November 16

World Cup 2019: Pakistan need lightning to strike Bangladesh team, jokes Mohammad Yousuf

first_imgFormer captain Mohammad Yousuf is hoping for some kind of divine intervention so that Pakistan can qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup 2019. Pakistan need to bat first and beat Bangladesh by atleast 311 runs in their final group game to stand a chance of advancing to the knockouts.The equation became nearly impossible for Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side after England thrashed New Zealand by 119 runs at Chester-le-Street on Wednesday to reach the last four.New Zealand is currently two points ahead of fifth-place Pakistan, whose final group game is against Bangladesh on Friday, but is highly unlikely to lose its place in the top four because of a far superior net run-rate than its rival.”Pakistan is already out there are no doubts about it. But what if lightning strikes the Bangladesh team so that they are not able to play anymore or fall down. Or they become unfit all of a sudden. What if we have to chase just 10 runs in 1 over, if such a situation arises only then can we qualify.”The current scenario is very difficult. Even if you’re playing against a lowly-ranked side, winning by 316 runs against them is not going to be easy. Otherwise we can only pray for the lightning to strike the opposition team,” Mohammad Yousuf joked on a local news channel in Pakistan.Mohammad Yousuf “we need lightning to strike the Bangladesh team” #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/xnKWPnSKzqSaj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 4, 2019For Pakistan to qualify, they need to bat first and beat Bangladesh by atleast 311 runs if they post 350 on the board, or beat them by 316 runs if they post 400 or win by 321 runs if they manage a total of 450.advertisementIf Pakistan bowl first then they will be knocked out even before the first ball is bowled at Lord’s on Friday. New Zealand meanwhile, will qualify if Bangladesh beat Pakistan on Friday. They will also qualify if Bangladesh lose by a lesser margin than the ones mentioned in the scenarios above.Also Read | Why it is nearly impossible for Pakistan to reach World Cup 2019 semi-finalsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: How the points table looks like after England reach semi-finalsAlso Read | I should have won the Australia match for Pakistan, rues Imam-ul-HaqAlso Read | Never depend on others: Fans heartbroken as Pakistan’s World Cup semi-final chances all but overlast_img read more

October 26

7 Finalists Named For Bear Bryant Coach Of The Year Award

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide talks with head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers after the Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season is nearly over just as fast as it started. Just a few weeks remain for bowl eligible teams to finish their seasons on a high note and walk out with one last victory.With the close of the college football season comes awards season. The Heisman Trophy was handed out two weekends ago, and the awards circuit continued today when the finalists for the Bear Bryant Award were announced on Wednesday afternoon.Here are the seven finalists for the coach of the year award:Bill Clark – UABJosh Heupel – UCFBrian Kelly – Notre DameJeff Monken – Army West PointNick Saban – AlabamaDabo Swinney – ClemsonJeff Tedford – Fresno StateThe list comes from Dennis Dodd.Bear Bryant Award finalists announced (coach of the year)Bill Clark – UABJosh Heupel – UCFBrian Kelly – Notre DameJeff Monken – Army West PointNick Saban – AlabamaDabo Swinney – ClemsonJeff Tedford – Fresno State University— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) December 19, 2018All seven are deserving candidates for the award. Heupel, Kelly, Saban and Swinney all led their programs to undefeated seasons, though Bill Clark’s UAB team just pulled off a 10-win season.Jeff Monken led Army to arguably its best season in program history and Jeff Tedford continues to keep Fresno State in the conversation – the Bulldogs just knocked off Herm Edwards and Arizona State in their bowl game.The winner will be announced on January 9. read more

October 24

Police Out In Full Force

first_imgThe police is assuring Jamaicans that it continues to maintain a strong presence to enforce law and order during the festive period. Speaking with JIS News on Friday (December 28), Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in charge of operations, Glenmore Hinds, said there has been an increase in the number of law officers on the streets, in shopping areas and other public places. He said the police was able to increase their presence as a result of the temporary closure of some offices, deployment of trainee officers, and the availability of personnel normally assigned to courthouses. “For the (festive) period because of the increased number of shoppers and commuters, we closed some functions to facilitate our increased deployment. We can assure the nation that our presence on the main arterial roads, in the shopping areas, and in the bus parks will be maintained; that will continue,” DCP Hinds stated. “We are also policing the residential neighbourhoods as well, so we are trying to maximize the numbers to dispense policing service to all our population,” DCP Hinds said. He is also urging the public to work with the police in maintaining law and order.last_img read more

October 24

More Cargo, Less Passengers at Freeport of Riga

first_imgzoom Latvia’s Freeport of Riga handled 41.08 million tons of various cargo in 2014, surpassing the 2013 volumes by 5.6 million tons, or 15.8%, and setting a new record for the port.Overall, 23.73 million tons were handled in the dry bulk segment in 2014 that is by 10% or 2.16 million tons more than during the previous reporting period.7.07 million tons were handled in the general cargo segment, which is by 4.3% more than in 2013. Container transshipment increased by 6.1% and reached 4.15 million tons.The port handled a total of 10.28 million tons of liquid cargo, which is by 44.6% more than in 2013.Last year, the Port of Riga welcomed almost 738 thousand passengers, which is by almost 12% less than in 2013. Passenger volume drop can be attributed to reduction of Tallink scheduled voyages in summer 2014. “We have proved that the Port of Riga is a safe business partner, that is able to change with the times. Economic benefits and cargo security have always been and are the main concerns of our clients – therefore our investment into the port infrastructure and client-oriented approach was justified,” said Ameriks. Image: Magnat Grouplast_img read more

October 22

Nova Scotia Drivers Licence Gets a New Look

first_imgThe province is introducing a new Nova Scotia driver’s licence and identification card that has enhanced security features and is easier to read. The new cards begin circulation today, Nov. 1. “The new driver’s licence and identification card better meets the security and safety needs of Nova Scotians,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Signatures are now on the front of the card and bar codes, containing all of the card’s information, are on the back and have replaced the magnetic strips. This makes attempting to breach the document’s security much more difficult.” Information fields are numbered and consistent with new international standards that make it easier for law enforcement officials to read. This means that the first field will always represent a surname and the second field will always represent given names. When enforcement officials review the new card, information will be clearly displayed and consistent with the developing Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators standards. Old-style cards, issued before November 2006, will be valid until their expiry date and there are no additional fees associated with the enhanced version. For more information call 424-5851 in Halifax or toll-free 1-800-898-7668.last_img read more

October 17

New cultural road map could change landscape but where it leads still

first_imgOTTAWA – Heritage Minister Melanie Joly unveiled Thursday what she billed as a road map for the future of Canada’s creative industries, but precisely where on the cultural landscape it will end up leading remained far out of focus.The long-awaited strategy seeks to refashion for the digital age all of the pillars that support and regulate the country’s famously fragile culture, but little of the change will become apparent overnight.Instead, Joly is plotting a course that, over the coming months, aims to rework the myriad laws and regulations that govern broadcasting, telecommunications and copyright, as well as the private and publicly supported funds that back musicians, writers and publishers.The mandate of the CBC is up for a refresh as well, while the government eyes a strategy for supporting local news as it makes its own transition to the online world.“We will enact policies that help our creators and cultural entrepreneurs address the challenges of today’s digital reality, and ensure that Canada’s voice will be heard loud and strong on the world stage,” Joly said.The government doesn’t intend to go it alone. A $500-million agreement with video-streaming giant Netflix will see the company set up a Canadian branch of operations and invest over five years in original productions in Canada. They’ve also committed to $25 million to French-language content.How much the company would have invested anyway is unclear. The company told the government that in 2016, it “commissioned hundreds of millions of dollars of original programming produced in Canada.”The new deal, however, was made under the Investment Act, meaning that if Netflix fails to hold up its end of the bargain, it could be fined.It’s the opposite of what many in the industry wanted to see: Netflix and other interested streaming companies contributing to the same content development funds that traditional broadcasters are legally obliged to support.A spokesman for Bell Media suggested the $500 million over five years from Netflix is only a fraction of what Canadian companies are required to pay. Bell, for its part, spent $900 million on the 2017-18 broadcast season alone.“Our total annual investment in Canadian content in 2017-18 is 9 times the average amount that Netflix would contribute yearly,” spokesman Scott Henderson said in a statement.Rogers invested more than $660 million in Canadian content last year, and $580 million the year before.The government also plans to increase its own contribution to the Canadian Media Fund, though by how much is unclear. Taxing Netflix, or imposing additional taxes on internet providers that carry their content, just wasn’t an option, Joly said.“We went and got the biggest investment in the last 30 years in Canadian content from a foreign company and that we did to support our industry, to support our creators while not taxing more Canadians.”While the money, the investment and the support for Canadian stories is fantastic, it also leaves open a lot of questions about who controls the rules around Canadian broadcasting, said David Sparrow, the president of ACTRA, the performers’ union.“I think the question is, are we allowing them to write their own rules because they have deep pockets and they’re investing this money?”The federal government isn’t just looking to Netflix to support Cancon; Joly made it clear she expects other tech giants to start doing some heavy lifting to actively support its development. She highlighted some initiatives underway by Google and Facebook; the latter will help fund digital journalism development in a new program with Ryerson University.Canadian culture shines because of a strong policy system, said Pierre Nantel, the NDP’s heritage critic.“My take here is that I can’t believe that we are going to make policy just (making) deals.”The only major federal funding announcement in the strategy is $125 million over five years for a creative export strategy. That help is welcome, said Margaret McGuffin, executive director of the Canadian Music Publishers Association.“Our music publishers have 75 per cent of their revenues coming from export,” McGuffin said. “Anything that supports export means that Canadian songs are going to be heard around the world.”— with files from David Friend in TorontoNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the government will contribute $100 million over four years to a creative export strategy.last_img read more

October 17

One Day Closer A mother recounts the torment of her daughters kidnapping

first_imgTORONTO – Her voice is shaky, a tremor that developed from stress that belies the strength of a desperate mother.To say that Lorinda Stewart lived through agony barely gets at the horrific ordeal she endured during the 460 days her daughter Amanda Lindhout was a hostage to ransom-demanding thugs in Somalia. Nor would it be right to assume the nightmare ended with their reunification. It was, in fact, just another beginning.“I had all these expectations of when Amanda came home of parties and joy and actually, I had a pretty huge breakdown. Nothing was what I thought it would be,” Stewart said in an interview Tuesday.“I expected it to be this Hollywood moment where we would run into each other’s arms laughing full of joy but the shock I felt when I saw Amanda — and she was just so skeletal and her eyes were haunted — it just wasn’t that moment at all.”The crashing reality of that moment — it would take therapy and many months before the endless crying and depression began lifting — is one of several that Stewart, 61, recounts in her just published memoir, “One Day Closer,” a harrowing, soul-baring account of her quest to get her daughter home — a story that leaves the reader feeling aged with each page at the brutality of it all.Lindhout, now 36, was a seasoned traveller and budding freelance journalist when she and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan were grabbed in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu. It was supposed to get sorted quickly, but the kidnappers were demanding millions of dollars — an amount far beyond the families’ ability to pay.Stewart, under the close eye of the RCMP who cocooned her in a cone of absolute secrecy, became the lead negotiator, moving back to Alberta from B.C. where she had been living. Negotiating meant talking frequently with a man known to her as Adam — the pipeline and lifeline to a daughter, whose protracted mistreatment was shocking to the point of sadistic.Through it all, Stewart gathered binders of materials, including recordings of intercepts of calls with Adam that underpin the book.Dark points, she said, were many. Among the worst was hearing the rumour that her captive daughter was pregnant. And the “bad call,” months into the hostage-taking, in which her distraught daughter called to beg her to pay her captors off. They were torturing her, Lindhout told her helpless mother. Her murder was imminent.Stewart catches her breath. Her eyes go somewhere else.“That’s a hard one to talk about. It was extremely distressful. I was able to say what I needed to say without breaking down while I was on the call. But after that, I started throwing up and just found myself on the floor. It’s really difficult,” she said. “But then I realized I had to get myself back up and continue to fight for her to come home.”“One Day Closer,” published by Simon and Schuster, goes beyond the inner turmoil of a mother’s despair. Stewart also offers an at-times unflattering but eminently relatable portrayal of her own life, the poor partner choices she made, the strained and broken family dynamics, the struggles as a single or sometimes married mother from small-town Alberta, raising five children, making ends meet however she could.“Writing a memoir does take courage because everybody is going to see you differently,” Stewart said. “My hope is to inspire people. I’m well aware I may be judged as well. I wanted people to know who I was.”It is in her strength and obstinacy that one sees the qualities that helped her daughter survive the sexual assaults, the torment, the despair.“I found myself deeply moved, surprised yet again at the resiliency that she holds … the ability to get through the impossible,” Lindhout said about having read her mother’s book. “It was confronting in a way…to really understand what a bizarre reality she was living, which I think I really understood for the first time.”The reality included living a secret life in a house in Sylvan Lake, Alta., 24/7 for months with a rotating cast of RCMP officers, who acted as her negotiating mentors, support, and liaison with what emerges as a faceless, distant entity: Ottawa.While she speaks highly of the Mounties who lived with her in the home they rented, Stewart has little time for the shadowy string-pullers in the nation’s capital. She trusted them entirely, she said. She did everything they asked. And yet, she said, they lied to her at times, told her little, kept insisting she hold the faith because they were making progress.Then they dropped her like a hot potato when things dragged on, leaving her and her ex-husband to find a private consulting company to help secure her daughter’s freedom, Stewart said.Gone was not only the emotional support, but also the money the government gave her to devote herself to being a secret agent.“I felt betrayed in a lot of ways. I felt bitter,” she said. “Not knowing and feeling like you’re in the dark just added to the terror that we were already experiencing.”In contrast, the private security firm, at a cost of $2,604 a day, kept her fully informed and involved every step of the way, she said. But with the Canadian government refusing to pay any ransom, raising the more than $600,000 the two families ultimately needed to free their children, meant ongoing desperation, a sell-off of assets and home refinancing, along with reliance on the generosity of friends and strangers.Raising ransom money also meant becoming the target of criticism from those who believed that paying off bandits only serves to encourage lawlessness. Stewart would have none of it, shutting out anything that distracted from her mission:“I just had to have one focus, one goal, and that was to get her home,” she said. “Eventually, I had to face what was there. That time did come eventually, after she was home.”The crash came when she realized how frail and sick her daughter was. The dawning reality that they both had a long journey and healing ahead of them — healing that still continues. People, she said, couldn’t understand the non-stop crying, why there appeared to be so little joy, why she had hit that wall so hard.Time, coupled with therapy, would ultimately set her on a path to healing — a still unfinished journey of which the book is a cathartic part.In recent days, both mother and daughter have been following the accounts of Canadian Joshua Boyle and his American wife Caitlan Coleman, who were freed last week along with their three children born during five years of captivity in Afghanistan.Stewart advises the ex-hostages’ parents to be kind and gentle to themselves, not fight the torrent of conflicted emotions that might include immense sadness even though everyone is now safe. Therapy is a big part of that, she says.Lindhout suggests Boyle and Coleman get away from the spotlight, find the time to enjoy the sky.“Their road back, coming back into the world from such an intense and unique life-saving experience can be really hard,” Lindhout said. “It’s not made easier by public judgment and criticism, which I also went through. People should just have some compassion. They’ve just been through a lot, more than any human should have to.”In June 2015, police in Ottawa arrested Adam — Somali national Ali Omar Ader. He is currently on trial for his alleged role in Lindhout’s kidnapping.last_img read more

October 13

Belarus issues tough warning to Russia over energy dispute

first_imgMINSK, Belarus — The leader of Belarus has warned Russia that it could lose its ally if it fails to offer compensation for higher oil prices.President Alexander Lukashenko’s statement comes amid a bitter energy dispute that has marred close ties between the two neighbours and allies.The Belarusian leader, who has ruled the ex-Soviet nation of 10 million with an iron fist for nearly a quarter-century, has relied on loans and cheap energy from Russia. Belarus has exported oil products made with cheap Russian oil, and Moscow’s decision to charge a higher price for crude supplies will cost it billions of dollars in lost revenue.Lukashenko warned Thursday that Russia’s refusal to offer compensation could result in “the loss of its only ally in the West.” He ordered officials to find alternative revenue sources.The Associated Presslast_img read more

October 12

Lightning knocks out power to over 125,000 customers in Northern B.C.

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At the peak of Wednesday’s power outage over 125,000 customers were without power from 100 Mile House to Prince George and the B.C. Peace.B.C. Hydro believes the power outage was caused by a lightning strike that then caused a transmission circuit fault.  Hydro has not said where the lightning strike occurred.Large outages in northern BC tonight are caused by a suspected lightning strike. Crews are beginning restoration efforts across the region, working to restore all customers in the next few hours. Most of #cityofPG has been restored and we expect most customers back by 12:30am.— BC Hydro (@bchydro) September 12, 2019 The power went out at approximately 8:50 and was restored to all communities by 11:30 p.m.Reports of fires after the outage were shared all over social media, but those were all controlled flaring at facilities all over the B.C. Peace and in Prince George.We hope to learn more about the massive power outage on Thursday.last_img read more

October 7

Mom and sons die in horrific crash

It’s a devastating tragedy on our roads. Some members of the OPP are calling it the worst crash they’ve ever seen. Around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, a car slammed head on into a truck just east of Shelburne, leaving a mother and her two young sons dead.Two stuffed animals mark the spot on highway 89 where 43 year old Tina Anderson and her 3 year old son Benjamin Parkinson and 6 year old son Gunner Parkinson were killed. Anderson was driving her 2012 Honda Accord Westbound on 89 close to 1st line when her car crossed the centre line and collided head on with a dump truck. Anderson and her youngest son Benjamin were killed instantly. Gunner was rushed to hospital where he later died. The driver of the dump truck was taken to hospital in shock but has since been released.People who live off of highway 89 say they aren’t surprised to hear of such a horrific accident and say this stretch of roadway is very busy and very dangerous. Morley Brown lives off of highway 89. “People just seem to come over the hill and drive into the back of you when you are waiting to make a left hand turn.”Tina Anderson worked at St. John’s rehab at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. Executive VP Malcom Moffat released a statement that says “Tina has helped rebuild many lives through her work at St. John’s Rehab, and for that we are grateful. Our hearts and prayers go out to Tina’s family and friends during this very difficult time. She will be missed.”Anderson leaves behind her husband Chris Parkinson, the father of both Benjamin and Gunner. read more

October 6

Annan and drug companies reaffirm joint commitment in fight against AIDS

In a joint communiqué issued after their meeting at UN Headquarters in New York on Thursday, the Secretary-General and the seven companies said they agreed that prices of medicines and diagnostics were an important component of efforts to increase access to care, but – on their own – reduced prices “were not sufficient to catalyse the scaling up that is needed” to address HIV/AIDS at the community level.”They see the need to address HIV/AIDS in a comprehensive manner with a package of prevention, diagnosis and care,” the statement said. “They recognize that effective care calls for reliable and accessible diagnosis, and without the potential for care, increasing the impact of prevention is extremely difficult.”The statement said the focus of treatment for people with HIV would involve defining the elements of the package concerned with care – including, but not limited to, anti-retroviral therapy – then identifying and accrediting those groups who can provide this care. It would also offer “support to these accredited providers so that they make care available to people who need it and establishing means to subsidize poor people’s access to this care in ways that use scarce resources as efficiently as possible.”Participants also agreed to join forces with other partners in the fight against HIV infection and AIDS, including employers and their workforces, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academics, faith-based groups and missions. “They will use their experience to help governments respond effectively to the needs of all,” the statement said. “They agreed that they would work together to make the Global AIDS and Health Fund a success. They will communicate and report their results widely.”The companies at yesterday’s talks included Abbott Laboratories, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Merck and Co Inc, and Pfizer. Also participating were senior officials of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).The meeting was a follow-up to a 5 April meeting in Amsterdam. Since then, the companies, acting individually, have taken significant steps to make HIV/AIDS-related drugs more affordable and available for developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. They have also intensified their partnerships with NGOs, private employers, local communities and health-care practitioners, according to the statement. read more

October 4

Caisse generates 96 per cent return in 2012 assets grow to 1762

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 27, 2013 11:47 am MDT MONTREAL – The Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec continued to make progress in rebuilding assets last year, generating above benchmark returns and claiming the title as Canada’s largest pension fund manager.The Canadian investment giant said Wednesday that it generated a 9.6 per cent return on investments in 2012, raising its assets to $176.2 billion from $159 billion in 2011.The returns for its top seven depositors ranged between 8.2 and 10.5 per cent. The Quebec Pension Plan achieved the top returns after gaining just 2.8 per cent in 2011.By slightly beating the benchmark index of 9.3 per cent, the Caisse added $14.9 billion in net investment returns and $2.3 billion in net deposits.As a result, it has managed to supplant, at least temporarily, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board as the country’s top pension fund. The CPPIB recently reported $172.6 billion in assets as of Dec. 31, the end of its third quarter.“We’ve made a lot of progress in delivering what needs to be done to reposition this institution and to make sure it has a bright future going forward and, because it does that, Quebecers can have confidence in the stability of their pensions,” Caisse CEO Michael Sabia told a news conference.Since July 2009, the Caisse has achieved an annualized return of 10.7 per cent, adding $50.7 billion in investments. It beat the benchmark portfolio of 9.2 per cent, the equivalent of adding $6.9 billion in net investment income.Despite disastrous results in 2008, which saw its asset base drop by nearly 23 per cent to $120 billion, the Caisse’s annualized returns over the last decade are 6.7 per cent.While the risks of severe economic downturn have diminished, Sabia said the near-term growth prospects in Quebec and Canada are going to be more challenging because of headwinds facing the commodity and energy markets.“We’ll probably lag behind the United States by a reasonable margin and similarly the same phenomenon is going to be evident here in Quebec where growth prospects in the near term are going to be tougher than they have been,” he told reporters.Quebec Finance Minister Nicolas Marceau called the Caisse’s results “satisfying.”“The performance obtained by the Caisse in 2012 clearly shows that the search for an optimal performance and economic development, far from being irreconcilable, go together,” he said in a statement.The Caisse said its investments in asset-back commercial paper, which are held in trust, added one percentage point to the 2012 results.Helped by the strong performance of stock markets outside of Canada, its equity investments — which account for 47 per cent of assets — generated the strongest return of any class with a 12.2 per cent return. Of the $8.8 billion generated, $2.1 billion came from its private equity portfolio.The Canadian equity portfolio lagged because of its heavy weighting in the energy and material sectors, rising 6.6 per cent, well below the more than 13.5 per cent returns generated elsewhere.The Caisse’s chief operations officer acknowledged being unhappy that its Canadian equity results lagged, but Bernard Morency said the fund is making changes to position the portfolio for the future.“We’ve built a new portfolio that will change how we invest in public equities in this organization,” he added, calling the repositioning of its huge portfolio one of the most significant accomplishments of 2012.It is also refocusing its large infrastructure, real estate and private equity portfolio. For example, it plans to continue reducing its hotel holdings to focus on shopping centres, office and residential properties. Ivanhoe Cambridge last week sold the Toronto Hilton and plans to announce two other sales in the coming weeks.Its inflation-sensitive investments underperformed the benchmark index, generating an 11.1 per cent return. It added $2.5 billion in value, including nearly $2 billion from real estate and $511 million in infrastructure.Fixed income, the second-largest asset class, generated $2.3 billion, or a 3.9 per cent return, led by bonds which grew $1.7 billion to reach $43.8 billion.The Caisse increased its investments in Quebec by $5.9 billion in 2012, pushing its total investments in its home province to $47.1 billion — $27.6 billion in the private sector and $19.5 billion in the public sector.It provided support to CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) and Genivar (TSX:GNV), which both made important acquisitions in Europe. The Caisse also invested in Quebec-based companies such as Gildan (TSX:GIL), Innergex Renewable Energy , Laurentian Bank (TSX:LB) and Rona (TSX:RON).Sabia said the Caisse continues to have faith in the ability of Rona and SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) to recover from challenges each company faces.Given new criminal charges filed Wednesday against some former SNC-Lavalin executives, Sabia was asked if the engineering giant met the Caisse’s requirement to invest only in ethical companies.“We don’t have a lot of established companies with global potential in Quebec and Canada so our perspective is to continue investing in SNC-Lavalin because we are convinced that the company is in a position to respond to the challenges, which are incredibly important,” Sabia said. Caisse generates 9.6 per cent return in 2012; assets grow to $176.2 billion AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

October 2

UNbacked fund expands wildlife protection plan to 19 countries in Africa and

The expansion for the Global Wildlife Program was approved by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and includes contributions from the Asian Development Bank, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank Group and the World Wildlife Fund. “The victims of wildlife crime are not only the animals and ecosystems that are devastated by poaching and trafficking, they are people as well. The human cost of poaching and illegal trade in wildlife is measured in lives lost to the criminal networks involved and livelihoods destroyed by the erosion of a natural economic foundation,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. “Ending the illegal trade in wildlife requires a concerted and cooperative effort between all sectors. These new projects will further these efforts and help bring us closer to ending wildlife crime once and for all,” he added. Specifically, the Global Wildlife Program was established to address the growing poaching crisis and an international call to action. The value of illegal trade has been estimated at between $10 and $23 billion per year, making wildlife crime the fourth most lucrative illegal business after narcotics, human trafficking and weapons, UNEP said. The new $131 million agenda is expected to leverage $704 million in additional co-financing over seven years. The national projects aim to promote wildlife conservation, wildlife crime prevention, and sustainable development in order to reduce adverse impacts to known threatened species from poaching and illegal trade. Additionally, a global coordination grant from the GEF will strengthen cooperation and facilitate knowledge exchange between national governments, development agency partners and leading practitioners, UNEP said. “Poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking are reaching unprecedented levels, robbing the livelihoods of local communities and eroding the global commons,” said Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson. “In response, the GEF has launched a major international effort to help tackle the supply, trade and demand for wildlife products. Importantly, the project is not only about stopping the slaughter of animals in the forests and savannas of Africa; it also aims at reducing the demand in Asia.” This past month, at the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, GEF joined other partners to support the launch of the Go Wild for Life campaign, a UN-led campaign that urges politicians, celebrities and business leaders to help bring global attention to the fight against the illegal wildlife trade. “Wildlife poaching and the illicit trade of wildlife and forest products are abhorrent. This multi-billion dollar worldwide trade is a security issue, an environmental issue, and a development issue,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “It is pushing vulnerable and endangered species toward extinction. The illicit trade is also fuelling corruption and conflict, destroying lives, and deepening poverty and inequality. If not addressed decisively, illicit poaching and wildlife trade will have significant national economic impacts,” she added. In June 2015, the GEF approved 10 national projects from Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Mozambique, Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Zambia. Today’s announcement expands that program to strengthen the capacity of Governments to combat poaching and trafficking of wildlife, and wildlife products in key range and transit countries that are in the front lines of combatting wildlife crime. The nine additional countries include Afghanistan, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. Activities in the Global Wildlife Program in the source countries will include enhancing anti-poaching tracking and intelligence operations, increasing the size of conservation areas and improving their management, and providing opportunities for development through nature-based tourism and other agriculture, forestry and natural resource projects that benefit local communities. In transit countries, the Global Wildlife Program will support anti-smuggling and customs controls, while in demand countries, it will initiate targeted awareness-raising campaigns to help increase legal deterrents for purchase of wildlife and wildlife products. read more

September 25

Bisexual identity overtaking gay and lesbian in Britain official stats show

first_imgdenton The number of British people defining themselves as “bisexual” has jumped by 45 per cent in just three years, according new official estimates.For the first time, more young people in the UK describe themselves as bisexual than gay or lesbian combined, the figures from the Office for National Statistics show.It is the latest evidence pointing to a shift in attitudes towards sexuality, with increasing numbers viewing their own position as somewhere on a spectrum rather than it being a black-or-white question.A survey by YouGov published last year found that half of young people, and almost a quarter of the population overall, define themselves as something other than 100 per cent heterosexual. In 2015, 2.6% of Londoners identified themselves as Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual, the highest of any English region https://t.co/6FPv44bvCk— ONS (@ONS) October 5, 2016 Benjamin Cohen, chief executive of the LGBTI publisher PinkNews, said: “More and more young people are willing to admit that their sexual orientation fluctuates; that they can be attracted to someone of the same sex or someone of the opposite sex and that there is no inherent contradiction in that. More and more young people are willing to admit that their sexual orientation fluctuatesBenjamin Cohen, chief executive, PinkNews Altogether 6.2 per cent, or 3.3 million people if the proportion was repeated across the whole population over the age of 16, identified themselves as something other than heterosexual.Significantly, however, the figures also show a marked divide between generations on the question of sexuality with bisexual identity overtaking the labels of gay or lesbian among under 25s.Overall 1.8 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds said they were bisexual, up from 1.3 per cent a year earlier. That compares with 1.5 per cent who said they were gay or lesbian.center_img The overall numbers identified by the official estimates are still very small.Just 1.7 per cent of the population identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual in the ONS’s Annual Population Survey (APS) – although LGBT groups have long argued that official research, by its very nature, is likely to significantly underestimate the true level.Nevertheless, the ONS said the 45 per cent rise was clearly statistically significant.Overall it estimates that the number of people in the UK openly identifying as bisexual jumped from 230,000 in 2012 to 334,000 at the time of the most recent population survey carried out last year.By contrast, the number defined as gay or lesbian rose by a more modest 8.3 per cent in that time to 586,000.A further 206,000 were classed as “other” and the equivalent of 2.2 million refused to answer or said they did not know their sexual identity. The bisexual Paul Denton in Rules of Attraction (2002)  “To some that may mean they label themselves as bisexual or as pansexual.“Twenty years ago people might have had those feelings but wouldn’t have acted upon them, they might have liked someone but just ignored it.“Now, because of the changing society, if you are attracted to someone you can take action.“I think that there are also a lot of quite well known celebrities who are identifying in this way, people like Miley Cyrus have described themselves as pansexual.“Those people, who are role models to young people, give them the confidence to label themselves in that way.”Pamela Cobb, an ONS statistician specialising in population, said: “In 2015, the majority (93.7 per cent) of the UK population identified themselves as heterosexual or straight, with 1.7 per cent identifying as LGB, the remainder either identifying as ‘other’, ‘don’t know’ or refusing to respond.“Young adults (16 to 24-year-olds) are more likely to identify as LGB compared with older age groups, and a higher proportion of males identify as LGB than females.” 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.last_img read more

September 19

WSDOT seeks comments on community engagement plan

first_imgOLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Transportation wants public comments on its updated plan to guide how the agency engages with partners, stakeholders, tribes, communities and the public.The agency’s Community Engagement Plan guides WSDOT outreach from the very beginning of a project through the very end. The plan is designed to increase consent on decisions, better the public’s understanding and access to information and decision making.To comment, send an email to wsdotcep@wsdot.wa.gov, or write to P.O. Box 47370, Olympia, WA 98504. Comments will be accepted until Nov. 30. They will be incorporated to the final version of the plan, which will be released in December.The Community Engagement Plan can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/2dQkEkXlast_img read more

September 19

Suspect in double fatal stabbing enters insanity plea

first_imgA man accused of stabbing to death two men who lived in his apartment complex in July 2017 entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity Wednesday.Dustin Lee Zapel is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder in Clark County Superior Court.He’s accused of killing Thomas West, 42, and James Olsen, 55, in the early morning of July 16, 2017, at the Central Park Place Apartments, 1900 Fort Vancouver Way. Zapel is also accused of attempting to stab a third man, David Garner.According to court records, arriving officers found West and Olsen’s bodies in the apartment complex courtyard. Officers found Zapel in the Five Corners area after a seven-hour manhunt. Surveillance cameras caught the act, which police said appeared to be unprovoked, on video.In an interview with detectives, Zapel said he was lying in bed when he decided to kill people. He told them he went outside, found West and stabbed him in the head and chest and bit him in the head. He said he then repeatedly stabbed Olsen in the stomach, court documents state.Even if Zapel is acquitted, the plea requires he admits to what happened, and he would still face confinement.Zapel’s defense attorney also filed motions to dismiss the charges, with hearings to be scheduled at a later date.last_img read more

September 16

ASA Continues Work on County Yields Payments Discrepancy

first_imgThe following is an update on ASA’s work on the ARC-County Option yield discrepancy issue from ASA Washington Office Director John Gordley.As you know, the American Soybean Association (ASA) has been working with National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and other commodity organizations to address discrepancies in county yields and payments under the Agricultural Risk Coverage program’s county option (ARC-CO).These discrepancies came to light last October, when payments were made for 2014 crops, the first year under the Agricultural Act of 2014 (AA-14), also known as the farm bill. The most notable differences were in corn yields and payments in several counties in North Dakota.  Additional concerns have been raised by corn producers in South Dakota and Colorado.There is evidence that the number of affected counties may be more significant for the 2015 corn crop, for which payments will be made in October 2016.  We have requested county yield data for the 2014 and 2015 soybean and wheat crops, but the problem to date appears to focus on corn.  However, any unresolved problem for one crop will raise concerns about the viability of the ARC-CO program as a whole, and should be addressed as soon as possible.The cause of the problem is the “cascade policy” for establishing county yields adopted by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) after AA-14 was enacted. Currently, FSA requires that a county’s published National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) yield be used, which requires that at least 30 producer surveys be returned or that the returned surveys represent at least 25 percent of a county’s harvested acreage for the crop.  If one of these conditions isn’t met, the county’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) yield is used. Since RMA yields are often higher than NASS yields, payments to producers in RMA counties can be significantly lower than payments to producers in counties with NASS yields.Since there is no legislative requirement or guidance for this policy, FSA is able to change it to provide more consistent yields and payments between counties in the same state. An alternative approach proposed by the North Dakota Corn Growers Association would blend NASS yields in adjacent or contiguous counties to establish yields in counties that don’t meet either of the requirements for a published NASS yield.  In cases where there are no contiguous counties, the FSA State Committee would use NASS yields in comparable counties.Our group met with FSA officials a week ago to discuss this approach as a way to make ARC-CO more defensible, not only against farm program opponents but against critics in Congress, including Ranking Member Peterson, who have suggested eliminating the program in the next farm bill.FSA raised the concern that modifying county yields could bring unwanted attention to the difference in yields that producers report to both NASS and RMA. We pointed out that these anomalies could be noticed even if the proposed change is not made, and that it would be better to fix the problem now. FSA indicated it would be beneficial to have direction from Congressional leaders on this issue.We subsequently met with Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow’s staff and will meet with Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts’ staff next week to discuss ways to address the issue.In addition, Sen. John Hoeven included an amendment to the FY-2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill during the full Committee mark-up that would establish a pilot program for 2016 crops under which FSA would designate counties where NASS yields in comparable contiguous counties would be used to mitigate differences that would otherwise exist. We have been in touch with Sen. Hoeven’s staff, and will continue to work with the Agriculture Committee staffs to encourage FSA to adopt the broadest possible approach to deal with ARC-CO yield anomalies, based on the pilot program or simply by using its authority to do so.The ASA D.C. office will keep you updated on the meeting with the Roberts staff, and on subsequent discussions with the Stabenow staff and others, on whether they think a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack would be appropriate to urge the department to make a change in FSA’s current policy.last_img read more

September 15

Murder suspect who escaped Broward courthouse faces judge

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Broward County murder suspect accused of making a daring dash to freedom appeared in court, Tuesday.Twenty-one-year-old Dayont’e Resiles met with a judge, as he faces felony charges for his alleged escape. He will be represented by the same attorney who is handling his murder case.Resiles was caught by police at a West Palm Beach hotel, July 20, after, police said, he escaped from the Broward County Courthouse.He is awaiting trial for allegedly stabbing Jill Su to death in her Davie home in 2014.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

September 10

Cadillac CT4 confirmed to debut after CT5 in bid to keep sedans

first_img Comment 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Cadillac New York Auto Show 2019 Sedans Luxury cars Future Cars 8 Photos Review • 2019 Cadillac CT6 Review: Handsome and competent, even in base form 1 2020 Cadillac CT5 reveals a new design language for the brand 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 Cadillac CT6 Tags Cadillac is one of only a few automakers determined to keep sedans relevant, despite consumer tastes shifting wholesale toward SUVs. To that end, the automaker is planning on debuting not one, but two new sedans this year.Cadillac will introduce a smaller CT4 sedan after the CT5 debuts at the New York Auto Show, Automotive News reports, citing confirmation from Cadillac president Steve Carlisle. Carlisle only confirmed its existence, offering no further details about platforms, segments, debut dates — anything, really.As AN notes, the CT4 is part of a three-piece puzzle that will see the CT4, CT5 and CT6 replacing the outgoing ATS, CTS and XTS, respectively. The CT6 and XTS have been living alongside one another in a weird kind of way since the CT6’s debut, although there is some difference between these two large sedans as the XTS uses a transverse front-wheel-drive setup. Enlarge ImageIt wouldn’t be obscene to assume that the CT4 will carry more than a few of the design staples seen on the CT5. Family first. Cadillac Rumors of the CT6’s demise were a bit premature, as GM stated that the car would live on after the closing of the plant in Hamtramck, Michigan where it’s currently made. GM eventually gave Hamtramck a stay of execution until 2020, as well.AN’s report says the CT4 is “expected” to ride on the same Alpha platform that underpins the CT5, along with the Chevrolet Camaro and the outgoing Cadillac ATS, but again, Carlisle didn’t confirm anything beyond the fact that the CT4 will eventually show up. Nevertheless, those of us who appreciate a bit of variety in vehicle lineups will be happy to see that Cadillac is intent on keeping that choice alive a little longer than others.While we don’t know much about the CT4, we have a much better idea about the CT5 that will precede it. Previewed earlier this week, Cadillac offered up some sharp styling that errs closer to a fastback than before, in keeping with sedan design trends of late. It’ll come with either a 2.0-liter turbo I4 or a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, both of which will have 10-speed automatic transmissions. Rear- and all-wheel drive are both on offer. This one debuts in about a month’s time at the 2019 New York Auto Show in mid-April. More From Roadshowlast_img read more

September 6

Refrain from cow sacrifice during Bakrid Muslim forum

first_imgHyderabad: United Muslim Forum (UMF), a confederation of different Muslim organisations, has advised the community to refrain from sacrificing cows during Bakrid to respect the sentiments of other communities. Also, the forum in a press release here Thursday urged the Telangana government to take measures to prevent communal tension in the state ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, also known as Bakrid. It urged the Telangana government to take steps against violence in the name of ‘Gau Raksha by self-styled Gau Rakshaks and prevent lynching, harm, loss of life and any possible tension between the different communities, according to a prerelease. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Lambs, goats, and other animals permissible for sacrifice under Indian law could be slaughtered, the forum said. Ahead of Bakrid next month, state Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali had Wednesday appealed to Muslims to sacrifice sheep instead of cows. ”The cow is respected and worshipped in this faith (Hindu religion). So, I appeal to all Muslim brethren to totally refrain from sacrificing the cow. Instead, offer small sacrifice. You can sacrifice sheep or any other animals,” he had said. The government should issue instructions to the police for ensuring stringent precautionary measures to prevent and deal with lynching and hate crimes, the forum said. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us The forum said stringent laws must be framed by the state and central governments to ensure protection of life and property of citizens. Also, the forum appealed to the state government to protect historical, religious monuments in the state. The United Muslim Forum urged the government to explore alternative ways and means to protect Wakf and other religious institutions while taking up road-widening and other developmental works.last_img read more