With rising mercury levels and a severe heat wave, there is a massive water crisis across Gujarat, particularly in the scarcity-hit Saurashtra region, Kutch, North Gujarat and parts of tribal pockets in central and South Gujarat.More than 20 districts in the State are severely affected. Towns and villages there hardly get water twice a week. In more than 500 villages in 14 districts, drinking water is being supplied through tankers and that number will only rise in the days to come.Recently, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani admitted that the State was in the midst of a major water shortage. He said that except for Narmada, all other water bodies and dams had negligible storage. “However, thanks to the Sardar Sarovar Dam and Narmada canal network, people will not face any difficulty till July-end. Water is available in the dam. The only challenge is to supply it to far flung areas, as many as 500 km away,” Mr. Rupani said after reviewing the situation.Subsequently, the State government asked the district administrations to send tankers to villages where water was not available.“After review and reports from local authorities, we have decided to send water to villages located in different districts by tankers, so that villages where local sources of water have dried up can get drinking water,” said Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel.According to officials, the number of villages needing water tankers will only rise in the coming days due to the high temperatures.In Saurashtra region’s main city Rajkot, water is supplied only for 20 minutes a day. In many localities and societies located on the outskirts, supply is on alternate days or through tankers. Even in Jasdan, assembly constituency of Kuvarji Bavalia, Water Supplies Minister of Gujarat, shortage of drinking water has forced villagers to hold protests.Local legislators have made representations demanding adequate water supply in their areas where local sources of water have dried up. Narmada water is the only source now.“In my area, more than two dozen villages are facing acute shortage,” said Congress legislator Virji Thummar from Amreli district. “I have written to the minister and demanded that all villages be provided water through tankers and tanker trips doubled.”
Venezuela completed a weekend of Copa America shocks by reaching the semi-finals for the first time in their history with a gutsy 2-1 win over fancied Chile. Oswaldo Vizcarrondo gave Venezuela a 34th-minute lead on Sunday, nodding in after good work by Juan Arango, only for Humberto Suazo to level midway through the second half with his first competitive international goal since November 2009. That gave the Chileans fresh energy and they had the Venezuelans on the rack for the best part of the next quarter-hour. But just as extra-time seemed to be on the way once again for the fourth time in four quarter-finals Gabriel Cichero struck from close range to spark scenes of joy among the travelling Venezuelan fans and leave the Chileans, four-times finalists, stunned. The giant-killers will now go up against a Paraguay side which sent holders Brazil packing after a penalty shootout success at La Plata outside Buenos Aires. But the baseball-loving Venezuelans will have to make do without Tomas Rincon, red-carded in injury-time for some shirt pulling. Chile also finished a man short after having Gary Medel sent off eight minutes from the end. The shockwaves reached as far as Cuba, where joyous Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, preparing for chemotherapy on the Communist island, sent out his customary congratulatory tweet. “Glory to the brave people! Let’s pay supreme tribute to our boys from the Glorious Vinotinto (the team nickname),” Chavez tweeted. “Viva Venezuela! Oh what a goal. Bravo Venezuela,” tweeted an exuberant Chavez at half-time after Vizcarrondo’s opener, indicating his belief that former Cuban leader and long-time friend Fidel Castro had “brought the Vinotinto luck.” Coach Cesar Farias was also delighted – though in typically more restrained fashion. “The happiness we feel gives us the desire to keep on in the same vein,” said Farias. But he added that winning the semi would be a tall order. “Paraguay are a strong team and they will start favourites, insisted Farias. Goalkeeper Renny Vega told Fox Sports that “we are getting stronger all the time. I just hope we can get to the final now.” “It may be a surprise for many people but I saw Venezuela came here with humility yet merit respect. Our dream has always been to win the Copa.” Chile missed the creative Jean Beausejour, sent off against Peru, and although they had a second-half purple patch with Alexis Sanchez always looking as if he could provide a math-winning flash of inspiration they were undone when Cichero reacted quickest in a crowded box to turn home the winner. With inputs from PTIadvertisement
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Far Eastern University sneaked its way to the top four after surviving Adamson University in five sets, 30-32, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Ynares Center here.The Lady Tamaraws have now won four of their last five games and improved to a 5-3 record tying University of Santo Tomas for the third spot in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I told the players if someone is down, they should play to help each other.”Ebon still finished with 19 points to lead the Lady Tamaraws while Heather Guino-o added 14 points.Eli Soyud led the Lady Falcons with 17 points while Mary Joy Dacoron and Chiara Permentilla added 15 points apiece.Adamson dropped its fourth straight game and languished at the bottom of the standings with a 1-7 record.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag FEU played through the emotional burden of losing two of its stars to injury during the game itself with Jeanette Villareal suffering a right ankle sprain in the first set and rookie star Lycha Ebon to a right knee sprain or strain in the fifth.Ebon managed to give FEU the 3-1 lead in the fifth but her knee found got in contact with Bernadette Flora and this led her to land awkwardly forcing her to be stretchered out of the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s good that we won but it’s unfortunate what happened to my players,” said FEU head coach George Pascua in Filipino. “I hope that their injury isn’t that severe and I hope that they can return soon.”With the scores tied at 13, captain Jerrili Malabanan calmly found the baseline to give FEU the 14-13 match point right before Celine Domingo punched through the finishing blow. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES View comments Where’s Cinderella? Favorites dominating in NCAA 2nd round
Australia spinner Nathan Lyon threw down the gauntlet to England’s batsmen on Wednesday, challenging them to hit him out of the attack at Adelaide Oval in the second Ashes Test.The 30-year-old has returned to his former home ground in top form ahead of the Test, which starts on Saturday, after taking five wickets in Australia’s easy win at the Gabba.Lyon took on a big workload in the series-opener but bowled with impressive economy, conceding less than 2.5 runs an over to stifle the tourists’ scoring.With none of England’s batsmen taking the attack to the offspinner at the Gabba, Lyon invited them to go on the offensive at Adelaide Oval, where he helped bowl Australia to victory against South Africa a year ago.”I think if they did do that, it does definitely play into my hands,” Lyon told reporters at the stadium.”I like it when opposition guys try to attack me and try to whack me out of the attack.”But it’s a part of the game … No doubt England will come prepared and they’ll have a different plan for me compared to what they had in the first Test. But it is what it is.”It’s about adapting, it’s about enjoying the challenge and embracing the game of cricket.”Lyon was criticised in the leadup to the Gabba Test for saying he hoped Australia could end careers during the Ashes series, including that of his former club team mate and England captain Joe Root.The plain spoken offspinner was more generous on Wednesday, saying Root’s team were a “classy” side and that the Yorkshireman’s bowlers would be favoured by the conditions in the first day-night Ashes Test.advertisement”I think with the pink ball, it’s going to suit their bowlers,” said Lyon.”We know they’re going to come back bigger and better and stronger.”It’s not going to be a walk in the park … We need to make sure that we respect them.”Born in rural New South Wales, Lyon was famously a groundsman at Adelaide Oval before being fast-tracked into the Test team, so he knows the venue well.Drop-in wickets are now used at the ground since a major refurbishment from 2012-13 and the pitch for Saturday is likely to feature a layer of grass to slow the wear of the pink ball.Lyon, however, was relishing the prospect of more turn and bounce in Adelaide after extracting plenty from the surprisingly slow and spongy Gabba pitch.”Damian Hough in my book is probably one of the best curators in the world. So, I had a look briefly at it then. It looks pretty exciting,” he said.”I’ve never seen a bad one here if I’m being brutally honest. It’ll spin and bounce, (that’s) always good.”
It’s no secret that Xiaomi has seemingly taken India’s budget and lower mid-range smartphone segment by storm. Although the company is yet to replicate the success of its budget and lower mid-range smartphones in the more premium price segment — Xiaomi’s last flagship phone in India, the Mi Mix 2 although it was straight out of the future, failed to set cash counters ticking — the contribution of Xiaomi to the price sensitive market like India has been nothing short of phenomenal. This is because the price segment — under Rs 20,000 — that Xiaomi has been able to crack, drives the volumes game.Every list and feature that talks about the best phones to buy under Rs 20,000 off-late starts with a Xiaomi phone and ends with a Xiaomi phone. That’s saying a lot about Xiaomi, a company that’s still fairly new in India. But growing phenomenally. On the back of value for money phones at rock bottom prices. The following phones are a classic example.Best entry-level option: Xiaomi Redmi 5AXiaomi’s ‘Desh ka Smartphone’ aka the Redmi 5A is the best entry-level phone that you can buy in the Indian market right now. The Redmi 5A starts at Rs 5,999 for the base 2GB RAM/16GB storage version while the top-end version with 3GB RAM/32GB storage costs Rs 6,999.The Redmi 5A is an entry-level phone designed for feature phone users looking to make a switch to a smartphone. But just because it is an entry-level phone, it doesn’t mean that it makes a lot of compromises in terms of hardware specs. In fact, at its price point, the Redmi 5A is the most powerful phone that money can buy, and a build quality to match.advertisement It comes with an all-plastic body with a smooth metallic finish on the back and is available in as many as three colours:Dark Grey, Gold and Rose Gold.In terms of hardware specs, the Redmi 5A comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display with a 720p resolution. It is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU, up to 3GB RAM and up to 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phones runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity.On the camera front the Redmi 5A comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture along with Phase Detection Autofocus and an LED flash. On the front you get a 5-megapixel snapper. The phone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery which is non-removable and is claimed to offer up to a whopping 8-days of battery life on stand-by on a single charge.Best budget option: Xiaomi Redmi 5The Redmi 5 is the best phone to buy around Rs 10,000. Even more so than the Redmi Note 5. Because it offers much of the same deal in a slightly more affordable package. The Redmi 5 is available for buying at a starting price of Rs 7,999 for the 2GB RAM and 16GB storage version going all the way to Rs 10,999 for the top end 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version. The Redmi 5 is also available in 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version for Rs 8,999.The most striking aspect of the Redmi 5 is the fact that it’s the most affordable bezel-less phone with an 18:9 aspect ratio in the Indian market right now. Also, it’s the cheapest phone in the Indian market, right now, to come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor. The Redmi 5 comes with a metal body with reinforced corners and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. There’s 2.5D curved glass on the front and on-screen keys for navigation. It is available in as many as four colours: black, gold, rose gold and blue.In terms of hardware specs, the Redmi 5 comes with a 5.7-inch ‘full-screen’ HD+ IPS LCD display. It is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor clubbed with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based MIUI 9, and supports 4G LTE (and VoLTE) connectivity.The Redmi 5 ships with the same camera credentials as the more expensive Redmi Note 5. While on the rear, the Redmi 5 comes with a 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus and a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash, on the front it comes with a 5-megapixel sensor with LED flash. Both the cameras are capable of recording 1080p videos.The phone is backed by a 3,300mAh battery which is claimed to offer up to 17 days of battery life on stand-by on single charge.advertisementBest lower mid-range options: Xiaomi Redmi Y2, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 ProThe Redmi Y2 and The Redmi Note 5 Pro are the best lower mid-range phones to buy in the Indian market right now. The Redmi Note 5 Pro starts at Rs 14,999 for the base 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version, while the top-end version with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is available for buying for Rs 16,999. The Redmi Y2, on the other hand, starts at Rs Rs 9,999 for the base 3GB RAM and 32GB storage version going all the way to Rs 12,999 for the top-end 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version.The Redmi Note 5 Pro which spiritually succeeds the Redmi Note 3 was globally launched in India in February. Not only that, the Redmi Note 5 Pro also marked the global debut of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 processor. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, more specifically, is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor clubbed with up to 6GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based MIUI 9, and supports 4G LTE (and VoLTE). It comes with a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.2 aperture and another 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. While the primary sensor has a 1.25um size to capture more light, the secondary sensor assists in portrait shots or photos with shallow depth of field. The dual camera system, in the Redmi Note 5 Pro, further comes with phase detection autofocus and a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash.On the front, the Redmi Note 5 Pro, sports a 20-megapixel camera with LED flash.Elsewhere, the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a 5.99-inch ‘full-screen’ FHD+ display with a 2160x1080p resolution and a 4,000mAh battery under the hood.The Redmi Y2, on the other hand, is the successor to last year’s Redmi Y1. Just like the Redmi Y1, the Redmi Y2 is also a phone that is chiefly targeted towards the youth looking for a big screen and what is supposedly the best selfie experience, on a budget. It’s the best all-rounded camera phone that you can buy in the Indian market right now.In terms of hardware, the Redmi Y2 comes with a 5.99-inch ‘full-screen’ HD+ display with a 1440x720p resolution. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU, up to 4GB RAM and up to 64GB storage which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. The dual SIM phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo-based MIUI 9.Also Read: Carl Pei says OnePlus phones are getting expensive because component price is increasingThe Redmi Y2 has a dual camera system on the rear — 12MP+5MP — with the secondary camera especially meant for taking portrait shots or photos with shallow depth of field. This setup uses AI to apparently help your portrait shots look better. On the front, the Redmi Y2 comes with a 16-megapixel camera with ‘soft’ LED flashadvertisementElsewhere, the Redmi Y2 is backed by a 3,080mAh battery.
The independent board of inquiry into the human rights complaint of Coralyn Fleck against Ashton Salon and Day Spa will resume at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 13, at the Best Western Glengarry Hotel, 150 Willow St. in Truro. Ms. Fleck alleges she was fired from her job with the salon because she was pregnant. The board is being chaired by David J. MacDonald. -30-
New Delhi: A bill seeking to provide death penalty for aggravated sexual assault on children and greater punishments for other crimes against minors was approved by Parliament, after it was passed by the Lok Sabha on Thursday.Piloting the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said it aims at making offences against children gender neutral. The Bill, which was already passed by the Rajya Sabha on July 29, defines child pornography, making it punishable. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Cutting across party lines, members supported amendments to POCSO Act though some demanded that Bill be referred to the standing committee or select committee as it makes certain offences punishable with death. Seeking passage of the bill in Lok Sabha, Irani said this bill is not related to vote bank politics but to save the future of India. In an apparent reference to Congress MP Ramya Haridas who raised the Unnao rape issue in the House, Irani said this bill should not be looked from the perspective of politics and should not be politicised for personal benefits. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KResponding to Haridas, Irani said it was very unfortunate that when she was speaking some members who were supporting her were actually having fun. She further said the courts of this country have even power to punish MLAs and MPs. The Bill, said Irani, would provide added legal protection to 39 per cent of population or 43 crore children, irrespective of whether they are a girl or boy. Besides other things, she said, the Bill defines child pornography so that sexual predators indulging in such heinous crimes could be punished. Regretting that 5,000 persons followed the child pornography site operated by a person, Irani said, “this is a matter of grave concern for the society. The site had even showed the rape of a minor girl, he added. Recalling a case wherein children were administered drugs and harmones to make them sexually active, she said, the law is aimed at providing stringent punishment to such offenders. “We want to provide added protection to children…in rarest of rare cases death (penalty),” she added. Replying on the bill, Irani assured that under witness protection scheme, all measures such as doing threat assessment of the victim and witness and if required even changing their identity and others, were taken to ensure their safety. On if juvenile is involved in sexual offence against the children, the minister said that cases come under juveile justice act and the death penalty could be given only if he is above 16 years of age and juvenile justice board finds that he has adult mind. The minister acknowledged that the rate of conviction in sexual offences is very slow and informed that under Nirbhaya Fund, 1023 fast track courts will be established across the country and 18 state governments have already been taken on board by the government. She also said that a national data base for such cases have also been started and about 6.2 lakh sexual offence cases were registered in that base. Sharing the details of awareness programme among children, the minister said CBSE will carry out programmes in school across the country to make aware children about good and bad touch.She further said more than 40,000 teachers will also be trained for the same. Participating in the discussion, Su Thirunavukkarasar (Cong) suggested that since the bill has a provision for death penalty, it should be sent to a Parliamentary committee for further scrutiny. Rita Bahuguna Joshi (BJP) said the Bill will go a long way in bringing offenders against children to book. Kanimozhi (DMK) said that bill should be sent to select committee or standing committee as harsher punishment could deter people from reporting the crime. While presiding over the proceedings, BJD’s Bhartruhari Mahtab pointed out to Irani that the Hindi version of the POCSO bill used the word “balakon”, a term for young boys, while the English word “children” is gender neutral.
FREDERICTON — People who fell for a website hyping a too-good-to-be-true investment opportunity for New Brunswick’s coastline got lucky: The scam wasn’t intended to trap potential investors, but to teach them.The site was created by New Brunswick’s Financial and Consumer Services Commission, who decided that a good way to educate people about real investment scams was to launch their own fake investment scheme.The commission created TydeCoyn.ca, a website boasting a chance to invest in “Atlantic Canada’s first cryptocurrency token that marries tourism promotion and environmental activism.”Erin King, FCNB’s senior education and website officer, says the website was launched to show potential investors all the “red flags” they should watch for to avoid scams, such as vague wording and a countdown clock to create some urgency to investing your money.King says more than 4,500 people have visited the site since October, and 222 people who sought to invest or get more information were considered as potential victims.Anyone who clicked a link on the site was taken to FCNB’s education page.King says it’s unknown if anyone in New Brunswick has been duped in an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) fundraising scheme involving cryptocurrencies.She says the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ran a similar education program this summer.The Canadian Press
(Kenneth Deer, right, had a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican in May. Photo courtesy: Kenneth Deer)Paul BarnsleyAPTN National NewsROME— A senior Roman Catholic Church official is considering a request from Indigenous leaders to rescind the 15th century church decrees that formed the legal basis for colonialism.Kahnawake Mohawk Kenneth Deer, a representative of the Haudenosaunee External Relations Committee, which represents the Iroquois Confederacy Council on international matters, was part of a delegation – that called itself the Long March to Rome — that attended the May 4 meeting with senior members of the Catholic Church.The meeting followed a short, face-to-face encounter in Vatican City with Pope Francis.Each Wednesday, the pope greets the public in St. Peter’s Square. There were approximately 20,000 people present on May 4, Deer said.The delegation wanted the meeting on that date because it was the anniversary of one of the papal bulls of discovery, decrees issued by the pope of the day which lent the church’s approval to the colonization of lands because they were “terra nullius” or lands empty of Christian people.The pope appeared on a stage and addressed the crowd.The Long March to Rome delegation was invited to sit on the stage and await their short face-to-face, individual meetings with the pontiff.The delegation issued a press release saying they were seeking revocation of three papal bulls because: “They were the ‘blueprint’ for conquest of the New World; they provided moral justification for the enslavement and conquest of Indigenous peoples worldwide; they are an ongoing violation of contemporary human rights legislation; and other communities currently struggling to save their lands are threatened by modern-day ideologies of inequality anchored in the papal bulls.”The original plan was for representatives of Indigenous nations around the world to assemble in Paris and actually march to Rome to demand a meeting with the pope, raising awareness of the issue as they progressed.But as negotiations with Vatican officials got more serious, the plan was changed. A smaller delegation met in Florence, about 300 km north of Rome, to wait and see if the meeting in the Italian capital would happen.David McKinnon, a Canadian lawyer who now resides in Amsterdam, worked closely with the Indigenous leaders to push for a meeting with the pope. The group had been working towards that day for more than a year.The call finally came the day before and the 11 delegates then made their way south.“The leaders were determined to tell Pope Francis that it was time for the Vatican to own up to its responsibility for legitimizing a genocide committed against Indigenous peoples and to show its good faith by revoking three Papal Bulls of Discovery: Dum Diversas (1452), Romanus Pontifex (1455) and Inter Caetera (1493), still in force today,” the delegation’s press release states.Claiming they carried the weight of 370 million Indigenous Peoples on their shoulders, the delegation says it represented the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy, the Assembly of First Nations, representing 634 First Nations from across Canada with 1.4 million citizens from 58 different Indigenous nations, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Umatilla confederacy of the Pacific Northwest, the Yakama, Oglala Sioux, Shawnee, Mapuche, Navajo Diné and Apache Ndee.Kenneth Deer set the scene for APTN National News. He first met with a priest who served as the pope’s interpreter.“When he came up to me I told him we were going to talk about the papal bulls that make up the doctrine of discovery and we want the pope’s support to rescind it because states are still using it today. And right away he got very defensive and said, ‘Well that was a long time ago and we already rescinded them and it’s not necessary to say anything because we’re not using them to dispossess Indigenous people.’ I said, ‘That may be so but states are still using them today in court cases. In the United States and Canada they continue to use the papal bulls to dispossess and disempower Indigenous people,’” Deer told APTN. “So he said OK. When it was our turn to see the pope, the first two were [former Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner] Willie Littlechild and [former South Thompson Indian Band Chief] Keith Matthew. And they talked to him about the bulls as well.”Then it was Deer’s turn.“I greeted him and we shook hands and I told him that we want his support to rescind the papal bulls that make up the doctrine of discovery because states are still using it today,” said Deer.“The pope was very kind. He kept eye contact and he was very attentive. And all he said was ‘I will pray for you.’ That’s the only thing he said. And he gave me a little red box with a set of rosaries in it. And that was it.”Then it was time to get down to business.“Right from there, then we got whisked to the little compound in Rome. It’s not in the Vatican City. There’s not enough room,” he said.“The most important part of May 4 was meeting with the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. There we met with Cardinal Silvano Tomasi, who is the chair. And that was the key meeting. That was the meeting where we addressed the whole issue of the papal bulls and the doctrine of discovery. That was key. That was the original intent. That was the original appointment,” he said.At first it appeared the archbishop was not going to listen to the Indigenous leaders.“At first when he first started he started giving the usual spiel that the papal bulls are no longer in effect, that they’ve been superseded by other papal bulls and there was no need for us to do anything. Then we interrupted him to do an opening prayer,” Deer said. “Then we did introductions around the table and then we got into the issues. By the time we had done with him he was changing his position. At the end he said, ‘Maybe the Vatican does have to make a statement. We have to consider making a statement.’”That was a very significant choice of words, Deer said.“He didn’t say rescind, he said abolish – a much stronger word – he said we have to abolish the papal bulls and that maybe there should be an apology from the pope,” he added.That was more than the delegation had asked for.“We didn’t ask for an apology. I’m not a big fan of apologies. I need something stronger than that,” Deer said. “Then he said they would need to have further meetings on this to discuss . . . we’d like to discuss what kind of statement he would make. So he was open to that idea. He committed himself to meetings but he wouldn’t commit about when and where because he wasn’t prepared for that when we came in there.”The group feels they got what they travelled to Rome to get.“We thought that was the most significant part of the whole trip was Tomasi saying that maybe we should make a statement,” said Deer.The message has reached the ears of one of the most highly placed clerics in the church. Archbishop Tomasi has been mentioned as a possible candidate to succeed Francis when the time comes, Deer said.“That’s what I’ve heard. And he’s a good friend of the pope, a confidante of Pope Francis. And some of us knew him because he was stationed in Geneva for few years. So he’s familiar with some of us. So I thought that was amazingly significant,” he added.The process of working towards the goal of getting rid of the roots of the colonial era has commenced, Deer said.“The other thing he wanted was to get more information about how states are using the doctrine of discovery today. So we’ll have to send him some documents how the Canadian government is using them in their court cases. And apparently they’ve been using them as recently as last year from what I’m hearing,” he said.Deer acknowledged that the idea gained strength because this pope seems more open to dealing with the matter than his predecessors.“I think the people felt that if there’s a pope that’s going to do anything it’ll be this one,” he said.Deer said Canadian lawyer David MacKinnon worked for more than year to make the meeting happen. Deer praised MacKinnon’s “tenacity in getting the appointment with the pontifical council.”“In the end he didn’t go to the meeting because he wanted us to take the lead,” he said.The Indigenous leaders are now waiting to see if Tomasi will follow through with action.Deer said that when he sees how hard it is to get that second meeting he’ll get a better idea of the church’s firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Minister of Media Shantha Bandara has announced his resignation from his post ahead of the August 17 Parliament election.Shantha Bandara is contesting the Parliamentary election from the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA).
Home Depot 3Q results top Street on strength at US stores, raises fiscal 2013 forecast ATLANTA – Home Depot’s fiscal third-quarter profit climbed as sales at its U.S. stores strengthened amid the improvement of the housing market.The results for the nation’s biggest home improvement company beat analysts’ estimates and the chain also lifted its full-year forecast again on Tuesday. Its shares briefly touched an all-time high.Home improvement companies have been benefiting from record-low interest rates and rising home prices, spurring customers to spend more to renovate their homes.“We were pleased with our performance in the third quarter as sales exceeded our expectations,” said Craig Menear, executive vice-president of merchandising. “Strength in the core of the store, the continued resurgence of our pro(fessional) customers and mild temperatures helped us overcome difficult comparisons cycling last year’s storm related sales.”For the three months ended Nov. 3, Home Depot Inc. reported net income of $1.35 billion, or 95 cents per share, up from $947 million, or 63 cents per share, a year ago. The prior-year period was weighed down by a one-time charge of 11 cents per share tied to store closings in China.Analysts expected lower earnings of 89 cents per share for the latest quarter, according to FactSet.Revenue for the Atlanta-based company rose 7 per cent to $19.47 billion from $18.13 billion. Wall Street predicted $19.18 billion.In the third quarter, the chain reported that sales at stores open at least a year, a key retail metric, rose 7.4 per cent. In the U.S., that figure increased 8.2 per cent.Smaller rival Lowe’s Cos. reports quarterly results on Wednesday.Home Depot now foresees fiscal 2013 earnings to be up about 24 per cent to $3.72 per share. Revenue is expected to be up approximately 5.6 per cent. The company had also increased its full-year outlook in August. It previously predicted earnings of $3.60 per share, with revenue up about 4.5 per cent. Based on 2012’s revenue of $74.75 billion, the new guidance implies approximately $78.9 billion.Analysts expect full-year earnings of $3.70 per share on revenue of $78.63 billion.Credit Suisse analyst Gary Balter, who rates Home Depot “Outperform,” said the results were “another well executed quarter.”“We continue to like Home Depot given the U.S. housing recovery, share gains from weaker competitors (Sears), strong execution, and internal initiatives,” he said.Shares rose $1.67, or 2.1 per cent, to $81.34 in morning trading after hitting an all-time high of $82.27 earlier in the session. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 19, 2013 4:18 am MDT
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Transat says it’s well-positioned to currency hit of Scottish independence vote by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 11, 2014 8:19 am MDT MONTREAL – Vacation package operator Transat A.T. says it’s well-positioned to withstand fluctuations in the values of the British pound and the euro, should Scotland vote next week to separate from the United Kingdom.Polls that suggested the Yes side was gaining momentum ahead of the Sept. 18 referendum has sent jitters through the markets, prompting investors to sell of the British pound. The currency fell earlier this week to a 10-month low but recovered Thursday.A lower pound could make it more expensive for British customers travelling to Canada but less expensive for Canadians to go the other way. Having operations on both sides of the Atlantic should help Montreal Transat to mitigate the impact of a currency change, he said.About 60 per cent of Transat’s transatlantic traffic is from Canada, compared with 40 per cent from Europe.“I think we are well-positioned to face these kind of situations, if they happen,” chief financial officer Denis Petrin said Thursday during a conference call about its third-quarter results.Transat said this year’s summer seasons got off to one of the best starts in the company’s history, even though its profits dropped primarily due to the cost of fuel-hedging last year.The Montreal-based company, which operates Air Transat and a variety of other travel-related businesses, earned $25.8 million or 66 cents per diluted share for the three months ended July 31. That’s down 37 per cent compared $1.07 per share a year earlier when net profit was $41.1 million.About $12 million of the $15 million difference was attributable to fuel hedging, a non-cash, non-operating item. Adjusted net income before non-operating items was $26.7 million or 69 cents per diluted share, down 13 per cent compared with $30.8 million or 80 cents in the third quarter of 2013.Analysts expected Transat would earn 67 cents per share in adjusted profits on $966 million of revenues.Transat CEO Jean-Marc Eustache said the company had one of its best third quarters in spite of an increase in transatlantic capacity from rivals including Air Canada’s Rouge (TSX:AC.B).“In the entire history of the company, we’ve done better on only two occasions, including last year, which was a record. So we’re talking about a very satisfying start to the season,” he said.Revenues were up 1.6 per cent at $941.7 million, compared with $927 million a year earlier.The number of travellers was stable during the quarter, while average selling prices were higher on a lower Canadian dollar compared to the euro and British pound.Transat’s North American revenues decreased four per cent or $27.9 million as the number of travellers decreased 2.8 per cent. The segment’s operating incomes was $19.8 million, compared with $28.1 million a year earlier. The company reduced its transatlantic capacity by 2.1 per cent during the quarter and increased its supply to Sun destinations by eight per cent.European business unit sales increased by 17.8 per cent or $42.6 million due largely to the lower loonie. Operating income increased to $15.3 million from $13.7 million in the prior year. The number of travellers increased 12.1 per cent while average selling prices were down.The company said it expects to record “satisfactory” but lower results during the fourth quarter as transatlantic capacity from August to October is similar to last summer.A total of 86 per cent of that capacity has been sold to date, with load factors down 1.5 per cent and selling prices up one per cent. The weak Canadian dollar net of the change in fuel costs are expected to increased operational expenses by 3.8 per cent.Transat’s capacity to Sun destinations from Canada is up seven per cent.Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets said the better-than-expected results, unchanged outlook for the coming quarter and cost reduction initiatives should boost the company’s share price.“We like management’s disciplined approach to improving margins by focusing on capacity management and higher selling prices,” he wrote in a report.Transat said it also remains on track for a $20 million improvement in margins this year and $20 million in 2015 when the full benefits will be realized from the operation of its narrow-body fleet. It is also working on a 2015-2017 strategic plan taht Poirier expects should add at least $25 million more in cost savings.Analyst David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity said the “modest upside surprise” in the third quarter should improve the inexpensive Transat shares.“We continue to believe Transat’s results have substantial recovery potential. However, there may be risk from Air Canada’s rouge expansion and industry competition,” Tyerman wrote.Transat A.T. is an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination countries.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Transat’s shares lost 13 cents or 1.5 per cent to clost at $8.57 in Thursday.Follow @RossMarowits on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version correctly said net income was down 37 per cent from a year earlier but erroneously blamed the impact of increased market capacity. A bigger factor was fuel hedging.
Congress 2014 organizers are looking to fill more than 500 student volunteer and contractor positions as it gears up for the major academic conference at Brock University in May.Last held at Brock in 1996, Congress – the largest symposium of its kind in Canada – will bring 8,000 or more delegates to the campus between May 24-30.Organizers are looking for between 350-400 volunteers to help with “anything and everything,” said Curtis Gadula, Brock manager, off campus living and neighbourhood relations.“We couldn’t have done this without the volunteers.”Another 110 paid contractor positions are also available.Hosted by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Congress brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships that will help shape Canada’s future.Developed in partnership with a different host university each year, Congress programming is open to attendees, academics and non-academic audiences.From theatre research, literature studies and education to history, sociology and communications, Congress represents a unique showcase of scholarly excellence, creativity and leadership.Interested volunteers should contact Gadula prior to the deadline March 14 at 4 p.m.Applications for positions can be filled online.
What did the population of St. Catharines look like in 1900?That’s the question Brock University students aimed to answer during a recent project looking into the city’s history.Students in HIST 2P26 — Introduction to Digital History spent the past semester digging into archival material in hopes of not only shedding light on St. Catharines’ past, but also sharing their findings with the public.Forty students took on the task of transcribing St. Catharines tax rolls from 1900 to build a database and create an historical GIS map of the city’s population at the turn of the 20th century.“The project gave students digital skills as well as experience working with archival materials and writing social history,” said Assistant Professor of History Colin Rose, who works with GIS data in his own research.“A lot of them have commented on how this student-driven learning experience has helped them develop new skills, like reading cursive, and really understand the process of designing and pursuing a history or digital humanities project.”The students used GIS to match the previous city population to the current road layout, showing exactly where individuals from the past would live today. They also included statistical data on the number of children, total property value, occupation, age and pets within each household.“It’s interesting to see what occupations people had then,” said second-year student Elisa Mastroianni, who worked with Vanessa Barbera to transcribe data from a section of the city’s St. George’s ward. The pair found occupations as diverse as piano tuner, labourer and bicyclist in their data.“Women were always designated as wife or widow in the tax roll,” said Barbera. “Some were landlords renting out property.”Mastroianni was intrigued by details of past lifestyles.“It was interesting to see what family life was like,” she said.Students found interesting spatial patterns in their data, noting that housing was clustered by socio-economic status rather than by ethnicity. Working class neighbourhoods — particularly, apartment blocks — where a lot of migrant labours made their first homes were highly diverse areas.Students also commented on the surprising lack of family dogs, although that could be an idiosyncrasy of data recording, Rose said.Rose and the students worked closely on the project with Brock’s Archives and Special Collections and St. Catharines Museum, which provided tax rolls for digitization.“It is a public history project that gives local history enthusiasts access to a trove of genealogical and historical information on St. Catharines’ past,” said Rose. “The students have done a public service through their research and learning, which, hopefully, the community will find value in.”The interactive, dynamic WebGIS students have been constructing allows users to explore and analyze the historical population of St. Catharines. The project is available at www.niagaralives.ca
The word “assimilation” is to many a negative concept and has been misused by players immersed in the game of misinformation. The word “integration” on the other hand has an opposite effect and is far more attractive to new migrants and to those seeking to become Australian citizens. Why is this so one may ask? The answer is a simple one if we as citizens truly put aside our differences of opinion and look at the view it from an objective point of view.Assimilation on the one hand appears to a migrant contemplating becoming an Australian citizen that they would have to give up all of their traditional values, ethics, faith way of life and most of all lose their identity of who they are and where they come from. While integration on the other hand, to a migrant considering becoming an Australian citizen means to embrace to the nation’s laws, institutions and values without losing one’s traditional cultural values, faith or where they came from.Many would agree with me that the word multicultural has been hijacked and misused by those seeking to benefit from a benevolent and tolerant society. This negative use of multiculturalism has created a schism within Australian society, causing normally tolerant citizens to choose sides in a “battle of the minds”. The more the media “beat-up” and or misleading statements by the players involved goes further to crate undue anxiety that will sooner or later erupt in a violence that can have irreversible consequences.I wonder whether the players involved are aware of their insidious involvement and what their actions may spawn. I say this because, I for one consider myself one of those “normally tolerant citizens” willing to embrace new cultures that contribute to the “security, economic stability, interests and longevity” of this nation we call home – Australia. However having said that, does not mean that I am a saint, have infinite patience, over tolerant or better still believe that I am immune from being influenced one way or another.I must admit that I as young teen growing up in Prahran-St Kilda region that life was not easy but we made the best of it by integrating with our neighbours and at the same time retaining or Hellenic identity at home.I guess on reflection I am blessed to have as my very best friends’ individuals ranging from one end of the world to another irrespective of their cultural and religious beliefs. Such has been my life experiences, a life full of challenges that brought me face to face with differences that I could never imagine and thus enriched my understanding of others living amongst us.This brings me to the point of whether we as “citizens” have a duty first to this nation of ours, to humanity outside our borders, to a higher authority such as the United Nations, or to a higher order that has yet to appear or surface. I am of the belief that every citizen no matter what nation he or she has decided to call home has a responsibility to ensure that the nation’s “pillars” of “security, economic stability, interests and longevity” comes first and foremost above all other considerations. Family, faith, culture, traditions, are not outcasts but are firmly embedded within those nations “pillars”; surrounded by a world that is full uncertainty, diminishing resources and invasion of privacy as we who grew up as baby boomers once enjoyed.Now after a period of some 70 years immigration, this nation is coming to grips with entirely new phenomena, one that did not have the means, resources and ability to raise its ugly head above the parapet. Today we are subjected via the media information relating to racist attacks on innocent people by individuals who would under normal circumstances not react. This is nothing new and it will continue to occur whenever newcomer whose culture is alien to our western way of life. Australia has not been immune from the ills of the world, but it does have a responsibility to its people first and then to wider global community.I honestly believe that all individuals can live harmoniously together in peace side by side without the need to resorting to violence or threats of assimilation, by integrating cultural and traditional values that are compatible with Australian values ethics and its laws and way of life. Faith is a personal experience and should not be part of the equation as integration means living within a society that has the freedom to worship ones creator whoever that may be and without losing one’s identity or where they originated from. Again I find it ironic. At this point I am quite sure that I too will be attacked for my opinions by all sides who wish to point some error in my analysis. However whatever the case may be; my point of view does have its genesis based on a life time of extraordinary life’s challenges and I am quite sure that sanity will prevail in the end. Remember that “multiculturalism” as a word is merely a journey to becoming an Australian citizen, nothing more and nothing less.If the Greeks, Italians, Asians, Indians like their brethren Anglos/Saxon and Gaelic cultures can do it, so can those who are of the Islamic faith. I have enormous faith in Australians of the Islamic faith and it is up to them to come to terms with the Australian way of life, not the other way round. This article is dedicated to all my friends that I have known throughout life, whether they are of the Islamic, Judaic, Christian and/or other forms of faith. Tolerance and commonsense are virtues that need to be cultivated at all times. That is the Australians way and that is the journey I have taken.*Peter Adamis is a Journalist/Social Media Commentator and writer. He is a retired Australian military serviceman and an Industry organisational & Occupational (OHS) & Training Consultant whose interests are within the parameters of domestic and international political spectrum. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Last year when Epic revealed the Epic Games Store, a PC video game marketplace designed to give the Steam monopoly the first real fight of its life, we thought things would get ugly. With Fortnite’s fortunes at its disposal, Epic had the sheer financial strength and technical infrastructure to challenge Valve by offering sweet exclusivity deals. But incredibly savvy moves like offering indie developers a fairer cut of profits suggested Epic had the brains to win this battle, too. It made you want to overlook how sparse the Epic Games Store is at the moment when it comes to features.The Epic Games Store is just about two months old and already the fight between it and Steam has blossomed into a full-on war. The latest major battle? The fight over Metro Exodus.As we said, Epic’s go-to move right now to gain support for their store is by scoring high-profile exclusives. Ever since Valve pretty much stopped making video games, Steam is mostly useful as a centralized collection of third-party PC games. And the more of those games migrate to Epic’s camp the more appealing it is and bigger blows get dealt to Valve. Epic Games Store exclusives include Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 from Ubisoft, the next project from Supergiant Games Hades, and now most controversially the post-apocalyptic Russian shooter Metro Exodus.You see Metro Exodus wasn’t always an Epic Games Store exclusive. Before that store was even a thing you could pre-order it on Steam. And to be fair those that did will still have their purchases honored when the game releases on February 15. But going forward, at least for however long the exclusivity deal lasts, you’ll only be able to buy Metro Exodus on the Epic Games Store.And lots of folks had something to say about that. Steam users, unused to competition, felt like collateral damage in a fight between corporate titans. Valve itself called the move “unfair” in a post pulling down Metro’s pre-order page. Even the messaging coming from Metro Exodus publisher THQ Nordic seems mixed. One tweet blamed parent company Koch Media for the move and wished players had a choice. But executives have been resolute in their support for the deal.Expect this to get even worse if Metro Exodus launches on Steam in a condition even slightly worse than its Epic Games Store counterpart. And while we now all know a change-up like this is possible, next time Epic gets another exclusive we do hope players get more of a heads up. Of course, you can also just skip this drama and get the game on your Xbox One or PlayStation 4 instead. Stay on target
Posted: January 19, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego County unemployment rate remained steady at 3.3 percent between November and December despite a loss of 3,500 jobsThe puts the region’s unemployment rate below that of the state, 4.2 percent, and the country, 3.9 percent, during the same period. The figure is below the state estimate made one year ago, which projected unemployment would be at 4.1 percent in December, according to state Employment Development Department data.The county’s educational and health services sectors lost 2,400 jobs between November and December, the region’s greatest decline during that period. Other major losses occurred in the construction and services industries, according to the EDD.Growth occurred in leisure and hospitality over the month, adding 1,100 jobs. The growth occurred primarily in restaurants, food service and bars.Between December 2016 and December 2017, total non-farm employment grew by 1.5 percent. Agricultural employment decreased by 100 jobs.The largest increase came in the leisure and hospitality sectors, which added 4,900 jobs, according to the state. KUSI Newsroom, SD County unemployment rate remains lower than state and country average KUSI Newsroom January 19, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Twitter Facebook The story behind the album is well-known among collectors, according to Ultimate Classic Rock. Lennon owned the album before trading it with collector Dave Morrell in 1971 for a reel-to-reel tape of the Beatles’ Yellow Matter Custard bootleg. After acquiring the album, Morrell got Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to sign it as well, boosting its value even further, perhaps into the highest echelon of Beatles collector’s items.”The term ‘world class’ is probably a bit overused in describing collectibles,” claims the listing on Heritage Auctions. “Labeling this unique, rare and desirable Beatles item as ‘’world class’ is not hyperbole. If anything, it does not do it justice. Included with this lot is a signed letter of authenticity from noted Beatle autograph expert Frank Caiazzo.”Heritage is expecting to rake in north of $200,000 for the item, and they’ve already received a bid of $100,000. The auction reserve will be announced on Nov. 4.Remember When? The Beatles Unleash “I Want To Hold Your Hand” John Lennon’s Beatles Album Auction john-lennon-custom-signed-beatles-album-auction A “world class” collector’s item and piece of Beatles history goes up for auction, with the first bid already clocked in at $100KNate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 26, 2017 – 4:44 pm A vinyl record owned and customized by John Lennon is up for auction, and expectations for bidding are high. The album is a pre-production copy of the Beatles’ 1966 album Yesterday … And Today with Lennon’s signature and dedication drawing. Email John Lennon Custom-Signed Beatles Album Up For Auction News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 19, 2015 – 10:55 am The Beatles: Lifetime Achievement Award Acceptance
Enlarge ImageToyota was one of the longest-lasting holdouts to add Android Auto. John Gress/Corbis/Getty Images Sometimes it’s the little updates that make the biggest quality-of-life improvements. While Toyota is rolling out several face-lifted models at Thursday’s Chicago Auto Show press day, it’s an unseen update that may prove to be the biggest benefit for owners: Android Auto integration.The Japanese automaker has long been one of the technology’s most noteworthy holdouts. Indeed, it only began rolling out Apple CarPlay compatibility on its Entune systems last year. Android Auto, which integrates users’ Android phone functionality into a vehicle’s infotainment system, will be offered in 2020 model-year Toyota 4Runner and Sequoia SUVs, as well as its Tacoma and Tundra pickup trucks. Overseas, the marque’s Aygo will get the tech, as well as European-market Yaris models.A number of automakers have quietly expressed data privacy concerns over letting Google have access to many of their vehicle’s systems as a condition of Android Auto integration. Security and intellectual property reservations have previously been voiced by several automakers to me on the condition of anonymity. When I asked if any data security questions related to Android Auto may have contributed to the tech’s slow rollout in Toyota’s products, Russ Koble, the automaker’s Advanced Technology Communications Manager, said that such concerns weren’t the issue. Instead, he tells Roadshow, “Toyota and Google have been working closely on the integration of Android Auto. Part of this integration is ensuring alignment with Toyota’s usability standards. Both companies came to an agreement on the technical specifications and are pleased to provide a seamless connected experience.”It isn’t immediately clear how quickly Toyota plans to roll out Android Auto compatibility to its other models, including its popular Camry, Corolla and RAV4 families. Koble did confirm, however, that the tech will be available not just in additional Toyota models, but also future Lexus vehicles, too.A Google representative reached for comment by Roadshow did not offer an immediate response. Google Toyota Comment Auto Tech Trucks SUVs 2020 Toyota Tacoma takes a bow at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies Chicago Auto Show: All the big reveals and news from the show floor.Toyota: The latest news from the Japanese automaker. 39 Photos Chicago Auto Show 2019 Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors More From Roadshow Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Tags 1 Share your voice See All reading • Toyota finally rolls out Android Auto at Chicago Auto Show 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better • Chicago Auto Show 2019 Toyota 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous