U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster on Nov. 27 described Hyderabad as marvel for ease of doing business and a model for the rest of India.The pat for the southern city came at a news conference he addressed on the eve of Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), beginning in the city on N0v. 28.He said he was impressed with the policies launched in Hyderabad to attract investment.“Enormous amount of U.S. investment has come into this city. Major US tech firms have their significant hubs here and this city is a marvel for ease of doing business,” said Juster referring to the transformation since 2004 when he had last visited Hyderabad.He lauded the Telangana government’s industrial policy, which provides for all approvals for a business in 15 days and also holds officials accountable for their actions.“It is the model for rest of country. When you see this type of reform process undertaken, the response from private sector will be increased investment as seen in Hyderabad. We hope to see elsewhere in the country as well,” said Juster who is attending the first major event after taking over as the new Ambassador.Asked about Moody’s upgrading India rating, he complimented Prime Minister Narendra Modi for significantly moving India up the ladder in terms of ease of doing business.“This is very important part in terms of economic reforms process that will help encourage US investment but the investment decisions are made by the private sector and not by the governments. These are really driven by the market place,” he added.Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, said five states had applied to host GES and two of them were shortlisted. He said Hyderabad was selected purely on the basis of merit.Stating that Hyderabad has created energy, tremendous vibrancy and huge amount of dynamism, he said it could beat other cities hands down. —(IANS) Related ItemsHyderabadKenneth JusterTelangana
Immigration has brought about an increase of around 20 per cent in prices of houses over a period of 25 years, Dominic Raab, the Housing Minister of the United Kingdom, said.“Based on the Office for National Statistics data, the advice to me from the department is that in the last 25 years we have seen immigration put house prices up by something like 20 per cent,” Raab said, the Sunday Times reported. He added that the government should not overlook the harmful effects of immigration on the country.“The Migration Advisory Committee is right to look at the positive impact immigration has had on the country. At the same time, you can’t just airbrush the costs and the impact it has on housing,” Raab said, according to the report.Raab is heading a drive to build more affordable homes in the United Kingdom. He wants the number of new houses to go up from 217,000 in 2017 to 300,000 by 2025, according to the Sun. Raab added that there is an opportunity to revive the dream of owning a home in the United Kingdom and make this dream come true for youngsters as well as those in the low and middle-income sections of the society.A research conducted by property website Zoopla in March showed that among the cheapest places to buy houses in the United Kingdom for first-time buyers is Hull, with an average property price of £104,376, followed by Middlesbrough with £107,041 and Liverpool with £122,137. The research found that London is one of the most expensive places to live, where buyers have to shell out £518,178 for a place.Pointing out that the issue of housing cannot be left out of the immigration debate, Raab said, “If we delivered on the government’s target of reducing immigration to the tens of thousands every year, that would have a material impact on the number of homes we need to build every year.”He talked about the new reforms that will be introduced in the procedure of buying homes on April 8, and tweeted: “New reforms to the purchasing process, so the dream of buying your own home doesn’t become a nightmare.”New reforms to the purchasing process, so the dream of buying your own home doesn’t become a nightmare. #mhclg https://t.co/AmgULLEshB— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) April 9, 2018UK Housing Secretary Sajid Javid also gave more details about the new reforms in a statement on April 8. Javid said that the new measures will help professionalize the estate agent market, driving up standards and bringing an end to “rogue” managing agents.“Estate agents will now be required to hold a professional qualification and to be transparent about the fees they receive for referring clients to solicitors, surveyors and mortgage brokers,” the statement said.Meanwhile, the UK Home Office is encouraging asylum seekers in the United Kingdom to return home, even before their cases are taken up by the department officials. The Home Office is voluntarily giving contact numbers and information to asylum seekers about the ways they can head back home before their cases are considered.Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Feb. 22 revealed that about 5,500 Indian citizens sought asylum in the United Kingdom and applied for it in the last five years. A majority of the applications were made after the Indians arrived in the United Kingdom, pointing to the fact that they may have traveled with valid visas and applied for an asylum later. Related ItemsReal estateUnited Kingdom
A federal judge ordered the immediate release of a New York City pizza deliveryman from immigration custody, calling the undocumented Ecuadoran immigrant a “model citizen” and pointedly questioning the U.S. government’s desire to immediately deport him.Pablo Villavicencio, father of two U.S. citizens, was arrested June 1 while delivering pasta to a Brooklyn military base, where Army security officers questioned his identification and alerted immigration authorities. At the time of his arrest, he was in the middle of seeking legal status. But the U.S. government sought to deport him as soon as possible, causing uproar among activists and public officials alike.U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty’s decision Tuesday, however, stays Villavicencio’s removal so that he can continue pursuing permanent residency. To deny him that opportunity, Crotty wrote in the order, would violate his rights.“Although he stayed in the United States unlawfully and is currently subject to a final order of removal, he has otherwise been a model citizen,” Crotty, a George W. Bush appointee, wrote in the order. “Petitioner married . . . a United States citizen. He now has two children, both of whom are United States citizens. He has no criminal history. He has paid his taxes. And he has worked diligently to provide for his family.”Crotty’s decision came hours after oral arguments in the case Tuesday afternoon, a hearing that drew scores of protesters outside the federal courthouse in Manhattan. The government argued that Villavicencio could continue his bid for a green card in Ecuador – but Crotty, unconvinced by the government’s justification for deporting him, questioned what purpose this would serve in the interest of justice.“Well, the powerful are doing what they want, and the poor are suffering what they must,” he said, according to multiple media reports of the hearing. “I mean, is there any concept of justice here or are we just doing this because we want to? Why do we want to enforce the order? It makes no difference in terms of the larger issues facing the country.”Questioning the purpose of Villavicencio’s continued detention, he asked, “What is the danger to the community for a man who has committed no crime?”Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York did not comment on the ruling Tuesday and the lawyer handling Villavicencio’s case could not be immediately reached by The Washington Post early Wednesday.Villavicencio entered the United States illegally in 2008 and agreed to voluntarily leave the country at an immigration hearing in 2010, according to Crotty’s order. Instead, he remained in the country, married Sandra Chica, a U.S. citizen, and started a family. In February, Chica helped him submit a “petition for alien relative” asking the government to recognize Villavicencio as her spouse, which is the first step in seeking a green card, according to the order. But before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services could process the form, Villavicencio was arrested.It was a routine delivery, Villavicencio would soon tell the New York Post from behind bars. In fact, he had delivered pizza to the Fort Hamilton Army garrison in the past and had no problems. But that day, June 1, a different security guard working the gate questioned his New York ID card, finding it insufficient.“He called the NYPD and the NYPD told him I didn’t have any record, that I was clean,” Villavicencio told the New York Post. “But the man said, ‘I don’t care.’ He said I need to keep waiting and he called ICE.”Since then, Villavicencio missed Father’s Day and his oldest daughter’s birthday, Chica said at a news conference Tuesday. Activists with the immigration rights group Make the Road New York galvanized the community to his defense, attracting the support of the city council and New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who called Villavicencio’s 53-day detention “unconscionable” and “a disgraceful affront to our New York values.”On Tuesday, Chica and Villavicencio’s immigration lawyers, from The Legal Aid Society and the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton, held a news conference pleading a last time for Villavicencio’s release ahead of the hearing. Chica and Villavicencio’s younger daughter had a birthday coming up, Chica said. She and the girls couldn’t bear his absence at another one.“Pablo’s absence has brought us significant hardship,” Chica said. “It’s not easy to become a single mom in one day. It’s hard, being with two little girls, to be by myself with all the responsibilities I have now. We hope this nightmare is finished tomorrow, and my daughters can be again with their father. We hope the right thing is done tomorrow. Is it really too much for me to ask to keep my family together?”Crotty explained in his order that because USCIS was in the middle of processing Villavicencio’s “petition for alien relative,” deporting him would violate his rights under the Fifth Amendment and the Administrative Procedure Act. USCIS had in fact already scheduled an interview with Villavicencio, according to Crotty’s order. His continued detention served no purpose because “removal is no longer reasonably foreseeable,” Crotty wrote.Should the Villavicencio’s petition be approved, his next step would need to obtain “permission to reapply for admission” into the United States since he entered illegally. Then he would need to obtain a “provisional unlawful presence waiver,” which allows undocumented people to remain in the United States while they apply for a green card rather than having to stay in their home countries for the duration.Crotty noted that he intends to publish a formal opinion beyond the four-page writ of habeas corpus order granting Villavicencio’s release Tuesday.Surrounded by supporters, Villavicencio walked out of the Hudson County Correctional Facility in New Jersey about 9 p.m. He embraced his wife, and then he knelt down as his two daughters ran toward him. In Spanish and in a cracking voice, he yelled, “I love you,” and hugged them both.© Washington Post 2018 Related Items
While Indians around the world have made a mark in many fields, sports is an arena where we are said to lag behind other countries. Except perhaps when it comes to cricket, or hockey. However, that seems to be changing now, as more and more Indian origin sportspersons are making a name for themselves in their country of residence.Here is a look at some sportspersons who are a force to reckon with in their nations, and well on their way to global popularity: Diviya GK, captain of women’s national cricket team, Singapore Diviya GK has been representing Singapore at an international level since 2006 and is so far is the only woman to play in the men’s league in Singapore.“My cousins were on the national cricket team for Singapore, and I used to play cricket with them at the void decks when I was about 13 years old. They would tease me by saying that I cannot play cricket because I am a girl,” Diviya, 30, told Connected to India.Diviya has so far played in Australia, South Africa and the Netherlands and is also involved in coaching at the Rex Martens Cricket Academy in SIngapore and the Quick Club in the Netherlands.Sim Bhullar, basketball player, CanadaSim Bhullar is recorded as the first player of Indian descent who was signed up for an NBA team after he joined the Sacramento Kings for the 2014 NBA Summer League. His parents migrated to Canada from Punjab.Bhullar, 24, was born in Toronto and grew up in Brampton. He is also a two-time WAC tournament MVP, winning the award in 2013 and 2014, where he also helped New Mexico State reach the NCAA Tournament.Nyan Mesuria , football player, UKThe 14-year-old football sensation, who has been recently making waves online through a video that features him, is being labelled ‘football’s first Indian superstar’. Mesuria has been offered a 12-month placement at the Chelsea Foundation Football Development Centre.Mesuria was born in London to Indian parents, and currently plays for the under-15 team of Ipswich Town’s Academy. He will be eligible to represent India in international football in the future but has time on his hands before he decides whether he wants to switch commitment from England to India in the future. Paviter Singh, ultra-runner, SingaporePaviter Singh, who started running marathons in 2004, is now aiming to run at the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc (UTMB) in Italy in September. UTMB consists of an exhausting 170 km trail race, which passes through France, Italy and Switzerland along the Mt Blanc Trail.The Singapore resident has earlier participated in marathon trails such as the 119-km Lavaredo Ultra Trail and several 100-km runs. Nauraj Singh Randhawa, high jumper, MalaysiaThe Malaysian high jumper, winner of two gold medals at the South Asian Games, in 2013 and 2015, broke his own record broke of 2.29m with a new height of 2.30m at the Singapore Open Athletics Championships in in April this year. Randhawa, who is in his mid-twenties, took up high jumping as a nine-year-old boy. He was also seen warming up for an appearance in August at the World Athletics Championships in London by winning his first European title in Barcelona on June 29.Kalisa Kaur, netball player, SingaporeThe 13-year-old netball player, known as a ‘netball prodigy’, was a part of her school team at St Hilda’s Primary School that won the gold at the National Championship last year. Kalisa knows she has got what it takes to reach the top ranks. “She’s so fanatical that she eats, sleeps and breathes netball in order to realize her ultimate goal of representing Singapore one day,” her mum Kawal Kaur says, according to the Independent.Interest in sports runs in Kalisa’s family. Her grandfather Amarjeet Singh, a retired deputy superintendent of police, was an all-round sportsman who represented the Singapore Police in hockey and football. Her mother was a prolific netballer and brother Mark Ravinpal plays cricket for the Singapore Cricket Club (SCC). Related ItemsAbroadAthletesIndiaIndian-originLittle IndiaSports
University of Virginia Prof Geeta Patel began the first day of class during the new academic year at the end of August somewhat unusually by screening the Bollywood film Delhi 6.Patel, who is the director of the Charlottesville university’s India program and teaches Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages and Cultures, says: “I screened the film Delhi 6 because it deals with violence and reconciliation between different religious communities in old Delhi. Of course, the film is much more complicated, but that initiated a discussion on why and how violence starts, how difference is understood as a blessing and as well as the site for antagonism.”University of Virginia Prof Geeta Patel: “Difference is understood as a blessing and as well as the site for antagonism.”Patel, along with the other faculty at the University of Virginia, were tasked this year with an additional responsibility of reassuring students, while encouraging an atmosphere for dialogue.A month after white-supremacist protests erupted in the city, there was still a sense of shock and discomfort among the students. Patel says: “The president of the University and the dean of Arts and Sciences asked all faculty to spend the first week discussing the events in classes. Faculty did things as diverse as talking to students about their own sense of danger and safety.” She adds, “I also chose to talk about the ‘Not in my name’ movement in India.”Charlottesville, a university town known as an educational and cultural center in Virginia, found itself at the center of a national crisis after a white supremacist protest in August. The protesters arrived at the University of Virginia carrying torches and weaponry and shouting “white lives matter” and “blood and soil” slogans.The march turned violent as the protesters clashed with counter-demonstrators. A car ploughed into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring 19 others. Two state troopers were also killed when a police helicopter following the protest crashed.No one quite believed that such an event could unfold in Charlottesville, a town brimming with youth and a sizeable immigrant population. According to the 2015 American Community Survey, 70% of the city is white, 19% African American, 7% Asian and 5% Hispanic.The city has fewer than 500 Indians.Braham Singh, a northern Virginia resident who works as senior vice president of global product management at Reliance Communications, says: “Immigrants in the vibrant Virginia area have changed its color to a Democrat leaning area. Charlottesville is a university town with a young, diverse and liberal population. Possibly the reason the white supremacists chose that city to make their point. Charlottesville is the last city one would suspect of having any significant anti-immigrant feelings. The troublemakers had to be shipped in. They were not natives.”Satyendra HujaSatyendra Huja, the Indian origin ex-mayor of the city, concurs: “Most of the neo nazies and alt-right groups were from out of town.” While the initial protests over confederacy symbols in America had little participation from the Indian community, as the situation escalated, many minorities, including Indians, began seeing it as a struggle for their own rights. Huja who served as mayor of Charlottesville for two consecutive terms in 2012 and 2014, says, “The turn of the events was unfortunate, but was a result of a great deal of tension that exploded.”Indian students, however, soon recognized the enormity of situation and how it potentially targeted them too. Vignesh Sastri, president of Indian Student Association at the University of Virginia, recalled the horror:“That day was pretty horrific. Before the day of protests, there was a large group of white supremacists that gathered on the UVA campus, called ‘grounds.’ A small number of students went to counter-protest, but they were met with violence. The next day was a tragedy. The Alt-Right supporters seemed to be everywhere throughout Charlottesville.”He adds, “There were protesters of all color during those couple days, all united in the fight against white supremacy.”The violence has affected the psyche of Indian students, Sastri says: “I think Indians, like all other minority groups, have some sense of insecurity. It is scary to go downtown or to leave the campus, because there are concerns about safety and fears of what may happen.”Minorities are especially troubled by the slow response of police to the violence.Alt right demonstrators in Charlottesville in August 2017. Photo: Anthony Crider/CCThe situation remains volatile. Two weeks into the new session, hundreds of students, faculty and community members gathered at the university to shroud a monument honoring Thomas Jefferson, founder of the university and also a former U.S. president. They chanted slogans “No Trump, No KKK, no racist UVA.”University President Teresa A Sullivan denounced the protesters: “I strongly disagree with the protesters’ decision to cover the Jefferson statue. I also recognize the rights of those present at the protest to express their emotions and opinions regarding the recent horrific events that occurred on our grounds and in Charlottesville. Our community continues to heal, and we must remain respectful of one another if substantive progress can be made on addressing the many challenges and opportunities that we all face.”THE GROWING INDIAN INVOLVEMENTWhile many Indians may have been oblivious to the controversy over the confederacy, it didn’t take them too long to rally and speak up about the threat to democratic rights. Shilpa Dave, assistant dean, College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia, says: “At no point should Indians believe that the matter does not concern them. As Indian Americans we are allied to American democracy, we have benefited from the civil rights and a movement like this one that points towards politics of exclusion affects all of us.”Shilpa Dave“In the past few weeks I have been talking to my students about inclusion and how it should be allied with all causes such as LGBT, Black Lives Matter, DACA community and many others,” Dave said.Geeta Patel says: “I think that Indian immigrants varied a great deal in their position on the violent right. Some of them believed that the violent right had the ‘right’ to come and be there. Some Indian immigrants were very clear — they were at the protests from the beginning, they stood against the right-wing aggression and violence. But I think that most Indian immigrants ended up understanding by the end that their rights had been violated too.”The tension still simmers, says Sastri: “There has been higher tension since the events from last month. Minority communities and their leaders are doing their best to not only make their constituents feel safe, but also figure out a solution to this implicit tension.”AGAINST ALL IMMIGRANTSMany locals in the area recognize the threat posed by the alt right to the freedoms and liberties of minorities. Patel says: “I think many immigrants understood immediately that they were a target of the violence too. In fact, the previous march by the Ku Klux Klan in Charlottesville, which was much smaller, specifically had posters and slogan directed against all immigrants — letting them know that they are not wanted and that they should go home.”She adds: “The irony of course is that the white people in both marches all come from immigrant families. Many immigrants were worried, frightened, anxious, because they knew that violence might be directed at them. These people came to Charlottesville like an invading army. They carried a great deal of weaponry. Indian immigrants, have been killed by them. So of course many of them would be afraid.”But as the diversity dialogues and conversation on inclusion were initiated, Patel admits that she was surprised by some divergent views:Vignesh Sastri: “There were protesters of all color during those couple days, all united in the fight against white supremacy.”“There are also Indian immigrants who do support them in different ways. I found this to be true of some of my students — who believed that the violent right should have the right to free speech. Free speech at the end of a gun is not free speech, but at least some Indian immigrants don’t seem to fully appreciate what that means.”Braham Singh, a long-time resident of Virginia, says he has encountered that sentiment: “As we know, a number of Indians voted Trump. For one reason and one reason alone. They share a common Islamophobia. So, I ask them, when they are accosted by white supremacists baying for blood, do you think the mob will first check whether you’re Hindu or Muslim?”Singh believes that many Americans, and not just Indians, misunderstand the issue: “The incident should serve as a wake-up call to many Indian Americans who thought that they should rally behind Trump and ideals of white supremacy.”Back on ground zero, the debate persists. Sastri says Indian students are divided over the defacement of Thomas Jefferson’s statue by protesters, who accuse him of owning slaves: “Some believe it was an acceptable protest, while others believe it might have been too much and too disrespectful. However, we all agree that the administration is not doing enough to quell the situation.” Related ItemsCharlottesvilleracism
Mumbai, May 30 (PTI) Former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who is the Congress candidate from Maharashtra for the biennial elections to Rajya Sabha, will file his nomination papers here tomorrow.”Chidambaram will file his nomination form at Vidhan Bhawan here tomorrow,” state Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said.Congress and NCP candidates for the state Legislative Council elections too will file papers tomorrow, Sawant said.Seventy-year-old Chidambaram did not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections while his son Karti unsuccessfully fought from his native Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu.Former Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and former MP Bhalchandra Mungekar were among a large number of Congress leaders lobbying for the party nomination for the upper house of Parliament from Maharashtra. PTI VT KRK PVI BAS
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar starred with four wickets (after his four-four in the first innings) in the second innings as India settled for a draw against Sri Lanka in the first Test of the three-match series at Eden Gardens on Monday.Having put up a score of 352 in the second innings, courtesy a brilliant hundred from captain Virat Kohli, India declared with a lead of 231 runs.It was then that India’s pace battery rocked Sri Lanka. Bhuvneshwar created an opportunities and picked wickets at regular intervals to turn the heat on for the islanders. However, bowling on a fifth day pitch in India is never easy for pacers but Bhuvi is not the kind to hide behind excuses.”Frankly speaking, it was difficult to bowl in the second innings because the pitch was on the drier side and the ball was coming nicely on to the bat but luckily, it was reverse swinging later on and we tried to make the best of it,” Bhuvneshwar said after receiving the man-of-the-match award in the post-match presentation ceremony.What an exciting end to the Kolkata Test. An entertaining 1st Test comes to an end with the match ending in a draw. Over to Nagpur next #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/5qVsSpSuBE- BCCI (@BCCI) November 20, 2017Bhuvneshwar conceded that Kohli had asked the pacers to visualise a similar situation in an overseas Test match.”When we went in, Virat said ‘Imagine if we were playing overseas and we were in the same situation’. It’s never easy to survive overseas and that’s the mindset we went in with and we knew if we could pick a few wickets, it won’t be easy for them,” he said.advertisementBhuvneshwar said that they were apprehensive of declaring with a small lead but Kohli and the management gave them a lot of confidence.”Personally, we had planned that we’ll see for the first hour of the day and then make quick runs and declare but those initial wickets fell and we did have a little bit of a scare. But the way Virat batted, he got us back in the game. Even then, it felt we didn’t have enough to declare but then, Virat talked and the management gave us a lot of belief,” he conceded.Bhuvneshwar had made his Test debut in 2013 and he was a lanky swing-dependent bowler then. In the past two years, the 27-year-old has improved his fitness and worked immensely on his bowling and the results are there for everyone to see.”When I made my debut, I was totally dependent on swing but when you are in the international circuit, you know what you can improve on and so, that was a part I really wanted to improve. I have worked hard on my fitness and that is really paying off.
10 Success 9 Deeney Read more 27 Vydra 16 Defour 46 54 21 Femenia 31 McNeil BUR46WAT54% 18 Gray 6 Mee 27 Kabasele 12 Sema Burnley Lineups Share on Pinterest 10 Barnes Watford BUR WAT Possession 25 Holebas 18 Westwood 8 Cleverley Substitutes 11 Masina 6 Mariappa Share via Email 24 Wilmot 6 Watford Off target 9 Burnley 3 Watford On target 3 Burnley Share on Messenger 4 Cork Goal attempts 13 9 26 Foster Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook 20 Quina 1 Heaton 1 Gomes 29 Capoue resources 5 Tarkowski 3 Taylor (s 77′) Fouls 26 Bardsley 7 Deulofeu Corners Watford The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football 20 Hart 14 Gibson 9 Vokes 13 Hendrick Match stats Watford and Burnley are unbeaten since Boxing Day. Sean Dyche seems to have stumbled across a purple patch thanks largely due installing Tom Heaton back in goal. Heaton has conceded two goals in four successive Burnley wins since Joe Hart conceded five to Everton. Goals still come at a premium for Dyche though as illustrated by miraculously beating Fulham 2-1 without a single shot on target. Watford will miss Will Hughes through concussion but Troy Deeney has hit form with four goals in six matches. Graham Searles Saturday 3pmVenue Vicarage RoadLast season Watford 1 Burnley 2Referee Michael OliverThis season G18 Y49 R5 3 cards/gameOdds H 4-6 A 5-1 D 3-1WATFORDSubs from Dahlberg, Gomes, Chalobah, Wilmot, Britos, Cleverley, Janmaat, Quina, Success, Prödl, Peñaranda, Gray, Kabasele, NavarroDoubtful Gray (leg), Kabasele (shoulder)Injured Hughes (concussion, Feb)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y41 R2Form WWLDDWLeading scorer Pereyra 6BURNLEYSubs from Hart, Lindegaard, Pope, Vydra, Defour, Vokes, Gibson, Gudmundsson, Bardsley, WardDoubtful Bardsley (knock), Gudmundsson (thigh), Lowton (knock)Injured Lennon (knee, unknown)Suspended Brady (last of three)Discipline Y45 R1Form LLLWWWLeading scorer Barnes 4 28 Long Topics 3 Britos 1 7 Match previews Burnley Substitutes (s 56′) 37 Pereyra 11 Wood Share on Twitter Premier League Share on WhatsApp 2 Lowton Reuse this content
As a home-care worker and mother, Kim Smith realized her employment situation would not change without further education. She returned to the classroom to complete her high-school diploma for adults, and will enter the Licensed Practical Nursing program at the Nova Scotia Community College in the fall. “I always felt I needed schooling, but I was just never ready. The situations at my place of employment and my inability to change made me realize my education was part of the solution I needed,” said Ms. Smith. “All of the teachers at the adult high school are fabulous. The encouragement helped me believe in myself.” Ms. Smith is one of 44 adult learners to graduate today, June 23, with a high-school diploma from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. “Through the School for Adult Learning, Nova Scotians, like Kim, get the skills they need to succeed at home, at work and in the community,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The school is part of our effort to ensure people can return to learning and help pave the way to a brighter future for themselves and their families.” More than 450 Nova Scotians are graduating this month with a high-school diploma for adults. About 4,800 Nova Scotians are enrolled in programs supported by the School for Adult Learning at more than 170 sites across the province. “We’re proud of the class of 2005. They add to the ongoing success of the over 600 graduates to date,” said Coleen Davidon, co-ordinator of community education and partnerships, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. “Each adult high-school graduate has a unique story, which brought them back to learning. But they all have a common drive to achieve success and to improve their lives and the lives of their families through education.” The School for Adult Learning is funded by the departments of Education and Community Services, and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of the provincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative, which involves training and skills upgrading, from basic literacy to workplace learning and job skills training.
TOLEDO, Ohio – Researchers have fresh evidence that invasive grass carp are swimming and spawning near the mouth of a river that flows into Lake Erie.Their next step is figuring out how to stop it from gaining a foothold and devouring wetland plants along the shoreline and underwater vegetation in the lake that shelters native fish.Grass carp are one of four Asian carp species threatening the Great Lakes, but they’re not as worrisome as the bighead and silver carp, which could devastate fish populations in the lakes.While environmental groups and scientists have put much of their attention on preventing the bighead and silver carp from reaching the lakes, the grass carp already have been found in Lakes Erie, Michigan and Ontario.A look at the efforts to stop the grass carp:___WHAT ARE GRASS CARP?Brought to the U.S. more than 50 years ago to control weed growth, they’re still sold to pond owners. Some states now require that they be sterilized before being released. But recent surveys have found grass carp eggs in Great Lakes waterways. Some made their way into the lakes via rivers, while others were dumped into the waterways. The fish feed on aquatic plants, eating up to 90 pounds a day and damaging areas used by spawning fish and migrating birds. What is not known is how many are in the lakes and where they’ve spread.___HOW BIG OF A THREAT?It’s believed there are still only a small number of grass carp in the lakes. But a report released by U.S. and Canadian researchers warned this year that if effective steps aren’t taken, it’s likely that the invasive fish will be established in lakes Erie, Huron, Michigan and Ontario within 10 years.___WHERE ARE THEY BEING FOUND?The biggest concern is in Lake Erie where grass carp have been found in tributary rivers and along the shoreline. Researchers have been closely watching the Sandusky River, between Cleveland and Toledo, since the discovery of grass carp eggs in 2015. More eggs were found this summer along with eight adults that were netted during a two-day search.___WHAT HAVE RESEACHERS LEARNED?It appears the grass carp spawn after heavy rains or when there’s high water on the Sandusky River, said Rich Carter, who oversees fish management and research for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The fish also seem to like long rivers. All of that is important to know, he said, to help find a potential way to control their populations.___WHAT’S BEING DONE?Plans are being developed to make a more intensive effort to capture and remove the carp from the Sandusky River, where more than 100 have been found since 2012, Carter said. There’s also ongoing work to follow grass carp that have been tagged to determine where they spawn and where they can be found, said Mark Gaikowski, a research director with the U.S. Geological Survey.
PHOENIX — A growing number of states are moving to allow the winners of big lottery jackpots to stay anonymous as privacy concerns are increasingly trumping lottery groups’ wishes to publicize winners to boost sales and show that the games are fair.Arizona could be the next state to join at least nine others with laws that let winners keep their names secret under a proposal headed to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey. Four years ago, just five states allowed anonymous winners, and a handful of others allowed trusts to claim prizes.At least eight state legislatures considered measures shielding winners’ names this year. Virginia’s governor signed legislation allowing winners of $10 million or more to remain anonymous. Proposals in Arkansas and Connecticut failed, while efforts in Massachusetts, Minnesota and Oregon are still being considered.New Mexico’s governor last week axed a similar proposal, with a spokesman saying Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham decided to prioritize transparency.“To be sure, the governor is clear about the concerns raised by proponents, i.e., that certain bad actors could take advantage of lottery winners if their names are made public,” spokesman Tripp Stelnicki said in a statement. But “New Mexicans should have every confidence in the games run by the lottery.”Arizona’s governor hasn’t weighed in on the proposal before him.The Arizona Lottery took no official position, but spokesman John Gilliland said “it is important that we have that transparency, because the lottery is nothing without integrity.”“And the only way the public has an absolute guarantee of integrity as far as real people winning these prizes is to be able to know who wins these prizes,” he said this week.Republican state Rep. Nancy Barto introduced the measure, saying she wanted to protect winners from harassment. State Rep. John Kavanagh pushed for current law that shields winners’ names for 90 days but said this week that it doesn’t go far enough.“After 90 days, the person is then subjected to all sorts of people hitting them up for loans, investment advisers trying to make them a client and the potential to be victimized by a burglar or, if it’s a massive amount, having their kid kidnapped,” the Republican said.Balancing those concerns against the Lottery’s interests in transparency isn’t a close call, he said.That’s in line with a New Hampshire judge’s decision last year to allow the winner of a nearly $560 million Powerball jackpot to stay anonymous. The woman signed the ticket before she realized that state law would let her create a trust to shield her identity. The judge noted that she could be harassed or solicited for money.Trusts are allowed in at least two other states besides New Hampshire, while a policy from South Carolina’s lottery board allows anonymity. The winner of a $1.5 billion ticket bought at a South Carolina convenience store last year remains unknown under that policy.Lottery fraud is a concern. In 2017, a programmer for the Multi-State Lottery Association got up to 25 years in prison for rigging a computer program to enable him to pick winning numbers in games in Colorado, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa and Oklahoma between 2005 and 2011.The executive director of the Iowa-based lottery association, which runs the Powerball game in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, said he understands why some states are moving toward winner secrecy.“However, the disclosure of winner names is one way lotteries are working to keep the process transparent,” association Executive Director J. Bret Toyne said. “It shows the public that everyday people are randomly winning the prizes.”___Associated Press reporter Morgan Lee in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Rebecca Santana in New Orleans contributed.Bob Christie, The Associated Press
TORONTO — The acquisition of ING Direct helped push Scotiabank’s second-quarter net income to $1.6-billion — $141-million higher than a year ago — but provisions for credit losses also grew and the bank’s adjusted earnings fell short of analyst estimates.The bank’s adjusted earnings came in at $1.24 per share, up from $1.16 a year in the second quarter of 2012 but two cents below a consensus estimate of $1.26 per share.Scotiabank’s overall provision for credit losses — which banks take in anticipation that some loans won’t be repaid fully — increased by $79-million from a year earlier to $343-million.The bank said it made higher provisions for credit losses across all business lines, but the largest increases were in international retail banking and Canadian commercial banking.International banking’s provision for credit losses was $194-million, up from $145-million a year earlier, while Canadian banking’s provision was raised to $136-million from $120-million in the second quarter of 2012.Nevertheless, Scotiabank’s net income from Canadian banking was up $86-million or 19% from the same time last year — primarily because of the acquisition of ING Direct.“We continue to have very strong results this quarter driven by very good revenue growth. Each business line made a solid contribution to these good results” said Rick Waugh, Scotiabank CEO, said in a statement.“Our diversification and straightforward business model have allowed us to take advantage of opportunities to grow.”Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) says its profit attributable to common shareholders amounted to $1.23 per share of diluted earnings, up from $1.15 per share in the second quarter of 2012.Canada’s most international bank said its Canadian banking sector produced less than one-third of its overall profit, or $547 million.That was nearly matched by its international banking operations, which had $471-million of net income during the quarter.Wealth management produced about $335-million of Scotiabank’s overall profit while global banking and markets added $361-million.Scotiabank said recent acquisitions contributed $61-million to the year-over-year growth in net income.It said the remaining increase was from higher net interest income, growth in transaction-based fees and wealth management revenues and increased net gains on investment securities. The growth was partly offset by lower trading revenues, increased operating expenses and higher provisions for credit losses.Scotiabank’s overall provision for credit losses was up from $264-million in the second quarter of 2012 and $434-million in the first quarter of 2013, ended Jan. 31.Canadian Press
The Government of Pakistan has awarded prestigious civil award Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) to the veteran Sri Lankan broadcaster, media consultant and Chairman Kashmir Study Forum Sri Lanka Mohamed Jamaludeen.He was decorated with Sitara-i-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain in an impressive ceremony on the National Day of Pakistan held at Aiwan-e-Sadr, in Islamabad. The award was conferred on Jamaaldeen in recognition of his commitment to the freedom struggle of the people of Kashmir and his meritorious services to the Kashmir Cause, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said today. The Special Ceremony was attended by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, federal ministers, parliamentarians, diplomats, high civil and military officials and people belonging to different walks of life. On retirement from Radio Ceylon, he established “Kashmir Study Forum” in early nineties. The prime goal of this organization was to create awareness in Sri Lankan people about the Kashmir cause. The Forum commemorates Kashmir Solidarity Day on 5th February and the Kashmir Black Day on 27th October every year. He has also published a book titled “Kashmir an Orphan in the United Nations”.During the Special Investiture Ceremony, President Mamnoon Hussain conferred 70 military and 84 civil awards upon various personalities from different walks of life for their meritorious services in different fields on the occasion of Pakistan Day. Jamaludeen, Former Director Radio Ceylon had dedicated his post retirement life in support of Kashmir cause since 1991. Born on 23rd March 1934, he graduated from University of Lucknow, India. During his stay in India he visited Kashmir as a young student and developed sympathy and affection for the Kashmiri people who were compelled to live in oppressed environment. Sitara-e-Imtiaz, is the third highest honour and civilian award in the State of Pakistan, which recognizes individuals who have made “especially meritorious contribution to the world peace, security or national interests of Pakistan, cultural or other significant public endeavors”. It is one of the most distinguished civil decorations to the individuals who have made outstanding contribution in their respected fields such as literature, arts, sports, medicine, or science, which prompted the recognition of the country on international level. This award is not limited to the citizens of Pakistan, and it can also be awarded to foreign citizens based on their achievements and services done to the State of Pakistan.
“The Secretary-General reiterates that nothing justifies terrorism,” according to a statement issued by a UN spokesperson, in which Mr. Ban urges the Government of Pakistan to take all necessary measures to swiftly bring to justice the perpetrators of such attacks. The UN chief also extended his condolences to the families of the victims and wished the injured a speedy recovery. He expressed his sympathies to the people and Government of Pakistan.
UK car manufacturing declines -12.9% in August, with 89,254 units produced.Production for home market falls -38.8%, but exports remain relatively stable, down -3.8%.1,044,707 cars built YTD, falling -5.2%, with eight in ten destined for overseas markets. UK car production declined for a third consecutive month in August, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 89,254 units left production lines as a multitude of factors, including model changes, planned maintenance shutdowns and preparation for September’s important new emissions standards, combined to slow output.Production for the UK fell by -38.8% to 16,271 units. However, the number of cars built for export remained at a high level, with volumes down by just -3.8% to 72,983 units, accounting for 81.8% of total production.In the year to date, more than one million cars have rolled off British production lines, a -5.2% decline year-on-year, with exports continuing to shore up demand. While almost 850,000 cars were shipped abroad in the first eight months, just 194,887 were built for the home market, representing an -18.6% decline on the same period in 2017.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said:The quieter summer months are often subject to fluctuations due to the variable timing and duration of annual maintenance and re-tooling shutdowns. This instability was exacerbated in August, with the industry racing to recertify entire model ranges to meet tougher testing standards in force on September 1. With exports, the majority to the EU, continuing to drive demand, it underscores the importance of a Brexit agreement to safeguard this trade; for our sector, ‘no deal’ is not an option.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The Russian embassy in London congratulated Ms Skripal on her recovery, but said it needed “urgent proof that what is being done to her is done on her own free will”.It went on to say the “secret resettlement of Mr and Ms Skripal, barred from any contact with their family will be seen as an abduction or at least as their forced isolation”. Russia has denied any involvement in the attack and criticised the British investigation for a lack of transparency, but the Government has said the Kremlin is trying to hide its guilt with a blizzard of conspiracy theories. The daughter of the Russian spy poisoned in Salisbury has been transferred to a secret, secure location after being released from hospital, leading to accusations from the country’s embassy she had been abducted.Yulia Skripal was discharged more than five weeks after being left critically ill by exposure to a nerve agent in an attempted assassination blamed on the Russian state.Doctors said she and her father, 66, had responded “exceptionally well” to treatment and he too was expected to be discharged in the future.The pair had been widely expected to die after they were exposed to a rare nerve agent the British government says came from the Russian military’s novichok chemical weapons programme.Theresa May has said it is “highly likely” Russia was behind the attack on Mr Skripal, a former Russian intelligence officer released to the UK in a 2010 spy swap after he was jailed for spying for the British. Moscow has sought consular access to Ms Skripal, but the Foreign Office has said it is up to her if she wants to meet Russian officials.She is expected to be kept under tight security while she continues to recover. Sources said it was too early to speculate on whether she will need lifetime protection.Any ongoing protection will fall to the police. Under the police witness protection programme, called the UK’s Protected Persons Service, she could be given a new identity and relocated.The National Crime Agency, which runs the service, declined to comment. 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. Doctors at Salisbury district hospital gave the first indication of how they had managed to save the Skripals and a police detective, DS Nick Bailey, who was poisoned as he investigated.Dr Christine Blanshard, medical director, said they had been given round the clock care, with doctors drawing on advice from experts around the world.The poison had attacked its victims’ nervous systems leaving symptoms including hallucinations and sickness. Dr Blanshard said: “Our job in treating the patients has been to stabilise them – ensuring that the patients could breathe and that blood could continue to circulate. We then needed to use a variety of different drugs to support the patients until they could create more enzymes to replace those affected by the poisoning.”We also used specialised decontamination techniques to remove any residual toxins.”Both patients have responded exceptionally well to the treatment we’ve been providing. But equally, both patients are at different stages in their recovery.”She said Ms Skripal would need more treatment, but her release from hospital was a significant milestone.Sergei Skripal, a former officer with the GRU military intelligence service, was taken off the critical list on Friday and is said to be making good progress.Dr Blanshard said: “Although he is recovering more slowly than Yulia, we hope that he too will be able to leave hospital in due course.” Secret resettlement of Mr and Ms Skripal, barred from any contact with their family will be seen as an abduction or at least as their forced isolation.https://t.co/UuTxgZGKig pic.twitter.com/Ow3d61T3ni— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) April 10, 2018
A breakthrough Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) survey at the Blina diamond project indicates as yet untested alluvial trap sites with the potential to host high grade or bonanza grade diamond deposits within the ancient gravels. Numerous high quality targets have been generated. This latest GPR technology uses state of the art modern electronics to deliver a fast and inexpensive method to generate both bedrock and gravel diamond trap site targets.Some of this recent GPR data correlates closely to historic pitting and exploration data observations of the prospective bedrock-cover contact, which indicates the modern GPR is calibrated and operating correctly, Sections A to E are examples.The 100% owned POZ Minerals Blina diamond project in the West Kimberley region of WA covers a 40 km long diamond bearing palaeo-channel named Terrace 5. The channel drains the central section of the previously mined Ellendale diamond field which is renowned as a globally significant source of rare fancy yellow diamonds. The POZ Terrace 5 ground has previously produced significant quantities of diamonds, including fancy yellows.The company’s GPR survey has generated numerous targets including the Channel 1 Target which is over 3,000 m long and from 100 to 200 m wide, modelled target gravels lie under only 3 to 5 m of cover. It is a diamondiferous channel with previous sampled grades up to 6.03 ct/100 t. The target requires systematic bulk sampling which has not occurred to date.The Pothole target is over 800 m long and from 50 to 170 m wide. Modelled target gravels lie under only only 3 to 5 m of cover. This target could be an ancient waterfall, pothole or scour and represents a large and highly prospective alluvial trap site.There are numerous additional targets which can be modelled from the GPR data and which will continue be identified leading up to the bulk sampling/trial mining program.Blina Project Mining licenses M04/466 and M04/467 were recently granted and an historic Mining Agreement has been secured with the Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corp who represent the Traditional Owners for this area.Permitting is underway to commence bulk sampling and trial mining operations in 2018.
Good news, everyone! Microsoft has decided that the time has come to make sure that all users of Internet Explorer are using the most current version possible. To accomplish that goal, they’re turning on automatic updates.Yes, Internet Explorer patches and new major versions are already available via Windows Update. But to move from one version to the next, it’s never been a fully automatic process. There’s a separate install window that appears for installing, say, Internet Explorer 9. For many users, the additional steps required were often enough to prevent them from installing a new version.And so from now on, Internet Explorer will quietly update itself just as Windows does. Starting in January, users in Australia and Brazil will be the begin receiving automatic IE updates. Microsoft will then gradually extend coverage to other parts of the world as time goes on.Ryan Gavin, Microsoft’s senior director for Internet Explorer, pointed out several benefits. The overall security of the Windows user community will be improved as outdated browsers are replaced, developers can focus their attention on building sites using modern web code, and those who surf with IE will be able to enjoy the full Beauty of the Web.But Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about its enterprise customers — there won’t be an admin uproar like the one we saw when Mozilla shifted Firefox to a rapid release cycle. Just as they always have, Microsoft will continue to offer Internet Explorer blocker tools so that network administrators can deploy new browser versions once they’ve been fully tested and won’t cause any application compatibility issues.There also won’t be any changes made to a user’s default search provider or home page. User preferences won’t be touched as part of this new Internet Explorer update process. You’ll simply be bumped to the most current version available for your version of Windows (IE9 on Vista and Windows 7, IE8 on Windows XP).It certainly sounds like there’s no downside here. With today’s internet threat landscape, there’s no question that using an outdated browser is a fool’s errand. And you won’t find a web developer anywhere who’s sad to learn that Internet Explorer 6 (and even 7) will soon disappear from Windows XP machines around the globe.More at Microsoft
Paper dolls are nearly as old as the Doctor himself.While action figures and Funko toys have dethroned the prone puppets, Whovians can rediscover the joys of parchment with Doctor Who: Paper Dolls.The book, due out in the US this fall, features all 12 Doctors and a “range” of companions (including Tegan Jovanka, Rose Tyler, Donna Noble, and Bill Potts, among other characters (get your steampunk Mary Poppins on with Missy)Play dress up with your favorite Time Lords and more than 50 different outfits, each with captions and behind-the-scenes trivia.Fourth Doctor Tom Baker’s deerstalker hat, for instance, was worn for the Sherlock Holmes-themed episode “The Talons of Weng-Chiang.” And did you know sales of Eleventh Doctor’s signature tweed grew 25 percent after Matt Smith’s costume was revealed?“Learn the secrets behind the costumes, with insights from the actors and producers,” the Penguin Random House book description said. Plus, find out how to take your real-life dress-up to the next level with cosplay tips from Doctor Who: The Fan Show host Christel Dee.Written by Simon Guerrier—co-author of Whographica and The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who—and illustrated by Ben Morris—regular contributor to Doctor Who Magazine—Paper Dolls promises “hours of crafty fun.” Not to mention a killer way to decorate any office space or living room.Pre-order Doctor Who: Paper Dolls on Amazon now for $10.39; the title will be released on Sept. 5 (Aug. 24 in the UK).In the meantime, snag your very own version of the Twelfth Doctor’s red velvet coat, available online for $249.99. Scheduled to ship this spring, the limited-edition Crombie-style overcoat comes with “a bonus gift”—let’s hope it’s a working sonic screwdriver or a guest key to the TARDIS.For the same price, fans can buy the Twelfth Doctor’s other cloak: the blue wool one with red lining. (Black holey sweater and plaid pants not included.)