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NBA bans Pacers’ Tyreke Evans for violating league anti-drug policy

first_imgLATEST STORIES INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – APRIL 21: Tyreke Evans #12 of the Indiana Pacers shoots the ball against the Boston Celtics in game four of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 21, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPINDIANAPOLIS — The NBA has banned Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans at least two years for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.The league announced that Evans had been dismissed and disqualified on Friday. He can apply for reinstatement in 2021.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Yancy De Ocampo to retire if San Miguel wins Grand Slam MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard declined comment at the NBA draft combine in Chicago. The team said it in a statement it would reach out to Evans to offer our support.A 10-year veteran who will be a free agent after the season, Evans averaged 10.2 points in 69 games after signing with the Pacers in July. He scored 19.4 points per game for Memphis in 2017-18 and previously played for Sacramento and New Orleans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEvans sat out one game early in the season for violating team rules and issued an apology then for being late to practice. He also missed three games late in the year due to personal reasons and a respiratory infection. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

November 27, 2019 0

UEFA Women’s Champions League: Manchester City held by Atletico, Lyon and PSG Enjoy Goal Glut

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Paris: Manchester City’s hopes of reaching the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-finals were left on a knife-edge on Wednesday when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their last 16 clash.City were 1-0 up through Canadian international Janine Beckie after 13 minutes but the Spanish visitors hit back nine minutes from the final whistle through Charlyn Corral. Atletico, who knocked City out of last year’s tournament, boasted England’s Toni Duggan in their line-up.Duggan had an early chance against her former team but blasted the ball over the crossbar.Arsenal are well-placed to make the last eight after coming back from Slavia Prague with a 5-2 win.Dutch international Vivianne Miedema scored four of the north Londoners’ goals with three coming in a 15-minute period in the first half.Lyon, champions in the last four seasons, also virtually made sure of their place in the quarter-finals with a 4-0 rout of Fortuna Hjorring in Denmark.Norwegian star Ada Hegerberg opened the scoring after 17 minutes from the penalty spot.It was her 50th goal in her 49th match in the Champions League. Her 51st arrived in the second half, sandwiching a double strike from Eugenie le Sommer.Fellow French side PSG eased past Breidablik of Iceland 4-0.Karina Saevik, Brazilian star Formiga and Marie-Antoinette Katoto were all on target in the first half-hour.Poland’s Paulina Dudek added the fourth in stoppage time. Ada Hegerbergarsenalatletico madridlyon First Published: October 17, 2019, 12:28 PM ISTlast_img read more

November 26, 2019 0

PM to honour civil servants for implementing govt key projects

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 19 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Thursday honour civil servants for excellence in implementing NDA governments initiatives like Clean India mission.The Prime Ministers awards for excellence in public administration have been instituted to acknowledge, recognise and reward the extraordinary and innovative work done by officers of the central and state governments for the welfare of common citizen. They are given away on civil services day.A new category of excellence in implementing priority programmes which include Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna (PMJDY), Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen), Swachh Vidyalaya and Soil Health Card Scheme has been added to the Prime Ministers awards, a press release issued today by Personnel Ministry said.The civil services day function will be organised on April 20 and 21 by the Ministry.Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu will be the chief guest at the inaugural function tomorrow. Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Jitendra Singh will preside over the function, it said.The inaugural session will be followed by eight panel discussions on the replication of initiatives that received awards from PM last year and four priority programmes. These sessions will be chaired by Union ministers and persons of eminence.Four sessions on subjects related to women empowerment, channelising the energies of youth for sports, time bound and efficient public service delivery system and the issues of clean and green energy for replication of PM awarded initiatives have been organised, the release said.A total of ten districts will be conferred the Prime Ministers awards this year under the four priority programmes on Thursday. These awards will be given in three groups– the first group consists of eight north-eastern states and the three hill states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.advertisementThe remaining 18 states constitute the second group, while the third group comprises the seven union territories, it said.Eight awards will be given to the first and second group under the four priority progammes and two awards will be given for programmes–PMJDY and Swachh Vidyalaya for the third group comprising seven union territories, the release said. PTI AKV ANP SK ANPlast_img read more

November 26, 2019 0

Andaz-e-Doodle: Googles tribute to Ghalib on his 220th anniv

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 27 (PTI) Mirza Ghalibs couplets were remembered for their timelessness and depth on his 220th birth anniversary today, as romantics paid rich tributes to the legendary poet while search giant Google honoured him with a Mughal-themed doodle.The social media trended with Ghalib and his romantic couplets as people recalled his poetry that has been an inspiration for generations.Google came out with a unique doodle to pay tribute to Ghalib. The digital artwork shows Ghalib, standing beside three contiguous multi-foliated arches (mehrabs), holding a piece of paper in his hands while overlooking a monument in the horizon.The Mughal-styled architecture is portrayed in grey colour with the sun in the background and the poet dressed in flowing red robes and sporting a pointed hat (lambi topi).The six letters of Google in faded white splashed across the arches appear floating in the air behind the bard.Born Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan in Agra on December 27, 1797, he later adopted the pen name of Ghalib.He was a prominent court poet during the last phase of the Mughal empire, and is to this day, considered one of the finest poets around the world.He wrote in Urdu and Persian languages, and his legacy shone brighter posthumously, as he remains popular not only in India and Pakistan but also among their diaspora globally.He is often quoted by scholars, historians and journalists.One of the most famous lines from his poetry is — Hazaaron khwahishen aisi ke har khwahish pe dam nikle, Bohat niklay mere armaan, lekin phir bhi kam nikle (Thousands of desires, each worth dying for… many of them I have realised…yet I yearn for more.).advertisementGoogle India while extolling the iconic personality, tweeted, “Be it one or a thousand, no one gave words to khwahishen like he could. #GoogleDoodle celebrates one of Indias greatest poets – #MirzaGhalib.”The doodle team on its official page also shared some of the other illustrations that were tried during the conceptualisation of the Ghalib doodle.”Today we celebrate one of Urdu literatures most iconic poets, Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, known in popular culture by many names, but most commonly as Ghalib (meaning conqueror),” Google India said on the doodle page.”His verse is characterised by a lingering sadness borne of a tumultuous and often tragic life — from being orphaned at an early age, to losing all of his seven children in their infancy, to the political upheaval that surrounded the fall of Mughal rule in India,” it said.Showing a gift for language at an early age, Ghalib served as a court poet during the reign of Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, himself a renowned poet, who was exiled by the British to Rangoon after the fall of the Mughal empire.Ghalib struggled financially, never holding a regular paying job but instead depending on patronage from royalty and more affluent friends, the search giant said.”But despite these hardships, Ghalib navigated his circumstances with wit, intellect, and an all-encompassing love for life,” the Google doodle team said.”His contributions to Urdu poetry and prose were not fully appreciated in his lifetime, but his legacy has come to be widely celebrated, most particularly for his mastery of the Urdu ghazal (amatory poem),” it said, while signing off with, “Irshad muqarar, Mirza!”.The master poet died on February 15, 1869 at his haveli in Gali Qasim Jaan, Ballimaran in Old Delhi.The old house has been partly preserved as a memorial to him and is known as Ghalib ki Haveli. It is frequented by both locals and foreign tourists. PTI KND DPB ASK ASKlast_img read more

November 18, 2019 0

In first, Israeli anthem plays in Abu Dhabi after judo gold

first_imgJerusalem, Oct 28 (AFP) Israel’s national anthem was played at a judo tournament in Abu Dhabi on Sunday after one of its athletes won gold in what was thought to be a first in the Gulf emirate.The playing of the national anthem and Israeli Sports Minister Miri Regev’s attendance at the tournament were the latest milestones in the country’s bid for rapprochement with Arab states.Regev cried and sang along as the anthem played, according to footage broadcast on Israeli television.Her presence in the United Arab Emirates capital also marked the first time a minister from Israel attended a sports event in the Gulf, Israeli officials said.It was the first time an Israeli delegation participated there under its national flag, after the International Judo Federation warned UAE organisers they would cancel the competition unless all athletes were allowed to participate on an equal footing.Last year, tournament organisers in Abu Dhabi banned the flag and national anthem of Israel, which has no diplomatic relations with Gulf states.Sagi Muki won gold on Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and sang along to his national anthem as he stood on the podium.He called it in remarks to Israeli television “one of the greatest moments of my career”.Last year, Israeli judoka Tal Flicker sang Israel’s anthem himself after winning gold since its playing was banned.Before Muki won gold, Regev wrote on her Facebook page: “I’m very proud to be here in Abu Dhabi representing Israel along with the judo team and our flag.” “I hope we win a gold medal and experience the thrilling moment of playing Hatikvah in the Abu Dhabi arena,” she said, referring to Israel’s national anthem.advertisementThree Israeli judokas won bronze medals on Saturday, the first day of the Grand Slam, with Regev given the honour of awarding the medals for one of the categories.Regev’s trip to the UAE, which began on Thursday, coincided with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to neighbouring Oman, the first for an Israeli leader since 1996.On the same day, an Israeli gymnastics delegation was in Qatar for the beginning of the world championships being held in Doha.On Monday, Communications Minister Ayoob Kara was to travel to Dubai to represent Israel at an international internet security conference, his office said.Israeli Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz will also travel to Oman next week for a transportation conference, according to his office.Israel currently has full diplomatic relations with only two Arab states, Egypt and Jordan.Netanyahu has long sought a rapprochement with other Arab states, citing in part concerns over their common enemy Iran.Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory, however, remains a major obstacle to official recognition from Arab countries.Speaking of his Oman visit at a cabinet meeting Sunday, Netanyahu said it was thanks to his “diplomatic efforts” in the Arab world, adding: “There will be more.” (AFP) MRJMRJlast_img read more

November 17, 2019 0

AITA seeks fresh security check in Islamabad but no word on venue change for Davis Cup

first_imgAITA seeks fresh security check in Islamabad but no word on venue change for Davis CupThe Indian team are scheduled to tour Pakistan’s capital Islamabad for the Asia/Oceania Group 1 tie to be held on September 14 and 15.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 12, 2019UPDATED: August 12, 2019 18:26 IST India have asked the ITF to shift their upcoming Davis Cup tie from Pakistan to a neutral venue. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAITA decided against seeking a change of venue for the Davis Cup tie versus PakistanHowever, the federation requested ITF to conduct security check in IslamabadThe Indian team is scheduled to tour Pakistan for the Asia/Oceania Group 1 tieIndia’s national tennis federation on Monday decided against seeking a change of venue for the Davis Cup tie versus Pakistan in Islamabad but requested the world body ITF to conduct another security check there in view of the fresh diplomatic tension.India’s participation in the Asia-Oceania Zone Group 1 Davis Cup tie, scheduled on September 14 and 15, is uncertain owing to high political tension with Pakistan.Pakistan has downgraded diplomatic ties with India after provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, were done away with and the state was turned into a Union Territory.”We are aware that you had done a safety check before the diplomatic ties have been downgraded. ITF (International Tennis Federation) may find it appropriate to do another check to its own satisfaction to ensure the safety of all the stakeholders connected with the tie,” All India Tennis Association (AITA) Secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee wrote in a mail addressed to ITF Executive Director Justine Albert.Chatterjee had earlier stated that the AITA might seek a change of venue given the political tension because of which the bus and train services between the two countries stand suspended right now.”AITA is, therefore, waiting for your (ITF) final certificate confirming the safety of all the stakeholders and the details of the security plan prepared from the arrival of the team to its departure so that we can start applying for visas for travelling to Pakistan and to make necessary travel arrangements,” he said in the latest letter.advertisementThe AITA said it would go by the directives of the ITF.”In case ITF in consultation with PTF (Pakistan Tennis Federation) is not 100 per cent sure about the safety of the stakeholders, ITF may advise us the future course of action and AITA will respectfully follow the decision of the ITF,” he added.The letter comes on a day when Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju made it clear that the government will not have a say in the matter as Davis Cup is not a bilateral engagement.”If it is a bilateral sporting event, then whether India will play with Pakistan becomes a political decision. But Davis Cup is not a bilateral and is organised by a world sporting body,” Rijiju said.Albert had written to Chatterjee last week, saying that India should go ahead with its visa applications for the tie despite “some recent developments in political and diplomatic relations between the two nations”.”…we are aware of the situation and are monitoring it. I agree that the safety of the players, officials and all stakeholders linked to the tie is the first priority for the ITF and all of us,” Albert’s mail stated.”However, I must stress that the the overall security risk rating in Pakistan remains the same which means that as of today, the tie will take place in Islamabad as planned,” it added.Albert had told the AITA to approach the ITF with any concerns related to the tie as soon as possible.”…this is your right to do so and I urge you to do so in a timely manner, taking into consideration the fact that the tie is scheduled to take place in five weeks.”In the meantime I do urge you to continue with the necessary preparations to obtain your visas…,” he had said.No Indian Davis Cup team has travelled to Pakistan since 1964 and bilateral cricket ties between the two countries have been dormant since the 2008 terror attack in Mumbai.Since 2017, Pakistan have played four of their five home ties in Islamabad, hosting Korea, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Iran. Hong Kong had refused to travel to Pakistan in 2017, giving them a walkover.The last time Pakistan played on a neutral venue was when it hosted China in Colombo in 2016.Also Read | Indian government won’t have say on participation in Davis Cup tie in Pakistan: Kiren RijijuAlso Read | Pakistan rules out shifting of Davis Cup tie against India to neutral venueAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Davis CupFollow Davis Cup tie Nextlast_img read more

October 25, 2019 0

Wash Down Your Sins at this Portland Speakeasy

first_imgIf you call Bible Club PDX, a restored 1920s rotary phone will ring. One with a cord. And by “ring,” we’re talking a metal-on-metal action. Lead barkeep Jessica Braasch might answer mid-conversation with a patron while grinding cloves by hand with a mortar and pestle. In creating Bible Club, owner Ryk Maverick left no detail to chance, from crocheted doily coasters that would make any grandma proud to absinthe atomizers lit by the glow of a neon cross lightbulb on the host’s stand. Even the ice is local, which they shave on a cutting board for a perfect fit in the glass. And drinks calling for crushed ice? Time to break out the hammer. Once you take a seat at the dimly-lit bar on the first floor of a 1922 craftsman house, you’ll know you’re not in Portland anymore. Head barkeep Nathan Elliott says Bible Club and fam initially expected to be a neighborhood joint, but their clientele quickly grew to include denizens from all over the world looking for a transportive, prohibition-era experience. Like the speakeasies the past that truly had to keep hush-hush, Bible Club’s cat is out of the bag now that Portlanders and travelers alike are realizing what a charming time capsule it is. The barback is bedecked with vintage signs championing the repeal of the 18th Amendment and, along with the general decor and underground atmosphere, you would be forgiven if you started to believe you had fallen into a time warp and landed squarely in the days of Al Capone and rum runners. The name “Bible Club” is in keeping with the tradition of tongue in cheek names contrasting the suspicious activity going down in such establishments.Your Must-Try drink: the Log Road LeggerIngredientsPikesville Straight RyeChanterelle and Cinnamon Syrup*Bridge City Smoked Vanilla Bourbon BittersTorched RosemaryIt’s an autumn-inspired old fashioned so popular it’s stuck on the ever-changing cocktail menu for good. It tastes like a meandering walk in a pine forest on a foggy morning, the smell of last night’s campfire left behind on your clothes. The drink’s top note is provided by a sprig of rosemary lit with a match just long enough for a spark or two to fly, smudging the small space with a nice woodsy aroma. The only drawback to that is that it might keep the perennial ghost stories away.So if you’re looking for the perfect nightcap spot to punctuate a snowy evening on the town, or you’re in the mood to channel F. Scott Fitzgerald while sipping something truly extraordinary — this is the place to do it, old sport. The Best American Liqueur Editors’ Recommendations 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall 6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Withoutlast_img read more

October 24, 2019 0

Six dead 43 injured as bus falls into gorge in Jkhand

first_imgGarhwa (Jharkhand): At least six people were killed and 43 injured on Tuesday when a bus fell into a gorge at Anuraj Ghati in Garhwa district, police said.The accident took place around 3.30 am, they said. CRPF jawans recovered the bodies of six people and rescued 43 passengers by entering the ill-fated bus through the windows, Superintendent of Police Shivani Tiwari said. While three of the injured were referred to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi, the rest were admitted to a local hospital, the SP said. The bus was heading to Garhwa, about 140 km from state capital Ranchi, from Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh, she said.last_img read more

October 20, 2019 0

60s Scoop legal battle continues

first_imgAPTN National NewsFrom 1965 to 1985 an estimated 16,000 Aboriginal children in Ontario were removed from their homes and placed in mostly non-Aboriginal communities.A landmark class action lawsuit was thrown out in 2011 on a legal technicality, but now it’s back again before the courts.The case starts Thursday.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has this story.last_img

October 14, 2019 0

Graphic novel retells Helen Betty Osborne story

first_imgAPTN National NewsShe was murdered nearly 45 years ago, but her story still haunts today.That story is the focus of a new graphic novel on the life and death of Helen Betty Osborne.APTN’s Dennis Ward caught up with the author and has more in this report.last_img

October 14, 2019 0

Sister of Robert Picktons victim learned of her death in the newspaper

first_imgTina House APTN NewsGeorgina Papin is remembered by her family as beautiful, street smart and a loving mother to seven children.She was also murdered by one of the worst serial killers in Canada.On Wednesday, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls heard from Papin’s sisters about the tragic end to the 34-year-old woman’s life – and the horrific way the family found out.“Georgina’s remains were found at the Pickton farm,” said Cynthia Cardinal, who flew in from Alberta with her sister, Bonnie Fowler, to testify in Richmond, B.C. “I found out by reading it in the Edmonton Sun newspaper. I remember that I couldn’t stop shaking and crying with disbelief. That was September of 2002. They had found fragments of her hand bone in the slaughter house.”The sisters described how they had all been separated as children and put into foster care. Papin was in a dozen foster homes and institutions, they said.But by March 1999, Papin’s life spiraled out of control. Just one month after giving birth to her twins, she went missing.Her last known whereabouts were in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. That’s where investigators believe she was lured to Robert Pickton’s farm.In January 2007, Pickton went on trial for the murder of Papin and 25 other women.Besides dealing with the pain of her murder, Cardinal testified how her family was treated horribly by victim services. She said they were segregated from other families and denied bus tickets and meals.“Victim services also neglected to tell us that we would be hearing the horrific way in which Georgina was murdered,” she said. “They told us as we were walking into the courtroom. They warned us too late.”System ‘failed’ Pickton victim Lisa Bigjohn testified about her younger sister, Mona Wilson, who also died at the hands of Robert Pickton.“This is unimaginable how I had to lose my sister to a society and a system that failed her,” said Bigjohn, during the hearings on Friday.Wilson was in and out of foster care and, by age 11, she was living on the streets. She became addicted to drugs in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and eventually became a prostitute to support her habit.But her family said they remember her as someone who was kind, loved the colour pink and wanted to stay a kid forever.“The only thing that she wanted to do was find her family, especially me,” said Bigjohn.In November 2001, at the age of 26, Wilson vanished.Her remains were found on Pickton’s pig farm in Port Coquitlam. She was the sixth woman Pickton was convicted of killing in 2007.“She was a human being and she was treated like she was invisible,” said Bigjohn.The hearings continue until Sunday.thouse@aptn.calast_img read more

October 14, 2019 0

SLRC journalist Mahesh Nissanka and son granted bail

The journalist was arrested after a complaint was filed with the Police over the incident. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) senior journalist Mahesh Nissanka, who was arrested and remanded together with his son over an alleged assault incident, have been granted bail.The Mahara Magistrate had earlier ordered that the journalist be remanded till today.

October 8, 2019 0

Beetleridden BC timber didnt contravene 2006 softwood lumber deal ruling

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tamsyn Burgmann and Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 18, 2012 7:02 pm MDT Beetle-ridden B.C. timber didn’t contravene 2006 softwood lumber deal: ruling Even as Canada declares victory in a major softwood lumber dispute with the United States, the organization representing British Columbia’s forest industry doesn’t expect the persistent American lumber lobby to reduce its competitive tactics.An international tribunal convened under the 2006 softwood lumber agreement ruled Wednesday that Canada did not circumvent the deal by shipping large quantities of pine beetle-infested lumber south of the border.The United States government argued that B.C. mills had an unfair advantage in softwood sales because they’ve been selling logs made from the destroyed trees at lower prices.The three-member panel at the London Court of International Arbitration ruled in favour of Canada, though the details of the ruling will remain confidential for 10 days.If Canada lost the arbitration, financial penalties could have totalled as high as $380 million.“When you dodge that bullet, you obviously feel pretty good,” said John Allan, president of the B.C. Lumber Trade Council, which represents 85 per cent of the province’s lumber producers.But he said he doesn’t expect the unanimous ruling, which cannot be appealed, to persuade the U.S. forestry lobby to stop complaining.“I know their oversight over what we do in Canada will not go away, it will never go away,” Allan said in an interview, noting the industry south of the border have been making similar complaints since the early 1980s.“They never back down. It doesn’t pay them to back down.”Provincial and federal politicians were lauding the decision as a triumph for the roughly 53,000 people who work in B.C.’s wood products industry.“The fact that this is behind us, it’s clearly demonstrated that B.C. has been vindicated,” the province’s jobs minister, Pat Bell, told reporters in Vancouver.“We’re operating under the rules provided under the softwood lumber agreement. I think (that) will give people the confidence to know that there’s a long-term future in the industry.”Bell declared the ruling “total victory,” describing the U.S. claims as “frivolous” while suggesting it means brighter days are ahead for the industry.Ed Fast, the federal minister of international trade, also welcomed the ruling.“This positive outcome is the result of our close collaboration with provincial and industry partners and proof that the (softwood lumber agreement) is good for Canada’s forestry sector,” he said in Ottawa.The United States launched the complaint in January 2011, arguing B.C. was unfairly subsidizing wood damaged by the mountain pine beetle, which has been chewing out the guts of forests for years. Pine beetle is a problem in areas across the province, but the B.C. Lumber Trade Council said Wednesday’s decision focuses on wood in the province’s Interior.Industry observers said the dispute was the most serious to date under the softwood lumber agreement, because it struck at the core of forestry policy and timber pricing.The U.S. Lumber Coalition expressed bitter disappointment in Wednesday’s ruling.“While the coalition vehemently disagrees with the (court) panel conclusion, we respect and appreciate the efforts of this panel and the U.S. government to grapple with the complex issues involved in this case,” said coalition chairman Steve Swanson, who also runs the family-owned Swanson Group in Oregon.The Office of the United States Trade Representative said it remains concerned by B.C.’s practice of providing “publicly-owned timber” to lumber producers for prices far below market value.“It is important to note that the tribunal did not sanction the pricing practices in British Columbia,” Nkenge Harmon, deputy assistant United States trade representative, said in a statement.“Rather, as a result of a flawed approach to evaluating the evidence before it, the tribunal concluded that it was unable to find a conclusive link to action by the government of Canada.”Harmon said the office will continue to monitor the situation closely, noting the U.S. has won two previous cases under the softwood lumber agreement.B.C. denied the province was cheating, saying American producers should have known there would be an effort to clear dead, beetle-infested timber.Allan, the B.C. Lumber Trade Council president, said even though this ends the arbitration dispute, the B.C. industry is being attacked from another direction.He pointed to U.S. threats to prevent Canada from joining a Pacific free-trade zone unless wood complaints are resolved.Canada was represented by a Washington-based law firm in the recent dispute, and it likely cost millions to resolve, Allan said. Even though it’s over he doesn’t foresee any particular impact on the industry, which has about 25 per cent U.S. market share.The softwood lumber agreement was mutually extended two years last January until October 2015,B.C. exported $3.83 billion worth of softwood lumber to all world markets in 2011, with roughly half going to the U.S. China is the province’s second largest and fastest growing market. read more

October 6, 2019 0

US newhome sales up 18 per cent in August as West and

WASHINGTON – U.S. sales of new homes surged in August, led by a wave of buying in the West and Northeast.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that new-home sales climbed 18 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 504,000. The report also revised up the July sales rate to 427,000 from 412,000.Newly constructed homes sold at the fastest clip since May 2008. It’s a clear sign of improvement for a real estate market that has been muddled in recent months, as the rebound in sales following the housing bust began to slow.Sales of new homes are up 33 per cent over the past 12 months. Median prices for new homes have risen nearly 8 per cent during the same period to $275,600.“All is not perfect in the housing market but things are certainly better today than they were about one year ago,” said Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at BTIG brokerage.In the West, August purchases of new homes soared 50 per cent compared to the prior month. Off the sharp August increase, sales in the West have nearly doubled in the past 12 months.Between August and July, sales grew 29.2 per cent in the Northeast. Buying increased 7.8 per cent in the South and remained flat in the Midwest.The housing market has been sputtering for much this year. A nascent recovery in sales and prices began to struggle toward the middle of 2013. Ferocious winter weather delayed construction and limited sales at the beginning of 2014. Buying did pick up over the summer. Yet the pace of sales has been depressed by sluggish wage growth and the price surge last year that put homes out of reach for many Americans.There are a number of signs that another housing uptick may be in the works.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index climbed in September to 59, the highest reading since November 2005. Readings above 50 indicate more builders view sales conditions as improving.That has yet to translate into more construction, however.In August, homebuilding fell 14.4 per cent compared to the prior month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 956,000 houses and apartment complexes, according to the Commerce Department.Much of that decrease was in the volatile apartments sector. Homebuilders started single-family houses at an annual rate of 626,000 last month, slightly below the pace of 631,000 in August 2013.Existing home sales have also eased back compared with last year’s pace.Purchases of existing homes fell 1.8 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.05 million in August, the National Association of Realtors said this week. Sales fell from a July rate of 5.14 million, a figure that was revised slightly downward. Overall, the pace of home sales has dropped 5.3 per cent year-over-year. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Sep 24, 2014 8:54 am MDT US new-home sales up 18 per cent in August as West and Northeast drive buying AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

October 4, 2019 0

GRA institutes tax amnesty for delinquent taxpayers

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has instituted an amnesty period where persons who are delinquent in the payment of their taxes will not have to pay interest and penalties on their Income, Corporate, Property, Capital Gains or Withholding taxes provided that they utilise the amnesty period to regularize their payments.See their full statement below:In keeping with the measures outlined in the 2018 Budget Presentation by the Minister of Finance, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) wishes to advise that the Amnesty relates to Interest and Penalties for Income, Corporate, Property, Capital Gains and Withholding taxes up to and including the Year of Assessment 2017 (Year of Income 2016) and will be applicable to the categories of taxpayers listed below:1.Taxpayers who have principal taxes outstanding;2.Non-filers – persons who are delinquent in the filing and payment;3.Taxpayers that filed their tax returns, but may have mistakenly underreported orunderstated their income or overstated deductions or credits;4. Taxpayers who have deliberately not declared or under declared their true income; and5. Taxpayers who are already subjected to completed audits and a determination wasmade that additional taxes are owed to the GRA and the additional tax is stilloutstanding.This means that taxpayers who are delinquent in the filing of their true and correct returnsand the payment of their true and correct taxes, will be able to voluntarily make theirpayments without having to pay the attendant interest and penalties.Principal taxes paid on or before June 30, 2018, will have all interest and penaltieswaived, while principal taxes paid between July 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018 willhave 50% of interest and penalties waived.Taxpayers filing incorrect returns during the Amnesty period will not benefit from theAmnesty and will be subject to the attendant penalties.Increased resources will be devoted to enforcement, and all attendant penalties for failure tocomply with the tax laws will be applied thereafter. Taxpayers who are willing to make useof the Amnesty period are encouraged to contact the Debt Management Division of the GRA,either in writing or in person and request a Statement of the principal tax outstanding. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGRA enters final phase of Tax AmnestyAugust 7, 2018In “Business”Over $5B collected during GRA’s tax amnestySeptember 27, 2018In “latest news”Amnesty will be granted to all delinquent tax payers in 2018 – JordanNovember 28, 2017In “Local News” read more

September 25, 2019 0

DuckDuckGo founder on why Google tracks you and his search engine doesnt

first_imgWith the recent revelation about PRISM and how much data is shared with the government, it has brought into focus just how many websites and services track what we do on the Internet. One of the biggest companies to do this is Google, and the more of its services you use the better you are able to be tracked.There are alternatives, though, and in the field of search engines one that is growing in popularity fast is DuckDuckGo. Its main draw? They do not track you at all. In fact, not only does DuckDuckGo not track you, it still manages to make money and offer very good search results.This begs the question…why does Google track your every move? DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg tackled that very issue in a recent talk he gave at the Gel 2013 conference, which you can watch below.After watching the video you will probably be a lot more inclined to make the switch to DuckDuckGo. And even if you aren’t you should at least give it a go for a week. Chances are you won’t look back and your privacy will be better for it.last_img read more

September 21, 2019 0

Someone who bought a Lotto ticket in Cork has just a week

first_img Mar 21st 2017, 6:08 PM Someone who bought a Lotto ticket in Cork has just a week to claim their €1 million The winner has until next Friday, 31 March to claim their prize. 24,527 Views By Paul Hosford Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 6:08 PM Image: THE WINNER OF a €1 million Lotto prize has just a week to claim their winnings.The unknown person has the winning ticket to the 21 December 2016 Millionaire Raffle game, but has yet to claim the seven-figure sum.The Christmas Millionaire winning ticket was numbered 179740. The lucky ticket was purchased at the Topaz Service Station on Lower Tivoli Road in Cork on 21 December 2016.The National Lottery team will travel to Cork on Thursday to help find the lucky ticket holder or holders.The winner has until next Friday, 31 March to claim their prize.Read: Coffin of Martin McGuinness carried to his home in Derry Short URL Image: Share201 Tweet Email6 6 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

September 21, 2019 0

Les bactéries intestinales liées à notre régime alimentaire

first_imgLes bactéries intestinales liées à notre régime alimentaireEn avril dernier, les scientifiques du Laboratoire européen de biologie moléculaire ont montré que les bactéries qui peuplent notre intestin pouvaient être rangées en 3 écosystèmes différents. Aujourd’hui, deux études publiées dans la revue Science suggèrent que la présence de l’un ou l’autre des écosystèmes dépendrait de notre alimentation.  Si l’on savait déjà que les bactéries qui colonisent l’intestin humain pouvaient différer en genre comme en quantité d’un individu à l’autre, de nombreuses énigmes subsistaient sur cette flore intestinale. Mais peu à peu, les scientifiques élucident un mystère après l’autre. En effet, en avril dernier, des chercheurs du Laboratoire européen de biologie moléculaire (EMBL) sont parvenus à démontrer que les fameuses bactéries constituaient trois écosystèmes différents :  Bacteroïdes, Prevotella ou Ruminococcus. Des catégories nommées en fonction du nom de la principale bactérie. À lire aussiPourquoi le café donne-t-il envie de faire caca ?Toutefois, les scientifiques ignoraient encore pourquoi telle ou telle bactérie prédominait chez un individu plutôt qu’un autre, précise Scienceetavenir. Du moins jusqu’ici, car deux nouvelles études publiées dans la revue Science fournissent une première réponse : ces écosystèmes dépendent directement de notre régime alimentaire. Plus précisément, au cours de la première étude, les chercheurs de l’Université de Pennsylvanie ont mis en évidence que les Bactéroïdes préféraient les intestins des personnes ayant un régime carné et riche en graisses saturées. En revanche, Ruminococcus apprécierait davantage l’alcool et les graisses polyinsaturées. Quant à l’écosystème Prevotella, il serait plutôt favorisé par une alimentation riche en sucres. Un écosystème qui reste stable Le régime alimentaire serait donc bien un facteur de choix dans la prolifération de telle ou telle bactérie. Toutefois, la seconde étude menée sur dix sujets indiquent que ces écosystèmes peuvent évoluer en à peine 24 heures en cas de changement de régime, mais ces modifications restent mineures, alors que les entérotypes de bactéries sont restés stables durant les dix jours de l’étude. Grâce à ces résultats préliminaires, on en sait donc un peu plus sur cette mystérieuse flore intestinale. Des informations essentielles quand de nombreuses recherches suggèrent que celle-ci aurait un rôle important dans l’apparition de certaines pathologies, entre autres l’obésité et les maladies chroniques inflammatoires du tube digestif ou auto-immunes. Le 3 septembre 2011 à 11:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 20, 2019 0

Cold heats up homeless debate

first_imgSleeping outside sucks, said Brian Moore.The 35-year-old has been homeless off and on for three years, but this stint “has been a lot better.” That’s because some nights this winter, he’s slept on the cafeteria floor at Share House, the men’s homeless shelter in downtown Vancouver. Other nights, he’s at the day center at Friends of the Carpenter. He got snowed in at the warehouse in west Vancouver when about a foot of snow fell last month. It was the biggest snowfall since 2008 and among the top 10 snowstorms of the past century, with a deluge of ice, wind and rain that followed.“Honestly, it was probably the best week ever of being homeless,” Moore said. “What they do for homeless people is pretty awesome.”The tables in the 1,200-square-foot day center, which is a resource center during the day, are rearranged at night to make room for pads and sleeping bags on the concrete floor. Moore uses headphones to block out noise and fall asleep surrounded by at least a dozen other people.While it may not sound ideal, such a facility to get out of the elements wasn’t available last winter. The day center and other buildings opened these last couple of months in response to severe weather that caught people off guard and forced the community to scramble to open severe weather shelters for homeless people.“We were not prepared for this type of winter,” said Andy Silver, executive director of the Vancouver-based Council for the Homeless. “Certainly, I think one of our goals in the future is we’ll be more prepared for unusual weather events.”Besides the day center, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Washougal, the former Rise & Stars Community Center in central Vancouver, Life House Fellowship in the Five Corners area and Living Hope Church off Andresen Road all housed people overnight at one time or another. These shelters opened when temperatures dropped below freezing to house people who couldn’t access Clark County’s already-full shelter system.last_img read more

September 19, 2019 0

The reason Leeds United fans now hate Marcelo Bielsa

first_imgMarcelo Bielsa has done it again, he went from being highly beloved and revered at Leeds United, to being hated by the fans in record time.The stories about Marcelo Bielsa not being able to manage his clubs properly in the past are countless, but he has fallen from grace in record time at Leeds United this time. It took only a few days for the fans to consider him a world-class manager, to completely question the decisions he made before the international break. The Argentine manager decided to send striker Patrick Bamford to the under 23 squad for an unknown reason, but knowing Bielsa’s troubled relationships with players they must have had a falling out and Bielsa reacted poorly as always. This decision took the worst turn possible a few days ago, as the €8 million striker who arrived this summer to Leeds, suffered a nasty knee injury that will keep him out of competition for the next four months. The fans at the English club can’t give credit to the situation, because they consider the player an essential part of the new project, but Bielsa’s decision backtracks it quite a bit from this moment forward.? | #LUFC striker Patrick Bamford faces four months on the sidelines after suffering a PCL injury during last Friday’s U23s game— Leeds United (@LUFC) September 11, 2018This news comes in one of the most crucial moments in the first half of the season, because international breaks can sometimes be detrimental to any club that was doing great before the break and then decrease their performance level dramatically afterward. Leeds United’s Director of Football issued a statement after the news of the player’s condition broke and said: “This is clearly disappointing news for Patrick and for everyone at Leeds United. Patrick has settled in well, quickly becoming an important player for Marcelo Bielsa and a popular part of the group. We have an excellent medical team at the club and Patrick is in the best possible hands, he will be back available to us during an important part of the season and he will still play a key role in our campaign,” said Victor Orta in the statement that revealed the time that the player would be out of competition. But the repercussion of this new development at Leeds United will affect Marcelo Bielsa even more than the player himself, because this is a pattern that has appeared in the past for the manager in previous jobs.£10m signing ❌Top scorer ❌Best midfielder ❌In-form defender ❌It’s all mounting up for table-topping Leeds, but Marcelo Bielsa says he has a plan… ? #lufc Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) September 13, 2018Bielsa’s past in Chile and Athletic Club.The Argentine manager has had some very interesting runs with the Chile National Team and Spanish side Athletico Club, but in both instances he had to step down due to the poor relationship he had with the players and eventually the fans. With Chile the stories go more along the lines of the manager outright disrespecting the players by calling them names and having violent verbal outbursts, more of the same happened with the Spanish club. But in both instances, Marcelo Bielsa left a very important legacy that gives him a street cred that very few managers in the world can get. He transformed Chile into a very competitive side during his time there and many credit the two Copa America trophies the squad won to his teachings, he also reached the Europa League final with Athletic Bilbao back in 2012 but lost it against Atletico Madrid. With Leeds United, something very similar is happening as Bielsa has two victories and two draws in the first six games of the season and has surprised English football with his offensive style of play. But his problems outside the field could be his downfall, once again.Bielsa: ‘I’m not familiar with the atmosphere at #Millwall – but I can’t think of any fans who would have more influence than ours.” That sounds like a challenge, Lions fans. Read what else the Leeds boss has said ahead of Saturday’s sold-out clash – #lufc— NewsAtDen (@NewsAtDen) September 13, 2018What do you think about Marcelo Bielsa’s latest episode as a professional manager? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

September 18, 2019 0