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Congress finalises list of probable candidates for 26 LS seats in Maharashtra

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first_imgThe Maharashtra unit of Congress has recommended names of probable candidates for 26 Lok Sabha constituencies in the State, proposing only one name each in seven of the seats. Milind Deora (Mumbai South), Sushil Kumar Shinde (Solapur), Charulata Tokas (Wardha), Mukul Wasnik (Ramtek), Rajeev Satav (Hingoli), Manikrao Thakre (Yavatmal) and Amita Chavan (Nanded) have no competitors in their respective constituencies. The recommendations will now be presented to the all-India screening committee for final approval, and the candidates will be confirmed at the highest level.On Tuesday, the State Congress held a meeting to discuss names suggested from district committees for 26 of the 48 constituencies in Maharashtra. According to sources, the party will not contest more than 26 seats in the State. State Congress president Ashok Chavan, who currently represents Nanded in the Lok Sabha, seems to have decided not to seek re-election and instead concentrate on State politics. His wife, MLA Amita Chavan, is the proposed candidate for the constituency.The party has also recommended Abhay Chhajed and Mohan Joshi in Pune, Vishal Patil, Prithviraj Patil and Mohan Kadam in Sangli, and Utkarsha Rupawate, Bhausaheb Kamble and Raju Waghmare in Shirdi. All constituencies have three or more interested candidates. In Mumbai, Mr. Deora is the only name sent to Delhi from Mumbai South, while a number of individuals have shown interest in contesting from Mumbai North West, including Suresh Shetty, Kripashankar Singh and Sanjay Nirupam. Mr. Nirupam had won the election from Mumbai North in 2009, and lost in 2014. His plan to contest a different seat hasn’t gone down too well within the party ranks. While Priya Dutt declining to contest from Mumbai North Central, the local leadership has suggested her name along with that of Nagma, Hussain Dalwai and Baba Siddiqui. From Mumbai South Central, Eknath Gaikwad, Bhalchandra Munagekar or Uttam Khobragade might contest the election.last_img read more

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Govt grants Rs 6.85cr to 22 athletes for Olympics

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first_imgTo impart better training facilities to Indian athletes for the London Olympics, the sports ministry on Tuesday sanctioned Rs  6.85 crore to 22 sportspersons under Operation Excellence 2012.There are many prominent names in the list, with double trap shooter Ronjan Singh Sodhi being the biggest beneficiary, having granted Rs 97.37 lakh for his training.Among the other marksmen, trap shooters Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Mansher Singh have been sanctioned Rs 91.95 lakh and Rs 47.25 lakh respectively.India’s top-ranked singles player, Somdev Devvarman has been allocated Rs 39.60 lakh while Sania Mirza, Mahesh Bhupathi, Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna Yuki Bhambri and Sanam Singh will get Rs 36.96 lakh each.Discus thrower Krishna Poonia, who won a gold at the Delhi Commonwealth Games last year, has been sanctioned Rs 24.20 lakh while shot putter Om Prakash Karhana was granted Rs 48.10 lakh for his training. List of sportspersonsRonjan Sodhi (shooting) Rs 97.37 lakh, Manavjit Singh Sandhu (shooting) Rs 91.95 lakh, Mansher Singh (shooting) Rs 47.25 lakh, Krishna Poonia (discus) Rs 24.20 lakh, Om Prakash Karhana (shot put) Rs 48.10 lakh, Vikas Gowda (discus) Rs 24.51 lakh, Somdev Devvarman (tennis) Rs 39.60 lakh, Sania Mirza (tennis) Rs 36.96 lakh, Mahesh Bhupathi (tennis) Rs 36.96 lakh, Rohan Bopanna (tennis) Rs 36.96 lakh, Yuki Bhambri (tennis) Rs 36.96 lakh, Sanam Singh (tennis) Rs 36.96 lakh, Leander Paes (tennis) Rs 36.96 lakh, Ashish Kumar, Rakesh Patra, Alok Ranajan, Iqrar Hasan (gymnasts-men) Rs 56.83 lakh, Dipa Karmarkar, B Aruna, Rucha Divekar, Roma Jogalekar, Meenakshi (gymnasts-women Rs 33.08 lakh)last_img read more

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Stats don’t lie: Manny Pacquiao dominates Adrien Broner in punches

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem The numbers showed that Pacquiao landed 112 of his 568 punches while Broner, who backpedaled and defended for most of the fight, connected on 50 while throwing a total of 295.Pacquiao’s power punches stat line of 82-of-197 dwarfs Broner’s 39-of-180 in the same category and the American’s total punches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Filipino icon earned the nod of all three judges. Dave Moretti had it 117-11 while Glenn Feldman and Tim Cheatham both scored it 116-112.Broner argued that Pacquiao “was missing” and that he had more clean hits. Well, numbers don’t think so. ‘Aggressive but careful’ Manny Pacquiao cruises to victory Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Manny Pacquiao, right, hits Adrien Broner during their WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)MANILA, Philippines—Adrien Broner may have felt he won a lopsided fight and oppose the judges’ ruling, but he can’t ever argue with numbers.Punch stats showed that Manny Pacquiao dominated in every category making Broner a human punching bag during their fight for the WBA World welterweight title at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement02:19Boxing’s 40-year-old Pacquiao counts on experience in Thurman fight01:40Keith Thurman says it’s ‘game over’ for Manny Pacquiao02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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SPORT-ASIA-AMIR 2 LAST

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first_imgIt was a fullish delivery kept on the off-stump as the It was a fullish delivery kept on the off-stump as the left-hander shaped himself for a cover drive. The ball swung late and it beat the bat to knock the off-stump flat. Amir had his hands raised and looked pleased as a punch. None of the batsmen looked comfortable against Amir, who has recently taken a hat-trick for Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League. Once his bowling was over, he spent another 20 minutes taking catches before returning to the confines of the dressing room. While his comeback to competitive cricket happened in BPL last November, the real test will begin when he faces the Men In Blue at Mirpur. An impressive return, say like a 2 for 25 or a 3 for 28 in four overs, may not take away the pain he had inflicted on those who genuinely believed in his talent, but it may go a long way in allowing him to at least start singing the redemption song in top-flight cricket. PTI KHS AH AHlast_img read more

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SPORT-IPL-KXIP-BOARD 2LAST

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first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warnerhit wicket b Patel52 Shikhar Dhawan run out (Sharma)25 Deepak Hooda c Miller b Sandeep Sharma34 Yuvraj Singh not out42 Ben Cutting not out18 Extras: (LB-4, W-3, NB-2) 9Total: (for 3 wickets in 19.4 overs) 180 Fall of wickets: 1-68, 2-97, 3-139Bowling: Sandeep Sharma4-0-35-1, Vijay 1-0-8-0, Mohit Sharma 3.4-0-40-0, Anureet 3-0-28-0, Stoinis 3-0-28-0, Maxwell 1-0-11-0, Axar Patel 4-0-26-1. PTI SSC SSClast_img

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India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli’s public chat with Ravi Shastri gets tongue wagging

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first_imgIndia were under tremendous pressure in their chase of 240 against New Zealand in the 1st semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Wednesday at Old Trafford in Manchester.India’s top-order was blown away on an overcast morning by New Zealand pacers Matt Henry and Trent Boult as the two pacers picked up 4 wickets between them in the first 10 overs. In fact, the New Zealand new-ball bowlers deflated India’s chase of 240 as early as the fourth over by removing Virat Kohli for 1, Rohit Sharma for 1 and KL Rahul for 1.India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 semi-final: Live Cricket ScoreThe tension was palpable as Virat Kohli, who wore a dejected look while walking back after getting dismissed, walked out of the dressing room and had a word with head coach Ravi Shastri after Rishabh Pant threw his wicket away.Pant came up with a fearless approach as the young wicketkeeper-batsman, who walked out to bat at No. 4, kept releasing the pressure. However, after stitching a 47-run stand for the 5th wicket with Hardik Pandya, Pant perished while trying to slog sweep Mitchell Santner into the mid-wicket stands.Kohli walked straight to Shastri who was sitting in the balcony and had a word with him even as television cameras panned towards the India captain-coach duo. Kohli was seen having a brief chat with Shastri before heading into the dressing room.Australian commentator Mark Nicholas, who was on-air for Star Sports, suggested that the chat could have been just about Kohli letting his frustrations out, considering he wouldn’t have wanted to do it in the dressing room in front of youngsters.advertisementKohli and Shastri already discussing the team for 2023 world cup.Kuptaan ???? (@Kuptaan) July 10, 2019Did you watch the Shastri Kohli discussion? Clearly Kohli did not look happy.Sunil Kaushal (@nzindmgt) July 10, 2019Kohli and Shastri are Planning for packing , asking about things to pack and tickets.#NZvIND#indiavsNewzealandCoaching india???? (@Coach22167130) July 10, 2019The optics of Kohli giving Shastri a spray right after Pant’s wicket looked like panic. India are still in this though.Miguel D’Souza (@MiguelDSouza) July 10, 2019Dhoni waiting in the dressing room for Kohli and Shastri to send him in. #CWC19 https://t.co/hXteRt6YYVNack Sant (@NackSant) July 10, 2019Virat Kohli to Neighbors:Thora sa Babar Azam mily ga? pic.twitter.com/JNDZ8IWssZSaboor Alii (@sabooralii) July 10, 2019@imVkohli Searching for a bad situation handler in Indian dressing room, While Dhoni out in the field ?? #INDvsNZ pic.twitter.com/FyCCu2J6mrRaashid A. (@Raashid_A) July 10, 2019Ravi shastri : pic.twitter.com/bih6LR3tV2sai (@UrsSaichand) July 10, 2019India are the new chokers. Won’t be shocked if the team gets a new coach and…a new captain. Clearly, the Ravi Shastri model ain’t working well enough. #CWC19Tushar (@tushjain15) July 10, 2019Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli had been India’s consistent performers with the bat in World Cup 2019 but their rare failure came in the biggest match of their campaign so far.Much to the surprise of quite a few in the cricket fraternity, India sent Dinesh Karthik in at No. 5 wen their most experienced batsman in MS Dhoni was still waiting in the dressing room. Karthik fell just at the stroke of the 10th over with Matt Henry getting his 3rd wicket.There was no signs of MS Dhoni even after Karthik’s departure as Hardik Pandya was sent ahead of the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman.Sourav Ganguly, on-air for Star Sports, questioned the decision of holding an experienced batsman like MS Dhoni back when the team was under pressure after losing early wickets.Also Read | Viral video: MS Dhoni advising Yuzvendra Chahal and fielders during World Cup semi-final is goldAlso See:last_img read more

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Here’s A “Composite” College Football Preseason Top 25 Poll

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first_imgESPN CFBESPN CFBA college football writer from Bleacher Report has compiled a “composite” preseason top 25 poll that incorporates rankings from multiple outlets. Justin Ferguson of BR has a composite preseason top 25 poll that has incorporated the preseason top 25 polls from the following outlets:Bleacher Report, ESPN, Athlon Sports, FOX, Phil Steele, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, USA TODAY and Yahoo!The CFB preseason composite Top 25 has been updated to include @philsteele042‘s rankings: https://t.co/KGCErAEi1j pic.twitter.com/WcgxPYlj99— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonBR) June 28, 2016Here’s his composite preseason top 25 poll:AlabamaClemsonFlorida StateOklahomaMichiganLSU Ohio StateNotre DameTennesseeStanfordBaylorHoustonMichigan StateOle MissTCUWashingtonIowa USCLouisvilleGeorgiaOregonNorth CarolinaOklahoma StateUCLAMiamiYou can view his full spreadsheet, which shows you every outlet’s preseason top 25 poll, here.last_img read more

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Steve Smith responds to ‘cheat’ chants with a hundred against England in warm-up game

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first_imgSteve Smith responds to ‘cheat’ chants with a hundred against England in warm-up gameWorld Cup 2019 warm-up: It was a mixture of boos and applause that rang from the stands when Smith raised his bat after crossing the three-figure mark No data available! advertisement graphs commentarycenter_img view more view less Indo-Asian News Service LondonMay 25, 2019UPDATED: May 25, 2019 21:37 IST Steven Smith hit a hundred against England in a warm-up game (AP)HIGHLIGHTSSteven Smith was booed by the crowd when he took the field for Australia against England in the warm-up gameSpectators shouted ‘cheat, cheat’ at Smith and his fellow teammate David WarnerSmith hit a stupendous hundred to silent his criticsSteve Smith continued his good run of form ever since he made a comeback to playing in Australia colours.In a pre-World Cup warm-up match against England in Southampton on Saturday, Smith scored a century amid boos and jeers from the crowd. He was eventually dismissed for 116 (102 balls, 4×8, 6×3) by Tom Curran in the last over the innings as Australia posted a total of 297/9.Smith walked into the middle after the dismissal of David Warner (43) in the 17th over. Warner, who along with Smith had to serve out a 12-month ban in the aftermath of the 2018 Newlands ball-tampering scandal, was subject to boos from the crowd at the Rose Bowl, which continued with the arrival of Smith. It was a mixture of boos and applause that rang from the stands when Smith raised his bat after crossing the three-figure mark.However, Smith said in the mid-innings interview that he was unfazed by the crowd. “I’m pretty chilled, everyone is entitled to their opinion. I’m just happy to be back playing and doing a job for my team,” said the 29-year-old.While Smith is yet to play an official match for Australia since the end of the 12-month ban, he was the part of the squad which recently played an unofficial series against New Zealand in Brisbane. Smith scored 22 in the first match and followed that up with unbeaten scores of 89 and 91.He scored 76 in Australia’s first pre-World Cup warm-up match against the West Indies in Southampton.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Steyn’s fitness will decide team composition: du PlessisAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations high for Virat Kohli’s IndiaadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Steven SmithFollow 2019 World CupFollow England VS Australia scorecardlast_img read more

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TGIF Shopping: Pendleton Launches First-Ever Men’s Collection

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first_img1. Pendleton 2. Pendleton 3. Pendleton 4. Pendleton 5. Pendleton 6. Pendleton 7. Pendleton 8. Pendleton 9. Pendleton 10. Pendleton 11. Pendleton 12. Pendleton Fall in Love with Tentree’s New Fall Collection, Then Plant a Tree Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion The Best Diaper Bags for Stylish Dads Editors’ Recommendations center_img Heritage brand Pendleton, known for its stunning Native American-inspired designs in the Pendleton Trade blanket for more than 100 years, is releasing its first-ever for men Signature Coat Collection for fall/winter 2015.Related: 5 Perfect Fall Blankets “Our single biggest challenge came from our own internal scrutiny where we challenged ourselves to find a niche where our collection can play and be successful,” says Marion Pericin, Pendleton Outerwear Sales Director. “We feel for fall 2016, we are excited about releasing a larger presentation of products focused at a “fashion meets function” concept to a fashion conscious customer, a younger consumer with a segment of our collection and an outdoor/ functional consumer. We are also very excited about the technological advances in fabrics that makes our concept market right for fall 2015 and moving forward for fall 2016 with a “natural fiber” story that we are optimistic will resonate with all age groups.”The most affordable of the bunch, the Sante Fe trucker jacket ($275), is made of 80% wool and 20% Melton lambswool bonded with polyester Tricot. It features a detachable premium faux-moulton collar and micro-brushed pocket linings.Then there’s the Maritime ($425), a peacoat constructed from Australian lambswool and featuring genuine leather-bound buttonholes.They’re also offering the Fremont, Pericin’s favorite amongst the collection, a “hybrid coat” with insulated vestie crafted from Italian-designed black/camel herringbone pattern lambswool. That’ll set you back $475.“Taking the ‘novelty woolen’ concept with a versatile, casual piece that a consumer can dress up with a career guy in mind whom would where this piece to work while also appealing to that same consumer at night or on the weekend, where this piece can be casually worn with denim to offer a dressed down look.  Versatility in a wardrobe is very important in today’s fashion market and to become a relevant brand to all consumers all these factors are important.”You can purchase Pendleton’s new collection here. It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt 9 Socially Conscious Sweaters for Cozying Up in Comfort This Falllast_img read more

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Spotted: Chinese Phoenix to Adorn Norwegian Joy

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first_imgUS-based cruise company Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will soon unveil its new Breakaway-Plus class vessel Norwegian Joy, with its hull featuring a Chinese art motif, the phoenix.Set to debut in summer 2017, with home porting in Shanghai and Beijing, the Norwegian Joy will be Norwegian Cruise Line’s first ship that is purpose-built for the Chinese market.“The Phoenix symbolizes beauty and good luck in Chinese culture and, Norwegian Joy will bridge across the West and the East and bring Chinese people’s best wish to the world and everyone in her path,” Tan Ping, Chinese artist who will design the artwork of the vessel’s hull, said.The Norwegian Joy will be able to accommodate 3,850 guests.In October 2015, the company took delivery of its 4,200-passenger cruise ship Norwegian Escape and has three further 4,200-passenger vessels on order at German-based Meyer Werft shipyard, scheduled for delivery in the spring of 2017, 2018 and the fall of 2019.Image Courtesy: Norwegian Cruise Linelast_img read more

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Manitoba man who shot at Mounties wounding one sentenced to 18 years

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first_imgMINNEDOSA, Man. — A Manitoba man who shot at two RCMP officers and left one with severe injuries has been given an 18-year prison sentence.Therae Racette-Beaulieu pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of attempted murder, break and enter, and robbery in connection with a string of crimes in western Manitoba last summer.Court heard Racette-Beaulieu was 18 when he and some other men broke into residences and garages and stole items including a truck and a semi-automatic shotgun.When police responded and forced the stolen truck off the road near Onanole, Man., the men inside fled and Racette-Beaulieu started firing.Cpl. Graeme Kingdon was hit with pellets in the back of his head and Const. Mitch Thompson was pinned down and continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.Provincial court Judge John Combs said in his sentencing decision that the shooter’s actions deserve strong condemnation.“To state the obvious, the conduct of Mr. Racette-Beaulieu was disturbing and abhorrent,” Combs said Tuesday.“These officers, and their families, are scarred for life.”The shooting led to a manhunt that ended several hours later in Neepawa, Man. Four suspects were arrested. The other three accused are still before the courts.Combs acknowledged that Racette-Beaulieu had a traumatic childhood, was abused by his father and suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a low intellectual capacity. But, the judge added, Racette-Beaulieu has also not expressed remorse for his crimes.“He has a lack of empathy and has reluctance to accept responsibility,” Combs said.“He remains, in his present state, a very dangerous individual.”During his victim impact statement last month, Kingdon said his life was changed by the shooting. He has been unable to return to work and is not able to do many of his favourite activities with his wife and two daughters.“The only reason my family is not describing my murder right now is that I fought to live, and brave police officers and paramedics saved my life,” Kingdon said at the time.The Crown was seeking 20 years in prison while the defence asked for 16 1/2 years.Combs ruled Racette-Beaulieu should serve 18 years, less nine months credit for the time he has spent in custody.— by Steve Lambert in WinnipegThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Homeland Creator Says No To Militarys War On Animals

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first_imgGideon Raff, creator and executive producer of hit series Homeland, knows that you don’t need to shoot, stab or dismember animals to produce one of the most capable fighting forces in the world.Having served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces before creating the hit TV series, he has firsthand experience.After reading PETA’s exposé about the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) participation in deadly animal-based trauma-training exercises overseas that would be illegal in the UK, Gideon penned a letter to Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond urging him to switch to the high-tech human simulators that most military institutions use to teach life-saving skills.“I am troubled that this violence still goes on when more humane and effective ways of training medics and doctors are available, so I have joined Peta’s campaign to end this cruel practice,” he wrote. “Caring for the wellbeing of animals and preparing the troops serving our countries are not mutually exclusive. Sparing animals pain and death in training drills means that military personnel receive better medical training and ultimately better care if they are wounded on the battlefield.”To read the letter, click here.Source:PETA UKlast_img read more

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Kahnawake facing human rights investigation over membership law

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first_imgAPTN National NewsDoes human rights legislation trump the membership laws of a First Nation?The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake is currently under investigation by the Canadian Human Rights Commission over their membership law.The investigation is coming from human rights complaints made by people inside the community.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story.last_img

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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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UN envoy in Nepal calls for security agreements for Maoists as firstphase

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The report by the Joint Monitoring Coordinating Committee (JMCC), made up of representatives from the UN, the Maoist Army and the Nepal Army, was signed yesterday and concluded that nearly 3,500 weapons were registered as well as more than 31,000 Maoist combatants during this first phase of the process.“It is essential that the Government and the CPN-M (Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)) immediately finalize arrangements for security of the Maoist leadership, so that UNMIN can put in place full monitoring procedures for all Maoist arms,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ian Martin, the head of UNMIN.“UNMIN, and the members of the JMCC, will investigate any alleged breaches of the Agreement on Monitoring Arms and Armies, including reports of weapons outside the cantonment sites which are not approved for the security of Maoist leaders.” The second phase of the monitoring process is scheduled to begin later this month and involves verifying the details of each person registered as a Maoist combatant to ensure they joined the army before the deadline of 25 May 2006 and that they are over the age of 18.According to the conclusion of the report, the Nepal Army is to store arms in equal numbers to that of the Maoist Army, and discussions on this are ongoing within the JMCC.The Security Council established UNMIN in January to assist with the follow-up to the Nepalese peace deal and also to support this year’s planned elections in the impoverished Himalayan country where 10 years of civil war killed around 15,000 people and displaced over 100,000 others.However last month, amid violence in the Terai region of southern Nepal, Maoist combatants leaving their cantonment sites and a continuing lack of agreement among the political parties, Mr. Martin warned that June’s scheduled polls may have to be postponed.“Unless a consensus can be reached very soon on the electoral arrangements for the constituent assembly election then the intention to hold that election by mid-June will be called into question,” he told a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York. 9 March 2007The United Nations Political Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) today made public the conclusions of a tripartite report on the first phase of the world body’s registration of Maoist arms and fighters, as laid down in last year’s peace deal, while the UN envoy to the country said it was “essential” to reach an agreement regarding security for the group’s leaders. read more

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On biodiversity day UN highlights social economic and green benefits of forests

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“Despite our growing understanding and appreciation of just how much we reap from forests, they are still disappearing at an alarming rate,” said Mr. Ban in a message to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity, which falls on 22 May each year.Last October, the 193 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization, a landmark treaty that links conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity with development.“Forests contain a vast – and barely catalogued – store of biodiversity. The early ratification and implementation of this protocol can support forest protection and the sustainable use of biodiversity. This, in turn, can contribute to poverty alleviation and sustainable national development,” said Mr. Ban.He drew attention to the fact that this year’s observance of the International Day for Biodiversity coincides with the International Year of Forests, declared by the General Assembly to educate the global community about the value of forests and the extreme social, economic and environmental costs of losing them. “The benefits of forests are far-reaching. Forests catch and store water, stabilize soils, harbour biodiversity and make an important contribution to regulating climate and the greenhouse gases that are causing climate change. This year’s International Day for Biological Diversity is devoted to highlighting the need for urgent action.”He noted with appreciation that awareness is growing that stemming deforestation and forest degradation can contribute to reducing the threat of climate change, biodiversity loss and land degradation.The United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity, acclaimed actor and conservationist Edward Norton, for his part, warned that humanity is wreaking havoc with Earth’s capacity to sustain life through destructive exploitation of natural resources and decimation of the planet’s biodiversity.“We are disrupting the natural systems of our planet in ways that will cause havoc for our way of life,” Mr. Norton told UN News Centre in an interview.“The UN is providing a forum for countries big and small to work together on how we can put into policy issues like environmental sustainability, protection of biodiversity, protection of forests, combating desertification,” he said.The Secretary-General pointed out that governments will next year reconvene in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and called for a recommitment to the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.Twenty-two States have signed the Nagoya Protocol, which will enter into force 90 days after ratification by 50 Parties to the CBD. More States expected to sign the protocol at UN Headquarters in September on the sidelines of the 66th session of the General Assembly, according to the secretariat of the convention.The protocol envisages the setting up of an international regime on access and benefit sharing of genetic resources, which will lay down the basic ground rules on how nations cooperate in obtaining genetic resources.It outline how benefits – for example, from when a plant’s genetics are turned into a commercial product, such as medicine – will be shared with countries and communities which conserved and managed that resource, in some cases for millennia.Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), cited one of the agency’s reports that analyzes the contribution that $15 billion a year – or 0.03 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP) – can make to greening the forest sector, including triggering greater investments in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases from deforestation and forest degradation.“Over the period 2011 to 2050, investment of $15 billion annually would raise the value added in the forestry industry by more than 20 per cent, relative to business as usual. A transition to a Green Economy could increase forested land – currently close to 4 billion hectares – by over three per cent in 2020, eight per cent by 2030 and over 20 per cent by 2050,” said Mr. Steiner.In her message, the current President of UNEP”s Governing Council and Spain’s Minister of Environment, Rural and Marine Affairs, Rosa Aguilar, said conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity is a key component for sustainable development and the green economy.“Conservation and the sustainable use of biological diversity are, nevertheless, a challenge for society as a whole, and require the support, collaboration and the involvement of all social and economic actors.“Each and every one of us, at an individual and collective level, can and have the duty to contribute to this common purpose, which will translate into the well-being of our society and of future generations,” said Ms. Aguilar. 20 May 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern over alarming deforestation and the degradation of woodlands and urged States to implement the recently agreed international treaty on sharing the benefits of the Earth’s genetic resources, including forests and the natural valuables found in them. read more

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Trump ally reassures Canadians He really truly believes in having free trade

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CHARLOTTETOWN — A key ally of Donald Trump says Canadians should understand the U.S. president believes in free trade, and they shouldn’t read too much into what they hear.Maine Governor Paul LePage, in Charlottetown for a meeting of Eastern Canadian premiers and New England governors on Monday, said he’s spoken to Trump on the subject and he is confident any issues with NAFTA “can be fixed.”“Don’t read in too much in what you sometimes hear. He really truly believes in having free trade and good, honest trade between the two countries. He really does believe that.”Trump again suggested Sunday that the North American Free Trade Agreement should be terminated, tweeting that both Canada and Mexico are being “very difficult.” It was the first time that Trump has complained about Canada’s role in the talks, which began earlier this month between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.Trump repeated his NAFTA criticisms Monday during a news conference with Finland’s president, calling it one of the worst trade deals in history.Trump said the U.S. will likely have to begin the termination process before it gets a fair deal.“It’s been a one-sided deal — and this includes Canada by the way. Great respect for Canada, great love for Canada, but it’s been a one-sided deal for Canada and for Mexico … it’s been unfair for too long,” he said.LePage, who campaigned several times with Trump, said earlier in the day Canada likely has little to worry about.“I don’t really believe he’s concerned as much over Canada as much as maybe Mexico.”The Eastern Canadian premiers and New England governors ended their meeting Monday with a resolution to tout the importance of cross-border trade and commerce to their respective economies.Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said it’s his hope that any rhetoric coming from Washington won’t affect an opportunity to refresh and modernize NAFTA.The best result, he said, would see as little harm done as possible during the negotiations.“In 1864 when the Fathers of Confederation came to P.E.I., most of them were not greeted upon their arrival because most of the population was at the circus. Right now the circus is in Washington,” the Democratic governor said in Charlottetown.“I’m hopeful that the rhetoric that has been applied most frequently to our southern neighbours, but at times to our northern neighbours is just that, rhetoric, and that this will be looked at as an opportunity to refresh these agreements and to modernize them.”Vermont Governor Philip Scott said the governors realize the importance of the trade relationship with Canada and he believes common sense will result in a mutually beneficial deal.Frank McKenna — a former Canadian ambassador to the United States and former premier of New Brunswick — said people should not get caught up in Trump’s tweets.“He’s a negotiator. It’s in his blood,” McKenna said in Charlottetown. “I think he’s always going to use soaring rhetoric as part of negotiations, but at the end of the day there are a lot of sober-minded people involved at the negotiating table guiding the negotiations and supporting the negotiations.”McKenna, now deputy chair of TD Bank Group, was the luncheon speaker at the conference of premiers and governors. He said he remains confident that the Canada-U.S. relationship will be strong during and after negotiations on both NAFTA and softwood lumber.“The relationship is massive, it’s integrated, and it is highly supported on both sides of the border. At the end of the day the government of Canada is handling the file beautifully in my view and I think we’re going to come out eventually with a softwood lumber agreement and, as well, a new NAFTA.”LePage had proposed that the leaders gathered in Charlottetown join together on softwood lumber. He wants them to write a letter supporting exemptions on duties for softwood lumber from Atlantic Canada and Quebec.LePage said the pressure for the duties is coming from the U.S. lumber coalition.He said the U.S. industry is being irresponsible and if new, hefty duties remain in place there will be collateral damage to economies on both sides of the border.In June, the U.S. Department of Commerce hit Canada with an additional 6.87 per cent in preliminary average anti-dumping tariffs, leaving the industry facing average duties of about 27 per cent.The decision exempts the other three Atlantic provinces, but New Brunswick — exempt from such tariffs in the past — is not.LePage said the issue needs to be resolved quickly — noting that Texas is going to need a lot of softwood lumber to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.“When you get eight feet of water in Texas, there’s going to be a lot of lumber needed in the next couple of months to rebuild that state. And it’s going to be coming from Canada and the U.S.”Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said many of the states and provinces at the meeting are each others’ largest trading partners and they will continue work to grow ties that run historically deep. read more

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Loonie moves slightly lower after sharp runup on new round of Fed

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TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Friday after the U.S. Federal Reserve unveiled a third round of economic stimulus to help a weak economy.The loonie was down 0.3 of a cent to 102.97 cents US after the U.S. central bank said it will spend $40 billion a month on a new round of bond purchases and will continue to do so until the job market shows substantial improvement.The money will be spent on mortgage backed securities to keep interest rates low, encourage lending and support the slow recovery of the housing sector.The loonie had been up more than half a cent earlier Friday morning but moved lower amid soft manufacturing data while traders took some profits from a substantial gain.The loonie surged more than two cents over the past seven sessions as the European Central Bank announced a plan to purchase government bonds in order to keep eurozone borrowing costs under control and speculation mounted the Fed would act to support a slowing economy.“Central bank policy, namely by the ECB and Fed, have put significant downward pressure on the U.S. dollar,” said Scotia Capital chief currency strategist Camilla Sutton.“The looming threat of (further stimulus moves), without substantial improvement in the labour force, is likely to put additional downward pressure on the U.S. dollar and has made employment releases a key component of USD valuation.”On the economic front, there was data showing slowing Canadian manufacturing shipments and U.S. retail sales.Statistics Canada said that manufacturing sales fell 1.5 per cent to $48.3 billion in July, the third decrease in five months. The agency said that declines in transportation equipment were largely responsible for the overall drop.And in the U.S., the Commerce Department said retail sales increased a seasonally adjusted 0.9 per cent. Gas station sales jumped 5.5 per cent, the most in nearly three years and a reflection of sharp price increases. Demand for autos increased 1.7 per cent.Outside those categories, sales rose only 0.1 per cent.Commodities were higher as the Fed program raised demand prospects for oil and metals.Geopolitical worries also drove oil prices higher as a wave of anti-American protests in the Mideast raised supply concerns.Protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen’s capital Thursday. Ongoing clashes have been taking place around the U.S. mission in Cairo, and the U.S. ambassador to Libya was killed Tuesday.The October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 69 cents to US$99.The rally in copper prices continued with the December contract up 12 cents to US$3.83 a pound. Copper, viewed as an economic barometer because it is used in so many industries, has surged 19 cents this past week.Bullion gained 60 cents to US$1,772.70 an ounce following a jump of almost $40 on Thursday as the Fed program raised inflation concerns. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie moves slightly lower after sharp runup on new round of Fed stimulus by News Staff Posted Sep 14, 2012 4:19 pm MDT read more

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Market rally and rising rates boost pension plans Mercer report says

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by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 2, 2014 11:36 am MDT TORONTO – The health of Canadian pension plans improved to its best level in more than a decade in the fourth quarter of 2013 due to strong stock markets and rising long-term interest rates, consulting firm Mercer said Thursday.The Mercer pension health index, which tracks the funded status of a hypothetical defined benefit pension plan, stood at 106 per cent at Dec. 31 — its highest level since June 2001.The index started the year at 82 per cent and stood at 98 per cent at Sept. 30.“It’s hard to overstate how good 2013 was for most defined benefit pension plans,” said Manuel Monteiro, a partner in Mercer’s financial strategy group.“Stock markets soared, long-term interest rates rose sharply, and the Canadian dollar weakened, which further magnified foreign returns.”The firm estimated that almost 40 per cent of pension plans were fully funded at the end of 2013, compared with six per cent at the beginning of the year.The assessment by Mercer came as a quarterly survey by insurance and consulting firm Aon Hewitt suggested the average solvency funded ratio of defined benefit pension plans increased to 93.4 per cent.Aon Hewitt said the ratio, based on more than 275 plans, was 24.8 percentage points higher than a year ago.“Last year saw a remarkable turnaround and we ended with the highest median solvency ratio in six years,” said Will da Silva, senior partner in Aon Hewitt’s retirement practice.The firm said roughly 26 per cent of the plans surveyed were more than fully funded at the end of the fourth quarter, compared with three per cent at the end of 2012.Long-term Government of Canada bond yields, a key factor in calculating the liabilities of pension plans, ended the year at 3.2 per cent, up from 2.3 per cent at the beginning of the year.Mercer estimated that a one percentage point increase in long-term interest rates would reduce the liabilities of most pension plans by 10 per cent to 15 per cent.Under a defined benefit pension, a plan pays a promised amount to retirees, while under a defined contribution plan, a member receives a set amount that they then invest to pay for their retirement.The health of defined benefit pension plans has been a key issue for many of Canada’s largest corporate names as record low interest rates have driven up the liabilities of plans and forced companies to make large contributions.The rising costs have also helped defined contribution pension plans gain in popularity as their costs are more predictable than a defined benefit plan and not susceptible to swings in interest rates or the stock market. Market rally and rising rates boost pension plans, Mercer report says AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Amaya shareholders give OK to deal for online poker company the Oldford

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by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 30, 2014 12:25 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Amaya Gaming Group’s shareholders have approved a financing that’s key to its proposed acquisition of the world’s largest online poker company, operator of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.The company (TSX:AYA) said Wednesday it has now obtained all the required shareholder approvals after receiving regulatory support needed to close the deal.Shareholders approved the creation of a new class of convertible preferred shares and warrants as part of the financing. They also approved changing the company’s name to Amaya Inc.Montreal-based Amaya has agreed to pay US$4.9 billion for the Oldford Group, parent company of the Rational Group, whose poker brands have more than 85 million registered players.CEO David Baazov said after the meeting that he was pleased with the “phenomenal and overwhelming support” from shareholders, but acknowledged the hard work that lies ahead.“As hard as you feel you’ve worked historically in M&A (mergers and acquisitions) and until you get the transaction done, the hard part always comes after it’s done,” he said in a brief interview.Analyst Ralph Garcea of Global Maxfin Capital raised his target price for Amaya to $35 from $30 on anticipation of strong results ahead.“We believe the street is underestimating the positive impact of the recent deals as well as the growth opportunities in U.S. online gaming,” he wrote in a report.After hitting an all-time high on Tuesday, Amaya’s shares closed down 12 cents at $29.49 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday.The Rational Group, based on the Isle of Man off the coast of Britain, is also a producer of live poker events and poker programming for television and online audiences. It employs more than 1,700 people and has online poker licenses in Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Isle of Man, Italy, Malta and Spain.Amaya provides gambling products and services for casinos and gambling companies in North America, Latin America and Europe.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter Amaya shareholders give OK to deal for online poker company the Oldford Group read more

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