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first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government is on track to run deficits nearly $8 billion deeper than expected over the next two years, the federal budget watchdog said Monday in a new report.The parliamentary budget officer estimated the Liberals will post a $22.1-billion shortfall this fiscal year, which would be $4 billion more than the projection of $18.1 billion in the federal government’s February budget.For 2019-20, Jean-Denis Frechette’s team predicted a $21.4-billion deficit, $3.9 billion higher than the government’s forecast of $17.5 billion.“We believe that the deficit is going to rise somewhat above what the government was assuming in the budget,” Mostafa Askari, the deputy parliamentary budget officer, said in an interview.The report’s release comes two months after the Liberal government introduced a budget that predicted deficits across the planning horizon, until 2022-23, with no timetable to return to balance. During the 2015 campaign, the Liberals had vowed to keep annual deficits at no more than $10 billion and to balance the books by 2019.Finance Minister Bill Morneau has argued the shortfalls will help Canada make investments to raise long-term economic growth.Any hope of returning to the black any time soon is remote, the budget office said Monday. It predicted there’s approximately a five per cent chance the federal budget will be balanced or will show a surplus in 2020-21.The blows to the federal bottom line will come from several sources, the independent budget office said.“Our higher deficit forecast largely reflects our higher projections for public debt charges, direct program expenses and children’s benefits,” the PBO wrote in its report.The analysis predicted the government will spend a total of $19.5 billion more than it had forecasted in the budget to service the federal debt between 2017-18 and 2022-23. Askari noted the discrepancy between the estimates is mostly due to the fact the PBO used a higher projected interest rate for its calculation than the budget predicted.The government’s fiscal position is also expected to take a hit — a total of about $1 billion over the next five years — from a higher-than-anticipated cost for its budget commitment to expand benefits for the working poor, through its Canada Workers Benefit. The details were included in a separate report also released Monday by Frechette’s office.The federal budget projected the Canada Workers Benefit, a rebranded version of a program introduced by the Harper government, would have a fiscal impact of about $831 million between 2018-19 and 2022-23. The PBO believes otherwise, saying it will come in at $1.84 billion over that period.Most of the extra cost, the PBO said, will come from the government’s effort to make more people eligible for the benefit and to allow the Canada Revenue Agency to automatically enrol those who qualify. That tweak alone is expected to add 300,000 more workers.The PBO also predicted the federal government’s forthcoming carbon price tax would lower the country’s real gross domestic product by 0.5 per cent, or $10 billion, in 2022.The carbon price is set to rise from $10 per tonne per year until it reaches $50 per tonne in 2022.“Implementation of the federal government’s carbon pricing levy will generate a headwind for the Canadian economy over the medium term,” Frechette’s report said.To make its assumption, the budget office based its estimate on an analysis by the Ecofiscal Commission.“The carbon levy will generate significant revenues over the medium term,” the PBO said. “As has been noted by the Ecofiscal Commission, the impact on the economy will depend on how those revenues are used.”Among Monday’s projections, the PBO also predicted that over the next five years, Canada would generate about $70 million less in revenue from cannabis taxation than the federal government is expecting.Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre called the PBO’s findings “damaging” for the government, citing the impact of larger deficits, higher debt payments and a carbon tax that he says will erase at least $10 billion per year from the national economy by 2022.“In other words, we will be spending — under this government’s plan — more for nothing,” Poilievre said in Ottawa.“More debt interest, higher taxes and smaller GDP. That is the Liberal plan. It is a failed plan and we need a change.”A spokeswoman for Morneau disagreed, saying that since the Liberals came to office, the economy has created more than 600,000 jobs and the unemployment rate has been near its lowest level in about 40 years. On the PBO reports, Chloe Luciani-Girouard said in an email that findings can vary because they’re sometimes based on different methodologies.Morneau told reporters Monday that while he respects the work of the PBO, the financial expectations remain the same as those laid out in the budget.“We’re in a very positive situation economically, with more Canadians working, with a strong level of growth, and we’ll continue to have an approach to fiscal conservatism that shows a declining debt-to-GDP over time,” said Morneau.He defended the government’s carbon-pricing plan as the right approach to ensuring Canada has both a good economy and a healthy environment over the long term.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgThe winner of the contest will be announced on Monday, March 19th at 11:00 a.m. local time on CBC Radio One’s q. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Dawson Creek-based Scarlet Sway was announced yesterday as one of the Top 10 finalists in the CBC Music 2018 Searchlight contest.The group, which has performed at Northern GrooveFest, CanolaFest, and GrizFest in addition to a number of other local music venues, made the Top 10 after placing in the top five for number of votes out of the Top 100 that were announced last week. Searchlight is an annual competition by CBC Music to discover up-and-coming musicians from across the country, with the winner partaking in a residency at the National Music Centre in Calgary, as well as getting to perform at JUNOFest 2019.Scarlet Sway is joined in the Top 10 by two other bands from B.C.: Vancouver-based The Kwerks who also placed in the top five for votes, and Victoria-based Fallbrigade which was chosen among the other five on the list by CBC Music producers. The contest’s panel of judges, which includes Universal Music Canada V.P. Kristen Burke and Juno Awards President and CEO Allan Reid, will now decide which of the Top 10 artists will be the ultimate winner of Searchlight 2018.last_img read more

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first_imgLos Angeles: Actor-singer Mandy Moore’s This Is Us has been renewed for three more seasons. NBC recently announced that the network has renewed its hit drama series ‘This Is Us’. The renewal will take the show through its sixth season, aiming to wrap up in 2022, reports people.com. The show’s creator Dan Fogelman tweeted: “Three years ago, we were live tweeting the premiere of our TV show, hoping someone, anyone might watch.” Fogelman, who shared a photograph of stars Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K Brown, Chrissy Metz, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Justin Hartley, added: “Today our friends at NBC picked up ‘This Is Us’ for three more seasons, bringing us to six.” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”In a television landscape with nearly 500 original scripted series, there are very few, if any, that have the critical and cultural impact of ‘This Is Us’ and we couldn’t be more proud to bring fans three more seasons of a show that so well represents the NBC brand,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Presidents of Scripted Programming for NBC Entertainment. News of the renewal is also a bittersweet reminder that the hit series will most likely end at season six.last_img read more

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Friday’s games mark the start of the quarterfinals and feature a UEFA vs. UEFA matchup in the morning followed by a CONMEBOL vs. CONMEBOL game in the afternoon. In the first match of the day, Germany has a 52.5 percent chance of defeating France and advancing to the semifinals, according to FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup predictions. In the second, however, Brazil is heavily favored to defeat Colombia (72 percent to 28 percent) and play the winner of Germany vs. France in the semifinal next week.France vs. Germany: 12 p.m. EDTBrazil vs. Colombia: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHAll eight teams still in the tournament won their respective groups, so there are no true underdogs left. But if we go back to the beginning, Brazil and Germany both had very good chances of reaching this stage of the knockout rounds (80 percent and 68 percent) compared to Colombia and France (46 percent and 45 percent).France and Germany are old foes, having faced each other 25 times since 1930 (prior to 1990, Germany competed as West Germany). In those games France has been victorious 11 times compared to Germany’s eight. However, almost all of these games were friendlies. The last time these two teams met competitively was in the 1986 World Cup semifinals, and Germany edged France 2-0. ESPN’s Soccer Power Index rates France vs. Germany as the most evenly matched of all the quarterfinal games.Brazil vs. Colombia, on the other hand, is supposed to be anything but even. Strangely, these teams have also met 25 times, and Colombia has managed to win only twice. A Seleção have slaughtered Los Cafeteros on more than one occasion, 9-0 in 1959 and 6-2 in 1969, but this is a different Colombia team. Their last meeting with Brazil, a friendly in the U.S. in 2012, ended in a 1-1 draw.Brazil trumps Colombia in overall and offensive SPI ratings (90.6 and 3.1 to 89.4 and 2.6) but Colombia’s defense is slightly better, with an SPI rating of 0.4 average goals allowed to Brazil’s 0.5 (lower defensive scores are better). Brazil’s defense has something to worry about in James Rodriguez, this World Cup’s breakout star for Colombia, who has tallied five goals — the most of any player so far — including this beautiful chest-to-volley on the turn against Uruguay:But Brazil’s Neymar (and Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Germany’s Thomas Muller) are only one goal behind Rodriguez, so if Brazil clinches a win in this clash of the golden boys, Rodriguez may be out of the race for this year’s golden boot.OFF THE PITCHFrance and Germany are neighbors, and each has international power and its own distinct culture — berets and baguettes vs. lederhosen and bratwurst. So given the ease of travel between the countries, it’s not surprising that there’s a lot of cross-tourism. According to the French Ministry of Handicrafts, Trade and Tourism, there were about 6.3 million overnight stays in France from German tourists in 2012. Conversely, the German National Tourist Board reported that there were roughly 3.1 million, or half as many, overnight stays in Germany from French tourists in the same year. When adjusted for each country’s total population at the time, this means that about 8 percent of Germany’s 80.4 million people stayed overnight in France at least once in 2012, while about 5 percent of France’s 65.7 million people stayed overnight in Germany. They may not be the best of friends, but it looks like the old enemies have at least upgraded to a friendly rivalry — at least as far as tourism goes. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWith the U.S. Out, Which World Cup Team Will Americans Root For?Tim Howard Lost, But He Just Had the Best Match of the World CupA Chart For Predicting Penalty-Shootout Odds in Real TimeCORRECTION (July 4, 10:57 a.m.): An earlier version of this post had the incorrect year of the last competitive meeting between France and Germany. While the two teams did face off in 1982, they also met in the 1986 World Cup semifinals. read more

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OSU freshman Emily Clark (20) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State-Michigan rivalry continued this weekend, but this time, the Wolverines came out on top. The OSU softball team (25-11-1, 9-4-1) suffered its first sweep of the year at the hands No. 2 Michigan (33-4, 11-2), with three lopsided games in Ann Arbor, Michigan.OSU junior Shelby Hursh pitched 11 innings with 10 strikeouts over the three games, taking her record to 13-5. For the Wolverines, junior Megan Betsa dominated in the circle with two complete games and 25 strikeouts.At the plate, freshman Emily Clark continued her confident approach, hitting .500, and senior Cammi Prantl hit .333 with a double in the final game, which brought her within three of tying the program’s all-time record.Game 1The Buckeyes opened their tough weekend with an equally tough loss, an 8-0 shutout in six innings.Clark went 2-for-2 and redshirt senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre went 2-for-3. The pair were the only batters to record hits, as OSU struggled against Michigan junior Megan Betsa, who struck out 13.McIntyre started the game with a single through the left side and a stolen base, but the Buckeyes left her stranded. In the bottom of the first, Michigan earned two bases after Hursh hit two batters, but she recorded two strikeouts to keep the game even.The game remained this way until the bottom of the fourth, when the Wolverines grabbed a one-run lead after junior Abby Ramirez singled to left field to bring in junior outfielder Kelly Christner, who had reached first base on a throwing error. Despite loading the bases on Clark’s single and two walks in the next inning, OSU could not tie the game.Michigan stretched its lead to four on sophomore Aidan Falk’s three-run shot to center field in the bottom of the fifth and pushed the margin to 5-0 on a deep triple by senior Kelsey Susalla in the following inning. The Wolverines continued to dominate at the plate with leadoff hits from sophomore Tera Blanco and junior Lindsay Montemarano and a walkoff single by Falk to end the game after six innings.Game 2In Saturday’s matchup, the Buckeyes were able to score their first run of the weekend, but once again were overwhelmed by the home team in a 5-1 loss.OSU left six runners stranded throughout the game, and Michigan took control of the fifth inning to score three runs with two outs. However, for the first time this season, no Buckeye struck out at the plate, which is somewhat of silver lining amid a tough three-game sweep. Both redshirt junior Alex Bayne and sophomore Taylor White went 2-for-3 with pairs of singles, and sophomore Becca Gavin earned an RBI on a single through the left side. OSU junior Lena Springer and sophomore Shelby McCombs managed to strike out only one batter and gave up seven hits.Like Friday’s game, Michigan scored first on a solo home run by Christner in the bottom of the second. The Wolverines took their lead to two on Susalla’s outfield single to bring in Romero.The Buckeyes briefly responded on Gavin’s hit but could not stop Michigan’s bats from adding three more runs to the scoreboard. Freshman Faith Canfield, on her second homer of the year, senior Sierra Lawrence and senior slugger Sierra Romero recorded big hits to maintain the Wolverines’ hold on the game.The final three innings were unsuccessful for both dugouts, especially for OSU, as its last nine batters of the game went down in order.Game 3Michigan, once again, scored first on a throwing error from behind the plate by Gavin. In the bottom of the third inning, a sacrifice fly to right field by Blanco brought in Lawrence to make the game a 2-0 battle.While OSU got runners aboard, it could not send them around the bases to score. Through the first three innings, the Buckeyes left four stranded with only one hit. White brought the Wolverines’ lead to one with a leadoff inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning, but Gavin, junior Anna Kirk and Leonard went down in order to stifle the rally.The Buckeyes took their first lead of the weekend on Prantl’s double up the middle to bring in freshman Bri Betschel and Bayne in the fifth inning. This lead did not last long, though, after Michigan’s Blanco sent a booming three-run homer over the center-field fence.Heading into the final two innings behind two runs, OSU could not jumpstart a late rally, handing Michigan a 3-0 weekend and another notch in the rivalry history.Up nextOSU is scheduled to take on the Ohio Bobcats in another midweek, intrastate doubleheader Tuesday before returning home for a series with Purdue from Friday to Sunday. The first game against the Bobcats is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. in Athens, Ohio. read more

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Ohio State forward Mason Jobst holds off a Wisconsin forward as he crashes into senior goaltender Matt Tomkins during a Big Ten tournament semifinal game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Courtesy of Ric KruszynskiDETROIT — Sophomore forward Will Johnson’s goal at 1:30 in the third period lifted the No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers (20-14-1) past the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (21-11-6) and into Saturday’s Big Ten final with a 2-1 victory on Friday in the first semifinal at Joe Louis Arena.The Badgers took advantage of an early two-on-one where forward Aidan Cavallini delivered a perfect pass across the crease to Johnson, who beat OSU senior goaltender Matt Tomkins.OSU sophomore forward Dakota Joshua had the lone goal for the Buckeyes on the powerplay in the second period. Tomkins finished the day with 24 saves on 26 shots.In the final period, OSU fired 11 shots on Wisconsin goaltender Jack Berry, all of which turned aside. At 4:22 in the third, Joshua deflected a pass from senior forward David Gust that was initially ruled a goal until further review indicating the puck hit the crossbar and didn’t cross the goal line.Berry had 23 saves for the Badgers. Sophomore forward Luke Kunin had the first goal for Wisconsin.“We knew it was going to be a tight game,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “We knew they weren’t trying to give up much and we tried to do the same thing. We just didn’t do enough to win the game today.”The Buckeye defense was shaky early on, struggling to keep pucks out of the zone, but Tomkins held his own in net. Within in the first two minutes of the game, Wisconsin junior forward Cameron Hughes had a breakaway opportunity, but was turned away by Tomkins.OSU had its fair share of early chances, as well. Five minutes in, freshman forward Tanner Laczynski had a shot from the slot that hit off the post. Minutes later, Joshua had an attempt from the low slot and was denied by Wisconsin freshman goaltender Jack Berry.The Badgers struck first with a late first-period goal on a rebound attempt sent home by Kunin, his 22nd of the season. With OSU’s third-line defensemen on the ice, the Badgers won the faceoff and swung the puck over to the left point where freshman defenseman JD Greenway threw a shot on net. The shot caromed off Tomkins and bounced in front to Kunin’s stick, who slotted the puck in the top left corner of the net, taking the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.The OSU offense finally found its legs halfway through the second period. At 13:29, Wisconsin junior forward Ryan Wagner was called for a penalty, putting the nation’s No. 1 powerplay on the ice for the first time.After a Wisconsin clear went out of play, first-team All-Big Ten sophomore forward Mason Jobst won the faceoff and threw the puck to Joshua on the end line to the right of the net. Joshua spun around a defender and pushed the puck past Berry to tie the game at one.Following the goal, the Buckeyes had two more chances in front of the net that they couldn’t quite get a stick on. With under a minute to play, Joshua created a turnover in the offensive zone and left it for senior forward Nick Schilkey whose shot glanced off Berry’s right pad and out of play to keep the score 1-1 heading into the final frame.Tomkins made large contributions again in the second, making 14 saves. Senior forward David Gust and sophomore forward Miguel Fidler each committed a hooking penalty in the period, but Tomkins and the defense stood the test and killed off both penalties. On Fidler’s penalty, Tomkins stopped a straightaway shot from Greenway from the high right slot, then stopped two more chances off rebounds in front of the net.Ohio State senior goaltender Matt Tomkins makes one of his 24 saves in the Big Ten tournament semifinal against Wisconsin at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Credit: Courtesy of Ric KruszynskiThe entire game, Wisconsin stymied the Buckeye offense. OSU only had 12 shots through the first two periods for a team that averages 30 shots per game. The Badger defense prevented OSU from penetrating the offensive zone, which forced a lot of the offense to play along the boards instead of the transition game that OSU prefers to play.“They were having the same defense that we were trying to have,” Schilkey said. “I just think they did a little bit better tonight. We have to get back to pucks, help our (defense) out. At times we were trying to stretch (passes) out too much.”At 17:32 in the third period, just as OSU was ready to send on another forward and pull Tomkins, senior defenseman Josh Healey was called for a hit to the head which resulted in a game misconduct and a five-minute major. Tomkins wasn’t able to come off the ice until 16 seconds were on the clock. Junior forward Matt Weis fired a desperation shot on net, which was saved by Berry.With the loss, the Buckeyes are on the bubble of the NCAA tournament picture heading into Selection Sunday. When asked whether OSU had done enough to earn an at-large bid, Rohlik didn’t have a definitive answer.“I think that’s up to the compute to figure out, I guess,” he said. “Hopefully we have, but obviously we need a few things to go our way.” read more

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first_imgUnibet, the sponsor of Aston Villa’s kit last season, will continue in their partnership with Villa only that this time their logo will be emblazoned on the training kit.An exact date is yet to be revealed for the launch of the new kit, designed by Villa fan Luke Roper, of Luke 1977, but the club have explained it will be in ‘early July’. New Principal Partner: We’re delighted to welcome back @32Red for the 2018/19 season! #PartOfThePride #AVFC pic.twitter.com/Wst5jQY7IW— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) June 13, 2018Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.Aston Villa’s chief commercial officer, Luke Organ, according to Birmingham Mail said:“We are thrilled to be partnered with Kindred Group once again this season in a wider and more targeted partnership.“This season we will welcome back 32Red (a subsidiary of Kindred Group), a previous partner of the club, whilst we see a continuation of the great work with Unibet.“Throughout the first year of our relationship, Unibet successfully delivered multiple ‘bettor experiences’ for Aston Villa’s loyal supporters, ensuring at every opportunity they provided a unique and exciting engagement for our fans. The last 12 months has seen a fruitful relationship develop and we very much look forward to building on that for the seasons ahead.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe Jurassic World franchise has been one of NBCUniversal’s biggest blockbusters.  Universal NBCUniversal — the Comcast media giant behind the Jurassic World franchise and TV networks like NBC, Bravo and Syfy — reportedly plans to launch a streaming service next year.The service will include original content, licensed programming and titles from the company’s archives, according to Variety, which cited two unnamed people familiar with the matter. It will reportedly be available free with advertising for people who already pay for TV through Comcast or Sky, the company’s European satellite provider. But people who aren’t Comcast customers can still access it with a paid subscription, and NBCU will offer an ad-free version for an extra fee too, the report said.  0 Share your voice TV and Movies Digital Media Tags Now playing: Watch this: Disney Comcastcenter_img It makes NBCUniversal the latest gigantic company jumping on the streaming-video bandwagon. Just this year, streaming services are expected from Apple, which has been reportedly investing $1 billion in programming for its as-yet-unconfirmed service; Disney, which will be the exclusive place to stream all its blockbuster Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars films; and WarnerMedia, the AT&T unit that owns HBO and movies like Harry Potter and Wonder Woman.  It will mark the coming year as one of major renovation for traditional Hollywood giants, which are all grappling for ways to take on deep-pocketed tech companies pouring money into original shows and movies, like Netflix and Amazon. NBCUniversal didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment. NBCU has long had a streaming operation through Hulu, the service jointly owned by Comcast, Disney, Fox and Warner. Pending Disney’s takeover of Fox, however, Hulu is expected to come Disney’s majority control later this year. What we know about the Disney+ streaming service: It’s getting ready to rival Netflix.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Post a comment 5:17 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom combines cutting-edge…last_img read more

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first_imgPolice arrested a young man from Natun Bandura of Nawabganj upazila in Dhaka on Wednesday night for posting a comment on Facebook ‘defaming Islam’.The arrestee is Bikash Saha, 24, son of Bhakta Saha of the area and also a third year student of Dohar Nawabganj College.Shafiqul Islam, sub-inspector of Nawabganj police station said they arrested Bikash for making ‘derogatory comments’ on Islam on his Facebook wall.On Thursday, Moajaddid Hossain Khan, a resident of Bagmara area, filed a case under section 57 of the ICT Act against Bikash, he said.last_img

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first_imgTen Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village. Photo: ReutersThe violence which drove 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into Bangladesh was “without excuse”, US vice president Mike Pence told Aung San Suu Kyi in stinging comments on Wednesday.On the sidelines of a summit in Singapore Pence piled the pressure on Myanmar’s de facto leader, calling for an explanation of the jailing of two Reuters journalists over their coverage of the crisis.Suu Kyi has seen her reputation as a rights defender shredded by her refusal to speak up for the Rohingya, a stateless group reviled in the Buddhist-majority country.She has already had an Amnesty International honour revoked this week and faced sharp words from Malaysia’s prime minister at a usually tepid meeting of Southeast Asian nations in Singapore.In direct marks as he sat next to Suu Kyi, Pence condemned the “violence and persecution” against the Rohingya as “without excuse”.Then in a front-on challenge to Myanmar’s civilian leader, Pence said he was “anxious to hear about the progress” being made to hold the perpetrators accountable.A crackdown led by Myanmar’s army last year sparked an exodus of the Muslim minority into neighbouring Bangladesh, taking with them accounts of atrocities — rape, murder and arson of their villages.UN investigators say the army’s actions amounted to genocide.Suu Kyi brushed off Pence’s comments.”In a way, we can say we understand our country better than any other country does,” she said.On Thursday a long-delayed — and heavily criticised — plan to repatriate Rohingya was set to begin, despite dire warnings their safety will be in jeopardy if forced to return to Myanmar.The process has undergone several false starts before.Myanmar does not want its Rohingya, who are officially described as “Bengali” illegal immigrants.And the Rohingya do not want to go back without security guarantees and citizenship.But the fetid and overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh offer little future for the more than one million Rohingya who have fled successive waves of violence in Myanmar.- Jailed journalists -The Rohingya crisis has tarnished Myanmar’s reputation among large sections of an international community which helped shape its transition from outright military rule.Suu Kyi has no power over the army, which retains autonomy over all security matters.But she has come under fire for not doing more to speak out against the generals’ excesses.She has also been criticised for her failure to speak up for two Reuters reporters jailed for seven years for breaching a colonial-era state secrets act after reporting on the extrajudicial killing of 10 Rohingya men during a military crackdown last year.Pence called their case “deeply troubling”, adding the US placed a “premium … on a free and independent press”.A senior US official told reporters that Pence asked Suu Kyi directly and repeatedly to pardon the two reporters during their talks.The official did not say how Suu Kyi responded.The sentence prompted a storm of global outcry as an assault on freedom of speech, casting doubt on the direction and depth of Myanmar reforms.In her only direct comments on the Reuters case Suu Kyi — herself once a political prisoner held under house arrest by the former junta — has said the pair were jailed under a fair legal process.”They were not jailed because they were journalists” but because “the court has decided that they had broken the Official Secrets Act”, she said in September.Suu Kyi’s civilian government had the power to drop the charges.Reuters has appealed the verdict and has been lobbying for the release of the pair who they say were set up by police and arrested to silence their reporting.The High Court is likely to take up to five or six months to rule on the appeal, during which time the reporters will remain in Yangon’s notorious Insein prison.After numerous delays, the first significant group of Rohingya — some 2,000 strong — is due to return to Myanmar on 15 November as part of a repatriation deal signed with Bangladesh a year ago.However, the UN and rights groups maintain that conditions for their “safe, dignified and sustainable” return are still not in place.last_img read more

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first_imgCallie Richmond for The Texas TribuneAustin Police Department set up rolling roadblocks downtown for the “Day Without Immigrants” march on Feb. 16, 2017.A mandate handed down by the Trump administration designed to speed up activity within the country’s clogged immigration court system will instead create a larger backlog of cases, immigration judges and their supporters said on Wednesday.The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that the country’s immigration judges must complete at least 700 cases annually in order to earn a satisfactory job rating.The effort comes as the backlog of cases has swelled and President Donald Trump’s administration continues its effort to crack down on illegal immigration and the alleged “loopholes” Trump says allow people seeking asylum or waiting on hearings to stay in the country.“This is going to invite unnecessary scrutiny and undermine the very integrity of the court,” said Judge A. Ashley Tabaddor, the president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. “Parties who appear before the court will be wondering: ‘Is the judge issuing the decision because she’s trying to meet a deadline or a quota? Or is she really applying her impartial adjudicated powers?’” That assumed rush to judgment could lead to grounds for an appeal of a ruling, Tabaddor said, which she said would have the opposite effect the administration intends.“It is essentially building an appealable issue into the case, which means that instead of reducing the backlog it is going to increase the backlog,” she said.The Justice Department defended the move and said it would speed up the process without compromising due process, NBC reported Tuesday.As of February of this year, there were more than 684,000 immigration cases awaiting a final decision, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.That figure includes more than 105,000 cases pending in Texas courts. Tabaddor said she and other judges are aware of the backlog and work daily to make headway, but she said placing a quota means that each case only gets an average of a few hours of attention, which she said doesn’t take in to account the complexities surrounding individual circumstances. Just one asylum case, she said, could include hundreds of pages of filings, something impossible to sift through in just hours, which is how much time the judges would have on average under the quota mandate.“Decisions in immigration court have life-or-death consequences and cannot be managed like an assembly line,” Jeremy McKinney, the secretary of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said in a statement. “This policy adds another cog to the administration’s deportation machine that seeks to rapidly remove massive numbers of people at the expense of due process.” Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Journal information: Science More information: Joshua Sokol. New tactics clash on speed of expanding universe, Science (2019). DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6451.306 © 2019 Science X Network Credit: CC0 Public Domain Estimates of its value based on studying the light emitted from the Big Bang differ from those calculated using data from supernovas. Put a simpler way, researchers using data from studies involving the oldest history of the universe have calculated a different value for the Hubble Constant than those involved in studying more recent activity. And the reason it has become such a hot topic is because if a reasonable reason for the differences cannot be found, scientists in the field might have to completely rethink how the universe works.The basis of the debate began back in the 1920s when Edwin Hubble noted that the farthest objects in the universe appear to be moving away from one another faster. Theorists suggested a fixed number could be used to express just how fast the universe was expanding—thus the Hubble Constant was born. It is defined as the rate of expansion of the universe. As its name implies, theory suggests it is a single unchanging number. But experiments to find the true value of the Hubble Constant have delivered mixed results. One technique involves using data from devices that measure the cosmic microwave background, which is believed to be light emitted not long after the Big Bang. Such studies have shown the Hubble Constant to be 67.4 km/s/Mpc, with an error rate of just 0.5 km/s/Mpc. Meanwhile, other studies involving use of data from supernova have found the constant to be 74.0 km/s/Mpc—a far cry from the first error rate. Clearly both cannot be correct, unless there was something odd going on during the early expansion of the universe. Some physicists believe it is possible that there was a different kind of dark energy pushing the universe apart back then, accounting for the difference.In any case, the researchers at the recent meeting voted against calling it a crisis, suggesting that few in the field are ready to throw out major theories underlying the understanding of how the universe works—at least not right now. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Scientists debate the seriousness of problems with the value of the Hubble Constant (2019, July 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-scientists-debate-seriousness-problems-hubble.html New Hubble constant measurement adds to mystery of universe’s expansion rate Astronomers, astrophysicists and particle physicists gathered recently at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California to discuss the seriousness of differing measurements of the Hubble Constant. They met to talk about a problem that has become a major concern in astrophysics—figuring out how fast the universe is actually expanding. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: In the wake of complaints against unprecedented fares charged by auto rickshaw drivers in different parts of the city, state Consumer Affairs department Sadhan Pande on Friday announced a slew of measures to crackdown on irregularities on the part of the drivers of the three wheelers.Addressing a public meeting organised by the auto union in collaboration with Kolkata Police at Ultadanga crossing, the minister said the department will introduce complaint boxes at three places in the city, where citizens can write against any unfair practice by auto-rickshaw drivers. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We will have complaint boxes at Ultadanga and places like Gariahat and Karunamoyee, where people can drop written complaints against auto drivers, charging high fares, behaving rudely or any other irregularities. The complaints will be accessed directly by me and strong action will be taken in case of irregularities,” the minister said.Pande warned against using certain stretches of the road at Ultadanga as the auto stand. “The road here is meant for vehicles travelling at a brisk pace. Autos standing here and there in a queue for picking up passengers will be strictly dealt with and I will urge police to take legal steps,” he maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe minister in a word of advice to the auto drivers urged them to be polite with the passengers. “If you greet a passenger with folded hands, the latter’s impression about you changes automatically and this helps in building cordial relations with the passengers,” he added.The minister also instructed the auto union to have a fare chart in place for the respective auto routes so that passengers have an idea of the fare.The department is also planning to set up banners on auto routes to and fro from Ultadanga displaying phone numbers of Maniktala and Ultadanga police station and Ultadanga traffic guard where a person can call and inform about unfair practice by the auto drivers. A few days back, commuters had blocked Ultadanga crossing for 45 minutes, demanding action against auto drivers, who have been charging extra even duringthe day.last_img read more

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first_imgTwo years after the release of a comic book on rape victims-turned-superheroes, the creators of ‘Priya’s Shakti’ have come out with a sequel featuring acid attack survivors in India and around the world.Titled ‘Priya’s Mirror’, the new series aims at changing attitudes that lead to gender inequality and violence. The book shows Priya, the protagonist from the first book, joining forces with a group of acid attack survivors to fight the demon-king, Ahankar. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“It is important to create solidarity between survivors of gender-based violence and to encourage men and boys to stand alongside women against patriarchy, misogyny and indifference,” says Dan Goldman who has co-created the comic.“Priya is a new path-breaking and powerful symbol, originally a response to the horrible ‘Nirbhaya’ gang-rape that happened on a bus in New Delhi in 2012.“The comic features stories based on the lives of Laxmi Saa and Sonia Choudhary who are not only credited for starting world’s first cafe run by female acid attack survivors, but also participated in several fashion shows,” he says. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe book, launched at the New York Film Festival on September 30, is a 3-dimensional augmented reality comic which allows readers to feel more connected with the survivors.Monica Singh, an acid attack survivor and UN Women’s Global Youth Champion, has also been animated with her story of resilience in the book.She hopes that her character will inspire women to face similar situation with ‘courage’ and ‘confidence’.“As one of the characters in Priya’s Mirror, and through my own endeavours; I hope to inspire other women, who have gone through similar violent attacks, to find courage and confidence. “The book not only portrays the courage and beauty of us acid attack survivors, but it also serves as a highly creative tool to educate younger generations about gender equality,” says Singh, a fashion designer.Also featured in the comic is the story of Natalia Ponce de Leon, who was attacked with sulfuric acid in Colombia, by a man whom she had never spoken to.The series which was recognised as a “gender equality champion” by UN Women, has been funded by the World Bank’s WEvolve Global Initiative and is available in different languages including English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Hindi. It can also be downloaded for free from the project’s website.last_img read more

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first_imgTags: Deals, Travel Agent Day Travelweek Group Posted by More Travel Agent Day offers from AIC, Playa and Air Canada Thursday, May 2, 2019 center_img Tweet TORONTO — Travel Agent Day offers keep on comin’, with incentives and contests from AIC Hotel Group, Playa Hotels & Resorts and Air Canada.AIC HOTEL GROUPA five-week social media campaign has just been launched, featuring prizes and special incentives each week. Agents are invited to guess what each week’s incentive will be, prompted by a fill-in-the-blank post. The incentive will be revealed later in the day with full details.Agents can follow the campaign via the hashtag #AICLovesAgents on Instagram and Facebook. AIC will reveal details about each ensuing week’s promotion on Thursdays throughout the month of May.PLAYA HOTELS & RESORTSTravel agents are invited to enter Playa’s new Travel Agent Appreciation Sweepstakes, which runs from May 1-31. The grand prize is a four-day, three-night stay of two at the agent’s choice of resorts (excluding Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Hyatt Zilara Cancun, Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana and Sanctuary). Canadian agents must provide a valid IATA number to enter. Go to https://agentcashplus.com/enter.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongAIR CANADAAir Canada is saying thanks to its valued travel agent community with a campaign running for the duration of May. Starting with a travel agent-exclusive offer on personal travel, travel agents can also enter a contest for a chance to win Economy class tickets any of Air Canada’s 200+ global destinations – no booking necessary. Learn more at aircanada.com/agents.Click here for our complete list of Travel Agent Day offers: http://www.travelweek.ca/news/suppliers-say-thank-you-with-long-list-of-travel-agent-day-incentives/ << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgJuly 13, 2016This Monday an acrobatic performance troupe from Pittsburg put on a small spectacle in the Colly Soleri Amphitheater. CatActTrophy – the name of the play – serves as a comment on pollution, population control, mass-media, love, bureaucracy, and of course, cats.[photo by Chloe Feng, text by Sean-Paul von Ancken]The play is both sincere and humorous, deep moments of societal reconciliation that are followed by mock advertisements for dystopio-futuristic products. The absurdity and whimsy of the experience clashed well with the raw and dignified conviction of the performers.[photo by Chloe Feng]To start, gigantic slugs, home-made out of fabrics, paper mache, and pipe cleaners slowly oozed their way on to the set, chomping on a few audience members along the way.[photo by Raymond Schwartz]The plot continued along, steadily orienting and then disorienting the audience until the performers suddenly engaged in some truly awe inspiring acrobatics. Aerial flips, catches, throws, and stalls were executed with strength, grace, and precision. We are honored to have had such avante guard performers come through our space, and wish them well on their tour.[photo by Chloe Feng]last_img read more

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first_imgAdobe Primetime logoAdobe has signed up Comcast Cable and NBC Sports Group as the first partners for Primetime – its advanced TV publishing and monetisation platform, which it launched at NAB yesterday. Adobe Primetime is aimed at programmers and pay TV service providers looking to deliver digital video across devices and platforms. It integrates Adobe’s video publishing, player, DRM, advertising and analytics solutions in a bid to eliminate the complexity of reaching audiences, with customers able to use the full solution or different components.The firm has partnered with ecosystem partners including Akamai, Amazon Web Services, Cisco Systems, Elemental Technologies, Envivio, Harmonic, iStreamPlanet, RGB Networks, thePlatform so that users can implement the solution consistently across devices.“NBC Sports Group is using Adobe Primetime to bring major sporting events online. Our viewers expect to watch television programming on any connected device and Adobe’s broad collaboration through the industry ensures that we can deliver a TV-like experience across devices while integrating their Adobe Primetime platform into our existing infrastructure,” said Rick Cordella, senior vice president and general manager of digital media, NBC Sports Group.Sree Kotay, senior vice president and chief software architect, Comcast Cable added: “Adobe offers the right technologies to help us streamline TV services and bring them anywhere our customers want to watch their favourite content.”Adobe Primetime Player is available for Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS, and will support connected TVs as well as gaming platforms such as Roku and Xbox in 2013.Adobe Primetime Player will support the Apple-developed HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) format, as well as HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) on the desktop. HLS will also be available on all Adobe Primetime Player mobile platforms and will support MPEG-Dash in the future.last_img read more

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first_imgCable and telecom networks investor Patrick Drahi is in exclusive talks to acquire French weekly news magazine L’Express and other titles owned by Belgian publisher Roularta, with a deal possible in the next few days, according to French business title Les Echos. Drahi, who masterminded French cable operator Numericable’s acquisition of larger mobile rival SFR and is in the process of acquiring Portugal Telecom, has reportedly been in exclusive talks with Roularta for several weeks. According to BFM Business, the pair have yet to agree on a price, likely to be over €50 million, for Roularta’s 20 French titles, which the Belgian publisher acquired from Dassault for considerably more in 2006.Drahi is already the main shareholder in French newspaper Librération.last_img

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first_imgChannel operator UKTV is set to launch a new “high-spec” production facility at its London headquarters next month.The production studios will include edit suites, filming studios and a screening room.UKTV said that the facility will create 12 brand new job roles and that with the launch it is bringing creative services in house for first time.The expanded team of 28 creatives and production staff will produce more than 2,500 promos and 700 pieces of content a year for the network.The launch comes as UKTV reaches the end of a 10-year contractual relationship with Red Bee Media, which currently produces core creative work for UKTV’s channels.UKTV is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks and runs 11 channel brands including UKTV Play, Dave, Watch, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama and Really.last_img read more

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