US Exempts Indian-backed Port in Iran From Sanctions

first_imgThe United States said on Tuesday (Nov 6) it would exempt Iran’s Indian-backed port of Chabahar from new sanctions on Teheran, recognising the value of the project to Afghanistan.Iran late last year inaugurated the port on the Indian Ocean, which provides a key supply route to landlocked Afghanistan and allows India to bypass its historic enemy Pakistan.Read it at Straits Times Related Itemslast_img

Goa restates its stand on banning bull fights

first_imgPanaji, Mar 2 (PTI) The Goa government has reiterated its stand on banning bullfights in the state which is prohibited by the High Court. “The state government once again pursuant to the High Court judgement has directed that all types of animal fights including bull fights are prohibited in Goa,” the press hand out by State Information and Publicity department reads. “If any person (is found) violating the above order passed by the High Court (he or she) shall be liable for criminal action as per law,” it adds. Bull fights are known with its street name as “Dhirio” in the coastal state. “The (Bombay) High Court (Goa bench) while disposing off the writ petition had observed that the bull fights or Dhirio are in contravention of the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1968, and therefore, illegal and cannot be permitted to be organized and are prohibited in the state,” the department has said.Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, in past, had shown his inclination towards allowing bull fights in the state claiming that it is the sports of farmers. PTI CORR DK DK 03021308 DKlast_img read more

Great opportunity for Gautam Gambhir to seal India spot: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly has hailed Gautam Gambhir’s call-up to the Indian team for the remaining two Tests against New Zealand.Ganguly reckoned that it will be a great opportunity for Gambhir to seal his place in the team. (Gambhir back, replaces KL Rahul in India’s Test series vs New Zealand)Seasoned opener Gambhir has been included in the squad as a replacement for the injured Lokesh Rahul. Gambhir, 34, has played 56 Tests for India, the last of them in England over two years ago.The left-hander, who has score nine Test hundreds, was recalled on the back of his strong form in domestic tournaments. (Gambhir’s spats with Virat Kohli)’GREAT OPPORTUNITY'”Great opportunity for him, but the question is will he play? The good thing for him is also that the next 13 Tests are at home and if he gets an opportunity and if he gets runs, it will be a big season for him on these flat pitches,” Ganguly told India Today. (WATCH THE FULL VIDEO HERE)’TRY TO BECOME BETTER PLAYER'”He also deserved it with all those runs in the Duleep Trophy playing the pink ball…this is part and parcel of professional sport, you get dropped and come back again. He has to be careful in this period not only he has to score runs but also get his technique right in playing fast bowling overseas as an opener.”Once he gets runs here he will get an opportunity after a year and half to travel to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. He is about 34 years of age and not getting any younger, so it’s going to get a bit difficult against that pace in those conditions and use this time to become a better player,” Ganguly said.advertisement’NEEDS TO BELIEVE IN HIMSELF'”He has got to believe in himself and speak to himself and only to himself, nobody will help him and nobody can help him. It’s his inner within, his belief, his grit and determination he needs to work on to make sure he starts getting runs.”He also knows that the opportunities will be limited and the first two innings will be very important to get the belief back among the captain and the selectors. I would have wanted his return in overseas conditions, nonetheless whatever opportunity he has got he should make the most of it. I still believe he is a very good player,” the former India captain said.Earlier, Gambhir too has said that he was as excited as a debutant after his recall to the team.”Excitement of a debutant, certainty of experienced, nervousness of a novice…am feeling it all. Eden here I come loaded with ambitions,” Gambhir tweeted.last_img read more

Ford launches sports editions of Figo and Aspire in Guwahati

first_imgGuwahati, Apr 19 (PTI) Ford India today introduced sports editions of hatchback Figo and compact sedan Aspire in Guwahati.”Fresh, dynamic, spirited and sporty, the new sports editions of Figo and Aspire are all set to take customers on an exhilarating ride and deliver the real fun-of-driving,” said Ford India country director-government affairs, Shripad Bhat.”Since their launch, both Figo and Aspire had set new benchmarks in the segment – from the maximum airbags-on-offer to lowest cost of service,” Bhat said at the launch event here.”The launch of sports editions is yet another stride in our commitment to introduce products that customers want and value. It will help us further strengthen our position in in the segment and industry at large”, Bhat said.Featuring several designs and performance enhancements, the Figo sports edition will be available across dealership showrooms in Guwahati at Rs 7.38 lakh (1.5 Diesel Titanium) and Rs 6.46 lakh (1.2 Petrol Titanium), while the Ford Aspire sports edition will be available at Rs 7.78 lakh (1.5 Diesel Titanium) and Rs 6.66 lakh (1.2 Petrol Titanium).”True to Fords commitment to driving enthusiasts, the Figo and Aspire sports editions are engineered to offer precise, agile & responsive steering, stable and predictable handling,” he said.Featuring a tuned suspension, bigger and wider 15-inch alloy wheels enhances the fun-to-drive character of both the models, Bhat said.A rear spoiler has been added to the Figo sports edition to improve aerodynamics for a more refined performance, the Ford India executive added.Both the models will be available with a choice of two powertrains – 1.2l TiVCT petrol engine generating a peak power of 88 PS and fuel efficiency of 18.12 Kmpl and 1.5l TDCi diesel engine that generates class-leading power of 100 PS and fuel efficiency of 24.29 Kmpl. PTI ESB SBNadvertisementlast_img read more

Kane Williamson says T20 allows a batsman to explore his own game

first_imgNew Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who is one of the leading Test batsmen of his age, believes T20, the shortest format of the game, allows a cricketer to explore his own game.Williamson is currently playing for the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League.Speaking in an exclusive interview with ESPNCricinfo, he said, “The T20 game certainly allows you to explore different areas of your own game that you might then bring into your other formats a little.””Naturally shots like the lap and the reverse sweep – things like that – certainly aren’t the first thing that comes to your mind playing Test cricket, but in other areas just to try and get the ball to different parts of the field. So you’re always working on your game, which T20 always tests,” he added.Speaking about his own batting adjustments for the T20 format, the Black Caps skipper said that he has tried to make subtle changes in his batting technique rather than going for slogs.”I try to make subtle adaptations rather than trying to slog, because I always go into the net and have a bit of a slog and realise that I’m not any good at it,” he said.The 27-year-old asserted that to be successful in T20 cricket, one needs to stick to his strengths and play accordingly.”But you still want to stick to the strengths that are important to your game – for some guys it’s power, for some guys it’s touch and it’s gaps. Whatever the recipe is for your game, I think it is important you do stick to that and just try and make those adjustments,” he said.advertisement”Someone like Joe Root and Steve Smith – those sorts of guys have been excellent at it. Without being huge power players, they’re still very, very effective in this format,” he added.When asked about his definition of ‘good innings’, the right-handed batsman said, “A perfect T20 innings, yes, it’s scoring extremely fast and getting a good score and helping your team, but that won’t always happen – it’s high-risk, there’s a lot of failure in this format in particular. So it is being brave, sticking to a team plan, and just trying to help the team out as best you can.”last_img read more

Dinesh Karthik issued showcause notice by BCCI for attending Carribean Premier League

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 7, 2019UPDATED: September 7, 2019 00:38 IST Dinesh Karthik issued showcause notice by BCCI (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDinesh Karthik was seen in Trinbago Knight Riders dressing room and attending their opening CPL matchIt is learnt that Karthik didn’t seek any permission from the BCCI to attend the event in the West IndiesKarthik was seen wearing TKR jersey and relaxing in dressing room along side Brendon McCullumThe BCCI has issued a showcause notice to out-of-favour India player Dinesh Karthik for attending a promotional event of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise Trinbago Knight Riders, which is owned by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.The 34-year-old Karthik, who was a controversial pick in India’s World Cup squad, was seen in Trinbago Knight Riders dressing room and attending their opening CPL match against St Kitts & Nevis in Port of Spain.”Yes, Dinesh Karthik has been issued a showcause notice by the BCCI. We have received photographs where Karthik is seen in the dressing room of Trinbago Knight Riders. BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has issued a showcause notice asking him to explain why his central contract shouldn’t be annulled,” a senior BCCI official, privy to the development told PTI on condition of anonymity.The BCCI got a screen grab of Karthik, who played 26 Tests, 94 ODIs and 32 T20Is for India, seen wearing Trinbago Knight Riders jersey and relaxing in the dressing room along side Brendon McCullum.It is learnt that Karthik, who is the captain of Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, didn’t seek any permission from the BCCI to attend the event in the West Indies.”As a centrally contracted cricketer, Dinesh Karthik had no business being seen in a franchise league which is not IPL. His central contract prevents him from being associated with any private league as it has been the BCCI clause for all active first-class cricketers,” the senior official said.advertisementKarthik wasn’t available for comment but it is expected that he would be tendering unconditional apology as the National One Day Championship for the Vijay Hazare Trophy starts on September 24, where he is expected to turn up for Tamil Nadu.The Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman’s international career is believed to be all but over after his failure in the World Cup having scored 8 and 6 in two games that he batted. His susceptible technique in bowler-friendly conditions was badly exposed after his selection in the national team without any proper ODI performance created a furore.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah gives 5-star rating to Lasith Malinga’s hat-trick vs New ZealandAlso see:For 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow BCCIFollow Dinesh Karthik Dinesh Karthik issued showcause notice by BCCI for attending Carribean Premier LeagueDinesh Karthik, who was seen in Trinbago Knight Riders dressing room, has been issued showcause notice by BCCI for attending promotional event of Carribean Premier League.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

India women vs South Africa women live streaming: When and where to watch 2nd T20I online

first_imgIndia women vs South Africa women live streaming: When and where to watch 2nd T20I onlineAfter winning a thriller in the 1st T20I on Tuesday, India women take on their South African counterparts in the 2nd of the 3-match series in Surat. Here’s how you can watch the match live on TV, online.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 26, 2019UPDATED: October 4, 2019 18:34 IST IND women vs SA women live streaming: When and where to watch 2nd T20I (Reuters Photo)India women take on their South African counterparts in the 2nd T20I of a 5-match series at the Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat on Thursday, September 26.India began their preparations for next year’s T20 World Cup with a thrilling 11-run win over South Africa in the 1st T20I. Watched by close to 8000 people from the stands, India held their nerves to defend a below-par total of 130.South Africa were buoyed by Mignon du Preez’s gritty 43-ball 59 which kept them in the hunt. But Deepti Sharma’s three maidens strangled the visitors as they were bowled out for 119 in 19.5 overs to hand India 1-0 lead in the series. Player of the match Deepti ended with career-best figures of 3/8 from 4 overs.Du Preez hit four fours and three sixes in her knock before being dismissed by medium-pacer Shikha Pandey in the fourth delivery of the final over with the Proteas still 11 runs short of India’s total. In the next delivery, Shikha got rid of N. Mlaba (0) to seal India victory.The day though belonged to Deepti, who first castled opener Tazmin Brits (3) and then had Nadine de Klerk caught behind by Taniya Bhatia in the same over. Shabnim Ismail, also caught behind, was Deepti’s third victim. Besides Deepti, Shikha (2/18), Poonam Yadav (2/25) and Radha Yadav (2/29) helped sink the Proteas ship.Put into bat by South Africa skipper Sune Luus, India could only manage 130/8, riding captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s 34-ball 43, which was laced with three fours and two sixes.Opener Smriti Mandhana scored 21, but the other batters did not have much joy as pacer Shabnim Ismail returned best figures of 3/26, supported by 19-year-old part-time medium pacer de Klerk, who took two wickets and gave away just 10 runs in two overs.advertisementWhen will the 2nd T20I between India women and South Africa women begin?India vs South Africa 2nd women’s T20I will start from 7 PM IST from Thursday, September 26.Where I can watch India women vs South Africa women 2nd T20I live?India vs South Africa 2nd women’s T20I can be watched on Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD.How can I watch India women vs South Africa women 2nd T20I online?Hotstar will provide the live streaming for India women vs South Africa women 2nd T20I.Where can I follow India women vs South Africa women 2nd T20I?You can follow live updates and scores for India women vs South Africa women 2nd T20I on will the India women vs South Africa women 2nd T20I be played?Lalabhai Contractor Stadium in Surat will host the India women vs South Africa women 2nd T20I.What are the squads for India women vs South Africa women 2nd T20I?India: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Pooja Vastrakar, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Radha Yadav, Shafali Verma, Anuja Patil, Mansi Joshi, Harleen Deol, Arundhati ReddySouth Africa: Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Sune Luus (c), Lizelle Lee (wk), Ayabonga Khaka, Laura Wolvaardt, Nadine de Klerk, Tazmin Brits, Tumi Sekhukhune, Nondumiso Shangase, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Lara Goodall, Sinalo Jafta, Anne Bosch.Also Read | Am I there only to play tabla? Ravi Shastri defends pulling up Rishabh PantAlso Read | South Africa not going to harp on about conditions in India: Aiden MarkramAlso See:For 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India women’s cricket teamFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Deepti SharmaFollow Harmanpreet KaurFollow Smriti MandhanaFollow Suratlast_img read more

Prime Minister Confident Country Will Achieve Growth Target

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, remains confident that Jamaica will achieve its target of five per cent growth in the next three years.“People have said it is an overly ambitious target, but I am strongly of the view that we will achieve the growth targets set. We are also very cognisant of the significant challenges that the Jamaican economy faces, but these challenges are not unique, as these are features of Caribbean economies,” Mr. Holness said.He was addressing the Sixth International Monetary Fund (IMF) High Level Caribbean Forum, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (November 16).The Prime Minister said some of the challenges include high public debt, vulnerability to natural disasters and external shocks, high energy cost/security, and migration of highly skilled workers.“We have significant structural problems as well that impede growth, such as inefficient bureaucracies within our public sector that need real and deep reforms to make them more efficient and more responsive and effective in service delivery and in carrying out their regulatory and permitting duties,” he argued.At the same time, the Prime Minister noted that Jamaica’s previous Extended Fund Facility and the current Precautionary Stand-by Arrangement with the IMF are yielding dividends.“Not only has Jamaica met all structural benchmarks through to the end of September 2017, but the focus on fiscal discipline, business process efficiency and managing our monetary programme is producing positive impacts (on the economy),” he noted.He highlighted that inflation has continued to remain low and that non-borrowed net international reserves now stand at US$1.8 billion at the end of June.Mr. Holness added that Jamaica continues to access local and international capital markets at competitive rates, while the Central Bank continues to lower policy rates.“What I am particularly proud of is that unemployment is declining. According to the latest quarterly economic performance review from the Planning Institute of Jamaica, the unemployment rate as at July 2017 was 11.3 per cent, representing the lowest quarterly rate recorded since July 2009,” the Prime Minister pointed out.Mr. Holness said he is particularly encouraged that youth unemployment has declined by 2.1 percentage points to 27.5 per cent.“So, we are making significant progress in reducing our debt, increasing our economic stability, and taking on a posture for growth,” Mr. Holness said.The one-day conference is being jointly hosted by the Government of Jamaica under the theme ‘Unleashing Growth and Strengthening Resilience in the Caribbean’.Among the key topics for discussion at the conference include ‘The Caribbean Growth Challenge: Crime and Youth Unemployment’, ‘Fiscal Policy and Political Cycles’, ‘Financial Sector: Stability and Growth Trade-offs’, and ‘Challenges and Opportunities in the Caribbean’.On Friday (November 17), the IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, will hold bilateral talks with the Prime Minister and meet with the Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips, and women leaders.She will also visit the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) where she will participate in a book launch and hold an interactive session with students. “People have said it is an overly ambitious target, but I am strongly of the view that we will achieve the growth targets set. We are also very cognisant of the significant challenges that the Jamaican economy faces, but these challenges are not unique, as these are features of Caribbean economies,” Mr. Holness said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, remains confident that Jamaica will achieve its target of five per cent growth in the next three years. He was addressing the Sixth International Monetary Fund (IMF) High Level Caribbean Forum, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (November 16). Story Highlightslast_img read more

PANYNJ to Discuss Cargo Facility Charge with OCEMA

first_imgzoom The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been cleared to launch discussions related to the cargo facility charge with Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA) as of June 25, 2017.Under the proposed discussion agreement, PANYNJ and OCEMA, and all of its individual carrier members, are seeking permission to discuss and reach agreement on matters related to the cargo facility charge (CFC) that PANYNJ implemented in 2011.Specifically, the parties want to discuss the potential for an alternative billing and collection system for the CFC.The discussion agreement between the parties will go on following a tie vote by the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) on June 22.“I am not in favor of delaying implementation of this agreement any further. PANYNJ and OCEMA are sophisticated parties and should be allowed to meet and discuss the CFC effective immediately,” William P. Doyle, FMC Commissioner, said.Doyle added that if jointly operated programs are to be undertaken, then the parties would be required to file an amendment with the Commission for further review and analysis prior to possible implementation.Two of the Commissioners were concerned about the significant market share that OCEMA members and its individual carriers control at the Ports of New York & New Jersey and voted to seek additional information that would assist the agency in fully assessing the competitive effects and consequences of the agreement.Another two Commissioners voted to allow the agreement go into effect without requiring additional information at this time.last_img read more

Animal Protection Act Amendments Clarify Powers Duties

first_img confirming that tests, taking samples, seizing carcasses, requiring records be produced, and taking photographs or other recordings can be conducted in the course of an investigation. giving inspectors clear authority to give directions and requiring an individual to comply with those directions. the Department of Agriculture taking ownership of farm animals deemed abandoned if the actual owner does not claim the animal within a specified period of time permitting the Animal Cruelty Appeal Board to order the department or SPCA to arrange for adoption or euthanasia of a seized animal. Animals and animal owners will be better protected through amendments to legislation introduced today, Nov. 25, by Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. Changes in the Animal Protection Act will clarify the powers and duties of inspectors and the custody, ownership and disposition of seized animals. “These changes are about acting in the best interest of the animal,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. “At the end of the day, we want to ensure the owner has the tools and information they need to properly care for their animals.” Specific amendments include: The board, with members appointed by Governor in Council, will set up panels to hear appeals from those aggrieved by the seizure of their animal. Until the board is in place, an amendment will require the Department of Agriculture will maintain custody of a seized farm animal until a decision has been made on a judicial review, if the owner has filed for one. This will ensure fair treatment of animal owners while limiting the cost of maintaining seized animals. It also ensure clear title will be given to new owners when seized animals are adopted. “We are eagerly awaiting the appeal board,” said Mr. MacDonell. “Until that time, we now have clearer guidelines that protect both the animals and animal owners.” Leighann Hartnett, provincial inspector under the Animal Protection Act, said she is pleased with the changes. “They will help us better manage investigations and, in the long run, ensure animals at risk receive the best possible response.” The Animal Protection Act was proclaimed Jan. 19. Supporting regulations and selecting members is still needed to establish the Animal Cruelty Appeal Board. Both are expected to be in place by spring.last_img read more

Congratulations to Adult Learners Class of 2011

first_imgMore than 500 adult learners will cross the stage this month to receive high school diplomas, bringing the total number to 4,200 graduates since the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) began in 2001. NSSAL is one of a number of programs and projects aimed at helping adult learners reach their full potential as part of the jobsHere plan to grow Nova Scotia’s economy. “Adult learners often face particular challenges when returning to formal learning,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “These graduates are especially inspiring because of how they’ve managed to balance their home and work responsibilities with the demands of going back to school. I commend their courage and commitment.” Research shows that a return to learning pays off. More than 85 per cent of adult learners reported being in the workforce after completing their high school diploma. Many continue their education, giving them even more choice and opportunity in the labour market. Sherrill Pettigrew is one such graduate. She completed her high school diploma for adults at the Chignecto Central Adult High School in Amherst and is now enrolled in an office administration program. “Even with years of previous work experience, I couldn’t find a job without my high school diploma,’ said Ms. Pettigrew. “With the help of my teachers, I’m proud to say that I’m continuing my education this September.” The Chignecto Central Adult High School is one of more than 140 programs across the province that offer tuition-free opportunities for adults to improve literacy skills or upgrade education. For more information about the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning, call 1-877-go-NSSAL (1-877-466-7725) or go to .last_img read more

Michael Bublé Makes Triumphant Return as Host of CTVs THE 2017 JUNO

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The multi-platinum singer released his ninth studio album, Nobody But Me, on October 21, his first album in three years. It follows the critically acclaimed To Be Loved album which was his fourth album to reach #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Charts. The exciting new collection of original pop tunes and beautiful standards highlights Bublé’s talent as a profound interpreter of the American songbook, as well as his gifted songwriting and producing style. Nobody But Me was recorded in Los Angeles and Vancouver and includes three new Bublé-penned originals, along with breathtaking reinventions of classics including “My Baby Just Cares For Me”, “The Very Thought of You”, Brian Wilson’s “God Only Knows”, and the Johnny Mercer-written classic “I Wanna Be Around”.Tickets for THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS go on sale this Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets are available starting at $39 through the Canadian Tire Centre Box Office, by phone at 1-877-788-3267 and online at The JUNO Awards has partnered with Plus 1 so that $1 from every ticket is donated to MusiCounts, helping to ensure that children and youth across Canada have access to musical instruments. Plus 1 is a non-profit that partners with touring artists to facilitate a $1 add-on from every concert ticket to go to a cause the artist partner believes in.Additional performer and presenter announcements will be released in the coming months.THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive Producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions, Allan Reid and Mark Cohon for CARAS, and Randy Lennox for Bell Media. Lindsay Cox is Executive Producer and Supervising Producer. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media.Premier Partners of The 2017 JUNO Awards: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, Radio Starmaker Fund, Ottawa 2017, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Tourism Ottawa, Google Play Music and TD Bank Group. Nobody But Michael! CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) confirmed today that multi-Grammy and JUNO Award-winner Michael Bublé is set to take the reins as host of CTV’s broadcast of THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS, returning to the Nation’s Capital during the year-long celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation.Bublé returns to the JUNO stage following his unforgettable performance as host at THE 2013 JUNO AWARDS in Regina, which garnered him the Canadian Screen Award for best Host in the Variety, Lifestyle, Reality/Competition, Performing Arts or Talk Program or Series. THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS airs live on CTV and CTV GO from the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Sunday, April 2.“I’m just a kid from Burnaby, so to get the opportunity to host this incredible night in Canadian music, for the second time, is amazing,” said Michael Bublé. Advertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Foreign buyers perceived to influence real estate prices despite StatCan data

first_imgTORONTO – Foreign buyers might make up a small sliver of Canada’s biggest real estate markets, but homebuyers in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal still believe they are heavily influencing housing activity.A study from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation released Wednesday found that 68 per cent of Vancouver respondents, 48 per cent of Toronto respondents and 42 per cent of Montreal respondents believe foreign buyers are having “a lot of influence” on their markets and are driving up home prices.The insights shared by 2,159 respondents in the three cities between September and mid-October is in stark contrast with recent data from Statistics Canada showing foreign buyers only own 4.8 per cent of Vancouver properties and 3.4 per cent of homes in Toronto.“What is striking is the significant gap between perceptions of the public and available data, so much so that the perception of non-resident ownership takes centre stage when discussing the drivers of price growth,” said CMHC’s report.The Crown corporation said it couldn’t quantify how big an impact perceptions around foreign buyers were having on the markets, but it found that in Vancouver the influence of foreign investors is perceived to be stronger than supply constraints and demand.However, in Toronto, it said that influence is in line with market forces.Beyond foreign buyers, CMHC also looked at other factors affecting homebuyers’ motivations, including bidding wars.It found that 55 per cent of Toronto and Vancouver respondents said they had experienced a bidding war, compared with 17 per cent in Montreal.CMHC said the bidding wars most frequently cropped up around apartment condominiums, where prices are lower than the median purchase price for all properties.The study also revealed that 48 per cent of buyers in Vancouver and Toronto spent more than they budgeted on their home, but only 24 per cent of Montreal buyers exceeded their planned total.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misstated the number of survey respondents.last_img read more

UNled partnership moves quickly to head off new meningitis outbreak in Africa

Speeding up what is usually a years-long process, the World Health Organization (WHO), GlaxoSmithKline and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are making available the ACW135 vaccine – which will cover the typical meningitis strains found in Africa (A and C) – as well as a W135 vaccine, just months after an emerging epidemic of a new strain of the killer disease was discovered. “The record time in which we’ve come up with a vaccine and are making it available to those who need it is a testament to the fact that public-private partnerships can work for the betterment of health,” WHO Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland said. The initial supply of the vaccine – 3 million doses – will be made available at reduced cost for the African meningitis belt in response to need over the coming months. Until now, the prohibitive cost of the only vaccine available for W135 – between $5 and $50 per dose – put it out of reach of the countries where it was most needed. The new vaccine is available at $ 1.50 per dose once delivered to countries in the area, comprising 21 countries stretching from Ethiopia in the east to Senegal in the west, taking part in an impact evaluation due to begin this month. The W135 is a strain found only in sporadic cases on the continent until last year, when it affected 14,453 people and killed some 1,743 in Burkina Faso. The partnership is quick-shipping 100,000 doses of the new vaccine to that country, where 1,349 cases of W135 meningitis have already been confirmed, out of which 244 people have died. read more

Brock coop students help local company teach data analytics to youth

Second year Brock co-op student Meghan Monaghan spent her co-op work term learning the value of teaching youths the power of big data.Working as a research analyst at St. Catharines-based Analytics, Monaghan worked on the Educ8ed program that was designed to teach youth how to capitalize on data analytics and technology.Bob Lytle, founder of, talked about the program in a recent Conversations with Goodman podcast interview saying, “why do you have to wait until you get to university to learn big data? Why not teach it to high schoolers?”The programming ran intensive sessions over five weeks that had participants aged 13-20 delving into data acquisition, data cleaning, research, predictive analytics and visualization technology to complete a project on a topic of their choice.“Our goal for the program was to see if you could use big data to overcome maybe a fear of math or a fear of calculation by showing that the tools can lead you to a very interesting analytic result,” Lytle said.The student interns, three from Niagara and two from Chicago, presented their final projects at a public event last week to an audience of more than 30 members of the Brock, government and local business communities.Students articulately explained their research findings and data sources on a variety of topics from Olympic sports to social impact issues like crime and poverty.Lytle is a strong supporter of Brock University and the Goodman School of Business and has hired several co-op students and graduates from various programs including the MBA business analytics specialization and the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities. He is now working in collaboration with Professor Anteneh Ayanso, Director of the University’s new Centre for Business Analytics, which will begin operations this fall.“Goodman is turning out some incredibly high-skilled, high-quality candidates and not just with the technical aspect of looking at the tools … but really thinking about the story behind the numbers,” Lytle said.Lytle’s advice to students looking to get into the field of data analytics is to understand their value.“As a business student, you are coming in maybe the ultimately practical degree area where you are thinking about how to improve and drive commerce and because of that you need to present yourself as being of the world and understand that how your technical learning can have a definite impact,” he said.Watch the full podcast: read more

Ohio State offensive linemen changing for the better

Ohio State quarterbacks were protected from contact during Saturday’s Spring Game, but they still saw their fair share of pressure. Rising sophomore Braxton Miller and rising redshirt junior Kenny Guiton saw 11 plays blown dead for “sacks,” though the players weren’t actually tackled during the Scarlet team’s 20-14 victory against the Gray team. Despite the sacks allowed by the Scarlet and Gray teams’ offensive linemen, OSU remains confident in that position group. Redshirt junior Jack Mewhort saw limited action for the Scarlet team during the game, but saw his side concede seven sacks by the end of the game. Mewhort credited some of the Scarlet offensive line’s dysfunction to the player draft for the Spring Game, which separated players who were used to playing next to one another. “I thought guys battled really well. I don’t know if we’re necessarily getting beat up,” Mewhort said after the game. “You know, we weren’t the cohesive unit that we are. Guys were playing next to different guys than usual. I was proud of the way the guys went out and battled. I think guys competed.” Throughout spring ball, senior defensive lineman John Simon said he was impressed with how the group of linemen has come together. Simon also said he expects the offensive linemen to be an area of strength for the Buckeyes by the fall. “As an (offensive) line, you can’t really pick one guy,” Simon said. “It’s more, O-line has to play cohesive, and I think they do that. They really learned each other and they’re really comfortable with each other and, you know, a lot of guys that are just very sound at blocking in general. “I think our O-line is going to be tremendous and a strong point of our team this year.” First-year OSU coach Urban Meyer said he has seen the unit progress since he took over the program. “I had three or four miss my first team meeting,” Meyer said. “Unfortunately, we had a couple miss my second team meeting.” With spring ball having come and gone, Meyer said the unit begun positive trends in key areas. “Their bodies are changing a little bit,” Meyer said, “and their attitudes are changing.” OSU opens its 2012 season Sept. 1 against Miami (Ohio) at Ohio Stadium. read more

More funding needed to encourage new tennis talent says rising Wimbledon star

A rising British star handed a ‘wildcard’ for this year’s Wimbledon says the lack of official funding for junior players is stymying the search for new home-grown talent.Jay Clarke, the 19-year-old British No 5, said the lack of official funding for juniors has made it difficult for British youngsters to compete in big tournaments and afford professional trainers.Clarke began receiving funding from the LTA as part of its Player Pathway programme when he turned 18, but before that he had to rely on coaching from family members and donations from friends to allow him to pursue his dream of reaching the highest level of the sport.Following a series of strong results Clarke was last week given a Wimbledon wildcard for the championships by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), along with fellow Britons Liam Broady, Katie Boulter, Harriet Dart, Katy Dunne, Naomi Broady, Gabriella Taylor and Katie Swan.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––He told The Sunday Telegraph that the sport’s pool of talent is being limited because young players from poorer backgrounds still find it harder to fund their progress into the higher levels of the game.Clarke said: “Tennis is obviously a very wealthy sport and without the sponsor I have now I wouldn’t be playing. Without having a lot of money you can play to a certain level, but to actually take it seriously you need a lot of money. That’s why it’s not a big sport in this country. Jay Clarke in action at the Queen’s Club, LondonCredit:Steven Paston/PA Wire He has also had to put up with racist abuse on social media, revealing last week after his defeat to fellow Brit Cameron Norrie at the Nature Valley International, that “it is almost normal now” to be targeted by online trolls.“The first time it happened, I was quite taken aback but now you ­almost expect it,” he said.Clarke is hoping to put the abuse behind him as he looks forward to making a national name for himself after spending most of his career playing challenger and futures events.He has received support from Andy Murray who chose him as a hitting partner after he trained with the British Davis Cup team last year.Scott Lloyd, the newly appointed chief executive of the LTA, has said that tennis continues to suffer from the perception of being “inaccessible, elitist, expensive”.The LTA said it funded players who were judged to have the best prospects of success from the age of 18.An LTA spokesperson said: “Jay is one the best players in the world for his age and currently on our Pro Scholarship Programme (which offers support to our highest potential players for up to five years).  It is important to note that our resources are finite, however we do invest heavily in these players to enable the likes of Jay to have a world class team and necessary support around them. Since being selected for the PSP, Jay has made tremendous strides, improving his ATP ranking 500 spots in 18 months to his current position of 236. Jay has also been invited to the Davis Cup squad during this time and received wild cards into LTA events.” Jay Clarke congratulates fellow Brit, Cameron Norrie, after their men's single match on the sixth day of the Nature Valley International at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne  He added: “I had a sponsor a few years ago and basically when they stopped funding me I had to stop playing for a few months because I couldn’t go to tournaments. So, I was just training on my own every day, it was brutal.”Clarke was born into an inner-city family in Derby, and from an early age was encouraged to play tennis with his older siblings, who all embarked on a career in the sport.After making impressive early strides, his talent became obvious, but his family faced a constant struggle to find the money needed to turn his natural ability into a profession. As a 17-year-old, Clarke had to walk three miles to practice because his parents did not own a car and he depended on his sister Yasmin – a former British No 18 – to coach him.She has previously questioned why youngsters from working class backgrounds are not encouraged with official funding.To boost his hopes of becoming a top professional Clarke decided to move to Sweden, where he knew some of the coaches.But without financial backing from the LTA the youngster missed out on the prestigious Orange Bowl in Florida in 2016 because the fare was too expensive. Without the intervention of family friend who stepped in and became a sponsor, Clarke’s dream of one day sharing the stage with Rafael Nadal may have been cut short. CLARIFICATIONAn earlier version of this story did not make clear that concerns around funding for tennis players related to Jay Clarke’s time as a junior player. We are happy to make this clear. Jay Clarke congratulates fellow Brit, Cameron Norrie, after their men’s single match on the sixth day of the Nature Valley International at Devonshire Park, Eastbourne Credit:Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images Jay Clarke in action at the Queen's Club, London 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

George Lucas piracy and Geohots return to hacking

first_imgThe last week has given us a variety of tech news, including the SOPA/PIPA aftermath, the Feds’ Megaupload takedown, Skyrim updates, and Apple’s record-breaking quarterly earnings call. However, we don’t get anything and everything here at Geek.Here are some posts from around the web that you may have missed:4 George Lucas Revelations on Star Wars and BlockbustersKelly Schwarze presents some of the most interesting tidbits from a recent interview with George Lucas. Lucas shares his thoughts on his retirement from blockbusters, another Indiana Jones sequel, fanboy outrage, and Greedo shooting first.Read more at Geek SugarWhy I PirateSebastian Anthony lays out his reasons for pirating copyrighted content. Before the morality police raise an alarm, they may want to hear what he has to say. His reasons include a broken copyright system, the poor quality of digital distribution systems, unfair pricing, and convenience.Read more at ExtremeTechHow much do music and movie piracy really hurt the economy?Speaking of piracy, Kal Raustiala and Chris Sprigman put some of the copyright industries’ rhetoric under a microscope.In the suddenly headline-grabbing subject of file sharing, many people blindly accept the statement that piracy is hurting the US economy. If you take a closer look, though, the numbers that the MPAA and RIAA are throwing around have no factual basis, and were conjured out of thin air.Read more at FreakonomicsGeohot returns to hackingDo you remember Geohot? His early iPhone hacking made him famous (at least in certain circles), and then he made world headlines when Sony took legal action against him for hacking the PS3.The last time we checked, Geohot had gotten hired by Facebook and appeared to be going in a new direction. Well, he’s no longer part of Mark Zuckerberg’s crew. The former teen jailbreaking sensation is back to hacking, and took a few moments with Boonsri Dickinson to talk about his project in the Backplane hackathon.Read more at Business Insiderlast_img read more

NATO distances itself from Greece – Turkey conflict

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In an interview with Turkish news agency Anadolu on Sunday (Greece time), General Secretary of the North Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg said that the tensed relations between the neighbouring countries are not of NATO’s concern.Specifically, he stated that the leaders of Greece and Turkey need to address the issues that have been causing tension between the two countries themselves.“Greece and Turkey are two highly valued NATO allies” and  “both contribute to our collective defense”, he said adding that the recent tension is “not an issue for NATO”.“I expect that the differences we see on some issues are solved between Turkey and Greece in the spirit of good relations,” Stoltenberg continued.“In this context, I welcome that the PMs of both countries have recently held a phone conversation and that they have agreed to resolve these differences through dialogue.”Stoltenberg  also commented on the Turkish-led Operation Olive Branch, the fight against terrorism and Syria, emphasising the importance of Turkey as an ally.“There’s a lot of NATO presence in Turkey but I call on the allies to provide even more support. We also provide political support, because Turkey is the NATO ally that has suffered the most from terrorist attacks,” he stressed.Meanwhile, when asked about the crucial issues to be discussed in the upcoming NATO summit in Brussels set to take place in July, he said that the alliance “will address issues like how we continue to adapt NATO to a more demanding security environment,” he said.Jens Stoltenberg is visiting Ankara today and as he told Anadolu, he sees “Turkey as a highly valued and key ally for many reasons, not just for its strategic location.”“This makes it important to sit down with Turkish leaders and discuss the preparations for the important summit where we will address issues like how we continue to adapt NATO to a more demanding security environment.”NATO leaders are also working on establishing a training mission in Iraq; one of the key issues to be discussed with President Erdogan, the defense minister, and the country’s foreign minister.“We’re going to train Iraqi soldiers, help to build military academies and schools to help Iraqis stabilize their own country, fight terrorism and that is important for allies, including Turkey,” said Stoltenberg.last_img read more