Long Awaited New Year’s Gift

first_imgDual citizenship for overseas Indians has finally arrived. As we went to press at the close of this year came the heartening news that the Indian Parliament has, at long last, passed a bill to grant dual citizenship to people of Indian origin.The bill offers dual citizenship to people of Indian origin in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, France, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Switzerland, Israel and Sweden.The news has been long time coming. We have been waiting for this act, in its various incarnations, for over 10 years. The bill was timed to coincide with the celebrations of the upcoming Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to be held in January 2004.As many have speculated, this measure is meant to get NRIs involved in the development of the country, making it easy to participate in the country’s affairs, and simplifying tax laws to facilitate business and commercial ventures.In personal and family terms, the bill is likely to add a psychological dimension to the state-of-being for Indians abroad, as it brings India closer to them and restores to them the emotional privileges and rights in associating with all things back home.One also hopes this exchange is a two-way street. We hope that India contributes to the well being of its citizens around the world in all earnestness and steadfastness, regardless of the political party dominating New Delhi.The extensive lobbying and continuing efforts that it has taken for this step is behind us now and hopefully there will be open and fruitful exchanges between Indians abroad and Indians at home about the future of the country and its social, economic and global policies.The burden on Indians abroad is also more tangible with this new identity. What was once a dream has become a reality. Most of us yearned for it as much for emotional reasons as for its economic advantages. As the legal status acknowledges the everyday reality of our lives, this dual citizenship will only bring us closer to India, and we can think of it as our own again. There is now reason and opportunity for real involvement and real effort.Hopefully, those living in India will not view this dual citizenship as a new form of imperialism of the NRIs. There is no doubt that as an ambivalent import, the NRI is an object of scorn, envy and amusement and only occasionally of admiration. This dual citizenship simply invites us home again; it does not give us a welcome better than what we have received in the past. We need to be mindful that we are not assuming a status more privileged and more honored than those who live their everyday lives in India and fulfill their duties as ordinary citizens.Finally, we hope that the Indian communities in the 16 countries that have been accorded recognition in this bill, are only a start. As many have noted, the decision to limit dual citizenship to these 16 countries was motivated by financial considerations – that the wealth resided with Indians in these countries and it was the reason dual citizenship was not expanded universally. As we live each day away from India and each day closer to the diversity of the global Indian community, we can appreciate the need for all Indians to participate in the project called India, regardless of how much money we bring to the table. Let that be our new year’s resolve  Related Itemslast_img read more

#KicksStalker: Terrence Romeo makes history with launch of signature shoe ‘TR7’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary The sly guard, who has impressed in his stint with Gilas Pilipinas, has been a Peak endorser since last year. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH O.J. Simpson to be released from prison LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Details have yet to be released regarding the TR7 but the number seven pays homage to Romeo’s jersey with Globalport and Far Eastern University.As seen in Romeo’s post, his first shoe features what looks like a mesh upper allowing breathability through the side panels and comes in a low top version. It also has the logo TR on the tongue.Other notable endorsers of the brand are NBA players Tony Parker and Matthew Dellavadova.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Filipino basketball star Terrence Romeo made history when he became the first local player to get his own signature shoe under a major foreign brand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRomeo gave a glimpse of TR7 ver 1.0 by Chinese sportswear brand Peak in an Instagram post on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Trail Blazers rally to oust Nuggets, advance to West finals for 1st time in 19 years

first_imgFrom front, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard celebrates with guard Seth Curry and center Enes Kanter after the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Denver. The Trail Blazers won 100-96. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — CJ McCollum scored 37 points and the Portland Trail Blazers overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to beat the Denver Nuggets 100-96 on Sunday to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000.Evan Turner, who scored just four points in the first six games of the series, added 14 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. The Trail Blazers advanced to face the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, beginning Tuesday night in Oakland, California.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The first one gave Portland an 81-76 lead and the second one made it 92-85 and followed Lillard’s steal of Jokic’s outlet pass.Jokic led Denver with 29 points, but missed 15 shots. Jamal Murray had 14 points, but was 4 of 18 from the floor.HOOD HURTRodney Hood, whom Malone said he was most worried about heading into Game 7, injured his left knee in the third quarter and left the game. Hood was cleanly screened by Torrey Craig when none of his teammates warned him and crumpled at midcourt while Craig broke free for the basket that gave Denver a 60-55 lead.Before the game, Malone said that while Lillard is the superstar and McCollum an emerging All-Star, Hood concerned him the most after scoring 7 points in the fourth overtime of Game 3 and 25 off the bench in Game 5, both Portland victories. Hood finished with 6 points and 3 boards.Tip-ins:Portland: The Blazers didn’t manage back-to-back buckets until McCollum hit two straight baskets to pull Portland to 39-26.Denver: The Nuggets were 2 of 19 from beyond the arc and missed 11 free throws. Portland was 4 of 26 on 3-pointers and 20 of 24 from the stripe.UP NEXT:The Trial Blazers visit Golden State for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Djokovic beats Tsitsipas to win his 3rd Madrid Open title Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Turner corralled the rebound when Nikola Jokic’s desperation 3-pointer hit the rim and dribbled out the clock, sending the stunned crowd streaming to the exits at the Pepsi Center, where the Nuggets owned the best record in the league during the regular season but where they lost twice to Portland in the series.The Nuggets raced to a 39-22 lead and Game 7 was beginning to look a lot like Game 5, when Denver blew out Portland by 26 points in this building. But Blazers coach Terry Stotts called a timeout with 7:26 left in the second quarter and his team began chipping away.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“There wasn’t going to be any quit,” Stotts said. “I didn’t think they ever stopped believing. … It was just about regrouping.”The Blazers were down 48-39 at halftime and trailed by just a point head into the fourth quarter. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ That’s when the Nuggets’ hopes of reaching their first Western Conference Finals in a decade died with a 7-of-24 shooting performance, including 3 of 10 from Jokic, who tearfully blamed himself in the locker room for the loss.Nonsense, said his coach, Michael Malone, who said Jokic proved to the world in these last 14 playoff games that he’s the best big man in basketball and he only petered out at the end because the Nuggets had to rely so heavily on their 7-foot All-Star.It was a devastating end to Denver’s season after the Nuggets ended a six-year playoff drought and earned the second seed in the Western Conference bracket.“I’m not going to allow Game 7 loss to take away from a magical year,” Malone said, “and it doesn’t feel that way right now but when I reflect, and when our players reflect, on what we were able to accomplish — hell of a year, couldn’t ask for anything more from our guys.”McCollum, who had 30 points in Portland’s Game 6 victory, came up big on a night Damian Lillard made just 3 of 17 shots for 13 points. But two of those buckets were crucial 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Campus Ambassador program launched for youngsters

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 10 (PTI) To train youths in collecting safety-related data and actively report law violations, Campus Ambassador program was today launched here by US Ambassador to India Richard Verma.”Introduction of innovative practical solutions is important to address the global concern for women safety,” Verma said at the launch while endorsing an app called safetipin using which people can rate safety of a place after dark and report unsafe activities to the police.”Globalisation, technological advances, and the spread of social networking offer new opportunities for youth to connect and become active participants in finding solutions to the worlds toughest development challenges,” Verma said.These kinds of initiatives and practical solutions are a huge part of what we (USA) do and what we stand for. With programmes such as this, we will be ambassadors of not just our countries but also such causes, he added.Activist Kamla Bhasin said that modern India and people should do away with “outdated” dogmas and traditions that challenge the rights of women as Indian citizens and as human beings.”Culture is created by societies; it is not God-made. And it is created in a certain context and if that context no more exists or if the culture is not relevant to the current times, it should be done away with,” Bhasin said.During the programme, women who have done extraordinary works for society in various fields including governance, corporate world and sports were awarded.High commissioner of Canada to India, Nadir Patel, also drew from his personal experience to underscore the need for women empowerment and extended his and Canadas support to the programme. PTI CHT GJS PVI SK PVIadvertisementlast_img read more

Kriti Sanon looks like she just returned from the future, which is where she should’ve stayed

first_imgKriti Sanon is one new celebrity who’s been experimenting with her fashion game a little too much. During the promotions of her recently released film, Raabta, Kriti gave us a mixed bag of emotions in the form of the dresses she wore to public events–from blissful to downright weird.So, in a nutshell, we’re still deciphering how this girl plans to plant her fashion roots in the industry. Will she be the embodiment of grunge, thanks to the grunge-y t-shirts she’s been spotted wearing at various occasions or would she be known for hippie, casual dressing–only time shall tell.For now, however, Kriti Sanon looks like she’s just gotten off a time machine, after a long, tiring journey from the future. At an IIFA event in New York, Kriti was spotted with her colleagues from the industry, Katrina Kaif, Salman Khan, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt.Photo: Yogen ShahAlso read: Kriti Sanon just made her gym clothes seem like a party outfit. Here’s how you can do too  While the others dressed like they belonged in 2017, Kriti seemed a little, well, other-worldly. The shiny blue-silver Amit Aggarwal dress she wore to the event looked like it belong on a sci-fi movie set. The pulled-back, centre-parting hair she decided to sport didn’t exactly help the cause, neither did those long, shiny silver-black earrings.Photo: Yogen Shah We hope your upcoming IIFA looks aren’t as “futuristic”, Kriti!last_img read more

Christie at the Bat

first_imgNEW YORK — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, playing at a celebrity softball game at Yankee Stadium, proved on June 23 that he can still catch.The governor’s Team Boomer, headed by WFAN radio co-hosts “Boomer” Esiason and Craig Carton, eked out a 7-6 win against players from the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team and New York Yankees alumni at the fourth annual Bombers Boomer Broadway Softball Classic.Christie, who was a star catcher in high school and continues to be a baseball fan, appeared enthusiastic throughout the game, particularly when playing third base in the mostly empty ballpark.After several fumbles early on, Christie wound up making a crucial catch to end the 7th inning, helping his team to victory.“We had the game on the line. Ground ball to third, man on first and second. He bobbled it a little bit but made the play and got the out,” said Carton, a longtime friend of the Governor, who assured reporters Christie had “held his own.”As he warmed up before the game, Christie, who was inducted last year into the Little League Hall of Excellence, said he was happy to have a break from Trenton and that he hoped he wouldn’t get injured on the field.Afterward, he seemed pleased with his performance. “We won, so it went just fine,” said Christie, who wore No. 55 because he is the state’s 55th Governor.Esiason gave Christie an A-plus for efforts, but he joked the governor’s execution “probably should be a little bit better. But at the end of the day, he’s here for the right reason, and that’s all I care about,” he said.He also heaped praise on the governor for participating in the game, which he estimated had raised between $30,000 and $40,000 for cystic fibrosis research.“Not many politicians would go out there on third base and put himself in the line of fire like that,” Esiason said.(JILL COLVIN)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

1st T20I: Imran Tahir 5-wicket haul hands South Africa 34-run win over Zimbabwe

first_imgSouth Africa held off a late charge by Zimbabwe to win the first Twenty20 international by 34 runs on Tuesday.South Africa made 160 for 6 in its 20 overs and appeared to be cruising to victory when Zimbabwe was 70-7 in the 13th over.But a partnership of 53 runs off 19 balls between PJ Moor (44 off 21 balls) and Brandon Mavuta (28 off 14) brought Zimbabwe back into the game.Their partnership was broken by Junior Dala when Mavuta sliced a fill toss to third man and was caught by Lungi Ngidi. Zimbabwe lost its last three wickets in the space of three runs to be 126 all out.Moor, who hit four sixes in a row in the 15h over to kick start Zimbabwe’s late surge, was caught at long-off to end the match.Legspinner Imran Tahir took 5-23 for South Africa to continue his form from the one-day international series, which South Africa won 3-0.Rassie van der Dussen made 56 on his international debut for South Africa and was helped by 39 from David Miller and 34 from captain Faf du Plessis.South Africa’s second debutant of the game didn’t do as well, with opener Gihahn Cloete out for two in the first over.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

Video: Joel Stave Misses On Crucial 4th Down Throw, Iowa Wins Heartland Trophy

first_imgWisconsin flag bearer runs across the field.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 07: A cheerleader for the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates a score against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Wisconsin entered the season as Big Ten West favorites, but after this afternoon’s game, things in that division have been thrown for a loop. The Iowa Hawkeyes pulled off an upset of the No. 19 Badgers in Madison, winning the Heartland Trophy for the first time since 2009. Wisconsin had a chance to take the lead, but Joel Stave fired incomplete on a 4th & 2, looking for tight end Troy Fumagalli on the play.Not the best throw here pic.twitter.com/bsIn9uOFBm— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) October 3, 2015He looked for a pass interference call, and there was some contact, but the refs held their flags, and Iowa was able to take a knee and win the game.The Heartland Trophy comes BACK to Iowa City! #IOWAvsWIS I’m done bragging now. pic.twitter.com/di1hbirdu1— Y2Jason Strasburg (@Strasconsin) October 3, 2015Iowa is 5-0 with the win, and a favorable schedule ahead. This year could be a big one for Kirk Ferentz and his Hawkeyes.last_img read more

New Director Takes the Helm of Stolt-Nielsen

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed transportation company Stolt-Nielsen Limited has elected a new director, Rolf Habben Jansen, Chief Executive Officer of Hapag-Lloyd AG.“With his extensive industry and business experience, Habben Jansen is a valued addition to the Board of Directors of Stolt-Nielsen Limited,” said Chairman Christer Olsson.The Board of Directors of SNL received approval at the company’s annual general meeting in April of 2015 to fill two vacancies. With the addition of Jansen as a director, the SNL Board now has six members, four of which are independent.Rolf Habben Jansen has served as Chief Executive Officer of Hapag-Lloyd AG since July 2014, after having been appointed a member of the Hapag-Lloyd AG Executive Board in April 2014. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of Damco, the global logistics firm, since 2009.Stolt-Nielsen Limited is a global provider of integrated transportation solutions for bulk liquid chemicals through its three largest business divisions, Stolt Tankers, Stolthaven Terminals and Stolt Tank Containers.last_img read more

Cool Leclerc delivers Ferrari Monza triumph

first_imgMonza: Charles Leclerc secured Ferrari’s first victory at their home Italian Grand Prix since 2010 on Sunday when he resisted race-long pressure from both Mercedes rivals to claim his second successive Formula One triumph. The 21-year-old Monegasque, who dedicated his maiden win last Sunday to the memory of his late friend Anthoine Hubert, who was killed in an F2 race a day earlier, was exultant as a vast army of ‘tifosi’ in an estimated crowd of more than 150,000 celebrated deliriously. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”What a race!” said an exhausted Leclerc. “I have never felt so tired in a race. It was so difficult. For me, it is a dream to win here like this in front of the ‘tifosi’ – thanks to everyone!” Lelcerc came home narrowly ahead of second-placed Valtteri Bottas and his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who pursued the victor for most of the race until his tyres let him down. After a late pit stop, Hamilton then claimed the fastest lap of the race. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterLeclerc’s Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel endured a torrid and disappointing day, finishing 13th after spinning off and taking a penalty for rejoining in a dangerous fashion. Hamilton apologised to Mercedes and said his tyres “had gone off the cliff…. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to pull it off,” he said. The defending five-time champion now leads his Mercedes team-mate Bottas by 63 points in the drivers’ championship. Daniel Ricciardo came home fourth ahead of his Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, Red Bull new boy Alex Albon, Sergio Perez of Force India and Max Verstappen, who finished eighth after starting from 19th in the second Red Bull. Local hero Antonio Giovinazzi came home ninth for Alfa Romeo ahead of Lando Norris of McLaren, who continued his impressive rookie season. The air temperature was 20 degrees Celsius and the track 33 as the lights went out, Leclerc making a clean start and fending off Hamilton at the first chicane. Verstappen was an opening lap casualty and required a pit stop for a new front wing and a set of hard tyres, after a collision at the first chicane. After a wheel-banging battle between Albon and Sainz, Leclerc clocked a fastest lap and then Vettel spun at Ascari, clipping Lance Stroll’s Racing Point as he re-joined. Both cars were damaged, Vettel pitting for a new front wing. Vettel was given a 10-seconds stop-and-go penalty and dropped to last. By lap 19, Hamilton and Vettel had warned their tyres were gone, the Briton pitting immediately for ‘mediums’ as Mercedes went for the ‘under-cut’. He fell to fifth, but Leclerc hung on to pit a lap later for ‘hards’ and return fourth as the champion roared down the straight. The two fought ferociously, Hamilton attempting to pass twice, the second attack ending with him escaping across the grass. “He didn’t leave me a car’s width,” said Hamilton. The stewards agreed and Leclerc was shown a black-and-white flag, warning him to behave. “I need more power, man,” exclaimed Hamilton after another foiled attack as Leclerc surged out of range again. On lap 36, Leclerc kept his lead by scampering across the run-off at the first chicane. “Some dangerous driving here,” reported Hamilton as the stewards noted the incident and Bottas, remorselessly fast, closed to within three seconds in third. His tyres worn, with 10 laps to go, Hamilton out-braked himself and ran into the first chicane escape road. Bottas passed for second and the hunt was on. “I’ve nothing left in these tyres,” said Hamilton.last_img read more

US college bribery scandal unlikely in Canada but inequality persists

first_imgThe college bribery scandal is spurring discussion about the ways in which money greases the wheels of the U.S. admissions process — and while most acknowledge there are fewer shortcuts to securing a spot in Canadian schools, advocates say the system is slanted to give well-off students a leg up.American authorities have accused dozens of people of taking part in a $25-million bribery scheme in which parents allegedly paid to ensure their children’s enrolment in elite schools. Among the parents charged are Vancouver businessman David Sidoo, who has pleaded not guilty, and TV actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.The selection process at Canadian schools is heavily weighted towards high school report cards, leaving less wiggle room for the sort of chicanery being alleged in the U.S., an admissions consultant says.“The competitive landscape is very different in the United States,” said Robert Astroff, president of Astroff Consultants, which helps students prepare for their post-secondary studies. “There’s much less opportunity to game the system in Canada.”Canada doesn’t have standardized admissions tests like the SAT or ACT, which some of those charged in the U.S. are accused of falsifying, said Astroff.Prosecutors also allege that parents bribed college coaches to recruit their children. In the U.S., varsity sports are highly monetized, Astroff said, so more emphasis is placed on athletics than in Canada.There are several other factors that can contribute to a student’s chances of getting into a U.S. school, he said: personal essays, letters of reference, class rankings and relationships with alumni.In Canada, the admissions criteria are less subjective, he said, and an applicant’s acceptance often comes down to whether their high school grades meet the minimum requirements.U.S. schools are sorted into a “tiered” system in which there’s a vast gulf between going to an Ivy League university and a community college, Astroff noted. There’s far less differentiation among Canadian universities, so the selection process is not nearly as cutthroat, he said.Admissions officials at Canadian universities also stressed these cross-border distinctions.Curtis Michaelis, admissions and recruitment co-ordinator at Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., said the U.S. students he works with are often shocked at how “transparent” the Canadian system is.Richard Levin, executive director of enrolment services and registrar at the University of Toronto, said most programs accept 50 to 60 per cent of applicants, while acceptance rates at prestigious U.S. schools can be as low as five or six per cent.“It reflects the fact that we have larger public universities with a big breadth of programs that are generally pretty accessible,” he said.According to a 2017 report by Statistics Canada, the post-secondary enrolment rate of 19-year-old Canadians increased from 52.6 per cent in 2001 to 63.8 per cent in 2014 — with the largest gains being made among youth from lower-income families.But Eloise Tan, research program director of Ontario-based advocacy group People for Education, said schools and policy-makers shouldn’t be so quick to pat themselves on the back.“It’s not just about explicit paying or bribery to get your kid into school,” said Tan. “There’s other benefits to having a higher income, that the data shows those students are just more likely to go to school.”Tan pointed to a report released earlier this month by the provincially funded Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario suggesting that high school students who come from families where neither parent has a post-secondary degree are 33 per cent less likely to earn one themselves compared to peers whose parents completed a university or college program.Students from lower-income families were also less likely to pursue higher education than peers from more privileged backgrounds, the report found.Tan said parents are increasingly spending money on tutors to boost their children’s marks, but many students can’t afford those supports. And as Ontario educators struggle for resources, she said youth from higher-income families are more likely to attend schools that have the fundraising to offer extracurricular activities.Students from lower-income families are also less likely to have access to guidance counsellors, she said, and if their parents don’t have post-secondary degrees, the application process can seem overwhelming.“(The disadvantages) are almost invisible, but we need to make sure they don’t remain invisible,” said Tan.Even when universities try to level the playing field, they don’t always get it right, said one researcher with the University of British Columbia.Emily Truong-Cheung, a PhD student in sociology, said UBC changed its admission process in 2012 in an effort to diversify its student population. Instead of just looking at grades, it asks applicants about extracurricular activities and volunteer work.She interviewed 25 applicants and found that while upper-class youth have the time and resources for volunteering, travel and extracurriculars, working-class students often spend their extra time studying and working to support their families.“They were very embarrassed — ‘I don’t want to write about working at McDonald’s. That’s not impressive.’ “Working-class students also felt conflicted about answering a question on overcoming adversity, she said. They wanted to show they had triumphed against the odds, but they also questioned what it had to do with their potential success at UBC.The University of British Columbia said in a statement the school scores every aspect of an application, so administrators can “empirically” measure where every candidate falls relative to the pool of potential students.Truong-Cheung said she didn’t think the university should abandon the new process, but it should address the concerns of working-class students. She appreciates that the U.S. scandal has opened a conversation about class inequality in Canadian universities, she added.“I think what admission processes are trying to say is: We want the best. But what this news has shown is that the best looks a lot like someone who has a lot of resources.”Adina Bresge and Laura Kane, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Supreme Court rejects Saskatchewans request to delay carbon tax appeal

first_imgIt argued a delay would allow for better co-ordination of challenges coming from other provinces such as Ontario.Ottawa opposed a delay and suggested the hearing should take place in a timely manner to provide certainty for households and businesses.Meanwhile, a provincial spokesman says Saskatchewan respects Prince Edward Island’s decision to withdraw from the case.Before any appeal hearing, Canadians will vote in October’s federal election. Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer is campaigning on a promise to scrap the carbon tax if his party is elected and he becomes prime minister.A spokeswoman for federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says politicians should stop wasting taxpayer dollars to fight climate action in court.“A price on pollution is one of the most effective and affordable tools that we have to tackle climate change, and one that will leave the vast majority of families better off,” press secretary Sabrina Kim said in an emailed statement Friday. REGINA — Saskatchewan says the Supreme Court of Canada has denied the province’s request to delay its appeal hearing over the carbon tax.The province says the Supreme Court recently issued an order stating the hearing remain tentatively set for Jan.14.The government had asked for more time and expected a delay could mean a hearing next spring. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

PwC Supports Chief Financial Officers in French Speaking Africa

Rabat – The strategic issues and priorities of Chief Financial Officers’ (CFO) in Francophone Africa were the at the center of a recent study run by the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) team, a multinational professional services network and the second largest professional services firm in the world.PwC launched the second edition of its survey on the strategic issues and priorities of the CFO in Casablanca on May 18, focusing on Francophone Africa.Discussions involved growth prospects and expansion strategies of CFOs in this part of the continent, the work they do in the performance of their duties, continuing difficulties and the new challenges they face in supporting the transformation of the finance function. After a first edition that focused primarily on Morocco, the second one gathered more than 100 CFOs from the Maghreb and Francophone Africa, to take stock of their expectations, needs and perspectives on the evolution of the African market.For Noel Albertus, Managing Partner at PwC Advisory Maghreb and Francophone Africa, “it is in morose and uncertain economic environment that Africa stands as a strong exception.”“The first observation that can be drawn from the report is that respondents express optimism in their forecasts at 80 percent,” Albertus added.He explained that this is because “Africa has gone through several extremely difficult years (terrorism, epidemics, social and political instability, etc.), but its economy has shown great resilience.” This is a fact which greatly reassures the continent’s financiers as to its ability to absorb shocks, he said.The various themes covered in the survey provide an instructive mapping of the perspectives and priorities of CFOs. One of their primary concerns, expressed, is the optimization of cash for better cash management to professionalize the function.Discussions revealed that many companies face cash dispersal concerns and start demanding more sophisticated cash management solutions, such as cash pooling, to secure flows and reduce the risk of fraud.Another major theme that emerged is the digital transformation of the financial function.72 percent of the interviewed CFO’s stated their wish to see the IS improved. CFO’s often request the installation of an ERP like Oracle, to have all the information necessary to control the company. In this sense, 28 percent of CFOs are looking for financial profiles with digital skills.Meetings also raised the difficulties many CFO’s face in their businesses, as 31 percent of managers brought up the problem of access to finance, which constantly stops the expansion of African enterprises.41 percent of them also cited regulatory concerns, including the stability of the rules over time. Exchange rate risk is also a major concern, given the devaluations affecting some African countries (Tunisia, Nigeria, etc.). read more

CGI Group says Brexit and a slowing global economy offer opportunities

MONTREAL — Turmoil around Brexit and a potential economic slowdown present challenges that could work in favour of CGI Group Inc., its CEO says.The United Kingdom’s impending withdrawal from the European Union and a sputtering global economy mean governments and companies will be looking to double down on efficiency, George Schindler said Wednesday.“When there is change, there is a need for assistance. And in today’s world, any assistance is going to require IT,” said the head of the information technology consultancy in an interview.A soft exit could see the U.K. effectively remain in the EU single market and customs union after the March 29 exit date, while a hard exit would mean giving up full access both.“If they were to separate from European customs, obviously, there are a lot system changes that would have to happen. If they decide to negotiate a deal to stay, there are some systems that would need to change,” Schindler said.British firms that rely on the Montreal-based company’s technology and business consulting services could continue to do so easily, Schindler suggested, even if some bases of operation move to the Continent.“I am not commenting whether Brexit is good, Brexit is bad,” he added.Chairman Serge Godin, who founded the company in 1976, said CGI has tended to develop more swiftly in times of economic uncertainty.“Companies are going to reduce their costs. We have probably around 50 per cent of our revenues coming from outsourcing contracts. So it means that when you have that kind of situation, we are becoming a solution for organisations,” Godin said in an interview.The U.S. government shutdown, which started Dec. 22 and continued for 35 days, had a glancing impact on revenues that will become more apparent in the current quarter, Schindler said. He told The Canadian Press that “maybe five per cent of the work is impacted.”CGI reported a profit of $311.5 million in its latest quarter, up from $285.3 million in the same quarter a year earlier.The results came ahead of the company’s annual meeting later Wednesday.Profits amounted to $1.11 per diluted share for the quarter ended Dec. 31, up from 98 cents per diluted share a earlier, the firm said.Revenue for the first quarter totalled $2.96 billion, up from nearly $2.82 billion.Excluding specific items such as acquisition and integration costs, CGI said it earned $1.12 per diluted share for the quarter, up from 99 cents per diluted share a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.11 per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. -With files from Julien ArsenaultCompanies in this story: (TSX:GIB.A)Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press read more

Last Call draws crowd

Vincent Ball / Postmedia News Paul Reaney, a tenant in the former Norfolk Inn, joins Graham Cubitt, director of projects and development for Indwell, during the Last Call tour held Saturday in downtown Simcoe. The support will come from a staff team that includes a social worker, nurse, addiction support, food security and maintenance for about $520 a month with one hot meal available daily.To say the proposal is a step up from the building’s recent past is an understatement. It’s several steps up for less money and much-needed support for future tenants.“The building is in pretty rough shape and there were a lot of unsavoury things going on here including drug-dealing,” Cubitt said. “There was one woman here who claimed to be operating a safe consumption site.“She’d get some drugs off the street and bring people back here to get high.”Most of the existing tenants have found new homes with the help of Indwell while some others, including Paul Reaney, who has been living in one of the rooms for the past six months, are still looking for new digs.“I’ve been looking but there’s not much out there,” Reaney said “Not much that’s affordable.”Reaney was paying $600 a month for the room. There aren’t any supports and there hasn’t been much in the way of maintenance.He can’t recall ever meeting the previous landlord and painted the walls himself to brighten up the place. He would be a candidate to live in Indwell once the renovations are done, but that’s at least a year away.The one-bedroom apartments that are available in Simcoe go for about $1,000 a month.Still, he’s not giving up hope and Reaney believes the arrival of Indwell is good for Simcoe. There are a lot of people who need the kind of housing Indwell can provide, he said.Continuing with his tour, Cubitt points to a closed off courtyard on the second floor. There are windows all around so people can look in but there isn’t any door to make it accessible.Indwell plans to turn the area into an atrium and they also want to put in a skylight that will go from the upper level all the way to the basement.Cubitt was just one of many people from Indwell conducting tours on Saturday during ‘Last Call’ – a chance for the public to say good-bye to the tavern and learn more about future plans.Tamra Smith was one of many people to tour the building.“I think it’s fantastic,” Smith said of Indwell’s plans. “This is something that we’ve needed for a long time.“I’m glad that this is happening but at the same time I’m kind of sorry to see the tavern go. I had a lot of good times here back in the day.”Smith is with the group RISE, which helps people living in poverty. She said it’s about time steps were taken to provide some affordable housing in Simcoe.One other woman, who declined to give her name, also gave the proposal an endorsement.“This is something we’ve needed for a long, long time,” she said. “This will do a lot for the downtown and its certainly a lot better than what we have now.”For Mike Smith, the tour was a trip down memory lane.“This place had everything you could ever want in a bar,” Smith said. “Country music, strippers and then rock and roll.“I spent a lot of time here back in the day. It was pretty wild back then.”Others approached for comment used words like ‘fabulous’ and ‘about time,’ of the affordable housing plan.Still, there’s a lot of work to be done.Cleaning up the building will continue for the next couple of months including the removal of asbestos. Plans call for renovations to begin sometime in the summer and if all goes well, the new program will open in the fall of 2020.Meanwhile, one important question remains.While the stripper pole is gone the stage remains in place. And while many of the people on ‘The Last Call’ tour gave it a good look no one, including one woman approached by  reporter, would agree to have their picture taken on the stage.“Not on your life honey,” the woman said. “I don’t want this in the newspaper and have someone say ‘hey, I recognize her from 1977.’”FACT BOX:WHAT: Indwell plans to transform the former Norfolk Inn into affordable, supportive housing featuring 32 one-bedrooom units.WHO: Based in Hamilton, Indwell is a Christian charity that creates affordable housing for people who need support. Indwell has housing projects in Hamilton, Woodstock and at Hambleton Hall in Simcoe.HOW MUCH: Indwell has applied for more than $6.7 million in funding from CMHC and is looking for $1 million in capital donations.UNITS: The units will include a bed, bedside table, table, two chairs, comfy chair, basic kitchen kit and appliances.Vball@postmedia.com The stripper pole from the former Norfolk Inn has been sold but the stage, albeit empty, is still there.The basement bars remain in place for now, but will be removed as renovations to the former Norfolk Inn get underway to make way for an affordable housing project that will include some commercial uses on the main floor and in the basement of the building.“So I get a call from this guy and he says ‘hey, is the pole still there?” Graham Cubitt said with a chuckle.“Yes, I tell him. The pole is still there.“So then this guy says to me. ‘I want to buy it.’ That’s where I met my wife 18 years ago.’”The pole in question of course is the much-revered stripper pole from what will soon be the former and oft times notorious Norfolk Inn in downtown Simcoe.For the record, the pole sold for $300.“I guess it had a lot of sentimental value for him,” Cubitt said.Cubitt is the director of projects and development for Indwell, the new owners of the building. He recounted the story before leading a curious reporter on a tour of the building on Saturday.Indwell, based in Hamilton, plans to clean up and renovate the former tavern and rooming house into affordable housing. Plans call for 32 one-bedroom permanent housing units to be developed on the top floor of the two-storey building. The main level and possibly the full-basement, which was once a night club, will be available for commercial use.“We’re here to make a difference,” Cubitt said as he showed off the artist’s rendering of what the building will look like when the $7 million in renovations are done. “We’ll be providing affordable, independent living with some support.“We’re here to help people and in doing so, I think we’ll help the downtown.” read more

UN studying Ethiopias fivepoint plan for peace with Eritrea

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi submitted the five-point peace plan to Parliament on Wednesday. “The United Nations is currently studying the plan, and how it could lead to the early and full demarcation of the border,” a UN spokesman said in a statement released in New York. The UN currently has a peacekeeping operation, known by the acronym UNMEE, which is deployed between the two Horn of Africa countries to monitor the ceasefire and ensure the observance of security commitments.

Brock preparing for planned power shutdowns

After working around the clock Easter weekend to restore power to the University, Brock’s Department of Facilities Management is preparing for planned shutdowns in the coming weeks.Brock’s annual substation maintenance is slated for May 9-10. Starting May 9 at 9 p.m. and ending May 10 at 10 a.m., the following areas of Brock will be affected:• All of Mackenzie Chown, including Inniskillin• Earp Residence• Student Centre• Taro Hall• PlazaMaintenance to Brock’s two high voltage feeders April 26 has been cancelled, and Horizon Utilities will reschedule. Brock experienced an unplanned power interruption last weekend because of a failed high voltage feeder during maintenance. Repairs were made to the line April 22, and Brock returned to normal operation April 23 at 6 a.m. Brock’s cogenerator plant continued to run throughout the outages, providing power to critical buildings and systems.For more information, contact Dave Corbett, Electrical Services manager. read more

Silver Lake Resources chooses hybrid option for Aldiss gold development

first_imgGold miner Silverlake Resources has decided to take a “hybrid owner-operator” model at its Aldiss project in Western Australia as it looks to speed up development and boost profitability.Aldiss is comprised of the Harry’s Hill, Karonie and French Kiss deposits, which have an aggregate ore reserve of 2.87 million tonnes at 2.2 g/t for 203,000 ounces.Topsoil and overburden removal commenced at the first of Aldiss’ deposits, Harry’s Hill, in the June quarter, while infrastructure works, including construction of a 36 km road, administration offices, 80-man camp, power and communications infrastructure are well advanced, according to the company.This means the company is on track for first ore delivery to the mill in the December quarter.As part of the hybrid owner-operator model, all major earthmoving equipment has been “dry hired” with Silverlake providing all operating labour.“The adoption of this model (as opposed to engaging a mining contractor) results in an accelerated mine plan and an improvement in project margins and NPV,” the company said.Once infrastructure is established and target mining rates achieved at Aldiss, the focus will shift, in the first six months of 2019, to evaluating several near surface exploration targets along what Silverlake calls the “SAT” trend.last_img read more

Kirkland Lake Golds Macassa mine on the charge with batteryelectric machines

first_imgThe use of battery-electric equipment at Kirkland Lake Gold’s Macassa operation in Ontario, Canada, is on the rise, according to the latest investor presentation from the gold mining company.Macassa now has two of Artisan Vehicles’ battery powered Z40 trucks (pictured) working at the gold mine, in addition to 22 battery-powered LHDs provided by companies including Epiroc and Artisan, the company said this week.This is part of a mining fleet that also includes six 20 ton (18 t) haul trucks and two production drills.In addition to this, the gold mining company has been using at least one Artisan A4 LHD at its Taylor operation, also in Ontario.Macassa, one of the company’s gold-production engines, is expected to have produced 220,000-225,000 oz of gold in 2018, but a future mine expansion could lead to annual output rising to 400,000 oz in 2022.The company uses a combination of underhand cut and fill (~65%), sub-level long hole stoping (~25%) and overhand cut and fill (~10%) to mine the orebody at Macassa.You can learn more about the battery-electric fleet being used at the Macassa operation at The Electric Mine event in Toronto, taking place on April 4-5. Andrew Schinkel, Senior Electrical Engineer at the Macassa Mine Complex, will present ‘Powering up Macassa: operating a major battery-electric fleet at a deep underground mine’ at the event. For more information, please click here.last_img read more

Rugby Australia to sack Israel Folau for disrespectful social media posts

first_img https://the42.ie/4586881 Share44 Tweet Email1 Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 9:18 AM Apr 11th 2019, 9:18 AM 48,892 Views 239 Comments Rugby Australia to sack Israel Folau for ‘disrespectful’ social media posts The Wallabies fullback has drawn widespread condemnation for his Instagram and Twitter posts. RUGBY AUSTRALIA SAYS it intends to sack Wallabies star Israel Folau after his latest controversial social media posts.The Australian union says it has been unable to contact Waratahs player Folau since his posts on Instagram and Twitter yesterday and has now stated that “[i]n the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract.” Folau is a global superstar in rugby. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOFolau’s homophobic and “disrespectful” posts yesterday drew widespread condemnation from the world of rugby and beyond.Qantas, the lead sponsor of the Wallabies, also expressed their disappointment and said Folau’s comments “clearly don’t reflect the spirit of inclusion and diversity that we support.”The 30-year-old’s latest Instagram post, which remains online, is accompanied by a meme that warns that hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolators.”Meanwhile, his most recent Twitter message includes a screenshot relating to Tasmania making gender optional on birth certificates.Folau, who is a devout Christian, writes, “The devil has blinded so many people in this world, REPENT and turn away from your evil ways. Turn to Jesus Christ who will set you free.”center_img Rugby Australia has moved swiftly in response, with Folau having previously made similar social media posts as recently as last year, when he claimed that gay people would go to hell.A statement from Rugby Australia CEO, Raelene Castle and New South Wales Rugby Union CEO Andrew Hore, reads:“Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Rugby Union have made repeated attempts to contact Israel both directly and via his representatives since 6.30pm on Wednesday, and at this point he has failed to communicate directly with either organisation.“Whilst Israel is entitled to his religious beliefs, the way in which he has expressed these beliefs is inconsistent with the values of the sport. We want to make it clear that he does not speak for the game with his recent social media posts.“Israel has failed to understand that the expectation of him as a Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs employee is that he cannot share material on social media that condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality.  Source: Israel Folau/Twitter“Rugby is a sport that continuously works to unite people. We want everyone to feel safe and welcome in our game and no vilification based on race, gender, religion or sexuality is acceptable and no language that isolates, divides or insults people based on any of those factors can be tolerated. “As a code we have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action.“In the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it is our intention to terminate his contract.”Japan captain Michael Leitch was amongst those critical about Folau’s post. “Israel Folau, I’m calling you out.”Japan captain Michael Leitch has posted this video on his Instagram in response to Israel Folau’s latest homophobic comments.Our captain. 😍 pic.twitter.com/rlQ3DRNvk3— Japan Rugby Club (@JapanRugbyClub) April 11, 2019 Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Subscribe By Murray Kinsella Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more