The Filipino duo of Jemyca Aribado and Yvone Alyssa Dalida entered the women’s doubles semifinals in squash after beating the Thai tandem of Suviva Kitvijarn and Tuddaw Thamronglarp, 11-4, in the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday.Aribado and Dalida, who drew a bye in the round of 16, arranged a duel with Malaysia’s Chan Yiwen and Nazihah Haris in the semis.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul SEA Games: PH fencers add 1 gold, 2 silvers, 1 bronze to medal haul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The two easily ousted the Thais despite Dalida’s health issues. Dalida played with a strained right hand.The semis matchup against the hometown bets is on Tuesday, 8 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe men’s team, however, wasn’t so fortunate as Reymark Begornia and Robert Garcia were ousted by Ong Sai Hung and Mohd Farez Izwan of Malaysia, 11-2, 11-6. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments
From Lalit K JhaWashington, Feb 25 (PTI) Days after criticising China for acting like a bully in its neighbourhood, top Republican Senator John McCain today said “it is a very good time” for India and the US to announce that they are “considering” joint maritime patrols in the disputed South China Sea.However, McCain felt that the time is not ripe for actual joint patrols by India and the US in the seaway which has been the focus of a bitter dispute between China and its neighbours Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei as the Chinese have claimed almost the whole of the South China Sea resulting in overlapping claims with the other nations.McCain attributed this to Indian public opinion which he noted is not ready for such an action.”I would lean towards it (India-US joint patrols in South China Sea). But you have to smooth the path before you just announce it. I think, it is a very good time to announce that you are considering it,” McCain, Chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, told reporters during a breakfast meeting with the Defence Writers Group.”I think, right now, we would have to prepare Indian public opinion,” McCain said adding that any decision in this regard would be a “presidential” one.McCain was one of the first top American leaders to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he assumed office in 2014.”I am a great fan of Mr Modi. I think, he is exercising leadership that is commensurate with the size and influence of India,” he said heaping praise on the Indian premier.advertisement”I believe that Mr Modi is probably one of the most prominent leaders that has emerged from India in my lifetime,” he said when asked about the India-US defence relationship.McCain asserted that there is a great area of defence cooperation between India and the US.”That does not mean a NATO, that does not mean a formal military alliance. Do not take me wrong. I understand Indias public opinion,” he said.”But it does mean cooperation, such as joint exercises, such as training, such as search and rescue, all the kinds of things that improve our military and diplomatic ties and others,” McCain said. PTI LKJ KUN
From Sajjad HussainIslamabad, Jul 5 (PTI) Pakistan today said there is a need to forge unity against the enemies of humanity and Islam as it strongly condemned the spate of suicide attacks in Saudi Arabia, including one near the second holiest Islamic site in Medina.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said in a message the people and government of Pakistan fully share the grief and shock of their Saudi brethren at this critical hour.The terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia claimed lives of four security personnel who were martyred last night, Radio Pakistan reported.He prayed for eternal peace of the killed people and early recovery of those injured.The Prime Minister also condemned the recent spate of terrorist incidents in different countries of the country.He said there is a need to forge unity against the “enemies of humanity and Islam”.Sharif said Pakistan is strongly committed to eradicate terrorism in all its shapes and manifestations.Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has condemned the terror attacks on Saudi Arabia.He also called Saudi Defence Minster Prince Muhammad bin Salman and condemned terrorists attacks in Saudi Arabia, ISPR said in a statement.The COAS sympathised with affected families of attack victims and said, “We stand shoulder to shoulder with our Saudi brothers in fighting the menace of terrorism”.Also, Punjab Chief Minister, and brother of Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif strongly condemned blasts in various cities of Saudi Arabia. PTI SH UZM
Juan Soto put the Nats ahead 3-2 with his second home run of the game in the eighth inning, but Guillorme countered with a pinch-hit, no-doubter off Fernando Rodney in the bottom of the inning. Guillorme entered with a .192 average in 56 major league games, and sold-out Citi Field had already erupted before he realized the line drive would easily clear the fence.“I think it took a split-second to know,” said Guillorme, who had the home run ball waiting in his locker. “I don’t hit many of those. It was a great feeling.”Mets manager Mickey Callaway said a home run was “toward the end” of his list of potential outcomes for Guillorme in that spot.“You just want a good at-bat, whether he makes him throw some pitches, bunt and get on, or single,” Callaway said. “But we’ll take the homer.”After two more Mets reached against Rodney (0-5), manager Dave Martinez went to Hudson. The right-hander got one out, intentionally walked slugger Pete Alonso, and then Davis drove an 0-2 pitch to deep right field that brought in newcomer Joe Panik for the tiebreaking run.Wilson Ramos, celebrating his 32nd birthday, followed with a two-out drive to right-center, but Victor Robles made a leaping catch against the wall to end the inning.New York Mets’ Wilson Ramos reacts after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)It was the second consecutive blown save for Washington’s bullpen and 22nd this season, tying the Mets for most in the majors. Closer Sean Doolittle allowed four runs in the ninth inning of a 7-6 loss Friday night.“We’ve got to come back tomorrow and will it,” Martinez said. “I told the boys, ‘Hey, we’ve got to will it tomorrow.’”Soto hit a two-run drive in the first inning against Noah Syndergaard, and the 2-0 lead held until Davis and Ramos hit consecutive solo shots off Patrick Corbin in the fourth.Soto struck again in the eighth against Seth Lugo (5-2), ending the reliever’s string of 14 consecutive scoreless appearances. Lugo got two outs to tie the Mets record with 26 consecutive batters retired before Soto hit a no-doubter to right field.Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto, right, celebrates his home run with Matt Adams during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)Soto has 24 homers this season, and the 20-year-old already has four career multihomer games.“He’s feeling the energy,” Martinez said. “He’s very poised, he goes out there and he’s getting pitches to hit. He’s taking pitches that he should be taking. He’s doing really well.”Lugo also pitched the ninth as All-Star closer Edwin Díaz warmed in the bullpen. Callaway said he wanted to ride the converted starting pitcher, figuring he’d be unavailable Sunday regardless. Díaz has had his struggles in the closer role this year, but Callaway said he would be New York’s go-to reliever if it faces a save situation Sunday.Fans lined up outside Citi Field five hours before first pitch and many stood and clapped for lineup introductions as if it were opening day. The buzz died a bit after Soto’s first-inning homer, but Davis and Ramos got it rocking again in the fourth. The park had an October feel the rest of the night.New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)“I think it’s pretty reminiscent of what happened in 2015,” said Syndergaard, referencing New York’s run to the World Series, where it lost to Kansas City.Aside from homers by Davis and Ramos, Corbin only allowed one other hit. He struck out eight over six innings.Syndergaard, pitching to Ramos for the first time since June 15, threw seven innings of two-run ball with five strikeouts and seven hits allowed.GOOD HANDSQuality control coach Luis Rojas presented New York’s lineup card to umpires during a seven-game winning streak from July 25 until Aug. 1. A game after the string ended, Callaway passed the responsibility to third base coach Gary DiSarcina and challenged him to do better. New York started this eight-game run that day.“Call me superstitious, but I think it’s about who takes the card out,” Callaway said.TRAINER’S ROOMNationals: RHP Max Scherzer (mild strain in upper back) threw a 36-pitch bullpen at nearly full effort and came out feeling well. The club will evaluate him Sunday before laying out a next step, but manager Dave Martinez said Scherzer will likely throw at least one more bullpen before getting into a game.Mets: OF Tim Tebow is expected to miss the rest of the minor league season due to a cut on his left hand. The 31-year-old hit .163 in 77 games during his first season with Triple-A Syracuse but hasn’t played since July 21 after injuring himself fielding a ball in the outfield.UP NEXTMets ace Jacob deGrom (7-7, 2.77) is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his past six starts. He’ll try to stay hot against National RHP Aníbal Sanchez (7-6, 3.67) in Sunday’s series finale.By: Jake Seiner, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — As Mets rookie Luis Guillorme stepped in to lead off the eighth inning, teammate J.D. Davis was in the clubhouse, studying video of Washington’s struggling bullpen. He had just queued up tape of Daniel Hudson — a hard-throwing righty warming in the bullpen — when he heard a roar from down the tunnel.Hard to imagine a few weeks back, but this fervor in Flushing is making waves across the National League.“We have all the confidence in the world right now with us,” Davis said. “But some things that we’re doing right now, we’re surprising ourselves.”Guillorme picked a perfect time for his first big league homer — a tying shot to start the eighth — Davis added a go-ahead sacrifice fly a few batters later and New York worked its magic again, beating the Nationals 4-3 Saturday night for its season-best eighth straight victory.The Mets have won 15 of 16 and are on their best roll since a 16-1 run in 1990. They pulled within a half-game of Washington for the first wild card and will try for a three-game sweep Sunday — just a month after having the second-worst record in the entire NL.They did it by beating Washington’s bullpen for the second consecutive night.
Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader and former Union minister S Jaipal Reddy, who was known for his oratorical skills and carved a place for himself in Parliament and state assembly, died at a hospital here on Sunday.The 77-year-old was recently diagnosed with pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital, where he died at 1.28 am, a Congress leader said. Reddy’s limited physical mobility due to polio never deterred him from achieving political heights and he served as a Lok Sabha MP for five terms, as a member of Rajya Sabha for two terms and was a four-term MLA. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHe had agitated against the imposition of Emergency and came out of the party. After coming out of the Congress, he joined the Janata party and contested against Indira Gandhi in Medak Lok Sabha constituency in 1980. He later joined its splinter group, Janata Dal. Besides earning him accolades, his exceptional oratorical skills and articulation made him the spokesperson for the United Front and National Front governments and the Congress Party. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayReddy was a staunch supporter of separate statehood for Telangana. Congress leaders recalled that he played a crucial role in convincing the UPA-II government and the AICC President Sonia Gandhi to grant separate statehood to Telangana. A parliamentarian for several decades, he held key portfolios in various governments. He was conferred the Best Parliamentarian Award in 1998. He was a member of the Andhra Pradesh (undivided) Legislative Assembly from 1969 to 1984. He served as Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the IK Gujral government and was allotted different portfolios in the Manmohan Singh government. In UPA-2, he was assigned the urban development ministry. Later, he became the minister of petroleum and natural gas but was shifted to the science and technology and earth sciences ministries, triggering a political storm. It was widely speculated that Jaipal Reddy was shunted out of the petroleum ministry owing to the notices issued to certain oil and gas companies on production issues. Congress Lok Sabha member Komatireddy Venkat Reddy said the last rites of Jaipal Reddy will take place on Monday. President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu condoled the demise of the Congress leader. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed condolences over the passing away of Jaipal Reddy. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart YS Jagan Mohan Reddy condoled the death of senior Congress leader. Top Congress leaders also condoled the demise of Reddy, with Rahul Gandhi describing him as a distinguished parliamentarian and the son of Telangana. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh said Reddy was a treasure of wisdom and knowledge. With PTI inputs
TORONTO — The interim president of a Roman Catholic all-boys school rocked by student-on-student abuse allegations said on Thursday that only the football program was cancelled for next year because of the particular dynamics on those teams.At the same time, Andrew Leon said there was no reason to suspend any of the coaches at the private St. Michael’s College School. “There have been no incidents involving any of these coaches. The coaches were not allowed in the locker room,” Leon said. “There is no reason to assign responsibility to anyone besides the perpetrators.”The school has expelled eight of its 1,060 students in recent weeks amid an active police investigation into at least two videotaped incidents allegedly showing some students sexually abusing or physically assaulting other students in a locker-room or washroom. The situation garnered widespread public attention, sparked angst and anger within the school community, and led to the resignation of its two top officials.Six students face assault and sexual assault charges.While the varsity basketball season was cancelled for this year, Leon said only the junior and varsity football programs had been scrapped for the next academic year. He cited “incidents in the recent past” involving the football program that have come to light but which have had not necessarily been made public. All relevant information, he said, has been passed onto the police.“This information, along with concerns we have heard about the overall dynamics on these teams, contributed to our decision,” Leon said. “We made a very hard decision to suspend two sports where more work needs to be done.”Leon said there had been no complaints about the hockey program. “We can only act on what we know, and we are doing everything to find out.”While he said he had no information as to whether any parents had opted to take their children out of the St. Mike’s in light of the allegations, Leon did say applications to the school remained strong.Despite the school’s directive to students to refrain from wearing their uniforms in public as a safety measure, Leon said no incidents had occurred and the request had been rescinded.“There has been no indication of student safety issues on this, so they are allowed to wear their uniforms with pride in public,” he said.In all, the school has begun implementation of an eight-point plan to deal with the fallout from the allegations. The measures include the establishment of a four-person “respect and culture” review panel to investigate and report back by the summer. Whether and in what form the independent panel’s report will be made public will be up the school’s board.The school has also put in place a tip line for students to report any concerns or allegations.“Somewhere along the line, we missed something grave and we are committed to identifying and fixing it,” Leon said. “My goal has been to understand the truth, even if it is hard to hear, because only then can we move forward in a meaningful way.” Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER – A British Columbia Indigenous leader is comparing the National Energy Board’s endorsement of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion with the federal Liberal government’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin controversy.Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, says it’s apparent that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau believes jobs are more important that justice in both situations.Phillip joined politicians, environmental groups and other First Nations leaders after the board released its decision saying increased tanker traffic would hurt resident killer whales and increase greenhouse gas emissions, but those impacts would be outweighed by the pipeline’s benefits.READ MORE: A look at 16 new recommendations for Ottawa on the Trans Mountain pipelineThe NEB was asked to reconsider the project after a Federal Court of Appeal quashed the decision saying it didn’t take into account the marine environment.NEWS RELEASE: Squamish Nation Reacts to National Energy Board Report https://t.co/0bfrU4gzuY pic.twitter.com/qspPN3xy8b— Squamish Nation (@SquamishNation) February 22, 2019Eugene Kung, with West Coast Environmental Law, says the decision makes many of the same mistakes made in the first review, although lawsuits might have to wait until after the cabinet makes it final approval on the project.Chief Judy Wilson, also with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, says if a choice needed to be made between a pipeline and the orcas, then she would choose the orcas.Loading…
YELLOWKNIFE — Residents in southern Northwest Territories experienced a phone and internet service outage on Saturday.A statement from telecommunications company Northwestel says its customers in Yellowknife and surrounding communities should be prepared to be without service for most of the day.Northwestel says cellular service, internet, long-distance phone and TV services have been impacted by damage to fibre infrastructure leading into Yellowknife.The company did not say how many customers are affected by the outage.Northwestel says technicians have been sent to repair the damage.RCMP are asking residents to call their local police detachment in case of an emergency or go to a police station in person.The Canadian Press
TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged higher on Tuesday, lifted by a rally in gold shares, which rose with gold’s price, as investors speculated on U.S. Federal Reserve actions as it begins a meeting on interest rates.The gains were, however, kept in check by a 7.5% decline in Research In Motion Ltd shares, triggered by investor caution ahead of the BlackBerry 10 launch. The market pullback follows a recent rally in the stock in the run-up to the launch.“The stock has been overbought of late. It has pulled back with profit taking.” said John Ing, president of Maison Placements Canada. “The proof will be in the pudding as to whether it will sell. There are very high expectations.”The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 5.20 points, or 0.04%, at 12,821.11. Six of the 10 main sectors on the index were in the red.While the Fed is not expected to change its stance after deciding only in December to loosen conditions further, investors are watching to see if changes in the membership of the policy-setting committee for 2013 could signal a shift in the future. “The expectation is that little will change other than probably some comment with respect to the eventual exit (from the stimulus). Right now it will be a reaffirmation of the low interest rate policy,” Ing said.He said his expectation for the gold sector this year is quite bullish. “Gold has been pretty good refuge in order to maintain, to hedge the depreciation in the value of currencies,” he said. The materials sector, which includes mining stocks, played the biggest role in leading the market higher, rising 0.4%.The group was boosted by a 0.5% rise in gold prices. Goldcorp Inc rose 2.3% to C$36.36, and Kinross Gold gained 1.6% to C$8.49. The market was also supported by a 3.9% rise in Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd, which reported a sharp drop in quarterly profit on Tuesday as restructuring charges ate into earnings but said its aggressive efficiency push is poised to pay off. The stock climbed to C$117.22.© Thomson Reuters 2013
WINNIPEG — Prices were higher in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Tuesday:Canola: July ’17 $2.90 higher $511.20; Nov. ’17 $3.90 higher $478.00; Jan. ’18 $4.10 higher $484.00; March ’18 $3.50 higher $489.00; May ’18 unchanged $489.20; July ’18 unchanged $490.70; Nov. ’18 unchanged $476.80; Jan. ’19 unchanged $477.00; March ’19 unchanged $477.00; May ’19 unchanged $477.00; July ’19 unchanged $477.00.Barley (Western): July ’17 unchanged $138.00; Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00.
by John Cotter, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 3, 2015 10:43 am MDT Last Updated Dec 3, 2015 at 2:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – The Alberta government says the province’s energy regulator is performing well and there are no plans to make major changes to the agency.Premier Rachel Notley had voiced concerns that the Alberta Energy Regulator has responsibility for both promoting energy development and protecting the environment.Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd said Notley’s comments were misconstrued.“She (Notley) and I have been clear since the beginning that we are not breaking up the AER,” the minister said in an interview Thursday.“It is working well. Industry likes it.”Last month, the NDP announced a review of 300 government agencies and boards, including the energy regulator, to ensure they are performing to the maximum benefit of Albertans. A report on the first phase of the review is expected by March.A few weeks after the announcement McCuaig-Boyd sent a letter to AER chairman Gerry Protti to reassure the agency that the review would not include its regulatory mandate.“While the governance structure will be examined under the review, I have confirmed with Premier Notley that the AER’s regulatory mandate does not need to be reviewed,” reads the letter.Jim Ellis, the energy regulators president and CEO, said the agency is heartened by the decision.“The government of Alberta recently advised us that they will not be proceeding with a review of our mandate,” Ellis said Thursday in an email.“This is an important signal to the AER and a validation of the important work we do … ensuring the efficient, safe, orderly and environmentally responsible development of Alberta’s energy resources.”In 2013, the regulator took over responsibility for reviewing the effects of oil, natural gas, oilsands and coal projects from Alberta’s Environment Department. That change stemmed from legislation that was passed to make it easier for the energy industry to navigate the regulatory system.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers said the decision not to review the AER’s mandate will help maintain regulatory certainty within the industry as it deals with depressed commodity prices.The government’s letter reaffirms that the regulator has a stable, solid mandate and is performing well, said David Gowland, manager of the association’s Alberta operations.“Any time there is a question about mandate change or reviews, that creates a lot of uncertainty and tends to spook investment in Alberta, both Canadian and foreign investors,” Gowland said.“Taking this off of the table helps to restore some of that stability and trust.”McCuaig-Boyd said the government is confident in the AER, but she wouldn’t rule out changes in the future.“There are always areas where we can improve and we are working on those, but as a single regulator.”The government announced Alberta’s climate change strategy last month. The plan includes a carbon tax, limits on oilsands emissions and phasing out coal-generated electricity.McCuaig-Boyd said the government will be working with the regulator to achieve those goals.“I have talked with Mr. Ellis on that,” she said. “He said there is lots of work to do, but we are going to get through it and we are quite confident that we can make the whole industry better.” Alberta government says energy regulator review won’t include its main mandate
by The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2016 10:59 am MDT Last Updated Jan 30, 2016 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Pope’s Philadelphia Fiat sold at auction for $82K PHILADELPHIA – The popemobile is staying in Philadelphia.The black Fiat 500L, one of two used by Pope Francis during his trip to the city in September for the World Meeting of Families, sold at auction on Friday night.Michael and Kate Chapman, owners of Chapman Auto Group, secured the winning bid of $82,000 at a black-tie event kicking off the weekend’s Philadelphia Auto Show.The Chapmans own seven Philadelphia area showrooms.The auction started at 9 p.m. and lasted for only 11 minutes. Kenneth Gavin, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said more than 19 bidders from around the country participated.“We are so heartened by the fact that this extraordinary gift will go on to enrich the lives of so many individuals,” said Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families.Chapman will put the car on display at his dealership in Horsham, he told Philly.com.The second Fiat that Francis used in Philadelphia will remain on display at the auto show running until Feb. 7.The Archdiocese said all auction proceeds will benefit charities and the archdiocese’s special education schools.Max Spann Real Estate & Auction Company conducted the auction.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau takes part in an interview at Finance Headquaters in Ottawa on Thursday, March 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick OTTAWA – With his first budget behind him, rookie Finance Minister Bill Morneau seems comfortable in his new surroundings — he’s even quick to highlight the symbolism of the boardroom artwork at his department’s headquarters.Morneau points to a series of framed pictures featuring etchings of $1 coins. The artist, he explains, flipped each of the loonies repeatedly to identify which might be considered the luckiest of the bunch.That coin, now encased, also hangs from the wall.“So, that’s the lucky loonie,” Morneau told The Canadian Press before a recent roundtable interview.“We thought that was an appropriate piece of art for the Finance Department.”Just days after tabling his maiden budget, good fortune seemed to be on the former Toronto businessman’s mind as he explained what his private-sector expertise brings to one of his next big tasks: enhancing the Canada Pension Plan.One’s ability to retire in dignity is often driven “partially by luck,” said Morneau, who has advised Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne on pensions.There’s a role for government when someone in a private, defined-contribution plan — and who hasn’t saved enough — happens to retire at a time when the stock market’s down, he continued.The Liberals repeated their support for strengthening the CPP in last week’s budget, which noted the dangers of things like failing private-sector pension plans and the risk that healthier Canadians could outlive their savings.Until last fall, Morneau was executive chairman of the human resources firm Morneau Shepell, a company that describes itself as Canada’s largest provider of pension-administration technology and services.He said he understands the financial challenges seniors face and that any CPP enhancement should be fully funded by those who will actually use it to avoid an “intergenerational wealth transfer.”Morneau said he hopes to eventually get some consensus on enhancing the CPP, a goal outlined in the Liberal government’s election platform. Doing so would require the support of seven of the 10 provinces representing two-thirds of the country’s population.The provinces and territories are scheduled to reconvene in June to continue talks that began in December on the polarizing subject of CPP reform. The aim is to reach a collective decision by the end of the year.But it’s still unclear how much support the Liberals will garner, even though the provinces agreed in December to continue discussing the subject.Wynne, for one, supports CPP expansion and plans to proceed with the first phase of mandatory contributions starting in 2018, for the new Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. That plan essentially mirrors the CPP for anyone who doesn’t already have a workplace pension.Other big provinces like Quebec and British Columbia remain unconvinced. Quebec already has a public pension plan and B.C. has expressed concerns about the country’s fragile economy.Saskatchewan has opposed CPP enhancement over worries about the negative consequences of the oil-price slide on the provincial economy.But Morneau said he remains “cautiously optimistic” about the next round of CPP talks — an issue he’s unwilling to leave up to a simple toss of a coin.“The devil is in the details, but there’s a recognition of the challenge that we face and there’s a recognition that CPP’s been a very effective vehicle over the last 50 years,” he said.“It’s something to build on.”— Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said Ontario Retirement Pension Plan deductions would begin in 2017. by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 28, 2016 11:23 am MDT Last Updated Mar 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email With the federal budget tabled, Morneau prepares to refocus on CPP expansion
Speaking at a high-level event co-organized by FAO, the European Commission and the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the European Union in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Women., Mr. Graziano da Silva said achieving gender equality is the “critical ingredient” to ending poverty and hunger .“Women are the backbone of our work in agriculture,” and they also comprise 45 per cent of the agricultural labour force in developing countries, including up to 60 per cent in parts of Africa and Asia, said Mr da Silva. The Director-General also emphasized that rural women play a key part in the efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and especially Goal 2 on eliminating hunger and malnutrition worldwide. “It’s all about opportunity. Evidence shows that when women have opportunities, the yields on their farms increase – also their incomes. Natural resources are better managed. Nutrition is improved. And livelihoods are more secured.” Women own less than 20 per cent of agricultural land, yet, almost half the world’s agricultural labour force is female, and 60 per cent of chronically hungry people on the planet are women or girls. “When you invest in a man, you invest in an individual. When you invest in a woman, you invest in a community,” noted Kanayo Nwanze, the President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).“We see time and time again that gender equality opens doors for entire communities to strengthen their food and nutrition security and to improve their social and economic well-being,” he continued, adding: “Empowering rural women is indeed empowering humanity.” Maria Noel Vaeza, Director of Programs at UN Women, said: “Closing the gender gaps in agriculture can provide multiple development dividends, including gender equality for rural women, food security and poverty reduction, improved climate management and peaceful societies.”
The bicycle and the motorcycle involved in the accidentPolice say they are making stringent efforts to apprehend the rider of motorcycle CJ 5283 who abandoned his Honda cycle and fled the scene of a fatal accident yesterday on the Nismes Public Road, West Bank Demerara (WBD).According to Police PRO, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan, their enquiries revealed that the motorcyclist who was proceeding south along the eastern carriageway of the road, at a fast rate of speed, allegedly struck down 70-year-old pedal cyclist Hubert Caesar of Nismes Public Road, (WBD).The septuagenarian was rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital in an unconscious state and was pronounced dead on arrival.His body is at the Ezekiel’s Funeral Parlour awaiting an autopsy. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNismes fatal accident: Cops detain bus driverSeptember 28, 2016In “Crime”Canal woman dies following motorcycle, car collisionJune 22, 2015In “Crime”One dead, another injured in early morning accident at NismesAugust 8, 2016In “latest news”
…part of the United Kingdom?Simply put, Ireland and the United Kingdom mainland are separate sovereign states. We don’t know why this is so hard to understand. THEY’RE SEPARATED BY A SEA!(Ok, maybe the whole ‘United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland thing is confusing. We’ll grudgingly accept that. And then there’s the whole ‘British Isles’ debacle) Source: Wikimedia…in FIFA?Er…When is Ireland’s……summer? Winter? Rainy season? We don’t understand. Is there a distinction between these things? Source: Imgur…independence day? They show it on RTÉ One every Fourth of July. Rousing stuff.Why can Ireland……vote in the Eurovision? You bite your tongue and pray to St Logan! Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images(As for ‘Why can’t Amazon ship to Ireland?’; that’s a little dramatic. A lot of Amazon sellers ship to Ireland)Why can’t Ireland…There is nothing Ireland can’t do!YES WE CAN! YES WE CAN! Source: Gifsoup16 bizarre sights captured by Google Earth in Ireland>8 of Dublin’s coolest office spaces> WE’VE PROMPTED GOOGLE.COM with various questions about Ireland, to find out what information people want to know about our little country.Stuff like…Why is Ireland so……green?We’ve got the North Atlantic Drift to thank for that. It brings the warm waters of the Gulf Stream in our direction and gives us a relatively mild climate, considering our little isle’s location. Source: Jackie L Chan…poor?Ahem. Source: /Photocall Ireland…rich?We’re assuming the majority of the “why is Ireland so rich?” questions were asked circa 2000, when the Celtic Tiger was roaring. Sniff. Source: deviantART…Catholic?Where do we start?The history of Ireland’s religion stretches from before St Patrick, through the Vikings and the Normans, the Reformation, the Protestant ascendancy, Catholic Emancipation to today, when Roman Catholicism remains Ireland’s dominant faith.Things aren’t going that great these days though:Why is Ireland not……in the World Cup?This is a very difficult question for us. Best ask this guy. He always seems to have all the answers. Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall IrelandLet’s just remember the good times.
Sabio have announced their latest external drive, and if it reminds you of an Apple product, you’re not alone: its chassis design is the spitting image of an Apple Time Capsule. We like to think of it as more of a complimentary design than a knock-off, though, because Sabio’s DM2-PT is certainly packing in a lot more functionality than what your Time Capsule can manage (although it is, of course, Time Machine compatible).Managing to fit a dual-disc RAID array into a six-inch square, the DM2-PT offers up to 2TB of capacity, as well as a choise between RAID 0, RAID 1, JBOD and span.The DM2-PT will connect to your machine through pretty much any port you care to umbilical it through, including eSATA, Firewire 800 and USB… and there’s even a second Firewire 800 port for daisy-chaining units together.What a gorgeous little box. Unfortunately, right now, the big mysteries are still the release date and the price. When we know, you’ll know.
Doctors at public hospitals will be hired at the same rate as departures and medical staff will not have to work longer hours than the law stipulates, according to legislation being drawn up by the Health Ministry.The Federation of Greek Hospital Doctors (OENGE) estimates that there is a shortage of some 6,000 doctors at public hospitals. The government’s draft legislation seeks to ensure that numbers do not fall further, which means that every doctor who leaves or retires will be replaced by a newcomer. The coalition will also seek to gradually increase the number of doctors at understaffed departments.Under the proposed law, doctors would not have to work any overtime beyond that set out in a 2010 law. Passing the legislation could help Greece avoid a fine of up to 150 million euros.Last November, the European Commission referred Greece to the EU Court of Justice for not complying with the 48-hour per week (including overtime) limit on working time for doctors in public health services.“In practice, doctors working in public hospitals and health centres in Greece often have to work a minimum average of 64 hours per week and over 90 hours in some cases, with no legal maximum limit,” said Brussels. “There is no legal ceiling to how many continuous hours they can be required to work at the workplace, and they often have to work without adequate intervals for rest or sleep.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Pollution de l’air : le seuil d’alerte de pollution à l’ozone dépassé en Île-de-FranceSelon l’association Airparif et la préfecture de police de Paris, la région devrait être exposée lundi à des concentrations d’ozone supérieures au premier seuil d’alerte.En raison des fortes chaleurs (35°C), de l’absence de vent et du temps ensoleillé annoncés aujourd’hui, l’Île-de-France devrait atteindre des concentrations d’ozone supérieures au premier seuil d’alerte. C’est ce qu’a annoncé lundi Airparif, l’association de surveillance de la qualité de l’air dans la région francilienne. À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueComme elle l’a rappelé, le dépassement du “niveau d’information” survient lors de concentrations polluantes de plus de 180 microgrammes par mètre cube. Or, les niveaux attendus en ce lundi après-midi se situeront entre 190 et 220 microgrammes par mètre cube. D’après Airparif, ce dépassement durera “au moins 24 heures” et pourra gêner les personnes les plus fragiles comme les personnes âgées, les asthmatiques ou encore les enfants. Par mesure de précaution, la préfecture de police de Paris recommande donc à ces personnes d’éviter les efforts physiques importants. En règle générale, il est déconseillé à tous de pratiquer une activité physique en plein air au cours des 24 prochaines heures. Par ailleurs, il est demandé aux automobilistes de “différer leurs déplacements dans la région Ile-de-France” et de ne les maintenir que s’ils ne peuvent faire autrement. En voiture, il est ainsi recommandé aux conducteurs de “réduire leur vitesse” et de “contourner l’agglomération de Paris, pour le trafic de transit”. Enfin, les Franciliens sont invités à “éviter l’utilisation d’outils d’entretien extérieur à moteur thermique”, tels que les tondeuses à gazon, et “éviter l’utilisation de produits à base de solvants”.Le 22 juillet 2013 à 12:24 • Maxime Lambert
Luciano Spalletti has warned Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain that Inter Milan’s defender Milan Skriniar “is priceless suggesting “Nobody can afford him.”There has been a great deal of interest around the Slovakia international who turns 24 next month.Inter Milan secured the services of the defender for €34m from Sampdoria in the summer of 2017 and his value has since sky-rocketed.“Nobody has the money to pay for Skriniar. He is priceless,” said the Coach in this evening’s Press conference via Football Italia.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“He is staying here, because nobody can afford him.”The situation is different for Brazil international Joao Miranda.“This sort of rumour damages Inter and weakens the club. If Miranda did tell anyone he wanted to leave Inter, he didn’t say it to me. Every time I played him, Miranda has done well.”The Serie A giants secured their passage to the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia after beating Benevento 6-2.