Two members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday, the police said.“Their bodies were recovered after the gunfight with the Special Task Force and the District Reserve Guard near Hasnar village. Two 315 bore rifles… were recovered from the spot,” said D.M. Awasthi, Special Director-General of Police, Anti-Naxal Operations unit.Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told The Hindu that the gunfight occurred in the morning and lasted an hour after the forces chanced upon a Maoist camp.Improvised Explosive Devices, Maoist uniforms, codex wires, sewing machine and Maoist literature were recovered.The police arrested a Maoist commander in Bijapur district. Rakesh Sodi, local guerilla squad commander in Madded area, was arrested in the Punnur forest during a search, the Bijapur police said. Rakesh Sodi carried a reward of ₹3 lakh on his head.
View comments And on Wednesday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the two once again went at it.READ: PBA: NLEX nips Alaska, breaks 9-game skid FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAbueva and Alas got tangled up on the floor in the third quarter of the game between NLEX and Alaska in an event that seemed to resemble a Greco-Roman wrestling match.Others may scoff at the idea of having a 6-foot-2 forward pinning them down, but Alas just laughed it off. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Alas and Calvin Abueva has had quite a colorful history.The two crossed paths in the NCAA during their collegiate years with Alas leading Colegio de San Juan de Letran and Abueva doing the same for San Sebastian, and those encounters weren’t without bodily harm.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Olympics: Kids to choose Tokyo 2020 mascots MOST READ “He’s been doing those kinds of antics when he was still at Baste [San Sebastian], but that’s part of the game,” said Alas of their incident that happened at the 6:18 mark of the penultimate period. “Calvin is a good friend of mine outside of the court so that’s no big deal.”Making things a little more awkward was Alas’ father Louie is an assistant coach at Alaska.“I didn’t look at him because he might give me orders,” joked Alas.Still, it was Alas who got the last laugh as his 11 points helped the Road Warriors to a 100-92 win over Alaska snapping their nine-game losing streak in the conference.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution LATEST STORIES Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games
Gujarat Lions overcame a scary start to not only beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by six wickets at the Green Park Stadium on Thursday but also vault to the second spot of the Indian Premier League table.Skipper Suresh Raina, who missed the previous match following the birth of his daughter in Holland, led from the front with an unbeaten 53 to anchor the team to their eighth win with 27 balls to spare. (Raina overtakes Kohli as IPL’s all time highest run-scorer )Chasing a modest 125, the Lions had the most forgettable of starts with opener Dwayne Smith perishing to the very first ball while his partner Brendon McCullum (6) joined him soon in the dugout leaving the hosts at 18/2.Smith, who took 4/8 to restrict KKR to 124, failed to open his account as pacer Ankit Rajpoot got him caught behind while West Indian mystery spinner Sunil Narine’s seam-up delivery trapped the former New Zealand skipper plumb in front.RAINA STEPS UPNext in skipper Raina and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik (12) looked good to add 20 runs for the third wicket before the Tamil Nadu right-hander was clean bowled by South African Morne Morkel with a full delivery.Karthik’s dismissal brought in Australian power-hitter Aaron Finch (26), who put on 59 runs for the fourth wicket with Raina before a collision in the middle sent him back. (Raina, Smith star in Gujarat’s win ) Finch, who looked good to stay till the end, blasted two massive sixes and a four in his 23-ball knock.With the team needing 28 from 61 balls, allrounder Ravindra Jadeja (11) joined his skipper and the left-handed duo completed the formalities without any hiccups.advertisementGETS TOUGH FOR KKRFor the visitors, Morkel, Narine and Rajpoot took one wicket each. Fourth-placed KKR will now have to win their last league match if they are to stay in the hunt for the IPL play-offs.Earlier, Smith starred with his gentle medium pace bowling as Gujarat restricted KKR to 124 for eight in their 20 overs.Coming in to bowl in the fourth over, Smith almost ran through the KKR and by the time he got his fourth wicket, the visitors were 61-5 in 11.3 overs. More than his bowling, it was the poor shot selections that led to dismissals of Kolkata batsmen.It was Yusuf Pathan’s run-a-ball 36 that ensured that Kolkata managed to cross the 120-run mark while opener Robbin Uthappa contributed 25 runs.Asked to bat in the must-win tie for both the teams, Kolkata never got the momentum right from the start.Gautam Gambhir (8) got a life in the third over off the bowling of medium pacer Pravin Kumar as the left-handed batsman offered a difficult catch to Smith at slip. However, Gambhir failed to make the most of it as he was run out by a direct throw from Shadab Jakati short midwicket after Uthappa played a Smith delivery in the next over to short midwicket and the two batsmen were in confusion to take the single.SMITH SHOWAfterwards, it was all about Smith as the West Indian took wickets regularly. His first wicket was Manish Pandey (1), who edged it to Raina at second slip, and Uthappa was next to go as he failed to negotiate a bouncy delivery, only to be caught behind by wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik, as the visitors reeled at 44/3 in 6.2 overs.KKR promoted Piyush Chawla (11) to enable their main batsmen bat at the death if the leg-spinner managed to score some but he too perished, being bowled by Smith through his defence. Smith dealt another blow to Kolkata as Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan employed an upper cut and was holed out by Eklavya Dwivedi at third man.Later, Pathan and Suryakumar Yadav (17) threatened but the latter fell soon. But Pathan hit a six and three fours to help their team reach 124/8.
Claude Puel has spoken of last week’s sacking by Southampton.The French coach admits he was left disappointed by the decision.He told Telefoot: “I stay on the positive, the discovery of another football, a fantastic atmosphere. It was really great. There can be misunderstandings, it’s a little bit more than just football.”(But) I really enjoyed it. The separation came a little late. Today, there are few benches available. I need a bit of a heart, I’m not a careerist. I had quite a lot of contacts, solicitations, but I did not want to talk to the people involved. I was under contract.”Now I am available and that is something else.”
Former Barcelona striker Christophe Dugarry has warned against a move for PSG midfielder Marco Verratti.Verratti is being linked with Barca this week.”I’m surprised, because Verratti is anything but a great player,” Dugarry told RMC Sport.”He’s a good player, but what has he achieved?”Every six months he appears to the media asking for a raise, but he is often injured because his way of life is not the right one.”Given his performances [on the pitch], he should stay at PSG for a while before going to Spain.”I think that the way Barcelona are acting doesn’t feel right.”
Liverpool expect to have Jordan Henderson and Saido Mane fit for the opening game of the season, according to The Telegraph.Henderson hasn’t played for the Reds since he suffered a foot injury in the win over Tottenham in February.Meanwhile, Mane underwent surgery on his knee after suffering an injury in the win over Everton in April.The report claims that both players are currently working in rehab and are expected to join the rest of team for the pre-season training.
Rayo Vallecano are eager to re-sign Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.Gazzaniga spent last season on-loan with the Segunda Liga outfit, where he enjoyed an outstanding campaign.The Argentine has returned to St Mary’s, where his future will now be decided by new manager Mauricio Pellegrino.Rayo have already made it clear to Saints they’d be happy to take Gazzaniga on a fresh deal next term.Michel, Rayo’s coach, said of the keeper: “I love his commitment. He arrived as an outsider, but became a heavyweight of the dressing room. In addition to his talent, he is a leader.”
My dad visited this weekend. He’s a psychoanalyst and quite brilliant, so I spent time asking him about some of the issues I’m exploring with Mark Rovner under the topic, “the seven things everyone wants.” My dad had some particularly fascinating comments about trust.I want to share those today because there is a huge demand for trust in our sector, yet a serious supply problem. Holly at NTEN blogged on it just yesterday. She cited a some important data:Want to guess what the number one source of trusted information is for most Americans? People like them — their friends, colleagues and peers. So we trust people like us. That is definitely true. But how does that work? What is trust, really, and how does it come about? That’s what I asked my dad, since he’s spent a lifetime understanding people’s minds.He says trust is a triangle. Person A trusts Person B when Person B authentically represents or speaks to something that matters to us. Think of that thing as “C” – the third point that makes a triangle. For example, a person might trust a politician that stands for their vision of America. A customer of Amazon will trust another customer at Amazon who credibly reviews a book they are considering buying. A person might trust a brand if it consistently stands for quality. A person will trust their spouse if they stand for a faithful marriage. It’s not so much the person on the other side of the relationship as the stakes we share, the point that forms a triangle.Given the power of word-of-mouth marketing, if we’re trying to promote a cause (the “C” of our triangle), we need to ensure that our target audience (“A”) sees a triangle — that they actually care what we stand for — and that the other person in their triangle is not necessarily us but someone very close to them. That creates a strong triangle of trust. We don’t get a triangle if they don’t care what we do or don’t know the person speaking. What does this mean to us? That our triangle requires new points. It’s time to change our message – so we are creating a point of trust that matters to people – and the messenger speaking to that point. We won’t have trust without that kind of shape.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 5, 2012November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A new post, Above All, Do No Harm: The Sad State of Health Care Quality in Rural Madhya Pradesh, on the Center for Global Development Blog offers an informative summary of a recent publication, In Urban And Rural India, A Standardized Patient Study Showed Low Levels Of Provider Training And Huge Quality Gaps, in Health Affairs that explores major challenges with quality of care in public and private health facilities in India.From the blog post:The study finds serious deficits in quality. Interactions between patients and providers were short (3.6 minutes on average) and the emphasis in both sectors was to give several medications to the patient as quickly as possible.Across all cases, the correct treatment protocol was followed 30% of the time, while unnecessary or harmful treatment was prescribed or dispensed 42% of the time. Only one-third of providers articulated a diagnosis, correct or incorrect. When a diagnosis was issued, close to half were wrong, and only 12% were fully correct.What’s going on?Read the full post on the Center for Global Development Blog.Access the full publication in Health Affairs.Share this:
The idea of a basic income, which would guarantee a base level of financial support for every person, seems like something born of the Myth of the Golden Age.Now, a start up in Oakland, California will make basic income a reality – for a short-term study, at least. Y Combinator traditionally provides seed funding for startups, but its founder, Sam Altman, has looked into the future and sees a world in which jobs for humans grow ever more scarce.“In a world where technology eliminates jobs, it will mean that the cost of having a great life goes down a lot,” Altman tweeted, “And I think we need something like basic income to have a cushion and a smooth transition to the jobs of the future.”But basic income raises a lot of questions, not the least of which: Where will the money come from? Backed by a roster of wealthy investors, Y Combinator probably won’t have to worry about funding for the project, but government-funded and sustainable basic income is a far more complicated question.Because basic income would provide every citizen with base-level financial support regardless of current wealth status, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has argued that basic income will increase poverty. The government will be forced to strip funding from welfare programs and essentially pump more money into the middle and upper classes.Swiss voters recently rejected a referendum that would have granted universal basic income to all citizens by a wide margin. Detractors of the movement argued that the basic income measure would throw the country into economic chaos and encourage workers to quit their jobs.But the moral argument for basic income is a strong one. The Basic Income Initiative Campaign in Switzerland strove to remind voters that, “People voting yes to the initiative will ensure that the principle of a dignified life guaranteed to all will be enshrined in the federal constitution.”I will watch with interest as Y Combinator’s basic income project unfolds. It’s my belief that while we do work for a living, we also live to work – the manual, creative process is what pulls us to earth and grounds us in our humanity. I doubt that basic income will strip us of that desire.Furthermore, even simply on a symbolic level, to formally recognize each and every person as a being in need and deserving of basic fulfillment is an empathetic gesture of the highest humanistic order….But that’s my opinion, what’s yours?A new soul and media geek, Laura writes about community, poetry and pop culture. Find her @Pennyscientist or on Freelancers Union.
Have you ever told yourself or someone else that you’re just waiting for the “right” time?I sure have. Many times.Certainly, there are better times than others to make certain decisions. If you’re eight month’s pregnant, for example, it probably wouldn’t be the right time to train for a marathon.But the truth is — whether we want to admit it or not — there never really is a “right” time. In essence, it comes down to how much we really WANT something, and what sacrifices we’re willing to make during the process of getting it.Which reminds me of a woman who told me that the “right” time is the time you decide to make it right.“In most cases, people are ready whenever they decide for themselves that the time is right,” she said, “NOT when outside circumstances determine when the time is supposedly right.”And then she hit the nail on the head:“People tell themselves that the time isn’t right because, even though they know what they want, they don’t know how to get it.”When I started freelancing in 2012, I was the complete opposite of ready. I had no freelance experience, no clients, no business skills, and almost no money.But I knew what I wanted: a job that revolves around the life I wanted to create, as opposed to creating a life that revolves around my job.So how did I figure out how to get what I wanted? Well, to be honest, I didn’t.Instead, I did a whole lot of this:Fake it until you make it. Learn on the job. Let the journey be your guide.However, my experience — and the experiences of several freelancers who I’ve talked to — shows that the key to developing a successful freelance business is not experience, skills, connections, clients or money.The key to developing a successful freelance business is deciding for yourself that the time is right to start.Making any decision is literally half the battle.If I didn’t make my decision to start freelancing, I wouldn’t be where I am today:With a six-figure freelance businessWorking with brands across four different continentsCharging between $70 and $100 an hourPicking and choosing my clients as I wishAnd best of all: working a job that revolves around the life I want to live.Now, I run Epic Freelancing to help creative freelancers achieve the same, but more importantly — to serve as a constant reminder and form of accountability that drives aspiring freelancers to actually start, and current freelancers to actually take their business to the next level.I talk to our members on a daily basis, and I’ve heard every story in the book about why it’s not the “right” time to start developing their freelance business, build a personal brand and quit another job to go full-time freelance.Ninety percent of these people just wait and wait and wait for the “right” time to start the process. Since we all know there never really is a “right” time, it becomes a vicious cycle of waiting, and sadly they never really start.On the flip side, there’s a small percentage of people who stop waiting and start doing— regardless of experience, expertise, fear, anxiety, uncertainty, other people’s perceptions and outside circumstances.And once these people start doing, they realize a powerful thing:Good things may come to those who wait, but great things come to those who do.Josh Hoffman is the founder of Epic Freelancing, where he shows freelancers how to develop a six-figure income and live life on their terms.With over 300 contributors and 2 million readers, the Freelancers Union Blog is the foremost publication dedicated to empowering the independent workforce. Write for us!
This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.The idea of freelancing is really enticing to people like me who are exiting college. The job market doesn’t look so hot right now and many employers are looking for qualifications we don’t have, like advanced degrees. A lot of us just don’t have the money to pursue more education.So how can we get the experience we need without having the job we need for getting the experience?That question floated through my head a lot until I decided to try freelancing last August. I’d had enough by that point and knew I wasn’t going to find another job. But I had to pay the bills somehow and my salary at a part-time job I hated wasn’t going to cut it.I knew something had to change and that’s when I decided to go freelance.I wanted to do something different with my life and use my college degree. After all, I had worked hard for that darn thing and wanted the chance to use it for once.While there have been some bumps, I’ve learned three really important things during the early part of my freelancing career.1. Patience is a virtue.One of the tactics I use to get more visibility in my niche is to cold pitch my services. This is one of the most anxiety-ridden things a new freelancer can do but it’s also one of the quickest ways to get clients.You learn how to be patient when you’re waiting on people to get back to you about the e-mail you sent them. Sometimes, though, it’s okay to check back in with them to see if they got your pitch.You might get impatient with the waiting game but that game is also a normal part of freelancer life. It’s how you wait that makes the difference between success and failure.I also use guest blog posts to get noticed by my target clients. I am in the mental health niche so I submit guest posts on mental health websites. I also share my own issues with mental illness. I’ve found that clients like hearing about that because it’s personal and humanizes me.But waiting to hear back from the people in charge is nerve-wracking. Accept that you really don’t have a choice, other than to be patient.2. Your business will get nowhere without determination.When it comes to cold pitching, determination plays a huge role. I get quite a few negative responses when I’m cold pitching and that’s normal. Not everyone wants or needs your services.Of course there have been times when I’ve wanted to quit freelancing or even change niches. But, I also have a passion for the mental health field and the education I can provide other people.My passion gives me determination to keep going even with the negative responses. I want to be able to help the people affected by mental illness. How can I do that by sitting around?Like I said, there is a level of terror involved with cold pitching to someone. My determination to leave my corporate job also helps me get through the terror.I need a level head when I’m sending out my pitches so that I’m not making a rookie mistake. I don’t want to lose out on clients because of something I could have prevented.3. Everyone you pitch to isn’t an ideal client.One of the biggest things I’ve learned so far is that not everyone I pitch to is the right fit for my services. They may have a mission I love but that doesn’t make them ideal to work with.If they respond in a negative way toward my pitch, my gut tells me they aren’t ideal clients. They might come back later and ask for my services but that still doesn’t make them ideal clients.Who’s to say there wouldn’t be some scope creep? Who’s to say they won’t be too needy? Who’s to say they won’t demand that you be on call 24/7?I could go on and on with the possibilities there. I’ve heard the horror stories from others about non-ideal clients. I want to prevent those stories from happening to me in the future.My future as a freelance blogger looks bright but it all depends on my mindset. I’m excited to see what my career horizon will look like as I move forward in my business.Lisa is a freelance mental health writer who hates the stigma of mental illness. She loves hanging out on Facebook and reading. Want to talk blog posts? Go to lisafourman.com!
Rashid Khan had no reason to be nervous as Sunrisers Hyderabad cruised to a five-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in their fourth match of the 2019 Indian Premier League at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Wednesday. However, funny things have happened in cricket before and Rashid could not help but think of DC’s dramatic collapse against Kings XI Punjab a few days back.On Monday, Delhi Capitals were sitting pretty in a chase of 170 against Kings XI Punjab before losing 7 wickets for 8 runs. Sam Curran led KXIP’s fightback with a hat-trick and it was all over for DC in a frenetic game in Mohali.Three days later, Delhi Capitals suffered another defeat, albeit more one-sided.After being asked to bat, Delhi Capitals managed only 129 for 8 off their 20 overs. Sunrisers Hyderabad got off to a blazing start thanks to man-of-the-match Jonny Bairstow who smashed 28-ball 48. SRH were nearly home at 101 for 3 but they lost Vijay Shankar and Deepak Hooda in successive overs.With five wickets down, the onus was on Yusuf Pathan and Mohammad Nabi to see the team through.First away victory for the @SunRisers pic.twitter.com/Wi21ciBDneIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 4, 2019Rashid Khan, who was due to come in next had SRH lost a wicket, was sitting at the dressing room after another fine bowling performance but his mind raced back to the sensational collapse his opponents suffered.”It was a wonderful display, especially by the bowlers. Everyone contributed in bowling. And Jonny was superb with the bat,” Rashid told the broadcasters after the match.advertisement”The wicket was slow and we wanted to restrict them below 150. The fielders supported really well. When we lost two wickets quickly, for once DC’s collapse against Kings 11 came in my mind. But in the end Yusuf and Nabi controlled their nerves and finished really well,” he said.It was a difficult pitch to bat on but Bairstow’s rapid knock meant SRH had an easy chase. He conceded he knew exactly what needed to be done because SRH were batting second.”There was a little less bounce than what we had in Hyderabad and you could see that with the wear and tear of the pitch. It was a good toss to win because you could see it was good to bat second because you saw what you needed to do,” Bairstow said.Also Read | Bairstow, Bhuvneshwar and Nabi smash Delhi Capitals
The Juventus CEO, Beppe Marotta, was quick to offer his club’s approval for the Premier League decision. He was joined in doing so by directors from a host of other influential Italian clubs – including Roma, Milan and Inter – and suggested that Serie A teams may bring a similar proposal to the Italian Football Federation in the near future. More significantly still, the Juventus chairman, Andrea Agnelli, has just been appointed to the same position on the board of the European Club Association. “These decisions are autonomous for each of the individual federations,” said Marotta, “but I believe that there needs to be a homogenous conversation at least between the most important leagues in Europe.” Paolo BandiniGermanyThere was a lot of praise in Germany for the Premier League’s decision on Thursday. Jens Todt, the sporting director of Hamburg, said he would be prepared “to support any movement” towards making it happen in the Bundesliga too. “I welcome the developments in England, I am absolutely in favour of the window closing earlier,” he told Sky Germany. Borussia Dortmund’s CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, added: “I would assume we would have a majority to get that through in Germany too. And even if the Spanish, Italian and French leagues don’t do the same, the situation would be much calmer when Germany and England agree [to close the window early].”The issue was discussed at a meeting between Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga clubs on Thursday and the newly founded DFL (Deutsche Fussball Liga) Football Commission will gather information and report back to the clubs. It is then likely to be put to a vote. The feeling is that it is currently 50-50 whether a proposal to close the window early would succeed. Marcus ChristensonFranceWithin 24 hours of the Premier League voting to close the summer transfer window before the first ball of the 2018-19 season is kicked, high-ranking figures in French football called for the change to be adopted in Ligue 1. Monaco’s vice-president, Vadim Vasilyev, called the move “a great decision”and Lyon’s owner, Jean-Michel Aulas, furthered this sentiment on Canal+, saying that “the transfer window must close before the season starts”. The league’s governing body, the LFP, confirmed late on Thursday that it would begin discussions immediately. The early tide in France is clearly with a move towards a shortened summer window. Adam White, Get French Football NewsPortugalPortugal is coming out of a transfer window that lasted the best part of a week longer than the one in England, Germany and Spain, and the lack of rush – a constant theme, especially when it comes to match scheduling – is intrinsic in the country’s footballing administrative fabric. Still, there has been understanding for the Premier League’s move to shut up shop earlier with Benfica’s coach, Rui Vitória, giving it his approval on Thursday. “If it closes earlier, we’ll have the same problems and unrest,” he said, “but much earlier? For coaches and for teams, we’d have a completely different stability. I think most coaches will feel the same.”Vitória also said it was likely to shift Europe’s boundaries as a whole, with the Premier League as market leader. Portugal’s incoming transfer business is reactive, moving to replace players sold elsewhere – with England the ideal market – so fewer sales would mean fewer purchases. Imports from South America, which will remain a large part of the football economy, tend to be planned months in advance and are unlikely to be affected. Andy Brassell Share on Twitter The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Share on WhatsApp features Share on Facebook Premier League clubs vote to close transfer window before start of season Transfer window Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share via Email The Premier League clubs this week voted to close the transfer window early from before the 2018-19 season but how do the other major leagues in Europe feel about the decision and are they likely to follow suit?SpainThe comments of Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga, repeatedly underline his intense concern about the strength of competition from England. France’s ability to take the Brazil forward Neymar from Barcelona adds another dimension but it is the Premier League that the Spanish clubs seek to emulate; above all, it is the Premier League they must keep at bay and challenge for the best players. Any advantage must be sought, and a window that allows Spanish clubs, including the big two of Barcelona and Real Madrid, an additional two weeks to sign players is an attractive proposition. This season Spain had an extra day. There was little advantage gained but an extra two weeks would be a different matter and is another reason why La Liga is unlikely to follow suit. Sid LoweItaly Share on Pinterest Topics Read more Reuse this content
Invest Nova Scotia announced the addition of Graham Eisenhauer, of Halifax, to its board of directors today, Jan. 11. Mr. Eisenhauer is a corporate leader who has managed and advised companies in Nova Scotia, North America and Europe. He currently serves as president of West Nova Fuels, a family-owned business headquartered in Lunenburg and operating throughout mainland Nova Scotia. He will serve a four-year term on the board. “We are pleased to welcome Graham to the board as we continue to fund big ideas that benefit whole sectors and regions of our economy,” said Kenneth Deveau, chair of Invest Nova Scotia. “His experience managing a business based in rural Nova Scotia will be extremely useful to us.” “Graham is an excellent addition to the Invest Nova Scotia board, further strengthening the team,” said Business Minister Geoff MacLellan. “Graham’s corporate experience will help Invest Nova Scotia continue to make sound investments that drive innovation and grow our economy.” Invest Nova Scotia was established in 2014 as an independent decision-making board for granting economic incentives. Projects must spark innovation, be collaborative, measurable and sustainable and advance the strategic goals of the ONE Nova Scotia Coalition. For more information on Invest Nova Scotia, visit www.novascotia.ca/business/invest/.
TORONTO – A two-month rent strike at a west Toronto highrise is expected to end after a landlord abandoned a bid to raise tenants’ rents by more than double the amount recommended by the government.Property management firm Nuspor Investments issued a letter to tenants of a 189-unit building in Toronto’s rapidly gentrifying Parkdale neighbourhood on Monday, saying it had decided to withdraw its application to Ontario’s Landlord and Tenant Board for the special increase.“I’m over the moon,” said Kerry Riordan, one of around 55 tenants who have refused to pay their rent since Feb. 1. “This is obviously what we’ve been working towards, and we were totally prepared to go into month three, so this is definitely much better.”Last year the government of Ontario extended rent control — which previously had applied only to units that came into use prior to November 1991 — to all residential properties in the province, setting an annual cap, or “guideline” for rent increases tied to the Consumer Price Index. The cap for 2018 is 1.8 per cent.But a long-standing policy in the Residential Tenancies Act allows property owners and managers to apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for the right to raise rent beyond the guideline in order to recoup costs of certain capital expenditures or “extraordinary” increases in tax.Nuspor applied to raise rents on around 130 units at the Parkdale building by 3.4 per cent, claiming that it spent more than $300,000 in 2015 and 2016 on improvements to the building’s lobby, lighting, heating and garbage compactor.Affordable housing advocates said the provision essentially lets landlords pass off the costs of major work onto tenants, often driving them out of their homes.“(We were) going up against people who have a lot of money and a lot of power and it’s nice that the little guy won,” said Riordan, who added that she’d like to continue advocating for fair rents. “A lot of other people involved who are going through exact same thing in other buildings.”Tenants will meet on Wednesday to discuss ending the strike, Riordan said. They will likely pay their April rent once they know Nuspor is definitely dropping its application, she said.“After that (meeting) we’ll figure out next steps and we’ll probably all pay our rent first and foremost,” Riordan said.Rents will still be 1.8 per cent higher than last year, in accordance with Ontario guidelines, but tenants will not have to pay the additional 1.6 per cent Nuspor applied for.David Wills, a PR representative hired by Nuspor, said the company dropped its rent increase application because of the acrimony it was causing amongst tenants.“We were getting complaints from tenants about (an advocacy group) doing door-knocking campaigns in the building and people didn’t like that,” he said. “They were feeling pressured to join.”Police were called on three separate occasions when family members related to building staff said they felt they were being harassed or intimidated by those opposed to the rent increase, Wills said.The property managers are still confident, however, that they would have had their increase application approved, Wills said.“We believe that the work we did met the criteria that is laid out by the province,” he said. “It’s pretty formulaic.”To be eligible for a higher-than-permitted rent increase, a landlord must show that their capital expenses were made to keep the property “in a good state of repair,” protect the “physical integrity” of the building, improve energy or water conservation, or maintain or increase security or provide access to people with disabilities.
OTTAWA — Ontario’s attorney general is taking his fight for more money for refugee legal aid to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Doug Downey, who took over as Ontario’s attorney general in June, says he has received no response to his requests to federal Justice Minister David Lametti and Finance Minister Bill Morneau, calling on Ottawa to “properly fund” immigration and refugee legal-aid services in his province.Downey has now written to Trudeau, asking him to instruct his ministers to reply to Ontario’s requests to fill what he says is a funding gap of $25 million.He says the number of refugee claims in Ontario has soared by nearly 160 per cent since 2013 — a phenomenon he blames on the Trudeau’s government’s immigration policies.In the spring, the provincial Progressive Conservative government announced it was cutting funding for refugee- and immigration-law services provided by Legal Aid Ontario — a move that refugee lawyers and advocates have said will hurt vulnerable migrants.Downey argues immigration is a federal responsibility and says Ottawa should shoulder these costs, while Lametti says provinces are responsible for their own legal-aid programs.The Canadian Press
Annette Francis APTN National NewsThe federal government told the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal that it is complying with a ruling that ordered it to stop discriminating against First Nations children on reserves.The ruling came out Jan. 2016 after a nine year battle to try and get Canada to spend as much on First Nation child welfare services as provinces spend off reserve.Months after the historic ruling, Canada was issued three non-compliance orders for not following the tribunal’s ruling.For three days, groups led by Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society, have been arguing that Canada must abide by the email@example.comFollow @aptnafrancis
Rabat – Four Moroccans won the first African Kiteboarding Championship with Younes Ouahmid winning first place, Abdou Moutaouakil second, Yassine Boucetta third, and Laarbi Derkaoui fourth, on Sunday, March 10. The competition is an important qualifying event. The top four male and top four female riders from the championship qualify to compete in the Global Kitesport Association (GKA) Freestyle World Cup in October 2019 in Dakhla, southern Morocco. The championship also serves as a qualifier for the summer Olympics in 2020 in Japan, where kitesurfing will be an Olympic discipline for the first time.Dakhla Attitude hosted the African Kiteboarding Championship at its venue 30 kilometers north-east of Dakhla. The International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the Dakhla Lagoon Association (ALD) organized the championship, and 19 athletes from several African countries competed.According to the GKA: “This marks the first professional pan-African competition ever staged in kiteboarding, the championships are also the first freestyle kiteboarding competition under the new leadership of the GKA.”The organizers aim to develop the practice kitesurfing in Africa and to ensure the influence of Dakhla on kitesurfing on the international scene. Kitesurfing plays a major factor in Dakhla Attitude becoming more famous in recent years.High wind resistance in Dakhla creates ideal kitesurfing conditions. Kitesurfing combines wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, and paragliding.