Rich Becoming Richer: 48 pc of India’s Wealth Held by High-net-worth Individuals

first_imgIndia has witnessed highest growth in wealth held by individuals, among top ten wealthiest nations in the world, according to AfrAsia Bank’s Global Wealth Migration Review.Wealth held by the country rose 25 per cent, from $6584 billion in 2016 to $ 8230 billion in 2017, higher than China, Australia and the US. By 2027, India’s wealth is expected to grow to $24,691 billion, a growth of 200 per cent—again the highest in the group.Read it at Related Itemslast_img

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Naidu urges Azad to push GST bill in Monsoon session

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 14 (PTI) Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today urged Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad to back the crucial GST bill in the Monsoon session of Parliament starting July 18.Sources said, in a telephonic conversation with Azad, the Information and Broadcasting Minister, who earlier held the charge of Parliamentary Affairs, sought Congress support for the passage of the GST bill.The government has also proposed holding talks with opposition Congress to iron out differences on the issue. A meeting of top Congress leaders like Azad and Anand Sharma with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the issue is likely to be held in a day or two.The Constitution amendment bill for roll-out of GST is pending in Rajya Sabha for a long time and the government is keen to see its passage. The Goods and Services Tax seeks to bring a uniform tax structure subsuming a number of imposts and the government claims that it will help add 1 to 2 per cent to the countrys GDP.Top Congress leaders had yesterday deliberted on the strategy for the session with party president Sonia Gandhi at her residence where GST was also discussed.Congress has been pressing for a GST cap of 18 per cent as part of the Constitutional Amendment bill with which the government is not in agreement.Insiders say the demand has become a sticking point, but Congress may relent and agree to a cap in the statute and not as part of the Constitution bill. PTI SKC AAR SK AARadvertisementlast_img read more

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Flipkart and Decathlon announce partnership

first_imgBengaluru, Oct 30 (PTI) Online retailer Flipkart and sports goods company Decathlon today announced a strategic partnership to bring the latters selection of sports equipment, fitness products, clothing, footwear and accessories to Indian shoppers. These products would be available at the same prices asin the physical stores, only on the Flipkart platform. “This is a milestone partnership where a sports retail giant like Decathlon has chosen Flipkart as its preferred partner to expand its reach to online Indian shoppers,” Flipkart Fashion HeadRishi Vasudev said in a statement here. “We areconfident that with this association will further cementFlipkarts dominance as the most-preferred online destinationfor every sports and fitness enthusiast,” he added. “The sports and fitness industry in India is estimated to be worth $1.8 billion, while the online penetration in the category is currently pegged at only 7 per cent. Flipkart, alreadybeing the market leader in the online sports and fitness wearand equipment category, has witnessed a 100 per cent YoY growth in thecategory,” Vasudev said. He further said “by now partnering with the worlds largest sporting goods company, we look forward to maintaining this growthmomentum and our stronghold in this category.” The partnership would also enable Decathlon to marketto Flipkarts wider 100 million+ customer base, including tier-2 cities and towns across India, the statement said. Covering product listings in over 120 productcategories (clothing, accessories, fitness equipment, sportsgoods, sports accessories, outdoor gear and much more) fromtop brands including Quechua, Domyos, Kipsta, Btwin and Kalenji, Flipkart would offer products across a broad pricerange, starting INR 99 to 20,000, with serviceability to10,000 plus PIN codes in India. “Over 30 sports lines are expected to go live by December this year,” it said. PTI BDN RA SSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Remark about dead son forced Jake Livermore to confront West Ham fan

first_imgWest Bromwich Albion’s Jake Livermore has shared with the officials at his club that a comment by a West Ham United fan on his little son, who died in 2014, triggered his altercation with the fan.The incident happened during West Ham’s 2-1 win over West Brom at the London Stadium on January 2.After being substituted by his manager, Livermore stormed into the crowd and appeared to be shoving a West Ham supporter.A day after the incident, as the investigations were launched, Livermore conceded taunts about his dead son led to his violent confrontation in the stands.Before any physical exchanges, Livermore was taken to the tunnel by West Brom’s assistant manager, John Carver and even the West Ham officials were quick to react.In April 2014, Livermore and his partner Danielle lost their son during birth. A depressed Livermore had even turned to cocaine amidst the sorrow. He even faced a two-year ban when he was tested positive for doping.West Ham, upon examining the available CCTV footage have identified the fan involved in the altercation and the fan may be banned if found guilty.According to reports, West Ham have been in touch with Livermore over the incident and believe his account and evidence will help them take an action.The English Football Association (FA) have not yet taken an action and both clubs were given time until Thursday to respond. West Brom have responded to FA with their observations of the incident and have also released a statement that supports Livermore’s claim.advertisementReports suggest that the FA make take a sympathetic view towards Livermore if his side of the story is proven to be true.last_img read more

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Safe Bet: Vegas Set to Bid to Host Numerous NCAA Events

first_imgNEW YORK — Las Vegas is going to take a chance on hosting major college sporting events.The city is set to bid on nearly a half dozen different NCAA championship events, including women’s basketball.The NCAA will start accepting bids Monday on nearly two dozen sports championships over all three divisions. This is the first year that Las Vegas is eligible to bid after the governing body for college sports indefinitely suspended a ban last year that prevented events from being hosted in states that accept wagers on single games.George Kliavkoff, who is MGM’s President of Entertainment and Sports, told The Associated Press last week that his group — in conjunction with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority — plan on bidding to host women’s basketball as well as at least five other sports. Those could include the Frozen Four, wrestling and women’s volleyball championships.“We’re looking for scaled opportunities. Sports that attract lots of fans and some places we can reconfigure the way the events are held to attract more fans,” he said.Kliavkoff thinks Las Vegas is positioned well for women’s basketball and its potential new regional format. The NCAA women’s basketball committee suggested earlier this month changing the format for the regionals starting in 2023 by having two cities host eight teams each in the Sweet 16 instead of having four sites.“Nevada is such a great place and Las Vegas is such an excellent place to hold a championship or regional,” Kliavkoff said. “We’re uniquely positioned since we have T-Mobile Arena, MGM Garden Arena and Mandalay Bays. We have three event centers. We have knowledge how to do this. There are dozens of hotels in town that have price points for every fan. We’re a city that’s easy to get to with direct non-stop flights from almost everywhere in the country.”Moving to a two-site format, the committee noted, would elevate and enhance the student-athlete experience, enhance broadcast coverage, create opportunity for growth of the sport and championship, build the brand of women’s basketball and expand programming targeting strategic plan initiatives that were announced in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Strategic Plan.“We’ll see how it falls out as bids come in,” NCAA vice president for women’s basketball Lynn Holzman said. “It’s new ground we’re treading. Moving from four to two sites for regionals.”While Holzman wouldn’t say whether Las Vegas has a leg-up on other cities, she is very familiar with basketball tournaments being played there. She was commissioner of the West Coast Conference, which has played its tournament in Las Vegas for the last decade.Las Vegas would have no problems hosting eight teams and their fans in the new format. It would make sense for the NCAA to look at having one site on the West Coast and one on the East Coast for the new format to help with television windows for their partner ESPN. MGM also operates the arena in Springfield, Massachusetts, so the company could bid for an East Coast site, as well.Mohegan Sun, which has hosted many college basketball events, as well as a WNBA team, has said it is considering bidding for the regional, too.With regionals available from 2023-26 and the Final Four in 2025 and 2026, Kliavkoff said that he expects Las Vegas to put in a series of bids for them and other NCAA events.“For the sports we’re interested in, we’ll try and get as many yeses as possible,” he said. “We’ll bid for multiple years. It probably will depend on the different sports we bid for. We think there are benefits to being a known place you come back every year.”The NCAA said it would help Las Vegas and other cities learn the details of putting in bids. The college governing body is hosting a NCAA Championship Hosting Symposium on Sept. 18. Women’s basketball future sites will be announced in October 2020.While the men’s basketball Final Four isn’t in this bid cycle, regionals are available from 2023-26. The men’s basketball committee visited Las Vegas earlier this year and toured the new Oakland Raiders football stadium that will be ready next year, as well as T-Mobile Arena. Las Vegas would be interested in hosting those regionals as well. Potentially they could host the men’s and women’s regionals in the same year.“Basketball is slowly realizing that Las Vegas is the second home for basketball in the United States,” Kliavkoff said. “We have the summer league, the G-league. We are in discussion on bringing more here. We have the Aces. We have more and more college tournaments. This is the home for lots of AAU tournaments, high school tournaments and 3-on-3 basketball. We think of this as one of the best basketball homes in the country and continue to build on that. We’ll put in bids for the years that are available. By definition, the men’s and women’s basketball will be overlapping a few years and we will be bidding on them.”With over 100,000 hotel rooms on the strip and the three venues, hosting both the men’s and women’s regionals wouldn’t be a problem.The College Football Playoff has two more championship game sites still to be chosen during the 12-year contract with ESPN that runs through the 2025 season. CFP operates outside the NCAA and is essentially run by the FBS conference commissioners. It is not obligated to follow NCAA rules.The new Las Vegas stadium could be a contender to host. The stadium will host a bowl game matching the Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference, starting with the 2020 season. The Pac-12 championship game is also moving to Las Vegas. The conference announced earlier this year it will play its title game in Las Vegas in 2021 and ’22.___By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball WriterAssociated Press College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo in New York contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Lingard relishing new Man Utd role

first_imgManchester United Lingard relishing new Man Utd role as he sets goal target Chris Burton 23:37 12/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jesse Lingard Ashley Young Manchester United West Brom Getty Manchester United Premier League The England international has been used in a more central role by Jose Mourinho at times this season, and he believes he can contribute in that post Jesse Lingard is relishing the opportunity to play more centrally for Manchester United as he looks to make an even greater contribution.The 25-year-old has often been deployed in a wide attacking role since making the breakthrough at Old Trafford.He has, however, been moved inside by Jose Mourinho at times this season, with the absence and loss of form from others opening the door to a No. 10 berth. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lingard has revelled in a position which allows him to make more of an impact, with what proved to be the match-winning effort in a 2-1 victory at West Brom taking him to seven goals for the season.“Obviously playing further forward you are going to get more goals and create chances also, so to play there with Romelu [Lukaku] means we are getting that understanding now and chipping in [with goals] together,” he told reporters.“I played there when I was younger and, when I got into the reserves, I played more on the left or the right for my development, but eventually moved inside again.“I think playing centrally you get on the ball a lot more and you can make things happen more and you can obviously play closer to the main striker and feed off him.“I’m hungry for more goals and any way I can help the team – assists, goals – and to win the game is the most important thing.”Jesse Lingard Manchester United WatfordLingard has helped United to 13 wins and 38 points this season, but they remain some way back on arch-rivals Manchester City in the Premier League title race and aware that they have no margin for error.“I think, any other season, we would be top with the points we have, so as long as we keep winning games that’s the most important thing and we will see where we are,” added the England international when pressed on whether Jose Mourinho’s side can bright an 11-point gap to the summit.“We will take each game as it comes, we’ll concentrate on the next game ahead and see where we are at the end of the season.“With the squad we have got we have to always believe in each game. Some games we will play bad and win the game and sometimes we will play good and lose the game so it’s one of those hazards of football.”United turn their attention to cup competition next time out, as they take on Bristol City in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, before rounding off the calendar year with Premier League games against Leicester, Burnley and Southampton. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Penn State 2-Sport Star PJ Mustipher Draws Serious Praise From James Franklin

first_imgPJ Mustipher reacts to a play during Penn State football vs. Wisconsin.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 10: PJ Mustipher #93 of the Penn State Nittany Lions reacts against the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half at Beaver Stadium on November 10, 2018 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)Two-sport athletes are not particularly common in the NCAA, but a few different players out there. Penn State defensive lineman PJ Mustipher is among them.Mustipher was a key contributor last season, appearing in 12 games for the Nittany Lions. He recorded 14 total tackles, including a tackle for loss and a forced fumble.He also plays for what may be Penn State’s most successful athletic program: Nittany Lions wrestling. He was a four-star defensive tackle, and a two-time Maryland state champion on the mat.Mustipher is expected to take on a bigger role on the gridiron this season. Franklin thinks his wrestling background should help him excel in the trenches, where strength, quickness, and leverage are everything.From PennLive:“His improvement from last season, that’s just dramatic, and it doesn’t surprise me because he’s a worker,’’ Franklin said when asked about Mustipher on Tuesday.“I love wrestlers. Obviously, being here at Penn State with our wrestling program, and (you) see what Cael (Sanderson) does, see how those guys work, how they compete.“I think it’s a really, really good sport for junior high and high school football players to play. The work ethic and the mentality are so good. And that’s kinda who (Mustipher’s) been. He’s a worker.’’Mustipher sees it as well, and is ready to take the next step in his football career this fall:“The game has slowed down for me compared to last year. I was just running wild. Coming out of high school, you don’t really have too much technique. You really don’t know the playbook as well as you should, so the game’s definitely slowed down a bit.“I’m playing faster, I’m stronger, I’ve got an extra year in the weight room. So I’m ready to take off.”PJ Mustipher and Penn State open their season at home against Idaho on August 31.[PennLive]last_img read more

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Swill: Coffee & Cigarettes Spiced Rum Tastes Just Like It Sounds

first_img The Best Rums for Mixing to Turn Any Night Into Island Night The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America Editors’ Recommendations Rum 101: An Introduction to the Different Types of Rum and How They’re Made Getting to Know Rhum Agricole, Rum’s Grassy Sibling Dictador 2 Masters Takes Luxury Rum to a New Level Swill is our bi-monthly column dedicated to liquor, wine, beer, and every other delicious dram that falls under the broader umbrella of booze. But it’s more than just tasting notes scribbled on a cocktail napkin — Swill is about getting outside of your comfort zone, trying new things, and exploring the big, wide world of libations. One week you might catch us halfway through a bottle of single-malt scotch, and the week after that we might be buzzing on some Ugandan moonshine made from bananas. This column is just one big boozy adventure, so grab yourself a glass and join us for another round.I’ve tried some seriously weird booze in my day — including plenty of stuff that’s brewed with coffee beans, and even a few drinks infused with tobacco flavor — but never before have I encountered a rum that’s intentionally designed to taste like coffee and cigarettes. So of course, when I came across a bottle of this stuff from Stolen Rum, I had to give it a try.What’s really interesting about it is that it’s a hybrid of two different styles of rum. You’ve probably tried both spiced rum and flavored rum before, but I highly doubt they were served in the same glass. Generally speaking, the two styles are kept separate, which is why Coffee & Cigarettes is so intriguing.To make the stuff, Stolen starts with its basic spiced rum, and ages it in ex-bourbon barrels for a minimum of two years. After that, it’s blended with natural spices and oils sourced from around the world, including Moroccan fenugreek, Madagascan vanilla, and Arabica coffee beans from Colombia. As a finishing touch, it’s then “passsed through the smoke of American Hardwood”.We’re not exactly sure how they do that last part, but the result is surprisingly tasty. The most dominant flavor is definitely coffee, but layered in alongside it you get all those wonderful vanilla and toffee flavors from the spiced rum, with a bold, smokey finish to round it all out. It’s definitely not for everyone, but if you tend to like smoke and coffee, you’ll probably love this stuff. Hell, I’m not particularly fond of coffee, cigarettes, or even spiced rum to be quite honest, but I found the mixture of all three to be highly enjoyable.And at the end of the day, if you give it a try and find it revolting, a partially-drank bottle of Stolen Coffee & Cigarettes Spiced Rum would probably make a great gift for the hipster in your life.last_img read more

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Rohit Ferro gets breather to push debt settlement with bankers

first_imgKolkata: Ferro alloy maker Rohit Ferro- Tech Ltd has got some breathing time following the NCLT’s rejection of an insolvency resolution petition and now expects to revive the debt settlement with the bankers. The Kolkata bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has rejected the State Bank of India’s petition seeking resolution under provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) for their debt exposure of Rs 1792.12 core in Rohit Ferro. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep SBI accounts for around 50 per cent of the total debt exposure of financial creditors in the company. “Among all the lenders, SBI had approached the NCLT for a resolution for their dues. The NCLT turned down their petition and it has given us some breather to revive the company,” Rohit Ferro managing director Ankit Patni told PTI. “Now, we are hopeful that bankers will come forward and revive the settlement plan we had already submitted with them,” he said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs Declining to divulge details of the settlement plan, Patni said it includes capital infusion from the promoters. A winding-up petition, pending in court, was filed by operational creditors and not financial creditors, Patni said. Out of four plants of Rohit Ferro, only two are operational now. The Bishnupur unit for stainless steel is operational and the one at Jajpur for ferro alloy is operational at a capacity of about 50 per cent. The company’s total installed capacity for ferro alloy is 2.74 lakh tonne and stainless steel of 1 lakh tonne. It reported Rs 278.58 crore loss for 2018-19 from a revenue of Rs 892.83 crore from operations. But, auditors in their note of 2018-19 results pointed out non-recognition of interest expenses provision and if the same is included, the loss would have been Rs 532 crore instead of Rs 278.58 crore as reported.last_img read more

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At UN Syria warns of blatant conspiracies from outsiders against its people

26 September 2011Syrian authorities will continue to undertake political, social and economic reforms but they will also act to protect citizens from “blatant conspiracies” aimed at sabotaging national security or inviting outside interventions, the country’s Foreign Minister told the United Nations today. Addressing the General Assembly’s annual general debate, Walid al-Moualem said the reform process is “a work in progress” in Syria, where large numbers of protesters have for months been calling for greater democracy and freedoms.He said many of the demands for reform have already been met, and they will continue through a process of national dialogue based on “national unity, sovereignty and independence.”He cited changes announced in June to liberalize the country’s media, guarantee political pluralism and reform the staging of parliamentary elections and the management of local government.Top UN officials have repeatedly expressed concern this year about the nature of the Government’s response to the largely peaceful protest movement, with at least 2,600 Syrians estimated to have been killed after military forces clashed with demonstrators.The UN Human Rights Council has ordered an inquiry into the violence after an earlier UN fact-finding mission outlined a litany of Government abuses, including murders, enforced disappearances and acts of torture.But Mr. al-Moualem said the overriding focus of authorities has been to deal with “the external pressures which were at times tantamount to blatant conspiracies.”He said that “popular demands and claims have been manipulated to further objectives which are alien to the interests and express desires of the Syrian people. These demands were the stepping stone used by armed groups to sow discord and sabotage our security. They became the new pretext for foreign interventions.“Syria exercised its responsibility to protect its citizens. It acted to guarantee their safety and stability. Vigilance against the danger of foreign intervention that assumes a different form with each passing day, and challenging it does not mean underestimating popular demands.”Mr. al-Moualem said there had been a “surge in the activities of armed groups” within Syria that was a “manifestation of foreign intervention,” and he criticized moves by the United States and the European Union to impose sanctions, saying they would hurt the daily needs of ordinary Syrians.Describing his country as a model of coexistence that has opted for secularism over religious or ethnic favouritism, the Foreign Minister said that the clear “purpose of this unjust anti-Syria campaign currently under way is to attack this model of coexistence that has been a source of pride to our people.“How we can otherwise explain media provocations, financing and arming religious extremism? What purpose could this serve other than total chaos that would dismember Syria – and consequently adversely affect its neighbours?” read more

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Solheim and Mangala hold talks in London

The participants at talks being held in the UK on Sri Lanka had yesterday strongly denied reports it had anything to do with the UN human rights report on Sri Lanka or on a political solution to the National issue.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran were among those in London to have talks with the Tamil diaspora, including the Global Tamil Forum (GTF). (Colombo Gazette) He said that there were others who had also taken part in the discussions and a statement was expected to be released on the talks later. The former Norwegian Minister also denied reports that he had facilitated talks between Samaraweera and the Tamil diaspora in London. Former Norwegian Peace envoy to Sri Lanka Erik Solheim had talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera in London yesterday.Solheim told the Colombo Gazette that the informal talks were aimed at sharing experiences on reconciliation related issues. read more

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First Nations given maximum compensation for Ottawas childwelfare discrimination

OTTAWA — A Friday ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal about Canada’s treatment of Indigenous children demands a full investigation of the federal Indigenous-affairs department, says child-welfare advocate Cindy Blackstock.The tribunal ruled the federal government had been “wilful and reckless” in discriminating against First Nations children living on reserves by chronically and knowingly underfunding child-welfare services.It ordered the federal government to pay $40,000 for every First Nations child who was inappropriately taken away from his or her parents after 2006. The same amount is to be paid to each of their parents. Children who were abused in foster care and those who had basic services, like medical care, denied to them are also each entitled to $40,000. That’s the maximum the tribunal can award.The Assembly of First Nations estimates about 54,000 children and their parents could be eligible for the money, meaning the total bill will likely exceed $2 billion.The tribunal has given the AFN, the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and the federal government until December to come up with a plan for determining who is eligible for the compensation and how it will be paid.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Blackstock, the executive director of the caring society and a member of the Gitxsan First Nation in British Columbia, said the tribunal’s findings make clear Canada didn’t learn from its apologies and compensation awarded for residential schools and the Sixties Scoop.She said if they had learned, this case wouldn’t have been necessary.“I want the whole department to be independently evaluated and all of the inequalities facing First Nations children to be costed out by the parliamentary budget officer,” she said.The compensation follows the tribunal’s 2016 finding of discrimination, saying Ottawa refused for years to provide the same amount of funding for child-welfare services on reserves as provincial governments provided for kids living off-reserve. The money available for kids was the same on and off reserve only when they were in foster care.The result: a mass removal of children from their families. Fewer than 10 per cent of the children in Canada are Indigenous but more than half the children in care are.In its 93-page order, the tribunal panel said the maximum compensation award is reserved for the worst cases of discrimination.“No amount of compensation can ever recover what you have lost, the scars that are left on your souls or the suffering that you have gone through as a result of racism, colonial practices and discrimination,” the panel wrote.When Blackstock first brought the case in 2007, Indigenous Affairs was a single department. In 2017 the Liberals divided it into two: the departments of Crown-Indigenous Relations and of Indigenous Services.She said it was a good day for kids but “also a wake-up call for Canadians.”“Treating kids fairly should not require a court order,” she said.Since its ruling in 2016, the tribunal has said 10 times that Ottawa failed to comply with orders to fix the funding discrepancies. In 2018, the Liberals finally committed to funding prevention services at the needed levels. Blackstock said while that has mostly happened, Ottawa refused to fund supports for those services, such as for buildings to house programs.Kevin Deagle, spokesman for Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan, said Friday the government is reviewing the tribunal’s compensation order. He said it touches on “important and complex issues” the Liberals take seriously.“We understand that systemic issues require systemic responses,” he said. “We’re dealing with a broken system and we need to fix it.”If the government wants to appeal, Blackstock said it has to file it Oct. 7, which would be two weeks before the federal election. She said Canadians should ask every candidate who comes to their doorsteps what their plan is to fix this long-standing discrimination against vulnerable children.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said he hopes the government does not appeal because doing so would be a slap in the face to the idea of reconciliation.“The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has put Canada on notice that it can’t continue this fundamental breach of human rights,” he said.NDP MP Charlie Angus, who represents a northern Ontario riding, called the tribunal’s findings “a damning indictment” of the policies of both Liberal and Conservative governments.“In the process they destroyed the lives of children,” he said. “I’m glad they’re finally having to pay for the damage they have done.” read more

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Timely elections political solutions to differences vital for Libya to move forward

Libya, which has been undergoing a democratic transition since the toppling in 2011 of former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi, has recently witnessed political tensions as well as major security developments, particularly in the eastern part of the country.Against this backdrop, the North African nation is preparing, with UN technical support, for the election on 25 June of the 200-member Council of Representatives that will succeed the General National Congress. “The Secretary-General continues to follow closely the situation in Libya and stresses the importance of the peaceful and timely holding of elections on 25 June,” his spokesperson said in a statement. Mr. Ban also reaffirmed the important role of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) in providing technical assistance in support of building and reforming State institutions, and commended its work in the areas of good offices and facilitation of dialogue, which it carries out with impartiality and openness to all national parties concerned. “He encourages all Libyans to remain engaged in the search for political solutions that would respond to the legitimate aspirations of the Libyan people,” the spokesperson added.UNSMIL, for its part, today stressed the importance of holding a national dialogue meeting irrespective of differences and divisions seen among representatives of the Libyan political parties. “The Mission understands some of the concerns and emphasizes respect for different opinions but continues to urge all parties to work together to ensure a suitable political, and security environment to conduct the upcoming elections,” it stated in a news release, adding that it has postponed the dialogue meeting scheduled for 18 and 19 June. read more

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Man admits killing wife and her mother after secret Afghan family is

The family of a woman who was murdered by her ex-husband while on the phone to the police have accused the authorities of letting her down.Raneem Oudeh was stabbed to death alongside her mother, Khaola Saleem, just weeks after she left husband, Janbaz Tarin, when she discovered he had a secret family in Afghanistan.But her devastated family have said the police should have done more to protect her after it emerged that she spoke to officers three times in the days before she was killed to express concern for her safety.As Tarin, 21, admitted the two murders at Birmingham Crown Court, detectives described how he had “hunted down” his Islamic wife when she ended their relationship.Sentencing him to life in prison with a minimum term of 32-years, the judge, Mrs Justice Sue Carr said his crimes had devastated an entire family.Ms Oudeh, who met Tarin when they were students at the local college, was on the phone to police when she was attacked outside her mother’s home in Solihull in the early hours of August Bank Holiday last year.When Mrs Saleem attempted to save her daughter from the onslaught, she too was fatally stabbed by Tarin – who fled the scene before going on the run for three days. “We do feel that and we feel there’s a lot of women out there as well probably going through the same thing, who agree with us.”After the attack, Tarin fled in his white van and remained on the run for three days until a member of the public spotted him and tipped off police.Mrs Norris said: “That last call, the police were on the phone so they knew she was getting harmed but we couldn’t believe they couldn’t locate him straight away.”Because they knew about it there and then so that was one of the things that made us feel more unhappy, more sad, more let down by the authorities.”Mrs Norris added: “Her mum has been here for 16 years, and because of the war in Syria, Raneem came to reunite with her family, and they were very happy.”She was very happy to be there, be with her mum, start a new life, away from it all.” Police were dispatched for a second time in the early hours of Monday morning after Miss Oudeh rang them to say Mr Tarin had confronted her at her mother’s address.Tragically they arrived too late and both women were found suffering from fatal stab wounds.Defending the force’s actions at the time, Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Payne said: “Unfortunately we can’t always be everywhere and on the night in question we did our absolute best, but we weren’t able to get there in time to prevent a double murder.”The Independent Office of Police Conduct is investigating the circumstances surrounding the police response to the murders, after a self-referral by West Midlands Police. Mohamed Saleem (second right) husband and step-father to the victims, arrives at Birmingham Crown Court  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. Miss Oudeh, who was originally from Syria, had made a series of phone calls to police on the day before the murder to report Tarin over allegations of domestic abuse.Officers responded to the first call but were unable to locate her and when she made a series of follow up calls officers did not attend in person. The head of West Midlands Police’s CID described the crime as “one of the most brutal and heart-rending” he had seen in 150 homicides. Janbaz Tarin pleaded guiltyCredit:West Midlands Police/PA   Janbaz Tarin, Mohamed Saleem (second right) husband and step-father to the victims, arrives at Birmingham Crown Court Credit:Aaron Chown /PA Tarin began “harassing” Ms Oudeh to marry him shortly after meeting her, later telling her: “when I saw you, I said this is mine”.But after their Islamic marriage, Tarin turned violent, threatening to kill her if she ever left him.Her aunt, Nour Norris, said: “Unfortunately she only told us that at the end because she knew, she couldn’t cope with him anymore with all the violence he was giving her and she knew that the police and authority and everybody wasn’t really helping her so she felt like she could say those things.”One day she said to me, Auntie, I feel my life’s going to end. I said ‘don’t say that’. That was few weeks before she was murdered.”Ms Oudeh eventually left Tarin after discovering that he had another wife and family in his native Afghanistan.Two weeks before the murder she got an injunction against him and told police about the threats he had made towards her.Mrs Norris said: “They felt very strong after they had the court order, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to save their lives.”Asked if she believed the police and authorities had failed to do enough that night to stop Tarin, and in the months beforehand to protect the victim, Mrs Norris replied: “Yes we do.” read more

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Power supply to be restored to poor

first_imgThe government will seek to restore the electricity supply to poor households that have had their power cut after failing to pay their bills and will ensure that the Public Power Corporation (PPC) does not cut the electricity of others struggling to pay their bills.After talks with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Environment Minister Yiannis Maniatis said he he would ask municipal authorities to provide PPC with lists of poor families, noting that the authorities would then decide on a case-by-case basis which households are genuinely unable to pay their electricity bills and ensure they have power.“We will not allow any of our fellow citizens to die of cold,” Maniatis said.The government’s initiative came after a fire broke out in an apartment in the Kordelio suburb of Thessaloniki as the tenants, whose power supply was cut off in May 2012, had left candles unattended.PPC issued a statement saying that the power board had not made the decision to cut the electricity but had been asked to do so by the owner of the apartment who had complained that the tenants were not paying their bills.The fire, which led to two family members being hospitalized with respiratory problems, came less than a week after a 13-year-old Serbian girl died of carbon monoxide poisoning after her mother used a brazier to heat their apartment, in another part of Thessaloniki, which had also had its electricity supply switched off.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Sonic the Hedgehog director promises changes after the internet went insane

first_img Share your voice What will those changes be? Tough to tell. Some artists have come up with their own designs, but the truth is we have no idea at this point.It all seems extremely last minute, and many have commented that making core changes to your main character, when the movie is due in November is going to put a lot of pressure on the folks working on the movie’s CGI. 4 Sonic Movie to be the first videogame movie to faithfully adapt the industry’s horrifying crunch problem https://t.co/xzRqpVY8Hc— ✨ Hamish Ridley-Steele ✨ (@hamishsteele) May 2, 2019 Fans have been criticising the Sonic design since the original poster was leaked last year, so it seems strange that they’ve waited until now to make changes. Also worthy of note: Adult human beings losing their mind on social media because the design of the main character in a movie aimed at children doesn’t meet their nostalgic needs. Completely normal and not strange at all. We deliberately chose a screenshot that doesn’t show his teeth. You’re welcome. Sonic The Hedgehog Twitter/Screenshot by CNET The first trailer for the Sonic the Hedgehog live action movie dropped this week and the reaction was… mixed.Mixed? That might be underselling it. Try “deranged”, “insane”, “tinged with hysteria”. Some people were mad that it wasn’t the Sonic they remembered. Others were angry he had large, well-defined calfs. Mostly people were freaked out about his teeth.Regardless, the reaction wasn’t positive.Director Jeff Fowler has heard the criticism and now, pretty late in the game, he’s promised changes. Worst geek movies of the decade Comments 51 Photos TV and Movies Gaming I want to see the documentary about what the animation and art team on the Sonic the Hedgehog movie has gone through.— Mikey Neumann (@mikeyface) May 2, 2019 Tags Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast 🔧✌️— Jeff Fowler (@fowltown) May 2, 2019last_img read more

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First danger warning issued at Prakasam Barrage

First danger warning issued at Prakasam Barrage

first_imgVijayawada: The officials have issued first danger warning at Prakasam Barrage in the early hours on Wednesday. The inflow into the barrage is 4,52,000 cusecs and outflow is 4,28,000 cusecs. With the heavy inflows, all 70 gates have been lifted to a height of 3 feet and releasing the floodwater out. As a precautionary measure, an alert has been given in low-lying delta Lanka villages along the Krishna river downstream.last_img

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Bengaluru bound IndiGo flight returns to airport due to crack in windshield

Bengaluru bound IndiGo flight returns to airport due to crack in windshield

first_imgKolkata: An IndiGo flight bound for Bengaluru was forced to return back to the city airport soon after take off, due to a windshield crack on Sunday morning.The aircraft was carrying 178 passengers, all of whom were safe, confirmed an official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at Kolkata.According to a spokesperson of the AAI, the flight IndiGo 6E345, headed for Bengaluru, took off from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport at around 10:15 am. However, at 10:34 am, it returned to Kolkata Airport after a crack was witnessed on the windshield.According to sources, Indigo claimed that following severe weather conditions at Kolkata on Sunday morning, the aircraft suffered a minor damage on the outer surface of windshield. The pilot decided to return back following the normal operating procedure. The passengers were accommodated in another Indigo flight.”The damaged windshield is undergoing replacement,” a source in the city airport said.last_img read more

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Colin NFLs roughing the passer rule is good for the game

Colin NFLs roughing the passer rule is good for the game

first_imgNFL fans and media are in an uproar over the new roughing the passer rule that prohibits defensive players from driving QB’s to the ground and landing on them with their full body weight. Yesterday, Clay Matthews was flagged for the second time in two weeks with a borderline roughing call, only adding to the outrage. Colin disagrees with those railing against the rule.Today in The Herd, he said that the NFL taking additional steps to protect quarterbacks is good for the overall product, even if it means some questionable flags because there’s nothing worse for the game than losing star quarterbacks to injury and being forced to watch a sub par back up replacement.Defensive players might not like the rule, but ultimately they aren’t why most people tune in to watch the game. Matthews knows from experience after watching his own team’s playoff aspirations go up in smoke, after Aaron Rodgers was lost for most of last season and replaced with backup Brett Hundley.No one wants to watch Brett Hundley, they want to watch Rodgers. Anything the NFL can do to prevent that from happening is the right move.last_img read more

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