Punjab government moves towards fixing sand price

first_imgPunjab Local Government Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday submitted the report of a Cabinet subcommittee constituted for the purpose of formulating a comprehensive policy on sand mining in the State to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.‘Stock to last 100 years’Mr. Sidhu said during field visits it was found that Punjab had sand stocks to last another 100 years and gravel for another 170 years.“The committee has recommended fixation of the price of sand at ₹1,000 per 100 cubic feet,” said Mr. Sidhu, pointing out that earlier there was no price fixation for sand and supply was also lacking resulting in people getting sand at exorbitant prices.Capt. Singh said the Cabinet would soon take a final decision with regard to the recommendations made by the subcommittee on mining.“We are committed to bringing in transparency in the system of mining and also ensuring smooth and seamless supply of sand and gravel to the people at affordable rates,” he added.last_img read more

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Surprises unlikely in final World Cup squad

first_imgInjuries to top Indian players have made matters interesting ahead of the selection committee meeting for the World Cup, to be held in Chennai on Monday.A day before the selection of the squad, India on Sunday received a jolt with Sachin Tendulkar returning home from South Africa after pulling a hamstring during the second One-day International on Saturday.Before this major scare, Virender Sehwag (shoulder injury), Gautam Gambhir (hand injury) and pacer Praveen Kumar (hand injury) have returned home and the selectors would have a lot to ponder over as they pick the 15- member team for the tournament.Sachin’s injury obviously could be a major concern – the BCCI did not provide details while announcing that Parthiv Patel was being flown out to South Africa as his replacement – though a month is still left for India’s opening game on February 19 against Bangladesh in Dhaka.Tendulkar has been in ominous form for the last couple of years, and especially in the just- concluded Test series in South Africa. He and Sehwag are the automatic choices for the opening slots with Gambhir next. Even if Sehwag and Gambhir have not fully recovered as yet, they still have more than a month to get fit and thus can be included in the squad.Murali Vijay, now playing in South Africa, could be a standby as he figures in the 30 probables announced last month. Like the openers, the middle order batsmen, an important area for any team, also pick themselves. There is little doubt about the selection of Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, and skipper MS Dhoni.advertisementBut will Rohit Sharma also find a place? Well, that remains to be seen, depending on how many bowlers the selectors pick.The selection of Rohit could also depend on whether the selectors opt for a second wicketkeeper or take the bold decision to pick only Dhoni. But Parthiv, who has unjustifiably been ignored for the last few years, has suddenly come into the fray with so many injury scares.Among the pacers, Zaheer Khan remains their spearhead, though it remains to be seen if the injury- prone left- armer doesn’t add to the list of injured.Munaf Patel, Praveen and Ashish Nehra, who is again a bit risky proposition in the longdrawn tournament considering his fitness history, Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma are expected to be the other members of the pace department. But one or two of these may have to make way to accommodate a second spinner.Among the spinners, offie Harbhajan has no competition. Although R Ashwin, also an offspinner, is in South Africa, there is no guarantee that he would be picked for the World Cup too.The selectors might want to have some variety and the selection of leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for the South Africa series is interesting. Who knows, left- arm spinner Pragyan Ojha might make the grade.last_img read more

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SPORT-OLY-SINDHU-COMMENTS 2 LAST

first_img(REOPENS FGN 47) (REOPENS FGN 47) In her moment of glory, Sindhu did not forget top laud her rival. “It was anybodys game in the first even as I was leading 18-17. She did not give up also. When It was 19-18, those two points were really very important. In the second game, it was equal till 10 points. I took a break. I took a huge a lead from there on. I never took it easy, as you never know what would happen after that,” she said. “Each and every point was very important and I was really focused. Im very happy. there were long rallies, she played really well and there were so many unforced errors. My coach kept me going. I was really alert for every point,” she added. Asked if she was prepared for the hard yards she had to put in todays match, Sindhu said she knew it wasnt going to be easy. “I never thought it would be an easy match. You just dont look at the scores, there were a lot of rallies long, and she was not leaving anything. Each and every point was very important for me,” he said. “Even though I had a few unforced errors with my tap into the net, coach said never mind and just keep going and I became alert for every point,” she elaborated. PTI TAP PM PMlast_img read more

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Asian Games medal winners praise hike in cash prizes by Kejriwal government

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 6 (PTI) Two days after an Asian Games medal winner lamented about the lack of help to athletes in presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a couple of silver medallists have praised Arvind Kejriwal for hiking the prize money for sportspersons.At a felicitation event last Tuesday, wrestler Divya Kakran, who won bronze in the Asian Games in Jakarta, had lashed out at the Delhi government for not extending any help to her before the games. Kejriwal was present on the occasion.”Nobody helps us when we need it and had I got assistance, I could have even won a gold medal,” she said at the event.However, Pinky Balhara, who won silver in Kurash at the recently concluded Asiad, thanked the Delhi chief minister for the “substantial increase” in the cash award.”I would like to thank Arvind Kejriwal sir on behalf of all the athletes for substantial increase in the cash award. It will definitely help all the athletes to focus on their game and not worry about the financial burden,” she said in a video message.The Delhi government has increased the cash award for gold medal winners of Asian Games to Rs 1 crore. The cash prizes for silver and bronze medal winners in Asian Games have been raised to Rs 75 lakh and Rs 50 lakh, respectively.Silver medal winner of the archery event in the Jakarta Asian Games, Abhishek Verma, also appreciated the hike in the cash prize, saying it will help athletes in their preparations.advertisement”I want to say thanks to Arvind Kejriwal and Delhi government on the behalf of all the sportspersons for the hike in cash awards. They are less than some states but more than many states. It will help athletes in their preparations,” he said.The government has also announced two new policies to promote sports in Delhi. PTI VIT IJTlast_img read more

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Tough draw awaits US Open champion Naomi Osaka on WTA Finals debut

first_imgUS Open champion Naomi Osaka faces a potentially tough test in her debut appearance at the WTA Finals after being drawn in the same group as Angelique Kerber and Sloane Stephens on Friday.Apart from Wimbledon champion Kerber and 2017 US Open winner Stephens, Osaka will also face Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens, who was named as the WTA’s Most Improved Player of the Year on Friday, in the Red Group after the draw for the season-ending event was made at a glitzy gala ceremony in Singapore.”I think everyone in my group is a really good player so I’m just really excited to get to play them. I’m just looking forward to every match,” Osaka said.Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki headlines the White Group which also includes Petra Kvitova, Elina Svitolina and former world number one Karolina Pliskova.”All the best players are here so there’s no easy matches,” Wozniacki said.”I’m just excited to start the competition and do my best. As defending champion I want to defend my title and end the season on a high.”Play begins on Sunday with Kvitova looking to extend her 7-1 career record against Svitolina while Australian Open champion Wozniacki takes on Czech Pliskova. Osaka and Stephens face off on Monday before Kerber takes on Bertens.World number one Simona Halep pulled out of the event this week with a herniated disc, which paved the way for first alternate Bertens to secure a place in the $7 million prize money tournament.Final 8! #yearendchampionships #singapore pic.twitter.com/Ih6ARCEFZKadvertisementCaroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) October 19, 2018Draw:Red Group (prefix denotes seeding):1-Angelique Kerber3-Naomi Osaka5-Sloane Stephens8-Kiki BertensWhite Group:2-Caroline Wozniacki4-Petra Kvitova6-Elina Svitolina7-Karolina Pliskova(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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New NB premier hopes to bring Energy East pipeline back from the

first_imgFREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s new premier is trying to revive the Energy East pipeline — even though the original proponent says the project is dead.TransCanada Corporation abandoned the $15.7-billion project more than a year ago, after the National Energy Board modified the environmental assessment process.But Premier Blaine Higgs, along with some other premiers and federal politicians, are again pushing the proposed pipeline as a way to get more western crude to refineries in Eastern Canada and for export to foreign markets.Ontario and Quebec have also new elected new premiers this year, and Higgs said he thinks Energy East could be viable.“The fact that Ontario has said they’re not opposed to oil coming through the province, there’s a hurdle that’s now gone. We know that Manitoba and Saskatchewan are fine and we know Alberta is looking for a way out,” said Higgs.“We see Alberta now taking a strong position with buying rail cars and saying we’ve got to get our oil to market because they’re losing $80 million a day.”Higgs said he recognizes Quebec could still be a hurdle and he plans to discuss the project with Premier Francois Legault this week at a first ministers meeting in Montreal.“We’re talking about interprovincial trade. There are some key issues, and that’s one for us. It’s one that’s important for our province. We need some wins,” Higgs said.Higgs said he discussed Energy East two weeks ago with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He said Trudeau said he’d be willing to discuss the issue again if Higgs was able to get Quebec onside.But the biggest hurdle may be getting TransCanada interested again. The company cited the regulatory changes and “changed circumstances” as the reason for its pullout last year.In a statement, Terry Cunha, manager of communications for TransCanada, said their position had not changed.“We have no plans to revisit the project. We are focused on developing the more than $36 billion in commercially secured pipeline and power generation projects that we currently have underway across North America, including Keystone XL and the Coastal GasLink project in B.C.,” he wrote.Higgs said he’s not surprised by the Calgary-based company’s position.“If you spend $800 million and you get jerked around politically so that decisions aren’t made, instead it’s procrastinated on, and … then all of a sudden the rules change mid-stream and then you don’t have any path forward,” Higgs said.“I don’t blame them. I wouldn’t jump on the bandwagon yet either.”However, Higgs said he believes if a holding company was formed that applied to the National Energy Board and got the process well underway, then TransCanada might be willing to get back onboard.Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Sheer has also been a big Energy East supporter and has said that a federal Conservative government would seek to revive the project.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said last week restarting the project makes a lot of sense.“Our government would be very interested of course in any effort that was geared towards another project to get our product to tidewater as well as to supply the Canadian market if we could find a way to do that more effectively,” she told reporters in Ottawa.“Quite frankly it is quite perverse that we are selling our oil in Alberta for $10 a barrel and then in eastern Canada we are importing from places like Saudi Arabia. This makes no sense.”Energy East would have seen much of the western crude going to the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John.Higgs said he has yet to discuss reviving Energy East with Irving, where he worked for more than three decades and retired as a senior executive before entering politics.“I know their interest would still be there because they would offset at least 100,000 barrels a day of foreign crude, maybe more. That commitment would still be there because they are still in operation and they are still buying foreign crude,” he said.But New Brunswick Green Leader David Coon said Higgs needs to switch 180 degrees — and instead look at reducing dependence on fossil fuels.“The World Meteorological Organization just announced a study that if we continue to follow the path we’re following now we are going to blast past the Paris agreement and get into three to five degrees of warming, which is catastrophic,” he said.But a study by the Canadian Energy Research Institute — released in January — concluded that refineries in central and Atlantic Canada would see lower supply costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions if they bought more Canadian crude oil.The study found that substituting Canadian oil wherever possible using space on existing pipelines, rail cars and ocean tankers would result in a 47-per-cent reduction in foreign oil imports into Eastern Canada, saving $210 million per year, and the equivalent of more than two million tonnes of carbon dioxide, or about 5.7 per cent.Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Stars To Help Out At LA Mission Summer Street Fair

first_imgThe Los Angeles Mission has a giant street fair on 5th Street for children – with food, games, prizes, crafts, face painting, bounce houses, giant inflatable slide, dunk tank and more.Children who live in the area will have a day of carefree summer play. And there will be food from In-N-Out Burger, King Taco and kielbasa plates from Michael Levine Trading Company.With the cost of school supplies up by 7.3% in a recent survey, the Mission’s backpacks for kids will help more than ever. Families who receive backpacks won’t have to decide between food and school supplies for their children.Celebrities and political leaders will join hundreds of other volunteers to help serve the nearly 3,000 kids and their families who will attend. And this year, Soles4Souls and BOBS from Skechers will be making kids-size shoes available for the young participants. Approximately 1,000 backpacks of school supplies and shoes will be distributed to school-aged children.Among those who are scheduled to appear are Alison Holker (So You Think You Can Dance), Charles Baker (Breaking Bad), Jason Wahler (The Hills), Aldis Hodge (Leverage), Edwin Hodge (Red Dawn), G Hanneluis (Dog with a Blog), Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood), Jamie Gray Hyder (True Blood), Octavius Johnson (Ray Donovan), Maitland Ward (Boy Meets Girl), Bruno Amato (The Internship), Thomas Kasp (Pictures on the Wall), Brandon Molale (Gangster Squad), Sharna Burgess (Dancing with the Stars), Lisa Long (The Runaways), Caroline Rich (In the Key of Eli), Brandon Tyler Russell (Smitty), Tyler Champagne (The Client List), Breille Barbusca (Defining Mel), Tara-Nicole Azarian (Standing Up), Jaden Betts (The Client List), Austin Anderson (Victorious), Amber Barbell (Love Triangle), and more.WHEN: SATURDAY August 24, 2013, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PMWHERE: Los Angeles Mission, 303 East 5th Street (on the corner of 5th and Wall Street), Los Angeles, CA 90013. (Media check-in on the front patio.)WHY: The Los Angeles Mission, along with US Bank, In-N-Out Burger, King Taco, Great Commission Church International (backpacks), Briefly Cares (underwear), City Dental (toothbrushes), Jackson Hewitt, Amcor and many others make the event possible. New shoes for the children were made available by Soles4Souls and Skechers.The End of Summer Block Party gives children who often experience fear, hunger, health issues and stress on a daily basis a chance to spend the day just being a kid!last_img read more

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South Africa children ‘raped’ for AIDS cure

first_imgJOHANNESBURG –  South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world with 144 reports of rape every dayChildren are falling prey to rampant rape in South Africa over a long perception that having sexual intercourse with a virgin child cures from AIDS.“We are very concerned about the current situation in the country where kids are being targeted for the wrong reasons,” Joan Van Niekerk, national director for Child Line South Africa, a non-profit organization that works to protect children from violence, told Anadolu Agency.She said that many children, some as young as six months, had been raped over the belief that this would cure from HIV/AIDS.“We are currently sensitizing traditional healers because some of them have been advising their clients to have sexual intercourse with child virgins claiming this would cure them from HIV/AIDS,” she added.On Tuesday, two girls, aged two and three, were found dead in a cubicle of a community toilet in a township north of Johannesburg.Police are investigating whether the two children had been raped before being murdered.The horrifying murders had sparked protests in the township with residents accusing the police of failing to protect them.“These gruesome incidents of extreme torture and murder of our children do not belong to the society that we are continuously striving to build together,” South African President Jacob Zuma said.He, however, appealed to South Africans not to take the matters into their hands, and called for cooperation with police to bring perpetrators to justice.South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world with 144 reports of rape every day.Interpol has named South Africa as the “rape capital of the world”, where less than 1 percent of rape cases were reported to police.According to Interpol, a woman born in South Africa is more likely to be raped than educated.South Africa has also one of the highest cases of HIV/AIDS infection in Africa.– Family revengeActivists complain that South African children are also targeted when relationships get sour between partners.“We are currently conducting a campaign advising people to resolve their relationships without hurting any children,” Van Niekerk told AA.On Wednesday, two children, aged one and three, were found dead next to their critically injured mother in a field in Katlehong township, east of Johannesburg.Police believe that the killing is linked to a family dispute.“It appears as if they were dropped by the husband in an open place and then the husband drove away. They are all Mozambican nationals,” police colonel Katlego Mogale said.Lwazi Fihlela, director of Child Care South Africa, opines that the HIV/AIDS cure myth has increased the number of child abuse cases in the country.“Some communities in our country believe in the myth that raping a virgin child cures AIDS, but that’s not the only cause of the high rates of child abuse in South Africa,” Fihlela told AA.He said that most parents don’t value their children, giving an example where male parents have been convicted for raping their own daughters.Fihlela said his organization is currently running a campaign aimed at making people to take action if a child complains of abuses.“We are raising awareness by educating children on different forms of abuse and encouraging them to report such cases,” he said.He said that the campaign has already begun to bear fruits.“Many children have come forward and reported their perpetrators to the authorities.”last_img read more

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Tourism’s Contribution to Morocco’s GDP Increased by 5% in 2016: HCP

Rabat – The gross domestic product (GDP) derived from tourism in Morocco amounted to MAD 66.9 billion in 2016, representing an increase of 5 percent compared with 2.8 percent in 2015, according to a report by the High Commission for Planning (HCP).HCP said that the tourism sector’s contribution to national GDP reached 6.6 percent in 2016 against 6.5 percent in 2015. Tourism production amounted to MAD 100.8 billion in 2016 compared with MAD 96.1 billion in 2015, representing a growth rate of 4.9 percent.The added value of tourism moved from MAD 50.2 to 52.9 billion, registering a growth of 5.3 percent. Domestic tourism consumption amounted to MAD 114.8 billion in 2016 against MAD 110.3 billion in 2015, representing an increase of 4.1 percent. This growth is the result of a 2.5 percent increase in domestic consumption of tourism receipts, which saw a significant increase (MAD 75.4 billion in 2015 to MAD 77.3 billion in 2016).Domestic and outbound tourism consumption moved from MAD 34.9 billion to MAD 37.5 billion. The share of inbound tourism in domestic consumption was 67.3 percent in 2016 against 68.4 percent in 2015, while domestic and outbound tourism reached 32.7 percent in 2016 instead of 31.6 percent in 2015, said the HCP.Earlier this month, Mohammed Sajid, Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Crafts and Social Economy, said that tourism sector recorded MAD 64.2 million in foreign exchange earnings, with the number of tourists increasing from 9.3 million to 10.3 million between 2010 and 2016.The minister also stressed the importance of tourism as a horizontal sector requiring the convergence of public policies and the involvement of all sectors to make it a priority. Sajid emphasized the role of tourism in economic development, as it is the second largest contributor to national GDP. read more

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Security Council shocked at expected resumption of fighting in Afghanistan

Briefing correspondents on behalf of members, Council President Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom said any resumption of fighting in Afghanistan would be “extremely bad news.” “Council members thought that a peacefully negotiated political settlement was the only way to a lasting solution to this conflict,” he said, expressing the Council’s support for UN efforts and other initiatives in the region to produce a political solution to the conflict. He called on all sides and all States to abide by UN sanctions on the Taliban and stressed that the pressure on the religious movement to act against terrorism would continue.Given the growing humanitarian crisis in the country, Ambassador Greenstock said, Council members called on all States to contribute urgently to the consolidated appeal fund for Afghanistan. They also expressed support for a “two-pronged” approach to the problem of refugees worked out by the United Nations and neighbouring Pakistan, which sought to address the issue of Afghan refugees both in Afghanistan and in Pakistan where many had gone.Ambassador Greenstock’s statement came after private consultations during which UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahima Fall and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kenzo Oshima briefed members on the latest developments in Afghanistan.Back to top read more

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UN marks International Day of the Disappeared by noting 50000 cases

The Geneva-based Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) said, “These figures are only the tip of the iceberg. On a number of occasions the WGEID has expressed concern over the number of cases it has received from certain countries, which seems low when seen against the negative human rights situation of those countries.”It highlighted problems in Colombia, Algeria and Nepal. Noting “the generalized phenomenon of ‘under-reporting’,” WGEID said that in some countries, such as Colombia, the lack of reporting of disappearances at the national and international levels is largely due to the fear of reprisals by paramilitary armed groups.The recently adopted law on demobilization (Justicia y Paz) in Colombia and the text to be submitted to a referendum in Algeria next month are worrisome examples of “the implicit amnesties and resulting impunity revealed in some legal instruments that have recently been adopted, or are about to be adopted this year,” it said.Meanwhile, “the WGEID urges the Nepalese authorities to protect human rights defenders from persecution for their work and to fully implement the recommendations issued following the Working Group’s country visit of last December,” it added.Stressing the situation in Nepal, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Representative there, Ian Martin said his office regularly received complaints of disappearances by both the rebel Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists (CPN-M) and the national security forces. “We have had many reports that civil society organizations, as well as journalists, continue to receive threats and are under pressure from both sides of the conflict,” he added.The WGEID of independent experts was established by the UN Commission on Human Rights in 1980 to help the relatives of disappeared persons find out what happened to them and to act as a communication channel between the families and their Governments. “On the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared, the WGEID reiterates its solidarity with all those who suffer from enforced disappearance and with human rights defenders working for disappeared persons and their relatives. The WGEID pays tribute to their efforts and to their unquenchable thirst for truth and justice,” it said.In the Balkans, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Søren Jessen-Petersen met Kosovo Serb families of the disappeared, and then attended the reburial ceremony for 16 newly identified Kosovo Albanian victims of the ethnic fighting between Serbs and Albanians.“The tragedy of having lost loved ones, of not knowing the fate of loved ones is the same for every person. Whether you are a Kosovo Albanian, a Kosovo Serb, or a mother in Argentina, the tragedy is the same and we all have to do whatever we can to help you,” he said. read more

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Group on Lebanon gathering at UN pledges support for Government reforms

“We gathered to demonstrate our support for and commitment to the new Government of Lebanon as it works to reaffirm Lebanon’s sovereignty, engage in vital reforms, and strengthen Lebanon’s democratic institutions,” said the Core Group on Lebanon in a joint statement read out by Secretary-General Kofi Annan after their meeting at New York Headquarters. The group – comprising representative of the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, the European Union, Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UN and the World Bank – met today with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora.At the meeting, the statement continued, the group discussed the Government’s plans for political, economic, and institutional reforms in Lebanon. It welcomed, in particular, the Government’s response to the people’s calls for reform, including the formation of a commission to improve the electoral process and draft a new electoral law.“Lebanon’s reform priorities will set the stage for international assistance,” they said, welcoming further plans to strengthen institutions and accountability, and to liberalize the economy to encourage investment and create jobs.The group also expressed approval for the cooperation of the Lebanese judicial and security authorities with the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (UNIIIC), which is investigating the murder of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. read more

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RRSP season can be counterproductive to proper saving advisers suggest

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – As the hype around RRSP season ramps up, it’s time to ask whether pushing a big chunk of cash into your retirement savings every winter is the best investment approach.Some financial advisers say the tradition of RRSP season leading up to tax returns only encourages procrastinators to wait until the RRSP deadline — March 2 this year —before they contribute to their plan.For everyone else, it’s smarter to set aside money on a regular basis through a pre-authorized withdrawal from their bank account.“People are likely to save more by investing in their RRSP monthly and treating themselves like a periodic bill,” said Jason Abbott, an adviser at WealthDesigns.ca, a financial planning firm based in Toronto.Depositing money on a regular schedule also allows investors to take advantage of a practice called “dollar-cost averaging,” considered by many as a better way to boost investment value and avoid market volatility.Since stocks and commodities generally grow over time, the thinking goes that by saving each month investors will increase their odds of buying into the stock market when values are lower.While the concept isn’t new, the practice is catching on.A new study from the Bank of Montreal released Thursday suggests that more Canadians have set aside money early for their RRSPs this year.About 42 per cent of Canadians surveyed told they bank they had already contributed to their RRSP by mid-November 2014. That’s an increase of seven per cent from the prior tax year when the average amount contributed to an RRSP was $3,518, the bank said.With all of that money being set aside, it’s important to keep tabs on how it’s growing, financial advisers say. Just because the process is automated doesn’t mean you should let your investment do all the work for you.Ensure your monthly withdrawals keep pace with what you’re bringing home. Advisers suggest contributions amounting to about 10 per cent of annual income.Also, consider your goals with the help of a financial adviser, rather than just throwing money into the savings vehicle.A lot of Canadians simply put their money into an RRSP and don’t ask enough questions, said Chris Buttigieg, senior manager of wealth planning at BMO Financial Group.“What I’ve encountered is people say they’ve contributed to their RRSP and the funds are just sitting there in a savings account,” he said.Buttigieg suggests investors spend more time understanding their retirement savings plan and which investment vehicles they’re using, such as stocks, bonds or mutual funds.Another common financial blunder is taking money out of an RRSP to pay debts or make big purchases.In most cases, there are better ways to access money without tapping into your retirement savings, which can result in a big tax impact, Buttigieg said.For shorter-term goals, consider platforms like a Tax-Free Savings Account, which is flexible and doesn’t have the same financial penalties.“You really need to make sure you’re allocating your funds appropriately between those two,” Buttigieg said.Aside from the obvious retirement savings, an RRSP also gives Canadians a certain degree of flexibility in their financial futures.Tapping into an RRSP for the Home Buyers’ Plan gives first-time home buyers the opportunity to withdraw up to $25,000 for their down payment.Another program is the Lifelong Learning Plan, a government resource designed to help Canadians finance their education. The program allows withdrawals up to $10,000 per year from an RRSP, to a limit of $20,000, for either yourself, a spouse or common-law partner who’s going back to school.“It’s not just about long-term retirement,” said Lee Helkie, an adviser and one of the founders of Helkie Financial & Insurances Services Inc.“You’re also providing yourself with options.”Follow @dj_friend on Twitter. RRSP season can be counter-productive to proper saving, advisers suggest by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 15, 2015 8:04 am MDT read more

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First seen at the British International Motor Show

In addition to the new Fusion, Ford will be showing off its ground-breaking Transit Connect. Honda has confirmed that the Accord is on track to make the headlines at the NEC with an all-new car for the upper medium segment. British favourite Caterham has confirmed that the new Superlight R300 with MG X-power under the hood will be a showstopper. With just five months to go until the British International Motor Show 2002, in association with The Daily Telegraph, opens its doors to over half a million eager visitors, the following vehicles have been confirmed as UK debutantes: Ferrari’s hot new FX, first snapped in the car press earlier this year, will be in the metal at the NEC. During the Show, doors will open from 9.30am to 7pm on all public days, closing at 5pm on the final day. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The British International Motor Show 2002 takes place from 23 October to 3 November at Birmingham’s NEC with public access from 24 October. Discount tickets for the Show are now on sale for those who book in advance through the web site at www.motorshow.co.uk Visitors can save £3 by booking on-line, with adult tickets priced at £12 for public days. On the door, tickets are priced at £15. For the exclusive public preview day on 24 October, tickets cost £25 in advance but £40 on the door, an on-line saving of more than a third. The Volkswagen Touareg will make a first appearance in the Show – the first off-roader from the German powerhouse. Joining Volkswagen’s assault into new territory will be the brand new Phaeton, which will be taking on the luxury sector. Land Rover’s claim to be the best 4-by-4-by-far will be put to the test when the new Discovery makes the short trip from the Solihull factory to wow the crowds at Motor Show time. Land Rover’s Swedish cousin Volvo will bring the seven seater, all wheel drive XC90 for its first public outing from 23 October at the NEC in Birmingham.SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘Motor shows thrive on new cars and the excitement of innovative technology, so I’m delighted to bring news of some of the stunning vehicles that will be on display at the British International Motor Show this autumn. Motor Show is Britain’s biggest consumer exhibition and we can look forward to further announcements and more surprises as we prepare for an event that reflects Britain’s leading influence in the European car market.’Notes to editors: For visitors without access to the Internet, tickets are available through the Motor Show box office ticket line on 0870 906 2002. Lines are open 9am – 8pm on weekdays and 10am – 8pm at the weekend. The French will be out in force with new cars from Renault, showing visitors the new Espace and Mégane, while Citroën’s new C8 is all set to pick up new business in the executive MPV sector. read more

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All Hallows College to close with immediate effect

first_imgAROUND 450 STUDENTS will be affected as a religious college announced today that it will shut its doors.All Hallows College has announced that it will wind down with immediate effect, with 80 staff set to lose their jobs.A spokesperson for the college confirmed to TheJournal.ie that falling registrations and a financial shortfall had led to the decision to close the college, which is accredited by DCU.“Financial difficulties had reached the point of a financial crisis,” the spokesperson said.As for the 450 students, the college says it will work with them in order to ensure that they can finish their studies.“The college will work with the students who are still enrolled in order to help them finish their degrees to the best of our abilities.“We will not enrol any more students.”The staff at the college are currently in consultation with senior management over a redundancy package.The Department of Education said that they had been informed of the closure.“This is no doubt a difficult time for staff and students of the college and our thoughts are with them. The Department welcomes the fact that the college intends to wind down in a phased and orderly manner in order to facilitate as much as possible the completion of students’ studies. “All Hallows College receives grant in lieu of tuition fee funding from the Department. This amounted to some €439,000 for 2013/14. While there is a cap on the number of undergraduate students eligible for the free fees scheme, the College has not reached that cap in the previous five years. ”A spokesperson for DCU said that the university was “saddened” by the closure.“While DCU has no governance or management function with respect to All Hallows College, we have enjoyed a collegial partnership since 2008, during which time DCU has accredited the College’s degree programmes and provided access to supports such as library and IT services to All Hallows’ students.” Read: Hundreds of students left with questions after Eden College closes its doors in Dublin city centrelast_img read more

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Irish Ferries to fight order to compensate passengers whose FranceIreland trips were

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4523785 By Aodhan O Faolain Monday 4 Mar 2019, 7:46 PM Image: Niall Carson Short URL Share45 Tweet Email2 Irish Ferries to fight order to compensate passengers whose France-Ireland trips were cancelled The National Transport Authority found that the company breached EU regulations concerning the rights of passengers travelling by sea. 26 Comments Mar 4th 2019, 7:46 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 21,628 Views Image: Niall Carson IRISH FERRIES HAS brought a High Court challenge over a finding that it must pay compensation to thousands of passengers affected by the cancellation of sailings between Ireland and France last summer.The company says it had to cancel the services because a new ferry it had ordered, the WB Yeats, to operate the service between Dublin and Cherbourg was delayed for several months.The challenge has been brought against a National Transport Authority (NTA) decision in January, that arising out of the cancellations, the company breached EU regulations concerning the rights of passengers travelling by sea.The NTA issued the company with two notices requiring Irish Ferries to pay compensation to impacted passengers within a period of two months.The notices direct the company to pay compensation to passengers impacted by the cancellations who had to travel from Rosslare instead of Dublin, and from Roscoff instead of Cherbourg.The notices also state passengers who were delayed in reaching their final destination who have already requested compensation from the company must also be paid compensation.Non-compliance with the notices is an offence, with a maximum fine on conviction of €250,000.The company disputes the NTA’s finding and says it and the notices are invalid, irrational, in breach of its Constitutional Rights and EU rights.Irish Ferries also says the NTA has misinterpreted the relevant EU regulations.The cancellations occurred because a new ship it had commissioned from the German shipyard Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft was delivered some “200 days” late Irish Ferries counsel Paul Gallagher SC told the High Court today.Counsel said the delay came as a shock to Irish Ferries and made headlines in the media.Counsel said the company took steps including offering “an immediate no quibble reimbursement in full” to affected customers, offered vouchers for €150, as well as “the opportunity to rebook on alternative sailings of their choosing”.Some 5,700 bookings were affected by the cancellations.Counsel said the majority of affected passengers, some 82%, chose to travel on alternative sailings to France with Irish Ferries.The remainder either cancelled and accepted a refund or chose to travel by landbridge through the UK, and were compensated by Irish Ferries for the fuel expended while crossing Britain.Counsel said that his client is concerned about the long term implications of the NTA’s decision.The situation Irish Ferries found itself was extraordinary, was not of its own making, and it was unable to secure another ferry to operate the planned sailings, counsel said.All affected passengers counsel said were informed of the situation a minimum of seven weeks before the proposed sailing, he added.In its judicial review action, Irish Ferries seeks various orders including one quashing the NTA’s decision and the notices it issued to the company.It also seeks various declarations from the Court including that the NTA’s decision and the notices are invalid, are irrational and are without any legal basis.The further seeks declarations including that the decision and the notices fly in the face of common sense, take into account irrelevant considerations, and are disproportionate.Permission to bring the challenge was granted, on an ex-parte basis, by Mr Justice Seamus Noonan, who also placed a stay on the notices from coming into effect.The judge made the matter returnable to a date in May.last_img read more

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RemoteControlled Cyborg Mice Conquer Maze of Food and Sex

first_img Elon Musk’s Neuralink Wanted an Animal Testing Lab in San FranciscoYou Can Now Have an Extra Set of Robotic Arms Stay on target Considering all the scientific breakthroughs we’ve already seen because of testing on mice, it’s tough for crazy new mice experiments to surprise us. We’ve seen mice with human ears growing out of them for crying out loud. But a new study from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology does have us realizing we’re even closer to the sci-fi future that we thought. Researchers have turned humble lab rats into remote-controlled cyborgs.A specific region of mice brains tell the animal to become obsessed with following a specific object. In nature, that object is usually food. But the researchers developed a tiny, Deus Ex-esque headgear augmentation that hacks into this part of the brain, the MPA-vPAG, and reroutes that obsession to a sphere dangled in front of the mouse. It’s called the MIDAS System for “MPA Induced Drive Assisted Steering.”Now that the mouse has a new love, it will chase it without end. And by steering the object from left to right, the pilot can effectively steer the cyborg mouse as well. To test the effectiveness of this process, the team guided mice through all sorts of challenges like climbing ladders and navigating mazes. The mice even resisted temptation like food or mice of the opposite gender obviously ready to get it on.This is fascinating science but also maybe a bit more disturbing and unethical than the team seems ready to admit. There’s already a ton of controversy surrounding animal testing, but making animals so subservient to human commands they ignore sex (SEX!) without question feels almost cruel.The stripping of animal rights and agency gets even more alarming when you read about the team’s other hypothetical plans for “machine-animal hybrids” merging “the compliance of a robot with the natural smarts and endurance of an animal.” They already have a similar system for controlling turtles. But imagine cyborg dogs that bound across rough terrain too uneven for robots looking for bombs or cyborg birds that spy on enemy military camps from the skies. It’s like some gritty Metal Gear Solid flavored reboot of Pokemon.Fortunately, the complexity of human brains makes it unlikely (for now) that some shady corporations could use similar techniques to hack and control people. Also, the research could help us learn how to treat neurological disorders like kleptomania and obsessive hoarding, which is good. But yeah, with these cyborg mice, we may soon be living through a techno-thriller remake of Willard.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Video Drake Maverick Rockstar Spud introduced as the new General Manager of

first_imgFacebook Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter WWE introduced Drake Maverick (former Impact Wrestling star Rockstar Spud) as the new General Manager of 205 Live on Tuesday night on the WWE Network.Maverick, who was officially introduced by Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan, announced a 16-man tournament to crown a new WWE Cruiserweight Champion. He also announced that this 16-man tournament will culminate at WrestleMania 34 this April.It should be noted that the commentary team did refer to Maverick under his former ring name of Rockstar Spud during his days with TNA/Impact Wrestling. Spud was part of the original TNA British Boot Camp reality series and would later go on to be featured on TNA television for many years. He parted ways with Impact earlier this year.You can check out a clip of the announcement below courtesy of WWE.Please give it up for the NEW #205Live General Manager, #DrakeMaverick!!!!! @WWE205Live @WWEDanielBryan @WWENetwork pic.twitter.com/jJ5TakBgyb— WWE (@WWE) January 31, 2018 Now Playing Up Next January 31, 2018 at 9:41 am Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Daniel Bryan Seth Rollins Impact Results – 9/13/19 (Kiera Hogan vs. Tenille Dashwood, Street Fight Main Event) WhatsApp Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:07Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:23 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Google+ John Oliver Takes On The WWE Now Playing Up Next 4 COMMENTS Haydn Barker wow, yawn and over 2 months without a champion, hmm Now Playing Up Next WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Videos Articles Pinterest FordOLoads Comments are closed. Videos Articles Jamie King Wrestler Brie Bella Wants Another Baby January 30, 2018 at 11:35 pm Cameron Huff January 31, 2018 at 2:21 am Noticed how the fans were chanting his Rockstar Spud name but booed his Drake Maverick name. For what it’s worth,they did seem a little bit more alive than usual. If WWE doesn’t do anything stupid (like have Drake Maverick insert himself into the tournament after it was over and win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship) it should be a great tournament. yeah another 10 months and theyll tie raw for the least major title champion appearances. I mean Lesnars made what… 4/5 ppv appearances since he became universal champion WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia 9/13 Impact Highlights: oVe vs. Blanchard and Dreamer in Street Fight Main Event January 31, 2018 at 4:05 pm Videos Articles Wow Spud in wwe. Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 last_img read more

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Trump If intel officials leaked report blot on record

first_imgWASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. intelligence community’s record would be seriously marred if it leaked a dossier containing unsubstantiated claims about contacts between his advisers and Russia as well as unflattering allegations about his personal life.Trump said intelligence agencies will have a “tremendous blot on their record” if they released the report filled with unproven information that Russian officials had allegedly compiled on the president-elect.“I think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the intelligence agencies let any information that turned out to be so false and fake to get out,” Trump said at a news conference.The CIA and the office of the director of national intelligence declined to comment.Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer also called the dossier “outrageous” and “irresponsible.”The dossier contains unproven information about close coordination between Trump’s inner circle and Russians about hacking into Democratic accounts as well as unproven claims about unusual sexual activities by Trump among other suggestions attributed to anonymous sources. The Associated Press has not authenticated any of the claims.A U.S. official said top intelligence officials told Trump about the report last week. The official, who was not authorized to publicly discuss the matter, spoke only on condition of anonymity.last_img read more

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Life Afloat Weekend offers tall ship tours dragon boat races

first_imgA dragon boat team paddles down the Willamette River in Portland in April 2007. Thanks to Vancouver’s Jeff Campbell, dragon boating fans can now watch or participate in the sport at Vancouver Lake. Paddle for Life Dragon Boat Spring Sprints? What: 20-paddler and 10-paddler 250-meter sprint races. Fundraiser for the nonprofit Paddle For Life, which helps disabled veterans participate in dragon boats and crew.? When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday May 26.? Where: Vancouver Lake Park, 6801 Northwest Lower River Road, Vancouver.? Cost: Free.? Info: Vancouver Lake Crew or 971-222-3679.Tall Ship Tour? What: The brig Lady Washington, the official ship of Washington state, and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain, come to Vancouver as part of a seven-week tour of Columbia River ports.? When: May 24 to May 27. Check website for tour times.? Where: 100 Columbia St., Vancouver.? Cost: Dockside tours, $3. Excursion prices vary between $30 and $60, depending on the event and day.? Info: Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority or 360-532-8611.A bit of acting was required when our official state ship, the Lady Washington, played the role of the H.M.S. Interceptor in “Pirates of the Caribbean.”In the film, one of the British guards tells Captain Jack Sparrow that “there’s no ship as can match the Interceptor for speed.”But the real Lady Washington was a cargo ship. It launched from Boston Harbor in 1787 and was the first American-flagged vessel to land in the Pacific Northwest in 1788.last_img read more

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