New Delhi, Jul 27 (PTI) Twenty young boys and girls will represent India at the inaugural Junior NBA World Championship, a first-of-its kind global youth basketball tournament for top 13 and 14-year-old players from around the world. The National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced the rosters of the 32 teams that will compete at the Jr. NBA World Championship. The competition will take place from August 7 to 12 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. The boys team of India is from New Delhi, while the girls team is from Bengaluru. Sehajbir Singh Bedi, Bhavik Garg, Jeevanshu Khatri, Nikhil Kumar, Dinesh Pal, Yatish Sakhuja, Abhishek Singh, Arpit Singla, Laivish Vats and Sachin Yadav are the members of the Indian boys’ team to be coached by Siddharth Dalal while Devojyoti Karmakar will be his assistant. The Indian girls team comprises Vedaa Anand, Shreya Ashok, Nuha Asif Masood, Shreya Bose, Sunishka Kartik, Diya Kothari, Meghana Manjunatha, Moumita Mishra, Hamsa Nanjundaiah and Smriti Vemula. Prasanna Venkatesh Rajamanickam is the head coach while Sonal Nambiar is the assistant coach. Three-time NBA Champion and Jr. NBA World Championship Global Ambassador Dwyane Wade, 2018 NBA All-Star Andre Drummond, eight-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter, Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez, 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Grant Hill and WNBA Legends Tamika Catchings, Swin Cash and Jennifer Azzi will join the 317 boys and girls from 35 countries at the event. The inaugural event will bring together the top 32 boys’ and girls’ teams (16 US and 16 international) that advanced from regional competitions earlier this year. The 16 international teams (eight boys’ and eight girls’ teams) represent Africa and Middle East, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe, India, Mexico and South America.advertisement The Junior NBA World Championship will feature boys and girls divisions, separated into US and international brackets that begin with round-robin play and continue with single-eliminations competition. The winners of the US and international brackets will play in the World Championship games on August 12. PTI SSC SSC PDSPDS
Transfers ‘World Cup a stepping stone for Premier League target Smolov’ – Kerzhakov Lewis Oldham Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Transfers West Ham United West Ham United v Everton Premier League Russia World Cup The Russian striker has impressed domestically and now has the opportunity to showcase his ability to a wider audience Reported West Ham target Fedor Smolov has been urged to use the World Cup to set up a move to a major European league by his nation’s top goalscorer Aleksandr Kerzhakov.Smolov has scored 63 goals from his 99 appearances in all competitions for FC Krasnodar, who he joined in 2015 from his boyhood club Dynamo Moscow.The 28-year-old’s impressive form over the last three seasons has fuelled talk that he may be about to move to England, with West Ham, Wolves and Fulham reportedly tracking the Russia international, who had a brief, unsuccessful stint in the Netherlands with Feyenoord earlier in his career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Kerzhakov, who was playing for Dynamo Moscow when Smolov was breaking into the first team, has called for his former team-mate to use this tournament to push through his big move this summer.“I’ve known Fedia since his first steps into the professional world,” Kerzhakov told Goal . “He and Aleksandr Kokorin were just starting out at Dynamo Moscow when I landed there from Sevilla. So I saw his first goals, his first exploits at the highest level.“I have always said that they are two very talented players. They do not have the same style, but they are two great attackers.“Unfortunately, Kokorin will not be able to participate in this World Cup, but I believe that Fedor Smolov will succeed in showing himself. I would very much like this competition to be a kind of stepping stone for him to move to a big European league from next season.”Smolov, who has scored 12 goals in 32 appearances for Russia, will be aiming to follow on from his good form domestically by spearheading his country’s performance at the World Cup.The host nation kick-off the tournament on Thursday against Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow before facing Mo Salah’s Egypt and 2010 World Cup semi-finalists Uruguay in their group.Zenit St Petersburg legend Kerzhakov feels Russia can perform strongly in the tournament, but is concerned about the injuries which have impacted on coach Stanislav Cherchesov’s plans.“I am naturally very concerned for our team, which I will still support a lot,” he said. “But I think our team can achieve high results.“Obviously, the injuries of the players are problematic, especially those who had to play in the starting line-up.“But we have an experienced coach. No one is safe from injury, but I’m sure guys will face it. And they will be doubly motivated, to make happy those who have been deprived of the tournament.”
Transfers Wilshere hints at Arsenal exit with cryptic ‘turning the page’ message Chris Burton 17:31 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Arsenal Premier League The Gunners midfielder continues to run down his contract at Emirates Stadium and has suggested that he could be about to depart as a free agent Jack Wilshere has hinted that his time at Arsenal is coming to the close, with a cryptic social media post suggesting that he will soon be “turning the page”.The 26-year-old midfielder is a product of the Gunners’ academy system, with a Premier League debut made back in September 2008.A decade of loyal service in north London has delivered close to 200 appearances, along with loan spells at Bolton and Bournemouth. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Wilsgere could, however, be about to bid farewell, with his current contract continuing to run down.Arsene Wenger had stated on a regular basis prior to his departure from Emirates Stadium that he expected fresh terms to be agreed, but no deal has been done.That means the England international remains on course to drop into the free agent pool at the end of June.He will then be able to choose from any of the offers put to him when it comes to a next career move, with various landing spots – from AC Milan to West Ham – having been mooted.A serious hint at “closing the book” would suggest that Wilshere’s adventure at Arsenal is all but over.He has endured fitness issues throughout his time as a senior professional, with 30-plus Premier League appearances made across any given season on just one occasion – back in 2010-11.He did take in 20 top-flight outings last term, and 38 games across all competitions, but he was still unable to force his way into England’s squad for the 2018 World Cup.Having aired his disappointment at being overlooked by Gareth Southgate, Wilshere now appears ready to open a new chapter in his career.There will be plenty of sides keen on landing a proven performer once his becomes available, while his exit at Arsenal will leave new Gunners boss Unai Emery with another position to fill in his squad during the summer transfer window.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not interested in “bulls***” stories about the destinies of teams that spent Christmas Day top of the Premier League.A 2-0 victory over Wolves on Friday ensured the Reds would be top of the pile on December 25, while Manchester City’s 3-2 defeat at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday kept their advantage at four points.Only twice since the start of the 2008-09 season has the team who led the way at Christmas failed to win the title, and on both occasions it was Liverpool. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Klopp was emphatic in declaring the fact irrelevant to this year’s race and underlined that the Reds are only thinking about their next match against Newcastle United at Anfield on Boxing Day.”I heard all these things … [about] how many times in the last years when you were first at Christmas you won the title, only Liverpool haven’t. Wow. You [the media] are afraid to say it because you think then I know it, but it’s all bulls*** stories,” the German told a news conference.”What is it? What does it mean? It’s a different team, it’s a different time, everything was different. It’s not interesting.”If it was not the case and Liverpool had been champions twice as well, would I then think, ‘Oh, half way through, job done’? No, of course not.”Nothing happened so far. We don’t have to think about May. What we have to do is think about December 26 against Newcastle. Let’s try everything we have to win that game.”After that, Arsenal is coming. You don’t have to go home, you can stay in the stadium because they’re coming. It’s a very intense time. Let’s enjoy it.”Is it Boxing Day yet?! #PL pic.twitter.com/c0OxxKpUys — Premier League (@premierleague) December 24, 2018 Klopp stated he felt “nothing” after City fell to Palace and questioned why Tottenham, who thrashed Everton 6-2 on Sunday and sit six points off top, are not being included in the title discussions.”We never think about Man City, so now we start thinking about Man City? That would be silly,” he said.”I didn’t expect Man City would lose against Crystal Palace, of course not, but it’s clear it can happen to us and them, that’s football.”Nothing changed. Absolutely nothing. We were always focused on the next game and that hasn’t changed since Saturday.”In the moment when people who are not involved, but emotionally involved like friends and that, and they see City lose 3-2, all these messages come in like, ‘Wow, unbelievable…’ and I don’t even feel it, because if you’re in the job you know you still have 20-something games to play.”Don’t think that you’ve won something before you win something, we are not children anymore. We are just in a situation.”With all the things said about us and Man City, how can anybody forget Tottenham? That [beating Everton] was impressive.’Tis the season to be jolly…Relive our 6-2 win at Everton #COYS — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 24, 2018 “They said it themselves after the game, everybody is talking about the other two. That’s a nice situation.”We don’t do favours for anybody, you [the media] do sometimes because you only speak about us and them and give Tottenham the chance to come from behind and overtake.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
India Today Web Desk New DelhiApril 24, 2019UPDATED: April 24, 2019 14:02 IST Sachin Tendulkar is celebrating his 46th birthday today (Reuters Photo)Happy Birthday, Sachin Tendulkar! The Master Blaster was born on this day (April 24, 1973,) in Dadar, Mumbai.Considered by fans across the globe as the god of the cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has set, broke and rebroke multiple records throughout his 24-year playing career.As the Little Master turn 46, here’s a look at all the records Tendulkar holds:Most One-Day Internationals: 463Most Man of the Match awards: 62Most Man of the Series awards: 15Longest ODI career: 22 years 91 daysOnly one to accomplish rare ODI triple: 15000 runs (18426), 100 wickets (154) and 100 catches (140)Most ODI runs: 18426 (ave.44.83) in 463 matchesMost ODI centuries: 49Most hundreds against any team: 9 vs AustraliaOnly batsman to register 8 or more hundreds against two nations: 9 vs Australia and 8 vs Sri LankaMost fours: 2016Most 50-plus innings: 195 (49 centuries and 96 fifties)Most runs in a calendar year: 1894 (ave.65.31) in 34 matches in 1998Most hundreds in a calendar year: 9 in 34 matches in 1998Most times to score 1000 runs in a calendar year: 7 timesMost 90s in a career: 18Most runs against Australia: 3077 at an average of 44.59 in 71 matchesMost runs against Sri Lanka: 3113 (ave.43.84) in 84 matches.Most runs against South Africa: 2001 runs at an average of 35.73 in 57 matchesMost runs against Pakistan: 2526 (ave.40.09) in 69 matchesFirst batsman to score an ODI double hundred: 200 not out against South Africa on Feb.24,2010Most runs in World Cups: 2278 runs at an average of 56.95 in 45 matchesMost centuries in World Cups: 6 in 44 inningsMost runs in a single World Cup: 673 at an average of 61.18 in 11 matches in 2002-03Most number of Test runs – 15,921advertisementMost number of Tests played -200Most number of Test centuries – 51Most 90s made in Tests – 10 (Jointly holds the record with Steve Waugh and Rahul Dravid)\Most fifties in Tests – 68Fastest to 10,000 runs in Tests (195 innings – joint with Brian Lara and Kumar Sangakkara) 17. Fastest to 14,000 runs in Tests – 279 innings 18. Fastest to 15,000 runs in Tests – 300Fastest to 14,000 runs in Tests – 279 inningsFastest to 15,000 runs in Tests – 300Also Read | Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar: Master Blaster turns 46Also Read | Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar: ’46 represents the years you have blessed this planet’For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sachin birthdayFollow SachinFollow Sachin Tendulkar birthday Happy Birthday Sachin Tendulkar: Recapping the Master Blaster’s innumerable recordsSachin Tendulkar holds multiple records that may never be broken. Here is the complete list of all the records that the Master Blaster holds.advertisement
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Children and certain vulnerable adults in Nova Scotia now havethe added protection of the life-saving AMBER Alert program. In a video testimonial shown at the Province House launch of theprogram today, May 25, John Walsh — host of America’s MostWanted on Fox TV — praised Nova Scotia for joining the sevenprovinces and 49 states who have adopted AMBER Alert. “Working together, we can save children and we can catchcriminals,” said Mr. Walsh. “Congratulations Nova Scotia, onadopting the AMBER Alert program.” As of May 15, AMBER Alert is credited with finding 154 children. Justice Minister Michael Baker commended the community-mindedorganizations that have teamed up to bring the much-heraldedprogram to Nova Scotia. “It’s especially appropriate that today, on National MissingChildren’s Day, we’re able to announce the introduction of AMBERAlert. It’s a unique partnership that makes our streets andcommunities even safer,” said Mr. Baker. “We appreciate thecommunity spirit shown by our participating private broadcasterswho provide a vital link to the public.” Nova Scotia becomes the eighth province to adopt AMBER Alert,joining Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland andLabrador, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. “Child Find is pleased with the implementation of the Nova ScotiaAMBER Alert program,” said Dianna Cann, chair of the AMBER Alertcommittee and executive director of Child Find Nova Scotia.”AMBER Alert is a proven and effective tool for finding missingchildren. It has been our primary focus since 2003 and we areelated with the high level of commitment by our partners to getthe program off the ground.” “This program will ensure a co-ordinated, comprehensiveapproach,” said chief superintendent Tom Bennett of the RCMP, onbehalf of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association. “Ourconcern is the safe return of the victim, and this integratedapproach is the best model available to assist investigators.” AMBER Alert works through the volunteer efforts of local radioand television broadcasters, who work quickly with lawenforcement agencies to broadcast details of missing children andpotential suspects. “Nova Scotia’s private radio and television broadcasters, cableTV providers and daily newspaper publishers have embraced theAMBER Alert program,” said Chris Perry, president of the AtlanticAssociation of Broadcasters. “This buy-in by the media willensure the public will be immediately and thoroughly involvedshould an AMBER Alert be issued.” For more information on AMBER Alert go to the website atwww.codeamber.org , or the National Center for Missing Childrenwebsite at www.missingkids.org .
The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has settled a case with Olympian Financial Inc., who admitted to executing trades on behalf of a Nova Scotia resident without being registered in the province. In 2008, a new sales representative at Olympian Financial Inc. performed 23 trades in the account of a Nova Scotia resident. The representative was not registered with the Nova Scotia Securities Commission. By executing trades without being registered and by failing to ensure that their representative was properly registered before effecting these trades, Olympian Financial Inc. failed to conform with prudent business practices and violated section 31(1) of the Nova Scotia Securities Act and section 31(1) of the Securities Regulations. Under the order and settlement agreement, Olympian Financial Inc. will be reprimanded. They will pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 to the commission, as well as $1,200 in costs connected with the investigation and conduct of the proceedings. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order and settlement agreement, visit the website www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/compliancenforce/enforproceedings.asp .
Acting African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister John MacDonell today, Sept. 14, expressed condolences on the death of acclaimed Nova Scotia poet Maxine Tynes. “Maxine Tynes used her powerful words to tell stories of the triumph of hope over oppression and taught us that we could transcend difference to celebrate the beauty of the human spirit,” said Mr. MacDonell. “Her legacy will continue to inspire Nova Scotians to build a world where we celebrate the ways diversity strengthens us.” Ms. Tynes was born in Dartmouth in 1949 and, in addition to being a poet, was a high school English teacher and contributed to CBC Radio. She was the first African Canadian to be appointed to the board of governor’s of Dalhousie University in Halifax. Her poetry drew on her own experiences growing up in Dartmouth and the lives of African Nova Scotians, bringing attention to the resilience of the residents of Africville in the face of discrimination. She received the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award in 1988 for her ground breaking book of verse Borrowed Beauty. Ms. Tynes went on to publish two more works of poetry and prose, Woman Talking Woman in 1990 and The Doors of My Heart in 1993. In 1991, she published a children’s book, Save the World For Me.
Chennai: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday allayed fears of job losses following the proposed merger of public sector banks, saying not even one employee shall be removed following the amalgamation. “Absolutely, ill informed. I want to assure every union in every one of these banks to please recall what I have said last Friday. When we spoke about amalgamation of banks I have very clearly underlined the fact that there shall not be one employee removed. Not at all”, she told reporters here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details She was replying to a question on the bank employees unions opposing the merger plan on the ground it would lead to loss of jobs. Sitharaman on Friday unveiled a mega plan to merge 10 public sector banks into four as part of plans to create fewer and stronger global-sized lenders as the government looked to boost economic growth from a five-year low. Sitharaman, who was here to address officers of Customs, Goods and Service Tax and Income Tax department, said there would not be any closure of banks and no bank was being asked to do something new. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “More capital is being given to banks and they will continue to do more of what they were doing earlier,”she said. On August 23, Sitharaman had announced a raft of measures to boost the economy, including capital infusion of Rs 70,000 crore into public sector banks. She had also unveiled a mega plan on Friday to merge 10 public sector banks into four to create fewer and stronger global-sized lenders The All India Bank Employees’ Union had alleged that Indian Bank may face closure following its merger with Allahabad Bank. To a question on this, Sitharaman said Indian Bank would be the anchor bank after the merger. She said when a bank receives capital, it is for them to function more of what they were expected to do as core business, which was to attract business and lend. “Second, another bank in this region is Indian Overseas Bank which continues without any amalgamation added to it. It is also something you should keep in mind”, she said. Asked whether there was any slowdown in the economy, she said the government was responding to it sectorally, based on their requirement. “Every sector of the Indian economy, when it approaches us, we hear them out for solutions that they want and we respond to it. Suggestions (from them) and what would they want and what they expect from the government of India and I respond to them. I have already done (it) twice and I will do so more number of times. Every industry which has approached me I will respond”, she said. Citing an example, she said the automobile sector was in a transition phase to produce engines and components meeting BS-VI fuel norms (from the earlier BS-IV), which comes into effect from April 1,2020. The Minister said it was not the union government’s decision, but a Supreme Court order two years ago that automobile companies shall not produce any BS-IV vehicle after March 31 2020, be it scooters or any other vehicle. To a query about the automobile industry seeking a Goods and Service Tax rate cut, she said it should be decided by the GST Council. Asked what was her message to people who had lost their jobs and those fearing job losses, Sitharaman said, “I can only say we are responding to the industry requirements. Across the board there is no one particular answer that I can give, saying this is the magic wand. Sectorally, what they want, we are responding,” she said. Sitharaman said the government understands that the contours and tone of issues for each sector varied from one to the other. “The automobile (sector) has an issue, agriculture has a different issue. So each sector has a sectorial requirement which we want to respond”, she said.
CALGARY — An association representing Alberta real-estate agents is providing its members with an emergency response app to help keep them safe when they’re working alone.The move comes after a female agent was sexually assaulted by a man at an open house in Calgary last month.The Alberta Real Estate Association is including a subscription to the LifeLine Response app at no additional cost to its membership dues.The not-for-profit association has more than 10,500 members.The app allows Realtors to alert their personal support network or summon emergency responders to their GPS location.Users can also view threat notifications in their area.“Realtors love helping their clients with the largest and most important purchases of their lives, but the job requires us to sometimes work alone in unfamiliar locations and with relative strangers,” association chairwoman Jennifer Gilbert said Tuesday.“The LifeLine Response app is an important tool in improving Realtor safety.”The Canadian Press
BALURGHAT: In a remarkable achievement, four students from a private English medium school in Balurghat were felicitated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in USA for their successful participation in an International essay competition.Ankan Chakraborty, Daisy Chowdhury, Sourajita Kar and Vaidehi Mondal studying in Class XII of The Green View English Academy took part in the essay competition on April 15 after qualifying through an online screening test from Balurghat. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to a source, out of 3,000 students participating from India, 70 were finally enlisted to participate in the competition after a preliminary screening. A private USA-based institution had conducted the essay competition on ‘Spaceship and Astronomy’, in which only five students were selected for international ranking. Ankan, who topped for among the five, has got the opportunity of studying at the Florida Institute of Technology after his Class XII examination, along with a scholarship of 10,000 dollars per year. Vaidehi was the recipient of the Kalpana Chawla Achiever Award, while Daisy and Sourajita were rewarded the Space Explorer Award. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayVisibly overjoyed after receiving the award from NASA, Ankan said: “Aeronautics and space have been my passion since childhood. My parents have inspired me a lot regarding the subject.There was no pressure on my shoulders from their end to top in exams. They were very supportive and I also am grateful to my teachers who have contributed enormously to my success. It was my dream to get an opportunity in NASA after the Class XII board exams.”Like Ankan, Vaidehi, Sourajita and Daisy also have great interest in science and research work on space and astronomy. The trio has already set their minds on research work on satellite and telecommunication from any reputed college in India. “Our predecessors Kalpana Chawla and APJ Abdul Kalam have contributed a lot in the particular sector of space and telecommunication. India has a long way to go. We will be delighted if we get chances in the Indian Space Research Organisation in future,” they said. Hailing the feat, principal of the school Kakali Chakraborty said: “We are all delighted. They were successful as they followed both discipline and intensive study.”
In 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that people providing humanitarian aid, including family members, were exempt from smuggling laws.But the Crown told the trial that the top court’s exemptions didn’t apply because the accused had a role in organizing and executing the voyage, which it said was a money-making scheme costing migrants thousands of dollars. Defence lawyers told the trial their clients were trying to escape poor living conditions and seeking a better life. A Canadian court has found four Sri Lankan men not guilty of human smuggling, The Star reported.Justice Arne Silverman of the British Columbia Supreme Court said Thursday that while there was evidence of organized crime in the smuggling operation, he wasn’t satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the men were connected to any crime. He also said the men were asylum seekers aboard the MV Ocean Lady get to asylum on the B.C. coast in October 2009. “I am also not satisfied that their actions were to obtain either directly or indirectly a financial or material benefit, or that any of the them obtained one.”The men were part of a group of 76 young men from Sri Lanka who arrived on B.C.’s coast in October 2009.They travelled about 45 days across the Pacific Ocean seeking refuge in Canada from a civil war that ravaged their homeland, Silverman said in his decision. But Silverman said the Crown didn’t prove its case. The accused — Francis Anthonimuthu Appulonappa, Hamalraj Handasamy, Jeyachandran Kanagarajah and Vignarajah Thevarajah — smiled, laughed and shook hands with their lawyers after the judge released his ruling. “I have determined that these four accused were asylum seekers and that there is an air of reality to the defence of mutual aid.” The Crown had argued the four accused were in charge of the smuggling operation and out to make a profit on people seeking asylum in Canada.
Niagara police have released a photo of a suspect believed to have pulled a gun on a woman in Niagara Falls.Police say a man walked into an ATM vestibule on Queen St. around 7 a.m. Thursday morning. He exposed a handgun to the woman and attempted to rob her.A small altercation took place and the woman managed to escape without injury.Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact Niagara police.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email bmo study|canadians|home values|retirement TORONTO – About four-in-10 respondents to a new BMO study say they aren’t confident in their ability to save for retirement and the same amount are relying on the value of their home to help fund their retirement. The BMO Retirement Institute survey conducted by Harris Decima also finds that one-third believe living comfortably in retirement is the most important financial goal. However, the findings of the poll of 1,002 Canadian respondents suggests that many don’t think they’re doing enough to reach that dream. About 40 per cent say they’re not confident they can save enough to fund their ideal retirement plans, while 29 per cent expect to have to delay retirement or work part-time due to a shortfall in savings. And 41 per cent consider the equity they are building in their homes as an alternative source of funding their post-work plans. BMO warns that using a home as a nest egg is a risky idea and that personal savings must play a role in retirement planning. “The reliance on home equity to fund retirement is no surprise, given that almost half of Canadians say that their home is their biggest financial asset and, on average, accounts for half of their total net worth,” said Marlena Pospiech, retirement strategist at BMO Retirement Institute. “While it is true that, in the past, Canadians have enjoyed a stable housing market and increasing real estate values, there is no guarantee that this trend will continue. As a result, individuals shouldn’t count exclusively on their homes to fund their retirement and should be focused on building up their personal retirement savings.” According to the report, one-third of Boomers who intend to sell or have sold their home do so to supplement their retirement income. But BMO says while homeowners have seen values rise in recent years, an influx of Boomers selling their homes as the population ages in the next few years could drive prices down. Meanwhile, recent studies suggest many Boomers are carrying debt into their retirement. Canadians are taking on debt like never before. The latest figures from Statistics Canada show the household debt to income ratio has risen to a record high of 163 per cent, about the level reached in the United States before the housing crash of 2007-08. Some experts have suggested older Canadians are being lured by low interest rates into piling on debt, something that could hurt their future living standards. by News Staff Posted Oct 31, 2012 2:30 pm MDT Many Canadians relying on home values for retirement nest egg: BMO study
Peace talks under way in Uganda towards agreement on a signed document failed to materialize between the two sides on Monday, leading senior UN officials – including the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson – to call on the sides to wrap up the negotiations with a firm political settlement.Earlier today, Liu Jieyi of China, which this month holds the Council presidency, said in a statement on behalf of the 15-member body that the Council “calls for the swift conclusion and implementation of a final, comprehensive and agreed outcome, in line with the Kampala talks, that provides for the disarmament and demobilization of the M23 and accountability for human rights abusers.”The talks are being held in Kampala under the auspices of the Chairperson of the International Conference for the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the Mediator, as well as Ugandan Defence Minister and Facilitator, Crispus Kiyonga.In the Presidential Statement, the Security Council expressed deep concern regarding the sustained regional threat posed by the Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR) and stressed the importance of neutralizing it and all armed groups.The Council “strongly condemns” the continuing violence and abuses of human rights by all armed groups “including summary executions, sexual and gender based violence and large scale recruitment and use of children,” according to the statement. The M23 – composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army in April – along with other armed groups, has clashed repeatedly with the FARDC. In the past year, the fighting has displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region which includes 2.6 million internally displaced persons and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid.In today’s statement, the Council also noted that theM23’s 19 month rebellion had led to killings of UN peacekeepers in the DRC in the Mission known as MONUSCO led by Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the DRC, and expressed continued support for the blue helmets there.The Council also encouraged the UN and its partners to strive towards implementation of the Framework signed earlier this year by the DRC along with 10 other countries and four regional and international institutions under UN auspices, outlining a comprehensive approach to sustainable peace in the region.
During his first visit to the United States in his capacity as the top UN human rights official, Mr. Zeid delivered a speech at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. – one week after the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz – emphasizing that education devoid of a strong universal human rights component can be next to worthless, especially in a crisis. “What good was it to humanity that…eight out of 15 people who planned the Holocaust at Wannsee in 1942 held PhDs?” he asked. “In the years after the Holocaust, specific treaties were negotiated to cement into law obligations to protect human rights. Countries the world over accepted them – and now alas, all too frequently, they ignore them in practice.” While it has been 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz extermination camp, some of the processes used by the Nazis to carry out humanity’s largest organized destruction are being implemented again today by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), explained Mr. Zeid. High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein delivers his speech at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Credit: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum | Photo: Miriam LomaskinFew crises erupt without warning, he continued. Extremist ideas and violence manifest from years of tyranny, inequalities, fear and bad governance. They build up over years – even decades – of human rights grievances and the denial of basic economic and social rights.He insisted that atrocities can be prevented and extremism curbed through better, human rights-based global leadership and a fundamental rethink of education. “Surely we now know, from bitter experience, that human rights are the only meaningful rampart against barbarity.” Holocaust Survivor Museum Volunteer, Margit Meissner speaks with High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and Cameron Hudson, Director of the Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide. Credit: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum | Photo: Miriam LomaskinIt is obvious, Mr. Zeid continued, that forceful reprisals against atrocities – including “the savage burning of my compatriot the pilot Mu’ath al Kassassbeh” by ISIL – have had limited impact. Leaders must adopt a “battle-line based on ideas,” to speak out against Takfiri ideology (when one believer apostasies another believer and condemns them as impure). The movement to end that dangerous ideology must be waged by Muslim leaders and Muslim countries, he said. “Just bombing them or choking off their financing has clearly not worked…for these groups have only proliferated and grown in strength,” he said. “The space for dissent in many countries is collapsing under the weight of either poorly-thought out, or indeed, exploitative, counter-terrorism strategies.” High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein lights a candle in the Museum’s Hall of Remembrance. Credit: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum | Photo: Miriam Lomaskin“This logic is abundant around the world today: I torture because a war justifies it. I spy on my citizens because terrorism, repulsive as it is, requires it. I don’t want new immigrants, or I discriminate against minorities, because our communal identity or my way of life is being threatened as never before. I kill others, because others will kill me – and so it goes, on and on.”Since the world cannot afford “sinking into a state of paralyzing shock…the task is to strengthen our ethics, clarity, openness of thought, and moral courage,” calling for new battle lines to combat extremism – based on the struggle for minds.“Children need to learn what bigotry and chauvinism are…they need to learn that blind obedience can be exploited by authority figures for wicked ends. They should learn that they are not an exception because of where they were born, how they look, what passport they carry, or the social class, caste or creed of their parents; they should learn that no one is intrinsically superior to her or his fellow human beings,” said Mr. Zeid. The world needs “profound and inspiring” leaders who fully observe human rights and humanitarian law and all the treaties drafted to end discrimination, poverty, war, “with no excuses.” Only then, can we help ourselves out of the “supply of crises that threatens to engulf us,” the UN rights chief emphasized.
Posted: June 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Sandra Maas, Allen Denton, The latest on United States immigration policy with Jessica McClain and Mark Larson 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 7:09 PM KUSI Newsroom, Sandra Maas, Allen Denton 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Earlier this week, President Trump signed an executive order ending the separation of immigrant families at the border. He then urged congress to work to create and pass immigration reform.RELATED STORY: Trump delivers remarks on immigration with Angel FamiliesAfter a Republican backed immigration bill failed and another was delayed, President Trump suggested lawmakers wait until after November to get any real work done.KUSI Contributors Jessica McClain and Mark Larson joined us in studio to explain the latest details over the recent controversy surrounding the United State immigration policy. McClain’s interview can be seen at the top of the article and Larson’s below. June 22, 2018
The term “fore!” will soon be shouted by errant drivers in Battle Ground, a prospect city officials and a local business owner are excited about.After a near miss earlier this year, Cedars on Salmon Creek owner Gordy Jolma received the requisite approval from the Battle Ground City Council to have his 18-hole Brush Prairie golf course annexed into the city.Jolma’s push to move his course into Battle Ground succeeded after he and the Saunders family, who formerly owned the course, submitted a plan that removed Brush Prairie neighbors whose opposition torpedoed an earlier annexation attempt.The Battle Ground City Council voted 6-1 to annex the golf course during Monday’s council meeting. Councilman Paul Zandamela was the lone dissenting voice.The golf course will officially become part of Battle Ground on Dec. 21, said Robert Maul, the city’s community development director.The annexation means the golf course and other petitioners will be served by Battle Ground police and go to the city of Battle Ground for building permits. Fire coverage is currently being negotiated, Maul said.
Officials from Exxon-Mobil, ConocoPhillips, and the Alaska Oil and Gas Association spoke to the House Resources Committee, on Monday, urging them that charging them another $225 million dollars per year in taxes could stall the recent increase in industry investment. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-oil-production-tax.mp3VmJennifer-on-oil-production-tax.mp300:00RPd Kara Moriarty, president of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association: “This will negatively impact industry, it does increase the cost of the minimum production tax from 4 to 7 percent. It would be the third straight year of increasing oil and production taxes in Alaska, which does not help improve the investment climate reputation that Alaska is suffering from right now. When you increase taxes you increase costs, and when you increase costs you reduce your competitiveness. It does not help companies to go lobby for their Alaska projects vs projects around the national or global portfolio.” In 2017, the legislature eliminated tax credits to oil companies, which amounted to roughly $200 million dollars per year. This prompted companies like BlueCrest Energy to seek funding elsewhere in order to continue production in Alaska. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The House has introduced a bill that proposes a $225 million production tax increase, and oil industry officials say it could harm production in the state. Benjamin Johnson, president of BlueCrest Energy: “Alaska has the reputation of trying to squeeze the oil industry any way it can.” HB 288 aimes to increase the minimum tax on oil production from its current 4 percent to 7 percent, but only on state leases north of the Arctic Circle.