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first_imgThe finance minister projected total revenue receiptsThe finance minister projected total revenue receipts (TRR) of Rs 68,810.88 crore for 2017-18, indicating increase of 14.06 per cent.It comprises tax receipts of Rs 51,711.52 crore and non-tax receipts of Rs 17,099.36 crore, he said adding the TRR as a ratio of GSDP was expected to be 11.12 per cent in 2017-18.Asserting that the present government was committed to enhance the capital expenditure, which has direct impact on the growth, the FM said, “as against the total capital expenditure of Rs 6,780.12 crore in 2015-16, it increased by 9.6 per cent to Rs 7,432 crore at RE 2016-17.”For the next fiscal 2017-18, I propose to double it to Rs 14,932 crore, over RE 2016-17. In addition, CE to the tune of Rs 4,725 crore is likely to be incurred by public sector units in 2017-18. Hence, the total capital expenditure is estimated to be Rs 19,657 crore in 2017-18,” he said.The FM stated that the present budget is based on the chief ministers vision to transform the state to a vibrant, dynamic and resurgent unit of the federal India.”Antyodaya” and “minimum government and maximum governance” are the guiding principles to make the State a better place to live in.In order to fulfil this vision, a strategy as well as an action plan based on nine priority areas – agriculture, rural development, urban development, infrastructure, education and IT governance, health, women empowerment, development of youth and culture have been framed,” he said.Enhancement of spending in rural areas, strengthening of Panchyati Raj Institutions (PRIs) by transferring certain works of various departments along with the budgetary provisions in a phased manner, creation of durable infrastructure, ushering in governance reforms, focus on digital Haryana, implementation of the chief ministers announcements are some of the areas identified for focussed attention in the Budget, he said.advertisementHe asserted that the allocations for most of the sectors have been hiked in the budget with the agriculture and allied sectors (including Irrigation, Cooperation and Rural Electrification subsidy) getting Rs 12,784.72 crore, Rural Development and Panchayats Rs 4,963.09 crore, Education sector (comprising elementary, secondary, higher, technical education, industrial training, sports, art and culture) Rs 15,546.65 crore and Health and Family Welfare Rs 3,839.9 crore, Industries and Minerals Rs 399.88 crore.While Rs 6,859.55 crore has been proposed for Social Welfare, Women and Child Development and Welfare of SCs and BCs, Rs 12,685.71 crore has been allocated to the power sector, Rs 3382.84 crore for the Public Health Engineering, Rs 4,973.58 crore for Urban Development, and Rs 400 crore for the District Plan.Transport sector gets Rs 2,549.81 crore and the Buildings & Roads sector has been allocated Rs 3,827. 70 crore.Abhimanyu said, “The success of any effort is adjudged in terms of the benefits made available to the underprivileged sections of the society. I have specifically earmarked an outlay of Rs 7,230 crore, 20.15 per cent of the development schemes outlay of Rs 35,885 crore, for the welfare of Schedule Castes under SCSP component in 2017-18,” he said. (MORE) PTI CHS AKA RAXlast_img read more

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Australian Open: Roger Federer outclasses Berdych to reach semis

first_imgRoger Federer put all his experience into play as he outclassed 19th seed Tomas Berdych 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday.It took Federer two hours and 14 minutes to topple the Czech Republic player as he stayed on course for his 20th Grand Slam title.In the semi-final on Friday, Federer will meet the unseeded South Korean Hyeon Chung, who earlier beat American Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-3 to make South Korea’s first ever Grand Slam semi-final..@RogerFederer sets an #AusOpen SF date with Hyeon #Chung!pic.twitter.com/sNLo82WDkj— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 24, 2018Federer did not have an ideal start to the match as Berdych put all his power into play and put immense pressure on the defending champion.Berdych broke Federer’s serve early on and raced to a 3-0 lead. Federer battled hard against the Czech in the following service game to hold and register his first point.From there, Federer found immense confidence and began hitting his stride.As Federer began to find those beautiful backhand strokes, it put Berdych on the backfoot and he began making mistakes.5-3 ahead in the first set, Berdych was serving for the set when Federer managed to break back and then held his serve to level the scoreline 5-5..@RogerFederer breaks back!4-5 in the first set.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/yM4NeMWXbl— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 24, 2018The match went into the tiebreak, where Berdych was left looking for answers as Federer absolutely bullied him at the net. Putting up a perfect combination of baseline and net play, Federer beat Berdych 7-1 in the tiebreak to take the first set.advertisementWith the second set, Federer looked completely in control of the match and even though Berdych dug deep to hold his serves, the defending champion managed to break his serve eventually to lead the set 5-3.Serving for the set, Federer displayed absolute dominance and romped past Berdych to take the second set.The final set was a rollercoaster, that saw three back-to-back serve breaks.Berdych and Federer held their first two serves to keep the scoreline level at 1-1.However, Federer then broke Berdych’s serve to lead 2-1. In a twist, the world No.2 got his service broken the very next game and the set went back to being level at 2-2.However, Berdych failed to hold on the advantage and Federer stomped through him once more and broke his serve again to take the lead 3-2.From there, Federer mainly concentrated on holding his own serves as Berdych tried hard to stay in the game..@tomasberdych isn’t going quietly… #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/RZE01bcD8h— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 24, 2018It was only a matter of time from there as Federer took the third set 6-4 and strolled into the semi-finals.last_img read more

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Allardyce reveals Toffees’ transfer plans

first_imgTransfers Allardyce reveals transfer plans at resurgent Everton Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 10:49 12/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Sam Allardyce Getty Images Transfers Everton Everton v Swansea City Swansea City Premier League With a clutch of senior players on their way back to fitness, Everton manager Sam Allardyce is not preparing for a busy transfer window. Sam Allardyce is not expecting the January transfer window to be busy at Everton, although he would like to sign an additional forward.With Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley, Yannick Bolasie and Leighton Baines all on the recovery trail, Allardyce has a clutch of senior players making their way back to full fitness.After Dominic Calvert-Lewin again impressed in Monday’s 3-1 Premier League win against Swansea City, the former England boss is in no rush to make further signings to a large squad that has no European commitments after exiting the Europa League at the group stage. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We have around 30 pros, so we have a lot of young pros under 23 who are finding their way in the Premier League,” Allardyce told Sky Sports after Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney wrapped up victory to lift his team up to ninth place.”They’re frustrated about not playing enough and we have players injured who are coming back – Coleman, Barkley, Bolasie, Baines – that will make us so much better as a squad, players with Premier League experience.”That’s our 30th game this season so the quicker we get the squad into place, the more I can look at the market and see what we need. “Another goalscorer, yes, but I’m very pleased with Dominic. Is there a striker good enough for Everton in January? If everyone gets fit we don’t have to do too much in January.”Everton on the up… #EVESWA pic.twitter.com/BAYBc1WnK6 — Premier League (@premierleague) December 18, 2017 Allardyce has overseen three wins and a draw from four Premier League games since taking charge at Goodison Park, but the ex-Sunderland and West Ham manager still sees room for improvement.”I think from our point of view it was a disappointing first half and we needed to see more from the players,” Allardyce said.”We changed in the second half with the way we pushed up to get in the game and then we put on Tom Davies. That got us in the game a bit more. You need a special player sometimes to pull something out of the game and that was Gylfi.”It’s a great three points considering how poorly we played in the first half. I think sometimes we play with some negativity, sideways and backwards too much. We put 10 balls back to our goalkeeper instead of being brave enough to go forward and put the ball in the right areas.”Another top result tonight for the lads! Happy days.. #COYB — Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) December 18, 2017 Defeat leaves Swansea four points from safety after suffering a sixth successive away defeat, while an early injury collected by striker Wilfried Bony made it another miserable match for Paul Clement.”First half we played some good football, controlled the game, scored a decent goal from a set play,” Clement told Sky Sports.”Then a bad moment just before half-time when we should be managing the ball better. They got the ball to Rooney too easily, [Aaron] Lennon wasn’t tracked and [Roque Mesa] tackled from the wrong side, a gift.”The nature of the second goal – it is a wonderful goal from Sigurdsson – but we were too open and it came from our own corner. We got in a mess after taking short corner and if you give players of that quality time and space they punish you.”Not a good start for the #Swans . We’re forced into an early change…@tammyabraham @wilfriedbony #EVESWA  (4’)— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) December 18, 2017 Clement’s side face Crystal Palace in a huge Premier League clash on Saturday, but Bony could be an absentee.”He’s injured his hamstring, I didn’t see how he did it,” Clement added. “He signalled he had to come off and he has hurt his hamstring. We don’t know the extent of it.”last_img read more

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Michigan Has A Huge Recruiting Weekend Coming Up

first_img Here is the list of every player expected to be visiting the Michigan football program this weekend, via Maize N Brew (prospects are Class of 2020 unless otherwise noted):RB Blake Corum – Four-Star – Laurel, MD – Official VisitRB D.J. Jones – Three-Star – Fayetteville, NC – Official VisitWR A.J. Henning – Four-Star – Frankfort, IL – Official VisitWR Latrell Neville (2021) – Four-Star – Missouri City, TX – Unofficial VisitWR Brenden Rice – Three-Star – Chandler, AZ – Official VisitWR Jay Brunelle – Three-Star – Paxton, MA – Official VisitATH William Mohan – Three-Star – Brooklyn, NY – Official VisitATH Eamonn Dennis – Three-Star – Worcester, MA – Official VisitATH Liam Clifford (2021) – Three-Star – Cincinnati, OH – Unofficial VisitTE Theo Johnson – Four-Star – Windsor, ON – Unofficial VisitOT Andrew Gentry – Four-Star – Littleton, CO – Official VisitOT Jeffrey Persi – Three-Star – San Juan Capistrano, CA – Official VisitOG Andrew Raym – Four-Star – Broken Arrow, OK – Official VisitOC Raheem Anderson (2021) – Four-Star – Detroit, MI – Unofficial VisitOC Davion Weatherspoon (2021) – Three-Star – Detroit, MI – Unofficial VisitDE Kris Jenkins – Three-Star – Olney, MD – Official VisitOLB Mitchell Melton – Three-Star – Olney, MD – Official VisitS Jordan Morant – Four-Star – Oradell, NJ – Official VisitS Bryce Steele (2021) – Unranked – Alexandria, VA – Unofficial Visit✈️ Michigan Official 〽️— Andrew Raym7️⃣2️⃣ (@andrew_raymBAHS) June 21, 2019University of Michigan this weekend!〽️#GoBlue pic.twitter.com/lyb0lXIo98— AJ H3nning (@AJHenning3) June 20, 2019With so many high-caliber players giving Ann Arbor a look, one would think that the Wolverines will add at least a few more commitments before the end of the month.Stay tuned. Fans watch a Michigan Wolverines flag after a score against the Illinois Fighting Illini.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 22: Fans watch a Michigan Wolverines flag after a score against the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 22, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Michigan’s 2020 and 2021 recruiting classes are coming together nicely, but this coming weekend will represent a big push by the school to get more commitments.According to Maize N Brew, the Wolverines are slated to host nearly twenty recruits this weekend. Over a dozen of them will be in Ann Arbor for official visits.Per 247Sports, the Wolverines’ Class of 2020 has five recruits. It is ranked No. 25 in the country and No. 5 in the Big Ten.Their Class of 2021 is ranked No. 7 in the country and No. 3 in the Big Ten with two recruits so farlast_img read more

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The Game Michigan Is Most Likely To Lose, Per ESPN’s FPI

first_img In fact, ESPN’s FPI has the Wolverines favored in every game of the season. The most-difficult game on Michigan’s schedule this season comes when the team travels to Happy Valley to take on Penn State.According to the FPI, Michigan has a 58.3 percent chance of defeating Penn State.The Nittany Lions posed no threat to Michigan during the 2018 college football season. The Wolverines demolished Penn State 42-17 in Ann Arbor last year.Michigan’s next-toughest game comes right after facing Penn State when Notre Dame comes to town the next weekend. It’s a tough stretch for the Wolverines. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh patting a player on the head.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a first half score with Shea Patterson #2 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season sits just a few weeks away.Earlier this week, we took a major step toward the season kicking off. The preseason Coaches’ Poll came out, ranking the top 25 teams in the country and signaling football is nearly here.One team with plenty of hype coming into the new campaign is Michigan. The Wolverines enter the new season as the No. 7 team in the country – per the coaches poll.Michigan sits just two spots back of Ohio State for the top ranking in the Big Ten. By the end of the season, however, ESPN sees Michigan taking the Big Ten title.last_img read more

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RentOcean to Supply Carousel System to LS Cable

first_imgzoom RentOcean, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oceanteam Shipping ASA, has been awarded a contract to supply LS Cable – one of the leading suppliers of a wide range of industrial specialty cables – a second 4000t modular carousel system and accompanying equipment for a long-term project.The carousel and additional equipment will be used for the transportation of 2 x50km of power cables from the LS cable plant in Donghae, South Korea to the project port of Doha, Qatar, which will take place in 2014 and 2015.To ensure smooth transportation and loading Oceanteam will also supply operators. LS Cable will commission a vessel, outfitted with all necessary equipment, to serve as an offshore transportation platform between Donghae and Qatar. This new build 4000T carousel is an addition to the already delivered 4000T carousel, of which the buil-dup in Korea is almost completed.The new patented carousel series is designed for flexibility and quick mobilisation on standard PSV/CSV with limited deck load. Fully loaded, the carousels have a maximum deck load of 8t m2, eliminating the need for under-deck reinforcement. The modular systems are delivered to the mobilisation site in 40ft containers. All system components are ‘plug and play’ and interchangeable.“Being awarded with this contract shows that LS Cable feels confident that RentOcean can deliver what they promise; quality equipment and services within limited time,” says Managing Director of RentOcean, Lex van Doorn.Press Release, May 20, 2014last_img read more

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Illegal banquet halls NGT orders forfeiture of performance guarantee submitted by Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed forfeiture of performance guarantee of Rs 5 crore deposited by the Delhi government, expressing dissatisfaction with its compliance report on illegal banquet halls, farmhouses and hotels here. Noting that the report furnished by the Delhi government on illegal banquets and restaurants operating in Mahipalpur and Rajokri was “not exhaustive”, the NGT said it does not properly address the issues raised by it. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items “Direction with regard to installation of CCTV cameras at appropriate locations to ensure compliance of the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 and sewage discharge is not shown to have been complied. There is also no comprehensive report about compliance of waste management rules,” the tribunal said. The green panel noted that no compensation is shown to have been assessed for the illegal withdrawal of ground water for swimming pools except saying that unlicensed swimming pools were closed. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder It also noted that the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), which was asked to draw up an action plan on the issue, has not filed any report and only the joint secretary has appeared. “Only explanation given is that he is deputed to Parliament. If it was so, an appropriate affidavit or application should have been filed. MoEF should have filed the report, as directed. Let the same be done now before the next date. We make it clear that if there is further default by the joint secretary concerned, the tribunal will have no other option except to take coercive measures personally against the erring Joint Secretary,” the NGT said. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said that policy for enforcement of environment norms for places in a densely populated city like Delhi where social gathering takes place, is necessary on account of there already being high level of air pollution. Such gatherings should not result in further deterioration of situation. “It is well known that air pollution is responsible for large number of deaths and diseases in Delhi. The nature of diseases caused by air pollution includes respiratory diseases like asthma, heart problem, eye irritation etc, the dependence on private vehicles continue to create tremendous pressure on road space parking and congestion. Till this problem is satisfactorily tackled, most stringent precautions are required to regulate social events with participation of large number of people,” it said. The NGT said that policy making on such vital issue is expected to be in the light of expert studies based on air and water samples of the area, and with the involvement of experts in environment, urban planning or other relevant subjects. It clarified that this cannot be a “casual exercise” as happened in the present case where neither any data is referred to nor any information on subject is shown. “We hope that a serious exercise will now be carried out in the light of above observation and relevant experts will be associated in the process. The relevant studies on the subject may be taken into account. It will also be appropriate that some eminent citizens are also involved,” the tribunal said. The matter is posted for hearing on September 19. The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by Westend Green Farms Society alleging that banquets and marriage halls operating in Mahipalpur and Rajokri near Indira Gandhi International Airport were causing vehicular congestion and environment pollution. The applicant, a society of 170 residential farm houses at Rajokri, is aggrieved by violation of environmental laws by commercial establishments operating as restaurants, hotels, motels or banquets, along the National Highway No. 8 Expressway (Delhi-Jaipur), in the vicinity of the petitioner. It said the activities of the said establishments cause massive traffic congestion on account of unauthorised parking of vehicles and huge gatherings for weddings or other functions.last_img read more

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Enbridges First Nations backers remain a mystery

first_imgAPTN National NewsAs public hearings continue to look into the potential impacts of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline project, the company’s executive vice-president says more and more bands are signing onto an equity agreement worth a 10 per cent stake in the project.But which First Nations those could be remains a mystery.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.last_img

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AFN votes to oppose Ottawa condo project behind Algonquin rift

first_img(Wolf Lake First Nation Chief Harold St. Denis introduced successful AFN motion against the Zibi condo project. APNT/Photo)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Assembly of First Nations (AFN) passed a resolution on Tuesday against a proposed high profile green condo development on islands in the Ottawa River that are sacred to the Algonquins.The resolution, introduced by Wolf Lake First Nation Chief Harold St. Denis, passed by a vote of 12 to 4 with 90 abstentions because many of the chiefs at the Gatineau, Que., AFN assembly saw the issue as an internal Algonquin matter.Under the assembly rules, a resolution passes if it receives 60 per cent of the votes, excluding abstentions.“Now the AFN has a clear mandate to oppose the project,” said St. Denis.The issue revealed a “rift” within the Algonquin Nation, said Cliff Meness, a councillor for Pikwakanagan, an Algonquin First Nation in Ontario which supports the project.Pikwakanagan is the only federally recognized Algonquin band that supports the condo development.“Sounds like there is going to be a little rift between the Algonquin people. I don’t think this is a place for this to happen,” said Meness, during a brief debate over the resolution. “This is an Algonquin issue that should be settled before it comes here.”Pikwakanagan First Nation Coun. Cliff Meness discusses the passing of the AFN resolution against the Zibi condo project with Anishinabek Nation Grand Chief Patrick Madahbee. APTN/PhotoMeness had the support of the Ontario leadership which also believed the matter should remain internal between Algonquins.Meness said his community’s leadership will now review the resolution to ensure it met the regulations. He didn’t think it would have much of an impact on the fate of the project, which is already under construction.“The project is already on the go already, so they already started,” said Meness. “I guess we will have to sit and meet with these chiefs.”The resolution directs AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde to contact the federal government, Ottawa city hall, Gatineau city hall, Quebec City and Queen’s Park and request they meet with the Algonquins from Quebec which have a claim over the proposed condo development site. The resolution calls for the area destined for the condo development to be instead handed over to an Algonquin-controlled entity to create a park and a commemoration site.St. Denis said the Quebec Algonquins’ repeated letters on the issue have been ignored by all levels of government, from the municipal to the federal. He also said Pikwakanagan has also not responded to requests for a meeting.“We are going to expect (the AFN) to follow through on what was proposed in the resolution to let the governments know what our position is,” said St. Denis. “Time is the issue here.”The Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador passed an earlier resolution in opposition to the Zibi project which aims to build “the world’s most sustainable community.”Zibis is also opposed by prominent architect Douglas Cardinal and writer John Raulston Saul.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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European stocks inch higher Asian markets weak on Japan data Australia hostage

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Dec 14, 2014 8:20 pm MDT European stocks inch higher, Asian markets weak on Japan data, Australia hostage situation European stocks inched higher Monday while Asian markets fell as weak Japanese data, slumping oil prices and a hostage situation in Australia’s largest city induced caution.KEEPING SCORE: In early European trading, France’s CAC 40 was up 0.3 per cent at 4,120.44 and Germany’s DAX gained 0.1 per cent to 9,600.89. Britain’s FTSE 100 added 0.1 per cent to 6,307.59. Futures pointed to a rebound on Wall Street after Friday’s decline, which produced the worst weekly loss in U.S. shares in more than two years. Dow futures were up 0.6 per cent at 17,288 and S&P 500 futures gained 0.6 per cent to 2,002.60.OIL SLUMP: Oil inched higher after another rout on Friday that was sparked by the International Energy Agency saying that global demand will grow less than previously forecast next year. Oil has now fallen 47 per cent since reaching a peak of $107 in June this year. On Monday, benchmark U.S. crude was up 41 cents at $58.22 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Lower oil prices should be positive for many countries but there are also worries the recent plunge is a sign of a sickly global economy.JAPAN ELECTIONS: Japan’s ruling coalition won a convincing victory in lower house elections Sunday, giving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democrats up to four more years to pursue economic and political reforms. But the “tankan” business survey released Monday highlighted challenges facing Abe’s government which is using lavish monetary and fiscal stimulus to end two decades of economic stagnation. More than two-thirds of the large and medium-sized companies surveyed said they viewed the outlook for the coming quarter as “not so favourable.”THE QUOTE: “While the (Japan election) result was largely expected, I still feel there is room for buying dips in USD/JPY and the Nikkei given Prime Minister Abe is only likely to ramp up his strategy,” said market strategist Stan Shamu at IG in Melbourne, Australia. “The fact that many continue to doubt whether Mr Abe is capable of delivering a successful economic strategy goes a long way toward contributing to the subdued price action. This only means Abe has to be even more aggressive to prevent failure.”SYDNEY SIEGE: A hostage situation is unfolding inside a cafe in Sydney, Australia with the nation’s prime minister saying it may be “politically motivated.” Five people have been able to flee from the cafe in downtown Sydney where a gunman took an unknown number of hostages at the height of Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe were earlier seen holding up a flag containing an Islamic declaration of faith that has often been used by extremists, raising fears that a terrorist incident was playing out in the heart of Australia’s biggest city.ASIAN SCORECARD: Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed down 1.6 per cent at 17,099.40. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped 1 per cent to 23,027.85 and Seoul’s Kospi shed 0.1 per cent to 1,920.36. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 dropped 0.6 per cent to 5,186.10. China’s Shanghai Composite reversed losses to close up 0.5 per cent at 2,953.42. Markets in Taiwan, Singapore and Indonesia fell.CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 118.39 yen from 118.83 yen late Friday. The euro fell to $1.2443 from $1.2464. read more

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Guterres says UN stands ready to support Brazils search and rescue effort

“The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the terrible loss of life and significant damage to people’s homes and the environment caused by the collapse of the dam yesterday in Brumadinho, state of Minas Gerais,” according to a statement issued by a UN spokesperson.According to news reports, dozens of people were killed, and hundreds remain missing in the wake of the break at an iron-ore mine dam, which sent waves of reddish-brown mud and sludge into areas near the town of Brumadinho.   “The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Brazil. He wishes those injured swift recovery,” the statement said.A similar incident occurred in November 2015, when a dam burst at a Samarco mine in Mariana. read more

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Headteachers may refuse to fire teachers at schools in protest against a

Headteachers may refuse to fire teachers at schools in protest against a “funding crisis”, a conference heard.Delegates at the National Association of Headteachers’ (NAHT) annual conference in Telford voted to “explore options” to challenge the status quo on funding, “up to and including industrial action”.  Heads could refuse to make any school staff redundant or reduce the terms and conditions of staff in order to balance the budget, the motion said.The NAHT also vowed to “step-up our campaign to reverse funding cuts and invest greater effort and resources into our campaigning work”.Chris Knowles, a head teacher from North Yorkshire, told the conference he had already made every possible cut back at school, even replacing blu tac with a cheaper “blue slime”.He added: “I am ashamed of that fact that we are having to make redundancies at school. We have all got to stand up and fight for our colleagues and the children that they serve so well.”A report last month by the social mobility charity the Sutton Trust, found that some schools are spending money set aside for their poorest pupils to pay teacher salaries.More than a quarter (27 per cent) of secondary school head teachers and 22 per cent of primary heads admitted using their pupil premium fund to “plug gaps” in their budget, according to a poll of teachers. Of these, most said they used the extra funds – which are designated for boosting the attainment of children from deprived backgrounds – to pay for teachers and teaching assistants. Paul Whiteman, the NAHT’s general secretary, has spoken of the “frustration and anger” at “how long it’s taking to deal with the funding crisis”.  He told the magazine Schools Week that industrial action is a “last resort for any union and in particular in a professional environment where we’re looking after children and are so active in communities”.  Mr Whiteman added: “But we’re not scared of it either. We don’t rule it out. It’s something we will use judiciously. This motion is just reaffirming our commitment to that.”  A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Industrial action disrupts children’s education, inconveniences parents and damages the profession’s reputation in the eyes of the public.”The core schools and high needs budget is rising from almost £41bn in 2017-18 to a record £43.5bn by 2019-20 and we have introduced a wide range of support to help schools reduce costs and get the best value from their resources.”The Education Secretary has said that recognises the pressure schools feel on their budgets and intends to make a case for extra funding at the next spending review. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Offensive and embarrassing Coveney criticises McDonald for posing beside antiEnglish sign at

first_img Mar 17th 2019, 11:02 AM By Órla Ryan ‘Offensive and embarrassing’: Coveney criticises McDonald for posing beside anti-English sign at parade In response, Sinn Féin said the partition of Ireland is “divisive and offensive”. 134 Comments The DUP also took offence to the image, saying it sums up Sinn Féin’s “attitude to explanations, truth and respect”.Derry MP Gregory Campbell said: “When slogans such as “Brits out” or “England out of Ireland” are used the unionist community are well within their rights to see themselves as the intended focus.“The ‘British presence in Ireland’ is the unionist population in Northern Ireland.”In response, a spokesperson for Sinn Féin told TheJournal.ie: “The most divisive and offensive act on this island for almost the last 100 years has been the partition of Ireland. Source: Simon Coveney/Twitter 89,432 Views Share1575 Tweet Email3 TÁNAISTE SIMON COVENEY has criticised Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald for posing beside an anti-English banner at the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York.Sinn Féin yesterday shared images of McDonald standing beside a number of banners at the parade, including one which read: ‘England Get Out Of Ireland’.The banner, or a variation of it, has been the only political banner allowed in the parade for decades.Coveney was not impressed, this morning tweeting that the gesture was “offensive, divisive and an embarrassment”.“Grow up, this is NOT Ireland in 2019! We are better than this!,” he wrote.center_img Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4547437 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article It should come as no surprise that Sinn Féin wants a new united Ireland under the provisions of Good Friday Agreement. The faux outrage of some of our political opponents owes more to the silly season of a holiday weekend and petty political point scoring.“However if Simon Coveney and the government is serious about achieving a new and agreed united Ireland then he should immediately convene an all-Ireland forum on Irish unity.”The party has recently stepped up calls for a border poll as Brexit negotiations continue, noting the negative impacts Britain leaving the European Union could have in Northern Ireland.Opinion polls have shown that the majority of people in the Republic want a border poll in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and that six in 10 people want to see a united Ireland in their lifetime.However, others fear holding a poll in the near future would only intensify divisions in Northern Ireland, which has been without a devolved government since January 2017. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: @MaryLouMcDonald this is NOT leadership – it’s offensive, divisive and an embarrassment – grow up, this is NOT #ireland in 2019! we are better than this! 🇮🇪 https://t.co/LUbfbvOe6l— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) March 17, 2019 Sunday 17 Mar 2019, 11:02 AMlast_img read more

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Grenelle de lenvironnement un échec selon 74 des Français

first_imgGrenelle de l’environnement : un échec selon 74% des FrançaisFrance – Trois ans après le discours prononcé le 25 octobre 2007 par Nicolas Sarkozy, les trois-quarts des Français considèrent que le Grenelle de l’environnement, lancé à l’époque, est un échec. Le “new deal écologique” que le président prétendait proposer à ses concitoyens n’a donc visiblement pas séduit, selon le sondage publié par le magazine Terra Eco. “L’abandon de la taxe carbone (…) aura eu un mérite : faire tomber les masques !”. Le ton est donné par Karine Gavand, responsable climat à Greenpeace. Pour les associations écologistes, le recul du gouvernement sur cette mesure de fiscalité verte symbolise son manque de conviction en la matière. Même chose pour la politique énergétique, où des projets ambitieux (23% de l’énergie issue du renouvelable en 2020 par exemple) motivent collectivités, entreprises et associations, mais beaucoup moins l’État.74% des citoyens ont la même lecture que les ONG, si l’on en croit un sondage du magazine Terra Eco. Pour certains observateurs, les problèmes environnementaux sont, aujourd’hui encore, minimisés par les politiques : “L’immédiateté des problèmes (non environnementaux) relègue ceux que l’on croit moins urgents à traiter” constate l’astrophysicien Hubert Reeves, président de la Ligue Roc pour la préservation de la faune sauvage, qui conclut : “Le monde associatif de protection de la nature doit rester vigilant”.    Le 26 octobre 2010 à 14:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Police investigating suspicious death of woman at downtown condominium

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 30, 2018 June 30, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Police are looking into the “suspicious death” of a female at a condominium in downtown San Diego Saturday, authorities said.Officers and firefighters responded  at about 2:30 p.m. to a 911 call of a female not breathing at a building in the 700 block of Front Street, San Diego police Lt. Matt Dobbs said.“Despite lifesaving measures, the female was pronounced deceased at the scene,” Dobbs said.Homicide detectives are investigating the incident as a “suspicious death,” he said.“The victim has been identified however, her name is not being released at this time,” Dobbs said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Police investigating suspicious death of woman at downtown condominiumlast_img read more

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Loaves and Fishes for seniors in La Center

first_imgA year ago, La Center’s twice-weekly senior lunches were sparsely attended. Few people knew about the meals offered by Loaves and Fishes, and many believed the food was available only for seniors in need. Fast forward 12 months, and the La Center Community Center presents an entirely different image.Now about 30 seniors attend the lunches on Mondays and Thursdays, some driving in from as far as Woodland and Vancouver for the hot meals.Live music fills the room once a month, and the tables are always adorned with homemade centerpieces and place mats. The lunches are now a twice-weekly social event for seniors.“What it’s providing right now, besides a hot meal … is a spot where they can come together, socialize with other people,” City Councilman Al Luiz said. “Just a place for them to get out of their homes and come interact with people their age.”Luiz and his wife, Trish, are a big reason behind the turnaround.Before Luiz ran for city council in 2009, he didn’t know the lunch event existed. He realized then that many seniors are probably unaware, as well. So earlier this year, the couple and former Councilwoman Barbara Vining went door-to-door in senior living communities and spread the word. Trish Luiz provides the homemade treats and decorations to spruce up the community center, and Al Luiz arranges for the musical entertainment.last_img read more

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Try This Out of the Chute

first_imgCatch the last night of the annual Vancouver Rodeo as it completes its 43rd year. The night will be filled with crowd favorites such as steer wrestling, bull riding, team roping, barrel racing and bronco riding. Kids ages 8 and younger will test their sheep-riding skills during the mutton bustin’ event. There will be a free dance following the rodeo with DJ Glenn.When: Gates open at 5 p.m., rodeo starts at 7 p.m. tonight.Where: Clark County Saddle Club, 10505 N.E. 117th Ave., Vancouver.Admission: $10 to $25; $8 to $23 for seniors, active military members; $8 to $23 reserved for box seats for children up to 12, free general admission for children 6 and younger. $5 for parking.Telephone: 360-896-6654.Web: http://vancouverrodeo.comThe rodeo is one of many options for getting out and about this weekend.2. Railroad awayChelatchie Prairie Railroad will host an independence-themed ride featuring the restored steam engine. The historic railroad ride travels through the forests of north Clark County on a 12-mile round-trip.When: Noon and 2:30 p.m. today and Sunday.Where: Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, 207 N. Railroad Ave., Yacolt.Admission: $18, $17 for seniors, $13 for children ages 5-11, $11 for ages 2-4, free for children ages 2 and younger.Telephone: 360-686-3559.Web: http://bycx.com3. Jazz in Battle GroundThe second-annual Tastes and Tunes will celebrate the food and wine of north Clark County. The event features eats created by Battle Ground restaurants, drinks from local wineries and brewers and a jazz performance by the Patrick Lamb Band. Drop Dead Red will be the opening act. The concert will benefit the Battle Ground Rotary.When: 3 to 9 tonight.Where: Gardner Center, Northeast Highway 503 and Eaton Boulevard, Battle Ground.Admission: $30 for those 21 and older which includes five tasting tickets, $1 for additional tasting tickets.Telephone: 360-980-0130.last_img read more

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Petrochemical Boom Draws Environmental Concerns Transparency Concerns Surround Santa Fe ISD Board

first_imgHow investing in the arts could drive innovation in HoustonWhen we hear about “innovation,” we may automatically think of technology hubs like Silicon Valley or Austin. But what about arts and culture? How do they drive innovation?That’s what author and urban scholar and Elizabeth Currid-Halkett studies. She’s a professor of public policy at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy. She’s speaking at a Rice University event tonight about the importance of cities investing in innovation for a competitive advantage.In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin talks with Currid-Halkett about how Houston can invest more in the arts and why she says we’ll ultimately come out ahead for doing so. Thursday, September 27, 2018Transparency concerns surround Santa Fe ISD video policyThe Santa Fe school district’s policy of removing public comment from online board meeting videos has reportedly been raising questions about transparency.The Santa Fe school board has seen increased scrutiny since a deadly shooting in May.The Galveston Daily News reports the board began recording meetings in August but has been deleting public comments from those videos when they are posted online.The district told the Daily News it does so in the interest of student confidentiality and that the board keeps summaries of public comment in written minutes. Still, that reportedly has some people concerned. Gulf Coast petrochemical boom ignites environmental concernsIn a new report tallying up the Gulf Coast petrochemical industry boom of recent years, environmental groups say they’re worried industrial facilities are being built too close to flood-prone areas.Fracking has driven huge investments in plants that use oil and gas to make things like plastic and fertilizer. A report from the Environmental Integrity Project says regulators in Texas and Louisiana have approved 31 new plants – or plant expansions – along the coast over just the past two years. The report says the two states have approved more than 70 such projects since 2012. Two years after campus carry, what’s changed?Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaActing Captain Bret Collier of the University of Houston Police Department stands in front of the cabinets where license holders’ guns are stored.Last month, a federal appeals court threw out a lawsuit by three professors at the University of Texas at Austin that argued Texas’s campus carry law stifles free speech.Reporter Florian Martin asked the University of Houston Police Department what, if any, tangible effect the law has had on college campuses since its implementation. “There would be no way for us to know that because we don’t ask the question,” Lt. Bret Collier, acting captain for UHPD’s patrol division, said.center_img Body of UH student foundThe body of a University of Houston (UH) student who was missing since April 2017 has been recovered in north Houston and the medical examiner’s office has determined the manner of death was a homicide, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences reported Wednesday. Sharelast_img read more

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Here Are Some of Steams Top Sellers of 2016

first_imgStay on target It was a great year for gaming in 2016, and if Steam’s top 100 best sellers of the year when it comes to PC gaming is any indication, there were plenty of titles to choose from for people into all genres.Valve has put together a collection where you can check out all the games in a list all their own, ranking from bronze all the way through platinum, with data as measured by the gross revenue each game gathered throughout the year. The Platinum level is rife with games you’d probably expect to be there, like Fallout 4, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Rocket League, and Grand Theft Auto V. No Man’s Sky is also up at the top, with plenty of drama attached to its release and subsequent fan furor.The Gold ranking includes favorites like Doom, Stardew Valley, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Rainbow Six Siege, and Team Fortress 2, which has been a consistent seller since its inception years ago. Silver tier games include Far Cry Primal, Watch Dogs 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Dying Light: The Following, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.Rounding out the Bronze level were Left 4 Dead 2, DayZ, Kerbal Space Program, Borderlands 2, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Life is Strange, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Firewatch, Hitman, and more. There’s such a wide variety of games stretching out throughout all the tiers that it’s hard to say which was the best for gamers, but this proves people are buying tons of varied titles, and there are older favorites that still gain traction on the list for the year.It’s hard to say what we’ll see at the end of 2017 with some of the trends seen in the top 100, but no doubt we’ll probably see the same favorites like Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, and other similar titles. Here’s to another awesome year in gaming!For more info on the best games of 2016 check out a great piece by Jeff Wilson over at our sister site PC Mag. Valve Steam Link App Brings Your PC Games to Mobile‘We. The Revolution’ Is ‘Ace Attorney’ With More… last_img read more

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