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first_imgSaying that the historic 1818 battle of Bhima-Koregaon represented a watershed moment for the Dalit community in their struggle against caste prejudices, newly elected Gujarat Assembly legislator Jignesh Mevani on Sunday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governmentrepresented a ‘neo-Peshwai’ mentality.Mr. Mevani was among several notable progressive speakers who addressed a humongous congregation at the Elgaar Parishad at the historic Shaniwarwada to commemorate the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon of January 1, 1818. As many as 500 soldiers of the untouchable Mahar community had fought alongside the English to defeat the forces of Peshwa Bajirao II in the battle.Lashing out against regional parochialism, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student activist Umer Khalid “apologised” for not delivering his address in Marathi. “Ours is not the xenophobic credo of the ‘Marathi Manoos’ but a celebration of plurality and diversity … forces are aware that the battle of ideas cannot be won by words and hence are resorting to bullets,” said Mr. Khalid.Relevance todayCommenting on the murders of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, Communist leader Govind Pansare, scholar M.M. Kalburgi and journalist Gauri Lankesh, Mr. Khalid said the Bhima-Koregaon bicentenary was not merely a commemoration of the struggle of the Mahar community against the Brahminical Peshwa rule, but had modern-day echoes in the ongoing fight of progressives against Hindutva forces.Radhika Vemula, the mother of the late research scholar Rohith Vemula, said, “The Bhima-Koregaon battle was a defining moment for the Dalit community. Today, the BJP government represents the ‘neo-Peshwai’ mentality … it is this mentality and their agents, be it ministers or legislators, who conspired to killed my son and persecute Dalit scholars like him.” Ms. Vemula said that people must take inspiration from the 1818 battle and form a joint front of progressives to combat the ‘new Peshwai tyranny’. Earlier, following much controversy over the event, the police eventually granted permission to organisers with several caveats, specifying that the programme would not include objectionable slogans, posters, banners or feature acts that would “hurt sentiments of members of any caste or religion”. The event had met with considerable opposition from Hindu outfits and pro-Brahmin groups.Groups from across StateThousands of people from more than 250 progressive social outfits, including several left-leaning, Ambedkarite groups across Maharashtra, participated in the event which was symbolically held at the Shaniwarwada fort, the erstwhile seat of Peshwa power. For Dalit activists and progressives, the narrative of the Bhima-Koregaon battle is emblematic in the ongoing struggle against caste oppression and Brahminical domination.The six-hour event, which began at 2 p.m., featured cultural programmes by groups like the Kabir Kala Manch. Later in the evening, the speakers joined lakhs from the Dalit community to visit the Koregaon Ranstambh (victory pillar), a memorial dedicated to the battle in the village of Bhima-Koregaon, 30 km from the city.last_img read more

first_imgThree Asom Gana Parishad Ministers said on Saturday that they opposed the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 at a meeting of the Assam Cabinet, in a U-turn a day after a party leader claimed the issue was not raised at the key State forum.The Cabinet meeting was held on Friday and immediately after it Assam government spokesperson and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary had told reporters that the AGP did not raise any issue related to the Bill.AGP general secretary Ramendra Narayan Kalita also told the media that the three AGP Ministers — Atul Bora, Keshab Mahanta and Phani Bhusan Choudhury — did not raise the issue at the meeting as Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had met them before it commenced and requested them to discuss it at the next sitting of the coordination committee of the three alliance partners.But taking a U-turn, Mr. Bora, who is the AGP president and the State Agriculture Minister, said on Saturday, “We strongly raised the issue (in the Cabinet meeting). We said that we cannot be in the government if the Bill is passed.”At a hurriedly called press conference in the face of widespread criticism over the reported silence, Mr. Bora said, “We did not say it yesterday (after the Cabinet meeting) as we wanted to maintain the confidentiality of Cabinet meetings. But this has led to confusion among the people. The issue was not on the agenda (of the meeting), yet we raised it and discussed it for about half-an-hour, which led to a lot of debate.”‘Hindu migrants’Though the Bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha on July 15, 2016, seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslims who have fled persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, indigenous groups in Assam view it as a move to legitimise Hindus who have migrated from Bangladesh after 1971.The AGP is a constituent of the BJP-led NDA government in Assam and a meeting of the AGP Legislature Party held on May 31 had decided to oppose the Bill, which has triggered protests across the State during the past one month.The Bodoland Peoples’ Front, the other partner of the ruling alliance, is also opposed to the Bill and has asked the Centre to withdraw it keeping in view the interests of the State.Mr. Bora said that there was an understanding after a request from the Chief Minister that nothing from the Cabinet meeting would be made public.“But it was not kept. If the statement (by the government spokesperson) was made in a different way, this situation would not have arisen in Assam today,” Mr. Bora said.The AGP, despite being in the government, has been opposing the Bill since the beginning. Mr. Bora has publicly stated the party’s official position many times that it would leave the government if the Bill is passed.The opposition to the Bill has united all parties, except the BJP, and former Chief Ministers Tarun Gogoi (of the Congress) and Prafulla Kumar Mahanta joined a sit-in on May 31.last_img read more

first_imgThe referee officiating the round of 16 match between Colombia and England is receiving flak from all corners, especially from supporters of the latter team, for his poor performance at the Spartak stadium in Moscow on Wednesday night.American referee Mark Geiger gave away as many as 8 yellow cards during the 120 minutes of the match with Colombian players getting booked 6 times.England eventually emerged as the winners as they beat Colombia 4-3 on penalties to advance to the quarterfinals where they will face Sweden on July 7.World Cup 2018: England overcome Colombia via penalty shootout, in last 8The match had finished 1-1 in regulation plus extra-time after captain Harry Kane converted a penalty to put England ahead in the 57th penalty but Colombia drew level in stoppage time after Yerry Mina headed in the equaliser in the 93rd minute.Harry Kane’s England break World Cup penalty jinx: Stats and factsGeiger and Video Assistant Referees (VAR) however, were in the news for the inconsistency in their decisions throughout the match with even the Colombia coach Jose Pekerman criticising his performance for the numerous interruptions in the match thanks to all the fouls the referee awarded.”There were many situations, as expected, and everybody knew the match would be like this and I think we have to try to defend football,” the Argentine coach said.”We have to do something to protect football when certain situations arise. It is uncomfortable to play this match with such refereeing decisions. “When there are so many fouls that just cannot happen. We have to find ways to avoid that,” Pekerman added.advertisementWorld Cup 2018 Round of 16 Highlights: England beat Colombia on penaltiesThe biggest talking point of the match came in the 41st minute when Colombia’s Wilmar Barrios headbutted England midfielder Jordan Henderson.WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENEDEngland captain Harry Kane had won a free-kick at the edge of the Colombian box, just to the left of the D. As the Colombians made their wall, Henderson barged into Barrios, who responded by gently headbutting him in the chest.The Liverpool captain immediately dropped to the ground holding his face while writhing in pain. The referee failed to spot Barrios’ challenge so he consulted the VAR following which he showed a yellow card to the Colombian full-back.England fans and pundits fumed at the referee and VAR’s decision as they felt Barrios deserved a straight red-card for his offence.A red card could have been decisive at that stage as both teams were looking to break the deadlock and gain an advantage. With Colombia down to 10-men, the result of the match could have been completely different had VAR and Geiger penalised Barrios with a red card.Fans later took to social media to question the technology and the referee’s decision.headbutt Tetar (@bernardtetar) July 3, 2018What is the point in VAR, if it wont agree a headbutt is a red card #ENGCOLGuy Hunt (@GuyHunt) July 3, 2018Can someone explain to me why an obvious headbutt, irrespective of it being a yellow, or red card is not a penalty for the foul being committed inside the penalty area? #ENGCOLWayne Dews (@dewsy_21) July 3, 2018CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY THIS IS OK?? I CANNOT HEADBUTT PEOPLE WHERE I WORK! #engcol #ENG #COL #ENGVSCOL Meehan (@Suekidda) July 3, 2018Yellow card for a headbutt. You have to be kidding.Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 3, 2018Headbutt, but doesnt get sent off. That didnt last very long. England have been well and truly CONCACAFed. Cohen (@JakeFCohen) July 3, 2018Since when is a headbutt only a yellowLuke Ayling (@lukeayling_8) July 3, 2018This tweet sums up the delusions of a nation.1. 100% a penalty when you tackle someone to the ground2. When you headbutt a player and don’t get a red card you should be thanking the ref3. The goal was Columbia’s 2nd shot on target.4. You got 6 bookings for a reason5. Karma (@OGlazebrook) July 4, 2018If Colombia had played football, they would have won. But they decided to foul, headbutt, shove, harass the referee and scuff the penalty spot before Kane shot. Neymar biggest diver in HISTORY.William (@William90748296) July 4, 2018Apology of the year. Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 4, 2018last_img read more

first_imgShare via Email AZ’s Mousa Dembélé battles with Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs during a Champions League game in November 2009. Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA Listen Belgium Reuse this content Pinterest Never mind that his name is a mystery. A player who, at the age of 30, is improving to the point where one of his former managers describes him as the best midfielder in the world and Mauricio Pochettino has ranked him alongside Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho deserves to be remembered.But how? As Moussa Dembélé, which was how he was known from birth until a couple of years ago? Or as Mousa Dembélé, as everybody writes his name now? Mousa (let’s go with the latest version) had been coy about it. “It’s a long story,” he told a Belgian journalist before Euro 2016. Then he revealed in a Belgian magazine it was in fact a short, simple one. When he extended his passport his name was put down with one ‘s’ by accident. Dembélé said he decided to keep it that way.There is another Moussa Dembélé in international football, a Frenchman, nine years younger, who plays for Celtic and who quality-wise does not come close. People who know the Belgian Dembélé say it is typical of him to keep a bit of mystery, to not always want to come across as the nice, balanced guy he is. They also say it was probably out of kindness to his namesake that he did not take any action. Facebook Share on LinkedIn Andy Carroll surrounded by toddlers – Football Weekly Extra Tottenham Hotspur Share on Messengercenter_img Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Topics features Share on WhatsApp At AZ Dembélé became aware of the importance of scoring more. “But I will never become a real killer,” he has said. He may be too nice. With Belgium he has not been a regular for a long time and did not start their last friendly, despite his strong form. He accepts it practically without mention and seems more upset when Radja Nainggolan, with whom he is competing for a place, is criticised. Fitness problems do not help his case.“He does not beat players with speed but almost walks by them,” Maaskant says. “Then you can get a kick. He’s so tough, he didn’t really mind, just played on. Only afterwards we saw how thick his ankles were.”Strength is key to his game. “You can always count on him but he has been giving so much for 13 years,” says Martin Jol, who managed him at Fulham and regards him as the world’s finest midfielder. “Sometimes I thought of resting him but even the idea of starting without him made me sweat.”Jol gave Dembélé a permanent role in central midfield at Fulham, after Van Gaal tried him as a right midfielder. “In England, a striker has to score,” Jol says. “I wanted to take away that pressure. The stupid thing is, at training he banged balls in the top corner without a care. In midfield he was sensational, the one with the ideas, the passing ability but also the best ball winner.“There is hardly a midfielder who can and dares to beat opponents in midfield like he does. Maybe Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal but Mous can do it better, smoother.”The comparisons Pochettino reached for were even more striking. “I think it was a joke,” Dembélé has said. “I’m not a Maradona and it’s not my intention to become one.” Twitter Share on Facebook FA Cup One certainty as Dembélé prepares to play for Tottenham against Manchester United in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final is that he is the complete midfielder. One team-mate describes him as a ballerina, another as a tank, but they all think he is the best player in this Spurs side.When Dembélé came to England in 2010, signed by Fulham, he was a striker; now he is a midfielder, albeit one hard to categorise. He is not a typical playmaker, nor a holding midfielder or box-to-box-player. He is not merely a Zola-esque technician or a pure Keane-esque tackler; he is all this combined and more.Dembélé the person is just as multifaceted. “Sometimes I think: ‘Am I crazy?’” he told the Belgian writer Raf Willems for his book Sympathy for the Devils about Belgian players in the Premier League. “I like African music but also R&B, rap, alternative rock and classic. Put down Chinese instrumental, ballet, lounge and Malian kora as well.”As the child of a mother from the small Belgian town of Mol and a father from Mali and the streets of multicultural Antwerp, he understands different cultures. “I can empathise with different cultural expressions and am open to things that seem strange at first sight. I notice I have both African and Belgian characteristics.”And English. Rather than watching football on television he goes to West End musicals, or at least he did until he became a father.He was never one for trouble. His mother could let him play on the street and go to the gym to play football because he would be home for dinner without being asked. She motivated him to develop his skills by taping the light switch so he could turn it off and on by kicking a ball at it. The damage did not bother her. “I’m not the materialistic kind,” she has said.His parents watched all his games from Berchem Sport to Spurs, alongside Dembélé’s grandmother, who played football in Belgium but developed multiple sclerosis aged 40. Young Mousa and she were close.Dembélé made unorthodox choices. Rather than joining Anderlecht, Belgium’s biggest club with an excellent youth system, who were desperate to sign him, he went to a smaller Dutch club, Willem II, because he loved the country’s adventurous, technical football. His coach there, Robert Maaskant, was impressed by the 17-year-old’s physique: “Some of my experienced, strong defenders thought they had bumped into a tree instead of a teenager.”At his next club, AZ, Dembélé did not score freely, despite having top tutors in Louis van Gaal (coach), Shota Arveladze (fellow striker then mentor) and Patrick Kluivert (trainee coach). But he made a big impact and helped AZ to an unexpected title in 2009. The goals he did score were mostly high quality. A dashing solo effort against Willem II has a prominent place in the virtual museum for the Dutch top flight’s most beautiful goals.last_img read more

first_img 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now 5 Ways to Rent an RV for Your Next Road Trip If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Planning a road trip? You might find some of these other guides useful. Here’s everything you might need to plot a cross-country journey, a family vacation, or a solo trek.There’s no better way to experience America than on a road trip.The feel of the wind in your hair, the smell of Oak savannas and sagebrush and cedar wood as you pass from climate zone to climate zone, the vast horizon spreading out before you, the road rolling endlessly on–all these aspects combine together to create the perfect symbol of the country’s freedom and vastness and lasting-ness.But, contrast the beauty of the road trip with its contingent realities and you wind up realizing you’ve spent hours in a hot cramped car, feeding off of cheap fast food and gas station sandwiches, and sleeping fitfully in lonely highway hotels. Not so with a camper van rental from GoCamp Camper Vans.Founded by Deborah Kane in 2017 in Portland, Oregon, GoCamp Camper Vans looks to be in the running for the title of “the Airbnb for camper vans.” With GoCamp, you simply reserve a van, pay a deposit, pick the van up, and go. The vehicles are completely stocked with everything you would need to head out camping that very day (except food). With kitchen items such as pots, pans, cutting boards, utensils, and dish soap, as well as bedding and towels for four, a small camp table, four camp chairs, two headlamps and other camping items, GoCamp sets you up with everything you need to do your camping road trip right. Many of the camper vans offer pop-up tops, allowing for you to sleep even more comfortably (and bring along the kiddos) than you probably would in a roadside hotel, and all vehicles have propane stoves to help with your non-campfire cooking.I met Kane prior to taking her personal Grand Ronde campervan out for a trip through California’s Redwoods that continued down the Lost Coast, and ended inland at Yosemite National Park. Kane, a petite powerhouse of a politico and outdoorswoman (who is just at home in a class IV rapid as she is at the USDA), gave me the scoop on the inspiration for the business as well as a rundown on how it works, its cost, and the tremendous benefit it affords those who aren’t able to own or keep a classic camper van.Kane was inspired to create the business as she says, “After a successful career in public service that had me flying back and forth across the country nearly constantly, I decided I didn’t want to get on another airplane for a very long time. I am, however, always interested in hitting the road for a camping trip,” and thus GoCamp was born. But, putting GoCamp together wasn’t just for her own benefit, Kane also feels that, most camper van owners don’t get enough usage out of their vehicles to make them a worthy investment. GoCamp Camper Vans eliminates that feeling of not getting your money’s worth by allowing you, a camper van owner, to offer your own van up for rent on the site. Ah, the beauty of the sharing economy!But, for those of you without a camper van, GoCamp is your one-stop shop for snagging a Vanagon and hitting the road.GoCamp Camper Van Interior/FacebookHow It WorksReserve: Rates are $150 per day during the low season (November-April) and $170 per day during the high season (May-October). Reservations can be made here and most vans have a three-day minimum reservation. (GoCamp Camper Vans are currently located in the Portland, Oregon area, with plans to expand nationwide.)Pay: You pay 50% of the total rental fee at the time of booking. You pay the remainder, plus the security deposit, 30 days before the rental period, or, if booking with less than 30 days to go, at the time of booking.Plan: You’ll get a detailed list of everything that is included in the van, as well as an orientation on how to operate and care for all the van’s features.Go Camp!All GoCamp Eurovans and Vanagons are personally inspected by Kane and her team and are guaranteed to be in good working condition, so you never have to worry about a break-down. But, if you’re the type with anxiety (we understand), you have the option of signing up for roadside assistance for a small daily fee, giving you peace of mind.If you’re planning on exploring the Pacific Northwest any time soon and are interested in getting out into the outdoors, stop by GoCamp and take a look around. You’ll be surprised how much more affordable a road trip vacation can be when you’re riding around in your own accommodations. And, with GoCamp, you’ll never have to set up another tent in the dark again. Two words: worth it. Editors’ Recommendations Score an RV Rental for $1 Per Day With Secret Repositioning Deals last_img read more

first_imgzoom On December 22 Nicaragua started the construction of Nicaragua Grand Canal, a 172-mile waterway to be constructed by Hong Kong-based HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co Ltd (HKND Group), Reuters reports.The groundbreaking ceremony was described as symbolic, as it involved starting works on a road at the mouth of the Brito River which is needed for heavy machinery to access the site where the Canal’s Pacific coast port will be built.Hundreds of protesters gathered in Managua and blocked the highway connecting the region to the country’s capital, despite a strong response from security forces, described as ”militarised” by community leader Octavio Ortega. The country’s environmentalists gathered in Managua in the evening, asking for the project’s feasibility studies to be released.Residents along the planned route, as well as a number of the country’s politicians and environmentalists, have opposed the project, stating as the main reasons the Canal’s impact on the country’s freshwater sources, and HKND Group’s apparent lack of experience on projects of this magnitude.This USD 50 billion project is expected to be completed in five years with the Canal becoming operational by 2020. According to the plans, the Canal will be between 230 metres and 520 metres wide and 27.6 metres deep, which would allow it to handle bigger ships than the Panama Canal.According to HKDN Group, the Canal project will include 6 sub projects: the Canal (including locks), 2 ports, a free trade zone, holiday resorts, an international airport and several roads. In addition, there will be construction of a power station, cement factory, steel factory and other related facilities. World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Members of Parliament will be burning the midnight oil next month as the Trudeau government rushes to pass a sheaf of bills before the summer break.Government House leader Bardish Chagger served notice Thursday of a motion to extend daily sitting hours for the House of Commons until midnight, starting the week of May 29, when Parliament resumes after a one-week break, and continuing until June 23.The move comes amid criticism that, as of Thursday, the Liberals have passed only 19 government bills since taking power in November 2015 — a skimpy legislative record compared to the 42 bills passed into law during the first 19 months of Stephen Harper’s majority Conservative regime.Of the 53 bills Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have introduced, 15 of them have languished for months — up to a year or more in a couple of cases — without proceeding beyond the formality of first reading.That includes a vaunted bill to repeal controversial provisions of the Conservatives’ Fair Elections Act and another bill to end the discriminatory impact of the Criminal Code on same-sex sexual activity, both of which were introduced six months ago but have gone nowhere since.Liberals blame the glacial pace on a number of factors, including procedural machinations employed by the Conservatives to thwart the government’s legislative agenda and a more independent, activist Senate that has amended five bills and returned them to the Commons for reconsideration.By Liberal calculations, procedural tricks have eaten up 36 hours of precious Commons sitting time since January, which amounts to a full week out of the 11 weeks the chamber has sat so far this year.Most of the current week has been lost to reconsideration of Senate-amended bills.But Conservatives and New Democrats say the government has only itself to blame, having poisoned relations in the Commons by proposing in March to unilaterally change the way the House and its committees operate, without consensus among opposition parties.Combined with Trudeau’s “non-answers” in question period and what the Opposition sees as his lack of respect for Parliament, “all of that together creates a toxic atmosphere,” Conservative House leader Candice Bergen said in an interview.“It’s very typical of the Liberals to blame others for their problems instead of taking responsibility,” she added.NDP House leader Murray Rankin agreed that the Liberals “just haven’t figured out how to work with opposition parties.”“They’ve poisoned the well with this procedural so-called discussion paper a while back . . . Now when it comes to bringing in legislation, there’s not a lot of goodwill left. That’s the problem.”As for the Senate, Rankin noted that Trudeau was the one who reformed the appointment process to encourage a more independent upper house.“It’s not our fault the Senate is giving them heartburn.”For her part, Chagger said she has no problem with the Senate doing its job to provide sober second thought to government legislation and recommending improvements.“To me, it’s really quality (of legislation) over quantity,” she said in an interview.That said, the government is now determined to increase the quantity. And that will mean invoking time allocation a lot more often to limit debate and speed the passage of bills.By Liberal calculations, the government has so far used time allocation just 14 times on nine bills (sometimes more than once on the same bill, at different stages in the legislative process) as it nears the mid-point of its mandate. By contrast, the Harper government used time allocation 91 times on 56 bills during its last four years in office.Until now, Chagger said the Liberals have been willing to allot more time for “meaningful” debate, accepting that it would slow down the legislative agenda. But those days are over now that the other parties have refused to even consider proposals to find a better balance between the opposition’s need to hold the government to account and the government’s need to deliver on its agenda.Chagger’s discussion paper triggered an opposition filibuster for several weeks. But Liberals note that even after she agreed to drop the most contentious proposals, the Conservatives have continued to employ procedural tricks to block government business.Until recently, Peter Harder, the government’s representative in the Senate, said similar tactics were used by Conservative senators to hold up some legislation for months.“I think there are times when you see some co-ordination between the two chambers,” he said.However, Harder said that seems to have changed over the last couple of weeks, with the Senate finally making “significant progress” in passing legislation.last_img read more

first_img​YouTube is putting a bigger bet on its most successful Canadian creators with a channel dedicated to promoting local talent.The video streaming platform unveiled “Spotlight Canada” on Monday, a curated page that highlights some of the nation’s standout videos. It’s the first time a country has been singled out with its own curated content section.The debut of the page features a selection of past viral hits, including astronaut Chris Hadfield’s collaboration with the Barenaked Ladies from space, the Tragically Hip performing Bobcaygeon in Kingston, Ont., last summer, and a selection of trending music videos from Canadian artists. Advertisement Advertisement There’s also a section highlighting indigenous musicians and one for “Canada’s favourite YouTube creators.” Another feature called “Creator on the Rise,” which debuts Wednesday, unearths the hottest Canadian clips on YouTube each week.The selection is chosen by algorithms that factor in view count and subscriber growth. YouTube says the entire page will be refreshed each month with a new slate of videos. It’s a pilot project, but Marie Josee Lamothe, a managing director at YouTube’s owner Google, says it makes sense to select Canada as the testing ground for championing homegrown content.Some of the world’s biggest YouTube stars, including breakout creators Lilly Singh, AsapScience and Gigi Gorgeous, transcended the country’s borders and racked up millions of views on their viral clips. “The objective is to showcase Canada’s top stars, but also to help discover emerging Canadian talent,” said Lamothe.“What we want to do is bring a focus to the diverse Canadian voices that create this content.” YouTube says recent data has shown a notable increase in viewership for Canada. In the first half of this year, the amount of time Canadians spent watching YouTube videos jumped by 30 per cent compared to the same period last year.Within that same window, watch time for Canadian channels soared 230 per cent in India, 70 per cent in the U.S. and 60 per cent in Australia. Lamothe says for those reasons alone it makes sense for YouTube to invest more in content from Canada.Google has already opened a 3,500 square-foot facility at the downtown Toronto campus of George Brown College aimed at giving creators the tools they need to make their videos better, like green screens and other high-end technology. “It’s important to promote our own local talent,” added Lamothe. “(This is) a big, fast-growing fan base that is worth supporting.” Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Rabat – A committee of solidarity with the jailed director of news website Badil, Hamid El Mehdaoui, and other journalists detained during recent protests in Al Hoceima has been established in Rabat.On Tuesday, a meeting was held in the headquarters of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH) announcing the creation of committee of solidarity with El Mehdaoui and other journalist from the northern Moroccan city, arrested for their role in covering the protests in the region, a statement by the committee said.Veteran journalist Khalid Jamai was elected as the committee’s national coordinator. Members of the committee’s secretariat were also elected. Among the elected members AMDH’s former presidents Khadija Riadi and Abdelhamid Amine, political analyst Maati Mounjib, journalists Ali Anouzla and Souleiman Raissouni, Islamist opposition group Al Adlwa Al Ihsane’s Hassan Benajeh and writer, former military officer, and detainee during the reign of Hassan II, Ahmed Marzouki.On July 25, El Mehdaoui was sentenced to three months in prison and a fine of MAD 20,000 for “inciting people to protest” during the July 20 protest March in Al Hoceima.His supporters refute the charges, saying El Mehdaoui is being persecuted for his vocal criticism of the government. read more

20 September 2010The soul music star and United Nations Messenger for Peace Stevie Wonder today urged the international community to facilitate access to copyright material to people with visual disabilities, saying such a move would help them acquire more learning tools and enable them to live independent lives. The soul music star and United Nations Messenger for Peace Stevie Wonder today urged the international community to facilitate access to copyright material to people with visual disabilities, saying such a move would help them acquire more learning tools and enable them to live independent lives.Mr. Wonder launched his “Declaration of freedom for people with disabilities” at the start of the annual meeting of Member States of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.He said the declaration was “a call to action, a plan to empower the independence of people with disabilities by providing them with the tools to learn and grow.”“Through your legislative efforts, incentives can be created to advance the blind and visually disabled towards the promise of a better life,” Mr. Wonder told the ministers and policy-makers from WIPO’s 184 Member States. He challenged delegates in the 10-day event to strike an agreement on improved access to copyright protected works by visually impaired persons (VIPs) within a year.“We must declare a state of emergency, and end the information deprivation that continues to keep the visually impaired in the dark. We must spread the word that the untapped genius of the 300 plus million who have a visual disability are in need of our love and action; today, not tomorrow, but today,” the award-winning United States singer and songwriter said.“While I know that it is critical not to act to the detriment of the authors who labour to create the great works that enlighten and nourish our minds, hearts and souls, we must develop a protocol that allows the easy import and export of copyright materials so that people with print disabilities can join the mainstream of the literate world,” he said.“There are many proposals on the table that will create a safe clearing house for the exchange and translation of books, please work towards a consensus,” he added.WIPO Member States are currently discussing better access to copyright-protected works for the blind, visually impaired and other reading-disabled persons in the agency’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. A number of proposals aimed at creating an enabling legal environment for better access to copyright-protected works for reading impaired persons are under discussion.In his opening statement today to the WIPO gathering, the body’s Director General, Francis Gurry, said innovation was central to economic growth and to the creation of new and better jobs.“It is the key to competitiveness for countries, for industries and for individual firms. It is the process by which solutions are developed to social and economic challenges,” Mr. Gurry told to some 70 government ministers who will be exploring the theme “Innovation, Growth and Development: The Role of Intellectual Property and Member States’ National Experiences” in a two-day ministerial segment.Mr. Gurry stressed the growing complexity of “the journey from idea to commercial reality,” which had led to “a broadening of the understanding of what constitutes innovation.”In a related development, WIPO today launched an on-line global intellectual property (IP) reference resource which provides up-to-date information on national IP laws and treaties.This centralized search facility, known as WIPO Lex, offers a user-friendly interface and functionalities, is in line with one of the agency’s strategic goals – to serve as a world reference source for IP information and analysis.WIPO Lex features the complete IP legal texts for more than 60 countries with substantial coverage for a further 100 legal systems. read more

Solid bank earnings helped give the Toronto stock market a modest gain Thursday while traders also looked to remarks this morning from U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 29.56 points to 14,218.14 as CIBC (TSX:CM) posted quarterly net income of $1.18 billion, up nearly 50 per cent from a year ago and partly due to its sale of half its Aeroplan credit card business to TD Bank (TSX:TD).Ex-items, CIBC’s earnings were up 6.3 per cent to $951 million or $2.31 a share, 15 cents better than estimates. TD’s adjusted net income was $2.02 billion, or $1.06 per common share, two cents ahead of estimates.TD hiked its dividend by nine per cent to 47 cents per share while CIBC’s will be going up about two per cent to 98 cents per share. TD shares rose 17 cents to $49.59 while CIBC gained $1.25 to $91.84.The Canadian dollar was off 0.12 of a cent to 89.74 cents US.New York indexes were lacklustre while traders also digested data showing that orders for durable goods declined a seasonally adjusted one per cent in January compared with December. Much of last month’s decline was driven by a 20.2 per cent drop in demand for commercial aircraft, a volatile month-to-month category.The Dow Jones industrials shed 19.27 points to 16,179.14, the Nasdaq was down 4.02 points to 4,288.05 while the S&P 500 index slipped 2.36 points to 1,842.8.Yellen’s testimony before the Senate’s Banking Committee was supposed to take place earlier this month but was postponed because of a fierce winter storm in Washington. Investors will be looking to see what she says about how tough weather conditions have impacted the economy and if the Fed plans to further taper its bond purchases.In other earnings news, Maple Leaf Foods (TSX:MFI) dropped two per cent to $15.88 as it reported an adjusted quarterly operating loss of $21.7 million or 25 cents a share, a big miss from the six cents a share of adjusted profit that analysts had estimated.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (TSX:VRX) reported quarterly net income of $124 million, or 36 cents per share, compared to a loss of $89.1 million a year ago. Revenues in the quarter were $2.1 billion, up 109 per cent compared to a year earlier and its shares were up $1.32 to $163.70.The gold sector led TSX advancers, up two per cent as April bullion gained $4.20 to US$1,332.20 an ounce.The base metals sector was up 0.7 per cent as May copper lost two cents to US$3.19 a pound.A major decliner was Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) after the federal government again rejected its proposed $1.5-billion, open-pit, gold-copper mine in British Columbia’s Interior over environmental concerns. The environment department rejected the New Prosperity Mine for a second time because it will cause significant adverse environmental effects that can’t be mitigated and its shares fell 15 cents or 6.33 per cent to $2.22.The energy sector was off 0.17 per cent as the April crude contract in New York dipped 44 cents to US$102.15 a barrel. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed modestly higher Tuesday as energy and mining stocks ran ahead on higher prices for oil and metals.But the index was held back in part by BlackBerry (TSX:BB) as its new product started presales in the U.S.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 20.09 points to 12,878.58.The Canadian dollar inched up 0.03 of a cent to 97.46 cents US.U.S. indexes had started the day off lower as traders wondered if the recent rally that has driven indexes to multi-year highs is running out of steam.But by the close, the Dow industrials inched up 2.77 points to another record-high close of 14,450.06, its sixth straight record-high close. The Nasdaq index fell 10.55 points to 3,242.32 while the S&P 500 index shed 3.74 points to 1,552.48.The mainly lacklustre performance on stock indexes reflects soft Chinese industrial production and retail sales figures which came out last weekend and raised concerns about the pace of the world’s second biggest economy.In addition, higher-than-expected inflation of 3.2 per cent in February raised questions about the Chinese government’s ability to do more to shore up the economy.And on Tuesday, Britain’s Office for National Statistics released figures showing industrial production fell sharply during January, raising fears the country will suffer its third recession in not much more than four years.Industrial production fell at a monthly rate of 1.2 per cent in January, in contrast to expectations for a modest 0.2 per cent rise.However, the TSX is still up 3.8 per cent for the year so far with some support coming from the Dow’s recent strong runup.“I do think there is inspiration flowing across the border from the south,” said Fred Ketchen, manager of equity trading at Scotia Capital.The Dow has surged more than 10 per cent so far this year.In Toronto, the gold sector led advancers, up about 2.35 per cent while April bullion was ahead $13.70 to US$1,591.70 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) rose 73 cents to C$33.96.Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX:AGI) is asking the B.C. Securities Commission to remove a “poison pill” anti-takeover defence erected by Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ). The original Aurizon shareholder rights plan expired March 4 when Hecla Mining Co. came forward with a rival, friendly offer. Alamos says a second poison pill announced by Aurizon on Monday is designed to prevent shareholders from exercising their right to accept its proposal. Alamos shares gained 19 cents to $14.75 while Aurizon was ahead four cents at $4.55.May copper rose four cents to US$3.55 a pound, boosting the base metals sector by 0.61 per cent. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gained 29 cents to C$31.62.Labrador Iron Mines Holdings Ltd. (TSX:LIM) surged 19 cents or 29.23 per cent to 84 cents. The company and a subsidiary of India’s Tata Steel Ltd. have reached a strategic co-operation pact. Labrador Iron has agreed to sell a 51 per cent stake in its Howse deposit to Tata Steel Minerals Canada for $30 million cash and the right to acquire a deposit from TSMC. The agreement also calls for the companies to share a rail line and other equipment to carry ore from the Labrador-Quebec border area to the port of Sept-Iles, Que.The energy sector rose 0.14 per cent while the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 48 cents to US$92.54 a barrel. Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) was up 12 cents to C$12.56 as the company said it has signed a deal with SBM Offshore to cancel and scrap its Yme project in the North Sea, which has faced a number of problems and delays. The company said a new solution is needed in order to develop the Yme field.PetroBakken Energy Ltd. (TSX:PBN) declined 17 cents to $8.28 as it said it plans $675 million in capital spending this year, about 30 per cent less than in 2012 or 2011 before adjusting for dispositions. The Calgary-based oil and gas producer also says it had $106.9 million of adjusted net income, or 55 cents per share. Revenue was $296.5 million and funds from operations was $168.3 million, or 88 cents per share.The tech sector led losing components. Shares in BlackBerry (TSX:BB) fell 46 cents or 3.01 per cent to $14.83 on very heavy volume of 9.6 million shares as U.S. telecom AT&T started presales of the company’s new Z10 touchscreen smartphone, leading up to an official U.S. release on March 22. The company said on Monday that the phone will sell for US$199.99 under a two-year contract. The stock had surged 14 per cent Monday amid high hopes for the smartphone in the highly competitive U.S. market.The consumer staples sector was also weak with shares in convenience store chain Alimentation Couche Tard (TSX:ATD.B) down $1.92 to $54.87.The parent of the Sobeys grocery chain, Nova Scotia-based Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A), says it had $75.2 million of net income in its financial third quarter. The profit amounted to $1.11 per share while adjusted earnings were slightly higher at $79.6 million or $1.17 per share. Revenue for the three months ended Feb. 2 was $4.34 billion, most of it from Sobeys. Empire shares slipped 65 cents to $64.62.The TSX Venture Exchange edged up 2.88 points to 1,119.15. Miners boost TSX amid economic concerns, Dow backs off after record highs by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 12, 2013 8:28 am MDT read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 12, 2013 5:49 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,878.58 up 20.09 points):TORC Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSX:TOG). Oil and gas. Up 19 cents, or 10.92 per cent, at $1.93 on 31.14 million shares. The Calgary-based energy company announced a big jump in reserves and production due to its acquisition of Vero Energy Inc. last year.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 19 cents, or 6.44 per cent, at $3.14 on 11.53 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil. Up 30 cents, or 0.92 per cent, at $33.07 on 10.73 million shares. The energy sector was up 0.14 per cent at 257.56 points, as price of crude oil inched up 48 cents US to $92.54 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Down 46 cents, or 3.01 per cent, at $14.83 on 9.64 million shares. Presales of the smartphone pioneer’s newest device, the touchscreen BlackBerry Z10, started today in the U.S.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up five cents, or 0.24 per cent, at $20.69 on 8.86 million shares. The Vancouver-based company extended its $5.1-billion hostile takeover bid for Inmet Mining Corp. (TSX:IMN) to March 21. Its previous deadline expired at midnight Monday night with some 61.45 per cent of outstanding Inmet shares having been tendered to its offer. The Inmet board has rejected the $72 per share bid — half in cash and half in stock — as inadequate. Inmet’s stock was up $1.35, or 1.97 per cent, at $69.98 on 3.14 million shares.Thomson Reuters Corp. (TSX:TRI). Data and information provider. Up 16 cents, or 0.50 per cent, at $32.02 on 6.9 million shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,119.15 up 2.88 points):Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas. Down three cents, or 2.94 pe cent, at 99 cents on 6.62 million shares.EastCoal Inc. (TSXV:ECX). Miner. Down 1.5 cents, or 21.43 per cent, at 5.5 cents on 6.27 million shares. The Vancouver-based company announced it will shed about 400 jobs at its two mines in Ukraine, about a third of the people it employs in the country. EastCoal also said it restarted its wash plant at Menzhinsky mine at the end of February.Companies reporting major news:Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX:AGI). Miner. Up 19 cents, or 1.30 per cent, at $14.75 on 410,641 shares. The Toronto-based company asked the B.C. Securities Commission to remove a “poison pill” anti-takeover defence erected by Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ). The original Aurizon shareholder rights plan expired March 4 when Hecla Mining Co. came forward with a rival, friendly offer. The stock of Aurizon Mines rose four cents, or 0.89 per cent, at $4.55 on 1.46 million shares.CAE Inc. (TSX:CAE). Flight simulator. Up seven cents, or 0.69 per cent, at $10.28 on 434,122 shares after the company announced a spate of new long-term commercial training and services contracts valued at about $245 million in total. The deals span four continents and involved South American-based LAN and TAM Airlines, Turkish Airlines, GE Capital Aviation Services, JetBlue Airways for simulator upgrades and Ryanair.Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Up 12 cents, or 0.96 per cent, at $12.56 on 5.57 million shares. The Calgary-based company signed a deal with SBM Offshore to cancel and scrap its Yme project in the North Sea, which has faced a number of problems and delays. Talisman said a new solution is needed in order to develop the Yme field. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

“As Yemenis are weaving together the tapestry of their new country, some threads are unfortunately unravelling that could adversely affect Yemen’s transition,” Special Adviser Jamal Benomar told journalists, recounting some of the points from his briefing to the 15-member Council.During the closed-door discussion, he said, Council members expressed concern “that some spoilers continue to agitate and cause trouble” in an attempt to distract from implementing the National Dialogue Conference outcomes and the remaining steps of the political transition.Yemen has been undergoing a democratic transition, with a Government of National Unity, which came to power in an election in February 2012 following the resignation of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. He had agreed to step down following widespread protests similar to those seen across the Middle East and North Africa as part of the so-called “Arab Spring” pro-democracy movement.The country last year held a National Dialogue Conference, which brought new actors to the political process such as youths, women, civil society representatives and the Hiraak Southern Movement. The Conference aimed to feed into a constitution-making process and pave the way for general elections later this year.In the South, where pro-secession protests are more common, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants have recently been targeting military installations, displacing tens of thousands of people, according to estimates by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).The Council also discussed the situation in the North, where Houthis and other armed groups have been fighting.“I informed the Council about the need for a political track on the North that will sustain the current fragile ceasefires,” Mr. Benomar said, underscoring that the Dialogue outcomes called for disarmament and recovery of State-owned heavy and medium weapons. Among other issues discussed, Mr. Benomar said he raised the issue of funding, and the inability of the Government to finance the budget in the coming year which could contribute to the country’s instability. For example, the Government is facing challenges paying for highly-subsidised fuel, which has in the past sparked protests.“Only 35 per cent of the $7.9 billion pledged at the Riyadh donor conference in 2012 has been disbursed,” the UN envoy noted, referring to the “Friends of Yemen” donors’ conference held in Saudi Arabia. read more

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first_imgThe Government of Canada has backed two new projects that could see an increase in the amount of renewable energy used on remote mine sites in the country’s north.Paul Lefebvre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, this week announced a combined C$4.2-million ($3.2 million) investment for two TUGLIQ Energy Corp projects in Nunavut and Quebec.An investment of C$283,000 will enable TUGLIQ to complete a front-end engineering and design study to integrate compressed air energy storage with its operations, enabling increased use of wind energy at a Nunavut mine – IM understands this to be the TMAC Resources-owned Hope Bay gold project.“This project will demonstrate that such a system can achieve significant reductions in diesel consumption,” the Government of Canada said.A second investment of C$3.9 million in RAGLAN 2.0 will expand Nunavik’s first renewable energy production and storage centre (wind turbine pictured) for 16 regional mining operations and Inuit communities in this Arctic region, as well as other mining operations abroad.RAGLAN 2.0, builds on a prior landmark project, RAGLAN 1.0, which conclusively proved the technical and operational capabilities of industrial-scale renewable energy at northern sites (Glencore’s Raglan nickel mine), under harsh industrial and climatic conditions, according to Natural Resources Canada (NRC).With energy storage consisting of a flywheel to level-off any speed fluctuations and stabilise the strain and frequency of the autonomous grid, 250 kWh lithium-ion batteries to support the grid, a hydrogen loop comprised of an electrolyser, high pressure storage tanks and fuel cells, a microcontroller and supervisory control and data acquisition for remote monitoring, the project has so far been a success. In 2018, TUGLIQ doubled its installed wind capacity at the Raglan mine. A total of 6 MW is now up and running, producing clean electricity from wind energy in this remote area of the Canadian Arctic. More than 4 million litres of diesel is being avoided every year.It involves project partners Enercon, Glencore Raglan mine, HATCH Ltd, Moreau Electrique and Québec’s Ministry of Natural Resources – EcoPerformance Program.Both projects are being funded through NRC’s Energy Innovation Program, which received C$49 million over three years to support clean energy innovation, and “will ensure that clean energy technologies are widely affordable — helping drive economic growth, create jobs and help with the transition to a low-carbon economy”, the NRC said.“Through Canada’s national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians expressed that Canada has an opportunity to be a leader in the transition to a clean growth economy. We will continue to support innovative and clean initiatives that create jobs for the middle class, support Canadian industry competitiveness, clean our air and act on climate change.”last_img read more

first_img R&B STAR R KELLY has been taken into custody again for failing to pay child support, just weeks after he was detained on sex abuse charges.The singer was unable to come up with the $161,000 (€142,344) he owes in payments to his ex-wife and their three children.Subsequently, a judge in Chicago, where Kelly lives, ordered him to be arrested. This is the latest legal setback for 52-year-old Kelly.On 25 February, he pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse against four victims, three of them minors. Kelly’s representatives say he is having financial difficulties at the moment. Over the past number of month, he has also been the target of a boycott campaign amid mounting allegations of sexual abuse. Kelly was prepared yesterday to pay $50,000 to $60,000 of what he owed, according to his publicist.However, the judge required the full amount. “We were coming expecting that he was gonna come and make an arrangement, but they wanted the entire amount,” his publicist told reporters at the courthouse. Kelly was “expecting to leave”, he said. Instead, he was taken into custody and escorted from the courtroom by a police officer. It is expected he will remain in jail until his next court hearing next Wednesday, 13 March. “The reason he can’t pay, as you know, he hadn’t worked in a long time. He can’t book shows he can’t do anything,” Johnson said. Kelly spent three nights in jail last month after being arrested on the criminal sex abuse charges. He initially was unable to arrange payment of a $100,000 (€88,396) bail.At the time, his lawyer said that Kelly’s finances were “a mess”.‘This not me’Hours before yesterday’s hearing, CBS aired an interview with the musician – his first public comments since being indicted last month on the sex assault charges.During the interview, Kelly denied allegations that he sexually abused women and girls.The sex acts in the criminal case are alleged to have occurred between May 1998 and January 2010. Source: CBS Evening News/YouTube“I didn’t do this stuff. This isn’t me,” Kelly told CBS This Morning, saying he was “fighting” for his life. “Whether they’re old rumours, new rumours, future rumours, not true,” said Kelly.He became upset at times during the interview.In January, a six-part documentary called Surviving R Kelly was released. It claimed he had engaged in sexual, mental and physical abuse of girls and women.Includes reporting by – © AFP 2019Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing By Hayley Halpin Image: Cook County Sheriff’s Office via AP Short URL Mar 7th 2019, 9:26 AM Share2 Tweet Email R Kelly taken into custody again for failing to pay child support He was unable to come up with the $161,000 he owes in payments to his ex-wife and their three children. Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 9:26 AM Image: Cook County Sheriff’s Office via AP 22,982 Views No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more