Meghalaya musician files FIR against traffic SP for abuse, attempted murder

first_imgA musician in Meghalaya has filed a first information report (FIR) against a senior police officer in capital Shillong for abuse of power, assault and attempted murder, besides illegal confinement.Manavon Massar, a musician and son of a leader of the ruling National People’s Party, accused Traffic Superintendent of Police (SP) Bashan J. Laloo of racism and judging him because of “my dreadlocks and appearance”.Mr. Massar’s FIR at the Laitumkhrah police station in Shillong on Thursday stated that he was driving an Assam-registered small car along with a friend from Mumbai on Wednesday and had overtaken a few vehicles when the SP stopped and pulled him out of the car.Apart from threatening to shoot him, the SP allegedly kept speaking in Hindi and assaulting him, stopping “only after I spoke to him in Khasi”. The FIR said he was taken to the Civil Hospital for medical tests which said he had a broken index finger and bruised legs but no traces of alcohol or drugs, as “had been suspected”.A copy of Mr. Massar’s FIR, filed along with members of a rights NGO, was submitted to the Meghalaya Human Rights Commission seeking protection of the people from “rogue and violent officers”.Later, Mr. Massar took to social media admitting he was guilty of overtaking. After driving 18 hours from Dambuk in Arunachal Pradesh he was in a hurry to check the sound for a gig in Shillong. “Those who know me know how music is important in my life and I am so handicapped right now (because of the broken finger). I would have taken my punishment (for overtaking) but did I deserve this much?” he asked.‘Trial by social media’ Mr. Laloo said an FIR was filed against Mr. Massar and his friend too for overtaking vehicles rashly and dangerously in foggy conditions putting the lives of others at risk. “The police were forced to subdue him after he challenged them following detention,” he said. The SP also said a complaint would be filed against Mr. Massar for the “mischievous trial by social media”.“If you are violating the law, you are violating the law. How does it matter what hairstyle one sports or what language is spoken? They have tried to communalise things. That is very dangerous. One has to use social media responsibly,” Mr. Laloo told The Hindu on Friday.“There was another vehicle detained that day for overtaking. Nothing happened in that case while this person was aggressive,” he added.last_img read more

Avinash Sable Qualifies for Olympics Breaking Own National Record in 3000m Steeplechase at Worlds

first_imgDoha: India’s Avinash Sable qualified for Tokyo Olympics in men’s 3000m steeplechase event by shattering his own national record for the second time in three days but finished 13th in the final of the World Championships here.In the men’s 20km race walk event, national record holder K T Irfan finished a disappointing 27th in 1 hour 35 minute 21 seconds while compatriot Devender Singh stood 36th in 1:41:48 seconds among 40 athletes who completed the race. A total of 52 competitors had started the race walk event which began at 11:30 PM local time under hot and humid conditions on Friday.The 29-year-old Irfan and the 35-year-old Devender had finished 23rd and 50th respectively in the last edition in 2017 with a much better timing.The 29-year-old Irfan has already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, and holds the national record.Avinash, a farmer’s son from Mandwa village in Maharashtra, clocked 8 minute 21.37 seconds to breach the Olympics qualifying standard of 8:22.00 seconds while finishing 13th in the men’s 3000m steeplechase final on Friday night.In the process, Avinash broke his own national record twice in three days. He had clocked 8:25.23 seconds during the first round heats on Tuesday, bettering the then national record 8:28.94 seconds which he did during the Federation Cup in March.Congrats @iaaforg #WorldAthleticsChamps its one of the best and full crowd at #Khalifa Stadium in #Doha2019 #LoveAthletics pic.twitter.com/CoAMerdEdl— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) October 4, 2019 In fact, this was his fourth national record in one year. His first national record (8:29.80 seconds) was set in September last year during the National Open in Bhubaneswar while the second came in March this year during the Federation Cup in Patiala.During this period, he made an improvement of nearly eight-and-a-half seconds.Included in the final race under dramatic circumstances, the 25-year-old Havaldar in the Indian Army was not expected to stand on the podium and he seemed to be running within his limitations as he finished far behind the medal winners.From the very beginning, Avinash was running at the rear and by the halfway mark, the distance from the leading pack of runners was too long to cover up.Reigning Olympic champion Conseslus Kipruto of Kenya defended his 2017 title with a time of 8:01.35 seconds, more than 20 seconds faster than Avinash, while Lamecha Girma (8:01.36) of Ethiopia and Soufiane Bakkali (8:03.76) of Morocco took the silver and bronze respectively.Born in a farmer’s family, Avinash joined 5 Mahar regiment after completing 12th and was posted at the Siachen Glacier in 20132014, before shifting base to the deserts of north-western Rajasthan and in Sikkim in 2015.He first took part in inter-army cross country running in 2015 before switching to steeplechase under Army coach Amrish Kumar in 2017.Avinash had made it to Friday’s finals in dramatic circumstances after he initially failed to make the cut in the heat races on Tuesday.He was later included among the men’s 3000m steeplechase finalists after the Athletics Federation of India successfully protested that he was obstructed by other athletes during the heat.The race referee, after examining video footage, agreed that Avinash was significantly obstructed on two occasions. India’s protest was accepted and under Rule 163.2 (Obstruction), he was included for the final. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Avinash SableIAAF World Athletics ChampionshipsIndia First Published: October 5, 2019, 3:28 PM ISTlast_img read more

Wimbledon: How did Roger Federer get out of that? Unbelievable

first_imgWhen Roger Federer stood on the dusty baseline with the scoreboard showing he was trailing Marin Cilic 6-7, 4-6, 3-3, 0-40, it looked like the man with the dodgy back was about to disappear into a giant Wimbledon sinkhole. (Federer fights his way to record Wimbledon semis)When the self-styled “old guy” of tennis stood match point down at 4-5, 30-40 in the fourth set, it looked like he would be sucked deeper into the mire.When the 34-year-old stood another match point down two games later, the hole was getting wider.When the Swiss stood yet another match point down at 6-7 in the tiebreak, he was hanging on by his fingernails.However, Federer has not won a record 17 grand slam titles for nothing and he showed what makes him the ultimate champion as he performed not one, not two, not three but four great escapes during a nerve-shredding Wimbledon quarter-final.It was little wonder that the earth shook under Centre Court as 15,000 hollering fans jumped to their feet to greet Federer’s astonishing 6-7(4), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(9), 6-3 victory that kept alive the Swiss maestro’s dreams of an eighth Wimbledon trophy.”When you’re down two sets to love, three-all, love-40, it’s a moment when it’s not in your control anymore,” Federer said after setting up a semi-final with Canadian sharp-shooter Milos Raonic.”There were many more match points in my mind than just three today. But I fought, I tried, I believed. At the end I got it done.”advertisementHow he got it done defied logic.”I cannot believe Roger Federer won that match. Unbelievable tennis. How did he get out of that?” gushed American great and Raonic’s coach John McEnroe.”You’ve got to love the courage that he is able to find a way to do that, that is a killer loss.”UNBELIEVABLE FEELINGA killer loss for Cilic, maybe, but a shot in the arm for Federer who came to Wimbledon saying even he “didn’t know how my body will hold up” having not played a best-of-five-setter since pulling out of last month’s French Open with a back injury.”To win a match like this, to test the body, to be out there again fighting, being in a physical battle and winning it is an unbelievable feeling,” the third seed said after surging back from two-sets down for the 10th time in his career”My legs were there, my back was there, serving was key. Mentally this is going to give me a hell of a boost. I am ecstatic that I was able to come through… somehow.””Somehow” was the correct assessment as the most gifted shotmaker in tennis was found wanting in the opening two sets against a man he had beaten in five of six previous meetings.His silky shots were in short supply as Cilic threatened to “blow away” Federer, just as the Croatian had done en route to the U.S. Open title two years ago.”I couldn’t read his serve. It wasn’t going well for me,” summed up Federer as his hopes of ending a four-year barren run at the slams looked to be in jeopardy.But he hung on for dear life, hoping against hope “to get a bit lucky”.A deluge of lucky breaks started flowing Federer’s way from midway through the third set.At 3-3, three backhand errors from Cilic allowed to Federer to stay alive from 0-40 down.At 2-1 down in the fourth set, Federer survived two more break points as the ninth seed failed to take advantage of the Swiss’s second serves, misfiring both returns.Then came the heart-stopping match points, and yet again all Federer did was fire down some soul-destroying deliveries — as on each occasion Cilic never got the ball back into play.Once Federer had bagged the “crazy breaker” on his fifth set point, it took him only another 33 minutes to subject Cilic to the most painful defeat of his career — his 27th ace finishing off the job.”I don’t remember coming back from two sets to love here. This is huge for me, my season, my career,” Federer said after securing his passage to an 11th Wimbledon semi-final.last_img read more

Raheem Sterling’s double inspires England to stunning victory in Spain

first_img 22 Sancho 1 Pickford Read more It was the night when Raheem Sterling, in 22 first-half minutes, doubled his England goal tally from the previous six years. Harry Kane’s run without a goal is now seven games but, seriously, who cares when the captain plays this effectively? Marcus Rashford added England’s other goal, all coming in the first half, and when Spain gave everything to tryto pull off a remarkable feat of escapology Gareth Southgate’s players held out – just – in the face of a sustained onslaught.True, they came perilously close to being worn down during those nerve‑shredding moments when Spain laid siege to Jordan Pickford’s goal. Ultimately, though, England are entitled to think they deserved this victory regardless of the fact that Spain had 73% of the possession and four times as many efforts at goal. England were more clinical with their execution. They defended better and at half-time their 3-0 lead was an accurate reflection of their superiority. Ten minutes into the second half there were even the first olés drifting down from the most vertiginous part of this old concrete bowl where England’s fans were happily congregated.Most of those supporters might have wondered beforehand whether England’s first dalliance with the Nations League might end in relegation. Now they improvised with chants of “we are staying up” and queried, en masse, whether their opponents might be Scotland in disguise.Except it was inconceivable England would have everything their own way. Spain hit back with a brilliant header from one of their substitutes, Paco Alcácer, and there were times, even with a 3-1 lead, when England looked dangerously close to being overwhelmed. Spain can do that to the best of opponents and Luis Enrique’s team could conceivably have saved themselves with a bit more luck and some improved accuracy with their finishing. Facebook (s 73′) Pinterest match reports 10 Sterling 14 10 Twitter 6 Maguire 11 Rashford Lineups Instead it was difficult to remember the last time Ramos, for one, has looked as vulnerable as he did during those wonderfully slick exchanges when England’s new 4-3-3 shape, with Sterling and Rashford either side of Kane, fully flowered. England’s three attackers all rose to the occasion, with Kane involved in all the goals. Behind them Eric Dier had his best game for some time and, early on, signalled England’s mood with a memorable challenge on Ramos. Harry Winks justified his selection and Ross Barkley played much more confidently than he had in Croatia three days earlier.Southgate might even reflect that his team should have scored more during that period of the first half when they opened up the Spanish defence with a regularity that was, frankly, bordering on absurd. Kane and Rashford set up Sterling to elude a wonky offside trap and sweep in the opener. Rashford’s goal also originated from the same route: Pickford picking out Kane with a measured kick up the pitch. Kane peeled away from Ramos and his pass was beautifully weighted for Rashford to slip his shot beyond David de Gea, his Manchester United colleague.With not even half an hour played, this was extraordinary enough – but England were greedy for more. Spain, in stark contrast, looked in need of smelling salts and it would get even worse for the hosts before the interval. Again Kane played a decisive role. Barkley picked him out at the far post and Kane turned the ball across the six-yard area to leave Sterling with a close-range finish. 2 Trippier 15 Dunk 8 Winks Sergio Ramos (centre) argues with Szymon Marciniak after the Polish referee decided not to award Spain a penalty in the second half. Photograph: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images Fouls 14 Alexander-Arnold 19 Rodrigo Even more remarkable, this was England’s youngest team since 1959. Southgate’s starting lineup had an average age of just over 23 and there was only one player, Kieran Trippier, above 25. Sterling was the most experienced of England’s first-team picks, winning his 46th cap at the age of 23. It was also, without question, his finest performance and a reminder why Southgate has persevered with him during the long periods when Sterling has found it difficult to replicate his Manchester City form.He had not scored for England since a Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia in October 2015 but his performance here was a fine riposte to his critics. His first goal, in particular, was also conclusive evidence that his confidence had not been too badly affected. It was his first in 30 hours and 23 minutes for his national team and that set the tone for the remainder of the first half: the best England have played, feasibly, since the 5-1 win in Germany in September 2001.The sight of England taking a three-goal lead inside the opening 38 minutes was certainly a sensation, given Spain had won their previous Nations League tie 6-0 against Croatia. The home nation streamed forward in the opening exchanges and, in those moments, England’s supporters might have been forgiven for fearing the worst. Raheem Sterling was the most experienced England player in the starting XI, who had an average age of 23. Photograph: Kieran McManus/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock 32 68 Spain Facebook Substitutes 12 0 Corners Share on WhatsApp 20 Maddison To hold out was a triumph in itself for England and, when Sergio Ramos headed in Spain’s second goal, seven minutes into stoppage time, it turned out to be the final act of the night. Szymon Marciniak, the Polish referee, did not even let the game restart. 5 Gomez (s 85′) England Nations League England 21 Bartra Twitter 5 Busquets Substitutes 19 Mount 22 Ceballos 13 Arrizabalaga 7 Morata Goal attempts (s 76′) Possession Spain 8 Koke 9 Alcacer Nations League round-up: Northern Ireland face drop after Dzeko double ENG ESP 13 Butland Share on Twitter 4 Dier Match stats 20 Asensio Luis Enrique sees Spain’s optimism washed away in the Seville rain 1 de Gea (s 56′) Pinterest 3 Albiol (s 90′) 16 Chalobah Read more 11 Suso Share on Pinterest Where to start? It was a wild, epic night and, ultimately, these are the occasions England ought to cherish. Any victory against a team of Spain’s calibre has to be celebrated but the narrative of this performance should bring back all the feelgood factor from the World Cup and makes it, without exaggeration, one of the more pleasurable nights of England’s modern history. 4 Nacho ENG32ESP68% Share on LinkedIn 12 Alonso 21 Bettinelli 14 Azpilicueta Read more The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 10 Thiago 6 Saul 9 Kane 18 Gaya 3 Chilwell 12 Walker Share via Email 11 Spain Off target 0 England 13 Spain On target 4 England Topics 17 Aspas 23 Pau Lopez (s 57′) England came under such concerted pressure in the second half that Southgate brought on Kyle Walker and switched to a back five. Pickford had some hairy moments, including one near-calamity when he tried a Cruyff turn in the penalty area, lost the ball to Rodrigo and had to slide-tackle him to prevent what seemed like a certain goal.Alonso put one stoppage-time header against the crossbar and England, with Nathaniel Chalobah coming on for his debut late on, faced some almost unremitting pressure before Ramos finally beat Pickford for a second time, from Spain’s 22nd effort of the night. It was too late and Southgate spoke afterwards about the bravery of his players. England could celebrate their first victory in Spain since 1987 and Southgate’s courage had also been rewarded in selecting, and trusting, such an inexperienced team. Share on Facebook 2 Jonny Spain 2-3 England: player ratings from the Nations League tie 7 Barkley 15 Sergio Ramos 16 Rodri Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Essar Shipping Wins Arbitration Case against SAIL

first_imgzoom Indian shipping corporation Essar Shipping Limited has won an arbitration case against the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).In accordance with the ruling, SAIL is requested to pay Rs 323 crore (USD 48 million) in damages to Essar Shipping for termination of contract relating to coal transportation, the Economic Times reports citing company officials.Namely, under the contract signed in 2007, Essar Shipping was hired to transport 3 million tonnes of cooking coal from Queensland, Australia to Indian ports.As disclosed, the contract was renegotiated in 2011, only to be terminated shortly after with SAIL resorting to the spot market cargoes.The National Stock Exchange of India Limited has sought clarification from both Essar and SAIL with respect to recent media report.“In this regard, exchange have advised the companies to provide clarification/confirmation on the news item in detail including the following: Whether you/company are aware of any information that has not been announced to the exchanges which could explain the aforesaid movement in the trading. The response from the company is awaited,” the exchange said.Both companies have confirmed the story today, with Essar Shipping saying that they were waiting for “duly stamped copy of the order of the said arbitration award before informing the stock exchanges”.According to SAIL, the arbitration award against the company worth USD 38 million plus interest has been passed.“In terms of the award, certain actions are to be taken by both parties for determining the exact sum for stamping the award. However, the award is under examination by lawyers of the company for future course of action to be taken,” the company added.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

USA hold Asian champion Japan to 22 draw enter semifinals

first_imgBhubaneswar :The USA continued a fine run and held Asian champions Japan 2-2 to qualify for the semi-finals as Pool B toppers in the FIH Series Finals hockey tournament here Monday. The match between world no. 18 Japan and world no. 35 USA witnessed a hard-fought first two quarters but both the teams failed to break the deadlock till half-time. Deegan Huisman (41st, 51st minutes) scored a brace for the Americans to give Japan a few nervous moments. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun After Kenta Tanaka’s goal in the 45th minute, Japan were made to fight hard and finally managed to draw level a minute before the final hooter through a penalty corner conversion by Shuguru Hoshi. Both Japan and USA have seven points from three games but the Americans, who have impressed one and all in the tournament so far, finished on top by virtue of better goal difference. USA, thus, directly qualified for the last-four round, while Japan will have to play the cross-overs to make it to the semifinals.last_img read more

CANADIAN COUNTRY SINGER GEORGE CANYON TO PLAY TEEN ANGEL IN GREASE THE

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement George Canyon, a Juno Award-winning country singer from Nova Scotia, takes the role June 12 to 17; Big Time Rush star Logan Henderson is onstage June 24 to 29; and Drake Bell, star of Drake & Josh, is up July 3 to 8.This Toronto re-engagement stars Janel Parrish of Pretty Little Liars as Sandy and Matthew Helfer as Danny. See greaseonstage.com for more information.By DEBRA YEO | Toronto Star LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement A Canadian country music star and three TV notables are making cameo appearances in Grease: The Musical, now onstage at Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre.Producers say guest cameos in the role of “Teen Angel” date back to former teen idol Frankie Avalon, who played the role in the 1978 movie and also onstage.First up in Toronto June 7 to 10 is Mark Ballas, an Emmy-nominated choreographer and Dancing With the Stars performer who made his Broadway debut as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys.center_img Facebook Canadian country music star George Canyon is one of four celebrities who will make cameo appearances in Grease: The Musical in Toronto. Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

FORMER CTV WINNIPEG SPORTSCASTER PLEADS GUILTY TO ROBBING 2 BANKS IN MEDICINE

first_img Twitter Vogelsang was arrested in October 2017 after a Royal Bank of Canada branch and a Bank of Montreal branch were robbed.Earlier this month he was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a string of bank robberies in Regina and Saskatoon in 2017.With credit for time served he has three years left in his sentence.Vogelsang was a sports anchor and news director for many years with CKY (now CTV Winnipeg) and was also a journalism instructor at Red River College in Winnipeg.THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With: A former journalist arrested almost two years ago after two banks were robbed in Medicine Hat, Alta., has been convicted of the crimes.Stephen Vogelsang, who is 55, entered guilty pleas Thursday in provincial court to two counts of robbery.He is to be sentenced on July 30. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Stephen Vogelsang was a journalism instructor at Red River College from 2002-11 and before that was the news director and longtime sports anchor at CTV. (Steve Vogelsang/Facebook) Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Renault keeps Ghosn as CEO despite arrest in Japan

first_imgTOKYO — France’s Renault says it has decided to keep its CEO Carlos Ghosn on despite his arrest in Japan on allegations that he misused assets of partner Nissan Motor Co. and misreported his income.Renault’s board of directors announced late Tuesday that the No. 2 at the company, Thierry Bollore, would temporarily fill in for Ghosn.The French automaker said it would further consolidate its alliance with Nissan. The two automakers have a partnership, also, with smaller automaker Mitsubishi Motor Corp.There was no update Wednesday in Tokyo from prosecutors on Ghosn’s case, and no public word from Ghosn himself. It was unclear where he was being held.The Japanese and French governments have confirmed their support for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, the industry leader with 10.6 million vehicles sold in 2017.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Are you on speaking terms with your old pensions Ignoring them could

TORONTO — If you haven’t thought about the pension funds you’ve racked up at previous jobs for a while, it might be a good idea to check in.Not keeping in touch with plan administrators at those old workplaces could see you missing out on important decisions, and in some cases even lose you money.While there isn’t reliable data on just how many people are disconnected from their pensions, the federal government says the number could be rising with people switching jobs more often, qualifying for pension plans faster, retiring abroad more often, and not updating their mailing address because of increased reliance on online accounts.Administrators not being able to find recipients is certainly a problem, even if the amounts owing can often be small, said Todd Saulnier, chair of the national policy committee at the Association of Canadian Pension Management.“For sure it is an issue. It’s an issue with all the plan sponsors and administrators.”Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, for example, has about 30,500 members that it can’t locate. And while the Canadian government hasn’t put a dollar amount to the problem, a difficult task with 10 separate regulatory regimes, the U.K. estimated there was about $682 million in unclaimed pensions in that country when it rolled out a pension-finding database a few years ago.The industry does use a variety of methods to try and track people down, including through Equifax, search firms and the CRA, but in the last case in particular, people don’t tend to respond due to suspicions they’re being scammed, said Saulnier.“The success rate is pretty darn close to zero…how would you feel if you got a letter from the CRA saying you’re owed money?”While pension plans are responsible for tracking you down, and funds are generally safe until you need them, there are reasons to reach out to administrators yourself.  If you want to take a cash payout on the pension, you often have to do so before you’d qualify for the pension itself.“That delay of not contacting could close some option they otherwise would have had,” said Saulnier. If the pension is the increasingly common defined-contribution type, then you also need to decide if you want to manage it yourself or keep it with the company. If you’re no longer an employee, you may be charged higher management fees.“It’s better to know where it is. Maybe you’re comfortable keeping it with your old employer, maybe you’d prefer to have it closer to home and under your own control. Each individual has to figure that out.”Depending on the province, if administrators can’t find beneficiaries the funds could be transferred to unclaimed property divisions, which could then eventually end up in general government revenue. That’s the case in some circumstances in Quebec and Alberta, while in British Columbia it only happens if the pension plan is terminated.Federally regulated pensions could also start transferring unclaimed funds, in this case to the Bank of Canada, if proposed changes go forward.If you want to track down an old pension, from jobs you worked at for either weeks or years, the most straightforward place to start is to call up the human resources or pension administrator at your old company.If the company’s been taken over, gone bankrupt, or otherwise hard to find, you can try getting in touch with the provincial regulator.Some provincial regulators, such as the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, also have databases you can search for the right contact information, and will be making more changes once a new regulatory body takes over in June. Ontario also now requires plan administrators to send out pension statements every two years, so if you have an Ontario-based pension, but haven’t received a statement, they may not know where you are.A surviving spouse should be able to get details on old pensions as well, because they often have the same rights to information. Other beneficiaries might have a tougher time jumping through privacy and legal hoops, but human resources will likely help out, said Saulnier.“I’m sure HR would be willing to do a certain amount of digging from that perspective, particularly if it allows them to clean up their records.”There’s also a chance that you didn’t qualify for a pension, especially if the job was in the 1980s or earlier, but more recently people vest into the pension fairly quickly or right away.If you’re soon leaving a job, the biggest decision on a pension will be on whether or not to take a payout and what to do with it, said Ayana Forward, a certified financial planner in Ottawa.She said the sometimes large sums means you might want to be wary of commission-based advisers who want to sell you a place to park it, while people should also remember to keep any pension paperwork when you leave.“Have a file with all of that paperwork. It seems pretty simple, but not a lot of people do that.”Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press read more

WatchCanadians should get used to idea of 3 interest rates says Bank

Poloz says the current rate is still too stimulative for the improved economy and he’s reiterating his warning that it will rise to what the bank considers its neutral range of between 2.5 and 3.5 per cent.He says the pace of future rate increases is still unknown, but he adds the bank will carefully analyze how well the hikes are absorbed — particularly for the many households that have piled on considerable debt in the low-rate environment.“We sought to put more emphasis on the notion that someday we’re going to be back at neutral — and that neutral is 2.5 to 3.5 per cent — so that people would begin to digest that as an approaching fact,” Poloz told the House of Commons finance committee.“It shouldn’t be a hard thing for people to service their debt at those kinds of interest rates. But if people have overextended themselves, given the low interest rates, then we’ve got a transition issue. That’s why we’re putting so much emphasis on that and analyzing it so carefully, and choosing our pace as we gather the data.” OTTAWA — Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz wants Canadians to get used to the idea of three per cent interest rates as the new normal, now that the era of rock-bottom borrowing costs is gradually fading away.Poloz raised the benchmark rate last week for the fifth time in just over a year to 1.75 per cent — its highest level in about a decade.He sent signals that future hikes could arrive sooner than previously expected, in large part due to the economy’s resilience and the removal of some business uncertainty following the recent agreement on an updated North American trade pact.Stephen Poloz’s dashboard: The charts that matter most to the Bank of CanadaRosenberg: Things aren’t nearly as rosy as the Bank of Canada believesCanada’s household debt flashes red in Morgan Stanley risk reportTestifying before MPs on Tuesday in Ottawa, Poloz said many adults are used to the lower rates and are too young to remember the much-higher rates of the 1980s, when they climbed into the teens.Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Wilkins arrive to appear as witnesses at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, Tuesday. Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld read more

Putin vows to boost ruble and wean Russia off oil and gas

MOSCOW – Sternly warning the West it cannot defang the metaphorical Russian bear, a confident-looking President Vladimir Putin promised Thursday to shore up the plummeting ruble and revive the economy within two years.While he issued a litany of sharp rebukes against the West, Putin struck a conciliatory note on Ukraine, saying that the rebellious east should remain part of the country, backing a quick exchange of war prisoners and praising his Ukrainian counterpart.The mixture of blistering anti-Western rhetoric and constructive signals appeared to indicate that Putin is eager to negotiate a face-saving solution to the Ukrainian crisis, but has no intention of conceding defeat in his standoff with the West.In his first public appearance since the crash of the ruble’s value this week, Putin accepted responsibility for the economic crisis.He said Western sanctions accounted for at least 25 per cent of the ruble’s fall, but the main reason was Russia’s failure to ease its overwhelming dependence on oil and gas exports.In his speech, the man who has led Russia for 15 years sought to soothe market fears, saying the country has sufficient currency reserves and would not resort to administrative controls, such as fixing exchange rates or obliging exporters to convert their Western currency holdings to rubles.Following Putin’s performance, the Russian currency traded between 60 and 62 rubles to the dollar, roughly the same level as late Wednesday, when it rallied 12 per cent after plummeting to a historic low of 80 rubles per dollar. Still, the currency has lost about half its value since January.In Brussels, the European Union strengthened its sanctions against Russia with new measures Thursday that ban investment and discourage tourism in Crimea.And in Washington, President Barack Obama signed legislation authorizing new sanctions on Russia but said he does not plan to impose the penalties outlined in the measure.Putin shrugged off speculation that some members of his inner circle hurt by Western sanctions could rebel against him in a “palace coup,” citing strong public support.An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Thursday backed up that view, recording his approval rating among Russians at 81 per cent, a level far above typical ratings for world leaders.The poll was conducted before the ruble’s slump this week, which spurred many Russians to withdraw bank deposits and buy Western currencies or durable goods in an attempt to protect the value of their savings.Audi was the latest major company to suspend deliveries in Russia amid the ruble’s turmoil. Apple halted online sales earlier this week.If the Kremlin fails to stabilize the ruble soon, panic could spread, triggering an even more massive run on banks and a sharp surge in inflation that could swiftly erode Putin’s support.The president argued that the nation’s hard currency reserves are sufficient to keep the economy stable. He said the Central Bank should not “thoughtlessly burn” its reserves worth $419 billion.Putin appealed to Russia’s exporters to turn their foreign-generated profits back into rubles at home, adding that he had personally asked some executives to do this.“Our economy will overcome the current situation. How much time will be needed for that? Under the most unfavourable circumstances, I think it will take about two years,” he said.Chris Weafer, senior partner at Moscow-based Macro Advisory, said Putin’s comments reflected a greater political will to push overdue reforms, but also amounted to an acknowledgment that the government lacks a clear strategy. He summed up Putin’s message as, “We’re definitely in a world of pain here and there is no obvious solution.”Putin struck a defiant note against the United States and the 28-nation EU, saying the sanctions they slapped on Russia after it seized the Black Sea region of Crimea in March were part of a historical campaign to weaken Russia.To illustrate his point, he raised the metaphorical Russian bear.“Sometimes I think maybe it would be better for our bear to sit quietly, rather than chasing around the forest after piglets. To sit eating berries and honey instead. Maybe they will leave it in peace,” Putin said.“They will not. Because they will always try to put him on a chain, and as soon as they succeed in doing so, they tear out his fangs and his claws.”Putin said he was referring to Russia’s nuclear arsenal, which protected its valuable natural resources.“Once they’ve taken out his claws and his fangs, then the bear … (will) become a stuffed animal,” he said. “The issue is not Crimea. The issue is that we are protecting our sovereignty and our right to exist.”Putin said he wanted a political solution to the crisis in Ukraine, where pro-Russian insurgents have battled Ukrainian government troops since April, leaving more than 4,700 dead.He said Ukraine must remain one country and the two sides should hold a prisoner swap before Christmas.Yet he defended Russia’s increased military activities, including Baltic air patrols that NATO says are putting civilian flights at risk, as a necessary response to what he described as Western aggression.Putin said he was sure that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wanted a peaceful settlement, but other forces in Ukraine did not. He urged the Ukrainian government to grant amnesty to the rebels and offer broad rights to eastern residents.Despite his strong criticism of the West, Putin still held out hope for normalizing ties, saying Russia wants to restore full-scale economic and security co-operation if its interests are respected.“Yes, we want equal relations,” he said, “but with full respect for our security and economic interests.”Putin also softened his rhetoric against liberal critics at home, whom he previously dismissed as Western stooges.In an apparent goodwill gesture hours before the press conference, a Russian tycoon under house arrest since September, Vladimir Yevtushenkov, was released. Shares in Yevtushenkov’s company Sistema shot up more than 100 per cent on Moscow’s stock exchange as Putin expressed hope that it would regain its market strength.One of Sistema’s most lucrative assets, the oil company Bashneft, was transferred to government ownership this month, but Putin said money-laundering charges against Yevtushenkov have been dropped.__Associated Press reporter John-Thor Dahlburg in Brussels contributed to this report. Putin vows to boost ruble and wean Russia off oil and gas, says West won’t defang Russian bear People walk past a sign advertising currency exchange rates at an exchange office in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The Russian economy will rebound and the ruble will stabilize, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday at his annual press conference, he also said Ukraine must remain one political entity, voicing hope that the crisis could be solved through peace talks. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) by Laura Mills And Vladimir Isachenkov, The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2014 2:26 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Moumental ambition

first_imgWhen Anthony Skliros first arrived in Australia he fell into the stone industry after taking a job at the Footscray quarry. This led to working at a monumental company where he learnt the trade. Recognising the need for a Greek speaking monumental mason who understood the Greek Orthodox traditions and requirements in regards to burials and monuments, Anthony took the next big step and started his own company. In 1969 Anthony established the first Greek-speaking monumental company in Melbourne: Anthony & Preston Memorials. This lay the foundation for the family’s strong roots in the Victorian stone industry and after years of trailing his father through the stone dust Anthony’s son Peter followed in his footsteps. Spending everyday before and after school following his father around the factory, Peter quickly learnt the basics of the job, completed his formal qualification to become a Master Stonemason 24 years ago and has been running the family business together with Anthony ever since. Recognising the demand for a superior paving and building product, the company built a dimension stone facility at the site of a bluestone quarry in Lara, Victoria, which saw the birth of Victorian Bluestone Quarries in 1999. “We have since established a strong local and international clientele base consisting of councils, architects, landscapers and construction companies. Together we run both businesses,” Anthony says. The head office, based at the original site in Coburg, operates two factories, while an office in Mulgrave services clients in the South-Eastern suburbs. “We specialise as monumental masons, manufacturing and erecting custom made monuments and plaques in all cemeteries throughout Victoria. We also cater to all cultures and nationalities,” Anthony says. In the bluestone side the business specialises in the quarrying and processing of local Australian bluestone for use as council paving and residential landscaping. The most common requests for monuments are black or charcoal granites, however there are occasional requests for white marbles or more exotic green or maroon granites, Anthony says. “It takes approximately three months to create a monument, from ordering of the stone to final installation. All monuments are customs designed in consultation with our clients, colours are decided and lettering and final details are all constructed according to our customers requirements,” he says. Monument trends have not changed a great deal over the years, however cemetery regulations and OH&S requirements have improved the industry and created some restrictions in the design style allowed by the cemeteries, Anthony says. A gradual decline in the number of qualified Stonemasons in the industry makes it difficult when recruiting new employees, Anthony says. However the Skliros business is a full family affair. “Our business employs all six members of the Skliros family and while working in a family comes with its challenges, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages,” Anthony says. “Working with our family has created a strong bond and equal determination as we work towards to the same goal. Good communication and understanding is essential as is planning for the future”. The job can be challenging at times when speaking with emotional clients who have lost a loved one, Anthony says. “We approach our position in a gentle and understanding manner, paying the utmost respect to the family and memory of their loved one”. The increase in cheap inferior imports from China is another industry challenge, but Anthony insists Anthony & Preston Memorials and Victorian Bluestone Quarries will remain loyal to Australia. “Our bluestone is a local Australian stone and a traditional Victorian building product and we will continue to promote Australian products and Australian industry and employment into the future”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Vasilis family day for all

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Watch again as Vasili and his crew from Home of Vasili’s take over Coburg with their January Family Day. Join in the big zorba dance, or enter the chilli eating competition – if you are game enough. Sit back and enjoy some Greek recipes in mamma’s cooking demonstrations. Learn traditional cooking techniques and even get to sample some of her culinary delights. There will be face painting, balloon twisting and a jumping castle for the kids, as well as raffles and prizes to be won the whole day long. Just a big family day out with fun, excitement and all things gardening. M’aresi!Vasili’s Family Day will take place at Home of Vasili’s on Saturday 28 January at 21-25 Munro Street, Coburg.last_img read more

GCM mourns loss of Bob Hawke

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) has issued the following announcement for the passing of a great leader: The Greek community of Melbourne mourns the loss of a great Australian visionary and strong advocate of social justice and multiculturalism, former prime minister Bob Hawke.Initially through his leadership of the ACTU in the 1970s, he developed close ties with Australians of ethnic background and clearly understood the need to engage with them and encourage their active involvement in the Australian narrative and way of life, be that in their workplace or in the community institutions which they served.READ MORE: Bob Hawke and the Greeks, an amazing relationship in picturesHe will be remembered for many great achievements and defining moments. His role in ending apartheid in South Africa, his efforts to demolish the gender pay gap and the launch of Medicare in 1984 as Australia’s first affordable universal healthcare system are just some of those.The Greek community is especially proud of the fact that Bob Hawke attended and opened the inaugural Antipodes festival in 1988.He maintained a close friendship not only with the leaders of our organisation but with many Greek Australians of all walks of life.He will be fondly remembered by members of our community.last_img read more

Validation Of National Forest Investment Plan Underway

first_imgBy: Kebba AF TourayThe Ministry of the Environment and its line departments in collaboration with various stakeholders, have started a two -day validation workshop on the Gambia’s National Forest Plan, at a local hotel in Bijilo.The ECOWAS funded forum aims to support the country’s resource mobilization and advocacy for the effective implementation of its national forest investment plan.Madam Vabah Gayflor on behalf of the ECOWAS Commission, expressed gratitude to the government of the Gambia for accepting to host the workshop. She said the workshop aims to support the country’s resource mobilization and advocating for the effective implementation of the country’s national forest investment plan; that this is a decisive and critical period in the member states’ efforts for creating an enabling environment for the sustainable management of forests and wildlife in the sub-region; that West Africa’s forest contribute significantly to the national economies of members states with high timber export potential and manufacturing, which feeds the private sector with processed furniture and construction material.“The rates of forest degradation are accelerating in the face of climate change. This is affecting the region in various ways, as evidence abound in weak cooperation and management between states in shared trans-boundary forest resources”; that the ECOWAS Commission adopted in December 2003, the West Africa Forest Convergence Plan, with the objective to federate efforts to achieve concerted and sustainable management of West African forest ecosystem, in order to contribute to the achievement of sustainable forests resource management and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in the region.“As part of the implementation of the West Africa Forest Convergence Plan from 2016 to 2017, the ECOWAS Commission supported all member states to develop and validate their National Forest Investment programs. Thirteen out of fifteen National Forest Investment Plans (NFIPs) were developed with the financial and technical support of FAO,” she asserted.During the year 2017, twelve out of the NFIP were validated by national stakeholders with financial and technical support from ECOWAS and FAO; that the present national consultation of partners and stakeholders of NFIP of the Gambia, is to support the country in resource mobilization.The Minister of Environment Lamin Dibba, expressed appreciation to be associated with the validation; that when validated, NFIP will strengthen the country’s capacity in resource mobilization and advocacy for the smooth implementation of its national forest investment plan.last_img read more

Marco Silva proud of Evertons display

first_imgEverton boss Marco Silva credited squad depth and inner resolve for his team’s late winner over Crystal PalaceThe Toffees broke the deadlock late in the game thanks to Dominic Calvert-Lewin who was introduced in the 82nd minute which was followed by another substitute Cenk Tosun in the 89th minute.The Eagles were made to rue their missed chance after missing from the spot.“Sometimes you make changes and everything goes well, like this afternoon,” Silva told Sky.Marco Silva hails Everton’s strong personality after Wolves win Andrew Smyth – September 1, 2019 Everton manager Marco Silva praised his team’s strong personality after scrapping a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Wolves on Sunday.“The other times you try and it’s not the same but in that moment it was important for us, we changed the formation with the substitutes and they did well.“They came on and helped the team and showed that everybody is ready to play and everybody is fighting for positions in the squad.“That is really important. It’s not just the 11 players but the squad and that’s what we want as a club.“I’m happy because the three players came on and they helped. Cenk, Lookman and Dominic are working really hard to achieve what they want, which is to play in our starting XI and this afternoon they helped the team.”last_img read more

Kenai Continues To Tackle Onsite Marijuana Consumption

first_imgAccording to a letter to the council from Bloom if passed, a retail marijuana store can sell marijuana and marijuana products, excluding concentrates, to customers in a consumption area separated from the rest of the store. For consumption, only one gram may be sold to a person per day, or edible products containing 10 mg or less of THC. Food and beverages not containing alcohol or marijuana may also be sold at the location. Kenai City Attorney Scott Bloom: “There are two options; we could not take any action and then in that case I would bring forward an ordinance to incorporate on-site consumption into our existing conditional use permit process. Council also has the option to opt-out of allowing onsite consumption or to enact regulations that are more stringent than the state regulations.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Licensed retail marijuana businesses in Alaska are now able to apply for a “special onsite use endorsement” from the state as of April 11. Local governments will have the option to prohibit endorsements for on-site consumption. The Kenai City Council will once again weigh in on whether or not the city will allow onsite consumption within city limits at their meeting on Wednesday.center_img The Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board first began considering onsite marijuana consumption rules in 2016, but rejected the project in 2017. Alaska is the first state to authorize on-site consumption. The Planning and Zoning Commision submitted a letter to the council recommending the passage of the ordinance. The Kenai City Council is expected to vote on the ordinance at their meeting on Wednesday.last_img read more

SimpliSafe smart lock could be launching soon

first_img Review • Myfox review: High-priced security system is a major miss SimpliSafe’s DIY home security system looks better than… 14 Photos 5 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 2:29 Tags Nest vs. Ring vs. Abode vs. SimpliSafe: The smart home security systems with the best privacy The best DIY home security systems of 2019 Mentioned Above Myfox Home Alarm See it See It Now playing: Watch this: Take a look at SimpliSafe’s new home security systemcenter_img Walmart $44 Preview • MyFox wants to help you keep burglars on the outside $44 Share your voice The new smart lock launches next month. SimpliSafe DIY home security company SimpliSafe has confirmed it has a smart lock on the horizon, after the news leaked Tuesday. It’ll be available on SimpliSafe’s website starting Sept. 15 for $99, and from Best Buy on Oct. 13. A report from Dave Zatz of the site Zatz Not Funny revealed a picture of the upcoming device earlier in the day.   For now, SimpliSafe packages include a base station, keypad and yard sign, and motion detectors and sensors can be added to the system at extra cost. They include entry sensors, motion sensors, glass break sensors, the SimpliCam, a panic button, smoke detectors, freeze detectors and leak detectors. Myfox Smart Home Security System DIY home security Comments Other add-ons include a key fob and siren. There’s no monthly fee if all you want is a localized alarm that sounds a siren if there’s a break-in. Professional live monitoring costs $15 a month, and adding the ability to monitor the system from your phone using the SimpliSafe app on top of the professional live monitoring costs $25 a month. First published Aug. 20, 1:59 p.m. PT. Update, 2:25 p.m.: Adds confirmation from SimpliSafe; Aug. 21, 12:09 p.m.: Keypad and yard sign are included as standard in all systems Smart Home Smart Locks Security Cameraslast_img read more