Indian PM describes Nelson Mandela as shining beacon of democracy

first_imgIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela as a “shining beacon of democracy”.“Remembering the apostle of peace, a shining beacon of democracy and a champion of equality, the beloved Madiba on Nelson Mandela Day,” Modi said.The Indian prime minister was paying tribute to the late South African president on the occasion of his birth anniversary.Mandela’s birthday on July 18 was declared by the United Nations in 2009 as Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of his contribution to peace and freedom.last_img read more

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LeBron James on Lakers’ trade rumors: ‘It’s a business, so right now this is who we have’

first_img LeBron James injury update: Lakers star (groin) will play Tuesday vs. Pacers Anthony Davis trade rumors: Lakers end talks with Pelicans over ‘outrageous’ demands The Lakers might not land Anthony Davis.Los Angeles has been in pursuit of the Pelicans star but has reportedly backed off because of New Orleans’ “outrageous”  demands. Lakers star LeBron James was asked about dealing with the rumors Tuesday before his team’s matchup with Indiana. Related Newscenter_img “It’s a business, so right now this is who we have,” James said, via  ESPN. “This is my group and this is the group I’m trying to lead to go out there and win ball games. That’s all I’ve ever done.”James injured his groin during a Christmas Day win against the Warriors, which caused him to miss 18 of the team’s next 19 games. The Lakers have dropped to 27-26, which is just outside the playoff picture. “Every game is significant,” James said. “It’s been like that since the season started. And unfortunately, you know, my injuries haven’t allowed us to be where we want to be in the standings. But every game is significant. … So we want to see what we can do.”The Lakers will face the Pacers in Indiana on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.last_img read more

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Trade workers and employers rejoice, tax credit extended until 2017

first_imgEmployers may qualify for up to $13,500 in tax credits as their apprentice progresses.“British Columbia’s job market creates a strong demand for skilled workers,” says Premier Christy Clark. “Extending these credits will provide long-lasting benefits for employers and skilled trades workers and help fuel the skilled workforce we need to keep B.C.’s economy moving.”In an effort to encourage Aboriginal participation in trades, the province is providing a 50 per cent enhancement for First Nation individuals or employers.Individuals with disabilities and their employers are also eligible for enhanced tax credits.Advertisement The program – created in 2007 after a public consultation – provides refundable income tax credits for B.C. apprentices and their employers.It’s designed to attract people to apprenticeship programs in B.C., as well as to help residents of the province gain experience needed to qualify for skilled jobs in trades, according to the ministry.Since implementation, the ministry says approximately 40,000 apprentices have claimed tax credits.- Advertisement -“Since the program began in 2007, thousands of apprentices have enrolled and gone on to secure stable, well-paying jobs throughout B.C.,” says Minister of Finance Michael de Jong. “These are the skilled tradespeople who are building our homes, our infrastructure and eventually supporting B.C.’s LNG industry.”Eligible apprentices enrolled in programs may qualify for up to $6,500 in tax credits over a four-year apprenticeship program.The apprentice program must be administered through the Industry Training Authority, according to the ministry.Advertisementlast_img read more

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