Govt. will seek Parliament nod for triple talaq Bill, says Narendra Modi

first_imgDays after the promulgation of the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights of Marriage) Ordinance, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced here on Saturday that the NDA government would soon get the triple talaq Bill approved by Parliament.“Three days ago, the Centre took a decision that was needed for years. The decision was on triple talaq. Nobody was ready to mention it and talk about the problem fearing loss of votes,” Mr. Modi said at a public meeting.“When our government passed the triple talaq Bill in the Lok Sabha, attempts were made to stall it in Rajya Sabha. But now we are committed to saving our Muslim sisters and daughters from the ill practice. We have made the practice illegal by bringing in a new ordinance,” he said.“It will be our constant endeavour to get the nod of Parliament on it”.Opposition’s standWhile the BJP has hailed the ordinance as a step towards empowering women, the Congress-led Opposition has slammed the government saying it was politicising the issue.The PM was on a day’s visit to Odisha to inaugurate a number of projects, including the Veer Surendra Sai Airport at Jharsuguda, the Garjanbahal open cast mines project and the Jharsuguda-Sardega railway line of the MCL in Sundargarh district, and coal production and transportation from the Dulanga coal mine of the NTPC in Sundargarh.He laid the foundation stone for a coal gasification-based fertiliser plant at Talcher Fertilizers Ltd. here. Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram were present at the inauguration of the airport at Jharsuguda.“Since Independence, around 450 airports have been built. In the past one year, 950 new airports have been proposed. The Veer Surendra Sai Airport is situated in the middle of Bhubaneswar, Ranchi and Raipur. It has huge potential for developing into a busy commercial airport,” Mr. Modi said.Chief Minister Patnaik requested the Centre to consider introduction of commercial flights in addition to the UDAN flights.“To begin with, one of the Air India flights from Bhubaneswar to Delhi may be routed through Jharsuguda,” he said.last_img read more

Former Managers of Nebraska Hotel Sentenced for Alien Harboring in U.S.

first_imgThe federal court in Omaha has sentenced two former hotel managers in Nebraska to one year and one day in prison, followed by two years’ supervised release, and deportation to India for enslaving a nephew. The Indian-origin couple was accused of forcing the nephew to work without any compensation as well as isolating and abusing him.Vishnubhai Chaudhari, 50, and Leelabahen Chaudhari, 44, of Kimball, Nebraska, were sentenced on March 19 in Omaha after previously pleading guilty on Dec. 18, 2017, to alien harboring for financial gain and conspiracy to harbor an alien, a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice said.“The defendants also agreed to the entry of a stipulated judicial order of removal to India at the completion of their sentences and paid the victim $40,000 in restitution as a condition of their guilty pleas,” the statement added.The couple, Indian nationals residing unlawfully in the United States, pleaded guilty on Dec. 18 in federal court in Omaha, to one count of conspiracy and one count of alien harboring for financial gain. The duo admitted to conspiring to harbor the victim, an Indian national who lacked immigration status, at Super 8 Motel in Kimball, Nebraska, between October 2011 and February 2013. During that time, the couple required the victim to work long hours, seven days a week at the motel.He was asked to perform manual labor, including cleaning rooms, shoveling snow, and doing laundry. “Although the defendants promised to pay the victim, they never did, but rather claimed to apply that amount to a debt the victim owed.  The defendants further restricted the victim’s movement, isolated him, and verbally abused him,” the statement added.Vishnubhai also threatened to find the victim if he ever left the motel, and Leelabahen regularly assaulted the victim, including on one occasion when she slapped his face several times because he had failed to clean a bathtub to her standards. The victim eventually escaped with the help of a motel guest.“Today’s sentence, and the restitution awarded to the victim, sends a clear message that the Justice Department will use its full resources to prosecute defendants like this one who motivated by their greed violate our immigration laws and exploit a vulnerable individual who lacked immigration status,” Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division said.“This case is a reminder that labor exploitation occurs in the United States, not just overseas, and federal law targets those who profit from human trafficking and related crimes,” U.S. attorney Joe Kelly for the district of Nebraska said, adding that this case is a testament that a conduct of this sort will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted in the district. Related ItemsHuman RightsSlaveryUnited Stateslast_img read more

Borussia Dortmund are no dreamers but still in with a chance: Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke

first_imgBorussia Dortmund, still shocked after a bomb attack on the team bus last week, have a slim chance of overturning the 3-2 home loss to Monaco in their Champions League quarter-final first leg, club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said on Tuesday.Speaking ahead of the team’s departure for Monaco for Wednesday’s second leg, Watzke said Dortmund had already performed a “superhuman” task after playing a day following the attack and then bouncing back with a Bundesliga win on Saturday. (Also read: Coach Thomas Tuchel hoping Borussia Dortmund stay focused on football)”We are no dreamers. We know that our chance is slim but it is still there,” Watzke told reporters.”The team has delivered an almost superhuman effort. We can draw strength from that.”Three explosions rocked the Borussia team bus on its way to the stadium last Tuesday and left the team’s Spanish defender Marc Bartra with a fractured arm.With the fixture rescheduled for the day after, a shaken Borussia looked all at sea in their 3-2 loss to Monaco and their coach Thomas Tuchel acknowledged his side were ill-prepared to play so soon after the attack.However, Borussia bounced back with a 3-1 Bundesliga win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.Tuchel included Sven Bender, who was taken off injured against Eintracht, and Marco Reus, who scored on his comeback from a six-week injury break on Saturday, in his squad.It is still unclear who carried out the attack. German prosecutors have doubts about the authenticity of letters that suggested Islamist militants were behind it.advertisementlast_img read more

Anil Kapoor on Nayak sequel: I think it is a good idea

first_imgActor Anil Kapoor thinks a sequel to his hit Nayak: The Real Hero will make for a good film. The actor was present on the sidelines of the T20 Dhamaal shoot at a sports channel studio in New Delhi.”I think a sequel to Nayak would be a good idea,” Anil told IANS when asked which film of his deserves a sequel.A political action thriller, Nayak: The Real Hero is a remake of S. Shankar’s successful Tamil film Mudhalvan. The 2001 film narrated the story of how a common man fights against the corrupt system, and how his life changes after he becomes a Chief Minster for a day.It features Rani Mukerji, Paresh Rawal, Saurabh Shukla and the late Amrish Puri.When asked about the most exciting aspect of being in the industry at the moment, Total Dhamaal actor said, “The new wave of ideas and content. The unexplored territories and new challenges.”The actor is looking forward to the release of Total Dhamaal. It is the third instalment of the successful franchise Dhamaal, which originally starred Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey and Riteish Deshmukh alongside Sanjay Dutt.It also stars Madhuri Dixit Nene, Ajay Devgn and Boman Irani. Co-produced by Fox Star Studios, Ajay Devgn Ffilms, Ashok Thakeria, Kumar, Sri Adhikari Brothers, Anand Pandit, Sangeeta Ahir and Kumar Mangat Pathak, the film is slated to release on February 22.ALSO READ: Baahubali screenwriter for the sequel of Nayak?ALSO READ: Sonam Kapoor at Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga trailer launch: My dad has not grown upadvertisementALSO WATCH | Sonam Kapoor-Anand Ahuja tie the knot: Best of sangeet, wedding and reception visualslast_img read more



Hazard aspiring to reach Messi’s level

first_imgUEFA Champions League ‘I try and do my best’ – Hazard aspiring to reach Messi’s level in Champions League clash Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 08:23 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) UEFA Champions League Chelsea Chelsea v Barcelona Barcelona Eden Hazard Videos Barcelona visit Chelsea on Tuesday, and the Belgian hopes for a different result than the last time he faced the Argentina legend Eden Hazard knows he must shine in matches like Chelsea’s Champions League last-16 showdown with Barcelona on Tuesday if he wants to be considered in the same bracket as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Hazard starred in Chelsea’s 2014-15 and 2016-17 title-winning campaigns in the Premier League, but there is a lingering sense that Europe’s top competition is yet to see the best of the Belgium playmaker.AdChoices广告Speaking at a news conference ahead of Barcelona’s visit to Stamford Bridge, Hazard reminded reporters of his fine displays in the group stage against Atletico Madrid this season, but knows where he stands in the overall pecking order. Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I played again Messi once in the World Cup against Argentina and we lost the game. I hope tomorrow is going to be different,” said the 27-year-old, recalling Belgium’s disappointment at Brazil 2014.”It’s good to be compared with the greatest ever, Messi or Ronaldo, but I’m completely different.”We play in a different league. I try to do my job and try to reach their level, because they are the best in the world. Every season I try and do my best.”When we play these kind of games, we need to perform. If you want to be one of the best, you have to play well in the big games.”Every game I try and play my best football. Every week in the Premier League. Last year we didn’t play Champions League, but this year we are back and I played a few good games — Atletico Madrid away, Roma, here against Madrid.”You want to shine when you play the best in the world. If I want to reach that level, I need to do a great game tomorrow.”Final preparations at Cobham this afternoon! — Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 19, 2018 Not for the first time, recent transfer speculation has linked Hazard with a move to Barcelona’s sworn rivals Real Madrid at the end of this season.The player himself, however, insists he is happy at Chelsea.”First, I see the game tomorrow. We are going to face Barca,” he replied when asked about Los Blancos.”I have played for Chelsea for now six years. I’m just happy here. Like you say, I have two years left on my contract.”I’m happy here, my family is happy here. Now I’m just focused on the game [and until] the end of the season.”I don’t think much about the future because you never know what happens in the future, but I’m just happy here.”last_img read more

2014 WA ‘Be Active’ State Championships

first_img50 teams from over 15 affiliates across Western Australia will battle it out this weekend when they compete in the 2014 Touch Football WA ‘Be Active’ State Championships at McGillivary Oval, Mt Claremont. The Championships will also have an international feel, with Malaysia and an international Monsoon team competing in the three day event. Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant and Australian Mixed Open assistant coach, Justin Creighton, will also run a ‘Trends of the Game’ workshop on Saturday morning. Round games will be played on Friday and Saturday before finals take place on Sunday, with grand finals being played at the following times:11.25am – Men’s 40’s12.25pm – Women’s 27’s1.30pm – Women’s 35’s2.35pm – Men’s 30’s3.40pm – Women’s Open4.45pm – Mixed Open5.50pm – Men’s Open To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 WA State Championships, please visit the following websites and social media pages:Website – – Twitter – – Related LinksWA State Champslast_img read more

Ranveer Singh on relationship with Deepika Padukone after marriage: No space for doubt or misgiving

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 11:01 IST Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are the most popular couple of B-town. After dating for almost six years, the couple tied the knot last year. Though it is often said that married couples fight, Ranveer Singh recently diffused this notion.In a recent interview with Femina, when Ranveer was asked if he and Deepika fight, the actor gave a to the point answer as he said, “We don’t fight.”Ranveer and Deepika dated for long and their marriage has done nothing but strengthen their relationship. Talking about the same, he said, “It has only gotten better. Now, we’re cocooned in love, and there is no space for doubt or misgiving. It’s grounded-ness, centred-ness, security, warmth, and joy. We share experiences and laugh together. The added security that comes with marriage has allowed our relationship to blossom further.”Ranveer also revealed one aspect of Deepika that only few know. He said, “There is a child-like quality to her that nobody other than me has the privilege of seeing. It’s a precious part of my life.”Ranveer recently celebrated his 34th birthday with Deepika in UK. The two are shooting for their upcoming film 83 in UK. Deepika took to Instagram to write an emotional post for Ranveer.She wrote, “Sensitive & emotional,caring & compassionate,generous & gentle,funny & intelligent,delightful & faithful…all this and so much more… To my husband,my friend,my lover,my confidante…but more often than not,my child,my infant,my toddler,my dot,my pineapple,my sunshine,my rainbow…May you forever and always be this way…I love you…”advertisementRanveer also posted an adorable picture of Deepika and wrote, “High on Cake! @deepikapadukone #happybirthdaytome.”Ranveer and Deepika will share the screen space in Kabir Khan’s sports drama 83, which is their first film together after getting married. While Ranveer will be seen as legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, Deepika will be seen as his wife Romi Dev.83, which tells the story of the Indian cricket team’s historic victory in the World Cup in 1983, is slated to hit the theatres on April 10, 2020.ALSO SEE | Ranveer Singh gifts fans his look as legendary cricketer Kapil Dev from 83 on birthdayALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in ItalyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVibha Maru Tags :Follow Ranveer SinghFollow Deepika Padukone Ranveer Singh on relationship with Deepika Padukone after marriage: No space for doubt or misgivingRanveer Singh opened up on how his relationship with Deepika Padukone has strengthen after marriage. The two are currently shooting for 83.advertisementlast_img read more

Gov’t Committed to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

first_img Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon Kamina Johnson Smith, says the Government is committed to the achievement of gender equality, equity and women’s economic empowerment. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon Kamina Johnson Smith, says the Government is committed to the achievement of gender equality, equity and women’s economic empowerment.This, she said is in keeping with national development objectives as expressed in Vision 2030 and bolstered by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).She noted that Jamaica continues to develop and implement a gender-sensitive national framework, policies and development plans and boasts the highest proportion of women managers, not only in the region but in the world, with 59 per cent of all managers being female.Senator Johnson-Smith was addressing a round-table panel discussion entitled ‘Leave No One Behind: Actions and Commitments for Women’s Economic Empowerment’ at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York recently.She said that the Government is committed to developing a society in which “no one is left behind” and will continue to champion the cause of gender equality.As such, she said, the Administration supports the full implementation of resolutions in the General Assembly and Security Council related to the advancement, peace and security of women, and in particular United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, pioneered by Jamaica during its presidency of the Security Council in 2001.She added that Jamaica has also ratified and remains committed to the implementation of several gender-related international instruments, such as the Beijing Platform for Action, International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention C087, C098 and C189 and the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).Minister Johnson Smith pointed out that the country is also keen to reform legal frameworks to protect informal workers and promote the formalisation of their work in line with ILO Recommendation 204.She pointed out that a Joint Select Committee of the Parliament is also reviewing four important pieces of legislation, which address violence against women, children and other vulnerable groups, including the Sexual Offences Act and the Domestic Violence Act.She noted that the Government has employed a multisectoral approach to addressing the issue of cultural bias that stymies the advancement of gender equality, and has engaged multiple ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to contribute actively to gender mainstreaming and to the strengthening of policies and legislation.Minister Johnson Smith informed that the 27 MDAs have received the Gender Equality Certification and Seal, which highlights that these entities have created equitable working conditions for women.The panel discussion was organised by the Group of Champions for Women’s Economic Empowerment and UN Women. Senator Johnson-Smith was addressing a round-table panel discussion entitled ‘Leave No One Behind: Actions and Commitments for Women’s Economic Empowerment’ at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York recently.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

Ivory Coast Starts USD 962 Million Port Abidjan Upgrade

first_imgzoom Ivory Coast started on Tuesday a four-year, EUR 854 million (USD 962) project to add a second container terminal at the Port of Abidjan and extend the Vridi Canal, a key link connecting this West African shipping hub to the Atlantic, France’s Le Figaro reports.This is the biggest economic infrastructure project in Ivory Coast in the last five years, with 85% of the funds provided by Chinese investors, including loans from China’s Eximbank.China Harbour Engineering Co. Ltd. was chosen as the general contractor for the projects.The second terminal will increase the Port of Abidjan’s annual capacity from 1.2 million to 3 million TEUs, turning it into one of the busiest sub-Saharan ports.A consortium comprising of two French groups, Bouygues and Bolloré Africa, and Dutch port operator APM Terminals, part of  Maersk Group, was granted the concession to build and operate the second terminal at the Port of Abidjan in March 2013.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

VIDEO: Ovation of the Seas Unveiled

first_imgThe third Quantum class cruise ship, Ovation of the Seas, was floated out of the Meyer Werft’s covered building dock yesterday.Built for the US cruise operator Royal Caribbean Cruises, the 168,666-gross ton vessel was constructed in 18 months, and is expected to join the owner’s fleet in spring this year.After it completed initial trials, Ovation of the Seas will now undergo a number of tests in the harbor.Meyer Werft said that, following this testing period, the 4,200-passenger ship will berth alongside the yard’s outfitting pier.With the delivery of the new vessel, Royal Caribbean Cruises will own three Quantum-class ships, while two more are under construction at Meyer Werft.World Maritime News Staff, Video: Meyer Werft/inselvideolast_img read more

SM Lines 1st Service to Include 5 Hanjin Boxships

first_imgFive vessels previously owned by South Korea’s bankrupt carrier Hanjin Shipping are to be deployed in the first service of SM Line, a new shipping firm formed by Samra Midas (SM) Group.On February 14, SM Line acquired the five 6,655 TEU boxships for USD 60 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.The ships in question are Hanjin Bremerhaven, Hanjin Budapest, Hanjin Port Kelang, Hanjin Tianjin and Hanjin Xiamen and all of them were built by South Korea’s shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) between 2006 and 2007.The recent purchase is in line with SM Line’s plan to enlarge its fleet. By 2018, the company intends to have a fleet of 21 vessels with a capacity of 110,000 TEU.After SM Group took over Hanjin’s Asia-US route, its newly established unit plans to start its first service on March 8 along the East and the South China Sea.The service will depart Busan in South Korea and stop in China, Thailand and Vietnam. Additionally, the firm’s first full service on its Asia-North America route is scheduled for April 21.What is more, SM Group reportedly plans to acquire stakes in Hanjin’s terminals in South Korea. The firm recently agreed with the Seoul bankruptcy court to buy a 100% stake in Gwangyang terminal and an 85.45% stake in Gyeongin terminal. In addition, it is likely that the company will buy the third Hanjin terminal located in Busan.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Presence of Saudi crown prince complicates G20 for Canadian government

first_imgOTTAWA — Human-rights organizations and foreign policy experts will be watching the G20 in Argentina closely this week as the attendance of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince complicates the summit for world leaders including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Alex Neve, the secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, says it will be vital for Canada to seek alliances with other countries gathered in Buenos Aires to make it more difficult for the crown prince to dismiss global concern about the killing of a Saudi journalist.Bessma Momani, a senior fellow with the Centre for International Governance Innovation, says Canada needs to send a message and sideline the crown prince during the summit.She says Mohammed Bin Salman will be on a quest to show off he is in charge and he will likely want to be seen with every leader willing to give him time.Canada is expected to raise the issue of the murder of writer Jamal Khashoggi during the G20.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is attending the summit, says Canada “very much” does not consider the Khashoggi case closed but she has not indicated whether Canada will have any direct meetings with Saudi Arabia at the G20.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Scarlett Johansson Calls For Typhoon Haiyan Aid In The Philippines

first_imgOxfam America has released a new public service announcement featuring Scarlett Johansson speaking about Oxfam’s work in the Philippines delivering emergency aid to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan and calling on viewers to help by donating at Scarlett Johansson and Oxfam Appeal to Aid Typhoon SurvivorsOxfam, an international humanitarian relief and development organization, is setting up programs that aim to reach 500,000 people affected by the crisis. Our teams are already on the ground, determining the needs and beginning distribution of critical aid. Oxfam’s goal in the first phase of the emergency is to ensure that 20,000 families – about 100,000 people – have access to food, safe water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene materials. As the people of the Philippines recover from Typhoon Haiyan, Oxfam will also help them rebuild their farming and fishing livelihoods as well as get markets up and running so that food is available in local shops.An internationally celebrated artist and Oxfam America Global Ambassador since 2005, Johansson has visited India, Sri Lanka, and Kenya helping to raise the voices of those affected by disasters, poverty and injustice.“The coming days and weeks are critical. Hundreds of thousands of people are without food, water, and shelter,” said Michael Delaney, director of humanitarian response for Oxfam America. “Families are drinking contaminated water from wells. The threat of disease and malnutrition is high. The need for life-saving emergency aid is immense.”Learn more about Oxfam’s relief work in the Philippines at Tweet @oxfamamerica using hashtag #Haiyan.last_img read more

BC budget funds 3500 teachers homes for homeless hikes taxes on rich

VICTORIA — British Columbia’s minority New Democrat government says it is starting to build the province all residents want, tabling a budget update that promises to hire 3,500 teachers and build thousands of rental units and homes for the homeless.Finance Minister Carole James said Monday the government’s first budget document puts people first after 16 years of Liberal rule where families, students and seniors struggled.The government forecasts a surplus of $246 million this year and economic growth of 2.9 per cent, up from the 2.1 per cent projected in last February’s budget.The New Democrats formed a minority government last June after the May election did not produce a clear winner in the 87-seat legislature. The NDP, with 41 seats, and the Greens with three seats, combined their seat totals to oust the Liberals in a non-confidence vote.“The budget really does invest in people to invest in B.C.,” James said in a briefing before introducing the budget in the legislature.“I am a big believer that a budget does not stand alone,” she said. “A budget is a tool to make sure the people of this province who built our economy benefit from the economy.”The updated budget confirmed many of the NDP’s spring election promises, but other major pledges appeared to be under review and considered works in progress.B.C.’s carbon tax, currently at $30 a tonne, will increase by $5 per tonne on April 1, 2018, James said. The $5 annual increases ensures B.C.’s carbon tax reaches the federal goal of $50 a tonne a year before Ottawa’s 2022 deadline for a set carbon price agreement across Canada.She also said the carbon tax will no longer be required to be revenue neutral and the expected $1.2 billion in revenues this year will fund government programs rather than tax measures.“We will use carbon tax revenue to support families and fund green initiatives to address our climate action commitments,” said James.Green Leader Andrew Weaver said he supports the increase and the move to drop revenue neutrality, saying the government could use the money to fund transportation initiatives.James acknowledged the government’s plan for a universal, $10-a-day child-care program and its promised $400 subsidy for renters are currently in planning stages and may be more fully addressed in the government’s budget this February.“We will implement programs and services as we are able,” she said. “You can’t turn back the clock on 16 years overnight. That’s not possible.”The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives said investing in affordable housing and offering start-up funding for a poverty reduction strategy are welcome changes, but delaying work on the child-care promises raises concerns.“The question is how ambitious their plan is going to be,” said economist Iglika Ivanova. “I’m expecting to see a lot more in the budget in February.”James said the government will invest $681 million over three years to hire more teachers and provide services for students.A Supreme Court of Canada ruling last year ordered B.C. to reinstate classroom composition rights taken away from the B.C. Teachers’ Federation about 15 years ago.The budget update contains immediate housing initiatives for renters and the homeless and housing will remain a major focus of February’s budget.She said the government will spend $208 million to build 1,700 affordable rental housing units and $291 million to build 2,000 modular housing units for homeless people.“Putting people first is our government’s priority, and we’re working on a comprehensive strategy to improve housing affordability, close speculation loopholes and reduce tax fraud and money laundering in B.C. real estate,” James said in her speech to the legislature.She said the government will cut Medical Services Premiums by 50 per cent in January and the government’s promise to increase income and disability assistance by $100 a month are budgeted at $472 million.The budget includes tax measures that lowers the corporate income tax rate for small business to two per cent from 2.5 per cent, but increases the general corporate tax rate from 11 per cent to 12 per cent.The personal income tax rate will jump from 14.7 per cent to 16.8 per cent for those earning $150,000 and over.Jock Finlayson, B.C. Business Council vice president, said the business community expected the tax changes as they were part of the NDP’s election platform, but “this budget isn’t going to create a lot of new investment.”He said the increase in personal income tax, coupled with federal government tax changes, could result in B.C. businesses not being able to attract top-job candidates.Opposition Liberal finance critic Shirley Bond said the budget did not contain a jobs plan or an economic agenda.“Today we see the NDP delivered a plan to spend,” she said. “There was no single mention of a jobs plan.” read more

The Latest James Holmes says he was driven to kill by depression

The Latest: James Holmes says he was driven to kill by depression, not anger FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, file photo, District Attorney George Brauchler leaves district court after a brief status hearing regarding Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes, in Centennial, Colo. Prosecutors are methodically building a case that Holmes knew right from wrong when he planned and carried out the deadly Colorado theater shooting, hoping to convince jurors that he should be convicted and executed and not sent to a mental hospital. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool, File) by The Associated Press Posted May 29, 2015 10:39 am MDT Last Updated May 29, 2015 at 8:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email 5 p.m. (MDT)Jurors in the Colorado theatre shooting have been sent home for the weekend after spending most of Friday listening to a videotaped interview of James Holmes by a state-appointed psychiatrist.District Attorney George Brauchler had interspersed about five hours of the recording with questioning of the psychiatrist, helping to frame what jurors heard. The psychiatrist, William Reid, told jurors he thought Holmes was struggling to protect himself from tumultuous emotions during the 22 hours of interviews, all of which jurors are expected to see, not trying to hide anything from prosecutors.___4:30 p.m. (MDT)James Holmes says he was driven to plot a mass killing out of depression.In a videotape that jurors in the Colorado theatre shooting watched Friday, Holmes tells a state-appointed psychiatrist he transferred suicidal feelings to homicidal thoughts because he was catatonic with depression after breaking up with a girlfriend and dropping out of their social circle.He denies he acted out of anger and says he had no desire to do anything except what he called the mission he set for himself.He says he felt compelled to buy more and more weapons in the months before the attack at the movie theatre.Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the July 20, 2012, Aurora theatre attack that killed 12 people and injured 70.Prosecutors are trying to prove he knew right from wrong at the time of the attack.___3:40 p.m. (MDT)Colorado theatre shooter James Holmes says he was pushing away friends and a possible relationship two months before the attack because he was consumed with the idea of becoming a killer.In a videotaped interview with a state-appointed psychiatrist played Friday in court, Holmes says he broke off a budding relationship because he didn’t want the woman to bear the stigma of being seen as the girlfriend of a murderer.He says his plan to carry out a mass killing was emerging as his main focus — more important than friends or his studies.Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the July 20, 2012, Aurora theatre attack that killed 12 people and injured 70.Prosecutors are trying to prove he knew right from wrong at the time of the attack.___2 p.m. (MDT)James Holmes says he wondered if he was under FBI surveillance as he prepared to attack moviegoers and that he hoped agents would stop him.In a videotaped interview with a state-appointed psychiatrist played Friday in court, Holmes says he worried about being followed and hoped he would be “locked away before I did it.”Holmes told Dr. William Reid about his persistent violent thoughts, including a feeling that he should shoot as many people as possible.Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Prosecutors are trying to prove he knew right from wrong at the time of the attack.They say a possible motive was anger and frustration over his struggles to work and communicate with other researchers a competitive neuroscience program.___12 p.m. (MDT)James Holmes returned from a Christmas vacation months before opening fire in a suburban Denver theatre feeling sick and increasingly anxious and depressed.In a video played for jurors, Holmes tells state-appointed psychiatrist William Reid that his mind was “falling apart,” he had been diagnosed with mononucleosis, and his first romantic relationship was ending. But he says he still passed all his classes.In the segments played before a one-hour lunch break, Holmes also describes freezing up as violent images played in his head when he felt awkward in social situations. He says he never felt suicidal but did imagine killing others.___10:55 a.m. (MDT)The man who opened fire in a Colorado theatre, killing 12, says he believes God might care about those killed.James Holmes described God as “everything” in an interview with a state-appointed psychiatrist that was shown at Holmes’ death penalty trial on Friday. Holmes said that as “everything,” God would care about the shootings only because they changed something. Pressed further, he said, “He might care that people were dying.”Jurors heard Holmes’ remarks in a video of his interview with Dr. William Reid.Reid, a key prosecution witness, has testified that he determined that Holmes was sane at the time of the Aurora theatre shooting. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.___10:30 a.m. (MDT)Jurors in the Colorado theatre shooting trial are again watching James Holmes’ videotaped interview with a state-appointed psychiatrist, after a roughly 20-minute interruption caused by a technical glitch.Dr. William Reid interviewed a medicated Holmes in 2014, about two years after the shooting.The video shows Reid trying to draw out the defendant on his relationships with other people.Holmes responds in short sentences with little elaboration. He talks about going to church with his family and visiting an orphanage in Mexico with a group from the University of California-Riverside when he was an undergraduate.Holmes says faith was important to his mother, but that he was “never really a believer.”He also describes his parents’ relationship as loving and says he felt loved.___9:30 a.m. (MDT)A technical glitch has interrupted attempts to show jurors in the Colorado theatre shooting trial another segment of a video of defendant James Holmes being interviewed by a state-appointed psychiatrist.After a few minutes of garbled sound and stop-and-start video Friday, Judge Carlos Samour called for a break with characteristic humour, saying he hoped non-lawyers could sort out the problem.District Attorney George Brauchler opened Dr. William Reid’s second day of testimony by asking him about his laid-back interviewing style. The psychiatrist says it’s aimed at getting as much information as possible from his subjects without being limited by assumptions.Reid also offered general impressions of Holmes, including that the defendant showed flashes of humour and wit.Reid conducted nine interviews totalling 22 hours with Holmes. He concluded Holmes was mentally ill but legally sane at the time of the attack.Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. read more

Liverpool airport security alert business as usual following precautionary evacuation

first_img 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. Britain’s Liverpool airport was evacuated earlier on Tuesday while a bomb disposal team dealt with a suspect package and now it is safe and it is “business as usual”, a spokesman for the airport said.The spokesman said the evacuation was a precautionary measure and now flights were coming in as usual.last_img

Sanitary products to be given out for free in secondary schools Chancellor

The Chancellor’s announcement is the latest in a series of moves by the Government to recognise the issue of what campaigners have termed “period poverty”. The government has already pledged to remove VAT on sanitary products – the so-called “tampon tax” – when the UK leaves the European Union. Currently it channels the revenue it raises to good causes. From July, hospitals will be ordered to supply free tampons and sanitary towels to patients, following a campaign by doctors.Medics had said it was unfair that some hospitals would provide men with razors and shaving foam but not offer women sanitary products. Britain's Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt  The organisation has joined campaigning efforts to remove taboos around menstruation and help girls who struggle to afford products such as pads and tampons.A new programme of activities designed by the charity WaterAid will see girls devise a drama to set out how they would deal with situations such as what to do if their period leaks onto their underwear or clothes while they are not at home. Britain’s Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt  Earlier this month, Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, unveiled a £2 million fund to tackle “period poverty” around the world.  According to the Department for International Development (Dfid) around half of women and girls in developing countries cannot afford sanitary products and are forced to use rags, grass and paper to manage their periods.  The Government Equalities Office also announced a task force, which will include government departments as well as manufacturers, retailers and charities, to help tackle period poverty in the UK.  Last year, the Girl Guides announced that they are introducing a “period poverty” badge as they encourage girls to discuss menstruation. Sanitary products are to be given out for free in secondary schools across England from September, the Chancellor has confirmed.Announcing the move in the Spring Statement, Philip Hammond said it followed concern from headteachers that girls are missing school because they cannot afford the products. The Department for Education will lead work to develop a national scheme to ensure the provision of free sanitary products to girls in secondary schools.Mr Hammond told MPs: “In response to rising concern by headteachers that some girls are missing school attendance due to inability to afford sanitary products, I have decided to fund the provision of free sanitary products in secondary schools and colleges in England from the next school year.”In response to a question in the Commons, Mr Hammond added later that he was “quite open to sensible suggestions” for how to address the issue in primary schools.School leaders welcomed the move, with the National Association for Head saying it was “the right thing to do”.Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, agreed but added that much more needs to be done to tackle the general issue of poverty among pupils.He said it is “extremely disappointing” that there is no extra cash for schools which are “creaking under the strain of funding pressures”. 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. read more

Samsungs latest mirrorless camera the NX11 comes with the new iFunction lens

first_imgA week before CES, Samsung has just rolled out the NX11, the successor to the popular NX10 and Samsung’s latest mirrorless camera with support for changing lenses.The NX11 ships with a standard 18-55mm i-Function lens, which is a new innovation introduced in the NX100, which affords photographers an easy way to control their camera’s settings without taking their eyes off their subject. It works by adding a button built right into the side of the lens that allows users to adjust their settings without looking at the LCD, and can activate controls like aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance. If you like i-Function, there’s two more lenses to try out as well: a 20mm pancake and a 20-50mm zoom.Inside, the NX11 boasts a best-in-class 14.6 megapixel APS-C sensor, far larger and more light sensitive than those used in micro four-thirds. Rounding out the features are a built-in flash, an electronic VGA viewfinder, a 3-inch AMOLED LCD display, reduced glare, enhanced color reproduction, 720p HD video recording.The price? A beefy $649. Can’t wait to see the reviews roll in on this read more