AAP names transgender for Allahabad LS seat

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party on Friday named Bhawani Ma, a transgender from the Kinnar Akhara, as its candidate from the Allahabad Lok Sabha constituency. AAP MP Sanjay Singh said the party’s political affairs committee had approved the selection of Bhawani Ma as party candidate for the Allahabad Lok Sabha seat. He said the Narendra Modi government had “insulted” the transgender community by making them “beg” for their rights and brought the flawed Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018 in Parliament.“The AAP has utmost respect for the community and this move of ours proves it,” Mr. Singh added. Bhawani Ma, 46, is a social activist and has been a jury member of the Delhi International Film Festival. The other candidates fielded by the party in U.P. include Ajeet Sonkar from Aliganj and Anju Saini from Sambhal. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

SEA Games: PH Archers pluck bronze out of semis heartache

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES MOST READ “But we are happy with bronze, hopefully tomorrow we will win gold in mixed,” said the 30-year-old Dela Cruz.The top scorer in individual and team events will automatically be entered in Friday’s mixed compound.The women’s compound team of Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, Abbigail Tindugan and Jennifer Chan dropped in the eliminations against Thailand, 222-215. Starting off hot with a 236-214 win over Myanmar in the eliminations, the Filipinos all of a sudden went cold in the semifinals, turning in 227 points against Singapore’s 233.READ: Dela Cruz gives PH a bronze medal in archeryFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That happens, when suddenly the opponent shoots very well,” said Dela Cruz who on Wednesday won bronze in individual category.But Yap rued the fact that the Philippines’ 236 showing in eliminations — the highest score of the day — suddenly turned sour in the semis. PH Archery Team gets second bronze medal in the SEA Games. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippine men’s archery team bucked a heartbreaking defeat in the semifinals to salvage a bronze medal Thursday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games at Synthetic Turf Field in KL Sports City here.The trio of Earl Benjamin Yap, Joseph Benjamin Vicencio and Paul Marton Dela Cruz destroyed Vietnam, 233-230, in the bronze medal match to clinch the country’s second bronze in compound events.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief U12 Kaya FC advances to last 32 in Gothia Cup Read Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “That (PH semis score) was the lowest score for us even in practice,” said Yap who owns the Benel Archery Club in Mandaluyong.Still, the team managed to cut its losses and destroyed the Vienamese after coming perfect in the final two ends.Vietnamese were even led by last SEAG’s gold winner Nguyen Tien Cuong but just could not find their range.“I didn’t expect they (Vietnamese) would shot like that in the bronze medal match,” said Yap.READ: Seeking more golds, Cojuangco balances archery and familyADVERTISEMENT Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Eden may host Ind-Eng match if ICC members agree, hints Pawar

first_imgThe Eden Gardens in Kolkata.A day after International Cricket Council stripped Kolkata of the India-England World Cup tie on February 27, its president Sharad Pawar on Friday hinted that Eden Gardens may still host the match if the member countries agree to it.Pawar confirmed that BCCI President Shashank Manohar wrote a letter to him requesting to give another deadline of February 7 to complete work at the Eden Gardens and said he has asked ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat to initiate talks with England and other member countries whether they agree to it.He said the ICC will take a decision only after January 30 whether the match will be held in Bangalore or in Kolkata as scheduled earlier.”I have asked the CEO Haroon Lorgat to submit a report on January 30 after talks with ICC member countries, especially England, whether they agree to give more time till February 7 to complete work at the Eden Gardens,” Pawar said at the sidelines of a function at the Indian Institute of Pulses Research here.”We will take a decision after January 30 whether the India-England World Cup will be held in Bangalore or it will be held in Kolkata,” said Pawar, who is also Union Agriculture Minister.Pawar said that an ICC Committee had doubts over the readiness of Eden Gardens on time to host the February 27 match and that was the reason why the decision to strip the stadium of the tie was taken.”An ICC team had inspected all the World Cup venues. This team had found that a stadium each in Mumbai (Wankhede) and Sri Lanka would be ready on time. But it had doubts over the readiness of Eden Gardens to host the February 27 match. So the ICC Committee took the decision to take the match away from Kolkata,” he said.advertisementCricket Association of Bengal President Jagmohan Dalmiya on Thursday appealed to the ICC through the Indian Cricket Board to extend the deadline for completion of work at Eden Gardens till February 7.The ICC chief said that he has asked his CEO to speak to all the member countries, especially with England, because lots of cricket fans from other nations will come to India to watch the World Cup and they will have to book hotels and tickets in advance. “If they (cricket fans) are not given enough time they may face problems. Especially from England, there will be lots of fans coming to watch the India-England match and that was why I have asked Lorgat to speak to them,” Pawar said.”He (Lorgat) will submit the report to me on January 30 and then a decision on the BCCI’s appeal not to take away the match from Kolkata will be taken,” he said.Asked about his opinion on the concern raised at some quarters that players are suffering from injuries because of too much of cricket, Pawar said, “If any player is injured or he feels tired, he is allowed to take rest and new and young players are given chance to play.”Cricket is loved so much by the people that they are ready to come out and watch. In any case, the issue will have to be dealt by the cricket boards of each country and not by the ICC,” he said.On any steps taken by the ICC to deal with match-fixing and betting during the World Cup, Pawar said, “The ICC has nothing much to do about this. The police of the venue city and the host Board will have to tackle it. Betting is banned in countries like India and Pakistan.”-With PTI inputslast_img read more

DK Shivakumar Arrested By Probe Agency In Alleged Money Laundering Case

first_imgNEW DELHI/ BENGALURU: Senior Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar, who was being investigated in a case of alleged money laundering, has been arrested, sources said. The Enforcement Directorate, which was questioning him over the last four days, said he was not cooperating with the investigation. On Thursday, Mr Shivakumar, a minister in the erstwhile government of HD Kumaraswamy and the Congress, was summoned to Delhi after the Karnataka High Court decided against the dismissal of the case and did not give him protection from arrest.(Inpus from NDTV.com)last_img read more

F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen files police complaint against Montreal woman

first_imgMONTREAL – F1 star Kimi Raikkonen has filed a complaint with Montreal police alleging extortion and harassment by a woman who claims he grabbed her breast at a bar during Grand Prix weekend in 2016.The allegations against the Ferrari driver are detailed in a blog item by the Montreal woman, who doesn’t name Raikkonen explicitly in the post.The alleged victim, who was working as a waitress, accuses him of grabbing her breast and a member of his entourage of touching her genitals as she tried to get them to settle a bar tab.A member of the F1 pilot’s legal team who did not want to be named told The Canadian Press on Tuesday that Raikkonen denies the allegations and claims to not know the woman or have touched her.But a lawyer for the woman says her client is devastated and feels side-swiped and shocked by the Finnish driver’s legal manoeuvre.“Our position is pretty simple,” said lawyer Jamie Benizri of Legal Logik, the firm representing the woman. “Faced with allegations of this nature, we’re obviously shocked, disturbed that this would be the response.”Benizri wouldn’t disclose the woman’s age or the amount of money being sought, but the representative of Raikkonen’s legal team described it as extremely high.The woman’s lawyer also wouldn’t comment on the public blog posts that outline the allegations.But he pushed back against the allegation of blackmail, saying it was “a little more graceful than an offer to settle for cash.”“What we were looking for was an opportunity to sit down, what we were looking for was an opportunity to come to terms with what had happened to my client,” Benizri said.“Unfortunately, that was completely misconstrued and I think they jumped the gun to defend themselves or potentially thwart an imminent action.”Benizri said his client will collaborate with investigators and provide her version of events to police.He said no motions have been filed in court and adds that no course of action has been ruled out.Raikkonen’s representative claimed the demands in April and earlier this month were “aggressive” with a threat to go public.The complaint against the Montreal resident with police was filed Monday on behalf of Raikkonen, who is being represented by a Montreal law firm.City police said they would not comment.Raikkonen, 38, is competing in the F1 Canadian Grand Prix Montreal on June 10.last_img read more

The Wednesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Wednesday, Aug. 2———CENSUS 2016: SINGLE, SAME-SEX AND CHILDLESS: Couples without kids are outpacing their procreating counterparts, same-sex relationships are blossoming, multiple generations are living under the same roof and more people than ever are living alone, Statistics Canada revealed Wednesday as the 2016 census showcased more seismic changes in the way Canadians are living their lives. Of the 14.1 million households in Canada in 2016, 28.2 per cent comprised only a single person — the highest proportion of single-person households ever recorded and the most common living arrangement captured in the 2016 count, a first for the country. Outside of the United States and the United Kingdom, the percentage of one-person homes in Canada is not especially high, but it does illustrate the legacy of an aging population, the members of which are living longer than ever and are more likely to be widowed. Childless couples grew in number at a faster rate over the last five years than couples with at least one child, leaving the latter group at 51.1 per cent of the population, the lowest level ever recorded. Today, about 12 per cent of all same-sex couples are living with children, be they biological offspring, adopted or members of a stepfamily. In raw numbers, there were 10,020 children aged 14 and under living with 8,770 same-sex couple parents on census day last year.———CENSUS REVEALS MORE ANGLOPHONES IN QUEBEC: Quebec’s English-speaking community has grown more in the past five years than during any census period over the last four decades, says the executive vice-president of the Association for Canadian Studies. Census data from 2016 that was released Wednesday shows the percentage of Quebecers whose first official language spoken is English increased to 14.4 per cent from 13.5 per cent between 2011 and 2016. While immigration data from the census has not yet been released, Jack Jedwab said the increase in Quebec’s anglophone population is likely due to more immigration as well as fewer people leaving the province for other parts of Canada. English as a mother tongue increased in Quebec to 9.6 per cent last year from nine per cent in 2011, while English as a language spoken at home rose to 19.8 per cent from 18.3 per cent over the same period. First official language is defined by Statistics Canada as a citizen’s primary language between English and French. The agency defines mother tongue as a citizen’s first language learned at home in childhood and still understood by the individual.———CAROLINE MULRONEY SEEKS TO RUN AS ONTARIO PC: Former prime minister Brian Mulroney’s daughter is seeking to run for the Ontario Progressive Conservatives in next year’s provincial election, adding some potential star power to a party looking to unseat an unpopular government. Caroline Mulroney, the vice-president of an investment firm, announced on social media Wednesday that she will seek the nomination in York-Simcoe, north of the Toronto area. The riding has been held since 1995 by Progressive Conservative Julia Munro, who is retiring. Munro tweeted Wednesday that Mulroney has her full support. In an announcement on Facebook, accompanied by a YouTube video, Mulroney said that as a working mother of four she knows change is needed in Ontario so people can thrive. Party leader Patrick Brown wrote on Twitter that he is “thrilled to see such exceptional individuals like (Mulroney) step up to seek a nomination” for the party. The meeting where Mulroney will learn if she has secured the nomination to run in York-Simcoe is set for Sept. 10. The provincial election will be held in June 2018.———PERSONAL DATA AT STAKE IN NAFTA NEGOTIATIONS: The personal information of Canadians will be on the negotiating table along with auto parts and labour standards when North American free trade talks begin this month. The United States has served notice it wants an end to measures that restrict cross-border data flows, or require the use or installation of local computing facilities. It is among the many American goals for the coming NAFTA renegotiation spelled out by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Privacy advocates say that means trouble for Canada’s ability to shield sensitive information such as health data from the prying eyes of foreign agencies by storing it in computer servers on Canadian soil. The U.S. proposal runs counter to public-sector privacy laws in British Columbia and Nova Scotia that require domestic data storage. The B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association is urging Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland to ensure legislation already on the books is not undermined by the NAFTA negotiations.———LIBERALS TAP AMBROSE FOR NAFTA ADVICE: While Liberals and Conservatives trade accusations that they’re hurting Canada’s position in the imminent renegotiation of NAFTA, the Trudeau government has tapped the Tories’ former interim leader, Rona Ambrose, to help advise on the trilateral trade deal. Ambrose is one of 13 members of a newly created advisory council on the North American Free Trade Agreement, announced Wednesday by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. Other members include James Moore, a former minister in the previous Conservative government, and Brian Topp, a veteran NDP strategist, one-time NDP leadership contender and former chief of staff to Alberta’s NDP premier, Rachel Notley. The membership is designed to demonstrate that the government is taking a unified, non-partisan, Team Canada approach to the negotiations, which are set to start Aug. 16. The council also includes representatives of various groups that have the most at stake in the negotiations, among them, Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff; Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of automotive parts manufacturer Linamar Corp., and Marcel Groleau, president of Quebec’s union of agricultural producers.———VANCOUVER’S BENCHMARK HOUSE PRICE CRACKS $1M: The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says the typical price of a home in Metro Vancouver has surpassed $1 million. The board says the composite benchmark price for all residential properties in the area is currently $1,019,400, up 8.7 per cent from July 2016. The benchmark price for detached properties in the area is about $1.612 million, for attached properties $763,700 and for apartments $616,600. While home prices jumped, there were more listings and fewer sales in Metro Vancouver last month. The board says there were 2,960 residential property sales in the region — down 8.2 per cent from a year ago — and 5,256 properties were newly listed for sale last month. That brought the total number of properties above 9,000 for the first time this year. Wednesday also marks the one-year anniversary since the province’s former Liberal government imposed a 15 per cent foreign buyers’ tax, aimed at cooling the hot housing market. The new NDP government has said it’s reviewing whether the tax and other measures were effective.———TRIAL SET IN FATAL SASKATCHEWAN FARM SHOOTING: A trial date has been set for a Saskatchewan farmer accused of fatally shooting an Indigenous man. Gerald Stanley’s second-degree murder trial in the death of Colten Boushie will take place from Jan. 29 to Feb. 15 in Battleford, Sask. Stanley has pleaded not guilty and is out on bail. Details from a preliminary hearing in April are under a publication ban, however it is known that Boushie was shot and killed last August while riding in an SUV that went onto a farm near Biggar, Sask. Boushie’s family has launched a petition calling for a new Crown prosecutor and an out-of-province lead investigator for the case, saying they believe people from outside the province would be less biased. Boushie’s killing ignited racial tension in Saskatchewan and there have been rallies outside court when Stanley made previous appearances.———NUMBER OF DEAD RIGHT WHALES RISES TO 10: Yet another endangered North Atlantic right whale has been found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence — the tenth since June 7. The federal Department of Fisheries said on Twitter that the “unprecedented number of right whale deaths is very concerning.” The most recent find was reported Tuesday from the west coast of Newfoundland, though it remains unclear when the whale was first spotted. North Atlantic right whales are critically endangered, with an estimated number of just over 500. Jerry Conway of the Canadian Whale Institute in Campobello, N.B., said the deaths are disastrous for an already vulnerable species. Fisheries officials say four of the carcasses were found off Newfoundland’s west coast. They were discovered near Chimney Cove south of Trout River, Cape Ray in the Port Aux Basques region, Cedar Cove near Lark Harbour and one south of the River of Ponds. Necropsies, akin to animal autopsies, are underway on samples taken from the badly decomposed remains to help confirm causes of death, it said.———RBI PLANS TO EXPAND TIM HORTONS TO SPAIN: Tim Hortons plans to expand to Spain, its fourth venture abroad in recent months, as it tries to overcome lagging sales and an internal revolt from disgruntled franchisees in Canada. Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of the coffee-and-doughnut chain, said Wednesday it has signed a deal with a joint venture partner to set up shop in one of the largest cafe markets in Europe. Chief financial officer Josh Kobza said Spain provides an intriguing opportunity for RBI in its quest to be a dominant player in the global coffee industry following forays into Mexico, Britain and the Philippines. The announcement coincided with RBI’s results that showed same-store sales at Tim Hortons, an important metric in retail measuring sales at locations open for at least a year, fell for the second consecutive quarter. They were down 0.8 per cent from a year ago, driven by falling sales in Canada of baked goods and lunch items, a sign that the Tim Hortons brand may be losing its appeal in the country where it was made famous.———MONTREAL’S BIG O TO HOUSE ASYLUM SEEKERS: Montreal’s iconic Olympic Stadium will be the first place some newcomers to Canada call home, with the venue starting to be used as a shelter for asylum seekers. The first groups were bused to the stadium on Wednesday as Quebec continues to manage a recent influx of people entering the province from the United States. Volunteers from the Quebec Red Cross helped set up the cavernous facility for a temporary stay with cots and food in the rotunda. According to recent federal government data, preliminary figures for June suggested a “pronounced shift” in the number of people arriving in Canada at the Quebec-U.S. border. Richard Goldman of the Committee to Aid Refugees said it is too early to say if the spike in the number of asylum seekers will be sustained, but acknowledged that all services are feeling the crunch. Part of the problem is that many of those entering in Quebec have no intention of staying here and end up leaving for other cities, notably Toronto. Goldman estimates that one-half of the people entering Quebec have plans to move elsewhere.last_img read more

Google wants court to decide whether search curbs would infringe charter rights

first_imgOTTAWA — Google wants the Federal Court to decide whether limiting search-engine results in the name of privacy would infringe Canadians’ constitutional guarantee of free expression.The leading internet search engine advocates broadening an upcoming court hearing to squarely address the question.Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien has asked the Federal Court to clarify if Google’s popular search tool is covered by the law governing how companies handle personal information.A man who says a Google search reveals outdated and highly personal information about him will be the test case that helps a judge decide whether the search engine must remove the links from its results.Therrien argues the federal law on private-sector use of personal information includes such a right to de-indexing.In documents filed with the court, Google says the privacy commissioner’s reference application is illogical and inefficient because it is too narrow and therefore won’t fully explore the relevant constitutional questions.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Theatre community deserves informed honest critics

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: When writing a review, I avoid reading any other critic’s response to the work in question – like most reviewers, I imagine. But after I’ve filed, I’m Googling like crazy. Were my impressions similar to those of my counterparts?When it’s theatre I’m reviewing, the first critic I seek out is Colin Thomas. Thomas has been a theatre reviewer at Vancouver’s alt-weekly The Georgia Straight since I arrived in this city – and long before. He is a respected fixture, reviewing two to three shows a week with solid theatre knowledge, encyclopedic context, a sharp eye, fearless opinions – and fine writing to boot.Thomas stunned the local arts community this week with a blog post: “I just got fired from The Georgia Straight. Thirty years. No warning. No compensation,” it began. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Facebook I know Thomas a bit, just from running into him at performances. I know him much better as a reader. I consider him the best theatre reviewer in Vancouver.In his post, Thomas detailed a meeting with two Straight editors – both of whom I also know (it’s a small community) – in which he says he was told letting him go was not their decision; they had fought it. As for the reason, it was suggested there may have been a confluence of factors – financial difficulties, and he’s not on staff, so his job is easier to cut – but also that there had been complaints from some companies. “You know: that you never like anything,” Thomas wrote in his account of the conversation.last_img read more

Security Council imposes sanctions on DPR Korea after its claimed nuclear test

Following intensive negotiations triggered earlier this month when the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) claimed to have conducted a nuclear test, the United Nations Security Council today imposed sanctions against the country as well as individuals supporting its military programme and demanded that Pyongyang cease its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction. By a unanimously adopted resolution invoking Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which allows for enforcement measures, the Council also established a committee to track the sanctions and take action against violations. The resolution condemned the 9 October test and demanded that DPRK “not conduct any further nuclear test or launch of a ballistic missile.” It demanded that Pyongyang immediately retract its announced withdrawal from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), return to that pact, and accept safeguards through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).According to the binding resolution, “DPRK shall suspend all activities related to its ballistic missile programme and in this context re-establish its pre-existing commitments to a moratorium on missile launching.” The country also must “abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.” Pyongyang must further abide by the NPT and IAEA Safeguards Agreements and provide the Agency “transparency measures extending beyond these requirements, including such access to individuals, documentation, equipments and facilities.”DPRK must “abandon all other existing weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programme in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.” By the resolution, the Council decided that all Member States shall prevent the import from or export to the DPRK of “any battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large calibre artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles or missile systems” as well as “related materiel including spare parts” and other items determined by the sanctions committee. Other items to be set out in separate lists were also banned, including those “which could contribute to DPRK’s nuclear-related, ballistic missile-related or other weapons of mass destruction-related programmes.” Also prohibited from export to the DPRK are luxury goods. In addition, the resolution banned the import from or export to the country of technical training, advice, services or assistance related to the provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of the banned military items. By other provisions of the text, the Council decided that all States must freeze immediately the funds, other financial assets and economic resources which are on their territories that are owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the persons or entities designated by the committee or by the Security Council as being engaged in or providing support for DPRK’s nuclear-related, other weapons of mass destruction-related and ballistic missile-related programmes or by persons or entities acting on their behalf or at their direction. Persons designated by the committee “as being responsible for, including through supporting or promoting, DPRK policies in relation to the DPRK’s nuclear-related, ballistic missile-related and other weapons of mass destruction-related programmes” are also subject to a travel ban, as are members of their families. Aiming to prevent illicit trafficking in nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, the Council called on all Member States to cooperate including through inspection of cargo to and from the DPRK. With respect to the financial sanctions, the Council allowed for some exemptions, deciding that the freeze should not apply to funds necessary for basic expenses, including payment for foodstuffs, rent or mortgage, medicines and medical treatment, taxes, insurance premiums, and public utility charges, “or exclusively for payment of reasonable professional fees and reimbursement of incurred expenses associated with the provision of legal services.” With a notification, the committee can also approve exceptions for “extraordinary expenses.” The committee can also, on a case-by-case basis, approve humanitarian exceptions to the travel ban, including for religious obligations. All States are required to report to the Security Council within 30 days on measures they have taken to comply with the resolution. Among other tasks, the committee, consisting of the same members as the Security Council, will examine and take action on information regarding alleged violations. It will report to the Council at least every 90 days. The DPRK was called upon “to return immediately to the Six-Party Talks without precondition.” Those negotiations involve the two Koreas, Japan, China, the Russian Federation and the United States. A representative of Pyongyang addressing the Council today said his country “totally rejects” the resolution. “It is gangster-like of the Security Council to have adopted today a coercive resolution while neglecting the nuclear threat and moves for sanctions and pressure of the United States against the DPRK,” he said. “This clearly testifies that the Security Council has completely lost its impartiality and still persists in applying double standards in its work.” The 9 October underground nuclear test was conducted as a deterrent measure, he said, asserting that the initiative was “entirely activated by the United States nuclear threat, sanctions and pressure.” He said the DPRK is ready for both dialogue and confrontation. “If the US increases its pressure upon the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea persistently, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will continue to take physical countermeasures, considering it as a declaration of war.” » Resolution 1718 | Meeting summary | Video read more

Campbell Soup to buy Bolthouse Farms for 155B deal expands fresh food

by News Staff Posted Jul 9, 2012 11:07 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Campbell Soup Co. is hoping carrots, high-end juices and refrigerated salad dressings can freshen up its business.The Camden, N.J.-based company, which is best known for canned soups, said Monday that it will buy natural foods maker Bolthouse Farms for $1.55 billion in a cash deal. Campbell says Bolthouse’s juice line will complement its “V8” beverage unit. And the carrots business lets Campbell expand its healthy snacking category.Campbell also owns Pepperidge Farm cookies and Prego spaghettis sauces.After years of declining soup sales, Campbell is trying to revive its primary business amid growing competition and evolving consumer tastes. This fall, the company plans to roll out a slew of new products — such as soup pouches in flavours like Moroccan chicken — in hopes of appealing to younger consumers.Campbell said that it will operate the Bakersfield, Calif.-based Bolthouse as a separate business unit. It expects the deal will boost adjusted 2013 earnings by 5 cents to 7 cents per share. The acquisition from Madison Dearborn Partners LLC, a private equity firm, is expected to close late this summer.Even as its U.S. soup sales fell in the third quarter, Campbell in May said that sales in its beverage unit rose 5 per cent, driven by gains in its V8 Splash and V-Fusion drinks.Bolthouse Farms sells drinks and salad dressings under its corporate name. Its carrots are also sold under the “Earthbound Farms” and “Green Giant” brands. The company had sales of $689 million for the fiscal year ended March 31.Campbell shares slipped 3 cents to $32.96 in morning trading Monday. They are trading near the upper end of their 52-week range of $29.69 to $35.02. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Campbell Soup to buy Bolthouse Farms for $1.55B; deal expands fresh food and drink offerings read more

TD Bank raises its outlook for economic growth for the third quarter

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 25, 2013 10:43 am MDT TD Bank raises its outlook for economic growth for the third quarter TORONTO – TD Bank has raised its outlook for Canadian economic growth for the third quarter and says consumer spending will be the driving force — not exports and business spending, as it had thought earlier.In a quarterly update to its economic forecast, the bank (TSX:TD) said Wednesday that it expects Canada’s economy to grow at an annual pace of 2.3 per cent in the July-September period, compared with a June forecast for growth of two per cent.TD still expects full-year growth will be 1.7 per cent in 2013 and 2.4 per cent in 2014.“Economists in Canada are guilty of sounding like broken records, repeating the need for Canada’s growth to shift from relying on heavily indebted consumers to stronger exports and business investment,” the bank said in its report.“While the process has started, U.S. economic growth looks slightly softer in the near term making the transition uneven. In the meantime, the consumer and the housing market have shown more momentum, helping to keep the economy puffing along.”The U.S. economy faces several challenges in the coming months including another congressional showdown over the federal government’s budget and borrowing.A near-term issue is a temporary spending bill required to keep the U.S. government fully open after the start of the new budget year. The government also reaches its borrowing limit, or debt ceiling, early in October.In addition, the U.S. Federal Reserve has moved to delay its plan to start withdrawing some economic stimulus until it sees further confirmation of improvements in the economy.However, TD noted that interest rates in the U.S. have been rising and they will act as a headwind to growth.TD has reduced its U.S. economic growth forecast for all of 2013 to 1.6 per cent and 2.6 per cent in 2014, compared with its June forecast for growth of 1.9 per cent for this year and 2.8 per cent next year.“The U.S. economic recovery remains broadly in place. While the transition to higher longer-term interest rates will slow the pace of growth over the next year, it will not halt it,” TD said.“The fundamentals in place supporting higher growth are well entrenched.”The Canadian economy grew by 1.7 per cent in the second quarter as flooding in Alberta and a construction strike in Quebec took their toll and most economists expect some bounce back in the third quarter.However, TD noted the extent and timing remains uncertain.The Bank of Canada estimated in July that the economy would grow by 3.8 per cent in the third quarter. However the central bank also predicted growth of just one per cent in the second quarter.Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz has sounded a mostly upbeat tone on the Canadian economy, suggesting that it is on the tipping point toward more normal growth.“The bank expects that strong increases in U.S. business and residential investment will particularly benefit the sectors of Canada’s export market that have lagged so far, notably machinery and equipment and wood products,” Poloz said in a speech last week. read more

UN refugee chief urges greater solidarity with refugees in Italy

“What is happening in front of our eyes in Italy is an unfolding tragedy,” said Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.He stressed that “this cannot be an Italian problem alone. It is, first and foremost, a matter of international concern, requiring a joined-up, comprehensive regional approach.”Some 12,600 migrants and refugees arrived on Italian shores in the course of last weekend, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said. Mr. Grandi said that Europe in particular needs to be more involved through an urgent distribution system, increased external engagement and additional legal pathways of admission. He also called for broader efforts by all concerned to address the root causes behind migratory pressures, create better protection for people in transit, and address smuggling and trafficking.The stop priority remains saving lives, the UNHCR chief said, highlighting the critical search and rescue work being done by all those involved, including by NGOs, the Italian Coast Guard, and government authorities.He warned, however, that “we are only at the beginning of the summer, and without swift collective action, we can only expect more tragedies at sea.” An estimated 2,030 drowned in the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year, according to UNHCR. read more

PSG Handball beat Zagreb in front of 15200 fans

4. THW Kiel10514284:271(13)11 6. Orlen Wisla Plock10325275:286(-11)8 8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu10109264:334(-70)2 3. MVM Veszprém10712281:252(29)15 ← Previous Story Easter Handball Party – Koper Handball Cup! Next Story → THW Kiel beat Gummersbach in 2016 opener 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…11902340:307(33)18 5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …11416280:286(-6)9 2. SG Flensburg-Handewitt10802302:263(39)16 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko10118262:289(-27)3 EHF Champions Leagueppd zagrebPSG Handball PSG Handball going strong for the first place in EHF Champions League Preliminary Group which lead straight to the quarter-final. The French champions beat PPD Zagreb 25:23 (15:10) in front of 15.200 fans at “Arena Zagreb”. Mikkel Hansen netted seven goals for the winners, while Thierry Omeyer had a good first period with 12 saves in total. The Croatian champions managed to come-back in the match led by inspired Ivan Stevanovic (13 saves) between the posts, but that wasn’t enough for a complete turnover…PPD ZAGREB – PSG 23:25 (10:15)PPD ZAGREB: Ivić (7 saves, 1.p), Stevanović (13 saves, 2.p); Vujić 2, Kontrec 1, Šebetić 4, Marković, Raković, Horvat 4 (2), Šušnja, J. Valčić 1, T. Valčić, Mandalinić 5, Obranović 2, Markovski, Kovačević, Pavlović 4; coach: Veselin VujovićPSG: Omeyer (12 saves), Annonay; Melić 1 (1), Molgaard 1, Vori 3, Kounkoud 1, Gunnarsson, Abalo 3, L. Karabatić 1, Hansen 7 (3), Narcisse 3, Onufriyenko, Honrubia 2, N. Karabatić 3; coach: Zvonimir SerdarušićRESULT:3:0 (6′), 3:4 (12′), 5:6 (14′), 6:9 (19′), 6:11 (22′), 8:13 (26′), 10:15 (30′), 13:17 (37′), 15:21 (42′), 17:23 (49′), 19:24 (52′), 21:24 (54′), 21:25 (59′), 23:25 (60′)Man of the Match: Mikkel HansenSTANDINGS: read more

Fancy a cuppa Dublin council are opening tearooms in a park near

first_imgDUBLIN CITY COUNCIL is opening a series of tearooms in parks around the city.The first in the series is officially opening today in Harold’s Cross Park and is being operated by Noshington Café.The council plans to provide tearooms in parks where there is a demand, with plans to open a new café in St. Patrick’s Park this autumn and in Herbert Park in spring 2015.Old spaces redesignedThe café in Harold’s Cross Park occupies a disused public toilet block which was originally constructed in 1943, which has been redesigned by Dublin City Council.Councillor Mary Freehill, said the new café is a great addition to the facilities in Harold’s Cross Park. “As it is very conveniently located near the playground I am sure that it will be a big hit for parents and guardians of children in particular. I congratulate Dublin City Council on their creative reimagining of a disused building and wish Noshington Café every success in operating it.”Noshington in Harold’s Cross Park will officially open today at 11.30am. Opening hours will be from 10am-6pm, Monday to Sunday during the summer and 7.30am-4.30pm during the winter.Read: Forget Grey, here’s the trailer for 50 Shades of Tay>Read: Here are the worst mistakes Irish people make when brewing a cup of tea>last_img read more

Princes siblings slam mismanagement of tribute concert

first_img Jan 27th 2017, 10:45 PM By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3210142 3 Comments TWO OF THE late Prince’s siblings have denounced what they called mismanagement of the late pop icon’s tribute concert and sought a clearer accounting of the proceeds.Prince, who died suddenly in April, was remembered in a funk-driven, five-hour concert on 13 October in his native Minnesota that starred his friend Stevie Wonder.But the lineup emerged just a month before the show, which was moved to the 20,000-seat XCel Energy Center in state capital St Paul from the newly built, 66,200-capacity US Bank Stadium in adjacent Minneapolis.In a court filing this week, Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson and half-brother Omarr Baker asked that a special administrator that had been put in charge of the estate remain financially liable after it hands over control at the end of the month.MerchandiseThe siblings said that the administrator, Bremer Trust, caused “damage to the Prince brand” and said the family had “no way of knowing who profited” from tickets, merchandise and other sales.The pair said Bremer Trust passed over concert giant Live Nation to give the project to newly created company Jobu Presents, which withdrew in August, in part over the failure to secure talent.The siblings alleged that Prince’s longtime lawyer L. Londell McMillan, who was acting as an advisor to Bremer Trust, orchestrated the saga as he ultimately put himself in charge of the show.“The Special Administrator’s disastrous mismanagement of the tribute and lack of supervision of the advisors is its own fault,” said the filing, which redacted monetary figures from the public record.McMillan denied the allegations and said he was working to preserve Prince’s estate and legacy. He wrote on Twitter: “Some people lie with intent. We ignore gossip. We rise above hate.”Prince, who died from an accidental overdose of painkillers, left no will and had no children.At the end of the month Bremer Trust will transfer control of Prince’s estate to Comerica, a Dallas-based financial services company.- © AFP 2017Read: Armed gardaí rush to ‘robbery’ only to find TY students making a film >Read: New service means you can now track your passport application online > Share Tweet Email Prince’s siblings slam ‘mismanagement’ of tribute concert The siblings alleged that Prince’s longtime lawyer orchestrated the saga as he ultimately put himself in charge of the show. Image: AP/Press Association Images Friday 27 Jan 2017, 10:45 PM Short URL 6,973 Views Image: AP/Press Association Imageslast_img read more

Un espoir dans le traitement des maladies congénitales

first_imgUn espoir dans le traitement des maladies congénitalesDes cellules souches maternelles ont été transplantées avec succès à des foetus de souris. Un procédé qui ouvre la voie à des traitements précoces des maladies congénitales. Les scientifiques de l’institut de chirurgie pédiatrique de l’Université de Californie à San Francisco ont réussi un tour de force jamais réalisé jusque-là. Ils ont transplanté avec succès des cellules souches maternelles à des foetus de souris, technique délaissée ces dernières années à cause du rejet de ces transplantations par le système immunitaire de la mère. Tippi MacKenzie, principal auteur de ces travaux parus sur le site du Journal of Clinical Investigation, a expliqué que cette difficulté avait été surmontée grâce à l’ablation des lymphocytes T de ces cellules. “Cette recherche est réellement enthousiasmante car elle nous offre une solution à ce problème et rend désormais potentiellement possibles des transplantations de cellules souches au foetus”, s’est réjouie Tippi MacKenzie. D’ailleurs, retirer les lymphocytes T a même permis la transplantation au foetus de cellules souches venant d’une autre souris. “Maintenant que nous savons qu’un foetus peut tolérer des cellules souches même étrangères à la mère, on peut vraiment penser à d’autres types de cellules souches qui pourraient être utilisées pour traiter des maladies génétiques neurologiques ou musculaires avant la naissance”, ont expliqué les chercheurs, dans des propos repris par 20Minutes. La prochaine étape consiste désormais à confirmer ces résultats chez l’homme. Le 20 janvier 2011 à 11:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Envisat  le satellite capture une image des sables sahariens sur la Bretagne

first_imgEnvisat : le satellite capture une image des sables sahariens sur la BretagneLe satellite Envisat de l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) est parvenu à photographier une tempête de sable sur la pointe de la Bretagne. Celle-ci viendrait directement du Sahara algérien. C’était le 8 avril. Une tempête de sable survenue dans le Sahara se retrouve déportée jusqu’aux côtes de la Bretagne. Pour immortaliser l’événement, le satellite Envisat équipé de la caméra MERIS réussi à capturer un impressionnant cliché, révélé au public quelques semaines plus tard. L’ESA, qui dirige le satellite, explique dans un communiqué l’origine d’un tel phénomène. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESASelon l’Agence, le sable qui provient du Sahara aurait été transporté sur des milliers de kilomètres grâce aux courants de convection formés dans l’atmosphère par les différences de température de l’air. Ces poussières riches en nutriments, dont l’azote, le phosphore et le fer, favorisent la production massive d’efflorescences de plancton. Le développement de ces organismes est bénéfique pour la biodiversité marine car il constitue un élément précieux à la base du réseau alimentaire. Le satellite Envisat a été mis en orbite en 2002 par le lanceur Ariane 5. Il a été conçu pour surveiller l’état de la Terre et l’impact des activités humaines sur son évolution. Il est doté d’une dizaine d’instruments d’observation très pointus permettant d’étudier précisément l’évolution des phénomènes environnementaux.Le 30 avril 2011 à 14:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The death of video game console deaths

first_img A few days ago I fired up my Wii U and played through the recent port of Severed, an indie game released earlier this year from the folks behind Guacamelee. Contrary to popular opinion, I really enjoy my Wii U and play it more often than you’d expect. However, there’s no denying that soon the console will be dead. Sooner or later Nintendo will have to reveal the NX, you know, that machine coming out in five months.This means every time I boot up my Wii U could be the last time. Every new game I play on it could be the last new game. This isn’t a new experience. It happens every time an older console generation dies so a new one can be born. However, this time, I realized something has changed. This time could also be the last time I use a certain console for the last time. Some of the most interesting video games come out near the death of a console. But what will happen if console death itself becomes a thing of the past?The life and death of a video game console used to be a fairly predictable cycle. A fun cycle to experience, but a predictable one to look back on. New systems would launch at roughly the same time with roughly the same power. Launch games were technical showpieces maybe with some exciting ideas that usually lacked content because they were rushed to market, especially if they were from third parties. As the years went on, the install bases grew, developers became more confident with the hardware, and the games improved. Soon enough it would be time for the next cycle of consoles and players were left with the last vestiges of old-gen software as developers shifted the bulk of their attention to the shiny new hardware.A lot of fascinating games were released during those twilight periods for waning game consoles, games free from the pressure to be huge tentpoles that could instead let their creativity flourish. I’m talking about games like Drill Dozer for the Game Boy Advance, Wario’s Woods for the NES, Final Fantasy XII for the PlayStation 2, Conker’s Bad Fur Day for the N64, Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath for the original Xbox, and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat for the GameCube. I now also include Severed in this quality bunch, but we’ll get to that later.However, this cycle is breaking down. The last generation was several years longer than past cycles. Eight years passed between the launch of the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One, double the time between the 360 and the original Xbox. The first few years of this last cycle resembled past cycles, but then we entered this strange overtime where even though the games on the consoles had already peaked in terms of quality, developers still had to crank out more of them. This is why we got extraneous sequels like Gears of War: Judgment and God of War: Ascension. I remember in 2008 hearing rumors that Microsoft was about to unveil a 360 successor, and while that’s so untrue it’s almost quaint now, peripherals like the Kinect, Wii MotionPlus, and PlayStation Move did basically turn their respective boxes into new machines.Eventually, proper new consoles did debut, but the sheer length of the previous cycle and fears about the viability of this cycle kept things from going back to normal. Instead of getting an intriguing crop of twilight games for the 360 and PS3, developers simply created games for old and new consoles alike. AAA games like GTA V, Metal Gear Solid V, Shadow of Mordor, Destiny, and Rise of the Tomb Raider were all cross-generation releases. And every day it seems like another 360/PS3 game is being “remastered” for the new consoles, HD remakes of games that were already in HD.Now the final destruction of the cycle is almost in sight. Later this year Sony will release the PS4 Pro, not the next PlayStation but an upgraded version of the existing PlayStation. Meanwhile, Project Scorpio arrives next year, a significantly improved console Microsoft still insists is part of the Xbox One family. Together these moves suggest console generations as we knew them are over. Like smartphones or PCs, console manufacturers will now improve and make iterations on existing machines rather than starting over from scratch every five or so years.There are upsides to this trend. Maintaining continuity between different versions of a console makes it easier to preserve backward compatibility. Developers will also likely appreciate having more power in a console they are familiar with, rather than having to learn how to code for an entirely new device. However, consumers might be confused by this shift, at least initially. It’s easy to understand the difference between a PS4 and PS3. A PS4 vs a PS4 Pro is a little trickier. There’s also the fear of these expensive toys becoming obsolete faster through the power of brutal capitalism. Then again, parents of NES-owning children were also outraged at first after the Super Nintendo launched. They got over it.This brings us back to the Wii U. Like I said the whole reason I started thinking about all this future was because I realized how Severed might be the last Wii U game I play aside from maybe Paper Mario: Color Splash, which I’m also playing and enjoying. I plan on picking up The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the NX. Unlike the PS4 and Xbox One, the Wii U is definitely going away. What little we know about the NX suggests it will be a clean break, not an incremental upgrade. But if this is the last time that shift happens to a console, that means this is the last set of those twilight games.Fortunately, Severed fits that tradition in a really great way. In Severed players control a one-armed girl named Sasha slashing her way to recover her family’s corpses in a stylish hellscape that continues Canadian developer DrinkBox Studios’ obsession with all things Latin American. The first-person perspective evokes classic computer RPGs like Ultima but the layered dungeon design and pattern-heavy sword combat are very much Zelda meets Infinity Blade. It’s quite satisfying. The game first launched on the PlayStation Vita (another dead video game machine) and is available on iOS as well. But this is a touch-driven game I can’t imagine not playing with a stylus, and the big screen of the Wii U GamePad makes this superior to the 3DS version also included with the purchase. Regardless of platform, I think Severed is a game worth playing, but it’s even more meaningful to me now as part of the farewell tour for both the Wii U and perhaps the very idea of video game console farewell tours.Maybe this is all premature. Maybe the NX will also have a traditional console cycle or maybe we will one day see an actual PlayStation 5 or a totally new Xbox. But video games are technology, and when technology changes it tends to keep changing rather than change but then go back to the way things were. So, severed from the past, soon we may all find ourselves in the peculiar position of not commemorating dead consoles but commemorating the dead concept of dead consoles. Stay on target Nintendo is Killing Miiverse in Japan This NovemberThere’s a Reason Why Link Doesn’t Wear His Iconic Green Hat … last_img read more

Water contact closure issued for Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge after rainfall

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Imperial Beach, Weather FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 27, 2018 Water contact closure issued for Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge after rainfall February 27, 2018 South County beaches closedSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — County environmental health officials closed ocean areas near the U.S.-Mexico border to swimming Tuesday and warned people to avoid contact with the water in other areas due to the recent rain.The Department of Environmental Health issued a water contact closure for the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field State Park due to sewage flows from the Tijuana River. The area from the border to the end of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach is affected.The access road to Friendship Park may also be contaminated by the sewage, according to the county.Signs warning against swimming will remain in place until testing indicates the water is safe for recreation.Elsewhere in the county, swimmers and surfers should avoid entering the water for 72 hours after rainfall due to urban runoff that can contain large amounts of bacteria, officials said.A storm system moving through Southern California may mean more rainfall for the San Diego region on Tuesday. The storm is set to move east Tuesday night, but another storm will move through the region Friday and Saturday and bring with it more precipitation, according to the National Weather Service. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

ASA Urges Support for Senate Letter on Biodiesel

first_imgASA this week called on members to contact their U.S. Senators and urge them to sign-on to a letter expressing support for a 2014 RFS volume requirement for biomass-based diesel of at least 1.7 billion gallons, consistent with current year production levels. The bipartisan letter is led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and the deadline for other Senators to sign isThursday, Nov. 7.A draft proposal that was leaked several weeks ago, suggests the U.S. EPA is considering setting the RFS Required Volume Obligation (RVO) for Biomass-based diesel at 1.28 billion gallons for 2014. This would be a set back to the U.S. biodiesel industry, as production this year is expected to reach 1.7 billion gallons and setting the 2014 RVO at a level lower than 2013 production would be detrimental to the U.S. biodiesel industry and soybean farmers. Reducing the 2014 RVO for Biomass-based diesel below 2013 production levels would result in reduced demand for soybean oil, which accounts for about half of all U.S. biodiesel production. The 1.7 billion gallons of biodiesel that is expected to be produced in 2013 will utilize over 6 billion pounds of soybean oil.Indications are that the official proposal from EPA could be issued as soon as Friday, Nov. 8. In addition to having members of Congress weigh-in with EPA prior to the release of the proposal, ASA will be working with industry stakeholders during the public comment period in order to achieve the best possible final rule.last_img read more