Orange Is the New Blacks Poussey immortalized on Toronto wall

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Spoiler alert: This story contains spoilers for Season 4 of Orange Is the New Black.Actress Samira Wiley has moved on from Orange Is the New Black — she now has a role in must-see series The Handmaid’s Tale, which began Sunday on Bravo — but her OITNB character, Poussey Washington, is the face of a promotional campaign for the new season.Murals went up in eight cities around the world last week with depictions of Poussey, the words “Stand Up” and the hashtag #OITNB. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Netflix, which airs the prison drama, has described the murals as both a tease for the fifth season, which begins June 9, and a tribute to Poussey, who died at the end of Season 4 when she was accidentally suffocated by a guard.last_img read more

Spotted Knixwear struts into the offline world

first_imgWomen’s undergarment company Knixwear, which mainly transacts and advertises online, hosted an impromptu fashion show last week in the cold streets of downtown Toronto.On a busy weeknight in a car-and-pedestrian-heavy area, a group of 20 women wearing only their Knixwear bras and underwear (and some comfy shoes) strutted the sidewalks of Richmond Street like it was their own runway, posing in front of an angel wing mural by muralist Kelsey Montague.To complement Knixwear’s brand messaging of body diversity and positivity, the group included women across a range of ages and body types. Login/Register With: The mural they posed with happened to be drawn on the wall of 128 Peter Street, which will serve as a pop-up location for the Knixwear brand for the next three months. Inside, the pop-up is both a Knixwear retail store and a workout space.READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Oscar Nominations The 10 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter With Paul Thomas Anderson’s surprise appearance in best director came the snub of Martin McDonagh, the writer and director of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which earned an impressive seven nominations—including the all-important best picture bellwether of best editing. McDonagh‘s absence doesn’t necessarily doom Billboards—it was Ben Affleck’s famous snub in director that helped propel Argo to best picture—but it‘s possibly a sign that the Academy may like Three Billboards a lot without being bowled over by its craft. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Oscar nominations are out, and with them the usual selection of gasp-inducing moments for the would-be nominees who found themselves shut out. Below, a look at some of the morning‘s biggest snubs and surprises, from the Academy‘s depth of affection for a movie about a cranky costume designer to the best-cinematography nominee who made two different kinds of history.FRANCO, MAKE ROOM FOR WASHINGTONThe lingering question in the best-actor category was whether the allegations of sexual misconduct against James Franco, published days before Oscar voting ended, were widely read enough to deny the Disaster Artist star a best-actor nomination that had been widely expected. Apparently, it was. Even though Roman J. Israel, Esq. had a dismal box-office run and middling reviews, the still-electric star power of Denzel Washington seemed to be enough to push him into this category—even over Tom Hanks, who still has not had an Oscar nomination since Cast Away. With Gary Oldman still the likeliest winner—though he has his own tricky history—Oscar’s potential brush with controversy could still be coming . . . but they dodged a major bullet by leaving Franco out of the conversation.THE PHANTOM THREAD SURGEThe moody period piece released late in the year seemed destined to be a critical favorite that flew under the Academy’s radar, having earned two Golden Globe nominations and little else. (Daniel Day-Lewis was even snubbed by SAG!) But the film showed up strong on nomination morning, earning not just the expected nod for Day-Lewis and the hoped-for nod for composer Jonny Greenwood (his first nomination!), but attention for Lesley Manville in supporting actress, the exquisite costume design, and most surprising of all, best director for Paul Thomas Anderson—as well as best picture. None of this means any guaranteed wins; even Day-Lewis is an underdog. But what a pleasant surprise for the film‘s fans as well as for Focus Features, which has another best-picture nominee with Darkest Hour.THREE BILLBOARDS IS TRIUMPHANT, BUT WHERE’S MARTIN MCDONAGH? Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

No moccasins for Finance Minister Morneau

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter indicating during a town hall last month that he was thinking about wearing moccasins on the day the federal Liberal government unveils its first federal budget, Finance Minister Bill Morneau has opted for a pair of  lace-up dress shoes.Finance ministers have traditionally chosen footwear before federal budgets meant to symbolize the focus of the upcoming spending plan.Morneau put on the pair of Canadian-made shoes at the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club in Toronto earlier Friday.“I double-knot my shoes,” said Morneau, to the group of children around him.The shoes were made by Canadian shoe-designer Ron White.During a town hall on Feb. 22, Morneau complemented an Indigenous man in the audience on the vest he was wearing before indicating he was thinking of wearing moccasins on budget day.“They’ve asked me for the budget in the news to wear moccasins,” said Morneau, who then pointed to the side of his head indicating he was thinking of it.“I have some, if you want to wear them,” said the man.Morneau was referring to a report in a newspaper suggesting he should wear the moccasins given his government’s expressed commitments to First Nation people.The Liberals said the choice of footwear, which cost $179.99, and location of the event was meant to show the next budget is targeting children and middle-class Canadians.Former Mulroney-era cabinet minister John Crosbie once wore mukluks on budget day.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

Thunder Bay police say Tammy Keeash drowned – community holds vigil to

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN National NewsThe Thunder Bay police say Tammy Keeash drowned in one of the city’s floodways and at this point, no foul play is suspected.Keeash was reported missing during the afternoon of Sunday, May 7 – her body was discovered later that evening.She is the fourth child in care to die while in care of the province of Ontario since October.And is also the sixth young person to be found dead in a Thunder Bay river since 2000.On Thursday night, family and friends held a vigil to remember her.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img read more

Agreement signed to address escalation of violence racial tensions in Thunder Bay

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsThe Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) along with the Fort William First Nation has signed a statement of commitment with the City of Thunder Bay to improve the lives of Indigenous peoples in a city that seems to be in crisis.Signed on Fort William First Nation Tuesday, the agreement recognizes that the escalation of violent incidents in the city has created a “crisis for the leadership and citizens of Fort William and NAN,” according to a statement released by the three parties.In the agreement, the parties expresses concern for the safety and well-being of Indigenous people who live in and visit the city, especially youth who must relocate from their home communities in order to pursue their education at post-secondary school, college and university.Each party also recognizes the “urgent need to improve relations” among the Indigenous population and non-Indigenous population.Read a copy of the document here: Statement of CommitmentThe agreement follows months of turmoil in Thunder Bay.Thunder Bay’s Acting Mayor Joe Virdiramo signed the document on behalf of the city of Thunder Bay because Mayor Keith Hobbs has stepped aside after being charged with extortion.Two Anishinaabe youth were found dead in the city’s waterways this past May and Ontario’s Chief Coroner asked York Regional Police to investigate the deaths after First Nation leaders called for the RCMP to take over the cases because they had no confidence in the abilities of the Thunder Bay police.The city has also developed a reputation for rampant racism. It has the highest rate of police reported hate incidents against Indigenous peoples in the country.Barbara Kentner, an Anishinaabe woman, died last month from injuries the family believes were inflicted during a targeted assault in January. Kentner was hit with a trailer hitch thrown from a car with four occupants.Only one of the occupants, Brayden Bushby, 18, was charged with aggravated assault. According to Thunder Bay police, investigators are still waiting for a report from Ontario’s coroner before deciding whether to upgrade charges against Bushby.Along with Hobbs, JP Levesque, the city’s chief of police, is also facing criminal charges while the Police Service and its Board are both being investigated by Ontario’s police watchdog.Senator Murray Sinclair was recently appointed as an investigator and tasked to look into the administration of the Thunder Bay police board.The agreement signed on Tuesday recognizes “systemic racism exists in Thunder Bay and must be dismantled.”According to the statement released by the three parties, the commitment calls on the signatories to work collaboratively to ensure the safety and well-being of First Nations students while in the City of Thunder Bay and to work to address issues affecting the health, safety and security of all residents, regardless of ethnicity, in a respectful and appropriate manner.An anti-racism campaign will be developed to eliminate racism against Indigenous people in Thunder Bay by challenging racist, hateful, ignorant discourse directed toward Indigenous people and address systemic racism in organizations and institutions, according to the statement.A “student safety plan” will also be developed.Contact Dennis here: dward@aptn.calast_img read more

BC lawsuits allege government social worker took cash from foster children

first_imgThe Canadian PressVANCOUVER – Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of two youth in British Columbia Supreme Court alleging a provincial social worker siphoned off thousands of dollars in financial benefits from children in care.Both actions name social worker Robert Riley Saunders, the Ministry of Children and Family Development and Interior Savings Financial Services Ltd., alleging the Indigenous children were removed from a stable environment to an unstable living arrangement so that their benefits could be stolen from them.The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Vancouver is a proposed class-action, alleging there were other children in care whom Saunders misappropriated funds or benefits or failed to provide adequate support, care of guardianship. The second lawsuit was filed in Kelowna on behalf of a youth who The Canadian Press is not naming.None of the allegations has been proven in court and no statements of defence have been filed.Saunders couldn’t be reached for comment, while the Children’s Ministry said in a statement it had no comment as the matter was before the court.Corinne Johnson, manager of community engagement at Interior Savings, says in a statement that the institution takes its fiduciary responsibilities seriously.“Because of privacy rules, we cannot speak to the specifics of any case. We are aware of this ongoing investigation and we are continuing to co-operate with authorities.”Jason Gratl, the lawyer for the Vancouver plaintiff, only identified as R.O., alleges Saunders took funds meant for his client’s food, clothing and shelter.“Many of them were made homeless and destitute,” Gratl says in an interview.The lawsuits say Saunders “engaged in the same and similar unlawful and inexcusable activities in respect of dozens of other children in his care, most of whom are Aboriginal children.”Gratl alleges that as much as $40,000 each was taken from children between the ages of 15 and 19 and that the fraud had been going on for a minimum of four years.“I don’t know what year it began in,” he says in the interview. “We just don’t know how deep this problem goes.”The statements of claim allege that in early 2016, Saunders moved the children in order to make them eligible for financial benefits from the ministry and he opened joint bank accounts for each youth.“Saunders stole the funds deposited by the ministry into joint bank accounts by moving them to his own individual account at Interior Savings and by paying his personal expenses by electronic transfer from the joint bank account,” the statements say.They allege Saunders was aware of the youths’ vulnerability and aware that he exercises parental control over them.“Saunders failed to ensure the plaintiff received adequate care and support, and failed to provide for the plaintiff’s for the basic needs,” the statements say.The lawsuits say that Saunders exercised complete control over every aspects of the plaintiffs’ lives, including where they would live, access to family members, their cultural heritage, services and financial help.The director of child welfare did not review Saunders’ files to check if he was carrying out his duties appropriately, the statements say.“The director failed to implement adequate systems, restraints and controls to detect and prevent Saunders’ misappropriation of funds and benefits,” say the statements of claim.The ministry didn’t have the systems to detect and prevent Saunders from taking the funds and once the misconduct was detected, the government failed to move quickly to restrain the man, the lawsuits say.Interior Savings helped Saunders by having the children sign forms opening joint accounts but didn’t tell them that the accounts were with Saunders, the statements of claim allege.“Because of his repeated transactions with Interior Savings’ employees, Interior Savings knew that Saunders was a government employee with a fixed salary and that the funds entering into his personal account were irregular and that his transactions patterns were irregular,” the statement says.The lawsuits don’t specify a dollar figure, but ask for aggravated and punitive damages, the tracing of all funds taken and costs.In order for the lawsuit in Vancouver to go ahead as a class-action proceeding it must first be certified by a judge.last_img read more

Cat Lake First Nation tries to get federal attention by declaring state

first_imgInFocusCat Lake First Nation in northern Ontario has declared a state of emergency related to Jordan’s Principle due to mold in most homes in the community.According to officials in the community, three children have been medevacked out of the community over the past two weeks because of illnesses.They say numerous other children are suffering respiratory, skin and multiple other medical issues believed to be related to exposure to mould.Derek Spence, a Councillor for Cat Lake First Nation says something needs to be done now.“Day in, day out we face at least on medivac out of community” Spence told Infocus guest Host Dennis Ward. Spence says it’s not only children affected by adults and elders.“A lot of people are getting sick and dying from respiratory problems.” Spence explained.(Mold in one of the homes in Cat Lake)Cat Lake is 400 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.NPD MP for Timmins-James Bay, Charlie Angus, visited the community to see first hand, the conditions of the homes.“The community decided to declare Jordan’s Principle declaration because it forces the government to act. They had 12 hours to respond, up till now all we’ve gotten from the Minister is vague talk” said Angus.“We’re four weeks into a state of emergency. It took the Jordan’s Principle declaration to actually light a fire and get them to start to send in medical teams.” Angus said on Wednesday’s episode of InFocus.Selena Castel, who is from Mathias Colomb First Nation in northern Manitoba moved to Winnipeg because her son River is severely disabled.Castel believes it’s related to mould he was exposed to in his school.As APTN News has been reporting, the school has been closed since December and remains closed due to issues with mould.Castel says leaving the community was a very difficult decision but the family had no choice.“When it comes to your child you will do anything. And anything in your power to make sure your child is with you.”Castel says she is still searching for answers about her son’s condition.“Why is my son deteriorating? We’re going to be bringing my son home in a casket, instead of bringing him home alive” she said.Jordan’s Principle is named in memory of Jordan River Anderson, a child from Norway House Cree Nation in Manitoba. Jordan spent over two years in hospital caught in a jurisdictional dispute between the Manitoba and federal government.He remained in hospital as both governments argued over who should pay for his home care.Jordan was five-years-old when he died.Jordan’s Principle is supposed to remove the jurisdictional issues as the federal government is tasked with paying for support and services for First Nations children.infocus@aptn.calast_img read more

Budget lays foundation for pharmacare avoids taxes on potbased drugs

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal Liberals will ask a group of advisers, led by Ontario’s former health minister, to explore options for a national program to cover the cost of prescription drugs and report back in 2019 — ensuring pharmacare becomes a key election campaign issue.The measure forms a part of a trinity of major drug initiatives in Tuesday’s federal budget, the other two being a $231-million package of steps that aims to confront Canada’s escalating opioid crisis, including $150 million in emergency funding, and tax changes for cannabis-based pharmaceuticals.Former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins will head up an advisory council to come up with options on how to create a national pharmacare program — a program that the parliamentary budget watchdog has warned could cost $19 billion a year.The work will include consulting with provinces, territories and Indigenous groups about what drugs should be included, and the costs involved for “whatever model that we choose,” Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said after the budget speech with Hoskins at her side.Hoskins won’t have to deliver a final report until the spring of 2019, setting the stage for the Liberals to make pharmacare a centrepiece of the party’s election campaign and take a key talking point away from NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.Following Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s speech, Singh seemed unfazed by the prospect, noting that the Liberals were only promising to examine the issue. He even dared the government to steal his party’s proposal and implement a national pharmacare plan.“What the government is proposing is not a plan. This is a fantasy,” Singh said. “We want to introduce a program now.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said “Canadians should brace themselves” about what might come, because a former Ontario Liberal cabinet minister shouldn’t be trusted to craft “any kind of plan, never mind one in the health care field.”The Liberals say they won’t apply a new excise tax to cannabis-based pharmaceutical products that can be obtained with a prescription once marijuana is legalized this year.Nor will the excise tax be applied to oils that contain low amounts of THC, the primary psychoactive element in marijuana, that are used by children with certain medical conditions.The government wants to tax legal marijuana at either $1 per gram or one-tenth of a product’s price, whichever is greater.But those medications represent a minority of those used by patients, according to one group. Canadians for Access to Medical Marijuana also questioned the wording behind a budget promise to consider retroactively reimbursing patients an unspecified amount for taxes already paid on cannabis-based pharmaceuticals.“Exempting a small minority of patients does not address the affordability issue and implies some patients are more legitimate than others. Looking into a reimbursement program implies patients can afford to pay for their medicine in the first instance. They can’t,” director Jonathan Zaid said in a statement.The Opposition Conservatives have chided the government for moving too fast on legal pot, suggesting there are outstanding public safety issues that need to be addressed.The budget outlines $62.5 million over five years beginning this year for public education programs around cannabis use, and a further $20 million over five years for research by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.The Liberals are also spending $80.5 million over five years starting this year to reduce tobacco use, particularly in Indigenous communities, and raising taxes on cigarettes by $1 per carton.On opioids, provinces and territories will receive $150 million in emergency funding this year to deal with a crisis that is projected to claim more than 4,000 lives this year.The balance of the $231.4 million will go towards public education campaigns, better access to public health data and new equipment and tools to allow border agents to better detect dangerous opioids like fentanyl before they enter the country.— With files from Geordon Omand and Lee BerthiaumeNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version carried a headline suggesting the government already taxes cannabis-based pharmaceuticals, and did not reflect that certain cannabis-based pharmaceuticals will be exempt from new excise taxes.last_img read more

Prada redefines youthful elegance with psychedelic flair

first_imgMILAN – Youthful designers injected energy into the third day Sunday of Milan Fashion Week menswear previews for next spring and summer.While the topics of generational and creative change at some of the most-established Milan fashion houses were running in the background, young brands carved out their own space to grow by their own rules.Some highlights from Sunday’s shows, including Milan mainstay Prada alongside younger brands Palm Angels, MSGM, Sunnei and Korean newcomers BESFXXK.___PRADA BASICSMiuccia Prada says she was “trying to do elegant in a new young way” with her latest menswear collection.At Prada, young does not translate to streetwear, even if there were sneakers. The new plastic square logo on nearly every garment, including the folded turtle neck, was strictly an ironic answer to prevailing trends.Against previous intentions, elegant at Prada translated into sexy — i.e. short shorts for men — and at times playful — big stuffed aviator hats made for summer despite the decidedly wintery earflaps, mostly in Prada’s trademark black vinyl.“I never pronounced sexy in my life. I never wanted Prada to be sexy,” but willingly embraced the notion as the rest of the fashion world seemed to resist sexiness in favour of boxy street looks, the designer said.“You know I am a bit of a contrarian,” she said.The looks amounted to basic mix and match, layer or not: Straight trousers, turtle necks, shirts and jackets, and the short-shorts, which Prada called “a miniskirt” for men. Materials included denim and suede. The colours were mostly neutrals.There was a slightly psychedelic feel to daisy print shirts and fantastic scenes that conjured the animated film version of the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.”Underlining the message, Prada stripped the showroom bare, put clear plastic sheets on the wall and sat guests on inflatable clear cubes.“Sometimes, it is good to go back to simple things,” she said.____PALM ANGELS: ITALIAN STREET WEARFrancesco Ragazzi’s America-inspired street fashion brand, Palm Angels, had all the codes of the latest trends: neon flashes, thick-soled sneakers, short gym shorts, technical cargo pants.But the 32-year-old designer underlined the luxury in the brand with details. The gym shorts were suede and had orange trim. Shorts and a baby blue top with puffy sleeves came with draw sting.The footwear included cowboy boots painted with the Stars and Stripes, the perfect accompaniment to a jumpsuit in a bald eagle-American flag print.A striped strap worn across the chest, apparently binding the upper arms, was an accessory, not part of the garment, as was made clear when a model sported one bare- chested. The looks were tagged as much as branded, with neon tags hanging from pockets. Tiny goggles with colored lenses added an urban edge.___VITAMIN INJECTION AT MSGMMassimo Giorgetti’s MSGM collection for next spring and summer recalls his youthful 1980s summers in his native Adriatic coastal city of Rimini, a time, the designer said, when the beach crowds never abandoned their fashion sense.And Giorgetti paid homage to classic looks of his adopted home in Milan, where he launched his MSGM brand eight years ago.Giorgetti said he wanted to emphasize his Italian roots while also injecting a dose of 1980s energy. “It’s a show that recharges you,”Giorgetti said backstage.The 41-year-old designer made the point quite literally, imitating colorful graphic logos from well-known Italian vitamin brands with the MSGM Milano logo on silky button-down shirts. There was a plethora of 1980s neon colours, bright florals and prints —from Manga volley-ball playing characters to Roger Minick photographs of tourists.Rimini is celebrated in slouchy knitwear with the city’s name in rainbow colours, worn with striped denim shorts layered over longer boxers. But also in the tangerine shorts and lime green swimming briefs.For Milan, there were tie-dye knits over colorful print thigh-baring short, jeans and colour-block hoodies, and pin-striped suits with palm tree shadows and the band logo on the back.____SUNNEIDesigners Simone Rizzo and Loris Messina showed their Sunnei label against the backdrop of the Milan skyline as seen from the 31st floor of Gio Ponti’s famed Pirelli Tower. It was an aspirational location, reflected in the invitation that showed the tower from below in a faux smart-phone snap — the view the designers have from their studio.But the sophisticated, architectural designs were a natural fit for Gio Ponte’s arched ceilings and geometrically tiled floors, and showed the designers have definitely arrived. The collection included for the first time women’s looks alongside the menswear, and the designers said they found a natural interplay.“They speak the same language. For us, men and women change little. Unfortunately, we have to categorize it. But for us it is the same thing,” Rizzo said.The looks were clean and sharp, with a focus on soft comfort. The colour palate was soothing, from pale blue, sea green, cream and grey offset by orange and red.Parachute pants worked for him and for her, paired with knit cropped tops for her or an oversized jersey hoodie for him.Her transparent anorak with orange draw strings gave a sporty touch to an orange terry cloth dress with an asymmetrical hemline. His anorak features a notched collar and doubles as a suit jacket with wide-legged cropped pants.He wore a worn leather vest with utility pockets with loose jeans and a floppy brim hat, while she wore it with slim skirt with cargo pockets. He carried a large travel bag, hers was a rectangular purse, as the designers also presented a full range of accessories including wavy platform shoes and simple sneakers, sunglasses and headbands.“It is the natural extension of the brand that we have always presented,” Rizzo said. “Our goal is not to change the mood for style from season to season, but to grow, expand the categories.”___SOUTH KOREAN NEWCOMERS UNVEIL BESFXXK BRANDSouth Korean newcomers to Milan, Jae Hyuk Lim and Bona Kim, unveiled their BESFXXK brand that mixes Japanese textiles with American street-styling from the 1980s and British tailoring.The unusual name combines the notion of bespoke designs with a more irreverent street looks.The 33-year-old designers aggressively deconstruct and recompose everyday garments for their combined menswear and womenswear collection, like sweatshirts and trench coats.So a top for him is composed of a T-shirt and a jean jacket sewn together, while hers is a man’s collared shirt on one side and an angelic white woman’s shirt on the other. Trench coats feature asymmetrical hems. Or can be transformed into a skirt for her, the arms of it wrapped around the waist as a natural belt.“It is not just a mix of two different elements, it is a mix of cultures,” Lim said.___This story has been amended to correct the spelling of Miuccia Prada’s name.last_img read more

Murdochs 21st Century Fox ups Sky bid to beat rival Comcast

first_imgLONDON – Media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox increased Wednesday its bid to take full control of lucrative European pay TV service Sky in a prolonged battle with U.S. rival Comcast.Fox raised its bid to 14 pounds ($18.58) a share as it seeks the 61 per cent of Sky not already under its control.The company says this is 12 per cent higher than the last bid from Comcast and values Sky at 24.5 billion pounds ($32.5 billion). Fox has increased its bid by just over 30 per cent since its first offer in December 2016.Shares in Sky Plc were down 0.8 per cent at 14.90 pounds, suggesting investors believe Comcast could come back with another improved offer.Sky operates in Austria, Germany, Ireland and Italy as well as the U.K. It has 22.5 million customers, attracted by offerings such as English Premier League soccer and “Game of Thrones.”Murdoch’s company still faces significant regulatory battles in Britain, including the culture secretary’s statement that Fox would have to sell Sky News to win government approval because of concerns about media plurality.Fox’s bid for Sky is the most recent episode in Murdoch’s long-running effort to take full control of the company.His last bid foundered amid a 2011 phone-hacking scandal, in which journalists working for Murdoch newspapers were accused of gaining illegal access to the voicemail messages of crime victims, celebrities and members of the royal family. News Corp., which is controlled by the Murdochs, withdrew its bid for Sky soon after.The effort to buy Sky comes as Fox itself is the object of a takeover battle by Comcast and Disney. Disney said in June it is offering more than $71 billion for Fox’s entertainment businesses in a counterbid to Comcast’s nearly $66 billion offer.The companies want Sky in order to amass programming and better compete with technology companies like Amazon and Netflix for viewers.last_img read more

Facebook says its getting better at removing hate speech

first_imgNEW YORK — Facebook says it’s making progress on deleting hate speech, graphic violence and other violations of its rules and detecting problems before users see them.The company released its second report Thursday detailing how it enforces community standards on hate, nudity and other posts. Compared with its May report, Facebook says it has doubled the amount of hate speech it detects proactively, before users report violations. The new report covers April to September.The report comes a day after The New York Times published an extensive report about the company’s strategy it described as “delay, deny and deflect” to deal with crisis after crisis over the past two years. This included hiring a Washington public relations firm, Definers, to discredit opponents. Facebook said Thursday it has cut ties with the firm.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Service Changes to BC Bus North

first_imgPrince George – Valemount: departs at 8:30 (not 7:00) and arrives Valemount 12:25 (not 11:05)Valemount – Prince George: departs Valemount at 1:25 p.m. (not 3 p.m.) and arrives at 5:20 p.m. (not 7:05)Prince George – Fort St. John:o   Schedule times are in Mountain Standard between Fort St. John and Chetwyndo   Fort St. John terminus moves from 100 Ave at 100 Street to 99 Ave at 100 Street;o   Departure times at most points en route are earlier, reducing overall travel time by a one-half hour.Dawson Creek – Fort Nelson:o   Schedule times are all Mountain Standard Time, and departure times are earlier.o   Fort Nelson terminus moves from Phoenix Theatre to the Recreation Centreo   Fort St. John stop moves from 100 St. and 100 Ave., to 100 St. at 99 Ave. Reservations are required on BC Bus North. Book online at bcbus.ca or call toll-free: 1-844-564-7494. FORT ST. JOHN B.C. – Changes are being made to the B.C. Bus North for passenger safety.Passenger safety in winter conditions will be increased with schedule changes that give drivers as much available daylight to transport passengers to their destinations.Travel days during the week remain the same, but changes taking effect November 5 include:center_img Prince George – Prince Rupert:o   leaves each end at 8 a.m, which is unchanged, but arrives at 7:25 p.m., 25 minutes earlier.o   Some departure times en route are earlier.o   The stop in Telkwa moves from the Post Office to the One Stop ShopMany changes have been made to the new schedule, so customers should visit bcbus.ca/schedules-and-fares/ for the changes that affect them.last_img read more

Bob Zimmer MP comments on the United We Roll Convoy

first_imgZimmer says,” A whole bunch of people from Western Canada that want to get our resources to market”“My comments were that we should be thanking all the oil and gas folks for keeping us warm in the winter, the fuel that flies our planes back and forth from Ottawa comes from the Kinder Morgan Pipeline,” said Zimmer“Wanted to say, show your support to all these folks out here, great to see so many. They have the road completely blocked off with all the trucks. It is good to see. Great show of support, we need to keep the pressure for the Trudeau government that we will actually get our resources to market.” continued Zimmer“It’s pretty sad that we are a world leader in energy, at least we were until the policies over-regulation are doing their very best, Trudeau is doing his best to shut it down, thanks for coming out and all that came from FSJ, I recognized a few when I was speaking,” said Zimmer, “Keep up the good work” OTTAWA, ONT – The United We Roll Convoy has arrived at their final destination at Parliament Hill and Bob Zimmer was in attendance.The Convoy made up of workers and supporters of the oil and gas industry left from Red Deer, Alberta heading to Ottawa to express their concern for the industry.Bob Zimmer posted a video to his FB Page titled; ‘ Awesome show of support for our energy workers and industry with the truck convoy today! #UnitedWeRoll #UnitedWeRollConvoylast_img read more

Market gathers momentum

first_imgMarkets had a good showing last week and continued their gains from the previous week. The Midcap and Smallcap segment outperformed the benchmark indices on expected lines. BSE SENSEX was up 607.62 points or 1.68 per cent to close at 36,671.43 points. NIFTY gained 171.90 points or 1.58 per cent to close at 11,035.40 points. BSE Midcap gained 2.08 per cent and BSE Smallcap was up 3.91 per cent. This positive movement in the smaller stocks has brought smiles on the faces of many investors after a very long time. The gains in India were even though Dow Jones was down 576.08 points or 2.21 per cent at 25,450.24 points. The rupee gained 76 paisa or 1.07 per cent to close at Rs 70.15 to the dollar. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe election code would kick in immediately after the announcement of Lok Sabha election schedule and hopefully, some of the name calling by politicians would reduce. In any case, this election is going to be dirty and one should expect people not only accusing each other but then running to the Election Commission to file a complaint. Markets are in a much better frame of mind and FPI’s have seen buyers in recent weeks. This has helped in bringing about stability and the crossing of key resistance levels of 36K and 36.5K on the SENSEX and 11K on the NIFTY. The important point here is the fact that these levels have sustained through the week. Further, the breadth of the market has increased significantly, and larger number of stocks have seen increase in volume and price rise. Stocks gaining 10 per cent and more during the week are significantly higher than in previous weeks. The only sectoral indices which were down last week were the BSE IT and BSE TECK. This was on the back of the fall in prices of Wipro after the trust of Azim Premji sold shares worth Rs 700 crore. Other IT stocks like HCL Tech and Infosys were also weak while TCS gained ground. There is nothing negative about the IT space except the feeling that the major IT companies may guide for a muted growth when FY20 guidance is given for March 2019 results. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe CPSE ETF and ICICI Bharat-22 had very strong showing last week and registered strong gains as their underlying shares rallied. In the case of Bharat 22, ITC and Axis Bank also registered significant gains. These ETFs are likely to continue their momentum as more PSUs declare interim dividends. Essar Steel has finally found a resolution and is sold to Arcelor. One needs to keep their fingers crossed and hope that no more cases are filed by the erstwhile owners of Essar Steel. The way this group has misused public funds would be an interesting case study in the IIM’s of this country. Jet Airways plan to manage its resources seems to be seeing the light of day with SBI, Etihad and Naresh Goyal seemingly hammering out a plan of sorts. One hopes that this is also resolved sooner than later as already 20 per cent of the airline’s aircraft have been grounded so far for non-payment to lessors of aircraft. Markets are likely to continue to gain ground in the coming week with a correction or two also there. The momentum is there, and people will closely follow the elections and the efforts of the ‘mahagathbandan’ as it announces its parties and candidates for the first phase of elections. Ride the momentum and use sharp rallies to book some profits and take money off the table! (The writer is founder of Kejriwal Research and Investment Services. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

ECA and sports trials to be more student friendly at DU

first_imgNew Delhi: Starting this year, student who wish to apply at Delhi University under the Extra Curricula Activities (ECA) category and sport trials would witness a change in the admission process in the academic session 2019-20. In fact, the administration is preparing to make the quota admissions more student-friendly, that even before the start of the session, said an official. Moreover, the announcement has already been made by the admission committee that this time the trial of these quota will begin from May 20. “And the aspirant of this quota will not have to wait for cut-off,” he added.Earlier, only after the cut-off was released in the DU for past year, student can apply for ECA and sports but this time aspirant will undergo through the trial from the third week of May. However, in the last year of the DU, 60 per cent of the sports quota admission and the weightage of 40 percent of certificate was considered. And this time there may be a change in this also,” he added. Moreover, the discussions on how to keep the weight of the trial and certificates are still going on, he said. By 2017, students had to upload only one certificate for sports, but arrangement had been made to upload three certificates last year but this time committee is discussing that if administration would continue the previous year arrangement or implement the 2017 system to upload the certificate. “In short, the administration is all set to prepare to make ECA and sports trials more students friendly than earlier, so that the process will be simple and hassle free for both students and the DU administration,” official added. Mpostlast_img read more

Passengers stage protest at Barasat station

first_imgKolkata: Male passengers of Sealdah-Barasat section put up a blockade at Barasat station demanding permission to board the ladies special trains. However, Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel were able to clear the track within a short time.On Friday morning, some male passengers boarded the ladies special train and despite the women passengers raised an objection, these passengers didn’t move out the train. RPF and GRP personnel were informed. RPF asked the male passengers to leave the compartments. Soon the GRP personnel also arrived. But, as the RPF and GRP personnel were less in number they could only request the passengers. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaLater, a large police force comprising RPF and GRP personnel forced the male passengers to evacuate the compartments. This created an unrest situation. Within minutes, a huge mob of male passengers put up a blockade obstructing the ladies special protesting the action by RPF and GRP personnel. Male passengers claimed they had to face immense trouble as general trains ran packed while many seats in ladies special trains remained vacant. Therefore, male passengers must be allowed to board the ladies special, they said. A source informed that though male passengers demanded permission to board ladies special trains, railway authority clearly stated that the demand will not be granted as such trains were meant for the female passengers for their safety. After sometime, RPF and GRP personnel forced the male passengers to withdraw the blockade.last_img read more