300 Muslim students to get scholarships on PM’s birthday

first_imgA total of 300 economically backward Muslim students would be awarded the Narendra Modi Scholarship on the Prime Minister’s 67th birthday on September 17, the Forum for Muslim Studies and Analysis (FMSA) announced on Tuesday.The scholarship was constituted by the FMSA, an Aligarh-based group of Muslim intellectuals, in May last year.EmpowermentJasim Mohammad, the director of the FMSA, said: “The Prime Minister is concerned about the problems of the minority community. I constituted the scholarship in his name because it will empower the minority community educationally. Once empowered, these students will make our country proud.”Last year, a total of 100 students were awarded the scholarship of ₹5,000. But, given the enthusiastic response it received, the FMSA decided to increase the number of beneficiaries to 300.Forms available online“Last year, more than 22,000 Muslim students had applied for the scholarship, 16,000 of whom were girls. It only showed the extent of desire among Muslims to study. So, we decided to modify the scholarship amount to ₹3,000 and increase the number of beneficiaries to 300,” said Mr. Mohammad.He added that the aim of the scholarship was to “carry forward the commitment of the Prime Minister to Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas”.Last dateThe form for the scholarship has been uploaded on www.jasim.org. Students of classes XI, XII, graduation and post-graduation are eligible to apply. The last date for submitting the form is September 10.Mr. Mohammad shot to the limelight when he wrote the first-ever biography of the Prime Minister, titled Narendra Bhai Modi — Farsh Se Arsh Tak, in Urdu. The first volume of the proposed five-volume biography was launched by Mr. Modi on May 10 last year.last_img read more

Cyclone Fani: Proposal to train self-help groups

first_imgOdisha set to introspect post-disaster communication  Ganjam district has around 22,000 active WSHGs in its rural and urban areas. “Under this project selected members from each WSHG will undergo a special training by personnel of police, fire services, Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and other key departments of the administration”, said Ganjam Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange. They will also be trained in basic rescue measures, first aid and proper documentation of losses. Through this training they will be ready to face floods, cyclones and earthquakes and help people of their locality.The trained volunteers will be provided two pairs of uniform to be used during natural calamities. To keep them active and ready as peer leaders during evacuation, rehabilitation and restoration during natural calamities, they will be involved in different developmental schemes of the government like MGNREGA, housing projects for poor and distribution of food materials through PDS. A control room of ‘swayamsiddha’ will operate at district headquarters Chatrapur to coordinate and manage these trained volunteers of WSHGs of Ganjam.According to Mr. Kulange, the Kerala government used WSHGs successfully in rehabilitation and restoration work after the floods it faced last year. The WSHG movement has been quite successful in Ganjam district and penetrated to the grassroots. Taking this into account, the BJD had fielded 68- year-old WSHG leader Pramila Bisoi as its candidate in the Aska parliamentary constituency of the district. Under a special project named ‘swayamsiddha’, women will be trained in evacuation, rescue, restoration and rehabilitation during natural calamities, especially cyclones, in Odisha’s Ganjam district, according to Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange.Members of Women Self-Help Groups (WSHGs) in the age group of 18 to 35 of this cyclone-prone region will be roped in.After facing Phailin, Hudhud and Titli cyclones in the past, Ganjam escaped the wrath of Fani. It has always faced cyclones in October. By that time, Ganjam will be well prepared through these trained women volunteers, a senior official said. A detailed report for this project is almost ready. According to officials involved, training of WSHG members is expected to start from June this year.Also Readlast_img read more

Match-fixing episode affected my game: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgSachin Tendulkar has for the first time admitted that the match-fixing episodes in 1999-2000 had initially affected his game and the Indian team had to go through a difficult and painful phase as “spectators looked at us with suspicion”.Tendulkar said he was not in the right frame of mind during India’s disastrous tour of Australia where they were thrashed 0-3 in 1999-2000.”I can tell you that I was never approached by anyone, neither we had any discussions about the same in the team meeting,” Tendulkar told former South African Board President Dr Ali Bacher in an interview for Super Sport Channel.”I remember that there was a stage in 1999-2000 when it was very difficult as we were to play Australia. Before the series these things started making rounds. As a cricketer that’s the last thing I want.”You want your beloved game to be as clean as possible. I wanted the spectators to enjoy the contest and not look at us with suspicion. To play well, players need to be in right frame of mind and I can tell you that I was not in that frame of mind,” Tendulkar said, recollecting the disastrous series.The pain in his voice was evident as he gave the interview. “Every match you play and people pass on loose comments. This was really hurting me and the whole team,” said the maestro.Tendulkar felt that their historic 2-1 series win over Australia at home was the turning point. “I was sure that we needed to put up a very special performance against Aussies so that cricket lovers forget what has happened in the past and start enjoying the game again and move on. With grace of God we managed to do that.advertisement”We lost the first match at Mumbai. But in the next match at Kolkata we fought back from very bad position and won that match to level the series. Last match was even harder. At Chennai while chasing small total we lost eight wickets but won that Test match and series too.”I was happy for the fact we forced cricket lovers to forget about that bad chapter and start following cricket again.”Recollecting the horror days of match fixing, Bacher revealed that the South African Board was indeed approached by bookmakers.”We were directly approached by bookmakers to take their offer to the players through team meeting. Those were days when in couple of ICC meetings, I had raised this issue,” he said.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Price of Kawasaki Ninja 300 goes up by Rs 10,000; no change in features

first_imgKawasaki Ninja 300The price of sports bike Kawasaki Ninja 300 has been increased by Rs 10,000, making it available for Rs 3.96 lakh (on-road Mumbai). No change in the product has been reported so far to justify the increase.Reasons for increase in price have not been disclosed by Kawasaki. It still comes with the same set of features, colours and body work. For a sports bike priced close to Rs 4 lakh, it is surprising that it does not even come with Antilock Braking System (ABS), which is considered vital for a high speed vehicle. Given that the new KTM RC 390 has been priced attractively, it was expected that prices of Ninja 300 would be reduced, which appears to create doubts on the product.Ninja 300 is powered by a 296 cc four stroke engine with 38 bhp of power and 27 Nm peak torque, mated to 6 speed return type transmission. Its closest rival, KTM RC 390, powered by a single cylinder 373.27 cc engine produced 42 bhp power and and 35 Nm peak torque at 7,000 rpm, also mated to 6 speed gearbox. With the RC 90 priced Rs 1.5 lakh lower than the Ninja, will Kawasaki really be able to sustain itself? To get an answer to this question, keep watching this space for more.last_img read more

Venus egdes Kvitova, to face Stephens in US Open semis,Venus egdes Kvitova, to face Stephens in US Open semis

first_imgSeven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams became the oldest semi-finalist in US Open history at age 37 by defeating two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 6–3, 3–6, 7–6 (7/2).US ninth seed Williams, seeking her third US Open crown, advanced to a Thursday matchup for a spot in Saturday’s final against 83rd–ranked compatriot Sloane Stephens.Stephens, who missed 11 months with a left foot injury before returning at Wimbledon, matched her best Grand Slam showing by outlasting Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova 6–3, 3–6, 7–6 (7/4).Williams, who improved to 2–4 all-time against the Czech 13th seed, will return to the world top five for the first time since January 2011 after dominating the tie-break.“I’m so fortunate to have won that match. It came down to the wire,” Williams said. “I try to tell myself enjoy the competition, enjoy the battle and I think I was able to do that.”Williams, the oldest Slam semi–finalist since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994, won the 2000 and 2001 US crowns. She was runner–up this year at Wimbledon and the Australian Open and could reach three Slam finals in a year for the first time since 2002.Kvitova battled back from a five-month absence after a knife-wielding home intruder injured her left hand last December.Williams swatted a backhand winner to break for a 5–3 edge and held to take the first set but Kvitova led 3–0 when rain forced a closure of the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof.Kvitova fought off two break points in the fifth and seventh games to hold on the way to a third set, then broke to lead 2–1 only to double fault away a break to set up the tie-breaker.If Americans Madison Keys and CoCo Vanderweghe win Wednesday, they will produce the first all-American US Open semi-finals since 1981. “That would be huge,” Williams said, adding, “I’d love that.”“This is amazing,” Stephens said. “I hope there are four Americans in the semi-finals,” she said.Stephens has won 13 of her past 15 matches and matched her 2013 Australian Open semi-final run for best Slam effort. “This is just incredible,” Stephens said. “When I started my comeback at Wimbledon I could never have dreamed of coming back and having these results. It’s indescribable.”‘I’m not a robot. Sorry.’Sevastova, who matched her best major run from last year at New York by ousting Maria Sharapova to reach the last eight, led 3–1 in the third set before Stephens rallied.“I just told myself to keep fighting and stay consistent,” Stephens said. “I knew if I just stick with it and stayed in every point I’d have my opportunity and I did. I was able to play loose and bam, here we are,” she said.In the tie-breaker, Stephens took four of the last five points, three on Sevastova errors before hitting a down-the-line backhand winner ensured her win to reach the top 35 in next week’s rankings.Sevastova admitted nerves got to her in the tie-breaker, saying, “It’s normal. You play for semi-finals of US Open. I’m not a robot. Sorry.”Czech reigning number one Karolina Pliskova, last year’s US Open runner-up, must reach the final or lose the top spot to already-ousted Garbine Muguruza, the reigning Wimbledon champion.Men’s resultsSpanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta, who has not dropped a set, cruised into his first Grand Slam semi-final by defeating Argentine 29th seed Diego Schartzman 6–4, 6–4, 6–2.Carreno Busta, the first player to face four qualifiers in any Grand Slam, booked a Friday semi-final against the later winner between South African 28th seed Kevin Anderson and 17th seeded American Sam Querrey.“Incredible,” Carreno Busta said. “It’s something that I always dreamed about but something I never thought I was going to arrive here. It’s a great feeling.” Venus Williams US Open 2017 Venus Williams US Open 2017 COMMENTS September 06, 2017 COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL × tennis SHARE Published onlast_img read more

Messi the best I’ve seen – Lamela

first_imgLionel Messi is a one-off and football will not see a player like the Barcelona and Argentina star again, says Erik Lamela.Messi struck a hat-trick against PSV to get Barca’s Champions League campaign off to a flying start this week, while he has hit four goals in four LaLiga games.Even Messi could not inspire Argentina to success at the World Cup, though, as Jorge Sampaoli’s side crashed out at the round of 16 stage to eventual winners France. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! International disappointment has plagued Messi’s career, with the 31-year-old on the losing side in three Copa America finals, as well as at the 2014 World Cup.Messi missed Argentina’s matches against Guatemala and Colombia in the September international break but team-mate Lamela is in no doubt as to the Barca captain’s quality.”Leo is obviously a very important player for us, for all the things he can give as a player and a team-mate,” Lamela told Omnisport at the launch of EA Sports’ FIFA19. “Having him is very important for the group. We all know he is the best inside the pitch and he is always a plus to win a game.”What I saw when I played and trained with him, he is by far the best player I have ever seen since I play football.”Game after game, people can see the things he does, how easy is for him to score goals, assist, and make what he wants inside the pitch. Sincerely, there won’t be anyone like him.” Although his time at Tottenham has been severely disrupted by injury, Lamela is now setting in under fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino.”First year I was here, he helped me because my English wasn’t really good,” Lamela said of his compatriot. “It was important for me to have a manager speaking Spanish, and other South American players, because there are many young players at the team who speak Spanish.”But in the end, my relationship with him is like the one he has with other team-mates, it is the same for all of us.”last_img read more

3rd Test: Mark Wood’s five-wicket haul puts England on top vs West Indies

first_imgMark Wood picked up his first five-wicket haul to bowl England into a commanding position on the second day of the third Test against West Indies on Sunday.Wood scooped 5 for 41 as the visitors bowled out West Indies for 154 for a 123-run first innings lead at Darren Sammy Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia.England were 19 without loss in their second innings at the close, an overall lead of 142 runs on an eventful day in which 16 wickets fell.Brought into the team for the first time this series, Wood offered England genuine pace of more than 90 mph (145 kph).He had an immediate impact, having Shai Hope (one) and Roston Chase (golden duck) caught at gully off consecutive balls in Gros Islet.Although he did not complete the hat-trick, Wood struck again soon afterwards when Shimron Hetmyer (eight) edged to first slip.Wood was not the only England bowler on a hat-trick in the middle session.Spinner Moeen Ali dismissed openers Kraigg Brathwaite, caught at deep mid-wicket for 12, and John Campbell, lbw for 41, with successive balls.Campbell’s wicket was particularly important because he was threatening to compile a big score quickly, scoring the lion’s share of runs in an opening partnership of 57.Wood continued his carnage after tea when Darren Bravo (six) edged to first slip and he wrapped up the innings by bowling out Shannon Gabriel for four.Moeen took 4-36, while Stuart Broad chipped in with a wicket, as well as a magnificent one-handed catch at long-off.Though West Indies have already clinched the series by winning the first two Tests, England will take comfort from being in great position to salvage a victory in the finale.advertisementWest Indies, however, revealed that while they have an abundance of fast bowlers, their batting can still be brittle.ROACH STRIKESEarlier, Kemar Roach picked up four wickets as West Indies ripped through the England tail in the first innings.The second new ball, allied with good bowling and sharp fielding, helped West Indies restrict England’s total to 277.Gabriel, fastest of West Indies’ four-pronged pace attack, set the skids in motion when he bowled Jos Buttler for 67.Butler did not add to his overnight score, and the dismissal ended a 125-run partnership with Ben Stokes that had allowed England to climb out of an early hole.Stokes went eight overs later for 79, caught when he mistimed a pull shot, and after Moeen (13) and Jonny Bairstow (two) went cheaply, West Indies quickly mopped up the tail, picking up the final four wickets for seven runs.Roach finished with 4-48, while Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph and Keemo Paul collected two wickets apiece.Also Read | Ben Stokes recalled from pavilion after no-ball dismissal in 3rd Test vs West IndiesAlso Read | Ben Stokes happy he didn’t take his pants off after bizarre bit of cricketlast_img read more

Pollard was unstoppable: KXIP batting coach Sriram in awe of MI stand-in captain

first_imgPollard was unstoppable: KXIP batting coach Sriram in awe of MI stand-in captainMI’s Kieron Pollard became an “unstoppable” force for the KXIP with his 10 sixes and three fours, said coach Sridharan Sriram.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiApril 11, 2019UPDATED: April 11, 2019 12:57 IST MI’s Kieron Pollard struck 10 sixes and three fours in his 31-ball whirlwind 83 against KXIP (AP photo)HIGHLIGHTSKXIP coach Sridharan Sriram said their good plans failed against an “unstoppable Pollard”MI’s Kieron Pollard struck 10 sixes and three fours in his 31-ball whirlwind 83 against KXIP”To do 13 an over for like 13 overs – took some doing,” said SriramKings XI Punjab had their plans in place but nothing could have worked in the face of an “unstoppable” force called Kieron Pollard, the team’s coach Sridharan Sriram conceded reflecting on the three-wicket loss to Mumbai Indians in the IPL.MI’s stand-in skipper Pollard, who promoted himself in the batting order, struck 10 monstrous sixes and three fours in his 31-ball whirlwind 83 that helped the home team chase down the stiff KXIP target of 198 at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday.”We have seen Andre Russell (of Kolkata Knight Riders) doing it a few times. (But) this was extraordinary. To do 13 an over for like 13 overs – took some doing and only someone like Pollard could do that,” said Sriram after his side lost on the last ball.Sriram defended his bowling unit that, barring Mohammed Shami (3 for 21), was carted all over the park by Pollard.”At that point of time you have to be positive and hopefully he mis-hits one. I think our plans were good but just that today he was unstoppable,” added Sriram.His team missed crossing the 200-run mark after being well-poised when openers Chris Gayle (63 in 36 balls) and KL Rahul (100 not out in 64 balls) put on 116 in 77 balls, but Sriram felt that the final Punjab score of 197 for four was better than par for the course.”We didn’t have any target. I thought 185-190 was par for this wicket we were happy what we got,” said Sriram, who has also been a bowling coach for the Australian team in the past.advertisementGayle left in the 13th over and the scoring rate dropped before Rahul smacked a few sixes off Hardik Pandya’s penultimate over to up it. Sriram defended his batsmen.”These things (slowing down) just tend to happen. Someone can’t keep hitting for all the 20 overs. It’s hard to get going like that,” the former India left arm spinner said.He also defended the Punjab’s tactics of going into an IPL game with only five bowlers.”That’s how our combination works right now. We have had success as a bowling unit doing this. You got to take such a day like this one; can’t do much,” he said.Also Read | IPL not ideal yardstick, but little choice left for India selectors ahead of World CupAlso Read | Will not consider IPL performances for World Cup selection: MSK PrasadAlso Watch | Great to have someone like Chris Gayle in KXIP: KL RahulFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Kieron PollardFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Kings XI PunjabFollow IPL 2019Follow Sridharan Sriramlast_img read more

Support for St. Patrick’s Foundation

first_imgWASHINGTON — Parishioners and friends of the St. Luke’s Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia, have contributed over $2 million the Jamaican based St. Patrick’s Foundation over the past 21 years.  This was disclosed by Chairman of the Foundation, Mr. Marlon Creary, at the St. Patrick’s Foundation Jamaica Night dinner and silent auction at Flaherty Hall of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, on November 3. Mr. Creary told the over 250 attendees, headed by patron of the St. Patrick’s Foundation, Her Excellency LadyAllen, and Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, and Mrs. Vasciannie, that the financial support from the McLean community was very crucial to the daily activities that the St. Patrick’s Foundation operates.  “Your assistance keeps our operations running and gives us the resources to serve approximately 6,000 people who depend on us,” he said, noting that the Jamaica Night event is the most significant fundraiser for the organisation. Mr. Creary said that on a daily basis the Foundation directly caters to 1,500 persons through the centres they operate. These include an indigent home which caters to those with HIV/AIDS, Riverton Early Childhood Centre, the St. Margaret’s Human Resource Centre, Christ the Redeemer Resource Centre, and the St. Monica Home for the Elderly. Meanwhile, Lady Allen lauded the Northern Virginia community of McLean for its generosity and support over the past 21 years. “This function is very critical to the daily operations run by this Foundation. We have several school feeding programmess which serve meals to children, many of whom would not otherwise have been able to attend school. This has been made possible because of the financial support you continue to give,” she said. For his part, Ambassador Vasciannie commended Monsignor Richard Albert for his vision and foresight in starting the St. Patrick’s Foundation, which has touched many lives in the underserved community of Riverton City in Jamaica. “It is important that we pause to recognise the value of charitable contributions made by individuals like you in the McLean community, to worthwhile causes like the St. Patrick’s Foundation,” said the Ambassador. Attendees had the opportunity to bid on various prizes, including trips to Jamaica, hotel stays and paintings. The coveted auction item was a Jamaican lunch with Ambassador and Mrs. Vasciannie.last_img read more

Finnlines Posts Best Ever Annual Figures

first_imgzoom Finnish ferry operator Finnlines, part of the Italian Grimaldi Group, delivered a record financial performance in 2016 despite a slow economic growth in Europe.The company’s profit for the period was EUR 68.1 million (USD 72 million), representing a 20 percent increase over the 2015 financial year, which was then the best ever result in Finnlines’ history.“For the fourth year in a row, we recorded an improvement in operating profit to date even though Europe’s economic growth has not yet picked up. In addition, the prevailing sanctions and counter sanctions in Russian trade continued to impact negatively on commercial activities across the Baltic Sea region,” Emanuele Grimaldi, President and CEO of Finnlines, commented.According to Emanuele Grimaldi, the rise in the company’s annual results was achieved partly due to the successful implementation of EUR 1 billion Capex Programme in 2006–2016 which is targeted towards fleet renewal.In addition, Grimaldi said the growth in profit occurred due to Finnlines’ “ability to react quickly to changes in the market” in an effort to optimize the use of vessels and routes and control costs.With the Capex Programme and an EUR 100 million Environmental Technology Investment Programme, Finnlines’ CEO said the company has been able to reduce the fuel consumption as well as the NOx, CO2 and SO2 emissions.As disclosed, Finnlines plans to lengthen several roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels in the future, aiming at achieving “greater operational efficiency.”In 2016, Finnlines’ revenue stood at EUR 473.7 million, a decrease of 7.3 percent compared to a revenue of EUR 511.2 million in 2015. The fall in revenue was mainly due to the reduction of cargo related bunker surcharge, the company said.In 2016, Grimaldi acquired all shares in Finnlines. Following this, Finnlines was officially delisted from Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange.Finnlines’ fleet is currently comprised of a total of 20 vessels, the firm’s data shows.last_img read more

Woman allegedly killed 8monthold son buried him in granary

first_imgGreater Noida: Gautam Buddh Nagar police have arrested a 25-year-old woman for allegedly killing her 8-month-old son who was missing from last 10 days. Cops said that the accused decomposed the body at granary at her house in Gopalgarh village in Jewar.According to police, the accused has been identified as Hema and she has been living with her husband Rohtash and two sons. “Hema is a housewife while her husband works as driver in a private company in Greater Noida,” said police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe accused woman and her husband had also filed a missing complaint of their child on August 11. Kumar Ranvijay Singh, Superintendent of Police (rural), Gautam Buddh Nagar said that Rohtash returned home at night and found his wife was crying. “She told him that someone had kidnapped their son when she had gone outside to feed the animals,” said Singh. “On Wednesday morning around 8.30 am, Rohtash and his family members felt a foul smell coming from granary and when they opened the gate, they found the body of the infant. Police started the investigation from home and interrogated each member of the family separately. However, Hema’s statement were not found correct and she also kept on changing her statement,” added Singh. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”During interrogation, she broke down and revealed that the infant had fallen from the cot while playing and died. She had stuffed the boy in a bag and put it in the granary, fearing the family members would scold her for negligence. Prima Facie it appears that the woman is having an illicit affair with her brother-in-law and was jealous of his wife. It is being suspected that she allegedly wanted to frame her sister-in-law in the whole incident. However, we are investigating the case from all angles,” Singh said.last_img read more

Morneau tweet warning of Scheers hidden agenda on spending cuts is misleading

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Monday used a three-year-old video to paint Andrew Scheer as a Conservative leader who would impose “painful cuts” to public spending if he wins the October election, part of a string of attacks by Liberal Cabinet members in recent weeks.On Monday, Morneau posted a 2016 video to Twitter that showed Scheer talking about his plans to balance the budget if he ever formed government. Scheer at one point suggests that past Conservative governments had made the mistake of proposing spending cuts with a “hard-edged tone,” and said future leaders should be more “careful” about how the convey such retrenchment.The finance minister claimed Scheer had been “caught telling a private meeting of Conservatives” about his plans to cut spending, while also detailing his intention to “hide” those very plans from voters. “This is what Conservative politicians do,” Morneau said in a separate tweet, claiming they would cut services for average Canadians.Andrew Scheer is committed to painful cuts, but he’s trying really hard not to talk about it. This video proves it. Scheer’s been caught telling a private meeting of Conservatives about his cuts plan, and promises to be “very, very careful” to hide it. pic.twitter.com/LWBruflZTs— Bill Morneau (@Bill_Morneau) September 9, 2019But the video is from a September 2016 Conservative candidate forum that was widely shared on public platforms including Facebook. In it, Scheer spoke about the need to balance budgets, primarily by not “spending the money in the first place.”“When it comes to making tough decisions and cuts, I agree that it’s something that’s very important,” he said. “But we also have to be very, very careful how we communicate that to people.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.A spokesperson for Scheer suggested the video editing released by Morneau was highly misleading. The Liberals removed a sentence in the middle of Scheer’s response that appears to address Ottawa’s spending under Morneau, according to a full version of the video on Facebook.“One of the best ways to get out of a hole is stop digging, and not inventing new ways of spending money,” Scheer had said, in an apparent reference to Morneau’s fiscal policy.“This is just more desperation from Justin Trudeau and his Liberals,” said spokesperson Simon Jefferies. “They want to talk about anything other than their record, and they will lie to Canadians again and again.” Matt Gurney: Instead of attacking Scheer over a 2005 video, Liberals could actually try doing politics differently Kelly McParland: Liberals go for maximum hypocrisy on Scheer’s abortion views ‘The first salvo’: Liberals dig up 14-year-old video of Andrew Scheer speaking against same-sex marriage The tweet by Morneau underscores an attempt by the Liberal Party to strategically run deficits ahead of the federal election, then frame any plans to return to balance as an act of “austerity” that threatens voter livelihoods. It also taps into the anxieties of some voters, who fear budget cuts for crucial social services.His comments come amid a string of attacks on the Conservative leader from Liberal Cabinet members in recent weeks, including Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Tourism Minister Mélanie Joly. Industry Minister Navdeep Bains echoed Morneau’s comments Monday, saying Canada “can’t cut its way to prosperity.”Prime Minster Justin Trudeau promised in 2015 to run a $10-billion deficit in his first budget, which he would bring back to balance by 2019. The party almost immediately abandoned those plans, running deficits nearly twice that size, and scrapping plans to return to surplus.Scheer had initially promised to balance the budget in two years if the Conservatives formed government, but quickly abandoned those plans in May this year, extending the timeline to five years.The party has not explicitly said how it would return the budget to balance, besides scrapping the $35-billion Canada Infrastructure Bank, among a few other things.Economists over the past four years widely agreed that Ottawa should have trimmed its fiscal spending measures, particularly in 2017 when its economy was running near full capacity.This is just more desperationSean Speer, a former economic advisor to Stephen Harper, said Morneau likely continued to run deficits largely as a marketing exercise.“The government’s fiscal policy is not motivated by considerations about the business cycle or the proper fiscal strategy,” Speer wrote recently for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. “Mr. Morneau’s ongoing deficit is not about policy. It is about politics. His government has sought to weaponize deficit spending as a political tool.”Observers say Ottawa has repeatedly run sizeable deficits despite a windfall in revenues, which could have helped narrow its fiscal gap. Ottawa ran a $15-billion deficit in 2018-19, for example, even after seeing a $3.1-billion surplus over the first 11 months of the year, due mainly to higher revenues.“Arguing about whether the deficit ought to be the subject of policy-based approval or alarm is regrettably irrelevant,” Speer wrote. “It presupposes that the government sincerely grappled with serious fiscal policy questions as part of the process.”Liberal Cabinet ministers have aimed a string of attacks at the Conservative leader in recent weeks, including a tweet by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale that showed a 2005 video of Scheer denouncing same-sex marriage, partly on the grounds that gay couples cannot undergo the “natural procreation of children,” according to his speech in the House of Commons.Goodale asked in the tweet whether Scheer “would still deny same-sex couples the right to marry,” even after Goodale himself voted in favour of a motion in 1999 stating that marriage should “remain the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others.”• Email: jsnyder@postmedia.com | Twitter: jesse_snyder read more

Retail sales fall 05 per cent in December as holiday shopping slowed

by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 22, 2017 6:51 am MDT Last Updated Feb 22, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – A weak holiday shopping season took a bite out of retail sales, which were softer than expected in December.Statistics Canada said Wednesday that retail sales fell 0.5 per cent in December as shops typically associated with the holiday season saw sales fall.Economists had expected no change in December compared with November, according to Thomson Reuters.December’s decline followed four consecutive monthly increases in Canadian retail sales.Benjamin Reitzes, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said part of the drop can be attributed to Canadians starting their holiday shopping earlier in the year.“Black Friday is definitely a cause,” he said referring to the Friday after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday in November when retailers have some of their biggest promotions of the year.Reitzes also noted that gift cards have grown in popularity “and those don’t show up until you actually use the gift card.”The Statistics Canada report followed a move by Hudson’s Bay Co. earlier this year to revise its 2016 financial year outlook downward, saying its sales during the holiday period did not improve enough.Sales were lower in nine of the 11 subsectors tracked as sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers fell 0.9 per cent.Excluding motor vehicle and parts dealers and gasoline stations, retail sales fell 1.4 per cent in December.Statistics Canada said clothing and clothing accessories stores fell 3.7 per cent, while general merchandise stores dropped 1.3 per cent. Electronics and appliance stores fell 2.3 per cent.Overall, retail sales in volume terms dropped 1.0 per cent.However, Reitzes was still positive for overall growth in the economy despite the lower than expected retail sales.“This likely isn’t part of a bigger negative trend that’s starting,” he said.“If we get more bad data then we’ll re-evaluate, but for not this kind of one negative data point, following a string of good numbers.” Retail sales fall 0.5 per cent in December as holiday shopping slowed read more

Drawing is back in fashion as British Museum offer pencils and paper

first_imgIn years gone by, she suggested, the skill of drawing had fallen out of fashion and considered secondary to “concept”, so famously associated with Marcel Duchamp  and his urinal “Fountain” and celebrated by the Young British Artists.Even curators are now getting in on the revival, with after-hours drawing classes for themselves.The Rodin drawing project was created by Melany Rose and Rebecca Penrose, who were in turn inspired by stories of the artist himself crediting sketching as the key to his sculpture.Rodin is known to have visited the museum in 1881, with evidences of his sketches on notepaper taken from the nearby Thackeray Hotel where he stayed.An activity pack, designed especially for families and provided free for visitors, includes a sketchbook, pencil, stencils, smudging cloth, rubber, activity sheet and artistic beret for inspiration. In 2016, the V&A found itself facing criticism after banning drawing at a major temporary exhibition due to “loan restrictions”.The British Museum will now ensure its examination of Rodin and the art of Ancient Greece sees objects given more space, allowing visitors to stand around them for longer to draw without impeding on others.It has previously taken steps to revive the art form, sending its most important drawings on a tour in 2016, after learning modern art students are “more likely to have a blog than a sketchbook”.Sarah Jaffray, who has been running a drawing project at the museum, said there had been a “huge surge” in art students wanting to study sketching, as a new generation rebelled against the last. Ms Penrose said the exhibition was designed with more space around the objects than usual, with the Parthenon sculptures placed on lower plinths to allow visitors to see their detail more clearly.Large windows will be left uncovered to allow the sculptures to be viewed in natural daylight, making it “an ideal exhibition for sketching”.“We hope that people who want to draw in the exhibition will feel empowered, especially as Rodin was himself so passionate about drawing,” she said.Sarah Jaffray, project officer for the Bridget Riley Art Foundation, said that when she started in 2014, drawing was “not a central part” of art students’ work.“We found a lot of resistance to the idea that drawing was something that was interesting still,” she said. “It’s the most basic form of art,” she said. “The hope is that once people start to do it, they see how expressive and complex it can be and appreciate what other artists have done.”Benedict Leigh, curator in the Middle East department, has created an after-hours drawing class for staff, to give them greater insight into their collection, with the Royal Drawing School coming in to run special courses.“The premise was that before photography, curators would have had to draw things for display. Drawing is a really important way of really looking and learning about the objects.“All museums are wanting to get people really looking at objects on display. From my perspective, I feel like you dwell on an object a lot more if you have a paper and pencil before you.“It’s something which is growing. You go into galleries and you see a lot more people drawing.”The exhibition, Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece, runs from April 26 to July 29. It was once the staple of every artist’s practice, before falling out of fashion at the hands of conceptual art, formaldehyde cows and unmade beds.But drawing is officially back, according to the British Museum, as it plans to offer pencils and sketchbooks at a major exhibition for the first time.Staff at the museum said they had noticed a significant increase in art students and members of the public wanting to draw in its galleries, despite the proliferation of mobile phone cameras.As such, they are to provide pencils, paper, rubbers and smudging clothes at its new blockbuster Rodin exhibition, inspired by the artist’s own visits to draw in its galleries in the late 19th century.Curators hope to encourage the visiting public to look more closely at its objects, swapping a quick photograph, often uploaded onto social media, with the time it takes to sketch by hand. 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. Rodin at the British Museum Rodin's notes and sketches on hotel notepaper Students working with the British Museum’s drawing collection Rodin’s notes and sketches on hotel notepaper Visitors sketching at the British Museum Visitors sketching at the British Museum Fountain by Marcel Duchamp at Tate ModernCredit:Alamy Students working with the British Museum's drawing collection Fountain by Marcel Duchamp at Tate Modern “It’s something that a lot of students do at sixth form and then they want to reject it when they get to university. But there’s something in the air: students are becoming more and more interested in drawing and its diversity as a medium.“There has been a huge surge of interest in drawing, in terms of artistic practice.There’s a greater interested in how they can bring drawing back into what they do.”Asked why attitudes had changed, she pointed to a generation of artists who had rejected traditional artistic training, including drawing, in favour of conceptual art.Now, she suggested, a new generation is rebelling with a return to the artistic process, adding: “There’s a desire to get back into making, to getting your hands dirty”. Rodin at the British Museumlast_img read more

National inspection plan for septic tanks published

first_imgwill be concentrated in areas where waste water discharges present a high risk to human health or the environment. Priority areas are based on levels of risk to sensitive water receptors, for example, drinking water sources, bathing waters, or pearl mussel beds.A grant scheme is to be set up to provide financial assistance to households whose septic tanks and other domestic wastewater treatment systems are said to require remediation following an inspection.The grant scheme will only apply to treatment systems which are the subject of an Advisory Notice issued by a water services authority following an inspection. Full details of the grants scheme will be set out in regulations later this year.Read: Ireland still paying €12k-a-day fine for septic tank compliance failure>Read: Hogan: 80% of liable households registered septic tanks by the deadline> THE NATIONAL INSPECTION plan for septic tanks has been published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).The move was welcomed by Environment Minister Phil Hogan, who said that it will “underpin the risk-based inspection of septic tanks and other on-site treatment systems”.He thanked all of the householders who have registered their domestic waste water treatment systems, describing those who supported the legislation as the “silent majority”.He said that the “reckless members of the Opposition” “have already cost liable households an additional €45 as a result of their campaign of non-registration”, and asked them to “cease their irresponsible behaviour so that those households do not run the additional risk of legal action”.The European Commission said today that Ireland has now adopted all the measures necessary to ensure compliance with the 2009 Court of Justice judgement on the issue, which was welcomed by the Minister and the EPA.RegistrationMore than 410,000 liable households – 82 per cent of septic tank owners – have registered their systems to date.The Minister said that householders whose systems are being maintained and are not causing pollution have “nothing to fear”.Inspections will be carried out by fully trained and experienced local authority officials who will carry identification. Inspections will be scheduled with households at least 10 days in advance and will commence from the middle of 2013.The national inspection plan can be viewed on the EPA website.The EPA said that inspection:last_img read more

NBA 2K17s career mode will feature Creed team Michael B Jordan Aaron

first_imgI have to level with you folks, I’m not into sports video games. Or rather, I’m not into realistic sports video games. I love me some NBA Jam and Mario Tennis, but if I don’t enjoy watching actual sports why would I enjoy playing games that closely mimic actual sports? That said, simulation sports games are wildly popular, and lots of them are pretty good! NBA 2K, in particular, is by far the best modern basketball series. Not content embarrassing EA every year with its superior gameplay and horrifying facial scans, NBA 2K has now begun expanding its narrative ambitions. Here are the latest exciting details on NBA 2K17’s story mode.MyCareer is NBA 2K17’s single-player story mode. Players create a character and play through the life and season of rising new NBA star. That already sounds elaborate enough for sports game campaign, but wait until you hear the talent contributing to the storyline itself.Michael B. Jordan, star of films like Fruitvale Station and the upcoming Black Panther, provides the voice and likeness of Justice Young. Not to be confused with that canceled DC cartoon, Justice Young is one of your character’s teammates and has “a bit of a chip on his shoulder, having been passed over and second-guessed for most of his basketball career,” according to Senior Producer Ben Bishop in this Facebook blog post. Meanwhile, Aaron Covington, who has already worked with Jordan by scripting the Rocky reboot Creed, is writing the script. Other famous names include Matt Walsh and comedian Hannibal Buress.This isn’t the first time 2K has flirted with higher artistic aspirations for its flagship basketball franchise. Last year the publisher famously hired acclaimed and controversial filmmaker Spike Lee to craft a bizarrely theatrical tale for NBA 2K16. Not to go too deep into spoilers, but ghosts were involved. That Spike Lee joint wasn’t entirely successful or even congruent with the rest of the game, but it was an intriguing experiment that at least got me exponentially more interested in a genre I typically ignore.This seems to be the new direction for big sports games. FIFA 17’s story mode, The Journey, looks to be similarly narrative-heavy with an almost Mass Effect-style emphasis on player choice. Passing balls around just isn’t enough deep anymore.NBA 2K17 drops September 20. No word yet on the accuracy of virtual Steph Curry. Hopefully, this time players can finally take on Devil Basketball King Michael Jordan, teased in last year’s cinematic intro.last_img read more

BT presenter cancels show after contestant collapse

first_imgBT Sports presenter Mark Pougatch announced the cancellation of the results of Friday night’s sports score after Glenn Hoddle collapsed.The former England footballer was one of the contestants but suffered a shock heart attack which led to him being rushed to the hospital.“Unfortunately, we’re not going to be able to bring you a programme this afternoon,” Pougatch said, according to the Daily Mail.“Earlier today, I’m sad to say, Glenn Hoddle was taken ill. He’s gone to hospital where he’s receiving the best possible care and attention. It goes without saying all of our thoughts, and I know all the best wishes of football fans around the world, are with Glenn and his family.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Before suffering the heart attack, one of the other contestants, Steve Sidwell posted a video of the match on Instagram on which he can be heard saying: “Look at this fella [Hoddle] here. You never lose it. You never lose it, Glenn.”Former Tottenham shot-stopper Ray Clemence urged Hoddle to ‘stay strong’ and Chris Waddle, another of Hoddle’s former teammate with England, said: “Get well soon, Glenn. Our thoughts are with you.”Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton also wrote on Twitter: “Thoughts and prayers for Glenn Hoddle and his family after he was taken ill today.”last_img read more

Energy savings bill fails amid election politics

first_imgIn a recent story distributed by the Tribune Content Agency, reporter Curtis Tate notes that building the Keystone XL pipeline would not be likely to affect proposals to haul Bakken crude oil by rail to West Coast seaports, including Vancouver. Tesoro and Savage Cos. have proposed a facility at the Port of Vancouver, where oil could be received by train, stored and shipped by water to refineries.“North Dakota is producing a million barrels a day, nearly three-quarters of which move by rail, and could produce 2 million barrels a day in a few years. At most, Keystone would move 100,000 barrels of Bakken crude a day, barely a dent in the production,” Tate wrote. “What’s more, it would reach only Gulf Coast refineries, not the ones on the East and West coasts, which have become increasingly reliant on unit trains.”He also noted that the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline from western Canada to the Gulf Coast would be completed long after energy, pipeline and rail companies made major investments in rail infrastructure, including loading and unloading terminals, tank cars, locomotives and track.WASHINGTON — A widely popular, bipartisan energy savings bill fell victim in the Senate on Monday to election-year politics and the Obama administration’s continued indecision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline.A procedural motion to end debate and bring the measure to a floor vote without amendments fell five votes short of the 60 votes needed for approval.last_img read more

SOS Childrens village celebrates founders 100th birthday

first_imgTirupati: SOS Children’s village at Nagampalli in Yerpedu mandal, 20 km from here celebrated its founder Dr Hermann Gmeiner’s 100th birthday on Sunday. The SOS Children’s village was established at Nagampalli in 2011 and is having 12 family homes each consisting of 8-10 children and a mother. Separate SOS Youth Home for boys under supervision of male staff was also set up at the village. Various events were held for the inmates in SOS village commemorating the Founder’s birthday. SOS Village Director KL George said that Austrian philanthropist Dr Hermann Gmeiner, seven decades ago, reformed the age-old-concept of `Family by blood’ and has been engaged in providing a loving home – with a family and a mother, to children without parental care. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us He said under the SOS Family strengthening programme, as many as 450 children from 286 women headed BPL families are getting support from SOS Village (Nagampalli). The programme, he said aims to enable families to move out of the vicious cycle of poverty towards greater dignity and self-reliance by ensuring education of children and income generating capacity development of mothers and vocational education support to rural youth.last_img

Kalyana and Shaadi cheques distributed

first_imgMedipally: Labour Minister Ch Malla Reddy distributed cheques to beneficiaries under Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubaarak schemes at MRO office here on Friday. Later, he paid tributes to soldiers on the occasion of 20th Kargil Vijay Diwas.He lauded Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for implementing several welfare schemes for the benefit of the poor and the needy. MRO Ahalya, Peerzadiguda Commissioner Vani, former ZPTC M Sanjeeva Reddy, local TRS leaders and activists were present.last_img