The Gorakhpur tragedy and its aftermath

first_imgSixty children died between August 7 and 11 in BRD Hospital, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. While 30 died in two days (August 10 and 11), allegedly due to lack of oxygen following non-supply of cylinders by the contractor for non-payment of dues, 12 died due to AES (acute encephalitis syndrome) and the remaining due to other causes, the hospital said.The tragedy has triggered a massive outcry across the nation and the Centre has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident. Here are the stories from our coverage of the tragedy and its aftermathlast_img read more

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Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of Indonesia in ice hockey

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This photo taken on August 15, 2017 shows members of the Philippines men’s ice hockey team, dubbed the “Mighty Ducks”, during a practice session at a mall skating rink in Manila ahead of their games at the Southeast Asian Games (SEAGames) in Malaysia./ AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBEThe Philippine ice hockey team showed why it’s among the favorites to win the gold medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.READ: Philippine ‘Mighty Ducks’ sets out to shock in SEA GamesADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Philippines thrashed Indonesia, 12-0, kicking off its gold medal bid in dominating fashion Monday at Empire City Ice Arena in Damansara Perdana in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.READ: Fil-Canadians boost PH SEA Games bid in ice hockeyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIce hockey is being staged in the regional meet for the first time.The Filipinos take on Singapore next before wrapping up their stint against Malaysia and Thailand. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SEA Games: Suarez, two Filipino pugs enter semis; Paalam out Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony View commentslast_img read more

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ICC World Twenty20: India-Pakistan match moved out of Dharamsala, to be played in Kolkata

first_imgAfter Pakistan refused to play their World Twenty20 matchagainst India in Dharamsala on March 19, the International CricketCouncil announced Kolkata as the venue for the high-profilegame in a press conference today.The evening match will take place as scheduled on Saturday 19 March and will start at 7.30 PM IST. A three-member securityteam from Pakistan had visited Dharamsala on Monday. Reports said theywere not happy with security arrangements at the venue. The team feltthat if the protesters were allowed to oppose the match, security wouldbe compromised. Besides, they had also raised concerns for the Pakistani fans and media contingent. (Also read: World T20 – Confusion over Pakistan’s departure for India) Consequently, the Pakistan Cricket Board wanted to play the match against India either in Kolkata or Mohali.Announcing the decision, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “The decision has been taken following consultation with the BCCI, the relevant state associations, the ICC and BCCI security consultant and other relevant authorities.”The decision to relocate the match has been made for security reasons. The concerns initially arose following alleged public comments recently reported by the Chief Minister of Hamachal Pradesh, warning of demonstration and attempts to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the match.”Our concerns relate both to uncertainty as to the level of those threats as well as the level of commitment to implement any security plan developed to mitigate such treats.”The decision was not taken lightly. The ICC and the BCCI understand the disappointment that is likely to be felt by many over the decision to move the match. But the safety and security of the event is of paramount importance to the ICC and we have taken into consideration the concerns shared with us by our security advisors as well as Pakistan Cricket Board.advertisementBut Richardson said the ICC had taken steps to ensure that fans did not have to suffer from the last-minute switch. “As far as those who have purchased tickets online for the match, they will be offered the choice of a full refund or the opportunity to exchange their tickets for ones for the Kolkata match.”Finally, I would like to confirm that the ICC has been assured by all relevant state authorities that all adequate security measure are in place and will be implemented to ensure that the event is staged in a safe and secure environment for all stakeholders.”Tournament director MV Sridhar said “there was a serious level of disappointment” among fans in Dharamsala now that the marquee clash has been moved to th Eden Gardens.last_img read more

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Gelaouzos, Petroulaki Finish First in Athens Half Marathon 2018

first_imgThe runners Konstantinos Gelaouzos of Panathinaikos and Eleftheria Petroulaki of the Mykonos Sports Club  finished first in the men’s and women’s races, respectively, in the 2018 Athens International Half Marathon held on Sunday.Gelaouzos, who finished with a time of 1:08:30, had also won the race in 2016 with the then record time of 1:08:35. In second and third place were Georgios Tassis (Triton, Halkida) and Christoforos Merousis (FO Vrontadon), respectively for the men.For Petroulaki, who finished with a time 1:20:01, it was her first time winning the race, with the winner of the 2016 and 2017 races Rania Rebouli finishing second with a time of 1:20:26 and long-distance runner Deniz Dimaki finishing third with 1:23:56.Victory in the men’s 5.0-kilometre race went to Dimos Magginas, with a time of 15:38, followed by Xhuliano Manko (Ilisos sport club) with 17:07 and Nikolaos Petrolekas of Panellinios with 17:39. First among the women was Anastasia Karakatsani (WIND) with a time of 17:57, followed by Anthi Korakopoulou (WIND) with a time of 18:05 and Glykeria Skarkou with 19:21, who made it onto the winner’s podium at just 12 years old.The winner of the 3.0-kilometre men’s race was Markos Gkourlias (WIND) with a time of 9:05, followed by Panagiotis Dimopoulos and Mateusz Madziar, both with a time of 9:22. In the women’s race, Konstantina Giannopoulou finished first with a time of 10:02, followed by Iliana Hatzipanagioti (10:53) and Zoi Andrikopoulou (10:54).TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Pune City retain defenders Gurtej Singh, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai

first_imgPune, Jul 19 (PTI) Indian Super League side Pune Ciy FC today retained the services of defenders Gurtej Singh, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai and goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh for the upcoming season. Gurtej began his football career with JCT, played for Pailan Arrows, Churchill Brothers, Bengaluru FC and Fateh Hyderabad. Last season, he made 18 appearances and scored his first ever professional career goal for the Pune outfit. While goalkeeper Kamaljit started with AIFF Academy before joining Sporting Club de Goa in 2014. On continuing his association with FC Pune City, Gurtej said, “It was a great learning curve for me last season and to play with experienced pros made a world of difference to my confidence.” “It was my first ISL and to start early on in the season and then train with some of the best in business was a great experience for me. We want to better what we did last season and make it count,” Kamaljit said.Lalchhuanmawia better known as Chhuantea started his career with I-league side Shillong Lajong in 2014 and thereafter moved to Bengaluru FC in 2015. The Mizoram-born player made his Indian National Team debut in 2015 and also turned up for Mumbai City FC. Chhuantea, who played nine games last season, expressed his desire to play more often, “In the coming season I wish to contribute more than what I did last season. The fact that I am staying back is because I am committed to the teams cause and eagerly looking forward to the coming season”. On retaining the three Indian players, FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, “Gurtej has reveled in the role of defender last season with consistent ball clearing skills and coordination with midfield. Lalchhuanmawia is a seasoned defender with many years of experience in top flight football and we are counting on him to bring in a lot of solidarity to our defense.” PTI APA AHAHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Here Are The Announcers For The South Carolina vs. Georgia Game

first_imgGeneral view of Williams-Brice Stadium.COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 02: A general view of the band on the field before the start of the Mississippi State Bulldogs versus South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)South Carolina and Georgia football each took care of business against overmatched opponents last week. On Saturday, they face off in an SEC East showdown.The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs blasted Austin Peay 45-0. South Carolina got bumped up to No. 24, after knocking off Coastal Carolina 49-15.South Carolina is looking for a signature upset win under Will Muschamp, and gets a huge chance with the Bulldogs coming to Williams-Brice Stadium.South Carolina vs. Georgia is slotted for a big Saturday afternoon match-up.Kick-off for the game is set at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.Here’s who will be on the call for the big game:Play-by-play: Brad NesslerGame analyst: Gary DanielsonSideline reporter: Jamie ErdahlGeorgia is a 10.5-point favorite in this game.,Here’s who will be on the call for the big game:Play-by-play: Brad NesslerGame analyst: Gary DanielsonSideline reporter: Jamie ErdahlGeorgia is a 10.5-point favorite in this game.last_img read more

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Montego Bay Fire Service to Receive Support from Atlanta Counterpart

first_imgThe Montego Bay Fire Department is set to receive well-needed support from the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department in the United States of America, in an agreement brokered between both cities, as part of its twinning relationship.The commitment to offer specialized training to Montego Bay firefighters was made by Atlanta’s Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran Harris on Monday, May 20, during a high-level meeting with a delegation from Montego Bay being led by Mayor Glendon Harris.Chief Cochran outlined that in strengthening the 30-year sister cities relationship between Atlanta and Montego Bay, he and his team are prepared to offer training and certification in special operational functions and hazardous materials management at all levels of the service.The Atlanta Fire Chief also committed to offering further training to leadership and management level staff in various areas of fire and rescue, in addition to establishing an exchange programme where firefighters could travel to either city for technical experience.The Atlanta Fire and Rescue Training programme is rated as one of the best in the United States where it is accessed by other municipalities, including some with which they are twinned.Mayor Harris said that fire safety in Montego Bay is one of his primary areas of concern, hence the focus of the discussions, which led to the agreement. “I expect that the training programme will be of tremendous benefit to the firefighters in particular and the people of the city in general,” he stated.The Mayor pointed out that plans for a new fire station in Montego Bay are far advanced, and the support through training of the human resource will better position the service to offer improved intervention.Mayor Harris said he will be meeting with the hierarchy of the Montego Bay Fire Department to work on the logistics of the overall programme, encompassing training and personnel exchange.The Mayor is on four-day official visit to Atlanta at the invitation of his counterpart, Mayor Kasim Reed.He leads a delegation which includes Secretary/Manager of the St. James Parish Council, Gerald Lee; Chairman of the Civic and Community Affairs Committee, Councillor Suzette Brown; and Chairman of the Atlanta/Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee, Fred Smith.The delegation, which arrived in Atlanta on Saturday, May 18, attended a welcome reception hosted by Jamaica’s Honorary Consul in Atlanta and Chairman of the Atlanta/Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee, Vin Martin and his wife Hazel; attended a Joint Sister Cities Meeting; and also met with representatives of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.On Tuesday, May 21, Mayor Harris and the delegation will meet with Mayor Reed for discussions on a wide range of topics relating to both cities.Meetings are also scheduled with members of the Atlanta City Council, representatives of the Atlanta Solid Waste Department and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.Mayor Harris and his delegation return to Montego Bay on Wednesday, May 22.Contact: Derrick A. Scottlast_img read more

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Cancer Society to Focus on Screenings

first_imgStory Highlights “It is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Jamaican women, affecting mainly those between the ages of 30 and 50 years,” she noted. In observance of World Cancer Awareness Day on Friday, April 6, the Jamaica Cancer Society will be coordinating a number of activities, with the key focus being on screenings.Speaking with JIS News, Executive Director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Yulit Gordon, outlined that the focus this year is on women, due to the fact that cervical cancer has become a major concern.“It is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Jamaican women, affecting mainly those between the ages of 30 and 50 years,” she noted.Cervical cancer can very often be successfully treated when it is discovered early by carrying out a pap smear to determine whether there is the presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV)It is usually recommended that women over the age of 21 get screened annually in order to detect any cell abnormalities in the cervix.On April 6, the Cancer Society will be offering pap smear testing at a reduced rate of $2,430 to members of the Society and $2,565 to non-members.All major health insurance cards will be accepted and the first 50 women who arrive on the day for screening will be tested at no cost.The Jamaica Cancer Society is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) with a mission to “eliminate cancer as a major health problem in Jamaica”, through cancer education, counselling and outreach initiatives. In observance of World Cancer Awareness Day on Friday, April 6, the Jamaica Cancer Society will be coordinating a number of activities, with the key focus being on screenings. Speaking with JIS News, Executive Director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Yulit Gordon, outlined that the focus this year is on women, due to the fact that cervical cancer has become a major concern.last_img read more

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Summer Lull Not Over Yet for Newbuilds

first_imgPress Release, August 25, 2014 zoom The summer lull that took over the newbuilding market is not over yet, as prices for new ships are forecast to continue to soften, according to London-based shipbroker Gibson.The dowturn has stricken the tanker product orderbook the strongest, as explained by Gibson, with Tsakos Energy’s order for two +two LR1s announced earlier this month being the first contract placed for clean product tonnage since June.” Orders for product tankers have been considerablly more subdued since January and well below last year’s levels. In complete contrast July orders for crude tonnage amounted to the 3.6 million, the highest monthly total since the 4.9 million dwt ordered last November when earnings spiked,” shows the latest report from Gibson.The report further said that, contracts announced this July included 7 VLCCs and 8 Suezmaxes, with a further 2 Suezmaxes placed this month.This takes the orderbook to 26 Suezmaxes in the first 8 months of this year which represents 56% of the total orderbook, following just 19 Suezmaax orders placed between 2011 and 2013.124 tanker ordersrecorded so far this year“Shipyard resale values for the clean products carriers have fallen below newbuilding prices in all the clean size ranges, indicating that some owners may be looking for an exit strategy as their nerve gets seriously tested. In contrast, VLCC and Suezmax resales continue to ‘flag up’ higher than newbuilding prices despite the recent fall in asset values across all sectors”, Gibson added.Based on the report,  of the 124 tanker orders (25,000dwt+) recorded so far this year, 39% (49 orders) have been placed by Greek interests accounting for 42% of the tonnage.  US investors account for 11 orders or 2.7 million dwt (14%) of this year’s placing, which consisted of 8 VLCCs, 2 Suezmaxes and a single Jones Act product carrier. Norwegian ‘listed’ companies account for another 8 VLLC orders.“A slowdown of ordering in any of the tanker sectors will be very welcome, particularly with such a high delivery profile projected for next year. However, the lure of lower newbuilding prices and the anticipated winter spike may once again entice more speculative ordering, putting at risk the prospect of higher earnings going forward,” the report said. Follow @worldmaritimenelast_img read more

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Höegh LNG Partners Buys Ownership Stake in Höegh Grace

first_imgzoom NYSE-listed Höegh LNG Partners LP has agreed to acquire a 51% ownership interest in the entities that own and operate the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) Höegh Grace, and contribute the acquired ownership interest to the group’s operating company.The vessel’s purchase price will be USD 188.7 million, less USD 96.9 million, the pro rata amount of indebtedness related to the Höegh Grace that is expected to be outstanding under the credit facility related to the vessel as of the closing date of the acquisition, Höegh LNG Partners said.In addition, Höegh LNG Partners has the option, at any time on or prior to February 28, 2017, to purchase the remaining ownership interest in Höegh LNG Colombia Holding, the sole owner of Höegh LNG FSRU IV Ltd. and Höegh LNG Colombia S.A.S., the entities that own and operate the Höegh Grace.If the group does not exercise the option in full by February 28, 2017, it will retain a right of first offer with respect to the remaining interest in Höegh LNG Colombia Holding.The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of January 2017 and is subject to customary closing conditions and the acceptance of the Höegh Grace by its charterer.Höegh LNG Partners intends to settle the purchase with cash. The group has priced a public offering of 6,000,000 common units at a public offering price of USD 17.60 per unit, the proceeds of which will be used to fund the acquisition of the ownership stake in the Höegh Grace.The Höegh Grace was constructed by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. and delivered on March 30, 2016. The vessel is scheduled to service a new LNG import terminal in Cartagena, on the Atlantic coast of Colombia, under an International Leasing Agreement with Sociedad Portuaria El Cayao, which is expected to commence in December 2016.The Höegh Grace charter has a term of 20 years.last_img read more

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Northport Bridge Now Open

first_imgThe new Northport Bridge on Route 366 in Cumberland County is now open to all traffic. The new bridge, which cost $5,645,990, replaces a 50-year-old bridge that was limited to loads of 20,000 tonnes or less. The new bridge is able to carry all legal highway loads. “Completion of the new bridge has taken longer than expected and we appreciate the patience of area residents,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. The bridge was originally scheduled to open in January. Department officials will be meeting to determine the amount of damages that will be assessed against the contractor because of the delay.last_img read more

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Ministers warn no free ticket for Nigerian asylum seekers crossing into Quebec

first_imgMONTREAL – Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen will head to Nigeria in the coming weeks amid an influx of nationals from that country seeking asylum in Canada in recent months.Three senior federal ministers delivered a blunt reminder to them Monday that entering Canada illegally is not a free pass into the country.“Coming across the border in a way that tries to circumvent the law or defy proper procedure is no free ticket to Canada,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told reporters.After Haitians in 2017, it appears Nigerians armed with valid U.S. visitor visas are the latest group to come across at Roxham Road in Hemmingford, not far from the Lacolle border crossing at the Quebec-New York border.Hussen said he plans to travel to Nigeria soon but noted the federal government has sent three immigration officers to Lagos.Canada has been working closely with the United States over the abuse of U.S. visas by Nigerians whose ultimate goal is to get to Canada within weeks of arriving.“It’s becoming apparent to us that they’ve obtained these visas to come to Canada to make asylum claims,” Hussen said.Goodale said all of the country’s international obligations are being met in dealing with asylum.“They must prove they need Canada’s protection to keep them safe,” he said. “Seeking asylum is not a shortcut to get around normal immigration rules and procedures.”Hussen, Goodale and Transport Minister Marc Garneau said about 90 per cent won’t meet the criteria to stay.In mid-April, Quebec officials said the number of people coming across the border this year had tripled from the same time last year.The Quebec government said projections suggested there could be as many as 400 crossings per day this summer, compared to 250 in 2017.Goodale said since that spike around Easter, the numbers have been a manageable 70-80 people per day.New temporary facilities are being constructed at the border for up to 520 people to deal with those needing to stay for more than a day.Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel called the Liberal measures a “Band-Aid approach.”“There’s no evidence this will stem the tide of people exploiting the loophole in the Safe Third Country agreement,” she said in Ottawa. “The Liberals once again refused to close the loophole.”The Safe Third Country agreement took effect in December 2004 and states Canada and the United States recognize each other as safe places for refugee claimants to seek protection.But the agreement only applies for claims made at an official border crossing, so if asylum seekers enter at an irregular crossing, they are entitled to a hearing.As with any agreement that is 14 years old, Hussen said, it would be wise and prudent to refresh the Safe Third Country agreement.“(But) I want to make it clear there are no formal negotiations with respect to the Safe Third Country agreement,” Hussen added, noting it is discussed alongside other issues such as visas and border security.The federal immigration minister also said progress is being made in implementing a triage system at the border that will allow asylum seekers to head to Ontario while relieving pressure on major cities like Montreal and Toronto.Hussen said Ontario officials were in Quebec to get help in setting up a reception centre for newcomers.“The pieces are coming together it’s just a matter of time, but I don’t expect this to take months, it’ll take a matter of few weeks,” Hussen said.last_img read more

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APTNs Political Panel discusses PIN messages transparency and Terry Nelson

first_imgAPTN National NewsAPTN National News has been bringing you stories about a loophole in Access-to-Information legislation, and how PIN-to-PIN messages on BlackBerries are slipping through the cracks. Now, the Political Panel sits down with anchor Michael Hutchinson to talk about the issue.Also, the Panel discusses former Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson’s plan to address the Iranian Parliament.last_img

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NS projects increased budget surplus of 345 million for 201819

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s projected surplus is up $5.1 million to $34.5-million for 2018-19, mainly due to energy giant Shell walking away from six offshore exploration licences.In a budget forecast update released Thursday, Finance Minister Karen Casey said her department is projecting a $93.3-million increase in total revenue over the budget tabled in March — a figure that includes $60.4 million from Shell’s licence forfeiture, and a $30-million increase in personal income tax revenue due to “higher projected personal taxable income.”The department said Shell was to spend $996 million in total, and the forfeiture figure represents a 25 per cent penalty on the $241 million that was left unspent by the company.About $25.7 million of the forfeiture money is to be spent on a long-service award payout to 1,400 long-term care nurses, while Casey said the remainder — upwards of $36 million — will be spent at a later date as the government sees fit.“There are many projects that government considers,” said Casey. “Some of those do become projects that can be announced, and until they are it would be folly for us to announce them.”Casey admitted it’s not the best way for the government to rake in revenue.“I wouldn’t say it’s a happy windfall. I would say that it’s a forfeiture that’s come back to the government and we are going to be wise and prudent in how we use it.”Casey’s reluctance to tip her hand on the use of the money drew fire from opposition critics.“I think with all the questions that we’ve had in the house on the transparency of this government, and to actually say we have $36 million and we aren’t going to tell you what we are going to do with it is absolutely irresponsible,” said Progressive Conservative finance critic Chris d’Entremont.NDP Leader Gary Burrill also questioned the government for being tight-lipped about its plans, saying there are plenty of areas that could use extra financial support.“Particularly we see this in the world of health care, primary care, emergency care, long-term care,” Burrill said. “The investments are desperately needed and the government needs to focus less on the accumulation of a surplus and more on making the investments that are required.”Casey said departmental spending is expected to increase by $113.2 million, mainly due to $70.8 million more than originally budgeted for health care services including such things as increased ambulance call volumes and increased costs for special pharmaceutical drugs.The government said additional appropriations totalling $115.9 million would be needed.Total expenses are forecast at $10.95 billion — $88.4 million higher than the budget estimates.Meanwhile, the projected excise tax on recreational cannabis has been revised down by $5.9 million from the budget because of the changing of the federal legalization date. In March the government had issued a rough projection of about $20.8 million in fresh taxes and duties from projected sales of about 12 million grams of cannabis.Casey said complicating matters in forecasting cannabis revenues is the fact that implementation costs still aren’t fully known yet.The minister was asked whether that’s created concerns for future revenue projections.“It’s one of those things that is very uncertain,” said Casey. “Those (projections) are all estimates, there are no concrete numbers yet.”last_img read more

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CES 2019 Its all about the games and AI

first_img 8K very much a focal point this year at CES. Consumers will find brighter pictures sharper contrast and richer blacks. 8K is becoming more and more consumer economical and Europe, YouTube to name a few are already rolling out 8K content. Any size you can think of can now become reality..but at a price. Samsung – The Wall can be built to any custom size this one pictured is 219” comprised of Micro LED panels the TV can be built to pretty much any specification as long as you have the money. LAS VEGAS — The CES 2019 gadget show is revving up in Las Vegas. Here are the latest findings and observations from Associated Press reporters on the ground as technology’s biggest trade event gets underway.There you go peeps! Official. iTunes on Samsung smart TVs in over 100 countries. #ces2019 #lifeofacameraguy pic.twitter.com/oXnh0NpE3J— Nick Blakeney (@CameraGuyNick) January 7, 2019BRING ON THE GAMESEnough about self-driving cars. A big contingent at the CES 2019 gadget show would rather hear about better video games.Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang got a big round of applause Sunday night when he told a crowd at the Las Vegas tech conference that he’d spend more time talking gaming than autonomous driving.The Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker’s computer graphics technology is used in both industries. But it was his unveiling of a new gaming-oriented graphics processor that elicited the biggest cheers.Huang also detailed how his company’s advances in artificial intelligence and a graphics technology called “ray tracing” are helping to generate ever-more-realistic scenery in popular games like Anthem and Battlefield V.This year’s CES is less focused on autonomous cars as last year’s, though there’s ongoing buzz about self-driving innovations. Ride-hailing service Lyft says after launching a self-driving Las Vegas taxi service at last year’s CES, it’s now had almost 30,000 paid rides.A CENTURY-OLD CES FIRST-TIMERYou wouldn’t expect to find the maker of Pampers and Bounty paper towels at the world’s largest technology conference.But here’s consumer goods company Procter & Gamble at CES 2019, showing off heated razors and a toothbrush that uses artificial intelligence. (Sorry if you were expecting self-changing diapers.)Procter & Gamble, which was founded more than 180 years ago, said it’s the first time it has been an exhibitor at CES. The company said it needs to infuse technology into everyday products to keep up with what customers want.Among the goods on display: a waterproof Gillette razor that heats up to 122 degrees; an Oral-B toothbrush that tells you if you’re missing areas when brushing; and a wand-like device called Opte that scans the skin and releases serum that covers up age spots and other discoloration.Counter top dishwasher that uses only a gallon of water and can plug into a simple wall plug. No biggie… My younger self is crying: “Where was this when I lived in my shoebox apartment!!!” #CES2019 #lifeofacameraguy pic.twitter.com/Nav8XfPpMV— Nick Blakeney (@CameraGuyNick) January 7, 2019Although some of the products have been sold in test runs, pricing hasn’t been set yet. But expect to pay a lot more than the ordinary stuff currently on drugstore shelves.center_img ___Follow @Gadget_Guy and @CameraGuyNick from Breakfast Television on CityTv for more on CES.AP reporters Matt O’Brien and Joseph Pisani contributed to this report.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Islamic Affairs Minister Represents Morocco at Conference of Traditional Religions

Rabat – The Islamic affairs minister has arrived in Astana, Kazakhstan, to represent King Mohammed VI at the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.The two-day event opened on October 10.The Moroccan minister’s participation followed an invitation from Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev to King Mohammed VI. During the event, the Moroccan minister spoke about the role of religious dialogue in promoting peace from a Moroccan perspective. He based his remarks on Morocco’s experience and its moderate Islamic model based on the Maliki doctrine. Maliki is one of the four major doctrines of Islamic jurisprudence within Sunni Islam. Morocco has taken several steps to fight radicalism by ensuring that the practice of Islam remains unified, moderate, and stable.As part of the strategy, the King instructed the Ministry of Islamic Affairs to open centers to train imams and teach the moderate strain of Moroccan Islam.In a recent message of King Mohammed VI read by Head Of Government Saad El Othmani on the sidelines of the 73rd UN General Assembly, the King also emphasized the importance of education to promote coexistence between religions.Astana’s conference is taking place under the theme “Global Leaders for a Secure World.”The conference will discuss several themes, including “World Peace in the 21st Century as a Concept of Global Security,” and “New Opportunities for the Enhancement of Humanity.”Astana Times reported on October 4 that the conference has played “an important role in the rapprochement of cultures and civilisations, in searching for answers to the key challenges of our time” for 15 years.The news outlet reported that the idea for the event was “put forward in 2003 against the backdrop of emerging crisis of the world order after the cold war, unprecedented 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States and military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.” read more

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AP Interview Ivanka Trump says Africa would inspire her dad

ABIDJIAN, Cote d’Ivoire — On a trip to Africa to promote women’s economic empowerment, Ivanka Trump said the White House should be judged by its actions toward a continent that her father has privately disparaged.In an interview with The Associated Press, the president’s daughter and senior adviser pointed to visits to the continent by herself, the first lady and others, saying: “Our commitment to Africa is clear.” She added that she hopes President Donald Trump will visit, saying: “I’ve been deeply, deeply inspired by my trip here. And I think he will be as well.”Ivanka Trump spoke Wednesday, the last day of her four-day trip to Ethiopia and Ivory Coast, which has featured a mix of diplomacy and visits to local business ventures as she advances a White House program to give an economic boost to women in the developing world. Her trip was viewed with skepticism in some quarters, given the president’s efforts to cut foreign aid and his past derogatory comments about the continent.The president was criticized last year after his private comments referring to “shithole countries” in Africa and other regions were leaked to journalists.A close adviser to the president, Ivanka Trump said her father asked her if she was interested in the job of World Bank chief but that she was happy with her current role in the administration. She worked on the selection process for the new head of the 189-nation World Bank, David Malpass, and declared he would do an “incredible job.”Asked if her father had approached her about other top jobs, Ivanka Trump said she would “keep that between us.” But she did say she does not see a run for office in her future.A day before the Justice Department is expected to unveil a redacted version of the special counsel’s report on Russian election interference and the Trump campaign, Ivanka Trump said she was not worried about what it would contain.“I knew that there was no collusion. I knew that there was no obstruction and this was affirmed in the Mueller report and Attorney General Barr’s subsequent summary,” she said.She also said she stood by a previous statement that the president had no involvement in granting security clearances to her or her husband, Jared Kushner, saying, “I have no evidence to the contrary.”But she said she had not spoken to the president about the issue since reports surfaced that he had ordered officials to grant Kushner a clearance over the objections of national security officials.On whether she would support turning over documents to Democrats investigating the issue, Ivanka Trump said she would leave that decision to the White House counsel.Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press read more

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Mexico says it sees good chance of avoiding 5 US tariff

WASHINGTON — Mexico says it thinks there’s likely to be an agreement Wednesday with the United States that will avoid a 5% tariff on Mexican goods announced last week by President Donald Trump.Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters Tuesday that despite his optimism, his team also will be ready for a non-agreement scenario.Ebrard arrived in Washington last weekend to meet Wednesday with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY’-oh). Mexico calls the potential tariff hurtful to both economies and useless to slow down the flow of Central Americans migrating north.The diplomatic counteroffensive launched by Mexico this week includes a Tuesday meeting of trade negotiator Jesus Seade with U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer.Trump says he’ll impose the tariff beginning June 10 to force Mexico to keep mostly Central American migrants from crossing into the U.S.The Associated Press read more

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Bank of Canada bans image of Asian woman from 100 bill

Poll: Was the Bank of Canada right to change the $100 bill? OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada purged the image of an Asian-looking woman from its new $100 banknotes after focus groups raised questions about her ethnicity.The original image intended for the reverse of the plastic polymer banknotes, which began circulating last November, showed an Asian-looking woman scientist peering into a microscope.The image, alongside a bottle of insulin, was meant to celebrate Canada’s medical innovations.But eight focus groups consulted about the proposed images for the new $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 banknote series were especially critical of the choice of an Asian for the largest denomination.Some believe that it presents a stereotype of Asians excelling in technology“Some have concerns that the researcher appears to be Asian,” says a 2009 report commissioned by the bank from The Strategic Counsel, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.“Some believe that it presents a stereotype of Asians excelling in technology and/or the sciences. Others feel that an Asian should not be the only ethnicity represented on the banknotes. Other ethnicities should also be shown.”A few even said the yellow-brown colour of the $100 banknote reinforced the perception the woman was Asian, and “racialized” the note.The bank immediately ordered the image redrawn, imposing what a spokesman called a “neutral ethnicity” for the woman scientist who, now stripped of her “Asian” features, appears on the circulating note. Her light features appear to be Caucasian.“The original image was not designed or intended to be a person of a particular ethnic origin,” bank spokesman Jeremy Harrison said in an interview, citing policy that eschews depictions of ethnic groups on banknotes.“But obviously when we got into focus groups, there was some thought the image appeared to represent a particular ethnic group, so modifications were made.”Harrison declined to provide a copy of the original image, produced by a design team led by Jorge Peral of the Canadian Bank Note Co., which was a test design only and never made it into circulation.[np-related]Nor would he indicate what specific changes were made to the woman researcher’s image to give her a so-called “neutral ethnicity.” He said the images were “composites” rather than depicting any specific individual.A spokesperson for the Chinese Canadian National Council slammed the bank on Friday for bending to racism.“The Bank of Canada apparently took seriously … racist comments and feedback from the focus groups and withdrew the image,” said May Lui, interim executive director of the group’s Toronto chapter.“That was upsetting simply because of the history and longevity of Chinese-Canadians in this country.”Lui demanded the bank “acknowledge their error in caving to the racist feedback.”Victor Wong, the group’s national executive director, called on the bank to amend its policy of not depicting visible minorities.“You’re erasing all of us,” he said from Toronto. “Your default then is an image with Caucasian features.”The Strategic Counsel conducted the October 2009 focus groups in Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Fredericton, at a cost of $53,000.The Toronto groups were positive about the image of an Asian woman because “it is seen to represent diversity or multiculturalism.”In Quebec, however, “the inclusion of an Asian without representing any other ethnicities was seen to be contentious.”One person in Fredericton commented: “The person on it appears to be of Asian descent which doesn’t rep(resent) Canada. It is fairly ugly.”Mu-Qing Huang, a Chinese-Canadian who has peered into microscopes for biology courses at the University of Toronto, called the bank’s decision a “huge step back.”The person on it appears to be of Asian descent which doesn’t rep(resent) Canada. It is fairly ugly“The fact that an Asian woman’s features were introduced to the bill … I think itself is a huge step forward in achieving true multiculturalism in Canada,” Huang, 24, said in an interview in Ottawa.“But the fact that the proposal was rejected represents a huge step back.”She said the “overly sensitive” decision to remove the Asian features suggests prejudice against visible minorities persists in Canada.“If Canada is truly multicultural and thinks that all cultural groups are equal, then any visible minority should be good enough to represent a country, including (someone with) Asian features.”Huang, now pursuing an MA at the University of Toronto, came to Canada from China with her family at age 12, living in Toronto and Ottawa.The 2006 census found that Canada’s population included more than five million people from visible minority groups, of which 1.2 million were Chinese and another 240,000 with ancestry from southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Laos.The Bank of Canada introduced the new series of banknotes largely to thwart counterfeiters, though they are also expected to last much longer than the old versions. New $50 notes went into circulation in March, with $20 notes still to come in November.The $50 and $20 banknotes feature a research icebreaker and the Canadian National Vimy Memorial respectively, with no images of ordinary Canadians. Some members of the focus groups said the Vimy memorial looked disturbingly like New York’s twin towers, brought down by terrorists in 2001.The Canadian Press read more

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Loblaw Companies Ltd reports Q3 profit up from year ago revenue grows

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 16, 2016 5:11 am MDT Last Updated Nov 16, 2016 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loblaw Companies Ltd. reports Q3 profit up from year ago, revenue grows TORONTO – Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) reported an increase in its third-quarter profit compared with a year ago, helped by improved sales and lower restructuring charges.The corporate parent of the Loblaws grocery chain and Shoppers Drug Mart says it earned $419 million attributable to common shareholders or $1.03 per diluted share in the quarter.That’s compared with a profit of $166 million or 40 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Excluding restructuring and other one-time charges, Loblaw says it earned $512 million or $1.26 per share for the quarter, up from $408 million or 98 cents per share last year.For the 16 weeks ended Oct. 8, the company reported $14.14 billion in revenue compared with nearly $13.95 billion in the same quarter in 2015.Same-store sales at its grocery stores improved 1.4 per cent, excluding gas bar sales.Shoppers Drug Mart same-store sales gained 2.8 per cent as same-store pharmacy sales increased 1.6 per cent and same-store front store sales grew 3.9 per cent. A Loblaws store is seen Monday, March 9, 2015 in Montreal. The corporate parent of the Loblaws grocery chain and Shoppers Drug Mart says it earned $419 million attributable to common shareholders or $1.03 per diluted share in the quarter. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz read more

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