Canada Suspends, Fines Islamic Organization for Allegedly Funding Kashmir Militant Group

first_imgThe Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has suspended and fined a top Canadian Islamic organization for allegedly providing resources that may have been used for armed militancy in India’s Kashmir region.The CRA suspended Mississauga-based Islamic Society of North America-Canada (ISNA-Canada) for a year starting Sept. 12 and ordered it to pay a C$550,000 penalty.The charity had “failed to conduct any meaningful due diligence” when it transferred C$136,000 to the Kashmir region, which may have been used to fund the activities of Pakistan-based political organization Jamaat-e-Islami and/or its armed wing Hizbul Mujahideen, the Canadian government auditors who audited the accounts of ISNA-Canada said, Globalnews.ca reported.The CRA wrote in its report that by acting as a “conduit” for other organizations, ISNA-Canada “may have, knowingly or unknowingly, provided the benefits of its status as a registered charity to support the efforts of a political party and its armed wing,” according to the publication. “It is the CRA’s view that the society’s resources may have, directly or indirectly, been used the support the political efforts of Jamaat-e-Islami and/or its armed wing Hizbul Mujahideen,” the report added, citing CRA documents.While the Charities Directorate has not revoked ISNA-Canada’s charity status, the organization will have to agree to “cease its overseas operations” to continue to run its operations.The report cited CRA audit documents to say that between 2007 and 2009, ISNA-Canada “gifted” C$90,000 to the Relief Organization for Kashmiri Muslims (ROKM). The CRA has earlier called the ROKM the “charitable arm” of Jamaat-e-Islami, whose armed wing, Hizbul Mujahideen, is listed as a terrorist group in India, Europe, and the United States. The CRA also revealed that ISNA-Canada provided an additional C$46,000 to the Kashmiri Relief Fund of Canada, which has previously raised funds for the ROKM.While the audit was conducted in 2011 and covered the years between 2007 to 2009, the results were conveyed to ISNA-Canada in 2014. However, the CRA took the action against the organization on Sept. 5, 2018.“Providing resources to organizations operating in support of a political purpose, including the achievement of nationhood or political autonomy, are not recognized at law as charitable,” the CRA wrote in its report, according to the publication.“We are saddened by this outcome,” ISNA-Canada said in a written statement, it added.“We remain politically impartial and are not in any way linked to any political or extremist group,” the organization said. “We will continue our operations and remain committed to always striving to be the best possible organization we can be in service to Canadians.”ISNA-Canada operates mosques and provides services like Islamic weddings and funerals.While it remains suspended, it won’t be able to issue receipts that allow donors to claim their contributions for income tax benefits.“A suspended organization will continue to be listed on the CRA’s list of charities, with a notice advising the public that the charity is suspended. Once a suspension has been lifted, a charity can begin to issue official donation receipts,” CRA spokesperson Dany Morin was quoted as saying in the report.The suspension and penalty are the latest in a string of federal audits of four former Islamic charities, all based in Mississauga. Last year, the CRA scrapped the charitable status of ISNA Islamic Services of Canada after raising concerns about the possible routing of funds in support of Hizbul Mujahideen. In 2013, ISNA Development Foundation, and the Canadian Islamic Trust Foundation were removed from the charity list over similar concerns. Related ItemsCanadakashmirTerrorismlast_img read more

London Olympics: Kimberly Rhode blasts her way to skeet gold, equals world record

first_imgKimberly Rhode of the United States won the gold medal in the women’s skeet competition at the Olympics on Sunday, equalling the world record along the way. Rhode, a double Olympic champion in the double trap and Beijing silver medallist in the skeet, entered the final with a four-point cushion after qualifying and calmly blasted her way to victory as her rivals fell away.Rhode, who equalled the Olympics record earlier on Sunday, matched Danka Bartekova’s world record of 99.China’s Wei Ning added another silver to the one she took in Athens in 2004, while Slovakia’s Bartekova snatched bronze in a shoot-off against Russia’s Marina Belikova.Belikova had held down third place for the duration of the final, but missed her final two shots to allow Bartekova to equalize in a drama-filled last round.last_img read more

Powerlifter Farman Basha finishes 4th in Paralympics

first_imgRELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on × File Photo of Indian powerlifter Farman Basha.   –  The Hindu September 09, 2016 Indian powerlifter Farman Basha missed out on a medal as he finished fourth in the men’s 49kg event of the Rio Paralympic Games here. Basha managed a best lift of 140kg in three attempts to miss the medal.Cong van Le, who set a world record with a successful lift of 181 kg, won the gold medal while Omar Qarada of Jordan claimed the silver medal. Hungary’s Nandor Tunkel settled for a bronze medal.Basha is a former bronze-medallist from the 2010 Asian Para Games. His medal was upgraded to silver after the original winner flunked a dope test. COMMENTScenter_img SHARE COMMENT null sport Rio Paralympics: Deepa Malik wins silver in shotput File Photo of Indian powerlifter Farman Basha.   –  The Hindulast_img read more

Sports Wrap: Dhoni faces heat despite series win, why South African legend wanted to hang himself and more

first_imgMS Dhoni defies logic by choosing Ambati Rayudu over Manish Pandey at No. 3 in Harare Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s tactics in Zimbabwe have come under the scanner again. Why would you want to hold back a supremely talented batsman when he hasn’t played international cricket for 141 days?When Makhaya Ntini almost hung himself after losing ODI series to India Zimbabwe’s interim coach Makhaya Ntini is  fuming over his team’s spineless show against a second-string Indian team. Euro 2016: Zlatan again fails to shine in City of LightFor all of his dazzling performances down the years, particularly in the City of Light for PSG, Ibrahimovic struggled to find any sort of rhythm in the place he has called home for the last four years. Streetwise Italy too cunning for BelgiumItaly coach Antonio Conte said before Euro 2016 that his side would have to make up for their lack of talent with tactical cunning and they did exactly that to sink Belgium 2-0 on Monday.Barcelona to pay hefty fine over Neymar transfer case Barcelona had been accused of concealing part of Neymar’s transfer fee when he moved to Spain from Brazilian club Santos.last_img read more

Under-19s Euros: Fixtures, tables & star players

first_imgPortugal and Italy booked their place in the final of this year’s Under-19 European Championship as the competition heads into the ultimate stage.The European U-19 Championship is the annual international youth football tournament organised by UEFA for the men’s under-19 national teams of Europe. The top five teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A total of eight teams are playing in the Finland-based tournament, with players born on or after 1 January, 1999 eligible to participate.Goal brings you everything you need to know about the competition in Finland as well as key players, dates, fixtures and the most recent results.Under-19 European Championship star players Portugal’s Joao Felipe and Fernando Trincao topped the scoring charts with both players netting in Sunday’s final to bring their totals to five goals in five matches. Despite playing just 93 minutes over three group matches and drawing a blank in his side’s semi-final defeat, France’s Amine Gouiri has bagged four goals and was atop the scoring charts before the Portuguese stars struck on Sunday. France’s Rafik Guitane scored twice in the competition, with Les Bleus cruising to a 5-0 wins over Turkey and England in their second and third group fixtures despite falling to defeat in their opener. England won the tournament last year but are without a number of star players because of clashes with pre-season tours for clubs, with players such as Manchester City’s Phil Foden missing out, and the side failed to make it out of Group B.Under-19 European Championship teams Fifty-five UEFA nations entered the competition (including Kosovo, who entered for the first time). Hosts Finland qualified automatically, and the other 54 teams competed in the qualifying competition to determine the remaining seven spots in the final tournament.The qualifying competition consisted of two rounds: the first qualifying round, which took place in autumn 2017, and the ‘elite’ round, which took place in the spring of 2018. Team Method of qualification Appearance Last appearance Previous best performance Finland Hosts 1st – Debut Norway Elite round Group 1 winners 4th 2005 (group stage) Group stage (2002, 2003, 2005) England Elite round Group 2 winners 10th 2017 (champions) Champions (2017) Italy Elite round Group 3 winners 6th 2016 (runners-up) Champions (2003) Ukraine Elite round Group 4 winners 5th 2015 (group stage) Champions (2009) Portugal Elite round Group 5 winners 10th 2017 (runners-up) Runners-up (2003, 2014, 2017) France Elite round Group 6 winners 10th 2016 (champions) Champions (2005, 2010, 2016) Turkey Elite round Group 7 winners 6th 2013 (group stage) Runners-up (2004) Under-19 European Championship results Group A Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue Jul 16 Norway 1-3 Portugal 3pm / 10am Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa Jul 16 Finland 0-1 Italy 8pm / 3pm Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa Jul 19 Finland 2-3 Norway 3pm / 10am OmaSP Stadion, Seinajoki Jul 19 Portugal 2-3 Italy 8:30pm / 3:30pm Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa Jul 22 Portugal 3-0 Finland 6:30pm / 1:30pm Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa Jul 22 Italy 1-1 Norway 6:30pm / 1:30pm OmaSP Stadion, Seinajoki Group A standings Pos Team Played W D L GF GA GD PTS 1 Italy 3 2 1 0 5 3 2 7 2 Portugal 3 2 0 1 8 4 4 6 3 Norway 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4 4 Finland 3 0 0 3 2 7 -5 0 Group B Date Match Time (UK / US ET) Venue Jul 17 Turkey 2-3 England 6:30pm / 11:30pm OmaSP Stadion, Seinajoki Jul 17 France 1-2 Ukraine 8:30pm / 3:30pm Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa Jul 20 Ukraine 1-1 England 6:30pm / 11:30pm OmaSP Stadion, Seinajoki Jul 20 Turkey 0-5 France 8:30pm / 3:30pm Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa Jul 23 Ukraine 1-0 Turkey 6:30pm / 11:30pm OmaSP Stadion, Seinajoki Jul 23 England 0-5 France 6:30pm / 11:30pm Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa Group B standings Pos Team Played W D L GF GA GD PTS 1 Ukraine 3 2 1 0 4 2 2 7 2 France 3 2 0 1 11 2 9 6 3 England 3 1 1 1 4 8 -4 4 4 Turkey 3 0 0 3 2 9 -7 0 U-20 World Cup 2019 play-off Date Fixture Time (UK / US ET) Stage Venue Jul 26 Norway 3-0 England 11am / 6am Play-off OmaSP Stadion, Seinajoki Semi-finals Date Fixture Time (UK / US ET) Stage Venue Jul 26 Ukraine 0-5 Portugal 1pm / 8am Semi-final Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa Jul 26 Italy 2-0 France 5pm/12pm Semi-final Hietalahti Stadium, Vaasa Under-19 European Championship fixtures The final of the tournament was be played on July 29 at the OmaSP Stadion in Seinajoki, with Portugal taking a 4-3 win over Italy in extra time. The top five teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup in Poland. Date Fixture Time (UK / US ET) Stage Venue Jul 29 Portugal 4-3 Italy (AET) 7:30pm / 2:30pm Final OmaSP Stadion, Seinajokilast_img read more

Gareth Southgate’s generation game cuts Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere

first_imgEngland World Cup 2018: complete guide to all 736 players Share on Twitter Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand is also expected to miss out when the 23-man squad is announced on Wednesday, with Danny Rose and the versatile Ashley Young preferred instead as left wing-back options. Fabian Delph, who played a significant role in Manchester City’s title‑winning campaign but has not been capped since November 2015, is poised for a surprise return to the fold.England will continue to monitor Adam Lallana’s fitness, despite his late cameo for Liverpool on the final day of the Premier League season, but are hopeful Kieran Trippier will be fit to join up despite missing Tottenham Hotspur’s last game of the season with a knee complaint. If the right-back is deemed fit, that would most likely leave Trent Alexander-Arnold on the stand‑by list. Yet it is the decision to omit Hart and Wilshere, players whose futures at their current clubs are still to be resolved, which will draw the focus.The Arsenal midfielder, named in the provisional 35-man squad submitted to Fifa this week, was told by Southgate on Tuesday that he would not be in the final 23 or list of possible replacements. Wilshere has not represented England since their elimination from Euro 2016 by Iceland in Nice but he had been picked for the friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy in March.However, the 26-year-old withdrew from the squad before they left for Amsterdam with a recurrence of tendinopathy in his knee and, having started only 12 league games this season, a historically fragile body appears to have counted against him given the demands of tournament football. Wilshere, who missed the final‑day win at Huddersfield with a knock, will now concentrate on securing his club future with his Arsenal contract to expire on 1 July. Joe Hart Share on Pinterest Hart was the most experienced member of Southgate’s set-up having gained his 75th and most recent cap against Brazil last November. The manager had considered him his No 1 through qualification and the autumn internationals, only for Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland to usurp him in the pecking order by starting the friendlies in March.The anticipation had been that Hart would still be included as an experienced third-choice – a role he would have been willing to fulfil – but his toils at club level appear to have prompted the management to change their mind. The 31-year-old was duly told in a phone-call with Southgate on Monday evening, with the player on an end‑of‑season trip with his West Ham team-mates, that he would not be travelling to a fifth major finals.The City goalkeeper had spent the campaign on loan at the London Stadium, where his form was indifferent. He lost his place towards the end of November to Adrián, regaining it briefly in March before high-profile errors against Burnley and Stoke, and started only 19 league games in total. His last appearance was in a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal on 22 April. Hart has no future at the Etihad Stadium and will meet City’s hierarchy to ascertain his next move.Burnley’s Nick Pope, who was called up for the games against the Netherlands and Italy but remains uncapped, is expected to travel to Repino on 12 June as third-choice, in the hope he gains from the experience as Hart did at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, after a fine year in the team at Turf Moor. His club-mate, James Tarkowski, is on the stand-by list, with Southgate able to call on John Stones, Harry Maguire, Phil Jones, Kyle Walker or Eric Dier at centre-half if required.While the inclusion of Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek, so impressive on loan at Crystal Palace this season and on senior international debut against Germany last November, will not constitute a surprise, Delph’s recall had been unanticipated despite his claiming he was “quietly confident” of selection. The 28‑year‑old, naturally a central midfielder, has played 29 times for City this season having been successfully remodelled as a left-back by Pep Guardiola.He earned his ninth and most recent cap against Spain in November 2015 and has had to withdraw from squads through Southgate’s tenure with niggling injuries, with a knee problem forcing his withdrawal in March. “I’ve had a good season, probably shocked a few people, which has been nice,” he said. “Gareth Southgate is good at judging people and likes to see what mentality people have, and he’s well aware of my mindset.”England probable squad Goalkeepers (3) Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope. Defenders (8) Gary Cahill, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Phil Jones, Danny Rose, Ashley Young. Midfielders (8) Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier, Fabian Delph, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard, Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling. Forwards (4) Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck, Marcus Rashford. Read more Jack Wilshere and Joe Hart in the cold after losing key to England door Share on Facebook Jack Wilshere Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere are the high-profile omissions from Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup this summer after the national manager opted against selecting two of his more experienced players for the tournament in Russia. World Cup 2018 World Cup Share on WhatsApp Gareth Southgate Read more Share via Email Topics news Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

X-BLADES ‘XPOSE` – VOLUME 1 2008

first_imgTFA brings you the latest news in the lead-up the 2008 X-Blades NTL in the X-Blades ‘Xpose`.TFA National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you the weekly wrap from NTL central.The ‘Xpose`- Volume 1 2008 is now available on the NTL websitelast_img

Damen Entrusted with MSC Magnifica’s Refit

first_imgzoom Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam, part of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, has been awarded a cruise repair and maintenance contract from MSC Cruises. The 2010-built cruise ship MSC Magnifica arrived in Rotterdam on October 20 and is berthed at the yard’s largest drydock, where the ship is expected to stay for 18 days.The repair scope includes extensive steelwork, cleaning, painting and replacement piping, as well as the entire renewal of the rudder system.The vessel is 293 m long and has a capacity for more than 2,500 passengers.Khalil Benjelloul, Cruise Vessels Product Manager of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, said  that the project is certainly a challenge given the timeframe. “During the drydocking the 700-strong crew will largely stay on the vessel and they have to be able to carry out their normal activities safely, so it is quite a logistical operation. At the same time, there could be up to 300 of our workers and subcontractors dealing with the project.”“Rotterdam was the preferred yard because it offers the large capacity needed and additionally, the MSC Magnifica will sail straight on to Hamburg, where she picks up her passengers for her next cruise.“Every hour is needed to get the vessel ready on time. For the cruise industry, getting the job done within the deadline is crucial. We cannot have thousands of passengers waiting.”Press Releaselast_img read more

Search for El Faro’s Voyage Data Recorder Fails

first_imgzoom The search for the voyage data recorder from the sunken cargo ship El Faro did not yield results, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in its latest update. No further search missions are planned.“While it is disappointing that the voyage data recorder was not located, we are hopeful that we’ll be able to determine the probable cause of this tragedy and the factors that may have contributed to it,” said NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart.The search and video documentation efforts of El Faro were completed on November 15.As World Maritime News informed earlier, the search teams on site revealed that the navigation bridge structure and the deck below it had separated from the ship. The missing structure included the mast and its base where the voyage data recorder was mounted. On November 11, the navigation bridge was found, but neither the mast nor the VDR was found in the vicinity of the navigation bridge structure.After five more days of searching with CURV-21, it was determined that the VDR could not be located.The wreck of the 790-foot ro-ro cargo ship, which went missing on October 1 during Hurricane Joaquin, was confirmed to be found on October 31 at a depth of about 15,000 feet in the vicinity of the ship’s last known position near Crooked Island, Bahamas.The El Faro, owned by TOTE Maritime, was carrying 33 crew members onboard and was en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico, from Jacksonville, Florida when it sank off the Bahamas.The crew consisted of 28 U.S. citizens and five Polish nationals.last_img read more

Matson Adds New Link to Okinawa

first_imgzoom US carrier Matson plans to launch a new service from the West Coast to the Port of Naha, Okinawa, Japan, as part of its China-Long Beach Express (CLX) coverage.The new weekly service will commence with departures from Seattle on January 28, Oakland on January 31 and Long Beach on February 1 with a first Naha arrival on February 18, 2017.Naha will replace the current direct call at Xiamen, China, in the company’s CLX service, which will then call Long Beach, Honolulu, Guam (US), Naha (Japan), Ningbo, Shanghai (China), Long Beach. The last direct call at Xiamen will be on February 5, according to Matson.Westbound transit times to Naha will be 20 days from Seattle, 18 days from Oakland, 17 days from Long Beach and 10 days from Honolulu.Eastbound transits from Naha will be 14 days to Long Beach, 17 days to Oakland and 33 days to Seattle.Matson operates its CLX service with five US flagged vessels carrying containerized and bulk cargo.Founded in 1882, Matson owns a fleet of 22 vessels including containerships, combination container and roll-on/roll-off  (RoRo) ships and custom-designed barges.last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgCONTINUING WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Blue Rocks Road Blue Rocks Road, east of the Lunenburg town line to Stonehurst Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Melbourne Road Melbourne Road from Route 334, Acadia, for about three kilometres towards Pinkneys Point, has alternating lane closures for maintenance and paving until Monday, Oct. 2. Signs and traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: New Cumberland Road, south of Bridgewater New Cumberland Road from Lakefield Road to Mount Pleasant, has alternating lane closures for resurfacing and upgrades. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until Friday, Oct. 20. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316, from Coddles Harbour Bridge to Drum Head Wharf Road, is reduced to one lane for upgrades and repairs until Friday, Nov. 15. Traffic lights are in place but delays are expected. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: North West Arm Drive Both southbound lanes on North West Arm Drive are closed during repairs to the bridge over the Chain of Lakes Trail beside First Chain Lake. Traffic is being detoured to the northbound bridge where there is one lane for each direction. Repairs to both bridges are expected to be completed by Thursday, Nov. 30. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Mira Gut Bridge The Mira Gut Bridge on Mira Bay Drive is temporarily closed for inspection. There is a detour route via Brickyard Road and Hornes Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333, Prospect Road, Hatchet Lake The intersection of MacDonald Lake Drive and Route 333 (Prospect Road) in Hatchet Lake has occasional stop-and-go traffic during work to widen and pave the road. Work will continue until Saturday, Sept 30. Drivers should reduce speed and expect delays. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Laconia Road, Laconia A closure is in place at the south end of Laconia Road, about 350 metres north of Lapland Road in Laconia, for a culvert replacement. A detour is in place on Lapland Road to Route 325 to Route 210 to Waterloo Road. Work is expected to be completed by Tuesday, Sept. 26. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 3, Argyle Route 3, between Exit 32 and Ye Old Argyle Road, is reduced to one lane for paving and construction until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Drivers should expect delays. Work takes place form sunrise to sunset. -30-center_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Mullock Road Mullock Road, from Route 325 going south to Trunk 3, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Lapland Road, west of Bridgewater Lapland Road, from the intersection of Route 325 south for 6.5 kilometres, has alternating lane closures for resurfacing and upgrades. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset until Friday, Oct. 20. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Exit 2, Night Work Highway 102, southbound lanes, from Exit 2 to Bayers Road are reduced to one lane for road repairs until Saturday, Sept. 30. This is for night work only. Work takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316, Goshen Route 316, from the intersection of Route 276 in Goshen north to the Antigonish-Guysborough county line, has alternating lane closures for paving and patching until Friday, Oct. 20. Traffic signals and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Trout Brook Bridge Trout Brook Bridge on Trout Brook Road, near Tatamagouche, is closed for repairs until Tuesday, Sept 26. Signed detour is in place. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Phinney Bridge, Old Mill Road Phinney Bridge on Old Mill Road in Wilmot, is closed for maintenance work until Saturday, Sept 30. A detour is in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 329 Route 329, from Deep Cove Road to New Harbour Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrades. The work is expected to be completed Saturday, Sept. 30.last_img read more

Ottawa set to award contract to build two ferries to Quebecs Davie

MONTREAL — The federal government is signalling its intention to award a contract to Quebec’s Davie shipyard for the construction of two ferries.Transport Minister Marc Garneau said today in a statement Ottawa will issue an Advance Contract Award Notice to the builder located in Levis, Que., across the St. Lawrence River from Quebec City.That type of notice is awarded to a company the government believes is the only such firm capable of performing the work.Any other company that thinks it can meet the contract requirements has 15 days to notify the federal government.Garneau’s statement says Ottawa concluded Chantier Davie is the only known Canadian shipyard with the capacity, recent experience and capability to build the ferries in the required time.The two new ships will replace MV Madeleine, which ferries passengers between Iles-de-la-Madeleine, Que., and Souris, P.E.I., as well as MV Holiday Island, which ferries people between Wood Islands, P.E.I., and Caribou, N.S.The Canadian Press read more

UNbacked public symposium calls for deep and lasting financial reforms

A public symposium on the global financial crisis has recommended “deep and lasting” reforms to avoid a repetition of the current downturn, according to its sponsor, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).The two-day meeting in Geneva of some 360 UN experts, government officials and members of the public also recommended that “significant international efforts and funding be supplied to stimulate developing-country economies and to support employment in those nations, and that steps be taken to stabilize currency-exchange rates,” UNCTAD said in a press release. The symposium, which began on 18 May, also said “recent reports of economic improvement in industrialized countries should not be taken to mean that the downturn is over, and should not lead decision makers to ignore the profound and long-lasting effects on poor countries.”Other recommendations included a debt moratorium for heavily indebted developing countries so that they have more money available for stimulating their economies, and a global programme to preserve and protect jobs in developing nations.The conclusions of the symposium will be sent to the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and Its Impact on Development, scheduled for 1-3 June in New York. In a separate communiqué, UNCTAD said its studies showed that foreign direct investment (FDI) worldwide decreased by 15 per cent in 2008 and was liable to decrease further in 2009.A pick-up in FDI flows will depend on a series of factors such as the speed of economic and financial recovery, the return of investor confidence, and the efficiency of public policy in addressing the causes of the crisis, the agency added. 20 May 2009A public symposium on the global financial crisis has recommended “deep and lasting” reforms to avoid a repetition of the current downturn, according to its sponsor, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). read more

Aussie opposition tells Gillard to work with Sri Lanka

Bishop said that following the trip — during which the delegation visited the Tamil heartlands of the north and east as guests of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), toured AusAID projects, and met navy, intelligence, Customs and police chiefs, as well as government leaders — she was strongly convinced that asylum-seekers from Sri Lanka should be sent back. She said that a TNA leader even supported the reintroduction in Australia of temporary protection visas, as issued under the Howard government. She said that Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s announcement of the election date was reported on the front pages of newspapers in Sri Lanka, because “there is a perception that this (Gillard) government will let them stay, but a new (Coalition) government won’t”.“So people-smugglers will have worked out that they just have this window of opportunity until September. This trade is well organised, not comprised of simple fishermen. There’s quite a sophisticated understanding at the government level of the Nauru and Manus centres and how they operate, but not in Tamil communities.” The Australian opposition coalition wants the Australian government led by Prime Minister Julia Gillard to work more closely with Sri Lankan authorities to rein in asylum-seekers, including helping to equip its navy to intercept more than the present 50 per cent of people-smuggling boats before they set off.According to The Australian newspaper, Australian opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop has returned from a fact-finding week in Sri Lanka, leading a team that included opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison and opposition justice, customs and border protection spokesman Michael Keenan. She doubted Australia’s advertisements about this were reaching the right audiences, according to The Australian newspaper.Bishop said it was clear that if people wanted genuinely to flee for safety, they could easily reach India, just 30km between the closest settlements and “where there is very, very good support for Tamils”.“If someone is truly concerned for safety, why pay one million rupees ($7600) and take a 3000km boat journey. Australia has become a destination of choice, not one of flight. We have to do all we can to dissuade them from getting on boats.” read more

President assures solution to prisoners on fast

President Maithripala Sirisena has assured to look into the concerns raised by Tamil political prisoners on a death fast at prisons around the country.Justice Minister Wijeydasa Rajapaksha and Opposition leader R. Sampanthan had spoken to the President today on the issue, Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran said. Meanwhile demonstrations were staged in Jaffna today demanding the release of the Tamil prisoners. Several Tamil politicians took part in the demonstration. (Colombo Gazette) He said that during the separate telephone conversations between the President and the two MPs the President had assured that he will address the issue by the end of this month.

TimorLeste UN presents prime minister with blueprint to strengthen rule of law

“Implementation of this report could greatly help in his Government’s gaining confidence of the Timorese people,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Sukehiro Hasegawa said after handing over the report, Strengthening Accountability and Transparency in Timor-Leste, to Prime Minister Jose Ramos Horta.Te 62-page document was published in April but had to await distribution after two months of violence, attributed to differences between eastern and western regions, ripped through the South-East Asian country, killing at least 37 people and driving 155,000 more, 15 per cent of the population, from their homes. Mr. Hasegawa said Mr. Ramos-Horta, had “pledged his intention to place the highest importance in ensuring transparency and accountability in the conduct of his administration,” and asked for international assistance in strengthening the capacity of legal authorities to halt abuse of power and corrupt practices. The report, prepared by experts from the UN, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank and the Government of Finland, recommends full funding for an anti-corruption plan, establishment of an administrative tax and audit court, priority training of civil servants in a code of conduct and ethics, and a freedom of information law. Government plans and programmes should also be publicized more vigorously, it recommends. On the humanitarian front, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it had begun the third cycle of food distribution to all internally displaced persons camps in the area around Dili, the capital, with over 62,400 people receiving food. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said it was connecting nine camps in Dili to city water supplies and building latrines and bathrooms in 12 camps. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has begun a drainage project for the camps. At present calm is being maintained by a joint Task Force of Australian, New Zealand, Portuguese and Malaysian forces invited in by the Government after violence erupted in late April with the dismissal of 600 striking soldiers, a third of the armed forces.But Mr. Annan’s Special Envoy on Timor-Leste, Ian Martin, is on his way back to New York with recommendations for a beefed-up UN presence. He said that the next UN mission would need to stay until well beyond presidential and parliamentary elections set for next year, and one of its key roles will be not just carrying out policing in the short-term, but helping re-build the country’s police force.The world body first set up the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) in 1999 after the former Portuguese colony voted to break from Indonesia. When it attained independence in 2002, UNTAET was replaced with a downsized operation, the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET).This in turn was succeeded by the current, even smaller UN office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL), which has a mandate through 20 August. Mr. Annan will make recommendations to the Security Council based on Mr. Martin’s report early next month, but he has already said the UN will have to go back to Timor-Leste in a much larger form, noting that perhaps its effort there had been drawn down too quickly. read more

Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 27 July 2012

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Ohio State womens basketball focused on Penn State

Junior guard Raven Ferguson (31) blows past a defender during a game against Old Dominion Nov. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-60.Credit: Liz Young / Campus editorA 12-7 (2-1) record is not exactly a stellar start to the 2013-14 season for the women’s basketball team. However, with 13 games left in the regular season, the year is far from over.Despite seven losses, the Buckeyes are coming off of arguably their biggest win of the year, knocking then-No. 22 Indiana from the ranks of the unbeaten and out of the top 25 in a 70-51 win Saturday.Part of the Buckeyes’ struggles might be their tough schedule, which is ranked as the hardest in the country according to Women’s Basketball State, a website that specializes in women’s basketball statistics.The tough schedule is something coach Kevin McGuff said will help his team down the stretch.“We have faced a variety of styles. We have faced big teams and small teams,” McGuff said. “All of that together, I think, has really put us in a good position to kind of embrace the great challenge of the Big Ten schedule.”Of OSU’s remaining 13 games, four come against opponents currently ranked in the top 25. OSU plays No. 16 Penn State twice (Thursday on the road and Feb. 9 at home) No. 18 Nebraska (Feb. 20) and No. 22 Purdue (Feb. 6) a team the Buckeyes beat 89-78 in Columbus Jan. 2.McGuff said a key to success for the rest of the season is keeping their eye on the prize.“We will not beat one single team in this league if we do not have great focus and concentration,” McGuff said.Sophomore point guard Ameryst Alston has been an important asset to the team so far this season. She has played in every game and currently leads the team in average points per game with 16.9. Her 29-point performance at Indiana matched her career high and earned her Big Ten Player of the week honors.“It’s a blessing and it does feel great,” Alston said of the honors. “Hard works pays off.”Alston is not the only player on this OSU team that has contributed to their improved play, with the Buckeyes winning five of their last six games.Junior guard Raven Ferguson has also stepped up her game as of late, recording a career-high 18 points in the win against Indiana.“This was Raven’s best game all year,” McGuff said in a press release following the win against Indiana. “She generated a lot of offense for herself and her teammates.”Ferguson said the win against Indiana gave her and her team confidence going forward.“It is something we can build on for the future,” Ferguson said. “It was just a confidence builder because I had not been playing well.”Ferguson is one of five players averaging more than nine points per game, something that she said is a big positive going forward.“It helps us as a team knowing that anybody can score,” Ferguson said. “That is the main thing … putting points on the board and getting everybody to contribute.”The Buckeyes are set to take on the Nittany Lions in State College, Pa., Thursday at 7 p.m. read more

Block O leader Mr Ohio State rallying the pack for one more

It’s an unusually breezy, cloudy Saturday morning in early September. Tents are lined up in the parking lot of the southwest entrance of Ohio Stadium.It’s the calm before the big storm: the Ohio State football team’s home opener vs. Hawaii.Within hours, the tents are filled with tailgaters covered in scarlet and gray or green and black resembling the team being cheered. Speakers are on, bumping hype music to prepare fans for intense cheering.Among the crowd, opposite the southwest entrance, is 23-year-old red-bowtie-wearing Isaac Oyer, also known as Mr. Ohio State. He acquired the nickname Mr. Ohio State after receiving screen time on national television during the OSU vs. Alabama Sugar Bowl game in January.“People I didn’t even know would message me. The amount of Twitter notifications, text messages and Facebook messages I got from people being like ‘dude you’re all over TV’ was unbelievable,” Oyer said. By 10 a.m on Saturday, Oyer was with his crew of friends joking around before leading his peers into the ‘Shoe for work. His job is more fun than tough. He’s the president of OSU’s Block “O” student section.“I’m in charge of basically the whole organization, making sure everyone is doing their job … and honestly just to make it the best experience we can for our student athletes,” Oyer said.Block “O” is the official student section of OSU athletics. The organization is made up of an executive board and committees for all sports teams.  Being from Springfield, Virginia, and in a brand new element in Columbus, Julia Schwabenbauer, a third-year in business, said Block “O” helped her get accustomed to life at OSU.“I didn’t know a lot of people coming from out of state, but standing in Block “O” I felt super-connected to the school,” Schwabenbauer said. “I became friends with everyone around me. It felt like home.”Becoming the president of Block “O” was unexpected for Oyer. With no family ties to OSU, he didn’t pay attention to Buckeye sports teams, nor did he ever see sports in his future, despite being a three-sport athlete in high school.“I actually wasn’t an Ohio State fan growing up in Columbus. Neither of my parents went to Ohio State. After coming here, I don’t know, Buckeye Nation takes over you,” Oyer said.He said his plan was always to attend OSU to get a degree in engineering so he could follow in his father’s footsteps, but his plan didn’t go accordingly.  “I wasn’t really doing well with my chemical engineering and chemistry classes. I was really struggling. (My) GPA was super low,” Oyer said.   After struggling with his then-major, he did some thinking as to where he’d want to end up later in life.“I never thought sports would be a thing, and even being in Block “O,” heavily involved in Block “O,” I never thought of sports. And then after struggling with engineering for so long and being into sports as I am, it clicked,” he said.Things clicked for Oyer when he realized he should get involved in the sports world. Step one, he said, was to change majors from engineering to classics as a way to have an easier courseload. The next step was to focus on Block “O” and gain experience with internships to get real-world experiences.“I knew a lot of people from the Blue Jackets, like in their front office, from playing hockey when I was like 5 or 6 years old … so I reached out to them and set up a meeting and kind of got me an internship with the Blue Jackets,” Oyer said.Michelle Bucklew, marketing director for Block “O,” said she sees excitement through her friend Oyer.“Obviously he gets a lot of TV time, but if you ever see him on TV, you know he’s excited about Ohio State, his job and what he’s doing,” said Bucklew, a fourth-year in marketing.Though Oyer is always in the frontlines leading the pack to cheer for OSU athletics, Bucklew said he has not yet joined the superfan ranks attained by fans such as “The Big Nut” and “Buck-I-Guy.”“I think he created an image for himself the last year or so, but I don’t know if it’s superfan material,” Bucklew said.All in all, Oyer said things have come full circle from his time as a high-school sophomore aspiring to be a general manager for a sports team to now.“It’s just nice doing something that I love,” he said. Block O president Isaac Oyer, also known by his nickname ‘Mr. Ohio State’, before OSU’s home opener against Hawaii on Sept. 12 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo Editor read more

Exchequer figures shows income taxes up €607 million

first_imgAs we exit the EU/IMF bailout programme on the 15 December and make a full return to the markets, the fact that the public finance are under control and the tax  base is growing  builds confidence in Ireland at home and abroad.Read: Pay-and-file tax deadline won’t change next year, 2015 date could be earlier though>Read: Here’s how much extra tax the government expects to take next year> EXCHEQUER RETURNS SHOWS that the tax take is ahead of the November target by more than €600 million.Year on year, Income taxes were up by €607 million or 4.4 per cent, VAT is up 2.8 per cent and Corporation Tax is up 3.5 per cent.Property taxThe figures show that the government has now collected €287 million in local property taxes, well ahead of the €250 million expected in Budget 2013.These figures are some of the most important exchequer figures to be released in the year, as the Government usually base their Budget estimates on it and they also take in self employed returns who have filed their returns the month previous.The figures have been welcomed by the Government showing that they are taking in more tax than expected and spending less than they thought.Social WelfareThe Social Welfare budget has an under spend of €182 million, which coincides with last week’s figures that more people were in paid employment and the fall in the numbers on the Live Register.The figures shows that so far, €287 million has been collected this year from the Local Property Tax, which is ahead of what the Government had hoped for in Budget 2013, at €250 million.While there is an under spend in the Social Protection budget, the exchequer figures show there is an overspend in the Health budget of  0.4 per cent.Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan stated the returns are a “key indicator of the health of the Irish economy.  The strong performance set out in today’s figures is hard evidence that the recovery seen in the high frequency data is taking hold across the economy”.He added:last_img read more