FDI in textile industry tripled in three years: Smriti Irani

first_imgThe textile industry in the country is growing exponentially with the foreign direct investment having tripled in the last three years. Though FDI had touched 618.95 million U.S. dollars in 2016-17, there is still a huge potential for further growth, Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said here on Thursday.Concerted effortsInaugurating the sixth edition of the international textile and apparel fair, “Vastra-2017”, at Sitapura industrial area here, Ms. Irani said concerted efforts were being made for creating employment opportunities in the textile sector. “The Union government is providing skilling opportunities as well as incentives to give an impetus to the textile industry,” she said.The textile sector employs the second largest workforce in the country, with 4.5 crore people directly getting livelihood from it and 2 crore people being indirectly employed. Garment hub The Union Minister praised the Rajasthan government’s efforts to create a garment hub in the State. She said the Jaipur Designers Festival being held in “Vastra-2017” for the first time would provide the younger generation with an exposure to the world of fashion and designing.last_img read more

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RLD goes all out to regain its Baghpat bastion

first_imgThe residents of Tukali, a Dalit hamlet, finally took a sigh of relief when the linesman arrived and climbed the electric pole. They had spent almost a day without electricity. As the linesman, who stood precariously on the row of horizontal wires, worked, the Dalits waited below impatiently, recounting their daily struggles. They complained it was usual for the administration to disregard their grievances, pointed to the poor condition of the roads and joblessness created by the shutting down of local factories post demonetisation.“We want Modi to lose. He is bent against us. We are not given any facilities,” said Pradeep Jatav, summarising the mood of the Dalits.In 2014, BJP’s Satyapal Singh, former Mumbai top cop, trounced SP’s Ghulam Mohammad by over two lakh votes, while Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh was relegated to the third position in his bastion. This time, the contest is polarised between two Jats: Union Minister Satyapal Singh and Ajit Singh’s son Jayant Chaudhary. To make up the deficit — the RLD trailed the BJP by 2.23 lakh votes — Jayant is relying on the SP and the BSP, with the latter providing the solid votebank of Jatavs, like those in Tukali.“Even if she [Mayawati] nominates a pup, our vote will go with it. We will vote for Jayant Chaudhary,” said a Jatav resident. Communal divideWhile communal polarisation following the Muzaffarnagar riots and the breakdown of the Jat-Muslim relationship pushed the BJP to a big win here in 2014, the combined vote of the SP, the BSP and the RLD — 5.54 lakh — was still 1.30 lakh more than the BJP.Jats and Muslims are the two largest groups in the constituency, once held by Chaudhary Charan Singh. While Muslims are strongly backing the RLD, the mood among the Jats is mixed. Those supporting him cited non-payment of cane dues, increase in power tariffs and joblessness under the BJP government. Those in favour of Satyapal Singh praised him for building roads while also expressing support towards Mr. Modi and viewed the alliance with disdain. By a local BSP leader’s own admission, “around 40%” of the Jats are still with the BJP, as Satyapal Singh is a local jat. “Even if this increases further, it will be compensated by the support of our base votes — Jatavs, Yadavs and Muslims —- which have been consolidated,” he said.For the BJP, victory depends on not just the Jats, but also the consolidation of Gurjars, OBCs like Kashyaps and Sainis and the BJP’s bedrock, the upper castes.A few kilometres from Tukali, Sumit Kumar, a Gurjar, runs an eatery outside a police check-post. He is firmly behind the BJP and hails PM Modi for giving the forces a free hand [Balakot airstrike].“The road outside was built by the BJP. It used to have potholes earlier,” adds Sumit.In the 2017 Assembly polls, the only seat the RLD won was Chhaprauli in Baghpat.However, soon after, its lone MLA Sahendra Ramala, a Jat, was expelled for cross-voting during the Rajya Sabha polls and joined the BJP. To connect with the Jats and farmers, the RLD is relying on the legacy of Jayant’s grandfather, Chaudhary Charan Singh. “It’s true our relationship is old, but here I’m standing like a blank paper. People need to make a new start,” said Jayant, addressing a nukkad sabha in Shabanpur village. Appealing to farmers, he said his father Ajit Singh had “fought for them” even while not in power.BJP president Amit Shah, who addressed a rally in support of Satyapal Singh in Baghpat on Sunday, used Charan Singh to target dynasty politics.“By not making his son his [political] heir, Chaudhary Sahab sent a very big message to U.P….Whoever works for the farmers and development of the area, he will be the heir of Chaudhary Charan Singh,” said Mr. Shah.‘Bhavna v/s Bhavishya’Satyapal Singh himself believes that the youth won’t fall for “bhavna” (emotions) but will vote for “bhavishya” (future). Starting off his campaign from his native village Basauli last week, he dismissed the arithmetic of the anti-BJP alliance, saying “only chemistry” will work in Baghpat. “People will set aside their caste, community and religion and vote for development, governance and security,” he told reporters.last_img read more

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Preparations for U-17 world cup satisfactory: FIFA

first_imgKolkata, Feb 18 (PTI) Expressing satisfaction over the work done at the Yuva Bharati Krirangan, a FIFA inspection team today proposed few minor changes to turn the facility into a world class stadium.”We inspected the stadium today. The planning and work done here is excellent. The work done until now is fruitful and satisfactory. There are minor amendments that needs to be done. We will come back in October to see the final situation. This will become the top stadium in India in future,” Jamie Yazra, Head of Events, FIFA U-17 World Cup delegation team, said. While talking about minor changes, Yazra said these will be small fine tunings. Yuva Bharati Krirangan, also known as Salt Lake Stadium, is one of the selected venues for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup. West Bengal Sports Minister Aroop Biswas too expressed happiness after the inspection of the stadium. He is in India to oversee preparations for the U-17 World Cup. The delegation is led by Yarza – FIFAs head of events – and it would now travel to two other cities – New Delhi, and Guwahati – after having visited Kochi, Mumbai and Goa earlier. “We are looking at October, 2016, by which time all the core infrastructure must be ready, one year before the tournament,” said Javier Ceppi, the U-17 World Cup Tournament Director. Ceppi, while talking about the capacity of the stadium, said that he hoped that it would be able to hold around eighty five thousand spectators. “I am told that the stadium has a capacity of one lakh ten thousands. But with the individual seats the stadium capacity will come down to eighty five thousands which is very very good because it considers all the security planning,” he said. Apart from Yarza and Ceppi, the FIFA delegation comprised Tracy Lu, Felipe Restrepo and Vijay Parthasarathy (Competitions Department), Christina Hollerl (Marketing), Jochem Steinhoff (Media), Paul Calder (TV), Jean Pierre Koeltgen (Ticketing), Mike Pfister (Senior Development Manager) and Shaji Prabhakaran (Development Officer). PTI PNT CR AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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10 months ago​Andone rallies Brighton for Liverpool upset

first_img​Andone rallies Brighton for Liverpool upsetby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFlorin Andone wants to see Brighton give everything to win against Liverpool at the weekend.The Albion have never won against the Reds and they face off against the league leaders on Saturday.Andone wants to see a vintage performance and three points from the team.The 25-year-old has managed two goals for Brighton this season, in four starts and seven sub appearances.He said to The Argus: “You can be in the best moment and Liverpool can beat you 5-0.”We will try to do all the best for our fans and our families and we will try to win the game. We’ll see.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Largest stadiums in the world ranked

first_imgGoing to watch the football on matchday is almost always an unforgettable experience, made even more special with the buildup of fan atmosphere, pre-match excitement – and, of course, the sheer magnitude and beauty of the stadium.Football boasts an incredible roster of impressive stadiums and grounds, and sometimes, the utter immensity of them can be overwhelming.Certain stadiums are as iconic as the clubs and teams that they host, with the England national team ‘s home of Wembley Stadium in London and Barcelona’s Camp Nou one of the most famous and historic in the world. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Goal rounds up the world’s biggest stadiums in terms of seating capacity, counting down from the top 20.Top 20 largest stadiums in the worldYou might be surprised to learn that the world’s largest stadium is North Korea’s Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, otherwise known as the May Day Stadium.North Korean officials claim that the stadium supposedly has a capacity of 150,000 people, but its real capacity is under 114,000. Even so, it is still the world’s biggest venue by a few thousand.The May Day Stadium’s first event was the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students. It also hosted the 2018 Inter-Korean Summit Pyeongyang.Other notable stadiums include Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia, followed by Barcelona’s home of Camp Nou.South Africa’s FNB Stadium, which hosted several 2010 World Cup games including the final, also makes the top 10, followed by California’s Rose Bowl and London’s Wembley Stadium. Rank Stadium Capacity Location 1 Rungrado 1st of May Stadium 114,000 Pyongyang, North Korea 2 Melbourne Cricket Ground 100,024 Melbourne, Australia 3 Camp Nou 99,354 Barcelona, Spain 4 FNB Stadium* 94,736 Johannesburg, South Africa 5 Rose Bowl 90,888 Pasadena, California 6 Wembley Stadium 90,000 London, England 7 Estadio Azteca 87,523 Mexico City, Mexico 8 Bukit Jalil National Stadium 87,411 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 9 Borg El Arab Stadium 86,000 Alexandria, Egypt 10 Salt Lake Stadium 85,000 Kolkata, India 11 ANZ Stadium 84,000 Sydney, Australia 12 MetLife Stadium 82,500 East Rutherford, New Jersey 13 Croke Park 82,300 Dublin, Ireland 14 Signal Iduna Park 81,365 Dortmund, Germany 15 Stade de France 81,338 Saint-Denis, France 16 Santiago Bernabeu 81,044 Madrid, Spain 17 Luzhniki Stadium 81,004 Moscow, Russia 18 Shah Alam Stadium 80,372 Shah Alam, Malaysia 19 Estadio Monumental “U”  80,093 Lima, Peru 20 San Siro 80,018 Milan, Italy *FNB Stadium became the largest stadium in Africa with a capacity of 94,736, though, its maximum capacity during the 2010 World Cup was 84,490 due to allocated seating for the press and other VIPs members.last_img read more

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Ohio State Reportedly Makes Decision On Greg Schiano

first_imgA closeup of Greg Schiano with his hand on his chin.TAMPA, FL – DECEMBER 15: Greg Schiano, head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, watches the action during a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Raymond James Stadium on December 15, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. San Francisco won the game 33-14. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program has reportedly made a decision on defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.BuckeyeGrove.com is reporting that Ohio State’s defensive coordinator will not return to the program in 2019.Marc Givler first reported the news.Ryan Day’s first coaching staff should be finalized soon, but there are several moving parts still in play as things are finalized. One big domino has fallen as BuckeyeGrove.com has learned that defensive coordinator Greg Schiano will not return to the program for the 2019 season.Schiano has been the defensive coordinator for the Buckeyes for the past three seasons, joining the program in 2016 when former defensive coordinator Chris Ash left Columbus to take the head coaching position at Rutgers. Schiano spent a year working with now Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell in 2016 and spent the following two seasons primarily in charge of the defense, though he shared a co-coordinator title with Alex Grinch.Ohio State’s co-defensive coordinator, Alex Grinch, left the program for Oklahoma.Sources: Greg Schiano will not return as #OhioState defensive coordinator, #Buckeyes targeting Michigan DL coach Greg Mattison: https://t.co/PnInFNtmdm— Marc Givler (@MarcGivlerBG) January 7, 2019The Buckeyes will be making some major changes on the defensive side of the ball heading into 2019, apparently.Ohio State will reportedly target Michigan assistant coach Greg Mattison as a potential replacement.The Buckeyes’ defense had major issues for much of the 2018 season. Ohio State will likely be rejoicing at the news of these coaching changes.Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Steve Smith gets a duck for the first time in three years

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 10, 2019UPDATED: October 10, 2019 21:40 IST Steve Smith broke multiple records at the 2019 Ashes series. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith was dismissed for duck as he returned to the Sheffield ShieldThis was Smith’s first duck in first class cricket since November 2016Smith earlier scored 774 runs in the four Ashes TestsAfter a successful Ashes campaign where he racked up 774 runs in four Tests against England, Steve Smith was dismissed for a duck as he returned to the Sheffield Shield on Thursday.Smith scored two hundreds and a double hundred in the Ashes series at a Bradman-esque average of 110.57 as he finished the series with scores of 144 & 142; 92; 211 & 82; 80 & 23. In the process, he also surpassed India captain Virat Kohli as the top ranked batsman in the ICC Test Rankings.However while batting for New South Wales, Smith was removed for a fifth-ball duck by Queensland and American pacer Cameron Gannon as the Australian edged a wide ball to Joe Burns at the slip.This was Smith’s first duck in first class cricket since November 2016.Turns out Steve Smith is human after all! Out for a duck on a day of #SheffieldShield carnage at the Gabba pic.twitter.com/9LI8VPga8xcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 10, 2019Gannon, who got the precious wicket of world’s best Test batsman, was banned from bowling after his action was found illegal. However, the 30-year-old returned with a changed action and also made his international debut for the United States in the Americas qualifier for the ICC T20 World Cup.Returning to Test cricket in the Ashes series after serving one-year ban for his involvement in the ball-tampering incident, Smith became the highest run-scorer in a single Test series in the 21st century. Incidentally, on his way to 774 runs, Smith went past his own record of scoring 769 runs against India during the 2014-15 Border-Gavaskar series.advertisementAlso Read | Steve Smith is confusing bowlers left, right and centre: Dale SteynAlso Read | Watch: Sachin Tendulkar analyses Steve Smith’s Ashes batting formulaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Next Steve Smith gets a duck for the first time in three yearsSteve Smith, who racked up 774 runs in the Ashes series, was dismissed for a fifth-ball duck by American pacer Cameron Gannon.advertisementlast_img read more

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Provincial Government Offices Closed in Cumberland County This Morning Dec 22

first_imgProvincial government offices are closed in Cumberland County until at least 1 p.m. today, Dec. 22, due to a winter storm. Conditions will be reassessed and an announcement made by noon regarding office openings and closures for this afternoon. -30-last_img

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Water arrears of those having functional domestic metres in 4 category of

first_imgNew Delhi: Water arrears of consumers having functional domestic metres residing in category – E, F, G and H colonies in the city will be waived off by the government, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday. There are eight categories of colonies in Delhi – A to H. Addressing a press conference here, the chief minister said 10.5 lakh people living in these colonies will be benefitted by this move. He said the late payment surcharge will also be waived off for those consumers who get their functional metres installed by November 30 this year.last_img read more

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Instruments Go Under The Hammer For Guitars Of Love

first_imgGuitars Of Love – a fantastic 501c3 charity – is auctioning some awesome items to help raise funds for infants and children with life-threatening illnesses.Going under the hammer are a Fender mandolin signed by The Band Perry, a snare drum and sticks signed by Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain, and a Gibson guitar signed by Alice Cooper.To access the auctions, visit CharityBuzz.com, and to find out more about Guitars Of Love, click here.last_img

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PRRD holding contest for residents to make a catchy tune against invasive

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — When most residents think of daisies, they might think of the tune “(S)he loves me, (s)he loves me not,” but the Peace River Regional District wants residents to come up with a new jingle showing just what a menace daisies really are, and is offering a reward for the catchiest tune.The PRRD says that daisies, specifically Oxeye Daisy and Scentless Chamomile, are a plague since they are an invasive species and not native to the Peace. The BC Weed Control Act says that the plants are considered regionally noxious, out-of-control perennials that are costly to eradicate and decrease the value of agricultural products.PRRD Communications Manager Fran Haughian says that the Regional District has put daisies at the top of its list of most wanted invasive species this year. Because of this, the Regional District has started a contest for residents to come up with the best jingle to use as propaganda against the invasive plants. Any submitted jingle must include the phrases: “Scentless Chamomile,” “Oxeye Daisy,” “Destroy daisies,” and “Hand pull, place in clear bags and toss into the landfill.” Submissions are encouraged to include all pr parts of: “The flowers can be identified by white petals and yellow centres,” “Pull-Bag-Toss the plant,” and “Free to dump PRRD transfer station.”Haughian said that the composer of the winning jingle will be awarded a $250 gift certificate at a local music store in Dawson Creek or Fort St. John.For more details and contest rules, visit the PRRD’s Destroy Daisies contest web page: https://prrd.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/engage/invasive-plant-jingle-contest/2018-1-23_-Daisy_Jingle-_Contest-Rules_FNL.pdflast_img read more

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Tickets on sale now for the Fort St John Rodeo

first_imgConcessionsDo you have a concession?  Email fsjrodeoconcession@gmail.com to get your application in! Buy a weekend pass in advance and save on your tickets to the rodeo.Adult tickets are $15 a day get a weekend pass for $40Seniors and youth (10 and up) are $10 a day or get a weekend pass for only $25Children under 9 freeTo check out the dance, tickets are either $25 a night or $40 for both nights.If you are looking for any further information or to sponsor or volunteer please contact:250-262-1032 and 855-262-1032 emails are fsjrodeosponsor@gmail.comVolunteersWe need volunteers to help make this event possible.  For more information about becoming a volunteer, email fsjrodeovolunteer@gmail.com.  Are you a part of a local non-profit?  We could also use your help, email us for more information. The Fort St. John Rodeo returns for another year at the North Peace Light Horse Rodeo Grounds July 20-22, 2018. There will be all the rodeo events, chuckwagons, food trucks and more.Plus Dance in the Dirt featuring Trevor Panczak and friends on Friday and Saturday night. The dance gets underway at approximately 9 p.m. at the North Peace Light Horse Rodeo GroundsGates open at 11 a.m. each day. Tickets can be purchased online at Energetictickets.ca, in person at Systems Sound Source or at the gate.last_img read more

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Morocco: MP Caught in a Cybersex Blackmail Trap

Rabat- Morocco Parliamentarian and member of the opposition’s Istiqlal Party Adil Tchikitou was allegedly being blackmailed with cybersex footage. Blackmailers threatened to post video of the Member of Parliament masturbating, unless he sends a huge sum of money.Multiple reports said that the trap was set by an organized criminal group specializing in blackmailing rich Gulf men for large sums of money by threatening to post incriminating footage of them.Last week, police arrested the gang’s “brain”, a 17-year-old boy from Oued Zem, according to Hespress. Two weeks ago, one of the blackmailers impersonated an attractive girl from Libya nicknamed Ihssane Ben Ahmed on Facebook, and contacted the Parliamentarian Adil Tchikitou. After several conversations on different topics, they developed the relationship, which came to include Skype chats.According to Alyaoum24, the video chatting on Skype turned into cybersex, as “Ihssane” started taking off her clothes and tried to seduce him.The blackmailers claimed they saved the footage of Adil Tchikitou performing cybersex, and used it to blackmail him for a sum of money estimated at MAD 40,000 ($4,519 US) by threatening to post the video on YouTube.Tchikitou filed a lawsuit in the Court of First Instance in Temara Rabat against an unspecified man. He said the man blackmailed him by threatening to post a video of him masturbating on YouTube.Tchikitou went on to add that the blackmailers fabricated the video. He admitted to video chatting with the Libyan girl, but denied responding to her seduction when she started getting undressed.He also revealed that shortly after he refused to partake in cybersex, the images of Ihssane Ben Ahmed disappeared, and her attractive voice turned out to be the harsh voice of a Moroccan boy.He goes on to add that “the voice” sent him a fake video in which he appears to be masturbating, and asked him to send MAD 40,000, or else the footage will be posted on YouTube.Reporting from Rabat by Aziz Allilou, Editing by Timothy Filla read more

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European trio agree to enforce jail terms imposed by International Criminal Court

1 June 2010Three European countries today signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to enforce the tribunal judges’ sentences of imprisonment, taking the number of countries that are willing to detain people convicted by the ICC to five. Three European countries today signed an agreement with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to enforce the tribunal judges’ sentences of imprisonment, taking the number of countries that are willing to detain people convicted by the ICC to five.Representatives of Belgium, Denmark and Finland signed the agreement during a ceremony in Kampala, Uganda, where the review conference of the Rome Statute – which set up the ICC – is taking place.Judge Sang-Hyun, the court’s President, said that “having sufficient options in place to ensure the enforcement of judicially ordered sentences is an important element in the overall credibility of the judicial process at the ICC,” according to a press release issued by the ICC.Austria and the United Kingdom have previously entered into similar agreements with the court to enforce sentences.A permanent court, the ICC is based in The Hague in the Netherlands and tries people accused of the most serious international offences, such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Currently investigations are ongoing into five situations: Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Central African Republic (CAR), the Darfur region of Sudan and Kenya.Four suspects are in the court’s custody and another eight suspects are at large, while two trials are under way. read more

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Saskatoon Regina Edmonton Calgary and Vancouver are expected to lead country in

OTTAWA — Cities in Western Canada are expected to lead the country’s metropolitan areas in economic growth this year, a report by the Conference Board of Canada says.[np_storybar title=”Canadian economy ‘puffing along’ with help of consumers, housing market, but new growth sources needed: TD” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/09/25/canadian-economy-puffing-along-with-help-of-consumers-housing-market-but-new-growth-sources-needed-td/”%5D Canada’s export market isn’t broken, just bruised; and consumers aren’t spent out, it’s just the country can’t afford to rely on them to keep growing the economy much longer.The remedy? A sustained recovery in the United States, mixed with a strong dose of optimism for other advanced countries, such as Japan and those on-the-mend eurozone members.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]Saskatoon, Regina, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver make up the top five in the board’s latest outlook for 13 Canadian metropolitan areas while Ottawa-Gatineau and Victoria are at the bottom of the list as government spending cuts take their toll.Growth in Saskatoon is forecast to reach 5.2% this year, up from 4.1% in 2012, while Regina’s economy is expected to grow five per cent, repeating its performance last year.“Despite some setbacks, Saskatchewan’s economy is expected to perform well in the near term, with real GDP forecast to expand 3.5% this year — more than twice the national average,” board’s fall metropolitan outlook said.Calgary is expected to grow by 3.3%, Edmonton by 4.2% and Vancouver by 2.2%.That compared with growth of 4.3%, 5.9% and 2.6% for the three cities respectively in 2012.“Despite some risks, Alberta’s economy will get a boost from the rebuilding effort after the floods and the infrastructure investment needed to accommodate increases in oil sands production,” the report said.Meanwhile, Vancouver’s economy is being affected by slower growth in manufacturing and construction.Overall the Conference Board said the Canadian economy is expected to grow by 1.7% this year, however it suggested that the improving U.S. economy would give a boost to 2014.“Through much of the first half of this year, economic indicators provided few encouraging signs. But recently, prospects seem to be changing for the better,” the Ottawa-based economics think-tank said.The five Western Canadian cities stand in contrast with the other eight areas studied, which are expected to growth by less than two per cent this year.Tyler Anderson/National Post In Toronto, which is expected to be hampered by weaker manufacturing and services sectors, growth will be limited to 1.6% in 2013.Halifax is forecast to post growth of 1.7%, while Winnipeg is expected to grow by 1.4%.Montreal, Quebec City and Hamilton are each expected to grow about 1.3% this year.Ottawa-Gatineau is expected to expand by 0.8% in 2013 due to spending cuts by the federal government.Victoria is expected to grow by 0.1%. read more

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US report notes limited progress rights abuses in Sri Lanka

The annual US human rights report noted that the Sri Lankan Government has made limited progress toward establishing additional transitional justice mechanisms.The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 made public by Acting US Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, noted that there were some reports that the Government or its agents committed arbitrary or unlawful killings. According to the report, interviews by human rights organizations found that torture remained endemic throughout the country, including for those charged with offenses under the PTA. Suspects arrested under the PTA, including since the war ended in 2009, gave accounts of torture and mistreatment, forced confessions, and denial of basic rights such as access to lawyers or family members. Several released former combatants reported torture or mistreatment, including sexual abuse by government officials while in rehabilitation centers and after their release. Excessive use of force against civilians by police and security officials also remained a problem. The report also said that the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka received 118 complaints of arbitrary arrest and detention during the year in 2017. According to human rights groups, the police and its Criminal Investigation and Terrorism Investigation Departments unlawfully detained individuals in police stations, army camps, and informal detention facilities on allegations of involvement in terrorism-related activities without bringing charges or arraigning detainees within the timeframe required by law.Police sometimes held detainees incommunicado, and lawyers had to apply for permission to meet clients, with police frequently present at such meetings. In some cases, unlawful detentions reportedly included interrogations involving mistreatment or torture. Authorities reportedly released detainees with a warning not to reveal information about their arrests or detentions under the threats of rearrest or death. (Colombo Gazette) The International Truth and Justice Project and the Associated Press reported allegations of abductions and torture carried out by the security sector during the year. They reported most victims were Tamil men accused by security forces of having links to the LTTE and that security forces tortured and sexually abused them after the initial abduction. There were also reports of sexual abuse committed by Government and security sector officials against wives who came forward seeking information about their missing husbands or against war widows who attempted to claim government benefits based on their deceased husbands’ military service.The law prohibits arbitrary arrest and detention and provides for the right of any person to challenge the lawfulness of his/her arrest or detention in court, but there were reports arbitrary arrest and detention occurred last year, the report found, although at a decreased rate compared with 2016. read more

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Sharlene Bosma interview segment

You can see the full half-hour interview with Sharlene Bosma Tuesday night at 11:35pm. We have one more installment from the interview with Sharlene Bosma, the widow of Tim Bosma, who was taken from his Ancaster home last month, and murdered.Since that time, Sharlene has been staying in her house but has had, as she calls them “her babysitters” staying with her, because she doesn’t like to be alone in her house. In this part of the interview she opens up about some of her fears as she tries to cope with the tragedy.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 read more

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Warning against complacency UN food agency calls for 47 million to help

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today issued a warning that millions of children across the Sahel region of West Africa remain at risk of malnutrition despite the arrival of the annual harvest season. More than one in three children under the age of five in the region are chronically malnourished, WFP said as it called on donors to provide $47 million to help with its operations in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and Niger through next year. Speaking from the Senegalese capital Dakar, WFP Senior Deputy Executive Director Jean-Jacques Graisse said “we have to break the bondage of malnutrition in the Sahel,” which suffers from the highest child mortality rates in the world. At least 1.4 million children under five in the region suffer from acute malnutrition, which is responsible for more than half the deaths in that age category. “Malnutrition does not simply disappear with the arrival of the new harvest and return the next lean season. WFP and our partners are fighting a battle that cannot be won over a few weeks or months. It will take years, and require the sustained support of the international community,” Mr. Graisse said. WFP said in a press statement that recent donations by Saudi Arabia and the United States have eased immediate funding concerns, but the ongoing nutrition operations require continuing financial support. Cereal production forecasts for the Sahel are optimistic this year after a relatively strong end to the region’s rainy season, but the agency said localized crop failures continue to occur. read more

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Inventive miners help improve mine safety

first_imgMine workers have been recognised for their innovations to help improve safety on Queensland (Australia) mine sites. BMA Coal’s Gregory Crinum mine took the 2009 Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Innovations Award for a safety guard to prevent falls onto exposed longwall miner conveyor belts. And, in a clean sweep, BMA’s Saraji mine won the people’s choice awards for its feeder blockage removal device. The device enables blockages under coal stockpile feeders to be cleared remotely, taking workers out of harm’s way.A highly commended award went to Anglo Coal Australia’s Dawson mine for a work platform that provides better access to the CAT 797 haul trucks to enable maintenance to be carried out more safely.Scientist and science broadcaster Dr Karl Kruszelnicki chaired the judging session where 10 finalists presented their innovations to a panel of judges, and an audience of mine workers who voted for the people’s choice award. There were 44 entries in this year’s awards.The Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Stephen Robertson presented the awards at the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference, which has been in session since August 23 and finished today. About 600 people converged on Townsville for the conference. The conference is hosted jointly by the Queensland Government, the Queensland Resources Council and mining unions the CFMEU and AWU.Other finalists:New Hope Coal Australia – West Moreton project: Remote emergency shutdown of hydraulic excavatorBMA – Goonyella Riverside mine: Dipper trip system improvement projectRio Tinto Alcan: Apron feeder locking toolNew Hope Coal Australia – West Moreton project: Water reserve in water truck/fire fighting applianceMMG Century mine: Joystick test modulePrivate entry: Sam Lichos AURT572593A Analyse and evaluate brake faults on wheeled mobile plantXstrata Copper – Mount Isa mines: Hydraulic semi-automatic chain control systemFor more information: www.qrc.org.aulast_img read more

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Enid Tahirovic is on the End of career Last games against Germany

Enid Tahirović One fantastic career is on the end. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s goalkeeper, the best athlete of the country in 2007, Enid Tahirovic (40) announced that the games against Germany in the World Championship Qualification in June, will be his last in career.– It’s definitive. There is no sense to prolonge anymore. If I want to play, I would play better here in Germany, but I decided to say “it’s enough”. I am not in the Age, when I can be on maximal level. Behind me are a lot of injuries and my Family suffered enough. If we beat Germans, it’s up on coaching staff, whether they will call me without any practice and team. If they want, I wll play – said Tahirovic for Dnevni Avaz. ← Previous Story Uwe Gensheimer about EHF EURO 2012 for HP: “This is frustrating…” Next Story → EHF EURO 2012 TOP 10 Losers: Experts, Wenta, Scandinavians… read more

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