Girl raped in Chandigarh on her way to school to celebrate Independence Day

first_imgA minor girl was kidnapped and raped by an unidentified man in Chandigarh on Tuesday when she was on her way to school to celebrate Independence Day.The victim, a Class VIII student of the government senior secondary school here was raped allegedly by a middle-aged man at the children’s traffic park, situated in the heart of the city, while she was going to her school enroute the park.The police said a case of rape and kidnapping has been registered following a complaint by the victim that she was sexually assaulted by a man, who fled the spot after committing the crime.Chandigarh Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Eish Singhal said the ”incident” took place at around 8:15 in the morning on Tuesday. “The girl was going to school and entered the park (children’s traffic park) from the back gate. An FIR has been registered under section 363, 376 of the Indian Penal Code, besides relevant sections of Protection Of Children from Sexual offences (POCSO) Act,” he said. “We have rounded up few suspect and investigation is underway. The girl is stable, though she has been traumatised by the incident,” said Mr. Singhal.Police said the girl narrated the incident to her family, following which police was informed. The accused had dragged her into the ”nullah” (seasonal watercourse) that flows through the park, and sexually assaulted her, said Police sources.The police later took the victim to the government hospital in Sector 16 for a medical examination, which confirmed sexual assault.Replying to query that the victim was raped on a knife point, Mr. Singhal said ”it’s being investigated”.last_img read more

What Surveys Have Told Us About U.S. Social Mobility

first_imgIt’s Already on File: How Administrative Records Can Help Assess Mobility Last summer, some 30 experts gathered at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., to discuss whether the government should design and carry out the first survey in 40 years of social mobility in the United States. The researchers agreed that it was important to document the massive changes that had taken place in the U.S. economy since the last similar study in 1973. And nobody knew better the potential value of such surveys than Robert Hauser, the man who convened the 1-day meeting.Now head of the National Research Council’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Hauser had teamed up 4 decades ago with a colleague at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, David Featherman, to ask about 33,500 adult men what type of work they and their fathers had done. They were replicating a first-ever survey of U.S. economic mobility done in 1962, using a larger and more diverse sample to get a glimpse into how economic mobility had changed after the social upheavals of the 1960s. Both surveys, called the Occupational Changes in a Generation (OCG), had added income-related questions to an ongoing government survey of households that provides monthly unemployment figures.The results were both expected and eye-opening. The 1962 survey “found substantial upward mobility,” according to a 1977 description of the research in a university newsletter, and that schooling was the dominant factor in determining their career path. At the same time, it noted, “self-employed professionals, proprietors, and farmers” were much more likely to have had fathers in the same professions than did peers holding lower level white collar and blue-collar jobs.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)But these findings held only for whites. Young African-American males tended to hold low-status jobs even if their fathers were white-collar workers, and regardless of how far they had gone in school. The study showed “substantial evidence of cumulative discrimination against blacks” that was not affected by education or background.The 1973 follow-up survey found that mobility patterns had begun to converge for blacks and whites. Education appeared to play a bigger role than before in determining the type of job held by African-American men compared with their white counterparts. But ironically, there was also “increased inequality of opportunity” within the African-American population, as they were now much more likely than a decade ago to hold jobs similar to their father’s occupation.For all their insights, however, the OCG surveys came with some important caveats. Jobs represent only one dimension of social mobility, for instance, and each study was a one-shot affair, capturing subjects at a particular moment in time. The surveys also excluded women.Researchers have been able to commandeer a different, and ongoing, U.S. survey to fill in some of those gaps. In 1968, the government decided to monitor the impact of various programs that were part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. Although trimmed and revised over the years, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) remains one of the best ongoing collection of longitudinal data on various socioeconomic and health trends.The most recent PSID analysis, done in 2012 by a consortium of researchers who are part of the Pew Economic Mobility Project, found that college graduates are five times more likely to move from the bottom rungs to the middle of the economic ladder than those without degrees. Whites are twice as likely as blacks to make such a move. And overall, some 43% of children from families in the lower rungs remain there as adults.But the picture that PSID paints of social mobility is still very blurry and incomplete. Its sample is skewed toward the low-income households originally targeted by the antipoverty programs, and the size of that core sample was cut by two-thirds in 1996 after budget cuts to the federal agencies that fund the University of Michigan to carry out the survey.There are other government-funded surveys that have also contributed to our knowledge of social mobility. Since 1984, the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation has gathered data on how government programs affect income and wealth. And the General Social Survey (GSS), funded since 1972 by the National Science Foundation and conducted by the University of Chicago, measures intergenerational educational and occupational mobility among small samples. But GSS doesn’t track income mobility.So where do things stand? Participants at the National Academy’s workshop discussed several options for gathering better data, but all had serious flaws. A start-from-scratch survey would allow researchers to cover the most bases, everyone agreed, but the chances of persuading Congress to pay for a survey large enough to provide meaningful results are almost nil. Piggybacking onto an existing vehicle, like the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, would lower the cost significantly, but its scope would have to be severely limited.Many experts believe the most promising approach may be making greater use of administrative records, the massive volume of information that government agencies already collect for other purposes. The cost would be minimal. However, that approach will once more require researchers to be creative about piecing together data from many sources to create a complete picture of U.S. social mobility.See also:The science of inequality How Two Economists Got Direct Access to IRS Tax Recordscenter_img The IGE: Anatomy of a Mobility Scorelast_img read more

DU Admissions 2019: Students face inconvenience due to delay in sports trials

first_imgStudents and parents claimed that they had to face inconvenience as the sports trials for admission to the Delhi University began after a delay of about five hours Tuesday. However, there was no immediate reaction from authorities. Many parents, who had arrived as early as 7 am, claimed that varsity authorities had asked them to come at 7 am but did not intimate them about the time the trial would start.No intimation from DU authorities:Ashish, a parent, who had come from Ghaziabad, said there was no intimation from authorities on the timings of the trials. He said authorities should have informed in advance.Students reached the Sports Complex by 7 am, but were not given entry till 9 am. A student claimed that the experts, who were supposed to take their trials, arrived at the venue only after 11 am.The trials for taekwondo (men and women), football (women) and basketball (men) took place at the Sports Complex.The aspirants, who wanted to take admission on the basis of taekwondo, were waiting till 12.30 pm for the trials to begin.The trials for basketball also commenced only after 12.30 pm, leaving the parents worried.Even though parents were not allowed inside the venue and it was mentioned in the guidelines issued by the varsity, many parents had accompanied their children for the trials.Lack on basic facilities at sports trial:Students complained that even water was not available inside the complex and they had to walk to another building to get water.The sports trials will end on July 6.advertisementTotal number of seats under sports quota:Over 12,000 students have registered for admission under the sports quota. There are 27 sports that are part of the quota. These include 24 sports that are part of various high-profile competitions like Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and three popular sports.Under the sports quota, athletics, basketball, cricket and volleyball were among the top five sports chosen by candidates.Other sports that made it to the top 10 preferences were kabaddi, badminton, handball, taekwondo and kho-kho. Twenty-seven sports are part of the quota. These include 24 sports that are part of various competitions like the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and three popular sports.READ: Delhi University guidelines for sports trials out, date and venue decided Read: DU Admissions 2019: Andhra students suffer after confusion over Delhi University admission processlast_img read more

16 days ago​Mustafi annoyed by Arsenal legend Petit: He should know better

first_img​Mustafi annoyed by Arsenal legend Petit: He should know betterby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is not happy with club legend Emmanuel Petit.The German defender spoke at length about how he felt that he was blamed for defeats, even when they were not his fault.And among those who spoke negatively about him in public, he singled out French World Cup winner Petit for particular criticism.”That annoyed me a lot [Petit calling him the king of blunders],” he told Der Spiegel. “It’s the one thing when fans or media criticise you. But it’s a different story when an ex-player who knows how hard it is on the field sometimes says so.”I expect such players to be more sensitive and realise what this sharply worded critique can trigger. In the past, that might have been in the paper one day, and then people would have forgotten it. Today it’s on the Internet and will haunt me for the rest of my career.”Former players like Petit should not have to make a name for themselves by making condescending comments about current players.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Funding Supports Heritage Projects Across Province

first_imgNova Scotians will learn more about the province’s history through improved access to heritage resources with 14 projects receiving funding from the Strategic Development Initiative Program, announced today, Jan. 6. The program provides $200,000 in shared funding to not-for-profit groups, community museums, archives, regional development authorities and municipal governments for heritage projects. “Increasing access to our shared history strengthens communities and makes life better for Nova Scotia’s families by encouraging life-long learning,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister David Wilson. “The quality of applications received for 2011-12 was outstanding. We are pleased to contribute to heritage projects that will make a real difference in their communities.” The Association of Nova Scotia Museums received $22,150 to create an online collections management system using CollectiveAccess software. CollectiveAccess will allow the public and staff at community museums to access 200,000 records. The public part of the project is expected to launch in September. The software is also used by Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, the American Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of Women and the Arts, both in Washington, D.C. “Being able to better share Nova Scotia’s history online will be a huge benefit to Nova Scotians and to our community museum network,” said Anita Price, managing director of the Association of Nova Scotia Museums. “CollectiveAccess will help with the collection management needs of the museums and will allow for collaboration with other institutions on future projects.” More information on the program can be found at .last_img read more


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Arizona woman used pepper spray on adopted kids police say

MARICOPA, Ariz. — Arizona authorities say a woman has been arrested on allegations of using pepper spray to discipline her seven adopted children and locking them inside a closet for days.A police report says Machelle Hackney’s adopted children had no food, water or access to a bathroom for days while inside the closet at her home in the small city of Maricopa south of Phoenix.The report says that officers who went to the house last week reported that six of the children appeared malnourished and underweight.Hackney was being held at the Pinal County Jail on suspicion of two counts of molestation of a child, seven counts of child abuse and five counts of unlawful imprisonment and child neglect.It was unclear Tuesday whether 48-year-old Hackney had a lawyer.The Associated Press

Global tourism continues to rebuild UN data reveals

The latest update of UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) barometer, released yesterday, show that international tourist arrivals grew by almost 5 per cent to more than 124 million in January and February this year compared to the same period in 2010.South America and South Asia were the best performers, with international visitor numbers leaping by 15 per cent in both regions, while sub-Saharan Africa (13 per cent) and Central and Eastern Europe (12 per cent) also posted strong gains.Europe overall performed better than expected, partly because of travel redirected to Southern and Mediterranean Europe following the unrest in many nations in North Africa and the Middle East, where visitor numbers slumped by 9 per cent and 10 per cent respectively.Taleb Rifai, the Secretary-General of the UNWTO, said the latest data indicates that the tourism sector is consolidating the recovery begun last year.“News is especially positive for emerging economies and developing countries, particularly for Africa, where tourism is increasingly recognized as a driver of development, exports and jobs,” he said.Mr. Rifai said the fall in visitor demand in Tunisia and Egypt after the recent unrest there, and a similar slump in Japan following the March earthquake and tsunami, is now “expected to have bottomed out and the recovery of these important destinations will surely be consolidated during the year.”The Secretary-General took part earlier this week in a special event in Istanbul, Turkey, linking tourism with sustainable development and poverty reduction. This was held on the sidelines of the UN conference on the world’s least developed countries (LDCs).He said it was surprising that the development agenda has given such a low priority so far to tourism, despite the industry’s “proven contribution to foreign exchange generation, job creation and socio-economic development.”The gathering brought together 15 tourism ministers from LDCs as well as senior UN officials and representatives of donor countries to discuss ways to integrate tourism into development plans.Receipts from international tourism are estimated to have topped $919 billion last year, up from $851 billion a year earlier. 12 May 2011International tourism continues to recover from the global financial crisis and downturn of 2008-09, rising in every region of the world except the Middle East and North Africa during the first two months of this year, according to new United Nations figures. read more

TSX higher as mining stocks rise

The Toronto stock market registered a solid gain Tuesday as investors continued to pick up beaten-down mining stocks and took in two disappointing earnings reports from the retail sector.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 66.51 points to 12,275.38.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.22 of a cent at 94.92 cents US amid data showing that Canadian housing starts came in at an annualized rate of 199,586 units in June, a decrease from 204,616 in May. That was much better than the reading of 190,000 starts that analysts had been expecting.U.S. indexes also advanced as Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA), the first Dow component to report its second-quarter results, failed to benefit from quarterly earnings which beat revenue and profit expectations. Alcoa said after the close of markets Monday that it earned seven cents a share, a penny better than forecast. Revenue came in at $5.85 billion, surpassing expectations of $5.8 billion. However, its stock lost early momentum and slipped four cents to US$7.87.“Does anyone really care about an aluminum company?” said Gareth Watson, vice-president at Richardson GMP Ltd. “Right now the market’s attention is not on base metal stocks. So even if it has a good report, I think people are putting their money into interest sensitive and dividend yielding stocks and if they are getting cyclical, they’re doing it in other areas such as industrials.”The Dow Jones industrials advanced 80.26 points 15,304.95, the Nasdaq gained 18.87 points to 3,503.7 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 12.01 points at 1,652.47.Meanwhile, executives at smartphone maker BlackBerry (TSX:BB) were in investor crosshairs as the company held its annual meeting.BlackBerry reported a loss for its most recent quarter, when most analysts had expected it to turn a profit. At the meeting, chief executive Thorsten Heins encouraged shareholders to remain patient as the company pushes ahead with a plan to become profitable again. Heins says it’s going to take time, and just how long is unpredictable due to the volatile smartphone industry. Its stock was up 14 cents to $10.24, well off its 52-week high of $18.49.Shares in Jean Coutu Group (TSX:PJC.A) fell 67 cents to $17.14 after the pharmacy retailer said it earned $108.6 million or 51 cents per share, down from $397.3 million or $1.81 per share a year ago, mainly due to much smaller gains from the sale of shares in U.S. pharmacy chain Rite Aid.Excluding one-time items, earnings were $54.2 million or 26 cents per share, which matched expectations. Revenue was almost unchanged from a year ago at $681.6 million, which missed forecasts for more than $702 million.Shares of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (TSX:ATD.B) were also lower after it reported a large year-over-year increase in net earnings in the fourth quarter, but fell short of analyst estimates on adjusted profit.Excluding one-time items, the convenience store and gas station operator said it earned 61 cents US per share, well below expectations of 77 cents per share. Its shares were down $3.72 or 6.06 per cent at $57.67.Mining stocks benefited from bargain hunting for a second day. Falling demand for resources has pushed the TSX base metals sector down 32 per cent so far this year. The gold sector has fared much worse, down 47 per cent year to date as the Federal Reserve signalled it could start tapering its economic stimulus program of bond purchases later in the year while inflationary pressures remain tame.But Watson said “those factors aren’t there anymore so longer term as an investment there is no reason for people to get into the sector. “And for those who want to do short term trading on the actual bullion and equities, go right ahead. But there is still a significant risk gold prices will move lower here.”On Tuesday, the base metals sector was ahead 2.4 per cent even as copper prices fell further on demand concerns, with the September contract down three cents to US$3.06 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) climbed 16 cents to C$6.80 and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) advanced 93 cents to $22.11.Railway stocks advanced alongside mining stocks after losing some ground Monday amid questions about the transport of crude oil in the wake of a derailment over the weekend in Lac-Megantic, Que., killing at least 13 people and leaving nearly 40 more missing. Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) rose 90 cents to $103.63 while Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) climbed $1.61 to $128.30.The gold sector rose 0.7 per cent as gold prices rose slightly with the August bullion contract in New York ahead $11 to US$1,245.90. Eldorado Gold (TSX:ELD) gained 17 cents to C$6.40 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) ran ahead 42 cents to $25.33.The August crude oil contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange shook off early losses to advance 29 cents to US$103.43 a barrel and the energy sector swung from negative ground to advance 0.7.Canadian Oil Sands (TSX:COS) fell 89 cents to C$19.88 while Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) improved by 64 cents to $42.42.In other economic news, the International Monetary Fund upgraded Canada’s growth expectations for this year to 1.7 per cent from 1.5 per cent, but warned that overall global conditions remain uneven, weak and perilous.The IMF expects growth around the world will barely top three per cent this year, moderately lower than previously thought, and only start showing signs of life at 3.8 per cent in 2014. read more

Ontario building nearly 500 electric vehicle charging stations across province

TORONTO — Ontario is building nearly 500 electric vehicle charging stations across the province with hopes they will encourage more residents to use electric vehicles.The provincial government says the network of public stations will help address “range anxiety” among electric car drivers who may be concerned about the distance their vehicles can travel compared to traditional vehicles.The full network of stations will allow electric vehicles to travel from Windsor, Ont., to Ottawa, or from Toronto to North Bay, Ont., as well as in and around major urban centres.The stations — which will be placed at more than 250 locations including highways, workplaces and public spaces — are all expected to be in service by the end of March next year.Tesla Motors Inc’s top secret masterplan may not be about cars at all, but rather public transportPeter Tertzakian: Are electric-vehicle sales running out of gas?The government says the $20 million investment in the charging stations comes from Ontario’s $325 million Green Investment Fund, which supports projects that fight climate change.The province provides up to $14,000 in incentives for electric vehicle buyers as it aims for electric cars to make up five per cent of new vehicle sales by 2020. It says there are nearly 7,000 electric vehicles currently on the roads in Ontario.“By investing in charging infrastructure that is fast, reliable and affordable, we will encourage more Ontarians to purchase electric vehicles, reducing greenhouse gas pollution and keeping our air clean,” said Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s minister of transportation.Ontario’s announcement on Wednesday comes after Quebec announced last month that it will greatly increase the number of fast-charge stations for electric vehicles along one of the province’s busiest highways.Electric cars are still a niche market, with less than one per cent of global auto sales. More than 21,000 plug-in electric vehicles have been sold in Canada since 2011.The plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt leads, followed by the all-electric Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf. Together they account for almost 70 per cent of sales.Widespread adoption of electric vehicles has been hampered by consumer concern over the availability of charging stations, the time required to charge electric vehicle batteries and the distance that can be travelled between charging sessions.The typical Canadian urban commute, however, is far shorter than the travelling range of many of today’s plug-in vehicles. read more

Man honours grandfather with crossCanada bike trip

A Brampton man is nearing his goal of cycling across Canada’s 10 provinces to raise money for Alzheimer’s.Skyler Roberts says he is doing this for his grandfather,  who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s several years ago and died in January.The 21-year-old and his best friend kicked off an 8,000 kilometre ride in Victoria three months ago.They cycle during the day, and at night, they either set up camp or stay with people in the towns they’re travelling through.The pair recently arrived in Halifax.They plan to bike up to Cape Breton and hop on a ferry to Port aux Basques, N.L., before making their way to St. John’s, N.L.They’ll finish their journey there by dipping their feet in the Atlantic Ocean.He has already raised around $2,000 for the Alzheimer Society of Canada.Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, there are currently 564,000 Canadians are currently living with dementia.That number is expected to increase to 937,000 in 15 years. read more

Canada posts trade deficit with the world in August Statistics Canada

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 3, 2014 7:34 am MDT OTTAWA – Weaker exports of cars and crude oil unexpectedly shifted Canada’s merchandise trade balance with the rest of the world from a surplus of $2.2 billion in July to a deficit of $610 million in August, Statistics Canada said Friday.The federal agency — which also reduced July’s surplus from a previously reported $2.6 billion — says Canada’s merchandise imports rose 3.9 per cent in August while exports fell 2.5 per cent.It says imports — led by metal and non-metallic mineral products as well as energy products — hit a record high $44.8 billion.Exports, however, fell by $44.2 billion after nine of 11 sections declined. Fewer exports of cars and light trucks, as well as crude oil and crude bitumen, were responsible for much of the drop.Imports from the United States rose 1.4 per cent to $29.7 billion, while exports fell 2.5 per cent to $33.3 billion, shrinking the trade surplus with that country to $3.5 billion in August from $4.8 billion in July.Exports to other countries fell 2.5 per cent to $10.9 billion and imports rose 9.3 per cent to $15.1 billion, widening that trade deficit to $4.1 billion in August from $2.6 billion in July.Export Development Canada chief economist Peter Hall says the August trade numbers were “a bit of a cold shower,” but the situation compared to a year ago remains positive.“Even though we’ve taken a one-month hit here, it certainly is a pause in a very strong trend,” he said in an interview.“So I look at the overall number and I think, ‘OK, a two-and-a-half per cent downward hit for this month is stiff, that’s a big drop.’ But I look at how we’ve been doing thus far in the year, compared to the same period last year, and a 10.5-per cent increase is very strong.”However, BMO Capital Markets economist Robert Kavcic wrote that “there’s no sugar coating” the negative August numbers but added that seasonal distortions have resulted in wide month-month swings for Canada’s trade numbers.“This clouds the net export picture for all of Q3 a bit after a very strong start to the quarter. Assuming a modest improvement in the real trade balance in September, trade could still add modestly to growth, but not nearly as much as previously thought,” Kavcic wrote.He added that the “one scrap of good news” in the August report is that all 11 major export sectors showed higher volumes compared with a year earlier. Canada posts trade deficit with the world in August: Statistics Canada read more

They were dishonest and they were greedy Calgary men jailed in Ponzi

Victim Carole Knopp, right, prepares to speak to reporters about the sentencing of Gary Sorenson and Milowe Brost, found guilty of bilking more than 2,000 investors of between $100 million and $200 million, outside the court complex in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, July 28, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh by Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 28, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 29, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘They were dishonest and they were greedy;’ Calgary men jailed in Ponzi scheme CALGARY – A judge who sentenced two men in one of the largest Ponzi schemes in Canadian history on Tuesday said they were motivated by pure greed with little thought to their thousands of victims.Gary Sorenson, 71, and Milowe Brost, 61, were given 12 years in prison for an elaborate, multimillion-dollar fraud in which investors were promised unrealistic returns. The two received eight months of credit for time spent in custody.Brost was also found guilty of money laundering and received a separate, but concurrent, sentence.“The crimes committed by these two offenders are two of the biggest frauds in Canadian history,” Queen’s Bench Justice Robert Hall said in a Calgary courtroom.“They were motivated in my mind by greed with no regard to the effect on the many, many investors they defrauded,” he added.“The loss of these large sums of money has had a devastating impact on the victims.”The court said more than 2,400 investors from around the world lost up to $200 million. Police have estimated the figure could be as high as $400 million. Many people lost their life savings.Court received 600 victim impact statements before a sentencing hearing last month.Hall said some of the victims were left homeless, contemplated suicide and “suffered shame, embarrassment and rejection by friends and family.“Some now view the world through a lens of suspicion and mistrust.”Aggravating factors included the length and complexity of the fraud, the impact on the victims, the amount of money involved and what Hall called pure greed.Hall did not order any restitution. He said victims could make claims in civil court.Ponzi schemes involve taking funds from new investors and using them to pay old ones.Carole Knopp, 69, of Enderby, B.C., lost about $130,000 and was in court for the sentencing.“I was a little disappointed because I was hoping it would be at least 14 (years) and maybe more,” she said.“I don’t feel so much anger. They look like hollow, empty people and they are sociopaths or psychopaths, obviously, to be able to not have any emotional response.”Neither man addressed the court.Crown prosecutor Brian Holtby had requested a 14-year sentence but was happy with the judge’s decision.“It was pure greed. There was really no legitimate business purpose behind this. Everything was a sham virtually from Day 1,” said Holtby.“To find their moral culpability was this high was satisfying. They were dishonest and they were greedy.”Both men are prohibited for the next 20 years from working or volunteering in any capacity that involves real property, money or valuable security of another person.Lawyers for Brost said they may appeal.Investors were promised a 34 per cent annual return on a “low-risk” investment of $99,000, which was supposed to grow to just over $1 million within eight years. They were told the business involved selling gold for refining.One set of fraud and theft offences took place between 1999 and 2008. They involved companies named Syndicated Gold Depository SA, Base Metals Corp. LLC, Bahama Resource Alliance Ltd. and Merendon Mining Corp. Ltd.More wrongdoing took place between 2004 and 2005 with a company called Strategic Metals Corp.Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter read more

Ohio State mens hockey ready for Golden Griffins

Loose Pucks-Junior defenseman Blake Doerring (upper-body), senior defenseman Craig Dalrymple (upper-body) and freshman forward Nick Jones (upper-body) will all be out this weekend, Rohlik said.-Dalrymple skated after Wednesday’s practice, but Rohlik said he’s still “a ways away” from returning to the lineup Senior forward Tanner Fritz (16) controls the puck during a game against Miami (OH) Oct. 17 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 5-1.Credit: Michael Griggs / For The LanternChristian Lampasso’s former teammates used to laugh at him, but now they’re probably wishing they hadn’t.The freshman forward who once took flack for taking lessons from a figure skating coach has established himself as a speedy winger on the Ohio State men’s hockey roster. This week, Lampasso has more energy than usual. The Buckeyes (1-3-0) will travel less than 30 minutes from his childhood home to play Canisius College (4-2-0, 3-1-0) in Buffalo, N.Y.“I recruited pretty much the whole team’s tickets,” Lampasso said. “I’ve got 32 people coming for each game. I told them they all have to wear scarlet or they can’t come.”Lampasso’s homecoming series is long overdue. Since he moved away from New York as a freshman in high school, he’s called six states home. “I was pretty much living on my own at 15,” Lampasso said. “I had to grow up fast, but a lot of hockey players do.”As Lampasso moved through junior hockey, he did it with the speed that has come to characterize his game. His short, choppy strides followed him the whole way, he said. Former coaches’ attempts to change Lampasso’s skating style have been met with rejection, he said. The lessons from his figure skating coach Sarah Potter, who gave him instruction until age 12, have stuck the most, he said.Potter recalled working with Lampasso’s posture and leg extensions during 6:30 a.m. lessons. Dedication and natural ability drove Lampasso’s progression, Potter said.“The first time i saw him skate I thought, ‘this kid’s got it’,” Potter said. “There was no question in my mind.”This weekend, OSU coach Steve Rohlik is tasked with slowing down the winger who’s defined his game with speed.“Its funny because that’s his M.O., is his energy,” Rohlik said. “He just doesn’t need to go up and do too much. Just go up and play like he always does with great energy.”The energetic play is not foreign to the Buckeyes’ roster. Lampasso’s line mate and senior forward Chad Niddery has made his career playing in a similar fashion.As a result, Niddery said he offers Lampasso advice with regard to patience in the corners or placement of pucks on dump-ins. “He reminds me a lot of my  freshman year,” Niddery said. “Good forechecker, good hitting, good speed. He’s pretty close to me, that’s for sure.”Niddery, who began his career as a winger but has transitioned to center, said he depends upon Lampasso for his own success as well. Coming off a bye week, the line mates have had plenty of time to develop additional chemistry.Rohlik said OSU’s bye week came at a good time, as it allowed the team to readdress fitness and recover from injuries.After sustaining an injury in OSU’s first game of the season, sophomore forward Nick Schilkey is expected to make his return to the lineup on Friday, Rohlik said.  Canisius enters this weekend following a road series sweep against American International in an Atlantic Hockey Association matchup. The Golden Griffins are set to open their new rink, HARBORCENTER, located in downtown Buffalo on Friday.The Buckeyes traveled to HARBORCENTER on Thursday to get accustomed to the new rink, Rohlik said. “There’s only one opening night and for us to be a part of that is certainly pretty special,” Rohlik said. “We’re going to have to play our best hockey.”  read more

John Humphrys makes Today listeners cringe as he argues with former Vogue

first_imgHowever, Mr Humphrys maintained that fashion models are “thin as rakes” and that it is a bad example for young women.Listeners did not appear to enjoy the segment, with one saying the presenter appeared “painfully out of his depth” and another sarcastically referring to him as a “renowned fashion expert”.The veteran presenter informed Ms Shulman: “60 years ago, the hourglass figure was desirable, now you want to be skinny as a rake.” Oh *please* @BBCr4today can we not have John Humphrys discussing women’s body shapes at 7.30am?— Heather Stewart (@GuardianHeather) August 31, 2017 BBC Radio 4 presenter John Humphrys made his listeners cringe when he aired his views about women’s fashion to former Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman.In Thursday’s Today Programme, he argued that one doesn’t see many “cosy, comfortable bodies” on Vogue and accused the magazine and the fashion industry of encouraging women to wear “excruciating stilettos”.Ms Shulman, who until recently edited British Vogue, attempted to explain the rise of the curvy Kardashian body and the fact that many fashionistas wear flats. She disagreed, pointing to Rihanna, Beyonce and the Kardashians as examples of desirable and curvy bodies.The former Vogue editor said: “No, not sure that’s entirely true actually…Rihanna, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, they’re not that skinny. Skinny is not necessarily what people want to be now. There has been a change in the last decade about that.” Did John Humphrys just describe women’s body shape as ‘cosy and comfortable’? What shape is ‘powerful and strong’ I wonder? #r4today— Amy (@amykurry) August 31, 2017 He pressed on, saying: “You don’t see that shape on the catwalk…all the models are as skinny as a rake. And they promote the size zero. Do Vogue do that as well? You don’t see reasonable cozy and comfortable people on the front of Vogue.” John Humphrys is painfully out of depth in this fashion segment with Alexandra Shulman, it’s embarrassing #r4today #bbcr4today— Stanners (@cheesecakebase) August 31, 2017center_img How dare the ex editor of Vogue come on #r4today and constantly contradict renowned fashion expert John Humphrys.— Gary Pepworth (@garypepworth) August 31, 2017 She replied: “I don’t know if that’s necessarily true…we had quiet a range…we had Adele, Vogue has a couple of not particularly skinny people coming up soon I think.” Ewww……I got a horrible image of John Humphrys drooling 🤤as he talked about stilettos, leather trousers and bikinis #bbcr4today— JillyCL ☮️ (@JillyCL) August 31, 2017 Mr Humphrys then moved on to the issue of stilettos, saying: “The other way in which fashion is cruel is shoes, stilettos, you make women feel they have to wear very high heels and they must be excruciating.”Ms Shulman joked: “Heavens John, you are very clued up on fashion this morning, no I do not agree with that at all, women do not have to wear high heels…wearing a heel gives you a completely different feel about your body…in my case it makes me feel in control rather than slopping around in a pair of slippers.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

GDF Lance Corporal charged with 3 counts of robbery under arms

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGDF ranks implicated in crimes to face full brunt of the law- Chief of Staff (ag)November 1, 2018In “Crime”Ex-GDF rank freed of illegal gun, ammo chargesNovember 9, 2018In “Court”Miner facing 3 counts of robbery under arms remandedJanuary 16, 2018In “Court” Jamal Hazel, the 21-year-old soldier who along with an accomplice was arrested on January 13, 2018, in connection with a $5.5M robbery, was today charged for that robbery in addition to two others.Jamal HazelHazel, of Middle Road LaPenitence, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ court before Magistrate Judy Latchman on three counts of robbery under arms committed on Boodram Hemraj at North Road on January 10, 2018, Marica Adams at Peters Hall, on January 6, 2018 and Andrea Purdessy at Pike Street Kitty, on January 11, 2018.He was also charged with possession of a firearm and  ammunition without a licence.He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was refused bail and remanded to prison until January 30, 2018.Hazel, a Lance Corporal attached to the Guyana Defence Force  was on Tuesday implicated in the two other robberies.According to police, the soldier was “picked out during an identification parade by two victims as the suspect who robbed them of their valuables on North Road, Georgetown, on January 10, 2018 and Peters Hall, East Bank Demerara, on January 6, 2018.” read more

Vodacom to address RSA mining safety challenges with technology

first_imgThe South African mining industry has in recent times been experiencing serious safety challenges. Vodacom has announced its intention to join forces with the Mining Precinct@Carlow Road and mining sector in general to make use of its technology in order to help solve some of the critical challenges identified by the mining sector.Speaking at the Vodacom Mining Engagement event held at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Nkululeko Magadla, Managing Executive for Vodacom Business Large Enterprise Segment said: “As a leader in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Vodacom intends to partner and collaborate with the mining sector in finding possible solutions that can best help respond to some of the challenges faced by the mining sector.”“Vodacom has capability beyond fixed and mobile services that could be applied in the mining sector in order to help address some of the challenges affecting the mining sector across the country,” says Magadla.Explaining on how Vodacom Business intends to partner with the mining sector, Magadla said that some of the capabilities include Internet of Things (IoT) platform for aggregation and analytics, digital health capability to help support health screening at the edge and Big Data as a service.“Vodacom has strong generic IoT capabilities and would like to work with the mining sector in order to define industry specific solutions that can help address specific problems amongst these health and safety, mining efficiency and productivity. In order for us to be able to provide suitable solutions, we will collaborate with the Mining Precinct in several areas to research solutions across a range of technology interventions, said Magadla.The Mining Precinct@Carlow Road, Programme Manager for Real-time Information Systems (RTIMS), IIoT, and Digitalisation, Jean-Jacques says: “With the valuable support and guidance of many of our collaborators, such as the Chamber of Mines, the DST, the DTI, MEMSA, the CSIR, and our major SA mining houses, we will be able to complete our industrial and applied research work for RTIMS in its 1st year of execution (March 2018).”Jacques said: “We have made good progress in our efforts of identifying viable, and coherent components for a mining IIoT framework, which is holistic in its approach. Much work still lies ahead and key to the success of solving SA’s mining challenges within an ever-evolving digitalisation and industry 4.0 environment, will require active and sincere collaboration among many Industry-reliant participants.”Jacques adds “that it is a collaboration of the willing and so is pleased that Vodacom is willing to engage and be involved this collaboration with the Mining Precinct@Carlow Road. We look forward to continued interactions in this regard”. Digitalisation and real-time information systems will undeniably change the health and safety dynamics in mining, and the many challenges.“One fatality or one injury is one too many, and so aspirations are high that as we progress from modernised mines to digitalised mines, to eventually intelligent mines, every stakeholder needs to re-think positioning, products, solutions, and participation, to jointly deliver on this aspiration for South Africa’s mines”.last_img read more

Conferences and classes planned as nursing union buys former hospital for €29m

first_img[Image:]NURSES AND MIDWIVES’ UNION the INMO are planning to develop the former Richmond Hospital in Dublin 7 as an education and events centre, after acquiring the property for €2.9 million in a deal handled by estate agents Allsop Space.The distinctive red brick structure, built at the turn of the 20th century, adjoins their existing offices at the former Whitworth Hospital on North Brunswick Street. It was modernised as part of a multi-million euro investment in 1996, after the OPW leased the former hospital for use by the courts service.INMO Deputy General Secretary David Hughes said the union had secured a “real bargain” in the deal, and described the Richmond as one of the “best buildings in Dublin”.He said it would be used to run educational courses for members, as the union expands its programme of classes in line with the Nurses and Midwives Act of 2011, which stipulates that all nurses must have a portfolio showing they’ve undertaken a certain number of courses in a given five year period. [Image:]The building will also be let out to local and other groups to hold meetings and smaller conferences, and Hughes said the additional space would also give the union the ability to bid for European and international nursing conferences.“Part of the attraction is that it’s almost ready to open straight away following the OPW modernisation — all the wiring is completely computerised, for instance, and the rooms are all very suitable”.A number of minor works are to be undertaken over the next few months (including the installation of more ladies’ toilets) and it’s planned the centre will open its doors this summer, with courses beginning in September.Originally part of a complex of three hospitals (the Richmond, the Whitworth and the Hardwick) the building as it stands today was built between 1899 and 1901.According to the estate agents:“At the time of construction the hospital was praised for modern features, including warmed filtered air for the theatres, modern ventilation, and the building being raised above the ground by arches.”last_img read more

Greece needs a second election

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Most scenarios facing Greece are bleak. The country could default, introduce capital controls, forcibly convert savers’ deposits into bank capital, quit the euro and so forth. But there is still a chance things might not end too badly. All those who care about Greece, starting with its prime minister Alexis Tsipras, need to work hard on the least bad path forward.This will require Tsipras not only to eat his words, but also to call a new election. The timing is tough, given a series of payments Athens needs to make to both the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank in the next three months, but just doable.The essential first step is for Greece to agree a short-term deal with its creditors: to unlock 7.2 billion euros of loans and avoid a bankruptcy that will probably otherwise occur next month. Given that the two sides are still far apart, this won’t be easy. On the other hand, Tsipras says he is hopeful of a deal – so maybe that indicates he is finally ready to make concessions.The most important one Athens needs to make is on pensions. The Greek system is unsustainable, largely because of a large number of exemptions that allow people to take pensions long before the official retirement age. The creditors must not give ground on this point.On the other hand, the euro zone and the IMF should be prepared to compromise on labour reform. While they are right to insist on Greece not rolling back changes that have improved competitiveness, there is no need to dismantle yet more protection for workers.Assuming such a short-term deal can be done, there would still be three questions. Will Tsipras be able to get his radical left Syriza party to support the deal? How will Athens be financed while it works through the summer on a longer-term agreement with its creditors? And will Greece and its creditors be prepared to agree a multi-year deal that will require yet more reforms and probably over 50 billion euros in new loans?Calling a second election will be the best way of answering these questions. It would be a way for Tsipras to kick out the hardliners in his party. By securing a mandate from the Greek people to negotiate a new long-term bailout programme, it would also give the creditors more confidence that Athens would follow through on its commitments. That would, in turn, make it easier to get money flowing both now and in the future.Unless Tsipras goes back to the Greek people, it will be hard for the creditors to trust anything he promises. After the last four months of dispiriting talks, they will worry that he will just take the money and fail to implement the programme.Euro zone governments, led by Germany, will struggle to persuade their parliaments to authorise another 50 billion euro plus bailout for Greece, feeling they will be pouring good money after bad. The IMF will also be reluctant to play a role; but, if it doesn’t, it certainly won’t be possible to get the German parliament on board.A second election, in which Tsipras told the Greek people that they would have to make compromises to save the nation, would change all that. Given that they want to stay in the euro and that the opposition is in disarray, the prime minister would be well placed to win a majority.The best timing for a second election would probably be in July – after a short-term deal is secured but before negotiation on the long-term programme begins in earnest.Under this scenario, Tsipras would agree some unpopular measures now and push them through parliament. Some of his hardliners are likely to rebel, meaning that he might need the support of the opposition to carry the day. The creditors would release the 7.2 billion euros left in the current bailout programme. Because this isn’t quite enough to see Greece through the summer, the ECB would also let the country’s banks buy more treasury bills from the government.Tsipras can then call the election. Because less than a year has passed since January’s election, under Greek law he would be allowed to pick which candidates should run from his own party. He could therefore kick out the rebels, presumably leaving them to form their own far-left party.This is why a second election is a preferable to a referendum, which has been advocated by Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, as a way of securing a new mandate from the people. After such a plebiscite, Tsipras would be stuck with the same parliamentarians.Following the second election, negotiations on the new bailout programme could be completed. With Tsipras backed by a more moderate group of parliamentarians, the creditors should be willing not only to lend more money in return for reforms, but also agree some relief on the country’s massive debts, probably by extending the current interest rate holiday and the period over which loans must be repaid.Such a scenario may seem like a fairy-tale. But it is one of the few without a deeply unhappy ending.[Reuters]last_img read more

1 dead 2 critical after snake bite in Mahbubabad

first_imgIn a shocking incident, a man was dead and his wife and son are in critical condition after a snake bite in Mahbubabad on Friday. The family reported the snake bite when they were sleeping at their home in Kommulavancha in Narsimhulapadu mandal. Ravi’s death was instant. His wife and son were shifted to Mahbubabad government hospital. Their health condition is said to be critical.last_img