Vancouver Aquarium asks courts to overrule ban on cetaceans in Stanley Park

first_imgVANCOUVER – Officials with the Vancouver Aquarium say they have applied for a judicial review aimed at overturning a park board bylaw banning whales, dolphins and porpoises from its facility in Stanley Park.The aquarium says it is asking the B.C. Supreme Court to rule the cetacean ban is invalid and set it aside.In a news release, the aquarium says its petition claims the park board doesn’t have the statutory power to enact the amendment, that board commissioners refused to hear from aquarium officials and that the decision renders a $100-million aquarium upgrade obsolete.The aquarium says it has already spent $45 million of public and private funding on the upgrade.The application says the bylaw causes numerous adverse impacts to the aquarium’s mandate of conservation, including the loss of a long-term home for rescued cetaceans that cannot be released.Park board spokeswoman Daria Wojnarski said in an email statement that because the matter is before the courts, the board would not comment.Aquarium CEO John Nightingale said the ramifications of the bylaw are so far reaching that they would change the mission of conserving the world’s oceans.“As a result, we have no choice but to defend ourselves,” Nightingale said in the release on Thursday.“We cannot stand by and allow the park board to threaten the health and welfare of cetaceans, or develop bylaws on the fly that undermine our animal protection, conservation, research and education mandates.”Park board commissioners voted 6 to 1 in favour of approving the bylaw last month.At the time, board chairman Michael Wiebe said scientists have found cetaceans are best treated in a natural habitat and research data captured from aquariums is no longer necessary.last_img read more


first_imgThe Directors Guild of Canada handed out 17 awards tonight honouring the best work created by Members this past year in a star-studded, elegant event. Three special career acknowledgments were also handed out during the evening, including the Lifetime Achievement Award to filmmaker Anne Wheeler. The inaugural DGC Discovery Award was presented to newcomer Chloe Leriche for her/his film Avant Les Rues.Arisa Cox hosted the Awards Gala which was held at The Carlu in Toronto.Presenters included this country’s hardest working filmmakers and actors; Meredith MacNeill, Tracey Deer, Megan Follows, Director X, Benz Antoine, and Nicholas Campbell, to name just a few. Advertisement Below is a full list of the awards presented at the 2016 DGC Awards Gala:DGC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDPresented by ShaftesburyAnne Wheeler2016 DON HALDANE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDManny Danelon2016 DGC HONOURARY LIFE MEMBER AWARDPresented by BellMediaTrina McQueenDGC DISCOVERY AWARDPresented by Entertainment OneChloé Leriche – Avant les RuesOUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILMPresented by TechnicolorPaul Gross – Hyena RoadOUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIESPresented by deluxeKari Skogland – Sons of LibertyOUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIESPresented by PanavisionHelen Shaver – Vikings – Born AgainOUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY SERIESPresented by SIM GroupJerry Ciccoritti – Schitt’s Creek – Moira’s NudesOUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FAMILY SERIESPresented by William F. WhiteBruce McDonald – Heartland – Before the DarknessALLAN KING AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DOCUMENTARYPresented by Rogers Group of FundsGuantanamo’s Child:  Omar Khadr – Patrick Reed & Michelle ShephardANDHaida Gwaii:  On the Edge Of The World – Charles WilkinsonBEST PICTURE EDITING – DOCUMENTARYCathy Gulkin – Guantanamo’s Child:  Omar KhadrBEST SHORT FILMPortal to Hell!!!BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – FEATURE FILMPresented by Pinewood Toronto StudiosAidan Leroux – Born to Be BlueBEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIESPresented by Vanguarde Artists ManagementRob Gray – Sons of LibertyBEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – TELEVISION SERIESJohn Dondertman – Orphan Black – Certain Agony Of The BattlefieldBEST PICTURE EDITING – FEATURE FILMMatthew Hannam – Into the ForestBEST PICTURE EDITING – MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIESRon Wisman Sr. & Ron Wisman Jr. – The Secret Life of Marilyn MonroeBEST PICTURE EDITING – TELEVISION SERIESD. Gillian Truster – Orphan Black – Scarred By Many Past FrustrationsBEST SOUND EDITING – FEATURE FILMHyena Road  – Jane Tattersall, Supervising Sound Editor; Kevin Banks, Sound Editor; Ed Douglas, Sound Editor; David Evans, Sound Editor; Barry Gilmore, Sound Editor; Martin Gwynn Jones, Sound Editor, David McCallum, Sound Editor;  Brennan Mercer, Sound Editor; Dave Rose, Sound Editor;  Claire Dobson, 1st Assistant Sound Editor; Krystin Hunter, 1st Assistant Sound EditorBEST SOUND EDITING – MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIESThe Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe – Steve Medeiros, SFX Editor; Jane Tattersall, SFX Editor; Krystin Hunter, Dialogue Editor; David McCallum, Dialogue Editor; Susan Conley, ADR Editor; Joe Mancuso, Music Editor;  Claire Dobson, 1st Assistant Sound EditorBEST SOUND EDITING – TELEVISION SERIESThe Expanse – The Big Empty – Nelson Ferreira, Supervising Sound Editor and ADR Editor; Nathan Robitaille, Sound Designer; Tyler Whitham, SFX Editor; Dustin Harris, Dialogue Editor; Dashen Naidoo, 1st Assistant Sound Editor Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Fishing idiots should be charged for indecency BC angling group

first_imgKathleen MartensAPTN NewsA boatload of ignorant fishermen should be charged for drinking, urinating and exposing themselves to families, said an angling group working to reduce conflict on B.C.’s Fraser River.“It’s the worst incident reported this summer,” said Rod Clapton, co-chair of the Fraser River Peacemakers.“They’re idiots…As far as we’re concerned they should be charged with indecent exposure if the information reported is accurate.”Clapton said he sent an email to the RCMP Monday asking them to find the five men caught on camera Saturday getting into a heated argument with members of the Union Bar First Nation.“We’re not going to let this go,” Clapton added in a telephone interview with APTN News. “No member of the sport fishing community would excuse this. It’s unacceptable.”Photos of the men in an aluminum boat were posted on Facebook. The men are seen drinking, urinating and making lewd gestures.One witness said a man dropped his pants and underwear and exposed himself to women and children cleaning fish on the shoreline.“They were casting, talking loud, swearing – and their voices carried,” said Stacy McNeil.“We said, ‘Hey, there’s children here.’ But instead of moving on one guy started peeing and told us to shut up.”McNeil said the man made “disrespectful” and unwanted sexual comments while exposing himself.“As adults, we see this all the time. But our kids were so confused and scared, with no idea why it was happening.”McNeil said several families were working in the fish camp between Hope and Yale when the incident occurred at about 5 p.m. on Aug. 25.She said her hands were shaking as she called Hope RCMP and described the scene to a dispatch operator on the line.No officer was available to come out but RCMP did provide an email address for witnesses to share their photos and video.She said three boats piloted by community members pulled up to the anglers and “told them to move along.”She said there was shouting back and forth and a fight came close to breaking out.“They said, ‘We started it, the women started it.’ They were calling down First Nations (people), saying we were stealing all the fish.”McNeil said the incident could have escalated into something more dangerous.“I was trying to be calm because my children were there,” she said of the kids that are between three- and 15-years-old.“My body was shaking because I was so angry. I was trying not to stoop to that level and respond.”She said she is proud the community was able to defuse the incident and there was no violence.Sto:lo Chief Ernie Crey, who co-chairs the Peacemakers group with Clapton, agreed.“We encourage people to share the river instead of getting into a fight over it,” he said.Crey said misunderstandings crop up when anglers are unaware they’ve anchored in a traditional fishing hole.“In the past they used to throw rocks at one another,” said Crey, “or branches of trees.”In 2009, he said former chief Willie Charlie was shot in the face with a pellet gun. That’s when Peacemakers was formed.“We don’t get involved in criminal activity,” added Clapton. “We go and talk and help resolve differences.”The group recently received an award from the federal government for its 10 years of advocacy and mediation.But this encounter shows it still has work to do.“This is a pretty nasty incident,” said Clapton.“We really expect the RCMP to pursue this and identify these individuals.”kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

Canadian Tire expands loyalty program to cover more retail brands

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian Tire Corp. says it’s expanding its loyalty program to allow customers to collect and redeem Canadian Tire Money across its various retail brands.The company says starting later this spring, customers will be able to collect money at Sport Chek, Mark’s, Atmosphere and Gas+ locations in addition to Canadian Tire itself, as well as redeem it at locations other than Gas+ stations.Canadian Tire says the revamped program will be called Triangle and include both loyalty money and two new MasterCards issued under the program.The program will allow customers to collect money either through an app or a loyalty card that will also offer personalized content and offers, while purchases with the branded MasterCards earn additional money.The update to the loyalty program comes amid wider shifts in loyalty programs in Canada, including Air Canada moving away from Aimia Inc.’s Aeroplan program to its own system, and Loblaw Co. combining loyalty programs at its grocery stores and Shoppers Drug Mart, as companies look to better target customers.Canadian Tire Corp. chief marketing officer Susan O’Brien said the time was right to update the loyalty program that’s been active since 1958 as competition increases.“We’ve got wonderful competition out there that’s making us think through new ways to connect our customers better and give them back the value that they want,” said O’Brien.“We have a ton of analytics and data that helps us make decisions of course, and one of the things we know is a customer shops at Mark’s, shops at Canadian Tire retail, shops at Sport Chek, so why wouldn’t we be giving them the benefit and the rewards that go along with it?”last_img read more

Closing Bell Rising telecoms help boost TSX amid positive US data Cyprus

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market registered a modest gain Tuesday as positive U.S. housing and durable goods data further persuaded traders the American economic recovery remains on track and pushed aside concerns about the Cyprus banking crisis.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,706.38 +25.67 0.20%S&P 500 — 1,563.77 +12.08 0.78%Dow — 14,559.65 +111.90 0.77%Nasdaq — 3,252.48 +17.18 0.53%The S&P/TSX composite index rose 25.67 points to 12,706.38, amid gains in telecom and consumer stocks and further declines in the materials sector. The TSX Venture Exchange declined 7.32 points to 1,096.03. The Canadian dollar was up 0.47 of a cent to 98.39 cents US.U.S. indexes ran up sharply as the U.S. Case/Schiller home price index rose by slightly more than one% in January, higher than the 0.6% gain that had been expected.However, sales of new homes dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 411,000 in February, a decline of 4.6% from the January level of 431,000. Economists had looked for an annualized reading of 437,000 for February.The decline in February still left sales 12.3% higher than a year ago.Elsewhere, another report showed that U.S. durable goods orders rose by 5.7% in February, much higher than the 3.8% reading that economists had expected.There was one dark cloud amid the data: U.S. consumer confidence fell in March amid economic angst and government spending cuts. The Conference Board’s March confidence index fell to 59.7 from a revised reading of 68 in February. That’s also below the 68.7 reading that analysts polled by research firm FactSet had expected.The Dow Jones industrials jumped 111.9 points to a record-high close of 14,559.65. The Nasdaq was up 17.18 points at 3,252.48 while the S&P 500 index came within two points of a record close, up 12.08 points to 1,563.77.Telecoms led advancers, up one% as BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) advanced 81 cents to $47.31.Consumer discretion stocks also helped lift the TSX as auto parts maker Magna International (TSX:MG) advanced $1.24 to $58.80.The energy sector turned around late in the session, rising 0.29% as the May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.53 to US$96.34 a barrel. Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) moved up 18 cents to C$12.33.Inter Pipeline Fund (TSX:IPL.UN) has reached binding long-term commitments for an expanded oilsands pipeline system that it plans to build for about $2.6 billion. The company says it will build 840 kilometres of new pipeline and seven new pump stations to serve three oilsands operations owned by the FCCL Partnership, a partnership between Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP). Its units dipped four cents to $23.57.The financial sector was ahead 0.27% as the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions has identified Canada’s six largest banks as systemically important to the country. And as a result, Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX:BNS), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM), National Bank of Canada (TSX:NA), Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY) and Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD) will be subject to enhanced disclosure and an additional one% capital buffer for risk a one% risk-weighted capital surcharge by Jan. 1, 2016. Share performance was split with RBC, BMO, TD and Scotiabank positive while the other two banks were lower.The TSX gold sector lost about one% as April bullion declined $8.80 to US$1,595.70 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) faded cents to C$ .The base metals sector closed well off the lowest levels of the session, down 0.06% as May copper lost early gains and closed unchanged at US$3.44 a pound. Sherritt International (TSX:S) shed nine cents to C$5.The declines in mining stocks carried on a pattern that has been going on for months, reflecting tepid emerging market economies and weak commodity prices.“We’ve seen a pattern here for a couple of years where the U.S. markets have outperformed the Canadian market,” said Garey Aitken, chief investment officer at Bissett Investment Management.“I think that for the same reason that for so many years during the cyclical upswing, the Canadian market outperformed (the U.S.), the cyclical in the Canadian marketplace and that leverage to growth in emerging markets is holding the TSX back.”Traders kept an eye on Cyprus as the country’s banks are all scheduled to stay closed until Thursday. Until the late Monday night decision, all but the Bank of Cyprus and Laiki had been due to reopen on Tuesday.No reason has been given for continuing the closure, now in its second week, but fears of a bank run are thought to have played a role in the decision.There had been initial relief Monday after Cyprus secured a (euro)10-billion bailout loan. The country also had to come up with almost (euro)6 billion on its own and it is doing this by slashing its oversized banking sector and inflicting hefty losses on large depositors in troubled banks.But that relief turned to uncertainty after Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who chairs the meetings of the finance ministers of the 17 European Union countries that use the euro, said the Cyprus bailout was a template.He later attempted to retract his comments and described Cyprus as a “specific case with exceptional challenges.”But he left the impression that those with bank deposits above the uninsured level of (euro)100,000 may be tapped in any future bailout.“The initial (and brief) optimism surrounding the deal was met with the cold reality of the question ”where do we go from here?“ said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Carl Campus.“Ratings agencies and investors alike are on high alert.”Here’s the news investors were watching today:Watchdog deems Canada’s top six banks ‘too big to fail’Why is the Street so down on BlackBerry (and investors aren’t)?Europe has a crisis — and it’s much bigger than CyprusBuffett to take major Goldman Sachs stake in warrant dealON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Consumer Price Index (Feb): Economists expect 0.7% rise from the month before, 0.8% increase year over year UNITED STATES10 a.m.Pending Home Sales (Feb): Economists expect a decline of 0.3% from the month before, 8.7% rise year over year CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESRed Hat Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 30¢ a share read more

UN unveils global campaign to end use of child soldiers in Government

‹ › Leila Zerrougui and her staff show their support for the #childrennotsoldiers campaign. Photos: UN Office for Children and Armed Conflict Parties to conflict that recruit and use children are listed in the annexes of the Secretary-General’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict. Ten years ago, the Security Council called on all these parties to work with the UN and prepare time-bound action plans to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children. Through this mechanism, the Council opened the door for governments to affirm their commitment that children do not belong in their security forces and to receive the assistance needed to transform this commitment into reality.Currently, eight Government security forces are listed for the recruitment and use of children. In the past three years, six of those countries have signed action plans with the UN: Afghanistan, Chad, South Sudan, Myanmar, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Both Yemen and Sudan have expressed their commitment to child-free security forces, and dialogue with the UN is ongoing.Over the next two years, the Office of the Special Representative, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and UN and non-governmental organization partners will redouble their support to the eight Governments’ efforts to release and reintegrate children into civilian life and fully implement action plans to end and prevent recruitment.“The recruitment and use of children by armed forces must end,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, adding that ‘Children, Not Soldiers’ can give this issue more of the focus and attention it deserves. “When we help a former child soldier overcome such a terrible experience and prepare for a new future, we do more than mend a broken life. We begin to bind the wounds of a nation torn by conflict,” he stated.Tweets about “#CHILDRENnotsoldiers”The launch of the campaign was hosted by Jean Asselborn, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg, which in January 2013 assumed the presidency of the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict for a two-year mandate. “By having to take part in hostilities, by being compelled to become instruments of war, the most fundamental rights of children are violated: their right to life, to health, to education, to protection from physical or mental violence,” said Mr. Asselborn. Around the world, thousands of boys and girls are recruited into Government forces and armed opposition groups to serve as combatants, cooks, porters, messengers or in other roles. Girls – and sometimes boys – are also recruited for sexual purposes.The ‘Children, Not Soldiers’ campaign, launched at a special event held in New York, calls on Governments, regional and non-governmental organizations to work with the UN to intensify efforts to meet the goal of zero use of children by any Government forces by 2016. “All children deserve protection, not exploitation,” Mr. Ban stated in a message delivered at the launch by his Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui. “They belong in school, not armies and fighting groups. Children should be armed with pens and textbooks, not guns.”He added that progress in this campaign will help to fuel further success in reaching the many non-State actors that also continue to recruit children.Ms. Zerrougui noted that there is a consensus among States that no child should be recruited or used in conflict by Government forces. “The time has come for the world to unite and turn the page, once and for all, on the recruitment and use of children by security forces in conflict.” read more

Brazil must address prison overcrowding and implement measures against torture – UN

“Many of the facilities visited are severely overcrowded – in some instances close to three times their actual capacity,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez.“This leads to chaotic conditions inside the facilities, and greatly impacts on the living conditions of inmates and their access to legal defence, health care, psycho-social support, work and education opportunities, as well as sun, fresh air and recreation.”Mr. Méndez call comes at the end of 12-day official visit to Brazil, where he conducted unannounced visits to places of detention such as police stations, pre-trial facilities, penitentiaries, juvenile detention centres, as well as mental health institutions, points out a press release.Through these visits, the independent expert saw how severe overcrowding generates tension and a violent atmosphere, in which physical and psychological ill-treatment of inmates becomes the norm. “The use of pepper spray, tear gas, noise bombs and rubber bullets by the prison personnel is frequent, as are severe beatings and kicking,” he said, noting that prison personnel serving inside the penitentiaries are often heavily armed, including with assault rifles, shotguns and hand guns.The expert noted with concern “the absence of a robust policy to deal with occurrences of torture, the lack of accountability for them, and the likelihood that this state of affairs will perpetuate, and even exacerbate this practice, both in number and severity.” The Special Rapporteur welcomed the measures taken so far, or envisioned, to fight torture and ill-treatment, such as the establishment of the National Preventive Mechanism following Brazil’s ratification of the Optional Protocol of the Convention against Torture, the National Committee to Prevent and Combat Torture.“However,” he stressed, “more efforts are needed to ensure a nationwide implementation of the safeguards offered by these institutions and procedures.” Among other measures, the expert recommended the competent Brazilian authorities to immediately expand the application of custody hearings to the entire country, and re-design them to encourage victims to speak up and to allow for effective documentation of torture or ill-treatment. Custody hearings have the benefit of reducing the disproportionately high number of pre-trial inmates – currently 40 per cent – and to prevent torture and ill-treatment. The Special Rapporteur furthermore expressed concern at the proposed constitutional amendment, currently pending in Congress, to lower the age of criminal responsibility of children to 16 years instead of 18, as well as another proposal to extend the maximum length of detention in a socio-educational facility, from the current three years to up to 10 years. “Prosecuting adolescent offenders as adults would violate Brazil’s obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” the expert said. “In addition, approval of these proposals would worsen the currently already seriously overcrowded penitentiaries throughout Brazil.” read more

Robots Replace Waiters at Chinese Restaurant Chain

first_img Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain First they came for the wait staff, and I did not speak out—because I was not a waiter.Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has opened a chain of restaurants where human servers are replaced by roving robots.As reported by the Agence France-Presse, this futuristic concept aims to raise efficiency and lower labor expenses.AdChoices广告“In Shanghai, a waiter costs up to 10,000 yuan ($1,460) per month. That’s hundreds of thousands in cost every year,” Cao Haitao, an Alibaba product manager who developed the Robot.He diner scheme, told AFP. “And two shifts of people are needed.”Robots, however, can work all day every day without complaint; just plug them in each night. You don’t even need to tip them.This futuristic diner is Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s latest push into robotics (via AFP)The Robot.He eateries are linked to Alibaba’s Hema semi-automated supermarkets, where shoppers fill digital carts and watch as products are transported to the checkout via a conveyor belt on the ceiling. Customers can also opt for home delivery (a convenience already available across the US and Europe).Alibaba boasts 57 Hema markets—all of which will eventually feature Robot.He restaurants—in 13 Chinese cities, according to AFP.The novelty of mechanical meals is still strong, drawing queues of people eager to book tables and order food on their smartphone (no different from apps like OpenTable or Seamless).“The idea of a robot delivery food to our table is very innovative so we wanted to see it ourselves,” Ma Yiwen, who brought nearly a dozen colleagues to a Robot.He location near her office, said, speaking to the AFP.Cyborg employees—who never ask for a raise or workers comp—help keep expenditures to a minimum. Which, in turn, lowers menu prices.“Normally for two to three people, a meal costs about 300-400 yuan ($44-$58), but here, all this table of food is just over 100 yuan ($15),” regular patron Ma Shenpeng told AFP.Alibaba rival, meanwhile, hopes to entice even the most die-hard Robot.He fans, like Shenpeng, who visits once a week, with plans to open 1,000 robot-run bistros in the country by 2020.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Rooney Uturn a possibility after Allardyce sacking

first_imgWayne Rooney may be on the verge of doing a U-turn on his decision to leave Everton for DC United in the summer after the sacking of Sam Allardyce, reports Sports IllustratedThe former England captain agreed on a deal in principle to join DC in the MLS for next season after a disappointing second spell at Everton.Rooney had got off to a bright start this season and by mid-December had scored 10 goals for Everton.However, the 32-year-old then endured a difficult second-half of club’s campaign and was visibly upset when manager Sam Allardyce substituted him during Everton’s goalless draw against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby back on April 7.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Rooney became reportedly frustrated with Allardyce’s agricultural tactics and decided to end his career in the Premier League in favour of a lucrative deal at the MLS.However, it is now believed that the England and Manchester United all-time record goalscorer has put the move on hold and is waiting for news on Everton’s new manager.Should the new head coach assure Rooney that he will be a big part of his plans for next season, then the forward may be willing to put the move to America on hold for another year.last_img read more

City is considering buying a club in India

first_imgThe owners of the English Premier League want to increase its portfolio to eight football teams around the world.The City Football Group, owners of English Premier League leaders Manchester City, are considering buying a club in India.Chief executive Ferran Soriano spoke to the BBC about the idea of buying the group’s eighth club.“With all these developments we have to be patient,” said Soriano.“We have some interest in some markets and countries where there are genuine football passion and opportunities, like China, but also India. So there might be other opportunities in Asia.”“We’ve been looking at India for nearly two years now. I’d say this year we’ll end up doing an investment in India,” he added.“As we see it now, there is a natural pace of growth that we will follow that takes us to more than seven teams, but not 100 teams.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…City Football Group already owns the Citizens and owns or has shares in New York City, Melbourne City, Yokohama Marinos, Atletico Torque, Girona and they recently acquired Chinese third vision side Sichuan Jiuniu.“I cannot see 10 years ahead but the group might have two or three teams more. Is this going to change in five years and we’re going to have more? Maybe, I don’t know that,” the executive added.“But to complete the vision that we had six years ago, I think we will have maybe two or three clubs more.”🗣️ | Ferran Soriano on the future of City Football Group:”I cannot see 10 years ahead but the group might have two or three teams more. Is this going to change in five years and we’re going to have more? Maybe, I don’t know that…”— Superbia Proelia (@SuperbiaProeIia) March 4, 2019last_img read more

Alaska Miners Association Convention Held In Anchorage

first_imgThe Alaska Miner’s Association annual convention has been going on all week in Anchorage. Coinciding with the AMA’s 75th year, is the 25th anniversary of Kotzebue’s Red Dog Mine.Download AudioThe success of Red Dog did not come easy, according to NANA Regional Corporation CEO Marie Greene, who was Friday’s keynote speaker. Green said NANA is uniquely positioned to meet development needs of the future.“Northwest Alaska has many of the minerals that the world will need in the future, and the world is looking North,” Green said. “Climate change, open ocean shipping routes, potential existing mineral development and off shore oil and gas exploration and development are drawing global attention.”Green says it all began with Red Dog, the mine developed in partnership with Teck – Cominco, but getting the mine started was a long, difficult process. When mining giant Cominco found zinc in the region in 1980, there was opposition to a large scale mine. Lawsuits and counter suits followed, but Alaska Native land claims under new federal legislation enabled NANA to select the lands where the mine is now located.Since it’s start in 1989, Red Dog mine has provided $1 billion in proceeds to NANA, $608 million to other regions and $199 million to shareholders.last_img read more

Atlee Kumar wins the court battle on Vijays Bigil story plagiarism issue

first_imgVijay’s Bigil wins the case on plagiarism issue.PR HandoutAtlee Kumar’s Bigil team has won a legal battle over the story-theft petition filed by filmmaker KP Selva, who had accused the makers of Vijay-starrer of stealing his story.A Chennai civil court reportedly dismissed the case and has prevented Selva from taking the issue to the higher court. As per Sharada Vivek, the legal counsel of Atlee, KP Selva’s advocate “backtracked” to withdraw the case while telling the court that they would file a fresh plea in the Madras High Court.Atlee’s legal counsel requested the court not to give permission to the petitioner to file a fresh suit in the Madras High Court and the Chennai civil court declined permission to move the higher court on this issue.Earlier, KP Selva had filed in his petition that he had registered his story in the South Indian Film Writers’ Association and made plagiarism allegation on Atlee Kumar, the director of Bigil.However, the makers of Vijay-starrer fought the case legally and their efforts have been hailed by the film fraternity as it sends a message to the people, who file false cases against big-banner movies. In numerous cases, such attempts are made to get money from the producers to settle the disputes.In recent years, Vijay’s Kaththi and Sarkar were accused of plagiarism and the issues were solved at the last minute of its release. While Gopi Nainar lost the case in court, the Sarkar issue was more serious as the writers’ guild found similarities with AR Murugadoss and Rajendran’s scripts.The issue was amicably solved after AR Murugadoss agreed to give credit to Rajendran in the title credits. Likewise, Atlee had faced similar charges for all his previous films –Raja Rani, Theri and Mersal.last_img read more

A wakeup call for youth Kamal Fakhrul campaign online

first_imgGano Forum president Kamal HossainTop leaders of the opposition coalition of Jatiya Oikya Front have started social media campaign, urging Bangladesh’s young people to vote in the 30 December national elections.In separate video messages, Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain and BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir encourage the young to wake up as the new generation themselves would decide the future of Bangladesh.”Who is Bangladesh? It’s you who are Bangladesh…. I know you never give in,” says a voice as Kamal Hossain, in a 1:44-minute clip, is seen entering slowly into a dark room.The voice airs optimism that Bangladesh will not fail in the future, too, as it saw victory in December 1971 and democracy in 1990 relying on the youth. And so, the youth will wake up again in 2018.”Wake up Bangalees, your stage is set,” says Kamal Hossain at the end of the message.The messages, released recently, are now available on the Facebook page of Jatiya Oikya Front, YouTube and other social media platforms.In another video message, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, BNP secretary general and spokesperson of the Oikya Front, reminds the first-time voters of how the senior generation had participated in the liberation war in 1971.”We just listened to our heart, ran after a dream of freeing the country to see a democratic Bangladesh. I’m now 70. But, I’m still chasing the same dream; I’m full of aspirations,” he spells out.Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoFakhrul, who was once a left politician and teacher, urges the youth to dream, “Have you forgotten to dream a dream?””People often tell me the BNP will win the election but Awami League will eat up that (vote) because you don’t belong to the Awami League’s political equation. They belittle you. To them, you don’t matter,” the BNP leader says, addressing the new generation of voters.”Their plan is to conduct violence until 29 December so that you lose all your interest to go to the polling station. They have made such a narrative that whomever you vote for, whatever your political stand is, your vote, your belief will be stolen and altered by them,” Fakhrul cautions.He goes on to say, “What I tell you is that you should show them that YOU MATTER. Show them, you matter. You are the owners of the country and your vote will decide the future of Bangladesh. Please come and vote whomever you want to vote for. Show them, you are Bangladesh.””In my youth, I fought for the country. Now, I want only one day from you to vote on 30 December. Just a day. Show them, you cannot only vote, but also stop vote rigging,” Fakhrul states.In the video message, he further says, “In our youth, we found a light that we want to pass on to you. And, you’ll have to pass it on to your next generation. Don’t let the light go off.”Both Kamal Hossain and Mirza Fakhrul have started campaigning online as per the Oikya Front’s top level decision, the BNP chairperson’s media wing official Shairul Kabir Khan told Prothom Alo about the messages.last_img read more

Foxconn accused of forcing students to assemble the PS4

first_imgFoxconn has found itself in hot water once again with regards to its labor practices. However, this time it isn’t in relation to the production of Apple’s devices. Instead, it’s how the manufacturing company is going about assembling the PS4 that has come under fire.According to Chinese newspaper Oriental Daily News, Foxconn is forcing thousands of students from the Xi’an Institute of Technology to assemble Sony’s next gen console, which launches on November 15.The students involved were offered internships at the company while studying an IT engineering course. But those that accepted aren’t being assigned work that matches their course or skill set. Instead, they are being put on the production lines.The reason it is being called a forced internship is because if any of the students refuse to do the work they are assigned, six credits will be deducted from their course total. Without those six credits it’s thought to be impossible to pass, meaning the students have to do the work or risk losing their qualification.The assigned tasks range from gluing parts of the console together to placing stickers on it or boxing up the cables that ship with the machine. And they are doing this all day every day just like full-time employees at Foxconn are paid to do. The difference being, the students aren’t being paid.Because of the way this is setup Foxconn can and is claiming the students aren’t being forced to work and can leave at any time. That may be true, but if they do leave they would be throwing away any chance of getting their IT engineering qualification, which makes it more likely they’d end up back on the production lines full time.If true, then both Foxconn and Xi’an Institute of Technology are at fault here. There will be people at both the company and college that know exactly what is happening here, and there may even be money changing hands to make it happen. But unless it is proved illegal it seems unlikely to stop.As for Sony’s involvement in this, they are just the customer, but on hearing about should practices they will hopefully react and threaten to move manufacturing elsewhere unless the situation changes quickly.last_img read more

Warning Brace yourself for cold weather and snow in KwaZuluNatal

first_imgSmall stock farmers are advised that the combination of cold, wet and windy weather may be fatal to stock, unless animals are taken to shelter well ahead of the onset of the hazardous weather.Brrr… It’s going to be an icy-cold week ahead for Ladysmith!If you happen to be in an area where snow has fallen, please take some photos (or video) and share with us by tagging the Ladysmith Gazette on Facebook.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The SA Weather Service has warned that a strong cold front is making its way through KwaZulu-Natal.Temperatures are expected to drop into the low teens in Ladysmith from today (July 3), with maximum temperatures expected to be very low.Also read: Update: Snow expected to fall tonight in KwaZulu-NatalSnowfall is expected over the high-ground areas of the Eastern Cape, including the mountains between Willowmore and Joubertina, the Sneeuberg, Winterberg and Southern Drakensberg. Heavy snow has fallen in Cape Town.last_img read more

11 detained in ambush of Saudi princes convoy in Paris

first_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top holiday drink recipes New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor’s office says 11 people have been detained in relation to last year’s dramatic ambush of a Saudi prince’s diplomatic convoy.Spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre confirmed that 11 people were in custody on Monday but declined to release other details.The armed robbers ambushed the Mercedes in August 2014 as the convoy was headed to the airport, torching and abandoning the vehicle later. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober At the time, officials said the car had 250,000 euros ($280,000) in cash and embassy documents inside, and that the assailants seemed well informed about the convoy’s itinerary.Neither Saudi nor French officials have named the prince.Members of the Saudi royal family often come to Paris for diplomatic or business visits.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Patients with chronic pain give advice New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

IASC grants JAL JQ code share

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Japan Airlines and Qantas’ low cost subsidiary, Jetstar have received regulatory approval to code share on services between Australia and Japan. The International Air Services Commission (IASC) approved Japan Airlines (JAL) to code share on Jetstar services until 31 December 2012 under the conditions that Jetstar must price and sell its services on the route independently of JAL. Jetstar are also requested to submit a report on the number of code share seats sold by JAL on Jetstar-operated services. According to the Register of Available Capacity, there is unlimited capacity for designated Australian carriers to operate scheduled passenger services between Australia and points in Japan except for Narita Airport and Haneda Airport. The IASC also delivered determinations regarding capacity allocations for Virgin Australia. The IASC issued a decision transferring capacity, previously allocated by prior determinations, from Virgin Australia to Virgin Australia International Holdings (VAIH). A transfer of 8,560 seats of capacity per week and unlimited capacity overall was approved by the Commission. Virgin Australia’s new business model, VAIH, was approved by the IASC in March. Virgin Australia requested the International Air Services Commission approve an allocation for up to 1,000 seats per sector for a period of up to five years on the Sydney-Taipei route. The determination was granted by the IASC for each direction on the Australia-Taiwan route for the full five year period.last_img read more

Epetition bill allows public to push for legislation

first_imgCabinet approved a bill on Wednesday giving the public the opportunity to promote the introduction of policies and legislation through the collection of electronic signatures.According to Undersecretary to the President, Constantinos Petrides, the bill on e-petitions “the so-called citizens’ initiative” will be sent to parliament for discussion and to be put to vote.“It is a form of direct democracy that produces policy directly from citizens themselves without intermediaries. It establishes their right to collect signatures to promote either legislative measures or other forms of measures for the introduction of policies that concern them,” Petrides said.This can be made with the collection of 8,000 signatures he said. He added that the procedure was based on best practices applicable in other countries.According to Petrides the demand will be first submitted to an independent committee that will be chaired by the cabinet secretary and will have a lawyer, an academic and two non-governmental organisations.The independent committee will also examine whether the demand is within the government’s powers and ensure it is not unconstitutional, that it does not violate human rights or Cyprus obligations to the EU.If all procedures are met the proposal will be posted on the official website of the ‘citizens’ national initiative’ – which will be up and running in March – and has to gather 8,000 e-signatures. If the required number of signatures is collected, the demand will be forwarded to the competent ministries or state services to draft policies, bills or actions.Petrides said that the state services will be obliged to explain to the public the nature of the policies want to introduce and if these are impossible the reasons behind the decision.Petrides thanked the groups Freedom – Citizens for Progress and Pride and Transparency Cyprus for their contribution.“We all worked to build a legal, institutional framework to provide citizens with that extra democracy tool,” Petrides said. This tool, he said, is being used internationally, by the EU, European countries, many American states and other developed countries. You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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