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Rane’s outfit to join NDA

first_imgMaharashtra’s former chief minister Narayan Rane, who recently quit the Congress, today said his political outfit — ‘Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh’— would join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).“I have decided to be a part of the NDA for the development of the state and the Konkan region,” Mr. Rane told reporters. Dismissing speculation that he would be accomodated in the Union Cabinet, Mr. Rane said, “I will stay in Maharashtra till 2019.” He was apparently hinting at contesting the Lok Sabha polls to be held that year. Mr. Rane, who resigned from the Congress party about two weeks ago after a long-drawn tussle with its state leadership, had claimed three days back that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had invited him to join the NDA. A prominent leader from the influential Maratha community, Mr. Rane hails from Sindhudurg district of the Konkan region. Mr. Rane became the chief minister in 1999 when he was in the Shiv Sena. He quit the Congress, alleging that the party had reneged on its promise to make him the chief minister when he joined it in 2005 after quitting the Shiv Sena. The Sena is a constituent of the NDA and had advised the BJP against inducting him into the party.last_img read more

Football: Twitter reacts to Real Madrid’s appointment of Julen Lopetegui as their new manager

first_imgBREAKING: Real Madrid announce Spain boss Julen Lopetegui will take over as coach after the World Cup— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 12, 2018 Spain have scored in 20 consecutive games under Julen Lopetegui, equalling their longest ever scoring streak (1947 to 1951).A win to end the World Cup warm-up.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 9, 2018 So, all Lopetegui has to do is win the World Cup with Spain and then replace Zidane at Real Madrid. That’s some summer.— Andres Cordero (@DreCordero) June 12, 2018 20 – Julen Lopetegui has not lost any of his first 20 games for #ESP (W14 D6), the second best unbeaten start of any manager, being currently the side on the longest unbeaten run heading into the World Cup. Real Madrid— OptaJose (@OptaJose) June 12, 2018 Out of nowhere, Spain boss Julen Lopetegui will take over from Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid after the World Cup.— Rik Sharma (@riksharma_) June 12, 2018 The new man at Madrid 👔 Julen lopetegui takes over from Zidane at #RealMadrid next season— Pro:Direct Soccer (@ProD_Soccer) June 12, 2018center_img Reunited at the Bernabéu…. Julen Lopetegui led current Real Madrid stars Isco, Dani Carvajal & Nacho to international glory at youth level. 🏆🏆#UCL— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 12, 2018 Advertisement(Photo Credits: The Tribuna)Former Barcelona and Real Madrid Star Julen Lopetegui has been named the new Los Blancos boss just months after committing his future to the Red Fury.The 51-year-old manager, who has been in charge of the national team for the past two years, has agreed a three-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu. However his inclusion comes as a surprise as he didn’t feature among the list of managers linked with the vacant role of Los Blancos manager after Zinedine Zidane left Bernabeu just days after becoming the first coach to win the Champions League in three consecutive seasons.Official Announcement: Julen Lopetegui will be the #RealMadrid coach after the celebration of the 2018 World Cup.— #CHAMP13NS (@realmadriden) June 12, 2018The timing of the announcement was unexpected, given that Spain kicks off their World Cup campaign on Friday when they take on Portugal in bid to secure their places in the knockout stages of the competition.The Spaniard has played for Los Blancos between 1988 and 1991 as a goalkeeper, making one domestic league appearance. Lopetegui, 51, has also featured for Real Madrid’s arch rivals Barcelona a handful of times before moving to Rayo Vallecano in 1997. He has also coached Los Blancos’ B team, Castilla, in 2008-09 before joining the national setup in 2010 as La Roja’s Under -19 coach.Rival Watch: Former Barça player and current Spain manager Julien Lopetegui will take over the reigns at Real Madrid after the World Cup.— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) June 12, 2018Lopetegui has been great with the national side but it is has been a disaster with clubs throughout his managing career. Lopetegui experienced the lowest point of his managerial career when he was sacked by Porto in January 2016 after a trophy-less 18 months at the Estadio do Dragao.Anyways following the conclusion of the World Cup in Russia, which La Roja are considered one of the favourites to win, Lopetegui will take up his new role at the Santiago Bernabeu. However it remains to be seen if he will head to Madrid as a World Cup winner, though Spain’s squad is stocked with an exciting mixture of talent and hardwork.Here are some of the tweets which sums up Lopetegui’s appointment as Los Blancos Boss: Julen Lopetegui as Spain coach:2012 #U19EURO 🏆2013 #U21EURO 🏆2018 World Cup? 🤔#UCL— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 12, 2018 Julen Lopetegui will become Real Madrid manager after the #WorldCup • managed U19, U20, U21 and senior Spain sides• has never lost a game as Spain manager• former Real Madrid Castilla manager and playerThe biggest of boots to fill… 🏆🏆🏆— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) June 12, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

Nasscom partners Netherlands to promote “serious gaming”

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 22 (PTI) IT industry body Nasscom has partnered the Netherlands government to promote “serious gaming” in India.As part of the partnership, the two partners organised roadshows across Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Bengaluru this month, focusing on showcasing the potential of gaming for various sectors.Demos of solutions that have been developed and deployed by reputed Dutch games companies were showcased at these roadshows.Nasccom Gaming Forum also launched Special Interest Group (SIG) on Applied Gaming with Manisha Mohan (Executive Vice President at Tata Interactive Systems) as the Chairperson.The group will also include members from companies like Robosoft, Indusgeeks, Skilldom and Madrat Games.”India has just begun taking gaming seriously as a career and as an avenue to larger growth of the sector. The roadshow will act as an accelerator and encourage young talent to build innovative ideas for large scale applications,” Nasscom Gaming Forum Chairman Rajesh Rao said.The Netherlands government has also launched a joint venture — Ludowise — between Ijsfontein (gamification and applied learning solutions major) and India-based Dhruva Interactive.Ludowise will provide mobile and PC based apps and solutions for skill development, enterprise customers, education, healthcare and cyber security.With a rapidly digitising workplace, enabled by smartphones and high-speed Internet, emerging nations are showing great interest in using serious games, immersive simulation and use of gaming technologies to tackle issues like upskilling and high user engagement for training.Serious gaming promises to give much greater return on investment as compared to traditional training models, by making learning much more engaging, effective, on-the-go. PTI SR ABKadvertisementlast_img read more

Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis clinch Rome Masters title

first_imgWorld No. 1 women’s doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis clinched the Rome Masters title by beating Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova 6-1, 6(5)-7, 10-3 in the final.SANTINA DOMINATEHingis and Mirza, who beat Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu on Saturday to move into their third consecutive clay court final, roared through the opening set and carving out a 5-3 lead in the second.But the Russian pair was not in for a quick surrender and quickly levelled the set and later the match in a tie-break.FIFTH TITLEHowever, Mirza and Hingis shook off the threat to hit back at their opponents to capture their 14th title as a pair, and their fifth of the season.The win in Italy – their first title since February and their first ever on red clay – will be a major confidence booster for the top pair before the all-important French Open starting from next week.last_img read more

Juventus, Napoli to discuss Gonzalo Higuain’s future

first_imgItalian football champions Juventus’ general director Giuseppe Marotta will meet Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis on Monday to discuss a potential transfer of Argentine goal-poacher Gonzalo Higuan, media reports said.Higuain has been on the radar of Juventus for some time now, with the Serie A champions wanting to sign the forward prior to Napoli – during his time at Real Madrid – although no agreement was reached.The 28-year-old has a reported release clause of 94 million euros (around $103 million) and has denied signing a new contract. He scored 36 times in 35 Serie A matches for Napoli.Napoli have no intention of negotiating with their Serie A arch-rivals. But the Juventus official will present Napoli with two proposals, one of which will be a straight sum of money, whilst the other will be part-exchange, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.Forward Simone Zaza, midfielder Roberto Pereyra and Italy Under-21 midfielder Rolando Mandragora are all players that have been linked with a move to Naples as they look to move ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign the Argentine.A meeting will take place on Monday, as both Juventus director general Marotta and Napoli President De Laurentiis will be at the Lega Serie A council.If there is still no opening to negotiations, then Juventus will move on to Plan B: pay the full release clause in cash,There are conflicting reports on the status of this clause, as some claim there is no deadline and the payment can be spread out over 12 months.advertisementOthers suggest Higuain has to sort the situation out by early August and that Napoli will only accept the full sum in one instalment.Sky Sport Italia report Juventus have already agreed personal terms with Higuain, offering him a four-year contract worth 7.5 million ($8.27 million) per season.Unlike Napoli, Higuain would also be given back ownership of his image rights.Arsenal remain in the background, as it’s entirely possible Napoli will sell Higuain abroad rather than hand him over to their Serie A rivals, according to proposal from the Gunners is believed to be 50 million euros ($55.18 million) plus French striker Olivier Giroud, but that’s not considered enough.Should a bid for Higuain fail, Old Lady officials will looks towards Fiorentina’s Nikola Kalinic or Santos’ Gabriel Barbosa after Spanish forward Alvaro Morata departed the club, returning to Real Madrid.last_img read more

Ashish Nehra blames Sunrisers Hyderabad batsmen for loss against Kolkata Knight Riders

first_imgFast bowler Ashish Nehra on Saturday blamed Sunrisers Hyderabad batsmen’s inability to counter spin for their 17-run loss against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. (Scorecard)Nehra said the turning point of the match was KKR’s Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine’s spells.Hyderabad lost by 17 runs chasing 173 as Kuldeep got the key wicket of skipper David Warner who looked set on 26 and Narine sent Deepak Hooda back in the hut, more importantly stemming the flow of runs with figures of 4-0-23-1.”The turning point of this game was the spell of Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine,” Nehra told reporters after the game.”We could have played spin better. On this wicket, fast bowlers were easy to bat against specially with the old ball. So if we could have played spin better it would have been a different result,” added the 37-year-old left armer. (IPL 2017: Uthappa, spinners star as KKR beat SRH to go on top)Nehra said the margin of defeat might look huge in T20 cricket but a couple of lusty hits could have turned the tide in their favour.”I still feel as a bowler we could have conceded 10-12 runs less. But ifs and buts will always be there in T20. On this ground, 170 on this wicket could have been made. We were 15 odd runs short and in T20 the margin is big, but if you look at it another way two hits and you are there.”Nehra was effusive in praise for seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/20) who was brilliant on the day.advertisement”He has been doing well. Earlier people used to think Bhuvi is only new ball bowler. That is not true. Since I play only T20 cricket, he and (Jasprit) Bumrah are doing really well,” he said.”He is one of the best death bowlers. In this tournament back to back two three games he has bowled really well. From here on, he will improve. He is a hard working guy.”last_img read more

Knicks Top NBA Ticket Prices

first_imgCHICAGO — The average price of an NBA ticket increased 3.4 percent this season to $53.98.According to Team Marketing Report on Nov. 7, the New York Knicks have the highest average at $129.38, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers at $102.25, the Chicago Bulls at $82.33 and the Miami Heat at $78.30. Among those four teams, only the Bulls raised prices.New Orleans ($30.20) and Charlotte ($30.60) had the lowest averages. The Los Angeles Clippers had the steepest increase, 24.3 percent to $78.43. Detroit dropped its average 3.2 percent to $38.80.The average NFL ticket price is $84.43 this season, and the NHL average is $62.18. Major League Baseball’s average was $27.93 this year.TMR also calculated a Fan Cost Index — four average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking, two programs and two adult-size caps. The index rose 2.6 percent to $333.58 for the NBA. The Knicks were the high team at $676.42 and Charlotte the low at $212.40.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more



Guardiola: ‘Crazy’ schedule will kill our players

first_imgPep Guardiola says Manchester City’s players should not return to pre-season training until they are totally ready due to the “crazy scheduling of modern football.The likes of Gabriel Jesus, Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi featured deep into this summer’s Copa America, while Riyad Mahrez’s season ended only last week with Algeria’s victory in the Africa Cup of Nations.City are currently on their pre-season tour of Asia, while their season gets underway as early as August 4 with the Community Shield against Liverpool – a match which could set the tone for what looks set to be another incredibly close-fought season. 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? “Some of them will come on the 29th or 30th; the others will come in three or four weeks,” Guardiola said.“They decide to come back between three or four weeks. I don’t want them to come back when they’re not fit or tired or mentally not recovered from an incredibly tough season.“We cannot forget we started a new season while Riyad Mahrez had not finished the last one.“It’s a crazy schedule and it is going to kill our players! We cannot sustain that for a long time.“They have to breathe and rest and give more quality in the tournaments. They have to rest.”Riyad Mahrez - AlgeriaLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed similar concerns, particularly surrounding forward Sadio Mane after his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.After reaching the Champions League quarter-finals and lifting both domestic cups, City played 61 games between August 5 and May 18 last season – an average of more than a game every five days over a 10-month period, with a World Cup beforehand and further international tournaments to follow.Despite the strain, some squad members have been eager to get back into training earlier than scheduled, and Guardiola joked that this was because they were simply so keen to see him.“Some people want to come back a little bit earlier because they want to come back and they are more than welcome,” he said.“I like it! The manager creates incredible training sessions! That’s why they want to come back earlier!“They know to come back because the standard rises every season. They know that if they want to play, they will have to be fit. If not, another team-mate is going to play.”City’s pre-season schedule continues on Wednesday with a game against Hong Kong side Kitchee, before the final game of their Asian tour against Japan’s Yokohama FM on Saturday.Most recently, they lost the Asia Trophy final on penalties to Wolves, following a 4-1 semi-final win over West Ham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Dorian LPG Adds Two, Postpones One VLGC

first_imgzoom Dorian LPG, a U.S.-based liquefied petroleum gas shipping company, has taken delivery of the very large gas carrier (VLGC) Commodore from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries and the VLGC Cresques from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). The two 84,000 cbm Eco VLGCs will be Dorian LPG’s ninth and tenth newbuilding deliveries and the first of three to be delivered from DSME.The next VLGC in line to be delivered by Hyndai Samho – Cheyenne – will be handed over to Dorian in the fourth quarter of 2015, instead of prior to September 30 as previously advised.With the newly-delivered Commodore and Cresques, Dorian LPG currently owns and operates 13 VLGCs and one pressurized LPG carrier. In addition, Dorian LPG has nine 84,000 cbm Eco VLGC newbuildings under construction.last_img read more

Yang Ming Issuing 500 M Shares as It Claims Steady Recovery

first_imgzoom Taiwan’s cash-strapped liner company will be issuing an additional 500 million shares of company stock in a public offering as part of its recapitalization plan.Under the plan, announced on Friday last week, the existing Yang Ming shareholders, its employees, and the general public will have an opportunity to purchase company stock. The price of the shares is, however, yet to be determined.“This public offering is made largely in response to the interests shown by current shareholders to invest in Yang Ming,” the company added.Separately, Yang Ming said the most recent performance indicators show the company is “on a steady path of recovery.”Revenues in June 2017 yielded USD 385 million, up 22.86% compared with the same period last year.Furthermore, Yang Ming’s cumulative revenue for the 1st half of 2017 totaled USD 2.07 billion, an increase of 15.65% year-over-year, which was attributed to higher freight rates and increased volumes.Specifically, the company recorded a 10% growth in volumes during the 1st half 2017 when compared to the corresponding period last year.“Based on the company’s recent results and the overall performance and trend in the industry, Yang Ming remains optimistic in our forecast for 2017,” Yang Ming concluded.Yang Ming launched a comprehensive plan to raise capital in 2017, which included a reverse split of outstanding shares as well as a coordination of multiple rounds of private placement. During the first round, the company raised USD 54 million from several private investors.Back in June, the company said that the following round of private placement is expected to exceed the amount of capital Yang Ming raised in the first round of issuance based on private placement pledged by investors.For the first quarter of this year, Yang Ming said it posted a net loss of USD 29 million, a reduction of 75.3% compared to the same period last year.The loss dropped amid cost control measures, such as abolishing loss-incurring shipping routes, cutting down on operation cost, reviewing the marginal contribution management, rationalizing agency business and organization.last_img read more

TMS Cardiff Gas Signs LNG Carrier Charter Deal with Total

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: TMS Cardiff Gas Operator and manager of LNG carriers TMS Cardiff Gas has entered into a long term time charter contract with Total Gas & Power Limited for one of its eleven newbuilding LNG carriers.Under the deal, one of the company’s X Carrier Series vessels would be hired by the oil and gas major for a minimum period of seven years.The 174,000 cubic meter vessel with efficient XDF propulsion and subcooling system is being constructed at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI).TMS Cardiff Gas, that operates and manages 16 LNG carriers, continues its long term employment strategy on its LNG vessels.The company said that it is looking to expand its portfolio in the 2022/23 timeframe.“This is another long term deal in this series of sister vessels with efficient XDF propulsion and sets the stage for the company’s further growth with significant long term coverage and backlog,” Christos Economou, Founder of TMS Cardiff Gas, noted.last_img read more

Province Releases Mental Health and Addictions Strategy

first_imgMore children and youth will be able to get help for mental health concerns in schools, and more Nova Scotians will get treatment for drug addictions as a result of the province’s first mental health and addictions strategy. Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald today, May 16, released a government-wide five-year strategy with 33 actions and a $5.2 million investment this year. “Nova Scotians living with mental illness and addictions, and their families, deserve better care sooner, as well as the supports they need to live healthier lives,” said MacDonald. “I’m very proud to release our plan, and I look forward with enthusiasm to the positive results it will have on mental health and addictions care in our province.” Key actions include: putting mental health clinicians in SchoolsPlus families of schools in all school boards to identify and treat mental health problems of children and youth earlier funding community agency projects that help Nova Scotians of all ages living with mental illness and addictions expanding opioid replacement treatment to areas of the province with the greatest need expanding provincewide the successful Strongest Families program, which provides telephone coaching to families that have children with behavioral or anxiety difficulties expanding peer support to help people with mental illness transition successfully from hospital to community expanding the toll-free crisis line across the province to ensure that people with mental health and addiction concerns are able to talk to someone immediately Together We Can: The Plan to Improve Mental Health and Addictions Care for Nova Scotians meets a key commitment under Better Care Sooner to improve services for people throughout Nova Scotia. “As co-chair of the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy Advisory Committee, I am pleased to see the minister responding to the recommendations we provided her,” said Dr. Michael Ungar, internationally recognized social worker and family therapist. “The strategy puts into action many of our highest priorities, setting the province on an ambitious five-year plan to change the way mental health and addictions services are provided and communities and families supported. “It is especially satisfying to see the government putting resources into expanding services for children and youth, early intervention, and efforts to address stigma which, when combined with better, more accessible treatment, will significantly improve mental health and addictions services in Nova Scotia.” The recommendations of the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy Advisory Committee, which released its report, Come Together, on April 23, helped develop the five-year plan. The committee heard from more than 1,200 Nova Scotians and reviewed research, best practices and lessons learned. The committee, appointed in fall 2010, is 14 people with personal and professional experience in mental health and addictions. To view the plan, visit .last_img read more

Torrential rains lash northern states alert sounded in Punjab

first_imgShimla/Jaipur/Thiruvananthapuram: Heavy rains lashed northern states with an alert sounded in Punjab following release of excess water from Bhakra dam and the Yamuna nearing the warning level in Delhi on Saturday, while normalcy was slowly returning to flood-ravaged Kerala, where so far 113 people have lost their lives.Andhra Pradesh too received heavy showers, with a swollen Krishna river leaving 87 villages and hundreds of acres of farm land under a sheet of water in two districts. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’NDRF personnel retrieved the body of a girl who drowned in the swollen river in Krishna district, taking the death toll to two in the state. After touching a maximum of 8.21 lakh cusecs in the early hours of the day, the flood discharge at Prakasam Barrage in Vijayawada has fallen to 7.99 lakh cusecs at 10 am while the inflow remained steady at 7.57 lakh cusecs, the State Real-Time Governance Centre said. Even the discharges from upstream reservoirs showed a declining trend but the travails of more than 17,500 people in 87 villages under 32 mandals in Krishna and Guntur districts may continue for the next two days. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn all 11,553 people in the two districts have been moved to 56 relief camps where food and drinking water are being provided. State Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan conducted an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas of Krishna, while ministers visited the marooned localities in Vijayawada city and supervised the relief measures. The body of a 17-year-old boy was found floating in the overflowing dam in Himachal Pradesh, where several roads were blocked following multiple landslides. All educational institutions in Kangra district have also been asked to remain closed on Saturday due to incessant rainfall. Several people stranded near Palampur following flash floods were rescued. There is heavy flow of water in Baner Khud and Baan Ganga adjoining Chamunda Ji and the water level in rivulets in Nurpur sub division is on the rise as well, an official said. In Punjab, an alert has been sounded in several districts following the release of excess water from Bhakra dam through the spill gates after heavy rainfall in its catchment area. The Bhakra Beas Management Board authorities discharged 17,000 cusecs of excess water out of total release of 53,000 cusecs through the spill gates, an official said.last_img read more


first_imgMeryl Streep (Photo Courtesy of Fox) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep will be among the honourees at the Toronto International Film Festival’s inaugural Tribute Gala.Streep is set to receive the Tribute Actor Award at the festival’s first annual fundraiser for year-round programming.The event celebrating outstanding contributions to the film industry will be held at Fairmont Royal York on Sept. 9. Advertisement Facebook Twittercenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: TIFF will also hand out the Impact Award to Participant Media, the production company behind best-picture Oscar winners “Spotlight” and “Green Book.”Other honourees to be announced include the winner of the Mary Pickford Award for female emerging talent, and a second Tribute Actor Award recipient who will be named in the coming weeks.Steep will star in this year’s festival in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat” about a group of journalists probing the so-called Panama Papers money laundering scandal.The festival runs Sept. 5-15.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ottawa has turned a corner in First Nations child welfare Philpott

first_imgThe Canadian PressCanada’s Indigenous services minister says Ottawa has fully complied with the orders of a 2016 ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which said the federal government discriminates against Indigenous children.“We have turned a corner,” Jane Philpott told The Canadian Press. “We will reach a day soon where we will know that the parties have agreed that we have fully complied.”She said the government is working with the tribunal to confirm every one of its orders has been fulfilled.The First Nations children’s advocate who filed the complaint said the matter is far from settled.“It’s untenable to me that still in 2018 the Canadian government gives First Nations kids less than every other kid in the country,” said Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.“That, to me, is unacceptable and it needs to change and there needs to be a plan to change it.”In 2007, Blackstock’s society and the Assembly of First Nations filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.Nearly a decade later, the tribunal sided with Blackstock and ruled the government discriminates against First Nations kids because they can only get the same child-welfare funding and programs if they are taken into care, often out of their communities and into non-Indigenous homes.The tribunal ordered Canada to stop discriminating immediately, reform First Nations child-welfare programs and make sure Indigenous kids have their health, education and social needs met no matter where they live.In February, the tribunal issued a fourth non-compliance order to Ottawa. It said the “seriousness and emergency of the issue is not grasped with some of Canada’s actions and responses.”The same day, Indigenous Services Canada sent a letter to all 105 First Nations child and family services agencies. It said the federal government would immediately begin to cover agencies’ actual costs, as well as reimburse them retroactively to 2016.Philpott pointed to funds in the federal budget – about $1.4 billion over six years for First Nations child and family services – as an important step towards meeting the tribunal’s requirements.Blackstock said compliance doesn’t come from promised money – the government needs to show that it will flow to children.“We don’t know how much is going to go to provinces and we don’t know how much is going to First Nations agencies or to First Nations,” Blackstock said.There have been encouraging developments since Philpott took over the file, she said, but Blackstock is skeptical the funding will come without strings attached. Money often doesn’t make its way to kids unless certain conditions are met, she added.Indigenous children account for about seven per cent of all kids in Canada, but make up more than half the number in care. In Manitoba, Indigenous children make up nearly 90 per cent of kids in care.Philpott said increased funding isn’t the government’s only solution. The idea is to change things so there aren’t “these perverse incentives which incline the system to see kids being apprehended.”There is a lot more flexibility in the new funds so money goes to support families and doesn’t flow only when children are apprehended, Philpott said.“We are doing well beyond what the tribunal has asked us to do in terms of really transforming the system,” she said. “Really trying to find ways that we support families.”last_img read more

Morocco Becomes Permanent Member of International Federation of Inventors Associations

Geneva – The Union of Moroccan inventors (UIM) has become a permanent member of the International Federation of Inventors Associations (IFIA).Morocco was chosen besides Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Tunisia and Pakistan during the latest meeting of the Executive Committee of the IFIA.Founded in 1968, IFIA is a worldwide nongovernmental organization of inventors’ associations and other inventors’ organizations aiming to connect, to support inventors internationally and to represent their common interests. Today, its membership belongs to more than 80 countries. Its mission is to disseminate knowledge of the innovation development and to promote inventive and entrepreneurial spirit.IFIA enjoys observer status at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), as well as observer status (Special Category – Technology) at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).  IFIA is also a member of the Standing Advisory Committee before the European Patent Office (SACEPO). read more

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard meets with policymakers in Washington DC

by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 19, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 19, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard meets with policy-makers in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON – Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard expressed cautious optimism after a discussion with U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Monday about various trade-related irritants.Couillard met with Ross for about 20 minutes to talk about softwood lumber litigation, NAFTA and Boeing’s trade complaint against Quebec-based Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B).“I’m more optimistic now than when I arrived because I felt a desire to go further, to make progress and to reach deals,” the premier told reporters.Couillard said renegotiating the Mexico-Canada-United States free-trade agreement is the file that will take the longest to settle.“What I felt on his (Ross’s) part was nothing new, it was a desire to go faster on the softwood file,” he said.But Couillard echoed federal Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s view last week that the two countries are not close to a negotiated settlement on the issue.Energy, Quebec’s aluminum industry and Canada’s supply management system were also on the agenda at the meeting between Couillard and Ross.The Quebec premier’s visit comes weeks after a delegation of eight provincial and territorial leaders travelled to Washington, D.C., to meet with U.S. administration officials, lawmakers and business leaders.Earlier in the day, Couillard met with David MacNaughton, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, as well as with Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.The latter discussion was aimed at strengthening ties between Quebec and the southern state, given that Kelly Knight Clark, the U.S. ambassador-designate to Canada, hails from Kentucky, as does Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.According to Quebec government data, the province exported $59.4 billion worth of goods to the United States in 2015, accounting for more than 72 per cent of its international exports. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, right, and Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee, shakes hands at end of the spring session at the legislature in Quebec City on June 16, 2017. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard will be in Washington, D.C., today for a one-day visit that will include a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump’s point man on trade. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot read more

Bianca Andreescu Wasnt Afraid Of Serena Williams — Or Any Of Tenniss

As women’s tennis continues its youth movement, it just might have found its next young star.Bianca Andreescu, just 19 years old, captured her first major title on Saturday with speed, power and confidence. To win the U.S. Open, she dominated Serena Williams — the most dominant player in the history of tennis. And that may have been proof of Andreescu’s best asset: her ability to play her best against the best.The Canadian has never lost to a top-ranked opponent in her young career. Since her 2019 season began in Auckland, New Zealand — where she beat then-No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki — Andreescu is 8-0 against players ranked in the WTA Top 10. Going undefeated against the tennis elite to start a career is rare for even top players. Serena Williams went 5-3 in her first eight Top 10 matches, while Venus Williams won two and lost six. Monica Seles was 4-4, Steffi Graf was 2-6, and Maria Sharapova didn’t win a match, a perfect (or perfectly imperfect) 0-8.Andreescu has been nearly unbeatable this season, with a record of 43-4 and a streak of 13 straight matches won. When she won a title at Indian Wells in March, Andreescu won three-set duels against then-No. 6 Elina Svitolina in the semifinal and No. 8 Angelique Kerber in the final. She beat Kerber again later that month in Miami. In Toronto, Andreescu upset No. 5. Kiki Bertens and No. 3 Karolína Plíšková before her final win over Serena Williams, who retired four games into the match with back spasms.Before this U.S. Open, Andreescu had never played in the main event — failing to make it out of qualifying the previous two seasons. That’s also rare. According to the WTA, Seles was the last woman to win a major in her debut, winning the Australian Open in 1991 at the age of 17. Andreescu’s ranking, No. 178 at the end of the 2018 season, is now No. 5.“It’s so crazy, man,” Andreescu said in her post-final press conference on Saturday. “I’ve been dreaming of this moment for the longest time.”Andreescu showed on Saturday why she has rocketed to the top of the rankings. She serves well, even against a returner as deadly as Williams. Her forehand and backhand shots are deep and fast. She also plays with creativity, especially on drop shots.While Andreescu was in a zone, Williams at times looked lost. The 37-year-old had eight double faults on her serve and landed her first serves just 44 percent of the time.1Before the Open, she was landing 60 percent of her first serves for the season. She hit 33 unforced errors to Andreescu’s 17. And Williams’s second serve made Andreescu even more dangerous. Williams won just 30 percent of the points on her 43 second serves after winning 48 percent of those points this season going into the Open.Williams gave Andreescu the credit, but she was frustrated with her own play after the loss. “I honestly don’t think Serena showed up,” Williams said. “I have to kind of figure out how to get her to show up in Grand Slam finals.”Williams has lost eight straight sets in major finals since 2018, in matches at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. But she’s not the only women’s player to struggle for sustained success. Kerber beat Williams in Wimbledon last year but has fallen off lately, losing this year in the first round in the U.S. Open and French Open and in the second round at Wimbledon. Naomi Osaka won two straight majors, at last year’s U.S. Open and this year’s Australian Open, but she lost early in the French Open and in the first round in Wimbledon. (In this U.S. Open, she lost to Bencic in straight sets in the fourth round).Essentially, no one has any idea who will win a women’s Grand Slam these days. There’s a lot of up-and-coming talent, like Cori “Coco” Gauff, a 15-year-old who reached the third round at the U.S. Open. That’s why Andreescu is both a surprise and totally expected — because anything can happen.“It’s been a crazy ride this year,” Andreescu said. “I can definitely get used to this feeling.” read more


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