In Bihar, Nitish fails to create a buzz this time

first_imgEver since he came to power in November 2005, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been at the centre of State politics. He fostered an alliance first with the BJP, then the Rashtriya Janata Dal and again came back to the BJP.Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha poll, he successfully manoeuvred to seal the deal of equal seat allocation with the BJP. But with the election under way and the poll campaign at its peak, he has failed to make a buzz with the voters. The CM and the Janata Dal (United) chief is touring the State but people are not turning up in numbers to hear him. There are several reasons for it.Shifting loyaltiesAfter dumping the RJD to shake hands again with the BJP in July 2017, Mr. Kumar’s political credibility suffered a major dent. The RJD cried “betrayal”. “What is the guarantee that after getting our vote he will not make another U-turn,” asked a group of voters in Nawada. “This time it’s a battle between the BJP and the RJD, Nitish is nowhere in the picture,” a group of villagers in Begusarai told The Hindu.In April 2016, Mr. Kumar declared Bihar a dry State. He called the move a “revolutionary step” to bring social cohesion and peace in the households of the poor. In fact, as many believed, it was a calculated political move to connect with half of the electorate in just one stroke: the women. But Bihar became the hub of illegal liquor sale and consumption. Bootleggers have a field day today. “Our husbands pay three times more for a liquor bottle delivered at the door,” said Sanyogita Devi of Madanpur village in Aurangabad district.After coming to power, Mr. Kumar has been reiterating that he would not compromise on three Cs: Crime, Corruption and Communalism. But corruption in Bihar today has hit the common people hard. “One cannot even think of getting benefits from any government welfare scheme without greasing the palms of officials,” said Raunak Singh of Vaishali district. “Files do not move without bribes,” said a retired State government employee in Patna.Education, from primary to the higher level, has virtually collapsed in the State. “The quality of education is at its lowest,” claimed Rampravesh Sharma, a retired schoolteacher in Patna.“The spurt in crime is going unnoticed in Bihar,” alleged former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, earlier with JD(U).last_img read more

Pakistan sends more shockwaves, ICC launches probe

first_imgThe scandal-prone Pakistan cricket team on Saturday sent shockwaves through world cricket after it was disclosed that the scoring patterns in its innings during Friday’s ODI match against England were fixed, prompting the ICC to launch an immediate probe.The ICC action followed diclosures by British tabloid The Sun that an individual in the Pakistani team camp is believed to be the ringleader who was taking money from bookies in India and Dubai and ensuring their orders were carried out.”The Sun is withholding details of the alleged fix while the investigation continues – but we can reveal that horrified ICC chiefs launched their investigation before the Pakistan innings had even finished.”The probe centers on an individual within the team camp who is believed to be the ringleader, taking money from bookies and ensuring their orders are carried out,” the paper said.The paper reported that bookies knew details of Pakistan’s innings before the match even began and it had given the evidence to the game’s governing body ahead of the game.Immediately after the news came out, the ICC said in a statement that the investigation is warranted as information about a certain scoring pattern appeared to be “correct”.”The ICC has launched an investigation into activities that took place during the third One-Day International between England and Pakistan at The Oval, London, on September 17,” the governing body said.”Following information received by the ICC from a British newspaper and its source, the ICC now believes a full investigation is warranted,” it added.advertisementPakistan won the match by 23 runs to keep their hopes alive in the five-match series after losing the first two games.According to the newspaper, the scoring patterns of the game matched with the “target that bookies had been told in advance by a fixer.””Illegal bookies in India and Dubai apparently knew in advance what would happen so they could launch a betting coup. But The Sun’s undercover team was able to pass details to ICC inspectors before the match began,” the report said.ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat thanked the tabloid for providing the information and said the evidence on table demands an inquiry.”A source informed The Sun newspaper that a certain scoring pattern would emerge during certain stages of the match and, broadly speaking, that information appeared to be correct,” Lorgat said.”We therefore feel it is incumbent upon us to launch a full inquiry into this particular game although it is worth pointing out at this stage that we are not stating as fact that anything untoward has occurred. Only in the fullness of the investigation can that be established.”We thank The Sun newspaper for its information and cooperation in this regard and we will work with its staff and sources to ensure the full truth surrounding this match is ascertained,” he added.Lorgat reiterated that the ICC maintains a zero tolerance policy towards corruption in the game.”Any player or official found guilty of an offence will face the full rigour of our robust Anti-Corruption Code so that we can ensure the integrity of the sport is maintained,” he said.”There will be no further comment from the ICC at this stage.”The Pakistan Cricket Board, which has been in denial right from the beginning of the match fixing scandal that broke out three weeks ago, continued to be in the same mode.”These are meaningless allegations without any proof. I haven’t read the report so I can’t comment any further,” PCB chairman Ijaz Butt said.”The ICC has not got in touch with us on any such accusation. That is total imagination. There is no truth in it,” he added.The latest report comes close on the heels of the spot-fixing scandal that led to the suspension of Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and the pace duo of Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif.The tabloid had claimed it “received details of calls between a notorious Dubai-based match fixer and a Delhi bookie.””We alerted ICC corruption busters led by ex-police chief Sir Ronnie Flanagan. After a frantic round of calls the ICC decided to issue a general warning to Pakistan’s players, but by then the game had started,” it said.It said the ICC is also “investigating whether the same cartel rigged a Test between Pakistan and Australia in July after allegedly paying players 700,000 pounds.”last_img read more

UST’s Nonoy eyes more assists in coming games after setting career high in loss to Ateneo

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Nonoy finished with a career-high 18 points, on 5-of-11 shooting, with three rebounds but only one assist. The freshman who spent just one year with the Tiger Cubs said he is open to heed Ayo’s wishes in becoming the Tigers’ floor general.“Personally, I’d like to get more assists so I can make my teammates play better because getting an assist is just like scoring,” said Nonoy in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“I agree with them that my play isn’t just for my individual gain but also for the team’s improvement as well. Every one of us would benefit if we execute properly and dish out some extra passes.”Nonoy was a scoring guard for the Tiger Cubs in Season 81 when he averaged 21.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 2.6 steals but Ayo believes it’s time for the rookie to change things up a bit, and that is becoming a pass-first guard rather than being a ball-dominant scorer. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Dodging an upset Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Mark Nonoy just had his best offensive game in the collegiate level for University of Santo Tomas but head coach Aldin Ayo would’ve wanted his young point guard to be a pass-first point guard.Ayo said that he would much prefer Nonoy to be a facilitator than a scorer in the Growling Tigers’ 66-52 loss to defending champion Ateneo in the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Ayo said there were mistakes during Nonoy’s upbringing in the Tiger Cubs’ system wherein the 5-foot-8 guard was used as a wing and the head coach believes his stocky rookie should start being a floor general in preparation for the future in the pros.“The coaches want him to be a point guard, not a shooting guard,” said Ayo, who’s won one NCAA title with Letran and a UAAP championship with De La Salle. “That didn’t happen in high school because they have a different program there, so we’re correcting the mistakes here in college.”Nonoy, who averaged 9.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in the first round, said he would heed Ayo’s call for a change in play especially if it means involving his teammates more and preparing him up for the PBA.“It’s a great feeling when you pass to your teammate and he makes a shot because that’s where you get your confidence because you’re helping your teammates,” said Nonoy.“Coach Aldin is already looking forward to the future because he knows he won’t be my only coach in my basketball career and he only wants what’s best for me so I can adjust quicker in the future,” added Nonoy.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Rafael Nadal stunned, Andy Murray cruises, Nick Kyrgios slumps in Shanghai Masters

first_imgFourth seed Rafa Nadal was stunned by Serb Viktor Troicki in an upset-filled Shanghai Masters second round on Wednesday while Andy Murray breezed past American Steve Johnson and Nick Kyrgios slumped to a listless defeat.Troicki, ranked 31st in the world, overcame Nadal 6-3 7-6(3) in an hour and 34 minutes to secure his first ever victory in five previous attempts against the 14-time grand slam winner.The unseeded Serb broke twice to seal the opening set before Nadal came back strongly in the second. The Spaniard saved a match point at 5-4 down but was defeated in the tiebreak.”I played really well,” Troicki said. “I was aggressive, I served well, I hit the ball nice. It was a great feeling on the court playing like this…against Rafa Nadal, who is a great champion.”Twice Shanghai Masters champion Murray, who claimed the China Open title last week, had no such trouble as he won 6-3 6-2 as he won 70 percent of second-serve return points. (Also read: Novak Djokovic advances in Shanghai Masters, Del Potro exits)The second-seeded Briton, who scraped through a testing encounter with Johnson at the Rio Olympics in August, also saved the one break point he faced in the first set.He will play Frenchman Lucas Pouille in the third round.”I felt like I was creating a lot of chances on his serve. I thought I moved well for the first match in new conditions,” Murray told reporters.”I was timing the ball well. I felt like I was controlling a lot of the rallies. Yeah, for a first match after playing pretty different conditions a few days ago, it was good.”advertisementAustralia’s Nick Kyrgios lost to Germany’s Mischa Zverev 6-3 6-1 with another controversial display in which he appeared uninterested throughout, landing a series of half-hearted serves and barely moving to meet his opponent’s returns. (Also read: Murray beats Dimitrov to clinch maiden China Open title)The 21-year-old also clashed with spectators before being booed off the court after a match that lasted just 48 minutes. Kyrgios, later apologised on his Twitter account, saying his performance was “not good enough”.Seventh seed Tomas Berdych lost to Marcel Granollers of Spain 7-6(4) 7-6(1), while third seed Stan Wawrinka, the U.S. Open Champion, beat Britain’s Kyle Edmund 6-3 6-4 and Canada’s Vasek Pospisil battled past Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 7-6(2).last_img read more

Spotlight topics for in 2018

first_imgPeople have started asking us for the Editorial Calendar for 2018. At first, I thought, “What? We only just started 2017,” but then I realized that I must have blinked, because we’re already at the tail-end of 2017. Where does the time go?Regarding the editorial calendar, we will — of course — continue to publish articles across the embedded spectrum throughout the year. On top of this, we will be “Spotlighting” certain topics on a month-by-month basis; the following summarizes the topics for the first six months:January 2018: Low power design vs. (hard) real-time Low-power design once meant sacrificing the low-latency and deterministic response needed in hard real-time designs. Today, IoT developers can take advantage of more advanced MCUs and smart sensors that can meet most application performance requirements without compromising their tight power budgets.February 2018: Security — attack surfaces; secure boot/update; secure storage; secure elements Attempts to lock down embedded systems requires more than impenetrable encryption. Connected systems such as IoT devices present multiple attack surfaces that require protection through comprehensive security policies built on multiple hardware-based security mechanisms able to mitigate threats without compromising system performance.March 2018: Low-power wireless access hardware/software While IoT devices and complementary cloud-based resources provide the critical framework for IoT applications, low-power wireless access provides the critical backbone. In connecting devices to the cloud, developers face critical challenges for power consumption, range, compatibility, and more; fortunately, they can turn to a number of hardware/software solutions.April 2018: Mesh network hardware/software Mesh network technology can enhance the performance of connected systems such as IoT nodes and edge devices. Emerging solutions present a number of alternatives for addressing requirements for IoT networks encompassing thousands of diverse nodes and gateways.May 2018: Rapid development kits (for IoT sensor nodes and gateways) In building IoT applications, developers may discover that developing even seemingly simple IoT system designs can distract from creating the differentiated application itself. IoT-specific development kits address these concerns, providing near production-ready solutions for a broad range of IoT sensor node and gateway requirements.June 2018: Sensor fusion (integrated, a.k.a. “smart,” sensors and SF libraries) Sensor fusion combines raw data from multiple sensors to synthesize new information that cannot be obtained easily from any basic sensor. Smart sensors that integrate sensor fusion capabilities, coupled with specialized sensor-fusion software libraries, offer ready solutions that enable any developer to easily integrate sensor fusion into their IoT applications.If you are a member of the community, then the above list will give you something to look forward to. If you are working for a company in any of the aforementioned spaces, then you should think about contributing one or more articles to share your ideas and expertise. If you are interested in contributing any articles, please contact Steve Evanczuk for more details. Continue Reading Previous How to build a nationNext Prepare to be terrified at ESC Silicon Valley 2017 Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry last_img read more

FINAL THOUGHTS: Women’s open

first_imgPrior to the start of the State of Origin series, the two captains of the women’s open teams Louise Winchester (New South Wales) and Peta Rogerson (Queensland) shared their final thoughts.Lousie Winchester on…The women’s open division:“We know it is going to be a tough one that is for sure, New South Wales and Queensland are always the toughest games I’ve been a part of. You’ve got the best versus the best, you have got such quality players out there mixed with experience and youth. It’s always the quickest touch I have ever played and you know, Australia are world champions in touch and it’s the best of New South Wales against the best of Queensland. It is an absolute physical battle as well as a mental battle.The series 2-1 loss in 2012:“That [loss] really hurt us. Queensland deserved it, they outplayed us but we have had two years to think about what we need to do and to get the series win, especially in Queensland it will be something we are looking forward to and being a part of.”Peta Rogerson on…The Queensland team:“We’ve had a great couple of weeks with our preparation. Everything has run really smoothly and there isn’t an overly nervous feeling in the camp at the moment but I’m sure as it draws closer, it will build. I just hope all of our girls have a great series, especially the girls on debut, I just want them to have the opportunity to play really well.Playing in Queensland:“You’ve got your family and your friends who sometimes don’t get the chance to watch you play when you are travelling further away. It is always that extra special to play in front of them and that’s what makes it a bit more proud and important.Wearing the maroon colours:“Growing up as a girl playing touch, it was my dreams to make a Queensland team and every time I put on a Queensland jersey it makes me feel very, very special and very proud, and to captain these group of girls, it will be a great moment this weekend.”There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – LinksCaptain’s tales: Womenlast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri hints he’d like to work with Pulisic immediately

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri hints he’d like to work with Pulisic immediatelyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has hinted he’d like to work with new signing Christian Pulisic immediately.The club paid £58million to sign the American sensation, 20, from Borussia Dortmund. But he will not arrive at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season as he has been loaned back to Dortmund for the rest of the current campaign.However with injury concerns for Willian and Pedro, Sarri was asked if the club should have brought him in immediately: “I don’t know.“As I said before I am not in charge of the market, it is difficult for me to talk about the market or the deal of Pulisic.“Willian’s injury I think is not very serious. The doctor said it was not serious for Pedro as well.“Pedro in one week can train. Of course this match was difficult as Pedro, (Callum Hudson-) Odoi, (Olivier) Giroud were out.” last_img read more

Meet Your Farmer: Jon Darling of Darling Farm

first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other Jon Darling’s done a little bit of everything. He has degrees in culinary arts and hotel and restaurant management from Johnson & Wales. He was an army ranger deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s spent time serving food, cooking, bartending, and even spinning as a DJ. Now, he’s found his true calling and passion raising meat on Darling Farm in McClellanville, South Carolina. Darling, who grew up on his grandparents’ dairy farm in New York, always enjoyed cooking. After training to work in restaurants, however, he knew he needed a break. The cooking he really enjoyed was in meals prepared for his family and friends and special events. The restaurant grind just wasn’t for him. Then in 2011, after the 9/11 attacks, while working in his brother-in-law’s tile company, Darling made a life-altering decision: he was going to join the army. Not only did he join the army, but shortly into basic training, he decided to train to be an Army Ranger. He spent the following four years in the service, deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Africa. He writes on his website that “the time I spent in the Army were some of the best and some of the most challenging times of my life. I loved my unit and highly respect the brave men I worked with.” But the army wasn’t his true calling either and after leaving with honorable conditions, he returned to South Carolina to figure out how he wanted to spend his life.Soon after returning home, Jon became an intern at Thornhill Farm, a mixed vegetable and meat farm in McClellanville. There he discovered his love of raising animals and being a part of the farm-to-table local food experience. He brought that love to Darling Farm, his own venture, where he plans to eventually begin growing feed and vegetables for his animals. Darling recognizes farming as being crucial to his life as a veteran. He says that even if it’s only a temporary job, “Vets that are out there struggling to figure out what to do will find that living and working on a farm, with other like-minded vets, will [provide] a sense of belonging and build confidence by completing multiple tasks daily, working together, and reconnecting to the land and food that we grow, raise, and eat.” He works with organizations like the Farmer Veteran Coalition and Stag Vets to figure out ways to involve more veterans in farming operations. He hopes to grow Darling Farm to include internship programs and immersive farming programs so veterans will have accessible opportunities to learn the skills needed to work on farms.If you’re in the McClellanville area (about one hour north of one of our favorite cities, Charleston), you can purchase CSA shares of meat as well as whole or half animals from Darling Farm. Darling Farm is also working on expanding the Mansion, a side venture for the farm that will feature a full stop mobile pig roaster. Article updated October 31, 2017 by Cator Sparks. Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Editors’ Recommendations How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Producelast_img read more

Back Pasture to Brown’s Hall Main Road to be Rehabilitated

first_img Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said bushing of the roadway has started, and pedestrians and motorists traversing the area will soon have a “much smoother” road surface. The Back Pasture to Brown’s Hall main road in St. Catherine is to be rehabilitated at a cost of $98 million. The Back Pasture to Brown’s Hall main road in St. Catherine is to be rehabilitated at a cost of $98 million.Member of Parliament for West Central St. Catherine, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, said bushing of the roadway has started, and pedestrians and motorists traversing the area will soon have a “much smoother” road surface.Dr. Tufton, who is also Minister of Health, was addressing a recent function to break ground for the new Brown’s Hall Health Centre.Meanwhile, the Minister said he will be establishing a tissue culture project for ginger in the area.“We want to commercialise ginger, but we want clean material,” he added.According to Dr. Tufton, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries and the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) will be assisting with the project, adding that cocoa production will also be given attention.He said the Cocoa Farmers’ Association in the area has been briefed on the project. “We are going to be working with them to improve production of cocoa, as part of the agricultural redevelopment programme,” Dr. Tufton noted.The Member of Parliament also told the audience that the nearby Tacius Golding High School will be getting a new classroom block and that the playfield will be upgraded.“There is a lot more in store for this community and the adjoining areas. It is all about empowering you to develop your community,” Dr. Tufton said.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

Puerto Bahia Multi-Modal Terminal Up and Running

first_imgzoom Colombia-based port developer and operator Pacific Infrastructure Ventures Inc. (Pacinfra) has put into action its USD 600 million Puerto Bahía port facilities in Cartagena, Colombia, with the port’s multi-modal terminal officially commencing liquid and general bulk transport operations on August 28. The port consists of two terminals: a hydrocarbon terminal and a dry cargo terminal.The hydrocarbon terminal has an initial storage capacity of 2.4 million barrels, in eight storage tanks for both naphtha and crude oil and has the capacity to load Suezmax tankers (up to a one million barrels capacity). In addition, it has a truck loading/unloading station and a barge terminal offering complete flexibility in hydrocarbon transportation logistics.The bulk loading terminal has a 300-meter-long dock and can handle post-Panamax ships. It has an area of 12 hectares available for storage with room for future expansion. The port is accessed by sea, river, and land in the Bay of Cartagena, on the north side of Barú Island and has a natural draft of 20 meters.Ronald Pantin, CEO at Canada’s Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp., a major shareholder at Pacinfra, said: “The official opening of the port is the fulfillment of our strategy to promote infrastructure projects that are complementary to our exploration and production investments. Puerto Bahia adds flexibility to our operations and supports our belief that the right infrastructure project begets progress for the entire country. The port offers an alternative oil export point for Colombian producers as well as providing import/export and storage capabilities in close proximity to the new Reficar refinery.”Puerto Bahía is an initiative of Pacific and the International Financial Corporation (IFC), the investment arm of The World Bank.last_img read more

Erin Davis announces retirement after nearly 30 years as CHFI host

first_imgAfter working morning show hours since she was 19, Davis, an Edmonton-native who joined CHFI in 1988 where she worked alongside then-co-host Don Daynard, said she was “excited too about sleeping in a little.”Davis and her husband plan to move west to British Columbia where they have family, she wrote in a blog post on her website. In May 2015, Davis’ daughter Lauren died in her sleep at age 24, leaving behind a son, Colin, who had not yet turned one. Facebook Longtime CHFI morning host Erin Davis announced Wednesday she was signing off the air after a nearly 28-year radio career.Davis was joined in-studio by her husband Rob as she delivered a tearful on-air message to thank listeners and her “Rogers family.”“Our hearts are full of sadness and gratitude, of hope and even of some excitement,” said Davis. “There are a lot of reasons to go and to stay and I want you to know the hardest part of leaving is not sharing every morning with you, the friends that I’ve never met and the many that I have, the people that have been so good, so very good to our little family over the years.” Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Davis’ final show will take place Dec. 15, broadcast live from Casa Loma.She announced she would continue to be part of CHFI in some capacity, although she wasn’t yet sure how. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Bank of Canada eyes cheap oils effect on Canadian economy

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada’s latest read on the national economy is expected to explore a pressing question Wednesday: How much are low oil prices affecting the country’s bottom line?[np_storybar title=”Calgary braces for gloom of falling oil prices” link=””%5DCanada’s oil capital has seen long-term busts before — and knows they can cause wounds in everything from property values and employment to government finances. Read on [/np_storybar]The price of oil recently hit a two-and-a-half year low, a sharp fall that is prompting Canadian policy-makers and the corporate world alike to reflect on the potential risks of lower prices.The central bank has indicated it would attempt to measure the impact of tumbling prices in its quarterly monetary policy report, scheduled for release on Wednesday.The assessment will come at a crucial time.Some economists have warned the federal government will have to weigh potential pitfalls of low oil prices before it makes final decisions on the tax cuts it aims to introduce before next year’s election. The effect of low oil on the pace of extraction and investment is also on the minds of federal and provincial policy-makers, since important portions of the Canadian economy are connected to activity in the oil patch.David Rosenberg sounds pretty bearish on oilHow falling oil prices affect the big banksWorld’s best-paid oil workers expose Norway to crude price crashEconomists like Jimmy Jean of Desjardins Economic Studies expect the bank’s take on the pros and cons of low oil prices to be a one of the most-closely examined elements in Wednesday’s report.“Most definitely it’s something that’s going to be watched,” Jean said. “I’m pretty sure that they’ve tested various assumptions on oil prices and checked what the impact would ultimately be on Canadian growth — what kind of scenario would be highly adverse to the Canadian economy.”He said the Bank of Canada’s conclusions on the subject will be particularly interesting because of the considerable research resources and models it has at its disposal.A closer look at the effect of oil prices could also attract the federal government’s attention.Finance Minister Joe Oliver has maintained the Harper government will live up to its tax-cutting pledges despite the drop in oil prices. The government maintains it will table a surplus in next year’s budget, ahead of the election.Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz has said it’s not easy to gauge how much the price of oil influences the Canadian economy.An assessment, he added, would have to factor in a judgment call on how long the trend might last, and weigh all the negative and positive variables.Poloz noted how lower prices also mean higher disposable income for consumers.The central bank will also release its latest interest-rate decision Wednesday, but BMO chief economist Douglas Porter said the trend-setting rate is not expected to change, even though the economy has seen better-than-expected domestic growth and an uptick in inflation. “Those two items as a stand-alone would suggest the bank might be more inclined to raise interest rates, but that’s been washed away by the big drop in oil prices and growing concerns over the global economy,” Porter said of the rate, which hasn’t budged in four years.“I don’t think there’s any debate about what they’re going to do with interest rates.”Porter said he will also watch how Poloz addresses the issue of core inflation, an index closely followed by the central bank.He said an earlier central bank projection had core inflation staying below two per cent until the second half of 2016 and then it hit 2% this year.“It’ll be interesting to see if they view that as temporary and I suspect they will,” said Porter, who predicted the focus of the bank’s concerns to highlight the ongoing external factors that threaten Canada’s economy. read more

Police crack down on impaired boaters

There is sure to be a lot of traffic on the water this long weekend. The OPP will be cracking down on boaters impaired by drugs or alcohol. “Operation Dry Water” will see officers out across the province looking for boozing boaters.The OPP investigated 20 fatal boating incidents last year and determined 7 of them involved alcohol or drugs. The Lifesaving Society of Canada estimates that 39 per cent of preventable boating fatalities involve alcohol consumption.It’s not just the boat’s operator that can’t drink. No one on board is allowed to consume alcohol when a boat is in motion. The consequences are the same as drinking and driving and include license suspensions, fines and even criminal charges.Police will also be on the lookout for dangerous drivers on the roads this weekend. One law in particular they’ll be looking to make sure drivers obey is the move over law.That requires motorists to slow down and pass with caution when approaching emergency vehicles stopped on the roadside.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

UN must bolster role in coordinating Member States efforts to tackle challenges

He stressed that rapid globalization had led to development as well as challenges that had sometimes jeopardized UN efforts to help people lead secure lives. Moreover, ‘tragic events’ undermined global commitments to bring about sustainable development, he said, citing terrorism, transnational organized crime and drug trafficking in that context. Stressing that terrorist movements flourished in “hot spots” around the world, he said such horrors were not connected with Islamic teachings and did not know the tolerance of Islam. Confronting those threats required Member States to make monumental efforts and to refrain from double standards. Peace, stability and cooperation were essential for resolving the situation with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, he said, noting that in Afghanistan, the growing activity of violent terrorist groups was a matter of serious concern. “It is high time to take strong, coordinated measures to tackle terrorism and drug trafficking,” he said, calling on the international community to help, just as his country was ready to do so. Calling the adoption of the 2030 Agenda a milestone for the international community to work together, he said Tajikistan had made great strides in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For the success of the Agenda as a whole, it would be necessary to help less developed countries, including landlocked nations, that lacked access to ports. They required more assistance and the UN, through the Economic and Social Council and specialized agencies, should play an important role. read more

Ohio State mens basketball pounds Iowa 7647

The likely momentum gained from back-to-back wins against Wisconsin and Minnesota wasn’t enough to help spark Iowa to an upset win against Ohio State men’s basketball Saturday.The No. 6-ranked Buckeyes (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, and ended the host’s two-game winning streak, defeating the Hawkeyes, 76-47. Sophomore forwards led the way for OSU as Jared Sullinger poured in a season-high 28 points while Deshaun Thomas contributed 10 points as well.In the Buckeyes’ first road test since a Dec. 31 loss to Indiana, OSU also improved their record away from the Schottenstein Center to 2-2.Iowa’s leading scorer, junior guard Eric May, managed only nine points. For the game, the Hawkeyes shot 32 percent and committed 20 turnovers.OSU continues conference play Tuesday at Illinois.  Tip off is scheduled for 9 p.m. and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.Milestone winSaturday’s win against Iowa was also senior guard William’s Buford 100th career OSU victory. Buford scored eight points and tallied 11 rebounds and five assists in the win against the Hawkeyes. read more

Former Ireland manager lays out the problems at his country

first_imgFor Eoin Hand, there have been poor decision-making at the Football Association and problems with player developmentRepublic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill left the team after five years.And for former coach Eoin Hand the problem is inside the Football Association.“I think we’re standing still,” he told The42.“I don’t think there’s any forward-thinking. There might be the talk of it, but it doesn’t happen. I still think that is the case.”declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“Brian Kerr made a great contribution to Irish football, but [he does] nothing now other than punditry. [Ex-Ireland and Arsenal player] John Devine is a fella that had to go abroad to America,” he added.“He was doing some great work at underage level with all the kids. He had great ideas and great plans and actually put them down in videos. But he was shunned by the FAI to the point where he had to leave. That shouldn’t happen.”“I don’t think there has to be an awful lot of thought gone into the development of our game here,” he commented.“There’s no reason why that should not have happened. We have all the facilities out in Abbotstown.”“It was talked about and it was supposed to be happening way back then. But that was shelved for no apparent reason.”last_img read more

Crews to dig into interchange project

first_imgConstruction crews will likely dig deeper into the Salmon Creek interchange Project this week — if the weather stays dry that is.Workers from Rotschy Inc. of Vancouver could start excavating the northwest corner of Northeast 10th Avenue and 139th Street as part of the second stage of the project. If it rains, work could be delayed another couple of weeks, according to Rotschy’s project manager, Darin Kysar.“We don’t want to go mucking around in the rain,” Lyle Uskoski, Rotschy’s on-site project manager, said Friday.Road access to all businesses in the construction zone will remain open, even during the excavation process, according to the company. Within the next couple of months, crews will start excavating 139th Street down to bare earth. Only half of the street will be done at a time, leaving two lanes of traffic open.“The traffic impact is slow and minimal,” said Jeff Mize, spokesman for Clark County Public Works. “This is a significant project, and there will be some delays.”Rotschy, hired for the project in January by the county, has been laying drainage pipes west along 136th Street since March 22. By the end of this week, it should have reached 10th Avenue. Piping then moves north to 139th Street. Kysar gave an approximate completion date of April 13.last_img read more

Vancouver man convicted of stranger attacks sentenced

first_imgIn an apparent surprise to his defense attorney, a Vancouver man convicted of attacking two female strangers asked the judge Friday to sentence him to the highest penalty under law.“Go ahead and give me the high,” D’Shawn Carr said, interrupting his defense attorney, David Kurtz, when he asked the judge for a lower sentence at the defendant’s sentencing hearing.“OK, I’ll go with what my client wants — he wants 184 months,” Kurtz said.“I truly feel bad for what I’ve done,” Carr said, choking up. “That’s why I’m asking for the high end so I can prove my sincerity.”Clark County Superior Court Judge Rich Melnick granted his request. He sentenced 22-year-old Carr — who pleaded guilty to first-degree rape and unlawful imprisonment for attacking the women in Hazel Dell last winter — to life in prison with a minimum of 15 years.After 15 years, Carr’s case will go before an Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board, which will decide whether the defendant can be released. If he is freed, he will be under community supervision for the rest of his life.last_img read more

Community makes it good after vandalism of pioneer gravestone

first_imgEven though he died in 1908, age 41, Alexander Stuber now has the newest gravestone in the Camas Cemetery.“The important thing is, he has a stone,” said Joey Fuerstenberg, owner of Vancouver Granite Works.Fuerstenberg and employee Kyle Cochran installed the granite marker Friday morning, replacing the marble stone that was destroyed last fall.Stuber’s grave marker was one of 15 headstones toppled by vandals on Oct. 23, according to Camas police. Cemetery crews and volunteers righted all the headstones except for Stuber’s; it was broken into three pieces.Camas police investigated the incident and by the next day had arrested Michael Garwood, 21, of Camas. He originally faced 15 counts of violating laws that protect cemeteries and second-degree criminal mischief, but the prosecuting attorney’s office didn’t file the charges.Charges against Garwood could be filed later, Camas Police Sgt. Scot Boyles said, though police are actively looking for a second suspect, which would wrap up the case.Stuber’s new stone is a near replica of the original.Rebecca Reich, Fuerstenberg’s 25-year-old daughter and office manager at the company, reproduced the image of a rose for the new grave by using a rubbing of the old grave and looking at photos of what the marker used to look like. That design was then etched onto the stone.“It’s fun to do something to give back to the community,” Fuerstenberg said.He used stainless steel pins to connect the foundation, base and headstone together. Fuerstenberg said he doubts that the older marble stones have pins.last_img read more

12yearold boy hangs himself in mangalsutra and bangles for TikTok video in

first_img[Representational image]Creative CommonsA TikTok challenge went horribly wrong for a 12-year-old boy in Kota, Rajasthan, after he ended up hanging himself with a metal chain. The incident occurred late on Wednesday.  The boy’s body was found hanging by a thick metal chain in his bathroom and he had bangles around his wrist. He was also wearing a mangalsutra (a gold chain worn by married Hindu women). All these were reportedly part of the rules of the TikTok challenge.”He was wearing mangalsutra and bangles and was wearing a noose made from chains and was found hanging. He was using TikTok the entire night,” the boy’s father was quoted as saying by India Today. “If it was not for TikTok then my child would have been alive,” he added.The boy accidentally killed himself on Wednesday and his parents discovered that he was missing on Thursday morning and found him dead in the bathroom. The boy was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead.The TikTok app has caused quite a few deaths in the country with many aspiring to make unique videos on the micro-video sharing app. The increased addiction to the China-based app had the Madras High Court calling for the app’s ban.Last week, a teenaged boy was shot dead with a country-made pistol in Shirdi while he and his relatives were trying to shoot a TikTok video.TikTok released a statement saying that they do not endorse the ‘TikTok Challenge’ and added that there is no such thing. The statement read, “This is a very concerning incident. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the deceased. At TikTok, we are committed to maintaining a safe and positive in-app environment for our users, while encouraging them to showcase their creativity. In line with this, we would like to confirm that there is no such hashtag challenge or activity that TikTok is promoting on its app.TikTok in no way endorses, promotes or encourages its users to engage in any behaviour that might cause harm to oneself or anyone else either via challenges or content published. We have a zero tolerance policy on content and behaviour that is against our Community Guidelines.”last_img read more