Cardiff: Skipper Virat Kohli, who is happy with K L Rahul’s timely hundred at No. 4 slot, is not overtly worried with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma’s patchy form in the two World Cup warm-up games ahead of the tournament proper. The skipper gave enough indications that Rahul has sealed his spot at No. 4 with a 99-ball-108 against Bangladesh in the final warm-up game which India won by 95 runs. “The biggest positive from today was the way KL (Rahul) batted at No. 4. Everyone else know their roles. It is important that he gets the runs as he is such a class player,” Kohli said of Rahul who hit a 99-ball 108 after India’s big win in their final World Cup warm-up game. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”MS (Dhoni) and Hardik were superb as well,” he added. Dhoni also scored a hundred — a 78-ball 113 — while Hardik Pandya contributed 21 from 11 deliveries down the order. The two senior openers however didn’t get the kind of practice that they would have ideally liked before the first game against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton. Dhawan had scores of 1 and 2 while Rahit scored 2 and 19 against New Zealand and Bangladesh respectively. “We have had two good challenges in the two games while batting first. Shikhar and Rohit are quality players, they become stars in ICC events. Ideally we would have liked to chase today. I understand if guys don’t get going rightaway in this format. In warm-up games, at times, you don’t get the motivation especially because the amount of cricket that we play. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up”But I am glad with what we got out of these two games,” Kohli came in defence of the opening duo. He also praised the wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal for picking six wickets amongst themselves. “We were challenged by their batsmen as well but we bowled well and our spinners got wickets too. Bumrah got us the breakthrough and Chahal and Kuldeep got us six wickets,” Kohli said. He said in the World Cup matches the ball might turn a bit in the second half and swing and seam would be important in the first fifteen overs. He said most of the teams winning the toss would want to chase. In warm-up games, often the side fielding second finds it a bit of a drag in the final overs like it happened against Bangladesh where the outcome was clear by the 35th over but match went on till the last over.
Khartoum: Gunfire crackled in Sudan’s capital Wednesday as tensions remained high after a two-day crackdown that doctors close to the country’s protest movement said had left at least 60 people dead. Despite mounting international concern at what demonstrators called a “bloody massacre”, a bid at the UN Security Council to condemn the killings was blocked by China with support from Russia. Hospitals in Khartoum said they were struggling to cope with the number of wounded after security forces launched a deadly raid on Monday on a weeks-long sit-in outside army headquarters. “The situation is very difficult. Most of the hospitals have taken in more casualties than they have capacity for,” a doctor who works at two hospitals in the city said. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests'”There’s a shortage of medical staff, a shortage of blood, and it’s difficult to do surgery because some operations can only be done in certain hospitals,” said the doctor, who asked not to be named. “Among the wounded there are still people in a serious condition and I expect the number of deaths to rise.” Sudan’s military ousted veteran president Omar al-Bashir in April after months of protests against his authoritarian rule and had agreed a three-year transition period to a civilian administration. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaBut army ruler General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said following the crackdown that the plan had been ditched and an election would take place within nine months — a plan rejected by demonstrators. Protest leaders called on their supporters to take part in “total civil disobedience” to topple the ruling military council. On Wednesday, hundreds of residents of the north Khartoum blocked off streets with barricades made from stones, and waited by them in silence, a witness said. In the distance gunfire was heard. In the early morning, sporadic shooting was heard in the Khartoum 2 neighbourhood, an area where there are several embassies, an AFP reporter said. The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, which is linked to the protesters, said the death toll had jumped to 60 with hundreds more wounded. An eight-year-old child was among the dead, it added. The committee said it held “the militias of the (military) council… responsible for this massacre.” The Rapid Support Forces, paramilitaries with origins in the 16-year-old war in the western region of Darfur, are thought to have been largely behind the crackdown. Their commander is deputy chairman on the ruling military council. The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), which spearheaded protests against Bashir, urged the global community “to isolate and stop dealing with the so-called military council”. It also called for an independent investigation into the killings under international supervision. Agencies
Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Tuesday said a secretary-level committee would be set up to study and streamline the e-tendering process of issuing contracts for various projects. He was responding to the issue raised by Shiv Sena member Subhash Sabne in the state Assembly during the Question Hour. Sabne pointed out some alleged irregularities reported in the e-tendering process of the Kalyan Dombivali Municipal Corporation (KDMC) located in neighbouring Thane district. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Minister of State for Urban Development Yogesh Sagar said a complaint about it was received from KDMC corporators, but the civic body had rejected the allegations. Fadnavis then intervened and said, “A secretary-level committee would be set up to study the e-tendering process and to streamline it and rectify the loopholes.” Replying to another question, Fadnavis said he had received a report prepared by members of the legislature on redevelopment of dilapidated buildings in Mumbai. “We will take a decision on the reportin seven days.The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) needs to concentrate on re-developing its own colonies. Butit can intervene in disputes in other projects and take over them,” he said.
Mumbai: Alia Bhatt has started a new Youtube channel which will give her fans a peek into the actress’ personal and professional life. The “Gully Boy” actress, who is currently shooting for “Brahmastra”, took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce her new venture. “Something new, something fun, something on YouTube,” she wrote alongside a video link. In the video, Alia says: “So, I am here today because I am launching my YouTube channel… I have done the Instagram and Twitter world and now I am trying to get onto the YouTube world.” The “2 States” actress said the channel is a step to bring herself closer to her fans. “What you will get to see on my channel is a lot of me just being totally unadulterated, what goes behind the scenes. More like in front of life… good, bad and funny days. Hectic, interesting and simple days. “As a person I have been super expressive. Somewhere I have become more little bit private after becoming an actor… If you like the idea, then you have to like share and subscribe to the channel and then we will see how it goes.” Alia’s YouTube channel currently has more than 16,000 views and over 2,000 likes.
Melbourne: Three men accused of having links to the Islamic State terror group were arrested by Australian police on Tuesday for allegedly plotting to carry out terrorist attacks on several targets including police stations, embassies, courts and churches in Sydney. The three men have been arrested following counter terrorism raids in six properties of Sydney’s west. The Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney said the men, aged 20, 23 and 30, would be charged with a range of “serious offences”, from being a member of a terrorist organisation, Islamic State, acts in preparation of a terrorist attack in Australia, and preparations to enter a foreign country with the intent of hostile activities. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ Police said one of the accused, Isaak el Matari, had been monitored since returning from Lebanon last year. Police believe the plans for local terror attacks were in “early stage preparations”. “We will say that they had a number of targets, including police stations, defence establishments, embassies and councils, courts and churches,” McCartney said. New South Wales Police assistant commissioner Mick Willing said the arrests represented the “16th disruption” since terror threat levels were raised in 2014. “There are people out there who still want to commit acts of terror in this country, sadly, but we’re doing everything we can to prevent those acts of terrorism taking place and public safety is always our first priority,” he said.
Washington: President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to marshal tanks and fighter jets to showcase America’s military might during the July 4th Independence Day parade, alarming many who feel that he is using the armed forces for his 2020 re-election bid. Unlike other countries, the annual celebration of the American Independence Day on July 4 is traditionally not marked by any military parade. Previous presidents have taken a low profile at independence commemorations. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’The last time tanks and troops rolled through Washington was in June 1991, when 8,000 soldiers marched in the so-called ‘National Victory Celebration’ marking the end of the first US invasion of Iraq. “Big 4th of July in D.C. ‘Salute to America.’ The Pentagon and our great military leaders are thrilled to be doing this & showing to the American people, among other things, the strongest and most advanced military anywhere in the world,” Trump said Tuesday. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThe White House and the Pentagon have been preparing this military parade for months now. Trump had expressed his desire to have a military parade on the occasion of Independence Day celebration soon after his inauguration in January 2017. According to the Department of Interior, this year’s annual Independence Day celebration on the National Mall, will feature music, flyovers, fireworks, and an address by President Trump. “Salute to America will honor each of the nation’s five service branches with music, military demonstrations, multiple flyovers including a flight demonstration by the Blue Angels, and much more,” it said. However, several former military leaders and those from the opposition Democratic Party were critical of the display of American military might in a parade on July 4.
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court has directed a man to pay Rs 1 lakh as compensation to his wife for causing distress and mental agony and said determination of “compensation should not be outcome of guesses”. “The determination of compensation has to be rational, to be done by a judicious approach and it should not be an outcome of guesses on arbitrariness,” Justice Madhumati Mitra said. The court was hearing a petition filed be a woman seeking compensation under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers She told the High Court Bench that a magistrate at Suri in the Birbhum district had directed her husband to pay Rs 4,000 per month to her as a house rent and Rs 3,00,000 as compensation. But the sessions judge overturned the decision. The Calcutta High Court in its order observed that compensation for mental or physical shock, pain, suffering, frustration and mental stress could be given if there was sufficient evidence on record. The court observed the woman had suffered pain and mental agony due to her husband’s conduct. They had got married in 2001 and had two children. Until November 2010 they lived together. Now she is living with her children separately.
NEW DELHI: The AAP has welcomed the move of installation of free WiFi hotspots in the city as part of the election manifesto promised by the party. “Governance superman Arvind Kejriwal delivers on yet another promise. Setting the bar high for quality governance and fulfilment of all election promises. Free WiFi will bridge the digital divide and bestow the power of learning, information, knowledge and outreach upon the poorest,” tweeted AAP leader Raghav Chadha. However, the opposition termed the announcements as a poll gimmick. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”With the fulfilment of the Free WiFi for all promise, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has now fulfilled every single promise made to the people of Delhi in the run up to the 2015 election. The party had released a 70-point action plan before the election, which had said that free WiFi is a right of the people as it is a basic infrastructure that any modern city should have. It is a big step to empower the youth of the city,” said senior AAP leader Atishi. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsReferring to the promises made by the party before the election, Atishi listed the key campaign promises already fulfilled. “From the 70-point action plan, Arvind Kejriwal has delivered electricity at half prices, free lifeline water, augmenting water resources through rain water harvesting, provision of high quality education, expansion of the healthcare infrastructure, installation of CCTVs in public spaces, reduction of VAT rates and ending inspector raj, opening of incubation centres in Delhi educational institutions. Now we have fulfilled the 70th point that is free WiFi for all.” Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition and BJP leader Vijender Gupta said, “As the elections to the Delhi Assembly are approaching, CM Kejriwal is creating a dream world of promises which he could not fulfil during the last four-and-a-half years is nothing but public cheating. One such promise he announced today is the decision of the Cabinet to begin skeleton free Wi-Fi internet services later this year i.e. around the election time. The deadline for commissioning of Wi-Fi hotspots across the city is now September 2020 whereas tenure of the Government ends in mid-February, 2020.”
London: Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has been ruled out for “the next few weeks” by boss Jurgen Klopp after suffering a calf injury in the 4-1 win over Norwich. Alisson limped off in the first half of Liverpool’s Premier League opener at Anfield on Friday. Klopp revealed on Monday that he does not expect the 26-year-old Brazil international to be available for several weeks. “Not too cool. It’s a calf injury which takes him obviously out for a while,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I don’t want to make now an exact prognosis on when he will be back but it will not be Wednesday for sure, so now then we have to see. It takes a while, it takes a couple weeks for sure, and we have to see. “I saw already like ‘six weeks’ and stuff like this, but Ali was not a lot injured in his career so I would like to wait a little bit to see how he develops in that process now, but he is not in for the next few weeks.” Alisson was replaced by experienced Spaniard Adrian against Norwich. The former West Ham keeper, who joined on a free transfer last week, is likely to keep his place for Liverpool’s European Super Cup date with Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday. Third-choice Liverpool keeper Caoimhin Kelleher is not fully fit after a broken wrist, so the club are reportedly considering signing 35-year-old former Middlesbrough player Andy Lonergan on a free transfer.
N’Djamena: Chad President Idriss Deby declared a state of emergency in two eastern provinces on Sunday after violent intercommunal clashes left dozens dead earlier this month. The state of emergency will run for three months in Sila and Ouaddai regions where 50 people have died since August 9 in fighting between cattle herders and settled farmers, the president’s office said. “From now, we will deploy military forces who are going to ensure the security of the population in the region,” Deby said while on a trip to Sila. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We must disarm all the civilians who have weapons in their hands,” he said. Eastern Chad is in the grip of a cycle of violence between nomadic camel herders — many from the Zaghawa ethnic group from which Deby hails — and sedentary farmers from the Ouaddian community. Drought and population growth have aggravated the conflict while an influx of weapons from conflict-stricken neighbours have made it even more deadly. Deby in particular blamed the unrest in Sudan, describing it as the “principal cause” of the ethnic violence. Speaking earlier this month, the president had described the violence as a “national concern,” adding: “We are witnessing a terrible phenomenon.” “Those with guns are not hesitating to shoot the police. We must wage a total war against those who carry weapons and are killing people,” he said.
New Delhi: Raising national security concerns, an RSS-affiliate Sunday demanded that telecommunications be declared a critical and strategic infrastructure sector disallowing foreign firms, especially Chinese companies, to enter. The Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) said India’s telecommunications network should be fully indigenised and reserved for domestic companies on security grounds. “Telecommunications must be declared a critical and strategic infrastructure vital to India’s security. Once this is done, the bans on imports cannot be challenged at the WTO,” SJM national co-convener Ashwani Mahajan told PTI. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHe also said China today controls a significant section of India’s telecom networks and information dominance is at the core of China’s military strategy. The SJM also called for adoption of a “Buy Indian Act” and “Telecom Security Act” by Parliament, much like the US, Australia and New Zealand have done. Mahajan said Indian companies are capable to build a 100 pc indigenous network, but they are not being encouraged by the government like in other foreign countries. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”India must recognise the full extent of the national and economic security threat posed by foreign and especially Chinese equipment in India’s ICT networks,” he said. The Manch held a detailed brainstorming session with a group of world class, high-tech indigenous cybersecurity SMEs and telecom companies, in which it emerged that Chinese companies, with massive support from their government, vastly outbid Indian companies and win tenders for critical infrastructure. Mahajan noted that if India adopts 5G, it should be totally indigenous and the Cloud component of 5G Core must be located in India. Funds for development of 6G network should be deployed within the country, as India has the capability for doing this, he said. He said the experts alleged that Indian bidders are forced to adhere to specifications that are not operationally required but are met only by MNCs and are thus discriminated against. “They get no support from the government while the industries of other countries get full government support,” he alleged. He said the experts opined that even in “Smart City” projects, only foreign companies are winning tenders, though such projects are supposed to help India’s development.
Kolkata: The state Consumer Affairs department is all set to put a tight leash on the cineplexes in the city, where food, particularly snacks, are sold at an exorbitant price.There have been a number of complaints on the helpline number of the department, as well as written requests from consumers to address the issue with priority. “We believe that charging such a high price for food is a practice against the consumer’s interest. We will soon hold a meeting with the owners of the cineplexes across the city, where items like popcorn and chips, snacks like burger, sandwich etc. and even drinks like tea and coffee are sold at very high rates. Things that are available in the range of Rs 50 to 100 are often charged Rs 250-300 and people visiting the cineplexes for enjoying movies are compelled to buy them as the authorities do not allow any food from outside. We are hopeful that the issue can be addressed through talks with the authorities,” said a senior official of the state Consumer Affairs department. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMany people nowadays have health issues, for which they are not permitted to consume outside food. A good number of people have also pointed out that some of them do not allow even drinking water from outside in the movie halls, thereby forcing them to buy water from the food outlets in the cineplexes. It may be mentioned that many single screen movie theatres across the city have closed down in the recent past while several cineplexes have come up in the city and the suburbs, where people go to watch movies. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We are committed to project Bengal as a consumer-friendly state and accordingly are taking several measures in this direction,” the official added. It was April last year when Bengal had bagged the prize for the best consumer-friendly state from a national-level body that has been floated by the Central government. It may be mentioned that filing and disposal of cases at the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has gone up nearly nine times in the last ten years, which is a clear indicator of people’s faith in the consumer forum.
New Brunswick’s record-breaking floods are a jarring reminder climate change is bringing a watery future that will wash away old patterns of life and force many to higher ground permanently, say environmental scientists and hydrologists.“The reality is that people expect the world to be the way it was, but it’s not,” said Louise Comeau, a professor at the University of New Brunswick and member of a national panel on climate change adaptation.When the waters recede, the provincial and federal governments must frankly inform homeowners the future holds more of the same, says hydrologist John Pomeroy, director of the global water futures program at the University of Saskatchewan.“Sometimes people, when they’ve been flooded out, it’s a good time to offer to buy them out and remove the homes from the dangerous location,” Pomeroy said in an interview.New Brunswick is suffering through record flooding, with rising waters forcing the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway between Moncton and Fredericton and many people being forced out of their homes.“The floods look like they’re getting larger,” said Pomeroy, who is working on a fresh models for mapping future floods, in tandem with a network of university scientists studying the nation’s largest rivers.The hydrologist says the public needs to understand historical levels of water flow are no longer guides to the future.Sudden temperature flips from frigid April snowstorms to 26 C, as occurred during the spring runoffs in parts of New Brunswick, are a feature of climate change that encourage flooding, he said.The province’s legislative committee on climate change cited computer models predicting that by 2100, New Brunswick’s mean annual temperature will increase by as much as 5 C, while more intense rain and snow will increase the amount of moisture hitting the ground.Those trends aren’t the sole causes of river flooding, but higher seasonal temperatures and precipitation increase the risks, says Al Pietroniro, a senior hydrologist with Environment Canada.“Across the country there’s an acceleration of what we call the water cycle, which means because the atmosphere is warming, we’re seeing increased precipitation,” he said in a telephone interview.Premier Brian Gallant told a briefing last week that it’s clear the increasing frequency and severity of severe weather events can be traced to climate change, and the government needs to become more proactive.“We have to do everything we can to combat climate change. We have to do everything we can to mitigate versus climate change, we have to do everything we can to raise awareness about climate change,” he said.“We have to do a better job of mapping where there are flood zones, where there will be the potential for flood zones in the future, where there will be erosion, what can be done to protect our coasts and to protect our communities.”Comeau, who has authored studies on the impact of climate change in her province, says she suspects that floods once expected every 30 years are now more likely to be “once every five years or even every two to three years.”Every region of New Brunswick now has flooding stories to share describing dislocation and disruption, she says. In addition, an ice storm on the Acadian Peninsula in January 2017 caused power, communication and transportation disruptions.Perth-Andover and the Tobique First Nation have experienced multiple flood events, including the province’s most costly event at $25-million in March 2012.The province provided $8 million to cover the cost of relocation and flood-proofing of low-lying homes, with approximately 80 homes that were damaged, either demolished or relocated, as well as road and downtown changes to infrastructure.In 2014, in response to recurring flood events, the province released a flood risk strategy, noting that from 2008 to 2014, the province experienced a “three-fold increase in disaster relief assistance programs triggered by flooding,” and $100-million in direct costs to the province, estimated to be half of total costs.Blair Feltmate, the head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, says that “New Brunswick has an attitude of management by disaster.”“New Brunswick seems to rush to address risk when it’s happening, and then, after the event subsides, the province relaxes and waits for its next disaster.”Jason Thistlethwaite, an assistant professor at the University of Waterloo’s faculty of the environment, said in an interview part of the problem is that municipalities set zoning regulations and collect property tax revenue but it’s Ottawa that is paying the lion’s share of disaster relief.“It’s good to produce the information (flood plain maps), but ultimately it’s hard for a municipality to impose development requirements when their primary source of revenue is property taxes from new development,” he said.The province must move more quickly to create a common set of standards on new development for all towns and cities to obey, he said.The federal government must also refine its approach, he argues, tying disaster relief funding to requirements that homeowners move out of areas doomed to see repeated floods.The province has entered into agreements with Public Safety Canada to update and modernize existing inland flood maps by 2020 and coastal maps by 2019, said a spokeswoman for the Environment Department.Officials from the provincial departments of Environment and Justice were otherwise unavailable to comment on the government’s implementation of its climate change action plans, which were announced by the Liberals with fanfare on Dec. 7, 2016.Mike O’Brien, the mayor of Fredericton, says his city has been a leader in adapting infrastructure for climate change, with storm water systems upgraded and some key intersections raised.New apartment complexes along Queen Street, not far from the high point of the latest floods, were approved several years ago, but the mayor said “Buildings constructed on the periphery of the flood plain are designed to handle it … but looking forward and 50 years down the road, what different regulations will have to be considered? We’d love to be part of that discussion.”Comeau says the provincial government has taken steps, such as improving mapping available to the public, and has been moving towards giving municipalities clearer guidelines on zoning rules in flood plains. Cities are hiring teams to work on flood adaptation, she says.But she also says people who live near the province’s 60,000 lakes and 2,500 lakes and ponds must buy into the science of climate change, and the tough discussion on moving out of flood plains needs to start immediately.“Often when the infrastructure decisions are being made, the community wants the ice rink fixed rather than the water pipes enlarged,” she says.She says she’s hopeful the latest disaster may start to shift citizens’ attention onto what lies ahead, even as they bail out and cope with the latest round of damage.“You have to have a conversation about the reality,” she said.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.
OTTAWA – First Nations leaders met for a second day Thursday to discuss serious concerns about safety of young people in Thunder Bay — a northwestern Ontario city that leads the country in hate crimes reported to police.The decision to meet with federal and provincial officials was made last month, but recent tragedies have magnified its importance, said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler.Those include a recent double homicide involving two Indigenous people in Thunder Bay and the death Tuesday of an Indigenous woman who was injured in January when she was hit by a trailer hitch thrown from a moving car.“This is not the kind of conference that we want to have, but we have to,” Fiddler said in an interview. “I think the issues are too urgent.”Barbara Kentner, 34, told police she and her sister were walking in a residential neighbourhood when someone threw the heavy chunk of metal from a vehicle. Her sister Melissa said she heard someone in the vehicle say: “I got one.”Fiddler also cited last year’s Ontario inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations high school students, during which witnesses reported having had objects or racial epithets hurled in their direction.“That’s something I think all of us need to acknowledge … this is a real problem,” he said. “I think that’s the only way we can begin to come together and address these issues.”Last month, amid concerns about local policing expressed by First Nations leaders, Ontario’s chief coroner asked an outside police force to help investigate the deaths of two Indigenous teens.Dr. Dirk Huyer asked York Regional Police to get involved in the investigation of the deaths of 14-year-old Josiah Begg and 17-year-old Tammy Keeash.In June, Statistics Canada reported that most of the police-reported hate incidents in Thunder Bay targeted Indigenous people, accounting for 29 per cent of all anti-Aboriginal hate crimes across Canada in 2015.“Young people have told me repeatedly of walking home and having things flung at them out of cars,” Thunder Bay MP and Liberal cabinet minister Patty Hajdu said following the release of the Statistics Canada report.“Indigenous women and Indigenous men who have experienced going to a store … and when they put their hand out to receive change, the storekeeper will purposely not touch their hand.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitter
OTTAWA – The national unemployment rate was 6.3 per cent in October. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. 8.8 per cent (8.9)— Halifax 7.4 (7.2)— Moncton, N.B. 5.8 (5.6)— Saint John, N.B. 6.4 (5.7)— Saguenay, Que. 6.2 (6.6)— Quebec 4.5 (4.0)— Sherbrooke, Que. 5.4 (5.0)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 5.6 (6.0)— Montreal 6.7 (6.5)— Gatineau, Que. 5.8 (6.0)— Ottawa 5.8 (5.8)— Kingston, Ont. 5.6 (5.5)— Peterborough, Ont. 5.5 (7.1)— Oshawa, Ont. 5.1 (4.9)— Toronto 5.8 (6.1)— Hamilton, Ont. 4.0 (4.2)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 7.0 (6.3)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.1 (4.5)— Brantford, Ont. 5.3 (5.5)— Guelph, Ont. 5.9 (5.8)— London, Ont. 6.3 (5.5)— Windsor, Ont. 6.9 (5.8)— Barrie, Ont. 4.4 (6.0)— Sudbury, Ont. 6.1 (6.0)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.8 (5.0)— Winnipeg 5.6 (5.5)— Regina 5.4 (5.7)— Saskatoon 7.6 (7.9)— Calgary 8.3 (8.5)— Edmonton 8.2 (8.5)— Kelowna, B.C. 6.0 (5.4)— Abbotsford, B.C. 5.2 (5.5)— Vancouver 4.2 (4.5)— Victoria 3.8 (4.5)
VANCOUVER – Adrian Crook hadn’t always intended on raising his five kids in a three-bedroom condo in downtown Vancouver.But skyrocketing real estate and rental markets across much of the country have some families choosing small spaces over suburban sprawl — and finding unexpected benefits.Crook moved downtown from the suburbs following a divorce, craving the social connections that he says are more readily available in the city.Now his family of six lives in a 1,000-square-foot condo in the heart of Vancouver, which Crook says allows them to live a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle and gives him more time with the kids, aged 5, 7, 9, 10 and 11.Living small has required some creativity, including custom bunk beds in a room shared by the three boys, but he says it also allows the family to easily walk to parks, galleries and libraries and teaches the kids about diversity that they may not see in the suburbs.“They get a much more fulsome impression of the world and the possibilities. And hopefully develop empathy in ways that they might not if everyone was the same as them,” says the tech entrepreneur.Crook, who is running in Vancouver’s fall election, says people have a mistaken idea that kids need a lot of space.“They really want you around and you to love them as much as possible, first and foremost,” he says. “And then they want creative, flexible things to do. They want to be left to their imaginations as much as possible and not have you control their reality.”Canadians are increasingly shifting to smaller living. The number of people living in apartments taller than five stories went up more than 12 per cent between the 2011 and 2016 census, according to data from Statistics Canada.The change was particularly noticeable in B.C. where the number of people living in single-detached homes dropped by 1.4 per cent, while the number of people living in apartments taller than five storeys went up by more than 23 per cent.People outside of hot real estate markets are choosing to live small, too, including artist Shelley Vanderbyl, who lives with her husband and their three kids in a 950-square-foot home in Winnipeg.Living small was never the plan, Vanderbyl says, but it’s worked for the family, which includes a 15-month-old, a three-year-old and a six-year-old.“My kids have always grown up in this space. It doesn’t feel small to them. You sort of just get used to it,” she says.It also teaches children problem solving, creativity and conflict resolution, Vanderbyl adds.“If you’re angry at someone, you can’t go somewhere and be away from them. You’ve got to sort it out. You just decide that you’re going to get along,” she says.A small floor plan does require flexibility, Vanderbyl says. Her family has learned to use every room for a variety of purposes and to move people and objects around as needed.Sometimes the results are non-traditional, but she notes that the expectation for families to have large, spacious homes is relatively new and doesn’t exist in many places outside of North America.“I think you have to let go of expectations and not feel guilty if your baby sleeps in a play pen because it’s smaller than the square footage of a crib or it’s on wheels and rolls better,” Vanderbyl says.“You just do what your family needs to do and what feels right for you.”Minimalism is also key to small living, says freelance writer Emily Morrice, whose family of five lives in a 1,000-square-foot, two-bedroom condo in downtown Montreal.Constant de-cluttering is necessary, as is saying no to people who want to buy the kids presents, she says, which can be difficult.“You have to be careful about that,” she says. “Or once you let new stuff in, you have to be willing to send things out.”The family asks for memberships to museums or for activities like swimming lessons instead of toys or clothes for Christmas and birthdays, she says, and the three kids — aged seven, six and four — have become experts at sharing.All three share a room with bunk beds and a pull-out mattress and abide by an important house rule: The first day someone gets a toy, it’s theirs, but every day thereafter, it’s shared, Morrice explains.She says the kids have a uniquely close bond as a result.“I wouldn’t say that we chose to have a small home in the beginning. We chose to live in the city and that necessitates a small home,” says Morrice, who chronicles her family’s experience on her blog, Our Nest in the City.“But we’ve been parents in a small home for eight years and I would never want anything else. It’s just so great for the family and the kids.”— Follow @gkarstenssmith on Twitter
HUMBOLDT, Sask. – The Humboldt Broncos tried to emerge from the grip of tragedy Wednesday night by playing some hockey and raising banners to honour all the people who were on their team bus when it crashed in April.Family members and fans cheered through tears at Elgar Petersen Arena as 29 yellow and green flags were unfurled honouring the 13 injured and remembering the 16 dead.“We know that, while the darkness is much less, it will never truly leave us as it holds the love that we have left for those who are no longer with us and those who have been impacted by this tragedy,” said former Broncos president Kevin Garinger, who was the face of the team in the aftermath of the crash.“But we will forever cherish their memories and honour their legacy and, as hard as it has been, we have and will continue to move forward with them and because of them.”Scott Thomas, whose son Evan was killed in the crash, addressed the crowd on behalf of the families.“On behalf of all our sons and daughters, our fathers, brothers and sisters, our nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles — we want to thank everyone in this building tonight and everyone at home watching on TV,” he said.“Thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you.”The Broncos came up short in an emotional first regular-season game before the ceremony.The Nipawin Hawks, last year’s Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League champions and the same team the Broncos were travelling to face when the crash happened, rode two late second-period goals to a 2-1 victory.But it was a night where the score was secondary.The evening began with eight of the surviving players who aren’t with the team anymore dropping the puck in the ceremonial first faceoff.Kaleb Dahlgren, who now plays university hockey in Ontario, said it was important to be there.“I think it is a step in the healing process,” he said. “Tonight definitely helps heal the wounds but it won’t for sure heal everything. There is still lots that needs to be done.”Some of the surviving players’ injuries were still apparent.Xavier Labelle, who was initially mistaken as being among the dead, has a large scar running across his forehead down to his eye, while goaltender Jacob Wassermann used a wheelchair to get onto the ice.And while some of the survivors dropped the puck, two others suited up and played.Brayden Camrud and Derek Patter are the only two players who were involved in the crash and are back on the Broncos this season.Camrud overcame a severe concussion, loss of feeling in one of his arms and neck issues. His play stood out for the Broncos Wednesday night.Dahlgren’s father, Mark, was struck by the tribute photos outside the arena as he and his son pulled up.“I just saw all the pictures of the people that passed on the bus and I just looked over at him and said: ‘Sure glad your picture’s not up there,’” he said. “We’re the lucky ones and we don’t take it for granted. Every day we are appreciative to have him with us.”The game was difficult for at least one of the players who suffered lifelong injuries in the crash.Former Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki, who was paralyzed from the chest down in the crash, opted not to watch the season opener in person. He wasn’t even sure he wanted to watch the game on TV even though it’s been on his mind.“It’s not my team anymore,” Straschnitzki said earlier. “I wish them the best of luck, but it’s not my team and it’s going to be hard to watch knowing that I should be out there.”Tom Straschnitzki said he understands why his son might be hesitant.“He should be playing in this home opener today as with the other players,” he said. “It’s a difficult day.”The team’s new coach, Nathan Oystrick, said he though his players handled the night well.“It was emotional, as I’m sure it was for everyone else, but (they) battled through it,” he said. “I thought the guys did a really good job.”Humboldt Mayor Robert Muench said he thinks the game marks a step forward for his small city.“I think people were … really looking forward to the season getting going and seeing the new team and seeing the results of a lot of work from a lot of people getting the team back on the ice,” he said.“In my mind, it’s kind of a new page, a new chapter in the book I guess — moving forward as a community and as a team.”The Broncos will board a bus again on Friday and head to Nipawin for a rematch.Team president Jamie Brockman said the organization is grateful for all the support it has received from across Canada and the world.“We’re going to find out what our new normal is after today,” he said.“I think we did right by last year’s team here.”— With files from Bill Graveland in Calgary. Follow @RyanBMcKenna and @BillGraveland on Twitter
OTTAWA — It’s shaping up to be another anxious weekend for flood-weary communities in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.More rain is in the forecast for an area stretching from cottage country north of Toronto, all the way east through Quebec and Atlantic Canada.Montreal, Ottawa and many smaller communities across the expansive flood zone have declared states of emergency, prompting the federal government to deploy hundreds of soldiers to help with sandbagging and other relief operations.Officials estimate the Ottawa River will rise nearly a metre over the next few days, well above its peak in a 2017 flood that was thought to have been a once-a-century event.A close eye is also being kept on a hydroelectric dam, on a tributary of the Ottawa River between Ottawa and Montreal, that’s at risk of failing.Water at the Chute-Bell dam has reached levels expected once every 1,000 years, but Hydro-Quebec says it’s confident the structure is solid.Meantime, the Saint John River has been receding in Fredericton, where parts of the downtown core were underwater this week, but it’s feared the rain this weekend will reverse that.In southern Manitoba, the rising Red River has forced some road closures and a small number of evacuations but earlier predictions for major flooding between the U.S. border and Winnipeg haven’t come to pass.The Canadian Press
In today’s Big Story podcast, it was going to be the biggest classic rock festival this country had ever seen. It was supposed to happen this weekend. And it died just 10 days before opening night. Now the OPP is involved and fans and vendors alike are left in the dark. This is the story of what happened to Roxodus.The lineup featured everyone from Aerosmith to Blondie to Kid Rock and Nickelback and Lynyrd Skynyrd. It was to take place at the Edenvale Airport, in a tiny Ontario community north of Toronto. The organizers initially claimed rainfall was to blame for the cancellation, but that story quickly fell apart. So what was going on in the weeks leading up to the sudden cancellation? What happened to the money? What will the OPP investigation discover? And given what we know now about organization and logistics—are would-be concertgoers lucky that this festival never actually happened?GUEST: Shawn Gibson, Barrie TodayAudio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_07092019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and Spotify.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
CALGARY — A panel looking into Alberta’s finances says the province habitually overspends on the services it delivers.The panel, chaired by former Saskatchewan finance minister Janice MacKinnon, says Alberta’s annual expenditures would be $10.4 billion less if the province were to spend the same per person as do British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.The report, ordered by Premier Jason Kenney, says if Alberta matched the other provinces, it would have a $3.7-billion surplus this year instead of a $6.7-billion deficit.The panel also notes that Alberta’s spending per capita is the highest in Canada.It makes 26 recommendations that include reviews of health care and education.It addresses high income among doctors, recommends lowering administration costs in schools and says universities should be funded more through tuition.The Canadian Press