In an apparent dig at the Opposition for questioning his hosh (senses), ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, while tabling the State budget for 2019-20 in the Assembly on Wednesday, said not only is he fully in hosh but his josh (enthusiasm) is high too. Mr. Parrikar, struggling to read a few typed pages, presented a revenue surplus budget. The gross budget was of ₹19,548 crore, as against ₹17,123 crore for 2018-19, signifying an increase of 14.16% over last year.Reading out a brief statement from his seat, following permission from the Speaker, he said, “The present circumstances have prevented me from delivering a detailed budget speech, but there is a josh that is high, very high. And I am in hosh, fully in hosh. I am sure that my figures will speak more than words, and will be effectively translated into results.” On Sunday, at his first public function in months, Mr. Parrikar had twice quoted a dialogue from the film Uri: “How’s your josh,” in a brief speech at the inaugural of the third Mandovi bridge. Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar had said the next day that Mr. Parrikar should come back to hosh before asking people about their josh. On Wednesday, the Chief Minister, who is suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer, was in obvious discomfort during his speech in the House and was assisted with his papers by the marshals. Twice, he had to sip on medication through a straw. A visibly concerned Speaker Pramod Sawant intervened before Mr. Parrikar could complete the few pages he was holding, to say that the House would adopt his budget speech as read. At the direction of the Speaker, the budget speech was tabled in the House electronically. Mr. Parrikar began his speech quoting a couple of lines by the late poet Achut Ramnath Kare, saying that he owed a lot to his motherland and Goa, and vowed to “serve Goa with sincerity, integrity and dedication until my last breath”. “For the year 2019-20, the annual financial statement indicates a revenue surplus since last three years in succession. The revenue surplus is estimated at ₹455 crore,” Mr. Parrikar said. The budget, which has a thrust on employment, information technology, infrastructure and education, has an uncovered fiscal deficit of ₹1,418.65 crore. The budget has not provided for any additional resource mobilisation. The three-day Assembly session, which began with Governor’s customary address to the members on Tuesday, will end on Thursday after the House passes a vote on account to provide for expenditure for the first five months of 2019-20.
Aamir, who has been sporting a handlebar moustache, saidAamir, who has been sporting a handlebar moustache, said he is yet to decide on the final look of the character.”Right now, I am transforming my look. So, I dont know what the final look will be like. I am growing my hair and beard, ultimately, the final look will be decided a week before the shooting,” he said.The actor added “Dangal” is about women empowerment and girls, who fulfill the dreams of their father.The film, which is Aamirs co-production as well, is evidently much-anticipated by the fans. It will be the actors release after a gap of two years. He was last seen in blockbuster “PK”.Interestingly, Aamirs good friend and superstar Salman Khan will also be seen in the avatar of a wrestler in Yash Raj Films “Sultan”.Salman plays Haryanvi wrestler Sultan Ali Khan in the movie, slated to hit the theatres this July.The similarity in the subject of the two movies has generated buzz, but Aamir said films coming on wrestling will only encourage the sport.”Themes will never get old. Love stories will always remain fresh. The film has to connect with people, thats what I believe. Wrestling is a very ancient sport and a well loved sports. It is great to have two films coming on wrestling. Itll give a boost to the sport of wrestling.”The actor, who shared screen space with Salman in “Andaaz Apna Apna”, is keen to watch “Sultan”.advertisement”I am looking forward to Sultan. We all will watch Sultan on Eid. We are all very keenly waiting for the film,” he added. PTI JUR GK PSH
Chapecoense’s opponents in the last game of the Brazilian league season said they would not play the match out of respect for the stricken club who lost most of their players in a plane crash, the president of Atletico Mineiro said on Thursday. (Colombia and Brazil football teams join in tribute after plane crash)Daniel Nepomuceno told Atletico Mineiro’s web site (www.atletico.com.br) that he had been in touch with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), which had given its blessing.”Atletico will not play, will not let Chapecoense play the last game,” Nepomuceno said, three days after the southern Brazilian club lost all but three of their squad in the plane crash in Colombia. (Bodies of Brazilians killed in Colombia crash expected back on Friday)”This is not the time to make these demands on players.” (Colombia crash: Plane carrying Chapecoense players was running out of fuel)The Belo Horizonte club are in fourth place in the Serie A table, six points clear of the fifth-placed side with one game remaining. They have already qualified for one of the six Copa Libertadores spots. Chapecoense are in ninth place. (Also read: From Wayne Rooney to Neymar, soccer world sends condolences to Brazil’s Chapecoense after air crash)”Atletico will not play this game and the biggest punishment will probably be a loss of three points and as that will not affect the team’s position it is the minimum that we can do for the family members, for the city, for the state and the country that has suffered so much this week,” Nepomuceno said.advertisementMonday’s crash occurred as Chapecoense’s plane approached Medellin where they were to play Atletico Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana.The CBF suspended all games for seven days following the accident. The second leg of the Brazilian Cup final between Atletico Mineiro and Gremio was one of the games postponed until next week.The confederation has not yet decided whether to play the final round of games which were scheduled for Sunday. It made no immediate official comment on Nepomuceno’s statement.
Nabha (Pb), Jun 25 (PTI) Punjab Forest Minister Sadhu Singh Dharmsot today announced that the government would take all steps necessary to promote the states traditional martial art, Gatka, in educational institutes.This ancient game inculcates moral ethics and virtuous abilities among children, and instills self-defence skills, he said.All efforts for promoting the traditional martial art, Gatka, in educational institutions will be taken, the minister said at a function organised by the National Gatka Association of India (NGAI) and its Punjab chapter here.Elaborating on the historic importance of the martial art in daily life, Dharmsot said Gatka has its eminence among other traditional sports and advised students to adopt it.Inspector General Police (Patiala Range) A S Rai spoke on the importance of Gatka in modern times and its rich inheritance.Gatka possesses incredible values which bonds children with our rich legacy, Rai said.Assuring all support to the NGAI, he hoped that with the concerted efforts of the associations, the ancient game would reach every corner of the world.NGAI president Harjeet Singh Grewal was also present at the event. PTI SUN ANB
Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy crashed out of Malaysia Open 2019 on Wednesday, while PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the second round.Saina, playing her first match since withdrawing from Swiss Open due to acute gastroenteritis, didn’t show the stomach for fight and went down to Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong 22-20, 15-21, 10-21 in 54 minutes in the women’s single match.Saina has played Chochuwong five times in the BWF tour. But Wednesday’s win was the Thai’s first over the Indian.In another women’s singles match, Sindhu faced some challenge from Japan’s Aya Ohori in the first game, but dominated the second game and defeated her 22-20, 21-12 in 38 minutes.In the men’s singles, Srikanth registered 21-18, 21-16 win over Indonesia’s Ihsan Maulana Mustofa in 38 minutes.Prannoy, however, crashed out after suffering 21-12, 16-21, 14-21 defeat against Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin.The journey of men’s doubles pair Manu Attri-B Sumeeth Reddy also ended as they lost their first round match.Also Read | PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth sail through to second round
U17 World Cup U-17 World Cup: Bhaichung Bhutia wants India to win the midfield battle Goal Last updated 2 years ago 07:01 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AIFF Media U17 World Cup Ghana U17 v India U17 India U17 Ghana U17 The former India skipper shared his thoughts on India’s performance at the Under-17 World Cup… Bhaichung Bhutia believes that it’s vital for the team to defend well against Ghana on Thursday evening but they mustn’t get into defensive mode altogether.“India had in the past played against both USA and Colombia but never against Ghana; in fact, not that much against African teams as much as we have played in Europe and Latin America.“Ghana are a very physical side and blessed with sublime skills of some individual players. India will have to defend like they have been doing as Ghana are a side which loves to attack right from the kick-off. But it’s important not to get into the defensive shell. In International Football it’s pertinent to strike the right balance, like we did against Colombia,” he wrote in a column. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Bhutia hailed the performance of right-back Boris Singh, who pretty much reminded Indian football fans of a certain Surkumar Singh.“Boris Singh coming back to the start XI was a big plus for India. He is fearless and as always, initiated a lot of moves in the last match. His understanding with Ninthoi has been superb. It all boils down to the four years spent at the AIFF Academy and Boris had a hand in all of India’s chances in the first-half,” he mentioned.However, the former India captain had a piece of advice for India Under-17 coach Luis Norton de Matos.“Personally, even as India have been compact at the back, I would like them to be closing down in the midfield much more. The rival midfielders have managed to maneuver in a bit of space and if you do that, you invite trouble.“It gives the game makers the liberty to regulate the game at their will and in today’s modern day football it’s a luxury. I am sure coach de Matos will be thinking on the same lines.”
zoom Indian port operator Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) has awarded a joint venture of Royal Boskalis Westminster and Jan De Nul with a USD 250 million contract for the deepening and widening of the access channel towards Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Mumbai.The works are scheduled to commence in the coming weeks and will be completed within two years, Boskalis said.The areas to be dredged include the 35.5 kilometers long access channel and various turning basins and anchorage areas. In total more than 40 million cubic meters of sand, silt, clay and rock will be removed, according to Boskalis.Jawaharlal Nehru Port is the largest container handling port in the country, covering around 55% of total container throughput of all Major Ports in India.Upon completion of the project, the port will be able to accommodate larger container vessels at its four terminals.Currently, the port can handle containerships with a draft of up to 15.2 meters.
OTTAWA – A Commons committee that spent over a year looking at economic barriers facing Canadian women has released a sweeping list of recommendations it believes could provide a path toward full equality for women.The standing committee on the status of women tabled its report Thursday following a 15-month study of women’s economic security.It found women’s employment and wage potential are being undermined in Canada by a wide variety of systemic and structural barriers, including bias, gender-based violence, the wage gap and a lack of adequate access to child care.The report includes 86 recommendations to government for changes, including a call for immediate implementation of federal pay equity legislation and for the government to request that all provincial and territorial labour ministers do the same.A number of recommendations also addressed the many factors that contribute to the wage gap between men and women.Measures that would help close the gap include more support for child care, especially in rural, remote and marginalized communities, the report said. It also maintained that more flexible child care options are needed for single parents and parents who work irregular hours and shift work.“Child care is a huge issue for women in being able to maintain their salaries as they’re working,” said Liberal MP Pam Damoff, one of the vice-chairs of the committee.“Allowing women to have high quality, affordable child care that suits their needs, which is something we’ve recommended … will allow them to continue to work and advance in their workplace.”NDP women’s equality critic Sheila Malcolmson, a committee co-chair, said witnesses described a vicious cycle of economic injustice that face women in Canada. She wants the government to act immediately to adopt the recommendations.The NDP also tabled a supplementary report with even more calls for change.“Women have been calling for such change for decades, it’s past time for government to step up and immediately implement the recommendations,” Malcolmson said.“We’ve got concrete measure that the government, if it implemented now, it would be putting its money where its mouth is, it would be walking its talk on feminism and the economy and women in our country would do better.”Other recommendations in the report include: more support and study to address barriers that exist for women in male-dominated, high-income sectors; gender equity provisions on all projects and programs that receive federal funding that, if violated, would result in loss of funding; more Crown investment in women’s entrepreneurship and more programs for the integration of female economic class immigrants.-Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.
Facebook Titans (DC Universe) Brenton Thwaites returns as the superhero Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Robin, who this season will face off against super-assassin Deathstroke, a.k.a. Slade Wilson, who will be played by new cast member Esai Morales. Drew Van Acker will also debut as Aqualad. READ MORE Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement ‘TITANS’ GETS SEASON 2 PREMIERE DATE ON DC UNIVERSE – COMIC-CONDC Universe’s Titans, the first original live-action series to launch on the subscription service, has set its Season 2 premiere date: Friday, September 6. It was unveiled Saturday at Comic-Con during the streamer’s two-hour event at the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront. READ MORETitans (DC Universe)TITANS SEASON 2 REVEALS FIRST LOOK AT AQUALAD AND DEATHSTROKETitans’ sophomore season is still a ways away from debuting, but the first look at two of the show’s most highly-anticipated characters. Footage from the show’s second season appears to have screened during DC Universe’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con, which provided the first looks at Deathstroke (Esai Morales) and Aqualad (Drew Van Acker). READ MORE‘TITANS’ SETS SEASON 2 LAUNCH DATE ON DC UNIVERSEDC Universe on Saturday announced a September 6 launch for the second season of its first live-action series, “Titans.” Advertisement
This is the first time journalists in the country have formulated such a code to guide media behaviour during elections, according to the UN Integrated Office for Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL).A national roundtable in Freetown on Friday, 16 March, brought together Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) delegates from all regions with high-level representatives from the UN, the National Electoral Commission, the Political Parties Registration Commission and civil society organizations to consolidate the findings from regional seminars in a final Electoral Code of Conduct for Media. The document was ratified and signed the following day by regional executive members of SLAJ, newspaper and magazine editors, radio and TV station managers at a signing ceremony attended by cabinet ministers, leaders of political parties, senior members of the National Electoral Commission, the Political Parties Registration Commission, the UN and diplomats, as well as activists of national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).The two-day event also attracted participants from across the country including traditional and religious leaders, civil society organizations, women and youth groups, trade unions, local councillors and members of the armed forces and police.The Executive Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and UN Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone, Victor Angelo, emphasized the historic importance for the entire sub-region of this decision by Sierra Leonean journalists to adhere to self-regulatory factual and objective reporting that should be matched by a strong personal and collective commitment to uphold and observe the principles set out in the Media Code of Conduct.“The United Nations is engaged in this process, because we recognize the maturity and professionalism of the journalists in the country,” Mr. Angelo said, reiterating the UN’s determination to ensure credible and transparent Presidential and Parliamentarian Elections set for 28 July.The Media Code of Conduct for the elections resulted from a collaborative effort between SLAJ, UNIOSIL and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The compliance of media with the Code is to be observed by a Monitoring and Refereeing Panel which will include members of SLAJ, the UN Country Team and other organizations.Alhaji I. B. Kargbo, President of SLAJ, said his Association’s formulation of a code of conduct is “part of a general goal to make sure that the elections do not get out of hand,” adding: “The media has a key role in the upcoming elections, especially in informing voters about the main messages of the political parties. Journalists will be most effective in assuring successful elections if their contributions are within a self-regulated framework.”In Sierra Leone the 2007 elections are widely regarded as a watershed in democratic development, because the country is still recovering from an 11-year long civil war. The Media Code of Conduct complements the Political Parties Code of Conduct which was a collaborative effort between the UN in Sierra Leone and the Political Parties Registration Commission. The Political Party Code of Conduct was signed by eight active political parties on 20 November 2006. 21 March 2007The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists, with assistance from the United Nations, the National Election Commission of Sierra Leone and other civil society groups has agreed on a media code of conduct to guide the electoral campaign leading to presidential and parliamentary elections set for this July.
Marking the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today underscored the importance of dialogue in consolidating tolerance. “By coming together around a shared vision of the history of the slave trade and slavery, we can build a shared history and lay the foundations of an intercultural dialogue that can deliver a universal message of knowledge and tolerance,” Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO’s Director-General, said in a message marking the Day. To this end, in 1994 the agency launched the Slave Route project which, among other aims, seeks to clarify the consequences and interactions resulting from the slave trade by drawing on “the diversity of memories, cultures and perceptions. Mr. Matsuura said that “such respect for the diversity of memories is a democratic requirement that should cater for social demand and be accompanied by the search for shared references.” This respect can be fostered through education, with textbooks and curricula including issues of remembrance linked to the slave trade’s history. “A lasting intercultural dialogue can only thrive in an interchange that is at peace with history and remembrance,” the UNESCO head noted. “To avoid making memory sacred in any way and ward off the devastating effects of competing memories, we must foster a researching and teaching of history that explains and induces understanding, reconstructs the plot of conflictive narratives, and provides silences with answers.” The International Day commemorates the uprising on 23 August 1791, when slaves of Santo Domingo in the Caribbean launched an insurrection which ultimately led to the Haitian revolution and promoted the cause of human rights. 23 August 2009Marking the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today underscored the importance of dialogue in consolidating tolerance.
11 August 2010A new report by the United Nations and Iraq cites progress by the country in areas such as reducing hunger and child mortality, as well as the need to greater efforts to boost primary school enrolment and improve access to safe water and sanitation. A new report by the United Nations and Iraq cites progress by the country in areas such as reducing hunger and child mortality, as well as the need to greater efforts to boost primary school enrolment and improve access to safe water and sanitation. They have agreed to step up efforts to address these issues by 2015, the target date for achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the poverty alleviation and social development objectives that include slashing extreme poverty, reducing maternal and child mortality rates and fighting diseases. “The Millennium Development Goals for Iraq contain a set of key milestones for achieving a better future for the country and its people,” said Christine McNab, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. “Supporting Iraq to achieve the MDGs is among the United Nations’ top priorities as this will ensure a better life for millions of Iraqis including those who will make Iraq’s future: the youth and the children,” she added. One of the report’s key points is that almost a quarter of Iraqis live in poverty, spending less than the equivalent of $2.20 per person per day. In addition, more than half of Iraqi children do not complete their primary education on time and, despite progress achieved in reducing child mortality, the country has the second highest rate in the region. The report, released late last week, is part of an outreach campaign launched by the UN and the Government to promote and raise awareness of the importance of the MDGs as part of the development efforts agreed upon in the 2011-2014 UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) signed in May. That plan targets five key areas: ensuring inclusive economic growth; environmental management; promoting good governance and protecting human rights; boosting access to basic services for all; and stepping up investment in women, youth and children. “Over the coming five years we will work closely with the Government of Iraq and key partners – including civil society, academia and the private sector – to promote the MDGs and raise awareness on the importance of achieving them in line with Iraq’s national priorities,” Ms. McNab stated.
Said Djinnit, the Special Representative of the Secretary General for West Africa, will meet with Interim President Sékouba Konaté and the two candidates in the presidential election run-off, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters. Guinea’s independent electoral authority, known as CENI, had cited technical difficulties when it postponed the ballot between Cellou Dalein Diallo and Alpha Condé, the two candidates with the highest number of votes in the first round of voting in June. Mr. Djinnit has warned that further delays could seriously undermine the transition process in Guinea. At least one person died earlier this month following clashes in the capital, Conakry, related to the election tensions, and Guinea has been plagued by misrule, dictatorships and coups since it gained independence in 1958. Following his visit to Conakry, the Special Representative will travel to Abuja, Nigeria, where he will meet on Thursday with the President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to discuss Guinea and other regional issues. 12 October 2010The top United Nations official in West Africa will travel to Guinea on Wednesday to extend the world body’s support to the efforts to create the conditions for a peaceful second round of presidential elections, which is now planned for 24 October.
14 February 2012The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is boosting its technical support to help rebuild Afghanistan’s dilapidated traditional irrigation systems, which have been neglected for decades owing to war and migration away from rural areas. The lack of efficient irrigation facilities has left many farmers without sufficient water for agriculture, including the production of wheat, the country’s main staple food crop, according to a news release issued by FAO.The Irrigation Restoration and Development Project seeks to help farmers increase crop production and improve the knowledge and skills that farmers need to run and maintain irrigation systems. “The irrigation systems had suffered over the past three decades, not only because of a lack of investment, but also because people were moving away from the rural areas, leaving no one to maintain the systems or transfer indigenous skills to the younger generation,” said Pasquale Steduto, head of FAO’s Water Development and Management Unit.“When there was a flood, for instance, there was no one to repair or clean up damaged canals or dams. So farmers in rural areas were not able to get enough water to cultivate their fields. As a result, they produced fewer crops,” he said.The project builds on experience gained from FAO’s implementation of the World Bank’s Emergency Irrigation Rehabilitation Project, which was completed in December last year.That emergency project strengthened the capacity of the project coordination unit within the Ministry of Energy and Water to plan and manage the rehabilitation of irrigation systems. The new six-year restoration and development project plans to follow up by designing and developing small storage dams, in addition to rehabilitating irrigation systems. It will also complete development of hydro-meteorological networks and services to monitor weather conditions, water flow and water quality issues, and will include training in operation and maintenance of the networks.FAO says that the rehabilitation of irrigation schemes around the country is expected to cover a total irrigated area of about 300,000 hectares, increase irrigated areas by about 15 per cent, lead to an increase in the crop yield of around 20 per cent, and benefit around 230,000 households.
OTTAWA — A familiar U.S. face is finally front and centre on the federal campaign trail: Donald Trump.The Liberals are invoking the American president’s name in a new advertisement aimed at shoring up the party’s bona fides with unions and blue-collar workers.The ad, christened “Fought Tooth and Nail” and narrated by Chrystia Freeland, boasts about how the governing party stood up to the famously mercurial Trump White House during last year’s marathon talks to update the North American trade pact.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has faced repeated criticism from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh over the government’s handling of the talks.Singh, meanwhile, travelled to the auto-sector suburb of Oshawa, Ont., to unveil some Trump-style protectionism of his own: a suite of measures to keep auto jobs in the country and encourage new-car buyers to spend their money on built-in-Canada cars and trucks.The NDP leader is also vowing to stand up to the U.S. president if he becomes prime minister.Scheer is scheduled to attend a campaign event this afternoon in the Ottawa suburb of Kanata, while Green party Leader Elizabeth May is back in her Vancouver Island riding to attend a fair.The Canadian Press
In a report to Secretary-General Kofi Annan for transmission to the General Assembly, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative on human rights defenders, Hina Jilani, says whereas she “recognizes that States can regulate freedom of association, she encourages them to adopt regimes of ‘declaration’ or ‘notification,’ whereby an organization is considered a legal entity as soon as it has notified its existence to the relevant administration by providing basic information.” Access to funds to defend human rights should be facilitated by the law, even if the sources are foreign, she says. “No restrictions should be imposed on the types of activities that human rights defenders carry out in the defence of human rights, provided they respect the principle of transparency and non-violence,” she says, including furthering democratic rights, advocating constitutional reforms and government accountability and publicizing opinions and facts critical of government policies and actions.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 3, 2015 2:56 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,133.85, down 130.20 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace and transportation. Down two cents, or 0.82 per cent, to $2.41 on 10.9 million shares.Black Iron Inc. (TSX:BKI). Miner. Down 1.5 cents, or 33.33 per cent, to three cents on 7.3 million shares.Ram Power Corp. (TSX:RPG). Utilities. Unchanged at half-a-cent on 5.7 million shares.Legacy Oil + Gas Inc. (TSX:LEG). Oil and gas. Up four cents, or 2.04 per cent, to $2 on 4.03 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Unchanged at $2.07 on 3.9 million shares.BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Down 18 cents, or 1.30 per cent, to $13.69 on 3.8 million shares. The company unveiled its latest smartphone at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, offering a look at the first of four new smartphones it plans to release this year. Chief executive John Chen said the BlackBerry Leap will cater to the “low-to-mid” range phone market, and will go on sale in Europe in April.Companies reporting major news:Scotiabank (TSX:BNS). Bank. Down $1.15, or 1.72 per cent, to $65.78 on 2.4 million shares. Scotiabank, the last of the big five Canadian banks to report first-quarter results, said net earnings were $1.73 billion, up from $1.71 billion in the comparable year-earlier period. Adjusted earnings were $1.36 per share, two cents lower than analysts predicted. Chief executive Brian Porter said it is looking to grow its operations in Mexico, a region that’s expected to benefit from the U.S. economic recovery.
Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have challenged the retired judge heading the inquiry into the disaster at an impassioned meeting.Residents met with Sir Martin Moore-Bick, who is heading the panel, on Monday evening in a consultation designed to let them air their views on what they want the investigation to examine.But the crowd made it clear they have little confidence in the inquiry. One local resident drew applause and cheers as she said: “You do not have our confidence, you do not represent us and you do not look like any of us.”Another local, one of the first members of public to speak said: “I don’t think you are going to do us justice.”I’m just watching you here. We need someone who’s real.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. He replied: “We are talking about the same thing. We are going to investigate and find the facts in relation to the whole course of events.”And we will do that in a way that means we will get to the bottom of that.”He promised the room that the role of building regulations, the specification of the cladding and insulation, the tower’s gas pipes and the role of supervision of works carried out would also be investigated.Residents echoed concerns voiced at the last meeting with Sir Martin – that the inquiry team should better reflect the “diversity” of those on the west London estate.At least 80 people died after the fire ripped through the 24-storey tower block in north Kensington, with many of those affected being from BME (black and minority ethnic) backgrounds.Sir Martin was flanked by his inquiry team including QCs Richard Millett, Bernard Richmond and Kate Grange, inquiry secretary Mark Fisher and a female junior barrister. His comments prompted applause from the hundreds gathered in the room inside Notting Hill Community Church on Tuesday evening.He continued: “We need justice and we need it fast, and we don’t need someone who is going to play around for six weeks.”Six weeks people have had to wait for this and you are only just looking into this now?”During his initial address to the room, Sir Martin promised the inquiry would consider the design and construction of the tower, as well as the decisions that were taken in light of recent works done to the tower. Referencing the make-up of the panel, a woman said: “Look at us. Where is that reflected in you?”Who are you going to put on the panel to inject trust and confidence?”, she asked.Shouting broke out periodically over whether people other than survivors should be able to take the microphone and address the room. He confirmed that the issue of deregulation would be looked at by the inquiry.The meeting was brought to an end just before 9pm, although many local community members had already left their seats.Of the multiple suggestions for more diversity in his panel, Sir Martin told reporters afterwards: “I’m certainly going to give consideration.”Asked if he felt his team could deliver justice, he said: “If by justice, you mean getting to the facts, yes.”Calls of “Do the right thing, judge” and “Resign” were shouted at the inquiry head as he left the church. Further yells of “answer the question” were directed at the inquiry head whenever one member of the public finished speaking and a microphone was passed to another.Responding to appeals for people to be brought to justice, he said: “An inquiry is designed to find out what happened.”I have no power to do anything in relation to criminal responsibility.” Several people in told the former judge he should be mindful of his choice of language and do more than just “consider” these issues. Residents gathered to speak with Sir Martin Moore-Bick (centre) at Notting Hill Methodist Church Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA
Updated 4.28pmTWO PEOPLE HAVE been arrested by British police after three “highly traumatised” women were discovered at a house in London, where they said they were held against their will for more than 30 years.One of the women is a 57-year-old Irish woman, who has not been identified. The other two women are a 69-year-old Malaysian woman and a 30-year-old British woman. Police said they do not believe any of the women are related to each other.They are also not sure if the 30-year-old was born in the house but understand she has been in servitude for her entire life.The Met Police in London said in a statement that they were alerted after a charity contacted police to say they had received a phone call from a woman saying she had been held against her will in south London for three decades.Police began an investigation and with the help of the charity, rescued the three woman from the house which is located in Lambeth Borough.A 67-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman were arrested as part of the investigation into slavery and domestic servitude and have been taken to a south London police station.Police said all three women were taken to a place of safety where they remain.Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland from the Metropolitan Police’s Human Trafficking Unit praised the work of the charity involved.“We have launched an extensive investigation to establish the facts surrounding these very serious allegations,” he said.He outlined that a television documentary on forced marriages relating to the work of Freedom Charity – the charity in question – had been the catalyst which had prompted one of the victims to call for help.Lambeth in South London. Image: Google MapsSpeaking at a press conference this afternoon, Hyland said that while his unit has seen cases where people have been held for up to 10 years, they have not seen “anything of this magnitude before”.“This is the first time we have come across people who have been held for such a considerable length of time.”The discrepancies between the times of the rescues and the arrests occurred because detectives were working “sensitively to establish facts”, he explained.Hyland told reporters that the women had some “controlled freedom” but the 30-year-old had spent her entire life in the house.“We believe that she, and the others, had limited freedom. We will continue to speak to the victims to ascertain what this ascertained.”Founder of the Freedom Charity, Aneeta Prem, told Sky News earlier today that it was the Irish woman that telephoned the helpline after seeing the television report.“I think all of them saw me on the news and made a decision because of the name of the charity and because they had seen me on TV – that gave them the courage to make that phone call,” she saidFirst published at 2.46pm; additional reporting by Sinéad O’Carroll
Le koala devient une espèce vulnérable en AustralieCe lundi 30 avril, le koala a rejoint la liste des espèces vulnérables à protéger dans plusieurs régions d’Australie, pays dont il est l’un des emblèmes. Victime du déploiement des villes, l’espèce endémique a vu sa population considérablement diminuer depuis les années 1920.Le koala, animal emblématique et endémique australien, a été classé ce lundi 30 avril parmi les espèces vulnérables du pays. Cette catégorie précède celle des espèces “en danger” dans la liste de l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN). Menacé par l’urbanisation, le koala sera ainsi protégé dans plusieurs régions d’Australie.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Le koala est l’emblème de l’Australie et il tient une place à part dans notre pays”, a rappelé le ministre de l’Environnement Tony Burke, cité par l’AFP, au moment de l’annonce de cette mesure de protection. Celle-ci concerne les populations de koalas des provinces de Nouvelle-Galles du Sud, du Queensland et de l’Australian Capital Territory, situées à l’est et au sud-est de l’île.En 1788, avant que les colons britanniques n’investissent l’Australie, l’espèce comptait des millions d’individus. Mais à partir des années 1920, leur fourrure épaisse est devenue très prisée, et les koalas ont été victimes d’un véritable massacre. Si cette chasse massive a pris fin sous la pression de la population, ce sont aujourd’hui le développement des villes, le trafic automobile et les chiens domestiques qui menacent la survie du petit marsupial.La population de koalas est à ce jour réduite à quelques centaines de milliers d’animaux d’après les estimations les plus optimistes. D’autres affirment qu’elle ne compte plus que 40.000 individus. Toutefois, dans certaines provinces, comme celle de Victoria et de South Australia, les marsupiaux demeurent trop nombreux et leur population “doitêtrecontrôlée”, a souligné Tony Burke.Le 30 avril 2012 à 16:19 • Maxime Lambert