Pune: Under fire from the Opposition over import of sugar from Pakistan, the State government on Wednesday categorically denied any knowledge of the affair.Speaking in Solapur district, Maharashtra Cooperation Minister Subhash Deshmukh said it was possible that some traders had illicitly imported sugar from Pakistan.“To the best of my knowledge, no sugar has been imported from Pakistan as the Centre has doubled import duty on it. The State government will initiate a crack down against traders indulging in malpractice by importing the commodity at cheaper rates,” Mr. Deshmukh said.Earlier this week, opposition parties including the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), the Congress and Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) attacked the government over the issue.Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan hit out at the Central and State governments for importing sugar from Pakistan at a time when production in the State was at a record high, with stocks lying unsold and farmers having a tough time to sell their produce in the market.Decline in sugar pricesAcknowledging that a bumper harvest had brought about a host of problems brought on sugarcane farmers and other workers in the sugar sector, Mr. Deshmukh observed the inability of sugar mills to pay a decent FRP to farmers was due to the steep devaluation in sugar prices. “This year, owing to record production and consequent supply glut, the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) is going at barely ₹2,500 per tonne against a demand ₹3,500 per tonne,” he said.Insufficient subsidy He further stated that the Cabinet’s approval for a subsidy of ₹55 on every tonne of sugarcane sold to the mills was not enough to bring relief to farmers.“A delegation under the Chief Minister will be meeting Prime Minister Modi in Delhi regarding the impasse over sugar prices. We are hopeful that some resolution on the matter will be made in a week’s time,” informed Mr. Deshmukh.The Centre’s move was aimed at providing some form of financial succour to the farmers and the sugar industry wrestling with falling prices.In Maharashtra, of the 180-odd mills that had taken to sugarcane crushing, less than half had fully cleared their dues with farmers, with more than ₹2,000 crore yet to be paid by the mills to the farmers.Last month, the sugar commissioner had issued notices to more than 40 of these mills for defaulting on their dues.
Hundreds of residents of Binova Nagar slum staged a protest at Talabania in Puri, blocking vehicles. As a result, trucks with relief materials were stranded for hours. Lathi-wielding policemen dispersed the protestors.“We know this is not the way to register our grievance. But what can one do when small children remain starving? The food material stocked by us was damaged in the cyclone and rain. Despite informing the district administration many times, nobody came to our rescue,” said Nilakatha Nayak, a resident of Binova Nagar. The residents of the locality protested twice on Tuesday.The District Collector’s official premises witnessed similar scenes. Over 30 women picketed the main gate. “Our Jagannath Basti is just four kilometres away from the Collector’s office, but relief material is yet to reach us. What can one do with 260 grams of flattened rice and 100 grams of jaggery for a five-member family,” Sudasta Behera, a resident of Jagannath Basti, said.Also Read Cyclone Fani: Many families from Odisha flee to Visakhapatnam to escape havoc Odisha’s wildlife sanctuaries ravaged by Fani NGOs including UK-based Khalsa Aid were distributing food to affected people at different locations.Balwant Singh, who took charge of the district collector of Puri on Tuesday, admitted the magnitude of damage was massive. He was appointed district collector of Puri as mobilization for relief and restoration could not pick the pace as was expected.“My focus would be to streamline relief operation. Restoration works would be taken up simultaneously, said Mr. Singh. There was visible anger on the streets of Puri on Tuesday with thousands of cyclone-affected people struggling to get food and water four days after cyclone Fani hit the district.Although the Odisha government had said that cooked food was being provided to those who took shelter in different buildings including multi-purpose cyclone shelters, community kitchens opened at most slum areas only on Tuesday.Also Read The residents were also protesting the government’s move to provide additional 50 kg rice and ₹2,000 only to families covered by the food security programme in Puri and Khurdha districts.“The State government is aloof. It is as if Fani has not affected people who do not have ration cards,” said Hemant Chandra Mohanty of Jagannath Basti.Stranded at homeDaily wagers were out of cash as they were confined to their houses, taking care of families. If the government provides food for a week, I could go out and arrange to rebuild my thatched house,” said Shankar Swain, a resident of Dhobakhol in Talabania area.Also Read Cyclone Fani: clamour for food grows in Odisha
Sakshi Misra, the daughter of a BJP legislator who had claimed a threat from him to her life because of marrying a Dalit man, moved a petition in Allahabad High Court on Thursday seeking protection. The 23-year-old, whose father Rajesh Misra is the MLA from Bithari Chainpur in Bareilly district, had uploaded a video on social media on Wednesday declaring her marriage with Ajitesh Kumar, 29. In another video, she appealed to her father to stop opposing her love marriage and call back associates he had allegedly set upon them.In the petition filed in court, the couple repeated the allegation and sought security. The petition claimed that Mr. Misra is unhappy as he is a Brahmin and his son-in-law a Dalit. The judge posted the next hearing for July 15 since the couple was not present in court.Stung by the embarrassment, Mr. Misra told reporters on Thursday that the allegations against him were “false”. He said his daughter was an adult and “has the right to decide for herself”.“I have not threatened to kill anybody, neither have any of my men or family. Nobody faces any threat from me,” the MLA said, adding that he was busy with the membership drive of his party.Bareilly Senior Superintendent of Police Muniraj G. said the police came to know of the matter through social media and assured the couple of protection if they wrote seeking security. “We have put Ajitesh’s house under round-the-clock security. We are trying to trace the couple and assure them regarding their safety,” said the SSP.Family leaves homeHarish Kumar, Mr. Ajitesh’s father, alleged that his family is getting threats from people close to the BJP MLA. The family left their house on July 5 for an undisclosed place. “I have approached the local police, media and the BJP MLA and apprised them of the situation and also shown them the marriage certificate. The issue is between two families and we can sort it out,” said Mr. Harish.In short videos shared on social media, Ms. Sakshi said her family led by her father and his aides were after the life of her husband and her.
RR Garcia vs Carlo Lastimosa. PBA IMAGESWhen TNT needed a hero against Kia, backup point guard RR Garcia heeded the KaTropa’s call.Jayson Castro abruptly left the game with almost two minutes remaining after hitting the floor hard and Garcia took it upon himself to wear the boots of the once best point guard in Asia.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nothing personal as Marcelino twins get one over former team Read Next Garcia also knew he had to make up for the blanks he fired for most of the game where he finished on a 5-of-15 shooting clip.“I had a really bad start, but I know I was confident in myself even though I kept on missing earlier in the game,” said Garciam who had four of his five field goals in the fourth quarter.TNT had an 81-70 lead midway through the fourth but saw it dissipate to just two, 85-83, after Kia’s furious dash that Jackson Corpuz capped off with a layup with 1:35 remaining.That was before Garcia took over in the final moments for TNT in Castro’s absence.“I know I have to be ready whenever I am called,” said Garcia. “We can’t just rely on kuya Jayson.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Garcia drove twice to the basket, and hit as many layups in the final 1:22 that propelled TNT to a 90-85 win over the Picanto.READ: TNT halts Kia to climb to third seedFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There was no one else who would step up, it would either be me or kuya Kelly [Williams],” said Garcia in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Williams, who finished the game with 23 points and eight boards, could’ve been the closer but the backup guard was ready to take over in the clutch. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments
Mattel Toys India has launched new editions of the “Barbie I Can Be” range of dolls to commemorate the entire female contingent for Olympics 2012, a company official said.The new edition comprises three dolls – “Barbie I can be a Champion Gymnast”, “Barbie I can be a Tennis Player” and “Barbie I can be a Trackstar”.”Way more than just a fashionista, Barbie encourages girls to imagine themselves in (and “try on”) different careers and personalities. With over 127 careers, Barbie continues to find new ways to spur and encourage the next generation of girls,” said Rahul Bhowmik, head marketing, Mattel Toys India.”This year, the global spectacle Olympics 2012 will witness iconic women achievers from different nations strive for glory on the grandest stage of all. With the launch of the new Barbie ‘I Can Be’ range themed on sports, Barbie truly celebrates the eternal spirit of success and triumph by women achievers across the globe.”- With inputs from IANS
From a Chantilly lace avatar to florals by Sabyasachi–one would be hard-pressed to think that all the spotlight has been turned on sarees this week.Shilpa Shetty The actress looked like a million bucks sporting a delicate Chantilly lace saree by Farzeen Couture for an event in Udaipur.Picture courtesy: Instagram/@officialshilpashetty Also read:The real deal: 10 tips to spot fake Indian weaves from the original onesSonam KapoorAfter a series of impactful looks, with strong silhouettes seen on the actress during the promotions of her latest outing on the box office, Neerja, the actress put forth not one but two saree looks consecutively.Also read: Hairspiration: Six ways to update your hair like Sonam KapoorSonam Kapoor sported an Anamika Khanna saree with an embellished bag and flower-adorned hair to match the look.Picture courtesy: Instagram/@sonamkapoorHer second saree look saw her sport a Sabyasachi with floral prints and scalloped edging.Also read: Eight looks of #Neerja star Sonam Kapoor that floored us completelyPicture courtesy: Instagram/@sonamkapoorKangana Ranaut The actress wore a bright-hued pink temple saree by Madhurya Creations, pairing it with jewels from Amrapali. We love the big impact the fuss-free look leaves.Picture courtesy: Instagram/@stylebyamiMadhuri DixitSeems like pink is a hot favourite–a similar coloured saree created by Ritu Kumar was seen on Bollywood’s dancing queen, Madhuri Dixit. The actress’ bling came in the form of jewellery from PN Gadgil Jewellers.Picture courtesy: Instagram/@stylebyami
West Indies captain Darren Sammy has no issues in saying the hosts India would be odds-on favourites in tomorrow’s World Twenty20 semifinal clash but insists that his side would be no pushover in what seems like a “David vs Goliath contest”.”I think it is 80-20 to India, so it feels like David vs Goliath contest but people tend to forget David won the fight, so it’s something similar to that,” said Sammy on the eve of the clash in Mumbai. (Also read: West Indies will be very destructive, Darren Sammy warns India)The skipper also stressed on the importance of playing well as a unit against the hosts and said he was aware that his team had not played a perfect game so far in the tournament. “We haven’t played the perfect game yet. We are stressing on rotation of strike. It is clear that we are a big boundary -hitting team. We look at the dot-ball percentage, probably it is 40-50 per cent for us, and we could improve on that. So far, we have bowled really well in the tournament and on a few occasions, one batsman has taken responsibility,” he said.Although Sammy admitted that star India batsman Virat Kohli would be a big factor in tomorrow’s game, but having the world’s “best T20 cricketer” in Chris Gayle does even out the scales to an extent. (Also read: Yuvraj Singh ruled out of ICC World Twenty20) “…have you ever heard of Chris Gayle?” he asked, adding “There’s no taking away from Virat, he’s a very good player, but like I’ve said in my press conferences, we tend to focus on what we could do in our dressing room.advertisementSammy also said he was aware of the crowd support in favour of India. He said his team was ready to take on the crowd as well at the Wankhede tomorrow. “Like we’ve shown throughout the tournament once we execute our plans right we’ve won the games. When weve not, we’ve lost. So it’s going to be a hell of a game, it’s going to be 15 West Indies players versus 78,000, plus billions of Indians.”Yes, it’s a challenge were ready to face, We all know that India is always difficult at home, but main focus in our dressing room is doing what we do best,” he said.In the run-up to the World T20, the West Indies players had a pay dispute with their cricket board, which was resolved just in time, but Sammy said there was a total lack of support for his team from the regions cricket authorities.”The lack of respect for our T20 team. A lot has been said about this team and we as a group. But it just brought us closer together,” said the 34-year-old.”I said it before, we have number of guys in 30s and we came here in this tournament not playing a T20 in the calendar year, where we saw lot of (things) against us. That really brought the team closer together.”You’ve to see the way we’ve played. We think it’s us against the world. That 15 players and the support staff, it’s just us, our own new circle against the world and that’s how we’ve gone out and played,” he said.(With Inputs from PTI)
From K J M VarmaBeijing, Dec 8 (PTI) Overturning an earlier ruling, a Chinese court today ruled in favour of Michael Jordans trademark appeal against a local firm that allegedly infringed upon the name right of the iconic basketball star.The judgment of the Supreme Peoples Court (SPC) which was broadcast live on its website approved Jordans appeal that the trademark of his names translation in Chinese characters infringed on his right to own his name and violated the countrys trademark law.The top court also ordered the trademark bureau to recall its previous verdict and to issue a new ruling on the use of the Chinese characters in the brand.Meanwhile, the court ruled that the former Chicago Bulls star does not own the right of name for Qiaodan, Chinese pinyin transcription of his surname Jordan, and held that the Qiaodan Sports Co Ltd did not register the trademark through deception or other improper means.Jordan released a public statement after the final trial of the years-long case.”Im happy that the Supreme Peoples Court has recognised the right to protect my name through the ruling in the trademark case. Chinese consumers deserve to know Qiaodan Sports and its products have no connection to me,” the statement said.The former NBA star has a worldwide reputation and is well-known in China as “Qiaodan”.He said he respected the Chinese legal system and looked forward to the Shanghai courts rulings on a separate naming rights case, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.advertisementIn addition to his name, Jordans old jersey number 23, basketball player logo and even names of his children, were also registered as the companys brands.He has made appeals against the Chinese sportswear company since 2012, but these were rejected by the trademark bureau of the Beijing court.The Chinese firm said in a statement on its official microblog that it respected the courts judgement and would carry out proper protection on the firms products and their intellectual property rights.Ma Dongxiao, attorney for the firm, told Xinhua the judgment wouldnt effect most of the products and the company could continue to use “Qiaodan”.Liu Ning, a Chinese trademark law expert, explained that the company would be protected if the controversial trademarks had been registered within five years.Jordan sued in 2012, and only three related trademarks after 2008, mostly drinks, swimming suits and decorations, were banned.”Consumers would intend to buy Qiaodan companys sports goods if they were misled to believe that the brand was associated with Michael Jordan. Its simple, and the company has to pay some price if there is any deception, regardless of whether they could keep using the brand,” Liu added. PTI KJV KUN
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Twitter/@ESPNCFBLamar Jackson Heisman hype is at an all-time high after his five-touchdown performance vs. Florida State.Lamar Jackson entered the year with plenty of hype, coming off of a promising freshman campaign and a huge bowl performance against Texas A&M.Some even thought he could be a sneaky Heisman contender, although he was well behind guys like Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey, and Deshaun Watson entering the season.We’ve seen early Heisman favorites fall off by mid-season plenty of times. Last year, until LSU played Alabama, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Fournette would take home the hardware. There’s plenty of time left in this season, but after today’s game against a blue-chip laden Florida State, there is no other choice for the sport’s most prestigious award than Louisville’s Lamar Jackson.Louisville absolutely bludgeoned the No. 2 ranked Seminoles this afternoon, and once again, Jackson was the best player on the field. Despite Florida State having one of the most talented rosters in the nation, it wasn’t particularly close. Jackson completed 13-of-20 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 146 yards and four scores. He’s thrown for over 200 yards and rushed for over 100 in every game this year. He has 18 total touchdowns on the season, which dwarfs most full teams’ output.Lamar Jackson has accounted for 18 TDs (10 rushing/8 passing) in his first 3 games. That’s as many or more than 3 teams had in all of 2015.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) September 17, 2016The numbers are impressive, and Jackson has highlights to match.Heisman candidates are aided by national exposure, and having Jackson appear on SportsCenter every week with eight, five, and five touchdown games is huge. Doing it against Charlotte and Syracuse was nice, but doing it in a mild upset of the nation’s No. 2 team on ABC after hosting College GameDay really kicks things into high gear.[Humor] Lamar Jackson was running all over FSU ??? pic.twitter.com/mlux7kUYLu— HIPHOPPOST (@HHPST) September 17, 2016INCREDIBLE showing from Lamar Jackson for @UofLFootball ?EVERYTHING you need to see here: pic.twitter.com/Xa0u2shf9F— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) September 17, 2016Lamar Jackson is good at football.But let’s talk about the FORM on that hurdle ? ?? ? #AirJackson #L1C4 pic.twitter.com/RuuufVAiPj— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) September 12, 2016As we’ve learned through so many college football seasons, and with Fournette just last year, Jackson’s work is far from over. Louisville has a huge trip to Clemson on October 1, and travel to Houston on November 17. As of now, however, he’s off to a faster start than anyone could’ve envisioned.Entering the day, Lamar Jackson Heisman odds were listed at +600 per OddsShark, tied with Deondre Francois and J.T. Barrett, and behind McCaffrey and Watson. Don’t expect to see him at that number for long.
zoom The European Commission has approved a chemical tanker merger between the Marshall Islands-based Borealis Maritime and Danish tanker operator Nordic Tankers.Through the joint venture company, Crystal Nordic AS, the companies would combine some of their stainless steel chemical tankers business in Europe, with focus on North-Western Europe and the Baltic region.The JV will control a fleet of fifteen 4,000–11,400 DWT stainless steel ice class 1A/1B chemical tankers, totaling close to 100,000 DWT and performing in excess of 600 voyages yearly.As World Maritime News reported in November, the new company is expected to commence trading in the first quarter of 2016.According to the European Commission, the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns given the moderate market positions in the tramp shipping sector resulting from the transaction.
Démocratie 250 sera en vedette à Ottawa et à Halifax alors que les Canadiens se réuniront pour célébrer la fête du Canada, le mardi 1er juillet. À Ottawa, le co-président de Démocratie 250 Russell MacLellan, participera aux cérémonies officielles du lever du drapeau sur la Colline du Parlement, et le groupe 33rd Pipes and Drum d’Halifax portera la bannière de D250 dans la parade de lancement des célébrations de la fête du Canada. « Il s’agit d’une occasion idéale de parler à des milliers de Canadiens au sujet des célébrations marquant une fière première pour notre province, » a dit M. MacLellan. « Nous espérons que notre présence encouragera un plus grand nombre de gens à visiter la Nouvelle-Écosse et à découvrir tout ce que la province a contribué au Canada, faisant de ce pays l’un des plus respectés et admirés au monde. » Les jeunes ambassadeurs de Démocratie 250, Jordan Croucher et Stephanie Hardy, transmettront le message de D250 et se produiront devant le public au parc Major’s Hill à Ottawa et au parc Jacques-Cartier à Gatineau (secteur Hull), Québec. À Halifax, le co-président de Démocratie 250 John Hamm participera à une cérémonie de lever du drapeau à la Citadelle. Le concours « Battle of the Bands » de D250 aura également lieu à 15 h au Events Plaza, Alderney Landing, sur le front de mer de Dartmouth. Dans l’esprit de la démocratie, les membres du public auront la chance de voter pour le groupe qui remportera prix du choix du public de D250.
Nova Scotia is making it easier to do business, reach new markets and increase consumer choice as a result of significant measures announced today, Dec. 7, by Premier Stephen McNeil. “Trade is critical to Nova Scotia’s economy. We are well positioned to play a leadership role in removing interprovincial trade barriers and that is exactly what we are doing,” said Premier McNeil. “I look forward to having further discussions with my colleagues during today’s meetings and to working with the federal government to generate national change.” Premier McNeil, the other premiers, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with the three leaders of the national Indigenous organizations today in Montreal. Following that meeting, the premiers and the prime minister will meet to discuss mutual priorities. Nova Scotia is taking concrete steps to eliminate barriers to interprovincial trade in five areas, including alcohol, business registration, occupational health and safety, transportation and technical safety. These actions build on significant regulatory reductions and cost savings achieved through Nova Scotia’s Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness. Alcoholic beverages: Effective immediately, Nova Scotia will remove personal exemption limits for alcohol being transported into the province for personal consumption. Business registration: In 2019, Nova Scotia will waive extra-provincial business registration and renewal fees for businesses formed in another province or territory. By doing so, the province will become the only jurisdiction to join Ontario in ending the practise of charging businesses extra to operate outside their home province. Occupational health and safety: Next year, Nova Scotia will also finalize work to recognize common standards in specific areas of occupational health and safety, including first aid kit contents, eye, face, foot and hearing protection and personal floatation devices. This will also make it easier for businesses and workers to use such safety items in other provinces or territories. Transportation: In 2019, Nova Scotia will align allowable weights between dual tires and wide-base tires to make it more practical for companies to use wide-base tires. These tires help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions due to improved fuel economy. Technical safety: Nova Scotia will mutually recognize the Canadian Registration Number for pressure equipment design to do its part in ending multiple reviews across the country, also effective next year. Government has committed to reducing the cost of regulatory burden for Nova Scotia businesses by $25 million by the end of 2018. The province is on track to meet the target with results to be publicly reported in early 2019. A detailed interim update, released in March, reported that the province had achieved 93 per cent of the target. As part of its focus on helping businesses navigate the province’s regulations, Nova Scotia also launched a business navigation service. Since 2017, 3,000 businesses have used the service, saving clients about $2.5 million.
Torrey DeVitto will be performing at the New Horizons Havana Nights Gala in Burbank on Saturday. She sat down with Look To The Stars prior to the show to talk about what the charity means to her.You’ll be performing for New Horizons at their Havana Nights Gala! What will you be performing?I am performing the song ‘Besame Mucho’ on my violin with piano accompaniment by Erik Nye.What motivated you to be a part of this special evening?When I heard what New Horizons was all about and learned about their goals and objectives with these incredible individuals with special needs, I was instantly in. I love what they’re all about.It seems as though life and family are important to you based on the causes you support, which include family adoption and hospice care. Explain why advocacy for people with developmental disabilities is important to you and how it fits in with your overall view on the life experience?I think every human being should be given an equal chance at a wonderful life. Everyone has something beautiful and unique to offer and nothing should ever stand in the way of that being acknowledged. I have worked with people with developmental disabilities and my sister works at a special needs school. The reward and love you receive from being around these individuals is priceless. I always walk away with a new outlook on life and a heartfelt feeling.There has been an increase in the number of actors on television with developmental disabilities. How do you think this diversity affects viewers and others with developmental disabilities?I think it’s amazing! It’s like what I said before, that everyone should be given an equal chance and everyone has something special to offer.What ignited your passion for individual life experience and the ending of life?I stumbled upon hospice randomly and dove into the training without knowing much about it. Instantly I fell in love with it. The notion that “No one dies alone” was so beautiful to me and one I knew I needed to be a part of. There is no difference to me helping those coming into this world and those going out. It is equally important and should be treated as such. End of life care is something I will always be involved with.You are also an animal lover; how does your support of animal adoption and kindness to animal advocacy fit in with your passion for life?I love all creatures with a pulse. As cheesy as that sounds! Ha! I really do. If you’re going to get a pet it is so important to adopt! There are so many precious animals that need a home, and I swear, adopted pets know it. They know you rescued them from something. My little pups are the most luscious, loyal, sweet babies ever. If I had a farm I would have a lot more! What inspires you and your wide ranging philanthropic and humanitarian endeavors?When something resonates with me, I have a hard time letting go of it. I am a very all-or-nothing person, so when I get involved with something I go all the way. I get inspired when I know I want to be hands on. When I know I want to be there in person and do whatever is needed of me. I get so excited when I find something I love and am passionate about. Congratulations on your success with Pretty Little Liars and your humanitarian/advocacy work. What’s next for you that you’d like to share with your fans?Thank you! I am currently filming a film for The Hallmark channel right now called The Prodigal Daughter and have a couple other fun things in the works that once their ready, I’m going to be excited to share! What advice do you have for your fans regarding how to enhance the last moments of someone’s life and the overall life experience?Just be there with them. The best things in life should be kept simple. Holding someone’s hand in those last moments and showing love are the best things you can do, in my opinion. Life is so short and so precious. Don’t ever let anything, especially anything trivial or trite get in the way of you telling or showing the people that are important to you that you love them. That’s what matters most; love and human connection. Never be stingy with love, especially to those who matter to you. What are your summer plans?In June my boyfriend and I are going to Rome together. I am so excited! I think we are going to try and travel around to other places as well. I could go anywhere with Rick and be happy, so I can only imagine how amazing going to Europe is going to be with him.To find out more about this weekend’s New Horizons Gala, click here Copyright ©2015Look to the Stars
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Noida: Gautam Buddh Nagar police on Thursday seized around Rs 1.37 crore in cash from a van in police station Phase 3 area of Noida. Cops said that the occupants of the van failed to provide a reason for which they were carrying such a large amount of cash.According to police, two persons travelling in a van were stopped by police during routine checking near Bahlolpur village in phase-III area of Noida on Thursday morning. Cops added that while searching the vehicle, police recovered two boxes which contained cash in denominations of large currency notes. “During routine checking, police team intercepted a van and upon searching the vehicle found large quantity of cash. Upon questioning the occupants of car about where they have been taking the cash, no satisfactory answer was received. However, they neither had any documents related to the cash. Police have seized the cash while Income Tax Authorities have been informed and we are ascertaining the source and destination of the money,” said Vaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar. Meanwhile it is said that the van belonged to a logistics agency while the cash recovered was supposed to get filled into the ATM machines. “It has also come to light that the van belonged to a logistics agency but they were not following any guidelines issued by RBI and didn’t provide any related documents. We are investigating the matter covering all the possibilities,” added Krishna.
Rabat – US President Donald Trump has said publicly that he loves King Salman, but the King might not survive two weeks without US support.“We protect Saudi Arabia. Would you say they’re rich? And I love the King, King Salman. But I said ‘King, we’re protecting you. You might not be there for two weeks without us. You have to pay for your military,” Trump said at a rally in Mississippi Tuesday, October 2.The US president did not clarify when he spoke to the Saudi King. At the UN General Assembly in September, Trump criticized the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for the high price of oil. Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, is considered the leader of the bloc.According to Al Jazeera, the US president talked with King Salman on the phone about efforts to “maintain supplies to ensure oil market stability and global economic growth.”Read Also: Trump Offers ‘Embarrassing’ Welcome to Mohamed Bin SalmanThe Qatari news outlet also reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman flew to Kuwait to discuss “increasing oil production” with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber Al Sabar.In March, Trump met the Saudi crown prince in Washington, D.C.In their press conference, Trump touted deals Saudi Arabia signed with the US on missile defense planes and tanks.Trump said one deal was worth $520 million and told the crown prince, “That is peanuts for you.”He also reaffirmed his determination to benefit from Saudi Arabia’s wealth.“Saudi Arabia is a very wealthy nation, and they’re going to give the United States some of that wealth, hopefully in the form of jobs, in the form of the purchase of the finest military equipment anywhere in the world.”
Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,281.22, down 34.80 points):Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 40 cents, or 4.37 per cent, to $9.55 on 5.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down one cent, or 0.09 per cent, to $11.16 on 5.04 million shares.Trevali Mining Corp. (TSX:TV). Miner. Up six cents, or five per cent, to $1.26 on 4.6 million shares.BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Down 45 cents, or 3.31 per cent, to $13.14 on 4.49 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up four cents, or 0.38 per cent, to $10.44 on 4.48 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 15 cents, or 4.95 per cent, to $3.18 on 4.01 million shares.Companies reporting major news:The U.S. Commerce Department slapped the Canadian softwood lumber industry with an additional 6.87 per cent in preliminary average anti-dumping tariffs that will raise total duties to nearly 27 per cent.Resolute Forest Products (TSX:RFP). Down 11 cents, or 1.93 per cent, to $5.59 on 18,916 shares.Canfor Corp. (TSX:CFP). Up 27 cents, or 1.41 per cent, to $19.44 on 873,459 shares.West Fraser Timber Co. (TSX:WFT). Up 75 cents, or 1.25 per cent, to $60.65 on 31,829 shares.Conifex Timber Inc. (TSX:CFF). Up 12 cents, or 3.96 per cent, to $3.15 on 34,045 shares.Western Forest Products Inc. (TSX:WEF). Unchanged at $2.20 on 590,287 shares.Interfor Corp. (TSX:IFP). Up 32 cents, or 1.80 per cent, to $18.14 on 227,253 sharesCanopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED). Health care. Down 47 cents, or 5.56 per cent, to $7.99 on 2.1 million shares. The medical marijuana producer saw its fourth-quarter net loss quadruple to $21.1 million as expenses rose sharply. Net loss was equal to 14 cents per share, up from a net loss of five cents per share in the fourth quarter of its 2016 financial year. Its expense items included $5.4 million of acquisition-related costs, which weren’t a factor last year, due to its purchase of Mettrum Health Corp. Revenue during the fourth-quarter rose to $14.7 million, including two months of contributions from Mettrum, up from $5 million a year earlier.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B). Specialty television, radio. Up 40 cents, or 3.01 per cent, to $13.70 on 909,806 shares. The Toronto-based company reported a $66.7-million profit in its third quarter, or 33 cents per share, compared to a net loss of $15.8 million or 10 cents per share a year earlier. Last year’s acquisition of the Global TV network and a host of specialty channels help boost third quarter revenue to $461.6 million, up from $360.8 million when Corus completed the purchase of Shaw Media through a $2.65 billion deal.
by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Aug 18, 2017 10:36 am MDT Last Updated Aug 18, 2017 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tech companies continue efforts to banish extremist accounts NEW YORK, N.Y. – Tech companies’ efforts to banish extremist groups and individuals are continuing as a social network popular with extremists disappeared from Google’s Android app store.Gab had already been unavailable in Apple’s store, though it remains accessible on the web.The banishments come in the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia. Civil rights advocates welcomed the moves, but say more needs to be done — and more should have been done earlier.Here is a look at some of the technology services that have banned hate groups or have otherwise come out against white supremacists and their supporters:___AIRBNBAhead of the rally, the housing booking service Airbnb barred rentals to people it believed were travelling to participate. The company said it used its existing background checks and “input from the community” to identify users who didn’t align with its standards.___SOCIAL MEDIAFacebook removed several groups and individuals from its service and Instagram for what it calls violations of terms banning hate speech. Groups included Vanguard America, Physical Removal and Genuine Donald Trump. The company uses a combination of artificial intelligence and human moderators to weed out groups, posts and people that violate its policies. Spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja acknowledges this is a difficult task, as determining what is hate speech is more difficult than something like a beheading video or child pornography.Twitter, meanwhile, appears to have suspended the account for neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer, though the company doesn’t comment on individual accounts.___APP STORESGoogle has removed Gab, a social network that extremists flocked to, for “hate speech,” Gab tweeted. Gab’s logo is a green cartoon frog, reminiscent of “Pepe the Frog,” the internet meme that’s become a symbol of the “alt-right,” a fringe movement that’s known for its racist, anti-Semitic and sexist views.___SERVICE PROVIDERSThe Daily Stormer’s publisher said he has been effectively “banned from the internet” after mocking the victim of a deadly car attack during the protests in Charlottesville. Andrew Anglin said by email he is “figuring out the next step” after four domain registration companies refused to service his site. GoDaddy and Google said earlier that the site violated their terms of service. After briefly reappearing under a Russian domain name, the site was again offline Wednesday after the security company Cloudflare Inc. dropped him as a customer, leaving the site vulnerable to hacking attacks.Email marketing firm MailChimp said some groups had their accounts terminated after it changed its terms of service on Monday to exclude customers whose primary purpose was “inciting harm” or promoting “discriminatory, hateful, or harassing content.” Squarespace, a website service company, said it banished some sites out of concern they “could be used to facilitate or promote behaviour that gives rise to violence.” Identity Evropa, a northern California hate group that helped organize participants in Charlottesville, tweeted that it had lost service from MailChimp, Squarespace and PayPal.___ONLINE PAYMENTSPayPal has been removing payment accounts linked to known hate groups in the months leading up to Charlottesville, according to the company and a civil rights organization it was working with. For example, the account for the Daily Stormer was banned several months ago. In a blog post, the company said it “strives to navigate the balance between freedom of expression and open dialogue — and the limiting and closing of sites that accept payments or raise funds to promote hate, violence and intolerance.”Online fundraising sites GoFundMe and Patreon also banned people and cancelled fundraisers associated with right-wing hate groups. GoFundMe confirmed that it removed “multiple campaigns” for James Fields, the driver accused of driving his car into protesters and killing a woman.___SPOTIFYThe music streaming service banned music it said “favours hatred or incites violence against race, religion, sexuality or the like” after it was alerted to white supremacist bands on its service by the music blog Digital Music News . The blog found bands identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as white power music streaming on Spotify.___FINDING LOVEDating site OKCupid tweeted that it had banned white nationalist Christopher Cantwell, saying “There is no room for hate in a place where you’re looking for love.”___OUTSIDE THE TECH WORLDDiscover said Thursday that it is “in the process” of terminating the accounts of hate groups. The racial justice group Color of Change had called on the credit card company, along with American Express, Mastercard and Visa, to stop processing funds for hate groups.Amex said most of the websites it was alerted to by activists already do not accept its credit cards. The company said it is “currently reviewing the other sites and will take the appropriate actions. We maintain the right to terminate any relationship that is harmful to our brand.”Mastercard said in a statement that it reviewed the websites “provided by civic leaders and others” and shut down the use of cards on sites it saw as inciting violence. At the same time, the company said it generally doesn’t block cards “based on our disagreement with specific views espoused or promoted.”Visa issued a similar statement, saying that while it bans illegal transactions, it does not restrict “lawful expression of views, even if we may find the organization or its positions to be offensive.”___DONATIONSApple is donating $2 million to two human rights groups as part of CEO Tim Cook’s pledge to help lead the fight against the hate that fueled the violence in Charlottesville. Apple is giving $1 million apiece to Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. The iPhone maker also will match employee donations to those two groups and other human rights organizations on a two-for-one basis.21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch told friends in a personal email that he and his wife, Kathryn, will donate $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League.American Airlines said it will donate $150,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville.___Associated Press Writers Ryan Nakashima in San Francisco, Ken Sweet in New York and Matt O’Brien in Providence, Rhode Island, contributed to this story.
Additionally, the extraordinary session of the National Assembly, which was convened to vote on the amendments to the Electoral Law, has also not taken place, said a statement issued by Sandra Honoré, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Haiti, and other members of the international community represented in the “Core Group” (Ambassadors of Brazil, Canada, France, Spain, the United States and the European Union, and the Special Representative of the Organization of American States). “The ‘Core Group’ is gravely concerned that the Haitian Parliament has become dysfunctional due to the fact that elections have not been held within the constitutional timeframe,” a statement released by the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said. In this context, the “Core Group” expressed its support to Haiti’s President in the exercise of his constitutional duty to ensure the regular functioning of institutions. The “Core Group” said it trusted that the Executive and all the political actors will act with “responsibility and restraint.”The “Core Group” welcomed the Political Accord recently concluded between President Michel Martelly and several opposition parties and called on all parties to join in on consensus in the “best interest” of the nation. “Recognizing the recent efforts made by the President and other actors to rebuild confidence in the political process, the Core Group further calls on all stakeholders to continue negotiations with the objective of forming, as a matter of urgency, a consensus Government,” the Group said. Haiti must also form a Provisional Electoral Council in the spirit of Article 289 of its national Constitution, and organise, as soon as technically feasible, inclusive, fair, and transparent elections in 2015, in order to consolidate democracy and stability. Five years ago this week, on 12 January 2010 a devastating earthquake struck Haiti killing more than more than 220,000 people as well as 102 UN staff, delivering a major blow to country’s already shaky economy, infrastructure and political landscape. Originally established on 1 June 2004 by a Security Council resolution, MINUSTAH’s mandate was increased after the earthquake to help the immediate recovery, reconstruction and stability efforts. The Council then requested MINUSTAH to further provide logistical support and technical expertise to assist Haiti’s Government to continue operations to build the capacity of its rule of law institutions at the national and local level.