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first_imgIn a major blow to the Maharashtra Government, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the verdict of the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court, cancelling the 16% Socially and Economically Backward Classes (SEBC) reservation for postgraduate medical seats in Maharashtra.Late on Thursday night, the State CET Cell issued the schedule of the revised round of admission process, mop up rounds I and II, and institutional level round for private unaided, minority, medical and dental colleges in the State. The State Common Entrance Test (CET) cell said they would issue a fresh seat matrix soon, the Maratha community students will now be treated as open category candidates.The government had moved a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court last week. During the hearing on Wednesday, the court asked the lawyers to present statistics on number of students from the Maratha community, and the open category, who will be affected. “The SC has observed in a few lines that the SEBC quota is dismissed from this year’s post-graduate medical admissions in the State. While upholding the Bombay High Court verdict, it has ordered that the Maratha community students can be accommodated if there are any vacant seats. The EWS petition was adjourned,” senior advocate Ashwin Deshpande, representing the open category students, told The Hindu.Following the order, the State CET cell issued an admission cancellation notice and asked the admitted candidates from the community to collect their original documents and paid requisite fees from the institutes. “The admissions in the previous Rounds I and II of NEET-PG-2019 and NEET-MDS-2019 stand cancelled. The admission to post-graduate courses to State quota seats of the government, corporation, central government, aided, private unaided and minority medical and dental institutes shall be revised in the due course,” the notice read.Dr. Tatyarao Lahane, director, Directorate of Medical Research and Education (DMER) said they would follow the guidelines issued by the State government and CET cell. Anand Rayate, CET cell commissioner said the fresh seat matrix will be displayed and the process would start soon.“All admissions given through this quota have been cancelled. We had shown the seat matrix with SEBC quota and without SEBC quota to the Supreme Court, after which the verdict has been given. Now, once the government approves the new seat matrix, we will publish it immediately,” he said.Thursday’s order brought cheer to the open category aspirants.“Most of us will now get a much better seat. Earlier many of us were either getting periphery colleges in the State or none at all, despite having scored good ranks. At the same time, several students from the Maratha community who had scored ranks behind ours were getting seats better than us. Now, everybody will get a seat they deserve, including the Maratha candidates who will be considered in open category,” Dr. Angad Randive, an open category aspirant said.Dr. Suyash Patil, who had secured his seat in Smt. Kashibai Navale Medical College and General Hospital, Pune, said the government must at least increase the seats so they do not lose out on a year. “We have already spent one year studying and now we fear losing six more months. The least the government can do now is increase seats,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgThe Maharashtra government has decided to upgrade the entire Crime Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) project, following complaints of glitches in the system. The State Home Department will present a nearly-₹50-crore demand in the monsoon session of the Assembly, beginning June 17, for the overhaul of the system. The ₹49.73-crore proposal for 2019-20 will be presented in the form of a supplementary demand, senior officials said. “The funds will be used not only for the upgrading of the system, which has not given us the desired results yet, but also for maintaining it,” said a Home Department official. The project was unveiled in September 2015 to connect all police stations in the State. Since January 1, 2016, several police stations were registering first information reports (FIRs) digitally on the system, making its database retrievable. The government then planned to launch a CCTNS-based citizen portal, but did not do so, said officials.An internal report of the department had found the system did not result in improvements in detection, conviction rates and collection of evidence. The report had recommended putting in place a task force headed by the Special Inspector General, Cyber, to take corrective steps. The report also recommended some immediate measures for this task force, such as putting in place a database of all accused and FIRs. “Any police station should be able to watch and obtain in a simple manner (a) linkage between the accused in the FIR filed with information/crimes on the same accused pending in other police stations,” the report said. It also said the system should be made capable of aggregating and categorising registered crimes, and deriving trends even at the district level. Once the trend is identified, the system should be able to raise an alarm over targeted deployment of force in the most vulnerable regions and zones. “While this may be possible in the current set-up, it is not as structured as it is at the Government of India level,” the report said. The CCTNS project’s full potential is not yet tapped, it concluded.Senior officials said part of the funds would be used to ensure the system is foolproof. There have been complaints of entries being manipulated in the system on some occasions. “We will ensure the system remains transparent and citizens can give critical feedback,” said a senior official.last_img read more

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 15 players called up as Gilas resumes practice; Ravena, Paras on the list View comments “Going into the game I already knew she got her ITC but it would be unfair to the Power Smashers if we entered her in the last minute,” said Abella after his team swept the Power Smashers 25-19, 25-22, 25-21, in the decider. “So it’s just right that she sit this one first,”Rivers, though, will be eligible to play in the finals against Bali Pure come Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDuring the semis game, the 5-foot-11 import wanted to see a copy of her ITC from the website of the FIVB, the world’s governing body of volleyball, but the volleyball information system (VIS) was down.The league got e-mail from Carlo Roberto de Assis, the FIVB International Transfer Coordinator, coursed through Peter Cayco, the vice president of the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, saying that “seeing that the FIVB VIS has not solved the problem yet, the FIVB permits the player Krystal Rivers to play for now.” WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ Pocari Sweat import Krystal Rivers awaiting updates on her ITC. Photo by Bong LozadaKrystal Rivers had to wait until the last semifinals game in the Premier Volleyball League before she got to wear her Pocari Sweat jersey, but the former University of Alabama middle blocker still had to sit it out.The Lady Warriors were in the middle of their Game 3 showdown against the Power Smashers Thursday at Philsports Arena when Rivers received her International Transfer Certificate at 6:51 pm but head coach Rommel Abella decided not to use the former Crimson Tide any longer.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rivers’ addition will be a big boost to the loaded Pocari Sweat, which already has Myla Pablo and import Michelle Strizak, in the best-of-three finals series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’?last_img read more

first_imgParis Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been so impressed by Kylian Mbappe that he believes his young team-mate can become one of the greatest players ever.Mbappe has scored 11 goals in eight appearances for PSG already this season, while he reached the pinnacle of the international game in the summer as he helped France win World Cup 2018 by becoming the first teenager since Pele to score in the final.The rise of the 19-year-old shows no relent and Buffon, himself considered one of the greatest goalkeepers ever, does not forecast any change in the situation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “If he maintains the desire to be number one, to be a great champion and humility to work to improve, he will have an incredible career ahead of him. And when I say incredible, I mean one of the best in history,” he told Canal+.“Maintaining the mentality is the biggest obstacle because he is still very young and it could take him maybe 15 years. Having the right mindset over such a long time isn’t easy. It requires a lot of energy. But I’ve told him this because I know he can do it. He has the strength to do it.”Buffon’s own situation in Paris, meanwhile, is a little more complicated as he has flitted in and out of the team under competition from Alphonse Areola. “The situation satisfies me a lot because I don’t have the ambition to make 70 matches per season, but I want to play the right ones and play them with quality,” he said. “I think that to build a strong team, PSG must have two good keepers. Just look at Real Madrid. The future of big teams is like this: having two high-level goalkeepers. And to find the solution to make them both play. I don’t know how I would have reacted at 20, but at 40 it’s perfect for me.”The veteran has played six times for Thomas Tuchel’s side this season and has conceded only three goals, keeping three clean sheets in the process.He will miss the midweek Champions League match with Napoli due to suspension.last_img read more

first_imgThe Rajya Sabha member from West Bengal representing the Trinamool Congress, Derek O’Brien thought to have “little bit of fun” on Instagram.The fun came soon after the Mumbai Police Cyber Cell registered an FIR against comedy group AIB co-founder, Tanmay Bhat.Comedian Tanmay Bhat came under fire after an AIB meme got viral which showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi using a dog filter on Snapchat. The meme was tweeted from AIB’s official Twitter handle. On July 15, the old quiz show host tweeted sharing an Instagram photo. He tweeted, “It’s the weekend. Time for a little bit of fun.”It seems it wasn’t Derek’s idea to use the dog filter. OML Founder CEO Vijay Nair tweeted on July 14 saying ‘he’d vote for any politician who uploads their photo with a dog filter’.Any politician who would voluntarily upload their pic with a dog filter right now gets my vote.- Vijay Nair (@vijay_nair) July 14, 2017On July 15, Derek O’Brien along with Shashi Tharoor was tagged in a tweet. The tweet asked both of them to “be a sport”.@ShashiTharoor? Be a sport? @quizderek? Anant Rangaswami (@AnantRangaswami) July 15, 2017The jocular challenge excited TMC’s Derek compelling him to think about spreading some good fun around, especially when the situation got uptight after AIB’s Tanmay Bhat was booked for a meme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.What a good idea . Giving it a thought. Should I ? Should I not ! Hmmm On itadvertisement- Derek O’Brien (@quizderek) July 15, 2017Derek gracefully applied the dog filter, the same filter which is landing people in jails in the present times. Derek replied thanking Vijay Nair for the idea and went ahead with it.Thanks for the idea . I just did- Derek O’Brien (@quizderek) July 15, 2017And after Derek O’Brien, Shashi Tharoor too was game to post his photo with dog filter. Thiruvananthapuram MP Tharoor directed the tweet towards the trolls tagging AIB’s Twitter handle.Attn all trolls: I took the #DogFilter challenge! @AllIndiaBakchod Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) July 15, 2017People in India have been questioning the suppression of something as harmless as humour. Which reminds us all of a famous Franklin Roosevelt quote, “A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.”FYI || FIR against AIB’s Tanmay Bhat: Is India going the North Korea way? Where’s the tolerance? ||Also Read || AIB’s Tanmay Bhat reminds Modi of his post: We surely need more humour in public life ||last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 30 (PTI) Work-related stress and other worries are affecting health of adults living in Delhi, leading them to adopt smoking, drinking and other unhealthy lifestyles such as binge eating at night, in which women outnumber men, according to a new study.The study, conducted online across Delhi-NCR also suggested that sedentary lifestyle is pushing Delhi towards “high-risk” of cardiac issues.Department of Cardiac Sciences at Max Healthcare, Saket, undertook the survey to understand lifestyle habits of city-dwellers in Delhi-NCR across age group of 20-60.This recent survey of about 1,000 respondents aimed at knowing prevalent habits and changing lifestyle trends which impact and may explain deteriorating heart health of the city’s people, Max Healthcare said in a statement Sunday.The study also claimed that women (44 per cent) smoke more than men (32 per cent).”When it comes to analysing quantity, it is alarming to note that 35 per cent of those in the 21-30 years age group and 25 per cent of those in 31-40 years age group finish a packet of cigarettes in a day,” the statement said.With a demanding professional and social life, intrusion of social media and technology and irregular daily routines, more than half of Delhi’s population (44 per cent women and 57 per cent men) experience frequently-interrupted sleep patterns and over 26 per cent experience insomnia or erratic sleep, it said.”Women (33 per cent) binge eat at night more than men (29 per cent). Also, more women have erratic eating habits at 29 per cent, as compared to men (20 cent),” the study said.advertisementAccording to Dr Rajeev Rathi, Director and Head Transradial Programme – Interventional Cardiology of the hospital, stress has become a way of life in metropolitan cities like Delhi and women are equally affected by it.”But, what poses a greater threat is that these women take to unhealthy habits in want of getting respite. Be it smoking, alcohol consumption, indulgence in binge eating at odd hours or leading a sedentary life – women are found to be leading the pack in comparison to men,” he said.”Also, when it comes to playing a sport or adopting an activity to stay fit, 57 per cent women state they would rather prefer playing a mentally relaxing game on their phone or tablet instead of stepping outdoors. All these aspects feed into each other and keep the vicious circle moving, thereby increasing the risk of heart ailments amongst women,” the doctor said.Dr K K Talwar, Chairman, Cardiology, Max Healthcare, said the survey throws some alarming numbers if people do not get enough sleep (over 50 per cent), and are stressed all the time (76 per cent financially stressed), and hence indulging in binge eating and frequently smoking, there is a need to relook at overall health management.”Lack of proper sleep coupled with increased alcohol and smoke consumption also affects the digestive system and blood pressure thereby increasing the risk factors for heart disease. Increased consumption of junk food along with lack of exercise can raise cholesterol levels that poses a great threat to the heart health,” he said.The study also claimed that persons in age group of 31-40 years have the “worst snacking habits” with more than 50 per cent of them admitting to binge eating or midnight snacking.Dr Rajiv Aggarwal, Senior Director and Unit Head, Cardiology, Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital, said poor lifestyle and unhealthy habits are being picked up at a very early age and this is greatly responsible for degrading the heart health. “Women for the longest were thought to be protected from heart risk while in their reproductive years, but numbers indicate that they aren’t eating right, not working out and even indulging in higher levels of smoking and alcohol consumption. All these habits erode their natural cover from heart risk and make them equally vulnerable to coronary ailments,” he said. PTI KND DIPDIPlast_img read more

first_imgEx-Chelsea striker ​Sutton: Lampard wouldn’t have signed Pulisicby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea striker Chris Sutton does not believe that boss Frank Lampard would have signed Christian Pulisic.The American arrived at the club this summer, but his transfer was sealed in January with Borussia Dortmund.Pulisic has found it hard to earn game time at Chelsea, with the likes of Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian and Pedro preferred in the winger slots.And Sutton does not think the 21-year-old would have been a Lampard signing.”He has to prove himself,” Sutton told Radio 5 Live.”Frank Lampard has no agenda against him, he’s picking the best possible team to win games of football, that’s his job.”He wasn’t Frank’s signing, of course.”With [Callum] Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount coming to the fore, he’s going to have a major issue getting into the starting line-up. I really do think that. I don’t see a way in for him at the moment.”Fifty-eight million, a lot of money to spend and it would be interesting to ask Frank now if he would sign him at this moment in time if he hadn’t signed him before? The answer to that, I think, is pretty obvious – he wouldn’t.”But, there’s a reason Chelsea spent the money on him, he’s still a young man and got enormous talent, he has to go out and show it. It’s good for Frank in terms of strength in depth.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img No data available! advertisement scorecard commentary graphscenter_img view more view less Rajarshi Gupta ChennaiApril 23, 2019UPDATED: April 23, 2019 23:42 IST Rashid Khan fired some words at Shane Watson during the CSK vs SRH IPL clash on Tuesday. ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSShane Watson and Rashid Khan were fired up during a high-scoring CSK vs SRH match on TuesdayWatson was also involved in a verbal exchange with Ishant and Rabada at the Feroz Shah Kolta earlierShane Watson has struggled with the bat in IPL 2019 but he roared back to form vs SRHChennai Super Kings opener Shane Watson and Sunrisers Hyderabad leg-spinner Rashid Khan were involved in a heated war of words in a high-scoring 2019 IPL match at the Chepauk on Tuesday.Shane Watson and Suresh Raina had got off to a rapid start in pursuit of 176 against Sunrisers Hyderabad after Faf du Plessis was brilliantly run out by Deepak Hooda.Watson, who has been out of from in the 2019 Indian Premier League was key for the defending champions as Chennai Super Kings sought to reclaim the top spot in the points table. Rashid Khan, the most dangerous bowler in the SRH camp, was targetted early in his first over by Shane Watson and both men were fired up.Rashid Khan glared at Shane Watson after he hit him for a boundary off only his 2nd delivery and it was soon a public verbal joust even as the over ended.What’s going on, mate?#CSKvSRH (@IPL) April 23, 2019Rashid Khan, in his next over, bowled a beautful googly to remove Suresh Raina, who was looking in sublime touch. Meanwhile, Shane Watson continued to hold fort for the Super Kings in a steep chase as Ambati Rayudu joined him in the middle.In the end, Rashid Khan conceded 44 runs off his 4 overs – the most expensive spell he has bowled in the 2019 IPL. Shane Watson, meanwhile, smashed 96 and scripted CSK’s 6-wicket win at the Chepauk.This was not the first time Shane Watson got involved in a sledge-fest this season.advertisementLast month, Shane Watson had somehow managed to rile up Delhi Capitals fast bowler Ishan Sharma. DC skipper Shreyas Iyer pulled his pacer away but Watson next had an exchange with Kagiso Rabada.Incidentally, in that game, Shane Watson smashed 44 off 26 balls as Chennai Super Kings stormed to a 6-wicket win. Watson was named man-of-the-match.Between the Feroz Shah Kotla game on March 26 and the Chepauk game on April 23, Shane Watson’s run of scores read 13. 5, 26., 17, 0, 6, 31 and 5. He was on fire against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday but there were the usual Watson sparks flying again.In the 2018 IPL final against Sunrisers, Shane Watson had hit a sensational hundred as Chennai Super Kings won the title for the 3rd time.Also Read | The guys are frustrated: Jacques Kallis as KKR seek to end 5-match losing streakAlso Read | Want to play for RCB in IPL throughout my life: Yuzvendra ChahalAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow 2019 IPLFollow Shane WatsonFollow Rashid KhanFollow Chennai Super KingsFollow Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL 2019: Shane Watson and Rashid Khan in verbal spat as CSK return to ChepaukIPL 2019: Shane Watson and Rashid Khan were involved in a sledge-fest as defending champions Chennai Super Kings chased a steep target against 2018 runners-up Sunrisers Hyderabad.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer holds dual Canadian and U.S. citizenship.He is now in the process of renouncing that citizenship, he says, but so far, there has been no confirmation from the United States that it has officially been renounced.Scheer’s father is an American, and Scheer and his sisters received their U.S. passports as children. The Globe and Mail, which first reported the story, said he let his American passport lapse and attempted to renounce it before the election writ dropped.Conservative Leader @AndrewScheer is speaking in Nova Scotia. Asked why it took so long for his dual Canadian-US citizenship to come to light, Scheer says no one asked about it #cdnpoli #elxn43— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 3, 2019In Nova Scotia on Thursday he defended himself for not publicly declaring his citizenship in the past, despite being a Member of Parliament for 15 years and speaker of the House of Commons.“No one’s ever asked me before about it,” he said. “Like millions of Canadians, one of my parents was born in another country.”Brock Harrison, Scheer’s Director of Communications for the campaign, said the leader has not voted in any American elections.“Once Mr. Scheer became leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, he decided he would renounce his US citizenship before the election,” Harrison said in a statement. “He has submitted his paperwork and is currently waiting for confirmation from the embassy that he is no longer a dual-citizen.”Scheer asked if he becomes PM he would have access to national security documents that would be for Canadian eyes only. As a dual citizen, would he have access & how would that impact his job? Says he’s submitted his forms to renounce US citizenship & waiting to hear back #elxn43— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) October 3, 2019Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Scheer himself have both, in the past, been critical of politicians who were also citizens of another country.In previous years, Liberal Stephane Dion, New Democrat Thomas Mulcair and former Governor General Michaelle Jean all came under fire from the Conservatives for holding dual passports with France. In 2015, Harper called himself “a Canadian and only a Canadian.”The Globe and Mail reports Scheer has been paying American taxes, which is the law.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsOn Tuesday’s Face to Face, Manitoba’s Treaty Commissioner James “Jamie” Wilson speaks on the economic partnership that was the foundation of the Numbered Treaties and the role those documents can have in creating a better future for First Nations and Canadians.Wilson also outlines his military experience and why he hopes to see discipline returned as a well-taught sacred teaching.last_img

Rabat – French authorities refused to renew the residence permit of a 31 year old Moroccan national for his comments on Facebook.French news outlet Next Inpact reported on July 23 that French authorities consider the Moroccan national a threat for public order.“Once again justice considers activities on social networks before making a decision,” said the news outlet. The news outlet said that French police refused on July 10, 2018, to renew the residence permit of the Moroccan national and forced him to leave the territory within a month.Challenging the decision, the Moroccan national appealed the decision in November 2018, a request that was rejected by the Paris Administrative court. He then continued to try and repeal the decision. On July 12, the Paris Court of Appeal said that the man was refused residence permit renewal following an “investigation by the specialized intelligence services,” alerting on his publications and writings on Facebook.France is not the only country that takes into account applicants data on social networks. US Visa applicants are required, since the June 2019 reform, to provide information on their social media accounts.The US State Department indicated that it had updated its immigrant and non-immigrant visa forms to request additional information from almost all US applicants.The new visa forms list a number of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube), and require the applicant to provide the names of the accounts they may have had in the last five years. read more

CALGARY — It’s been a tough week for workers at Canada’s two biggest pipeline companies, with TransCanada the latest to hand out layoff notices.A TransCanada spokesman confirmed the cuts but declined to say how many jobs are being lost or what parts of the business are bearing the brunt.Mark Cooper says the company aims to be fair and respectful and won’t be making those details public until those affected have heard the news first from their leaders.He says the cuts aren’t related to any specific project or decision, but are rather meant to ensure the company stays competitive amid tough market conditions.TransCanada Corp pulls Keystone XL application in Nebraska after Obama rejectionSuncor to cut oilsands production next year, sets capital budgetU.S. President Barack Obama rejected TransCanada’s cross-border Keystone XL pipeline earlier this month and the company is now weighing its options.Earlier this week, fellow pipeline firm Enbridge announced it would be shedding 500 jobs and leaving 100 more vacant positions unfilled.The Enbridge cuts represent about five per cent of its workforce in the United States and Canada.According to its most recent annual report, TransCanada had 6,059 employees across North America.TransCanada eliminated 185 positions from its major projects division in June. In September, it trimmed about a fifth of its senior leadership positions at the vice-president level and above. A month later, it cut 30 positions one rung below at the director level.“These changes align with changes that we’re making to our structure to remain competitive and deliver shareholder value, as well as in response to falling oil prices and its effect on our customers,” said Cooper.“These two factors mean that we need to drive down costs and pursue our projects more efficiently and strategically. This includes having to make some difficult decisions that affect our workforce.”The Canadian Press read more

The Divaina journalist had however failed to appear before the CID and the CID went before court seeking court intervention.The Gampaha Magistrate’s Court had issued notice on the journalist but the notice was also disregarded. As a result a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was arrested today. (Colombo Gazette) A journalist attached to the Divaina newspaper has been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) after he disregarded summons issued to him.The journalist had earlier been summoned before the CID to record a statement over an article he wrote on the assault on Journalist Upali Tennakoon. read more

He said that the Government will carry out a public awareness campaign against the Speaker.Abeywardena said that if the Speaker followed normal procedures the incidents seen in Parliament over the past few days would not have taken place. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) today urged the public to blame Speaker Karu Jayasuriya and not Parliamentarians for the disgraceful incidents witnessed in Parliament over the past few days.Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) member and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said that the public outrage at the events which took place in Parliament over the past few days should be directed at the Speaker. He told reporters today that the actions of the Speaker resulted in the events which took place in Parliament over the past few days. Abeywardena also said that similar incidents were seen in the Japanese Parliament as well where MPs had clashed. read more

A new survey says many Canadians think the time it takes to get to work is as important as the job itself. 76 per cent of those responding to the Environics survey conducted for Oxford Properties said they want a reasonable commute to the office, with 50 per cent saying commute time is the number one factor for choosing one job over another. Most people feel that their drive to work should take less than 30 minutes — which happens to be the average in Canada. In the GTA though, the average one-way trip is 42 minutes.Video: Phil Perkins talks to drivers at Gateway Niagara in Grimsby. read more

2016 could be the year West Coast LNG projects proceed despite depressed prices CALGARY – After much anticipation Canada could see final approval of the first natural gas export projects on the West Coast this year.Proponents behind some of the 20 proposed liquefied natural gas projects in B.C. say they should be in a position to make final investment decisions this year as environmental approvals, permits and First Nations support fall into place.And while a supply glut has pushed down natural gas prices and reduced short-term prospects, experts say projects remain viable.“These are long-term, multi-decade projects,” said Altacorp Capital analyst Mark Westby. “Current gas prices are only one factor.”Spot prices for LNG have dropped by more than half in Asia over the past two years. In Japan, the world’s biggest buyer of LNG, prices have dropped from over US$18 per thousand cubic feet in March 2014 to around US$7.50 per thousand cubic feet last November.Westby sees LNG Canada, a joint venture headed by Shell that is proposing a facility in Kitimat, and the Altagas-led Douglas Channel project also planned for Kitimat as developments most likely to proceed this year.LNG Canada’s final barriers are securing assurances from First Nations and a permit from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, while Douglas Channel still needs to settle a 25 per cent excise duty being levied on its US$300 million floating LNG facility, Westby said.“I don’t see LNG Canada or Douglas Channel encountering any other obstacles that would push them beyond 2016,” said Westby.LNG Canada spokeswoman Katharine Birtwistle said the company does indeed plan to make a final investment decision this year “despite being in a challenging global energy market environment.”Last week, LNG Canada passed two milestones, securing both a facility permit from the B.C. government and a 40-year export licence from the National Energy Board.Another development in the pipeline is the Pacific NorthWest LNG project proposed by a consortium spearheaded by Petronas. But Westby said while it remains promising, it faces uncertainty.An environmental assessment of the project restarted in December and should be completed by March, but Petronas still has to resolve significant issues with First Nations including environmental concerns, he said.There is also the Woodfibre LNG project, owned by Singapore-based Pacific Oil and Gas Ltd., which is hoping to make a final investment decision this year.Byng Giraud, vice-president of corporate affairs at Woodfibre, said the company first needs to secure federal environmental approval and enough sales contracts as well as cut projected costs.If everything falls into place, the company could give final approval in the second half of the year, he said.Racim Gribaa, who leads Deloitte Canada’s LNG business, said the downturn in the resources sector presents an ideal time to start building projects.“This is the best time to invest in infrastructure, when the prices are low, when the costs are low, when the labour is available, when the steel costs are low,” said Gribaa.He said that despite current prices, the future demand for natural gas looks strong, giving Canada a chance to still play a role in the global LNG market.“I certainly see all the factors in place, and the most important one being the forecasted demand being strong,” said Gribaa.But Mary Hemmingsen, global head of LNG at KPMG, says the drop in both gas and oil prices have diminished the likelihood of multibillion-dollar LNG projects going forward.She says low oil prices have reduced cash flow at the energy companies planning to build projects, while also making alternatives to natural gas cheaper.“If the oil price continues to fall, you’ll see reduced activity, deferment of activity, consolidation of activity, but also an opportunity because those that have a solid consortium are continuing to progress their projects,” Hemmingsen said.She says the “gold rush mentality” that was in place for the past couple of years has been replaced by a more sombre, realistic outlook.“What everyone was chasing two years ago was volume, volume, volume,” said Hemmingsen. “Now it’s about value, value, value.”But despite the gloom, Hemmingsen says in the long-term, the outlook for natural gas remains strong as countries commit to phasing out coal and adopting more stringent environmental policies like those agreed to at the Paris climate change summit.“Countries made this commitment and gas and LNG has a really big role in fulfilling that commitment,” said Hemmingsen. by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 10, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Jan 10, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Mix of stocks and bonds needs to be right for you in volatile times OTTAWA – Few investors have escaped the carnage on the stock markets this year as the bears have taken over the Toronto exchange.But for those closing in on retirement and those already there, the downturn may be even more frightening as the value in Canadian investment portfolios invested in stocks have taken a beating.Pace Sturdevant, a retiree in Ottawa, says “it’s been depressing.”“They’ve lost so much value that’s basically the only thing to do is sit tight and wait,” he said of his portfolio of stocks.Sturdevant, 67, is keeping a close watch for any dividend cuts by companies in his portfolio of mostly dividend-paying stocks.“It hasn’t happened so far,” he said.The S&P/TSX composite is down about 20 per cent from his highs of last year, putting it in bear market territory.Sturdevant knows he hopefully has another couple of decades of retirement to pay for, so he has time on his side.That doesn’t make the losses any easier to take, however.“I sold one stock that was a strong sell and I bought some stocks that have tanked,” he said.The turmoil on the markets has amounted to a painful lesson for those close to retirement about the importance of balancing risk in their portfolios.Peter Bowen, vice-president of tax and retirement research and solutions at Fidelity Investments, says investors need to start by asking themselves why they’re investing.“If it’s for a house, that gives you a different answer than if it’s for retirement, and if it’s for a car, well yet again — a different answer,” he said. “The investment time horizon is one of those key inputs to the strategy, in addition to the individual’s goals and their tolerance for risk.”Bowen says bear markets can serve as a litmus test for investors and their risk tolerance.“If they aren’t sleeping at night because of their concerns about their portfolio, maybe they’ve overstated that risk tolerance,” he said.Generally, the closer you are to spending your investments, the more conservative your portfolio should be.Brent Vandermeer, portfolio manager at HollisWealth, says that while most of his clients have balanced portfolios, they span the spectrum from 100 per cent in fixed income to a handful fully invested in stocks.“My job is to manage the money that they give me within the parameters of what they are comfortable with,” he said. “If it is the right thing for the client and we’ve really talked and walked through it, that’s what I think my role is.” by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 26, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2016 at 2:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

“More than 1.3 million people are now internally displaced, making it the ninth largest internally displaced population in the world, and some 890,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries,” said a UN spokesperson today.According to OCHA’s latest update, no crossing points are available for humanitarian cargo to non-government controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.“Access to water remains a critical issue for many civilians living along the contact line, up to 1 million people being at risk of lack of access to safe water,” pointed the update from June 12.Funding for humanitarian operations remains critically low: only 31 per cent of $316 million required for 2015 is funded or pledged.Several locations across the contact line continue to be theatre of fighting, resulting in additional humanitarian suffering and loss of lives. Since the beginning of the conflict, at least 6,500 people have been documented as killed and another 16,287 as wounded in the conflict zone of eastern Ukraine, OCHA emphasized. read more

first_imgThere is a lot of suspicion that it is a SprockerAndy Platt, a former judge Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The four-year-old has competed in a number of competitions, winning the Yorkshire Gun Dog Open Qualifiers in 2015 and the Kennel Club Open Qualifiers last year.Rivals claim that Sprockers are bigger and faster than pure breeds. A group of 20 judges are alleged to have written to the Kennel Club to voice their concerns.Andy Platt, a former judge, told The Sun there was “a lot of suspicion” that the four-year-old is a Sprocker.“The Kennel Club is an association for pedigree dogs and they have got their rules that no unauthorised cross-breeding can occur without their permission,” he added.A second judge has allegedly quit in protest. A Kennel Club spokesman confirmed it was aware of allegations but said they had not been substantiated. The club said it was reviewing the issues to establish whether there is a case to answer. The Queen’s champion gundog has been accused of being a cross-breed by rivals who claim she should be banned from competitions, it has been reported.Mallowdale Diamond, who was given to the Queen as a present in January 2013, is one of a number of dogs facing claims they have an unfair advantage because they are Sprockers, a cross between a Springer spaniel and a Cocker spaniel, The Sun claimed. center_img A statement added: “Until this is determined we are unfortunately not able to comment any further on this specific issue at this time.”The group of judges are believed to want the club to carry out DNA tests  but the spokesman said the tests currently available “are not yet able to define if an individual dog fits a specific breed standard”.She added: “There is a wide variation of different breed types which may fit the characteristics associated with the Cocker Spaniel.“Until more definitive methods become available, anyone who believes that their dog was misrepresented to them prior to purchase and incorrectly sold to them, in the first instance should take this up with the breeder of the dog.”Ian Openshaw, the dog’s handler, and Buckingham Palace declined to comment. We are currently reviewing the issues raised to establish whether there is a case to answerA Kennel Club spokesmanlast_img read more

first_imgSHANNON AIRPORT IS now the country’s second-busiest airport.Latest figures from the Irish Aviation Authority show that in July, Shannon handled 74 commercial flights a day to Cork’s 66.Both pale in comparison to the capital, which handled 541.Combined, the first half of the year saw a rise of 3.8% on this time last year.There was an average of 1,712 daily flights during July 2014. The busiest day was 17 July with 1,853 flights in Irish airspace. There were 29,888 en route traffic movements and 41,369 North Atlantic Communications flights during July 2014.Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive, Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said:“These very positive air traffic figures are further testament to the continued recovery of the aviation industry, both in Ireland and the world at large.Dublin and Shannon are driving growth for international arrivals and departures, while our en route and North Atlantic Communications figures reflect the wider global upturn.International arrivals and departures at the State airports of Shannon, Dublin and Cork saw strong growth of 3.8% in July 2014, when compared to July 2013.The figures also show that London, New York and Paris remain the most popular points of origin for incoming flights.Larger versionRead: Passengers, locations and freight: Here are the key stats for Irish aviation in 2013last_img read more