Goa Forward Party (GFP) president Vijai Sardesai has accused Chief Minister Pramod Sawant of “back-stabbing” the allies, and questioned the rationale behind the “wholesale defection” of Congress MLAs when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led State government was stable.He also said there was a contrast in the working styles of late chief minister Manohar Parrikar and Mr. Sawant. Mr. Sardesai on Tuesday said the 10 Congress MLAs committed “political suicide” only to get three GFP legislators removed from the cabinet.After the Congress MLAs joined the BJP, Mr. Sawant dropped three members of then ally GFP, including Mr. Sardesai who was the deputy chief minister, and an independent legislator.
One of the concerns when Leander Paes and Sania Mirza were named as the mixed doubles pair for the London Olympics was their combination on the court.Sania and Paes are excellent deuce (right) court players which mean that one of them will have to change to left court. With mixed doubles being India’s best bet for a tennis medal in the Olympics, the two will have to be spot on with their combination.The problem would not have surfaced had Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania played in mixed doubles as the former is a left court player.SP Misra, who has been appointed the non-playing captain for the London Games, for one thinks that Paes should stick to the deuce (right) court and Sania should change to left.”I feel Sania should play from the ad court. She has solid ground strokes and with her good returns she will be able to support Leander from that side. Leander’s strength has been playing from the deuce court and he need not change,” said Misra, a former Davis Cupper.Misra also pointed out that Paes has seldom played from the ad court. “He has played with various partners on the international circuit, but he has always played from the right side,” he added.However, it may be recalled that when Paes and Sania played at the Doha Asian Games, one of the few occasions when the two joined hands, it was the former who changed his preferred side and played from the left. The two returned with a gold medal.advertisementThe same debate raged when Paes and Sania played at the 2010 Commonwealth Games at home. This time the opposite happened. Paes played from the right and Sania changed to left. The experiment did not work out as they suffered a shock exit in the quarter-finals. Paes and Sania have not played together since then.While Paes has spoken to his men’s doubles partner Vishnu Vardhan and will play with him at the World Team Tennis event in USA, there has been no communication between him and Sania.
WASHINGTON – Slightly more people signed contracts in November to buy homes — with pending sales rising just 0.2 per cent as the housing market copes with a dwindling supply of properties on the market.The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its index of pending home sales was 109.5 in November. The modest increase follows a 3.5 per cent increase in October.More Americans are shopping for homes as the economy has improved. The low 4.1 per cent unemployment rate has helped lift demand from would-be homebuyers, as the slow recovery from the 2008 financial crisis has built up momentum after years of steady but unspectacular gains. Yet the demand has done little to bring more home-sellers into the market, causing a shortage of listings that has pushed up prices and spawned a rush to buy in many metro areas.In November, the number of signed contracts rose in the Northeast and Midwest but slumped in the South and West.Pending sales contracts are a barometer of future purchases. Sales are typically completed a month or two after a contract is signed.The pending sales index has improved just 0.8 per cent over the past year, as would-be buyers are finding that fewer homes are being listed for sale.The number of homes listed for sale has dropped nearly 10 per cent over the past year, the Realtors said earlier this month. Many homeowners are choosing to build up their equity or find themselves unable to afford another house if they sell their current residence. This dynamic has contributed to a 6.2 per cent jump in home prices over the 12 months, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index.With home prices rising faster than incomes, it’s leading to the risk that people seeking homes could be priced out of the market. This, in turn, has caused homes to remain on the market for fewer days.Some of the financial pressures from rising home prices have been minimized by cheaper borrowing costs.Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said last week that the rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.94 per cent, down from 4.30 per cent a year ago.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. senators from New England want to grant the lobster another national day of celebration.They’ve introduced a resolution to again designate Sept. 25 as National Lobster Day to honour the economic, historic, cultural and culinary contributions of lobsters.The resolution is being led by Maine’s U.S. Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins, who say it honours not only the lobsters but also the people who harvest, ship and cook them.Rhode Island’s U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says he expects the full Senate to again unanimously approve it as a fun, tasty way to honour lobstermen and their catch.Maine led the nation in American lobster landings in 2016 with 132 million pounds (60 million kilograms) valued at nearly $540 million, followed by Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
MONTREAL – Quebec’s securities regulator is offering to help public companies disclose their exposure to modern slavery, including forced labour, human trafficking and child labour.The Autorite des marches financiers says Canadian companies could be exposed directly or indirectly to the tens of millions of people around the world who are estimated to be affected by involuntary work made under threat or penalty.The AMF notice doesn’t change legal requirements but helps companies determine what must be disclosed and improve their information.The International Labour Organization has estimated that about 25 million people were victims of forced labour, generating US$150 billion in profits in 2014.Sectors most likely to be exposed to this issue are construction, manufacturing, entertainment and agriculture.The federal government announced in January the creation of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise, an independent position to investigate allegations of human rights abuses linked to Canadian corporate activity aboard.
The Aitken Creek Section – Spread 2 is approximately 67 km of NPS 42-inch pipeline and related facilities, and the value of the contract is approximately CAD$200 million.The company said it is working with joint venture partner Spiecapag Canada Corp. on the project.“We are very pleased to be working again for TransCanada Pipelines Inc. and their subsidiary Nova Gas Transmission Ltd,” said Macro Enterprises President and CEO Frank Miles. “This award substantiates our growth plans. This also positions the Company for future opportunities in this market”.Macro said that construction on the pipeline spread is planned to be completed during the first quarter of 2019. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John-based Macro Enterprises Inc. announced Tuesday that it has started construction of the Aitken Creek section – Spread 2 of the North Montney Mainline Project.The North Montney Mainline comprises 301 kilometres of 42-inch pipeline, which will also include metering facilities, valve sites and compression facilities and will provide the added capacity needed to ship natural gas southward.The pipeline will be owned and operated by NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd., a subsidiary of TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province is undertaking a comprehensive review of British Columbia’s Health, Safety and Reclamation Code to ensure B.C. has strong protections for health, safety and environment at mine sites.According to the Government, following a recommendation from the Mining Jobs Task Force earlier this year, the Province has created a Standing Code Review Committee to ensure that mining continues to be one of the safest heavy industries in B.C. and that regulations remain current and respond to the rapid pace of change in the industry.Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, says the Government’s number one priority is safety and that they have invested $20 million over three years to hire more inspectors. “Our government’s number one priority for this foundational industry is safety – for workers, our environment and communities. We’ve invested $20 million over three years to hire more inspectors on the ground and create a new independent oversight unit. The Standing Code Review Committee will help ensure that provincial mining regulations remain effective, innovative and world-leading.”Recently, Mungall appointed 12 mining professionals to the Standing Code Review Committee, which will be chaired by Al Hoffman, executive director, code review.Each member is appointed to the committee for a three-year term.
NEW DELHI: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has registered 437 FIRs and arrested 436 people under the Excise Act in the national capital till now from the date of announcement of Lok Sabha election schedule.As many as 29,855 people were booked under various Sections of the CrPC and THE Delhi Police Act. Moreover, 174 unlicensed arms and weapons along with 2,203 cartridges, explosives, and bombs have been seized from them. As many as 65 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries were registered for the violation of Model Code of Conduct. “As many as 2,15,906 hoardings, banners, and posters were removed in all over Delhi, said an official statement on Tuesday. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”For the violation of Model Code of Conduct, FIRs and DD entries have been registered against nine workers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), six of BJP, one Congress, and 40 from other parties,” said CEO Ranbir Singh. Till now, a huge quantity of liquor has been seized during the search operations. Of 437 FIRs registered under the Excise Act, 436 persons have been arrested, said Singh. As many as 144 FIRs have been registered under the Arms Act in which 175 persons have been arrested and 95.152 kg narcotics and drugs have been seized. Ten cases have been registered for other violations like misuse of vehicles, loudspeakers, and illegal meetings.