The Bombay High Court at Goa on Tuesday reserved its order after hearing a petition filed by former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, who has been chargesheeted for alleged rape and other charges in a case involving a junior female colleague, at a Goa resort in November 2013. Justice Nutan Sardesai reserved her order after she heard arguments from special public prosecutor (PP) Sarvesh Lotlikar who pleaded for the trial to begin. No date has been specified for the order.Defence lawyers Aman Lekhi and Pramodkumar Dubey argued that the CCTV footage obtained from cameras at the five star hotel where the offence occurred, showed that the accusations against Tejpal were false, citing the lack of distress in the body language of the victim, as she, along with Tejpal, stepped out of the elevator, where the offence is alleged to have occurred. Tejpal has been charged under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), and 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) and the same have been endorsed by the court, while an additional Section 354 (b) (criminal assault with intent to disrobe) had been added.Tejpal is accused of sexually assaulting consecutively for two days a junior female colleague in the elevator of a hotel in north Goa during an event of Tehelka group, in November 2013.He was arrested subsequently but is now out on bail.Earlier in the day on Tuesday, defence lawyers also dismissed as “hearsay”, accounts of friends and family members of the victim, who she had confided in about the alleged rape by Tejpal. They argued that while rape was a “heinous crime”, slandering the reputation of a married man with two children by false allegation was “equally important issue”. The prosecution requested the Court to allow the trial to begin at the earliest. “Let the victim come to explain her conduct. Precisely for that, I appeal that a trial should take place. It is far fetched to discount her statement at this stage,” PP Lotlikar said. On December 6, the Supreme Court asked the additional District and Sessions court in North Goa to go ahead with the trial, even as Tejpal’s lawyers had appealed to the High Court seeking stay on the same
Patna, along with other parts of the State, received heavy rainfall on Saturday night leaving the Intensive Care Unit of a government-run hospital waterlogged and causing a flood-like situation in the labour room of another government hospital on Sunday.At the ICU of the Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH), the second biggest government hospital in the State capital, nurses and doctors were seen wading through stagnant rainwater to provide medicine and other emergency care. At another government hospital in Rajendra Nagar, rainwater entered the labour room causing extreme difficulty for patients, paramedics and doctors. The residence of Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and a large number of private hospitals in the same neighbourhood were flooded. Earlier in the day a major portion of Bailey Road, the main road of Patna caved in at an under-construction site due to heavy downpour. Traffic movement in the area was severely affected and it is expected to be restored only by Monday. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who visited the site of the cave-in, said, “I’ve asked officials to check the groundwater level of the area as it is also a part of the metro rail network.” Since Saturday afternoon the heavy downpour disrupted normal life in Patna and the nearby districts. Schools have declared a holiday on Monday as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) bulletin warned of heavy-to-very heavy rainfall in a few places in Bihar till August 1.Opposition fireMeanwhile, taking a dig at pictures of fish swimming in rainwater at the government hospital, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Tejashwi Yadav tweeted on Sunday, “Nitish Kumar’s model of development. ICU of NMCH is swimming in drain water, fishes seen in ICU. Mind you, you can’t question him as his conscience is fast asleep and snoring with BJP.”In another tweet, he said, “Bihar’s 2nd largest Hospital NMCH has turned into an aquarium filled with drain water. Hope the JD(U) doesn’t declare this a stunt by Lord Indra. Even Lord Indra is highlighting the wrong policies followed by the government for 14 years.”
MOST READ Arenas are abuzz with drumming, dancing, and flag waving. Boisterous Senegalese supporters packed Marius Ndiaye Stadium on Friday hours before their team took the floor, a floor that was freshly painted just three days earlier.Even referees seem to feel it. In a March qualifier, a Malian player sank a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer against Senegal, pulled off his jersey and sprinted toward fans as if he had scored a goal at the soccer World Cup. No technical foul.Wearing national colors is serious business for players, some of whom have grandparents who lived under colonial oppression.“I take pride in it,” said Senegal’s Maurice Ndour, who played for the New York Knicks last season. “It will be my first time playing in Senegal in front of the home crowd. It’s huge.”South Africa’s Chris Gabriel, center front, launches a hook shot over Senegal’s Gorgui Dieng during AfroBasket tournament at Marius Ndiaye stadium in Dakar, Senegal, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The African basketball championship may lack star power, even electrical power on occasion. But with national pride at stake, it almost always entertains. AfroBasket, which tipped off Friday in Senegal and Tunisia, can’t be compared to a glitzy event like the NCAA tournament. Senegal’s aging national stadium in the capital Dakar, for example, has no air conditioning. A recent women’s AfroBasket game in Mali was paused because of a power cut. (AP Photo/ Ken Maguire)Senegal, with Minnesota Timberwolves big man Gorgui Dieng on board, will be under pressure to win the title, something it hasn’t done since 1997. Angola is the 11-time African champion and hasn’t missed the final since 1997. Nigeria captured its first title at the last AfroBasket in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Despite Africa’s basketball potential, Ujiri warns that mismanagement threatens to stall progress. Uriji said governments must take responsibility for neglected stadiums and subpar sports programs. Leaks in the Dakar stadium’s roof were patched up 48 hours before the tournament. It’s the rainy season here.“We’re (Africa) moving forward in technology, we’re moving forward in banking, we’re moving forward in real estate,” Uriji said. “While these things are getting better, sports are being left behind. How is that possible?”The NBA has seen opportunity in Africa and has an academy outside Dakar to train the continent’s top young players. The NBA has put on exhibition games in South Africa and says a regular-season game is coming to Africa at some point.Ujiri said it’s also a good sign that Africans — like him — are earning jobs in leadership positions, including coaching and scouting.“I see that as growth of the game that’s going to help get kids playing at a younger age,” he said. Senegal’s supporters drum during an AfroBasket match between Senegal against South Africa at Marius Ndiaye stadium in Dakar, Senegal, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The African basketball championship may lack star power, even electrical power on occasion. But with national pride at stake, it almost always entertains. AfroBasket, which tipped off Friday in Senegal and Tunisia, can’t be compared to a glitzy event like the NCAA tournament. Senegal’s aging national stadium in the capital Dakar, for example, has no air conditioning. A recent women’s AfroBasket game in Mali was paused because of a power cut. (AP Photo/ Ken Maguire)DAKAR, Senegal — The African basketball championship may lack star power — even electrical power on occasion. But with national pride at stake, it almost always entertains.AfroBasket, which tipped off Friday in Senegal and Tunisia, can’t be compared to a glitzy event like the NCAA tournament. Senegal’s aging national stadium in the capital Dakar, for example, has no air conditioning. 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Tunisia hosts the knockout phase after this weekend’s flurry of games in Dakar and Rades. AfroBasket also provides a qualification path to FIBA’s world championship in 2019 and the 2020 Olympics.Top players sometimes opt out because of scheduling conflicts and, especially, their national federations’ unwillingness to pay for insurance. Other NBA players not coming are Cameroonians Joel Embiid, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Pascal Siakam, as well as Congo’s Bismack Biyombo and Emmanuel Mudiay.The delayed tournament also makes it hard for Africans in American schools. Angolan Bruno Fernando, identified by FIBA as Bruno “Fernandes,” has begun his freshman year at the University of Maryland.Still, NBA and other scouts are expected, so players like 25-year-old Ndour, now a free agent, can help themselves as they help their teams. Carlos Morais of Angola was invited to the Raptors’ training camp after earning MVP honors at the 2013 African championship.Silvio De Sousa, who has committed to Kansas for 2018, is suiting up for Angola.Joe Lopez, president of the SEED Academy, said many participants play professionally, “but you have two or three that will be discovered.” He pointed to SEED student Privat Koyamba, 19, of Central African Republic.“This will be for him a golden opportunity to showcase his talent,” said Lopez, who was the starting center on Senegal’s victorious team in 1978.SEED is an international NGO in Senegal that trains promising young players with a goal to build future leaders.Reggie Moore, born and raised in California and a naturalized Angolan, said AfroBasket play is “very physical” but he wasn’t worried about the lack of air conditioning.“It’s not a big deal. We’re used to it,” said Moore, a 6-foot-7 power forward and Oral Roberts University alum. McGrady, Lobo, Self and McGraw headline Hall of Fame class LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary International basketball federation FIBA turned to Senegal and Tunisia as emergency co-hosts of this men’s championship just two months ago because Republic of Congo backed out, as did replacement host Angola. The 16-team tournament was pushed back to September, too close to training camps for many Africans who play in the NBA.Tunisia hosted in August 2015, two months after 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack at a beach resort. As a precaution, games were moved to Rades, outside the capital Tunis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe tournament still carries on, as it has done since 1962.“They always end up finding a way, and it always ends up being a great tournament, so we must find a way to improve it, to get more out of it,” said Masai Ujiri, a Nigerian who is president of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors. “I’ve played in that tournament. I’ve coached in it. It’s an unbelievable feeling. There’s a remarkable atmosphere. I wish more people knew about it.”
The Beermen picked up their fifth title in three years, all under coach Leo Austria, and hiked the franchise’s overall championships to a league-best 24 in 38 Finals appearances.San Miguel also claimed its first Commissioner’s Cup title since 2000, when it topped Sta. Lucia in five games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe championship also brings the Beermen closer to a Grand Slam this season with only the Governor’s Cup title left to win.Alex Cabagnot registered a rare triple-double in the game-clinching conquest with his 19 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, and three steals to be adjudged as the Cignal-PBA Press Corps Finals MVP. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motivated to seal his first title in his professional career, Charles Rhodes came out smoking to open the game as he dropped 14 of his 30 markers in the first quarter. He also had 11 boards, four blocks, three assists, and two steals.Marcio Lassiter also had his best game to date, shooting 5-of-13 from thres to finish with 24 points, alongside five boards and four dimes.With Rhodes leading the charge, the Beermen turned a close 23-21 lead to a 37-26 edge to end the opening frame.They continued to pounce on the hapless KaTropa, sharing the rock with 24 assists and shooting 12-of-29 from beyond the arc, to extend the lead to as high as 28, 94-66, late in the third period.Arwind Santos came off the bench and dropped 17 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks, while Chris Ross got 14 markers, seven boards, three dimes, and three steals to make up for June Mar Fajardo’s struggles in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Troy Rosario topped TNT with 21 points and five rebounds, while Roger Pogoy got 16 in the loss.The Scores:SAN MIGUEL 115 – Rhodes 30, Lassiter 24, Cabagnot 19, Santos 17, Ross 14, Espinas 5, Semerad 4, Fajardo 2, Agovida 0, Heruela 0, McCarthy 0, Van Opstal 0, De Ocampo 0.TNT 91 – Rosario 21, Pogoy 16, Smith 15, Castro 13, De Ocampo 7, Garcia 7, Tautuaa 4, Williams 4, Rosales 2, Semerad 2, Reyes 0.Quarters: 37-26, 62-42, 94-69, 115-91. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Visayan fans stunned by Pacquiao loss to Horn Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLooking back at San Miguel’s second conference struggles in the past, coach Leo Austria called his team’s Finals appearance this season as destiny.And on Sunday, that destiny became a reality as the Beermen closed out the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals in style, dominating TNT in Game 6, 115-91, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games View comments
Southampton 1 Brighton and Hove Albion 1: Stephens rescues a point for struggling Saints Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 05:42 2/1/18 Getty Images Southampton were grateful to Jack Stephens’ second-half strike as they drew 1-1 with Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League. Jack Stephens’ first Premier League goal was not enough to ease Southampton’s relegation concerns as Mauricio Pellegrino’s side could only draw 1-1 with fellow strugglers Brighton and Hove Albion. Stephens managed to get something on James Ward-Prowse’s 64th-minute free-kick to rescue a point for the Saints – but the goal was not enough to prevent the hosts from equalling their unwanted club record of 12 Premier League games without a win.It could have been an even more frustrating evening for Southampton after Glenn Murray put fellow strugglers Brighton into an early lead from the penalty spot at St Mary’s Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Southampton went on to control proceedings but finding a way through proved difficult, Mat Ryan rarely worried in the visitors’ goal.However, some poor Brighton defending gifted Stephens the leveller and the Seagulls had to cling on for a point.The draw does little for either team in their battle for survival, with Southampton third bottom on 23 points, while Brighton are three places and one point better off.FULL TIME: #SaintsFC 1-1 #BHAFCIt’s a point apiece after @jackstephens_18 cancelled out Glenn Murray’s penalty. pic.twitter.com/iQLpUjRs6X— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 31, 2018After a miserable run of league form that has seen Southampton fail to win since late November, the last thing Pellegrino needed was a sluggish start.But Saints were slow out of the blocks and Jose Izquierdo blazed over inside the opening 60 seconds after Murray and Pascal Gross linked up nicely on the right.Murray was much more precise 14 minutes later after Wesley Hoedt had clumsily tripped Solly March in the penalty area, Brighton’s lone striker sending Alex McCarthy the wrong way with the resulting spot-kick.When Southampton eventually settled into their rhythm they began to dominate possession, but Ryan’s goal was rarely threatened.On the one occasion it was, the chance came via a mistake from the Australian goalkeeper, his clearance on the half hour hitting Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and rebounding onto the crossbar.Glenn Murray celebrates with the Albion fans after scoring from the spot. 📸#BHAFC #SOUBHA pic.twitter.com/SoFC72Wkaz— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) January 31, 2018Pellegrino introduced more attacking threat at the break with Sofiane Boufal and new signing Guido Carrillo entering the fray, but the hosts remained toothless in the final third.Given their problems it was apt that Stephens’ equaliser came from a scruffy, deflected free-kick – the defender getting the merest of touches on Ward-Prowse’s delivery.Southampton duly laid siege on the Brighton goal but they appeared to have used up all of their luck with Stephens’ goal.The hosts’ lack of quality in the final third hindered their chances of claiming all three points as Brighton – who welcomed back Leonardo Ulloa in the second half – clung on to a share of the spoils. Key Opta stats:- Southampton have failed to win any of their last 12 Premier League games (D7 L5) since beating Everton in November.- Brighton have picked up just two points in their last seven away Premier League matches (W0 D2 L5).- The Saints have lost only one of their last 28 home Premier League games against newly promoted clubs, but all three of their matches this season have ended as draws.- Glenn Murray has equalled his best scoring season in the Premier League (seven goals), also scoring seven in 2014-15 for Crystal Palace.- Three of Murray’s seven Premier League goals this season have been scored from the penalty spot, with only Sergio Aguero and Jamie Vardy (4) scoring more penalties in the Premier League this season.- Jack Stephens registered his first ever Premier League goal in his 30th appearance. read more
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: AVB fumed when Chelsea sold De Bruyneby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWhen Chelsea sold Kevin De Bruyne, their manager at the time was furious with the club’s board.A new report has revealed that Andre Villas-Boas, who was the club’s boss in 2011, was not happy with the decision to part with De Bruyne.Chelsea felt they had enough quality in attacking midfield, allowing the Belgian to move to Werder Bremen.The Athletic says Villas-Boas did not even know that De Bruyne was being pushed for a transfer until he was sold.The matter left him livid, but it was a short lived issue as AVB lost his job two months later.Chelsea have always regretted selling De Bruyne, as he signed for Manchester City a couple of years later and went from strength to strength.
This week most of the United States celebrated America’s birthday. People from around the country took advantage of an extra day off work to be with family and friends.A few had more to celebrate than just July 4. Cam Newton and girlfriend Kia Proctor welcomed their third child earlier this week.Another football player, Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham had his own moment to celebrate. On Friday, Stidham bent the knee and proposed to girlfriend Kennedy Brown.Don’t worry, she said yes!Check out the happy couple.“She said yes and I get to marry the girl of my dreams. Here’s to forever Kenn, I love you,” Stidham said of the engagement.The pair have been together since Stidham’s days at Baylor.Congratulations to the couple!
Mumbai: The microfinance industry’s total loan portfolio grew 40 percent to Rs 1,78,587 crore in FY19, with top 10 states accounting for 83 percent of the gross loan portfolio, says a report. In FY18, total loan portfolio of the industry had stood at Rs 1,27,223 crore. “Market share of top 10 states in portfolio outstanding at Rs 1,48,440 crore is 83 percent as of March 2019,” according to a joint report by Equifax and Sidbi. Bengal and Tamil Nadu contributed 34.7 percent of the top 10 states. Followed by Bihar, and Karnataka are having portfolio of over 15,000 crore, indicating a highly concentrated market. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepBihar saw the highest growth at 54 percent in FY19. Sidbi chairman Mohammad Mustafa said, “growth in the overall microfinance portfolio is encouraging.” In FY19, fresh loan disbursal stood at Rs 213,074 crore, an increase of 36 percent over FY18, while disbursal in terms of volume grew 20 percent. NBFC-MFIs hold the largest share of portfolio in micro-credit with total loan outstanding of Rs 68,156 crore, accounting for 38 percent of the total industry portfolio. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsDelinquency level improved across all the days past due buckets. Portfolio at risk, which indicates the early delinquency rates, has come down from 4.74 percent in FY18 to 1.40 percent in FY19. Risk level in the 60-89 days past due bracket has come down from 2.41 percent in FY18 to 0.24 percent in FY19, the report said. The industry is present in 619 districts and the top 30 districts comprised 25 percent of portfolio outstanding whereas 213 districts contributed 80 percent of the portfolio.
Email Name Message Name Send a copy of this email to yourselfIf you want to submit this form, do not enter anything in this field Brandi Morin APTN National NewsThe newly elected Alberta Assembly of First Nations regional Chief Craig Mackinaw is ready to tackle his new role starting July 1.Current regional leader Chief Cameron Alexis did not seek re-election this term as he stepped down to care for his wife who is ill with cancer.Mackinaw, from Ermineskin Cree Nation in Maskwacis, spent 18 years as a band councillor and then served as chief of the First Nation for two years. Within those two years he also served as grand chief of the Confederacy of Treaty Six.He was elected at the Assembly of Treaty Chiefs gathering in Edmonton this past May and said he is confident his previous experience in politics will help him represent Alberta First Nations.“I have a good idea of what’s going on and what work needs to be done,” said Mackinaw.Some of his top priorities will be calling for action on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, addressing education gaps, child welfare issues, health inequities and resource revenue sharing.Mackinaw believes revenue sharing could be the answer to solving social and economic issues plaguing many First Nations. Alberta makes billions of dollars of profits off natural resource development and its First Nations should be making a cut of them.Alberta chiefs conducted a study several years ago which revealed that if First Nations received only 5 per cent of provincial resource revenues they would be more than capable of financial independence.“Revenue sharing would help the bands in providing services to their members. It could help in having another funding source separate from AANDC dollars. If the governments work with us it will be beneficial for everyone.”Chiefs in Alberta have been pushing the topic of resource revenue sharing for several years. In 2011 they took the issue to Prime Minister Stephen Harper who advised the chiefs to take it back to the province.Then in a 2013 meeting between chiefs and former Alberta Aboriginal Relations Minister Robin Campbell, chiefs requested the province consider resource revenue sharing. The answer was “no.” Campbell referenced that First Nations benefit from revenues like any other Albertans and said in an interview with the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society that, “we’re not going to take a share of our resource revenues and give it to First Nations.”But it’s about implementing the original intent of Treaty’s, said Mackinaw and it’s a dispute he will continue to push to resolve.“In regards to Treaty agreements the government needs to work with us on fulfilling their end. There’s some unfinished business that needs to be discussed and we need to bring those items to the table to agree on moving ahead.”Alberta chiefs believe their Treaty equates to revenue sharing, as they never signed away all of their resources.“The way it (Natural Resource Transfer Act) was set up and drafted in 1923, by the Province of Alberta regarding all our oil and gas, timber and mining and all the various industries fall underneath that. When it was drafted they didn’t consult with us. That’s where part of our problem with, especially oil and gas, there’s no revenue sharing. We should be having revenue sharing,” said Mackinaw.He is hopeful the new Alberta NDP government will sit down to discuss the issue.“It’s a wait and see what happens. Hopefully what they’re saying and what we’re reading in the news will be followed through on. Myself, I’m waiting to see. I guess we will see within the next year how they stand and how they’re going to work with us.”email@example.com Email Message Send a copy of this email to yourselfIf you want to submit this form, do not enter anything in this field
Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,169.28, up 9.78 points).RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Up nine cents, or 12.2 per cent, to 83 cents on 46.1 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 58 cents, or 4.54 per cent, to $12.19 on 36.4 million shares.Wallbridge Mining Co. Ltd. (TSX:WM). Metals. Down seven cents, or 21.9 per cent, to 25 cents on 7.6 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 54 cents, or 2.76 per cent, to $19 on 7.6 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Down 74 cents, or 1.7 per cent, to $42.17 on 4.9 million shares.Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Metals. Down three cents, or 3.95 per cent, to 73 cents on 4.67 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Chorus Aviation Inc. (TSX:CHR). Down four cents, or 0.5 per cent, to $7.61. Chorus Aviation says it has signed a deal to perform heavy maintenance work for Latvia’s airBaltic. Financial terms of the agreement were not immediately available. Under the deal, Jazz Technical Services will provide airframe maintenance for airBaltic’s 12 Q400 NextGen aircraft. The work will be done at its facility at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
Marrakech- Jill Biden, wife of US Vice-President Joe Biden, praised, here Wednesday, Morocco’s advances in women’s rights under the leadership of King Mohammed VI.Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, part of the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES Marrakech, November 19-21), Jill Biden reiterated the commitment of the United States “to support the actions of women and girls to help them not only to survive, but thrive in their communities.”In this regard, she called for encouraging countries to implement policies aimed at promoting the rights of women and their full and complete integration in different sectors. Stating Morocco as an example, Mrs. Biden underlined the importance of the new Family Code, which has upgraded the civil rights of women both in society and the family, saying that she is “very impressed with the Women’s education and training Center, built in the district of Hay Mohammadi in Marrakech as part of the National Initiative for Human Development, as well as the involvement of women in the work of this social institution”.Jill Biden, who arrived Wednesday, to take part in the GES-2014, visited the same day the Centre, which provides training to women and girls to have access to income-generating activities
GENEVA — Two U.N. agencies want governments and makers of headphones, mobile phones and other audio devices to do more to keep down the volume they emit amid concerns about hearing loss in an increasingly digitized era.The World Health Organization and the International Telecommunications Union on Tuesday presented new standards, or voluntary guidelines, for the manufacture and use of personal audio devices.WHO says nearly half of all people aged 12 to 35, or 1.1 billion people, are at risk of hearing loss due to “prolonged and excessive exposure to loud sounds.”The recommendations say personal audio devices should include software to track exposure to sound. They should provide ways to limit volume, such as through parental controls, and tell people about the safety of their listening habits.The Associated Press
TORONTO — Looking for a perfect home can be an emotional roller-coaster, but a new study suggests finding the right property often comes down to love at first sight.[np_storybar title=”Even in a real estate slump, Canadians lured into bidding wars” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/04/23/even-in-a-real-estate-slump-some-canadians-will-get-into-a-bidding-war/”%5DGarry Marr: With real estate sales declining and active listings climbing, people still involved in bidding wars might want to ask themselves why they are still willing to be part of the buying frenzy. Read more [/np_storybar]In its report titled Psychology of House Hunting, the Bank of Montreal found that 80% of prospective homebuyers know if a house is the right one for them the moment they step inside.But it’s usually a long journey before they get to that point.The study found that on average, house hunters visit 10 homes before they decide to buy a home, while 68% say they’re willing to settle for a property that’s not “perfect.”Thirty-three percent say they feel rushed into making a purchase, with that figure rising to 39% among first-time homebuyers.Those looking for a new home also express a wide variety of emotions, from 48% saying they’re excited, 41% saying they feel cautious and 31% saying they’re optimistic. Twenty-five percent of those polled say they’re stressed through the process, while 21% say they feel anxious.First-time homebuyers are also more likely to feel stressed and anxious, compared to those who have owned a property before.“It’s important to take a practical approach when house hunting and have a clear idea of where you stand financially to ensure you make a responsible home buying decision,” said Laura Parsons, a mortgage expert with BMO.“Doing research ahead of time and setting realistic expectations can help you avoid making an uninformed or rushed purchase.”The study also looked at the motivations behind a home purchase. It found 44% buy because they felt it was a good investment and 37% say it was a good time to jump into the market.Twenty-three percent say exploring a new neighbourhood was one of the reasons why they bought a new home, while 18% say it was because they were expecting a baby.The survey was conducted by Pollara using online interviews with a random sample of 2,000 Canadians 18 years of age and over conducted between Feb. 25 and March 5.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.
India’s main opposition BJP, while recognising the “improvement” in the situation in Jaffna, urged President Mahinda Rajpakse to ensure that the Tamils of North were given “respect, dignity and equality.”Anticipating its return to power in 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party has stepped up its engagement with neighbouring countries, expanding political links and conveying its core messages. Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP’s Deputy Leader in the Rajya Sabha and chairman of the party’s working group on neighbouring countries told The Hindu that the BJP has substantial commonality of views on Sri Lanka with the Indian government. Ravi Shankar Prasad concluded a three-day visit to Nepal this weekend. The visit came a little over two months after his trip to Sri Lanka. These countries were chosen, for they were “traditional Indian friends,” and the aim was “to cement ties” and “articulate concerns.” A common theme of Mr. Prasad’s visits to both Kathmandu and Colombo was a message to the political leadership that while the BJP respected Nepal’s and Sri Lanka’s right to have ties with China, there were certain redlines. “Friendship with Beijing should not, and cannot, be at the cost of India. It cannot compromise India’s strategic interests.
Haldimand OPP have released a surveillance photo of a suspect in an armed robbery at Circle K Convenience Store in Hagersville. The robbery occurred at about 4 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19. A man armed with a handgun robbed the Circle K Convenience Store in Hagersville early Tuesday morning.The man entered the store on Main Street North at just after 4 a.m. He jumped over the counter and demanded money from the store clerk.The man removed several items before fleeing from the store.The store employee was not physically injured, say police.The suspect is described as being 6-feet in height with a large build. He was wearing a black hooded sweater with a charcoal coloured jacket at the time of the robbery. A balaclava covered his face.The Haldimand County OPP Crime Unit is investigating.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1 – 888 – 310 – 1122. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1 – 800 – 222 – 8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com. Haldimand OPP / Contributed photo
“Africa faces a moment when the market access gains that have been negotiated over the past two decades can be severely eroded unless we address the challenges of trade facilitation”, said UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi on Tuesday, at the start of a three-day forum taking place at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The First African Forum for National Trade Facilitation Committees aims to implement the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) February 2017 Trade Facilitation Agreement and tackle fast-shifting patterns of global commerce to help drive down trade costs.Amidst new momentum provided by March’s landmark African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCTA), Mr. Kituyi emphasized that Africa’s competitive labour advantage must be accompanied by quality transport hubs, more efficient cross-border goods and services movements, better port procedures and predictable logistics management.“If Africa is going to trade with itself, we have to make sense of what main roads and railways are to be built to connect African producers and consumers,” Mr. Kituyi argued, stressing the need for well-functioning trade committees, infrastructure and investment.The WTO calculates that current trade costs for developing countries are equivalent to a staggering 219 per cent tariff on their international trade.According to WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo, the reduction of trade costs with the Trade Facilitation Agreement is “striking.”“It could add 2.7 percentage points per year to world trade growth and more than half a percentage point to world GDP [gross domestic product],” he stated. “The biggest benefits would accrue to developing countries.”If Africa is going to trade with itself, we have to make sense of what main roads and railways are to be built to connect African producers and consumers — UNCTAD Secretary-GeneralHe revealed that African estimates indicate that by fully implementing the agreement, trade costs could be reduced by an average of 16.5 per cent, potentially delivering “a huge economic boost for the continent.”This level of trade would open new opportunities for smaller businesses, especially for women-led businesses and younger entrepreneurs while enhancing transparency and reducing corruption.African solutionsThe deputy chairperson of the African Union Commission, Thomas Kwesi Quartey, stressed that the continent needs real vision to make an African common market a reality.“To trade, you must first produce, and to be able produce and leverage science and technology in this production, you need education training and planning,” he said.On behalf of UNECA’s Executive Secretary, Ingrid Cyimana said that Africans were doing just that by taking steps to integrate their economies using the new Free Trade Agreement and by establishing trade facilitation committees.“Our projections show the value of intra-African trade to be between 15 to 25 per cent higher in 2040, compared to a situation with no AfCTA,” she stated.The forum supports the WTO’s agreement, which besides boosting trade also addresses improved revenue collection and security compliance controls.
Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) prepares to call a play in the first half in the game against Illinois on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 52-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorWhen Ohio State redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell heads to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center for practice Sunday afternoon, he expects to hear only one song: “Time for war,” which he called head coach Urban Meyer’s theme song. “It’s literally played from the time we walk in the Woody to the time we walk out, the whole entire week,” Campbell said. “Everything’s going to be ramped up, for sure.”After the No. 9 Buckeyes’ 52-14 victory against Illinois, redshirt senior center Billy Price said every Big Ten contest brings the same challenges. Games are always physical, rugged and intense, he said. That does not change this week, as Ohio State begins to prepare for Michigan. But everything is amped up heading into what every Buckeye who spoke after the game called the greatest rivalry in college football. “Whenever we play a game, after that game is over, for the most part [Meyer] gives us our next mission, which is the next team,” redshirt senior linebacker Chris Worley said. “Make no mistake about it, he definitely put a little more emphasis on that.”When the public address announcer recognized the senior class prior to 19 seniors playing their final game at Ohio Stadium Saturday afternoon, he noted they beat Michigan in every year of their careers, which elicited a large ovation from the tens of thousands of fans in attendance.Ohio State versus Michigan means everything to both programs. Losing is not an option. Worley compared the directive to beat the Wolverines as a law. “To beat the team up north, that’s kind of like, that better happen,” he said. “It’s kind of like, that’s my law. You don’t break that law. You better beat the team up north.”Redshirt senior J.T. Barrett will look to become the first quarterback in the history of the rivalry to win four games as the starting quarterback. He views the storied matchup in a similar lens as Worley.“The bottom line is, when you play the team up north, go out there and win,” Barrett said.Michigan entered the year with lower expectations than it had last season. It entered the season with just five returning starters. But with losses to Michigan State and Penn State earlier in the season, and a 24-10 road defeat at the hands of Wisconsin, the Wolverines lack momentum when they play host to the Buckeyes at noon Saturday.Regardless of the recent lack of success, Ohio State will not take Michigan lightly. Senior left tackle Jamarco Jones said he has not even considered playing Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship because the Wolverines have been on his mind. “That’s a battle every year in the trenches. Every year, they come out ready and that’s where the game is usually won in,” Jones said. “We know we’re going to be in a hostile environment and we’re going to have to get used to some crowd noise and just be on the same page as the unit this week, because it’s going to take all five of us on the same page every play to get this job done against the defensive front that they have.”He said he wants a fourth pair of gold pants, something Buckeye players earn after defeating Michigan. Ohio State’s mantra the entire season has been focus; laser-like focus on the next opponent. As the final second ticked off the clock on Saturday, that focus, which Meyer said after the Illinois games he loved, turned from Illinois to Michigan.“Our focus is on celebrate this win with your family and friends and let’s get back to business,” Meyer said. “It’s rivalry week. Say that ten times. It’s officially started.”
Google recently announced that the Chrome Web Store was getting a new section: For Your Desktop. That sure makes it sound like Chrome OS is now on pretty equal footing with Windows, OS X, and Linux, doesn’t it?But what does it really mean? What is a Chrome Desktop App?The Short VersionIt’s a fancy web page that has been programmed to take advantage of special features in the Chrome web browser.The Longer VersionChrome is a web browser. Chrome OS is essentially that same browser parked on top of just enough Linux to make it communicate with a computer’s hardware and boot up. While the potential is there to run actual Linux apps (it’s been done), that was never Google’s intent.Google wants to make sure that anyone who uses Chrome — and that means its Windows, Mac, and Linux (and maybe even Android eventually) users — can all enjoy the same experience. It’s a way for Google to quietly rise to dominance in the desktop computing marketplace even if Chrome OS itself is never a huge success.So what’s the deal with these Desktop Apps, then?They’re not desktop apps the way Microsoft Office, iTunes, or Steam are. Yes, they run in a window that doesn’t look like a Chrome tab. Yes, they work offline.Google even says that they run “outside the browser,” but that’s not really true. You don’t see the browser, but it’s still the engine that makes the apps run. It’s a lot like what Mozilla used to do with Prism apps in that way.These apps are still web pages at their core. A Chrome App package contains the same kind of code that you’d find on any big-name web app like Google Docs, Aviary, or Mint. It does include a few extra bits, too, like the code necessary to work offline in Chrome.These apps also gain access to Chrome APIs that normal web pages don’t. That gives them more direct access to a system’s hardware resources, like its graphics subsystem and networking components. All these extras put Chrome Desktop Apps on pretty even footing with “regular” apps.Does that make Chrome OS a real OS?Sure it does. Like Windows RT, however, there’s a limited selection of these “real” apps that run on Chrome OS. Right now, you’ll find Google’s core apps — Gmail Offline, Calendar, Keep, Play Books — along with web app favorites like Wunderlist, Any.DO, and Gliffy. There’s VNC Viewer for tackling remote desktop chores and Spelunky, Tank Wars, and Rick O’Shea for killing time.Google is also delivering an office app suite that offers full offline functionality. It’s being built atop QuickOffice, which Google acquired a while back.Here’s the twistWhile Chrome Desktop Apps do underscore the fact that Chrome OS is a “real” OS, they have the same effect on the Chrome browser.Say what?The Chrome browser has effectively become its own OS. It’s capable of delivering the bulk of the Chrome OS experience to users on any supported platforms. Got a Windows machine? Slap the Chrome app launcher on your task bar and fire up the Gliffy app — just like you would on Chrome OS. It’ll continue to work even if you disable your Wi-Fi or unplug your LAN cable.This is Google’s real goal: to get Chrome users spending as much time inside the browser as possible. Building a fast, stable web browser was a good start — but in order to make sure those millions of mice and keyboards stay focused on Chrome, Google had to bring the apps.Sure, being able to show Best Buy shoppers that Chrome OS can run “real” apps will help Google sell more Chrome OS devices, but they’re out to get everyone. Even the people who buy a machine running a competitor’s OS.
23 Comments 41,181 Views The picture shows a big wheel and carousels at Neverland Ranch Source: DPA/PA Images The house where Michael Jackson lived on Neverland Ranch Source: DPA/PA ImagesJackson reportedly paid $19.5 million for the property in the 1980s but a real estate investment firm bought it in 2008 for $22.5 million after the singer defaulted on a loan. The King of Pop died the following year.News of the sale comes as HBO is set to air on Sunday a damning four-hour documentary titled Leaving Neverland, which includes the testimonies of two men who claim Jackson sexually abused them as children all over the ranch, including the attic, the master bedroom and the pool.Jackson faced multiple allegations of child sex abuse during his lifetime.His ranch was raided in 2003 as part of a child molestation case against him and police at the time seized a large collection of pornography and images of nude children.Jackson was acquitted in the case in 2005.© – AFP 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 1 Mar 2019, 1:57 PM Short URL By AFP Share96 Tweet Email1 The train station of the Neverland Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley Source: DPA/PA ImagesMICHAEL JACKSON’S NEVERLAND Ranch in California is back on the market for $31 million, a steep cut from the $100 million asking price four years ago.The 1,093-hectare estate located near Los Olivos and renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch features a main house with six bedrooms along with three guest houses, a four-acre lake with a waterfall, tennis courts, several barns and animal shelter facilities.The dramatic price cut for the iconic property is partly due to years of drought in the region that affected the real estate market, Kyle Forsyth, one of the listing agents, told US media.He said the compound has been well maintained and “with the drought ending and the Santa Ynez Valley in full bloom,” now was the best time to sell. https://jrnl.ie/4519474 Mar 1st 2019, 1:57 PM Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch back on market at steep discount The ranch in California is available for a mere $31 million…
According to the former Liverpool and Juventus player Ian Rush, Ramsey’s agent called him about moving to Italy.There have been many rumors about Aaron Ramsey moving away from English Premier League club Arsenal.And now, former Liverpool and Juventus footballer Ian Rush has confirmed the player wants to be transferred.“Aaron’s agent rang me and I told him they couldn’t go wrong choosing to go to Italy,” Rush said to The Express.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Juventus have great support and they will have a fantastic chance of winning the Champions League.”“I said it would be a great move for him,” he added.“I know that Bayern Munich and PSG also wanted him, which made Arsenal’s decision to sell him even more strange.”“Aaron has seen Gareth Bale win the Champions League and he would love to do the same,” Rush concluded.