Reduce cost of Kartarpur pilgrimage: Dal Khalsa

first_imgAhead of India signing the agreement on the Kartarpur corridor with Pakistan, Sikh radical outfit Dal Khalsa has asked the Congress-ruled Punjab government and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to equally share the financial burden of pilgrims who might not be able to afford the $20 fee proposed by Pakistan.At the same time, the organisation has urged the Pakistan government to reduce the fee to a level that poor pilgrims could easily afford the pilgrimage.Stalemate unfortunate “We urge the SGPC and the Punjab government to work out modalities and bear the expenses of pilgrims who cannot afford but desire to have a ‘darshan’ of Guru Nanak’s place. On the other hand, the Pakistan administration too needs to reduce the fee to half,” said party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh.He said the stalemate on the matter between the two countries was unfortunate.Mr. Singh said if the Punjab government could bear the entire cost of boarding and lodging of all the pilgrims from Amritsar, Talwandi Sabo and Anandpur Sahib to Hazoor Sahib in 2015-2016, under the Tirath Yatra Scheme, the pilgrims to Kartarpur Sahib should not be denied the benefit.Request to CM Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has also urged Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to ensure free pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib on the pattern of similar service provided to pilgrims under the Mukh Mantri Tirath Yatra scheme during the previous Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party regime.last_img read more

Football: Twitterati reacts to Neymar diving throughout the World Cup

first_imgAdvertisementBrazil was beaten by a better and sharper Belgium yesterday. They lost 2-1 to the Red Devils. The five time World Champions looked pretty shabby yesterday when they failed to capitalize on many chances and on the other hand, Belgium capitalized and bottled the Brazil side.Kevin De Bruyne after his stunner.Roberto Martinez’s men now face 1998 winners, France in the semis for a place in the Final.But even after all this, there was one person from the Brazil side who stole the spotlight. Who other than Neymar, who rolled and dived his way to the World Cup Quarters and showed some goals and attacking flairs in between.Valon Behrami standing over Neymar & laughing at him for rolling around like a dying duck, while getting booked, is my favorite picture of the WC so far. pic.twitter.com/u8fTELoAB3— Saurabh (@TheUnited_Way) July 7, 2018 #BRABEL Neymar at his best pic.twitter.com/dG4V5n3RBM— Josias Tso kgowa Phala (@kgowa) July 7, 2018 😂 This game is real fun super #Neymar io 😂😅😂 Game Over for #BRA #BRABEL #WorldCup @tinkerbell9958 pic.twitter.com/UiV81tP9FQ— We.The.People (@MPG0909) July 7, 2018 Neymar and Brazil rolling all the way home pic.twitter.com/vT6ppZP5jS— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 6, 2018Some digs on Brazil as well…Brazil just can’t perform against these colours…it’s their kryptonite 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/CFRr2grVHn— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) July 6, 2018 Neymar at World Cup 2018:450 mins2 goals 3 haircuts pic.twitter.com/3mCoNyL0AR— bet365 (@bet365) July 7, 2018..And one for everyone!Finally we have picked Neymar..On our way home😂😂 pic.twitter.com/BWgoCS7R1H— Steve J. Oscar (@SteveJOscar1) July 7, 2018Read Also:-FIFA World Cup 2018 : Belgian masterclass proves too much for Brazil.FIFA World Cup 2018: France move to Semis, as Cavani-less Uruguay falter Brazil can samba at the airport now— José (@MourinhoMindset) July 6, 2018Questionable dive by Mbappe in the first game of the day…Mbappe trying to be like Neymar?— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) July 6, 2018 RARE FOOTAGE: @neymarjr heads home from #worldcup to launch trials for his successor #cheeserolling pic.twitter.com/NzOXJ2fpNq— Neal Collins (@nealcol) July 7, 2018 Twitterati is known for their cruel way (sarcasm intended) of dealing with a player’s misery and it didn’t stop in Neymar’s case as well.Here are some of the best ones:-A summary of Neymar’s world cup#BRABEL pic.twitter.com/1hZS5tAwZU— Andy Owuor (@AndreOwuor) July 6, 2018 Other players will go Brazil through the plane and Neymar like this.😂 #BRABEL #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/IGrZtOGErg— Sanjay bc (@BcSanjay) July 7, 2018 Have a nice vacation, @neymarjr, careful with the cold water #WorldCup #BRABEL #BRA #BEL pic.twitter.com/wHr0ychtpI— Insónias em Carvão (@insoniascarvao) July 6, 2018center_img In 2014 Brazil tried to use the emotion of Neymar’s injury to beat Germany (lost 7-1). In 2018 it was all about his rushed comeback from injury and getting the ball to him. A great country blinded by a brand.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) July 7, 2018 When coach called out neymar the player’s eeaction imitating him This 😂🤦🤦🤦 pic.twitter.com/dWJ7AVdq8M— Tweetve🐦 (@GhanaliJ) July 7, 2018 Belgium just pushed Neymar off 😊😊😊pic.twitter.com/32WAEv3w4y— Witty Futty (@witty_futty) July 7, 2018 Advertisement Neymar the most expensive player in football history be like : pic.twitter.com/OESTvgHC8H— Gerald (@MrPutit) July 7, 2018 Stop rolling, diving & faking Neymar! #BRABEL #HappyBirthdayMSDhoni pic.twitter.com/IsQCex3lDz— The Great Belgium (@TheGreatBelgium) July 7, 2018 These kids are really out here trolling @neymarjr like that 😳 pic.twitter.com/U4pf8iopc7— ESPN (@espn) July 6, 2018 Neymar in the street! 🤣 pic.twitter.com/eo38zzc5vp— ٰ (@thehitman71) July 7, 2018last_img read more

PBL 2019: Mumbai Rockets beat Hyderabad Hunters to set up Bengaluru Raptors final

first_imgMumbai Rockets ended the title defence of Hyderabad Hunters to set up a summit clash against Bengaluru Raptors at the Premier Badminton League Season 4 in Bengaluru on Saturday.Mumbai Trump Sameer Verma played a brilliant match before Anders Antonsen finished off what was a dominant 4-2 win for the two-time runners-up at the Kanteerava Indoor Stadium.Mumbai will hope to be third time lucky in the final on Sunday after losses to the Delhi Acers and the Chennai Smashers in the first two seasons.The Rockets looked the better of the two teams for most part of the tie, racing ahead to 4-0 before P V Sindhu could finally open the Hunters’ account. It was, however, only a matter of time before Mumbai wrapped it up.The superb Sameer was not bothered by the fact that he had lost his last BWF showdown to World No. 35 Mark Caljouw.Asserting his supremacy right from the start, the Mumbai shuttler raced ahead to 8-2 before the Dutchman could not even settle into the match. Staying very calm, Verma grabbed the first game 15-8.Sameer smartly blunted Caljouw’s aggression even in the second game to move ahead to 8-2. Using his deception to perfection, Verma wrapped it up 15-8, 15-7.Hyderabad’s Lee Hyun Il was able to stave off a resilient Anders Antonsen to go up to 8-6 in the fourth rubber. Despite Lee going up to 13-11, the young Dane looked unfazed and steadily fought back to take the opener 15-13.Antonsen did not have to work as hard in the one-sided second game. He held control of the proceedings throughout the game, building an 11-6 advantage before finishing off a 15-13, 15-6 victory that sealed the tie.advertisementWorld No. 3 P V Sindhu was the lone bright spot for Hyderabad. She was always a tall order for the 202nd ranked Shreyanshi Pardeshi of the Mumbai Rockets.Even though Sindhu did secure a 15-6, 15-5 win, the rising star did have her moments. Her net game did trouble the lanky Sindhu to a certain extent in the first game and she managed to trail her highly accomplished opponent by just one point at 7-8.However, once Sindhu upped the intensity in her attack, it became an uphill task for Pardeshi. Over hitting under pressure did not help her cause at all as Sindhu opened up a 7-0 lead in the second game. It was all too one-sided after that as Sindhu cantered to an easy win.Earlier, Lee Yong Dae and Kim Gi Jung gave Mumbai a dream start with a 15-14, 15-12 win over Hyderabad’s Bodin Isara and Kim Sa-Rang. While the first game remained highly competitive, the second game was in the grip of the Hyderabad duo for a long time.Bodin and Kim led till 8-5 in the second game but could not prevent the Mumbai duo from making a strong comeback to go up to 13-11 before they closed out the win.last_img read more

OSU Football: What We Learned From Fall Camp

first_imgOSU goes deep at running back, despite inexperienceBehind 2016 Freshman All-American Justice Hill, options appeared to be scarce going into fall camp. But that problem appears to have been resolved after camp, with true freshman J.D. King emerging as the yin to Hill’s yang, and several other guys proving to be worthy of carries in the fall.“J.D. (King) has done a lot for us since preseason camp and Justice (Hill), watching him grow over the last year and seeing where he is now, we’ve got a great stable of running backs,” Crabtree said this week. “Those guys are going to do a lot for us this year.”King has drawn comparisons by Hill as a bigger version of himself in camp, and as strong pass-blocker, he will no doubt be a strong second option to start the season — but he isn’t the only option. Behind King is redshirt freshmen LD Brown and Ja’Ron Wilson and true freshman Chuba Hubbard, who could emerge as the third option if he proves to be durable enough. Gundy specifically called out Hubbard, listed as the last man on the depth chart at running back, as a game-changer in the run game.Mike Gundy on freshman Chuba Hubbard. ?? pic.twitter.com/KTNGEIuqQd— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 25, 2017Although Hubbard was a guy who appeared to be on track to redshirt midway through camp, it seems he’ll get a shot to play this season. Instead of moving to scout team, he’s seen reps with the practice squad, and all indications are that he will get his shot early on.“Chuba, if he hits the sideline, ya’ll will see what he can do,” Justice Hill said this week.The young corners are going to surpriseWhen Clemson graduate transfer Adrian Baker wasn’t listed on the two-deep earlier this week, Cowboy nation lost its collective minds. But that’s less of an indictment on Baker, who has yet to see the field in more than a year, and more of a positive sign of OSU’s young corners. I’m told Green and Williams have been far-and-away the standouts in camp at the position.A.J. Green is a young star from DeSoto, and Rodarius Williams, a Louisiana native with a history of track and field, is no slouch. He’s got the burners to become a legitimate cover corner and the confidence to back it up.“I ran into Justin Gilbert, I think it was at the spring game,” Williams recalled of his recruitment as a high schooler. “With him being a first-round pick, his outlook on Oklahoma State, he told me ‘It’s a bunch of man-to-man, so you’re going to get a lot of exposure with the ball.’ So I was like, ‘I’m the type of corner that wants to be thrown at,’ so I was like ‘I’m committing on the spot.’ He told me I was making a great decision.”With zero starts to their names, Green and Williams have a tremendous responsibility ahead with Big 12 title aspirations. But I love the mindset Green says he’s taking into the season with the expectations higher than ever. “I say it’s good, but that was last year, not this year,” said Green of the national media’s attention of late. “We have something more to prove and we’re coming for more this year than we did last year. It’s good and it’s a stepping stone, but it’s a block we need to step over.”Baker, as Gundy noted last week, will be used in specific packages and will likely grow into a role in the cornerback rotation. But for now, Green and Williams on an island with Malik Kearse and Madre Harper as the 2s isn’t a concern, despite the obvious lack of experience. But they will need to continue to grow and develop in a very short amount of time before conference play.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Fall camp is in the rear-view and Tulsa is quickly approaching. As we finish off our season previews and begin looking ahead, we’ve decided to take one final glance back at what we learned from fall camp and how it will impact the upcoming season.The offensive line unit shouldn’t be a concernSince the 2014 season, the offensive line unit has been a point of concern in every preseason. That isn’t, and shouldn’t, be the case this year.Although new offensive line coach Josh Henson is breaking in a new left tackle in Aaron Cochran, early returns are that this unit — which brings back starters at both guard positions, right tackle, and center — is primed to make another leap from its bounce-back 2016 campaign.“It’s a mature unit, it’s a good unit with a lot of experience,” left tackle Zach Crabtree said this week. “We’re going to have a good year. It should be [a better year than last year.]”Cochran is the only question mark, being a graduate transfer from Cal, but even he has solidified himself as more of an exclamation than a question mark.“He’s done everything we’ve asked him,” Gundy said of Cochran. “I’m always a little surprised when we can bring a player in and in two months, they can adjust to our culture. It’s not easy to do.”last_img read more

Father figure of our team: Tributes pour in for South Africa great Hashim Amla

first_imgFather figure of our team: Tributes pour in for South Africa great Hashim AmlaHashim Amla, who scored over 18,600 runs recording 55 centuries and 88 half-centuries in the process, on Thursday, brought an end to his 15-year-old long stellar career.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiAugust 9, 2019UPDATED: August 9, 2019 12:57 IST Tributes pour in for South Africa great Hashim Amla (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHashim Amla remains the only South African cricketer to score a triple century in Test cricketAmla scored over 18,600 runs recording 55 centuries and 88 half-centuries in the processHashim Amla respect! No words to describe, said former South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher.Social media has been flooded with tributes for South Africa great Hashim Amla following his announcement of retiring from all formats of the international game.Amla, who scored over 18,600 runs recording 55 centuries and 88 half-centuries in the process, on Thursday, brought an end to his 15-year-old long stellar career.Former Proteas skipper AB de Villiers took to social media and said: “Unreal career Hashim Amla! So many doubted u early on, but your fighting spirit, humility and incredible one of a kind talent took u to the top of the mountain and ultimately to one of the best players in the world and certainly I’ve ever seen. Congrats on an amazing career.”Unreal career @amlahash ! So many doubted u early on, but your fighting spirit, humility & incredible one of a kind talent took u to the top of the mountain and ultimately to one of the best players in the world and https://t.co/LVxSIdeCoQAB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) August 8, 2019Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar paid tribute to Amla and tweeted: “The great Hashim Amla has surprised the world with his announcement to retire from all forms of cricket, what a legend and what a great human being and great brand ambassador of the game respect to you wish you best of luck.”The great #HashimAmla has surprised the world with his announcement to retire from all forms of cricket, what a legend & what a great human being & great brand ambassador of the game respect to you wish you best of luck ..advertisementShoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) August 8, 2019″First time I played against Hashim Amla was in u-19 World Cup in New Zealand. He showed the glimpse of his class by playing an outstanding inning against us, surely he finished his international career by being one of the greats of South African cricket. Happy retirement brother,” tweeted Irfan Pathan.First time I played against @amlahash was in u-19 World Cup in New Zealand.showed the glimpse of his class by playing an outstanding inning against us,surely he finished his international career by being one of the greats of South African cricket.Happy #retirement brother #amlaIrfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 8, 2019Former Proteas skipper Shaun Pollock tweeted: “Congratulations to Hashim Amla on a fantastic international careerwhat an amazing journey it has been since seeing you for the first time in the Kingsmead nets in the late 90’s… well done.”Congratulations to Hashim Amla on a fantastic international career..what an amazing journey it has been since seeing you for the first time in the Kingsmead nets in the late 90’s… well done..respect.. @amlahashShaun Pollock (@7polly7) August 8, 2019Former South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher had only one word to say, but it was more or less an apt summation of the man and his career. “Hashim Amla respect! No words to describe.”@amlahash respect! No words to describe. #Legendmark boucher (@markb46) August 8, 2019Former Australian cricketer Lisa Sthalekar pondered what a South African line-up without two of its all-time greats — Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla — would look like.”Wow two modern greats of the game have now retired first Dale Steyn and now Hashim Amla. Thoroughly enjoyed what they were able to do on the field. Going to take me some time to get use to the new South Africa team!””One of the greats of the modern era. Congratulations, Hashim Amla on a fantastic career, wish you the best in retirement,” wrote former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif.One of the greats of the modern era. Congratulations, Hashim Amla on a fantastic career, wish you the best in retirement @amlahash ! pic.twitter.com/sgNvCVazBhMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 8, 2019″The mighty Hashim Amla The Father figure of our team. So much wisdom, so much humility, always a smile on ur face and has been the rock of the batting line up for as long as I can remember. Well done on ur legendary career bud. THANK YOU !!! We definitely gonna miss you,” wrote current captain of the South African national team Faf du Plessis.The mighty # @amlahash … The Father figure of our team. So much wisdom , so much humility , always a smile on ur face and has been the rock of the batting line up for as long as I can remember. Well done on ur legendary career bud. THANK YOU !!! We definitely gonna miss you pic.twitter.com/ILwp12URERFaf Du Plessis (@faf1307) August 9, 2019Amla remains the only South African cricketer to score a triple century in Test cricket. In 124 Tests, Amla scored 9,282 runs at 46.41 with 28 centuries and 41 fifties.advertisementHis ODI career was equally successful as he was ranked among the best batsmen in the format, holding the South African record of 27 tons. He was also the quickest to 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000 ODI runs. In 181 ODIs, Amla collected 8,113 runs at 49.46 with 27 hundreds and 39 half-centuries.He also climbed to the top of the ICC rankings in both Tests and ODIs.Read more | South Africa great Hashim Amla announces retirement from international cricketAlso see:For 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Hashim AmlaFollow AmlaFollow South AfricaFollow Proteas batsmanlast_img read more

Licence revocation warranted after lawyers mortgage fraud Appeal Court finds

first_imgTORONTO – A lawyer involved in mortgage fraud deserved to be kicked out of the profession as the provincial regulator had originally decided, Ontario’s top court ruled on Friday.In its decision, the Appeal Court said it could not understand why the disbarment penalty against John Abbott had been overturned in the first place.“There is, as yet, no precedent for a lower penalty than licence revocation for a lawyer who has knowingly participated in mortgage fraud,” the Appeal Court said.Abbott, a Toronto lawyer since 1989, was found in 2014 to have engaged in mortgage fraud after a client complained to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2007. The society’s hearing division found that Abbott had committed professional misconduct related to seven transactions that caused financial losses of about $625,000.As punishment, the hearing division ordered his licence revoked, saying it found no extraordinary mitigating factors to soften the penalty.Abbott appealed to the regulator’s appeal division, which unanimously upheld the finding of professional misconduct against him. Nevertheless, in a split ruling, the appeal panel lessened the disbarment penalty to a two-year licence suspension. The majority cited an “inordinate and unacceptable” delay in investigating and prosecuting Abbott as the reason for its punishment decision.The law society appealed that decision but was dismissed by Divisional Court, prompting the province’s top court to get involved.In its ruling, the Court of Appeal found that stripping a lawyer of a licence for the fraud offence is the presumptive penalty and that no circumstances had emerged to change that in this case.The ruling was sharply critical of the appeal division for disturbing the penalty on the basis that the hearing panel had failed to take into account the long delay between complaint and prosecution and the resulting prejudice to Abbott. In fact, the Appeal Court said, the hearing division had been perfectly alive to the length of time it had taken to prosecute the lawyer.The appeal division was determined to impose a lesser penalty than revocation on Abbott to send a message to the Law Society that the long delay in getting to a hearing was unacceptable. As a result, it exceeded its responsibility, the Appeal Court said.The court then went on to fault Divisional Court for failing to correct the error.It also ordered Abbott to pay $15,000 in costs to the law society.last_img read more

Decadeslong journey at an end for parents of Winnipeg teen killed in

first_imgWINNIPEG – Years of legal proceedings in the death of a Winnipeg teenager in 1984 have now come to an end.The Crown has decided not to appeal the acquittal of Mark Edward Grant, who was found not guilty last month of second-degree murder in the death of Candace Derksen.Candace was last seen while walking home from school at the age of 13, and her frozen body — with her feet and hands tied — was found six weeks later in an industrial shed.Grant was arrested in 2007 following DNA tests and found guilty in 2011, but the conviction was overturned two years later by the Supreme Court of Canada.A new trial was held this year and Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Karen Simonsen ruled the DNA evidence was flawed.A written statement from Manitoba Justice says the Crown will not appeal that verdict, but offers no details.“This determination was reached after a careful review of the evidence and Justice Simonsen’s decision by both the Crowns assigned to the prosecution and Manitoba Prosecution Service’s appeal unit,” the statement said.Candace’s disappearance gripped the city and a large public search was launched.Grant, now 54, was unknown to the Derksen family. He had a criminal record at the time that included sexual assaults, and was convicted of other crimes before his 2007 arrest. In one case in 1994, he was convicted of a sexual assault that occurred shortly after he had been released from custody on a previous conviction.In the murder retrial earlier this year, court heard that DNA samples had deteriorated in the time between Derksen’s death and Grant’s first trial.Grant’s lawyer, Saul Simmonds, said in his closing arguments that DNA samples the Crown had relied on were so tiny as to be infinitesimal, and could be from one of the many people who had visited the shed where Derksen’s body was found.Cliff and Wilma Derksen said last month they continue to believe Grant killed their daughter but after three decades, they did not want the Crown to appeal.The Derksens have worked on several projects in their daughter’s name, including Candace House, a home-like resource centre for victims of crime that is being built a short walk from the Winnipeg court house.last_img read more

WatchWhat you need to know about changes coming to Canada Pension Plan

VANCOUVER — Finance Minister Bill Morneau met his provincial and territorial counterparts in Vancouver on Monday and reached an agreement with most of them to expand the Canada Pension Plan. Here is what you need to know about CPP and the proposed deal:[np_storybar title=”The dirty secret of a bigger CPP is that it’s to help bail out public-sector pension plans” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/fp-comment/philip-cross-the-dirty-secret-of-a-bigger-cpp-is-that-its-to-help-bail-out-public-sector-pension-plans”%5DPhilip Cross: The key issues surrounding public-service pension-plan benefits are mostly unspoken, both to their members and to taxpayers. Read on [/np_storybar]1) The system is designed so that each generation of workers pays for its own retirement. That makes it different from two other income replacement programs for seniors and retirees: old age security (OAS) and the guaranteed income supplement (GIS). Those measures are covered through general tax revenues, meaning that workers today pay taxes to raise the incomes of poorer seniors.2) CPP contribution rates have only been raised once in the last 20 years. In 1997, finance ministers agreed to a phased-in increase in contribution rates to ensure one generation of workers wasn’t paying for another generation’s retirement. The argument today is that the CPP should pay more in benefits and help those who aren’t saving enough for retirement. The argument against raising contribution rates is that it would hit workers’ wallets at a time when governments keep saying the economy is fragile.3)Crunching the numbersIncreasing the income replacement rate to one-third from one-quarter, meaning the maximum CPP benefit will be about $17,478 instead of about $13,000. — Increasing premiums on employers and employees by one per cent, meaning an extra $408 a year coming off paycheques. — Increased premiums will be phased in over seven years, starting in 2019. — Increasing by 14 per cent to $82,700 the maximum amount of income subject to CPP. — Expanding the refundable tax credit known as the federal working income tax benefit, to help low-income Canadians offset the increase in premiums.Federal government and provinces — minus Quebec and Manitoba — agree to new CPP dealCPP expansion may be centre stage, but Liberal changes to OAS may have the bigger economic impactCPP expansion threatens to benefit the tax collector more than the taxpayer4) Not every province has to have the CPP. Quebec has its own version. Saskatchewan has its own pension plan, but the payments are voluntary, acting more like a RRSP. Along with Quebec, Manitoba didn’t sign onto the deal on Monday.5) Ontario had planned to launch its own pension plan if changes weren’t made to CPP, but with Monday’s agreement-in-principle Canada’s most populous province said it will back away.6) Small business owners are against it. Mandatory matching contributions will also mean a jump in payroll expenses for employers, which the Canadian Federation of Independent Business condemned Tuesday as “a devastating move for Canadian workers and the economy in general.” The CFIB says 71 per cent of small business owners oppose a mandatory premium hike 67 say it would increase pressure to freeze or cut salaries  46 per cent say they would reduce investment in their business   35 per cent say it would force them to lay off employeesAnd from BMO chief economist Douglas Porter:As Ottawa notes, someone at the $55,000 income level will see their premiums rise by just $7/month in 2019. But, keep in mind that will increase to $34/month by 2023 when the contribution rate increase is fully implemented, while those with higher incomes will see premiums rise quite a bit more when the coverage level expands between 2023 and 2025. One immediate impact of this change is that Ontario’s proposed pension plan is now effectively scraped, so we finally have some clarity on that front. read more

Deer tick range greatly expanded

Long Point and Turkey Point have been regarded as hot-spots for the tick that spreads Lyme disease in recent years.However – based on last year’s field tests — the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has determined that the tick species at issue can be found anywhere in Norfolk, much of west Haldimand, and in a large geographic area with Dunnville at its centre.Kris Lutzi, the health unit’s senior public health inspector, told Norfolk council this week that three cases of Lyme disease were confirmed in Norfolk and Norfolk last year. This is down from seven cases in 2017 and five cases in 2016.There was discussion at Tuesday’s meeting as to whether the proliferation of invasive phragmites in waterfront areas of Norfolk has expanded habitat for the deer tick that carries Lyme disease.Lutzi said he has never seen confirmation of a deer tick from a beach sand environment. Deer ticks, he said, prefer shaded, damp forest areas with abundant leaf litter and spindly undergrowth for climbing on to potential hosts.In counterpoint, Mayor Kristal Chopp said Turkey Point residents have shared reports to the contrary.Deer ticks are one reason Turkey Point residents have been concerned in recent years with the spread of invasive phragmites on the beachfront along Ordnance Avenue.While Lyme disease trends in the local area are headed in a positive direction, the same cannot be said for West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis virus.Lutzi said hot, wet weather in southern Ontario in the spring of 2018 created ideal conditions for the proliferation of mosquitoes – the carriers of West Nile and EEEV.Six cases of West Nile were confirmed in Haldimand and Norfolk last year, one of which was fatal. The victims ranged in age from late-40s to mid-80s. Lutzi added there is a possibility three of the local cases were contracted elsewhere in Ontario.As part of its monitoring program, the health unit tested 59 sites last year where mosquitoes breed. Five of these produced mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile virus.Positive mosquitoes were confirmed in Simcoe, Caledonia, Dunnville and Cayuga. Tests on mosquitoes from Jarvis, Delhi, Port Dover and Port Rowan came back negative.The health unit isn’t sure field testing of this sort is useful given that local residents who came down with West Nile last year were not within range of areas where mosquitoes tested positive.“These results…reaffirm that personal precautions should be taken whether or not surveillance results indicate the presence of West Nile virus,” Lutzi says in his report.Also noteworthy was the return of EEEV after a nine-year absence. Four cases were confirmed in horses in Haldimand last year. EEEV is of interest to health officials because one human case was confirmed in Ontario in 2016.“Last year is a clear reminder that EEEV remains a threat locally,” Lutzi said. “Equine owners should ensure their horses are vaccinated.”“Vector-borne diseases” such as Lyme, West Nile and EEEV are monitored because they are spread by parasites that benefit from the recent trend toward warmer springs and summers.If this trend continues, Lutzi said health officials can expect to see more instances of these potentially serious illnesses.Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria transmitted by tick bites. It is difficult to diagnose because it resembles many other illnesses that produce flu-like symptoms.Lyme disease can persist for years. The most serious complication is heart and organ damage that can ultimately prove fatal.West Nile disease is believed to have arrived in North America 30 or so years ago in mosquitoes that hitched a ride on jet planes from Africa and the Middle East. Most people exposed to the virus exhibit no symptoms but in others the ailment produces long-term debilitation and death.Being an encephalitic pathogen, EEEV inflames brain and nerve tissue with the potential for long-term debilitation in victims who survive.Norfolk council serves as the board of health for both Norfolk and Haldimand due to Norfolk’s larger population.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Britain Is The Home Of Golf The Old Folks Home That Is

With first-time winners taking each of the last seven major titles, you might not think experience counts for much in golf anymore. But as the world’s top players head to Royal Birkdale for this week’s (British) Open, it serves as a reminder that the unique challenges of links-style courses still provide at least one championship showcase for golf’s greybeards.Traditionally speaking, championship golfers do the bulk of their winning in their late 20s and early-to-mid 30s: Since 2000, about 60 percent of major winners were age 32 or younger at the time of their victory. But the big exception seems to be the British Open, whose champs are consistently much older than those of the other majors. Of the five major wins by the 40-and-older set since 2000, only one of them didn’t come at The Open (Vijay Singh’s 2004 PGA Championship win). According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, the average age for British Open winners since 2000 was 33.7, while the average age for all other major champs was 30.7.And the results have been even more extreme in recent years, with four 40-somethings winning the Claret Jug this decade,1Henrik Stenson in 2016, Phil Mickelson in 2013, Ernie Els in 2012 and Darren Clarke in 2011. and this doesn’t even count Zach Johnson (who won The Open at age 39 in 2015), nor does it reflect the heroic near-misses from old-timers this century, such as 59-year-old Tom Watson’s playoff loss at Turnberry in 2009 and 53-year-old Greg Norman’s third-place finish in 2008 — the last time Birkdale hosted the event. Since 2011, the average age for The Open winners has been 38.5, nearly 10 years older than the average of the other three majors (28.7), according to ESPN Stats & Information. So why do older players excel at the British? One reason might be in the way experience helps players deal with the ever-changing weather conditions that often beset The Open — and how those same atmospheric effects negate the advantages of long-hitting younger players.To test this theory, I looked at data provided by Stats & Info for the first two rounds of each British Open since 1983. For players who have birthdate information in the database,2Because of incomplete data, about 20 percent of players who played in the British Open are missing age information. I broke them down into the following categories: “Young” (ages 28 or below — the youngest 25 percent of players), “Old” (ages 39 or older — the oldest 25 percent of players) and “Regular” (everyone else). I also recorded whether the average score for a given round was more than three strokes over par, considering such rounds to have “high-scoring” conditions. This is admittedly an imperfect proxy for weather effects, but in the absence of tee times and climate data, it will have to do as a means of flagging rounds where conditions were challenging.When scoring conditions were normal, old and young players shot equally well relative to the field average. (Players who fit neither category shot about a third of a stroke better on average, which makes sense given those players were in the primes of their careers.) But when conditions got bad, the young players shot worse — and the older ones shot better. In high-scoring rounds, young players lost about a third of a stroke per round relative to older players, an even bigger margin than the quarter-stroke they lost relative to prime-aged players.3It’s a safe assumption that the missing ages in this data set only work in the favor of the younger players: Many of the ones missing are amateurs and fringe international qualifiers, who typically put up worse scores; likewise, past Open winners age 60 or younger, who automatically qualify, also tend to perform poorly, but their ages are reflected here. A “high-scoring round” is one in which the field average was more than three strokes over par.Source: ESPN Stats & information group Old (39 and older)1,616-0.11730-0.28-0.17 Open weather can infamously turn on a dime, and it requires shots of a very different shape than the usual ones many younger Americans have spent the vast majority of their careers playing. So at least in part, this is evidence that experience — and not raw power — can help a player better navigate around such challenging conditions.And that shouldn’t be any different this time around, with typical rainy, gusty weather on the forecast for Royal Birkdale. So although this has been a great season for young players on the PGA Tour, don’t be surprised if the sport’s elder statesmen take center stage in England this week. Young (28 and younger)1,408-0.127260.00+0.12 NORMAL ROUNDHIGH-SCORING ROUND When the going gets rough, the old get goingFirst- and second-round scores vs. field average under normal and high-scoring conditions in the British Open, by age, 1983-2016 Regular (29–38)2,765-0.471,153-0.58-0.11 PLAYER AGEROUNDSSCORE VS AVG.ROUNDSSCORE VS AVG.DIFF. read more

Stephen Hawking greatest quotes Remember to look up at the stars and

first_imgOn not giving up:“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the Universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” 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. On God:”It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going” – The Grand Design, published 2010.On commercial success:”I want my books sold on airport bookstalls” – Interview in The New York Times, December 2004.On fame:”The downside of my celebrity is that I cannot go anywhere in the world without being recognised. It is not enough for me to wear dark sunglasses and a wig. The wheelchair gives me away” – Interview on Israeli TV, December 2006.On an imperfect world:”Without imperfection, you or I would not exist” – In Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking, The Discovery Channel, 2010.On euthanasia:”The victim should have the right to end his life, if he wants. But I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope” – Quoted in People’s Daily Online, June 2006. On the importance of having a sense of humour:”Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny” – Interview in The New York Times, December 2004.On death:”I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first” – Interview in The Guardian, May 2011.center_img On intellectual showboating:”People who boast about their IQ are losers” – Interview in The New York Times, December 2004.On the possibility of contact between humans and aliens:”I think it would be a disaster. The extraterrestrials would probably be far in advance of us. The history of advanced races meeting more primitive people on this planet is not very happy, and they were the same species. I think we should keep our heads low” – In Naked Science: Alien Contact, The National Geographic Channel, 2004. Stephen Hawking captured the public’s imagination as a trapped mind exploring the boundaries of scientific knowledge. Here are some memorable pearls of wisdom from one of the world’s most famous scientists:On the reason why the universe exists:”If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we would know the mind of God” – A Brief History Of Time, published 1988.On being diagnosed with motor neurone disease:”My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus” – Interview in The New York Times, December 2004.On black holes:”Einstein was wrong when he said, ‘God does not play dice’. Consideration of black holes suggests, not only that God does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can’t be seen” – The Nature Of Space And Time, published 1996.last_img read more

Selfdriving cars could function as moving brothels academics predict

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. This could lead to congestion and traffic in tourist hotspots, the researchers warned. “Should CAVs replace traditional coach-tours, major urban attractions can anticipate congestion as ten or more CAVs may equal the capacity of one conventional tour bus.  Brothels could move into self-driving cars, British academics predict.A paper by researchers at the University of Surrey and Oxford suggests that “pay-per-hour” hotel rooms are likely to be replaced by autonomous cars when the technology is introduced.”While SCAVs [shared, connected autonomous vehicles] will likely be monitored to deter passengers having sex or using drugs in them, and to prevent violence, such surveillance may be rapidly overcome, disabled or removed. “Moreover, personal CAVs will likely be immune from such surveillance. Such private CAVs may also be put to commercial use, as it is just a small leap to imagine Amsterdam’s Red Light District ‘on the move’,” the paper says. The study titled “Autonomous vehicles and the future of urban tourism”, published in the Annals of Tourism Research, also suggests that the budget hotel and flight industry could suffer if the cars are introduced, as travellers opt to sleep in their cars and travel overnight between cities that they might otherwise have flown between. They could also herald the end of the coach trip, as tourists who might have opted for a coach tour choose the greater freedom and independence that comes with travelling by car without having to worry about driving or finding parking spaces.  “CAV use in urban tourism may, therefore, prove an exception to expectations that CAVs will lead to reduced congestion and better traffic flows.”Self-driving car tours, organised by computer-generated algorithms, could also lead to tourist shops paying for inclusion on an automated route. Plans to introduce self-driving “pods” in the Lake District were announced earlier this year, and autonomous electric vehicles are already carrying passengers at Heathrow’s Terminal 5.  Show more read more

Woman charged over death of 84yearold man last summer

first_imgA 51-YEAR-OLD WOMAN has been charged in connection with the death of an 84-year-old man in Wexford last summer.The body of Walter Plunkett was discovered in the front garden of his home in Enniscorthy on 19 August.  A post-mortem found that he had died due to asphyxiation.The woman is due to appear before Gorey District Court this morning.Comments have been disabled on this article because legal proceedings are ongoing.last_img

Two of Plutos moons voted to be named Vulcan and Cerberus

first_imgSet phasers to awesome. The polls have closed and the votes have been counted. After weeks of online balloting to help pick names for Pluto’s two smallest moons, the winners are Cerberus and Vulcan. The latter was helped along by none other than William Shatner, who tweeted about the poll and suggested the name. Even if you’re not a Star Trek fan, you have to admit these names are more fun than the placeholder names, P4 and P5.The voting was undertaken by the SETI Institute and by Dr. Mark Showalter, on behalf of the P4/P5 discovery team. The rules for voting clearly state that the team is not bound by the results of voting, but will recommend the names to the International Astronomical Union (ITU). Although, Vulcan won by a pretty huge margin, capturing about 174,000 out of a total of 450,324 votes. Cerberus eked out a second place finish with a touch under 100,000 votes.Shatner suggested the name to pay homage to the Star Trek universe planet Vulcan, which is the home of the Vulcan species. SETI officials were quick to point out that Vulcan was also the Roman god of lava and smoke, which was the rationale for adding it in the first place. Cerberus is the legendary three-headed hound that guards the gates to the underworld in Greek and Roman mythology.The moons, which are the fourth and fifth moons of Pluto, were discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2011 and 2012 respectively. These clumps of rock are 5,000 times fainter than Pluto, and are 2-3 times farther away from the dwarf planet than it’s largest moon, Charon. Both P4 and P5 are roughly 15-20 miles in diameter, which is dinky by moon standards. At least they might get cool names.Now read: Live long and prosper: Redshirts less likely to die on Star Trek than goldshirtslast_img read more

Xenophons appeal to end vicious cycle of doubledipping for politicians

first_imgAs Joe Hockey is expected to be appointed Australia’s ambassador to Washington DC, independent Senator Nick Xenophon has said that he should not claim the parliamentary pension in addition to his salary. “I just want to help Joe Hockey fulfil his dream of ending the age of entitlement by Joe Hockey setting an example for the rest of us,” he said on Sunday. Xenophon’s comment refers to a speech the former treasurer gave in London in 2012 calling for a smaller welfare state. Following his official resignation from parliament last week, Hockey is on track to land a key government post in Washington, reportedly earning a salary of $360,000 per year. As it stands today, under the guidelines established in 2010, he could simultaneously access up to 50 per cent of his parliamentary superannuation, a move that would translate to an additional $90,000 a year. Xenophon urged Hockey to reject the generous top-up to his income if he takes on the ambassador’s role, and warned that in case double-dipping occurred he would call for an overhaul of the current legislation in the Senate. “I will be putting up legislation in the Senate that will say if an ex-politician who’s getting a parliamentary pension is offered a diplomatic post, then they can’t get any of that pension during that time of the diplomatic post,” he told reporters in Adelaide. “This looks a lot like a double-dip by ex-politicians. It is beyond community standards. It is not reasonable,” he added. Earlier this year, as treasurer in the Abbott government, Hockey said that legally accessing both employer and government-paid parental leave schemes was “basically fraud”, although amid the backlash that followed he denied making the statement. An avid supporter of reducing government allowances, Hockey also reiterated in his farewell parliament speech the need to end the “age of entitlement”. This is not the first time Senator Xenophon has publicly brought up the issue of unfair political entitlements. Former SA premier Mike Rann, who was receiving both a parliamentary pension and a salary while serving as a high commissioner in Britain in 2014, had his earnings reduced after Xenophon pushed the federal government to take action. Senator Xenophon told reporters on Sunday he is planning to pay for his travel expenses for his imminent trip to the US to look at the automotive industry. “I can do things on the cheap … I know all the Greyhound bus schedules,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un incroyable trésor découvert dans un temple indien

first_imgUn incroyable trésor découvert dans un temple indienUn incroyable trésor, dont la valeur pourrait atteindre plusieurs milliards d’euros, a été découvert dans les sous-sols d’un temple hindou du Sud de l’Inde. La question de l’origine de cette fabuleuse découverte se pose alors. S’agit-il de richesses cachées par une famille royale ou d’offrandes abandonnées dans le temple ? Alors qu’ils réalisaient des fouilles dans les sous-sols d’un temple de l’Etat du Kerala, au sud de l’Inde, des archéologues ont mis au jour des milliers de colliers, de décorations en or, en argent, et de pierres précieuses, lit-on sur le site Internet du temple. Un trésor dont la valeur pourrait être comprise entre 700 millions et 15 milliards d’euros d’après les différents experts qui sont en train de l’évaluer. Ce fabuleux trésor a été découvert dans cinq caches souterraines du temple de Sree Padmanabhaswamy. Un édifice érigé au XVIIIe siècle, situé dans le centre de la ville de Thiruvananthapuram. Dédié au dieu Vishnou, il a été construit par le roi de Travancore. Le trésor découvert pourrait alors être constitué d’offrandes des fidèles. Depuis que l’Inde a obtenu son indépendance en 1947, le temple est géré par une fondation dirigée par les descendants de la famille royale de Travancore. Mais la Cour suprême indienne a récemment ordonné qu’il soit contrôlé par l’Etat.Ce lundi, une sixième chambre secrète, protégée par des murs de fer, doit être ouverte à son tour. Il est possible qu’elle renferme elle aussi d’inestimables richesses. Afin de protéger le précieux trésor, une centaine d’hommes de l’armée et de la police a été mobilisée sur le site. Le temple a également été équipé d’alarmes et de caméras. Mais cette surveillance n’empêchera aucunement les hindous d’entrer dans le temple pour s’y recueillir, promettent les autorités.Richesses cachées ou offrandes ?À lire aussiUne momie égyptienne vieille de 5500 ans renverse nos croyances sur l’embaumementReste aujourd’hui à déterminer qui a abandonné ce faramineux trésor. Selon les hypothèses émises, il pourrait s’agir d’une partie des richesses de la famille royale de Travancore qui régnait sur le territoire avant la colonisation britannique et qui a fait édifier le temple.  Mais il se pourrait également qu’il s’agisse d’offrandes de fidèles accumulées au cours de centaines d’années dans cette ville autrefois très commerçante. Outre cette origine, se pose également la question du destin de cette découverte. Les responsables de la communauté hindoue estiment que ces richesses sont la propriété du temple et doivent le rester. D’autres, comme un ancien juge de la cour suprême et de nombreux intellectuels, réclament qu’elles soient investies pour le bien public.  Le 11 juillet 2011 à 17:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Vancouver man injured in I5 crash

first_imgOne person was injured Friday morning in a three-car crash on Interstate 5.The crash was reported just after 10 a.m. on the southbound exit to Fourth Plain Boulevard.According to a Washington State Patrol release, a 1999 Dodge Dakota driven by Christopher Imre, 43, of Vancouver failed to slow and slammed into a 2010 Audi A4 driven by Sandra Tersteeg, 39, of Vancouver. The Audi was then pushed into the rear of a 1999 Ford Mustang driven by Manuel Ramos Lopez, 24, of Woodland.Imre was the only driver who reported injuries. He was treated at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and released.The crash caused an estimated $5,000 in damage to the Dakota and Audi, both of which were towed from the scene, and an estimated $500 in damage to the Mustang.The crash was caused by inattention, WSP said.Imre was cited for speeding, according to the release.last_img read more

BC Adds New Requirements for Proposed Mines

first_imgDownload AudioThe British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office announced on Thursday that it’s adding new requirements for proposed mines undergoing environmental review. The changes are part of an effort to make mine tailings facilities safer in response to last year’s tailings dam collapse at the Mount Polley mine.last_img