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first_imgThe Congress on Friday demanded that President Pranab Mukherjee dismiss Goa Governor Mridula Sinha for committing “constitutional impropriety” and “dereliction of duty”.The opposition party latched on to Sinha’s admission in an interview that she consulted Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before inviting the BJP for government formation in the State.“We urge the President of India to exercise his powers under Article 156 (1) and immediately dismiss the Governor of Goa for abdicating her Constitutional responsibilities and oath of secrecy,” Congress leader Pratap Singh Bajwa said.He said the President of India has already dismissed the Arunachal Pradesh Governor for similar acts of impropriety, saying this will act as a deterrent to other governors to work within constitutional limits.Bajwa said the Supreme Court has reiterated that it is the duty of the Governor to “act judiciously” while exercising their powers under Article 164 at the time of appointing the Chief Minister.“However, the atrocious admission of Governor Sinha conclusively proves that her actions were politically motivated under the clear instructions of the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley,” he told reporters.Putting forth the Congress’ demands, the party’s Rajya Sabha MP said these revelations demonstrate that the act of the governor to consult the finance minister and not the President of India “is a serious matter of constitutional impropriety and an unpardonable dereliction of duty“.He asked that since the finance minister could not have advised the governor in government formation, “why should the Prime Minister not take action against the Finance Minister?.” “Or are we to assume that he was authorised by the dirty tricks department of the BJP?” he asked.The Congress leader cited an interview of Sinha where she made the “startling and audacious revelation”, and “shockingly accepted that she consulted Union Minister Arun Jaitley” to invite the BJP for government formation in the State.“This proves that BJP manufactured the Goa majority while the Governor acted in cahoots with the central leadership in Delhi,” he said.On Sinha’s claim that she heard that Congress could not elect their Legislature party leader nor get enough support, Bajwa asked “where did she hear it from? Did she hear it from anybody in the Congress party or was it ‘Akashwani’?” “How can she take such a decision without consulting the Honourable President of India or without studying its legal ramifications?” he asked.He said under the established convention in such a scenario, the Governor should have approached the President and submitted a report to him seeking guidance for the way forward.“Rather than consulting the President of India or the Attorney General of India, she consulted the Union Finance Minister who is a party in this case, hence indulging in massive Constitutional impropriety,” he alleged.The Congress party also alleged that the Constitution is left “bruised and battered, as yet again the BJP subverts the Governor for their own petty gains”.last_img read more

first_imgIndia off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was on Wednesday served a notice by the Commissionerate of Central Excise and Customs here for evading service tax on his income from the second and third season of the Indian Premier League.Harbhajan, who represents Mumbai Indians in the IPL, has been issued notices for his role in advertisements, rental incomes and his participation in the first and second seasons of the high-profile league, said Charanjit Singh, commissioner of CEC, Ludhiana.Singh said that Rs 1.8 crore as taxable amount is recoverable from Harbhajan on account of his income from the IPL.Details regarding his rental income from Mumbai Indians and income from advertisement have been asked from his chartered accountant who appeared on Harbhajan’s behalf before the assessing authority.Similar notices have been served to Punjab XI players Karan Goyal and Gagandeep Singh (both from Ludhiana), Sarvjit Singh (Jalandhar) and T P Singh (Amritsar).Singh said that the notices have been issued as IPL was primarily a business promotion venture and the department did not accept it as a sporting event.Earlier, the Chandigarh Commissionerate had issued a similar notice to Yuvraj Singh, another Kings XI player, for recovery of Rs 1.15 crore, including interest and penalty, as service tax dues.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

first_imgWelcome to India Today Online’s coverage of the first cricket Test match between India and New Zealand from the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. Score | PhotosIndia vs New Zealand Day 1Pujara: I am happy that I have made a comeback and I have started well. I like to thank my father for supporting me. It is my immense love for the game that keeps me going. We were playing in tough conditions on the A tour to the West Indies. I knew that I was facing these kind of bowlers and I knew the ground well. I was better prepared. The pitch is slowing down and it is starting to turn. MS Dhoni is telling me to score a double ton and we will look to go past 400.Summary: The day belonged to Cheteshwar Pujara. He has nicely slotted back into the Indian Test team after a gap of 20 months. His first Test century lit up what has been an even day for both India and New Zealand. Both the openers fell to poor shots while Tendulkar was sent back by a wonderful delivery from Boult. Kohli and Pujara shared a 125 run stand before Martin accounted for Kohli. Raina too fell cheaply before Dhoni and Pujara steadied the ship.5:05 pm | 86.6 overs: STUMPS – India score 307/5 on Day 1. Chris Martin to Pujara, no run, back of a length delivery and it nips back in just outside off, Pujara defends it to mid off and that will be stumps. Pujara (119*) and skipper MS Dhoni (29*) remain unbeaten.4:50 pm | 84.1 overs: PUJARA GETS A LIFE! Chris Martin to Pujara, no run, loud appeal for a catch but not given, New Zealand cannot believe it, good length ball that darts back in around the off stump, the ball flicks the glove as Pujara takes the bottom hand off, van Wyk dives to his left and collects it, umpire Gould does not give it out, that is a poor decision. The TV replays clearly point out that he was out.advertisement4:30 pm | 10 overs remaining: New Zealand have taken the NEW BALL. We should have called it a day now, but they’re short by ten overs.MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease4:05 pm | 72.4 overs: WICKET! Raina departs cheaply. His poor form continues. Jeetan Patel to Raina, out Caught by van Wyk!! Oh boy, this is a very unlucky way to go. Quicker ball fired down the leg side, Raina looks to tickle it down to fine leg, gets a feather edge and van Wyk moves to his right to collect a sharp catch, Jeetan is thrilled to bits. Raina c van Wyk b Jeetan Patel 3(13) (India 260/5 in 72.4 overs)3:37 pm | 69.3 overs: 100 UP FOR PUJARA! Franklin to Pujara, 1 run, the crowd erupts as Pujara gets to his first Test century, take a bow, Che Pujara! Short of length ball on the middle and leg stump, Pujara clips it to long leg and punches the air in delight, he is just soaking in the adulation here, many more to come I am sure. And that’s his break-up for the century – 169 balls, 14 fours, 1 six. This is also his maiden international ton. He also has 14 first class centuries to his credit.  3:42 pm | 68.4 overs: Chris Martin to Pujara, FOUR, to third man. And Paujara moves on to 99. You bet, he has batted like Rahul Dravid. Good decision by skipper MS Dhoni to bring him on No. 3 position.Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease3:38 pm | 68.1 overs: WICKET! Thank God it’s not Pujara! Chris Martin to Virat Kohli, out Caught by Guptill!! The Phantom breaks this dangerous stand. Good length ball in the zone outside off and gets it to kick up a touch, Kohli plays away from the body and looks to force it to the off side, gets an outside edge that flies to Guptill at second slip, Kohli is gutted as he walks back. Virat Kohli c Guptill b Chris Martin 58(107) [4s-8] (India 250/5 in 68.1 overs)3:28 pm | 66.2 overs: Chris Martin to Virat Kohli, no run, loud shout for an LBW from Martin but not given, length ball and it nips back in off the pitch, Kohli plants his front foot across and looks to work it to the leg side, he misses it and gets rapped on the pads, but that ball was sliding down the leg side.3:03 pm | 60 overs: India are 219/3 at the stage with Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle.2:30 pm | THIRD SESSION2:10 pm | TEA: India are 182/3 in 54.0 overs (Pujara 54, Kohli 32)advertisement2:05 pm | 51.6 overs: FOUR and that brings up Pujara’s 50. He is definitely living up to his expectations. Franklin to Pujara, FOUR, fantastic shot! Short and a touch wide outside off, Pujara latches on to it and cuts it away off the back foot, to deep backward point, for a boundary.1:32 pm | 44.1 overs: Nicely driver by Pujara towards the boundary. Doug Bracewell to Pujara, FOUR, wonderful shot! Full outside off, Pujara gets onto the front foot, leans in to the delivery and drives it with perfect timing, through the gap on the off side, to the sweeper cover fence.Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease12:54 pm | 34.5 overs: WICKET! It’s a big one …Sachin walks! Boult to Tendulkar, out Bowled!! Lovely delivery! Good length on middle, angled across, pitches and jags back in to the right hander, Tendulkar tries to push at it but the ball goes through the gap between bat and pad, and crashes in to middle stump. Tendulkar reacts as though the ball stayed a little low, however, replays suggest otherwise. Tendulkar b Boult 19(62) [4s-2] (India 125/3 in 34.5 overs)12:30 pm | 29.6 overs: India are 111/2 at the stage. Boult to Pujara, no run, pitched up outside off, Pujara lets it go through to the wicketkeeper.12:12 PM |  25.3 overs: Four and that brings up the 100 to Team India. Patel to Pujara, FOUR, that’s a cracking shot! Too wide by Patel, Pujara had the time to rock back and slap it wide of point12:10 pm | SECOND SESSION – The players are coming back out to the middle. This session is going to be a very important one for both sides.LUNCH – India are 97/2 at the stage. Sehwag and Gambhir got starts but couldn’t convert them into big scores. The Kiwis have got rid of the openers and if they can get Tendulkar soon after lunch, they’ll feel that they have an upper hand. Join us at 12:10 for the next session11:30 am | 25 overs: India are 97/2 at the stage with Sachin Tendulkar and Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease. They are batting at ease after Virender Sehwag provided the hosts with a quick start.10:55 pm | 15.3 overs: Sachin opens his account. Boult to Tendulkar, 1 run, off the mark with a single, down the leg side and Tendulkar glances it to fine leg for one.Sachin Tendulkar, right handed bat, comes to the crease10:45 am | 14.3 overs: WICKET! Oops Sehwag falls three runs short of his 50! Doug Bracewell to Sehwag, out Caught by Guptill!! No drop catches this time. In fact, it’s a sharp catch! Short of length but too close to the off stump, Sehwag still goes for the cut but he ends up guiding it straight to second slip, he hit that hard but Guptill did very well to hold on. An entertaining knock comes to an end, but India needed more than just 47 from Sehwag.. Sehwag c Guptill b Doug Bracewell 47(41) [4s-9] (India 77/2 in 14.3 overs)10:40 am | 13 overs: India are 65/1 at the stage. DRINKS! Drinks are on the field now . A good first hour for India, but New Zealand are just getting some rhythm going now. Things would have been very different had they taken the catch in the last over..advertisement10:38 am | 12.5 overs: Driven away towards the boundary. Easy 4 there. Doug Bracewell to Sehwag, FOUR, edged and between 1st slip and the keeper! Oh dear, oh dear. Good delivery that – full and close to the off stump, Sehwag pushes away from the body and gets a thick edge, it goes right between van Wyk and Ross Taylor and both of them leave it to the other. Taylor reacts late and attempts to go for the catch but it’s a bit too late.. will that prove costly?So Pujara has stepped into Rahul Dravid’s boots. Hope he lives up to the expectations. Cheteshwar Pujara, right handed bat, comes to the crease10:20 am | 9.6 over: WICKET! And Boult gets his man of the last ball of the over. Boult to Gambhir, out Caught by van Wyk!! That’s the first strike. The bowling has been good in the last 2 overs and that ultimately consumes Gambhir. Perfect length in the corridor of uncertainty outside off, Gambhir pokes at it as he always does and gets an edge to the keeper. Gambhir started well, but has to walk back now. Gambhir c van Wyk b Boult 22(36) [4s-4] (India 49/1 in 10 overs)10:10 am | 8.2 overs: DROPPED! It was a tough one though. Chris Martin to Sehwag, 2 runs, a harsh man will call that a chance. It would have been an incredible catch had he taken it. Martin digs it in short, Sehwag looks to pull but it gets a bit too big on him, goes off the top of the bat but just clears mid wicket. Flynn ran back from that position and tried to get there but couldn’t.10:10 am | 8 overs: Two quick fours off Sehwag in that over off Doug Bracewell even as India total reach 39 for no loss.9:50 pm | 3.6 overs: An easy FOUR there Boult to Gambhir, 4, edged, in the air, but safe! Good delivery that – full and moving away, Gambhir was drawn into the drive but only manages a thick edge, luckily for him it went between the slip cordon and gully9:46 pm | 3 overs: India are 8 for no loss against the Kiwis even as Chris Martin has completed his over. Sehwag and Gambhir are going easy there.9:42 pm | 2 overs: Boult to Sehwag, no run, angled away from Sehwag who leaves it alone.9:35 pm | 0.6 over: Chris Martin to Sehwag, no run, a bouncer to end the over, Sehwag stays away from that one.9:30 am | Gambhir and Sehwag are at the crease. Gambhir is on strike. Chris Martin will open the attackNot many surprises in the Indian playing eleven. Pujara was an obvious choice and Raina has pipped Badrinath for the number 6 spot. The tougher question is: who will bat at number 3? Will it be Pujara – who is touted as the next Rahul Dravid, or Kohli – who has already tasted success at that position in ODIs?Teams:  New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Flynn, Ross Taylor(c), Kane Williamson, James Franklin, Kruger van Wyk(w), Doug Bracewell, Jeetan Patel, Trent Boult, Chris Martin India (Playing XI): Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav Taylor: The pitch is hard. We have played here in the IPL and seen that the wicket is hard. It was a disappointing tour of the West Indies but we had 1 and a half weeks to get over it. Chris Martin, Jeetan Patel and Franklin come in to the side. Dhoni: The wicket will assist spinners later on. The last game we played here was a draw. It’s good to see a wicket like this in the sub-continent. There is something for the batsmen and the bowlers. The break helped us, especially in the fitness aspect. We’ll miss Rahul Dravid and Laxman. They’re legends of the game. Rahane, Ishant, Piyush and Badri are missing this game. 9:00 am | TOSS: India have won the toss and elected to bat Pitch report: It’s evenly rolled, but it’s very dry, with no grass whatsoever. We expect the pitch to take turn as the Test match progresses. The pitch has a bit of dampness, which will aid faster bowlers initially. With the humidity around, it might swing, but it will be tough conditions for the Kiwis.last_img read more

first_imgKlopp deflects agent comments on Liverpool exit: It was German humour!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp has brushed off comments from his agent saying he could leave Liverpool because of the weather.The Liverpool manager’s agent Marc Kosicke suggested in a recent interview that Klopp could be tempted to switch Merseyside for a hotter destination.Speaking on the eve of Liverpool’s Champions League opener against Napoli, Klopp said: “There is nothing in that story.”He wanted to make a joke so now I have to be serious.”It is German humour but obviously nobody got it…I am completely fine with the weather.”Let me spell it out, the weather has never been a reason for me to choose a city and it’s certainly not a reason for me to leave the country.”Maybe at the moment (in England) it’s the most healthy weather in the world – we have enough rain, it’s cool, pretty much the opposite of this room!”There’s nothing in that story. He’s my agent and my friend.”When I speak about the weather it was about the wind which can have an effect on football, but that is not allowed in England. But that is not to a reason leave the country. I am fine.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img Next Reuters SingaporeSeptember 23, 2019UPDATED: September 23, 2019 15:15 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSVettel pitted first and leapfrogged Leclerc in a tactic known as an undercutLeclerc, who had led from pole position, finished 2nd behind Vettel as a resultVettel and Leclerc handed Ferrari their first one-two finish since the 2017 Hungarian Grand PrixFerrari defended their Singapore Grand Prix pit-stop strategy on Sunday after it set up Sebastian Vettel to beat team mate Charles Leclerc, who had led from pole position, in a one-two finish.The Monegasque had seemed in control and heading for a third straight win after back-to-back victories in Belgium and Italy, but Vettel pitted first and leapfrogged Leclerc in a tactic known as an undercut.The victory was the German’s first in nearly 13 months and handed Ferrari their first one-two finish since the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix.Leclerc was vocal in expressing his displeasure over the team radio but team principal Mattia Binotto said stopping Vettel a lap earlier had been the right call in the bigger picture.The move prevented Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas from using the undercut themselves to get ahead of Ferrari.”Verstappen and Bottas were ready to stop, we knew that, and the best way to protect Sebastian’s position was to stop him,” Binotto told reporters.”So it was the right timing to stop Seb and on that I think there are no discussions.”Usually, teams follow a policy where they pit the lead car first and give them the benefit of fresh tyres.Binotto said that was not an option in this case as Ferrari feared Leclerc, a 21-year-old in only his second season in Formula One, would come out behind slower cars.He was brought in on the lap after Vettel pitted. Binotto said they had not expected the four times world champion to gain as much time (3.9 seconds) on his fresher tyres as he had.advertisement”As a matter of fact, when we stopped Sebastian, we thought that Charles stopping the lap after, he would have remained ahead of Sebastian,” said the Italian.Asked if Ferrari had considered swapping their drivers around given the unintended consequence of the pit strategy, Binotto said they had but ultimately decided against it.”We are still discussing with our two drivers whether that was the right choice or not, something which internally we may still have a different opinion (on),” he said.Leclerc said he had understood the situation a lot better than in the heat of the moment behind the wheel.”Obviously I wished I was one step higher today but it’s part of life,” he said. “Sometimes it goes that way and I’ll bounce back stronger in (the next race) Russia.”Also Read | Lewis Hamilton promises to ‘get back in the scrum’ after missing Singapore GP podiumAlso Read | Fan mails, messages gave me a lot of belief: Sebastian Vettel after Singapore GP winAlso Read | Singapore GP: Vettel ends win drought to deny Leclerc title hat-trickFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Singapore Grand PrixFollow F1Follow Sebastian VettelFollow Charles LeclercFollow Mattia Binotto It was the right timing to stop Seb: Ferrari boss defends pit-stop strategy for Sebastian VettelCharles Leclerc was vocal in expressing his displeasure over the team radio but Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said stopping Sebastian Vettel a lap earlier had been the right call in the bigger picture.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgA locally produced feature film that has grossed more than $35 million and received positive reviews is being showcased today, June 30, in Halifax. Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Percy Paris is hosting a cast and crew screening of film Jumping the Broom. Produced by Michael Mahoney of Halifax-based Magic Rock, it was directed by Salim Akil (The Game) and stars Angela Bassett (What’s Love Got to Do with It?), Paula Patton (Precious), Loretta Devine (Crash) and Laz Alonso (Fast and Furious). The film was shot in Blue Rocks, Lunenburg Co. during the summer of 2010. The $6.5-million production employed almost 350 Nova Scotians during the shoot. “It is great to showcase the first rate work being produced in Nova Scotia with the professionals who get the job done,” said Mr. Paris. “The high value jobs created by film shoots of this nature are vital to the growth of our economy.” Also attending the screening is the American producer of the film Glendon Palmer of Our Stories Films. The screening allows Mr. Palmer to share the completed work with the crew for the first time. “I am honoured to share this film with the people who made it possible,” said Mr. Palmer. “The contribution of the professional crews and local cast in Nova Scotia were vital to the success of this film.” Nova Scotia’s audiovisual industry employs almost 3,000 people and contributes about $100-million to the economy annually. Nova Scotia is among the largest production centres in Canada. Film Nova Scotia is a provincial Crown corporation reporting to the Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The corporation provides programs and services to support the province’s audiovisual industry.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government has been ordered to hand over millions of documents to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that is trying to determine the depth of the church-run Indian Residential schools that removed children from their families for more than a 100 years.Ontario Superior Court Justice Stephen Goudge ruled Wednesday the government is required to unearth the documents that the TRC has deemed relevant in order to fulfill its mandate.The TRC is trying to prepare a historical record of the schools and produce a report when finished.Goudge said the documents were needed to finish the report in a fixed timeframe and budget.But federal government lawyers fought it saying the TRC was welcome to search files housed in Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in Ottawa.Lawyers for the TRC said it’d take too long, plus they didn’t have the budget do that.Now the government must make copies for them.“All are inconsistent with excluding documents archived at LAC from Canadas obligation to provide relevant documents to and for the use of the TRC, compiled in an organized manner,” said Goudge in his decision. “None suggest that the TRC would be left on its own with LAC documents. This simply adds weight to the plain meaning of the words used, that Canada’s obligation to provide all relevant documents includes those housed at LAC.”Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said in December he saw no “issue” in his government’s handling of residential school documents and blamed the head of the TRC for creating the controversy and slowing things down.He made the comments at the Commons Aboriginal affairs committee and said the TRC would have all the documents by the summer.“I fail to see the issue with their documents,” Duncan said. “Federally, I think we are in pretty good shape.”Duncan placed the blame for the controversy at the feet of TRC Chair Murray Sinclair. Duncan said he’s received positive signals from Sinclair’s co-commissioners, Wilton Littlechild and Marie Wilson.“It is only in Justice Sinclair that we are getting this kind of response,” said Duncan. “I don’t know what he is doing. I would like to think we can move on with the process.”Sinclair said Wednesday the courts made the right decision.“The TRC asked the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for clarification of its mandate as laid out in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, and this is precisely what we have received today,” said Sinclair in a statement. “We’re grateful to be able to continue the Commission’s work of gathering and protecting for future generations documents that are relevant to the history of the Indian Residential Schools in Canada. We look forward to carrying out this work in cooperation with the Government of Canada. We especially acknowledge the clarity of Justice Goudge’s decision.”Aboriginal Affairs deputy minister Michael Wernick, who also appeared before the committee, said the TRC would get all residential school records, including RCMP files. Wernick said the TRC would also get documents ranging up to the last existing school which shut down in 1996 and some documents around the conclusion of the multi-billion dollar residential school settlement.Wernick said the TRC has already received over a million documents.Wernick said the government, however, is drawing a line around documents from the negotiations leading to the court settlement and the private files of residential school survivors seeking compensation.“We have a legitimate disagreement about the relevance of documents from the 2005 negotiations,” Wernick said. “We simply disagree they need to see all the applications and adjudications that are now under way.”APTN National News was told in December that the TRC was seeking cabinet documents from the Paul Martin government years on the eventual residential school settlement.The RCMP was involved in snatching children from their homes and forcing them to attend residential schools. The TRC believes the RCMP also has criminal complaints against residential schools and staff over abuse.Assembly of First Nations chief Shawn Atleo called the court decision a victory.“This decision is a significant victory, and we will continue to stand in support of former students of the Indian Residential Schools and First Nations as the historical record of the Indian Residential School system will now be more complete and available to future generations,” said Atleo in a statement. “Reconciliation is about achieving real change that must come from increased and improved understanding of our shared history. These documents are essential to the truth-telling and truth-sharing work of the TRC, and all of us.”It’s believed more than 150,000 First Nation children were removed from their homes and placed in the schools that operated for nearly 150 years.last_img read more

first_imgIn January the Mega Lottery Draw winners were announced, and the big prize was the 50/50 worth $25,860.  The winner was Mary Hopkins.  In the main Mega Lottery draw, first prize was $20,000 and that went to Doug Wilson.  Second prize of $10,000 was awarded to Bill Loewen.  Third prize was $5,000 and that went to Dan Bell. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Rotary Club handed out cheques totalling over $175,000 on Thursday to groups in Northeast B.C.Proceeds from the regular Mega Lottery draw was $149,843, and another $24,209 came from the 50/50 draw.  The money will support the following groups:The Abbeyfield Houses of Fort St. JohnTaylor Minor Hockey AssociationPeace Passage Skating ClubEnergetic Edge Cheer AssociationStage North Theatre SocietyNorth Peace Gymnastics Association2276 PPCLI Society for Youth AdvancementHigh School Rodeos of BC AssociationFort St. John Soccer ClubRotary Club of Fort St JohnNorthern Dance Theatre SocietyFSJ Irish Dance SocietyFort St. John Recreational & Speed Skating ClubBear Mountain Nordic Ski ClubDawson Creek and District Hospital FoundationDawson Creek 5-Pin AssociationRotary Club of Dawson CreekSince 2003, the Rotary Mega Lottery has raised over $5 million for dozens of local clubs in Fort St John and Dawson Creek.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday issued notification for the sixth and penultimate phase of Lok Sabha elections to be held on May 12 in 59 seats across seven states.The seven-phase elections began on April 11 and will end on May 19. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal will head for voting in all the seven phases of the general elections. All the seven seats in Delhi will also go for polling in the sixth phase. Amid sparring between Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Aam Admi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter, sources claimed the two sides were “engaged” in taking the alliance talks forward and are likely to meet again on Wednesday over seat sharing between the two. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Congress chief said his party is willing to give four of the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi to the AAP to ensure that their alliance defeats the BJP, which had won all the seven seats in 2014. The Congress has offered the AAP 4:3 seat-sharing formula, four Lok Sabha seats for the ruling party and three seats for itself. The arrangement has been arrived at on basis of the vote share of both parties in 2017 civic polls here. The election will pit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance against mostly different opposition groupings in various states, including of Congress, the Left and regional forces which are continuing to work out a grand alliance to minimise a division of votes against the saffron party. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe BJP has worked out a seat-sharing formula with some new allies and several old partners. However, opposition parties are yet to do so in several states. With the issuance of notification, the process of filing nominations has begun. The last date of filing nominations is April 24, while scrutiny will take place on on April 24. The last date of withdrawing from the electoral battle is April 26. The poll for the sixth phase will be held on May 12. Some of the constituencies gong to poll are: Valmiki Nagar, Paschim Champaran, Purvi Champaran, Sheohar, Vaishali, Gopalganj, Siwan and Maharajganj in Bihar. In Uttar Pradesh, Sultanpur, Pratapgarh, Phulpur, Allahabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Shrawasti, Domariyaganj, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Lalganj, Azamgarh, Jaunpur, Machhlishahr and Bhadohi are going for polls. Like Delhi, Lok Sabha elections will be held in a single phase in Haryana also. Tikamgarh, Damoh, Khajuraho, Chhindwara and Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh will also go for elections in the sixth phase.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday dismissed a plea seeking direction to the Centre and the Election Commission to debar Congress President Rahul Gandhi from contesting Lok Sabha elections till the issue of his citizenship is decided. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi rejected the contention of the petitioners, who said that in a form along with the annual data of a UK-based company in 2005-06, it was allegedly mentioned that Rahul Gandhi is a British citizen. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “If some company in some form mentions his nationality as British, does he become a British citizen,” the bench also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna told the petitioners. The plea had said that the petitioners were “dissatisfied” with the “inaction” of the Centre and the poll panel in “deciding the question of voluntary acquisition of British citizenship” by Gandhi in spite of a November 2015 communication by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in this regard. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen The petitioners — Jai Bhagwan Goyal and C P Tyagi — had alleged that since prima facie evidence in this regard has been produced before the Home Ministry and the EC, Gandhi should not have been allowed to contest the ongoing Lok Sabha elections from parliamentary constituencies he has decided to — Amethi in Utter Pradesh and Wayanad in Kerala. The plea, filed by advocate Barun Kumar Sinha, had also sought a direction to the EC to remove Gandhi’s name from “electoral roll till the decision of the question of acquisition of his British citizenship”. In a recent letter to Gandhi, the Home Ministry had said it has received a representation from Swamy in which it has been brought out that a company named Backops Limited was registered in the United Kingdom in 2003 with Rahul Gandhi as one of its directors. The Home Ministry had said Swamy’s letter mentioned that in the British company’s annual returns filed on October 10, 2005 and October 31, 2006, Rahul’s date of birth has been given as June 19, 1970 and had declared his nationality as British.last_img read more

NEW YORK — The long wait for more “Avatar” films will go on a little longer.The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday laid out its plans for upcoming 20th Century Fox films. James Cameron’s long-delayed “Avatar 2” will now open in theatres in December 2021 instead of its most recent date of December 2020. The two subsequent “Avatar” sequels will move to 2023 and 2025, respectively.Disney said its next batch of “Star Wars” films will begin arriving in theatres in 2022, and then in 2024 and 2026.A number of Fox films were delayed. “Ad Astra,” with Brad Pitt, has been pushed to September. “The New Mutants” was pushed from this summer to April next year.Steve Spielberg’s “West Side Story” will open in December next year.Jake Coyle, The Associated Press read more

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today welcomed the decision of Abbott Laboratories to reduce the price of a drug which has proved particularly effective as a “second-line” antiretroviral therapy (ART) for people living with HIV/AIDS. The price of lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r, marketed as Kaletra/Aluvia) has been lowered by Abbott in some low and middle-income countries, where many HIV/AIDS drugs are unaffordable and demand for this medicine is growing. Worldwide the number of people being treated with ART keeps growing in low and middle-income countries. This has caused a rise in the number of people in those nations who have developed resistance to so-called “first-line” treatments, thus boosting demand for second-line ART. In a statement released today, the WHO welcomed Abbott’s decision and said it would continue to work with countries, people living with HIV/AIDS, organizations and the pharmaceutical industry “to find mechanisms that address the immediate need to rapidly increase access and affordability of life-saving drugs, while maintaining the long-term need to foster research and development in innovative medicines.” WHO has pledged to work towards universal access to HIV prevention services and to treatment and care for people living with HIV/AIDS, all by 2010. 10 April 2007The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today welcomed the decision of Abbott Laboratories to reduce the price of a drug which has proved particularly effective as a “second-line” antiretroviral therapy (ART) for people living with HIV/AIDS. read more

The requirements of delivery are what pushed the service into the community mailbox program and away from door-to-door delivery, a move that was expected to save about $400 million a year before the Trudeau government shelved the plan.Despite steady declines of between around four and eight per cent per year, lettermail still provides the bulk of Canada Post’s revenues. Last year transactional mail pulled in $2.9 billion to make up 45 per cent of revenue, down from $3.2 billion or 54 per cent in 2011. Advertising, or direct marketing mail, makes up the other main segment for the service at $1.1 billion in revenue last year.The strike, however, threatens its core business further, since companies have been using it to encourage more people to switch to digital, said Bird.They had enormous leverage in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s because the strike would cripple, literally cripple the economyMalcolm Bird, associate professor of political science, University of Winnipeg Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press Last year, parcel revenue came in at $2.1 billion, or about 33 per cent of Canada Post revenue, up from about $1.3 billion or 21 per cent of revenue in 2011.Parcel volume has climbed from about 143 million packages in 2011 to 242 million last year for an almost 70 per cent increase, as the service has also looked to increase convenience of the service with delivery lockers, self-service drop-offs, and same day delivery in Toronto and Montreal.In a 2016 annual report, Canada Post said it delivered nearly two thirds of online orders by Canadians.Lee said the service has been competitive, offering somewhat cheaper rates than private operators, but it’s been saddled with labour costs, a large pension obligation, and a culture slow to change.“Canada Post, which for over 200 years was a protected monopoly of the state, is dying before our eyes, but the culture hasn’t caught up,” he said.Pivoting has been hampered by difficult labour relations, pension obligations, as well as the structure of the service itself, said Malcolm Bird, associate professor of political science at the University of Winnipeg.Canada Post, which for over 200 years was a protected monopoly of the state, is dying before our eyes, but the culture hasn’t caught upIan Lee, associate professor at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business “They’ve got difficult labour relations, political interference in their operations, they’ve got to deliver mail to everywhere regardless of the cost, so there may be a few little advantages, but I suspect they would be far outweighed by their public service role.”A government discussion paper noted that labour costs are about 41 per cent higher than comparable businesses in the private sector.Canada Post has to deliver to every address in Canada, but the number of addresses are increasing while each customer is using the service less. Parcel deliveries is a way to offset some of its costly obligations, said Bird.“Canada Post, in raw political terms, it provides mail and package delivery services to rural and small town Canada, and the north, places where private companies provide limited service, if at all….this universal service obligation is at the absolute core of its political mandate.”Idle Canada Post trucks sit in the parking lot of the Saint-Laurent sorting facility in Montreal amid a rotating strike. TORONTO — The Canada Post of today that finds itself struggling through rotating strikes is a very different organization from the postal service that last saw labour disruptions.Back in 2011, as the company faced a labour dispute that led to its first loss in 17 years, then-CEO Deepak Chopra unveiled a plan to restructure the centuries-old institution to adapt to major structural changes brought on by the internet, including both a plunge in lettermail and a rise in packages.“Starting in 2007, letter volumes started to collapse like a stone,” said Ian Lee, an associate professor at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business, who has studied the crown corporation.“That was their bread and butter, their core business, and their most profitable. Vastly, by far their most profitable product was lettermail. They charged lots of money, and it cost very little to deliver it.”Ottawa ready to order end to Canada Post strike if no deal within ‘next few days’Month-long backlog of undelivered mail piles up with no settlement to Canada Post strikes in sightCanada Post asks for halt to international shipments as parcel backlog growsBy 2011 the Canada Post Group of Companies, which includes subsidiary Purolator Holdings Ltd. and others, was handling about 10 billion pieces of mail a year for a 1.8-billion drop from 2007. Last year, total volume came in at 8.4 billion as the service has sustained a steady drop in its core business of transaction mail made of up letters, bills, statements, invoices and other paperwork that’s now gone digital.In response, the company switched emphasis to its parcel service, which for years had stood at a fairly stable level.But the transition hasn’t been easy, said Lee, since unlike lettermail, parcel services have stiff competition from major international players like UPS and Fedex.“People say, ok well great, you lost one product line, you get another product line. It’s not that simple…this is a very competitive space, there is no monopoly.”Still, a rapid rise in overall parcels being sent out to consumers has helped Canada Post record significant gains in the space.As lettermail declines, Canada Post has made significant gains in its parcel delivery service. “Every single company that still provides paper letters, paper bills to people, is trying to use these rotating strikes to make even more people go on to electronic bills and get rid of paper.”The rotating strike has also shown the waning necessity of the postal service, said Lee.“They had enormous leverage in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s because the strike would cripple, literally cripple the economy because it brought the payment system to its knees.”Today it is an inconvenience for small businesses and customers ordering online, but hardly critical, he said.“It’s a bit of an inconvenience, but it’s not the end of the world like it once was.” read more

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2013 3:53 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email GLV Group shares surge as company swings to a small fourth-quarter profit MONTREAL – GLV said its restructuring plan is succeeding as it reported its best operating performance in two years, prompting its share price to surge.The water treatment and pulp and paper company ended its fiscal year with a small $396,000 profit, a big improvement from the loss recorded a year earlier but short of analyst estimates.GLV (TSX:GLV.A) said Thursday the profit for the period ended March 31 amounted to a penny per share.It compared with a loss of $52.8 million, or $1.20 per share, a year ago when the company took a $40.9-million writedown.Revenue totalled $152.4 million, down from $168.5 million, primarily due to order challenges at its pulp and paper division.The company was expected to earn three cents per share on $160.6 million in revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, GLV’s shares gained 25 cents or 10 per cent, to $2.75 in Thursday afternoon trading.GLV’s backlog stood at $380 million, the highest level in five quarters, driven by three large contracts announced in April.“While the refocusing plan will gradually improve our financial performance over the next fiscal year, the progress achieved so far has already positively impacted our operating results,” chief executive Richard Verreault said during a conference call.Normalized adjusted pre-tax operating earnings (EBITDA) were $7.9 million, the best in two years, due mainly to improved margins in most of Ovivo’s core segments.He said the “encouraging global performance” was achieved despite a lower backlog in the pulp and paper group caused by the continuing economic slowdown in Europe and Asia.“If fiscal 2013 was a transition year, fiscal 2014 will be a year of investment to support the growth of GLV group globally,” Verreault told analysts.For the full financial year, the company said it lost $12.8 million, or 29 cents per share, on $585.2 million in revenue. That compared with a loss of $54.1 million, or $1.23 per share, on $643.4 million the previous year.GLV expects revenues in fiscal 2014 will increase to between $600 million and $625 million.Pierre Lacroix of Desjardins Capital Markets said solid execution in the quarter supports his view that margin recovery is underway at GLV.“We are encouraged by the sequential improvement in backlog, especially as GLV reorients the Ovivo division toward its core competencies (electronics, metals, energy and municipal) and the lower risk aftermarket parts and services market,” he wrote in a report.Lacroix said he’s confident that sustained pulp prices should boost the pulp and paper division’s results.“We believe the key for GLV will be to show consistency in its results over the coming quarters in order to regain credibility with investors.” read more

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a hybrid war crimes tribunal established in 2006, convicted Nuon Chea, 88, and Khieu Samphan, 83, of murder, extermination and other charges of crimes against humanity for their roles in the Pol Pot regime which ruled from 1975-1979.Nearly 2 million people are thought to have died during that period of forced labour, starvation, torture and execution.The verdict was heralded by both Cambodia’s Government and the UN as a “historic moment in international criminal justice.”“It is also a momentous day for the people of Cambodia. Since the Khmer Rouge regime was overthrown on 7 January 1979, just over 35 years ago, the Cambodian people have struggled to rebuild their society,” said Sok An, Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Stephen Mathias, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs in a joint statement released today.The Trial Chamber found that, together with other Khmer Rouge leaders, both Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan participated in a criminal enterprise to achieve a rapid socialist revolution through a “great leap forward” by whatever means necessary including through the mass evacuation of urban centres to establish an agrarian utopia. According to the court, both had implemented policies that forcibly displaced people.In April 1975, during the first phase of the movement of the population at least two million people were forcibly transferred from Phnom Penh by Khmer Rouge soldiers often at gunpoint, and in terrifying and violent circumstances. The population was forced to march to rural areas during the hottest time of the year and without adequate food, water or medical care.According to the Tribunal, there were numerous instances of Khmer Rouge soldiers shooting and killing civilians during the course of the evacuation, while many others died of exhaustion, malnutrition or disease. There was another phase of the movement of the population between September 1975 and December 1977, where scores more were displaced.Over the trial period, the UN deployed international judges, prosecutors and staff to the ECCC through the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials. The substantive hearings began in 2011 and concluded with closing statements on 31 October 2013. During the 222 days of trial, the Chamber heard testimonies from 92 individuals. An unprecedented 100,000 people visited the court to see the trial, while millions more followed it through live television, radio broadcasts and the internet.While the war crimes tribunal found only Nuon Chea to be responsible as a superior for all crimes committed, both Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan have the right to appeal their convictions and sentence imposed.Later in the day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took note of the ECCC decision calling it a “momentous day for the people of Cambodia and for international criminal justice.” Meanwhile, he also welcomed the National Assembly of Cambodia’s holding sessions from 8 August with all members, including opposition parliamentarians. Welcoming the reopening of Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, he encouraged the two main parties in Cambodia to continue their efforts toward reform and strengthening of democratic institutions “in a spirit of cooperation for the benefit of all Cambodians.” read more

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Kevin McKay scored 23 points, Shawn Roundtree and Larry Austin Jr. added 17 apiece and Central Michigan beat NAIA Siena Heights 103-75 on Sunday.David DiLeo hit three 3-pointers and finished with 14 points, Rob Montgomery scored 11 and Dallas Morgan added 10 for Central Michigan.Austin scored seven points during a 14-3 run, including a 3-point play to cap the spurt, that made it 46-32 with 2:52 left in the first half and the Chippewas (5-1) led by double figures the rest of the way. They took a 14-point lead into the break and then scored 11 of the first 16 second-half points to make it 63-43 with nearly 17 minutes to go and DiLeo hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give CMU a 32-point lead about 11 minutes later.Sergio Stephen and Josh Winowiecki scored 11 points apiece for Siena Heights.CMU shot 52 per cent from the field, made 35 of 47 from the free-throw line and had a season-high 17 steals. The Chippewas scored 32 points off 24 Siena Heights turnover.The Associated Press read more

first_imgVasili Kanidiadis, famous host of the Vasili’s Garden show, was presented with Melbourne Award for Contribution to Sustainability by an Individual. About 10 years ago, Vasili Kanidiadis hit on the idea of visiting gardeners from different migrant backgrounds to learn about their techniques and educate people about growing, harvesting and cooking their own food. Each week, with his show Vasili’s Garden, he visits the private world of backyard gardeners to discover passionate people willing to share their knowledge. Now in its 10th year, Melbourne awards are given to individuals and organisations for their contributions to the city’s profile, community, and sustainability. “I’m honoured to have received such an award, I never expected to receive it. I feel very proud to have been acknowledged for what we love to do and that is to teach and share with the wider community how to live sustainably, from the garden right through to the kitchen. This is something that we will continue to do as long as we physically can,” Vasili tells Neos Kosmos. Aired on Channel 31 and SBS, in the highly popular Vasili’s Garden, Vasili passes on the information he learnt about the benefits of recycling, reducing and reusing products – knowledge often handed down from parents and grandparents who had to garden to survive in their home countries. The show has recently clocked up 500 episodes and is still growing. “Next year in the new series we’re introducing new segments like healthy habits, green living, how to’s in the garden and great kitchen recipes as well,” Vasili said, with more information to be revealed closer to the launch date. In June and July this year, over 20 episodes of Vasili’s Garden were filmed in Greece. The team is hoping to go back to Greece soon, as Vasili said, but like all shows it requires sponsorship support to make it possible. “The audience of Vasili’s Garden absolutely loved the shows that were filmed in Greece and are always asking for more,” Vasili said. Vasili also has regular segments on radio with SBS and 3AW, writes a weekly column for the Herald Sun and edits his own magazine titled Good Organic Gardening. He runs an organic cafe and grocery store as part of his garden centre – at 21 – 25 Munro Street, Coburg, Victoria – with auditorium where he hosts cooking classes and gardening demonstrations. “The classes have gone through the roof, the garden and cafe has out grown the space they have, but we love a packed house every time. “Average class size is 50 with kids and about 35 with adults. Everyone wants to become more environmentally friendly and it’s great to see they believe in us to guide them in the right direction,” Vasili said. Amongst the organic and home-style dishes that this place has to offer, Vasili says that the most popular is definitely mama’s Eleni home-style spanakopita, then the moussaka and galaktoboureko. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgThe last three articles of the anti-racism bill were passed through Parliament this week in a roll call vote.Articles 1, 2 and 3 received clear majorities from the 100 MPs allowed to vote as Parliament is still in its summer session. The three articles were voted on separately after requests by SYRIZA and Golden Dawn last week.The bill, passed after months of delays, foresees jail terms of up to three years and large fines for those who incite attacks against people based on their race or sexual orientation. Those who praise historical acts of genocide such as the Holocaust, the mass killings of Armenians, Christians in Asia Minor and Black Sea Greeks face similar treatment.Source: Ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more