161 cases of ‘paid news’ in M.P. polls

first_imgThe office of the Chief Electoral Officer of Madhya Pradesh has so far issued notices to 161 candidates who had allegedly paid for the publication of ‘favourable’ news in various media outlets in the run-up to the Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh.“161 notifications have been issued by the Returning Officers to various candidates in suspected paid news cases in the State during the Vidhan Sabha election. Fifteen candidates have admitted to the news mentioned in the notifications issued by the Returning Officer being paid news and accepted the addition of the amount to their election expenditure,” said Joint Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Kaul.Poll expenditure Mr. Kaul said the district-level media certification and monitoring committees have recommended that the paid news amount be added to the candidate’s election expenditure in as many as 146 cases so far.Six appeals against recommendations made by the district-level committees of Ujjain and Betul had been received by the State-level committee, a poll official said. The State committee upheld the recommendation of the district body after hearing the appeals.Regional publicationsA major chunk of complaints on paid news were against vernacular and regional media publications, the official added.Assembly elections were held in all 230 constituencies of the State on November 28, and the counting of votes will take place on December 11. The Congress is in a direct face-off with the BJP, which has been in power for the past 15 years.last_img read more

Rich Indians Turn To Cyprus For Coveted European Union Passports

first_imgIndia’s growing affluent have an eye on the European Union and for many Cyprus is the gate where they can buy residency permits and passports allowing them easier travel in the bloc, with the advantage of being in a country where English is widely spoken.Read it at Tornos News Related Itemslast_img

Kai Sotto raring to learn from Gilas seniors

first_imgSotto hopes that he can get a chance to attend more of these Gilas practices, granting that he’s free from his school assignments and obligations with the Ateneo Blue Eaglets.“I can join here if we don’t have an exam or we don’t have a game the following day. I’m just really happy and excited to attend these sessions,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kai Sotto. PBA IMAGESKai Sotto, pegged as the future of Gilas Pilipinas, is just humbled by the opportunity given to him by coach Chot Reyes to train with the national team.But the 7-foot center doesn’t want to feel pressured after being touted as one of the cornerstones for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Zark’s-Lyceum gets act together, staves off Akari-Adamson Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “I just want to focus on what I’m doing. I don’t want to think about the pressure,” said Sotto on Monday after attending his first Gilas Pilipinas practice as a “23-for-23” cadet.The 15-year-old Sotto had his first chance to bang bodies with his contemporaries as he went to scrimmage with the likes of June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, and Calvin Abueva.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd it didn’t take long for him to learn his first lessons from the current Gilas pool members.“If you’re playing basketball everyday, you’ll know what’s happening on the court. I think all of us players can learn here. I try to reach out to the seniors because I want to learn from them,” he said.center_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

I made mistakes in World Cup: Shahid Afridi

first_imgThe semifinal loss to India in the World Cup continues to rankle Pakistan’s ODI captain Shahid Afridi who said it was a mistake to position himself in the lower-half of the batting order in the high-voltage game.”I am not a born captain and I also make mistakes. I made mistakes in the World Cup particularly in the semifinal at Mohali. I should have gone up the order like Mahendra Singh Dhoni did against Sri Lanka in the final at Mumbai,” Afridi said on a show on Geo News.The flamboyant all-rounder said with Abdul Razzaq also available down the order, he should have taken a chance and promoted himself in the semifinal against India.”The move by Dhoni in the final to come up himself worked and it could have also worked for us but we all make mistakes it was my mistake,” he said.He pointed out that India had one of the strongest and best batting line-ups in the world and when Pakistan bowled them out for 260, there was total silence at the innings break in the stadium.”Once we held them down to 260, I knew we had a strong chance of winning the match. Unfortunatly, we didn’t bat well and the moment Umar Akmal got out, I had a bad feeling it was not going our way,” he said.”I am learning every day as captain because it is a big learning process.”Afridi refused to to comment on Indo-Pak relations but reiterated that there were some elements in the Indian media who were negative about the ties.advertisement”About that I am convinced there are negative elements.And if both countries want to move forward this mindset has to change.”I am not against India or Indian people or Hindus. They are Hindus living in Pakistan just like Muslims in India and since this is a very sensitive issue I have decided that from now on I will not speak on it,” Afridi said.Afridi also said he never expected to end up as the joint highest wicket-taker in the World Cup.”I didn’t go into the tournament thinking I will take 21 wickets. It is a big honor for me and I am happy that I contributed to the team’s cause.”Afridi and Zaheer Khan finished with 21 wickets apiece in the World Cup.Afridi insisted he had no immediate plans to retire from international cricket.”While the 2015 World Cup is still a long way away I am presently looking at the Twenty20 World Cup that will be held next year. I will continue to play and captain the side as long as I am performing and as long as the board and people can tolerate and accept me,” he added.He said while he was in favour of rebuilding the team after the World Cup but, radicial changes should be avoided.”First of all this assumption that seniors have been dropped for the West Indies tour is not correct. They have been rested as the selectors and management want to try out some new players. I am for change but not in a haphazard manner and we can’t just dump our senior players who have given so much to Pakistan cricket.”The Pakistan captain also insisted that he was grateful to some former players and seniors such as Younus Khan, Kamran Akmal and Misbah-ul-Haq who had supported him.”The main target I and Vicky bhai (Waqar Younis) had was to ensure a clean and good dressing room atmosphere in the World Cup and to get the team to gel together and I think we succeeded in doing that,” he said.last_img read more

Iowa State romps past Kansas to win Big 12 tourney title

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I think it was our best team win of the year because it was gritty,” said Shayok, who like Jacobson sat out last season after transferring. “Everybody stepped up.”Dedric Lawson had 18 points and Devon Dotson added 17 for the third-seeded Jayhawks, whose last chance to win some hardware will be the NCAA Tournament. Their run of 14 consecutive regular-season crowns ended last weekend, and they failed to defend their Big 12 Tournament title.“The way we competed, we showed some signs where we really wanted to win this game,” Dotson said. “But they hit some tough shots. We were missing some of our easy shots we usually make.”Meanwhile, the Cyclones made a tremendous about-face during their stay in Kansas City.They arrived having lost five of their last six regular-season games, and looked rudderless in losses to Texas and lowly West Virginia. But beginning with a blowout of Baylor and continuing with a quarterfinal win over regular-season champ Kansas State, the Cyclones found their stride.ADVERTISEMENT After cutting their deficit to single-digits on several occasions, including 72-63 with 1:21 to go, the Cyclones kept answering. And after Grimes was called for a foul on Wigginton, Lawson spiked the ball under the basket and was whistled for a technical foul.Shayok made the two technical foul shots, Wigginton made two more, and the chants of “Let’s Go Cyclones!” began to reverberate throughout Sprint Center in celebration of another title.“This is a special night. Kansas is a tremendous program,” Prohm said, “and you can talk about Coach Self forever. But our guys answered the bell We came down here and won each game in different ways. We showed our toughness. We showed our togetherness.BIG PICTUREIowa State has leaned on Shayok and Talen Horton-Tucker much of the season, but Wigginton and Haliburton shined in Kansas City. Wigginton is averaging more than 15 points over his last five games while Haliburton continues to lead the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio.Kansas started freshman center David McCormack, but the Cyclones’ guard-oriented lineup forced the Jayhawks to match their personnel. Charlie Moore and the rest of their guards struggled shooting the ball, and they were unable to get crucial defensive stops down the stretch.UP NEXTBoth teams will learn their NCAA Tournament destinations Sunday. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The trio helped the fifth-seeded Cyclones race to a big early lead against No. 17 Kansas on Saturday night, then contributed to enough crucial stops down the stretch, preserving a 78-66 victory over the Jayhawks in the Big 12 Tournament finale at Sprint Center.“When you do something special, you win a championship, you got a connection for the rest of your life,” said Cyclones coach Steve Prohm, who brought together his team from far and wide.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics UP stops slide, downs Adamson for share of 4th spot Iowa State guard Talen Horton-Tucker (11) celebrates a basket during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in the final of the Big 12 men’s tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lindell Wigginton found his way to Iowa State from Canada, Marial Shayok took a detour through the University of Virginia, and Michael Jacobson started his career at the University of Nebraska.Three players from three very different backgrounds now have something in common: a title.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIEScenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event “Hopefully this is just step one. We’ll enjoy this for a while, figure out where we’re going for the NCAA Tournament and then we’ll focus on that.”Wigginton finished with 17 points, Shayok had 15 on his way to winning tournament MVP, and Jacobson finished with 14 for the Cyclones (23-11), who became the lowest-seeded team ever to win the conference tournament. They also improved to 2-0 against Kansas (25-9) in the finals. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Google Philippines names new country director Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other The Jayhawks, still looking for their own, were fortunate to trail 32-22 at halftime.Lawson, who had 24 points in the semifinals, was 2 of 11 from the field. Marcus Garrett was 0 for 6 from the floor and 1 of 4 from the foul line. Quentin Grimes was 0 or 4 from beyond the arc after hitting five 3-pointers in their win over the Mountaineers on Friday night.All told, the Jayhawks shot 27.8 percent from the field and missed all nine of their 3-point attempts in the first half. They also were just 2 of 8 from the free-throw line.“Just one of those nights,” Grimes said. “Every one of the shots we put up was a good shot.”Iowa State had its own trouble on the offensive end of the floor, getting five shots swatted into the seats. But the Cyclones were effective at getting to the rim, and easy layups by Wigginton and Tyrese Haliburton allowed them to take control.Their lead swelled to 41-24 early in the second half. And even when the Jayhawks managed to nip into it, they would inevitably miss an open layup or throw the ball away.Or, Jacobson would knock down an unlikely 3-pointer.That was the case when the Jayhawks trimmed the deficit to 45-35 with 14 minutes to go. Iowa State’s big man calmly drained one from the top of the arc — all Kansas coach Bill Self could do was smile in disbelief — and Steve Prohm’s squad promptly ripped off seven straight points.“We just didn’t make those plays that you need in order to put some real game pressure on them,” Self said. “They were better than us, make no mistake.”Frustration eventually set in for the Jayhawks down the stretch. View commentslast_img read more

Chinas top 500 firms report first revenue decline in 15 yrs

first_imgBeijing, Aug 28 (PTI) Chinas top 500 enterprises reported their first annual decline in combined revenues in 15 years, with a 0.07 per cent drop last year, as the economy continued to slow down amid falling oil prices and overcapacity issues.Among the top 500 firms, 155 reported declines in revenues in 2015, 61 more than a year ago, with many of them representing the overcapacity-plagued coal, steel, oil and chemicals industries.Meanwhile, 72 firms reported losses, 15 more than a year ago.The data was contained in 2016 edition of the top 500 Chinese Enterprises releasedChina Enterprise Confederation and China Enterprise Directors Association.The list is based on revenues from 2015, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.The State Grid grabbed the top spot with 2.07 trillion yuan (USD 310 billion) in revenue, with oil giants China National Petroleum Corp and Sinopec ranking second and third.Haitong Securities, GF Securities and China Galaxy Securities entered the list for the first time as a bull stock market boosted their revenues.Revenues of the top 500 totaled 59.46 trillion yuan (USD 8.9 trillion) last year.The service sector contributed 40.5 per cent of the revenues, outperforming the manufacturing sector, at 39.2 per cent, for the first time.Of the 500 firms, 157 are from the service sector, six more than a year ago, and 261 are manufacturers, five less than a year ago.The 500 companies invested 1.48 per cent of their revenues in research and development (R&D) on average, with leading search engine Baidu and telecom equipment supplier Huawei spending 15.9 per cent and 15.1 per cent on R&D respectively.Cui Dianguo, chairman of train maker CRRC Corp, said large companies should speed up overseas expansion to create a global value chain.advertisementChinas economy had declined to 6.9 per cent last year and the government which has initiated host of reforms specially to cut the overcapacity in steel, coal and oil fixed 6.5 per cent to seven per cent as the GDP target for this year. PTI KJV NSAlast_img read more

North and South Korea to unite teams for three sports at Asian Games

first_imgThis year’s Asian Games in Indonesia will see North and South Korea field joint teams in six events across three sports, the organisers said on Thursday.For some time discussions were being held between the two countries over fielding joint teams for the Asian Games and with the decision being announced, these are further signs of an improved relations between the neighbours.The National Olympic Committees of the two Koreas met with the Olympic Council of Asia’s (OCA) Director of International and NOC Relations Vinod Kumar Tiwari to finalise details for their joint participation in the Games in Jakarta and Palembang.The OCA confirmed the two nations will compete as a unified team in six events, including women’s basketball and men’s and women’s dragon boat racing, which is one of the canoe disciplines.They will also will also compete together in three rowing events – lightweight men’s four, lightweight men’s eight and lightweight women’s double sculls.Also read – 2018 Winter Olympics: North Korean cheerleaders sing ‘We are one!’ in Games culture clashSjafrie Sjamsoeddin, deputy chairman of the Indonesia Asian Games Organising Committee (INASGOC), described the meeting as “very enthusiastic, based on the feelings of togetherness of the two Korean representatives.”It was also decided that the joint delegation, represented by 200 athletes, will march together under a unified flag in the opening ceremony, with 100 from each side.In February, North and South Korea fielded a combined women’s ice hockey team at the Pyeongchang Winter Games and marched together at the opening ceremony.advertisementAlso in May, during the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Halmstad, Sweden, North and South Korea fielded a unified team in the semi-final against Japan, declaring the same during what was supposed to be their quarter-final battle.They came in as two different teams, announced that they were forming a single team, and walked into the semis as one.”The conclusion of the meeting was for the reunification of the two Koreas in the Asian Games (and) increased unification in sports namely basketball, canoeing, and rowing,” Sjamsoeddin told a news conference.”For the opening ceremony together, God willing, (the joint team) will be called Korea. This is unification. It’s good if they join together.”The OCA said the size of joint teams will not exceed the athlete quota that applies to all the other National Olympic Committees.The unification comes amid warming ties between the two Koreas as relations between Pyongyang and Washington have also improved after tension last year over the North’s nuclear and missile programmes.The 18th Asian Games will be held from August 18 to September 2.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Alia Bhatt looks radiant in figure- hugging red and black attire for yoga class

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SIOUX CITY RESCUE PERSONNEL SENT TO MILLS COUNTY

first_imgTen Urban Search and Rescue personnel from Sioux City along with an amphibious vehicle and rescue equipment were deployed early Friday to Mills County, Iowa.Captain Ryan Collins of Sioux City Fire Rescue says the group is providing assistance to FEMA in that flood stricken area:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/MILLS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..support function. :15The unit was activated by Iowa Homeland Security to assist with flood remediation.Sioux City’s Urban Search & Rescue Team consists of more than 35 members ready to deploy to an emergency within minutes.last_img read more

Gov’t Expanding Reduced Waiting Time Initiative in Health Facilities

Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Reduced Waiting Time Initiative that was implemented last year in 15 health facilities islandwide, will be expanded during the 2018/19 fiscal year, after recording positive results in those institutions.Speaking in the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5), Dr. Tufton said the Government remains committed to reducing the waiting period for patients accessing services at health institutions islandwide.“Our Reduced Waiting Time Initiative was successfully implemented in seven hospitals and eight health centres in year one. The extended hours in the eight health centres (in particular) have resulted in a 41 per cent increase in visits, with about 20 per cent of overall visits during the extended hours,” he noted.The Minister advised that the initiative will be expanded to four additional hospitals and four health centres, moving the total to 23.Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton said the Compassionate Care Programme, which was launched during the 2017/18 fiscal year, has also been a success.“The Victoria Jubilee Hospital Outpatient Antenatal Clinic was upgraded and is now fully refurbished with sectionalised assessment booths to allow for privacy while patients are being assessed and counselled,” he indicated.Dr. Tufton also pointed out that the environment “now promotes positive health behaviour through the various health messages”.“We have also developed the Compassionate Care and Volunteer Policy to provide guidelines to institutionalise the volunteerism programme in the public healthcare system,” he further stated. “Our Reduced Waiting Time Initiative was successfully implemented in seven hospitals and eight health centres in year one. The extended hours in the eight health centres (in particular) have resulted in a 41 per cent increase in visits, with about 20 per cent of overall visits during the extended hours,” he noted. Speaking in the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 5), Dr. Tufton said the Government remains committed to reducing the waiting period for patients accessing services at health institutions islandwide. Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Reduced Waiting Time Initiative that was implemented last year in 15 health facilities islandwide, will be expanded during the 2018/19 fiscal year, after recording positive results in those institutions. read more

Payroll Rebate Approved

first_imgNova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of a payroll rebate for professional services firm Ernst and Young LLP (EY Canada). EY Canada is member of the global EY organization, a leading provider of professional and consulting services. EY has the potential to create up to a maximum of 150 jobs with the opening in Halifax of its first Canadian-based Global Centre of Excellence for Robotic Process Automation Service. Based on the maximum growth forecast of the five-year payroll rebate agreement, NSBI estimates the company would spend $34,650,000 in salaries. It is also estimated the new employees would contribute provincial tax revenues of $4,065,000 through their income and consumption taxes. As a result, EY would earn a rebate of up to $2,488,500 over five years. The company would be eligible for a smaller rebate if it creates fewer than 150 new jobs. Information on NSBI transactions can be found at http://www.novascotiabusiness.com/fundingdisclosures. Information on EY can be found at http://www.ey.com/ca. -30- payroll rebates are designed in a way that the tax revenue generated for the province by the new jobs in Nova Scotia is always more than the amount of the rebate payroll rebates are only paid after a business has generated actual payroll for the Nova Scotia economy for every dollar a company spends on the new jobs it receives between five and 10 cents back when a company submits an annual rebate claim, it must send NSBI audited information that confirms the number of jobs it created that year payroll rebates are paid through the Strategic Investment Fundcenter_img Quick facts:last_img read more

UP govt ready for CBI probe into accident involving Unnao rape victim

first_imgUnnao/ Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government Monday said it was ready to conduct a CBI probe into the road accident in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer received grievous injuries, with the mother of the 19 year old victim charging the incident was a conspiracy to wipe out her family. A car in which the woman, her family and lawyer were travelling was hit by an overspeeding truck in Rae Bareli on Sunday, killing two members and leaving her and the advocate critically injured Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The incident found its echo in Parliament with SP member Ram Gopal Yadav Monday alleging an attempt was made to “kill” the rape victim. Yadav said the security personnel provided to her was not with the victim at the time of the accident and registration plate of the truck involved was covered with grease. BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar is an accused in the rape case and he was arrested on April 13 last year. The Uttar Pradesh government is ready for a CBI probe into the accident of the Unnao rape victim, who had accused a BJP legislator of rape, if a request is made, Director General of Police O P Singh said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “The truck was over-speeding and it was raining also. Prima facie, appears to be an accident, but a detailed unbiased probe is on in the matter,” Singh told reporters in Lucknow. “The state government is ready for recommending a CBI probe into the Sunday’s mishap in Rae Bareli if the victim’s mother or any relative makes any request in this regard,” Singh said. The mother of the victim, speaking to reporters in Unnao, alleged: “It was not an accident but a conspiracy to eliminate all of us.” Tagging a media report on the accident, Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi tweeted:” “Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao. A new special education bulletin for Indian women. Don’t ask questions if a BJP MLA is accused of having raped you.” While, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra described the incident as shocking, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav sought a CBI probe. Meanwhile, the Delhi Commission For Women chief Swati Maliwal met the Unnao rape survivor at a Lucknow hospital and said she should be airlifted to Delhi for better treatment as she is “critical”. in a tweet, BSP supremo Mayawati said: “Her (the rape victim’s) maternal and paternal aunts were killed and she herself and her advocate are seriously injured. The Supreme Court need to take cognizance of the matter and ensure strict action.” Unnao Superintendent of Police MP Verma said that one gunner and two women constables have been assigned round-the-clock duty for the safety of the survivor and her family, but they were not present at the time of the accident. “An inquiry has been ordered to look into the reasons as to why the security personnel were not present with her and action will be taken after getting a report,” Verma said. A police team that rushed to the spot in Rae Bareli after the accident found that the truck’s registration plate scrubbed and painted black, but they could retrieve the registration number UP 71 AT 8300, a police official said. The truck has a Fatehpur district registration plate, Lucknow Zone ADG Rajeev Krishna said. When asked if the registration plate was tampered with, Krishna said it will be sent for forensic checks to ascertain the facts. Teams from Lucknow have reached Rae Bareli for investigation.last_img read more

Aecon Group receives approval to rejoin Gordie Howe bridge consortium

first_imgTORONTO – Aecon Group Inc. says it has received approval to rejoin the group selected as the preferred proponent to build and operate the Gordie Howe International Bridge.Aecon’s request to rejoin its partners as part of the Bridging North America team was approved following a review by the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, the Crown corporation responsible for the project.The consortium, which also includes ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc., Dragados Canada Inc. and Fluor Canada, was selected as the preferred proponent for the project in July.Aecon was initially part of the group but pulled out in May as it was undergoing a federal review about a proposed takeover by a Chinese state-owned company that was ultimately blocked by the Canadian government.Before the takeover by China Communications Construction Company was rejected, the federal government had reportedly decided that Aecon couldn’t work on the bridge for security reasons and opposition from the U.S. administration.The group’s plan for the bridge calls for a six-lane, 2.5-kilometre cable-stayed design. The cost, design details and expected construction schedule are expected to be announced once the contract has been awarded and signed in September.Companies in this story: (TSX:ARE)last_img read more

Kyodo: Ghosn loses appeal to contact wife while out on bail

TOKYO — A Japanese court has rejected an appeal from the lawyers of Nissan former Chairman Carlos Ghosn over bail conditions that forbid him to freely contact his wife.The Kyodo News service reported Thursday the Tokyo District Court rejected the appeal filed earlier in the day. The report could not be immediately confirmed.Deputy Chief Prosecutor Shin Kukimoto said Thursday limiting contact with Carole Ghosn was “an absolute necessity” because of risks of tampering with evidence. He also expressed outrage over Ghosn’s release.Ghosn was arrested in November on allegations of financial misconduct. He was released in March on 1 billion yen ($9 million) bail, but re-arrested April 4. He was released April 25 on 500 million yen ($4.5 million) bail.Ghosn says he is innocent.The Associated Press read more

Seven Lankans detained in Mauritius after being smuggled abroad

Gunathilaka said that steps are now being taken to deport the seven Sri Lankans back to Sri Lanka. However he said the Sri Lankans were instead arrested on the basis that they did not have valid documents to enter the country. A group of Sri Lankans have been detained in Mauritius after they were duped by human smugglers.Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Seychelles, Tikiri Herath Gunathilaka said that the Sri Lankans had paid huge sums of money and travelled to Mauritius expecting employment. The Sri Lankan mission in the Seychelles overlooks Mauritius.Gunathilaka said that at a time when steps are being taken to obtain the visa-on-arrival facility for Sri Lankans to visit Seychelles, those attempts may face hurdles when Sri Lankans attempt to enter Seychelles or Mauritius illegally. read more

Canfor investor vows to vote against Pattison proposal to take company private

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Sept. 18, 2019.Companies in this article: (TSX:CFP)The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — An investment management company that controls about 4.8 per cent of the shares of Canfor Corp. says it will vote against the proposal by a Jim Pattison Group company to take the lumber company private.Letko, Brosseau & Associates Inc. charges in a news release the offer by Great Pacific Capital Corp. is “opportunistic and significantly undervalues the company.”The $16 per share bid to buy the 49 per cent of Canfor that Great Pacific doesn’t already own represented an 81.8 per cent premium to the prior closing price when made in August.But the investment manager says that premium was based on a share price that had fallen to a level not seen since 2010 and the offer is about half what the shares were fetching a year ago.Letko, Brosseau, which manages about $26 billion in assets, says the offer values Canfor at about 4.2 times 2018 adjusted earnings, which is “unjustifiably low.”Shares in Canfor rose more than 70 per cent the day after the offer was made to close at $15.26 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. On Wednesday, they closed at $15.34.“To protect the value of our investment, we intend to vote against the proposed going private transaction,” the release states. read more

Haitian death toll from tropical storm climbs past 1300 UN mission

The death toll continues to climb as humanitarian agencies reach towns and villages in Haiti’s north that were previously cut off because of the flooding and landslides that followed the tropical storm.Most of the known casualty toll so far comes from Gonaïves, Haiti’s third largest city, where as much as 80 per cent of the city was inundated immediately after the storm passed.But the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that in the town of Ennery more than 100 people have been killed and 150 houses have been destroyed.OCHA reported that shelter materials, beds, sheets, tools and fuel are urgently needed to help repair homes and other buildings across the battered north. The risk of water-borne diseases is also said to be high.MINUSTAH troops have been used to protect aid agencies in the distribution of food and water purification tablets because of the threat of looting, while in some cases the troops have been doing the distribution themselves.In other humanitarian developments:The World Health Organization (WHO) has handed out enough basic medicines, food and household materials to last 10,000 people for three months, while many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are delivering clean water by tanker truck.The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is spending $400,000 to provide emergency supplies of seeds, fertilizer and tools to help farmers resume work as soon as is practical, part of a brace of projects around the world to help communities recover in the wake of natural disasters.UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Carol Bellamy will visit Gonaïves on Wednesday to inspect relief efforts. read more

IAEA Board to hold special meeting on Iran on 2 February

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today announced that its Board of Governors will hold a special meeting on Iran on 2 February in Vienna.The meeting was requested by France, Germany and the United Kingdom – the so-called “EU-3” – in a letter today to the Chair of the Board to discuss the implementation of IAEA Safeguards in Iran and related Board resolutions.The move comes a week after Tehran broke the IAEA seals on equipment used to produce enriched uranium, ending their suspension of those activities. Iran contends that it is only conducting research and development for peaceful purposes, but other countries, including the United States, suspect a clandestine effort to produce nuclear arms.Last September, the Board of Governors found that Iran’s breaches of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) were within the competence of the Security Council, which can impose sanctions, but did not refer the matter to the 15-member body.Earlier this week, IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei told Newsweek magazine that after three years of intensive work, the Agency cannot verify that Iran’s nuclear ambitions are entirely peaceful.“If they have the nuclear material and they have a parallel weaponization programme along the way, they are really not very far – a few months – from a weapon,” he said. read more

Iraq UN hotline set up to reach out to displaced Iraqis scattered

“More than 3.2 million Iraqis have been internally displaced since the beginning of 2014 and we are simply not able to reach everyone due to the sheer size of the crisis,” Bruno Geddo, the representative for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Iraq, said a joint announcement released today in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.“People continue to be on the move and many more are being displaced as we speak,” said Mr. Geddo. “While the call centre will help identify and respond to the most urgent needs of the displaced, it will also ensure that up-to-date information is available to them, so that they can access the assistance and services they require.”“This is particularly important for displaced people living outside formal camps and settlements, who may otherwise not be easy to reach to help them meet their needs and harness their resources,” he said.According to UNHCR, the conflict in Iraq has resulted in a displacement crisis of an unprecedented scale with more than 3.2 million people have been forced into displacement since January 2014 alone. “People are scattered in over 3,000 locations across the country,” the agency said. The hotline is designed so that those forced to leave their homes because of the fighting, as well as affected communities, will be able to seek information about humanitarian aid, request assistance, and provide confidential feedback on the humanitarian agencies’ services and outreach activities.Jane Pearce, UN World Food Programme (WFP) Director for Iraq, said “first and foremost, the call centre serves as a quick and easy way for IDPs [internally displaced persons] to find out about how the humanitarian community can help.”“But more importantly, it offers us a chance to connect to, and better understand, the people we serve,” Ms. Pearce said.Following a successful pilot in July 2015 in Erbil Governorate, the information centre is now operational across Iraq and can be reached via any Iraqi mobile phone by dialling 6999.The UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world, established and operates the information centre through the financial contributions of UNHCR, WFP, and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. read more

Vegan mother forced to vaccinate children in High Court ruling

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Two young boys will receive routine vaccinations, in spite of their mother’s wishes, after the High Court ruled that it would not be in the children’s best wishes to keep them from being vaccinated.The mother had told the court she objected to vaccinations because they were not vegan, and that her children’s bodies “are as free of toxins as I can possibly make them.” The boys’ father, who had applied for a court order so his sons could receive vaccinations, described the mother as “obsessive, over-protective and narrow in her views.”Moreover, he said, she had “a suspicion of conventional medicinal methods” and was “even suspicious about the administration of something like Calpol.” The mother, defending her stance at the Court of Protection in Lincoln, said: “Both children are thriving and have strong immune systems which definitely helps in protecting them from diseases.”No vaccine is vegan. No doctor will criticise the actions of a vaccine or he or she will be afraid of losing their job.”It is not natural to be injected with metal elements and as a vegan it goes against my beliefs for my children to be injected with something that is grown on animal cells or something that has been tested on animals.”However, the court ruled against the mother, and both boys will now receive vaccinations against diseases including measles, meningitis, polio and diphtheria. Judge Mark Rogers told the hearing he had “serious concerns as to [the mother’s] ability to look objectively and even-handedly” at the issue.”I am truly sorry that the mother will regard the decision as wrong,” he added. “but my objective duty is clear.” Lincoln County Court Lincoln County Courtlast_img read more