Citizenship Striptease

first_imgUnion Minister of State for Non Resident Indian Affairs Jagdish Tytler announced in early August that dual citizenship registration would begin this September.If that is beginning to sound like déjà vu all over again, it is. Ever since the L M Singhvi report in 2002 proposed dual citizenship for overseas Indians in 16 countries – Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Cyprus, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States of America – the Indian government has been engaged in a perennial striptease dance with overseas Indians.Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee announced dual citizenship with much fanfare at the first Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas in January 2003. What he was really declaring, however, was the government’s intention to grant dual citizenship. Legislation was introduced in parliament in May 2003 and just in time for another grand pronouncement at the next Pravasi Diwas in January 2004, the law was passed unanimously and received the president’s assent.Unbeknownst to most observers, however, the bill’s language was artfully changed from “dual citizenship” to “overseas citizenship.”Under the circumstances, the startling announcement by Tytler that overseas citizenship registration will begin this month has to be taken with a pinch of salt.What is significance of this mysterious name change? It is yet unclear. What the law makes clear is that overseas citizens will not have political rights to vote or to run for public office or the right to public employment. The reasons for the name change are buried in the byzantine bureaucracy of the external, the home, and the law ministries, where the bill was slapped together.And those real motivations may be sprung upon us only when the rules are finally promulgated. Ah, the rules…You see, you were mistaken if you thought dual or overseas citizenship had come to pass when parliament approved the law. You underestimate the deviousness of the Indian bureaucracy. They now get to set the rules and so we are back in the mazes of the babus in the three ministries.Under the circumstances, the startling announcement by Tytler that overseas citizenship registration will begin this month has to be taken with a pinch of salt. He is taking over a newly created ministry, presently operating out of a cubby hole of an office in the South Block, with a paltry budget of just $1.5 million, and is reportedly wrangling with the ministry of external affairs, which is leery of letting go of its NRI affairs division. Indeed there is considerable speculation that Tytler’s headline-grabbing announcement was a shot across the bow in his tussle with the MEA.Citizenship matters ultimately fall under the jurisdiction of the home ministry and it has given no indication of being close to promulgating the rules. Tytler told one interviewer in mid-August, “It is almost done. Registration will start in less than a month. It is currently with the law ministry for technical reasons. Everything is clear.”There was only one remaining hitch, Tytler dismissively told the reporter. “We just have to decide the registration fee that will be charged.”Hmm…. Some roadblock, especially considering that the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas website has been reporting for some time that the fee is “proposed to be fixed at $100.”In any event, the rules can come into force only after they are tabled in parliament.The Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C. reports cryptically, “The rules, regulations and requirements are still under process and our web site will be updated on this as and when instructions are received from Government of India.” Their phone hasn’t rung yet.So don’t make a beeline to the Indian consulate anytime soon. We still don’t know if the striptease performance is finally over, or the latest curtain call is just an intermission before the next tantalizing act.   Related Itemslast_img read more

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Pocari nails three-peat

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ Troubles were worth it as Pablo relishes Finals MVP trophy Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPocari Sweat is Premier Volleyball League champion for the third straight time.Krsytal Rivers starred in the Lady Warriors’ latest victory as the University of Alabama stalwart scored 27 points—15 in the first two frames—to lead a20-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19 win over the BaliPure Water Defenders on Thursday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’?center_img “All I want is to help my team win,” said Rivers. “And the team has a strong will to win.”Gyselle Sy made 24 excellent sets and 12 excellent digs on top of an ace that gave Pocari a 16-8 lead in the third set.“It was a fulfilling win for us because this team has been through a lot of adversities,” said Pocari coach Rommel Abella, whose team joined the league only last season.The Lady Warriors held off the Water Defenders in the opener of the best-of-three series, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24, but dropped a 15-25, 24-26, 26-24, 26-24, 13-15 decision in the next.Jaroensri Bualee, on her last tour of duty as import here, went all-out in offense in the first frame, nailing three straight points late in the set.But Pocari, led by Rivers, rose to the occasion and stepped up its attack in the second set, exploding with 25attacks against 17 by the Water Defenders.ADVERTISEMENT Playing only in the best-of-three finals because of the delayed release of her International Transfer Certificate, Rivers more than made up for it as she helped Pocari keep its Reinforced Conference crown.Pocari also ruled last year’s Open Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMichelle Strizak slammed through the enemy’s defense when BaliPure started to creep in from 13-23 to 19-24, before Jessey de Leon scored the title-clinching point.Rivers, who battled lymphoma while playing in the American collegiate league, was a last-minute replacement for injured Edina Selimovic. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:283 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more

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IPL players’ auction may be put off

first_imgWith the Cricket Board entangled in legal battles against Indian Premier League franchisees Rajasthan Royals and King’s XI Punjab, the players’ auction scheduled for January 8-9 may be postponed, a BCCI source said on Saturday.”There is a possibility that the IPL players’ auction may be postponed,” the source said, indicating that the court cases might drag on and upset the BCCI’s calculations for holding the auction as scheduled.Barring 12 Indian and overseas players retained by the eight original IPL franchises and the foreign cricketers (four maximum) not previously seen in the IPL and signed by the two new franchisees Kochi and Pune, all the remaining top players will go under the auctioneer’s hammer.The 12 cricketers who have been retained are:Chennai Super Kings — MS Dhoni (Ind), Murali Vijay (Ind), Suresh Raina (Ind) and Albie Morkel (SA).Mumbai Indians — Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Harbhajan Singh (Ind), Lasith Malinga (SL), Kieron Pollard (WI).Rajasthan Royals — Shane Warne (Aus), Shane Watson (Aus).Delhi Daredevils — Virender Sehwag (Ind).Royal Challengers Bangalore — Virat Kohli (Ind).With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Premier League: Manchester United F.C. frustrate Liverpool F.C. in disappointing derby

first_imgA cautious Manchester United frustrated Liverpool as a lacklustre North-West derby ended 0-0 at Anfield on Saturday.United manager Jose Mourinho set his team up to limit the space and opportunities for Liverpool’s attack and that approach worked at the expense of any real adventure from the visitors.Liverpool’s best opening came in the 35th minute but United goalkeeper David De Gea pulled off a superb save with his legs to keep out a shot from Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah’s follow up was wide.United created little beyond a Romelu Lukaku shot two minutes before the interval which was well dealt with by keeper Simon Mignolet.The draw leaves United alone at the top of the table on 20 points although Manchester City, who are now a point behind, can regain first place when they host Stoke City later on Saturday.last_img read more

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1st Test: Devendra Bishoo five-wicket haul helps West Indies take 148-run lead vs Zimbabwe

first_imgWest Indies turned the first Test around and led by 148 runs after five wickets from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo helped bowl Zimbabwe out for 159 on Day 2 on Sunday.West Indies struggled to 219 all out in its first innings but Bishoo made use of the spin-friendly pitch at Queens Sports Club to claim a fourth five-wicket haul and put the tourists in a position of strength.The West Indians had reached 88-1 in their second innings by stumps, building a significant lead in the first of two Tests in Bulawayo.Of the 21 wickets to fall in the first two days, 14 of them have gone to spin bowling. That’s a surprising return on a surface that’s just two days old, but Bishoo didn’t mind as he collected 5-79.Opener Hamilton Masakadza top-scored with 42 for Zimbabwe and Craig Ervine made 39. But Bishoo removed both of them, and the rest of Zimbabwe’s batsmen couldn’t muster much between them.Kraigg Brathwaite was 38 not out and Kyle Hope 32 not out in West Indies’ second innings, with Kieran Powell the only wicket to fall – also to the spin of Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer.West Indies lost its most recent series 2-1 in England but showed promise on that tour and is favored to beat a Zimbabwe team that hasn’t won a Test since 2013.Despite that poor run, Zimbabwe had high hopes ahead of this series after the return of Brendan Taylor, its best batsman, and Kyle Jarvis, its best quick bowler. They gave up internationals for three and four years, respectively, to play in English county cricket.advertisementTaylor, in his first Test innings since November 2014, was out for 1 caught by Jermaine Blackwood at slip trying to play a reverse sweep off Bishoo.last_img read more

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Ranieri Ready For Europe Tourney

first_imgATHEN — Claudio Ranieri signed a two-year contract to coach Greece’s national football team on July 25th, replacing Fernando Santos after he guided the Greeks to the second round at the World Cup in Brazil.Ranieri, a 62-year-old Italian, is moving to Greece from French club Monaco, which finished second in the league last season behind Paris Saint-Germain. He has coached more than a dozen European clubs, including Chelsea, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.Greece will be playing in Group F of the qualifying tournament for the 2016 European Championship, facing Hungary, Romania, Finland, Northern Ireland, and the Faeroe Islands. The Greeks are looking to qualify for their sixth major tournament in 12 years.Considered defensively strong, the Greeks struggled to score in Brazil, but Ranieri said he was generally impressed by the team’s performance. “They had a good run and I liked their spirit,” the Italian said while visiting Karaiskaki Stadium, where Greece will start its qualification campaign against Romania on Sept. 7.“I don’t think there need to be many changes to the core of the team … We’ll keep their hard work going and see how we can improve the results.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Barcelona Says Neymar Wants to Leave Club Amid PSG Rumors

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares SANT JOAN DESPI, Spain (AP) — Neymar has told Barcelona that he plans to leave the club, with a blockbuster move to Paris Saint-Germain seemingly imminent.The club said Wednesday that the Brazil striker told his teammates “that he had the intention of leaving the club and seeking his future elsewhere, and the coach has given him permission to leave training.”PSG is rumored to be ready to pay his release clause of 222 million euros ($262 million). That would dwarf the 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid for France midfielder Paul Pogba last year.Barcelona said Neymar did not specify where he wants to play next, but the only club speculated to be after him — and one of few which could handle the cost of the transfer — is the Qatari-owned PSG.Barcelona said Neymar left the training ground 30 minutes after arriving on Wednesday. He had arrived to Spain on Tuesday night after holding publicity events for both his personal brand and Barcelona in China.With his lightning-quick feet, creative instincts and scoring touch, Neymar helped maintain Barcelona as one of the top clubs in Europe for the past four seasons as he blossomed into a worldwide star.He teamed up with Lionel Messi and Luis Saurez to make an almost unstoppable attack. Neymar scored 105 goals — some of them true gems — and was a key playmaker for Barcelona as it won a Champions League, two Spanish leagues, three Copa del Reys, one Club World Cup, a UEFA Super Cup and two Spanish Super Cups.By MANU FERNANDEZ and JOSEPH WILSONlast_img read more

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I was waiting for this opportunity: Vijay Shankar after last-over heroics vs Australia

first_imgBrief scores – India (250) beat Australia (242) by 8 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. Stoinis (52), Handscomb (48), Kuldeep (3/54), Shankar (2/15). Highlights | Match ReportAll-rounder Vijay Shankar had conceded 13 runs in his first over but bounced back in style in the final over of the match as he picked up the final two Australian wickets to win the second ODI for India in Nagpur on Tuesday.Defending 10 runs in the final over, Shankar first removed the well-set Marcus Stoinis with his first delivery and then castled last-man Adam Zampa with his third ball as India won by 8 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.Shankar had earlier scored a fluent 46 off 41 balls before being run out under unfortunate circumstances.Shankar and Kedar Jadhav were the only two options left for Virat Kohli as Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami had finished their quota of 10 overs.Kohli decided to go with Shankar even though Jadhav had picked up a wicket for just 33 runs from his 8 overs. The decision turned out to be a masterstroke as Shankar repaid the faith of the Indian skipper with 2 wickets for 2 runs in three balls.”It was an opportunity to redeem myself after the expensive over I bowled. I was literally waiting for this opportunity, wanted to bowl under pressure because only if I deliver, they will trust me. I was up for the challenge.”Around the 43rd over, I was telling myself that I am bowling the final over and defend the score, just prepared myself a bit. It’s about staying clear mentally. Wanted to just stick to the basics, hit the stumps from a hard length as there was a bit of reverse,” Shankar said after the match.advertisement#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/OTkDUVG25uBCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019The 28-year-old then spoke about his batting form and thought-process before he got the chance to bowl the final over.”When you play for the country, you have to be ready to do what the team needs. I always say to myself to keep working on all aspects of my game so that when the opportunity arrives, I am ready to grab it.”Yes, it (the batting) was good, timed the ball well and rotated the strike well. I was confident of doing well and we (him and Kohli) had a good partnership”.Shankar also said he would not over-react after taking match-winning wickets but is glad that he could help the tea win.”Just because I got the two wickets in the last over does not make me feel really high or happy. I am trying to enjoy the moment and then go ahead with that.”He also batted well, contributed 46 runs off 41 balls before being run out in an unfortunate manner.”When you get run out like this, I won’t say unfortunate, that was struck and he (Kohli) hit the ball so hard and I didn’t have much time to get back in (to the crease) but then these things happen in cricket. As long as I bat well and as long as contribute to the team’s win, I will be happy.”He may have made a case for himself with this performance to make the squad for the World Cup but Shankar is not thinking on those lines.”I’ve said previously also that I never think about the selection or World Cup thing because it’s a long way off from now. Every game is very important. I just look to give my best and win a game for the team,” said the Tamil Nadu all-rounder.India bowled out Australia for 242 with Kuldeep Yadav picking up 3 wickets while Jasprit Bumrah and Shankar grabbed a couple each to tilt the match in the hosts’ favour.Stoinis top-scored with 52 runs while Peter Handscomb made 48 but they kept losing wickets at regular intervals which ultimately led to Australia’s downfall.Earlier, a four-wicket haul from Pat Cummins helped Australia restrict India for 250 in 48.2 overs with Kohli top-scoring with 116.Also Read | MS Dhoni chased around by pitch invader in Nagpur, Virat Kohli not amusedAlso Read | Virat Kohli 2nd batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to hit 40 ODI hundredsAlso Read | India vs Australia: Ravindra Jadeja joins Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev in elite listlast_img read more

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Iwobi welcomes Arsenal interest in Zaha & Carrasco

first_imgAlex Iwobi insists he has no intention of leaving Arsenal and welcomes the potential signings of Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Carrasco in his position. The Gunners have reportedly made a £40 million ($51m) opening bid for Crystal Palace star Zaha, although his employers are apparently holding out for closer to £80m ($102m).And 25-year-old Carrasco has also been linked with Unai Emery’s Gunners, with the Arsenal boss reportedly hoping to lure him from Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Asked if those rumours put his place at the Emirates Stadium under threat, Iwobi told  Goal : “I don’t have any idea of going anywhere else, I’m an Arsenal player.”For a big club like Arsenal, you mentioned two great players so it will be exciting to have them.”I don’t know anything that’s going on behind closed doors.”In their first season since Arsene Wenger’s tenure came to an end, Arsenal missed out on a Premier League top-four spot by just one point but had another shot at Champions League qualification with the Europa League final.Although they ultimately suffered a disappointing 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in Baku, Iwobi was pleased with the Gunners’ first season under Emery.Unai Emery Arsenal Chelsea Europa League 2019“It was good, he demanded a lot from us,” the winger said.”We enjoyed working under him but we marginally missed out of the Champions League and unfortunately, we were unable to get the result we needed in the Europa League final.”You can see there is a big progression, everyone is enjoying it. We look forward to next season.”The Nigeria international made 35 Premier League appearances last season, more than in any other campaign and he insists he’s grateful to Emery for giving him the chance to prove himself.”I was involved quite a lot last season,” he continued. “Obviously you want to start as many games as you can but it doesn’t work that way when you have a team like Arsenal, you just have to do well and whenever the opportunity comes, do your best. I just have to say thank you for the opportunity he is giving me. “I’m happy to play anywhere [for Arsenal], I’ll play wherever I’m told to play. I’ve always seen myself as a midfielder, like an attacking midfielder but I’ll always give my best whether I’m told to play in the middle or somewhere else.”The Gunners will be hoping to return to the Champions League next season having failed to finish in the top four since 2015-16.And Iwobi is confident that the north Londoners are capable of producing a strong campaign. He added: “On a good day, we’re able to beat any team as we showed last season.”I think it’s more of a mental thing, make sure we are mentally ready for every game and we will be able to do well.”Arsenal kick-off their Premier League season away to Newcastle on August 11.last_img read more

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Sweden to Introduce Tonnage Tax

first_imgzoom The government of Sweden has proposed the introduction of a tonnage tax system aiming to level the playing field between domestic and shipping companies from other European countries, according to the Gothenburg Port Authority (GPA).Sweden’s Minister for Infrastructure Anna Johansson presented the government’s maritime strategy at Donsö Shipping Meet 2015, revealing that the Swedish tonnage tax will be introduced in summer of 2016.Swedish ships have been registered under flags of convenience for many years. Last year, the Swedish merchant fleet decreased further by six ships, making it 320 in all, GPA says.Sweship, formerly the Swedish Shipowners’ Association, estimates that the introduction of the tonnage tax will over the next ten years result in 300 new ships sailing under the Swedish flag and 17,000 new jobs.“The tonnage tax is an important element in achieving a more equitable level of competition for the Swedish merchant fleet. This will reinforce the whole of the shipping industry in Sweden,” said Magnus Kårestedt, Port of Gothenburg Chief Executive.“In purely concrete terms this means that we will see more ships sailing under the Swedish flag at the Port of Gothenburg and at the same time an increase in peripheral shipping operations.”The Swedish government regards the introduction of the tonnage tax as an integral part of the country’s ambition to have the lowest level of unemployment in the EU by 2020.last_img read more

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China Fines Eight Liner Companies

first_imgzoom Eight container shipping companies are facing fines from China’s Ministry of Transport for violation of freight rate-related regulations.An inspection found that the companies in question failed to report their freight rates or did not meet the standards set by the ministry regarding freight rate standards, the ministry said.The container carriers found in breach of the regulation include some of the industry’s top players, those being: Gold Star Line, Pacific International Lines, Maersk Line, Nansung Shipping, Cheng Lie Navigation, COSCO Container Lines Co, Hanjin Shipping Co. and Zim Integrated Shipping.The total fine for the violation amounts to RMB 1.1m (USD 169,555).The move comes within the country’s efforts to curb price fixing schemes among carriers so as to avoid tariff irregularities in the shipping sector and create a level-playing field for liner companies.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Rencontre jeunesse prévue à Debert

first_imgUne centaine d’élèves du Chignecto-Central Regional School Board se réuniront aujourd’hui 12 mai au Debert Hospitality Centre afin de participer à la septième de huit rencontres avec D250 qui ont lieu partout en Nouvelle-Écosse. Les rencontres jeunesse sont une initiative de Démocratie 250, appuyée par VOX: Point of Youth, le ministère de l’Éducation, le Chignecto-Central Regional School Board et Élections Nouvelle-Écosse. Les élèves participeront à une élection simulée et discuteront d’enjeux qui touchent les jeunes. Ils écouteront aussi une série de publicités mettant en vedette les jeunes ambassadeurs de D250, visionneront « Rant for Democracy », une vidéo qui suscite la réflexion au sujet de la participation électorale des jeunes, et participeront à une session de questions et réponses avec John Hamm et Russell MacLellan, co-présidents de Démocratie 250. Le Dr Hamm affirme que l’objectif des rencontres est d’inciter un plus grand nombre de jeunes à participer dans leurs communautés et au processus électoral. « Moins de 25 pour cent des jeunes adultes de moins de 25 ans votent à quelque élection que ce soit. C’est une donnée statistique inquiétante sur laquelle nous voulons attirer l’attention et que nous espérons changer, » a dit le Dr Hamm. « Les Néo-Écossais plus âgés doivent mieux comprendre les raisons pour lesquelles un si grand nombre de jeunes, qui sont autrement très préoccupés des enjeux d’aujourd’hui et qui n’hésitent pas à se faire entendre, ne votent pas, » a souligné M. MacLellan. Deborah Pellerin, coordonnatrice des programmes jeunesse au ministère de l’Éducation et responsable de VOX: Point of Youth, a accueilli les efforts de Démocratie 250. « En travaillant étroitement avec les organismes jeunesse, Démocratie 250 donne non seulement aux jeunes une occasion de partager leurs frustrations, mais aussi une possibilité de changer les choses pour le mieux, » a dit Mme Pellerin. Démocratie 250 est l’organisme responsable de l’année de célébration du 250e anniversaire de la naissance de la démocratie parlementaire au Canada. Pour plus d’information, consultez le site Web de Démocratie 250 au www.democratie250.ca.last_img read more

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Un prêt pour le maintien des emplois en fabrication dans une région

first_imgUn prêt de 350 000 $ aidera Comeau Lumber à maintenir des emplois dans une région rurale de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Basée à Meteghan, dans le comté de Digby, Comeau Lumber est une entreprise centenaire réputée pour sa fabrication de produits de bois de qualité qui sont utilisés partout au monde. L’entreprise emploie environ 60 personnes et contribue 3 millions de dollars par année en salaires. « Comeau Lumber est un exportateur très efficace qui comprend très bien l’importance d’une bonne gestion et durabilité forestières, » a dit Angus MacIsaac, ministre du Développement économique. « Ce prêt est un investissement dans le succès continu de l’entreprise. » Au cours des six dernières années, Comeau Lumber a investi dans l’expansion de la scierie, permettant à l’entreprise de doubler sa capacité. En 2005, l’entreprise est devenue productrice d’énergie renouvelable par la production d’électricité à partir de sous-produits du bois. Le prêt portant intérêt de deux ans provient du fonds Industrial Expansion Fund de la province. Il permettra à l’entreprise de prendre le temps nécessaire pour restructurer sa situation financière afin de s’acquitter de ses obligations envers d’autres fournisseurs de crédit. Le fonds Industrial Expansion Fund est une méthode utilisée par le gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Écosse pour appuyer le développement économique dans la province. Il aide les industries dans les domaines de la technologie et des recherches innovatrices tout en contribuant à un climat des affaires prospère et durable pour la Nouvelle-Écosse.last_img read more

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Dollarama again recalls a toy containing high levels of restricted chemical

first_imgMONTREAL — Discount retailer Dollarama Inc. has for the second time this year recalled a Chinese-made toy containing excessive levels of a chemical used in plastic that is a risk to human health.Health Canada says the Montreal-based company has recalled more than 52,000 Montoy doll and toy furniture sets sold between Oct. 16, 2017 and Oct. 8.There have been no reports of injury, but Health Canada says the plastic toy contains levels of phthalates that exceed the allowable limit and may pose a chemical hazard.The chemicals formerly known as PVCs were restricted in 2010 after studies suggested that children who suck or chew on toys containing them for extended periods may suffer reproductive and developmental abnormalities.Consumers are advised to dispose of the toy or return it to the store for a refund, and no receipt is required.Dollarama recalled more than 500,000 “Skip Ball” toys in August that are made of a plastic cord and multi-coloured ball attached to a pink plastic ankle loop that contain higher than allowed levels of phthalates.That recall applies to toys sold between January 2012 and last July. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:DOL)last_img read more

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Aerospace industry sounds alarm on the eve of the federal election

MONTREAL — Aerospace workers are “sounding the alarm” to coax concrete commitments to help secure their sector’s future in Canada from the federal parties ahead of the coming election.In a new report, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) warns of “the absence of a long-term vision,” which could cause problems down the line despite the industry’s healthy employment and output.The 130-page document recommends implementing a pan-Canadian strategy to better co-ordinate industry efforts.David Chartrand, head of the union’s Quebec chapter, says other parts of the world are growing their aerospace sectors through “concrete action.”He also says a pan-Canadian strategy must help Quebec — which houses half of the Canadian aerospace sector — reinforce one of its “most important economic pillars.”In March, a study by the Canadian Aviation and Aerospace Council found that employees in those fields are generally older than the average Canadian worker.The study says about one-third of Canada’s aerospace workforce will retire within five years, resulting in a need for 55,000 new workers by 2025.The Canadian Press read more

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Afghanistan UN launches ninemonth operation to assist returnees with emergency food and

Thousands of refugees are now crossing the border every day at the main entry point of Torkham, in eastern Afghanistan, some with identity papers and some without. According to WFP, more than one million people are expected to be on the mover across the country by the end of the year. In cooperation with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, WFP intends to set up a digital registration platform at the border to capture the returnees’ biometric data using SCOPE, the agency’s beneficiary management application. In addition, WFP is monitoring the situation using mVAM tool, a vulnerability assessment mapping, to allow the community leaders to report any shifts in the emergency situation over their mobile phones, and to ensure that no one is left behind. But a successful response depends on adequate financing. “We need sufficient and timely funds in the coming weeks and months to ensure that we can help returnees as rapidly and efficiently as possible,” stated Mick Lorentzen, WFP’s Country Director in Afghanistan, ensuring that a quick and focused response to the crisis will prevent more people from falling into chronic food insecurity. WFP and other United Nations agencies are working closely with the Afghan government to increase the capacity of humanitarian response and meet immediate shelter, sanitation and food needs, which also required an urgent appeal for $152 million. The agency is providing food and cash assistance for 163,000 undocumented returnees, 200,000 documented returnees, 150,000 internally displaced people, and 35,000 refugees in Khost and Paktika. WFP has also increased its assistance in eastern Afghanistan, and is now providing support to prevent malnutrition to more than 23,000 toddlers from returnee families. The goal is to support 550,000 people through emergency operation. WFP has received very generous and timely contributions from Australia, Belgium, Italy and Norway. Operational costs are estimated to be $66.8 million, only 12 per cent of which has thus far been met. For the latest situation report on the emergency, visit ReliefWeb read more

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Buckeye Brief What we learned from the first Ohio State football depth

Ohio State redshirt sophomore tackle Branden Bowen hits a pad at the first practice of fall camp on July 27. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.Just three days prior to Thursday’s season opener against Indiana in Bloomington, Ohio State’s football team released its first depth chart of the 2017 season. Offensive tackle Branden Bowen will start … at right guardWhen coach Urban Meyer spoke at Big Ten Media Days prior to fall camp, he named seven players as potential candidates to win the starting right guard spot: Malcolm Pridgeon and Demetrius Knox, Matt Burrell and Branden Bowen and Wyatt Davis, Josh Myers and Thayer Munford.Burrell started in the spring game, which seemingly gave him an edge in the wide-open position battle. Though Meyer said Burrell put forth his best effort to win the job, he noted that one player — Bowen — rose above the competition and deserved to be named the starter. “He’s the most improved guy, one of the most improved players on our team,” Meyer said of Bowen. “Something clicked with him in early summer. I heard it from [strength and conditioning] coach Mick [Marotti]. I saw it. It really wasn’t that close, to be honest with you.”Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa coaches his unit at a fall practice on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.As the position battle has raged over the past few months, Meyer and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa preached that the eventual starter at right guard would be the most consistent lineman. “When you look at Bowen, you just think, like, ‘That’s a huge guy.’ You see the potential there. You see what you can be,” defensive end Tyquan Lewis said of the 6-foot-7, 312-pound offensive lineman. “He just looks like he’s motivated more. He’s like ready to go play now.”Of the four upperclassmen in the mix at right guard, Bowen is the only one who didn’t play guard last season. The former offensive tackle provided insurance to right tackle Isaiah Prince and left tackle Jamarco Jones as their backups.. He was expected to play the same role this year. Just three weeks ago, Meyer said the battle to win the job was between Pridgeon, Burrell and Knox. He noted that Bowen was playing well enough to earn playing time, but he felt unsure about moving the offensive tackle inside to guard because it would diminish the depth outside. During Monday’s press conference, Meyer made it clear he simply couldn’t keep Bowen off the field.“[Top backup offensive tackle] Munford has done a nice job, but those concerns are there,” Meyer said. “But you’ve also got to get your first five in there.”On the opening-week depth chart, Munford is listed as backup right tackle and Joshua Alabi is slotted to back up Jones at left tackle. Meyer does not and should not have much confidence though, as Munford has spent less than a year in the program and Alabi switched from the defensive line to the offensive side of the ball in the spring.But given Bowen’s ascendance, Meyer assumed he could sacrifice the depth the former tackle would bring on the outside to improve the interior of the line. Even the linemen on the other side of the ball who compete against him in practice have noticed Bowen’s growth.“During the summer, you could start to see that he would train with a purpose,” defensive end Jalyn Holmes said. “Even when he messes up, he’s with coach Stud asking what he could do better. He’s carrying himself as a professional, and that’s why he’s a starter.”Mike Weber’s health remains a questionFive weeks after running back Mike Weber injured his hamstring in a practice, Meyer acknowledged the tweak was still hampering him. “He’s very close [to being 100 percent]. I’ll know more today, but he’s close,” Meyer said.OSU redshirt sophmore running back Mike Weber (25) throws the ball out of the endzone during the 2017 Spring Game at Ohio Stadium on April 15, 2017. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorThis lack of clarity comes after many players and coaches had confidently said the second-year starter will play in Thursday’s season-opener against Indiana. Two weeks ago, running backs coach Tony Alford said Weber would “absolutely” be the starter in Week 1. At the end of July, Meyer said Weber was dealing with a “little tight hamstring.”But on the opening depth chart, Weber was not listed as the sole starter. Instead, he and freshman running back J.K. Dobbins are dual starters. At Monday’s press conference, Meyer didn’t specify whether the reasoning for having both as starters was due to Weber’s health.The coach said he doesn’t feel like the first-year running back will start, but left open the possibility of starting Dobbins in his first career game.Weber didn’t have much competition last year. The first-year starter rushed 182 times for 1,096 yards, finding the end zone on nine occasions. Behind him, Demario McCall took just 42 carries 273 yards and did much of his damage during garbage time in the Buckeyes’ blowout wins.This year, Dobbins figures to take a decent portion of Weber’s carries. He has been heralded as one of the most impressive Ohio State freshmen in recent years. Alford said Dobbins picked up the offense faster than any first-year player he has ever coached.Starting safety battle ongoingSince the spring, Erick Smith and Jordan Fuller have been locked in a battle to be named the starter at strong safety alongside Damon Webb. According to Monday’s depth chart, the battle continues despite the first game of the season being only three days away.Though defensive coordinator and safeties coach Greg Schiano and Meyer have effusively praised Webb’s development as the only returning starter in the secondary, they have been largely silent and coy about the Smith-Fuller battle.Smith is entering his fifth season at Ohio State, but he has dealt with numerous injuries, including an ACL tear in 2015. Though Fuller has only played for the Buckeyes for one season, the former four-star prospect is a lanky 6-foot-2, 202-pound athlete whose potential might be enticing enough to win him a starting position. read more

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Bord na Móna wind farm construction launched in Co Tipperary

first_imgTHE CONSTRUCTION OF a 40 megawatt wind farm at Bruckhana in Co Tipperary was launched today by Minister Pat Rabbitte.The Bruckhana wind farm is run by Bord na Móna.The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources said at the launch that Ireland “has a challenging EU renewable energy target to meet by 2020″, which includes meeting 40 per cent of electricity demand from renewable sources.He said that the country is making progress towards this target, and development of renewable generation of the scale at Bruckhana is “crucial for maintaining the rate of build necessary to achieve our EU target”.The Minister stressed the importance of placing the concerns of local communities at the heart of the move to renewable energy in Ireland.Yesterday, Rabbitte launched the first stage of a consultation process on the Renewable Energy Export and Development Framework.He said that the approval of any proposed large-scale renewable energy export projects must await the putting in place of this framework. I recognise the significance of the announcement Bord na Móna has made here today regarding their Clean Energy Hub. I urge them, and all other prospective developers, to fully engage with this consultation process.The current public consultation on the Renewable Energy Export and Development Framework is the first of three public consultations to be held.Read: IKEA to invest in Leitrim wind farm to power Irish stores>last_img read more

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9 things that happened when Justin Bieber came to Ireland

first_img5. He brought his ma6. His entourage went to look at some Irish, uh, streams and stuffAnd they totally appreciated them. “Beautiful scenery everywhere,” wrote the Bieber’s bodyguard Kenny Hamilton. JUSTIN BIEBER ARRIVED in Ireland at the weekend.He kicked his new tour off last night with the first of two sold-out shows at the O2.Here’s what has happened so far:1. We found out he’s not the best punctuator(This has been retweeted more than 40,000 times.)2. But the Irish love him anyway3. OK, they REALLY love himLove him like ‘trying to break down security fencing’ love him.4. He rode a Segway like a bossBut his entourage had to walk, obvs. Instagram/KennyHamilton7. He may be in the IlluminatiThis was his entrance:Either that, or his crew just forgot to take his tarpaulin off after the winter.9. This9. And this.This footage is from before he even came on stage. Three solid minutes of straight-up screaming.YouTube/tonymontanoeRoll on tonight, eh?The Dredge: If you pass by the O2 in Dublin, these girls are camping outside>last_img read more

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How a foreign company buys property in Greece

first_imgThe significantly lower prices of properties in Greece over the last few years, a result of the economic crisis in the country, has attracted many prospective buyers from all over the world who are considering the purchase of plots, houses, and apartments offered for sale in Greece. In addition, the number of tourists visiting the country annually has skyrocketed from about 12 million in 2012, to 29 million expected for 2017. This has sparked increased interest for real estate in the Aegean islands, in Crete, in the Ionian Sea and on the mainland.The most common transaction we see is an overseas buyer purchasing real estate in Greece. However, sometimes a foreign company, without prior business activity in Greece looks to purchase property. Without prior dealings with Greek tax authorities, and no AFM, which is the Greek tax number, no progress can be made. One of the preconditions, therefore, for a foreign company to purchase property in Greece is to apply for and obtain an AFM: required for every person and legal entity to do business and earn income in Greece. The sole tax office in Greece with jurisdiction for this is in Kallithea. To meet the requirements for establishing an AFN, a company representative representative or a lawyer in Greece must file the constitution of the company, or articles of association or any other document with equal meaning and legal value. The documentation must be officially translated into Greek, which can be done either by the Translation Department of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or by a lawyer in Greece who can translate. The offical documentation must have the Apostille stamp from its country of origin, if that country has adhered to the Hague Convention. Otherwise the documentsation must carry the notarisation stamp of the the Consulate of Greece in its country of origin, or the notarisation of the foreign country’s Consulate in Greece. Sometimes the documentation presented fails to meet the standards of the Greek authorities, and doesn’t contain the approriate legal wording required for consideration. In such situations, action must be taken to ensure the correct documentation can be supplied proving the legal status of the company, detailing its shareholders, the status of its operation, etc. For an overseas company to obtain an AFM in Greece, and purchase property there, it must send a power of attorney to a person living in Greece to become the company’s tax proxy. This person must sign an affidavit stating that they agree to become the foreign company’s tax proxy. An official document from the foreign authority observing the operation of the foreign company is also required, as evidence that the company is still in operation and that it has not terminated its legal existence. Once the tax office issues the AFM in the name of the foreign company, the company can purchase property in Greece. However, this type of AFM is limited to property ownership, and does not allow for business operations in Greece.If an overseas company wishes to commence business activity in Greece, it must file additional tax documents and establish itself in the country for approved business activity, income earning, taxation, etc. * Christos Iliopoulos is a lawyer in Athens, a registered attorney at the Supreme Court of Greece. For more information, visit greekadvocate.eu or e-mail ktimatologiolaw@yahoo.gr or bm-bioxoi@otenet.gr Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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