A day after the civil society members of the Lokpal panel lashed out at the government for trying to kill the anti-corruption bill, Anna Hazare said he was being harassed by the government. He says the government is raising unnecessary issues regarding his Hind Swaraj Trust. A team from the charity commissioner’s office had visited Ralegan Siddhi on June 6. It had obtained a few records from the trust for inspection. The government team also recorded statements of the trustees in connection with allegations of financial irregularities. Hazare says the charity commissioner’s office was charging his trust with financial irregularities, only to harass him. The anti-corruption activist, who is leading a campaign against the government, has dared the authorities to file a case against his trust. “We have submitted all papers to the charity commissioner office. If we are at fault, let them file a case against us. We are ready to fight the case, because we are clean,” said Hazare. At a public Lokpal debate, conducted by Headlines Today on Thursday, Hazare said while the government was making all sorts of allegations against his team instead of engaging in a constructive discussion on the Lokpal bill, his trust was also not spared. However, the investigating agencies would not be able to find anything, because he had “no bank balance”, Hazare said.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
The end result of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) path-breaking curators’ certification course must have shattered it as 14 out of 31 participants flunked the test.The examination was held in theory and practical segments, and seven of the 14 curators failed in both papers.It dealt a shattering blow to the BCCI officials’ sincere efforts to impart scientific training to them so that they could improve the condition of pitches across the country.A minimum of 60 per cent marks each were required in theory and practical to clear the two papers.Those who failed in only one paper – either theory or practical -would be allowed to take the compartmental paper while there is likely to be a refresher course for those who have passed.Jaipur-based Taposh Chatterjee of Rajasthan Cricket Association topped with 88 per cent marks. He secured 132/150 marks -66/75 in theory and 66/75 in practical/viva.According to sources, former Jammu and Kashmir Ranji Trophy player Ishtiyaq Ahmad Khan was second with 124/150 marks, Sunil Chauhan (123/150) of Himachal Pradesh was third, Samandar Singh Chouhan (121/150) of Madhya Pradesh fourth and Chhattisgharh’s Shamim Mirza (120/150) fifth. Perhaps due to embarrassment, the BCCI hasn’t still announced the results.No BCCI official was available to comment on why so many curators failed at the two-day examination held at the end of the three-week certification course, spread over 75 sessions at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali from July 9 to 29.However, a top official who conducted the course said that the inexperience of the participants was a major reason for the larger number of failed ‘students’. “The questions asked in the examination were not very difficult.Some of the answers were there in the curators’ manual, which the BCCI published and contained all the modern methods of pitch preparation.”We had also suggested the participants some relevant books published in Australia and South Africa, besides internet,” the official told Mail Today. “You would not like to go to a doctor who has just completed his MBBS; you would always prefer a doctor who has established himself. Same thing happened with this course. A lot inexperienced people came for the course,” he explained.”The BCCI, however, had no control over who the state associations sent for the course. Each association was asked to nominate one curator who has been associated with pitch preparation for some time. But curatorship is a never-ending process; you learn as you go on.” Chatterjee, who is also on the BCCI’s ground and pitches committee, said that his keenness to learn fetched rich dividend.”I’m working as a curator for about seven years, after having tried my hand at coaching. I wanted to improve, so I tried everything. I attended seminars and tried experimentation etc.,” Chatterjee told Mail Today.advertisement
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Brief Scores: India 324/4 (50 overs) vs New Zealand in Mount Maunganui. Rohit (87), Dhawan (66), Dhoni (48*) (SCORECARD)MS Dhoni came out all guns blazing in the second ODI against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui and looked like he would score his fourth successive half-century but he fell short by two runs as India finished with 324 for 4.Dhoni had a horror run in 2018, scoring 275 runs without a single half-century from 20 ODIs. This year, Dhoni has turned it around. In Australia, he slammed three successive fifties in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne as India won their first ever bilateral ODI series in that country.MS Dhoni did not get to bat in the first ODI against New Zealand in Napier as India chased down a paltry total. However, on a flat pitch in Mount Maunganui, every Indian batsman had a field day.India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI: Live ScoreSo far in 2019, Dhoni has scores of 51, 55 not out, 87 not out and 48 not out. In only four innings, Dhoni now has 241 runs in ODIs this year.Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan scored half-centuries while Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu and Dhoni scored in the 40s.Dhoni has had a sensational run in New Zealand. Back in 2014, he was in top form but India failed to win the five-match ODI series. His run of scores in New Zealand now reads: 48*, 85*, 47, 79*, 50, 56, 40. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma would consider himself a little unlucky. He was on his way to overtaking Sourav Ganguly’s tally of 22 ODI hundreds. Had Rohit got 13 more, he would have been third in the list of most century-scorers in ODIs. Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Virat Kohli (39) lead the charts.advertisementIn 2018, Rohit scored 5 ODI hundreds and was the second highest run-scorer behind Virat Kohli. With the World Cup a few months away, Rohit has continued to dominate in the one-day format.On Saturday, Rohit and Dhawan also brought up their 14th 100-run stand as India openers. Rohit is the only batsman to score three double hundreds in ODIs and he holds the record for the highest individual score in the formatIncluded in the Test squad against Australia Rohit returned home after scoring his first Test fifty outside Asia to be with his wife for the birth of their daughter.
Man City boss Guardiola: I want to win everything; ask Klopp why he selected that teamby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists he always takes Cup competitions seriously.City meet Burton Albion in the first-leg of tonight’s Carabao Cup semifinal.”I prefer it to be in the four competitions as far as possible,” Guardiola said. “When Wigan put us out of the FA Cup last season, I was sad. I take the cups seriously.”Guardiola believes City can handle all four competitions providing he rotates his side carefully. Jurgen Klopp attempted a similar trick on Monday night but suffered defeat at Wolves, which leaves Liverpool with a lighter load. The Premier League champions could end up playing eight more domestic matches than Liverpool should they reach the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals.”I’m not involved in what my opponents do,” Guardiola said. “The reality for Jurgen is he knows exactly what happened.”I’m not the right person to judge what the others do because I don’t like it when others judge our decisions.”You cannot survive in any league in the world fighting for the title with just 12 or 13 players. It’s impossible. You need a bigger squad and every player has to be a top player. “Since I arrived we’ve played Manchester United with a lot of young players (in the 2016 League Cup). It was the same the second season, the same the third season, that’s what happened.”Against Rotherham we played with nine players who didn’t play against Liverpool and the nine were a good selection.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 12: A general view of play between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)It didn’t take long for Texas Tech to finds its new head coach. The Red Raiders fired former head coach Kliff Kingsbury over the weekend after he failed to reach a bowl game for the third time in six seasons.Just a few days later, the team has reportedly found a new head coach. According to Football Scoop, the Red Raiders have hired Utah State head coach Matt Wells as the replacement for Kliff Kingsbury.Here’s more from Football Scoop.Utah State head coach Matt Wells has agreed to become head coach at Texas Tech, sources told FootballScoop Thursday evening.Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt made Wells a top priority early in the process, and multiple reports over the past 48 hours pointed toward Wells being the guy.Wells is an established college football coach.He racked up a 44-34 record – including a 10-2 record this season – during his six seasons with the Aggies. Wells, 45, was named the Mountain West Coach of the Year this season after leading the Aggies to a 10-2 record.Now, he’s on the move.
India Today Web Desk LondonMay 25, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 00:14 IST Williamson and Taylor forged a partnership to keep India at bay (AP)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand beat India by 6 wickets in their 1st warm-up match before the 2019 World CupWhile Williamson and Ross Taylor starred with the bat, Tretn Boult picked up 4 wickets to plot India’s downfallFor India, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja played a lone fighting hand of 54 but didn’t find enough supportNew Zealand followed up an excellent display of fast bowling with a patient chase of the modest 180-run target set by India to win the World Cup warm-up game against India. While Trent Boult picked up 4 wickets to break India’s back, skipper Kane Williamson (67) and Ross Taylor (71) almost completed the chase without a fuss to send a stern warning to one of the tournament’s favourites.But the start of the Kiwi chase didn’t go according to plan. In his very first over, Jasprit Bumrah removed Colin Munro (4) with a searing yorker on the foot and in the 10th, Martin Guptill’s (22) attempt to launch Hardik Pandya out of the park only managed to find a running KL Rahul at the edge of the 30-yard circle.The early hiccups aside, Taylor and Williamson went about the task with ease, punishing the bad balls as the required run-rate was never a problem for their side. While Willaimson got to his fifty first, Taylor, who was the more aggressive of the two, followed soon after.India captain Virat Kohli tried a number of bowlers including his favourite spin weapons of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, but none of them could create the elusive breakthrough. But just as New Zealand were close to the target, Williamson fell while trying to hit a spinning delivery from Chahal towards the leg-side, managing a top edge into the safe hands of Rohit Sharma at point, thus bringing the 114-run partnership to an end.New Zealand win! Disciplined bowling and fifties from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor power @BLACKCAPS to a comfortable six-wicket win in the #INDvNZ warm-up game.#INDvNZ SCORECARD https://t.co/Ts6Ist8kYa pic.twitter.com/U7Yb8B63HLadvertisement Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 25, 2019New batsman Henry Nicholls and Taylor brought NZ to within one run of the victory before Kuldeep Yadav managed to induce a false shot from Taylor having him caught at short extra-cover. NZ finally completed the chase with 77 balls to spare!Earlier, Boult grabbed 4 for 26 in 6.2 overs as Ravindra Jadeja’s half-century ensured a 175-plus score for the ‘Men In Blue’ after being reduced to 115 for 8 at one stage.Jadeja’s 62-run ninth-wicket stand with Kuldeep Yadav (19) was the only saving grace for India in an otherwise disappointing batting performance.It was Boult’s first spell where he removed openers Rohit Sharma (2) and Shikhar Dhawan along with No 4 KL Rahul (6) that proved to be decisive in overcast conditions.The lack of footwork was evident as Boult trapped Rohit with a delivery that darted in while Dhawan had an inside edge to a delivery that had a shade more bounce. Rahul was played on when Boult got one to rear up.Skipper Virat Kohli (18 off 24 balls) found his defence breached by Colin de Grandhomme’s off-cutter trying to play across the line.Hardik Pandya (30 off 37 balls) added 38 runs with Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the fifth wicket.Dhoni’s (17 off 42 balls) painful stay at the crease was cut short by Tim Southee when he was caught at short mid-wicket trying to give the bowler charge.Dhoni, who takes time to settle down, not for once looked comfortable and failed to rotate the strike during the partnership.It was Jimmy Neesham (3/26 in 3 overs), who dismissed Hardik with a cross-seam delivery that moved a shade inducing an outside edge.Hardik was promoted ahead of Dhoni in adverse conditions and he showed positive intent with six boundaries.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | World Cup 2019: Steyn’s fitness will decide team composition: du PlessisAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations high for Virat Kohli’s IndiaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ross TaylorFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 No data available! scorecard advertisement graphs view more view less World Cup 2019 warm-up: India lose to New Zealand after star batsmen flopNew Zealand rode on impressive performances from skipper Kane Williamson, Trent Boult and Ross Taylor to beat India in their 1st warm-up fixture prior to the 2019 World Cup commentary
The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game Filson’s New Collection Honors Smokey Bear and the U.S. Fire Service Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair The Best Men’s No-Show Socks to Keep Your Feet Happy and Stink-Free Mismatched pairs, socks with holes in them, and drab, boring socks that do nothing for your stylish wardrobe—be honest, you have these in your drawer, right?It’s time for a sock drawer makeover courtesy of Ricky Choi and Phil Moldavski, co-founders of Nice Laundry Socks in New York City. Their company offers high quality, colorfully hip socks at a budget price.“I’ve always been a sock guy,” explains Choi. “I went to a high school with a relatively strict dress code, but one area not governed by that code was socks. I took it on as a personal challenge to have the craziest socks and always had 50 to 100 pair in rotation.”The same wasn’t true for Moldavski. When the two worked together at Living Social, Choi says Phil would come to work with really great jeans, button down shirts and loafers, but then he’d have on ratty white gym socks.“I convinced Phil to buy one pair of cool, colorful socks,” says Choi. “He wore to work and got lots of compliments, but then he put them in the hamper and found himself dealing with a drawer of white gym socks. He made it a personal mission to replace everything in his sock drawer.”Making all those replacements proved costly as many name brand colorful socks are sold individually for $12 to $40 a pair.That’s when the light bulb went off. The two friends realized they had a great concept to help customers replace the contents of their sock drawers with fun styles that wouldn’t be such a financial burden. They manufacture the socks in South Korea (Choi’s parents are originally from there) and then sell direct to consumer from their website, which reduces the cost and cuts out the middle men.They came up with the concept for their socks and then created a Kickstarter campaign in April 2013. The set an initial goal of $30,000, but their idea was so popular that the campaign brought in a whopping amount—almost $120,000.All of the socks produced by Nice Laundry are sold in six packs ranging between $49 and $59. The most popular option is the “Sock Drawer Makeover”—pick out any three packs (excluding first editions) for $99.Shipping is free, plus they provide an eco-friendly way to dispose of the discarded socks. Just send them back in the mailer. The good ones are sent to areas of need. Others that are worn, torn, or missing a mate are shredded and turned into home insulation.Every season, the company puts out a new collection of socks. For fall/winter, Choi says he took some of his favorite fall and winter scene from nature. They also try to throw in a wild card palette, which is pulled from old antique battleships this season, mostly grey and blue with splashes of color.“People really resonate with the idea of a sock drawer makeover and starting fresh,” he adds. “You don’t have to play this game of survivor with your sock drawer anymore.” Save Your Eyes from the Scourge of the Screens with the Best Blue-Light-Blocking Glasses for Men Editors’ Recommendations
zoom South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has been reported to had signed a Letter of Intent with Danish shipping conglomerate Maersk for construction of up to 16 ships of 14,000 TEU. Under the deal, Maersk is reported to have ordered 9 firm ships and has the option for additional 7 units, Yonhap news agency reports.The total value of the order for all 16 ships is estimated at around USD 2 billion.HHI is expected to start delivery of the boxships in 2017.The announcement comes following a similar order at the Korean builder by another shipping major, namely the French liner CMA CGM.CMA CGM placed an order for six 14,000 TEU boxships with HHI at the beginning of June worth USD 700 million.World Maritime News Staff
zoom Greek dry bulk shipping company Navios Maritime Holdings reported its quarterly net loss at USD 26.4 million, compared with a net loss of USD 24.8 million seen in the same period of 2015. The increase in net loss was mainly due to a decrease in EBITDA, a decrease in income tax benefit, an increase in amortization for deferred drydock and special survey costs and an increase in share-based compensation expense, according to the company.Navios Holdings’ revenue for the quarter was at USD 105.7 million, down from USD 119.8 million reported in the second quarter of 2015.Revenue from dry bulk vessel operations for the three months ended June 30, 2016 dropped to USD 47 million from USD 53.6 million reported in the same period during 2015, mainly attributable to a decrease in available days of the fleet and the decline in the freight market during 2016.“Navios Holdings had a solid second quarter performance, earning USD 31 million in EBITDA, which was relatively in line with 2015. We have USD 143.2 million of cash as of June 30, 2016 and no material debt maturities until 2019,” Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.“Our scale provides us with significant operating leverage. Navios Holdings’ opex is estimated to be approximately 42% less than the industry average. During the last twelve months, we have also reduced general and administrative expenses by approximately 30%, which we expect to reduce further to a total of 40% by year end. This reduction makes us one of the lowest cost operators among publicly listed dry bulk shipping companies,” Frangou added.During the first half of 2016 the company’s net loss stood at USD 33.9 million, as compared to a net loss of USD 51.5 million seen in the same period of 2015, mainly due to an increase in EBITDA, a decrease in interest expense and finance cost, and a decrease in depreciation and amortization.The company’s revenue for the first half was at USD 207.2 million, compared to USD 238.1 million reported a year earlier, while revenue from dry bulk vessel operations for the six months ended June 30, 2016 stood at USD 93.3 million, as compared to USD 106.8 million for the same period during 2015. The decrease in drybulk revenue was mainly attributable to the decline in the freight market during 2016, as compared to the same period in 2015.
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Processed foods are getting a bad rap, according to one expert, who says the stigma around them can also be discriminatory.Dr. Sylvain Charelbois, a food science professor at Dalhousie University, says we forget how many people need to eat cheaper, processed foods to get by.“Most of the criticism against processed foods has come from academics [and] health professionals that do earn quite a bit of money,” he says. “To make this argument real you really need to understand how people consume food and the economic role of processed foods in general.”RELATED: Rising prices, new Canada Food Guide making family meal-planning toughCharlebois says the stigma has been around for a while.“We’ve seen this tsunami of criticism around processed foods, encouraging people to stay away from processed foods. And to a certain extent there’s some merit to that. Over the last 30 years we’ve seen an influx of bad products, but more processed foods are actually good for you, so that’s something we want to recognize.”RELATED: New federal food guide may be ‘out of reach’ for most Canadians: reportAnd he says, for many, processed foods are an economic necessity.“You also want to eat the proper amount of fruits and vegetables but again, fruits and vegetable prices are quite volatile, and so of course a lot of people are going to be looking for alternatives, and processed foods are often great alternative sources of vitamins and minerals and prices don’t fluctuate all that much.”He adds they’ve been getting much healthier in the last decade.
SEATTLE — Leading fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its 2018 Anniversary Sale marketing campaign, debuting today in the U.S. and Canada. The company partnered with four fashion-savvy comedians for the one-of-a-kind sale, which takes place from July 20 through August 5. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Liza Koshy Daniel Levy Advertisement Hannah Simone FASHION-SAVVY COMEDIANS EXPRESS A LIGHT-HEARTED SIDE OF NORDSTROM FOR THE RETAILERS ONE-OF-A-KIND ANNIVERSARY SALE CAMPAIGN – Daniel Levy (PRNewsfoto/Nordstrom, Inc.) The full cast includes Liza Koshy, multi-hyphenate entertainer: actress, Double Dare host and star of Liza on Demand; Daniel Levy, writer, producer & Schitt’s Creek actor; Phoebe Robinson, 2 Dope Queens comedian, New York Timesbestselling author, and actress; and Hannah Simone, New Girl actress. The campaign was shot by Mary Ellen Matthews, who is best known for her portraits of celebrity guests and the cast of Saturday Night Live, as well as videos she has directed for the show since 2010.This diverse group of individuals love fashion, have a great sense of humor, are passionate about their work, and express their style in a fresh way that Nordstrom believes will appeal to customers. Twitter Facebook Advertisement Phoebe Robinson Login/Register With: “Fashion is about having fun and we think we’ve captured that with this campaign,” said Scott Meden, Nordstrom Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “We believe in the power of personal style and in making customers feel good. We hope customers enjoy the energy and wit our stylish comedian cast bring to the campaign.”The photo and video campaign will be featured on nordstrom.com/anniversarysaleca, on the retailer’s social platforms, and in the Anniversary Sale catalog. Advertising components include digital, print, out of home, radio, shopping bags, store windows and in-store displays. The comedians also filmed short videos promoting the retailer’s “Show Us How You #NSALE” sweepstakes, where customers can submit an Anniversary Sale photo or video via social media or online to express their enthusiasm for the sale and win a $500 Nordstrom Gift Card.COMEDIAN QUOTESLiza Koshy: “Nordstrom has a diversity of brands that work for many personal styles and body types. It’s really representative of our generation. And who doesn’t love a discount? I only shop sales.”Daniel Levy: “I’m just going to be honest: I’m cheap and I love a good sale. I buy all of my favorite clothes on sale – the special pieces I want but just can’t bring myself to buy at full price. The Anniversary Sale is great because these are brand-new arrivals – but at super sale prices.”Phoebe Robinson: “I go way back with Nordstrom because I got my prom dress there in high school. What I love about Nordstrom is that they have easy, ready-to-wear stuff. You can get really cute clothes! And that they’re having a sale means you can get more clothes!”Hannah Simone: “When I grew up, my family moved countries every few years, and we lived in places with amazing bazaars and markets such as Cyprus, Saudi Arabia and India. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale reminds me of these markets. It’s a diverse shopping experience with incredible options to buy from different designers. And you get a great deal!”The Anniversary Sale originated in the 1960s and is the company’s biggest event of the year. This one-of-a-kind event offers brand-new arrivals at super-sale prices for a limited time – then prices go back up after two weeks. Sale items include brand-new clothing, shoes, accessories, home items and beauty/grooming for men, women and kids, including limited-distribution brands like J.Crew, Madewell, Charlotte Tilbury and more. The company hopes to inspire and engage customers across price and style spectrums and create a sense of newness and discovery in-stores and online. Nordstrom cardholders have the exclusive ability to shop Anniversary Sale before everyone else during Early Access, starting July 12 in the U.S. (and July 17 in Canada). More information is available at nordstrom.com/anniversaryearlyaccessca.About NordstromNordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 371 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 237 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; two clearance stores; seven Trunk Club clubhouses; and its Nordstrom Local service concept. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com, HauteLook and TrunkClub.com. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN. Advertisement
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Fortis Inc. reported its profit edged down compared with a year ago, when it received a one-time boost as its revenue improved by seven per cent.The electric and gas utility says its profit attributable to common shareholders amounted to $276 million or 65 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30.The result was down from $278 million or 66 cents per share a year ago when the company received a $24-million break fee related to the termination of its Waneta Dam acquisition.Revenue totalled $2.04 billion, up from $1.90 billion a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Fortis says it earned 65 cents per share, up from 61 cents per share a year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 63 cents per share and revenue of $2.135 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Companies in this story (TSX:FTS)
OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – There was a slight dip in unemployment numbers last month.However, overall, Statistics Canada says there was little change. The unemployment rate fell 0.1 per cent to 5.8 per cent, .The rate edged back down to its four-decade low, as job growth was essentially flat and fewer people looked for work.In British Columbia, the jobless rate dropped to 4.1 per cent in October, from 4.2 per cent the month before. B.C. had the lower rate across the country, with Newfoundland and Labrador seeing the highest at 12.7 per cent.Jobs miss:“Employment was little changed in October” says Statscan. Consensus estimate was for a gain of 15,000. “The unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage points to 5.8% as fewer people searched for work.”— Richard Dettman (@rwdettman) November 2, 2018According to Statistics Canada, the country added 11,200 net new jobs in October, but the numbers were too low for the agency to consider them statistically significant.Economists had expected an increase of 10,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 5.9 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The jobs report also says year-over-year average hourly wage growth, which is closely watched by the Bank of Canada, continued its steady decline in October to 2.19 per cent — its weakest reading since September 2017.Experts have expected wage growth to strengthen in the tightened labour market _ but it has dropped every month since May when it was 3.94 per cent.The report also says a dip in the labour force participation rate helped nudge the jobless rate down from its 5.9 per cent reading in September to match the reading’s 40-year low for the seventh time in last 12 months.
Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture, says this bill will better protect farmland and encourage farming for future generations.“The bill tabled today builds on the work we started over a year ago to better protect farmland and encourage farming and ranching in B.C. We are ensuring the commission has the tools and the governance model required to strengthen its independence and ability to act in the best interest of our farmland within the Agricultural Land Reserve, so that British Columbians are able to access safe, locally grown food for generations to come.”If passed, the legislation will strengthen ALC governance and independence, and further protect land within the ALR.The legislative changes are part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to revitalize the ALR and the ALC. VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Government is introducing new legislation to strengthen the independence of the Agricultural Land Commission.The new legislation is to fulfill the mandate of preserving the Agricultural Land Reserve while encouraging farming and ranching within British Columbia.According to the Government, Bill 15, the agricultural land commission amendment act 2019, will continue the Ministry of Agriculture’s efforts to revitalize the ALR, the farmland within B.C. that’s protected for the province’s food security.
New Delhi: Pakistan batsman Asif Ali’s two-year-old daughter Noor Fatima, who was suffering from stage four cancer, breathed her last at a hospital in the US. A statement issued by Pakistan Super League (PSL) outfit Islamabad United, the franchise Asif represents, tweeted late on Sunday: “ISLU family pays its deepest condolences to @AasifAli2018 on the tragic loss of his daughter. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Asif and his family. Asif is a great example of strength and courage. He is an inspiration to us.” Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Asif, who is currently in England for the five-match ODI rubber, which the hosts won 4-0, had tweeted about the condition of her daughter before leaving for the tour: “My daughter is fighting the stage IV cancer and we are taking her to US for her treatment.” Meanwhile, the batsman had also thanked the US authorities for issuing a visa to his daughter within a short span of time. Asif has not been included in Pakistan’s preliminary squad for the World Cup in England, starting on May 30 however, that wouldn’t prevent him being selected in the 15-man squad for the tournament as the teams have time till May 23 to submit their final squad.
25 August 2009Any recovery programme to pull the Asia-Pacific region out of the global recession, which has morphed into a food crisis, must include sustainable agriculture measures, participants concluded at a United Nations meeting in Beijing. At an event marking thee decades of cooperation between China and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), speakers underscored the need for stronger South-South cooperation to respond to the challenges posed by food insecurity and climate change. Agriculture drives the livelihoods of the poor in the region – home to two-thirds of the world’s undernourished – and employs 60 per cent of the working population, Noeleen Heyzer, ESCAP’s Executive Secretary, said in her keynote address to the meeting yesterday. “If future economic development is to be sustainable and inclusive, significant investments are required by governments to promote the development of pro-poor agricultural systems,” she noted. Rising food prices, compounded by fluctuating energy costs and the current financial crisis, has made innovation in agricultural technology vital, the UN official stressed. The key to driving such advances lies in South-South cooperation, which “holds the key to building upon the best of what our region has to offer,” Ms. Heyzer said. “Let us leverage our strengths to create a more integrated and inclusive Asia-Pacific region – free from poverty, free from want and free from hunger.”
That number more than triples the 17 names attached to a similar call made in late June.Environmentalists make up the largest number of names. There are local organizations such as the Davey Lake Group to global giants such as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund.Landowners rights groups from across Alberta come next.Public sector unions including the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees and the United Nurses of Alberta are on board. So are First Nations and public health groups.“The time for leadership on pipeline safety is now, and the first step must be an independent pipeline safety review,” says the open letter to Redford.Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board in the U.S. compared the efforts of energy company Enbridge Inc. to clean up a massive spill in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River to silent-movie slapstick characters the Keystone Kops. The board said the company reacted too slowly and entirely mishandled the pipeline break.With major projects under discussion to take oilsands bitumen both into the United States and through British Columbia to the West Coast, Moore-Kilgannon said Alberta can’t afford that kind of black eye.“That’s not a good image for Alberta and Alberta-based companies,” he said. “It’s in all of our interests that we do a review, that the premier commit to that now.”There have been three pipeline spills in Alberta in recent weeks.In late May, 3.5 million litres of oil and salt water leaked into muskeg near the northern community of Rainbow Lake. On June 7, up to 475,000 litres of oil leaked from a pipeline into the Red Deer River near Sundre, the source of drinking water for many central Alberta communities. Also in June, a leaky gasket at a pumping station released 230,000 litres of oil near Elk Lake in northeastern Alberta.Redford has said she doesn’t’t want to decide on a pipeline review until the Energy Resources and Conservation Board completes its own investigations.But they average nine months in length and that’s not fast enough, said Mike Hudema of Greenpeace.“Based on our spill average, that means we can expect 484 spills before the premier decides whether to actually initiate the review. That’s simply not acceptable.”Farrah Khan of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment agreed.“We would like to see an independent review done much quicker than that. If we’re not able to find answers soon about why we’re having these spills that are impacting drinking water and wildlife — and human health, at the end of the day — I think we need to make sure the province sees it as a real priority.”The energy board points out millions of litres of oil are piped safely every day. It cites statistics showing that leaks are at all-time lows of 1.6 incidents per kilometre of pipe.Some say that figure hides as much as it reveals and downplays the more than 600 leaks a year in Alberta. It doesn’t include leaks from pipeline-related facilities such as pumping stations and does include many kilometres of lines that are no longer used.The board doesn’t release all leak locations or the contents of those leaks.Critics also wonder about the cumulative impacts. Industry figures show pipelines have released at least 3.4 million litres of hydrocarbons into the environment every year since 2005.Others point out much of Alberta’s more than 400,000 kilometres of pipe is now 40 and 50 years old. As well, the sweet crude and natural gas the lines were designed to carry are shifting to heavier and harsher substances such as dilbit, an acidic and abrasive blend of fluids and oilsands bitumen. EDMONTON — Calls for an independent review into pipeline safety in Alberta are growing, with some saying it’s even more urgent now that a U.S. investigation has sharply criticized a Calgary company’s efforts to clean up a major oil spill.“If we don’t have tough regulations in place making sure that our pipelines are very safe, then people are not going to accept pipelines coming through their territories,” said Bill Moore-Kilgannon of Public Interest Alberta.The left-leaning advocacy group is one of 54 signatories to a letter to be released today that calls on Premier Alison Redford to formally look into pipeline safety.Andrew Barr/National Post
“I have long been aware of Gus Kouwenhoven’s criminal activity, his involvement in (former Liberian President) Charles Taylor’s inner circle and direct support for Taylor’s war machine,” Prosecutor David Crane said.The trial in a Netherlands courtroom of Mr. Kouwenhoven, who was arrested on Friday, would spotlight the roles of arms traffickers and international financiers, as well as the abuse of West Africa’s resources, he said.Mr. Crane added that he had not collected the evidence to place Mr. Kouwenhoven among those bearing “greatest responsibility” for international crimes during Sierra Leone’s civil conflict, but he had instructed his Special Court investigators to cooperate with the Dutch authorities.Former President Taylor remains wanted by the Special Court to face a 17-count indictment for war crimes and crimes against humanity.The Special Court is the world’s first hybrid international war crimes tribunal, and was established by an agreement in January 2002 between the United Nations and the Republic of Sierra Leone. It is headquartered in the capital Freetown.