The Ranchi High Court on Friday extended the provisional bail granted to former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad by another six weeks on medical grounds.While hearing the fodder scam cases related to fraudulent withdrawal of money from Chaibasa, Deogarh and Dumka treasuries, Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh extended the relief. After being convicted in four fodder scam cases, Mr. Prasad was lodged in the Birsa Munda central jail of Ranchi. However, now out on provisional bail, he is undergoing treatment in a Mumbai hospital after an operation last Sunday. Supreme Court lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi, who represented Mr. Prasad, told the court that he has been suffering from fistula, is a chronic diabetic and requires time to recover post-operation. “Today [Friday] the court fixed the next date of hearing on August 10 and we’ve to submit Mr. Prasad’s latest medical report on August 3,” counsel Chitranjan Sinha told local journalists in Ranchi.
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Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side While De Ocampo is leaving his longtime team, he is joining a familiar face on the Bolts bench—at least for the remainder of the PBA Governors’ Cup.“He and I have built a great friendship thru all our battles together both with TNT and Gilas, so I’m looking forward to having him around,” his former longtime teammate Jimmy Alapag told INQUIRER.net.“I feel he’s one of the best forwards to ever play in the PBA and an absolute winner who brings championship experience and leadership to the team,” added Alapag, who is an assistant coach for the Bolts but was tapped to call the shots for Alab Pilipinas in the Asean Basketball League.TNT veteran Harvey Carey, one of the last remaining players who suited up during Chot Reyes’ stint as coach, summed up de Ocampo as a “warrior” in his farewell message.“1 word describes @jutaca33: WARRIOR. Times may change but what was accomplished cannot be erased. Good luck tol,” Carey said on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games His departure has left his teammates and coaches in TNT emotional, as they took to social media to thank De Ocampo and wish him luck.“Countless unforgettable moments [Ranidel] through the years. Always a champion on and off the court. He will bring that winning attitude and find success wherever he goes. [I’m so impressed with this person. Thanks for everything, Del]! It will be weird to not see you in practice anymore,” TNT assistant coach Josh Reyes posted on his Instagram.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We are thankful for Ranidel’s service and sacrifice for TNT for the last 10 years. Built good relationships and memories along the way. He will surely be missed,” TNT head coach Nash Racela said in a text message to INQUIRER.net.The 35-year-old de Ocampo was the Finals MVP in two of those title runs with Talk ‘N Text, bagging the award in the 2013 Philippine Cup and 2015 Commissioner’s Cup. LATEST STORIES MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Even KaTropa rookie Roger Pogoy spoke of how valuable de Ocampo was to his young PBA career despite just spending nearly a full season as his teammate.“Kuya @jutaca33, I will never forget all your advices, both for the basketball and life. Salamat kuya,” Pogoy wrote on his Twitter account.The 13-year veteran played his first four years in the league as a member of the defunct Air21 Express and would likely end his career with Meralco but Talk ‘N Text will always be his team.He expressed his affection to the franchise moments after he got traded as he posted a team photo with the words, “Will always be my family.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ranidel de Ocampo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRanidel de Ocampo is not only a great player, he’s a class act as well as his former TNT coaches and teammates offered nothing but praise for the versatile forward.De Ocampo was traded to Meralco on Monday in a three-team deal, ending a nine-year stint with the Talk ‘N Text franchise that won six PBA titles during that stretch.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Despite training woes, Medina vows to give best for PH in ASEAN Para Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments
Novak Djokovic on Wednesday became the first player in tennis history to earn more than US$100 million in prize money. Djokovic achieved the milestone when he advanced to the quarter-finals of the French Open with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-5 win against No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain. (Latest Tennis stories)Djokovic, who began with US$99,673,404 at the French Open, earned a further US$327,471 in prize money as a result of reaching the last eight, according to ATP World Tour. Aiming to win a fourth consecutive major trophy and complete a career Grand Slam, top seed Djokovic needed only 71 minutes to finish off the game. The match was suspended because of rain on Tuesday, with the world No.1 leading 4-1 in the third set. (Serena storms into quarters)He needed only seven minutes of action to claim that set when they resumed, taking the first two games played on Wednesday.After completing the victory, Djokovic played to the crowd at Court Philippe Chatrier, first cajoling a ball boy to join him in bowing for the spectators, then donning a yellow rain hat handed to him by Fabrice Santoro, a former player who conducted the post-match interview.Because rain created a compressed schedule, Djokovic will be on court for a third day in a row on Thursday.(With AP inputs)
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on during the second quarter against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium on November 12, 2016 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Urban Meyer remains on paid administrative leave at Ohio State, but several Buckeyes fans showed up to the north end of Ohio Stadium this evening to show support for their national title-winning head coach.An “Urban Meyer rally” was planned a couple of days ago by an Ohio State fan who goes by “Tennessee Jeff.” Details for the rally have gone viral on social media and dozens of Buckeyes fans showed up tonight.Photos of the rally are going viral on social media.ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit tweeted a message for the Ohio State fans that are there.“Ummmm…..excuse me, woman to the right in the shades..Brett McMurphy, who broke the story, doesn’t work for ESPN,” he tweeted.Ohhh boyyy. Ummmm…..excuse me, woman to the right in the shades..Brett McMurphy, who broke the story, doesn’t work for ESPN. https://t.co/9XLGwcGo4K— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 6, 2018There aren’t that many Ohio State fans in attendance, but there is a notable one: the father of former star running back Ezekiel Elliott.Stacy Elliott had tweeted at the event’s organizer, saying he wanted to show up.@TennesseeJeff1 let me know when is the rally? I want to be there!!! #GoBucks— Ambassador Elliott (@stacy_elliott) August 4, 2018Elliott previously said that they stand with Meyer.Nothing has changed We stand with @OSUCoachMeyer #GoBucks !! pic.twitter.com/6sbyVnp631— Ambassador Elliott (@stacy_elliott) August 3, 2018So, he showed up tonight:Ezekiel Elliott’s father, Stacy, among the attendees at today’s rally to support Urban Meyer outside Ohio Stadium. pic.twitter.com/c6zRqbCNIc— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 6, 2018Ohio State, meanwhile, said on Sunday night that the investigation into Urban Meyer should be completed within two weeks. He went on paid administrative leave last Wednesday night.
Immigrants can help Nova Scotia businesses remain competitive. This was the message Immigration Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson delivered recently to Pictou County business leaders. The leaders gathered in Stellarton on Tuesday, Feb. 6, to hear about the benefits of immigration and to engage in a dialogue about potential barriers to hiring immigrants and to identify ways for overcoming these barriers. “Nova Scotia’s growing economy requires that we have a more diverse workforce,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. “Businesses that are looking to expand into worldwide markets will also benefit from having employees who have lived and worked in those places.” “Businesses are losing access to qualified workers as more and more residents head out west with their families,” said Jim MacConnell, chair of the Stellarton session. “Immigration is one means of addressing the shortfall.” Immigration can hold many benefits for companies. Newcomers provide exposure to other cultures and opportunities to gain access to international markets and learn other ways of doing business and business thinking. Most importantly, immigrants can also address a business’s need for skilled workers. “Since 2003, we have seen a 75 per cent increase in the number of immigrants moving to Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. “While attracting more newcomers remains a priority, we must be able to keep them here. The primary reason why immigrants leave Nova Scotia is to find meaningful work.” The Stellarton forum was one of eight the immigration minister will host across the province in February.
Premier Darrell Dexter acted today, Dec. 2, to protect about 2,000 jobs affiliated with the Bowater Mersey pulp and paper mill in Queens County with a provincial investment in energy, innovation and productivity improvements at the facility. The investment is part of a larger effort to support the Liverpool mill and its workers, and will give the facility a new lease on life, the premier said. “I want to thank all those involved for their hard work and commitment to find an acceptable solution to this incredibly difficult situation,” said Premier Dexter. “This mill is a major employer on the South Shore, and throughout southwest Nova Scotia. If it closed permanently, it would be a devastating blow not only to the hundreds of workers and their families, but to the economy of the surrounding area and the entire province.” The investment includes a $25-million capital loan through the Nova Scotia Jobs Fund for a long-fibre refining project, which will reduce electricity consumption at the mill. The loan will also be used to build a topping turbine at the nearby Brooklyn Energy Power Plant, to produce additional renewable electricity. “We’re pleased to move forward and improve the competitive position of our paper mill in Nova Scotia,” said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer of Resolute Forest Products. “Today’s announcement would not have been possible without the hard work and determination of so many. In particular, I would like to recognize our employees for their willingness to bring important savings to the table, as well as the leadership of Premier Dexter and the quick response by his government. “Today’s developments demonstrate how much can be accomplished in a short period of time when parties are committed and work in a spirit of collaboration.” As part of its multi-million-dollar plan, the province has agreed to buy 25,000 acres of company-owned land, some of which may be used toward the province’s goal of 12 per cent protected lands by 2015. The total price of the land purchase is $23.7 million. Bowater Mersey will use those proceeds to help enhance the long-term sustainability of the paper mill. The land purchase will be finalized by March 31. The company has agreed to allow public access to some of its land, as requested by the province. The agreement also provides a five-year option to purchase an additional 50,000 acres of company-owned land. The agreement includes $1.5 million for workforce training through the Productivity Investment Program, part of jobsHere, the province’s plan for economic growth. This investment allows employees to upgrade their skills between 2012 and 2014, as a result of capital improvements to the mill. “It’s important to note that we would never have gotten to this point if the company hadn’t agreed to reconsider its position and work with the province on an alternative to closing down the mill,” said Premier Dexter. “I’m pleased that the company was able to turn a corner and is now recognizing what the province has known all along – that this mill can be a viable operation.” Further details of support for the mill include a new agreement with the union, a tax break from the Municipality of Queens and contributions from the Port of Halifax and Nova Scotia Power. Last month, employees at the mill voted 104-97 in favour of accepting concessions from the company, including layoffs, in an effort to try to keep the mill operating. “Our local members took the first step and made a very tough decision regarding their contract and manning levels,” said Charles Shewfelt, vice-president of the CEP, Atlantic Region. “It is good news that the government has been able to take the next step to give the mill a viable future.” “Everyone has a part to play in saving the Bowater mill,” the premier said. “People recognized that and stepped up to the plate. The province’s support is just one piece of the puzzle. This is a smart investment that protects thousands of rural jobs and helps keep a major player in the manufacturing and pulp and paper sector here in Nova Scotia for years to come.” The company has agreed to work with the province to explore further innovative measures to provide long-term, economically viable opportunities that support the mill and the local economy. This support is being provided to the pulp and paper mill alone, and is consistent with the softwood lumber agreement. Bowater Mersey is restructuring its separate Oakhill mill lumber operations to ensure that none of this support benefits softwood lumber production. The premier will soon introduce legislation supporting the province’s investment in the mill and its workers.
Lucknow: The Lucknow schedule of Kartik Aaryan-starrer Pati Patni Aur Woh was concluded on September 7. And, now the star cast has returned to Mumbai. Director Mudassar Aziz’s upcoming romantic-comedy Pati Patni Aur Woh, which is a remake of the famous filmmaker B R Chopra’s classic of the same name (1978), also stars Bhumi Pednekar and Ananya Panday as female leads alongside Kartik. A lot of pictures are doing the rounds on the Internet lately, in which the whole cast and crew is seen celebrating the completion of the film’s schedule in Lucknow. While shooting in the city of Nawabs, Kartik had shared several photographs – from enjoying Lucknow’s cuisines to spending time in the streets. In one of the images, Kartik can be seen enjoying mouth-watering Lucknowi parathas and chhole sitting in an auto-rickshaw. The films will release on December 6.
LA MALBAIE, Que. – Hundreds of locals from the small mountainous town that will soon host the annual G7 summit gathered Wednesday night to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who helped choose their region for the global event.Trudeau held babies, kissed women and took many photos with residents for the better part of an hour on the grassy field of a sports centre in La Malbaie, Que., 140 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.“I kissed him on both cheeks,” said Michele Dufour, 66.“I know him very well,” she said of the prime minister. “Well, you know, I know him through the evening news and other stuff. We are all very interested in him.”The G7 summit, a yearly gathering of the seven countries that represent the majority of global wealth, takes place June 8-9 at La Malbaie’s Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu hotel.In addition to Trudeau, the leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Italy and Germany, as well as other dignitaries, are scheduled to participate.La Malbaie Mayor Michel Couturier briefly introduced Trudeau, who spoke for less than five minutes before diving into the crowd of admirers who had chowed down on hot dogs and salad beforehand, paid for by the city and the federal government.“This wasn’t really to talk about the G7,” said Couturier. “We are two weeks away and everyone is ready. (Trudeau) wanted to come here and thank everyone who is taking part in the process.”The process is extensive. The hotel itself has turned into a fenced-in fortress and people are expecting traffic jams and checkpoints in and around the town of 8,000 people.“I think everyone is going to be very protected,” said Fleurette Tremblay, 81. “We’re already seeing security agents everywhere.”Her husband, Camille Tremblay, said he’s not worried about protesters or any other disturbances that could accompany the event.The prime minister is scheduled to meet stakeholders in the region Thursday morning, followed by an interview session with local journalists. He’ll meet the G7 sherpas — the people tasked with representing their respective G7 countries for the summit — in the early afternoon before heading to Toronto.Trudeau spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday ahead of his visit to La Malbaie, in which they both emphasized the importance of G7 collaboration on global security issues, including North Korea.Trudeau’s office says the two leaders also discussed priorities for the summit, including the economy, job creation and growing the middle class, and the protection of oceans and the environment.Canada holds the G7 presidency this year, making it responsible for hosting the annual summit as well as four sets of ministerial meetings across the country.Russia used to be a member of the exclusive group — when it was called the G8 — but the country was kicked out in 2014 after President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea.Not all locals wanted to get Trudeau’s attention for photos Wednesday night.Giannina-Mercier Gouin, 57, said she was bothered by the fact the federal government budgeted $600 million for G7-related events in 2018, while the seasonal workers of the region can’t get enough unemployment benefits.She said she asked Trudeau whether he was embarrassed how much the government was spending while people were left in a “black hole” when their unemployment checks run out before their seasonal job returns.Gouin’s said his answer wasn’t satisfactory.“Well I certainly didn’t come here for a selfie,” Gouin said. “I have nothing against him, but that wasn’t the point of me coming.”
APTN National NewsNunavut saw a second territory-wide protest over high food prices this week.As APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll found out, no matter the size or location of their community, people took to the streets with one message: Food in Nunavut is too expensive.
The Canadian Press WINNIPEG—An archive housing the national memory of residential schools is set to open its doors, but must balance concerns from survivors with educating the public about one of the darkest chapters in Canadian history.The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba will house millions of records collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The records _ some of which were sealed for decades _ include everything from school inspection reports to heartbreaking testimony from survivors who detailed graphic accounts of sexual and physical abuse.For survivors from across the country who have met with centre director Ry Moran, the archive is deeply personal and threatens to revictimize them if it isn’t handled carefully.Survivors who testified before the commission were allowed to dictate what part of their stories they wanted to be part of the public record. But government and church records in the archive contain personal medical information, racist language, details about family relationships and the names of survivors and their family members.“While we have a very pressing and very real mandate to make as much of the collection available as possible, we’re also being told to do no harm in the release of the information and do things in as respectful a way as possible,” Moran said in an interview.“What we’re hearing from survivors is, ‘We want Canadians to know what it was like for us in those schools, but we don’t necessarily want Canadians to have access to all of our personal, intimate details.’”About 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children were taken from their families and forced to attend the government schools over much of the last century in a bid to “take the Indian out of the child.”The last school closed outside Regina in 1996.The $60-million commission was part of a landmark compensation deal between Ottawa, the Crown and residential school survivors. It visited hundreds of communities and heard testimony from 7,000 survivors.The archive’s opening ceremonies are to be held next Tuesday and Wednesday. At the beginning, Moran said, the centre will be cautious about what records are publicly available.Public access may change over time but, for now, the wound of residential schools is still very raw, Moran said.“These, in many ways, are their records first, and it’s time to put them in the driver’s seat in terms of what happens with this material. For so long, they weren’t in the driver’s seat. It was disclosed by government agencies or not. It was locked up by the church archive or not.”Commissioner Marie Wilson said the centre’s goal is to further reconciliation—something that “can’t happen in sealed vaults.”She said there is no rush to immediately disclose all the commission’s government or church records. Names can eventually be redacted from government documents and the testimony from survivors will speak for itself.“Repeatedly, people say the most compelling part of all was hearing first-hand from survivors,” Wilson said. “We’ve got 7,000 statements. There is plenty there to satisfy the appetite of people just beginning to learn about all this.”Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson, who represents northern Manitoba First Nations, said centre is an important part of the journey toward healing. But it will take time and care must be taken not to revictimize survivors.“There is healing in looking at atrocities right in the face and then moving past it,” said North Wilson, whose mother went to a residential school. “I hope that this will help a lot of people heal.”
NICOSIA, Cyprus — The chief of the Cyprus Association of Banks say Cypriot lenders are concerned that their adoption of some of the toughest anti-money laundering regulations in the world has not been fully recognized abroad.Association Director Michalis Kammas told The Associated Press Monday that banks are challenging “outdated perceptions” and are working to raise awareness about reform efforts.Kammas says more rigorous supervision and directives have led to the closure of a “significant number” of bank accounts since 2014.Prior to a 2013 banking sector crisis that brought Cyprus to the brink of bankruptcy, the east Mediterranean island nation, which is a member of the European Union, was hounded by allegations that it was a tax and money laundering haven.The Associated Press
Washington D.C. – Examples of Royal Air Maroc (Morocco’s national airline known as RAM) bad service and management incompetence have been in stark display at New York’s JFK airport.Videos of desperate and angry travelers stranded in the American airport continue to surface on social media hurting not only the image of RAM, but the reputation of Morocco as a tourist destination. Yet, neither the pleas of frantic customers nor the embarrassment and humiliation this “national” airline has brought to the country have moved a company official into action. RAM is now a national disgrace on the international scene.Will this incident be the breaking point that would compel the “power to be” shielding the company’s CEO from accountability to act and help save face? For now this will remain an open ended question. As the news speared around the airport that RAM flight number AT 203, scheduled to take off last Thursday from JFK to Casablanca, was canceled, protesters (AKA RAM customers who paid exorbitant amount for their tickets to Morocco) went into a frenzy looking for company representatives who were nowhere to be found.As it became clear that the flight will not make it in time for the passengers to celebrate Al-Eid (a Muslim holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan) with family and friends, some went into a riot mode making so much racket and commotions at the international airport that the police had to intervene to calm furious customers.This was not a flight delay but rather numerous cancelations of flights with little or no notice and no clear explanations. As seen on many videos, Moroccan and American travelers were anxiously looking for airline officials to get information but to no avail. Flyers paying $1500 a ticket were left rotting at the airport with no information or guidance in violation of American Federal law.RAM is not only inconveniencing customers who paid high prices for their tickets but rather relegating its duties under the Warsaw Convention, “an international convention which regulates liability for international carriage of persons, luggage, or goods performed by aircraft for reward”. In fact, U.S. and Moroccan consumers have every right to file a complaint.Videos of such incidents should alone lead to the resignations of some RAM officials. Yet, as we have seen in the past this shameful images will not lead to any changes to the organization’s irresponsible leadership or adjustments in the cavalier attitudes of some of the company’s employees. In short, RAM does not care.Regardless of whether or not we fly Royal Air Maroc, the way this airline has handled its customers should be of a concern to the flying public. While I seldom fly RAM, the actions and behaviors of the national airline is a reflection on the nation and thus is a source of apprehension to me and to other Moroccans. Many of the unfortunate RAM customers who “willingly or unwillingly” fly the airline have few alternatives and hence need the support and the indignations of all of us.Most of RAM customers got used to a degraded service over the years. In recent years, Moroccans and foreigners have endured frequent broken-down planes and snappier gate agents and flight attendants. However, the recent carelessness of the Moroccan national airline at JFK has pushed its customers to unprecedented indignation and outrage. Leaving dozens of travelers stranded in an airport for days is indeed a major blow to the image of Morocco.If history is a judge, the JFK fiasco will have no impact on the culture of indifference and bad service plaguing RAM. Moroccans and visitors will have to suffer RAM or take longer flight to visit the Kingdom.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permissionThe views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy
Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch spoke at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) on Saturday in Berlin about the potential of digitizing Moroccan agriculture.Akhannouch said Morocco has made progress, including using satellite imagery, the internet, and mobile phones in agriculture. Morocco’s agricultural products are sold in France and elsewhere but “Morocco should double down on efforts to promote them in the demanding German market,” he added.Read Also: European Parliament Passes EU-Morocco Agriculture AgreementAgriculture digitization is a priority in the Ministry of Agriculture’s strategy, he said, citing the 2017 World Bank study on farming digitization in Morocco as supporting this trend. Fruits and vegetables make up 90% of Moroccan agricultural exports, according to the agriculture ministry. The European Parliament passed the EU-Morocco agriculture agreement on January 16. Read Also: El Othmani: EU-Morocco Agriculture Agreement Required Intense EffortsThe 11th GFFA took place in Berlin from January 17 to 19 and discussed the subject “Agriculture goes digital – Smart solutions for future farming.”
TORONTO — The International Monetary Fund has raised its estimate for Canada’s economic growth rate for this year and 2018, putting it at or near the top of the heap among advanced economies.The Washington-based IMF is now estimating Canada’s gross domestic product for 2017 will be 3.0 per cent — half a percentage point higher than its July estimate.That would put Canada ahead of all the other Group of Seven countries, with the United States coming second at 2.2 per cent growth from last year.The IMF’s world economic outlook is similar to estimates issued last month by the Paris-based OECD, which also said Canada would top the G7 countries this year.The International Monetary Fund says Canada’s pickup in growth reflects reduced drag from lower oil and gas prices with assistance from government spending and central bank policies.It expects next year’s Canadian year-over-year growth rate will slow to 2.1 per cent in 2018, but that’s still 0.2 per cent above the IMF’s July update and second-highest among the G7 behind the United States at 2.3 per cent.The IMF also raised its estimate for world economic growth this year by one-tenth of a point to 3.6 per cent.
(Report by Indika Sri Aravinda for the Colombo Gazette) The family home of First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa located in Mount Lavinia, which is occupied by a relative, was robbed, police sources told the Colombo Gazette.According to the police no one was in the house at the time thieves had broken in and stolen over Rs. 10 million worth of items. The police said that a relative of the First Lady, Sri Lankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickramasinghe, is residing at the house but he was away at the time of the robbery. Finger prints have been taken from the house following the robbery and the Mount Lavinia police have launched a special investigation.A separate team has also been appointed to probe the incident, police sources told the Colombo Gazette. Initial investigations revealed that jewelry and foreign currency worth over Rs. 4 million had been stolen by the thieves.
Former Deputy Minister Arundika Fernando crossed over to the opposition benches in Parliament today.President Maithripala Sirisena had recently sacked Fernando from his post of Deputy Tourism Minister. Arundika Fernando has in recent times had a very close association with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)
In a statement issued late this afternoon, the 15-member Council “strongly encouraged” all participants of the Libyan Political Dialogue “to positively consider” the proposals contained in the fourth draft of the political agreement which emerged from the most recent round of talks held in Morocco from 8 to 9 June.“The members of the Security Council reiterated that there can be no military solution to the crisis in Libya and that reaching a Political Agreement leading to the formation of a Government of National Accord is critical to ending Libya’s political, security and institutional crises, and to confront the rising threat of terrorism,” the statement continued.Delegations represented in the Libyan political talks recently met in Germany’s capital for UN-led discussions hosted with senior officials from a number of States, including the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom. According to UN Special Representative on Libya, Bernardino León, who was in attendance, the meeting saw representatives of the five permanent members of the Security Council send a “very strong message” of unity and support to Libya and its parties. That broad message of support was echoed in today’s statement which said the Council welcomed the efforts made by all participants of the political dialogue and of the other tracks of the peace process, including civil society contributions, local-level ceasefires, prisoner exchanges, and the return of internally displaced persons.In addition, the UN body noted it was prepared to sanction those who continue to threaten Libya’s peace, stability and security while reaffirming their strong commitment to the North African country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Meanwhile, UN spokesperson Farhan Haq reported today that Mr. León continues to engage with the Libyan parties on the agreement he put forward for their consideration on 8 June. “Discussions are continuing, and we were pleased to see that Tripoli has favourably responded to the agreement. We expect the same from the parliament in Tobruk in the coming days,” he said, adding that as the UN Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has made clear, the agreement offers the best chance for Libya to overcome the current crisis and set a path forward for the remainder of the transition that is consistent with the goals of the 2011 revolution.
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POLITICAL PARTIES HAVE already begun to select their candidates for the local elections this year, with many independent candidates throwing their hat in the ring ahead of the upcoming local elections in May.Local GovernmentThere has been radical reform announced for local government over the last year, with new local election boundaries announced last year, meaning counties will have roughly one councillor for every 4,830 people, with one additional councillor for every town council being merged into the counties – subject to a maximum of four.In light of the wheels getting in motion for May, we want to know in today’s poll: Do you plan to vote in the local elections? Yes (1402) Poll Results: No (1794) I don’t know (399) I can’t vote (198) YesNoI don’t knowI can’t voteVote