The 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) convention kicks off today in Varanasi. Nearly 6,000 overseas delegates are flocking to the holy city to celebrate their Indian connection for three days. This is a good time to look at the evolving relationship between India and its 31.2 million diaspora living in 208 countries across the globe. About 70% of them live in nine countries, the US being home to 4.46 million, followed by Saudi Arabia (4 million), Malaysia (2.4 million), and the United Arad Emirates (2.8 million).Read it at Hindustan Times Related Items
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. indiana pacersNBAnba in indianba india games First Published: October 4, 2019, 11:29 PM IST Mumbai: Some breath-taking basketball was on display here on Friday as Indiana Pacers edged past Sacramento Kings 132-131 in a thrilling contest, in what was National Basketball Association’s debut game in India.It was NBA’s first pre-season game ahead of the upcoming season. After the regulation time ended at 118-118, the match was decided in the extra five minutes when the Pacers, who were trailing throughout the match, went ahead for the first-time and managed to eke out a close win.For Kings, a two-pointer by Marvin Bagley (overall 12 points) in the dying seconds of the game also could not seal the deal for them.In the additional time, it was T Warren (overall 30 points) took the lead for Pacers with a three-pointer to take his side 121-118 ahead, but the Kings bounced back with Harrison Barnes (overall 21 points) grabbing two points.3️⃣0️⃣ points from @TonyWarrenJrIncluding the 3️⃣ to send it to OT 👏 pic.twitter.com/Eu2mpXku4l— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) October 4, 2019 However, Domantas Sabons (overall 21 points), with a two-pointer again, took the Pacers ahead 123-120.And once again it was Warren with a two-pointer took Pacers ahead, but the Kings came back but finally it was a lay-up shot by Sabons that sealed the game for his side.Earlier, the first-ever NBA game in India turned out to be a good outing for the Pacers at the NSCI.Initially, the Pacers went ahead with two back-to-back baskets (two pointers) to take a 4-3 lead but then it was Kings’ show at a jam-packed NSCI.With a flurry of three-pointers, the Kings soon went ahead 17-6 as the Pacers defense was tested fully after first five-and-half minutes.However, a small break seemed to have rejuvenated the Pacers as they reduced the gap to 16-22 with five minutes left for the first-quarter to end.The first-quarter ended with the Kings enjoying a 10-point lead at 39-29.*deep breath* …YOOOOOOGIIIIII pic.twitter.com/Ki2NYq3Orz— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) October 4, 2019 The hoopsters from both the teams showed their class with dribbles, drills and shooting and dunks. A three-pointer from Nemanja Bjelica helped the Kings only extend their lead over the Pacers.It was more about three-pointers now and the Kings were exactly doing the same as their lead soon swelled to 51-38 with eight minutes for the second quarter to end and then they gave no chance for the Pacers to make a come-back.Kings ended the second quarter with another three-pointer to lead 72-59.However, the third quarter belonged to the Pacers as, after the first four minutes, they nearly equalised with the scoreline reading 76-77.It was neck-and-neck from thereon as the Pacers continued to reduce the gap. But every-time, they inched closer, the Kings ensured that they stayed ahead and a late three-pointer by Corey Joseph tilted the tide in their favour as they ended the third quarter with a slender 97-92 lead.But the Pacers continued to bounce back and eventually managed to draw level at 118-118 apiece after the regulation time and force the game into additional time.The second pre-season game of the tour will be played on Saturday, while the regular season begins on October 22.
SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED × Shashank Manohar resigns as BCCI president Shashank Manohar elected ICC Chairman In a surprise development, Shashank Manohar today resigned as ICC chairman after merely eight months in office citing personal reasons.The 59-year-old Manohar mailed his resignation letter to ICC CEO Dave Richardson without clarifying the exact reason for this sudden move to end what was to be a two-year-tenure.However, according to highly-placed sources Manohar has decided to quit as BCCI seems to have gained enough ground to block the constitutional and financial reforms that were set to be passed by the ICC at its next board meeting.Any reform to be passed needs 2/3rd majority but BCCI, in all likelihood, has managed to get Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe on its side.It is learnt, expecting a loss of face, Manohar has resigned with immediate effect. “I was elected unopposed as the first independent Chairman of ICC last year. I have tried to do my best and have tried to be fair and impartial in deciding matters in the functioning of the Board and in matters related to Member Boards along with the able support of all Directors,” Manohar has stated in his resignation letter.“However, for personal reasons it is not possible for me to hold the august office of ICC Chairman and hence I am tendering my resignation as Chairman with immediate effect. I take this opportunity to thank all the Directors, the Management and staff of ICC for supporting me wholeheartedly. I wish ICC all the very best and hope it achieves greater heights,” he concluded.Manohar had last year resigned from the BCCI citing his inability to carry out Lodha Committee reforms in toto. His detractors in BCCI at that time had said he left a sinking ship for the safer confines of the ICC.He became the first independent chairman of ICC but had several run ins with BCCI on revenue sharing pattern.The BCCI officials believe that for his personal ambitions to head the ICC, Manohar had not cared about the BCCI’s interests.His decision to bring in constitutional reforms has been severely opposed by BCCI along with Sri Lanka.The ICC said it has received Manohar’s resignation and will comment after taking stock of the situation.“The ICC has confirmed it has received an email from Chairman Shashank Manohar tendering his resignation. The ICC Board will assess the situation and next steps before making a further announcement,” the world body stated in a brief press release. Shashank Manohar – PTI SHARE COMMENT March 15, 2017 cricket Published on Shashank Manohar – PTI COMMENTS
CONTRIBUTED PHOTMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines hauled in 19 gold medals to finish second overall in the Karatedo Goju-Kai Asia Pacific Championship in Cebu.The Filipino karatekas secured a total of 82 medals that included 26 silver and 37 bronze medals.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical MOST READ Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers One-and-done Suerte, UE look to make every game count Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Indonesia was the overall champion with 23 gold, 13 silver, and 21 bronze medals.Sports drink Milo partnered the Association for the Advancement of Karatedo to organize the event that drew 500 young martial artists across 18 countries from the Asia Pacific region including Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Korea.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“Programs such as the Karatedo Goju-Kai Championships will help expose our Filipino athletes to the international level of competition,” said Milo Sports Manager Lester P. Castillo.“It is truly inspiring to see our young athletes lead the charge in international meets such as this and we hope to see them soon in the global stage.” View comments LATEST STORIES This jewelry designer is also an architect
Suspended Spanish football federation (RFEF) boss Angel Maria Villar has resigned from his senior roles with FIFA and UEFA following his arrest in Spain last week, the global and European football bodies said on Thursday.Villar, his son Gorka and two other football federation executives were detained on July 18 on allegations of collusion, embezzlement and falsifying documents. Villar, who has denied all the allegations, was refused bail.He is the latest leading official to be arrested or banned in a corruption scandal which has swept the world’s most popular sport.A FIFA spokesperson confirmed to Reuters that the 67-year-old had resigned from his positions as senior vice-president and member of the decision-making FIFA Council, which he had sit on since 1998.UEFA also confirmed that Villar had stood down after 25 years on its executive committee.”Angel Maria Villar (has) tendered his resignation as Vice President of UEFA and member of the UEFA Executive Committee with immediate effect,” UEFA said in a statement sent to Reuters.”Following his resignation, Villar will no longer have any official functions at our organisation.”UEFA said its president, Aleksander Ceferin, had accepted Villar’s resignation and had thanked him for his many years of service to European football.”In view of the ongoing court proceedings in Spain, we have no further comments to make on this matter,” the statement said.Villar, a former Athletic Bilbao and Spain midfielder, had headed the Spanish federation for 29 years and was re-elected for an eighth term in May.It has named Juan Luis Larrea as its interim president after Villar was suspended by the state sports body, the Consejo Superior de Deportes (CSD), on Tuesday.advertisementSince 2015, several dozen leading officials, mainly from Latin America, have been indicted in the United States on corruption-related charges.Several have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing, others have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial and some are in their homeland where they are fighting, or have avoided, extradition.Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been banned for six years and former UEFA chief Michel Platini for four by FIFA’s ethics committee.
In response to the frequent malfunction of commercial grade IC marketed for wide-temp use in embedded and IPC systems, Apacer is promoting the identification of true industrial grade wide-temp products. Apacer has long insisted on using industrial-grade chips from original manufacturers in its wide-temp memory modules. With the full support of strategic partner Samsung Electronics, Apacer obtains industrial-grade chips for industrial memory from original manufacturer Samsung—making it one of the world’s few memory manufacturers able to do so.Recent failure analysis conducted on wide-temp memory modules revealed that some memory manufacturers use commercial ICs, which they sort according to their own standards and claim can operate under the industrial wide-temp range of -40 to 85°C. These manufacturers reduce production expenses at the cost of quality and reliability.Applications that exceed the limits defined by original IC manufacturers increase the instability and risk for smart devices, decreasing product lifespan and potentially causing malfunctions. In such cases, technical support from the original manufacturers is not obtainable. To avoid the risk of losing or damaging data due to misusing commercial IC in industrial computers, Apacer has announced default IC naming rules for memory products, clarifying IC characteristics and allowing clients and purchasers to easily identify the products that meet industrial-grade wide-temp standards.Apacer’s industrial wide-temp SSDs and DRAMs are suitable for applications in industry, military, aerospace, and transportation fields, where conditions are often more extreme. Apacer’s wide-temp series of products, including memory chips, passive elements, and PCB, are all full-scale industrial grade. These products have passed industrial extended temperature tests and the most extreme thermal cycling test, ensuring their quality, reliability, and durability. Apacer’s industrial wide-temp SSD product line is compatible with multiple interfaces and specifications. The industrial wide-temp DRAM line includes products such as UDIMM, SODIMM, ECC UDIMM, and ECC SODIMM.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous SEGGER: IoT toolkit to access cloud based servicesNext Logic Technology: the ‘Swiss Knife’ for testing PCBA’s
PSG PSG without Neymar for Nantes trip Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 04:01 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) AFP PSG Neymar Nantes v PSG Nantes Ligue 1 The Ligue 1 leaders will be without their superstar attacker against Nantes on Sunday, reportedly due to a rib injury Neymar will not be part of Paris Saint-Germain’s squad on Sunday when the Ligue 1 leaders resume their league campaign against Nantes.The Brazil international played and scored in Wednesday’s Coupe de la Ligue victory over Amiens, but he will not travel to the Stade de la Beaujoire.A rib injury has reportedly sidelined the 25-year-old, although head coach Unai Emery offered little suggestion of a fitness problem for the star striker in his pre-match media conference. 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 “We are preparing for the match against Nantes with the entire squad,” he said on Friday.”Edinson Cavani and Javier Pastore will rejoin the squad when they have caught up the training days they missed.”We have two more sessions ahead of Sunday’s match. We will see how the players recover from the Amiens match. I think everybody should be fine.”Only Thiago Motta is working individually to come back from injury.”However, when the travelling squad was confirmed by PSG later on Saturday, Neymar was a notable absentee – along with Pastore.Le groupe parisien pour affronter le @FCNantes en @Ligue1Conforama !#FCNPSG#AllezParis pic.twitter.com/R7B0IoSYBn— PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) January 13, 2018Neymar has had no problems adjusting to Ligue 1, scoring 11 goals for PSG in just 14 games so far, and has scored 20 times in all competitions.Emery was forced to address questions over Neymar’s future this week, with the manager insisting his squad will not be shaken by over talk of Real Madrid’s interest in the star attacker.
Benfica intend to tie in-demand midfielder Florentino Luis to a new contract when he returns for the pre-season programme on July 1 in an effort to stave off interest this summer, but could face fielding bids before they have the opportunity to do so.Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are long-standing admirers of the 19-year-old while Roma, under new manager Paulo Fonseca, were credited with interest in recent days.The Portuguese champions are already braced for bids from interested parties but want Florentino to sign a new contract as soon as possible in order to raise his buyout clause. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Portugal under-20 international Florentino is currently available for €60 million (£54m/$68m) but Benfica want to raise it to the €100m mark.Florentino would be in line for an extension and a significant pay-rise under the terms of the new deal.He has been watched extensively by Man City and earmarked as a potential long-term replacement for Fernandinho, although Rodri of Atletico Madrid is Pep Guardiola’s immediate priority in that position.PSG, having lost Adrien Rabiot on a free transfer, are also seen as a potential destination for Florentino while Roma are believed to have made their interest known as they plan ahead for a new season under Fonseca and new sporting director Gianluca Petrachi.Having made the breakthrough to the first team in the early part of this year, Florentino established himself in the midfield with nine Primeira Liga starts as Benfica reclaimed the Portuguese title from Porto. He is a defensive midfielder represented by Bruno Carvalho, whose current contract runs until 2023.Florentino has been a regular in the Portuguese youth setup, winning the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in 2016 and the European Under-19 Championship in 2018, appearing in the team of the tournament at each of those competitions.Benfica are expecting to lose forward Joao Felix to Atletico Madrid in the coming days for €120m and ideally would not like to sell two of their young jewels in the same transfer window.Nonetheless, they would be powerless should a bid materialise in the next few days, before they have the chance to increase the release clause.
CORONADO, CA – MAY 27: Tate Martell of Ohio State University attends Steve Clarkson’s 13th Annual Quarterback Retreat on May 27, 2017 in Coronado, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)Everyone is saying the same thing about Miami’s new quarterback, Tate Martell, following the NCAA’s decision on Justin Fields.Ohio State’s new quarterback, who transferred into the Buckeyes’ program from Georgia, has been ruled immediately eligible. He’ll be able to play for OSU in 2019.What does this mean for Martell?We’ll see, but the Hurricanes’ transfer quarterback is applying for the same waiver that Fields did.Many believe the NCAA should grant Martell immediate eligibility like it did for Fields.“Justin Fields transferred because he couldn’t win the starting job. Tate Martell transferred because he couldn’t win the starting job. Anyone who thinks anything else is in la-la land,” Rivals.com’s Mike Farrell tweeted.Justin Fields transferred because he couldn’t win the starting job. Tate Martell transferred because he couldn’t win the starting job. Anyone who thinks anything else is in la-la land.— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) February 9, 2019“Now NCAA should do same for Tate Martell, as long as this precedent has been set. But that would be doing something right by Miami, which would be a first for NCAA,” Barry Jackson tweeted.Now NCAA should do same for Tate Martell, as long as this precedent has been set. But that would be doing something right by Miami, which would be a first for NCAA https://t.co/urCA2pe8uL— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) February 8, 2019There are differences between Fields and Martell’s waiver requests, though it will be hard for some to see them.It’s unclear how long the NCAA will take in deciding on Martell’s eligibility for 2019.Stay tuned.
“Saturday’s activities will consist of a church service at the Petersfield Seventh-day Adventist Church, followed by the Reunion Dinner at the Negril Hills Golf Club, which will be preceded by cocktails. Our guest speaker will be Deputy Commissioner of Police, Novelette Grant, who is a past student of the institution,” she added. Story Highlights The Petersfield High School Past Students’ Association in Westmoreland will be staging its first Reunion Weekend from Friday, October 6 to Monday, October 9. According to President of the association, Victoria Patterson-Young, the four-day event will not only be geared at celebrating the accomplishments of the school, but to raise funds for the establishment of a gymnasium at the institution for its student athletes. The Petersfield High School Past Students’ Association in Westmoreland will be staging its first Reunion Weekend from Friday, October 6 to Monday, October 9.According to President of the association, Victoria Patterson-Young, the four-day event will not only be geared at celebrating the accomplishments of the school, but to raise funds for the establishment of a gymnasium at the institution for its student athletes.“We start with a family fun day at the school on Friday at 9:00 a.m., and end at 6:00 p.m. We will be having a lot of activities and a lot of giveaways. We will be having a netball competition with past students versus current students, dancing competitions, a bounceabout, and music by a popular sound system,” Mrs. Patterson-Young told JIS News.“Saturday’s activities will consist of a church service at the Petersfield Seventh-day Adventist Church, followed by the Reunion Dinner at the Negril Hills Golf Club, which will be preceded by cocktails. Our guest speaker will be Deputy Commissioner of Police, Novelette Grant, who is a past student of the institution,” she added.Mrs. Patterson-Young noted that the weekend activities will continue with a beach party and cookout on Sunday (October 8), at the Bluefields Beach Park in the parish, followed by a joint general devotional exercise on Monday morning, with the final event being an excursion to an attraction in neighbouring St. Elizabeth.“We have persons coming from England, USA and Canada, including Glenwright Sharpe, the reunion Chairman. We are hoping to raise between $300,000.00 and $350,000.00 from the activities,” Mrs. Patterson-Young said.The Petersfield High School was established in 1970. The Past Students’ Association, which was formed approximately 20 years ago, meets monthly at the institution and provides support to the school’s programmes, including its sporting activities.In recent times, Petersfield has become a force to be reckoned with in track and field. Earlier this year, the girls’ team placed 11th, while the boys team placed seventh at the 2017 Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Boys and Girls’ Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston. One of the school’s athletes, Kevin Nedrick, also broke the javelin and shot put records.In addition, six of Petersfield’s athletes subsequently represented Jamaica at various international championships, including the Pan American Under-20 Championships in Peru; the Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, The Bahamas; and the IAAF Under-18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.
zoom Brazilian mining giant Vale has opened a USD 1.4 billion port terminal on the Strait of Malacca, Malaysia.The terminal’s main aim is to cut drastically Vale’s iron ore export costs to Asia and its strategically important Chinese market by accommodating Valemax ore carriers.The Malacca Strait terminal is able to receive and export 30 million tonnes of iron ore per year a has already welcomed eight of Vale’s mega ships able to handle 40,000 tonnes, according to Vale.The centre is composed of a deep-water jetty extending for 2.2 km and a port warehouse equipped to blend different types of iron ore products.“Located next to the Strait of Malacca, the terminal reduces the iron ore transportation waiting time for our customers in Asia by approximately 25 days. This makes it possible to accelerate the sales process and deal faster with the demands of customers that are not being adequately supplied from Brazil,” Vale explained.What is more, since Valemax vessels are still banned from docking at Chinese ports the terminal will enable Vale to become more competitive when compared to its Australian-based rivals BHP Billiton Plc and Rio Tinto Plc, who are much closer to the Chinese market.Vale has already inked a deal with China Merchants Group on September 26 by which Vale will lease ten very large ore carriers to be built by China Merchants for a period of 25 years.The VLOCs will be used to transport Vale’s iron ore from Brazil to China.This contract can be viewed as an addendum to the existing cooperation contract signed between the two companies early September, by which four existing VLOCs of 400,000 tonnes deadweight owned and operated by Vale were transferred to Cosco and chartered by Vale on a long term basis for 25 years.World Maritime News Staff
Residents of Tatamagouche and the surrounding area will haveimproved access to community health-care services as a result ofa $2-million renovation project at the Lillian Fraser MemorialHospital. MLA Bill Langille announced the renovation project today, April14, on behalf of Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. “Today’s announcement is a significant primary health-careinvestment and will improve health care for the people of thiscommunity,” said Mr. Langille. As part of the $2-million investment, Lillian Fraser MemorialHospital will be upgraded to include additional space to deliverprimary health-care services. Renovations will also be made tothe hospital’s emergency room, inpatient area and space forlaboratory services. The project will allow for better use ofspace and more appropriate service delivery. The renovations will mean improved access to community health-care teams and will allow the Colchester East Hants HealthAuthority to provide a broader range of services to patients. Asa result, residents will receive the most appropriate care, fromthe most appropriate provider, when and where they need it. The project will allow the expansion of satellite services andclinics in the areas of wellness, diabetes, oncology, prenatalcare, youth health, drug awareness, life skills education,cardiac care and orthopedic surgery. “We’re delighted with today’s announcement,” said PeterMacKinnon, CEO of the Colchester East Hants Health Authority. “Asa district, we’re committed to providing greater opportunitiesfor care close to home. Knowing that the Department of Health notonly shares that vision but is willing to act on it is great newsfor our communities.” Mr. MacKinnon said he is also pleased with the local community’searly support for the project. The province will share up to 75per cent ($1.5 million) of the cost of the project. The remaining$500,000 will be raised by the local community.
TORONTO – The case of a nurse who murdered eight seniors in long-term care homes in Ontario will be examined in a public inquiry.The Ontario government announced Monday it is moving to appoint a commissioner to lead a public inquiry into the circumstances of the deaths.Elizabeth Wettlaufer pleaded guilty last month to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault. She was sentenced Monday to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 25 years.Health Minister Eric Hoskins and Attorney General Yasir Naqvi offered condolences on behalf of the provincial government to Wettlaufer’s victims.The ministers say they want to assure the public that, despite Wettlaufer’s crimes, the 78,000 residents of Ontario’s publicly funded long-term care homes are safe.At the same time, they said the inquiry process is meant to answer questions so the government can ensure a similar tragedy does not happen again.The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario applauded the government’s announcement Monday, saying it had been demanding an inquiry into the case since Wettlaufer pleaded guilty earlier this month.“During this immensely difficult time, I commend the government for having the courage to put these events under the microscope,” said association CEO Doris Grinspun. “The inquiry will help us learn how this tragedy happened, and see if there were any cracks in the system we can address to prevent this from happening ever again.”Advocacy groups CARP and the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly said the Wettlaufer case has “severely shaken” people’s confidence in long-term care homes in Ontario.“We eagerly await the terms of the inquiry to ensure that its scope is sufficient to address the actions, responsibilities and duties of the many institutions and individuals who failed to prevent or put a timely stop to Wettlaufer’s crimes …” the two groups said in a statement.“This is a critical first step to restoring trust in our long-term health-care system.”The government is finalizing the details of the inquiry and will make them available to the public once they have been approved by cabinet.
Five stories in the news for Thursday, Oct. 12———PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU TURNS ATTENTION TO MEXICOPrime Minister Justin Trudeau is leaving one country whose political leaders are mixed about saving NAFTA and is on his way to another where officials are uneasy about the fate of the trade deal. Trudeau goes to Mexico today following a series of meetings in Washington, D.C., largely focused on saving the trilateral trade pact.———FEDS SCRAP MEMO ON EMPLOYEE-DISCOUNT TAXThe federal government has instructed the Canada Revenue Agency to remove a controversial tax policy interpretation that would have seen employees taxed for discounts they get at work. To quiet a growing controversy, National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier has directed the CRA to remove from its website the new wording at the heart of the debate — at least until the change has been reviewed.———CANADA, U.K. PUSHING FOR GLOBAL COAL CUTSCanada is joining forces with the United Kingdom to push for a global crackdown on unabated coal-fired electricity. Eliminating, or at least reducing, the world’s reliance on coal is a critical step in the Paris climate change accord’s efforts to prevent the planet from warming more than two degrees Celsius over with pre-industrial times. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is on a two-day trip to the U.K. and Ireland this week, pushing Canada as a global leader on climate change action.———ALBERTA TO BAN YOUTHS FROM TANNING BEDS ON JAN. 1After years of lobbying by health groups Alberta is finally moving to ban young people from using indoor tanning beds over growing fears about skin cancer. The government says youths under 18 will not be allowed to use ultraviolet tanning machines starting on Jan. 1. Businesses will also be prohibited from advertising such machines to minors and must post signs about the age restrictions and the dangers of UV tanning.———GOOGLE STREET VIEW REACHES REMOTE CORNER OF CANADAGoogle Street View has now gone to the ends of the earth. As part of a deal with Parks Canada, the internet giant is now showcasing Street View images of one of the remotest places on the planet — Quttinirpaaq National Park on the northern tip of Ellesmere Island. Parks Canada staff were trained in the use of Google trekker cameras and spent July 2016 carrying them around the park as part of their regular work.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Finance Minister Bill Morneau will attend a G20 meeting at the International Monetary Fund Building in Washington, D.C.— Statistics Canada will release the new housing price index for August.— Drug store chain The Jean Coutu Group will release its second-quarter results.— Leadership candidates for the United Conservative Party hold a debate in Fort McMurray, Alta.— Closing arguments begin in Montreal in the murder case of Randy Tshilumba, accused of killing a young female store clerk in 2016.— In Winnipeg, children’s magician Daniel Kamenicky will be sentenced on child pornography charges.— The federal and Manitoba governments will announce infrastructure for flood mitigation.— Science Minister Kirsty Duncan will announce new funding for research equipment at universities, colleges and research hospitals.
CSI star Marg Helgenberger co-hosted Fraser Riverkeeper’s fifth anniversary gala in Vancouver on October 20, celebrating the organization’s work for swimmable, drinkable and fishable waters.Marg Helgenberger and executive director of FRK Lauren HornorCredit/Copyright: Fraser Riverkeeper“I grew up fishing, swimming and boating the Platte River in Nebraska with my father,” says Emmy-winning Helgenberger. “Those are treasured memories for me, and I believe we have to all fight for the clean waters we love. I’m a huge fan of the work Fraser Riverkeeper and other Waterkeeper Alliance groups are doing for swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters across North America.”The Fraser River is the longest river in British Columbia and the tenth-longest river in Canada, draining a 220,000 km² (85,000 sq mi) area. FRK focuses their citizen-engagement work primarily on the Lower Fraser below Yale, the most industrially and residentially developed portion of the river. This is an area in great need of vigilant protection and caring restoration.Their goal is to empower those in the Fraser watershed to defend their natural right to swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters: to ensure that rivers, lakes, streams and beaches exist for generations as thriving ecosystems for both humans and wildlife.To find out more about Fraser Riverkeeper, click here.
Nathan Lane was honored last night at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 15th Annual Monte Cristo Awards at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.Nathan Lane With Matthew BroderickCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesLane received the Monte Cristo Award in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contributions to the American theater.The evening featured tributes to Lane from Matthew Broderick, Brian Dennehy and Susan Stroman as well as performances by Jason Simon, Tim Shew, Bobby Creighton, Patrick Page, Carson Elrod, puppeteer Tyler Bunch and Jenni Barber.Additional attendees included Joe Grifasi, Marin Ireland and Hal Prince.Founded in 1964, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center is the country’s preeminent organization dedicated to the development of new works and new voices for American theater. In the bold tradition of its namesake Eugene O’Neill – four-time Pulitzer Prize Winner and America’s only playwright to win the Nobel Prize in Literature – the O’Neill has been home to more than 1,000 new works for the stage and to more than 2,500 emerging artists. Scores of projects developed at the O’Neill have gone on to full production at other theaters around the world, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, and major regional theaters.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has announced the appointment of actor, director, producer and philanthropist Ben Stiller as its newest global Goodwill Ambassador.The announcement comes as Stiller concludes a trip with UNHCR to Guatemala, where he met some of the men, women and children from the North of Central America who have been forced to flee their homes because of violence. In recent years a growing number of people across El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have fled extraordinary, unchecked violence at the hands of organized criminal groups and gangs – including murder, rape, abduction and even the forcible recruitment of children into gangs. Stiller spent time in Guatemala meeting refugees including unaccompanied children and seeing how UNHCR, with the Government and its partners, is working to support and protect them.Commenting today on his new role as Goodwill Ambassador, Stiller said, “I am enormously honored and proud to take on this role as Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. UNHCR is an organization that is working tirelessly all over the world helping men, women and children fleeing war, terror and persecution. Here in Guatemala, the families, including children, that I met experienced fear and violence back home that is beyond imagination. They are vulnerable and have suffered immensely. They need help. UNHCR is on the ground here with its partners providing them with support, protection and shelter.”Stiller continued, “With over 68 million displaced people around the world today, there has never been a more compelling reason or greater urgency to show solidarity and support for refugees. I for one will do what I can as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, to advocate for refugees and encourage others to join me.”Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said, “Ben will be a great Goodwill Ambassador. I have witnessed personally his commitment to the world’s refugees and his extraordinary capacity to talk about the complicated issue of displacement in a manner that is clear, passionate and convincing. And this is precisely the role of Goodwill Ambassadors: to raise awareness, generate support and give a voice to those who have been forced to leave their homes. I am looking forward to working with him.”UNHCR works with governments and partners on the ground in locations all over the world to support and protect refugees and help them build better futures. In Guatemala UNHCR is working with the government and civil society partners as part of a comprehensive regional response. Through this regional response framework, known locally by its Spanish acronym, MIRPS, six governments in the region have agreed to work together to address the full scope of forced displacement, from its root causes, strengthening asylum and protection systems and working on durable solutions. This initiative is a concrete example of regional cooperation to address difficult situations of forced displacement, which has directly informed the development of the Global Compact for Refugees, to be adopted at the end of the year.UNHCR continues to call on governments to strengthen global responsibility sharing and solidarity aimed at ensuring safety for families fleeing life-threatening violence and persecution.Ben Stiller has been supporting UNHCR since early 2016, meeting with refugees in Germany and Jordan. Best known for his role in films like Dodgeball, Zoolander and Meet the Parents, Stiller has played a key role in UNHCR projects including the #withrefugees campaign.Most recently, on 20 June 2018 to mark World Refugee Day, he appeared in a special edition Buzzfeed Tasty film entitled “Homemade Chicken Shawarma, As Made By Ben Stiller and Ahmed Badr” . In the film Stiller joins writer and former Iraqi refugee Ahmed Badr to make an at home version of chicken shawarma, a traditional dish from Ahmed’s homeland Iraq, bringing back memories of his childhood in Baghdad before he was forced to flee.
By Wassima BoujradIfrane – As part of the ongoing discussions about the issue of the Western Sahara, the Moroccan Politics Club at Al Akhawayn University Ifran (AUI) organized a talk entitled “How Ban Ki-moon Failed to Help the Parties Achieve a Political Solution” by Samir Bennis, PhD.Following the controversy over statements made by UN Secretary-General (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon earlier in March during his trip to the Tindouf camps and Algiers, AUI’s Moroccan Politics Club (MPC) organized a talk that took place on March 17, hosting the political analyst and Editor-in Chief at Morocco World News (MWN), Samir Bennis, PhD, as a speaker. The talk, which lasted almost three hours, attracted an audience of more than 80 people, including students, professors and AUI staff. The talk featured a high degree of speaker-audience interaction, with Bennis accepting many questions from the students in attendance.Bennis began the talk by analyzing the UNSG statement in a legal framework. The controversy surrounding Ban Ki-moon’s statements comes from the usage of the particular word “occupation.”According to Bennis, Ban Ki-moon showed prejudice and bias in his statements, something that is outlawed by international legal norms. Bennis argued that as Secretary-General of a body that advocates peace and equality, Ban Ki-moon should maintain an impartial stance on the Western Sahara dispute.“Being a UNSG binds him to neutrality,” Bennis said.Instead of merely verbally claiming the Western Sahara as part of the Moroccan territory, Bennis argued that state institutions should take actions to supplement the arguments they have. In this context, he advocated for the use of educational tools like historical documentaries with subtitles in English and other languages to promote the issue internationally.In his talk, Bennis highlighted the role that Morocco World News plays in defending the issue of the Western Sahara by providing news stories reflecting the reality of the situation as well as the historical background surrounding the issue. MWN publishes news stories in three languages – Arabic, French and English – with English playing a key role in reaching a viewership of 1,500 communities worldwide.Bennis criticized the carelessness of the mainstream Moroccan media in defending the Sahara question.“One or two media outlets cannot be effective in spreading knowledge about the issue. Every political and social body should massively work on it,” he said.Bennis urged the audience to look for reliable sources and references that prove the Sahara is Moroccan, and will remain Moroccan.The political adviser also lauded King Mohammed VI’s visit to Russia. As one of the five permanent members of the UNSC, Bennis asserted that addressing Russia could assure security in the issue and draw the attention of China as a potential ally.During the talk, Bennis also clarified that the reason behind the use of the term “Western Sahara” in MWN news stories – rather than “Moroccan Sahara” which is more commonly used in Morocco – is not a symbol of neutrality, but rather a means to reach out to readers around the world. Researchers on the topic use the term “Western Sahara” rather than “Moroccan Sahara.” He clarified that this is part of MWN policy to reach a wider audience interested in the issue and to bring in the international community as much as possible.Moroccan Politics Club – the organizers of the event – is the only student-led organization at AUI that addresses political issues. The club has a stated mission of encouraging student participation in political discourse. Established in 2011, MPC has hosted a variety of different events, such as educational trips to the Moroccan and European Parliaments, weekly group debates, conferences, and other related activities.As the event came to a close, Bennis stressed the importance of student engagement in such issues. Bennis argued that the government is unable to solve the question of the Western Sahara on its own and that Moroccan society must take collective action.
Rabat – Tension between Morocco and its rivals within the African Union (AU) – mainly South Africa and Algeria – is mounting over the participation of the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in the upcoming 5th EU-AU summit, which will be hosted by Ivory Coast on November 29 and 30.The meeting of the extraordinary session of the AU Executive Council’s preparatory meeting to the joint summit held on Monday saw the two sides come to grips as each pushed for its own agenda.Morocco, besides its allies, sought to exclude what it calls a “phantom state” from taking part in the upcoming event. The Moroccan endeavors were challenged by South Africa, one of the key players inside the AU which is heavily lobbying in favor of its protégé.Pretoria threatened to impose a relocation of the event if Ivory Coast, a traditional ally of Morocco, does not invite SADR to participate.Media sources said that the country issued an ultimatum to Morocco’s friend to send invitations to all AU members, including SADR, to participate in the event until October 27, otherwise the conference would relocated to Addis Ababa where the AU headquarters are based.Algerian and Moroccan online media outlets alike claimed that the Executive Council supported the participation of all AU member states in the joint conference.Algerian and Polisario media triumphantly reported that Morocco failed to impose the non-participation of SADR on the forum.The self-proclaimed entity’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ahmed Boukhari, told the Algerian state press agency that SADR would participate in the event with the same status as all other AU member states.He reiterated Polisario’s accusations against France and Morocco of “conniving” to prevent SADR from taking part in the conference.“Morocco, backed by France, is trying to block SADR’s participation in the partnership meeting between the AU and the EU,” he said.Paris previously expressed its opposition to Polisario‘s participation.During his visit to Morocco earlier in October, France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian said his country wishes to see only “sovereign” states taking part in the meeting, making a clear reference to the self-proclaimed SADR.The Polisario claims that its attendance has been endorsed by the Executive Council, but were dismissed by a source close to the Moroccan delegation to the AU meeting. The source told Morocco World News that nothing has been decided yet.The source explained that convening members agreed to “give some time” to reach “a consensus” before the October 27 deadline.Meanwhile, Morocco will certainly keep pushing for cornering what it calls the “phantom state.” Confrontation with Polisario’s main sponsor, Algeria, and the much more influential South Africa, are thus set to prevail.
Speaking to the press in Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond said that on Saturday, a group of 67 Palestinians arrived at Tanef border crossing in northeastern Syria. Another group of over 50 Palestinians, including four pregnant women and several babies, arrived at the border on Sunday but was told to remain on the Iraqi side. There are reports that more Palestinians are on their way towards the Syrian border. The first group was not allowed official access into Syria, “but were authorized to remain on the Syrian side of no man’s land,” Mr. Redmond said. A UNHCR team tried to help them gain entry, but was informed by Syrian authorities that no newcomers would be accepted.“The Palestinians say they are determined to stay until they are officially authorized to enter Syrian territory,” Mr. Redmond said. The agency has provided food and basic items to the group, while a medical team from the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) was dispatched to check on their health.Last week, UNHCR, with the help of UNRWA and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at the invitation of the Syrian Government, transferred nearly 300 Palestinians who had been stranded for nearly two months at the Iraq-Jordan and Iraq-Syria border crossings into Syria.Entry into Syria has since then been impossible for other Palestinians fleeing violence and intimidation in Baghdad, where an estimated 23,000 Palestinians still live.