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Canada pushes back deadline for accepting 25,000 Syrian refugees

OTTAWA: The Canadian government on Tuesday pushed back to the end of February its deadline for accepting 25,000 Syrian refugees, in a concession that its original January 1 target was too difficult to meet.

Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, sworn in this month, made the initial pledge part of his election campaign but a wide array of critics said the goal was unrealistic.

Some provincial and municipal leaders have complained the short timeline did not allow for enough security checks to root out possible Islamic State militants. Others said they could not cope with such a heavy flow of new arrivals.

“We just looked at the logistics, we looked at what it would take to bring them in by Jan. 1, and we had options around that,” Trudeau told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

“We realized that we wanted to make sure that it was done absolutely right.”

The government will fly in 10,000 refugees by the end of the year and the remainder by end-February.

In another sign of the challenges it is facing, Ottawa cut back its commitment to sponsor all 25,000. Instead, 10,000 will be sponsored privately, with Ottawa aiming to reach its 25,000 target by the end of 2016.

The opposition Conservative Party said it was pleased Trudeau “had abandoned a timeline that was not workable”.

One of the biggest political challenges for the government is the fear that militants could sneak into Canada disguised as refugees. Since the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris claimed by Islamic State, an anti-refugee petition launched in Quebec has garnered more than 75,000 signatures nationwide.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said refugees would undergo several security checks.

“If there is any doubt about an application or an interview or any of the data, the file will simply be put aside and held for further consideration at a later time,” he told a briefing.

Canada will spend up to C$ 678 million ($ 510 million) over six years flying in the refugees from Turkey, Syria and Jordan and then helping resettle them. The first flight is due to leave from the region early next month.

The federal government will give priority to complete families, women at risk and gay or transgender people.

It will prioritize single adult men only if they are gay, bisexual or transgender, or if they are accompanying their parents. Private groups will be allowed to sponsor any single adult man regardless of his sexual orientation.

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'Big 3' of Indian tennis set to reignite passions of fans

KOLKATA: City’s tennis aficionados will get a rare opportunity to witness the game’s stars in action when Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Sania Mirza and the legendary Martina Navratilova play an exhibition match here on Wednesday.

Titled ‘Masters Kolkata’, the event is part of the International Premier Tennis League’s exhibition tour and the players next travel to Hyderabad and New Delhi on consecutive days ahead of the season of the franchise-based tournament beginning in Kobe on December 2.

The build-up tour has its founder and Indian tennis legend Bhupathi teaming up with his former mixed doubles partner and current doubles World No 1 Sania in a rare engagement against Paes, who will play alongside the most successful women’s tennis player of all time, Navratilova. Paes and Navratilova had won the mixed doubles title at the 2003 Australian Open and Wimbledon.

The exhibition match will also see Bhupathi reuniting with Sania, with whom he had won two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles – Australian Open in 2009 and French Open in 2012.

“Season 1 of IPTL brought Indian tennis fans closer to tennis akin to Grand Slam action like never before. Yet, not everyone was able to experience that action up close and personal. The understanding and familiarity between the four of us has resulted in Grand Slam finals appearances and titles won. This will only contribute to the quality of competitive tennis being played on this tour,” Bhupathi said.

On how the promo tour lines up with his vision for the IPTL, which will begin its second edition on December 2 in Japan, Bhupathi said, “The response from season 1 was overwhelming and season 2 can only exceed expectations. The addition of a new franchise and stars like Rafael Nadal and Leander joining the ranks will surely make for some wonderful tennis on the cards.

“Ultimately it is about connecting tennis fans in India and Asia with some of the world’s best across the singles and doubles format. This exhibition tour is simply a taster of what to expect from IPTL Season 2,” Bhupathi added.

It will also be a nostalgia of sorts for the city’s tennis fans who relished the three editions of the Sunfeast Open from 2005-07 at the same venue of Netaji Indoor. The event did not take place thereafter as the WTA tier III event became an ITF event.

Your Ultimate Guide to the 64 Best (and Worst) Holiday Foods

Prevent your pants from getting tighter this holiday season with these smarter food choices.

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Best and worst holiday foods

by Alison Mango

A glass of eggnog here, a slice of pecan pie there, and salty, fatty foods everywhere: The holidays are not an easy time to maintain a healthy diet. That’s why the average person puts on a pound between Thanksgiving and New Year’s—and then never loses it. To create the ultimate healthy holiday food guide, we tapped three expert nutritionists: Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD and Health’s contributing nutrition editor; Marisa Moore, RDN, an Atlanta-based nutritionist; and Vandana Sheth, RDN, nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. With their input, we’ve determined the best and worst picks across 32 categories. Happy holidays!

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Barack Obama: Islamic State can't be tolerated, it must destroyed

WASHINGTON: Pledging solidarity after the Paris attacks, President Barack Obama promised on Tuesday to work with France and other allies to intensify the US-led campaign against the Islamic State, saying America will not be cowed by the scourge of terrorism.

“We cannot succumb to fear,” Obama said, standing alongside French President Francois Hollande after they met at the White House to discuss the anti-ISIS mission. “Make no mistake, we will win, and groups like ISIL will lose.”

Hollande’s trip to Washington was part of a diplomatic push to get the US and other nations to bolster efforts to destroy the militant group that has claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks. The French president planned to urge Obama to work with Russia to build a new coalition to fight the extremists.

But Hollande’s mission quickly became entangled with the fallout from a Russian military plane downed by Turkey _ an incident with echoes of the Cold War. The shootdown underscored what some see as a need for better coordination among the sprawling cast of interests engaged on the battlefields and in the skies above Iraq and Syria. At the same time, conflicting accounts and rising tensions stood to make any closer contact between interests more difficult.

Even before the incident between Turkey and Russia, Hollande faced a tough challenge in getting Obama to agree to a partnership with Moscow. The US is deeply skeptical of President Vladimir Putin’s motivations, given his longstanding support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.

US forces were not involved in the air incident, according to an American military official, who was not authorized to discuss the incident publicly and so spoke on condition of anonymity.

Nearly five years of clashes between Assad’s government and rebel forces have created a vacuum that has allowed the Islamic State to thrive. The group appears to now be focusing on targets outside its base in Syria and Iraq, including attacks in Lebanon and Turkey and the downing of a Russian airliner over Egypt.

Given the rash of attacks, Obama is now facing increased pressure at home and abroad to ramp up US efforts to destroy the militants. So far, Obama is resisting calls to significantly escalate his approach, and instead is focused on getting other countries to offer more counterintelligence, humanitarian and military assistance.

“The United States is certainly pulling more than our own weight,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday. “And we believe that there is more that can be done if countries are willing to contribute additional resources.”

The US campaign has centered largely on airstrikes as well as the training and assisting of security forces on the ground in Iraq. Efforts to train and equip moderate rebel groups in Syria have struggled, and Obama has authorized the deployment of 50 special operations forces to the country to jumpstart the program.

France has stepped up its airstrikes following the Paris attacks, relying in part on US intelligence to hit targets in Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s stronghold in Syria. British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday he would seek parliamentary approval this week for Britain to begin airstrikes as well.

Hollande wants the US-led coalition to start cooperating with Russia, which is also launching airstrikes in Syria. While Putin says his country is targeting the Islamic State militants, the US contends Moscow is going after rebels fighting Assad, a Kremlin ally whom the US wants pushed out.

Last week, Hollande called for the US and Russia to set aside their policy divisions over Syria and “fight this terrorist army in a broad, single coalition.” But his office acknowledges that “coordination” sounds like a far more realistic goal.

“We are not talking about a command center. We are talking about coordination of methods and exchange of intelligence,” a French diplomat said on Monday. The diplomat wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss the subject and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Earnest said the US would “continue the conversation” with Putin but suggested Obama would make no promises to Hollande during Tuesday’s visit.

Hollande is slated to travel to Moscow later in the week for meetings with Putin.

Beyond their discussions on military cooperation, Obama and Hollande were expected to discuss diplomatic efforts to achieve a political transition in Syria.

While Russia is backing a new diplomatic effort in Syria, Moscow still refuses to support steps that explicitly call for removing Assad.

The quagmire in Syria has dragged on for nearly five years, and criticism of Obama’s strategy appears only to grow louder.

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PV Sindhu can win a medal in Rio Olympics: Khanna

NEW DELHI: Former Asian badminton champion Dinesh Khanna feels Indian shuttlers, including two-time World Championship bronze medallist PV Sindhu, can win medals at next year’s Rio Olympics but they need to find a way to deal with mental pressure during big matches.

“Saina and PV Sindhu will do well in the Olympics. Sindhu doing really well, but she often comes under pressure,” said Khanna on the sidelines of PNB MetLife Junior Badminton championship.

“Sindhu defeats most of the players above her ranking, but often she fails with players below her ranking. I think she comes under mental pressure.

“Nerves also play a role in big matches like Olympics. Winning in Olympics depends upon the form of the day,” said Khanna, who is also an Arjuna Awardee.

Talking about medal prospect in men’s singles in Rio Olympics, Khanna said he is hopeful that K Srikanth and Ajay Jayaram will do well.

“It depends on who qualifies for Olympics. But I think K Srikanth and Ajay Jayaram are doing well,” Khanna said.

Khanna also said that international-level shuttlers in India should be involved in coaching our national teams after they retire from their playing career.

“There is a tendency that the senior international-level players are moving to corporate sectors after their career. But, it is important to bring them back to the field as coaches,” Khanna said.

Referring to his historic victory in 1965 Asian Championship, Khanna said he did not get any felicitation from the sports authority.

“It has become 50 long years and they might not have remembered it. I haven’t got any formal message from them,” said Khanna, who had achieved the feat on November 14, 1965.

In taking economic war to Islamic State, US developing new tools

WASHINGTON: Since last month, US warplanes have struck Islamic State’s oil infrastructure in Syria in a stepped-up campaign of economic warfare that the United States estimates has cut the group’s black-market earnings from oil by about a third.

In finding their targets, US military planners have relied in part on an unconventional source of intelligence: access to banking records that provide insight into which refineries and oil pumps are generating cash for the extremist group, current and former officials say.

The intent is to choke off the Islamic State’s funding by tracking its remaining ties to the global financial system. By identifying money flowing to and from the group, US officials have been able to get a glimpse into how its black-market economy operates, people with knowledge of the effort have said.

That in turn has influenced decisions about targeting for air strikes in an effort that began before Islamic State’s Nov. 13 attacks on Paris and has intensified since, they said. While Islamic State’s access to formal banking has been restricted, it retains some ties that US military and financial officials can use against it, the current and former officials said.

“We have done a really good job of largely keeping the Islamic State out of the formal financial system,” said Matthew Levitt, who served as deputy assistant secretary for intelligence at the US Treasury in the George W. Bush administration. “But we haven’t been entirely successful, and that may not be a bad thing.”

Reuters was unable to verify key aspects of the campaign, including when it started or exactly which facilities have been destroyed as a result. Two current officials who confirmed the operations in outline declined to comment on their details.

It was unclear how US intelligence, Treasury, and military officials working on what the government calls “counter threat finance” operations have used banking records to identify lucrative Islamic State oil-related targets in Syria and whether that involved local banks.

A report this year by the intergovernmental Financial Action Task Force found there were more than 20 Syrian financial institutions with operations in Islamic State territory. In Iraq, Treasury has worked with government officials to cut off bank branches in the group’s territory from the Iraqi and international financial systems.

Gerald Roberts, section chief of the FBI’s terrorist financing operations section, said that Islamic State’s recruits from outside Syria often come with financial trails that officials tracking them can “exploit.”

“We are seeing them using traditional banking systems,” he said at a banking conference last week in Washington, adding that young, tech-savvy Islamic State members are also familiar with virtual currencies such as Bitcoin.

Islamic State, also known as IS, ISIS or ISIL, is sometimes forced to use commercial banks because the amounts involved are too large to move using other means, said Levitt.

The US Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) uses a set of “business rules” to screen the roughly 55,000 reports it receives daily from financial institutions for signs of activity involving Islamic State, a spokesman said. He declined to describe the rules, but law enforcement sources say names, IP addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers are among the data that intelligence authorities try to match.

The matches allow FinCEN “to connect the dots between seemingly unrelated individuals and entities,” the FinCEN spokesman said. At present, FinCEN finds about 1,200 matches suggesting possible Islamic State-linked financial activity each month, up from 800 in April, the spokesman said.

Bank of America, JP Morgan and Wells Fargo declined to comment on whether they provided financial reports to the US government. Such reports are supplied confidentially.

Citigroup, HSBC, and Standard Chartered did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

“Tidal Wave II”

The use of financial records linked to Islamic State is only one part of the intelligence-gathering exercise for air strikes in Syria that also includes methods such as aerial surveillance by drones, officials said.

One former military official familiar with the process said that any financial intelligence collected by FinCEN would require “significant vetting” before the military acted on it.

Earlier this month, US-led coalition planes struck 116 fuel trucks used to smuggle Islamic State oil 45 minutes after dropping leaflets warning drivers to flee, a Pentagon spokesman said. Coalition strikes destroyed another 283 Islamic State fuel trucks on Saturday, the Pentagon said.

On November 8, a coalition air strike destroyed three oil refineries in Syria near the border with Turkey.

US defense officials estimate that Islamic State, an adversary the United States calls the wealthiest terrorist group of its kind in history, was earning about $ 47 million per month from oil sales prior to October.

That month, the US military launched an intensified effort to go after oil infrastructure, dubbed “Tidal Wave II,” named after the bombing campaign targeting Romanian oil fields in World War Two.

The Pentagon estimates the strikes have reduced the Islamic State’s income from oil sales by about 30 percent, one US defense official with knowledge of the previously unreported estimate said. Reuters was unable to confirm this.

The use of financial records in helping to pick US targets was first disclosed last week at the banking conference in Washington. At the conference, Kurt Gredzinski, the Counter Threat Finance Team Chief at US Special Operations Command, cited the importance of information provided by banks in the war against Islamic State.

“That to me is the first time in my recollection that we strategically targeted based on threat finance information,” he said at the conference. He declined to comment further on which strike he had been referring to.

“Resilient financial portfolio”

US officials believe that diminished funding could gradually undermine Islamic State’s grip on the area it controls in Iraq and Syria, because it needs revenue to pay salaries and keep public infrastructure operating, said two former officials with knowledge of the Obama administration’s thinking.

Experts caution that Islamic State, which rules an area the size of Austria, has surprisingly deep pockets due to the various revenue streams it controls. It has built up what amounts to a “durable and resilient financial portfolio,” funded by oil sales, extortion, and sales of antiquities, said Thomas Sanderson, an expert on terrorism at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“Money can be strapped to the backs of mules,” Sanderson said. “It’s easy to move things across a border during a time of deprivation and chaos.”

Despite some initial success, cutting off its funding will require deeper cooperation from governments from Turkey to Russia, experts say. The group has shown the ability to bounce back from previous US strikes on its oil facilities.

Counter-terrorism experts say that Islamic State appears to have learned from US successes in cracking down on funding for al-Qaeda, which relied heavily on support from wealthy donors in the Gulf region.

“IS has learned that you don’t want to be reliant on too many outside sources,” said Sanderson. “Donors are fickle and subject to pressure and (IS) wants to be in control.”

Gujrathi unbeaten after ninth round at National Chess C'ship

THIRUVARUR (Thanjavur): Vidit Santosh Gujrathi of PSPB maintained his unbeaten record and a lead by full point, beating the second placed P Karthikeyan of Railways in the ninth round of the ONGC 53rd National Premier Chess Championship on Tuesday.

Karthikeyan Murali of Tamil Nadu moved ahead of Karthikeyan to second place with six points, winning over his team mate P Shyaam Nikhil.

In the Closed Catalan game, both Vidit and Karthikeyan played a cautious and error free middle game. A good combination of pieces led to the loss of exchange to Karthikeyan on 25th move.

Though Karthikeyan won a pawn on the 32nd move, Vidit’s control of long diagonal by his queen and bishop daunted him. Karthikeyan resigned on 36th move, when he was about to lose his knight.

Karthikeyan Murali is on a roll, as he has secured five wins and two draws, after first two rounds loss. The victim in this round was his team mate P Shyaam Nikhil, who preferred to play Modern defence. In the middle game, Shyaam lost two valuable pawns and when Karthikeyan won one more pawn, Shyaam did not hesitate to resign on the 36th move.

In a wild game, IM Arghyadip Das of Railways accepted the queen’s gambit by IM Swapnil Dhopade also of Railways and both had premature pawn movements. On the 16th move, Swapnil made a wrong knight manoeuvre, resulting in the loss of two pawns.

Swapnil posed threats to Arghyadip’s king with rook and bishops. Once the king reached a safe position protected by his pawns, Arghyadip counter attacked and grabbed another pawn to win the game.

GM Neelotpal Das of PSPB started his defence against IM K Rathnakaran of Railways with the Kopec system of Sicilian defence. Rathnakaran gave up his rook for a knight, hoping to push the two connected centre pawns. Neelotpal had a completely commanding position and was about to march his pawn to eighth rank, but moved his rook, allowing Rathnakaran to make perpetual check and escape with a draw.

Employing neo-Grunfeld defence, defending champion GM SP Sethuraman of PSPB played out a formal 25 move draw with former national champion and his team mate GM Abhijit Kunte.

In the Bishop’s opening encounter between the two Tamil Nadu GMs M Shyam Sundar of AAI and MR Venkatesh of PSPB, the former played an attacking game. But, Venkatesh defended patiently to get away with half a point. K Praneeth Surya, playing against the third highest rated player Deep Sengupta was on par with his opponent throughout the game. He drew the game comfortably by constantly threatening Deep’s king in a queen and pawns ending.

Yoga class banned over ‘cultural appropriation’ in Canada

TORONTO: A Canadian university has banned a free weekly yoga class after the varsity staff claimed the ancient Indian meditative practice was a form of “cultural appropriation”.

The decision to cancel the classes was made by the University of Ottawa’s Student Federation, the varsity’s independent student body.

Jennifer Scharf, a yoga practitioner who has offered free weekly sessions to students at the University of Ottawa since 2008, said she was shocked when she learnt her free weekly classes were suspended because staff said the ancient discipline is a form of “cultural appropriation”.

“There are cultural issues of implication involved in the practice. Yoga has been under a lot of controversy lately due to how it is being practised”, and which cultures those practices “are being taken from,” staff from the Centre for Students with Disabilities, where the classes were held for students of all abilities, wrote in an email.

The email further says that because many of those cultures “have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy … We need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practicing yoga,” Ottawa Sun reported.

Scharf said the complaint that killed the programme came from a “social justice warrior” with “fainting heart ideologies” in search of a cause celebre.

Scharf said she suggested a compromise by changing the name of the classes to suggest “mindful stretching”, but was rejected.

Noting that there has been no response from the university, Sharaf said she, however, remains optimistic that the institution will support her.

“It’s crazy that someone would find yoga offensive in the way we teach it. If you look at how, historically yoga has been so non-controversial, it’s a wonder nobody’s taking offence with kickboxing or spin class instead,” Sharaf added.