Parrikar one of the best political leaders of the country: Venkaiah

first_imgThe vice president of India M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is “one of the best, ideal political leaders of our country”. He said this while complimenting Mr. Parrikar who was conferred an honorary doctorate by NIT Goa at its 4th convocation ceremony.“He deserves many such things. I am not in politics. I am not in Vinay Tendulkar’s party (Goa BJP president who was in the audience). I have retired from politics, but not from public life,” said Mr. Naidu. The Chief Minister was not present at the function as he is at AIIMS, in New Delhi, undergoing treatment.Mr. Naidu said, “Manohar, as I could see from earlier days to now, is an exemplary character — honest, disciplined and innovative. How could a man who used to be the Defence Minister of India leave the post to become Chief Minister of his own State. Goa is small in size and yet love for his native place, motherland that made him do this,” he said. “We are missing him. We all pray to the Almighty to give him back his good health and enable him to work for the welfare of the people again,” he added.last_img read more

Won’t let BJP treat us in this manner, says Chirag Paswan

first_imgThe Lok Janshakti Party, a key constituent of the NDA, is likely to go it alone in the Jharkhand Assembly election as the BJP is yet to respond to its demand for six seats. The LJP may contest in 37 seats.The LJP made public its dissatisfaction on a day when the BJP lost its oldest ally, the Shiv Sena.“Yes, I wanted to contest in Jharkhand with the BJP. It has been over five weeks that I wrote letters to BJP president Amit Shah, working president J.P. Nadda and Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, listing the six seats we want to contest. These six seats were the ones where the BJP had performed badly in the previous elections,” Chirag Paswan, the newly appointed president of the LJP, told The Hindu. Mr. Paswan said he was willing to compromise and his party would have been ready to bring the number down to 2 to 3. The LJP acted after the BJP released its first list of 52 candidates on Sunday. Among these 52 seats are those demanded by the LJP, including Jarmundi, Panki and Latehar. In the 2014 Assembly election, the BJP had given the LJP a token seat, Sikaripara, where it did not even have a candidate. Finally, a BJP candidate fought on the LJP symbol.‘Inconsequential seats’“I got an indication from the BJP that this time they want to repeat what they did in 2014. They want to give us a few inconsequential seats where we have no presence or even candidate. This time, the LJP is not ready for this kind of treatment,” Mr. Paswan said. The party’s State unit was also eager to go it alone, he said. The LJP has not spoken to the BJP after it released the first list. On Saturday, Mr. Paswan met Om Mathur, the BJP’s in-charge for Jharkhand, but did not get any assurance. “This happens too often. In an alliance, it is necessary for them to give the allies clarity. I have repeatedly told this to the BJP. If you delay your decision, it affects the performance of the alliance too. They are meting out a similar treatment to the All Jharkhand Students Union Party (AJSUP),” Mr. Paswan said. The seat-sharing arrangement between the AJSUP and the BJP has not been announced yet.Mr. Paswan lauded the Shiv Sena for walking out of its alliance with the BJP. “The Shiv Sena stood by whatever it said right from day one… It has the right to exit the NDA for its future,” he said.last_img read more

SPORT-FIFA 3 LAST

first_imgFIFA still has doubters and considerable judicial FIFA still has doubters and considerable judicial troubles ahead, particularly from the US investigation with trials that could start this year.Blatter, 79, the big absentee at the congress, suffered a spectacular fall over the last nine months.He has since been banned from football for six years for ethics breaches and could face criminal charges.Infantino also faced questions over his UEFA ties to Platini, but offered thanks for the French football legends years of support.He also pledged to work “tirelessly” to drag the organisation out of one of the darkest periods in its 112-year history.”You will be proud of FIFA,” he said. “You will be proud of what FIFA will do for football.” AFP AH AHlast_img read more

Sethu FC gears up for IWL qualifiers

first_imgChennai, Nov 19 (PTI) Sethu FC is gearing up to take part in the qualifiers of the 2017 AIFF-Indian Womens League which starts on November 25. The Madurai-based outfit is the first team from Tamil Nadu to take part in the premier womens football competition. The first match is against Baroda FC on November 25. The team is coached by Kalpana Dass, who holds an AFC A licence and has previously worked with several major womens teams, including Pune FC. Playing in the IWL Qualifying will be a big challenge for the side given their limited exposure and being an amateur side of school and college students, she was quoted as saying in a press release. She said outstation players had been roped in this year but there were plans to use only Tamil Nadu players from next time. “Sethu FC is the only team from Tamil Nadu in the IWL.. Right now we have some outstation players.. From next year we want to use only Tamil Nadu players.. This time we have roped in outstation players to give our side some experience and raise the level of their game,” she said. The team is owned by former president of Tamil Nadu Football Association and current chairman of womens committee, M Seeni Moideen. Sethu FC is in six-team Group A in the qualifying league along with Rising Star (Odisha), Baroda FC (Gujarat), Capital Complex Sporting Club (Arunachal Pradesh), Indira Gandhi ASE (Puducherry) and J&K State Sports Council and will play five matches. Group B comprises seven teams. Only the toppers of each group will advance to the main event. This would be the first National tournament for Sethu FC which has predominantly played in Tamil Nadu, the release said. Moideen said, “There is a lot of potential in Tamil Nadu in womens football and I started this team to provide a boost to the womens game in the state.. Our focus is also to improve the game in the state at the grassroots level.” Squad (TN unless specified): Goalkeepers: N Sowmiya, I Ramya, Vinitha, S Rumpa Malik (WB). Defenders: P Juki, M Varalakshmi, JakiyaAfrien, N PoliKoley (WB),Rutuja R Gunwant (Maharashtra), Anline Fernandes (Goa), Laura Estibeiro (Maharashtra). Mid-fielders: S Muthuselvi , S Iswarya, A Karthika ,K Sowbakiyalakshmi, Alam (West Bengal), Indumathi, B Puja Karmakar (WB), Anagha Janakkiraman (Maharashtra). Forwards: M Nandhini, S Abarna, R Sumitra, Velanie Fernandes (Goa), Manisha (Punjab). PTI SS ROHadvertisementlast_img read more

Messi Passes 400 Goal Mark

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi scored his 400th and 401st goals for club and country and Neymar hit a hat trick as Barcelona thrashed Granada 6-0 in the Spanish league on Sept. 27.Defending champion Atletico Madrid routed Sevilla 4-0 in the return of coach Diego Simeone, and Cristiano Ronaldo also found the net for his sixth straight game in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win at Villarreal.Messi’s 358th goal for Barcelona (along with 42 for Argentina) came with Barcelona leading 3-0 when he headed in Dani Alves’ superb one-touch cross in the 56th minute.He added No. 359 near the end to cap the lopsided win.Neymar opened the scoring in the 25th before Messi continued his playmaking by participating in his fellow striker’s next two goals and assisting Ivan Rakitic.The win gave Barcelona the provisional league lead. Valencia can match it on points with a win at Real Sociedad on Sunday.Barcelona heads to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Sept. 30 with more than a finely tuned attack. Its defense hasn’t conceded a goal in seven games this season.After an up-and-down season last year, Messi has returned in fine form from Argentina’s defeat in the World Cup final to Germany. The forward has scored or participated in 14 of Barcelona’s 18 goals in all competitions.Already Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer, the 27-year-old Messi is closing in on two more milestones. He is three goals from equaling Athletic Bilbao’s Telmo Zarra as the Spanish league’s all-time leading scorer with 251. And he is four goals from matching Raul Gonzalez’s record of 71 in the Champions League.“I don’t think that even counting the goals we scored during recess at school we would reach 400,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “Watching Leo press on defense and being so generous in attack is a pleasure.”Also, Athletic Bilbao drew 0-0 at home with neighboring Basque club Eibar to remain winless in five straight games, while Leo Baptistao scored his second brace in four days to give Rayo Vallecano a 2-0 win at Levante.Atletico moved into provisional second place two points behind Barcelona, before it hosts Juventus in the Champions League on Oct. 1.Simeone coached his first league match of the season after being suspended for the first five matches, the last four for a vehement protest in the Spanish Super Cup. Striker Mario Mandzukic also returned from surgery on his broken nose with a protective face mask.Midfielder Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion scored with a deflected strike in the 19th before Saul Niguez took the second goal near halftime from a precision set-piece that included three players touching the ball before he headed it in at the far post.In the last 10 minutes, Raul Garcia converted a penalty after Diogo Rosario fouled Antoine Griezmann, and forward Raul Jimenez scored his first goal for Atletico, also from a set-piece.Sevilla’s first loss left it in fourth.At Camp Nou, Granada striker Youssef El Arabi hit the crossbar in the visitors’ first and best scoring chance in the seventh minute.Joaquin Caparros’ team resisted well until midfielder Hector Yuste gifted the ball to Neymar whose shot took a deflection off defender Jean-Sylvain Babin and looped over goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez before bouncing into the net.Messi set up the second goal by dribbling past two defenders before crossing for Rakitic to score with a glancing header in the 43rd.Two minutes later, Messi’s through ball to Munir El Haddadi led to Roberto charging out to clear the ball, only for it to fall to Neymar who fired into the open net.Messi found Neymar in the area to slot in his sixth league goal this season in the 66th before the Argentine scored for a second time.Villarreal attacked Madrid early on at El Madrigal Stadium, as an airplane circled overhead trailing a banner asking Ronaldo to return to former club Manchester United.But Luka Modric struck from long range in the 32nd, and Karim Benzema sprinted to win a long ball and set up Ronaldo for his league-leading 10th goal in the 40th.Madrid remained in fifth place at four points adrift before it travels to Bulgaria to play Ludogorets in the Champions League on Oct. 1.(JOSEPH WILSON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Alex McLeish to return as the new Scotland manager

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Read more McLeish had always been vocal about a willingness to manage the Scots; he did likewise in 2007 before moving to Birmingham City after 10 month in post. Discussions with Scottish FA board members on Wednesday evening led to contract negotiations on Thursday, which were swiftly concluded. A statement on Friday morning will be followed by a media conference.Walter Smith was briefly courted but withdrew from the running after becoming frustrated at a failure to arrange a meeting. Despite widespread calls to interview Steve Clarke, who has enjoyed stunning success in the short term at Kilmarnock, McLeish had the firm support of the Scottish FA’s president, Alan McRae, and vice-president, Rod Petrie.McLeish, who has been out of work since a spell with the Egyptian league side Zamalek in 2016, will be charged with ending a wait for a major finals appearance stretching back to 1998.The Scottish FA, meanwhile, must step up the hunt for a chief executive after the sudden departure of Stewart Regan. He was personally blamed by certain board members for the inability to coax O’Neill, who subsequently signed a new and lucrative contract with the Irish FA.McLeish’s arrival will not be universally popular, the manner of his exit for Birmingham 11 years ago still causing unrest among some Scotland supporters. McLeish won 77 caps for his country, while his last tenure was notable for a famous success over France in Paris.Speaking last month, McLeish shrugged off the reality of not being the Scottish FA’s first choice. “I know that Michael O’Neill was the favourite, of course, but it wouldn’t be the first time that I’ve got a job on the rebound,” he said. “When I went to Hibs for instance, [the chairman] Rod Petrie fancied Paul Sturrock, and the rest is history.“But if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. I’m more than open to the possibility, so we will see.” Gordon Strachan Share on Facebook Alex McLeish Share via Email news Share on LinkedIn Emotion, history, politics, money and the great Hampden head-scratcher Topics Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Scotland Alex McLeish will be unveiled as the Scotland manager for a second time on Friday, the 59-year-old having agreed a deal until 2020 as the successor to Gordon Strachan.The Scottish FA’s refusal to extend Strachan’s contract beyond the end of a failed World Cup qualifying campaign led to a strong pursuit of Michael O’Neill, which ultimately fell short as he opted to remain with Northern Ireland. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Sports Development/Competitions Coordinator

first_imgIn partnership with Southern Touch Association, TFA will be advertising this hybrid role to develop the sport in Tasmanian and help manage Southern Touch competitions in Hobart. The role will have dual reporting lines – one to the TFA Regional Manager East and the second to the General Manager of Southern Touch. It is envisaged the responsibilities of the role will be evenly distributed between TFA and Southern Touch.Applicants should email a two page letter of introduction addressing the qualifications and experience as they relate to the selection criteria, together with a resume containing contact details of referees to micheal.lovett@victouch.com.au or sthtouch@southcom.com.au.Please click on the attachment below for more information. Further information:Micheal Lovett, Regional Manager (East)(03) 9206 6753Matt Phillips, General Manager Southern Touch(03) 6244 1130Related Fileshybrid_sports_development__competitions_coordinator_pd-pdflast_img read more

NSWMA to get 2,000 Plastic Drums for Garbage Collection

first_imgJamaica Bedding and Ojay Koolerswill be donating 2,000 plastic drums to the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), to assist in their cleaning-up efforts in the Spanish Town, Old Harbour and May Pen areas. The drums will be handed over to the NSWMA at a ceremony, to be held at 29 East Street,Old Harbour,St. Catherine, on Thursday, December 20,starting at 10:00 a.m. Community Relations Manager at the NSWMA, Shauna Guthrie, said the initiative is to get persons to containerise their solid waste, in an attempt to lessen littering in public places. “The NSWMA is challenged on a daily basis with cleaning major thoroughfares, and our biggest issue is persons not containerising their waste. We hope with the distribution of these drums, persons will be motivated to dispose of their solid waste in the receptacles provided,” she urged. Mrs. Guthrie emphasised that keeping Jamaica clean should be everyone’s business if, as a nation, “we are to achieve the goals outlined in the Country’s National Development Plan, Vision 2030, which is to make Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business.” “We want persons to get into the habit of using the bins, because keeping Jamaica clean is a fifty-fifty thing, which means that each person is responsible for managing their solid waste,” she said. Mrs. Guthrie noted that the drums will improve efficiency, in terms of cleaning the towns. “Our turnaround times will definitely be reduced, when we go into the various towns for cleaning purposes. The placement of the bins will guarantee easier access for us to empty solid waste into our available units,” she informed. Mrs. Guthrie is urging the public to use the bins that will be provided, so that the towns will be kept clean at all times.   “We are appealing to persons to stop littering their surroundings, because it makes our streets and towns look untidy,” she said.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Encouraged to Get Flu Shot

first_imgNova Scotians are encouraged to get a flu shot early in the season. “Vaccination is the single most important way to prevent the flu, which can be a very serious illness,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “It’s free, safe and effective, and we encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine, but especially people at high risk for complications such as pregnant women.” Other high-risk groups strongly encouraged to get a flu shot are seniors, those six months to five years of age, Aboriginal people, anyone with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes, and those who live with, or care for, people in high-risks groups. “This year, we want to remind pregnant women to get vaccinated. It is safe and effective at any stage of pregnancy, and protects not only the pregnant woman, but her baby both before and after birth,” said Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Frank Atherton. “Since the earliest a baby can be immunized is at six months, an expectant mother’s flu shot is the best way her newborn can be protected.” Seasonal flu vaccine is available from most pharmacies, family doctors, family practice nurses, nurse practitioners, clinics offered by Public Health and some workplaces. Last year, 42 per cent of Nova Scotians got a flu shot. Proper hygiene such as hand washing and covering noses and mouths when coughing or sneezing is also important to prevent the spread of influenza and many other infections. People with flu symptoms should stay home and minimize close contact with others. Flu symptoms often include a sudden high fever, headache, general aches and pains, fatigue and weakness, a runny, stuffy nose, sneezing and sore throat. It can lead to more severe illness such as pneumonia or even death. For more information on the flu, visit www.gov.ns.ca/flu .last_img read more

No bank has power to employ bouncers to recover loans govt

first_imgNew Delhi: No bank has the power to employ bouncers for forceful recovery of loans from customers, Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur said in the Lok Sabha on Monday. Singh also said there is a clear directive of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to appoint recovery agents only after proper police verification and fulfilling other relevant formalities. “No one has any power to appoint any musclemen or bouncers for recovery of loans forcefully,” he said during the Question Hour. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief Thakur said the RBI has issued ‘Guidelines on Fair Practices Code for Lenders’ which are required to be adopted by banks, duly approved by their Board. “The said circular prohibits lenders from resorting to undue harassment in recovering loans, viz., persistently bothering borrowers at odd hours, use of muscle power for recovery of loans etc,” he said. The minister said with regard to complaints, the RBI has informed that complaints received by it regarding violation of the said guidelines and abusive practices followed by banks’ recovery agents are viewed seriously. “In such cases, the RBI can consider banning the bank concerned from engaging recovery agents in a particular area for a specified period. “In case of persistent breach of above guidelines, the RBI can also consider extending the period or the area where the bank concerned is barred from engaging recovery agents,” he said.last_img read more

Trudeau wont weigh in on Kurdish independence citing Quebec lesson

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pointed to his own experience in two Quebec referendums to explain why Canada won’t weigh in on the push for independence by Iraq’s Kurdish population.Yet silence may not be enough if violence erupts, as many fear, and Canadian military equipment and training in Iraq ends up being used for purposes other than fighting the so-called Islamic State group.An estimated 4 million people in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, located in the north of the country, were believed to have voted Monday in a controversial referendum that has been widely criticized.The ballots will take days to count, but early results suggest Kurds have voted overwhelmingly in favour of independence. Kurdish officials say the results will be used to kick-start separation talks.Many countries have come out strongly against the vote, including the U.S. and most of Iraq’s neighbours, as well as Iraq’s central government in Baghdad and even the UN.But while Canadian officials have long claimed to support a united Iraq, the Liberal government has remained relatively silent on the Kurdish referendum.Many have suspected that Canada was staying quiet because of its own history with referendums in Quebec, which Trudeau all but confirmed during an event in Toronto on Monday.“As a Quebecer, I’m very sensitive to other countries weighing in on internal decisions around the future of a country or separation questions,” Trudeau said.“I was involved in two referendum campaigns in Canada where we very much appreciated foreign interlocutors not weighing in on what Quebecers should be choosing and what Canadians should be choosing.”The independence referendum is a landmark event for Iraqi Kurds, who suffered under Saddam Hussein’s rule, but have enjoyed a large degree of autonomy under the post-Hussein constitution adopted in 2005.But there have also been persistent fears of violence, given several seemingly intractable land disputes between Baghdad and the Kurdish capital, Erbil, particularly when it comes to ownership of the city of Kirkuk.The Kurdish government opted to hold the referendum in these so-called disputed territories despite Baghdad’s objections and both sides have threatened to use force to defend what they see as theirs.Canadian officials warned about exactly this in a briefing note to Trudeau in November 2015, saying the war with ISIL had let the Kurds “expand into disputed territory in northern Iraq, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.”“Should the (ISIL) threat recede, Baghdad will have to contend with a range of land disputes with the (Kurds), as well as strengthened Iraqi Kurdish forces, which have received training and equipment from coalition members, including Canada.”The Liberal government responded by increasing Canada’s support to the Kurds, which included tripling the number of Canadian military trainers and promising to provide the Kurds with weapons.Thomas Juneau, an expert on Middle East politics at the University of Ottawa, said it made sense to help the Kurds against ISIL, but Canada will have to live with the consequences if that support is used for other purposes.“We are supporting the Kurds,” he said. “If violence breaks out we are taking a side. We would have to live with that reality.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.last_img read more

SCHITTS CREEK BECOMES FIRST CANADIAN COMEDY SERIES NOMINATED FOR A CRITICS CHOICE

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It’s the first Canadian show to ever be nominated in the category. Advertisement Advertisement Annie Murphy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Daniel Levy in Schitt’s Creek (CBC)center_img Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: The cast and producers of the CBC comedy series Schitt’s Creek are celebrating the show’s inclusion in the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards.The program, about a rich family who go bust and are forced to live in a small town they bought as a joke, is nominated for Best Comedy Series in the annual awards, which honour both film and television.last_img read more

Insights West poll shows support for Trans Mountain has increased dramatically in

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — A new Insights West poll shows that support for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in B.C. has increased dramatically in this province.In the online survey of a sample of British Columbians, 55 percent of residents now say they support the proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, which is an 11 point increase since a previous Insights West poll conducted in September 2017. Thirty-six percent now oppose the pipeline expansion project, a drop of 10 points, while only nine percent said they were not sure. Photo by Insights West Photo by Insights West Photo by Insights West Photo by Insights West Insights West said that the poll shows support for the pipeline is at its highest level in five years. In particular, strong support for the pipeline expansion has jumped 15 points over the past 7 months to 34 percent, while strong opposition has decreased 7 points to 23 percent, a reversal of the trends last September. While a majority of British Columbians across all regions and population groups support the pipeline expansion project, but there are significant regional differences as support is much stronger outside the southwestern part of the province. The poll shows that 61 precent give the pipeline a thumbs up in the rest of the province, while support in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island sits at 52 percent and 51 percent respectively. Overall support has grown by ten percent in the Lower Mainland and by 11 percent on Vancouver Island in the past 7 months. The largest drop in opposition since September of last year has occurred in the Lower Mainland, where only 37 percent of residents oppose Trans Mountain, down from 48 percent.When asked what they thought the chances are that the pipeline will be built, 84 percent of British Columbians gave it a 50% chance or better of being completed. This includes 12 percent who were 100% certain. Sixteen percent give it less than a 50% chance, including just 2% who believe it has no chance at all. 92 percent of supporters and 71 percent of those who oppose the pipeline expansion believe it has at least a 50% chance of getting built.The online poll was conducted from April 13 to April 16th and gathered data from 1,021 British Columbians. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.last_img read more

Dieudonnés Casablanca Performance Canceled By Demand of Jewish Organization

Taroudante – The performance of controversial French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala scheduled for April 29th in Casablanca has been canceled apparently by demand of a French Jewish organization.Although Moroccan officials offered no explanation for denying a permit for the performance, the Mohammed V complex, the event’s planned venue, said that the show had been cancelled due to “technical reasons.”The decision may have been due to political pressure, however. The President of the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism (BNVCA), Sammy Ghozlan, claims to have sent a letter to the Ambassador of Morocco to France demanding that the Moroccan authorities prevent Dieudonné from performing his show in Casablanca, according to Telquel. “As soon as I learned that Dieudonné was going to perform in Casablanca, I immediately contacted Morocco’s ambassador in Paris,” said Ghozlan, adding that he is satisfied with the decision made by the Moroccan authorities to ban the show.According to Ghozlan, “Morocco has a large Jewish community. Allowing Dieudonné to perform his show is a real incitement to hatred against that community.”The Casablanca show was one stop on Dieudonné’s tour of a number of Arab cities, including Dubai and Beirut.The show entitled “La Bête immonde” (The Vile Beast), contains strong language directed against Jews. It portrays the life of Ilan Halimi, a young Parisian Jewish phone salesman who was tortured and murdered in 2006 by a gang of kidnappers because he was Jewish.Dieudonné has repeatedly faced prosecution in France on charges related to anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial and incitement of racial hatred against Jews. He has also been the subject of multiple executive bans against his shows in France for their anti-Semitic content. The controversial artist invented a quasi-Nazi salute, which many, including French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, have dubbed as an anti-Semitic gesture of hate.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Liquor bottles to carry sticker of approval

The Government has prepared a programme to paste a sticker in each legally manufactured bottle of liquor under the supervision of the Department of Excise, and to paste the sticker for imported bottles of liquor before releasing from the customs, Cabinet Spokesperson Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said at the weekly Cabinet briefing held at the Government Information Department today.He said that as the government has imposed a large tax over liquor, illegally bottled liquor seem to enter into the market. Under these circumstance many customers drink unhealthy liquor. The Minister also said that illegally imported liquor has had an impact on Governments revenue. The proposal submitted to the Cabinet by the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake on this has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. read more

WatchWTO rules in Canadas favour in dispute with US over glossy paper

The World Trade Organization has ruled largely in favour of Canada in a dispute with the United States over duties on glossy paper.The WTO said Thursday it found the U.S. Department of Commerce acted inconsistently with trade rules in its justification for imposing countervailing duties on supercalendered paper, which is mainly used in magazines, catalogues, corporate brochures and advertising inserts.Canada had asked in 2016 that the WTO look into the duties, and how the U.S. went about investigating the issue.‘Canada has just detonated a bomb’: Trade relations with U.S. plummet after WTO complaint‘Broad and ill-advised attack’: Washington lashes out after Canada takes U.S. trade to task — for the whole worldGlobal Affairs Canada spokesman John Babcock said by email that the government acknowledges the WTO ruling that the U.S. breached its obligations when it made its countervailing duty determination.He said Canada requests the U.S. implement the panel’s findings promptly, rescind the duty order and refund all duties collected since it went into effect.Joel Neuheimer, vice president of international trade for the Forest Products Association of Canada said in a statement that the association welcomes the WTO ruling.The WTO says it found the U.S. Department of Commerce acted inconsistently with trade rules in its justification for imposing countervailing duties on Canadian supercalendered paper. Last year, a NAFTA review panel also ruled in Canada’s favour with a unanimous decision to order the U.S. Department of Commerce to reconsider its duties against Canadian mills that produce glossy paper.The U.S. imposed the duties in 2015, including a 20.18 per cent duty on Nova Scotia’s Port Hawkesbury Paper, a 17.87 per cent duty against Montreal-based Resolute Forest Products, and a duty of 18.85 per cent on the J.D. Irving mill in New Brunswick and Catalyst Paper of British Columbia.The U.S. had claimed Canadian producers had received unfair subsidies, including cheap government-supplied electricity.Exports of supercalendered paper from Canada to the United States were valued at $959 million in 2014. James MacDonald/Bloomberg read more

Job loss a realistic possibility with provinces 15 minimum wage plan

Job loss a realistic possibility with province’s $15 minimum wage plan Alberta is sailing into uncharted waters with its minimum wage policy and job loss is a realistic possibility.That from an internal briefing document prepared for Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour Lori Sigurdson, ahead of the October increase for 2015.“At this point it is not fully known what the overall impact of this kind of upwards wage pressure would have on what is still an uncertain economy but it is reasonable to assume that job loss and perhaps significant job loss is one realistic possibility.”The document was obtained by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business through a freedom of information request.It says the government needs to do further research and analysis into what kind of an impact it’s plan will have on the province’s economy.“Determining the overall economic impact of the new policy presents many challenges – the complexity of analysis, the multiplicity of potential casual variables and the sheer uniqueness of the Alberta situation make it difficult to make meaningful predictions.”It adds “possibility is not really prediction” and adds “Alberta will essentially be sailing into uncharted waters.”“Alberta needs to build more analytic and research capacities to make better sense of a renewed minimum wage policy that is intended to to produce not just economic but social effects. It is recommended that this research and analysis continue and intensify even as the first rate is announced and that the additional knowledge is gained through this exercise be used to ensure that the adoption of the minimum wage policy be informed and smooth as possible.”CFIB Vice-President of British Columbia and Alberta Richard Truscott says it’s clear there isn’t a lot of research that has been on this file on what the impacts will be.“There isn’t a lot of research that’s been done by the government, they have not done their due diligence, they have not done economic modelling, they have not done empirical analysis on what the economic impact would be,” he said. “It also blows holes in the Premier and Labour Minister’s own argument that somehow raising the minimum wage will actually create jobs.”“It looks like they’re now trying to scramble and match the facts and the research with their assertion,” he said.Truscott adds it’s sad they’re continuing to proceed with this and he’s hopeful they re-examine their approach.The minimum wage was raised by a dollar on October 1st, making the third-highest in the nation.And the briefing note says the first increase would likely not have much of an impact.660 NEWS did reach out to the Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour and was told she was unavailable for comment.A spokesperson did send the following statement:“Our government believes those earning the least should be able to take care of their families. We analyzed the potential impact of this year’s increase and found that there would not be negative economic consequences. We will continue to make fact based decisions, every step of the way as we move forward with our commitments.”To see the full report – click here. by Ian Campbell Posted Dec 16, 2015 12:50 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 16, 2015 at 4:17 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Minister Lori Sigurdson Government of Alberta read more

TOKYO 2020 Valero Rivera extends deal in Qatar

qatar handball federationValero Rivera One of the most successful handball coaches in the history of our sport, Valero Rivera, will continue to work as a head-coach of Qatari national team after the end of Olympic cycle in Rio 2016! The new deal is signed until Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. Rivera made a great achievement by wining the silver medal with Qatar at the World Championship 2015 in Doha last January.The former famous FC Barcelona and Spanish national team coach showed already commitment in the project of Qatar Handball Federation by taking responsibility for the Junior National team who competed at the World Champioship in Brazil. Obviously, the coach who won the six EHF Champions League titles with FC Barcelona looking to make some new stars in the most ambitious Asian handball country.He has fantastic condition for something like that as Qatari Handball Federation has their own sports hall with hotel and other necessary facilities – Duhail Sports Center, one of the venues where Qatar 2015 was held.After winning the silver medal at Qatar 2015, Qatar now looking for the Olympic qualification tournament in the last week of October from which the winner will win the ticket for Rio. The host venue will be Duhail. ← Previous Story VRANJES ERA: Ljubo extends love with SG Flensburg until 2020! Next Story → EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW – VALERO RIVERA: OUR NEXT DREAM – RIO 2016! read more

Wisla beat Kielce in Polish Holy War

5.Legionowo2210210571:58822 4.Kwidzyn2211110583:59623 1.Vive Kielce222011765:57341 ← Previous Story Montpellier win French Cup 2016! Next Story → Qatari revenge in Berlin 9.Gwardia Opole228113547:58717 Orlen Wisla Plock beat Vive Tauron Kielce 31:27 (16:16) in the biggest Polish handball derby! Manolo Cadenas guys made a nice intro for the two battles with RK Vardar Skopje at the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16.Orlen Wisła Płock – Vive Tauron Kielce 31:27 (16:16)Orlen Wisła: R.Corrales (24% 4/20, 1/1 k), M.Wichary (43% 9/19, 0/2 k) – M.Daszek, V.Ghionea(2), A.Wiśniewski(2), Z.Kwiatkowski, T.Rocha(5), M.Pušica(3), D.Racotea(7), M.Tarabochia(2), D.Zhitnikov(5), J.Toledo(2), A.Montoro(3)Vive Tauron: S.Szmal (31% 4/13, 0/0 k), M.Sego (21% 6/28, 0/0 k) – M.Štrlek(4, 2/2k), T.Reichmann(2, 0/1k), M.Jachlewski(1), J.Aginagalde(1), M.Kus(1), P.Chrapkowski(1), U.Zorman(5), P.Paczkowski(1), M.Jurecki(6), M.Jurkiewicz(2), K.Lijewski(3)STANDINGS: 12.Slask222020513:7044 8.Zaglebie228212540:58718 10.Szczecin227114561:60015 11.Stal Mielec224018562:6878 2.Wisla Plock222011733:52241 7.Zabrze229310693:67921 6.Chrobry Glogow229310556:57221 3.Azoty-Pulawy221615669:59833 Orlen Wisla PlockVive Tauron Kielce read more