India drop two places to 103 in FIFA rankings

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian football team slipped two places to 103rd in the FIFA rankings released on Thursday. India lost two matches and drew one in the Intercontinental Cup earlier this month in Ahmedabad. It lost 2-4 to Tajikistan and 2-5 against eventual winners DPR Korea before playing out a 1-1 draw against Syria. India has 1214 ranking points to its kitty, down by five points from the previous chart issued last month. The Indian team now lies at 18th among Asian countries. Iran (23rd) is at the top among Asian countries, followed by Japan (33), Korea (37), Australia (46) and Qatar (62). Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhOverall, Belgium leads the chart, followed by Brazil, France, England and Uruguay. Meanwhile, FIFA Thursday sought an update from the AIFF on the current scenario in India to which the national federation reiterated its stance that it would resolve the impasse surrounding an unified league in a two-three year window. Reacting to a representation made by six I-League clubs — Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Minerva Punjab, Churchill Brothers, Aizawl FC and Gokulam Kerala — the chief member association officer of FIFA Joyce Cook wanted an update on the present scenario from the AIFF. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We would like to obtain an update on the current position of the AIFF as well as any additional information you may be able to provide on the present situation,” Cook wrote in a mail addressed to AIFF general secretary Kushal Das. FIFA also pointed out that its joint report with AFC following an extensive consultation process last year is being discussed now regarding the merger of Indian Super League and the I-League. “The report’s objectives are among others, to provide the AIFF with external expertise and to support your federation and its stakeholders in establishing and implementing a widely-supported, robust medium to long-term strategy,” Cook said. “As you know, the report is therefore a comprehensive review and professional proposal which also contains a series of clear and concrete recommendations for your further consideration,” he added. Later in the day, the AIFF issued a statement without mentioning the FIFA letter. “In the recent days, the AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel in his meeting with the Hero I-League clubs as well as in several recent interviews has broadly taken the same line as was suggested in the above-mentioned report. “Needless to mention that this is precisely the reason that a two-three-year window is required to resolve all contentious issues amicably with all stakeholders,” the AIFF statement read. “The question of Hero Indian Super League not remaining a closed league permanently has been clarified amply enough by the AIFF President, and promotion and relegation eventually would lead to the development of club football in India.” The AIFF said it is committed to engaging with AFC and FIFA as well as all other stakeholders for finding an early resolution to these issues.last_img read more

Wanted criminal held after daylight gun battle

first_imgNoida: An inter-state criminal who was wanted in over a dozen cases of heinous crimes has been nabbed by police following a broad daylight gun battle in Noida phase-2 area on Monday.Cops said that the accused was mastermind of the dacoity incident at the corporate office of Mahagun builder that took place in April this year. According to police, the arrested accused has been identified as Sachin Thakur, a native of Sikandrabad area in Bulandshahr. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The accused was arrested after a joint operation was carried out by Noida crime branch and Phase II police. The arrested accused carried reward of Rs 1 lakhs on his head,” said police officials. Vaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar said that the accused allegedly plotted the dacoity at Mahagun’s corporate office and was absconding while other accused were arrested. “Police has received a tip-off about the movement of accused and combing was performed. Police spotted two criminals on a motorcycle and signalled to stop. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe criminals opened fire on police party and in retaliatory firing, one of the criminals, identified as Sachin Thakur sustained bullet injury in his leg while his accomplice managed to flee,” said Krishna. “Upon sustained investigations, it came to light that the accused is the mastermind of the dacoity incident that took place at Mahagun builder’s corporate office in sector 63 of Noida on the intervening night of 27th and 28th April. The accused was absconding since the incident and a reward of Rs 1 lakhs was declared on his arrest,” added Krishna. The officer further said that over a dozen incidents of loot, attempt to murder, dacoity and gangster act are registered against the accused in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad and other nearby districts. Police have recovered a an illegal country made pistol and a few cases of live ammunition from the possession of accused.last_img read more

The necessary amendment

first_imgWith the clearance of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 by the Rajya Sabha on July 31, the passage for proposed changes looks clear–awaiting the President’s assent now. What is intriguing about the amendment bill, which was stuck in the corridors of the Upper House since 2017, is the long list of penalties that have undergone refurbishing. These penalties, which are the prime catalyst for deterrence, have for long been meagre. This meagreness has promoted a sense of impunity and has caused widespread flouting of traffic rules. It is the individual perception which will be stand justified since everyone who holds a driver’s license will acknowledge how simple traffic violations are not seen as a cause of concern. For instance, not wearing seat-belt has been a common violation simply because a menial sum of 100 rupees serves as the fine for such violation. 100 rupees is still a sum one can afford over repeated offences but 1000 rupees will leave them scratching heads and thinking twice before committing the offence. To this length, all penalties have been revised under the amendment bill which will now aim at effective deterrence. This has been done to ensure road safety and curb traffic violations which are more often than not the reason for road accidents. Speeding will now attract a fine of Rs 5000 against Rs 500 earlier. Here the bigger penalty reforms have been a fine of Rs 1000 for riding a two-wheeler without a helmet along with disqualification of license for 3 months against just Rs 100 before–that too with the advantage of riding the bike without a helmet for the next 24 hours from the time of challan. No helmets are perhaps the easiest procurable fines on a daily basis which will now become a serious issue after the amendments are enacted. Apart from reforming existing violations, new norms have been added in the light of observations made over road traffic and safety. New norms include Rs 25,000 with 3 years imprisonment as the penalty for the guardian/owner if a juvenile is found operating a vehicle. This is particularly important since juveniles, having lesser road-sense, have higher chances of getting involved in accidents. The new law will grant officers the power to suspend the driver’s licenses and will attract twice the penalty if the violator is found to be an enforcing officer. The cornerstone of the bill is the scheme for cashless treatment of road accident victims during golden hour and also protection of the person who renders emergency medical or non-medical assistance to a victim at the scene of an accident. Besides these, the provision to apply for a learner’s license online will come as super handy for the first-timers and reduce the load and expedite the process for issuing licenses manifold. The desperately-needed new norms will try to ensure greater safety on roads while making transport-related queries easier to be addressed through online systems. Though initially, the amendments will require some time to be completely implemented but once in practice, it will gradually change the public mindset and enable a safe and secure system.last_img read more

Police recover stolen tea worth Rs 30 lakh

first_imgDarjeeling: The West Bengal police have recovered a huge consignment of stolen tea from Alipurduar.The tea had been stolen from Assam. A person has been arrested in connection with this incident. A truck carrying a load of 400 sacks of tea had started from the Chirang district of Assam on August 2 for Bengal. The truck was hijacked midway. The management of the tea gardens had lodged an FIR with the Assam police. The Assam police had contacted their Bengal counterparts. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The Assam police had asked us for help. We had got a tip off that the vehicle had entered Alipurduar and they were trying to dispose off the tea. We have recovered the stolen consignment belonging to to Kandua and Dhuli Tea Estates of Assam. The stolen vehicle had already been recovered from Dhupguri. One person has been arrested in this connection,” said Nagendra Nath Tripathi, Superintendent of Police, Alipurduar. Siplu Saha, the arrested was produced at the Chief Judicial Magistrate court on Wednesday. He has been taken to Assam on transit remand. The market value of the tea is Rs 30 lakh.last_img read more

Varun accuses Sara of copying the colour of his clothes

first_imgMumbai: Actor Varun Dhawan has funnily accused his “Coolie No. 1” co-actor Sara Ali Khan of copying the colour of his clothes. On Monday morning, Varun Dhawan shared a photograph on Instagram where he can be seen striking a pose along with choreographer Ganesh Acharya, who he has tagged as “Masterji” and his “Coolie No. 1” co-star Sara Ali Khan. The trio seems to be rehearsing for a dance number from the movie. While both Varun and Sara are seen wearing yellow t-shirts, the “Badlapur” actor has accused Sara of copying him and wearing the same hues. He wrote in Hindi: “Saraji ne mere vastra ke rang ko copy kiya,” which translates to “Sara has copied the colour of my clothes.” The two stars will be seen together in director David Dhawan’s directorial “Coolie No.1,” which is a remake of the popular 1995 movie of the same name starring Govinda and Karisma Kapoor. The comedy film is slated to release in May next year.last_img read more

Javadekar to present National Community Radio Awards 2019

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar will be presenting the National Community Radio Awards 2019 during the 7th Community Radio Sammelan that is scheduled to be held from August 27 to August 29 in New Delhi.The event is being organised by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at DR Ambedkar Bhawan and the theme of this year’s Sammelan is ‘Community Radio for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).’ “On August 28, Javadekar will present awards to Community Radio Stations for their achievements in broadcasting development programmes in various genres including promotion of local culture, most creative and innovative content, community engagement awards, among others,” the Ministry said in a Press release on Monday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The event will witness the participation of all operational Community Radio Stations across the country. “The representatives of the Community Radio Stations will discuss experiences and possibilities of programming for better public awareness on SDGs. The event will also witness discussion on various flagship schemes of the government like Jal Shakti Abhiyan and efforts for Disaster Risk Reduction,” the Ministry said. According to the release, research, production, broadcasting, dissemination of social welfare messages through social media and content management for community radio stations will also be discussed during the two-day event.last_img read more

US senators want proof Canada protecting whales but scientist questions move

first_imgHALIFAX – A call by a group of Democratic senators who argue a U.S. agency should audit the job Canada is doing to protect endangered whales is drawing a cool reaction from an American scientist who promotes their conservation.The 11 senators, led by Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts, cite the dire status of North Atlantic right whales as a reason to put some pressure on Canada.There are only about 450 of the right whales left and through the past year they suffered 17 deaths, with 12 of those in Canadian waters.The senators said in an April 25 letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that the agency should conduct a review of Canada’s right whale conservation standards, and consider prohibitions on some Canadian seafood imports if they are too weak.However, Regina Asmutis-Silvia, a biologist with Plymouth, Massachusetts-based marine mammal advocacy group Whale and Dolphin Conservation, said cracking down on Canada is diverting attention from her own nation’s responsibilities.She said it makes more sense to focus on greater protections along her country’s coast, and said that little has been done over the past year to upgrade and increase enforcement of American standards to protect the whales.Preservation of the right whale ignited conservation groups and marine scientists in the past year because of all the deaths, coupled with low fertility.Both American and Canadian scientists have warned the species could be extinct in less than 25 years if it continues on its current course.The other senators involved in Markey’s effort are Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire and Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware.Kate Brogan, a spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the agency is looking into the senators’ request for a review.— With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more

National barbershop chain probably would have lost in court expert

first_imgHALIFAX – An expert on trademark law says a national chain that threatened to sue local Halifax-area barbershop for trademark infringement probably wouldn’t have stood a chance of winning in court.Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop, which has more than 60 Canadian locations, has apologized for issuing a cease-and-desist letter that said barber Thong Luong had to change the name of Tommy’s Barber Shop because it created confusion for potential customers.On Thursday, the company backed down amid a public backlash, saying it now has the “relevant information” it needed to reverse course.“As a family-owned business, we applaud Mr. Luong’s entrepreneurial drive and passion for his business and wish him every success in the future,” the company said in a statement issued Thursday.Luong said Tommy Gun’s retreat was caused in part by social media posts condemning the chain’s heavy-handed approach toward a small business.“It’s amazing. I got one customer come in to give her son a haircut and she gave me a bottle of Champagne and a big cake,” Luong said. “So many people helped me. There’s a lot of emotion.”Christene Hirschfeld, a lawyer for BoyneClarke LLP in Halifax, said Tommy’s Barber Shop was registered with the province’s Registry of Joint Stocks six years before Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop applied for a trademark.“Tommy’s in Dartmouth was in a very good position,” Hirschfeld said. “They could establish that they had prior rights to use that name.”Bigger businesses put their reputations at risk whenever they decide to take on a small, local business, she said.“Lawyers always talk about the law, but businesses have to also think about the reputational risks that comes along with arguments like this,” Hirschfeld said. “Sometimes, the reputational damage is worse than the damage to your brand.”Hirschfeld said trademark applications typically include a national database search to asses if there are previously trademarked businesses with the same or a similar name in the field of services or products they provide.This also includes businesses that are not trademarked and are registered with each of the province’s Registry of Joint Stocks.If there are any matches, the business’s application may be rejected.“I would think that if they (Tommy Gun’s) had done a search, which they are required to do, they would have come across the name Tommy’s.”That means the small-business owner was well in his rights to keep the name, regardless of what Tommy Gun’s had to say about it.Hirschfeld said Nova Scotia businesses are no stranger to cease-and-desist orders.Fan’s Chinese Restaurant, for example, operated for decades under the name “Fran’s.” The restaurant changed its name when it received a cease-and-desist letter from a trademarked Chinese food business.“People have to be aware, when they are branding their businesses, they have to think beyond the next year — you have to think long term,” Hirschfeld said.Most Halifax foodies also remember Opa! Greek Taverna. Today it’s called Ela! Greek Taverna. The owners received a cease-and-desist letter from an Alberta-based Greek franchise of a similar name.The Halifax restaurant had registered its name with the Registry of Joint Stocks after the Alberta-based franchise had already trademarked its name. Opa! in Halifax had no choice but to rebrand.last_img read more

Father of Confederations name stripped from Prime Ministers Office building

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined indigenous leaders across from Parliament Hill on a sun-drenched Wednesday and said the building housing his office will no longer bear the name of Hector-Louis Langevin, a father of Confederation and an architect of the residential school system.Trudeau first announced that National Aboriginal Day will henceforth be referred to as National Indigenous Peoples Day.Then, standing outside 100 Wellington St. — the former U.S. embassy set to become a designated space for First Nations, Inuit and Metis people by 2023 — Trudeau pointed at the former Langevin Block a stone’s throw down the street.“We’ve heard from you and the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) and from many indigenous communities over the past year that there is a deep pain in knowing that … building carries a name so closely associated with the horror of residential schools,” Trudeau said.“Keeping that name on the Prime Minister’s Office is inconsistent with the values of our government and its inconsistent with our vision of a strong partnership with indigenous peoples in Canada and so we will remove this name.”The old limestone building, completed in 1889, will now “officially and practically” be called the Office of the Prime Minister and the Privy Council, he added.The crowd, gathered in a circle close to the podium where Trudeau was speaking, began to cheer and Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde jumped to his feet, smiling and applauding.“That’s awesome,” Bellegarde could be heard saying.Later, Bellegarde thanked the prime minister, saying he listened to indigenous people who expressed concerns about the Langevin Block.In February, a group of indigenous MPs — Independent Hunter Tootoo, the NDP’s Romeo Saganash and Georgina Jolibois and members of the Liberal indigenous caucus— also asked the federal government for a new name.Jolibois, who tabled legislation this month calling for National Aboriginal Day to be a statutory holiday, said Wednesday it would have been helpful if Trudeau consulted the indigenous MPs on the name change.“It is just another building saying the Prime Minister’s Office,” she said. “That’s fine, but it … is still a colonial system. It doesn’t really signify an aboriginal name, an aboriginal historical person.”Langevin, who died in 1906, was a lawyer, newspaper editor and Conservative MP from Quebec. He spent more than 25 years in federal politics, resigning as public works minister in 1891 amid a corruption scandal.It was in his role as minister of public works that Langevin argued for a separate school system with a specific mandate to assimilate indigenous children.On Wednesday, Trudeau also confirmed indigenous communities will be consulted on how best to use the former U.S. embassy.The building is a prime piece of real estate, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said, adding it will send a clear signal that First Nations, Inuit and Metis people represent the most important relationship to Canada.“It looks straight to the Parliament buildings,” she said. “So it is location, location, location.”Natan Obed, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami — a national Inuit organization — said the announcement for 100 Wellington St. is an important step in the path toward reconcilation.“In many cases, indigenous peoples have to fight every single step of the way for very small, incremental gains, whether it be through Supreme Court rulings or land claim agreements,” he said.“I want to pause and thank this government, especially the prime minister, for his willingness to take upon his shoulders decisions that improve the lives of indigenous peoples without decades of fighting and pushing back.”Clement Chartier, the president of the Metis National Council, said the transfer of the building to Indigenous Peoples marks a milestone.“Parliament and the power it represents remains far removed from our needs, our hopes, our dreams,” he said. “But today’s transfer is an important step toward bridging that gap.”U.S. Charge d’Affaires Elizabeth Aubin, the ranking American diplomat in Canada until a new ambassador is confirmed by the Senate, also praised the decision.“On behalf of the U.S. mission to Canada, I wish to applaud the Canadian government’s decision to refurbish the former embassy building at 100 Wellington St., and repurpose it as a new space for Indigenous Peoples,” she said in a statement.The building was built in the 1930s, acquired from the U.S. government in 1997 and has been vacant since 1998.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

NAFTA glossary Talk trade like a boss with these negotiating terms

first_imgWASHINGTON – Negotiations start Wednesday for an update to the quarter-century-old North American Free Trade Agreement. This glossary of negotiating terms helps explain understand some of the underlying dynamics of these talks.Demandeur: The party requesting a negotiation. In this case, it’s the U.S. The demandeur is generally considered to have weaker leverage, but that weakness is mitigated here by the U.S.’s economic might, and by President Donald Trump’s efforts to re-establish leverage with the ultimate threat: ripping up the deal.Zone of possible agreement: Exactly what it sounds like. For example, say the U.S. wants Canada’s dairy industry opened 100 per cent to free-market competition, but would secretly settle for two per cent. And suppose Canada wants a zero per cent change, but would eventually settle for four per cent. That leaves an eventual zone of agreement between two and four per cent.Non-agreement alternative: Your power at the negotiating table is tied to what happens if you walk away. If your Best Alternative To A Negotiated Agreement (BATNA) is the status quo, and you’re happy with it, you have power. This is Canada and Mexico’s position. Trump has moved to scramble that rosy scenario by threatening the end of NAFTA.Fast track: Under the U.S. Constitution, Congress has power over international agreements. Because no country wants to negotiate with 535 amendment-adding American lawmakers, the U.S. political system has devised a compromise. It’s formally called Trade Promotion Authority — better known as “fast track.” Under a fast-track law, the White House handles negotiations with the foreigners. In exchange, lawmakers are guaranteed a role in shaping U.S. strategy, with regular consultations.Supply management: A system that protects a sector shielded from free trade, with import limits and price controls. Canada has such a system for dairy and poultry. The U.S. hates it. Recent trade deals have seen Canada open up the system slightly. Canada agreed to a 3.25 per cent opening in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, for fear of a scary BATNA there: being shut out of a new global trade zone. It will now likely argue that, like the TPP, and like old milk, that offer is expired.Diafiltered milk: Supply management isn’t the main irritant listed by the U.S. dairy industry. It’s especially unhappy that Canadian producers get to profit from price controls, and then can sell skimmed-off diafiltered components for cheese-making at (lower) market prices, squeezing Americans out of this growing market. The Canadian government created a new category of dairy product for this purpose, Class 7. It became internationally famous when President Donald Trump complained about it.Rules of origin: Will be a big issue. It involves what percentage of a product is really North American, and therefore deserving of being traded without tariffs. Under NAFTA, a 62.5 per cent of car components must be North American to count as a domestic tariff-free product. The Trump team wants that raised. But key details still aren’t clear — including whether it will be designed to target Asia, or Canada and Mexico; how it will affect supply chains; and whether it will be calculated on the basis of where a piece gets assembled, or where its sub-components come from.De minimis: This old phrase from Latin, meaning “of minimal” concern, is now relevant in regard to an ultra-modern retail giant: Amazon.com. EBay, too. The question is how much Canadians can spend on an online purchase from abroad, without paying a duty. Canada has one of the strictest de minimis thresholds in the world — it’s $20. The U.S. has it set at $800, and wants Canada to move that way. On the other side, bricks-and-mortar retailers in Canada are pleading with the Canadian government to keep a low threshold, arguing that the hunt for bargains abroad will damage jobs and businesses at home.Two-level bargaining: The idea that national negotiators are working on two levels: with the other country, and with domestic parties. These domestic actors can be silent allies: think good cop, bad cop. The good cop (the negotiator) says he or she can’t move, because the bad cops at home will fight any concession. The U.S. has notoriously powerful domestic actors — big business donors to Congress, and a Congress itself that can, in the end, block whatever deal it wants. The renowned academic who developed two-level theory, Robert Putnam, says this sometimes benefits the U.S., and sometimes hurts it: “(It’s) an unhappy and unique feature of our democracy,” he once wrote. “(It) increases the bargaining power of American negotiators, but it also reduces the scope for international co-operation.” Canada’s domestic actors include the provinces. At TPP talks, Canadian officials printed up a news story about provinces complaining about supply management changes to distribute it, and made sure other parties were aware the provinces were unhappy.last_img read more

Victoria set to tighten limits on number of dogs in area parks

first_imgVICTORIA – Victoria-area politicians are considering putting limits on the number of dogs people can walk and charging a fee for dog-walking businesses who use regional parks amid complaints about packs of wandering animals.Capital Regional District politicians are poised to approve a bylaw next month that would cap the number of dogs walked at one time to three for individuals and eight for professional walkers.Mayor David Screech of the suburban community of View Royal said in an interview that people regularly tell him they encounter dogs numbering nine or more animals while on hikes in area parks.“It was certainly prompted by public concerns,” said Screech, adding he receives emails and calls from people concerned about large numbers of dogs in Thetis Lake Regional Park in his community.The 833-hectare park includes a series of woodland trails and is a favourite hiking area for people, with or without their dogs.“We’ve been getting more and more complaints from people, especially in Thetis Lake Park about large groups of dogs, as many as nine, 10, 11 and 12 under the jurisdiction of one owner,” Screech said. “What it comes down to is the basic issue of how many dogs can one person control.”But Pam Delaney, who was at a Victoria off-leash dog park Thursday, said she’s happy to see large groups of dogs in area parks.“They behave better, it seems, in a pack,” she said. “Dog owners used to keep their dogs away from each other, not realizing they are social animals who love getting together, which is so obvious here.”About a dozen dogs were in the park’s open area chasing after each other.Sarah Spindler, who was walking her two border collie-cross dogs, Cedar and Salty, said she felt the bylaw was unnecessary.“It kind of seems to me it’s one of those rules that they make to make a rule,” she said.Spindler said she understands why some people might be concerned about large groups of dogs, but those people should choose to stay out of the parks.“A whole pack of dogs coming at you could be a little overwhelming,” she said. “To me it’s a known dog walking area, so you know what you are going to run into.”Screech, who’s on the district’s park’s committee, said it recommended approval of the bylaw after hearing complaints from people that too many animals are under the control of one person.He said the bylaw will go before the entire regional district board next month, and if approved, will set out a code of conduct for owners and charge a $320 licence fee for professional dog-walking businesses.“I do think everybody has the right to feel comfortable when using a park,” said Screech. “There needs to be a balance that works for everybody and that’s what we’re attempting to strike.”If approved, the new dog limit rules would be in place by May 1, 2018.last_img read more

Manitoba court rejects demand from unions for injunction against wage freeze

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba’s public-sector unions lost a bid Friday for a temporary court injunction against a provincial government bill that would freeze wages for 110,000 workers.Court of Queen’s Bench Justice James Edmond rejected a request from more than a dozen unions —representing teachers, nurses, civil servants and others — to delay the wage freeze until a full court hearing on its constitutional validity can be held.“Courts will rarely order that laws that Parliament or the legislature have duly enacted for the public good will not operate or be enforceable in advance of a full constitutional review,” Edmond wrote in his 50-page ruling.“I am not satisfied that this is one of those clear cases of a charter violation (where) an interlocutory injunction or stay should be granted pending a trial on the constitutionality of the (bill).”The legislation would impose a two-year wage freeze across the public sector as each collective agreement expired. That would be followed by a 0.75 per cent pay increase in the third year and one per cent in the fourth.The bill was passed by the legislature more than a year ago, but the Progressive Conservative government has yet to declare it in effect.Still, union leaders say it has affected contract talks because government and public-agency negotiators have used it as a guideline.Last year, the unions filed a lawsuit that alleges the bill violates the right to collective bargaining and the freedom of association under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The government has argued it is within its right to legislate wage freezes as part of its effort to reduce the deficit. It also said the wage freeze is lawful because it only applies to new collective agreements and does not reopen existing ones.Kevin Rebeck, president of the Manitoba Federation of Labour, said getting a temporary injunction was far from guaranteed, and the battle will continue when a court hears the main constitutional argument.“We’re not entirely surprised. We knew it was a stretch to get an injunction, but we will always stand up and fight for public-sector workers to have collective bargaining,” Rebeck said Friday.“We’re pleased with the decision and look forward to ongoing collective bargaining in the public sector,” Finance Minister Cameron Friesen said in an emailed statement.“Our approach will continue to be guided by our commitment to repair and protect the front-line services Manitobans depend upon, while avoiding tax increases.“We have always said this effort will require everyone to do their part.”Edmond wrote in his ruling that lawyers for the government and the unions should appear in court Aug. 31 and be ready to set a date for the constitutional hearing.last_img read more

Trudeau should be ordered to committee to explain his actions Scheer

first_imgOTTAWA — Conservative leader Andrew Scheer says Canadians should be outraged that Liberal politicians made any attempt to influence the outcome of a criminal case.Scheer is introducing a motion today asking the House of Commons to order Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to appear at the Commons justice committee to explain his role in what he alleges “could very well be obstruction of justice.”Scheer says it is clear now that Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin successfully lobbied the government for the criminal code to be changed to avoid a criminal prosecution.He says the Liberals then launched a sustained campaign to get the attorney general and the head of public prosecutions to allow SNC-Lavalin to use that new law.The House justice committee is holding hearings to determine whether the Prime Minister’s Office inappropriately pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould — and Conservatives say Trudeau must testify about what happened in his office.Trudeau denies any improper conduct occurred and that any conversations on the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin were done with Wilson-Raybould knowing the final decision was hers alone.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

It would be terrible if nothing changed says Danforth victims father

first_imgTORONTO — When Ken Price read the final police report on the man who shot his daughter during a rampage through Toronto’s Greektown, it galvanized his resolve to tackle one of the major issues that emerged through the investigation: access to a handgun.Price’s daughter took a bullet to the hip during Faisal Hussain’s shooting spree along a bustling stretch of the city’s Danforth Avenue last summer. She was among 13 people wounded, while her friend, 18-year-old Reese Fallon, and a 10-year-old girl named Julianna Kozis died. Hussain killed himself after his attack.Late last month, police Chief Mark Saunders gathered victims and their families to detail the outcome of the nearly year-long probe into what happened. The group learned Hussain had a long history of mental health issues, repeatedly harmed himself, and somehow got his hands on a gun.Police don’t know where he obtained the handgun, although they did discover the firearm was sold legally from a Saskatchewan gun shop. Investigators did not find a motive for the attack, or any affiliation to terrorism or hate groups.For Price, the information bolstered his determination to push for stricter gun laws.“This confirmed our feeling,” he said. “It’s a risk in society to allow gun ownership to be as pervasive as it is, especially handguns.”Hussain, 29, had medical and behavioural interventions through his school years and into early adulthood. He was diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder as a teen, and was on and off treatment for years until he rejected it outright in 2014, according to police.Price said he thought a lot about how Hussain could have been stopped, focusing on the intersection between mental health and access to guns.“You have a right as an adult to make your own decisions, but what is the balance between behaviour that every once in a while is self-destructive versus potentially publicly destructive?” he asked “These are not easy questions. He fell right below the line.”Tackling the issue of access to handguns would at least be part of the solution in such cases, Price said.Price’s daughter ended up being among 613 people were shot in the city last year —  51 of those died, according to police data.Patrick McLeod, whose daughter Skye was with Price’s daughter and Fallon on the night of the Danforth shooting, also believes the attack has highlighted the importance of restricting handguns.“You’ll never solve this completely, but you want to make it harder for the bad guys to get weapons,” he said, adding that while his daughter wasn’t shot that night, she’s still struggled to deal with the terror of what happened.In mid-June, federal Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair said more needs to be done on gun violence, but no new measures would be taken by the governing Liberals before the October election. That includes not banning handguns.Price and McLeod said the families affected by the Danforth shooting have told Blair they intend to turn the matter into an election issue.McLeod, who worked for the Toronto police for 32 years, said he is a lifelong conservative, but would vote Liberal if the party takes a hard stance on guns.He recalled rushing to Greektown after his terrified daughter called from a bathroom in the basement of a restaurant, telling him what happened. He found her and other friends and then looked for Fallon, who wasn’t answering her phone.An officer then pulled him aside and told him a woman lying dead on the street fit her description. McLeod said he went over and recognized his daughter’s friend.“Nothing prepares you to seeing someone that was at your kitchen table a few days before, chatting with your daughter, dead on the Danforth,” he said.“Handguns serve no useful function for Canadians. We can start by not issuing any more permits for handguns, then at least in two generations these will be gone.”Price added that he and other victims’ families just want to see action taken.“I hope something concrete comes out of this shooting,” Price said. “It would be terrible if nothing changed.”Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

StarStudded Concert To Benefit Kate Winslets Golden Hat Foundation

first_imgPBS composer Tim Janis will bring together some of today’s most beloved female artists to celebrate and foster awareness of those living with autism on Friday, November 30th at Carnegie Hall, by benefitting Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation.Grammy award-winner Sarah McLachlan, internationally acclaimed singer/song writer Loreena McKennitt, multi-platinum selling Irish singer Andrea Corr, and classical crossover sensation Hayley Westenra — who with their profound voices and compelling songs have attracted millions of enthusiastic listeners worldwide — will now lend their support to The Golden Hat Foundation.The Golden Hat Foundation is committed to eliminating barriers for people with autism and creating an environment that celebrates these individuals as intellectually capable.Additional special guests include the new hit sensation Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Dawn Kenney, and Amy Petty.Tickets for Tim Janis American Christmas Carol will be available via CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800 and at www.carnegiehall.org starting September 28th at 11am. All ticket proceeds will be donated to The Golden Hat Foundation.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

True Bloods Stephen Moyer Grows A Mo For Charity

first_imgTrue Blood star Stephen Moyer is taking part in the Movember challenge by growing a mustache.Stephen Moyer’s MoFrom the official Movember US website: “During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital awareness and funds for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives.“Once registered at www.movember.com, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.“Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.“At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.”The funds raised in the US support prostate cancer and testicular cancer initiatives. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and its men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG Foundation.To donate to Stephen Moyer’s challenge, and to see a gallery of his facial hair efforts, visit his Mo Space.last_img read more

Kristian Bush and Goodwill Industries of Houston Host Concert and Donation Event

first_imgMulti-platinum Streamsound recording artist Kristian Bush (Sugarland) and Goodwill Industries of Houston connected donors and Goodwill job connection program participants with a benefit concert and donation event held in Houston, TX last week (12/11).Through a national partnership between Bush and Goodwill Industries International, fans were encouraged to provide an item or financial donation for free entry into Bush’s live concert, meet some of Goodwill’s job connection center program participants in person, and see how their donations directly impact lives and help create jobs.The event brought to life the meaning of Bush’s Top 30-and-climbing single “Trailer Hitch,” which reminds us that we collect so many things that we don’t need and we can’t take it with us when we go… so why not “give it away”?Goodwill Industries of Houston President and CEO Steve Lufburrow attended the event, hosted by KKBQ “The New 93Q”, to talk about the initiative and help kick off the live concert with Bush.“Thank you to everyone who came out to last night’s event. It was an honor to help Houstonians make the connection between the everyday items they donate to Goodwill and the members of their community who have received jobs or are going through training for future careers because of those donations. Goodwill’s message is ‘Donate Stuff. Create Jobs.’ And last night, we got to see the magic of that message in person,” said Bush.“We are honored that the Houston community was chosen as the kick-off for Kristian’s partnership with our Goodwill agencies across North America,” said Steve Lufburrow, president and CEO of Goodwill Houston. “Kristian’s concert last evening drew hundreds of Houston area residents who brought used clothing, household goods and monetary donations. The revenue from the sale of these donations empowers community residents to meet their goals and fulfill their futures through job training programs and support services. We are grateful for Kristian’s support of Goodwill, and encourage others to donate what they no longer need.”Earlier this week, Bush performed an exclusive concert preview for Houston media in a news conference at Goodwill Houston headquarters. He visited with staff, toured the job connection center and talked about the importance of the partnership and the #GiveItAway campaign.“Trailer Hitch” is the lead single from his forthcoming debut solo album, SOUTHERN GRAVITY (Streamsound Records), executive produced by Byron Gallimore.Fans are encouraged to continue donating to Goodwill year round. For more information on the #GiveItAway campaign, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

The Lincoln Awards A Concert For Veterans And The Military Family

first_imgThe Friars Foundation – the charitable arm of the Friars Club – will present the Lincoln Awards: A Concert For Veterans and the Military Family in Washington DC on January 7.The Lincoln Awards is the first event of its kind to recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to our nation’s veterans and military families. The concert will be broadcast in Spring 2015 to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s landmark Second Inaugural Address on March 4, 2015, at which Lincoln remarked, “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”Celebrities include Aloe Blacc, the American Military Spouses Choir, Arturo Sandoval, Gavin DeGraw, Gregory Porter, Harvey Keitel, Jerry Lewis, Jon Bernthal, J.R. Martinez, Miss America Kira Kazantsev, Nick Jonas, Rhiannon Giddens, Rob Riggle, The Lone Bellow, Whitney Cummings and many more.The Lincoln Awards is chaired by the Hon. Tommy Sowers, Iraq War veteran and former Assistant Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Lincoln Awards is made possible by Leonard Wilf, Chairman, Friars Foundation Gift of Laughter for Wounded Warriors Program, as well as founder of the Haven From The Storm Foundation, established to support returning service people, address the particular problems faced by vets today, aid in their recovery and provide assistance for their re-entry back into productive society – and additional gifts made possible by other corporate sponsors. Delta Air Lines is the official airline partner of The Lincoln Awards.The event will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2700 F Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20566last_img read more

Michael Kors Named As World Food Programme Ambassador

first_imgInternationally renowned fashion designer Michael Kors has been named a Global Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).A tireless advocate for the world’s disadvantaged, Kors will use his position to continue raising awareness of WFP’s work to build a world with Zero Hunger.Even before becoming an ambassador, Michael Kors has been an active supporter of WFP’s advocacy and fundraising efforts across media platforms and in his stores as a corporate partner through the Watch Hunger Stop campaign.Launched in 2013, Watch Hunger Stop has been raising awareness and funds for WFP’s School Meals programmes by designing and selling limited edition and special-edition Michael Kors watches, with US$25 of each sale going to children in need. Additionally, Michael Kors has used his powerful voice on social media to garner support for WFP’s most urgent emergency operations targeting those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the Nepal earthquake and Syrian refugees. Since its inception, Watch Hunger Stop has helped deliver over 10 million meals to school children throughout the world.“It’s an honour to be named a Global Ambassador Against Hunger, and a further inspiration to me to continue the important work of ending world hunger hand in hand with WFP,” says Kors. “WFP has a global presence, with people on the ground in countries that are most affected by hunger and malnutrition, and they’re doing an amazing job helping families and communities build a better future for themselves.”Michael has been a long-time champion in the fight against hunger. Since the 1980s, he has worked with God’s Love We Deliver to provide nutritious meals to New Yorkers who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. The Ambassadorship with WFP extends his commitment to support hungry communities on a global scale.Kors joins a special group of WFP Ambassadors that includes sporting legends such as the Olympic marathon runner Paul Tergat, footballer Kaka; media celebrities such as Vogue Italia Editor-in-Chief Franca Sozzani; platinum-selling musical artists Christina Aguilera and Sami Yusuf; football coach José Mourinho; U.S. philanthropist Howard G. Buffett; and actresses Hend Sabry and Drew Barrymore.last_img read more

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Attend Royal

first_imgThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle attended the first annual Royal Foundation Forum on 28 February 2018.Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Duchess and Duke of CambridgeCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukDuring the forum, Their Royal Highness and Ms. Markle took part in a panel discussion to talk about how The Foundation was founded and their ambitions for its future. Ms. Markle will formally become the fourth Patron of The Royal Foundation after her and Prince Harry’s wedding on 19 May 2018.The Duke of Cambridge made a speech before the panel discussion.“Today we want to reflect on what we have built with all of you,” he said. “Ten years ago Harry and I were still serving full-time in the military, but we were starting to look to the next stages of our lives. As we discussed together the best way to set out on our official work, we looked to the values our family had instilled in us.“Both our parents had provided for us an example of diligence, compassion and duty in all they did. Our grandparents, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, had made support for charity central to their decades of service to the nation and the Commonwealth.“The task for us would not be to reinvent the wheel. Instead, our job was to follow the example of those who had come before us, hold on to the values that have always guided our family, but seek to engage in public life in a way that was updated and relevant for our generation.“We were aware that the modern charity sector was very different to the one that previous generations had worked alongside. The generosity of the British people, and the entrepreneurial and creative passion that is at the heart of our communities had seen the number of charities grow from a few thousand in the 1950s to around 180,000 today.“Social media was changing the way people engaged in issues, making it easier to campaign than ever before, and engaging young people in new and exciting ways. The diversity of our society was creating huge opportunities to get people from all walks of life involved in tackling important challenges. To provide the meaningful leadership and support to the sector that our parents and grandparents had, we would need to think about our roles in a different way.“We approached the answer to this question by establishing The Royal Foundation, our own foundation which would help us explore big issues that are close to our hearts.”Under the theme ‘Making a Difference Together,’ the event also showcased the programmes run or initiated by The Royal Foundation, and will include a number of delegates who have been involved in key projects. The Royal Foundation’s programmes to date include Heads Together, the Invictus Games, and United for Wildlife.Launched in 2011, The Royal Foundation was set up by The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry as the main vehicle to pursue their charitable and philanthropic interests. Once The Duchess of Cambridge became Patron, Their Royal Highnesses established a key focus of working together, as well as convening others to help tackle society’s biggest challenges.Since then, The Royal Foundation has grown significantly, making a difference in communities across the UK and beyond.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more