India, Bangladesh ocean scientists to work together

first_imgOcean research scientists of the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) would get an opportunity to work together with Bangladesh Oceanographic Research Institute (BORI) in areas where work has not been started in that country’s Exclusive Economic Zone(EEZ), said Director of NIO Sunil Kumar Singh here on Monday.He was addressing presspersons in the presence of a visiting delegation from Bangladesh led by Ashok Kumar Biswas, Director General, (BORI). The delegation was on a two-day visit to CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula.Mr. Singh said that the visit was in connection with the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), in Dhaka, towards a mutual co-operation between both the countries.The delegation visited CSIR-NIO to chalk out programme and plan towards training the manpower from Bangladesh for oceanographic research. “BORI is a new institute established three months back. They are going to start their research activity very soon. India has committed to help CHOGAM countries, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) countries and all Indian ocean countries,” said Mr. Singh.“We are going to help the new institute in all the aspects. Scientists from BORI will be visiting NIO on short and long-term duration to have training in oceanographic research and to have understanding of the subject. Similarly, NIO scientists will be visiting BORI to impart training in various fields of oceanography. It will not be limited to training, but we will be doing joint oceanographic research,” he said.“Bangladesh has got support since 1971 from Indian Government and have been getting full support from India since then. We feel that without India we will not be developed,’’ said Mr. Biswas.The delegation will also visit National Institute of Ocean Technology in Chennai.last_img read more

IFFI 2018: ‘Institutionalise Q&A session with the audience after every movie screening’

first_imgQuoting Alfred Hitchcock, Mr. Veit Helmer, Director of the German film ‘The Bra’ said on Saturday that cinema should be about visual storytelling and that dialogue spoils the visual elements in that narration. The directors of the films in the World Panorama section of 49th IFFI-2018 — The Bra, A Sacred Gaucho, Phoenix, Autsajder and Nervous Translation were talking to the media at the media centre on Saturday. “There is no need to think how one can talk to a universal audience. If you talk about something very personal, then everybody in the world will understand”, Mr. Helmer further said, adding,The communication with the audience is very important and it would be great to institutionalise a Q&A session with the audience after every movie screening”.He also enquired about the possibilities of films from diverse places like Latin America and Europe getting commercially released in India.Mr. Joaquin Pedretti, Director of ‘A Sacred Gaucho’(Argentina-Spanish film), said that his film is based on a popular hero who represents the poor people. He elaborated that the film has been given its particular structure based on its narrative. “It is so important for us to have the world premiere in IFFI because it is based on the symbolic tradition of India and Argentina, as we have the same type of archetypes”, he said.Narrating the characteristics of her film, Camilla Strom Henriksen, Norwegian director of “Phoenix”, said that it is a dark quiet film for grownups, children being the film’s main characters. It is about children who are forced to assume the responsibility as adults because the parents fail to do so. She pointed out that the theme of the film would resonate with many people even though the circumstances can be very different. Replying to a question on how to make a film that can connect to each and every person, she said that if the filmmaker is specific about what she does, she will reach the audience she is meant to reach.Adam Sikora, Director of Autsajder(Poland) said that his movie is about a very difficult time in Poland. It’s the story of a young man in 1980s and how he faces these problems. Ms. Dennese Victoria, Cinematographer of ‘Nervous translation’ said that it takes a while for the audience to adjust to a film’s language to understand what the film offers to you.last_img read more

Four held in Odisha’s Berhampur on charges of torture of students

first_imgFour personnel of a residential higher secondary institution, including a lecturer and three hostel staff, were arrested in Odisha’s Berhampur on charges of torture of students. According to Santosini Oram, Inspector in-charge of the Berhampur Sadar police station, the misdeeds of the arrested persons came to light on Saturday. As part of an investigation into a case related to disappearance of a plus 2 student of the same institution, a police team had reached its hostel. According to police sources, the student went missing from the hostel on September 26. The institution is located in the Bhabinipur area of Berhampur and around 200 students reside in its hostel..Deep wounds During interrogation of hostel inmates, four students complained that they had been ruthlessly beaten up by a lecturer and three staff of the hostel. The students also had deep wounds. The lecturer and the hostel staff had resorted to physical torture of the students alleging that they had information about their missing classmate.Later, parents of one of the injured students filed an FIR that led to arrest of the lecturer and the three hostel staff of the institution.last_img read more

Mumbai Indians thrash Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets

first_imgSHARE cricket Playing shots that would delight the purists, Amla spanked all the Mumbai Indians bowlers en route his unbeaten 104 off 60 balls, which included as many as six sixes apart from eight boundaries. Skipper Glenn Maxwell, on his part played a typically breezy innings smashing 40 off 18 balls with the help of four boundaries and three sixes. It was baffling as senior pro Harbhajan Singh, who gave away only 12 runs in 2 overs, didn’t get to finish his quota of overs. The talented Nitish Rana (62 no off 34 balls) was equally exhilarating as he also sent the Kings XI bowlers on a leatherhunt hitting as many as seven sixes. Buttler-Rana stand got MI 85 runs in less than 8 overs. The pint-sized Parthiv Patel also matched him stroke for stroke as they basically finished the contest in the Powerplay overs itself adding 81 runs. Parthiv’s contribution was 37 off 18 balls, hitting four boundaries and two sixes. It was the 3rd wicket partnership between Amla and Maxwell that produced 83 runs in only 5.3 overs to send the Mumbai attack in complete disarray. Jos Buttler went on a rampage with a breathtaking 37-ball-77 as Mumbai Indians cantered home by eight wickets against Kings XI Punjab maintaining their pole position in the Indian Premier League, here tonight. If Amla was sublime, Buttler’s power-packed shots were scary as he hit seven fours and five sixes, completely overshadowing the effort from the illustrious South African. Rana got the ‘Purple Cap’ back and finished the match with a six off Mohit Sharma. It was the 15th over of the innings were Maxwell decided to tee off taking 28 runs off the Mitchell McLenaghan over. Mumbai now have 10 points from six games having won five matches in a row while KXIP slumped to their fourth defeat. April 20, 2017 Finally, Marcus Stoinis bowled a slower one as Parthiv mistimed it to Maxwell standing at the circle at mid—off pouched an easy catch. Buttler was seen muscling Sandeep ovr extra cover as Glenn Maxwell had no answer to this onslaught. If Sandeep with his military medium pace was getting tonked by Buttler for bowling fuller deliveries, Parthiv was seen using Ishant’s bounce whipping him for a six behind square. Jos Buttler of the Mumbai Indians bats during IPL Match against Kings X1 Punjab in Indore on Thursday. – PTI Hashim Amla’s superb 103 enabled Punjab put up a competitive 198 for 4 in 20 overs but Buttler made a mockery of the target with Mumbai Indians knocking off the runs in only 15.3 overs. The last six overs produced an astounding 87 runs after KXIP were 111 for 2 at the end of the 14th over. Chasing a near 200-target needed a mandatory good start and Jos Buttler was finally up for it as he punished the two ’Sharmas’ —— Ishant and Sandeep with equal disdain. COMMENT COMMENTS Both the batsmen matched each other stroke for stroke as the 50 came up in the fourth over itself. SHARE SHARE EMAIL The KXIP skipper hit the hapless New Zealand international for three sixes and two fours as he got the required momentum. The very next over from Malinga saw Amla punce on him taking 22 off that over and suddenly 50 runs came off two overs. Jos Buttler of the Mumbai Indians bats during IPL Match against Kings X1 Punjab in Indore on Thursday. – PTI While Jasprit Bumrah cleaned up Maxwell but Amla was well set by then as he showed one and all that a century in shortest format could be scored playing all the proper cricketing shots. There were drives on the up, cut shots and also lofted shot in—front of the square as well as behind the square. The true nature of the pitch also helped Amla, who infact enjoyed Malinga’s back of the length deliveries. × Published on Earlier Amla’s classy hundred powered Kings XI Punjab to a competitive 198/4 after being put into bat first. IPL 2017 There were straight hits, shirt arm jabs over long-on, slashes over point, hook, and a majestic pull—shot in ’Nataraja style’, which brought up his first hundred in shortest format as well second of this edition. In fact five of the half dozen sixes were hit off Sri Lankan slinger Lasith Malinga (0/58 in 4 overs).last_img read more

SPORT-LD BCCI 2 LAST

first_imgExplaining the time table for the bidding, Johri said Explaining the time table for the bidding, Johri said October 18 will be the last date for purchase of tender and October 25 will be the last date for bid submission. Sony Network had the first right to make an offer to the Board but the BCCI has decided to go for an open tender. The move is likely to find favour with the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel, which has advocated transparency in the BCCIs business deals. In 2008, World Sports Group bagged the IPL television rights for a 10-year period for USD 918 million. It signed a deal with Multi Screen Media Pvt. Ltd. (MSM) making Sony the official broadcaster. The contract was redone before the 2009 IPL with Multi Screen Media working out a USD 1.63 billion deal for nine years with the BCCI. The Invitation to tender document will be available from Monday and Thakur made it clear that the process does not contravene the Lodha Committees recommendations on transacting official business. “This is a routine process, routine working of BCCI. I think the 21st AGM is not far away and you have to wait for three more days to understand what business we can adopt and what action will be taken during that time,” Thakur said. PTI ATK PM PMlast_img read more

Mirabai’s coach Vijay, cricket’s Sinha figure among those recommended for Dronacharya, Dhyan Chand

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 16 (PTI) World champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s coach Vijay Sharma and well-known cricket coach Tarak Sinha were among those recommended on Sunday by a selection committee for the prestigious Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awards. The committee, which met here under the chairmanship of retd. Justice Mukul Mudgal, recommended Vijay Sharma, boxing coach C A Kuttappa and Srinivasa Rao (table tennis) for the Dronacharya (regular) award. An Army coach, Kuttappa has been associated with Indian boxing for more than a decade. Vijender Singh has credited him for guiding him during his 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medal win. Tarak Sinha, who has coached the likes of Ashish Nehra and Rishabh Pant among others, was recommended for Dronacharya (lifetime) Award, along with Clarence Lobo (hockey) and Jiwan (judo). For the Dhyan Chand Award, Bharat Chetri (hockey), Satya Dev Prasad (archery) and Dadu Chowgule (wrestling) were recommended. The selection committee, headed by Justice Mudgal, also has other members in former Commonwealth Games gold-winning air pistol shooter Samresh Jung, shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa, former national boxing coach G S Sandhu, hockey coach AK Bansal and archery coach Sanjeeva Singh apart from Sports Authority of India’s Special Director General Onkar Kedia and Joint Secretary (Sports) Inder Dhamija. The panel also has two sports journalists and Target Olympic Podium Scheme CEO Commander Rajesh Rajagopalan. Dronacharya award is presented to coaches for their outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis over a period of four years. The Dhyanchand honour is bestowed on sportspersons for their life-time achievements and contribution to sport during both their active career and after retirement.advertisement The National Sports Awards ceremony, held on August 29 every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, will be organised on September 25 this year. The change of schedule was done because of the clash of dates with the Asian Games, which concluded on September 2 in Jakarta. PTI SSC PDS PDS ATKATKlast_img read more

Ronaldo shows Madrid what they were missing

first_imgUEFA Champions League Hungry Ronaldo shows Madrid what they have been missing Ben Hayward Last updated 2 years ago 04:48 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(43) Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Getty UEFA Champions League Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v APOEL Real Madrid APOEL Opinion The Portuguese forward has been out with a domestic ban, but was back to prove how important he is as he shot Real past APOEL in the Champions League Cristiano Ronaldo has been itching to return. The Portuguese forward has been sidelined in La Liga after receiving a red card and pushing the referee in the Clasico clash away to Barcelona last month, but he was back on Wednesday to show Real Madrid just what they have been missing in his absence.The 32-year-old has been in court this week as his tax fraud case continues and he was caught on camera at one point mouthing “God, what am I doing here?” His ban means he has also been unable to take out his frustrations on the football pitch.While he has been out, Madrid have struggled somewhat. Zinedine Zidane’s side were fine without him initially, beating Barcelona 2-0 in the second leg of the Spanish Supercopa and then winning 3-0 in their opening league game away to Deportivo La Coruna. But back-to-back draws against Valencia and Levante at home have highlighted a lack of firepower in the team when Ronaldo is missing. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Karim Benzema missed four excellent opportunities against Valencia and limped off with an injury versus Levante on Saturday, while Gareth Bale has also been guilty of squandering some clear chances and revealed at the weekend that he had been playing with the aid of painkillers.Real Madrid APOEL graphicIn the meantime, Marco Asensio scored two super strikes in the 2-2 tie with Valencia, but he was less effective against an ultra-defensive Levante on Saturday as Madrid managed to score just once against the promoted team – a close-range effort from Lucas Vazquez.Failure to replace Alvaro Morata in the summer looks like a mistake from Madrid’s part and Zidane admitted on Tuesday: “Maybe we could do with another number 9, but it wasn’t to be in the end. Morata wanted to play more, he wanted to leave. We weren’t able to bring in another player, but I believe in [Borja] Mayoral and we also have Gareth. It’s true that he plays more on the wing, but we’ll make do.”Those words were not convincing, but when you can call upon a player who has scored more than 400 goals for the club at a rate of just over one per game, the situation is much less dramatic than it would be otherwise.Ronaldo returned on Wednesday and, naturally, he was back among the goals. The Portuguese, who still has to serve one match of his domestic ban and will therefore miss the tough trip to Real Sociedad on Sunday night, netted the opener at the back post as he slotted home from a Bale pass in an otherwise forgettable first half.Karim Benzema Real Madrid 2017Gareth Bale Real MadridRonaldo thought he had scored a second when a fierce drive bounced off the crossbar and onto the goal line early in the second half, but did net another from the penalty spot following a dubious decision by the referee not long after that.After another spot-kick shout, Ronaldo had the ball in the back of the net again moments later, but he had been marginally offside when the pass was played through and, with five minutes remaining, he was again denied by the assistant’s flag.In between those two incidents, Sergio Ramos added another and it was a comfortable night for Madrid in the end as they began the defence of the Champions League crown they won in Cardiff last season with a victory and kicked off their pursuit of a third consecutive title in European football’s premier club competition.En route to the trophy last term, Ronaldo scored 10 times against Atletico, Bayern Munich and Juventus in the quarter-finals, semi-final and final. His hunger, appetite and ambition give Madrid’s attack another dimension and, against APOEL, he showed he is as important now as he was then. How he has been missed.last_img read more

CFB Expert Gives Scott Frost Grade For First Nebraska Football Season

first_imgScott Frost coaching at Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers approaches the sidelines in the second half against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Scott Frost may have gone 4-8 in his first season coaching his alma mater, Nebraska football, but there was definitely sustained improvement during the course of the season.The Huskers won four of their last six games, with tight losses to Ohio State and Iowa mixed in.The improvement from September to November was solid, and made even better by the breakout of freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez, who is a true star in the making for Frost. CBS Sports‘ Barrett Sallee graded the first year coaches on their regular seasons, including Nebraska football’s Scott Frost.Sallee gave Frost a ‘B’ for the way he bounced back from the 0-6 start to the season.“Six straight losses to open the season didn’t exactly sit well, but the Cornhuskers came on strong late to finish 4-2 and give fans hope.”Of the 12 Power Five hires, only four graded out above Frost. Dan Mullen earned an ‘A’ for lining Florida up for a potential New Year’s Six berth in year one, while Jimbo Fisher got an ‘A-‘ for Texas A&M’s strong effort against top teams like LSU and Clemson.Down in the Group of Five, only two coaches received a higher grade than Frost. His successor at UCF, Josh Huepel, graded out the highest of all with an ‘A+.’ It’s hard to argue, with the Knights going undefeated once again.[CBS Sports]last_img read more

Tractor volume set for 57 degrowth this fiscal Report

first_imgMumbai: The tractor industry volume is likely to de-grow 5-7 percent in the current fiscal on weak growth in rural income, moderation in rural infrastructure spending and higher channel inventory, says a report. Tractor sales in the last fiscal stood at an all-time high of 8.78 lakh units, rating agency Crisil said in a report Tuesday, adding the high base effect will also contribute to the decline. However, despite lower volume, resilient margins of 14-16 percent and strong balance sheets are expected to keep credit profile of the manufacturers stable, it said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAlso, long-term growth potential remains healthy given lower penetration of 1.5 hp per hectare, compared with an average 6-7 hp in the developed economies and 3-4 hp in the emerging economies. This should give hope to domestic tracker makers, though an immediate revival in tractor sales remains contingent on an improvement in purchasing power in rural markets, it added. “We believe weak growth in rural income, moderation in rural infrastructure spending, higher channel inventory, and the high base effect will lead to de-growth in tractor sales volume by 5-7 percent this fiscal,” Crisil said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostNoting that the industry is cyclical and heavily dependent on rural incomes and monsoons, it said the rural income was impacted towards the second half of last fiscal because flat crop production after two years of 5-6 percent growth, and farm profitability declined due to weak pricing. Consequently, rural wage growth was lower at 3-4 percent compared to an average 6 percent in the preceding two years, it said adding lower growth in spending on rural infrastructure has also impacted non-farm tractor demand in recent months. Additionally, exports, which contribute 10-11 percent of sales, also declined 28 percent in the first quarter due to moderation in demand from Latin America. But in the second half, demand should be supported by a sharply improved progress of the Southwest monsoons in the past few weeks, which has brought down the deficiency from 19 percent as of July 24 to a surplus of 1 percent as of August 28. “The likelihood of normal monsoons has increased with the rains catching up in the last few weeks. This augurs well for farm income and tractor demand. Additionally, the recent budget announcements for agriculture and allied activities, the loan waivers in some states and the hike in minimum support prices for kharif crops, along with rural development initiatives are likely to push sales,” it said. Despite lower overall volume, the operating margins of tractor makers should be resilient at 14-16 percent, supported by easing commodity prices. The prices of steel and pig iron, which account for 90 percent of the raw material costs, have corrected about 7- 10 percent between April and July. This should help mitigate the impact of discounts being offered by tractor makers to push sales, Crisil said.last_img read more

Delhi govt extends exgratia to kin of cops killed in line of

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi government on Tuesday decided to extend the ex-gratia payment of Rs one crore each to the families of eight personnel of the Delhi Police, who died in the line of duty. A group of ministers, headed by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, held its meeting on Tuesday and directed officers concerned to immediately go ahead with the ex-gratia payment.The families which will get ex-gratia as per the Delhi government’s existing scheme are of sub-inspector Khajan Singh, assistant sub-inspectors Vijay Singh, Jeetender, Mahavir Singh and Dharambir Singh, and head constables Guljhari Lal and Raj Pal Singh Kasana, and constable Amarpal. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to a statement, ASI Vijay Singh was performing duties of PSO of Bhupender Singh on the orders of the Delhi High Court. On April 30, a few bike-borne assailants opened fire at the duo and later, Vijay Singh succumbed to injuries. ASI Jeetender Singh was on traffic duty on November 13 , 2018 when he signalled a tempo driver to stop for violating traffic rules. Instead of stopping the vehicle, the driver tried to run over him. Jeetender Singh held on to the handle of the speeding Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsauto-rickshaw but later fell down and died. According to the statement, Mahavir Singh was on the drunken drive checking duty on July 12, 2018, when he signalled a car to stop. But instead, the car barged on to the barricades and eventually hit him. He succumbed to injuries during treatment. Guljhari Lal was on night picket duty at Dwarka underpass on January 7, 2019 when a speeding car came and hit the barricades and ran away from the spot. The barricade swung in the air and hit Guljhari Lal who was later rushed to a hospital, where he was declared brought dead by doctors, the statement said. Head constable Rajpal Singh Kasan was chasing an illegal arms supplier January 14, 2019 when a car hit his motorcycle and he succumbed to injuries during treatment. Sub-inspector Khajan Singh was in Jhajjar in search of missing children on October 20 2017, where he died in a road accident. Dharambir Singh died on October 20, 2017 in a road accident while he was collecting information about some gang members, the statement said. Amarpal too died in a road accident on December 21, 2017 while he was investigating a case. Later, he succumbed to injuries at a hospital, the statement added.last_img read more

Conservative robocall pitches memberships tied to Liberal MPs cancer

first_imgOTTAWA – A member of a federal Conservative riding association in Toronto has reportedly made a robocall that tried to pitch party memberships by citing a Liberal MP’s cancer diagnosis.CTV News said late Wednesday that it has audio of the call in which a man who says he’s the vice president of the Scarborough Centre riding association asks supporters to join the party, stating Salma Zahid was “very ill” and “there may be a need for a byelection.”In February, the Liberal MP said she was taking a medical leave to be treated for Stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and the network says the robocall was made a month later.Chris Mellor confirms he made the call and told CTV he does not regret it, saying it was appropriate given Zahid’s public statement on her diagnosis.He said in terms of election readiness, “we felt that we should have our members, as many members as possible, in order to select the candidate in the event that she resigned, or felt that she could no longer continue.”Zahid — who returned to work last month and is now cancer-free — told CTV News she was disappointed to learn her illness was being exploited for political advantage.“I can say that it’s reprehensible, disgusting, and disappointing, that they are trying to create fear among my constituents and it makes it harder for me as a member of Parliament to do my job,” she said.Daniel Schow, a spokesperson for Andrew Scheer, told the network that the Conservative leader was “unaware of the calls,” adding that “speculating on another MPs health issues for political motivations is completely unacceptable under any circumstances.”Conservative Party spokesperson Cory Hann added that the volunteer who made the call is being removed from the riding association board and will not hold any roles with the party.Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez said the call is a “new low in politics” and the Conservatives owe Zahid an apology.“I think it’s not only unacceptable but it’s sad,” he said. “This should never, ever happen again.”Zahid said she is “seriously considering” raising this matter with House of Commons Speaker Geoff Regan when Parliament resumes next month.The report was published on the eve of the Conservative Party’s three-day policy convention in Halifax.last_img read more

Freeland calls tariffs absurd after meeting US Senate committee

first_imgOTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland ventured Wednesday onto Donald Trump’s home turf, denouncing his “absurd” tariffs and forcefully arguing for preservation of the world’s rules-based order — with or without the United States.Freeland reiterated Canada’s strong opposition to the American president’s steel and aluminum tariffs after meeting with the influential U.S. Senate foreign relations committee in Washington on Capitol Hill.She was the first Canadian politician to set foot in the American capital after Trump and two of his top economic advisers launched unprecedented personal attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for criticizing the tariffs at the weekend G7 summit in Quebec.The minister stayed above the fray on those attacks, but she did not hesitate to repeat Canada’s opposition to the tariffs in the bluntest of terms — in particular the use of Section 232 of U.S. trade law to justify the action on national security grounds.Later Wednesday evening during a major foreign policy speech, Canada’s top diplomat broadened her focus with a sweeping defence of something Trump has little time for — the international rules-based system that the U.S. led in creating after the Second World War.She told a crowd of diplomats, academics and politicians blocks from the White House that she realizes that some Americans no longer think that world order is of any benefit to them, even though they helped create it and wrote “the biggest cheques” to support it.“We see this most plainly in the U.S. administration’s tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum,” Freeland said in her acceptance speech for winning the Foreign Policy journal’s diplomat of the year award.“They are a naked example of the United States putting its thumb on the scale, in violation of the very rules it helped to write.”Freeland argued that the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization and other global institutions created in 1945 were never perfect. But she said those institutions remain the guardians of liberal democratic values at a time when populism and authoritarianism “is on the march” in Russia, China, Venezuela and elsewhere.”“We all know we will be strongest with America in our ranks — and indeed in the lead,” she said. “But whatever this great country’s choice will turn out to be — let me be clear that Canada knows where it stands.”Freeland gave a thinly veiled thumping to Trump’s America First foreign policy.“You may feel today that your size allows you to go mano-a-mano with your traditional adversaries and be guaranteed to win. But if history tells us one thing, it is that no one nation’s pre-eminence is eternal.”Freeland never mentioned Trump by name.But she evoked the great Republicans who came before him — from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg’s Address to Ronald Reagan’s 1989 “City on the Hill” farewell speech where he envisioned a country “built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace.”She won applause when she said, “preserving Lincoln’s vision” means fighting back against those who try to hijack democracy.“Facts matter. Truth matters. Competence and honesty, among elected leaders and in our public service, matter.”The speech followed the closed-door Senate foreign relations meeting, where the same authoritarian threats were discussed. So too, were the current U.S. metals tariffs on Canada, Mexico, Europe and Japan.“The Section 232 action — which is, let me remind people, a national security consideration — is frankly absurd,” Freeland said on Capitol Hill after the meeting.“That action is also illegal under the WTO and NAFTA rules.”The majority of U.S. senators agree with that view, said the committee’s Republican chair, Sen. Bob Corker.“I do think it’s an abuse of presidential authority to use the 232 waiver, and I’ve tried to pass a piece of legislation on the floor to counter that,” Corker said after the meeting with Freeland.He said he is trying to gather support for legislation that would give U.S. Congress, not the president, the authority to impose tariffs under the national security clause of U.S. trade law.Corker isn’t seeking re-election in this fall’s U.S. midterm elections and has railed against his fellow senators who are headed to the polls and worried about their electoral success for not standing up to Trump publicly.Corker said there’s no question Trump has damaged relations with Canada, but he hoped cooler heads would prevail.“Canada is not a country that we have trade issues with,” he said.Canada and its allies plan to impose retaliatory duties by the end of the month on a broad range of consumer goods. The Trudeau government has proposed a $16.6-billion tariff package, in retaliation for the Trump administration’s decision to impose 25 per cent import duties on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum.Freeland said Canada was responding in sorrow rather than anger but that the government would respond dollar-for-dollar to the U.S. tariffs.Finance Minister Bill Morneau was in Washington to join Freeland for her award ceremony.Earlier, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told the Fox News business show “Varney @ Co.” that despite the dispute over the tariffs Canada still wants to make a deal to resolve the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.On Thursday, Freeland is expected to meet U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer in an effort to keep the NAFTA renegotiation on the rails.last_img read more

Toronto real estate board calls on Ottawa to revisit mortgage stress test

TORONTO — Canada’s largest real estate board is calling on Ottawa to revisit whether a stricter mortgage stress test introduced last year is still needed, arguing that the policy has negatively impacted the economy and Toronto’s once red-hot housing market.“While we saw buyers return to the market in the second half of 2018, we have to have an honest discussion on whether or not today’s homebuyers are being stress tested against rates that are realistic,” said John DiMichele, chief executive of the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) in a statement Wednesday.“Home sales in the GTA, and Canada more broadly, play a huge role in economic growth, job creation and government revenues every year. Looking through this lens, policymakers need to be aware of unintended consequences the stress test could have on the housing market and broader economy.” Mortgage growth, the bread and butter of Canadian banks, has shrunk to 17-year low OSFI under pressure by banks, industry lobbyists to ease mortgage stress test: sources Why the government should rethink the mortgage stress test Stress tests were introduced in 2018 to cool real estate markets such as Toronto and Vancouver, and have limited the ability for some to qualify for mortgages.TREB, which represents more than 52,000 real estate agents across the region, says potential homebuyers who moved to the sidelines when the mortgage stress test came into effect will likely re-evaluate their financial qualifications and try to enter the market this year.It notes that the stress test, which is mandated through the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OFSI) has resulted in homebuyers having to qualify for monthly mortgage payments nearly $700 more than what they would actually pay.“In order to account for the higher qualification standard, intending home buyers have adjusted their preferences, including the type of home they intend on purchasing,” said the report, resulting in the increased popularity of condos and townhouses over detached homes.Despite these challenges, the board forecasts in its annual outlook that it expects to see a “moderate improvement” in sales and selling price this year in Toronto’s real estate market but says it doesn’t anticipate to hit the record levels seen in previous years.The board says increased buying intentions will be helped by population growth, low unemployment rates and lower fixed-rate mortgage rates this year.The outlook forecasts that 83,000 sales will be reported through the board’s Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system in 2019, up 7.2 per cent from 77,375 sales recorded in 2018.TREB expects the average selling price for the year in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area will increase to $820,000 — close to the peak reached in 2017 — and up from an average of $787,195 in 2018.Much of that price growth will be led by the hot condominium market as homebuyers look for more affordable housing options, while the board anticipates the price growth for detached properties to be below the average growth rate for the total market.Meanwhile, the board expects new listings will remain flat this year after the figure pulled back in 2018 to sit between 155,000 and 156,000.The report also cautions that the rental market in Toronto and the surrounding area will remain “tight” this year.“The supply of rental units could continue to be problematic in 2019,” it warned.The board also reported Wednesday that home sales in Toronto and the surrounding area saw a small uptick in January, a sign that the real estate market in Canada’s largest city remains stable.In a separate report, TREB says there were 4,009 home sales recorded in January, up 0.6 per cent compared with January 2018. On a seasonally adjusted basis, sales were up by 3.4 per cent versus December 2018.The board says the average selling price for all property types was $748,328 last month, an increase of 1.7 per cent from the same month a year ago. TREB reports that the more affordable condo segment led the price growth, up by 7.9 per cent in January.Semi-detached and townhouse properties also saw increases, while the price of detached homes fell by 2.8 per cent in January year-over-year.The board says the total number of new listings were up, climbing 10.5 per cent to 9,456 listings last month. read more

Amid steady rise in rhino poaching and elephant killings UN urges action

Through the new resolution, the Assembly expressed serious concern over the steady rise in the level of rhino poaching and the alarmingly high levels of killings of elephants in Africa, which threaten those species with local extinction and, in some cases, with global extinction.“Illegal wildlife trafficking not only threatens species and ecosystems; it affects the livelihoods of local communities and diminishes touristic attractions. It compromises efforts towards poverty eradication and the achievement of sustainable development,” said Assembly President Sam Kutesa in remarks read by Vice-President Denis Antoine.Adopting a consensus text resolution, the 193-Member body encouraged Governments to adopt effective measures to prevent and counter the serious problem of crimes such as illicit trafficking in wildlife and wildlife products, including flora and fauna and poaching.The resolution suggests “strengthening the legislation necessary for the prevention, investigation and prosecution of such illegal trade, as well as strengthening enforcement and criminal justice responses, acknowledging that the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime can provide valuable technical assistance in this regard.”The General Assembly also calls upon Member States to make illicit trafficking in protected species of wild fauna and flora involving organized criminal groups a “serious crime.”Member States are equally encouraged to harmonize their judicial, legal and administrative regulations to support the exchange of evidence, as well as to establish “national-level inter-agency wildlife crime task forces.”“The adoption of this resolution today and its effective implementation will be crucial in our collective efforts to combat illicit trafficking in wildlife worldwide,” adds the President’s statement. read more

GIW rubber parts help extend pump life in frac sand mining

first_imgGIW Industries has announced the success of a GIW pumping solution that doubled the lifespan of wear parts in the mining operations of a major frac sand producer in the Midwest. The highly-abrasive frac sand mining process causes extreme wear, and pump parts typically need replacement every two years. However, with installation of GIW’s innovative rubber-coated parts, wear life of the pump’s wet-end parts was extended to 3.75 years, when the parts were replaced during scheduled maintenance.“The parts could have lasted four years,” says Barney Johnson, Director of Sales with ISCO Industries, a distributor of GIW pumps. ISCO oversaw the installation and maintenance of the frac sand producer’s pumps and witnessed the parts’ success firsthand. The hydraulic fracturing process produces petroleum fluids such as oil, natural gas, and natural liquid gas by extracting the material from rock units that lack adequate pore space for fluid movement. Frac sand is used in the process to open that space so the product can flow properly.Frac sand mining works pumps hard, 24/7, 300 days a year. Most frac sand, made of high purity sandstone, is difficult to pump because of the constitution of the slurry – which can be composed of up to 45% solids.The high-density frac sand particles constantly churn on metal pipes and pump impellers and on suction liners, quickly eroding the parts. Producers find this wear is a constant problem and leads to frequent maintenance and replacement of components, ultimately reducing operating efficiency.GIW Aftermarket Sales Representative and Region Manager Angela Bryant explains: “Sand causes the highest wear rates, especially at solids properties less than one-half inch – fine abrasive slurries. In these applications, elastomers such as rubber tend to wear better.” GIW’s rubber-coated parts successfully extend wear life by decreasing metal erosion during mineral processing. Sand particles bounce off the rubber surfaces rather than sliding against the metal, which can grind down the surface more quickly. “Rubber parts, when properly applied, can outlast metal parts three or even four to one,” says Johnson. Making the switch to rubber reduces the frequency of parts replacement, decreasing the need to halt operations during critical production times.“The partnership of GIW and ISCO in the aggregate industry ensured proper maintenance for these parts and increased longevity of pumping operations for the Midwest frac sand producer. The collaboration between these companies, and the open paths of communication they keep, are helping frac sand mining companies achieve better efficiency in their production.”last_img read more

Maria Menounos quits E after receiving brain tumour diagnosis

first_imgTelevision presenter Maria Menounos has just quit from her E! News hosting duties after being diagnosed with a meningioma brain tumour.The news came in February while her mother Litsa is battling stage four brain cancer.The 39-year-old TV Greek American star has undergone surgery, revealing to People magazine that 99.9 per cent of the tumour was removed during a procedure which took seven hours.“[My doctor] said there’s a six to seven percent chance that we’ll see it come back…But I’ll take those odds any day,” Menounos told in an interview.She also took to Instagram to inform her fans of her decision to stop working and focus on recovery as she still hasn’t regained full balance and face mobility. Photo: www.instagram.comThe TV host wrote in the photo caption:“First I wanna say thank you all for the well wishes, prayers and support. It’s been a crazy time here in our home. I want you all to know that I’m ok! Seriously I’m recovering well and should be as good as new very very soon! Luckily I don’t need any further treatments but I can’t say the same about my mom. So please keep her in your prayers. I also want to thank @people for allowing me to share my story. @juliejordanc & @mrjesscagle THANK YOU’ Next-I need to thank everyone at @cedarssinai everyone there has been amazing. Most people want to rush out of the hospital to get home I kept saying I’ve never been treated kinder. I cried like a baby saying goodbye to the amazing nurses who took such good care of me. God bless nurses! I of course need to thank dr black and dr Chu for performing an amazing surgery and giving me the best bday gift ever-my health. And lastly, god has blessed me in so many ways but this too was a blessing. I got to hear what I have meant to my friends and family-it’s been quite moving for me. I want thank all of my incredible friends, family and even strangers who have shown me and my family such kindness. @alyssawallerce Thank you for being with me every step of the way. I couldn’t have done it without you. @iamjoegear You too! And to @undergaro the best nurse in the world..you never left the hospital and slept by my side there. you are my everything and I’m so thankful to you. You and dad have really been incredible to mom and me. You both have inspired me. I’ve never been more excited about life. I see so much so clearly. Will share more with all of you soon! Xo” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sergio Ramos stays for Qatar 2022

first_imgAfter the chocking Spain elimination by Russia, on Sunday, Sergio Ramos is already looking at his side’s future, more specifically Qatar 2022.Spain was one of the favorites sides to win the 2018 World Cup, but with the unexpected defeat, last Sunday, against Russia, La Roja and Sergio Ramos, as he promised, have to wait four more years to pursue the title again.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.This was the last World Cup for a lot of Spain’s key players, like Andrés Iniesta, Gerard Piqué and, probably, Pep Reina and David Silva. But that’s not the case for captain Sergio Ramos, who vowed he’ll be competing in the tournament in Qatar, in 2022, even though he’ll be 36 years old.“This team has a very good youth system, players with a lot of personality. I would like to keep going many more years. I am leaving this World Cup with a terrible pain. I feel obliged to reach Qatar with a white beard,” said the skipper, according to The New Arab.last_img read more

Vancouver envisions rules for collective pot gardens

first_img? Who: Vancouver City Council.? What: Public hearing on an ordinance to restrict collective medical marijuana gardens to areas zoned for heavy or light industry.? When: 7 p.m. Dec. 3.? Where: City Hall, 415 W. 6th Street.The Vancouver City Council tentatively agreed last week to consider restricting collective medical marijuana gardens to areas zoned for heavy and light industry.The council will do a first reading of the ordinance Monday and can send it on to a public hearing, 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at City Hall, 415 W. Sixth St.During a workshop on Nov. 19, councilors asked why the proposed ordinance was so restrictive. In addition to being in heavy or light industrial areas, gardens would have to be at least 1,000 feet from schools, community centers, public parks, licensed day-care facilities and other collective gardens.As one councilor asked, “Are there any spaces left?”Heavy industrial and light industrial zones include areas such as the Port of Vancouver, Columbia Business Center and Columbia Tech business park.Community and Economic Development Director Chad Eiken said he felt the ordinance struck a balance between allowing them everywhere and not allowing them anywhere, approaches taken by other jurisdictions in the state with mixed results.Councilors asked City Attorney Ted Gathe how the approval of Initiative 502 will affect medical marijuana use, and he said that remains to be seen.I-502 addressed recreational use, Gathe said, as it decriminalized the possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and older. The law changes Dec. 6, but the state has a year to establish guidelines for growing, processing and selling it. The state has also been waiting to see if the federal government plans to intervene.last_img read more

VIDEO LeBron dunked on a bunch of kids and lit them up

first_imgIt’s been less than a week since losing to the Warriors in the Finals, but LeBron James is already back to dominating the competition.James held a massive 10th birthday bash for his son Bryce, and used the opportunity to relentlessly dominate the kids in attendance in a friendly game of basketball.The King threw down some dunks on the kiddos before engineering a surprise water balloon attack and cutting up the cake.It’s his house. It actually is, literally.last_img