The Indo-Uruguayan duo of Rohan Bopanna and Pablo Cuevas made it to the second round of the French Open after posting a straight-sets triumph over French pair of Mathias Bourgue and Paul-Henri Mathieu.The ninth seeds clinched a comfortable 6-1, 6-1 win over Bourgue and Mathieu. They will next lock horns with Filipino Treat Huey and Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.In another men’s doubles match, Indian tennis ace Leander Paes and his American partner Scott Lipsky produced a spirited performance as they bounced back from a set down to book their place in second round of the tournament on Wednesday.After comfortably winning the first set, the Indo-American duo went down in the second before they rebounded strongly to register a 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-2 win over Moldovan-Korean team of Radu Albot and Hyeon Chung in an opening round clash that lasted one hour and 55 minutes.Paes and Lipsky will now take on Spanish pairing of Tommy Robredo and David Marrero, who outplayed top seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 to storm into the next round.Meanwhile, India’s Sania Mirza and her Kazakhstani partner Yaroslava Shvedova suffered a major blow as they slumped to a first round defeat against Russian pair of Daria Gavrilova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-7 (5), 6-1, 2-6 in the women’s doubles category of the tournament.
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma looked every bit the perfect newlywed couple as they posed for the cameras at their grand reception in Mumbai today.Striking a pose at the Astor Ballroom of the St Regis hotel in Lower Parel, Mumbai, the couple made heads turn at this reception.Before the Mumbai reception, Virat and Anushka hosted a reception for their family and friends on December 21 in Delhi.Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma arrive at St Regis hotel in Lower Parel for their wedding reception pic.twitter.com/rCFbkHJB8I- ANI (@ANI) December 26, 2017Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s lavish reception at the St Regis hotel in Lower Parel, Mumbai tonight, is one of the biggest events of the year..@imVkohli and @AnushkaSharma arrive at St Regis hotel in Mumbai’s Lower Parel for their post wedding reception! #VirushkaReception #Virushka pic.twitter.com/LTn3nyHbFV- Virat KohliÂ¹â¸ (@ViratCrew) December 26, 2017Boman Irani and his wife, Zenobia, were one of the first guests to arrive at Virat and Anushka’s wedding reception in Mumbai..@bomanirani with his wife, arrives at @imVkohli – @AnushkaSharma’s post wedding reception! #Virushka #VirushkaReception pic.twitter.com/fZx3wp29E8- Virat KohliÂ¹â¸ (@ViratCrew) December 26, 2017The first video from inside the venue is here. A fan club of the cricketer shared a sneak-peek of the set-up on Twitter.Exclusive Video ï¿½??ï¿½ Reception setup at St Regis Mumbai for #VirushkaReception tonight â¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/sEjMYK8LCC- Virat KohliÂ¹â¸ (@ViratCrew) December 26, 2017Virat and Anushka reached the hotel earlier this evening. While Virat was seen in a t-shirt and track pants, Anushka sported a jumpsuit, with her traditional chooda in place.advertisement.@imVkohli and @AnushkaSharma arrive at St Regis hotel in Mumbai’s Lower Parel for their post wedding reception! #VirushkaReception #Virushka pic.twitter.com/nsmuv3A8fJ- Virat KohliÂ¹â¸ (@ViratCrew) December 26, 2017This is their second reception, after the one in Delhi, which was attended by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The reception is Mumbai is being attended by all the big names from the world of Bollywood, including Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Ranbir Kapoor and others.Cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan are also at the function, along with Virat’s entire Indian cricket team.After their reception in Mumbai, newlyweds Virat and Anushka will travel to South Africa where the cricketer will gear up for the upcoming series, which includes three Tests, six One Day Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches.Anushka will ring in the New Year with Virat, and then return to Mumbai in the first week of January, where she will resume shooting for Aanand L Rai’s film with Shah Rukh Khan.ALSO SEE | Full Coverage: Virushka WeddingALSO SEE | Virat and Anushka Mumbai reception: Latest UpdatesALSO WATCH: PM Modi attends Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s grand Delhi reception
ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman sometimes can’t bear to look at the Turner Field scoreboard.With the Braves having lost a franchise-record 12 home games in a row, the Atlanta first baseman prefers to narrow his focus.“We have a home losing streak? I had no idea,” Freeman told The Associated Press. “It’s tough, but hopefully we can come back on Tuesday and break it.”Ryan Kelly gave up Daniel Murphy’s tying three-run homer in the ninth inning and third baseman Hector Olivera’s throwing error in the 10th allowed the go-ahead run to score as the Braves lost 10-7 to the New York Mets on Sept. 13.New York, which earned its first four-game sweep of the Braves since July 20-23, 1989, at Shea Stadium, stayed 9½ games ahead of Washington in the NL East with 19 games left in the regular season. The Mets have won seven straight.The Braves, 14-46 overall since July 8, have the longest franchise home skid since the 1931 Boston Braves dropped 11 straight.“It doesn’t matter if we’ve lost 12 in a row or won 12 in a row,” Freeman said. “You have to have the same attitude, keep grinding and hopefully the tide turns on Tuesday.”All of the Mets’ final six runs came with two outs. Bobby Parnell (2-3) earned the win, allowing one hit and striking out one in 1 1-3 innings. Addison Reed earned his fourth save in seven chances with a perfect 10th.Murphy’s 11th homer made it 7-all.“I tried to throw a backdoor cutter, and it kind of came back across the middle of the plate,” Kelly said. “He put a good swing on it. That’s something you can’t do in that situation.”Facing Edwin Jackson (2-3) in the 10th, Kirk Nieuwenhuis scored when Olivera threw errantly to pull Daniel Castro off the bag and let Ruben Tejada beat the tag attempt.New York added a pair of runs on bases-loaded walks. Jackson allowed one hit, three walks and three runs — none earned — and struck out one in two-thirds of an inning.Poor fielding nearly undid the Mets as first baseman Lucas Duda, third baseman Juan Uribe, second baseman Murphy and right fielder Curtis Granderson all had a tough afternoon.Only Uribe was charged with an error, but New York blew a chance at some easy outs, the last coming when Granderson lost Garcia’s bloop single in the sun for a 7-4 lead in the eighth.New York starter Jonathon Niese gave up eight hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Two of his three runs allowed were earned.The Braves made it 2-all in the third, thanks in part to Duda pulling his foot off the bag on Nick Markakis’ infield single and dropping Adonis Garcia’s foul popup. Garcia and Andrelton Simmons followed with RBI singles.Atlanta took a 3-2 lead in the sixth. Simmons led off to single, advanced to third when Uribe let a grounder roll through his legs and scored on Michael Bourn’s sacrifice fly.Murphy helped the Braves make it 4-all in the seventh, failing to glove a potential double-play grounder on what was scored a single by Freddie Freeman. Castro advanced to third on the play and scored on Garcia’s grounder.The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the second on Michael Conforto’s seventh homer.After Kevin Plawecki’s one-out single chased Braves starter Ryan Weber in the seventh, Granderson’s two-run single put the Mets up 4-3.Weber allowed five hits, four runs, two walks and struck out two in 6 1-3 innings in his second career start. (GEORGE HENRY)TweetPinShare0 Shares
New Delhi, Aug 16 (PTI) India’s sporting fraternity, led by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, today joined the nation in mourning the demise of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. His death was announced by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital where he was admitted on June 11 with a variety of ailments. “#AtalBihariVajpayee ji – A leader par excellence, a daring PM who made Pokhran possible, a highly principled politician & a poet of inspirational grit who was admired across party lines. His demise is an irreparable loss, and marks the end of an era. ,” Rathore wrote on his twitter handle. Batting great Tendulkar wrote, “India is at a great loss today. Shri #AtalBihariVajpayee jis contributions to our nation have been innumerable. Thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones.” The 93-year-old BJP stalwart’s condition worsened over the last 24 hours and he was put on life support systems. “Asaman ko choo gaya, jo asmaan sa vishal tha, dharti mein simat gaya, jo mitti jaisa narm tha. Kaun hai jo Atal reh paya zindagi bhar, Atal banke wo zindagi ko paa gaya. Om Shanti #AtalBihariVajpayee ji,” cricketer Virender Sehwag said on the social networking site. Olympic medallist boxer Vijender Singh said, “One of the Greatest PM this Country has ever seen.A visionary, A poet, A statesman, A man who won over million hearts. Man who deserves nothing but respect. Bharat Ratna #AtalBihariVajpayee is no more with us.His contribution for the motherland will inspire generations to come.”advertisement Five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand said, “India loses one of its great leaders. Gentle Giant thats a wonderful way to remember him and his work. My deepest condolences . #ripvajpayee.” Vajpayee served as the Prime Minister of India on three occasions. His first term came in 1996 which lasted for 13 days. Later he was appointed as the PM for eleven months from 1998 and 1999. He then won the elections to serve a full five-year term as the Prime Minister between 1999 and 2004. Cricketer Anil Kumble wrote, “A sad day for the country, as we lose one of our greatest leaders. #AtalBihariVajpayee contributed so much for the betterment of the country. May his soul rest in peace.” VVS Laxman said, “One of India’s Most Loved Prime Minister, a great poet and a wonderful statesman. We as a nation will miss you sir #AtalBihariVaajpayee ji. Deepest condolences to admirers and loved ones.” Opener Shikhar Dhawan wrote, “My deepest condolences on the passing of our former Prime Minister Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji. One of the few politicians I always respected for his honesty and devotion to the national cause. May his soul rest in peace.” The BCCI too expressed grief over the passing away of the iconic leader. “The Indian Cricket Team and BCCI condoles the sad demise of former India Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Atalji dedicated his life in service of the nation,” the Indian Cricket Board tweeted. Fast bowler Ishant Sharma said, “Saddened to hear the demise of a Great statesman & Glorious leader, Shri Vajpayeeji. He inspired us all with his exemplary conduct… My Heartfelt tribute to the departed soul #AtalBihariVaajpayee.” Batsman Rohit Sharma wrote, “Not turning out to be a great week for India, as we lost another great leader RIP Shri #AtalBihariVaajpayee.” PTI AH SSCSSC
Photo Attribution: US PresswireI realized yesterday that Monday was our two year blogaversery.730+ straight days of blog-running.I don’t do anything for two years. Crap, I’d be surprised if I brushed my teeth every day during those two years.And yet here we are. Really, it’s because of two things:1. I wanted to become a full-time sportswriter/blogger and figured starting my own was the best way to accomplish that (check).2. You guys actually read what I write (!)It seems normal now because a lot of people read a lot of things on the Internet, but if you would have told December 2010 me that this blog would have the following it has I would have ripped off my Cheyne Gadsen throwback jersey and started running laps around my apartment building.Here are 10 things I’ve learned in running this blog for two years (all of them free!):1. There is nothing y’all won’t do to look at a uniform post. You guys would slay small mammals to see our new equestrian threads, drink lighter fluid to get a peek at new baseball hats, and oh the things you will do to see football uniforms. Truly barbaric stuff.2. Twitter…it’s awesome. It gets misused, and I’m on there too much, but Monday alone brought 1,500 people came to the site simply because of a few links I tweeted. You guys are sharing content on there like crazy and I couldn’t be more appreciative. It makes me want to continue to write good things for you.3. Some quick hits…Toughest person for me to write about: FordEasiest person for me to write about: WeedenMost fun person for me to write about: MarkelFavorite interview: ZacFavorite sport to write about: conference basketball (and that’s saying something)4. OKC Dave is invaluable as a writer, sounding board, and statistician extraordinaire. Amilian as well, but substitute “idea-generator” for “statistician extraordinaire.” This place wouldn’t be what it is without those guys. You should follow both of them on Twitter. 5. A list of OSU personalities I wish I could have blogged about: Richard Dumas, Tony Allen, Pat Jones, Doug Gottlieb, Hart Lee Dykes, Joe Adkins, and R.W. McQuarters.6. Doing the Bullets is really fun. A grind sometimes, but fun. It keeps me up on things, and there’s this weird art to putting them together. I don’t think I’ve totally got it down, but we’re getting there.7. I wish I could do more baseball. It’s tough when I live in Dallas and pretty much nothing is on TV, but I grew up on OSU baseball — every regional, every big game, all of it, I was there. I loved it, then I lived it. Wish I could portray more of that on here.8. It’s good (but also bad) to have haters. If literally nobody hates at least some of the stuff you do then you’re probably not doing anything that anybody cares about either. I’ve over-toed that line at times, but I’m learning…maybe I just need 20 years instead of two.9. Most sportswriting is so boring it’s almost unreadable. It’s 2013, we all watched the game (and if we didn’t, that’s what the AP is for). Entertain me, find me something I can’t find anywhere else, do something other than regurgitating what just happened. I’ve tried (and sometimes failed) to do that here. Come on writers (and bloggers), we can do better.10. I love this. All of it. It’s a rush for me and I love you being here. So thank you. For sharing, for the notes, the emails, all of it. Thank you for telling your friends and for not always taking everything too seriously. It’s a game after all, a wonderful game, but a game at that. That’s all.See you tomorrow.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Twitter/@ClemsonTigersIndiana fans have already started a campaign to get ESPN’s College GameDay to come to their school for the Hoosiers’ game against Ohio State on October 3, but it may be a hard sell. There are a number of great games that day, including Alabama-Georgia in Athens, and Clemson-Notre Dame at Death Valley. The Tigers are jumping in the ring to try and win GameDay’s heart. They even put together a screenshot of a Match.com profile to show why Death Valley is the venue for GameDay in a few weeks.Hi @CollegeGameDay — we know you’re busy this Saturday but maybe we could get together next week? DM if interested… pic.twitter.com/f6N5xoULJi— Clemson Athletics (@ClemsonTigers) September 23, 2015Indiana’s video was definitely a good appeal, but Clemson might have them in creativity. If the Tigers and Fighting Irish remain undefeated through this weekend, this might be the clubhouse leader for October 3’s GameDay location.
zoom Japanese Astomos Energy Corporation and Norway-based oil and gas company Statoil have reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for further study in applying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as shipping bunker fuels.Under the agreement, the parties aim to enhance further cooperation for Astomos and Statoil to share and research information for further collaboration in the fields of consideration of LPG fueled vessels, organizing global supply sites for LPG bunkering and many other fields relating to LPG bunkering.For the past years, Astomos and Statoil have been forming respectable business partnership in the fields of seaborne LPG trading.This MOU made the partnership stronger for two companies and will contribute to expansion of new business fields, Astomos Energy said.LPG bunkering concept was shaped as one of the solutions for the approaching SOx Regulation for shipping fuels in 2020.
zoom China has launched a search and rescue mission for ten seafarers who remain missing after their ship sank off the coast of Shanghai.The ship Changping sank in the anchorage near Yangtze estuary after it collided with another freighter in the evening hours of January 2.Three crewmembers, out of a total of 13 who were aboard the vessel, were rescued, Xinhua News Agency cited the country’s maritime search and rescue center.The rescue operation, which includes over a dozen of boats, was ongoing as of the morning hours of January 3.At the time of the incident, Changping was loaded with 5,000 tonnes of steel.World Maritime News Staff
The employee is in a defined benefit plan; The plan already allows for a subsidized early retirement benefit; All or part of the business is closing down; The employee has, at that point, years of service and age adding up to 55. ENVIRONMENT AND LABOUR–Flexibility Improved for Pension PlanAdministrators The government introduced a bill today, Oct. 7, that would removethe requirement for pension plan administrators to provideunreduced early retirement benefits to members not eligible forthose benefits, on full or partial wind-up of a pension plan. The proposed amendment to the Pension Benefits Act would notaffect an employee’s pension plan after age 65, and would onlyapply under very specific and unique circumstances. “The change will reduce the contributions required to provide forthe liabilities associated with this early benefit, which issometimes known as a grow-in,” said Kerry Morash, Ministerresponsible for Pension Regulations. “This change is veryreasonable, considering this grow-in is an extra, top-up benefitthat, in fact, has the potential to affect very few people.” The amendment would remove a benefit that would apply if all thefollowing circumstances occurred:
VANCOUVER – Some survivors of the deadly capsizing of a whale-watching vessel off Vancouver Island hope the release of a Transportation Safety Board investigation on Wednesday offers answers that will help them on their road to recovery, their lawyer says.Five Britons and one Australian were killed when the Leviathan II overturned near the resort community of Tofino, B.C, on the afternoon of Oct. 23, 2015, with 24 passengers and three crew members on board.Tom Hawkins, who is overseeing civil lawsuits for most of the family members of the deceased and 10 of the survivors, says his clients understand the need for a thorough investigation but many have had difficulty waiting for the report’s release.“No one should underestimate how traumatic this has been for the families, and particularly the surviving passengers,” Hawkins said.“It was a very, very touch-and-go event, as you can imagine, with people having perished right in their vicinity. They were basically struggling to survive themselves.”Jamie’s Whaling Station, the vessel’s owner, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.A spokeswoman for the company said after the sinking that a rogue wave hit the 20-metre boat. Company owner Jamie Bray’s response to a civil claim last year described the incident as an “act of God” that could not have been reasonably predicted.In the days immediately following the sinking, safety board investigators said most passengers and crew were on the top deck of the vessel’s port side, when a wave hit the starboard side. The vessel tilted up, rolled and capsized, said the board.Survivors described being thrown into the ocean without life jackets, grabbing hold of a single life ring that floated in the waves.The role of the safety board is to investigate marine, pipeline, rail and aviation incidents but it does not assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.The federal agency’s report will be useful in establishing the causes and contributing factors behind the sinking, and will help provide guidance for the civil cases, Hawkins said.“There are going to be facts that are going to be noted in the report that will be of interest to all the parties.”The RCMP are also investigating the incident and Cpl. Tammy Douglas said the Mounties’ file remains open pending the report.Statistics from the Transportation Safety Board show that between Jan. 1, 2010, and the Leviathan sinking in 2015, there were 23 “reportable occurrences” involving whale-watching boats in Canada. None were fatal but five of the incidents resulted in six people being seriously injured. Thirteen of those 23 occurrences took place in B.C.There were two incidents in Canada involving whale-watching vessels before 2010, both of which were in B.C., where four people died and three were seriously injured.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter
CALGARY — A Calgary defence lawyer has asked a judge to acquit his client of manslaughter because he says the Crown’s case is too weak.Darren Mahoney is representing Allan Perdomo Lopez, who is charged in the death of his five-year-old grandson Emilio Perdomo.The judge-alone trial heard the boy died from a traumatic brain injury shortly after he arrived in Canada from Mexico.Mahoney has asked Queen’s Bench Justice Richard Neufeld for what’s known as a directed verdict of acquittal.He says the Crown has not presented evidence that could prove beyond a reasonable doubt that his client committed an unlawful act that caused the boy’s death.Mahoney adds that if the case were being heard before a jury there would be a risk of a wrongful conviction.“There’s no evidence of anyone observing the actual injury, how it took place, the manner the injury was sustained or if it was a blow, or if it was by a fall… There’s no evidence of how it happened,” Mahoney said Wednesday.“All you’ve been given is a bunch of possibilities.”Prosecutor Vicki Faulkner argued the accused’s recorded admission of guilt constitutes direct evidence.The trial heard a police intercept earlier this week of Perdomo Lopez saying “I didn’t want to kill that child” while praying.A forensic pathologist who conducted the boy’s autopsy testified there was not enough evidence to classify his death as either an accident or a homicide. But other expert testimony for the Crown suggested Emilio’s injuries were inflicted by someone.Neufeld is to deliver his decision on Mahoney’s motion seeking a directed verdict later Wednesday.Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press
The Canadian PressCanadians should be outraged that Liberal politicians made any attempt to influence the outcome of a criminal case, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says.Scheer introduced a House of Commons motion Monday afternoon that would demand Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appear at the Commons justice committee to explain his role in allegations former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould was pressured not to proceed with a criminal prosecution of Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.“Quite simply what we’ve seen unfold over the last two weeks is a textbook case of government corruption with those at the very top of the Prime Minister’s Office implicated in what could very well be the obstruction of justice,” Scheer said in a news conference before introducing the motion.Scheer said Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick’s testimony to the justice committee last week made it clear that SNC-Lavalin successfully lobbied the government for the Criminal Code to be changed to allow for remediation agreements. Those allow companies to avoid a criminal prosecution in exchange for accepting responsibility for wrongdoing, paying fines and reparation to any victims, relinquishing any financial benefit from the actions and showing changes to prevent misdeeds from being repeated.Striking such an agreement would mean SNC-Lavalin could avoid a criminal prosecution in Canada for allegations it bribed officials in Libya to win contracts there.But the director of public prosecutions decided in September that SNC-Lavalin wasn’t eligible for a remediation agreement. Former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould could have overruled her.Scheer said the Liberals launched “an unsolicited, co-ordinated and sustained effort by the PM himself to get the former attorney general to change her decision.“Canadians need to be outraged at the suggestion that politicians were putting pressure on independent agents of the Crown, independent legal officers, to try to get a better deal for well connected friends of the Liberal party,” Scheer said. “That is unacceptable and we need to be outraged about this because of the implications it has on the entire justice system across the country.”The Liberals don’t appear ready to support the Conservative motion to call Trudeau to testify. The motion would not be binding in any event, and a Commons committee can’t summon a sitting MP to appear before it.Arif Virani, the Liberal parliamentary secretary to the minister of justice, said in the House of Commons there isn’t a need for the Commons to inject itself into the proceedings of the justice committee. If the committee wants to call certain witnesses the committee members can decide who they want to hear from, he said.“Committees of this house do exemplary work,” said Virani. “We’re confident that the committee hearings will continue to be thoroughly and fairly conducted and will provide Canadians with the answers and information that they seek.”Thus far the committee has heard from Wernick, deputy justice minister Nathalie Drouin and current Justice Minister David Lametti.Lametti replaced Wilson-Raybould in the job in January, when she was shuffled to veterans affairs. She resigned from cabinet altogether a few days after the allegations of improper pressure were first raised, but continues to sit as a Liberal MP.She is expected to testify at the committee this week but no date or time has been confirmed.Trudeau denies any improper conduct occurred and that any conversations on the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin were done with Wilson-Raybould knowing the final decision was hers email@example.com
Lucknow: As many as 123 candidates filed their nominations for the first phase of Lok Saha polls in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, taking the total number to 146, EC officials said here. At 25, the maximum number of nomination papers were filed from Ghaziabad, followed by Muzaffarnagar (22), Gautam Buddh Nagar (21) and Saharanpur (20), the state’s chief electoral officer said. The number of nomination papers filed from other parliamentary constituencies going to polls in the first phase were: Kairana (14), Bijnor (16), Meerut (15) and Baghpat (13). Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The nomination papers will be scrutinised on March 26, while March 28 is the last date of withdrawal of candidature. The polling will take place on April 11. Prominent among those who filed their nominations are Union minister Satyapal Singh (sitting BJP MP) from Baghpat and RLD vice-president Jayant Chaudhary from the same constituency, an election official said. For the second phase of Lok Sabha polls, as many as 40 candidates had filed their nomination papers, taking the total number of nominations to 43 in the state.
21 June 2011The head of a United Nations expert committee on migrants’ rights today welcomed the recent adoption by the International Labour Organization (ILO) of an international convention designed to protect the rights of domestic workers, millions of whom are migrants. “Migrant domestic workers are at heightened risk of certain forms of exploitation and abuse, due to the vulnerability, isolation and dependence in which most find themselves,” said Abdelhamid El Jamri, head of UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.“Women migrant domestic workers, in particular, face additional risks related to their gender, including gender-based violence,” Mr. El Jamri said. “These risks and vulnerabilities are further aggravated for migrant domestic workers who are in an irregular situation, not least because they may fear deportation if they contact State authorities to seek protection from an abusive employer.” “Speedy ratification and further implementation of the ILO Convention will improve the respect for the rights of migrant domestic workers,” Mr. El Jamri said. The International Convention on Domestic Workers, adopted last week, states that domestic workers around the world who care for families and households, must have the same basic labour rights as those recognized for other workers: reasonable hours of work, weekly rest for at least 24 consecutive hours, a limit on payment in-kind, clear information on the terms and conditions of employment, as well as respect for fundamental principles and rights at work, including freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. The migrants’ rights committee is made up of unpaid, independent experts who report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. Gulnara Shahinian, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, also called for a speedy ratification, in a similar message issued yesterday.
Two Alberta-based law firms say they’ve filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of people who became ill after consuming flour that may have been contaminated with E. coli, according to The Canadian Press.James H. Brown and Associates and Higgerty Law are seeking damages from Smucker Foods after a nation-wide recall was issued for the 10 kilogram bags of Robin Hood Original All Purpose Flour.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says 26 cases of E.coli illness have been reported in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Newfoundland and Labrador.The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit allegedly became so sick after eating cookie dough that her kidney’s began shutting down. The health agency is advising consumers to throw out the recalled product or return it to the store where it was purchased.Food contaminated with E. coli may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea. In severe cases of illness, some people may have seizures or strokes, need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis or live with permanent kidney damage.
“Not only is development firmly back on the global agenda, but it is being driven by innovative ideas,” Mr. Malloch Brown, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said, referring to the proposed International Finance Facility (IFF). “The Chancellor’s bold proposal to leverage development assistance commensurate to the scale of the problems the world is facing is one of the most important new ideas to come in a long while.”The new IFF would raise additional funding needed to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of quantified targets for development and poverty eradication to be achieved by 2015 and endorsed by all Heads of States at the Millennium Summit held at the United Nations in 2000. The IFF would borrow funds by issuing bonds, which would be distributed as grants and concessional loans.The proposal “is a response to the fact that with new political will to solve development problems, the debate has moved on to not whether we should finance the fight against global poverty and HIV/AIDS or to improve education, but on to how,” Mr. Malloch Brown said.The UNDP chief also called for developing new forms of public-private partnerships and for boosting the private sector in developing countries. “At the recent World Summit on Sustainable Development, over 200 partnerships initiatives were officially launched, but so far relatively few have taken off,” Mr. Malloch Brown noted. “We need to accept that while in Johannesburg we talked a good line about the business, we have not begun to ignite a real private sector economy over much of the South.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toronto stock market inches higher amid Italian uncertainty, solid BMO earnings by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 26, 2013 8:32 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed with a slight gain Tuesday as traders coped with heightened uncertainty over whether a new Italian government will follow through on crucial financial reforms to deal with that country’s huge debt.The S&P/TSX composite index edged up 9.57 points to 12,660.44, led by higher gold stocks as bullion prices surged on worries about Italy and remarks about the future of economic stimulus by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke.The TSX Venture Exchange dipped 9.09 points to 1,131.91.The TSX found some support from the financial sector after Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) said Tuesday that its net income slipped to $1.05 billion or $1.53 per share from $1.12 billion or $1.63 per share a year earlier. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $1.52, beating analyst expectations by four cents and its shares rose 82 cents to $63.75.The initial results of the Italian election showed voters were fed up with the austerity measures enacted by the previous technocratic government led by Mario Monti, who was brought in to deal with the country’s huge debt levels.But voter anger against the Monti government was channelled through several outlets. The centre-left coalition led by Pier Luigi Bersani appears to have won a narrow victory in the lower house of parliament while the Senate looks split with no party in control.“We expect risky assets to remain under pressure until the picture in Italy becomes clearer,” said a commentary from Barclays Research.The Canadian dollar closed higher after six days of losses that brought the loonie to its lowest levels since late last June. The currency was up 0.12 of a cent at 97.43 cents US.U.S. indexes were higher amid a strong earnings report from Home Depot and positive news from the housing sector.The Dow Jones industrials jumped 115.96 to 13,900.13, clawing back more than half of Monday’s tumble.The Nasdaq composite index advanced 13.4 points to 3,129.65 and the S&P 500 index climbed 9.09 points to 1,496.94.Home Depot’s fiscal fourth-quarter net income surged 32 per cent to $1.02 billion, or 68 cents per share. Analysts polled by FactSet expected 64 cents per share and its shares ran ahead 5.69 per cent to US$67.56.Meanwhile, the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index showed that American home prices rose 6.8 per cent in December compared with the same month a year ago. That’s up from a 5.5 per cent annual gain in November.Other data showed that U.S. new-home sales jumped nearly 16 per cent in January from the previous month to the highest level since July 2008.Italy’s FTSE MIB index was the worst-performing index in Europe, closing trading 4.89 per cent lower, having earlier been nearly five per cent down at one point Tuesday.The interest rate on the country’s benchmark 10-year bond — an important gauge of investor sentiment — rose by 0.38 percentage points to 4.83 per cent.Traders have good reason to be nervous about how Italy deals with its finances. Though its budget deficit is fairly small compared with other euro countries at three per cent of annual gross domestic product, its overall debt stands at a huge €2 trillion.Last July, concerns over the country’s ability to pay down its debt and the stability of the wider eurozone sent the interest rate on its 10-year bonds to 6.36 per cent.“Basically, Italy is going to struggle here,” said John Johnston, chief strategist at Davis Rea Ltd.“Italy’s ability to service its debt long term is incredibly, badly impaired by its lack of growth and the lack of growth needs reforms and the kind of political environment in Italy right now is not constructive for reforms.”New York also found support from comments by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke which signalled that the Fed’s efforts to keep borrowing costs low will continue.Bernanke acknowledged that the Fed’s aggressive program to buy US$85 billion a month in bonds to keep rates low could eventually ignite inflation or unsettle investors. Several Fed policy-makers said at their most recent meeting that the Fed might have to scale back its bond purchases because of those risks.But Bernanke said the risks remained contained for now.The TSX gold sector led advancers, up about 1.35 per cent as Bernanke’s remarks and the uncertainty over Italy pushed the April bullion contract $28.90 higher to US$1,615.50 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) rose 80 cents to C$34.44.The metals and mining sector was 0.56 per cent higher while March copper was up two cents at US$3.57 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) was ahead 46 cents to C$18.87.The energy sector fell 0.57 per cent as the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange lost 48 cents to US$92.37 a barrel, its lowest close this year. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) fell 45 cents to C$30.92.The information technology sector led decliners, down almost one per cent as CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) fell 69 cents to $26.35 while Wi-Lan Inc. (TSX:WIN) dropped 12 cents to $4.30.In other earnings news, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX: MFI) said net income attributable to common shareholders was $54.6 million or 38 cents per diluted share in the three months ended Dec. 31, up from $8.4 million or six cents per diluted share in the same 2011 quarter. Revenue fell slightly to $1.2 billion from $1.24 billion and its shares were up 58 cents to $13.76.
Ohio State junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (1) scored the final touchdown in Ohio State’s 55-24 loss to Iowa on Nov. 4. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThere was some thought that redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon might forgo his final year of eligibility at Ohio State and enter the NFL draft since he was finally healthy for a full season.But Dixon decided to turn down the opportunity and stay at Ohio State for one last season.Dixon posted a tweet of a video with the text “1 more” and a caption that read “Unfinished business!” The return gives head coach Urban Meyer a key cog on the outside for a new quarterback next season.Unfinished business! 1 last ride #Gobucks pic.twitter.com/NB9ehwe2te— Johnnie L. Dixon III (@YoungKing_JD5) January 12, 2018Dixon is the second receiver to announce his return to Ohio State for a fifth season. H-back Parris Campbell tweeted he would remain a Buckeye for his redshirt senior season.Dixon has dealt with continual knee issues since enrolling at Ohio State in 2014. He hadn’t been able to play more than half-season for the first three years in college, but he remained mostly injury free in 2017.Dixon caught 18 passes for 422 yards with eight touchdowns for the Buckeyes this season. He was one of quarterback J.T. Barrett’s best deep threats in the passing game, catching three touchdowns of more than 40 yards.The 5-foot-11 wideout from West Palm Beach, Florida, had his highlight moment against then-No. 2 Penn State in October, when he caught two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of Ohio State’s 15-point comeback victory against the Nittany Lions.He started in all but one game in 2017.
Apple is shifting the iPad/iPhone focus to gaming. Ever since the devices came out, Apple has seen a huge increase in games played on those devices. However, gaming has been put on the back burner until now.While Apple is switching the focus for now, some argue that this was Apple’s plans from the start. Many game developers have designed games for the iOS, which has help set Apple apart as a competitor to the big boys like Sony, and, Nintendo. No word on what Apple will do next, but we can expect more games to come out. Apple has made it clear that the iPhone game is here to stay. Via Business Insider
La grippe H1N1 de retour en Europe ?La grippe A/H1N1 aurait refait son apparition en Europe et notamment au Royaume-Uni où 300 personnes ont été hospitalisées pour grippe aiguë. Au total dans ce pays, huit décès sont imputés au virus H1N1 depuis cet été.La grippe A/H1N1 est apparue pour la première fois au Mexique en mars 2009, avant de s’étendre peu à peu au monde entier. Aujourd’hui, le virus aurait refait son apparition au Royaume-Uni où 300 personnes ont été hospitalisées dans les services de soins intensifs pour grippe aiguë, explique TF1. La situation est telle que les services sanitaires européens demandent aujourd’hui la prise de mesures d’incitation aux vaccinations alors qu’en France, seuls quelques cas ont été identifiés ces derniers temps.Le directeur du Centre des infections respiratoires à l’Institut national du cœur et des poumons de Londres a déclaré : “A travers tout le pays, les employés sur le front sanitaire signalent un nombre sans précédent d’hospitalisations pour des grippes graves, chez les adultes présentant des risques élevés”. Dans notre pays, le réseau des Groupes régionaux d’observation de la grippe observe une augmentation lente du nombre de cas de grippe diagnostiqués sans que la situation soit préoccupante pour autant. Comme chaque année, les personnes âgées et fragiles ont reçu un bon de vaccination contre la grippe, mais il semblerait que les Français hésitent à se faire vacciner.Le 22 décembre 2010 à 11:28 • Emmanuel Perrin