Politicians all silent as part of Touch Football Game

first_imgSenate Oval at Parliament House in Canberra was all silent this morning as the Nation’s Politicians had their turn at the Silent Sports Challenge, against a team of Deaf ACT and Deaf Sports Australia representatives in a game of Touch Football. All participants were required to wear ear plugs and were not permitted to talk, so as to replicate playing sport with a hearing impairment, this presented quite a challenge for all, particularly the more vocal members of the Australian Parliamentary Sports Group.  Member for Fisher, Mal Brough, spoke on the importance of experiencing opportunities like this to achieve a greater understanding of the various impediments of individuals who have a hearing impairments”.Chairman of the Australian Deafness Forum, David Brady, brought to attention the vast number of Australians who suffer from a hearing impairment, which currently stands at over 4 million.“Having a hearing impairment not only affects the individual but their family and friends, holding events like this helps to create a greater understanding of this serious issue, and bring to attention the opportunities available to those with a hearing impairment” “Some people are lucky, when dealing with their Hearing Impairment, but we want to ensure everyone has the same opportunities and services to assist in the future” Next week marks International Hearing Week, whilst early in January 2016, Adelaide will play host to the Australian Deaf Games, which will feature a variety of sports, including Touch Football, to be supported by Touch Football Australia. For more information on the Australian Deaf Games head to: http://www.deafsports.org.au/2016-australian-deaf-games Photos of the morning’s game will be available through TFA Social Media shortly. Related LinksSilent Sports Challengelast_img read more

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Liberals asked to make basic living costs more affordable in poverty plan

first_imgOTTAWA – The minister in charge of a federal plan to reduce poverty nationwide says he has heard clearly that Canadians want the Liberals to find a way to make it easier to cover the basic costs of living as part of a sweeping strategy to be released this year.Helping to cover the cost of the monthly rent, healthy food and transportation, among other necessities of every day life, was a key message from the more than 8,000 Canadians who gave their ideas on the plan.Their views were summarized in a report released Tuesday that provides an overview of findings from months of consultations.The Liberals have promised a poverty reduction strategy before the end of their four-year mandate and the “what we heard” report gives the broad strokes of what the Liberals are likely to include in the plan when it is finally released, including an emphasis on enacting measures to prevent people from falling into poverty.Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said helping lower-income Canadians have enough money to meet the range of basic needs is something the government is reviewing, suggesting that some measures may be further detailed in next week’s budget.What exactly those measures will be Duclos wouldn’t say during a Facebook live chat.What Duclos did say was that a key focus of the strategy would be on reducing income inequality to avoid a populist uprising linked to those who feel socially and economically excluded. Duclos said much of the language in the consultation report is aimed at preventing the rise of an us-versus-them mentality.“They will build walls as opposed to building bridges,” he said.“It will bring even greater exclusion because of perverse political processes. So we want to avoid that and so all of these measures have the impact of bringing people together, of making feel people feel more part of a community.”Duclos said the poverty reduction strategy would be released sometime in 2018.The most recent census figures found that in 2015, 4.8 million people lived below the poverty line as defined by Statistics Canada, including about 1.2 million children under 18.The Liberals have promised a poverty reduction strategy before the end of their mandate that would build on existing strategies on housing and homelessness, among others.Key to the plan will be measuring poverty, which can’t always be captured by a single figure, and then reporting publicly whether things have gotten better or worse. Some groups have disagreed with the numbers the Liberals publicly use, such as the impact of the Canada Child Benefit on child poverty rates, arguing they exaggerate the effects.The Liberals are also looking to build the federal strategy upon similar plans provinces and territories have in place.Provincial strategies have included investments in child care; dental, vision and prescription drug plans; increases to the minimum wage; and expanding affordable housing options. Each issue was highlighted in documents prepared by Duclos’s officials in late 2016, copies of which were obtained by The Canadian Press under the access-to-information law.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

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Bank of Canada raises rate signals future hikes could arrive sooner

first_imgOTTAWA – The Bank of Canada raised its trend-setting interest rate Wednesday and sent signals that future hikes could be upon Canadians sooner than previously expected.With a big source of trade uncertainty finally out of the way, the central bank delivered a quarter-point rate increase for the fifth time since the summer of 2017. The move lifted benchmark to 1.75 per cent — its highest level in about a decade.The hike arrived with Canada’s economy showing resilience and the unemployment rate hovering near four-decade lows.The increase followed governor Stephen Poloz’s first policy meeting since Canada agreed with the United States and Mexico earlier this month on an updated North American free trade deal. The bank said the new trade agreement will reduce uncertainty, which it described as “an important curb” on business confidence and investment.The removal of one of the trade shackles also coincided with a notable change: a single word yanked from the bank’s statement.Recent post-policy-meeting statements used the word “gradual” to help explain how the bank’s governing council would approach the timing of future rate increases.This time around, however, the bank decided to leave the word out. Some observers interpreted the omission as a signal of the bank’s shift to a faster, more-aggressive hiking path.Poloz insisted the word’s exclusion was designed to give the bank more flexibility when it comes to the speed at which it chooses to proceed.“Markets seem to have settled on ‘gradual’ meaning we would only move on every second meeting, to put it most bluntly,” Poloz told reporters Wednesday when asked about the change.“We thought, well, we really don’t want to reinforce that as a locked-in, mechanical expectation. And so, this is serving notice that it could be faster or it could be slower.”Either way, the bank sent the a clear message that more increases will be needed to bring the rate to a “neutral stance” in order to keep inflation from running too hot. Poloz’s team has pegged the neutral rate at between 2.5 and 3.5 per cent, so several more increases are likely on the way.The bank stressed the pace of future hikes will be guided by how well households are adjusting to the higher interest rates, given their high levels of debt.So far, the bank said Canadians have been making spending adjustments in response to earlier rate hikes and stricter mortgage policies — and credit growth continues to moderate. Household vulnerabilities — while still elevated — have edged down as a result, it said.“You always need to see more data because it’s still relatively early days, but they seem to be adjusting as we had expected,” senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said.“I think higher interest rates are always difficult when people haven’t seen them in a long time.”Poloz said he understands rate increases can be difficult for some people, but he argued the economy is running at its capacity and no longer needs stimulus.“It’s our job to prevent the thing from overheating and creating inflation pressures down the road,” he said.Until the hike Wednesday, the interest rate hadn’t been above 1.5 per cent since December 2008. At that time, during the financial crisis, the bank made a three-quarter-point cut to the benchmark, bringing it to 1.5 per cent from 2.25 per cent.Moving forward, the bank predicts the economy to remain solid.Consumer spending is expected to continue expanding at a “healthy pace,” thanks in large part to the steady rise of incomes and the strength of consumer confidence.It projects exports to keep growing at a moderate clip, even though they will face limitations from several factors — including transportation capacity constraints, global trade uncertainty and stiff competition, particularly from the U.S.The report predicted business investment — outside the oil and gas sector — to expand due to solid domestic and foreign demand.The bank noted, however, that Canada is still grappling with competitiveness challenges linked to major U.S. tax and regulatory changes as well as ongoing uncertainties around pipeline approval. It anticipates these factors will encourage some exporters to delay their investments or to make them outside Canada.Following the new North American trade agreement, the bank now expects lingering trade tensions — such as U.S. metals tariffs and Canada’s countermeasures — to lower business investment by just 0.7 per cent by the end of 2020, compared with the 1.4 per cent reduction it had predicted in July. Exports are now expected to take a negative hit of just 0.3 per cent compared to the previous prediction of a 0.7 per cent reduction.The bank also released its latest monetary policy report, which predicted Canada’s real gross domestic product to expand 2.1 per cent in 2019, down from its July call of 2.2 per cent, and by 1.9 per cent in 2020. Its growth projection for this year has been increased slightly to 2.1 per cent, up from its previous prediction of two per cent.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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Filipino workers speak out against Halifax businessman in immigration fraud case

first_imgHALIFAX — Emotional Filipino workers spoke out against a Halifax businessman at his sentencing hearing today, despite some continuing to fear retaliation for condemning the prominent community leader.  Hector Mantolino pleaded guilty in December 2017 to misrepresentation under provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.The Crown is recommending a sentence of two years in prison, noting the need to deter “like-minded individuals” and to fully denounce the offences against temporary foreign workers.The case of immigration fraud appears to have divided the city’s Filipino community, with some expressing trepidation about speaking out.After meeting with Crown and defence lawyers in his chambers to discuss the issue, Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Glen McDougall told the court that victims have a statutory right to read their victim impact statements without fear of reprisals.Two workers say they were underpaid and mistreated for years but remained quiet for fear of being deported back to the Philippines.Meanwhile, a third worker says he was grateful to Mantolino for helping him come to Canada, and that given the opportunity he would work for the businessman again.The sentencing hearing resumes Jan. 25.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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GM union workers call on Trudeau for support at Montreal auto show

first_imgMONTREAL — Unifor’s Quebec director Renaud Gagne is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to follow in Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s footsteps by pledging support for General Motors workers faced with a looming plant closure.Some 300 Unifor members, including about 60 retirees from the now-demolished GM plant in Sainte-Therese, Que., showed their support for Oshawa GM workers on Friday, taking advantage of the Montreal Auto Show now underway.Demonstrators were visible throughout the exhibition. Many wore blue T-shirts with the slogan, “GM to sell here, build here,” and chanted the slogan, “Say-say-say-save GM,” both in French.The General Motors plant in Oshawa, Ont., is slated to shut down at the end of 2019, resulting in an expected 2,600 job losses at the factory.Gagne cited a union-commissioned study that forecasts that by 2025, the closure will have prompted 14,000 job losses in Ontario and 10,000 in the rest of Canada.Gagne noted that some 10,000 people work in the auto parts sector in Quebec.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Kalpataru inks pact to buy 85 stake in Swedish company

first_imgNew Delhi: Engineering firm KPTL Monday said its arm Kalpataru Power Transmission Sweden AB has signed an agreement to acquire 85 per cent equity stake in Linjemontage i Grastorp AB for $24 million. The acquisition of Linjemontage is in-line with the KPTL’s stated objective of growth and greater geographical presence in stable and growing markets with focus on core power transmission segment, a Kalpataru Power Transmission statement said. According to the statement, the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019-20. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe Linjemontage i Grastorp AB was founded in 1993. It specialises in power supply solutions and services for electricity networks up to voltage range of 400 kv. It has a profitable track record. The company has presence in Sweden and Norway with an order book of around SEK (Swedish Krona) 710 million (around $77 million) as on date, the company said. Commenting on the acquisition, Sanjay Dalmia, Executive Director, KPTL said in the statement, “This acquisition has been carried out on grounds of strategic fit both to capture local market opportunity and to help us in expanding our presence in Nordic countries where we have no former presence. This strategic acquisition will also help the KPTL with greater access to technology and EPC (engineering construction and procurement) capability to take turnkey projects in Nordic countries and Europe”. KPTL is one of the largest and fastest growing specialised EPC companies in India engaged in various segment including power transmission & distribution, oil & gas pipeline and railways.last_img read more

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Cashstrapped Jet Airways now operating with skeletal fleet of 28 planes Govt

first_imgNew Delhi: Cash-strapped Jet Airways is operating 28 planes, including 15 aircraft in the domestic routes, Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said on Wednesday.Earlier in the day, Kharola said that less than 15 planes of the airline were flying. Jet Airways, where the lenders are set to take control as part of a debt resolution plan, on Tuesday disclosed that it has grounded 15 more aircraft due to non-payment of lease rentals. Asked about the active fleet of Jet Airways, Kharola, on the sidelines of an aviation conference in the morning, said, “yesterday, it was 28”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsWhen told that the airline has announced grounding 15 more aircraft, he said that then the current fleet would be “less than about 15”. In the evening, Kharola clarified that Jet Airways is operating around 28 planes and out of them, about 15 are operating in the domestic routes. On the sidelines of the conference here, the civil aviation secretary also said that Jet Airways’ ability to fly international operations needs to be “examined”. On Wednesday afternoon, a DGCA spokesperson said Jet Airways continues to fly 28 aircraft as on date. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”The 15 aircraft reported is already accounted for and was only informed to the stock exchanges by Jet Airways Tuesday,” the spokesperson said. On Tuesday evening, the airline informed the stock exchanges that it has grounded 15 more aircraft due to non-payment of lease rentals. Now, the total number of planes grounded on account of default in lease rental payments, as disclosed by the airline, stands at 69. In a statement, Jet Airways said, “as informed to the regulator (DGCA), the airline is operating a curtailed schedule with a sufficient number of aircraft, and is compliant with applicable guidelines”. The airline issued the statement saying that it would like to clarify certain speculative media reports with respect to its ability to operate on international routes. It did not provide the number of operational planes. Jet Airways, which is grappling with acute financial woes, had a fleet of around 119 planes. See P13last_img read more

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Kerala CM accuses Modi of levelling false charges

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticised the LDF government in Kerala over various issues, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Friday accused him of making “false” charges against the state and said such remarks were “unbecoming” of his position. Countering Modi’s charge that cases would be registeredin Kerala if anyone utters the God’s name, Vijayan challenged the Prime Minister to point out any single such case. “It is unfortunate that such an untruthful and concocted campaign has been unleashed by the Prime Minister. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Such charges, which had no connection with the truth, is unbecoming of his position,” he said in an article released to media. The cases registered in the state in connection with the Sabarimala agitation were not for uttering the name of the God, but to unleash violence, he said. In the detailed article, the CPI(M) veteran also rejected Modi’s charges that devotees were not allowed to follow their rituals and poojas in the southern state. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Referring to the allegations made by the Prime Minister against him in connection with the Lavalin case, Vijayan said his statement was a challenge to the rule of law as he was acquitted by the court in the case. “The Prime Minister’s allegation that the state government is responsible for the August flood is contradictory to facts. His politics is behind such allegations,” Vijayan said alleging that the BJP government at the Centre had allotted only nominal financial aid to Kerala to overcome the deluge. While speaking at poll rally here Thursday, Modi had lashed out at the LDF government and said the Communists have problems with regard to “our rituals”. “They do not like poojas and rituals. We know that. They cannot crush our faith. Today, people here cannot even utter the name of their God, false cases are registered against them and they are hit with lathis,” Modi had said. Attacking Vijayan and his Left frot government, Modi alleged it was drowned in corruption. “Even the Chief Minister is facing allegations on Lavlin (corruption case) matter. Other ministers are also facing corruption charges. They are even trying to loot money that came for the rehabilitation of flood victims,” Modi charged. He had also alleged that the devastating floods in Kerala last year was due to lapses of the government, rather than a natural calamity.last_img read more

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Kolkata experiences hottest day of season burns at 375OC

first_imgKolkata: The city on Saturday witnessed the hottest day of the season with the mercury touching 37.5 degree Celsius.The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore predicted that mercury may continue to soar up resulting in discomfort for the city dwellers in the next few days. Western districts continue to burn under a scorching sun. Bankura on Saturday recorded 41.9 degree Celsius, Purulia over 40 degree Celsius and Panagarh 41 degree. It may be mentioned that the Alipore MeT office on April 25 issued a warning saying that the mercury in various South Bengal districts may rise just over 40 degree Celsius along with high humidity causing discomfort to the people by the weekend. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile the South Bengal districts are expected to face very hot and humid conditions, there is relief for the North Bengal districts as the weather office forecast thundershowers and gusty winds in several areas. “The discomfort level will remain high during the day time in South Bengal but during the night, the temperature will slightly go down. Occasional downpour and gusty winds will provide some relief to the people of North Bengal. A high humidity will continue to haunt the city dwellers and people from some other South Bengal districts as well in the next few days,” a weather official said. There has been little moisture incursion into Gangetic Bengal thereby preventing the formation of a storm-triggering system. “Temperature could continue to shoot 40-42 degrees Celsius in the next three days in the districts of Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram. In other South Bengal districts, the highest temperature may remain between 36-39 degree Celsius,” the official added.last_img read more

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Morocco British Council organizes a global seminar on international collaboration in

first_imgTaroudant- The British Council will organize an annual global skills partnership seminar “Bringing the Learning Home 2013”. The seminar, which will be held in Casablanca on November27-28, will focus on international collaboration in the skills sector.The event, which will host regional and international skills employers and policy makers from “more than fifteen countries”, aims to “facilitate and develop innovative international skills partnerships in the skills sector between organizations in the UK and around the world,” says the Birtish Council in a press release.“Bringing the Learning Home provides invaluable networking opportunities, and acts as a springboard to the further development of international partnerships,” Ilham Nasser Al Maskari, Coordinator, Higher College of Technology in Oman, said. According to the news release, the program for the seminar includes “sessions on partnership initiation and development; facilitated networking opportunities with key international stakeholders; and the announcement of funding opportunities to support new partnerships with Morocco in 2014.”The British Council has been a major partner and sponsor of educational and cultural events and programs organized by different actors in the field of English language teaching and cultural studies in Morocco.Roland Singer-Kingsmith, who is organizing the conference, and in charge of managing the British Council’s new Skills for Employability program in Morocco, told MWN that the associations and existing project leaders that are working in the education sector in Morocco, more specifically those involved in advancing the English language teaching in the Moroccan schools, “are invited to take part in the seminar which will give  them opportunities to create partnerships with the international skills employers and world stakeholders from more than fifteen countries that will attend the seminar.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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