defense because he is extremely quick, he’s fast and he can throw. He can throw in the pocket and he can throw on the run, and he’s very, very competitive.”Kirby Smart is open about the impact that a Stetson Bennett transfer would have on his depth chart:“We need to keep Stetson there and help us,” Smart said. “We don’t really have many other guys to be honest. We have two young quarterbacks who will be walk-ons, who we think are good players. But we’ve invested a lot in Stetson with the development he took this spring, and with what he did in bowl practices. I’m excited to see what he can do. We’re encouraging him to stay so he gets that opportunity.Georgia Southern and Middle Tennessee State were among the FBS programs to offer Bennett out of high school. Other lower level programs, including Columbia in the Ivy League, were also in on him.It is unclear whether he will leave Georgia, and what types of schools are interested if he does. Smart’s concern about it tells you what you need to know about his ability at quarterback.[The Telegraph]last_img read more

New Case in Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program

first_imgAnother case in Nova Scotia’s Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was announced today, March 23. The Department of Justice will offer cash rewards of up to $150,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for the following case: – Sergei Kostin of the Halifax Regional Municipality, missing person Sergei Kostin, a 40-year-old taxi driver, for Bob’s Taxi, was dispatched in the afternoon of January 17.to pick up passengers at 21 Gaston Road, Dartmouth. He has not been seen or heard from since. Investigators are interested in speaking with two males who are believed to be his customers at this location. On January 20, his burned taxi was located at the end of Downey Road, North Preston. He drove a green Impala, licence plate DPS 968, car number 367. An extensive search of the surrounding area failed to locate him. At the time of his disappearance, Mr. Kostin was wearing brown boots, jeans and a green short style jacket. His personal banking and communication devices have not been accessed since his disappearance. Justice Minister and Attorney General Cecil Clarke said he hopes the program will encourage people with relevant information to come forward. “The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program is important because it reminds Nova Scotians of the responsibility we all share in terms of building safer communities,” said Mr. Clarke. “It gives us an opportunity to help bring criminals to justice.” Those who do come forward with information will be expected to provide their name and contact information. In addition, they may be called to testify in court. All calls to the Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program will be traced and recorded. The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was launched in October 2006 as another tool for law enforcement to use in solving crime.last_img read more

Apple products may get costlier with new 15 tariff

first_imgSan Francisco: Some Apple products like AirPods, Apple Watch, HomePods and iMac computers were likely to get costlier as the new 15 per cent US tariffs on Chinese products came into effect from Sunday. Apple has its products assembled by Foxconn in China. “For products covered by Annex A of the August 20, 2019 notice (84 FR 43304), the rate of additional duty will be 15 per cent on the current effective date of September 1, 2019. For products covered by Annex C of the August 20 notice, the rate of additional duty will be 15 percent on the current effective date of December 15, 2019,” read the statement from US Federal Register. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Apple iPhones may also be around $100 more expensive in the US once the next set of 15 per cent tariff comes into place from December 15. “TVs, speakers, digital cameras, lithium-ion batteries and flash drives are just a few of consumer electronics that will be subjected to a 15 per cent tariff beginning Sunday,” reports TechCrunch. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently told US President Donald Trump that tariffs on China will help South Korean tech giant Samsung gain more as it does not need to pay any tariffs. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Trump, in a conversation with reporters, said he has “had a very good meeting with Cook.” “I have a lot of respect for Tim Cook, and Tim was talking to me about tariffs. And one of the things, and he made a good case, is that Samsung is their number-one competitor, and Samsung is not paying tariffs because they’re based in South Korea,” Trump recently told the media. The ongoing trade-war between the US and China has caused Apple’s iPhone production costs to rise as much as 3 per cent because of the new retaliatory tariffs imposed by Beijing. Trump earlier met Cook during a dinner, saying that Apple would be spending “vast sums of money in the US.” “It’s tough for Apple to pay tariffs if they’re competing with a very good company that’s not. I said, How good a competitor?’ He said they are a very good competitor. So Samsung is not paying tariffs because they’re based in a different location,” said Trump. Samsung has most of its manufacturing base in South Korea and Vietnam. “iPhone sales in the US, China and other markets could fall by 8 million to 10 million,” CBS News reported earlier this month. Apple XS Max starts at $1,099 and new 10 per cent tariff would mean a roughly $110 hike. In May, Fortune quoted a Wedbush analyst Dan Ives as telling investors that tariffs on the device’s Chinese-made batteries and other components would increase Apple’s manufacturing cost by 2 to 3 per cent.last_img read more

Leonardo DiCaprio Pledges 7 Million To Ocean Conservation

first_imgLeonardo DiCaprio has pledged $7 million through his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to meaningful ocean conservation projects over the next 2 years.Policymakers, ocean scientists, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, and philanthropists from nearly 90 countries – as well as viewers from around the world – joined Secretary of State John Kerry for the June 16-17, 2014, Our Ocean Conference.Participants announced new partnerships and initiatives valued at over $1.8 billion as well as new commitments on the protection of more than 3 million square kilometers of the ocean, an area roughly the size of India.As part of the conference, President Obama announced a commitment to protect some of the most precious U.S. marine landscapes. The Administration will immediately consider how it might expand protections near the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the south-central Pacific Ocean, which contains some of the most pristine tropical marine environments in the world.To find out more about the conference, click here.last_img read more

Innu Elder who is no stranger to standing up for rights and

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsAn Innu Elder says defending his way of life in Labrador doesn’t make him a criminal.Bart Jack was among a group who called themselves land protectors that fought against the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project last fall.He’s now facing criminal charges along with 27 other people.This is just the latest battle the Innu have taken on to protect their Indigenous rights and culture.troache@aptn.calast_img

Colouring Townsend for Maeve

A pair of Haldimand County neighbours are turning an art project into a fundraiser for a Townsend girl injured in a motor vehicle collision.Julie Crawford and Angie Bell, who live in Townsend, are planning an event to colour all of their community with chalk for five-year-old Maeve Field, who was struck by an out-of-control vehicle in Hagersville in March.The Colouring Townsend for Maeve event will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Townsend Lions Park on 58 Forest Park Dr. All donations will go to the Field family. A Go-Fund-Me account has already raised more than $136,000 for the family.Maeve’s recovery is expected to be a long one. Her left arm and right leg suffered irreparable damage from the accident and had to be amputated, her family said. The accident also left her blind in one eye.Crawford said she had to explain what happened to Maeve to her sons, who would see the girl when they got dropped off on the bus from school.“I was very honest with them about what happened with the accident, and they’ve been showing concern of what they can do,” she said. “They’ve been wanting to empty their piggy banks for her.”The idea for Saturday’s event came when Crawford’s sons wanted to colour the sidewalks.She suggested they do it for Maeve to send positive vibes her way. And Bell came up with the idea to get the whole community involved.“I know there were other fundraisers but I just really felt like the kids needed an outlet for them,” said Bell. “They need to know what a community is capable of doing.”Crawford and Bell said they have contacted a lot of people to help with the event, but an equal number of people have contacted them.The event will feature entertainment for children, including the chalk art, a bouncy castle, Ohsweken Speedway cars and OPP cruisers.There will be a silent auction featuring donations from The Urban Parisian Café, Cottage North Soapworks, Broncos, and many more businesses.The Townsend Lions will be running a barbecue, starting at noon, at the pavilion in the park.A craft table will be set up for anyone that would like to make a card for Maeve or her family.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

Afghanistan Brahimi returns to New York to meet Annan continue talks

In addition to briefing the Secretary-General on Friday, in the days ahead Mr. Brahimi will attend meetings of the Security Council and the “Six-plus-Two” group, which comprises Afghanistan’s six neighbours – China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – as well as the United States and the Russian Federation.Mr. Brahimi arrived in New York today from Paris, where he had a working lunch with President Jacques Chirac on Thursday. In a subsequent press conference, the envoy said a solution to the Afghan crisis would not be simple. “There must be no illusion,” said Mr. Brahimi. “It will not be easy – it will be very difficult and it will need a great deal of patience.”Concerning the situation in the country, he said, “When we talk of all factions including the Taliban and their adversaries, we are talking of 50,000 armed men holding hostage a country of 25 million.” Meanwhile in the region, Mr. Brahimi’s Deputy, Francesc Vendrell is winding up a visit to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, where he was pursuing contacts with Afghan parties and individuals, according to a UN spokesman. “Among the Afghan leaders he had hoped to meet was Afghan President Berhanuddin Rabbani,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York. read more

Kosovo UN envoy expresses distress at murder of Serb teenager

Harri Holkeri, the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, issued a statement yesterday deploring the killing. In his statement, Mr. Holkeri said he was sending his deputy, Jean-Christian Cady, to represent him at the funeral of Dimitrije Popovic today. He also thanked UNMIK Police and the Kosovo Police Service (KPS) for their response to the crime. Mr. Popovic was shot dead while standing with friends in the town of Gracanica. Two suspects were arrested Saturday. In March, Kosovo was rocked by several days of ethnic violence between Serbs and Albanians that left 19 people dead, hundreds injured and homes and Serbian religious and cultural sites damaged or destroyed. Referring to those events in his statement, Mr. Holkeri said, “I had hoped that everyone has learned the lessons of the events of 17 and 18 March: violence will only set Kosovo back. Any provocation with the aim to once more flare up ethnic tensions will be firmly countered.” read more

Business community sighs relief as PQ budget sidelines platform

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – The business community is breathing a sigh of relief after the Parti Quebecois government shelved many of its campaign promises when it produced its first post-election budget.Business leaders praised the three-month-old government for putting much of its left-leaning platform on hold and addressing other economic priorities.The head of Quebec’s federation of chambers of commerce wasn’t sure what to expect before its release. The organization had been critical of the new government but was singing a more positive tune Wednesday.“We hoped — and it was a nice surprise,” Francoise Bertrand said of the previous day’s budget in an interview.“These are signs that are very, very encouraging.”PQ campaign pledges had raised concerns within the business community that the budget would contain things like bigger income-tax increases and additional mining royalties.The complaints became so acute that two major credit-rating agencies warned Quebec they would downgrade the status of the mighty Caisse de depot pension-fund manager. The PQ had promised to allocate a share of its funds to Quebec-only projects, but did not include this project in its budget.The party has also hinted at a moratorium on shale-gas development and tougher language laws, although it’s unclear where either of those projects stand.Bertrand, whose network represents 155 chambers of commerce and 1,200 businesses, said the PQ struck an acceptable balance between fiscal and social obligations, particularly in the tough economic climate.Investor updates prepared by financial institutions after Tuesday’s budget release welcomed the government’s plan to eliminate the deficit in 2013-14, reduce the debt, cut program spending and boost support for businesses.Stefane Marion, chief economist of the National Bank of Canada, applauded Finance Minister Nicolas Marceau’s plan to tighten government spending to slay the deficit rather than adding to the tax burden of Quebecers.“The Marois government has recalibrated its election program to take economic conditions into account and meet the balanced-budget target for 2013-14,” Marion wrote.“We look favourably on the first Marceau budget. Under difficult economic conditions, the government is staying the course on deficit elimination by tight control of spending.”An economist for BMO Capital Markets wrote that the PQ blueprint “serves up a relatively modest dose of fiscal restraint with combined revenue and spending measures.” Robert Kavcic added: “A number of the more contentious potential policy measures also appear to have been dialed back somewhat.”A budget analysis by Desjardins said: “The goals for getting the budget balanced and controlling the debt are maintained, which should make everybody happy, including the rating agencies.”But other observers are warning the PQ’s more-frugal-than-expected budget could potentially alienate its base.“This choice to attain zero deficit starting next year also includes a political price to pay for the PQ,” Josee Legault, a prominent political commentator, wrote on her blog.“The problem is that ‘zero deficit’… always includes a price for public services. But also for the middle class, low-income workers and the least wealthy who are once again asked to make big ‘sacrifices.’ “There are concerns the PQ did not do enough for the middle class as it attempted to build credibility in the business community.Some of the promises that didn’t make it into the budget include a plan to raise mining royalties and pledges to increase spending in certain areas of education and culture.There are also suggestions that the government will seek pay concessions from medical doctors, who were promised large raises by the previous government.The goal was to bring salaries closer to those in other regions of the country and stop the huge outflow of doctors from the province. It’s not clear where those 10 per cent annual pay hikes now stand, and how the salary change might affect the province’s doctor shortage.Premier Pauline Marois had spent much of the campaign promising better services and courting voters of the left-wing Quebec solidaire party.That party is now saying voters have been betrayed by the PQ.The business community, meanwhile, said there is room for improvement in the budget.Bertrand said her federation doesn’t agree with income-tax hikes on people who make more than $100,000 per year — an income level the organization doesn’t consider “super-rich.”The federation also hopes the budget’s plan to reduce spending on infrastructure will not cancel or delay projects that are essential to the province’s economic development.And what about those voters now feeling disappointed that the PQ veered away from some of the promises it made?Bertrand replied: “Frankly, who can claim, whether it’s one government or another, that when we vote for a party we are perfectly satisfied with how the party we voted for behaves?” by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 21, 2012 6:22 pm MDT Business community sighs relief as PQ budget sidelines platform read more

UNbacked partnership support fund launched to end violence against children

“Every day, in every country and every community, children are victimized by violence – and far too often, this violence is accepted as normal, permissible, or a private matter,” said Susan Bissell, Director of the Global Partnership. “Violence against children is not inevitable – if we challenge the status quo that harms the lives and futures of so many children. Every child has the right to grow up free from violence – and we all need to work together to realize that vision,” she added. At the launch event, government ministers from Sweden, Mexico, Indonesia and Tanzania committed to developing specific plans that will combat violence against children, including tackling behaviours and traditions that further violence, making schools and institutions safe for all children, and strengthening data collection about violence and children, among other efforts. The Global Partnership today also launched a new ‘Inspire’ package of seven strategies to prevent violence against children. The package was created with the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, End Violence Against Children, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Together for Girls, UNICEF, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the World Bank. The new strategies include parent and caregiver support programmes, life skills training, the implementation and enforcement of laws, and services for victims. In a separate news release today, WHO highlighted that the seven approaches have all been tested, and all have shown concrete results. “Knowledge about the extent and harms of violence against children is growing, together with evidence about effective strategies for prevention,” noted Dr. Etienne Krug, Director of WHO’s Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention. “Now we need to build on that knowledge to work collectively to create the safe, stable, and nurturing environments that protect children and adolescents from violent harm,” he added. The launch of the Global Partnership includes the premiere of a new public service announcement featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Liam Neeson and international children’s peace prize winners from Liberia and the Philippines. End Violence Against Children – The Global Partnership brings together the United Nations, governments, foundations, civil society, academia, the private sector and young people in driving action towards achieving the targets to end violence by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The Global Partnership to End Violence against Children is mobilizing the world,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “There could be no more meaningful way to help realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that in the past year, as many as one billion children around the world have experienced physical, sexual, or psychological violence. Globally, one in four children suffers physical abuse. Nearly one in five girls is sexually abused at least once in her life, while every five minutes, a child dies as a result of violence. “Violence against children is a problem shared by every society – so the solution must also be shared,” said the Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Anthony Lake, who serves as founding co-chair of the Global Partnership Board. “When we protect children from violence we not only prevent individual tragedies and support children’s development and growth. In doing so, we also support the strength and stability of their societies,” he added. In coordination with the United Kingdom (UK), a multi-donor trust fund is being established to support the Global Partnership. The UK Government is making a contribution of £40 million to catalyze the Fund in collaboration with the WePROTECT Global Alliance, an initiative created in 2014 by the Government that is dedicated to ending the sexual exploitation of children online through national and global action. The UK funding will be dispersed over the next four years and will focus on ending online child sexual exploitation. Children at Atme camp for displaced people in northern Syria, near the border with Turkey. About 6.5 million Syrians have been internally displaced by violence. Photo: Jodi Hilton/IRIN read more

Sunday Morning Quarterback Evaluating Ohio States win against Wisconsin

Columbus, it’s time to party like it’s 2002. Well, almost time at least. Your Buckeyes still have to beat Michigan next weekend to cap off the program’s first undefeated season since 2002, when the Scarlet and Gray won 14 games and the national championship.  The 2002 squad was notorious for squeaking out wins in close games, and Ohio State seems intent on honoring that team’s 10-year anniversary with an eerily similar season. In 2002 and 2012 OSU entered the season ranked outside the top 10 and was largely an afterthought when talking about the nation’s top teams. Yet week after week they won, sometimes convincingly, but more often by prevailing in nail biters. Such was the case again on Saturday, as OSU overcame Wisconsin in overtime, 21-14. The Buckeyes almost took its connection with the 2002 season too far on Saturday, as the coaching staff channeled its inner “Tressel ball.” It was surprising to see first-year coach Urban Meyer’s staff call such a conservative game. And it was even more shocking how it went about doing it. Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller never got it going as a runner, but the staff seemed intent on making it happen for the Heisman hopeful. Miller averaged just 2.1 yards while receiving a team-high 23 carries. Meanwhile, junior running back Carlos Hyde averaged 5.8 yards per touch, yet only carried the ball 15 times. Hyde received eight carries on first down, and averaged 6.5 yards on those attempts. Miller averaged less than three yards on his 12 first-down carries. It was as if the coaching staff was trying to jam a square peg into a round hole, with a circular block lying right beside it. OSU’s inability to move the ball forward on first down set up many third-and-long situations. As a result, it punted a season-high nine times. Had Hyde received just a few more first-down touches, that number could have dropped dramatically. But thanks to some superb defense, clutch special teams, timely offensive production and a little bit of luck, OSU was still able to come away with the win. Just like in 2002. Put a fork in it OSU’s undefeated season is still intact, but the same can’t be said for Miller’s Heisman candidacy. Though he’s had a spectacular season, it was always unlikely that Miller would walk away with college football’s most coveted individual award. There was simply too much working against the sophomore. He plays on a team ineligible for postseason play, in a weak conference against a weaker schedule. Still, there was an outside chance that Miller could receive a late surge with statement performances against Wisconsin and Michigan. He effectively ended that hope with a clunker on Saturday, throwing for a season-low 97 yards while looking lost running the football. Surprisingly enough OSU still has a chance to win the Associated Press national title, which not long ago seemed more of a long shot than Miller winning the Heisman. The Buckeyes still need plenty of help to be chosen as the AP’s top team. Without a bowl game it will be out of sight, out of mind after next weekend, and that will hurt its cause. Not to mention there will be a definitive winner in a game designed to crown a national champion. Yes, OSU has to hope for chaos. But chaos is the name of the game in college football, especially in November. Last night alone the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams, Kansas State and Oregon, lost when they were heavily favored to win. There’s still plenty of November football to be played, with the possibility of more contenders falling at the hands of underdogs. Is it likely to happen? No, but it’s certainly possible. And just the fact that we are mentioning OSU and national championship in the same breath this season is fairly remarkable. Give an extra helmet sticker to… The entire OSU defense. Yes, it allowed more than 200 yards rushing. Yes, it surrendered the game-tying score in the final seconds of regulation. And yes, its play redefined the term “bend but don’t break.” The Buckeye defense had plenty of shortcomings on Saturday. You can blame just about every one of the members of the Buckeye offense. OSU’s offense managed a meager 36 yards in the second half, while never sustaining a drive of more than 3 minutes. By the end of the fourth quarter the defense was absolutely gassed. It was unfortunate that they conceded a score to send the game to overtime, but it could have been much worse for the Buckeyes. Senior defensive end John Simon terrorized the Wisconsin offensive line, matching a career-high with four sacks. Sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier made the play of the season, forcing a fumble on the goal line and preserving a late OSU lead. Junior safety Christian Bryant recovered that fumble, and also broke up a pass in overtime to win the game. There were some great individual efforts from OSU’s defense on Saturday. But as a whole, the unit played its most complete game of the season, in a contest in which it was needed the most. read more

Baseball Three Ohio State players selected in MLB draft two recruits also

Ohio State redshirt senior outfielder Shea Murray stands in the box against Purdue on April 1, 2017 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterIt was a down year for the Ohio State baseball team, but three players managed to find success this season as graduates starting pitcher Shea Murray and catcher Jalen Washington, along with junior Tre’ Gantt were selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.The Buckeyes also heard the name of their top two recruits — left-handed starting pitcher Seth Lonsway and right-handed starting pitcher Xavier Moore — called on Wednesday.Though Murray had made the transition from the mound to the outfield this past season, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him in the 18th round, 538th overall as a pitcher. This marks the second time Murray has been drafted by a MLB team, as he was drafted as a pitcher in the 39th round (1,158th overall) by the Texas Rangers in 2015.On the mound, Murray owns a career 10.95 ERA over 12.1 innings of work. He struck out 17 batters, though 12 walks and overall control issues led to the decision for him to switch to the outfield. In his only season as a hitter, Murray posted a .252/.329/.449 slash line with three home runs and a pair of stolen bases. His three triples on the season were tied for the most on the team, and his .449 slugging percentage was the fourth-best on the team. Ohio State’s starting shortstop this past season, Washington, was chosen by the San Diego Padres in the 29th round with the 858th overall pick. But like Murray, it was not for the position he played in 2017.Washington was drafted by the Padres as a catcher, the position he manned in the 2016 season during the Buckeyes’ Big Ten tournament title run. That year, he caught 59 games and was placed on the Johnny Bench Award watch list on May 18, 2016. However, the team opted to shift him over to shortstop for the 2017 season, in an effort to make the most of his athleticism.Over his career, he has a .254/.357/.393 slash line with 10 home runs and 32 stolen bases. At the plate, 2017 was a career year for Washington as he posted career-highs in doubles (14), triples (five), home runs (seven), batting average (.266) and slugging percentage (.468), while tying a career-high in stolen bases (14).Gantt was the third and final Buckeye drafted on Wednesday after he was selected in the 29th round, 882nd by the Cleveland Indians. He still has one remaining year of eligibility, and could return to the team if he and the Indians do not agree to terms on a contract.In his first year as a regular starter, Gantt maximized every opportunity and spent the bulk of the season batting atop the Buckeyes’ lineup and playing center field.Though he did start in 38 games and appear in 47 games two seasons ago, it was not until the second half of the year when now-Colorado Rockies’ minor league first baseman Jacob Bosiokovic made the switch from right field to first base to free up the position for Gantt to play.Gantt enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2017, posting career-highs in every major statistical category, including a team-leading .426 on-base percentage. He was also tied for the team lead with 14 stolen bases with Washington. His overall slash line of .314/.426/.426 proved valuable for the Buckeye offense as he served as the catalyst for the team’s offense batting out of the leadoff spot in 41 of the team’s 56 games.The Buckeyes also saw a pair of recruits drafted on Wednesday.The first pitcher selected was Xavier Moore, a recruit from Lorain, Ohio, who was drafted in the 16th round with the 494th overall selection by the Texas Rangers. The graduate of Amherst High School is expected to sign with the Rangers.Ohio State’s top recruit, Seth Lonsway, was selected in the 19th round with the 557th overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds.The southpaw out of Celina High School in Celina, Ohio, was ranked as the 148th best draft prospect by MLB Pipeline. He was projected to be a third-round pick in the draft by MLB.com and Baseball America. Prior to the draft, he told The Daily Standard’s Colin Foster that he would determine the strength of his commitment based on where he was selected in the draft. The amount of days he has remaining until he can reach an agreement with the Reds is still unknown. read more

Grenfell Tower cladding would have burned as quickly as petrol expert reveals

first_img 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. Victims and survivors groups have voiced their anger at the authority’s actions in the lead up, and in response, to the devastating fire at the 24-storey block that left at least 80 people dead.A public meeting on Tuesday night descended into shouting as residents’ frustration boiled over, with several outbursts about the delay in rehousing survivors.Just 32 of 169 offers of temporary accommodation had been accepted as of Tuesday morning.The petition to be debated by the council said: “The cabinet’s decisions across a series of departments have culminated in the horrifying and completely avoidable loss of life in the catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower on the 14th of June 2017.”Given the council’s failure to respond to the litany of safety and fire concerns raised by Grenfell Tower residents, we have no confidence in this council’s ability to manage or build public buildings and therefore demand the immediate cessation of all regeneration projects, particularly the construction of new buildings, but including the demolition, or ‘improvement’ of current buildings stock – projects of the kind that the current cabinet have shown themselves grossly incapable of managing.” Elizabeth Campbell, who is to step in as leader of Kensington and Chelsea CouncilCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA Elizabeth Campbell, who is to step in as leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, In a response, interim chief executive Dr Barry Quirk, the head of Lewisham Council, said the council’s response to what he called “the most disastrous incident in the UK since the Second World War” was inadequate. The BBC said it had seen information released by French authorities which indicates the burning cladding would have released 14 times more heat than a European standard of “limited combustibility”.All buildings over 18 metres which have submitted cladding samples have failed combustibility tests rolled out after the fire, the Department for Communities and Local Government said on Tuesday.Meanwhile, a petition demanding the resignation of the entire elected leadership of the council at the heart of the Grenfell Tower disaster will be debated at its meeting later. The plastic core of the cladding used on Grenfell Tower could have burned as quickly as petrol, a fire safety expert has said.The energy output from the burning building would have been equal to burning 51 tonnes of pinewood, research by the University of Leeds has suggested.Dr Roth Phylaktou, an expert in fire investigation at the university, said the cladding combined with insulation was “optimum for vertical fire spread”.He told the BBC: “If you set that on fire near the bottom you can imagine what would happen and how fast the fire will grow.”Before the blaze, Grenfell Tower had been recently refurbished with Reynobond PE cladding, consisting of Reynolux-coated aluminium sheets over a Reynobond polyethylene core.Dr Phylaktou said: “The polyethylene in the cladding would have burnt as quickly as petrol.” More than 1,500 people have signed the petition to Kensington and Chelsea Council, passing the threshold for a debate by councillors.The full council meeting will also see the formal election of its new leader after the local Conservative group nominated Elizabeth Campbell earlier this month, while the new chief executive will be appointed. “This is deeply regrettable and the council needs to provide an apology to those whom it has corporately let down. These failings have served to corrode the public’s trust in the council as a competent public authority.”Trust cannot be commanded, it can only be earned. And the council needs to acknowledge that it needs to deliver quality, reliable, consistent and credible responses if it is to begin to earn public trust.”Of the call for the cabinet to resign, Dr Quirk’s response said Mrs Campbell had selected a new leadership team, which would need to be approved by the full council.More inquests of victims are expected to open on Wednesday, after the coroner said on Monday the number of those formally identified had risen from 34 to 37.last_img read more

Here are the Bus Éireann services cancelled because of strike action

first_imgThe following services ARE NOT operating: No services operating in Cork, Galway, Limerick, Clare or Kerry.Commuter services in Greater Dublin Area are not operating.Expressway Inter-cityRoute 2 Wexford- Dublin and Route 4 Dungarvan-Dublin are currently not operating.Route 5 Dublin-Waterford services are currently not operatingRoute 7 Dublin-Clonmel services are currently not operatingRoute 8 Dublin-Cork services are currently not operatingRoute 12 Dublin-Limerick no services operatingRoute 22 Dublin-Ballina no services operatingRoute 23 Dublin-Sligo no services operatingRoute 30 Dublin-Donegal no services operatingRoute 32 Dublin-Letterkenny no services operatingRoute 33 Dublin-Derry no Bus Éireann services operating. Translink services are operating. Translink services at 10:00, 13:00, 17:300 and 22:00. Services from Dublin will operate from Custom House Quay.Route 64 Derry-Galway no services operatingRoute 66 Westport-Belfast no services operating Updated 9.30am BUS ÉIREANN HAS advised that the vast majority of its services are not operating today as a result of strike action being taken by workers over cost-cutting measures.Workers affiliated to the National Bus and Rail Union went on strike this morning with bus services affected as a result.In an update issued this morning the company said the following services ARE operating: Route 1 Dublin-Belfast No Bus Éireann services operating.Translink services are operating. Translink services are at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00 EX Dublin. Services Ex Dublin will operate from Custom House Quay.Route 30 1500 Donegal-Dublin will operate; 1700 Donegal-Dublin will operateRoute 33 Dublin-Derry no Bus Éireann services operating.Translink services are operating. Translink services are at 10:00, 13:00, 17:300 and 22:00. Services from Dublin will operate from Custom House Quay.GOBE – Dublin Airport-Cork – All services expected to operate with services operating from Dublin city centre will pick up at Georges Quay.Table 492 –0730 Dungloe/Glenties/Ardaghey/Donegal; 1745 Donegal/Killybegs/Ardara/Glenties/Maas/Lettermacaward/Dungloe  ; 2145 Donegal/Killybegs/Ardara/Glenties/Maas/Lettermacaward/DungloeTable 492 and 30 – 1520 Dungloe/Donegal/Dublin; 1345 Glencolmbcille/Killybegs/Donegal/Dublin; 2100 Dublin/Donegal/Glenties Other services No services across inter-city, city, surburan or provincial services are currently operating in Cork.No services across inter-city, city, surburan or provincial services are currently operating in Galway.No services across inter-city, city, surburan or provincial services are currently operating in South-West.GDA Commuter Services100 Drogheda-Newry not operating100X Dublin-Dundalk not operating103/105 Dublin-Ashbourne-Ratoath not operating101 Dublin-Drogheda not operating109 Dublin-Cavan not operating109A DCU-Kells not operating111 Dublin-Athboy-Cavan not operating115 Dublin-Mullingar not operating120 Dublin-Edenderry not operating126 Dublin-Newbridge-Kildare not operating133 Dublin-Wicklow not operating177 Dublin – Monaghan not operating188 Drogheda-Trim not operating190 Drogheda-Laytown not operatingBus Éireann said it apologises for any inconvenience caused by the industrial action. Travelling passengers have been advised to visit its website for further details on disruption to services.More: Bus Éireann workers walk out as passenger services affectedlast_img read more