Amid reports of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena reaching a consensus over seat sharing in the coming Lok Sabha elections, the Sena has said that no such agreement has been reached. “Uddhavji’s first public rally will be announced within two days and he will be speaking on the issue of an alliance there. Till then, no news about any alliance should be trusted,” said a senior Sena leader. He said that nobody other than Mr. Thackeray is allowed to speak on the issue.A senior BJP minister in the State government claimed that the real issue between two parties is no longer about the number of seats. “After the way in which the Sena has attacked the BJP, it is necessary to find a valid reason to join hands again. Until that is found, there will be no alliance as it will send wrong signals to the cadre,” he said. At present, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is patching things up between BJP president Amit Shah and Mr. Thackeray and later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be seen sharing the stage with the Sena chief, the minister said. “Seat sharing formula is not really the major concern. How to make voters accept the BJP and Sena on the same platform again, is one concern that we are working on,” he said. The Sena, on the other hand, has begun preparations for the polls and is also holding party workers’ programmes in the seats presently held by the BJP. Last week, the Sena held one such programme in Vile Parle, which falls in the Mumbai north west constituency, held presently by the BJP’s Poonam Mahajan. Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray too is on a drought tour in the interiors of Maharashtra. Mr. Uddhav Thackeray is likely to address a rally at Pachora in Jalgaon on Friday.
Even though the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was depending on the Interpol to know the whereabouts about Nirav Modi after revoking his passport, the fugitive billionaire jeweller kept travelling fearlessly on the same passport from one country to another. When the reports of his movement came to light, the CBI swiftly shifted blame to the member countries of Interpol for not informing them about Nirav Modi’s whereabouts, who is now believed to be in Brussels, Belgium.Read it at DNA Related Items
Both teams played defense for long stretches and contested many shots, with LeBron’s group even picking up full-court late in the first half. Team LeBron also rallied from a double-digit deficit in the final minutes, tying it at 144-144 on James’ 3-pointer with 1:31 to play.LA native DeMar DeRozan hit one free throw to put Team Steph ahead, but LeBron claimed the lead with his layup after some sharp passing by his teammates. DeRozan then made a turnover on an attempted pass to Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Russell Westbrook broke out for a layup with 10.7 seconds left.Team Steph had one last chance, but even the usually unguardable Curry couldn’t find enough space to launch a 3 between his fellow captain and Durant, his Golden State teammate. Curry finished with 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting.“We got stops when we needed to,” Westbrook said.Indeed.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the first time in the 67 editions of the All-Star Game, the league abandoned the traditional East-West format used since 1951 and allowed team captains James and Stephen Curry to choose their own rosters.That twist turned a sometimes staid event into the world’s richest pickup game, and the intrigue was reflected on the Staples Center court, where a real basketball game broke out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLeBron’s team even won an All-Star game with defense: On the final possession, James and Kevin Durant blanketed Curry, preventing the 3-point-shooting superstar from getting off a potential tying shot.“I think myself and Stephen took it upon ourselves when we took on this format that we had to change the way this game was played,” said James, who also had 10 rebounds and eight assists. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum THE ABSENTLeBron lost four of his original selections to injuries, including Cleveland teammate Kevin Love, Kristaps Porzingis and John Wall. Anthony Davis represented his fellow New Orleans All-Star, DeMarcus Cousins, by wearing Cousins’ No. 0 jersey to start the game.HOLLYWOOD HOME GAMEThe All-Star weekend was held in Hollywood for a record sixth time. A partial list of celebrities attending the game: Jack Nicholson, Beyonce, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Chadwick Boseman, Chance the Rapper, Jimmy Kimmel, Michael B. Jordan, Chris Rock, Ludacris, Common, Spike Lee, Andy Garcia, Dave Chappelle, DJ Khaled, Tracy Morgan, Sean Combs, Odell Beckham Jr. and pregame host Kevin Hart, who lobbed roast-style jokes at the All-Stars with mostly blah results. After a much-criticized pregame national anthem from Fergie, N.E.R.D and Migos performed an energizing halftime show.MANY MISSESThe All-Stars’ 3-point accuracy was hardly world-class, with Artesia High School’s Harden going 2 for 13 and Leuzinger High’s Westbrook going 1 for 6. Team Steph was a combined 17 for 65 beyond the arc, including 3-for-11 for Curry.UP NEXTThe 68th NBA All-Star Game will be in Charlotte on Feb. 17, 2019. North Carolina was scheduled to host the 2017 All-Star Game, but lost it in July 2016 because of the state legislature’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which is considered by many to be discriminatory. Hornets owner Michael Jordan got a standing ovation when he appeared at center court alongside Lakers owner Jeanie Buss and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer to reveal the logo for next year’s game. Hollywood turns out for NBA All-Star Game in LA MOST READ LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The All-Stars’ shooting percentages and final scores were way down from recent seasons, reflecting the effort on the floor. The relaxed All-Star vibe was still at Staples, however: Curry chowed down on a box of popcorn on the bench during the third quarter, and the stars made time and room for plenty of good-looking dunks and alley-oops.Each member of the winning team made a cool $100,000, a distinct raise from previous seasons in another attempt to make things more interesting.The All-Star draft led to interesting dynamics on court.Curry chose his Golden State teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, but the trio had to play against Durant. James also chose Oklahoma City duo Westbrook and Paul George to play along with Kyrie Irving, who forced a trade away from James in Cleveland just last summer.Irving and James had no obvious friction, even laughing and joking on the bench. Neither did Durant and Westbrook, who broke up in 2016 when Durant left Oklahoma City for Golden State.TIP-INSTEAM STEPHEN: DeRozan and Damian Lillard led with 21 points apiece. … Jimmy Butler didn’t play after being selected for the fourth time. … First-time All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns was outstanding. The Minnesota forward with 17 points and 10 reobunds.TEAM LEBRON: Durant scored 19 points and George added 16. … Three first-time All-Stars suited up. Washington’s Bradley Beal scored 14 points, Miami’s Goran Dragic had two and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo got seven.LA LOVEThe All-Star Game featured no Lakers or Clippers, who share Staples Center during the regular season. But several All-Stars have Los Angeles roots, including area natives Paul George, Russell Westbrook, DeMar DeRozan, James Harden and Klay Thompson. George and James are coveted as offseason signings by Lakers fans, but there was no reprise of the “We want Paul!” chants for the Palmdale native after Saturday’s All-Star practice. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next LeBron James sinks a basket during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, February 18, 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BeckLOS ANGELES — LeBron James picked a winner in the NBA All-Star Game.James scored 29 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 34.5 seconds to play, winning his third All-Star Game MVP award while his hand-picked team rallied to win an uncommonly entertaining showcase, beating Team Stephen 148-145 Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGenerika-Ayala salvaged third place honors on Saturday night after crushing an uninspired Cignal HD, 25-12, 30-28, 25-13, in the Philippine Superliga at SM Mall of Asia Arena.It was a remarkable finish for the Lifesavers, who the past few years were in the doldrums but very quickly turned things around when they started beating top teams on their way to the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Without a legitimate superstar to build on, Generika-Ayala took everyone’s attention when it defeated title contender F2 Logistics in the preliminary and then ranked third entering the quarterfinals.“Everything is because of our determination to win,” said Generika top spiker Patty Orendain, who led her team with 16 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefShe got enough help from fellow low-key teammates Angeli Araneta, Ria Meneses, Mika Lopez and Fiola Ceballos.Generika coach Sherwin Meneses lauded the players’ willingness to play their respective roles. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Doroy stays in top 10 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “We are very happy, all of us, this is our best Christmas,” said Orendain in Filipino. “Our coach said together we can accomplish things as long as we have teamwork.”The Lifesavers totally dominated the match except for the brief juncture in the second set where they yielded three set points. They out-attacked the HD Spikers, 40-32 and stymied the opposition’s offense with 11 kill blocks compared to three by Cignal.Cignal came out cold in the opening set and after putting up a fight in the second frame, also went out with the same lethargy, giving away a total of 25 points off errors.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments
The Indian Premier League (IPL) revealed actual salaries of retained players of different franchises. Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli tops the list with Rs 15 crore for the ninth edition of the league.Followed by Kohli are his India team-mates Shikhar Dhawan (Sunrisers Hyderabad) and MS Dhoni who recently became part of new Pune franchise. Both players draw Rs 12.5 crore salary each. While Rohit Sharma (MI) and Gautam Gambhir (KKR) draw Rs 10 crore in a season.Complete list of actual salaries of retained players:David Miller (KXIP) Purse deduction – Rs 125,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 50,000,000.00Manan Vora India (KXIP)Purse deduction – Rs 40,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 3,500,000.00Gautam Gambhir (KKR) Purse deduction – Rs 125,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 100,000,000.00Sunil Narine (KKR) Purse deduction – Rs 95,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 80,000,000.00Rohit Sharma (MI)Purse deduction – Rs 125,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 115,000,002.00Keiron Pollard (MI) Purse deduction – Rs 95,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 97,000,000.00Lasith Malinga (MI) Purse deduction – Rs 75,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 81,000,000.00Harbhajan Singh (MI) Purse deduction – Rs 55,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 80,000,000.00Ambati Rayudu (MI) Purse deduction – Rs 40,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 60,000,000.00Virat Kohli (RCB) Purse deduction – Rs 125,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 150,000,000.00AB deVillers (RCB)Purse deduction – Rs 95,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 95,000,000.00Chris Gayle (RCB)Purse deduction – Rs 75,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 84,000,000.00Shikhar Dhawan (SRH) Purse deduction – Rs 125,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 125,000,000.00MS Dhoni (Team Pune) Purse deduction – Rs 125,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 125,000,000.00Ajinkya Rahane (Team Pune)Purse deduction – Rs 95,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 80,000,000.00advertisementR Ashwin (Team Pune)Purse deduction – Rs 75,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 75,000,000.00Steven Smith (Team Pune)Purse deduction – Rs 55,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 40,000,000.00Faf du Plessis (Team Pune)Purse deduction – Rs 40,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 47,500,000.00Suresh Raina (Team Rajkot) Purse deduction – Rs 125,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 95,000,000.00Ravindra Jadeja (Team Rajkot)Purse deduction – Rs 95,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 55,000,000.00Brendon McCullum (Team Rajkot)Purse deduction – Rs 75,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 32,500,000.00James Faulkner (Team Rajkot)Purse deduction – Rs 55,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 51,000,000.00Dwayne Bravo (Team Rajkot)Purse deduction – Rs 40,000,000.00Actual salary – Rs 40,000,000.00
Bajaj Auto has introduced the 2019 Dominar 400 in the Indian market. The sports tourer has been priced at Rs 1,73,870 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Ever since its launch in the country in 2017, Bajaj Dominar 400 has won over many bike-enthusiasts with its power and style.The updated 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 has been launched with several enhancements as well as a more powerful engine. Below, I give every important detail you need to know about the 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400.Engine– Type – Single cylinder, 4 stroke, DOHC, 4 valve, liquid cooled, Triple Spark, FI– Displacement – 373.27 cc– Max power – 40 PS @ 8,650 rpm– Max torque – 35 Nm @ 7,000 rpm– Clutch – Slipper– Gearbox – 6 speed– Top speed – 156 kmphChassis and suspension– Frame – Beam type perimeter frame– Front – Telescopic, 43 mm USD fork, 135 mm travel– Rear – Multi-step adjustable mono shock with nitrox, wheel stroke of 110 mmBrakes– Front – ABS, 320 mm dia disc– Rear – ABS, 230 mm dia discTyres– Front – 110/70-R17″ tubeless– Rear 150/60-R17″ tubelessFuel tank– Total – 13 litresElectricals– System – 12V, 8Ah VRLA– Headlamp – Full LED with AHO (auto headlamp on), 10 unitsDimensions– Length – 2,156 mm– Width – 836 mm– Height – 1,112 mm– Ground clearance – 157 mm– Wheelbase – 1,453 mm– Kerb weight – 184 kgColours– Aurora Green– Vine BlackFeatures– New mirror design with cast aluminium stalks– Twin barrel exhaust– New tail lamp internals with the light guide– Forged steel side stand– Bungee straps tucked under the seat– Spacecraft inspired tank pad decals– Redesigned secondary display showing time, gear position and trip informationadvertisementALSO READ | Harley-Davidson India announces paid internship programme to celebrate 10th anniversaryALSO READ | Jawa, The Forever Bike: Here is a coffee table book worth havingALSO READ | Volvo Cars India registers 25% sales growth to 2,687 units in Financial Year 2018-19
Murali Vijay to play for Somerset in final 3 County Championship matchesMurali Vijay had featured in three Specsavers County Championship matches for Essex last season, scoring over 320 runs at an average of 64.60advertisement Press Trust of India LondonAugust 25, 2019UPDATED: August 25, 2019 23:25 IST AP PhotoOut of favour India batsman Murali Vijay will play for English side Somerset in the final three Specsavers County Championship matches of the season, the club announced on Monday.”Somerset County Cricket Club are pleased to be able to announce that Murali Vijay will be joining the Club as our overseas player for the final three Specsavers County Championship matches of the season,” the club said on its website.Vijay replaced Azhar Ali who was recalled by Pakistan earlier this month.The 35-year-old Indian has played 61 Tests, scoring 3982 runs at an average of 38.28 with a top score of 167. His First Class career encompasses 131 matches in which he has scored 9116 runs at an average of 42.79 with a top score of 266.He featured in three Specsavers County Championship matches for Essex last season, scoring over 320 runs at an average of 64.60.After signing for the Club, Vijay said: “I am excited about the challenge of trying to help Somerset push for the County Championship. Somerset have an excellent reputation and I am looking forward to being a part of what they are trying to achieve.”Somerset CCC Director of Cricket Andy Hurry said: “We are delighted to have been able to secure the services of such a high-quality player for the remainder of the County Championship. To have signed a player of his class and ability at this stage of the season is a real coup.”He has experience of English conditions, having played in the Championship for Essex last year, and that was extremely important to us when it came to selecting a replacement for Azhar.advertisementFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Murali VijayFollow SomersetFollow County Championship Next
Hong Kong: Hong Kong’s leader signalled Monday that her government will go ahead with proposed amendments to its extradition laws despite a massive protest against them that underscored fears about China’s broadening footprint in the semi-autonomous territory. Chief Executive Carrie Lam told reporters the legislation is important and will help Hong Kong uphold justice and fulfill its international obligations. Safeguards added in May will ensure that the legislation protects human rights, she said. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ In what appeared to be Hong Kong’s largest protest in more than a decade, hundreds of thousands of people marched through central Hong Kong on Sunday, three days before the Legislative Council is slated to take up the bill. Hong Kong was guaranteed the right to retain its own social, legal and political systems for 50 years under an agreement reached before its 1997 return to China from British rule. But China’s ruling Communist Party has been seen as increasingly reneging on that agreement by pushing through unpopular legal changes. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China The extradition bill amendments would allow Hong Kong to send people to mainland China to face charges, spurring criticism that defendants in the Chinese judicial system won’t have the same rights as they would in Hong Kong. Opponents contend the proposed legislation could make Hong Kong residents vulnerable to vague national security charges and unfair trials. Lam said Sunday’s protest shows Hong Kong’s enduring commitment to its people’s freedoms. She denied that she is taking orders from the central government in China’s capital. “I have not received any instruction or mandate from Beijing to do this bill,” she said. “We were doing it and we are still doing it out of our clear conscience, and our commitment to Hong Kong.” Hong Kong currently limits extraditions to jurisdictions with which it has existing agreements or to others on an individual basis under a law passed before 1997. China was excluded because of concerns over its poor record on legal independence and human rights. Lam was elected in 2017 by a committee of mostly pro-Beijing Hong Kong elites. Critics have accused her of ignoring widespread opposition to the extradition law amendments. She said Monday that the bill seeks to prevent Hong Kong from becoming a haven for fugitives and is not focused on mainland China. Western democracies have accused Hong Kong of failing to address issues such as money laundering and terrorist financing, Lam said. Sunday’s demonstration was mostly peaceful, though there were some late-night clashes between some remaining protesters and police. Three officers and one journalist were injured, according to Hong Kong media reports.
New Delhi: Taapsee Pannu has a message for the critics of the first poster of Mission Mangal which courted controversy for giving Akshay Kumar a bigger display than his women colleagues: star value is a “brutal truth” that must be accepted. Taapsee said instead of questioning the poster, people need to be the change they want to see. The actor plays Kritika Aggarwal, one of the female scientists spearheading India’s mission to send a spacecraft to orbit Mars in the film, slated to be released on Independence Day. Akshay plays Rakesh Dhawan, a scientist, who is in-charge of the mission. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”The problem is not from this end (the film). The people who are not happy about it, they need to do something because there’s a reason behind it… “The star value is such… That’s a brutal truth that we need to accept and then think that there is no point questioning it. Be the reason to change this truth,” said Taapsee. Mission Mangal is based on real-life scientists, who contributed to India’s first interplanetary expedition, Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), launched by Indian Research Space Organisation (ISRO) in 2013. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod KhannaThe 31-year-old actor said the film would have managed a good run at the box office even if the five female cast members – Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menon and her – were not a part of the movie. “Had we, the five women actors, not been a part of this film, there would have been some impact on the collections but not that much as the content of the movie would have remained as strong as it is now. There’s already a big superstar in the film,” she said referring to Akshay. “We 5 being a part of it just makes it go higher. But box office wouldn’t have dropped even if we were not in the film. Pick up any of our films, add them and compare the collection of the opening day of all those films with an Akshay movie…” she added.
CALGARY – Jessica Littlewood was returning to her downtown hotel room after a night out with friends during the Calgary Stampede when she had an unsettling encounter.It was 1:30 a.m. and the NDP member of the legislature was riding alone in the elevator with two men who seemed drunk. As the pair were about to exit the elevator, one asked Littlewood to go back to their room and give them oral sex.Littlewood wondered if anyone would be awake to hear if she were attacked, or how quickly she could access her phone.“It was just an offhand remark, but I didn’t know if I was going to get back to my hotel room in one piece,” she said in an interview. “They saw me as easy pickings.”The men left, and Littlewood got back to her room safely. She tweeted about the incident on Tuesday to highlight an all-too-common reality for many women: “Sexual violence is real. Please help us fix this.”Years before #MeToo, a group of Calgarians launched a social media campaign of their own to tackle some of the less savoury aspects of Stampede, an annual celebration of cowboy culture that for 10 days every July seizes the city with a party atmosphere.Office workers trade suits for bolo ties, checkered shirts and jeans. Bars and patios are packed and there are corporate shindigs aplenty.“We started talking about the not-so-great parts of Stampede, where for years and years the culture of sexual harassment and ‘anything goes sexually’ was rampant and no one was really talking about it,” said Pam Krause, CEO of the Centre for Sexuality.The group started the #SafeStampede campaign on Twitter in 2015. It has since expanded to training Stampede staff, including those who work at the rollicking Nashville North music venue on the festival grounds, on how to respond to any untoward behaviour they witness.“As #MeToo came along, I thought we started something really small along same lines locally a few years ago,” said Krause, referring to the social media movement that has inspired women to speak out against the sexual misdeeds of some of the most powerful men in Hollywood, politics and the media.Krause said she was pleasantly surprised by how enthusiastically Stampede officials embraced the #SafeStampede campaign.In reiterating the Stampede’s support for the initiative, CEO Warren Connell said in a release last week: “We believe putting on a cowboy hat is an opportunity to elevate behaviour and I would encourage all citizens to be active bystanders — if you see something, say something.”Krause said she’s also noticed a big difference in Stampede-week marketing this year, such as fewer scantily clad women on billboards and more of a focus on family friendly fun.“The awareness that #MeToo has made is huge. The spotlight is shining. I think it has made people think about their actions.”Debby Carreau, CEO of Inspired HR, said in the #MeToo era, Calgary employers need to take special care during Stampede.“It’s a great opportunity for people to get to know each other, to build new connections, to have some fun and blow off some steam with coworkers,” she said.But employers need to have firm sexual misconduct policies, train employees on the rules, communicate in advance what the expectations are in social settings and encourage moderation while celebrating.When alcohol is involved, work and fun can get mixed up, said Carreau.“Most often when we see challenges happen, it’s really the lines getting blurred between the two and people not clearly understanding what the expectations are around appropriate behaviour when it’s work or quasi-work related.”
APTN National NewsTonight on APTN National News, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegard, Metis National Council President Clem Chartier, Native Women’s Association of Canada President Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed and Congress off Aboriginal Peoples National Chief Dwight Dorey talk about the federal election tonight.Tune in tonight for a one hour special Decision 2015.6 pm eastern and mountain.6 pm cst in the NorthRepeating on Sunday
Rabat – Puerto Rican pop singer Ricky Martin and his spouse, Syrian-born Swedish painter, Jwan Yosef, have welcomed a baby girl into their family.Martin and Yosef are already parents to 9-year-old twin sons Matteo and Valentino.The couple wrote identical posts on their Instagram accounts making the special announcement accompanied by a photo of their daughter, named Lucia Martin-Yosef. “We are beyond happy to announce that we have become parents to a beautiful and healthy baby girl, Lucia Martin-Yosef. It has been a special time for us and we cant wait to see where this stellar baby will take us. Both her beautiful brothers and [us] have fallen in love with Lucia,” they wrote.Martin and Yosef announced their marriage in January 2018.Read Also: Tunisian LGBT Association to Hold First Festival in MENA Region
Expedia and major hotel companies were already facing two federal lawsuits alleging that they conspired to stifle competition. Now they’re also being investigated by Utah’s attorney general.In documents filed last week in Utah, the attorney general’s office revealed it’s investigating whether Marriott, Hilton and other hotel companies and Expedia violated antitrust laws.Utah-based TravelPass Group, a tech company that matches customers to available hotel rooms, claims the hotels and Expedia worked together to limit the results of Google searches, which hurt competition and kept prices high.TravelPass sued Expedia and the hotels in Texas last year. The allegations are also the subject of a 2018 class-action lawsuit in Illinois. Both cases are pending.Expedia, Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Caesar’s, Wyndham and Choice Hotels say they have no comment on the cases.Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press
OTTAWA — Trade talks have stalled between Canada and Japan — one of the Harper government’s priority countries for a breakthrough — because the Asian country has lost interest, The Canadian Press has learned.An internal memo from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development says the level of progress with Japan has failed to meet expectations since talks opened in March 2012.The memo says Japan is more interested in the ongoing 12-country Trans- Pacific Partnership talks with several of its neighbours as well as Canada, the United States, Mexico and Australia.Japan is dragging its heels on a date for the eighth round of bilateral trade talks with Canada, says the note, which was prepared for an April 17 meeting of department officials.Trade Minister Ed Fast told the House of Commons trade committee two weeks ago that Japan and Canada were still trying set a date for the next round.In March 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a free-trade deal with South Korea, touting it as a breakthrough in Asia and saying that Japan was one of the main targets for the next big trade agreement. The government has said that a joint study shows a free-trade deal with Japan would boost Canada’s economy by $3.8 billion a year.McDonald’s Corp to close stores in Japan after food scandals slam salesWhat the Bank of Japan’s stimulus shocker means for the global economyWhile some analysts have been upbeat about the possibilities of a Japan-Canada breakthrough, the internal memo tells a different story.It says Japan’s “overwhelming focus” on the Trans-Pacific deal overshadows the talks with Canada.“While some progress has been made in the CJEPA negotiations with seven rounds to date, overall, the CJEPA text remains less developed than expected after three years of negotiations.”The memo says Japan turned down two proposals by Canada to host an eighth round of talks in early 2015 and would prefer to see that happen after the next Trans-Pacific ministerial meeting.“Chief negotiators met in Tokyo April 9-10 to discuss a way forward, but Japan remains unwilling to agree to a date for the next round without more clarity on the TPP timeline and outcomes.”Liberal MP Geoff Regan tried to pin Fast down on a date for the resumption of the talks during the minister’s committee appearance.“We’re just in the process of trying to nail down exactly where that round will take place,” Fast said after Regan pressed him.Harper has positioned his government as ardent free traders and has made the deepening of trade and investment in Asia a key economic priority.He will likely cross paths with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the G7 summit in Germany next month.We’re just in the process of trying to nail down exactly where that round will take placeThe Conservatives see Asia as a fertile market for Canadian energy products, especially since Keystone XL pipeline project, which would carry Alberta bitumen across the United States to Gulf coast refineries, has been stalled.In addition to finding new customers for energy products, the government has been trying to increase trade with big players like China and India, as well as trying to break into regional groups such as the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, which includes the Philippines, Vietnam and resource-rich Myanmar.Last year’s pact with South Korea hardly happened overnight. It took more than decade of on-again, off-again negotiation. It is expected to increase Canadian exports by 32 per cent and pump $1.7 billion into the Canadian economy.
by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Dec 7, 2015 1:06 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Student and auto loans fuel October increase in consumer borrowing WASHINGTON – U.S. consumers borrowed more heavily for auto and student loans in October, taking out debt that helps them find jobs and commute to work.The Federal Reserve said Monday that consumer borrowing rose $16 billion in October to $3.5 trillion. But the pace of borrowing decelerated sharply from the $28.5 billion increase in September.Nearly all of the October gain came from the category that covers auto and student loans, while credit card borrowing edged up a mere $200 million. The increase suggests that more Americans are borrowing to improve their educational skills and upgrade their cars and trucks, instead of relying on debt to fund their daily shopping and emergency expenses.Many economists expect that consumer spending will be relatively healthy in the coming months because of strong job gains that have bolstered auto and home sales for much of 2015. Yet a struggling global economy has tempered U.S. growth as the year draws to an end.The Labor Department reported last week that employers added 211,000 jobs in November and 298,000 in October. The unemployment rate held steady at 5 per cent last month. The report showed evidence that workers pushed to the sidelines during the Great Recession and sluggish six-year recovery are filtering back into the job market.The overall economy has advanced despite a waning global economy. A stronger dollar, slowing growth in China, a recession in Japan and a struggling Europe have been a drag on U.S. manufacturing, dampening overall growth. U.S. gross domestic product — aided by consumer spending — advanced at an annual rate of 2.1 per cent in the July-September quarter, down from a 3.9 per cent rate in the prior quarter.The deceleration is expected to continue.The Atlanta Fed forecasts that growth will slip in the final three months of 2015 to an annual rate of 1.5 per cent. The private forecasting firm Macroeconomic Advisers estimates that the rate will be 1.7 per cent.
“Overcoming the destructive and disruptive patterns of change in the 21st century requires collective and coordinated action at the global, regional, national, local and individual levels,” he declared. “Delivering on the promises of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the context of uncertainty requires re-examination of core functions, re-engineering of business processes, reinvigoration of organizational culture and value, and reform of systems of accountability,” he added. “The inherited model of the UN agencies as instruments of technical assistance and capacity building should be subjected to the market test, namely value for money and sustainability of results in comparison to government, private sector and non-governmental modes of delivery.”He stressed that the threat of international terrorism has played on Afghan soil, dominating the narrative of Afghanistan and driving the fate of its people for far too long, but also cited his country’s “enormous potential” to be the regional brokers of peace, a hub for economic prosperity, and a beacon of democratic values.“Afghanistan will, yet again, be the Asian Roundabout for dialogue of civilizations and a model of harmony and culture of tolerance and engagement,” he concluded.Full statement available here
Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski controlls the puck during a 4-0 loss to Penn State on Dec. 2. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team made it a goal to earn home ice throughout the Big Ten tournament and reach the championship game for the first time since 2014.With a different format than in the past, this year’s tournament allows the higher seeds to host their games at respective home arenas, which gave the Buckeyes a vision of playoff hockey at the Schottenstein Center early in the campaign.“We’ve talked about it all year starting in August when the team got here that we are playing for home ice this year in the playoffs,” junior forward Brendon Kearney said. “The different format was a big deal for us just to be able to stay in Columbus.”The second-seeded Buckeyes will open the Big Ten tournament at home with a best-of-three series against seventh-seeded Michigan State in the first round. The Buckeyes will not take the Spartans lightly given the result of the teams’ most recent meeting, a 6-3 Michigan State win. Michigan State, the lowest seed in the tournament, used a heavy forecheck to pin the Buckeyes in their own zone. The strategy forced turnovers and pucks piled into the back of their net. Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said multiple areas need improvement to ensure a different outcome.“Puck management, number one. I talk about that a lot. We turned the puck over a lot. If they are going to play that style and come down, we just got to make plays,” Rohlik said. “We got to take care of the puck, we got to support the puck. I think that’s the key against this team, and that’s the approach we are taking.”Michigan State has one of the conference’s most talented top lines, which has even earned a nickname of the “KHL line.” Sophomore forwards Patrick Khodorenko and Taro Hirose and freshman forward Mitchell Lewandowski accounted for 42 of the Spartans’ 86 goals this season.Rohlik said Ohio State will not abandon the defensive style that is allowing just the third-fewest goals-against per game in the country (2.06 goals) in order to shut down the Spartans. “We just got to take care of ourselves. Five-man defense, whoever’s out there, it doesn’t change. We got to stay connected,” Rohlik said. “I talk about this all year, it’s not just our goaltender or defense. We got to play solid five-man defense.”Ohio State could face some daunting opponents in the ensuing rounds if it gets past Michigan State. No team would be more daunting than Notre Dame in a potential Big Ten championship game, but the preceding rounds will not be easy, given the depth of the conference. Five Big Ten teams appeared in the regular season’s final USCHO top-20 poll. “It’s that time of year, and our league speaks for itself,” Rohlik said. “I think anybody could beat anybody on any given night.”With back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in 15 years, there is a sense of confidence that Ohio State has emerged as one of the conference’s top programs and will compete for a Big Ten championship beyond just this year.“It’s about our culture. You go out there and expect to win every night you play. It’s not going to happen. We understand that, but I think that’s the attitude that our guys have,” Rohlik said. “Credit to the 27 guys in the locker room, it’s great for the program, but certainly we’ve got a long way to go. We’re not satisfied with where we are at.”Ohio State’s opening game of the tournament against Michigan State will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and the second game will start at 7 p.m. Saturday. If necessary, the third game of the series would commence at 7 p.m. Sunday. All games will be at the Schottenstein Center.
Updated 11:40amAFTER ROLLING OUT auto-play videos on mobile, Facebook is launching video advertisements this week.The company announced the new feature today as part of an “initial, limited test.” It will start off by showing ads for the new film ‘Divergent.’The Wall Street Journal originally reported that the feature would be launched this week and it would begin appearing on users’ feeds – both on desktop and mobile – from Thursday onwards.The ads will play automatically in users’ feeds regardless of whether people click on them or not. If a user doesn’t want to watch a video, they can continue to scroll past it.When they are finished playing, a carousel of two additional videos will appear from similar advertisers.The company says that all videos shown on smartphones will have been downloaded in advance when it was connected to WiFi, meaning that users’ data plans will be unaffected when watching them.The company is hoping it can convince advertisers to invest in video ads on the site instead of TV ads. In the US, it’s said that it could charge as much as $2 million (€1.45 million) a day to let advertisers reach the site’s full audience of adults aged 18 to 54.Originally, Facebook had planned to release these ads during the summer, but delayed it because of fears ads would upset users. It had then pushed it the release date back to early 2014, but now looks like it’s releasing them in time for Christmas.Read: Instagram launches private photo messaging service >Read: 5 Facebook buttons we need immediately >
Séisme à Sumatra : une 2e alerte au tsunami après une réplique de 8,2Un peu plus de deux heures après le premier séisme, une réplique de magnitude 8,2 s’est déclenchée au large de Sumatra. Le phénomène a conduit l’Indonésie à émettre une seconde alerte au tsunami alors même que la première n’est toujours pas levée.Le niveau d’alerte reste à son maximal dans l’Océan Indien après le séisme survenu à 14H38 heure locale au large de l’île indonésienne de Sumatra. Au vu de la puissance de la secousse, les spécialistes des centres de la région et américain ont en effet annoncé qu’il y avait un risque de tsunami et ont décidé de déclencher l’alerte dans tout le bassin. Plusieurs pays ont ainsi ordonné aux habitants vivant sur les côtes de se réfugier dans les terres ou dans les hauteurs. Deux heures après le séisme, aucun déferlement de vague majeur n’a toutefois été enregistré. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Si une vague de 10 centimètres a été constaté en Thaïlande, une autre a atteint 80 centimètres en Indonésie. L’alerte reste donc maintenue d’autant plus qu’une réplique vient tout juste de survenir. De magnitude évaluée à 8,2, celle-ci s’est déclenchée à 16H43 heure locale à une distance encore plus éloignée des côtes. L’Institut de géophysique américain (USGS) a situé son épicentre à 476 kilomètres de Sinabang et 617 kilomètres de Banda Aceh en Indonésie pour une profondeur de 16 kilomètres. Une nouvelle secousse qui a conduit l’Indonésie a lancé une seconde alerte au tsunami. La précédente qui n’a toujours pas été levée concerne l’Indonésie, l’Inde, le Sri Lanka, l’Australie, la Birmanie, la Thaïlande, les Maldives et d’autres îles de l’océan Indien, la Malaisie, le Pakistan, la Somalie, Oman, l’Iran, le Bangladesh, le Kenya, l’Afrique du Sud et Singapour. Le 11 avril 2012 à 14:09 • Maxime Lambert