Amid controversies and speculations surrounding the exact state of his health, ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday evening chaired a meeting of the Goa State Investment Promotion Board (IPB) at his private residence near here.The Chief Minister who has not made a public appearance since his return from Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences on October 14, met members of the board which included some Cabinet Ministers, industrialists and other officials at the meeting which lasted for more than an hour. A picture released by the State unit Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on social media platforms showed a bare-foot Mr. Parrikar in a half-sleeved shirt and dark blue trousers seated on a sofa with pillows to rest his left hand, with members of the IPB in front of him.“The Chief Minister is in good health. He made positive suggestions during the Board meeting,” Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte told presspersons after the meeting.For the last few days, the Congress has been demanding a video or photographic proof of the Chief Minister’s well-being from the government.Mr. Parrikar, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer, has been in and out of hospitals in Goa, Mumbai, New York and Delhi since February this year. Mr. Parrikar is expected to chair a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the second after the one in August this year.
Cairoegyptjoshna chinappaNour El Sherbini First Published: October 29, 2019, 3:52 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Cairo: Veteran Joshna Chinappa bowed out of the ongoing PSA Women’s World Squash Championship after losing to World No. 2 Nour El Sherbini of Egypt 0-3 in the prequarter-finals.El Sherbini, the reigning World Champion, continued with her formidable title defense as she wiped out Chinappa by a margin of 11-5, 11-3, 11-6 to make it to quarterfinals. It was the second consecutive loss for Chinappa against the Egyptian. The three-time World Champion put on a businesslike performance to comfortably take the opening two games, before Chinappa put up more of a fight in the third late on Monday night. However, it proved to be too little too late as El Sherbini closed out the game in just 21 minutes.”Joshna has been on form from the start of this season,” psaworldtour.com quoted the 23-year-old El Sherbini as saying after her victory.”I’m really happy with my performance and it’s my first tournament so I’m just trying to get back playing more and try to feel the game more. I’m really happy that I managed to win 3-0,” she added.Joshna, ranked World No. 12, had entered the third round of the competition after her second-round opponent, Hong Kong’s Ho Tze-Lok, conceded the tie because of injury.
A cautious West Indies crawled to 78 for one in their first innings at the close on the second day of the second Test against Zimbabwe on Monday. (Scorecard)The tourists took 49 overs, in which they hit six boundaries, to reach a score that left them with a first-innings deficit of 248 runs after they had bowled Zimbabwe out for 326.Opener Kieran Powell was unbeaten on 43 from 123 balls, along with nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo, who has yet to score.West Indies lost Kraigg Brathwaite (32 from 160 balls) 15 minutes before the close when he was caught by Hamilton Masakadza at slip off the bowling of Graeme Cremer.Zimbabwe had resumed on 169 for four after a rain-hit opening day with Masakadza’s 147 anchoring their first innings. Sikandar Raza’s 80 allowed them to post a par score on a slow wicket that is taking turn.West Indies won the first Test at the same venue by 117 runs as they seek a first away Test series victory since a 2-0 triumph in Bangladesh in 2012.
SOCHI, Russia — The numbers are in for the thrilling USA-Russia men’s hockey game, and they’re huge.NBC Sports Network says 4.1 million people in the United States tuned into the Americans’ dramatic 3-2 victory, a record number for a hockey game on the channel.When the game when to a shootout, 6.4 million people tuned in to watch T.J. Oshie score four times to lead Team USA to the win. The ratings are even more impressive considering the game aired on a Saturday morning back home.T.J. who?Oshie was one of the more anonymous players on the American roster, a very good player for the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, but by no means a star.But he’s added more than 150,000 followers to his Twitter account — @OSH74 — and received a tweet of congratulations from President Obama since his big moment.There’s the rub for the NHL. Some team owners aren’t happy with shutting down their league for two weeks and let their star players risk injury playing in the Olympics.But for a league that has struggled to gain a foothold in the crowded American sports market place, the Olympics represent the biggest opportunity to showcase its talent to a mass audience.And it’s not just on Team USA. A casual fan that watched USA-Russia may have seen Pavel Datsyuk’s electric play and decide to tune in when he’s playing for the Detroit Red Wings after the games.The players have spoken. The fans have spoken. Now it will be interesting to see if the television numbers do anything to change the minds of some owners who are determined to end the relationship.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Burnley 1 Crystal Palace 0: Early Wood strike piles pressure on De Boer Iain Strachan Last updated 2 years ago 22:30 10/9/2017 Getty Images Chris Wood’s goal was enough for Burnley and could leave Frank de Boer hanging by a thread at Crystal Palace. Frank de Boer is likely to remain under intense pressure at winless Crystal Palace after the Premier League strugglers lost 1-0 at Burnley on Sunday.The Clarets’ record signing Chris Wood, captured from Leeds United for a reported fee of £15 million, scored after just three minutes of his first top-flight start to put the hosts in charge at Turf Moor, adding to his goal on debut against Tottenham before the international break.Burnley proved unable to add to their tally but did enough to leave De Boer facing another week of heavy scrutiny should he survive inevitable calls for the club’s hierarchy to make a change in the wake of a fourth successive defeat. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The arrival of former Ajax coach De Boer as Sam Allardyce’s successor was intended to herald an elevation in the quality of the Eagles’ playing style, but Palace are now the first top-flight team since the 1924-25 season to lose their first four matches without scoring a goal.4 – Crystal Palace are the first top-flight team since Preston in 1924/25 to lose their opening four matches without scoring a goal. Flap.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 10, 2017Indeed, Palace remain the only team across England’s top four divisions who are yet to score this season, although Scott Dann missed a glaring opportunity to change that statistic in the closing stages, while De Boer’s early tenure is ominously reminiscent of the poor start that saw him sacked by Inter in November last year.The Dutchman must surely envy Burnley’s strong opening to the campaign, which continued with a second victory from four matches, but manager Sean Dyche will anxiously wait to learn the extent of an injury suffered by goalkeeper Tom Heaton, the captain having been helped from the field in the 35th minute after hurting his left shoulder attempting to catch a high ball. A sterner test may await the Clarets next weekend when they visit a Liverpool side reeling from a 5-0 thrashing at Manchester City on Saturday, while Palace’s search for goals and points is set to continue at home to Southampton, although it remains to be seen if De Boer will still be in charge at Selhurst Park next weekend.Burnley were gifted the lead after just three minutes when Lee Chung-yong, under pressure but in no real trouble near the half-way line, tried to find Wayne Hennessey. The South Korea international badly misjudged the pass and left his goalkeeper stranded, Wood duly steering home an excellent first-time finish from outside the area.2 – Chris Wood is just the second player from Oceania to score in their first PL start, after Brett Emerton for Blackburn in 2003. Kiwi.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 10, 2017Palace had chances to offer a swift response, Dann seeing a shot cleared off the line by Matthew Lowton and Christian Benteke then heading wide under little pressure from the Burnley defence.Having wasted those opportunities, the visitors almost fell further behind in the eighth minute, Sam Vokes nodding narrowly wide of the far post from Stephen Ward’s delivery. A lull followed that flurry of early activity, broken only by the worrying departure of Heaton, former Charlton player Nick Pope making his top-flight debut as the skipper’s replacement.The same pattern of play continued after the break, as Palace struggled in vain to create chances, Jeffrey Schlupp blazing a notable effort off target in the 71st minute. Burnley, meanwhile, were content to frustrate the visitors and mount only an occasional threat on the break, Ashley Barnes calling Hennessey into action with a curling strike soon after Schlupp’s wasteful attempt. Pope made a good save to deny Benteke one-on-one with 11 minutes to go, while Dann had another goal-bound strike blocked by the heel of James Tarkowski.Palace continued to probe for that elusive goal in the final minute and Dann unbelievably headed Yohan Cabaye’s excellent cross wide from point-blank range to sum up the Eagles’ malaise. Key Opta stats:- Crystal Palace are the first top-flight team since Preston North End in 1924-25 to lose their opening four matches without scoring a single goal.- Palace have lost their last six Premier League games in which they have registered at least 60 per cent possession.- Chris Wood is just the second player from Oceania to score in their first start in the Premier League – the other was Brett Emerton in August 2003 for Blackburn against Wolves.- Wood’s strike was scored just 169 seconds into the match, Burnley’s fastest Premier League goal since November 2016, also against Palace – Sam Vokes firing the Clarets ahead just 78 seconds in that match.- Wood is the first Burnley player to score in both of his first two Premier League appearances for the club.- Wood became just the sixth player from New Zealand to start a Premier League match, after Ryan Nelsen, Winston Reid, Simon Elliott, Danny Hay and Lee Norfolk.- The Clarets are guaranteed to end today in the top eight of the top-flight outside the month of August for the first time since April 18th 1975. read more
Junior Firpo has been tipped to emulate the brilliant career of Sergio Ramos by former Real Betis youth guru Juan Jose Romero, who believes that the Barcelona target is even better than the Real Madrid legend in some aspects.Firpo, 22, has become a top priority at Camp Nou as Barca were impressed with his performances in the Spain Under-21 side that romped to European Championship success this summer. Born in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, the left-back can also play in the centre of defence and in midfield, and is regarded as one of Spain’s top prospects for the future. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Negotiations between Betis and Barca will open soon and Romero, who knows Firpo better than most after the pair worked together in the Seville club’s youth ranks, sees a sparkling future for the youngster.”He is the footballer who most impressed me in his first training session,” Romero, now coaching at Ceuta, explained to Goal . “He looked like a beast of a footballer from the very first moment. He has the formidable maturity and personality which give him the chance to go far, he has a bullet-proof character, he is a defender of great quality and has confidence in himself. “That confidence can be a problem sometimes because he believes in himself a lot but it is a trait which could be positive if he handles it correctly. Sometimes he looks cocky and that leads him to make very visible mistakes.”But he could end up having a career similar to that of Sergio Ramos. He also came to Real Madrid and the national team as a full-back, to end up in the middle of defence and, even though Junior doesn’t have the defensive power of Ramos as a centre-back, neither did Ramos have the attacking threat Junior is showing.”Despite his tender age, Romero has no doubt that Firpo will be a success at Barca, after initial interest from Madrid in the youngster as a possible heir to Marcelo faded. “If he keeps his head down we are talking about a left-back with great physical conditioning, quick, good in the air and with good technique. It is very hard to find players with so much ability,” he added. “[Former Betis coach] Quique Setien and I brought him up to the first team when he showed the talent to play in the middle, at Betis we used to play with three centre-backs and he played on the left, he played some great games.”He also played in midfield and even as a centre-forward [in the Betis youth teams].”I spoke with Setien more than once about Junior’s future, he is one of those players of whom you can say the bigger the stage, the better the artist plays. “I would tell any big club not to think twice over Junior, he has been in the first team less than a year and a half and you just have to look at his progression.”Firpo made his Betis debut in February 2018 and has played 43 games to date in all competitions, scoring five goals.
Press Trust of India JaipurSeptember 21, 2019UPDATED: September 21, 2019 22:40 IST Shrikant Jadhav helped UP Yoddha to a comfortable win (Twitter: @prokabaddi)HIGHLIGHTSJaipur Pink Panthers will rue missing out on a win despite being on a healthy leadThe 1st match saw some extraordinary display of defences from both the sidesThe match between UP Yoddha and Tamil Thalaivas turned out to be a one-sided encounterHosts Jaipur Pink Panthers played out a highly entertaining 28-28 tie against Gujarat Fortunegiants in the 100th match of Pro Kabaddi League season seven here on Saturday.In the second match, UP Yoddha defeated Tamil Thalaivas 42-22 in a one-sided encounter.In the first match, both defences produced a masterclass in the match of the Jaipur leg in front of a packed audience at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium but the Pink Panthers will rue missing out on a win despite taking a healthy lead for the most part of the first half.Both teams started the match with aggressive defensive shapes. The raiders struggled to get a stranglehold of the match as the defenders kept putting in successful tackles.The Pink Panthers, boosted by the return of Vishal, looked slightly better, and the marginal difference in quality was all the Pink Panthers needed to inflict an All-Out on the Gujarat Fortunegiants in the 13th minute.The All-Out also opened a 6-point lead for the home side.Both sets of raiders continued to be below average post the All-Out with only Jaipur captain Deepak Niwas Hooda impressing in his raids as Gujarat coach Manpreet Singh looked distraught from sidelines.The first half ended 15-10 with Jaipur on top.Jaipur started the second half on the front foot with Vishal picking up a High 5 but the Gujarat defence picked their game up to halt the Jaipur dominance.The visitors picked up their All-Out in the 7th minute of the second half to cut short Jaipur’s lead to two points. The match continued to be played on the defence as both sets of defenders kept thwarting all the raiders who came their way.advertisementGujarat moved to a three-point lead with less than four minutes left in the match through a successful raid by Sachin and a tackle by Parvesh Bhainswal.But Vishal pulled out a successful Super Tackle to once again make it a one-point match in the dying minutes.Nitin Rawal pulled out another Super Tackle to level the points at 24-24 with under three minutes left to play.Gujarat must have felt like they had secured a tie when they successfully tackled Deepak Hooda but Jaipur’s Nitin Rawal produced yet another Super Tackle to give the Pink Panthers the lead.The Jaipur all-rounder secured his High 5 in the process but he was tackled in the final play of the match by Gujarat to end the match in a tie.Also Read | PKL 2019 highlights: Puneri Paltan beat Bengaluru Bulls, Telugu Titans and Patna Pirates settle for tieFor 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 Pro Kabaddi 2019Follow Jaipur Pink PanthersFollow Gujarat FortunegiantsFollow UP YoddhaFollow Tamil Thalaivas Next PKL 2019 Highlights: Pink Panthers vs Gujarat Fortunegiants tied, UP Yoddha beat Tamil ThalaivasHome team Jaipur Pink Panthers played out a highly entertaining 28-28 tie against Gujarat Fortunegiants in the 100th match of Pro Kabaddi League season seven.advertisement
Mumbai: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress will contest 125 seats each in next month’s Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Monday. Pawar announced that the seat-sharing pact between the grand old party and his 20-year-old organisation has been finalised. As per the arrangement, 38 seats will be left for allies to contest, he tweeted. Maharashtra Assembly has 288 seats. NCP will give chance to “new faces” in the polls, Pawar said. Some seats will be exchanged with the Congress, he added. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In 2014, the two parties had contested the state elections separately. NCP had then ended the 15-year alliance after the two parties had been unable to reach a seat-sharing arrangement ahead of Assembly elections. Congress had won 42 seats while the NCP had won 41 seats in 2014 polls. The BJP had emerged as the single-largest party in the state with 122 seats. The finalisation of the seat-sharing pact between the Congress and NCP comes after many high-profile exits from both the parties, more so from the Pawar-led outfit. Many of those who left have joined the BJP and a few have sought shelter with the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena.
HALIFAX – (NS-Elxn)The Progressive Conservatives focused on mental health as the Nova Scotia election campaign entered its second week.Leader Jamie Baillie promised Monday to spend $39.7 million on in-school mental health services and emergency centres for people suffering from mental health crises.The Tories would also increase the number of mental health courts and create a mental health research institute.Baillie couldn’t say where the centres would be located, but said they need to address wait times for psychiatric care that are up to a year in Cape Breton.(The Canadian Press)—(NSElxn-Liberals-Environment)Premier Stephen McNeil announced Monday that he would bring in coastal protection and biodiversity legislation if elected May 30th.McNeil says the acts would provide legal protection to the province’s coasts and modernize legal framework on the protection of forests, lakes, animals and plants.The Liberal premier also re-announced a pledge made in the recent budget to appoint an independent review of forestry practices, and promised the extension of a moratorium on fracking.(The Canadian Press)—(NSElxn-NDP-Dental)NDP Leader Gary Burrill is promising to expand dental care coverage for children under 18.Burrill noted that Nova Scotia is one of only a few provinces that does not provide dental coverage to all teenagers.He says the Canadian Pediatric Association has consistently called on all provincial governments to extend oral health coverage to teenagers.Burrill noted the previous NDP government ousted in 2013 had raised the age to 14.(The Canadian Press)—(N.S. Election Roundup by The Canadian Press)
There’s a fight brewing in Quebec right now that has implications well beyond the provincial border, and could spark outrage around the world. Quebec’s majority provincial government plans to pass Bill 21 before the legislature breaks for holiday in mid-June.If it does, the bill would ban all public workers in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols. As you might imagine, that would potentially get very messy. So why is the bill going forward? What problem does it aim to solve? Why do its supporters defend it as necessary for the separation of church and state in the province, and its opponents as a simple hijab ban aimed at Muslims? And why is the whole world watching what happens next?GUEST: Michael Coren, columnist, broadcasterAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_05022019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
He said that over the next week the Department will communicate with the political parties which will contest the polls and also confirm the symbols to be used. He also said that elections laws will be implemented strictly to ensure a free and fair election.The Elections Commissioner said that political parties and candidates contesting the polls will be asked not to use the National flag or religious flags when campaigning.He also said that the campaign office of one political party contesting the election cannot be used to promote another political party also contesting the election. The Elections Commissioner said that there are 64 registered political parties in Sri Lanka.However he says there are issues over the secretaries of 4 political parties which need to be rectified soon if those parties are to contest the August election. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says he will be writing to all the registered political parties seeking clarity on who will be contesting the August 17 Parliament elections.Deshapriya told reporters today that the Department of Elections has been given the minimum number of days to prepare for the Parliament elections. He said that strict regulations will also be in place for state media on election coverage while private media will be requested to also fall in line with those regulations. (Colombo Gazette) The use of loud speakers will also be limited to only within the venue of the election related meeting or rally during the campaign period. But he said the Department will prepare for the election within the time it has in hand and ensure everything is in place by election day.
Distribution of food and non-food items resumed yesterday after the Eid holiday at the end of the month-long Ramadan fasting period, UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) spokesman Aleem Siddique told a news briefing in Kabul, the capital, today. So far, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has provided food and other items to over 12,000 families in Panjwai and Zherai districts of Kandahar, as well as in Lashkar Gah in Helmand and Tirin Kot in Urzghan provinces.In addition, agencies including the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the inter-governmental International Organization for Migration (IOM) have provided essential non-food items, such as blankets, clothing, medical supplies and plastic sheets to some 7,000 families. Assistance is being coordinated by the Government’s Provincial Disaster Management Committees.The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is also using a $5-million contribution from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to bolster development and humanitarian activities for the people displaced by the recent fighting in Kandahar, especially in Panjwaye and Zharay districts.Meanwhile UNICEF, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners are launching a 10-day joint neonatal tetanus, measles and polio immunization campaign on Wednesday for eight provinces in the south and south east, involving both a house-to-house strategy to target mothers and a fixed centre strategy to immunize children aged 9 to 59 months.The first six provinces to be targeted will be Kandahar, Helmand, Nimroz, Paktya, Paktika and Khost. “We hope to vaccinate around 540,000 children in these provinces,” Mr. Siddique said. Immunization in two other provinces, Uruzgan and Zabul, will be completed later this year.In 2000, WHO estimated that 30,000 to 35,000 children under the age of five died as a result of measles. Successive immunization initiatives over the last few years led to a 94 per cent reduction in 2004 with 559 deaths reported. “Unfortunately, Afghanistan has experienced an outbreak of measles in the last two years with 836 cases reported in 2005 and 1,835 cases reported so far this year,” Mr. Siddique said. “We urge families in these provinces to cooperate with this vital health initiative over the coming weeks.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,151.13 down 6.16 points):Uranium One Inc. (TSX:UUU). Miner. Unchanged at $1.89 on 28,797,743 shares.Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L). Grocery chain operator. Up $4.60, or 13.69 per cent, at $38.20 on 10,353,277 shares. The giant grocery operator’s stock shot up to a level not seen since early January on the announcement that it will create one of the largest real estate investment trusts in Canada. The REIT which would operate as a subsidiary of Loblaw, would see Canada’s biggest supermarket operator contribute real estate assets with a current market value of more than $7 billion to the venture.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up five cents, or 1.52 per cent, at $3.33 on 6,827,105 shares. Bombardier has secured an order for up to 70 CRJ900 NextGen regional jets from Delta Air Lines valued at US$1.85 billion based on current list prices.Phonetime Inc. (TSX:PHD). Telecommunications. Down a penny, or 15.38 per cent, at 5.5 cents on 6,780,500 shares.Talison Lithium Ltd. (TSX:TLH). Miner. Up 44 cents, or 6.40 per cent, at $7.31 on 5,370,663 shares. The directors of Talison is recommending the Tianqi Scheme to its shareholders and considers it as a “superior proposal” over its deal with Rockwood Holdings Inc. Tianqi has offered $7.15 per share for the Talison shares it does not already own in a bid that values the company at about $792 million, while the Rockwood offer is worth $6.50 per share or about $720 million.Torex Gold Resources Inc. (TSX:TXG). Miner. Down two cents, or 0.96 per cent, at $2.06 on 5,366,261 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,186.70 up 2.16 points):PetroFrontier Corp. (TSXV:PFC). Oil and gas. Down 19.5 cents, or 63.93 per cent, at 11 cents on 14,612,425 shares.TransGaming Inc. (TSXV:TNG). Electronic entertainment. Up 2.5 cents, or 45.45 per cent, at eight cents on 3,882,086 shares.Companies reporting major news:Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL). Discount retailer. Down $1.51, or 2.41 per cent, at $61.09 on 323,148 shares. The discount retailer saw its third-quarter profit jumped to $51.5 million from year-earlier $41.8 million while revenue soared 14.4 per cent to just under $458 million. The improvement was due to higher sales at established locations and additional stores in its network.Lululemon Athletica Inc. (TSX:LLL). Yoga-wear retailer. Up $4.85, or 7.13 per cent, at $72.89 on 466,951 shares. The company forecasted a slower sales growth in the final quarter of the year amid a 48 per cent increase in third-quarter profit. Revenue totalled $316.5 million, up from $230.2 million.Rona Inc. (TSX:RON). Home improvement retailer. Up 30 cents, or 2.96 per cent, at $10.45 on 202,993 shares. Canada’s largest home-improvement retailer says it’s preparing to sell non-core assets and make other strategic moves to improve its profitability. No details were provided.TD Bank Financial Group (TSX:TD). Bank. Down $1.46, or 1.77 per cent, at $81.12 on 2,232,170 shares. TD, one of North America’s biggest retail banks, is buying U.S.-based money manager Epoch Holding Corp. for US$668 million in cash. The bank also booked fourth-quarter income of $1.6 billion, up from $1.59 billion in the same period last year with revenue of $5.89 billion versus $5.66 billion. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 6, 2012 7:42 pm MDT
“The global security landscape is shifting dramatically,” the Secretary-General told delegates in remarks delivered at a summit on UN peacekeeping, held in New York and on the margins of the General Assembly’s annual general debate session. “Civil conflicts coupled with terrorism, organized crime and health crises such as Ebola are threatening millions of people. More often than not, these dangers transcend borders,” he continued, noting that UN peacekeepers were actively leading the international response against “a wide array of threats” around the globe. Mr. Ban pointed out that the UN’s force of “blue helmets” had grown to the largest size in its history with more than 130,000 troops, police and civilian staff deployed in the world’s most dangerous hotspots. Most recently, the Organization added yet another mission to its extensive roster of operations with the creation of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, or UNMEER, to support prevention efforts against the virulent disease throughout West Africa.However, the Secretary-General observed that with the growing list of challenges and risks facing UN peacekeepers, Member States would have to increase their “wide-ranging and tangible support” in order to help the missions deploy quickly, operate safely and nimbly, and protect civilians across vast distances and difficult terrain. To that point, he underscored “six critical necessities” that would define the future of UN peacekeeping, including a streamlined rapid response system comprising troops and the ability to transport them to “the right place at the right time”; greater mobility for “blue helmets,” particularly via helicopter; strengthened medical support; better protection for peacekeepers against improvised explosive devices; improved information and analysis, including expertise on organized crime; and the creation of strong partnerships with regional organizations, especially in Africa, where many UN operations are deployed alongside African Union forces. In order to prepare for the new scenarios facing the UN’s peacekeeping forces, Mr. Ban announced the formation of a high-level panel to undertake a review of both peacekeeping and political missions to better hone their adaptability. “The time has come to take stock of the great strides that have been made, the lessons we have learned, and the new contexts in which our missions are deployed,” he said. “The world is changing and our support to peacekeeping, and indeed all peace operations, must keep pace.” Addressing the Summit in his capacity as chairperson, United States Vice-President, Joseph Biden, also sounded the alarm, adding that the demand for international peacekeeping has “never been greater” and that peacekeeping troops are being confronted by a wide variety of challenges, from protecting civilians from sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to combatting extremism in Mali. “Peacekeeping is under greater strain than it has ever been,” Mr. Biden cautioned. “We are grateful for the burdens that peacekeepers have carried.”The US Vice-President acknowledged that Member States had gathered at the Summit to offer resources, troops and police to the peacekeeping cause and emphasized that the implementation of a rapid deployment system could “save tens of thousands of lives.”In addition, he welcomed the Secretary-General’s announcement of a comprehensive review of UN peacekeeping as it would commit Member States to “think strategically about future peacekeeping needs.” “We owe the United Nations our best and boldest thinking,” Mr. Biden concluded.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson today, Mr. Ban expressed deep appreciation ‘for the hospitality, diversity and capabilities of the Brazilian people and the world of sport, displayed at the first-ever Olympic Games in Latin America.”He also recalled, with pleasure and honour, his participation at the opening ceremony, in the Olympic Torch relay, visit to the Olympic Village and attending some of the events.In the statement, the Secretary-General also Applauded [the] historic achievement and encouraged all stakeholders “to secure and build on the sustainable development effects of the Games.”The UN chief also recalled his meeting with the 10-member Refugee Olympic Team that participated in the Games under the Olympic flag.The team was supported by the UN refugee agency and the IOC, and their participation brought global attention to the global refugee crisis and served as a symbol of hope for refugees worldwide.
Two Greenpeace campaigners who caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to Nelson’s Column during a publicity stunt have been spared jail.Alison Garrigan and Luke Jones scaled the pillar as dawn broke in Trafalgar Square on April 18 this year as part of a high-profile air pollution campaign targeting recognised landmarks.Westminster magistrates’ court heard that the pair, both 30, arrived at 6am before scaling the 165ft (50m) granite and bronze Grade I-listed statue commemorating Lord Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar.The defendants placed a papier-mache mask over the figure – designed, they said, to demonstrate the serious impact of air pollution in the capital and around the globe – and caused damage to the statue’s vertical lightning conductor and its fixings by running their climbing equipment through it. She said: “Police saw them climbing, Mr Jones then Ms Garrigan, who placed a mask over the statue. They abseiled down and were arrested.”She said total damage was estimated at up to £35,000. Repairs will be incorporated within scheduled maintenance work on the statue, due to take place next year.Garrigan, from Manchester, and Jones, from Hackney, east London, both pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage.Garrigan has convictions for trespass, while Jones previously committed criminal damage and trespass. Mike Schwarz, defending, said Garrigan, a domestic violence worker, and Jones, a logistician with Greenpeace, were committed to raising the profile of the dangers of air pollution.He said: “They sought to mitigate any danger by avoiding scuffing to the column. “In terms of deliberate action, this is not a case of vandalism.”They were very careful to ensure their actions caused minimum damage while demonstrating their views.”He said a Greenpeace statement at the time said Nelson’s Column was chosen to illustrate the air pollution Admiral Nelson would have had to put up with had he been alive in London in 2016. They also flattened spikes intended to deter pigeons from settling on the statue. The pair – both skilled climbers – then abseiled to the ground, where they were arrested by police, who described the protest as “polite and peaceful”.They were each given a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £85, and a victim surcharge of £30. Compensation of £6,262 each would be paid for by Greenpeace, the court heard.Sentencing the pair, chairman of the bench Mike Snow said: “The defendants are both skilled climbers who, I accept, did not intend to cause damage.I accept that they took active steps to avoid damaging the structure. Greenpeace activist Alison Garrigan leaves Westminster magistrates’ courtCredit:Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire “They plead guilty on a reckless basis and that is the basis on which I will sentence them.”The lack of intention to cause the damage is revealed by their guilty plea, the method that they adopted to execute their protest and the confirmation that Greenpeace will today pay the full amount of compensation requested.”Carly Loftus, prosecuting, told the court the offending passed the custody threshold. She said the pair arrived in Trafalgar Square with ladders, climbing equipment and leaflets before they began to scale the statue in front of a band of supporters. Greenpeace activist Luke JonesCredit:Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire 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.
Kapaj has two children by his wife Radi who are thought to have been born in the UK. He was, however, refused naturalisation as a British citizen in 2011 on the grounds that he had lied about his nationality, meaning he should have been deported.A previous opportunity to stop him before he embarked on his notorious crime spree was missed when Kapaj was arrested in possession of stolen goods in the Wimbledon area in 2001.He had been working as a builder and was taken to Wimbledon police station but when police began to interview him he is said to have collapsed with what appeared to be a serious illness and was rushed to hospital.Kapaj recovered quickly and was discharged with no further police action. Police did not take a DNA sample, which could have allowed police investigating his later string of burglaries to identify him significantly earlier.As he was jailed, a Home Office source told the Telegraph: “We will be trying to deport him. We automatically consider all foreign national offenders who get 12 months or more.”The source admitted: “There are questions as to why they didn’t deport him at the time. It’s a tricky one to get into.“We are going to have to try to get rid of him. How easy that is is another matter. Human rights could be an issue.” A notorious burglar dubbed “the Wimbledon prowler” will be deported five years after officials missed their chance to send him back to his native Albania, it emerged on Friday, as his victims described how their lives had been shattered.Asdrit Kapaj, 42, was jailed for 14 years after a prolific burglary spree that terrorised the affluent residents of leafy Wimbledon village for a decade.Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, will seek to have the father-of-two deported after he admitted 25 charges of burglary and attempted burglary in which cash and valuables worth almost £500,000 were stolen in meticulously planned break-ins before he was eventually caught red-handed last year.Police suspect he committed 10 times that number of offences, stealing goods worth several million dating back to the millennium.Judge Peter Lodder QC, sentencing him at Kingston Crown Court, said: “You are a prolific, persistent and professional burglar.”Such was your stealth and expertise in many cases it remains a mystery how you gained entry to their homes.” In 2004, he moved to Altrincham, Greater Manchester, where he owns a fish and chip shop, before regularly making the 430-mile round trip to Wimbledon several times a week, telling his wife he was going to do building work.Such was his level of proficiency that he never left a single fingerprint. At one property where he damaged the window frame he found some paint in the garden shed to cover it up.His wealthy victims included German tennis star Boris Becker, whose home was broken into in October 2013. A relative of Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, is also said to have been targeted while French footballer Nicolas Anelka reportedly chased him across a garden.Residents said suspicion in the village was so rife that childminders, drivers and cleaners were sacked as their assumed were responsible.In victim impact statements read to the court, they told of the devastation caused by the theft of family heirlooms, designer handbags and significant quantities of cash, none of which has been recovered.Clare Calnan, whose home was targeted in 2014, said; “The fact that the burglar must have been in the garden watching and waiting for me was particularly disturbing. Kapaj, who arrived in the UK in 1996, only managed to stay in the UK after falsely claiming to be a Kosovan seeking asylum and was granted indefinite leave to remain in 1999. “For years, every time I walked down my path to my door at night, I wondered if he was lying in wait, watching and waiting. Peace of mind was the most valuable thing he took.”Nan Brenninkmeyer, suffered the greatest financial loss when Kapaj stole 30 items of expensive and sentimental jewellery valued at £371,855.Michael Lamaa, of Peregrine Way, said his wife had never since felt secure in her own home.Kapaj was only caught when DNA advances provided a link between two crime scenes.The deportation order could be served almost immediately.If successful, he would likely not be deported until the end of his sentence. 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.
…says DC lawyer at symposium The most important thing to acknowledge about corruption is that you can have all the laws and regulation in place but if you do not have the leadership and personal conviction to not steal from the public coffers none of it matters.This was the profound and succinct warning underscored by Vicky McPherson as she interacted with participants of a symposium on public corruption and the oil resource curse venued at the Guyana Pegasus.Mc Pherson of the Global Energy and Infrastructure Group and the Africa Practice Group at the International Law Firm Greenberg Traurig was at the time responding to questions in relation to external pressures placed on smaller developing countries which inherently forces corrupt acts.A section of the gathering at the symposiumMc Pherson told participants it is for these reasons she underscores the importance of the role of civil society and a free press in all of this.According to Mc Pherson, the determining factor as to whether Guyana’s public figures will succumb to the temptations of corruption is “whether or not civil society is active and vocal in development of that industry and whether the press will report what it finds if it’s doing its job.”Based in Washington DC but married to a Guyanese, the international legal powerhouse in the oil gas sector sought to impress on those engaged in the development of the industry the fact that there will be some levels of corruption that persists since at the end of the day it reflects a personal choice on the part of that corrupt individual.She was adamant however that this must diminish civil society and the free press role in demanding transparency.The Washington DC based Attorney-at-Law specializing in the oil and gas sector was also questioned on the controversial move on the part of the Donald Trump Administration to repeal the Dodd Frank Act—legislation enacted by the Obama Administration to guard against US oil companies exploiting countries such as Guyana through their contractual and other arrangements.Meanwhile, David Holukoof another of the eminent international panelists in Guyana for the two-day confab also sought to weigh in on the need for there to be leadership at the very top in the fight against corruption in public office.He drew reference to the inaugural address by Bahamian Prime Minister, Hubert Minnis at the opening ceremony of the 38th Conference of Head of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)In his address, Prime Minister Minnis had cautioned that government ministers found to be accepting bribes and other payments as part of any corrupt practice will be fired immediately.According to the Canadian based oil and gas expert, it was refreshing to hear “a leader in region talk so openly about it with apparent conviction.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOil ready Guyana submits bid to join EITIAugust 19, 2017In “Business”Public will be made aware of all oil payments to Guyana Govt – ExxonJuly 9, 2017In “Local News”ExxonMobil says disclosing of contracts contingent on country’s lawAugust 25, 2017In “Business”
“Liverpool Football Club will wait until we have seen and had time to review the FIFA Disciplinary Committee report before making any further comment,” Ian Ayre, the club’s chief executive, said Thursday.Suarez was suspended for biting for seven matches while at Dutch giants Ajax in 2010 and 10 matches last year, a penalty that carried over into the start of the recent English season, for an attack on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.Before the start of last season, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers made huge efforts to persuade Suarez to stay at Anfield amid talk of a proposed move to Premier League rivals Arsenal or to a Spanish side.Rodgers was rewarded with a stunning season from Suarez, whose 31 goals in 33 matches made him the Premier League’s top scorer and so nearly saw Liverpool crowned champions of England for the first time in 24 years.But with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid said to be interested in Suarez, if Liverpool do decide to end his Anfield career it is highly unlikely they will let him leave Merseyside without first trying to recoup a hefty transfer fee.Uruguay football officials said they planned to appeal against Suarez’s ban.Suarez ban ‘too severe’, says FredThere’s a Luis Suarez billboard on Copacabana beach, and people are reacting perfectly GAMBLING WEBSITE 888POKER has “terminated its relationship” with Uruguay’s Luis Suarez following his biting the shoulder of Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, the company announced Friday.Their move to disassociate themselves from Suarez came a day after the Liverpool striker was kicked out of the World Cup and given a four-month suspension from all football, as well as a nine-match international ban by FIFA, the sport’s global governing body, for his attack on Chiellini during Uruguay’s Group D win on Tuesday.“888poker signed Luis Suarez following a fantastic season for which his achievements were widely recognised,” the company said in a statement following the third biting incident of the player’s career.“Regrettably, following his actions during Uruguay’s World Cup match against Italy on Tuesday, 888poker has decided to terminate its relationship with Luis Suarez with immediate effect.”Gibraltar-based 888 had said Wednesday it was “reviewing” its relationship with Suarez, who had been an ambassador for the firm, and warned that “we will not tolerate unsporting behaviour”.Their action in ditching the 27-year-old Suarez follows the decision of sports manufacturer Adidas to stop using the player in their World Cup advertising campaign.But Mariana Ramos, Adidas spokeswoman in Sao Paulo, stopped short of saying the company would axe Suarez from its global roster of star sporting figures completely, telling AFP: “Future plans for after the World Cup will be revised once the tournament is over.”Meanwhile Liverpool said they would make no immediate decision on Suarez’s Anfield future.