Rio Olympics: India to send their largest ever contingent for the Games

first_imgThe Olympics this year is going to be a very significant event for India as it will send its largest ever contingent – about 90 athletes – to the Games in Rio de Janeiro beginning August 5, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.”About 90 athletes have qualified for Olympics in Rio. India will send the largest ever contingent this year,” said Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, while replying on behalf of Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal during Question Hour. Rijiju clarified that 58 sports persons have qualified for the individual events while 32 hockey players – both men and women – have also made it to the Olympics.The Minister said special assistance has been given to sporting talents for their training both in India and abroad.Trinamool Congress MP and former footballer Prasun Banerjee, who had participated in Olympics in Moscow in 1980, said there was no dearth of talent in India but sports persons face problems in getting assistance and proper infrastructure.Rijiju said government was always ready to accept suggestions and advice for improvement of sports, sporting infrastructure and promotion of athletes.last_img read more

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a month agoFabinho insists Liverpool need ‘something extra’ to break title drought

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Fabinho insists Liverpool need ‘something extra’ to break title droughtby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabinho says Liverpool have to do “something extra” after finishing second last season with a record points total of 97.The Reds have got off to the perfect start to this term with five wins from five games.”Last season we achieved a club record number of points in the Premier League,” he told the official Liverpool FC magazine.”I think it was the third-highest points total in the history of the competition. This shows how much the level of competition is increasing.”We’re a great team but all our rivals are very strong as well, it shows that if we want to be champions we have to do something extra. “It’s not enough beating the record, sometimes we have to do even more.”We’ve focused upon this at the start of the season and started really well. I hope this run of form continues as it will help with our confidence in the forthcoming games.” last_img read more

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9 days agoLiverpool to listen to offers for Herbie Kane

first_imgLiverpool to listen to offers for Herbie Kaneby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool will listen to offers for Herbie Kane in January.Although the 20-year-old is highly-rated at Anfield, the club feel as though he won’t be able to crack into Jurgen Klopp’s first team.Football Insider says Rangers, Swansea and Hull City are all interested in the central midfielder.Kane excelled on loan last season at Doncaster Rovers. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Video: Taylor Swift Watched Her Brother Graduate From Notre Dame Today, She’s Pretty Excited

first_imgNotre Dame's mascot dancing with the band.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 16: The Leprechaun from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish excites the crowd in front of the Notre Dame Marching band against of the Michigan Wolverines September 16, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan won 47-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Everett Golson, Jerian Grant and Pat Connaughton weren’t the only notable people to graduate from Notre Dame today. Taylor Swift’s brother, Austin, also graduated from the prestigious university. The pop star was in attendance at Notre Dame Stadium to watch the ceremony, too. She was pretty excited for her sibling.last_img

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Aglukkaq to determine fate of mine plan criticized by environmental panel and

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–The final word on a proposed open pit gold and copper mine that the Tsilhqot’in British Columbia have vowed to oppose at all cost now rests with Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq.Aglukkaq has received a report from the Environment Assessment Agency’s environmental review panel report on Taseko Mines Ltd.’s proposed $1 billion New Prosperity Mine, according to a spokesperson.The report found the project would have a serious impact on water quality, fish and grizzly bear habitat and impact the Aboriginal rights and title of the Tsilhqot’in and the Secwepemc nations.The panel has no power to reject the project, which is a federal cabinet decision which will be based on weighing the project`s environmental impacts versus its economic benefit.Aglukkaq’s spokesperson Amanda Gordon said cabinet would study the issue and the minister would announce the fate of the project in the coming months. The minister has four months to respond to the panel report.The proposed project is expected to have a 20-year lifespan and sit about 125 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake, B.C.Former environment minister Jim Prentice already rejected a previous version of Taseko’s proposed mine project in 2010. The previous federal Liberal government also rejected the project in the mid-1990s.Tsilhqot’in National Government Tribal Chair Joe Alphonse said in a statement that Ottawa needs to put “a nail in the coffin,” and kill the proposed project for good.“First Nations will be outraged if the federal government accepts this project after rejecting the first one,” said. “This report makes it abundantly clear that the only misinformation being put out about his project is the company’s own claims that it has addressed all the issues and that its proposal will present no problems.”Taseko, however, said in a statement it disputed some of the report’s findings.“We strongly disagree with the panel’s findings related to the potential impact on the water quality, fish and fish habitat of Fish Lake. Taseko will challenge these findings as they contradict best practices in place around the world today and expert opinion and analysis,” said the company in the statement. “The report in most respects agrees with our assessment that there would be no significant adverse affects. The risks are modest and the social and economic benefits are enormous.”The fate of Fish Lake, which is sacred to the Tsilhqot’in, has been at the centre of the battle over the proposed mine.Taseko’s initial proposal would have drained Fish Lake and turned adjacent Little Fish Lake and part of Fish Creek into tailings ponds, holding waste from the mine. The company plans to construct 7.8 km of earth-rock filled dams that will rise up to 115 metres high.The 27 square-kilometre mine is being constructed in the Fish Creek watershed which includes Fish Lake and Little Fish Lake. The watershed drains into the Taseko River.The company’s updated proposal for the mine would still destroy Little Fish Lake, but try to artificially preserve Fish Lake, which will see a reduction in water flow from tributaries.The panel, however, cast doubt on the company’s plan.“Taseko underestimated the volume of tailings pore water seepage leaving the tailings storage facility and the impacts on water quality caused by the recirculation of water within Fish Lake and Upper Fish Creek system,” said the panel, in its executive summary. “The panel also determined considerable uncertainty remains regarding Taseko’s contingency plan for water treatment…The panel has determined that the proposed target water quality objectives for Fish Lake are not likely achievable.”The panel said the project would “result in a significant adverse affect on fish and fish habitat in Fish Lake.”The panel found that the mine site would bury Tsilhqot’in burial and cremation sites and have an “adverse” impact on Tsilhqot’in and Secwepemc ceremonial and spiritual practices.“The panel has determined that the project would have adverse affects on the Tsilhqot’in current use of lands and resources for traditional purposes, archeological and historical sites and cultural heritage and that these adverse effects could not be mitigated and therefore would be significant,” the panel said.The panel determined that the Tsilhqot’in have “proven and asserted” Aboriginal rights on the mine site area, while the Esk’etemc and the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem have asserted Aboriginal rights and title on the transmission line corridor.“The project would adversely affect established and asserted rights and title for the Tsilhqot’in and Secwepemc Nations,” said the panel.The panel found that the mine project is also expected to have a negative impact on the south Chilcotin grizzly bear population, which is listed as “threatened” by the B.C. government.“If (Taseko’s) mitigation measures proposed by Taseko were effectively implemented, the South Chilcotin grizzly bear population would babe in better shape after the project than before the project, however, effectively implementing these measures could be challenging.”Taskeo says the project would create 550 direct jobs and 1,280 indirect jobs along with pumping $26.2 million annually into government coffers during construction and $48 million annually during [email protected]last_img
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Institutional investors key to driving increase in women on boards report

first_imgTORONTO – The support of institutional investors is key to driving any meaningful increase in female representation on corporate boards and in the executive suites, a new analysis suggests.The review authored by lawyers at Bay St. law firm Torys LLP says increased scrutiny on board composition has become a growing area of focus for big investors.“While they have traditionally engaged with boards behind closed doors to advocate for governance or other strategic initiatives, institutional investors are becoming more openly vocal about the value of a diverse board that includes women,” the analysis said of the situation in Canada.It pointed to the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance’s gender diversity policy and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, which expressly encourages gender diversity on boards.The report noted that the number of women have increased in recent years, but women in director seats continue to account for a significant minority.A report earlier this month by the Canadian Securities Administrators found the percentage of board seats filled by women has edged higher in recent years.The report found the total percentage of board seats occupied by women increased to 14 per cent compared with 12 per cent last year and 11 per cent in 2015 when the report was first published.The Ontario Securities Commission is set to hold a roundtable on women on boards and in executive positions on Oct. 24.last_img read more

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AutoCanada expanding into the US with deal to acquire Grossinger Auto Group

first_imgEDMONTON – AutoCanada Inc. has signed an agreement to expand into the United States for the first time with the acquisition of the Grossinger Auto Group for $110 million.The deal includes eight dealerships in the Chicago area plus six luxury and premium brands in an auto mall in Bloomington-Normal, Ill.AutoCanada says the U.S. market provides it with highly attractive growth opportunities.The company says a majority of the acquired dealerships will continue to operate under the Grossinger name and local store leadership.The dealerships to be acquired sold 7,626 new vehicles and 7,304 used vehicles last year.The deal is subject to customary conditions and is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACQ)last_img

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38 killed as floods worsen in Mozambique after 2nd cyclone

first_imgPemba: Heavy rain battered northern Mozambique on Monday as residents and relief workers confronted the widespread devastation wrought by Cyclone Kenneth, the strongest cyclone to ever hit Africa, which killed 38 people and destroyed thousands of homes. Roads have been washed away, fields submerged and many buildings wrecked by the storm, which came weeks after Cyclone Idai hit the Mozambican city of Beira, 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) to the south. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportCyclone Kenneth made landfall late on Thursday in Cabo Delgado province, packing wind gusts of up to 220 kilometres per hour. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) described it as the strongest cyclone to ever lash the continent, and predicted further heavy rain over the coming days. “Cyclone Kenneth made landfall at the end of the rainy season, when river levels were already high, increasing the risk of river flooding,” the UN agency said in its latest update. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”Humanitarian needs in Mozambique have sky-rocketed, and the humanitarian response will need to rapidly scale-up.” According to figures provided by the Mozambique authorities to NGOs, around 200,000 people in Pemba city, the capital of Cabo Delgado, are in danger. According to a preliminary toll from the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC), 38 people have died, 39 have been injured, more than 23,000 people are without shelter and nearly 35,000 homes have been either partly or completely destroyed. “The water came inside the house and all the way to the backyard,” said Sumala Cabila, 23, standing in his family home in Pemba’s working-class Piquite suburb which flooded on Sunday morning. As rain poured down and roads in the district became unpassable except for 4-wheel-drive vehicles, Cabila’s sister struggled to look after her one-month-old child. “If it continues to rain. we don’t know what we’ll do,” he said as water streamed of his slanted roof. In Pemba, a tourist destination, staff mopped up pools of water at a hotel and cleared tree branches out of the lobby fountain, while labourers struggled to clear out the city’s drainage system blocked by flood debris. “(We) planned to mobilise as much aid as possible to Ibo and also from there to Quissanga via Roa,” said UN OCHA official Saviano Abreu, naming two areas outside Pemba worst hit by storm damage and flooding. “It was the priority for government and humanitarian organisations, as these two areas are in urgent need. “We managed to send one flight with World Food Programme (WFP) supplies of rice and biscuits, and some non-food items. But unfortunately the weather conditions are changing too fast and threatening the operation. It’s raining again and the second flight couldn’t go.” To the north of Pemba, the town of Macomia was also badly hit, with homes and businesses destroyed, roofs torn off, trees and electric pylons uprooted. “We have grave fears for the thousands of families currently taking shelter under the wreckage of their homes. They urgently need food, water and shelter to survive the coming days,” said Nicholas Finney, head of Save the Children’s response team in Mozambique.last_img read more

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With prisoner headcount down 17 jails closed in Tgana

first_imgHyderabad: Seventeen out of the 49 jails in Telangana have been shut down temporarily following reduction in number of prisoners getting lodged in the jails and the state prisons department intends to use the closed prisons for social welfare centres.According to the department, the 17 jails were closed down over the past five years due to insufficient prisoners which, it is said, is the result of the reformation and rehabilitation measures undertaken by them and motivating the prisoners to act as partners in the elimination of crime from society. The number of prisoners has come down from about 7,000 to about 5,000, the department said. The department, which has been striving to reduce crime, had launched different social service initiatives, and also started the concept of ‘Aftercare Services’ to facilitate and help the ex-prisoners lead normal life and not fall back upon crime. The closed prisons can be used for social welfare centres or special homes for beggars, destitute, orphans, etc. at least temporarily, said director general of prisons and correctional services Vinoy Kumar Singh said. The department, which intends to run 100 petrol bunks, currently operates 18 petrol pumps in Hyderabad city and different districts wherein some released prisoners and inmates (convicts undergoing sentences) besides former jail authorities man such bunks. The prisons department has prepared a list of 1,000 habitual offenders in the state, we will be able to cut down the crime graph in the state by engaging almost all the habitual criminals, the top jail official said adding some of them are already self-employed or employed in one of the prison industries or placed somewhere in job melas organised by it. Also, the department has prepared a list of 1,000 habitual offenders in the state, we will be able to cut down the crime graph in the state by engaging almost all the habitual criminals, the top jail official said adding some of them are already self-employed or employed in one of the prison industries or placed somewhere in job melas organised by it. The department has come up with an innovative idea and is thinking of entry into housing development activities and make housing plots for the middle class and lower middle class at cost-to-cost basis by hiring released prisoners. As Telangana government is providing houses under 2BHK scheme to poor people, the prisons Department would make available plots for middle-class and lower middle-class people in gated communities at very affordable prices, Singh said.last_img read more

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Chinese firm to build replica of Titanic

first_imgHong Kong- A Chinese firm plans to spend $165 million building a full-scale replica of the Titanic — the doomed luxury liner which sank more than a century ago — as the main attraction for a theme park, reports said Tuesday.The original and supposedly unsinkable luxury passenger liner struck an iceberg and went down in the North Atlantic in 1912, killing more than 1,500 people.The famous ship is a subject of immense fascination for many in China, particularly after the 1997 release of James Cameron’s film on the liner’s doomed voyage starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. Little known Chinese energy company Seven Star Energy Investment said the replica, which is expected to cost 1 billion yuan ($165 million), will be the main attraction for a planned theme park located Sichuan, a landlocked province famous for its spicy food.The replica will be docked permanently on a river, the South China Morning Post reported.“When the Titanic was about to sink, the greatest extent of human spirit and responsibility was shown and that spirit goes beyond borders and it is eternal,” Seven Star chief executive Su Shaojun said in an interview with the state-run Xinhua news agency.“We chose to rebuild the Titanic in China so that such spirit can be promoted or inherited in the east,” he said.The replica will also recreate the experience of what it felt like when the luxury liner collided with the iceberg, Xinhua reported, though it gave no details of how the deadly collision would be replicated.Construction of the ship, which is 270 meters (885 feet) long, is expected to be completed in two years and will be based on designs of the Titanic’s sister ship, RMS Olympic, which was in service from 1911 to 1935, the SCMP reported.“We already have complete design drawings, including a large ballroom and premium first class rooms,” Su said in the Xinhua interview.Seven Star are not the only group with dreams of recreating the Titanic.Flamboyant Australian tycoon Clive Palmer previously unveiled a plan last year to build a sea-worthy replica of the Titanic which is scheduled to make its first Atlantic crossing in 2016.Palmer’s “Titanic II” will feature modern modifications — including many more lifeboats than the original — but will try to remain as true as possible to the famous liner.The violin played by the Titanic’s bandmaster as the ship sank beneath the waves sold at auction for £900,000 ($1.45 million, 1.06 million euros) in October, smashing the previous £220,000 record for memorabilia from the doomed liner.last_img read more

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