Why Lululemon has stayed sweet

first_imgDiscounter Target Corp. sells activewear. So does the K-mart division of Sears Holdings Inc. So do specialty apparel marketers Under Armour and Nike Inc. Even Beyoncé has an activewear line.With almost every general merchandiser and specialized apparel marketer selling activewear, Vancouver-based Lululemon Athletic Inc. should by now have been left in the dust. That is, after all, so often the fate of pioneers. It’s been a long 18 years since Lululemon founder Dennis “Chip” Wilson created the “athleisure” niche with the North Vancouver native’s first store, in 1998.Yet Lululemon remains the dominant brand in premium activewear. And it looks set to achieve its ambitious goal of roughly doubling sales, to about $4 billion (U.S.), in just five years. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Despite many high-profile setbacks, Lululemon is well on the way to establishing itself as a global brand. The company has about 360 stores in eight countries on four continents, including its first two outlets in China, which opened this month. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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GLOBAL NEWS REPORTER SUES HAMILTON POLICE OVER ARREST AT CRASH SCENE

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Global News journalist Jeremy Cohn was arrested by Hamilton Police in May 2017. (BARRY GRAY / THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR) A Global News journalist who was briefly arrested while covering a fatal crash last year has filed a lawsuit against Hamilton police, alleging an officer used excessive force in an effort to prevent him from filming.Jeremy Cohn says Hamilton police Const. Jeffrey Todoruck — who is also targeted in the lawsuit — breached his duty by forcefully arresting a clearly identified journalist who was acting peacefully.He says the officer aimed to intimidate him in order to prevent him from reporting on the May 16 incident, which claimed the life of a 10-year-old girl. Advertisement The allegations have not been proven in court and a statement of defence has not yet been filed.Spokespeople for Hamilton police and the Hamilton Police Services Board said they do not comment on civil proceedings that may be before the courts.The lawsuit alleges Cohn arrived on scene and learned that a freelance videographer had been arrested and was being held in a nearby police cruiser. The videographer, David Ritchie, appeared to be shaking and to have trouble breathing, the document says.As he went to speak to Ritchie through the car’s open window, Cohn was approached by a “hostile” Todoruck, who refused to explain why the videographer had been detained, the statement of claim says.Cohn called the Hamilton police media relations officer on speakerphone so that Ritchie could hear, and discussed the situation. He was told to keep calm and go about doing his job, the document says.The Global News reporter went to shoot footage of the scene, it said. At some point, officers set up police tape, though the lawsuit alleges this was more to keep media away, as residents were allowed inside the perimeter.The statement of claim said Cohn was outside the tape the entire time. He made a second call to the media relations officer, who asked to speak with Ritchie, the document says.But as Cohn approached the cruiser, Todoruck “violently grabbed Mr. Cohn by the arm and told him he was under arrest,” the document says. “At no time did Const. Todoruck advise Mr. Cohn why he was being arrested.”Cohn was taken to a grassy area and pushed to the ground, causing his equipment to fall as well, the document alleges.“Const. Todoruck pressed his knees into Mr. Cohn’s back and then straddled Mr. Cohn with his full body weight, causing Mr. Cohn to experience significant pain and inability to move,” it says, noting Cohn was not resisting arrest.The journalist was then restrained with zip ties and held in a cruiser for 45 minutes before another officer released him without charges, it says.The document says Cohn has suffered mental distress, humiliation and depression along with chronic pain. It also says the incident has interfered with his ability to do his job because he now feels distress in the presence of police officers.Cohn says he has never received an apology or explanation from police despite filing a complaint with the force. Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: In a statement of claim filed this week, Cohn further alleges the Hamilton Police Services Board failed to ensure officers were properly trained to deal with journalists and encouraged or permitted a culture of disrespect toward media, among other things.The lawsuit seeks $700,000 in damages for negligence, false arrest, false imprisonment, assault, battery, mental suffering and breach of rights, as well as an additional $200,000 in punitive damages.last_img read more

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250 FILMMAKERS SIGN LETTER PROTESTING AGAINST NFB MANAGEMENT

first_imgLast week, they made public a letter of protest they wrote to Rodriguez in January, signed by 250 filmmakers. The group is called NFB/ONF Création.The group of filmmakers has several Oscar winners who have worked with the NFB, including Academy Award-winning animators Chris Landreth, Alison Snowden, David Fine and Torill Kove.“There’s no precise articulate vision that includes directors and creators,” said documentary filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq in a phone interview Thursday. “Directors are not part of the structure. You can’t have an institution whose main purpose is to create films and not have a healthy dialogue with those that imagine them, make them, design them.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Some of Canada’s top filmmakers believe the National Film Board has lost its way creatively and that its senior executives are mismanaging the Montreal-based public film studio.The filmmakers say NFB film budgets have declined by 56 per cent during the past 15 years while spending on non-filmmaker salaries at the board has increased 21 per cent during the same period. In addition, during that time, they allege there has been a 45-per-cent increase in spending on institutional, legal and human-resources services.But it’s not just money. These filmmakers think Government Film Commissioner Claude Joli-Coeur — who is in essence the CEO of the NFB — has lost touch with the federal film studio’s core mission. That’s why when federal Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez renewed Joli-Coeur’s mandate for another three years late last week, they finally decided to go public with their complaints. He was first appointed head of the NFB in 2014. Facebook Claude Joli-Coeur, Government Film Commissioner and head of the National Film Board, dismisses the criticism of filmmakers. He’si seen Thursday, July 4, 2019, at the NFB studio in Montreal. PIERRE OBENDRAUF / MONTREAL GAZETTE Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Time to taima TB in Iqaluit

first_imgAPTN National NewsTaima is the Inuktitut word for stop.The federal government announced a new pilot project called Taima TB for Iqaluit.Nunavut has some of the highest Tuberculosis rates in the developed world and Nunavummiut want to see that taima.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has more from Iqaluit.last_img

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Nunavuts jails extremely unsafe for inmates and staff Auditor General

first_imgThe territory has also failed to adequately monitor land camps where inmates are taken out of the prison for cultural activity outdoors. There are five camps operating in Nunavut at an annual cost of $1 million. The audit states that “the program was not well monitored by the Department.”Case management faced criticism from federal auditors which reviewed 39 different inmate files. Iqaluit’s Uttaqivik Community residential house – a halfway house for low security inmates – received praised, but the Baffin Correctional Centre and the new Rankin Inlet Healing Facility did not.“Serious case management deficiencies at Baffin Correctional Centre and Rankin Inlet Healing facility limit the Department’s efforts to rehabilitate inmates and prepare them for release back to the community, “ said Campbell.At the Baffin jail none of the 21 files auditors examined had any indication they were monitoring an inmate’s progress, and only one of the 21 had a plan for the inmates release.The 44-page report contains 17 recommendations.Nunavut’s Department of Justice agreed with all the recommendations, including improving care of maximum-security inmates, using data collected by territorial officials, providing more oversight for staff and improving case management for inmates.The report was tabled Tuesday in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@KentDriscoll Kent Driscoll APTN National News IQALUIT– Nunavut’s jails are unsafe, lack maximum security facilities and completely lack rehabilitation programs that would help inmates return to society, according to a report from the Auditor General of Canada released Tuesday.The report found that Nunavut’s jails are overcrowded and getting worse, that inmates are offered little if any services and that jail staff are not trained with basics such as first aid or the proper use of force.“Our audit concluded that the (Nunavut) Department of Justice has not met key responsibilities for inmates within the correctional system,” said Assistant Auditor-General Ronnie Campbell. “The safety and security of staff and inmates at the Baffin Correctional Centre and the Rankin Inlet Healing Facility are at risk”Some of the report’s findings were so severe that the federal auditor general’s office reached out to Nunavut Corrections prior to the release of the audit for safety reasons.“We also found that evacuation drills were not being conducted at either facility… we sent a letter to the acting deputy minister of The Department of Justice during the audit to advise her of this,” said Campbell.The audit found that despite the high number of crimes committed in Nunavut connected to substance abuse, “there is no substance abuse treatment centre” operating in Nunavut.“It is especially important for inmates to have access to the programs and support they need in custody,” said the audit.The audit found there were no substance abuse programs offered at the Baffin Correctional Centre for seven months in 2012 and the program as offered only twice between January and September 2014.A total of 98 per cent of male adult inmates in the territory are Inuit and their average age is 32, the audit found. Yet the Inuit traditional values, known as Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and which are written into Nunavut’s justice system, are not applied inside the territory’s jails.“The directives contain little guidance on how Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit can be incorporated into other aspects of the corrections system,” reads the audit.The audit found that Nunavut’s mental health issues also extend into the territory’s prisons, but the corrections department employs only one psychologist.“Without mental health services, inmates rehabilitation efforts can be limited as the issues underlying criminal behaviour were not being addressed,” said the audit.Jail guards and staff are also woefully undertrained, the audit found, which many not having mandatory training in “first-aid, mental health issues, the criminal justice system or the proper use of force.”The audit also found that correctional employees increased their income by 20 per cent by working overtime. At the Baffin Correctional Centre alone, 16 front-line workers increased their annual salary by 50 per cent. Within that 50 per cent group, five staff members saw their pay rise by more than 90 per cent.The audit found that inmates were being sent to segregation without the authorization of the warden, as is required. The report found that the warden authorized only one of 14 segregation cases studied by auditors.  The report found that routine reviews and observations of inmates in segregation were also ignored.last_img read more

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Canadian Tire fourthquarter profit and revenue rise above estimates

first_imgCanadian Tire Corp., Ltd. plans to acquire more brands into its fold this year, the company said as its fourth-quarter results topped expectations.“Smaller brand acquisitions offer us the opportunity to generate a lot of value,” said Allan MacDonald, executive vice-president of retail, during a conference call with analysts.In January, the company completed transactions to acquire two new brands, he said. The company confirmed Wednesday its division INA International Ltd. acquired Sher-Wood Athletics Group Inc.’s global hockey trademarks and related inventory of hockey gear and hockey-licensed products for an undisclosed price.“As opportunities arise, we will be completing acquisitions,” MacDonald said, adding the company will set more aggressive targets and introduce more own brands to its banners.The company is looking for companies that are not only relevant in the business Canadian Tire is in today, but also where it wants to take the business in the future.Availability is a key factor, he said.“When you sift through brands that are available for sale, that haven’t been sort of cut up and licenses you know divided by category or by country. There’s not as much out of there as we would like,” he said.MacDonald said Canadian Tire’s done a good job building a framework for how to handle acquisitions.“I’m really encouraged that we can pick up some velocity in here and go a little faster as the brands become available. And we’re working really hard to make that happen.”His comments came as Canadian Tire reported its fourth-quarter profit and sales grew compared with a year ago during the crucial holiday shopping season.Canadian Tire earned a profit attributable to shareholders of $275.7 million or $4.10 per diluted share, compared to $246.8 million or $3.46 per diluted share in the same quarter a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $3.80 per share and revenue of $3.75 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.Actual revenue totalled $3.96 billion, up from $3.64 billion as same-store sales — a key retail metric for sales of existing stores — gained momentum across its banners.Same-store sales at Canadian Tire were up 3.5 per cent, while its Mark’s clothing stores saw same-store sales gain 3.4 per cent. FGL Sports, which includes the Sport Chek banner, saw same-store sales increase 5.8 per cent.“The favourable winter weather and the strong economic growth provided a welcome boost to our performance,” MacDonald said.Analyst Irene Nattel said the company’s strong results are a “direct result of initiatives implemented by management around assortment, promotional activity and sourcing terms/efficiency initiatives.”The company has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in innovation over the past few years, even as many other brick-and-mortar retailers struggle to compete with the rise of e-commerce.That includes renovating existing stores to be more interactive and incorporating virtual reality for customers to test out how tires feel in different driving conditions.Shares in the company rose 6.55 per cent to $174.48 just before close Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Companies in this story: (TSX:CTC.A)last_img read more

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Retiring Pengrowth CEO plans role as advocate for misunderstood oilpatch

first_imgCALGARY – The retiring CEO of Pengrowth Energy Corp. says Canadian oil and gas leaders have been too “shy” to speak out in support of their industry and he plans to help fill that vacuum as he leaves the job he’s held since 2009.The disconnect between average Canadians and the industry in terms of pipeline and drilling technology safety, and their inability to see how importing oil hurts domestic producers, can in part be blamed on the inaction of industry leaders, said Derek Evans. He blames himself as much as anyone.“I think we’ve got far too many engineers and accountants running oil and gas companies that don’t feel we need to stand up,” the 61-year-old said in an interview.“We need to create a real dialogue. That’s one of my hopes as we drive forward. … I just don’t think we’ve given it enough of a shot.”Pengrowth announced Tuesday that Evans, trained as a mining engineer, would be replaced by oilsands industry veteran Pete Sametz, a mechanical engineer and former interim CEO of oilsands producer Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd.Evans said he will adopt an advisory role during the CEO transition, then take a few months off before looking into an as-yet-undefined way that he can become an advocate for the oil and gas industry.He said his time at Pengrowth since taking over as CEO from founder Jim Kinnear was a “roller-coaster” with more than $2 billion in oil and gas acquisitions in the first three or four years while oil prices were strong and about the same amount in asset sales over the next few years to pay down debt as oil prices plunged.The dramatic size changes are reflected in the space it occupies in a downtown office tower — varying from 12 floors and more than 1,000 staff in 2012 to nine floors and 560 staff in 2016.Evans said the company’s workforce is slated to fall from about 175 now to about 125 people by mid-year as it completes the paperwork involved in a series of asset sales last year and pares workers who aren’t needed for development of its two main projects. The workers are all expected to fit on one floor.In January, the company announced a 2018 capital expenditure budget of $65 million to grow from 19,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day to about 23,000 boe/d.In Evans’ first budget after becoming CEO in 2009, it said it would spend $285 million to reach production of 75,000 boe/d.Evans said he feels his job is done and its appropriate that someone else take the helm.“I was hired to transform the company from a pretty sleepy trust that acquired assets and distributed all the cash flow,” he said.“We’ve gone from an asset base with a huge amount of geriatric assets in it — everyone else’s mature production — down to two assets … that today represent 90 per cent of our production and 95 per cent of our reserves.”Most of Pengrowth’s spending this year is geared to adding incremental production at its Lindbergh steam-driven oilsands project in eastern Alberta and further developing its Groundbirch Montney liquids-rich natural gas play in northeastern B.C.Pengrowth repaid $1.3 billion in debt in 2017, mainly by raising $984 million by selling assets producing 31,500 boe/d, but analysts say it still owes too much to demonstrate the financial flexibility it should.Evans said he agrees with the criticism but believes that stronger oil prices will allow it to complete repairs of its battered balance sheet.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:PGF)last_img read more

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Shoppers Drug Mart signs marijuana supply deal with Aurora Cannabis

first_imgTORONTO – Licensed producer Aurora Cannabis has signed a deal to supply medical marijuana to Shoppers Drug Mart.The agreement is subject to Health Canada’s approval of the pharmacy chain’s application to dispense medical cannabis.Aurora’s products are expected to be sold online, as current Canadian regulations prohibit the sale of medical marijuana in pharmacy locations.Shoppers Drug Mart’s deal with Aurora comes after it recently signed similar deals with licensed medical marijuana producers Aphria, MedReleaf and Tilray.The pharmacy chain’s parent company Loblaw Companies Ltd. applied in October 2016 for a license to dispense medical marijuana.Other pharmacies have also lined up similar supply agreements, such as deals between Maricann Group. and Lovell Drugs and CanniMed Therapeutics and PharmaChoice.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB, TSX:APH, TSX:LEAF, TSX:L)last_img read more

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Draft agreement emerges at UN climate talks pitfalls remain

first_imgKATOWICE, Poland — Negotiators at the U.N. climate meeting in Poland are gathering to discuss the first comprehensive draft agreement to emerge after almost two weeks of talks.Ministers and senior officials from almost 200 countries were due to hold further meetings Friday before convening in plenary in the afternoon to address remaining differences.Among the key pitfalls to emerge overnight was the question of how to establish a functioning international market in carbon credits and whether some countries should get money for damage already caused by climate change.The meeting is meant to finalize the rulebook for the 2015 Paris climate agreement, provide assurances to poor nations on financial support for tackling global warming, and send a message that countries are committed to stepping up their efforts in the coming years.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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OPEC enters meeting that could set direction of oil prices

first_img“This is not going to be a decision just based on market analysis and supply and demand,” said Daniel Yergin, the vice chairman of research firm IHS Markit and author of several books on the energy industry. “The geopolitical factors will play in a lot.”Yergin said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates support the current, tougher U.S. policy toward Iran, Saudi Arabia’s rival for influence in the region, and so will want to support Trump’s call for lower prices. Trump has used Twitter to complain about high oil prices – and blame OPEC – twice since April.Iran’s oil minister, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, questioned this week whether OPEC is united enough to reach an agreement, and said Trump had politicized the debate over oil prices. OPEC, he said, “is not an organization to receive the instruction from President Trump and follow it.”Other energy ministers, such as Iraq’s Jabbar Ali Hussein Al-Luiebi, have expressed more optimism about an agreement. Benchmark U.S. crude hit its highest level in more than three years in May, but U.S. and international prices have eased since then in anticipation that OPEC will approve more drilling. On Wednesday, U.S. crude closed at $65.74 a barrel, down from a peak of nearly $73 last month, and Brent crude, the international standard, closed at $74.61, down from $80.The U.S. average for gasoline stood at $2.87 a gallon on Thursday. Patrick DeHaan, an analyst for GasBuddy, a gasoline price tracking service, said a middling OPEC increase – more than 600,000 barrels per day – would make it less likely that Americans will pay an average of $3. A big OPEC deal – adding more than 1 million barrels – could cause prices to dip into the $2.60s or $2.70s this summer, he said.Any production increase would help offset a decline in output by Venezuela, an OPEC member consumed by an economic and political crisis, and the prospect of reduced exports from Iran – OPEC’s third-biggest producer – now that the U.S. is in the process of re-imposing sanctions over that country’s nuclear program.Oil demand has been rising faster than expected, pushing prices higher despite a big increase in U.S. oil output. The International Energy Agency, which represents consuming nations, expects demand to grow more slowly in the second half of this year partly due to rising oil prices – but still 1.35 million barrels a day higher than the same period in 2017.Some analysts believe that Saudi Arabia needs a Brent price closer to $90 to cover its domestic spending but is feeling pressure from the United States to head off rising prices by boosting output. Russia may be happy to pump more oil and settle for prices in the $60s, according to Tamar Essner, chief energy analyst for Nasdaq.There are other considerations than dollars and rubles. VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Officials from major oil-producing nations are expected to agree this week to boost output, but just how much they will open the spigot – and the effect on oil prices – remain wild cards.Ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC nations led by Russia are meeting Friday and Saturday in Vienna, and it could be a difficult and uncomfortable gathering. The cartel’s largest producer, Saudi Arabia, wants higher prices but hears President Donald Trump, leader of its most important ally, lobbying openly for lower prices.Analysts expect the group will consider an increase of somewhere around 1 million barrels a day. That may seem insignificant in a global supply of 98 million barrels a day, but critically it would reverse reductions that the same countries approved in late 2016, helping push crude higher by more than 50 percent.center_img If OPEC members and Russia agree to pump more oil, that will reduce global capacity for spare production – reserves of crude that can be brought online quickly. And that poses its own risks.“If the volume of spare capacity goes down then the market gets much more vulnerable to supply shocks,” said Essner, the Nasdaq analyst. “A host of geopolitical events around the world could really stoke prices higher.”Essner is betting that the Vienna meeting will yield an agreement to boost production by 500,000 to 800,000 barrels a day, far below the 1.5 million barrel figure floated recently by Russia’s oil minister, Alexander Novak.Phil Flynn, an oil analyst with The Price Futures Group, expects a deal for around an extra 1 million barrels a day. And he thinks prices will rise anyway.“The market is going to say, ‘That isn’t enough,’ and ‘How quickly is it going to come online?’ That’s when we’re really going to resume the price increases,” Flynn said. He expects $80 crude by year end, $100 by 2020.By David KoenigTHE ASSOCIATED PRESSlast_img read more

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Pant cant do it everyday so Dhawan needs to pace up Ponting

first_imgNew Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan has to up the ante in the Powerplay overs as it will not be possible for Rishabh Pant to be the swashbuckler everyday, feels Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting. Delhi lost to Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in their second IPL game on Tuesday night. Dhawan’s batting has become a talking point as he didn’t score at a particularly good pace even in the opening win against the Mumbai Indians. Asked if he would have liked Dhawan to accelerate, Ponting replied, “Ideally, yes you’d like that. But it obviously wasn’t an easy wicket either for anyone to go in and strike, especially at the end of the PowerPlay.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Dhawan’s strike-rate has been less than 115, which is considered poor in T20 format as his scores of 43 off 36 balls (MI) and 51 off 47 balls (CSK) would indicate. “There’s a certain role that we want Shikhar to play in this team. Even by his own admission, he would’ve liked to score quicker today but at the 15th over mark we were 118 for 2,” Ponting said. “We struggled to get to 147 so it’s the back-end of the innings that I am sort of most disappointed in because I think we set up the front part of the innings pretty well,” he added. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later It was Pant’s dismissal that became the difference between a good and a below-par total. The former Australian skipper said one shouldn’t expect the maverick keeper-batsman to do the job everyday. “No, we can’t expect Rishabh to play like he did in Mumbai, everyday. No one can do that. No one can go and get 78 off 20-odd balls in every game. But it was there for that to happen today. It wasn’t just Rishabh, (Colin) Ingram had an opportunity as well. Shreyas (Iyer) had a good opportunity again today,” he explained. The Australian batting legend, however, refrained from being overtly critical of Dhawan’s performance. “…in an ideal world, yes, we’d want Shikhar to score quicker but it was difficult. He’d hurt his ankle while batting as well so his usual running between the wickets was a little bit hampered tonight,” Ponting cited the senior opener’s niggle as one of the reasons for his slow batting. When the Delhi Capitals batted, the pitch looked different from how it played when Shane Watson and Suresh Raina attacked the bowlers in the Powerplay overs. The coach ruled out pitch being a factor. “I don’t think the pitch was a factor. I think the pitch remained pretty similar all the way through the innings. I think CSK when they were chasing that sort of a total, having bowled first on the wicket, they knew was going to slow down a lot in the middle overs,” he said. Ponting said he firmly believes that it wasn’t poor bowling but batting at the death that cost them the match. “So tactically they had to come out quite hard in the Powerplay and try and get ahead of the game, which is what they did. We probably just over-attacked a little bit with the ball, we probably went searching for early wickets. “But at the end of the day, it wasn’t the bowling that cost us the game. We were 20-30 runs short with the bat, which has been the difference in the game,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Chit fund case Former Kolkata police chief seeks adjournment

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar told the Supreme Court on Monday that he could not file his response on Saturday to the CBI’s plea seeking his arrest in the multi-crore-rupee Saradha chit fund scam and sought adjournment of the hearing.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took note of the submission of senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for Kumar, and postponed the hearing on the plea of the probe agency till April 22. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Indira Jaising, senior counsel, submits that the counter-affidavit of respondent no. 3 (Kumar) was required to be filed on Saturday (April 13) but Saturday being a holiday for the registry, she may be allowed to file the same today. “The said affidavit may be brought on record during the course of the day. Rejoinder affidavit, if any, be filed on or before April 20. The matter will be listed on April 22,” the bench, also comprising justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe apex court had sought Kumar’s response on April 8 on the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) plea seeking his arrest in the chit fund scam. The court had, on February 5, granted protection from arrest to Kumar while directing him to appear before the CBI and “faithfully” cooperate in the investigation. The central probe agency has sought vacation of the February 5 order so that it can arrest and interrogate Kumar. “This is the interim application (IA) of the CBI seeking custodial interrogation of Rajeev Kumar. Issue notice. Let the matter be listed for hearing on April 15,” the bench had said. It had also allowed the CBI to file a fresh affidavit regarding its allegations that telecom operators Vodafone and Airtel were not cooperating with it in the probe. In its plea in the apex court, the agency has said the recall of the order granting Kumar interim protection from arrest was necessary “to unravel the entire gamut of the larger conspiracy in the ponzi scheme cases”.last_img read more

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AIIMS launches SAATHI lab to protect elderly from hip fracture

first_imgNew Delhi: All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) orthopedic department established a lab and developed a training program for the senior citizen to protect them from having a hip fracture.Doctors at AIIMS introduced “Save the Hip Initiative” in which eight weeks training program scheduled to give expert guidance to the senior citizens. The ‘SAATHI’ (Save the Hip Initiative) lab was inaugurated by Dr Randeep Guleria, Director of AIIMS, which will study and recognise the risk of falling of the elderly and also teach them the ability to balance their body. “The purpose is to save elderly from falling, as well as protecting their hip fractures,” said expert. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe expert also said that during the old age, human body becomes weak, which makes it difficult to handle and balance, hence, the biggest reason for hip fracture among the elderly is a sudden loss of motor function in their legs. Keeping all these things in mind, the expert has developed a special lab, SAATHI. Dr Rajesh Malhotra, Head, Orthopedic Department, AIIMS informed that there are many reasons for sudden loss of motor function in a human body. During the old age, under the influence of medicines for their geriatric ailments, low eye vision, and neuro-related disorders are among the few of the reasons for sudden fall while walking. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings “Once in a year, at least 50 per cent of patients over 80 years loss their motor function and among of these around 20 per cent need to hospitalised,” he added. Due to this, around 10 per cent elderly incurred fracture and seldom, they received brain injuries. Around a dozen of machines and equipment have been installed into this lab, which will study and examine the risk of falling of the elderly and also be treated, he added.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI not satisfied With Benkiranes Government Opposition Leader

Rabat- The Secretary General of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), Mustapha Bakkoury, said King Mohammed VI “is not satisfied” with the way Chief of government Abdelilah Benkirane is using his name for political leverage over rivals, news website Hespress reported.Bakkoury’s comments came after the leaders of the opposition political parties held a meeting with the Royal Cabinet to referee a political dispute with the Party of Justice and Development (PJD) and its Secretary General and head of government Abdelilah Benkirane.PAM chief was speaking at a meeting with opposition parties (USFP, Constitutional Union, and Istiqlal Party) at the House of Representatives on Tuesday. According to the same source, he deemed the Benkirane government as a “passing phase that should not undermine fifty years of the construction of democracy in Morocco.”This comes after the monthly general policy session at the House of Representative was cut short when Abdelilah Benkirane accused the opposition of plotting to enfeeble his government.He also accused opposition groups of political insanity, leading them to stand up and ask him to retract his statements. read more

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Paulo Coelho Slams Charlie Hebdo Over Aylan Kurdi Cartoons

Rabat – Amid wave of indignation across social media after French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo mocked the drowning of Syrian toddler AylanKurdi, Paulo Coelho, a world-renowned author, publicly condemned the newspaper.The Brazilian author posted on September 15 an image of Charlie Hebdo’s cover, which features a gruesome picture of the drowned three-year-old lying face down on the beach, on his Facebook page with a statement saying, “What a STUPID way to try to be funny #shame”.“Total lack of respect for the sake of a (bad) joke,” Paulo Coelho added. The post received major attention on the social network, gaining over 29,444 likes and more than 8,996 shares.Some users replied to the post saying that Charlie Hebdowas criticizing Europe’s response to migrant crisis with the cartoons of Aylan Kurdi, rather than mocking the Syrian toddler’s death.Meanwhile, Coelho replied to these comments saying, “Many of you are saying that CH is trying to open our eyes, as if we were a bunch of stupid people who don’t know what is going on. A nice way to put it, but I still think that Charlie Hebdo deserves the Petra Lazlo Prize for Brutal Coverage of the Migrant Crisis.”Coelho’s reply on claims that Charlie Hebdo did not mock the Syrian childWhile many users liked Coelho’s point of view, as the reply received more than 1,147 likes, a Facebook user, under the name of Tamara Hall, denounced Coelho’s response, alleging that he is wrong.“Paulo Coelho, you are WRONG. Apparently we are indeed a bunch of stupid people who can’t differentiate between a perfectly valid rhetorical device and a joke. You, out of all the people commenting, should know better. Such a disappointment if it’s really you behind the keyboard,” she wrote.The Brazilian author did not ignore Tamara’s comment, and replied to her, saying, “Tamara Hall, everything starts with rhetoric -from bullying to haters, to fundamentalism, to the most beautiful poems, to the justifications to invade Iraq. Rhetoric gave us Socrates and Hitler, and they are very different.”The Brazilian author’s reply to Tamara’s comment.Earlier this week, Charlie Hebdo came under fire for publishing cartoons on the death of three-year-old Syrian AylanKurdi – cartoons that many people have deemed disrespectful.It was reported that the satirical French newspaper could face a legal action. British lawyer and political activist Peter Herbert, Chair of the Society of Black Lawyers and former Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority, said the Society of Black Lawyers “will consider reporting this as incitement to hate crime & persecution before the International Criminal Court.”Peter Herbert also criticized Charlie Hebdo, saying, “it is a purely racist, xenophobic and ideologically bankrupt publication.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Nowaste grocery stores not a garbage idea to help tackle food waste

VANCOUVER — Customers at a boutique Vancouver grocery store won’t find racks of individually packaged goods or rolls of plastic bags in which to lug their food home.The missing plastic and packaging isn’t an oversight. A carefully constructed supply chain allows Nada to sell hundreds of food products without single-use packaging and add little waste to landfills.The store’s owner is part of a wave of environmentally conscious entrepreneurs who are opening no-waste markets across Canada in an effort to help Canadians and the grocery industry reduce waste amid a global garbage glut.“There’s absolutely a huge demand for this type of shopping,” said Brianne Miller, founder and CEO of Nada, which opened its doors to the public about seven months ago.The roughly 215-square-metre shop stocks colourful produce; bins of bulk items like flour, confectionery and spices; vats of oils and vinegars; and other goods that customers can buy in any amount. Single eggs and sprigs of herbs? Sure.The shop encourages customers to bring clean, reusable containers from home to box the food. Shoppers who arrive unprepared can rifle through bins of free miscellaneous containers or purchase reusable packaging.Patrons weigh and label their container the first time they bring it, and that weight is deducted at check out.The few products from other companies sold in containers, like Earnest ice-cream or Avalon Dairy milk, charge a deposit fee. Those made in-house charge a high deposit fee, like $4 over the more typical $1, to encourage returns.Nada started as a pop-up to test the market and Miller soon determined it could be a viable business model in Vancouver. The shop is now on track to break even in the coming months, she said.She has already expanded the product offering and added a cafe that diverts what could otherwise become food waste from the market’s produce section to an ever-changing menu featuring soups and other dishes.Miller plans to open a few more stores in B.C.’s Lower Mainland in the next few years, but recognizes she faces some challenges.While the business model is a natural complement to the plastic-free trend that hit the mainstream last year with a widespread movement against single-use plastic straws, it seems to run counter to convenience culture. Time-strapped consumers are increasingly buying groceries and takeout meals online.One customer who stopped by Nada on a weekday morning said while she shops there every couple weeks, it requires some forethought. She must remember to clean her containers and bring them along, but that’s not an insurmountable obstacle.“It definitely means that you don’t necessarily have the same spontaneous shopping,” said Michelle Genttner, co-owner of soon-to-be opened Unboxed Market in Toronto.But the stores do their best to accommodate first-time shoppers or forgetful regulars.Customers will be able to rent or purchase containers from Unboxed, for example, or use available paper bags in a pinch.Miller hopes Nada helps to dispel what she calls the myth of inconvenience. People who often cook for themselves could likely purchase 90 to 100 per cent of their weekly grocery haul at the store, she said, rattling off a long list of what’s available including freshly baked bread and frozen perogies. Though the store doesn’t yet sell meat aside from some occasional frozen seafood.There’s also the added complexity of finding producers willing and able to work with a no-waste grocer’s standards.Many of Miller’s suppliers send their goods to the store in reusable containers. Some, like one local ice-cream maker, even changed their packaging to suit Nada’s ethos.But it’s not yet perfect and Miller plans to spend the next several months fine-tuning the system.One such no-waste store already closed after receiving much fanfare when it opened on B.C.’s Salt Spring Island in 2016. The Canadian Press was not able to contact Green’s former owner, but others in the zero-waste community said they’d heard the store struggled due to its remote location.However, that doesn’t seem to scare other entrepreneurs from joining the zero-waste movement.Linh Truong operates The Soap Dispensary in Vancouver, where she’s sold bulk beauty and household products into reusable containers for nearly eight years.About a year and a half ago, she expanded into the storefront next door with Kitchen Staples, which uses the same concept but with bulk foods. Consumers can stock up on condiments, beans, jams, dairy and more.At least one person a week contacts Truong for advice on opening their own no-waste market or asking to franchise her model, she said. She’s got no plans for expansion, but believes there’s room for entrepreneurs to create their versions in other communities and even buy-in from major grocers and brands.Some big companies are taking note of the trend. Loop, which will launch this spring in the U.S. and France, is an online shopping platform that will deliver products in reusable packaging rather than their typical single-use containers. It counts Haagen-Dazs, Tide, Crest, and Dove among its partners.“There’s a real blossoming of refill stores right now,” said Truong. Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press read more

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Aziz Akhannouch Preparing Sheep and Goats for Eid Al Adha

Rabat – The Minister of Agriculture, Sea Fisheries, Rural Development, Water, and Forests, Aziz Akhannouch, has discussed preparations for Eid Al Adha with Mohamed Karimine, the president of the Interprofessional Federation of Red Meat (Fiviar).The meeting, which took place Tuesday in Rabat, was attended by several organizations, including the National Office for Food Safety (ONSSA) and the National Agricultural Advisory Board (ONCA).The meeting is part of the kingdom’s preparation operation for the sacrificial Eid, when thousands of sheep and goats will be slaughtered for the holy day. The objective of the meeting was to ensure better animal traceability and transparency in commercial transactions.The meeting was an opportunity to check the progress of the operation. Previously, ONSSA had run a registration campaign of the breeding and fattening processes. Fiviar is currently in charge of the identification operation through the free installation of a special “Eid Al Adha” tag for the livestock destined to be sacrificed.All of these parts of the Eid operation, supported by ONCA services and the regional services of the Department of Agriculture, are strongly mobilized to carry out large-scale awareness-raising actions to ensure that farmers and breeders adhere to the program.The Rabat meeting also aimed to coordinate the actions of the different stakeholders, to ensure quality to the consumer.All necessary measures have been taken and any failure or non-compliance with quality requirements of any link in the chain will cause all stakeholders to be severely punished. read more

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Moroccan Killed in Navy Shooting is 20YearOld Woman

Rabat- While firing on a migrant boat trying to cross the Mediterranean between M’diq and Fnideq, the Moroccan navy killed one of the migrants, a 20-year-old woman.The young woman, identified as “Hayat B,” reportedly died at the scene after she took a deadly shot while aboard a Spanish go-fast boat. The boat was controlled by a Spanish national.Moroccan electronic news outlets based in the north, Chamal Post, reported that the woman had lived in the Jebel Dersa neighborhood in Tetouan and attended the Abdelmalek Essaadi University of Law campus in Martil, a town on the Mediterranean. Three other Moroccans on the boat, named as Lahabib (26), Hamza (25), and Mouad (32),were also wounded in navy gunfire and are currently being hospitalized in M’diq-Fnideq prefecture.Chamal Post reported that a “special source” from Moroccan authorities said the migrant boat did not respond to the navy’s warnings, so the navy resorted to gunfire.  The incident is the first known time that the Moroccan navy has fired at a migrant boat.Authorities justified the navy, saying the migrants were not “clearly visible,” and that the Spanish helmsman was arrested, pending an investigation.Lately, Morocco has become strict with attempts at irregular migration to Europe, especially in the north.Moroccan maritime police stopped hundreds of Moroccans trying to escape for Europe from a beach in Martil on Saturday night, September 22.A video of the incident shows migrants franticly making their way back to the shore to escape police.Disappointed, many Moroccans wishing to migrate protested that night, chanting the slogan: “The people want free herga [irregular migration]!”Police have also deployed security barriers at the entrances to northern cities like Tangier and Tetouan to stop migrants from leaving for Europe.According to a statement from Morocco’s National Observatory for Human Rights (ONDH) on Monday, security services in Tangier and other northern cities and towns like Martil have arrested young Moroccans and sub-Saharans trying to escape to Europe.They then transported the migrants back to their home cities under strict supervision.“Hundreds of young people in Martil flood to the town’s shores with the hope of migrating irregularly across the Mediterranean,” ONDH emphasized.Moroccans account for 13 percent of the undocumented migrants who attempted to reach Europe in 2018 (7,100 Moroccans).The Spanish Ministry of Interior indicated that more than 250,000 undocumented Moroccans are currently living in Spain, with close to 5,000 identified as “unaccompanied minors.” read more

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