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SC Collegium recommends 5 new Chief Justices of HCs

first_imgThe Supreme Court Collegium has recommended names of five judges for appointment as the Chief Justices in Rajasthan, Kerala, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh High Courts. The five names are Delhi HC Judge Justice S. Ravindra Bhat, Kerala HC Judge Justice P.R. Ramachandra Menon, Punjab and Haryana HC Judge Justice A.K. Mittal, Allahabad HC Judge Justice Vikram Nath and Bombay HC Judge Justice A.S. Oka. The Collegium recommended the appointment of Justice Bhat after noting that the office of the Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court has fallen vacant after the recent transfer of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog to the Bombay High Court. “While making the above recommendation, the Collegium is conscious of the fact that consequent upon the proposed appointment, there will be three Chief Justices from Delhi High Court, which has the special distinction of being the High Court for the National Capital,” the Collegium said.The decision was taken by the Collegium, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices S.A. Bobde, N.V. Ramana, on Monday.last_img read more

Malaysia Mulls Aadhaar Like System to Avoid Frauds

first_imgMalaysia wants to introduce a system like India’s Aadhaar program in its national identification card MyKad to avoid frauds and duplicity in delivering government subsidies and other benefits.Malaysia’s Human Resources Minister M. Kula Segaran, who visited India last week, told PTI that when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Malaysia in May this year, he had offered Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad collaboration in the areas where India has expertise such as Aadhaar.Malay Mail said in its report that Kula Segaran led a delegation to India last week which included representatives from Bank Negara Malaysia, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Human Resources.The Indian news agency said that the members of this delegation met with ministers and officials in India to discuss the possibilities of adopting some features of Aadhaar model. It quoted Kula Segaran as saying, “We met UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey… We have identity cards, but with the [introduction of an Aadhaar-like] system, the primary aim is to avoid duplicity of payments and fraud, and to target specific groups.”He said that the country wants to transfer subsidies to the targeted groups for which linking the bank accounts with the identification system will be beneficial.“Now, we have fuel subsidy in my country. Everybody gets fuel subsidy. We want to target certain groups and give it to them, not to others. We have different groups like B40—those who earn household income of less than 3,990 Malaysian ringgit,” Kula Segaran told PTI.He also said these benefits are given to the Malaysian people in the form of a check or cash. Once the bank account gets linked with an identification system, subsidies will be directly transferred to the account of the beneficiary.When he was asked about the privacy concerns that may come up among Malaysians, he accepted the possibilities of such concerns but also said that in Malaysia, people have been using MyKad since years, which contain their private details.“You put my ID card number, you will get my details, where I was born, who is my mother, who is my father,” he was quoted as saying.People in India have been raising privacy related concerns regarding Aadhaar and its linking to various services. In September, the Supreme Court said that Aadhaar program did not fundamentally violate Indians’ privacy rights. However, the apex court also limited the use of the program to the distribution of certain benefits. Related Itemslast_img read more

Now, people-oriented cops to assist tourist in Mathura

first_imgMathura, Dec 14 (PTI) Domestic and international tourists visiting Vrindaban, Barsana and other places in Mathura would now find policemen having a people-oriented attitude to assist them, a senior police official said today.Well-behaved police personnel who speak English, have an unblemished record and a helping attitude would be posted in Vrindaban and Barsana, SSP Swapnil Mamgai said.The tourist police would also be posted in these areas, he said.In a WhatsApp message, the SSP also said that there was no move to give new uniform logos to policemen in Barsana and Vrindaban bearing images of Lord Krishna.He said the tourist police would sport T logo on their shirts, while logos for others would be decided by the director general of police.According to Mamgai, CCTV cameras have so far been installed in 14 of the 34 major temples. In the remaining 20, they would be set up shortly.He said for better supervision, a request has been made to post a superintendent of police and a circle officer (protocol) besides additional constables, traffic staff, vehicles and radio sets.He said after the declaration of Vrindaban and Barsana as religious places by the state government “we want to provide exemplary policing to domestic and international tourists so that they have a lasting impression of the Mathura Police”.He said regular police patrolling would be a priority along with stress on speedy action in cases of crimes against women.He said important police phone numbers were being advertised for providing prompt help to those in need. PTI CORR AAR SC AARadvertisementlast_img read more

Sydney T20I: India look to level series vs Australia after rain frustrations

first_imgIndia will be looking for yet another solid bowling performance against a brittle Australian top-order in the third and final T20 International in Sydney on Sunday. Virat Kohli’s team faces a must-win situation in the final match after rain took away the opportunity to level the series.India are unbeaten in T20I engagements since July 2017, when they last lost to West Indies in a one-off game in the Caribbean. They have won 20 out of 27 T20Is since then in different conditions and against varying opposition.In doing so, India are unbeaten in nine consecutive T20I series since August 2017, including a drawn two-match contest against Australia at home (October 2017).Virat Kohli is still a work in progress as captain: VVS Laxman to India TodayThey have won seven consecutive T20I series since the Nidahas Trophy win in the tri-series in Sri Lanka (also including Bangladesh) and beating England away 2-1 in the summer gone past, are the highlights of this unbeaten run.Last time in Australia, back in 2016, India had won the T20I series with an unprecedented 3-0 margin.Isn’t easy to come and play in Australia, says Khaleel Ahmed after 2nd T20IAfter failing to cross the line in the rain-hit first T20I, the visitors showed terrific comeback to restrict Australia at a moderate total in the second contest before rain washed out India’s chance to level the series as the visitors didn’t even face a single ball.The Indian bowlers came out all guns blazing in Melbourne and Kohli will once again like them to replicate the show.advertisementIndia vs Australia 2nd T20I: Ben McDermott frustrated as rain plays spoilsports at MCGOpener Shikhar Dhawan, who played a classy knock of 76 off 42 deliveries in Brisbane, showed the kind of havoc he could create and it is expected of him to blast again for one final time in the series.Unlike Dhawan, his partner Rohit Sharma failed to fire in the first game, but the opener is an experienced campaigner and it is a matter of just a few deliveries for him to click.Meanwhile in the first game, the ploy of promoting Rahul to the No.3 slot didn’t work and the team management could restore the skipper to his usual batting position.India vs Australia, 2nd T20I: HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD | REPORTThe middle order looks settled with stumper Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik in good nick. The duo came out all guns blazing in Brisbane and their knocks brought the visitors back in the hunt while chasing a challenging total.However, Pant’s inexperience was clearly visible as the Delhi stumper played an unwanted and completely immature shot to throw his wicket.Australia fined for slow over rate in Brisbane T20I against IndiaComing to India’s bowling, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was accurate with the leather after conceding just 20 runs from his three overs besides picking up a couple of wickets. Jasprit Bumrah also bowled well with figures of 1/20 from four overs.Also, K Khaleel Ahmed, who was clobbered for 55 runs in Brisbane, showed signs of improvement after scalping two wickets for 39 runs from four overs.On the other hand, Australia would once again expect fireworks from Glenn Maxwell and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who failed in the last contest. The all-rounder was effective both with the bat and ball in Brisbane and would like to repeat it again.Ben McDermott also showed he could be a surprise package for the visitors after a sensible 30-ball 32 in Melbourne.Also, Adam Zampa proved beneficial for the host in the first game and the Australian team management will once again hope their side replicate the Brisbane show here.Teams:India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (Wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Washington Sundar.Australia: Aaron Finch (Captain), Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (Wicket-keeper), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Ben McDermott, Glenn Maxwell, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Barcelona sign Montreal Impact teenager Ballou

first_imgTransfers Barcelona sign Montreal Impact youngster Ballou Tabla Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 23:38 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() ballou-cropped Bongarts Transfers Barcelona Montreal Impact MLS Segunda División Primera División Barcelona II African All Stars The 18-year-old has become the first Impact academy product to be sold to Europe, with Barca snapping up the Ivorian-Canadian Barcelona have secured the signing of Canadian youngster Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla from Montreal Impact on an initial three-year deal.Ballou is said to have been tracked by Barca for several months after establishing himself as an emerging talent in Major League Soccer.The 18-year-old made 21 appearances in MLS last year, becoming the youngest player in Montreal’s history and doing enough to catch the eye of Barca. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A right midfielder by trade, Ballou will join Barcelona B in Spain’s second tier, with the side occupying the final relegation spot in the table after 23 matches.The Ivory Coast-born Canada Under-20 international has signed on for an initial three years with the option of another two.His release clause is set at €25 million, but that will be increased to €75m should Barca take up the option of the two-year extension.Impact president Joey Saputo called it an “important moment” in the club’s history, with Ballou the first academy product they have sold to a European side.”This first transfer is an important moment in the history and evolution of our club,” Saputo told Impact’s official website.”We take a lot of pride in seeing a young player, developed in our academy, climb the ladder all the way to the first team and realize his dream to play in Europe with a big club like Barcelona.”last_img read more

14 days agoBrighton boss Potter explains donation to former club Ostersunds

first_imgBrighton boss Potter explains donation to former club Ostersundsby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter has explained his donation to former club Ostersunds.OFK announced on Tuesday that Potter, Billy Reid, Björn Hamberg and Kyle Macauley had donated money to the club. The Swedes have organised a rescue fund as they battle against major debts.Potter told the Östersunds-Posten: “We heard about the problems the club has. We talked about it as a group and the first reaction was that you get sad, a little disappointed, frustrated and angry that they have been in this situation since we left. With the Europa League and the fine group of players that existed then … It is sad to see the club in such a financial emergency.”At the same time, the club means a lot to us. Some of the memories from there will live with us for the rest of our lives. It was our home for several years and we love the city. So, despite being disappointed, we ultimately want to help them out of trouble.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Randall Cobb Claims Aaron Rodgers “Went Dark” On Him After He Reached Out About A Final Four Bet

first_imgrandall cobb kentucky final fourrandall cobb kentucky final fourKentucky alum Randall Cobb, now a Green Bay Packer, confirmed last night that despite living in Wisconsin, he’ll be rooting for the Wildcats in Saturday night’s Final Four contest. It looks like he’s also willing to wager on UK ahead of the game. Cobb, who joined SportsCenter this morning, claims he’s tried to reach out to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers about making a bet on the game, but Rodgers has gone “dark” on him. Rodgers has been seen at numerous Wisconsin games rooting on the Badgers during the NCAA Tournament.Please excuse the video quality.Cobb still has a few hours to find Rodgers, but apparently, he also needs to find tickets. We’ll see if the two come to an agreement.last_img read more

Video: FSU QB Sean Maguire Suffers Ugly Injury In Peach Bowl

first_imgSean Maguire gets hit during the Peach Bowl.sean maguire suffers injury during peach bowlUpdate: Maguire has returned to the game, but he doesn’t look to be in great shape. His left foot is heavily taped. We’ll keep you updated.A taped up ankle isn’t enough to stop Sean Maguire! @FSU_Football fans are PUMPED.— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) December 31, 2015Earlier: Florida State is down to its third-string quarterback. Sean Maguire, who started today’s Peach Bowl contest against Houston, suffered what appears to be a serious leg injury near the end of the first quarter. Maguire, after throwing an incomplete pass, was hit hard by a Cougars defender and landed awkwardly. He wasn’t able to put any pressure on his left leg and needed to be carted off the field.Florida State’s second-string quarterback, Everett Golson, did not make the trip after a death in the family earlier this month.Play that took Sean Maguire out of the game: #PeachBowl #Noles— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 31, 2015FSU QB Sean Maguire leaves #PeachBowl with apparent leg injury & is taken back to the locker room.— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) December 31, 2015J.J. Cosentino is now in the game for the Seminoles. Houston leads 7-3.last_img read more

Lost Canadian to finally receive citizenship

first_imgMartha TroianAPTN InvestigatesMike van Ee, 35, grew up knowing he was Indigenous.Yet he also grew up with colourful windmills, bright tulips, Dutch cheese and watching soccer — which he calls football.That’s because van Ee was born and raised in the Netherlands.Even though he said his life has been good there, van Ee always knew something was missing; his Canadian citizenship.van Ee is among what are coined the “lost Canadians.”He’s not alone either.However, after a long intergenerational fight with the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, van Ee will finally find a resolution.This week van Ee will be taking the oath at a citizenship ceremony in Montreal.A family’s intergenerational struggleLike many lost Canadians, the history of van Ee’s lost citizenship is cloudy.He said he knows his grandfather, the late Walter Mejaki hailed from the Sagamok First Nation in central Ontario.Mejaki was an Indigenous World War II soldier and residential school survivor who travelled to Europe to join the fight against Germany.(Walter Mejaki and Hendrike Herber in the Netherlands in 1945)That’s where Mejaki had a romance with Hendrike Herber, a Dutch woman from the Netherlands. In April 1946, they had a son, Willy van Ee, who was born out of wedlock, like so many others.For instance, according to Olga Rains book, “Voices of the Left Behind: Roots and the Canadian War Children of World War II,” there were more than 7,000 illegitimate births in the Netherlands in 1946.By joining the military, Mejaki lost his Indian status under the Canadian government’s enfranchisement policies. It also meant that his son Willy could not become a Canadian citizen.As far as the Canadian military was concerned, children born out of wedlock to Canadian servicemen and Dutch women were not Canada’s responsibility.(Willy van Ee, Mike van Ee’s father, as a baby in the Netherlands)Mike van Ee doesn’t have a lot of details but at some point when his father was young, Mejaki and Herber broke up and Mejaki travelled back to Canada.He eventually settled down in Milwaukee, WI, while their son Willy stayed in the Netherlands with his mother.(At the age of 70, Willy van Ee finally receives his Canadian citizenship in The Hague in May 2017)Decades later, Willy, Mike van Ee’s father found some resolution.“My father got his Canadian citizenship last year, and he fought for it for 70 years with a lot of bureaucracy,” said van Ee when reached by phone.His father received his citizenship at the Canadian embassy in The Hague in May 2017.(Mike van Ee with his older brother Roy)However, that citizenship did not extend to himself and his older brother, Roy.Growing up Dutch, growing up IndigenousWhen van Ee was a child, he would play cowboys and Indians with his friends. Of course, he said, van Ee always played the “Indian.”(Mike van Ee as a baby with his mother in the Netherlands)He also remembers shaking the hands of many Indigenous soldiers as a child.“Native people were visiting us during my young life when I was at my parent’s place, like Native soldiers from WWII,” said van Ee.He recalls parading around with Indigenous soldiers for Remembrance Day and Liberation Day ceremonies, waving to the public.“It’s still big in Europe, WWII. They’re like heroes for us,” said van Ee.“As a child it is totally impressive.”(The two boys with their father, Willy, who just finished carving a totem pole for the family’s backyard)van Ee said it was his father’s way not to forget the importance of Indigenous soldiers and it was something he wanted to pass down to his children.From growing up with Indigenous art on the walls to being asked questions by friends about his ancestry, as the years passed van Ee only got more curious about this family’s background.“The older you get the more lost you feel,” said van Ee about this ancestry.“I never understood much about it.”(Mike van Ee in Wiikwemkoong First Nation with his family and relatives in 2000)Then in 2000 when he was 18-years-old, van Ee accompanied his father to Ontario and the Sagamok First Nation and to Wiikwemkoong on Manitoulin Island. Many of the van Ee’s Indigenous relatives also live in Wiikwemkoong.(The van Ee’s visit to Wiikwemkoong First Nation sitting around a drum, 2000)“I always promised the people that when I was 18, I’m coming back, I promised that,” said van Ee.“I can learn from them and they can learn from me, we are two worlds.”(Mike van Ee holding up his Indian status card, he’s been a cardholder since 1999)Prior to his trip to Canada, van Ee received his Indian status card from then Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.Reuniting with his rootsWhen his father Willy received his Canadian citizenship, van Ee said he was asked by the Canadian ambassador at the time why he wasn’t applying for his citizenship, too.That’s when he started the process for himself.This pass August, van Ee learned his application was granted by the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.“The Canadian passport is important for me to be able to reunite at some point in my life to go back to my roots, and to use my rights as a Native Canadian,” said van Ee.This week van Ee is travelling to Canada with his father to attend a citizenship ceremony in Montreal.He will be in the country for 10 days with plans on visiting relatives in read more

GCC Praises Morocco Efforts in Facilitating the Signing of Skhirat Agreement

Riyadh   –  Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) foreign ministers, who held here on Wednesday a meeting with Morocco and Jordan, praised the keen efforts made by Morocco in facilitating the signing of Skhirat Agreement between different Libyan parties.In a statement, the ministers expressed the hope that Libyan parties will reach a final agreement on the formation of a government.They called for speedy implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2174 on Libya, and expressed their concern about the increasing attacks and violence in Libya. The meeting also called on the Libyan government and the elected parliament to adopt policies that take into account the interests of all Libyans and their aspirations for peace, reconciliation and economic prosperity.Morocco was represented at the meeting by Foreign Affairs and Cooperation ministry’s inspector general, Ali Al-Azrak. read more

SNC alleged fraud defence lawyer wants stay of proceedings for one of

MONTREAL — One of the accused in an alleged $22.5-million fraud case involving former SNC-Lavalin executives in the awarding of the contract for Montreal’s $1.3-billion superhospital wants a stay of proceedings.Yohann Elbaz’s lawyer argued in court Wednesday that, even after factoring in defence-related delays, his client has waited longer than he should have for his trial since his April 2013 arrest.Walid Hijazi attributed much of the 55-month delay to the Crown and police.“Instead of being proactive and trying to minimize delays, the prosecution has always acted in a reactionary way, systematically, up until today,” Hijazi told Quebec court Judge Genevieve Graton.Elbaz’s trial is scheduled to begin in October 2018.Hijazi said his client was always treated the same as the other accused in what one investigator described as the biggest fraud case in Canadian history.Elbaz originally faced 16 charges and Hijazi said the prosecution would repeat that the evidence against his client “was exactly the same evidence” as that against the other accused.This year, the number of charges against Elbaz was reduced to three: conspiracy, recycling the proceeds of crime, and using false documents.“It (lowering the number of charges) was uniquely done to protect themselves from the Jordan decision at a point when it was far too late,” Hijazi told the court.The Supreme Court set specific deadlines in 2016 for cases to reach trial.Its so-called Jordan decision stipulates that the trial of an accused in superior court has to be completed within 30 months of his or her arrest, while the length of time in provincial courts is set at 18 months.Prosecutor Nathalie Kleber, in a written reply filed in court, stated the delay in Elbaz’s case is reasonable given the evidence is voluminous and very complex.The Crown said numerous parallel probes were ongoing, including one by Quebec’s financial markets regulator.She noted the case was also discussed at length during the province’s corruption inquiry, the Charbonneau Commission, causing further delays.Hijazi accused police of moving too quickly to arrest his client and said poor case management is behind the delays. He noted that a preliminary inquiry scheduled to last a maximum of four weeks took more than 18 months to complete.Even as proceedings continued, parallel police investigations resulted in more evidence and new arrests and meant constant disclosure delays.Elbaz, a former lawyer, is one of five people charged. The others are his brother Yanai Elbaz, a former McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) executive, and ex-SNC-Lavalin executives Pierre Duhaime, Riadh Ben Aissa and Stephane Roy.There is a publication ban on the evidence in the case.Also charged in the case was the late Arthur Porter, a former CEO of the MUHC who died of cancer in Panama as he fought extradition to Canada.According to court files, Roy will be tried in 2018, while the three others will face trial in 2019. read more

UN Deputy SecretaryGeneral underscores value of public service

Accepting an honorary degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ms. Fréchette said the world is gaining awareness of the role that governments can play in meeting people’s basic needs. “To reinvent Government – to make it more effective, more accountable, and bring it closer to the citizens it serves – requires energetic and educated people such as yourselves,” she told the departing students.The Deputy Secretary-General stressed that work in government was not a bureaucratic pursuit. “Good public policy requires values, commitment, care for what you do, and a sense of responsibility to the greater public,” she said. At the same time, Ms. Fréchette emphasized that she was not trying to persuade all young graduates to choose a career in public service. “Government can’t – and shouldn’t – do it all,” she said. “Each part of society has a responsibility to the public interest, and in every profession you can find ways of contributing the welfare of your community.”This was especially true, the Deputy Secretary-General said, “in an age where boundaries of many kinds are coming down – in culture, in politics, between peoples and among all sectors of society.” Governments must respond to the needs of the private sector, which, for its part, must assume responsibilities in the public sphere. “In this age, a society’s success will in large part be measured by its ability to combine ideas from the public and private sectors, simultaneously strengthening the role of the State and the role of private enterprise and civil society,” she said.This new understanding of the role of Government must be applied internationally in the era of globalization, she said. “Today’s interdependence – of people and products, information and ideas – means that more and more of the challenges we face can no longer be addressed at the national level alone,” she said. “More and more, the forces of modern life escape the control of national governments.”Ultimately, she said, all citizens must show a commitment to respect and serve the public good. “The choice, in other words, is yours, and I am confident that you will discover that serving the public good is a wonderful way of enriching and improving your own lives.” read more

UN Mission to Afghanistan says voter registration tops 500000

A UNAMA spokesman reported that 507,513 people have enrolled to vote since registration began in early December, with women making up just over 112,000 – or 22 per cent. Up to 10 million people are estimated to be eligible to vote.The spokesman said there has been a spike in registrations in the capital, Kabul, since President Hamid Karzai registered there on Saturday. Registration remains confined to eight cities around Afghanistan, with the rest of the country to follow when the security situation improves.The spokesman said UNAMA and the Joint Electoral Management Body are discussing a regulation that would outlaw multiple registrations by one person and impose financial penalties or jail terms for offenders. A civic education programme on the subject will also be introduced.Parliamentary and presidential elections are scheduled for later this year. The spokesman said that on the day of the elections there would be procedures – such as marking voters’ fingers with indelible ink – to prevent Afghans from voting more than once.In another development, senior Afghan officials from Bamiyan province and officials from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will travel to Iran tomorrow to explain to Afghan refugees living there exactly what day-to-day conditions are like in Afghanistan.The visit is the first of a series following an agreement reached between Iran and Afghanistan last year. More than 110,000 refugees from Bamiyan province alone are estimated to be living in Iran. read more

Stock markets chalk up further losses US banker JPMorgan misses forecasts

TORONTO – North American stock markets closed in the red for a second session Friday as nervousness about Chinese growth, corporate earnings and stock valuations persuaded investors to sell off ahead of the weekend.The S&P/TSX composite index lost 50.31 points to 14,257.69. The Canadian dollar dropped 0.42 of a cent to 91.08 cents US.A disappointing earnings report before the open from banking giant JPMorgan Chase helped push the Dow Jones industrials down 143.47 points 16,026.75, the Nasdaq composite index declined 54.38 points to 3,999.73 and the S&P 500 index gave back 17.39 points to 1,815.69.JPMorgan Chase shares backed off 3.66 per cent to US$55.30 as it reported its first-quarter profit fell 19 per cent to US$5.3 billion, or $1.28 a share. Revenue fell eight per cent to $22.99 billion, led by weak trading revenue. Analysts had expected earnings of $1.39 a share on revenue of $24.43 billion, according to FactSet.North American stocks tumbled Thursday following disappointing trade data from China that raised another round of questions about the health of the world’s second-biggest economy. Traders are now looking ahead to next week when the Chinese government releases its first-quarter growth figures.There was another sign of economic weakness in data out Friday which showed that China’s growth in auto sales decelerated further in March with sales up 7.9 per cent to 1.7 million vehicles, down from February’s 11.3 per cent growth.Biotech and technology sectors have been particularly in investors’ cross hairs.“There are some areas of the market, and those are the poster children, where one would have to be concerned about valuations,” said Paul Taylor, chief investment officer of fundamental Canadian equities at BMO Global Asset Management.“And so it is healthy to see those areas which have been most frothy if you will, to see them reacting a little more rationally.”After making big gains last year, biotechs have been crushed in recent weeks as they come under pressure to lower prices for their drugs. And traders continued to punish some of the biggest tech giants from last year, including Facebook and Google.The TSX lost one per cent this past week but New York markets were particularly hammered.The Dow industrials fell 2.35 per cent, the Nasdaq fell 3.1 per cent, down three weeks in a row in its longest losing streak since November 2012. The S&P 500 moved into negative territory for the year to date, losing 2.65 per cent. Both the Nasdaq and S&P 500 posted their biggest weekly drops since mid-2012.The gold sector led decliners, down about one per cent while June bullion faded $1.50 to US$1,319 an ounce.TSX tech and health care stocks also continued to deteriorate and stocks in these two groups led decliners on the Toronto market this week.The financials sector was off 0.22 per cent following the JPMorgan Chase report.The base metals group slipped 0.14 per cent while May copper shed early gains and closed unchanged US$3.04 a pound.The energy sector was slightly higher while the May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange edged up 34 cents to US$103.74 a barrel. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 11, 2014 6:07 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stock markets chalk up further losses, U.S. banker JPMorgan misses forecasts read more

Global finance leaders grapple with globalization fears

Global finance leaders grapple with globalization fears Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen talks with Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso as they gather for the Family Photo during the G20 at the 2017 World Bank Group Spring Meetings in Washington, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) by Paul Wiseman And Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Apr 22, 2017 2:35 am MDT Last Updated Apr 22, 2017 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Global finance leaders on Saturday dropped a sharp condemnation of trade protectionism and references to climate change from a closing statement that wrapped up the spring meetings of the 189-nation International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.This year’s meetings were dominated by a debate over how to respond to a rising tide of anti-globalization sentiment evidenced in the United States by the election of President Donald Trump, who pledged during last year’s campaign that he would reduce America’s huge trade deficits which he blamed for the loss of millions of good-paying factory jobs.In its communique, the IMF urged nations to avoid “inward-looking policies,” but it did not include tougher language the IMF had used in an October statement in which it had called on all countries to “resist all forms of protectionism.” The new statement also dropped any mention of the threat of climate change.Trump has threatened to impose punitive tariffs of up to 45 per cent against Mexico, China and other nations he believes are competing unfairly with American workers. During his presidential campaign he called climate change a hoax.At a closing news conference, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Agustin Carstens, head of the Bank of Mexico and chair of the IMF’s policy committee, sought to downplay the changes. Lagarde noted that strong language condemning protectionism and promoting efforts to combat climate change, while taken out of the communique, remained in a separate document setting out the IMF’s policy agenda.Carstens said that it was important on the issue of trade to recognize the viewpoints of different countries.“We all want free and fair trade and that is what is reflected in the communique,” he told reporters when asked why the language on protectionism had been dropped.A similar change on the issue of protectionism was made in a communique that the Group of 20 major economies issued last month in Baden-Baden, Germany. Steven Mnuchin, attending his first international gathering as Trump’s Treasury secretary, had defended the change in the G-20 communique by saying, “The historical language was not really relevant.”Eswar Prasad, a trade economist at Cornell University, said the changes in the IMF and G-20 communiques showed the Trump administration’s desire to signal that U.S. policy will be different under a new president.“The G-20 consensus on issues such as free trade and combating climate change is crumbling in the face of the Trump administration’s hostility to those positions,” Prasad said. “The notion of allowing for freer trade has run up against the Trump administration’s conviction that its major trading partners are manipulating trade and currency policies to their own benefit.”At a joint appearance with Lagade on Saturday, Mnuchin said that the internal debate over the wording of the IMF communique had taken much less time than the debate over the wording of the G-20 communique last month. He said that the administration’s goal was to make trade more fair and was not aimed at erecting protectionist barriers.“The United States is probably the most open trading market there is,” Mnuchin said.Mnuchin was also asked about the administration’s tax plan, which Trump said Friday would be unveiled next Wednesday. Mnuchin said the administration’s goal was to simplify the tax system for both individuals and businesses.“We want to create a system where the average American can do their taxes on a postcard, not a book,” Mnuchin said. “Maybe a big postcard, but you can still stick it in the mail.”Mnuchin did not provide details of the tax plan, which Trump has said would provide a “massive” tax cut for Americans.Throughout the presidential campaign last year, Trump pointed to closed factories around America and said they represented a failure of past presidents to be tough enough in negotiating trade agreements to protect U.S. jobs. Since taking office, Trump has pulled the United States out of a 12-nation Pacific trade agreement negotiated by the Obama administration and just this week ordered the Commerce Department to speed up an investigation into whether steel imports posed a national security threat. His action could lead to higher tariffs on steel imports.The spring IMF and World Bank meetings took place against the backdrop of an improving global economy, helped by better performances in the United States and China, the world’s two biggest economies, and in a rise in commodity prices which has helped many developing nations. The IMF’s latest economic forecast projects global growth of 3.5 per cent this year, which would be the fastest pace in five years and up from 3.1 per cent last year.Despite the brighter outlook, the IMF’s closing communique warned of a number of risks ranging from weak productivity growth to high debt levels and “heightened political and policy uncertainties.”The world economy has struggled to regain millions of jobs lost after a devastating financial crisis hit in 2008 and the finance leaders acknowledged the adverse effects the deep-downturn, playing a major role in the rising pressures against free trade and immigration.German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said that if more was not done to deal with growing income inequality “we will see more protectionism and countries retreating from globalization.”Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso sought to downplay concerns about rising protectionism, saying that he believed free trade, which has fueled global growth since the end of World War II, would be upheld but perhaps with some changes.In his remarks to the IMF’s policy committee, Mnuchin repeated a call for the IMF to police the currency markets and call out countries that undervalue their currencies to gain an unfair price advantage for their exporters.___Associated Press writer Matthew Pennington contributed to this report. read more

NOMINATIONS FOR VELUX EHF F4 Gjeding and Hansen to whistle final match

The European Handball Federation has nominated the referees and delegates for the VELUX EHF FINAL4, the final weekend of the European club season, played on 31 May and 1 June 2014 in Cologne.The following referees and delegates have been nominated:Saturday, 31 May 201415:15 hrs Semi-final 2: MKB-MVM Veszprem vs. THW KielRef.: Nenad Krstic and Peter Ljubic / SLODel.: Bozidar Djurkovic (EHF Comptrollers / SRB) and Antonio Goulao (EHF Technical Refereeing Committee / POR)18:00 hrs Semi-final 1: FC Barcelona vs SG Flensburg-HandewittRef.: Vaclav Horacek and Jiri Novotny / CZEDel.: Martin Hausleitner (EHF Competitions Commission / AUT) and Dragan Nachevski (EHF Competitions Commission / MKD)Sunday, 1 June 201415:15 hrs 3/4 placement match: Loser SF 1 vs. Loser SF 2Ref.: Andrei Gousko and Siarhei Repkin / BLR18:00 hrs Final: Winner SF 1 vs. Winner SF 2Ref.: Martin Gjeding and Mads Hansen / DENTEXT: EHF ColognehandballrefferesVelux EHF F4 ← Previous Story H 65 Hoor win Women’s Challenge Cup! Next Story → Groups for Beach Handball WCH 2014 in Brazil read more

Syrians in Ireland ask for 94 family members to be rescued from

first_imgIRELAND HAS RECEIVED 94 applications from Syrians living in Ireland, asking for vulnerable members of their family still caught up in the conflict to be allowed to travel and reside here.The requests were made ahead of the 30 April deadline for the Humanitarian Admission Programme (SHAP), announced by Alan Shatter earlier this year.People currently still in Syria or those who have fled to neighbouring countries were eligible to apply through their relatives in Ireland.At the time, then-Minister for Justice, Shatter, said the situation in Syria had reached “catastrophic proportions” and Ireland needed to do more to “allay the concerns of family members who are present here about their most vulnerable family members”.He said it was also important to show solidarity to Syria’s neighbours, including the Lebanon and Turkey, which have been shouldering the burden of the refugee crisis since 2011.Responding to a written parliamentary question this week, Frances Fitzgerald confirmed the number of applications received, adding that the 94 were currently being processed.She explained the scheme was established following approaches to government by members of the Syrian community in Ireland.“The programme allows naturalised Irish citizens of Syrian birth and Syrian nationals already lawfully resident in the State to make an application for vulnerable close family members to join them in Ireland on a temporary basis for up to two years,” explains the Minister.“These are persons who are considered by their sponsoring family member present in Ireland to be most at risk.“A sponsor may be a single person or the head of a family unit. Persons admitted under the programme will be entitled to work, establish a business, or invest in the State.”There are strict obligations for the applicants in that the person “should not become a burden on the State”.If these family members cannot find employment the onus will be on the sponsors to support them during their time in Ireland.This initiative is separate to Ireland’s previous announcement that it will welcome 90 refugees to the State this year.Since the war broke out in Syria in March 2011, some 71 applications for asylum have been received by the State. The vast majority have been accepted with the applicants being declared refugees.About nine million Syrians have had to leave their homes over the past three years, with about 2.8 million seeking refuge in the neigbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. The majority remain in Syria, displaced and in dire need of humanitarian assistance. The United Nations expect this figure to jump to 4.1 million by the end of this year.In its most recent response plane, the UNHCR described the situation as “one of the largest refugee exoduses in recent history, with no end yet in sight”.Under 100,000 people have declared asylum in Europe, with some offered resettlement.Related: Syrian refugees to be offered temporary residence in IrelandMore: Ireland will take in 90 Syrian refugees this yearRelated: Syrian refugees to be offered temporary residence in IrelandMore: Ireland will take in 90 Syrian refugees this yearlast_img read more

Man charged with terrorismrelated murder over Finsbury Park attack

first_img No Comments A MAN HAS been charged in connection with this week’s van attack at a mosque in London.Darren Osborne, 47, will appear before magistrates in central London later today, the Crown Prosecution Service said.One man died in the incident, which happened early on Monday near Finsbury Park Mosque.Osborne has been charged with terrorism-related murder and attempted murder.“Following an investigation by the MPS Counter Terrorism Command, Darren John Osborne, 47, (3.11.69), from Cardiff, was today, Friday 23 June, charged with terrorism related murder and attempted murder,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement. Share2 Tweet Email Jun 23rd 2017, 12:08 PM Image: John Stillwell 6,300 Views Image: John Stillwell Short URL Man charged with ‘terrorism-related murder’ over Finsbury Park attack Darren Osborne, 47, will appear before magistrates in central London later today. Friday 23 Jun 2017, 12:08 PM By Daragh Brophy He has been remanded in custody to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court this afternoon.Read: Grenfell Tower blaze began in faulty fridge-freezer >Read: Houses evacuated after suspicious device is found in Ballymun > This was in relation to the terrorist attack in Seven Sisters Road, London N4 in the early hours of Monday 19 June. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Boyzone singer Keith Duffy hospitalised before show in Bangkok

first_img By Rónán Duffy 63,378 Views Image: Instagram Share136 Tweet Email3 Mar 29th 2019, 10:32 AM Short URL Friday 29 Mar 2019, 10:32 AMcenter_img Boyzone singer Keith Duffy hospitalised before show in Bangkok The band performed without him after he was taken to hospital. Keith Duffy posted a video message to Irish band Picture This from Bangkok. 50 Comments BOYZONE SINGER KEITH Duffy was hospitalised in Thailand before he was due to go on stage as part of the band’s reunion tour. The Irish boyband are in Asia as part of their Thank You and Goodnight tour and Duffy “took ill” before they could perform in Bangkok’s Thunder Dome arena. A statement from Boyzone posted to Instagram said that Duffy was taken to hospital but did not say when he would return to the tour. The remaining three members of the group performed the gig without Duffy and thanked the crowd for their support. “@OfficialKeithDuffy was taken ill before the gig here in Bangkok this evening and has been admitted to hospital on the advice of the local medical team. Our brother will be back on his feet as soon as possible and we thank you for all your wonderful support in the meantime,” the band said on Instagram. The tour is being touted as a 25th anniversary for the Irish band and Duffy posted a number of updates to social media upon arriving in Bangkok. “Just arrived in Bangkok, going through security. Everybody’s a little bit tired because they partied too much in Hong Kong. And I don’t think it’s going to be any different in Bangkok,” Duffy said in a post on Instagram.  Keith Duffy posted a video message to Irish band Picture This from Bangkok. Image: Instagram Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Palestinian man killed by Israeli fire ahead of border protests

Mar 31st 2019, 8:08 AM Share7 Tweet Email By AFP Palestinian man killed by Israeli fire ahead of border protests He was hit in the head by shrapnel. A PALESTINIAN MAN was killed by Israeli fire on the Gaza border yesterday morning, the territory’s health ministry said, hours ahead of planned mass protests.The ministry said Mohammed Saad, 20, died after being hit in the head with shrapnel caused by Israeli army fire east of Gaza City.Protesters at the site said he had been taking part in an overnight rally ahead of the main demonstration scheduled for Saturday afternoon.They said he was more than 100 metres from the heavily-fortified border fence when he was hit and had been on crutches due to a previous injury.An Israeli army spokeswoman declined to comment.At least 259 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the protests began, the vast majority along the border.Two Israeli soldiers have also been killed. Sunday 31 Mar 2019, 8:07 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Image: SIPA USA/PA Images 7,246 Views Short URL 93 Comments read more