Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Tuesday that his government would bring the Chief Minister, along with Ministers and bureaucrats, within the ambit of the Lokpal Bill to be enacted soon. “The reforms by the Congress government will help to wipe out corruption and mafia. We are working on a new Lokpal legislation with the powers to act on complaints against the Chief Minister, the Ministers and the bureaucrats,” he said. Capt. Singh said the government was also planning to give the panchayats judicial powers so as to ensure quick settlement of small cases and affordable justice at the grassroots. “Also, the Governance Ethics and Reforms Commission set up for comprehensive systematic reforms will scrutinise transactions above ₹50 crore,” he said. Fool-proof law The Chief Minister said the police were given a free hand to deal with criminal gangs. The government was working on a fool-proof law to control of organised crime.Asked about the portrait gallery work, set to start on July 6 in the Golden Temple complex in memory of those killed during ‘Operation Bluestar’ including Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Capt. Amarinder Singh said the Damdami Taksal, a Sikh educational organisation, was trying to foment trouble in the State.As for the fiscal position when he took over, he said the unpaid liabilities amounted to ₹13,039 crore, while debt had gone up from ₹51,155 crore in 2007 to ₹1,82,183 crore in 2017. Capt. Singh reiterated his support for the GST, saying it would be beneficial to Punjab.
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Asia… World…Meet @ThirdyRavenaaa. 🖐😠#LabanPilipinas #SmartGilas #FIBAWC pic.twitter.com/gFRVOQlqgb— ESPN5 (@Sports5PH) February 21, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMANILA, Philippines—Thirdy Ravena just showed he’s ready for the big stage.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ It’s no secret that Ravena, who played for 13 minutes in Gilas 84-46 win, is one of the most athletic players in the country and now the world knows, too.The Philippines was holding an 82-39 lead with less than a minute remaining when Ravena found himself defensing a transition opportunity that Qatari wingman Nasser Khalifa Al-Rayes took.READ: Gilas Pilipinas ends 2-game skid, keeps World Cup bid alive with big win over QatarRavena then decided to obliterate Al-Rayes from the face of the earth with a huge contest at the rim which looked like a clean block—but the referees deemed it an unsportsmanlike foul blowing their whistles with 53 seconds remaining.The controversial call saw Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao get his first technical, he got his second around 20 seconds later, after berating game officials on the foul.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Despite being the youngest of the Gilas Pilipinas players, Ravena made most of his playing time in the crucial game against Qatar in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers early Friday. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Cavaliers send Suns to franchise-record 16th straight loss LATEST STORIES Urgent reply from Philippine football chief
Sony has been one of the few companies over the last few years to completely avoid the display notch in its smartphones. Its premium XZ series of flagship smartphones have till date stuck to an 18:9 display aspect ratio. It isn’t difficult to predict that Sony probably did this to avoid the disproportionate aesthetics of the notch. However, of late we have seen renders of Sony’s upcoming flagship device gaining larger, or rather a taller, display. Sony seems to be following its own trend of putting taller displays on more affordable Xperia phones as well.Official renders of a Sony smartphone, discovered by WinFuture, have leaked on the Internet. The device is slated to be called the Xperia XA3 and will sport the new taller display ratio that we have previously seen for the leaked renders of the XZ4. The renders show that the front of the phone will sport a modern narrow-bezel display, but in a quirky fashion.The side bezels are extremely thin as usual. The top bezel, as seen in the renders, is extremely thick. In fact, it’s as thick as smartphones with 16:9 displays with thicker bezels from yesteryears. The fat forehead hosts the earpiece and possibly, the front camera as well as the sensors. The display is similar to the 21:9 “Cinemawide” panel rumoured to make an appearance on the XZ4 as well. Wonder what’ the benefit of such a thick forehead in a smartphone in 2019?A slim chin.The Xperia XA3 renders show an almost non-existent chin at the bottom, sitting flush with the side bezels. In fact, the chin seems to be as perfect as the one on the iPhone XS.advertisement Basically, what Sony has done is reverse the display arrangement the completely. In other Android phones, manufactures tuck in the display connectors and drivers under the bottom bezel, due to which they gain a noticeable chin. In the XA3, Sony has probably housed the display driver on top of the phone. This has resulted in a weird yet interesting solution for Sony to tackle the issue of a notch or a thick chin.Rest of the smartphone seems fairly conventional. The XA3 render shows the usual buttons, speaker and ports arrangement as seen on previous Sony Xperia devices. The rear of the phone sports a horizontally mounted dual camera module. The device will also sport NFC as standard. The renders also show a host of colour variants that Sony could offer on the Xperia XA3 when it’s launched.Do you think Sony’s implementation of avoiding a notch is more practical than the existing convention of notches or slider displays?ALSO READ | New Nokia 9 PureView renders once again reveal notch-less display, five rear camerasALSO READ | Facebook is making it easier for you to see how your contact info is used for targeting adsALSO READ | Is WhatsApp planning to leave India? No, but it is concerned about government demands
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The concept, which has been adapted from the Canadian Revenue Authority’s model, underpins the establishment of a Consultative Committee that will provide a forum for dialogue between senior officials and members of the TAJ and ICAJ on a wide range of issues. Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will further strengthen their longstanding collaboration on matters related to the country’s tax system.The concept, which has been adapted from the Canadian Revenue Authority’s model, underpins the establishment of a Consultative Committee that will provide a forum for dialogue between senior officials and members of the TAJ and ICAJ on a wide range of issues.These include: the sharing of information on existing and proposed compliance programmes to identify improvements; the identification of opportunities for collaboration with taxpayers; and revisions to protocols facilitating taxpayers, based on legislative amendments, among other things.The Committee will be co-chaired by TAJ Technical Specialist, Bevon Sinclair, and Head of the ICAJ’s Tax Committee, Allison Peart, who were among the four representatives co-signing the MoU at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on November 1.The signing, which also included TAJ Commissioner General, Ainsley Powell and ICAJ President, Raymond Campbell, was witnessed by Finance and Public Service State Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams.It took place during the TAJ’s ‘Let’s Talk Tax’ forum, which was held under the theme: ‘Tax Compliance in Jamaica’.Mr. Powell said the MoU provides an excellent opportunity to strengthen the TAJ’s strategic relationship with the accounting fraternity in ongoing efforts to further improve the administrative procedures and processes driving Jamaica’s tax system.He said he anticipated that both organizations collaborating to identify the necessary changes that result in improvements in the overall system will redound to the benefit of taxpayers thereby engendering greater voluntary compliance.“Tax Administration Jamaica is, indeed, very proud and humbled to continue to work with our partners and stakeholders and conceptualize initiatives that will assist in nation building. It goes without saying that (with) the signing of (this) MoU between TAJ and ICAJ, our professional relationship will only get stronger, and that augurs well for the future of tax services,” he added.In his remarks, Mr. Campbell described the MoU’s signing as a “significant and important milestone in an ongoing collaboration over many decades.”“This is the right moment to strengthen our cooperation. We trust that this dialogue will result in changes that facilitate and enable efficiencies and other benefits for taxpayers while maintaining the integrity of the tax system,” he further.Mrs. Williams, who was the keynote speaker at the forum, cited a Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) 2012 study titled ‘Improving Tax Compliance in Jamaica’, which noted that while it was taxpayers’ responsibility to ensure they are aware of their statutory obligations, “it is (in) the tax authorities’ interest to ensure that citizens are educated about all their responsibilities and are able to comply.”“This suggests a partnership between the tax authority and the taxpayers. The tax authority on the one hand, ensuring that citizens are educated (and) that it is easy to pay taxes…and taxpayers’ willingness to comply with the laws,” she said.The forum formed part of activities marking the TAJ’s inaugural Tax Administration Week, which was observed from October 28 to November 3, under the Story Highlights The Committee will be co-chaired by TAJ Technical Specialist, Bevon Sinclair, and Head of the ICAJ’s Tax Committee, Allison Peart, who were among the four representatives co-signing the MoU at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on November 1. Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will further strengthen their longstanding collaboration on matters related to the country’s tax system.
Story Highlights The engagement is being carried out under the Connect Jamaica Free Public Wi-Fi Project of the USF, an agency of the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology. Mr. Wilson emphasised that access to Wi-Fi is a gateway to technology, adding that “it’s a gateway to information and it’s a gateway to enhance productivity”.“So [providing] free public Wi-Fi to the residents of St. James and, in particular, Montego Bay will form a great part in enhancing the productivity of this city,” he further stated.Mr. Wilson also advised of plans to establish an additional three free public Wi-Fi hotspots in eastern and central Jamaica during the 2019/20 financial year.“So we are looking at either in Clarendon or on the eastern side [which would be] in St. Thomas or Portland,” he indicated.For his part, Mayor Davis welcomed the initiative, which, he said, will facilitate greater Internet access to persons utilising Sam Sharpe Square.A section of Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, St. James, where free Internet access will be established under the Universal Service Fund’s Connect Jamaica Free Public Wi-Fi Project. Persons will soon be able to access free secured Internet service in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, St. James.This is expected to be in place in June when the Universal Service Fund (USF) establishes the platform facilitating the provision as part of a three-year $14-million project.The engagement is being carried out under the Connect Jamaica Free Public Wi-Fi Project of the USF, an agency of the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology.A USF team headed by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Daniel Dawes, along with Montego Bay Mayor and St. James Municipal Corporation Chairman, Councillor Homer Davis, and the council’s Superintendent of Road and Works, Bryce Grant, toured Sam Sharpe Square Wednesday (April 10) to explore potential sites for the wireless access point’s installation.Universal Service Fund (USF) Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Dawes (left), in discussion with (from second left) USF Projects Officer, Keith Slater; Director of Projects, Kwan Wilson, and Superintendent of Road and Works at the St. James Municipal Corporation, Bryce Grant, during a visit to Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay on April 10, to explore potential locations for the installation of a wireless access point to provide Internet service under the USF’s Connect Jamaica Free Public Wi-Fi Project. The USF’s Director of Projects, Kwan Wilson, told JIS News that the plan has been finalised for the undertaking, which is on track to be commissioned into service within two months.He said the approximately $14 million to be spent over the next three years will cover installation costs and maintenance.“The USF, as part of its mandate, provides Internet access across Jamaica. Montego Bay has not had a public Wi-Fi. We are now branching out to all areas of Jamaica, and Montego Bay is our first stop,” the Projects Director disclosed.Universal Service Fund (USF) Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Dawes (left), greets Montego Bay Mayor and St. James Municipal Corporation Chairman, Councillor Homes Davis, at the council’s office prior to visiting Sam Sharpe Square on April 10, to explore potential locations for the installation of a wireless access point to provide Internet service under the USF’s Connect Jamaica Free Public Wi-Fi Project. This is expected to be in place in June when the Universal Service Fund (USF) establishes the platform facilitating the provision as part of a three-year $14-million project. Persons will soon be able to access free secured Internet service in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, St. James. “This is the age of technology and we have to bring technology very close to the people, [and] this is one way. So with Wi-Fi soon to be available in Sam Sharpe Square, it means a great deal to the people of this city. It is very timely, and I am anxiously awaiting the completion of this project,” he told JIS news.Six public Wi-Fi hotspots have already been established in high-traffic areas in Kingston and St Andrew, Manchester, and St Elizabeth.
zoom The world’s second busiest port, the Port of Singapore, reported an increase in its cargo container traffic during May, the first time in over a year, preliminary data published by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) show.The port handled a total of 2.665 million TEUs in May, 1.6 percent more that the 2.622 million TEUs seen during the same month a year ago.Due to the difficulties that the container shipping market experienced during 2015, the port witnessed a decrease in its container cargo, which fell to 2.383 million TEUs in February 2016.The Port of Singapore, which handled a total of 30.922 million TEUs in 2015, put in a mixed performance during the year, amid weak global economic conditions and structural changes in the maritime industry.The fundamental imbalance of the containers shipping market worsened in 2015, according to BIMCO. While the demand side delivered only a sluggish growth level, the supply side jumped by an astonishing 8.1%.Freight rates across the board saw lower levels more or less during 2015, while the depressing development and the accompanying volatility in 2015 were, even more, apparent in the spot market.World Maritime News Staff
TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Traffic Advisory, Flooded and ClosedRoads Crews from the Department of Transportation and Public Worksadvise that some sections of roads are closed and others arepassable with caution until further notice due to high winds andflooding today, March 9. Motorists are advised to drive with caution, use alternateroutes, and to avoid crossing blockades. Damaged or flooded roads that are not marked can be reported tolocal bases by calling the toll-free line at 1-888-432-3238. The following is a partial list of roads and bridges affected inthe last 24 hours. ANNAPOLIS COUNTY A number of roads are flooded or washed out in Annapolis West,including sections of the following: Trunk 1 towards UpperClements Park, various sections of Route 201 between Annapolisand Bridgetown, sections of Morse Road, Guinea Road and HarrisLane off Route 201. A number of roads are flooded or washed out in Annapolis East,including sections of the following: Gates Mountain Road (underthe 101 overpass), Trunk 1 in Wilmot near Frenchy’s, Trunk 1 inBrickton, Ruggles Mountain and Spa Spring Road, Forest Glade,Dalhousie Road, Arlington Road, Route 201 (sections between Trunk10 and Bridgetown), Baker Lane, Torbrook Mountain, East Torbrook,Dodge Road, Inglesville, Bloomington, Balcom Road, VarnerMountain, Trunk 10, Elliott Road and Craig Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY Route 311 at Park Street to Trunk 2 in Onslow is open butpassable with extreme caution. In Truro and Bible Hill, the following roads are closed: ParkStreet, Farnham Road and Salmon River Road (from Vernon Bridge toCheese Plant). In Tatamagouche, the following roads are closed: New River Road,Lake Road, Cooper Road, Trout Brook Road and Cross Road. DIGBY COUNTY A number of roads are flooded or washed out in the area,including: sections of Lighthouse Road, Colloden Road, SouthRange Cross, North Range Cross, Weymouth Falls, Bloomfield Road,the Journey Town Bridge area, and Mink Cove. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY Trunk 3 at Boutilier’s Point is closed due to downed power lines.Traffic is being diverted through Island View Drive. The following roads have some water damage but are passable withcaution: Trunk 3 in Queensland, Conrads Road in Queensland,Indian Point Road in Glen Haven, Paddy’s Head Road in IndianHarbour and Route 333 (Peggy’s Cove at Peggy’s Point Road). HANTS COUNTY In Hants West, Highway 101, between Exit 6 at Windsor and Exit 7at Falmouth, is closed until further notice due to downed powerlines. Motorists travelling west must detour at Exit 6. Motoriststravelling east must detour at Exit 7. No other roads are closed in Hants West, although there is someflooding throughout the area on secondary roads. In Hants East, all primary roads are open in Milford, althoughthere is some flooding on secondary roads and some washoutsthroughout the area. All primary roads are open in Noel, although there are washoutsthroughout the area and flooding on some secondary roads. Minor washouts are reported near Chezzetcook and Spry Bay. TheWest Side East River Road is closed until further notice due to ablocked culvert. KINGS COUNTY Washouts are reported in all sections of the county, includingsections of Trunk 1 in Kings South. Avonport Station Road isclosed until further notice due to washouts. A section of BlackRiver Road is closed until further notice while crews removedebris. Meadowvale Road in Kings West is closed due to downedpower lines. In Kings East, various sections of roadways are closed due todowned power lines. -30-
EDGEWATER, B.C. – Celebrations and turkey often go hand in hand but growing flocks of wild turkeys in southeastern British Columbia are leaving area residents feeling anything but celebratory as the birds spend winters in the region damaging trees and properties.Edgewater residents Val and Mark Holmes are the latest to complain about a flock of as many as 80 of the large and ungainly birds.“The flock has almost doubled in size,” Val Holmes said of the birds that have roosted on her property for the last several years. “There are a lot more young ones this year, judging by the size and the look of them.”“These ones are now very habituated to town so who knows what will happen next year,” she said Wednesday.Holmes said the birds, which she described as about the size of a swan “but fluffier and not quite as long in the neck,” arrive every evening during winter and settle on the lower branches of fir trees on her property.“They get a bit more vocal in the morning, so kind of like a Don Chorus, but it’s a bit louder than your usual Don Chorus, so a bit more cackling and just chatting to each other,” she said.Month after month, lower branches of her trees are stripped bare of bark while twigs, smaller branches and all the tree needles are torn off. Even larger branches splinter under the weight of dozens of birds.“And then there is crap too, of course,” Holmes said of the excrement that must be shovelled out from under the trees every spring, along with the downed branches and other debris left by the flock.Regional District of East Kootenay director Gerry Wilkie blamed the problem on a few people who feed the birds, habituating them to human contact and encouraging them to remain near the community.Local and provincial regulations don’t cover the feeding of non-dangerous wildlife, Wilkie said, adding he is working on a regional district bylaw that he hopes will deter anyone providing food to the turkeys, though the process won’t be quick.Kimberley, Cranbrook and Radium Hot Springs are also on record as trying to manage the problem of wild turkeys, which are not native to the province, although the Atlas of Breeding Birds of British Columbia says populations in the Kootenays have climbed steadily since they were introduced in 1910.There is a hunting season for wild turkeys but it does not correspond to the period when the birds are roosting near communities, and hunting near homes is illegal.Some area residents are mulling other ways of getting rid of the turkeys, Wilkie said.“You could get a large horse trailer, bait the horse trailer, trap them in the trailer and drive them away but the birds are habituated to the town and I don’t know what you would do with them,” he said, adding any such action would have to be co-ordinated with the Conservation Service.“I think most people are hoping that public education will work and that people will stop feeding them, in which case they won’t show up anymore.”
New Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday said that a joint team from Cyber Cell and Dabri police station in Dwarka arrested three persons involved in cheating over 1,000 gullible consumers under the pretext of installing Reliance Jio Towers. The scam was run by mastermind Sanjay Kumar (28) through a website under the domain name of www.reliancejiotower.net.The complainant, on whose word the FIR was registered, said that he had spotted the website while searching for mobile tower installation services on the internet. When he called on the numbers provided after filling up the required forms on the website, he received an “Approval Letter for Tower Installation” from the following email id: email@example.com. Following this, police said that the accused demanded an amount of Rs 14,413 as security money from the complainant, which he duly transferred to the Andhra Bank account details provided. When the complainant made the transfer, he received a message on his phone saying the money had been deposited into the bank account of one Arjun Prasad, which raised suspicion in his mind and after which he lodged his complaint at the Dabri police station. The investigation was then taken up by the Cyber Cell given the nature of the case. After obtaining and analysing registrant details, IP Logs and mode of payment of the concerned website, the police analysed A/c statements of the alleged bank account which revealed frequent deposits and withdrawals. Further investigations revealed that the bank account was opened under a false address. Based on this information, the joint team conducted raids in Manesar and Faridabad, which resulted in the arrests of Arjun Prasad, 26, and Narayan Singh, 29. Their interrogation revealed information regarding their third associate and mastermind of the scam, Sanjay Prasad, who was then nabbed by Delhi Police from Nalanda, Bihar.
19 May 2008The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) has condemned the recent killing of a local businessman, Ram Hari Shrestha, after Maoist army commanders acknowledged to the mission that the murder was committed by members of their group. UNMIN condemned the killing as a serious breach of the commitments made in an agreement on monitoring arms and armies reached between the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) (Maoist) and the former Government, and also noted that it was a violation of fundamental human rights. UNMIN arms monitors have conducted a preliminary inquiry and will present the results to the next meeting of Nepal’s Joint Monitoring Coordination Committee. UNMIN has been informed that the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is following the investigation that is being carried out by the police.UNMIN calls on the CPN (Maoist) to cooperate fully with the police to ensure that all those responsible for ordering or carrying out the abduction or killing are apprehended and punished in accordance with the law.Last month, with the assistance of UNMIN, Nepal held country-wide elections for a new Constituent Assembly.
Violent clashes between renegade-general Laurent Nkunda’s CNDP rebels and pro-government PARECO/Mayi Mayi militia that broke out on Tuesday in the town of Kiwanja, in North Kivu, were condemned by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the DRC, Alan Doss, as “serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.”Mr. Doss, who is also head of the UN mission in the DRC (MONUC), called for all armed groups to withdraw from the area around Rutshuru, the scene of this week’s violent outbreak, to allow MONUC to protect people in the area and enable the safe return of thousands who fled the fighting.The clashes earlier this week continue the escalation of hostilities in North Kivu province over the last two months between Government forces (FARDC) and the CNDP headed by Mr. Nkunda, which has displaced some 252,000 Congolese, on top of the 800,000 already forced from their homes from previous fighting.Mr. Doss applauded the statement from the UN-backed summit of African leaders in Nairobi yesterday, which urged for an immediate ceasefire in eastern DRC, and the establishment of a humanitarian corridor to ensure that the hundreds of thousands displaced can get the assistance they need.“An immediate response can be made to the humanitarian crisis and the immediate implementation of the Joint Nairobi and Goma agreements,” Mr. Doss told reporters while stopping off in Goma on his return from the Nairobi meeting. The Nairobi communiqué is the November 2007 agreement under which the DRC and Rwanda have agreed to work together against threats to peace and stability in the region. The Goma agreement, signed by the Government and armed groups in January, included a commitment by rebels to withdraw their troops to either disarm or join the brassage process, whereby ex-combatants from armed groups are retrained to form part of FARDC.“The Summit also established a facilitation mechanism which will involve, in addition to the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes [Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president of Nigeria], all heads of State of the region,” Mr. Doss added. 8 November 2008The recent killing of civilians by armed militia in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) “constitute war crimes”, the top United Nations official to the country said today, while welcoming the outcome of yesterday’s high-level meeting, aimed at ending the crisis.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market tumbled more than 1% Tuesday afternoon, joining other global markets in pulling back amid worries about the possible ramifications of western countries intervening in Syria’s civil war.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 148.26 points to 12,612.04 with all sectors in the red save for slight gains in the energy and utilities groups.“The law of unintended consequences and the history of previous military interventions in the region is not a recipe for political and economic stability,” observed Neil MacKinnon, global macro strategist at VTB Capital in New York.Selling pressure extended to most financials even as two big Canadian banks turned in strong earnings reports.“People’s attention is elsewhere right now,” said Norman Raschkowan, a North American strategist at Mackenzie Financial.“I think people have been expecting generally that the banks will have good numbers and… we’re off to a good start in terms of the banks reporting this week.”Bank of Montreal posted net income of $1.137 billion or $1.68 cents per share, up from $970 million or $1.42 per share in the same year-earlier period. Revenue rose to $4.05 billion from $3.88 billion. Adjusted net income was $1.136 billion, also $1.68 cents per share. Analysts expected $1.52 in adjusted earnings per share and revenue of $3.96 billion and BMO shares added eight cents to $65.86.Scotiabank has increased its quarterly dividend by two cents to 62 cents per share and posted quarterly net income of $1.768 billion or $1.37 per diluted share, compared with net income of $2.051 billion or $1.69 per diluted share a year ago. Revenue rose to $5.52 billion from $5.51 billion. Last year’s results benefited from an after-tax gain of $614 million on the sale of Scotia Plaza in Toronto. Ex-items, profit rose 17% to $1.32 a share, beating estimates by two cents but its shares slipped $1.10 to $57.59.The Canadian dollar erased early losses and was unchanged at 95.23 cents US. The greenback was stronger against many currencies as traders sought the perceived safe haven of the U.S. currency but the loonie found support from higher gold and oil prices.U.S. indexes were lower, a day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry claimed it was “undeniable” that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons. The prospect of U.S.-led military action against the Assad regime was enough for investors to cut their exposure to risky assets such as stocks and the Dow Jones industrials fell 137.81 points to 14,808.65.The Nasdaq was down 69.84 points to 3,587.73 while the S&P 500 index lost 21.78 points to 1,635.“Obviously the concern is that if you get any sort of increase in military activity and the Americans get involved, you might see consumers batten down the hatches a bit just as a sort of reflex response,” added Raschkowan.“But there is also the concern about what it means for oil prices and global economic growth.”On the economic calendar, traders took in data showing rising American consumer confidence. The U.S. Conference Board’s August index came in at 81.5, up from 80.3 in July.The reading added to speculation about whether the Federal Reserve thinks the economy is strong enough to allow it to start to reduce its monetary stimulus next month.At present, the Fed is buying $85 billion of financial assets a month in order to lower long-term interest rates and shore up the U.S. economic recovery. Up until recently, a run of data, particularly related to the labour market, had ratcheted up expectations that the so-called tapering will begin in September.The base metals component was the biggest decliner, down 2.64% even as signs of improving economies in the U.S. and China pushed copper prices higher with the September contract in New York up one cent at US$3.33 a pound.Other data Tuesday showed that the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 12.1% in June from a year earlier, nearly matching a seven-year high.And China’s National Bureau of Statistics said that profit growth for industrial companies ran ahead to 12% in July from 6.3% in June.First Quantum Minerals declined 82 cents to C$18.01 while Teck Resources fell 66 cents to $26.92.The financials sector was a major weight, down 0.8% with TD Bank down $1.53 to $87.67, ahead of the release of the bank’s earnings on ThursdayThe TSX gold sector was down 0.6% as geopolitical worries boosted bullion prices with the December contract on the Nymex running ahead $27.10 to US$1,420.20 an ounce. Goldcorp faded 37 cents to $32.50.The energy sector rose 0.1% while the price of oil moved well above US$108 a barrel Tuesday amid the latest round of worry centred on the Middle East. The October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ran ahead $3.10 to US$109.02 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources gained 28 cents toC$31.71 while Husky Energy declined 64 cents to $29.48.The price of oil has risen more than 15% in the past three months on concern that unrest in Egypt and civil war in Syria could disrupt production and exports, especially in Libya and Iraq. It has also raised the spectre of spreading violence that could block important supply routes.
OTTAWA – The federal government says the next head of the World Trade Organization must re-establish the body as prime player in global trade liberation, and not just as a cop to ensure member nations don’t break the rules.Trade Minister Ed Fast issued a statement saying Canada will lobby other nations in an effort to choose the right individual who can aggressively advance the trade agenda.The WTO has taken a back seat in recent years as a result of the failure of nations to come to an agreement on the Doha round of talks.Given the decade-old impasse, governments have moved on individually and in sub-groups. For Canada, that has mean launching trade talks with Europe, India, Japan and others, while also joining the TransPacific Partnership talks.Meanwhile, a group of nations have launched a new initiative to liberalize trade in services, also outside the WTO umbrella.Fast says new the WTO director-general must take a leadership role in persuading other member states to join the trade liberalization efforts.“Canada will support the selection of a candidate who can marshal common cause against the protectionism that remains a toxic threat to the global economic recovery,” Fast is quoted in the statement.“Accordingly, the successful candidate must be a champion in the fight against tariff and non-tariff barriers around the world.”Officials say the government has yet to decide who it will support. Fast has met with most of the nine candidates up for the job, including most recently Mari Pangestu of Indonesia and Anabel Gonzalez of Costa Rica.A new director-general is expected to be chosen by May 31 and assume duties as director-general on Sept. 1, replacing France’s Pascal Lamy. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 8, 2013 12:25 pm MDT Next WTO head must re-establish group as leader in trade liberalization: Fast AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
% of total25.0%24.2%44.3%40.1%27.4%26.2% SMMT LtdSep-07YTD 2007Sep-07YTD 2007Sep-07YTD 2007 Total139,2831,133,51219,953156,920159,2361,290,432 Home34,841274,7408,83462,98643,675337,726 % of total75.0%75.8%55.7%59.9%72.6%73.8% 13.9%1.9%-6.9%3.5%10.8%2.1% Car production‘September’s rise of 17.9 per cent over 2006 figures is highly encouraging. This is the third consecutive month production has risen in 2007, and the first quarterly rise since quarter one 2004,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘As forecast last September, new vehicles from MINI, Honda, Land Rover and Nissan have all contributed to this increase and stabilised the market.’ Export104,442858,77211,11993,934115,561952,706 Source:CarsCommercial Vehicles Total vehicles 13.2%2.0%-12.7%-4.1%10.0%1.3% 16.0%1.6%1.6%17.4%12.8%4.2% Commercial vehicle production‘After a good 12 months of new commercial vehicle production we expect the market to remain stable,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘September’s commercial vehicle production fell by 6.9 per cent after a strong August, but year-to-date figures remain healthy with each quarter in 2007 posting positive totals.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
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 is a tragic story about a man doing what many men do on the weekend – cutting the grassCoroner Christine Freeman The tragedy unfolded in the village of Hernhill, KentMr Gradus had two children, Natasha and Jack, and a granddaughter Amelia.He was the founder of Systems Technology. His ex-wife Zana Gradus is the current managing director and owner of the firm – which is owned by Tallgrand Ltd and has an annual turnover of around £9m – which Mr Gradus set up in 1989.Writing on Facebook on the day Mr Gradus was found dead, his son Jack wrote: “I don’t think words can ever describe our feelings right now. Every day was lived as if it was your last, we’ll all miss you dad, and we’ll love you always xx.”His daughter Natasha Hildyard wrote on Facebook on May 16: “No words could ever describe how awesome he was! Even though he’d hate being on any sort of social media. We will miss you always xxxxxx.” Spencer Gradus was expecting potential buyers to look round the large property in Hernhill, KentCredit:STIAN ALEXANDER His ex-wife, Zana Gradus, told the inquest: “I was with him from about 10am until 2.30pm on the Saturday (May 14) as we had somebody coming round the next morning to view the house. He was on really good form.”He loved cutting the grass. We had a full-time gardener, but he liked to spend a lot of time on the mower.”He didn’t like the gardener doing the lawnmowing. I didn’t realise he was going to cut the grass that day, but he was going to tidy the garden before the people came round to look at it.”I texted him later that day to say it was so nice to see him so happy and healthy. The potential buyers arrived at 10am on Sunday and could not get an answer.”Emergency services were called to the scene on the morning of May 16 and Mr Gradus’ body was found at the bottom of the bank, pinned underneath the tractor. Spencer Gradus is believed to have lost control of the tractor and mowing attachment after accidentally reversing over the side of a steep bank in the grounds of his homeCredit:STIAN ALEXANDER A retired businessman lay dead in the grounds of his £2million Victorian house for two days after his tractor toppled over and crushed him as his mowed the lawn.Spencer Gradus, who stepped down as director of IT firm Systems Technology last year, had just returned from living in Spain as he and his ex-wife Zana prepared to sell their eight-bedroom home in the village of Hernhill, Kent.The 52-year-old had gone out on Saturday, May 14 this year to mow the lawn of the four-acre gardens – which includes an orchard, tennis court and outdoor swimming pool – when the tractor fell on top of him.An inquest into the father of two’s death heard how Mr Gradus and his ex-wife were expecting potential buyers to come on Sunday, May 15 to look round the large property. Detective Sergeant Andrew Lambert told the inquest that the tractor is likely to have “slipped off the bank” as Mr Gradus reversed, causing him to fall out of the vehicle – which then fell on top of him.Pathologist Salim Anjarwalla said Mr Gradus had suffered a heart attack and positional asphyxia.Coroner Christine Freeman said: “This is a tragic story about a man doing what many men do on the weekend – cutting the grass. We may never know the exact sequence of events.”The evidence identifies two significant potential causes of death and it is quite probable he had some sort of cardiac event, but at the same time, if one is in a position where one has a tractor on their chest, asphyxia is a very likely cause of death.”Given the circumstances and the contributory factors, I am going to conclude that this was a tragic accident.” But, as he mowed the lawn with the tractor and mowing attachment, he is believed to have lost control after accidentally reversing it over the side of a steep bank.The inquest at Folkestone Coroner’s Court heard how Mr Gradus is believed to have fallen out of the tractor, which then fell on top of him and killed him.The alarm was not raised until Monday, May 16, despite potential buyers turning up on May 15 and not getting an answer at the door.His body was not found until May 16, when colleague Robert Field spotted the tractor was missing from the garage and then saw the tip of the machine poking up from the steep bank.Mr Field told the inquest: “I called for him but there was no answer, but then I saw the garage door was open and the tractor was not in there.”That’s when I went to look around the grounds. I could see the tip of the tractor poking out and, as I got nearer, I could see the tractor was on its side and was down a bank.”
Police in protective suits and gas masks work to remove the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found poisoned Credit:London News Pictures Ben Nimmo, a senior research fellow at the lab, concluded that the retweets of the poll appeared to be an “attempt by pro-Russian users to influence the online poll, and thus to create the appearance of greater hostility towards the UK government than UK users themselves showed”.One of the users who tweeted the poll, @malinka1102 normally focuses on Russian politics and Kremlin disinformation operations, such as the annexation of Crimea and the shooting down of the MH17, whilst another @znaetymka is a Russian language account said to interact at a bot-like rate of 285 times a day. Researchers also suspect that one of the most retweeted accounts mentioning the poisoning of Mr Skripal could be linked to the troll factory, which “shows the power which anonymous trolls with demonstrably falsified profiles continue to wield online”. Mr Nimmo added: “The large-scale amplification by Russian accounts of a UK Twitter poll demonstrated the ease with which connected accounts can amplify and, most probably, manipulate online debate, even from far away…”Together, they show the aggression, coordination and impact with which pro-Kremlin accounts, often anonymous and polemic, continue to operate.”Researchers have estimated that there are up to 150,000 accounts operated by Russians that meddle in British political and cultural life. https://twitter.com/Rachael_Swindon/status/975053363065835521?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fmedium.com%2Fmedia%2Fea0bd160fc9e6b44e57b1b58fb41cc4f%3FpostId%3D5d0bb3dc30ae 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. Twitter, which did not respond to a request for comment, has faced increasing pressure to deal with trolls and bots and say that they suspend accounts which are found not to be genuine. Russian trolls have previously been accused of meddling in both the US Election and the Brexit campaign.It comes as Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter, 33, remain in a critical condition in hospital. Questions have been raised about whether he was still working alongside the British intelligence services as a member of the community told Channel 4 that in recent years he had visited Poole to give a lecture to the UK Special Forces, at Special Boat Service headquarters. Mr Skripal was know to regularly dine with a well dressed man believed to be his MI6 handler in the Côte Brasserie in Salisbury and gave lectures at military academies on the GRU, Russia’s foreign military intelligence agency. Sir Andrew Wood, former British Ambassador to Russia, told Russian Spy Assassins: The Salisbury Attack, which will air tonight (MONDAY) at 10pm on Channel 4, that it would be “unusual” for a handler and a spy to stay in touch. He said: “It’s essential to the person who has taken refuge with us that he is not seen to be acting against his former service on a continuing basis. I suppose its conceivable a deep friendship would have sprung up between them but you’re also exposing the handler and you don’t really want to do that.” Russian Twitter trolls have been attempting to show that the British public do not believe Vladimir Putin is behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, it has been claimed. The potentially fake accounts, which experts say could be linked to the bot factory in St Petersburg, retweeted a poll by a British user which ended with more than 15,700 votes. Less that two weeks after the former double agent and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a nerve agent in Salisbury city centre, Twitter user Rachael Swindon asked if people thought Theresa May “has supplied enough evidence for us to be able to confidently point the finger of blame towards Russia?”77 per cent voted no, leading the blogger, who is a vocal supporter of Jeremy Corbyn and has more than 57,000 followers, to conclude that “the mood of the British public is starting to shift”.However, an analysis by the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, showed that some of the most influential retweets originated from pro-Kremlin accounts which seemed to be organised. It comes amid outrage over the Russian Government’s use of troll or bot factories, which are organised groups of anonymous political commentators which use trolling and disinformation campaigns to promote pro-Putin and pro-Russian propaganda.
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