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Phoolka’s resignation accepted

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first_imgPunjab Assembly Speaker Rana K.P. Singh has accepted the resignation of former Aam Aadmi Party leader and MLA from Dakha constituency H.S. Phoolka.An official from the Speaker’s office on Friday confirmed that the resignation of Mr. Phoolka has been accepted.The former AAP leader, who had quit as legislator last year, recently wrote to the Speaker asking him to immediately accept his resignation or else he would be “constrained to approach the Supreme Court”.In his letter, Mr. Phoolka wrote: “In the event you (Speaker) do not take any decision on my resignation, I will be constrained to approach the Supreme Court of India.”Protest against ‘inaction’Mr. Phoolka had resigned from the position of MLA in October last year. He had quit expressing displeasure over the Congress government’s alleged failure to take action against all those named in the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report for their alleged role in incidents of police firing that led to deaths in the wake of sacrilege cases. Later, Mr. Phoolka also quit AAP.last_img read more

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State League Wrap

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first_imgVT LEAGUERESULTSWOMEN’S – ROUND FIVEMelbourne City Lions 6 def Bayside Vipers 4Casey Cougars 7 def Western Dodgers 5Uni Blues 3 def Northern Falcons 2WOMEN’S – ROUND SIXMelbourne City Lions 5 def Uni Blues 1Casey Cougars 4 def by Bayside Vipers 7Northern Falcons 5 def Western Dodgers 3WOMEN’S – ROUND SEVENBayside Vipers 13 def Northern Falcons 2Melbourne City Lions 14 def Casey Cougars 5Western Dodgers 3 def by Uni Blues 4 SA MIXED STATE LEAGUEROUND TWO RESULTSPREMIER DIVISIONEastern Stingrays 6 def Defence Eagles 1South West Wolves 5 def Northern Vipers 4Scorpions – byeB DIVISIONCentral Scorpions 5 def Eastern Stingrays 4Northern Vipers 10 def South West Wolves 2 The Eastern Stingrays sit on top of the Premier Division table following their 6-1 win over the Defence Eagles in round two. In the other game, the South West Wolves were one touchdown winners over the Northern Vipers, 5-4, while the Central Scorpions had the bye. The Stingrays are unbeaten after their two games so far in the competition while the Scorpions sit in second place on the ladder, with one win and the bye. The Wolves are placed third with their one win and one loss so far, while the Vipers and Eagles are yet to register a win in the competition. In the B division, the Scorpions are the only unbeaten team after the first two rounds, following their 5-4 win over the Stingrays. In the other match, the Vipers recorded their first win of the season, with their 10-2 win over the Wolves. The Scorpions are on eight points on the ladder following their strong start to the season, while the Vipers and the Stingrays sit in second and third place respectively after their one win and one loss each. The Wolves are yet to record a win in the competition. In round three Premier Division games, the Wolves will play the Scorpions, while the Stingrays will face the Vipers. Both games will be played at 7.20, while the Eagles have the bye in round three. In the B Division, the Scorpions will play the Wolves in a top versus bottom of the ladder clash, while the Stingrays will play the Vipers. The B Division games will commence at 6.30pm. For more information, please visit the Touch Football South Australia website:www.touchsa.com.au VT LeagueRounds five, six and seven were played in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions at Casey Fields last weekend, with the favourites beginning to emerge close to the midway of the competition. In the Women’s round five games, the Melbourne City Lions were two touchdown winners over fellow ladder leaders Bayside Vipers, 6-4, while the Casey Cougars were also two touchdown winners over the Western Dodgers. The Uni Blues just edged out the Northern Falcons, winning 3-2. In the Women’s round six games, the Lions continued their winning ways, beating the Blues by four touchdowns, while the Vipers were too good for the Cougars, as were the Falcons over the Dodgers. There were some big scores in the final round of the day in the Women’s competition, with the Vipers 11 touchdown winners over the Falcons, 13-2, while the Lions were nine touchdown winners over the Cougars, to take their third win of the day. The Blues were also winners in round seven, with their 4-3 win over the Dodgers. After seven rounds the Lions sit on top of the Women’s ladder, with seven wins from their seven games, followed by the Vipers with six wins. In the Men’s division, round five provided a tight round of matches, with the Dodgers and the Vipers both two touchdown winners over the Falcons and the Lions respectively. In the other match, the Blues were three touchdown winners over the Cougars, winning 6-3. In the second round of the day, the Vipers proved that they are a force to be reckoned with in 2009, with their 12 touchdown win over the Falcons, 16-4. The Dodgers and the Blues were both one touchdown winners in round six, with their respective wins over the Cougars and the Lions. In the final round of the day, the Vipers were one touchdown winners over the Dodgers, as were the Lions over the Cougars, while the Blues were too good for the Falcons, winning 10-6. After seven rounds, the Vipers sit on top of the ladder of the Men’s division, undefeated so far in the competition. This weekend’s games will be held at Albert Park on Friday, 23 October, with the Men’s round eight games commencing at 6.30pm. In round eight, the Blues will play the Dodgers, the Lions will face the Falcons and the Vipers will play the Cougars.The Women’s round eight games commence at 7.20pm and will see the Falcons face the Lions, Dodgers will play the Vipers and the Cougars will battle it out against the Blues. The Men’s round nine games will see the Vipers take on the Blues, the Cougars up against the Falcons and the Dodgers will play the Lions. The final round of the night sees the Women’s round nine games at 9.00pm, with the Cougars to play the Falcons, the Blues against the Vipers and the Lions taking on the Dodgers. For more information, please visit the VT League website:www.vtleague.com.au MEN’S – ROUND FIVEWestern Dodgers 5 def Northern Falcons 3Bayside Vipers 7 def Melbourne City Lions 5Casey Cougars 3 def by Uni Blues 6MEN’S – ROUND SIXCasey Cougars 7 def by Western Dodgers 8Bayside Vipers 16 def Northern Falcons 4Uni Blues 7 def Melbourne City Lions 6MEN’S – ROUND SEVENNorthern Falcons 6 def by Uni Blues 10Western Dodgers 7 def by Bayside Vipers 8Melbourne City Lions 9 def Casey Cougars 8last_img read more

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10 months agoHull name asking price for Tottenham target Bowen

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Hull name asking price for Tottenham target Bowenby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHull City are reportedly not willing to allow Jarrod Bowen to leave for less than £20m.Tottenham Hotspur are leading a host of clubs in the Premier League and Championship who are pursuing the talented winger.According to Sky Sports, Hull have set their price for the 22-year-old and are not willing to go any lower.Burnley and Leeds United are two clubs who have scouted Bowen in recent weeks.Bowen only recently signed a new three-and-a-half year deal with Hull. last_img

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9 months agoMan Utd midfielder Herrera hails Solskjaer tactics for Spurs win

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first_imgMan Utd midfielder Herrera hails Solskjaer tactics for Spurs winby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera hailed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics for their win at Tottenham.Marcus Rashford scored the only goal to earn an important 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, by latching onto a magnificent long ball from the talismanic Paul Pogba in midfield. “The manager told us that at the beginning of the game it would be difficult to make short passes,” Herrera explained. “He told us that it would be easier for us to switch the play and to look – almost without looking – to the other side of the pitch to switch the ball, because that is where we were going to find spaces.“We scored like that, so thank you to the game plan as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Railway executive Hunter Harrison dead at 73 CSX Corporation confirms

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first_imgJACKSONVILLE,, Fla. – Hunter Harrison, the plain-spoken, gruff American who rewrote the Canadian railroading book during his years heading both of this country’s largest railways, has died. He was 73.CSX Corp., the American railroad Harrison began leading earlier this year, issued a statement on Saturday announcing his death.The company attributed his death to “unexpectedly severe complications from a recent illness,” the same reason offered when Harrison formally went on medical leave earlier this week.“The entire CSX family mourns this loss. On behalf of our Board of Directors, management team and employees, we extend our deepest sympathies to Hunter’s family,” CSX (NASDAQ:CSX) said in the statement. “Hunter was a larger-than-life figure who brought his remarkable passion, experience and energy in railroading to CSX.”Ewing Hunter Harrison was born in Memphis, Tenn., on Nov. 7, 1944, and began his railroad career in 1964 as a 19-year-old rail car oiler for the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway while attending Memphis State University.His modest start gave no hint that he would eventually serve as the CEO of four major railroads: Chicago-based Illinois Central Railroad, Montreal-based Canadian National Railway, Calgary-based Canadian Pacific Railway and Jacksonville, Fla., railway CSX Corp.Harrison joined the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1980 when it purchased the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, and he was eventually promoted to vice-president of transportation and service design.Harrison left Burlington Northern in 1989 to become chief operating officer at Illinois Central Railroad, rising to president and CEO in 1993. There, he was credited with initiating scheduled service for freight, a revolutionary concept for the industry.In 1998, Canadian National bought Illinois Central — considered at the time to be the most efficient railway in North America — and Harrison was appointed CN’s chief operating officer.He became CEO of CN in 2003, succeeding Paul Tellier, and served in that position until his retirement at the end of 2009. He moved to his estate in Connecticut, where he raised and trained horses for show jumping.In the fall of 2011, Harrison was approached by activist investor Bill Ackman, head of hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management, and enlisted to help with a proxy battle at CP Rail. After winning the crucial vote at the annual shareholder meeting in 2012, Ackman appointed Harrison as CEO, replacing Fred Green.In early 2017, Harrison abruptly resigned from CP, five months earlier than scheduled.He gave up stock options and other compensation worth a total of $122.9 million to become CEO of CSX, a U.S. competitor, although he was later reimbursed by CSX.Throughout his career, Harrison was adored by retail investors who rewarded his cost-cutting and attention to making the trains run as efficiently as possible by bidding higher on the shares of the railroads he headed.As an illustration, CSX shares plunged nearly 10 per cent on Dec. 15, the morning after it announced he was taking medical leave and would be temporarily replaced by chief operating officer Jim Foote.Unions were enraged by the thousands of job reductions he ordered. And they complained safety was compromised when he ordered managers and office workers at CP Rail be trained so that they could drive locomotives if union members went out on strike.Institutional investors complained his compensation and perks were excessive and CP Rail moved to scale them back after he left.“Professionally, Hunter was unmatched in this industry. He will go down as the best railroader ever, plain and simple,” said Keith Creel, Harrison’s hand-picked successor at CP Rail said in a statement released Saturday.“What he has done at multiple railroads and for our industry the last 50-plus years is incredible which includes bringing CP back to its rightful place among leaders in the Class 1 space in what some have called the greatest corporate turnaround in history.”Foote — who worked with Harrison for 11 years at CN Rail and joined him at CSX in mid-2017 — said Harrison’s positive influence on CSX’s performance would continue without him.“I believe that the battleship has turned … Because the team has implemented a foundation consistent with Hunter’s vision, I do not see any reason to diminish our expectations concerning the pace and magnitude of our future progress,” he said in a statement on Dec. 14.Luc Jobin, the current CEO of CN Rail, offered his condolences to Harrison’s family and paid tribute to the railway executive.“Hunter was a giant of the railway industry for decades and a transformative figure at CN,” Jobin said in a statement issued Saturday.— By Dan Healing in Calgarylast_img read more

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UK regulator seeks to force Ryanair on strike compensation

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first_imgLONDON — Britain’s airline regulator is seeking to force Ryanair to pay compensation for flights that were cancelled or delayed by a series of worker strikes after Europe’s biggest discount carrier said it wasn’t required to pay thousands of claims under European Union rules.The Civil Aviation Authority says it has begun enforcement action against Ryanair after the airline ignored the regulator’s ruling that the strikes were not “extraordinary circumstances” as defined by EU rules. Airlines aren’t obliged to pay compensation for delays caused by extraordinary events such as bad weather.The regulator also says Wednesday that Ryanair has terminated its agreement with an arbitration service hired to settle disputes over compensation. As a result, anyone who has filed a claim will have to wait until the enforcement action is completed.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Canadas Canola Sector receiving help from Canadian Government

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first_imgCanadian farmers and producers now have preferential market access to an estimated 1.5 billion consumers in more than 50 countries, with the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).According to the Government of Canada, they stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Canadian producers and want to ensure they have the support they need. The Government shares they are prepared to respond to support producers of other commodities should further trade actions occur.Strong and stable markets for our high-quality Canadian canola means more money in the pockets of our farmers and supports good, middle-class jobs for Canadian farm families. The Government of Canada will not rest until this issue is resolved for our Canadian producers, workers and communities. The announcement by Minister Bibeau shares, the Government intends to amend the Agricultural Marketing Programs Regulations to temporarily increase loan limits under the Advance Payments Program (APP). These changes will help ease cash flow pressures that farmers are facing and help them manage the impacts of market disruptions in key export countries.The regulatory amendment would change the loan limits for the APP for the 2019 year as follows:Advances of up to $1 million will be available on all commodities, more than double the previous limit of $400,000.The first $100,000 will remain interest-free on all commodities, except canola. Canola advances will be eligible for up to $500,000 (total) interest-free.As well as the announcement, Minister Bibeau shared as part of the Government of Canada’s trade diversification strategy, she will be heading to Japan in May to participate in the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting. During Minister Bibeau’s time in Japan, she will meet with Japanese industry leaders and officials from several countries to advance Canada’s agricultural trade.“Farmers deserve our support as we work to maintain full market access to China and create new opportunities for them to grow their business. We are ensuring that farmers have the security they need leading into this year’s season to help manage their cash flow, giving them the flexibility to sell their canola at the best time and at the best price. Our government will always stand up for Canadian interests and support hardworking farmers as we work closely with the grains sector, exporters and provinces to secure unrestricted market access for Canada’s high-quality canola”, said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.As well Minister Carr announced that he will be leading a canola trade mission to Japan and South Korea in early June. Minister Carr’s outreach will build on his work to engage other high-potential countries including UAE, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mexico, Germany, and France. Trade missions open doors and provide on-the-ground support so that companies can compete and succeed in the international playing field.“For the last three years, our government has been focused on diversifying our trading partners and opening new markets to high-quality, Canadian-made products, including canola. Through our new trade agreements, Canadian businesses—including exporters and agri-food producers—now have preferential market access to an estimated 1.5 billion customers around the globe. This trade mission will give us another opportunity to open new doors for our canola farmers in both Japan and South Korea.” said Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification OTTAWA, ONT – The Government of Canada is committed to maintaining full market access for Canadian canola seed exports to China to support Canadian producers and their families.Canada’s canola producers will export $11 billion in canola to more than 50 countries in 2018. Canola producers are key drivers of jobs, economic prosperity and growth for the middle class, shared the Government.The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau and Minister of International Trade Diversification, Jim Carr announced actions to support Canadian farm families.last_img read more

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China is blocking development in South China Sea through coercive means: Pompeo

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first_imgWashington: The US has accused China of blocking the ASEAN members accessing more than USD 2.5 trillion in recoverable energy reserves in the South China Sea by illegal construction activities. China claims almost all of the South China Sea. Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the area. “China’s illegal island-building in international waterways is not simply a security matter. By blocking development in the South China Sea through coercive means, China prevents the ASEAN members from accessing more than USD 2.5 trillion in recoverable energy reserves,” Pompeo said in his address at CERAWeek in Houston Tuesday night. To contrast, the US Government promotes energy security for those Southeast Asian nations, he said in his address to one of the largest gathering of global energy leaders. “We want countries in the region to have access to their own energy. We want to help them. We want to create partnerships. We want transparent transactions, not debt traps. We explore responsibly,” he said. But, China does not play by that same set of rules, he alleged. “Its values are simply different. You see that in places as diverse as Africa, where they often ship in their own labour, creating jobs for Chinese workers rather than for those in the local economy,” he said. “It’s using the debt trap which I referred to just a moment ago to put these countries in a place where it is not a commercial transaction, it’s a political transaction designed to bring harm and political influence in the country in which they’re operating,” Pompeo said. “And we all know the story in Russia,” he said. It invaded Ukraine to gain access to oil and gas reserves. It in turn deprived Ukraine of the possibility of developing those resources for itself and using its pipelines and its networks to bring energy to its own people. Rather, it uses those pipelines to put pressure political pressure on the people of Ukraine, he alleged.last_img read more

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Charge-sheet in Narada case likely in a month: HC told

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first_imgKolkata: The CBI told the Calcutta HC on Friday that the charge-sheet in the Narada sting tapes case will be submitted in a month if necessary procedures are completed. Additional Solicitor General Kaushik Chanda told the court of Justice Joymalyo Bagchi that the agency was close to “stitching up” the case and will submit chargesheet in about a month if sanctions from authorities are received since the matter involves MPs and MLAs. Chanda said this during the hearing of a petition by TMC MP Aparupa Poddar.last_img

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Gasping for clean air

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first_img“I love the feeling of fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.” These lines by Evel Knievel describe a feeling of living on love, literally, and nurturing a heart filled with happiness and contentment. However, the reality is a little different from what we actually envisage from these fulfilling words. This “fresh air” is killing seven million people every year and causing irreparable damage to several billion and has been described as the “new tobacco” by none other than the head of the World Health Organisation. India is home to seven of the top 10 most polluted cities in the world with South Asia battling deteriorating air quality and the economic toll it is expected to take worldwide. According to reports, the life of a South Asian child born today will be shortened by two years and six months growing up in current high levels of air pollution, while the global life expectancy loss is 20 months. What is more alarming is that millions of deaths are taking place from stroke, diabetes, heart attack, lung cancer, and chronic lung diseases. Also Read – A compounding difficultyAnother major concern is that researchers have analysed the experiences of more than 2,000 17-year-olds and found that those in places with higher levels of nitrogen oxides had a 70 per cent higher chance of symptoms such as hearing voices or intense paranoia. People growing up in cities were already known to have more psychotic experiences than those outside urban areas. Toxic air is one potential cause. Also, the disparity between less and more developed countries is very wide and amounts to developing countries suffering PM2.5 exposures that are four to five times those of more-developed countries. It is not just the outdoor air which is the ticking time bomb but the household air pollution is another key issue. Almost 3.6 billion people are estimated to be exposed globally, coupled with the double whammy for the health of those also experiencing high levels of outdoor pollution. Also Read – An askew democracyA recent study titled ‘State of Global Air 2019’ shows the impact of air pollution in the world. More than 90 per cent people worldwide live in areas exceeding WHO guideline for healthy air. More than half live in areas that do not even meet WHO’s least stringent interim target for air quality. Concerted efforts have shown positive results and air pollution has begun to turn a corner in many South Asian countries, especially China. What is needed is a definite and up-scale action plan to urgently respond to this challenge. In a nutshell, the need of the hour is urgent policy formalisation which equitably reduces pollution — both indoor and outdoor, and their strict implementation to make this world a livable place.last_img read more

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