Read Next Fans packed the world’s largest indoor arena to the rafters and eclipsed the previous marks set in Games 5 and 6 as they witnessed Ginebra won its back-to-back titles.READ: Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeatFEATURED 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 shutoutGame 5, which ended in a Gin Kings victory over the Bolts, 85-74 on Sunday, drew 36,445 fans.However, Game 6 smashed that turnout, with 53,642 basketball aficionados trooping to Bocaue to gain the distinction of being the biggest crowd in PBA history. Meralco took that game at the expense of Ginebra, 98-91 on Wednesday. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa READ: More than 50k fans attend Ginebra-Meralco Finals Game 6 That mark eclipsed the long standing record of 52,612 during the opening ceremonies of the 2014 PBA season, where the Manny Pacquiao-coached Kia bested Blackwater, before Ginebra turned back TNT in the main game.Turns out, all those marks pale in comparison to Friday’s playdate.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — For the third straight time, the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals broke the record books.Game 7 between Ginebra and Meralco on Friday once set a new league attendance record, attracting 54,086 fans to the Philippine Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort
Indian boxers Shiva Thapa (60kg), Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and Amit Phangal (49kg) entered the semi-finals of their weight categories at the Asian Boxing Championships on Wednesday.The trio not only ensured podium finish for themselves, but also qualified for the World Championships to be held in Hamburg, Germany, from August 25 to September 3.Sumit was the first Indian boxer to advance to the last-four stage when he thrashed third seed Fengkai Yu of China 4-1 in the Light Heavyweight (81kg) quarter-finals.Sumit will now face second seed Jakhon Qurbonov of Tajikistan in the semi-finals on Friday. Qurbonov had defeated Mehmood Sanaullah of Pakistan in the quarter-finals.Amit also faced a relatively easy day, defeating fourth seed Cornelis Kwangu Langu of Indonesia 5-0 in the last-eight stage of the Light Flyweight (49kg) category.He is expected to face a tough task in the semi-finals against reigning Olympic and Asian champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan.Later in the day, Shiva defeated Chu-En Lai of Taiwan 5-0 in the Lightweight (60kg) quarter-finals.Shiva will be up against top seed Chinzorig Baatarsukh of Mongolia in the semi-finals on Friday.Baatarsukh had beaten Sarohatua Lumbantobing of Indonesia by a similar 5-0 margin in the quarters.The day had, however, started on sore note for the Indian contingent as Gaurav Bidhuri despite a spirited fight was edged out 2-3 by second-seed Jiawei Zhang of China in the Bantamweight (56kg) division.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Don’t address the 30-year-old freshman kicker from Australia as “Sir.” It makes him feel old.As for any sort of age joke, go ahead, because Colorado’s James Stefanou has heard them all — and usually it’s him cracking them.“I figure if you make the jokes, they’re not going to make them for you,” he said.The former soccer standout has quickly come of age as a kicker for the Buffaloes (3-0). Stefanou is 6 of 7 on field-goal attempts this season and has hit all 10 extra points heading into Colorado’s Pac-12 opener Saturday against No. 7 Washington at Folsom Field.A little background on the player from Melbourne: He got married in May, lives in a hotel close to campus, was a defender in soccer and loves everything about American football, except maybe all the contact. He went through a tackling drill the other day and got a little banged up.“No more of that,” he said. “If I have to in a game, I’ll be fine. I’ll just get them low.”Stefanou’s first attempt at kicking a football occurred when he was about 22 years old and hanging out with friends at a park Down Under. One of his mates held the football and the other stood about 40 yards away. Stefanou lofted the kick into the arms of his friend on his first attempt.Good!“He’s like, ‘You’re going to come down and have a kick with the guys,’” Stefanou said.That’s how he ended up at Prokick Australia , an academy developed to assist in the transition to American football by providing the fundamentals of punting and kicking. Some of the pupils include the last four Ray Guy Award winners as the nation’s best collegiate punter: Tom Hornsey of Memphis in 2013, Utah’s Tom Hackett in ’14 and ’15 and Mitch Wishnowsky of Utah in ’16.The Buffaloes were clued in about Stefanou through the program, saw some film and offered him a scholarship last spring .“I haven’t had any 30-year-olds in college before,” coach Mike MacIntyre said. “We felt really good about his talent and the coaching he was getting. We liked who he is as a person. He’s doing really well.”Still, this football thing has taken some adjustment. Namely, playing in front of so many fans. Being older, though — his birthday is April 15, 1987 — plays into his favor.“It’s helped a lot in terms of mentally being ready for this,” said Stefanou, whose longest kick this season is 40 yards. “Because it’s not anything you can replicate back home. You can train and practice as much as you want, but you can’t replicate the crowd. You can’t replicate the noise. You can’t replicate the rush.”He insisted he doesn’t miss soccer. If he craves the game, he’ll simply watch Manchester United in the Premier League.Stefanou played at a high level, representing his nation on its under-19 squad and suiting up professionally for several squads. He even went to Greece to play, but became homesick and returned to Australia.“I won’t do that again,” he cracked.That’s because he’s made himself right at home in Boulder. His wife, Laura, joined him on campus and is completing online coursework. He’s hoping to soon get her a puppy, for when he’s at road games or studying.About that, it’s been challenging hitting the books again after such a long layoff from school.“Writing papers and having deadlines,” he said, shaking his head. “I’m acclimatizing quite well.”By the way, he’s not the oldest player on the FBS level this season. That distinction belongs to Western Michigan punter Derrick Mitchell, who is three months older than Stefanou after playing minor league baseball before returning to football.As for how far his field-goal range might extend, Stefanou’s not quite sure. He did connect on a 63-yarder while with Prokick Australia.“I’d like to think I feel comfortable from 50 to 55,” he explained. “That’s what I’d like to think.”Being 30 does have some perks for Stefanou. For one, he rarely takes a backseat to any of his teammates on car rides.Well, except when Buffaloes defensive back Ryan Moeller is around.“He never lets me sit in the front seat,” Stefanou lamented. “I tell him, ‘Respect your elders. Let me sit in the front.’”PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare1919 Shares
\R Colombo, Jul 18 (AFP) Sri Lanka’s sports minister called on the International Cricket Council to establish “simple, clear rules” today after skipper Dinesh Chandimal was punished for ball tampering. “Laws governing the offence / act of altering the condition of the ball are somewhat vague and lack clarity,” Faiszer Musthapha said in a statement. “I invite the ICC to revisit the applicable laws and ensure that a set of simple, clear and certain rules and procedures are put in place.” He did not elaborate but the statement came after Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha were sanctioned following a tampering scandal. Chandimal refused to take the field for two hours on the third day of the second Test against the West Indies last month after he was accused of ball tampering on the previous day. Chandimal as well as Hathurusingha and Gurusinha were banned for two Tests and four one-day internationals for violating the spirit of the game by holding up the second Test against West Indies by two hours. At the start of the first Test against a touring South African team last week, Chandimal and his tourist counterpart Faf du Plessis said they wanted a list of do’s and don’ts from the ICC match referee. Although the use of saliva or sweat to shine the ball is an accepted practice, using any other substance — such as sugary residue from sweets — is prohibited. Chandimal was slapped with a 100 percent fine of his match fees and banned from the third Test against the West Indies last month after he was found guilty of tampering.advertisement Match referee Javagal Srinath said Chandimal applied saliva containing the residue of something he had in his mouth to the ball, in violation of the ICC Code of Conduct. The ICC last week unveiled tougher sanctions for ball tampering and sledging in a bid to improve on-field behaviour in the sport. The changes came in the wake of a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March that saw Steve Smith stripped of the Australian captaincy and suspended from international and domestic cricket for a year. His teammates David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were also banned. Du Plessis said tougher sanctions would make players think twice before putting something in their mouth and then using saliva to shine the ball. (AFP) ATKATK
Sports Authority of India has invited applications for the posts of Nutritionist and Other. Interested candidates can apply through the prescribed format on or before August 19, 2019.Important Date:Last date for submission of application: August 19, 2019Sports Authority of India Vacancy DetailsNutritionist: 15Assistant Nutritionist: 15Chef: 15Assistant Chef: 15Eligibility Criteria for Nutritionist and Other PostEducational Qualification: Nutritionist/Assistant Nutritionist: Master’s Degree in Food and Nutrition/Home science (Nutrition) and Sports Nutrition or equivalent from any recognized university.Chef: Bachelor degree in Hotel Management or Equivalent from any recognised Institute.Sports Authority of India Recruitment 2019: How to ApplyInterested candidates can apply for Sports Authority of India recruitment in the prescribed format on or before August 19, 2019. The candidates can download the application form the Sports Authority of India official website.Read: SBI Recruitment 2019 for Specialist Cadre Officer: Application procedure ends tomorrow, check general instructions hereRead: Join Indian Coast Guard 2019 application for Navik : Check details at joinindiancoastguard.gov.in
ONE PERSON WAS INJURED WHEN A SIOUX CITY SCHOOL BUS CRASHED INTO A LAUNDROMAT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 2PM AT 27TH AND FLOYD BOULEVARD.SIOUX CITY POLICE SAY THE DRIVER, 62-YEAR-OLD JAMES FIELDS, WAS ALONE ON THE BUS AND WAS EXTRICATED FROM THE VEHICLE AND TRANSPORTED TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL.HIS INJURIES WERE NOT BELIEVED TO BE SERIOUS.POLICE SAY HE WAS DRIVING NORTHBOUND ON FLOYD AND WENT OFF THE ROAD INTO THE BUILDING.NO ONE WAS IN THE LAUNDROMAT AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT.POLICE SAY FIELDS WILL BE CHARGED WITH FAILURE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL.THE CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.PHOTOS COURTESY KMEGUPDATED 5:39PM 1/9/19
Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Super League Share on WhatsApp Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. news From the Big Bash to the Super League: Courtney Hill’s incredible journey Topics Since you’re here… Read more Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content RFL That is an agreement the RFL are supportive of, with Moorhouse adding: “We’re close to finalising an agreement … in terms of extra conditions and the number of overseas teams in Super League.”Both North American clubs would fund the travel and accommodation costs of visiting teams and would not take any central funding up to the end of the current television deal in 2021. US sports The governing body will make a decision on the bids later in the year but the RFL’s director, Karen Moorhouse, said: “Everyone acknowledges that if 2020 was going to happen for either of them, things would need to move very quickly.“We understand if it’s going to happen, a decision will be needed quickly, but we can’t rush it. It’s our job as the RFL board to make sure everything stacks up. If they say they’ve got certain commercial or broadcast deals there, we need to make sure there is proof.”Super League wants to introduce guidelines which would make any new overseas side subject to further scrutiny should they subsequently gain promotion. It is understood the top flight is keen to limit overseas representation to no more than the three existing overseas clubs initially: Catalans, Toronto and Toulouse.Any further team who secures promotion, such as Ottawa or New York, will have to prove their worth to Super League with separate broadcast deals in North America that would strengthen the competition’s commercial standing across the Atlantic. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Toronto Wolfpack Rugby league Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest The Rugby Football League has admitted the schedule would be “very tight” to accommodate the requests of Ottawa and New York to be admitted in time for next season.Both clubs will present their cases on Thursday for entry into League 1. The consortia from major North American cities are aiming to follow in Toronto Wolfpack’s footsteps when they outline their plans to Super League clubs and the RFL in Salford. If accepted they would start in the sport’s bottom tier, two divisions below Super League. Share on Messenger
Saturday 15 JuneEels v RoostersBankwest Stadium Friday 14 JuneCowboys v Titans1300Smiles Stadium Saturday 13 JulyBroncos v WarriorsSuncorp Stadium Sunday 2 JuneTitans v WarriorsCbus Super Stadium Friday 31 MayEels v TigersBankwest Stadium Saturday 20 JulyCowboys v Roosters1300Smiles Stadium NRL Touch Premiership Match Day AssistantTouch Football Australia (TFA), in conjunction with the NRL, introduced the NRL Touch Premiership in 2018, with games played as curtain-raisers to NRL games. 2019 is the second and an expanded year of the Elite Competition with introduction of two new teams, the Sydney Roosters and the New Zealand Warriors.TFA is seeking suitably qualified volunteers to fill the role of Match Day Assistant throughout the 2019 NRL Touch Premiership.ResponsibilitiesDuties include but are not limited to the following:Assist with the venue setup prior to each matchMaintain excellent standard of field presentation during each matchPack down Touch Football field in an efficient manner prior to NRL warm upAssist with any additional tasks requested by Grounds Manager or Game Day ManagerFollow the provided Runsheet to ensure setup and pack down is done to scheduleRequirementsCurrent financial member of a TFA AffiliateKnowledge of Touch FootballExcellent time management skillsAbility to follow instructions and take directionBe a team player willing to assist the Grounds Manager and Game Day Manager with additional tasks as requiredBe at venue 2 hours prior to NRLTP match and up to 60 minutes post-matchAbility to complete physically demanding tasksMinimum age of 18Attire: Club polo and jumper and pants/jeans (with no holes or rips)Reports To: Grounds ManagerThe Grounds Manager is responsible for the set-up and pack-down operations, field presentation, management of Match Day Assistants and more.The Game Day Manager may also call upon you for assistance if required. The Game Day Manager is responsible for accreditation, management of teams, referees, broadcasting, match delivery and more.AvailabilityTouch Football Australia hope that are you able to assist with as many matches as possible. We encourage you to still apply should you only be available for 1-2 matches.Through the application process you will be able to select which match days you are able to volunteer at.Please see below for NRL Touch Premiership matches TFA are sourcing volunteers for: Thursday 1 AugustTigers v KnightsLeichhardt Oval Application ProcessPlease ensure you have read the position description above. To apply for the role of Match Day Assistant, please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NRLTP_Match_Day_Assistant_ApplicationApplication Closing DatesSunday 5th May 2019.As thanks for your assistance, you will receive a free ticket to the NRL match following your shift.For further information on the role, please contact TFA National Event Coordinator, Colette Ritchie.E: email@example.comPH: 02 6212 2824 Saturday 8 JuneCowboys v Knights1300Smiles Stadium Sunday 9 JuneBroncos v TigersSuncorp Stadium Friday 2 AugustBroncos v CowboysSuncorp Stadium Friday 5 JulyTigers v CowboysBankwest Stadium Sunday 19 MayKnights v EelsGlen Willow Stadium Saturday 6 JulyKnights v BroncosMJS Stadium Thursday 27 JuneTigers v TitansBankwest Stadium Sunday 21 JulyTitans v EelsCbus Super Stadium DATEMATCHVENUE Sunday 21 AprilTitans v BroncosCbus Super Stadium Sunday 14 JulyRoosters v KnightsCentral Coast Stadium Friday 26 JulyKnights v WarriorsMJS Stadium
DALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 06: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns looks for an open receiver against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first half of the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Oklahoma and Texas are a couple of hours away from kicking off at the Big 12 Championship Game, with the Sooners playing for a College Football Playoff spot and the Longhorns looking to play spoiler.Lincoln Riley’s team will be looking to avenge its only loss of the regular season, as Texas handed Oklahoma its first – and only – loss of the year earlier in the season.Oklahoma enters today’s game as a favorite, but many are expecting it to be a close one, with some picking a Texas upset.What’s your pick?ESPN has released its prediction.The Worldwide Leader is high on Oklahoma heading into today’s game, giving the Sooners a 72.9 percent chance of winning this afternoon’s contest. Texas, meanwhile, is given just a 27.1 percent chance of winning today’s game.Oklahoma and Texas are set to kick off at the Big 12 Championship Game at noon E.T.The game will be televised on ABC.
Specialist Subsea Services, March 20, 2014 zoom Aberdeen-based Specialist Subsea Services (S3) has signed a charter with EDT Offshore for the EDT Hercules vessel.The three year agreement, which comes with two additional one year extension options, will allow S3 to provide its full scope of ROV, survey and life of field services from the vessel, strengthening its integrated offering.Launched in 2013, the EDT Hercules is nearly 90m in length and has a deck load of 2,300t. With accommodation space for 71 people on-board including crew, the DP2 vessel will play a key role in the subsea specialist’s growth throughout the next three years as it looks to build on its extensive operations, both in the North Sea and emerging global regions.Announcing the agreement at Oceanology International 2014, the world’s largest exhibition for marine science and technology, Graeme Kidd, managing director of S3, said: “This charter signals another significant stage in our ambitious growth plans for S3. We are committed to investing in leading edge technology and we’re delighted to have secured the EDT Hercules which is ideally suited to our operations.“The vessel charter strengthens our offering to our client base, allowing us to continue to be at the forefront of providing innovative solutions and access to new technology. Our intention is to continue to build on the strong foundations we have in place and this agreement is very much a signal of our intent.” My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 Print Close
Nova Scotians have an additional 652 hectares of protected landwhere they can enjoy the province’s natural environment. Nine new parcels of land have been added to six of the province’swilderness areas. The lands are either within or adjacent tothese wilderness areas. They feature old forest, wetlands, lakes,rare plants and a waterfall. “Nova Scotia is a beautiful province and by protecting theseareas, we’re giving our residents and visitors the chance toenjoy this natural beauty,” said Environment and Labour MinisterKerry Morash. “We’ve done well to protect as many areas as wehave considering how much land in the province is privatelyowned, and we’re working at protecting more.” The province currently has 31 wilderness areas. They areprotected lands that Nova Scotians and visitors can use forresearch and recreation activities such as hiking, canoeing,kayaking, sportfishing and hunting. The department worked with landowners to acquire the additionallands for protection. The Nature Conservancy of Canada helpedacquire two parcels from Bowater Mersey Paper Co. Ltd. which wereadded to Tobeatic Wilderness Area. “We were delighted to work in partnership with the provincialgovernment and Bowater Mersey to ensure the protection of thesepristine areas of Nova Scotia wilderness for generations tocome,” said Linda Stephenson, Atlantic regional director of theconservancy. The additions have been made to Economy River, Lake Rossignal,North River, Terence Bay, Tobeatic and White Like wildernessareas. They bring the total amount of protected wilderness landto 286,302 hectares. Early in 2004, Nova Scotians were invited to comment on theproposed addition of the lands to wilderness areas. Comments wereall supportive. Government is currently in the process of designating two newwilderness areas — Gully Lake in Pictou and Colchester countiesand Eigg Mountain-James River in Antigonish and Pictou counties.Five new nature reserves are also in the process of beingestablished. About 8.2 per cent of land in Nova Scotia is protected throughprovincial protection efforts, national parks, national wildlifeareas and organizations like the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
The province re-introduced legislation today, Nov. 28, that supports efforts to ensure that Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, the federal government have the same offshore job-safety rules. “Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the federal government are close to completing an agreement for mirror legislation on job safety, so we want to keep the bill on the order paper as a sign to our partners of our continued support,” said Environment and Labour Minister Mark Parent. The bill re-introduced today replaces one that was on the order paper of the last session of the Legislative Assembly when it was adjourned. It amends the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Resources Accord Implementation (Nova Scotia) Act. Currently, the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board imposes occupational health and safety requirements on offshore operations as a condition of licence. The soon-to-be completed agreement will replace that system with specific occupational health and safety legislation. This will give all three jurisdictions the same rules and improve the management of offshore job safety. Mr. Parent said confirmation of the agreement is expected shortly from the other partners. Nova Scotia will then draft an updated bill and consult interested groups. Canada and Nova Scotia governments have agreed to jointly manage offshore oil and gas activities. All legislation affecting the offshore has to be passed by both the Nova Scotia legislature and Parliament. Newfoundland and Labrador will draft similar legislation so offshore companies and workers will have the same rules in each province. The bill may be viewed online at www.gov.ns.ca/legislature/legc/bills/60th_1st/1st_read/b018.htm .
New Delhi: A day after the Hindi channel news team was attacked at Barapullah flyover, the investigating agency has so far questioned 50 suspects in this regard. Police said that raids are being conducted in Delhi-NCR to arrest the assailants involved in the crime. Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime) Dr G Ramgopal Naik said that they are working on some leads.”More than 16 teams have been formed comprising of Southern Range and Crime Branch. Raids are being conducted in Delhi-NCR,” added DCP Crime. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarHe further stated that forensic examination of the vehicle was done and sketches of the two assailants were made. “We are in touch with the victim. So far more than 50 suspects were questioned,” added DCP Naik. The investigators further added that they are scanning en route CCTV footages of the area where the incident was reported. Three shots were fired at the crew of a Hindi news channel by unidentified men on Barapullah Road in South Delhi on Sunday. The case was registered immediately. “Three policemen on picket duty suspended for lack of prompt response.
Paris: The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), the watchdog set up to police doping in athletics, said Thursday it had received testing data from a Moscow laboratory at the centre of a vast doping conspiracy. The independent body founded by the IAAF, athletics’ world governing body, said it had received around 110,000 files from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on June 18. The data, collected by WADA inspectors from the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) of the Moscow Laboratory, concerns testing samples analysed in the period 2012 to 2015. “The AIU will start analysing the LIMS data immediately with a view to reporting its findings to the IAAF Council in due course,” the watchdog said in a statement. The AIU said that no deadline had been set for the completion of the task.
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is proposing to levy a federal excise tax on recreational marijuana once it becomes legal next July, with the provinces and territories receiving half the revenue.Under a federal proposal put to premiers during a first ministers meeting Tuesday, each gram of pot would be subject to an excise tax of $1 on sales up to $10 and a 10 per cent tax on sales of more than $10.However, premiers argued that provinces will foot the lion’s share of the cost of regulating and enforcing the new regime and should, therefore, get the lion’s share of the revenue.Trudeau said the level of taxation on marijuana and revenue sharing are still matters under negotiation with the provinces. He acknowledged that there will be “significant new costs” associated with legalizing pot and said he’s open to provincial arguments that they’ll bear the brunt of them.Still, he emphasized that the goal of legalization is not to make money.“Our goal from the very beginning on the legalization and regulation of marijuana was not to make profits, to bring in tax revenue,” Trudeau told a wrap-up news conference following a day-long meeting with provincial and territorial leaders.Rather, he said, “all first ministers are fully aligned” on the goal of keeping marijuana out of the hands of kids and out of the control of criminal gangs.Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said it’s not simply a matter of sharing any federal tax revenue with provinces. She noted that a number of municipalities have told her they will face some new costs as well.Any taxes imposed on marijuana will have to be sufficiently low to keep the price low enough to force the black market out of business, said Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil.Consequently, he said: “I don’t think we should run out and start spending tax dollars based on cannabis.”No one should think legalization means governments will “hit the mother lode,” agreed Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.He argued that pricing of marijuana will be a balancing act: if it’s priced too low it will encourage use; if it’s priced too high, it will keep the black market thriving.Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, who wants the federal government to give the provinces another year to introduce regulatory and enforcement regimes, said discussion of revenue sharing is premature.“It reminds me a little bit of the two salesman who were having a vicious argument about a commission split on a deal that they hadn’t done yet,” he said.“We don’t really know what the ramifications are of this. This is a historic change … We’re talking about splitting revenue at this point we don’t know what the net may be. We may be splitting a cost, not a net proceed. We don’t know.”Legalization of marijuana was one of two issues that was top of mind for premiers as they arrived for the day-long summit with Trudeau. The other was the federal government’s proposed changes to small business tax measures.Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau briefed the premiers on his proposed changes, which he maintains are aimed at ensuring the wealthiest Canadians can’t use incorporation of small businesses to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.The proposals include prohibiting income sprinkling to family members who do no work for the business, limiting the ability to make passive investments in things unrelated to the business and restricting the ability to convert income to capital gains, which is taxed at a lower rate.The proposals have been slammed by large and small business groups, doctors, accountants, lawyers, farmers, shop owners and even some of Trudeau’s Liberal backbenchers. A number of premiers have expressed concern that they could prevent farmers from passing on their family farms to their children and that they could cause doctors, particularly in rural areas, to pack up and leave.McNeil said he was somewhat reassured by Morneau’s presentation.“I was certainly pleased to hear the finance minister say today that his tax policy would not impact family businesses, farms being transferred from one generation to the next, he wanted to ensure that women were being successful as entrepreneurs with … the capacity to save for maternity leave and that all Canadians need the flexibility when it comes to retirement,” he said.Consultations on the proposed change ended Monday. Trudeau emphasized that the government has heard the concerns of small business people and the premiers and that they’ll be taken into account in the final proposals.Trudeau and the premiers sat down for about 90 minutes Tuesday morning with Indigenous leaders. While they were generally pleased to have an opportunity to air their particular concerns, the Indigenous leaders said they’ll continue to push for full inclusion in first ministers’ summits.“There are still these historical barriers for Indigenous inclusion within multilateral conversations in this country,” said Natan Obed, of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, adding that sometimes provincial and territorial governments “don’t want to give up power” to Indigenous Peoples.Isadore Day, Ontario regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations, dismissed the first ministers’ summit as “nothing but just words.”“We were shuffled out of the room again.”When the issue of Aboriginal self-government came up during the meeting, Day said Couillard warned that his province’s long-standing constitutional demands must be dealt with first.“He pulled the constitutional card,” Day said, accusing Couillard of holding First Nations in Quebec “hostage.”Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said he’ll continue pushing for more first ministers meetings with Indigenous leaders. In the meantime, he said he advised premiers Tuesday that “if you want to grow Canada’s economy … you have to involve First Nations people every step of the way.”Investing in the untapped potential of young Indigenous people is critical to addressing Canada’s skilled labour shortage and aging population and respecting Aboriginal jurisdiction over their land is crucial to the development of natural resources, he said.
CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo wants customers to think about more than prescriptions and shampoo when they visit his company’s drugstores.He expects the stores to become health care pit stops, especially for patients with chronic conditions like diabetes. Vision, hearing and blood sugar checks will be available at many locations, and customers also may be able to get help with diets and nutrition.CVS has largely finished its $69 billion acquisition of the insurer Aetna, part of the company’s broader effort to expand its health care offerings. A federal judge is still evaluating the deal and has scheduled a hearing for December 18.Merlo spoke recently with The Associated Press. The conversation has been edited for clarity and length.Q: What are some specific changes shoppers will see first in your stores?A: Early next year … we will pilot our first concept stores that begin to change the role of the retail pharmacy. The store will continue to have a pharmacy, it will continue to have products that will be focused on health, beauty, personal care and elements of convenience. But it will also have services. About 15 to 20 per cent of the store will be repurposed for services like an expanded (in-store) MinuteClinic.Q: You’ve talked a few times about revolutionizing the customer’s health care experience. What does that mean?A: It really is helping them understand how to best use their benefit programs. Take a patient with diabetes. They likely visit their physician three, four times a year. They leave the office with a care plan that includes medication, diet, nutrition, exercise. We can help those patients make sure they’re staying adherent to their plan, which oftentimes is not the case.Q: Do you expect to eventually replace the family doctor?A: No, absolutely not. Our goal is to complement the role of the primary care physician. This past year we referred three and a half million patients on to a physician. The vast majority were patients that we see at MinuteClinic that simply do not have a … physician. The referrals are not because they can’t be treated. We believe everyone should have access to a (primary-care physician).Q: You’re combining with a health insurer. How can consumers trust that they’re getting the best care from a company that’s also paying for that care?A: Our hallmark as a company has always been do what we need to do to take the best care of the patients that we serve. Our purpose as a company is to help people achieve their best health.Q: If you fail to provide good care, customers won’t return. Is that part of the equation?A: Customer satisfaction is critically important. It becomes a form of retention.___Follow Tom Murphy on Twitter: @thpmurphy .Tom Murphy, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The partial shutdown of the U.S. government has begun to make it harder to assess the health of the economy by delaying or distorting key reports on growth, spending and hiring.Government data on home construction and retail sales, for example, won’t be released next week because staffers who compile those reports have been furloughed. The retail sales report provides a snapshot of consumer spending, which fuels more than two-thirds of the economy. With Macy’s and Kohl’s having said Thursday that their holiday sales were weaker than expected, a broader gauge of retail spending would have provided important clarity.In addition, the next report on the economy’s overall growth, set for Jan. 30, won’t be released if the shutdown remains in effect. Even if the government has fully reopened by then, federal workers won’t likely have had enough time to produce the scheduled report on the nation’s gross domestic product.Not all agencies are closed. Congress approved funding last year for the Labor Department, so the government’s next monthly jobs report will be released as scheduled on Feb. 1. But it’s unclear how long the department will be able to issue jobs reports — the most closely watched barometer of the economy — after that.Though the economy remains healthy in most respects, there are rising concerns that growth could slow or even stall in coming months. The trade war between the United States and China, which has helped depress global growth, is likely slowing business investment. The stimulus from the Trump administration’s tax cuts is expected to fade.And borrowing costs have risen since the Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates four times last year. Before rebounding this week, stock markets had plummeted roughly 16 per cent from their peak Oct. 2.Fed officials are now stressing their flexibility on rate hikes, emphasizing that they will be patient and their policy “data dependent.” By this, the Fed means that the government’s latest readings on hiring, inflation and growth will factor heavily in its rate decisions. Yet much of that data will now be unavailable — to the Fed or anyone else.“For us, one of the biggest effects of the shutdown has been around data,” Raphael Bostic, president of the Fed’s Atlanta regional bank, said Wednesday. “We’re worrying about that.”Even some reports that are released on schedule are likely to be distorted by the shutdown. For example, the January jobs report may show an artificially high unemployment rate and low employment figure. That’s because up to 380,000 federal employees who aren’t working or being paid during the shutdown — but who will return to work afterward — could be counted as unemployed for January.If so, that would raise the unemployment rate by 0.2 percentage point, estimated Ben Herzon, an economist at Macroeconomic Advisers, a forecasting firm. And the monthly job count could decline by 380,000 if the shutdown continues through the end of January, Herzon said. That could push the monthly job figure into negative territory.If all the federal workers eventually receive back pay, as occurred after previous shutdowns, then the January jobs report would later be revised to restore those 380,000 jobs, according to the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.Future jobs reports could be jeopardized, too, if the government remains shut down. The Census Bureau conducts the monthly surveys that the BLS uses to calculate the unemployment rate. Census is part of the Commerce Department, which remains closed during the shutdown. As a result, it’s unclear if future jobs reports will be released if the shutdown continues, the BLS said.Other economic reports have already been missed. They include a monthly report on factory orders that was scheduled for Monday. That report typically provides insights into how much U.S. companies are spending on large equipment.Inflation data will also be affected: The consumer price index will be released Friday morning as scheduled, because it is prepared by the Labor Department. But the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge is published by Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, which is closed.And because the Agriculture Department is closed, future reports on wholesale prices and import prices won’t include farm-related data, the BLS said Thursday.A report on the number of people seeking unemployment benefits, considered a nearly real-time reflection of layoffs, is still being published. But it could be distorted by the shutdown: Nearly 5,000 federal employees sought benefits two weeks ago, according to the latest data available, roughly five times the usual figure.And only a portion of the government’s report on productivity, or output per hour worked, will be released Feb. 6, the Labor Department said. That’s because that report requires data on the growth of GDP, the broadest measure of the economy.Even after the government fully reopens, weeks will likely be needed before all the postponed reports can be prepared and released.“It may take some time to get a ‘clean’ read on the economy,” economists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said Thursday.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
A Remembrance Day service is planned for Tuesday in the Ian Beddis Gymnasium.The ceremony begins at 10:45 a.m. and will include reflections from Brock president Jack Lightstone, Brock Student Union president Roland Erman and Brock Graduate Students Association president Lee Belding.
Fitting in can be hard in high school.Strides are being made, however, to help alleviate some of that stress.Delhi District Secondary School will host the fifth annual Rainbow Ball, welcoming LGBTQ+ students and allies from across Grand Erie to the semi-formal dance.The Rainbow Ball is an evening that celebrates the diversity of the students.“For our students who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, this evening provides a vibrant space where they can be themselves and feel supported by allies, including fellow students, teachers and administration,” said Colleen Bator, teacher at Delhi District, who is overseeing the organization of this year’s event.“Events like the Rainbow Ball are important in reinforcing to all of our students that they are celebrated, supported and appreciated for being just who they are.”Grand Erie’s first Rainbow Ball took place at Simcoe Composite School in 2015. It was organized by the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). In 2016, the event moved to Haldimand County, hosted by McKinnon Park Secondary School for two years. Last spring, Brantford Collegiate Institute and Vocational School hosted the fourth, and largest, event.The 2019 Rainbow Ball is being organized in concert with Delhi District’s GSA, which has been running at the school for nine years.The theme for this year is Disney. Those interested in attending can purchase a $10 ticket through their school’s GSAs or their main office. Complimentary transportation to Delhi District from Brant and Haldimand counties is being provided by Safe Schools. The dance is on May 2 at 6:30 p.m.