By Molly C. HerndonMilitary Service Members are commonly victims of scams. Deployment, moves, and the inexperience of young Service Members make this group especially vulnerable to unscrupulous business and individuals.Photo by NoveltyCREW (licensed by Creative Commons)By becoming aware of common scams, Service Members can be better prepared for these practices. The Military Consumer website houses a great deal of resources for military families and Service Members. This site is also the place to submit a consumer complaint about a business.The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau also has many resources for Service Members to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam. This site offers details on VA Benefits scams and information about how the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act grants Service Members additional protection against scams.On March 20 at 11 a.m. ET, the Military Families Learning Network will present a Personal Finance webinar on Common Consumer Frauds & How to Avoid Them. Dr. Barbara O’Neill will present this 90-minute session worth 1.5 CEUs for AFC-credential participants. Review resources on this topic and join the session here.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on March 10, 2014.
Yellow as a colour has been underestimated for too long. Some may think it makes them resemble a mango, but that couldn’t be further away from the truth – the spritely hue has been a runway hit with designers like Masaba, Rahul Mishra, Anju Modi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci and Emilio Pucci.Luckily, Bollywood’s divas have taken to the canary shade, and they’re leading the way to fashion salvation. Actress Neha Dhupia lives up to the adage ‘no guts, no glory’, for her yellow shirt-kurti and culottes by Raw Mango make sure all eyes are on her – and in a good way. The look has been tempered with simple nude pointy-toe heels, and a minimal gold ring with a lapis stone for the perfect amount of contrast in colour. Her make-up is just right – basic foundation, eyebrow pencil, and blush do the trick. If you feel your lips are looking pale, swipe on a nude lipper with a hint of colour to liven up your face.Photo : Mail Today Also Read: Lakme Fashion Week 2017: Neha Dhupia looks gloomy on the rampIf, however, you’re not as bold as her, take a cue from Kriti Sanon who pairs her Shantanu & Nikhil lemon kurta with a black embroidered dupatta and black churidar (also by the duo). The Topshop belts is what adds that extra edge to an otherwise sweet look, but again, take note of how her hair and make-up have been left fuss-free.As is evident, one of the easiest way to sober up the cheery tone is to contrast it with more sedate hues like grey, black, white and pastels. Take, for instance, Bhumi Pednekar’s dress by Shift, which balances the brightness with chunky white pockets and a thick band of grey at the hem. The palette continues in her choice of silver shoes and a simple ring to round it off.advertisementPhoto : Mail Today Also Read: Deepika Padukone’s jeans have ruined this quirky shirt, and how!Last but certainly not least, Jacqueline Fernandez shows us how to command attention at the airport (and stop a plane from taking off). She pairs her crop-top from Versus with flared light blue jeans, and completes it with a black waist pouch by Chloe.Since her hair is tied in a cute ponytail and she’s wearing aviators, sporting a bright pink lipstick was a smart move, as it keeps the look fresh and happy. read more
ATHENS (AP) — AEK scored all its goals in a dominant first half to beat Xanthi 4-0 in the Greek league on Sunday.Defender Ognjen Vranjes had a hat trick and was assisted on two of his goals by Tassos Bakasetas, who added AEK’s fourth.The win kept AEK within two points of league leader PAOK, 2-0 winner at Lamia on Saturday. AEK is four points ahead of defending champion Olympiakos, which beat Panionios 1-0.Also, Giannena won 3-0 at last-placed Platanias, and Panetolikos beat host Levadiakos 2-1.Vranjes scored his opening goal in the 5th minute after the ball bounced off his thigh and rolled under the goalkeeper’s legs and into the net. But there was nothing lucky about his second goal, 14 minutes later, as he scored with a header off Bakasetas’ corner.Another 14 minutes later, Bakasetas crossed from the left and Vranjes, totally forgotten by the defense, completed his hat trick with a header.In the 44th, Rodrigo Galo crossed from the right and Bakasetas headed in from near the penalty spot.In Piraeus, Olympiakos played before empty stands due to fan misbehavior. It managed to get its first win in nearly a month after two draws and a loss in the league, as well as a draw and a loss in the Greek Cup quarterfinals, where it was eliminated by AEK.Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe scored in the 49th to keep Olympiakos within six points of PAOK. Olympiakos plays at PAOK next Sunday and a win would rekindle its hopes for a 20th league title in 22 seasons, though the team still faces a potential three-point deduction. Olympiakos has appealed the deduction, which is not reflected in the current standings.—By DEMETRIS NELLAS , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares read more
Fresh off the heels of her French Open victory earlier this month, young Australian tennis star Ash Barty officially claimed the women’s world number one ranking on Monday, overthrowing Japan’s Naomi Osaka with a tournament win at the Birmingham Classic in England.It’s the first time an Australian woman has held the top sport since seven-time Grand Slam champion Goolagong Cawley in 1976, reports Xinhua news agency.While the 23-year-old told reporters after the Birmingham Classic, “I’m nowhere near her status … to be mentioned in the same sentence is incredible,” Barty has had a stellar start to 2019, recording an impressive 36 match victories and only six defeats.Her straight sets 6-3, 7-5 win over Germany’s Julia Goerge in the Birmingham Classic now puts Barty’s on a 12-match win streak.Although it has been a spectacular start to her young career, it wasn’t so long ago when Barty gave up on tennis altogether.Back in 2014, the Queensland native took time away from the sport to play cricket for the Brisbane Heat.Struggling to deal with the intense pressure and touring schedule of international tennis, Barty said she was burnt out and wanted “to live a normal life”.But by 2016, the competitor rejoined the Women’s Tennis Association tour with a ranking of 623 determined to make her way to the top.Barty will now head into next week’s Wimbledon Grand Slam as the tournament’s number one seed.Also Read | Roger Federer defeats David Goffin to win record 10th Halle Open titleAlso Read | Ashleigh Barty: The cricket star who went on to become French Open 2019 championAlso Seeadvertisement read more
Share on LinkedIn London Athletics Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Share on Messenger London Marathon A fundraiser set up by a chef who collapsed and died 3.7 miles from the London Marathon finish line has raised more than £300,000, with nearly 13,000 people pledging to run the distance he failed to complete in his memory. Matt Campbell, 29, from Kendal, collapsed at the 22.5-mile mark during last Sunday’s event, which took place in record 24.1C (73.3F) temperatures.Campbell, who made it to the semi-finals of MasterChef: The Professionals last year, was running to raise a target of £2,500 for the Brathay Trust, which was where his father had worked before he died suddenly in 2016.Contributions to the appeal started to soar minutes after the runner’s death was announced. By Sunday evening, more than £304,000 had been raised for the Cumbria-based youth charity on Campbell’s Just Giving page, with more than 24,000 individual donations.More than 12,600 people have signed up so far for the “Finish for Matt” Facebook page, where they pledge to run the 3.7 miles Campbell was unable to finish and donate £5 to the fund. One of the group’s founders, Matt Dorber, said he set a new target for £400,000 by the end of Sunday. People across the country have posted photographs of themselves on the campaign’s Facebook page after completing the 3.7 miles, which some chose to walk or run with family and friends.Writing on Facebook on Saturday, Dorber said: “When myself, Martin Doyle and Helen Phillips first realised how big this whole thing was becoming, we set a target of £250,000. We thought it was a dream figure but something to aim towards. We did it!“And that’s all of us – runners in 6 continents, 40 countries, 30 US States, absolutely everywhere in the UK … you’ve all been incredible! The circumstances we’ve all come together under are tragic, and we’ll never forget that – but I’m so proud of what we’re all achieving as a group. We’ve created something so special as a running community of 13,000+ members on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and beyond.”The cause of Campbell’s death has yet been announced. The marathon was his second in two weeks, after he completed the Manchester race in just under three hours earlier this month.Writing on his fundraising page before the London Marathon, Campbell said: “As many of you know, I lost my father Martin 18 months ago suddenly. The past year and a half have been the toughest of my life but his spirit and energy live on in me.“He was the most inspirational man in my life and was the one who said: ‘Go on, why don’t you give it a go? I know you can do it!’ and entered me into my first marathon. It was maybe the proudest day of my life standing at the finish line having achieved something I never imagined possible with my dad and my brother by my side.”On Wednesday, Theresa May paid tribute to the chef, who finished second on BBC Young Chef of the Year when he was 20. Speaking to MPs in parliament, the prime minister said: “I’m sure members across the house would want to join me in offering condolences to his family and friends.” news … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Share via Email Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Reuse this content read more
zoom South Korea-based shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is in talks to sell its bulk shipping business to a compatriot private equity firm Hahn & Company, the company said in a stock exchange filing.The business could be sold for an amount of some USD 497 million (KRW 600 billion), however, HMM said that a decision has not been made yet.HMM tried to sell its bulk shipping business last year as well, when it was in talks with Taiwanese securities house Yuanta. The deal was then reported to be worth up to USD 315 million (KRW 350 billion).The sale follows the company’s liquidation of a shipping terminal in Busan, container terminals in the U.S. and LNG transport business in 2014.World Maritime News Staff
Gururgam: In a major step the Union Ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) categorised the Asola area of Aravallis forests as eco sensitive. By this step it will now be the responsibility of the Central as well as the state government to make sure that the forest area is preserved and not destroyed.But the residents around the area have affirmed that how the forest region over the years have been exploited. It started off with illegal mining which first gave way to farmhouses, commercial establishments and even a dumpyard. As the city expanded from the South East Delhi towards the suburbs the Aravallis especially the Asola forests bore the brunt. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarA major reason why Aravallis is exploited and continues to be plundered by the real estate sharks in the city is the lack of delineation which prevents Aravallis in Gurugram to be called a forest area. Even as the matter of providing proper definition to Aravallis thus providing it with the status of the forested area remains pending in the Apex court, cases of real estate developments on the green cover area of Aravallis continues to be witnessed in the city. Not only is the lack of proper delineation but dual laws also prevents the forest from conservators to protect the forest area of Aravallis. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe significance of Asola can be gauged from the fact that the forest that extends around Delhi, Faridabad and Gururgam contains rich species of flora and fauna. The flip side of unregulated real estate development in Gurugram gas been a gradual decline of the forest cover of Aravallis. Recently a top-level meeting involving the deputy commissioner and officials of Department of town and country planning held a meeting and send their recommendations over the issue to the state government. It is not going to be an easy task for the state government however to categorise this land under NCZ owing to its topography. According to official sources, 6172 acres of the land comes under gair mumkin pahadi ( reserve land of no utility). Over 150 acres of this has either been encroached upon by the builders who have made illegal colonies, people who have to build the farmhouses and the villagers who have used this land as gram panchayats. It is estimated that over 50 farmhouses have come up in the Gurugram, side of Aravallis. read more
Guitar legend Slash is currently touring Australia, and recently helped Steve Irwin’s father launch his own wildlife foundation.Slash made an appearance at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane to help kick off the Bob Irwin Wildlife Conservation Foundation.The pair first met at the Soundwave Music Festival in 2010: “He brought some animals down to Soundwave so we got to actually meet – I was really starstruck,” said Slash. “Ever since I can remember from childhood I’ve liked snakes and reptiles and animals in general. But snakes in particular.”The new foundation aims to provide support for conservation groups working at a grassroots level.“This man is known throughout the world, he has a massive following of all ages of people and the best thing about this guy is he is right into conservation, and I love him,” said Bob. “I’m just an ordinary Aussie bloke, that cares about our future and cares about our kids and I feel really, really sad that if we don’t have organisations that are going to look after the environment, our wildlife and our planet as a whole, then my grandchildren and your grandchildren are not going to see what I have seen in my lifetime and that will be really, really sad.”Source:BrisbaneTimes.com.au read more
28 September 2007The use of force, and not religious difference, lies at the root of conflicts between Islamic and Western countries, the Prime Minister of Malaysia told the United Nations General Assembly today, emphasizing that all genuine religions advocate peace. The use of force, and not religious difference, lies at the root of conflicts between Islamic and Western countries, the Prime Minister of Malaysia told the United Nations General Assembly today, emphasizing that all genuine religions advocate peace.Abdullah Ahmad Badawi rejected those who would blame religion for disputes between nations. “All genuine religions advocate peace and harmony among peoples as well as acceptance of others,” he said.“This is certainly the case with Islam, which teaches its believers to practice tolerance, forgiveness, peace, fraternity and coexistence.”He said the cause of conflicts between Islamic and Western countries “is the repeated use of force by the powerful over the weak to secure strategic or territorial gains.”Voicing support for efforts to foster interfaith and intercultural dialogue, he said these initiatives can help to “establish the truth that Islam is a religion which espouses universalism, not exclusivity; tolerance, not bigotry.”Malaysia, he said, has adopted a successful approach called “Islam Hadhari,” whereby the Government “uses the progressive teachings of Islam as the basis for good governance to deliver benefits to all sectors of its multi-ethnic and multi-religious society without discrimination.”Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the President of the Philippines, spoke about the UN’s role in interfaith dialogue. “I have personally advanced the process of peace in Muslim and Christian Mindanao to a new level of engagement, focused on interfaith dialogue, economic development and mutual security,” she said.“We have done so with the largest possible international involvement, including the UN,” she said. Emphasizing the link between peace and respect for rights, she expressed support for efforts to focus the work of the UN in the field of human rights. read more
SASKATOON — Bank of Montreal shareholders grilled CEO Bill Downe at the bank’s annual meeting today about the issue of outsourcing Canadian jobs to foreign workers.They called for clarity on BMO’s practices in light of the controversy around foreign workers doing Canadian jobs at Royal Bank of Canada.It recently came to light that RBC contracted iGate to provide certain technology services — a decision that affects 45 current Royal Bank employees.One shareholder at the BMO meeting in Saskatoon said she wants to feel proud to invest in an ethical bank that does not “hollow out” the Canadian middle class.Downe says Bank of Montreal does use the federal temporary foreign worker program, but only to fill short-term job gaps.He says BMO has a framework in place to ensure the bank complies with the letter and spirit of the controversial federal program.Downe said the vast majority of the jobs that BMO creates are in Canada and the United States, where it has been growing its presence in recent years.The Canadian Press read more
Chrystia Freeland will push for additional labour and environmental sections when she shares broad strokes Monday of Canada’s goals for the upcoming NAFTA talks.The foreign affairs minister will deliver the message in a morning speech at the University of Ottawa. It will come as Canada, the United States and Mexico prepare to start fresh trade talks on Wednesday in Washington D.C.The address will provide more details on Ottawa’s NAFTA priorities, said a senior government official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about specifics of the speech.Among them, Freeland will express a desire for new labour and environmental sections, which were added as an afterthought in the original deal.The original NAFTA included addendums on labour and the environment after Bill Clinton was elected in 1992 and insisted on some changes.The Canadian official says Freeland will be seeking more.“There (are no) standalone chapters on these in NAFTA,” the official said.“That’s something we’re willing to stand up for and say, ‘This is what’s needed in a modern agreement.’ ”Some officials have articulated a self-interested reason for new labour protections: to increase wages in Mexico, narrow the gap in labour costs, and make it more attractive to invest in car plants in the north.U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has publicly referred to that objective. Canadian officials have also done so, albeit more quietly.Freeland’s last pre-negotiation consultation before heading down to Washington for the first round of talks will be with labour leaders who have pushed for these changes.The source described the speech as consequential, but the public shouldn’t expect Freeland to lay out too many detailed positions in public.Canadian officials have prided themselves on their cards-to-the-chest approach and that’s unlikely to change Monday.The speech will offer enough to serve as a reference for those interested in a better understanding of Canada’s positions and make the case that the public stands to benefit from the 23-year-old deal’s modernization, the official said.Freeland will also highlight elements from Canada’s recently negotiated trade agreement with the European Union and explain how they might be relevant for the NAFTA talks.In Monday’s speech, Freeland will also discuss some of her priorities on NAFTA’s dispute resolution mechanisms.The U.S. is talking about getting rid of one of those chapters, 19, because it resents having an international panel interpret its domestic trade laws.That chapter was a key condition of Canada entering the original 1987 agreement, and was helpful to the Canadian cause in softwood lumber disputes. Some experts suggest it’s less relevant today, with the existence of World Trade Organization panels.There’s one other priority Freeland is less likely to mention: expanded professional visas. Updating the list to include new jobs, like digital ones, is a longstanding Canadian priority.But it’s controversial in the U.S., where it becomes wrapped up in that country’s heated immigration debates.Canada has also repeatedly pushed for extending its Buy American exemptions for national public-works projects, to the state and local level.The U.S. has already signalled that’s a non-starter. In fact, many American lawmakers are pushing to limit the exemptions Canada already enjoys.Later Monday, Freeland will testify before a parliamentary committee on international trade, which will be followed by a news conference.Last week, after meeting with Alberta farmers, Freeland noted the importance of removing barriers at the border.“One of the key things that I heard from the farmers and ranchers today was how good it would be to use these talks to reduce some of the red tape that they still face in cross-border trade,” she told reporters Friday in Edmonton.“This U.S. administration has been really focused on cutting red tape on making it easier to do business and so that’s going to be something where I think we can have some very productive conversations.” read more
Laszlo Kovacs, Hungary’s Foreign Minister, voiced regret that the Iraqi regime refuses to cooperate with the UN and continues to pose a threat to peace. “The international community cannot disregard and has to respond to this fact in a resolute manner,” he said. Other global challenges include drug trafficking, money laundering, corruption and transnational organized crime. “The role of the United Nations in facing and tackling these phenomena is of paramount importance,” he said, noting that the illegal trade in nuclear, biological and chemical materials also pose grave threats, as do ballistic missiles capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction. To address this, Hungary backs negotiations on an international code of conduct against the proliferation of ballistic missiles. The Foreign Minister of the Bahamas, Frederick A. Mitchell, said small island developing States face a severe threat posed by climate change and other environmental. “We have repeatedly expressed our grave concern to some of our industrialized partners about the transhipment of nuclear waste through the Caribbean and the disastrous effect this might have on the economies of the Bahamas and the Caribbean,” he said. “We do not accept that because the risk of accidents is remote that the transhipment of nuclear waste should be allowed to continue,” he said, calling for an end to such practices. In addition, he urged all States to ratify the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Masher said his country rejects all forms of terrorism. At the same time, he said there were “some surreptitious tendencies, driven by pernicious and wicked intentions to falsely link terrorism to a specific religion or culture” which must be repudiated. On the Middle East, he said Israel’s occupation had created intolerable living conditions for the Palestinian people. The only viable course for addressing the Palestinian-Israeli question lies in the resumption of the peace process. It is necessary to define the obligations of both sides, set up a timetable for establishing a Palestinian State, and agree on the creation of an international supervisory mechanism. Concerning Iraq, he called for immediate and full implementation of the Security Council’s resolutions. “If these conditions are met the people of Iraq, who have been suffering for too long, would be saved from military action which will aggravate that suffering.”Kamal Kharrazi, the Foreign Minister of Iran, said terrorism can be contained only through a law-based counter-terrorism strategy that earns the full cooperation of all members of the international community. A genuine and effective fight against terrorism must include an attempt to identify the underlying root causes of the scourge on the one hand, and a concerted effort by the international community to address them on the other. Concerning the Middle East, he stressed the need to guarantee the right of the Palestinians to return to their homeland and their right to self-determination leading to the formation, in a democratic process and under the supervision of the UN, of a Palestinian State with al-Quds al-Sharif as its capital. On Iraq, he said his Government opposed “any unilateral measure or military intervention” in the country, and underlined the UN’s central role in addressing the situation.Angolan Foreign Minister Joao Bernardo De Miranda said his country was finally enjoying a climate of peace, and was making efforts to consolidate recent gains. “The peace process will soon be concluded, with the completion of the political tasks still pending under the Lusaka Protocol.” At the same time, it would be difficult for the country’s Government to rise to the prevailing economic and social challenges, he noted, voicing gratitude to those countries which had pledged aid to Angola’s reconstruction. “Now in peace, Angola is more than ever ready and willing to take up its role as a sister nation of Africa and of the world,” he said.The Assembly also heard addresses by Somsavat Lengsavad, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Laos, Vartan Oskanian, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Joe Borg, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Malta, George Papandreou, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece, and Juli Minoves-Triquell, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Andorra. read more
by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 13, 2012 9:51 pm MDT NDP leader: China treaty a threat to province’s control over natural resources AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – A soon-to-be ratified investment treaty between Canada and China has the potential to wrest control of natural resources away from the provinces, the leader of the federal NDP said Tuesday.“I think one of the things that we have to know is that this can cause huge upheaval in the province’s ability to control their natural resources and real problems for Canada’s sovereignty long-term,” Tom Mulcair said in an interview with The Canadian Press.Control over resources is a particularly prickly topic in Alberta, where Mulcair was making a stop to support anti-poverty advocate Dan Meades, the party’s candidate for Calgary-Centre in a Nov. 26 byelection.Mulcair has said previously that a New Democrat government would do anything in its power to extricate Canada from the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement if it’s found to not be in the country’s best interest.“I think the average Calgarian and the average Albertan understands very well that the battles that were fought 30 some-odd years ago to get control of natural resources put in the constitution shouldn’t be thrown aside easily,” Mulcair said at Meades’ campaign headquarters, where volunteers were busily working the phones in the next room.“People are starting to realize that this could play havoc with the province’s ability to control their resources going forward.”The separate, but related, issue of a state-owned Chinese company’s $15.1-billion takeover of Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) has been top of mind for voters in the downtown Calgary riding.Calgary-Centre is where Nexen’s headquarters are located and it’s where China National Offshore Oil Co. has promised to base its North and Central American operations.After two extensions, a federal decision on whether the Nexen deal is of net benefit to Canada is expected on Dec. 10. The NDP and other critics have derided the review process as being too vague and secretive, though the Conservative government has said it would clarify its guidelines soon.“The big question that people seem to be asking is what are the Conservatives hiding?” asked Meades. “Why is it they won’t tell us how this decision is going to be made? Why is it they push it off again until after the byelection?”Meades said he believes the NDP has a “great shot” at winning the riding in the heart of Tory country.“The people of Calgary have a real penchant and kind of history of thinking for themselves and voting on the best ideas and the values that represent them,” he said.However, Mulcair reiterated some points that have in the past rubbed many Albertans the wrong way.He stood by his assertion the Canadian dollar is being driven artificially higher because the resource industry is getting a “free ride” when it comes to paying the environmental costs of extraction.He said that, in turn, is hurting the manufacturers in Central Canada that are having a tougher time exporting their goods — a phenomenon known as Dutch disease.He called the proposed $6-billion Northern Gateway pipeline connecting oilsands crude to the West Coast port of Kitimat, B.C., a “non-starter” on environmental grounds, adding that approving it would be a “historical mistake.”And Mulcair again took aim at the Keystone XL project, which if approved would significantly increase the amount of raw oilsands bitumen Canada ships south of the border.Doing that will sacrifice upgrading and manufacturing jobs, he said, suggesting Canada should instead look to process the crude at home.The NDP is, however, on record as supporting proposals to ship crude from western Canada to refineries in Ontario and Quebec, since it would allow those facilities to buy cheap Canadian crude rather than pricey international varieties.“We think rather than going that way, more to the States, we should take care of our own energy security first,” said Mulcair.“That would be a win-win-win situation. A win for the producing provinces, a win for the companies that have their own ownership of what they’ve bought or leased and a win for the country because we’d be providing greater energy security for the future.” read more
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that more than 41,000 people were forced out of their homes in “unprecedented violence between rival armed groups” between 15 and 18 May. In those days, people searching for protection flooded seven sites for internally displaced camps, among them one near a base for the UN peacekeeping force in the country (MINUSCA).“With the emergence of an ethnic dimension to the conflict, hundreds of houses were burned, property looted and ransacked,” said OCHA.The resurgence of the last outbreaks of tension in the past two weeks has caused the displacement of about 100,000 people, 200 wounded and 300 dead, according to the Ministry of Social Health in the country. Echoing the Government’s concerns, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, Najat Rochdi, expressed concern at “this new outbreak of violence where civilian people are paying the highest cost.”A lack of sufficient shelters is the main concern, as CAR is now in a rainy season, following by the need for food and clean water.OCHA said that shelters and food rations have been convoyed from Bangui and Bambari to Bria, but insecurity and the poor conditions of roads have delayed their arrival. The humanitarian community is also working to meet the needs in terms of supply of drinking water and sanitation. Diseases are also increasing, spread by “promiscuity and poor hygiene,” OCHA said.The senior UN official has called for additional resources. Halfway through the year, funding for the 399.5 million dollars Humanitarian Response Plan is only at 64.8 million.CAR is emerging from civil conflict which began in 2013, with clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian. read more
According to a news release by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), ANZ, Barclays, Bradesco, Citi, Itaú, National Australia Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, Santander, Standard Chartered, TD Bank Group, and UBS have jointly committed to develop analytical tools and indicators to strengthen assessments and disclosures of climate-related risks and opportunities. “The message from financial heavyweights is clear – climate change poses a real and serious threat to our economy,” said Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of UNEP, in the release. “At the same time, there are enormous business opportunities in taking climate action. Transparency on how financial institutions mitigate the risks and seize the opportunities of a two degrees pathway is crucial to move international markets towards actively supporting a low-carbon and climate-resilient future,” he added. In the news release, UNEP noted that increasing the amount of reliable information on financial institutions’ exposure to climate-related risks and opportunities would also strengthen the stability of the financial system and help boost climate-friendly investments. The partnership between the institutions and the UNEP Finance Initiative follows the recommendations by the Financial Stability Board (FSB)’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The Task Force was mandated by the Board to develop voluntary, consistent climate-related financial risk disclosures for use by companies, investors, lenders and insurers. Its final recommendations were published in June and submitted to the G20 last week. It is anticipated that results from the undertaking will encourage banks worldwide to adopt such climate-focused efforts. “After the G20, the issue now is about implementation: how can the finance industry put the framework into practice and deliver disclosure that is meaningful? Through this and other industry-led working groups UNEP FI is helping the finance sector to do just that: move from awareness to action.” said Christian Thimann, Group Head of Strategy, Sustainability and Public Affairs at the AXA Group, Co-Chair of UNEP Finance Initiative and TCFD Vice-Chair. read more
Brock University’s Campus Store is celebrating faculty and staff Oct. 13-16 with increased discounts on clothing and memorabilia.Faculty and staff get an additional 10% off your 20% employee discount. The offer is only valid on personal purchases at the Campus Store Plaza location.
Although summer does not officially begin until June 21, Niagara is already feeling the heat.Brock’s Health, Safety and Wellness team is reminding the Brock community to stay safe as temperatures rise.Earlier this week, Environment Canada issued a special weather statement as temperatures reached upwards of 30ºC. The high heat is expected to stay put until Friday, June 1, with the humidity index making it feel more like the low-to-mid 30s.Visit Sharepoint for helpful tips to stay safe during the summer heat from the Health, Safety and Wellness team, which suggests that faculty, staff and students familiarize themselves with the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. Taking precautionary interventions can prevent heat exhaustion, heat cramps or, most serious, heat stroke.
BARCELONA, Spain — Unwanted at Real Madrid, Francisco “Isco” Alarcon’s career appears to be coming to a crossroads.Isco’s superb vision, dribbling, and passing skills have earned him a place as the natural successor to Andres Iniesta in the long line of brilliant midfielders for Spain.But Isco has fallen out of favour with new Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari, who has yet to start Isco in any of the six matches he has coached since taking over a month ago.While Isco has had his difficulties in consistently starting for Madrid in the past, none of Solari’s predecessors considered him disposable.Solari seemed to send a message this week that Isco needed to do a lot more to earn his trust when the Argentine manager dropped him from his 18-man squad for the Champions League match at Roma. Isco arrived to the Italian capital’s Stadio Olimpico dressed in a suit, but before he could change into his playing kit he discovered he would be watching the match from the stands.After the 2-0 victory, Solari fended off repeated questions from the media about why Isco couldn’t even find a spot on a seven-man bench that included several inexperienced players and one youth from Madrid’s reserve team.“I don’t give any importance to it,” Solari said. “Whether a player starts or is a backup is not a real problem. That is how I saw it even when I was a player. (Players) are here to give it 100 per cent to see if they are picked.”Isco has played only 78 minutes in three appearances under Solari, all as a second-half substitute.Isco had been one of the favourite players of Solari’s predecessor, Julen Lopetegui. Isco enjoyed a central role on Spain’s squad during the two years Lopetegui was in charge before his short-lived stint at Madrid this season. At Madrid, Lopetegui wanted to feature Isco’s passing skills in an attempt to construct a more choral attack following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.The result, however, was Madrid’s longest ever scoring drought that lasted for more than four matches. Lopetegui was fired after losing at Barcelona 5-1, in which Isco played all 90 minutes.Madrid’s best playmaker when spaces become tight in the opposing area, it appears Isco’s problem is his attitude.Isco has never been shy about publicly saying he would like to be included in the select bunch which includes Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Marcelo, and Karim Benzema who always start for Madrid when fit.But Isco has never won the complete confidence of any of Madrid’s managers— other than Lopetegui — despite helping it win four Champions League titles since he transferred from Malaga in 2013.As far back as 2016, Isco admitted he must not be doing something right.“If I am not a starter for (Carlos) Ancelotti, if I am not a starter for (Rafa) Benitez, and if I am not one for (Zinedine) Zidane . I am the one who is responsible,” Isco told Spanish sports daily MARCA.While in previous campaigns Isco faced competition from former teammates James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata, Madrid’s current squad is much weaker. Ronaldo’s departure should have allowed Isco to finally claim a permanent spot in the starting 11, regardless of the coach.Prolonged banishment by Solari will increase speculation about Isco looking for an exit in the January transfer window. Media rumours point to Manchester City and Juventus as possible suitors for Isco, who is under contract until 2022 and, at age 26, should be coming to his peak years.Fortunately for Isco, Luis Enrique has at least made him the centerpiece of Spain’s attack since taking over following the World Cup.In the Spanish league, Madrid hosts Valencia on Saturday. Madrid is in sixth place, six points behind leader Sevilla.Isco will be hoping to be dressed in all white, and not tucked into a winter coat.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJoseph Wilson, The Associated Press read more
Junior defenseman, Clark Cristofoli (6), takes control of the puck in a game against Canisius. OSU won 3-0 at the Schottenstein Center Nov. 15. Credit: Brooke Sayre / Lantern photographer With freshman goalie Logan Davis’ first two collegiate starts came two victories as the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team swept Canisius College over the weekend.Davis took over the reins after fellow freshman Matt Tomkins sustained a lower-body injury in the first four minutes of OSU’s victory against Niagara Nov. 9.“That’s why (Davis is) out there in practice every day,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “Sometimes you take it for granted, and I know our guys don’t, and Logan went out there and did his job.”Alongside Davis’ performance, Rohlik attributed the Buckeyes’ (8-4-0, 0-0-0) wins to their defensive unit, which he said has been a focus of the team.“Our guys played hard. Our guys blocked a lot of shots – I think we blocked over 40 shots this weekend – and Logan, in the nets, did his job,” Rohlik said of the defense, which gave up only one goal against the Golden Griffins. “When guys buy in and they’re willing to sacrifice their body in this game and get in front of pucks like that, you know you’ve got something special, and I think we can build on this.”Coach Dave Smith of Canisius (2-7-0, 1-3-0) shared the same sentiment of the Buckeyes’ defense, saying “their desperation and their commitment to blocking shots was the difference in the game.”The second game of the two-game series was played Saturday, and the Buckeyes managed to hold onto to the lead to win, 3-1.Both teams were held scoreless in the first period, but OSU got on the board and took a 2-0 lead with two goals by senior forward Alex Szczechura and freshman defenseman Josh Healey. Canisius responded with a wraparound goal by junior forward Mitch McCrank at 7:49 to pull the Golden Griffins within one goal.For the remainder of the game, OSU played a defense-centric game and fended off any attack on the net that Canisius attempted. With less than a second left on the clock, junior forward Ryan Dzingel sealed the victory with an empty-net goal.The Buckeyes outshot the Golden Griffins in the game, 29-23, and Davis stopped 22 of the shots he faced in his third victory as a goalie.Healey said playing consistently and not making drastic changes to the gameplay was what helped the team to keep its lead.“We just stuck to our game plan and kept going,” Healey said. “They pushed at the end, but we stuck to our game — get pucks deep, keep (the puck) on the other side and keep the lead.”The two-game series opened up Friday, and OSU came away with a shutout victory over the Golden Griffins.After a goal in the first period by Dzingel, who leads the team with seven on the season, the Buckeyes opened up the gap even more in the second period with goals from junior defenseman Justin DaSilva and freshman forward Nick Schilkey. With these, OSU extended the lead to 3-0, which was decidedly the final score after neither team scored in the third stanza.The series ended the Buckeyes’ seven-game homestand, during which they won six games. The team has a weekend off before it is slated to open Big Ten play with against rival Michigan in Ann Arbor Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. OSU is then scheduled to return home against the Wolverines Dec. 2 at 7:05 p.m. read more
More than 35 million Paddington books have been sold around the world to date. Along with Paddington himself, Bond’s best-loved creations included Olga da Polga and A Mouse Called Thursday. He also wrote a series of adult novels, featuring the detective Monsieur Pamplemousse. A portrait of Michael Bond Raise a marmalade sandwich https://t.co/hoUTSno1hv— Paul Kelso (@pkelso) June 28, 2017 “He was a wonderful man and leaves behind one of the great literary legacies of our time.” Today is a very sad day. Michael Bond CBE will be missed by many. pic.twitter.com/ZoCb5sU2V9— Paddington (@paddingtonbear) June 28, 2017 Michael Bond, CBE, the creator of Paddington, has died at home at the age of 91, following a short illness. Bond, who published his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, in 1958, went on to write more than 200 books for children. Very sad to hear about Michael Bond. Let’s raise a glass (and a marmalade sandwich) to him. pic.twitter.com/uiGk8tBFF8— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewitt) June 28, 2017 Bond at his home in Paddington Today is a very sad day. Michael Bond CBE will be missed by many. pic.twitter.com/ZoCb5sU2V9— Paddington (@paddingtonbear) June 28, 2017 Charlie Redmayne, HarperCollins CEO, said: ‘Michael Bond was one of the great children’s writers and at HarperCollins we are immensely fortunate to have published him and to have known him. Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher at HarperCollins children’s books said: “I feel privileged to have been Michael Bond’s publisher – he was a true gentleman, a bon viveur, the most entertaining company and the most enchanting of writers. “He will be forever remembered for his creation of the iconic Paddington, with his duffle coat and wellington boots, which touched my own heart as a child and will live on in the hearts of future generations.”My thoughts and love are with his wife, Sue and his children Karen and Anthony.” Michael Bond at the London Toy Model Museum Michael Bond at Paddington StationCredit:Andrew Crowley Bond’s latest Paddington novel, Paddington’s Finest Hour, was published in April 2017, with a second Hollywood film based on the books due out later this year. Thanks Mr Bond. pic.twitter.com/ByA7Yn2xA2— barney farmer (@barneyfarmer) June 28, 2017 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. read more