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 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 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

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 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.” read more

Indian ‘yoga guru’ held in Oz for assaulting two women

first_imgMelbourne: A self-proclaimed spiritual leader from India has been arrested and remanded in custody in Australia for allegedly assaulting two women who invited him to their homes for prayers in Sydney. Anand Giri, 38, was arrested from the western suburb of Oxley Park in Sydney early on Sunday and was subsequently charged with two counts of committing an act of indecency on two women on separate occasions, the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) news website reported. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportHe was due to fly overseas on Monday after completing a six-week spiritual teaching tour. According to the New South Wales police, the man attended a house in Rooty Hill to participate in Hindu prayers on New Year’s Day in 2016 where he met a 29-year-old woman and allegedly assaulted her in a bedroom. “While in the bedroom of the home, the man has allegedly indecently assaulted the woman,” police said in a statement. It was also alleged that the accused man also attended a home in Rooty Hill in 2018 where he met a 34-year-old woman in the lounge room of the home for prayers and indecently assaulted her. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsPolice said that officers from Mt Druitt Police Area Command were notified and commenced investigations. After being denied bail over concerns that “more women victims could be at risk if released”, he was remanded in custody. He will appear at Mt Druitt Local Court on June 26. Both the complainants were known to the ‘yogi’, police said. Giri hails from Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. According to his website, the primary objective of his life is to “provide life solutions to people and to be a change agent in the society”. He organises several spiritual teaching lessons and yoga classes throughout the year in India and abroad. He is a graduate and is currently pursuing his doctorate in Yoga Tantra, according to his website.last_img read more

Forbes Highlights Morocco’s “Ambitious” Aeronautics Industry

Washington – Morocco has been, for the past ten years, developing an ambitious aeronautics industry worth nearly a billion dollars, Forbes Magazine wrote Friday.“Throughout this period, some key world players such as Boeing BA +1.33pc, French company Safran and Canadian manufacturer Bombardier, made substantial investments in building increasingly sophisticated factories”, Abdemalek Alaoui writes, adding that over the last months, the pace of foreign investment in aeronautics even seemed to accelerate. During the Farnborough air show in London, two new major investments totaling 45 million euros (USê61 million) were announced by the Moroccan government with Aerolia a subsidiary of Airbus group- and Alcoa, a world leader in aluminum production, notes the US paper on its website.  With these new investments, Morocco hopes to give a strong signal to the Market that it is ready to become a global aeronautics player, attracting spare-parts manufacturers as well as services providers in this field, it says. Abdemalek Alaoui underlines that a combination of conjectural and structural changes allowed Morocco to become an increasingly credible player in the aeronautics sector, which employs some 10,000 people and accounts now for 5 pc of Morocco’s exports. read more

Loblaw Co Ltd vows to banish microbeads from products — but its

Loblaw Co. Ltd promises that within three and a half years microbeads and two potentially harmful chemicals will be eliminated from its cosmetic and household products — a move that environmentalists say has the company compensating for the federal government’s regulatory shortfalls.The chain, owner of various grocery and Shoppers Drug Mart stores across the country, announced Thursday that it aims to remove triclosan and phthalates, along with microbeads, from all of its Life Brand and President’s Choice products by the end of 2018.Loblaw president Galen Weston said the decision was made as “emerging science and public opinion suggest a measured move away from some specific ingredients is prudent.”Emerging science and public opinion suggest a measured move away from some specific ingredients is prudentAll three ingredients have faced increasing global scrutiny for their impact on the environment and possible negative effects on humans.Triclosan is found in antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpaste and some cosmetic products and is thought to contribute to antibiotic resistance.Phthalates are a family of chemicals used to add fragrance to products that include body lotions and nail polishes, and to make plastics more flexible. There are concerns they may interfere with the body’s endocrine system, linked to human reproduction.Shoppers Optimum goes digital, but some critics question value of loyalty programsMetro Inc readies for food price inflation slowdown, as fresh goods battle heats upMicrobeads are bits of plastic commonly used in facial and body scrubs, but are so tiny they can’t be filtered out by water-treatment systems and end up in lakes and rivers where they wind up killing fish, which confuse them with food.Environmental groups have urged Ottawa to classify microbeads as a “toxic substance” under the Environmental Protection Act, which would make it possible for the federal government to control their use or ban them altogether.The government said in March that it was studying the dangers posed to wildlife and the environment by the plastic microbeads, and on Thursday said the scientific review was still underway by Environment Canada along with an assessment of triclosan and phthalates.John Bennett, executive director of Sierra Club Canada, said the Conservative government has failed to act and left the responsibility up to large companies themselves.“We would expect that the federal government should step up at this point and say the evidence is clear,” he said. “It also shouldn’t work out that Loblaw’s competitors get an economic advantage because they’re not making the investments to change these products.”Even after Loblaw’s decision, some of the most popular beauty products in Canada will still contain microbeads.Beat the Microbead, an international campaign to eliminate the ingredient, provides a list of products available on the Canadian market which contain the plastic. Some of the most common items are Neutrogena face washes, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, and items in the Garnier line by L’Oreal.Johnson & Johnson has committed to phasing out microbeads by the end of 2017, and set earlier removal timeframes for triclosan and phthalates.Environmental Defence, a Toronto-based environmental group, said Loblaw was showing “clear leadership” among retailers by making the push to eliminate the chemicals and microbeads.“Government should be helping to create a level playing field for companies,” said Nancy Goucher, manager of the organization’s water program.“These things should’ve never been added in the first place, especially microbeads. They’re completely unnecessary and there’s lots of other safe alternatives they could’ve used instead, like coca beans, oatmeal or pumice.”The organization believes Health Canada should consider reworking the approval process and also make laws that require clearer product labels. Phthalates, for example, can be hard to track because they are sometimes used in fragrance oils and therefore not listed in a product’s ingredients.While Loblaw says it could take three and a half years to phase out the ingredients completely, work has already begun and products with the chemicals and microbeads will diminish month by month, spokesman Kevin Groh said in an email.“Our long-term deadline respects the task this will represent for our vendors. But, if our ambition is any indicator, 2018 is a conservative target,” he said.“In other words, we hope that the list of PC and Life products with these ingredients will be very short, very soon.” read more

Fortnite flaw put millions of players at risk of malicious attacks from

A flaw in Epic Games Inc.’s Fortnite opened the accounts of millions of users to the risk of a malicious attack, researchers from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. said in a report Wednesday. The vulnerability in the authentication process allowed hackers to send a link to the player that, once clicked, gave access to user accounts to buy virtual currency and purchase game equipment that would then be transferred to a separate account and resold. The hacker also had access to conversations held by the player and his friends, which could be used to exploit the account owner, often children under 18.Epic Games recently fixed the flaw, the Israeli cyber security company said. Epic Games could not be immediately reached for comment but has a patch that offered new weapons and bug fixes detailed on its site. It is unclear whether the vulnerability was ever exploited.“Needless to say, that along with this massive invasion of privacy, the financial risks and potential for fraud is vast,” Check Point said. The company’s head of products vulnerability research, Oded Vanunu, said his six- and nine-year-old children play Fortnite, as do millions of school children around the globe. These are the world’s biggest billionaire winners and losers of the year Post Arcade’s top 10 games of 2018 Rapper sues makers of video game ‘Fortnite’ over dance moves “Your kids are playing a game and people can listen to what they are doing,” said Vanunu. “The child thinks he is talking to a 12-year-old kid, but he is talking to adults who might say ‘send me a picture of that and I will give you this weapon.’ This is the craziness of this game.”As of June, Fortnite had been played by 125 million people, and was on track to generate US$2 billion for Epic Games. The game revolves around a cartoonish, last-character-standing battle where players fight for weapons and resources. It’s free to play and available on multiple devices from mobile phones to video-game consoles.Developer Epic makes money from Fortnite by charging players for decorative items like costumes and props. In October, Epic raised US$1.25 billion from an investor group that included KKR & Co., Vulcan Capital and Kleiner Perkins in a deal that valued the closely held company at US$15 read more

Loonie lower markets riskaverse amid latest round of sanctions against Russia

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2014 6:32 am MDT Loonie lower, markets risk-averse amid latest round of sanctions against Russia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was slightly lower Thursday with traders generally risk averse in the wake of the latest round of sanctions levied against Russia by the United States.The currency was down 0.01 of a cent to 93.05 cents US.President Barack Obama announced broader sanctions against Russia, targeting two major energy firms, a pair of powerful financial institutions, eight weapons firms and four individuals. The increased U.S. economic pressure is designed to end the insurgency in eastern Ukraine that is widely believed to be backed by the Kremlin.“The escalated sanctions against Russia targets a number of regional companies and the United States has confirmed that it will aim to prevent them from accessing all but short-term capital markets,” observed Mark Chandler, Head of Canadian FIC Strategy at RBC Dominion Securities.Also, the European Union has said it will halt lending for public infrastructure projects in Russia by the European Investment Bank.“In concert, the lack of any meaningful data coupled with the sanctions imposed overnight has led to an old-fashioned ‘risk off’ day, with equity prices lower and bond prices higher,” added Chandler.Oil prices shot up for a second day with the August contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up $1.48 to US$102.68 a barrel. Prices ran ahead $1.24 Wednesday in the wake of data showing a much larger than expected drawdown of U.S. inventories last week.Copper prices continued to decline with the September contract in New York down a cent to US$3.20 a pound. August bullion edged up $3.30 to US$1,303.10 an ounce. read more

Sears stock jumps as it says its exploring sale of buildings to

Sears stock jumps as it says it’s exploring sale of buildings to improve liquidity AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sears Holdings’ stock soared Friday after the struggling retailer said it’s considering selling about 200 to 300 of its buildings to boost its liquidity.The move would entail the company forming a real estate investment trust, or REIT, that would hold the stores. Sears would continue to operate in the stores by leasing them back. Sears said it would get “substantial proceeds” from the sale, and that shareholders would be given the option to buy shares of the REIT.Sears stock shot up more than 31 per cent to close at $42.81.Sears Holdings Corp., which runs Sears and Kmart stores, has been slashing costs and looking to raise cash to return to profitability. The company, which was once a staple of American shopping, is facing pressure from nimbler rivals such as Wal-Mart Stores and Home Depot. It’s is also dealing with broader industry issues, including a slow economic recovery that’s not benefiting all Americans equally and shoppers who are taking their dollars elsewhere.In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, Sears also said it expects third-quarter sales to dip 0.1 per cent at established locations. An expected 0.7 per cent decline at Sears offset a 0.5 per cent increase at Kmart.In August, the company reported its ninth straight quarterly loss as sales continued to slide. The company, based in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, is controlled by billionaire hedge fund investor Edward Lampert.Lampert combined Sears and Kmart in 2005 about two years after he helped bring Kmart out of bankruptcy protection. by The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2014 6:52 am MDT read more

Wisla looking for a good result in Montpellier

← Previous Story Pick Szeged demolished in Skopje! Next Story → Battle for EHF CL: Montpellier with only +2 to Plock! After Luxembourg, Germany and Macedonia, EHF CL battles continue in French Montpellier, where  host team with Thierry Omeyer between the posts waiting for Polish second team, Orlen Wisla Plock with new coach Manolo Cadenas and TOP signing – Marcin Lijewski.Match will start at 19hrs… Montpellier handballOrlen Wisla Plock

Portugal to fight for the medals

← Previous Story U20 EHF EURO 2018 – Croatia or France to miss semi-final? Next Story → Beach Handball show began in Kazan Neither reigning champions France nor Spain, but Portugal are the first semi-finalists of the Men’s U20 EHF EURO 2018 in Slovenia.Fantastic Portuguese team, once again, showed remarkable performance in beating Spain 29:27, few days after outplaying France in Preliminary Round.In the second match of the Group, France beat Croatia 37:28.STANDINGS:Portugal 4France 2Spain 2Croatia 0 Portugal handball team read more

10yearold girl strapped with explosives arrested in Nigeria

first_imgNIGERIA TODAY SAID it had arrested a 10-year-old girl with explosives strapped to her body in northern Katsina state, as neighbouring Kano was hit by a female suicide bomber for the fourth time in a week.“Security forces on Tuesday July 29… arrested three suspects believed to be members of Boko Haram,” including a “10-year-old” girl, government spokesman Mike Omeri said in a statement.The “10-year-old…was discovered to have been strapped with an explosive belt,” he said.The latest suicide blast in Nigeria’s Kano city killed six people today and was carried out by a woman, Omeri said.“At about 2.30pm (1.30pm GMT), another female suicide bomber exploded an improvised explosive device at the Kano State polytechnic… Six persons were killed,” the spokesperson said in a statement.- © AFP, 2014last_img read more

Health committee chair to vote against Simon Harris in noconfidence motion

first_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha Short URL INDEPENDENT CLARE TD Michael Harty has said that he will vote against Health Minister Simon Harris in a motion of no confidence to be held tomorrow evening.Sinn Féin have tabled a no-confidence motion in Harris in response to the controversy surrounding the increasing costs of constructing the National Children’s Hospital. Harty, who is the chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee, had said previously that he would abstain from the vote. But after realising that the increased costs of the National Children’s Hospital would cause a delay to the delivery of extra beds in University Hospital Limerick, the Clare TD changed his mind.“I had indicated that I would abstain on the vote of no confidence in Minister Harris as proposed by Sinn Féin, on the basis of ensuring the government did not fall at such a critical time of Brexit uncertainty,” he said in a statement. However I have lost trust in this Minister and this government as a result of the lack of commitment to delivering on this project as promised. 27 Comments This is a failure of the government to deliver health reform, and it’s crystalised in this issue… he’s broken my trust. 12,701 Views Health committee chair to vote against Simon Harris in no-confidence motion “He’s given impression that this is a priority for him,” the Independent Clare TD said. Michael Harty speaks to the media outside Leinster House. Michael Harty speaks to the media outside Leinster House. Image: Eamonn Farrellcenter_img Feb 19th 2019, 9:42 AM Share175 Tweet Email He’s given impression that this is a priority for him, yet we now have a statement from UHL Group that it will open by mid-2020 at the earliest.  Image: Eamonn Farrell “I don’t believe it will be a delay of a couple of months. I just don’t have trust in this minister and this government will deliver this by 2020.”Despite this announcement against Harris, he’s expected to survive the motion of no-confidence. The motion has no legal power, but would simply give an indication of the Dáil’s support for a policy or figure.   “It has been crystalised that the 60-bed modular unit in University Hospital Limerick will be delayed until mid-2020 at the earliest, providing that funding is redistributed,” he told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.He said that it was a “serious blow to the MidWest”, adding that the hospital delivers care to 10% of the Irish patient population.“I have lost trust in the Minister,” he said. “It’s very difficult for me to support a minister, who after having given his commitment to the project, is now reneigning on it.”He said that Harris appeared in front of the health committee and gave a number of statements to the Dáil, and each time he said that the hospital unit “would be delivered on and delivered on by 2019″. Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 9:42 AM This is one failed commitment I cannot accept.He said that there was no guarantee that the money would come through in time for the unit to be opened by mid-2020, and that the hospital was facing “another year or two years of overcrowding”.When asked whether a change of minister would make a difference, Harty said that what was more important was “a change of attitude rather than a change of minister”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Schmidt faces into horrible couple of days finalising World Cup squad

first_img By Murray Kinsella Sep 1st 2019, 6:01 AM Bundee Aki on the charge against Wales. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOSchmidt is likely to name the versatile Jordan Larmour too, having invested heavily in him up until this point, while Keith Earls will definitely travel if he recovers from his current knee injury.That may leave Andrew Conway and Will Addison battling for the final spot in the 31-man squad. Both possess the ability to play in several positions but Addison is the more versatile. We don’t envy Schmidt these calls.Whatever way the squad goes, Schmidt will field something close to his first-choice XV next weekend in Dublin when Warren Gatland’s Wales come to town presumably at full strength.Henshaw and Sexton are in line to make their first appearances of the season having “trained the house down” on Thursday and Friday. There was no update on Earls yesterday, but Ireland will hope to see him back on the pitch too as they look to build on the improvements in Cardiff.With James Ryan and Kilcoyne leading the way, the levels of physicality were certainly much better from Ireland yesterday.“That’s what they want to feel; that they’re up for it, that they’ve got energy reserves,” said Schmidt.“I knew we were heavy-legged last week against England. I know we created a lot of angst for people outside the environment but we knew how hard we had worked in Portugal, we knew we would be a bit vulnerable.“It was still unacceptable to fall off as many tackles as we did, to fall as far behind as we did, so I think we restored a bit of self-confidence this week as much as anything.“We’ve got to make sure we build on that again this week, there will be some changes and, talking to Gats, those changes will happen and it will be a whole different contest again.” Schmidt faces into ‘horrible couple of days’ finalising World Cup squad The Ireland head coach must now make the hardest decisions involved in his job. Updated Sep 1st 2019, 12:08 PM Murray Kinsella reports from CardiffWHILE JOE SCHMIDT’S moods in media dealings after games can be hard to predict or analyse at times, the Ireland head coach cut a clearly downcast figure on Saturday evening following his team’s 22-17 victory over Wales.While an improved performance in Cardiff as Ireland bounced back from their hammering against England was encouraging for Schmidt, he now faces into the hardest part of the job. Schmidt with Warren Gatland before his team’s win in Cardiff. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOLetting players they haven’t made matchday 23s and wider squads is difficult at any time, but calling someone to tell them they won’t be going to the World Cup – unless injuries mean a late call-up – is on another level.The win in Cardiff might have sealed a few last decisions for Schmidt and his coaches, clearing a couple of headaches in that sense, but informing players of those final calls is not a pleasant experience.“I think it’s a horrible couple of days, it’s probably the worst couple of days I’ve had in coaching, this time four years ago,” said Schmidt at Principality Stadium yesterday.“I know how hard these players are working and how hard they’ve worked over a number of years because this is the pinnacle, this is what they’ve wanted to go after, this is what we talked about last Christmas as being very much the sole focus of the year.“And for those players who miss out, it’s going to be a real body blow, and I’m incredibly conscious of that and I sympathise with it.“But you can only take 31 and that’s the brutality of it.”While there are certainties to travel in Schmidt’s current 40-man squad, there are many who will be on tenterhooks over the next 24 hours or so, anxiously checking their phones on Sunday as they hope for good news.Schmidt is due to confirm a 31-man squad with World Cup on Monday, meaning he is likely to speak with players who have missed out before then. The public announcement of his 31-player group won’t come until Sunday 8 September, the day after the return clash with Wales in Dublin, allowing him to make any late changes that unfortunate injuries might require. Rory Best speaks to his Ireland team after the win in Cardiff. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHONailing the make-up of his squad will be crucial for Schmidt, meaning he has big calls to make on the numbers of locks, back rows, halfbacks, centres and back three players in the final group.“Right now, I’m not sure myself because we need to have a look back and see what our balance is,” said Schmidt. “Whatever you do, there’s always a risk you don’t get it quite right. I don’t think we got it quite right last time [in 2015].“Sometimes, retrospect is the only time you actually know if you got it right or not because going forward you predict as best as you can and do as much work as you can to ensure that they’re in the right physical condition, that they are ready to go.“But you don’t really know until you send them out there and they’re in the thick of it, really.”Captain Rory Best and Niall Scannell look certainties to travel at hooker, with Sean Cronin and Rob Herring in a contest for the final of three spots. The impactful Cronin will certainly be hard to leave out.Cian Healy, Dave Kilcoyne, Tadhg Furlong, John Ryan and Andrew Porter look like good bets for the five prop spots, while Iain Henderson, James Ryan and Devin Toner are set to go as lock options, with Tadhg Beirne offering second row and blindside flanker cover.With CJ Stander, Josh van der Flier, Peter O’Mahony and Jack Conan favourites to go in the back row, the versatile Jordi Murphy could provide cover in all three slots if he travels to Japan.Conor Murray is nailed-on at scrum-half, while Kieran Marmion may edge out Luke McGrath if Schmidt only brings two scrum-halves, as he did in 2015.Johnny Sexton, Joey Carbery and Jack Carty are now seemingly in line to go as the options at out-half, while Bundee Aki, Garry Ringrose and Robbie Henshaw look certainties in midfield.Chris Farrell offers physicality if Schmidt opts for a fourth centre, while Rob Kearney and Jacob Stockdale are locked in as back three players. 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Shots fired at Portland Samaritan

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say shots were fired at a good Samaritan who tried to intervene in a purse-snatching at a Tri-Met bus shelter in southeast Portland.No one was injured in the Monday night shooting. Three suspects fled down a bike trail. Officers tracked them with a police dog and detained two people for questioning.last_img

Capital One and Easyjet shortlisted for best pensions communications

first_imgCapital One, Easyjet and Nationwide Building Society are among those shortlisted for the Best pensions communications award at the Employee Benefits Awards 2016.This award, sponsored by Aviva and Friends Life, recognises an organisation that has implemented a successful communication strategy that increases employees’ understanding of pensions and reinforces the need to save for retirement.The full category shortlist is:Bank of America Merrill Lynch: Pension tax changes – ensuring informed decision making (Entered by Benefex and Willis Towers Watson)Capital One: Pension Reinvention 2015Easyjet (Entered by Aon Employee Benefits)John Wiley and Sons (Entered by Xerox HR Services)Knight Frank: The Knight Frank Retirement Plan (Entered by Johnson Fleming)Nationwide Building Society: Don’t just dream it, plan it!The winners will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party, which will take place at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London, on 3 June 2016.See the full shortlist.For more information and to reserve your seats.last_img read more

Tugboat sinks in Gastineau Channel

first_imgThe top of the Challenger still protrudes above the water (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Update | Sep. 13, 12:09 p.m.The Coast Guard response team applied boom to the water on Sunday to contain any fuel leaking from the sunken tugboat. A minimal amount of fluid was found to be on board.  The Coast Guard will be working throughout the week to coordinate a salvage operation.The Challenger was built in 1944 for the U.S. Army and later used as a “bunk and breakfast” in Seattle. Around 2002, the tugboat made its voyage to Juneau and was eventually sold to local artist R.D. Robinson.Original story: A tugboat, known as Challenger, sank near Aurora Harbor around 3 p.m. on Saturday. Coast Guard Petty Officer Geno Kludt said the 96-foot wooden vessel was engulfed by water in about fifteen minutes.No one was suspected to be on board.“Basically, it’s one of those fixer upper type boats that’s been anchored up in Gastineau Channel. It just finally took on enough water and sank,” he said.Kludt warned boaters to watch out for debris and the vessel’s mast sticking up. He said there are plans to assess the damage but raising it might be complicated.“It’s ultimately the owners responsibility to coordinate the salvage efforts,” he said. “However, if he’s not able to take action on it, that’s when the Coast Guard may have to help with the salvage efforts to raise the vessel.”There’s no word on when that might take place. For now, Kludt said boaters should proceed with caution through the site.last_img read more

Myanmar army chief claims Rohingya Muslims not their nationals

first_img.Rohingya Muslims are not native to Myanmar, the army chief told the US ambassador in a meeting in which he apparently did not address accusations of abuses by his men and said media was complicit in exaggerating the number of refugees fleeing.Senior General Min Aung Hlaing gave his most extensive account of the Rohingya refugee crisis aimed at an international audience in the meeting with Ambassador Scot Marciel, according to a report posted on his Facebook page.The general is the most powerful person in Buddhist-majority Myanmar and his apparently uncompromising stance would indicate little sensitivity about the military’s image over a crisis that has drawn international condemnation and raised questions about a transition to democracy under Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.The military campaign is popular in Myanmar, where there is little sympathy for the Rohingya, and where Buddhist nationalism has surged.Min Aung Hlaing, referring to Rohingya by the term “Bengali”, which they regard as derogatory, said British colonialists were responsible for the problem.“The Bengalis were not taken into the country by Myanmar, but by the colonialists,” he told Marciel, according to the account of the meeting posted on Thursday.“They are not the natives, and the records prove that they were not even called Rohingya but just Bengalis during the colonial period.”The U.N. human rights office said on Wednesday Myanmar security forces had brutally driven out half a million Rohingya from northern Rakhine state to Bangladesh, torching their homes, crops and villages to prevent them from returning.Coordinated Rohingya insurgent attacks on some 30 security posts on Aug. 25 sparked a ferocious military response.The U.N. rights office said in its report, based on 65 interviews with Rohingya who had arrived in Bangladesh, that abuses had begun before the Aug. 25 attacks and included killings, torture and rape of children.U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley last month denounced what she called a “brutal, sustained campaign to cleanse the country of an ethnic minority” and called on countries to suspend providing weapons to Myanmar until its military puts sufficient accountability measures in place.The European Union and the United States are considering targeted sanctions against Myanmar’s military leaders, officials familiar with the discussions said this week.Suu Kyi is due make a speech on television later on Thursday.She was swept into office last year after winning an election, but the military holds immense power, including exclusive say over security.‘FEEL INSECURE’U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein has described the government operations as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” and said the action appeared to be “a cynical ploy to forcibly transfer large numbers of people without possibility of return”.Min Aung Hlaing did not refer to such accusations, according to the published account, but said the insurgents had killed 90 Hindus and 30 Rohingya linked to the government.Insurgents’ opposition to a citizenship verification campaign, which used the term Bengali, was behind the attacks, he said.“Local Bengalis were involved in the attacks under the leadership of ARSA. That is why they might have fled as they feel insecure,” he said, referring to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army insurgents.“The native place of Bengalis is really Bengal,” he said. “They might have fled … assuming that they would be safer there.”He said it was an exaggeration to say the number fleeing to Bangladesh was “very large” and there had been “instigation and propaganda by using the media from behind the scene”.He did not elaborate, or say how many people he thought had fled, but said the “real situation” had to be relayed to the international community.U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman is due to visit Myanmar on Friday.Min Aung Hlaing repeated a promise from Suu Kyi that refugees would be accepted back under an agreement with Bangladesh in the early 1990s, adding that details were being worked out.Many refugees doubt their chances of going home fearing they will not be able to prove their right to return.last_img read more

BJP fields eight councillors including North MCD Mayor

first_imgIn the last election, BJP had fielded eight councillors out of which four were elected as MLAs.?North MCD mayor Yogendra Chandolia has been given ticket from Karol Bagh reserved (SC) seat while former education committee chairman Rekha Gupta and presently general secretary in Delhi BJP Rekha Gupta will contest from Shalimar Bagh. She will challenge AAP’s Vandana Kumari. The seat was considered baton of BJP but was taken away by AAP in the last election. Two more councillors of North MCD- Azad Singh from Mundka and Rajni Abbhi from Timarpur have also been given tickets. They were fielded in the last election too, lost to AAP but have been trusted again. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreB B Tyagi, chairman of standing committee in East MCD has been given ticket from Laxmi Nagar while Sanjay Jain, ward committee chairman of Shahdara North has been fielded from Seelampur. Another councillor Jitender Chaudhary has been given ticket from Gandhi Nagar. “In the last Delhi assembly election, BJP had fielded para-dropped candidates on these seats,” said a senior BJP leader. “As the councillors are directly connected to people, if have better chances,” he added. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedBesides, two former Congress MLAs- S C Vats from Shakur Basti and Arvinder Sing from Deoli and three former AAP MLAs- Vinok Kumar Binny from Patpargunj, Ashok Kumar from Ambedkar Nagar and M S Dhir from Jangpur; BJP has also fielded a former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate from Okhla. Brahma Singh Bidhuri, the arch rival of BJP’s former candidate from Okhla Dhir Singh joined BJP just a week before tickets were announced. Bidhuri’s younger brother Vir Singh Bidhuri is sitting councillor of BSP and was also deputy mayor in South DMC for supporting BJP mayoral candidate. BJP has also fielded AAP’s candidate from Matia Mahal Shakel Anjum Delhlvi from Matia Mahal and former Congress leader Krishna Tirath from Patel Nagar.last_img read more

VIDEO Sean McDermott explicitly said nowbenched Tyrod Taylor was the Bills starter

first_imgThe Bills announced on Wednesday that year long starter Tyrod Taylor would be benched in favor of Nathan Peterman, who has thrown a total of 10 career NFL passes.The move is not only puzzling because the Bills have a winning record and Taylor has a respectable 10 touchdowns, 3 picks, and is completing a career high 64% of his passes, but also because head Coach Sean McDermott explicitly said Taylor wouldn’t benched during his Monday press conference.It’s not to say McDermott indirectly alluded to it, he explained his reasoning behind the now-changed decision. It’s not often you see a complete 180 from a team in two days, but that’s exactly what happened here.Listen to McDermott explain why the now benched Taylor should be the starter.Sean McDermott says he understands why fans may be calling for Nathan Peterman, but here’s why he won’t be replacing Tyrod Taylor. #Bills— Jon Scott (@JonScottTV) November 13, 2017last_img read more