India-Canada ties were strong in 2017 despite some irritants

first_imgAt the annual Diwali gala organised by the Canada-India Business Council (C-IBC) in Toronto in October, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “One of the reasons we are such good friends, Canada and India, is that we are the two largest democracies in the world – one by population and one by size.”Those words, he went on, were borrowed from a person with a facility for crafting lines – Vikas Swarup, author of the novel Q&A which became the basis for the multiple Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Swarup, of course, is also India’s high commissioner to Ottawa.A formal announcement of Trudeau’s visit to India in February is not out yet, but Kasi Rao, president and CEO of C-IBC, said prime ministerial visits “bring a great sense of movement, both in terms of confluence and in convergence.”Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img read more

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Clippers handle Griffin, Pistons

first_imgPistons: Visit the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding After the game, Griffin headed straight toward the locker room and did not stick around to commiserate on the court.BIG MENAndre Drummond of the Pistons and DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers came into the game ranked 1-2 in the NBA in rebounding. They matched each other with 17 rebounds apiece.TIP-INSClippers: G Milos Teodosic (right foot) missed the game. … Los Angeles has won 11 of its last 15.Pistons: Jameer Nelson and James Ennis, who were acquired in trades Thursday, did not play. Ennis was not able to make it to Detroit because of snowy weather in Michigan.UP NEXTClippers: Visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Korver drops 30, James posts triple-double as Cavs top Hawks 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Detroit had won five in a row, with Griffin playing in four of those games.Tobias Harris scored 12 points and Avery Bradley had 10. They were the key players the Clippers acquired in last week’s deal that sent Griffin to Detroit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAustin Rivers scored 16 points for Los Angeles in his first game back from a right ankle injury.Bradley and especially Harris received ovations from the Detroit crowd when they were introduced in the starting lineup, but when the teams came out for the opening tip, there wasn’t anything too unusual in terms of pregame greetings. In fact, Griffin and Bradley were hit with simultaneous technical fouls in the first quarter after battling for rebounding position. AFP official booed out of forum View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) blocks a shot by Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Lou Williams scored 26 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers handed former teammate Blake Griffin his first loss with Detroit, beating the Pistons 108-95 on Friday night.It was a bit of an off night for Griffin, who scored 19 points but shot 7 of 19 from the field. The whole Detroit team faded down the stretch. The Pistons led 80-77 after three quarters but scored only 15 points in the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

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Iker Casillas released from hospital, uncertain about future

first_imgThe 37-year-old Casillas fell ill during a practice last Wednesday, was rushed to hospital, and underwent a catheterization.“I can only smile after everything that happened,” he said. “It was a very difficult situation but thankfully I’m doing well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSpeaking to reporters outside of the hospital, without taking questions, an emotional Casillas said he doesn’t know “what the future holds,” and that the most important thing was to be standing there talking about himself.“I’m feeling much better,” he said. “I’ll rest for a couple of weeks, or a couple of months, I’m not sure yet. The most important thing is to be here.” View comments Casillas recently had his contract with Porto extended until the end of the 2019-20 season, with an option for another year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas smiles while talking to journalists outside a hospital in Porto, Portugal, Monday, May 6, 2019. Veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas had a heart attack during a training session with his Portuguese club FC Porto and was hospitalized May 1. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)PORTO, Portugal — A cheerful Iker Casillas was released from the hospital on Monday, five days after having a heart attack.The veteran Porto goalkeeper said he was thrilled with his recovery but didn’t give any hints about whether he would keep playing professionally.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Cavs to interview Spurs assistant Ettore Messina for coaching post Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Porto doctor Nelson Puga said last week the playing future of Casillas would depend on several factors, including the goalkeeper’s will to keep competing.Casillas said on Monday he feels “very lucky” the incident didn’t have more serious consequences, and thanked the outpouring of support from players and clubs from across the world.“I want to thank the thousands of messages of support that I’ve received,” he said.Casillas joined Porto in 2015 after helping Real Madrid win five league titles and three Champions League trophies.He also helped Spain win one World Cup and two European Championships.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Indore Test: Virat Kohli 211, Ajinkya Rahane 188 hand India control over New Zealand

first_imgIndia continued their domination over New zealand as brilliant batting from skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane helped the hosts to a mammoth 557/5 on the second day of the third and final Test match at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here on Sunday. (SCORECARD)Rohit Sharma (51 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (17 not out) forged a 53-run partnership before Kohli decided to declare the innings midway through the final session of the day. Sharma bought up his half century off 62 balls, with three fours and two sixes. (Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to score two double centuries in Tests)At the close of play, New Zealand were on 28/0 and trailed India by 529 runs. Martin Guptill (17 batting) and Tom Latham (6 batting) were at the crease.Resuming the second day at 267/3, Kohli and Rahane helped India reach 358/3 at lunch. (India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 2: As It Happened)Kohli continued to bat in the post-lunch session with the same authority, maintaining a high scoring rate and slammed his second double-ton in Tests.At 199, Kiwi pacer Henry delivered a length ball and Kohli rolled his wrists nicely to work it towards deep square and became the first Indian to score two double tons as captain. (Ajinkya Rahane shows his class with 8th Test hundred)Rahane, on the other hand, was not so fluent, but supported his skipper from the other end. The Mumbai batsman scored his first 150 of his career. (Indore Test, Day 2: Key highlights)Resuming the post-tea session at 456/3, Kohli and Rahane again paced up their innings as they hit the Kiwi bowlers all around the park before off-spinner Jeetan Patel broke their 365-run partnership by trapping Kohli leg-before for 211.advertisementKohli’s 366-ball innings was laced with 20 boundaries.Soon after he added 39 runs to the overall score with incoming batsman Rohit Sharma, Rahane too was sent back to the pavilion for a well made 188 runs when he hit out at a widish delivery from pacer Trent Boult only to see New Zealand wicketkeeper Bradley-John Watling pull off a simple catch.Rahane’s 381-ball knock was laced with 18 boundaries and four sixes.last_img read more

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25 days agoMan City boss Guardiola: No disaster if I don’t win Champions League here

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: No disaster if I don’t win Champions League hereby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola insists it’ll be no “disaster” if he fails to bring the Champions League trophy to the club.Guardiola has so far failed to deliver the trophy at City, despite winning two Premier League titles, two League Cups and one FA Cup. Asked if European success was the next step for City, having dominated English football for the past two seasons, Guardiola said: “Yeah, definitely, but sometimes it cannot be possible.”Sometimes you take a few years and sometimes you take one year. Barcelona is my club in my heart and 1992 was the first one [European Cup] and Barcelona was born a long time ago.”The important games, the decisions, many games, the influence. But I’m sorry, I’m not going to live the next 10 months thinking if I don’t win the Champions League it would be a disaster, because my life is quite good.” last_img read more

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$343 Million Set Aside to Complete UTECH School of Hospitality

first_imgThe University of Technology (UTech) School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM) is expected to be completed this fiscal year, following an allocation of $343.6 million.This is set out in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The allotment has been provided for the University of Technology Enhancement Project, under which construction and other activities will be carried out.The project aims to enhance the university’s capacity to provide quality level education in Jamaica, through the expansion and upgrading of its facilities, further development of its staff, and improved financial sustainability.Also, for this fiscal year under the project, a contract for Shared Facilities/School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) building is to be signed and construction works commenced; and a contract for the expansion of the administrative building is to be awarded and work commenced.Activities for the period will also include the installation of equipment for use in the SHTM facility (standard and special) for training purposes.Achievements of the project to date include:Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) building and planning approval has been received for all sub-projects; the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is 50 per cent complete; electrical upgrading is six per cent complete; and the Environmental Laboratory is 75 per cent complete.In terms of institutional strengthening, six have been completed and implemented under the project. They are:Improvement of Information and Communication Technology; Income Diversification Strategy; Market Needs Analysis and Graduate Tracer Needs; Improvement of Human Resource Capacity; Academic Quality Assurance; and Enhancement of the Quality of Learning and Teaching.The project, which is being funded by the Caribbean Development Bank, began in July, 2008. After an extension, it is slated to conclude in June, 2015.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Comprehensive Set of Standards for Key Food Items to be Formulated

first_imgMinister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, has asked the Bureau of Standards Jamaica to work with the relevant agencies to formulate a comprehensive set of standards for key food items. This, Mr. Clarke says, arises from concerns about the quality of foods Jamaicans are consuming.“The level of sodium in some of our imported foods is frightening. The sugar content of some of the snacks – particularly imported ones – that our students consume in our schools, is equally alarming,” the Minister said, as he made his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 8. “We have a responsibility to safeguard our nation’s health and by the same token keep out unsavoury imports and provide opportunities for increased production of wholesome local foods and snacks,” Mr. Clarke added.Meanwhile, he pointed out that the Government has made considerable strides in overhauling the country’s food health and safety infrastructure, in order to safeguard public health. Among these measures is Cabinet’s approval of the Food Safety and Implementation Plan.“Within the framework of this plan, we will rationalise the institutional arrangements and the legislative framework for food safety management, as this responsibility is now dispersed across several Ministries. In this regard, the Veterinary Services Division and the Plant Quarantine Division of this Ministry will be appropriately strengthened,” he explained.The Ministry is also undertaking an aggressive programme to have all its labs accredited. Meanwhile, $50 million has been spent on equipping veterinary laboratories. Members of staff have also undergone extensive training, both locally and abroad, while critical manuals have been prepared.As it relates to facilitating exports, the Ministry is currently upgrading the Agricultural Marketing Corporation (AMC) complex to meet United States Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) standards. To this end, last year two export complexes were improved at a cost of $16 million.“These initiatives have supported the increase in exports,” the Minister said. “Under the US$15 million IDB Agricultural Competitiveness Project, significant resources have been committed to food safety, and we are actively pursuing an initiative to partner with a private entity to establish a modern multi-species abattoir in Westmoreland from the resources of this project.” he informed.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

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Tender Called for Bridge Replacement in Hants County

first_imgDrivers in Hants County will have a new bridge to take them across Cheverie Creek after the completion of a bridge- replacement project this fall. Nova Scotia’s Department of Transportation and Public Works has advertised a tender to replace the existing timber bridge at Cheverie Creek on Route 215 west of Cheverie. Detours and a temporary crossing will be supplied during construction, which is scheduled to finish before the end of the year. “Route 215 along Minas Basin is part of the Glooscap Trail,” said Michael Baker, acting Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “This project will be helpful not only to area residents but also to the many visitors who drive the route.” The tender will close on Tuesday, Aug. 16. The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

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Delhi reels under sultry weather heavy rains likely today

first_imgNew Delhi: The national capital reeled under sultry weather on Wednesday with rains playing truant for most part of the day.The city, however, received rainfall at isolated places towards the evening, leading to a marginal drop in the mercury. The weatherman has predicted heavy to very heavy rain in some parts of Delhi on Thursday and Friday, which will reduce the rain deficit in the national capital. Vice president meteorology and climate change, Skymet Weather, Mahesh Palawat, said rains are expected to intensify on Thursday night as the axis of monsoon trough is moving towards the north and moisture-laden winds are rushing in from the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDelhi has recorded 156.5 mm rains from July 1 to July 24, which is almost equal to the 30-year average of 156.4 mm, officials said. Overall, it has received 167.7 mm precipitation against the long-term average of 221.9 mm since June 1, when the monsoon season starts, a deficiency of 24 per cent, according to India Meteorological Department data. The Safdarjung observatory, which provides official figures for the city, recorded 50.2 mm rainfall, the heaviest in the monsoon season this year, on July 22. The weather station at Palam gauged 61 mm precipitation on July 18. On Wednesday, the city recorded a high of 37.8 degrees Celsius and a low of 29.2 degrees Celsius. Humidity levels oscillated between 56 and 88 per cent. On Thursday, the maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to hover around 33 and 25 degrees Celsius.last_img read more

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Shikha Talsania in Coolie No 1

first_imgMumbai: Veere Di Wedding actor Shikha Talsania has joined the cast of upcoming film Coolie No 1, which stars Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan. “Being a part of a David Dhawan film is on every actor’s bucket list and I am no different! And to top that with an opportunity to collaborate with such fantastic actors and people – Varun and Sara – I said yes without batting an eyelid,” Shikha said. “After Veere Di Wedding, the audience will see me in a totally new lens and that’s what makes it more exciting than it already is,” she added. Varun will be stepping into the shoes of veteran Govinda, who featured in the 1995 film, which was directed by his father David Dhawan. David is on board to helm the remake as well. Sara will be filling in for Karisma Kapoor from the original. Produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani and Deepshikha Deshmukh, the film will release on May 1 next year.last_img read more

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I would like to get to the point where I have a

first_imgChris StewartAPTN National NewsThe Dreamspeakers International Indigenous Film Festival has wrapped for another year.This time around, organizers are hoping that they’re sending new filmmakers home with the knowledge to break into the business, including more Indigenous directors.cstewart@aptn.calast_img

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Ranieri off to winning start with Roma

first_imgRome: Claudio Ranieri got off to a winning start as Roma coach with Stephan El Shaarawy and Patrik Schick’s first-half goals enough to squeeze past lowly Empoli 2-1 on Monday to keep in touch with the Champions League places. Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked after the team’s elimination in the Champions League last-16 last week with Ranieri returning to the club he coached for 18 months until February 2011. The 67-year-old former Roma player was welcomed back to the Stadio Olimpico with a banner reading “Good luck Mister Ranieri”. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”I thank the fans, as they gave us a big hand this evening,” said Ranieri. “I didn’t expect us to play better, because this was a tense team that was anxious and still dealing with recent events. “Putting a team together when we didn’t have many players, and without the bigger players, the leaders that give a sense of direction to the side, wasn’t easy,” added the former Leicester and Chelsea coach. “I knew it was going to be tough.” Captain Daniele De Rossi, Kostas Manolas, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Cengiz Under were all out injured with Edin Dzeko, Federico Fazio and Aleksandar Kolarov suspended. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenIt was nervy debut against a side who are just one point above the relegation zone. El Shaarawy turned in off a corner after nine minutes for his ninth league goal this season only for Empoli to level when Roma defender Juan Jesus headed into his own net. The Romans nearly conceded another when Giovanni Di Lorenzo sent just wide before Schick put the hosts back on front after 33 minutes, jumping highest to nod in his third league goal this season. Midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo hobbled off with a calf injury with Schick also coming off injured while captain Alessandro Florenzi was sent off for a second yellow card with ten minutes to go. El Shaarawy was then handed the captain’s armband for the first time.last_img read more

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Loonie crude oil rise as stock markets climb amid pending Brexit vote

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 20, 2016 9:26 am MDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie, crude oil rise as stock markets climb amid pending Brexit vote TORONTO – A new poll indicating that Britons will likely vote to stay in the European Union helped rally North American stock markets Monday, while the loonie rebounded sharply against the U.S. dollar for a second consecutive session.The Canadian dollar climbed 0.42 of a U.S. cent to 78.07 cents US after having risen half a cent on Friday.In Toronto, the country’s main stock exchange, the S&P/TSX composite, shot up 113.37 points to 14,015.14, with energy and mining stocks leading the way.The optimism carried over into New York where the Dow Jones industrial average soared 129.71 points to 17,804.87, while the broader S&P 500 composite index advanced 12.03 points to 2,083.25. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite ran up 36.87 points to 4,837.21.The latest opinion polls suggests that Britain is more likely to vote to remain in the EU than leave in Thursday’s referendum. Uncertainty over the economic consequences of a vote to leave the EU, commonly referred to as Brexit, had cast a cloud over global markets in the last two weeks.“This is more of a catch up to what we lost last week when the pessimism around the outcome really set in,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian market strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“I think the bigger conclusion here is that we are seeing global equity markets, trillions of dollars, tied to these small but certainly important swings in the polls. At the end of the day, it’s going to be the vote that matters.”Fehr said the markets are so focused on the pending Brexit vote that any new data can fuel volatility.“We will see the outcome of the Brexit vote and then the market will turn its sights to the next issue — back to speculating on what the Fed will do (about interest rates),” he said.Investors will also be watching to see what U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen will say before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday. Most expect Yellen to echo Fed comments that the U.S. central bank will only raise interest rates if data shows the economy is strong enough to support such a move.Rumours about the likelihood of a “stay” vote, along with a weakened U.S. dollar also helped commodities as the August crude contract climbed $1.40 to US$49.96 a barrel.“The rise in oil is on the premise that if indeed the Brexit vote doesn’t end with the U.K. leaving, that can provide a little more global economic stability… that suggests that there is more support for oil prices,” said Fehr.In other commodities, July natural gas jumped 12 cents to US$2.75 per mmBTU while July copper rose four cents to US$2.09 a pound.Gold bullion, which is usually attractive to investors during downturns in equity markets, was lower, with the August gold contract falling $2.70 to US$1,292.10 a troy ounce.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

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Chinas chase of the golden visa abroad by the numbers

ADVANCE FOR USE TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017 AND THEREAFTER-This Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 photo shows pamphlets about investment immigration to various countries displayed outside a seminar by an investment group pitching ski resorts and other projects as a way of securing a EB-5 visa to immigrate to the U.S. in Beijing, China. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) China’s chase of the ‘golden visa’ abroad, by the numbers by The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2017 9:43 am MDT Last Updated May 16, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email From the United States and Canada to small islands in Europe and the Caribbean, Chinese are spending billions on new passports and visas to move their families away from their homeland.China’s middle and upper classes are demanding better schools, cleaner air and a more secure life for their children. And as China gets wealthier, millions of families have the means to purchase a new life elsewhere.Their demand has transformed a once obscure market for immigration by investment. To study China’s impact, the Associated Press collected statistics from 13 countries that offer citizenship or permanent residency for a price.Here’s a look at AP’s analysis of the market, by the numbers.__CHINA’S FAVORITE PROGRAMSConsulting firms in China’s biggest cities hawk investor visa programs in weekly sessions at hotels and on social media. The market leader is the United States, as urban Chinese are widely familiar with American schools and culture.Here are the five countries in the AP’s analysis with the most visas issued to Chinese investors and their families in the last decade:— 43,448: the United States’ investment visa program, known as EB-5.— 35,278: Canada’s investment bond programs, including a program offered by the province of Quebec.— 7,875: Portugal’s “golden visa” program for real estate investors.— 6,405: Hungary’s residence bond program, recently suspended by the government.— 4,640: Australia’s program for high-dollar “significant investors.”___WHAT THEY BUYDepending on the country, Chinese investors looking for a second home can join business projects, invest in bonds or make an outright payment to the government. Currency conversions are as of May 11.— $250,000: the minimum price of citizenship in Antigua & Barbuda for an investor who donates to the island government’s development fund and pays a $50,000 government fee.— $380,000 (350,000 euro): the minimum value of real estate investors must purchase in Portugal’s “golden visa” program.— $500,000: the minimum business investment in the United States’ EB-5 program, with a “green card” given to investors whose money creates or saves 10 jobs.— $584,000 (800,000 Canadian dollars): the minimum amount of interest-free investment to be made or financed for residence in the Canadian province of Quebec. (Canada closed a similar national program in 2014.)— $3.7 million (5 million Australian dollars): the required investment in Australia’s Significant Investor Visa program in a mix of developing businesses and funds as defined by the government. Australia’s program is by far the most expensive in the AP survey.___WHAT THEY SPENTTo understand how China has changed the global investor migration market, the AP estimated how much Chinese families have invested at a minimum in foreign countries for a visa or passport. The AP multiplied the number of investors, excluding family members, by the minimum investment level for each year, in each program for the last decade. In some cases, the AP estimated the number of investors with the help of government data or experts on investment migration.The figures below are an undercount because some investors put in more than what’s required. Investment amounts for each year were converted to U.S. dollars based on the average exchange rate that year. The figures have not been adjusted for inflation.— $7.7 billion: estimated minimum investment in the United States through the EB-5 program.— $6 billion: estimated minimum investment in Australia through its Significant Investor Visa program.— $4.3 billion: estimated minimum investment in Canada, including Quebec, through its immigrant investor programs.— $1.96 billion: estimated minimum investment in the United Kingdom through its Tier 1 investor program.— $1.71 billion: estimated minimum investment in New Zealand through its investor and entrepreneur programs. read more

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Thailands deportation of ethnic group prompts grave concern by UN human rights

“The 109 individuals, who were part of a larger group of more than 350, had been detained in very poor conditions at various immigration detention facilities across Thailand since March 2014, when they were apprehended after leaving China on their way to Turkey,” Rupert Colville, the spokesman for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland. “Despite Turkey’s reported willingness to admit them to its territory, only 172 of the 350 were eventually allowed to go to Turkey in late June,” he said, adding that some 60 others remain in detention in Thailand. The UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment has repeatedly expressed concern to the Thai authorities that the deportation of this group to China would amount to “refoulement” and put them at risk of being tortured or subjected to other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The principle of non-refoulement is contained the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment to which Thailand is a party. “We strongly urge the Thai authorities to ensure the protection of the 60 individuals who remain in detention and ensure that no further deportation of individuals, including potential refugees and asylum seekers, are made to countries where there are substantial grounds to believe that they would face an imminent risk of grave human rights violations, including torture,” Mr. Colville said. The UN human rights office called on the Chinese authorities to ensure that those extradited are treated in full conformity with the country’s human rights. “We understand the Thai authorities have received diplomatic assurances from China that the people will be protected from harm, and urge both countries to ensure that this pledge is scrupulously observed,” Mr. Colville said. read more

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The Champions League Is Unusually Up For Grabs

The modern Champions League has not been a hospitable competition for underdogs. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have won the last four trophies, and the closest thing to an upset winner in recent years was Chelsea in 2012. This season, though, might be different.Sure, Bayern, Barcelona and Real Madrid are all still in it. But no team left in the Champions League is historically dominant. Expected goals, a statistical measure of the quality of scoring chances a team creates and concedes, rates Barcelona as the top team in this year’s competition, but one with only a 28 percent change of winning the tournament.1All of the data in this article is current through April 10.This year’s Barcelona, however, does not make the top 10 list of expected goals difference for clubs since 2010-11. With fewer truly great teams in the mix, an upset winner is that much more likely. Here’s what to expect.Borussia Dortmund (60 percent chance of advancing) vs. Monaco (40 percent)With a position atop the Ligue 1 table, an impressive defeat of Manchester City in the round of 16, and an incredible 103 goals scored between Ligue 1 and the Champions League, Monaco might appear to have the resume of a quarterfinal favorite. However, Monaco’s numbers require some caution. Despite leading to 90 nonpenalty goals this season, the chances Monaco has created have been worth only about 58 expected goals (xG), according to the soccer stats-tracker Opta. Scoring 33 more goals than expected is unprecedented in the last few years. No other club has even beaten expected goals by 20 or more at this point in the season since 2010-11. While it is not terribly unusual for top teams to outperform their expected goals — top teams tend to have better finishers — Monaco is finishing chances better than any of Lionel Messi’s teams ever did.If Monaco’s goal scoring falls off, Dortmund should be well prepared to take advantage. Since returning from the winter break, Dortmund has been dominant, collecting 1.2 more xG per match than their opponents, compared with only a +0.7 margin before the break. With underlying numbers to match its goals difference and a recent spike in performance, Dortmund looks like the more likely semifinalist.In either case, this should be one of the most exciting matches of the round. Both Monaco and Dortmund depend on pace and quick-hitting attacks — both clubs lead their respective leagues in shot attempts following moves of two passes or fewer. While Thomas Tuchel may attempt to impose more control on the match than Pep Guardiola did against Monaco in the round of 16, the game is likely to be a fast-paced and attacking affair.Barcelona (65 percent) vs. Juventus (35 percent)This rematch of the 2015 Champions League final features the best attack-vs.-defense matchup of the round. This season Barcelona has created the second-most clear scoring chances (116), as defined by Opta, in the big five leagues, while Juventus has conceded the fewest clear scoring chances (20).Barcelona is well known for an attacking style that favors making the extra pass to create the highest-quality scoring chances, rather than trying to shoot the ball from far out. Juventus, under managers Max Allegri and Antonio Conte, has developed a defensive strategy that mirrors Barcelona’s attacking play. The Italian side focuses on defensive structure in order to prevent the same kinds of clear chances that Barca aims to create. A list of the best defensive seasons since 2010-11, judging teams by the number of quality chances they concede, shows Juventus dominating. And this year Juventus is preventing clear chances at its best rate ever, allowing only about one every other match.Barcelona was able to break through Juventus’ defense in the 2015 final just as Bayern Munich did during last year’s knockout stages. But in both of those cases, it took a top performance from one of the world’s best attacks to win the tie. Barcelona is rightly favored, but any slight drop-off in execution could see the Catalan side stymied by Juventus’ defense.Bayern Munich (71 percent) vs. Real Madrid (29 percent)ESPN’s Soccer Power Index rating gives a big boost to Bayern Munich based on the German side’s superior defensive numbers. Bayern has conceded just 23 goals in 36 matches between the Bundesliga and Champions League, while Real has conceded 43 in 38 matches. Some of this difference disappears when you look at expected goals, which drops Real’s total to 37. But it is not enough to erase it all.The two sides not only see different defensive outcomes, but they also play significantly different styles when out of possession. Carlo Ancelotti has his Bayern squad playing the high-pressing style preached by Pep Guardiola. When Bayern turns the ball over in midfield, it breaks up their opponents’ next possession within three passes about 55 percent of the time, the second-highest rate in the Bundesliga. Real Madrid, by contrast, defends much more passively, breaking up opposition possession in only about 45 percent of cases, 12th in La Liga.It is not that Real Madrid has been particularly poor defensively, but its more passive defensive style seems like a major risk against Bayern. Under manager Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid has been an outlier among top clubs in not embracing the new, analytics-minded strategy of pressing on defense. It will be interesting to see if Real’s more old-fashioned defensive style can work. If Real fails to unsettle Bayern early in a possession, that would give time on the ball to central midfielders Arturo Vidal and Thiago Alcantara. That outcome would be risky at best for Real. Thiago in particular is having a great season, leading the Bundesliga with 96 progressive passes and runs. (These are defined as passes which advance the ball through midfield over 10 yards beyond where the possession had reached, or runs which progress similarly while eliminating a defender on the dribble.) Real Madrid may need to adjust its pressing rate to protect the defense from Bayern’s passers if it means to make it to another Champions League final.Atletico Madrid (75 percent) vs. Leicester City (25 percent)Leicester City presents something of a conundrum to any projection system, having won five of six league matches since sacking manager Claudio Ranieri. The club’s performances under new manager Craig Shakespeare have not been quite as good as its unbeaten record suggests — despite outscoring opponents in the league and CL by a combined 17-8, Leicester’s expected goals difference is just 10.3-9.1. But Leicester has produced more expected goals than its opponents in five of its seven matches after running negative in expected goal difference under Ranieri. It is certainly possible that Leicester will continue performing at this higher level under Shakespeare.However, it is hard to identify any key changes Shakespeare made. Leicester City remains the highest-tempo team in the Premier League, with more possessions per match than anyone else. The Foxes still work best without the ball, managing the same 42 percent possession rate as under Ranieri. What seems to have changed is not Leicester’s style of play, but the effectiveness of it. This is the sort of change, not linked to any obvious tactical shift, that analysts tend to be skeptical of. It might just be form, in which case the large SPI advantage to Atletico Madrid may be correct.For Atletico, this persistent Leicester style may present a problem. Atleti prefers to concede possession and play off the ball, especially against top opponents. But while Atletico is unusual in the Champions League for its roughly 50 percent possession rate, Leicester at 42 percent is more extreme. Atletico will likely need to adjust its typical knockout strategy and make use of ball possession to get past Leicester, even if the Foxes’ current run of form may not be entirely sustainable.Check out our club soccer predictions. read more

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Football Urban Meyer sees unity amid election cycle

OSU sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (59) embraces redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber (25) after Weber’s touchdown in the first half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorWith today’s presidential election being arguably one of the largest ever, even the sports world is talking about politics — even Ohio State’s football team.On Monday, after a 62-3 drubbing of then No. 10 Nebraska, the questions asked by the media should have been all-encompassing of the way the Buckeyes systematically picked apart the Cornhuskers. Instead, OSU coach Urban Meyer fielded a few political questions near the end of the media availability session.When asked about the election, Meyer cracked a grin and gave one of his patented short replies.“What election?” Meyer said.Granted, it seems fair to assume he knows exactly what election he was asked about. Most of Meyer’s day entails dissecting opposing defenses and analyzing how to attack the offense of other Big Ten teams. Still, it would be hard to ignore the current political undertakings. With some coaxing, Meyer finally addressed the subject. Refraining from speaking any of his own political standpoints, he said the team has had discussions towards the process, and even set aside time during the offseason to further educate the team on how important voting is.“We had Patriot Week where I wanted to educate because it’s such a big and such an important day, in all seriousness, for all of us,” he said. “And so we had zero discussion about it now. Beat Maryland. I’m sure the families will have their conversations. I hope our guys vote, and we move forward. That’s why we did that, because I wanted to make sure when they go they educate themselves — not themselves. We educate them on the process, the job responsibility and how to.”Players have been discussing how important the brotherhood they share is for team success this season. An election that has driven a divide through the country could be grounds for ripping apart even the most tight-knit teams and locker rooms. This would seem bizarre for a team that has spoken so strongly towards the criticism of the media when a player has a down game. Redshirt junior Billy Price is a prime example of standing up for his fellow Buckeyes. When asked about the performance of sophomore Isaiah Prince following a loss to Penn State, Price did not hold anything back.“I’ll go to war for him right now,” Price said. “I have no problem (with that). I will not sit here and allow someone to nit-pick at him.”Price was not angered by the criticism, but said he felt the issues after Penn State were team issues, and should not fall on one player. That kind of camaraderie has been a vocal desire of Meyer since his arrival in Columbus.It seems unlikely every member of the Scarlet and Gray leans towards one side of the aisle. A team of over 100 total members on both the active roster and the practice squad is bound to have political feelings that differ from other teammates.But OSU has made a point of keeping feelings towards presidential candidates from dividing the team, while ensuring all members fully comprehend the gravity of a vote. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett said he, along with the rest of the team, accepts the choices all team members make today at the polls.“I think we have a team that understands that that’s part of what makes our country great is that people are … they have that opinion and that’s perfectly okay,” Barrett said. “I think that’s something great that we have as Americans and I understand that has something to do with your personal life and personal opinions but I don’t think that’s going to interfere with the way we play.”Some players have taken to social media with politically charged tweets and links to articles, but that has not stopped the team progress and production so far. Against Nebraska, the team blew away all expectations and showed how well OSU plays together.Meyer fully understands how easily a group can be separated by opposing viewpoints, especially in a time when the entire country seems to be two-sided. But, through the maturity and character of his players paired with the effort of his staff to keep things together, OSU is standing tall in a time of national turmoil.“Yeah, this is a pretty mature team in that regard. That’s something I always watch. I have guys around this program that’s their job, to monitor,” Meyer said. “When I talk about good guys, now, I have some guys that are like family in this team that they would tell me if something is going on. And I listen and I hear, and the heartbeat of our team is very solid right now. It’s not always perfect, but it’s very solid, but that’s a great question. And am I concerned about it, you’re damn right. That’s when you start having issues, but I also have great trust in the people that I’m listening to.” read more

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Analyser les dents pour connaitre lalimentation dun animal

first_imgAnalyser les dents pour connaitre l’alimentation d’un animalSelon une nouvelle méthode en cours de perfectionnement, étudier les dents d’un animal et en particulier leur rugosité permettrait de révéler le régime alimentaire que celui-ci a ou avait. Une technique qui serait aussi efficace que d’étudier le contenu des fèces ou de l’estomac.A voir un animal ou ses restes, il n’est pas toujours évident de deviner comment celui-ci vit ou même de quoi il se nourrit. Aujourd’hui, il existe ainsi plusieurs techniques qui ne s’avèrent, il faut bien le dire, pas toujours plaisantes. Parmi celles-ci figurent l’analyse minutieuse des fèces de l’animal ou alors celle du contenu de son estomac après dissection. Toutefois, des chercheurs ont mis au point une nouvelle méthode qui se base elle sur l’étude des dents du spécimen. Plus précisément, c’est l’analyse de la rugosité des quenottes qui permettrait de fournir les mêmes informations que les autres techniques.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?En effet, comme l’explique l’équipe internationale de paléontologues et biologistes, il existe un lien étroit entre cette rugosité et le régime alimentaire des animaux : ceux qui mangent des aliments durs ont des surfaces plus rugueuses que ceux qui ne consomment que des aliments mous. “Passez votre langue sur vos dents. Vous pouvez sentir que certaines sont plus rugueuses que d’autres. La question est de savoir si on peut utiliser cette information pour deviner ce vous avez mangé”, précise Mark Purnell, professeur de paléobiologie à l’Université de Leicester cité par Sciences et avenir.Pour répondre à cette question, le chercheur et son équipe ont donc étudié différentes dents au microscope en 3D afin d’établir une “échelle” de rugosité. Puis ils ont tenté d’en déduire la nourriture favorite des spécimens à qui elles appartenaient. “A notre grande surprise, nous avons constaté que dans certains cas, la rugosité de la dent est un guide plus fiable que l’examen du contenu de l’estomac. Parce que ce dernier permet de constater ce qu’un animal a mangé quelques heures avant qu’il ne soit pris, pas ce qu’il mange habituellement”, s’enthousiasme Ole Seehausen, un des participants à l’étude.Confiants, les chercheurs qui publient leurs résultats dans le Royal Society journal Interface estiment que leur méthode va permettre d’améliorer la connaissance sur l’alimentation de certains espèces plus difficiles à étudier tels que les poissons. Mais elle pourra également servir à l’étude de fossiles d’espèces disparues telles que les dinosaures ou les reptiles marins.  Le 15 avril 2012 à 16:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Bahamians slow to collect E Passports less than 50 distributed

first_img Related Items:#Bahamiansslowtocollectpassports, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 25, 2017 – Nassau – Less than half of the E-passports at the Anatol Rogers stadium have been collected said Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield, and he is urging Bahamians to please collect their documents.   The Minister, last Thursday, toured the temporary site which was established since July 3, for the sole purpose of making E-passport collection easier, still pick up has been slow.The Minister reminded that February 2016 was the international deadline for hand written passports, this fact coupled with the usual Summer rush to get passports inspired the opening of satellite offices to lessen the burden at the Thompson Boulevard Passport Office.   “To date, we have successfully issued 1,516 e-passports since opening our doors over the past two weeks,” said Minister Henfield.“We anticipate operating at this location, throughout the month of July and quite possibly into August 2017.   This decision will be based on customer/citizen response.”Initially there were 3,269 e-passports at the site.   The Government’s E Passport system was started in 2007.#MagneticMediaNews#Bahamiansslowtocollectpassports Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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