Pakistan raises India’s violation of Indus Water Treaty with World Bank

NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly and raised the issue of the construction of water reservoirs by India in violation of Indus Waters Treaty. “Water issue should not be politicized and should be dealt as a humanitarian issue,” Qureshi told the World Bank chief on Monday, according to Foreign Office.In addition, the foreign minister attended a special Ministerial meeting of CICA in New York and congratulated Tajikistan for assuming chairmanship of the CICA and welcomed Sri Lanka as a full member of CICA.Pakistan will continue constructive engagement with CICA, he said. He also addressed a meeting of Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) contact group on aggression of the Republic of Armenia against Azerbaijan. Pakistan supports the principled position of Azerbaijan on the Nagorno Karabach issue and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian forces, he added. …read more

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A former federal prosecutor says DOJ officials were ‘shell-shocked’ and ‘wandering the halls wondering what’s next’ amid rumors that Rosenstein would resign

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The public was confused following conflicting reports about whether deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein would resign, and officials on the inside may have been just as much in the dark.
“DOJ officials have been shell-shocked by the public back and forth critique of Rosenstein,” said a former federal prosecutor who said he’s been briefed on the department’s internal mood by high-level contacts.
“Today, they were wandering the halls wondering what’s next,” he added.
A current FBI agent said the mood was similar within the bureau.
“Many were on high-alert this morning,” this person said.

The public was confused for much of Monday morning following conflicting reports about whether deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein was about to resign from his position.

And officials on the inside may have been just as much in the dark as observers on the outside.

“DOJ officials have been shell-shocked by the back and forth public critique of Rosenstein,” said Jeffrey Cramer, a 12-year DOJ veteran who says he’s been briefed on the internal mood at the department by multiple high-level contacts. “Today, they were wandering the halls wondering what’s next, because you need an operational [deputy attorney general].”

Rosenstein did not ultimately resign, nor was he fired on Monday morning.

The news website Axios first reported on Rosenstein’s possible resignation, saying he had “verbally resigned” to White House chief of staff John Kelly. Rosenstein’s reported move came after The New York Times published a controversial report last week saying the deputy attorney general discussed wearing a wire around President Donald Trump and invoking the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office.

Rosenstein vehemently denied the allegations, and subsequent media reports also called into question some of the details in the original Times story.

White House officials told The Washington Post that Rosenstein offered to resign in the wake of The …read more

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Edmonton International Film Festival starts revealing worlds Thursday

This year’s posters read: Edmonton International Feels Festival — and they’re delightfully on point. For why do we love film? Besides in music and cinematography, the ongoing magic of science and art rolling around in the hay, surely empathy is at the core. You don’t cry when that dog gets shot onscreen for nothing.

With 44 features and 119 short films riding these emotional waves, the Edmonton International Film Festival is set to take us away to newly-revealed worlds with its reliable mix of drama, documentary, animation and unpredictable subject matter.

Accessible yet thought provoking, EIFF runs Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 6 — at Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre — including a foodie fundraiser event for Chef Gail Fund at 4 p.m Friday put on by RGE RD.

Festival publicist Paul Mennier rolls out the festival’s mandate with ease. “It’s about film in all its forms, from everywhere in the world. It’s about opening eyes to that great method telling stories: cinema.

“We’re a big festival for shorts,” he adds. “And that’s where you’ll see a lot of made in Alberta work, in our Studio A programs. There’s something for everybody. It’s not just a foreign film event; it’s not just Canadiana.

“It’s all of that and more.”

He also notes they’re here to nurture a community. “What EIFF prides itself on is making the filmmakers feel important and welcome. It’s about heart, and the blood, sweat and tears they’ve put into these films.”

The Grizzlies is the opening-night feature at EIFF, showing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.

Indeed, numerous directors and cast are on their way to Edmonton over the 10-day run, including for the festival’s opening movie at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, The Grizzlies — a drama about sport bringing kids together in the Canadian North.

“It’s a true story from about 15 years ago,” says …read more

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Tax Credit Gives Employers New Incentive To Offer Workers Paid Leave

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More U.S. employers could have an incentive to provide paid family and medical leave for their employees.

The Treasury Department issued guidelines for a new business tax credit Monday as part of the Trump administration’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

It applies to the 2018 and 2019 tax years, and there are some restrictions.

Here’s how it works: Employers can get a tax credit relative to the amount they would usually pay the worker while he or she is on leave for up to 12 weeks. That worker must make $72,000 a year or less. And the business needs to have a written leave policy and meet some other requirements.

During the leave, the employer has to pay the employee at least 50 percent of their usual wages. The more the employer pays during that period, the more tax credit it can receive.

The move aims to encourage more companies to offer paid leave time to workers for fulfilling family obligations. Those circumstances include a birth or adoption, caring for an immediate family member with a serious illness, having a serious health condition or an emergency related to a family member on active military duty.

The credit is set to expire in 2020.

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