Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next “I am expecting a tough duel with her again on 24 November in Singapore. I have lofty goals in ONE Championship, and I must win this match to achieve them.”The 34-year-old Yamaguchi praised Iniong for agreeing to the fight despite having only little time to prepare.“I commend Gina Iniong for taking this match on a short notice. She is a good martial arts artist with promising potential in the division,” said Yamaguchi, who stopped Jennu Huang last June.READ: ONE: Team Lakay bets Pacio, Iniong score KOs“Gina is in good hands, training with no less than the best at Team Lakay. I have faced her before, and she is always in good condition. As always, I am in tiptop shape for every bout. Brace yourselves for fireworks.”ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort WATCH: LeBron James, Cavaliers take NYC subway Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ READ: MMA star Angela Lee survives car crash, out of ONE Singapore cardIniong and Yamaguchi are familiar with each other having fought three years ago in the Pacific Xtreme Combat and both are expecting a stiff challenge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Facing Mei Yamaguchi three years ago was like going through the eye of a needle. That bout opened doors of great opportunity for me in this sport,” said Iniong, who is coming off a second-round victory over Priscilla Hertati Lumbangaol last Friday in ONE: Legends of World at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Iniong wins debut in ONE undercard Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino fighter Gina Iniong has been tapped as substitute opponent for Japanese veteran Mei Yamaguchi in the ONE: Immortal Pursuit card set on Nov. 24 at Singapore Indoor Stadium, just two weeks after her last bout.Iniong was announced as a late replacement for Angela Lee, who had to withdraw from her scheduled title defense after figuring in a car crash in Hawaii last week.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:58ONE: Iniong looking for decisive win over Yamaguchi00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games
These are twelve vertebra of the mid back. The last vertebra (on the left side of the picture) attaches to the lumbar (lower) spine, and the top vertebra (on the right) attaches to the cervical (neck) section of the back. The vertebra are broader and stronger than the cervical bones. This allows them to absorb the added pressure applied to the mid back, but they remain a common sight of injury. The vertebra are numbered from one to twelve and labeled T1, T2, T3 etc. from the upper most bones to the lowest.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. barcelonafootballlionel messiluis suarez First Published: August 20, 2019, 1:46 PM IST Barcelona: Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona’s French international striker, will miss five weeks after suffering a hamstring injury, the club said on Monday.The club said in a statement that tests showed a “fibrillary lesion in the left thigh femoral biceps.” If Dembele is out for that long, he could miss five matches in La Liga as well as France’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania on September 7 and Andorra on September 20. He suffered a similar problem in May at the end of an injury-ravaged first season in Barcelona. He is the latest casualty in a depleted Barcelona strike force. Lionel Messi missed the Liga opener in Bilbao on Friday, which Barcelona lost 1-0, with a calf problem. Uruguayan star Luis Suarez limped off after 37 minutes in Bilbao, also with a calf problem, and is expected to be absent for a month.Barcelona have loaned attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho to Bayern Munich but are reportedly in negotiations to buy Neymar back from Paris Saint-Germain.
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton prepared for Russian Grand Prix qualifying with the fastest lap yet of the Sochi circuit in Saturday’s final practice.The Mercedes driver lapped in a best time of one minute 36.406 seconds, well inside the 2015 pole position time of 1:37.113 set by team mate Nico Rosberg, after also ending Friday fastest on the timesheets.Hamilton is chasing a Russian Grand Prix hat-trick, having won the two previous races held at the former Winter Olympic venue, and needs a third on Sunday to rein in Rosberg’s advantage.Rosberg, who was second fastest in the session and 0.068 slower than Hamilton, has won all three races this season in addition to last three of 2015, and leads the Briton by 36 points in the standings.The Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel, who will have a five-place grid penalty due to an unscheduled gearbox change, and Kimi Raikkonen were third and fourth.They were followed by the Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas with Dutch teenager Max Verstappen seventh for Toro Rosso and Jenson Button eighth for McLaren.Russia’s only current F1 racer Daniil Kvyat was 13th fastest for Red Bull.
Georgios Printezis sank a nerveless and trademark game winner with 3 seconds remaining in overtime to give Olympiacos Piraeus a 64-66 victory – and home-court advantage in the playoffs – over Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade in a packed Kombank Arena. As expected between two of the competition’s best defenses, it was a low-scoring encounter. But it was also absolutely enthralling as Olympiacos dominated early, restricting Zvezda to just 17 points in the first half. The home team roared back with an 18-0 run over the course of seven minutes, but Olympiacos responded and then the teams could not be separated until Printezis’s jumper settled it. Kostas Papanikolaou led the winning team with 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Dimitrios Agravanis added 16 and Printezis netted 15. Marko Guduric (14 points) and Charles Jenkins (13) paced Zvezda.Olympiacos flexed its muscles as Papanikolaou scored 5 early points. Jenkins responded with 4 for the hosts, but Zvezda couldn’t get going on offense and Erick Green scored 4 consecutive points to make it 9-17 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was a similar story, with Olympiacos’s remarkable defensive efforts forcing Zvezda into a series of tough shots and turnovers, and a triple from Agravanis capped a 0-7 run to make it 11-24. Jenkins helped narrow the deficit, but Olympiacos finished the quarter strong to take a 17-30 halftime lead. Ognjen Kuzmic scored 4 points early in the second half and Nate Wolters sank a long triple to make it 28-32, but Olympiacos responded through a triple and layup from Papanikolaou to re-establish its double digit lead. Then came the turning point, as consecutive triples from Guduric, Marko Simonovic and Nemanja Dangubic reduced the deficit to just 1 and Simonovic capped a stirring 11-0 run to give Zvezda its first lead in the final ticks of the third quarter. The fourth started with Guduric sinking another triple as the atmosphere in the already-electric Kombank Arena turned up another few notches. Milko Bjelica’s hustle layup made it 50-42, and Olympiacos was held scoreless for more than seven minutes before Agravanis stopped the rot with a triple. Jenkins immediately responded with his own three-pointer and Zvezda led 53-45 midway through the fourth. But Agravanis hit another triple and then converted a foul plus one to make it a 2-point game. After Papanikolaou’s foul shots tied it, Guduric and Printezis traded big triples and Vangelis Mantzaris missed a tough triple on the buzzer to send the game to overtime. The extra period contained mainly free throws, along with Papanikolaou and Simonovic driving hard for tough two-pointers, and it was tied until the final seconds when Printezis did what Printezis always seems to do.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare11 Shares
New Delhi, Jun 29 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met a group of 10 tribal students from Maharashtra, five of whom had successfully scaled the Mount Everest in May. The students shared their experiences during the training and ascent of the world’s highest peak. Modi exhorted them to take up a sport and pursue it regularly. He felicitated all the members of the group.Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir were present on the occasion. The students were part of a team of the Mission Shaurya initiative of the Adivasi Vikas Vibhag of the Maharashtra government. PTI NAB SMNSMN
zoomImage Courtesy: President of Russia/CC 4.0 license The Arctic LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie, owned and operated by Sovcomflot, has loaded the first batch of LNG produced at the third train of Yamal LNG plant.The start of the cargo operations at the Port of Sabetta on the Yamal Peninsula were initiated by the Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, via a video conference on December 11, 2018.“This is a significant milestone for the entire Russian gas industry and, of course, for our international partners, and for international cooperation in the energy sector,” Medvedev said.“I am confident that participation in this project, now completed in the Russian Arctic, and in a number of other major projects, opens up great opportunities for our foreign partners.”In December 2017, Christophe de Margerie transported the first cargo of LNG produced at Yamal LNG plant. Up until now, the vessel has completed 16 voyages for Yamal LNG and delivered 1.2 million tonnes of LNG.In August 2018, the first cargo of LNG from the second Yamal LNG train was transported by a Sovcomflot vessel, the LNG carrier Pskov.
HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Fairview Overpass Work will start Friday, June 4, on Joseph Howe Drive under the Fairview Overpass. There will be a reduced lane width inbound, but traffic will be still move in each direction. Work will continue on Monday, June 7. Local Area Office: 902-424-0054 -30-
TORONTO – Canada and its G7 partners are saying “enough is enough” to attacks by Russia and other authoritarian countries in their democratic institutions, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday.Freeland concluded talks with her G7 counterparts by affirming an organized effort to respond to foreign meddling and the spreading of false information — mainly by Russia. Exactly what that means is a work in progress, but Freeland said the ministers will give their leaders recommendations on how to respond in a forceful, co-ordinated manner when they meet in Charlevoix, Que. in June.There is a concern in the G7 countries that “authoritarian states are actively working to undermine the democratic systems in our countries and elsewhere,” she said.“Today we said, ‘Enough is enough.’”Freeland said there was unanimity among G7 ministers for a concerted effort to tackle Russian disinformation and meddling in the world’s democracies.While she and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson displayed enthusiasm for the G7 effort to take Russia to task for what they are calling a broad range of “malign” behaviour, their American counterpart sounded a less effusive note.U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan didn’t bother mentioning the initiative in his closing public remarks.Sullivan was pinch-hitting for U.S. President Donald Trump’s new pick for secretary of state, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who faces strong opposition to his confirmation, and could not represent his country during the overlapping meeting of G7 foreign and interior ministers, which continues Tuesday.Sullivan opted instead to highlight the North Korea nuclear crisis in his closing summit remarks, following Pompeo’s secret mission to the Hermit Kingdom two weeks ago to pave the way for a Trump meeting with its leader, Kim Jong Un.Freeland pushed Russia to the top of a packed agenda that included North Korea, Iran, the ongoing Syrian crisis, and the Venezuela and Rohingya Muslim unrest.Russia is, of course, a politically charged issue for Trump, with special counsel Robert Mueller investigating allegations of possible collusion between Russia and the campaign that brought the president to power in 2016.The G7 ministers agreed in their Sunday discussion about the need to address the disruptive influence of Russia, including its interference in foreign elections and its dissemination of fake news.“What we decided … was that we were going to set up a G7 group that would look at Russian malign behaviour in all its manifestations, whether it’s cyberwar, whether it’s disinformation, assassination attempts, whatever it happens to be and collectively try and call it out,” Johnson said.“Russia is so unbelievably clever at kind of sowing doubt and confusion and spreading all this fake news and trying to muddy the waters. We think there’s a role for the G7 in just trying to provide some clarity.”Freeland said she and her fellow ministers talked about “democracy being under attack, and in particular about Russian efforts to destabilize some democracies.”Sullivan didn’t mention the Russia initiative in his summary of the talks or single out the Kremlin’s use disinformation, but he said the U.S. remains committed to the G7’s endeavour.He called on Russia to be a “constructive partner” in Syria, where it continues to back the regime of Bashar Assad. He blasted it for the chemical weapon attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in the British town of Salisbury. And he called on the Kremlin to give Crimea back to Ukraine and get out of its eastern region.Sullivan also said co-operation with Russia on a variety of topics is necessary, including fighting terrorism “but that will not prevent us from standing up and confronting and taking action against Russian behaviour that’s contrary to international norms and all that we stand for in the G7.”Afterwards, a senior State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, added additional comment: “The U.S. will support its allies to combat state sponsored disinformation from Russia and other countries. This remains a priority.”Freeland has framed the clash between democracy and authoritarianism as a defining theme of our time, with Russia as the West’s main foe on that front.She said all citizens in democratic countries, as well as their governments have a duty to be vigilant against the disruption. She said one of her fellow ministers “pointed out that making the case for democracy can be hard sometimes … because facts can be very boring” and don’t always lead to an interesting narrative.“Lurid conspiracy theories, on the other hand, are lurid, and exciting. Part of our job, I think, is a collective one of being aware of that fact.”
APTN National NewsPremiers from Canada’s Western provinces wrapped up a three-day conference with leaders from across the Northern territories. Topics of discussion included the Mackenzie Valley pipeline, Canada’s missing and murdered Aboriginal women, and disaster relief funding.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier has the details.
New Delhi: There are over 30 crore monthly active users on Facebook and more than 20 crore on WhatsApp in India. Even the Narendra Modi app alone can reach 1 crore people in a day. With such a wide reach, should social media platforms be made to censor political content 48 hours ahead of polling as part of the strategy to maintain the so called “campaign silence”? “Today, when social media is increasingly one of the most significant factors for impacting the electoral decisions of voters, it is important that the Election Commission take adequate steps to maintain campaign silence,” Pavan Duggal, one of the nation’s top cyber law experts, told IANS. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app While the Election Commission of India recognises the impact social media can have on voters ahead of voting, the current legislation does not bar these platforms – many of which now allow live video streaming services — from blocking political ads or propaganda. These platforms can decide to do so voluntarily, but how effective such a measure would be remains doubtful. In fact, in response to a petition to restrain any political advertisements, videos or messages before elections, Facebook last month told the Bombay High Court that it would not self-censor any content on its site. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails It also raised practical difficulties of implementing such a rule as elections in different parts of India are held on different dates and often spread over a week. The Election Commission last year formed a committee to review this section so that maintaining campaign silence can be made effective in the changed circumstances where social media yields considerable influence. The committee submitted its recommendation earlier this year. A query to the poll panel on how it plans to stop social media platforms from broadcasting campaign material ahead of polling went unanswered. “The Election Commission does not need to be a silent spectator,” Duggal said. “The Election Commission should invoke the provisions of the specific liability of the service providers in their capacity as intermediaries under the Information Technology Act, 2000,” he said. A parliamentary panel earlier this month raised grave concerns regarding Facebook’s ability to prevent misuse of its platform during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and to proactively help the security agencies. The social media company admitted it doesn’t “always get it right” regarding content moderation on its platform. Last month, Colin Crowell, Global Vice President of Public Policy of Twitter, deposed before the BJP MP Anurag Thakur-led panel and discussed how it would address issues such as political bias and manipulation on its platform in real-time. With threats of foreign interference in Indian elections and spread of fake news on social media looming large, specific, detailed, deterrent legal and penal consequences need to be specifically elaborated in the Act so as to provide criminal, legal and penal liability of the various social media platforms, Duggal informed.
Marrakech- The largest Moroccan mosque in the North Brabant (southern Netherlands) opened its doors at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Roosendaal in the Netherlands on Friday, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Morocco’s Ambassador to The Hague, Abd Al Wahhab Al Balqui, and the Mayor of Roosendaal, Jack Nidiri, attended the ceremony.The mosque, named the “Islamic Moroccan Center for Roosendaal,” has over 2,200 square meters of space in its prayer hall, which is large enough to accommodate hundreds of worshipers, and is adjacent to other facilities. Over the mosque soars a beautiful minaret tower 22 meters high. The Indonesian architect in charge of the project reportedly was inspired by the tower of the historic Koutoubia mosque in Marrakech, Morocco.According to the same source the construction of mosque, designed according to ancient Moroccan architecture, took more than three years and required three million Euros. The funds were collected as donations from faithful believers.The mosque not only serves Muslim worshipers, but is a center that calls for coexistence in a world full of conflicts.Mohammed Amzian, the chairman of the Grand Mosque Berabant of the north, said in a published statement, “At this time which is characterized by polarization and extremism, we seek to create links with the rest of society.”The Grand Mosque opens its doors to the public on Saturdays and Sundays to enable the inhabitants of the city to visit it, and enjoy the beauty of its significant architecture, whether outside or inside the mosque.Edited by Elisabeth Myers
Rabat – Continuing the spread of anti-Islamic rhetoric and policy across Europe, the German parliament passed a law partially ban “covering the face” on Thursday, April 27.The draft law of the ban, which applies to public servants, military personnel, and juridical staff, does not make any mention of the Muslim burqa or niqab but clearly references religious veiling practices.“The state has a duty to present itself in an ideologically and religiously neutral manner,” says the legislation, according to the French Press Agency. The ban would also give authorities access to examine veiled women’s identities during the elections and perform ID check-ups.The ban does make exceptions for military personnel and public servants wearing a full-face veil for safety purposes. Health workers can cover their faces for protection from infections, and police officers are also allowed to cover their faces in order to conceal their identity.Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that in order for Germany to socially integrate immigrants, “we must make clear and communicate our values and the limits of our tolerance to other cultures.”Apart from the “full-face coverage” ban, the German parliament has introduced a set of other procedures.To date, authorities are allowed to put electronic bracelets on people considered by the court to represent security threats, and Germany has said it will soon implement European Union rules requiring information of passengers flying into Germany. Legislation prohibiting “full-face coverage” have been spreading across Europe since 2011, when France first implemented such a ban. Countries including Belgium and Bulgaria followed, and others, including Austria, Italy and Switzerland and some parts of Spain, have now imposed partial bans on face coverage.
“I hope that these people will be freed as soon as possible,” Mr. Ban told a joint news conference with South African President Kgalema Motlanthe in Pretoria.Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was sworn in earlier this month as Prime Minister in a unity government with President Robert Mugabe, following months of political tensions after disputed presidential elections last March.Welcoming the recent inauguration of the new Government of National Unity, Mr. Ban noted that the partnership between the country’s parties will need to be nurtured. “Although the United Nations has no direct mandate to help implement the Agreement reached between the parties, we are ready to ensure that the enormous challenges confronting the Zimbabwean people are effectively addressed,” said Mr. Ban. The UN will do all it can, in particular, to support Zimbabwe tackle its worst-ever cholera epidemic, which has already claimed thousands of lives, he added. The UN World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 83,000 people have become sick and more than 3,800 have died since the outbreak began last August.A UN humanitarian mission to Zimbabwe, led by Deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Catherine Bragg has just concluded its mission to the country and reports that the humanitarian needs there remain grave, a spokesperson for the world body said today. According to the mission, there are areas where concerted efforts have led to a declining number of new infections, but there are many places which have not been reached with the required services, and where cholera continues to spread.The team, which also included WHO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP), said that food security is also a major issue, with a growing number of households reducing the number of meals they have per day. There will be a need for continued food assistance throughout 2009, the scale of which will be determined by upcoming assessments. Farmers must obtain all the agriculture inputs they need for the next planting season, which begins in September and October. Otherwise, next year could be similar to this year, in which seven million people need food aid, the team added.Mr. Ban told reporters the international community, led by the UN, stands ready to provide the necessary assistance to support the people of Zimbabwe. “But all these efforts would be better mobilized, would get stronger and more support from the international community if we can see the promise in political and national reconciliation,” he added. “The releasing of political prisoners will be important and desirable not only on the humanitarian and human rights front, but also for the national reconciliation process.”Mr. Ban is on his first official visit to South Africa, where he met for almost two hours today with the President and other officials. In addition to Zimbabwe, they discussed a wide range of political issues including Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi and South Africa’s role in peacekeeping operations. The Secretary-General also stressed the leading role played by South Africa in engaging non-industrialized countries on the global threat of climate change. Mr. Ban and his wife later had a private meeting with former President Nelson Mandela and his wife at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. He will also visit Tanzania, DRC, Rwanda and Egypt on his current tour. 25 February 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the Government of Zimbabwe to free detained opposition activists and human rights defenders, while pledging the continued support of the United Nations as the country tackles the myriad of challenges it faces.
Minister Ravi Karunanayake, State Minister Mohan Lal Grero, Deputy Ministers Lasantha Alagiyawanna and Nishantha Muthuhettigama have accompanied the President. (Colombo Gazette) Diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were formally established in 1972. President Maithripala Sirisena left for Bangladesh today on an official visit.The President is scheduled to sign several agreements during the three day visit. During the visit, President Sirisena will hold bilateral meetings with the Bangladesh Prime Minister and the President. He will also hold bilateral meetings with the Bangladesh Foreign Minister, Health Minister, Speaker as well as the Opposition Leader. The President will hold extensive bilateral discussions regarding the ways to strengthen the cooperation in the fields of the maritime, education, tourism, fisheries and health as well as the ways to promote investments between the two countries. During the state visit, the two countries are expected to sign several bilateral agreements in the fields of agriculture, education, training of diplomats and Immigration & Emigration.During this State visit, the President will pay his special attention to explore the ways to further expansion of trade and investments between the two countries.
Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press Mike Palecek, national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, said the threat of back-to-work legislation undermines the chances of negotiated settlements.“Free collective bargaining is a charter right in this country, and we have a government that claims to believe in free collective bargaining, but apparently that means only when it’s convenient,” he said.The union is remaining at the table and hopes that the return of the special mediator will help, he said.“But we’re seriously concerned. Canada Post only has one game, and it’s to refuse to negotiate and sit back and wait for legislation,” Palecek said. “They’ve done this again and again, and it looks like the government is helping them out.”Striking Canada Post workers keep their hands warm as they picket at the South Central sorting facility in Toronto on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. OTTAWA — The federal government is prepared to order an end to rotating strikes by Canada Post employees if a collective agreement isn’t soon reached, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said Tuesday.“We strongly encourage both sides to reach a deal and are prepared to table legislation if we do not see a resolution over the next few days, a step we do not take lightly,” she said in a statement.Hajdu said the Liberal government has faith in the collective bargaining process and believes the best deals are reached at the bargaining table.Month-long backlog of undelivered mail piles up with no settlement to Canada Post strikes in sightCanada Post asks for halt to international shipments as parcel backlog growsCanada Post strike having ‘critical’ impact on retailers, eBay says, as massive backlog of shipments piles upShe said it has supported and encouraged such an outcome by providing conciliation officers, appointing mediators and offering voluntary arbitrations. The government has also reappointed Morton Mitchnick as special mediator.“Despite all of this, limited progress was made and we have exhausted our options,” she added.Idle Canada Post trucks sit in the parking lot of the Saint-Laurent sorting facility in Montreal during rotating strikes. Canada Post did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Palecek’s remarks.Regardless of whether it gets a last-minute deal with its striking employees, Canada Post warned Canadians earlier Tuesday that they can expect delays of parcel and mail delivery into the new year as a result of rotating walkouts.Businesses and individual customers can expect the worst delays in southern and southwestern Ontario because of a backlog of hundreds of transport trailers sitting idle at Canada Post’s main Toronto sorting facility, the Crown corporation said.“The postal service remains operational, but the prolonged and ongoing strike activity has not only caused significant backlogs, it continues to greatly reduce our ability to process and deliver mail and parcels across the country,” a Canada Post spokesman said in an email.“Our focus across the country is to process and deliver as much as possible on a first-in, first-out basis.”Canada Post is dealing with a fifth week of rotating strikes by its unionized workers as both sides remain apart in contract negotiations.Distribution centres in Vancouver, Edmonton and Montreal are also experiencing severe backlogs, and packages are backing up at border points, despite a plea from Canada Post to its international partners to halt shipments, spokesman Jon Hamilton said.“International items will require screening by the Canada Border Services Agency and we are working in partnership with them to manage the significant existing backlog.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeated his call Tuesday for both sides in the dispute to resolve their differences soon, making note of important Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events that coincide with American Thanksgiving this coming weekend.“We are, of course, very preoccupied with the fact that Christmas is coming, important shopping days are coming and we need to see a resolution to that,” Trudeau said as he arrived in Ottawa for a meeting with his cabinet.The postal workers’ union on Monday turned down an offer for a holiday cooling-off period and a possible $1,000 bonus for its 50,000 members, saying it would only mean postal employees continuing to work under the same conditions the union is trying to have changed.Major issues in nearly a full year of bargaining have included what the union calls an “injury crisis,” along with gender inequality, overburdening and precarious work.The latest round of rotating strikes hit several Ontario communities Tuesday including Woodstock, St. Thomas, Chatham and three locations in Scarborough, as well as Prince George, B.C.Canada Post has apologized to its customers for the continued walkouts, and warned that it cannot now predict the exact length of delivery delays.“This is likely to be the situation for the foreseeable future, meaning the next several weeks, including the peak holiday season and through January 2019,” the company said.
Ontario spent $70 million to create provincial pension plan that’s not needed by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 28, 2016 12:56 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government spent $70 million to create a provincial pension plan that won’t be needed because Ottawa and the other provinces agreed to enhance the CPP.The spending includes $3.7 million in compensation payments for employees at the corporation set up by the province to administer the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, including more than $2 million to be split by its top six executives.Most of the ORPP executives were only hired in March or April, and one in June, but they will each be entitled to about $335,000 each in severance.The New Democrats called the severance payments an “insult” to people who can’t afford to retire, especially when most people knew the provincial pension plan was unlikely to get off the ground.“Premier Kathleen Wynne and her government failed to cap executive severances in anticipation of the foreseeable outcome that CPP enhancement would make the ORPP unnecessary,” said NDP pensions critic Jennifer French.“This is another sad example of Liberals putting the needs of their friends ahead of the needs of Ontarians.”Documents released Thursday show the pension corporation signed a five-year, $12 million lease for two floors of a downtown Toronto office building earlier this year, and borrowed $31 million from the provincial government.The ORPPAC also spent $17.7 million on consulting services.Finance Minister Charles Sousa said there’s another $15 million set aside for any outstanding costs for winding up the pension plan administration corporation.Ontario’s first choice was always to enhance the CPP, said Sousa, but it proceeded with the provincial plan in case other provinces or the federal government continued to block a national agreement.“Our government won a majority mandate on a promise to improve retirement security for Ontario workers through the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan,” he said in a statement.“During a period of uncertainty about whether CPP enhancement could be achieved, we took a responsible approach and continued our work on establishing the ORPP.”The full report on the costs of the ORPP show the administration corporation, which had 50 employees already, planned to hire 100 more this month, another 100 in September and 250 more next year.Each member of the ORPPAC board was given an annual retainer of $50,000, while the chair was given $100,000. ORPPAC CEO Saad Rafi, who held the same position with the TO2015 Pan Am Games organizing committee, was paid $302,000 between Jan. 1, 2016 and his departure July 19.The Progressive Conservatives called the OPRP another example of Liberal waste and mismanagement, and said Ontario could have convinced Ottawa and the other provinces to enhance the CPP without spending so much on its now defunct plan.“Getting the CPP enhancement could have cost a plane ticket to Vancouver, but instead the government wasted $70 million,” said PC pensions critic Julia Munro.“The Wynne Liberals owe Ontarians an apology.”Sousa defended the spending, saying Ontario’s move to create its own pension plan was the driving force behind the deal reached in June to enhance the CPP.“Without Ontario’s investments and work to develop the ORPP and elevate the issue of retirement security nationally, CPP expansion simply would not have happened,” he said.Critics of CPP enhancement warn that imposing additional contributions on workers and employers will hurt the economy, with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business predicting it will be “devastating” for small companies.
OTTAWA – The finance minister would like to see billions in new federal infrastructure money flow faster to provinces and cities, but Bill Morneau says that moving too fast would risk wasting money.The federal Liberals have come under heavy criticism from the parliamentary budget watchdog for the pace of infrastructure spending that the government sees as a pillar of its strategy to spur economic growth and help pay for deep deficits.Morneau said the Liberals have approved about 1,300 projects with a total value of about $6 billion — and more are being reviewed.“When we get criticized for not making the investments quickly enough, I listen and I think we have to make sure we do get at it quickly,” Morneau said during an interview with Huffington Post Canada broadcast live on Facebook.“But I will tell you that we would get criticized a whole lot more if we made the investments too fast and wasted money, so we’re not going to do that.”Wednesday’s budget showed between 50 and 75 per cent of the infrastructure money was on track to be spent this fiscal year, which ends next week.The lack of federal spending doesn’t mean money isn’t being spent on projects.The federal government only reimburses cities and provinces for work once receipts are submitted, meaning there is usually a delay between construction and money flowing from the federal treasury. And money that isn’t spent in one year remains available for cities to spend in the future.The Liberals predicted that their first tranche of infrastructure money along with a slew of other tax and spending measures would buy about half a percentage point of economic growth in the 2016-2017 fiscal year.Morneau’s second budget says the economic impact will likely end up being four-tenths of a percentage point, owing to slower-than-expected infrastructure spending.The 2017 budget provided more details about the second phase of the Liberal infrastructure plan, including how much of the tab the federal government will pick up.In Quebec, the provincial government would like the federal government to give at least $1 billion to a planned electric rail network in Montreal that is being backed financially by the provincial pension investment fund.The Quebec national assembly adopted a motion Thursday expressing the province’s “great disappointment” with the federal budget, in part because it provided no funding to the electric rail network.Federal officials have been reviewing the project as a potential case for the soon-to-be-launched infrastructure bank, which would use federal dollars to leverage private investment for projects, such as public transit, that can provide a revenue stream to pay off private and public investment.Federal sources say a business plan arrived just a few weeks ago and stressed that no decision has been made.Nor can the federal government decide to fund part of the $6 billion project through the second phase of its infrastructure program because funding agreements have yet to be signed. Those negotiations haven’t yet started and could take a year to complete given the amount of money involved, approximately $82 billion, and the length of time, 11 years.Speaking at a robotics lab near Montreal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that Quebec would receive billions in the coming years to build needed projects.“The fact is we understand very clearly it is not up to Ottawa to make the determinations of what a community needs and what is the best transit project for a given region,” Trudeau said.“It’s up to the experts, the members of municipal councils, provinces. We’re there to be partners with the provinces and municipalities on the investments we need to grow the economy.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter. by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 24, 2017 3:08 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Slow and steady only way to go on infrastructure funding, Morneau says
By Neil Paine and Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Thursday’s show (April 26, 2018), Neil and Kyle talk about two Western Conference series: Oklahoma City vs. Utah and Golden State vs. New Orleans. Russell Westbrook helped the Thunder force Game 6, but can his team really win two more consecutive games against the Jazz? And can the Pelicans take advantage of the Warriors while Golden State is without Stephen Curry?The Lab will be back with another episode next week. In the meantime, keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, which are updated after every game.
Mr Justice Mann also announced he would not be making any remarks on the size of legal bills run up by Sir Cliff Richard during his High Court proceedings against the BBC at this stage.BBC bosses have criticised the singer over his spending on lawyers, claiming the singer has already run up legal costs of more than £800,000.The BBC could be ordered to pick up Sir Cliff’s lawyers’ bills if court proceedings continue and it loses the battle. The broadcaster’s represenatives had invited the judge to “record” his views, but yesterday (FRI) Mr Justice Mann told lawyers representing both sides: “I am not minded to make any particular remarks about the level of costs.” Cliff RichardCredit:AFP Sir Cliff Richard and the BBC have put their legal battle in the High Court on hold in the hope of reaching a settlement.The singer has sued over reports naming him as a suspected sex offender, arguing his right to respect for private life was infringed and wants “very substantial” damages.Lawyers representing all sides told a judge on Friday that parties had agreed to a one-month ceasefire so negotiations could take place.Mr Justice Mann, who has been overseeing the latest in a series of preliminary hearings at the High Court in London, indicated that he would review the position in the near future. 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. The singer has taken legal action against the BBC, and South Yorkshire Police, over coverage of a raid at his apartment in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014.His lawyers say he suffered “profound and long-lasting” harm and should get damages.But BBC editors have said they will “defend ourselves vigorously”.A spokeswoman said the BBC had reported Sir Cliff’s “full denial of the allegations at every stage”.South Yorkshire Police have apologised “wholeheartedly for the additional anxiety caused” by the force’s “initial handling of the media interest” in its investigation into the singer.Lawyers say in late 2013 a man made an allegation to the Metropolitan Police, saying he had been sexually assaulted by Sir Cliff at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane football stadium when a child in 1985.Metropolitan Police officers passed the allegation to South Yorkshire Police in July 2014.Sir Cliff denied the allegation “as soon as it was brought to his attention” and in June 2016 prosecutors announced that he would face no charges.