Tight norms bring Bihar results down

first_imgAfter last year’s mass-copying, toppers scam and allegations of corruption, the Bihar State Education Board (BSEB) claims to have cleaned things up this year. The results for the Bihar Intermediate Board examination, declared on Tuesday, seem to bear this out with 64.75% students failing, almost a mirror image to last year, when just 37.81% failed.According to the BSEB, of 12,40,168 students who appeared for the examination, 7,94,622 students failed. Only 30.11% students passed in the Science stream and 37.13% in Humanities. Commerce results were better, with 73.76% passing. “We’ll analyse the results later,” a BSEB official said.Khusbu Kumari, with 86.02%, was declared the topper in Science; Ganesh Kumar, with 82.06%, was ranked the highest in Humanities, and Priyanshu Jaiswal, 81.06%, led the Commerce stream. They would be rewarded with ₹1 lakh in cash and a laptop by the government, BSEB officials said. Ms. Kumari, though, was not satisfied with her marks and has applied for a re-evaluation.Last year, while 11.55 lakh students appeared for these examinations and 7.18 lakh had passed, the State had hit headlines with mass copying, a fake toppers scam, and allegations of corruption in the BSEB. The fake toppers, their parents, teachers, school owners and several BSEB employees were arrested.“The lower success figures of students this year could be due to the strict measures adopted by the BSEB while conducting the exam and evaluating the answer sheets,” R.K. Mahajan, Principal Secretary of the Education Department, told journalists. BSEB chairperson Anand Kishor said: “Online submission of examination forms, strict conduct, bar coding of answersheets and, finally, computerised tabulation left no room for unfair practices and it could be the reason for the dismal performance of the students.”The BSEB had also formed a WhatsApp group to deal with complaints of cheating at any centre. Mr. Kishor said: “Those who have been declared toppers, we got their results reviewed by a special committee and after we got satisfied thoroughly we declared the results today.” Reacting to the poor results, the Opposition BJP has demanded the resignation of Education Minister Ashok Chaodhary for the poor academic structure. Senior BJP leader Vinod Narayan Jha said: “Only prohibition has been the main focus of the Nitish Kumar government these days, instead of education.”last_img read more

W.B.’s Lokayukta Bill to keep CM out of purview

first_imgThe West Bengal government has circulated an amendment to the Lokayukta Bill, keeping the CM out of the purview.The West Bengal Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2018, states: “Amending Sections 8A, so as to exclude from the purview of the said Act any investigation of any complaint relating to allegation of corruption against the Hon’ble Chief Minister relating to public order.” The Bill, which is likely to be passed in the ongoing Assembly session, also has a provision that excludes any investigation of the complaint against a public servant without the approval of the State government.last_img

How Indian firms are tasting success in East Africa

first_imgA Kerala-based spices company recently started growing chillies in Rwanda, which is estimated to have increased the income of farmers there six-fold. A leather company from Tamil Nadu has set up a plant in Uganda producing one million pairs of shoes annually and is generating new jobs in both countries. And, 300 Ethiopian artists are getting handloom and handicrafts training in BengaluruRead it at The Hindu Related Itemslast_img

Peerless Bolt powers to 200m gold

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL × COMMENTS COMMENT Usain Bolt of Jamaica on the way to winning the gold medal in the 200 m dash at the Rio olympics. Also in the picture are Churandy Martina (NED) of Netherlands, silver medallist Andre De Grasse (CAN) of Canada and bronze medallist Christophe Lemaitre (FRA) of France. – Reuters Published on Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Strongercenter_img August 19, 2016 The incomparable Usain Bolt once again proved utterly unbeatable on the Olympic track on Thursday, powering his way to a third straight 200 metres gold and remaining on course for an extraordinary “triple-triple” of sprint titles.The Jamaican simply laid waste to the best of the rest in the sprinting world to win his eighth track gold medal in what he has said will be his last individual race at the Olympics before his retirement next year.Bolt’s time of 19.78 seconds was the slowest of his four straight world championship and three Olympic triumphs over 200 metres but it certainly did not dampen the celebrations.He struck his signature lightning bolt pose to a huge cheer from the crowd and draped Brazilian and Jamaican flags over his shoulders as he performed his lap of honour to chants of “Usain Bolt! Usain Bolt! Usain Bolt!”.“I don’t need to prove anything else. What else can I do to prove to the world I am the greatest?” Bolt told reporters.“I am trying to be one of the greatest. Be among (Muhammad) Ali and Pele. I hope to be in that bracket after these Games.”His place in that pantheon is probably already assured but Bolt will return to the track for the 4x100m relay on Friday – two days before his 30th birthday – looking to complete the sweep of all three sprint titles at three successive Olympics.Canadian Andre de Grasse, who also won bronze behind Bolt in the 100m, finished second in 20.02 to claim his second sprint medal of the Games and establish himself as the heir apparent to the Sprint King.“I love competing against him,” the 21-year-old said of Bolt. “It’s an honour to be a part of history, of what he’s accomplished in his career … but overall, if his time is up I guess a new person has to come in there.”Christophe Lemaitre of France was ecstatic with his bronze medal after edging out a shattered Adam Gemili of Britain in a photo finish. Both were awarded the same time of 20.12.ROCK STAREven the prospect of witnessing a once-in-a-century athlete in his pomp was not enough to fill the Rio Olympic Stadium but what the crowd lacked in numbers, they made up for in noise as they welcomed Bolt to the track like a rock star.The great showman responded in kind by playing air guitar and swaying to the music while smiling and nodding straight into the TV camera.Beaten only once in nine years in his favourite event, the Jamaican had said he thought the world record of 19.19 he set at the 2009 world championships in Berlin was within reach. It was not to be.Head down and hands pumping away as he built up speed over the first 30 metres, Bolt rounded the bend with a clear lead but was unable charge to the line as fast as he wanted, even if he did finish three metres clear of De Grasse.“I ran hard around the turn,” said Bolt. “On the straight, my body didn’t respond. I’m getting old.”“UNBELIEVABLE MOMENT”Lemaitre, the first white man to run under 10 seconds, raised his hands above his head and fell back onto the track as the scoreboard confirmed he had taken the bronze.“It was an unbelievable moment,” said the 26-year-old. “I knew I could but I also knew it would be unbelievably hard. I’m so grateful to get this medal.”Gemili was left shattered by missing out on a medal by three thousandths of a second.“I put so much into that run but lost my form at the end,” the Briton said. “I’m absolutely gutted.”Churandy Martina of the Netherlands, timed at 20.13, was only another three thousandths of a second behind Gemili, while American former 400m champion LaShawn Merritt was sixth in 20.19.The 200 metres aside, there was success aplenty for the United States on Thursday.Dalilah Muhammad won the women’s 400m hurdles after Kerron Clement had taken the men’s gold, while Ryan Crouser hurled the longest throw of his life to win the men’s shot put.Croatian Sara Kolak won javelin gold to dash Czech Barbora Spotakova’s dreams of becoming the first woman to win three consecutive gold medals in the same individual athletics event.Ashton Eaton has become almost as dominant in the decathlon as Bolt is in the sprints but the American was happy to defer to Bolt after retaining his title.“We are in the era where Usain Bolt ends, and the young kids inspired him are just getting started,” he said.“I had the pleasure of being in the same era as Usain Bolt. I mean, the guys’ last name is Bolt, he’s the fastest man ever, you can’t write a story like that.” Usain Bolt of Jamaica on the way to winning the gold medal in the 200 m dash at the Rio olympics. Also in the picture are Churandy Martina (NED) of Netherlands, silver medallist Andre De Grasse (CAN) of Canada and bronze medallist Christophe Lemaitre (FRA) of France. – Reuters SHARE athleticslast_img read more

Federer leads Europe to maiden Laver Cup title

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Members of Team Europe hold aloft the Laver Cup in Prague on Sunday. _ Reuters Published on tennis September 25, 2017 World number two Roger Federer handed Team Europe the maiden Laver Cup title after beating Team World’s Nick Kyrgios in a super tie-break thriller in Prague.Federer, this year’s Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, won 4—6, 7—6 (8/6), 11/9 to give Team Europe an unbeatable 15-9 lead yesterday.But the 36-year-old Swiss legend struggled against the 20th-ranked, 22-year-old Australian and his flawless serve, losing the first set on a single break.When he finally broke Kyrgios halfway through set two, he yelled “Come on!” in relief, only to lose his serve again in the next game.But Federer capitalised on the system of the tournament he had founded —— forcing Kyrgios into longer exchanges, he edged him in the second-set tie-break, then came back from 8-5 down in the decisive super tie-break.“I kind of felt good going into the breaker,” Federer said.“It was a nail-biter at the end but for me personally it was a dream scenario.”“It was an incredible journey really, it was way better than I ever thought it would be,” he added about the tournament.“It felt like winning some of the biggest matches in my life. It was like a fairy tale.”Kyrgios said the loss “just hurt.”“I gave everything I had and I came short.”The start of the clash saw the controversial Kyrgios briefly kneel on the court in a gesture which sparked speculation that he was joining the ongoing protest against US President Donald Trump.But Kyrgios explained this was his trademark gesture to “remember the two most important people that have passed away” —— a reference to his late grandmother and grandfather.A host of NFL players chose to kneel in games across the US on Sunday during the playing of American national anthem in a demonstration against racial inequality. Members of Team Europe hold aloft the Laver Cup in Prague on Sunday. _ Reuters COMMENT × SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

Yechury condemns demolition of Ambedkar Bhavan in Dadar

first_imgMumbai, Jul 16 (PTI) Condemning the demolition of Ambedkar Bhavan at Dadar in Central Mumbai, CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury today said the issue would be brought up in the Monsoon Session of Rajya Sabha.”Its highly regrettable that the Ambedkar Bhavan has been brought down. It was not just a historical structure, but also a heritage building,” he said.The senior leader, who visited the razed site this morning, said they will raise the issue in Rajya Sabha.”This issue will definitely come up in Rajya Sabha. Not just us many people will raise it,” he said.Responding to the rationale that the Bhavan was demolished for redevelopment, Yechury said, “No matter what they say, but the way it happened is highly condemnable.””Its centre of a movement. They should have developed a consensus, talked to all people and considered all aspects before taking a decision,” he added.On whether he will join the protest rally of former MP Prakash Ambedkar on July 19, Yechury said, “He has invited me to be part of the protest rally. Let see what happens in Delhi…if I get an opportunity, I will definitely come.”The Ambedkar Bhavan and the Buddha Bhushan printing press started by Babasaheb Ambedkar were demolished by Peoples Improvement Trust in June, claiming that it was dilapidated and a grand Ambedkar Bhavan would come up in its place. PTI AVI DK AARlast_img read more

CAC appointed Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid after consulting Ravi Shastri: BCCI

first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has clarified that the appointments of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as batting and bowling consultants respectively were made after consultation with head coach Ravi Shastri.BCCI reacted after the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman wrote to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) expressing unhappiness over Shastri’s demand for his own support staff.WATCH FULL VIDEO”The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) expresses its sincere gratitude to the members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) who most willingly agreed to undertake the process of selection of the Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team,” the BCCI release said.”The three members of the committee – Mr. Sourav Ganguly, Mr. Sachin Tendulkar and Mr. VVS Laxman – have executed the assigned task with total transparency, professionalism and commitment to Indian cricket,” the release further stated.Shastri was appointed Team India coach on July 11 while the CAC also named Dravid in the support staff for overseas Test tours as a batting consultant. Zaheer was appointed the bowling coach on a full-time basis. Shastri is likely to ask for Bharat Arun to be named the bowling coach.India already have a full-time batting coach in Sanjay Bangar, and with the addition of Dravid and Zaheer along with Shastri, the team now has a dream team in its support staff.”The recommendation for Mr. Ravi Shastri was made on the merit of his presentation and the vision that he projected for taking the team to greater heights. After taking the decision on his selection, the CAC consulted him and decided on having Batting and Bowling consultants on overseas tour-to-tour basis, as per the requirement of the team.”advertisementBCCI also thanked the CAC for showing transparency in the appointment of the coaches.The BCCI wishes to thank the CAC for the selfless pro bono service rendered to assist the Board in the selection process of India Cricket Team’s Head Coach.last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 price leaked, could be priced under Rs 7000

first_imgXiaomi is working on a new Redmi device. The smartphone will be called as Redmi Note 5. There have been several leaks and rumours of the device in the past few weeks. There have even been live images of the phone doing rounds on web. Now a website has revealed the price of the upcoming Redmi Note 5 and it is shocking.As per a report from gizmo china, Redmi Note 5 was seen in the list of prizes for a contest which will be hosted by Xiaomi’s China MIUI forum. The listing shows Redmi Note 5 priced at  699 Yuan which means it could be priced near about Rs 6800 in India. However, the same gizmo china report also suggests that it could be a typographical error  and the company might have intended to write Note 5A which is also price 699Yuan.Redmi Note 5 was also spotted on OppoMart website in November. The listing gives away some of the major specs of the phone. It suggests that Redmi Note 5 will sport a 5.99-inch Full-HD+ display with a 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. This means that the phone will come with a nearly edge-to-edge screen.The Redmi Note 5 could be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired  with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB internal storage. This contradicts a previous rumour that suggests the smartphone could be powered by Snapdragon 636 chipset.  The device is said to run Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 and juiced up by a 4,000mAh battery.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 live images show off 18:9 bezel-less screen, full specs leakedadvertisementOn the optics front, the Redmi Note 5 is expected to come with 12MP back camera and a 5MP camera on the front. Past rumours have it that Redmi Note 5 could sports dual 16MP+ 5MP cameras on back. Redmi Note 5 is rumoured to run Android 7.1.2 Nougat but there are also chances that Xiaomi could bring Android Oreo with the new phone.There are also talks that Xiaomi could launch two variants of Redmi Note 5, one with Qualcomm  for markets like India and one with a MediaTek  processor for China.last_img read more

2014 Elite Eight Filming Announcement

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce that it has secured the services of RJ Media to professionally film and produce the 2014 Elite Eight series. Both the Men’s and Women’s Elite Eight finals will be professionally filmed on finals day of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League, to be broadcast on Foxtel through April and May.  This has been achieved through the ongoing support of the TFA Board of Management and their vision for the elite game into the future as well as the overall benefits associated with the promotion of the sport across Australia.  TFA has a strong track record of working with RJ Media through Richard Scotts on projects including the 2011 and 2013 Elite Eight series as well as the 2012 Trans Tasman and State of Origin series’. To check out some of their work from the 2013 Elite Eight series, please click on the links below:2013 Elite Eight Men’s Finalhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJdH8lmIvrg2013 Elite Eight Women’s Finalhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTrnHxvVueIRelated LinksElite Eight Filminglast_img read more

Report: Major Assistant Coach Turned Down Oregon DC Job Offer

first_imgA general view during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies.EUGENE, OR – OCTOBER 08: A general view during the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies on October 8, 2016 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Huskies defeated the Ducks 70-21. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Oregon’s football program is in search of a new defensive coordinator. The Ducks parted ways with veteran defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt earlier this month.The Ducks have reportedly gone after an ACC program’s top assistant coach, but have been turned down.The Athletic’s Tori McElhaney reports that Georgia Tech assistant coach Andrew Thacker was offered the job.“Just heard from a source with knowledge of the situation that Yellow Jackets’ defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker was offered the DC position at Oregon but turned it down, opting to remain at Georgia Tech,” she reports.Just heard from a source with knowledge of the situation that Yellow Jackets’ defensive coordinator Andrew Thacker was offered the DC position at Oregon but turned it down, opting to remain at Georgia Tech. @TheAthleticATL— Tori McElhaney (@tori_mcelhaney) February 20, 2019Thacker, 33, is in his first year with Georgia Tech’s football program.The young assistant coach previously coached at Temple, Kennesaw State and UCF, among other stops.It’s unclear where Oregon will turn next with its defensive coordinator search.Stay tuned.last_img read more

CAC and Bankers in Discussion on Code of Conduct

first_img The code stems from growing public concern about banking fees Discussions are ongoing between the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) and representatives of the local banking sector on a proposed code of conduct to govern their operations.The CAC is pursuing the code’s implementation against the background of growing public concern about the extent of fees which banks currently charge customers/clients for services provided.Chairperson of the CAC, Lorna Green, says the code evolved from a regional project, funded and developed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in collaboration with the governments of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados, and facilitated under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) among the parties.A copy of the MoU, acquired by JIS News, informs that the regional initiative – ‘Promotion of Consumer Protection in the Caribbean Project’ – lists six organisations as the implementing parties.These include: regional consumer organisation, the Caribbean Consumer Council (CCC); the CAC; National Consumers League of Jamaica; Barbados Consumer Research Organization (BARCRO), and Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs of Barbados (DCCA); and Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Legal Affairs, Consumer Affairs Division.Additionally, the MoU names world consumer groups federation, Consumers International (CI), as also having “a mutual interest in the development of an environment conducive to competitive markets and the promotion of consumer protection within competition regimes within the Caribbean region.”Speaking at the CAC’s Consumer Protection Act (CPA) sensitisation workshop at the Jamaica Conference Centre (JCC), downtown Kingston, on September 18, Mrs. Green said a “forthright” report addressing service fees and the overall relationship and interaction between the banking sector and consumers, along with the proposed code, emerged from the project.“This banking code, which is fairly simple (states that the institutions) tell consumers what interest rates you (banks) are charging them (customers); have them (customers) come in and get their documents, and give them (customers) a cooling off period to consult about what to do,” she said.“It also speaks to access for the physically challenged; telling customers at the automated teller machines how they are going to be charged (and) giving you an option to back out before you make the transaction,” Mrs. Green added.She said that Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados have already signed off on the code, and that local banking representatives requested modifications when the CAC presented the proposal.“We have revised our proposal (down)…more than that which was signed by the remainder of our sister countries in the Caribbean…just to get to a point of agreement,” Mrs. Green said.The CAC Chairperson advised, however, that the bankers responded with a proposal which she described as “even more watered down” than what obtained, and which the CAC expressed reservations about.“We (CAC) are saying no to that alternative. (We) would not recommend to the Minister (of Industry, Investment and Commerce) or the Ministry to affix their signatures to this, because it would be a travesty for us in the Caribbean to sign on to something like this,” she said.Mrs. Green said the CAC and the bankers are still in dialogue about the code, ahead of public consultations. A “forthright” report addressing service fees, along with the proposed code, emerged from the project The local banking representatives requested modifications when the CAC presented the proposal Story Highlightslast_img read more

Town of Canmore supports Calgarys Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid

first_imgCANMORE, Alta. (CP) – Canmore’s town council has voted to support Calgary’s bid for the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.The Rocky Mountain town an hour west of Calgary would host some of the events as part of the bid.Councillors supported the bid on the condition that satisfactory terms are reached with other orders of government for funding support to cover the operational costs of the games in the town.They also included an amendment to ensure all Olympic-related policing and security costs be covered.Housing affordability is a major issue in Canmore.The bid corporation’s plan calls for 240 affordable housing units in Canmore to be managed by the city’s housing corporation.last_img

Albertas turnofftaps law makes gas price jumps and shortages real

first_imgVICTORIA — Get ready for higher gasoline prices and shortages in British Columbia and a supply surplus on the Prairies if Alberta Premier Jason Kenney uses a newly proclaimed law to restrict fuel exports to its western neighbour, say industry experts and court documents.“The one wild card factor that we really can’t predict is the political factor: would, in fact, the Alberta government actually put in effect, in practice, the curtailment of gasoline and diesel shipments from Alberta to the West Coast,” Michael Ervin, Kent Group Ltd., senior vice-president, said Thursday.The Preserving Canada’s Economic Prosperity Act, the so-called turn-off-the taps law, was passed by the former Alberta government a year ago. Kenney’s United Conservatives proclaimed it as law this week and the threat to put the squeeze on B.C. is real, said Ervin, a petroleum market expert.“The possibility of that certainly changed, increased since Premier Kenney has been elected into office,” he said in a telephone interview from Sidney, B.C.Ervin said he expected gasoline prices in B.C. to jump by at least 10 cents per litre if Alberta started restricting fuel supplies. He said oil companies in Alberta may also feel the pinch because their B.C. customers will be cut off, creating a surplus there.The B.C. government immediately moved to have Alberta’s law declared unconstitutional with a legal challenge, claiming “the central purpose and legal effect of the act is to authorize and provide for discrimination against British Columbia in relation to exports of natural gas, crude oil and refined fuels.”An initial hearing is set for May 7 in Calgary.An affidavit filed alongside the statement of claim outlines B.C.’s dependence on Alberta fuel products and the potential impacts of cutbacks.“The threat of refined fuel supply shortages can have rapid price impacts,” Michael Rensing, a B.C. government energy expert, says in the document. He pointed to an anti-pipeline protest in July 2018, where demonstrators hung on lines from a bridge above Burrard Inlet in Vancouver. He said those actions had the potential to cause fuel shortages on Vancouver Island.“They advised me that if the supply of gasoline to Vancouver Island was interrupted for even 48 hours, that could affect the ability of retail gas stations there to remain open,” the affidavit says. “If the volume of refined fuels supplied to B.C. consumers through the Trans Mountain pipeline is significantly reduced, shortages of those products will likely occur.”Rensing’s affidavit says an explosion at an Enbridge natural gas pipeline near Prince George last October saw prices increase by 10 cents within 48 hours. The explosion did not disrupt natural gas supplies to the refinery near Vancouver but the possibility of shortages sent prices upwards, it says.Alberta supplies, directly or indirectly, more than 80 per cent of the gasoline and diesel used in B.C., says the affidavit.“Each day British Columbians consume between 70,000 and 85,000 barrels of gasoline, and between 55,000 and 70,000 barrels of diesel,” says the affidavit. “Approximately 55 per cent of B.C.’s gasoline and 71 per cent of its diesel is imported from Alberta refineries. The majority of these refined fuels are transported to B.C. through the Trans Mountain Pipeline.”Brian Ahearn, vice-president Western Canada for the Canadian Fuels Association, urged Alberta to take a cautious approach on fuel restrictions.“Because certainly the transportation fuels business is a very integrated business with respect to transportation of fuels between Alberta and B.C.,” said Ahearn. “We’re really hoping the government will look at other solutions, other options.”B.C. Premier John Horgan, who’s already facing daily calls to provide relief to $1.70 per litre gas prices in Metro Vancouver, called Alberta’s law regrettable and said the federal government needs to put more fuel in the pipeline.“We’re trying a whole range of factors to reduce costs on people and then the gas price thing comes whack in the middle of that and there’s very little control I have over that,” Horgan said.B.C. Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson said he isn’t buying Horgan’s statements about his inability to reduce gas prices. Wilkinson said Horgan can drop some of the estimated 35 cents per litre taxes on fuel prices in the Vancouver area.“It sounds like we’re being told to suck it up,” he said.B.C. Business Council president Greg D’Avignon said concerns about higher gas prices and fuel shortages are causing widespread concern.“That impacts business,” he said. “It impacts families. It impacts the government. It creates a real crisis.”He urged Kenny and Horgan to step back from the dispute and see the strong bonds between their provinces. “We’re the two most integrated economies in the country, on labour, on trade, on the movement of goods, on investment, and there are huge opportunities of things we could be doing to grow our economies, but the Trans Mountain expansion and this energy conflict is in the way of it,” said D’Avignon.The premiers need to find a solution, he said.“People forget that families, friends and companies move back and forth between Alberta and B.C. everyday,” D’Avignon said. “When B.C. gets a cold, Alberta gets sick and vice versa.” Kenny was in Ottawa Thursday testifying before the Senate’s energy committee about the bill overhauling environmental assessments. He told the committee that Bill C-69 violates Alberta’s constitutional right to regulate its natural resources.Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TIFF 2017 Deals The Complete List of Festival Purchases So Far

first_img Login/Register With: While the Toronto International Film Festival doesn’t boast a market as robust as other festivals, like Sundance or Cannes, the yearly event often plays home to some major buys of big contenders. Last year, films as diverse “I Am Not Your Negro,” “Salt and Fire,” and “A Quiet Passion” found a home at the festival, and this year will likely include a slate of picked-up offerings that are as wide-ranging as the festival itself. We will be tracking every buy below, so keep checking back to stay up to date.The Toronto International Film Festival runs September 7 – 17 in Toronto, Canada. Stay up to date on all of this year’s TIFF acquisitions below.– In an early deal that was announced before the festival even kicked off, AMC Networks’ streaming horror service Shudder picked up North American, U.K., Ireland and Australian rights to Coralie Fargeat’s debut “Revenge.” The film is billed as “a thriller about a woman who exacts bloody vengeance on her attackers” and is part of the festival’s well-loved Midnight Madness section. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

African Bank of Development Approves New Moroccan Economic Strategy

Rabat – The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (ADB) Group have approved the new Moroccan Strategy document covering the period 2017-2021.This strategy document presents a collaboration program between the ADB and Morocco for the next 5 years, stated the ADB in a press release on March 8, explaining how this strategy was conceived to support Morocco in its efforts to create an optimal environment for the development of its economy and promote resilient and inclusive growth.  The ADB will therefore pay particular attention to the industrialization of the Moroccan economy through Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and exporting sectors by financing operations capable of removing the constraints faced by SMEs in development and export sectors. The continental financial institution will also tackle issues in employment of the most fragile populations, young people and women, particularly in rural areas, by encouraging entrepreneurship, offering better training that will match the labor market demands, and creating sustainable jobs in the agricultural sector.Green growth is at the heart of the ADB’s strategy, which will further back up the dynamics impelled by the organization of the COP22 in Marrakech. According to the bank, green infrastructures must be developed in order to facilitate green industrialization and renewable energies and sustainable transport should be promoted, in addition to their own industrial processes.The bank will also support Morocco in developing its relations with the rest of Africa, accelerating  trade and investment by providing funding to private sector projects as well as trade infrastructures, such as logistics and port platforms.To date, Morocco is the bank’s largest client and has the largest active project portfolio with 35 operations underway, representing a financial commitment of almost $ 2.5 billion. read more

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TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,271.92 down 32.25 points):Artek Exploration Ltd. (TSX:RTK). Oil and gas. Up six cents, or 1.60 per cent, to $3.81 on 8.7 million shares.Carpathian Gold Inc. (TSX:CPN). Miner. Unchanged at six cents on 6.6 million shares.Legacy Oil + Gas Inc. (TSX:LEG). Oil and gas. Up 37 cents, or 5.79 per cent, to $6.76 on 6.5 million shares.Primero Mining Corp. (TSX:P). Miner. Up 10 cents, or 1.33 per cent, to $7.60 on 6.4 million shares.Santonia Energy Inc. (TSX:STE). Oil and gas. Up one cent, or 0.68 per cent, to $1.47 on 6.1 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 11 cents, or 1.97 per cent, to $5.48 on 5.8 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (1,039.36 up 10.08 points):Enablence Technologies Inc. (TSX:ENA). Communication equipment. Up eight cents, or 266.67 per cent, to 11 cents on 17.9 million shares.Midlands Minerals Corp. (TSX:MEX). Miner. Up 0.5 cents, or 33.33 per cent, to two cents on 10.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Up 11 cents, or 0.27 per cent, at $40.81 on 4.2 million shares. The stock went up even though the company’s adjusted earnings of 52 cents per share missed analyst estimates by four cents as the company increase its quarterly dividend by 12.5 per cent, or 2.5 cents, to 22.5 cents per share as both net earnings and revenue improved in the fourth quarter.Canadian Western Bank (TSX:CWB). Bank. Up 30 cents, or 0.82 per cent, to $36.99 on 541,074 shares. The company says it earned $52.6 million or 65 cents per diluted share, up from $45.5 million or 57 cents per diluted share a year ago. Revenue totalled $151.7 million, up from $133.5 million.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Down 25 cents, or 0.51 per cent, to $48.54 on 758,941 shares. After markets closed, the National Energy Board announced it had approved the company’s plan to reverse the flow and increase the capacity of its Line 9 pipeline between southern Ontario and Montreal.SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. (TSX:SNC). Engineering and construction. Down $1.98, or 4.09 per cent, to $46.39 on 864,028 shares. The engineering and construction giant reports its fourth-quarter profit and revenue were down as several major divisions faced tough conditions, bringing a close to a difficult year for the company, which has been dealing with fallout related to bribery and corruption allegations against top executives. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 6, 2014 3:32 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange read more

Team Windsor rallies to help the Queen as Prince Philips friends say

first_imgPrince Philip joins the Queen for the Order of Merit service after announcing he is to retireCredit:PA He was unexpected joined by his wife the Duchess of Cornwall, who had been at Radio 2 for her own engagement in the morning to promote 500 Words, a children’s storywriting competition. The Queen makes Anna Wintour a Dame CommanderCredit:PA Prince Philip at work on Wednesday at Lord’s The three young Royals will pick up more of the slack this year, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge move to London The children and grandchildren of the Queen have embarked on a new phase of public duties, as “Team Windsor” rallied round to fill the Duke of Edinburgh’s shoes.The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Royal and Earl of Wessex each stepped up a day after the Duke announced his retirement, in a very visible sign of a new collaborative Royal era.While the Duke of Edinburgh, 95, departed London to spend the day privately with friends, the Queen was joined by the Duke of Cambridge for a working lunch at Buckingham Palace. Anna Wintour, the American Vogue editor-in-chief who was made a Dame Commander, said of the ceremony: “I congratulated her on Prince Philip’s service because obviously that’s so remarkable and such an inspiration to us all.”The Earl of Wessex, meanwhile, fulfilled his role as chairman of the The Prince Philip Trust Fund, hosting a reception at St George’s Hall, followed by a dinner at Norman Tower at Windsor Castle. Retirement will allow Prince Philip more time for hobbies, including oil painting Staff at the palaces have been given a pep talk on how they will be encouraged to pull together, as three generations of the Royal family work ever closer with the common purpose of supporting the Queen.Team Windsor, as it is being called by aides, will jointly spread the burden of taking the Duke’s workload from August, when he has announced he will retire from public duties. Ray Winston, the Duchess of Cornwall, Debbie Harry from Blondie and Chris Evans in his studio for BBC Radio 2's 500 Words Prince Philip at an engagement last month, feeding an elephant at Whipsnade Zoo News of the Duke’s autumn retirement was greeted on Thursday by an outpouring of gratitude from the public, with admirers acknowledging his long service, which continued 30 years after most of his contemporaries would have retired.Asked whether the Duke would have been pleased to see the public response, two close friends suggested he was more likely to have avoided reading it, embarrassed about the attention.“I don’t think he would ever have expected it,” said Lady Butter. “He hates adulation.” The following months will see the Queen at engagements alone or joined by younger members of the family, who will step further into the spotlight.The Duke himself has temporarily retreated from the public gaze after a jovial public appearance on Thursday afternoon, staying with friends in the north while his family carry on. Paying tribute to the Queen and Duke’s seven decades of public duty together, Lady Butter said: “They are absolutely amazing, the perfect couple. “I think he’s been a real example of service and dedication. It’s a most extraordinary story.” Prince Philip at an engagement last month, feeding an elephant at Whipsnade Zoo Ray Winston, the Duchess of Cornwall, Debbie Harry from Blondie and Chris Evans in his studio for BBC Radio 2’s 500 WordsCredit:PAcenter_img Those close to him emphasised he has no plans to retire to a life of idle leisure, saying they expect him to continue to take a very close interest in his charities despite relinquishing his formal active responsibilities and the expectations they bring. Prince Philip joins the Queen for the Order of Merit service after announcing he is to retire The Queen makes Anna Wintour a Dame Commander The Queen went on to conduct a series of investitures, reflecting this week’s promise to “continue to carry out a full programme of official engagements”. Lady Myra Butter, a friend since childhood, said last night of the Duke’s future: “He might be stepping down but he won’t be sitting down.” The three young Royals will pick up more of the slack this year, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge move to LondonCredit:PA Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Burma's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Burma’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi Retirement will allow Prince Philip more time for hobbies, including oil paintingCredit:Rex Christopher Aitken, secretary of the Fund, said the process of the Duke handing his practical duties over to Prince Edward had been “very successful”, adding he would not be surprised if the “very active” Duke chose to attend future events which piqued his interest.The Princess Royal, who has quietly been the hardest working Royal of recent years in terms of public engagements, was due to attend the Women’s Royal Naval Service Benevolent Trust AGM and reception. Prince Philip at work on Wednesday at Lord's A full day of activity yesterday saw the Queen and Duke of Cambridge host Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi at Buckingham Palace for a short meeting and then lunch.The Prince of Wales conducted a 45-minute-long meeting with the de facto Burmese leader at Clarence House, shouldering the more formal diplomatic duty. Royal aides confirmed staff across the palaces have been asked to pull together in support of the Queen, in a rallying address from her private secretary Sir Christopher Geidt on Thursday.In an announcement to staff, he emphasised the enthusiasm of the Prince of Wales and and Duke of Cambridge in supporting their mother and grandmother, in a cross-generational effort designed to utilise the working Royals most effectively. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Hollywood asks Britain to record its horse neighs to be used as

The winning horse will be chosen by a panel of judges and entered… Equestrians have long been irritated by the incorrect use of horse noises in film and television productions. Now one of the UK’s leading horse sanctuaries is working with an iconic film sound studio to find the most genuine equine sounds for use on screen. Redwings, the horse charity, is collaborating on a project in which horse owners across Britain are invited to submit high-quality recordings of their horse neighing, whinnying, snorting or nickering. But there are subtle differences. Take that from the horse’s mouth. To the layman, one horse’s neigh, whinny and snort sounds just like any other horse’s neigh, whinny and snort.