Saron Stone To Be Honored At ABCs Mothers Day Luncheon

first_imgThe Associates For Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies, affectionately known as the ABCs, will host its annual, star-studded Mother’s Day Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills, Wednesday, May 10, 2017 to benefit breast and prostate cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.The afternoon will honor award-winning actress Sharon Stone with the Mother of the Year Award and Chaz Dean, creator of WEN Hair & Body Care, owner and Stylist, Chaz Dean Studio, with the Humanitarian Award.Actress, comedian Kym Whitley, emcees and Beverly Cohen and Sheri Rosenblum co-chair the event. Prior to the luncheon, there will be a luxury boutique featuring a fashionable array of select vendors donating a portion of proceeds from their sales to the organization.“Both our honorees are incredible role models and have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to health and wellness in the community,” said Gloria Gebbia, president of the ABCs. “Their mutual commitment to giving back through a host of worthwhile endeavors, symbolize the very best of what our Achievement Awards represent.”“Every year, Gloria Gebbia and the ABCs create an amazing luncheon that raises much needed funds to support the Institute’s breast and prostate research” said Patrick Wayne, chairman of the board at John Wayne Cancer Institute and son of the legendary actor John Wayne. “We are forever grateful to their commitment to our mission to eradicate cancer and eliminate patient suffering worldwide.”Sharon Stone began her career in New York, working as an internationally successful model and actor. She made her film debut in Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories and in 1992, starred in the blockbuster Basic Instinct. She earned a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nomination for her role in Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece, Casino. Other film credits include, The Muse, Sphere, Total Recall, Sliver, Bobby, The Quick and the Dead, Alpha Dog, Fading Gigolo and Lovelace. Sharon earned an Emmy Award for her role on The Practice. In 2017, Stone is appearing in The Disaster Artist, A Little Something for her Birthday and HBO’s limited series Mosaic. She has served as the amfAR Global Fundraising Chairperson for more than 20 years, raising hundreds of millions to find a cure for AIDS and is a Knight Commander of Arts and Letters in France. She is a committee chair with YALA and has co-chaired Planet Hope for decades. In 2013, Stone was honored by the Nobel Peace Laureates at the Nobel Peace Summit where she was given the “Peace Summit Award” by his Holiness the Dalai Lama for her continuous humanitarian work. Stone is the mother of three sons – Laird and Quinn Stone and Roan Bronstein who will be on hand to present the award to her.Los Angeles celebrity stylist Chaz Dean has a little black book of A-list clientele that reads like a “who’s who” of Hollywood. Dean launched his brand with one product, a Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner, in November 2000 with a strong belief in a natural, healthy lifestyle. Since then, he has launched over 500 products in multiple categories including hair care, body care and fragrance, while also leading QVC as the top Haircare brand since 2005. At his luxurious Los Angeles salon, the Chaz Dean Studio, his philosophy is built on harmony and holistic methods. This originally lead him to develop the successful WEN Haircare & Body Care line of products and continues to be the driving force for his work with clients today. With the success of WEN, Dean has appeared on The Doctors and Life Changers, speaking about healthy hair and hair transformations. He’s also currently featured on Bravo’s Flipping Out with Jeff Lewis and Celebrity Apprentice. As Dean’s business has continued to grow, so have his contributions to people and animals in need. He supports Stand Up To Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, APLA, Best Friends Animal Society, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls and a host of others. Blessed with the opportunity to wake up every day with a passion for his work, Dean continues to lead the industry in innovation, humility and respect for an ever-changing industry.Table packages begin at $1,750; individual tickets, $175. For information, please contact Lyndsey Senet at Grant Associates at 323-904-4400 or email Lyndsey@GrantEvents.com.For more info, click here.last_img read more

Kiefer Sutherland Ill never return to TV as Jack Bauer

first_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twittercenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Kiefer Sutherland has vowed not to return to TV for another series of 24 because he feels he’ll be letting fans down if he reprises his role as Jack Bauer.The actor last portrayed the counterterrorism expert in 2014’s 24: Live Another Day and he admits his phone is still ringing about a potential comeback – one he insists he won’t make.“The whole hook to get an audience back to watch it (2014’s limited 24 series) was, ‘This is a one-time deal, so you should watch it’… and then, when it worked out for us, go, ‘Oh, we decided to do another one?’ I don’t think that’s right,” Kiefer tells Adweek.last_img read more

ADDITIONAL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR NEW CBC ORIGINAL SERIES FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES FROM

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, August 31, 2017 – Shaftesbury and CBC today revealed additional casting for new one-hour original drama FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES (11 x 60). Starring Lauren Lee Smith (This Life, The Listener, The L Word) and Chantel Riley (Race, The Lion King) and set in 1920s Toronto, the series follows the adventures of Frankie Drake (Smith) and her partner Trudy Clarke (Riley) at Drake Private Detectives, the city’s only all-female detective agency, as they find themselves fighting crime in the age of flyboys, gangsters, rum-runners, and speakeasies. With production underway on location in Toronto and southern Ontario until late October, the series will air Mondays at 9p.m. ET (9:30 NT) on CBC and stream at cbc.ca/watch beginning November 6, and make its UK debut on Alibi (UKTV) in early 2018.Joining the cast are Rebecca Liddiard (Alias Grace, Houdini & Doyle, Slasher 2: Guilty Party) as police morality officer Mary Shaw, Sharron Matthews (Mean Girls, Odd Squad) as morgue attendant Flo, and Emmanuel Kabongo (21 Thunder, Teenagers) as boxer Moses Page. Guest stars include Lucas Bryant(Haven, Shoot the Messenger), Wendy Crewson (Saving Hope, Slasher, Revenge), Laurence Fox (Inspector Lewis), Grace Lynn Kung (Carmilla The Movie, Mary Kills People), Steve Lund (Reign, Bitten), Charlotte Sullivan(Chicago Fire, Rookie Blue), and Laura Vandervoort (Bitten, Smallville).“From Gatsby-esque garden parties to rough-and-tumble speakeasies, there’s a global appeal to the 1920s that we’re excited to bring to life in Frankie Drake Mysteries. This was a time in Toronto of booming construction, considerable population growth, and a major shift in the role of women from the home and farm into the workplace,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury / Executive Producer, FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES. “Frankie has come back from the war to work as a private detective with her partner Trudy and a network of associates, from Mary who works in the police station as a Morality Officer, to Flo who works in the morgue. We are going to see women fighting crime and fighting the system – a lot of action and a lot of fun.” Twitter Set in 1920s Toronto, FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES follows the city’s only female private detectives as they take on the cases the police don’t want to touch. In a time of change and hopefulness, their gender is their biggest advantage as they defy expectations and rebel against convention. The Drake Private Detectives take on cases that explore every cross-section of Toronto, from gospel church choirs, bathing beauties and the early cinema scene, to the homes and private parties of the city’s elite. Frankie and Trudy’s fearless sense of adventure gets them into all kinds of trouble, but they always manage to find a way out. They are new detectives for a new world – but is the world ready for them?Created by Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci, who also serve as executive producers, FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES is executive produced by Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, and Cal Coons, who is also showrunner, and produced by Jonathan Hackett. The series is written by Hay, Ricci, Coons, Andrew Burrows-Trotman, John Callaghan, Ian Carpenter, and Adrianna Maggs and directed by Leslie Hope, Norma Bailey, Eleanor Lindo, Ruba Nadda, Peter Stebbings, and Sudz Sutherland.A CBC original series, FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES is developed and produced by Shaftesbury in association with CBC and UKTV, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, the Cogeco Program Development Fund, and the Bell Fund. Content Media is the global distributor of the series.– 30 –Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television and digital platforms. Shaftesbury’s current slate includes 11 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV, and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment, detective drama Frankie Drake Mysteries for CBC and UKTV, and two seasons of critically acclaimed thriller series Slasher. Shaftesbury’s digital arm, Smokebomb Entertainment, produces original digital, convergent, and branded entertainment projects including the hit YouTube series Carmilla, funded by U by Kotex®, mystery series V Morgan Is Dead, brought to life by RBC, supernatural drama Inhuman Condition, and the Slasher VR app for iOS, Android, and Oculus Rift. In June 2014, Shaftesbury partnered with Youth Culture to launch shift2, a branded entertainment agency that drives profitable engagement with millennials using scripted series, turning brands into executive producers.CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada.For more information including series synopses, press releases, hi-res images, video clips and bios, please visit the CBC Media Centre at cbc.ca/mediacentre.UKTV is a commercial broadcaster reaching over 41m viewers every month. The award-winning independent has eleven imaginative brands – UKTV Play, Dave, W, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food. These include the two most popular non-PSB channels in the UK and account for nearly 10% of the British commercial TV market. The company’s most recent financial results showed record-breaking year-end revenue of £344.8m and EBITDA of £91.3m. It invested £151.2m in programming and related launches last year, and is a significant investor in British creativity. The network embraces technology to deliver inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat, Amazon Fire and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to 200 territories. Now celebrating over 20 years at the forefront of digital television, UKTV – an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) – is proud to be the first British television broadcaster in The Sunday Times top 100 companies list. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Research Most Young Canadians Want to Live in Music Cities

first_img Facebook TORONTO, Jan. 9, 2018 – As many small and medium-size live music venues across Canada are struggling due to lack of funding and revenue, new SOCAN researchi reveals that seven-in-ten city-dwelling Canadians younger than 35 feel it’s important to live in a neighbourhood with a vibrant local arts scene that includes live music. Advertisement Advertisement SOCAN also notes that often in Canada, property developers are rightfully required to contribute to community infrastructure and amenities when they build in an area – providing funds that go to libraries, park development, and transit projects, for example. SOCAN argues that live music venues should be considered for these types of funds, and Canadians agree: 91% of Canadians living in urban Canada who want to live in a neighbourhood with a vibrant local arts scene agree that a portion of development fees should support live music.“The results of this study solidify what we at SOCAN have long known: that Canadians have a passion and desire for live music at a local level,” commented Eric Baptiste, CEO of SOCAN. “Many cities already know that live music supports the municipal economy by bringing tourists and attracting young people to settle and contribute to the local economy. We hope these recent findings will further encourage municipalities and citizens to come together, foster our unique Canadian music culture, and keep building vibrant Canadian neighbourhoods.”SOCAN also encourages citizens to support local artists better by frequenting venues that hold live music licenses, so that music creators and publishers can be compensated fairly for their creative work, while also supporting local businesses and the economy.“The idea of saving music and arts scenes throughout Canada can seem like a daunting task, but it can be accomplished by simple gestures such as enjoying live music in venues that are already license-compliant,” continued Baptiste. “It is a small step, but it means that Canadian music creators and publishers are being compensated fairly, which allows them to support themselves and create more music for our collective enjoyment.”About SOCANSOCAN connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 150,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers are its direct members, and more than 130,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, with wholly-owned companies Audiam and MediaNet, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music has value and music creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.com_______________________________i A survey of 1,080 Canadians living in urban centres was completed online between August 1-11, 2017 using Leger’s online panel, LegerWeb. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/-3.0%, 19 times out of 20. Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment SOCAN believes that cities should play a critical role in maintaining local arts and music scenes and, in response to study findings, has identified several steps that cities can take to foster music in communities across the country.Providing live artists with realistic housing options, bringing cultural groups together to encourage discussions around the arts, and examining local development fee structures so they take live music venues into consideration all have been suggested. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Montreal academics live serial presentation of The Iliad looks for links with

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Paris, prince of Troy, is on the ground and Menelaus, king of Sparta, is dragging him through a bar in Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal. There’s only one actor playing this scene, yet somehow Lynn Kozak is making the single combat from The Iliad‘s third book thrillingly vivid.Kozak looks like she’s performing a written text as any actor would, but her words are her own prose translation from the Greek, made a few days before the show and not written down. The McGill University associate professor plans to do this with a new segment of Homer’s epic every week for a 30-week solo production of the whole thing.“I have one week to translate, memorize and rehearse between 45 minutes and an hour of text,” Kozak says after the show. “It feels like the craziest thing ever, but I love it.” Advertisement Advertisement Lynn Kozak, an associate professor at McGill University, is performing a weekly, translated and highly serialized one-person production of Homer’s The Iliad at a bar in Montreal’s Plateau Mont-Royal. The partly improvised presentations will run for 30 weeks in total, varying up directors for each exciting ‘episode.’ (YouTube)center_img Watching her depiction of Paris and Menelaus battling before the massed Greek and Trojan armies, you would never guess that this was the result of a crazy-short production schedule with a non-professional actor. The episode, staged by Cree actor/director Jimmy Blais, is well-paced, powerfully delivered and funny. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

MAGNUM PI REBOOT NEW JANN ARDEN COMEDY ON CTVS FALL LINEUP

first_imgMagnum P.I’s reboot stars Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, a former navy SEAL who returns home from Afghanistan to become a private investigator. (CTV) Advertisement Also announced was a new half hour comedy Jann, starring musician Jann Arden as a fictionalized version of herself, and the fourth season of North Bay shot drama Cardinal. The broadcaster also announced a multi-year agreement to broadcast Canada’s Walk of Fame which previously aired on Global.Bell Media’s CTV, Canada’s largest private network, was the final broadcaster to announce their wares this week to advertisers and media, following the CBC, CITY and Corus. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twittercenter_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The moustache is gone. But the red Ferrari is back.In a battle of the ‘80s reboots among networks, CTV announced a slate Thursday that includes Magnum P.I., the Hawaiian shot detective procedural featuring Tom Selleck.Jay Hernandez (Scandal, The Expanse) stars as Thomas Magnum, a former navy SEAL who returns home from Afghanistan to become a private investigator, living at the palatial home of his friend Robin Masters. The first show ran from 1980 to 1988 on CBS.last_img read more

THE UNFORTUNATE CATCH22 THAT MIGHT BE HOLDING BACK FULL INCLUSION IN HOLLYWOOD

first_img“The bottom line is that executives tend to prefer the safer choice and the safer choice historically has been white male directors just because they’ve had more experience.”It’s a cycle that’s been difficult to break. Advertisement Some major studios have announced inclusion programs to help give under-represented filmmakers a foot in the door. The catch? You have to have experience, which is often part of the problem in the first place.Canadian fashion photographer Justin Wu has a growing portfolio of celebrity snapshots, videos and commercials. But when he wanted to make the jump into directing television, he hit a glass ceiling.“There is an unfortunate catch-22: How can directors direct without experience? How can you get experience without directing?” said Wu in an interview at his Toronto photo studio. Login/Register With: Facebook Canadian fashion photographer Justin Wu was part of showrunner Ryan Murphy’s director mentorship program, which has opened doors for him after years of trying to break into television. (Nigel Hunt/CBC).Hollywood has been grappling with criticism over a lack of inclusion for years.The 2019 Diversity Report from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) analyzed 167 of the top-grossing films in 2017. About one in 10 directors were people of colour. That number would have to more than triple to reach proportional representation in the U.S. The level of diversity was marginally higher for TV productions. Advertisement Advertisement Actors such as 12 Years A Slave’s Alfre Woodard and The Wire’s Lance Reddick were among those participating in a script reading for the Ghetto Film School mentorship program. (Kim Brunhuber/CBC) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Federal budget bringing highspeed internet to northern rural communities

first_imgBUDGET 2014APTN National News OTTAWA–The federal government is investing $305 million over five years to get 280,000 Canadians living in rural and northern communities on high-speed, broadband networks, according to the federal budget unveiled Tuesday.Details of the broadband investment will be released in the coming months, according to the budget document.The broadband initiative was one of several targeting northern communities in the budget.Ottawa will also be continuing in its attempts to map out the country’s claim over the continental shelf which includes the North Pole. Canada filed a submission under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in December to secure rights over 1.2 million square kilometres of the continental shelf. The budget document said that the government is “developing options” to secure the scientific data needed to bolster its claim. The document, however, doesn’t spell out any dollar figures or details of its plan.The federal government will also be investing $70 million over three years to improve health services in the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.Ottawa will soon announce enhanced funding to the Nutrition North program targeting 103 isolated Northern communities, according to the budget document. The program is supposed to improve the availability and accessibility of healthy foods in the North. The program currently has a budget of $60 million year used to subsidized retailers in northern, isolated communities to keep prices low.The federal government will also be investing $40 million over two years to the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency’s Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development program.In 2011-2012, there were about 115,400 First Nation students enrolled in schools, 71,000 were enrolled in band run schools and 41,800 in the provincial system, according to Aboriginal Affairs data.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Two new suspects charged in death of Edmonton woman body found in Saskatchewan

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe mother of a homicide victim has been charged with murder in the death of an Edmonton woman who attended her son’s funeral.Tiki Brook-Lyn Laverdiere, who was 25, disappeared in April after travelling to North Battleford, Sask., to attend the funeral of Tristen Cook-Buckle.Her remains were found on July 11 outside of North Battleford by a police dog.Alberta RCMP say Nicole Cook, who is 36, is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, interfering with a human body and motor vehicle theft.Cook is Cook-Buckle’s mother.Accessory after the factPolice say Jesse Sangster, who is 23, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder and motor vehicle theft.Both suspects have been sent to Saskatchewan where they are to make their first court appearance on Friday in North Battleford provincial court.Last week, RCMP charged Danita Thomas with first-degree murder, kidnapping, improperly interfering with a human body and theft of a motor vehicle in Laverdiere’s death.Shayla Orthner faces similar charges.Police have said Cook-Buckle’s death is also being investigated as a homicide.last_img read more

Trudeau calls election neglects to mention Indigenous peoples in campaign speech

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau launched the 2019 federal election campaign on Sept. 11 with a speech that did not mention Indigenous peoples.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsJustin Trudeau called the fall election Wednesday and set out a host of priorities in a speech that did not specifically include Indigenous relations.In his speech the prime minister appealed to middle class Canadians, single parents and families, workers, recent graduates, seniors and pensioners and new Canadians, but did not mention Indigenous peoples before concluding with the statement, “I’m for moving forward for everyone.”The Oct. 21 election is poised to be among the most important in the country’s 152-year history.Despite Trudeau’s omission of Indigenous peoples from his speech Wednesday, the writ drops following a political mandate that many consider brought unprecedented progress on Indigenous rights and issues.The election also comes amid a growing SNC-Laval scandal, and perhaps most crucially with only a decade remaining to achieve strict carbon emission reductions to avert the worst of the climate crisis.Since 2015 the Liberals have attempted to rebuild relations with Inuit, Métis and First Nations via ambitious policy and legislative reform — some of it successful, some not.Earlier this summer the government passed legislation intended to protect Indigenous languages and transfer jurisdiction over child welfare to Indigenous communities.The legislative wins came after the Liberals failed to develop an Indigenous rights and recognition framework that would have represented the most sweeping overhaul of policy and legislation guiding the Crown’s relations with Indigenous peoples.The framework promised a pathway for First Nations out from underneath the Indian Act, and for Métis, First Nations and Inuit toward self-determination.But First Nations largely rejected the framework, saying the principles guiding the government’s engagement were not co-developed and that the government’s actions during bilateral discussions didn’t match its public statements.Some also argued the framework had an end goal of making Indigenous nations and communities fourth-level governments with Indigenous laws superseded by municipal, provincial and federal laws.The Trudeau government also failed on a key 2015 election promise to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).After, Cree NDP MP Romeo Saganash introduced a private members’ bill in April 2016 that would have compelled Canada to align its laws with UNDRIP, former Justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould called the declaration “unworkable”.The Liberals later did an about-face on UNDRIP and supported Bill C-262 in the House of Commons, but ultimately didn’t see the legislation through to royal assent.Conservative Senators killed the bill before Parliament adjourned in June.Now Trudeau is promising to legislate the declaration if re-elected.The NDP and Green Party are also promising action on UNDRIP.Wilson-Raybould is at the centre of Trudeau and the Liberals’ biggest impediment to re-election.On Wednesday the Globe and Mail broke news that Ottawa is blocking the RCMP on an investigation into potential obstruction of justice in the SNC-Lavalin scandal.According to the Globe, the Liberals say the Clerk of the Privy Council did not offer the federal police—or Parliament’s ethics commissioner—a broad waiver of cabinet confidentiality.Last month Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion found Trudeau breached the Conflict of Interest Act after the prime minister and senior officials pressured Wilson-Raybould to instruct the director of public prosecutions to help SNC avoid a trial over its fraud and bribery charges.Wilson-Raybould laid out in a lengthy testimony before the house of commons justice committee last February allegations of how she was inappropriately pressured by senior officials.She was later removed by Trudeau as justice minister and attorney general, from the highest office ever held by an Indigenous person in federal politics.Trudeau then removed Wilson-Raybould and former Indigenous Services minister Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus.Both Wilson-Raybould and Philpott—who stood by Wilson-Raybould’s side through the scandal—are seeking re-election as independents.Former ministers Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould were kicked out of the Liberal caucus last spring. APTN file photo.Recent polls show the Liberals and Conservatives neck and neck just five weeks out from the election.During her final days as minister of justice and attorney general, Wilson-Raybould issued a directive on how Canada will handle civil litigation involving Indigenous peoples, such as class action lawsuits.The Liberals have already made changes to civlil litigation involving Indigenous peoples.Trudeau’s government settled with Sixties Scoop survivors, Indian Day School survivors and residential school survivors in Newfoundland and Labrador.It is now expected by Indigenous leaders to accept the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal’s recent ruling ordering billions in compensation to tens of thousands of Indigenous children taken from their families and made wards of the state in what is widely regarded as the Millennium Scoop.At a press conference Monday, AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said it would be “crazy” for government to appeal the tribunal’s ruling.Bellegarde laid out his organization’s election priorities, citing the protection of Mother Earth and the fight to limit climate change as the most pressing issue.While the parties have yet to release their full platforms, some have indicated where they’re heading on Indigenous peoples and reconciliation.The NDP are promising to co-develop with Indigenous peoples a National Action Plan for Reconciliation, and to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, Jordan’s Principle, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ calls for justice.They say the party will also end the mould and housing crisis in Indigenous communities.The Greens have vowed to “support Indigenous peoples and follow their lead as they implement their own strategies for rebuilding Indigenous nations and measures to reclaim Indigenous nationhood.”That includes “ending the provisions of the Indian Act” in “full partnership with First Nations,” according to the Green Party website.Conservative leader Andrew Scheer was booed at an AFN meeting in Ottawa last December because he didn’t have any concrete ideas or proposals to offer First Nations leaders.To date Scheer hasn’t offered an Indigenous policy and legislative platform. The former Harper Conservative government was accused of ignoring and disrespecting Indigenous rights and eventually triggered the grassroots Idle No More movement, which saw sustained protests across the country.The Trudeau government has committed to lifting all long-term drinking water advisories on public on-reserve systems by 2021.The Liberals say they have lifted 87 since November 2015, while 56 remain.In April 2017 federal and Métis leaders signed the Canada-Métis Nation Accord.This past June Métis leaders presented Trudeau with the Order of the Métis Nation, the highest honour for those who’ve made significant contributions to the Métis.National Indigenous leaders have said they’ve made unprecedented progress on key issues working with the Trudeau government. They’ve also said there’s a lot yet to accomplish. APTN file photo.When news of the SNC scandal broke in February, Métis Nation President Clement Chartier came to the Liberals’ rescue, saying “more than any other government in Canada’s history, the Trudeau government has striven to bring the Métis people into the federation and as full participants into the social life and economy of our great country. We stand with the Prime Minister and his government in maintaining and building on this relationship and expanding opportunities for our people to have a better life in Canada.”Earlier this week Canada unveiled its long-awaited Arctic Policy Framework, the first policy framework of its size to be co-developed with provincial, territorial and Indigenous partners.The plan sets out a long-term vision to guide Canada’s activities and investments in the Arctic through to 2030—the year scientists have set for significant carbon emission reductions—and beyond.The feds purport the framework “will better align Canada’s national and international policy objectives with the priorities of Indigenous peoples and Arctic and Northern residents,” according to a news release on Tuesday.Responding to the announcement, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) President Natan Obed said the framework “must be leveraged to bring Inuit Nunangat into Canada as a nation building exercise, helping to create prosperity for Inuit that in turn benefits all Canadians.”The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion remains at the fore among Indigenous peoples watching the 2019 election.Last week the Federal Court of Appeal agreed to hear six applications from First Nations appealing the government’s decision to proceed with the controversial pipeline despite claims from First Nations with unceded territories who say they have not consented to the project and its environmental and health risks.At the government’s Trans Mountain announcement in June, Trudeau defined free, prior and informed consent—an UNDRIP principle—as “engaging, looking with [Indigenous communities], listening to the issues they have, and responding meaningfully to the concerns they have wherever possible.”In a 2015 interview days before he was elected prime minister, APTN News asked Trudeau on the issue of consent, “Would no mean no under your government?” — to which he replied, “Absolutely.”“Ultimately,” he said, “even though governments grant permits, only communities grant permission.”jbrake@aptn.ca@justinbrakenewslast_img read more

Highlights Statistics Canadas final release of 2016 census data

first_imgOTTAWA – Statistics Canada issued its sixth and final batch of 2016 census numbers Wednesday, this one focused on education, labour, journey to work, language of work and mobility and migration. Some highlights:— Canada ranked first among OECD countries with 54 per cent of residents having college or university degrees in 2016, up from 48.3 per cent in 2006.— Of women aged 25 to 34, 40.7 per cent had a bachelor’s degree or higher, up from 32.8 per cent in 2006. Among men of the same age, 7.8 per cent held an apprenticeship certificate, up from 4.9 per cent 10 years earlier.— For the first time, women aged 25-34 with an earned doctorate (50.6 per cent) outnumber their male counterparts, although not in fields like architecture, computer and information sciences and so-called STEM studies (science, technology, engineering and math).— Only about 18.6 per cent of working-age Canadians with a post-secondary degrees graduated from STEM fields.— Four in 10 immigrants aged 25 to 64 had a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with just under 25 per cent of the Canadian-born population in the same age bracket. Of those, recent immigrant women — those who landed in the five years prior to the 2016 census — were more likely to have a degree than their male counterparts.— Women with a bachelor’s degree earned about 40 per cent more than those with a college diploma, and 60 per cent more than those who only finished high school.— One in five working-age single mothers had a bachelor’s degree or higher, up from 14.7 per cent in 2006. The percentage jumped to 39 per cent among mothers who were married or living common-law, up from 26.9 per cent 10 years earlier.— More Canadians than ever before are commuting to work: 15.9 million last year, a 30.3 per cent jump since 1996. Of those, the number taking public transit grew by 59.5 per cent, while the ranks of those driving jumped by 28.3 per cent.— The average commute in Canada last year was 26.2 minutes, compared with 25.4 minutes in 2011. For drivers, the average was 24.1 minutes, and 44.8 minutes for those taking public transit.— The number of Canadians who walked to work last year was 3.2 per cent higher than it was 20 years ago, while the ranks of cyclists has grown by 61.6 per cent since 1996.— 10.9 per cent of Indigenous people aged 25 to 64 had a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with 7.7 per cent in 2006; those holding college diplomas reached 23 per cent last year, up from 18.7 per cent.— Nearly one in five Canadians aged 65 or older worked at some point in 2015, twice the percentage recorded 20 years earlier, while 5.9 per cent of seniors worked throughout the entire year — the highest percentage ever recorded. Those who worked full-time saw their median income, measured in 2015 dollars, jump by 30 per cent since 2005.— Nearly seven per cent of all private-vehicle commuters spent an hour or longer getting to work — some 853,610 people, up from 815,770 in 2011.— Fewer men of working age actually worked full-time in 2015 —56.2 per cent, down from 63.3 per cent 10 years earlier and the lowest percentage ever recorded.— In the health care sector, women outnumbered men four to one, while men outnumbered women three to one in high-tech jobs.— Yukon and the Northwest Territories had the highest employment rates of all the provinces and territories at the time of the census in 2016, at 68.5 per cent and 66.2 per cent, respectively, followed by the Prairies, with Alberta at 65.4 per cent, Saskatchewan at 63.5 per cent and Manitoba at 61.7 per cent.— The three most common occupations in Canada for women were retail salesperson, registered nurse and registered psychiatric nurse, and cashier; for men, truck driver, retail salesperson, and retail and wholesale trade manager.— At 62.2 per cent to 37.8 per cent, men outnumbered women in managerial positions in 2016, although the percentage of women in management increased from 36.5 per cent in 2006.— Women comprised half of the general practitioners and specialist physicians in Canada in 2016, up from 34 per cent in 1996.— Thanks to a 30 per cent drop in farming among Canadians, the proportion of those working at home dipped to 7.4 per cent in 2016, down from 8.2 per cent. Outside of the family farm, the percentage of those working at home has remained unchanged at 6 per cent since 1996.last_img read more

Court challenge coming by BC Wine Institute against Alberta wine ban

first_imgKELOWNA, B.C. – British Columbia’s wine merchants say an Alberta ban on their product is having a crushing impact on the grape business and they plan to go to court to try to stop it.The B.C. Wine Institute says it has told the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission that it will seek a court injunction in Calgary as early as Monday to halt the two-week-old ban pending a legal review of its constitutionality.“It is severely impacting B.C. winery and grape growers, and many of them are small, family-owned operators,” Miles Prodan, president of the institute, said in an interview Wednesday.“The prospect of losing Alberta, even in the short term, is not good at all, and that’s why we reluctantly take this action.”Prodan said a survey of some members showed at least $1 million in lost revenue in the ban’s first week and another $4 million in losses are projected by month’s end.Alberta has said B.C. takes in $70 million a year on sales of 17 million bottles of wine to Alberta.Prodan said he has yet to hear about layoffs, but some wineries are putting expansion plans on hold pending a resolution to the dispute.The B.C. government is challenging the ban as a violation of Canadian free-trade rules, but that will take months to resolve.Prodan said wine producers can’t wait.“The ban has had an immediate, material effect,” he said. “We just feel that we’re backed into a corner somewhat and we need to step up for the best interests of our industry.”The institute speaks for 276 wineries and 923 grape growers who employ more than 12,000 people.It said Alberta takes in 20 per cent of all bottles produced in B.C., making it the province’s biggest customer.Prodan also noted that an estimated 25 per cent of space on Alberta liquor store shelves is for B.C. wines.“They’ve got to sell wine, and if B.C. wine is not available they’ll switch, even reluctantly, to something else,” said Prodan.“Once that’s lost, it’s not an easy return.”It’s also feared that the ban will affect wine tourism, he said. The most recent study in 2015 found that one million tourists visited B.C. wineries.B.C. has not retaliated to Premier Rachel Notley’s move so far. B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham said in a statement Wednesday that the province will stand with wine producers against the ban.“The Alberta government’s unfair and illegal decision to ban B.C. wine threatens the livelihood of the families that have worked so hard to build B.C.’s world-class wine industry,” she said.Premier John Horgan has said the province will look to market wine elsewhere, including the United States and Asia.Prodan called that a welcome, but long-term, prospect. “You don’t just shift gears that easily.”Alberta Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous said in an interview that the pipeline bottleneck is costing Alberta — and Canada — billions of dollars and lost jobs due to discounted oil prices.He said Alberta will fight the court application and won’t back away from any of its ongoing actions.“We will see them in court. We’ll see them at a tribunal. We’ll see them in a courtyard. We will fight British Columbia wherever we need to in order to ensure that this pipeline gets built,” said Bilous.Notley imposed the ban in retaliation for a Jan. 30 pledge by Horgan’s government to reject increased levels of oil through the Trans Mountain pipeline until the province reviews spill safety measures.B.C. is against expansion of the Kinder Morgan line from Edmonton to Burnaby, although it has already been approved by the federal government.Alberta sees Horgan’s actions as an illegal way to kill the expansion.Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have made it clear that only Ottawa, not the provinces, has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines.Federal officials have been meeting with their B.C. counterparts to find a solution to the impasse. Notley, who has also scuttled talks to buy B.C. electricity, says she will take further retaliatory action this week if there is no progress in talks.She has been meeting with a 19-member committee made up of business people and academics to find ways to put more heat on B.C. She has also launched an online protest petition against Horgan, which now has more than 36,000 names.On Wednesday, the government spent $62,000 to take out full-page ads in B.C. newspapers. They warn that the B.C. government is “trying to break the rules of Confederation and ignore the national climate plan, choosing to agree with only parts of the federal decision.”— By Dean Bennett in Edmonton(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)last_img read more

Energy companies lead US stocks lower as oil prices tumble

first_imgEnergy companies led a broad slide on Wall Street early Friday as the price of U.S. crude oil tumbled to its lowest level in more than a year. Traders are worried that a slowing global economy could hurt demand for oil. A slide in financial stocks also weighed on the market. Retailers were seeing small gains as shoppers look for deals on Black Friday.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 8 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,641 as of 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 92 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 24,372. The Nasdaq composite added 9 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 6,982. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 5 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 1,482.Trading volume could be light with the markets open for only a half day after the Thanksgiving holiday.OIL SLUMP: Crude oil prices tumbled amid worries over rising production, record output from Saudi Arabia and mounting doubts that OPEC will cede to U.S. pressure and elect to cut production at the oil cartel’s meeting next month.The benchmark U.S. crude contract slid 6.1 per cent to $51.30 per barrel in New York. That is the lowest in over a year. The contract gained $1.20 on Wednesday. Brent crude, the international standard, lost 4.3 per cent to $59.88 per barrel in London. It lost 88 cents the day before.Experts say the U.S. is increasing pressure on Saudi Arabia and OPEC to not cut production, as the Saudis had indicated they would, at their meeting on Dec. 6. U.S. President Donald Trump may have some leverage by not sanctioning Saudi Arabia over the death of a dissident writer. With oil supply already ample, that could push prices down further.The slide in oil prices weighed on energy stocks. Marathon Oil dropped 3.2 per cent to $15.88.SHOCKER: Tesla fell 1.6 per cent to $332.63 after the electric auto maker said it intends to cut prices for its Model X and Model S cars in China to make them more affordable.BLACK FRIDAY: Traders had their eye on retailers as Black Friday, the traditional start to the crucial holiday shopping season, got underway. Amazon rose 0.8 per cent to $1,528.80. Gap added 0.2 per cent to $25.86.BOND YIELDS: Bond prices were little changed. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held at 3.04 per cent.CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 112.76 yen from 113.06 yen late Wednesday. The euro weakened to $1.1352 from $1.1388. The pound strengthened to $1.2833 from $1.2788.MARKETS OVERSEAS: Major indexes in Europe declined as traders weighed the latest developments in Britain’s desired exit from the European Union. Both sides were finalizing the terms of the divorce Friday and expected to sign off on the deal Sunday, though it’s unclear whether the British parliament will pass the deal. Germany’s DAX index slid 0.3 per cent, while France’s CAC 40 dropped 0.4 per cent. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares lost 0.5 per cent.Earlier in Asia, South Korea’s Kospi shed 0.6 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dropped 0.4 per cent. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 bucked the trend, gaining 0.4 per cent. Shares fell in Taiwan and rose in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday.Alex Veiga, The Associated Presslast_img read more

CES 2019 Tech show isnt immune from government shutdown

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The CES 2019 gadget show is revving up in Las Vegas, but even technology’s biggest trade event isn’t immune to the effects of the partial government shutdown.Organizers said Saturday that several scheduled government speakers have cancelled their travel plans. These include Ajit Pai, head of the Federal Communications Commission, and at least nine other federal officials.Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is still planning to deliver a keynote talk Wednesday on federal initiatives to advance drone technology and self-driving vehicles.The technology extravaganza opens to attendees on Tuesday. Many large tech companies no longer exhibit at CES, but find other ways to make their presence known. Apple, for instance, has splayed a huge sign across a high-rise hotel overlooking the conference centre.The Associated Presslast_img read more

NLCs new trades training facility officially opens at Dawson Creek campus

first_imgNLC offers several trades and apprenticeships programs, including aircraft maintenance engineering, electrician and power engineering. The new facility will house the carpenter, millwright, plumber, welding and wind-turbine maintenance programs.“Students, their families, local employers and community in the northeast are going to benefit from the new trades training centre in Dawson Creek,” said Melanie Mark, B.C.’s Minister of, Skills and Training. “The new facility that officially opens today means students can stay close to family and their community, without having to travel outside of the region. It’s also equipping those students with hands-on experience to begin their career and help us build the best B.C.”The project includes construction of a 3,995 square-metre trades building that connects to the main building of the Dawson Creek campus via an indoor walkway. Replacing several old structures previously used by the college for trades training, the new building also provides physical capacity for up to 96 new full-time-equivalent spaces – which is a 33 percent increase.$14.6 million in funding was provided through the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund and $16.4 million was provided by the Province of British Columbia. The remaining $3.4 million was provided by NLC and donors.Investments through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund are being used to modernize facilities at Canadian universities and colleges, as well as improve the energy efficiency of these facilities and reduce their impact on the environment.“This new facility is a state-of-the-art learning centre that will provide training opportunities in skilled trades for residents of northeastern British Columbia,” said Bryn Kulmatycki, president and CEO of Northern Lights College. “Northern Lights College is a training centre of choice that serves the needs of students and industry throughout our region and beyond for generations to come.” DAWSON CREEK – Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark was in Dawson Creek today to join students from Northern Lights College for the grand opening ceremony of the college’s new trades training facility.The new facility was built over the past two years at a cost of $34.4 million and opened for classes in September.Mark said that the new facility is providing students with hands-on learning using industry-standard equipment to gain the tools and skills necessary for a career in the skilled trades.last_img read more

AAP’s mega campaign for LS polls launched; full statehood to Delhi is central theme

first_imgNew Delhi: The ruling AAP in Delhi launched its mega campaign for Lok Sabha polls, with full statehood as its central theme, staging a protest near BJP headquarters here over the issue on Sunday. The Lok Sabha election will decide the fate of the country and also of Delhi, which was badly hurt during the “dictatorship” of the BJP-led dispensation at the Centre, said AAP convener Gopal Rai. AAP volunteers and its frontal organisations protested near BJP headquarters on the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg, demanding the party to clear its stand on full statehood to Delhi. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items AAP will stage a similar protest outside Congress headquarters on Akbar Road on the issue on Monday. Rai said the people of Delhi were eagerly awaiting the announcement of the Lok Sabha election dates, and added it will give them relief from the “autocracy” of the Modi government and its policies. “Full statehood is the only way to end the autocracy of the Centre. It is central theme of AAP’s mega election campaign because we feel it is the only way to speed up development work in Delhi,” he said at a press conference. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The party has designed a three-tier campaign in the first phase of which 1,000 teams will go door to door, covering seven Lok Sabha constituencies divided into 560 zones, and distribute the Delhi chief minister’s letter to people on full statehood. Besides, 20 ‘Mini Prachar Rath’ in each constituency will tour localities screening CM Arvind Kejriwal’s speeches on LED screens, playing the party’s election song written and sung by North East Delhi candidate Dilip Pandey. In the second phase, all AAP legislators will hold extensive campaigning in their constituencies. They will together hold around 1,500 street meetings. Apart from this, the party is also preparing extensive campaigning through rallies by Kejriwal. In the third phase of campaigning, AAP will field “star campaigners” in rallies and street meetings, Rai said. The AAP will also force Congress and BJP to clear their stand on full statehood by holding regular ‘gherao’ of leaders and offices of the two parties, he added.last_img read more

Confident Hamilton predicts ‘toughest battle yet’ with Ferrari

first_imgMelbourne: Lewis Hamilton believes Ferrari have the edge going into the opening Grand Prix of the season in Melbourne, but the Mercedes ace remains quietly confident in his bid for a sixth world title. The 34-year-old, who was dominant in 2018, is gunning to go one better than legendary five-time champion Juan Manuel Fangio and close in on Michael Schumacher’s all-time record seven Formula One crowns. But it was Ferrari who sizzled in pre-season testing to emerge as the early favourites in Australia, with Hamilton claiming the Italian team could be up to half a second quicker around Albert Park on Sunday. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “This is going to be the toughest battle yet,” said the Briton, although Mercedes, who have won five drivers’ and constructors’ titles in a row, may not have shown their full hand yet. “We’ve got the best team around us. We have experience, it’s no coincidence that we are world champions so we have to be diligent and stay balanced,” added Hamilton, who has won twice in Melbourne, in 2008 and 2015. “But as a driver for sure I have to figure out how can I pull more out, which I don’t have the current answer for.” His Ferrari arch-rival Sebastian Vettel swept home in an Australian thriller last year, getting a jump on Hamilton after Mercedes miscalculated a pit stop under virtual safety car conditions. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open It was the four-time world champion’s second straight win in Melbourne and he followed it up with victory at Bahrain before a resurgent and doggedly consistent Hamilton won 11 of the final 19 races to leave the frustrated German in his wake. While Mercedes have retained Valtteri Bottas as Hamilton’s partner this year, one of only two unchanged driver line-ups, Vettel has a new teammate in Charles Leclerc who shifted from Sauber — now branded Alfa Romeo — in a swap for Kimi Raikkonen. Vettel said he considered 21-year-old Leclerc a “full rival” despite his relative inexperience and expressed confidence that Ferrari can clinch their first drivers’ crown since Raikkonen’s triumph in 2007. “I hope that this year we get to have a lot of fun. Fun is to win a lot of races and then ultimately you are fighting for the championship,” said the 31-year-old, who won four successive world championships at Red Bull from 2010-2013. The bookmakers have Vettel as clear favourite to win on Sunday although new Ferrari team chief Mattia Binotto suggested Mercedes were not as far off the pace as Hamilton suggested. “I believe that Mercedes will be very strong in Australia and I think that we would be completely wrong to believe that we are faster than them,” he said. Meanwhile Red Bull, powered by new Honda engines, have high hopes that Max Verstappen, who finished fourth in the drivers’ standings last year, can crash the Hamilton-Vettel party. He has a new partner in Pierre Gasly after Daniel Ricciardo’s shock decision to leave for Renault. Three drivers make their race debuts in Australia — Lando Norris (McLaren), Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso) and George Russell (Williams). Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) was a stand-in at two Grand Prix for Sauber in 2017, but is embarking on his first full season. The race also marks the amazing comeback of Poland’s Robert Kubica, who eight years ago partially severed his right arm in an accident that many believed would never see him driving a car again, let alone a Formula One machine. He gets his opportunity at Williams, which finished last in the constructors’ championship in 2018. In a new concept this year, a bonus point will be awarded for the fastest lap during the race should the driver finish inside the top 10. A winner currently gets 25 points with 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and one for the subsequent places. A new set of aero regulations have also been introduced, featuring simpler front wings and brake ducts, in a bid to improve the quality of racing.last_img read more

Decluttering the energy sector

first_img‘5S’ is a Japanese method of proper housekeeping that generates benefits in the quality improvement process. The five ‘S’s stand for sorting, setting in order, shining/ cleaning/ removing the clutter, standardising, and sustaining. It is high time that Indian thinks of decluttering its energy sector with multifarious pursuits and sustaining it through long-term visionary clean energy optics. The world is driven by energy. The country that has more energy in its kitty is more powerful and rich in terms of serving its citizens better than the ones that have less or none. Also Read – A special kind of bondHere, we are talking about primary energy resources, mainly fossil fuels. With the exploitation of technologies, primary energy sources can be converted into secondary sources. The burning of coal not only gave humanity the steam engine but also the Industrial Revolution. With the application of energy, we won several frontiers and virtually became the rulers of this planet. However, like all proverbial good or great things, fossil fuels are now at their lowest ebb. The reason for this is our dissolute activities, which are also the principal source for primary energy depletion. Also Read – Insider threat managementWe need to contemplate about our bustling primary energy usage. Anyway, eventually, it will vanish, even though we can stretch a bit by employing sustainability in our approach. Then, we need to start with alternatives and as we choked this planet with emissions and discharges, now we need to harness only clean energy. The Indian government has taken a forward-looking step by reducing customs duty of up to 30 per cent on electric vehicles (EVs) since January 2019, especially for domestically assembled EVs. Meanwhile, since 2008-09, clean diesel technology has been promoted and dirty diesel has been discouraged and the Indian government gave signals towards EVs. Subsequently, it upgraded the emission standards and successively promoted hybrid technologies and then focussed on the upgradation from hybrid to EVs periodically. However, the question is: Are our EVs really good in terms of energy efficiency and environmental-friendly practices? The Indian government, as the leader of one-sixth of humanity, has no other choice but to make promises in international fora and commissions. But is our motor industry in harmony with that approach? How long will it take to come out from the somniferous state? What is needed are enforceable guidelines and water-tight deadlines. The motor industry can also think of giving rebate to the customers that partly needs to be absorbed by the government in the form of discounting taxes. There needs to be a big vision and enforceable mission along with a deadline to end dirty fuel usage. If it was possible for Delhi to enforce Compressed Natural Gas, then why not enforce contrived EVs and kick out the dirty fuel altogether? There are around 1.7 million buses in India running with dirty fuel. There is a great opportunity to go for clean energy in this sector. Probably since 30 per cent of its air pollution is generated by motor vehicles through Particulate Matter2.5, recently Delhi tendered for 1000 electric buses, a very good number indeed, but it would dwarf if compared with China where 1.2 million electric buses are making the giant stride for a cleaner globe. Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and a few other cities are running electric buses for the trial purposes. So far, Himachal Pradesh is having a good number (25) of electrical buses in its operation and plans to tender 220 more electric buses in its fleet. China took a quantum leap in 2009 after choking from pollution and earmarked seven strategic industries for future growth. Out of those seven, two were from alternative fuel and EVs. Like China, our motor industry needs to come out from the torpor. We expect the Indian government would lead from the front by giving enforceable guidelines as well as sustained efforts to be imparted for building country-wide electrical charging booths/stations for EVs. We know now that lot of waterways/ferries are opening up, but emphasis should be given to the use of clean fuels, not the dirty fuel anymore. Sustained efforts to be made for cleaning the Ganges and cleaning India for posterity and ourselves. Just remember, Gurugram has been crowned as the ‘most polluted city on earth’. But I believe it would happily like to renounce the title. It can if it adopts a systemic clean energy approach. (The author is an IITD alumnus with two decades of specialisation in the fields of environment, energy, health, safety and quality in India, the Middle East, Europe and North America. The views are strictly personal)last_img read more

Youth shot dead by rival gang

first_imgGhaziabad: A 22-years-old youth succumbed to bullet injuries during treatment at a hospital in Delhi after he was shot during a feud between two groups on Monday in Tronica city area of Ghaziabad. Cops said that the victim was referred to a hospital in Delhi where he died on Tuesday morning. According to police, the deceased identified as Badal, was shot around 2 pm on Monday by his rival gang members. Cops added that Badal was shot when he was sitting at his cousin brother Pankaj’s RO water plant in Rampark area. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Victim’s kin have alleged Sachin Khari, Atul Dheda and Deepak, all natives of Rampark area, to have barged into their water plant and started vandalising the office. Badal, Pankaj and their two other friends tried to oppose them, following which Sachin opened fire on them which hit Badal in his abdomen and he was rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors referred him to higher medical Center in delhi” said Dharmendra Singh, in-charge, Tronic city police station.last_img read more

NCLAT seeks Anil Ambani’s reply on HSBC Daisy’s contempt plea

first_imgNew Delhi: The NCLAT has sought a response from Reliance Group Chairman Anil Ambani within 10 days over a contempt plea filed against him and other officials by the minority shareholders alleging non-payment of dues by one of its group firms. An NCLAT bench headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya said he would like to hear Ambani and other respondents over the contempt petition filed by HSBC Daisy Investments (Mauritius) and some other minority shareholders of the company over alleged breach of undertaking for payment by group firm Reliance Infratel. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We intend to hear the learned counsel appearing on behalf of the contemnor-respondents (Anil Ambani and others),” the bench said. “They may file short reply within ten days. Rejoinder, if any, may be filed by the appellants within a week thereof,” it added. The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT)has directed that the matter be listed on May 20, 2019 for admission. HSBC Daisy moved the appellate tribunal over alleged default of payment of Rs 230 crore by Reliance Infratel. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostDuring the proceedings, counsel appearing for HSBC Daisy submitted that the order passed by NCLAT on June 29, 2018 amounts to an undertaking given by the parties in a consent decree over payment of Rs 230 crore and a breach of such undertaking amounts to Contempt of Court. As per the consent terms of the agreement between Reliance Infratel, HSBC Daisy and others, recorded by the NCLAT in its order dated June 26, 2018, the Anil Ambani-owned firm was to pay the amount in the next six months. The six-month period has come to an end following which HSBC Daisy and other nine minority shareholders holding 4.26 per cent stake in Reliance Infratel filed the contempt plea. Earlier, on January 2, NCLAT had disposed of the contempt plea filed by HSBC Daisy on technical grounds. However, the tribunal had given it the liberty to withdraw its plea to approach again with its contempt plea against the officials of Reliance Infratel. HSBC Daisy and other minority investors of Reliance Infratel had moved National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) Mumbai alleging oppression and mismanagement after the company had allegedly not taken their consent for selling the tower and fiber assets.last_img read more