U.P. becomes first State to endorse Centre’s triple talaq draft bill

first_imgUttar Pradesh has become the first State to endorse the Central government’s draft bill that makes instant triple talaq a cognisable and non-bailable offence.The draft law, which provides for three-year imprisonment and a fine to a man trying to divorce his wife by uttering “talaq” three times, got the State government’s approval at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow on Tuesday night.“The Centre’s draft Bill on triple talaq has been endorsed by the Cabinet. The Centre had asked the States to send their respective views on it by December 10,” State government spokesman and Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said.Bill to be introduced in winter session of Parliament An official said the proposal is to be introduced as a bill in the winter session of Parliament beginning next week. There have been 177 reported cases of instant talaq before the judgement and 66 after the Supreme Court order this year. …Uttar Pradesh tops the list.” On August 22, the Supreme Court struck down triple talaq, calling the practice unconstitutional and in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution, which provides for equality before the law.The draft ‘Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill’ was sent by the Centre to the States as the practice continued despite the Supreme Court striking it down.The draft was prepared by an inter-ministerial group headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.The proposed law would only be applicable on instant triple talaq or ‘talaq-e-biddat’ and it would give power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children.The woman can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate who will take a final call on the issue.Under the draft law, triple talaq in any form — spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp — would be bad or illegal and void.The provision of subsistence allowance and custody has been made to ensure that in case the husband asks the wife to leave the house she should have legal protection.last_img read more

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Manifesto Urges Breaking Down Europe’s Scientific Borders

first_imgBRUSSELS—For more than a decade, Europe’s politicians and research leaders have talked about the need to make it easier for scientists to work with their colleagues across borders and relocate within the European Union. But despite the talk, the concept of a “free market for research” hasn’t advanced much.Now, two members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have proposed taking legally binding measures to force E.U. countries to take the idea seriously. But their proposal, presented here at a meeting on 16 October, has elicited lukewarm responses from universities and research funders.The suggestion comes from two Italian MEPs from different political sides: Luigi Berlinguer, a democrat and former science minister in his country, and Amalia Sartori, the conservative chairwoman of the Parliament’s research committee. In their manifesto, titled A Maastricht for Research, Berlinguer and Sartori say the time has come to “speed up” the advent of the so-called European Research Area (ERA) through E.U. directives and even a “constitutional commitment.” (E.U. directives are used to align national laws by a set deadline, leaving member states free to decide how they meet shared E.U. goals.)Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The document’s title refers to the landmark Maastricht treaty, signed in 1992, which created a single European market ensuring the free movement of goods, capital, people, and services. Eight years later, the idea to create the “fifth freedom” emerged—the free circulation of researchers, scientific knowledge, and technology. By 2014, ERA would make the European Union’s research policies more coherent and enable scientists to move from Athens to Paris as easily as U.S. scientists relocate from Boston to San Diego.The reality is very different. R&D policy mostly remains the turf of individual member states, with distinct programs and rules. For example, management and political barriers often make it complex to build and share expensive, pan-European research facilities, and a patchwork of vastly different pension and social security systems can make moving across borders very impractical or financially unattractive.In a progress report released last month, the European Commission acknowledged that the European Union risks falling short of the 2014 deadline. “There’s a huge amount of work that needs to be done,” research commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said at the time, calling once again on member states to do their part.The manifesto lists ways to make more progress, including coordinating national research programs, improving cross-border arrangements for pension and social security rights, or making research grants portable from one country to another. And it proposed doing so through legal means instead of good intentions and calls from Brussels to cooperate.The manifesto has been endorsed by six other MEPs who have focused on research policy issues, as well as by former research commissioner Philippe Busquin, who championed the ERA concept in its early stages.Two years ago, Geoghegan-Quinn herself had likened the creation of the ERA to that of the European Union’s single market for goods and services. But in July 2012, she settled for a soft approach and signed nonbinding ERA agreements with universities and research organizations. “My political instinct would have been to go for a legislative proposal on ERA. I was convinced […] particularly by member states that they would prefer to give a chance for ERA to work with softer measures,” she explained after a meeting of E.U. science ministers here last month. “I wouldn’t rule out the legislative route for my successor,” said Geoghegan-Quinn, who finishes her term next year.In any case, this would not be about merging national research systems or institutions, her spokesperson says. “Legislation is not a quick fix and would be complex. We’re dealing with research systems, not markets,” he says.Kurt Deketelaere, a law professor at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and an expert on E.U. science policy, says Geoghegan-Quinn did not have time to launch a complex legislative process that would have prompted resistance from member states, which generally want to retain control over their policies. The nonbinding agreements brought fresh impetus and visibility to the issue, he says.However, “it’s quite naive to imagine that you can create the fifth freedom without legislative measures,” Deketelaere adds. These could be specific rules (for example on pension rights or VAT rates for the purchase of research equipment) and/or a broad framework directive, allowing individuals to challenge countries that block the free circulation of scientists and ideas.The European University Association (EUA) isn’t convinced. “Legislative measures may not be the best way to promote the necessary changes in the university sector,” says Lidia Borrell-Damian, EUA’s head of unit for research partnerships. Borell-Damian cites the example of the so-called Bologna process to harmonize higher education across Europe, which has taken place since 1999 through gradual “bottom-up” measures, rather than being imposed from the top down.Science Europe, a group of research organizations and funding agencies, sounds a similar note of caution. “It is premature,” says senior policy officer Sébastien Huber. “European cross-country collaboration at research level is similar in volume to interstate collaboration in the United States,” Huber says. Instead of focusing on the negative, Europe should play to its strengths and preserve its diversity of approaches rather than seeking alignment between countries.E.U. heads of state will discuss the ERA at a European Council meeting here next week, but any concrete action is unlikely until the commission is renewed next year, after elections for the European Parliament in May.last_img read more

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Cignal’s Jose named D-League MVP

first_imgRaymar Jose. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDisplaying unmatchable grit all-conference long, Cignal HD’s Raymar Jose came away with the Conference Most Valuable Player award for the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.The hardworking forward averaged 12.27 points and 10.18 rebounds in leading the Hawkeyes to a second straight Finals appearance this conference.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘Sorry it didn’t last long,’ says Marvin after 21-second KO leads 2-gold boxing haul Jose is currently with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games as the Philippines seeks its 18th gold medal in the biennial meet.He is the third player from Far Eastern University to win the plum, following the footsteps of Mac Belo (2016 Aspirants’ Cup) and Mike Tolomia (2016 Foundation Cup).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJose edged Cignal teammate Jason Perkins, Flying V’s Jeron Teng, and CEU’s JK Casiño for the award. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasionlast_img read more

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Technology and today’s players have ruined sports

first_imgSome weeks ago, after the first round of the India Badminton Open in Delhi, Doordarshan reported that Saina Nehwal, world no. 4 and India’s pride, had lost to an unknown Japanese player. She appeared sluggish, said the report, barely moving, and missing some easy shots. All the while the reporter was speaking of her dismal performance, a visual from the Commonwealth Games final was being screened in which Saina was winning and beaming, moving swiftly and putting away smashes. The mismatch between the audio and the visual didn’t seem to bother the producers of the show. It was important to have a file picture on screen even if it contradicted the story.Newspapers are no better. In a recent article on the sports page of a leading daily, the reporter had gone out of his way to interview members of the winning team, citing all the instances of gut wrenching practice, and an analysis of the strategies employed by the coach and the captain.ProblemThe report assiduously recorded the score line, the many penalties, the difficulties of play during the late afternoon drizzle, the noisy spectators, and the Honda car that was part of the reward.Even the name of the minister who gave away the winner’s trophy and the amount of the cheque. So complete was the report, so diligent and thorough the piece, it was hard to fault the correspondent on anything. But in a minor oversight, he had forgotten to mention the sport he was covering. Through a series of clues the reader gathered it was a team sport, so tennis, golf and chess were eliminated.advertisementThe players continued to play despite the rain on a muddy field; so hockey, football and rugby entered the picture. By a process of elimination, the reader eventually arrived at football.The real problem today however is not just with the presentation of sports, but with sport itself. Sports technology and the usual build of sportspersons has made most games dull and mechanical.For years, the real thrill of basketball was in the remarkable ability of diminutive men to miss a basket while standing directly below it. The need to launch the ball high up, made missing shots not just possible, but pleasurable. Players were frail and weak, like the rest of us. And most times the ball hit the rim and bounced away into the audience. Somewhere half way into the game, when one of the puny men scored, usually after multiple unsuccessful tries, there was a feeling of real jubilation.Physical handicaps and difficulties that must be overcome to score a basket gave true meaning to the sport. At the 1982 Asian Games, in the quarterfinal match Kuwait beat Singapore with a score of 28- 4. Contrast this with the 110- 108 score in the recent game between the New York Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers. Everyone was a Michael Jordan, inordinately tall, and scoring cleanly and effortlessly from a mile away. Now which would you rather watch, a game whose scoreline is calibrated like a Rolex watch, or one which is like a Hindustan Ambassador, puffing up a steep hillside? The same holds true for tennis. In the 1970s, the sport was the most lyrical bastion of stroke making. People trudged up to Wimbledon to watch Ken Rosewall’s backhand, and Rod Laver’s forehand; they went to see John MacEnroe volley – and listen to his abuses. Finesse, balance and placement made tennis into a sporting art form, in which keeping score was almost redundant. Who cared if Borg won, or Arthur Ashe lost! They played with wood and strings of sheep gut, retrieving and returning a ball with the agility and grace of a performing art. That was enough.Parameters Nadal’s march into the top league, with flared biceps and disturbing grunts, is a reminder that changing the rules and equipment of a sport are no guarantees of its visual value and longevity. The new rackets of titanium and steel alloy are similar to the material used in the Apollo spacecraft: as a result, the ball is rendered invisible on the serve. So, manufacturers have countered by making the tennis ball heavier. Still Nadal’s wrestle- mania frame manages so exhaustive and extreme a court coverage, that he looks like an efficient honey bee pollinating a small flower patch.Again because of their unusually healthy physique, rallies continue for so long that you can walk off for a long lingering lunch, and join the action 42 strokes later just before the point ends.For the game to become watchable again, the court size needs to be enlarged by several feet; just the way basketball nets need to be raised to double the players’ height. While on the subject, it may be worthwhile widening football’s goal posts as well, so as to avoid 90 minutes of a game with a result of Nil- Nil.advertisementSports historian, Adrian Winetraub, writing in the 19th century, described sport as an expression of the six Ss: Strength, Skill, Stamina, Speed, Sweat and Spirit. ” Dost thou useth thine attributes to maketh and measureth sport”, he wrote in Latin, making it sound like Olde Englishe. With these six measures, the point he made rang true for all sports, though I would not defend the presence of spirit on that list. Winetraub also made clear that activities that require skill or produce sweat, ” doth not sport” necessarily be, thereby excluding cooking, and baking from the list. And even casting suspicions on gardening.By the same token, how does rifle shooting qualify as sport? Certainly it takes great courage to work with a weapon as deadly as a rifle, as opposed to a racket or a bat. But to stand in one place, unmoving and emotionless, and aiming at something immovable, is the antithesis of all other forms of sporting activity. As Maharaja Jasvinder Singh Rathore of Bikaner put it, ” it’s like shooting a sleeping tiger from a Machaan.”GovernmentThe truth is, sports don’t matter.Cricket does, not for its popularity, but as a business more profitable than Bollywood, more lucrative than IT, almost as good a money spinner as politics. Having replaced film as a joyride into fun, fantasy and forgetting, today it is the ordinary Indian’s quickest form of easy entertainment.No longer the car chase in a red Chevy with Amitabh and Madhuri, but an hour long run chase in flat open grassland with eleven villains and two heroes. No longer Mr. Daga at Regal, instead the Deccan Chargers at Wankhede. Cricket is on 24- hour call.What makes sporting culture interesting in India is the government’s complete and unabashed lack of interest in it. As crores worth of Commonwealth stadia and equipment rot on precious city real estate, and its emperor rots in jail, and the sports ministry works up fresh courage to host some more audacious Olympic event, the public is happily settled into the sofa. There are still three more weeks of IPL, then the West Indies tour, then the?.. I end again with Doordarshan. So farcical is government sports coverage that during the Commonwealth Games the most visible sport on television was ‘ Lawn Bowls’. For hours on end old people like myself were shown rolling a black ball along the grass. The camera followed the rolling ball till it came to a halt; then another old person bent down and rolled another ball as slowly as possible down the grass. With infinite patience the camera followed the ball till, once again, it stopped. Then another. Doordarshan’s coverage of Lawn Bowls continued throughout the games, without even a commercial break. And this from a government that wants to develop a strong sporting culture in the country. I rest my case.advertisementThe writer is a well known architectlast_img read more

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Thank god for giving me strength to do this: Kieron Pollard after 31-ball 83 vs KXIP

first_imgMumbai Indians registered their third successive win this season and it was all due to their stand-in skipper Kieron Pollard that they were able to pull off a terrific result in their favour against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday as the home team won by 3 wickets at the Wankhede stadium.Mumbai needed 198 runs to win but got off to a poor start with openers Siddhesh Lad, Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav back in the hut inside the first 10 overs.Kieron Pollard then joined the run chase and slowly but surely, started to bring Mumbai back in the run chase along with Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya and Alzarri Joseph.Pollard added 32 runs with Kishan for the fourth wicket, 41 runs with Hardik for the fifth and then 54 with Joseph for the 7th to take Mumbai within touching distance of the target.The burly West Indian was dismissed in the second ball of the last over with four needed for victory from final five balls.Alzarri Joseph (15 not out), who added a crucial 54 runs in 23 balls with Pollard for the seventh wicket, and Rahul Chahar (1) managed to hold their nerves to take side past the finish line.What a victory this for the @mipaltan. The dressing room celebrations say it all #MIvKXIP pic.twitter.com/ZXDmrv6Ql3IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 2019Pollard, who was leading Mumbai Indians in the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma, dedicated the win to his wife.”I would like to thank God. Need to thank him for giving strength to me for doing the things that I do. Also love to thank my wife, it’s her birthday today and I want to dedicate this to her. I went up the order because I enjoy batting at Wankhede.advertisement”Plan was to attack Ashwin as spin wasn’t doing great. Unfortunately it didn’t happen but it was about staying calm. Was a difficult pitch to bowl on and good to bat on, so we did well with the ball after the start they got. We did pull things back in the middle overs a bit but lost the plot at the end.”Again, can’t be harsh on the bowlers. We finished on the right end of the result and thanks to God for that to. Obviously, Rohit is the captain of the team and it was only a precautionary measure for the team. He should be back in the next game. I would gladly give it back to him and field at the boundary, while also thinking of what to contribute to the team,” Pollard said after picking up the man-of-the-match award.Your reaction to this win in one emoji is ____#OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #MIvKXIP @tags pic.twitter.com/UHd2yt74epMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 10, 2019Pollard’s pyrotechnics stole the thunder from Kings XI openers K L Rahul who had carried his bat through with an unbeaten 100 in 64 balls with the help of six fours and as many sixes and his opening partner Chris Gayle who smashed 63 in 36 balls with seven sixes and three fours.The victory was the third in a row for MI and took their tally to eight from six games while Kings XI suffered their third defeat in seven games.Also Read | KXIP star KL Rahul hits maiden Indian Premier League hundredAlso Read | IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma rested vs KXIP, Kieron Pollard to lead Mumbai IndiansAlso Read | KXIP co-owner Preity Zinta flaunts her language skills with Afghanistan spinner Mujeeblast_img read more

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Former Ohio State Football Star Appears To Call Out The Coaches

first_imgTwo Ohio State football helmetsNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State is trying to battle back and beat Penn State in Happy Valley. If they can’t get a big defensive stop, it won’t matter.Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley has run wild, making plays all night, particularly with his legs. The Buckeyes have been hard-pressed to stop him, and he’s a major reason Penn State is ahead 26-21.Ohio State fans are frustrated with what is going on, and so is former Buckeye star Ryan Shazier. It appears that Shazier called out the coaching staff on Twitter following a touchdown that put PSU up 26-14We not putting the players in position to succeed!! Smh— Ryan Shazier (@RyanShazier) September 30, 2018Now, Shazier might not have been singling out the defense, though that is his area of expertise.Chris Brown of Smart Football had his own criticism about OSU’s linebacking corps–and how they are coached.Also I remain continually puzzled by what Ohio State’s linebackers are taught to read— Chris B. Brown (@smartfootball) September 30, 2018Despite all of this, Ohio State still has a shot to win the game. It needs to get the ball back and score though.Check out the final minutes of this one on ABC.last_img read more

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Fox Trapping Program in Mulgrave

first_imgThe departments of Health Promotion and Protection and Natural Resources are preparing to conduct a fox trapping program in Mulgrave, Guysborough Co. Foxes collected during this program will be part of a precautionary rabies surveillance effort. In December 2007, several incidents of unusual fox behaviour were reported in the Mulgrave area, including attacks on domestic animals. After the incidents, two foxes were caught and tested positive for rabies. Canadian and United States rabies experts recommend increased surveillance to ensure that the disease has been contained. “At this point, we do not believe there are any more foxes with rabies in this area,” said Dr. Shelly Sarwal, medical officer of health for province. “This is simply a monitoring effort to ensure the health and safety of residents.” Rabies is a serious disease caused by a virus that primarily affects wild animals, such as bats. Sick animals can pass the disease to other wildlife, pets or humans in their saliva, mainly by biting. Throughout the next month, a trapper will be in the area setting up to 50 padded leg-hold traps. The traps will be monitored daily and are not dangerous to children or animals. “There is a possibility that pets could get caught in the traps, said Department of Natural Resources wildlife manager, Mike O’Brien. “As always, it is illegal to allow dogs to run at large in wildlife habitat. For the safety of pets and wildlife, we continue to recommend that residents watch all pets closely.” Even though rabies is rare in Nova Scotia, immunization remains the only way to guarantee animals are protected against the disease. That’s why all pet owners are encouraged to get their pets vaccinated. For more information about the trapping program, contact the Guysborough Natural Resources district office by phoning 902-533-3503. Residents may also call 1-800-565-2224 outside of regular office hours. For more information about rabies, visit www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/cdpc/rabies.asp .last_img read more

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Rainy spell brings respite for city dwellers to continue for next 48

first_imgKolkata: Rain lashed various parts of South Bengal including the city on Sunday afternoon, giving respite to the people from the rising discomfort level in the past few days.Sunday’s rain not only brought relief for the people from the sweltering heat and high level of humidity, but also brought down the mercury by a few notches. The discomfort level in the city and other South Bengal districts was on the rise with the humidity shooting up for the past few weeks. The city dwellers were also facing a tremendous heat spell. The fishermen in the coastal districts have already been asked not to voyage into the sea in the next 72 hours, as strong winds would be blowing through the region. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt may be mentioned here that the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore on Saturday predicted heavy rainfall in all the coastal districts due to a low pressure trough formed over Bay of Bengal. As predicted, the coastal districts received heavy rainfall on Sunday, as the low pressure trough gained some strength. According to the weather office prediction, all the South Bengal districts will receive light to moderate rainfall for the next two days due to the impact of the low pressure trough. A strong breeze may be sweeping through different parts of South Bengal along with rain. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSaturday’s rainfall brought temporary relief from the heat, but the city dwellers felt the sultry weather from Sunday morning again as the temperature rose. Another short spell later in the day, however, provided people some respite. “A low pressure trough formed over Bay of Bengal will further intensify, thereby contributing to more rainfall in all the South Bengal districts in the next two days. The coastal districts will receive heavy rainfall,” a senior weather official said. The districts like North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Jhargram and West Midnapore may receive rainfall coupled with lightning, while North Bengal districts will receive light to moderate rainfall in the next 48 hours.last_img read more

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Indian space station will provide a research platform unmatched on Earth Govt

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian space station, when fully established, will provide a research platform unmatched on this planet, the government said Wednesday, asserting its expected benefits are likely in the areas of human health, disaster relief and food and water conservation. In a written response to a question in Lok Sabha, MoS in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh said a space station is an integral element of human spaceflight programme as it allows sustained human presence in space to carry out meaningful research. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! He, however, said the programme is still at a nascent stage. “India’s plan of space station is a long-term plan after successful operationalisation of Gaganyaan,” he said. India aims to launch Gaganyaan, its manned mission to space, by 2022. Last month, Indian Space Research Organisation chairman K Sivan announced at a press conference India’s plan to have its own space station. The Indian space station design will be modular with initial modules weighing nearly 20 tonnes. It will have a provision for extended stay for three crew members. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Singh said the Indian space station will provide a research platform that cannot be matched on Earth. “The expected benefits are likely in the areas of human health, tele-medicine, vaccine development, material development, disaster relief, efficient farming techniques, food and water conservation, waste management techniques, environment research and education programmes that inspire the youth,” he said. The current space platform is the International Space Station orbiting at an altitude of 400 km. It is operated by five space agencies: NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia), CSA (Canada), JAXA (Japan) and ESA (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK). In a separate question, Singh said the sanctioned cost of Chandrayaan-2 and Aditya-L1 is Rs 603 crore and Rs 378.53 crore, respectively.last_img read more

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Tax filings may increase 10 by Marchend Govt

first_imgNEW DELHI: The government is hoping for a 10 per cent jump in tax returns filed by the end of March as many individuals who did not make their annual filings by the August 31 deadline may do so by paying a penalty. Data released by the income tax department on Sunday showed that returns filed up to August had increased by 4 per cent to 5.65 crore but was largely limited to salaried individuals. Going forward, those who file their returns by December will have to pay a penalty of Rs 5,000 while a penalty of Rs 10,000 will be levied on those filing by March 31. In the coming months, several other categories have to file their annual returns. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalLast year, there was a 71 per cent jump in the number of returns filed up to August 31. The number of returns filed for financial year 2017-18 rose 26 per cent up to March 31 as the government managed to add nearly 1 crore new filers, taking the number to 6.84 crore. Officials said the surge last year was on account of demonetisation as well as the initial impact of goods and services tax, which was rolled out on July 1, 2017, prompting many to disclose their income which was suppressed earlier. Tax officials said the growth this year was achieved on the back of a steady rise over the last two-three years. Besides, they believe that the robustness of the Aadhaar system has also been proved during the current exercise as nearly 80 per cent of the over 3 crore returns that have been verified were done using the unique identification number as people opted to do away with sending returns by courier.last_img read more

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Annual Warren Buffett Auction Change The World Start With Lunch

first_imgGlide is pleased to announce the 16th Annual eBay Power Lunch with Warren Buffett Auction.Offered through eBay Giving Works, bidding for this year’s charity auction runs Sunday, May 31 at 7:30pm PDT to Friday, June 5 at 7:30pm PDT.Each year, legendary investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett hosts just one charity lunch, always in support of GLIDE. Over the past 16 years, Buffett’s sustained commitment – and the giving spirit of the winning bidders – have helped raised nearly $18 million to support GLIDE’s unwavering mission to help San Francisco’s residents in need.The bidding starts at $25,000 and all bidders must pre-qualify prior to bidding at ebay.com/glide. The winning bidder will have the opportunity to bring seven friends to join him or her and Mr. Buffett for lunch at Smith & Wollensky in New York City. Over the past 15 years, the winning bids have ranged from $25,000 to $3,456,789, with the funds going directly to support GLIDE’s programs, which help people overcome hunger, poverty, homelessness and more. Last year’s auction brought in $2,166,766.“GLIDE helped me understand just how much a life can be transformed by unconditional love and some real material help,” said Buffett. “Nobody who’s donated to GLIDE has ever felt shortchanged. They always get their money’s worth.”“This auction has empowered and inspired so many people,” said GLIDE’s Co-Founder Reverend Cecil Williams. “Mr. Buffett has extended GLIDE’s legacy of unconditional love and acceptance. Offering this luncheon is different. It’s creative. It’s innovative. It’s a unique way to inspire others to see how they can give and connect with the humanity that is perhaps invisible to them.”“We are profoundly moved by the generosity of all the bidders and Warren Buffett’s commitment to our neighborhood and community,” said Janice Mirikitani, GLIDE Co-Founder. “Mr. Buffett inspires others who have the means to help bridge the divide between the haves and have-nots and every person who is involved is a pillar to that bridge.”“eBay is committed to building a future that enables and inspires charitable giving at scale, and is grounded in what the company does best – technology enabled commerce,” said eBay’s vice president of Global Communications and Social Innovation, Claire Dixon. “Last year alone, we helped charities raise $91.6 million – eBay is a proud supporter and partner to GLIDE as we assist in its mission of helping San Francisco residents in need.”This year’s auction offers bidders an opportunity to leave a legacy of generosity and make a powerful investment for good by sharing a meal and conversation with the world’s most renowned investor.For more information about the Auction, contact GLIDE at 415.674.6001, Buffett@Glide.org, or visit ebay.com/glide. For information about GLIDE, visit www.Glide.org.last_img read more

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Jobs figures tariff exemptions push Toronto US markets into positive

first_imgNorth American markets rallied Friday on strong U.S. jobs figures and a Canadian reprieve from U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum.The much-anticipated job figures showed U.S. employers added 313,000 jobs in February, while the hourly wage grew a low-than-expected 2.6 per cent compared to a year ago.The hiring showed continued strength in the economy while the wage growth — lower than the 2.9 per cent reported a month ago — tempered inflation fears, said Manulife Asset Management portfolio manager Cavan Yie.“The jobs data was very very positive, and in combination with that, the wage or inflation data was also positive in that it was lower than expected. So we’re not seeing the same level of wage growth that we saw in the previous month.“The markets sold off several weeks ago on the fears of higher-than-expected inflation, and what that meant for company margins and the fed potentially raising more than expected this year,” said Yie.The job numbers, along with Trump indefinitely exempting Canada and Mexico from the metal tariffs, helped U.S. markets recover from recent losses.Canada also posted positive jobs numbers Friday. The economy added 15,400 net new jobs last month and the unemployment rate edged down to 5.8 per cent — but the gains were due to a surge in part-time work that offset a heavy decline in full-time positions.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 440.53 points to 25,335.74. The S&P 500 index was up 47.60 points to 2,786.57 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 132.86 points to a record close of 7,560.81.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 39.11 points to 15,577.81, led by energy and materials.The Canadian dollar closed at 77.88 cents US, up 0.52 of a US cent. The loonie got a boost after Canadian industries learned they would be exempt from the tariffs, said Yie.“There was a huge relief rally in the loonie, reflecting Canada’s exemption from aluminum and steel tariffs. The loonie had taken quite a dive in the face of those comment initially as Canada as well all know is a major steel exporter to the U.S.”The April crude contract closed up US$1.92 to US$62.04 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.73 per mmBTU.The April gold contract ended up US$2.30 to US$1,324 an ounce and the May copper contract was up six cents to US$3.14 a pound.-With a file from Associate Presslast_img read more

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Concerned at fighting in Liberia Security Council members urge dialogue

In a statement to the press by the current President of the Council, Ambassador Alfonso Valdivieso of Colombia, the members called on the Liberian Government to pursue all peaceful avenues towards ending the fighting inside the country, pointing to the severe humanitarian consequences of the violence. “Members of the Council encourage the Liberian authorities to continue efforts aimed at national reconciliation,” he said, stressing the need for all human rights abuses to cease.Looking to recent positive developments, the statement welcomed a meeting held earlier this week which brought together the Foreign Ministers of the Mano River Union countries – Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. The members expressed hope that the initiative would broaden prospects for sustainable peace in the region. In addition, they encouraged the Mano River Union Women Peace Network and other civil society groups to “continue their useful effort to facilitate peace and dialogue” in the region.The statement also addressed the humanitarian plight of the Liberian people, with Council members inviting the international community to continue providing assistance to those affected by the conflicts, and calling on donors to maintain commitments to providing aid to Liberia. Monrovia was called on to do its part, by allowing humanitarian agencies safe access. All parties were invited to create conditions for providing relief aid to refugees and displaced persons.Prior to issuing its press statement, the Security Council met in closed consultations, hearing a briefing on the situation in Liberia by the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Danilo Turk, and by the UN Deputy Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs, Carolyn McAskie. In his briefing, Mr. Turk noted the positive outcome of the Mano River Union meeting, at which the three countries agreed to take collective measures to curb the activities of armed groups operating in their sub-region. Ms. McAskie told Council members that an estimated 34,000 people had been internally displaced by recent fighting between Government and rebel forces in northern Liberia, particularly in Lofa County. She also voiced her concern about the severe lack of funding that has undermined the ability of UN agencies and non-governmental organizations to provide basic assistance to the internally displaced persons and refugees in the West African sub-region, particularly in Liberia. read more

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Saskatchewan government deeply concerned over delay in Keystone decision

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the latest delay in a decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is a major blow to Canada’s energy industry.The U.S. State Department announced last week that it wants to give federal agencies more time to review the $5.4-billion proposal by Calgary-based TransCanada (TSX:TRP).TransCanada had hoped a legal dispute over the pipeline’s route in Nebraska would not further hold up a decision at the federal level.Wall says he is deeply concerned and calls the delay a major disappointment.He points out the pipeline has already passed the State Department’s own environmental impact assessment.The 2,700-kilometre line would move bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas.“The Keystone XL pipeline has been studied long and hard,” Wall said in a release Monday. “The pipeline will create thousands of jobs on both sides of the border, offers a safe and efficient method of moving large volumes of oil, and, according to the State Department, will not contribute to a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions.“This delay represents a major blow to the energy industry in Saskatchewan and in Canada and will place unnecessary strain on relations with our largest trading partner.”A portion of the Keystone pipeline would run through Saskatchewan.Wall said approval of the Keystone project is critical to the successful transport of other commodities in his province.“Saskatchewan grain, potash, and other commodities suffer every day the Keystone XL pipeline is not being built,” Wall said. “The United States needs to quit wavering and make a decision based on the facts, which support the construction of Keystone.“These politically motivated decisions are hurting the Saskatchewan economy, the U.S. economy and our ability to develop new markets and support North America energy sustainability.” by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 21, 2014 4:45 pm MDT Saskatchewan government ‘deeply concerned’ over delay in Keystone decision read more

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Yahoo CEO spinning off 15 per cent stake in Alibaba to avoid

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Yahoo CEO spinning off 15 per cent stake in Alibaba to avoid $16 billion in future taxes by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Jan 27, 2015 2:30 pm MDT In this Nov. 5, 2014 photo, a person walks in front of a Yahoo sign at the company’s headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Yahoo reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SAN FRANCISCO – Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is spinning off the company’s $39 billion stake in China’s Alibaba Group Holding in a move that wards off a potential shareholder rebellion.The highly anticipated decision announced Tuesday will enable Yahoo to avoid paying billions of dollars in future taxes while intensifying the pressure on Mayer to prove she can rejuvenate one of the Internet’s oldest and best-known companies.A newly formed entity called SpinCo will inherit ownership of Yahoo’s 384 million Alibaba shares when the tax-free spinoff is completed toward the end of this year.Existing Yahoo shareholders will receive stock in SpinCo, which will be designated as a registered investment company. The breakup is being set up so SpinCo’s gains from the sale of Alibaba stock will be taxed as a lower rate than Yahoo Inc. would have paid had it held on to the stake.Yahoo stockholders cheered Mayer’s plan as the company’s shares gained $3.44, or more than 7 per cent, to $51.43 in extended trading.The spinoff overshadowed Yahoo’s results for the final three months of last year. The fourth-quarter numbers showed Yahoo is still struggling to grow, even as more advertising shifts to the Internet and mobile devices.Yahoo earned $166 million, or 17 cents per share, a 52 per cent drop from the same period in the previous year. If not for certain charges, Yahoo said it would have earned 30 cents per share — a penny above the average estimate of analysts surveyed by FactSet.The company’s revenue dipped 1 per cent to $1.25 billion. After subtracting ad commissions, Yahoo’s revenue totalled $1.18 billion, another small decline from the previous year and slightly below analysts’ projections.It marks the eighth time in Mayer’s 10 quarters as Yahoo’s CEO that the company’s revenue has declined from the previous year.Yahoo Inc. invested just $1 billion in Alibaba nearly a decade ago, a bargain that slapped the company with massive tax bills as it whittled its stake during the past three years. Without the spinoff, Mayer estimated that Yahoo’s tax bills on its Alibaba stake would have been about $16 billion, based on Alibaba’s current market value.Investments in Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce company, and Yahoo Japan are the main reason Yahoo’s stock has more than tripled since Mayer defected from Google to become Yahoo’s CEO two-and-half years ago.Yahoo, which is based in Sunnyvale, California, is retaining its nearly 36 per cent stake in Yahoo Japan. The stake is currently worth nearly $7 billion, BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis estimated.“This is ideal for shareholders and shows that (Mayer) is aligning herself with shareholder interests, at least for now,” Gillis said.The spinoff is subject to approvals from the Internal Revenue Service and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Yahoo plans to jettison the Alibaba stake after the September expiration of a one-year lock-up agreement requiring Yahoo to hold on to the shares.The Alibaba investment is worth far more than Yahoo’s own online services, which have been struggling to generate more revenue for the past six years while rivals Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. grabbed a bigger piece of digital marketing budgets.Yahoo sold nearly $9.5 billion worth of stock in Alibaba’s initial public offering, triggering more than $3 billion in taxes.The handling of Yahoo’s Alibaba stake is so important to shareholders that one activist investor, hedge fudge manager Jeffrey Smith of Starboard Value, had threatened to spearhead an attempt to oust Mayer if she didn’t adopt a strategy that minimizes taxes.Smith also has been pressuring Mayer to commit to returning most of any future Alibaba windfalls to shareholders instead of spending the money to buy other companies — unless she embraces his call for Yahoo to merge with rival AOL Inc.Starboard Value did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Mayer assured analysts in a Tuesday presentation that she will take a “very disciplined” approach to any potential acquisitions. Yahoo still has about $10 billion in cash, providing plenty of firepower to finance more deals. Mayer already has spent about $1.7 billion on more than three dozen acquisitions during her reign. read more

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Leader of Opposition met Chairman of CARICOM and team

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCARICOM leaders to meet with UN Secretary General on VenezuelaJanuary 28, 2019In “Regional”Shifting EU goalposts demand unified regional response – CARICOMMarch 1, 2019In “latest news”CARICOM warns of elusive peace in VenezuelaMay 8, 2019In “latest news” Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, earlier today met with the Chairman of CARICOM, Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and team, including CARICOM-Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque , at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, 304 Church Street, Queenstown, Georgetown.The meeting discussed the no-confidence motion against the current APNU/AFC Coalition government.Chairman of CARICOM, Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris greets PPP Chief Whip, Gail TexieiraCARICOM-Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and PPP Presidential Candidate, Irfaan AliOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in discussions with the CARICOM Team read more

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For Guardiola todays result is not a big issue

first_imgThe Manchester City manager is working on having a stable team and won’t sweat it if the team loses or wins today in the Manchester DerbyToday the city of Manchester will be divided between blue and red.Manchester City and Manchester United will face off as part of the derby.But for the Citizens’ manager Pep Guardiola, today result is just part of the bigger picture.“I think all the managers need time, not just me,” Guardiola was echoed by Goal.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“We are better than the first year but that’s normal. I think the manager has to evaluate how the team changes during the time. When it’s better, that’s a good signal.”“We have the feeling, all of us, not just me, that the team is stable for a long time and that’s good,” he added.“Of course, we can lose, but that is part of the game, it’s not a big issue.”“Even last season against United we lost 2-3, but the feeling we had, we were disappointed, but we didn’t have too many regrets about the way we played, no, not at all. That’s why it will make you confident,” he concluded.last_img read more

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VIDEO 37yearold Jamal Crawford took on his 19yearold son in a Seattle

first_imgThis offseason, Jamal Crawford signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves to play his 19th NBA season. The 37-year-old also has 3 kids, including his 19-year-old son Eric, who was born while Jamal was at Michigan. Eric is headed to play ball at DII Benedict College next year.In an extremely cool father/son moment, the two recently went at it in a Seattle area Crawsover Pro Am League game. It’s not everyday you see an active NBA player squaring off against a son of NBA Draft eligible age. Not surprisingly, pops dominated, but Junior had a couple highlights, too.Daddy’s home.last_img read more

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Mandatory car insurance for tourists now can be paid online

first_imgNo related posts. Starting this week, tourists or travelers needing to enter the country in their own vehicles can pay for auto insurance online.The National Insurance Institute (INS) created a new section on its website (www.ins-cr.com) called “Póliza Turista,” where motorists can upload vehicle information in order to calculate costs, and then pay for it online using a credit or debit card. Once online payment is made, users print a receipt that they should keep as proof of payment.When arriving in the country the receipt must be presented to Customs officials who will grant a certificate of permission for the vehicle to circulate in the country.Article 60 of the country’s Traffic Law, which entered into force last year, states that “owners or drivers of foreign-registered vehicles must sign and maintain in force mandatory car insurance while the vehicle remains in the country.”In case of an accident, the insurance provides access to medical care, payments for temporary and permanent disability as well as life insurance.Drivers caught without the mandatory auto insurance can face fines up to ₡47,000 ($94) and have their license plates confiscated.The website is available only in Spanish, but those needing information in English can call a toll-free number, 800-83-53-467, or send an email to: polizaturista@ins-cr.com. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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