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34 Maoists held in Sukma

first_imgChhattisgarh police on Sunday claimed to have arrested 34 Maoists from Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.“The district police and the DRG (District Reserve Guard) arrested 31 Maoists from Chintagufa police station limits and the Special Task Force and the DRG have arrested three Maoists from Fulbagadi area (of Sukma) today. The arrested people include the Janatana Sarkar presidents (of CPI(Maoist)), Jan Militia commanders, DKMS presidents and members, CNM (Chetna Natya Manch) commanders and deputy Commanders” said a press note issued by Sukma district police.The police claimed that all the arrested “Maoists” were active as members of various wings of the outlawed CPI (Maoist). “They were involved in the execution of many violent incidents by the Maoists including the recent Burkapal attack. All of them were produced before a court today,” the police press note added.The Maoist attack near Burkapal village of Sukma in April this year had resulted in the death of 25 CRPF men. Most of the alleged Maoists, the police claimed to have arrested on Sunday, are the residents of Burkapal village.The CRPF men, who were part of the team which was ambushed by the Maoists, had alleged that there was firing from inside the village when they were trying to move towards the CRPF camp during the attack on April 24.However, the villagers had denied any role in the Maoist attack and claimed that all the villagers had gone away from the village to celebrate Bija Pondum when the attack took place.A CRPF inquiry report into the Burkapal attack had also accused three villages including Burkapal of being “passive participants” in the attack.Baman Markam, a resident of Burkapal had gone missing after the attack. The police had claimed to have killed him during an encounter a few days after the Burkapal attack.last_img read more

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Pulwama tense after damage to militant’s grave

first_imgSouth Kashmir’s Pulwama remained tense on Wednesday as locals accused the security forces of damaging the tombstone of a slain Hizb-ul-Mujahideen ‘commander’. Locals of Pulwama’s Drabgam held a sit-in outside the Tehsil headquarters over the incident. Sameer Bhat alias ‘Tiger’ was killed along with an associate on April 30 in Drubgam in an encounter. The banners covering his grave were also allegedly torn.“This is highly condemnable,” said a protester.Separatists’ forum Joint Resistance Leadership, comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, called for a shutdown on June 2 over such “growing incidents”.Later, militants carried out two grenade attacks in the district. Militants lobbed a grenade at a joint naka party of the police and the Central Reserve Police Force in Banora village. In a second attack, the residence of a former legislator of the National Conference in Tral was attacked with a grenade. “There were no casualties,” said the police.Mehbooba on ceasefireChief Minister Mehbooba Mufti welcomed the agreement between the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMO) of India and Pakistan. “I wholeheartedly welcome the reiteration of the commitment to the ceasefire on the border by both DGMOs. This brings great relief to the people residing in the vicinity [of the border]. Peace on our borders is the first essential step to a larger understanding and I truly hope it sustains,” she said.last_img read more

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Maharashtra to focus on exposing fake news

first_imgConcerned about the growing cases related to spread of misinformation via WhatsApp, the Maharashtra government will hire fact-checking agencies to curb spread of rumours and fake news on social media. The government will also start a month-long drive to create more awareness rather than indulging in any regulatory mechanisms to control social media, senior officials said. Hinting that the government was not keen on regulating social media, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said society should develop its own “contemporary norms” to curb fake news. “We have already put up 1,000-odd hoardings across several cities to create awareness about fake news. Further, about one crore messages have been forwarded asking people to pay attention to the inflammatory content of messages and… immediately inform the right authorities,” said Special Inspector General (cyber-crime) Brijesh Singh. “We are closely studying the patterns of viral messages and how they get spread. It is important to identify the networks through which these are spread,” he added.last_img read more

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Greek-Canadian Athanasiou, Red Wings’ Forward, Misses Games due to Injury

first_imgDETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings’ forward Andreas Athanasiou has become a critical member of the team having scored 11 goals this season, second only to Dylan Larkin who has scored 15.Athanasiou missed the game against the Florida Panthers on December 22 due to an upper body injury though he did warm-up with the team, The Detroit News reported. The Red Wings lost 2-1 in that game and then on December 23 to the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime before the holiday break.Coach Jeff Blahill spoke to The Detroit News about Anthanasiou and his injury, “He had an upper body from the other day, but I anticipated him playing coming to the rink. He thought he was going to play yesterday [December 21], that’s the knowledge I was given. Then we got here today [December 22] and it didn’t feel good and he wasn’t able to go.”The Greek-Canadian Athanasiou, his father is Greek and mother is Indo-Guyanese, is a promising young player. According to NHL.com, he made his NHL debut for the Red Wings on November 8, 2015 in a game against the Dallas Stars and scored his first NHL goal in his second game against the Washington Capitals and goalie Brent Holtby.The Red Wing’s forward Justin Abdelkader told The Detroit News, “He’s obviously a dynamic player and it’s tough when you lose a guy like that, but [Wade] Megan came in and played real well and it gives other guys a chance to play more minutes and they played well, too. You can’t worry about the guys who aren’t here, and it’s about the guys who are going to go out and play, the 20 guys in here.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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India vs Australia: What is a drop-in pitch and how is it different from a regular one?

first_imgIndian cricket team just won a thriller test match against Australia in the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy 2018-2019 played at Adelaide Oval. The game was closely contested with only 31 runs deciding the fate of the match. But in all of that excitement, did you come to know about the use of drop-in pitch at the stadium?What is a drop-in pitch?The drop-in pitch is exactly what it sounds like. It is a pitch created away from the ground or venue hosting the match, which is then ‘dropped’ into the site before the game.The first time a drop-in pitch was used in the history of cricket was at the WACA stadium in Perth.Right now, ‘Men in Blue’ are playing second match of the series against the host Kangaroos at the new Optus stadium of Perth. And the stadium also flaunts a drop-in pitch to which the Cricket Australia referred as ‘green monster’.Just 24 hours out from the second #AUSvIND Test, the Perth curator has unveiled a green monster. More from @samuelfez: https://t.co/namAzN7KN9 pic.twitter.com/y1xhqHg2k2cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 13, 2018What is special about a drop-in pitch? That’s how a drop-in pitch fits into the groundOne of the many advantages of drop-in pitches is the multi-purpose use of a stadium in which it is being utilised; the cricket venue can be used for other sporting events and musical concerts. The drop-in pitch allows Australia to host football, rugby and cricket matches at the same ground.advertisementA drop-in pitch also allows a pitch curator to modify it the way they want which otherwise could not have been possible with a regular one. They can easily manufacture a bowler-friendly drop-in pitch with a combination of soil, clay and grass.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Mou: New Man Utd deal not on the agenda

first_imgJosé Mourinho Mourinho: My Man United future is not on the agenda Russell Greaves Last updated 2 years ago 15:35 6/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mourinho - Cropped Getty Images José Mourinho Manchester United Premier League The Portuguese says that he does not need a new deal to “work to his limits” and admits it’s possible he could be tempted with a move elsewhere Jose Mourinho insists he is in no rush to sign a contract extension as the Manchester United boss is content to serve out his three-year deal before entering negotiations.Red Devils 11/2 to win 2-0 SaturdayReports have linked the former Real Madrid boss with extending his stay at Old Trafford following the club’s flying start to the campaign, but the 54-year-old distanced himself from such speculation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Having guided United to the EFL Cup and Europa League title last season, the 2017-18 campaign has started with three Premier League wins on the bounce, but that does not mean Mourinho is eyeing a more long-term commitment. “I don’t think about it,” he told The Times when quizzed on the prospect of penning fresh terms. “I don’t need a new contract to work to my limits.”I don’t have a problem to arrive at the end of my contract and be free to decide what I want to do and the club free to decide what they want to do.”In the past I always wanted to coach in different places. When I came to Chelsea in 2004 I never thought to stay for 20 years. Never.”When I went to Italy I always had in mind I had to go to Spain. If in this moment now you ask me can I go to France or to Germany, I say: ‘Why not? Why not?’.”But I’m in a different moment in my career now. I always had Spain and Italy [as places where he hoped to manage], but England is my passion and at this moment I can say I would like to stay many years.”United return to top-flight action with a trip to Stoke City on Saturday before kicking off the Champions League group stage with the visit of Basel.last_img read more

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Peter Beardsley charged by FA with using racist language towards youth players

first_imgShare via Email Share on Pinterest Read more Share on LinkedIn news Beardsley has been seen regularly at St George’s Park in recent months and recently completed his A coaching licence but huge questions were left unanswered when Newcastle announced his departure yet declined to reveal the results of their 14-month investigation into allegations of bullying and racism from Under-23 players.Kick It Out, the anti racism group, said it was “concerned” Newcastle had not been more explicit and the FA intervened to investigate several complaints, including one of bullying from the club’s former midfielder Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, a Londoner of Moroccan origin. El-Mhanni was released by Newcastle last spring and the other players who complained about Beardsley almost all left St James’ Park at around the same time.An FA statement said: “It is alleged Mr Beardsley used abusive and/or insulting words towards Newcastle United FC Under 23 players, which were contrary to FA Rule E3(1), whilst employed as their coach.“It is further alleged these words also constituted an ‘aggravated breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as they included reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality.”The 58-year-old, who, during his second incarnation in the role, had coached Newcastle’s Under-23s since 2009, has until 12 April to respond.If an independent panel upheld the charges, it is understood the most likely punishment would involve a five-game ban from footballing activities which would take effect when Beardsley began any new role. He would almost certainly also be asked to attend a diversity course.After his St James’ Park exit, Beardsley, who made 326 appearances for Newcastle and ranks as one of their all-time playing greats, said the “time was right to seek a new challenge”.At a public speaking event – “an evening with Peter Beardsley” – in Gateshead last weekend he told the audience: “I am not a bully and I am not a racist. Everbody in the city of Newcastle has been amazing, for 15 months they’ve been amazing. I know what I am, everyone who knows me, my friends, my family, know I am. I’m comfortable with what I am.”During his first stint working with Newcastle’s junior players between 2001 and 2006, Beardsley was cleared by a Premier League investigation into bullying allegations made by three players. In 2006 Glenn Roeder, Newcastle’s then manager moved Beardsley into an ambassadorial role but he returned to the academy three years later.On finally leaving Newcastle this month Beardsley issued a statement through his solicitors in which he said: “I have always honoured my contractual obligations of confidentiality to the club and maintained my silence, which has in itself been very difficult.”Newcastle, meanwhile, said they were “grateful for the contribution Peter has given over the years as a player, coach and ambassador and we wish him well for the future”. Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Peter Beardsley has been charged by the Football Association with three counts of using racist language to players in his former job as Newcastle United’s Under-23 coach.The former England international, who left Newcastle this month following a 14-month period of gardening leave, vehemently denies the claims and is expected to contest the charges. If so, his case will be heard by a three-person independent commission.center_img Share on Twitter The forgotten story of … the striker saved by football in Saddam’s Iraq Reuse this content Newcastle United Topics Share on Messenger Footballlast_img read more

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Trans Tasman Tour Diary – 23 Jan

first_imgGive us a rundown of your day.My day started off well as Kez, Dean & Mock allowed us a bit of a sleep in. I then had brekky with the girls in one of our rooms. A bit after brekky, Bear and I went and got coffee together and had a bit of a walk to loosen the legs.We then had our team meeting where we watched the video of our first game against the Kiwi’s, then had a team chat to sort out a few things we needed to fix up for tonights game (game 2). After lunch with the girls, Bear and I met our cousins and auntie at a coffee for a quick catch up.I am now just about to get myself prepared and ready for our final team meeting before heading to the fields for game 2. We are ready to go.Did you bring anything with you to make it feel more like home?Yeah. I always like to bring some things away with me to remind me of home. Just a few special items that mean a lot to me as well as some cards, letters and special messages from special friends and family and the most important people in my life.Leading Australia for the first time, explain what was going through your head before the first game?I was feeling nervous before the first game but I usually am nervous before any game I play. But this game held a few more nerves as I just wanted to make sure we were all ready to go. I felt, and still do, a huge sense of pride about leading Australia and my team for the first time. It was a very humbling experience and even though it was overwhelming, my nerves were settled as the main thing going through my head before the game, was making sure the rest of the girls were ok, especially the new young ones making their debut for the Australian Women’s Open. After the retirement of key players, how have your new players gelled into the team?I could not be any prouder of the new girls in our team. They are all in their own special way, skilful and talented players, but I have been most impressed with the way they have handled themselves and the positive respectful attitude they have towards the past, the present and the future of the Australian Women’s Open team. Like me, I know all past players would be very proud of them all.Touch Football Australia would like to thank Louise for answering some questions to give the Touch Football community back home an update of what has been happening on the Tour.last_img read more

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Girlfriend Of Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence Posts Heartfelt Photo

first_imgTrevor Lawrence drops back to pass for the Clemson Tigers.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers attempts a pass during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)The girlfriend of Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence posted a heartfelt photo after the Tigers’ national title game performance.Lawrence and the Tigers had one of the best games of all-time (not hyperbole), blowing out No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game.Clemson topped Alabama, 44-16, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.Lawrence, a true freshman, should be terrorizing the college football world for the next two years.Family and friends of the Clemson star quarterback are certainly impressed with the player he’s turned out to be.Lawrence’s girlfriend, college soccer player Marissa Mowry, posted a heartfelt message on Instagram after the game.“Proud. Proud not just of what you do.. but who you are. You’re one of a kind Trevor,” she wrote.Life is good for Trevor Lawrence and the Clemson Tigers right now.Lawrence and Clemson should start the 2019 season ranked No. 1 in the country.last_img read more

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More Clean Energy Coming to Northern Nova Scotia

first_imgCommunity groups in northern Nova Scotia are adding more clean, renewable solar energy to our electricity grid with support from the province. Finance Minister Karen Casey, on behalf of Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette, announced today, Oct. 1, that five organizations in the region have been approved for the Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Program. “This is a pivotal time in Nova Scotia’s push toward our cleaner energy future, and this program offers local groups the chance to participate in, and benefit from, our potential,” said Ms. Casey. “Together we are reducing emissions and building on Nova Scotia’s successes as a leader in fighting climate change.” The approved projects are: “Colchester has made a long-standing commitment to sustainability through its Sustainable Colchester – 2029, a plan that has guided many of council’s investments and initiatives,” said Mayor of Colchester County, Christine Blair. “The two projects will help us to fulfill these promises and lead our communities into the future by example.” This year, a total of 27 applications were selected from across the province. If all projects are completed, Nova Scotia will add 1,617 kilowatts of renewable electricity to the grid. That’s more than double last year’s total. All applications were overseen by Clean Foundation, the independent procurement administrator. The average selling price this year for electricity generated through these projects is 25.4 cents per kilowatt hour. The impact to ratepayers is capped at 0.1 per cent, which is already built into the province’s rate stability plan. The program is for Mi’kmaw communities, registered non-profit or charitable organizations, municipalities or organizations owned by municipalities, universities or community colleges in Nova Scotia. The program will be offered for one more year. For more information on the program, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/solar . Cumberland County, Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre, 75 kilowatts Colchester County, Rath Eastlink Community Centre, 75 kilowatts Colchester County, Don Henderson Memorial Sportsplex, 75 kilowatts Plymouth Community and Recreation Association, Pictou County, 21 kilowatts Town of Amherst, Amherst Stadium, 75 kilowatts Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy, Cumberland County, 25 kilowattslast_img read more

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Violence Committee Waste of Time

first_imgDonna Smith, aptn National NewsA federal committee that has been travelling the country is a waste of time.That’s according to Pam Palmater, a professor of Indigenous governance at Ryerson University in Toronto. The Status of Women’s committee has spent the past two weeks travelling to western and northern parts of the country talking to a number of Aboriginal women’s groups about violence in their community.But Palmater says there was no reason for this tour.“Of course it failed. I mean does anyone in this country need another study to prove aboriginal women suffer from high degrees of violence. we had statistics canada and sisters in spirit is the one who put the issue on the map.”The committee meetings were poorly advertised, poorly attended, no cameras were allowed during testimony and only certain groups were invited to speak.Palmater says the government is taking a paternal approach to the problem of violence against Aboriginal women.“Obviously they think they can do this better. and the way they do things is certainly not in the spirit of collaboration.Normally, the job of spreading awareness of the issue fell to the Sisters in Spirit Initiative. It’s ground breaking research exposed the fact that nearly 600 Aboriginal women have gone missing or have been murdered in the past 3 decades. But in the late fall, APTN reported that the project was being shut down because the federal government decided it can no longer use taxpayers dollars to conduct it’s research.Palmater believes the government is also controlling the Status of Women committee.“So doing it behind the scenes, not on television, not widely advertised, they can control who comes to the committee, what kinds of comments they’re going to recieve. And you can almost kind of prejudge what the report is going to be like. whereas if you opened it up to the general public and aboriginal women in general you would get a wide variety of perspectives.”In late October the federal government announced that it was spending 10 million dollars to address the issue of violence against Aboriginal women.But the bulk of the money is going to a database that is run by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Ottawa and doesn’t specifically track Aboriginal women that have gone missing or have been murdered.  It essentially means that no one is tracking of women who turn up dead or go missing.The Status of Women committee doesn’t have a date to release it’s study.last_img read more

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Yellow Pages locks out 130 unionized sales representatives in Quebec

first_imgMONTREAL – Yellow Pages Ltd. says it has locked out about 130 of its unionized sales representatives in Quebec.The Montreal-based company says it made the move after numerous bargaining meetings and the intervention of a conciliator failed to reach an agreement.It says the company faced “no realistic choice” but to impose a lockout, accusing the union of being inflexible.Yellow says management will serve customers during the lockout.Chief executive David Eckert says the status quo is incompatible with the competitive market and that the company is willing to resume talks if the unions accepts that the market has changed dramatically.Yellow has sold off assets as it has worked to transform itself from a publisher of printed directories to a digital model.Companies in this story: (TSX:Y)last_img read more

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Moroccos Mehdi Benatia Linked with a Move to FC Barcelona

The Juventus player has been linked with a move to join Leo Messi’s team as Barcelona is looking to reinforce its defensive line.According to Mundo Deportivo, Napoli’s Raul Albiol and Lokomotiv Moscow’s Benedikt Howedes and Vedran Corluka are all included in Barcelona’s shortlist.Benatia, who is also the captain of the Moroccan national team, has already attracted the interest of big clubs, including l’Olympique Marseille, Arsenal, and AC Milan. Benatia, 31, has spent most of his career in Italy, where he has played for Udinese, AS Roma, and Juventus. He joined the Old Lady on loan from German football giant Bayern Munich in 2016. After his one-year season with Juventus, the Italian football giant converted Benatia’s loan to a permanent deal. In 2017 Juventus signed the Moroccan player with a three-year deal worth €17 million.Earlier this year, France Football voted Benatia best Maghreb player in 2017, ahead of Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez and Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech. read more

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What you need to know before markets open

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market headed for a higher open Thursday amid strong earnings reports.The Canadian dollar was off 0.12 of a cent to 91.51 cents US after charging ahead almost four-tenths of a cent Wednesday in the wake of a much better than expected trade surplus for June.U.S. futures were also positive as the Dow Jones industrial futures rose 24 points to 16,419, the Nasdaq futures gained 3.7 points to 3,872.5 and the S&P 500 futures were ahead 3.5 points to 1,918.25.In the background are ongoing tensions over the crisis in Ukraine and fresh Russian sanctions on the West. Trading has been lacklustre over the last several sessions as traders worry about Russia getting more involved in the Ukraine government’s fight against pro-Russian rebels. Western leaders have accused Russia of massing troops on the border with Ukraine, although Russia has denied those claims.Analysts have said there are also concerns that the Federal Reserve could hike U.S. interest rates sooner than thought.But on Thursday, traders focused on earnings, particularly in the insurance sector where Manulife Financial announced it is starting to restore the big dividend cut it made in 2009 in the wake of the financial collapse. At that time, it cut its dividend in half. It is now raising its quarterly dividend 2.5 cents to 15.5 cents per share. Manulife also said that second-quarter net income more than tripled to $943 million, or 49 cents per share as the growth of its insurance operations in Asia continued to escalate and its North American mutual fund business improved.After markets closed Wednesday, Sun Life Financial Inc. delivered overall operating net income, excluding certain items and discontinued operations, of $488 million or 80 cents per share, up from $431 million or 71 cents per share in the second quarter of 2013. That beat analyst estimates of 66 cents a share.Great-West Lifeco Inc. had $615 million of net income in the second quarter, an 18% increase from the same time last year. The profit amounted to 61.6 cents per common share and in line with analyst estimates of 62 cents per share.Elsewhere, Air Canada says quarterly net income grew to $223 million, or 75 cents per share, compared to a loss of $23 million, or nine cents per share, a year ago. Operating revenues grew to $3.3 billion from $3.06 billion in the comparable period as the airline said that its lower-cost Rouge carrier operations have exceeded expectations.Canadian Tire Corp. posted second-quarter net income of $178.9 million, or $2.12 per share, compared to $154.9 million or $1.91 a year earlier. Despite a late start to spring, revenue increased to $3.17 billion from $3.02 billion helped by sales at its Sport Chek stores.Overseas, the European Central Bank said that it is leaving benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low of 0.15%. The decision was widely expected, in part because the ECB has little room to cut with rates so close to zero. Interest will turn to the upcoming press conference of ECB President Mario Draghi. In particular, investors will be interested to hear what he says about the economic impact of the Ukraine crisis and the overall shaky recovery in the eurozone.Oil and metal prices recovered after losing ground Wednesday with the September crude contract in New York ahead 32 cents higher to US$97.24 a barrel.September copper gained a cent to US$3.17. December bullion held steady after a $23 runup, off 60 cents to US$1,307.60 an ounce. read more

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Taxrate changes and TFSA limit reduction mean its time to review your

OTTAWA — The tax rules are changing in 2016 and even if Canadians don’t make enough to be hit by the new top federal income tax rate, their financial plans are going to need to be reviewed.The vast majority of Canadians will not be affected by the new tax bracket for income over $200,000 a year, but everyone will see their tax-free savings account contribution limit be reduced back to $5,500 for 2016.Combined with the new lower tax rate for income between $45,282 and $90,563, even those who aren’t in the top one per cent of income-earners should take a look at their finances to ensure they’re on track.Forget stocking stuffers: Why not make this year all about the big gifts? Here’s how to do itTFSA cap cancels out benefits of ‘middle class’ tax cut, critics warnThree ways to minimize Canada’s massive looming tax hikesPeter Bowen, vice-president of tax and retirement research and solutions at Fidelity Investments, says for many people this might be the most important tax planning season they’ve ever had.“With the changes just implemented both to tax rates and TFSAs, everybody needs to take care to make sure their tax planning is right for their own situation,” he said. “We always encourage people to get financial advice, but with these changes in place, it is more important than ever.”What you need to do depends on your tax bracket — and with the wider range of brackets now, that means planning is more complex.For those in the bracket that is seeing the rate cut, Bowen says to be sure to claim the deduction against your 2015 income to maximize its value if you’re planning on making an RRSP contribution. However, those who make more than $200,000 may want to delay claiming their RRSP contributions until 2016 due to the higher rate set to take affect.With the changes just implemented both to tax rates and TFSAs, everybody needs to take care to make sure their tax planning is right for their own situationEY tax partner David Steinberg says those making more than $200,000 may also want to look to maximize their 2015 income by crystallizing any capital gains or taking any bonuses or deferred income that may be due before the new higher tax rate kicks in.“I think you’re going to see a lot of people managing taxable income,” he said.Bowen also advises Canadians to carefully consider their future financial needs when weighing TFSA and RRSP contributions.How much will you be making throughout your career, what stage are you at in your career and where will you be in retirement? Those are all matters to ponder, he said.“These are the questions that people need to be prepared to at least think about because then that decision of using an RRSP or using a TFSA becomes more important,” Bowen said.The benefit of an RRSP is that you deduct contributions today and defer taxes until your retirement, when you will likely be earning less money and may be in a lower tax bracket.In contrast, TFSA contributions don’t generate a tax deduction, but any investment income you earn with the money isn’t taxed. So, if you think you’re going to be in the same or higher tax bracket, putting money into a TFSA might make more sense.Bowen noted it isn’t just high-income earners that will be hurt by the lower TFSA limits. Retirees looking to shelter a portion of their nest egg from tax will also be affected by the lower contribution limit even though they may fall into the low-income category.“They don’t have to be wealthy to benefit from TFSAs,” he said.The tax changes and TFSA rollback were part of the Liberal campaign platform during the federal election.The cut to the second tax bracket will save Canadians making less than $200,000 up to $679 per person.In addition to the rate changes, the Liberals ended the controversial income-splitting scheme for families plan put in place by the Conservatives that will see taxes rise for families where one parent earns significantly more than the other.And more changes are expected.The Liberals have promised a child benefit program to replace the universal child care benefit starting in July 2016.The plan, promised during the election, will see more generous benefits for poor families and the amount reduced as family income rises, and will be entirely eliminated for high-income earners. read more

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Hamilton air pollution

Hamilton continues to have the worst air pollution in the province according to a new study by Cancer Care Ontario. Volunteers like Jochen Bezner have been walking the streets tracking the air pollution for Environment Hamilton. They’re scanning for what’s known as fine particular matter, solid particles in the air that are so small you can’t see them but are breathing them in. The pollution can come from industry, cars or anything that burns.Environment Hamilton is encouraging people to take part in the city’s free tree planting program to help reduce the amount of pollution in the air.

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Techs push TSX slightly lower Sears Canada rises as US parent mulls

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 14, 2014 7:41 am MDT TORONTO – A late-day sell-off in the tech sector helped push the Toronto stock market slightly lower Wednesday.The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 6.08 points to 14,673.73 as rising commodity prices lifted miners and traders considered a potential major shift in the Canadian retail landscape. The Canadian dollar rose 0.23 of a cent to 91.89 cents US amid general U.S. dollar weakness.U.S. retailer Sears Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq:SHLD) is considering selling its 51 per cent interest in Sears Canada (TSX:SCC) as the retailer continues with efforts to turn around its business. Sears Holdings’ overall business has been struggling after years of sales declines and it has been closing some unprofitable stores and selling leases in prime locations.“It’s a sign of how desperate the U.S. parent is and how much trouble they’re in,” said Colin Cieszynski, senior market analyst at CMC Markets.“Because all the money, all the leases they got out of, the money didn’t stay here, it went south to shore up the U.S. business. The U.S. company is the one that’s in real trouble and what’s left? You’re selling off your most valuable asset.”Sears Holdings shares gave up early gains to decline $2.53 or 5.85 per cent to US$40.70 in New York, while Sears Canada shares ran up 54 cents or 3.43 per cent to C$16.30 in Toronto.Glum earnings news and worries about inflation helped push U.S. indexes lower as the Dow Jones industrials dropped 101.47 points to 16,613.97, the Nasdaq shed 29.54 points to 4,100.63 and the S&P index was off 8.92 points at 1,888.53.The U.S. Labor Department said that the producer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6 per cent from March to April, after a 0.5 per cent increase from February to March. The gains suggest that inflation is picking up from very low levels and raised concerns about when the Federal Reserve could act to hike short-term rates from near zero.Meanwhile, Deere is reporting a 9.5 per cent decline in second-quarter net income to US$980.7 million, or $2.65 per share, compared with $1.08 billion, or $2.76 per share, in the same quarter a year ago. Revenue fell 8.9 per cent to US$9.95 billion on lower demand for farming equipment. Deere expects a four per cent drop in equipment revenue for fiscal 2014, the same decrease it’s expecting for the current quarter and its shares were down $1.91 to US$91.70.Elsewhere in Canada, Power Financial Corp. (TSX:PWF) says it its first-quarter profits totalled C$467 million or 66 cents per share, up from $394 million, or 55 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2013. Operating earnings totalled $440 million, or 62 cents per share, compared with $407 million, or 57 cents per share, year over year. Revenues at the financial services conglomerate that includes Great-West Lifeco (TSX:GWO) and IGM Financial (TSX:IGM) were $10.58 billion compared with $8.15 billion a year ago. Power Financial climbed 22 cents to $34.95.On the commodity markets, the TSX base metals sector rose 0.7 per cent as July copper gained two cents to US$3.16 a pound.The gold sector rose about one per cent as June bullion rose $11.10 to US$1,305.90 an ounce.The energy sector edged 0.16 per cent lower as June crude in New York gained 67 cents to US$102.37 a barrel.Tech stocks led TSX decliners, down 1.7 per cent with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) down 12 cents to C$8. Techs push TSX slightly lower, Sears Canada rises as U.S. parent mulls sell-off read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,734.69, up 53.93 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down six cents, or 2.29 per cent, to $2.56 on 21.7 million shares.Eastern Platinum Ltd. (TSX:ELR). Miner. Unchanged at 9.5 cents on 14.9 million shares.Element Financial Corp. (TSX:EFN). Credit services. Down 26 cents, or 1.95 per cent, to $13.04 on 10.9 million shares. The company will pay US$1.4 billion cash to buy PHH Corp.’s North American fleet management services business. PHH Arval had about US$4.6 billion of assets as of March 31, including US$4 billion invested in fleet leases. Element Financial shares fell 26 cents to C$13.04.Tembec Inc. (TSX:TMB). Forest products. Up four cents, or 1.67 per cent, to $2.44 on 5.5 million shares.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Up eight cents, or 0.72 per cent, to $11.22 on 4.7 million shares.IAMGOLD Corp. (TSX:IMG). Miner. Up 40 cents, or 12.08 per cent, to $3.71 on 4.2 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (982.02, up 3.55 points):Mooncor Oil & Gas Corp. (TSXV:MOO). Oil and gas. Unchanged at 2.5 cents on 9.2 million shares.Theralase Technologies Inc. (TSXV:TLT). Medical devices. Up one cent, or 3.03 per cent, to 34 cents on 3.1 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX:HBC). Retail. Down two cents, or 0.12 per cent, to $17.25 on 495,266 shares. HBC posted a first-quarter profit from continuing operations of $176 million or 97 cents a share, compared with a loss of $22 million or 19 cents a share in the same quarter of 2013. Retail sales jumped to $1.85 billion, up from $884 million in the same quarter last year. Same stores sales, which take into account stores that have been open for at least a year, were up 2.8 per cent year-over-year. The retailer’s shares edged two cents lower to $17.25.Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B). Communication services. Up nine cents, or 0.20 per cent, to $44.54 on 495,266 shares. The Vodafone Group of telecommunications companies has signed an exclusive Canadian partnership agreement with Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B).Rogers chief executive Guy Laurence, who headed Vodafone UK until he joined Toronto-based Rogers, said the new partnership will be a big benefit to its customers. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2014 3:14 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Situation in Ukraine remains volatile warns senior UN human rights official

He also voiced concerns about hundreds of people still missing in Government and rebel-held areas in the east, and reported human rights violations in the Crimea. Minorities there, such as the Tatars, have seen their situation deteriorate considerably in the two years since the Russian Federation extended its control over the peninsula. “Anti-extremism and anti-terrorism laws have been used to criminalize non-violent behaviour and stifle dissenting opinion, while the judicial and law enforcement systems have been instrumentalized to clamp down on opposition voices,” he said. “Worst affected are Crimean Tatars, whose main representatives body, Mejlis, has been banned, and whose representatives I met during my visit.” In addition, accounts of torture and ill-treatment, arbitrary and incommunicado detention by the armed groups have continued to surface in the conflict zone, where 2.7 million people live. Those responsible “will be held to account sooner or later,” Mr. Šimonović said, before adding that war crimes, crimes against humanity and grave breaches of human rights cannot be the subject of any amnesty. Human rights violations in BurundiAlso today, the Human Rights Council heard directly from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who presented on the status of human rights in Burundi. He detailed a “tragic and comprehensive” deterioration of human rights of the people of Burundi during the year following the political crisis of April 2015, according to the Council. The perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses, including extra-judicial executions, enforced disappearance, arbitrary arrest and torture, were members of the security and intelligence forces, members of an armed element connected to the Imbonerakure, which itself was associated with the governing party, as well as other armed groups and individuals. “Almost 270,000 people fled the country and a further 100,000 were internally displaced,” he said, adding that the economy was in free-fall, squandering the development gains made during eight years of sustained growth. The situations in Ukraine and Burundi are among the countries currently on the agenda of the Human Rights Council , whose session started on 13 June and will last through this Friday. Wide view of the Human Right Council during its 32nd session. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré Addressing the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ivan Šimonović, the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, appealed to the leaders of the warring sides to respect a ceasefire agreement and said he was people he had met on both sides of the front lines. “I have heard them loud and clear: they want peace, human rights and the rule of law,” he said.The conflict has claimed the lives of nearly 9,500 people since fighting erupted two years ago – more than one in four civilians – and left nearly 22,000 people injured. While the rate of casualties has slowed substantially since a ceasefire in September 2015 and the signing of the Minsk Peace Accords – an agreement signed under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to halt fighting in the Donbass region of Ukraine – some 10 people are killed each month. These dire figures are part of the latest report from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) covering the period between 16 February and 15 May 2016. It notes that since 15 May, half of all civilian casualties were caused by shelling from mortars and howitzers – weapons which use in the conflict zone are prohibited by the Minsk Agreements. Mr Šimonović said that clashes and exchange of fire happened “on a daily basis” near Donetsk and Horlivka – cities controlled by the armed groups – and in the towns of Avdiivka and Mariinka, which are under Government protection. Those living on either side of the contact zone also face severe restrictions on their freedom of movement, the UN official said, in reference to the 20,000-30,000 people who cross the front line every day to get their pensions or see a doctor. read more