Rajputs’ protest over abduction continues

first_imgMembers of the Rajput community continued their protest for the third day on Saturday demanding arrest of those involved in abduction of a bride, the police said.The protesters gathered outside the Sikar district collectorate demanding strict action against the culprits, they said. “A group has been protesting and demanding the arrest of the suspects. The search for the bride and the prime suspect is on. As a preventive measure, internet services were suspended in the area till 6 p.m. on Saturday,” Additional SP Devendra Kumar Sharma said. Five people have been detained in connection with the incident whereas prime accused Ankit Sevda is still on the run, he said. On Wednesday, bride Hansa Kanwar was abducted by a group of armed men at gunpoint when she and her husband were on the way to their home. Hansa and her elder sister Sonu got married on Tuesday to two brothers from Nagwa village. After the wedding, when they were returning in a car from Nagwa village, the accused attacked the vehicle and abducted Hansa. The incident had occurred near Rambashpura area which comes under the jurisdiction of Dhod police station.last_img read more

News Analysis: Why Vidyasagar is important to the hoi polloi of Bengal

first_img| Photo Credit: Rajeev Bhatt  One of his key achievements was to push the British Legislative Council on widow remarriage, opposed by the bhadralok ruling class and religious bodies. He advocated education for all – especially women– and raising of the marriageable age of the girl child, which too was challenged by the ruling class. He also campaigned against polygamy. Modern Indian laws, pertaining to the subjects, are shaped partly on discourses first underscored in public space by Vidyasagar for which he was isolated.Tormented by bhadralokBeing severely tormented by the English-speaking bhadrolok of the 19th century, he left Kolkata in his declining years. In an interview, published in a book, Puratan Prasanga [past subjects], Vidyasagar concluded that he would never “teach English to children” in perhaps next life.“The attack on Vidyasagar indicates two things. One, that women’s emancipation lost its meaning in today’s Bengal and two that the bell has tolled for the Bengali language, which evolved with him, indicating its death,” said Shibaji Bandopadhyay, an eminent Kolkata-based scholar.Throughout the day, the issue of bust demolition dominated the social media. On ground, political parties and the civil society staged demonstrations and rallies and BJP leaders sounded apologetic, off record.But it may not affect BJP in all the nine seats that go to the polls on May 19, as the event is not commanded by its leadership. While the party can be critically examined for staging an unimaginably big rally on a not so wide lane, the police can also be questioned for not managing to keep the students and the TMC’s black flag waving supporters inside, triggering the incident.The TMC, however, argued that they “have the right to protest democratically” while the BJP said “TMC triggered the violence.”The results in three Kolkata seats would indicate who gained and who did not, once the results are out on May 23.“The question, however, is whether Bengal will forgive the perpetrators. Bengal never forgave the Naxals for similar action,” said Partha Sengupta, a former Communist Party of India activist.Mr. Sengupta organised the civil society to place Vidyasagar’s head on the pedestal after it was chopped off by ultra-left activists in 1970, albeit to underscore a completely different political thought. Burnt motorcycle near the Vidyasagar College in Kolkata on May 14, 2019.center_img On May 14, Tuesday, a few men clad in saffron shirts broke away from a mega rally of BJP president Amit Shah and entered a nondescript building in central Kolkata. They attacked the building, smashing the bust of 19th century educationist and reformer Ishwar Chandra Bandopadhyay, who was conferred with the title Vidyasagar – the ocean of education.As the BJP denied that its cadre indulged in the vandalism, the civil society was furious and the entire social media space was flooded with responses. The reason lies in Vidyasagar’s – as he is usually referred to – contribution to the making of the modern Bengali society. He was not just a formidable intellectual but reformed a community in 19th century, much like Periyar Erode Venkatappa Ramasamy or Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar.Bengalis mostly remember him for his pioneering work, Barna Parichay, a book to introduce Bengali to beginners. But the range of his work is vast — from developing the language, especially its modern prose form, to sustained campaigns against various social menaces.last_img read more

Mexican Navy ship on Mumbai visit

first_imgMumbai, Jun 21 (PTI) Mexican Navy Ship ARM Cuauhtemoc began its five-day Mumbai visit from today, with its chief thanking the Indian Navy for launching search and rescue operations recently to find a Mexican naval cadet who fell overboard around 550 nautical miles off the Goa coast.The visit will conclude on June 26, a Defence spokesperson said.The ship is commanded by Captain Rafael Antonio Lagunes Arteaga and has a complement of 184 personnel, including 40 officers, 13 Petty Officers and 131 sailors.”The ship was received with traditional fanfare and in accordance with Naval customs.”The Commanding Officer thanked the Indian Navy for the extended search by Naval Aircraft P8I and warships INS Teg and INS Mysore, for the missing cadet who had fallen over board,” the spokesperson said.Captain Arteaga is scheduled to call on Rear Admiral R B Pandit, NM, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet. The crew of the ARM Cuauhtemoc will also visit Indian Naval Ship INS Mumbai. Professional sports and social events are being organised for the crew of the ARM Cuauhtemoc during her stay at Mumbai.The ship last visited Mumbai in July 2002, the spokesperson said. PTI VT NRB BASlast_img read more

Bollywood in full attendance at Deepika-Ranveer’s reception

first_imgMumbai, Dec 1 (PTI) Bollywood’s who’s who — including the Bachchans — the Ambani family and icons of India’s cricket pantheon turned up for Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone’s star-studded wedding reception here at a five star hotel, their third after the wedding in Italy on November 14 and 15.The celebrations at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in suburban Mumbai carried well into the night. The reception was for their friends and colleagues from Bollywood.Deepika looked gorgeous in Zuhair Murad’s blood-red, thigh-high slit, embellished gown with a long train. Ranveer looked dapper in a black tuxedo, styled by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna. The couple walked hand in hand and posed for the shutterbugs.Those in attendance included Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Shweta Bachchan Nanda, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.Kareena Kapoor Khan arrived with Saif, Sara, Soha and Kunal Khemmu. Varun Dhawan came with girlfriend Natasha Dalal, Sanjay Dutt with wife Manyata, and Boney Kapoor with daughters Anshula, Khushi and Jahnvi.Tiger Shroff attended the reception with Disha Patani. Other couples who were part of the celebrations included Raveena Tandon-Anil Thadani, Madhuri Dixit Nene-Sriram Nene, and Lara Dutta-Mahesh Bhupathi.Arbaaz Khan came with rumoured girlfriend Giorgia Andriani, while Shabana Azmi graced the reception with husband Javed Akhtar.Karan Johar posed with Ananya Pandey, while Sonakshi Sinha posed with her parents Poonam and Shatrughan.The list of attendees included Katrina Kaif, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Arjun Kapoor, Malaika Arora, Rohit Shetty, Rekha, Hrithik Roshan, Anushka Sharma, Anil Kapoor, Farah Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Rani Mukherji and Jacqueline Fernandez.advertisementKriti Sanon, Sidharth Malhotra, Ashutosh Gowariker, Zoya Akhtar, Radhika Apte, Hema Malini, R Madhavan, Nimrat Kaur, Sonu Sood, Ritesh Deshmukh, Vicky Kaushal, Abbas Mustan, and Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra also came to wish the newly wed couple.The Ambani family — Mukesh and Nita Ambani with their children — and sports personalities like Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, M S Dhoni, and Hardik Pandya also attended the function.Shah Rukh Khan had not arrived till 1 am.The couple had thrown a reception in Bangalore on November 21 and another in Mumbai on November 28 for family and friends.Deepika and Ranveer dated for six years before they got married at the picturesque Lake Como in Italy. They first got married as per Konkani rituals on November 14 and then again on the 15th in an Anand Karaj ceremony.Cupid struck them on the sets of Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela” (2013). The two were later seen together in “Bajirao Mastani” (2015) and “Padmaavat” (2018). PTI KKP GVSlast_img read more

What Will Happen If They Can’t Finish The Iowa-Iowa State Game

first_imgIowa and Iowa State coaches meet at midfield.AMES, IA – SEPTEMBER 14: Head coach Matt Campbell of the Iowa State Cyclones, right, and head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes shake hands at midfield during pregame warmups at at Jack Trice Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)Iowa and Iowa State are currently in the middle of a major weather delay, as crazy storms have descended upon Ames, Ia. this evening.The game, which was scheduled to start at 4 p.m. E.T., has seen multiple weather delays so far tonight. We’re only one-plus quarter into the game and it’s now well past 7 p.m. E.T.Iowa State leads Iowa, 7-3, with a little more than 13 minutes to play in the second quarter. The game is still delayed and the storms don’t appear to be letting up.What’s going to happen if they can’t finish the game tonight? According to Iowa radio, there are two options:–Resume the game at a later date (both teams free 11/2)–Declare a no contestIt’ll be an interesting choice for the two athletic departments if we’re unable to re-start the game tonight.According to Iowa radio, both coaches & ADs basically have two options here if they don’t resume:–Resume the game at a later date (both teams free 11/2)–Declare a no contestHave to wonder if KF would really want to come back here in the heart of Big Ten season.— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) September 14, 2019There always seems to be at least one or two games cancelled due to weather early in the college football season when storms are present.Hopefully that won’t be the case with Iowa-Iowa State, as this game was heavily anticipated, though you can’t risk playing during these storms.Stay tuned for more updates.last_img read more

Competition will be tough, says Misbah-ul-Haq after applying for Pakistan head coach job

first_img Next Competition will be tough, says Misbah-ul-Haq after applying for Pakistan head coach jobThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) this month decided not to renew head coach Mickey Arthur’s contract following the team’s failure to reach the World Cup semi-finals.advertisement Press Trust of India LahoreAugust 26, 2019UPDATED: August 26, 2019 17:22 IST Reuters PhotoFormer Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has stepped down from the PCB Cricket Committee after joining the race for the position of national team’s head coach.After days of speculation that Misbah would be appointed head coach cum chief selector, the 44-year-old on Monday confirmed he was applying for the head coach job the deadline for which ended on Monday.”It has been interesting to see my name being mentioned as a future head coach of the Pakistan cricket team, but the fact is I only made the decision today,” Misbah said in a statement.”I am applying for the head coach’s role fully aware that the competition will be tough as I envisage there will be a few more very competent and highly qualified people applying for one of the most challenging jobs in the game.”According to insiders, the PCB has not received applications from any high profile foreign coaches as yet with the best-known name being former Australian batsman Dean Jones.Former captain Waqar Younis has applied for the post of bowling coach and said he had thought about submitting his resume for the head coach but with Misbah in the race he would prefer to work as bowling coach.The change of mind for Misbah came after he met with the PCB Director International Cricket Zakir Khan following which the PCB announced he was stepping down as a member of the Cricket Committee which recommended not renewing the contracts of former head coach Mickey Arthur and his support staff after the World Cup.advertisementThe PCB had advertised for the post of the head coach and support staff on August 9 and wants to announce the new team management by early September so that it can start work for the upcoming limited over series against Sri Lanka at home from September 25.The PCB on Monday announced that former Test batsman Ejaz Ahmed will be the new head coach of the under-19 team.Ejaz was chosen from among a shortlist of candidates that included former players Saqlain Mushtaq, Kabir Khan, Atiq Uz Zaman, and Shahid Nazir.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Misbah-Ul-HaqFollow Pakistan head coachFollow Pakistan cricket teamlast_img read more

Energy Management And Efficiency Programme Strengthened

first_imgStory Highlights The Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP) of the Government has been strengthened  with a loan of US$15 million from the Government of Japan. Meanwhile, outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Masanori Nakano, said the loan being provided to Jamaica falls under the first of the three-pillar Japan-Jamaica Partnership. Addressing the signing ceremony for the Exchange of Notes and the Record of Discussions, at the Finance and the Public Service Ministry, in Kingston, on October 6, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, said the availability of the loan is timely. The Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP) of the Government has been strengthened  with a loan of US$15 million from the Government of Japan.The primary objective of EMEP is to bolster the government’s efforts in the areas of energy efficiency and conservation through the design and implementation of measures targeting key Government facilities as well as fuel usage within the sector.Expected results of the project include: reduced electricity consumption within government facilities; decreased fuel consumption through traffic control management; and increased capacity of the relevant authorities or organizations in the promotion and supervision of electricity planning.Addressing the signing ceremony for the Exchange of Notes and the Record of Discussions, at the Finance and the Public Service Ministry, in Kingston, on October 6, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, said the availability of the loan is timely.The signed documents form a precursor to the overarching loan agreement between the Japanese Government and Jamaica that facilitate the provision of loan resources.“It (loan) comes at a time when efforts are being made by the Government to diversify the country’s energy mix in order to create a modern, efficient and environmentally sustainable energy sector and to reduce Jamaica’s dependence on imported oil,” he said.The loan, which is being financed through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is part of a joint loan of US$30 million with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which will provide the other US$15 million.Mr. Shaw noted that the loan from JICA reaffirms the “vibrant partnership” that exists between Jamaica and Japan.He reiterated the advanced plans by the Government to diversify the country’s energy mix, which includes the introduction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and renewables, such as wind and solar power.“We already have converted 120 megawatts from heavy fuel oil in Montego Bay into LNG and we have started a new plant at Old Harbour in St Catherine for another 190 megawatts of LNG. In addition to that, we are close now to 100 megawatts of renewable energy in the form of wind and solar (power),” he said.The country’s National Energy Policy of 2009-2030 speaks to Jamaica having a secured, diversified and sufficient supply of energy, which will, in turn, support long-term economic and social development as well as environmental sustainability.Mr. Shaw informed that coupled with strides being made for alternative energy, there needs to be an equal focus placed on conservation, which involves switching to light-emitting diode (LED) lights.Meanwhile, outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Masanori Nakano, said the loan being provided to Jamaica falls under the first of the three-pillar Japan-Jamaica Partnership.“That speaks to Japan and Jamaica seeking to advance cooperation towards sustainable development, including vulnerabilities particular to Small Island Development States (SIDS),” he said.The Japanese Ambassador, who will end his tour of duty on October 10, is hoping that the loan will be a “worthwhile contribution for energy conservation, which is essential for the further economic and sustainable development of the country”An additional US$10 million in grant funding will be provided by the European Union-Caribbean Investment Facility (EU-CIF), making a total of US$40 million that will be pumped into the EMEP.The EMEP  is executed by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), under the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology.Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw (left), greets Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Masanori Nakano, at the signing ceremony for the Exchange of Notes and the Record of Discussions, at the Minister’s Heroes Circle offices in Kingston, on October 6.last_img read more

GALLERY: Quantum of the Seas Finally Home

first_imgzoom Royal Caribbean International’s newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, arrived into her homeport of Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New York on Monday, November 10. The cruise ship, also referred to by its owner as the world’s first smartship, features a myriad of  first-at-sea features and amenities, including the world’s first robotic bartenders, a skydiving simulator, bumper cars and futuristic entertainment.The 16-deck, 213-foot high vessel is scheduled to set sail on her official maiden voyage on November 23 from Cape Liberty, New Jersey to the Bahamas.World Maritime News Staff; Images:Royal Caribbean; Video: youtube – / 17last_img

Todays Goal More Women in Public Office

first_imgMore women, in all their diversity, running for elected office.That’s the point of Votes for Women, a new guide produced by theNova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. The advisorycouncil launched the guide today, May 17, at Province House inHalifax. “If women are not at the table, their experiences andperspectives may be missed,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson,Minister responsible for the Status of Women. “We must seizeopportunities to be active in decision making about legislation,policy and programs.” She said that decisions about foreign policy, economicdevelopment, sustainable communities, health care and family law,among other areas, directly affect women and their families. Yetwomen are not fully represented in the decision-making process. The guide was developed to help women who are interested inpolitics get involved in the process so that they can influencethose decisions. It contains tips on fundraising, campaigning anddealing with the media. It is one avenue the advisory council has taken to increasewomen’s participation in politics. The council has also hostedsix workshops on women’s political involvement in communitiesacross the province during the past two years. This fall, theywill hold a non-partisan campaign school for women. Women now have some influence in legislative and policy decisionsin Nova Scotia. Six women were elected to the House of Assemblyin the 2003 election, more than at any other time in thisprovince. However, that figure represents only 12 per cent of theseats. A critical mass — at least 33 per cent — is needed to ensurethat women’s perspectives are adequately represented, and halfthe seats should be held by women to achieve full politicalequality. Women’s political involvement in Nova Scotia has grown slowly. Itbegan with Gladys Porter, a former town councillor in Kentville,who became the first woman in the province to win a seat in thelegislature in 1960. Since then, the number of women winningprovincial seats has fluctuated from election to election. More women campaigned for seats in 1999 than in 2003, when morewomen won seats. The guide is available by calling the Advisory Council on theStatus of Women toll-free at 1-800-565-8662. It will also beavailable on the website, www.gov.ns.ca/staw , beginning on May18.last_img read more

District Health Authorities Business Plans Approved

first_img The priorities for health-care services in Nova Scotia have been confirmed with the approval of eight district health authority(DHA) business plans by the provincial government. In total,funding to all DHAs and the IWK Health Centre has increased by$78.5 million this fiscal year over the previous year. “The introduction of multi-year funding has helped supportimproved financial planning for the districts and that,ultimately, is very good news for everyone who makes use of thehealth-care system,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. “As our population ages, as new technologies and drugs becomeavailable and the expectations of patients increase, the demandson the whole health-care system are growing dramatically. That’swhy this planning process is so important,” added Mr. MacIsaac. “Stable funding and rigorous planning are enabling the districtsto respond to local priorities — to invest in areas that havethe greatest impact on patient care. The new Women’s andChildren’s Health Centre in the South Shore District HealthAuthority and expansion of rehabilitation service at the IWK aregood examples of planning at work.” Business plans have been approved for the IWK Health Centre,South Shore District Health Authority, South West Nova DistrictHealth Authority, Annapolis Valley District Health Authority,Cumberland Health Authority, Pictou County Health Authority,Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority and the CapeBreton District Health Authority. Discussions are still underwaywith Colchester East Hants Health Authority and Capital Health tofinalize their business plans. Over the last fiscal year, a number of changes have been made tothe base funding to recognize the growing cost pressures on theDHAs. An additional $28 million was added to the base for theDHAs’ budget — $9 million to cover benefits increases and $19million for costs associated with overtime and oncology. DHAsalso received an increase of seven per cent for non-salarybudgets — the second year of a multi-year funding commitment. The budget for 2004-05 also includes annualized funding for newprograms announced in the past year, including $5 million for the cardiac catheterization lab at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, $719,000 for operating costs for the new MRI in Cape BretonDistrict Health Authority and $4.4 million in additional fundingfor expansion of orthopedics. These initiatives are part of the government’s priorities for health care outlined in Your Health Matters, its health strategyreleased in 2003. These priorities include health promotion,improving access through shorter wait lists, seniors’ care andhealth services in communities. At $1.1 billion, the budget for the DHAs, accounts for almosthalf of the Department of Health’s 2004-05 budget of $2.3billion. In addition to direct funding to DHAs, an additional $125.1million spent directly from the Department of Health’s budget onemergency health services, long-term care and home care,physician services and Pharmacare programs provides healthservices to Nova Scotians across the province. “We have an integrated health-care system where all thecomponents — district health authorities, provincial programsand Department of Health — contribute to improving the healthcare of Nova Scotians,” said Mr. MacIsaac. Mr. MacIsaac credited the development of the business planningprocess over the last four years with contributing to theprogress in budgeting. “However, we recognize that, in order to fund more new andexpanded programs, we need to secure sustainable funding from thefederal government,” said Mr. MacIsaac. District Health Authorities’ Business Plans Approvedlast_img read more

UP CM behaving foolishly Rahul on arrest of Kanojia two others

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Tuesday criticised the arrest of scribe Prashant Kanojia and the editor and the head of a Noida-based TV channel, saying Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is behaving “foolishly” and he should release the journalists. Gandhi also claimed that if every journalist who files a false report or peddles fake, vicious RSS/BJP sponsored propaganda about him is put in jail, most newspapers or news channels would face a severe staff shortage. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist “The UP CM is behaving foolishly and needs to release the arrested journalists,” the Congress president tweeted. Kanojia, Anuj Shukla, who is the editor of Noida-based TV channel Nation Live, and its head Ishika Singh, have faced police action over the release of alleged objectionable content against the UP chief minister. The Editors Guild had on Sunday condemned the arrest of Kanojia, Singh and Shukla, describing the police action as an “authoritarian misuse of laws” and an effort to intimidate the press. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France An FIR was registered against Kanojia at Hazratganj police station in Lucknow on Friday night in which it was alleged that the accused made “objectionable comments against the CM and tried to malign his image”. Kanojia had shared a video on Twitter and Facebook where a woman is seen speaking to reporters of various media organisations outside the CM’s office, claiming that she had sent a marriage proposal to Adityanath. A group of journalists and activists had held a protest here on Monday over the arrests.last_img read more

Vijay Shankar out of World Cup Mayank Agarwal set to join team

first_imgBirmingham: Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar was Monday ruled out of the ongoing World Cup due to a toe injury and is likely to be replaced by Mayank Agarwal. Karnataka opener Agarwal, 28, who made his Test debut against Australia last year, has not yet played in the ODI format. “Vijay got hit on the toe by a Jasprit Bumrah delivery once again. His situation is not great and he won’t be able to take part in the tournament. He is going back home,” a a senior BCCI official told PTI. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief “The Indian team management is likely to ask for Mayank Agarwal as replacement since he is an opener and also it might give KL Rahul a chance to get back to the No.4 position in case Rishabh Pant fails in the next two games,” the source added. In fact, Rohit Sharma had mentioned Shankar’s injury but it was presumed to be an old hit that he took at Southampton. It is expected that Agarwal’s name will be approved by the ICC’s tournament technical committee and the player will arrive in Birmingham and travel to Leeds subsequently. India lost their previous match to England by 31 runs here on Sunday and will take on Bangladesh at the same venue on Tuesday.last_img read more

No Canadian teams could mean less engagement for playoffs survey

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – As the old saying goes, ‘there’s always next year’.The heartache continues for Canadian hockey fans after Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto were booted from the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.It’s now been 26 years and counting since a Canadian club last hoisted Lord Stanley’s mug, that was the 1993 Montreal Canadiens. With no Canadian content left in the playoffs, will fans be just as engaged as they were in round one?According to a new poll from Angus Reid, fewer fans might be following the rest of the playoffs, but it’s not just because of the lack of Canadian teams.“The NHL also lost Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin in this round,” says Research Analyst Dave Korzinski, “We don’t know exactly how many people are going to tune into the next round.”Korzinski points out that this is not the first time Canadians have been less involved in watching the NHL playoffs.“In 2016 when there were no Canadian teams that made the playoffs, 45 per cent, so fewer than half of Canadians were following those playoffs. You’re looking at a situation (round one) now where you’ve had a really good portion of the population, really good ratings.”The first round of the #StanleyCup Playoffs saw the elimination of all three Canadian teams AND Sidney Crosby + Alexander Ovechkin. The NHL might be looking at a steep loss of viewership in Canada the rest of the way: https://t.co/NcdxeO80MQ pic.twitter.com/KXV6WGVmlU— Angus Reid Institute (@angusreidorg) April 25, 2019Despite those numbers, millions of hockey fans will still tune into the playoffs because, at the end of the day, hockey is still number one in Canada.“It’s actually four times as many people saying that they watch the NHL as watch the NBA. The Raptors might get a little bit of a bump from the Leafs early exit but I think a lot of people will still be following the NHL playoffs.”The survey asked fans who they believe will finally break the Stanley Cup drought for Canada.Roughly 31 per cent say the Toronto Maple Leafs while 18 per cent has their money on the Winnipeg Jets.The Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens came in each at 10 per cent.FULL SURVEY RESULTSlast_img read more

APTN wins top honours at Canadian Screen Awards

first_imgAPTN NewsTwo APTN journalists were honoured at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards Tuesday night.Karyn Pugliese, the network’s executive director of news and current affairs, and Cullen Crozier of APTN Investigates took top prizes.Pugliese was awarded the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism.Wow. @APTNInvestigate @CullenCrozier has won a #CanadianScreenAwards pic.twitter.com/B8WL44XS63— Holly Moore (@HollyMooreaptn) March 7, 2018Historically, “we’ve had so few chances to share our stories with other Canadians,” Pugliese said in accepting the career achievement honour at a gala in Toronto.Now, on APTN, “we’ve been able to tell you our struggles, our pride and our hopes.”(Karyn Pugliese, APTN’s executive director of news and current affairs.)The first Indigenous woman to win the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism! Congratulations Karyn! Our leader in so many ways. @KarynPugliese #CanadianScreenAwards @APTNNews https://t.co/YK3EjyEs4s— Cheryl McKenzie (@CMc_Kenzie) March 7, 2018APTN Investigates won the best news or information segment category for Against Their Will – a story about the sterilization of Indigenous women at a Saskatoon hospital.The episode re-created the shock, pain and trauma young women and mothers say they were subjected to – many times without their consent – as they underwent tubal ligations. A lawyer has now taken up the case and is filing a class-action lawsuit against the hospital, health authority, province of Saskatchewan and Canadian government.The episode was produced by Crozier, who is based in Yellowknife. Program executive producer Paul Barnsley and show producer Holly Moore were also in attendance.It’s the first win at the Canadian Screen Awards for APTN Investigates but not the first nomination.The awards honour achievements in television news, sports, documentary, lifestyle, factual and reality categories.Prizes are handed out all week culminating in a television broadcast Sunday night.last_img read more

Former Reagan Administrations Official Endorses Hillary Clinton

Washington – Former Ambassador Robert H. Tuttle who served in the Reagan and George W. Bush administrations called Donald Trump unqualified and not competent while endorsing Hillary Clinton.In a statement, former Ambassador Tuttle said, “The Republican nominee for President has no government experience and has done nothing in his career to demonstrate that he is competent to be President. He has made repeated misstatements and inaccurate statements”.Robert Tuttle, who served as an assistant to the president and director of presidential personnel in Reagan’s administration and who was also a U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom under George W. Bush, said he will vote for a Democrat for the first time in his life next November. Several Republicans have broken with the party to back Clinton.Richard Armitage, who held top national security positions under Bush and Reagan, endorsed Clinton in June.And earlier this week Frank Lavin, Reagan’s political director from 1987 to 1989, endorsed Clinton.With MAP read more

Mohamed Boussaid Defends Govt Budget Calculations Against Criticism by Court of

Rabat – The Minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid, presented his mid-term report of Morocco’s financial situation this Thursday, following heavy criticism by the Court of Auditors of the state’s deficit assessment methodology.Moroccan budget deficit was reviewed downward to 3.5 percent by Mohamed Boussaid, Minister of Economy and Finance. During his mid-term presentation in front of the Government Council on Thursday, the minister categorically refuted the Court of Auditors’ questioning of the government budget assessment methodology. “Our budget is sincere,” insisted Boussaid. In simple and firm words, the Minister of Economy presented the budget deficit figures for 2017, expecting it “to be revised downwards from 4.1 percent last year to 3.5 percent.” Meanwhile, he pointing out that “the current account deficit of GDP fell to 4 percent this year, after 4.4 percent in 2016.” In the first half of the year, tax revenues increased by MAD 8 billion to  8.3 percent growth rate, revealed Boussaid in his presentation, while ordinary income increased to over MAD 113 billion with an impressive 4.8 percent growth rate. Promising numbers indeed, yet questionable ones according to the Court of Auditors. During Court of Auditors head Driss Jettou’s first presentation in front of the two Parliament Houses on July 4, he criticized the government’s budget deficit assessment methodology, saying that it gives a false image of Morocco’s public finances.Still, Boussaid insists on the absolute correctness of his numbers. “Unlike what some group of the opposition might say, the state does not lie when presenting these figures,” stated the minister, adding that the Court of Autidors’ merely “suggested another calculation method in its report.”The Court of Auditors’ report claimed that “the calculation of the deficit according to the adopted approach does not take into account several data.” For its president, it is crucial that the government reviews its methodology for assessing its budget deficit. The Court of Auditors numbers many figures omitted in the state’s deficit balance sheet, such as the debts relating to the refunds of the State Income tax, the debts arising from transactions carried out but not yet settled by the state, the VAT credit, the overpayment refunds of the Corporation tax, and many other factors disregarded by the government’s accountants. However, Boussaid insists that “the deficit assessment methodology of the government’s is irreproachable.”Boussaid was not the only one unhappy with the Court of Auditors’ report. The parties of the majority, led by the Justice and Development Party (PJD) also believe that Jettou’s institution has “stepped out of line.” “The Court of Auditors’ duty is limited to controlling the execution of the Financial Law and the credibility of financial operations,” stated the party. The PJD heavily criticized Jettou’s approach, stating that the court has no right to “evaluate public policies’ choices,” adding that it falls under the Parliament’s prerogatives. read more

Moroccos House of Councilors Approves Controversial Education Bill

Rabat – The House of Councilors, the 120-member upper house of Morocco’s parliament, has approved the newly adopted Draft Law 51.17, definitely putting to rest nationwide debates about the implications of that law for the future of Moroccan education.The draft law has widely been opposed in Moroccan conservative circles. One MP of the ruling Justice and Development Party (PJD) resigned after Parliament adopted the bill. To most PDJ supporters, the bill feels like a dangerous deviation from the party’s traditional nationalist and Islamist foundational pillars.Critics of the bill, among them former Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, feared that the adoption of French as the principal medium of instruction for scientific subjects at high school level, one of the bill’s major points, amounted to a cultural surrender to French culture and identity. Benkirane, a founding and well-respected member of Morocco’s ruling, Islamist PJD, even called on PJD MPs to boycott the law because, he said, it was contradictory to Moroccan culture and identity.According to education minister Said Amzazi, however, those who opposed the draft law have an incomplete, inaccurate understanding of what it really means for Morocco’s education system.Speaking yesterday after the House of Councilors green lighted the parliament’s lower house’s decision to adopt the bill in question, Amzazi said that social inclusiveness and socio-economic equity are some aspects of the law that have not been sufficiently mentioned in debates over its implications for the future of the Moroccan social and educational systems.Channeling King Mohammed VI’s Throne Day Speech, which called for a new impetus to complete the ongoing reforms and bring about “a new generation” of Moroccan public servants, the Moroccan minister said the law is consistent with the “royal vision” to modernize Morocco’s education, maximize pupils’ performance in foreign languages and policy decisions. This in turn, Amzazi stressed, will drive up Morocco’s competitiveness on the world stage.Inclusive education system, compulsory and free-of charge schooling for children aged 1 to 16, equal opportunities for all children, as well as socio-economic equity were some of the points Amzazi repeatedly relied on to show, according to him, how the newly passed law is key to achieving the new development model of which the King enthusiastically spoke in his Throne Day speech.He said the law includes positive discrimination for students from low-income, marginalized backgrounds, a reflection of the King’s insistence on policy reforms aimed at including and lifting Moroccans who still feel left behind or not concerned with the series of reforms that have so far punctuated the country’s political life.If Amzazi’s hearty, celebratory reception of the adoption of the controversial bill sounds like one of the most spirited defenses of a law which some Moroccans do not welcome, it is because the minister has been one of the most outspoken voices of the modernization, pro- Draft Law 51.17 camp.When the bill was being drafted and provoked uproarious opposition among conservative MPs and political pundits, Amzazi hit back in numerous public statements. He consistently said that embracing the fast-moving world of globalization benefits Morocco far more than conservatives’ call for keeping, or returning to, some essence of Moroccan identity.In a March interview with Moroccan outlet Challenge, he said that Morocco had to choose between remaining parochial and at the margins of global dynamics, or catching the train of globalization and scientific progress.The recently approved law, he suggested back then, represented a step in the right direction, one of educating future generations of Moroccans at ease with and equipped to navigate the world of scientific progress and technical inventions.“What exactly are we asking of our education system?” Amzazi asked. “Do we want to train our children in a vacuum in a model predefined for eternity and without regard for the changing world around, or do we rather want them to be equipped to be citizens of the world, capable of integrating themselves in competitive work settings, and having mastery over technological advances impacting all fields?” read more

Activists occupy German pipeline in antiNord Stream protest

BERLIN — Police say activists have occupied a building site in northern Germany to protest against the ongoing Nord Stream 2 pipeline project with Russia.The dpa news agency reported that protesters, whose motto is “Stop up Nord Stream 2” crawled Thursday into a section of the pipeline that had already been laid near the town of Wrangelsburg.Police say they believe about five people are involved, and that they’re somewhere fairly deep in the pipeline.Dpa reports they are staging the protest to highlight the effects of natural gas on the climate.Nord Stream 2 will take natural gas under the Baltic directly from Russia to Germany. The so-called Eugal pipeline that the activists occupied will take the gas from the Baltic city of Greifswald to the Czech border.The Associated Press

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

The Canadian Press TORONTO — Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,309.23, up 95.92 points).Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up 39 cents, or 1.79 per cent, to $22.23 on 9.4 million shares.Largo Resources Ltd. (TSX:LGO). Materials. Up two cents, or 1.42 per cent, to $1.43 on 6.6 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Up 65 cents, or 1.46 per cent, to $45.06 on 6 million sharesEncana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down eight cents, or 1.37 per cent, to $5.77 on 5.9 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Materials. Down eight cents, or 0.32 per cent, to $24.80 on 5.5 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Materials. Down 16 cents, or 3.31 per cent, to $4.67 on 4.8 million shares.Companies in the news:Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Up 57 cents to $99.91. Royal Bank of Canada increased its dividend as its third-quarter profit rose by five per cent to hit a record, but the lender’s latest earnings missed estimates as challenging market conditions weighed on its capital markets division. Earnings from its investor and treasury services arm also fell, but strength in personal and commercial banking, wealth management and insurance compensated for these weaknesses to reach a new quarterly high. Canada’s biggest bank by market capitalization reported $3.3 billion in net income for the quarter, up five per cent from $3.1 billion a year ago.Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (TSX:KML). Up $3.47 or 31.6 per cent to $14.45. Shares in Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. surged after Pembina Pipeline Corp. announced it would buy the company and the U.S. portion of the Cochin pipeline system in deals it valued at a total of about $4.35 billion. The companies estimated the Pembina offer for Kinder Morgan represented a 38 per cent premium to its Tuesday close. The Cochin pipeline owned in partnership by Kinder Morgan Canada and its American parent, Kinder Morgan Inc., runs 2,900 kilometres between Fort Saskatchewan, northeast of Edmonton, and Chicago and has a design capacity of up to 110,000 barrels per day.Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B). Up eight cents to $25.54. Shaw Communications Inc. and Videotron have joined major Canadian telecom companies that have expressed concern over the CRTC’s decision to lower the prices that smaller internet providers have to pay them to use their networks. Calgary-based Shaw warned Wednesday of long-term negative consequences from the decision to dramatically reduce the federally regulated wholesale broadband prices. Quebecor subsidiary Videotron also weighed in, expressing concern about the potential economic impacts from any delays in infrastructure investments. read more