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first_imgMonths before the State Assembly polls, the Gujarat government on Thursday once again invited Patidar community leaders for talks to resolve the contentious quota issue. The government’s latest offer comes in the wake of the quota agitation leader Hardik Patel’s yatra in Patidar-dominated areas that saw him drawing massive crowds.Speaking to the media, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said he and other party leaders will meet representatives of the Patidar community and community organisations on September 26 to discuss their demands. However, Mr. Patel said, “I have not received any offer for talks from the government.” According to sources, the government’s latest move is aimed at isolating Hardik Patel and his aides, who have been openly campaigning against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the State.“It seems that the BJP wants to isolate Hardik by inviting community leaders for talks on the quota issue,” said a Patidar leader, requesting anonymity. However, he was not sure if the government’s attempt to isolate Hardik, who is the face the agitation , will succeed.When asked why Hardik Patel was not invited, the Deputy CM, who earlier held a series of rounds with community leaders, said that the two outfits — Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) and Sardar Patel Group (SPG) — had approached the religious organisations of the Patidar community to intervene and thus the government has invited the representatives of religious outfits for the talks. Meanwhile, Hardik and his aides have intensified their social media campaign against the BJP and the State. government.last_img read more

first_imgBUFFALO, NY — The NFL has its first full-time female coach.Kathryn Smith was promoted by the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday night to take over as special teams quality control coach on Rex Ryan’s staff.She will assist special teams coordinator Danny Crossman and his assistant Eric Smith, filling the role that opened after Michael Hamlin was not retained following the season.Smith’s appointment comes after Jen Welter served a six-week training camp internship last summer coaching inside linebackers for the Arizona Cardinals.Smith is well-known within the Bills staff after spending this season as an administrative assistant for the team’s assistant coaches. She spent the past seven years working alongside Ryan.She was the New York Jets player personnel assistant when Ryan took over as coach in 2009. Smith then served as Ryan’s assistant in 2014, his final year in New York before he was fired and then hired by the Bills.“She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong commitment, just to name a couple of her outstanding qualities,” Ryan said in a statement released by the team. “She has proven that she’s ready for the next step, so I’m excited and proud for her with this opportunity.”Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito expressed his support for Smith in a tweet.“Congrats Kathryn!! I know you will do a great job,” Incognito said in a post that included a thumb’s up and smiley face.This is not the first time the Bills broke the gender barrier. Linda Bogdan, in 1986, became the NFL’s first female scout, when she joined the team’s player personnel department. Bogdan, who died in 2009, was the daughter of late Bills Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson.Several NFL teams have employed women in prominent roles in the front office. Amy Trask was the Raiders’ chief executive officer for owner Al Davis from 1997 until she resigned in 2013.The Jets promoted long-time executive Jacqueline Davidson to director of football administration last season. She was previously the team’s manager of football administration.Dawn Aponte is Miami’s executive vice president of football administration, and has been involved in the front offices of the Dolphins, Jets, Browns and the NFL for 25 years.Among others on a quickly growing list of high-ranking women in NFL franchises include Katie Blackburn, Cincinnati’s executive vice president; Jeanne Bonk, San Diego’s executive vice president and chief financial officer; and Hannah Gordon, San Francisco’s vice president of legal and government affairs.But Smith’s promotion is the latest step for women getting a chance to join the coaching ranks of North America’s major professional sports.In August 2014, former WNBA player Becky Hammon was hired by the San Antonio Spurs to join coach Gregg Popovich’s staff, making her the NBA’s first full-time paid female assistant coach.Last month, the Seattle Mariners hired Amanda Hopkins as an area scout. In announcing the hiring, the team said Hopkins is believed to be the first female hired as a full-time scout by a major league team since the 1950s.In promoting Smith, Ryan said he consulted with Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.“You can see the success some of these young ladies are having in the coaching profession, such as the young lady that is an assistant to coach Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs, and realize how exciting this is for women like Kathryn Smith as well as the Bills organization,” Ryan said.Smith has 13 seasons of NFL experience, and began her career in 2003 as a Jets game-day/special events intern. Two years later, the Jets promoted her to become a college scouting intern, and eventually became the team’s player personnel assistant in 2007.___AP Sports Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgStefanos Tsitsipas is through to the fourth round at Melbourne Park with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.Tsitsipas broke the Georgian player’s serve to take a 4-3 lead, then had a match point on Basilashvili’s serve at 5-3. He served out the match in the next game, winning when Basilashvili hit a forehand into the net.Tsitsipas is the first Greek man to reach the round of 16 at two tennis majors. Next he will face defending champion Roger Federer. The six-time champion conceded only three points on his first serve in a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 win over 21-year-old American Taylor Fritz, who was bidding to reach the fourth round at a major for the first time..Tsitsipas received a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct from chair umpire Alexandra Robein when he became angry after having his service broken while serving for the third set at 5-4. While serving for the first set, he had to stop because of a screaming infant in the Margaret Court Arena crowd.Rain and wet courts continued to delay the start of play on all the outside courts. Play went ahead on the three main show courts with the stadium roofs closed.Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas smiles as he leaves the court after defeating Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)_____12:20 p.m.Greek stars Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari featured on two of the three main show courts at Melbourne Park as rain delayed the start of play on outside courts.It’s the first time a Greek man and woman have advanced to the third round at the same Grand Slam tournament since 1936.At Rod Laver Arena, Sakkari lost the first set to Ashleigh Barty 7-5 and the Australian received treatment for an apparent stomach muscle issue at the end of the first set. A group of young men in blue t-shirts were vocal supporters of Sakkari, chanting Greek songs that echoed around the closed-roof arena.Over at adjoining Margaret Court Arena, Tsitsipas took the opening set 6-3 against Nikoloz Basilashvili but the Georgian player won the second by the same score.Tsitsipas was having to deal with an inconsistent ball toss, a bird trapped inside the arena that frequently swooped low over the court and a chair umpire that mispronounced his name.One Greek fan frequently began a slow clap just before Tsitsipas’ serves and yelled “go go go.” With the Greek player trailing 3-0 in the second set, moral support appeared to be on the way: Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach, came down the stairs and headed to his player’s box. Tsitsipas trains at the Mouratoglou Academy in France.TweetPinShare1515 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgJuventus 3 Crotone 0: Bianconeri warm up for Napoli clash with routine win Omnisport Last updated 1 year ago 05:38 11/27/17 Mario Mandzukic - cropped Getty Images Juventus had the best possible preparation for Friday’s mouth-watering clash against Napoli with a routine win over Crotone. Juventus returned to winning ways in Serie A as goals from Mario Mandzukic, Mattia De Sciglio and Medhi Benatia secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Crotone at the Allianz Stadium.Massimiliano Allegri’s side suffered a surprise 3-2 defeat to Sampdoria last weekend, but bounced back in style to keep the pressure on Inter and Napoli, who had both won earlier in the weekend.Juve now travel to league leaders Napoli on Friday knowing that a win will put them just one point behind Maurizio Sarri’s high-flying side at the summit of Serie A. Article continues below 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 The Bianconeri dominated throughout and should have opened the scoring in the first half, but Blaise Matuidi squandered two golden opportunities to open his account for the club following his move from Paris Saint-Germain.However, Mandzukic eased any nerves in the 51st minute with a fine header, as Juve equalled their own Serie A record of scoring in 43 consecutive league games.Substitute De Sciglio then scored the first senior goal of his career with a superb strike from distance on the hour before Benatia tapped in from close-range to complete the scoring in the 71st minute.A goal worth the wait!Congratulations @mattia_desci on your first @SerieA_TIM strike!#JuveCrotone #ForzaJuve— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 26, 2017Juventus, who handed a belated debut to Benedikt Howedes following his loan move from Schalke in August, started on the front foot and should have been ahead after four minutes.Matuidi collected Douglas Costa’s pass just inside the penalty area but, after seeing off the attentions of two Crotone defenders, he flashed his shot wide of Alex Cordaz’s right post.The well-organised visitors kept Juve at bay for the opening half hour, limiting them to shots from distance and hopeful crosses, which were comfortably dealt with by defenders Arlind Ajeti, Federico Ceccherini and Mario Sampirisi.France international Matuidi again came close to breaking the deadlock 10 minutes before the break, heading agonisingly wide from Costa’s clipped cross.Cordaz then got down well to push away Alex Sandro’s fierce drive, while Mandzukic headed just wide as Juve cranked up the pressure before the interval.Benny ‘s out orders early on in his debut. #JuveCrotone— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 26, 2017 Juve’s relentless approach paid off six minutes into the second half as Mandzukic scored just his third league goal of the season.Andrea Barzagli roamed into space down the right and whipped in a cross that the Croatian expertly guided into the corner with his head, giving Cordaz no chance.De Sciglio replaced Stephan Lichtsteiner after 56 minutes and, just four minutes later, he crashed in a stunning long-range drive with just his third touch of the ball to double Juve’s advantage – his first goal in over 180 appearances for club and country.Juve then got their third 11 minutes later when substitute Miralem Pjanic’s cross was parried by Cordaz into the path of Benatia, who had the simple task of slotting home from inside the six-yard box. KEY OPTA STATS- Mario Mandzukic has opened the scoring in all three of their Serie A games against Crotone.- Mandzukic has scored three goals in Serie A this season, all in home games.- Mattia De Sciglio scored his first Serie A goal in his 112th game.- Miralem Pjanic played his 200th Serie A game.- Crotone have conceded the most headed goals in Serie A this season (6).- Juventus have scored the most goals from outside the box in Serie A this season (8). read morelast_img read more

first_imgTerry Beckner Jr. tears up as he commits to Mizzou.Five-star defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. is an imposing figure, standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 293 pounds. Beckner possesses an impressive physical stature but showed an equally powerful emotional side as he broke down in tears this morning before announcing his decision to sign with Missouri. Beckner hails from East St. Louis, Ill., a city that has been hit hard by poverty and crime. It’s awesome seeing how much this moment meant for Beckner and the family members that surrounded him. Good luck to the young man as he stays local.last_img

first_imgArsenal head coach Unai Emery voiced his admiration for Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos, who is reportedly poised to join the Premier League side.The Madrid midfielder Ceballos is on the verge of completing a season-long loan move to Arsenal, with the Gunners will paying a loan fee for the 22-year-old, while also covering his wages – believed to be around £3m a year.It has been a slow transfer window for Arsenal, who have been linked with Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney, Saint-Etienne teenager William Saliba and Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Asked about Spain international Ceballos on the eve of Tuesday’s International Champions Cup clash against Madrid in Maryland, Emery told reporters: “We were speaking about the possibility to sign one player on loan and we have different names.”The club was working on that. Ceballos is a very good player, I know him from Betis at the beginning and also at Real Madrid.”He played very well with the under-21s, they won with his national team in this competition.”   Arsenal head into Tuesday’s match having won all three of their pre-season games in the United States.The Gunners have beaten Colorado Rapids 3-0, Bayern Munich 2-1 and Fiorentina 3-0 with a number of their youngsters impressing, including Eddie Nketiah, who has provided three goals so far. “We started to play against Colorado Rapids with a lot of young players and progressively we are using less minutes and to share with the experienced players,” Emery said when asked about Arsenal’s young players.”It depends on the matches. Tomorrow, at the beginning I want to take more minutes with the players thinking about our progress for the first match against Newcastle.”But also, we are going to use some young players at the beginning or during the match to continue trying with this difficult capacity against Real Madrid.”After facing Real Madrid, Arsenal will face Lyon in the Emirates Cup in London on Sunday before visiting Angers and Barcelona to conclude their pre-season.The Gunners will then begin the Premier League campaign at Newcastle on August 11.last_img read more

first_imgDejan Lovren’s proposed move from Liverpool to Roma is off, Goal can confirm.The Croatia defender was the subject of strong interest from the Serie A side, and was ready to call time on his five-year Anfield career as he looks to secure first-team football.Roma had indicated they would be prepared for pay an initial £15 million ($18m) to sign the 30-year-old, with Liverpool ready to reluctantly allow the centre-back to leave. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But the Reds have become frustrated by what they feel are the Italian club’s attempts to unsettle the player and then secure him on the cheap. Despite negotiations this week, Roma did not come up with a firm proposal for a permanent move, instead using Italian-based intermediaries to try and negotiate a cut-price loan deal, which was immediately rejected. Negotiations now have been halted, leaving Roma boss Paulo Fonseca frustrated, and his club forced to turn to alternative targets, including Besiktas’ Domagoj Vida – an international team-mate of Lovren’s – and Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo.As for Lovren, he could still leave Liverpool before the end of the month, with AC Milan now in the driving seat – although it remains to be seen if the Rossoneri would be prepared to meet the Reds’ asking price.Lovren was not in the squad for Liverpool’s Premier League opener with Norwich last Friday, and missed Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea in Istanbul due to illness. He could return to the squad for Saturday’s game against his former club Southampton at St Mary’s.Naby Keita Liverpool 2018-19Naby Keita, though, will miss out due to a hip muscle injury sustained in training on Tuesday, with Jurgen Klopp admitting he does not know how long the Guinea midfielder will be sidelined for.Liverpool also have concerns over goalkeeper Adrian, who suffered an ankle injury in bizarre fashion following the Super Cup win.”I don’t understand why in the world of social media when we are all together, a supporter jumped over something and kicked [Adrian’s] ankle,” Klopp told his Friday press conference. “It is swollen but we have to see. Apart from that it was a brilliant night for him.”Liverpool have Andy Lonergan, the veteran goalkeeper, on standby to start against Southampton, while youngster Caiomhin Kelleher could be in the squad having recovered from a broken wrist.Klopp did, however, confirm that Adrian’s ankle was better than first feared, and an assessment will be made before the team travel on Friday evening.last_img read more

first_imgformer alabama quarterback jalen hurtsTUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks the field between quarters against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley made a somewhat surprising admission about quarterback Jalen Hurts ahead of the 2019 season.The former Alabama star is expected to start behind center for the Sooners in 2019, though he apparently hasn’t won the job yet.Riley said at Big 12 Media Days on Monday that Hurts still needs to win the job. Riley had been asked what sets Hurts apart from the rest of Oklahoma’s quarterbacks.“He’s gotta win the job first,” Riley said. “If he wins the job, then we’ll talk about that.” It would be hugely surprising if Hurts did not start at Oklahoma when the 2019 regular season begins in a little more than a month.The Sooners have a couple of talented quarterbacks, though none have close to the experience of Hurts.Oklahoma is set to begin its season on Sept. 1 against Houston.Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. E.T. on ABC.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed bulker owner Songa Bulk ASA has entered into an agreement to acquire a 2012-built Kamsarmax bulker built at Tsuneishi in Japan.Songa Bulk said it would establish a wholly-owned subsidiary to take delivery of the 82,188 DWT vessel, set to take place in October 2017.The latest acquisition brings the company’s fleet to 15 vessels, which resulted in an investment worth USD 279.6 million.The vessels include two Capesizes, ten Kamsarmaxes, one Ultramax and two Supramaxes.The purchase comes on the heels of the buying spree from August when the Norwegian shipowner bought three second-hand Kamsarmaxes.Prompted by attractive second-hand prices, Songa Bulk announced last month it would be looking into more ship acquisitions.To this end, the company completed a tap issue of USD 45 million in its Senior Secured Callable Bond Issue, the net proceeds of which have been earmarked for the financing of bulker acquisitions. The total nominal amount outstanding in the bond following the tap issue will be USD 120 million.last_img read more

first_imgzoomImage by Navingo French shipping major CMA CGM has reached an agreement to purchase a 10% equity interest in CSP Zeebrugge Terminal from CHINA SHIPPING Ports.The interest in the terminal was acquired through CMA CGM’s wholly-owned subsidiary CMA Terminals.“Through this investment, CMA CGM is pleased to develop its strategic partnership with COSCO SHIPPING Ports and to be part of Zeebrugge Terminal’s future,” Farid T. Salem, Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, said.The shipping firm accounted for one third of the total throughput of CSP Zeebrugge terminal in 2017.The parties informed that the strategic partnership between CMA CGM and COSCO SHIPPING Ports should foster the development of CSP Zeebrugge into a major hub port in Northwest Europe.“Zeebrugge enjoys a central location in Europe which, combined with CMA CGM service offering and customer-centric strategy, will offer many new opportunities to the Group’s customers. This investment is in line with the Group’s global strategy and will strengthen CMA CGM’s position in the deep-sea container trades,” Salem added.COSCO SHIPPING Ports completed the acquisition of the remaining 76% equity interest in CSP Zeebrugge terminal in November 2017 and made it a wholly-owned subsidiary.last_img read more

first_imgBrussels: The European Union will sign a deal to remove virtually all customs duties on trade with Vietnam on Sunday, the EU Commission announced. The accord was negotiated back in December 2015, but EU member states only gave their approval on Wednesday at a ministerial meeting. EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom will travel to Hanoi at the weekend to sign the deal and the EU parliament is expected to ratify it later this year. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London”I am very pleased to see that Member States have given a green light to our trade and investment agreements with Vietnam,” Malmstrom said. “Beyond the clear economic benefits, this deal also aims to strengthen respect for human rights as well as protecting the environment and workers’ rights.” EU-Vietnam trade represents 50 billion euros in goods and four billion inn services, and Europe is keen to secure access to 95 million consumers. But Brussels has expressed concern in the past about the former French colony’s human rights record.last_img read more

first_imgLucknow: Two policemen were killed Wednesday in Sambhal district as unidentified assailants opened fire at a jail van and helped three undertrials escape from the custody. Sambhal Superintendent of Police Yamuna Prasad said two constables, escorting some undertrial prisoners to Moradabad, were shot dead day by heavily armed criminals in an audacious attack on the police team. The incident took place at Dhannumal crossing near Banither village in the district when a police van returning with 24 undertrials prisoners to Moradabad after hearings in a Chandausi court was attacked by some persons, said Additional DG (Law and Order) P V Ramashastri. The deceased constables were identified as Harendra and Brijpal. Attempts are on to nab the culprits, Ramashastri said.last_img

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada Food Guide quick factsHealth Canada has updated its advice for Canadians to help them eat better and develop healthier food habits.What’s new:– Recommends eating plenty of veggies and fruits, whole grains and protein foods– Promotes choosing proteins that come from plants more often– Says water should be your drink of choice– Provides tips on what to avoid or limit: processed, prepared foods, added sodium and sugar– Emphasizes reading food labels and being aware of marketing influenceWhat’s out:– No more food groups or portion sizes– Dairy no longer its own category; healthy dairy options now included with proteins and unsweetened drinks– Daily intake of oils and fats no longer promoted and saturated fats discouraged– No more promotion of juice or sweetened milkNew healthy eating lifestyle tips include:– Cook more often rather than buying meals– Be mindful of eating habits– Take time to eat rather than eating while working or doing other things– Involve others in planning and preparing meals– Food traditions can be part of healthy eating; share them across generations and cultures– Eat with other peopleThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment COLLABORATIONYEAA strives to create a network, develop connections, and cultivate the next generation of film artists. Twitter CREATIONYEAA commits to fostering and encouraging the community of emerging artists in the development and creation of original work. Connect with us!Facebook: @YEAAVancouverInstagram: @yeaavancouver Login/Register With: Co-ChairsJaslyn Collins, Emma Ross, Darby Steeves, and Alexandra Coburn Facebookcenter_img Advertisement We will workshop and produce new scripts pitched by a member as a committee project. Upon completion, we will host a screening of the project to showcase our work! Advertisement YEAA (The Young Emerging Artists Assembly) The mission of YEAA Vancouver is to establish a safe space for emerging union artists (who play 17-30) to build relationships and develop their craft. EDUCATIONThe YEAA committee will provide opportunities for professional development and introduce young emerging actors to existing organizations within the city. We are passionate about organizing workshops and panels which will advance the work the young film community wishes to create. Additionally, YEAA Vancouver strives to increase the knowledge-base for emerging artists in regards to what the union can provide for them; how to best utilize their membership. Part of our goal as a committee is to organize industry events and host fundraisers for our future endeavors. We are excited to work with existing groups to continue to build an inviting network for emerging union film artists.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt has been 40 years, but the remains of more than a dozen Inuit have finally been returned to their resting place in northern Labrador.In the 1970s, researchers at Memorial University in St. John’s removed the remains for study.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin was there.last_img

Washington – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon should get Algeria and Polisario separatists to listen to the voice of reason, Robert Holley, former US diplomat and expert in the region underlined, stressing that they should embrace the virtues of the Sahara Autonomy Plan.Algeria and the Polisario should come “to understand and embrace the reality that a ‘mutually acceptable political solution’ means giving up the idea of creating yet another fragile micro-state in an already fragile and dangerous region,” Holley said in an article published on highlighted that Morocco has put on the table “a more than generous offer” to grant the Sahara an autonomous status, adding that Morocco’s proposal “has been repeatedly acknowledged as ‘serious, credible and realistic’ by both Washington and many others that matter.” “This problem has only one solution”, he underlined, adding that the United Nations will do peace in a huge favor if it “makes a serious effort at getting the recalcitrant in Algiers and Tindouf to understand that.”The Algerian regime and the leader of the separatists should “let the people in these gulags choose their own destiny” and allow “those in the camps (who) would like nothing better than the opportunity to go home to Morocco with their families and belongings” to do so, the American expert added.“It’s time for the Polisario to get out of the way and allow the UN High Commission for Refugees to launch a voluntary repatriation program to assist those in the camps to return home if they so choose,”  he added.He noted that the UN Secretary General has often warned in public the last few years that the dispute over Sahara has become “a time bomb that needs to be defused as security matters in the wider Sahara/Sahel region continue to threaten the peace and stability of the whole of both northern and sub-Saharan Africa.”MWN with MAP read more

The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales climbed 1.0 per cent to $57.1 billion in January, boosted by higher sales in the food as well as the electrical equipment, appliance and component industries.The agency says it was the first move higher following three consecutive months of declines.Economists on average had expected an increase of 0.4 per cent for January, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Sales were up in 15 of 21 industries, representing 55.9 per cent of total manufacturing sales.Food manufacturing sales rose 2.8 per cent to $8.8 billion in January, following a 2.1 per cent drop in December, while the electrical equipment, appliance and component industry rose 13.0 per cent to $1.1 billion, following a 0.2 per cent move lower in December.Manufacturing sales in volume terms rose 1.4 per cent. read more

20 April 2009The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today welcomed the release of nine men, members of a Senegalese AIDS awareness group, who had been imprisoned for their sexual orientation. The men were arrested last December and sentenced the following month by the Senegalese courts for “acts against nature and the creation of an association of criminals.”UNAIDS, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), civil society organizations, the French Embassy and the Swedish Embassy representing the European Union (EU) mounted a campaign to secure the release of the detainees, who work for an organization called AIDES Senegal.“Homophobia and criminalization based on a person’s sexual orientation is fueling the AIDS epidemic,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. “We urge Senegal to remove such laws that block the AIDS response.”The agency stressed that the rights of men who have sex with men must be protected, with laws prohibiting sexual acts between consenting adults in private being amended to curb stigma and discrimination.Further, UNAIDS called for the enforcement of anti-discrimination, the provision of legal aid services and the promotion of campaigns that address homophobia. read more

Toronto, U.S. stock markets mostly rise as Fed chair contender withdraws AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 16, 2013 8:40 am MDT TORONTO – North American markets were mostly higher as investors bet that stimulus funding from the Fed will continue to flow for a little while longer following news that economist Larry Summers is out of the race for the top job at the U.S. central bank.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 93.48 points to 12,816.88. The Canadian dollar lifted 0.20 of a cent to 96.93 cents US.Larry Summers has long been perceived as an opponent to the Fed’s aggressive $85 billion a month bond-buying program, which has helped push down interest rates to spur lending and jump-start economic growth. The program, dubbed quantitative easing, has also weakened the U.S. dollar and boosted stock markets.The Dow Jones industrials surged 118.72 points to 15,494.78 and the broader market measure, the S&P 500, added 9.61 points to 1,697.60.“Certainly, markets are interpreting Summers’ withdrawing from the race as Fed chairman implies that quantitative easing could persist for longer, that (higher) interest rates could be pushed further into the future,” said Paul Ferley, assistant chief economist at the Royal Bank of Canada.The departure of Summers, who was considered to be President Barack Obama’s first choice to succeed current Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, now puts vice-chair Janet Yellen in the lead for the position. Yellen is believed to be a supporter of the bank’s stimulus program.Obama is expected to make the nomination as early as this month.The development comes as the Fed is set to make a key announcement Wednesday on what it plans to do about the asset purchases. It’s widely expected that the central bank will announce that it’ll begin tapering anywhere between US$10 billion to US$15 billion a month on signs that the U.S. economic recovery is moving forward. What is still left up in the air is at what pace the money will be rolled back.Meanwhile, after being positive for most of the day, the Nasdaq fell 4.34 points to 3,717.85, pulled down by losses from tech giant Apple Inc., which unveiled two new iPhone models last week. Apple (Nasdaq:AAPL) fell more than three per cent, or $14.78, to close at US$450.12.After weeks of uncertainty over Syria, United Nations inspectors confirmed Monday that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in an attack last month in Syria that killed hundreds of people.The findings represent the first official confirmation by scientific experts that chemical weapons have been used in Syria’s civil war, but the report left the key question of who launched the attack unanswered.The rebels and their U.S. and western supporters have said the government of President Bashar Assad was behind the Aug. 21 attack, while Damascus and its closest ally, Russia, blame the rebels.Commodities were mixed as the October crude contract dipped $1.62 to US$106.59 a barrel. December gold bullion saw an uptick of $9.20 to US$1,317.80 an ounce. December copper was up two cents at US$3.22 a pound.Nearly all sectors on the Toronto Stock Exchange closed up with sizable gains, as the info tech sector led the charge with an uptick of 2.56 per cent. Shares in Wi-Lan Inc. (TSX:WIN) were up nearly seven per cent, or 23 cents, to $3.62 after the company and Alcatel Lucent USA Inc. agreed to settle their dispute over several patents and withdraw litigation before U.S. district courts in Florida and Texas.On the corporate front, Aimia Inc. announced it has reached an agreement with TD Bank Group and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce for its popular Aeroplan loyalty credit card programs. Under the deal, each bank would have the rights to half the portfolio of accounts.Shares in Aimia (TSX:AIM) gained more than seven per cent, or $1.22, to $17.85. TD (TSX:TD) shares were up 0.97 per cent, or 87 cents, at $90.79, while shares in CIBC (TSX:CM) jumped 0.75 per cent, or 61 cents, to $81.74.Meanwhile, Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) flew the first test flight of its CSeries commercial aircraft Monday. The flight sets off a year of testing, leading to delivery of the first aircraft, which seats 110 to 125 passengers and is slated to enter into service in about a year. The heavily anticipated first flight had been delayed three times over nearly nine months. Its share fell 0.6 per cent, or three cents, to $4.96.Air Canada shares also rose more than four per cent, or 15 cents, to $3.43 after Canada’s largest airline announced that the company’s stock was being added to the S&P/TSX Composite Index after the close of trading Sept. 20.In economic news, Statistics Canada said foreign investors resumed purchases of Canadian securities in July, adding $6.1 billion to their holdings. That followed a $15.4-billion divestment in June. Meanwhile, Canadian investment in foreign securities slowed to $900 million and focused on bonds.South of the border, U.S. factories boosted output 0.7 per cent in August, the best since December, mainly led by auto production. read more