Will Maharashtra CM overrule Amit Shah, asks Sharad Pawar

first_imgTaking a cue from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah’s remarks that reservations can not exceed 50%, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Friday said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will have to show courage to overrule his party president while granting quota to the Marathas.“He (Shah) has clearly said that reservations cannot be given above 50 per cent and that the demand for the same was not right. Now, it is a test for the Chief Minister (Devendra Fadnavis),” said Mr. Pawar. He said that the government should clarify its position in court which will ensure no harm to reservation of other groups. Mr. Pawar also extended support to reservation for Muslims in Maharashtra.The Maharashtra Assembly, in its recently concluded winter session, unanimously passed a Bill providing 16 % quota in jobs and education to the Marathas, taking the overall reservations in the State to 68% from the existing 52%. Addressing poll rallies in the run-up to the Assembly elections in Telangana, Mr. Shah had opposed the TRS government’s proposal to increase reservation for Muslims, saying the Supreme Court has imposed an overall cap of 50%.Homecoming for ex-MLCMr Pawar’s dare to the CM came at a press conference convened to announce the return of Prashant Hiray, ex-MLC from Nashik, to the NCP. Mr. Hiray had quit the NCP, to join the BJP and has been a former Maharashtra minister. Mr. Hiray and ex-MLC Apurva Hiray joined the NCP along with several followers in the presence of Mr. Pawar.Taunting the BJP which is enlisting leaders from other parties, Mr. Pawar said he does not need to depend on adopted ones as his real followers are enough to sail him through. “We don’t run our houses depending on adopted leaders. We don’t even need to depend on them. We are the ones who work on self-respect,” he said. The Hiray family, which enjoys influence across Nashik district and runs several educational institutes, has been close to Mr. Pawar for years. They parted ways over differences with NCP strongman Chhagan Bhujbal, who also hails from Nashik. “Yes, there were certain problems between us. But everything has been sorted out,” said Mr. Bhujbal.last_img read more

Good news soon on tie-up with JJP: AAP

first_imgHaryana Aam Aadmi Party chief Naveen Jaihind on Friday alleged that the BJP is spreading hatred in the name of religion and caste in the country and his party was ready to make any sacrifice to throw it out of power.Mr. Jaihind, addressing a press conference here, said AAP was ready to accept any of the five Lok Sabha seats offered by the Jannayak Janta Party for their alliance to work and keep the BJP out of power. He said that AAP was in talks with the JJP for an alliance in Lok Sabha election in Haryana and “good news” was expected soon, adding that the outcome of the talks was expected by the month-end. “It is important to save the country,” said Mr. Jaihind.He alleged that the BJP leaders dressed themselves in Army uniform to take political mileage out of the air strikes in the wake of the Pulwama attack and played politics on the martyrdom of the Army jawans.Delhi modelMr. Jaihind said that his party would go to the people in Haryana with the AAP’s Delhi model of development and remind the masses about the promises made by the BJP in its manifestos. “The BJP promised to implement the Swaminathan Commission report, provide two crore jobs to the youth and transfer ₹15 lakh in every bank account, but failed to keep any of its promises. In Haryana, it provided just a few thousand government jobs in Group D category against the promise of one lakh jobs every year. Crime against women has gone up and farmers are in distress,” said the AAP Haryana chief. He said the BJP had also failed to keep its word on developing smart cities and all it could do was to change the name of Gurgaon to Gurugram.Asserting that his party was ready to contest all 10 Lok Sabha seats if talks for an alliance with the JJP did not materialise, Mr. Jaihind said that AAP would appoint in-charges for all 10,000 polling stations in the State over the next 10 days.last_img read more

La Liga: Real Madrid Top after Goalless Derby Draw at Atletico Madrid

first_img atletico madriddrawgoalless drawla liga First Published: September 29, 2019, 7:35 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Madrid: Real Madrid earned a 0-0 draw at neighbours Atletico Madrid in a tight derby to stay top of La Liga on Saturday, continuing their recovery after a disappointing start to the season.Karim Benzema came closest to scoring at the Wanda Metropolitano but Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak made a fine save to keep out the French forward’s header. Atletico forward Joao Felix twice fired wide in the first half and Real’s Gareth Bale lashed an effort off target after the break in a game of few chances.Real Madrid are top with 15 points from seven matches and Atletico stayed third with one point less.”I think with the game we played we deserved a lot more,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane told reporters. “In the end a point is a point. We had chances, the header from Benzema especially.”I can’t criticise my players over anything, I’m annoyed for them above all, but I’m happy with the game they played. They too are a bit disappointed not to take all the points.”Real’s Sergio Ramos and Atletico’s Kieran Trippier were lucky to avoid bookings for cynical fouls on Felix and Eden Hazard respectively in a cagey opening.Atletico’s club-record signing Felix sneaked in behind Real’s defence but dragged an effort across the face of goal before whistling another shot just wide towards the end of the first half.At the other end, Oblak made one solid save to tip Toni Kroos’s low drive around the post.Both teams were more afraid of losing than hungry to win with a draw seemingly suiting both.”We have a lot of work to do (to get rid of) errors that we should not be committing, we have to keep working,” said Atletico coach Diego Simeone.”In the first half we had more of the play but we couldn’t finish any of our chances. In the second. Oblak made that save from Benzema’s header. It was a hard-fought game, we both lacked what you need to win a game.”After a shaky start to the season and a 3-0 thrashing by Paris St Germain in the Champions League, Zidane has steadied the ship with wins over Sevilla, Osasuna and now a draw with a direct title rival.Real Sociedad, who are fifth, could displace Real at the top with a win over Sevilla on Sunday. last_img read more

Ross Taylor to undergo eye surgery after Hamilton Test against Pakistan

first_imgNew Zealand’s Ross Taylor has passed an eye test and will be available to face Pakistan but the batsman plans to undergo surgery on a benign growth of the conjunctiva after the match and faces six weeks on the sidelines.Taylor did not bat in the second innings of the series-opening test in Christchurch after having an preliminary eye test on the first day and was a doubt for the second match at Seddon Park in Hamilton starting on Friday. (Also read: New Zealand recall Dean Brownlie for second Pakistan Test)After New Zealand wrapped up victory on Sunday, coach Mike Hesson said the 32-year-old former skipper had experienced a problem with vision out of the eye for about a year and a test showed it may have deteriorated “quicker” than hoped.However, a second eye examination in Hamilton returned a more positive prognosis.”Ross has a pterygium on his left eye, which is gradually getting bigger. Both the specialists he’s seen in recent days have advised Ross still has 20/20 vision and Ross himself feels confident he is ready to play,” team physiotherapist Tommy Simsek said in a media release.”Ross will still need to undergo a medical procedure on his eye to remove the pterygium before it gets any larger. He’ll have surgery following the test which rule him out of cricket for approximately four-to-six weeks.”last_img read more

Women’s World Cup: In-form India eye dominant performance against South Africa

first_imgAfter a four-match unbeaten run, India will look to securing a semi-finals berth at the ICC Women’s World Cup when they meet South Africa at the Grace Road ground here on Saturday.India will look to maintaining their winning streak after having defeated England, the West Indies, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in their previous outings.On the other hand, South Africa have been a bit inconsistent, winning two of their four matches. They lost to England while their match against New Zealand was abandoned due to rain.India are at the second spot on the points table with eight points, the same as defending champions Australia who are at the top position due to a superior run rate.For South Africa, a win against India will help them enter the top four and get into contention for a semi-finals spot. The Proteas are presently at the fifth spot with five points.India will heavily depend upon their in-form batter Smriti Mandhana and skipper Mithali Raj who have been in good nick throughout the tournament.Mandhana and Raj have figured in all the four matches played by India so far. Mandhana has scored 206 runs with an average of 51.50 while Raj has scored 178 runs with an average of 44.50.In the bowling department, the Indian spinners have wreaked the most damage on the opposition and may prove to be the key against South Africa as well.Indian spinners Ekta Bisht and Deepti Sharma have picked up seven wickets each while Poonam Yadav has taken five wickets in the four matches that India have played so far.advertisementTalented Indian batter Veda Krishnamurthy believes that her side holds the upper hand against South Africa and knows their strengths and weaknesses with the white ball.”We’re quite confident for the game against South Africa because in the last four or five games we have played against them we have done well. We are aware of their team, we know what combinations and players are there, so we can play according to our strengths,” she said.”We played them a couple of months back so we know their strengths and weaknesses, so we will be working towards them. We are more compact than them, because individually, South Africa are very good, but when it comes to collective performance, they really depend on their main players to do well.”On the other hand, South Africa will depend on their openers Lizelee Lee and Laura Wolvaardt to start well against India.Lee with 161 runs and Wolvaardt with 138 runs have been the leading scorers for South Africa in the three matches they have played so far.In the bowling department, pacer Marizanhe Kapp will be the key for the Proteas. Kapp is the leading wicket taker in the tournament with eight scalps in three matches.Leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk, who has picked up five wickets in three matches, will be another important player in the Proteas bowling department.Squads:India: Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parween, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wicketkeeper), Poonam Yadav.South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (captain), Trisha Chetty (wicketkeeper), Moseline Daniels, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon and Laura Wolvaardt.last_img read more

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon world record in Berlin

first_imgKenya’s Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge set a sensational world record over the distance on Sunday, shaving more than a minute off the previous best with a dazzling run in the German capital, to land the one major running accomplishment that had eluded him.The 33-year-old, widely seen as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, ran an official time of time of two hours, one minutes and 39 seconds on a sunny and warm autumn day along the flat inner-city course to beat Dennis Kimetto’s world best by a minute and 18 seconds in Berlin back in 2014.”I lack words to describe this day,” said a beaming Kipchoge, a former world champion over 5,000 metres and marathon gold medallist at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. “I am really grateful, happy to smash the world record.”They say you can miss it twice but not third time. So I want to thank everyone who has helped me,” Kipchoge, who last year took part in the Nike Breaking Two project, where he ran two hours and 25 seconds with the aid of “illegal” in and out pacemakers.He started off with a sizzling pace and quickly shook off his biggest opponent, Wilson Kipsang, to make it a one-man race.It was clear after the opening few kilometres that Kipchoge’s only opponent would be the clock and his three pacemakers were pushed to the limit to keep the tempo high.But even after the last one peeled off after 25 kilometres, Kipchoge showed no sign of slowing, passing the 30km mark in 1:26:45, with a pace of 2:52 per 1,000 metres.advertisement”It was hard. I ran my own race, I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach. That’s what pushed me in the last kilometres,” he said.Kipchoge kept up the pace to sprint through the Brandenburg Gate and complete a world record run that cements his reputation as one of the greatest runners of all time.last_img read more

Christian Eriksen pounces to give Spurs crucial victory over Internazionale

first_img Pinterest Tottenham 1-0 Internazionale: Champions League – as it happened In one of those rare moments of perfect clarity, they got it. There were 80 minutes on the clock when the rejuvenated Moussa Sissoko drove forward and Inter defenders were drawn towards him; their defensive structure finally punctured.Sissoko fed the ball square to Dele Alli and, suddenly, it was on. Alli had Christian Eriksen on the overlap, easing into space, and he teed him up, having taken a touch as he pivoted. Eriksen had entered as a substitute only 10 minutes earlier but he did not feel his heart race. With great composure, he lifted a beautiful first-time finish past Samir Handanovic.It is at such moments, when the pressure is at its most acute, that the big players deliver. Sissoko, Alli and Eriksen combined to do just that and 1-0 was the dream scoreline for Spurs because it took them above Inter into second place in Group B on the first tie-breaker criterion – the head-to-head record between the clubs. The fixture at San Siro ended in a 2-1 Inter win but the away goal that Eriksen scored that night now stands to count double.Spurs still have it all to do, however. Inter will be the favourites to beat PSV Eindhoven at home in the final round of matches and, in that event, the London club will need to win against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. In short, they must match Inter’s result. Barcelona are already assured of finishing on top of the section. Might they rest players? To Spurs’s delight, however, they are alive and in control of their destiny.Pochettino had spoken beforehand about his relish for seemingly impossible missions and the key to this one was always going to be the players’ attitude. They had shown it in the previous tie at home to PSV, when a pair of late Harry Kane goals swept them to a 2-1 win, and they kept their cool once more.Inter are a better team than PSV and they bristled with latent menace on the break. Moreover, they were defensively disciplined and there were plenty of times when Spurs looked up to see a wall of black and blue. From the outset, it was clear that unpicking them and striking the right balance between pushing but not over-committing would be tough. Twitter Facebook Spurs pressed onto the front foot while Inter were happy to counterpunch and it was tight and edgy. If the home team needed any reminding of how Inter could fashion something out of nothing, it came on 27 minutes when Ivan Perisic released Mauro Icardi. The striker had the legs on Toby Alderweireld and the Tottenham defender knew it. He took the yellow card with a cynical foul.Moments earlier, Harry Winks had put Hugo Lloris in trouble with a loose backpass and the goalkeeper got away with an even looser ball, which had been intended for Alderweireld. Serge Aurier would also win a vital challenge on the substitute Borja Valero inside the area at the end of the first half. Spurs’ margin for error was slim to nonexistent. They had been pepped by Saturday’s 3-1 win over Chelsea, when they tore into their opponents from the first whistle, but there was a different approach here and a different feel, a different tempo.Against Chelsea, Pochettino had played Alli in the space behind two strikers but on this occasion, the England international’s starting position was nominally to the left of a midfield trio. As ever, he had the license to bomb forward, to roam in between the lines.Pochettino started Winks rather than Eric Dier in front of the back four and he brought energy and assurance in possession while Sissoko supplied the power. His transformation from expensive misfit to driving force continues apace. Pochettino had raised eyebrows by omitting Eriksen from the starting XI and it feels as though he is managing the player’s fitness amid concerns about an abdominal problem. Eriksen would eventually cause pain to Inter’s gut.Spurs struggled to get in behind their opponents in the first half but they still had their moments, none better than when Winks shaped a right-footed curler against the crossbar from 20 yards. Lucas Moura had shouted in vain for an early penalty after Matteo Politano unwisely dangled in a leg on him – it would have been a brave award from the referee Cüneyt Cakir – while Kane laid on an opening for Alli only for his teammate to lift high. Lucas shot too close to Handanovic after a thrust from Sissoko. The Fiver: sign up for our daily football email. Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share on Twitter match reports Share on Pinterest Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen challenges Inter’s Mauro Icardi. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPAcenter_img Tottenham Hotspur Share via Email Champions League Share on WhatsApp The anxiety among the majority in the 57,132 crowd was palpable and the longer it remained goalless, the better it suited Inter; they came to threaten more in the second half as the spaces opened up.Pochettino introduced Son Heung-min and Eriksen and the latter’s first touch was a free-kick that Jan Vertonghen might have converted at the far post. Lloris saved smartly from Perisic and, after the goal, from Danilo D’Ambrosio while the final action saw Kwadwo Asamoah unleash a goalbound drive that Alderweireld blocked. Spurs will travel to Barcelona in hope. Topics Share on LinkedIn Read more Internazionale Tottenham had to win and, as the second-half minutes ticked down and Wembley grew increasingly fraught, they came to crave a single chance; a shot at Champions League salvation.Internazionale had been obdurate and it was difficult to remember Spurs creating anything in open play after the interval. Was this the slow death of their hopes? One thing was plain: Mauricio Pochettino and his players needed something special. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

De Bruyne: City fine without Alexis

first_imgTransfers ‘It doesn’t matter’ – De Bruyne not concerned with Alexis rejecting City for Man United Sacha Pisani 12:51 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Kevin De Bruyne Alexis Sanchez Manchester City Arsenal Clive Brunskill Transfers Manchester United Yeovil Town v Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United Cardiff City v Manchester City Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion Manchester City Premier League A. Sánchez Kevin De Bruyne The Belgian feels his club will get along just fine without the Chilean, who chose to move to the other side of Manchester Alexis Sanchez may have turned down Manchester City for neighbours Manchester United but Kevin De Bruyne and the runaway Premier League leaders are unfazed.Sanchez had been tipped to join Pep Guardiola at City before the Chile international forward opted to leave Arsenal for United in a blockbuster deal.Belgian midfielder De Bruyne – who signed a new contract through to 2023 – insisted City are fine without the former Barcelona star. 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 “It doesn’t matter,” said De Bruyne. “We will still do what we need to do, with or without him.”He chose United. Okay, there are a lot of good players. If they want to come, they want to come, and otherwise we will do it with our team.”City are 12 points clear of second-placed United atop the Premier League table after 24 matches.De Bruyne and his team-mates face Cardiff City in the FA Cup on Sunday before hosting West Brom in the Premier League on Wednesday.Sanchez could make his debut for Jose Mourinho’s side at Yeovil Town on Friday, ahead of the trip to Tottenham in the league midweek.With the Chilean gone, Arsenal pulled off a win over Chelsea in the league cup semi-final that will see them face De Bruyne and City in the final in late February.last_img read more

Touchline Newsletter – 4th Edition

first_imgThe journal is an excellent resource for affiliates as it investigates the ins and outs of risk management associated with sport by relating to real situations in various sports from all over the world. In the 4th edition of Touchline, Sportscover focus on the issue of Sport and the Law and when the two mix, it provides some fantastic sports anecdotes from around the globe in the ‘Sports Shorts’ section and also provides an interesting piece regarding head injuries among the contact football codes.To view a copy of the journal, please click the link below. http://www.sportscover.com/files/Touchline_edition4.pdflast_img

Payroll Rebate Amendment Approved

first_img Information on NSBI transactions can be found at www.novascotiabusiness.com/fundingdisclosures. -30- Quick facts: in 2015 NSBI announced that The Bank of N.T. Butterfield and Son Limited had been qualified to earn a payroll rebate for up to a maximum of $840,000 over six years, for up to 50 jobs payroll rebates are designed in a way that the tax revenue generated for the province by the new jobs in Nova Scotia is always more than the amount spent on the rebate payroll rebates are only paid after a business has generated actual payroll for the Nova Scotia economy for every dollar a company spends on the new jobs, it receives between five and 10 cents back when a company submits an annual rebate claim, it must send NSBI audited information that confirms the number of jobs it created that year payroll rebates are paid through the Strategic Investment Fundscenter_img Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved an amendment to the existing Bank of N.T. Butterfield and Son Limited business development incentive agreement, which was announced in December 2015 in the form of a payroll rebate. With the amended business incentive agreement, the company is projected to create an additional 50 jobs in the province, for a total of 100 jobs over the six-year agreement. The amendment reflects both the company’s workforce growth plans and the agreed-upon increase in projected average salaries for the new positions. Based on the maximum growth forecast of the six-year amended payroll rebate agreement, NSBI estimates The Bank of N.T. Butterfield and Son Limited would spend about $21 million in salaries. It is estimated the new employees would contribute provincial tax revenues of about $2.4 million through their income and consumption taxes. As a result, The Bank of N.T. Butterfield and Son Limited is qualified to earn up to $1,674,237 through the payroll rebate over the six-year agreement. The Bank of N.T. Butterfield and Son Limited would be eligible for a smaller rebate if it creates fewer than 100 jobs.last_img read more

BC First Nation files Aboriginal Rights lawsuit against Canada over salmon farms

first_imgKingcome Inlet Fish Farm. Photo Courtesy: Dzawada’enuxw First NationLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsThe Dzawada’enuxw First Nation of Kingcome is taking legal action against Canada to remove 10 salmon farms from their traditional waters located in the Broughton Archipelago northeast of Vancouver Island.“We are standing up to say we are taking back our lands, territories and resources, said Traditional Leader Willie Moon of Dzawada’enuxw First Nation (DFN).“I know how the government works, they divide and conquer our elected and our traditional [leadership], but today we stand united with our elected moving forward for our people and our children.”The community has said no to open-net fish farms for 30 years.The statement of claim, filed in federal court argues that the federal government authorized fish farm licenses without their consultation or consent.The claim also says fish farm operations pollute and poison wild salmon.The Dzawada’enuxw believe that open-net pens pose a serious threat to already low salmon stocks and have been actively protesting against the industry for three years.(Members of Dzawada’enuxw First Nation and supporters gather in downtown Vancouver. Photo Courtesy: Rob Smith/APTN)DFN members occupied Midsummer Island fish farm, owned by Marine Harvest Canada, but were ordered off in December 2017 by a court injunction.Jack Woodward, the nation’s lawyer, represented the Tsilhqot’in in their landmark title and rights case.“This is an action against Canada to terminate the federal licences which authorize fish farms,” said Woodward.“The legal basis of the case is that these federal licences infringe upon my client’s constitutionally-protected Aboriginal Rights.”This lawsuit is the third court challenge the DFN has filed since last year.“A win on any one of these cases could end fish farm licences for Atlantic salmon on the B.C. coast,” said Woodward.Last month the B.C. government announced a plan to phase out some fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago, but it did not include DFN.The Dzawada’enuxw left the government-to-government talks early last year.Although DFN believes the new deal between three other First Nations and the Province made some progress in protecting wild salmon from fish farms, they fear critical gaps remain.Chief Moon said DFN is taking matters into their owns hands, “Our membership said zero tolerance.”“Get those fish farms out of the water!”lhamelin@aptn.ca@laurie_hamelinlast_img read more

Paradise Papers Critics assail fact Trudeau satisfied with Bronfmans answer

first_imgHANOI, Vietnam – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday he’s satisfied with the public explanation provided by a top Liberal fundraiser whose name surfaced in leaked documents that provide details on legal, offshore tax havens used by the wealthy.Trudeau’s Conservative and NDP rivals, however, are decidedly less so.Trudeau, who is in Vietnam for this week’s APEC meeting, said he’s accepted Stephen Bronfman’s response to the so-called “Paradise Papers” that he has never funded nor used offshore trusts, and that all his Canadian trusts have paid all federal taxes on their income.However, when asked why his close friend appeared to still be in his role as a key Liberal fundraiser, the prime minister did not directly answer, nor would he speak Bronfman’s name.“In regards to the specific case you mentioned, we have received assurances that all rules were followed, indeed the same assurances made in the public statement released by the family, and we are satisfied with those assurances,” Trudeau told a news conference inside Vietnam’s presidential palace.“We have done much in regards to tax avoidance and tax evasion, including working with international partners.“But we also recognize there is much more to do and you can rest assured that Canada Revenue Agency will take very seriously its responsibility to go after everyone and anyone involved in tax avoidance and tax evasion.”Tax avoidance measures involving offshore trusts are legal, provided that the trust is genuinely managed offshore and that Canadian taxes are paid on any Canadian contributions. And there may be other legitimate reasons for setting up an offshore account, including if you’re a contractor doing work in a particular country.Still, the questions around Bronfman have given the Liberal government’s political foes fresh ammunition to accuse Trudeau of leading an ethically challenged government — and they renewed their attacks Wednesday.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer called it “unbelievable” that Trudeau would give Bronfman a clean bill of health so soon after the Canada Revenue Agency had promised to delve more deeply into the murky world of offshore tax havens.“What kind of message does that send to the Canada Revenue Agency and the people that will be reviewing the file? What kind of message does that send to Canadians?” Scheer asked.“I think what drives Canadians crazy is when they think there’s one set of rules for everyone and a different set of rules for close friends of Liberal ministers or the prime minister.”NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh also called for more investigation, saying it’s critical to understand what happened with the Paradise Papers and why Canada’s laws allow the super-rich to avoid paying taxes.“The prime minister says that he is satisfied with the explanation provided by Mr. Bronfman,” Singh said. “The reality is Canadians are not satisfied. Canadians expect a just and fair taxation system … that ensures the wealthy, the well-connected, the powerful also contribute their fair share.”Scheer said the government needs to allow the CRA to determine whether the problem is structural or enforcement-based and give those accused of playing fast and loose with the rules a chance to defend their actions.“For the prime minister, before any of that work is done, to go out and say ‘We are satisfied’ — I think that’s terribly inappropriate.”Opposition MPs pursued the matter later during question period, demanding to know whether Bronfman will now be excluded from the CRA’s promise to review evidence from the Paradise Papers and take any necessary action against tax evaders.Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier said it would be inappropriate for her to comment on an individual case but repeatedly asserted that “no one is above the law.”In his statement, Bronfman said he made a single loan to the trust on an arm’s-length, fully commercial basis some 25 years ago that was repaid five months later, a transaction that was fully in compliance with Canadian law.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Cambodia UNbacked tribunal trying Khmer Rouge leaders calls for more funds

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia has a shortfall of $43.7 million after pledges received so far, the ECCC said in a press release issued in Phnom Penh, the national capital and the seat of the tribunal.This includes $37.7 million for the UN component of the budget and $6.1 million for the Cambodian component.Last week a delegation from the tribunal held what it said were “productive discussions… in a most constructive atmosphere” in New York with the Group of Interested States about the ECCC budget through 2010. The talks, based on a revised budget, follow concerns expressed by donors after a draft budget was presented in January.The statement said the donors had expressed strong support for the ECCC’s work, illustrated by Japan’s contribution last week of almost $3 million to the Cambodian component of the budget and a commitment by the Cambodian Government of nearly $1 million.Briefing reporters in Phnom Penh, the Director of ECCC’s Office of Administration Sean Visoth noted that a recent public survey indicated that Cambodians continue to give their strong support to the work of the tribunal.“One of the principal reasons for establishing the hybrid model we are following in Cambodia was to hold the trials in a context that is close to the people, offering them the opportunity to visit the court, sit in the public gallery which holds 500 people, and watch the process broadcast live on radio and television throughout the country,” he said.Under an agreement signed by the UN and Cambodia, the ECCC was set up as an independent court using a mixture of Cambodian staff and judges and foreign personnel. It is designated to try those deemed most responsible for crimes and serious violations of Cambodian and international law between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979. 24 June 2008The United Nations-backed tribunal trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings and other crimes in Cambodia during the late 1970s, which is expected to soon hold its first trial, said today it needs more than $40 million in funds to continue its work through the end of next year. read more

President Sirisena leaves for China to meet Xi Jinping

The Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations will be held from May 15 to 22 in Beijing, and Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the event and deliver a keynote speech. President Maithripala Sirisena left for China today to attend a conference and also have talks with the Chinese leadership.The President’s office said that he will attend the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations in Beijing. The President left for China with a 27-member delegation. More than 2,000 government officials and representatives from 47 countries are expected to attend the opening ceremony and forums.President Sirisena is expected to meet his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping tomorrow.

Manitoba firms up hydro sale to Saskatchewan says it will keep rates

by Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 14, 2015 10:55 am MDT Last Updated Sep 14, 2015 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Manitoba firms up hydro sale to Saskatchewan, says it will keep rates in check WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s Crown-owned energy utility announced a deal Monday to sell 100 megawatts of hydroelectric power to its counterpart in Saskatchewan.The 20-year agreement between Manitoba Hydro and SaskPower starts in 2020 and is big enough to power 40,000 homes. It builds on previous sales, including a 25-megawatt deal signed last year that will run from November 2015 to May 2022.Interim Manitoba Hydro president Darren Rainkie said the sale is part of the corporation’s earlier projected revenues — the two provinces signed a memorandum of understanding in 2013 for up to 500 megawatts — and will not affect plans to boost domestic hydro rates by 3.9 per cent a year for the next decade.“It means that we can continue to deliver reasonably stable rates in the next number of years that is in line with our forecasts. It allows us to firm up the revenue that’s in our forecast right now,” Rainkie said.Manitoba Hydro is in the midst of a major expansion, with new generating stations being built in the north and a long transmission line that will bring the energy south. The new sale to Saskatchewan will take up 18 per cent of the energy generated by the Keeyask generation station already under construction, Rainkie said.The sale to Saskatchewan will require a new 80-kilometre transmission line to be built between the provinces, at cost of roughly $50 million.Rainkie would not disclose how much SaskPower is paying for the new contract, but said the price is a good one.“That’s a commercially sensitive amount … we can’t compromise future negotiations by releasing it,” he said.“It’s fixed price and it becomes then escalated at (the rate of inflation) but it definitely is an attractive price.”Premier Greg Selinger said the deal will help keep domestic hydro rates among the lowest in Canada and will boost the economy. read more

UN agency reports record cereal crop as Ebola conflict threaten food security

The latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation Report shows that while bumper crops in Europe and a record maize output in the United States of America pushed cereal output 0.3 per cent higher than last year, agriculture and food sectors in many countries were hit by significant, damaging shocks.In West Africa, the Ebola outbreak, which began when crops were being planted and gathered pace during the farming cycle, led to a reduced harvest. Rice and cassava prices showed “notable increases” in the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown, and other cities in September. Harvests were also reduced by bad weather in the Sahel region, with agricultural output in Senegal expected to be 38 per cent below average.Conflict was responsible for serious impacts on food insecurity in several countries, including Syria, where a weak harvest, due to abandoned land, scarce labour, and damaged infrastructure, was exacerbating the effects of worsening civil conflict. An estimated 6.8 million Syrians – some refugees in neighbouring countries – faced severe food insecurity, with the situation in Iraq, where 2.8 million people were displaced, also acutely serious.In the Central African Republic (CAR), increased violence, coupled with crop production 58 per cent below average, put one third of the population in need of urgent food assistance. Prices of agricultural commodities have shot up by as much as 70 per cent this year and one in four households has resorted to negative coping strategies, including selling productive assets and slaughtering livestock. Pressure on food supplies also came from refugee movements, the report said, especially from Sudan’s Darfur region, northern Nigeria, the CAR and Mali. More than 6.5 million people need food and livelihood assistance in Chad, South Sudan, Sudan and Somalia.Nevertheless, the report says that the increase in overall cereal output will outpace projected consumption, boosting cereal stocks to their highest level since 2000 and pushing the worldwide stock-to-use ratio, a proxy measure for supply conditions, to rise to 25.2 percent, its highest level in 13 years. read more

Speaker series brings concussion expert to Brock

The event will take place Monday, May 4, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Academic South Room 204. The event is free to attend, but an RSVP is required as space is limited. Register now. A world-renowned expert in concussions and spinal cord injuries will be speaking soon at Brock University.With concussions becoming a concern in many major sports, more importance is being placed on participants and their parents knowing the risks a concussion can pose.Neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Tator will speak about the issue Monday, May 4 as part of the Lifespan Centre Speaker Series.Concussions – What are they and what can I do? will feature an important and candid talk about the issue. Dr. Tator will discuss what concussions are and how they impact the developing brain.“Now that we know how prevalent concussions are and their potential long term developmental effects, families, researchers and the community need to keep the discussion going about concussion and its relation to wellness. We are thrilled to have Dr. Tator come and present to our community,” said Dr. Sid Segalowitz, Director of the Centre for Lifespan Development Research.Tator has focused his efforts on learning about head injuries that occur while participating in sports and recreational activities. His advocacy has resulted in new legislation and prevention methods being put in place.“Concussion prevention and management are team sports, and to be effective, the whole community has to be playing,” said Dr. Tator.Attendees will learn how to best identify, treat and prevent concussions while providing tips and information to help parents, educators, practitioners, and coaches better understand this important issue. read more

Despite praise and accolades JT Barrett is still earning his stripes

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs the ball during a game against Cincinnati on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 50-28, behind 409 yards of total offense from Barrett.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen the Ohio State football team took the field to open the season, Urban Meyer didn’t know what to expect from his quarterback.But five weeks and four Big Ten awards later, the OSU coach said he has a better idea of what redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett’s development has been like.“J.T. continues to be a very good distributor, completing a high percentage of his balls, and really we’re giving him more and more responsibility about getting us in the right play, which is a big part of what the quarterback’s expected to do,” Meyer said after OSU’s 50-28 win against Cincinnati on Saturday.On Tuesday, Meyer said his comfort level with Barrett under center is “night and day” from what it was when the Buckeyes took the field against Navy on Aug. 30, but a day earlier, he had made it clear Barrett’s play hasn’t earned him a permanent spot.Senior quarterback Braxton Miller — who is out for the season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder — is expected to return to the Buckeyes as a fifth-year senior in 2015. And Meyer put any potential talk of a quarterback controversy to rest with one simple phrase: “Braxton is our quarterback.”“To be fair to Braxton, Big Ten Player of the Year,” Meyer said Monday. “Good to know we’ve got both of them.”But Meyer isn’t dismissing Barrett’s work. Moments before saying he is committed to Miller as the Buckeyes’ quarterback, Meyer stressed the confidence he has in Barrett this season.“I love J.T., he’s fun to coach,” Meyer said. “He’s a guy that has a great demeanor on the sideline. He’s a student of the game.”Meyer hasn’t been the only person to praise Barrett’s play.Sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson — who was part of the same recruiting class as Barrett coming out of high school — said the young quarterback is “playing very well” so far this season.Senior quarterback Braxton Miller, who is out for the season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, arrived at Ohio Stadium for a game against Virginia Tech dressed in a suit before spending the game in the press box and on the sidelines. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editor“I always knew he had it in him because he’s such a great leader,” Wilson said after the win against the Bearcats. “He works really hard, and now, he’s just perfecting his craft.”On top of receiving a total of three Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards and one Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award, Barrett has reaped praise from teammates and the coaching staff alike, along with some constructive criticism.After that Cincinnati game — in which Barrett gained 409 yards of total offense, good for the second-best output in school history — Meyer said the Wichita Falls, Texas, native still has room for improvement as a field general that was noticeable on the field. The third-year OSU coach said Barrett needs to do a better job communication in order to prevent penatlies from the offensive line.Meyer said the line was having trouble hearing Barrett’s cadence, which led to multiple false starts and therefore lost yardage against Cincinnati.“I kept screaming ‘Peyton Manning’ at him, because when I study or just get to watch games, Peyton Manning’s still as good as I’ve ever seen as far as taking control,” Meyer said after the game. “And (Barrett’s) not there yet, so (he needs to) take control of the offense.”Despite the praise and criticism, as well as Meyer’s stated commitment to Miller, Barrett is still set to have the rest of the season to prove his merit as OSU’s starting quarterback.The Buckeyes’ next game is scheduled for Saturday against Maryland in College Park, Md at Byrd Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Watch again Domhnall meets hero Robbie Keane in amazing Toy Show moment

first_imgIN THE BEST Toy Show moment in years, Irish footballer Robbie Keane walked onto the set of the Late Late Toy Show this evening to surprise a young fan.Everything from Domhnall’s face to his speechlessness to his eventual recovery would melt even the coldest hearts.Enjoy: Source: RTÉ – Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster Robbie, Mary, Bosco and cups…The Late Late Toy Show 2013 as it happened>12 distinctly Irish Christmas decoration methods>last_img

Pochettino under pressure to halt Spurs slide

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure to halt the team’s poor run of form when they face Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.Spurs have lost their last three games in all competitions including a disappointing midweek away loss to Inter Milan in the opening group game of their UEFA Champions League campaign.Pochettino takes his team to face the seagulls this weekend in the Premier League who are in search of their first win since thrashing Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford.“The group is, of course, a little bit anxious about winning games because it is normal when you don’t win the atmosphere and the energy is different but that happens,” said Pochettino on Thursday, according to France24.“Sometimes it is good to feel the pain of defeat, not only one but two or three.”“After Manchester United, the perception was completely different. Now, after three defeats, all seems different but not under my eyes.”Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.However, Pochettino has refused to blame a lack of summer transfer activity on the team’s poor form.“Now it’s easy to blame or regret different things, that is the easy way to avoid responsibility,” he said. “I’m not going to avoid responsibility.”Spurs have conceded four of the last six goals against them from set pieces and Poch insists they have to improve.“We need to be strong because the games that we lose, in the way we conceded the goals, it’s so painful,” added Pochettino.last_img read more