A woman was arrested in Chandigarh on Saturday after a video in which she is seen thrashing her 80-year-old mother-in-law had gone viral on social media. The act was captured on a mobile phone by a girl who is the neighbour of the victim residing in Niwaz Nagar village in Mahendragarh district’s Narnaul. Haryana Chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar described the incident as “deplorable and condemnable”, saying such behaviour should not be tolerated in a civilised society. In a tweet on Saturday, Mr. Khattar informed that a case has been registered and the accused woman had been arrested. In the video, the victim identified as Chand Bai is seen sitting on a cot while her daughter-in-law Kanta Devi pushes her forcefully and pulls her hair.“She (accused) could not take care of the old woman and considered her to be a burden. That is why she assaulted her,” Narnaul Superintendent of Police Chander Mohan said over phone on Saturday. A widow, Chand Bai’s husband was an Assistant Sub Inspector in the Border Security Force. She gets pension from the government, police said. Kanta Devi was arrested on Saturday morning and has been charged with section 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the IPC, the SP said. After recording the statement of the victim, police got her medically examined, a police officer said, adding that further investigations were underway.
Parupalli Kashyap with his gold medal at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on August 3, 2014. Photo: PTI.Parupalli Kashyap on Sunday etched his name firmly in the history books by becoming the first Indian male shuttler in 32 years to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games here.A bronze-medallist at the Delhi Games, Kashyap rose to the occasion and played a sensational game of nerves to eke out a breath-taking 21-14 11-21 21-19 triumph against Derek Wong of Singapore in the final showdown which lasted for over an hour.The 27-year-old from Hyderabad thus joined badminton legend Prakash Padukone and the late Syed Modi, who had won the title in the past. While Padukone had won the men’s singles gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Canada, Modi retained it four years later.It turned out to be a red letter day for World No. 22 Kashyap who bagged the biggest title of his career. He had reached the quarterfinals of the London Olympics and won the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in 2012.Up against a tricky player, Wong, who was immaculate with his court coverage and wrist play, Kashyap was rewarded for his relentless never give up attitude at the Emirates Arena here.In the first game, Kashyap was leading 14-8 in first game before Wong came back with the help of some precise smashes to gather four straight points but the Indian soon turned the tables.Parupalli Kashyap celebrates after winning gold medal at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Photo: PTI.Kashyap put pressure on his opponent and gathered few points at the net to reach 18-12. Soon he garnered seven game points after Wong’s return got buried into the nets.An inaccurate down-the-line smash from Kashyap helped Wong save one but the Indian soon wrapped it up with another jump smash to earn the bragging rights.advertisementNot ready to take it lying down, Wong changed his gameplan and started penetrating the defence of Kashyap to lead 11-6 at the interval. Kashyap committed too many unforced errors and Wong too stepped up his game to move to 15-8.In the end, a service error, a down-the-line smash from Wong and a few wide shots helped the Malaysian to make a roaring comeback into the contest.Back to his winning court, Kashyap started the decider on a positive note as his smashes were more accurate and he judged the shuttle well too.But still he found it tough to break Wong’s defence who used his tricky deceptive shots, better court coverage and better net play to lead 11-8.After the interval, Kashyap narrowed the lead to 11-12.Parupalli Kashyap in action against Zi Liang Derek Wong. Photo: PTI.At 13-11, the duo engaged in a long aggresive rally which the Indian won, amid loud cheers from the expat fans at the Emirates Arena.Kashyap soon drew level at 14-14 when Wong found the net and then surged ahead with a bodyline smash. The Indian stepped up the attack and engaged in a fast-paced rally which ended with Wong hitting long.Wong found the net again and Kashyap them earned a point with a cross-court smash to move to 19-16. The Malaysian, however, soon rubbed off the deficit with a three-point burst but he hit long and wide next as Kashyap burst into celebration.
US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Afterward, Osaka wiped away tears while speaking to reporters and discussing the difficulty of dealing with her new-found spot atop the sport.“I don’t think I necessarily understand what position I’m in, in a way. Because last year, I wasn’t even anywhere close to this ranking. People didn’t pay attention to me — and that’s something that I’m comfortable with,” Osaka said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I don’t really like attention,” she said. “It’s been a little tough.”Playing a second-round match after an opening bye as the tournament’s top seed, Osaka won only 5 of 27 second-serve points, just 19 percent, and barely half of her first-serve points, 12 of 22.She was broken seven of the nine times she served. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war No. 7 seed Kiki Bertens lost to Viktoria Kuzmova 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (6), while No. 11 Daria Kasatkina was eliminated by 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Naomi Osaka, of Japan, reacts during her match against Kristina Mladenovic, of France, at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Naomi Osaka lost her first match since moving up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings — and first since splitting from her coach.The two-time major champion had trouble with her serve and was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by 67th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic at the Dubai Championships in a little more than an hour on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ex-NBA player Glen Davis avoids jail time in marijuana bust MOST READ Urgent reply from Philippine football chief LATEST STORIES View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Mladenovic came into the Dubai Championships with a record of 0-4 in 2019.Osaka had not competed since winning the Australian Open in January for her second consecutive Grand Slam title, a victory that also allowed her to become the first tennis player from Asia to lead the rankings.Last week, Osaka announced on Twitter that she would no longer work with coach Sascha Bajin, who began coaching her before last season and helped her win the U.S. Open in September.Osaka didn’t offer an explanation for the split at the time, but addressed it during a media availability before the Dubai tournament, saying: “Everyone thinks it was a money-related issue, but it wasn’t. … I think my reason is I wouldn’t put success over my happiness.”In other action Tuesday at the hard-court tournament, second-seeded Petra Kvitova — the runner-up to Osaka at the Australian Open — beat Katerina Siniakova 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4; third-seeded Simona Halep — Osaka’s predecessor at No. 1 — defeated Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (5), 6-4; and No. 4 seed Karolina Pliskova edged Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting
MLS MLS Review: Kaka bags brace in Orlando rout, Atlanta secures playoff spot Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 20:18 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Vincent Carchietta MLS Orlando City Atlanta United v Philadelphia Union New York RB v DC United Orlando City v New England Montreal Impact v New York City Dallas v Colorado Rapids Houston Dynamo v LA Galaxy SJ Earthquakes v Chicago Fire Seattle Sounders v Vancouver Whitecaps New England New York City SJ Earthquakes Atlanta United New York RB Colorado Rapids Montreal Impact LA Galaxy Philadelphia Union DC United Dallas Houston Dynamo Chicago Fire Vancouver Whitecaps Seattle Sounders Videos The Brazilian star scored twice as Jason Kreis’ men routed 10-man New England Atlanta United’s inaugural MLS season will see the club feature in the playoffs following its win over the Philadelphia Union, while a Kaka double inspired Orlando City to a crushing victory.Led by former Barcelona and Argentina coach Gerardo Martino, in-form Atlanta made sure of a postseason berth with four regular-season fixtures remaining via a 3-0 victory on Wednesday.Julian Gressel, red-hot Venezuela international Josef Martinez and Jacob Peterson were on target as Atlanta — which became the first expansion side since 2009 to reach the playoffs — extended its unbeaten streak to seven games, a run that has resulted in five clean sheets and 24 goals scored. Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. More than 43,000 fans packed into the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where Gressel opened the scoring with the outside of his boot in the 27th minute.It’s truly a party in theRelive the historic night: pic.twitter.com/eykyvYV4EH — Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) September 28, 2017 Martinez’s 18th goal of the season made it 2-0 six minutes later after the Venezuelan forward rifled a powerful low effort across Union goalkeeper Andre Blake and into the net.After Hector Villalba’s second-half goal was ruled out following a video review, Peterson came off the bench to complete the scoring with two minutes remaining.Atlanta is third in the Eastern Conference as the club prepares to join Supporters’ Shield leaders Toronto FC and New York City FC, which edged the Montreal Impact 1-0 on a Jack Harrison strike, in the postseason.The Chicago Fire will also take part in the playoffs after dismantling the San Jose Earthquakes 4-1 thanks to Nemanja Nikolic’s brace.Former AC Milan and Real Madrid star Kaka was at his trademark best in Orlando’s 6-1 humiliation of the 10-man New England Revolution.Before we get this second half started enjoy some magic from our . pic.twitter.com/3vzRXVk0Qo — Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) September 28, 2017 In his first start in four matches, the 2007 Ballon d’Or winner scored twice to remind the world he is not a spent force.After Xavier Kouassi was sent off in the 11th minute, Orlando took control thanks to 35-year-old captain Kaka, who netted in either half.The pick of the bunch was his stunning effort from outside of the box two minutes before half-time in Orlando.The struggling LA Galaxy surrendered 2-0 and 3-1 leads as Alberth Elis scored twice in four minutes to rescue a dramatic 3-3 draw for Houston Dynamo, while the New York Red Bulls and D.C. United also shared the spoils following a 3-3 thriller.The reigning MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders accounted for the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0, meanwhile, and FC Dallas defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-0.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse: We must regroup during international breakby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse says they need to regroup during this international break.Saints lost their third top-flight game in a row on Sunday when they were comfortably beaten 4-1 by Chelsea at St Mary’s. Ward-Prowse said: “I think certainly it will be a case of having a look at ourselves individually and collectively.“First of all, we need to see what we ourselves as individuals need to do and change to bring to the table.“We’ve got a good period of time to work on a few things during the international break, so it will be a good time to work on them.“I think we all, individually, need to be better.“We’ve had an OK start to the season with a few good results here and there, but we need to be consistently better.“We want to start taking points off the big teams and we need to get that belief and drive back to do it again.”
Realme X India launch expected next month, tipped to come with Spider-Man-themed caseThe Realme X is expected to launch in India in July. As per a new report, the company is collaborating with Marvel to launch Spider-Man: Far From Home-themed case.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJune 27, 2019UPDATED: June 28, 2019 08:41 IST HIGHLIGHTSRealme X is expected to launch in India next month.The company is tipped to launch a special Spider-Man-themed case for Realme X.Realme X will likely cost around Rs 18,000 in India.The Realme X is set to launch in India soon. Realme CEO Madhav Sheth said earlier that the phone will come to the country in the second half of 2019, and has now changed his Twitter name to ‘Madhav X’ which seems to suggest the Realme X’s imminent launch in India. It now seems the company could be tying the launch of the Realme X with the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home to build some hype.As per a report by 91Mobiles, Realme is collaborating with Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home movie for the Realme X. The collaboration will see a special Spider-Man-themed Realme X case that could be sold is bundled special edition box or separately. Spider-Man: Far From Home will hit theaters in India on July 4, which suggests that Realme X could launch soon after.The Realme X was first announced in May to mark the company’s entry in China. It touts a bezel-less, notch-less AMOLED display with a pop-up selfie camera and a Snapdragon 710 chipset. Sheth confirmed that the Indian variant of the Realme X may launch with some different hardware as it will be priced higher than the Realme 3 Pro at around Rs 18,000.It is speculated that the company will launch the Realme X in India with a Snapdragon 730 processor to justify its higher price tag. It may come with a few more upgrades, but nothing is known as of now.The Realme X sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) AMOLED display and a 3D curved glasstic rear panel. The pop-up camera houses a 16-megapixel sensor. On the back, the Realme X features a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary camera along with a 5-megapixel secondary camera for depth sensing. The device houses a 3,765mAh battery and supports VOOC 3.0 flash charging. It will ship in India with Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6.advertisementALSO READ | Realme X quick review: Notchless display, snappy performance and ready for IndiaGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow RealmeFollow Realme X
Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour The Best Blended Scotch Whiskies to Add to Your Collection 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee Made at the highest-elevation distillery in Japan, Mars Shinshu, Tokiwa Iwai is one of the Japanese whiskies not made by Nikka or Suntory that is quickly making a name for itself in the global market. Named for the “silent pioneer” of the Japanese whisky industry, Kiichiro Iwai, you’ll find a fruit-forward whisky with flavors such as pear and red fruits blending with vanilla from the oak.Editor’s Note: This article is part of The Manual’s larger Journey to Japan travel guide. Over the course of a month, our writers had the pleasure of experiencing Japan in its many forms, from high-rise bars in Tokyo to traditional tea-ceremonies in Kyoto. We hope this series of articles will not only inform, but inspire you to take your own trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. Over the last few years, the popularity of the Japanese whisky category has soared, surpassing expectations by miles. In one moment, age statement Japanese whiskies were easily available. In the next? Poof. In the blink of an eye (okay, not really, but roll with it), eager whisky drinkers were snatching up whatever they could whenever they could. Currently, age-statement Japanese whiskies are fewer and farther between, but that is no reason to worry because there is a ton of other amazing non-age statement Japanese whisky out there. A ton.From sipping neat to mixing into a highball or another cocktail, here are some of our favorite non-age statement whiskies that you should be adding to your liquor cabinet ASAP.Hibiki Japanese HarmonyHibiki Suntory Whisky Japanese Harmony/SuntoryA blend from the Hibiki range of whiskies made by Suntory, Harmony works to live up to its name by blending malt whiskies from the Hakushu and Yamazaki distilleries with grain whisky from the Chita distillery. In addition, five different types of casks are used to create this whisky.Nikka Coffey Grain WhiskyBourbon lovers can start here. Using a Coffey still, this whisky is akin to bourbon in that the base is mostly corn and the flavor profile has big vanilla and oak characteristics to it. The sweetness follows through with brown sugar and maple syrup notes into a pleasant sweet finish.Nikka Single Malt YoichiCreated at the first Nikka distillery (Yoichi), Single Malt Yoichi is both fruity and smoky, a definite turn-on for those that enjoy Islay Scotch whiskies. From the nose through to the finish, you’ll find the interplay between peaty smokiness and bright fruits, giving you a consistent and pleasing flavor profile.Suntory TokiToki Suntory Whisky/SuntoryOne of our favorites for making highballs, Suntory Toki is a subtle whisky that has both sweet and spicy flavors that are complemented by white pepper and oak notes on the end. Toki, which means “time” in Japanese, was developed as a homage to the blending of old and new — the old being Suntory’s whisky heritage and the new being the company’s push for innovation.Tokiwa Iwai Editors’ Recommendations Highland Park Releases 2 New Limited-Release Bottles
OTTAWA – The military’s second-in-command leaked cabinet secrets to a shipbuilding executive as a means of pressuring the Liberal government to approve a $700-million contract, the RCMP alleges in newly disclosed court documents.The Mounties are accusing Vice-Adm. Mark Norman of using his position to provide cabinet confidences to Spencer Fraser, chief executive of a special arm of Quebec City shipyard Chantier Davie that was leading a tentative project to convert a civilian ship into an interim navy supply vessel.In turn, the information was passed on to lobbyists and the media with the aim of ensuring final federal approval of the project, RCMP Cpl. Matthieu Boulanger alleges in his Jan. 4 request for a warrant to search Norman’s house.An Ontario court had released a heavily censored version of the documents earlier this month. A fuller version was disclosed Wednesday after the Globe and Mail and other media outlets successfully argued in court that the public had a right to know more about the allegations.The RCMP request for a search warrant was part of a months-long investigation into how details of a Liberal cabinet meeting in November 2015 were passed on to defence lobbyists and the media.During that meeting, Liberal ministers decided to push pause on the controversial ship conversion project.“Norman was opposed to the delay in the (project) process proposed by cabinet and leaked information subject to cabinet confidence in order to achieve the result that he wanted personally,” Boulanger alleges in his request for the warrant.“Norman’s actions resulted in a circumvention of the established processes and procedures in place to ensure confidence in the cabinet,” going against the public good and constituting a breach of trust under the Criminal Code, he continues.Breach of trust is punishable by up to five years in prison.No charges have been laid against Norman, who was appointed vice-chief of the defence staff in August 2016, then abruptly suspended from that role without explanation on Jan. 16 by his superior officer, defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance.Norman’s lawyer, Marie Henein, said in a statement in February that the 36-year military officer “unequivocally denies any wrongdoing.”Notably, Boulanger says in the newly disclosed records that he has reason to believe “two government officials independently leaked classified information” about the vessel contract.The Conservative government had awarded the $700-million ship project to Chantier Davie without a competition after the navy’s previous two resupply vessels were forced into early retirement.The request to search Norman’s house came after the RCMP had already interviewed several senior Liberal cabinet ministers as well as influential Ottawa lobbyists about the apparent leak.The court documents indicate the Privy Council Office began investigating the leak after then-CBC radio reporter James Cudmore reported on Nov. 20, 2015, that the new Liberal government had put the interim ship project on hold.Liberal and government officials were particularly concerned that Cudmore’s report included key details from a secret cabinet committee meeting the day before in which that decision was made.The investigation was handed some weeks later to the RCMP.Boulanger writes in his search-warrant request that the contents of the meeting were protected by cabinet confidence and should not have been public knowledge.“Cudmore’s article clearly demonstrates a source privy to the discussions held during the committee meeting disclosed the confidential information to an unauthorized person after the committee meeting.”Cudmore became a policy adviser for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan in January 2016.RCMP officers interviewed Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Treasury Board President Scott Brison, both of whom said the leak had affected the ability to do their jobs.Brison is quoted as telling the Mounties that the news report “did an awful lot to limit our ability to really do what we’d [the committee] intended to do, and that is more due diligence on this.”The court documents show that the Liberals decided to pause the project amid intense backroom lobbying by Halifax-based Irving Shipyards and its rival Chantier Davie.The Conservatives had entered into an agreement with Chantier Davie in July 2015 after asking industry for ideas on filling the gap caused by the early loss of the navy’s two resupply ships.But emails obtained by the RCMP show Davie officials were worried in November 2015 that the new Liberal government would pull out after Irving urged several cabinet ministers to reconsider its proposal.The RCMP obtained the emails with search warrants against Davie and two Ottawa lobby firms it had hired for the project, Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Fleishman-Hillard Canada, as they sought to trace how the secret information was leaked.The emails, which were submitted to the court, show Davie officials Fraser and John Schmidt, as well as lobbyist Brian Mersereau of Hill+Knowlton, planning to fight back against Irving.That included, in Schmidt’s words, trying to “put pressure on Brison,” whose department holds the government’s purse strings.Personal emails leaked to several media outlets this month indicate Norman was extremely frustrated in November about the way the government and bureaucracy were handling the project.Norman, who was head of the Royal Canadian Navy at the time, even talked about resigning over the issue, but instead stayed on and took over as vice-chief of defence staff in August 2016.The Liberals ultimately decided to leave the shipbuilding project with Davie after it was revealed that the government would have to pay the shipyard $89 million if it were cancelled.The interim resupply ship is expected to be delivered this fall.— With files from Lee Berthiaume
Rabat – Lamia Bazir, the President of the Al Akhawayn Alumni Association, delivered an inspirational speech at the 19th Commencement of Al Akhawayn University (AUI) on June 11.This speech received 20 000 views on Facebook.Many public figures attending the event, including André Azoulay, Advisor to King Mohammed VI, and Abdelatiff Jouahri, Governor of Bank Al Maghrib. In her speech, Lamia Bazir sent a strong message about the true meaning of leadership, asserting that it goes beyond titles and positions. She urged graduates to not get absorbed by the pursuit of titles and hierarchies, but rather to concentrate on the quality of their work, and get back to the source of leadership.Together with her new board, as the new President of the AUI Alumni, Lamia Bazir aims to unify her community of more than 4,000 alumni, reinforce their position in the job market, and improve their role as a vibrant force in Moroccan society.The graduation was attended by prominent figures on the Board of Trustees of AUI, including Mr. Azoulay; Mr. Jouahri; Mrs. Amina Benkhadra of the National Bureau of Petroleum and Mines; Mr. Mohamed Kettani, CEO of Attijariwafa Bank; Mr. Tariq Sijilmassi, President of the Directorate of Crédit Agricole du Maroc (CAM); Mr. Abdellatif Guerraoui, CEO of Auto-Hall Group; Mr. Ali Fassi Fihri, Director General of Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEEP); Ms. Miriem Bensalah Chaqroun, Administrator of Holmarcom Group and President of the Confédération Générale des Entreprises du Maroc (CGEM);, Mr. Mohamed Berrada, Professor and Former Minister of Finance; Mr. Larbi Belarbi, Former Vice President of Renault Maroc Services; and representatives from the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Industry, and Higher Education.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Latest on an oil leak near St. Louis (all times local):12:15 p.m.TransCanada says its Keystone pipeline is likely the source of an oil leak near St. Louis.Spokesman Terry Cunha in a Friday statement said crews continue to excavate the St. Charles County area where the leak was discovered Wednesday. He said TransCanada’s preliminary investigation points to Keystone.A spokesman for Enbridge Inc. said it’s “highly confident” that its nearby Platte pipeline wasn’t the source.The leak prompted closures of sections of both the Keystone and Platte pipelines.Enbridge spokesman Devin Hotzel said Friday that the company expects its pipeline will be operating normally by Saturday.Cunha says there’s no estimated time for the Keystone pipeline to return to service.The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has estimated that about 43 barrels, or 1,800 gallons (6,814 litres), of oil leaked. It said the oil did not get into any waterways.___noonEnbridge Inc. says it’s “highly confident” that its Platte pipeline wasn’t the source of an oil leak near St. Louis.TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline also runs through the area where the leak occurred . A spokesman for the company didn’t immediately return an Associated Press request for comment Friday.A Missouri Department of Natural Resources spokesman says excavation of the Keystone pipeline in St. Charles County will begin Friday.The leak was discovered Wednesday. It prompted closures of sections of both the Keystone and Platte pipelines as crews sought out the source.Enbridge spokesman Devin Hotzel said Friday that the company expects its pipeline will be operating normally by Saturday.The Department of Natural Resources has said the oil did not get into any waterways.The Associated Press
OTTAWA — Jim Balsillie warns that provisions tucked into the Trans-Pacific Partnership could cost Canada hundreds of billions of dollars — and eventually make signing it the worst public policy decision in the country’s history.After poring over the treaty’s final text, the businessman who helped build Research In Motion into a $20-billion global player said the deal contains “troubling” rules on intellectual property that threaten to make Canada a “permanent underclass” in the economy of selling ideas.Last month, in the middle of the election campaign, the Conservative government put Canada’s signature on the controversial 12-country pact. The Pacific Rim agreement, which includes the massive American and Japanese economies, has been described as the world’s largest-ever trade zone.But Balsillie said parts of the deal will harm Canadian innovators by forcing them to play by rules set by the treaty’s most-dominant partner: the United States.I’m not a partisan actor, but I actually think this is the worst thing that the Harper government has done for CanadaThe fallout could prove costly for Canada because technologies created by these entrepreneurs have the potential to create huge amounts of wealth for the economy, he says.“I’m not a partisan actor, but I actually think this is the worst thing that the Harper government has done for Canada,” the former co-chief executive of RIM said in an interview after studying large sections of the 6,000-page document, released to the public last week.“I think in 10 years from now, we’ll call that the signature worst thing in policy that Canada’s ever done…“It’s a treaty that structures everything forever — and we can’t get out of it.”How TPP could actually help small dairy farmersConsumers will be winners in Trans-Pacific Partnership, full text revealsTrans-Pacific Partnership: Full text — Here’s your chance to read the mysterious trade agreement everybody is talking aboutNew cabinet minister Chrystia Freeland sees free trade as key to middle-class prosperityBalsillie’s concerns about the deal include how it would impose intellectual property standards set by the U.S., the biggest partner in the treaty.He fears it would give American firms an edge and cost Canadian companies more money because they would have to pay for someone else’s ideas instead their own.On top of that, Balsillie believes the structure could prevent Canadian firms from growing as it would also limit how much money they can make from their own products and services.Balsillie, who spent much of his time building RIM by negotiating agreements around the world, called the comprehensive final text a “brilliant piece of literature.”We’ve been outfoxed“It’s such brilliantly systemic encirclement. I’m just in awe at its powerful purity by the Americans…“We’ve been outfoxed.”And unlike legislation passed in Parliament, he noted treaties like this one set rules that must be followed forever. This deal, he added, also features “iron-clad” dispute mechanisms.“I’m worried and I don’t know how we can get out of this,” said Balsillie, who’s also helping guide the creation of a lobby group that would press for the needs of Canada’s innovation sector.“I think our trade negotiators have profoundly failed Canadians and our future innovators. I really lament it.”He said the government should have dispatched a more-sophisticated negotiating team.Harper had hailed the agreement as a means of ensuring Canadian access to a market of nearly 800 million people and before it was signed, warned Canada couldn’t afford not to take part.The deal must be ratified by all 12 countries, and then it would come into force six months later. It would require a parliamentary vote in Canada.Alternatively, the treaty can also take effect if it’s ratified by half the countries representing 85 per cent of the zone’s economy. A country can withdraw any time, on six months’ notice.The Liberal government has yet to say how it will proceed.International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, named to cabinet a day before the finalized treaty was made public, reiterated that the Liberals believe in trade, but she was careful to note the deal was negotiated by the Conservative government.After the text was released, Freeland told reporters she wanted Canadians to send her comments about it.“I’m going to take that seriously — we’re going to review it,” she said Thursday.The government, she added, is committed to a full parliamentary debate on the deal and a vote in the House of Commons, though she had yet to set a deadline.She declined to answer questions whether the Liberals would be prepared to walk away from the deal.Balsillie warned that the Liberals’ plan to run budgetary deficits of up to $10 billion in each of the next three years could pale in comparison to what could be lost in the country’s ideas economy because of the TPP.“These provisions are more important by far — times 10 — than anything else in the agreement,” he said.“But we’re having no discussion on it.”
Highlighting in particular the threats posed by terrorism, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Amir of the State of Qatar, affirmed his country’s “firm position” rejecting all forms and shapes of terrorism anywhere in the world, regardless of the reasons and pretexts.“International cooperation [is a prerequisite] in combating violence resulting from extremism and violence directed against civilians to terrorize them and to damage civilian facilities for political ends,” he said.In that context, educating youth and ensuring their comprehensive participation can boost collective security as well as support peace and stability efforts, added the Amir.In his remarks, the leader of Qatar spoke of deteriorating situation in the Palestinian territories, particularly in the Gaza Strip, and the continued construction in the occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank.Underscoring the importance of the two-state solution, he said that the solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict requires a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian cause.The Amir also drew attention to persisting conflicts in the Middle East region – Syria and Yemen – and reiterated the need on all parties to respect and abide by their obligations under International Humanitarian Law to protect civilians.He also spoke of humanitarian support provided by Qatar to those in need of assistance.In conclusion, the leader of Qatar also highlighted his country’s efforts to promote human development and protect human rights, including its accession to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, earlier this month.Full statement available here
If confirmed, Thursday morning’s attack would be the fourth on treatment or transit facilities, in the last two weeks. It follows the death of an individual in the community which led to “escalating violence” and the local Ebola transit centre being “severely damaged”, Mr. Tedros said.Hailing the bravery and commitment of those responding to the Ebola threat, the WHO Director-General added that there were scant details beyond what was already known about the latest attack.“We have not had reports of health workers or patients injured, but we’re awaiting more information,” he said.Last Saturday, the health chief visited a health centre in Butembo hours after it was attacked for the second time, leaving a police officer dead and medical staff injured.Of the more than 100 armed groups active in north-eastern DRC, Mr. Tedros cited the Mai-Mai and the Allied Democratic Forces as potentially responsible.Ebola ‘an added burden’ on community in despair“The security situation means people are worried about issues beyond health,” he said. “It’s understandable that Ebola is an added burden on an already overburdened population. This creates a challenging climate for the response. And during many of my visits that’s what I witnessed. The despair in the community. Peace or no peace.”Despite the challenges posed by ongoing insecurity, Mr. Tedros said that gains had been made against Ebola, as it is now “concentrated” in the towns of Butembo and Katwa.The outbreak has also been contained in 11 out of 28 communities where cases have been recorded “and we have stopped transmission in Beni, Mangina, Komanda and Oicha”, the WHO Director-General said.There is also “increasing acceptance” by communities of Ebola responders, he insisted, noting that 90 per cent of people have agreed to being vaccinated and follow-up visits.Latest data from the DRC authorities indicates that in the latest outbreak which began on 1 August in the Kivus, there have been 927 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola, including 584 deaths.More than 87,000 people have been vaccinated including 27,000 health workers in DRC and 5,000 in neighbouring countries. In addition, more than 58,000 “contacts” have been registered and more than 4,200 are being monitored for signs of illness.There are also “half as many new cases now as there were in January”, Mr. Tedros said, down from 50 cases per week to 25 cases, on average now. Speaking to journalists in Geneva amid reports of a fresh attack just hours earlier on a facility in Biena health zone, close to Butembo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus explained that the deadly disease is just one of many concerns for local people.“These attacks could reverse the gains we have made,” the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General said. “We are working to find a balance between protecting patients and staff from attacks by armed groups and building community trust and ownership. It’s not a simple either/or situation; we must do both to end the outbreak.”
Caterpillar has delivered the best full-year profit per share in its history, while registering higher sales volume and improved demand across all regions and three primary market segments in the December quarter.At $10.26/share, its profit for 2018 was way up on the $1.26/share it posted for 2017. On top of that, the company is predicting this number will increase again in 2019, with an outlook range of $11.75-$12.75/share.Cat’s 2018 sales and revenue came in at $54.7 billion, compared with $45.5 billion in 2017, while adjusted profit was up at $11.22/share (2017: $6.88/share).Caterpillar Chairman and CEO, Jim Umpleby, said: “In 2018, Caterpillar achieved record profit per share and returned significant levels of capital to shareholders. Our global team remained focused on serving our customers, executing our strategy and investing for future profitable growth.”Total sales and revenue was $14.342 billion in the December quarter of 2018, a $1.446 billion year-on-year increase, with higher sales volume driven by improved demand across all regions and in the company’s three primary segments, Cat said.In the company’s resource industries segment, total sales were $2.797 billion in the December quarter, up $489 million on higher demand for both mining and heavy construction equipment, including quarry and aggregate, the company said.“Mining activities were robust as commodity market fundamentals remained positive, and increased non-residential construction activities drove higher sales,” Caterpillar said.Resource industries’ profit was $400 million in the most recent quarter of 2018, compared with $210 million a year earlier. The improvement was mostly due to higher sales volume and favourable price realisation, partially offset by higher material and freight costs, the company explained.Despite the company predicting another record profit per share in 2019, Umpleby said its outlook assumed only a “modest sales increase” based on the fundamentals of its end markets as well as “the macroeconomic and geopolitical environment”.“We will continue to focus on operational excellence, including cost discipline, while investing in expanded offerings and services to drive long-term profitable growth,” he added.
In the face of both AT&T and Verizon Wireless expected to offer the iPhone 5 at launch, how does Sprint intend to compete if it gets Apple’s next smartphone too? The answer is either very clever or network crushing: the mobile network operator intends to offer unlimited data plans to every customer that signs an iPhone 5 contract.Unlimited data is something that has been scaled back of late by other networks, much to the anger of consumers, many of whom see the web and associated services as their main use for a smartphone. The reasoning behind the limits is one of keeping the network from getting bogged down by data hogs who go well beyond acceptable use limits.If Sprint does intend to offer unlimited data it is sure to be met with an initial flood of interest. However, unless Sprint has a sanity plan in place for dealing with the flood of data over its network, initial enthusiasm for the offer could be replaced with frustration if connections start dropping and data transfers slow to a crawl. Maybe Sprint plans to adopt the full-duplex system from Rice University to help with capacity.Of course, until Apple and Sprint officially announce the iPhone 5 is coming to the network this is nothing but speculation. However, if Sprint does go down the unlimited data route, surely both Verizon and AT&T would have to react? That could potentially open the market up again for a lot more data for a lot less money over what we have to pay today.The introduction of the iPhone 5 is likely to bring with it a requirement for more data transfers per user simply because of the new features on offer, most notably iCloud. Whichever networks end up getting Apple’s smartphone, handling capacity of what is certain to be a very popular phone will be the biggest challenge, as will meeting demand for the phone in the first place.Read more at Bloomberg
Who would people in Ireland like to see in Number 10? It’s pretty close The Labour leader has over 40% support in Ireland, according to a new poll. https://jrnl.ie/3363030 Source: John StillwellUK LABOUR LEADER Jeremy Corbyn is decidedly more popular here than he is at home, according to a new poll.Asked who they would prefer to see as British Prime Minister in the wake of June’s election, more than half of people said they’d like to see Conservative Theresa May return to Number 10.But Jeremy Corbyn racked up more than two-thirds support in a straight two-way contest. Monday 1 May 2017, 6:30 AM Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesMay has called a snap general election for June 8 in a bid to strengthen her majority in parliament heading into the Brexit negotiations.In a YouGov general election voting intention poll last week, the Conservatives were on 45%, Labour on 29%, the Liberal Democrats on 10% and UKIP on 7%.Asked who would make the best prime minister, 48% said May, 18% said Corbyn, while 33% said they were not sure.Asked what the top general election issues were, four main themes emerged:Brexit (64%)Health (47%)Immigration (36%)The economy (35%)Labour’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said last week the party accepted that the UK was leaving the European Union, but that it would scrap May’s Brexit plan if elected and unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU residents.- With reporting from AFP Read: ‘No plans for zero hours contracts’ for McDonalds in Ireland after UK u-turn >Read: Simon Coveney thinks Ireland should go high-rise ‘in the right places’ > By Daragh Brophy Short URL 17,444 Views May 1st 2017, 6:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Theresa May: 56%Jeremy Corbyn: 44%The poll was carried out by Amarách Research on behalf of Claire Byrne Live and TheJournal.ie. 1,000 people were asked ‘Who would you prefer to see as British Prime Minister?’. Share Tweet Email 56 Comments
Former Newcastle United and England skipper Alan Shearer believes teams have figured out the best way to beat Chelsea is to stop Jorginho from playing.The Blues’ record away from home has been abysmal following defeats from Arsenal and Bournemouth in their previous two away matches, which was compounded by a 6-0 whitewash at Manchester City on Sunday.It has further piled on the pressure on Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, who brought in Jorginho from their former club Napoli in the summer.“Not only did they (City) play their own game, what was also impressive was the way that they stopped Chelsea,” pundit Shearer said on Match of the Day 2 and cited on Football London.“We saw when Chelsea were beaten at Arsenal, beaten at Bournemouth conceding four goals, that if you stop Jorginho in the middle of the park then you’ve got a very good chance of stopping Chelsea.Shearer praised the effort of Guardiola’s men, highlighting the game plan that compounded Chelsea’s woes.“I thought City did that brilliantly. They set traps all over the park just to say ‘OK, if you want give it to him we’re there and we’re going to put him under pressure…you pass it to him if you want and, if you do, we’ve got the trap ready and we’ll capitalise’.Match Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.It ends 6-0. #MCICHE pic.twitter.com/M1ZjJqTRYD— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 10, 2019“They stopped him all game and Chelsea could not get started. If that’s not working then they need to find another way to play.“They can’t always rely on him because, as we’ve witnessed in recent weeks, teams are going to stop him.“And if you stop him that’s half of Chelsea’s game gone.”Both teams will once again meet in the finals of the Carabao Cup on the 24th of February.
A hundred huskies howling is the kind of noise that angers homeowners who happen to live close by a sled dog kennel. And with suburbia edging ever – closer to the heart of the Mat Su, clashes between dog owners and new neighbors are inevitable. Iditarod musher Cim Smyth, from Big Lake, testified Wednesday at the Mat Su Assembly public hearing on a new ordinance aimed at protecting musher’s rights.Download Audio“There’s a lot of regulations out there. Very few are positively supporting our sport. Which is the state sport. It is a major hobby for a lot of people, but it is also a major business in this state for a lot of people. I pay my taxes racing sled dogs, racing sled dogs.”The ordinance sets out terms for a three year kennel license for a fee of 150 dollars. Mat Su Assemblyman Vern Halter , who keeps a kennel, has run his share of Iditarods, and happens to be an attorney. Halter sponsored the lengthy ordinance that covers everything from a definition of sled dog to mushing facility standards of care. Halter also points out that sled dog mushing is the state sport, and that Alaska has been officially recognized as a “right to mush” state by the legislature. A number of professional kennel owners spoke up at the meeting in support of the ordinance. Dee Dee Jonrowe, says the ordinance protects the dogs as well. In her forty years of mushing, Jonrowe says she’s seen positive changes in dog care.“And I believe that this ordinance is really helping to design the framework for the quality facilities that I think we would like to see all sled dogs have available to them.” Other mushers related negative incidents aimed at their sport… blocked trails and signs with derogatory messages. The ordinance spells out the the definition of interference with mushing, with possible fines for interference of up to one thousand dollars and imprisonment of 90 days. The Borough’s Animal Control Board did not offer an opinion on the ordinance. But John Wood, board chair and a sprint musher, noted the economic boost that mushing has become for the Valley“If you take a look at the economic driver that this industry provides for you, it’s immense. It’s an international sport. If we play our cards correctly, we could be the center of that. But some expressed concerns. Patty Rosnel spoke against the ordinance, saying that the Borough has not attached a fiscal note to the law, and that there is no money in the Borough budget to pay for enforcement. Despite that complaint, the ordinance passed unanimously, adding a new chapter to the Borough’s animal care regulations.
Juneau artist Constance Baltuck paints in the rocky shoreline of Lynn Canal. The legs of her easel are getting wet from the incoming tide. On the canvas, details emerge from the colors.Download AudioBaltuck says she’ll leave an easel for other artists this summer. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)“This is the barnacles and the kelp and the mussels, they’re just so beautiful the way they interact and cling to the rocks,” Baltuck says.Baltuck is the first artist of a pilot program at the cabin run by Alaska State Parks. Located 26 miles from downtown Juneau, the cabin is where former territorial Gov. Ernest Gruening wrote the book “The State of Alaska,” making a case for statehood several years before it would happen. The cabin started out as a summer getaway for the family and later became a year-round residence. More than six decades later, the historic cabin is now used as a retreat for Alaska artists.The Gruenings moved to Juneau in 1939. The cabin, known by the family as Eaglerock, was built in 1947. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Park Superintendent Mike Eberhardt says the Ernest Gruening State Historic Park received $30,000 to run an artist-in-residence program for two years. The artists are required to hold a community workshop and contribute a piece of art to the park. Eberhardt hopes the program will generate more interest in the site.“Whatever art comes out of there, whether it be written or music or paintings, using that to publicize the state park system and with notoriety hopefully comes additional funding, comes additional support,” Eberhardt says.Eight artists from across the state applied for the residency and all were admitted for this startup year. Each will stay in the cabin for up to two weeks through September.For Baltuck, the park has been one inspiration after another.“This place is just alive, everywhere you look, there’s something flowering, jumping, creeping around in the woods, flying past the window,” Baltuck says.And she’s trying to capture as much of it as possible. Baltuck describes it as gathering starts — the beginnings of paintings she’ll finish later.Inside the cabin, unfinished works are laid on a bench or leaned against walls. She counts how many there are out loud.“Eleven this first week, plus I’m doing a series of little wildflower drawings,” Baltuck says. “This is supercharged for me. I’m going to have to go back to town and get more canvas because I’ve just about used up what I brought that I thought would last the whole 15 days.”Baltuck has done other artist residencies. She’s been in the middle of the desert at Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park, in sand dunes above the Arctic Circle in Alaska’s Kobuk Valley National Park and once spent three months in Norway. Baltuck says each has shown her windows into different lives.As the tide comes in, Baltuck gathers her art supplies. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)For this residency, when she’s not on the rocks painting or at the easel inside the cabin, she’s on the deck sipping coffee. She watches people fishing and “the eagles,” Baltuck says. “They’re sometimes right up in the trees right over here and the evening is when they swoop back and forth, and I can see whales. And it’s always changing, whether it’s a beautiful sunset or just the clouds, how deep they settle on the mountains.”More than once, Baltuck calls the residency a gift – a gift of no distractions, no internet, no phone ringing, nobody waiting on you. It’s also a gift of time.“It’s so neat to settle into an experience of observing nature for hours, just looking at the same scene for hours and just knowing you have that time. There’s no rushing out here,” Baltuck says.The only concern, she says, is the tide. When the water comes up by your feet, it’s time to move.Baltuck’s work during the residency depict scenes of the park. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)
March 10, 2019 698 Views in Headlines, News Fannie Mae Freddie Mac Gateway Mortgage Group Ken Harrison Stephen Curry 2019-03-10 Donna Joseph Share Ken Harrison Joins Gateway Mortgage Group Gateway Mortgage Group, a full-service mortgage company licensed in 40 states and the District of Columbia, announced Ken Harrison, CMB as its VP of Agency Relations. In this role, Harrison will be responsible for managing relationships with Gateway’s most consequential investors, government and industry partners. In addition, he will play a key role in product development activities for the firm.“Ken is a signature hire for us; the depth of his experience at the agencies over the years provides us a wealth of insight, and helps inform our actions both strategically and tactically,” said Stephen Curry, CEO at Gateway. “We are excited to have him on our team, helping to build relationships and advocate on our behalf. He will be a great asset to Gateway.”Most recently, Harrison served as a customer account team leader at Fannie Mae, where he managed strategic relationships, business results, and performance for select clients including Gateway. Before Fannie Mae, he served at Freddie Mac from 1995 to 2017 in key roles including strategic client management, external operating risk management, servicing relations, and performance management.“I am excited to join such a great company, known for their strong culture,” Harrison said. “Gateway has had a long tradition of success in the mortgage industry, and I look forward to what the future holds as we evolve.”Gateway is one of the largest privately held mortgage origination and servicing companies in the United States. Established in 2000 and headquartered in Oklahoma, the company employs more than 1,100 team members in over 160 offices nationwide and currently services $18 billion in residential mortgages.