Tourists throng Goa’s Curdi village that remains submerged for 11 months in a year

first_imgCurdi, a small village in Goa known for its scenic beaches and Portuguese-era structures, is attracting tourists this season for a different reason. Though the village remains submerged under dam water in the rest of the year, in the month of May, it would rise above the water level, making it visible. Tourists as well as the original inhabitants of the village would visit the place during May, when water recedes exposing the village and ruins of an old Lord Shiva temple to the outer world. Locals host a traditional festival in the temple’s remnants, much to the delight of domestic and foreign visitors. Once the monsoon rains pick up, the low-lying village gets submerged, making those displaced sad again. Nestled amid the Western Ghats in South Goa district, Curdi was once a flourishing village bustling with over 600 families. However, its natives agreed to “sacrifice” their homes in late 1970s when then Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar announced construction of a dam on the Selaulim river flowing nearby, an old local resident told PTI. As per official records, the dam construction started in 1976 and was completed in 2000. Prakash Kurdikar (60), who was earlier a resident of Curdi, recalled that by 1986, the village started going under water.“It was an emotional moment for the villagers who sacrificed their homes for the sake of Goa. It is the greatest sacrifice anyone can make,” he said. Its residents were rehabilitated in the nearby Vadden and Valkini villages.State Water Resources Department’s executive engineer K.K. Ravindran said streams around the village have started getting filled up due to the pre-monsoon showers.“If it rains properly for 10 days, then the village would be submerged. It will be visible only after 11 months next year,” he said. This year, the monsoon has been delayed in Goa and the rains have started picking up now, he said.“So, if it rains for next seven days, then by the end of this month, Curdi will disappear,” Mr. Ravindran said, adding that the village is located 5km away from the catchment area of Selaulim dam. Locals claim that before getting submerged, the village turns into an island for a few hours and then slowly disappears under water.last_img read more

BaliPure pulls off comeback win vs Creamline, books semis seat

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sato put the Water Defenders on the hill before Grethcel Soltones capped off the victory with a killer spike to seal the deal.Kuttika Kaewpin fired 26 points in the sorry defeat for Creamline (3-6), while fellow guest player Laura Schaudt got 16.Alyssa Valdez played limited minutes as she nursed a sprained ankle, but was hardly a factor in the match, finishing with only two points in the losing effort.Still, the Cool Smashers are locked at the fifth seed with their 3-6 card regardless of the result of their match against Perlas on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF View comments 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam BaliPure’s Risa Sato.BaliPure had to sweat it out but was still able to pull off the come-from-behind five-set win over Creamline, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-7, to clinch a seat in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference semifinals Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Guest player Jennifer Keddy topped the Water Defenders with 18 points, powered by 14 kills, two blocks, and two service aces, while Risa Sato provided the much needed support with her 16 markers.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Jeng Bualee chimed in 15 points for BaliPure, which stayed on top with its 7-2 slate.“We’re thankful,” said coach Roger Gorayeb in Filipino. “The way the game was played earlier, the girls were really tired from our game on Sunday. It was evident on the way Jeng hit the ball. But we’re just thankful to get the win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Water Defenders had to play catchup for the first time this conference, losing two of the first three sets as they stared at a 2-1 set deficit.But a better showing from Sato and Bualee anchored BaliPure in the fourth set, which continued in the clincher as it broke off of a 3-all deadlock and took a 13-6 lead. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next So long, Wayne?: Cup final may be Rooney’s last United gamelast_img read more

India in a state of desperate crisis against West Indies

first_imgIt was only by a hair’s breadth that India saved themselves from going two down against the West Indies after the Delhi Test. After a promising start, they were hopelessly outplayed in the first test and beaten in less than four days – by the demeaning margin of an innings,It was only by a hair’s breadth that India saved themselves from going two down against the West Indies after the Delhi Test. After a promising start, they were hopelessly outplayed in the first test and beaten in less than four days – by the demeaning margin of an innings and 83 runs.The second Test, a fascinating match because of the constant ebb and flow of fortunes, was one of those rare contests between India and the giants of Test cricket in which India led on the first innings.Theirs was a substantial advantage of 80 runs and yet, India found themselves in a state of desperate crisis on the last morning. And they may not have been able to extricate themselves from this tangle had the West Indies attack not been depleted by a hamstring injury to Michael Holding, who, was confined to the players’ balcony on the final day.In taking stock after the first two Tests, it must be remembered that India has not so far been pitted against Andy Roberts, the main wicket-taker for the West Indies when India played them at home, not many months ago. In the light of India’s performance in the three Tests against Pakistan, the current state of the series against the West Indies is not surprising.Marshall in his delivery strideFormidable Side: There are, indeed, many chinks in India’s armour, but that is not to deny the West Indies full credit for their achievements. They are an ageing side but still very formidable. There is depth to their batting and they are capable of throwing a fresh fast bowler at the opposition for most of the day.Malcolm Marshall has been outstanding for speed and control, threatening to bang a nail into the coffin with every spell. Holding and Daniel are not as explosive as in their youth, but they remain extremely penetrative bowlers, able to get pace and bounce from the deadest pitch as they demonstrated at Ferozeshah Kotia.advertisementWinston Davis, the junior most of the West Indies’ fast bowling combination has not lived up to the potential he showed in the zone matches preceding the Tests. He has lacked consistency in control and has had chronic ‘no ball’ problems. But he too has made his contribution, getting important wickets at vital stages of the first Test.From the Indian viewpoint, it has not been all gloom. India have had moments of satisfaction and even glory, none more stirring than Sunil Gavaskar’s achievement, on the first afternoon of the second Test, when he completed his 29th Test century, which put him level with the immortal Bradman.Promising Players: In only three innings, Kapil Dev has picked up ten wickets, showing himself to be a much better bowler with the old ball than he used to be. Both as a player of fast bowling and as a spinner, Ravi Shastri has risen in stature and is clearly destined to become one of the world’s leading all-rounders.Dilip Vengsarkar has made a happy comeback to Test cricket, seemingly the more relaxed after his exile. He has scored 69, 159 (his highest ever Test score) and 63 in consecutive innings, all of them very enjoyable to watch. Another growing asset is Roger Binny. He continues to look a good confident player of fast bowling, who is not unnerved by adversity. Now that he is more experienced, Binny might well plug the widening cracks in the upper half of the batting order.The achievement of Sunil Gavaskar’s 29th century was an occasion to savour, a source of pride and delight. This century will be remembered not just for its significance as a landmark in the history of the game, fitting the occasion, this innings was a genuine work of art. Its start was uncertain but long before Gavaskar reached 50, from only 37 balls, the canvas was resplendent with strokes of rare beauty and radiance.Vengsarkar square driving: India bamboozledClassic Century: When Gavaskar arrived at his century with a classic on-drive off his arch foe, Malcolm Marshall, he had been batting for three hours. By modern Test standards, this was a good rate, but not exceptional. However, measured in the sounder currency of balls received – 94 in this instance – this was Gavaskar’s most rapid century ever and probably the fifth fastest ever recorded.Gavaskar has always said that he is not a chaser of records. But he would not deny that it was a relief to get the burden of the 29th century off his shoulders. His reaction was one of genuine modesty. Although a very great player in his own right, Gavaskar is still a wide-eyed young hero-worshipper of Bradman when he is in the presence of the old master. He said: “I have equalled Sir Donald’s achievement, not his record. He got his 29 hunderds in only 52 Tests, I have played 95.”advertisementThe scene when Gavaskar reached his hundred was touching. There was spontaneous exuberance in the manner in which he was congratulated (“Bloody hell, you’ve done it at last”) by his partner, Dilip Vengsarkar, and that despite the fact that the two are no longer the closest of friends. The West Indians, who have spent many hot and frustrating hours in the field while Gavaskar has piled up thousands of runs against them since 1971, all beamed broad smiles as they lined up to pat his back or shake his hand.By the end of that memorable day, Vengsarkar too had completed his century, remained unbeaten, and India were in the commanding position of 299 for three. On the next day, India went on to amass a total of 464, their highest in their last 13 Test matches. It was an imposing score but one which was disappointing when viewed against the background of the overnight score. Only Shastri and Binny, who was last out with 52, played with requisite application. The pitch being what it was, India should have made no less than 500.With India’s bowling so limited, the only way of putting the West Indies under pressure was to confront them with a gigantic total. However, India’s fortunes continued to rise for some while longer. Gordon Greenidge, who had made 156 and 194 in his two previous innings against India, was out at 44 and on the following day, Desmond Haynes, his opening partner went at 45.But the fact that Winston Davis, the night watchman batted quite safely for more than an hour on the third morning was an ominous sign. The pitch was somnolent, except that the ball was beginning to keep low and rough outside the left-hander’s off stump. Shastri used this rough to prise out the obdurate Larry Gomes and also harried Clive Lloyd. But the veteran, with Logie as his sixth-wicket partner, held on grimly.Valuable Wicket: Viv Richards was out, shortly after lunch, having made 67, a figure India would willingly have settled for, because Richards was in good touch and ruthless form, having hit eight fours and a six in the most arrogant manner. He fell lbw to Kapil as he shaped to flick the ball to mid-wicket, Clive Lloyd, the non-striker, indicating amazement when umpire Dotiwala’s finger went up.The dreaded letters “lbw” were a recurring factor in the scorecard, which was symptomatic of a pitch on which the ball kept low. There were murmurs about indifferent umpiring but Clive Lloyd put the lid on the controversy by saying at his end-of-the-match press conference that mistakes were inevitable when two men had to stand out there in heat and an atmosphere of high tension for five days.advertisementRavi Shastri: Rising all-rounderLloyd, the grafter, rather than the old destructor, made his sixth Test century against India and West Indies got to within 80 runs of India’s score. Kapil Dev set up a new personal best in this innings, taking six wickets, his biggest haul in 13 Test matches against the West Indies.Slow Pitch: Only nine hours remained in the match when the second innings started, which was hardly time enough for the production of a decisive finish on a dreadfully slow pitch. India lost Gavaskar disconcertingly early, lbw to a ball from Holding that cut back quite viciously. There was more trauma when two wickets went down in one over, at 73, but India ended the day in the fairly secure position of 145 for four.A tame draw was inevitable and, indeed, that was the eventual outcome. But the match did not peter out in the expected manner. There were such violent upheavals in the first half hour of the morning that a West Indies victory became a strong possibility. The fuse which threatened the Indian innings with demolition was lit by Malcolm Marshall, who took three wickets in five balls.With just under five hours’ playing time left, India were 166 for eight, leading by only 246 runs. If the two remaining wickets had gone down with half the swiftness with which four had fallen in the morning, India’s goose would have been cooked. But Binny and Madan Lal, who had also staged a face-saving partnership of 117 in the first Test, checked the rot and West Indies, when they batted again, were left with a runs-to-time equation which, on this uneven pitch, they could not attempt to solve.Threatening Pace: It was Marshall who had provided West Indies with such an easy victory in the first Test. He took four wickets in each innings, having bowled spectacularly fast and also scored 92 runs at a time when runs were needed.India, clearly were undermined by speed, which is hardly surprising for, they are so unaccustomed to it. No doubt, they will be better adjusted to it as the series progresses but by then it will be too late. There is a mechanical method of preparing for a series in which pace is the opponents’ major weapon. That is to practice with a bowling machine. It costs a modest sum but the Board seems to have other uses for its crores.Another nettle that the Board refuses to grasp is Mohinder Amarnath. The leave of absence he asked for at the end of the series with Pakistan did him no good. He bagged a pair at Kanpur in the first Test and was not well enough to bat in his appointed place at number three in either innings at Delhi.The Board will not confirm or deny that the viral fever which Amarnath claims to suffer from has been investigated. The selectors, when asked, just shrug their shoulders and slavishly keep picking him for each succeeding Test. I am becoming convinced that Indian cricket’s administration no longer has a backbone.last_img read more

Sport Minister announces upgradation, new stadia in J&K

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) Sport Minister Jitendra Singh today said that the government would upgrade two major sports stadia in Jammu & Kashmir and also construct a new one. The Minister announced that Rs 42 crore has been allocated for the upgradation of Jammus Maulana Azad Stadium. “The execution of work has been entrusted to NPCC, which will further engage different agencies for upgrading M A Stadium,” said the Minister after convening a meeting of the Ministry to discuss some of the pending issues related to J&K. The work is scheduled to start sometime after the end of the monsoon season and before the year end. “The upgradation of the MA Stadium will include a modern synthetic athletic track, synthetic hockey track, swimming pool, upgraded facility of toilets, galleries and change rooms as well as provision for latest sports equipment. “In addition to stadia in Jammu and Srinagar (Bakshi Stadium), the existing stadia in Poonch and Rajouri will also be upgraded at the cost of Rs 4 crore,” he added. He also said that there were plans to build 12 new indoor game halls at other different locations in the state. “An execution plan is also being worked out for promotion of water sports at Mansar in Jammu and Pahalgam in Kashmir,” Jitender added. Sports Secretary Rajeev Yadav and other senior officers were present at the meeting. PTI CM PDS PDSlast_img read more

Novak Djokovic bumped up to two in Wimbledon seedings

first_imgThree-times champion Novak Djokovic has been bumped up to second seed for next week’s Wimbledon championship despite slipping to fourth in the ATP world rankings while seven-times champion Roger Federer has also benefited.The seedings, released by the All England Club on Wednesday, have defending champion Andy Murray number one in the men’s singles with Germany’s Angelique Kerber the women’s top seed.Wimbledon differs from the other grand slams, in the men’s singles at least, with previous form on grass in the previous two years coming into play to re-order the top 32 in the world rankings — a system agreed by the ATP.Spaniard Rafa Nadal, who won a 10th French Open last month, is second in the ATP rankings but will be seeded fourth at Wimbledon after a mediocre record there in recent years.Despite winning the title twice, the 31-year-old has not been past the fourth round since 2011.Favourite Federer, fifth on the ATP rankings, is seeded third which means he will avoid one of his biggest rivals for the title until the semi-finals.Fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, runner-up at the French, drops to fifth seed, from his world ranking of three.Other beneficiaries of the system include Luxembourg’s grasscourt expert Gilles Muller who is seeded 16th compared to an ATP ranking of 26. Muller won the recent Den Bosch tournament and reached the semi-final at Queen’s Club last week.Queen’s Club champion Feliciano Lopez, ranked 25, is seeded 19th.The women’s seeds stick strictly with the current WTA rankings. Romania’s Simon Halep, who could take over the top spot this week if she wins the Eastbourne title, is seeded two.advertisementlast_img read more

Persons Doing Business in Jamaica Will Be Required to Register with NIDS

first_img “The NIN stays with you for life. Upon death, it is deactivated on the database, but it is never ever given to anybody else to use, so you have that one number that you will use for your entire life,” Mrs. Lynch-Stewart explained. Addressing a town hall meeting on the NIDS at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, recently, she advised that persons who are not citizens, “but they live here and they’ve been here for six months or more and they’re doing business, they, too, will be required to apply for a national identification number and card”. Members of the diaspora and non-Jamaicans who wish to do business in the country for six months or more, will be required to register under the new National Identification System (NIDS). Members of the diaspora and non-Jamaicans who wish to do business in the country for six months or more, will be required to register under the new National Identification System (NIDS).According to Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart, this will become effective in 2019 after NIDS is fully rolled out.Addressing a town hall meeting on the NIDS at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, recently, she advised that persons who are not citizens, “but they live here and they’ve been here for six months or more and they’re doing business, they, too, will be required to apply for a national identification number and card”.She pointed out that like Jamaicans, a nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN) will be assigned to these persons.“The NIN stays with you for life. Upon death, it is deactivated on the database, but it is never ever given to anybody else to use, so you have that one number that you will use for your entire life,” Mrs. Lynch-Stewart explained.She reiterated that the system will be trustworthy and of international standards, which Jamaicans living in the diaspora and non-Jamaicans can rely on.“The law also provides for us to use international best practices for security and privacy issues. The law restricts what can be disclosed to people about you and me. Section 43 of the law provides that the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) shall not disclose identity information stored in the database about any individual, except where the information is disclosed pursuant to the request of the individual. What does that mean? Each of us can give permission for the information to be disclosed,” Mrs. Lynch-Stewart said.Following the implementation of NIDS, Jamaican citizens and legal residents will require only one ID to guarantee freedom of access to government and private-sector services. This is to ensure the safety and security of their identities while improving their quality of life through boosting efficiency and reducing costs.The roll-out of NIDS is slated to begin with a pilot project in January 2019 focusing on civil servants. The layered roll-out and management of the NIDS will be handled by the NIRA, which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD). Story Highlightslast_img read more

Toronto urged to take action after string of pedestrian and cyclist deaths

first_imgTORONTO – Advocates, politicians and members of the public are demanding Toronto make its streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians after a string of recent deaths highlighted just how dangerous the city’s roads can be.Two cyclists and a pedestrian were hit and killed by vehicles in three separate incidents in just the past week, bringing the city’s total number of such fatalities this year to three cyclists and 17 pedestrians, according to Toronto police.Those figures were up from two cyclist deaths and 12 pedestrian fatalities by this point last year. In 2016, by June, there had been 21 pedestrian deaths and no cyclist deaths.For 29-year-old cyclist Connor Gregory, who said he has been struck by a vehicle three times on his bike and has had three more collisions with car doors, the fear of a fatal brush with motor traffic weighs on him every time he hits the road.“On an almost daily basis, there are situations that are fairly dangerous,” he said.“With the news last week, a lot of people were expressing just sort of being fed up with the lack of response that there’s been to road safety.”Advocacy groups like Cycle Toronto, meanwhile, have said the recent deaths have highlighted the need for the city to take action.Toronto’s mayor said he’s been horrified by the recent deaths and pledged an additional $13 million Friday to the city’s Vision Zero road safety plan, a five-year project adopted in 2016 that aims to reduce traffic-related deaths and serious injuries. The funds would bring total investment in the project to $100 million, his office said.“Any death on Toronto streets is absolutely unacceptable, no one should lose their lives in this way,” John Tory said. “The deaths of pedestrians and cyclists on our roads continues to be an issue which has been particularly troubling and, I’ll admit, very frustrating to me.”Tory also promised other measures that include enhancing bike lanes along ten cycling corridors and installing zebra markings at up to 200 intersections.But critics say road safety in the city is reaching a crisis point.“It’s just heartbreaking,” Cherise Burda, executive director of Ryerson University’s City Building Institute, said of the recent deaths. “It’s so sad, and it’s so unnecessary. We have the tools to change.”City leaders have dragged their feet or rejected road safety measures outright in the past, often in the name of protecting drivers, she said.“Most of streets are designed for cars, and this worked in the post-war world where we wanted to sprawl and (have) everybody get around in their car, but our streets are incredibly congested now and it’s really hard to get around,” she said.There were 43 pedestrian deaths and one cyclist death recorded in 2016 according to Toronto police. By the end of last year there were 36 pedestrian and four cyclists fatalities, according to police, who track only incidents on public roadways, and define traffic fatalities as ones in which the vehicle involved was moving or “ready to move.”As Toronto continues to grow, it will have to redesign its streets for better mobility, Burda said, noting that the Vision Zero plan needs to be efficiently carried out.“You can’t have a Vision Zero plan and not implement it and say that it’s failing,” said Burda, who uses multiple modes of transport, including bikes, to get around Toronto. “You have to actually implement it. And we’re not doing that.”Toronto has areas where sidewalks have been widened and protected bike lanes have been added, but the overhauled areas are often not connected to each other, making it hard for cyclists or pedestrians to get from one part of the city to another safely, Burda said.On the other hand, Vancouver — where there has been only one cyclist death since the start of 2016, and only four pedestrian deaths so far this year — has committed to continuous bike routes throughout the city.“The evidence shows that when you build the infrastructure, the cyclists come,” said Burda. “Imagine if you had a safe network of segregated bike lanes. So many more people would cycle.”Coun. Mike Layton said Vision Zero’s infrastructure and public education initiatives — which last year included launching school safety zones, upgrading intersections and adding red-light cameras — have moved too slowly, due to a lack of funds granted up-front.“If we’re going to make the streets safer for all road users, something’s got to change our infrastructure and something’s got to change with our attitudes towards other road users,” Layton said.“People are travelling too fast, they are too distracted and that’s leading to the accidents that we are seeing. That on top of our infrastructure (must change). It’s not one or the other. It has to be both.”Like many road safety issues brought to city council, increasing resources for Vision Zero was met with strong opposition he said.Last year’s ultimately successful motion to make permanent the Bloor Street Pilot Project — which saw bike lanes added to a section of the city’s busiest east-west streets — was a particular flash point.“Every inch of paint, every bollard on the road was a fight,” he said. “And it was a fight with fellow councillors. It was pushing the community to look at the change as something that will in fact save people’s lives.”—with files by Adina Bresge.last_img read more

Tariffs QA Nine things to know about Canadas retaliatory tariffs

first_imgThe Canadian government has responded to the Trump administration’s decision to apply tariffs on steel and aluminum by imposing retaliatory tariffs effective Sunday on $16.6 billion worth of American imports.The final list includes a 25 per cent surtax on semi-finished goods including steel products and a 10 per cent tariff on a range of consumer goods including orange juice and coffee.Here are some details about the mechanics of how the tariffs will be collected and their possible impact on consumers:How significant are the import tariffs?The $16.6 billion worth of annual tariffs account for about six per cent of the $294 billion total value of goods imported from the United States. The 10 per cent rate on consumer goods represents about 70 per cent of goods impacted by tariffs.How will the tariffs be collected?As with tariffs and duties charged on other imports, they won’t be paid at the border or port but later by the importer of record (wholesaler, retailer, etc.). The surtax is calculated on the Canadian value of the imported good and is subject to the Goods and Services Tax, says Jim Sutton, a vice-president with the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters.The bonded importer has to account for the tariff within five business days of the item being released by customs and paid at the end of the following month. The Canada Border Services Agency says the surtax will not apply to U.S. goods that are in transit to Canada before July 1.Canadian travellers will be required to pay the surtax on qualified goods if the value of what they are bringing back to the country exceeds their personal exemption.How will the collected tariffs be used?The Canada Border Services Agency will collect the tariffs and transfer the money to the federal government’s general revenues. The proceeds can then be used to offset the cost of a series of initiatives to support Canadian companies and workers that are negatively impacted by U.S. tariffs.What products have been removed from the list of tariffs?Since the initial list was released June 1, the government has removed beer kegs along with nut purees and pastes, berry and fruit purees, jams and jellies (other than banana puree and strawberry jam) and prepared mustard. Also removed are aluminium wire, aluminium foil of a thickness not exceeding 0.2 mm, aluminium tubes and pipes, aluminum stranded wire and cables that are not electrically insulated, along with boards, panels, consoles, desks, cabinets, equipped for electric control or the distribution of electricity.How will tariffs impact retail prices?The Canadian tariffs won’t have much of an impact on consumer prices, Krishen Rangasamy of the National Bank of Canada wrote in a report. He said importers are unlikely to pass on to consumers the higher costs on items such as steel and aluminum. And if costs are passed on, he said the “impacts are set to be minimal” and increase the consumer price index by just 0.1 per cent or so.“In other words, while there are many things to worry about with regards to protectionism, higher consumer prices should be at the bottom of the list, unless of course the Canadian dollar takes a deep enough dive as to cause a surge in import prices.”Will a 10 per cent tariff raise prices by 10 per cent?Cost of goods is just one component of retail prices along with other things like labour, utilities, rent, marketing and advertising. So any impact on retail prices would be lower than the 10 per cent tariff rate, said Karl Littler of the Retail Council of Canada.Will retail prices rise due to tariffs?Littler says he doesn’t believe retailers are going to eat the higher costs over the long haul because retail is already a thin margin business. Sutton says some importers may have to initially absorb some of the higher costs because it takes time before changes are made in supply chains.How can consumers avoid higher prices?Consumers who switch their purchases from American goods subjected to tariffs to alternatives from other countries can avoid the tariff impact on prices, says Littler.“So the consumer, if they’re not deeply brand-attached and presuming that there’s a sufficient flow of alternative choices, may not have to pay the tariff at all,” he said.How will tariffs affect the economy?The bigger issue than tariffs is the continuation of a trade war between Canada and the United States that affects the overall economy, hurts consumer confidence and starts to reduce consumer spending, says Littler.“So it’s not just a price impact on the shelf where to some degree there may be substitutability, it’s about shrinking wallets as well.”last_img read more

How long can it go Resilient economy enters 2019 with signs of

first_imgOTTAWA — The Canadian economy entered 2018 on an unexpectedly impressive run. The country begins 2019 on a healthy note but signs of weakness have raised a key question: how long until the good times come to an end?Through much of 2018, Canada’s unemployment rate hovered near a 40-year low and job-creation remained strong as the evidence pointed to an economy going at close to full tilt.The handoff was a good one, too — the country had posted three-per-cent growth for all of 2017, largely thanks to strong household spending. We’ll have to wait a little for the final numbers but forecasters say 2018 has likely delivered still-sturdy growth of about two per cent.But as 2019 approaches, there are worries the solid economic expansion is starting to show its age.Last month, the federal government’s fall economic statement projected two-per-cent growth again for 2019, but many predict the number will likely come in lower following a recent drop in oil prices.In addition to the pullback in crude prices, experts point to jitters in the financial markets, predictions the American economy — a key contributor to Canadian growth — will start to cool off and the United Kingdom’s difficult divorce from the European Union, which could ripple across the global economy. There’s also potential for an even bigger threat: an escalation of the trade war between Washington and Beijing.On trade, Canada made it through a year filled with significant uncertainty, including the difficult negotiation and signing of an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement.Many of the trade unknowns, however, will carry over into the new year. The road to NAFTA 2.0’s ratification could bring more drama, punishing American steel and aluminum tariffs remain in place and the clash of superpowers between Canada’s two biggest trading partners continues to play out.“There are always reflections around the cyclical downturns that happen and, as I’ve said, the impacts of a trade war between China and the United States could have significant impacts on the global economy — negative impacts on the global economy,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.“We have to make sure that we are prepared for rough waters if we encounter them.“In Canada, potential trouble spots include the combination of high household debt, rising interest rates and slowing wage growth that’s been “terrible” for about half a year following a good pickup early in 2018, says Matt Stewart, director of economics for The Conference Board of Canada.Higher interest rates, Stewart added, have delivered a hit to household spending, which has been the primary driver of Canada’s good economic fortunes.“It’s been a long time since we’ve had a recession,” Stewart said. “As of yet, I think most of the news is still positive, but there is a growing amount of risks.”With overburdened consumers expected to take a breather, business investment is seen as the next critical source of growth. But Stewart said the transition has yet to materialize because investment has underperformed, likely due to competitiveness concerns. Businesses aren’t sure whether Canada’s the best place to put their money.In an effort to boost investment, Ottawa announced billions of dollars worth of corporate tax incentives in its fall statement. Taxpayers will have to wait and see if the federal changes will be enough to encourage more companies to invest in Canada.Craig Alexander, chief economist of Deloitte, said the economy will continue to have healthy growth in 2019, but notes it’s due for some moderation.“We are in the late stages of a business cycle,” he said. “That doesn’t mean that a recession is around the corner, but we need to recognize that we’re 10 years into an economic recovery, expansion. Business cycles are typically eight to 10 years long.”Alexander added markets are probably overreacting to the possibility that another downturn could be almost upon us. He thinks the more likely case is that growth will continue to slow.The economy’s evolution will have different impacts depending where one lives, he added.For example, the energy sector faces big challenges.Part of it comes from the recent plunge in oil prices, but there’s also been an extra discount on the price of western Canadian crude caused by transportation bottlenecks out of the Alberta oilpatch.“This is sad news for Alberta,” Alexander said. “They’ve only barely recovered from the last recession.”Ottawa offered assistance this month in the form of a $1.6-billion aid package to support oil and gas companies.Alberta, however, wants federal help to move its oil to new markets.Ontario’s industrial sector will also face a big hurdle in 2019. General Motors has announced plans to shutter its plant in Oshawa later in the year, which will put 2,500 people out of work and inflict economic pain on the region.Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter said Canada already took a small step back in 2018 — and he expects growth to slow further.“Just looking at financial markets there’s obviously a lot of concern that we are getting to a late stage of the (economic) cycle,” Porter said. “We don’t believe that recession risks are especially high at this point, but we do think the North American economy will cool in 2019.”—Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Guinness World Record paper airplane attempt pushed back to July 20th

first_imgCollins decided to come to the Energetic City after local paper airplane enthusiast Parker Andrews told him he was going to break his record one day.Collins added that he had been trying to find a place to beat his record for over two years, but couldn’t find a building large enough to attempt it. Andrews then told Collins about the Pomeroy Sport Centre prompting the Paper Airplane Guy to call it the perfect fit.The time of the event will be set closer to the date. In order for Collins and Ayoob to break their record, they will need their plane to fly over 226 feet and 10 inches. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John residents will have to wait a little while longer to see a possible Guinness World Record broken at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.John Collins and Joe Ayoob will now attempt to break their world record for longest distance flight of a paper airplane on July 20th rather than the 13th.Collins explained that the company Orbitz is now sponsoring the event and decided that the 20th would be a more suitable date for the flight.last_img read more

NIA questions Mirwaiz asked to appear again tomorrow Geelanis son asked to

first_imgNew Delhi: The NIA Monday questioned Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq for nearly eight hours in connection with a case related to funding of terror groups and separatist organisations in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said here.He was asked to appear before the agency again Tuesday, the officials said, adding Naseem Geelani, son of pro-Pakistan separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani, was also summoned on Tuesday. After avoiding the first two summons, the Mirwaiz finally appeared before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) after he was assured of being provided security upon his arrival in the national capital. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Mirwaiz was accompanied by other separatist leaders, including Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Lone and Maulana Abbas Ansari. During the questioning, the Mirwaiz was asked several questions related to the funding of his party Awami Action Committee as well as Hurriyat Conference, the officials said, adding that the replies were not satisfactory. He had been asked to appear before the NIA on March 11 and March 18 but expressed his inability to join the investigation in the national capital, saying he feared for his security in view of “conditions of hostility”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIn its third summons issued last week, the NIA promised him security. The NIA probe seeks to identify the chain of players behind the financing of terrorist activities, pelting of stones on security forces, burning down of schools and damaging of government establishments. The case names Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), the front for the banned Lashker-e-Taiba, as an accused. It also names organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and the Mirwaiz, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat. Ahead of his appearance before the NIA, the Hurriyat Conference chairman tweeted, “In Delhi today with my colleagues for the NIA summon, efforts to malign leadership for its political stand wont work. Inspite of harassment Hurriyat will continue to seek peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. Urge people back home to stay calm and peaceful.” On Sunday night, the Hurriyat held an executive meeting and strongly condemned the move to summon the Mirwaiz.last_img read more

Akbar cross examined in defamation case against Ramani

first_imgNew Delhi: The cross examination of former Union Minister M.J. Akbar continued on Monday in connection with a defamation case filed by him against journalist Priya Ramani. The hearing which is still on saw heated exchange of arguments between two senior advocates — Akbar’s counsel Geeta Luthra and Ramani’s Counsel Rebecca John — as Luthra objected many questions asked by John. The hearing was taking place before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal.last_img

Graham to arrive at OSU with lofty expectations

“Legacy” is an oft-used word in association with Ohio State football.   It is used to describe the honor and responsibility passed down from OSU teams to their present counterparts.For incoming recruit and quarterback prospect Taylor Graham, the word “legacy” carries a deeper meaning.Graham will be bringing more than just his personal belongings, a Kordell Stewart poster and a laptop to campus with him this fall. He has the exploits of his father, former OSU quarterback Kent Graham, as baggage.The elder Graham, the OSU signal-caller under John Cooper in the 1991 season, went on to a journeyman’s career in the NFL. He played for eight different teams, beginning with the New York Giants and then retiring from the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2002.His son, a 6-foot-4-inch, 211-pound prospect from dad’s alma mater, Wheaton North in Illinois, hopes to have a career that equals or surpasses that of his famous father.Kevin Noon, managing editor of BuckeyeGrove.com, thinks he may have the skills to do just that.“He has the tools to be successful at this level, having an Ohio State and NFL alum as a father to go along with his frame,” Noon said.While he is not the only quarterback recruited for OSU’s 2010 class, the other, Marion Franklin product Verlon Reed, is expected to switch to another position because of his versatile athleticism. That puts Graham in a position to eventually challenge for the same starting position his father once anchored.Graham may not possess the speed or agility of current Buckeye quarterback Terrelle Pryor, or even Reed for that matter, but he is more in the mold of a classic, drop-back passer like former OSU greats Bobby Hoying or, yes, Kent Graham.“He is mobile enough to move around in the pocket if need be, but will never be mistaken as a dual-threat quarterback,” Noon said. “He has a big arm and a great football mind but will still need to work on his touch and decision-making.”In addition to his accuracy and mechanics, he walks onto campus with durability concerns. He broke an ankle just five games into his junior season. Then, with a scholarship offer from OSU already in hand, Graham suffered a PCL tear in his knee and was once again limited to five games his senior year.During those 10 games he was able to compete in, however, he threw for 1,380 yards and eight touchdowns, against just one interception.Noon doesn’t appear overly concerned.“He hasn’t been able to escape the injury bug over the past two seasons, but neither of the past injuries could be classified as ‘chronic,’” Noon said.Graham, who was born at the OSU Medical Center in the literal and figurative shadow of The ‘Shoe, will have quite a tradition to live up to. If he can prove that he can overcome the ‘injury-prone’ label and the added pressure that comes with being a true legacy, someday he’ll get his chance. read more

Wrestling KeShawn Hayes brings quiet consistent leadership to Ohio State

Ohio State wrestler Ke-Shawn Hayes rolled into the 2016-2017 season fresh off a 29-1 unattached record in his redshirt campaign. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsKe-Shawn Hayes is one of the quietest guys in the room.The redshirt junior is not normally the one first thought of when looking at the Ohio State wrestling team, with senior captain Myles Martin, redshirt junior Kollin Moore and redshirt senior Micah Jordan on the roster.Hayes knows he often goes unnoticed. It’s something he has embraced. “It’s easy to go unnoticed with the talent on our team. I’ve done pretty well so far,” Hayes said. “With the injury I had my freshman year and I also wasn’t named an All-American last year, it especially seems easier to go unnoticed, but I’m just trying to get better every day and improve every time I step on the mats.”After ending his redshirt freshman season in November after suffering a knee injury in 2016,  Hayes bounced back in a huge way last season, recording an overall mark of 29-7 with eight technical falls, seven major decisions and a pin. He placed third in the Big Ten Championships that season, earning the No. 5 seed in the NCAA Championships. According to Hayes, the knee injury hasn’t affected his ability to compete or earn accolades. This season, he said he is feeling better than ever before.Hayes said the competition on Ohio State’s roster is a grind to face in practice, but will help him in the long run. “Anytime you face this high level competition all the time, in our room alone, let alone the Big Ten season, it’s a grind on your body, especially when you’ve been doing it for so long,” Hayes said. “I’ve had a lot of little things here and there like anyone else, but I’m just trying to get better in my wrestling so that I have a lesser risk of another injury. Wrestling when you’re tired after an injury is something that I put off and it really hurt me last year, but I’ve been working on it and it won’t be an issue this year.”Having success on the wrestling mat has never been a problem for the redshirt junior.Dating back to his high school days, Hayes was the No. 4 overall recruit by InterMat and finished with a 38-0 record as a senior, leading Park Hill to its third-straight Missouri state championship. He won all but seven of his matches by pin or technical fall and was named the Kansas City All-Metro Wrestler of the Year.Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said Hayes’ track record in high school made him a valuable recruit and into what he is for the Buckeyes now.  “Ke-Shawn has always been a winner,” Ryan said. “He’s a gritty guy who has great character. He gets it done on the mats and in the classroom as well. He’s a great kid and a leader.”Hayes has racked up a nice list of accolades on the mats to be proud of, but out of all his accomplishments, Hayes said it’s his academic career at Ohio State that he is most proud of.“I’m most proud of the fact that I’ll be able to graduate early and have a Master’s Degree by the time I’m finished here,” Hayes said. “That’s definitely what I’m most proud of.” read more

Neuer From now on we only have finals

first_imgCaptain Manuel Neuer insists that Germany must consider their two remaining group games in the World Cup as “finals” from now onThe reigning champions suffered a disastrous start to the defence of their crown when they lost 1-0 to Mexico on Sunday with a Hirving Lozano first-half goal proving to be the difference at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Germany will be under an extreme amount of pressure to defeat Sweden this weekend in Sochi in order to avoid a shocking early exit at Russia.Neuer, who recovered in time from a broken foot, to take his place as Joachim Low’s number one goalkeeper for the World Cup insists that the team must take each game now as seriously as a final.“From now on, we only have finals. The players have to show what they can do but I am convinced that we can do it,” said Neuer, according to Punchng.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…The 32-year-old is refusing to get overly concerned by the situation and believes that the best remedy is to turn their full focus on to Sweden now.“Complaining about what happened doesn’t change anything, we all know that,” he said.“We have to try to put this behind us as quickly as possible.”Germany are hoping to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to successfully defend their world title.last_img read more

Rafael Benitez denies fight with Jamaal Lascelles

first_imgThe Newcastle United manager has said the player was absent during the weekend during an ankle problem and not because of an argumentNewcastle United coach Rafael Benitez has denied any argument with captain Jamaal Lascelles.The Spanish manager says the footballer’s absence from the match against Chelsea was because the player has an ankle problem.“The doctor is better than me, we’re waiting for results of a scan for Jamaal,” Benitez told the media as reported by Sportskeeda.“He came to support the team, I spoke to him before and after the game and three or four times this morning.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“His partner is expecting a baby but everything is fine. I don’t know how long he’ll be out for,” he explained.MEDIA: Newcastle United boss Rafa Benítez has been speaking to the media ahead of Wednesday’s @Carabao_Cup clash against @NFFC. Here’s what he had to say… #NUFC— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 28, 2018last_img read more

Possible Champions League draw for English teams

first_imgWith all English teams set to feature in the draw for the Champions League last 16, there is a huge possibility they could face some tricky ties considering their group stage positions.Man City finished as group winners despite an opening day defeat at home to Lyon, while Liverpool, Spurs, and United could only settle for the second spot.While the three second-place finishers will be delighted to move onto the next stage, they might not be as happy when they learn their fate in the last 16 draws on December 17.UEFA rules state that teams who played in the same group cannot be drawn against each other, and neither can teams from the same country.With that in mind, these are the potential opponents for the Premier League teams in the upcoming draw.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Man City’s potential last 16 opponents: Roma, Ajax, Schalke, Atletico MadridMan United’s potential last 16 opponents: PSG, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto.Spurs’ potential last 16 opponents: PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus.Liverpool’s potential last 16 opponents: Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus, Barcelona.last_img read more

Merson Mourinho Man United missed Ibrahimovic

first_imgThe absence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his strong character was a big blow for Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, says football pundit Paul MersonAfter nearly two seasons, Ibrahimovic left Old Trafford in March for MLS side LA Galaxy amid struggles to regain full fitness from a knee ligament injury.Since the Swedish striker’s exit, Mourinho’s relationship with the likes of Paul Pogba hit a boiling point with United struggling in the process.The Portuguese coach was sacked on Tuesday after Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, which left United 19 points behind their rivals in sixth in the Premier League.And Merson believes Ibrahimovic’s departure left a huge void at United.“Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a big miss for Manchester United,” Merson told Sky Sports.“He was one of those players that Mourinho had in the dressing room where you didn’t need to keep on listening to the manager’s voice, and he would’ve picked players out.”The former Arsenal midfielder added that Ibrahimovic could have helped Mourinho in a similar manner to what Roy Keane did for Sir Alex Ferguson in the United dressing room.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Zlatan would not have had what has happened in the last five or six weeks,” added Merson.“He would not have had some of the results, being 2-0 down at Southampton and being absolutely run ragged by Liverpool.“People will say they were trying, but let’s be honest, they got battered. It was embarrassing.“I think Zlatan would’ve gone in there and he would’ve started to dig players out and years ago you would’ve seen the same with Roy Keane and Sir Alex Ferguson.“Ferguson would’ve sat back and Keane would’ve come in and started to pick people out.“Peter Schmeichel would’ve been going mad along with the other experienced players. They would’ve then all calmed down and Sir Alex Ferguson would’ve had his say.”United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been confirmed as Mourinho’s replacement on an interim basis for the remainder of this season.last_img read more

Robert Huth retires from football

first_imgFormer Leicester City defender Robert Huth has announced his retirement from football after reports linking him with a move to Derby County.While responding to claims that he’s set to join Frank Lampard’s Derby County on an 18-month deal, Huth also revealed that has retired from playing football.Three-time Premier League winner 🏆@robert_huth has announced his retirement from football.More: https://t.co/4jMeUvdmLO pic.twitter.com/Q3l66opxGO— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 11, 2019Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.According to Sky Sports, the 34-year-old replied to the Twitter report saying: “This literally couldn’t be less true,” Huth said. “I’ve retired! (I just haven’t done an interview and cried about it).”Huth had quite a successful career playing only in England, as he represented Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Stoke, and Leicester.The defender came up through the Youth system at Chelsea and won two Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge during Jose Mourinho’s first spell in charge.He made 42 appearances for Chelsea and scored no goals, and left in 2016 to join Middlesbrough.The German center back would later Stoke City after three years at the Riverside Stadium and was part of Leicester’s squad that won the Premier League title against all odds in 2016.last_img read more

Netflix loses The Office to NBC

first_img Alternatives to Netflix Share your voice 10 best free movie streaming services: Netflix alternatives for 2019 Netflix alternative Tubi passes 20 million monthly active users Tags 59 Photos 2 3:19 “The Office is one of our most prized series,” Pearlena Igbokwe, president of Universal Television, said Tuesday. The series was produced by Universal Television in partnership with Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille Productions.NBCUniversal now has the rights to The Office — which it called a beloved gem — for five years beginning in 2021. The series, which ran for nine seasons from 2005 and starred Steve Carrell, is the most viewed on any streaming service, the company added. It has been viewed for 52 billion minutes, according to NBC.”We’re sad that NBC has decided to take The Office back for its own streaming platform — but members can binge watch the show to their hearts’ content ad-free on Netflix until January 2021,” Netflix tweeted Tuesday afternoon.center_img The Office is moving from Netflix to NBC’s streaming platform in 2021. Mitchell Haaseth/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images The Office will be departing Netflix for NBCUniversal’s future streaming platform, the original producer of the show announced Tuesday. But you’ve still got until January 2021 to catch the US show’s nine seasons on Netflix.NBCUniversal — the Comcast media giant behind the Jurassic World franchise and TV networks including NBC, Bravo and Syfy — in January announced plans to launch a streaming service next year. It will feature NBC programming as well as content from outside producers. Now playing: Watch this: See all the Stranger Things season 3 photos Comments Top 5 reasons why Netflix should be scared Culture TV and Movieslast_img read more