Infant killed by monkey in Agra (Eds: Recasting intro) Agra, Nov 13 (PTI) A 12-day-old baby died after a monkey snatched him from his mother and left him bruised and bitten on the terrace of a neighbour’s house in Mohalla Kachhera area here. According to the family, Sunny’s mother was feeding him on Monday evening when the monkey snatched the infant and ran away with him. Sunny’s family members chased the monkey and later found the baby lying blood-soaked on a neighbour’s terrace. The baby was rushed to a hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead, the family members said. Not ready to believe it, the family took him to another hospital, but to no avail. Eco-activist Shravan Kumar said monkeys are turning aggressive as their natural habitats have been destroyed and green cover is steadily shrinking. Residents said the monkeys loot, snatch and attack people, particularly women and children in Agra. “People do not dare to go to their terraces. Those who do have sealed their homes with iron mesh cages. You cannot leave your door open or sit in the sun,” a resident of Vijay Nagar colony Seema Gupta said. PTI CORR DIV DIV 11131419
Newly inducted Ministers in the Manohar Lal Khattar Cabinet assumed charge here on Friday, with senior Minister Anil Vij warning government officials to perform or be prepared to take voluntary retirement from service. Chief Minister Khattar was also present when the newly inducted Ministers — including Home and Health Minister Anil Vij, Education Minister Kanwar Pal, Power Minister and Independent MLA Ranjit Singh Chautala, Women and Child Development Minister Kamlesh Dhanda, Transport Minister Mool Chand Sharma and Sports Minister Sandeep Singh — assumed charge at the Haryana Civil Secretariat building. “I will not tolerate laxity on anyone’s part,” Mr. Vij said. “My message to them (government officials) is to perform and if any official feels he cannot do so, then he/she can take voluntary retirement,” he said.Mr. Vij, who has been entrusted with the key portfolio of the Home Department during his second consecutive term as a Minister, said he will work to improve the image of the police so that its acceptability among the public increases.Kanwar Pal, who began his new stint as the State’s Education Minister, said he would focus on providing qualitative education and improving the performance of government schools students. Kamlesh Dhanda, the lone woman Minister in the Cabinet said that coming from the rural hinterland, she will work to improve the lives of women, especially those living in the State’s rural areas. Ranjit Chautala, son of former Deputy Prime Minister late Devi Lal, gave the assurance that there will be no shortage of electricity during his tenure as Power Minister.
Stumper Jos Buttler has done enough with the bat in the one-day series against Sri Lanka to be considered purely as a batsman for the Test series against Pakistan, England coach Trevor Bayliss has said.Jonny Bairstow has not impressed everyone with his keeping in the Test series against Sri Lanka but Bayliss felt Buttler, who kept wickets in the ODIs against the islanders, was good enough to make the Test side as a specialist batsman.’HE IS IN CONTENTION’ “This (Sri Lanka) was probably Jos’s most consistent series,” Bayliss said ahead of Thursday’s meeting to pick the side for the first Test against Pakistan at Lord’s next week.”The way he has struck the ball and carried himself with the bat, and his keeping wicket was pretty good, means he is in contention.”I feel it would be better if he played in Test cricket like he does in the white-ball game, coming in at number six or seven. Leaving him out of the side, as we did in Sharjah last year, has not done him any harm.”
Samsung will be launching its quad-camera smartphone in India a few hours from now. The company is holding an event in Gurgaon starting 12pm where it will launch the Galaxy A9 (2018). This is Samsung’s newest A series phone that comes a few months after the Galaxy A7 (2018). The new Galaxy A9 was first announced in Malaysia last month as the world’s first phone with four rear cameras. Samsung will be livestreaming the event on Samsung’s official website.The Galaxy A9 is yet another attempt by Samsung to bring unique features to its mid-range Galaxy A series to take on the competition. Not only does the Galaxy A9 tout an array of cameras on the back, but it also comes with a fresh new look thanks to a gradient colour design on the rear panel. This gradient design was announced in Bubble Pink, Lemonade Blue and Caviar Black last month, but we will have to wait and see if all three variants will be coming to India.The Galaxy A9 (2018) sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ (1080×2160) Super AMOLED display with support for Always-On functionality. The device comes with a 2.5D curved glass on the front and back that sandwiches a metal frame. The Galaxy A9 was announced with an octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset last month, but we will have to see whether the India variant gets the same chipset or an Exynos SoC. The chipset will be paired with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The 8GB RAM variant will only be available in some markets, and we are not sure yet if India is one of them. Both memory options will offer 128GB of internal storage with support for expandability up to 512GB via microSD card.advertisementThe quad-camera system on the Galaxy A9 includes a 24MP main sensor with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP 120-degree ultra wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture, a 10MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and a 5MP depth sensor. The Galaxy A9 houses a 3,800mAh battery with fast charge support via USB Type-C. Unlike the Galaxy A7 (2018) which has a side fingerprint sensor, the Galaxy A9 (2018) gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The device also supports facial recognition as well.Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) expected price in IndiaThe Galaxy A9 (2018) was announced globally with a price tag of 599 euros (approx Rs 51,300). We will know the India price of the device in a few hours, but we do expect it to fall well below Rs 50,000. Reports earlier this month suggest the device could come at a price of Rs 39,999 or lower, which would give it a better standing to compete against the likes of the OnePlus 6T.ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Watch review: Looks like a watch, works like a smartwatch
American Nicole Gibbs said on Monday she will miss the rest of the clay court season including this month’s French Open after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.The 26-year-old world number 116 said that about a month ago a dentist alerted her to a growth on the roof of her mouth and a biopsy revealed she had salivary gland cancer.”Fortunately, this form of cancer has a great prognosis and my surgeon is confident that surgery alone will be sufficient treatment,” she wrote on Twitter, adding that she will have surgery on Friday.”He even okayed me to play an extra couple (of) tournaments these past few weeks which served as a nice distraction.”Quick update ???????? pic.twitter.com/NkODqVreVINicole Gibbs (@Gibbsyyyy) May 13, 2019The Stanford University product said her goal was to be back for Wimbledon qualifying at the end of June.”I am feeling extremely grateful for the UCLA health network that’s been taking amazing care of me, and for rock solid friends and family who are helping me every step of the way,” she said. “See you back on the court soon.”Also Read | Returning Serena starts clay campaign with routine Rome win
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Acting head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)A major 2019 Ohio State football game has been moved up to a Friday night.The Buckeyes, who will be led by first-year head coach Ryan Day next season, will be playing a major Big Ten game on a Friday evening.Ohio State will be taking on Northwestern on Friday, Oct. 18 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill.ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg first reported the news.“A rematch of the 2018 Big Ten championship game will take place on a Friday night next fall as Northwestern will host Ohio State on Friday, Oct. 18, at Ryan Field. Northwestern informed its season-ticket holders of the new date earlier today. This is the teams’ first meeting in Evanston since 2013. The Big Ten is maintaining a limited Friday night schedule for league games, which also includes Penn State at Maryland next fall,” he reports.A rematch of the 2018 Big Ten championship game will take place on a Friday night next fall as Northwestern will host Ohio State on Friday, Oct. 18, at Ryan Field. Northwestern informed its season-ticket holders of the new date earlier today. This is… https://t.co/QypJskpVgl— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 18, 2018Ohio State blew Northwestern out in the Big Ten Championship Game earlier this month, taking down the Wildcats, 45-24.An official announcement on the Ohio State-Northwestern Friday night game should be out soon.
Gomathi gifts India its first gold at Asian Athletics C’shipsSprinter Gomathi Marimuthu beat China’s Chunyu Wang by just 26 seconds to record her personal best of 2.02.70. In 100m, Dutee Chand smashed her national record for the second time in two days.advertisement Press Trust of India DohaApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 22:33 IST Gomathi Marimuthu recorded her personal best of 2.02.70 in 800m to win gold for India at the Asian Athetics Championships. (Twitter/ @afiindia)HIGHLIGHTSGomathi won India’s first gold medal at Asian Athletics C’ships in DohaShivpal Singh won a silver in men’s javelin throw on Day 2India’s medal tally stands at 9 on Day 2 with 1 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronzeUnheralded Gomathi Marimuthu gave India its first gold medal in the women’s 800m race as the country added four medals on the second day of the Asian Athletics Championships here Monday.The 30-year-old Gomathi clocked a personal best time of 2 minute 02.70 seconds in the half mile event to win a surprise gold for India.Shivpal Singh then added a silver in men’s javelin throw by sending the spear to a distance of 86.23m, his personal best. In the process, the 23-year-old Shivpal also booked a berth for the World Championships to be held at the same venue in September-October as he crossed the qualifying mark of 83m.Jabir Madari Palliyalil and Saritaben Gayakwad bagged a bronze each in men’s and women’s 400m hurdles respectively to swell the Indian medal tally.With the four medals on Monday, India’s medal tally stood at 1 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze. India had won 2 silver and 3 bronze on the first day on Sunday.Sprinter Dutee Chand also shared some of the limelight as she smashed her own national record in 100m dash for the second time in two days.The first Indian medal of the second day came from 24-year-old Gayakwad who clocked 57.22 seconds to finish third in women’s 400m hurdles, behind Vietnam’s Quach The Lan (56.10) and Bahrain’s Aminat Yusuf Jamal (56.39).His male counterpart Jabir then added a bronze by running the third fastest men’s 400m hurdles by an Indian as he clocked a personal best of 49.13 seconds.In the process, the 22-year-old Jabir joined national record holder Dharun Ayyasamy as the second Indian to qualify for the World Championships 400m hurdles event to be held at the same venue in September-October. The World Championships qualifying mark is 49.30 seconds.advertisementDharun, who set a new national record of 48.80 during the Federation Cup last month, missed this Asian Championships due to injury.Pre-race favourite Abderrehman Samba of Qatar won gold with a world leading time of 47.51 seconds.In the women’s 100m dash, Dutee bettered her own national record of 11.28 seconds set on Sunday during the heats by clocking 11.26 seconds while winning her semifinal race on Monday. She is, however, yet to touch the World Championships qualification mark of 11.24.However in the men’s 400m, India suffered setbacks as defending champion Muhammed Anas and last edition silver winner Arokia Rajiv failed to win a medal.Rajiv finished fourth with a personal best time of 45.37 seconds while Anas, who has been struggling after a leg injury in an accident last year, ended at eighth with a time of 46.10 seconds.Also Read | Ajinkya Rahane hits 1st Indian Premier League hundred in 7 yearsAlso Read | Scottish batsman hits 25-ball 100 in T20 cricketAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat
World Cup 2019: Brendon McCullum makes match-by-match prediction. Mark Waugh disagrees about India chancesWorld Cup 2019: As former Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum predicted India will smoothly make it to the semi-finals with 8 wins, Mark Waugh disagreed with him on it and said the Men in Blue will struggle due to their weak middle order line-up.advertisement India Today Web Desk LondonJune 1, 2019UPDATED: June 1, 2019 12:52 IST India cricket team at 2019 World Cup (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFormer New Zealand Skipper Brendon McCullum gave match-by-match prediction of World Cup 2019McCullum predicted England, India, Australia and India will make it to the World Cup 2019 semi-finalsFormer Australia player Mark Waugh said India have slim chances to qualify for the semisWhile every other former cricketer picked their favourites for the World Cup 2019, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum took out time to give a detailed, match-by-match prediction for all the 10 teams in the tournament.The New Zealand power-hitter, who guided his team to the 2015 World Cup final, believes England and India will carve out their ways to semi-final easily with 8 wins each, while Australia will join the two with 6 wins.McCullum predicted the race for the last knockout spot will be between New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa and Pakistan but wished for his home country to be favoured by luck.Former Australian player Mark Waugh looked impressed with McCullum’s analysis but disagreed with him on India’s chances of making to the last four.Mark Waugh felt India will struggle to qualify for the semi-finals based on the team’s weak middle order and over dependency on skipper Virat Kohli and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah.While many Indian fans might not be happy with Waugh’s predictions but the Aussies’ worry regarding India’s middle-order stands true, given that the Indian side had not discovered their No. 4 batsman until their warm-up match against Bangladesh.Good summary. IMO I think England and Aust certain semi finalists. India not so sure but probably sneak in.Preparation a little suspect and batting lineup uncertain in the middle order. Big reliance on Kohli and Bumrah. NZ slightly ahead of WI and Sth Africa for 4th.Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) May 31, 2019India have gone through a dozen or so players in their search for an ideal No. 4 batsman since the 2015 World Cup, but their search looked to come to an end only when KL Rahul, playing at No. 4 position, fired 108 runs with bat in the recent World Cup 2019 warm-up game against Bangladesh.advertisementIt will be interesting to see, if India continue to bat Rahul at the same spot when they begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5.Also Read | World Cup 2019: I am a fast bowler, not medium pacer, says annoyed RussellAlso Read | World Cup 2019: IPL stint was important for returning Smith and Warner, says FinchAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow 2019 World CupFollow Brendon McCulllumFollow Mark WaughFollow Virat Kohli
State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, says international accreditation is essential for the survival and competitiveness of Jamaican businesses and laboratories.She noted that if Jamaica is to fully exploit the opportunities presented by globalisation and trade liberalisation, its goods and services must be at levels of quality that are competitive with those from any other economies across the globe.The State Minister was speaking at the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation’s (JANAAC) official World Accreditation Day commemorative CEO Breakfast held on June 11 at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston.During the function, two laboratories were added to the growing list of local and regional entities attaining international accreditation through the services of JANAAC.The companies, Environmental Solutions Limited and the Sugar Industry Research Institute (SIRI), were awarded accreditation certificates, confirming that they are operating along internationally accepted standards.Mrs. Ffolkes Abrahams commended JANAAC for the work it has been doing over the past five years, noting that some six laboratories have now received certification from the local body.“This is a big move and I look forward to other accreditations being made in the near future, including our medical laboratories, which are important as we seek to attract investors in the area of health tourism,” she stated.She pointed out that the more accreditation certificates that are awarded by JANAAC, “the more internationally recognised the Jamaican market will become, and the more attractive we will be to overseas investors.”For her part, Chief Executive Officer of JANAAC, Marguerite Domville, said since its inception, the Agency has achieved much, even with a staff of just 10 persons.She noted that among its accomplishments is a recent Memorandum of Understanding with CARICOM partners, Trinidad and Tobago Laboratory Services (TT Labs) and the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CrosQ) to provide accreditation services to some 13 CARICOM members.In addition to awarding six accreditation certificates to local labs, the agency has trained some 91 assessors, through 39 courses conducted in Jamaica and the wider region.Ms. Domville noted that JANAAC’s main objective, as it moves forward, is to continue offering world-class accreditation services to local and regional labs, with a long-term goal of providing accreditation for inspection and certification bodies.Chairman of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), Peter Unger, in his remarks, reminded exporters that under the United States (US) Food Safety Modernization Act, all food imports entering the US will need to be certified to international standards.“They will need to have data that comes from a laboratory accredited by an ILAC/Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) signatory accreditation body otherwise it will not be accepted, or …it will have to be retested upon import, which adds to the cost and slows things down and causes redundancy,” he stated.Mr. Unger pointed out that part of the aim of local accreditation bodies, like JANAAC, is to avoid redundant testing and unnecessary costs.He noted that the good news for local exporters and laboratories is that they “still have some time to get things right”, as the implementation of the Act “is a lot longer away than was initially anticipated” and should come into effect by 2017.JANAAC, an agency of the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, was established in March 2007 to provide certification at international standards to conformity assessment bodies (CABs), such as laboratories, and certification and inspection bodies.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker
OTTAWA – A House of Commons investigation has concluded that Calgary MP Darshan Kang violated Parliament’s rules against harassment.The CBC says an investigator found Kang acted improperly by trying to enter the Ottawa hotel room of a young female staffer who worked in his constituency office in June 2017. The report says the staffer objected and that the MP should have known his actions were unwanted.The CBC report also says the investigator concluded that some of the staff member’s other allegations could not be substantiated, including that she had been offered money to remain silent about his behaviour.Kang, a former member of the Alberta legislature who was elected as a Liberal MP in 2015, resigned from the caucus last August after denying the allegations and vowing to clear his name.Neither Kang nor the complainant responded to requests for comment Friday.Heather Bradley, a spokeswoman for Speaker Geoff Regan, says the report cannot be released due to privacy concerns.The House of Commons followed a process adopted in December 2014, which can involve hiring an external investigator to review the facts.Both the respondent and the complainant can appeal if they are not satisfied with the final report.The multi-party board of internal economy could get involved should there be a need for remedial measures, but the report would remain confidential.Since Kang is an Independent MP, then it would be the clerk of the House of Commons who would determine any disciplinary actions.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Kang is no longer a Liberal MP and would otherwise not comment on the case.“Whether it is this process or others, the Liberal party has no interactions or responsibility over what his next steps are,” Trudeau said in Barrie, Ont.
EDMONTON – An Edmonton woman says she recently quit her job at a pre-teen jewelry and accessories chain because she says workers are required to pierce kids’ ears at their parents’ request — even if the children are begging for it not to happen.Raylene Marks posted “an open letter to Claire’s Corporate” on Facebook, saying she reached a “breaking point” when a seven-year-old girl came in with her mother to get her ears pierced.“The girl pleaded and sobbed for thirty minutes not to be pierced. Despite Mom saying, “Honey, we can go home whenever you want,” she was not letting her daughter go home. She was putting a great deal of pressure on her daughter to go through with the piercing. This child was articulate, smart, and well aware of herself and her body. She expressed that she didn’t want us touching her, that we were standing too close, that she was feeling uncomfortable. She made it clear she no longer wanted to get her ears pierced. She begged, over and over again, for Mom to please, just take her home. That child’s message was loud and clear to me: Do not touch my body, do not pierce my ears, I do not want to be here.”Marks says she didn’t want to be part of the piercing for the girl and in the end, the mother took her daughter home with unpierced ears.She later told her manager that she would not have been able to pierce the girl’s ears if the mother had insisted on it.“I was firmly told, ‘You would have had no choice but to do it’”So I brought up the worst scenario I could think of. I wanted to know how far we were supposed to take this policy of piercing non-consenting children. “So if a mother is physically restraining her daughter, holding her down and saying, ‘DO IT,’ while that little girl cries and asks me not to, do I do the piercing?” My manager did not hesitate to respond, “Yes, you do the piercing.”I gave my notice that day.According to Marks, the manager told her that this is store policy.“Children can be held down and pierced. Children do not have a voice in the piercing process. The associate doing the piercing has no right to refuse to shoot metal through the ears of a child who begs not to be touched.”Marks says Claire’s policies and procedures manual only mentions one situation in which workers can refuse a piercing.“It is this: ‘We reserve to the right to refuse an ear piercing if a successful one cannot be done.’ There is no mention of the use of physical restraint by the parent, or the employee’s right to refuse an ear piercing if their concerns are for the emotional welfare of the child.”Marks says the policy is “deeply flawed” and could contribute to children being traumatized or otherwise subjected to intimidation and abuse.Claire’s has been piercing ears for more than 40 years, and has pierced over 100 million ears. Customer well-being is our main priority, and we ensure that any child piercing we do is carried out with the best care (1/4)— Claire’s (@claires) April 8, 2019 in consultation with, and with the agreement of the legal guardian. In relation to the ear piercing incident involving the former employee Raylene Marks, we believe she acted appropriately and in line with our policy by refusing to do the piercing. (2/4)— Claire’s (@claires) April 8, 2019 The policy is in place to ensure that if a child is distressed or resisting, Claire’s employees have the right to refuse to continue the piercing. We are investigating the specific store instances she mentions, (3/4)— Claire’s (@claires) April 8, 2019 and will take appropriate corrective action. We will also be reviewing the policy to ensure that the intent is clear. (4/4)— Claire’s (@claires) April 8, 2019The company has since responded on Twitter, saying it will be taking corrective action and investigating individual incidents.
NANAIMO, B.C. — British Columbia voters sent a message that Canadians are deeply concerned about the environment and climate issues will be at the forefront in October’s federal election campaign, jubilant Green party supporters said Monday night.Voters in Nanaimo elected Paul Manly of the Greens as their new member of Parliament, barely six months before October’s federal vote.With about 95 per cent of the ballots counted in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith byelection, Manly received 37.4 per cent of the vote.John Hirst, the Conservative candidate, was a distant second with almost 25 per cent of the vote. The NDP polled 23 per cent and Liberal candidate Michelle Corfield received 11 per cent of the vote.“People really want to see action on climate change,” said Manly, who called his victory “historic.”Manly will become the second Green party member in Parliament, joining Leader Elizabeth May.His victory shows the other parties that Canadians are serious about climate change, Manly said, adding he expects the Green wave of support to grow in the October election.“It’s time to step up and do what needs to be done and have a little bit of political courage to deal with climate change properly,” Manly said. “Stop subsidizing the fossil fuel industry.”Ilan Goldenblatt, Manly’s campaign manager, said voters in Nanaimo served notice to the Liberals, Conservatives and New Democrats that Canadians want more movement on environmental issues.“There’s a real strong sense here on the West Coast and on Vancouver Island that the three old-line parties are just slow on the uptake on actually committing to real action,” he said.Green Leader Elizabeth May said in a statement Manly’s win signals a new era in federal politics. The win doubles Green party caucus in the House of Commons, where May has served as the only Green MP since 2011.“It is brave to vote for real change,” said May in a statement. “Paul and I will work tirelessly to continue to earn the trust of Canadians.”Gord Johns, Courtenay-Alberni NDP MP, said the Green win will be felt in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office and among the Liberal caucus.“This vote is a clear message to the Liberals and Justin Trudeau,” said Johns at a subdued NDP election headquarters for defeated candidate Bob Chamberlin. “The people in Nanaimo-Ladysmith and most Canadians are unhappy with what’s going on in Ottawa. This is what we heard on the doorstep everyday.”He called the Green win a “protest vote,” and said the NDP campaign for the October election “starts tonight.”Manly said he was heading to Ottawa to help May.“It sends a message clearly that we’ve seen a wave come across from Prince Edward Island … that people are serious about climate change,” he said.Manly told the crowd of cheering supporters he will work hard to do better for the community.“How we can change the economy — that we are working in to protect the environment that we need for our health, for our children, for our grandchildren,” he said. “How we can do a better job of taking care of people who are less fortunate.”He said governments should stop subsidizing the “old” economy.“We moved beyond the horse and buggy and it’s time to move beyond the internal combustion engine,” Manly said, as the crowd cheered.“Those days should be over. It’s time to move forward.” Manly, is a researcher, a filmmaker and a communications specialist.He was the Green party’s candidate in 2015 in the same riding and finished fourth with 20 per cent of the vote.The riding has been vacant since January when former New Democrat MP Sheila Malcolmson resigned the seat to run successfully in a provincial byelection in Nanaimo.This is the third election in eight months for residents of this Vancouver Island city.Seven candidates were in the contest, which saw five federal leaders visit the riding, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer.The Nanaimo area has traditionally swung back and forth between New Democrat or Conservative-leaning MP’s.Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press
WATERLOO, Ont. – Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP) plans to add up to 500 jobs in Waterloo, Ont. which would triple its workforce there over the next couple of years.The Ottawa-based technology company says it plans to add between 300 to 500 full-time positions to focus on growing its Shopify Plus platform, which supports the largest and most complex retailers.Shopify says it is also set to open another building in Waterloo by the first quarter of next year to accommodate the workforce growth.The rapidly growing online platform builder for small businesses was founded in 2004 and has since grown to more than 1,900 employees, according to its 2016 annual report.Its shares plunged earlier this month after it was targeted by U.S. short seller Andrew Left of Citron Research, who alleged that the company is running an overvalued get-rich-quick-scheme.Shopify’s chief executive Tobias Lutke says he will push back against the short seller’s allegations during the release of their next financial results.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market moved lower on Tuesday as investors backed away from the optimism that characterized trading earlier in the session.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,257.18 -56.36 -0.46%S&P 500 — 13,457.55 -101.37 -0.75%Dow — 13,457.55 -101.37 0.75%Nasdaq — 3,117.73 -43.05 -1.36%The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 56.36 points to 12,257.18. The TSX Venture Exchange fell 20.25 points to 1,313.21.The Canadian dollar was at 101.98 US, off 0.19 of a cent, as the safe-haven greenback lost some ground.Traders had kept stock markets positive throughout much of the morning after U.S. consumer confidence hit its highest level in seven months in September, but comments from a member of the U.S. Federal Reserve appeared to dash the sentiment.Bank of Philadelphia president Charles Plosser questioned the Fed’s latest round of stimulus, suggesting in a speech that it wouldn’t help the economy grow. That opinion seemed enough to tip the scale back towards concern.Wall Street bore the brunt of the decline, with the Dow Jones industrials backed off 101.37 points to 13,457.55. The Nasdaq composite index slid 43.05 points to 3,117.73 and the S&P 500 index was 15.30 points lower to 1,441.59.Caterpillar Inc., the world’s largest maker of construction and mining equipment, added to the eroding sentiment. The company is lowering expectations for its profit in 2015 because of slower-than-expected growth in the global economy.“Our view of the world right now is that we don’t think the markets will be propelled forward in the next month,” said Paul Vaillancourt, vice-president and chief investment officer at Canadian Wealth Management.“We are anticipating a little bit of consolidation after a pretty good run. But having said that … we don’t think we’re going to see a significant sell off.”In commodities, November crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved down 56 cents to close at US$91.37 a barrel. The TSX energy sector lost 1.4%.December bullion increased $1.80 to US$1,766.40 an ounce. December copper gained 2.7 cents to US$3.76 a pound.A report from Statistics Canada said retail sales rose 0.7% to $39 billion in July, more than offsetting a decline in June. The increase was largely weighted in higher sales of cars, trucks and auto parts, as well as general merchandise.South of the border, the Conference Board said its consumer confidence index rose to 70.3, up from 61.3 in August — the highest reading since February.And the Standard & Poor’s/Case Shiller index report showed that U.S. home prices increased 1.2% nationally in July compared with the same month last year. Prices also rose in July from June in all 20 cities tracked by the report. It’s the third straight month in which prices rose in every city.In Canada, Forbes & Manhattan Coal Corp. says it’s buying majority stakes in an operating coal mine and an undeveloped anthracite deposit in South Africa from Rio Tinto PLC for about C$52.3 million plus royalties. Its shares were ahead two cents to 67 cents.Shares of Research In Motion lifted 32 cents to $6.50 after the BlackBerry maker gave developers a look at the progress made in developing its new operating system, due to hit the market early next year.In Europe, Spain is due to unveil this week a new series of cost-cutting measures and structural reforms that could pave the way for demand for financial aid from its fellow eurozone countries. But hopes that Madrid will apply for the aid were overcome by concern that it was delaying the move. Spain has been reluctant to ask since such assistance comes with strings attached.Another key issue is whether eurozone countries will grant Greece more time to reach its deficit reduction targets. The country also needs to finalize a package of austerity measures but political leaders are struggling to compromise as popular anger increases.Here’s the news investors were watching today:RIM plans BlackBerry 10 launch on six continents to reach faithfulWhat the world’s 14 most important commodities will doSpain braces for more austerity painFlaherty urges businesses to open wallets, forge partnerships with emerging economiesON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.New home sales (Aug): Economists expect 2.2% rise CORPORATE NEWSCANADAAGF Management Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 21¢ a share
Former Parliamentarian Sanath Jayasuriya today announced that he had resigned as Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Matara District organiser.Jayasuriya said that he will also not be contesting the August 17 Parliament elections. (Colombo Gazette)
West Bank cities and towns under curfews imposed by Israel in response to a wave of terror attacks have been particularly hard hit, according to statistics released by the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO). When the curfews are imposed, unemployment hits 63.3 per cent, while poverty levels have jumped to 70 per cent in the Gaza Strip.“I am deeply disturbed by the figures,” said Special Coordinator Terje Roed-Larsen, “but I am not surprised, given the iron grip that Israel has applied to the West Bank.”“Aid cannot fill the gap, but without it the economy would collapse,” he warned. “Against this backdrop, and before the eyes of the world, the Palestinian civilian population is scrambling to survive.”Mr. Roed-Larsen unequivocally condemned the terror attacks by Palestinian groups that prompted Israel’s action, and reaffirmed the country’s legitimate right to self-defence. At the same time, in the face of the growing human catastrophe, he asked that Israel review the restrictions.The envoy plans to meet with senior Israeli officials to urge them to re-examine their security measures, some of which, he argued, were not achieving their stated purpose. “Indeed, there is a grey area where legitimate defence of Israeli civilians has the de facto consequence of collective punishment for Palestinian civilians,” he said. UNSCO estimates that the overall unemployment rate for the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the second quarter of 2002 increased from roughly 36 per cent to approximately 50 per cent. Income losses stand at $7.6 million per day, for a total of almost $3.3 billion since October 2000. The report points out that loss of income caused by closures and restrictions “far exceeds anything that the international aid community can provide.” The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says that it will soon deliver food assistance to more than half a million Palestinians. In addition, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has provided ongoing food aid to nearly a million refugees since October 2000. Aid money has largely shifted from projects intended to build a prosperous Palestinian State to short-term relief aimed at reducing malnutrition, epidemics and other threats.
Speaking to journalists at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban pointed to a lack of political will as the reason that a durable and sustained ceasefire has not yet been reached.“They have not been listening to the voices of the international community and concerns raised by myself as the Secretary-General and many world leaders in the region and around the world,” he said. “In the name of protecting their own people, they have been letting their people be killed by others. Is that what they have to do?”The latest 72-hours humanitarian ceasefire, brokered by Egypt, is due to expire tomorrow. “This is almost the last chance for them. They have a very limited time,” Mr. Ban noted.In the meantime, humanitarian partners are addressing urgent needs. Nearly 2,000 Palestinians were killed in the month-long fighting, almost 75 per cent of them civilians, according to preliminary information. On the Israeli side, at least 67 people were killed. The number of Palestinian deaths includes 459 children. That figure is higher than the number of children killed in Gaza in the previous two conflicts combined, Mr. Ban said. Mr. Ban said that while Israel’s duty to protect its citizens from rocket attacks by Hamas and other threats is unquestionable, the fighting has raised serious concerns about Israel’s respect for the principles of distinction and proportionality.“Reports of militant activity does not justify jeopardizing the lives and safety of many thousands of innocent civilians,” he noted.Among the sites repeatedly shelled where UN schools serving as shelters. The UN chief has called for an investigation and for accountability. While the displacement numbers of people sheltering in schools and other facilities remains fluid, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported that 209,522 people are still sheltering in 88 UNRWA schools in the area.At least 100,000 people have had homes destroyed or severely damaged, Mr. Ban said. In addition, most of the households have little or no water supply.Meanwhile, hospitals meant to cope with disaster are themselves “disaster zones,” the UN chief said. Read moreabout the current state of health care facilities and infrastructure in Gaza. Mr. Ban stressed that the Organization will work with regional and international actors to rebuild. “The international community is going to have a donor conference again on an emergency basis. Now we are going to rebuild,” he said. “Are they going to destroy it again?” Speaking in the General Assembly last week, Mr. Ban expressed anger at the cycle of building and destruction in the region. “I thought that this should be the last chance – the last chance,” he underscored in today’s speech.
It took a miracle Ray Allen three-point shot in last year’s NBA Finals to pull the Miami Heat from defeat to champions against the San Antonio Spurs. The teams meet again for the title, and Tim Duncan said he welcomes another shot at the Heat.Duncan and the Spurs may have wanted a chance for redemption from last year, but LeBron James has other ideas. And here are five reasons why James will do a championship dance at the end of the series:1.) LeBron JamesThe King, as magnificent as he has been the last three years, has become a stronger player because he’s becoming more like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant: a ruthless leader that smashes an opponent once he senses vulnerability. Credit Lance Stevenson and his antics in the Eastern Conference finals for igniting James’ sometimes-dormant fire.2.) ExperienceThis NBA Finals appearance is the Heat’s fourth in a row. Playing this time of year for these stakes has become routine, meaning the magnitude of the occasion does not faze them. The San Antonio Spurs are experienced in their own right. But their experience amounts to aging with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli in particular, who are primed to get fatigued and ineffective late in games and the longer the series stretches.3.) VersatilityOn both ends of the court, the Heat can use various lineups to create either mismatches or tough covers. For instance, James can play four positions and can guard four spots, too. So, if Miami wants to go small and put more speed on the court, James could play power forward on one end and defend point guard Tony Parker on the other. Moving James from position to position when necessary could force the Spurs to match up in ways that would mitigate the few advantages they have.4.) Chris BoshThe lesser of the Big Three can be a huge difference-maker because of his range on the court. Bosh can be a tough cover for Duncan because he can extend to the three-point line, pulling away Duncan’s ability to protect the rim, thereby making the Spurs susceptible to forays to the basket by James, Dwyane Wade and others.5) Parker’s InjurySpurs point guard Tony Parker has an ankle injury that might not keep him out, but certainly will slow him down. Worse, there will not be time to rest and get the ankle right, so it’s likely the injury will not get any better as the games pile up. Without Parker as effective as usual, San Antonio’s offense–against a strong defensive team like Miami–will have periods of trouble scoring. And that will be costly.LeBron James and Tim Duncan share an inspiring moment after the ’07 finals below.
A 47-year-old man from Cyprus was arrested on Sunday at Sydney International Airport, after the Australian Border Force (ABF) allegedly found four kilograms of ice hidden in the lining of his suitcase.According to some reports, the alleged smuggler is Turkish Cypriot; he arrived in Sydney from Doha, Qatar.The ABF officers were urged to inspect his suitcase, after allegedly finding some inconsistencies in the x-ray scan; using an electric drill, they opened a hole on the suitcase’s plastic surface and found an amount of a ‘crystalline substance’ hidden underneath.“The substance was subsequently tested and gave positive indication for ice,” an ABF statement said.According to a Daily Mail report, the man appeared in Central Local Court on Monday; he is facing charges of importing $3.5 million worth of methamphetamine. He will remain in custody until his next court appearance on 5 December. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram