13 days agoGervinho pens new contract with Parma

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Gervinho pens new contract with Parmaby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGervinho has signed a new contract with Parma.The deal takes him through to 2022 at Parma.Gervinho’s renewal was confirmed in a statement on Parma’s official website.The former Roma winger moved to the Tardini from Chinese club Hebei China Fortune in the summer of 2018.Gervinho has scored three goals and produced two assists this season. last_img

Major US investors keeping eye on Canada as Trudeau pushes trade in

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will work the room at a business luncheon in Manhattan today on the merits of free trade and global economic co-operation, just as word starts to sink in that efforts to conclude NAFTA talks before the end of this week are likely to fail.Trudeau will spend the second morning of his three-day U.S. tour — his 16th visit to the United States as prime minister — participating in what is billed as an “armchair discussion” on economics and international trade at the Economic Club of New York.The trip is mainly focused on trade and drumming up investment for Canada, although Trudeau veered off that course Wednesday morning. During a speech at the New York University commencement at Yankee Stadium, the prime minister spoke at length on the merits of diversity and the risks of aggressive nationalism.Looming over everything is the North American Free Trade Agreement and the expected failure of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to meet an artificial deadline today, set to try and seal a new deal before the Mexican federal elections this summer or U.S. congressional elections in the fall throw new curveballs at the process.Coupled with ongoing struggles to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built, Canada’s ability to compete on the world stage and confidence in its ability to attract investment are currently flagged as questionable.In a series of meetings with a lengthy list of international investment executives and U.S. CEOs Wednesday, Trudeau time and again tried to counter those fears, pushing Canada as a great place to do business. Most of those he met with publicly agreed.None more so than Adam Neumann, the Israeli-born American billionaire who founded WeWork, which provides shared workspaces that include physical and virtual office space, health plans, and shared social networks to entrepreneurs, including start-ups.“Amazing leader,” Neumann said, after spending about 20 minutes in a private meeting with Trudeau.WeWork has five locations in Canada, with plans to expand to 11 by the end of this year and 45 by the end of 2020, Neumann said. He said his company is getting a lot of interest from Asian and Latin American companies who are interested in setting up shop in Canada using WeWork.“I think it’s a great story for Canada and a great story for us, and we’re here today to strengthen that relationship,” Neumann said.PepsiCo. Chair and CEO Indra Nooyi was also quite enthusiastic about Canada as a place to do business, noting her company — the second-largest food and beverage corporation in the world — does $4 billion worth of business in Canada each year.“We are in Canada, for Canada, with Canada and from Canada, and the reason is because the government of Canada is an excellent partner for business,” she said.Trudeau had another reason for sitting down with Nooyi this week, as he prepares to make ocean protection and eliminating plastic garbage a key initiative of the upcoming G7 leaders summit in Quebec next month. PepsiCo. is on board the plastics train, pledging last year to make sure 100 per cent of its packaging can be recycled or recovered by 2025.Trudeau also met with the heads of advanced manufacturing giant Honeywell, online advertising software expert AppNexus, and Etsy board chair Fred Wilson, who sang Canada’s praises as a great place for tech investments because of government support for both research and development as well as high-skilled immigration.“In a time where high-skilled immigration to the US has essentially been stopped, Canada is a great option to locate a team and recruit the smartest people in the world to it,” said Wilson in his blog. “What once was the game plan for tech in the US is now the game plan for tech in Canada.”Wilson’s comments fit in with Trudeau’s arguments in his commencement speech, against a type of politics that seeks to divide and conquer rather than unite and diversify, which many read as a direct rebuke of some of the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump.last_img read more

Minimum wage increases bite into funding boost for Canada Summer Jobs program

first_imgOTTAWA – Rising provincial minimum wages have cut into the reach of the Liberal government’s oft-touted increase to summer jobs spending by reducing the number of weekly hours being funded this year.The Liberals have doubled spending on the politically popular program to approximately $220 million in order to boost the number of available jobs to 70,000 from about 35,000.Newly released documents show the government was aware in late winter that there would be a drop in the number of hours funded through the program to meet the Liberal government’s summer jobs target.A mid-March briefing note to Labour Minister Patty Hajdu warned of the planned reduction in the average hours per job funded through the program, moving to a national average of 30 hours a week in 2018 from 35 in 2017.Officials wrote that the plan could raise concerns from MPs who like to promote the spending, as well as from employers — particularly organizations that need help paying and attracting seasonal workers.“The reduction is expected to affect organizations that require more weeks in order to sustain their operations (e.g. summer camp) and to attract enough potential applicants,” reads the briefing note, obtained by The Canadian Press under the access to information law.Figures provided by the department suggest officials have eased some of the effects, but there has still been a decline in hours across all 10 provinces. There has been no reduction in funded hours in the territories.A spokeswoman for Hajdu said the government stands by its decision to double the number of jobs through the program, and is “continually looking at ways to improve the program” for students needing “quality summer job experience.”The annual program provides wage subsidies, targeting mostly not-for-profit groups and small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.The program helps small businesses and organizations manage cash flow in the early stages of a summer placement because students may need time to learn the job before they contribute to an organization’s bottom line, said Ted Mallett, vice-president and chief economist at the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.“That’s why these government programs are helpful in overcoming those kinds of start-up difficulties for small firms.”Demand for funding always exceeds the amount the government spends on the program and this year was no different. The total value of all the applications this year was $68.9 million more than last year, a figure the briefing note chalked up to rising minimum wages, particularly in Ontario, Alberta and B.C. Hajdu was told the increases in minimum wage nationally averaged out to a 13.7 per cent bump in wages.At a kickoff event for the program in late April, one non-profit group pressed Hajdu about the government’s plan to deal with the effects of minimum wage increases on the program.Hajdu responded that officials were working with provinces and territories. She added that employers approved for funding would make “decisions and determinations accordingly” about hours and duration of summer jobs.The department overseeing the program recommended 85,000 jobs for funding this year out of the more than 153,500 requests. Officials recommended more jobs than the expected 70,000 because some employers drop out of the program, while others end up being unable to fill the jobs.Final Canada Summer Jobs figures won’t be known until later this year.The Liberals have faced criticism this year from faith-based groups over new funding criteria that required groups to say neither their core mandate nor the jobs being funded actively worked to undermine constitutional, human and reproductive rights.Many faith-based groups refused to sign the declaration and the government is facing legal challenges to the anti-abortion requirements.Employment and Social Development Canada said officials have not revoked any group’s funding this year for being in violation of the declaration.— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

Court sentences convict Yakub Pataliya to life imprisonment

first_imgAhmedabad: A special SIT court in Gujarat on Wednesday sentenced a man to life imprisonment in the 2002 Godhra train carnage case.The court of Special SIT judge H C Vora convicted Yakub Pataliya based on submissions made earlier in the case by five other accused. Pataliya was arrested by the Godhra Police in January 2018, nearly 16 years after being booked in connection with the incident in which 59 ‘karsevaks’ were burnt alive in two coaches of the Sabarmati Express. His trial was held at a special court set up at the Sabarmati Central Jail here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He was accused of being a part of the mob that torched the coaches of Sabarmati Express near the Godhra railway station on February 27, 2002, killing 59 ‘karsevaks’ and triggering state-wide riots. Earlier, the special SIT court convicted 31 people in the case on March 1, 2011. It later awarded death sentence to 11 of them and life imprisonment to 20 others. However, the Gujarat High Court in October 2017 commuted the death sentence of 11 convicts to life imprisonment while upholding the punishment awarded by the special SIT court to 20 others. The special court sentenced two men — Farooq Bhana and Imran Sheri — to life imprisonment in August last year and acquitted three others, identified as Hussain Suleman Mohan, Kasam Bhamedi and Faruk Dhantiya, all of whom were arrested after 2011.last_img read more

Yamuna Expressway crash leaves 8 dead 30 injured

first_imgGreater Noida: In a major road mishap, at least eight persons died while 30 others were critically injured after a private double decker bus collided into the truck from behind in Rabupura area of Greater Noida on Yamuna Expressway on early Friday morning. Cops said that the driver of speeding bus dozed off and rammed into the truck.The incident took place at around 5 am in Rabupura area of Greater Noida, around 29 km away from zero point at Yamuna Expressway. Eight persons, including a minor and two women, died on the spot while the rescue operations continued for nearly an hour to pull out victims from the mangled bus. Police officials said that the driver of bus and helper also succumbed to injuries in the incident. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAccording to police, the deceased have been identified as bus driver Mahesh Kumar (48), helper Bandu (25), passengers Vineeta (32), Arun (42), Asad (12), Suman (35), Vishwanath Tiwari (75) and one unidentified. Cops added that most of the victims hail from Jalaun and Auraiya districts of Uttar Pradesh while the bus driver and helper were natives of district Dhaulpur in Rajasthan. Sharad Chandra sharma, Circle Officer (Jewar) said that the bus was moving towards Delhi from Jalaun district while around 55 passengers were boarded in the bus when the incident took place. “Almost all the passengers present in the bus were sleeping when the incident took place. It seems driver dozed off and the bus rammed into truck from behind which was moving slowly on the e-way,” said Sharma. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe officer further said that the victims were rushed to Kailash hospital in Jewar while police had to use crane and cutters to rescue the victims. “Acting upon the information received, a police team rushed to the spot and immediately stared the rescue operation. The victims were taken to the Kailash hospital in Jewar where doctors declared eight passengers brought dead while around 30 passengers including women and a few children have been critically injured and are receiving treatment at hospital,” added Sharma. Based on the complaint from the family member of one of the deceased, who was himself a passenger, a case was registered against the unknown truck driver at the Rabupura police station under sections 279 (rash driving), 338 (Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304A (Causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code. The truck was full of tiles. The police have seized it and are working on tracing the owner and driver. Contd on P4last_img read more

IT officials seize cash gold worth over Rs 4cr

first_imgKolkata: After conducting reconnaissance in disguise for several days, Income Tax officials seized Rs 1.5 crore of unaccounted cash and 8 kg of gold worth Rs 2.63 crore from hawala operators in Bengal, an official said on Thursday. “Based on credible inputs regarding suspicious activities of unaccounted cash and gold trading activities being carried out at Burra Bazar area and nearby places, our officials seized more than Rs 1.5 crore in cash and 8 kg of gold biscuits worth Rs 2.63 crore in two days from hawala operators and unaccounted gold traders,” an IT official said. During the search and seizure operation, several incriminating physical and electronic evidences were seized, the official said. IT officials have so far seized over Rs 28.77 crore of unaccounted cash, jewellery and bullion from the state after the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections, the official said.last_img read more

I will be delighted if Mamata becomes PM Moon Moon Sen

first_imgAsansol, West Bengal: Veteran actress Moon Moon Sen says she is in politics to win people’s love and feels donning a politician’s hat has been easier for her as there is far less amount of mudslinging compared to the film industry. The 64-year-old Oxford alumnus, who is fighting the 2019 polls from West Bengal’s Asansol parliamentary constituency on a Trinamool Congress ticket, says she would be “delighted” if West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee becomes the next Prime Minister. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Sitting in the lobby of a plush hotel on National Highway 2 on the outskirts of Asansol city, Sen, draped in an elegant white saree and a flower bouquet in her hand, talked to IANS after two-and-half hours of a gruelling evening campaign, where she was accompanied by her daughters Raima and Riya. Asansol, a hub of coal mining and railway activity, will go to the polls on April 29 where Sen is pitted against BJP’s sitting MP and Union Minister Babul Supriyo besides candidates from both the Left and the Congress. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “I am not a full-fledged politician. But I can say there cannot be more mudslinging than there is in the film industry. There it is cut-throat, it is soul destroying. This is easy compared to all that,a said Sen, the daughter of Bengali screen legend Suchitra Sen. Sen, a former school teacher, said she would focus on environmental issues to control Asansol’s pollution and work on improving health care if the people elected her. “I am here to win some votes and do my work which, let’s say, is away from politics. I am in politics to win peoplea¿s love. If I become an MP again, I would like to work on improving the environment and providing better medical care. There is a shortage of doctors and nurses all over the world,” she said. Talking at length on pollution issues in the area, she said children and women were choking due to the coal mines and black furnaces all around. “Their lungs are being affected. It is taking a toll on people in general and is life threatening for pregnant women. The district magistrate said the local administration has started planting trees,a she said. Sen, who had pulled off a surprise victory five years ago in Bengal’s Bankura where he handed out a shock defeat to nine time CPI-M MP Basudev Acharia, has been shifted to this coal belt constituency bordering Jharkhand this time. But she is not bothered by the opposition’s allegations that she is an outsider unaware of the core-problems in Asansol. “I am not concerned about what the opposition says. I do not plan to justify myself to them either. There is no room for negativity in my life. “At the moment I am involved in planning to win an election. I know I will figure out things slowly on my own. I will do what I can, within my capacity but there are certain issues, things which would be tackled by the state government and the centre. So there is no point in boasting and saying I am going to fix everything,” said Sen, conceding that people had told her before she came to the constituency that she could lose as it was a BJP bastion. “I have never lost in politics. I have people’s support with me. I know that once I am committed, I have to do my duty. If I win, I win. If I don’t win I have still done my best. That’s what I am focusing on. If I win here, I will be delighted,” she said adding she is much better prepared this time compared to the 2014 polls. Sen, who has acted in numerous Bengali, Hindi and South Indian films in her career spanning over three decades also welcomed the entry of two more Bengali actresses, Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan, into politics and said the parties should look to bring in more young and energetic faces with “bright new ideas”. “I do not see why the parties should not now bring in more young and glamorous people from other spheres. Most of them are intelligent enough to let them be guided and do the work they’re supposed to do,” Sen said. Expressing her love and admiration for Banerjee, she said the Trinamool Congress supremo inspired her to join politics through her “work ethics and tremendous devotion towards people”. “Ia¿ll be delighted if she becomes the Prime Minister. We know who all are in contention. This lady has been a long time MP, a central minister and now a chief minister for eight years. Also she is quick to point out a crisis and take steps to solve it. She is the one who first talked about the Mahagatbandhan (grand alliance). People across the country are recognizing her potential today. “You can’t take West Bengal away from her (Banerjee). I know nothing about the politics in Delhi and what might happen if the opposition alliance wins but I know that people across the country are suffering due to demonetisation and GST. Many have had to close down their businesses,” she said. When asked whether she is still in touch with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan who used to be her classmate in Oxford, Sen said though she has not spoken to him since he took over the hot seat, she assumes their friendship is still intact. “I haven’t talked to him since he became Prime Minister. I haven’t met him recently either. But I assume we are still friends. Imran is often quoted as saying he has a number of friends in Kolkata,” she signed off.last_img read more

Madrid players will give their all for Solari Odriozola

first_imgReal Madrid defender Alvaro Odriozola believes the entire squad are willing to give their all to newly appointed coach Santiago SolariThe Argentine was appointed the coach of the European champions until the end of the campaign after winning his opening four games.“We know we have to work to get out of the crisis we are in,” Odriozola told reporters, as cited by Football Espana.“We are focusing on playing for our Coach, we are prepared to die for him and we know that he is a great Coach, we want him to continue.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“It was important to win at a complicated ground like Celta especially because we are going into the international break and the league is very close.“It was a battle and these are the type of battles, against tough opposition, that you need to win and now we must continue to work hard to stay on this path.“We want to keep showing what a great team we are.”last_img read more