Oct 122017

OTTAWA: Canada voiced relief Tuesday at the release of a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children born in Taliban captivity. The kidnapped couple were taken hostage in Afghanistan while backpacking in Central Asia in 2012. “We are greatly relieved that after being held hostage for five years, Joshua Boyle and his wife Caitlan Coleman, as well as their young children, have been released and are safe,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland. “Joshua, Caitlan, their children and the Boyle and Coleman families have endured a horrible ordeal over the past five years,” she added in a statement. Pakistan Army recovers US-Canadianfamily abducted in Afghanistan in 2012 Freeland said Canada had been “actively engaged with the governments of the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan” in trying to free the couple, but provided no details. The post Canada hails family’s release from Taliban captivity appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Sep 012017
Chun seizes early lead at Portland Classic

PORTLAND, Oregon: Chun In-Gee, who is seeking her first victory of 2017 after four runner-up finishes, fired a six-under 66 to grab the first-round lead at the LPGA Tour’s Portland Classic on Thursday. South Korea’s Chun has a one-shot lead over group of six golfers that includes Canada’s Brooke Henderson and Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand. Chun also has six top-three results on the year. She likes the tree-lined course and says it is not only pleasing to the eye but ideal for her game. “Coming here everyone said the course is really good. I agree. I like big trees. It’s amazing,” said Chun. “Greens are very consistent and in really good condition. I was confident on the course.” She finished with seven birdies, including three in a row on the back nine starting at the par-four, 13th. Her lone bogey came on the par-three 11th. Chun is one shot ahead of six golfers at five-under 67, including Japan’s Nasa Hataoka, Denmark’s Nicole Broch Larsen, Americans’ Cindy LaCrosse and Cheyenne Woods, Moriya, and two-time defending champion Henderson. Henderson, who played last week in front of the home crowd at the CP Women’s Open in Ottawa, Canada, didn’t show any signs of fatigue. Like Chun, Henderson is comfortable hitting shots on the Columbia Edgewater Country Club layout. “I think it just suits my eye. I love tree-lined courses and it’s so green everywhere you look. The grass is very lush, and I love that,” said Henderson. “Just playing here I have so [Read More…]

Aug 032017

United States President Donald Trump backed a bill on Wednesday to substantially slash legal immigration and replace the current employment-based visas with a points system, according to CNN. The plan mimics systems used by Australia and Canada, which Trump has often lauded, in awarding points to potential immigrants based on broad categories. The 140,000 visas available annually under this system would be distributed to the highest point-getters first. In the unlikely scenario that the plan is approved by Congress, the highest point-getting candidate, not including special circumstances, would be a 26- to 31-year-old with a US-based doctorate or professional degree, who speaks nearly perfect English and who has a salary offer that’s three times as high as the median income where they currently reside. Interestingly, Olympic medals and Nobel prizes get bonus points. A candidate must have at least 30 points to apply. Here’s how the points would be doled out: Age Priority is given to prime working ages. Someone aged 18 through 21 gets six points, ages 22 through 25 gets eight points and ages 26 through 30 get 10 points. The points then decrease, with someone aged 31 through 35 getting eight points, 36 through 40 getting six points, ages 41 through 45 getting four points and ages 46 through 50 getting two points. Minors under the age of 18 and those over the age of 50 receive no points, though people over 50 years old are still allowed to apply. Education Points are distributed based on the [Read More…]

Jul 052017
Canada may help in solar energy, IT projects in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Canadian High Commissioner (HC) to Pakistan on Wednesday informed the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar that some of their companies were exploring opportunities in the country including in… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Jul 042017

MONTREAL: Canada is set to apologise and award millions of dollars of compensation to a former Guantanamo detainee who was captured in Afghanistan at the age of 15 and pleaded guilty to killing a US soldier, reports said on Tuesday. Omar Khadr will receive at least $8 million from the federal government for the treatment he was subjected to during his captivity, according to reports in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star which cited anonymous sources. Khadr, a Canadian citizen, became the youngest prisoner at the US detention camp in Cuba following his capture from Afghanistan in 2002. 9/11 hijacker’s mother believes he is alive in Guantanamo Canada’s Supreme Court in 2010 ruled that his rights had been violated by Ottawa, which shared statements he made to Canadian officials with the United States. While at Guantanamo, he was sentenced in 2010 to eight years plus time already served for murdering a US soldier with a grenade, attempted murder, conspiracy, providing material support for terrorism and spying. He won the right to be extradited and was sent home to Canada in 2012 to serve the remainder of his sentence. His lawyers fought for several years to have his status as a minor at the time of the attack recognised. Canada’s Supreme Court finally agreed one week before his conditional release in 2015. His legal team was pursuing Can$20 million against the Canadian government because his rights as a prisoner were violated. Public Safety Canada said the government was not in a [Read More…]

Jun 212017
Hockey World League 2017: Pakistan to face off against Argentina on Thursday

[embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/28c177e5e6e9244677d771be0b89af12.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8yMS8yMDE3IDc6NTQ6MjUgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1LekFDTzdtSGxsYnNFdjJadDRRZHRnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] KARACHI: Pakistan hockey team, which has been favoured by luck, will face off against Argentina in the quarterfinals of Hockey World League League semi-final tournament tomorrow (Thursday).Pakistan hockey team, which conceded three consecutive defeats against Netherlands, India and Canada, qualified for the quarterfinals after Canada and Scotland drew 1-1 on Tuesday. Scotland had to win the match in order to qualify for the quarter finals of the tournament. On Monday, Pakistan tasted its first victory of the tournament after defeating Scotland 3-1 in their last pool match. World league: Pakistan hockey team leaves for UK The hockey team will play a three-match series with Ireland before the World League On the other hand, Argentina has had a dream run and has been undefeated in the competition so far. It defeated Korea 2-1, Malaysia 5-2, China 10-0 and it drew with England 3-3. In other quarter finals fixtures, India will face off against Malaysia, Netherlands against China and England against Canada. The World League Semifinal Round is also a 2018 World Cup qualifier.However, if Pakistan fails to qualify for the world cup it will have to win the Asian Hockey Champions Trophy, which will be held in India later this year. Click for detailed story

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