TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd and Fulham at loggerheads over Fosu-Mensah loanby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United and Fulham are at loggerheads over the loan future of Timothy Fosu-Mensah. The Sun says Fosu-Mensah would be allowed to return to Old Trafford, with Calum Chambers a regular under manager Claudio Ranieri and previous boss Slavisa Jokanovic.But United want the Dutchman, 21, to fight for his place at Craven Cottage instead of being part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.According to a United source, the club want Fosu-Mensah to learn how to fight his way back into contention at Fulham.They see his situation under Ranieri, where he has not started a game since November, as part of his learning process in senior football.
ezekiel elliott releases apologetic statementFollowing Ohio State’s last-second loss to Michigan State this past Saturday, running back Ezekiel Elliott spoke out against his coaching staff’s play-calling during the contest, suggesting that he didn’t get the ball enough. Since, he’s been dealing with a great deal of criticism. Monday afternoon, he released an apologetic statement on the matter.Just minutes after head coach Urban Meyer told reporters that Elliott will not be suspended for the transgression, Elliott tweeted a heartfelt statement about his actions. He told fans that he got “caught up in the emotions” of the loss. He also said the team will be ready for Michigan this Saturday.pic.twitter.com/n2UYS4dCHO— EzekielElliott#⃣1⃣5⃣ (@EzekielElliott) November 23, 2015Ohio State has a chance to silence doubters this week against Michigan. The Game kicks off at 12:00 PM.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs looks on during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)You don’t earn four letters as a defensive back in the SEC if you’re not a good athlete, and even though Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is now 40 years old, he apparently still has some of the athleticism that he used as a safety for the Bulldogs in the late 1990’s. During a recent visit to Camp Sunshine, Smart, along with UGA star Nick Chubb and a host of other players, participated in a game of dodgeball with campers. Things got pretty intense, and Kirby seemed to be having the time of his life.The full, awesome video is available below, courtesy of UGASports.com. Kirby Smart, Nick Chubb and the Georgia players visit Camp Sunshine from UGASports.com on Vimeo.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have revitalised Manchester United, but Paul Ince claims things “couldn’t get any worse” after Jose Mourinho and anybody could have overseen an improvement.After taking the decision to part with a Portuguese coach in December, the Red Devils turned to a familiar face for inspiration.The club’s 1999 Treble-winning hero has enjoyed a dream start to an interim post, with a 1-0 victory over Tottenham last time out stretching a faultless run to six successive wins. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Solskjaer has earned plenty of plaudits for turning things around and bringing the best out of the likes of Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, but Ince believes he could have done the same job.The former Red Devils midfielder told Paddy Power: “We can’t get too sucked in with what Ole’s done.“Let’s be honest, it couldn’t get any worse at Manchester United before Jose Mourinho left.“There was a dark cloud over the entire club, the players, the fans and the staff. It was impacting performances on the pitch.“Ole’s come in, a friendly face at the club with a calming influence and it seems as though the players have upped their effort as a result.“The shackles are off, but that doesn’t mean that Ole is the right man for the job.“I could have gone in and done the same thing, so could Steve Bruce.“Anyone could have gone in and done what he has done, it wasn’t a hard thing to do to give those players freedom and improve the mood.”With Ince yet to be convinced that Solskjaer has earned an extended stay in the Old Trafford hot-seat, he still believes that a more experienced coach – such as Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino – should be sounded out.He added: “For the next few years what the club need to do is bring in a manager that can seriously get United competing with City and Liverpool. And of the options available, Pochettino is the man to do that.“The club shouldn’t be making rash decisions, picking a manager just because he’s had six wins on the bounce, all of which came against below average sides bar one.“You’d like to think that even under Mourinho they’d have won those games.“If he gets the club into the top four, and into the final of the Champions League, then that would be the time when the board should be swayed. But we need to be careful not to get carried away – the decision shouldn’t be made just yet.“If Pochettino is available, then I believe he should be Man United’s number one choice for the job and they should do whatever they can to get him.“And do I think he’d want to come to United? Of course I do.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Ivory Coast secured a last-16 spot in the Africa Cup of Nations as Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha impressed in a 4-1 Group D win over Namibia.The Elephants went down to a 1-0 defeat against Morocco last time out and began poorly at 30 June Stadium.Peter Shalulile should have put Namibia in front and was given a lesson in clinical finishing from Max Gradel six minutes from half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Serey Die – captaining Ivory Coast in Serge Aurier’s injury absence – saw a deflected effort find the net in the 58th minute and his team progressed as runners-up behind Morocco, despite Joslin Kamatuka getting on the scoresheet for the Brave Warriors, after Zaha marked his first start of the tournament with a fine solo effort.Lyon’s Maxwel Cornet came on to dish out further punishment to a Namibia side who started brightly.Shalulile headed narrowly wide from Petrus Shitembi’s chipped cross in the 20th minute before forcing Sylvain Gbohouo to save with his feet.An initially abject showing from Ibrahima Kamara’s men picked up and Gradel crashed an emphatic finish over Lloyd Kazapua in the Namibia goal, although replays showed he was fractionally offside as he darted onto Franck Kessie’s lofted throughball.#LesÉléphants take the lead with the first half…#TotalAFCON2019 #NAMCIV pic.twitter.com/6iK3MZAc9z — CAF (@CAF_Online) July 1, 2019 Namibia were once again on the front foot after the restart but their hopes were dashed before the hour when Serey Die’s speculative 35-yard strike glanced off Ryan Nyambe and nestled in the corner.Ivory Coast will face the winner of Group E in the first knockout round, with Mali, Tunisia and Angola all in contention to top that section. They would do well to avoid much more of the slack defending that allowed Kamatuka to slot home in the 71st minute.Crystal Palace star Zaha gave them breathing space with six minutes to play, jinking inside challenges and lashing home a low strike from inside the box, while substitute Cornet’s emphatic finish from 12 yards gave a further indication of the attacking firepower at Kamara’s disposal.
Mauricio Pochettino thinks the experience of beating Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in the Audi Cup was a valuable one for the youngest members of his Tottenham squad.Spurs lifted the pre-season trophy after a penalty shoot-out win over the Bundesliga champions following a 2-2 draw, having beaten Real Madrid 1-0 earlier in the week.One final friendly with Inter follows before the Premier League season kicks off against Aston Villa, and Pochettino thinks his side are looking in good nick. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “It was a very positive experience,” he told the club’s website. “I am so happy with the performance and behaviour of the players.”We are learning a lot and improving a lot every day. I am so happy and we keep going.”When you play a team like Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, always to have this sort of experience is an amazing thing for the players – for the young players and of course for the senior players to build their fitness and be stronger every day.“We are having a very tough pre-season but we are competing very well and if we create this habit to compete really well, of course it’s going to help us in the season to try to fight for big things.”Pochettino has given game time to plenty of Spurs’ young guns over the course of pre-season. Jack Roles, Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga stepped up against Bayern to score the last three penalties in a 6-5 win.He has been impressed with what he has seen so far, noting that they have shown their character as much as their talent.”No doubt about that,” Pochettino added.“They showed great character in Singapore and in China playing against Juventus and Manchester United and now against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.“It’s clear that we have young players, maybe with not too much experience, but with great character and personality and that is a very important thing.”Spurs may have to turn to their youth players after an injury to stand-in right-back Juan Foyth provided the sole disappointment against Bayern.The Argentina international was stretchered off after twisting his ankle in the second half, after himself coming on as a substitute.Following Kieran Trippier’s move to Atletico Madrid and an injury to Serge Aurier, Kyle Walker-Peters is currently the most senior right-back in the squad. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the ESPN Pylon Cam during the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)You can put a bow on Week 10 of the 2018 college football season. We have a new Coaches’ Poll for Week 11.There was some movement this week, as expected. UCF is out of the top 10, with Washington State replacing them. Meanwhile, Syracuse and Boston College vaulted up to into the top 15.Iowa State, NC State and Cincinnati join the part this week as well.Here’s the full top 25.RANKTEAMRECORDPOINTS1ST PLACE VOTESPREVCHANGEHI/LOW1Alabama9-01599631–1/12Clemson9-0153712–2/43Notre Dame9-0146403–3/114Michigan8-113900514/225Georgia8-1134705–2/66Oklahoma8-112720715/117Ohio State8-111090812/98West Virginia7-1110801026/209Washington State8-1107601129/NR10Louisiana State7-2106304-64/2411Central Florida8-0105409-29/2312Kentucky7-2761012–12/NR13Syracuse7-26250241113/NR14Boston College7-25800251114/NR15Mississippi State6-3567021614/NR16Utah State8-1565020416/NR17Fresno State8-1490023617/NR18Washington7-346301916/1919Texas6-3433015-47/NR20Penn State6-3375013-78/2021Florida6-3340014-711/NR22NC State6-23270NR915/NR23Cincinnati8-12070NR421/NR24Utah6-3184016-816/NR25Iowa State5-31510NR1925/NRThe newest AP Top 25 will be unveiled at around 2 p.m. ET.This week’s College Football Playoff rankings will drop on Tuesday night.
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: McKenzie Milton #10 of the UCF Knights looks to pass in the second half against the Auburn Tigers during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Over the weekend, one of the best quarterbacks in college football suffered a horrific knee injury when he attempted to run the ball downfield. UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton planted his knee to make a cut when a South Florida defender ran directly into the planted leg.Milton’s knee suffered extensive damage and looked to be out of place. After suffering the injury, Milton was carted off the field and taken to the hospital.In the days following the incident, Milton underwent surgery to restore blood flow to the lower leg. Milton’s family announced on Tuesday afternoon that surge was successful and Milton’s blood flow has been restored.The family also announced Milton will undergo reconstructive surgery at a later date.Here’s the message from the family.UPDATE: @UCF_Football QB McKenzie Milton suffered nerve damage. But the nerve is intact. Blood flow has been restored. Will have reconstructive surgery on right knee. #Knights #10hanaFull statement from Tampa General Hospital: pic.twitter.com/gUkd98o52R— Joe Kepner (@JKepnerWFTV) November 27, 2018A date for the reconstructive surgery has not been set.UCF takes on Memphis on Saturday afternoon in the American Athletic Conference title game. Freshman quarterback Darriel Mack Jr. gets the start for the injured Milton.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The 2018 Heisman Trophy was awarded on Saturday night, with Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray taking home the award, beating out Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins.Who’s going to take home the trophy in 2019?ESPN has named some of the favorites.According to the Worldwide Leader, the following three players are probably the frontrunners for next season’s award:Alabama quarterback Tua TagovailoaClemson running back Travis EtienneWisconsin running back Jonathan TaylorWe can only hope the 2019 Heisman race matches the last one for history and suspense. I look at the top candidates here, beginning with this year’s runner-up. It could be a big year for B1G contenders, as well as second-year starting QBs.(E+): https://t.co/UETM2AxNC9— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 10, 2018Tagovailoa will be the runaway favorite next season, especially if he’s able to play all four quarters of the Crimson Tide’s games.Who will you be betting on?
The Fiesta Bowl between LSU and UCF is underway and, so far, it’s been quite a start for the Knights.UCF, which is seeking to keep its crazy winning streak alive, has taken a 14-3 lead over LSU.The Knights’ most-recent score came on a pick-six off quarterback Joe Burrow.Burrow, the former Ohio State quarterback, took one of the biggest hits of the year after the interception was thrown.Coach O was furious that no penalty was called. He wanted targeting.Here’s the play:Joe Burrow got hit like this on the return.Ed O is furious. pic.twitter.com/sZOTon1NeH— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) January 1, 2019The referees went to the replay booth to review the play, but upheld the no-targeting call.LSU is now trailing UCF, 14-3, in the first quarter.The game is on ESPN.
NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners speaks to the media after the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Baker Mayfield’s flag planting at Ohio State following Oklahoma’s blowout win in Ohio Stadium remains one of college football’s best moments in recent memory.The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback planted an OU flag at midfield following Oklahoma’s big win over Ohio State in September 2017. The 31-16 win came a year after the Buckeyes’ blowout win in Norman, Okla.Mayfield was highly emotional following the game, taking a flag from the bench and planting it at midfield with his teammates cheering.The Cleveland Browns quarterback issued an apology for the move following the game. “After the game, I did not mean for it to be disrespectful towards any Ohio State people at all, especially not the team or the players,” Mayfield told reporters in 2017. “They’re a great team and a great program. I didn’t mean it to be disrespectful at all. We do the flag thing at OU-Texas, so that’s just something I got caught up in an emotional win. Yeah, it should have been something I did in the locker room, so I apologize for doing it in the middle of the field.”Mayfield admitted to GQ that he wasn’t being honest with that apology, though.I begin to ask him how heartfelt that apology actually was, on a scale of 1 to 10, but I can barely get the question out before he answers. “Zero,” he says. He repeats himself forcefully, looking me right in the eye so that I don’t miss the point. “Zero. Absolutely not.”Then the moment cools and the storm passes. “Which might hurt some Ohio fans’ feelings,” he says. “But I think we’re all good now.”Mayfield added that he didn’t plan to plant the flag, but was simply filled with emotion in the moment.“A lot of things I do are orchestrated, but things like [that], in the moment, emotionally, I’m just being me,” he said. “I worked so hard to beat them after they beat us at home the year before that I was so excited and overcome with emotion that one thing led to another. But a lot of Ohio people didn’t like me after that one.”Ohio State fans were pretty upset with Mayfield’s move back in 2017, but many of them now root for Mayfield in Cleveland, so they’re likely not too bothered by this revelation.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)We got our first taste of 2019 college football last weekend, but the main course starts this week. Ahead of the Thursday night games that begin Week 1 of the season, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit had a message for fans everywhere.Taking to Twitter, Herbstreit wished everyone a “Happy College Football Season.” He called tonight the true start of the season and hopes that fans enjoy the next few days of football.Happy CFB season to EVERYONE across the country! Know we had a couple gms last week but today is really the start of the season w/ some intriguing games TONIGHT & ALLLL the way till Labor Day night w/ ND/Louisville! Before we all start yelling at each other-have a great year!Tonight’s college football action features defending national champion Clemson against Georgia Tech. Texas A&M, UCF, and Utah will also be in action.Happy CFB season to EVERYONE across the country!Know we had a couple gms last week but today is really the start of the season w/ some intriguing games TONIGHT & ALLLL the way till Labor Day night w/ ND/Louisville! Before we all start yelling at each other-have a great year!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 29, 2019Wisconsin and Michigan State will continue the action on Friday.Then on Saturday we get a complete lineup of games. There’s a ranked matchup between Auburn and Oregon, as well as Alabama going up against Duke.Sunday will feature Oklahoma hosting Houston.The final game of the Labor Day Weekend will be a Monday night matchup between Notre Dame and Louisville.Herbstreit’s got plenty of reason to be excited for the next few days.
Honor Band 4 review: Great value for money and a worthy competitor to Xiaomi Mi Band 3I am using the Honor Band 4 for a while now and can confidently say that it is overall one of the best all-rounder smart fitness bands available under Rs 5,000 in India right now.advertisement Sneha Saha New DelhiJanuary 8, 2019UPDATED: January 8, 2019 15:39 IST 8/10HIGHLIGHTSThe Honor Band 4 is a fitness band with good looks, very low price and some cool features.The Honor Band 4 packs Huawei TruSeen 3.0 heart rate technology that is capable of detecting heart rate in real time.The Honor Band 4 comes with a large 2.5D curved screen which is a 0.95- inch AMOLED 240×120-colour display with full touchscreen.Phones are getting smarter and becoming a part and parcel of our everyday life. Similar is the case with smartwatches and fitness bands nowadays, particularly as the prices of these gadgets come down. If you look at the smart fitness bands under Rs 5,000 there is one name that catches the attention. It is Xiaomi Mi Band 3. Now you can add to it the Honor Band 4, a fitness band with good looks, very low price and some cool features.I am using the Honor Band 4 for a while now and can confidently say that it is overall one of the best all-rounder smart fitness bands available under Rs 5,000 in India right now. There is also Xiaomi’s Mi Band 3 but after using both the Mi Band and the Honor Band I’ll give some extra points to the Honor Band 4 for additional bits that it offers to the users. Before I share the weeks of experience that I gathered with the Honor Band 4, let’s take a quick look at the functionality that the band offers.Honor band 4 key features–The Honor Band 4 packs Huawei TruSeen 3.0 heart rate technology that is capable of detecting heart rate in real time.–The Honor Band 4 acts as a personal sleep advisor to the users. It comes with Huawei’s TruSleep monitoring technology that is capable tracking sleeping activities and automatically recording user periods of REM (Rapid Eye Movement).–The Honor Band 4 comes with a large 2.5D curved screen which is a 0.95- inch AMOLED 240×120-colour display with full touchscreen.advertisement–The Honor Band 4 comes with a 6-axis sensor which automatically recognizes swim strokes, records swimming speed, distance and calories.–The Band 4 is swim-safe and water-resistant up to 50 metres.–The Band 4 comes packed with some handy smart features like online number identification, answering and rejecting calls, message notifications, among others.Good looks, bright display, comfortable to wearGood looks, perfect fit, and bright display are some of the very important factors that one looks for in a fitness band, and Honor Band 4 according to me is great in all these aspects. Overall, I find it slightly better than even the mighty Mi Band 3. The Honor Band 4 looks classy and it offers great functionality.The display of the Honor Band 4 is vivid and bright enough to be clearly visible inside the room as well as under blazing sunlight. The band adjusts the screen brightness automatically depending on the ambient lightning, which means if you’re inside a dark room the screen brightness of the band will automatically tone down so that it doesn’t hurt the eyes. It is great to see such a feature in a smart band so aggressively priced. The Honor Band 4 comes packed with a 0.95- inch AMOLED touchscreen display with screen resolution of 240×120 pixels. The AMOLED display at this price point too is nice. The Band 4 also comes with full-screen touch and home button control which is easy to operate and offers access to switch back to the home screen with one touch.In addition to the vibrant display another, and according to me one of the best bits about the Honor Band 4, feature is the colourful icons it sports. For example, the heart rate monitor appears in red, the number of steps walked is shown in blue, the call and message alerts appear in green, and so on. These colourful icons give that extra vibrant touch to the display of the Honor Band 4, which isn’t the case with the Mi Band 3.The display of the Honor Band 4 is vivid and bright enough to be clearly visible inside the room as well as under blazing sunlightComfortable fit is one of the key aspects for many in a smart band and the Honor Band 4 gets it right. The Honor Band 4 comes with a belt clip design that makes the band firmly attached to the user’s wrist which is great.Performance and batteryThe Honor Band 4 is light and comfortable to be worn throughout the day and night with ease. The Honor Band 4 comes with features that are mostly seen on top-notch smart watches like — heart rate monitoring and heart rate warnings, daily activities tracking and monitoring (which includes — recording fitness data such as step count, calories burned, and distance covered), and then there is notification reminders for caller ID, SMS, email, weather reports, calendar, and social apps.I found the Honor Band 4 slightly inaccurate in reading the heart rate, but overall the band manages to capture spot on data as far as the sleep and activity tracking is concerned. The Honor Band 4 also vibrates and alerts users about alarms, calls, new messages, new emails and so on. I’m also very impressed that the Band 4 lets users not only check the caller ID but also mute or reject the call when busy. The display of the band is pretty vibrant to read the messages clearly.advertisement The Honor Band 4 also comes with some very useful additional features like Find Your Phone (this feature lets users find their misplaced phone), activity reminder (which reminds the user to stand up or move if they are sitting in one place for a long time). The Honor Band 4 also comes with TruSleep feature which helps in sleep status recognition and data collection. This sleep tracking feature measures how good or bad is the user’s sleep pattern, a feature found only in very expensive health trackers or smart watches.The Honor Band 4 can be controlled using the Huawei health app. Interestingly, the band can be connected with any smartphone running Android 4.4 or later versions or iOS 9.0 or later versions. I connect the band to iPhone X and it was fairly easy to connect it with the phone.I’m also very impressed that the Band 4 lets users not only check the caller ID but also mute or reject the call when busy. The display of the band is pretty vibrant to read the messages clearlyOne area where I believe the Honor Band 4 could have been better is the battery life. Ah, those vibrant icons, they probably hurt its battery life. This is also one area where the Mi Band 3 is better. Honor promises to offer 2 weeks of battery backup in a single charge on a regular usage but in real life that isn’t the case. For me, the Band 4 lasted for about 4 – 5 days maximum in a single charge.Should you buy Honor Band 4?I have been using the Honor Band 4 for the past few weeks and love how it looks and fits in my hand. So, if you’re are looking for a smart band that’s good looking and ready to spend close to Rs 3,000, the Honor Band 4 is a good option to consider. But if money is the constraint and you can’t afford to spend more than Rs 2,000 on a fitness band, the Mi Band 3 isn’t a bad choice either but just that it looks slightly boring to me. Besides the inaccurate heart rate tracking, overall, the Band 4 looks great, offers pretty vibrant display, acts as a personal fitness trainer and also monitors user’s health and everyday activities efficiently.Honor launched the Band 4 in India in December with a retail price of Rs 2,599. The interesting bit is that the Honor Band 4 is available in some funky colour options like — Meteorite Black, Midnight Navy, and Dahlia Pink. The smart fitness band can be purchased exclusively from Amazon India store.Honor Band 4 review8/10ProsBright displayComfortable fitAffordableLooks goodConsInaccurate heart rate trackingBattery life not as promisedGet 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! 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India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 13, 2019UPDATED: March 13, 2019 20:57 IST Chandan Prabhakar with The Kapil Sharma Show team. Picture courtesy: Instagram/kapilsharma_universeChandan Prabhakar who went missing from The Kapil Sharma Show is back. The comedian who plays Chandu in the show recently shot for an episode where he is dressed as an old lady in a yellow salwar suit.Kapil Sharma shared the image and wrote, “Shooting gags is always fun @bharti.laughterqueen @chandanprabhakar @kikusharda @sumonachakravarti @rajivthakur007 #sunnybhaiya #fun #laughter #comedy #madness #tkss #thekapilsharmashow @sonytvofficial.”View this post on InstagramShooting gags is always fun @bharti.laughterqueen @chandanprabhakar @kikusharda @sumonachakravarti @rajivthakur007 #sunnybhaiya #fun #laughter #comedy #madness #tkss #thekapilsharmashow @sonytvofficialA post shared by Kapil Sharma (@kapilsharma) on Mar 13, 2019 at 5:28am PDTIn the picture Chandan in an old lady while Kapil is dressed as an old man in a groom’s clothes. Comedian Rajiv Thakur sports pink and green mohawk. Just a look at it will leave you in splits. According to reports, the episode was shot today.Recently, when Chandan went missing from a few episodes, one of his fans took to social media to ask him if all is well and asked him to come back on the show. Chandan replied to the fan saying: “Hello ekta…thanks for the love…well I m nt missing episodes intentionally…my character n my acting might not be working that’s why they are not putting me in the episodes…well lots of love n best wishes for you also…” (sic)There were rumours that all is not well between Chandan and Kapil Sharma. However, look like everything is sorted between the two.advertisementAlso read | Chandan Prabhakar is missing from The Kapil Sharma Show for this shocking reasonAlso read | The Kapil Sharma Show: Kapil sings romantic number for wife Ginni Chatrath. Watch aww-dorable videoGet 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 byshweta keshri Tags :Follow Chandan PrabhakarFollow Kapil SharmaFollow The Kapil Sharma Show Next Chandan Prabhakar is back on The Kapil Sharma Show. Shoots a gag with the teamChandan Prabhakar who is an integral part of The Kapil Sharma Show had gone missing from the show.advertisement
scorecard view more view less commentary India suffer first series defeat under captain Virat Kohli at homeAustralia beat India by 35 runs to clinch the five-match series 3-2 after the home side failed to chase down 273 at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on Wednesday. No data available! Rohan Sen DelhiMarch 14, 2019UPDATED: March 14, 2019 08:59 IST Virat Kohli scored just 20 runs in India’s unsuccessful run chase of 273 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia (272 for 9) beat India (237) by 35 runs to clinch series 3-2Team India suffered its first ODI series loss at home since 2016The ODI series win was Australia’s first since January 2017Virat Kohli suffered his first defeat at home in any format as captain after India’s 35-run loss against Australia in the fifth and final one-day international in Delhi on Wednesday.Chasing 273 for victory, India were shot out for 237 in 50 overs by the visiting side who then clinched the series 3-2.India, who were leading the series 2-0 after the first two games, suffered its first ODI series loss at home since 2016. It was also the first time India lost three consecutive ODIs under Kohli’s captaincy.The Aussies rode on Usman Khawaja’s 100 and Peter Handscomb’s 52 to post 272 for 9 on the board after electing to bat first.The total looked par at the Feroz Shah Kotla which offered variable bounce and pace for the bowlers while the spinners also got something out of the pitch.Leg-spinner Adam Zampa bagged 3 wickets while Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson and Marcus Stoinis took two wickets each to derail India’s run chase and win their first ODI series since January 2017.Rohit Sharma top-scored for the hosts with 56 runs while Bhuvneshwar Kumar (46) and Kedar Jadhav made 44 but the rest of batsmen failed to score above 20 as India became the only side to lose an ODI series (of five or more matches) on two occasions after leading 2-0.”…If you look at the overall series Australia played with more passion, hunger and heart and they deserved to win. They were brave in pressure situations compared to our game, especially in the last 3 games, the way they handled the pressure, they really deserved to win,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.advertisementKohli though, was not overtly worried with the defeat and said India would look to focus on the good times they have had over the last one year. He said Australia played in India exactly the way India played Down Under where they won a Test and ODI series in Australia before winning an ODI series in New Zealand.”It’s exactly how we played in Australia. We were braver in pressure situations purely because they had a series to lose at home and we went out there and expressed ourselves. You have to give credit to them; they are a younger side and they showed more heart than us. Winning a series like that in India is good for their confidence. We know we didn’t play as well as they did,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference.Also Read | Have never seen a player like Virat Kohli: Australia coach Justin Langer after series winAlso Read | Australia were braver than us in pressure situations: Virat KohliAlso Read | It’s unbelievable: Aaron Finch revels in historic ODI series vs IndiaFor 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 Virat KohliFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Delhi ODI advertisement graphs
S Kannan New DelhiAugust 19, 2019UPDATED: August 19, 2019 10:24 IST The worst case is if the ITF acts tough, India will get relegated to the Asia Ocenia Group 2The All India Tennis Association will on Monday be speaking to representatives of the International Tennis Federation in London via Skype to decide on the forthcoming Davis Cup tie against Pakistan.Since the time India were drawn to meet Pakistan in an away tie in the Asia-Oceania group, doubts have persisted over it happening. Yet, last month, the ITF had told the AITA their security agency was satisfied with the arrangements in Islamabad for the mid-September tie.Over the last fortnight, relations between India and Pakistan have deteriorated. Even Pakistan’s star player Aisam Qureshi has now spoken out against the Indians unwillingness to travel and said harsh things.With members of the Indian team and captain Mahesh Bhupathi not willing to risk travelling to Pakistan, Monday’s Skype call assumes importance.Bhupathi and AITA secretary general Hironmoy Chatterjee will be on the call and are hopeful of convincing the ITF that a neutral venue would be the best option as travel to Islamabad is virtually ruled out.The AITA had also written to the ITF last week that the tie be postponed. With no positive reply coming, the AITA has decided to press for a neutral venue. “We will request the ITF to have the tie on a neutral venue so that both the teams are comfortable,” said Chatterjee. “There is a Davis Cup rule that if there is political unrest, the tie be postponed or played in a neutral place,” added Chatterjee.”The ground situation in Pakistan is such that no sporting team would want to travel at this point of time,” said a leading Indian player.advertisementA scare has been created that if the ITF does not accede to India’s request, then it could result in a forfeiture. On Sunday night, the mood in the AITA and Davis Cup team was one of confidence.The worst case is if the ITF acts tough, India will get relegated to the Asia Ocenia Group 2.Also See;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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Davis CupFollow India vs PakistanFollow AITAFollow ITF AITA to press for neutral Davis Cup venueThe AITA had also written to the ITF last week that the tie be postponed. With no positive reply coming, the AITA has decided to press for a neutral venue.advertisement Next
An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters Bundle Up Right Now With the Best Sweaters for Men How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker When Jackie Ardery and Mike Moyle, a retail merchandising executive and a tech-savvy internet security manager, discovered that they not only shared a love for each other, but also for cold brew, the married couple immediately embarked on a journey tasting the different varieties on the market, taking notes on each one. They even began giving coffee to each other as gifts. Soon, their fridge was filled with jars of cold brew. Next thing they knew, everywhere they went, they were giving tips on where to find cold brew.So they decided to turn their passion into a business that turned into Cold Brew Kitchen, a one-stop shop for all things cold brew — coffee, drinkware, and accessories. “We created this brand because when we started home cold brewing, we couldn’t find direction on what coffees to buy,” said Ardery. “Coffee is personal, of course, but over the years we found we kept coming back to similar roast profiles and origins that made great tasting cold brew every time.” Cold Brew Kitchen sources their beans, which are medium to dark-roasted blend, from South America. “One of the things that makes our offering unique is that it is the only full line of coffees that have only been tested for taste using the cold brew method,” said Ardery. “The offering is balanced, from the everyday Reserve Blend up to our Specialty Grade Limited Edition, sourced in small quantity by Thrive Farmers. All the varieties of Cold Brew Kitchen brand are coarse ground for cold brewing, which is unique in the market.” And what are Ardery and Moyle’s secrets to the perfect cup of cold brew? “There is no real secret to making a good batch of cold brew, except that you must start with great tasting water (filtered is best) and we recommend steeping for 12 hours,” said Ardery. “One thing people don’t readily know is that you can experience the health benefits of cold brew by steeping it, then heating it up on a stovetop or microwave if you prefer hot coffee. Another thing I love about cold brewing is that depending on your level of consumption, you’re making it for several days or more than a week. Our favorite thing is waking up and knowing we are headed right to the kitchen, no stopping to prepare anything.”For more information, visit coldbrewkitchen.com. Editors’ Recommendations The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens
14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Packable adventure gear brand Matador is doing us a huge solid by making outdoor products that make us say “Torro! Torro!” to the daunting mountains and molehills we set out to explore.Founded by a former Senior Product Designer at GoPro, Chris Clearman took his design prowess to the world of outdoor solutions to innovate bags and blankets that fit the needs of a true, unadulterated adventurist. Whether it’s a weekend trip to Boston or an endurance trek at Machu Picchu, Matador’s mission is to “bring on the elements.” Its method? Get a gang of outdoor and adventure wildcards and have them do all the designing and testing.It all started as a simple pursuit to make a pocket-sized blanket in the confines of a 10 x 10-bedroom operation in San Francisco. The team was fed up with using their own jackets as blankets to sit on in the park or at a hike rest-stop. We’d bet money if you spend time outdoors you’ve run into the same problem.After uprooting to the adventurists basin of Boulder, Colorado in 2015, Matador swelled into a roughly 10-item range of drool-worthy and hyper useful duffels, packs, blankets, and camera carriers. Founder Clearman told The Manual that after the shocking success of the pocket blanket, “I was shopping for a trip and noticed I couldn’t find a single packable backpack that I actually wanted. It was all cheap junk, not real gear. I sat down and started designing one myself.”You can also credit some of Matador’s product expansion to its burgeoning ambassador team of 14 or so, including Hawaii-based photographer Kevin O’Reilly, graphic designer/mountain man Joel Matuszczak, and others with the literal job title of athlete, filmmaker, photographer, and thrill-seeker.Between the in-house crew and remote ambassadors, Matador’s vibe definitely has some kick behind it. When asked why all its products are gray, the initial response from their design team was, “because gray is the right color.” Once elaborated, you get a gist of just how proficient this brand is at hitting adventure on the head, and doing it with attitude. They added that gray doesn’t show dirt like white or black, it isn’t polarizing like orange or green, stylistically fits in the woods or city, and unlike white, can be worn after Labor Day.If you’re asking how exactly this team of misfits made Matador take off, assuming they took to Kickstarter or Indeigogo, we’ll correct that misconception with a sturdy hell no. Matador was created as a pure bootstrapped start-up, without outside influence from suits and investors. In today’s world of wannabe outdoor companies, this is almost unheard of… and largely why Matador’s products kick so much ass and have amounted a hardcore group of loyal followers.If you need another indicator of Matador’s popularity and design savvy, go try to buy its signature Transit30 Duffel, Daylite16 Backpack, or Camera Base Layer. Each adorn a harrowing Sold Out sign, and will be that way until mid-January 2017.That’s because pieces like the Transit 30 Duffel fit into your palm while being a 30-liter pack made of waterproof (not water-resistant, gents) siliconized Cordura ripstop material. For reference, Cordura is used amongst high-quality outdoor brands Black Diamond, Big Agnes, Eddie Bauer, Carhartt, and Astral.Another item to swoon over is the ultra lightweight, 68 grams (that’s lighter than an egg) Camera Base Layer, which looks like a down sleeping bag for your DSLR. But in the re-stocking meantime, we’re getting our hands on Matador’s most expensive pack, the Beast28 Packable Technical ($89.99), its Droplet Wet Bag ($14.99) (because we don’t recommend putting your sweaty cotton shirt with the rest of your dry clothes), and the always essential Matador Mini pocket blanket ($19.99). It’s about god damn time I stop using my technical baselayer as a blanket.Photos courtesy Matador. Editors’ Recommendations 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket is Made Entirely Out of Recycled Material It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags
Everywhere you look in fashion today, there are new activewear labels popping up on every street corner – way too many if you ask Dusk founder Jordan Schiff.It’s a genre of clothing that has become increasingly crowded and ultimately has strayed away from what activewear is supposed to be–simple–and do–perform.Schiff wanted to create an activewear line that stayed true to the concept of simplicity without sacrificing quality. Schiff has been involved in the industry for several years and has served as an adviser to brands such as Saturday’s Surf NYC, The Elder Statesman, and Band of Outsiders. He was also a merchandising director for Vince and prior to that, Jordan was the General Merchandise Manager of American Apparel and worked as a merchant at Urban Outfitters. He decided to branch off and launch Dusk because he saw an opportunity in a market that has been overly saturated with cheap, tricked-out athletic gear that fails to get the job done.Dusk activewear is suitable for an everyday jog around the block or a grueling marathon that tests your limits. It was designed for rigorous use without looking overly flashy and exotic because activewear isn’t supposed to be “cool.” It’s made for the purpose of performance for active people like ourselves. The brand differentiated itself from the competition by finding the perfect balance between simple, minimal, and quality basics that look good and perform wherever our active lives take us.All of Dusk’s products are made with high-quality materials sourced directly from Italy, Japan, Switzerland, and the United States, while everything is manufactured in both the United States and Portugal. Each item is carefully designed with a minimalist touch and outfitted for performance, function, and everyday wear. For Schiff, “Dusk is a brand for people who are fanatic about running or whatever makes them sweat, and equally specific about what they buy. It’s about having the right things – not a lot of things.”Check out the Dusk Collection below.Fifty Tee in Black – $65Fifty Tee in Grey Purple – $65 Fifty Tee in White – $65 Seventy Seven Tank in Black – $95 Editors’ Recommendations Eighty Eight Compression Leggings in Black – $165 All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Twenty Two Short 5″ – $125Twenty Two Short 7″ – $125 Seventy One Hooded Sweatshirt in Black – $225 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less
Take Action Today to Preserve the Independent Travel Agent Business Model If you are a Travel Professional in the state of California, you may or may not have heard of some actions being proposed by the state legislature. Travel Professionals who own and operate their own business in the State of California have legal obligations to correctly set up and run their Travel Agency. Under this proposed legislation, the state is attempting to further define a “Independent Contractor” and “Employee.” The California Coalition of Travel Organizations [CCTO] is issuing a “call to action” urging California travel agencies, tour operators and their independent agents to contact their state Senators and Assembly Members. California legislators are considering legislation to enact new laws determining when workers are considered “independent contractors” and when they are considered “employees.” The request is that state Senators and Assembly Members take action to ensure that legislation addressing the Dynamex decision clearly states that independent agents under the state’s Seller of Travel Law are independent contractors. Since the inception of the California Seller of Travel Law 25 years ago, this state consumer protection law has acknowledged independent agents – who are primarily women and are all small business owners – as an integral part of the travel industry. They:Set their own hours and schedulesSet their own ratesSelect the customers with whom they will workAs entrepreneurs, select and market their own brandsMay choose to affiliate with more than one host agencySelect the services they desire to sellMay decide to specialize in specific types of travel servicesSelect the service providers whose products they desire to sellHave unlimited earning potential Few, if any, of these important factors would be available to these independent small business owners were they to be forced into an unwanted employee relationship. CCTO estimates there are tens of thousands of persons who are providing travel services as small businesses in conformance with the Seller of Travel Law. This is now at risk due to a recent court decision. The “B” criteria established in the California Supreme Court’s April 2018 Dynamex decision would result in these small business owners being considered employees. Click Here to View the CCTO Call to Action Document Click Here to Find Your California State Legislators About the California Coalition of Travel OrganizationsThe California Coalition of Travel Organizations [CCTO] is a nonprofit state government relations coalition of national, state and regional associations and consortiums of travel agents and tour operators. CCTO member organizations include individual California chapters of the American Society of Travel Agents, as well as United States Tour Operators Association, Student Youth Travel Association, Signature Travel Network, WESTA, Ensemble, PATH, Travel Leaders Network, and Virtuoso. CCTO has been actively lobbying in the State Capitol since its formation in 1987 and sponsored the legislation enacted in 1995 that established California’s Seller of Travel [SOT] Law and its landmark Travel Consumer Restitution Fund.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – March 1, 2016 – The travel industry is seeing a sharp rise in demand for travel professionals as time-strapped consumers opt for help in planning more intricate and customized vacation options that require greater attention to detail and less do-it-yourself planning on their part. Consumers seeking value-driven, authentic experiences are turning to companies such as Avoya Travel®, one of the world’s leading travel networks, to plan their ultimate dream trip. With this surging demand by consumers for professional vacation planners, the more than 750 Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network continue to surpass the competition and reach higher sales volumes and customer satisfaction with the highest commissions, innovative marketing, and technology. A recent analysis revealed that on average the sales of Independent Agency members in the Avoya Network were up to 12 times more than other leading travel networks, producing the industry’s highest agency commissions. Avoya attributes its continued growth and success of Independent Agencies in the network to its Shared Success model and groundbreaking technology which includes the industry-first and only Live Leads™ program, Avoya Advantage™ marketing and innovative customer experience platforms to create highly valuable, mutually beneficial relationships between customers and Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network. The Avoya Live Leads program generates new customer leads on behalf of its network members that are available exclusively for Avoya Independent Agencies. Using a refined, complicated and patented algorithm, the Live Leads program offers new customers 24-7 access to professional vacation planners in the Avoya Network in a way that ensures high levels of customer satisfaction, repeat and referral bookings and high sales for the Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network. “My independent agency sold over $400,000 in my first three months with the Avoya Network,” said Ann Kent, owner of Sea Ya Travel, who joined the Avoya Network in July 2015. “I used to sell real estate, but I always dreamed of owning my own successful travel company. This January alone I booked $297k and I’m now on track to sell $2 Million in my first year in travel! With Avoya’s support, technology and their amazing Live Leads program my dreams have been realized.” Avoya employs up to 17 times more support staff per Independent Agency member than other leading host and franchise organizations. Avoya’s staff is committed to offering support and helping with the aspects of running a business that take time away from selling so that Independent Agencies in the Avoya Network can focus more on planning vacations for today’s more discerning, informed and affluent customers while building a large roster of lifetime clients. In addition to its high ratio of support staff to Independent Agencies, Avoya provides extensive resources for its network to earn unrivaled sales levels. Agent Power™, Avoya’s award-winning proprietary Travel Agency Operation System™, offers agents an integrated booking engine, global vacation packages and 24-7, dedicated agency support, including commission reporting and professional development opportunities. “My agency sold over $1.7 million in our first year as a member of the Avoya Travel Network and that was just from Live Leads,” said Mary Arathoon, owner of Pursue Travel LLC, whose agency has been with Avoya since November, 2013. “Avoya Travel is very innovative – they have the best lead program, great support, and are in the business of helping travel professionals grow their agencies and reach even greater levels of success.” “With Integrity and Professionalism we are committed to helping travel professionals build their businesses and plan unforgettable experiences for their clients,” said Brad Anderson, President of Avoya Travel. “Our patented technology and award winning marketing programs combined with our dedication to providing our network with the highest levels of support have empowered the Independent Agency members in the Avoya Travel Network to lead the industry in sales and success – filling more seats, cabins, and beds for Avoya’s global travel partners.” About Avoya Travel: Avoya Travel has a long-standing reputation for being one of the world’s largest and most innovative travel companies. 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The Commission will be engaging fathers at these workshops. Story Highlights Two information fairs under the theme, ‘Surviving the Transition to Secondary School’, will be held The workshop is also geared towards enhancing the relationship between fathers and their children Parents, especially fathers, whose children will be attending secondary schools in the new academic year, are being encouraged to attend the Education Ministry’s parent information fairs.The fairs are being organised by the Ministry of Education through the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC).Two information fairs under the theme, ‘Surviving the Transition to Secondary School’, will be held on Saturday, August 24, at Port Antonio High School in Portland and on Tuesday, August 27, at the St. Hilda’s High School in St. Ann. The fairs will commence at 12:00 noon daily. The first fair took place on Sunday, August 11 at Jamaica College, in Kingston.The NPSC will be providing several workshops at the fairs with the topics: ‘Managing a Successful Transition’; ‘Teaching Your Children to Cope while Sustaining the Relationship’; ‘Fathers Matter’; ‘Engaging your Children’; and ‘Helping Teenagers to Adjust’.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on August 14 at the agency’s head office on Half-Way Tree Road, Executive Director of the NPSC, Dr. Patrece Charles Freeman, said the Commission will be engaging fathers at these workshops.“We think it is very important to reach out to fathers. We have had one workshop at a high school and you had 60 parents and they were all mothers, no fathers,” she said.Dr. Charles Freeman said that at the workshop dubbed, ‘Fathers Matter’, fathers will understand their role and impact on their children’s lives. She said the workshop is also geared towards enhancing the relationship between fathers and their children.“Fathers will also learn effective fathering strategies for building healthy families and to be able to engage their children and their needs, both at home and at school,” she added.The NPSC, which operates through the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), has a mandate to co-ordinate activities relating to parenting and parenting support.Its main objective is to implement the National Parenting Policy of Jamaica that gives support to parental organisations, by teaching them about the laws of the Child Protection Act, and ensuring that children are protected and not neglected.
Story Highlights He was delivering the keynote address at the closing ceremony for the Management Institute for National Development’s (MIND) Regional Public Sector Leadership Development Conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on July 20. The amalgamation, aimed at strengthening the monitoring of the gaming industry, is expected to be completed by year-end. The Minister pointed out that the transformation exercise should not be viewed as one that will result in job losses, noting that the divestment of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) to Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) in March this year, has seen an increase in employment and greater levels of investment.“I have already seen the transformation that is taking place at Caymanas Track as a result of the divestment (as) they have employed more people,” the Minister pointed out.“They are about to plough over $1 billion of investment into the development and expansion of the track,” he added.Additionally, he said, SVL plans include accepting wagers from members of the Diaspora, which would make the enterprise “bigger and better.’He urged that as the Government rolls out the transformation programme in the pursuit of excellence in service delivery, each public sector worker should endeavour to be the “one person (who) can make a difference.” Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the merger of the island’s three State-run gaming agencies has commenced with the entities now in the process of moving into one building.The entities – the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC), and Casino Gaming Commission (CGC) – are being combined to form the new Jamaica Gaming Commission.The amalgamation, aimed at strengthening the monitoring of the gaming industry, is expected to be completed by year-end.Minister Shaw said the entities will operate under one roof, “even as we work out the legislative arrangements to make them into one commission.”“So in that example, four become one, and there is a whole range of others (state entities) that we are going to be dealing with in similar fashion,” he added.He was delivering the keynote address at the closing ceremony for the Management Institute for National Development’s (MIND) Regional Public Sector Leadership Development Conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on July 20.Of the over 200 public sector entities, 84 are to be closed, merged, subsumed into central Government or divested to the private sector.Mr. Shaw said he has signed off on a time-bound plan for the engagements, which will be submitted to Cabinet, in keeping with the Government’s public sector transformation programme. Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the merger of the island’s three State-run gaming agencies has commenced with the entities now in the process of moving into one building.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is to put measures in place to increase the speed at which information is disseminated to the public during periods of emergency.Speaking with JIS News, Director General of the ODPEM, Major Clive Davis said a meeting was held on January 25, with relevant stakeholders to discuss the matter.“We had very detailed discussions about what was currently available among telecoms providers and what was available from the broadcast media (radio, television, cable and print). That went well,” he said. He noted that following the recent threat of a Tsunami, it was important that information is issued to the public in a timely manner.Major Davis also informed that a technical working group is to be established, and would include members from the ODPEM, the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology and the two telecoms providers. “They would deliberate on the creation of a special platform specifically for the dissemination of emergency information,” he explained. “There is going to be a need for an Memorandum of Understanding to be written between the Government (through the ODPEM) and media houses so that when we have emergencies like the recent threat of a Tsunami, the information going to the public is much improved…and lives saved,” Major Davis added.The ODPEM is the only government agency to provide disaster management functions in Jamaica.
Ms. Llewellyn, who was addressing the 33rd Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, on May 1, added that her office is well within its rights to refrain from going forward with a case if the evidence is deemed insufficient and weak. Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, says early collaboration between police investigators and prosecutors prior to taking a case to trial is critical. The DPP said she has seen many instances where the failure of early collaboration between the prosecution team and investigators allowed for cases to collapse before they even got started. “It helps if the prosecuting arm is consulted from very early,” she said. Story Highlights Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, says early collaboration between police investigators and prosecutors prior to taking a case to trial is critical.This, the DPP said, will lessen the chance for even the most skilful of defence attorneys to find and exploit loopholes or for a guilty person to walk free.Ms. Llewellyn, who was addressing the 33rd Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, on May 1, added that her office is well within its rights to refrain from going forward with a case if the evidence is deemed insufficient and weak.The DPP said she has seen many instances where the failure of early collaboration between the prosecution team and investigators allowed for cases to collapse before they even got started. “It helps if the prosecuting arm is consulted from very early,” she said.She added that early collaboration makes for good in-depth investigations and where the evidence is such that perpetrators of serious crimes are often denied bail.Ms. Llewellyn said whenever recommendations are made to the DPP’s office, they are carefully studied before a determination is made as to whether a case should be prosecuted.“Sometimes matters are referred to me in order to take action. However, if I do my research and I find that it is not the way to go, then under the Constitution I can refrain from acting,” she explained.The DPP also cautioned law-enforcement agencies about the need for better communication, noting that the criminals work in tandem with each other and are very meticulous in planning their criminal activities.“We have to be very careful that we don’t lag behind. In this age of technology… in this age where we have transnational crimes… collaboration and working together is the way to go,” she said.Ms. Llewellyn said she is not the least bit perturbed by criticism, noting that as long as she is comfortable with the knowledge that the public good is being served, “then I have no problem with the criticisms”.“We cannot allow ourselves to be detracted by the criticisms. We have to do things like protecting our witnesses. We have to follow leads and ensure evidence is not tainted or compromised,” she emphasised.Delegates from the 25 ACCP member countries, other stakeholders and exhibitors from around the world are attending the conference, which ends on May 4.
Dr. Clarke informed that 99 per cent of the loans secured from China on behalf of Jamaica are at fixed interest rates of two and three per cent, which “are among the lowest interest rates in our entire loan portfolio”. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says 90 per cent of outstanding debt to the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of China will be repaid in 10 years.Dr. Clarke informed that 99 per cent of the loans secured from China on behalf of Jamaica are at fixed interest rates of two and three per cent, which “are among the lowest interest rates in our entire loan portfolio”.“Loans from China [also] represent a mere 3.9 per cent of the total $2-trillion debt of Jamaica. When you hear a loan being executed of (about) US$200 million from the China EXIM Bank, bearing in mind that at current exchange rates US$200 million is roughly $25 billion and then in a debt size of $2 trillion, it is just about one per cent,” he said.The Minister was speaking at LatinFinance’s third Caribbean Finance and Investment Forum, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on November 1.Dr. Clarke’s sentiments are consistent with those of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, who, a day before, noted that the loans secured on behalf of Jamaica are done at the best interest rates and that there is no need to fear Jamaica’s relationship with China.“I don’t think that there needs to be any fear-mongering. The Government of Jamaica has been very strategic and the sovereignty of Jamaica is always foremost in my mind. So when we engage, we engage with that as a non-negotiable part of the partnership,” Mr. Holness said.Meanwhile, Dr. Clarke assured the group of regional bankers and potential investors at LatinFinance’s forum that “there is no better place to invest than in Jamaica”.He noted that all the economic indicators suggest that the Jamaican economy “is stronger than it has ever been”.“We have inflation at record lows, but more important than being at record lows is that inflation has been stable over the past four years and is increasingly becoming predictable. On top of that, loan growth is increasing at accelerated levels… foreign direct investments have been steady and capital imports have increased by fivefold over the past six years,” he indicated.Dr. Clarke reiterated plans for the establishment of an independent fiscal council designed to strengthen Jamaica’s fiscal responsibility framework and the modernisation of the country’s central bank, the Bank of Jamaica.Hosted in partnership with the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, LatinFinance’s third Caribbean Finance and Investment Forum brings together global banks and investors to lay out the road map towards achieving sustainable growth and investment.LatinFinance is the leading source of intelligence on the financial markets and economies of Latin America and the Caribbean.The entity’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Taimur Ahmad, acknowledged the ongoing growth in the Caribbean, which has “picked up in recent years, supporting the (existing) view that the region has finally turned the corner”.He said part of the aim of the forum is to explore the promise held by the region, which, he noted, is significant.Themes explored at the finance forum included exploring the new directions in the Caribbean economic outlook, understanding Caribbean fixed-income and Caribbean corporate finance and capital markets integration, among others. Story Highlights Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says 90 per cent of outstanding debt to the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of China will be repaid in 10 years. “Loans from China [also] represent a mere 3.9 per cent of the total $2-trillion debt of Jamaica. When you hear a loan being executed of (about) US$200 million from the China EXIM Bank, bearing in mind that at current exchange rates US$200 million is roughly $25 billion and then in a debt size of $2 trillion, it is just about one per cent,” he said.
The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) says total demand for local currency is expected to increase by $18.1 billion or 16.5 per cent, leading to an estimated $128.1 billion in circulation for December 2018.The BOJ indicates that the anticipated increase, which coincides with Christmas festivities, is broadly consistent with the 16.5 per cent growth recorded for December 2017 as well as the five-year average growth rate of 17.3 per cent for the month.Additionally, that it represents an accelerated annual growth rate of 15.5 per cent, when compared to 12.9 per cent for December 2017.“When the forecasted change in the general level of consumer prices is taken into account, the projected real growth in currency for 2018 is 10.5 per cent, which is higher than the real growth of 7.3 per cent for the previous year,” the BOJ outlined.The Bank pointed out that projected acceleration in the growth in real currency demand for December 2018 is consistent with the higher growth rate that has been evident between August and November 2018, “possibly associated with a strengthening in real GDP growth and employment over the second half of the year”.A total of $4.2 billion in currency was issued by the BOJ between December 1 and 14, representing a 3.8 per cent growth for the month to date, as against a net issue of $1.4 billion over the same period in 2017.As at December 14, 2017, the stock of currency in the hands of the public and in the vaults of financial institutions amounted to $114.1 billion.There is normally a stronger demand for currency during the month of December, associated with increased spending over the holiday period. Additionally, that it represents an accelerated annual growth rate of 15.5 per cent, when compared to12.9 per cent for December 2017. The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) says total demand for local currency is expected to increase by $18.1 billion or 16.5 per cent, leading to an estimated $128.1 billion in circulation for December 2018. The BOJ indicates that the anticipated increase, which coincides with Christmas festivities, is broadly consistent with the 16.5 per cent growth recorded for December 2017 as well as the five-year average growth rate of 17.3 per cent for the month. Story Highlights
此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定 My location zoom The Lowestoft Conference will take place on 15 April 2014 at Rotterdam Road in Lowestoft.Sembmarine SLP Managing Director Paul Thomson has welcomed the Lowestoft Conference initiative, saying:“With over 350 employees, Sembmarine SLP is one of Lowestoft’s major employers and my colleagues and I are very pleased that we are going to have the opportunity to discuss priorities for the town and its economy with local leaders.“The town’s skyline will soon lose the Golden Eagle Living as it goes into service in the North Sea in May 2014, however we are working on a number of other valuable and interesting contract opportunities. Offshore wind energy is set to make an enormous impact on East Anglia’s energy sector over the coming years, and there are engineering elements of an offshore wind farm which offer considerable potential to Sembmarine SLP.“Job creation and skills development, the quayside infrastructure, sea defences and road improvements are amongst the key issues that we will wish to raise at this event.”He continued: “I hope there will be strong support for this initiative from the town’s business community.” Sembmarine, March 25, 2014 Print Close
zoom In order to continue providing prompt and appropriate attention to their clients within the local markets Thorco Shipping has appointed Ilya Shipping Ltd. as their representative in Turkey.Ilya Shipping Ltd. was founded 2003 and has since then served the Turkish clients, bringing recognized experience and knowledge to the local market. The company’s commercial coverage extends across the Black Sea/Marmara Sea and the East Mediterranean.Thorco Shipping, March 31, 2014
zoom The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics’ wholly owned subsidiary American Overseas Marine LLC (AMSEA) a $32.7 million contract modification to operate and maintain seven large, medium-speed, roll-on / roll-off ships (LMSR) for the Military Sealift Command.MSC’S FLEET REPLENISHMENT OILER USNS BIG HORN (T-AO 198)Under the terms of the modification, AMSEA will provide services including crewing, engineering, maintenance, procurement and provisioning. Initially awarded in 2010, the contract has a potential value of $238 million over seven years.“AMSEA has successfully operated the vessels in this program for the last nine years and we will continue our superior service for our customer under this new contract,” said Thomas Merrell, president of AMSEA.As a full-service ship operator for more than 28 years, AMSEA provides complete marine operations, engineering and professional services to customers in the government and commercial sectors.Press Release, April 23, 2014, Image: MSC
zoom BAM International and its South African joint-venture partner Stefanutti Stocks have been awarded the contract for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a petroleum jetty at the Kissy Oil Terminal of Freetown in Sierra Leone. It will take the joint venture approximately one year to design and complete the project for PetroJetty Ltd. The new petroleum jetty comprises a 240 metres steel trestle on steel piles, including a concrete offloading platform of 12 x 25 metres, four mooring dolphins, two breasting dolphins and a fender rack. For the top works, sister company BAM Leidingen & Industrie will engineer and supply the hose tower, the firefighting system and the piping and electrical part.PetroJetty is the local affiliate of trading and downstream company Oryx Energies, an energy division of private investment group AOG. The new jetty will provide a key import and export facility for the country, and a modern export base for ethanol.BAM and Stefanutti Stocks have recently completed two other projects in Sierra Leone. As part of the ongoing rehabilitation of African Minerals Ltd’s loading facility for iron ore in Pepel, near Freetown, the joint venture completed a new jetty and has renovated and extended an existing jetty. In addition, a string of navigation aids were placed along the Sierra Leone river, to facilitate ship movements by day and by night.BAM, May 6, 2014
zoom d’Amico Tankers Limited (Ireland) has agreed with d’Amico Shipping Italia S.p.A. to buy the second-hand product tanker Cielo di Milano.The 40,081 dwt 2003-built ship was priced at USD 14 million to be paid by cash on delivery.“The purchase need arises from the characteristics of the features of this ship suited to a specific route in which it will be immediately engaged,” the company said.”This purchase adds to our fleet a unit that we know very well, and that allows us to engage it on a specific trade route that meets perfectly with its technical features,” Marco Fiori, Chief Executive Officer of d’Amico International Shipping, added.The company, however; did not disclose details on the ship’s trade route or delivery date.Following this acquisition, d’Amico Tankers Limited owns 50.8 product tankers, of which 40.8 are Medium Range (MR) and the remaining are Handysize product tankers, of which 27.3 are owned vessels and 23.5 chartered-in vessels.
Russian gas producer Rosneft has delivered its first ever LNG shipment as part of its contract with Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS), using Golar Ice tanker owned by Golar LNG.Rosneft Trading SA, a subsidiary of the Rosneft Group entered a Master LNG Supply and Purchase Agreement with EGAS in August 2015. Prior to this agreement, the two companies signed two term sheets that defined key terms of the future cooperation between the companies in the area of LNG supplies.Built in 2014 by South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries, Golar Ice has a gross tonnage of 100,800 tons and a capacity of 160,000 cubic meters.Rosneft and Golar inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in March 2015 on cooperation in the area of floating liquefaction (FLNG) and transportation of natural gas.Under the MoU, the duo set the framework to explore opportunities for the use of Golar’s GoFLNG facilities in Latin America and potentially other locations.
zoom Singapore-based offshore support vessel provider Vallianz Holdings Limited has secured contracts worth up to USD 210 million in total, boosting its chartering services order book to USD 1.2 billion.Specifically, in its latest batch of orders the group won long-term charter contracts for the supply of 13 offshore supply vessels (OSVs) with an undisclosed national oil company in the Middle East. The vessels will be chartered to the oil company for up to seven years.Vallianz expects the OSVs to be deployed progressively at the company’s oil fields from the second half of 2016, in accordance to its project schedule.“This new award speaks volumes of the group’s operational capabilities as the award of an entire tender comprising a large number of vessels to a single offshore marine service provider is rare and normally reserved for a contractor that has an exceptional and proven track record,” Ling Yong Wah, Vallianz’s CEO said.The contracts come after the award of a USD 63 million contract from the oil company for the charter of two anchor handling tug, supply and safety standby (AHTSS) vessels for up to 7 years.“With the addition of these new charter contracts in the Middle East, we have further strengthened our order book and improved the group’s future revenue visibility,” Ling added.The company expects the new contracts to begin contributing to its financial performance from the second half of the financial year ending 31 December 2016.Vallianz owns and operates a fleet of 42 offshore support vessels and covers markets in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America.
zoom Turkey-based cruise port operator Global Ports Holding (GPH) has acquired two large stakes in cruise port Venezia Terminal Passeggeri made via Venezia Investimenti S.r.l., which is jointly owned in equal shares by GPH and cruise companies Costa Crociere, MSC Cruises SA and Royal Caribbean.Namely, the operator purchased a 48% stake in APVS S.r.l., which owns a majority stake of Venezia Terminal Passeggeri, from Veneto Sviluppo S.p.A.GPH also bought an 85.85% stake in Finpax S.r.l., which owns over 22.1% of Venezia Terminal Passeggeri, from certain Venice port operators.The remaining stakes in Venezia Terminal Passegeri are held by SAVE SpA, which has over 22.1% in the port, and the Chamber of Commerce of Venice, Rovigo and the Delta Lagoon with a stake of 2.64%.Venezia Terminal Passeggeri, founded in 1997 by the Port Authority of Venice, manages ten multi-functional terminals and seven docks in the Marittima, San Basilio and Riva dei Sette Martiri areas.
zoom Aulong Shipbuilding, a joint venture company formed by Austal Limited and Guandong Jianglong Shipbuilding of Zhuhai, China, has won the first ferry contract to build a 42 metre high speed aluminium ferry for Chinese mainland operator Blue Sea Jet.Less than two months after the announcement of the joint venture, the company has been awarded the AUD 10 million (USD 7.6 million) contract to design and build the ferry, which will be able to carry up to 288 passengers on the Zhuhai – Hong Kong route.The company would launch the construction of the vessel in October 2016 at Jianglong Shipbuilding’s established facilities in Guangdong province, with delivery scheduled for October 2017.The vessel would be based on Austal’s design which optimises performance and fuel efficiency, according to the company.Aulong Shipbuilding was established in June 2016 with the aim of pursuing commercial passenger and non-military vessel opportunities in mainland China. Jianglong Shipbuilding holds a 60% stake in the company, while Austal holds the remaining share.
zoom Europe-based container shipping majors Hapag-Lloyd and CMA CGM plan to enhance their joint service linking North Europe and Central America, starting from January 2017. The companies intend to add a call at London Gateway in the United Kingdom and to replace the current call at Cartagena, Columbia by calling Caucedo in the Dominican Republic.The changes will become effective with M/V CMA CGM Fort St. Georges calling at London Gateway on January 6, 2017, according to CMA CGM.The enhanced service will include the following ports: London Gateway (UK), Hamburg (Germany), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Antwerp (Belgium), Le Havre (France). Caucedo (Dominican Republic), Kingston (Jamaica), Santo Tomas De Castilla (Guatemala), Puerto Cortes (Honduras), Puerto Limon (Costa Rica).The service will be run by five CMA CGM vessels of 2,300 TEUs and one Hapag–Lloyd vessel.Hapag-Lloyd refers to the service as the Central America Express (SW3) service and CMA CGM as the ECS service.Image Courtesy: Hapag-Lloyd
zoom Greek shipping companies Oceanic Illsabe Limited and Oceanfleet Shipping Limited were sentenced to pay a fine of USD 2.7 million after being convicted of obstructing justice, violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), tampering with witnesses and conspiracy. Oceanic Illsabe Limited is the owner of the M/V Ocean Hope, a large cargo vessel that was responsible for dumping oily waste into the Pacific Ocean during 2015, while Oceanfleet Shipping Limited was the managing operator of the vessel.The vessel’s operator was sentenced to pay a USD 1.35 million fine and make a USD 450,000 community service payment to Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary in recognition of the threat posed by illegal discharges of oily waste to the marine environment.Oceanic Illsabe Limited was sentenced to pay a USD 675,000 fine and make a USD 225,000 community service payment to the reef.Each company was placed on a five-year term of probation and barred from sending ships to United States ports until its financial penalty has been satisfied.The case stems from an inspection of the the cargo ship, conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard at the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina in July 2015, during which senior engineers for the companies tried to hide that the vessel had been dumping oily wastes into the ocean for months.The vessel’s two top engineers were previously convicted and sentenced to serve prison sentences in connection with these crimes.Cassius Samson, 52, the second engineer of the Ocean Hope, was sentenced a term of 12 months in prison followed by a year of supervised release, while Rustico Ignacio, 66, the chief engineer, was sentences to a term of nine months followed by a year of supervised release.
zoom Greek owner and operator of container and dry bulk vessels Navios Maritime Partners has plunged into red as it reported a net loss of USD 52.5 million of the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to a net income of USD 41.8 million seen in the previous year.The result was negatively affected by USD 27.2 million of impairment loss on the sale of the 13,100 TEU containership MSC Cristina, sold for USD 125 million, and the 52,073 dwt Navios Apollon, sold for a total net sale price of USD 4.8 million.The company’s time charter and voyage revenues stood at USD 190.5 million in 2016, down from USD 223.6 million reported a year earlier, mainly attributable to the decrease in Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) to USD 16,364 per day from USD 19,739 per day reported in 2015.Despite the drop in numbers, Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Partners, said: “I am pleased with the results for 2016, a year of many challenges.”“We actively managed our liquidity in 2016, generating about USD 151 million from the sale of vessels and securities. We also reduced long-term debt by almost USD 178 million and increased the collateral value of the Term Loan B by about USD 100 million. Overall, we are positioned to take advantage of a recovery in the dry sector,” Frangou added.For the fourth quarter, Navios Partners reported a net loss of USD 2 million, negatively affected by an impairment loss for the Navios Apollon, against a net income of USD 7.8 million seen in the same quarter in 2015. The company’s time charter and voyage revenues for the respective periods fell to USD 49.6 million from USD 53.3 million.The decrease in revenues was mainly due to a drop in TCE to USD 16,954 per day for the three month period from USD 18,223 per day seen in 2015, driven by a decline in the freight market during the year.Navios Partners has currently contracted out 72.6% of its available days for 2017, 38.2% for 2018 and 20.1% for 2019, including index-linked charters, respectively, expecting to generate revenues of approximately USD 111.9 million, USD 82.4 million and USD 54.7 million, respectively.The average expected daily charter-out rate for the fleet is USD 19,240, USD 26,690 and USD 24,972 for 2017, 2018 and 2019, according to the company.In a separate announcement, Navios Partners said that it intends to launch syndication of a USD 400 million term loan B, subject to market conditions. The company intends to use the net proceeds from loan to refinance the existing term loan B and to pay related fees and expenses.
zoom Athens-based containership owner Danaos Corporation swung to a net loss of USD 366.2 million in 2016 from a profit of USD 117 million in 2015, largely impacted by the bankruptcy of South Korea’s Hanjin Shipping. The company saw a decrease in operating revenues as well, which went down to USD 498.3 million in 2016 from USD 567.9 million in 2015.During the fourth quarter of 2016, Danaos posted a net loss of USD 446.6 million, compared to a profit of USD 6.5 million seen in the same quarter of 2015. Revenues for the quarter amounted to USD 112.1 million against USD 143.3 million recorded in Q4 2015.“Danaos’ results for the fourth quarter of 2016 reflect the impact of the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping, which previously chartered eight of our vessels on long term charter party agreements representing approximately 20% of our fixed contracted revenue. These charter party agreements were terminated, and each of the chartered vessels was returned to us,” John Coustas, Danaos’ CEO, commented.After Hanjin canceled the charters, Danaos’ fleet utilization decreased to 90.4% in Q4 2016.“We have re-chartered five 3,400 TEU vessels on short term charters at market rates that reflect the prevailing weak chartering environment and managed to secure employment of up to 12 months starting from April 2017 for the remaining three 10,100 TEU vessels. Excluding the effect of these cancellations, our fleet utilization increased to 99.5% compared to 98.3% in the fourth quarter of 2015,” the firm’s CEO added.Coustas further said that, as a result of the decrease in Danaos’ operating income and charter attached values, the firm was in breach of certain financial covenants as of December 31, 2016, for which it has obtained waivers until April 1, 2017. As the waivers are for a period less than 12 months after the balance sheet date, all of the debt has been classified as current on the December financial statements.Danaos revealed it has submitted to the Bankruptcy Court of Seoul an unsecured claim for unpaid charter hire, charges, expenses and loss of profit against Hanjin totaling USD 597.9 million.As of December 2016, Danaos recorded an impairment loss of USD 415.1 million related to 25 of its vessels, compared to an impairment loss of USD 41.1 million in relation to 13 of the company’s ships.Danaos’ fleet is currently comprised of 59 containerships with an aggregate tonnage of 353,586 TEUs, including four vessels owned by Gemini Shipholdings Corporation, a joint venture between the company and its largest shareholder.
zoom UK-based power systems provider Rolls-Royce has signed a deal with Swedish ferry company Stena Line AB to collaborate in the development of its first intelligent awareness system.“Intelligent awareness systems will make vessels safer, easier and more efficient to operate by providing crew with an enhanced understanding of their vessel’s surroundings,” Rolls-Royce said.The company added that this would be achieved by fusing data from a range of sensors with information from existing ship systems, such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) and radar. Data from other sources, including global databases, will also have a role, the company informed.“We have been exploring and testing how to combine sensor technologies effectively and affordably for some time. Pilot projects such as this will allow us to see how they can be best adapted to the needs of a commercial vessel and its crew and allow us to develop a product which better serves both,” Asbjørn Skaro, Rolls-Royce, Director Digital & Systems – Marine, said.“Successful pilots and product development programmes are also an important step towards the further development of remote and autonomous vessels and meeting our goal of having a remote controlled ship in commercial use by the end of the decade,” Skaro added.Rolls-Royce said it expects to be able to undertake an Approval of Concept and have its intelligent awareness product commercially available later in 2017.Earlier in March, the company received an approval for a research grant by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, supporting its aim to make remote and autonomous shipping a reality bu enabling it to invest further in a research and development centre in Turku, Finland.Rolls-Royce plans to carry out further development projects there focused on the future development of land-based control centres, and the use of artificial intelligence in future remote and autonomous shipping operations.The intelligent awareness system will benefit from Rolls-Royce’s experience in the Tekes funded project Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA), which has been running since June 2015.
zoom Singapore-based Odfjell Asia II Pte Ltd, which was convicted in 2014 of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, has admitted to violating the conditions of its probation, the US Department of Justice said. As a result, the company’s term of probation, which was scheduled to conclude this month, was extended by one year, and the company has agreed to additional probation conditions.Back in May 2014, the US District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford, Connecticut sentenced Odfjell Asia II, a subsidiary of Odfjell SE, to a three-year term of probation and a total criminal penalty of USD 1.2 million for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.A special condition of probation required the company to implement remedial environmental measures as part of an Environmental Management System Plan (EMS/P). As part of the EMS/P, the company was required to implement enhanced procedures for internal reporting of violations.On May 16, 2016, a crewmember reported to Odfjell Asia II that, while he was serving onboard the company’s oil/chemical tanker Bow Santos, there may have been a MARPOL compliance issue involving the disposal of machinery-space bilge water in December 2015. The company reported the possible MARPOL compliance issue to US authorities and conducted an internal investigation.During the internal investigation, the vessel’s chief engineer, Oswaldo Dela Torre Salazar, denied any knowledge of, or involvement in, any MARPOL violations. Upon completion of its internal investigation, the company was unable to determine whether a MARPOL violation occurred.The US and Odfjell Asia II agree that there was a breakdown in the company’s internal reporting system in that it took more than six months before any crewmember of the Bow Santos reported the alleged incident to the company.Odfjell Asia II has also agreed that the breakdown in its internal reporting system constitutes a probation violation because the EMS/P’s internal reporting system had not been fully implemented as required by the special conditions ordered by the court, the Department of Justice said.As a result of this violation, on May 15, 2017, Judge Bryant ordered that the company’s term of probation be extended for one year. During the additional year of probation, the Bow Santos will undergo an environmental audit, and Odfjell Asia II must notify the US.Probation Office, the US Department of Justice and the US Coast Guard if Oswaldo Dela Torre Salazar is serving onboard a company’s vessel bound for a US port.
Guatemalan and US officials have seized up to 3 tons of cocaine hidden in false-bottomed compartments aboard the Tanzania-flagged containership Tiamat.The 1995-built containership was intercepted in the waters off the coast of Guatemala in the Pacific and taken to Puerto Quetzal in early May, according to AIS data provided by Marine Traffic.Once the vessel docked, the authorities launched an inspection aboard, discovering some 3 tons of cocaine so far. The 8,717 dwt vessel remains in Puerto Quetzal where the inspection process continues.Thirteen persons who were aboard the ship at the time, including citizens of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, were detained.The drugs aboard Tiamat, which was en route from Ecuador to Ensenada, Mexico, were reportedly destined for North America.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Guatemalan Army
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Monaco-based dry bulk shipping company Safe Bulkers has availed of attractive prices to expand its fleet with a Japanese-built Capesize vessel.The 181,000 dwt bulker was built in 2009 and its purchase was financed from cash on hand, the company said.The identity of the seller and the name of the vessel have not been revealed.Safe Bulkers said that the ship will be employed in the time charter market following a dry docking of the ship.As of August 13, 2018, the weighted time charter average of the Baltic Exchange Cape Index was USD 26,059 per day.“While we remain focused on the optimization of our capital structure by buying back later this month a Kamsarmax class vessel under sale and lease back agreement, our board has decided to invest opportunistically in a second-hand Capesize class vessel, the second acquisition since December 2017, which we believe will be accretive to our revenues and further expand our fleet and our operations in the Capesize market,” Loukas Barmparis, president of the company, said.Safe Bulkers’ operational fleet comprises around 40 drybulk vessels with an average age of 7.9 years.
zoomImage Courtesy: Studio Ponant – Nathalie MICHEL Norwegian shipbuilder Vard has held a steel cutting ceremony marking the start of construction of a polar exploration vessel for French cruise company Ponant.The shipbuilding process for the new unit, to be named Le Commandant Charcot, was launched on November 6 at Vard Tulcea in Romania.Ponant said that the delivery of its new flagship, which will be an electric hybrid vessel powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), is scheduled for 2021.Designed for intense polar explorations, and with PC2 Polar Class certification, Le Commandant Charcot is expected to start visiting the geographic North Pole following delivery.Ponant and Vard signed a contract for the design and construction of the electric hybrid cruise icebreaker in December 2017.The Ponant icebreaker will be approximately 30,000 gross tons, about 150 meters long, 28 meters wide, and will have a cruise speed of 15 knots in open water. The vessel can accommodate 270 passengers in 135 staterooms, in addition to a crew of 180 persons.
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: DP World Dubai-based port and terminal operator DP World has decided to extend its global footprint with the acquisition of a Chilean port operator.The company has signed an agreement to acquire 71.3% stake in Puertos y Logistica S.A. (Pulogsa), listed on the Santiago stock exchange, from Minera Valparaiso and other shareholders associated with the Matte Group.DP World said that the acquisition would be effected via a tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of the business. The company would offer USD 502 million in consideration for 100% equity ownership. As of September 30, 2018, Pulogsa had net financial debt of USD 226 million.The acquisition is expected to be earnings accretive in the first full year of consolidation and it would be financed from existing balance sheet resources, the terminal operator explained.The transaction is subject to relevant third party consents and is expected to close in the first half of 2019.Pulogsa operates a long-term concession for Puerto Central (PCE) in San Antonio, in Chile’s Central Region V, and owns and operates Puerto Lirquen (PLQ) in Chile’s Southern Region VIII.“These new assets will allow DP World to serve cargo owners and and shipping lines at five key gateways on the west coast of South America in Posorja (Ecuador), Callao and Paita (Peru) and San Antonio and Lirquen (Chile),” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, said.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Stena Bulk/Tommy Chia Iranian authorities seized a British-flagged, Swedish-owned oil tanker while transiting the Strait of Hormuz on Friday.The 46,575 cbm ship, Stena Impero, was captured for “breaching international maritime law”, Tehran-based Press TV reported, referring to a statement issued by the country’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).The ship allegedly turned off its tracker and ignored several warnings by the IRGC before being boarded by the armed guards. What is more, the MR2 tanker reportedly failed to respond to a distress call sent by an Iranian fishing boat.The Iranian Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) was cited as saying that the vessel had also been releasing oil residues from its tanks.Stena Impero’s owner Stena Bulk and ship manager Northern Marine Management confirmed that the 2018-built tanker was approached by small naval craft and a helicopter at around 16:00 BST on July 19. The vessel suddenly deviated from its passage to Jubail and headed north towards Iran. Neither the vessel owner nor the operator were able to establish contact with Stena Impero.“There are 23 seafarers onboard of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino nationality. There have been no reported injuries and the safety and welfare of our crew remains our primary focus. We are in close contact with both the UK and Swedish government authorities to resolve this situation and we are liaising closely with our seafarers’ families,” Erik Hanell, President and Chief Executive, Stena Bulk, said.A second oil tanker, which flies the Liberian flag but is managed by Norbulk Shipping UK, was boarded by Iranian armed personnel on Friday. The 315,000 dwt Mesdar was instructed to head north towards Iran. However, Mesdar was soon cleared to resume its voyage.“Communication has been re-established with the vessel and Master confirmed that the armed guards have left and the vessel is free to continue the voyage. All crew are safe and well,” Norbulk said in a statement released on late Friday.Separately, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he is “extremely concerned by the seizure of two naval vessels by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz”. “The seizures are unacceptable. It is essential that freedom of navigation is maintained and that all ships can move safely and freely in the region,” Hunt pointed out.Tensions between the UK and Iran mounted in early July when Gibraltar and Royal Marines detained the Iranian tanker Grace 1 on suspicion it was carrying a shipment of crude oil to Syria. The ship was arrested due to the alleged breach of EU sanctions against Syria. Although Gibraltar claimed it was enforcing the existing sanctions, Iran described the seizure as unlawful as the country is not an EU member.World Maritime News Staff
Amendments to the Special Places Protection Act were passed in the House of Assembly on Monday, May 16. The changes make it easier to designate nature reserves for Nova Scotians to enjoy. “Passing these amendments will help us meet commitments in our green plan to protect more of Nova Scotia’s natural environment,” said Kerry Morash, Minister of Environment and Labour. “They’ll make it easier for us to designate new nature reserves that Nova Scotians will enjoy for generations to come.” Nature reserves preserve and protect typical and special ecosystems, plants and animals. They also offer research and education opportunities. The province has 11 nature reserves totalling 3,180 hectares. With the amendments, management plans are no longer required before nature reserves are designated. Instead, management plans will be developed as necessary, such as for highly visited nature reserves that may need special measures for protection. The amendments re-establish the special places advisory committee with an updated membership structure. The committee will provide advice on all aspects of nature reserves. It is no longer required to help develop management plans. Instead, the committee will assist when requested. “These changes streamline our process for designation,,” said Mr. Morash. “This simpler approach is much more attractive to land owners who are interested in offering their natural treasures to be protected as nature reserves for Nova Scotians to enjoy.” About 8.2 per cent of land in Nova Scotia is protected through the combined efforts of the provincial and federal governments, and organizations like the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Nova Scotia Nature Trust. All of Nova Scotia’s nature reserves are described on the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/pareas .
Nova Scotians are being encouraged to permanently cut their energy bills and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions through an information campaign launched today, Oct. 10. The province’s energy-efficiency agency, Conserve Nova Scotia, launched the campaign to coincide with home renovation month. The campaign will feature the Nova Scotia EnerGuide for Houses program. “Thirty-nine per cent of homeowners intend to make energy-efficient improvements to their home this year,” said Minister responsible for Conserve Nova Scotia, Bill Dooks. “This campaign is designed for homeowners already considering upgrades and those who may not have considered them yet. The EnerGuide program allows homeowners to make better energy-efficiency decisions based on unbiased recommendations from certified energy advisors.” Homeowners in the EnerGuide program can cut energy bills by up to 30 per cent and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 4.6 tonnes, on average. Mr. Dooks said the program is one way government is working towards a environmentally sustainable province. “Energy efficiency is one of the most effective tools individuals have to cut greenhouse-gas emissions,” said Mr. Dooks. “Increasing participation in the EnerGuide for Houses program will contribute to our goal of having one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020.” The Nova Scotia EnerGuide for Houses program was revised in April to coincide with the federal government’s ecoENERGY Home Energy Retrofit program. Under the program, homeowners can qualify for a maximum of $6,500 in rebates. The maximum provincial rebate is $1,500. Based on previous energy-efficiency programs, the combined provincial and federal average rebate is $1,600. Actual amounts depend on the work completed on the home. The information campaign will be featured in radio, print and cable television. More information, including a rebate guide, is available at www.itstartswithme.ca. 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.
The efforts of occupational safety, health and environmental professionals to protect Nova Scotians from workplace injury and illness were recognized today, May 7. Nova Scotia is marking the inaugural national Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day, which will be held annually on the Wednesday of North American Occupational Health and Safety Week. “Nova Scotia has come a long way toward creating a safe work culture,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development. “Today provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of occupational safety and health professionals in Nova Scotia,” Mr. Parent said. “Through their continued dedication to ensuring safer workplaces, the quality of life for workers in this province is being improved.” May 4-10 is North American Occupational Health and Safety Week. This year’s theme, Start Today! Live It Every Day!, draws attention to the need to focus on preventing workplace injury and illness everyday. For more information on occupational health and safety in Nova Scotia and to protect yourself at work, see the department’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/lwd/healthandsafety .
Les mises en candidature sont invitées pour la nouvelle Médaille de la bravoure de la Nouvelle-Écosse. La médaille sera décernée à des personnes qui ont risqué leur bien-être pour protéger la vie ou les biens d’une autre personne. « Ce prix reconnaît les personnes qui se sont retrouvées dans des situations extraordinaires et qui ont réagi avec grand courage, » a dit le premier ministre Rodney MacDonald. « Elle rendra hommage aux personnes qui, face au danger, ont choisi d’agir. » Tout Néo-Écossais peut être mis en candidature pour le prix; il n’est pas limité aux personnes des secteurs du maintien de l’ordre et de la sécurité publique. Les formulaires de mise en candidature sont disponibles aux centres Accès Nouvelle-Écosse de la province. Ils sont également disponibles à Province House, aux bureaux des membres de l’Assemblée législative et en ligne sur le site Web de la Médaille de la bravoure à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/bravery. La date limite pour les mises en candidature est le 30 juin. Les récipiendaires de la médaille seront choisis par un comité consultatif présidé par Constance Glube, ancienne juge en chef de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le comité est formé du sous-ministre de la Justice, du commissaire des incendies de la province, du président de l’Association des chefs de police de la Nouvelle-Écosse, du directeur général du Bureau de gestion des urgences, du commandant des Forces maritimes de l’Atlantique, de l’ancien membre de l’Assemblée législative Wayne Adams, et de M. John Cody. Pour plus d’information, communiquez avec Sharon Mitchell au ministère de la Justice au 424-0094 ou par courriel à l’adresse email@example.com. Vous pouvez aussi consulter le www.gov.ns.ca/bravery. Les formulaires de mise en candidature remplis doivent être envoyés au :Secrétaire provincial, Médaille de la bravoureMinistère de la Justice4e étage, 5151 chemin TerminalHalifax (N.-É.) B3J 2L6
PICTOU COUNTY: Route 256 Route 256, from Route 376 west for about three kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for paving from until Friday, Sept. 16. Traffic control is on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-893-5776 -30-
Starting Wednesday, May 9, drivers, cyclists, and truckers will enjoy the new, two-lane bridge over the Tusket River on Highway 3. “We appreciate the patience of drivers in the Tusket area during the construction of this bridge,” said Bill Estabrooks, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Road safety is always our prime concern and this new bridge will serve Yarmouth County well for many decades.” Work on the $3.8-million bridge began last fall. A dry spring allowed the bridge approaches to be completed this month as scheduled. The new bridge is 81 metres long and carries two lanes of traffic. The previous bridge had one lane. The department’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Government’s commitment to repairing rural roads is outlined in Nova Scotia’s 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan www.gov.ns.ca/tran/highways/5yearplan/Plan_2012-13.pdf .
Thousands of Nova Scotians will soon have better access to a family doctor. Twelve new family doctors have begun, or will soon start, seeing patients in several communities, including Yarmouth, Kentville, Elmsdale, Pugwash, Springhill, Parrsboro, Annapolis Royal, Berwick and Musquodoboit Harbour. “Too many Nova Scotians have had to wait too long to see a family doctor or go to their emergency department for basic care because they had no other choice,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “Improving access to family doctors and other health care providers is an important part of our commitment to provide better care sooner.” This is welcome news for communities like Yarmouth that have experienced challenges with recruiting and retaining family doctors. “This is positive news for people in our community who do not currently have a family doctor and makes our area more attractive for families and businesses looking to relocate here,” said Yarmouth Mayor Phil Mooney. “The people of Yarmouth and surrounding areas look forward to welcoming these new physicians to our community and helping them feel at home.” The province’s recently released physician resource plan identified several ways to improve patient access to care through better planning and management. The province is working with district health authorities and other partners to increase the number of family doctors in rural areas. Some of the initiatives include expanding the Family Medicine Residency Training Program to the Annapolis Valley and more agreements that provide funding for medical education in exchange for a doctor’s commitment to work in a community in need. “Through these and other programs such as relocation allowances, debt assistance and our new emergency department coverage program, government is working to ensure Nova Scotia has the doctors it needs where it needs them,” said Mr. Wilson. “Our new collaborative emergency centres have also proven to be a valuable recruitment tool, with many doctors expressing interest in working in communities with CECs.” Dr. Alireza Shakib said the chance to be part of the All Saints Collaborative Emergency Centre was a positive opportunity. “When I was making my decision on where I would like to work, the idea of being part of the new CEC team was very attractive,” said Dr. Shakib, who recently began his family practice in Springhill. “Because the clinic is open evenings, we do work longer hours, but that means there are more appointments available for patients. Also, doctors do not have to work at night as there are paramedics and nurses providing emergency coverage.” Dr. Shakib is one of eight family doctors who recently accepted offers under the Clinician Assessment for Practice Program. The program assesses clinical skills of international medical graduate physicians to enter family practice without residency training in Canada. Two doctors will be in Yarmouth, with others in Kentville, Elmsdale, Pugwash, Springhill, Parrsboro and Musquodoboit Harbour. They will have guidance from an experienced physician mentor and are expected to begin seeing patients over the next few months. “We know it can be difficult for some areas of the province to recruit family doctors and are pleased that this program is helping to meet a growing need,” said Dr. Gus Grant, registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, which operates the program in partnership with the district health authorities, Doctors Nova Scotia and the Department of Health and Wellness. “Since we introduced it in 2005, the program has brought 57 new physicians to underserved communities in Nova Scotia.” Four other doctors recently began practicing in Annapolis Royal, Berwick, Musquodoboit Harbour and Springhill in the exchange for education program. In addition to these 12, five more family medicine residents are committed when they complete their residencies in 2013. For more information on the province’s Better Care Sooner and Physician Resource Plans, visit www.novascotia.ca/dhw.
Atlantic premiers are working together to strengthen the regional economy and create jobs, while providing training opportunities for Atlantic Canadians. Premier Darrell Dexter chaired the meeting and was joined by New Brunswick Premier David Alward, Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale. For a detailed news release on the meeting, go to www.cap-cpma.ca and follow the Newsroom link. -30-
Warmer weather means busier roads, not only with more drivers but also with more construction crews working hard to maintain and improve the province’s roads. Starting Monday, May 13, the province, in cooperation with the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association, is running an ad campaign to remind motorists to watch their speed and be considerate of workers when passing through road construction zones. “We’re investing millions this year in building and upgrading our highways,” said Maurice Smith, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Our work crews need to be able to concentrate 100 per cent on their jobs and not have to worry about drivers speeding through their work zone.” “The Nova Scotia Road Builders Association has partnered with Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal on the work zone safety campaign for more than ten years,” said Andrew Lake, president of the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association. “The program successfully delivers the message that motorists have a responsibility to ensure the safety of our highway workers.” In Nova Scotia, fines are doubled and demerit points are assigned to drivers’ records for speeding in work zones. The fines, including court costs, range from $342 for a first offence to $2,412 for a third offence. This summer road work is part of the province’s 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan and the jobsHere economic development plan to create jobs and improve highway infrastructure for residents, visitors, businesses, and industries. The province has invested more than $1.1 billion in capital highway construction since 2009. The 5-Year Highway Improvement plan is available at www.gov.ns.ca/tran.
The Department of Environment issued a precautionary boil water advisory today, Feb. 3, for Chester. The advisory is for homes and businesses within the boundaries of Central Street to Water Street and from Union Street to South Street. Bacteria was found through routine testing of a dug well on Pleasant Street. Further investigation determined that a sewage line break led to bacteria in the well, which has since been repaired. The bacteria can come from human or animal feces that gets into lakes, rivers and water supplies. To make sure water is safe in potentially affected areas, it needs to be boiled for at least one minute before it can be used for drinking, preparing infant formula, making juices or ice cubes, washing fruits and vegetables, cooking or brushing teeth. If boiling water is not possible, people should use bottled water. Learn more http://www.novascotia.ca/nse/water/privatewells.asp . The department is also testing the drinking water supply and monitoring the quality of ground water in the area. People will be notified when the boil advisory is lifted.
FOR BROADCAST USE Nova Scotians are invited to help shape new legislation to better protect the rights of vulnerable people under adult guardianship orders. Under Nova Scotia’s previous legislation, capacity to make decisions was an all-or-nothing condition and didn’t recognize that individuals may be able to make their own decisions in many areas of their lives. The new legislation will protect the rights of all adults to autonomy and self-determination, set out the duties and responsibilities of guardians and establish safeguards for individuals who are under guardianship orders. A number of stakeholders will have input into helping modernize the legislation. The province will replace the previous legislation with a modern guardianship law in the spring of 2017. -30- Nova Scotians are invited to help shape new legislation to better protect the rights of vulnerable people under adult guardianship orders. “We all want to live in a province where the rights of every Nova Scotian are respected,” said Justice Minister Diana Whalen. “This consultation is an excellent opportunity to listen to and take advice from the public, stakeholders and families who want their loved ones to be safe while having the maximum freedom possible.” The consultation will involve face-to-face meetings and input through an online survey. The survey is available at http://novascotia.ca/adultguardianship/. The deadline for submitting comments is Nov. 30. A guardianship order is a court order that appoints a person to make decisions for someone who is not capable of making decisions on their own. Under Nova Scotia’s previous legislation, capacity to make decisions was an all-or-nothing condition and did not recognize that individuals may be able to make their own decisions in many areas of their lives. The province will replace the previous legislation with a modern guardianship law in the spring of 2017. The new legislation will protect the rights of all adults to autonomy and self-determination, set out the duties and responsibilities of guardians and establish safeguards for individuals who are under guardianship orders. Targeted consultations are taking place with key stakeholders from the health, social services and legal sectors, as well as seniors, the disabled community and families with loved ones under guardianship orders. The province is especially interested in hearing from individuals with family members under guardianship orders, both past and present. Families who wish to participate in a focus group can contact Allyson O’Shea at 902-424-6094 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia ruled last spring that certain provisions of the previous legislation infringed on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The court gave government one year to bring in updated legislation.
Melbourne: Cricket legend Allan Border has handpicked Virat Kohli, Eoin Morgan and Aaron Finch as the three skippers to watch out for in the ICC ODI World Cup, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom. Border, who led Australia to World Cup triumph in 1987, said Kohli’s aggressive and “in-your-face” style of captaincy makes him a different kind of a leader than Morgan and Finch. “Virat Kohli, I think he’s a different type of captain. He’s a bit more of a boisterous-type player and wears his heart on his sleeve,” Border told cricket.com.au. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun “So the players know if they’ve stuffed up because he’s one of those really in-your-face-type skippers.” Border, who captained Australia in 178 ODIs, however refused to rank the trio in any order but is mighty impressed with Morgan under whose leadership England have reached the pinnacle of ODI cricket. “England, I think they’re doing exceptionally well. They’ve brought a different game plan to the table which is going to be interesting to see how it pans out in the World Cup. They’re a dangerous side because of it and you know as the bowling group you’re under pressure,” he said. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up “The way it looks to me, they might drop the odd game but they’re going to win enough games to get through to the semi-finals and that’s what it’s all about. “That game plan under Trevor Bayliss as coach and Eoin Morgan, I think he’s a seriously good one-day cricketer, and he’s as good a captain as there is going around. Tactically he’s very good and their game plan at the moment is a dangerous game plan to play against.” The 63-year-old former left-handed batsman was also impressed with compatriot Finch’s leadership qualities, especially under difficult circumstances. “Aaron Finch is doing a great job. He’s got a good feel around the group, I think that’s what he brings to his captaincy,” Border said. “Everyone knows their responsibilities and it’s a good environment to play in. So that’s a good start as a captain. He’s done a very good job. “Tactically, I think they (Kohli, Morgan and Finch) all do very well.”
Step up your summer fashion game by experimenting with comfortable and stylish ensembles in white, pink, red, pastels and blue. Fashion experts share fashion tips for different occasions: Brunch look: A summer brunch calls for an outfit that makes you look fresh and classy. You can choose to wear comfortable shoes for the brunch. Pastel colours and white shoes with the jeans and T-shirt are the perfect combo for a brunch outing. Dinner heels: Racing against deadlines and rushing for a dinner party or date, you can wear high heels or wedges, or fashionable flats or stilettos paired with the knee length dress. One can also wear pencil heels, teamed with a peplum top. Up you fashion game by opting for black or red colour and heels. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressivePacking your bags for a summer vacation? Give way to the fashion diva in you by flaunting pumps, sliders, cross body bag, tote bag and keep your style quotient high. Are you an adventure junkie and want to stay stylish? Lay your hands on comfortable blue or pink sneakers or white sports shoes paired with shorts, T-shirt, backpack and sunglasses to complete the sporty and chic look. Worried about the body odour? experts tell how to keep the smell away. Also Read – Physical therapy better for low back pain”Summer perfumes usually are citrus-based that cool the skin and envelope the wearer in fresh uplifting aroma. The summer sun can agitate the fragrance, causing it to evaporate faster rather than sticking to your skin. Thus, it’s ideal to carry your summer fragrance in your bag and keep reapplying throughout the day.” “Mostly, men prefer citrus scents and in the summer months women tend to lean that way as well. Bear in mind, the best citrus-based fragrance choices are the ones that are reinforced with woody, floral and fruity notes to make the fragrance stay on you for longer. “Choose fragrances that are a hallmark of freshness to get the best contrast with the hot weather,” experts said. Fragrances become robust and begin to pop as the body heats up and if it’s sprayed in areas that are warmer, like the sides, elbows and chest. Always make sure your skin is fresh before spraying. It’s a good idea to layer and look out for brands that sell the body lotion, deodorant, EDT and miniatures. Post-shower use the body lotion and deodorant, then target warm spots and pulse areas with EDT and carry the miniature in your bag for a backup spritz. It’s important to recognise what scents suit your PH. Before purchasing, you should spray the scent you love on the wrist of your left hand and elbow of your right hand. Let it settle for 20 minutes as the top note settles and the true nature of the fragrance is revealed.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up for filing a defective application a petitioner, Abhay Yadav, who has alleged that Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd (IHFL) misappropriated Rs 98,000 crore of public money. Earlier on Wednesday, IHFL senior counsel A.M. Singhvi urged the vacation bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi to list the matter for hearing urgently, as frivolous allegations have been made against the company in the petition, which has been deliberately leaked to the media. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsThe company counsel represented that as a consequence of these acts, IHFL’s market capitalisation was eroded by Rs 8,000 crore in two days since filing of the petition. The court observed that while the petitioner has sought directions against respondent numbers six and seven, but, surprisingly, no identities have been assigned against them in the writ petition. Singhvi said that the petitioner had deliberately filed the plea in the vacation bench and created circumstances for the press to discuss it. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief”A petition has been filed against Indiabulls, but the company has not been included in the list of respondents”, he said, raising an objection to the petition. The court rapped the petitioner, asking him to rectify the defects and said the matter will be taken up in July. Singhvi said the company is already facing a huge loss in share value arising from the press reports following a plea filed by a milk vendor, who holds a total of only four shares. The company alleged it is being blackmailed through the use of a novel technique. According to IHFL, Yadav became its shareholder after purchasing the shares from the stock exchange on May 9. In a statement earlier, IHFL has described the allegations against its Chairman Sameer Gehlaut and other directors as “bizzare” and designed to malign the reputation of the company. The statement came after a plea was filed in the apex court on Monday seeking legal action against Indiabulls, Gehlaut and the other directors for alleged misappropriation of public money. It said thousands of crores had been siphoned off by Gehlaut and the directors of the firm for their personal use. “The total loans on the books of Indiabulls Housing are approx Rs 90,000 crore. The allegation of siphoning-off Rs 98,000 crores is bizarre,” the company said in a regulatory filing. The company said that a racket of blackmailers has been trying to extort money from Indiabulls over the last two months threatening to write complaints to various government departments alleging siphoning off Rs 55,000 crore if Rs 10 crore was not paid to them, following which the company filed an FIR on June 4.
New Delhi: Of over 50,000 frauds that hit banks in India in the last 11 fiscal years, the ICICI Bank, State Bank of India (SBI) and HDFC Bank reported the highest number of cases, according to an RBI data.Of the total 53,334 cases of frauds reported during 2008-09 and 2018-19 fiscal years, involving a whopping Rs 2.05 lakh crore, the highest of 6,811 were reported by the ICICI Bank involving Rs 5,033.81 crore. The state-run State Bank of India (SBI) reported 6,793 fraud cases involving Rs 23,734.74 crore followed by HDFC Banks which recorded 2,497 such cases involving Rs 1,200.79 crore, according to the data given by the central bank in response to an RTI query filed by this correspondent. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceThe Bank of Baroda reported 2,160 fraud cases (involving Rs 12,962.96 crore), Punjab National Bank 2,047 frauds (Rs 28,700.74 crore) and Axis Bank had 1,944 fraud cases involving RS 5,301.69 crore public money. As many as 1,872 frauds involving Rs 12,358.2 crore was reported by Bank of India, 1,783 by Syndicate Bank (Rs 5830.85 crore) and Central Bank of India’s 1, 613 cases involving Rs 9041.98 crore, the data shows. IDBI Bank Ltd reported 1,264 fraud cases involving Rs 5978.96 crore, Standard Chartered Bank 1,263 cases involving Rs 1221.41 crore, Canara Bank 1,254 cases of Rs 5553.38 crore, Union Bank of India 1,244 frauds of Rs 11,830.74 crore and Kotak Mahindra 1,213 cases involving Rs 430.46 crore.
New Delhi: Non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) play an important role in capital formation and the government will provide a one-time partial credit guarantee to PSBs to buy high-rated pooled assets of financially sound NBFCs, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in the Union Budget 2019-20 on Friday. NBFCs are playing an important role in sustaining consumption demand as well as capital formation in small and medium industrial segment, she said in her maiden Budget Speech in Parliament. “For purchase of high-rated pooled assets of financially sound NBFCs, amounting to a total of Rs 1 lakh crore during the current financial year, government will provide one time six months’ partial credit guarantee to public sector banks (PSBs) for first loss of up to 10 per cent,” Sitharaman said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepAlso, even as NBFCs are regulated by the RBI, it has limited authority over the sector, therefore appropriate proposals for strengthening the regulatory authority of RBI over NBFCs are being placed in the Finance Bill, the minister said. However, she said NBFCs that are fundamentally sound should continue to get funding from banks and mutual funds without being unduly risk averse. The NBFC sector is currently undergoing a liquidity hurdle with a spate of defaults of companies such as IL&FS along with its group companies and DHFL that started unfolding since September 2018. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAmong others, Sitharaman said the government will allow NBFCs to raise funds in public issues, and the requirement of creating a debenture redemption reserve (DRR), which is currently applicable for only public issues as private placements are exempt, will be done away with. As of now, NBFCs that do public placement of debt have to maintain a DRR and in addition, a special reserve as required by the RBI, has also to be maintained. “To bring more participants, especially NBFCs, not registered as NBFCs-Factor, on the TReDS platform, amendment in the Factoring Regulation Act, 2011 is necessary and steps will be taken to allow all NBFCs to directly participate on the TReDS platform,” she said. Sitharaman also said efficient and conducive regulation of the housing sector is important in India’s context. Currently, the National Housing Bank (NHB), besides being the refinancer and lender, is also regulator of the housing finance sector. “This gives a somewhat conflicting and difficult mandate to NHB. I am proposing to return the regulation authority over the housing finance sector from NHB to RBI. Necessary proposals have been placed in the Finance Bill,” the minister said.
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday quashed proceedings initiated by a local court against Tata Sons’ former chairman Ratan Tata, its current chairman N Chandrasekaran and eight directors of the firm in a criminal defamation case filed by Nusli Wadia. In December 2018, a magistrate court in the city issued notices to Ratan Tata and the others in the criminal defamation case filed by Wadia. Wadia filed the case in 2016 after he was voted out of the boards of some Tata Group companies. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Tata and others then approached the high court seeking to quash and set aside the proceedings initiated against them. A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre on Monday quashed and set aside the proceedings. Senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Ratan Tata, earlier told the court that the defamation case was because of a fallout of a corporate dispute. He said the entire case was filed with complete non-application of mind. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “The case is only a fallout of a corporate dispute between Ratan Tata and Nusli Wadia, who is a strong supporter of Cyrus Mistry,” Singhvi argued. Wadia, in his complaint before the magistrate, claimed that Tata and others made defamatory statements against him after they removed Cyrus Mistry on October 24, 2016 as the group chairman of Tata Sons. Wadia was on the board as an independent director of group companies like Indian Hotels Company, that runs the Taj group of hotels, TCS, Tata Motors and Tata Steel, among others. He was voted out by shareholders at a specially convened general meeting between December 2016 and February 2017. Wadia said he approached the magistrates court as he was not satisfied with the explanation given by the respondents (Tata and others) following his letters to them. He, therefore, initiated defamation proceedings against Tata and others under Indian Penal Code Section 500. Singhvi argued before the high court that what the complainant, Wadia, has termed as defamatory is wrong and not “defamatory per se”. “The November 2016 letters and minutes of the meeting circulated by Tata Sons to its group companies only sought for Wadia’s removal as he was acting against the company’s interest,” Singhvi said.
Darjeeling: Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (PNHZP) in Darjeeling, popular as Darjeeling Zoo, is rejoicing the birth of two red panda cubs.The two red panda cubs were born in a special facility at Tobgay Danra. Snow leopards and red pandas are bred in this non-display facility around 20 km from Darjeeling town. While one cub was born on June 23 the other was born on July 1. “The cubs are reportedly in good health but they have to be under observation for 3 months at least,” said Rajendra Jakhar, Director, Darjeeling Zoo. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is the coordinating zoo for the red panda breeding programme (Project Red Panda) in India. The project was initiated in 1990. The first red pandas for this programme had been brought in from various European zoos like Rotterdam, Madrid and Clone Zoo during the late 80’s and early 90’s. Since then there have been around 40 zoo- bred pandas at the PNHZP. The first success of the Project Red Panda came in 1994. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “At present there are 13 female and 8 male red pandas at the PNHZP and the two newborn cubs,” stated the Director. The Zoo is also working towards releasing 4 captive bred red pandas in the Singhalila National Park September or October this year. The PNHZP was founded in 1958 and specialises in the captive breeding of endangered Himalayan species including Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Tibetan Wolf; Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr and Satyr Tragopan (crimson horned pheasant.)
Melbourne: Actor-producer Mindy Kaling has said that penning the comedy drama Late Night was a “satisfying” experience as she could connect with both the lead characters. The 40-year-old actor starred as a writer in the film who is hired mainly because she is an Indian-American in order to save the career of a seasoned late-night host, played by Emma Thompson. “The movie was so satisfying to write because I feel uniquely qualified in my life to write for both of those characters. I remember, vividly, what it’s like to be the only woman or minority in a writer’s room when I was 24 years old. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”But I also remember, more recently, the frustration of being an employer, having Katherine’s opposition, and being a little complacent, a little bit bored with your job. You employ all these people but you’re not always on your best behaviour and I know that feeling well,” Kaling told news.com.au. The actor-scribe, who created and starred in The Mindy Project, said one would have to do the difficult job of getting women from culturally diverse backgrounds in the writer’s room to bring about a change. “For the longest time when I was on my own show, being a showrunner and the star was so time-consuming. At times it felt like being a mentor or taking the energy to look deeper than normal on what people were submitting for characters or writers is so time-consuming.”
Kolkata: Coal India Chairman Anil Kumar Jha on Wednesday said renewables are unlikely to surpass coal as the major source for power generation in the near future and asserted that India’s energy migration scenario will be different compared to many other countries. State-owned Coal India accounts for nearly 83 per cent of the country’s coal production. “The question is can renewables take over coal completely in our country? Not in the near future at least. It would not be an exaggeration to state that Coal India Ltd (CIL) is synonymous with India’s energy scenario,” Jha told shareholders at the company’s 45th annual general meeting here. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHis remarks also come against the backdrop of increasing focus on renewable energy sources for generation of power in different parts of the world. Jha said the energy migration scenario in India would be “different”, compared to many other countries which have been switching to renewable sources. According to him, nine mining projects having a total capacity of 69.88 million tonnes per year have been sanctioned and the estimated cost is Rs 9,093 crore. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostBesides, two rail projects with an outlay of Rs 6,656 crore have been approved. For the first time, Coal India had breached the 600 million tonnes-mark in production as well as off-take of coal. The miner produced 606.89 million tonnes of coal and supplied 608.14 million tonnes of the dry fuel, representing growth of 6.97 per cent and 4.8 per cent, respectively, compared to the previous fiscal. During the meeting, a shareholder, however, said he was disappointed watching stock price heading towards a lifetime low of Rs 200 a piece, since the initial public offer nine years ago when the price was Rs 235 per scrip. There was chaos at the venue as security personnel prevented entry of media persons during early part of the meeting and they were later allowed after intervention of a senior official. Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi is expected to conduct a review meeting at the company’s head office on Thursday.
New Delhi: Diversified group ITC on Wednesday denied that it was in the race to acquire Coffee Day Enterprises though it was approached for a deal. A report had said the Kolkata-based group having presence in cigarettes to hospitality and IT, is considering a bid to buy stake in the Coffee Day Enterprises that runs Cafe Coffee Day chain. When contacted, an ITC spokesperson said, “ITC receives enquiries from market participants on an ongoing basis which are suitably evaluated. One such enquiry was received from an intermediary on Cafe Coffee Day. However, no progress was made on the matter.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalDebt-laden Coffee Day Enterprises, whose promoter and former chairman and managing director V G Siddhartha had committed suicide in July, has also been linked with Coca Cola as the company seeks to reduce its liabilities. The Coffee Day Group had said it has a total debt of Rs 4,970 crore and it was looking at divesting assets to reduce it. Last week, the company had announced sale of its Global Village Tech Park in Bengaluru to Blackstone for up to Rs 3,000 crore to cut its debt. “On receipt of the consideration for the sale of Global Village after payment of required statutory payments, the debt position of Coffee Day Group will reduce around by Rs 2,400 crore,” it had said.
Mumbai: Weakening of domestic growth impulses prompted RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das to opt for an unconventional rate cut of 35 basis points to push economic activities early this month, said the central bank on Wednesday. Two of his RBI colleagues and an independent member in the rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) had also favoured a 35-basis point reduction, against the normal practice of 25 or 50 basis points change, in the third bi-monthly monetary policy of 2019-20. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe other two members, both independent, in the six-member MPC had voted for a 25-basis point cut in the policy announced on August 7. In an unusual move, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on August 7 had reduced the benchmark lending rate by 35 basis points to 5.40 per cent amid concerns over slowdown in economy. Before this, the RBI had reduced the rate thrice, each time by 25 basis points. “In view of weakening of domestic growth impulses and unsettled global macroeconomic environment, there is a need to bolster dwindling domestic demand and support investment activity, even as the impact of past three rate cuts is gradually working its way to the real economy,” said the governor, according to the minutes of the MPC released by the RBI on Wednesday. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe governor said that with headline inflation projected to remain within the target over the next one year, supporting domestic growth by further reducing interest rates needs to be given the utmost priority. Given the current and evolving inflation and growth scenario at this juncture, it can no longer be a business-as-usual approach, he added. “The economy needs a larger push. I am, therefore, of the view that a reduction in the policy repo rate by conventional 25 bps will be inadequate. On the other hand, a 50 bps rate cut might be excessive and indicate a knee-jerk reaction,” he said. According to the minutes, Das further said “hence, at times it is apposite” to calibrate the size of the conventional rate adjustment, and he voted for reducing the policy repo rate by 35 basis points and for continuing with the accommodative stance of monetary policy. MPC members Bibhu Prasad Kanungo (RBI Deputy Governor), Michael Debabrata Patra (RBI Executive Director) and Ravindra H Dholakia (independent member) also favoured a 35-basis point cut in repo rate. Chetan Ghate and Pami Dua voted for a 25-basis points reduction in the repo or the short-term lending rate. While the RBI has lowered the repo rate by 1.1 percentage points in 2019, the banks are yet to pass on the entire benefit of lower interest rate to borrowers. Governor Das recently asked all banks to link their interest rate with repo for faster transmission of the central bank’s policy actions.
Mumbai: Private sector lender Yes Bank on Saturday said India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has downgraded its long-term issuer rating to ‘IND A+’. “India Ratings and Research has downgraded Yes Bank Ltd’s long-term issuer rating to ‘IND A+’ from ‘IND AA-,” the bank said in a BSE filing. “The outlook is negative. The agency has affirmed the bank’s short-term issuer rating at ‘IND A1+’,” it added. According to Ind-Ra, ‘IND AA’ rating signifies “high degree of safety” regarding timely servicing of financial obligations, while instruments rated ‘IND A’ have “adequate degree of safety”.
Naples: Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente scored late as holders Liverpool fell 2-0 at Napoli in the opening match of their Champions League title defence. Mertens converted a penalty on 82 minutes and Llorente added a second in stoppage time as Napoli gained a measure of revenge for last season’s 1-0 defeat at Anfield that denied the Italians a spot in the knockout rounds. The loss for Jurgen Klopp’s side makes them first reigning European champions to lose their opening game of the following campaign since AC Milan in 1994. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh However Liverpool, who sit top of the Premier League after five straight wins, remain favourites alongside Napoli to progress from Group E despite Salzburg’s thrilling 6-2 win over Genk. “Give us a few more games to change the table, but it looks like Napoli are through,” said Klopp, who tipped the Italians to go far. “Napoli can win the competition. If you have a good plan and good players, you don’t have to be the best team in the world to win the Champions League. You have to perform at the right moment.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Liverpool also lost their group-stage match in Naples last season before going on to lift a sixth European Cup. “Being able to match Liverpool is impressive as they are the best team in Europe at the moment,” said Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti. But the three-time Champions League winning coach warned: “The season is long, there is still a long road ahead.” Goalscorer Llorente joined Napoli this season after playing his last game for former club Tottenham in the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool in Madrid in June. He came on as a substitute and pounced on a rare Virgil van Dijk blunder after Mertens had opened the scoring from the spot to cause pandemonium among the crowd at the fiery Stadio San Paolo. After two difficult opening matches in Serie A with seven goals conceded, Ancelotti’s side seem to have clicked into gear. Napoli defenders Kalidou Kouilbaly and Mario Rui neutralised the threat of Egyptian star Mohamed Salah and Senegal’s Sadio Mane. – ‘Curious, unusual goals’ – Ancelotti praised his side for their “very orderly and compact” performance. “It wasn’t all perfect tonight,” the former Chelsea and AC Milan manager. “It was a very evenly balanced game. Liverpool played better than last season. “But I like the way we defended with the basics when it was still 0-0 and that’s what allowed us to have those late chances. “And when everything seemed lost, when Liverpool were in control, the team took advantage of two goals which came in curious and unusual circumstances.” Fabian Ruiz was twice denied early by Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian, who also pulled off an impressive one-handed save on Mertens after 49 minutes. For Liverpool, Salah and Mane had threatened before Firmino missed a chance to open the scoring just before half-time when his header flashed wide and Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret’s fingertip save at full stretch denied Salah on 65 minutes. The breakthrough came eight minutes from time after Jose Callejon went down easily in the box under pressure from Andy Robertson, with Mertens slotting in the penalty, awarded without consultation of VAR. Llorente then pounced on Van Dijk’s loose pass to claim his first Napoli goal, sealing a famous win for the hosts. “You want to have at least a point and we didn’t get that because of the penalty,” said Klopp. “When the player jumps before there is contact it cannot be a penalty. We cannot change that any more, so now we carry on. That’s it.”
HALIFAX – Nova Scotians will go to the polls May 30 as Premier Stephen McNeil’s Liberal government seeks its second mandate following a term in office largely marked by frugal spending and public sector labour strife.McNeil kicked off the campaign Sunday with a rally at a Lebanese cultural centre in the heart of a key Halifax riding, shortly after meeting with Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant at Government House.In a speech before a packed room of enthusiastic supporters and party workers, McNeil acknowledged his government had made some unpopular decisions since being elected in 2013.“We had to make tough choices, choices that weren’t always popular,” said McNeil. “I believe you either shape change or change shapes you. We had to shape our own change.”At dissolution the Liberals held 34 seats in the 51-seat legislature, the Progressive Conservatives had 10 and the NDP 5. There was one Independent and one seat was vacant.The election follows nearly two months of election-style spending announcements by the Liberals, and a budget tabled Thursday offering a broad, though modest tax cut to about 500,000 low and middle income Nova Scotians.It was the second consecutive balanced budget for the Liberals. The government has exercised strict wage restraint for public sector unions, including nurses and teachers, while making a series of cuts to programs affecting areas such as seniors’ long-term care and initiatives run by public service organizations.“Thanks to our choices the province is in better shape than it was three and a half years ago,” McNeil told the crowd.He also took shots at his campaign opponents, accusing the Tories of being “negative about the province’s future” and saying the NDP were ready to “write a blank cheque to big labour.”The government’s budget died with the election call, leaving McNeil to explain to reporters why it wasn’t voted on in the legislature before the writ was dropped. He said it’s a matter of letting the public decide.“I’m not presumptuous enough to believe that all of them (the public) agree with my vision,” McNeil said. “So let me present my vision to them, we will let the other two parties present their vision, and then Nova Scotians will decide.”McNeil also made no apologies for his government or its policies.“There will be some who obviously in the last three-and-a-half years have not been happy with us, he said. “I am not running from the record.”Tory Leader Jamie Baillie pitched himself Sunday as a sunny alternative to four years of Liberal austerity, which he said has hurt Nova Scotia’s rural communities, allowed infrastructure to crumble and sent doctors and young people away from the province in “droves.”“(Nova Scotians) will have to decide if they want to invest and jobs and in their communities, or if they want more McNeil cuts,” said Baillie, surrounded by Tory candidates. “Only the Progressive Conservative party has the plan to allow Nova Scotians to stand proudly on their own two feet once again.”Baillie said the premier’s heavy hand in dealing with public sector unions has resonated through the province, and said if elected, he would push for a “middle way” that would keep wages at roughly current levels but increase investment in public services.Baillie’s speech was replete with promises of prosperity, but when pressed for specifics, the Tory leader often pivoted back to attacking McNeil.Baillie has been sounding confident that his party, which hasn’t won an election since 2006, is poised for an electoral breakthrough. That’s critical for Baillie, who is leading the party through his second campaign — and may not get a third opportunity if expectations aren’t realized.Baillie has painted the provincial race as a referendum on McNeil. He said the Tories will release a party platform “very soon.”NDP Leader Gary Burrill told dozens of supporters at a west-end cafe Sunday that an NDP government would prioritize “investments in our people” over a balanced budget to tackle issues like hunger, access to education and hospital overcrowding.“All the evidence is that the McNeil Liberals are not the objects of anyone’s affection in Nova Scotia at the moment,” Burrill told reporters. “I think that the door has opened to any possibility now with the announcement of the election and we’ll see what happens in the next month.”Burrill said he’s putting “every ounce of energy” into his own race in the Halifax-Chebucto riding, having won his party’s leadership race last year without a seat in the provincial legislature.He aims to revive the fortunes of a party that had a dramatic fall from grace in 2013, when it was swept from government by the Liberals.The election call comes after spring polling that indicated the Liberals had fallen in popularity, although they were still in majority territory as of March, according to Cape Breton University professor David Johnson.Decided voter support for the Liberal party dropped from 56 per cent to 44 per cent, according to a survey of 1,210 adults conducted by Halifax-based Corporate Research Associates Inc. The Progressive Conservatives stood at 28 per cent, up eight points, and the New Democrats were at 23 per cent, up from 19 per cent, while five per cent supported the Green Party.“They are pretty much back to where they were in 2013,” Johnson said in an interview last month. “Forty-four per cent will win them a strong, healthy majority government if that number hold up during the election campaign.”Johnson said the key would be holding onto ridings in metro Halifax.“The Liberals dominate metro (currently) and whomever dominates metro, that’s the pathway into a majority government,” he said.— With files from Adina Bresge and Kieran Leavitt
OAKVILLE, Ont. – As a theatre producer in Toronto, Michael Rubinoff was always on the lookout for stories that would translate into musicals. He found unexpected inspiration in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.The remote East Coast town of Gander, N.L., saw its population double in size as it provided refuge to 6,579 passengers and crew members from 38 planes after U.S. airspace was closed. Reports about the hospitality shown by the people in Gander and surrounding communities immediately struck a chord.“Every time I saw one of these stories, I just got very emotional. I felt so proud to consider myself a Canadian alongside these incredible Newfoundlanders,” Rubinoff recalled.“As I learned more about the stories out there, (in) Newfoundland the way they tell stories are through music. Music is so much a part of their DNA and who they are. I really believed there was a compelling story and a compelling reason to musical-ize it.”Rubinoff’s idea would eventually lead to the unlikely success story “Come From Away,” the feel-good musical that’s up for seven Tony Awards on Sunday, including best musical.But finding the writers to tell the story was a challenge.“I went to a number of people who didn’t share my enthusiasm, I think because of the subject matter and the backdrop of that day, people didn’t see how this was possible. I’m so grateful my paths crossed with David Hein and Irene Sankoff.”Rubinoff was sold on the husband-and-wife duo after seeing their acclaimed show “My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding,” based on real-life events in Hein’s life.“I remember within 10 minutes turning to the person I came with … and said: ‘This is incredible.’ I was so impressed by the authenticity of telling a true story.”Rubinoff sent a Facebook message to the couple and met them for dinner a few weeks later, where he told them about wanting to find someone to write the musical about the events in Gander. They were on-board.Rubinoff was in the midst of taking up his role as associate dean of visual and performing arts at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont., which would ultimately serve as a key stop in the musical’s storybook journey from Newfoundland and Labrador to Broadway.One of Rubinoff’s strategic objectives at the school was to launch the Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) and he committed to Sankoff and Hein that the Gander musical would be among the first shows Sheridan would produce.Rubinoff also wrote a letter in support of a Canada Council grant to get the couple to Gander for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, where they got to experience the warm welcome Newfoundlanders had extended to the stranded passengers and crew in 2001.“We would check in every couple of days and they would say, ‘Oh, we just moved out the hotel —someone gave us their house and said take care of the cats,’” he recalled.“They were being the recipients of this outpouring of kindness and they came back with stacks and stacks and stacks of interviews and materials and stories, and set about this challenge of how to tell 9,000 stories of the locals and 7,000 stories of the people that showed up on 38 planes.”The working title of the show was originally “Gander,” but after Sankoff and Hein returned from their time there they felt the moniker wasn’t the right fit.“They didn’t want to call it ‘Gander’ because there were a number of communities involved. Lewisporte, Appleton, Norris Arm, Gambo, Glenwood, they all played a very significant role,” Rubinoff said.“They were exposed to the term ‘come from away’ (about out-of-towners) and how the plane people were called ‘come from aways.’”The name stuck.In the spring of 2012, Rubinoff paired the duo with a cast of Sheridan students and brought in a director and musical director. The goal was to produce 45 minutes of the show in five weeks.“I usually like to come in at the rehearsal at the end of the first week … and I’ll never forget hearing the opening number ‘Welcome to the Rock’ and that refrain: ‘I’m an islander, I’m an islander,’ and (thinking) ‘Wow! This is grabbing my heart in the same way the story did initially.’”Rubinoff decided to house the initial performances of the show in the rehearsal hall to lower expectations for the fledgling musical.“I think on the first night, I put out 35 chairs. On the second night, 45. And then 60. And on the next night, 75 — and we could not fit any more people in this room,” he recalled.“People were just grabbed by what they had created. The emotional heart, the structure of the show was beginning to be built, and it was really, really compelling.”Sheridan graduate Adrian Zeyl was cast in several roles including the story’s bartender, rabbi, and Doug, the air traffic controller.Although it’s now a 100-minute show with no intermission, Zeyl recalled the emotional wallop delivered at the end of Act 1 during the musical’s early days.“We had no idea what we were getting into; we just knew the title of the show, basically, and we all left just crying at the end of just the first act,” Zeyl recalled. “I remember speaking to the writers and just gushing about it and (saying) ‘Just please, please, please continue what you’re doing…. We knew it was going somewhere. I don’t think anyone (could) say, ‘This will have seven Tony nominations.’ Obviously, it was beautiful work.”Rubinoff encouraged Sankoff and Hein to keep working on “Come From Away,” which was programmed as a developmental production at Sheridan in early 2013.The show was then submitted for consideration to the Festival of New Musicals, organized by the New York-based National Alliance for Musical Theatre. It was the same festival where Canadian musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” also found its commercial producers. “The Drowsy Chaperone” went on to pick up 13 Tony nominations, including a nod for best musical, and won five awards including best book of a musical and best original score.“Come From Away” was among eight shows that made the cut. In October 2013, a 45-minute showcase was staged for an invite-only crowd of producers, regional theatres and academic institutions that create new musicals.“People just reacted so emotionally,” said Rubinoff. “I think there were people who felt ‘I don’t know what this is, I don’t know if I want to see this, I don’t know if I’m ready to see this’ — and there was again just an outpouring of gratitude.”Sankoff and Hein opted to partner with Tony-winning Junkyard Dog Productions as lead producers on “Come From Away.” Their behind-the-scenes team — including Tony-nominated director Christopher Ashley — began to take shape.The musical would eventually be staged in La Jolla, Calif., Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Toronto before its current award-winning run on Broadway. But Rubinoff still sees a slice of Sheridan on whichever stage “Come From Away” is playing.“When I do see the show, I do think of our students, I do think of those moments, the creation, the genesis. It’s really beautiful to see that.”— Follow @lauren_larose on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misstated the number of airline passengers and crew members who were diverted to Gander, N.L.
TORONTO – Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman wanted to pay tribute to Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie after learning of his death last week.And so the directors of Choir! Choir! Choir!, a Toronto-based singalong collective, invited fans to Nathan Phillips Square on Tuesday night to honour Downie the best way they could — through his music.“When we lose some of the great ones, if we can provide a space where people can come together and share the music and feel connected in a difficult time, then we’ll do it,” Adilman said. “It just felt like the right thing to do and I feel like these tributes are happening all over the country and big or small, they all matter.”Downie died last Tuesday at age 53. Nearly two years ago, he was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an invasive brain tumour with one of the poorest survival rates of any cancer.More than a thousand people gathered to sing about a dozen songs from the Hip as their tribute to the legendary Canadian band.People braved the brisk, windy, 10 C weather to belt out songs such as “Wheat Kings,” “Bobcaygeon” and “Courage.” Downie’s “The Stranger,” off his solo album “Secret Path,” was also played.People arrived clad in stylish suit jackets and hats similar to the ones Downie wore on the Hip’s “Man Machine Poem” tour in 2016. There were also fans sporting hockey jerseys bearing the Hip’s name.Parents put kids on their shoulders so they could get a better view, while others lit candles in honour of the late musician.Downie’s older brother, Mike, made an appearance on stage near the end of the set to thank those in attendance, which was met with a rousing applause from the crowd.“I have to say that over the last week, the outpouring of emotion, grief and love has been overwhelming,” Mike said. “And my family and I have felt it and it’s made things easier and it’s made things harder.“Made it easier because you showed how much you loved our brother and harder because we realized how many people were hurting and how many people were really affected by this.”Mike Downie also took the opportunity to talk about the “Secret Path” project, on which he collaborated with his brother. Choir! Choir! Choir! had asked that those in attendance to make a minimum donation of $5 to the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund.Mike said that “it’s up to all of us” to help the reconciliation efforts.“I don’t think the government can fix it, I don’t think there’s a program big enough to fix it, I think it’s going to take everybody doing their part,” he said.“We think we’re a young country, but we’re not. We think we’re 150 years old, but we’re not. If we tried a little harder, if we brought in the Indigenous people that have been here for 12,000 years, we could be something so much different. And we would be better for it and I think we would be the envy of the world.”Choir! Choir! Choir! capped off the show with some audience members onstage to sing “Ahead by a Century.”“Gord Downie has meant so much to this country, he’s given so much and we just wanted to celebrate him and his music,” Adilman said.—Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitter
LAKE LOUISE, Alta. – A couple from Saint John, N.B., have been identified as the two people found dead this week in the Rocky Mountains — police say the woman was murdered while the man’s death is not considered criminal.Cindy McCormick was a dentist who had a practice in the province for more than 15 years.“Dr. McCormick was full of life, and very engaged in dentistry at the regional, provincial and national levels,” New Brunswick Dental Society president Dr. Bob Hateway said in a statement.Her partner, Bobby Kaine, 52, was a firefighter in the city. The Saint John Fire Department also issued a statement and extended condolences to both families, saying they are “shocked and saddened” by the news of their deaths.McCormick’s body was found Sunday in a hotel room at the posh Chateau Lake Louise in the mountain resort community. Kaine’s body was found in a vehicle west of Lake Louise across the boundary in British Columbia.“Our investigators have gathered evidence between that scene and the scene in Golden that satisfies our investigative team that those two deaths are related, and we are not seeking any additional suspects,” said RCMP Cpl. Curtis Peters.(CTV Calgary)
OTTAWA – A Canadian energy think tank says the world is less than a decade away from the tipping point at which electric cars will cost the same as conventional gas-powered vehicles.But in a report released Thursday, Clean Energy Canada says this country is lagging on the government polices that elsewhere are helping spur consumers to adopt the new technology despite reservations about everything from price to reliability to the distance they can travel on a single charge.“The only way we will get to a point where an electric car is an equivalent or cheaper price than a gas car is if we can achieve a certain scale of production and to achieve that production we need to do more to make it easier for consumers to choose electric vehicles,” said Dan Woynillowicz, policy director at the think tank.Canada also doesn’t produce any mass-market electric vehicles, fewer than half of Canadian dealerships of car makers that have electric vehicle models even sell them and supply is so limited here it can take months for a Canadian who wants an electric vehicle to actually drive it off the lot.The waiting list to get a Chevy Bolt, the most popular electric vehicle sold in Canada, is about eight months. While there are 97 electric vehicle models available worldwide, only 27 of them are sold in Canada, and most dealers don’t even have a single model on site so people can test drive it, said Woynillowicz.Cutting emissions from cars is a big part of Canada’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to meet its international commitments. Road transportation is currently responsible for about one-fifth of all of Canada’s emissions.Transport Minister Marc Garneau plans to release a national zero-emission vehicle strategy in 2018 to help increase the number of sales. Canada is currently one of only two G7 nations without such a strategy.Norway, which leads the world in electric vehicles, with almost 30 per cent of cars sold there being electric, plans to bar the sale of combustion-engine vehicles in 2025 and already doesn’t charge any taxes on the sale of electric cars.In Canada, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia offer cash rebates for buying electric vehicles; 97 per cent of electric car sales in Canada are in those provinces, compared to about 90 per cent of all new car sales.Quebec is to launch a policy in 2018 requiring dealers to sell a certain percentage of electric cars.Despite that, sales in Canada are barely a blip, representing about one in every 100 new cars sold.According to FleetCarma, an Ontario-based tech company helping to enable the adoption of electric vehicles, September was a record-setting month for electric car sales in Canada.That month’s total EV sales? Just 2,240 cars, out of a total of 186,800 cars sold.Clean Energy Canada says electric vehicles represent a number of economic opportunities for Canada, including for auto parts manufacturers and the mining sector, spurred on by demand for the minerals and metals needed to make the lithium-ion batteries.If Canada doesn’t jump on board more quickly, the rest of the world is going to snap up those opportunities and we’ll lose out, says the report.In addition to addressing price gaps, a national strategy could also make policy recommendations or provide funding for additional charging networks, and encourage municipalities and provinces to break down barriers for people to charge their cars at home and at work.Anxiety that electric cars can’t get far on a single charge, won’t work for long distances or are unreliable are among the biggest barriers for consumers. There have also been reports of condo dwellers or apartment renters being unable to charge their vehicles.Ontario’s new building code standards, as of January 1, will require any new condo building to include an electric car charger for at least 20 per cent of onsite parking, and the rest will have to be equipped so the chargers can be installed later. But that will not affect existing buildings.
OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – In a landmark ruling the Supreme Court of Canada has decided law societies in Ontario and British Columbia are entitled to deny accreditation to the proposed law school at Trinity Western University on an equal access argument.The country’s top court ruled that limits on religious rights are reasonable in order to protect the rights of LGBTQ2 Canadians.The much-watched case pitted two significant societal values — freedom of religion and promotion of equality — against one another.LGBTQ2 groups are applauding the ruling, but say there is still a lot of work to do to achieve equality.Associate law professor Emma Cunliffe at UBC believes the high court ruling is a recognition that access to justice is improved when lawyers come from as many walks of life as possible, and represent as many kinds of people as possible.“The decision today represents an attempt on the part of the Supreme Court of Canada to promote diversity within the legal profession.”Cunliffe says the Supreme Court found that law societies have a legitimate interest in promoting equality in the legal profession.Meantime, others are not as pleased with the decision.“It does look like religious freedom can be restricted by equality rights,” Janet Epp Buckingham, a professor at Trinity Western, said following the ruling.Trinity Western University reacting to Supreme Court decision. Disappointed with the ruling, haven’t decided next steps #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/PGnOZWGrEF— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) June 15, 2018Students were asked to sign a covenant which requires them to abstain from sex outside a heterosexual marriage. The court found that to be discriminatory.So what’s next for Trinity Western’s law school? TWU Executive Director Earl Phillips says it will take time to go through the 200 page decision.He says the core of the school’s community covenant is about the dignity and worth of every human being — and that will not change. However, he adds it will be looked at.“We’ve reviewed the community covenant in the past, we will review it again in the future. And with this decision, it’s something we’re going to be reflecting on.”Phillips believes the Supreme Court’s decision actually signals a loss of support for diversity.“Diversity will only be our strength if we actually do allow for difference. Diversity has to allow for difference,” he explains.He adds he’s disappointed the Court doesn’t see room for a small Christian university that holds traditional values to open a law school.
OTTAWA – Abbott Nutrition is recalling a number of its canned nutritional beverages due to possible bacterial contamination.The Chicago-based company is recalling products under its Ensure Plus, Jevity and TwoCal brands, among others.Full details are available on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s website, which says there has been one reported illness associated with the products.The CFIA says people should not consume the products, which come in 235-ml metal cans.It’s also warning hospitals and nursing homes not to sell or use the recalled products.The agency says the recall was triggered by consumer complaints, and its investigation could lead to more products being recalled.
MONTREAL – The federal government says it will respond to pleas for help from northern Quebec, where a spate of suicides in Inuit communities this year has created what officials are calling a crisis.“As a government, it’s truly a priority of ours that we put in place the support that people need,” Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said Monday. She added that any loss of life by suicide “is just tragic.”Heath authorities in Nunavik, the Quebec region that is home to the province’s Inuit communities, have already sent extra mental-health resources to one hard hit village, Puvirnituq.“This is considered a crisis situation,” Fabien Pernet, assistant to the executive director of the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, said in a recent interview.The head of the school board serving the region said last week that two students have died by suicide since the beginning of the school year in mid-August, and three other young adults have taken their lives in the past month.In an Oct. 12 letter, the head of the region’s council of school commissioners called for “urgent collective action” and noted that one of the suicide victims was just 11 years old.According to media reports, Puvirnituq on Hudson Bay has had at least 10 suicides since the beginning of 2018. A coroner’s investigation is ongoing.The deaths prompted a public lament from Mary Simon, a longtime Inuit advocate and former Canadian diplomat, who posted a widely shared message on Facebook about the recent suicide of her 22-year-old niece.“The reason I’m telling this story is to show we desperately need ongoing mental health support and services in every Inuit community,” Simon wrote. “We have a crisis on our hands, and if we can’t provide the medical and other mental health support in the communities, it is not going to get better. It will get worse.”Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott said in a statement last Friday she is deeply concerned by the loss of young lives in Nunavik and has offered additional support. She said the government continues to work with communities to support Inuit-led approaches to suicide prevention.“Inuit want to be able to receive services that are culturally appropriate, in their own language,” Petitpas Taylor said Monday after speaking at the Canadian Mental Health Association conference in Montreal. “So we’re looking at ways to get more people trained — in nursing, in psychology or social work — that would be a step in the right direction.”Pernet said it remains a challenge to provide Inuit-to-Inuit mental health care — as well as health and social services on a broader level — because of such obstacles as labour agreements and professional licensing issues.He said that in 2010, suicide prevention was made a regional health priority. Recent measures have included resources and support through a Facebook page, new crisis-intervention plans and social programs aimed at improving communication among families.Statistics from the Quebec coroner’s office show little change in the number of deaths by suicide in the region between 2000 and 2013. But given the current crisis, there is reason to believe those figures will be higher this year.“There’s no actual improvement from 2000 to 2013, but there’s a lot that has been implemented from 2013 until today,” Pernet said. “If you compare where we were four years ago and where we are at now, we’ve developed a capacity that we didn’t have. Yet it’s not sufficient, and we see it with these suicide clusters happening in Puvirnituq again.”Louis Sorin, a Manitoba-based Indigenous mental-health advocate, said it is important to look at suicide as a symptom of a social disease and not just an individual medical condition.“We have to move beyond an individualized response to a collective and community response,” Sorin, a member of the national board of directors of the Canadian Mental Health Association, said. “We have to make space and validate the voices of those involved locally, because they really know something that’s actually very important.”An annual conference being held next week in Nunavik will focus on the rash of deaths.
— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.The Canadian Press ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — What started as a dare for a burly Newfoundland man to pose in mermaid flippers has turned into a globally known effort to combat gender stereotypes — and raised more than a half million dollars for charity.This past weekend, the Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club gave a cheque for more than $202,000 to Violence Prevention NL.That’s the proceeds from the 2019 Merb’ys calendar, which draws its name from ‘mermaid’ and the Newfoundland moniker for ‘buddy.’The calendar features photos of husky, bearded Newfoundland men posed on the province’s rugged shoreline — wearing just their merman fins and their smiles.Hasan Hai, the leader of the club, said it all started with a dare in 2017.“A friend of mine on Facebook had shared a picture of a big bearded fellow dressed as a mermaid. I was kind of known in my friends’ circle as a guy who didn’t shy away from dares or doing fun things that would further community projects and goals,” he said. The Newfoundland and Labrador Moustache and Beard Club has made a merman calendar targeting toxic masculinity. (CREDIT: @NLMBC on Instagram) Hai said Violence Prevention NL will develop programming in communities and also get it translated into the various Indigenous languages found across the province.But he said with the calendar being sold in 37 countries around the world, the message is reaching many more people.“The main theme, even without reading the back and understanding the charity we’re supporting, is that people see men being displayed in these positive ways — body positivity, men showing affection and emotion, and just having fun. Emotionally I think people connect with it, and even without telling them what the message is, they get it,” he said.Hai isn’t sure there will be a 2020 version of the calendar. He said the first two calendars have taken 15 months of work and everyone needs a rest.However, he said that doesn’t mean they are hanging up their fins for good.“Stay tuned,” he said. The Newfoundland and Labrador Moustache and Beard Club has made a merman calendar targeting toxic masculinity. (CREDIT: @NLMBC on Instagram) “Initially the idea was to maybe get a bunch of people together and maybe take a bunch of pictures poking holes at traditional gender stereotypes and what a ‘real man’ was supposed to look like.”A month later, they had the 2018 version of the calendar and a demand from around the world that raised more than $300,000 for a local mental health organization.Hai said they decided to do it again for 2019 and put the call out to charitable organizations, and about 40 applied.He said they decided to go with Violence Prevention Newfoundland and Labrador because its mandate is much the same as the club in fighting gender stereotypes and “toxic masculinity,” and showing men there’s a healthier way to live their life moving forward.“Their project was deconstructing masculinity and engaging men in violence prevention, and it kind of checked all the boxes for us. It’s not criticizing men for being men, but breaking down those harmful bits of it and building up the positive ones,” he said. The Newfoundland and Labrador Moustache and Beard Club has made a merman calendar targeting toxic masculinity. (CREDIT: @NLMBC on Instagram)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and husband, Justin Mikita, have once again created an exclusive special edition bow tie by “Tie The Knot for The Tie Bar” for the 2014 Tony Awards.This year’s design feature a pattern of stars against a midnight background, representing the Tony Awards “Where the Stars Align” campaign.Tie The Knot was founded to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of marriage equality. All proceeds benefit United States organizations fighting on behalf of LGBT Civil Rights. This exclusive, limited edition Tony bow tie is available for purchase at www.TheTieBar.com for $25.“When designing the Tie The Knot collection with The Tie Bar, we tried to incorporate the essence of the night yet keep it completely refined for a black tie event,” says Ferguson.“Exactly,” Mikita continues, “a patterned black bow tie with small stars is a statement accessory that will complete the outfit and give it some personality that would otherwise go unnoticed.”The Tony Awards, hosted by Hugh Jackman, will be broadcast in a live three-‐hour ceremony from Radio City Music Hall, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 8, 2014. For more information on the Tony Awards, please visit www.TonyAwards.com.“The incorporation of our ‘Where the Stars Align’ campaign into the bow tie’s design creates a wonderfully stylish memento of this year’s Tony Awards that Broadway fans can wear for years to come while supporting a wonderful cause. We are honored to partner with Jesse and Justin again this year,” said Charlotte St Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing.TonyAwards.com, developed, produced, and hosted by IBM, is centerpiece of the Tony Awards digital platform that includes an interactive Second Screen (TonyAwards.com/secondscreen) to complement the CBS telecast on June 8; a Spotlight Series on potential nominees; Google+ hangouts; a live webcast of the Nominations Announcement; multimedia coverage before, during, and after the Tony ceremony; and much more.Tie The Knot was founded to combine humor, style, individuality, fashion, art, and equality. Founded by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita, the goal of Tie The Knot is clear: to advocate for the civil rights of gay and lesbian Americans throughout the United States and to look damn good while doing it. For more information on the fight for equal marriage rights, Tie The Knot will keep an active blog with up-to-‐date news and developments throughout the country on their website.
The Mercy For Animals 15th Anniversary Gala will take place on Friday, September 12th at The London, West Hollywood.The MFA gala, hosted by Hal Sparks and Jane Velez-Mitchell will honor Pamela Anderson (The Sam Simon Award), Moby (Compassionate Leadership Award), Yves Potvin (The Innovative Business Award) and Cody Carlson (The Hidden Hero Award).MFA works to create a society where all animals are treated with the compassion and respect they so rightfully deserve. They serve as a voice for animals through proactive consumer education initiatives, cruelty investigations, corporate outreach, and legal advocacy.Additional celebrities attending include: Sam Simon, Natalie Maines, Emily Deschanel, Tony Kanal, Alexandra Paul, Fiona Gubelmann, Drew Carey, Jennifer Tilly, Simone Reyes, Seba Johnson and Kathy Freston.When: Friday, September 12th, 2014Where: The London Hotel1020 N San Vicente Blvd.West Hollywood, CA 90069Find out more here.
Project Green 501c3 Founders Kim Kreiss and Patryjca Siewert-Towns were grateful to Festival Producer Jay Freedman for choosing Project Green 501c3 to be one of the charity partners for his Huntington Beach Art, Food & Music Festival last weekend.Project Green 501c3 Founders Kim Kreiss & Patryjca Siewert-TownsHighlights of the amazing festival included music producer David Pack who led a super group band that backed up legends Al Stewart, Gary Wright, Bill Champlin (Chicago), Mike Reno (Loverboy), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), John Elefante (Kansas), Dave Jenkins (Pablo Cruise), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Jim Peterik (Survivor) among others. This was the largest known collective performance of legendary 70’s and 80’s stars on one stage, ever!The Huntington Beach Food, Art & Music Festival featured other chart-topping artists including: Mark McGrath, Jefferson Starship and Michelle Branch. There were national award-winning BBQ rib teams straight from The BBQ Championships in Reno, Nevada, representing more than 10 states and Canada, showcasing their finest culinary selections to taste. Foodies experienced some of the best food trucks that Southern California had to offer, as well as many other delicious local treats.One hundred juried artists selected through an extensive process showcased a wide variety of talents and mediums including jewelry, painting, woodworking and photography.Sponsors included: Rolaids, Coca-Cola, Sara Lee Snacks, Club Cornbread Cracker Bites, Coors Light, Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce and Huntington Beach Art Center, with media support from K-Earth 101, OC Weekly and 94.7 The Wave.Project Green 501c3 Founders Patrycja Siewert-Towns and Kim Kreiss have perfected the ultimate entertainment lounge when it comes to raising awareness in the green community in conjunction with their charity! Project Green 501c3 is fully funded by donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations. Any and all donations are accepted and welcomed! Project Green continuously does outreach to help generate recognition as well as drive donations. Project Green is a registered 501c3 non-profit based in Atlanta, Georgia whose mission is to preserve green space for future generations by building eco-friendly summer camps for the underserved and fostercare system kids. “Help Us Help The Kids”.Copyright ©2014Look to the Stars
GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, honored George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth, Ilene Chaiken, Optimedia, Amber Schweitzer and the Academy for Young Writers Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) at the 13th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards – New York on Monday, May 23 at Cipriani 42nd Street.Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos arrive at the GLSEN Respect AwardsCredit/Copyright: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for GLSEN Respect AwardsThe 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards – New York continues through June 2 with an online auction via Charitybuzz that features items such as tickets to a Rangers game in the Fox Networks’ Madison Level Suite in Madison Square Garden; tickets to Kinky Boots on Broadway, plus a backstage tour and gift bag; and VIP tickets to the Good Morning America 2016 Summer Concert Series in Central Park.Stephanopoulos and Wentworth were recognized for their dedication to improving the lives of young people and creating opportunities for marginalized communities. Accepting the award, Stephanopoulos said, “The great privilege we have to work at an organization like ABC News is that we have the chance to shine a light on issues where others might not go, to help bring people out of the shadows, to tell stories of people who are living their lives with courage and grace and grit in the face of incomprehension, in the face of hostility, in the face of a world which either doesn’t know how or doesn’t want to understand.”Ilene Chaiken, who was honored for providing LGBT young people with role models and increasing visibility through positive media representations of LGBT people in her work, said, “It’s disheartening that, even as we’ve made huge strides forward in the struggle for equality, our young people continue to face homophobic harassment, bullying and discrimination – not only at the hands of other students, but from teachers and parents and administrators. It’s enraging that we are again battling back ignorant efforts to enshrine new laws designed to deprive us of our human dignity. It’s disgusting – just disgusting – that our national politics is so rife with racist, misogynist, xenophobic, homophobic, reactionary and violent rhetoric. Our children deserve better. We all deserve better. That’s why we’re here tonight, standing with GLSEN.”The program also featured GLSEN National Student Council members from Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas, who shared their own stories of why GLSEN’s work is important and how it has helped each of them in creating more positive school climates in their own communities.Other speakers included GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard; Empire star Jussie Smollett; Dave Ehlers, President of Optimedia; Tim Jones, CEO – Publicis Media, The Americas; Educator of the Year and Colorado teacher Amber Schweitzer; model Andreja Pejić; Michelle Eisenberg, Spencer Washington, Daniel Collado, Dio Ayala and Dasia Flemming from the Academy for Young Writers GSA – the GSA of the Year; television anchors Brooke Baldwin, Robin Roberts and Thomas Roberts; Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary, Office of Civil Rights, the U.S. Department of Education; Jordan Krantz, Abbie Faxon and Allie Faxon from Franklin County High School GSA; Del Ray Zimmerman, co-chair of GLSEN Middle Tennessee; Chief Control Officer of First Data Cindy Armine-Klein; and NYC Department of Education LGBTQ Liaison Jared Fox.The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.The 2016 GLSEN Respect Awards – New York was co-chaired by Cindy Armine-Klein, Chely Blitzer-Wright, Barbara Frankel, Michel Mercure and Ryan Pedlow. Sponsors included Presenting Sponsors Optimedia, Target, The Walt Disney Company and Wells Fargo, as well as Senior Sponsors First Data and JPMorgan Chase & Co.GLSEN has led the way on LGBT issues in K-12 education since 1990. Through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, student leadership and educator training, community organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work through the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN’s Day of Silence, GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, GLSEN’s Ally Week.
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook OTTAWA, April 2, 2017 – THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS pulled out all the stops at the sold-out live broadcast celebrating Canada’s diverse musical talent. Live from the Canadian Tire Centre in the nation’s capital, the two-and-a-half hour broadcast opened with a greeting from this year’s recipient of the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, Buffy Sainte-Marie. Ottawa’s own A Tribe Called Red, delivered an electrifying performance celebrating Canada’s indigenous culture featuring the Black Bear Drum Circle, Sainte-Marie, and internationally-renowned throat singer, Tanya Tagaq.As a signature event for Ottawa 2017, in honour of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS broadcast showcased some of the country’s best talent, honoured music legends, and recognized artists who continue to shape the Canadian music scene.Following a big win at Saturday’s JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards, Canadian music icon Leonard Cohen received further recognition during the broadcast as the Album of the Year winner*. Later in the evening, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau delivered a touching speech on Cohen’s legacy, as they introduced the tribute performance of classic Cohen song “Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” by Feist. The recognition of Canadian music legends continued with Gord Downie receiving Songwriter of the Year*, and The Tragically Hip taking home Group of the Year. Login/Register With: Advertisement Shawn Mendes, who got the crowd on their feet with a performance of his song Mercy, won JUNO Fan Choice Award*.Four of the evening’s eight awards were handed to some of Canada’s top women in music. Another milestone in a wildly successful year for the young star, Ruth B. took home the first award of the night, receiving a statuette for Breakthrough Artist of the Year*. She later took to the stage to perform her whimsical hit “Lost Boy” with Orkidstra, a recipient organization for MusiCounts’ TD Community Music Program. Platinum-selling Jess Moskaluke took home Country Album of the Year for her sophomore album Kiss Me Quiet, while Alessia Cara snagged the Pop Album of the Year award for her 2016 smash record Know-It-All, and delivered empowered performances of her latest single “Stay”, and chart-topper “Scars to Your Beautiful” with DJ/Producer Zedd.As well, 10-time JUNO Award winner Sarah McLachlan was inducted to the Canadian Hall of Fame by co-host Bryan Adams, celebrating a stellar career spanning more than three decades. McLachlan later performed a stirring rendition of her song “World on Fire”.Co-hosted by Russell Peters and Bryan Adams, CTV’s super-sized THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS show broadcast boasted 12 unique performances including Shawn Mendes, who made this third consecutive appearance on the JUNO stage, performing “Mercy” to the screaming crowd; an energetic version of single “Side Effects” by Dallas Smith; an explosive performance of “Picturing Love” by indie rock band July Talk; a performance of breakout hit “Spirits” by The Strumbellas, in their JUNO broadcast debut; Arkells, who returned to the JUNO stage with a high energy version of fan-favourite track “Drake’s Dad”; and an impactful performance by Billy Talent, who delivered the title track to their hit album, “Afraid of Heights”.The broadcast also featured hilarious taped segments by co-hosts Russell Peters and Bryan Adams, and the stars of CraveTV’s smash hit LETTERKENNY. Adams, who earlier in the night performed single “You Belong to Me”, closed the broadcast with an all-star jam of the co-host’s classic hit “Summer of ’69.”The evening’s exceptional roster of presenters included electronic duo Bob Moses; music pioneer and 2017 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award recipient Buffy Sainte-Marie; singer-songwriter and JUNO Award nominee Chantal Kreviazuk; singer, songwriter, and producer Coleman Hell; singer-songwriter Delaney Jane; rapper Jazz Cartier; platinum-selling country artist Jess Moskaluke; Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy; comedian and Much Digital Studios Creator Jus Reign; Marianas Trench frontman Josh Ramsay; ETALK reporter Liz Trinnear; the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Mélanie Joly; Nathan Dales and Michelle Mylett from CraveTV’s LETTERKENNY; rockers Sam Roberts Band; and Toronto rap artist Tasha the Amazon.*** *Award Sponsors for the 2017 JUNO Awards listed above include Album of the Year (sponsored by Music Canada), Songwriter of the Year (presented by SOCAN), JUNO Fan Choice (presented by TD) and Breakthrough Artist of the Year (sponsored by FACTOR, The Government of Canada, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcast and Radio Starmaker Fund).THE 2017 JUNO AWARDS is produced by Insight Productions in association with CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). Executive Producers are John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby for Insight Productions, Allan Reid and Mark Cohon for CARAS, and Randy Lennox for Bell Media. Lindsay Cox is Executive Producer and Supervising Producer, Insight Productions. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.Premier Partners of The 2017 JUNO Awards: CARAS acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters, Radio Starmaker Fund, Ottawa 2017, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Ottawa Tourism, Google Play Music and TD Bank Group.About CARASThe Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L’académie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l’enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music industry and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of ongoing opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards and other year-round initiatives. 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A GoFundMe page will be created to raise money for her daughter.“Twyla is so loved. This coast that she lived and fought for with all of her heart is now a lonelier place for her passing. She left us too soon,” the Facebook page states.Through such films as Salmon Confidential and BC for Sale, Roscovich combined spectacular imagery, evocative music, crisp writing, and her foreboding narration to convey how diseases from farmed Atlantic salmon threatened Pacific wild salmon.Roscovich worked closely with biologist Alexandra Morton and always ensured that views of First Nations were included in her work.BC for Sale, which was released in advance of the 2013 election, was ahead of its time in highlighting how the B.C. Liberals were so deeply enmeshed with the corporate sector. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Twyla Roscovich is no longer alive, but her strong voice and beautiful images in such films as BC for Sale and Salmon Confidential will remain part of the fabric of her beloved province for years to come. The B.C. environmental community is mourning the loss of one of its most skillful documentary filmmakers.The body of Twyla Roscovich was found after she had gone missing near Campbell River, according to her Facebook page. No foul play is suspected.The Sointula filmmaker and photographer was 38. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Advertisement Login/Register With: Director Brian De Palma, a regular at Toronto International Film Festival, photographed here in 2007 (CARLOS OSORIO / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO) Advertisement Advertisement Is Brian De Palma really going to make a Harvey Weinstein-inspired horror movie and set it at the Toronto International Film Festival? If so, it could help serve as a reminder of the need to fight sexual harassment and to empower women, says TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey.“It reminds us of just the real importance and the urgency of making a change in the film industry when it comes to gender parity,” Bailey told the Star.Online reports this week, drawing from interviews De Palma is doing while on a European book tour, say the writer/director plans to make a horror film called Predator in Toronto based on the alleged sex crimes of disgraced producer Weinstein. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter
Advertisement On the Season 5 finale, the final two home cooks vie for the MASTERCHEF CANADA title in the most spectacular culinary showdown in MASTERCHEF CANADA history. In only three uninterrupted hours, Beccy and Andy had to prepare a three-course meal and were joined by their respective loved ones as well as fellow MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 5 home cooks that cheered them on from the gallery. Starting with one hour to complete the appetizer course, Beccy created a scotch quail egg on a nest of potatoes and parsnips appetizer, while Andy presented a Halifax donair salad with lamb, pita chips, and tahini dressing. The three esteemed judges enjoyed the nature-inspired presentation of Beccy’s dish, but some of the parsnips were overdone and elements inconsistent.With the clock continuously counting down, the home cooks moved on to prepare their entreés. Beccy presented the judges with rabbit two ways on a Jerusalem artichoke purée, while Andy prepared an elevated hodge-podge with Dungeness crab, sweetbreads, onion soubise, and crab bisque. The judges declared that Beccy’s dish had great composition, was perfectly cooked, showed great thoughtfulness and instinct. Andy’s presentation was lacking, but all of the elements were perfectly cooked and the flavours were fresh, rich, and bountiful.In the final round of the showdown, Beccy and Andy prepared and presented their complex desserts. The judges found Beccy’s fallen apple pie had a highly original presentation with familiar, but unique flavours, while Andy’s Newfoundland touton looked delectable, was rich in flavour, and one of his “finest moments” in the competition.The judges’ initial feedback left Beccy and Andy in a virtual tie with judging coming down to the finest details and slightest missteps. Following a difficult deliberation and considering the journey of each finalist, the judges revealed that Beccy would receive the title of the next MASTERCHEF CANADA.Season 5 of MASTERCHEF CANADA ranks among the Top 15 most-watched programs on Canadian television with all key demos this past spring, averaging 1.2 million viewers weekly.Viewers can relive all the culinary action from the MASTERCHEF CANADA Kitchen with Season 5 episodes available on demand at CTV.ca and on the CTV GO app. Season 5 is also available on CraveTV™ with episodes streaming beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, June 20, and on Gusto airing Mondays at 7 p.m. ET. The Season 5 finale encores Saturday, June 23 at 7 p.m. ET/MT on CTV Two; and Sunday, June 24 at 5 p.m. ET/MT on CTV (check local listings).Season 5 of MASTERCHEF CANADA has also partnered with Chefs Plate and SPLENDA® Sweeteners.The MASTERCHEF format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Endemol Shine Group, and is based on a format originally created by Franc Roddam.MASTERCHEF CANADA is produced by Proper Television in association with CTV. Proper’s Co-President Cathie James is the Executive Producer and Showrunner and Co-President Lesia Capone is Executive Producer. For Bell Media, Tina Apostolopoulos is Production Executive; Robin Johnston is Director, Original Programming, Factual and Reality; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming; Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.Source: Numeris, Broadcast Year 2017-18 (September 25, 2017 – May 27, 2018), Spring 2018 (February 26 – May 27, 2018).SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:#MasterChefCanada@CTV_PR@CTV@MasterChefCDAMichael Bonacini – @MichaelBonaciniAlvin Leung – @TheDemonChefClaudio Aprile – @ClaudioAprileFacebook:facebook.com/ctvfacebook.com/MasterChefCDAInstagram:@CTV_PR@CTV@MasterChefCDABeccy Stables – @beccystables Advertisement TORONTO, June 19, 2018 – Following an intense 12-episode culinary battle, judges Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung, and Claudio Aprile revealed tonight that 19-year-old Beccy Stables (@beccystables) from Sherwood Park, Alta., is the winner of MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 5. Cooking her way through an epic culinary showdown, Beccy was awarded the much sought-after title of MASTERCHEF CANADA and the $100,000 grand prize over runner-up Andy Hay (@andyseastcoastkitchen_), a small business owner from Dartmouth, N.S.“I’m the new MASTERCHEF CANADA! This trophy is going to change every aspect of my life – I can finally pursue my dream of becoming a chef,” said Stables. “I’ve realized that dreams are possible, they’re not just dreams. I am not going back to tile setting; I just want to cook in a restaurant.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitter
Twitter Advertisement British Columbia’s film and TV industry continues its hot streak. For the second consecutive year, B.C. hit another record amount that screen productions have spent in the province.Creative BC announced on July 16 that the number of productions filming in B.C. qualifying for tax-credit certifications rose to 452 (an increase of 34 percent from the previous year) and contributed $3.4 billion to B.C.’s economy in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.The 31.2 percent increase in expenditures shattered the record set by the previous period of 2016-2017, which amassed $2.6 billion from 338 productions. In comparison, 297 productions brought in $1.9 billion for 2015-2016. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Of the 110 feature films shot in the province in 2017-2018, War for the Planet of the Apes was filmed in Vancouver and Tofino (spending $81 million in B.C.) and Deadpool 2, starring Vancouver-raised actor Ryan Reynolds, filmed in Vancouver, Coquitlam, and Victoria (spending over $100 million) and featured recognizable Vancouver locations including Stanley Park and Lions Gate Bridge.Deadpool 2Other major feature films that have shot in Vancouver and B.C. this past year include The Mountain Between Us (starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba), Skyscraper (starring Dwayne Johnson and Neve Campbell), Welcome to Marwen (starring Steve Carrell), Project Gutenberg (starring Chow Yun-Fat and Aaron Kwok), Richard Says Goodbye (starring Johnny Depp), Dragged Across Concrete (starring Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson), and Hard Powder (starring Liam Neeson).Skyscraper, starring Dwayne Johnson, was filmed in Vancouver.In B.C., 164 TV series were shot here in the 2017-2018 period. Among the TV shows that have filmed in Vancouver over the last year include A Series of Unfortunate Events, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Exorcist, The Flash, The Good Doctor, Lost in Space, The Magicians, Once Upon a Time, Riverdale, Six, Supergirl, Supernatural, Van Helsing, and The X-Files.RiverdaleThe Reel Thanksgiving Challenge, a fundraiser involving locally shot screen productions such as The Man in the High Castle, raised a record $205,831 for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.Several new TV series have chosen to shoot in B.C., including Sabrina the Teenage Witch, the Charmed reboot, Altered Carbon, Blue Book, Snowpiercer, and more.Direct industry jobs and labour income made up about $1.78 billion.Meditation ParkWhile foreign productions consisted of 289 projects, 163 B.C.-based productions, which included Meditation Park (starring Sandra Oh) by Vancouver filmmaker Mina Shum, brought in almost $404 million, up by 29 percent from $313 million in the previous year.Although concerns have been raised about foreign productions squeezing out domestic projects amid heightened demand for locations, crews, and resources, the number of B.C.–based productions had grown by 35 percent from 121 productions in 2016-2017. Domestic feature films increased from 24 to 27 projects while domestic TV series rose from 32 to 45.U.S.-Canadian TV coproductions that shot in B.C. include Chesapeake Shores (filmed on Vancouver Island), When Calls the Heart, and Travelers.Toronto-born actor Eric McCormack stars in the Vancouver-shot TV series Travelers.The Vancouver Island North Film Commission unveiled Vancouver Island Film Studios in Parksville, featuring five sound stages, in October 2017.More recently, in June, Burnaby’s Eagle Creek Studios completed the construction of a new 15,000-square-foot sound stage in Kelowna for productions in the Okanagan.Amid an accelerating global demand for content, among the factors contributing to the ongoing industry growth, in addition to the tax credit program, have been a low Canadian dollar; proximity to Los Angeles; well-established animation, visual effects, and post-production industries, as well as local crews and talent; multicultural populations and resources; and diverse locations that cover ocean and shorelines, desert-like regions, forests and mountains, and urban areas.by Craig Takeuchi | THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT Deadpool 2 was one of several film productions shot in B.C. that injected the provincial economy with millions of dollars. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Actor Ryan Gosling prior to a news conference at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11, 2018. – Andrew Francis Wallace , Toronto Star LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement RYAN GOSLING MEETS UP WITH ‘THOR 4’ DIRECTOR TAIKA WAITITI FOR LUNCH IN LARyan Gosling may have an exciting project in the works!The 38-year-old actor was spotted meeting up with Thor 4 director Taika Waititi on Friday afternoon (August 16) in Los Angeles. READ MORETHOR: LOVE AND THUNDER DIRECTOR TAIKA WAITITI MEETS WITH RYAN GOSLINGAfter making multiple cult-classic films as well as a fan-favorite entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many movie fans are eager to follow the career of director Taika Waititi. With his new satire Jojo Rabbit set to premiere later this year, followed by the new project Next Goal Wins, he will finally turn his attention to Thor: Love and Thunder, which could be a bold new chapter in the MCU. READ MORE Twitter Advertisement RYAN GOSLING AND ‘THOR 4’ DIRECTOR TAIKA WAITITI SPOTTED HAVING LUNCH TOGETHER IN L.A.Ryan Gosling might be headed into the Marvel Universe. The Oscar-nominated actor, 38, was spotted eating lunch with “Thor 4” director Taika Waititi on Friday in Los Angeles.While the meaning of their meeting is unknown, many are speculating that Gosling will join Waititi and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) in the upcoming fourth installment of the franchise. READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:
APTN National NewsFor the moment, the families of Robert Pickton’s victims have wrapped up their testimony at the missing women’s inquiry in Vancouver.The sister of one victim used her chance on the stand to tell police exactly how she felt about their botched investigation.Her emotional testimony comes just as family lawyers fear a fierce legal battle is looming over efforts by police to keep some material secret.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has this story.
APTN National NewsPosters were put up in Honour Walk offices and in strategic locations around the towns where form fillers were working, advertising a five per cent discount on computers for “members of the residential school healing society.” A toll free number was listed on the poster as well as a Web site link: www.nationalcomputersdirect.com.That Web link is now defunct and there is no trace anywhere online of any company called National Computers Direct. But a corporate search reveals that the company is listed as “active” as of Nov. 29. The registered owner of the company is David Hamm.That toll free phone number yields another very interesting connection to one of the healing society corporate officers. The number, which used to reach National Computers Direct, now reaches a Calgary-based company called Thermablade Hockey. A quick Google search of Thermablade Hockey reveals that David Hamm is the company’s CEO.On the Web site, Hamm claims that $15 million has been invested in the company already and it owns $2 million worth of equipment. The company makes skates with heated blades and claims those blades allow tighter turns and more rapid acceleration than conventional skates. A number of former NHL players endorse the product on the Web site.As we reviewed the files of IAP claimants on the Blood Reserve last summer, we noticed many loan agreements with two companies that were charging very high interest rates. The companies, Funds Now and Settlement Lenders, were lending money to former students against their IAP payments. We saw loan agreements charging interest rates as high as 29.9 per cent.Several of the former students allege that right after they signed the Honour Walk papers and became Blott and Company clients, the law firm would arrange loans for them that were to be repaid when the client received the eventual compensation settlement. Frequently the lender would also sell the claimants big-screen TVs, laptop computers and other electronics.One of the companies that lent money to former students was Funds Now, Inc. That company has two directors who are also the only two voting shareholders. Their names: Laura Hamm and David Hamm.The high interest rates can quickly erode even a six-figure settlement. At 30 per cent, the interest will come close to equaling the entire amount of the loan within three years. After the first year, you’re paying 30 per cent interest on the interest that accrued during the first year. If no payments are made over a three year period, you will end up payment more than 100 per cent of the loan in interest, plus the original balance.And some IAP claimants represented by Blott and company were waiting a long time to get their hearing. The Oversight Committee minutes rarely name names. But the minutes of the IAP Oversight Committee from a meeting held January 26, 2010 in Ottawa, show that the committee was concerned about a backlog of cases at Blott and Company.“Decision: Counsel David Blott will be asked for a file summary of how the firm will be moving forward on the approximately 1,000 outstanding claims he holds,” the minutes state.Jon Faulds said he tried to talk his clients out of borrowing at high interest rates.“Any time we get any indication that one of our clients is contemplating taking out such a loan, we try to discourage them from doing it because the interest rates and charges are just so high. I think we have had some success with our clients in making them aware of just how expensive those loans are,” he said. “Part of the difficulty is that many of the claimants in the residential school process are people who have little or limited access to banking support and whose ability to borrow money is not great. So when you find someone who is willing to lend you money, on the face of it, it appears attractive to get you through a difficult time while you’re waiting for your settlement to come in.”He reminded us that “there have been ongoing class actions against a number of these kinds of lenders, not in the residential school context necessarily but in the payday loan context, over the legitimacy and validity of their interest rates.”
APTN National NewsThe Long Plain First Nation is set to benefit from having an urban reserve in the heart of Winnipeg.The community’s chief says the model for their new retail base might eventually help all First Nations.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.
APTN National NewsThe Yukon is having their first cold snap.Most people can escape the deep freeze to the warmth of their home.But not all can.For those living on the street the deep freeze is home.Finding a safe and warm place to stay is difficult explains APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean.
APTN National NewsWhen the European Union revealed last week they had turned down a Canadian appeal to allow the import of seal parts they were quick to point out there was still an Aboriginal exemption.That’s the problem.Some are saying good luck getting anything through that exemption.APTN’s Kent Driscoll explains.
email@example.com Trina Roache APTN National NewsDozens of Mi’kmaq protestors marched through Halifax today voicing their anger over a natural gas project.There are concerns that the Alton Gas Company did a lack luster job of consulting them over the project.And they want the government to stop the project.
Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsThe scars on Randy Kakegamick’s face tell the story of his life.Like the one over his left eye when a stranger attacked him unprovoked he said near Bank Street in Ottawa.He was just a little boy then and woke up in a pool of his own blood.Drinking had torn his family apart and at night, when lonely, he’d walk the streets pretending to be a superhero.“There were times when I would be alone and I would just wander the streets – get out and try not to be so lonely,” said Kakegamick, 39.Those are the scars he’ll talk about.It’s the ones that cut deepest he won’t just tell anyone.But that is what the Ontario government is asking him to do.Kakegamick recently pleaded guilty to assaulting an ex-girlfriend last year.The Crown wants to put him in the local jail for six months.Randy Kakegamick says one of the main things keeping him on track is his son. (Jason Leroux/APTN photo)The judge has ordered a Gladue report that will detail Kakegamick’s life growing up as a First Nation man and what led him to court.The report will also outline services in the community that are available to help Kakegamick stay away from trouble and get his life together.Typically, the government requires a court-appointed writer in Ottawa do the report.But Kakagamick, who is from North Spirit Lake, is requesting a different writer – someone he knows and trusts.“If they say you got one day to meet this person to get into your deepest darkest secrets of your life, I don’t think that will happen,” he said. “I wouldn’t be honest. It takes time to build that trust with somebody.”He’s built that trust with Mark Marsolais, a First Nation man who also writes Gladue reports in the nation’s capital.“This is a sacred story of an individual,” said Marsolais. “There are two sides to a Gladue. It’s not just about a westernized lens and showing the courts what this person is about from an individual standpoint. It’s also a report that helps an individual on their healing journey sometimes for the first time. They get to self-reflect and see about themselves.”He’s waiting on Legal Aid in Ontario to decide if his wish to talk to Marsolais will be granted.It’s not clear how the judge will react if Kakegamick refuses to speak to a court-appointed writer.Meanwhile, Kakegamick continues on his journey.He said most of his legal troubles over the years were the result of his drinking. He got into a treatment program at the Ottawa Mission after his latest arrest and has been sober now for several months.“This is the longest I have ever been sober since I was 16. It’s just over five months and I’m 39 years old now so that is quite a feat for me,” he said.He said drinking destroyed his parent’s marriage when he was about six-years-old.“Drinking involves hurt, sorrow and the failure of my family,” he said.It’s also hurt his son, even if the young boy is too young to know it.All those times Kakegamick was away behind bars he could hear how his son missed him and needed his dad around but thought he was away working.He’s trying to make amends for that now.In doing so, he’s finding his son is helping him.“I’ve been spending a lot of time with him. He’s a big help. He doesn’t know it but he’s a big help,” he said.While he waits to learn who will write his Gladue next month, and if a judge will put him back behind bars, he focuses on the small things that keep him sober.Like running on a treadmill every day to keep ahead.Yet, rooted in his culture to be an example for his son.Randy Kakegamick by the Rideau Canal in downtown Ottawa earlier this week. (Jason Leroux/APTN photo)It’s Kakegamick’s journey to be a better man.The rocky past was the river and the future is the sea.The waters may be calmer now.But he knows he needs to stay in the firstname.lastname@example.org
Angel MooreAPTN NewsPictou Landing First Nation is counting down the days until Northern Pulp Mill can no longer dump toxins into Boat Harbour.That’s when the harbour will be re-named its original name – A’se’k – which means ‘the other room’,” said Chief Andrea Paul.The toxins released in the water by the Northern Pulp Mill killed fish and affected the culture and economy of the Nova Scotia community.“You know to live in an area where we are surrounded by water and to not have the same freedoms that our people did 52 years ago,” said Paul.Tracey Denny said people had to move away.“Once Boat Harbour came into effect and the effluent started coming over they just lost everything, and community members left the reserve because they felt there was even nothing more to stay,” said Denny.“And the only time they came back was in coffins.”A memorial wall with the names and photos of people who did not live to see this day are posted on the wall at the back of the school’s gym.“We have been going to the cemetery and we wrote down all community members who were living before 1967 which is when the treatment facility opened and who passed afterwards,” said Denny.“And the whole point is that they are going to be here with us in spirit.”Elders say they remember life before and after the harbour was polluted.Mary Nichols says her family lost their culture, their home, and they were displaced.“When our land got polluted, they just didn’t pollute the land; we we lost our way of life. I grew up in a time, I learned from my mom and after Boat Harbour happened, I couldn’t do the stuff she taught me,” she said.The community fought for years to stop Northern Pulp from dumping.Paul said she is confident the facility will finally be closed.“People are looking after the next seven generations,” said Paul. “They are making sure that all of this is protected and we are the rights holder – we are not a stakeholder – we are a rights holder.”Northern Pulp has said it needs more time to prepare for the closure.But Premier Stephen McNeil said there will be no extension.“The deadline is the deadline, it’s January 31st of 2020,” he said.“We gave them five years.”McNeil said if the mill refuses to stop dumping, the province will shut them down.“We will be shutting off the pipe, so we have the ability to close off that. They just won’t be putting it into Boat Harbour,” McNeil said.Northern Pulp proposed to dump its waste into the Northumberland Strait.That immediately drew protests on land and sea.The company said it has not yet found an alternative treatment email@example.com@angelharksen
Wet’suwe’ten Nation Hereditary Chiefs (APTN file).The Canadian PressBritish Columbia says it’s starting a new reconciliation process with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, who are at the centre of opposition to a natural gas pipeline in northern B.C.The province says in a release Thursday that the government and the Office of the Wet’suwet’en are undertaking a process focused on Wet’suwet’en title, rights, laws and traditional governance throughout their territory.The release says B.C. has appointed Victoria MP and lawyer Murray Rankin as its representative to help guide and design the process, adding that Rankin has an understanding of the Supreme Court’s historic Delgamuukw decision that helped define Indigenous title.It says the province and the Wet’suwet’en are committed to explore a path forward together that seeks to build trust over time and meaningfully advance reconciliation.The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose Coastal GasLink’s plans to build a pipeline from northeastern B.C. to LNG Canada’s export terminal in Kitimat, and RCMP arrested 14 people at a blockade last month before reaching a deal with the chiefs.The province says its commitment to lasting reconciliation is not connected to any specific project, and the new process will build on discussions that have been ongoing since Premier John Horgan and Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Scott Fraser visited the territory in August.“We all recognize that the path forward will involve challenges. It will take a willingness to innovate and take bold steps together,” the province says.“This engagement is a historic opportunity to advance Wet’suwet’en self-determination and self-governance, and for the province and Wet’suwet’en Nation to establish a deeper relationship based on respect and recognition of rights.”
Amber BernardAPTN NewsThe federal liberals are committing $1.2 billion towards Jordan’s Principle over the next three years.The money is included in the overall budget of $4.5 billion over five years for what the federal government is calling “advancing reconciliation,” for First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples.“I think that’s an important piece, to make sure children and families receive the supports that they deserved for so long,” said Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.“So that’s positive but, it doesn’t include funding for children who will become eligible under S-3, or any kind of population growth.”Children registered under Indian Status are generally classified as having S-1 or S-2 status – meaning one or both parents have Indian Status. For children where neither parent is registered under S-1 or S-2 can apply for S-3status, given relevant evidence to their ancestry. This for example would include consideration of an applicant’s grandparent, relative or parent who lost status through marriage.Jordan’s Principle works with S-3 applicants – but the federal budget did not outline funding for S-3 children.“So we need to see where that goes, but at least there’s money in the budget for Jordan’s Principle,” said Blackstock.There is not money in the 2019 budget for Bill C-92 – the proposed child welfare legislation that aims to keep First Nation, Metis and Inuit families together. The bill proposes a transfer of full or partial jurisdiction to Indigenous communities over child and family welfare services.But Ottawa did put $1.4 billion into a pot for the child welfare system in the 2018 budget.Perry Bellegarde, the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is eager to get the child welfare legislation, and Bill C-91, the Indigenous Languages Act passed before the house of commons rises for the summer.“I’m more concerned now that June is fast approaching, we need to get those two very important pieces of legislation royal assent,” said Bellegarde.This is also a concern for Cindy Blackstock – the missing budget outline for Bill C-92.“There’s nothing in there to develop First Nation, Metis or Inuit laws or institutions to enable Bill C-92.“So that’s still a major issue that needs to be resolved and we don’t have a lot of time to resolve it if this bill is going to be passed before the summer,” said Blackstock.Not all chiefs are in favour of passing the child welfare legislation.“The Bill does not meet our peoples and Nations standard to break the cycle and is not in the best interest of First Nation’s children,” said Chief Craig Mackinaw of the Ermineskin Cree Nation.“Canada committed to recognize the control of child welfare services to First Nations and this has not been achieved.”Bellegarde said he wants C-92 passed before the federal election in October.$220 million will be allocated specifically for the needs of Inuit Children.The government of Nunavut still needs to see how the money will be implemented.“Most of the money announced today does not come directly to the territory. The GN remains cautious, as Nunavut’s service provider, on how we will be able to successfully deliver the services and programs to benefit Nunavummiut,” said Nunavut Finance Minister George Hickes.“I am pleased to see support for an addictions treatment centre,” said Hickes. “We were expecting more around housing and telecommunications, especially given our longstanding infrastructure deficit. The lack of Nunavut-specific measures is disappointing, and remains critical in successful nation-building.”The Nishinawbe Aski Nation which represents 49 communities in northern Ontario wants to see more details.“This budget makes significant commitments to improve access to affordable housing for millennials and the middle class but is lacking in specifics for NAN First Nations. Budget 2019 promises investments to Indigenous Services Canada to improve health, education but does not provide detail on how these services will be delivered in our communities,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler.firstname.lastname@example.org@abernardnews
InFocusEvery year, many communities across Turtle Island near rivers and lakes brace for the possibility of a spring flood.Often, traditional lands have become flood-prone from man-made dams or diversions or communities were moved onto flood plains by the Canadian government.For Little Saskatchewan First Nation on Lake St. Martin, 255 kilometres north of Winnipeg, it’s meant 20 plus years of being prepared for massive spring flooding.But in 2011, no amount of sandbags could keep back the water back when the Manitoba government made the decision to flood the Interlake region of the province in order to spare Winnipeg from nature’s wrath.They were evacuated and their community was destroyed.“It has a lot of emotional impact, and all the stress you go through, the feeling of being in your own home is not the same and you have to stay somewhere else,” said Muriel Woodford“I was gone over six years. I just recently went back November 2017.”Woodford now has a new home a few kilometers away from her old home, which survived the flood with significant damage but was lost in a brush fire in 2016.Farmland was purchased on higher ground a kilometre from the old town site.Seventy-seven homes have been built and are occupied with 93 more set for this summer.Currently 300 evacuees remain scattered throughout Winnipeg while the new community continues to be built.Bertha Travers is one of them.She has been bounced from hotel to hotel, community to community before landing at an apartment in Winnipeg where she remains while awaiting a new home to replace the beloved one she lost to the flood.She’s been waiting eight years.That evacuation order in the Spring of 2011 still haunts her.“To me, it really traumatized me emotionally because this is the second time in my life, being taken off reserve,” Travers said.“When I was a little girl and I went to residential school, it came right back again. You know the memories, the flashing and it was horrible.”She wasn’t about to be ordered off her reserve again so she stayed and waited. And the waters rose and rose.“It took me until June 14 (2011) when I actually moved. The water was hitting the Jeep wheel wells. I finally got out then and told my dog, I said Chill (my dog), its time to go. ”While the bulk of band members will be back living in their new homes in the new community this summer, having your people displaced all over the province for the better part of a decade, it’s the community itself that needs rebuilding.“What we’ve been trying to do in the past few years is to bring our community and people together,” Councillor Darrell Shorting said.“We hold events such as the Treaty Day, the fishing derbies, we supply meals in the community, we have barbecues,” said Shorting. “We also held meals in Winnipeg, things like that, that bring people together. It won’t resolve all the issues but hopefully bring people together.”But being way from home for year’s changes people and their how they live. People have become urbanized living away from the community. Some who left as youth evacuees are now returning as young adults with kids. Many have become accustomed to city life and need to reconnect with their roots.“If you left at 15 years old, you’re now 23 with a family, living in the city of Winnipeg, you can go to any corner store or Walmart,” said Coun. Leroy Thompson, adding the band is building a store to cover a wide variety of needs, along with a gas bar and a church.As of April 23, 2019 the total cost related to the 2011 flood, which affected a handful of other First Nations in the region, was at $190 million and counting, according to Indigenous Services Canada.
GOSHEN, Calif. – Unions have caught a whiff of a rare opportunity to organize a whole new set of workers as recreational marijuana becomes legal in California.The United Farm Workers, Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers are looking to unionize the tens of thousands of potential workers involved in the legal weed game, from planters to rollers to sellers. The move could provide a boost to organized labour’s lagging membership — if infighting doesn’t get in the way.The United Farm Workers, co-founded by iconic labour leader Cesar Chavez, says organizing an industry rooted in agriculture is a natural fit, and growers could label their products with the union’s logo as a marketing strategy.“If you’re a cannabis worker, the UFW wants to talk with you,” national vice-president Armando Elenes said.But United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents grocery store employees, meat packers and retail workers, registered its intent to organize cannabis workers across the country.“We would hope they respect our jurisdiction,” UFCW spokesman Jeff Ferro said.Teamsters organizer Kristin Heidelbach said there’s no need for unions to battle each other. There will be plenty of workers needing representation as small cannabis businesses run by “happy stoner” types give way to large pharmaceutical corporations, she said.The green rush that begins in 2018 is an opportunity for unions to regain influence that began declining in the late 1950s, said David Zonderman, a professor of labour history at North Carolina State University. But discord between unions could upend it. As could resistance from cannabis business leaders.“Are they going to be new-age and cool with it,” Zonderman said, “or like other businesspeople, say, ‘Heck, no. We’re going to fight them tooth and nail?’”Last year, California voters approved sales of recreational marijuana to those 21 and older at licensed shops beginning Jan. 1.Cannabis in California already is a $22 billion industry, including medical marijuana and a black market that accounts for most of that total, according to University of California, Davis, agriculture economist Philip Martin. Medical marijuana has been legal since 1996, when California was the first state to approve such a law.Labour leaders estimate recreational pot in California could employ at least 100,000 workers from the north coast to the Sierra Nevada foothills and the San Joaquin Valley, harvesting and trimming the plants, extracting ingredients to put in liquids and edibles, and driving it to stores and front doors.Other pot workers have organized in other states, but California should be especially friendly territory for unions, said Jamie Schau, a senior analyst with Brightfield Group, which does marketing analysis on the marijuana industry.The state has one of the nation’s highest minimum wages and the largest number of unionized workers across industries. Its laws also tend to favour employees.At least some workers say they’re open to unions.“I’m always down to listen to what could be a good deal for me and my family,” said Thomas Grier, 44, standing behind the counter at Canna Can Help Inc., a dispensary in the Central Valley community of Goshen.The dispensary — with $7 million in yearly sales — sells medical marijuana.Called a “bud tender,” Grier recently waited on a steady flow of regular customers walking through the door to pick out their favourite strain.He said so far, no unions have contacted him. Grier gets along with his boss and said he doesn’t want to pay union dues for help ironing out workplace disputes. But he hasn’t discounted the possibility of joining.After recently entering the marijuana industry, Los Angeles resident Richard Rodriguez said one sticky traffic stop three months ago converted him into a “hard core” Teamster. He’d never been in a union until this year.Rodriguez said an officer pulled him over delivering a legal shipment of pot and detained him for 12 hours as he was accused of following too closely behind a semi-truck.A union lawyer stepped in, and Rodriguez said he was released without being arrested or given a ticket.“Most companies can’t or are unwilling to do that,” he said, “because employees are easily replaced.”
OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau says he abandoned a proposed meeting with Donald Trump in Washington this week after the White House insisted that the prime minister first agree to a five-year “sunset clause” in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.Trudeau told the anecdote Thursday during a media briefing where he and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland were outlining the Canadian response to punishing U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.With the NAFTA talks seeming close to a possible breakthrough, Trudeau says he suggested to the U.S. president last Friday that they sit down with Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto and talk about reaching a deal.“I stated that I thought we were quite close to reaching an agreement, and perhaps the time had come for me to sit down with the president in Washington in order to finalize the NAFTA agreement,” Trudeau said in French.“We already had the bones of a very good agreement for all parties, and I thought it might be opportune for all of us to sit down for a few hours and discuss it.”Trump seemed to like the idea, Trudeau said.Then on Tuesday, Vice-President Mike Pence called to say the White House would host the meeting — but on one condition.“I had to agree to a sunset clause in NAFTA, which is to say every five years, NAFTA would come to an end unless the parties decided to renew it, which is completely unacceptable to us,” he said.“So I answered that, unfortunately, if that was a precondition to our visit, I was unable to accept — and so we did not go to Washington for that day of negotiations.”Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Thursday that the decision to slap Canada and Mexico with stiff steel and aluminum tariffs was based on a lack of progress in the NAFTA talks.“Those talks are taking longer than we had hoped. There is no longer a very precise date when they may be concluded” so they were added to the tariff list, he said.Neither the tariffs nor a series of retaliatory measures imposed by the federal Liberal government in response will affect the ability to keep renegotiating NAFTA as a separate track, Ross added. “They’re not mutually exclusive behaviours.”Perrin Beatty, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and a former Mulroney cabinet minister at the time of the original Canada-U.S. free trade deal, expressed surprise at the sunset-clause tactic.“That is not the basis on which mature adults negotiate,” Beatty said.“For someone who prides himself as a negotiator, anybody who does business on the basis of, ‘One side can only win if the other side loses’ usually isn’t in business for very long.”
VICTORIA – British Columbia’s auditor general found no evidence of bid-rigging in an audit of government asset sales, but Carol Bellringer says changes are needed after the province sold off prime land for millions under assessed value.Bellringer’s report, released Tuesday, looks at 14 of the 101 sales, representing 75 per cent of the proceeds. It says with the exception of the Burke Mountain lands in Coquitlam, the government obtained 97 per cent of the appraised value.The former Liberal government was heavily criticized in 2015 for selling off the valuable lands in Metro Vancouver to a party donor at a greatly reduced price. The then-Opposition NDP said the government had been “hosed” when it sold the land for $43-million less than the appraised price.Bellringer said her office was aware of the controversy as it undertook the report.“We did not find any evidence of bid rigging, collusion or bias during the audit. We did point out bias in relation to the some of the sales was perceived and it was raised in the legislature and reported in media.”There were 21 parcels of land put up for sale involving about 240 hectares on Burke Mountain. The appraised value was almost $146 million.Fourteen of the parcels were sold to Wesbild Holdings Ltd. for $85 million, 44 per cent below the appraised value. Four parcels were sold to the City of Coquitlam at 80 per cent of the appraised value and three weren’t sold.Bellringer said the problem was the government took in bids both for individual parcels and as a package.“They couldn’t compare one bid to the other,” she said in a conference call with reporters. “So you’re comparing apples and oranges. What we’re saying is it should have had the breakdown in the bidding received from those interested in purchasing the land.”The former Liberal government launched the plan to sell off the assets in 2012, saying it would generate revenue, economic activity and cost savings.However, Bellringer’s report says the Ministry of Citizens’ Service that was in charge of the sale only focused on the revenue target, with a goal of balancing its budgets from 2013 to 2015.The asset sales surpassed the revenue target with a profit of $435 million, the report says.Bellringer’s report makes seven recommendations, including that the government assess the costs and benefits of selling versus holding surplus assets and that it report to the public about how selling off an asset is in the best interest.Citizens’ Services Minister Jinny Sims said in an interview that many of the report’s recommendations have already been implemented by the NDP government.Sims said the government has ended the program and there are now systems in place to ensure taxpayers will get the best value for Crown properties.“It is an abject failure of the minister of the day and the government of the day,” she said.Sims said if she had a house on the market for $800,000 and someone offered her $600,000, she wouldn’t have accepted it.“It seems to be those kinds of decision were made, because the focus was on collecting money.”The government has built in a number of fail-safe methods to determine if the Crown property can be sold, including asking what the land could be used for in the future and analyzing if the cost of maintenance makes it prohibitive to continue to own, Sims said.Opposition Liberal finance co-critic Tracy Redies said in a statement that ultimately, the market value for those properties is determined by what someone is willing to pay for them.“Selling surplus real estate helps spur economic activity and create jobs for the province and its communities. The proceeds from those sales also helped to fund the important health and education services that British Columbians rely on,” she said.— By Terri Theodore in Vancouver.
TORONTO ONTARIO, – Wealthsimple is planning to launch what the robo-adviser says is the first zero-commission stock-trading service in Canada.The financial technology company says through this new service, called Wealthsimple Trade, users will have access to unlimited zero-commission trades of more than 8,000 publicly traded stocks and ETFs listed on major Canadian and U.S. exchanges.People will be able buy, sell and track stocks and exchange-traded funds through an app, which is currently in a private beta testing phase, with no account minimum or fees.There are some other online platforms that offer commission-free trading, but may also charge monthly flat rates and require a minimum balance.Wealthsimple says its new service is the first of its kind in the country and the Wealthsimple trade app will be rolled out to users by invitation leading up to a public launch, potentially later this year.The company currently has 100,000 clients in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and manages more than $2.5 billion in assets.
WASHINGTON – Fighting to defend its $81 billion takeover of Time Warner from a government challenge, AT&T is arguing the Trump Justice Department has failed to show that the merger will raise prices for pay-TV programming and for the consumers who watch it.The AT&T-Time Warner marriage was completed this spring soon after a federal judge approved it. But government antitrust regulators filed to have the judge’s ruling overturned, setting the stage for a landmark competition case in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington.In a filing Thursday, the phone and pay-TV giant asserted the merger will save it money on content from Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting, enabling it to cut charges to its DirecTV customers by at least $78 million a year.U.S. District Judge Richard Leon was correct to dismiss the government’s argument that the merger would hurt competition, limit choices and jack up prices for consumers to stream TV and movies, Dallas-based AT&T, the biggest pay-TV provider in the U.S., said in its filing.The government “failed for multiple reasons to (show) that net retail prices will likely be higher than otherwise,” the company said.Leon’s ruling in June opened the way for one of the biggest media deals ever. AT&T has since absorbed Time Warner, the owner of CNN, HBO, the Warner Bros. movie studio, “Game of Thrones,” coveted sports programming and other “must-see” shows.The Justice Department, however, has maintained that Leon was wrong in concluding the merger won’t harm consumers and that he misunderstood the complexities of the booming pay-TV market and the nature of AT&T’s competitors.If the government were to prevail in its appeal, the complex merger might have to be unwound.Many legal experts believe the government will have a hard time convincing the appeals court to overturn Leon’s ruling. Opposing the merger forced the federal antitrust regulators to argue against standing legal doctrine that favours mergers among companies that don’t compete directly with each other, what’s known as a vertical merger.The U.S. antitrust lawsuit against AT&T was the first time in decades that the government has challenged that doctrine by suing to block a vertical merger.The government contends that this deal is different. By combining the programming content of Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting with AT&T’s vast distribution network for its DirecTV, the combination will hurt competition and violate federal law, it says. AT&T claims about 25 million of the 90 million or so U.S. households that are pay-TV customers.Even with a small chance of the government winning, the stakes are high and the case could affect the future course of antitrust regulation.When the deal was first made public in October 2016, it drew fire from then-candidate Donald Trump, who promised to kill it “because it’s too much concentration of power in the hands of too few.” Trump has publicly feuded with Time Warner’s CNN, calling it “failing” and a purveyor of “fake news.” The president’s statements didn’t come up during the trial, though his antipathy loomed in the background.Leon’s ruling opened the floodgates to deal making in the fast-changing worlds of entertainment production and distribution.Just a day after his decision, Comcast launched a $65 billion cash bid for the bulk of 21st Century Fox — topping Disney’s all-stock $52.5 billion offer in December. Comcast later dropped that bid in order to focus on its attempted buyout of European pay-TV operator Sky.After months of offers and counteroffers for Sky by Comcast and Fox, the two U.S. media empires will settle their battle for control of the European broadcaster through a rare auction. The auction will begin after the London stock market’s close on Friday and end sometime Saturday evening.Disney, meanwhile, is closing in on a $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets.Other rumoured or potential deals include a Verizon bid for CBS and a tie-up of Sprint and T-Mobile.
BEIJING — News reports say Chinese leaders are promising tax cuts and more help to entrepreneurs in their 2019 economic plan amid official efforts to reverse a deepening slowdown in growth.No details were immediately released Friday following a three-day annual planning session by leaders of the ruling Communist Party. But news reports said the plan promises more reforms to state industry and efforts to reduce financial risks.News reports said the plan promises better access to credit and other help for entrepreneurs who generate China’s news jobs and wealth but are struggling.The economy faces pressure from weakening consumer demand, cooling exports and contractions in auto and real estate sales.The Associated Press
TORONTO — Two of Canada’s largest pension advisory firms say the financial health of defined benefit plans was eroded in the fourth quarter by a combination of weak stock markets and low long-term interest rates.Mercer Canada and Aon each concluded in separate reports Thursday that fewer than half of the country’s defined benefit pension plans were fully funded at the turn of the new year.Mercer Canada estimated that less than 30 per cent of Canadian defined pension plans were fully funded at the end of 2018, while Aon estimated 38.5 per cent of plans were fully funded as of Jan 1.The Mercer Pension Health Index — based on a hypothetical, model plan — dropped to a solvency ratio of 102 per cent at Dec. 31 from 112 per cent at Sept. 28 and from 106 per cent at the beginning of 2018.Meanwhile, the Aon Median Solvency Ratio fell in the fourth quarter to 95.3 per cent as of Jan. 1, 2019, a decline of nearly eight percentage points from the third quarter of 2018.A solvency ratio of 100 or more indicates a plan is fully funded while anything less indicates there would be some shortfall if a plan had to be wound up — often a worst-case scenario for defined benefit plans.David Paddon, The Canadian Press