Canada finance minister resigns amid friction with Trudeau and charity scandal

first_img“This morning I went to the prime minister and I tendered my resignation,” Morneau told reporters at a hastily arranged news conference on Monday evening.”It’s appropriate that the prime minister find someone with a longer term approach for the role, since I’m not running for office,” he added.Morneau’s Toronto seat, a mix of low-income flats and million dollar homes that the party has held since 1993, is unlikely to be at risk for the Liberals, who have a minority government.One front-runner to replace Morneau is Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, a close Trudeau ally, who has held several high-profile cabinet roles. Canada’s finance minister resigned on Monday amid friction with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over spending policies and after coming under fire for his ties to a charity tapped to run a student grant program.Bill Morneau said he would not run for parliament again and would instead seek to become the next secretary general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).Just last week, Trudeau had expressed confidence in his finance minister as rumors swirled of a rift between the two men. Morneau, 57, has been in the job since Trudeau’s Liberals took power in 2015. Morneau and his team have pushed back against other cabinet ministers about how much pandemic funding was needed, including to what extent the post-lockdown recovery could be helped by investing in environmental projects, sources told Reuters on Sunday.Trudeau, who campaigned on a platform to tackle climate change, believes the 2021 budget should have an ambitious environmental element to start weaning the heavily oil-dependent economy off fossil fuels and he recently hired former Bank of England Governor Mark Carney as an informal adviser, aides say.Canada’s budget deficit is forecast to hit C$343.2 billion ($253.4 billion), the largest shortfall since World War Two, this fiscal year. Total coronavirus support is nearly 14% of gross domestic product.BMO Chief Economist Doug Porter said a policy shift was unlikely under Morneau’s replacement given that “fiscal policy has been already pretty much running at full throttle”.”There has been the widespread perception that, ultimately, the policy thrust was being driven by the PM’s office,” he wrote in a research note.’Consumed by scandal’The Canadian dollar showed little reaction to the news.”We had a little bit of a sell-the-rumor type weakness in the lead up to the resignation,” said Ray Attrill, head of forex strategy at National Australia Bank in Sydney. “There doesn’t seem to be any suggestion at this stage that this any broader implications for the Canadian government.”Other possible replacements for the key post include Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and President of Canada’s Treasury Board Jean-Yves Duclos.In a statement, Trudeau thanked Morneau for his service over the past five years and said he would “vigorously support” Morneau’s bid to head the OECD.OECD nominations are due by October. The United States plans to nominate deputy White House chief of staff Christopher Liddell for the secretary general job, a senior U.S. official said last month.Adding to Morneau’s challenges, several cabinet members were upset when he disclosed he had forgotten to repay travel expenses covered for him by a charity at the heart of an ethics probe. Morneau and Trudeau are both facing ethics inquiries related to the charity.Morneau’s resignation “is further proof of a government in chaos,” Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer said on Twitter, adding the “government is so consumed by scandal that Trudeau has amputated his right hand to try and save himself.”The clash reflected concerns among business leaders that Ottawa had little apparent interest in the economy, sources told Reuters.Business and analysts have also fretted about Ottawa becoming distracted by the discord as it tackles the coronavirus crisis.”I doubt you’ll be seeing other finance ministers around the world step down at this time of elevated economic and fiscal uncertainty,” said David Rosenberg, chief economist at Rosenberg Research & Associates.”It’s like a boxer being forced to take his gloves off in the fifth round.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Outspoken priest victim of fake Facebook account

first_imgILOILO City – Monsignor Meliton Oso, director of the Archdiocese of Jaro’s Archdiocesan Social Action Center, is a victim of a fake Facebook account. One of the most vocal priests in the archdiocese speaking out against, among others, the drug war, extrajudicial killings and most recently the controversial Anti-Terrorism Law, he warned parishioners not to be duped into believing that the Facebook account bearing his name was his. “I also have friends outside the country saying they were happy because now I have a Facebook account,” said Oso. “This gives me cause for worry. We don’t need false information at a time when we’re dealing with a serious public health crisis,” said Guevarra. But the maverick priest clarified, “Si Dodong Oso wala Facebook. Ang langas-langas ko lang pirme, akon lang face ang ginabokbok.” In a recent Mass at the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral, Oso revealed that his staff called his attention to a Facebook account bearing his name. “Indi ina akon, so ‘unfriend’ (that fake Facebook account) kun pwede pa lang. Or ‘friend’ him at your own peril,” Oso warned the public. “Wala ta kabalo kon ano ina iya himuon. Please, wala ako Facebook. Salamat gid,” reiterated Oso. There has been an explosion of fake Facebook accounts in recent days, and according to those who have been victimized, the targets appear to be those speaking out against the Anti-Terrorism Bill and critics of the Duterte administration, many of whom are students such as those from the University of the Philippines, and alumni of the premier state university. They view this as a scare tactic to silence critics. The Department of Justice announced it would be investigating this sudden surge of bogus accounts on social media platform Facebook. Identity theft is a crime punishable under the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012./PN He warned people against engaging with the fake Facebook account. Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he would direct the agency’s cybercrime office to coordinate with the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police to “promptly investigate” the spike in fake profiles.last_img read more

Pulis not feeling the pressure

first_imgStoke manager Tony Pulis is adamant he is not under pressure despite his club’s slow slide into this season’s relegation scrap. He went on: “We’re at home this week, so we’ll have the supporters behind us, and the players know if they put in a shift they will have the backing of 28,000 people really getting behind them.” But given the fickle nature of club chairmen up and down the country, with managers losing their jobs at an alarming rate this year, Pulis knows there is no guarantee for himself, even if Stoke stay up. “You sometimes despair at what goes on, but then you should never be surprised at what happens in football,” added Pulis. “I’ve a great chairman (Peter Coates), this is a great football club, I’ve been here a long time, earned a lot of respect from everybody here, and I want to stay.” All Pulis demands from the fans is they get behind the players rather turning any anger on him. “Our supporters have made the Britannia the place it is and I know they will carry on doing that because they love their club so much,” said Pulis. “What they think of me does not matter now. It’s what they think of their team that counts.” With the worst goalscoring record in the Premier League – 27 goals from 31 matches – it is abundantly clear where Stoke’s problems lie. With seven games remaining, Pulis has called on all his players to be more ruthless in front of goal if the club are to survive. He said: “I’m frustrated at our lack of goals, but it happens. “I’ve been in this game long enough and you have good and bad times, times when you play well and don’t get the results you deserve, and others when you play badly and pick up results. It’s swings and roundabouts. The important thing is for everybody to keep their feet on the ground, keep focused, keep doing their best.” Approaching seven years in charge, Pulis is facing flak from the fans following a miserable run that has seen them win just one of the last 15 matches in all competitions. Although still 13th in the top flight, City find themselves only four points above a relegation zone topped by Aston Villa who they face at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday. Another defeat would not only thrust Stoke firmly into the thick of the battle to beat the drop, but also place Pulis in the firing line with supporters who have become disenchanted with his management. Asked if he felt under any pressure of late, Pulis replied: “No. If anything I’m working my socks off to make sure the players don’t feel the pressure.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Internationals lead the way in English championship

first_img Internationals Alex Peters and Gabriella Cowley lead the way in the English women’s amateur championship at Kings Norton, Worcestershire, with scores of one-under par 71.They’re one clear of Dorset’s Sophie Keech, with British stroke play champion Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro) a further stroke behind on 73.They are at the top of a tightly packed leaderboard and their impressive scoring brightened a cold, grey day which grew steadily wetter as the hours passed. The course won many compliments but it tested the players with its long par fours and water features, which proved particularly challenging on the 16th and 17th.However, Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’) opened her campaign to complete a ‘double’ of English championship titles with very tidy play.The current English stroke play champion is enjoying the opportunity to contend for her second national women’s title and she drove the ball consistently well to set up a round which included two birdies and just one bogey.“I hit the ball well, but I didn’t really hole anything – although the greens are really nice,” said Alex, who arrived at Kings Norton fresh from success in the Nottinghamshire ladies’ championship. “I gave myself lots of chances but I left quite a few out there. But there’s always tomorrow.”Gabriella Cowley (Image © Leaderboard Photography) signed off her round with a birdie four on the 18th – thanks to an excellent up and down from the greenside bunker – and commented on her round: “It’s a really good start, it’s all about putting yourself in a good position.”Her round started slowly, with an early three putt and a miss from 4ft. But she picked up the pace when she birdied the par five fourth, having hit the green with an eight iron for her second shot. “That gave me some momentum,” said the 17-year-old from Brocket Hall.More birdies on the 10th, 11th and 13th – where she almost holed her third shot – took Gabriella to two-under, before she dropped shots on the 16th and 17th. In her case, it was the trees, not the water, which proved costly. She struck straight back with her final hole birdie and said: “I was glad I got it because I felt my play deserved it.”Sophie Keech (Lyme Regis), also 17, suffered a knee injury during the winter and her solid, level par score underlined her return to form.“My coach is always telling me to hit my targets, two putt the greens and walk off with a par – and that’s pretty much what I did. When I got in danger I hit the next shot on target. I played steadily and I’m really happy with that,” she said.The host club is represented by two players, Debbie Warren and Charlotte Dalton, who both returned scores of 79. “It was tough out there,” said Charlotte, whose group had the worst of the weather. “All to go for tomorrow!” Meanwhile, 13-year-old Lucy Walton (The Worcestershire) defied back problems to score 80.Among the other youngsters in the field are English U13 champion Hollie Muse (West Lancashire), who scored 78, and her predecessor Sammy Fuller, 14, (Roehampton) who returned 77.All competitors will play the second round of the championship tomorrow. After that the field will be cut to the leading 32 players and ties who will play the final 36 holes on Thursday. Spectators are welcome.Leading scoresPar 72 CSS 7671 Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall), Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’)72 Sophie Keech (Lyme Regis)73 Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro)74 Hannah Moul (Stoke-by-Nayland) Jessica Wilcox (Blankney), Katrina Gillum (Lilleshall Hall), Aimee Wilson (Mickleover), Aimee Ponte (Royal Guernsey)75 Chelsea Masters (Highwoods, Bexhill), Samantha Meese (South Staffs), Charlotte Pilkington (Southport & Ainsdale), Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) 14 May 2013 Internationals lead the way in English championship last_img read more

‘He’ll go down as one of the best’: 49ers rookie Nick Bosa is a monster

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Nick Bosa has been even better than advertised.And I’m not talking about the hype that came from his first days of training camp with the Niners this summer or his near-impeccable NFL Draft scouting report from last spring.I’m going way back. Before Ohio State. Before he was even in high school. The first time I heard of Nick Bosa, I was actually asking about his older brother Joey.I was … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img

Report: Ex-Raider Terrelle Pryor in critical condition after stabbing

first_imgTerrelle Pryor, a free-agent wide receiver who once quarterbacked the Raiders, is in critical condition after being stabbed in his Pittsburgh apartment by a woman, ESPN reported Saturday.Pryor, who started 10 games at quarterback for Oakland in 2012-13, reportedly had to undergo surgery after he walked into UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh at 4:30 a.m. Saturday suffering from stab wounds to his chest and shoulder.Although Pryor was listed in critical condition, he is expected to make a …last_img

National Consumer Protection Week

first_imgMilitary Families Learning Network – Personal Finance Celebrates National Consumer Protection WeekLooking to protect yourself from fraud, identity theft, and scams? Maybe you’re wondering about the best way to use credit, how to shop for a used car, or maximize your security online.Credit Card Theft by Don HankinsMFLNPF has information for you during National Consumer Protection Week — March 6-12, 2016 — and any time of the year.We will be hosting a webinar today, Tuesday, March 15 at 11 a.m. ET. The topic will be Identity Theft: How to Reduce Your Risk.Dr. Barbara O’Neill and Carol Kando-Pineda, of the Federal Trade Commission, will present this 90-minute webinar on behalf of the Military Families Learning Network. This 90-minute webinar will include two sections: a general overview of identity theft and discussion about military-specific scams. Topics covered during the first section, presented by Dr. O’Neill, include a definition of identity theft, signs of identity theft, an identity theft risk assessment quiz, types of identity theft, how identity theft occurs, ways to reduce identity theft risk, phishing scams, proactive and reactive identity theft actions, and identity theft resources. Ms. Kando-Pineda plans to discuss getting help for identity theft victims, including the steps they need to take immediately, walking through the new features for consumers on Identitytheft.gov and how they help victims develop a recovery plan, get a heads-up on the latest “imposter” scams, and an update on the Military Consumer campaign and new resources on the way for the military community.Go to the event page for more information. Also, visit this page to learn how to get free consumer education materials and read the latest from consumer protection experts.last_img read more

Calisaan tows San Sebastian to rout of St. Benilde

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC ST. BENILDE 71 – Naboa 17, Dixon 15, Leutcheu 12, Pili 8, Sta. Maria 8, San Juan 6, Suarez 3, Castor 2, Domingo 0, Velasco 0.Quarters: 28-21, 51-35, 74-53, 101-71. K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH San Sebastian leaned on Calisaan’s offensive surge in the fourth quarter, before Kevin Baytan’s trey erected a lead as high as 36, 96-60, late in the game.The lengthy forward dropped 14 of his 20 points in the payoff period, to go with his six rebounds to help the Golden Stags even their slate at 3-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlfren Gayosa added 15 markers, 13 coming in the first half, on top of six boards, while Allyn Bulanadi got 13 points as San Sebastian dominated the lowly Blazers.Coach Egay Macaraya expressed satisfaction with the way his side dominated the game. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLeaning on Michael Calisaan, San Sebastian finally strung its first winning streak in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 101-71 whacking of St. Benilde Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.With their guns ablaze from the get-go, the Golden Stags showed their full potential on the offensive end, converting 54-percent of their shots from the field and became the first squad to break the century mark this year.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextcenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “At least for us, we got a good shooting percentage today. St. Benilde is giving us a lot of three-points and we’re making them. That’s the key to our game, that we made our threes,” he said, noting of his side’s 10-of-27 shooting from beyond the arc.Unique Naboa led St. Benilde (2-5) with 17 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while Edward Dixon got 15 markers and seven boards.Clement Leutcheu just missed out on a double-double as he racked 12 points and nine rebounds.The Scores:SAN SEBASTIAN 101 – Calisaan 20, Gayosa 15, Bulanadi 13, David 9, Mercado 8, Calma 8, Navarro 7, Baetiong 6, Capobres 5, Ilagan 4, Costelo 3, Baytan 3, Are 0, Quipse 0, Valdez 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:15Learn basic phrases in Filipino Sign Language01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Vince Carter biopic to be shown at Toronto film fest View commentslast_img read more

Also-ran Adamson to start buildup for Season 82, says coach

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director It’s not easy Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Adamson University is officially out of the Final Four contention in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament but that doesn’t mean head coach Onyok Getigan will let his players slack off.Getigan, who took over the team four games into its campaign, said he would start the Lady Falcons’ preparation for Season 82 as early as their next game against De La Salle on April 7.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Lady Falcons dropped their last game in the tournament to National University, 28-26, 30-32, 25-21, 25-22, putting their record to a league-worst 1-9 card effectively ending their season.“Actually for me, I want to start preparing immediately,” said Getigan Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “When I came in as the team’s ne head coach, I said to myself that there are a lot of things that need to be changed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The system is important, second is the selection of players. I want players I can trust until the end and not just the ones who want to win a set, but the ones who want to wing everything.”Getigan previously handled King’s Montessori School that won the Girls 18 and Under national tournament of the Rebisco Volleyball League National Championship in 2018 but he had to go into rebuild mode when he replaced Air Padda as the Lady Falcons’ head coach earlier in the season. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Although Getigan won his first game with the Lady Falcons, a three-set sweep of the Lady Bulldogs in the first round, the road did not produce another victory.Getigan said that they just have to play for pride and that they should not think of the standings anymore as they set their eyes for the 2020 tournament.“I told them that the standings are not important anymore,” said Getigan. “The best thing to look at is how we play on the court because it will ultimately help us next season. The people will see the change next season.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

Heat wave continues to wreak havoc in Odisha, 72 dead

first_imgThere is no respite from heat wave in Odisha. As per records, at least 72 people have died so far.While, Titlagarh was recorded as the hottest place at 47.5 degrees Celsius, Sonepur district recorded maximum temperature at 46.3 degrees Celsius. Balangir district and Sundergarh boiled at 46 degrees Celsius.Regional director of met department Sarat Chandra Sahu said, “High temperature in Odisha may continue for next 5-7 days.”According to the met department, 16 places recorded above 40 degrees Celsius while mercury soared above 45 degrees Celsius in nine towns.Sahu said the heat wave condition would prevail in several parts of the state till April 24, and also warned that some places would experience severe heat wave in next two days.He, however, said southern parts may experience rain within the next 24 hours or so while interior and western parts will continue to face crippling heat conditions.Meanwhile, sources at the special relief commissioner’s office said that so far reports regarding death of 72 people due to sun-stroke have been received from different sources.last_img read more