Morning Newswrap November 19

first_imgNIA files FIR against Zakir Naik, conducts searches at 10 IRF premises in MumbaiSources from the NIA said that Zakir Naik, who is abroad at present, will be called for questioning soon.Pakistan must take more effective action against terror groups: USA petition asked the Obama administration to declare Pakistan as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, as desired by a bill introduced in the US House of Representatives by two Congressmen Ted Poe and Dana Rohrabacher.Ravichandran Ashwin blasts media, says stop throwing pitch jibesA livid Ravichandran Ashwin asked media to stop criticising the slow and spin-suited Indian pitches.Esha Gupta to Anushka: Bollywood’s love affair with sportsHere’s a look at actor-sportsperson couples painting the town red.last_img

Use public transport, dont smoke: Govt to Delhiites

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 8 (PTI) As a toxic haze hanging over the national capital thickened, the Delhi government issued a health advisory today urging Delhiites to use carpooling and public transport, stay indoors, and not to smoke.It also urged people to avoid going for walk during early morning and late evening hours, and not to burn dry leaves, crops residues, wood, coal, etc.It advised people to go to the nearest medical facility, if they feel breathlessness or palpitation.Treatment is absolutely free in all the government health facilities.”Keep the environment healthy, not only by words, but also by your actions. If you feel irritation in the throat and nose, take steam and do salt water gargles. Drink plenty of warm water and maintain good hydration.”If any time you are feeling breathlessness or palpitation, immediately go to nearest medical facility. Do not smoke, as it harms not only you but others also,” the advisory said.The advisory advised schools to avoid outdoor assembly, sports activities and other physical activities in the early morning hours.It called for extra precautions for high risk groups such as children, elderly, pregnant women, asthma patients, and those with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases), heart disease and stroke, diabetics, and with low immunity and suggested usage of N95 masks while going outdoor during peak pollution hours.The advisory states that polluted air of the capital is taking a heavy toll on the health, and the national capital has been witnessing smoggy mornings due to high moisture content, particulate matter, pollution, and lack of winds.advertisementSmog is a mixture of carbon monoxide, particulate matter, ground level ozone and oxides of nitrogen and sulfur dioxide.”It is a man-made situation as we only have created such high levels of pollution. The haziness witnessed in morning hours is usually just smog, obstructing visibility.”Smog is poisonous and may create many health hazards like it may trigger asthmatic attacks and other breathing complication,” the advisory stated.The common sources for air pollution as mentioned in the advisory include motor vehicles emissions, particularly diesel vehicles, industrial pollution, construction activities and road side dust, household combustion devices such as wood and coal among others,It also could be result of bursting of firecrackers and burning of agricultural residue in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana.A few minutes in polluted air can cause allergy, eye irritation, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing along with headache, sleepiness, lowered alertness, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.Over a period of time, it may lead to respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, damage to lung tissues, poor lung function and lung cancer.It may also lead to heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, palpitation, diabetes, anxiety, depression, stress and shortened lifespan, the advisory added. PTI PLB SMN SMNlast_img read more

Former England women’s cricketer Isa Guha ties the knot

first_imgFormer England women’s cricketer Isa Guha has tied the knot with boyfriend Thomas at the Carbis Bay in Cornwall in England.Guha, who has played 8 Tests, 83 ODIs and 22 Twenty20 Internationals for England as a right-arm fast bowler, posted pictures of her wedding on social media on Thursday.”It’s been a challenging year but with this incredible human by my side I know I can get through anything. So lucky to have him in my life – these two pics pretty much sum up our amazing day, with so many of our best friends and family,” she wrote on Twitter along with posting a couple of pictures.Guha, an Indian origin player, made her international debut at the age of 16 against Scotland in an ODI in 2001 while her first Test appearance came against India in 2002.It’s been a challenging year but with this incredible human by my side I know I can get through anything. So lucky to have him in my life – these two pics pretty much sum up our amazing day, with so many of our best friends and family. Guha (@isaguha) 20 September 2018The former world No.1 ODI bowler’s biggest achievement came in the 2007-08 Ashes series when her 9-wicket match haul in the Bowral Test helped England retain the Ashes. Photo posted on Instagram by @danniwyatt28Guha also tasted World Cup success when England women’s team lifted the trophy in 2009 in Australia. Photo posted on Instagram by @danniwyatt28Guha retired from international cricket in 2012 with 148 wickets (29 in Tests, 101 in ODIs and 22 in T20Is) in her bag.advertisementlast_img read more

Pulisic leads USMNT past Jamaica

first_imgDefending champions the United States set up a blockbuster CONCACAF Gold Cup final against rivals Mexico after beating Jamaica 3-1.Goals from Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic sent USA through to Sunday’s decider following a weather-interrupted semi-final in Nashville.After McKennie’s early opener, Wednesday’s game was stopped for one-and-a-half hours due to lightning, but USA were not to be denied when the clash resumed in the 16th minute, with Pulisic doubling the lead seven minutes into the second half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare USA did concede their first goal of the tournament as Jamaica substitute Shamar Nicholson set up a nervy finale with 21 minutes remaining but Pulisic capitalised on another rebound to make sure of the result in the 87th minute.Goal @USMNT!!! Andre Blake gives a rebound off of Morris’ shot and Christian Pulisic buries it in! 2-0 USA! #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs #JAMvUSA— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 4, 2019It was a rematch of the 2017 final won by a Bruce Arena-led USA and the hosts burst out of the blocks and were relentless in attack, with Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake preventing a certain goal by somehow denying Paul Arriola from point-blank range in the fourth minute.But USA were not to be denied five minutes later as Bradley picked out Reggie Cannon before Jozy Altidore laid the ball onto the oncoming McKennie, who fired past Blake.However, USA’s momentum was abruptly halted by a lengthy delay due to severe weather in the 16th minute and the temporary suspension aided Jamaica.Jamaica emerged from the delay with renewed energy and looked far more threatening, while the United States were disjoined and lacked rhythm.The half-time interval provided USA with the chance to regroup and the Americans did just that as they moved 2-0 ahead through Chelsea-bound Pulisic in the 52nd minute.Goal Jamaica !!! Shamar Nicholson with the textbook header after a great ball from Leon Bailey! Jamaica cuts the lead in half, 2-1 in Nashville! #JAMvUSA #GoldCup2019 #ThisIsOurs @jff_football— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) July 4, 2019Morris latched onto a McKennie pass and managed to get a shot off, with Blake only parried the ball straight into the path of Pulisic, who tucked away the rebound.After Gyasi Zardes wasted a great chance for USA, Jamaica’s Nicholson headed a Leon Bailey cross into the net to pull a goal back for the 2015 and 2017 runners-up, only for Pulisic to pounce on another rebound with three minutes remaining. Another final for USAAfter the pain of missing the 2018 World Cup, USA’s rebuild under Berhalter continues to gather pace. Mexico stand in the way of back-to-back Gold Cup triumphs in the first final showdown between the nations since 2011.Bradley, McKennie impressIt was a fine team display by USA. Not short of critics, veteran midfielder Bradley was cool and calm in possession with his passing a clear highlight. Schalke’s McKennie, meanwhile, showed why he is so highly rated with a goal and a couple of defence-splitting balls.Jamaica can hold heads highFor much of the game, Jamaica were outclassed. But the Reggae Boyz, despite limited resources compared to their USA counterparts, made it tough for the six-time champions just like they did in the 2017 final. What’s next? USA will look to retain their crown again Mexico in Chicago on Sunday, while Jamaica can look ahead to the CONCACAF Nations League – starting against Antigua and Barbuda on September 6. read morelast_img read more

Zach Smith Says Urban Meyer Will Be Coaching USC In 2020

first_img So, where will he coach? Well, Smith seems confident that Meyer will be the new head coach of the USC Trojans in the near future.Here’s what Smith said on his podcast, Menace 2 Society:”“Someone that I know. That works in the United States Postal Service dropped a bomb on me last week. He tells me that Urban Meyer, his address, his house, has had certified mail delivered to and sent from the University of Southern California. I’m talking several letters.I would put 1,000 dollars that he will be the head coach of USC in the near future.”Smith isn’t the most credible source of information, but seeing Meyer back on the sidelines shouldn’t surprise any college football fan.Meyer is good at what he does and turning down the USC job would be difficult for any former coach. There’s just one problem, Clay Helton is still the head coach. A closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches player warm up before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith hasn’t taken a break from his social media antics over the past year.He’s as active on his social media accounts as ever – even when he was recruiting for the Buckeyes.The former Buckeyes’ assistant coach, who was let go following domestic violence allegations, was back in the headlines this week with a comment about his former boss.Smith believes former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will return to the sidelines in 2020.last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur sign Lo Celso on loan, Manchester United offload Lukaku on deadline day

first_img Next Tottenham Hotspur sign Lo Celso on loan, Manchester United offload Lukaku on deadline dayTottenham Hotspur famously spent nothing in the window a year ago before reaching the Champions League final but tied up two deals for manager Mauricio Pochettino on deadline day.advertisement Reuters LondonAugust 9, 2019UPDATED: August 13, 2019 12:28 IST Lo Celso joined Spurs from Spanish side Real Betis on loan (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSInter sign Belgian Lukaku from Manchester UnitedTottenham Hotspur bring in Lo Celso on loan, buy SessegnonArsenal capture Scotland international TierneyManchester United succeeded in offloading striker Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan on a transfer deadline day which saw plenty of business but few jaw-dropping deals from Premier League clubs.Belgian Lukaku, who spent two years with United after 75 million pounds ($91.05 million) move from Everton, joined Inter for a fee reported to be around 80 million euros.United had been keen to move on the forward who disappointed last season and whose style of play did not suit the approach being taken by Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.With United unable to sign a replacement, the pressure will be on 21-year-old England forward Marcus Rashford to deliver the goals in a more central role than he has previously operated in.United had already invested heavily to bring in centre-back Harry Maguire from Leicester City for 80 million pounds, making him the most expensive defender in the world.Solskjaer has also added right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka and winger Dan James, while some fringe players may yet move out while the European transfer window remains open until Sept. 2.Spurs tie up 2 deals on deadline dayTottenham Hotspur famously spent nothing in the window a year ago before reaching the Champions League final but tied up two deals for manager Mauricio Pochettino on deadline day.Argentina midfielder Giovani Lo Celso joined from Spanish side Real Betis on a season-long loan with an option for a permanent switch.Highly-rated 19-year-old Ryan Sessegnon was bought from Fulham for a reported initial fee of 25 million pounds — the left wing-back signing a five-year deal.advertisementArsenal sign Kieran TierneyTottenham’s north London rivals Arsenal were also active, spending a reported 25 million pounds on Celtic’s highly-rated Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney.Media reports said Unai Emery’s side were also trying to bring in Brazilian defender David Luiz from Chelsea but could lose midfielder Alex Iwobi to Everton in a deal worth up to 40 million pounds, although neither of those deals had been confirmed before the 1700 local (1600 GMT) deadline.Former England striker Andy Carroll has rejoined his boyhood club Newcastle United, 8-1/2 years after leaving them to join Liverpool in a then British record transfer.The injury-plagued 30-year-old was a free agent after being released by West Ham United at the end of last season.Watford signed Senegal winger Ismaila Sarr from French club Rennes on a five-year deal for a club-record fee.Watford did not disclose the cost but French media reported it was in the region of 32 million pounds, eclipsing the 18.5 million pounds the Hornets paid for forward Andre Gray in 2017.Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who has struggled to get game time in the two years at Stamford Bridge since his move from Leicester, joined Burnley on a six-month loan deal.Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy moved from second-tier Huddersfield Town, who were relegated from the top flight last season, to Brighton & Hove Albion on a season-long loan.Also Read | Mohun Bagan condemn razing of East Bengal’s centenary gate, offer to bear expenses for re-erectionAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Premier leagueFollow Lo CelsoFollow Manchester UnitefdFollow Tottenham HotspurFollow ArsenalFollow transfer deadline daylast_img read more

Investment in Riverview Adult Residential Centre

first_imgThe Nova Scotia government is investing almost $19 million to renovate the Riverview Residential Centre and build three new community homes in Pictou County. Premier Rodney MacDonald and Community Services Minister Judy Streatch announced the renovation and new construction today, Aug. 7, in Riverton. The premier also announced a replacement home in Mabou, Inverness Co., will open this summer and plans have begun for a new home in Plymouth, Pictou Co., near New Glasgow. The Riverview Adult Residential Centre will undergo a major renovation that will transform the centre into a modern setting to better meet the varied needs of residents. Along with renovations to the existing building, a new 24-bed wing will be constructed, as well as three smaller community homes, which will allow residents to live more independently. “Families can rest assured their loved ones are going to be receiving care in a good home for a long time to come, in this community and others,” said Premier MacDonald. “I’m also pleased to share good news for two other communities. We are building replacement homes in Mabou and in New Glasgow to better meet the needs of the Nova Scotians who rely on this type of care.” Ms. Streatch said, “I’ve seen first-hand the staff’s commitment and dedication to the residents. It’s easy to see that this is truly a home, where the highest level of care is lovingly provided.” She said the three new community homes will allow those residents to live in a more independent and less structured environment, close to their families and communities. “Today’s announcement will ensure there is a strong continuum of care for individuals with special needs whether they live in the community or require 24-hour intensive care and support, said Nancy Clarke, CEO of Riverton Home Corporation. “The project will provide modern equipment and an updated environment that will facilitate greater responsiveness to client needs as they change over time” When completed, Riverview will have private rooms for 83 residents. The three new community homes will each be home to eight people. The Riverview Adult Residential Centre provides support to individuals who require supervision and assistance with daily activities, 24 hours a day. The centre employs 86 people.last_img read more

2 Independent Ktaka MLAs seek to withdraw SC plea for forthwith floor

first_imgNew Delhi: Two Karnataka Independent MLAs on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to allow them to withdraw their plea seeking its direction to the state assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to conduct “forthwith” floor test on a trust motion moved by the H D Kumaraswamy government. The Congress-JD(S) coalition government on Tuesday lost the trust vote after a three-week-long power struggle. The counsel for the lawmakers R Shankar and and H Nagesh told a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose that the MLAs wanted to withdraw the petition as the floor test has been conducted in the Karnataka Assembly. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Where is Mukul Rohatgi (counsel for the lawmakers)? Where is A M Singhvi (counsel for the Speaker)?” the bench said. It said it will pass the order only in the presence of the senior counsel. On Tuesday, Speaker Kumar had told the court that voting on the trust motion was likely to be concluded by the evening. During voting that evening, the confidence motion moved by Kumaraswamy was defeated with 99 members voting for the motion and 105 against it a House with an effective strength of 205 members. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Twenty members, including the two Independent MLAs, skipped the proceedings. The Independent MLAs had moved the apex court, saying the state has plunged into a political crisis after they withdrew their support to the JD(S)-Congress government and 16 lawmakers of the ruling coalition tendered their resignations. “It is submitted that the trust vote is not being conducted despite the government being in minority. It is submitted that a minority government, which does not have the confidence of the majority, is being allowed to continue in office,” they said in their plea to the court. “The petitioners have been constrained to invoke the extraordinary jurisdiction of this court under Article 32 of the Constitution of India seeking a direction from this court to conduct a floor test forthwith in the Karnataka Assembly,” they added. The legislators had accused the government of taking advantage of the logjam and taking several executive decisions like transferring of police officers, IAS officers, other officials. Their petition was filed after Kumaraswamy and Karnataka state Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao had moved the top court, accusing Governor Vajubhai Vala of interfering with assembly proceedings during the debate on trust vote. Kumaraswamy and Rao had also sought a clarification of the July 17 order of the apex court by which the 15 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs were granted relief that they cannot be compelled to participate in the assembly proceedings.last_img read more

Union ministers leaders pay last respects to Jaitley at BJP headquarters

first_imgNew Delhi: The mortal remains of former finance minister Arun Jaitley were on Sunday morning brought to the BJP headquarters where Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, senior party leaders and workers paid their last respects.BJP working president JP Nadda, Union ministers Harsh Vardhan, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal and Anurag Thakur, and AAP leader Sanjay Singh also paid their last respects to Jaitley.”Jaitley’s loss is irreparable and he will always be remembered for his contribution,” Harsh Vardhan said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The body will be taken to the Nigambodh Ghat in a flower-decked gun carriage on the banks of the Yamuna river for performing the last rites around 2.30 pm with full State honours, a senior BJP leader said.The 66-year-old passed away at the AIIMS here on Saturday. He was undergoing treatment at the hospital, where he was admitted on August 9.Among others who paid their respects are Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Yoga Guru Ramdev. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KRupani said the BJP would seek his strategy whenever there was an election in the state.”He has been a Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat. We have won several elections in the state by working on his strategy. We will always feel his absence,” Rupani told reporters.Wrapped in the national flag, Jaitley’s body was brought to the BJP headquarters located on the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg here from his Kailash Colony residence.BJP workers and mourners queued up in large numbers outside the party headquarters to pay their last respects to the departed leader. Outside the party office, people chanted “Jab tak suraj chand rahega Jaitley tera naam rahega” (Your name will endure as long as the Sun and the Moon exist)” and ‘Jaitley ji amar rahe’ (Long live Jaitley).”He was a great speaker and parliamentarian and his death is a huge loss for the country and the party. Whenever the party faced any problem, his advice would be sought,” an emotional Heptulla told reporters. On Saturday, Jaitley’s body was kept at his residence where President Ram Nath Kovind, BJP chief Amit Shah and several leaders across the political spectrum offered him floral tributes.Shah on Saturday said Jaitley was a crusader against corruption and credited him for the successful implementation of the GST and demonetisation, and taking the Jan Dhan Yojana to the masses.last_img read more

Statistics Canada says adults living with parents are employed and single

OTTAWA — A Statistics Canada report is digging deeper into what kind of adults live with their parents, and the agency finds they’re often employed and single.Almost two million Canadians aged 25 to 64 lived with at least one parent in 2017, more than double than in 1995.Close to three-quarters of them have never left home.Seventy per cent are single but they’re not just melting into the couch. Almost three-quarters have some form of employment.The report released Friday also notes that South Asian and Chinese Canadians were more likely to live at home.The agency says further analysis could reveal what motivates Canadians to live with their parents at a time when more are doing so than ever before.The Canadian Press

CN CEO says railway is not the bad guy for delayed forest

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – Canadian National Railway is firing back at the forest products industry over a rail bottleneck that companies say is preventing them from cashing in on recovering housing and other markets in the U.S. and abroad.CEO Claude Mongeau said CN had increased the number of rail cars that were earmarked to carry timber and other wood products by 11 per cent, but all that rolling stock was slowed by a harsh, snowy winter.Mongeau said it is wrong to paint the railways as the villain for the delays.“We could not meet every order and we are working hard as we speak to recover,” Mongeau said in response to a shareholder’s question at CN’s (TSX:CNR) annual general meeting Tuesday.“If you just try to paint the railroad as the bad guy, eventually you deprive of us of our ability to be the true backbone (of the economy) that we want to be, and that is the message I would send to the forest products association.”The Forest Products Association of Canada said delays in wood product shipments by CN and Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) are affecting companies across the country.In some cases up to half of the rail cars requested by companies are not being delivered, said Catherine Cobden, the association’s executive vice-president.The fact that companies are facing these delays when the market for their products is rebounding after years in the doldrums is frustrating.Blaming the rail delays on the cold and snow is no excuse, she said.“I can only say that we have winter every year and we are looking for reliable service,” Cobden said from Ottawa.“The significant upturn is being felt in the U.S. Our need to have reliable service that we can count on when we order the cars that they show up so we can meet the needs of our customers. It is a business imperative. Without it, we basically struggle to get our products to market.”The delays underscore the need for the federal government to pass the proposed Fair Rail Freight Service Act that is before Parliament, she said.The association contends that Bill C-52 would help ensure that rail shippers deliver their goods in a timely, predictable, cost-effective way.Mongeau told shareholders that CN still believes that a deregulated rail system is in the best interests of Canada’s economy.He said the industry would be better served if the federal government focused more on trade, improving the supply chain and innovation.“Keeping to a deregulation agenda has been so successful to Canada over the last 20 years is the right approach,” he said, noting if the bill passes CN will work with stakeholders to ensure the new legislation doesn’t stifle innovation or impede service to customers.Company officials also faced a question from a shareholder over the safety of the railway’s plan to ship more crude by rail.CN said it shipped more than 30,000 carloads of crude in 2012 and hopes to double that amount this year, including sending bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to the U.S. Gulf Coast.Mongeau said the railways have an enviable safety record and CN will do what it can to expand this new niche transportation market.“It is something that is good for CN but also good for the energy industry,” he said. “Getting to market is critical to adding value to the product.”On Monday CN announced it was maintaining its forecast for a stronger year in 2013 despite suffering a harsh winter that delayed trains and increased costs.The company said it expects to report high-single-digit adjusted earnings per share growth on top of the $5.61 per share it earned last year.The company said it earned $555 million or $1.30 per share for the quarter ended March 31. The results compared with a profit of $775 million or $1.75 per share a year ago, when it gained $252 million from the sale of rail lines in the Toronto area to Metrolinx.Excluding one-time gains, the Montreal-based railway said it earned $519 million or $1.22 per share for the quarter compared with $523 million of $1.18 per share a year ago when the company had more shares outstanding.Revenues increased five per cent to $2.47 billion, from $2.35 billion a year ago, while revenue ton-miles rose three per cent and carloadings increased two per cent. by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 23, 2013 3:50 pm MDT CN CEO says railway is not the bad guy for delayed forest product shipments read more

G7 may take action for economic and financial stability after Brit vote

G7 may take action for economic and financial stability after Brit vote to leave EU by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 24, 2016 7:24 am MDT Last Updated Jun 24, 2016 at 7:45 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – The Group of Seven advanced economies says it’s prepared to take measures to stabilize economic and financial stability in the wake of the British vote to leave the European Union.A statement from the G7 says it respects the outcome of the vote and says it’s confident the British economy and financial sectors remain resilient.But it also adds that it recognizes “excessive volatility and disorderly movements” in exchange rates can have an adverse impact on economic and financial stability.It says G7 central banks have taken steps to ensure adequate liquidity and to support the functioning of markets, and adds it’s prepared to use “established liquidity instruments” to that end.The G7 includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States. The European Union is also represented within the G7. Britain voted in a national referendum on whether to stay inside the EU. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP) read more

Colombia UN human rights chief reaffirms ongoing collaboration in wake of peace

“I promise that we, the UN human rights office, as foreseen in the text, will follow the progress of the numerous human rights aspects of the peace accords closely. I will not hesitate to speak out, or intervene in other ways, in the event of any serious violations or omissions by either side,” stressed Mr. Zeid. He further noted that he will pay close attention to the fulfilment of the guarantees for the protection of members of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) from physical violence, and stigmatization, made by the Government. “It is of fundamental importance that there is no repeat of the deplorable assassinations that have followed – and sometimes wrecked – previous peace agreements,” he said. The High Commissioner also underlined the importance of accountability and justice, and said that these must be in line with international standards when it comes to violations and abuses such as war crimes, crimes and against humanity and very serious violations of human rights. He also called for immediate steps be taken to consolidate peace and urged the Government to create a schedule for the implementation of the accords it has reached with social movements and communities, but not implemented and said that OHCHR will continue to offer support to this vital process. Noting the threats posed by illicit economies to human rights, the UN rights stressed the importance for all parts of Colombian society to work towards transforming these such economies as well as on the State to create a set of incentives to facilitate successor groups of paramilitaries to stop their illegal activities and contribute to the country transformation so that finally, in a few years’ time, Colombia can benefit from complete peace. “I wish to pay tribute here to the Government of Colombia […] for having the foresight to invite, and then accept and retain, the presence of a UN human rights office in the country,” said Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at the press conference in Bogotá. “Unlike many other governments around the world, Colombia has accepted that we are fiercely independent; that we will criticize them from time to time, as well as their opponents; that we play the role of the blunt friend prepared to speak plain truths when necessary,” he added. The OHCHR presence in Colombia was established in April 1997 and has since been working to strengthen human rights protection and promotion there. Hailing the progress made by Colombia in improving its human rights situation in the past 19 years, the High Commissioner said: “[These] are perhaps nowhere more apparent than in the text of the Final Peace Accord, which contains 353 references to ‘rights,’ and a preamble which stresses that the entire accord is permeated with human rights, as well as a strong focus on gender.” The Accord also has five specific references to the role OHCHR is requested to play during its implementation. Signing ceremony of the Colombian peace agreement in Cartagena. 26 September 2016. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas read more

Fred VanVleet says Raptors ready to move on from Kawhi Leonard

Hours after VanVleet hosted the basketball camp Leonard broke his silence for the first time as he was officially introduced as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers.“I want to thank the Toronto Raptors fans, I don’t have social media so I’m not able to put out a paragraph or whatever. But, I just want to thank all of Toronto, the city the country. We had an amazing season also had the best parade ever.”“I also want to thank the city as far as the restaurants giving out that Ka’wine and Dine through the playoffs, I took advantage of that.” Fred VanVleet was one of the backbones of the Toronto Raptors playoff run. VanVleet knows that with the departure of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green that he is going to have to take on more of a leadership role with the team.“You hope to just inspire and I lead by example. I’ve been a vocal leader since I’ve been with the Raptors and I’m going to continue to keep growing,” Fred said at Humber College where he was hosting a week-long camp for hundreds of kids to help develop basketball skills as part of the Raptors Basketball Academy. “Obviously as my role continues to grow, my leadership will continue to grow. I’m one of those guys who is going to be a voice. We have our vets but there are a few of us younger guys who are going to speak up when we need to speak up.” .@raptors @FredVanVleet teaching over 200 kids today for the teams 14th annual #raptors Basketball Academy. #WeTheNorth @CityNews— Lindsay Dunn (@LindsayDunnTV) July 24, 2019 VanVleet says there are no hard feelings when it comes to Leonard’s decision not to re-sign with Toronto.“We don’t talk about free agency with guys we won a championship. We had a good time and you leave him to do what he has to do and you have to respect and appreciate what he gave to us. You know now we are back to work and we are looking forward to this year.”With the departure of Leonard many sports analysts have been writing the Raptors off. For the third year Raptor, he says that’s normal.“They did the same thing last year and look at what happened,” says VanVleet. “We are hungry and we are hungry again. We had a great run and we had a good time. We won a ring but your career doesn’t stop because you won a championship so we are all hungry and thirsty to get back to the championship Finals.”It’s not known yet when the Raptors and Clippers will face each other next season as the NBA schedule hasn’t been released yet. read more

Absolute disgrace Tim Farron under fire for refusing to answer when asked

first_imgProblem with people saying it’s Tim Farron who’s talking the most sense is: he’s a fundamentalist Christian homophobe. #notsurehowwegothere— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) April 18, 2017 Not exactly “liberal”🤔He may be “tolerant”of #LGBT people, but this doesn’t make me want 2 vote @LibDems— Prossy (@Pkakooza) April 18, 2017 The leader of the Liberal Democrats has been branded a “bigot” and “absolute disgrace”  for evading a question on whether he thought being gay was a sin.Sue Perkins and David Walliams were among the celebrities who criticised Tim Farron for failing to answer the question.He finally answered the question on Wednesday afternoon when asked in Parliament if being gay was a sin. He said “no I do not [think that]”.On Tuesday night, Channel 4’s Cathy Newman asked the Liberal Democrats leader about his views on LGBT rights and gay people. She asked: “A while back I asked you if you thought that homosexuality was a sin and you struggled to answer. “Now you’ve had a while to consider that question, what is the answer?”He replied: “I don’t think I struggled to answer it at all, Cathy. I think I’m not in the position to make theological announcements over the next six weeks. “I’m not going to spend my time talking theology or making pronouncements.”She reminded the Lib Dem leader that in 2015 she had asked him three times if homosexuality was a sin “and you said ‘we’re all sinners’. Is that still the answer?”  Writer Owen Jones said: “This is an absolute disgrace. But hey, I’m just some sinning gay, what would I know.”Tim Farron has said his abstention on the same-sex marriage bill does not mean he doesn’t support it.He, along with nine other Lib Dem MPs, abstained at the third reading of the same-sex marriage bill, despite previously voting for the legislation. This is an absolute disgrace. But hey, I’m just some sinning gay, what would I know.— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) April 18, 2017 Tim Farron on C4 news failing to clarify his views on the gay community. ‘We’re all sinners’. It’s 2017.— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) April 18, 2017center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Comedian David Walliams tweeted: “Mr @timfarron you are definitely a sinner for your continued intolerance & prejudice. Please try and join the rest of us in the year 2017.” Bake Off’s Sue Perkins said: “Tim Farron on C4 news failing to clarify his views on the gay community. ‘We’re all sinners’. It’s 2017.”David Baddiel wrote: “Problem with people saying it’s Tim Farron who’s talking the most sense is: he’s a fundamentalist Christian homophobe”. Farron replied: “As a Liberal, I’m passionate about equality, about equal marriage and about equal rights for LGBT people, for fighting for LGBT rights, not just in this country but overseas.“Just because I’m Christian, it would be a bit boring for everybody to spend the next weeks asking me to make theological announcements that I’m not going to make.” Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said on Good Morning Britain that it is “appalling” if Tim Farron believes homosexuality is a sin urged him to clarify his position. Come on @timfarron It’s time to be honest— Jonathan Bartley (@jon_bartley) April 19, 2017last_img read more

Hostility and anger towards church on social media is stopping abuse survivors

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. Hostility and anger towards the church on social media is stopping abuse survivors coming forward, the Church of England’s General Synod has heard. Speaking in a debate about new plans to tackle sexual, spiritual and other forms of abuse in the Church, Canon Simon Butler, chair of the house of clergy, warned that church staff were being unfairly targeted for criticism. He told the church’s governing body, which is meeting this weekend in York, that he had been contacted by “a number of survivors” who “feel inhibited about sharing their stories publicly because of the public tone of the conversation”. In one case, a woman had told him that she had tried to speak out about her experience on social media but had been shouted down “by one or two people, one a survivor”. “The silencing will cause further damage”, he warned.  Mr Butler said he was “ashamed” of the language used to talk about people working for the National Church Institutions (NCIs), a group of organisations including Lambeth Palace and the Archbishops’ Council, some of which manage abuse complaints.“They are people, they are not heartless functionaries. If survivors have names, so do our staff,” he said. “I’m sometimes ashamed of the way that some members of Synod claiming to speak on behalf of survivors speak about our staff. “Many of them are not practising Christians, when we talk about how the world sees the church we should remember that. “So we find ourselves in something of a standoff between disgruntled survivors and the NCIs, and the anger and frustration is palpable, chiefly on social media,” he said. Mr Butler, who is the vicar of St Mary’s, Battersea, urged bishops to “heal the breach” with the group of “rightly angry survivors”. He was speaking in a debate over new measures which include introducing a new policy for clergy selection and propose the creation of an independent ombudsman to manage complaints about how abuse allegations have been dealt with. They were overwhelmingly approved by the Church.  I’m sometimes ashamed of the way that some members of Synod claiming to speak on behalf of survivors speak about our staff. Canon Simon Butler Introducing the measures, Peter Hancock, the bishop of Bath and Wells, and the church’s lead safeguarding bishop, said it had spent £7m on safeguarding in 2018, up from £37,000 in 2013. “Over the years, the Church and its leaders have singularly failed to see what was before our eyes.“We did not give safeguarding the prominence it deserved,” he admitted. The debate came after a report released last month found that a review carried out by the church into the scale of abuse had underestimated the figures and counted cases inconsistently. Sir Roger Singleton’s report into the Past Cases Review, which took place a decade ago, concluded that close to 100 cases were whittled down to just a handful and that the church had “downplayed” the issue in public statements to avoid reputational damage.  read more

Albert Dryden who shot council officer dead over planning row dies a

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. Alex Watson, a lifelong friend of Dryden and now an Independent Durham County Councillor, describes the case as “tragic” as Dryden and Collinson had known each other well.Watson claims that the murder “should have been prevented – the media and the police were there,” and that the police were aware of Dryden’s history of collecting weapons. Albert Dryden, who shot dead planning officer Harry Collinson in direct view of TV cameras, has died aged 77 following his release from prison just last year.Dryden became infamous in 1991 when he shot dead planning officer and father-of-two Harry Collinson in County Durham, in a desperate bid to protect his illegally built bungalow from being demolished.Albert Dryden pulled out a First World War revolver and used it to fire at Harry Collinson, as Harry and his team pressed to demolish the bungalow in front of TV crew and news journalists.The murder was captured by BBC camera crew and Derwentside District Council photographers.Video footage shows Mr Collison requesting for the cameraman to document Albert Dryden’s gun. Dryden then proceeds to shoot Harry Collinson in the chest, before climbing a fence and firing another 5 shots at Harry and the countless planning officers, council members and journalists at the scene. Albert was convicted of murder and the attempted murder of a solicitor, alongside being charged for wounding a police officer and BBC journalist Tony Belmont. He was handed a life sentence in 1992, despite claiming that he was mentally unstable and was not responsible for his actions. Albert Dryden gunned down Derwentside Council planning officer Harry Collinson in Butsfield, County Durham, in June 1991 Albert Dryden gunned down Derwentside Council planning officer Harry Collinson in Butsfield, County Durham, in June 1991 An armed police officer and a bomb disposal officer at Albert Dryden’s houseCredit:REX/Shutterstock An armed police officer and a bomb disposal officer at Albert Dryden's house Having visited Dryden several times in prison, Watson says he believes that Dryden felt deep remorse for the killing, and had suffered greatly during his time in prison.However, the brother of Harry Collinson claims that “Not once did he [Albert Dryden] show any remorse, culpability, or regret for what he had done.”Mr Collison recalled having received four letters from Dryden during his time in prison, yet described all received correspondence as “ravings of a madman.”Asked whether Dryden’s death would bring comfort to his family, Mr Collinson commented that “It’s over”, but “Good riddance to the man.” Dryden was released from prison last year by the Parole Board on “compassionate grounds”, having suffered a stroke, and has now died aged 77 in a care home. read more

Wentworth owners accuse manager of mishandling 32000 bottles of wine worth almost

The pair have sued and counter-sued each other over the management of Reignwood in recent years. Their relationship soured in 2016 after Reignwood proposed to cut the number of members from 4,000 to just over 800, and those invited to remain would be charged a one-off payment of £100,000 before annual fees were taken into account. 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 owner of one of Britain’s most prestigious golf clubs is suing its former head of international operations over 32,000 unaccounted for bottles of wine worth nearly £5 million.Reignwood, which is owned by Chinese billionaire Chanchai Ruayrungruang, bought Wentworth golf club for £135 million in 2014 from the restaurateur Richard Caring, but it has been mired in controversy over extortionate green fees and membership costs ever since.Now, Reignwood claims that Ni Songhua has “refused to provide an account of his stewardship” of the wine, worth £4.8m, bought from Berry Bros & Rudd.Last year, as part of a redevelopment of the facilities at Wentworth, a new clubhouse was built at a cost of £13 million.According to Golf Monthly, two new private dining rooms – the East and West – have been installed for member functions, and the clubhouse now has 25 chefs and a dedicated wine sommelier. Wentworth golf club, Surrey Wentworth golf club has upped its fees despite resistance from its membersCredit:David Cannon/Getty Images Wentworth owner Chanchai Ruayrungruang (L) and Laurent Feniou attend the launch of Ten Trinity Square Private Club in LondonCredit:Dave Benett/Getty Images for Ten Trinity Square Private Club When questioned about the litigation, Mr Ruayrungruang told reporters in China: “Listen, the things you are asking about, it’s like a small dog biting your pant leg. “It is not a big thing. It is a small matter.”Neither Mr Songhua nor Mr Ruayrungruang could be reached for comment. There are five drinking and dining areas in total – The Dining Room, the Club Lounge, the Club Bar, the Burma Bar and the Conservatory.Although Wentworth golf club declined to provide the Telegraph with their full wine list, or comment on the claims, it is understood that the bars at the members’ club are operating as usual. Those plans were abandoned after uproar from members, but fees have since risen from £8,000 to £13,500 per year, while membership is said to have declined by 40 per cent in the past two years.Famous faces at the club include former England cricket captain Kevin Pietersen and broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson, who has been a member for more than 25 years along with his wife, Mary.In 2016, he spoke out about changes at Wentworth, telling the Telegraph that the new owners “came in without any regard for the traditions or feelings of members of the club”.He said: “A lot of members will go elsewhere. Maybe that is what Reignwood want. Maybe they will get their car park full of Lamborghinis. It seems to be the super-rich golf clubs I have visited are soulless places used by oligarchs.”Mr Songhua alleges that Mr Ruayrungruang reneged on a series of promises to reward him for buying overseas assets for the group, and told the Financial Times: “I think Chanchai is very good at getting people to trust him and do projects for him.“But when the time comes to pay up, then he goes cool on you, and you find the deal is not what you thought you had.” The golf club’s links with Berry Bros go further than just providing wine. On the retailer’s website, there is an advertisement for a black tie event at Wentworth, hosted by Mark Siddle, who runs Burgundy vineyard Domaine Bertagna along with his wife Eva Reh.Tasting wines include the 2000 Vougeot Blanc, Premier Cru, which retails at around £500 for a case of six, as well as the 1999 Vosne-Romane, Les Beaux Monts, Premier Cru, which costs £1,200 for six bottles.According to The Sunday Times, Mr Songhua said the claim about his stewardship of the wine was “without merit” and that it was a “pure tactical play to put more pressure on me”.He added that, while some of the wine had been used for entertainment, most of the bottles were still in storage.This is the latest chapter in the long-running feud between Mr Songhua and Mr Ruayrungruang, who is one of Asia’s richest men with a fortune estimated at $11bn. Wentworth owner Chanchai Ruayrungruang (L) and Laurent Feniou attend the launch of Ten Trinity Square Private Club in London read more

MEPs approve EUwide ban on range of single use plastics by 2021

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Lorna Roberts 13,831 Views Mar 27th 2019, 11:05 PM Image: Shutterstock/Lorna Roberts Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 11:05 PM Short URL MEMBERS OF THE European Parliament have overwhelmingly voted for an EU-wide ban on a range of single-use plastics, such as the straws, cutlery and cotton buds, by 2021.The new law also sets a 90% collection target for plastic bottles by 2029 and states that recycled materials should make up 25% of each plastic bottle by 2025. That’s to increase to 30% by 2030.The Single-Use Plastics Directive voted on today passed by 560 votes to 35 in the Strasbourg assembly. The measures had been proposed to tackle marine litter coming from the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on European beaches, as well as abandoned fishing gear and oxo-degradable plastics.The EU Commission said the ban is on selected single-use products made of plastic for which alternatives exist on the market. This includes cotton bud sticks, cutlery, plates, straws, stirrers, sticks for balloons, as well as cups, food and beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene and on all products made of oxo-degradable plastic.Commenting on today’s vote, Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan said while it is a “positive first step” more needs to be done to reduce plastic waste. “The bans are great and they will help but there is a whole range of plastic pollution out there that we need to get to grips with,” Boylan told EuroParlRadio. center_img Share359 Tweet Email2 That’s about dealing with that throw-away culture. We see those cheap discount stores, all of those that are always promoting plastic tat basically and telling you that you need to be buying it. According to the EU Commission, the products prohibited under the law represent 70% of the waste that pours into the world’s oceans, posing a threat to wildlife and fisheries.EU Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said Europe was not the worst source of plastic pollution, but that the pioneering measure could serve as an example to the world.“Asian countries are very much interested in what we’re doing. Latin American countries too,” he said.“Even though our share of the pollution is relatively limited, our change of the economic model has a global impact.”Rules insisting that polluters pay the costs of a clean-up are strengthened, particularly for cigarette manufacturers, who will have to support the recycling of discarded filters.With reporting from © – AFP, 2019  By Adam Daly MEPs approve EU-wide ban on range of single use plastics by 2021 The law passed by 560 votes to 35 in the Strasbourg assembly. 41 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Pokemon Go and the general public not welcome at Pokemon World Championships

first_img Guarantee 1000+ CP1/17For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter.<><> The 2016 Pokemon World Championships are coming up, but don’t plan on Go-ing.The popularity of the Pokemon franchise has exploded thanks to the recent release of Pokemon Go, but the San Francisco event doesn’t doesn’t have any plans for events involving the game, instead choosing to focus on the usual mainstays, the Pokemon Trading Card Game and Pokemon video game competitions. With the lack of a real multiplayer option there’s not much they could do in the way of Pokemon Go events, even though you know the vast majority of people will be playing it anyway.But the organizers are obviously aware of the popularity, especially since they had to seal off the event for the first time. They state that “due to an unprecedented response from invited players planning to attend” they are closing the event to the general public, and only people with badges will be able to get in. Anyone wishing they could be there to see the matches can at least watch it online via the Twitch channel.On a funny note, you thought seeing massive swarms of people chase after rare Pokemon in Central Park was amazing? Let’s just wait and see what happens if one appears in a Pokemon World Championship…As for the event itself, it will feature hundreds of the best players competing for the title of World Champion, as well as a combined prize pool of more than $500,000 in scholarships and travel awards. These are serious competitors with serious stakes, and you’ll be able to watch the event from August 19-21.Here’s the full streaming schedule (times are PDT) – General Event CoverageFriday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.Saturday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.Sunday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Finals Coverage for Pokémon TCG and Video Game) – Pokémon Video Game ChampionshipsFriday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.Saturday: 9 a.m. – 10 – Pokémon TCG ChampionshipsFriday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 – Pokkén Tournament ChampionshipsFriday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Last Chance Qualifiers coverage)Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.last_img read more