India Is Poised To Become The World’s Fifth Largest Economy, But It Can’t Stop There

first_imgIndia is on track to overtake the United Kingdom to become the world’s fifth largest economy in 2018, according to data and forecasts from the International Monetary Fund. Don’t blame Brexit; the UK is coming off its eighth straight year of growth and its economy has outpaced both Germany and France this year. No, the credit is all to India.India’s economy hasn’t had a down year in this century and has been growing at around 7% per year ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office at the head of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2014. Next year, India’s economy will be one-third bigger than when Modi took office. That means huge change in the world’s largest democracy.Change on that scale requires difficult policy choices. The Hindu nationalist BJP and its controversial Prime Minister have pushed through tough reforms like demonetization (the sudden removal from circulation of high denomination banknotes) and GST harmonization (the introduction of a unified national goods and services tax).Read it at Forbes Related Itemslast_img read more

Neymar could finally make PSG debut on Sunday

first_imgMOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brazilian soccer star Neymar speaks during a press conference in Paris Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. Neymar arrived in Paris on Friday the day after he became the most expensive player in soccer history when completing his blockbuster transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($262 million).(AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — Neymar is expected to make his much-awaited debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday in the small Brittany town of Guingamp after French football authorities finally received his international transfer certificate.The French Football Federation received the document from its Spanish counterpart on Friday, more than a week after PSG signed the Brazilian from Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The French football league then told The Associated Press the ITC was submitted by the federation, and Neymar’s transfer would be ratified later Friday, clearing the way for him to play at Guingamp on Sunday.The hold-up prevented Neymar from making his PSG debut last Saturday against Amiens after completing his world-record 222 million euros ($262 million) transfer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPSG wanted Neymar to start the season at its Parc des Princes home but his debut was delayed because of the paperwork issues. Neymar was unveiled to the PSG fans on Saturday but could only watch from the stands as his new team started its league campaign with a 2-0 win.Barcelona said there was nothing strange about the situation and the wait was due to the banks. Just a few hours before the French federation said it had received the ITC, the 222 million euros was made available in Barcelona’s accounts. LATEST STORIES Kevin Durant apologizes for India comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:13Neymar: ‘I couldn’t look at a football’ after the World Cup01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo 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 Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Barcelona denied speculation that slowed down the process in retaliation for PSG luring one of its biggest stars out of the Camp Nou. Barcelona said it had been waiting on the banks to complete the transaction for the massive amount of money.PSG coach Unai Emery has yet to announce his squad for the trip to Guingamp, but wants Neymar to be playing.“We all want him to start playing,” Emery told a news conference on Friday. “We want him in the squad, and in the starting 11. He has trained well, and we have also worked on tactical aspects and set-pieces. He is ready.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimeslast_img read more

David Warner slams pitches after Sri Lanka series win

first_imgStand-in Australia captain David Warner has slammed the slow nature of Sri Lankan tracks, saying the batsmen were curtailed to play their shots. After getting hammered in the Test series, Australia did well to clinch the ODI series.Warner lauded his batsmen while chasing a small target in the fourth ODI, which Australia won comfortably by six wickets to take an unassailable lead of 3-1 in the five-match series.Australia easily chased down their target of 213 in just 31 overs as Aaron Finch smashed 55 off 19 balls while George Bailey hit an unbeaten 90 after Sri Lanka struggled to 212 all out in their 50 overs. (Sri Lankan police fires teargas at cricket fans during fourth ODI)Warner, whose side suffered their first Test whitewash against the hosts last month, said the sluggish pitches were not ideal for ODI cricket.”It’s hard to gain momentum when the wickets prepared are like this,” Warner, who took over as captain after the second ODI while Steve Smith is rested, told reporters.’WE PLAY AGGRESSIVE CRICKET'”It’s a little bit disappointing from our point of view because it’s not the way we like to play. We like to play an aggressive brand of cricket. We like to entertain the crowd.”England recorded the highest ODI score in history on Tuesday – 444 for 3 in 50 overs against Pakistan at Trent Bridge – while Australia and Sri Lanka have struggled to get past 200 in their series.”When you see games like the England match last night – that’s what I love about cricket. I love that kind of atmosphere, and that’s why as a youngster I went to watch the game.advertisement”But if you come here and you play five games like that, on wickets like they have here at the moment, it is going to be very, very tough to draw a big crowd all the time,” Warner said.Australia, ranked number one in the 50-over format, finally seemed to master the slow Sri Lankan tracks after scraping past the hosts in their first two victories in Colombo and Dambulla.Finch, who equalled the record for the fastest 50 by an Australian – achieved in 18 balls – gave the visitors a rocket start.”It’s always awesome to have one of your players go off like that and for me it is more of a watching tour to be honest,” said Warner.”I’ve been up the other end or in the dugout watching the guys go about it. But it’s fantastic – I love that Finch comes out and plays his game.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Dalai Lama-Baba Ramdev bonhomie: Smiles, jokes….and beard yanking!

first_imgSpiritual leader Dalai Lama and Baba Ramdev on Sunday oozed bonhomie and displayed their friendship for the world to see on the stage of the World Peace and Harmony Conclave here today.Both the leaders shared a rather light moment in midst of a serious discussion of world peace, where even the strained ties between India and China was brought up.Baba Ramdev touched Dalai Lama’s feet and in return the later blessed him and got playful and yanked on his beard for quite some time!At one point the Tibetan spiritual leader showed no signs of letting go of Ramdev’s beard, but the Yoga guru took it sportingly.Amid laughter and guffaws, the Dalai Lama then poked at the flat midriff of Ramdev, to which the latter responded by displaying his incredible skills and flexed his abdomen.in the trademark ‘Baba Ramdev’ style.The event highlighted the friendship between the two spiritual leaders.Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, Union Ministers Dr Harsh Vardhan and Dharmendra Pradhan were also present at the event.Meanwhile, while speaking at the event, Dalai Lama said that it is fear that ultimately leads to irritation and anger among people. “Fear creates irritation, irritation creates anger, anger creates violence.”However Baba Ramdev propagated for a tit-for-tat reaction for china”We talk in the language of yoga but the one who doesn’t get it must be answered in language of war”, he said.last_img read more

Imagine this in a darker shade of blue: Mumbai Indians on Yuvraj Singh’s wonder shot

first_imgVeteran India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is gearing up for his maiden stint with Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and is warming up for the upcoming season by playing in a cricket tournament in the Maldives.Yuvraj’s wonder shot in the tournament in Male took social media by storm with everybody talking about his reverse-sweep six.A video went viral on Tuesday of Yuvraj hitting the shot against the Maldives Cricket Board where he could be seen smashing a right-arm off-spin bowler for the maximum.This six by @YUVSTRONG12 #YuvrajSingh #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/aunOnYtF90Rooter – India’s Favourite Live Sports App (@RooterSports) February 18, 2019Mumbai Indians, who bought Yuvraj at his base price of Rs 1 crore in the IPL auction in January this year, re-tweeted the video with a funny caption.”Imagine this shot in a darker shade of blue with some gold on the shoulder,” the Mumbai Indians post read.Imagine this shot in a darker shade of blue with some gold on the shoulder #CricketMeriJaan @YUVSTRONG12 https://t.co/eumyKZAWHiMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 20, 2019Looking forward to joining Hitman @Imro45 in the Mumbai Indians dressing room this season. Any hints on what to expect,” Yuvi tweeted on Wednesday.Looking forward to joining Hitman @Imro45 in the Mumbai Indians dressing room this season. Any hints on what to expect ?yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) February 20, 2019The match was organised jointly by the Maldives sports ministry, the Indian embassy and the Maldives Cricket Board.”I am very pleased that cricket was chosen to strengthen the friendship between the two countries,” Yuvraj was quoted as saying by the Maldives media.advertisementThe 2011 World Cup hero won the IPL in 2016 with the Sunrisers Hyderabad and is now looking forward to add more value in MI skipper Rohit Sharma’s team in the upcoming IPL season.”I think, if I can contribute in the middle-order, it will just take some weight off him (Rohit) and he can just go and play his natural game, while opening. (We will) see how the combinations (go).”I’m very fired up boss, I have been training in the nets everyday,” Yuvraj said.last_img read more

Dwayne Haskins Tweets Heartfelt Message For Ohio State Fans

first_imgohio state quarterback dwayne haskinsINDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 01: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass down field in the game against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Dwayne Haskins’ lone season as an Ohio State starter was an outstanding one. Haskins put up massive numbers, leading the Buckeyes to the Big Ten title, a Rose Bowl win and becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist in the process.Haskins is moving on to the NFL, but he won’t be forgotten in Columbus.It doesn’t look like Haskins will be forgetting his time with the Buckeyes anytime soon either.In response to an Ohio State fan who posted a video of Haskins’ highlights on Twitter saying he was going to miss him, Haskins delivered a message to Ohio State fans.“I’ll miss you too #BuckeyeNation I’ll represent the best university in the country the rest of my life,” he wrote.I’ll miss you too #BuckeyeNation I’ll represent the best university in the country the rest of my life ? https://t.co/a5QWSv97I4— Dwayne Haskins, Jr? (@dh_simba7) January 13, 2019Haskins is projected to be the first quarterback taken in the 2019 NFL Draft. He is expected to be a top-10 pick.As long as Haskins is taken in the first round, he’ll be the first Big Ten quarterback taking in round one since Penn State’s Kerry Collins in 1995.last_img read more

Culture Ministry on Target with Several Legacy Projects

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Culture remains on target with the implementation of several of the Jamaica 50 Legacy Projects.This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna, during her contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 18.Ms. Hanna said the projects will, among other things, promote a revolution in the mindset and cultural action that will result in visible and measurable change in how Jamaicans operate.The Minister said foremost among these projects is the transformation of the National Heroes Park into a Cultural and Economic Development Zone.“The Ministry of Transport and Works is leading this dynamic project through public-private partnership. We cannot promote our cultural prowess while devaluing the space that represents the highest level of our cultural acumen and sacrifice. And let the truth be told, the plan to develop National Heroes Circle has been in the making since 1962,” she said.Ms. Hanna said other projects which should be completed this financial year, include those in early childhood education; community animation, music and sports.The projects in early childhood education include: Middlesex Basic School in St. Elizabeth, Marlie Hill in St. Catherine, Ebenezer in St. Thomas, Rock River in Clarendon, Church of Christ in St. Mary, Bannister in St. Catherine, Little Einstein Learning Centre in Seaview Gardens, Kingston, and Straun in Manchester.Community animation projects include Rocky Point Community Centre in Clarendon.The legacy projects will be undertaken by the Legacy Committee, which is being chaired by Chief Executive Officer of the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund, Billy Heaven.In the meantime, Ms. Hanna said a national reconstruction of respect and appreciation for culture is critical to the nation’s development.She lamented that in spite of Jamaica’s vibrant culture, it is respected more abroad than right here at home.“Overseas we are seen as a Cultural super state. At home, how do we as a people see ourselves? Our culture has been used by Volkswagen, Puma and a host of international institutions and companies to redefine and promote their products. In all this, the truth is Jamaica has not benefited exponentially,” she said.She added that many young people are still ignorant of the nation’s culture, heritage “and those icons that worked so assiduously to create and uphold Brand Jamaica.”Contact: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

Wilh. Wilhelmsen: Strong Dollar Cushions Seasonal Lull

first_imgzoom A strong US dollar and reduced operating costs helped Norway’s Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA (WWH) offset a decrease in total income driven by seasonally lower demand for seaborne transportation, according to the company’s financial report for the quarter ended March 31.WWH delivered a total income of USD 866 million for the first quarter, a 3% decline from the previous quarter.The operating profit ended at USD 123 million, a reduction from the previous quarter, which was impacted by a material pension gain of 63 million.With a net financial expense of USD 35 million and a tax expense of USD 4 million, the group delivered a net profit of USD 68 million, equal to earnings per share of USD 1.46.”The total income for our ship operating entities reflected a seasonal decline in auto volumes and lower bunker compensation from customers,” said Thomas Wilhelmsen, group CEO at WWH. ”The effect on the top line was partly offset by a USD 26 million gain related to Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA’s share reduction in Hyundai Glovis.”The underlying activity level and contribution from the group’s logistics activities were on par with the previous quarter.”Income for the segments continued to be affected by a challenging market. The income from ships service improved slightly, ship management delivered a stable top line, while the technical services stream saw a drop in total income,” said Wilhelmsen.WWH’s annual general meeting held on 23 April 2015 resolved to pay a dividend of NOK 3 per share, totalling NOK 139 million. The dividend was paid to shareholders on May 7. The board also received an authorisation to pay additional dividend limited up to NOK 3 per share, valid until the company’s annual general meeting in 2016, although not longer than 30 June 2016.”Based on the anticipated market outlook, we expect higher auto volumes in the second quarter, while high and heavy volumes are expected to stay flat. Although the current market is challenging, a gradual increase in world trade and operating fleet, a healthy order reserve and a strong USD will have a positive effect on future earnings for our maritime services segment,” said Wilhelmsen.last_img read more

Stowaway passengers killed in DR Congo train derailment

first_imgLubumbashi: A freight train derailed in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo early Thursday, killing illegal passengers who were riding on it, in the latest rail tragedy to strike the vast central African nation, officials said. But in a chaotic situation, estimates of the death toll varied widely, from 10 to a hundred. “Another disaster! Derailing at 3am (0100 GMT) in Tanganyika (province) near Mayibaridi. Provisional toll: 50 dead and several injured,” the minister for humanitarian action, Steve Mbikayi, said in a tweet. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIn contrast, the provincial governor, Zoe Kabila, who is the brother of former president Joseph Kabila, issued a tweet that said, “Correction… provisional toll 10 dead, 30 injured and three railcars overturned.” But witnesses at the scene and local media feared a hundred people could have been killed. Victor Umba, the union head of the national rail company SNCC, said the freight train was travelling from the town of Nyunzu to the town of Niemba when two railcars fell on their sides, crushing many people underneath. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Those who died in this derailment were stowaways. It is impossible for the SNCC to provide any kind of toll,” Umba told AFP. He added that the SNCC’s chief was in the provincial capital of Kalemie trying to find a way to raise the carriages. “It seems that many stowaways are trapped under the derailed carriages”. Railways in the DRC have a poor record for safety, hampered by derelict tracks and decrepit locomotives, many of them dating from the 1960s. In March, at least 24 people were killed and 31 were injured Sunday when a freight train carrying illegal passengers crashed in the central region of Kasai. In November last year, 10 stowaways were killed and 24 injured near the eastern town of Samba when the brakes failed on a freight train.last_img read more

Toronto stock index makes meagre gain as energy and gold sectors weigh

first_imgTORONTO – Gains in the health-care and telecommunications sectors helped prevent Canada’s main stock index from falling into the red Monday, as energy and gold shares weighed.The S&P/TSX composite index added 5.83 points to 16,004.40. Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl. Inc. (TSX:VRX) and Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP) had some of the biggest advances, up more than six per cent and nearly four per cent respectively at the closing of markets.Shares of Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) also moved up more than six per cent amid news the marijuana producer is pushing ahead with plans for an all-stock takeover offer for CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:CMED) after failing to reach an agreement with the company’s board.On a rough day for most energy stocks, which fell sharply amid slumping crude prices, TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) saw its shares climb nearly two per cent after Nebraska regulators approved an alternate route through the state for the company’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It was the last major regulatory hurdle facing the $10-billion, 1,897-kilometre project, though opponents say another round of federal approval may now be needed.The January crude contract was down 29 cents at US$56.42 per barrel.South of the border, it was a positive day on Wall Street as U.S. stocks made back most of Friday’s losses.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 72.09 points to 23,430.33. The S&P 500 index edged up 3.29 points to 2,582.14 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 7.92 points to 6,790.71.“It’s a fairly quiet day,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis. “When left to its devices, this market seems to be inclined to go higher, and I think that’s what we’re getting today.”In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 78.17 cents US, down 0.06 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract fell US$21.20 to US$1,275.30 an ounce. The December natural gas contract declined five cents to US$3.05 per mmBTU and the December copper contract added three cents to US$3.09 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Hong Kongs chief voices worries over global trade

DAVOS, Switzerland — Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed chief executive says she’s “quite worried” that the rules-based system that has governed global trade for decades is under threat.Speaking Wednesday at the World Economic Forum at the Swiss ski resort of Davos, Carrie Lam said any diminution in the traditional rules could lead to rising political tensions around the world.She said Hong Kong has prospered “on the basis of free and open trade.”Worries over the future of the rules governing global trade have been stoked over the past couple of years, certainly since the election of U.S. President Donald Trump. His administration has taken particular umbrage against China and the two have imposed tariffs on each other that has raised concerns of a full-scale trade war.The Associated Press read more

Hamilton Police investigating home invasion

Hamilton Police are investigating a home invasion in the city’s east end.Police say shortly after 4:30 this morning a man walked into the Hamilton central station to report he had been the victim of a home invasion. According to the man, two men broke into his home on Gertrude St and assaulted him. Officers are looking for any witnesses with information on the break-in. They will remain on Gertrude St as they search the surrounding area.Anyone with information can call 905-546-4925, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

TimorLeste UN expands emergency relief for tens of thousands who fled violence

On the political front, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Sukehiro Hasegawa today met with UN and national judges to offer material and personnel help for the trial of those responsible for the violence in which at least 37 people were killed in April and May after the dismissal of nearly 600 soldiers, a third of the armed forcesl.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today it had delivered 1,000 tents to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in various locations. Official estimates now indicate there are more IDPs outside Dili (78,000) than those in various settlements in the capital (69,000), totalling about 15 per cent of the entire population. “While the situation appears to have stabilized somewhat on the streets of Dili, we are still concerned for the physical security of people in the makeshift camps and settlements, particularly at night,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva.“We welcome the increased patrolling of foreign troops in areas where displaced people have gathered and are continuing to press for a boosted security presence,” he added, referring to the international forces from Australia, New Zealand Malaysia and Portugal invited in by the Government to help restore order.Over the last two days, UNHCR has delivered 200 large tents for 350 families from Dili camping in makeshift shelters of palms, leaves and tarpaulins near a Timorese army base at Metinaro, 40 minutes east of Dili. More tents are in the pipeline for delivery.The families, originally from the eastern districts, have lived in Dili for 10 years or more but fled when their houses were targeted by people originally from the west of the country. The army base houses soldiers from the east.The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has pitched 20 tents at Dili National Hospital where women in the final stages of pregnancy can wait for delivery. “Conditions in the camps are difficult, particularly for pregnant women,” UNFPA technical adviser Sevinj Huseyn-Zade said.“Not having adequate transport to specialized medical services provided by the hospital puts woman at a much higher risk of even common maternal health issues becoming critical or life-threatening.”Mr. Hasegawa’s court visit was intended to assess precisely what support the UN can provide to carry out the trials effectively and efficiently. “This is a critical first step in restarting the judicial process in Timor–Leste,” he said. “Once the Timorese people see that justice will be served, it will help restore their trust and confidence in the State institutions and the healing process will begin.” At Mr. Annan’s request, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is putting together a commission of inquiry to look into any human rights violations that might have occurred during the violence.On Tuesday Mr. Annan appealed for sustained international engagement in Timor-Leste, stressing that it was obvious that the UN would have to go back there “in a much larger form than we are at the moment.” The UN presence has been drawn down since the original UN Transitional Administration (UNTAET) was set up in 1999 after the country voted for independence from Indonesia, which took over after Portugal’s withdrawal in 1974. Once independence was attained in 2002, that mission was replaced with a downsized operation, the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET), which in turn was succeeded by the current, even smaller UN office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL). read more

Cab companies anxious for City action on Uber regulation

UBER AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Summary Cab companies anxious for City action on Uber regulation by News Staff Posted Nov 4, 2015 6:28 pm MDT Associated’s Richard: Uber is a bullyCalgary United’s Gill: Our hands are tied Calgary cab companies say the battle with Uber isn’t about competition, but rather fairness.Uber launched in Calgary on October 15 and last Friday, the City of Calgary announced it would be moving forward with covert enforcement of its drivers, although passengers cannot be faced with fines or penalties.That’s until the City comes up with a bylaw to regulate the service and later this month, city council will be hearing options on how that could work.Until then, cab companies say their hands are tied because unlike Uber drivers operating without a business license, they’re still mandated on everything from fare to how many vehicles can go on the road.“The only thing we ask is that everybody does the same thing,” said Associated Cabs President Roger Richard. “If everybody starts doing whatever they want, you’d have nothing but chaos.”“In the meantime, they’re an illegal taxi operation.”Calgary United Cabs President Rupi Gill echoes that sentiment.“Anybody can come and run a company, if they’re not going to follow the bylaw, that’s not fair for us,” Gill said, adding even if they wanted to adjust by lowering their rates, they still need approval from the City, which Uber doesn’t.He said the wait is on what the City’s Livery Transport Services is going to do.“Then we go from there,” he said. “Right now our hands are tied so we have to go through the bylaw, we can’t do much about it”Richard said he’s waiting to see what kind of enforcement the City is doing, although the head of Bylaw Services has said they aren’t going to release numbers of infractions.“When they make a bylaw or law, they have an obligation and a responsibility to enforce it,” he said. “Until those rules change, we have to follow it.”“Uber is a bully, they don’t believe in laws or bylaws.”After the City announced its enforcement measures last week, Uber released the following statement.“”As we saw from recent court rulings in Alberta and Ontario, Uber is a unique business that is distinct from taxi. We believe that a regulatory solution is the best path forward. A recent poll indicated 85% of Calgarians support having the opportunity to experience Uber while regulations are being considered. We remain committed to working with City Council and staff to establish a permanent regulatory framework for ridesharing in Calgary.”With files from Ian Campbell read more

New York attorney general looking into speculative Springsteen ticket listings

by The Associated Press Posted Dec 9, 2015 4:34 am MDT Last Updated Dec 9, 2015 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New York attorney general looking into ‘speculative’ Springsteen ticket listings NEW YORK, N.Y. – New York’s attorney general is looking into whether “speculative” ticket listings for Bruce Springsteen’s 2016 tour on ticket resale sites constitute deceptive advertising.Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters Monday to StubHub, TicketNetwork and Vivid Seats asking about the practice of offering seats on secondary markets when the seller may not possess the tickets.Tickets for Springsteen’s tour don’t go on sale until Friday. But hundreds of seats have already been listed for up to $5,000 or more on resale sites.A TicketNetwork spokesman says the company has voluntarily taken down any ticket listings for the concerts until Friday. Vivid Seats says it has a goal of ensuring a positive ticket-buying experience.StubHub says it’s reviewing the letter but has no reason to believe there are “speculative tickets” on its site. read more

Geno Smith Wasnt Better Than His Backup

In the most surreal bit of sports news to hit Tuesday’s wires, Geno Smith, the incumbent starting quarterback for the New York Jets, is going to miss six to 10 weeks with an injury. And it wasn’t just any kind of injury; it was the kind you get when a teammate punches you and breaks your jaw.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, now-cut linebacker IK Enemkpali slugged Smith because he failed to reimburse Enemkpali for a $600 plane ticket. Jets fans — at least, Jets fans in the FiveThirtyEight office — rejoiced. But coming into the preseason, this Jets team showed at least a vague sense of promise. Are the Jets really better off without Smith? Last year, New York went 4-12 (3-10 under Smith) with one of the NFL’s worst passing offenses, and Smith was pretty bad for the second straight season. In fact, his career has gotten off to one of the worst starts of any QB since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Although Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Terry Bradshaw kicked off their careers with equally bad passing efficiency numbers, it’s far more likely that Smith is a talent on par with, say, Kyle Boller than that he’s harboring hidden star potential.And while Smith will be 25 this season, an age at which QBs still show a decent amount of improvement, the typical aging curve wouldn’t even carry Smith to league-average status at his peak.Meanwhile, the Jets’ backup quarterback isn’t a bad one. Longtime Buffalo Bills starter Ryan Fitzpatrick occupied the seat behind Smith and — statistically speaking — he’s probably a better QB than the man slated for the huddle, at least in the short term. Over the past two seasons (when he was with the Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans), Fitzpatrick’s Total QBR1ESPN’s play-by-play-based measurement of quarterbacking performance, which grades on a 0-100 scale. of 54.1 was better than Smith’s 41.2 mark during that span, and Fitzpatrick’s cumulative ProFootballFocus grade of +11.3 vastly outpaced Smith’s total of -37.3. By the numbers, the Jets are better off with the glass-jawed Smith out of the game, holding a clipboard on the sidelines.Of course, these kinds of assessments always come with the caveat that individual football statistics are obscured by countless interactions, coaching decisions and other contextual factors. And the Jets did add a good receiver over the offseason, Brandon Marshall, so it’s possible Smith would have improved significantly in 2015 had he not run afoul of Enemkpali’s fist. But Jets fans shouldn’t worry too much about what might have been: The team’s offense will probably be better with Fitzpatrick under center than it would have been with Smith. read more

Mens basketball Big Ten unveils 201718 conference schedule

The Big Ten Conference released the 2017-18 men’s basketball conference schedule, giving Ohio State first-year coach Chris Holtmann his first look at a packed calendar, which features two games in December and home-and-homes with Michigan and Indiana.The Big Ten was forced to schedule two conference games in early December due to the conference tournament being played at Madison Square Garden in New York, the week before the NCAA Tournament is unveiled in March. Traditionally, the Big Ten tournament has been the final conference tournament to end before the NCAA selection show.Ohio State will open Big Ten play with a trip to Madison, Wisconsin, on Dec. 2 for its only date with the Badgers, which follows the Phil Knight Invitational in Oregon and the Big Ten/ACC Challenge game against Clemson. Then the Buckeyes play at home two days later versus Michigan.Holtmann and his team will play one game at home against Michigan State (Jan. 7), Maryland (Jan. 11), Nebraska (Jan. 22) and Illinois (Feb. 4), and they will play one game on the road against Wisconsin, Northwestern (Jan. 17), Minnesota (Jan. 20) and Purdue (Feb. 7).Ohio State’s conference opponents it will face twice are Michigan, Indiana, Rutgers, Penn State and Iowa.The Buckeyes have three consecutive road games from Jan. 14 to Jan. 20 followed by a four-game home stand from Jan. 22 to Feb. 4. Ohio State will end the season at Indiana, Holtmann’s third away game in four games. Sun. Nov. 5vs. Wooster (exhibition)Columbus Sat. Dec. 16vs. Appalachian StateColumbus Sun. Nov. 19vs. NortheasternColumbus Sat. Jan. 20vs. Minnesota  (Super Saturday)New York (Madison Square Garden) Thu. Jan. 25vs. Penn StateColumbus Thu. Nov. 23vs. Gonzaga (PK 80)Portland, Oregon Sun. Jan. 7vs. Michigan StateColumbus Mon. Jan. 22vs. NebraskaColumbus Sun. Feb. 18at MichiganAnn Arbor, Michigan Sat. Feb. 10vs. IowaColumbus Mon. Dec. 4vs. MichiganColumbus Tue. Feb. 20vs. RutgersColumbus Fri. Nov. 24Florida/Stanford (PK 80)Portland, Oregon Tue. Jan. 30vs. IndianaColumbus Sat. Dec. 23vs. North Carolina (CBSSports Classic)New Orleans Thu. Jan. 11vs. MarylandColumbus Wed. Feb. 7at PurdueWest Lafayette, Indiana Tue. Dec. 19vs. The CitadelColumbus Sat. Dec. 30vs. Miami (OH)Columbus Sun. Jan. 14at RutgersPiscataway, New Jersey Fri. Feb. 23at IndianaBloomington, Indiana Sun. Nov. 12vs. Radford Columbus Sun. Nov. 26TBA (PK 80)Portland, Oregon Sat. Dec. 2at WisconsinMadison, Wisconsin Sat. Dec. 9vs. William & MaryColumbus Sun. Feb. 4vs. IllinoisColumbus Thu. Jan. 4at IowaIowa City, Iowa Fri. Nov. 10vs. Robert MorrisColumbus Wed. Jan. 17at NorthwesternRosemont, Illinois (Allstate Arena) Thu. Feb. 15at Penn StateUniversity Park, Pennsylvania  Wed. Nov. 29vs. Clemson (Big Ten/ACC Challenge)Columbus Thu. Nov. 16vs. Texas Southern Columbus read more

43yearold bookshop launches its first online store

first_imgIT HAS A dedicated fanbase of readers in Waterford, Kilkenny, Wexford and Kildare, and a 43-year history of brightening up bookshelves.But now The Book Centre has taken the leap online – and wants to provide a personal experience to buyers.The ownersThe shop was opened by Sean Ryan and his wife Maureen, and Denis and Alice Doolin on Michael Street in Waterford City in 1971.The Ryan family has been in business in Waterford since 1749 in milling and in polish manufacturing. Meanwhile, Sean’s father entered the retail business in 1921.Before long they had outgrown the 1,000 square foot store and bought the old art-deco Savoy Cinema in the city centre.This was turned into a premises with a café and was soon joined by a three-storey Wexford location in 1973. This was followed by a Kilkenny Book Centre in 1974.Its most recent store opening was in Naas in 2005, under the brand Barker & Jones.Loyal clientele Source: Patrick BrowneMaeve Ryan, Managing Director of The Book Centre, said this is a new direction for the company “but it is something we have been planning and working on for sometime”.They are conscious of the trend towards e-books, but theirs customer also like getting to spend time browsing books in the store. Because of that, they don’t want the website to be faceless.The same staff that work in the store will be dealing with the online customers, said Maeve. “We are hoping to reach all of Ireland,” she said. “We pride ourselves on our customer service.”Sean Ryan said that it has always been their business philosophy to “concentrate on being the very best in our industry in our store locations”.“We have never wished to have lots and lots of shops, we have always concentrated on opening a store in a new location,” he said.They want to have a loyal clientele, a broad array of products and excellent customer service. This has served us well over the years and we believe that now is the right time for us to enter the online market and again do this really well.The site is available at thebookcentre.ie. Read: 17 Irish independent bookshops you must visit before you die>last_img read more

7s Omar Lewis among performers at FlipSide Miami showcase

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida charity hoped to catch audiences on the flip side, Saturday night.The Dade County Chapter of The Links hosted FlipSide Miami at Florida Memorial University Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts in Miami Gardens. The event celebrated a diverse group of talented professionals from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.Among the lineup was 7News reporter and Today in Florida weekend anchor Omar Lewis, who played the trombone.Proceeds from the night will go to the chapter’s scholarship fund and different community programs.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Advocacy Group Puts Setnet Restriction Measure on the Ballot

first_imgThe Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance has handed over enough signatures to the state division of elections to get a voter initiative on the 2016 general election ballot.Download Audio:The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance wants to stop all commercial setnetting in five areas deemed to be “urban” and non-subsistence under Alaska law.According to the groups’ president, Joe Connors, who owns a sport fishing lodge on the Kenai River, the Alliance’s motive is to conserve dwindling salmon stocks.The initiative asks state voters to decide on banning setnets in the five urban areas.A state Superior Court decision last year favored the Alliance’s plan to put the question on the ballot, but the state has challenged that decision and asked the state Supreme Court to decide if the Alliance’s initiative is legal. Corie Mills, a spokesperson for the state department of law, says state attorneys are drafting an opinion on the constitutional legality of the initiative, and would not comment further on the issue.The state Supreme Court will hear the case during August 26 and 27.last_img read more