10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp insists he’s counting on Lallana

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp insists he’s counting on Lallanaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he’s counting on Adam Lallana this season.The midfielder has been linked with a move away this month.Klopp said, “Adam is actually in outstanding shape – I said it a few times maybe, but it’s unbelievable in training. So we have to say it was close in the last game: ‘Do we start him or not?’ and stuff like this. “It’s really, really good and it’s like always in life, if you learn from your experiences… you cannot learn too much from being injured and stuff like that, but how is your mood? Adam is a player who always wants to play. He would play four games a day if possible just from his desire to play football. “He is really, I would say in the moment, in the best moment since I know him, just like as a person he is fantastic. He will have a big part of our season I am really sure and that’s cool. But in training everything is good, when he came on everything was good so far, so now he is ready to take these little steps.” last_img read more

10 months agoFulham join Premier League scamble for Marseille winger Clinton N’Jie

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham join Premier League scamble for Marseille winger Clinton N’Jieby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlympique Marseille winger Clinton N’Jie has been offered a return to England.The Mirror says N’Jie is a target for Fulham and Newcastle.The Whites have joined the chase for the pace-merchant but relegation rivals Burnley and Cardiff are both also interested.The 25-year-old was set to join Sporting CP on loan last summer before the move fell through. N’Jie had an ill-fated two seasons with Spurs before returning to OM last summer. last_img read more

a month agoBarcelona coach Valverde eases Messi injury concerns

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde eases Messi injury concernsby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde eased injury concerns for Lionel Messi after went off at halftime for victory over Villarreal.Returning to action this week, Messi appeared to injure himself.”When something happens to Messi the world stops,” Valverde said.”But it doesn’t seem to be anything more than a nuisance in the adductor.”We took him off as a precaution.”Barcelona earned the points, but they didn’t impress at the Camp Nou. Nonetheless, Valverde was pleased to get the win.”The first thing is, as always, to win,” he explained. “I think we’re playing well at home. Today was tough.”We had a moment in the first half wherein we weren’t good.”But we’re good at home. We have to see if we can add to it away from home, too.” last_img read more

Video: Lee Corso Picks Tennessee With Racing Helmet, Brings Smokey Onto Set

first_imgLee Corso making his headgear pick.Twitter/@CollegeGameDayLee Corso picks Tennessee to beat Virginia Tech with his headgear selection on College GameDay this morning.NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr. appropriately joined the GameDay crew this afternoon to make picks live from Bristol Motor Speedway ahead of tonight’s fun non-conference game between Tennessee and Virginia Tech. He picked the picked the Hokies to pull the upset, citing his fiancee, a Kentucky cheerleader, telling him he’d have to walk home for picking the Vols. Desmond Howard also took the Hokies for the surprise win.For his headgear selection, Corso pulled out a coonskin cap, threw it away which made it sound like he was switching to the Hokies, and wound up putting on a giant Tennessee-themed racing helmet. He also brought up the Vols’ awesome live mascot Smokey onto the GameDay set.Lee Corso picks Tennessee pic.twitter.com/qEjk5LlKDz— Saturday Blitz (@SaturdayBlitz) September 10, 2016Lee Corso goes with Tennessee in the @ChevyTrucks #SaturdaySelections. pic.twitter.com/61t3cPR13d— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 10, 2016Based on recent history, this may not be a great sign for the Volunteers.Lee Corso picks had a horrid record in GameDay headgear selections last year, going just 3-10 after very solid years in 2014 and 2015. He didn’t do much better with his first selection of the 2016 season. Corso picked LSU to beat Wisconsin at Lambeau Field. Of course, a D’Cota Dixon interception with under a minute left sealed the deal for the Badgers.Tennessee sits as an 11-point favorite in today’s game, via Odds Shark.Next weekend, it sounds like College GameDay will be making its first trip to Louisville, for the Cardinals’ huge ACC contest against powerhouse Florida State. With the way Lamar Jackson has been dicing up opponents this year, will Lee go with the home team, or does he stick with his alma mater FSU? We’ll find out, assuming that is the show’s destination for Week 3.But first, we have the Week 2 schedule to get through. Today isn’t full of sexy match-ups, but sometimes it is weeks like this that surprise us with huge upsets and crazy finishes. If last weekend is any indication, college football won’t be letting us down today.last_img read more

4-Star Recruit Ecstatic About Receiving Offer From Notre Dame

first_imgNotre Dame runs onto the field ahead of a game vs. Wake Forest.SOUTH BEND, IN – NOVEMBER 04: The macot, cheerleaders and players forthe Notre Dame Fighting Irish run onto the field before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 4, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 48-37. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Later this month, Notre Dame will battle for the chance to reach the national championship. Until then, fans could get excited over the possibility of adding a potential-packed recruit for the class of 2020, in linebacker Jaheim Thomas.Although there hasn’t been anything close to a final decision yet, Thomas has the Fighting Irish high on his radar. The four-star recruit has the physical gifts to become an absolute star in college. While he’s not ready to announce his commitment in the immediate future, he sounds very pleased about receiving an offer from Notre Dame.It’s still early in his recruiting process, but Thomas was very complimentary about the Fighting Irish.From 247Sports:“I was very excited to get offered by Notre Dame, and I was hoping for this since I visited there last spring.”“I haven’t really cut my list down yet, but my parents and I are working on it,” he said. “Notre Dame will definitely be in the final group. “I want to commit to someone next summer, but if not then it will be early in my senior season.”Thomas is listed as the No. 16 outside linebacker in his class, per 247Sports.Over the years, the Fighting Irish have featured stars at the linebacker position, which includes Manti Te’o and Jaylon Smith. Perhaps, Thomas can add to that long line of history, if he chooses to enroll at Notre Dame.As of right now, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Bowling Green are also on his college list.[247Sports]last_img read more

Penn State Football Announces Major Assistant Coach Hire

first_imgPenn State cheerleaders perform during a game.UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – SEPTEMBER 02: Penn State Nittany Lions cheerleaders perform during the second half of a football game against the Akron Zips on September 2, 2017 at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Penn State defeats Akron 52-0. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)The Penn State Nittany Lions made a big addition to their coaching staff that should give the offense a boost.On Thursday, Penn State announced that Duke wide receivers coach Gerad Parker had been hired by the Nittany Lions to serve in the same capacity.In a statement from the school, Penn State head coach James Franklin spoke glowingly about Parker.“We are excited to add Gerad to our staff,” Franklin said. “He has a comprehensive background and knows the Big Ten. He is a terrific fit for our staff, university and community. He has a great opportunity to come in and make a significant impact both on and off the field with a very talented position group! Gerad played wide receiver in the SEC and has shown he is a great teacher of the position, as well. His wide receiver groups have been able to overachieve throughout his coaching career.”Welcome to the #PennState family, @GeradParker1!?: https://t.co/q9T5RAspFA#WeAre pic.twitter.com/LTkMCYosy2— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) January 10, 2019Parker spent the last two seasons with the Blue Devils, serving as offensive assistant in 2017 and wide receivers coach in 2018.Prior to his time at Duke, Parker spent four years with the Purdue Boilermakers in several roles.He served as a tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator from 2013 to 2014, then was moved to wide receivers coach in 2015.Parker also served briefly as interim head coach of the Boilermakers in 2016 following the dismissal of Darrell Hazell. He went 0-6 with Purdue as the team finished the year with a 3-9 record.last_img read more

Analyst Predicts What CFB Coach Is Most-Likely To Win First National Title

first_img The top five of the list in unsurprising, as all five have displayed their ability to coach at the highest level.Penn State’s James Franklin comes in at No. 5, Ohio State’s Ryan Day at No. 4, Texas’ Tom Herman at No. 3 and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley at No. 2.But who took home top honors? Georgia head coach Kirby Smart.Here’s why:The results are already there. Smart came seconds away from a national championship in Year 2 of his tenure. The following season, he came one half away from upsetting Alabama in the SEC Championship. And while that Alabama roadblock isn’t going anywhere, it’s hard to imagine Georgia falling off either.Smart already showed he’s capable of making it to the national title game.Now he just needs to take the next step. Dabo Swinney, Nick Saban, Lincoln Riley and Brian Kelly with the College Football Playoff trophy.ATLANTA, GA – December 6: Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley, Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney and Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly pose with the National Championship Trophy at the College Football Playoff Semifinal Head Coaches News Conference on December 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season sits a few months away, but the media beast surrounding the sport never tires.Before the new campaign officially starts, there will be lists of the top players in college football, early mock drafts, top 25 rankings and various other predictions.College football never truly stops.That’s the case on this Thursday when one college football analyst at 247Sports decided to look at which coach will become the next to win their first title.last_img read more

Sushma was so scared, she started crying: Kaur and Mandhana on World Cup ‘ghost’

first_imgSushma was so scared, she started crying: Kaur and Mandhana on World Cup ‘ghost’Indian T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur and opener Smriti Mandhana recently appeared on the online chat show ‘What the Duck’ where they shared a number of stories related to the team and their teammatesadvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 22, 2019UPDATED: May 22, 2019 10:08 IST Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur shared a number of stories (Screengrab: @Viu India Youtube)HIGHLIGHTSSmriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur recently made an appearance on Youtube chat show ‘What the Duck’Mandhana and Kaur revealed what happened when they were staying at an eerie hotel during the World CupThe duo said that some of the team members were haunted by ghostsIndia women cricketers Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana have long been the pillars of the Indian team. While Smriti is currently the No.1 ODI cricketer in the world, T20I captain Kaur’s attacking batting style has made her a household name in the country. Kaur’s fiery batting has made many believe that she is a fearless cricketer. Though according to Mandhana it’s not true.The duo recently appeared on the online chat show ‘What the Duck’ where they shared a number of stories related to the team and their teammates. When the host asked Kaur whether she was afraid of anything at all, a smiling Mandhana jumped in and said that her senior was afraid of ‘ghosts’. She also added that when she tried to scare Kaur, she ‘punished’ her junior by forcing her to share the room with her.”We were playing the World Cup in England. Harry (Harmanpreet) Di is most afraid of ghosts. I myself am a bit in the same league but her fear is on an extreme level. So, I am always itching to scare her. So one day I told her all the ghost stories which were related to the hotel we were staying in. I had heard about a number of ghost-related incidents with our teammates. So I told her everything and she had to listen to all of it because she was undergoing treatment. But later she punished me by forcing me to sleep with her during the night,” said a laughing Mandhana.advertisement”We all had single rooms and the hotel itself felt quite eerie. 3 of us were sleeping in one room but I didn’t let them sleep all night because I myself couldn’t,” explained Kaur.The discussion prompted the host to ask whether there was a ghost at the hotel in reality. Though Smriti and Harmanpreet agreed that they didn’t personally have any such experience, some of their fellow teammates did claim to have encountered ghosts during their stay at the hotel.”We didn’t see any ghost but 2-3 of our teammates said that they felt its presence. For example, Sushma Verma kept saying that the ghost had kept her captive for an hour and didn’t let go. And she actually cried for an hour (Sushma Verma). So who knows, there might have been something,” concluded Mandhana.Also Read | I’ve tried to copy Smriti Mandhana since she used to wear glasses: Riyan ParagAlso Read | Hockey India in awe of Jemimah Rodrigues’ dribbling skills Also Read | USA women’s cricket team creates history by sealing twin berths in global qualifiersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Smriti MandhanaFollow Harmanpreet KaurFollow Sushma Vermalast_img read more

Anil Kumble-led ICC cricket panel to discuss boundary count rule

first_imgAnil Kumble-led ICC cricket panel to discuss boundary count ruleAnil Kumble-led committee will discuss the controversial boundary count back rule in their next meeting. England won their maiden World Cup on boundary count rule after a tied Super Over against New Zealand.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 28, 2019UPDATED: July 28, 2019 23:39 IST England edged past New Zealand on the boundary count to win their maiden World Cup. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAnil Kumble-led ICC Cricket Committee is to discuss on boundary count ruleEngland won the World Cup 2019 on boundary count rule after a tied Super OverEngland vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 final ended in a tie even after a Super OverFormer India skipper Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee will discuss issues relating to the World Cup final, including the controversial boundary count back rule, in their next meeting, International Cricket Council (ICC) General Manager, Cricket, Geoff Allardice said.”The Cricket Committee will consider any issues arising from the World Cup final when it next meets (in the first quarter of 2020),” Allardice was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.”A Super Over has been used to determine a winner in a tied match in ICC events since 2009 (replacing the bowl-out), and the tie-breaker after a tied Super Over needed to be derived from something that happened in that particular match. So it has always related to the number of boundaries scored in the match,” he added.England edged past New Zealand on the boundary count to win their maiden World Cup earlier this month, leading to a massive uproar regarding the rule. In the final at Lord’s on July 14, England were adjudged winners of the World Cup on the basis of their superior boundary count – 22 fours and two sixes – to New Zealand’s 17 after the the match ended in a tie after regulation play and Super Over.”Almost all the T20 leagues around the world also use boundaries as the tie-breaker in their Super Overs. We wanted to use the same Super Over regulations that are used across all professional cricket and that’s why it was the way it was. Whether it should be different is something that our cricket committee will consider at some point,” Allardice said.advertisementOn sharing the World Cup, he said that the ICC’s Chief Executives Committee did not deliberate on the matter at its annual conference.”No, that wasn’t discussed. The consistent view has been that the World Cup final needs a winner, and a Super Over was in the playing conditions to decide a tied final in each of the last three World Cups,” he said.Allardice also hailed India skipper Virat Kohli’s comments on the World Test Championship. “It is very encouraging to hear those comments. I know players love playing Test cricket. For the first time there is a real context to the matches they play that extends beyond a particular series.”I know the Test rankings have done a good job over a long period of time in the sense of identifying the best team, but to be able to compete on a points table and play for a spot in the final will add a new element to Test cricket and will make it more interesting to people from the countries not involved in that particular match,” Allardice said.Also Read | Right process followed: ICC backs Kumar Dharmasena’s overthrows decision in World Cup 2019 finalAlso Read | Endured ‘excruciating’ pain during World Cup: Jofra ArcherAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Anil KumbleFollow World Cup 2019 finallast_img read more

India vs West Indies 3rd ODI: Dream 11 prediction, captain and vice-captain

first_img India Today Web Desk Port of SpainAugust 14, 2019UPDATED: August 14, 2019 11:44 IST India vs West Indies 3rd ODI Dream 11 Prediction (AP Photo)After a convincing show in the second ODI, Virat Kohli and boys will look to seal the deal in the final ODI of the three-match series at the Queen’s Park Oval on Wednesday. With the opening game washed out, the Indians have taken a 1-0 lead and the last game of the series will decide if India will lift the ODI trophy as well after a clinical show in the T20I series.Interestingly, this could be the last time that the legendary Chris Gayle takes the field and the West Indies outfit would look to give him a grand send-off. Speaking during the 2019 World Cup, Gayle had said that the ODI series and the Test series that followed would be his last. But the Windies selectors kept emotions aside and decided to ignore him for the Tests. So, the third ODI could be the last time that the opener is seen in Windies colours.For India, it will be about keeping the foot on the pedal and not giving any inch away to the hosts. After an 11-innings phase where he didn’t score a century, Kohli roared back to register his 42nd century in the second ODI and more than the hundred, it was the way in which he guided Shreyas Iyer in the middle overs that made the knock all the more special.BatsmenThis match will possibly be the final ODI for Chris Gayle and the big-hitting Jamaican will look to end his 50-over career on a high. He failed in the first two matches and will surely look to make amends in the final game so leaving him out of the playing XI is out of the question.advertisementRohit Sharma should be the second-choice opener with the in-form right-hander also due for a big score after a rare failure with the bat in the second ODI.Virat Kohli hit a match-winning hundred in the last game and is the best option at No. 3. He was part of a 125-run partnership with Shreyas Iyer, who showed superb composure with the bat under pressure and hence, is a perfect choice for the No. 4 position.WicketkeeperJust like Rohit Sharma, India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant is also due for a big one and today just might be his day with the bat. Pant is reliable behind the stumps as well and can earn you a lot of points if he gets going.All-roundersCarlos Brathwaite has shown good form with the ball with three wickets in the last match. And he can demolish any bowling attack in the world on his day with the bat. Choosing him over Jason Holder might just pay off in this match.Ravindra Jadeja should be the second all-rounder your side as he is economical with the ball and is one of the best fielders in the world. He has also shown good form with the bat lower down the order.BowlersBhuvneshwar Kumar should be the first choice when it comes to picking fast bowlers as the Indian seamer has the ability to pick up wickets at the beginning when the ball is swinging and at the end as well with his death-bowling abilities being one of the best in the business.Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has been India’s first-choice spinner and he repaid the team management’s faith with 3 wickets in the 2nd ODI. He will be a key player for India once again in the final match.Mohammed Shami and Sheldon Cottrell can be the final two players in your Dream XI. Both fast bowlers have been economical so far with Shami having taken 2 wickets at an average of 22 while Cottrell conceded just 49 runs and picked up a wicket in his 10 overs in the second ODI.Dream 11 team, WI vs IND 3rd ODI: Chris Gayle (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Carlos Brathwaite, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell.SquadsIndia: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini.West Indies: Jason Holder (capt), Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach.Also Read | India vs West India 3rd ODI Live Streaming: Telecast channelsAlso Read | Everyone is confident of their position: Rishabh Pant ahead of West Indies vs India 3rd ODIAlso Read | 3rd ODI: High-flying India look to maintain clean slate vs West IndiesadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs West Indies 3rd ODIFollow India vs West Indies 3rd ODI dream XI predictionFollow India vs West Indies 3rd ODI dream 11 captain India vs West Indies 3rd ODI: Dream 11 prediction, captain and vice-captainIndia vs West Indies 3rd ODI Dream 11 Prediction: India have a 1-0 lead and the last game of the 3-match series will decide if the visitors will lift the ODI trophy as well after a clinical show in the T20I series.advertisementlast_img read more

John Peabody aims to inspire with The Hand & Eye

first_img Editors’ Recommendations On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now For most small business entrepreneurs, having the chance to tell the story of your craft often gets lost in the shuffle of developing and maintaining your business. Focus on growing a customer base, providing quality products, and marketing your business take precedent over finding a medium to spread your message, no matter how influential it may be. For journalist John Peabody however, the passion and inspiration behind what makes every small business unique defines the framework behind his latest project, The Hand & Eye.When John first launched The Hand & Eye nearly one year ago, he began with the simple premise of chronicling a new class of craftsmen, makers, and creative minds in hopes of celebrating their work and telling their stories. But instead of finding currently-trending individuals or businesses, he set out to find those who hadn’t yet had their stories told. Twelve months later, The Hand & Eye features an exclusive mix of entrepreneurs with skills ranging from clock making, to surfboard shaping, to hand-painted outdoor advertisements.Like most good ideas, the thought to create The Hand & Eye struck John at a rather odd moment; on a flight to Puerto Rico for a surfing trip. Although the idea for showcasing small businesses came at 35,000 feet, John knew he wanted to approach it in an original way and aspired to send a different kind of message. “I didn’t want it to be just about the products, but rather something to feature interesting jobs,” Peabody tells The Manual, “a way to inspire people and document fascinating stories.”After spending just a few moments on the site, these fascinating and inspiring stories jump out with every click. A journalist since his days in college, it’s easy to see John has a knack for telling compelling and exciting stories; a knack he puts on full display with The Hand & Eye.But for the former small business editor at Reuters, it’s his improved photography skills he feels most proud of. Not only does he acknowledge the fact that proper photography helps capture the essence of what the makers and craftsmen do, but he feels it lets him do right by them and provide their craft the justice it deserves.For now, The Hand & Eye mostly covers entrepreneurs on the East Coast, with most of the stories coming out of New York City and Brooklyn — where Peabody calls home. Despite New York City experiencing its own industrial and manufacturing renaissance as of late, the idea of branching out and finding more outside of the city is one of the next steps for The Hand & Eye. “I’d love to just travel and bring The Hand & Eye to places not usually covered,” John says, adding, “I’ve always been fascinated with spending a week in Detroit; there’s just so much going on there.”In the mean time, John continues to document the rich culture of craftsmen the East Coast has to offer, and provides his followers with exceptional, awe-inspiring content. It’s hardly just one thing which allows The Hand & Eye to stand out, but rather the harmony of all the unique designers, farmers, woodworkers, and crafters he’s found along the way.With just a year under his belt developing the triumph that is The Hand & Eye, it’s clear John’s passion for small business and penchant for writing runs deep. Color us intrigued to see what John has in store for the next twelve months.To take a look at all of John’s featured small businesses, head on over to The Hand & Eye website. 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Readlast_img read more

TGIF Shopping: Peter Nappi Nashville’s Secret

first_img The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Repurpose Your Baseball Glove Into a Wallet With the Pastime Custom Program Editors’ Recommendations This week we’d like to highlight a Nashville-based leather shoemaker Peter Nappi. The brand makes men’s and women’s shoes with Italian craftsmanship in their creative hangout turned store. Founders Philip and Dana Nappi studied leather and shoemaking in Italy before they created the brand, which has become one of Nashville’s best-kept secrets. Peter Nappi is the epicenter of Nashville’s cool kids (like). The luxury shoe retailer is housed within a former meatpacking warehouse in East Germantown. Now it caters to shoppers as well as local creative types. The space has become a local hangout as well as an event space with its carefully curated vintage design.Peter Nappi (Philip’s grandfather) is the inspiration the brand. He emigrated from Italy as a shoemaker in 1904. When the two founders discovered this while studying in Italy it solidified their decision to reinvigorate his legacy with the creation of the brand. The latest collection wears a broken-in look very well. We love that it’s not too glossy and has some character right off the shelf.“The FW14 collection is inspired by the rich, time-worn structure and color palette of Italian architecture, combined with classic American dress/work style,” Philip Nappi said. “Some of the leathers were treated to bring out the luster of the hides, while others were specially treated for a subtly broken in effect.”We are impressed by their two boot options. The Alfeo is their lace-up cap toe brogue boot that comes in both suede and leather. The other is their Rocco, which is a leather lace-up work boot that comes in suede, leather and a cotton canvas. Both hit just above the ankles. If you’re looking for something a little more dressed up try out the Pietro, their cap-toe wingtip that comes in a leather and suede. They also have a plethora of other finely made kicks. Browse their online store to pick up a pair here. Your New Favorite Pair of Go-to Leather Shoes Just Got More Affordable Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men The Best Men’s Chukka Boots for 2019last_img read more

Specialty Cocktails for National Tequila Day

first_img Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One The 5 Best Margarita Mixes to Stock Up On Right Now Editors’ Recommendations Celebrate National Tequila Day with these Awesome Agave Cocktail Recipes With July coming to an end, it’s crazy to think that the summer is almost half-over. But, with the recent rash of heat and summer storms all over the country, it’s easy to believe. This is the part of the summer where it seems like everyone is on vacation. If you happen to be one of the unlucky stiffs slogging through the season without a solid break in the action, we’ve got something for you to look forward to: Friday is National Tequila Day.A lot of people are wary of tequila, but we here at The Manual love it, whether it is served straight up, on the rocks with a little salt and lime, or as part of a delicious cocktail. In fact, tequila cocktails are this particular writer’s favorite kind of cocktail.So, in order to celebrate National Tequila Day, we would like to present you with a list of specialty tequila cocktails from some of the country’s leading mixologists. We have recipes from Miami, New York and Los Angeles that you can try your hand at making in the comfort of your very own him. Or, if you live in one of those three cities, you can get your ass over to some of these very fine establishments and enjoy National Tequila Day with a next level drink (or two).New York CityEXTRA FANCYDrink: “Peach Colored Glasses” by Meaghan MontaganoIngredients:5 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila1 oz. Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach.75 oz. spiced honey syrup.5 oz. lemon juice.5 oz. peach pureeSparkling brut roseShake DeLeòn Tequila, Grand Marnier, syrup, lemon and peach puree over ice and top with a splash of sparkling brut rose.PALM COURT AT THE PLAZA HOTELDrink: “Lost Horizon” by James MeniteIngredients:2 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila1 oz. Perfect Puree papaya puree1 whole egg.5 oz. simple syrup2 dashes Regan’s Orange BittersFreshly grated nutmeg5 dried cranberries and orange peelIn a Koriko shaker, shake 1 whole egg for 1 minute vigorously to emulsify. Add ice and all other ingredients, incorporate with a second shake, then double strain ingredients into a chilled Coupe. Add 5 dried cranberries and orange peel for garnish with freshly grated nutmeg. Enjoy deliciousness.Los AngelesSASSAFRAS SALOONDrink: “La Cafina” by Karen GrillIngredients:5 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila.5 oz. La Nina Primario.75 oz. pineapple chili shrib.5 oz. line juiceShaved cinnamonAdd all ingredients but cinnamon to shaker tin and shake vigorously over ice. Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Shave cinnamon over top and garnish with pineapple wedge and jalapeno slice.BARTONI’SDrink: “Summer of Love” by Aidan DemarestIngredients:1 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila.25 oz. Smith and Cross Rum.75 oz. Sherry.5 oz. Velvet Falernum.75 oz. lime juice.5 oz. passion fruit syrupShake all ingredients and pour into a frosted mug over crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.TOCA MADERADrink: “Agave Por Vida” by Juan MartinezIngredients:2 oz. DeLeòn Platinum TequilaFresh Watermelon.5 oz. watermelon mint shrub.5 oz. sweetened ginger juice1 oz. lime juiceTamarind CandyBuild cocktail in tin, throw two pieces of watermelon into tin and muddle. Add lime juice, ginger juice, watermelon- mint shrub and DeLeòn Platinum. Shake and pour into Cantarito (clay cup). Top off with more fresh ice and garnish with mint sprig and tamarind candy.MiamiREGENT COCKTAIL CLUBDrink: “Cobbleone” by Richie PetronziIngredients:2 oz. DeLeòn Platinum Tequila1 oz. lemon juice1 oz. agave syrup.5 oz Amontillado Sherry.5 oz. Pedro Ximenez SherryAdd all ingredients to a cocktail shaker except for the Pedro Ximenez Sherry. Shake well and pour into a double old fashioned glass. Top with crushed ice and float Pedro Ximenez Sherry on top. Garnish with blackberries and raspberries. 9 Best Tequilas (and 3 Mezcals) for Palomas, According to Bartenderslast_img read more

The Birthplace of Bungee – Queenstown, New Zealand

first_img 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploring Adventure junkies already know about it. It’s the birthplace of bungy (yanks call it ‘bungee’), after all, and hosts of other crazy heart-stopping activities. But Queenstown, New Zealand, offers a lot more than an adrenaline rush. The bay town on Lake Wakatipu boasts great food and wine, good hiking and a wealth of fantastic scenery.PlayBikeRide up to the top of Bob’s Peak, which is adventure central in Queenstown. The bike path is busy but offers a wealth of great track. If you’re still in the mood for adventure, opt for zip lining via Zip Trek Eco Tours. The expert guides will take you along six lines of various lengths and steepness and explain everyone’s duty to preserve the natural beauty of the forest and fauna.HikeTake a hike to Ben Lomond. The track is fairly easy, even for novice hikers and the views are spectacular. Head back to Bob’s Peak. The gondola is tempting but you’ve already been hiking so head down the mountain and watch the Douglas Firs give way to Mountain Beech.FlySet a course for adventure. Start your day with a flight via Heli Tours to Lake Isabelle, high in the Remarkables Mountains. Owned by locals Paul and Katherine Mitchell, the Heli Tours pilot will take you on a breathtaking ride around Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu and drop you off at the peak for some awe-inspiring pics.ShootYou’re back on terra firma and you want to do something more hands on. Try clay target shooting with Break One. If you’ve never used a Beretta 12 gauge shot gun, here’s your chance. Expert guides lead you through the targets.BoatNow, your adrenaline is pumping. Head back to town and hop on the Hydro Attack. A Queenstown exclusive, guests are placed inside what the outfitters call a cross between “a fighter jet and a torpedo.” But yeah, it looks like a shark, a behemoth of a shark. You’ll fly through the lake at 50 mph, diving under the water one minute and rocketing 18 feet in the air the next. What a rush.Eat & DrinkFor lunch we enjoy a nosh at local favorite, Rata, run by Michelin-starred chef Josh Emett. The small plates are phenomenal as is the service and wine list.After an action-packed day two it’s time to sit back and sip the wine. Hire a Blackzqn driver to chauffeur you to wineries in Central Otago, one of New Zealand’s premier wine-growing regions. You’ll be squired around in a Mercedes, Audi or Range Rover to taste wines that have won prestigious gold medals at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Start your day off at Mount Edward, a small winery in Gibbston, that makes the best Riesling in the country. Stop off for lunch at beautiful Carrick in Bannockburn. Head to Akarua, also in Bannockburn, for exceptional Pinot Noir (ask nicely to taste the award-winning Siren. It’s not on the tasting menu). Take the beaten track—literally—to Chard Farm for some Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. Finish your day at Amisfield Winery & Bistro on Lake Hayes, one of the prettiest spots in the entire region. The rosé is a delight as is the dinner.SleepCheck into The Rees Hotel, named after William G. Rees, who founded Queenstown in 1860. The five-star hotel has 60 rooms and 90 one- to three-bedroom apartments. Opt for the lake view rooms. Sigh in contentment as you relax on your queen-size bed, watching the sunset over the mountains. Rooms are fashioned in neutral shades with push-button window shades, small patios and full baths with separate showers and jetted tubs. Rent a mountain bike at the front desk and take it for a spin.Getting thereAir New Zealand offers daily non-stops from Los Angeles and San Francisco as well as Vancouver, British Columbia to Auckland International. From Auckland, guests have a choice of twice daily connections to Queenstown. There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Correctional Services Buildings to be Improved

first_imgThe Department of Correctional Services is set to receive more vehicles and improved facilities in the new fiscal year, following the allocation of $457.1 million.Details of the project are outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, tabled in the House of Representatives on February 14 by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke.Of the sum, $393.1 million will go towards commencing and completing minor construction activities and improvement of buildings at the Diamond Crest Correctional Centre, St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre and the Horizon Correctional Centre.The money will also be used to start preliminary work necessary for construction of the new Long Pond Detention Centre.The remaining $64 million will be used to purchase Coaster buses, 15-seater buses, pickups and motorcycles.The project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security, is being funded by the Government.last_img read more

Tourism Stakeholders Urged to Protect the Environment

first_imgStakeholders in the tourism sector have been urged to manage the product in a sustainable manner,  with special focus on the environment, by Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill. The Minister, who was addressing a forum to launch an environmental protection initiative being spearheaded by the National Environmental and Planning Agency (NEPA), to focus on climate change issues in the Negril area,  at Couples Swept Away, on November 29, said the entire tourism product must be seen in the protection of the environment along with management of the other offerings. “If we do not manage this product properly, we can be in danger of losing it, as the environment is a very important part of everything we do. Climate change is here, it is a present danger. The  beach as we knew it has changed. There are areas where it has eroded terribly and, we have to protect that beach,” the Minister told his audience. He said the issue should not be seen as just something affecting overseas territories, as climate change, through the increase of storms, floods and fires, have caused serious damage to the  area, mainly the morass. “Here in Negril, we have real issues, but I am proud of the participation of the community. They take pride in issues affecting the community,” the Minister said.  “We all have to look at it from a national point of view, how we are going to deal with the effects of climate change. We have to look at our marine protection, and we have to look at our coastal management,” the Minister added. He said the NEPA plan must ensure that the entire marine environment and the wider area is protected, so that the resort community can continue to provide sustenance to the area and the Jamaican economy. “We now know enough that everything is linked. The beach is linked to the sea, it is linked to the morass, and it is linked to the rivers.  We must address it as one,” Dr. McNeill emphasised.last_img read more

Vroon Offshore Services Orders Two More ULSTEIN PSVs

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location ULSTEIN, October 29, 2013 Print  Close zoom ULSTEIN has entered into an agreement with COSCO (Guang Dong) Shipyard Co. Ltd, China, on deliveries of ship design, power & control equipment and on-site follow-up services of two platform supply vessels of the PX121 design. The vessels are ordered by Vroon Offshore Services of the Netherlands.“These two vessels are part of the Vroon commitment to our business partners and will support us in meeting their service requirements in the best possible way. All at Vroon are excited to welcome these new vessels to our fleet in 2015,’’ comments Jan-Piet Baars, Managing Director of Vroon Offshore Services.“The PX121 is becoming increasingly attractive to oil companies as it offers a competitive combination of fuel-efficiency and cargo capacities/deadweight,” explains Sigurd Viseth, Managing Director of Ulstein Design & Solutions. “This translates to a performance level that is usually expected from larger PSVs, but at a medium-sized PSV cost – delivering excellent value-for-money for the owner and operator. We’re delighted that Vroon sees the compelling benefits of this vessel. We expect to see more newbuilds of the same design type in the years to come.”Earlier in 2013, Vroon committed to two of the same PX121 design and equipment deals, with an option for a further two. Today’s agreement marks the declaration of that option.Each of Vroon’s four PSVs is scheduled for delivery in 2015 and intended for operation in European waters. Measuring 83.4 metres in length, with a beam of 18 metres, they boast a rectangular cargo deck of 830 square metres and a load capacity of 4,200 tonnes (dwt).Thanks to flexible tank capacities, the PX121 is set up to support drilling activities with longer and deeper boreholes and activities further from shore. In addition to tanks for oil, water and drilling fluids, the vessel also has two stainless steel tanks for flammable liquids or corrosive chemicals. Each ship will be equipped with dynamic positioning system Class II and meets the requirements of ‘Clean Design’, according to ABS class.The PX121, which has a maximum speed of approximately 15 knots and modern accommodation for 23 people, also comes with the iconic ULSTEIN X-BOW®. The X-BOW offers efficiency over a wide draught range, which is important for PSVs as they often operate with varying loads. Furthermore, the X-BOW has unique, advantageous qualities in terms of motion and propulsion efficiency in moderate and heavy seas. Its innovative shape eliminates wave slamming and bow impact delivering better performance, while reducing noise and vibration, which in turn translates to enhanced crew comfort and safety levels.last_img read more

L-3 SAM Electronics to Supply Turnkey Equipment for …

first_imgzoom L-3 SAM Electronics has been awarded a major contract to provide complete electrical packages, as well as integrated navigation, automation, communications, energy distribution and propulsion systems for Ceona Amazon, the 199-meter offshore construction and pipelaying vessel to be delivered this coming October to Ceona, a London-based subsea contracting organisation.The turnkey supply work, which also includes all cabling installation, is to be carried out under contract to the vessel’s principal outfitter, Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven AG, Germany, which subcontracted the steel work to Crist S.A.’s shipyard in Gdynia, Poland.Due to enter service in January 2015, Ceona’s multifunctional Amazon vessel is capable of operating in multiple pipelay modes, installing both rigid/flexible pipe and umbilicals. It is equipped for heavy lifting, with two 400-ton deepwater cranes, and has the capacity to carry more than 9,000 tons of rigid pipe.“Following the successful recent completion of similar installations, the highly complex project for the Ceona Amazon represents a major undertaking that we are well-positioned to accomplish,” said Ulrich Weinreuter, president of L-3 Marine Systems International. “This latest award demonstrates L-3’s continuing presence as a leading supplier of a wide range of specialized systems and expertise in support of the global offshore shipping and platform industries.”L-3’s vessel control system consists of a NACOS Platinum integrated navigation system, featuring standardized workstations with multipurpose displays, and an MCS Platinum automated monitoring and control system capable of processing approximately 4,500 input and output signals controlled by 10 processing stations. Supplementary support facilities comprise a full range of internal communications systems as well as a comprehensive range of GMDSS equipment. Power will be available for seven asynchronous thruster drives generated by a series of six diesel alternators supplying three medium-voltage switchboards. Other associated equipment includes six-pulse and 12-pulse PWM converter drives in addition to 16 medium-voltage propulsion and distribution transformers.The Ceona Amazon contract is the latest in a series of major turnkey projects undertaken by L-3 SAM Electronics on behalf of leading operators of next-generation offshore construction support craft. Other recent ventures include comparable outfitting of the heavy-lift jack-up crane vessels, Innovation and Vidar.L-3 SAM Electronics, February 27, 2014last_img read more

ABB Gets ‘Red Dot Award’ for Its New RCS

first_imgzoom ABB, has been awarded the prestigious “red dot award” 2014 for the tabletop operator control unit of its new Remote Control Station (RCS).RCS TabletopAn international panel of 40 experts assessed products submitted by more than 1,800 manufacturers, designers and architects from 53 nations, evaluating the degree of innovation, functionality, quality, ergonomics, durability and ecological compatibility.“The new design of the RCS tabletop unit was created following ABB’s ‘Operator in focus’ concept. This concept addresses crane operators’ performance and well-being as the container handling industry continues to expand the scope of remote operations and searches for ways to improve productivity as the ships get larger and the cranes taller,” said Heikki Soljama, head of ABB’s Marine and Cranes business unit.“This year the world’s first remote ship-to-shore crane operators will be joining their stacking crane operator colleagues in a centralized remote control room. Now both operator groups will be able enjoy operating comfort, top quality and leading edge technologies.”RCS Control roomThe new RCS is based on extensive ergonomic and usability studies, and provides many improvements for crane operations. The most used controls are placed within a primary reach zone that supports the operator’s natural work flow, making the job as comfortable as possible.The ‘Operator in focus’ concept aims to improve operator effectiveness and occupational health through the ergonomic design of the entire operator working environment. This includes the entire control room from lighting and noise absorption solutions to the location of adjacent areas, such as locker rooms, dining and meeting areas, in addition to the remote control systems and related operator workstations.The product design competition has existed since 1955 and is an internationally recognized quality seal for design.ABB also won this prestigious award in 2013 with its Azimuth lever design, used in Azipod® powered ships to control propulsion speed and steering angle.ABB, April 11, 2014last_img read more

MPI Adventure Hired for Sandbank OWF

first_imgzoom MPI Offshore announced that its vessel MPI Adventure and its services in general will be employed on the Sandbank Offshore Wind Farm project.The company will perform the offshore transport and installation of all 72 Siemens 4-MW wind turbines, together with a wide range of related services.Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München (Munich City Utilities, SWM) have this week confirmed their commitment to this project, being their second joint offshore wind farm off the German North Sea coast.Sandbank is expected to annually generate 1.4 TWh of renewable electricity annually, equivalent to the consumption of about 400,000 households.The new wind farm will be built 110 km off the German coast. MPI’s involvement in respect of the wind-turbine installation on the Sandbank project is scheduled to commence at the end of the summer of 2016.Gunnar Groebler, Head of the Renewables Business Unit for Vattenfall’s Continental/UK region said: “We know how to work offshore and we see it as a significant building block in the success of the energy transition (Energiewende) in Germany.”Press Release, August 13, 2014last_img read more

EU to Blacklist Iranian Shipping Companies Again

first_imgzoom The European Union is about to reinstate sanctions against 40 Iranian shipping companies as it turns up the heat against Tehran over its nuclear program.The European Council sent a letter two weeks ago to the shipping firms’ lawyer Maryam Taher, claiming that the reasons for the intended re-listings included the companies being owned or controlled by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping lines (IRISL) or for providing training, spare parts and services to IRISL or its employees, Reuters reports.Taher is cited by Reuters as saying that the decision to re-list the companies was “purely politically motivated and not based on any proper evidence” that the entities were linked with nuclear proliferation or Iran’s government.The sanctions were lifted this January when the EU General Court annulled the restrictive measures against an Iranian bank and 40 shipping companies whose assets had been frozen.The court said that companies linked to IRISL have not been proven to had been involved in supporting nuclear proliferation.The 40 shipping companies involved in the case include Hamburg-based Ocean Capital Administration GmbH, Kerman Shipping Co. Ltd, Woking Shipping Investments Ltd, established in Valetta, Malta among others.The sanctions remained in place until the appeal process was over, however; the EU decided to proceed with sanctions.In February, the EU decided to again blacklist Iran’s largest tanker operator National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC), after the company failed to convince a London Court to prevent the EU from reimposing sanctions.The decision to reinstate sanctions comes amid efforts of the global powers to reach a framework agreement with Tehran that would restrict the most sensitive aspects of Iran’s atomic program in return for an easing of international sanctions.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Readers’ Picks of the Week ( 11-15 Jan, 2016)

first_imgSeaman Guard Ohio Crew Sentenced to Five YearsAn Indian court has sentenced members of US security company AdvanFort to five years of prison for carrying weapons aboard an antipiracy ship in 2013… Read More Reaction: Hapag Lloyd Not Slashing Its FleetGerman carrier Hapag Lloyd did not slash its fleet by 23 ships and it has no lay ups the company’s spokesperson told World Maritime News reacting to media reports… Read More World Maritime News Staff Teekay Starts Building Six LNG CarriersDecember was a pretty busy month for Teekay Corporation as keels for six LNG newbuildings were laid at Korean Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering DSME shipyard… Read More Saga Cruises Confirms Cruise Ship Order at MeyerBritish cruise line company Saga Cruises has signed a contract to build a 55900gt cruise ship at German shipyard Meyer Werft which includes an option for an additional… Read More VIDEO: Russian Ship Aground in Japan, 18 EvacuatedSome 18 people were evacuated from a Panama-flagged cargo ship after it ran aground on Sunday December 10 on a breakwater at the approach to the Japanese Sakata port the… Read More last_img read more

POSH Finds Work for Eight OSVs in Middle East

first_imgzoom Offshore marine services provider PACC Offshore Services Holdings Ltd. (POSH) has signed long term charter agreements for eight offshore supply vessels (OSVs) at a combined value of USD 167.5 million with an undisclosed Saudi Arabian national oil and gas major.Under the charter deals, the company will supply eight anchor-handling, supply and safety standby vessels, of which six will be newbuilds.The vessels, on a firm five-year charter with two one-year extension options, will support the national oil company’s operations at the Arabian Gulf.POSH said that the charters will commence following delivery, with vessels to be handed over to the client starting from December 2016.The contracts awarded are an addition to the earlier charter deals signed for four newbuilds in February 2016. These four vessels will start operations from the first quarter of 2017. The first three ships are expected to be delivered during the first half of 2017, while the fourth vessel is scheduled for delivery in June the same year.“We are pleased to have been awarded 8 more vessel contracts in the Middle East. This further validates our strategy to pursue pockets of growth in key markets that exist despite the challenging industry conditions,” Chief Executive Officer of POSH, Captain Gerald Seow, said.POSH further said that these contracts are not expected to have a material impact on the net tangible assets or earnings per share of the group for the financial year ending December 31, 2016.last_img read more

Xeneta: Brexit Brings Gloomy Days for Container Shipping

first_imgzoom The UK’s decision to leave the European Union will have a negative impact on all parties involved in the container shipping segment, from shippers, to freight forwarders and the container carriers themselves, the market intelligence platform for containerized ocean freight Xeneta said.“The last thing the container segment needs is further unpredictability and disruption,” Xeneta CEO, Patrik Berglund, said.Rates for shipping 40-foot containers have effectively collapsed over the past two years, with the short term average for Shanghai to Rotterdam now standing at 60% below its Summer 2014 level, driven by chronic over-capacity and cut throat competition.For the last 40-plus years the UK has been part of a mega trading block capable of negotiating the most favourable trade treaties, and therefore import duties, with other blocks and nations, but now the country is going to have to sign new treaties with everyone, without the bargaining power of the EU in its corner, according to Berglund, who added that this would “undoubtedly lead to higher duties, and therefore costs for shippers.”Furthermore, he said that the flow of containers will face a new bottleneck, increasing complexity and potentially forcing shippers to consider alternatives – such as more local sourcing, or re-positioning facilities in territories more conducive to easier trading.According to Berglund, it is impossible to predict how the decision will impact on freight rates in the immediate future, as the segment was unpredictable enough “before this political bombshell exploded.”last_img read more

Slowdown in Shipping Industry Impacts Clarksons’ Earnings

first_imgzoom London-based provider of integrated shipping services Clarkson PLC (Clarksons) has seen a robust performance during the first half of 2016 despite continued challenging market conditions in many of its markets.Namely, Clarksons recorded a slight increase of 1 percent in its revenue for the period which increased from GBP 145.3 million (USD 187.6 million) seen in the first half of 2015 to GBP 147.2 million (USD 190.1 million) reported in the first half of 2016.Underlying profit before taxation was GBP 21.8 million, down from last year’s GBP 23.6 million, which after acquisition related costs resulted in a reported profit before taxation of GBP 17.5 million, against GBP 10.8 million seen in the same period a year earlier.The first half of 2016 incorporates a full six months of results from Platou, whereas the first half of 2015 included five months post acquisition.“The global shipping industry is experiencing the most challenging rate environment seen in many years which, as previously highlighted, has inevitably impacted the group’s performance for the first six months of 2016,” Andi Case, Chief Executive, said.“In the current uncertain macro-economic environment, we believe our markets will continue to be highly challenged, with low levels of newbuilding contracting and a prevalence of spot business continuing to limit forward visibility of earnings,” Clarksons said.Global economic and political uncertainty continues to impact the international shipping, offshore and capital markets, Clarskons said, adding that the difficult trading environment would be reflected in the group’s performance for the year.last_img read more

Korean Bank to Fund Philippines New Cebu Port

first_imgzoom South Korean bank Korea Eximbank (KEXIM) has granted its approval for a financial injection for the Philippines’ proposed new Cebu International Container Port in Consolacion.The port project cost is estimated to be around PHP 9.19 billion (USD 181.6 million), according to the Philippine News Agency.Out of this amount, PHP 7.96 billion (USD 157.2 million) is up for official development assistance (ODA) funding, while the Philippine government would contribute with PHP 1.23 billion (USD 24.3 billion).Set to commence the implementation phase in the third quarter, the port project is reportedly scheduled to be completed by 2020. The new port, which would reduce congestion and vessel waiting time in the Cebu International Port, is set to almost double container yard capacity from the current 7,373 TEU to 14,400 TEU.KEXIM would further finance USD 1 billion worth of infrastructure projects in the Philippines. Relevant Philippine authorities are currently conducting feasibility studies for several projects targeted to be presented for possible KEXIM financing.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

TUI Cruises Takes Delivery of New Mein Schiff 1

first_imgThe new flagship of German TUI Cruises, the New Mein Schiff 1, was delivered today from Meyer Turku shipyard.The 315 m cruise ship is based on a new design, which is an evolution of the Mein Schiff series.“The impressive new 50 m wide steel and glass window structure that makes up the new Diamond at the aft of the ship just above the propellers is a good example how we combine architectural design with our engineering skills supported by sophisticated computer models. Innovations, strengthening our Turku team and our 200million Euro investments in Finland well in advance are our way to compete with our mostly government owned and supported competitors,” CEO of Meyer Turku Jan Meyer comments.The design of the New Mein Schiff 1 allows for a 10 percent energy efficiency improvement compared to last year’s Mein Schiff 6. The cruise ship is equipped with catalytic converters for the main and auxiliary engines, reducing nitrogen oxide emissions.“We will proceed with this expansion over the next year with the new Mein Schiff 2. In 2023, the Mein Schiff 7, another ship in this class, will continue the trend,” said CEO of TUI Cruises Wybcke Meier.At the shipyard, New Mein Schiff 2 is already under construction and TUI Cruises recently ordered a third sister ship to New Mein Schiff 1 & 2 for delivery from Turku in 2023, which will be called Mein Schiff 7.New Mein Schiff 1 will sail from Turku to Hamburg where it will be christened on May 11.last_img read more

Hyundai Mipo Licensed by GTT

first_imgzoomImage by WMN South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard (HMD) has inked a technical assistance and licence agreement with French LNG containment systems expert GTT.The deal targets the outfitting of gas carriers, in particular small and middle scale (up to 50,000 m3) and LNG fuel tanks for merchant ships.“This contract represents a new step forward in the development of GTT technologies in the small-capacity market. It will also allow both partners to further expand their offer to ship owners, in particular in the LNG as fuel field,” GTT said commenting on the deal.Hyundai Mipo obtained its license having completed a qualification process that began in April, 2018, including the construction of a Mark III Flex mockup and an audit led by GTT.Hyundai Mipo is the third shipyard among the Hyundai group to be licensed by GTT, in addition to Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, which have been constructing LNG carriers and floating storage regasification unit (FSRUs) with GTT membrane technologies for decades.“We are pleased to expand our long-time partnership with Hyundai, group with whom the signature of our first TALA goes back to 27 years,” Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, said.“We have the pleasure to now count HMD, who has just delivered its 1000th ship, among our new partners.”last_img read more

New Manager Named to Cabinet Office

first_imgLongtime Big Bras d’Or businessperson, school board member andcommunity volunteer Keith Bain is the new manager of the CapeBreton cabinet office. Energy Minister Cecil Clarke, on behalf of Premier John Hamm,made the announcement today, April 30. “As part of the Nova Scotia government’s ongoing commitment toprovide Cape Breton with a strong voice, I am delighted toannounce the appointment of someone as experienced and capable asKeith Bain,” said Mr. Clarke. “His broad background in business,in education and in volunteer work will strengthen the role ofthe cabinet office.” Currently employed as a small business manager in Big Bras d’Or,Mr. Bain studied business administration at the former Sydneycampus of St. Francis Xavier University. Since 1991, he hasserved as an elected member of the Northside-Victoria and CapeBreton-Victoria regional school boards, working the last fiveyears as board vice-chair. Mr. Bain is also an active community volunteer, serving as chiefof the Big Bras d’Or Volunteer Fire Department since 1985. Hisother present and past community activities include the CanadianFederation of Independent Business, the Victoria County FireChiefs’ Association, the Bouladerie Food Bank, the Brasd’Or/Florence and Area Kinsmen Club and the local board ofmanagers for the United Church of Canada. “Keith Bain has a tremendous understanding of what it takes towork with our local communities to create more success stories onCape Breton Island,” said Mr. Clarke. Located in the Provincial Building on Prince Street in Sydney,the Cape Breton cabinet office was established by Premier JohnHamm in 1999 to provide the region with guaranteed access toprovincial decision-makers. The Nova Scotia government reviewedthe effectiveness of the office in 2002 and chose to keep it openat the request of local business and community leaders. NovaScotia’s growth strategy, Opportunities for Prosperity,recognizes the unique challenges and opportunities facing theCape Breton economy. Mr. Bain’s appointment is effective Monday, May 3. The manager’sposition was advertised in the local media in January and tworounds of interviews were held with applicants by the ExecutiveCouncil office.last_img read more

Healthy Sexuality Resource Available for Youth

first_imgSex? — A Healthy Sexuality Resource, is now available to helpyoung Nova Scotians make informed decisions about relationshipsand sex. The 117-page book includes such topics as relationships,decision making, sexual assault, sexually transmitted infectionsand contraception. “The intention of this resource is to provide factual, easy-to-understand information to help youth make safe, healthy choices,”said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “The statisticsclearly told us that we needed to do more to help youth makeinformed decisions.” Sex? — A Healthy Sexuality Resource, was developed by a workinggroup made up of staff of the Office of Health Promotion anddepartments of Health and Education, district Public HealthServices and a plain language writer. Other contributing membersof the working group included youth representatives, MetroPlanned Parenthood and Dalhousie Family Medicine. More than 500 youth were consulted to find out what they wantedand needed to know and to review a draft of the resource. Theresource was also reviewed by parents and teachers in rural andurban areas throughout the province. Bev Mullin is a parent and the president of the Nova ScotiaFederation of Home and School Associations. She said that whileparents are the first and most important resource for youth onmatters of sexuality and sexual health, this resource will help. “As parents, we must take the opportunity to read this book,learn the pressures our children encounter in their everydaylives, and teach them about healthy sexuality,” she said. The resource was also reviewed by national and provincial expertsin the field of sexual health and sex education. “What makes this document unique is the author’s ability tocontinually emphasize the message that all individuals must carefor themselves, must make choices for themselves and besupportive of individual choices,” said Dr. Joan Wenning, apediatric and adolescent gynaecologist from the IWK HealthCentre. “The resource not only provides factual information, italso focuses on the importance of helping young people developgood communication and assertiveness skills which will translateinto healthier relationships.” All the information in the resource is currently availablethrough more than 30 pamphlets and other assorted print materialsused by public health staff. This resource combines all thatinformation in one place, and presents it in a way that isaccessible to youth and in a format that engages them. The resource will be available free to all Nova Scotians aged 12to 17. Public Health Services will work with six of the sevenEnglish school boards to develop individual plans to distributeit to youth in grades 7 to 12, starting in September. Youth whoaren’t able to receive it through schools can get it from PublicHealth Services and their community partners. The Acadian schoolboard will decide on distribution after reviewing a translatedversion. The resource will be available to private and FirstNations schools who wish to assist local Public Health with itsdistribution. Parents will have an opportunity to view the resource at theirlocal library, public health office, their child’s school or onthe Office of Health Promotion’s website. The resource can alsobe purchased through Nova Scotia Government Publications for$12.95 plus tax and shipping. The resource can be found on the Office of Health Promotionwebsite at www.gov.ns.ca/ohp/healthysexuality.html under reportsand publications.last_img read more

A New Interchange for Highway 111 Receives Funding

first_imgSERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–A New Interchange for Highway111 Receives Funding Heavy traffic on Portland Street in Dartmouth may soon be reducedthanks to a project being funded by the Canada-Nova ScotiaInfrastructure Program. A new diamond-shaped interchange will be constructed on Highway111, about 1.7 kilometres southwest of the intersection atPortland Street, it was announced today, Jan. 28. The interchangewill provide an alternate route into Woodside Industrial Park andwill create access to newly developed lands in the area. It willalso help reduce traffic congestion on Portland Street. The total cost of the project is $7 million. The joint federal-provincial investment will be $2.5 million. Halifax RegionalMunicipality will fund the balance. “This new interchange on Highway 111 will benefit many people,”said Barry Barnet, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and MunicipalRelations. “It will not only provide a safer driving environmentfor motorists by reducing traffic on Portland Street, it will mean economic opportunities for Woodside Industrial Park and will allow for potential future access to the Caldwell Road area.” The infrastructure program supports long-term economic growth,community infrastructure improvements and environmentalenhancements. “By investing in projects such as this, the government of Canadais helping to strengthen communities through the provision ofmore efficient and safer transportation systems,” said MikeSavage, Member of Parliament, on behalf of Joseph McGuire,Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “This project will help reduce traffic on Portland Street and itwill provide for economic growth in our area,” said Peter Kelly,mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality. “The Canada-NovaScotia Infrastructure Program has enabled us to work with otherlevels of government to achieve a common goal — to make NovaScotia communities the best they can be.” To date, more than $211 million has been invested in 134 projectsthrough the program. Additional announcements are expected asprojects undergo environmental assessment and final approval. The six-year Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Program isadministered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency andService Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. Enterprise CapeBreton Corporation is a member of the management committee. TheUnion of Nova Scotia Municipalities is represented on theprogram’s management committee.last_img read more

Nova Scotians Can Light Up for Less This Holiday

first_imgHoliday light exchanges at 23 locations in the coming weeks will help Nova Scotians make spirits bright while helping them save energy, save money, and cut greenhouse gas emissions. The light emitting diode (LED) holiday light exchange, a joint program between Conserve Nova Scotia and Nova Scotia Power, will help encourage Nova Scotians to switch to energy efficient holiday lighting. “The holiday light exchange programs enable us to put this energy efficient LED technology into the hands of Nova Scotians,” said Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia Richard Hurlburt. “Reducing energy demand also cuts greenhouse gas emissions, helping Nova Scotia reach its target to become one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020.” Under the program, residents in participating communities must bring two sets of traditional incandescent lights to exchange for one set of LED lights. In addition to bringing older inefficient lights out of use, Nova Scotia Power and Conserve Nova Scotia are teaming up to educate consumers about the technology and the benefits. “LED lights are so energy efficient that you can power more than 100 LED lights using the same amount of electricity as one traditional glass bulb,” said Rob Bennett, executive vice-president of revenue and sustainability for Nova Scotia Power. “Replacing conventional holiday lights with LEDs is one of the easiest ways to reduce energy use and save money. Our hope is for our customers to realize they’re worth the investment and make the switch.” LED holiday lights last 10 times longer than traditional bulbs, produce very little heat thereby reducing risk of fire, contain no glass, and are durable and safe. The lights are widely available at local retailers in a variety of colours, string lengths, and bulb sizes. All 55 towns and municipalities in Nova Scotia were invited to participate in the LED holiday light exchange program. The exchange is limited to one set of LED lights per person and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Conventional lights collected at the exchanges will be recycled where possible. Under the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, Nova Scotia has a goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020 to at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels. Nova Scotia Power has been producing and delivering electricity to Nova Scotians for more than 80 years. Today, Nova Scotia Power’s more than 1,600 employees are responsible for supplying more than 97 per cent of the generation, transmission, and distribution of electrical power to 470,000 customers in the province. Nova Scotia Power is the largest wholly-owned subsidiary of its parent company, Emera Inc.last_img read more

Changes in Senior Level Assignments

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter announced changes today, April 30, in senior-level government assignments. Department of Natural Resources deputy minister Peter Underwood has been appointed to lead multi-department policy and organizational initiatives that will help government to advance its priorities. He will work with senior officials throughout government. Mr. Underwood has worked in the public service for 25 years, serving as deputy minister with the departments of Agriculture, Environment, and Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Mr. Underwood’s knowledge, experience and decades of service to this province at senior levels of government make him the ideal candidate to take on this role,” said Premier Dexter. Brian Gilbert will assume Mr. Underwood’s responsibilities at Natural Resources as acting deputy minister. Since 1987, Mr. Gilbert has held numerous roles within the department, including senior provincial forester, subdivision manager, regional director and, most recently, executive director of regional services. The appointments are effective Monday, May 3.last_img read more

Le vicepremier ministre fait part de sa tristesse à lannonce du décès

first_img ” Paul Comeau a grandement contribué à rehausser le profil de la communauté acadienne de cette province, a dit M. Corbett. Il était un leader dans tous les sens du mot. Il s’agit d’une grande perte pour le sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse et pour toute la province. ” M. Comeau était un leader communautaire et municipal actif. Il a été préfet de la Municipalité de Clare pendant plusieurs mandats et il a également été directeur général de la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Il était aussi bien connu pour ses talents culinaires, qu’il mettait en pratique au Café Chez Christophe, le restaurant qu’il a ouvert dans la vieille maison de son arrière-grand-père à Grosses Coques il y a plus de 15 ans. ” Paul a tellement donné, et ce, jusqu’à la fin, a dit M. Corbett. Nos pensées vont à tous ceux qui connaissaient cet homme remarquable. ” —————————————————————Le vice-premier ministre Frank Corbett transmet ses plus sincères condoléances à la famille de Paul Comeau, qui est décédé d’un cancer le samedi 19 mai. BUREAU DU PREMIER MINISTRE–Le vice-premier ministre fait part de sa tristesse à l’annonce du décès de Paul Comeau last_img read more

Crown Attorney Appointed in Liverpool

first_imgSharon Goodwin has been appointed a Crown attorney in the Liverpool office of the Public Prosecution Service. The appointment was announced today, Sept. 10, by Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions. “I am very pleased to have Ms. Goodwin join our team of Crown attorneys,” said Mr. Herschorn. “Her experience in criminal law will be an asset to the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service.” A native of Port Hastings, Inverness Co., Ms. Goodwin graduated in 2003 from Dalhousie University with a bachelor of science with an advanced major in biology. She graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 2006. Ms. Goodwin articled with Creighton Shatford and Drysdale in Amherst and was admitted to the Nova Scotia bar in 2007. She was appointed an associate with the firm in 2007. In 2009, Ms. Goodwin joined the Antigonish office of Nova Scotia Legal Aid as a staff lawyer. Her practice included criminal, family and poverty law.last_img read more

Projects Approved in Fourteen Communities

first_imgFourteen communities across Nova Scotia are closer to enjoying the benefits of clean, green locally generated electricity as the province announced the next round of approved Community Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) projects today, March 26. “We are very pleased with the vision and collaborative approach that has been demonstrated by these applicants,” said Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “These projects will result in communities generating power in their own backyards, while providing economic development opportunities in the communities they serve.” Details of the projects are: a 3.2-megawatt wind project owned by Watts Wind Energy, near Porters Lake a 100-kilowatt hydro project owned by Halifax Water a 50-kilowatt wind project owned by Annapolis Valley Waste in Kentville a 500-kilowatt biomass project in Hasset, Digby Co., owned by the Municipality of Digby the Municipality of Shelburne’s 800-kilowatt large wind project in Sandy Point two-megawatt wind projects in Yarmouth and Shelburne, owned by Scotian Windfields a 1.5-megawatt project in Goldboro, Guysborough Co., and two 50-kilowatt projects in Mulgrave, owned by Celtic Current a 50-kilowatt small wind project in Mulgrave owned by the Town of Mulgrave a 500-kilowatt biomass project operated by Windmill Hollsteins in Shubenacadie a 1.9-megawatt project operated by Affinity Renewables in Dean, near Stewiacke and 4.8-megawatt project in Truro. Next steps for applicants include securing financing, completing a grid-impact study and obtaining the required federal and provincial environmental assessments and approvals. The Community Feed-in Tariff concept was introduced in the 2010 Renewable Electricity Plan to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide a secure supply of clean energy at stable prices and create jobs. The program began accepting applications in September 2011. More than 100 locally based proposals have been received from more than 20 community groups for this unique, made-in-Nova Scotia initiative to encourage community participation in renewable energy projects. The Municipality of the District of Digby’s biomass project will use mink waste to develop renewable electricity, rather than sending it to landfill. “This project is one more step towards creating a positive environment for renewable energy investment in Digby,” said Warden Linda Gregory. “We commend the province for establishing the right conditions to move this forward.” “COMFIT provides us with the opportunity to turn this waste into clean, locally generated electricity,” said Max Barr, president, South West Eco Energy Ltd. “To our knowledge, this is a first for the North American mink industry.” Windmill Holsteins will use a similar process to produce energy from farm waste. The Community Feed-in Tariff allows eligible groups to receive an established price per kilowatt hour (kWh) for projects producing electricity from certain renewable resources. Rates were established by the Utility and Review Board in September. Projects can include wind, biomass, in-stream tidal and run-of-the-river hydroelectric developments. Eligible groups include municipalities, First Nations, co-operatives, universities and not-for-profit groups. The COMFIT program will help the province reach its renewable electricity targets of 25 per cent renewable electricity by 2015 and 40 per cent by 2020. The province expects 100 megawatts of electricity to be produced through the COMFIT program. For more information on the program visit www.nsrenewables.ca .last_img read more

Andrella David v Sobeys Board of Inquiry Continues

first_imgAn independent Nova Scotia human rights board of inquiry in the case of Andrella David v. Sobeys Group Inc. is scheduled to reconvene Tuesday, May 26. Ms. David alleges she was discriminated against because of her race/colour while shopping at a Sobeys store. Sobeys denies any discrimination occurred. The board of inquiry will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Delta Barrington Hotel, 1875 Barrington St., Halifax. The board chair is Marion Hill, who is independent of the commission, which is a party representing the public interest at the inquiry. -30-last_img read more

Annual Ability Starts Here Symposium

first_imgMore than 340 employers, educators, human resources professionals, government representatives, and community members are gathering in Halifax today, Dec. 1, and Wednesday, Dec. 2, for the 8th Annual Ability Starts Here Symposium on Inclusive Education and Employment. The annual event is organized by the Collaborative Partnership Network, the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission and the Human Rights Commission in recognition of the United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities, Thursday, Dec 3. “This unique event provides groups with an important opportunity to learn, share and advance our understanding of equal access to employment and education for Nova Scotians with disabilities,” said Diana Whalen, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Commission. “Full participation in all aspects of society not only benefits people with disabilities in our workforce and higher education institutions, but also helps to create a strong, more diverse and sustainable economy.” The two-day event features workshops in employment, education and human rights. A special focus new this year will be issues concerning women with disabilities. Keynote speakers Danny Graham and Susan Scott-Parker will share insight and personal experiences that will help attendees increase their disability confidence to create a strong, diverse workplace that represents the communities they serve. “The time is right in Nova Scotia for people with disabilities to help create our new economy and help build more welcoming, inclusive and sustainable communities,” said Janice Ainsworth, chair of this year’s symposium planning committee and executive director of the Collaborative Partnership network. “This untapped human resource has the potential to support economic growth and reduce the strain on social assistance.” The Lieutenant Governor’s Persons with Disabilities Employer Partnership Awards were also presented at a gala luncheon today. The awards recognize employers throughout the province who demonstrate success in hiring employees with disabilities. To request photos and bios for award recipients please contact Corinne MacLellan at athena.corad@ns.sympatico.ca or 902-209-3234. For more information on the symposium, speakers and workshops, please visit www.abilitystartshere.ca .last_img read more

Dharmendra Ujjwala Man who helped BJP make inroads in Patnaiks citadel

first_imgNew Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Almost two decades back when he was a little-known figure and was contesting his maiden MLA election, his party’s poll ally and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik saw in him a potential threat. A threat that did come true when Dharmendra Pradhan helped build a groundswell for BJP that broke into Patnaik’s citadel in 2019.Son of former union minister of state for surface transport, Debendra Pradhan, Dharmendra steered Modi government’s biggest social initiative of providing free cooking gas (LPG) connection to poor women that helped build a base for the party in the rural hinterland. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCWhile he micromanaged implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjawla Yojana to see LPG customer base more than double to 26 crore in just five years, he kept Odisha central to his political priorities and virtually drove many a project in the oil ministry he headed to the state. A tough taskmaster, Pradhan was picked to head the high-stake Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas when Prime Minister Modi first rode to power in 2014. He overhauled controversy-riddled oil and gas sector but kept touring his home state virtually every week during the last five years, building a base for the BJP. This paid off when BJP clinched 8 out of 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha, up from just one in 2014. BJP also improved its tally in the state assembly to 23 from 10 previously. Back in 2000, Patnaik’s BJD contested assembly elections in alliance with the BJP. Pradhan won from Pallahara seat, news that Patnaik reportedly greeted with, ‘Oh! I’ve got a problem’. Pradhan was little known then and was just an activist of the BJP’s student wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), and a former student union leader of Utkal University.last_img read more

Killing of BJP worker in Amethi Main accused arrested in encounter

first_imgAmethi (UP): The main accused in the killing of a close aide of Amethi MP Smriti Irani was arrested Friday following an encounter with police here, officials said.Wasim was held in Shalhapur area under the Jamo police station area Thursday night, Assistant Superintendent of Police Daya Ram said. With this, all the five accused in the case have been arrested, the he said. Wasim has suffered gunshot injuries and has been admitted to a community health centre, the ASP said, adding the Jamo police station in-charge also suffered minor injuries in the gunfight. A case was registered against five people for killing Surendra Singh. Ramchandra, Dharmanath, Naseem and Golu were arrested earlier. Ramchandra is a member of the kshetra panchayat and also a local Congress leader, the police said. Singh, 50, a former head of Baraulia village, around 25 km from the Amethi district headquarters, was shot at around 11.30 pm on May 25. He was referred to a Lucknow hospital, but succumbed to injuries during treatment.last_img read more

Spotify paying tax on less than 1 of paid subscribers Apple

first_imgSan Francisco: Swedish music streaming service Spotify is not paying 30 per cent ‘Apple tax’ on its subscriptions via App Store as claimed but even less than 1 per cent of paid subscribers, Apple has said. In a fresh filing to Spotify’s complaint to European Commission (EU), Apple said the music streaming service only pays 15 per cent revenue share on just 0.5 per cent of its 100 million premium subscribers, reports Music Business Worldwide (MBW) and German site Der Spiegel. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app According to Apple, “Spotify hasn’t paid any additional commission on a single subscriber obtained via the App Store for the past three years”. In March, Spotify filed an anti-trust complaint against Apple with the European Commission. The tug of war between Spotify and Apple has intensified, with the Swedish music streaming service calling Apple a “monopolist”. “Every monopolist will suggest they have done nothing wrong and will argue that they have the best interests of competitors and consumers at heart,” said Spotify which entered the India market in February. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails “This is evident in Apple’s belief that Spotify’s users on iOS are Apple customers and not Spotify customers, which goes to the very heart of the issue with Apple,” it added. Apple hit back at Spotify for its anti-trust complaint with the EU. “A full 84 per cent of the apps in the App Store pay nothing to Apple when you download or use the app. That’s not discrimination, as Spotify claims,” Apple said in a statement. In its complaint with the EU, Spotify said that Apple requires it and other digital services to pay a 30 per cent tax on purchases made through Apple’s payment system, including upgrading from a free to premium subscription. Apple has slammed Spotify for wanting “all the benefits of a free app without being free”. The Cupertino, California-headquartered tech giant also alleged that Spotify was trying to squeeze the artistes, musicians and songwriters, not just the App Store.last_img read more

4yearold killed in wall collapse

first_imgKolkata: A four-year-old boy was killed after a portion of a building wall collapsed at Nonadanga in Anandapur around 10:30 am on Wednesday.According to police, on Wednesday, Hindustan Construction Company was demolishing some constructions on a land owned by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority. An earthmover was engaged for the job. While razing the constructions, it accidentally hit a wall of hut, which belonged to a labourer. The wall immediately collapsed. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAt that time, two children from adjacent Bhai Bhai Colony were playing beside the wall. Seeing the wall coming down, one of the then managed to get to a safe distance but the other kid could not run to safety and he was killed due to the wall collapse. The other boy, who could save his life, immediately informed local residents who ran to the site and recovered the boy from under the debris. He was rushed to Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital where he was declared brought dead. Local residents started protesting gathering around the construction site as soon as the news reached them. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersPolice personnel from Anandapur police station reached the construction site and tried to bring the situation under control. The angry mob vandalised the earthmover. It is alleged that police had to resort to lathi-charge to disperse the violent mob to clear the area. However, the police denied the allegation that they resorted to lathi-charge to restore normality. Later, the police arrested the driver of earthmover and seized it. Following the arrest, local residents called off their agitation. In another incident, a man fell down from the third floor of a four-storied building on Rahim Ostagar Road on Wednesday. The person identified as Rabi Naskar (32) was a plumber. On Tuesday night, he was working on a pipeline of a building and somehow he lost control and fell down. Naskar was rushed to Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital where he was declared brought dead.last_img read more

Woman stabbed multiple times by livein partner critical

first_imgNEW DELHI: A woman was stabbed multiple times on the road in South West Delhi’s Munirka on Thursday by her live in partner.The woman was rushed to a private hospital where her condition is said to be critical. Police said that the woman who resides in Kishangarh in Munirka is a divorcee and has been living with a man Varun Pandey for some time in a live in relationship. However, they again separated and now the accused Varun was living in Deoli village in Khanpur. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsShe was going to pick up her child from school when she was attacked by the Varun by a sharp-edged weapon. The police team was informed and the accused was apprehended. He has been booked under IPC 307 (attempt to murder). “There was some argument between the two and as a result, the man stabbed the woman, her statement would be taken once she is fit for the statement,” said Ishwar singh, ACP Safdarjung Enclave. However, her condition is said to be stable.Meanwhile, the accused Varn Pandey has been arrested by Delhi police. He is into a catering business and was living with the woman in a rented accommodation in Munirka. The mother of the injured woman resides in the same locality. The investigation has revealed that the man is also a divorcee and was into a live in relationship with the woman for some time. It is said that he followed the woman, git into an argument and then stabbed her with a knife he was carrying with himself.last_img read more

Mochizuki makes Grand Slam history for Japan at Wimbledon

first_imgLondon: Shintaro Mochizuki made history on Sunday becoming the first Japanese player to win a boy’s Grand Slam title, beating Carlos Gimeno Valero of Spain 6-3, 6-2 in the Wimbledon final. The 16-year-old, who was playing just his third grass court tournament, follows 1969 girls singles title winner Kazuko Sawamatsu in triumphing at the grass court Grand Slam. Mochizuki said he had learned a lot from his compatriot, 2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”He’s really nice,” said Mochizuki. “He gives me a lot of advice. “Like sometimes I practice with him. I learn from him a lot. Yeah, he’s smart.” Nishikori, nine times a Grand Slam quarter-finalist, took to Twitter almost immediately to fete his compatriot. “Huge congrats to @ShintaroMOCHIZU! Such an amazing tournament,” tweeted the Japanese star, adding a thumbs up icon, a flexed bicep icon and several Japanese flags. However, it is not 29-year-old Nishikori who is his idol. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”Roger Federer, I love watching him on TV, yeah,” he said. “I don’t want to copy him, but I love watching him.” Mochizuki said he had been mindful of his implosion at the French Open when he led 5-2 in his semi-final only to lose. He said the pivotal moment had been when he was a set up but break points down early in the second set and managed to hold. “In the first set, I got broken twice,” he said. “I wanted to hold my service game a lot. It was good. I played really tough. “He had some break points, but I just tried my best to hold my service game. “Yes, it was really important game for me.” Mochizuki admitted not being used to playing in front of so many people on Court One had made him reluctant to perform in front of them.last_img read more

Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam

first_imgChandigarh: An alert has been sounded in several districts of Punjab following the release of excess water from Bhakra dam through the spill gates after heavy rainfall in its catchment area on Saturday. The Bhakra Beas Management Board authorities discharged 17,000 cusecs of excess water out of total release of 53,000 cusecs through the spill gates, an official said. The remaining 36,000 cusecs was released after its use for power generation, he added. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The official said the situation is being monitored closely. Bhakra dam on Saturday recorded a water level of 1,674.75 feet, which is around 60 feet more than the corresponding period last year. The maximum filling capacity of the reservoir is 1,680 feet. The water inflow in Bhakra dam has been recorded at 59,000 cusecs, the official said. Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan are the partnering states which meet their requirement for different purposes, including irrigation, from Bhakra and Pong dams. Both these were to be filled up to the level of 1,680 feet and 1,390 feet respectively by September. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K On Saturday, rains lashed several places in Punjab, including Ludhiana, Amritsar, Mohali, Chandigarh. An alert has already been sounded in several districts, including Rupnagar, Ludhiana, Ferozepur and downstream areas in the wake of release of excess water from Bhakra dam, the official said. People living near the Sutlej river and low lying areas have been advised to be vigilant and take precautions to safeguard themselves. There are reports of crops getting submerged in the water in some villages adjoining the Sutlej river in Anandpur Sahib of Rupnagar district due to the release of excess water and rainfall. “An advisory has already been issued to people living near Sutlej river. The district authority is fully geared up to deal with any situation,” Rupnagar Deputy Commissioner Sumeet Jarangal said. The Punjab government had on Friday also issued an alert in the state after a forecast of heavy rainfall in the next 48 to 72 hours. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had directed the deputy commissioners across the state to stay vigilant in view of the MeT department’s prediction and ensure the safety and security of the people.last_img read more

Expedite claim settlements in flood affected areas finmin asks insurers

first_imgNew Delhi: The Finance Ministry has asked insurance companies to expedite the claim settlement process for policy holders affected by floods in different states, including Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerala, sources said.The ministry has asked the insurers to clear claims under various policies including Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana quickly, they added.Widespread damage to life and property has been reported from different parts of the country as monsoon rains played havoc in several states. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalRegulator Irdai in a communication to life insurers said that as a result of the heavy rains and floods, there are reports of loss of human lives and loss of belongings in many states such as Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat. “Initiate immediate action to ensure that all reported claims are registered and eligible claims are settled expeditiously,” said the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai).With regard to claims involving loss of life, where difficulty is experienced in obtaining a death certificate due to non-recovery of body, Irdai asked the insurers to follow the process adopted during the 2015 Chennai floods. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThey have also been asked to update Irdai about state-wise progress report on the claims settled on a weekly basis. Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana claims data need to be submitted separately while including the same in total claims, it added.The Irdai has also asked general insurance companies and standalone health insurers to expedite claim settlements.The insurers have been told to ensure that all claims are surveyed immediately and claim payments are disbursed at the earliest. They have also been asked to engage adequate number of surveyors in the affected areas.last_img read more

Janhvi to star in Karan Johars Gunjan Saxena The Kargil Girl

first_imgMumbai: Janhvi Kapoor is set to headline “Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl”, a film based on the life of India’s first Air Force woman officer who went to war, the makers announced Thursday. Then a Flying Officer, Gunjan Saxena was the first woman combat aviator to fly into a war zone 20 years ago during Kargil War. Presented by Zee Studios and Dharma Productions, the film is slated to be released on March 13, 2020. Producer Karan Johar took to Twitter to make the announcement. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “She was told ladkiyan pilot nahin banti (girls don’t become pilots), but she stood her ground and wanted to fly! Gunjan Saxena – #TheKargilGirl releasing on 13th March, 2020,” Karan wrote. Sharing two posters from the film, the filmmaker also tweeted, “With unabashed courage and bravery, she made her domain in a man’s world”. The film is directed by Sharan Sharma, who shares writing credits with Nikhil Mehrotra. Hussain Dalal has been credited with additional dialogue writing. It also stars Pankaj Tripathi, Viineet Singh, Angad Bedi and Manav Vij.last_img read more

Teen Egyptian girls case puts legal system under spotlight

first_imgCairo: The prosecution of a 15-year-old girl who killed a bus driver after he allegedly tried to rape her has reignited debate over the treatment of women in Egypt’s legal system, including the practice of virginity tests and blaming victims of sexual violence. In July, the teenager made headlines after she confessed to police that she stabbed to death a bus driver who she alleged had kidnapped her in a deserted rural area near Cairo and sought to sexually assault her at knife point. The girl said she tricked her alleged assailant, took away his knife, and stabbed him several times before running away. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USShortly after her arrest, the teenager was required to undergo a virginity test, an invasive procedure that rights groups say in itself amounts to sexual assault. Several women’s rights groups have offered legal assistance, arguing for leniency for the teen because she defended herself against a sexual attack. They hope that a judge’s ruling in her favor could set an important legal precedent and help challenge what they view as a deep-seated misogynistic culture of blaming female victims rather than male attackers. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”This case reveals the dualism in Egyptian society,” said Intissar Saeed, president of the Cairo Foundation for Law and Development. “I myself have sympathized with her since day one. But when I wrote about her on my Facebook page some male lawyers attacked the girl on my page saying she was not a decent woman.” The teen’s name was widely published in the Egyptian media. However, The Associated Press does not generally identify individuals who say they have been sexually assaulted or those under the age of 18 who are accused of crimes. The case highlights the culture’s obsession with female virginity. In conservative areas, relatives celebrate a new bride’s loss of virginity by brandishing a bloody sheet in public, a practice they believe affirms the family’s honor. Unlawful virginity examinations garnered attention in 2011 when several women said they were detained by military personnel and forced to undergo virginity tests while protesting the interim military government that took over the country after the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak. During her interrogation, the girl said she was on a date with her boyfriend before riding the bus a statement that could easily undermine her reputation and probably her credibility in conservative Egyptian society, where dating is frowned upon. Her boyfriend, along with a friend of his, are in custody pending investigations into any potential links to the crime. After her detention, the girl was required to undergo a vaginal test which determined she was a virgin which in the Egyptian context could be viewed as helpful to her case. Saeed explains that this test is a routine legal procedure whenever a woman reports a rape or alleged rape. Yet, she finds it irrelevant in this case. “She said (the bus driver) tried to rape her but did not so I believe there was no need for this examination,” said Saeed, whose advocacy group is part of the teen’s legal team. Feminists have been campaigning for the girl’s release and calling for her to face a lesser charge than murder. However, last month, the investigating judge upheld an appeal by the prosecutor against an earlier court decision to release her and ordered her detained for another 30 days.last_img read more

PoK is part of India expect jurisdiction over it one day

first_imgNew Delhi: India on Tuesday said there is no need to “worry” too much beyond a point about what people will say on Kashmir as it was its internal issue on which its position has “prevailed and will prevail”, remarks that come in the backdrop of raging debate over New Delhi’s decision to abrogate Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.Addressing his first press conference after assuming the office in the Modi 2.0 government in May, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also hit out at Pakistan, saying India has a “unique challenge” from one neighbour and it would remain a challenge until that neighbour becomes a normal neighbour and acts against cross-border terrorism. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHe also made it clear that with Pakistan, the issue is not Article 370, the issue is cross-border terrorism, and the first thing that has to come to the table for any talks with Pakistan has to be the terrorism issue. Amidst concerns expressed by some countries and the UN human rights organisation over the situation in Kashmir, Jaishankar said international audience understands what India’s reasons for abrogating Article 370 were. “It was a temporary provision which is not often used in the analysis of events…The provision had become dysfunctional. It was being arbitraged by some narrow set of people for their own gains. By doing so, they were impeding development and feeding a sense of separatism. The separatism was being utilised by Pakistan to carry out cross-border terrorism,” he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayAsked about remarks by some Union leaders that henceforth talks with Pakistan would be only about Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) and not on Kashmir, Jaishankar said, “Our position has, is and will always be very clear on PoK, that it is part of India and we expect one day we will have physical jurisdiction over it.” Talking about the performance of the ministry in first 100 days, he said, one of the key achievements of the government in this period has been a strong connection between national security and foreign policy goals. Asked about the significance of US President Donald Trump attending Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s event in Houston and what message it will convey to Pakistan, Jaishankar said, “…it is not just Pakistan whole world will be watching the Houston event and take lessons about what Indian-Americans have achieved…I think there are multiple messages there. It is for Pakistanis to read what they read into it and I would say the same applies to other people in the world as well.”last_img read more

Canadian English accent surprisingly uniform coast to coast Researchers

first_imgVANCOUVER – Celebrations across Canada this weekend may look different from one community to the next, but for most of the country it will all sound the same.Derek Denis, a post-doctoral researcher of linguistics at the University of Victoria, said more than just the stereotypical “eh?” unites Canadians.His research comparing the recorded oral histories from 50 years ago and interviews from more recent times found that from the Ontario-Quebec border to Vancouver Island, English-speaking Canadians have a largely homogenous accent.“There is almost no dialect region that is that large and so homogenous,” Denis said.The United States and even the United Kingdom have far more variation over smaller geographic areas.Denis said migration patterns and settlement patterns are believed to be behind the consistency in accent in Canada.Southern Ontario was settled by English-speaking United Empire Loyalists who were fleeing the American Revolution in the late 1700s. Denis said those people established their accent and as they drove the westward colonization, the accent spread across the country.It’s a phenomenon Matt Hunt Gardner, Canadian English instructor and PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, said is called the “founder effect.”“Who the first successful or persistent group of English speakers is in an area is important because they sort of set the tone for everybody who comes later,” he said.That means if a swell of immigrants enter a community, they and their children will eventually adopt the accent of the original settlers.Loyalists who fled to the Atlantic provinces were largely from the coast, unlike those from inland who went to Ontario. A significant number of Scottish settlers also influenced language in Cape Breton and Prince Edward Island, Gardner said.The distinct Newfoundland accent is a result of settlers from southwest England and southeast Ireland, Gardner said. Because Newfoundland was last to join the Confederation and remained relatively isolated, its unique accent was preserved.Yet while many Canadians say they can tell whether someone is from the East or West based on their accent, the differences are narrowing, Gardner said.Atlantic residents are increasingly dropping their distinct Rs and the use of “dis and dat” for “this and that” to sound more like Canadians in Ontario, which Gardner said is largely driven by economic factors.People want to be mobile and work outside the region, and Gardner said sounding more like the rest of the country is perceived as desirable.As for Canadians’ use of the linguistic feature “eh,” Denis said it doesn’t define the country in the way most people think.He said it isn’t used nearly as often as other linguistic features, such as “right?” and “you know?”Eh isn’t unique to Canadian English either. Denis said the first use in English literature was found in an Irish play from the 1770s and didn’t appear in Canadian literature until the 1830s.What is unique, Denis said, is its status in Canada, which started to develop in the 1950s and ’60s as the country started to think more about its identity.The 1980s SCTV skit “The Great White North” helped define the Americans’ perceptions of Canadians as their plaid wearing, eh-saying neighbours.The joke was turned around, Denis said, as Canadians began appropriating the word.“I think most Canadians agree that part of the Canadian identity is to be explicitly not American, so if you have Americans laughing at you for using eh for being Canadian, that might be something you want to embrace because it defines you as not American,” he said.While a single television show was enough to differentiate Canadians from their southern neighbours, there’s no cause for alarm about an overwhelming amount of American content broadcast in Canada undoing our unique accent.Television and other media are great tools to spread or popularize certain words or phrases, but Gardner said “when it comes to how you construct a sentence or pronounce something, that’s something that requires face to face contact.”American television has been playing in Canada for 70 years now and the differences between Canadian English and American English are growing, not shrinking, Gardner said.—Follow @Givetash on Twitter.last_img read more

Indigenous families need reassurance as inquiry director resigns group says

first_imgOTTAWA – An Aboriginal group is calling on organizers of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to be more transparent about how the process will move forward with the resignation of its executive director.The inquiry issued a statement Friday afternoon saying its executive director Michele Moreau would be officially leaving July 21 for personal reasons. They have not said when a new executive will be hired.The Native Women’s Association of Canada says a several other executives and staff have quit in recent months, and families need reassurance that the national inquiry is not in jeopardy.The inquiry already held a session with families in Whitehorse in the spring, but has yet to schedule dates in other communities.The association’s president, Francyne Joe, says this could be a pivotal moment to bring in new leadership as the inquiry reviews its process.Officials with the national inquiry did not respond to requests for comment.Joe suggested that the new executive director should either be two-spirited, transgender or a woman with Indigenous ties, adding that the position should be filled before September.“I don’t think we need to see another lawyer filling this type of position,” she said. “We need to see somebody who is well organized, who is able to communicate on a normal, one-to-one basis with families.”Joe said there are leaders within Indigenous communities who would be strong candidates for the job.She said the meetings with families in Yukon went well but those people need to know they’ll continue to receive support.“I think the commissioners need to come out immediately and have a proper press release so they can reassure families that they are still going to be moving forward,” she said.____By Linda Givetash in Vancouverlast_img read more

Manitoba mother arrested after child abandoned in stroller in Brandon

first_imgBRANDON, Man. – Police in western Manitoba have charged a mother for abandoning her toddler in a stroller.Brandon police say an 18-month-old girl was left alone in the city’s downtown in August.Police say they received a call from a concerned woman who found the child and stayed with her, waiting for her parents to show up.The girl was reported missing hours later and was taken into the care of Child and Family Services.“This investigation is still actually ongoing,” said Sgt. Dave Andrews, with Brandon police. “The reasons as to how or why the child was abandoned are still being investigated.”Police say a 26-year-old woman, who cannot be named, has been charged with abandoning a child and failing to provide the necessaries of life.Andrews said she has been released from custody until her case is back in court in November.Officers say they are still trying to locate another suspect in the case.(CKLQ)last_img read more

Strike ends at Torontos Pearson airport

first_imgTORONTO – Striking ground crews at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport have accepted a tentative contract.Employees at Swissport voted 63 per cent in favour of the new agreement reached earlier this month and will return to work on Wednesday.The Teamsters, which represents the workers, says the three-year deal contains minor improvements on wages, benefits and scheduling.The 700 ramp equipment operators, baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, and other ground crew workers went on strike July 27.The workers had complained about pay and benefits cuts, scheduling issues, and what their union called a lack of respect from Swissport managers.The company services 30 airlines at the airport, including Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Air France, KLM and Lufthansa. Air Canada and WestJet are not serviced by the company.last_img read more

Parents of man charged in Quebec City mosque shooting make 1st public

first_imgQUEBEC CITY, Que. – The parents of the man accused in the slayings at a Quebec City mosque have made their first public statements since his arrest.In a letter to Radio-Canada published today, Manon Marchand and Raymond Bissonnette describe the killings at the Islamic cultural centre in Quebec City on Jan. 29, 2017 as inexcusable and totally inexplicable.Alexandre Bissonnette is facing 12 charges, including six counts of first-degree murder, and his trial is expected to begin in late March.His parents write they feel like they’re living a nightmare, but add the accused is their son, so they love him and he will remain part of the family.They also told the French-language broadcaster in a phone interview that they visit their son every week at the detention centre in Quebec City, where Alexandre Bissonnette has been since his arrest, but they don’t know if they’ll attend the trial.The family says they stayed away from the media in the past year and instead sent a letter of condolence directly to the families of the victims of the attack through the mosque.Since the tragedy, the couple and the suspect’s twin brother have been receiving psychological help and they also thanked those who’ve supported them.They say they live in fear of reprisals.last_img read more

SJHL yet to make decision on 2018 championship after deadly bus crash

first_imgThe president of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League says a decision on what to do with the SJHL championship has yet to be made following Friday’s deadly collision between a truck and a bus that was carrying the Humboldt Broncos team.Bill Chow says he expects word on how the league intends to handle the final will come within the next few days.The Broncos were en route to Nipawin, Sask., for Game 5 of their league semifinal when the team’s bus collided with a semi-truck, killing 15.The Nipawin Hawks were leading Humboldt 3-1 in the best-of-seven series after losing Game 4 in triple overtime earlier in the week.The Estevan Bruins had already advanced to the championship final.The SJHL is a junior ‘A’ hockey league with 12 teams.“We’re a little bit too early to make that decision,” Chow told The Canadian Press on Sunday. “We’ll be meeting as a group, obviously the Humboldt Broncos, the league’s board of governors, and we’ll be making that decision.”Chow said both the Bruins and Hawks will also be involved in the eventual decision.“They have representatives at the board, so they’ll have a say in the situation. That’s where that decision will be made.”A vigil is scheduled for tonight at the Broncos’ home arena.last_img read more

Architect of modern Quebec education system dies at 98 state funeral planned

first_imgMONTREAL – Paul Gerin-Lajoie, a key architect of education system reforms in Quebec during the 1960s, has died at the age of 98.The foundation he created in 1977 says he died on Monday surrounded by his family.Gerin-Lajoie was Quebec’s first education minister from 1964 to 1966 in the government of Jean Lesage.He launched a vast survey of education in Quebec and its findings led to a new school system that included free public education, an obligation to attend school until age 16, the establishment of the CEGEP system and an improvement in teacher training.Born in 1920 in Montreal, Gerin-Lajoie was one of the first Quebecers to win a Rhodes Scholarship in 1938, at the age of 18. He went on to lead the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) from 1969 to 1977 and was later appointed president and CEO of the Old Port of Montreal Corporation.Prime Minister Philippe Couillard says Gerin-Lajoie will receive a state funeral.“Having served as both the minister of youth and minister of education in the Legislative Assembly of Quebec, Mr. Gerin-Lajoie was known as the father of modern education in the province,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a statement.“(His) immense and historic contributions to public life and education — in Quebec and around the world — helped build a brighter future for so many young people, and our society is stronger for them.”Gov. Gen. Julie Payette tweeted that Canada “has lost a great a man with the passing of Paul Gerin-Lajoie. Generous and engaged, he left an extraordinary legacy.”last_img read more

Canada and United States not facing asylum seeker crisis UNHCR official

first_imgOTTAWA – Neither Canada nor the United States is experiencing a crisis in asylum claims, says the United Nations’ assistant high commissioner for refugees.Volker Turk, an Austrian in charge of refugee protection for the UN, was in Ottawa this week to meet with Canadian border officials. He said in an interview that Canada’s recent spike in irregular migrants is nothing compared to the millions of refugees who pour every year into much poorer countries.Likewise, the migrant caravan making its way through Mexico toward the United States, numbering in the low thousands of people, is small compared to the vast migrations borne in recent years by countries like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, which have taken in over five million Syrian refugees.“A lot of the media debate that we often see is that there are hordes of people coming to the industrialized world — that’s absolutely not true,” Turk said.North America has largely been shielded from the true global crisis of 68.5 million displaced persons in the world fleeing war and conflict, he said.“I think it’s important to put everything in perspective and to bear in mind that when people talk about a ‘crisis’ these days, these crises are far away from North America or from Europe, they are taking place often in the poorest countries in the world who need our support, need our solidarity and who need also our humanity.”Political rhetoric whipping up public concern over the asylum-seekers has been rising in recent weeks, led by politicians in both Canada and the United States.In Canada, the federal Conservatives regularly refer to the influx of tens of thousands of asylum seekers crossing “irregularly” into Canada via non-official entry points from the U.S. as a border crisis and have used the issue to galvanize their base and criticize the Liberal government.In the U.S., President Donald Trump has spoken more and more harshly on the issue of “illegal aliens” as he continues to push for a wall across his country’s border with Mexico. In the lead-up to the American midterm elections this week, he was especially aggressive on the migrant caravan: he said its participants are part of an invasion and has deployed the military to the border.Nevertheless, Turk said, the U.S. continues to have a “robust” asylum system with checks and balances.Turk said 90 per cent of the world’s refugees who cross international borders do so far away from both Canada and the United States.“I think it is important never to lose sight of what we face globally today. The real crises in this world are in the Ugandas of this world, are in Turkey, are in Jordan, are in Lebanon, are in Ethiopia, are in Pakistan and Iran, where countries host literally millions of refugees year in and year out,” he said.Canada has indeed been cognizant of this and has been closely monitoring the rise in migration patterns, particularly in the Americas, according to government documents obtained under access-to-information law.Officials within the International Trade Department have raised concerns about this, notably over how the Trump administration’s “hard-line rhetoric” could lead to an influx of irregular migrants from Central America into Canada.Trump has moved to end temporary protected status for hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals living in the U.S. and has vowed to kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for people who grew up in the U.S. after their parents brought them illegally as minors.Canadian officials noted in a September 2017 briefing document that two-thirds of America’s DACA beneficiaries are Mexican nationals, and warned that if a lot of them decided to come to Canada, it would place tremendous pressure on Canada’s asylum system.Canada has been working with Turk’s agency to help Mexico build its capacity to handle asylum claims from Central Americans. The work has included training provided by Canadian immigration officials to their Mexican counterparts on assessing refugee claims and protecting claimants.Turk says the effort has already seen success, with asylum applications in Mexico rising from 2,000 in 2016 to 10,000 in 2017.“Mexico traditionally has been a country of transit, so many people did not apply for asylum,” he said. “Even in the last couple of days we have seen an increase in asylum applications (in Mexico), so it’s obvious that Mexico needs support both when it comes to the asylum system as well as when it comes to helping them integrate refugees.”— Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.last_img read more

No need for equalization payments for Alberta economist

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – While Quebec is set to receive $13 billion in equalization payments next year, many Albertans are scratching their head over no money for the province.Finance Minister Bill Morneau recently released the numbers for the next two years of equalization payments with Quebec receiving a $1.4 billion boost while Alberta and Ontario won’t receive any payments for 2019 and 2020.While many Conservative politicians believe this move is shunning Alberta from the rest of the country economist with the University of Calgary, Trevor Tombe, said that’s not the case.RELATED: Quebec premier lacks understanding of Alberta’s energy industry: Ceci“We are the highest income province by far so there’s no claim for us to be receiving equalization dollars. I think a lot of Albertans look at the provincial budget and see a large deficit here, and then they look out east and see provinces such as Quebec that don’t have similarly large deficits.”Tombe said that equalization payments are transferring funds to provinces with weaker economies and is not based on provincial budgets.The equalization payment formula is revisited every five years and is usually negotiated by the provinces and the Federal Finance Minister. However, Tombe said that those negotiations didn’t happen this year.While there does appear to be confusion around equalization payments for Albertans, Tombe said he understands where a lot of the opposition comes from.“It’s less about the formula, and it’s more about people’s broader impressions of whether the Federal Government is adequately addressing challenges that Alberta faces. Quebec’s opposition to pipelines, for example, Energy East, it’s frustrating to some Albertans.”last_img read more

Liberals rolling out new measures to protect migrant workers newcomers

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberal government is rolling out several new measures to protect vulnerable migrant workers and immigrants living in Canada.Starting next week, temporary foreign workers who find themselves in abusive job situations in Canada will be able to apply for open work permits, which will allow them to find other work in Canada.This is meant to address a number of documented cases across the country of migrant workers facing labour exploitation, human-rights abuses and squalid housing situations.Also, in mid July, newcomers experiencing family violence will be able to apply for free temporary resident permits that will give them legal immigration status in Canada, which includes work permits and health-care coverage.Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says nobody should be more fearful of losing their immigration status than of escaping abuse.In addition, the government is speeding up the process for newcomers who are victims of family violence to apply for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Quebec sweetens pot in effort to get more immigrants to learn French

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec announced tens of millions of new dollars Friday aimed at getting more newcomers to learn French.One of the Coalition Avenir Quebec’s main pitches to get elected last fall was to temporarily reduce immigration and ensure the newcomers who are accepted can integrate by learning the province’s only official language.Not only are French classes free for immigrants in Quebec, but the state pays them to take the courses. It also subsidizes daycare costs for immigrant parents who study French.Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette told reporters Friday he’s sweetening the pot to gently push more newcomers to register for courses.His department will spend an extra $70 million a year, he said, to create 300 new classes, hire 80 more teachers, and increase the weekly stipend for people who take full-time courses from $141 to $185.Immigrants who take part-time French will now receive $15 a day, up from nothing.“Your government is showing beyond any doubt its determination and its desire to reform the immigration system,” Jolin-Barrette said during a news conference. “The government of Quebec is very serious in its approach … the knowledge of French by immigrants ensures the success of all of society.”Absent in the minister’s announcement was the other, less generous component of the government’s immigration strategy. The Coalition also ran last fall on a promise to refuse residency certificates to those who fail a French-language test within three years of arriving.Obtaining that document, known as the Certificat de selection du Quebec, is essential to receiving permanent residency status by the federal government.Quebec adopted Bill 9 before the summer recess, creating a legal framework allowing the province to be more restrictive regarding who gets to come to Quebec and who gets to stay. Bill 9 didn’t include specific regulations about the promised French-language tests and the government has yet to announce them.Jolin-Barrette said state-subsidized French classes will now be accessible to all immigrants, regardless of how long they have been in the province. Before Friday’s announcement, newcomers weren’t eligible for free classes after five years.The classes will now be offered to temporary foreign workers and foreign students — as well as their spouses. Daycare subsidies for part-time French students will increase from $7 to $9 per day, per child. The money given to parents taking full-time courses remains the same, at $25 per day per child.Jolin-Barrette estimated about 4,500 more immigrants a year will take advantage of the free classes.Anait Aleksanian, executive director of an immigrant resource centre in Montreal offering French-language classes, said she is “rejoicing” at Friday’s news.“They have put in place all the conditions for immigrants to learn French,” she said in an interview. “I don’t really know what else they could do.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Federal and provincial leaders to march in Montreals Pride parade

first_imgMONTREAL — A number of federal and provincial leaders are expected in Montreal today to march in the city’s annual Pride parade.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Francois Legault will be in attendance, as will NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.Trudeau, Singh and May also walked together in Vancouver’s Pride parade earlier this month.Organizers are expecting thousands to attend the 36th edition of the parade, which kicks off around 1 p.m.The parade caps off an 11-day festival that included drag shows, concerts, panels, and tours of Montreal’s Gay Village neighbourhood.But Montreal Pride president Eric Pineault says the event is about more than celebration, noting the organization received a record number of transphobic and homophobic messages on its social media platforms this year.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Lawyer for opioid maker says US lawsuit has no binding impact in

first_imgVANCOUVER — A lawyer for Johnson & Johnson says a civil judgment from an Oklahoma court that ruled the companies helped fuel the state’s opioid crisis has no binding impact on other courts.British Columbia Attorney General David Eby has said while the legal action in the province is against dozens of manufacturers and others, the cases are based on similar facts.Eby and other legal experts have said the court ruling is a positive sign for litigation in Canada.Sabrina Strong, outside counsel for Johnson & Johnson and its pharmaceutical subsidiary Janssen, says the court’s decision will not impact how the company approaches legal actions elsewhere, given the different jurisdictions, laws, defendants and claims in those cases.The B.C. government filed a proposed class-action lawsuit a year ago alleging drug manufactures falsely marketed opioids as less addictive than other pain drugs, helping to trigger an overdose crisis that has killed thousands since OxyContin was introduced to the Canadian market in 1996.Ontario and New Brunswick have announced they will participate in B.C.’s lawsuit, and Eby says Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Quebec are participating in a national working group on the case. None of the allegations in the lawsuit have been tested in court.Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin and another defendant in B.C.’s lawsuit, has said that it followed all of Health Canada’s regulations, including those governing marketing, and it’s very concerned about the opioid crisis in B.C. and across Canada.Johnson & Johnson is appealing the Oklahoma court decision, which ordered the company to pay US$572 million, and says it is confident it has strong ground for its appeal. Attorneys for the company have maintained that they were part of a lawful and heavily regulated industry subject to strict federal oversight. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BC woman awarded constitutional right to use the term death midwife

first_imgVANCOUVER — A woman who describes herself as a death midwife has successfully fought a legal challenge by the College of Midwives of B.C. to use the term in her work.The college took Pashta MaryMoon to court claiming she violated the Health Professions Act to use the term midwife.MaryMoon argued she’s been providing “death care services” for more than 40 years, that her work has nothing to do with delivering babies and stopping her from using the term would violate her charter rights.While B.C. Supreme Court Justice Neena Sharma agreed with the college that using the term death midwife did violate the act, she also agreed with MaryMoon that ordering her to stop infringed on her freedom of expression.Sharma dismissed the college’s request to order an injunction stopping her from using the term.She also ruled that section of the Health Professions Act infringes on freedom of expression and that it is no longer valid.The College of Physicians and Surgeons was an intervener in the case over the use of the term, and Sharma noted in her decision published Wednesday that under the same law the college could prosecute self-described lawn doctors or tree surgeons.“The fact that it chooses not to because of the unlikelihood they would be perceived as health professionals is relevant to this analysis. Notably, that approach contrasts with the college’s indication that it would prosecute someone proclaiming themselves to be a ‘divorce midwife,’ ” Sharma said.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 3, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars Come Out For 4th Annual Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival

first_imgThe 4th Annual Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for young people held their much-anticipated opening reception at the Fairmont Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica on Wednesday 20th February.Held to showcase the collaborative work of young filmmakers in Los Angeles and from Northern Ireland, a pre-party Q&A kicked off the evening’s events with Irish celebrity guests Samantha Mumba, Julian Sands and six-time Academy Award nominee Jim Sheridan in the Bungalows at the Fairmont Hotel. Other celebrity guests to walk the red carpet included Briana Evigan star of ‘Step Up 2’, actress Melia Kreiling, Rowly Dennis from ‘Jane by Design’, actresses April Billingsily and Valyn Hall, Irish Actress Caroline Morahan, Jay Harrington star of ‘Better Off Ted’ and more.Hosted by UK Television Personality Ross King, the evening then progressed into the Wedgewood Room for an inspirational perfomance by this year’s Cinemagic participants. As an ambassador for the award-winning charity, Pierce Brosnan recorded a special message for the event and donated his personal artwork for auction in support of the charity, helping to motivate and educate young people through the medium of film.Wednesday’s Opening Reception marked the start of the 2013 week-long festivities including workshops, tours and presentations by a number of film organizations including Disney, Nickelodeon, Variety, Fox, Warner Brothers, HBO, UCLA, NYFA and many more.Find out more here.last_img read more

Jessica Biel And Jason Bateman Join Matt Damons Toilet Strike

first_imgJessica Biel, Jason Bateman and Josh Gad publicly declared their support for Matt Damon’s Toilet Strike in a PSA, released today.Video: Jason Bateman, Jessica Biel, and Josh Gad Support the Strike!In doing so, they announced their protest of the global water crisis and pledged “…not to go to the bathroom until everyone in the whole world has access to clean water and sanitation.”This latest declaration follows the dramatic press conference held by Matt Damon on February 12 in which he announced his “toilet strike.” Since that time, prominent YouTube and online celebrities have supported Damon including Smosh, ShayCarl, EpicLloyd, WheezyWaiter, LivePrudeGirls, Lisa Schwartz, and John Elerick. Biel, Bateman, and Gad are the latest to take action in an attempt to accelerate action towards providing safe water and sanitation to the 2.5 billion people who do without.In the PSA, Biel, Bateman and Gad reveal their unique take on the strike and how they’ve managed to follow through on their commitment. Biel reveals, “I’ve never gone to the bathroom in my entire life.” Bateman divulges his ingenious alternative to the toilet, while Gad demonstrates his persistence – and how he feels about it.Co-founder of Water.org, Damon makes an appearance in the PSA, inviting all to “Join the millions of famous people who’ve already joined” his strike. Water.org invites viewers to visit StrikeWithMe.org where they can “Support the Strike,” subscribe to upcoming videos, take action, and learn more.last_img read more

Stevie Wonder Alicia Keys And John Mayer To Rock The Global Citizen

first_imgSource:PR Newswire The Global Poverty Project, in proud partnership with the Cotton On Foundation, announced the 2013 Global Citizen Festival – a free ticketed concert on the Great Lawn of New York’s iconic Central Park – will take place on September 28, 2013 with Stevie Wonder, Kings Of Leon, Alicia Keys, and John Mayer.Free tickets to the 2013 Festival can be earned at www.globalfestival.com where fans can take online “action” to earn their admission. By watching videos, signing petitions, sending emails to world leaders, etc. participants become active and learn about the four main themes behind this year’s Festival: education, women’s equality, global health, and global partnerships. Fans will be notified throughout the summer when they have been selected to receive tickets via Ticketmaster.com.The Global Citizen Festival is once again timed to put pressure on world leaders as they gather at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. This year, the Global Citizen Festival will celebrate the achievements made toward ending extreme poverty, and provide world leaders with a clear and compelling mandate to accelerate progress on the issues of education, women’s equality, global health, and global partnerships to help end extreme poverty by 2030.“Since 1990, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty has been halved. We are working to see the end of extreme poverty in our lifetime,” said Hugh Evans, CEO, The Global Poverty Project. “We must continue to push our leaders to step up and commit to action in the areas we know are fundamental to ending extreme poverty. This is not just a concert – we are building a movement of yearlong action by thousands of citizens. World leaders respond when citizens call for change. The Global Citizen Festival is that call.”Kings of Leon expressed their commitment to the 2013 Global Citizen Festival, “We’re happy to take part in an amazing organization’s show that brings awareness to such an important global issue.”“I’m so proud to join these incredible artists as we come together through our music in support of The Global Poverty Project,” said Alicia Keys. “The number of people around the world living in extreme poverty is staggering. They are humanity’s most vulnerable, and as global citizens, we must work to be their voice so that they can live with the same human rights we are privileged to have.”“What the Global Poverty Project and its Global Citizen movement have accomplished in just five years is really inspiring. Their mission to end extreme poverty is one that we can all agree on, all support. I’m excited to be part of this year’s program, alongside musicians I admire and working to end extreme poverty within a generation,” said John Mayer.Building on the success of the 2012 Global Citizen Festival, the Global Poverty Project aims to achieve a combined total of one million actions by this September. To do so, one of the first “actions” fans can complete is the signing of A World at School Initiative’s Stand with Malala Petition, which demands emergency action to help the 57 million children without access to primary education. Malala Yousafzai, the teenage education activist from Pakistan who has inspired a worldwide movement to keep girls in school, handed the petition over to the leadership of the United Nations on July 12, 2013.The 2013 Global Citizen Festival is working in proud partnership with the Cotton On Foundation.“At the Cotton On Foundation, we believe we all have a part to play in ending global poverty,” said Tim Diamond, General Manager of Cotton On Foundation. “Our core philosophical belief is that to make a difference, we need to focus on the people outcome. It’s not about cutting cheques, it’s about raising awareness, empowering people with truth so they can engender positive change that’s tangible. It’s a simple as that.”The Festival has partnered with leading non-profit groups, including: the Global Partnership for Education, A World at School Initiative, The Earth Institute, the UN’s Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals Jeffrey Sachs, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI Alliance), Women Deliver, World Food Program USA, The World Bank Group, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Make Roads Safe, CARE, charity:water, Malaria No More, Toilet Hackers and more.“We are honored to work with this year’s line up, in a united effort to end extreme poverty,” said Ryan Gall, co-Founder and executive producer of the Global Citizen Festival. “The stories behind these causes deserve to share a stage with some of the most profound storytellers we know.”People everywhere are invited to sign-up and begin taking actions to be entered in the ticket lottery. In total, 54,000 free tickets to the festival will be given out to Global Citizens. For more information about the bands, artists, schedules, and event, please visit www.globalfestival.com.last_img read more

Paul Shaffer Loves His Four Shelter Dogs‏

first_imgToday, the Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund in partnership with Halo Pet Foundation, released an online video series called “Meet My Shelter Pet” to showcase the unique bonds between shelter pets and their adoptive owners and remind viewers that there are thousands of amazing shelter pets ready to meet them.Video: Meet My Shelter Pet: Paul & Victoria ShafferLaunched to coincide with National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, one of the videos features legendary music man and David Letterman band leader, Paul Shaffer, with his daughter Victoria showing off the lovable personalities of their four adopted dogs, Riley, Jake, Echo and Rue.“Everybody should have a shelter dog. It’s good for the soul,” said Paul Shaffer. “All four of our dogs have been absolute gems. Why would you want to do anything else but rescue a pet?”The videos are part of The Shelter Pet Project, a public service advertising (PSA) campaign that for four years has helped to positively change the perception of shelter pets, with euthanasia rates declining by 10 percent during the campaign’s time period. Despite these gains, however, 2.7 million healthy and treatable pets are still losing their lives in shelters each year. The Shelter Pet Project’s goal is to bring that number down to zero.Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS said: “We know that Paul and Victoria’s online video for The Shelter Pet Project will inspire more people to rescue a shelter pet. That outcome will be music to our ears, and to every shelter director in America.”“You must watch these videos from The Shelter Pet Project— they will touch your heart in a powerfully positive, uplifting way! The Halo Pet Foundation is honored to support The Humane Society of the United States encouraging pet adoption from shelters,” said David Yaskulka, Vice President, Marketing Communications, HALO, Purely for Pets.Shelter pet adoptions are on the rise in the United States. According to The Humane Society of the United States, 17 million people will acquire a dog or cat within the next year, and each year four million of these animals are adopted from shelters.“Every happy adoption story encourages other people to open their hearts to a homeless pet,” said Maddie’s Fund President Rich Avanzino. “By showing the joy their adopted pets have brought to their family, Paul and Victoria are inspiring countless others to share that same incredible experience.”“The beauty of The Shelter Pet Project campaign is that these pets speak for themselves,” said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “We hope these videos will break down barriers and encourage people to consider shelter pet adoption as the only option bringing a pet into their family.”In the upcoming months, a video featuring Vampire Diaries and Army Wives’ actress Torrey DeVitto and her dog Beau will be released. To see the videos or for more information about The Shelter Pet Project visit TheShelterPetProject.org.last_img read more

Bill Clinton Speaks Up Against Criminalization Of Homosexuality In Uganda

first_imgBill Clinton has made a statement on the Criminalization of Homosexuality in Uganda.“I have been honored to work with and support the government and people of Uganda both when I was president and through the Clinton Foundation,” he said. “But I am strongly opposed to its move to criminalize homosexuality. It is a setback for personal freedom and equal rights and a rebuke to Uganda’s own commitment to protecting the human rights of its people. I want to salute and encourage the brave Ugandans committed to the fundamental dignity of all people and urge the government to reverse this decision.”last_img read more

Stars Support 2014 Blue Shirt Day To STOMP Out Bullying

first_imgOctober is National Bullying Prevention Month, and STOMP Out Bullying hopes that students around the world will join celebrities in participating in Blue Shirt Day on October 6.Video: Mario Lopez BLUE SHIRT DAY WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION 2014STOMP Out Bullying founder Ross Ellis, the initiative aims to get as many people as possible across the globe to wear blue on World Bullying Prevention Day to raise awareness of the problem of bullying.“The goal of the initiative is to give students a “call to action” where they not only GO BLUE, but they create events, talk about the issue in class and work together to stand up for others and to end bullying in their school communities,” said Ross. “In its sixth year, Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention has had an impact around the world. Each year more and more schools participate. Reports from schools show that the initiative has shown there is a slight decrease in bullying and cyberbullying.“Bon-Ton stores is the exclusive shirt sponsor selling the STOMP Out Bullying™ limited edition 2014 Blue Shirt in their stores and online. Marvel Comics is releasing a series of variant covers that depict superheroes spotlighting the issue. In each image, a Marvel hero comes to the aid of a lonely or targeted teens. Armour Lunchmakers and Breakfastmakers, as well as Groupon and other companies are joining the initiative to help put an end to bullying.”Among the celebrities who have filmed PSAs for this year’s campaign are Chloë Grace Moretz, Robin Roberts, James Marsden, Josh Gad, Abigail Breslin, Mario Lopez, Taylor Schilling, Cyndi Lauper, Kristen Bell, Megan Hilty and Justin Long.Find out more here.last_img read more

Jared Leto Named As WWF Ambassador

first_imgAcademy Award-winning actor, musician and director Jared Leto is now a WWF global ambassador.Video: Jared Leto Becomes WWF Global AmbassadorIn this role, Leto will work with WWF to raise awareness of the most urgent, critical issues facing our planet.Leto recently traveled to South Africa with WWF to learn first-hand about wildlife crime and specifically the rhino poaching crisis and WWF’s efforts to save rhino populations on two continents.“My latest adventure in South Africa was as mind-blowing as always,” Leto said. “Being that close to majestic creatures like rhinos and elephants reminds me of the deep connection and important responsibility we have to protect and shepherd these fragile species and their habitats.“I’m committed and passionate about doing all I can to help ensure that these endangered animals survive, and will continue to encourage others to get into action as well. We must join together and protect these powerful yet extremely vulnerable animals from all the senseless slaughter and double our efforts to restore their populations across Africa and Asia. It can and—with a focused global effort—will be done. I’m honored to join with WWF and the global conservation community and do my part. I hope you will too.”While in South Africa, Leto joined WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project veterinarian Dr. Jacques Flamand and other biologists and scientists with the andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve to tag and collar three southern white rhinos as part of a translocation program. Later this year, those three rhinos and roughly 100 others will be moved from high poaching areas to undisclosed locations to help with breeding efforts.

During his trip, Leto presented wildlife rangers with notecards written by children from across the United States with words of thanks and encouragement for their brave role in safeguarding wildlife.

WWF works to protect existing rhino populations and their habitat, partners with communities and governments to create policies that encourage local people to protect rhinos, and leads campaigns in Asia to reduce demand for rhino horn. As a result, several rhino species have begun to recover, including both white and black rhino numbers in South Africa.

”The world needs to wake up to the fact that we’re losing rhinos, elephants and other critically important species, said Carter Roberts, president and CEO of WWF-US. “Their recovery lies in our hands. We need strong voices that can mobilize the efforts of many and I’m grateful to Jared Leto for lending his reputation and passion to the cause.”last_img read more

Ben Stiller Visits Refugees With UNHCR

first_imgActor Ben Stiller has spoken of his support for refugees following moving meetings in Berlin, Germany, with families forced to flee conflict and persecution in Syria and Iraq.Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor Visit Refugee FamiliesBen’s private briefing, organised by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, brought him face to face with three families who had lost everything because of war. With their livelihoods lost, their homes bombed, and their children unable to go to school, they had all made the difficult decision to make the perilous sea crossing to Europe in search of safety.Accompanied by his wife Christine, he talked with young couple Dalal and Najemaldeen, who made the dangerous journey only one month after Dalal had given birth to twin girls. Carrying only clothes and milk for the children, they fled their home town of Mosul in Iraq, eventually finding safety in Berlin.Nahed and Hassan shared a similarly harrowing story, describing the bombings that destroyed their home and businesses, and meant their children could not go to school. Nahed described the terror at being separated from her two young children, Mohamed (8) and Mayaar (5),on the tiny boat which took them across the Aegean Sea to Greece. But her resilience shone through as she explained her hopes for the future, and her determination to learn German and build a new life for the family.Ben also met with Nadia and Ahmed, whose sole goal was to keep their 11 year-old son Moustafa safe, and to get him back into education to preserve his future.“Just meeting these families immediately put a human face on this issue. These people have a lot in common with all of us. They are hard-working and educated and really just want the best for their kids’ futures,” Ben reflected. “I can’t imagine having to risk my child’s life on such a dangerous journey just because there are no legal routes to reach safety. Despite having lost everything, they spoke with great dignity and showed us great hospitality. People like Nahed, Dalal and Moustafa are the innocent victims of conflict and really need our support.”UNHCR briefed Ben on the wider Syria crisis including its humanitarian operations within Syria, in neighbouring countries, and in Europe. “It’s clear there are many challenges in meeting the needs of so many arrivals, but Germany has shown humanitarian leadership in providing a safe haven for people fleeing the world’s conflict zones. Both in Europe and the Middle East, agencies like UNHCR are doing a tough job with limited resources. It’s important to continue to shine a spotlight on the human impact of displacement, and on the urgent need to support UNHCR in its vital life-saving work.”You can learn more about Ben’s visit here.last_img read more

Michael Kors Teams Up With Bette Midlers NYRP To Beautify Brooklyn Park

first_imgNew York Restoration Project (NYRP), the Bette Midler-founded non-profit that has spent over two decades transforming open spaces in New York’s under-resourced communities, has teamed up with longtime supporter and board member, Michael Kors, to design the first ever solar-powered community garden in New York City.Martha Hunt and Michael KorsCredit/Copyright: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for New York Restoration ProjectLocated in Brooklyn, the NYRP-developed Essex Street Community Garden was brought to life yesterday when the renowned fashion designer and his team rolled up their sleeves to plant, paint and beautify the space. Kors and his staff were also joined by Martha Hunt and Freja Beha Erichsen. Level Solar donated the solar panels, engineering and installation expertise to complete the project on the park’s covered canopy.“I’ve always been a big believer in bringing a little nature to the city,” said Michael Kors. “NYRP has created a fabulous ecosystem that not only creates a safe, green space in this urban neighborhood but also lets people get their hands dirty and make a difference in their community. There’s nothing better than spending a beautiful day making something beautiful.”“Because of the generosity of our trustee Michael Kors, we created a nationally unique, 21st century community garden for the East New York, Brooklyn neighborhood,” said Deborah Marton, New York Restoration Project Executive Director. “With the help of our partners at Level Solar, we installed photovoltaic panels on the roof of our shade pavilion that take the Essex Street Community garden off the grid, providing power for a family movie night or to charge a phone if there’s a power outage.”This will be the first time a community garden in NYC’s five boroughs has been 100% solar powered. When the park opens later this summer there will be charging stations, Wi-Fi, solar powered security lights, and electricity for all public events and activities taking place in the gardens for the local community.Richard Keiser, CEO of Level Solar said, “We are honored and excited to partner with Michael Kors and NYRP on this important community project. Bringing clean energy to the Essex Street Community Garden is a great example of how solar energy can benefit New York City residents of all income levels, and the broader New York community.”Up next, NYRP will be hosting its annual Spring Picnic on Monday, June 19th. Bette Midler and friends will celebrate on the banks of beautiful Sherman Creek Park for this year’s soiree. The site is the future home to NYC’s only science focused Education Pavilion. There will be dinner, dancing and fabulous food. Click here for details!More information can be found by visiting NYRP.org.last_img read more

Usain Bolt To Join Robbie Williams For Soccer Aid

first_imgOlympic hero Usain Bolt and global popstar Robbie Williams today announced on social media that they will go head-to-head for the eagerly anticipated Soccer Aid for UNICEF match, as part of a new look charity campaign for Unicef UK and ITV.Usain’s Soccer Aid World XI will go up against Robbie’s England with competing teams made up of A-list stars and footballing legends set to walk out onto the Theatre of Dreams pitch this summer to take part in a game like no other.The official launch marks the start of a series of surprise player unveilings with Robbie, Unicef UK Ambassador who co-founded and launched Soccer Aid in 2006, kicking off the excitement by playfully teasing newcomer Usain. Over the coming weeks, the England V Soccer Aid World XI rivalry is set to intensify, with some of football’s biggest legends and celebrities set to join the line-ups.The international friendly match will take place at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June, just four days before the FIFA World Cup in Russia begins. Tickets are on sale today from 8am and the game will be broadcast live on ITV. Kick-off scheduled for 20:00 BST.Soccer Aid for Unicef is the original England V Soccer Aid World XI charity match. It has previously featured A-list stars such as Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Mike Myers and Niall Horan, plus footballing royalty including Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Ronaldinho. Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 is set to be bigger and better than ever.Usain Bolt, Soccer Aid World XI said: “It is my dream to make it as a professional footballer, so to be able to step out onto the pitch at Old Trafford in June, and play against some of football’s biggest legends is going to be remarkable. I enjoy the thrill of competition in front of a crowd, so Robbie and his England team better watch out as I won’t be going easy on them! I’ve got a pretty special celebration planned for when I score, by the way. My team is going to be unbeatable – and Soccer Aid for Unicef is counting on your support to make a difference to thousands of children around the world. Come and join in the fun!”Robbie Williams, Unicef UK Ambassador and co-founder of Soccer Aid, said: “I am buzzing that Soccer Aid for Unicef is back. Reclaiming the title for England this year is going to taste so much sweeter with Usain leading the Soccer Aid World XI. I can’t wait to lead out the England team on Sunday 10th June at Old Trafford in what really is a game like no other. With your support, we will help children in danger around the world.”Unicef, the world’s leading organisation for children, has joined forces with ITV to make the pro-celebrity football match bigger and better than ever, with more potential to raise money and vital support for children in danger. Soccer Aid for Unicef is produced by Initial, part of Endemol Shine UK, for ITV.100% of all public donations to Soccer Aid for Unicef will go towards supporting the vital work protecting children in the UK and globally. The money raised through profits from ticket sales and viewer donations during the match will add to the incredible £24 million that has already been raised through Soccer Aid over the last 12 years.The match will be further complemented by a mass public fundraising activity, with more details to be announced soon. Additionally, on Friday 8th June a Soccer Aid Playground Challenge will involve schools up and down the country taking part in an exciting activity programme – generating vital donations.Tickets for the Soccer Aid for Unicef football match on Sunday 10th June 2018 at Old Trafford are available now at www.manutd.com/socceraid or by calling 0161 444 2018 with tickets priced between £10 and £50.last_img read more

Stars Make Global Call To Action For Gender Equality At The HeForShe

first_imgOn the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, award-winning actor and UN Women’s Global Goodwill Ambassador, Anne Hathaway, and actor and activist Winston Duke joined world leaders, global CEOs, university presidents and activists to unveil groundbreaking solutions to achieve gender equality around the world.Anne Hathaway SpeaksMost notably, HeForShe released three distinct products at the Summit, based on the work of its HeForShe Champions:The HeForShe Proven Solution on How to Achieve Parity in Global Leadership: Emerging from the work of HeForShe IMPACT Champion PwC Network, which has moved from 18% female representation on its Global Leadership team to 47% in just 15 months, the solution sets out a roadmap for other organizations.The HeForShe Emerging Solutions for Gender Equality Report, containing 34 concrete emerging solutions on how to achieve gender equality. These solutions address a wide range of issues, including closing the gender pay gap, ending gender-based and sexual violence, and achieving parity across society.Last, HeForShe unveiled its first HeForShe Male Allies Guide for Gender Equality – Tips for Understanding and Managing Your Emotions, built on a program pioneered by the Government of Finland, a HeForShe IMPACT Champion, to enlist army conscripts to prevent violence against women.Welcoming the solutions, Anne Hathaway said, “Today, the men on stage with me are here because they are throwing a huge rock through the glass ceiling.”The newest HeForShe Champions, officially announced at the Summit are: Chief Executive Standard Bank Group, Sim Tshabalala; and Secretary-General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Ahmad Alhendawi.In the lead-up to the event, HeForShe launched #MorePowerfulTogether, inviting landmarks around the world to turn off half their lights to demonstrate the power lost when women are underrepresented. The summit underlined this message by bringing together champions from all corners of society to demonstrate that we are truly more powerful together.In a closing call to action, Winston Duke said, “As an actor I have always been told that there are no small roles; and in the world of gender justice I’ve found no statement to be more true. To every single man and boy tuning in to this conversation today, I ask: I am HeForShe, are you?”last_img read more

CALLING ALL CANADIAN ARTISTS THE GRAMMY MUSEUM IS ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2018

first_img2. Archiving and Preservation ProjectsThe GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awards grants to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas. The Archiving and Preservation area has two funding categories. To determine under which category of preservation grant you should apply, please click here.A. Preservation Implementation: $20,000 Maximum AwardB. Assistance, Assessment and/or Consultation: $5,000 Maximum AwardReview the 2018 preservation grant guidelines and funding restrictions here.This initial approach should include the following information:1. Project contact and overview2. A brief description of the project, including but not limited to the following:– Historical significance– Uniqueness and/or at-risk status– Existing project partners and/or financial support, if any3. A description of the intended dissemination plan4. Brief biographies of key personnelFOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – CLICK HEREDOWNLOAD THE eBOSS CANADA APPFor up-to-date News, Job Notices, Casting Notices, Events, and much more Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Museum Grants Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of North America, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.Grant funds have been utilized to preserve private collections as well as materials at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and numerous colleges and universities. Research projects have studied the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy on populations from infants to the elderly. Over $7 million in grants have been awarded to nearly 400 recipients. The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program funds the following areas: Advertisement 1. Scientific Research Projects: $20,000 Maximum AwardThe GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awards grants to organizations and individuals to support research on the impact of music on the human condition. Examples might include the study of the effects of music on mood, cognition and healing, as well as the medical and occupational well-being of music professionals and the creative process underlying music. Priority is given to projects with strong methodological design as well those addressing an important research question.Review the 2018 research grant guidelines and funding restrictions here.This initial approach includes the following information:1. Project contact and overview2. A brief description of the project, including but not limited to the following items:– Research question– Methodology outline (number of subjects, control groups, etc.)– Impact/application of research– Existing project partners and/or financial support, if any3. A description of the intended dissemination plan of the research findings (see guidelines)4. Brief biographies of key personnelTo view a sample Scientific Research LOI please click here. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Ryan Reynolds responds to critic over MakeaWish kids visiting Deadpool set

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitter Ryan Reynolds has hit back at an online troll who criticized him for inviting sick children to the set of the Deadpool sequel.The actor met with the kids as part of the Make-a-Wish programme, and took to Instagram to share his experiences with his young fans.“One of the best parts of playing the Big Red Jackass (Deadpool) is welcoming @makeawishamerica and @childrenswishfoundation onto set,” he wrote on Monday. “Deadpool kicked Cancer in the taint, but these kids do it for real every day. “These foundations make dreams come true for a lot of of super-brave kids. They also make dreams come true for parents, who just wanna see their kid smile. HUGE thanks to our Prop Master, Dan Sissons, for making sure every kid left with his/her own sword. (Bamboo versions. Not stabby-stabby versions).”Following his post, one social media follower made a point of the fact criticised Ryan’s film is R-rated, and therefore inappropriate for children under 17 to watch.“Guys Deadpool is (a) R rated movie and those kids are watching it… I think something is wrong here,” the fan wrote.Reynolds has now hit back, writing: “Yup. Deadpool is Rated R. If my kid went through a fraction of the s–t these kids deal with daily, I think they can watch whatever they like. That’s just my .02 cents.”It is unclear when the set visit took place, but Ryan wrapped filming on the sequel last year. The film, which also stars Josh Brolin and Morena Baccarin, is set to hit theatres on 18 May. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Youve heard about Kusamas Infinity Mirrors opening at the AGO Now heres

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Toronto is the fourth stop on a six-city tour. Kusama’s exhibition opens at the AGO March 3 and will run until May 27. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement If you’re wondering why the outside of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is covered in dots, take a peek inside because the much anticipated Infinity Mirrors exhibit has landed in Toronto.Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, 88, has had an obsession with dots. She’s still using them in her studio, now painting them primarily on canvases and sculptures.“For her the pocket dot is a symbol of life, of nature of connectivity,” said Adelina Vlas, the AGO’s associate curator of contemporary art. “Back in the 60s she used to cover herself and the idea was that with dots you obliterate yourself… you shed any sign of individuality and you become one.”Some of Kusama’s earlier work included phallic shapes covered in her famous polka dots. ( Martin Trainor/CBC News)center_img Advertisement Room, Dots Obsession – Love Transformed into Dots, features large dotted balloons surrounded by mirrors. It was made in 2007. (Martin Trainor/CBC News) Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Meet Canadas Funders at Vancouver Web Fest 2018 Whos funding what are

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Andra ShefferCEO, Independent Production FundThe IPF invests in the production of scripted drama series created for any platform – digital or traditional television.She was the founding Executive Director of the Bell Fund (1997-2014) which supports interactive digital media projects associated with Canadian television programs. Previously, she was the founding Executive Director of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television producing the annual Genie and Gemini Awards (now the Canadian Screen Awards). She lectures on the business of television and digital media and is the editor of publications about the business of TV and digital media production: New Media, New Business: The Producer’s Guide (2001), Create a Winning Proposal – the Handbook for New Media Producers (1999) and the co-editor of MAKING IT: The business of film and television production in Canada (1986 & 1995).She also served as Managing Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, with the federal government as a Certification Officer setting up the original CAVCO office (and Canadian content “point” system), and at the Film Festivals Bureau promoting Canadian films internationally. She has been awarded the Digital Media Trail Blazer award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the Champion of Digital Innovation Tribute at Merging Media , an Award of Excellence by the Digi Awards, an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Youth Media Alliance, and has been inducted as an Industry Builder into the Playback Hall of Fame.Elizabeth Friesen, Executive Director, Telus FundElizabeth Friesen is Executive Director of the TELUS Fund overseeing finance, administration, operations and program design. Elizabeth is also a certified Project Management Professional and brings more than 25 years of senior leadership experience and a proven set of tools and techniques to her consulting engagements. In 2010, Elizabeth obtained a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University and Prosci certification as a Change Management Professional. She has since managed implementation of a renewed medical education curriculum at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, analysis of distributed education alternatives for the Province of Alberta, and the launch of a new channel for Knowledge Network. Langara College and CMPA have also engaged Elizabeth to facilitate meetings and build consensus across complex stakeholder groups. Former senior positions include Chief Operating Officer at Telefilm Canada where Elizabeth was responsible for a +$100M portfolio of media investments. She also led English, French and International Operations, research and strategic planning, and the launch of innovative public private initiatives.John DippongNational Project Lead, Western Region and OntarioJohn Dippong is National Project Lead – Western Region and Ontario, based in Telefilm Canada’s Vancouver office. He is responsible for identifying and implementing regional strategies, partnerships and special initiatives, and managing Telefilm’s Promotion Program. John was also Western Region Feature Film Executive for 12 years, where he was responsible for managing Telefilm’s portfolio of feature film development and production decisions. Prior to joining Telefilm, John worked in feature film production and film festival organization and programming.Christine ChiuAnalyst, CreativeBCChristine is an analyst in the development department for the Project Development Fund, Passport to Markets and International Industry Initiatives programs.Prior to working at Creative BC, Christine worked for ten years in the business affairs departments at various film and television production companies in Vancouver and Toronto. She also worked in film and TV distribution sales in Toronto and Hong Kong.Kim GuiseDirector of Local and Original Programming, TelusKim Guise oversees a multi-million dollar portfolio supporting BC and Alberta filmmakers and organizations. Since joining TELUS in 2013, Kim has played a key role in setting TELUS’ local content strategy and enabling TELUS to be an innovator and leader in local programming and the creative industries. Kim is passionate about enabling people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to tell stories that are meaningful to them and their communities.Suzanne LaceyProgram Manager Bell FundPrior to the Bell Fund Suzanne held numerous management positions in the media industry from project management to broadcast scheduling and executive in charge of production for factual and dramatic series. A Queen’s Film graduate, Suzanne was a decision maker at the Hot Docs Industry Forum for several years and has a certificate in Digital Media from OCAD.Christine LarsenVWF Board of DirectorsModeratorMedia insider Christine is the latest addition as Co-Chair to the VWF family. Christine is a veteran media business consultant, with an extensive background at Creative BC and BC Film. For more than a decade, she has managed industry relationships for development funding, digital media strategies, broadcast and distribution. Christine is a former Executive Board member for Women in Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) where she served for 2 years and is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious WIFTV Wayne Black Service Award.CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE VANCOUVER WEB FESTGet your tickets and passes to this amazing festivaleBOSS Canada has a 50% off discount for talentClick HERE to register and use Promo Code: VWF18Talent Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Need funding for your next project?  Come to the 2018 Vancouver Web fest and meet Canada’s Funders.  The panel will include representatives from CMF, IPF, TELEFILM, STORYIVE, CREATIVE BC, BELL FUND and TELUS FUND.Get your tickets and passes to this amazing festivaleBOSS Canada has a 50% off discount for talentClick HERE to register and use Promo Code: VWF18TalentNathalie ClermontDirector of Program Management, CMFNathalie Clermont has worked for more than twenty years in the film and television industry, with extensive experience in financing. She acts as a key advisor on CMF policies and programs, ensures consistency in service standards and the application process, and ensures that file analysis is accurate, fair, and consistent, in accordance with the CMF guidelines. Previously, Ms. Clermont was team leader of the Business Affairs Unit at the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) for 15 years. Ms. Clermont holds a B.A. in Film, Communications, and Public Relations from the Université de Montréal. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

DANNY TREJO THE HARDEST MAN IN HOLLYWOOD

first_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement ‘In prison, you’re either predator or prey’ … Trejo tools up in Machete. Photograph: Allstar/Dimension/Sportsphoto Ltd Facebook We’re sitting in a Manchester bar, the evening before Trejo is due to appear at For the Love of Horror, a two-day film convention. Nearby sits Tyler Mane, who plays Michael Myers in the latest Halloween films, although the masked murderer looks slightly less terrifying when eating a salmon and cucumber sandwich. (Not a Canadian story – but a very interesting read for ALL actors)Danny Trejo is 74 but he was never meant to live so long. “I didn’t even think I’d make it out of the 1960s,” says the actor, with a deep husky laugh. “I picked the wrong role model,” he explains, recalling how he first tried heroin at the age of 12 and embarked on a life of crime. “I picked my uncle, who was a drug addict and an armed robber. But he was the greatest guy in the world as far as I was concerned.”Trejo ended up serving time in every state prison in California. But something happened in 1968 that would change his life. The actor, who has starred in everything from Machete to Spy Kids, was involved in a prison riot and got caught throwing a rock at a guard. “I went to the hole,” he says. “Me and two other inmates thought we were going to the gas chamber. I was potentially facing the death penalty.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Trejo came up with a remarkable plan. “I made a deal with God. I said, ‘Let me die with dignity. If you do, I’ll say your name every day and I’ll do whatever I can for my fellow man.’ I didn’t want to go to the gas chamber, screaming and yelling and peeing myself.”‘I am the mean Chicano dude with tattoos’ … Danny Trejo in Maximum Impact. Photograph: Alamylast_img read more

TIM ALLEN REVEALS KEANU REEVES IS VOICING A SECRET NEW TOY STORY

first_imgAdvertisement Keanu Reeves is joining the “Toy Story” universe.Appearing on “The Tonight Show” on Wednesday, Tim Allen teased the upcoming “Toy Story 4”, revealing that the John Wick actor will appear in the film playing a mysterious new character. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “Keanu Reeves has got a great part,” Allen said. “Actually, a little inside story, even [Reeves] said — gentle, wonderful guy that he is — ‘This sounds too much like Buzz Lightyear.’ And his character does have an edge to that. And the guy said, ‘So we calmed him down a little bit,’ and they reminded me his toy is only that big.”The first two teaser trailers for “Toy Story 4” have already revealed several new characters, including Forky, voiced by Tony Hale, and two plush animals — Ducky and Bunny — played by Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael-Key.“Toy Story 4” will be out in theatres June 21, 2019. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

DEADPOOL DEFENDS NICKELBACK IN FUNNY NEW ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL TRAILER

first_imgAdvertisement We’ve got another funny trailer for you to watch for Once Upon A Deadpool! After Fred Savage bashes the rock band Nickelback, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) comes to their defense and reminds us of how great a band they really were.It’s great to see the marketing team having fun with Deadpool again! This is an entertaining trailer that I’m sure the fans will get a kick out of.Once Upon A Deadpool will hit select theaters this week on December 12th and will be available to watch until December 24th, so you’ll have plenty of time to catch it! Also, don’t forget that a portion of the proceeds will go to the Fudge Cancer charity. Enjoy the new trailer and let us know if you are a fan of Nickelback!by Joey Paur | Geek Tyrant LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

NETFLIX ACCUSED OF USING FOOTAGE OF LACMÉGANTIC QUEBEC DISASTER IN BIRD BOX

first_imgAdvertisement Smoke rises from railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Que., Saturday, July 6, 2013. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press) Facebook “I don’t know if this is happening all the time, but we are looking for assurances from Netflix that … they are going to remove them,” Morin said in an interview.“You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side.”High school ethics teacher Guillaume Bouchard was watching the most recent season of Travelers on Netflix over the holidays when he noticed something oddly familiar on his screen. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In the science-fiction series, a nuclear device had just exploded on the streets of London, but instead of seeing fires ravaging locations in the U.K. capital, Bouchard was looking at orange flames towering over a small town. At the end of the street, a black oil tanker burned in the background.“I thought: No way. No way did they do that,” Bouchard said in an interview. He paused the show and after a quick internet search had his suspicions confirmed.The brief images on Netflix were taken from real-life footage of one of the deadliest disasters in recent Canadian history, when a train carrying crude oil derailed, exploded and killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic in 2013.“I don’t know anyone who died in Lac-Mégantic,” Bouchard said. “But if I was someone who lost someone close and I was home and I saw this, I don’t know how I would react.”“It wouldn’t be good.”Travelers, created by Canadian Brad Wright, was shot in Vancouver and produced by Peacock Alley Entertainment Inc., originally in association with Netflix and Showcase. Netflix picked up the show as the exclusive distributor for the latest season, the third.Carrie Mudd, president of Toronto-based Peacock Alley Entertainment, said her company acquired the footage from a stock image vendor called Pond 5, which is based in New York City, and they “weren’t aware of its specific source.” A request for comment from Pond 5 was not returned.“We sincerely apologize and had no intention to dishonour the tragic events of 2013,” Mudd said in an email. “We are already working to replace the footage in the show.” As of Tuesday evening, the images were still part of the Travelers episode available for viewing on Netflix Canada.A spokesman for Netflix did not want to be interviewed, but said the company has contacted Peacock Alley Entertainment, and confirmed the images would be removed. When asked by email to confirm Bird Box also used real-life footage from the disaster, the company said it needed time to look into it.Morin said she first heard of the images used on Travelers Monday.“We find that it’s really a lack of respect, to use these images as fiction and entertainment,” she said. “It’s hard enough for our citizens to see these images when they are used normally and respectfully on the news.“Just imagine, to have them used as fiction, as if they were invented.”On Tuesday, a Lac-Mégantic citizen posted images on social media of the movie Bird Box, where in the early moments of the movie, a television newscast used the images for a few seconds to illustrate a town being under attack.Morin said she viewed the footage posted by the citizen. “We see the images (of Lac-Mégantic) clearly,” she said. The Canadian Press viewed the footage in Bird Box, which is identical to amateur video shot immediately after the derailment. The amateur video can be easily found online.Bouchard said he felt it was his “duty as a citizen’” to go public after identifying the Lac-Mégantic content. He said he knows what happened was a mistake, but “it needed to be talked about.”He said he also considers it a teachable moment he can use in his ethics class. “Naturally, I will talk about it one day (in school),” he said.By Giuseppe Valiante | The Canadian Press A day after learning that a science-fiction show on Netflix used actual footage of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, the mayor of the Quebec town said she believes images of the tragedy were used in a second Netflix production, Bird Box.Lac-Mégantic Mayor Julie Morin wants the streaming service to take a look at its movie and TV catalogue to make sure no other production is using images of the tragedy as entertainment. Twitterlast_img read more

KEANU REEVES IS THE LATEST STAR OF SAINT LAURENTS MENSWEAR CAMPAIGN

first_imgAdvertisement In the second photo, Keanu looks totally mythic in a pinstripe suit with the most outrageously exacting peak lapels you will ever even think about in your life. His eyes are hidden behind a sick pair of movie star aviators. He reminds us, gently, that tailoring is the coolest part of wearing clothing as a man.And in the third—the Holy Ghost of the trinity—Keanu’s hair wicks away from his face just so. His leather motorcycle jacket is so perfect your entire soul is at risk of shattering, like a Hollywood ingenue’s heart in a hardboiled detective novel about a DJ who plays it fast and loose. But Keanu is staring right into your eyes, saying, “It’s okay, I know this jacket is special” (and so are you???). It’s like Keanu understands our totally intense and bizarre and joyful relationship with clothing, and is totally here for it. In the words of Keanu…whoa.Keanu Reeves in Saint Laurent (Photo by David Sims)BY RACHEL TASHJIAN ~ GQ Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: What a time to be Keanu Reeves. Earlier this month, we put the immortal star on the cover of GQ, as we vigilantly prepare for the third installment of John Wick. This past weekend, he blew our minds when he walked out of an Upper East Side hotel in a pair of hiking boots with a charcoal grey suit (his interpretation of Camp?).And today, Saint Laurent creative director Anthony Vaccarello revealed that the immortal man himself is the face of Saint Laurent’s Fall 2019 menswear campaign.The campaign is a holy trinity of black and white images by David Sims, the father of stark fashion portraits with big attitude; Vaccarello provided art direction. In the first photograph, Keanu bows his head, his eyes closed in quiet meditation. He is wearing a black leather aviator jacket with a shearling collar, and looks exactly how you hope you look when thinking deeply about jackets. Contemplative. Tender. Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Yukon RCMP again facing probe

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Yukon RCMP is facing another investigating after their officers were accused of roughing up a First Nations woman.RCMP members from Carcross, Yukon, are being investigated after a local woman filed a complaint against the officers for using excessive force after they arrested her last month.The woman said she was dragged from her home and roughed up in Whitehorse cells. Lynn Rose Johns said she suffered a concussion.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has the story.last_img read more

Mohawk woman claims CBSA agents beat her for refusing breath test

first_imgAPTN National NewsA woman from the Mohawk community of Akwesasne says she was beaten after refusing to take a breathalyzer.The incident allegedly happened two weeks ago at the Canada Border Services Agency office in Cornwall, Ontario.APTN’s Annette Francis now with more.last_img

Indigenous family in Ontario makes history with 3 generations of practising lawyers

first_imgDelaney Windigo APTN National NewsAn Ontario family has made history.They’ve become the first Indigenous family with three generations of practising lawyers.last_img

Thunder Bay inquest jury finds four First Nations students deaths undetermined three

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN National NewsA coroner’s jury examining the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay has come back with more than 100 recommendations.The students were all from remote communities and only in the city to go to school.After many delays, the inquiry got underway in Oct. 2015.The jury heard from dozens of witnesses who talked about everything from police indifference to the deaths, to racism in Thunder Bay.More on the Thunder Bay inquest.last_img

Longtime Burnaby resident says Trans Mountain pipeline expansion ridiculous

first_imgTina House APTN NewsA small group of concerned citizens opposing Kinder Morgan’s expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline gathered outside a Burnaby hotel as the National Energy Board (NEB) began three days of hearings on the project.Elsie Dean, 93, has been living in Burnaby for 40 years and doesn’t want to see Kinder Morgan’s tank farm there expanded to support the pipeline project.“It’s ridiculous if you know about how small Burnaby inlet is and all the bridges and all the industrial traffic that’s going on there,” said Dean.The NEB is schedule to hear from nearby homeowners and Burnaby city council at the hearings.John Clark didn’t get an invite to speak at the hearings even though he lives 300 metres from the tank farm.Clark said the NEB is basically an unelected quasi-judicial body with a lot of power to make decisions “on constitutional issues and they’ve been allowed to run roughshod and were given that power by the Harper government.”Burnaby and Vancouver have expressed its disapproval of the project because of the environmental risks, that was approved the Justin Trudeau government near the end of 2016.thouse@aptn.calast_img read more

Catholic bishops news conference only adds confusion around Popes apology to residential

first_imgSinclair was accompanied by NDP-MPs Charlie Angus and Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou), who bashed the bishops’ behaviour.“I am disgusted,” said Saganash, a Cree politician from Quebec who survived 10 years in residential school.“To state ‘the Catholic church as a whole in Canada was not associated with the residential schools’ pushes this church towards very irresponsible, historical, revisionism,” added Angus (Timmins-James Bay), a Catholic.Sen. Murray Sinclair, who chaired the TRC, said it was sad to see the church try and distance itself from the issue now.“They’re not taking responsibility and that’s a shame,” he said.It took survivor Evelyn Korkmaz, who shared the stage with the politicians, to clarify the subject.“The church has acknowledged wrongdoing,” she said. “So all we’re asking for is a verbal apology.”Korkmaz attended notorious St. Anne’s residential school in Angus’s riding, whose survivors are battling Ottawa for the same compensation offered other survivors.Angus, who has been championing their fight, said the church has to apologize and noted he was “distressed” Canadian bishops weren’t insisting he do that.But Gagnon defended the head of the church.“I agree with the way the Pope is handling this in waiting for an opportune time,” he said.“He has been invited to Canada from the prime minister, from three of our presidents of the Catholic conference of bishops of Canada…His response had to do with Call to Action No. 58 and its rather strict confines.”Pope Francis has apologized to Indigenous peoples in Bolivia for the impact of colonialism and said sorry to survivors of priestly sexual abuse in Ireland.“We have a track record with this Pope who is not afraid to confront the hard issues,” Gagnon added.kmartens@aptn.ca (Residential school survivor Evelyn Korkmaz, left, Senator Murray Sinclair, and NDP MP Romeo Saganash at a news conference in Ottawa) Kathleen MartensAnnette Francis APTN NewsA news conference to clear the air about the Pope’s apology to Indian residential school survivors only seemed to confuse things further.Bishop Lionel Gendron told reporters in Ottawa Wednesday the Catholic church is a “decentralized” organization and Pope Francis can’t be held responsible for what others have done.But Senator Murray Sinclair called that “a failure” and said the apology demanded by his Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is needed by survivors to heal.Senior leaders of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops addressed the media in Ottawa in front of an NDP motion to be tabled in the House of Commons calling on Pope Francis to apologize for residential schools. The motion failed after one MP voted no. It’s not clear who voted against it, but in a scrum prior to Question Period, Conservative Indigenous Affairs Critic said it has no place in parliament.“We like to keep a separation between church and state in terms of Parliament directing specific actions,” she said. “And I think we also believe that that’s an important distinction to keep, which the other parties don’t believe.”The bishops said the Pope may apologize in person if he came to Canada and met with Indigenous peoples.But according to Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and vice-president of the CCCB, the church has already done so, said.“The pope never said he wouldn’t apologize,” Gagnon said. “What the Holy Father did say was he would not personally respond to (TRC) call to Action 58.”Does that mean Yes or No the Pope will apologize?“Our concern is that it’s important to clear up any misconceptions that are out there and correct any inaccuracies,” Gagnon added.The answer confused reporters who continued to yell questions as the black-robed religious figures left the room.APTN Reporter Annette Francis gives us more from the news conference in Ottawalast_img read more

Yellowknife Sixties Scoop survivor learns about his past

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsAt one time Roy Dahl had 13 biological siblings – but he didn’t grow up with any of them.He was born in Red Lake, Ont., 570 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, but was taken from his family to attend St. Mary’s Residential School.He was plucked once again from there and placed into the foster care system before being adopted by a white family.Dahl was too young to remember his separation from his birth family, but over the years pieced together the movement in his early years.“My brother said that they (Indian agents) just showed up at our door and said your children are coming with us, he went because I and my younger sister were taken.” Dahl said.“My adoptive brother, the way he described it, it was almost like adopting a puppy. His family went to the children’s home, and thought oh he looks like he needs a good family.”(Dahl with his adoptive mother. Photo courtesy Roy Dahl)As a Sixties Scoop survivor he is part of a class-action lawsuit.“We are going to spend our whole lives processing all of this, because we all feel a sense of alienation. We don’t feel like we belong,” he said.Dahl recently attended the Sixties Scoop information session in Yellowknife where he found both comfort wrapped in confusion.He was amongst some survivors who hoped to include claims of abuse in the lawsuit.“If there are 2,500 approved claims and we were to press forward those abuse claims, we would have to prove in each situation that abuse happened. But, here is no commonality in our stories and the evidence would not be as clear as in Residential Schools which had a smaller group of perpetrators,” Dahl said.Dahl recalled being subjected to harsh punishments not enforced on his adoptive siblings.“I faced the board of education on a regular basis. The board was four inches wide and three feet long. I would feel the wrath of my mother for every little thing. If I broke a dish, swore, came home late or didn’t get 70 percent on a test,” he said.According to Dahl, the cross country information sessions for survivors need to focus more the historical context of how the lawsuit came to be.“There should be mention of the (Justice Edward) Belobaba lawsuit, how it originated and the process that it went through – the hopes and the fact that it was almost dismissed several times,” Dahl said.Dahl said while no amount of money can take back his loss of culture and identity, he is satisfied that a healing foundation is attached to the settlement to support survivors in their own healing journey.“Nobody comes to us now and says you are still part of the family, part of the community, why don’t you come forward and sing with us? Why don’t you come forward and drum with us? Nobody invites us to do that. I think that is part of the missing link for us for healing,” he said.(The Dahl household in Red Lake, Ontario. Photo courtesy: Roy Dahl)Dahl has been waiting many years for what he values most – an apology from the federal government.“It’s about Canada saying sorry to you, saying ‘we are sorry we tore your families apart all because we thought you weren’t good parents, because we thought you weren’t good people,’ for Canada to step forward,” he said.According to Collectiva, the claims administer – any First Nation or Inuit person who was adopted or made a permanent ward and was placed in the care of non-Indigenous foster or adoptive parents in Canada between 1951 and 1991, is eligible for compensation.Forms must be completed and submitted by August 30, 2019.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img read more

Global stock markets sink slammed by tech losses

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea – Shares fell in Europe and Asia on Wednesday as tech stocks extended losses following sell-offs of their U.S. peers overnight. Investors are selling technology-related shares on concern governments might tighten scrutiny over Facebook after it was revealed that users’ data was shared with a consulting firm affiliated with President Donald Trump.KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 dropped 1 per cent to 6,930.51. France’s CAC 40 slid 1.4 per cent to 5,043.96 and Germany’s DAX lost 1.6 per cent to 11,784.17. Futures augured weak starts on Wall Street. Dow futures fell 0.3 per cent while S&P futures also retreated 0.3 per cent.ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s Nikkei 225 sank 1.3 per cent to 21,031.31 and South Korea’s Kospi slid 1.3 per cent to 2,419.29. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index sank 2.5 per cent to 30,022.53 while China’s Shanghai Composite Index dropped 1.4 per cent to 3,122.29. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 retreated 0.7 per cent to 5,789.50. Stocks in Taiwan, Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries also fell.BAD DAY FOR TECH: Investors cut their holdings of Asian tech stocks after a series of incidents sent their U.S. peers lower again. One of those cases is a report that authorities will investigate a fatal crash that involved a Tesla electric SUV equipped with a semi-autonomous control system. In Asia, Samsung Electronics Co. fell 2.6 per cent and Sony Corp. lost 1.1 per cent. Softbank Group Corp. slumped 4 per cent. Tencent Holdings Ltd. was down 4.6 per cent.ANALYST VIEWPOINT: “So what spooked markets? Well, it looks like the rearing of the (ugly) Facebook privacy infringement was a convenient excuse to sell-off ahead of the long weekend,” Mizuho Bank said in a commentary.OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 68 cents to $64.57 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract declined 30 cents to settle at $65.25 a barrel on Tuesday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, fell 52 cents to $68.94 per barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 105.64 yen from 105.34 yen. The euro fell to $1.2386 from $1.2404.last_img read more

Eight new paramedics and two new ambulances coming to the Peace Region

first_imgFORT ST JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Emergency Health Services announced today that eight new paramedic positions and two new ambulances will be coming to Fort St John and Dawson Creek later this year. Currently, both communities have been staffed by a mixture of full-time and on-call paramedics. BCEHS says the addition of eight new paramedics will allow for a more stable staffing model in Northeastern BC. “This investment will help improve access to care for people living in the Peace Region,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix. “These additional ambulances and full-time positions will help strengthen health-care services the community counts on, and make sure paramedics are there when people need them.”In addition to the eight full-time positions, the two new ambulances will help make sure resources are available to respond to medical 9-1-1 emergencies and will be available to assist with scheduled hospital transfers. The new ambulances will also be able to assist the nearby communities of Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and Hudson’s Hope when needed.last_img read more

Police and Indigenous blockades going up work to begin again on BC

first_imgOn Thursday, hereditary chiefs struck a deal with the RCMP to abide with an interim court injunction by not blocking access to the work site.In exchange, the chiefs said members of the First Nation would not be arrested and the Unist’ot’en camp would be allowed to remain intact.Chief Na’Moks said they made the temporary agreement to protect Wet’suwet’en members, some of whom were already traumatized after another checkpoint was dismantled and 14 people were arrested on Monday.The Unist’ot’en is a house group within the five clans that make up the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.The agreement applies to an interim court injunction, which is meant to prevent anyone from impeding the company’s work until the defendants, which include members of the Unist’ot’en camp, file a response.Some members of the Wet’suwet’en say the company does not have authority to work on their territory without consent from the nation’s hereditary clan chiefs. SMITHERS, B.C. – The RCMP lifted an exclusion zone Friday that cut off public access to a forest service road in northern British Columbia at the site of a confrontation this week between Mounties and opponents of a natural gas pipeline.Police say the public and media can travel on the road in the Wet’suwet’en First Nation territory but the RCMP will be patrolling it to ensure everyone’s safety.Earlier Friday, a convoy of work trucks passed through the police roadblock heading to the Unist’ot’en healing camp to dismantle barriers that had blocked workers from starting construction on the Coastal GasLink pipeline. TransCanada Corp. says it has signed benefit-sharing agreements with the elected councils of all 20 First Nations along the pipeline route. Its Coastal GasLink pipeline would run from northern B.C. through the Wet’suwet’en territory to LNG Canada’s $40 billion export terminal in Kitimat.Coastal GasLink president Rick Gateman said the agreement lays the groundwork for the company to have free access to the area for pre-construction and construction work on the pipeline.The RCMP said in a news release Thursday that police would continue “roving patrols” of the Morice West Forest Service Road.The Mounties said they also set up a temporary RCMP detachment on the road that will be staffed by general duty police officers who “will undergo cultural awareness training on the Wet’suwet’en traditions and will have enhanced training in conflict resolution.”last_img read more

RCMP find boat in Northern Manitoba search for Kam McLeod and Bryer

first_imgThis is the damaged aluminum boat found by #rcmpmb officers on the shores of the Nelson River during a helicopter search on friday afternoon. pic.twitter.com/56Ez8alVTs— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) August 4, 2019The RCMP say members of the team are highly trained and have access to a range of advanced equipment to assist in their underwater searches.Earlier this week the RCMP announced they would scall back the search for Schmegelsky and McLeod in Northern Manitoba.  In the next Province, the OPP have been investigating several tips that the pair is now in that Province.  So far the OPP have not been able to confirm the tips.The Underwater Recovery Team is about to search an area of interest. Police say a damaged aluminum boat was spotted on the shore of the Nelson River on Friday. pic.twitter.com/CRCtast2F5— Joe Scarpelli (@ScarpelliGlobal) August 4, 2019Police continue to stress, that if you believe you’ve seen Kam McLeod and Bryer Schemelsky, contact your local police department immediately or 911.  Sightings have been posted to social media before being shared with the RCMP, that has caused delays in the investigation.According to MyGrandePrairieNow.com, the RCMP have confirmed the pair were seen in a Fairview Gas Station on July 20.  The sighting was not reported to the RCMP until several days later.  This is the second confirmed sighting of the pair in Alberta. The last confirmed sighting of the pair was on July 22 in Gillam Manitoba.  The pair are wanted in connection with three homicides in Northern B.C. that all occurred during the week of July 15, 2019. GILLAM, M.B. – RCMP have started to search the Nelson River near Gillam and Fox Lake Cree Nation in the hunt for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.On Sunday the RCMP confirmed they called in Underwater Recovery Team on Friday after finding RCMP officers searching from a helicopter, located a damaged aluminum boat on the shore of the Nelson River.Based on this new information, five members of the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT) were immediately deployed. They arrived in Gillam on Saturday, August 3rd, and are expected to conduct a thorough underwater search of significant areas of interest today.last_img read more

Vedanta Ltd makes oil discovery in KG block

first_imgNew Delhi: Mining baron Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Ltd Wednesday announced an oil discovery in its Krishna Godavari basin block in the Bay of Bengal. The block previously had a gas discovery in the very first well drilled. In a statement, Vedanta said “it has notified the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas of an oil discovery in the second exploratory well H2, located in the block KG-OSN-2009/3, Krishna-Godavari Basin, East Coast of India”. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalVedanta holds 100 per cent participating interest in the block. “Multiple reservoir zones were encountered in the well H2 within the Mesozoic sequence between the depths of 3,310 metres to 4,026 metres with hydrocarbon indications during drilling and downhole logging,” it said. The zone from 3,403 metres to 3,431 metres was tested through conventional well testing (Drill Stem Test) and flowed oil to the surface. “Further appraisal will be required to establish the size and commerciality of the oil discovery,” Vedanta said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe first exploration well A3-2 drilled in the block was a gas discovery. “Evaluations are ongoing based on the results of the first well A3-2 and the second well H2 to finalise the forward programme,” it added. Cairn India, the company Vedanta bought and merged with itself, had in June 2010 won the KG-OSN-2009/3 block in the 8th round of New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP). It had committed to drill six exploratory wells on the block. These were expandable to 10. The KG basin is a proven basin where there have been many hydrocarbon discoveries. The company acquired around 1,000 square kilometres of 3D seismic data based on which it drilled two wells. KG-OSN-2009/3 offshore block in the Bay of Bengal was originally spread over in an area of about 1,988 sq km which was later reduced to 1,298 sq km due to exclusion of area within firing range. It is located in the shallow waters of the Indian Ocean along the East coast of India, approximately 1.5 km from the Indian coastline.last_img read more

The dance of democracy

first_imgThe dance of democracy has commenced in India as the world’s largest election exercise kickstarted this week. Lok Sabha 2019 is also turning out to be the most bitterly fought election in the history of the Indian democracy. Parties are scrambling to retain power or snatch it. In the middle of this turf war, elections are also a time for celebration because only ever so often (once in five years to be precise) do ordinary citizens truly get a chance to exercise their right of franchise. It is also a matter of great responsibility as almost 900 million voters begin to cast their votes and decide their future and that of the nation. Also Read – A special kind of bondThis great power that lies on our finger for that brief moment within the polling booth (provided the EVMs function without glitches and our names do appear in voter lists) is not to be taken lightly. The vote that we cast will decide the path taken by the nation for the next five years. It is also poignant to remember that the mandate given by the people in these general elections will also be a referendum on the BJP government’s performance in its last tenure. It will either be an acceptance or rejection of the BJP’s politics and policies, and it will be for all of it. It cannot be a selective acceptance of the saffron party’s nation-building and infrastructure development without the acceptance of the polarisation, communalism, demonetisation, lynching, NRC, and beef ban that have also been a part of it. Voting for Congress or the regional parties will be an acceptance of their past failures, corruption charges, possibilities of political instability, and promises of an India different from the one that has assumed centre stage in the last five years. Also Read – Insider threat managementAs citizens, our ideologies may be varied, our beliefs at loggerheads with each other; but if the democratic process is followed in true spirit and practice, then we shall all have the right to vote for whomever we trust. But do remember dear readers, that this time we vote not only for the next government that will come to power but also for the very idea of India. It is absolutely possible that that idea of India with its secularism, tolerance, and universal brotherhood, may not be wholly acceptable by the majority, but it sure is something worth fighting for. If you desire a change in that idea of India that has been our foundation since Independence, that has formed the backbone of our thinking, then so be it. But do be well aware of what you’re signing up for and the future trajectory of the nation. Read the manifestos of the various parties, understand what they promise to deliver. Don’t go just by hearsay, hyperboles, fake news and propaganda; do your research, and then take a moment to think before you cast your vote. The will of the people is supreme and whatever be their decision will be known on May 23 and will have to be accepted. But as long as we jump or fall with our eyes open, fully aware of who and what we are voting for, then this election will be a success for democracy. Whatever be your decision, whoever your tribesman, do step out and vote. This brilliant dance of democracy will be incomplete without your vote, even if you choose to vote for ‘None of the Above’. (The writer is a journalist and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Nadal wins 9th Rome title

first_imgROME: Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be. After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title. It marked the first time in an Open Era-record 54 meetings, and in their 142nd set against each other, that Nadal won a set against Djokovic without conceding a game – otherwise known as a Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijijubagel. The timing for Nadal’s return to form could not have been more opportune, as he will seek a record-extending 12th title at the French Open starting next weekend. ”Winning a title is important but for me the most important thing is feel myself competitive, feel myself healthy,” Nadal said. ”Then with the feeling that I am improving. I know if I’m able to reach my level you can win, you can lose, but normally I’m going to have my chances, especially on this surface.” Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersTop-ranked Djokovic, meanwhile, appeared exhausted after spending more than 5 1/2 hours on court against Juan Martin del Potro and Diego Schwartzman the previous two days. Djokovic was also coming off the Madrid Open title last week. ”I don’t want to talk about fatigue or things like that,” Djokovic said. ”Rafa was simply too strong today.” In the women’s final earlier, Karolina Pliskova captured the biggest clay-court trophy of her career by beating Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4. The Foro Italico crowd continually tried to encourage Djokovic with chants of ”Vai Nole!” – Go Nole! – but the top-ranked Serb struggled with his overhead and drop shots. Midway through the second set, Nadal chased down a lob with an over-the-shoulder shot and Djokovic’s ensuing overhead landed in the net to conclude a long point. Djokovic again netted an overhead in the next game and then kicked the ball in frustration when he missed a drop shot attempt late in the second. But Djokovic hung around in the second and converted his first set point when a looping forehand from Nadal sailed wide for his first break of the match. As he walked to his chair after winning the second set, Djokovic waved his arms to get the crowd behind him. However, Djokovic didn’t have much left in the tank. When Nadal pushed Djokovic deep into the corner in the opening game of the third set and Djokovic’s desperation lob sailed long to hand Nadal a break, Djokovic smashed his racket to the clay three times in frustration and received a warning from the chair umpire. Djokovic won only 29 percent of the points on his second serve and committed 39 unforced errors to Nadal’s 17. Also, Nadal won 23 of the 31 rallies with nine or more shots. It was his 81st tournament win and it takes him 34-33 ahead of Djokovic in Masters 1,000 Series titles. Victory is a boost before the French Open for Nadal, who was beaten by Djokovic in the Australian Open final in January, and had lost at the semi-final stage in his past four tournaments. Since 2005, Nadal has won at least one of the nine Masters 1,000 events in a season every year except 2015. Nadal and Djokovic will be the top two seeds in the second major of the year at Roland Garros later this month.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Named Personality of the Year for Family Cohesion

Rabat- King Mohammed VI of Morocco was named “personality of the year for family cohesion” by the Arab Family Award.The award was bestowed on the Moroccan monarch in “recognition of his efforts and initiatives for boosting family security and safety and promoting social justice” in Morocco.“The choice of King Mohammed VI, King of the Kingdom of Morocco, Personality of the Year for Family Coherence in its third session, is in recognition of his constructive efforts and initiatives in the arena of family, his interest in the maintenance of security and family safety in Morocco, the establishment of community justice throughout the Kingdom of Morocco, as well as his tireless efforts to achieve social balance,” Jamal bin Obaid Al Bah, Chairman of AFO said. “King Mohammed VI is a reference in the Arab world for his venerable initiatives and humanitarian services,” he added. read more

Royal Air Maroc Bans Moroccan Woman from Flying to Saudi Arabia

Rabat – Moroccan carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has banned a Moroccan woman from boarding a plane from Casablanca to Saudi Arabia this Monday, Moroccan media reported.The Moroccan airline employees stopped the woman from boarding the flight, although she showed them her flight ticket, a valid visa and her employment contract in Saudi Arabia, daily Akhbar Alyaoum reported.The newspaper quoted a source from RAM as saying that the Moroccan company received instructions from Saudi Arabian authorities not to allow Moroccan women, under the age of 45, to enter Saudi Arabia for Umrah, unless they are accompanied with their mahram (a male relative). However, the source did not specify whether this measure applies also to Moroccan women who have employment contracts in the Gulf country and want to enter the country for work.This incident comes a few weeks after Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the government would ban Moroccan women from going to work as domestic maid in Saudi Arabia.Last month, a Moroccan whose employer had allegedly abused her and prevented her from leaving the house, shared a video on YouTube where she recounts her ordeal.Alerted by the number of Moroccan woman abused by their employers, the Ministry said that it would no longer validate maids’ employment contracts, in order to “spare Moroccans” from facing “compromising situations”. read more

Boat Carrying at Least 700 Migrants Capsizes off Greece

Geneva – At least 700 migrants were believed to be on board a boat that capsized off the Greek island of Crete Friday, with hundreds still missing, the International Organization for Migration said.“Over 250 people have been rescued from a shipwreck off Crete which is believed to have left Africa with at least 700 migrants on board,” the organization said in a statement.Along all Mediterranean routes, more than 2500 people have died trying to reach Europe since the beginning of the year, with the vast majority of the fatalities occurring on crossings between Libya and Italy. Some 204,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe since January, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday.More than 2,500 people have died trying to make the perilous journey this year, with the vast majority of them on crossings between Libya and Italy.With MAP read more

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Morocco Sign Agreement on Visa Exemption

Sarajevo – Bosnia and Herzegovina and Morocco signed, on Wednesday in Sarajevo, an agreement on mutual visa exemption for holders of diplomatic, service or special passports.The agreement was signed by Bosnian Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak and Moroccan ambassador to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia Moulay Abbes Kadiri.In a speech on the occasion, Igor Crnadak expressed his country determination to develop friendship relations with Morocco given the Kingdom’s assets and potentials which helped it to have a special status in international relations. Moulay Abbes Kadiri highlighted Morocco’s ongoing efforts to strengthen relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina and recalled that this agreement comes after the judiciary, economic and commercial agreements between the two countries. read more

Agriculture: A Dangerous Bacterium Threatens Morocco

Rabat – Although Xylella Fastidiosa has not affected Morocco, the bacterium poses a great threat to 350 plant, tree, ornamental, and forest species in the Mediterranean region.On Monday, February 20, the National Food Safety Authority (ONSSA) organized a study day in Rabat in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) under the title, “Xylella diseases, a very serious phytosanitary risk for the arboricultural sector in Morocco.”This day is part of the regional technical cooperation project with FAO dedicated to strengthening national capacities to prevent the introduction and spread of Xylella Fastidiosa in North Africa and the Near East. It aims to inform and sensitize stakeholders on the phytosanitary risk linked to Xylella fastidiosa, the factors of its spread, and the danger that it poses for plant species. The Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mohammed Sadiki, presided over the official opening of the National Awareness Day on the bacterium Xylella Fastidiosa, in the presence of the FAO Representative in Morocco, Mr. Michael George Hage, Representative of the Moroccan Confederation of Agriculture and Rural Development (COMADER), Mr. Rachid Banali, and representatives of the professional organizations and heads of the Department of Agriculture.Mr. Sadiki pointed out that this disease does not affect Morocco, but in order to avoid the spread of the disease, the commitment of all actors operating in the import sector is necessary. “This meeting is organized in a very precise context, marked by the increase in trade between Morocco and many European countries from which our country imports important quantities plants that are hosts of the bacterium”, he added.In early February, the bacterium was detected on the Balearic Islands, in the Mediterranean. Accordingly, the National Office of Food Safety (ONSSA) implemented a proactive strategy based on a series of preventive measures.Xylella fastidiosa is a highly epidemic disease, potentially transmitted by many insect vectors, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement. In the absence of methods to control this bacterium, “only uprooting and total destruction of plants are recommended to cope with it and eradicate the disease in contaminated pockets,” adds the same source.ONSSA is thus very vigilant and ensures close monitoring of the evolution of the phytosanitary situation. The technical services of the office are deploying extra efforts by raising awareness among farmers and agricultural professionals so they can quickly identify the symptoms of Xylella fastidiosa and mobilize the necessary means of control.Xylella fastidiosa swept through several regions in the world, including the United States and Canada, Central America, Asia, and Europe. It has been reported in Italy in 2013, France in 2015, and Germany and Spain in 2016. read more

Video: A Group of Extras Wearing Navy Uniforms Threatening Zefzafi and…

Rabat – A video showing a group of people wearing US Navy uniforms threatening Nasser Zefzafi, the leader of the protest movement in Al Hoceima, spread like wildfire on social networks.The one minute long footage shows the very muscular and strong men, who pretended to be members of the Navy, promising to “break Zefzafi’s bones,” claiming that the activists is “trying to create strife and conflict” between the Rif people and the rest of Moroccans.The man speaking in the video did not chew his words: “there’s many of us, a patch for each and we’ll sink Al Hoceima.” However, the men in questions were mere extras in an American movie that is being currently filmed in Tangier.The actors who took advantage of their costumes to perpetuate such dangerous hate speech, filmed the brief footage to “express” their opinions about what is currently happening in the Northern regions of Morocco.In fact, the man who appears to be the group’s leader, is a bodybuilder in one of Tangier’s gym clubs.A large number of social media users who massively shared the video, believed the group of men to be members of the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces.While some demanded an explanation for the footage, many others didn’t shy from expressing their “admiration” and lauding the hateful and threatening content of the footage, which is a blatant call for violence read more

From closets to cooktops, tech aims to bring efficiency home

LAS VEGAS — Closets that freshen clothes, cooktops that won’t let pots boil over, faucets told to dispense just enough water to fill the coffee maker. Wherever one looked at the annual Design and Construction Week, there was a new way to make our lives more efficient.“We can make appliances work harder for you,” said Cara Acker, a senior brand manager for Bosch Home Appliances.So while homeowners list security cameras, video doorbells and programmable thermostats as the technology they’re most interested in, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders, the future is offering that and much, much more.More than 2,000 exhibitors participated in the annual trade show, which brings the NAHB and the National Kitchen and Bath Association together. Some highlights:___DRESS REFRESHTwo companies, LG and Samsung, demonstrated self-contained clothing lockers that use a combination of air and steam to remove dust and odours from clothes and other items, like stuffed animals and pillows.Samsung Electronics says a 25-minute cycle in its AirDresser removes 99 per cent of the germs and bacteria in clothes ranging from cotton to cashmere.LG Electronics, meanwhile, says its LG Styler with SmartThinQ eliminates so many allergens during a 20-minute cycle that it’s certified by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America.Both units can hold three items and a pair of pants, and both are Wi-Fi-enabled to send alerts when the cycle is finished. The Styler can also recognize simple voice commands through Google Assistant.One difference between the two is that the AirDresser has hangers that send jets of air over and through the garments, while the Styler vibrates the hangers back and forth about 220 times per minute.“It extends the life of clothing in between trips to cleaners, saving users money and keeping them looking their best,” said LG Styler spokeswoman Taryn Brucia. Price tag: about $2,000.The Styler is already on the market, with a new black mirror finish available later this year. The AirDresser launch date isn’t yet set.___DRYER DISHESIt’s a bold boast, but Bosch and Thermador, which are owned by the same parent company, say their high-end dishwashers will eliminate towel and air-drying, even on plastic.To show how it works, Acker added water to a goldfish bowl containing small white pellets of the mineral zeolite. The water was quickly absorbed, and the bowl warmed noticeably. In their high-end dishwashers, the heat generated by the moist zeolite is circulated through the tub after the final drying cycle. This “CrystalDry” feature should be available in late summer on the Bosch Benchmark and 800 Series dishwashers. The price hasn’t been released, but the technology debuted last year on the Thermador Star Sapphire dishwasher with “StarDry,” which retails for $2,800.Not to be left out, the mid-priced Bosch 500 series dishwashers will be advertising a new feature called AutoAir. It pops the dishwasher door open about 5 inches at the end of the cycle to release steam. (Look for it in late summer. Price not yet released.)___COOKING CREATIVITYInduction cooking is getting an upgrade, and celebrity chef Brian Malarkey used it in a cooking demonstration at the GE display, touting the precise control it allows.“You have so much more range,” he said.For those with nascent cooking skills, GE Appliances’ new Cafe brand offers an induction surface that uses Bluetooth to sync the burner with a smart frying pan when following a recipe through its Hestan Cue app. That pairing will adjust the pan temperature and monitor the cooking time. It retails for $2,530-$4,300.For more confident cooks, Gaggenau has a full-surface, 36-inch induction cooktop that can determine the shape, size and position of up to six pots or pans. The power level follows the pan as you move it around the cooktop, and sensors ensure that pots don’t boil over. It retails for $6,750, with a five-pan, 30-inch cooktop selling for $6,200.___FLAUNT IT IF YOU’VE GOT ITWhile Houzz principal economist Nino Sitchinava told a seminar that a “hot new trend” is to hide the range hood behind cabinetry, GE Profile is taking the opposite approach with its new 27-inch “Kitchen Hub.”In addition to a four-speed ventilation system, the flat-fronted hood is a touchscreen that can take voice commands via Google Assistant. Cameras face forward and down to allow multitaskers to post food shots or video chat while they cook. The hood can also be used to access recipes, playlists, social media and Netflix, or to connect with some other GE and Haier smart products to perform tasks such as adjusting the thermostat or turning on the dryer. It is set to launch in May for $1,200-$1,400.___WATER WORKSFor those of us who can’t see straight until we’ve had our coffee, there’s now a way to measure the correct amount of water automatically.Delta’s VoiceIQ faucets lets you set up to six custom container sizes, so a voice command to “fill coffee pot” will turn the water on and off, dispensing the preset amount. It also understands requests for direct measurements, like “2 cups” or “3 quarts.” Available for the past few months on its $500 Trinsic faucet, the $150 VoiceIQ module will be sold separately starting this summer. It is designed to work on any Delta faucet with Touch2O Technology manufactured after January 2018.It also lets you track water usage.Another smart water product intended to reduce the headaches caused by leaking faucets and frozen pipes won an award at the show for best Smart Home Technology. The Flo by Moen hooks up to a home’s main water supply line. Sensors on the Wi-Fi-connected device monitor water flow, pressure and temperature, while artificial intelligence differentiates between normal and abnormal use. Homeowners are fed the information and alerts through a smartphone app. It retails for $500.___BLACK IS THE NEW GRAY“We’re kind of tired of stainless steel,” said Sitchinava, of Houzz. “There is a contender that is coming through: black stainless steel.”On the show floor, stainless and black stainless appliances were in abundance, as were shades of white and the occasional pop of cobalt blue and emerald green.And there are new options on the horizon. The Cafe brand offers glass fronts over a platinum finish this fall. And, Samsung is launching a new neutral colour this spring: Tuscan Stainless. The warm natural bronze finish was shown on a refrigerator, which still carried accents of stainless steel. A Samsung spokesman said that was to allow the refrigerator to co-ordinate with existing stainless appliances.Karen Schwartz, The Associated Press read more

New Mexico led US pecan production after storm hit Georgia

CARLSBAD, N.M. — New Mexico became the national leader in pecan production last year after Hurricane Michael struck down large swaths of Georgia’s crop, new U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers show.New Mexico produced about 90 million pounds of pecans in 2018 compared to Georgia’s 56 million, the Carlsbad Current-Argus reports .Georgia, traditionally the largest pecan-producing state, saw its crop crippled by the storm, cutting production by almost half from 107 million pounds.Lenny Wells, associate professor of Horticulture with a focus on pecans at the University of Georgia, said 17 per cent of the state’s pecan acreage was lost to the storm.Georgia lost about $100 million in pecan crops, $260 million in trees, and up to $200 million in future income, Wells said.“We had some pretty severe devastation,” Wells said.The storm landed in the Florida panhandle on Oct. 10 and quickly moved into Georgia’s southwest corner with winds up to 125 mph.It proceeded into the state with winds sustained at about 100 mph.Hurricane Michael was the first Category 3 storm to impact Georgia since the 1890s, the National Weather Service reported.In 2017, about 97 per cent of New Mexico’s 90 million pounds of pecans were produced in five of its 33 counties, according to the most recent data from the USDA’s New Mexico Annual Bulletin.About 73 per cent of the statewide crop came from Doña Ana County, with Eddy County producing about 11 per cent.Records show Texas and Arizona ranked third and fourth in pecan production.New Mexico reported a growth of almost 50 million pounds in the past decade from 43 million pounds in 2008.___Information from: Carlsbad Current-Argus, http://www.currentargus.com/The Associated Press read more

Facebook’s Zuckerberg is the focus of latest doctored video

NEW YORK — Mark Zuckerberg is getting a taste of his own medicine, three weeks after Facebook declined to remove a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.A fake video circulating on Facebook-owned Instagram shows Zuckerberg gloating over his one-man domination of the world.It’s the latest flap over doctored videos as Facebook and other social media services try to stop the spread of misinformation and “fake news” while also respecting free speech.The somewhat crude video of the Facebook CEO combines news footage with fake audio.Mae Anderson, The Associated Press read more

Haiti armed gangs surrender more weapons following UNbacked crackdown on crime

In recent days the armed gang leader in the Bélékou quarter, Amaral Duclona, handed over to the National Disarmament, Dismantlement and Reintegration Commission 16 automatic weapons and 2,000 cartridges of all calibres, while Claude Jeune, a member of the gang led by the notorious Evens Jeune, who was himself captured earlier this month, surrendered nine automatic weapons and munitions. Just this Monday the armed group close to Jean Edy, alias Blade, in the Brooklyn quarter handed over 13 powerful weapons and 1,000 cartridges, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said in its latest update on the months-long security sweeps in which hundreds of UN peacekeepers teamed up with Haitian National Police (PNH). “MINUSTAH operations in cooperation with the PNH are going to continue in high-risk areas,” Commission president Alix Fils-Aimé said, praising the mission’s role. Meanwhile MINUSTAH, set up in 2004 to help re-establish peace in the impoverished Caribbean country after an insurgency forced President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile, is continuing its efforts to reinforce state institutions by promoting decentralization and better management of local finances, now that mayors are elected. “In concert with the Haitian Government, MINUSTAH intends to accompany and support the new mayors in accomplishing their tasks,” the head of the mission’ Civil Affairs Section’s Unit of Institutional Support, Marc Plum, said of training sessions organized in the run-up to municipal elections, attended by 14,000 civilians and 1,000 candidates of the past year. The mission is helping the Finance and Interior Ministries train some 60 financial controllers to assist the new municipal administrations in better managing their budgets. “We will also work together with the Finance and Interior Ministries on ways to generate new local sources of revenue for the new municipalities to allow them to put in place better services adapted to the needs of their constituents,” Mr. Plum said. 22 March 2007Some of the most notorious armed gangs in Haiti are handing over their weapons following a United Nations-backed crackdown on crime in one of the violence-ridden country’s most dangerous areas which they had terrorized for years, the Cité Soleil neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince, the capital. read more

Ethiopia UN provides 600000 to help feed conflictaffected in Somali region

14 January 2008The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated nearly $600,000 to provide Ethiopians in the country’s strife-torn Somali region with food aid. The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated nearly $600,000 to provide Ethiopians in the country’s strife-torn Somali region with food aid. The funds will be used by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to help Ethiopian authorities deliver WFP food to the Somali region, where conflict between Government forces and the Ogaden National Liberation Front has intensified this year. To date, WFP has provided almost 17,000 metric tons of food for the five zones under military operations, though it notes that a shortage of military escorts continues to hamper timely deliveries. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the humanitarian situation in the region has been compounded by poor rains and the decreasing availability of pasture and water, while food prices are being pushed up by restrictions on the cross-border movement of goods. Last month, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes noted that fears are growing that up to 4.5 million people could soon face famine-like conditions in the region. “There are strong reasons to believe such a catastrophe could occur in the next few months if all the necessary action to avert it is not taken,” Mr. Holmes said, following a visit to the area. He added that insecurity and Government restrictions are making it difficult for aid workers to even reach those in need.” In a related development, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is helping the Ethiopian Government develop a preparedness and response plan amid fears of a large-scale meningitis outbreak next month. read more

Over 200 applications received for Iraqi governorate election slots – UN mission

21 February 2008More than 200 applications have been received for the eight remaining directorships of Iraq’s governorate election offices (GEOs), the United Nations assistance mission for that country (UNAMI) announced today in Baghdad. The number of applications received “proves that Iraqis are ready to participate in the selection process and in determining their own future,” Staffan de Mistura, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative in Iraq, said at a press conference. To date, according to UNAMI, 224 applications had been submitted for positions in the seven governorates of Basra, Diala, Karbala, Najaf, Nenawa, Wassit and Baghdad, where there are two offices, to help implement legislation calling for governorate elections before 1 October. The mission added that 22 women had submitted applications for the posts, which must be received before the deadline of 28 February.Concerns had been raised by the UN and many political leaders in Iraq about the way in which the previous selection of 11 of Iraq’s 19 governorate election office directors were conducted in September 2007, and the mission last week urged an improved selection process.“The applications process for these positions is an initial step towards transparent and professional selection of the remaining eight governorate electoral offices directors,” Mr. Mistura said. read more