December 10, 2019
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first_imgTo mark the 25th year of the Babri Masjid demolition, the Bajrang Dal, the youth wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, has started a recruitment drive among youth.The programme will go on till December 6, the day when the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was demolished in 1992. Hindutva outfits led by the RSS celebrate the day as “Shaurya Diwas”.Camps across U.P.The Bajrang Dal is holding camps across Uttar Pradesh to attract youth. A pamphlet distributed by the outfit in a camp in Ballia district in Purvanchal appeals to youth to join it and attain the “good fortune” of participating in “nation-building”.Some of the reasons why the youth should join it, as stated by the Bajrang Dal are, “unity of the nation”, “security of mutts and mandirs”, “protection of gau mata”, “honour of jawans”, “protection of sisters from love jihad” and “to invoke nationalist sentiments” among them.‘To fight terrorists’Dhananjay, Bajrang Dal in charge of the Gorakhpur pranth, said the aim of the drive was to recruit Hindu youth so that they can “fight terrorists” and “stand shoulder-to-shoulder” with Army jawans. “We want to mould rashtra-bhakt [patriotic] youth. We aspire for an ‘atankwad-mukt Bharat’ [terrorism-free India],” he said.Weapons trainingAsked if the youth would be imparted training in weapons, he said the outfit already had a programme fixed for it every May.Last year, the Bajrang Dal’s programme ran into trouble as it was booked for “promoting enmity between groups” after a video purportedly showing its cadre participating in a weapons-training drill near the disputed site in Ayodhya went viral on social media and television channels.While the VHP, its parent organisation, described the “mock drill” as a routine annual affair, much outrage was created as the Bajrang Dal in its drill depicted skull-cap wearing, bearded men as terrorists.Bhopal conventionAt its national convention held in Bhopal in the last week of October, the Bajrang Dal included “threat to India’s internal security” among the three resolutions passed by it. The other two were ”gau raksha” (cow protection) and the construction of a Ram mandir in Ayodhya.In the meeting attended by over 1,900 representatives, the Bajrang Dal appealed to the youth to expose human rights groups, “alleged secularists” and “secular media” through social media and other ways for allegedly supporting terrorism and extremism and posing a threat to the country.It also urged Hindus to participate extensively in ”gau raksha” and ”gau seva” (service to the cow).last_img read more

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first_imgIndian software giant Infosys will soon open an innovation hub in Raleigh, North Carolina, and hire 2,000 Americans within the next four years.This innovation center will focus on advanced technologies in the fields of artificial intelligence, machine learning, data and advanced analytics, cloud computing, and big data management.North America contributes around 60 per cent of Infosys’ total annual software export revenue, which comes to $10.3 billion.“The new hub, which will open in early 2018, will have an initial capacity to house 500 American workers, who will be hired over the next two years and the remaining by 2021,” according to a statement by the company. “The investment in North Carolina reinforces our commitment to open four such technology hubs in the U.S. and hire 10,000 Americans over the next four years.”The move is being seen as a response to US President Donald Trump’s decision on H-1B visas.Infosys is planning to open a total of four such innovation hubs in the United States. The one in North Carolina will be its second innovation center. The first one has been established in Indiana and will employ a total of 2,000 Americans.As a part of the recruitment process, the IT giant will hire graduates from colleges and universities in North Carolina. Local professionals who are in line with Infosys’ training curriculum will also be considered for the job openings.Infosys will collaborate with North Carolina Community College System to tailor-make training programs for the new recruits. The local authorities are also expected to contribute $3 million towards upskilling the workers.The hub, located in the innovation incubator of Raleigh, will support the development of co-created solutions for our valued clients in North Carolina and the region around,” company president Ravi Kumar said.North Carolina Governor Ray Cooper said, “Innovation, technology, and education are part of who we are as North Carolinians, and along the course of this project, Infosys leaders have found that to be the case every step of the way.”The Infosys decision was also hailed by North Carolina’s Mayor Nancy McFarlane, who called the company a key member of their community. She added: “The partnership between our city and Infosys will boost innovation and benefit businesses, schools, and workforce development in the area.” Related ItemsAmerican IT SectorIndians IT USInfosys Innovation Hub North CarolinaInfosys Jobs AmericaInfosys North CarolinaInfosys USAIT Jobs AmericaLittle Indialast_img read more

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first_imgYusuf, however refused to compare the IPL seasons. Yusuf, however refused to compare the IPL seasons. “Its not fair to compare any season. Every match, every innings is different. You keep on improving. I try to improve every match,” he said. Asked about their gameplan against RCB tomorrow, he said, “We are just working on our our positives and its working well for us so far.” Bangalores bowling attack may be their weak link but Yusuf said its not fair to underestimate anyone in this unpredictable format. “You cant say when what will click. they have a strong batting line-up. but bowlers can also win matches on a given day. you cannot underestimate their bowling. a team wins only if all the three departments clicks,” he said. The contentious Duckworth-Lewis method was termed rubbish by Rising Pune Supergiants head coach Stephen Fleming after his team lost to KKR by eight wickets in a rain-curtailed match yesterday. Yusuf, however, refused to comment on the D/L method. “Obviously its a method thats in place after much research. They can answer that well. My job is to play cricket.” He hailed the groundsmen for doing a great job to clear the ground after the downpour yesterday. “Ground was totally dry. Obviously, you face difficulty when the game reduced but we are professional cricket and are aware of the challenges.” Asked if his career has bounced back on track and would he look to make a come back in the national team like 37-year-old Ashish Nehra, he said: “Im much younger to Ashishbhai. The way he has performed in the recent past is really great. When you focus on your cricket, everything falls in place. Its a lesson for the youngsters.” He also praised rookie medium pacer Ankit Rajpoot who played his first match and took 1/24 in two overs. “KKR is not dependent any one player. Even Rajpoots debut yesterday was very impressive. Its a very good sign for the team,” said Yusuf. PTI TAP PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgAsked why the CPI(M) was in favour of talks with Pakistan even though such efforts had failed in the past, Yechury said, “There are certain media groups who want to execute us (CPI-M) on charges of sedition. What is in the countrys interest? Indo-Pak dialogue is this governments declared agenda.”He claimed that the “pro-US tilt” in the countrys foreign policy had made it a target of the anti-US terror groups.”Please remember that when former prime minister Manmohan Singh had met the then US president George Bush, he had introduced him to his wife saying that here was a prime minister of a country with a huge Muslim population but not a single Muslim from that country was a member of the Taliban. We all felt really proud. Today, can you say that? There are reports that al-Qaeda, IS are recruiting from India.”The more you cosy up with the US, the more you become vulnerable to the anti-US terror groups,” the CPI-M general secretary said.On the recent Rafale deal, Yechury said, “Most of our defence deals are indefensible. We want a thorough probe into these deals so that they can be more transparent.”Referring to the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) asking Pakistani artistes to leave the country after the Uri attack, he said sports, arts and culture should not be mixed with politics. PTI PNT KK RClast_img read more

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first_imgTushar Arothe stepping down as the coach of the India women’s cricket team due to due to alleged differences with some of the senior players. The players, including T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, who had protested against his training methods.This is the second time during the CoA tenure that a national coach has stepped down after players’ revolt. Last year, men’s team head coach Anil Kumble resigned after his much-publicised differences with captain Virat Kohli.”This has been going since the time of Greg Chappell and Sourav Ganguly. This is nothing new,” Rai told PTI after a CoA meeting on Tuesday.Both Kumble and Arothe did a good job but could not continue because a few influential players wanted their ouster.READ – Tushar Arothe resigns as India women’s cricket team coachWhile the captains had their way in Kumble and Arothe’s case, Ganguly was removed as skipper when Chappell was coach before the Australian was forced to step down himself after losing the trust of the players.Kumble’s resignation came in the wake of reports claiming rifts between him and Kohli, and just two days after India’s embarrassing loss to Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final last summer.Even as Kumble chose to stay silent on his controversial stint with the team and especially his rapport with skipper Kohli, Arothe blasted the senior players’ attitude.READ – Furious Tushar Arothe reacts after resigning as India women’s cricket coachArothe’s public rant did not go well with the CoA, also comprising Diana Edulji. Both Rai and Edulji confirmed that former India off-spinner Ramesh Powar has taken over on an interim basis and a permanent coach will be appointed after the July 20 application deadline.advertisementBCCI office-bearers and technical committee chairman Sourav Ganguly will meet in Kolkata on July 22 to discuss the board’s stance on its cricketers being dope-tested.READ – Ramesh Powar named interim coach of Indian women’s cricket teamThe BCCI has so far refused to come under the purview of the National-Anti Doping Agency and tests its cricketers through a private agency. However, a meeting has finally been organised with the World Anti-Doping Agency, putting additional pressure on the ICC to make BCCI NADA compliant.Another issue up for discussion in the meeting will be the participation of outstation domestic players in state leagues like the Tamil Nadu Premier League. The Supreme Court recently allowed the TNPL to go ahead minus the 16 outstation players who were to take part in the league.”We will consider allowing outstation players in various state leagues based on their IPL experience. If they are not regulars in the IPL, it makes sense for them to go ahead and play in state leagues. But if you are an IPL regular and an outstation player, you cannot play. Anyway, a player can take part in maximum of two leagues,” said the BCCI official.With the last BCCI SGM being deemed invalid, it remains to be seen whether the CoA will approve of the scheduled meeting in Kolkata.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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first_imgHere are the Dave Hunziker highlights from Saturday including Tyreek’s punt return and Grogan’s field goal to end it. This is what Hunziker said:“Kick is on the way and the kick is good. It’s a Christmas miracle for Oklahoma State. Santa Claus has stuff the Cowboys’ stocking with a miraculous Bedlam victory here in Norman.”Hunziker = state treasure.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

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first_img Aasheesh Sharma July 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 09:47 IST Pakistan lost to India in a crucial match this World Cup.As the ICC World Cup enters into a decisive phase, two well-regarded chroniclers of the gentleman’s game have timed their literary forays like a Virat Kohli cover drive. With a foreword by Yuvraj Singh, Vijay Lokapally’s World Cup Warriors is a bouquet of the profiles of members of the present-day Indian cricket team, written in breezy, accessible prose.Covering sports for the Hindu group (media organisation) since 1986, Lokapally says one of the reasons he chose to write about the current lot of cricketers is that the shelf life of nostalgia is diminishing at a quick clip with the advent of the worldwide web. “Revisiting the past wasn’t a great idea in the Internet age where everything from the 1975 World Cup final, to India’s iconic victories is available on YouTube”, explains the seasoned journalist.The sketches of the team members by Mumbai-based caricaturist and sports writer Austin Coutinho have lent enormous value to World Cup Warriors. The book profiles the Boys in Blue playing in the World Cup in individual chapters and traces their rise to the playing eleven. At the end of every chapter on a current player are remarks from a former World Cup veteran. So, you have Kapil Dev observing how much Virat Kohli has evolved since he took over India’s captaincy, LS Sivaramakrishnan giving line and length advice to Yuzvendra Chahal and Krishnamachari Srikkanth, that original ODI dasher, appreciating Shikhar Dhawan’s instinct to attack from the word go.Lokapally says Virat’s Boys are a gifted group. “This team is special for the simple reason that you have a competent player at every position. We have two spinners who complement each other beautifully and in Bumrah, Bhuvi and Shami, three of the quickest and smartest exponents of seam bowling.”advertisementAn award-winning sports journalist and presenter, Nikhil Naz, who grew up admiring the writing of Gideon Haigh and Peter Roebuck, makes his debut as author with Miracle Men. The book’s strong point is Naz’s deep dive into the socio-economic scene of the UK of the 1980s, a time when Thatcherism was at its peak and the antiimmigrant sentiment bordering on racism gaining momentum. Naz captures the zeitgeist of the era through movies and music popular at that time, which runs like a soulful background score to the cricketing narrative. Also, he relies heavily on accounts by senior cricket writer Ayaz Memon, a rookie on his first big assignment and celebrated TV journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, then playing club cricket in England. Memon and Sardesai first appear as cameos that gain a life of their own as the narrative moves towards the crescendo at Lord’s.So, what was so special about the class of 83 that made Naz research its triumph, 36 years later? “I was just four in 1983. But over the years I kept hearing about how magical the team of 1983 was. Certain moments stood out in people’s accounts such as Sandhu’s dismissal of Greenidge and Kapil Dev’s catch of Viv Richards but there was no one comprehensive account of the victory.”Asked about the difference between Kapil’s Devils of 1983 and today’s team, Naz says Virat Kohli’s boys are riding high on confidence. “The Indians of today have the swagger of Australians and West Indians of that time. They are the billionaires of the IPL and the envy of the world. They are one of the strong favourites and are expected to win. Kapil’s team on the other hand were rank underdogs. That is why the triumph in 1983 was a miracle that changed cricket in the subcontinent. It was the reason Sachin Tendulkar decided to become a cricketer.”WORLD CUP WARRIORS: THE BOYS IN BLUE VIJAY LOKAPALLY, BLOOMSBURY; Rs 250EXTRACTRohit Sharma’s journey is almost like folklore. His parents lived in Dombivli, a suburb of Mumbai, where he did not have access to good cricket facilities. They were reserved for the city boys. ‘I have seen many players from the suburbs leave the game because they did not get level playing field. Without adequate coaching and training facilities, it was hard for them to compete with the city boys,’ said his coach Dinesh Lad, who lost little time in shifting Rohit from Dombivli to Borivali to enable him to enjoy proper cricket coaching.Coming closer to the city was no assurance for Rohit to pursue cricket. He had to attend school, which meant coughing up a monthly fee. It was a challenge. Rohit, the first grandchild in the family, was brought up at his uncle’s place. The Telugu-speaking parents of Rohit willingly allowed the move to facilitate their son’s love for cricket at the Swami Vivekanand School, where Lad was the coach.advertisement’His uncle needed to be persuaded to send Rohit to this school. He was very reluctant, and it took me time to discover his predicament,’ remembered Lad. It was tough for Rohit’s uncle to pay the monthly school fee of Rs 275. The donation had been waived but the monthly fee had to be paid. Lad was imparting cricket coaching for free at the school and requested the authorities to make an exception in Rohit’s case. ‘He was very good at cricket and I pleaded with the principal to waive off the tuition fees. I was so relieved when he agreed,’ said Lad. Lazy elegance marks his batting. ‘Right-handed David Gower’-as observed by a cricketer once. Gower was known for his silken stroke sweet timing, which also adorns Rohit’s show at the crease.MIRACLE MAN: THE GREATEST UNDERDOG STORY IN CRICKET NIKHIL NAZ, HACHETTE INDIA; Rs 399EXTRACTThe Indian team walks out to jeers and jibes from the hostile, predominantly West Indian crowd. The taunts are largely ignored. Except by Gavaskar. A revered figure in the West Indies, he’s indulging the partisan crowd, conversing with them in their patois, with a Trinidadian accent to boost, practised and mastered during his numerous trips to the islandIn the Caribbean that Sandhu lived one of his most special moments on the cricket field. Getting both Haynes and Greenidge – the finest opening partnership in the world – in quick succession during the Port of Spain test, only three months ago. Greenidge’s dismissal was special. Sandhu got the ball to jag back sharply after pitching and it dislodged the master batsman’s stumps. Now, once again, he finds Greenidge at the other end. Once again, he’s tempted to bowl an inswinger. But the end from which he is bowling is conducive to outswingers. Thanks largely to Lord’s famous slope Plus, the words of his skipper last evening are ringing in his head: ‘Oye, sardar, concentrate on outswing. Only outswingers get you wickets at the international level.’ Sandhu runs in with ball in hand, the seam facing the on-side. Greenidge is facing the 12th ball.But this time he chooses not to face it at all. Expecting another outswinger, he shoulders arms to a ball pitched outside off stump, allowing the well-deceived inswinger to kiss his off stump. Sandhu defied his skipper, but the ball obeyed the sardar’s ordersRajdeep is gloating. ‘He’s my friend, he’s my friend,’ he’s yelling in joy Sandhu is his cricketing buddy.In Bombay, accomplished gully cricketers – Sachin Tendulkar, Avinash Gowariker, Harshad Kulkarni and Ketan Mazumdar – have broken into an impromptu jig watching the Greenidge dismissal. Even before their unsynchronized gyration can come to a halt, Doordarshan, the national broadcaster, has switched to its pre-scheduled programmes of news bulletins and self-help features for farmers.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 Posted byApoorva Abhay Uzagare Tags :Follow CricketFollow SportsFollow BooksFollow World Cup Next Seems like team spiritTwo books released during the ICC World Cup celebrate the rise of India as a cricketing power, writes Aasheesh Sharmaadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgNext month’s highly anticipated KingsToon festival will provide the opportunity for local and regional animators to get a foothold in the growing US$222.8 billion global animation industry.The two-day event will be held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Andrew, from June 20 to 21.Jamaica’s growing crop of local animators will get a chance to showcase their talent at the event.State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 28, informed that the event will bring together, international and local leaders in the animation industry, international and local universities, Jamaican professionals, and visual arts students and practitioners.He said among the objectives of the festival is to raise awareness in Jamaica about the emerging opportunities in the animation industry, by directly engaging global industry leaders in various aspects of the business of animation.“[It will also] give visibility to the pool of talented young Jamaicans and regional artists, who may be working on a freelancing basis or may simply have raw talent in the visual arts that can be molded into a professional career development,” he stated.Day one of the event will feature panel discussions and workshops on available opportunities in the industry, while the second day will see local and regional animators displaying their work in the industry and related fields.The day will also include the announcement of the winners in the KingsToon Animation Competition in several categories including Best Script and Storyboard (Jamaica); Best Experimental Animation (Jamaica); Best Character (Jamaica); Best Final Animation Product (Caribbean).The KingsToon Animation Festival is an initiative of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, in partnership with the World Bank and the Government of Canada.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

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first_img The Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) have strengthened their partnership in a bid to attract increased investments to the country, as the Government moves to reposition the island as the fourth node in the global logistics supply chain. “Our location is critical and our infrastructure can be leveraged as a serious competitive advantage for Jamaica… and that’s what this SEZ regime offers to the world. The existence of competitive and attractive zones is what is going to attract more investment to Jamaica… so we are very pleased to partner with JSEZA,” she stated. Mr. Seaga noted that there are many positive developments occurring in Jamaica which places the country at a great advantage as an ideal location for increased investments. The Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) have strengthened their partnership in a bid to attract increased investments to the country, as the Government moves to reposition the island as the fourth node in the global logistics supply chain.The JSEZA’s Chairman, Metry Seaga, and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Eric Deans, and JAMPRO’s President, Diane Edwards, on Friday (Nov. 30), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), during a brief ceremony at the Authority’s offices on Waterloo Road in St. Andrew.The MoU sets out the framework within which the entities will collaborate to bolster and maximize the investment potential of the Special Economic Zone regime, which is pivotal to the Administration’s Global Logistics Hub Initiative (GLHI).An SEZ is an area in which business and trade laws are different from the rest of the country. SEZs are located within a country’s national borders, and their aims include: increased trade, increased investment, job creation and effective administration.Mr. Seaga welcomed the strengthening of the collaboration, citing JAMPRO as “one of our critical, if not our most critical partner”.He noted that JAMPRO is the agency of Government responsible for marketing and promoting potential investment opportunities in Jamaica, while the JSEZA is focused on facilitating these within a logistics-centred space.“So we are very happy to have JAMPRO as a partner and we look forward to making Jamaica a place of significant importance in the economic zone space internationally,” the Chairman added.Mr. Seaga noted that there are many positive developments occurring in Jamaica which places the country at a great advantage as an ideal location for increased investments.“We are very happy with where we are economically. We are on the right track…  [and] a lot of good indicators are taking place. What we have to do now is to achieve growth as a country… and it is important that we do what we need to do… and do it well,” he added.In his remarks, Dr. Deans said the special economic zone regime “heralds a new era for Jamaica”, in terms of attracting investments.“What the regime does is create some special incentives in specially-designated geographic areas that are globally competitive for investors,” he noted.Dr. Deans said, however, that as the agency responsible for monitoring and regulating the zones, the JSEZA “needs a partner, such as JAMPRO, to work very closely with us”.“Hence, today we are signing this MoU which sets the framework in which we will collaborate very closely in pushing for further investments in the country,” he added.For her part, Ms. Edwards welcomed the bolstering of the partnership, noting that “it is critical for us, in our attempts to sell Jamaica as a [viable] destination for investments, that we have strong and attractive infrastructure that leverages the location that we have”.“Our location is critical and our infrastructure can be leveraged as a serious competitive advantage for Jamaica… and that’s what this SEZ regime offers to the world. The existence of competitive and attractive zones is what is going to attract more investment to Jamaica… so we are very pleased to partner with JSEZA,” she stated. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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first_imgzoom US-based Gener8 Maritime has reached an agreement with Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines (HHIC-Phil) to cut the price for the company’s final VLCC newbuilding.Under the amendment, entered into on September 26, the parties agreed a USD 19.3 million reduction in the contract price, including USD 5.4 million in liquidated damages related to the late delivery of the ship.As a result, the contract price has been reduced from USD 96.4 million to USD 77.1 million, and the final installment due from the company upon delivery of the 300,000 dwt very large crude carrier by the builder on October 9, 2017 will be reduced from USD 48.2 million to USD 29 million.The shipbuilder is now obliged to deliver the VLCC, to be named Gener8 Nestor, to Gener8 Maritime on October 9, 2017.Furthermore, the ship builder is obligated to pay USD 30,000 per day for the period from October 9, 2017 to the date of actual completion of the outstanding works. If the outstanding works are not completed on or before October 23, the company has the option to complete the works on its own or using its own subcontractors at the builder’s cost and liquidated damages will continue to be payable at the rate of USD 30,000 per day.last_img read more

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first_imgCreating more opportunities for Nova Scotians who want to pursue a career in early childhood education will strengthen and develop the workforce and help meet the needs of families with young children. Government is working with the Nova Scotia Community College to create 135 new seats in the early childhood education program over the next three years. The total investment is $1.45 million. “Families need child care and early learning opportunities and want a child care sector that is prepared to meet their changing needs,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “As the need for these services continue to grow, so does the demand for qualified early childhood educators. We’re creating opportunities for Nova Scotians, while addressing the long-term workforce needs of the sector.” Government will also invest $800,000 to create a temporary tuition support program for Nova Scotians who attend an early childhood education program at one of three private career colleges in the province. This funding comes from a three-year, $35 million early learning and child care funding agreement the province signed with the federal government in January. “Education plays a vital role in the development of a child,” said Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. “I am pleased to see that funding from the Canada-Nova Scotia early learning and child care bilateral agreement will be used to expand this valuable tuition support program to train additional childhood educators who support children to have a good start in life so they can succeed.” Government is also amending the Day Care Regulations so that children who are registered in pre-primary will be able to attend before and after-school programs that are currently only available to school-age children. Staff to child ratios will increase when there are eight or more pre-primary children in a school-age program to ensure the health and safety of all children. These amendments will address the changing needs of the workforce by providing more opportunities for individuals to earn their early childhood education diploma while working under the mentorship and guidance of other early childhood education professionals. Operators can apply for a temporary staffing plan to support this work and learn model within their workplace. The changes are effective Sept. 1. “Training is vital to providing quality child care for children in our province,” said Sonia Hage-Cameron, owner and operator of Play, Learn, Grow. “This announcement recognizes that the field of early childhood education is evolving. Today’s initiatives by the government will help to meet the diverse and ever-changing needs of our child care centres and the children and families we support.” Other initiatives to support Nova Scotians, the sector and families include a bursary to increase cultural representation within early childhood education workforce and a recruitment campaign. The bursary, announced at the end of June, is available for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years with successful applicants receiving up to $5,500 per year for up to two years. Pre-registration for the bursary closes Aug. 1. More information is available at, https://www.ednet.ns.ca/earlyyears/pd/CulturalBursary.shtml. The recruitment campaign launched in early July will run for seven weeks to attract new early childhood educators to the province and encourage early childhood educators who are not working in the field to come back.last_img read more

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TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed at a record high Monday amid a potential merger involving one of Canada’s most iconic companies.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,598.74 =63.19 0.41%S&P 500 —  1,997.92 =9.52 0.48%Dow — 17,076.87 +75.65 0.44%Nasdaq — 4,557.35 +18.80 (0.41%) Burger King is in talks with Tim Hortons in hopes of creating a new, publicly traded company with its headquarters in Canada. With a new base in Canada, Burger King, now based in Miami, could shave its U.S. tax bill.Such so-called tax inversions have become increasingly popular among U.S. companies trying to cut costs. The majority owner of Burger King, 3G Capital, would own the majority of shares of the new company.It’s not known what such a deal would be worth, but both stocks surged. The prospect of Burger King (NYSE:BKW) racking up big tax savings helped send its shares up 19.51% to US$32.40 in New York.And Tim Hortons (TSX:THI) jumped 18.9% to C$74.72 in Toronto as Burger King considers linking up with a very successful quick service restaurant business.“They have an embedded base of profitability and strength that exists in the Canadian business and has been the foundation of that company and that stock for a very long time,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“It (would) create a very major player, a top three player in the quick serve space — a space obviously that McDonald’s has enjoyed the leadership in for a long time.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 63.19 points to 15,598.74, held back by the gold sector as bullion prices fell back. The Canadian dollar was off 0.3 of a cent at 91.07 cents US.U.S. indexes were also higher, as the Dow Jones industrials ran ahead 75.65 points to 17,076.87, the Nasdaq was up 18.8 points at 4,557.35 and the S&P 500 index gained 9.54 points to a record high of 1,997.94 after earlier cracking the 2,000-mark for the first time.Sentiment was helped along by top central bankers who said support for their economies would continue and additional help is possible.European Central Bank president Mario Draghi told the Federal Reserve’s economic symposium Friday that the bank is considering asset purchases to pump more money into Europe’s economy, though he gave no guidance on when that help would happen.Also at the Fed meeting, central bank chairwoman Janet Yellen offered no signal that she’s altered her view that the economy still needs support from the Fed.The TSX financials group gained 0.28% ahead of earnings reports coming in this week from most of the big Canadian banks. Royal Bank (TSX:RY) posted a better than expected report and a dividend increase on Friday but the showing failed to push its stock higher.“Expectations are high and even against a very solid performance, you have to weigh the performance of the stock price against the expectations that are embedded,” Fehr said.Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) and Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) post earnings Tuesday.Elsewhere, the TSX base metals group rose 0.74% as September copper was ahead a penny at US$3.22 a pound.The energy group edged up 0.6%, while October crude in New York declined 30 cents to US$93.35 a barrel.The gold sector led decliners, down 1.27% as December gold nudged $1.30 lower to US$1,278.90 an ounce.TOP STORIESTim Hortons shares soar as Burger King confirms in talks to buy Canadian coffee chainBurger King bet nets Bill Ackman another $179-million as shares soar on possible Tim Hortons tie-upOil sands dream evaporates leaving bondholders facing 40% lossDollar store battle heats up as rivals double down on the poorWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m. Durable goods orders (July): Economists expect 8% rise9 a.m. S&P Case-Shiller home price index (June) Economists expect 8.3% rise year over year FHFA House Price Index (June): Economists expect 0.3% rise10 a.m. Conference Board Consumer confidence index (August): Economists expect reading of 89, down from last monthCORPORATE NEWSCANADABank Of Montreal Q3 earnings: Analysts expect $1.65 a share Bank Of Nova Scotia Q3 earnings: Analysts expect $1.41 a share UNITED STATESAnalog Devices, Inc.   Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 63¢ a share Best Buy Co., Inc.   Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 31¢ a share read more

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TORONTO — CIBC is reporting $1.16 billion of net income in its fourth quarter, up 25 per cent from $931 million during the same period last year, on strong performances across its divisions.The Toronto-based bank (TSX:CM) says its net income for the three months ended Oct. 31 amounted to $2.59 per diluted share, compared with $2.32 per share during the same period in 2016.On an adjusted basis, CIBC’s profit amounted to $2.81 per share in the fourth quarter, up eight per cent from $2.60 per share in the fourth quarter of 2016.That beat the $2.59 in adjusted earnings per share expected by analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters.Revenue for the quarter totalled $4.27 billion, up 16 per cent from $3.68 billion in the same period a year ago.For its full financial year, the Canadian lender’s net income attributable to equity shareholders was $4.7 billion, compared with $4.28 billion for its 2016 financial year, while revenue for the full year was $16.28 billion, up from $15.04 billion.“In 2017, CIBC delivered record net income driven by strong performance across all of our strategic business units, as well as our acquisition of The PrivateBank,” says Victor Dodig, CIBC’s president and chief executive in a statement. read more

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Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry have more than held their own against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton so far in these Eastern Conference finals.Other than some pretty boxscores, the Toronto Raptors have nothing to show for those efforts.The supporting cast hasn’t supported much for Toronto, and with what is almost certainly a must-win Game 3 of the East title series looming on Sunday night at home, Raptors coach Nick Nurse is weighing lineup tweaks. Nurse suggested Saturday that Serge Ibaka may start at centre over struggling Marc Gasol, and Norman Powell may get minutes that would figure to come at Danny Green’s expense.“We’ve got to be better, man,” Nurse said Saturday. “We’ve got to be more physical, we’ve got to hustle more and we’ve got to work harder.”He may as well have punctuated that by adding “or else.”In this playoff format that was put into play in 1984, teams that win the first two games at home of a best-of-seven series have ultimately prevailed 94% of the time. And that’s the luxury Milwaukee has right now, leading the series 2-0 after rallying to win the opener and then controlling Game 2 start to finish.“We can’t rest,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “We can’t relax. We can’t assume anything.”So the odds are stacked against the Raptors. Nurse was told the lack of success teams have when down 0-2 in a series, and insisted he doesn’t care.“I don’t really give a crap about that,” he said. “I just want our team to come play their (butt) off tomorrow night and get one game and it changes the series.”Leonard and Lowry are outscoring Antetokounmpo and Middleton 107-77 – which would figure to have been a boon to Toronto’s chances.It hasn’t worked that way.Add up everyone else’s scoring in the series, and it’s Bucks 156, Raptors 96. Rebounding has been one-sided in both games, with Milwaukee controlling things on the backboards. Bench scoring has tilted heavily toward Milwaukee as well.“We’re just trying to be us,” Bucks centre Brook Lopez said. “We’re not playing any differently, regular season or post-season. We’re just trying to go out there and play Bucks basketball. It starts with our defence. Getting stops. Getting out. Playing in transition. Playing with pace. Sharing the ball and being aggressive and attacking the basket.”The Raptors don’t have to look at the history books to know this series isn’t over.All they need to do is recall the 2012 Western Conference finals. Leonard and Green were with top-seeded San Antonio, and Ibaka was with second-seeded Oklahoma City. The Spurs won Games 1 and 2 at home – then lost the next four, and the Thunder went to the NBA Finals.“We have another chance to bounce back on Sunday,” Gasol said. “That’s all that matters right now. That’s all that matters.”Here’s some of what to know before Game 3:QUICK WIT: Leonard, who isn’t the most talkative guy in the league to put it mildly, had a simple answer when asked where the Raptors go from here after the Game 2 loss. “I’m going to Toronto for Game 3,” Leonard said.WE (BARELY) THE NORTH: The series now shifts to Toronto, where the Raptors’ motto is “We The North.” It is, but barely in this case. Toronto is about 430 miles east of Milwaukee by air, and is only slightly north. And it should be noted that Toronto isn’t even the northernmost city that will be playing host to conference final games this weekend – Portland holds that distinction.GREEK FREAKS: Census figures show that at least a quarter-million Greeks live in Canada, and roughly half of those live in Ontario. Antetokounmpo isn’t expecting an overly warm welcome, but has seen a few Greek flags in the crowd on his past trips to Toronto. Antetokounmpo said he’d be touched if they were there Sunday, but isn’t thinking about it too much. “I’m going to try not to focus as much in the people and the Greeks and the population in Toronto,” Antetokounmpo said. “Just focusing on Game 3 and what we’ve got to do.”OFF, WISCONSIN: Including Games 1 and 2 of this series, matchups in Wisconsin are rarely kind to Nurse. He played at Northern Iowa, a conference rival of Green Bay – and his teams went 1-8 in those games, 0-4 at Green Bay’s former home court, the being-demolished Brown County Arena. Nurse said it was a nice place, but wasn’t upset to hear it’s coming down. “There weren’t very many good memories for me,” he said.BREAK FROM DRAKE: At least one Milwaukee radio station is taking this series extremely seriously. WXSS-FM is not allowing any songs by Raptors superfan Drake to be played on its station until the East finals are over. “We’re taking a break from you,” the station wrote in an open letter of sorts to the Toronto native and courtside ticketholder. read more

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Mr Miall added: “The weekend doesn’t look great, it’s looking wet and windy across the country.”There’s lots of uncertainty over the details because it’s still a long way off but wet and windy seems to be the theme through many areas.”Monday’s record highs were likened to a “climate breakdown” by Green MP Caroline Lucas.Mr Miall said: “This kind of event is what climate change would expect but we can’t directly relate it to climate change.” Firefighters continue to work on Saddleworth Moor overnight The huge fire in EdinburghCredit:Jane Barlow/PA Firefighters make their way cross the charred moorland Credit:Chris Furlong/Getty Two firefighters stand by as the fire rages in the background in East Sussex Saddleworth Moor fire Credit:Nick Lawton/PA The huge fire in Edinburgh  The fire rages on Saddleworth MoorCredit:Getty/Anthony Devlin People watch the fire burn on Arthur’s SeatCredit:Duncan McGlynn The fire near Marsden could be seen for miles around as crews from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service battled to contain it through the night.Witnesses described the “terrible” scene of fire coming close to buildings high on the moorland.  West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it had five fire engines and two specialist moorland firefighting units at the scene. Fire and Rescue Service personnel from Greater Manchester and Huddersfield tackle a large wildfire on Saddleworth MoorCredit: Anthony Devlin/Getty Saddleworth Moor Saddleworth MoorCredit:Rich Needham/John Eccles/PA Firefighters tackle wildfire in Ashdown ForestCredit:Solent/Eddie Howland The view of the Saddleworth Moor fire from the road Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Firefighters continue to work on Saddleworth Moor overnightCredit:Jon Super/Reuters For the second day running we’ve broken the UK record for the warmest winter day with 20.8 °C at Porthmadog, Gwynedd pic.twitter.com/E4VOg6CQAR— Met Office (@metoffice) February 26, 2019 Firefighters make their way cross the charred moorland  Fire and Rescue Service personnel from Greater Manchester and Huddersfield tackle a large wildfire on Saddleworth Moor The fire rages on Saddleworth Moor The warmth follows last February’s Beast from the East, which plunged temperatures below freezing and brought heavy snowfall across the country.Cooler temperatures expected from Wednesday onwards will be “still above average” for February, Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said.Heavy showers are possible on Thursday as temperatures struggle to get above 11C (51.8F) or 12C (53.6F).Friday, March 1, will mark the first day of meteorological spring and is expected to be mostly dry before a wet weekend. A firefighter walks through the charred moor They included engines from Marsden, Huddersfield and the Kirklees area.Incident Commander Laura Boocock told the BBC it was “one of the biggest grass fires (she) has ever seen”, but it was “nothing they can’t handle”.Witness Harry Broughton tweeted: “Never seen anything like this – had a drive up as these things look terrible.”High up on the Pennines between Saddleworth and Marsden on the Manchester/Yorkshire border, but close to houses including two pubs. Hope it is contained.”Britain’s wildfires, in pictures The view of the Saddleworth Moor fire from the roadCredit:John Eccles/PA Two firefighters stand by as the fire rages in the background in East SussexCredit:Solent/Eddie Howland Saddleworth Moor fire  Firefighters from across the UK have been battling a string of wildfires after Britain saw its hottest winter day on record on Tuesday.The most recent blaze was whipped up on Saddleworth Moor, which witnesses described as “apocalyptic”. Firefighters were called there just before 8pm on Tuesday after Britain enjoyed its third day of unseasonable sunshine. It continued to burn into Wednesday until firefighters eventually brought it under control around lunchtime, but it wasn’t the only wildfire to hit the UK. Dramatic photographs showed a huge fire burning on Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh as crews battled to bring around 800m of gorse under control having been alerted at 6.30pm. Earlier in the afternoon, East Sussex Fire and Rescue had to extinguish two separate wildfires. The first, just before 3pm engulfed 35 hectares in Nutley, before another broke out around a mile away in Ashdown Forest. Britain saw its hottest winter day on record on Tuesday when the mercury hit 21.2C (69.4F) in Kew Gardens, London. A firefighter walks through the charred moorCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty  Britain’s hottest winter dayThe UK yesterday experienced its warmest winter day since records began for the second day running.Records were broken in England and Wales, as temperatures edged above 21C (69.8F) and Britons continued to enjoy a spell of unseasonably mild weather.The 21C barrier was hit at Kew Gardens in west London in late afternoon after temperatures hit 20.8C (69.4F) in Porthmadog, Gwynedd, North Wales, at 1.22pm, the Met Office said.On Monday, the thermometer reached 20.6C (68.5F) at Trawsgoed in Ceredigion, West Wales, the highest recorded in February and beating the previous record of 19.7C (67.4F) in Greenwich, south-east London, in 1998.Parts of Britain on Tuesday were hotter than a series of popular holiday destinations, beating Malibu, Athens and Barcelona. And reaching 21C, the temperature matched that of Cairo, Buenos Aires and Delhi.  Damage caused by the wildfire on Saddleworth Moor in West Yorkshire Damage caused by the wildfire on Saddleworth Moor in West YorkshireCredit:Richard McCarthy/PA People watch the fire burn on Arthur's Seat Firefighters tackle wildfire in Ashdown Forest read more

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first_img Saturday 9 Mar 2019, 10:25 AM By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Poll: Will you still listen to Michael Jackson’s music following the allegations made against him? A new documentary has featured the stories of two men who said the singer abused them when they were children. Yes (14976) Poll Results: https://jrnl.ie/4532107 I never listened to him anyway (3102) 327 Comments Image: Kay Nietfeld/DPA/PA Images MICHAEL JACKSON HAS been hitting the headlines in the past few weeks, after allegations about the late singer were broadcast in the documentary Leaving Neverland.Two men – Wade Robson (36) and James Safechuck (41) – outlined the sexual abuse they say they were subjected to by Jackson when they were children. Both Safechuck and Robson allege that Jackson abused them, gaining their families’ trust and manipulating them into keeping their sexual relations secret.Jackson’s family have denied the claims.The documentary has led to a backlash, with some radio stations saying they will no longer be playing his music while a classic episode of the Simpsons featuring Jackson will no longer air. So, today we’re asking you: Will you still listen to Michael Jackson’s music following the allegations made against him? Mar 9th 2019, 10:26 AM Short URL No (4126) No interest/No opinion (1100) Share4861 Tweet Email 148,547 Views YesNoI never listened to him anywayNo interest/No opinionVote Image: Kay Nietfeld/DPA/PA Imageslast_img read more

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first_imgSri Lanka`s parliament members argue in front of Speaker of the Parliament Karu Jayasuriya during the parliament session in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 14 November 2018. Photo: ReutersThe Speaker of Sri Lanka’s parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, on Thursday said that in his view the country did not have a prime minister or cabinet after Wednesday’s no-confidence vote.The parliament passed the no-confidence motion against recently appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government, with the backing of 122 lawmakers from the 225-member legislature.However, president Maithripala Sirisena in a letter to the speaker said he cannot accept the no-confidence vote as the speaker appeared to have ignored the constitution, parliamentary procedure and traditions.President Sirisena, who triggered the crisis by firing prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and naming Rajapaksa to the job late last month, dissolved parliament last week and ordered elections as a way to break the deadlock.But the Supreme Court ordered a suspension of that decree on Tuesday until it had heard petitions challenging the move as unconstitutional.last_img
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first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The preview ends with Daniel seemingly preparing for a fight and telling Johnny they aren’t done.The series is written and executively produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg. It is produced by Overbrook Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television.The show debuts at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24 before premiering on YouTube Red on May 2. Watch the trailer below.center_img Thirty-four years have passed, but the rivalry between Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence remains in the trailer for YouTube Red series “Cobra Kai.”The streaming platform released the trailer for the upcoming “Karate Kid” spinoff, where Ralph Macchio and William Zabka will reprise their roles as adversaries.The clip opens with a scene from the final “Karate Kid” battle, when Macchio’s Daniel LaRusso defeats Zabka’s Johnny Lawrence before flashing forward to present day. While Daniel is thriving with his own car dealership, Johnny appears to be struggling until he witnesses a teenager being bullied by a group of students.Johnny defends the helpless teenager and decides to reopen karate dojo Cobra Kai. He then becomes the teenager’s sensei, but Daniel isn’t on board. “He thinks he can bring Cobra Kai back to the valley. Not on my watch,” Daniel says.last_img read more

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first_imgZee5 operates a fremium business model, with subscription tiers rising from $2-$8 per month, depending on the territory. Weekly options and so-called sachet pricing are also available, though full transactional VoD has yet to be launched.“We did lots of consumer research before launching last year. We found that 98% would prefer a service in Hindi or other vernacular, rather than English. We Indians are increasingly comfortable with our roots,” Anand told Variety. “We added voice search, because of literacy levels.” It now claims 60 million monthly active users in India.International rollout plans focus first on India’s South Asian neighbors, followed by South East Asia. Other parts of Asia, the Middle East and Africa will follow, complemented by language additions likely to include Tagalog, and Vietnamese.“By the end of 2020, we aim to be the go-to destination for South Asian audiences, where there is a (total) population of 400 million outside India. We aim to be first or second in each market and will invest further in the strongest responding territories.”Anand said that the company, which already has a massive library, will produce 72 original shows in the current year. These will be presented in six languages, and, along with acquisitions including “Simba,” mostly be available behind the paywall. The service includes 100,000 hours of on-demand content and more than 60 live TV channels. They range from original series, movies and TV shows, music, live TV and health and lifestyle content. Related Vicky Kaushal, Ayushmann Khurrana Share Best Actor Prize at India’s Film Awards Lionsgate Play Launching in India With Vodafone Idea India’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises is rolling out operations of its Zee5 streaming service in five new languages. The company is also upping its involvement in original content.The moves were announced last week at the APOS conference in Indonesia by Archana Anand, chief business officer ZEE5 Global and are a further step up for the streaming platform. Zee5 was launched in India, in Feb 2018, with functionality in 12 Indian languages.It was subsequently made available in 190 countries and territories in October, without additional languages, and catering primarily to the Indian diaspora market. Zee5 is now adding navigation and linguistic localization of selected content in Malay, Thai, Bahasa, German and Russian. More language additions are expected to follow in the coming months, including Chinese. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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