Drinking costs two Bihar policemen their job

first_imgTwo policemen were dismissed from service on Thursday for consuming liquor and creating nuisance in Bihar which was declared a dry State in April last year. The duo held top positions in the State police association. While Nirmal Singh was president of the Bihar Policemen’s Association Shamsher Khan was its general secretary. The duo were caught in an inebriated state in May this year.last_img

CBI given time to probe Tej meeting murder accused

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday granted time to the CBI to file a report on its probe relating to news reports, photographs and videos showing former Bihar Minister Tej Pratap Yadav, son of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, along with the men accused of killing scribe Rajdev Ranjan. A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud considered the submission of CBI counsel that two more days be granted for filing the fresh status report on the probe conducted on the alleged meeting of the accused with the then Health Minister.“List after two weeks,” the Bench said.In judicial custodyEarlier, the apex court had sought the CBI’s response as to whether it had probed the news photographs and videos showing Mr. Yadav with Mohd. Kaif and Mohd. Javed, accused of killing the scribe and who were then absconding. The accused are currently in judicial custody. It had then directed the CBI to file a status report on the probe into the allegations that Mr. Yadav sheltered them and the news reports that purportedly showed them in the company of Mr. Yadav and Mohd. Shahabuddin, jailed Rashtriya Janata Dal strongman and a co-accused in the murder case. The apex court had issued notices to Mr. Shahabuddin, Mr. Yadav and the Bihar government on the plea of Ranjan’s wife seeking transfer of the case from Siwan in Bihar to Delhi. The Supreme Court had directed the CBI to proceed with the probe and ordered police protection to the scribe’s wife Asha Ranjan and their family.Shift soughtMs. Asha had moved the top court seeking transfer of the probe and trial in the case to Delhi on the ground s that media reports had shown two absconding killers of her husband in the company of Mr. Shahabuddin and Mr. Yadav. She had sought relief, including a direction to the CBI, to take up the investigation forthwith in view of the fact that the offenders, Mohd. Kaif and Mohd. Javed, were spotted with Mr. Shahabuddin and the then state Health Minister, where several policemen were also present. Kaif had surrendered in the Siwan district court on September 21.Work of sharpshootersThe scribe, working with a vernacular daily, was shot dead on the evening of May 13 in Siwan town by some sharp-shooters allegedly at the instance of the then jailed RJD leader, the plea alleged. Despite being named by the family of the journalist, the Siwan police did not name Mr. Shahabuddin in the FIR as a key conspirator, it alleged. It also alleged that the RJD leader was irked over some reports by the slain journalist on the issue of murder of three sons of Chandrakeshwar Prasad. Mr. Shahabuddin was awarded life term in one of the cases.last_img read more

(RPTNG AFTER CORRECTING TIMING IN PARA 3)

first_imgDutee hogs limelight, 2 national records shattered in Fed Cup By Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Apr 28 (PTI) Two national records were shattered with 100m sprinter Dutee Chand hogging the limelight on the opening day of the Federation Cup National Athletics Championships here today. Odisha athlete Dutee clocked 11.33secs in womens 100m dash to win the gold and erase Rachita Mistrys 16-year-old earlier national record of 11.38 secs. Another Odisha athlete Amiya Kumar Mallick also broke the national record in mens 100m sprint by clocking 10.26 secs in the semifinals, thereby bettering the earlier national mark of 10:30secs set by Abdul Najeeb Qureshi in 2010. Mallick, however, failed to finish at the podium in the mens 100m race finals due to left hamstring pull. None of the athletes, however, could qualify for the Rio Olympics on the first day of the meet. The three-day championships, the first major event of the season, also served as the qualifying event for the Rio Games. 20-year-old Dutee, who won a landmark gender case at the Court of Arbitration for Sports against the world athletics governing body IAAF in July last year, however, missed the Rio Olympics qualification norm of 11.32secs by one-hundredth of a second. Her Odisha state-mate Srabani Nanda was second in 11.45secs while HM Jyothi, representing Canara Bank, was third in 11.46secs in the finals at the Jawaharlal Nehru tracks here. Dutee was banned from competitions in 2014 under IAAFs policy on hyperandrogenism and she filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne which she won last year to clear the decks for her return to athletics. An elated Dutee said that all her hard work and focus despite the distractions and disappointments in the last few years have given her rich dividends. “I could not qualify for Rio Olympics but I am not disappointed by that. I am extremely happy, the national record is mine now. It is very early in the season, its the first meet and I have three more months to qualify for the Rio Olympics,” Dutee said after winning the race. “I have gotten over all those disappointments related to my case (relating to IAAFs hyperandrogenism policy). After winning the case at the CAS, I have been focussing on my running and with the help of my personal coach (N Ramesh) and my well wishers, I could achieve this,” said Dutee who trains at the Puellela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad. PTI PDS CM AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Team bonding camp ahead of tournament amazing, say golfers

first_imgBengaluru, May 28 (PTI) The team-bonding and strategising camp for the eight teams in the fray for the fifth edition of the Louis Philippe Cup golf tournament has begun with all the players expressing their happiness at the opportunity. “In an individual sport like golf, such camps are rare affairs. It is a lovely atmosphere here and we have been to relax and bond with team members in preparation for the tournament,” said Laqshya Mumbais Mukesh Kumar. The camp ahead of the Rs 1.2 crore prize money league format tournament was held at Zion Hills, about 90 kilometers from here. NSports Hyderabads Gaganjeet Bhullar said that the camp has helped players understand each other better so that they could compete better as a team. “Earlier, even though we shared friendly relations with each other at the end of the day we were still competitors. Now we are like a team so are getting to learn about the other. We are even helping each other to rectify shortcomings while at the same time honing our strengths,” said Gaganjeet. Jaypee Greater Noidas Shamim Khan said that their team had already formulated their strategy for the LP Cup after spending two days together. “This is amazing as we have already understood our strengths and weaknesses. We even know which player is the best for which situation. It is going to help us a great deal when the tournament gets under way,” he said. The tournament starts on June 1 and the final will be held on June 4. PTI PDS AHadvertisementlast_img read more

Quaresma the shootout hero as Portugal beats Poland

first_imgMARSEILLE, France (AP) — Ricardo Quaresma scored the winning penalty as Portugal beat Poland 5-3 in a shootout in the European Championship quarterfinals on Thursday following a 1-1 draw after extra time.After scoring an extra-time winner in the round of 16 against Croatia, Quaresma sent his spot-kick past Lukasz Fabianski to give Portugal a semifinal against either Wales or Belgium in Lyon on Wednesday. It will be the fourth time the Portuguese have reached the semifinals in the last five tournaments.Earlier, Poland striker Robert Lewandowski had put his team in front with the quickest goal of the tournament, scoring inside two minutes.Portugal right-back Cedric Soares misjudged a cross-field ball, allowing Kamil Grosicki to break into space on the left flank and send in a low cross for Lewandowski to convert with a first-time shot.Poland’s lead lasted until the 33rd minute, when 18-year-old Renato Sanches lit up the game with an equalizer.Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, left, eyes the ball near Poland’s Michal Pazdan during the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between Poland and Portugal, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Thursday, June 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)The youngster cut in from the right and passed to Nani, who sent it back immediately with a neat backheel. Sanches unleashed a powerful shot from the edge of the area that took a deflection off Grzegorz Krychowiak on its way past the outstretched Fabianski.Cristiano Ronaldo had another poor game for Portugal at the European Championship, missing a golden opportunity to win the game in the 85th. He beat the Polish offside trap with a perfectly timed run but completely missed the ball as he tried to convert a bouncing pass from Joao Moutinho.Poland’s Jakub Blaszczykowski misses a penalty during the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between Poland and Portugal, at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Thursday, June 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)The Real Madrid star missed another good chance early in extra time, though he did score with Portugal’s opening penalty of the shootout.Both teams face sanctions from UEFA for pyrotechnic use by their fans, while play was briefly stopped in extra time by a fan who ran onto the pitch. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

PHOTO: Kevin White flipped off OSU’s bench on Saturday

first_img#OKState may have lost today, but #WVU’s Kevin White let the bench know they’re still number one. #Big12 #CFB pic.twitter.com/WKFKABSxr1— John James Laws (@TheJohnLaws) October 26, 2014Kevin White was held to three catches for 27 yards on Saturday which is his first game under 100 receiving yards all season.During the game he apparently flipped off the OSU bench which is odd because he should have been flipping off Kevin Peterson for putting him in a straightjacket all day.Dana will be proud, I’m sure.No really, he probably will.h/t NewsOKIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Watch: Iowa Releases Hype Video Ahead Of Nebraska Game

first_imgIowa's players get ready to take the field.Iowa has released its hype video ahead of its battle with Nebraska.The Hawkeyes are set to do battle with Nebraska on Friday afternoon and they have released their hype video ahead of the Big Ten matchup.”To beat the man in front of you… that is what this game is about” #SwarmKinnick https://t.co/iksGaq1al6— Hawkeye FB Video (@hawkeyeFBvideo) November 25, 2016The hype video features highlights from throughout the seasons including the Hawkeyes’ upset win over Michigan just a few weeks ago.This game has huge implications on where these two teams will be heading for bowl game. A win for Iowa means a second place finish in the Big Ten West while a win for Nebraska and a Wisconsin loss to Minnesota puts the Cornhuskers into the Big Ten title game.Iowa and Nebraska kick off at 3:30 p.m. EST on ABC.last_img read more

Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Southeast Alaska Episode

first_img Learning About Finger Wrestling, Mountain Cheese, and More Fun from Germany The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux Thanks for tuning in! If you have a question for The Manual podcast crew, give us a shout at podcast@themanual.com — we’re always around! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and keep an eye out for podcast polls so you can join the discussion.Further ReadingMooching, Whales, and Catching Kings: What It’s Like to Go Salmon Fishing in AlaskaAvoid the Masses and Take an Expedition Cruise to Far-Flung PlacesMore People Disappear in the Alaska Triangle than Anywhere Else Why You Should Make Plans to Visit Greenland Now An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist center_img Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming.For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table — the associate editor of lifestyle, Chase McPeak, and the ever-affable host, Greg Nibler — have a tete-a-tete about America’s largest and arguably most beautiful state: Alaska. However, since Alaska is so huge, the guys limit their coverage today specifically to Southeast Alaska.First, Chase discusses his recent trip to Waterfall Resort on Prince of Wales Island, where he spent a week fishing for king salmon among the islets and islands of Southeast Alaska’s temperate rainforest archipelago. He details how you arrive at the resort (by floatplane), how to fish salmon (mooching), and points out the finer bits of the adventure, like spotting bears, eagles, humpback whales, and even orcas.Next, Greg does a deep dive into cruising around Southeast Alaska. He offers tips on multiple places to eat, drink, and be merry in multiple little Southeast Alaska towns, all while trying hard not to denigrate the cruise experience. One great takeaway is that a cruise allows you to take your home base with you, wherever you may be wandering; you only unpack and pack once, you always know where your bed is, and you gain a sense of comfort and familiarity on a cruise ship that you might not otherwise get if you were attempting to drive from city to city and natural wonder to natural wonder.Hear all the great stories that came out of these two guys’ separate trips to Southeast Alaska: Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Judiciary Encouraged to Educate the Public on Sentencing Guidelines

first_imgChief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, is calling on members of the legal profession to play a greater role in educating the wider public about sentencing guidelines.She noted that there were legislative provisions that allow for reduced sentences for persons who plead guilty. “You cannot for example, if an accused pleads guilty to manslaughter, after a charge of murder, you cannot sentence the accused based on murder because it is a provision of our law,” she said, explaining that “provocation” reduces murder to manslaughter, adding that “these are all legal principles.”The Plea Negotiations and Agreement Act, gives accused persons the opportunity to offer a guilty plea in exchange for a lighter sentence.Mrs Justice McCalla was speaking at a special sitting of the Court of Appeal that was held in her honour at Public Building West, downtown Kingston on January 26.The Chief Justice added that she was depending on members of the Bar and the media to educate the Jamaica citizenry, so they can understand and will not be “traumatised” by what they read in the papers at times.Meanwhile, Mrs. Justice McCalla commended members of the profession who are committed and dedicated to their work and the mission of the court.During the special sitting, members of the Judiciary bade farewell to the outgoing Chief Justice.Chief Justice McCalla, has served the Judiciary in Jamaica with distinction for over 40 years. The sitting was used to show appreciation for the stellar work and legacy she leaves behind. She is expected to demit office on January 31.last_img read more

National Security Minister Commits to Protecting Borders

first_img National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government is committed to ensuring that its capability to protect the country’s borders is significantly improved. Dr. Chang was addressing the opening of a one-day Anti-illicit Trade Conference, hosted by Carreras Limited at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on July 23. Story Highlights It is for that reason, the Minister noted, that two marine patrol boats were purchased for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) sometime ago for offshore pursuits, and that a partnership was formed between the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) and the Finance and the Public Service Ministry to train JCA staff. National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government is committed to ensuring that its capability to protect the country’s borders is significantly improved.It is for that reason, the Minister noted, that two marine patrol boats were purchased for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) sometime ago for offshore pursuits, and that a partnership was formed between the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) and the Finance and the Public Service Ministry to train JCA staff.Dr. Chang was addressing the opening of a one-day Anti-illicit Trade Conference, hosted by Carreras Limited at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on July 23.“We have to intercept the threats. We’ll be working with Customs to ensure that staff members are not only trained and prepared but have the required technology to assist in ensuring that we can maintain the legal entry points,” the Minister said.He further said that illicit trade, which includes lottery scamming, illegal cigarettes, guns and other nefarious activities, fund organised criminal networks in Jamaica.Dr. Chang argued that it is necessary to put an end to such activities if we are to “achieve the level of growth in the economy that is required”.Meanwhile, Carreras Limited Managing Director, Marcus Steele, said the conference is timely, “because there is no doubt that urgent action is required”.“The illicit trade is getting bigger… and more challenging, in line with crime in Jamaica. The flow of illicit cigarettes is mind-boggling,” he said, pointing to the recent seizure of over $500 million worth of illegal cigarettes.Mr. Steele emphasised that strong domestic action against illicit trade is needed and that “each country must develop a regulatory regime that controls tobacco trade at and within its borders”.“The practice to combat the illicit tobacco trade must reflect the unique circumstances of each country. We know that the socio-economic factors here in Jamaica have a major role in the trade,” he noted.The Managing Director emphasised that greater communication is needed between the various arms of government that are essential to enhancing the effectiveness of tobacco control measures.They include law enforcement, taxation and revenue protection, customs services, the Health Ministry as well as the appropriate regional and intergovernmental organisations.For his part, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Fitz Bailey, said the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is committed to disbanding all forms of illicit trade, especially counterfeit products.Mr. Bailey, who is in charge of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC), said the process will require partnerships from all other law-enforcement agencies, the JCA, Financial Investigations Division (FID) and Tax Administration Jamaica, to take the profit out of crime.The conference aimed to explore solutions to the problem of illicit trade, especially of counterfeit cigarettes, which results in an estimated loss of $5 billion in revenue to the Government annually.last_img read more

No need for any debate on reservation

first_imgNew Delhi: Asserting that there is no need for any “debate” on the issue of reservation, BJP ally and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Tuesday it is a constitutional right of the weaker sections of society.The Lok Janshakti Party president’s comments come days after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s remarks that there should be conversation in harmonious atmosphere between those in favour of reservation and those against it. Paswan, however, did not react directly to Bhagwat’s comments, saying he did not know details of his remarks. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He said reservation is a constitutional right and added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reiterated it many times that it cannot tampered with. “There is no need for any debate on reservation. This is now available even to the upper castes poor so it is impossible that it will be ended,” he told reporters. He accused opposition parties of doing politics over the issue. “Opposition parties are trying to fuel a controversy. But I believe their lies are not going to cut ice with the people. They tried to make reservation an issue even during the recent Lok Sabha elections but failed,” Paswan stated.last_img read more

Canadians lack knowledge about food recall system survey

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadians are concerned about food contamination and bacteria, but new research suggests many don’t feel personally responsible for keeping themselves safe.In a recent survey by Nova Scotia’s Dalhousie University, only about 18 per cent of respondents felt consumers were among the groups most responsible for food safety even though up to 80 percent of contamination happens in consumers’ own kitchens.More than 83 per cent of respondents agreed with the statement that “food contamination primarily occurs before food reaches my home.”Sylvain Charlebois, a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie, says this means most consumers don’t feel responsible, while most food-borne illnesses are due to cross-contamination at home.Respondents also underestimated the number of food recalls in 2017, with more than 60 per cent estimating there were fewer than 50 when there were actually 155.The study surveyed more than one-thousand Canadian adults last month and the results are considered accurate within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.last_img read more

Endearing tale of a Bengali household

first_imgMukherjee Dar Bou is a story based on a modern dysfunctional family majorly highlighting the complex, intricate yet caring relationship of a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. The story revolves around a Bengali home maker whose name is not known till the end of the film, and who is referred as ‘Mukherjee Dar Bou’ throughout. Mukherjee Dar Bou (Aditi) is married for more than ten years and has a daughter of six years old. Aditi’s married life was usual but it takes a turn when her father-in-law passes away. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAditi Mukherjee’s (Koneenica Banerjee) mother-in-law (Anushuya Majumdar) starts behaving oddly after her father-in-law’s death which makes the situation difficult for her. After a series of altercations between the two, Aditi decides to grab the bull by its horns, only to discover that the change hasn’t been sudden — society has been programming them to keep crossing swords. It’s often said that films hold up a mirror to society. But only a handful can do it like Mukherjee Dar Bou. Every woman, mother, daughter, mother-in-law will connect on a deep level with this a family drama. It reminds one that every big picture is a collection of seemingly inconsequential dots – that actually define how beautiful or ugly the overall picture is. And obviously, every dot matters. These dots are the actions and words that make up our everyday lives, those almost mechanical aspects of our personality that define how we act or react under different circumstances. And little do we imagine that even the most inconsequential of actions can leave an indelible scar on someone else’s mind. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe beauty of the film lies not in dwelling on these scars, but in showing a way how even such stubborn scars can be wiped off with a pinch of understanding and love. It’s about repairing human relationships slowly. And in today’s world, when ‘I’s dominate our lives, it’s reminds us how ‘we’ can solve a lot of problems. Presented by Nandita Roy and Directed by Pritha Chakraborty, it’s a simple endearing tale of a Bengali household.last_img read more

Pandya Rahul back in form Warner warns World Cup rivals

first_imgNew Delhi: Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul’s stellar show drowning their off-field distractions, David Warner sounding a warning bell to his World Cup rivals and a 40-year-old Imran Tahir turning the clock back were some of the takeaways from the just-concluded IPL. While Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s ‘Dad’s Army’ nearly did an encore, Mumbai Indians’ consistency on the big day paid off again during a season where there were more than 30 last-over finishes. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIn a World Cup year, it was imperative that the focus would be on international stars and the contenders for the silverware have had the form and fitness of their stars analysed threadbare over 50 days. For tournament favourites India, the foremost gain has to be Hardik and Rahul’s performance. The enormously gifted Hardik and the very stylish Rahul seemed to have channelised all their energies on the field during the past seven weeks to produce results that will augur well for India in the upcoming World Cup in England. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersBack after serving a temporary ban for their trash talk, IPL was a platform for the best friends to get their focus back in the game, and they did so in a glorious fashion. Kings XI Punjab couldn’t make it to the play-offs but Rahul did his bit opening the innings, scoring 593 runs and finishing second behind David Warner (692) in the run-scorer’s list. His approach was classical and the six fifties and one hundred will certainly keep him in high spirits if the team management expects him to bat at No. 3 or 4 in the mega event. For Hardik, the IPL triumph couldn’t have come at a better time as he, time and again, proved why he is called the ‘game-changer.’ 402 runs at a strike-rate of 191 plus, 29 sixes, 14 wickets and 11 catches is stuff of any all-rounder’s dreams, statistics that India captain Virat Kohli can find solace in despite his own franchise RCB’s disastrous show. MI skipper Rohit Sharma said: “Hardik is the best example. Before the IPL, he didn’t have a good time, was injured, and missed a few games as well. But he has been tremendous for us — both in batting and bowling.” Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah’s haul of 19 wickets each was an indicator of their wicket-taking ability. David Warner’s 692 runs is one of the best comeback stories of IPL and his form will certainly keep his World Cup opponents on guard. His former captain Steven Smith found a bit of touch towards the end of his IPL campaign, which translated into runs during the practice games against New Zealand.last_img read more

Weekly Summary Corporate dividends name changes new listings

NEW YORK — Changes announced in corporate dividends Apr. 15-Apr. 19.INCREASED DIVIDENDSAmerican Water Works Co .50 from .455Celanese Corp .62 from .54Civista Bancshares .11 from .09East West Bancorp .275 from .23First Republic Bank .19 from .18Goldman Sachs .85 from .80Hospitality Properties Tr .54 from .53Intl Speedway Cl A .49 from .47Las Vegas Sands Corp .77 from .75Plumas Bancorp .23 from .18Star Group .125 from .1175Tallgrass Energy .53 from .52Travellers Companies (The) .82 from .77Two River Bancorp .07 from .055Whirlpool Corp 1.20 fromg- Canadian fundsOTHER CORPORATE NEWS AND LISTINGS:STOCK SPLITS THIS WEEKRexahn Pharmaceuticals Inc 1 for 12 reverse splitACQUISITIONS AND MERGERSMINIMUM VALUE $350 MILLIONOsiris Therapeutics Inc – Smith & Nephew Consolidaated (660M)NEW STOCK LISTINGSNASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETSBrainsway Ltd ADSGreenlane Holdings Inc Cl AHOOKIPA Pharma IncPalomar Holdings IncTurningPoint Therapeutics IncZoom Video Communications Cl ASTOCKS REMOVED FROM TRADINGNASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETSOsiris Therapeutics IncCORPORATE NAME CHANGESBridgepoint Education Inc to Zovio IncOphthotech Corp to IVERIC bio IncVital Therapies Inc to Immunic IncThe Associated Press read more

Kenney says Ottawa to proceed with income splitting despite report saying it

OTTAWA — Employment Minister Jason Kenney says the Harper government has no intention of backing away from its income splitting pledge, despite a new report concluding the plan would exacerbate income inequality and bestow the most benefits to the West.Kenney made the statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday while debating an NDP motion to do away with the idea.The report by the left-leaning Broadbent Institute concluded that income splitting would benefit the most affluent single-income families, cost about $3 billion, bestow no benefits to 90% of Canadians, and transfer a disproportionate amount to families in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Conservative strongholds with the strongest economies.“We will treat the family as an economic unit because it is an economic unit“We confirm that it is absolutely our intention to keep that commitment … to introduce income tax fairness, to end the discrimination against certain families, to end the unfairness,” Kenney declared.“We will treat the family as an economic unit because it is an economic unit,” he added, arguing that a family that chooses to keep one spouse at home to care for children or the elderly should not be punished in the tax code for the decision.In 2011, the Conservatives pledged to allow the transfer of up to $50,000 from the higher-earning spouse in a family with children under 18 to the lower earner, thereby reducing the overall tax bite. It said it would introduce the legislation as soon as the budget is balanced.But while the proposal appears to be popular with Canadians, the latest Broadbent study — as have others before it — shows the vast majority of families would see no benefit, because they either have no children under 18, have spouses with similar incomes or are single-parent families.The latest study breaks new ground in finding wide regional disparity in how the benefits will be distributed.It turns out that among the target group — families with minor-age children — the biggest winners by far reside in Alberta, where the average annual tax saving would be $1,359, while families in Saskatchewan come in second at $1,070. Those two provinces, which have a combined 42 federal ridings, sent 40 Conservative MPs to Ottawa in the 2011 election.Families in Prince Edward Island would get the least average benefit at $488, followed closely by Quebec families with children, which would average $510 in benefits. Those two provinces were among the least productive for the Conservatives, electing only six Tories among their combined 79 MPs in 2011.By ascending order of benefits, qualifying Nova Scotia families would average $727 in benefits, followed by Manitoba ($772), New Brunswick ($787), British Columbia ($853), Ontario ($874) and Newfoundland ($925).Broadbent Institute executive director Rick Smith has no explanation for the regional disparity other than that the program as unveiled was designed for a particular type of family — the so-called “Leave It to Beaver” traditional home with a principal breadwinner and a stay at home spouse who takes care of the children.“It turns out there are few families of that type, but there are more of them in Alberta than in Quebec,” he said.To benefit the most, one spouse must make $100,000 more than the other and have a taxable income above $136,270, the highest marginal rate.Peter J. Thompson/National Post Of families with children under 18, the average tax saving is calculated at $841, although that includes the 54% of those households that receive no benefit at all.But for 147,000 Canadian families with a high-income breadwinner, the average benefit would be $7,128.“If the government set out to specifically design a policy to make inequality worse, this would be it,” Smith said.“This policy is an inequality generating machine.”The lack of broad-based benefits is expected to be a major campaign issue should the Conservatives go ahead with income splitting in next year’s budget. It was one reason cited by the late finance minister Jim Flaherty when publicly expressing doubts about the program earlier this year, touching off a fire storm among Conservative MPs who remain committed to seeing it implemented.Kenney was one of the ministers who publicly disagreed with Flaherty and said the government would keep its promise.Although polls show income splitting is popular, Smith believes one reason is that most Canadians assume they will benefit, when in fact they likely won’t.Without seeing the results of the study, which was given to The Canadian Press prior to the official release Tuesday morning, Andrea Mrozek of the Institute of Marriage and Family said income splitting can be implemented “the right way” so as to spread the benefits more broadly.“We can implement this in a way that benefits a bigger group of families. For example, we have always looked at the French model, which allows a single parent to split with a child, so thereby benefiting from income splitting,” she said.According to the Broadbent study, which was based on analysis by Tristat Resources, that would benefit an additional 20% of families.Tax policy expert Jack Mintz of the University of Calgary believes unequal benefits are unavoidable, but can be at least partially mitigated by other means, including increasing the tax credit for child-care costs.Still, Smith says there are far superior ways of delivering tax relief to hard-pressed families, such as enriching the Child Tax Benefit for lower-income families, a similar conclusion reached by the authors of the C.D. Howe study.“We wouldn’t be so concerned about this if it weren’t so darn expensive,” said Smith. “This would cost the federal treasury $3 billion a year, so we are talking about a wealth transfer from nine of 10 Canadians to the wealthiest amongst us.” read more

Big bucks for rural internet cell service

The campaign to bring high-speed internet to all corners of southwestern Ontario received another shot in the arm on Wednesday.The Ford government announced $63.7 million in new funding for the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) initiative at a media event in downtown Simcoe.The announcement is part of the Ford government’s $315-million commitment to bring high-speed internet and more reliable cellphone reception to under-serviced areas of the province.The province last month made a similar announcement of $71 million for improved digital connectivity in eastern Ontario.“With all the things that make Norfolk County amazing, there are still homes and businesses that lack high-speed internet, and that’s unacceptable,” Monte McNaughton, the province’s Minister of Infrastructure, said in front of Joy’s Cafe on Robinson Street.“In this economy, to be disconnected is to be disadvantaged. Things take a while to get from the cities to the town, but I think we have waited long enough for broadband.”The $190-million SWIFT initiative is underwritten by Ottawa, Queen’s Park and member municipalities in southwestern Ontario. The money will be used to run fibre-optic trunk lines into rural areas where market forces alone would not provide them.Similar in scope to the drive for rural electrification 100 years ago, SWIFT’s mandate is to provide high-speed internet to every farm and rural property regardless of how remote.Given the rural nature of the initiative, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affair is overseeing expenditures in this area. As such, Ontario Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman was also in Simcoe for Wednesday’s announcement.Hardeman said SWIFT and the province’s support for it are about making rural Ontario “business ready.” In his remarks, Hardeman said high-speed connectivity is no longer optional for the serious agricultural enterprise.“A lot of farms would come to a standstill if not for the internet,” Hardeman said.Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett, host of the event, agreed.“With modern agriculture, you can’t get into a combine with a wrench in one hand without a computer of some kind in the other,” Barrett said. “Imagine now the possibilities for our farms.”SWIFT was launched three years ago by the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus. Fifteen rural municipalities undertook the project to address the growing gap between rural and urban connectivity.A number of large, urbanized municipalities such as London, Orillia and Niagara Region have since signed on as key hubs for the delivery of digital services.Nearly two years ago, this prompted some Norfolk County officials to worry that the larger centres would flex their muscle to gain a disproportionate share of SWIFT funding.Port Rowan Coun. Tom Masschaele, Norfolk’s representative to the SWIFT board of directors, says these concerns have proven unfounded.Masschaele reported Wednesday that Norfolk County has moved to the top of SWIFT’s priority list according to the needs criteria the organization has set for itself. This criteria includes miles of rural road, population, and prevalence of dead zones where wireless internet is ineffective.“I’m confident this is going to be what I was looking for and expecting to see from this project,” Masschaele said.“In terms of need, we are No. 1. That’s why this announcement is in Simcoe today. I’m thrilled with the way this is working.“At the outset, I was skeptical. But members of the SWIFT board are very conscious of the equity aspect of this. They get it.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

UN agencies surging staff funds to meet urgent humanitarian needs in Iraq

Iraq: new IDPs map by province – as of 18 June 2014. Credits: UN Iraq “The most vulnerable and poorest families have already experienced their share of tragedy over the last few years,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin in a press release summing up her time in Iraq, were she met families who have fled from the violence in Mosul and held high-level talks with the Kurdistan Regional Government and other officials.“Many are displaced in very harsh conditions. Lack of services, support and insecurity is forcing them to move around – in too many cases making these families difficult to reach.”Ms. Cousin said that in Erbil, she met with displaced people at a Kalak transit camp between Mosul and Erbil. They said in newly erected tents and makeshift shelters in 45 degrees Celsius heat, saying they fled with only the clothes on their backs.“Only the strong and lucky, who could walk for hours in this scorching heat or those who have the means to travel by car, arrived here at the transit camp,” she said. Among them was a man from Mosul, who told her he was worried he would not be able to fast during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan in harsh conditions with little access to water, electricity and other necessities.“The UN and the entire humanitarian community are surging staff, releasing funds and drawing on all available stocks to assist people affected by the fighting and meet the urgent growing needs,” added Ms. Cousin. WFP has said it needs $88 million for its operations in the country through the end of the year.Also, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today warned that the insecurity in the country could cause widespread hunger. The UN agency is calling for $12.7 million to provide support to farming families. The areas of the greatest conflict, including Nineveh, produce about one-third of the country’s wheat and barley. Speaking on behalf of the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN agencies in the country, Nickolay Mladenov, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said that as the environment becomes increasingly sectarian, the UN’s approach to dealing with the humanitarian conflict becomes very vital. “Our assistance continues to be provided in an impartial manner to all,” he underlined. read more

Chaos and missed flights at Gatwick as IT error forces staff to

“Utter chaos. This is a signature flourish at the end of a short trip that’s been full of reminders of how badly the UK’s infrastructure is crumbling.”  Airport staff write on a whiteboard at Gatwick Serious whiteboard based business continuity going on in Gatwick. All flight information screens down. Poor chap with a 2-way radio trying to keep it up to date with hundreds looking on. #gatwick #airport #businesscontinuity #crisis #london #outage https://t.co/sQJqd2htAf pic.twitter.com/r2n16Ur8J3— Robin Blandford (@robinb) August 20, 2018 Some customers, like Robin Blandford, were sympathetic towards the airport staff’s plight. He said a “poor chap” with a two-way radio was trying to keep hundreds of people up to date. But Elizabeth Humphries, who describes herself as a Canadian mezzo-soprano, described Gatwick as “appalling”, insisting the situation was “typical Britain”.Rob Fahey, from Tokyo, said it was “utter chaos” at south terminal, claiming it was evidence of Britain’s “crumbling infrastructure”.In a tweet showing people crowding around a whiteboard, he said: “This tiny whiteboard is the only departures information in Gatwick Airport right now; every screen is offline.  “Gatwick would like to apologise to any passengers who were inconvenienced by this issue.”Earlier in the day, he said a “handful of people have missed their flights” as a result of the problem, which is understood to have started at around 8.20am on Monday.  Airport staff write on a whiteboard at GatwickCredit:Howard Goller/Reuters Gatwick staff resort to writing flight information on whiteboards as IT error cause tourists to miss flightsCredit:Nigel Lee/Edmund von der Burg Those waiting to depart scrambled to get close enough to read the temporary boards in the departure lounge, before the airport’s technicians managed to project a computer document onto some of the screens around lunchtime. Not everyone caught up in the furore criticised the airport. Actress Kirsty Malpass, who appeared in Jerry Springer: The Opera, tweeted her love for Gatwick’s “old school” and “analogue” approach. She said: “All the information screens down. Could be chaos. But thanks to an old school white board and a lot of people scurrying around with markers and erasers it is surprisingly calm and ordered.”Vodafone’s engineers fixed the cable at around 4pm, but there were further delay as technicians had to reboot the airport’s systems.  Normal service was eventually resumed just after 5pm, and a spokesman told The Telegraph: “The airport’s manual contingency plan – which included displaying information manually in the terminals and having extra staff on hand to help direct passengers – worked well and tens of thousands of passengers departed on time and no flights were cancelled.  Appalling @Gatwick_Airport with broken monitors and a tiny white-board for announcing gates. Thank goodness I have eagle-vision and can read messy writing from a distance. Why not pre-assign gates like Canadian airports? #laughable #typicalbritain #frustratedpassengers pic.twitter.com/uSKDWN8ooX— Elizabeth Humphries (@lizmezzo) August 20, 2018 Gatwick staff resort to writing flight information on whiteboards as IT error cause tourists to miss flights This tiny whiteboard is the only departures information in Gatwick Airport right now; every screen is offline. Utter chaos. This is a signature flourish at the end of a short trip that’s been full of reminders of how badly the UK’s infrastructure is crumbling. pic.twitter.com/6r7CDVheLf— Rob Fahey (@robfahey) August 20, 2018 It resulted in some passengers heading to one gate, only to be told there had been a change of location. With minimal whiteboards available, tourists were not able to rely on the plethora of digital displays usually dotted around the terminal. August is one of the busiest periods of the year for the West Sussex airport as many families embark on summer holidays. Britain’s second busiest airport descended into chaos on Monday as staff were forced to write flight times and gate numbers on whiteboards with marker pens after an IT failure. Passengers at Gatwick had to rely on handwritten information for each departure as a damaged Vodafone fibre cable caused every digital departure board in the south and north terminal to black out.Some tourists missed their flights due to the issue, which saw several airport workers gathered around a number of makeshift display boards trying to update the details. Taking instructions through handheld radios, Gatwick announcers had to to use loud hailers to alert passengers of any changes. The airport’s website was also affected by the outage, which lasted almost eight hours.  A Vodafone spokeswoman told The Telegraph Monday morning: “We have identified a damaged fibre cable which is used by Gatwick airport to display flight information.”Our engineers are working hard to fix the cable as quickly as possible. This is a top priority for us and we are very sorry for any problems caused by this issue. We are keeping Gatwick airport constantly informed of progress.”It is understood the cable was underground.  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. read more

Strawberries and cream goes vegan as Wimbledon offers variation for first time

Andy Murray, pictured enjoying some Wimbledon strawberries in 2005 Credit:Phil Cole/Getty Strawberries and cream are enjoyed in abundance at Wimbledon Wimbledon has sourced its strawberries from the same Kent farm for nearly 30 years, and each serving has consistently contained exactly ten pieces of fruit, despite changes in size and harvest.They are picked daily from sunrise at Hugh Lowe Farms in Mereworth, near Maidstone, before being delivered to the All England Lawn Tennis Club by 10.30am. The farm provides around 61,700lb (28,000kg) of strawberries to the SW19 site every year, with any surplus made into jam and sold in the club house. Sales have increased each year and throughout the coming fortnight, 190,000 servings will be doled out to spectators, drizzled in 10,000 litres of cream. The first “conscious effort” to include some vegan options on site at the Championships was made last year but Mr Davies admitted that although popular, they were “difficult to find”.Yet in the last 12 months, the popularity of veganism has “ballooned” and he acknowledged it was critical that Wimbledon, as the largest catering event in Europe, reflected that. Mr Davies insisted that the introduction of a plant-based cream was not borne of pressure from spectators or campaigners but was simply a reaction to changing habits.“Our job is to try and anticipate what our spectators are looking for and clearly, when there is such a marked move in the UK marketplace it is incumbent on us to respond,” he said.“It’s about making sure we don’t exclude people from enjoying our signature dish.”This year, every one of the food kiosks, cafes and restaurants on site, from the walled garden to the tea lawn, will feature vegan options and Mr Davies is expecting a “reasonably significant uptake”.They have all, including the cream, been through rigorous taste tests throughout the year. Allergens too, form a key part of the decision making process to ensure the options are as accessible as possible. Strawberries and cream are enjoyed in abundance at WimbledonCredit:Philip Toscano/PA  A man dressed as a strawberry at Wimbledon Credit:Jordan Mansfield/Getty Andy Murray, pictured enjoying some Wimbledon strawberries in 2005   A man dressed as a strawberry at Wimbledon  Strawberries and cream is Wimbledon’s “hero” product, its signature dish that has been served up to hungry spectators since the Championships began in 1877.But this year, for the first time in the tournament’s history, the iconic summer desert is getting a makeover to bring it in line with modern trends.Tennis fans flocking into the SW19 ground next week will be offered the option of vegan cream, made with soya, to reflect the rapidly growing popularity of a meat-free diet.Anthony Davies, head of food and drink at Wimbledon, said the decision had been made to ensure spectators had a choice and that its menus were as “relevant” as possible.“Clearly we need to respond to the UK market place,” he told the Telegraph.“Veganism and flexitarianism have seen a massive growth over the last 12 months in the UK and therefore it seemed pretty obvious to us that we needed to address that in a number of ways but importantly, in our hero product and signature item.” Mr Davies said his team took a “very forensic approach” to reviewing what works each year, looking at sales data as well as the wider market as they formulate each year’s menu.“It’s important for us to stay relevant but equally to hold the tradition and heritage of the hero Wimbledon ingredients that are  at the very heart of what we do,” he added.”We work for the 50 weeks before the championships to perfect our recipes.“The vegan strawberries and cream is our biggest development this year and will impact the majority of people as it’s such an iconic dish.“There are lots more people choosing to eat less meat so for us, the importance of having that choice, quality and great taste across all of our options is really important.”The tradition of eating strawberries and cream at Wimbledon dates back to the very earliest incarnation of the championships, which coincided with the strawberry season at a time when afternoon tea was very much in vogue.Although the season is now much longer due to modern growing methods, the dish has become synonymous with the event.The Vegan Society said the decision to offer a vegan option reflected the rapid growth in veganism in the UK, which has quadrupled to 600,000 vegans, or 1.16 per cent of the population, in four years.Spokeswoman Sam Calvert said: “The more prestigious events want to cater well and reflect the market and more and more people now prefer a plant-based alternative, some just for environmental or health reasons.” She said soya cream had a similar texture to single pouring cream. 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. read more