U.P. Assembly passes UPCOC Bill, Oppn. dubs it ‘black law’

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Thursday passed the stringent Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crimes (UPCOC) Bill, 2017, aimed at curbing organised crime and terror, by voice vote after the Opposition members staged a walkout alleging that it was a “draconian” legislation.A united Opposition expressed apprehension that the UPCOC Bill could be misused against political adversaries and the press and demanded that it be sent to the select committee of the House for scrutiny. The Bill was tabled by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to enact a law on the lines of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). It entails stern punishment for those trying to dislodge the government forcibly or violently. The Opposition members were of the view that there was no need for such a legislation as there were sufficient provisions in the IPC and the CrPC. They called it a “black law”. The Bill is likely to be taken up on Friday in the Legislative Council where the ruling BJP does not enjoy majority. Initiating the debate, the Chief Minister assured the members against any possible misuse of the proposed law.‘Security without bias’ “Ever since the day the draft of the Bill was approved by the Cabinet, I have noticed that the Opposition parties are against it. I can give the guarantee that the BJP has never misused any law and will never do so. We have come to bring development and give security without any bias,” he said. The Chief Minister compared the Bill with similar laws in Maharashtra and Karnataka and said it will create terror in the minds of those who have made “crime a trade”. Seeking the Opposition’s backing for the Bill, he cited its salient features and said it was “unfortunate that they wanted to support those who were indulging in organised crime by opposing the proposed law”. The Chief Minister said that another Bill is on the anvil through which about 20,000 political cases will come to an end.Earlier attempt Tarring the Bill as a “black law” and an “undeclared emergency”, Leader of the Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary referred to an earlier attempt by the then Mayawati government in 2007 which had got a similar Bill passed but it failed to get presidential assent.Mr. Chaudhary even read the previous speeches of BJP leaders Hukum Singh, now an MP, and MLA Suresh Khanna, who is the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, and stressed that both had opposed the measure expressing fear that it will be used against the Opposition parties.“All rights have been given to the administration and to the police in the Bill. The government which had promised to establish Ram Rajya is making provision for capital punishment,” he said and stressed that the basic ethos of the Constitution are that no innocent should be punished. “I request you against creating a “Bhasmasur” (self-destructive demon)… having the feeling of autocracy in a democracy is not good,” Mr. Chaudhary said. Lalji Verma and Sukhdev Rajbhar of BSP, SP leader Azam Khan and Ajay Kumar Lallu (Congress) alleged that the Bill has been brought to crush the voice of politicians, farmers, social workers and journalists and is against the constitutional right of freedom of expression.last_img read more

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James delivers in clutch as Cavs shoot down Nuggets

first_imgCavaliers: Green was back on the floor after missing two games with lower back soreness. He finished with 10 points. … F Rodney Hood added 15 points.Nuggets: Denver native and longtime NBA standout Chauncey Billups was part of the ESPN broadcast team. … G Gary Harris had 18 points. … Denver had 10 3-pointers. The team hit 19 against the Cavs over the weekend.FULL-COURT PRESS FOR FOOTBALLPittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is trying to court James to the football field. On his Twitter account, Smith-Schuster posted a picture of James in a No. 23 uniform for the Steelers.“I’m fine with my sport. Pretty funny, though,” James said. “I like tank tops and shorts. I’ve tried the shoulder pads and it was fun while it lasted. But I’m a tank top and shorts guy.”POSITIVE FEEDBACKLove was astonished by all the positive feedback he received after opening up about his struggles with mental health issues. Love addressed the subject in a story for The Players’ Tribune. He’s already received more than 4,000 messages.“So many people reaching out,” said Love, who’s sidelined by a broken hand.UP NEXTCavaliers: Game No. 2 on their trip is Friday in Los Angeles against the Clippers.Nuggets: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving It was that kind of night for James. He made a deep 3-pointer with 1:11 remaining, thumping himself in the chest in exuberance as he skipped down the court.James wound up two rebounds shy of a triple-double as the Cavs began a six-game trip in fine fashion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNikola Jokic had 36 points and 13 rebounds for the Nuggets, who lost for the second straight night. They dropped a costly game at Dallas on Tuesday as they try to cling to a playoff spot.Larry Nance Jr. once again was in the starting lineup with big men Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson sidelined by with injuries. Nance scored 13 points and grabbed 13 boards. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts after a basket against the Denver Nuggets during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Denver. The Cavaliers won 113-108. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — LeBron James scored 39 points, including nine down the stretch, and dished out 10 assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Denver Nuggets 113-108 on Wednesday night after squandering a 16-point lead.James made one off-balanced shot after another in the waning minutes to turn back the Nuggets, who didn’t take their first lead of the game until 8:35 remaining on a driving layup by Mason Plumlee. Jeff Green gave Cleveland the lead for good with a 3-pointer on a play set up by James after he tapped a loose ball out to him.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Raptors clinch playoff spot with OT win View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City The Nuggets committed 21 turnovers.James was fueled in part by a 126-117 home loss to Denver last Saturday. He said in the morning shootaround: “You always want to try to give some giveback. That’s the competitive nature.”The Paul Millsap and Jokic combination remains a work in progress, but they’re starting to get on the same page. Millsap missed 44 games following surgery on his left wrist.Coach Michael Malone’s stressed to Jokic he needed be more assertive. He was, too, connecting on 12 of 14 shots.“He’s our best player and we need him to step up in these last 18 games,” Malone said.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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Sultan: Anushka-Salman influence each other into marrying this year?

first_imgAccording to sources close to the production of Salman Khan’s latest blockbuster Sultan, both Khan and Anushka Sharma are planning to tie the knot with their respective lovers by the end of 2016.In a report by skjbollywoodnews.com, a source claimed that the Sultan co-stars are “definitely” planning to get hitched this year.ALSO READ: Here’s what Iulia Vantur has to say about Salman Khan’s performance in SultanALSO READ: Sultan set to enter the Rs. 100 crore club ALSO READ: Lovebirds Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli attend Sultan screening “There was love in air during the shooting of Sultan. While the film was being made Salman Khan became seriously involved with Romanian model Lulia Vantur.Before that they were close friends.  Anushka who had briefly rifted from cricketer Virat Kohli mended her relationship during the shooting of Sultan , on Salman’s advice.”pparently, Salman and Anushka spent a lot of time discussing with and consulting each other about their respective relationships.Salman Khan has been rumoured to be dating Romanian beauty Iulia Vantur for a long time while PK actor Anushka Sharma and star cricketer Virat Kohli have finally got back together after a rough patch.Now, if sources are to be believed, the Sultan co-stars will get married to their respective life partners very soon.While it cannot be said for sure that to what extent Salman and Anushka influenced each other to walk down the aisle, but reportedly, the two “felt a closeness to one another while sharing their feelings.”advertisementuring the shoot of Sultan, Iulia would visit the sets pretty often to spend time with the 50-year-old superstar. Anushka and Virat, on the other hand, have been spotted together at various events and locations recently.Sultan, which released on July 6, grossed Rs. 36.64 crore on opening day, making it the film with the highest opening day gross of this year so far. The wrestling-based sports drama is all set to enter the Rs. 100 crore club.Interestingly, Salman and Anushka were not the only one to have their hearts beating on the sets of Sultan. Apparently, Sultan director Abbas Ali Zafar also fell in love while shooting the film. He is supposedly dating designer and stylist Leepakshi Ellwadi.”Its been an amazingly romantic atmosphere on the sets of Sultan. Both the leads and the director blissfully in love, looking ahead at a life-changing situation as they shot a film that seems a labour of love in every sense,” the source told the website before signing off.Sultan, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Yash Raj Films, is presently running in movie theatres worldwide.last_img read more

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India miss certain medal at Rio Paralympics after coach misses roll call for Javelin thrower

first_imgIn what was surely a lost opportunity for India to win another medal in the Javelin F46 class at the Rio Paralympics, Sundar Gurjar failed to compete in the final after he missed the roll call.Sundar was considered a bright medal prospect for India in the event in which Devendra Jhajharia clinched Gold with a world record throw.Gurjar was at the venue of the competition with his personal coach Mahavir when the announcement was made for the participating athletes in the F46 class.While Jhajharia and Rinku, the other participants from India, were on one side of the stadium with their respective coaches, Gurjar was at the other end of the stadium. (Also read: Rio Paralympics: Devendra Jhajharia breaks own world record, wins Gold in javelin throw)Jhajharia and Rinku’s coaches were there with them and alerted them when the roll calls were made.But Gurjar, who had been training in Rio for a month before the Paralympics began, and his coach missed the roll calls.In such competitions, the athletes, who are disabled, rely a lot on their coaches but Mahavir completely missed the roll calls which were made not once, not twice but thrice. (Also read: Nothing is impossible, says Devendra Jhajharia after breaking 12-year-old record)People aware of the development, have blamed the coach as he was to keep a tab on the time and schedule of the competition of his athlete. “Sundar was a sure shot medal hope and India have missed out on a possible fifth medal. What was the coach and the other officials from ministry and Paralympic Committee of India doing there,” asked a miffed athlete who did not wish to be named.advertisementMeanwhile, Sports Minister Vijay Goel has asked for a report on the matter and promised strict action if anyone is found guilty.last_img read more

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Bengals rich legacy served with royalty at ITC Royal Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Celebrating the traditions of Bengal’s royalty, ITC Royal Bengal is a visual treat to the guests looking to soak themselves into premium luxury facilities. The latest addition to the ITC’s premium luxury segment combines the unique fervour of the state through its contemporary architecture and culinary offerings. Apart from the 374 rooms and suites, the hotel offers 82 serviced apartments with a common open space for the guests looking for long Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujaduration stay options. Packed with state-of-the-art gym and elegantly designed furniture, the Grand Presidential Suite and the Presidential Suite are spread across an expanse of 6620 sq.ft. and 3500 sq.ft. respectively. With luxury wafting through its spaces, ITC Royal Bengal presents an exquisite confluence of contemporary architecture and warmth of old hospitality. The hotel offers an exquisite rejuvenating wellness experience spread across 24,000 sq ft, including, Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Special care has been taken to add the imprints of local drawings on the carpets, reinforcing the Responsible Luxury element that promotes regional heritage and tradition via all aspects of the hotel, be it decor, interiors, hotel facade design or food. The hotel enables a sense of destination through a showcase of local cuisine, arts and culture. A stand-out in-room tech feature is the amalgamation of all services through the E-Butler iPad. The sprawling property boasts of a culinary fare tempered with the touch of local delicacies. The three buffet restaurant Grand Market Pavilion presents a unique fare of dishes from the seven sister states of the North-East. Diners can choose from the spicy dishes of Nagaland, Nepalese-inspired dishes from Sikkim, and a blend of tribal and Bengali cuisine from Tripura. Experimental in its culinary delights, the restaurant, which is reminiscent of Kolkata’s historical market, also features popular local dishes as well as the international ones. The critically acclaimed ‘honestly vegetarian’ Royal Vega with its careful selection of seasonal delicacies and spices from across the country, presents a vegetarian treat to the non-meat eaters. This signature restaurant also features ‘Sherherwali’ the royal vegetarian cuisine of Murshidabad town of West Bengal. The hotel also houses a lobby level jazz bar, The Brass Room which brings the city’s fondness for live music to life, Darjeeling Lounge, which is based on the city’s adda culture, offering the finest teas from the region as well as from the world and Ottimo – Cucina Italiana, ITC’s signature pan-Italian brand. Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Ltd said, “The addition of ITC Royal Bengal to our luxury hotel portfolio further strengthens our presence in Eastern India. Bengal is ‘Royal’ in a unique way – it has celebrated the royalty of the intellect through the centuries, where literature, poetry, painting, sculpture, theatre, cinema, science, have not only blossomed, but are inherent to the fabric of Bengal. In keeping with ITC Hotels’ philosophy of Responsible Luxury and creating indigenous experiences, ITC Royal Bengal is rooted to the ethos of the land and pays a tribute to these finest experiences that while being indigenous to the State are celebrated globally.” With a height of 133 meters, the 27 stories ITC Royal Bengal has been built with an investment of approximately Rs 1,400 crore. The 14th addition to the ITC’s luxury segment seeks to redefine the city’s hospitality and tourism landscape. Located adjacent to ITC Sonar, both the properties will together offer 693 rooms, suites and serviced apartments, 15 signature dining destinations, 22 meeting venues and a sprawling 1,00,000 sq ft of MICE -banqueting space for large scale exhibitions, meetings and events in Kolkata. ITC Royal Bengal is truly emerging as the gateway of East India.last_img read more

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Scheer Singh campaign in their parties regions of relative strength

first_imgOTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh are campaigning today in their parties’ historic strongholds.Scheer promoted the Conservatives’ pledge to build a national energy corridor during a morning stop in Edmonton, where he also took the stage with an old friend: Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.Scheer, who will visit Saskatoon later in the day, urged cheering supporters to help his party win a handful of ridings in Alberta that the party lost in the 2015 election.Singh made an announcement aboard a ferry en route to Vancouver from the NDP’s critical battleground of Vancouver Island, where he’s been campaigning for the last couple of days.He says an NDP government would provide an additional $30 million of federal funding towards British Columbia’s ferry system to help provide more services and to lower costs for commuters.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s tour has no scheduled public events today, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is campaigning on Vancouver Island and People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier will attend a fundraiser in his Quebec riding of Beauce.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 28, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Mints new glowinthedark coin features Canadas most famous flying saucer

first_imgHALIFAX — The Royal Canadian Mint has issued a glow-in-the-dark coin that captures the eerie scene more than 50 years ago when what has been officially documented as a UFO crashed into the waters off Shag Harbour in southwestern Nova Scotia.The pure silver, rectangular-shaped coins went on sale Tuesday for $129.95 each. By midday, more than 80 per cent had been sold.The colourful image on the coin shows three fishermen aboard a boat, staring and gesturing as four orange lights gleam over a choppy sea.Shine the included black-light flashlight on the coin and the ghostly image of a huge flying saucer appears to be crashing into the ocean.Mint spokesman Alex Reeves says 4,000 of the coins will be produced, with some of them sent to private shops for retail sales.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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The Latest Tesla gears up for fully selfdriving cars

SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on Tesla’s plans for fully-autonomous vehicles (all times local):6 a.m.Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears ready to transform the company’s electric cars into driverless vehicles in a risky bid to realize a bold vision he has been floating for years.The technology required to make that leap is scheduled to be shown to Tesla investors Monday at the company’s Palo Alto, California, headquarters.Musk is so certain that Tesla will win the race toward full autonomy that he indicated in an interview that his company’s cars should be able to navigate congested highways and city streets without a human behind the wheel by no later than next year.But experts say they’re skeptical whether Tesla’s technology has advanced to where its cars can be driven solely by a robot, without a human to take control if something goes awry.The Associated Press read more

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UN calls for strengthening of environmental laws in armed conflict

6 November 2009Environmental protection laws in times of conflict should be clarified, strengthened and enforced o better protect States’ natural assets during times of war, according to a report released today by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Environmental protection laws in times of conflict should be clarified, strengthened and enforced o better protect States’ natural assets during times of war, according to a report released today by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The report, drawing on the expertise of 20 legal specialists, underlines the need to modernize international law regulating warfare, and include a new legal instrument that will “demilitarize” and protect ecosystems such as groundwater aquifers, agricultural and grazing lands, parks, national forests and habitats of endangered species. International law regulating warfare was developed in an era of State-against-State conflicts, but today the overwhelming majority of conflicts are internal, meaning that many environmental provisions are not applicable. “I call on Member States to clarify and expand law on environmental protection in times of war,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message released today. “Existing legal instruments should be adapted to reflect the predominantly internal nature of today’s armed conflicts.” While the Geneva Convention addresses environmental protection, experts deem its wording too “stringent and imprecise,” and recommend that the threshold for environmental damage be defined as severe environmental impacts over several hundred square kilometers and damage that persists for a period of several months or over a season. At the outset of any conflict, critical natural resources and areas of ecological importance would be delineated and designated as “demilitarized zones,” according to the report, entitled Protecting the Environment during Armed Conflict: An Inventory and Analysis of International Law. “Destroying and damaging the natural assets and ecological infrastructure of a country or community should be an issue of highest humanitarian concern,” said Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director. “The loss of freshwaters and grazing lands to croplands and forests not only leads to direct suffering, but also undermines the survival, the livelihoods and the opportunities for people to recover during and after a conflict,” he added. The report calls on the General Assembly to request the International Law Commission to carry out a review of the existing laws relating to the environment and conflict, and to create a UN body to monitor violations and process compensation for environmental damage. read more

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Health engineering degrees have best return says Workopolis study

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 6, 2014 2:05 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – If you want to improve your odds of getting a high-paying job after finishing your education, forget that English degree.A new report by Workopolis suggests that nursing and pharmacy students are most likely to land employment in their field after graduation.The study, which analyzed more than seven million resumes on the job search website, found that 97 per cent of those who studied nursing, whether it was at the bachelor, masters or PhD level, are working in jobs related to their education.Other degrees that showed the highest return included pharmacy (94 per cent); computer science (91 per cent); engineering (90 per cent) and human resources (88 per cent).Although health care jobs may be the most plentiful, the study also looked at data from Statistics Canada and found that engineering jobs were the highest-paying.Engineering graduates, on average, earned $76,000 as a starting salary, followed by healthcare graduates with $69,600; computer science graduates with $68,000 and law and math graduates with $67,600.Tara Talbot, vice-president of human resources at Workopolis, says students need to follow their passions but should also be aware that their choice of study could affect how easy or difficult it will be to get a job.“It’s an awareness,” Talbot says. “You want people to follow their passion, dig into something that energizes them. But I think they need to have a good sense of where that could lead.”She says that it’s no wonder the jobs in highest demand are skilled positions in the health industry, given the age of the baby boom generation.“With engineering, math and the financial field, those degrees tend to have a much more direct link to a career path.”But Talbot adds that it’s also important to keep in mind that along with hard skills — like a specific degree or ability to operate certain programs and equipment — employers also value graduates with “soft skills” such as communication, teamwork and problem solving abilities.“What I believe is that employers may not look just for someone with a degree in engineering,” said Talbot. “They look for people who have critical thinking skills, communicate well, and can problem solve. Often you get those through an education system… but also through experience.”Meanwhile, the study also suggests that Canadians are more educated now than they were in 2000, even though the majority say their degrees are not relevant to their current jobs.Workopolis found that 16 per cent more people list a bachelor’s degree as their top level of education on their resumes in 2014, compared with resumes in 2000. Forty-three per cent more Canadians have master’s degrees listed on their resumes versus those in 2000, while 25 per cent have listed a PhD than 14 years ago.Despite spending longer in school, 73 per cent of those who recently answered a poll on the job site say their degrees are not related to their jobs. While more than half (56 per cent) believe they’re overeducated for their position.More than 3,600 people participated in the poll, which was up on the job site from May 15 to June 2.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.”_ Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. Health, engineering degrees have best return, says Workopolis study read more

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Global stock markets mostly rise on manufacturing data

by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Apr 2, 2017 9:21 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 3, 2017 at 6:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – Global markets were mostly higher Monday, cheered by positive reports on manufacturing, as players awaited talks between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart later in the week.KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX gained 0.2 per cent to 12,342, while France’s CAC 40 slipped 0.2 per cent to 5,112. Britain’s FTSE 100 edged up 0.1 per cent to 7,326. U.S. shares were on track for a subdued open, with Dow and S&P 500 futures flat.FACTORIES: Japanese manufacturers are feeling slightly more upbeat than they were late last year, according to a quarterly survey by the Bank of Japan. The survey’s findings fell slightly below economists’ forecasts, but were seen as a sign exports are underpinning growth in the world’s No. 3 economy. Separate reports showed strong manufacturing activity in Germany, France and Italy in March.U.S.-CHINA: Markets are closely watching for the outcome of a summit between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in south Florida later this week. The two are expected to discuss various contentious issues including North Korea, trade and territorial disputes in the South China Sea during their talks on Thursday and Friday.ANALYST’S TAKE: “The start of the week marks the first trading day of the month and quarter, also kick-starting an action-packed week with various items to keep watch on. U.S. non-farm payrolls, the meeting between the leaders of the U.S. and China, and the U.S. central bank March meeting minutes are some of the few items lined up ahead,” said Jingyi Pan, market strategist at IG.ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added 0.4 per cent to finish at 18,983.23, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 inched up 0.1 per cent to 5,872.70. India’s Sensex jumped 0.9 per cent to 29,882.27 and South Korea’s Kospi rose 0.3 per cent to 2,167.51. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gained 0.5 per cent to 24,236.10. Shanghai’s bourse was closed for a holiday.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude rose 2 cents to $50.62 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It added 25 cents on Friday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, slipped 4 cents to $53.49 a barrel.CURRENCIES: In currency trading, the euro weakened to $1.0653 from $1.0737 and the dollar rose to 111.44 yen from 111.30 yen late Friday.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/yuri-kageyama People stand in front of an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, April 3, 2017. Asian markets were mostly higher Monday, cheered by a positive report on the Japanese economy, as players awaited a meeting between U.S. and Chinese leaders later in the week. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) Global stock markets mostly rise on manufacturing data read more

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Oenologist arrives to address grape and wine research priorities

Belinda Kemp is CCOVI’s new senior scientist. Belinda Kemp has been named the new senior scientist in oenology at Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI). After an international search, CCOVI recruited Kemp from Plumpton College in the United Kingdom to apply her extensive research and outreach experience to the Canadian grape and wine industry.“We are very pleased to welcome Belinda to our team,” said CCOVI director Debbie Inglis. “Her knowledge and previous experience will help CCOVI continue to deliver on industry-driven research priorities and transfer that knowledge back to Canadian grape growers and winemakers.”Kemp holds a PhD in viticulture and oenology from Lincoln University, in Lincoln, New Zealand. Her recent research has focused on the effects of leaf removal on Pinot Noir flavour and aroma, vine spacing on Regner wine, Pinot Noir tannin composition and the effect on flavour, as well as research on sparkling wine.Kemp says she is excited about the opportunity to start work at CCOVI.“The ability to carry out research that is important and useful to growers and producers is extremely important to me,” Kemp said. “The high quality reputation that CCOVI has in the viticulture and oenology world for teaching and research was also a big part of my decision to come work in Canada.”Kemp also noted that the Canadian wine industry is going through exciting times, attracting international attention for a wide range of wine styles. Other wine regions, including the United Kingdom, focus on a limited number of wine styles.First on her agenda will be meeting with industry stakeholders to identify research priorities.Kemp will work in tandem with Jim Willwerth, CCOVI’s senior scientist in viticulture, providing research and outreach services locally and nationally. read more

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Sir Bruce Forsyths family say their hearts are truly broken as they

first_imgSir Bruce Forsyth’s family have said their hearts are “truly broken” as they thanked fans for their messages following the entertainer’s death.The veteran star’s wife Wilnelia and children sent a message to The One Show, which paid tribute to Sir Bruce with a special episode on Monday night.Presented Matt Baker said the family wanted to thank “the many, many people who have sent messages of condolence” after the star died at the age of 89. In a statement, his manager Ian Wilson said the star had passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife and children.”A couple of weeks ago, a friend visited him and asked him what he had been doing these last eighteen months,” he said.”With a twinkle in his eye, he responded “I’ve been very, very busy… being ill!” Unfortunately, not long after this, his health deteriorated and he contracted bronchial pneumonia.” Speaking after his death, BBC Director-General Lord Tony Hall said: “Sir Bruce was one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known. He has delighted millions of people and defined Saturday night television for decades, with shows like the Generation Game and, most recently, Strictly. His warmth and his wit were legendary. Their message said: “Our hearts are truly broken and the tributes paid to him in the last few days have helped us tremendously through this very difficult time.”It’s been humbling and comforting to us to realise just how much Bruce was loved and how many lives he touched.”Sir Bruce death was announced on Thursday, prompting an outpouring of tributes from stars across the world.   Sir Bruce Forsyth and his wife Wilnelia Merced watch tennis at Wimbledon in 2015Credit:Clive Brunskill/Getty Imagescenter_img  Sir Bruce Forsyth and his wife Wilnelia Merced watch tennis at Wimbledon in 2015 “I’ve never seen anyone quite like him when it comes to performing in front of a crowd. He had a remarkable chemistry with his audience – that’s what made him such an amazing professional and why he was so loved.”He has been part of all of our lives, and we’ll miss him dearly.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Hoarding to be classified as mental disorder for first time by World

Psychiatrists said the “extremely ­significant” decision would help ­doctors and the NHS identify people struggling with hoarding and improve treatment for a condition campaigners say affects up to 5 per cent of the ­population. One campaigner gave the example of a person who might have a cup of tea but would be unable to throw away… According to the WHO, hoarding disorder is characterised by an “accumulation of possessions due to excessive acquisition of or difficulty discarding possessions, regardless of their actual value”. Hoarding has been classified as a medical disorder for the first time by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a move that experts say could benefit thousands of people. read more

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Fedup residents create drugdealer only signs to highlight spiralling crime levels in

Residents frustrated by “brazen” drug dealing outside their homes have created a series of road signs highlighting crime in an attempt to shame police into action.Guerrilla street artists have painted a parking bay marked ‘drug dealers only’ and installed six signs on lampposts after being commissioned by neighbours in Tower Hamlets, east London.The anonymous group of artists, who call themselves the Columbia Road Cartel, were asked by the Weavers Community Action Group to help underline levels of drug crime around Columbia Road, near Shoreditch, east London.The fake street signs, which were put up on Sunday, include ‘Crack pick up point’, ‘give way to oncoming drug deals’, ‘needle free zone’ and parking bays labelled ‘drug dealers only.’The artwork was was produced in response to an apparent lack of action taken by police over drug dealing, which is said to take place at all hours of the day. Drug related signs were put up by a group of artists A Tower Hamlets spokesperson said: “Like the rest of London, Tower Hamlets suffers from some blatant drug dealing at times. Local resident Penny Creed, who shared the images, tweeted: “Local street artists trying to embarrass the @metpoliceuk and @TowerHamletsNow into doing something about the brazen drug dealing in my neighbourhood #columbiaroad #asb”.Resident Jonathan Moberly said: “One corner of our street is used as a drug collection point 24 hours a day. Drug related signs were put up by a group of artistsCredit:Triangle News/Weavers Community Action Group “We understand the frustration of these residents, which is why the council has invested £3 million in additional police officers to make up some of the shortfall in government cuts to the police.”We are also working with the police on Operation Continuum, which targets drug dealers and offers support to those affected by it. So far, 160 people have been arrested as the operation works its way around the borough.”Metropolitan Police Crime Data indicates that the number of arrests in Tower Hamlets has dropped since July 2013, with 3,011 arrests between July 2013-2014, compared to 1,842 arrests between July 2017-2018.A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We have been made aware of a Guerilla art campaign which has appeared in and around Columbia Road, Tower Hamlets, against drug-dealing in the area.”Officers in Tower Hamlets are working hard to tackle drugs offences to make the streets hostile territory for criminals.”Local officers are fully engaged with partners and have a rolling programme of enforcement activities that target those identified as selling drugs.”The Tower Hamlets partnership task force routinely perform anti-drug use/supply patrols and respond to intelligence received.”Local officers respond and will patrol areas identified through intelligence that suggests illegal drug use or supply activity and will also regularly undertake the execution of search warrants using drug related legislation that seeks to place offenders before the courts.” An anonymous group of artists working in an east London neighbourhood installed the space to draw attention to the topicCredit:Weavers Community Action Group/Triangle News “Heroin and crack addicts gather in small groups waiting for deliveries which arrive by speeding car.”It is barely possible to avoid walking around or through these gatherings when leaving or returning home.”Six months ago my stepson Jake was victim of a hit-and-run by one of the dealers.”His ankle was badly smashed and he is still unable to return to work. The authorities seem to be powerless or uninterested to act.” One corner of our street is used as a drug collection point 24 hours a dayResident Jonathan Moberly Another resident, who did not give their name, said: “I have to change the way I walk home from work as there are so many picking up drugs at 7.30pm. Where I work they sleep outside every night in Florida Street, we have to have the needles picked up each day.”The Weavers Community Action Group, based in Weavers ward in Tower Hamlets, claims to have around 70 members in the area.According to the Evening Standard, the group was formed in April this year in response to “open trading in hard and dangerous drugs” which it claims have become “a normal part of daily life” around Columbia Road. An anonymous group of artists working in an east London neighbourhood installed the space to draw attention to the topic Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Drop the jargon

first_imgTechnical terminology is okay if it provides shorthand for complex ideas. But in superannuation, jargon tends to push people away. That’s a pity, because super is built on basic concepts. So if you’re feeling a bit confused by it all, here are the five ideas you need to get your head around it: 1. Super is a tax arrangement: it is not an investment. You are putting money aside for your retirement (9 per cent of wages) and the government encourages you to do this with tax benefits on contributions and investment earnings. It is the most tax-effective way to save for retirement. 2. Super is income replacement: when you no longer work for income, you’ll need to replace this income using your assets (i.e. property and super). The income replacement rate is the percentage of your working life salary that you’ll need to earn in retirement. The sweet spot for singles is around 70 per cent of average salary to live comfortably. For couples it’s more like 55 per cent of combined salaries. 3. Establishing a goal: you’ll need assets to generate your replacement income. So, you need a goal. Assume that your investments return 5 per cent per annum. This means you must have enough assets so that when they earn 5 per cent per annum, they produce your replacement income. For example, if you earn $60,000 per year, you’ll need a lump sum of $840,000 to replace your working life income. Your goal should include owning your home by retirement. 4. The compound effect: often referred to as earning interest on interest. It works like this: if you put $1,000 into a fund that returns 10 per cent, after one year you earn $100 interest. If you reinvest the principal amount plus the interest ($1,100), then next year you have $1,210. You’ll double your money in seven years by reinvesting like this. Now, add to this a regular contribution, over forty years and with extra contributions and occasional lump sums, in a tax concessional fund, and the compound effect is turbocharged. Superannuation is – in effect – a 40-year compound effect. 5. Planning: Most super funds cater to people wanting low volatility and low returns (cash, bonds), through to high volatility and high returns (local and global shares). And all points in between. Generally, people close to retirement choose low volatility-return options while people in their twenties choose high volatility, because they have the time to weather downturns and make their gains. You should match your life stage and goals to your investment profile. Planning covers life insurance, home equity draw-downs, transition to retirement, annuities and special concessions for some Australians. These can be complex so you should take some advice from a professional. Complexity aside, most Australians can create a retirement plan with a pad, a pen and an internet connection (remember to only rely on information from organisations with an AFSL). The complexities will emerge – they always do. But you can start towards a comfortable retirement by taking control, setting a plan and empowering yourself to pursue your goals. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on mark.neos@ybr.com.au with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Police move 2300 migrants from FYROM border to Athens

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Police on Wednesday rounded up some 2,300 migrants from a makeshift camp near the border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and put them on buses to Athens, where they are to be put up in temporary reception facilities, including two former Olympic venues.The police operation, which Greek authorities heralded last week, was carried out relatively smoothly following weeks of tensions along the border.A group of 30 migrants who initially resisted efforts by police to remove them from the camp on Wednesday morning were briefly detained before being put on a bus to the capital.A total of 45 buses were used to transfer the migrants from a makeshift camp in Idomeni and the surrounding area to the capital, according to a police statement which said most the migrants are from Pakistan, Somalia, Morocco, Algeria and Bangladesh.The migrants are to be put up in former Olympic venues in Elliniko and Galatsi and in a temporary reception facility for immigrants that opened in Elaionas over the summer.Police officers on Wednesday were stopping buses heading toward Idomeni with more migrants from the Aegean islands and conducting checks.All migrants that are not from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria – the nationalities that FYROM border guards are allowing to pass – were being taken off the buses and sent to Athens, the official said.Complicating matters, FYROM police were said to have started building a second fence on the Balkan country’s frontier with Greece in a bid to keep out migrants trying to slip through.The crackdown on the Greek-FYROM border is expected to lead to a buildup of migrants in Greece and encourage traffickers to resort to new routes to Europe.The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) indicated on Wednesday that an alternative route traffickers are likely to favor could be via Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia.The relocation of the migrants from the FYROM border on Wednesday also freed up rail services between the two countries that had been suspended for three weeks, resulting in estimated losses of some 1.5 million euros for Trainose, the company that manages Greece’s railway system.The presence of protesting migrants at the border crossing has caused serious problems for Greek exporters and multinational firms that ship their goods to Piraeus and then use rail links to transport them to Central Europe.Trainose’s chairman Athanasios Ziliaskopoulos resigned on Tuesday, expressing serious concerns about contracts the firm had signed with multinationals.Train services resumed on Wednesday. One of the trains is due to arrive in Piraeus today to collect goods from Cosco destined for Central Europe.In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the Hellenic Coast Guard was called out after a rickety wooden boat sank off the small island of Farmakonisi.Officers recovered the bodies of 12 migrants, including six children, and was seeking another 12 people believed to be missing until nightfall. Another 23 people were rescued from the wreck.The incident came just a few hours after six children drowned off the Turkish coastal resort of Cesme.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Bahamas Government to Fully Integrate All Essential Services

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 30, 2017 – Nassau – The Government of The Bahamas is committed to utilizing technology as a catalyst for national development, including using technology to integrate all of the country’s essential services, Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mrs. Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe said Tuesday.Another end result will be the creation of a more robust and secure government portal that will allow for transacting business in a more interactive way, at both at the local and global level.   The strategy is part of an overarching plan to create a more technologically driven society within The Bahamas, placing technology at the heart of all public and private initiatives.Technology will also be used to facilitate the country’s participation in regional and global trade matters and to strengthen its cross-border collaboration on issues of mutual concern.“We believe that the effective governance and operation of our country depends on the extent to which we can use technology to integrate all essential services, create a more robust and secure government portal, and encourage Bahamians to embrace the new interactive method of doing business in the country,” Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe said.“We are well on our way to further strengthening institutions and building capacity through ICT.”Addressing the Opening Session of the URCA/Caribbean Telecommunications Union’s ‘ICT Week’ at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe said the creation of a more technologically driven society within The Bahamas is a major plank of the Minnis Administration.“We see it as a vital investment in expanding the economy and creating new, domestic, and foreign entrepreneurial opportunities; the possibility of domestic/foreign partnerships, and increased employment opportunities for Bahamians.”Parliamentary Secretary Parker-Edgecombe said the Government’s commitment to ICT is evident through the recent passage of the Commercial Enterprises legislation in the House of Assembly which, she said, embraces a broad range of investment opportunities that require secure, reliable ICT infrastructure to establish new, global business.“Our national ICT framework is a strength that we will continue to develop, improve and promote as a significant aspect of our ability to compete globally.”Mrs. Parker-Edgecombe said the B-Smart Bahamas initiative recently announced by Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis, will also play a critical role in the Administration’s drive to “build a modern Bahamas” using technology.“This initiative (B-Smart Bahamas) is expected to embrace technology as an integral part of the Bahamian society, allowing greater public online communication access through the establishment of strategic public WIFI hotspots throughout the country.“This initiative also aims to embrace technology to establish a National Alert messaging process, particularly during times of natural disasters. (The system was piloted during the recent hurricane season).“As we continue to build the modern Bahamas, technology will be at the heart of all public and private initiatives.   We are also ensuring that technology facilitates our participation in regional and global trade and strengthens our cross-border collaboration on issues of mutual concern.”By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption:  Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Information and Communications, Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe addresses ‘ICT Week’ at Atlantis, Paradise Island, November 28, 2017.(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Significant damage no injuries in mobile home fire

first_imgFire destroyed a mobile home Tuesday in the Vista Del Rio senior manufactured home park in Vancouver’s Fisher’s Landing area.The fire was reported around 1:35 p.m. at 17401 S.E. 39th St., Space 202. Firefighters arrived on scene around 1:43 p.m.When firefighters arrived, every window in the home was black, indicating there was a great deal of heat and smoke in the home, said Vancouver Fire Capt. Kevin Murray. Firefighters adopted a defensive strategy because of the proximity of other mobile homes, he added.No one was found inside the residence. The building and contents were destroyed, with damage estimated at $100,000, Murray said The cause remained undetermined Tuesday night after fire marshals interviewed a man who lived there.The smoke and firefighter activity drew many neighborhood residents outside to see what was going on.Katie White lives around the block from the burnt home. She said she saw white smoke in the area when looking out her window. When it didn’t go away she knew there was a problem, she said.“There’s never been a fire here,” said neighbor Janie Hendrickson.Units from Vancouver, Camas and Washougal responded to the blaze.County property records indicate the home is owned by Nadine Hull.last_img read more

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