Bypoll result reflects voters’ anger: Praful Patel

first_imgBhandara: Maratha strongman Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party on Thursday snatched the Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha seat from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.Madhukar Kukade of the NCP defeated BJP’s Hemant Patle by a margin of 48,097 votes in the by-election necessitated due to the resignation of the sitting BJP MP Nana Patole who quit the BJP to join Congress earlier this year.The election assumed significance as Mr. Patole had quit the BJP by accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being “pseudo OBC and anti-farmer”. The Congress and the NCP contested this election in alliance.The Shiv Sena and Bahujan Samaj Party did not field candidates making it a direct fight between the NCP and BJP.The election was in the news due to large-scale complaints of EVM malfunctioning on the day of voting prompting the Election Commission to order re-poll at 49 centres and the transfer of Gondia district collector.It was the Congress, led by Nana Patole, which took this election seriously. When NCP workers were complaining about lack of resources and support from the party, Congress leaders and workers were spending from their own pockets for the NCP candidate. “It was an election of Nana Patole versus Narendra Modi. This election was fought by poor people and farmers, against the powerful central and state government which is why every Congress leaders and workers worked extra hard,” Mr. Patole, now the vice-president of the state unit of Congress told The Hindu at his village Sukdi.“Today’s results show that voters have a lot of anger towards central and state government. This also shows that people are losing confidence in state and central government,” senior NCP leader Praful Patel.This Lok Sabha seat is considered a stronghold of Mr. Patel. However, in 2014 Mr. Patole, then a BJP candidate, defeated him by 1,49,254 votes.When asked about the BJP’s defeat despite campaigning by CM Devendra Fadnavis and union minister Nitin Gadkari and BJP’s active machinery, BJP candidate Hemant Patle said that high temperature resulted in low voter turnout which impacted his party’s performance.“Also, there was no division of vote this time and the contest was the BJP versus all. We will introspect this defeat,” Mr.Patle told The Hindu.Out of total 9,48,849 votes polled, the NCP’s Madhukar Kukade secured 4,42,213 votes whereas the BJP’S Hemant Patle got 3,94,116 votes and 6602 votes went to NOTA.The NCP’s victory, despite Prakash Ambedkar’s Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh candidate L.K.Madavi securing 40326 votes, shows that general vote consolidation cutting across caste lines against the BJP.last_img read more

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Crackdown on liquor parties in Gujarat ahead of new year celebrations

first_imgGujarat police on Thursday launched a state-wide crackdown on liquor parties during New Year celebrations in the State. The State police chief has asked all district SPs and range IGs to ensure no liquor was bootlegged in their respective areas. According to a senior police official, this instruction came from Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.Police have also deployed special squads at border check posts from where liquor is brought into Gujarat, a state with stringent prohibition laws. In Gujarat, liquor is normally brought in from Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, the three states with which Gujarat shares a border, and union territories of Daman in South Gujarat and Diu in the Saurashtra region.In cities like Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat, police raided private farm houses. In Ahmedabad, a police team raided a private bungalow and arrested six people who were allegedly drinking. Vadodara Police commissioner Anupam Singh Gehlot issued a notification warning the city dwellers to refrain from wearing “revealing clothes” during the new year celebrations. “Indecent behaviour, vulgar postures and show of skin will not be allowed during parties or in public,” Mr. Gehlot told media persons in Vadodara.last_img read more

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TNT coach Nash Racela fined 10K

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Neymar pledges glory for PSG Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Racela opted to not issue comments about the matter, saying, “It is what it is.”Blackwater big man Kyle Pascual and Kia bruiser Eric Camson also didn’t get away from the fine spree, as they were penalized P5,000 eachfor their flagrant foul penalty one.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsGlobalPort forward Sean Anthony had to pay P3,000 for flopping, Phoenix shooter Matthew Wright was slapped a P1,000 fine for his technical foul for use of profane language, while Alaska’s Vic Manuel and Star’s Rodney Brondial were meted a P1,000 fine for incurring technical foul for second motion.All in all, P26,000 were collected, all of which will go to the PBA Players’ Trust Fund. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT coach Nash Racela’s actions got him in hot water as he got hit with the PBA’s first wave of infractions in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The youthful mentor got fined P10,000 for directly addressing PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa during a live game in the KaTropa’s 106-96 win over Kia last Friday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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John Hastings joins veterans in Aus World Cup squad

first_imgInjured batsman Mike Hussey and allrounder John Hastings will join veterans Ricky Ponting and paceman Brett Lee in the 15-man Australian cricket squad for the World Cup in February and March.Australia will be seeking a fourth World Cup title in the limited-overs tournament to be held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.Victoria allrounder John Hastings (left). APChairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said the squad, which also included Steve Smith and Tim Paine, had found the right balance of youth and experience.”One of the major decisions to be made in this squad was ensuring the balance was right in the squad to provide the best cover for all positions in the event of injury, illness or form issues that may arise,” Hilditch said on Tuesday. “It includes the experience of Ponting, Michael Clarke and Lee, and also some young talent like Steve Smith.”Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin were all also part of the victorious 2007 ICC cricket World Cup squad that went unbeaten in the Caribbean, so there is plenty of character in this group of Australian cricketers.”Hilditch said Nathan Hauritz was the selectors’ preferred spin option because he has a strong record in India.”He will be an important part of our bid for this fourth World Cup,” Hilditch added.Hussey suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday night’s one-day victory by Australia over England but is expected to recover in time for the tournament.Ponting, who struggled with his form during the recent Ashes test series against England, maintained Australia was still the team to beat at the World Cup.advertisement”It’s quite clear we are the number one ranked team in the world,” he said. “… Our World Cup record speaks for itself and we have a really good balance of youth and experience in the squad to succeed in the tournament.”Australia squad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke, Doug Bollinger, Brad Haddin, John Hastings, Nathan Hauritz, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Tim Paine, Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Cameron White.last_img read more

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Team India’s day off in Antigua: Beach volleyball, Jet ski and a dip in the water

first_imgIndia’s star cricketers have made the most of their time in the West Indies after the grind of the last one year. A packed home Test season was followed by the IPL and the Champions Trophy.Then the Anil Kumble resignation left a bad taste in the mouth. In the course of India’s Champions Trophy campaign, reports emerged that captain Virat Kohli and several other players were not happy with Kumble’s style of coaching. Things took an ugly turn after the tournament when the coach stepped down over differences with Virat Kohli.The sudden resignation created shockwaves at home. However, Team India counted its lucky stars to be far away during this turbulent period. In the Caribbean for a five-match ODI series and a one-off T20 International, Kohli and his men have taken it easy in the West Indies – the first ODI was washed out and it was easy sailing in the second as Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane set up an easy victory.The action now moves to Antigua from Port of Spain. There was a long break after the second ODI on Sunday. The third match will be played on Friday and the players were given a day off to explore the scenery around.Not surprisingly, the players took in the sights and played some beach volleyball and took a dip in the clear blue water.Dhawan and MS Dhoni are also travelling with their wives and kids and that has certainly helped the team bond better.advertisementIndia will take on the West Indies in the third ODI at Antigua on Friday.last_img read more

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Wolves’ Ivan Cavaleiro on target to end Shrewsbury’s brave FA Cup fight

first_img 45 Ennis 30 Charles-Cook 5 Bennett SHR WOL 16 Vincelot The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. (s 78′) Corners Possession Share on Twitter Substitutes 7 Wolves Off target 7 Shrewsbury 4 Wolves On target 2 Shrewsbury Reuse this content 37 Traore 27 Saiss match reports Share on WhatsApp Fouls 29 Norburn Lineups 28 72 Share on Pinterest Wolves (s 69′) Read more 9 Jimenez 17 Gibbs-White 22 Waterfall Substitutes 7 Ivan Cavaleiro Shrewsbury Town once again proved a handful for Wolves, coming back from a goal down in the first half to take a shock lead before a second Matt Doherty goal and a splendid second-half winner from Ivan Cavaleiro booked the home side a fifth round tie at Bristol City. “It was tough again, we had to come from behind in both games,” Nuno Espírito Santo said. “It was not one of our better performances but it’s job done. I am happy to be in the fifth round.”The Shrewsbury manager, Sam Ricketts, was unhappy with what he described as a foul when Cavaleiro shoved a defender out of the way en route to goal, although the referee ran it past VAR and allowed it to stand. “I couldn’t ask any more of my players, coming back from that early goal to take the lead,” Ricketts said. “Clearly we missed our best chance at our own ground but I’m still proud to come here and push Wolves hard.”As if determined not to repeat the mistakes of the first game , Wolves took the lead as early as possible, scoring in the second minute with their first attack of the game. Ryan Haynes conceded a corner that was only half cleared, Morgan Gibbs-White swung over a second cross from the right, and when the ball dropped on the six-yard line Doherty was quickest to react to stab a low shot over the line. 10 Helder Costa 8 Docherty 36 Ward 18 Gilliead If that was daunting for the visitors it did not show. Shrewsbury won their first corner in the 11th minute, Oliver Norburn delivered an inswinger and James Bolton took advantage of some hesitant defending to get his head to it first. Wolves created the next opening with a trademark Adama Traoré run and cross down the right, and Jonny Otto must have thought he had scored with a firmly struck first-time shot, only to see his attempt blocked on the line.The home side were doing most of the pressing by the half-hour stage and Willy Boly should probably have scored with a free header from a corner except that by the time Gibbs-White’s cross reached him he was almost on his knees and facing away from goal.All of which made it more of a surprise when Shrewsbury scored a goal from nothing, completely against the run of play, to get their noses in front just before the interval. The game had stopped for a while as Romain Vincelot limped off with a hamstring injury and when it restarted Wolves appeared to be caught cold. Josh Laurent was given enough space to try a speculative shot from outside the area, and though John Ruddy appeared to have it covered he let the ball slip through his grasp to trickle over the line. Fortunately Doherty managed to spare his goalkeeper’s blushes with an equaliser late in the hefty six minutes of first-half stoppage time added for injuries to Vincelot and Ryan Bennett, stooping to head in an Otto cross from the left.Despite Shrewsbury showing more resistance than Everton managed last weekend, Nuno resisted the temptation to send on some of his big names for the second half. His confidence was rewarded by a succession of early corners, almost all of which Gibbs-White put too close to Steve Arnold, and then by an excellent goal from open play just past the hour. The lively Traoré picked Omar Beckles’ pocket on the right, then Doherty’s ball into the area was maximised by a surging run from Cavaleiro, who used his strength and control to hold off two defenders before slotting the ball home from the six yard line. “You’re not singing any more,” the home crowd were cheeky enough to chant.Wolves sent for João Moutinho then Raúl Jimenez after that, but though the latter brought a fine save from Arnold the score remained unchanged. Beckles almost earned extra time with a shot that grazed an upright, but Shrewsbury had to be content with four goals in two games against opponents two divisions higher. It is more than some Premier League teams will manage this season. 23 Giles 13 Bolton FA Cup 12 2 3 Haynes SHR28WOL72% (s 89′) 2 Doherty 31 Norris Neal Maupay strikes to ensure Brentford hold off Barnet’s challenge Wolves (5-3-2)Ruddy; Doherty, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Otto; Gibbs-White, Saïss, Traoré (Jiménez 77); Costa (Moutinho 69), Cavaleiro (Ennis 88)Subs not used: Norris, Neves, Giles, Dendoncker.Shrewsbury (5-4-1)Arnold; Bolton, Vincelot (Sears 38), Waterfall, Beckles,Haynes; Docherty, Norburn•, Gilliead (Whalley 66), Laurent; Okenabirhie (Amadi-Holloway 78)Subs not used: Edwards, Charles-Cook, Rowland, Ward.Referee Lee ProbertAttendance 28,844 Wolverhampton Wanderers 6 Beckles 35 Rowland Share on Messenger Newport sink Middlesbrough to earn dream reward with Manchester City 15 Boly (s 77′) Read more 12 Okenabirhie 27 Sears 7 Whalley Share via Email 20 Holloway Shrewsbury 15 Arnold Match stats Goal attempts (s 66′) Topics Shrewsbury 32 Dendoncker 16 Coady 19 Jonny 4 Edwards Share on Facebook 5 6 Share on LinkedIn 8 Neves 21 Ruddy 28 Joao Moutinho 28 Laurent (s 38′)last_img read more

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Caitlyn Jenner Attends StarStudded Voices On Point Gala

first_imgMore than 400 guests attended the fourth annual Voices on Point gala in Los Angeles on Saturday night to support higher education opportunities for LGBTQ students.Caitlyn Jenner speaks onstage during the Point Foundation’s Annual Voices On Point Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Credit/Copyright: Jason Kempin/Getty Images for The Point FoundationCaitlyn Jenner presented the Point Horizon Award to two Point Alumni, Rhys Ernst, Co-Producer for Amazon’s “Transparent,” and Zach Zyskowski, Producer on ABC Family and Ryan Seacrest Productions docuseries “Becoming Us,” and Producer on CBS’ perennial hit “Big Brother.”The evening celebrated the accomplishments of Point Foundation (Point) scholarship recipients, and included musical performances from Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Stacy Barthe, Tony Award winner and star of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Sara Ramirez, American Idol, Top Five Finalist, Rayvon Owen, and singer/songwriter Joey McIntyre.The event, held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, was the most successful Voices on Point event to date for Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship- granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit.Celebrity appearances at Point Honors included Amy Landecker; Camryn Magness; Connor Franta; Gavin Macintosh; Greg Louganis; Hayden Byerly; Our Lady J; Ray Santiago; Sherri Saum; Teri Polo; Bradley Whitford; Utkarsh Ambudkar and more.The program opened with remarks from Teri Polo and Sherri Saum, stars of the ABC Family’s groundbreaking series, “The Fosters,” which made network television history this season when two characters shared the first teen same-sex kiss. Saum remarked, “While there is still much work to be done on the road to true LGBTQ equality, the Point Scholars and Alumni we will hear from tonight… make crystal clear one very inspiring point – the future of LGBTQ rights is in very good hands.”Five-time Olympic medalist Greg Louganis introduced Caitlyn Jenner, noting that they had last seen each other eight months ago. “But it wasn’t until tonight that I had the pleasure of meeting the incredible woman she is today—and she’s just as strong, courageous, tenacious, smart and beautiful as ever. “While presenting Ernst and Zyskowski with The Point Horizon Award — an honor given to inspirational young leaders who have advocated for the LGBTQ community — Caitlyn Jenner commended the two award recipients for their work, “helping to change public perceptions of the trans community and the entire LGBTQ community.” In her remarks Jenner referred to the LGBTQ community as “…a big extended family that, thankfully, I have been welcomed into.” She continued by saying that she was, “…honored to be presenting the Point Horizon award to two members of her LGBTQ family.”During Zyskowski’s acceptance remarks, he spoke of what organizations like Point Foundation mean to the LGBTQ community and particularly to young students. “I wouldn’t be making television if Point had not seen promise in me when I was only 16 years old, and at that moment in time, producing television was only a distant dream. I know what it is to feel alone in your own community, to feel that no one loves you for who you are. I want to show a whole generation of people that you are not alone. You can be who you want to be. You can love who you want to love. Any dream is within reach. You are all so very beautiful.”Following Zach’s moving remarks, Ernst began his own powerful speech about the support Point provides. “People often ask me how I got to where I am now and how I got involved with ‘Transparent.’ One way of telling that story is to say ‘I was a Point Scholar.’” Noting Jenner’s public transition, Ernst concluded, “The trans civil rights movement is underway, but there are huge obstacles still ahead. Trans people need our allies more than ever. I want to thank my supporters, friends, allies, and the continued work of the Point Foundation for building the way to a better future for all.”Throughout the night, other Point scholars and alumni shared their own moving, personal stories, reflecting on Point’s ability to empower promising LGBTQ students through financial assistance, mentoring and leadership development programs and opportunities. Since 2001, Point has invested more than $18 million in the education and support of Point Scholars.“The feelings of friendship and support that surround us here tonight are what we hope to bring to more LGBTQ students,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation said, “We are so grateful that a new member of our community — Caitlyn Jenner — joined us to recognize the challenging journey and inspirational accomplishments of Point Scholars and so many LGBTQ students.”A number of Point’s 85 current scholars and some of the Foundation’s 214 alumni joined celebrities onstage and shared with the audience their inspiring stories about the challenges overcome in pursuit of a higher education degree.HBO and Wells Fargo served as the Presenting Sponsors for Voices on Point. Hilton Worldwide served as Premier Sponsor. Principal sponsors included Lowenstein Sandler, Time Warner, and Toyota Financial Services. The Advocate served as the National Media Sponsor, and Frontiers L.A. served as the Local Media Sponsor. Friends of Point supporting the evening included Barefoot Wine.last_img read more

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Strikes grounds hundreds more Scandinavian Airlines flights

COPENHAGEN — Scandinavian Airlines says it will cancel another 504 flight departures across the Nordic region on Wednesday, affecting about 47,000 passengers, due to a pilots’ strike.The cancellation comes on top of 546 flights cancelled Tuesday and hundreds more since pilots began an open-ended strike on Friday due to the collapse of pay negotiations.CEO Rickard Gustafson says the pilots’ demands “entail significant cost increases for SAS that would threaten the company’s long-term competitiveness and consequently, the jobs of all SAS employees.”Gustafson said Tuesday the airline was “prepared … to find a solution” in the talks on a new collective bargaining agreement. Those talks, he said, are in “a deadlock.”The Associated Press read more

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NewsAlert Home sales expected to fall 53 in 2017 10 in Ont

OTTAWA — The Canadian Real Estate Association has downgraded its sales forecast for the year. It now expects sales to fall 5.3 per cent year-over-year, with 506,900 properties changing hands, or 20,000 fewer than previously forecast in June. It projects sales in British Columbia and Ontario to fall by about 10 per cent in 2017, compared to record highs set in 2016. August home sales were down 9.9 per cent, year-over-year.More coming

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Resurgent Quebec economy drawing more attention from US investors

NEW YORK — Quebec’s finance minister smiled widely on a New York City stage as dozens of U.S. investors carefully followed his words — perhaps more closely than they had in recent years.The province’s strengthening economy was the subject of numerous questions at a conference last week that brought together American investors interested in learning more about Canada’s potential.Carlos Leitao appeared to take great pleasure in making a sales pitch for his province’s resurgent economy.“We are doing well, by the way — very well,” the beaming finance minister told the experts who gathered for the event, which was hosted by Bloomberg.“I’m very pleased to be here — I’m also very pleased to see there’s a large number of investors.”There were clear signs in the crowd that Quebec’s encouraging economic performance over the last year or so has reverberated south of the border. In the past, the province might have been overlooked because of its sluggish economy and fears over the prospect of another referendum on independence.Many in attendance probed for more information about Quebec — they discussed it inside the conference room and later over chicken at the networking lunch. Several even pressed a Canadian Press reporter for more details on the province.Their queries touched on a wide range of topics: the staying power of the surging economy in Canada’s second-largest province, its impressive run of job creation, the strength of the Montreal housing market, the city’s tech sector and the fact there’s been less talk of late about independence.The event’s participants specialize in fixed-income investments, such as the bonds offered by Canada’s federal and provincial governments.On stage, Leitao told his audience how Quebec’s growth had accelerated through 2016 and into 2017. He predicted it would continue because it had been led by a consumer-driven expansion fuelled by rising incomes — not ballooning debt.“This is growth funded by income gains, which makes it much more sustainable,” Leitao said.Earlier that morning, fresh numbers showed that Quebec’s real gross domestic product — a measure of economic growth — expanded at a robust annual rate of 2.5 per cent in the second quarter.The real GDP reading marked Quebec’s sixth straight quarter of growth above two per cent, the province’s longest run since 2007, said a research note by the National Bank.Later in the week, TD Economics said in a note that “Quebec has been firing on all cylinders” with growth projected to come in at just under three per cent for 2017 — its fastest pace since 2002. TD also noted how the province’s unemployment rate fell to a record low of 5.8 per cent in July, before rising to 6.1 per cent a month later.However, the analysis by National Bank senior economist Matthieu Arseneau pointed out that the province’s first-quarter growth was revised downward last week to 2.8 per cent from 4.3 per cent. He also pointed out that business investment fell 1.2 per cent in the second quarter.As next year’s provincial election approaches, Leitao also said the government would continue to reduce the tax load on the so-called middle class and would likely deliver a second-straight budget surplus in 2016-17. Eventually, he suggested a third surplus could be posted for the current fiscal year.One senior official from a big U.S. investment firm, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the company’s views, said it was encouraged that it had heard less talk about another referendum on independence in Quebec.Later in the day, the audience heard a panel of Canadian-based experts who compared Quebec with the bigger provincial economy next door: Ontario.Chris Kresic, a partner and portfolio manager of fixed income for Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd., told the conference that Ontario was more exposed to high household debt than Quebec, in large part because of its hot housing sector.Fellow panellist Aubrey Basdeo, managing director of fixed income for BlackRock Canada, said the Toronto housing market remained a concern for investors, particularly with the Bank of Canada on an apparent interest-rate hiking path.“(It) could result in Ontario looking weaker in a relative sense,” Basdeo said of the two provinces in an interview after his appearance.He added that the higher-rate potential, combined with Ontario’s plan to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, could be a problem for future growth.Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa also appeared at the conference to make the pitch on behalf of his province.Sousa argued that Ontario played a role in helping Quebec.In a later interview, Sousa credited the Ontario economy for its ability to withstand shocks over the years, its fiscal stability, low unemployment, infrastructure investments and measures introduced last year aimed at easing risks in the housing market.When asked about Quebec, Sousa said he had heard more talk about it.“Quebec and other provinces — their prosperity, their improvement, is good for all of us,” Sousa said.He also said that Ontario had provided billions of dollars in indirect support for Quebec through the federal equalization program.“I’m encouraged by Quebec’s ability to come to balance. That’s important. Of course, Quebec benefits from transfer payments from the federal government that Ontario doesn’t get. We’re a net contributor to the federation, always have been, even when we qualified for equalization.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

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President takes his son Daham to the UNGA

President Maithripala Sirisena has taken his son Daham Tharaka to the UN General Assembly which began in New York today.Photographs released by the President’s office show Daham Tharaka seated with the President and the high level Government delegation which accompanied the President to the US. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was often criticised when he was in power for taking his sons on official overseas visits. (Colombo Gazette)

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Online thrift shop ThredUp woos frugal Canadian fashonistas with expansion

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2017 at 2:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Online thrift shop ThredUp woos frugal Canadian fashonistas with expansion TORONTO – After operating in the U.S. for nearly a decade, online thrift store ThredUp is expanding into Canada and setting its sights on shoppers who want to stay stylish but save their dimes.Some retail experts caution the company may find it difficult amid the growing popularity and proliferation of charity-based organizations and fast-fashion retailers who already appeal to the budget-conscious.But ThredUp co-founder and CEO James Reinhart says when the San Francisco-based startup researched the Canadian market, it found signs of “pent-up demand” from consumers who wanted an easier way to shop for used clothing and apparel.“I always thought that ThredUp was not solving just a U.S. problem,” he said in a recent interview. “It’s really a first-world opportunity, so the ability to expand to other countries was something we really wanted to do.”The company, which was founded in 2009, says it’s on track to sell more than 10 million items this year.The website specializes in used women’s and children’s apparel, shoes and handbags at up to 80 per cent off the new retail price.ThredUp buys its inventory from people who send in bags of unwanted clothing, which the company reviews and then notifies the sender about how much they are willing to pay.The company began accepting Canadian orders earlier this month, and if all goes well, Reinhart says it would like to have distribution centres in Western and Eastern Canada so it could begin accepting items from Canadians. It also would like to open an office in Toronto, where one of the company’s co-founders and current chief technology officer is from.Retail analyst Sally Seston says ThredUp will face stiff competition in Canada from shops such as Value Village, Salvation Army, Plato’s Closet and Once Upon A Child and will also have to fight for shoppers’ dollars with retailers such as Winners and Saks Off Fifth, which sell new clothing for less than the suggested retail price.ThredUp estimates that the apparel resale market is worth US$18 billion in the United States, with expectations that it will balloon to US$33 billion in 2021. It doesn’t have reliable Canadian data available, but Seston forecasts the market is around 10 per cent of the United States.“People who are going to shop at a retail mall quality resale clothing store are more about the financials of being able to dress and look current on a very restricted budget,” said Seston, a principal at Retail Category Consultants.“By bringing it online, it eliminates the stigma of walking into a second-hand store to buy things.”Retail expert Maureen Atkinson says that shoppers may be lured to ThredUp by the prospect of finding a bargain, but they will have to do the math, including calculating shipping and any other charges, to see if a purchase actually ends up being a good deal.“Economically if I can get a new T-shirt from H&M or Forever 21 for $10, and ThredUp is going to charge me $5 for a second hand one — is the value there?,” asked Atkinson from J.C. Williams Group.Although the company’s biggest customer base may be those hunting for a bargain, the environmentally friendly aspect of reusing clothing will also hold its appeal for some shoppers, she added.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

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Multiuse path improved lighting coming to Merrittville Hwy

A construction project to make the roads around Brock University safer for cyclists and walkers is set to resume.Last year, the Province of Ontario, the City of Thorold, the Niagara Region and Brock University announced a partnership to build a network of bike lanes and paths that would stretch from the Confederation Heights neighbourhood to the Brock campus.The first phase of that project saw Decew Rd. reconstructed from Richmond Street to Merrittville Hwy. last year.The next phase of the project underway that will see a multi-use path and improved lighting installed on Merrittville Hwy. between Decew Rd. and Sir Isaac Brock Way is now getting underway.The project, which is being built by Rankin Construction, is expected to be completed by the end of June. read more

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Plymouth University under fire for spending hundreds of thousands of pounds to

first_img“Plymouth University is a trading name adopted in recent years.”These have become somewhat interchangeable and so the university as part of broader discussions is considering whether greater consistency would be helpful.”It is not the first time the institution has faced questions over its spending decisions. In 2014, it emerged that the university planned to buy seven chairs for a £95,000.The chairs, handcrafted by furniture designer John Makepeace, were commissioned for graduation ceremonies.The university said the seats had been commissioned by now suspended vice chancellor Professor Wendy Purcell.The expense was queried by some staff and students and, in a leaked email, the university’s PR department warned the story of the chairs could cause reputational damage.The university insists that a final decision has not been made on the institution’s rebranding project.A spokesman added: “This is part of a wider consultation around the university’s visual identity in support of its refreshed strategy and national and international ambitions.”Staff, students and prospective students have been engaged in these on-going discussions.”No firm decision has yet been reached.”Last November it was reported that vice-chancellor Judith Petts, who took over the role back in February 2016, was looking to update the university’s “visual identity” in order to boost its international reputation. At the time, a source said: “There are more questions than answers but it is quite clear that the vice chancellor and chief marketing officers are determined to push the changes through, regardless of any staff or student protest.”The student union and senior staff members are very upset and concerned that false claims have been made about wide spread stakeholder consultation.”It’s a disgrace the university would embark on such a pointless exercise and spending spree in this current climate.” A university has come under fire for contemplating spending hundreds of thousands of pounds to simply add ‘of’ into its name. The former Polytechnic, which became known as Plymouth University – it’s current trading name – in 2011, said it is looking at whether the name change would provide “greater consistency”.But one insider said the switch was a fait accompli, with the major rebranding project expected to cost the university hundreds of thousands of pounds.The source said: “Despite running a number of meetings with students and staff about re-branding where the feedback was ‘don’t re-brand as it will cost a fortune’, the vice chancellor has decided to re-brand from Plymouth University to University of Plymouth.”Staff were emailed this week to change email signatures.”It is understood the latest prospectus includes “University of Plymouth” branding.Sources revealed the”With Plymouth University” slogan – a campaign launched in 2011 – may be ditched which would mean a complete redesign of campus signage along with stationery, marketing tools and promotional literature.The university refused to discuss the costs involved.A spokesman from the university which has about 27,000 students said the two names had become interchangeable in recent years.The spokesman added: “The university’s official name has always been the University of Plymouth.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Liberty Theatres Event Cinema offers highbrow programs

first_imgCAMAS — If you’re hungry for great performances but have little patience with most of what happens at the movies today — superheroes, big explosions, serial killers, sleaze — there’s a refuge for you in downtown Camas.Last year, the Liberty Theatre launched an Event Cinema sideline that brings some of the world’s greatest live theater, dance and opera performances to the smaller of its two screens. You can even go to the Liberty to take in art documentaries, music-appreciation lectures and other presentations — from TED Talks through Claude Monet’s water lilies to the studio creations of the Beatles.Liberty owner Rand Thornsley said he got interested in showing “highbrow” cinema events simply because he was looking to expand his theater’s audience. The Liberty has chiselled out a niche as a local second-run cinema, he said, because that’s less expensive than booking first-run fare both for himself and, in the end, for his ticket buyers.But it also means he must keep his screens busy with lots of diverse programming, and he’s always looking for ways to pull in new patrons.“Event Cinema brings an audience to this theater that wouldn’t come in otherwise,” he said.They don’t always flock to the theater in huge numbers, he added — but sometimes they do. If advance ticket sales are soaring, as they did for the National Theater’s live-in-London production of “War Horse” and for musicologist Scott Freiman’s guided tour through the making of The Beatles’ “White Album,” Thornsley juggles other screenings and moves the special event into his big, central auditorium. The schedule can get a little confusing, Thornsley admitted, so it’s important to check the theater’s website for the latest details.last_img read more

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Oil Tax Credit Payment Proposal Offered By Walker Adminstration

first_imgThe State plans on offering a 10% discount rate in fiscal year 2019. The rate will lowered to 6% discount rate in exchange for an override royalty interest in the well. After the State backpedaled on paying the tax credits, Caelus Energy delayed drilling of Smith Bay.  The field is perhaps one of the largest finds in recent history on the North Slope – holding up to 2.4 billion barrels of crude. Tax credits have been credited with once dead Cook Inlet production rising up 80% since 2010, and the robust activity of smaller independent producers and explorers like Hilcorp, Caelus Energy, Repsol and Armstrong. It is hoped that the payments will create more confidence in the State for independent producers, which will equate to greater investment. To fund payment of these outstanding credits, the state will issue bonds with the discount covering the cost of borrowing. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The small independents who depended on re-imbursement from the State for oil and gas exploration may be getting a check in 2019, under Governor Walker’s proposed Alaska Economic Recovery Plan. The Legislature ended what some called an over-generous cash credit program with the passage of HB111. As part of the Alaska Economic Recovery Plan, the Walker Administration proposes to pay off the $900M remainder of outstanding future-obligations to independent oil and gas exploration companies at a lower rate. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-oil-tax-credit-payment-proposal.mp3VmDorene-on-oil-tax-credit-payment-proposal.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

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Hemmings Motors Along

first_imgLeave ’em in the comments section below. I was idling around the newsstand at lunch and was surprised to see the December issue of Hemmings Motor News sitting there, weighing in at 696 pages. Hemmings is basically an antique car and car parts directory. Looking for an antenna for that 1964 Corvair? Find it in Hemmings.The curious thing is why the print publication is still thick as a phone book. If ever there was a publication to become disintermediated by the Internet, this is it. Hemmings is a place where you go to find things you are looking for, not for random discovery. And, in fact, it has a robust Web site, claiming to be the “world’s most comprehensive and informative web site of its kind, featuring over 30,000 searchable cars-for-sale ads, 10,000 Car Club listings,” etc.Maybe it’s because car collectors are old and don’t use the internet. Nope, we know that all age groups are active users of the Web. Maybe the Hemmings brand is so strong that they can REQUIRE classified advertisers to use print if they want to advertise online. Not so—you can advertise online exclusively. I just don’t get it. Why is their print edition so robust? Any ideas?last_img read more

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IceAge salmon harvests

first_img(Courtesy of Dr. Ben Potter, UAF)New research reveals salmon played an important role in the diets of ice-age Alaskans. The information comes from an archaeological dig on the Tanana. Two University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists applied new techniques to uncover clues about the lives of Alaska Natives almost 12,000 years ago.Listen nowThis isn’t the first time new insights into the lives of ice-age Alaskans have come from the Upward Sun River site. Besides cremated human remains, the archaeological dig on the banks of the Tanana River has revealed some 17 cooking hearths of ancient people stretching aback more than 13 thousand years.  UAF Anthropology professor Ben Potter is the key researcher of the dig and he says he and his colleagues had previously uncovered salmon bones more than 11 thousand years old.“We had to get the genetic analyses to identify what species it was, and it was chum salmon,” Potter said. “And so the isotopic analyses to show that they were marine. In other words that they were behaving as chum salmon do today.”The question, says Potter, was whether those ancient peoples were opportunistically catching salmon, or whether they systematically and repeatedly returned to the site each season to harvest the fish. To answer that he turned to a geochemist working at UAF, Kyungcheol Choy.Choy drew on a recently discovered technique of analyzing long lasting chemical residue in ancient cooking pots. Unfortunately, there weren’t any pots, only hearths. Nevertheless, by gathering the unique nitrogen and lipids chemical signatures of modern fish and animal species he was able to test samples dating back 11,500 years for the chemical signatures. He said Alaska conditions helped.“We in Alaska have a very good preservation conditions compared relatively to other areas,” Choy said. “But our study proved that nitrogen is still preserved for a long time.”Choy says once he got the test results back he and his colleague ran them through statistical models to determine just how much fish figured in ancient diets. Anthropologist Ben Potter said the results open a new window into ancient practices.“It’s one thing to say you got a salmon, and we could say that before,” Potter said. “Now we could say that there were probably different, multiple groups that are clustered around these different hearths and they were doing the same thing. So that’s different. That suggests that they were here specifically to capture the salmon.”Moreover, Potter says the data demonstrate the practices extended across hundreds if not thousands of years.  Choy and Potter’s research was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.last_img read more

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Free eye camp held at Gatrapalli village

first_imgMancherial: Orient Cement Company and Hyderabad-based Saveranand Nethralaya Anand Eye Institute organised a two-day free eye checkup camp at Gatrapalli village in Mancherial district, starting from Tuesday.Cement Company president SK Pandey and unit head RVR Murthy launched the camp by lighting the lamp. Speaking on the occasion, SK Pandey said it will be difficult for any person to live without eyes. Stating that the camp is held for the poor for two days, he requested the poor and others with eye problems to utilise the opportunity and checkup their eyes. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us Unit head RVR Murthy said villagers should utilise the opportunity and get free checkup of their eyes. Company Chief Medical Officer Dr Prem Kumar said this is a good opportunity for people in remote areas and hoped that everyone will take advantage of it. Gatrapalli sarpanch P Raju expressed happy for organised free eye camp in their village and requested for organising more such camps in future. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us As many as 250 people attended the camp on the first day. Company Medical Associate Dr Prem, Dr Srividya, Chiranjeevi, AVP Mines NP Sahare, general manager HR Ranchander Madhela, AGM Licensing Srinivasa Rao, HR staff Santosh Reddy, Lavanya, Lakshmikant Reddy, Sudarshan, Srinivas, Sarath, security personnel, workers, villagers and others attended the programme.last_img read more

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