Rajasthan tables Criminal Laws Amendment Bill amid uproar

first_imgIt will check motivated complaints: Law Minister Amid uproar from the Opposition Congress, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria on Monday tabled in the Assembly a Bill to replace the ordinance to protect serving and former judges, magistrates and public servants from being investigated for on-duty action without government sanction.The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2017, seeks to replace the September 7 ordinance, which drew widespread criticism. The ordinance also barred the media from reporting on accusations of such wrongdoings till the government sanctions a probe. Also Read  Congress members staged a walkout. BJP MLA Ghanshayam Tiwari, who had opposed the ordinance, walked out twice after he was not allowed by Speaker Kailash Meghwal to raise a point of order. After the Bill was tabled, Independent MLA Manik Chand Surana opposed it through a point of order, arguing that there was no prior sanction of the President to the Bill which was circulated among the members on Sunday night. Mr. Surana called the Bill a kaala kanoon (a black law), accused the government of trying to impose an undeclared emergency through it and asserted that the Opposition would not allow a debate without the President’s sanction. Responding to Mr. Surana, the Home Minister said the merits and demerits of the Bill would be discussed during the debate and it would become a law only after it was passed by the House.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy A7 quick review: Three times the fun

first_imgSamsung has been stressing on the importance of the Galaxy A series to the company’s growth. In a market like India, it is surely the mid-range and the affordable segments that see the most buzz and competition. This is also why we are hearing reports that the company is planning to expand its Galaxy A portfolio and may merge it with the Galaxy J-series sooner than later. With phones like the Poco F1 changing the game in the mid-range segment, it becomes more important than ever for Samsung to offer a phone that brings something truly unique to the game, and that’s where the Galaxy A7 comes in.The new Galaxy A7 is no doubt one of Samsung’s most important Galaxy A phones to come in a long while. The reason being it is the first Samsung phone to bring a triple camera setup, something one would have expected to see in a flagship Galaxy S phone. Notably, this makes the Galaxy A7 the cheapest phone with a triple-lens system, since the only other phone with this feature is the Huawei P20 Pro at a more premium price point. I spent a brief amount of time with the Galaxy A7 and here are my initial thoughts. The first Galaxy A7 was launched in India back in 2015 with a standard 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display and a metal unibody design. Successive Galaxy A7 phones have come with bigger displays but with a largely similar design language. However, the 2018 Galaxy A7 comes with a brand new look now. It’s got a lot more display, fewer buttons and more glass than before. It’s also slimmer at 7.5mm compared to last year’s A7. At 168 grams, the phone also feels quite light and easy to hold. Notably, the trio of cameras on the back sit quite flush with the panel.advertisementThe Galaxy A7 sports a 6.0-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display, which is taller by a couple of inches compared to last year’s model. Notably, Samsung has also brought its proprietary Infinity Display to the Galaxy A7, which means you get a more elegant full-screen display with smaller bezels all round so that you get a more immersive viewing experience. Samsung has some of the best display panels seen on a phone and the Galaxy A7 doesn’t disappoint as well. Based on a quick hands-on with the device, to be quite vibrant and colourful with a touch of overstauration, especially the reds and blues. As I could only handle the device indoors, there was no problem with the brightness levels, but I will need to see how legible the display is under bright sunlight.The other big upgrade we see is the addition of a 2.5D glass on the back, which is glossy and more premium-looking. Of course, this also means the Galaxy A7 is now more delicate than last year’s model. Samsung says it has used Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back and it feels pretty sturdy and layered. The glass back is quite a fingerprint magnet and will easily register smudges after a few moments holding the device. The device will be offered in blue, black and gold colour options. We don’t get to say this often, but perhaps what’s more appealing than the glass back is the triple camera setup that can be seen vertically placed on the top left corner. This is what the Galaxy A7 is really all about and Samsung took it’s time on stage to highlight some key aspects about the cameras. The system includes an 8MP 120-degrees ultra wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture, a 24MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 5MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture. All of this essentially means you’ll be able to capture bright and clear photographs in standard and wide-angle as well as some crisp bokehs. I could only test the cameras briefly indoors and under average to low lighting. Based on the photos I could capture, I can say that the camera captures a good amount of light. Colours pop and are slightly oversaturated, but that’s largely because you’ll see it on the AMOLED display. The wide-angle lens manages to capture a pretty large field while the scene detection was able to recognise a plant under low-light.The selfie camera also lets in a good amount of light, but I noticed some loss in detailing indoors. It should work just fine in good lighting conditions, but in low-light you should expect selfies to look a little soft. I will, of course, need more time with the Galaxy A7 to test out the triple cameras in depth along with all of the features and modes on offer including slow-motion video recording, timelapse, pro lightning, and scene optimiser, among other things.advertisement As a mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy A7 gets a mid-range octa-core Exynos 7885 SoC clocked at up to 2.2GHz. This is coupled with up to 6GB of RAM. The device ships with Android 8.0 Oreo with the company’s Experience 9.0 UI on top. It’s a familiar UI if you have used a Samsung phone before. Opening and closing apps were mostly quick and lag-free. The camera app was also quick to open and I could only briefly browse through the UI but nothing more.The Galaxy A7 houses a 3,300mAh battery, which is a pretty standard capacity that we are used to seeing in mid-range phones. Even the OnePlus 6 offers a similar battery, so we expect a good full day out of it. This is something that requires a few days of hands-on time to really understand how the battery life is with the Galaxy A7. It also doesn’t look like the Galaxy A7 supports fast charging.ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy A7 launched: Specs, features, India price and everything you need to knowSamsung’s newest mid-range smartphone falls in a segment that’s seeing quite a disruption by the hands of Pocophone and the Poco F1. While it is unfair to compare the Galaxy A7 with the Poco F1, it is an inevitability that cannot be avoided. This is why brands like Samsung, Oppo and Vivo are doing their best to bring out some unique features. If it’s the in-display fingerprint sensor for the Vivo V11 Pro, waterdrop notch for the Oppo F9 Pro or a triple camera setup for the Galaxy A7, these phones are trying to stay relevant and competitive in this segment. We will know whether the Galaxy A7’s trio of cameras are enough to make it worth the money after a more in-depth review.last_img read more

Eric Dier says England have learned how to avoid being intimidated

first_imgEric Dier has pointed to England’s eagerness to stamp their authority on the Nations League match with Spain as evidence their youthful side will no longer be intimidated by elite opposition.England inflicted a first competitive home defeat on their hosts for 15 years and the midfielder set the tone in Seville, first by snapping into a challenge on Sergio Busquets after 18 seconds that left the Barcelona player rattled and then slide-tackling Sergio Ramos 11 minutes in. news The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Messenger Spain Share on Pinterest That last challenge in the home side’s penalty area was deemed a foul by the Polish referee Szymon Marciniak and earned Dier a caution, though both tackles served notice of the visitors’ intent. England went on to lead 3-0 at the interval.Dier was wary of declaring England’s youngest team since 1959 as more streetwise, a term various senior players such as Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney have latched on in recent history when the national side have been guilty of naivety against established opposition but acknowledged the challenges had served a purpose.“I don’t really like this ‘streetwise’ thing,” he said. “It’s not really my style. Everyone is different. It’s more a question of being smart at the right times. It was frustrating Spain and frustrating the crowd. Share via Email “We’ve experienced that in the same way. It’s just maturity really, knowing when to win fouls, when to take your time.“It’s really important we respect our opponents and Ramos is one of the best of all time. But at the same time, once we start the game, it’s every man for himself and we have to put our foot down, put a marker down and be aggressive – still with respect but we have to be on the front foot and show that nothing is going to intimidate us. That’s just as important as playing good football and all the other aspects. “Ramos is a great example. He does everything so well but at the same time he puts his foot down and he’s not going to be bullied. We have to be the same way.”While England were not instructed to foul Spain’s players, Gareth Southgate praised his players’ approach to ensure Spain were knocked out of their rhythm early on. “The danger is you allow those players to run the game – to run the referee and everything else,” he said. “We didn’t allow that to happen and that pleased me as much as anything else. You have to show the nerve to take those guys on.”Dier was unimpressed with the yellow card for the foul on Ramos, who complained angrily at the time but congratulated his opponent at the final whistle. “The ball was there to be won and I think I won it,” he said. “I don’t think it was a foul or a yellow card.“I don’t remember what he [Ramos] said about the tackle. He just congratulated me at the end. We controlled those moments really well. We won fouls at the right time. We did those things really well. Share on Facebook England Read more Share on LinkedIn Topics Share on Twitter Six of the best England performances since Euro 96 “The fact there weren’t any fans at the game last Friday, and because we missed a few chances, maybe that took away from our performance against Croatia. But we controlled the game in a completely different way to how we played in the semi-final against them.“That game kind of went under the radar and then we’ve come to Spain and used our fantastic attacking players who can counter at such pace with such quality. We were really clinical.” Reuse this content Raheem Sterling’s double inspires England to stunning victory in Spain Read more Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Mahrez begins Reds talks Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:49 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Transfers Liverpool Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up Mahrez begins Liverpool talksLeicester winger Riyad Mahrez has opened talks with Liverpool over a potential January move to Anfield, the Express reports.The Reds are looking to bolster their ranks after losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona and see the Algeria international as a suitable option.It is claimed that Mahrez is open to the idea of playing under Jurgen Klopp although would prefer a move to Arsenal, with whom there has been no contact thus far. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Gomez says Liverpool won’t dwell on CoutinhoJoe Gomez, LiverpoolLiverpool defender Joe Gomez says nobody at the club is dwelling on the loss of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. Gomez insists the playing and coaching staff at Anfield have already moved on, and instead are focusing on the high-profile arrival of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton. Get the full story right here on Goal!Klopp mum on January Keita arrivalNaby KeitaJurgen Klopp has rejected suggestions that Naby Keita’s transfer from RB Leipzig to Liverpool could be moved to January.The midfielder will arrive in the summer but Philippe Coutinho’s departure to Barcelona has led to speculation that Liverpool could use some funds from that deal to push Keita’s arrival forward. “I will not start [speculating] now. He is a player of Leipzig and will be in the summer here. That’s all I know,” Klopp said. Get the full story right here on Goal!Liverpool can’t ‘suffer’ over Coutinho – KloppCoutinho presentation BarcelonaLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has urged his side to move forward and not “suffer” after Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona. Klopp is leaning on his experience losing key players during his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund, saying: “We lost plenty of players at Dortmund… one player is never a problem.”Get the full story right here on Goal!World record fee a ‘big compliment’ – Van DijkVirgil van Dijk Liverpool EvertonVirgil van Dijk has told Sky Sports that being subject to a world-record transfer for a defender is a “big compliment”.The Dutchman recently moved from Southampton to Liverpool for £75 million.Get the full story right here on Goal!Liverpool set Sturridge priceDaniel SturridgeLiverpool are ready to sell wantaway striker Daniel Sturridge for £30 million, the Daily Mail   reports.The England international has reportedly asked to leave Anfield in January, though that valuation and his £150,000-a-week wages could prove problematic.Stoke City were said to be interested in a move, but the club won’t make a decision until a new manager is in place.Ox: Liverpool fine without CoutinhoPhilippe Coutinho Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain LiverpoolLiverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has insisted the exit of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona should have no impact on his side. “The fact is he has gone now and we have to think about what we have got that is going to get the job done. I have every faith in the boys that we just move on now.”I don’t think it should affect us at all.”See what else he had to say in the full article on Goal! Premier League giants compete for WilmotJurgen Klopp LiverpoolLiverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are interested in Stevenage defender Ben Wilmot, ESPNFC reports.All four clubs sent scouts to evaluate the 18-year-old centre-back during Stevenage’s FA Cup match against Reading last weekend.Klopp helped Dortmund push up Dembele priceOusmane Dembele BarcelonaJurgen Klopp’s refusal to sell Philippe Coutinho over the summer to Barcelona directly helped former club Dortmund with their own sale, according to Raphael Honigstein on the Totally Football Show . The Liverpool boss reportedly informed Dortmund there was no way he would sell Coutinho, in turn aiding the Germans in their negotiations over Ousmane Dembele.Man Utd to rival Liverpool for PulisicChristian Pulisic Borussia DortmundManchester United will rival Liverpool for Christian Pulisic if the Anfield side go in for the Borussia Dortmund teenager this summer, reports The Independent.  The 19-year-old winger has been linked with a move to Liverpool to help replace Philippe Coutinho and reunite with former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp. But Man Utd see Pulisic’s value as both an on-field addition and as a marketing dream as the first truly global American football star. Jardim gives Liverpool & Arsenal Lemar hopeThomas Lemar MonacoMonaco head coach Leonardo Jardim has said that his club do not expect to sell attacker Thomas Lemar this January, but he confessed that if an astronomical offer came their way, they would be in no position to decline it.Liverpool and Arsenal have both been linked to the France international in recent weeks, and while Jardim wants to keep the 22-year-old as long as possible, he is aware of the financial realities of the modern game.Read the full story here. Keita could join Liverpool in JanuaryNaby Keita RB LeipzigNaby Keita’s move to Liverpool could happen in January rather than at the end of the season.Coutinho’s £142 million transfer to Barcelona has left the Reds short in midfield and Jurgen Klopp’s side are looking at paying extra for the Guinean in order to bring forward his switch to Anfield.Read the full story on Goal! Trapp planning PSG stayKevin Trapp PSGParis Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp is happy to stay at the French giants for now as he continues to attract interest from the Premier League.The Germany international has been linked with Liverpool and Newcastle, but he is prepared to fight for minutes at Parc des Princes.He told reporters: “For now, I want to stay. I am in Paris, even though I do not have enough playing time.”Read the full story on Goal! Liverpool close to Dani CeballosDani Ceballos Real MadridLiverpool are close to the signing of Dani Ceballos after a hotel meeting, according to Diario Gol . The Reds want to bring in the Madrid midfielder as part of the replacement for Philippe Coutinho. Zinedine Zidane could cause an issue in the move however, as he is keen to keep his playing staff with Los Blancos intact throughout the season. Liverpool to reward Firmino with career contractRoberto Firmino Liverpool SwanseaLiverpool are ready to reward Roberto Firmino with a new contract and hope to keep the Brazilian at the club for the rest of his career, reports The Telegraph . Despite having two years remaining on his deal, the forward will be offered the chance to sign on for an even longer term. The loss of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona has Liverpool looking to lock down their top players.last_img read more

Stoger labels Milan target Reus ‘indispensable’

first_imgTransfers Stoger backs Reus amid Milan links: ‘He is indispensable for any team’ Dejan Kalinic 13:52 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund Getty Images Transfers Milan Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga Serie A The attacker is linked with a switch to Serie A, but the BVB is eager to keep his German star Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Stoger labelled Marco Reus “indispensable” amid rumours linking the attacker is linked with a potential move to AC Milan.Reus, 28, has battled injuries throughout his career and underwent knee surgery last year, seeing him spend more than eight months on the sidelines before his return earlier in February.His goal helped Dortmund to a 1-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga on Sunday and, despite his injury troubles, the Germany international is once again drawing interest from clubs around Europe.  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 Bortumund boss Stoger, however, still believes that Reus is still capable of being a crucial memeber of any team when his fitness allows. “If he’s fit and well he is indispensable for any team,” Stoger said of the 28-year-old.”We will do it the same way as we handled it last week. We speak to him constantly because he knows his body very well, because he knows how well he is, and because it is just as important to us as it is to him that he stays healthy.”So we will decide soon how we manage his role. It was always in our minds [that he would be rested], but if he feels well, he is indispensable for this team.”Reus has returned to make three appearances so far this season, having played just 24 times in 2016-17.But his return comes at a crucial point in the season for Dortmund. The club currently sit second in Bundesliga table and hold a slim 3-2 lead over Atalanta heading into Thursday’s second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie. And with U.S. international Christian Pulisic having struggled for form in recent weeks, Reus’ return to the side looks even more crucial for BVB, who face crucial Bundesliga clashes with RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt in early March.last_img read more

ESPN Computer’s Prediction For Ohio State-Michigan Game

first_imgUrban Meyer and Jim Harbaugh meet after a game.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Ohio State and Michigan have officially entered Rivalry Week, as we’re now just five days away from the Buckeyes and the Wolverines meeting at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.Both Ohio State and Michigan enter this weekend’s game at 10-1, with a trip to the Big Ten Championship Game on the line. A spot in the College Football Playoff could be up for grabs, too.Michigan, for the first time since 2004, will be a road favorite at Ohio State this weekend. The Wolverines are listed as a 3.5-point favorite heading into this weekend’s game in Columbus.Can Jim Harbaugh and Co. finally get a victory over Urban Meyer?ESPN’s computer has made its prediction.ESPN’s computer is currently giving Michigan a 54 percent chance of winning this game, giving Ohio State a 46 percent chance of pulling out a victory.Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T. on Saturday.The game will be on FOX.last_img read more

Mack Weldon’s first collection quells smells with silver

first_img Madewell Men’s Fall Collection Has All Your New Favorites Koy Gear Aims to Revolutionize Men’s Everyday Apparel Editors’ Recommendations Celebrate National Tequila Day with these Awesome Agave Cocktail Recipes Bundle Up Right Now With the Best Sweaters for Men How to Wear a Suit: Unspoken Rules and 3 Styles You Need to Know A high-end blazer is a nice touch, but when it comes down to it, every man needs the basics first and foremost. Socks, t-shirts, and underwear are the essentially foundation of nearly every ensemble on the face of the planet — regardless of your region or lifestyle — providing you with a base layer on which you can build upon again and again. The basics are prone to innovation given how lackluster they often are, but often times that innovation isn’t actually as useful as it may seem at first glance.Related: StrongBody makes active wear derived from crab shells (and it’s awesome)Thankfully, the Mack Weldon Silver collection touts form and function without the shoddy gimmicks. The basic line of underwear and tees rely on a blend of comfortable pima cotton and Silver XT2, the latter fabric of which is imbued with actual silver particles to enhance its performance. The addition laces the fabric with antimicrobial and anti-oder properties, helping to keep you dry, cool, and void of any unwanted smells you’re likely to encounter. It’s not the first time such technology has infiltrated the apparel community — the outdoor industry has been using it for years — but it’s nice to see it applied elsewhere.The Silver collection is currently on the small side in terms of available options, but Mack Weldon is known for little more than selling basics in an assortment of practical colors and sizes. The company’s boxer briefs ($34) and trunks ($32) come in four basic colors (white, navy, gray, and dark gray), while the like-minded crew ($42) and v-neck shirts ($42) come in three (white, navy, and dark gray). They won’t make waves for their outward appearance, but then again, it’s what’s underneath that counts.Check out Mack Weldon online for more information, or to browse the company’s noteworthy collection of socks, tees, and performance underwear.last_img read more

G E Shipping Adds Supramax Bulker

first_imgzoom India-based shipping company Great Eastern Shipping (G E Shipping) has taken delivery of Jag Rohan, a secondhand Supramax dry bulk carrier, from Japan’s Kambara Kisen. G E Shipping inked a contract with Kambara Kisen to buy the 52,450 dwt vessel in March 2017.Jag Rohan, previously known as Tenshou Maru, was purchased for USD 9 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Market value of the bulker, which was built at Tsuneishi Cebu shipyard in the Philippines in 2006, currently stands at USD 9.98 million, according to the information provided by VesselsValue.Following the sale, G E Shipping’s current fleet stands at 45 vessels, comprising 29 tankers and 16 dry bulkers with an average age of 9.52 years and an aggregate tonnage of 3.75 million dwt. The company has also signed a contract to acquire a secondhand medium range (MR) product tanker.last_img read more

Natural Resources Strategy Project Committee

first_imgVolunteers are needed to help create the foundation for a natural resources strategy. “Nova Scotia needs a long-term plan for its natural assets,” said Ron Smith, chair of Voluntary Planning’s board of directors. “We are looking for individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds who have a keen interest in meeting with Nova Scotians to spark discussion around a selection of the province’s natural resources.” Members of the project committee will engage the public in discussions around four key components — forests, minerals, parks and biodiversity. Biodiversity is the connectedness and diversity among and within plant and animal species in an ecosystem. The information gathered through the public-engagement process will inform phase two of the strategy-development process where an independent panel will conduct more detailed analysis of the Voluntary Planning project committee’s findings. Phase three will be development of the long-term strategy itself, by the Department of Natural Resources. Individuals interested in becoming a part of the Natural Resources Strategy project committee can forward an expression of interest on or before Monday, Oct. 1, to: Voluntary Planning Suite 600, Joseph Howe Building1690 Hollis St.Halifax, NS B3J 3J9 For more information on the Natural Resources Strategy Project committee call 902-424-8644, toll free at 1-866-858-5850 or see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/vp .last_img read more

Tories say Harpers letter doesnt change their approach to NAFTA

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative foreign affairs critic Erin O’Toole was sitting in the departure lounge at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., last week when his eyes landed on a story he wasn’t expecting.“‘Napping on NAFTA’: Harper blasts Trudeau government handling of negotiations,’” read the headline on a Canadian Press story about a memo written by former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper.“What?” O’Toole recalled thinking. “Oh, dear.”Harper had shared gloomy thoughts on the deal a few weeks earlier during an event in Washington, but the memo, which castigated the Liberals directly, was a rarity for an ex-political leader who has largely stayed away from any direct remarks on the current government since the 2015 federal election.That the memo suddenly found its way into the public domain — he’d been writing them for months and none have ever surfaced — left political observers scratching their heads. Who would leak it? And why?Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wouldn’t directly address the letter or its potential implications when asked about it on Monday.“I hold the office of prime minister in high regard, and because of that I hold former prime ministers in high regard, and will not make any comments on what he had to say.”O’Toole was sitting at the airport having just wound up a trip to D.C. with the House of Commons foreign affairs committee to advocate for Canada’s interests at the NAFTA talks, part of an ongoing collaborative approach the Conservatives are trying to take to the negotiations.Harper’s letter took a swing at Canada’s negotiating strategy, suggesting the Liberals were letting the Americans run all over them and putting the future of NAFTA in real danger.Some Tories say quietly they suspect an attempt to harm the Conservative Opposition and undermine leader Andrew Scheer’s efforts to make a break from the Harper era.The Liberals say Harper has jeopardized the talks by playing politics with the united front Canada is trying to put forward.“I think he’s got a grudge to hold and he’s more interested in putting stuff out there that is going to do damage to our negotiating positions,” Liberal MP Bob Nault, the chair of the committee, told CBC’s “As It Happens.”Scheer said he didn’t understand why the Liberals were making such a fuss.“For the Liberals to keep drawing attention to something they claim is so damaging is bizarre,” he said Tuesday.The letter was written for clients of Harper’s consulting business. Some Conservatives allowed that he ought to have known there was a risk it would become public, but say Harper’s team never gave Scheer’s office a heads up, suggesting it was never meant for broader dissemination.Not to mention a well-known fact about the former PM: he loathes leaks — so much so, in fact, that he once panicked when a staffer, Geoff Norquay, was forced to leave a meeting to deal with one, former Harper aide Bruce Carson recounted in his own newsletter this week.“It took a while to settle Harper down and get him to understand these were leaks in Norquay’s roof at home caused by ice dams that are symptomatic of the late winter in Ottawa,” Carson wrote.Rachel Curran, Harper’s former policy director, said his consulting firm will take more care with his memos going forward. This one, she said, was a warning to the business community and was never meant to have political implications.“His advice was framed as, ‘Americans are going to insist on a better deal and are prepared to live with the political and economic risk of NAFTA collapse, get yourself ready,’” Curran said.O’Toole said the positions Harper takes aren’t so different from those the Opposition Conservatives have been trying to advance in Parliament, though Harper’s tone may have been different.“Certainly, when a former prime minister weighs in, someone that was well known for trade, it caused a bit more of a splash or ripples than when MP Erin O’Toole or someone like that weighs in,” he said.He said he doesn’t feel the current strategy needs a reboot, adding that the Tories remain committed to working with the Liberal government to advance the talks.“I’ve shared some of the concerns he’s raised, but we’re here — the current group of parliamentarians are here — to work with the government where we can.”International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said Team Canada continues to play together on the NAFTA talks.“You have to take it with a grain of salt,” he said of the letter. “This is a comment from someone who is not at the table.”last_img read more

RYAN REYNOLDS SETH ROGEN DWAYNE JOHNSON AMONG MOST BANKABLE STARS OF 2018

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Canadians Ryan Reynolds and Seth Rogen are among 2018’s most bankable stars.24/7 Wall Street has put together a list of Hollywood’s biggest box-office attractions based on their average box office gross and number of appearances as lead performer.The list, boasting 25 high-profile celebrities, includes only 11 who made films in 2018. Actors and actresses from multiple genres — including drama, action, and comedy — made the list. Ryan Reynolds (Broadimage/REX/Shutterstock) Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter “24/7 Wall St. analyzed the average box office per film of 2,383 actors with data from the Internet Movie Database (IMDB). Only films in which the actor has a lead acting credit were considered, and only films with at least 10,000 user ratings on IMDb were included,” the piece from USA Today explains. “Actors with fewer than five unique lead credits – excluding sequels – were not considered. Actors were also excluded from consideration if 25 per cent or more of their lead acting credits were in sequels to their own movies.”“As a result, actors who star in major franchises but may not claim primary responsibility for each film’s success – such as Daisy Ridley who has starred in the last two Star Wars films – were excluded,” the article added. “If an actor met the qualifications, however, their films that are sequels or included in a franchise were included in the average gross. Finally, actors who had not starred in at least two movies that had grossed at least $100 million since 2010 or one movie grossing at least $100 million since 2013 were excluded.”Will Smith topped the list with an average box office gross of $132.9 million. Oscar winners Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks rounded out the top three with $121.4 million and $113.5 million respectively.See the top 25 below.Will Smith (average box office gross: $132.9 million)Leonardo DiCaprio (average box office gross: $121.4 million)Tom Hanks (average box office gross: $112.5 million)Daniel Craig (average box office gross: $109.5 million)Hugh Jackman (average box office gross: $109.3 million)Bradley Cooper (average box office gross: $108.3 million)Tom Cruise (average box office gross: $108.1 million)Steve Carell (average box office gross: $107.4 million)Adam Sandler (average box office gross: $94.9 million)Sandra Bullock (average box office gross: $94.5 million)Christian Bale (average box office gross: $90.9 million)Ben Stiller (average box office gross: $90.2 million)Owen Wilson (average box office gross: $88.6 million)Melissa McCarthy (average box office gross: $87.9 million)Dwayne Johnson (average box office gross: $87.2 million)Angelina Jolie (average box office gross: $87.0 million)Seth Rogen (average box office gross: $86.7 million)Anna Kendrick (average box office gross: $86.6 million)Shailene Woodley (average box office gross: $83.9 million)Will Ferrell (average box office gross: $82.1 million)Johnny Depp (average box office gross: $81.4 million)Jack Black (average box office gross: $78.4 million)Andrew Garfield (average box office gross: $77.3 million)Ben Affleck (average box office gross: $76.9 million)Ryan Reynolds (average box office gross: $73.4 million).By SHAKIEL MAHJOURI | ET CANADAlast_img read more

Proposed Manitoba law would keep Indigenous kids in care in their communities

first_imgThe Canadian Press WINNIPEG – The Manitoba government has introduced legislation it says will help children in care keep their Indigenous customs and family connections.“It allows Indigenous communities to have greater say in terms of the care of the children,” said Families Minister Scott Fielding.The bill amends the Child and Family Services Act to include the customary care model, which allows children to stay within their community under the guidance of extended family and community leaders.The agency in charge of child and family services in the area will work with parents or guardians to create a customary care agreement, where parental rights aren’t lost. The child’s Indigenous community is also notified and, in certain cases, will play a role in placing the child and customizing their care plan.“Each individual community is very much different, so it will take into consideration Aboriginal culture, tradition and heritage into the decision-making process,” Fielding explained.The caregiver and care home will have to meet current safety standards, he added.The model was promised by the former NDP government and was announced by the Progressive Conservatives in October as part of a larger overhaul of the child-welfare system.There are about 11,000 children in care in Manitoba and about 90 per cent are Indigenous. Fielding said the new legislation is a historic step towards supporting children while maintaining a cultural connection.Southern Chiefs’ Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said supporting families, rather than apprehending children, is an important investment into the future.“Children who have a foundation of their culture do a lot better,” he said.Children involved in customary care will also be counted and tracked in a distinct way since the province is not apprehending or seeking a court order. However, they will be included in provincial data.Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew said he’s concerned about how the children will be counted because he said it’s important to know how many there are, in order to make sure they get the necessary resources and supports.Child welfare in Manitoba has been under scrutiny since the death of five-year-old Phoenix Sinclair in 2005. A public inquiry into the death showed social workers lost track of the young girl and missed signs she was in trouble before she was beaten by her mother and mother’s boyfriend.The province has also said it will release a review of how the child-welfare system handled Tina Fontaine’s case. Fontaine, 15, ran away from a Winnipeg hotel where she was being housed in August 2014 and her body was found wrapped in a duvet, weighed down by rocks, in the Red River nine days later.last_img read more

Egyptian Woman says Islam worse than Nazism poses danger to America

Taroudant – A letter written last year by an Egyptian woman under the pen name Magda Borham attacked Islam as a “totalitarian political ideology worse than Nazism,” was republished by Christian websites to warn the West of “the danger of Islam.”Amid the rise of Islamophobic acts and feelings in Europe and America, the letter claimed that Muslims pose “the clearest and most present danger to America’s existence,” while trying to show to the world that “they are victims.”In the open letter addressed to the United States and other Western countries, the Egyptian woman said that America faces an Islamic invasion through “immigration.” Having lived in Egypt for more than 30 years, the woman accused Islam of turning her home country into ruins, and called on Americans to understand that Islam is not a religion, but “a supremacist, racist political and social ideology wrapped in a thin peel of religious rituals.”“Like so many others, I have been burned by this transformation. This transformation has seen me witness and experience Islam turn my home country to ruins, and its followers are now threatening to bring the same fate to your own country,” she said.The Egyptian woman branded Islam as “racist ideology” that “seeks domination and supremacy over all other systems and religions,” adding, “Islam is worse than Nazism and fascism systems combined without any doubt.”She warned US leaders to be cautious and very careful accepting Muslim migrants.“Your country is like your house; you expect visitors who come to your house to respect you and respect your rules, not the opposite.”“If the visitor doesn’t like your rules, all he has to do is to leave. Nobody obliged him to visit you, and nobody will prevent him from leaving. As he came to your house by his own choice, he can leave your house freely or by force, if required,” she added. read more

Ban Kimoon and business leaders reaffirm commitment to fight AIDS

“Whether in the workplace or in the wider community, through advocacy and branding, prevention, care and treatment programmes for employees, or financial, scientific and technical commitment, the role of the private sector is indispensable,” Mr. Ban said, stressing the vital relationship between business and the UN.He welcomed the efforts of the Global Business Coalition (GBC) – an alliance of 220 companies globally leading the corporate world’s work to eliminate HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.“The private sector has taken vital steps toward acknowledging that fighting these epidemics is an important business issue,” said Richard Holbrooke, President of the GBC. “Increased resources from all sectors and effective collaboration are essential to win this war.”The meeting’s participants discussed collective efforts uniting corporations, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and communities affected by the epidemics to pool resources to make large strides and facilitate economies of scale.Business leaders also illustrated how their respective companies have protected and educated their own staff, as well as prevented and treated the diseases.“The business community has tremendous expertise and strategic resources to offer in the response to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, and is collaborating with others in impactful and unique ways,” said the GBC’s Chairman Sir Mark Moody-Stuart. “GBC is committed to working with our member companies and our partners in the public sector to maximize our joint impact.” 13 June 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and business leaders reaffirmed the need for public-private partnerships to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria at a meeting in New York today. read more

UN nuclear watchdogs board agrees to €25 million budget hike for 2010

The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will receive over €318 million in its regular budget next year, with the biggest funding boost going to work in nuclear security and safety, technical cooperation, nuclear power and nuclear applications.The IAEA Board of Governors also agreed to a capital investment fund to support major infrastructural spending, during its meeting at the agency’s headquarters yesterday. “The risk of terrorists obtaining nuclear or radioactive materials and using them in a potentially devastating attack will grow if the highly inadequate staffing and funding of our nuclear security activities are not dealt with,” the outgoing IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei told the Board at its 15 June meeting.In addition, a commission of experts has found that the IAEA needs €80 million upfront to deal with its dilapidated infrastructure, Mr. ElBaradei pointed out at the June gathering of the Board of Governors, which comprises of 35 member States.Along with a 2.7 per cent real growth increase and a 2.7 per cent price adjustment, the budget also contains a number of cost-cutting measures, according to a news release issued by the IAEA. The approved draft resolution of the budget for 2010 is slated to be taken up for adoption at the IAEA General Conference in September. 4 August 2009The United Nations nuclear watchdog’s board has approved an almost €25 million increase in the agency’s 2010 budget enabling the watchdog to continue its work. read more

Middle East parties must prevent crises in Palestinian territories UN official

Recognizing serious differences between Israel and the Palestinian Authority as they transition to new governments, a United Nations political official today called on both sides to keep the plight of residents of Gaza and the West Bank from deteriorating, as he briefed the Security Council on developments in the Middle East.“Despite the gulf between the parties, they and the international community share a common interest and duty to prevent a security or humanitarian crisis in the occupied Palestinian territory,” said Tuliameni Kalomoh, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.While acknowledging Israel’s security concerns, he observed that “the extended closure of Gaza has caused real hardship.”Mr. Kalomoh said that the programme of the new Palestinian Government did show some signs of evolution from “Hamas’ deeply disturbing record and covenant.”However, he said the Government should reassess its position on the Quartet’s principles and President Abbas’ platform of peace, “if the aspirations of the Palestinian people for peace and statehood are to enjoy the strong international support they deserve.”On the Israeli elections earlier this week, he said that it remained to be seen whether “Israel will adhere to its stated policy that the entire Palestinian Authority, including the Presidency, has become a terrorist entity.” That policy had recently been cited to justify a freeze on Palestinian tax revenues.Mr. Kalomoh also described the “convergence plan” of Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, whose new Kadima party won the greatest share of legislative seats, in which Israel would unilaterally set permanent borders by 2010 if it could not negotiate with Palestinians, withdrawing from much of the West Bank but annexing major settlement blocks.He said that if such unilateral actions diminish the prospect of a viable Palestinian State, it will become even more difficult to persuade Palestinians that there is anything to be gained from moving toward compromise.He added that, as the formation of a new Israeli government is awaited, the recently expressed interest of both Acting Prime Minister Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in negotiations should be seriously explored.Meanwhile, he reported that both Israelis and Palestinians suffered from violence in the past month. Several Palestinian youths died as a result of Israeli security operations while a number of Israelis were killed and injured in shootings. Rockets continued to be launched from Gaza into Israel, including, for the first time, a Katyusha; Israel continued to fire artillery at rocket launching sites.Mr. Kalomoh also touched on the issue of Lebanon, calling the start of the national dialogue there a positive, and historic, development in the Middle East. “Let us hope that their efforts will bear fruit, thus sending a message throughout the region that peaceful dialogue is, indeed, the only way forward,” he said. read more

Survey US manufacturing activity expands for second straight month in October

Survey: US manufacturing activity expands for second straight month in October by News Staff Posted Nov 1, 2012 11:29 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. manufacturing expanded for the second straight month in October, boosted by growth in new orders and production.The Institute for Supply Management said Thursday that its index of factory activity rose last month to 51.7, up from September’s reading of 51.5. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.The ISM is a trade group of purchasing managers. Previous surveys showed manufacturing contracted from June through August.The figure is slightly below the average for the year of 52.2. Other reports have suggested that manufacturing is slowing, hampered by less business investment and fewer exports. But the ISM survey points to continued, if gradual, expansion, driven by increased consumer spending.The report is the final look at U.S. manufacturing conditions before Tuesday’s presidential election. The race has been heavily focused on the economy.Stocks jumped after the release of the October report, along with another report that showed consumer confidence surged last month to the highest level in nearly five years. The Dow Jones industrial average, which had already risen about 70 points after the opening bell, was up 139 points in morning trading.The survey was completed before Hurricane Sandy disrupted business activity along the East Coast and cut power to millions of homes, an ISM spokesman said.The details of the report showed that better consumer spending is helping some industries, while weaker business investment is slowing others.The industries that reported rising new orders are oriented to consumers. Those industries include furniture, food and beverages, paper products and computer and electronics.The industries reporting falling orders generally depend more on spending by U.S. and overseas businesses. Those industries included machinery, electrical equipment, steel and other metals, and chemical products.Businesses have grown more cautious for several reasons. Many are nervous about the economic outlook overseas. Europe’s financial crisis has pushed much of the region into recession. That has cut into U.S. exports and corporate profits. Growth has also slowed in China, Brazil and other large developing countries.Companies also fear large tax increases and big government spending cuts that will kick in next year if Congress fails to reach a budget deal to avert them.Slowing business investment is weighing on economic growth. Company spending on equipment and software was flat this summer, the first quarter it failed to increase since the recession ended more than three years ago.The economy grew at a 2 per cent annual rate in the July-September quarter, up from 1.3 per cent in the April-June quarter. Growth increased because of more consumer and government spending, although the rate is still too weak to rapidly spur job creation. read more

Samsung sends fire proof boxes for Galaxy Note 7 returns

Samsung Electronics said Wednesday it is sending fire-resistant packages to its customers in the U.S. as a precaution against possible fires or explosions from Galaxy Note 7s they return to retailers.Samsung is offering prepaid shipping boxes as an option for U.S. consumers who purchased the phones on its website, Samsung.com. It said consumers who purchased their Note 7 phones from mobile carriers should visit the carriers’ websites for recall instructions.On Tuesday, Samsung said it was discontinuing the Note 7 phones just two months after their launch, after two recalls and many reports of fires. Samsung must now deal with receiving back more than 1.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones, both the original ones and those issued as replacements. Most were sold in the U.S. and South Korea.A video on YouTube dated Tuesday shows a man it says is at the XDA Developers office in the U.S., unpacking a kit containing a static shield bag, thermally insulated boxes, gloves and instructions for ground shipping only.“We have just received this crazy Galaxy Note 7 return kit,” the person said in the video.According to the XDA Developers forum, Samsung’s packing instructions say the Note 7 should be put in the static shield bag and then in a box labeled “OEM Replacement” to be put inside an “Inner Box” and a “Recovery Box.” Shipping companies reportedly had complained they did not want to handle Note 7 returns because of fire concerns.Samsung said the packaging kits conform with U.S. requirements for shipping lithium-ion batteries or devices containing them that are subject to a recall.Related stories:Samsung halts sales of Galaxy Note 7; Canadian says he will keep using his phoneSamsung halts all sales of Galaxy Note 7 after new troubles surfaceSamsung changes Note 7 output schedule after fire reports AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian customers can start returning their devices on Thursday, Samsung Canada said.Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. said in a statement that people with “either an original Galaxy Note7 or replacement Galaxy Note7 device should power down and stop using the device.”Beginning Thursday, “at their point of purchase, Samsung Note7 owners can bring their device in for an exchange to a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge device. Alternatively, consumers are entitled to a full device hardware and Note7 specific accessories refund.For customers who purchased their Samsung Note7 on Samsung.com, a device refund will be offered upon return receipt of the recalled devices. Samsung Canada will be in touch with our online customers to provide them with details regarding the return process.” Samsung sends fire proof boxes for Galaxy Note 7 returns by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Oct 12, 2016 5:21 am MDT read more

Drink driver escapes jail for fourth time after blaming abortion and dyslexia

A drink driver escaped jail despite four convictions in three years after she blamed her behaviour on an abortion and a dyslexia diagnosis.Naomi Kaneko, 31, was found slumped at the wheel of her BMW 320 with her mobile phone in her hand and a bottle of wine in the footwell after police were called to reports of an “intoxicated female” one evening in March. A breath test reading showed 120mg, when the legal limit is 35mg.Officers said Kaneko, who was just 380 yards from her apartment in Hale, near Altrincham, Greater Manchester was ‘very very incoherent’ as they asked her to get out of the car.She also had slurred speech and was unsteady on her feet with tests showing she was more than three times the alcohol limit.Manchester Magistrates Court heard that the therapist, who is studying an Msc in psychology at Salford University, claimed she had been drinking after attending an abortion clinic to end an unexpected pregnancy at the request of her boyfriend. She also said she was suffering stress after being diagnosed with dyslexia.The court heard she was convicted of drink driving three times in 2015 but was spared imprisonment on each occasion. The judge told Ms Kaneko if she breached her sentence she would "be brought back to court and your feet will not touch the floor" The judge told Ms Kaneko if she breached her sentence she would “be brought back to court and your feet will not touch the floor”Credit:Ricky Champagne/Cavendish Press A probation report said: “She said at the time of the offence she was experiencing a lot of extreme trauma following the termination of her pregnancy and she was dealing with that at the time of the offence. 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. “For that reason I will suspend your sentence. But let me make it abundantly clear, if you breach your sentence by the commissioning of another offence, you will be brought back to court and your feet will not touch the floor.”Kaneko was also ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work and pay £200 costs. She was banned from driving for five years. “She felt she should have looked for assistance instead of turning to alcohol. Her partner did not wish for her to keep the baby, and she felt she should have taken more time to decide.”She was also diagnosed with dyslexia and this has added to stresses. She understands the consequences of what could have happened.”The court also heard that Kaneko has a nine-year-old with her ex-husband, where there was said to be some domestic abuse.”She does have previous convictions for drink driving but she suffers with anxiety and has since been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Syndrome,” the report continued.”She has been referred to counselling, and due to long waiting list on the NHS, she pays privately for it.”She volunteers once a week in the detoxification ward of a hospital in Prestwich. She also works as a support worker where she helps others with their own issues.”Passing sentence District Judge James Hatton told Kaneko: “Unfortunately for you, your record of previous convictions is disgraceful. There were three separate offences of drink driving in 2015 and these are offences were custody would be appropriate.”But I have seen many letters to suggest you’re getting help for your personal circumstances. Those alone would not be sufficient to persuade me against a custodial sentence but my main concerns are about your daughter and what will happen to her should you be sent to prison. read more