Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Draft lottery may decide Zion Williamson’s first NBA stop MOST READ READ: At his best level yet, Robin Catalan confident ahead of strawweight bout“He’s tough. I heard his leg pop during my heel hook submission attempt but he did not tap,” said Catalan. “He managed to control me in the clinch and I struggled in trying to take him down again.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Though I lost, I felt like I had a good showing. I just fell short in the end. Rest assured, I’ll learn from this and this will only benefit me moving forward,” said Catalan.The 28-year-old Catalan, who dropped to 9-5, is eager to get back on track and prove that he still has more to show. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “I know that a good career still awaits me, for as long as I remain determined and hungry.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Robin Catalan pinned to the cage by Pongsiri Mitsatit in ONE: Warriors of Light. Photo by ONE ChampionshipMANILA, Philippines—Robin Catalan kept his head held high despite suffering a stunning loss to hometown bet Pongsiri Mitsatit in ONE: Warriors of Light Friday at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.It was a tough defeat for Catalan, who felt he was on his way to submitting Mitsatit early before the gutsy Thai reversed their fortunes around when he regrouped and pulled off the TKO victory in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
World number one Angelique Kerber is confident the left hamstring injury she picked up at last week’s Madrid Open will not threaten her French Open hopes.The German two-time Grand Slam champion was forced to quit while trailing Canadian Eugenie Bouchard but arrived in Rome on Sunday ready to play in the last big claycourt event before Roland Garros begins on May 28.”I am feeling much better, I mean I did a check after my match in Madrid and I’m lucky it’s not too bad, it’s just a muscle strain,” she was quoted as saying on the WTA Insider Twitter feed on Monday.”I’ve had a lot of treatments. I arrived last night, practised this morning and feeling good.”The 29-year-old Kerber, who returned to the top of the rankings ahead of the pregnant Serena Williams, will be one of the main favourites to win in Paris.Her previous best run at the claycourt slam was a quarter-final appearance in 2012.
Mercy Medical Center will have a new look and name going forward.Mercy Health Network officially changed its name Friday and unveiled a new brand to be known as MercyOne.Beth Hughes is C-E-O of Sioux City’s MercyOne:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/MERCY1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..care of our patients. ;26MercyOne has 18 owned and joint venture medical centers and hospitals, as well as more than 420 clinics and related care facilities employing over 20,000 workers:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/MERCY2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..the state. :11Previously, the system’s facilities were represented by dozens of different brand names and logos.
The seemingly never-ending career Kazuyoshi Miura is set to continue on for at least one more year. Japanese second-tier side Yokohama FC have announced an extension of the contract with 51-year-old, giving him the chance to extend his own records. Miura, who broke Stanley Matthews’ record as the oldest professional to score a goal in 2017, retired from international football 18 years ago with 89 caps and 55 goals for Japan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? “I updated the contract for 2019 season,” he said after signing the new deal. “Thanks to everyone who always supports.” The veteran forward started his career with Santos and spent several years in Brazil before returning to his homeland in 1990 and seeing off the likes of Gary Lineker and Zico to be named MVP in the inaugural J.League season three years later, and is the only player still active from the first season of the J League. Miura was also named Asian Player of the Year in 1993 but was controversially left out of Japan’s 1998 World Cup squad, despite scoring 14 goals as the country qualified for the first time. This season will mark his 34th year as a professional player, but the legendary striker has no plans to slow down. Miura doesn’t see the field nearly as much as he once did, playing in just nine league matches last season, all as a substitute, while starting twice in the Emperor’s Cup. “When you are 51 years old, you lose power; fitness is very complicated,” Yokohama’s Brazilian manager Edson Tavares told the New York Times last year. “I have to be honest with him. When it’s possible, I use him.” But that hasn’t stopped him from pushing on to continue living the professional dream. “I will not waste it for one minute, one second,” Miura vowed. “I think that I want to go face-to-face with football and go to daily training with maximum power.” The goals have also dried up, with the once-prolific frontman having failed to find the net for the club last year.But with his birthday just around the corner – Miura turns 52 in February – you wouldn’t put it past him to set a new record for the oldest professional to score a goal at some point in 2019.
Lane Kiffin.Former USC safety Gerald Bowman does not appear to be a fan of Lane Kiffin.Before the Trojans kicked off against Alabama tonight, Bowman took to Twitter to blast the former USC head coach.Bowman played at USC from 2012-13. Kiffin was USC’s head coach from 2010-13.I always wanted to say this man F#%* Kiffin!!! Straight up!!— GBOW (@Gerald_Bowman) September 4, 2016Appreciate him offering me but he did me dirty!! Didn’t want to see me shine!! Call a spade a spade!!— GBOW (@Gerald_Bowman) September 4, 2016Fuck em ? https://t.co/zioKSktQ5W— GBOW (@Gerald_Bowman) September 4, 2016Bowman played sparingly the 2012 season and was injured for some of ’13.He’s currently a defensive back for the Baltimore Ravens.Alabama and USC are playing on ABC.
zoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Bermuda-based tanker owner Nordic American Tankers has fixed one of its Suezmax vessels with Norway’s energy company Equinor.Under the deal, the company’s 158,600 dwt crude oil tanker Nordic Zenith would be chartered for a period of twelve to fifteen months. The new contract is expected to commence on expiration of the present spot employment.NAT informed that the contract has a value between USD 9 million and USD 11 million, depending upon the detailed scheduling of the vessel.“Going forward, we sense a strong upward trend for the tanker industry. NAT is in a positive phase of development,” according to NAT.
The Nova Scotia Securities Commission has issued a permanent cease trade order against BCA Investment Co-operative Ltd. The company, a Nova Scotia community economic-development corporation, violated securities laws by failing to file continuous disclosure documents. The director of corporate finance ordered BCA Investment to comply with Nova Scotia securities laws and ordered all people and companies to permanently cease trading in securities of BCA Investment. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. To view the order please visit http://nssc.novascotia.ca -30-
Hong Kong: Hong Kong police used water cannon for the first time Sunday, raising the stakes against protesters who have staged sometimes violent rallies that have rocked the city for the past three months. Officers were also seen with drawn sidearms as protesters clashed with police in the district of Tsuen Wan after a rally at a nearby sports stadium. The financial hub has been gripped by mass rallies that were initially against a proposed extradition bill to China, but have spun into a wider pro-democracy movement targeting the pro-Beijing government. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAs thousands of people marched in the pouring rain to Tsuen Wan, a group of hardcore protesters erected makeshift roadblocks and dug up bricks from the pavements. After firing tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowds, police drove water cannon vehicles onto the streets, unfurling signs warning protesters they would deploy the jets if they did not leave. The jets were later fired from the moving trucks towards a crowd of protesters who ran away, but hardcore group of protesters later threw bricks and Molotov cocktails in violent confrontations with riot police. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThere were no immediate reports of injuries. Police had previously said the vehicles, complete with surveillance cameras and multiple spray nozzles, would only be used in the event of a “large-scale public disturbance”. Throughout the protests, Beijing has used a mix of intimidation, propaganda and economic muscle to constrict the protests in a strategy dubbed “white terror” by the movement. The MTR – the city’s metro – is the latest Hong Kong enterprise to face public censure, after appearing to bend to Chinese state-media attacks accusing the transport system of being an “exclusive” service to ferry protesters to rallies. On Sunday the MTR shut stations near the main demonstration area in Tsuen Wan, in the second day of station closures in-a-row. “However bleak our future is, we’re trying to express ourselves rationally,” said Peter, in his 20s, before the clashes began. “We have faith in ourselves and we have faith in our city that some day our demands will be answered.” A second rally in the afternoon of a few hundred people – some of them family members of police – criticised the government for leaving officers to handle the brunt of the crisis, while also calling for an independent investigation into the police handling of the protests. “I believe within these two months, police have got enough opprobrium,” said a woman who asked not to be named and said she was a police officer’s wife. The city’s officers are often the focus of protesters’ anger because of their perceived heavy handling of the rallies. Ten people were left in hospital after Saturday’s clashes – two in a serious condition – staff said, without detailing if they were police or protesters. On Saturday police baton-charged protesters and fired tear gas, while demonstrators threw rocks and bottles later into the night in a working-class neighbourhood. Protesters say Hong Kong’s unique freedoms are in jeopardy as Beijing tightens its political chokehold on the semi-autonomous city. The city had appeared to have pulled back from a sharp nosedive into violence, with the last serious confrontation taking place more than a week ago, shortly after protests paralysed the airport.
HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia man fighting to have his last name — Grabher — reinstated on a licence plate says police have now forced him to remove an inactive Alberta plate from the front of his car.Lorne Grabher said he received a call from police Monday after a complaint was lodged against the personalized Alberta licence plate he had on the front of his car.Nova Scotia requires only one valid plate, at the rear, and drivers in the province often place inactive or novelty plates on the front of their vehicles.Grabher says police told him he would face a stiff penalty for driving with a fraudulent plate if he did not remove the Alberta plate, which had his last name on it in capitalized letters.The 69-year-old man said he feels he’s being unfairly targeted.“I’ve been red-flagged,” he said from his Dartmouth home, noting the large number of vehicles in the province that have inactive out-of-province plates on the front.Grabher received international attention after the Registry of Motor Vehicles revoked his personalized Nova Scotia plate bearing his last name, saying it was a “socially unacceptable slogan.”“The issue for me is where does anybody, especially the government, get the right to discriminate against somebody’s name,” he said. “The only place I can think of where they do stunts like that is if you live in a communist country.”The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms is representing Grabher, and says the revocation infringes on his constitutional rights.The organization filed a notice of application with the provincial Supreme Court seeking to overturn the decision.A hearing on the matter scheduled for Wednesday was postponed to June 6 after a lawyer representing the province requested more time to “gather the names of witnesses” and “confirm instructions with my client.”Grabher called the legal dispute a waste of taxpayer dollars.“It’s my last name,” he said. “We’ve had this licence plate in my family for 27 years.”Grabher said his last name is a point of pride for his family and its Austrian-German heritage.In the early 1800s, Grabher’s great-great-grandfather made the journey from Austria to the United States, part of a wave of settlers.His grandfather then moved to Canada in 1890 and put down roots in Alberta.Grabher said his father joined the army at the age of 17, during the Second World War, and was sent to Cape Breton, where his family settled.He said revoking his personalized licence plate is foolish and offensive.Grabher said he is now using an alphanumeric licence plate on the rear of his car, and has removed the old Alberta plate from the front as requested by police.
Rabat – After he had an accident with Tom Coronel in Marrakech, driver Mehdi Bennani of Morocco was disqualified from the race on Sunday for being underweight.This is big disappointment for Moroccans who were expecting their superstar to shine in the World Touring Car Championship that kicked off on Sunday in Marrakech.Bennani crashed into Tom Coronel at the startline, and Coronel’s Chevrolet was destroyed after it hit the wall hard and then bounced back across the track. Bennani has been given a three-place grid penalty for the race next week for the incident, but the worst is yet to come.After Mehdi Bennani passed Mikhail Kozlowski and was ranked fifth in the provisional results, he was supposed to qualify to the second race of World Touring Car Championship. However he has been disqualified for technical reasons.According to Touring Car Times, Bennani “has now been excluded as his car has been found to be underweight in scrutinizing.”According to the same source, “the minimum weight for the Honda Civic, like the Citroën, the Lada and the Chevrolet, which all are running maximum ballast in Morocco and France is 1,164kg.”Edited by Jessica Rohan© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
OTTAWA — While politicians in Ottawa still can’t decide who is in the middle class, a new analysis suggests wealth is increasingly gravitating to the very top.The report by the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows that the country’s 86 richest individuals and families — or 0.002% of the total population — are getting exponentially richer and now have accumulated as much wealth as the country’s poorest 11.4 million.[np_storybar title=”How Canada’s middle class is getting richer, a lot richer” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/02/25/canada-middle-class-statscan-net-worth/”%5D Canadian politicians have been trying to make the middle class out to be a poor huddled mass of declining fortunes, but a landmark study from Statistics Canada paints very much the opposite picture. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]That’s more than in 1999, when the richest 86 had as much money as the poorest 10.1 million and enough to buy up everything in New Brunswick and still have about $40 billion left over, according to the report, to be released Thursday.The point of the exercise, says economist and author David Macdonald, who used Statistics Canada data and research from Canadian Business magazine, is to show that if income inequality is a policy and social justice concern — wealth inequality is worse.In fact, the super-rich list of Canadian residents has little to do with income in the traditional sense, he said. None of the 86 are company CEOs — often the poster children of the Occupy crowd for their unseemly salaries and bonuses. Instead, the ones on the list are there by virtue of being company founders or related to company founders.The super-rich have gotten there by creating and trading assets, whether companies, real estate or securities.“We often focus on income inequality but that’s a socialist paradise compared to wealth inequality,” said Macdonald.“The top 20% only get half of all the income, but in terms of wealth inequality, the top 20% have 70% of all wealth. It’s much more extreme and the concern is as you accumulate all this wealth, this wealth starts to buy you political power.”Inequality, whether in income or wealth, increasingly looks like it will become a key issue in the upcoming federal election, with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair seeking to make the case that Conservative policies have left the middle class behind — with little job security, higher in debt, and in many instances, living paycheque to paycheque.The government has pointed to the growth in net worth most recently reported by Statistics Canada in February as an indicator their policies are working for everyone.“After-tax disposable income has increased by 10% across all income brackets,” noted Employment Minister Jason Kenney at the time.But Statistics Canada also showed wealth gravitating to the top. While median income rose almost 80% since 1999 to $243,800 per family unit, the top 40% possessed 88.9% of total net worth, leaving the bottom 60% with a mere 11.1% of the pie.Eye-opening was the data that showed the poorest 20% of family units had more debts than assets.The issue flared again Wednesday after Trudeau asked Prime Minister Stephen Harper if he thought that the problem of the middle class was a myth. Harper chided Trudeau for his inability to define the middle class.But the issue is not going away. The NDP has been especially critical of the government’s decision to severely cut corporate tax rates, even in the middle of a recession, and getting little job creation or business investment in return.Some economists have also argued that nations with high levels of inequality tend to underperform more egalitarian countries in terms of overall economic growth.The latest CCPA analysis also suggests that once someone gets to the top of the wealth ladder, they likely stay there.The richest individuals and families in 2013 were pretty much the same people who made the list in 2005 and in 1999 — well-known family names like Thomson, Weston, Irving, Desmarais and Pattison.Between 1999 and 2013, the report shows that the wealthiest 86 Canadians had enlarged their pot of gold from $118 billion to $178 billion on real non-inflationary terms.Macdonald says a reason wealth growth is increasingly becoming concentrated is that it is taxed differently from income. “If one Canadian makes $100,000 a year selling a company (or shares) while another makes $100,000 a year working at a job, the worker will pay twice the tax of the business seller,” he said.“A combination of a higher inclusion rate (for capital gains) and higher income taxes at the top of the income scale could go part way to offset the flood of wealth that is accumulating in the pockets of Canada’s wealthiest and ensure some benefits are returned to the majority of Canadians.”
WARSAW, Poland — Poland has scrapped its personal income tax for young employees in a drive to reverse a brain drain and demographic decline that’s dimming the prospects of a country that is otherwise experiencing strong economic growth.The new law by the right-wing government, which took effect Thursday, slashes the personal income tax to zero for workers under the age of 26 earning less than $22,000 a year. It is expected to boost the earnings of nearly 2 million Poles at home, and the government hopes it will also persuade young Poles working abroad to return home.Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki recently said he hoped it would prevent what he called a painful “bleeding” of the younger generation from the nation.Monika Scislowska And Rafal Niedzielski, The Associated Press
He said more information is needed in order to understand the implications of what impact maintaining the status quo has had on both parties over the past 14 years.“As someone that fits into that low-income, fixed-income bracket I think the one thing that I do is I proportionately pay a lot more of my income on city taxes,” said Elliot.He said a reduction in annual residential property taxes would put him in a better position to spend more money in the community and support local businesses.But he said council also needs to look more closely at what the impact of reducing residential property taxes would have.Administration’s report compares Regina’s tax share ratio with four other major Canadian cities.In Calgary, the tax share between residential and commercial properties is 46 per cent and 54 per cent respectively.In Edmonton, it’s 52 per cent residential and 48 per cent non-residential, while both Winnipeg and Saskatoon’s split is 70 per cent residential and 30 per cent non-residential.The report urges formal stakeholder engagement with the Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Regina (EDR) and other major stakeholders if any changes to the current tax policy are made.Due to the absence of executive committee member Coun. Andrew Stevens the report was tabled until next month’s meeting for further email@example.com Difficult choices ahead as city reveals preliminary 2020 budget review Money talks: City of Regina expects to be under budget for the 2019 fiscal year Currently, the tax share between residential and commercial properties is 65 per cent and 35 per cent respectively.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.While those numbers have remained relatively stable between 2005 and 2018, the dollar amount of taxes levied over the same time frame has increased and the residential share of taxes has increased slightly compared to the non-residential share.“Any change in the relative tax share between residential and nonresidential properties results in a small change to the annual taxes of a residential property, but a significant change to the annual taxes of a commercial property,” warns administration’s report.For example, a one per cent change only reduces annual taxes for a residential property valued at $500,000 by $46, but increases the annual taxes of a motel valued a $2,309,100 by $599.A five per cent change would reduce annual taxes for the same residential property by $232, but increase it for the motel by $2,994.“Part of it is the message,” said Hopkins of a possible tax share change. “What message are we sending out? (Right now) we have a message that’s positive, that we’re looking for investment.”“What we’re doing is working,” he added.Regina resident Jim Elliot called on council to ask for a more detailed report with more in-depth data before making any decisions. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it was Regina & District Chamber of Commerce CEO John Hopkins’ message to executive committee during a meeting about potential changes to the city’s tax policy Wednesday.“We have a very competitive property tax both on the residential side as well as the non-residential side,” said Hopkins. “It’s doing good things in our community. So, if it’s not broke what are we trying to fix?”Hopkins supported a report from administration that recommended keeping the city’s current tax sharing ratio at the status quo, a report prompted by a motion brought forward by Ward 3 Coun. Andrew Stevens last year.The motion, which was approved by council in December 2018, asked administration to identify the impacts of revising existing tax policies related to non-residential properties “in the interest of offering relief for residential rate payers.”Related Jim Elliott. BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post
Maternal deaths have dropped by nearly 50 per cent, down from an estimated 523,000 in 1990 to some 289,000 at latest count. And according to the UN, midwives who are educated and regulated to international standards can provide 87 per cent of the essential care needed by women and their newborns.“As we approach the deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), we are proud of the progress made for Goal 5, to improve maternal health,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). “But while this progress is welcome, it is not enough,’ he added.This Day – observed around the world on 05 May with the theme this year Midwives: For a better tomorrow –highlights gaps that need to be addressed in order to provide universal sexual and reproductive, maternal and newborn health care. This year, in preparation for the post-2015 international development agenda, midwives are being recognized for their critical role in ensuring safe deliveries, promoting healthy birth spacing, and protecting the health and rights of women and girls. However, a massive midwife shortage around the world exists and has been documented in the State of Midwifery 2014 report. That gap is particularly dangerous when it comes to countries in crisis. “The need for strong health systems and sufficient health workers was recently highlighted by the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, where pregnant women struggled to find available health services to ensure safe delivery,” said Dr. Osotimehin. UNFPA is expanding midwifery services to support resilient health systems in the affected countries. Today, it funds more than 250 midwifery schools with books, training equipment and trained faculty, and has helped train over 15,000 midwives globally. It also supports midwifery in more than 70 countries worldwide, and in 2014 helped launch Bachelor’s degree programmes in midwifery in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Somalia and Zambia.In the past four years, more than 35 countries have made national pledges to strengthen midwifery. Ethiopia pledged to quadruple the number of midwives from 2,050 to 8,635, and will achieve this target ahead of time. Bangladesh pledged to train an additional 3,000 midwives, and some 2,000 midwives are already undergoing training at 31 training centres. Haiti dispatched the first group of midwives last year from its new midwifery school built after the 2010 earthquake. And Afghanistan revived and strengthened community midwifery, which has helped reduce maternal death ratios by more than 80 per cent since 2002.Midwives – and people with midwifery skills – are the main caregivers for women and their new-borns during pregnancy, labour, childbirth and in the post-delivery period. In addition to their work caring for women during and after childbirth, midwives provide a wide range of assistance, including advancing women’s and girls’ rights, care in humanitarian emergencies, training and supervision, and counselling services on family planning and reproductive health.