Domingo named new Bangladesh cricket coach

first_imgDhaka: The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Saturday named South Africa’s Russell Domingo as the new head coach of the national team, replacing Englishman Steve Rhodes. The 44-year-old has agreed to a two-year term with the BCB and is expected to arrive in Dhaka on Wednesday to take charge. “He has a wealth of experience and we have been very impressed with his passion and coaching philosophy,” BCB president Nazmul Hassan said. Bangladesh were struggling to appoint a head coach ahead of hosting Afghanistan for a one Test series in early September and a tri-nation tournament with the visitors and Zimbabwe. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The Tigers had no coach for over a month after the BCB parted ways with Rhodes following the team’s eighth-place finish in the league stage of the World Cup. BCB Director and former skipper Khaled Mahmud took temporary charge during an 0-3 defeat to Sri Lanka in a three-match one-day international series in late July. Hasan said they chose Domingo ahead of other candidates because of his availability. “We also sought a full-time coach… (Domingo) said he was very keen to work with the boys and didn’t want any holiday breaks. These are the reasons why we found him suitable,” he added. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Domingo, the lone candidate to face an interview for the post when he arrived in Dhaka on August 7, said he was eagerly looking ahead to his new challenge. “I have followed Bangladesh’s progress with keen interest and I am extremely excited to assist the team in reaching the goals that they are capable of,” a BCB statement quoted him as saying. Domingo was the assistant coach of South Africa in 2011. He replaced Gary Kirsten as national team head coach of the Proteas in 2013 and remained there 2017. He led South Africa to semifinals of the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. Domingo will have compatriots Charl Langeveldt and Neil McKenzie among his support staff. Bangladesh last month appointed Langeveldt as the pace bowling coach and retained McKenzie as batting coach. Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has also been appointed as new spin bowling coach up to ICC World Twenty20 in Australia next year.last_img read more

Former MP CM Babulal Gaur cremated with full state honours

first_imgBhopal: The mortal remains of former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Babulal Gaur were consigned to flames here on Wednesday. Governor Lalji Tandon, Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Thawarchand Gehlot and Nityanand Rai, BJP vice president Shivraj Singh Chouhan and state BJP chief Rakesh Singh were among those present along with hundreds of party workers. Gaur was cremated at Subhash Nagar crematorium with full state honours. The last rites were performed by his grandson Akash. The veteran BJP leader died due to cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning at a private hospital here. The Congress government in Madhya Pradesh declared a three-day mourning in the state. The government also declared a half-day holiday at all government offices on Wednesday. Chief minister Kamal Nath and many state ministers visited Gaur’s house here in the morning to pay homage.last_img read more

No enhanced surcharge on FPIs for capital gains in equities derivatives

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Saturday clarified that enhanced surcharge has been withdrawn for foreign portfolio investors on capital gains in both the equity and derivatives segments. The Centre on Friday had announced a slew of measures to boost the economy, including rollback of enhanced super-rich tax on foreign and domestic equity investors imposed in the Budget. The derivatives (futures and options) are not treated as capital asset and the income arising from the transfer of the derivatives is treated as business income and liable for normal rate of tax for domestic investors, an official statement said on Saturday, clarifying the stand of tax authorities on gains made from derivatives trading. However, in the case of foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), derivatives are treated as capital assets and the gains arising from the transfer of the same is treated as capital gains and subjected to a special rate of tax as per the provisions of the Income Tax Act. “Therefore, it is also decided that the tax payable on gains arising from the transfer of derivatives (Future & options) by FPI which are liable to special rate of tax under section 115AD of the (Income Tax) Act shall also be exempted from the levy of the enhanced surcharge,” it said. However, the tax payable at normal rate on business income arising from the transfer of derivatives to a person other than FPI shall be liable for the enhanced surcharge, it added. In the 2019-20 Budget, the government had increased surcharge from 15 per cent to 25 per cent on taxable income between Rs 2 crore and Rs 5 crore, and from 15 per cent to 37 per cent for income above Rs 5 crore. Following the increase in surcharge, the effective income tax rate for individuals with taxable income of Rs 2-5 crore has gone up to 39 per cent from 35.88 per cent and for those above Rs 5 crore to 42.7 per cent. The government on Friday had announced a raft of measures to revive growth momentum, including exemption of startups from ‘angel tax’, a package to address distress in the auto sector and upfront infusion of Rs 70,000 crore to public sector banks. Meanwhile, Vedanta Resources Ltd Executive Chairman Anil Agarwal said these comprehensive measures will ensure adequate liquidity, sufficient demand creation and cheaper loans. “The goverment has taken care of sectors ranging from MSMEs to auto and from NBFCs to banks, thereby ensuring adequate liquidity, sufficient demand creation and cheaper loans,” he said.last_img read more

BJP to protest against MP Congress govt on Friday

first_imgBhopal: The BJP will stage protests across Madhya Pradesh on Friday against the Congress-led state government’s “apathetic attitude” towards the flood-affected people, a saffron party leader said on Wednesday. The Congress government has “turned a deaf ear” to the problems being faced by cultivators and other people due to heavy rains and subsequent floods in parts of MP, state BJP Chief Rakesh Singh alleged. “The government is not visible on the field. The presence of administration is not seen anywhere,” he claimed. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “In protest against the apathetic attitude of the Congress government, the BJP would hold protests in every Assembly segment across the state on Friday,” he said. He claimed that thousands of people have become homeless after floods in some parts of the state. The Congress came to power in the state by gaining the sympathy of farmers, but it has done nothing to ease their pain and sufferings, Singh said. “Not a single government representative reached the flood victims to support them,” he claimed. He said the BJP’s district chiefs in the state have been asked to extend help to the flood-hit people in their respective areas.last_img read more

Some baloney in PMs claim Hytera went through national security review

first_imgOTTAWA – “Every single transaction of this sort is subject to a national security review. This is a multi-step assessment process, and that process was followed. We take advice and feedback from our national security agencies very seriously, and based on that advice, we proceeded with this transaction. In this particular case, our security agencies consulted with key allies, including the United States, and I can reassure the member and this House that we will never, ever, compromise on national security.” — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, June 13, 2017.___Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been under fire for the way he has been answering questions about a potential takeover of Vancouver technology firm Norsat International by Hytera, a privately owned communications company based in China.Unease about the acquisition deal stems from concerns that even privately owned businesses in China can still fall under the influence of the Chinese government, as well as the fact that the United States, whose military is a major client of Norsat International, which makes radio systems and transceivers, has been raising its eyebrows over the move.The Liberals say the deal triggered a requirement in the Investment Canada Act that brought it under security-agency scrutiny, but their political rivals say that’s not the same as ordering a full national security review.Conservative MP Tony Clement has said the Liberals, in saying all transactions go through a national security review, are conflating that formal process with a preliminary analysis. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair went so far as to say Trudeau’s claim is “demonstrably false.”Both are accusing the Liberals of putting their desire for closer relations with China above the interests of Canadians. Who’s right?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below)This one earns a rating of “some baloney.” Here’s why.THE FACTSOn June 2, Norsat said Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains had served notice that the Liberal government would not be ordering a review of the transaction under the Investment Canada Act, which can happen if the minister decides the move could be a threat to national security.The Conservative government added the national security test in 2009, but faced severe criticism three years later when they allowed a takeover of Nexen Inc., a Calgary-based oil company, by CNOOC Ltd., a state-controlled Chinese firm, without a formal national security review.After the backlash, former prime minister Stephen Harper placed strict limits on state-owned enterprises investing in the Canadian oilsands, allowing them only in exceptional circumstances.Karl Sasseville, a spokesman for Bains, said Trudeau was being accurate, because the deal, as in all cases, was still examined through a national security lens.Sasseville said that in all cases, security agencies are given at least 45 days to go over the transaction in order to figure out whether it has the potential to impact national security. The Liberal government then issued a notice to Hytera that would prevent the deal from closing until those agencies had an additional 45 days to finish going through the application.Sasseville said those security agencies said there were “no outstanding concerns” that would necessitate triggering the formal review.“Throughout this process, security agencies have access to all the information and intelligence necessary,” Sasseville said.“They could also consult with our allies, if appropriate, to determine if an order under the Act is necessary to protect national security, which in this case, they did.”THE EXPERTSGus Van Harten, an international investment law professor at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, said it was wrong for Trudeau to say that all transactions go through a national security review, as most people would understand that to mean it went through the full process.“If we understand all transactions to mean all foreign investments that are subject to review under the Investment Canada Act, then the statement is not accurate, or at least highly misleading,” said Van Harten.Ward Elcock, a former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, said the difference between a preliminary review and a formal review ordered by cabinet is exactly as it sounds.“The reality is, a full review is more onerous,” he said. “If you are doing a review to decide whether there should be a formal review or not, it’s more cursory.”Peter Glossop, a Toronto lawyer and international trade expert, said there is a way to interpret what Trudeau said as true.There is a lot of information that a foreign investor like Hytera would have to submit to Bains on its application for review, including whether a foreign state is involved, or whether that foreign state has the authority to direct its operational or strategic decision-making.“That filing contains information that can enable the government to review the transaction on a national security basis,” he said.Glossop suggested Trudeau could have been clearer.“All investments by non-Canadians require disclosure of information to enable us to conduct a national security review if we choose to do so,” said Glossop. “Something like that, technically, I think, is what he meant to say, but he is obviously not choosing his words as selectively as I just did.”THE VERDICTGlossop, who said he found it surprising the Liberal government decided not to launch a formal review, said the fact that the process is so secretive — usually because it has to be — makes it hard to say exactly what went on, or why.“People are kind of left scratching their heads as to what happened.”Van Harten said Bains, like any minister, is always free to consult without triggering a formal review, and that doing so was likely a political choice.“It seems to me to come down to the government seeming to want to have its cake and eat it too,” he said.“(They can) tell a Chinese company or the Chinese government that there has been no national security review of the takeover, which would be true in a formal sense, while also telling the Canadian public that there has been such a review — avoiding the detailed point that the designated statutory process for national security review has been skirted.”For this reason, Trudeau’s statement contains “some baloney.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney – the statement is completely accurateA little baloney – the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney – the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney – the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney – the statement is completely inaccurateSources:— http://www.norsat.com/news-releases/investment-canada-notice-regarding-acquisition-by-hytera/— http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/I-21.8/FullText.html— https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ica-lic.nsf/eng/lk81190.html— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

New Nova Scotia gold rush Miners seek riches in tiny flecks of

first_imgMOOSE RIVER GOLD MINES, NOVA SCOTIA, – Amid the dull claystone of a tube-shaped sample of rock, the gleaming, pulse-quickening swirl of gold is unmistakable.“It’s quite a special specimen of gold — it’s by far the best visible section of gold we’ve ever intersected,” said Tim Bourque, a geologist with Atlantic Gold Corp, cradling the metre-long sample in his arms.The rock was gathered last fall at the firm’s Fifteen Mile Lake property, one of four deposits it owns in Nova Scotia’s old gold districts.The discovery of the precious metal in such unremarkable hunks of stone is helping to revive a dormant industry — and Bourque hopes it will keep the company’s Moose River Consolidated Project flourishing after its initial Touquoy mine starts up here in September.The company says Touquoy will stamp out 87,000 ounces of gold in its first year — each ounce currently worth over US$1200 each — an indication of the potential riches that have drawn Atlantic Gold (CVE:AGB) and other miners to the interior of the province’s Eastern Shore region.The number of provincial exploration licences shot up from 259, covering 35,000 hectares, to 417 licences covering almost 97,000 hectares last year. Those include other minerals, but the Department of Natural Resources says “gold is a target for many.”Another mining company, Newfoundland-based Anaconda (TSX:ANX), has purchased a gold mine in Goldboro, 185 kilometres northeast of Halifax, with plans to mine and ship ore from the site to its central processing site in Newfoundland within three years.Nova Scotia’s 21st century gold industry differs from the era of underground shafts at Moose River Gold Mines, the site of a world-famous 1936 cave-in that trapped three men and led to the live broadcast of a dramatic rescue that was heard across the continent.Geologists are now seeking tiny flecks of the precious mental in the folds of ordinary, “host” rock that held the quartz, rather than exclusively in the quartz veins that characterize underground gold mines.The new Moose River mines are open pits the size of multiple football fields, using daily explosions to extract tonnes of ore along with a mass crushing and leaching to draw out tiny amounts of gold.The concept relies on massive volumes of ore, a standardization of crushing methods that keep costs down, close proximity to ports and cities — Halifax is less than 90 minutes away — and a relatively strong gold price.John Wightman, executive director of the Nova Scotia Prospectors Association, says the old-timers who ran the underground mines in places like Moose River, Caribou or Goldboro in the last century never would have imagined the scene unfolding near their idled shafts.“We’re looking at deposits for the most part that are disseminated gold, which means the grade is low compared to traditional mines,” he said.At the Touquoy site, pits have been blasted deep into the ground.During a tour, chief operations officer Maryse Belanger says about 25,000 tonnes of ore will start to be moved around the grounds each day this fall.Some will go to build the dam being erected in the distance, other portions go into construction on the site and about a quarter will be put through a processing plant being built on higher ground.“Open pit mining here in Nova Scotia is part of redefining what the (Canadian) industry can do,” she said, as she stands in front of grey rock face where the first ore will be blasted into 15-centimetre chunks.She says after her firm assembled a series of properties in 2014 in the centre of the province, it was able to raise about $150 million in investment.Those funds pay for a processing plant built by Australia’s Ausenco firm, where massive quantities of ore will be pulverized. The flecks of gold that gravity and crushing can’t extract is drawn away by cyanide flowing through tanks.Each tonne of rock averages about 1.45 grams of gold — roughly the equivalent of a few paper clips next to an adult elephant.The gold will be stored in a windowless, three-storey building where furnaces are to create the bullion bars before they’re stored in a thick cement vault currently under construction.As Belanger gives the tour, heavy trucks lumber around the property, building holding areas for a pond where water from the project is stored before being returned to the environment.This discarded water is among the environmental concerns raised by some residents of the region.Retiree Barbara Markovits says nitrogen in the effluent — in part from the explosives — may lead to unnatural enrichment of surrounding waters, leading to potential fish kills.“We remain concerned about the ongoing water quality of the effluent when that mine starts,” said Markovits, a member of the Eastern Shore Forest Watch, who suspects open-pit gold mining may prove to be a temporary industry that’s highly dependent on keeping costs low.The company responded in an email that nitrogen levels can be controlled through proper selection of explosives that won’t produce the residues and are highly insoluble in water.Markovits said her group also wants effluent-quality test results to be placed online within “days or hours.”As well, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is demanding further information on the impacts of the second open pit, the Beaver Dam project, which would have trucks carrying ore over rural highways to Touquoy.Belanger says the company’s response to the issues will be posted “in the coming weeks,” and that its proposed hauling route “does not pass by any existing homes.”But amidst environmental concerns, there are also Nova Scotia mining professionals grateful for the chance to return home for work.The Touquoy site alone is expected to result in 200 new jobs in the area.For geologists and hard-rock miners who grew up in the province, the gold industry means a return home and a chance to prove open pit mining will have a net benefit.Douglas Keating, the son of an Eastern Shore fisherman, spent decades travelling the globe, including time working in Africa with Belanger.“I’ve been in this industry for 35 years and it’s nice to come back home … I’d like to bring a lot more people back here as well,” the chief assayer said during a tour of his lab.last_img read more

Ottawa cops ordered to pay wrongfully arrested brutalized woman 254K

first_imgTORONTO – A woman brutalized by Ottawa police during her wrongful trespassing arrest and left naked for hours in a holding cell nine years ago has been awarded $254,000 in damages.The Superior Court award in favour of Roxanne Carr, one of the highest of its kind in Canada, comes after a nine-day trial that ended more than a year ago.“The police actions broke my heart,” Carr said in a statement through her lawyer Lawrence Greenspon. “Patience is a virtue — sometimes it’s worth the wait because it helps others.”Given the possibility of an appeal, Carr would not otherwise be speaking publicly, Greenspon said Monday from Ottawa.In making the award, Justice Sylvia Corthorn faulted several officers for the disturbing series of events, but aimed much of her judgment at Const. Michael Adlard, the officer who set off a chain of events in August 2008.Adlard had no grounds to arrest Carr without a warrant for what was, at most, a landlord and tenant dispute, Corthorn found. The officer then used excessive force to detain her, leaving her with injuries that included a bone fracture in her wrist, the judge said.Court records show Carr, then in her late 20s, was renting part of a home in Ottawa from her boyfriend but he had called police to say he wanted her gone. Carr was sitting and chatting with a friend on the front steps of the house when, to her surprise, Adlard showed up.Within eight minutes, Adlard had thrown Carr to the ground and arrested her. Corthorn rejected his shifting account that he feared Carr, whose rent was paid up and was entitled to be there, was about to lunge at him.“Adlard’s failure to take a measured approach and his decision to take a forceful, if not confrontational approach are such that his conduct fell below the standard of care,” Corthorn said.The situation turned uglier when Carr kicked out the back window of the cruiser and she was taken to the police station.Video shows officers casually search Carr, who was lying face down on the floor. Despite the fact she was now completely compliant, Const. Richard Marcil opted to use a restraining device to take her to her cell, apparently breaking her wrist in the process.“It looks like an animal on a leash. It’s really, really disturbing,” Greenspon said from Ottawa on Monday. “You wouldn’t treat an animal the way she was treated at the station.”Once in a cell, Marcil and other officers stripped her of her clothing on the pretext that Carr, who by now had two broken bones in her wrist, was suicidal and had tried to tie her shirt around her neck, the judge found. Carr was left for more than two hours naked in the cell.Officers finally gave her back her clothes and allowed her to leave. The judge accepted that Carr had two fractures in her wrist, and scrapes and bruises on her head, shoulders legs and foot as a result of the force used against her and that the incident had inflicted traumatic stress on her.Four charges against Carr, including that she had resisted arrest and assaulted an officer, were withdrawn three years later. Corthorn rejected Carr’s negligence claims against the officer who had laid the charges for lack of evidence.Ultimately, Corthorn awarded her $90,000 in general damages, $120,000 in lost income and $37,000 for counselling. Corthorn also ordered the police services board and the four officers involved in stripping Carr and leaving her naked in the cell to pay her another $7,500 for breaching her rights.Interest and legal costs have yet to be determined.Ottawa police said Monday they were reviewing the judgment and would not discuss the case or the status of the eight officers involved, who never faced prosecution or misconduct charges.“It certainly puts the propriety of their investigations up for grabs,” Greenspon said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly attributed a quote from Corthorn.last_img read more

Jewish group complains about memorabilia being sold at Ontario antiques market

first_imgA Toronto-based Jewish organization is raising concerns about the sale of Nazi memorabilia at an Ontario antiques market.The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies says one of its members was at the Roadshow Antiques South market in Pickering, Ont., over the weekend and noticed a vendor selling items that included a deck of cards printed with swastikas, stamps featuring Hitler, a Nazi flag and Hitler Youth pins.The centre said it sent a staff member to the market on Wednesday and confirmed the items were still being sold.The staff member asked customers at the market what they thought of the items, the centre said, and one woman remarked that “her (late) husband admired the Nazis.”FSWC president and CEO Avi Benlolo said he is concerned about that kind of thinking.“This kind of thing is horrific,” he said. “People are venerating the Nazis and celebrating the regime.”FSWC said it raised concerns about the vendor’s items with Pickering’s mayor, the antique market’s owner and Durham regional police.It said the display and sale of the items is hurtful to members of the Jewish community.“There’s a rising tide in celebrating the Nazis and believing that what they did was right. We are very concerned about that kind of philosophy,” Benlolo said.The owner of the antiques market said, however, that he will continue to allow the vendor to sell what he calls German — not Nazi — memorabilia because the items are a part of history.“We sell these products to Jewish people who want to show their kids that the Holocaust did happen,” said Henry Jones. “They should be out in the open for the public to decide how they feel about it.”Jones said the situation is no different from someone selling a samurai sword or pictures of the Enola Gay, a U.S. B-29 bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima during the Second World War.Similarly, Jewish museums collect German memorabilia to illustrate historic events from the past, he added.Jones did not identify the vendor selling the items that had raised concerns for the FSWC but said the man specialized in the sale of military items and has had a booth at the market for four years.Durham police said they’re aware of a vendor selling the items at the market.FSWC said the police confirmed that the situation does not constitute a hate crime, nor is it illegal to sell Nazi memorabilia.last_img read more

New era of oil supply certainty force changes in Canadian producers strategies

first_imgCALGARY – A shift in global oil markets sentiment is under way, replacing decades of scarcity fears with confidence in surpluses, capping oil prices and forcing changes in the way the industry works, observers say.“We’re moving from a mindset where oil was considered a scarce resource to one now where it’s more of a plentiful resource,” said Steve Reynish, executive vice-president of strategy and corporate development at Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU), speaking at a conference in Calgary last week.“What we’re seeing is a huge reorganization worldwide and it’s all about how can we compete in a more plentiful world and that really takes us to competitiveness, cost-cutting, capital discipline.”Reynish said Canada has fallen behind the U.S. in pipeline and major resource project construction and needs to rework regulatory, political and environmental priorities. As an example, he reiterated a call by Suncor CEO Steve Williams last year to update Alberta conservation rules to allow oilsands producers to leave the most costly and carbon-intensive portions of a resource untapped.The world’s current oil oversupply has been largely driven by U.S. shale oil and gas plays, Reynish said. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Canada’s largest energy customer has boosted domestic oil production from less than four million barrels per day in 2008 to 9.2 million bpd now, while gas output has risen from 67 million cubic feet per day to 89 million cf/d.The production surplus that put oil prices in a funk starting in mid-2014 has pushed potential investors to the sidelines, experts say.Energy analyst Nick Lupick of AltaCorp Capital said the recent stability in benchmark U.S. West Texas Intermediate prices has encouraged some investors to put oil and gas stocks back in their portfolios again but the market is “skittish” and could easily be derailed by volatility in oil prices. Most funds remain below market weighting in oil and gas securities, he said.“Between US$50 and $53 WTI (per barrel) is perfect,” he said in an interview.“If we can sit there for the rest of the year, fundamentals are showing better, buying will likely continue, and the weightings will come up. What we don’t want to see is volatility.”WTI was trading at above US $51 on Friday.Oilsands production is expected to rise early next year as Suncor’s Fort Hills mine adds 194,000 bpd and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) brings on its 80,000-bpd Horizon mine expansion.Lupick said there’s plenty of demand in the world for that heavy oil but a lack of pipeline space means higher-priced railway cars will have to be employed to bring new barrels to market in the short term.Adam Waterous, who left Scotiabank to start investment firm Waterous Energy Fund early this year, said he remains convinced that this is the perfect time to invest in oil and gas after four decades of “lousy” six to eight per cent returns from the sector.He said the “age of scarcity” began with the Arab oil embargo on the U.S. in 1973 and has ever since prompted poorly-considered energy projects in Canada based on overly optimistic commodity price forecasts.“Optimism is the enemy of the investor,” he said. “I’m a buyer right now. I love negative headlines.”The Waterous fund was created with the goal to invest $200 million- to $400-million in oil and gas companies — it bought two-thirds of the shares in Northern Blizzard Resources (since renamed Cona Resources Ltd.) earlier this year for about $244 million.Suncor will be one of the first major Canadian oil and gas companies to report its third-quarter financial results on Oct. 25.Analysts say few surprises are expected as companies continue to sacrifice growth in favour of conservative budgets that keep spending to less than cash flow (the difference between revenue and expenses).Companies with refinery assets such as Suncor, Imperial Oil Ltd. (TSX:IMO), Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE) and Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) are expected to do well as refinery profit margins rose when competing Gulf Coast refineries were closed due to flooding caused by hurricane Harvey.However, a US six-cent gain in the average value of the Canadian dollar in the third quarter compared with the second is expected to hurt producers’ realized oil and gas prices, dampening third-quarter profits.Follow HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Feds announce Canada to join US Mexico bid for 2026 FIFA World

first_imgThe federal government has officially thrown its support behind the North American bid for the 2026 World Cup.Canada, Mexico and the U-S are up against Morocco to host the men’s soccer showcase.The government has promised up to five million dollars in immediate help should the unified bid win.We thank the Government of Canada for their support of the United Bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup in Canada, Mexico and the United States. https://t.co/f7Ow06ds6V— President’s Office (@CanadaSoccerPO) March 13, 2018last_img

Manitoba premier asks colleagues to cut restrictions on interprovincial booze

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is asking his colleagues to eliminate restrictions on interprovincial booze runs.In advance of next week’s premiers meeting in New Brunswick, Pallister has written a letter to other provincial leaders outlining his priorities.In the letter obtained by The Canadian Press, Pallister says the provinces should remove their limits on interprovincial transportation of alcohol for personal use.He says the idea has broad public support, and would show progress in the effort to reduce inter-provincial barriers on other items.In April, the Supreme Court upheld a New Brunswick law that fined a man $240 for bringing home a trunk load of beer and liquor from Quebec.The high court said provinces have the power to enact laws that restrict commerce if there is another overriding purpose, which in New Brunswick’s case was the desire to control the supply of alcohol within the province.Pallister’s letter says the premiers should adopt a recommendation to reduce alcohol restrictions from an advisory body called the Regulatory Reconciliation and Co-operation table, set up under the Canada Free Trade Agreement.“In particular, the recommendation regarding a personal use exemption will address long-standing concerns regarding the transportation of alcoholic beverages across domestic borders by significantly increasing personal-use limits,” Pallister wrote.“I suggest we consider going further by fully removing those limits, a move strongly supported by Canadians from every region of the country.”Pallister also points to other items that are subject to interprovincial barriers including trucking regulations such as size and weight restrictions, abbatoirs and business registration requirements.“The Bank of Canada has estimated that removing existing trade barriers could raise real GDP by the equivalent of approximately $1,500 per family per year. Viewed from that perspective, the costs of inaction are high.”The premiers meeting, which runs July 18 to July 20, will cover a variety of topics including Indigenous issues and inter-city buses.Alberta’s Rachel Notley wants to find some replacement for Greyhound bus routes that are being ended across Western Canada at the end of October.“I will be raising this issue at the Council of the Federation with a view to working on common solutions with my fellow premiers and the federal government to ensure western Canadians — particularly those living in rural areas, including many Indigenous communities — have access to the transportation services they deserve,” Notley said in a written statement Wednesday.Pallister said he hopes private firms will step forward to fill the void — one firm in northern Ontario has already announced plans to expand westward. He said government subsidies will not be the answer.“The companies that take the subsidies tend to run out as soon as the subsidy runs out.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly quoted the GDP estimate as $1,500 per year total.last_img read more

Edmonton shop displays gingerbread Hogwarts Castle

first_imgEDMONTON (CITYNEWS) – Fans of Harry Potter will be able to see a to-scale Hogwarts Castle in Edmonton–made entirely of gingerbread.This 1 to 100 replica on display at Duchess Bake Shop on 124 Street was based on the castle in London where the third installment, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, was shot, according to its creators. The masterpiece is a result of the efforts of designer and architect Garner Beggs and decorator Kelsey Johnson.“We started the design process back in August and it took a long time to figure it out,” he told CityNews. “It took many, many, many, many hours of baking gingerbread, cutting it out. And then Kelsey spent many, many hours piping and decorating and getting it all done.”He says “several hundreds of hours” were spent perfecting the structure–he even had enough time to listen to all the Harry Potter audio books and them some additional podcasts. This is the fourth project the pair took on, but this one stands apart from previous ones as it’s actually part of a fundraiser.Here’s the #gingerbreadhouse to beat this year!This #Hogwarts took hundreds of hours to make, and is all edible. By @duchessbakeshop , fundraiser for @BissellCentre (bring your socks and feast your eyes on it until January 13!) #yeg pic.twitter.com/ApTvmKoncQ— Carly Robinson (@CarlyDRobinson) November 17, 2018When you zoom over on your Nimbus200 too see the castle, you’re asked to bring a donation of new socks or underwear for the Bissell Centre.“This time of year there’s a really big need for fresh, clean socks. Personally, I love putting on a nice, new pair of socks in the morning and I think a lot of us take that for granted. But if you get your socks wet and if you don’t have anywhere to go warm up and you don’t have a new pair of socks to put on or you don’t have money to go do laundry, it’s a really awful thing to trudge around all day in old socks.”Not only is there a need for socks, but it also fits with the Harry Potter theme. Fans will likely remember the moment at the end of the second episode (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) where Harry gifts house-elf Dobby a sock, effectively setting him free of his master family the Malfoys.If you bring a donation to the bakery, you will be entered in a draw to “become Voldemort” and destroy the castle at the end of the drive.“I’d love to see over 1,000 socks donated to the Bissell Centre this year. I think that would be tremendous.”Johnson says it’s satisfying to see it all come together. “There are new things to look at each different step you take around the table. You see new faces and new facets…I’m a Harry Potter nerd so I was like, ‘we need to have all the house represented with coloured tiles and we need to have the bridge and lanterns going down to the boat area and the greenhouses,’” she said.WATCH: Beggs and Johnson talk about their creation She says there are lots of easter eggs for other Harry Potter fans to find in the castle. Beggs says the project didn’t come without challenges–the biggest ones being the tower, which he had to build in three separate parts and then glue together with sugar glue, and then the trestle bridge.“I may have dropped [it] after I built the first one and that one almost broke me. That was a hard day.” Sounds like Beggs could’ve used Hermoine’s Time Turner that day.The duo also glued on the thousands of individual hand-died, hand-cut gum paste tiles, with the help of other bakery staff. If only there was a spell to help build the castle.The castle will be on display until Jan. 13.-with files from Carly Robinsonlast_img read more

In the news today Nov 27

first_imgSix stories in the news for Monday, Nov. 26———ROTATING POSTAL STRIKES TO END TODAYMail service will resume all across the country at noon today after the Senate passed legislation ordering an end to five weeks of rotating strikes by postal workers. Royal assent was granted late Monday shortly after senators approved Bill C-89 by a vote of 53-25. Four senators abstained. The government had deemed passage of the bill to be urgent due to the economic impact of continued mail disruptions during the busy holiday season. It rushed the bill through the House of Commons last week.———GM CUTS: BLAME TECH, NOT TRUMP, EXPERTS SAY Donald Trump’s tariff battles with Canada, Mexico, China and Europe have inflated the cost of steel, making it more expensive to build cars in North America. But General Motors’ decision to close factories and lay off thousands of people is more about tactics than the balance sheet, say trade observers and automotive industry experts. The company is placing a substantial bet on a future dominated by three high-tech trends that have been upending the world of the internal-combustion engine: electric vehicles, mobility services like ride-hailing apps, and cars and trucks that are capable of driving themselves.———NOVA SCOTIA GROUP RALLIED BEHIND GRIEVING FAMILYA woman who has gone through loss of her own is coming to the aid of the parents of a young girl who died in a Christmas parade accident in Yarmouth, N.S. The small town of 7,000 people was left devastated when four-year-old MaCali Cormier died Saturday night after she fell under the wheels of a float during the annual Parade of Lights. Sarah Robicheau says she understands the intense pain the loss of a child can bring, after experiencing a stillbirth in 2012 and the loss of an infant to SIDS just two years later. Robicheau has since started a local group called Anchor for Hope, which provides support for parents who have lost children.———PAROLE HEARING FOR WOMAN BEHIND RENGEL KILLINGA young woman who sexually blackmailed her boyfriend into killing a 14-year-old girl she saw as a rival more than a decade ago is set to appear before the Parole Board of Canada today. Melissa Todorovic was convicted in 2009 for masterminding the murder of Stefanie Rengel, a girl she had never met but who became the focus of her jealousy. Rengel had briefly dated Todorovic’s then-boyfriend, David Bagshaw, years earlier and Todorovic threatened to break up with him or withhold sex unless he killed his former flame. He eventually carried out her command, stabbing Rengel six times and leaving her to die in a snowbank outside her house on New Year’s Day, 2008.———WIRELESS GROUP CALLS FOR FAVOURABLE REGULATIONSCanada’s wireless telecom companies need a regulatory environment that will encourage about $26 billion worth of investments in networks over the next seven years, the head of the industry’s trade association said Monday. Former P.E.I premier Robert Ghiz, who is now CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, told a Toronto audience that the industry is pleased with a provision contained in the federal government’s fall mini-budget. He said Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s increases to the capital cost allowance — which determines how quickly companies get to write down investments in longer-term equipment — will make it easier to invest in wireless networks.———BECCA SCHOFIELD TO GET ORDER OF NEW BRUNSWICKA young New Brunswick girl who inspired people around the world to perform random acts of kindness will be honoured posthumously today with the Order of New Brunswick. Becca Schofield died in February at the age of 18 — two years after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Her movement on social media, with the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo, quickly went viral and inspired ongoing acts of compassion and generosity. Schofield is one of 11 recipients of the award this year who are being recognized for their work in the arts, sports, community, health and justice.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— The trial of Dennis Oland resumes today. Oland was charged in 2013 with the second-degree murder of his father, a multi-millionaire businessman and member of the prominent Maritime beer-brewing family.— The First Nations Self-Government Summit will feature a series of best practice presentations from across the country to highlight a pathway to independent nationhood in Mi’kma’ki.— Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to make an major investment announcement today in London, Ont., at Maple Leaf Foods.— Edward Downey, 48, will stand trial on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sara Baillie and her daughter Taliyah Marsman in the summer of 2016.— Minister of Finance Bill Morneau will participate in an armchair discussion at an event hosted by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Online sales interactive displays as lottery agencies vie for customers

first_imgWINNIPEG — Like many millennials, Sarah Rogalsky doesn’t go out of her way to buy lottery tickets.The 32-year-old is part of an office pool and chips in $2 a week at her Winnipeg workplace, primarily for the social aspect of playing with others.“I’ve never bought a lottery ticket on my own.”She is part of a countrywide trend that lottery agencies are trying to reverse. By upgrading technology and making gambling more readily available, they are hoping to attract and retain more young adults — a generation that has grown up with seemingly infinite entertainment options available at the click of a mouse or a swipe of the finger.There are many ways to be entertained, Rogalsky said, and the long odds of scoring big in a lottery are not enticing.“For example, my parents would buy lottery tickets because they thought there was a chance they would win, whereas someone like me, I know how low those chances literally are.”In 2014, the Interprovincial Lottery Corp., which represents all provincial and territorial lottery agencies, issued a request for proposals for a new lottery game that would be similar to Lotto 6-49 and appeal to adults under 35. The number of young adults buying national lottery tickets was declining at “historic” levels, the document said.The Western Canada Lottery Corp., which represents the prairie provinces and three northern territories, reported a $150-million drop in lottery revenues in 2017 from the previous year. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. cited a “diminishing core player base” in its most recent annual report.In recent years, lottery agencies have moved to make gambling more tech-friendly and easier for people to gain access. More provinces have opened online gambling sites, on which players can engage in casino-style games or buy lottery tickets. Lottery terminals at corner stores are going high-tech and interactive.Last September, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. introduced a new instant lottery ticket that combines the traditional scratch requirement with an animated spinning wheel that appears on the lottery terminal display screen. The agency is also making some products available at grocery store checkout lanes.The corporation is “improving the customer experience and ensuring it is responsive to changing customer expectations by investing in digital technology and product solutions,” spokesman Tony Bitonti wrote in an email.It’s a tough battle to attract younger adults who have grown up with a vast array of entertainment options, said Prof. Kelley Main, head of the marketing department at the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba.From immersive video games at home to fast-action apps on mobile devices, millennials are used to having their senses fully engaged, she said.“Our expectations about how quickly things happen have changed, and … our expectations about how interactive these games are have also changed,” Main said.“The traditional paper format (of lottery tickets) doesn’t engage our sense the same way as technology could allow some of the other options.”Steve Lambert, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars Attend Playground Of Dreams Event

first_imgPlayground of Dreams (POD), a new innovative non-profit mentoring program that teams entertainment industry influencers with children to help foster their creativity, confidence, leadership skills and unique purpose in the world is proud to announce that its first-ever “Coolest Variety Show on Earth” raised $30,000 in funds for the charity.The donations from the benefit will flow directly to the Los Angeles-based organization in bringing in a new team of children, advancing its current team into their community service initiative, growing their national presence, and make it possible for the maximum number of children to participate and realize their dreams.For its first-ever full-scale benefit, POD saw an overwhelming amount of support from the community. More than 500 people attended the sold out “Coolest Variety Show on Earth,” including a slew of celebrities such as actress Vanessa Williams, actress Frances Fisher, E! News correspondent Catt Sadler, actors Aldis and Edwin Hodge, NBA great Joe Smith, actor Ernie Hudson, actress Sharon Lawrence, actor Dash Mihok, actor Martin Kove, and actress Erin Cahill.The main event at the benefit was an impressive variety showcase starring the children of Playground of Dreams expressing their number one passions through song, dance, science, spoken word poetry and other talents.“I have never seen so many standing ovations in one place in my life,” says Brian Larrabee, Co-Founder of Playground of Dreams.” “What was intended to be a day of our Playground of Dreams kids expressing and fulfilling their dreams, turned into a celebration of everybody in the theatre experiencing what it is like to live the life of their dreams.”Special performances by The School of Rock, actor Dash Mihok, actor Travis Van Winkle, actress Sharon Pierre-Louis, international recording artist Kandace Lindsey, bands COED and Mosaic also wowed the crowd. In addition to the live acts, the event included a “Dream Panel,” featuring Catt Sadler, Sharon Lawrence, Frances Fisher, Martin Kove, two time Oscar-winning sound engineer Ron Judkins, and talent manager Michael Greenwald. The event also included interactive “dream clinics” such as a build-your-own-superhero station, “Michael The Baker” baking station, E! News hosting clinic by Women Like Us foundation, an artistry station with live music and painting and hosted by World Peace Project 24 Peaces.“Our sincerest gratitude and thanks for the contributions of all of our sponsors, kids, volunteers and attendees – all of which made this possible,” says Anna Herbert, Playground of Dreams Co-Founder. “Everyone was 100% invested in creating this magnificent event, and we really appreciate their commitment, patience, giving, and love. We are excited to work with all of them in the future!”Event attendees enjoyed food, drinks and prizes donated by sponsors including Lacoste, Village Pizzeria, Level 3 Design Group, Sweet Crush Ice Bar, Duff Goldman’s Cake Mix, EarthBar, Hint Water, Ice Link, KB Covers, Chef Richie Million, Cinema Secrets, Blue Ice Vodka, Corozon Maya Tequila and Kickin’ Foods.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

Michael J Fox Returns To Primetime TV

first_imgLast night, Michael J. Fox returned to television as the star of his own sitcom after more than two decades living with Parkinson’s disease.Fox’s decision to return to primetime has injected Parkinson’s into the national conversation — a conversation already transformed by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF), which the actor launched in 2000 with the exclusive goal of funding research to speed a cure for the disease.“What I had in mind was an organization built for speed, eschewing bureaucracy and taking an entrepreneurial approach toward helping researchers find a cure for Parkinson’s,” says Michael J. Fox. “There was no existing blueprint for accomplishing what we wanted to do. We were faced with the challenge of inventing a new system.”Parkinson’s disease is estimated to affect one in 100 people over age 60. It is the second-most common brain disorder after Alzheimer’s and the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. The average age of onset is 60, though some people are diagnosed at age 40 or younger. There is no cure, and available treatments are inadequate to patients’ medical needs: They address only some of the symptoms and bring disabling side effects of their own.“Michael J. Fox’s return to television has created an opportune moment to consider how much work remains to be done in the realm of neurodegeneration research,” wrote MJFF CEO Todd Sherer, Ph.D., in an op-ed published by Scientific American on September 25. “For every patient, a community is affected, as the impact of PD ripples to loved ones and caregivers. This is a global problem, but one that we can and must solve.”Largest Nonprofit Funder of Parkinson’s Disease ResearchThe Michael J. Fox Foundation grew quickly from startup to the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s research, and has made grants totaling more than $350 million to research teams all over the world (about 30 percent of funds go to international teams). In November 2008 The New York Times called MJFF “the most credible voice on Parkinson’s research in the world.”The Foundation typically allocates donor capital within a few months of receiving donations, eschewing an endowment or large investment reserve to quickly push research to the next level. Since inception, 89 cents of every dollar spent by MJFF has gone directly to high-impact research programs. Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News called MJFF a “beacon of efficiency” after the Foundation placed first on their list of 20 grant-giving disease foundations in May 2013.Due in no small part to the Foundation’s efforts, more new Parkinson’s drugs are in development today than ever before. A high-risk, high-reward model drives investment in early-stage research, getting innovative new projects off the ground to make them attractive to larger-scale partners. Earlier this month, biotechnology companies Amicus Therapeutics and Civitas Therapeutics, Inc., announced follow-on investments to projects kick-started with MJFF funding. Additional support for these projects — around a disease-modifying drug target and improved delivery of symptomatic treatment — will mean faster development and delivery of therapies that will improve the lives of Parkinson’s disease patients.Patient Engagement to Accelerate Discovery and DevelopmentIn addition to funding promising studies, MJFF problem-solves to address operational challenges in the landscape of biomedical research. One roadblock to drug discovery and development is the lack of reliable and validated Parkinson’s biomarkers. A biomarker — a substance, process or characteristic in the body associated with the risk or presence of disease or that changes over time in a way that can be linked to disease progression — can help diagnose the disease sooner, track its progression and test the effects of new drugs.The MJFF-sponsored landmark Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) launched in 2010 with 24 clinical sites around the world capturing and analyzing standardized Parkinson’s disease patient and healthy control data to identify biological markers of the disease. The first significant PPMI results were published last month in JAMA Neurology, where investigators reported differences between Parkinson’s patients and controls in spinal fluid protein levels. Research continues into these and other potential biomarkers, and PPMI has expanded to study individuals with Parkinson’s risk factors to try to characterize the disease before the onset of motor symptoms. The hope is that such understanding will lead to a preventive therapy for Parkinson’s.To identify biomarkers and test new drugs, research needs volunteers; 85 percent of clinical studies are delayed due to slow volunteer enrollment. MJFF created Fox Trial Finder, an online clinical trial matching tool to connect interested Parkinson’s patients and healthy controls to Parkinson’s disease studies they may be eligible for and interested in. With more than 20,000 registrants and 300 active trials in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia, Fox Trial Finder is launching this fall in five additional European countries: Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Austria.think/able Campaign Collects Messages for MichaelTo mark Michael J. Fox’s return to television, the Foundation has launched the think/able campaign, which celebrates the power of optimism and proactivity to overcome challenges and meet our goals. Now through the end of October, the project is collecting messages to Michael from the community. All are welcome to submit a message using the form available on the Foundation’s Web site at www.michaeljfox.org/thinkable.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

United Nations Establishes Nelson Mandela Prize

first_imgThe United Nations General Assembly last week established the “United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize” as a tribute to the achievements and contributions of the late South African leader who inspired not only his own country but the rest of the world.“Our best tribute to Nelson Mandela is not found in words or ceremonies – but in actions that take up the torch he passed to us,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in remarks to the Assembly, following the adoption by consensus of the resolution establishing the prize.“The United Nations General Assembly has a proud record of acting against apartheid – and for Nelson Mandela,” said Mr. Ban.“From the early days of sanctions to the more recent declaration of 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day, this Assembly has placed itself on the right side of history – with the people who need us most.“Today, the Assembly took another step forward in carrying on Nelson Mandela’s lifelong work through this meaningful prize.”By the terms of the resolution, the Assembly asked the Secretary-General, in consultation with the President of the Assembly, to establish within six months of adoption of the text the criteria and procedures for bestowing the prize. This is to be adopted by the Assembly no later than 30 November 2014.Mr. Ban recalled that when Mr. Mandela himself accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, he said he was a representative of the countless human beings who quote, ‘recognised that an injury to one is an injury to all and therefore acted together in defence of justice and a common human decency.’“Nelson Mandela embodied this altruistic spirit of solidarity. The United Nations will forever be inspired by his example,” the Secretary-General stated.last_img read more

Common To Be Honored At Promise Night Gala

first_imgAmerica’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest network dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, will honor five extraordinary leaders with the Promise of America Award, its highest honor, at its annual Promise Night Gala in New York City on April 18.The gala will follow Recommit to Kids | The Summit for America’s Future, a daylong convening of business, philanthropy, nonprofit, government, education and faith leaders in NYC focused on a national push to refocus the nation on the needs of young people.Promise Night honorees exemplify how leaders from business, entertainment, government, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector each have a role in improving the lives of America’s youth.“There is no better investment of time and money than that which we make in children,” said Alma J. Powell, chair, America’s Promise. “We thank our Promise of America honorees for their extraordinary work on behalf of children and youth and ask others to join us as we recommit ourselves and our work to helping all children reach their American dream.”“Each honoree represents the best in his or her field, and each makes time to better the lives of children,” said America’s Promise President & CEO John Gomperts. “America’s Promise is proud to stand with such a committed group. Their work and advocacy on behalf of young people is exactly what we need to help more young people stay on a path to adult success.”This year’s Promise of America honorees include: • Kenneth I. Chenault, chairman and CEO, American Express Company • Common, hip-hop artist, actor, film producer, and founder of the Common Ground Foundation • Arne Duncan, managing partner, Emerson Collective • Bryan Stevenson, executive director, Equal Justice Initiative • Dorothy Stoneman, founder, YouthBuildThe Promise of America Awards honor champions who have answered the call of every American president for the past 40 years to fulfill the Five Promises for children and youth: caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education, and opportunities to serve.Audra Day, along with the Boys & Girls Harbor Choir, and Kenny G will perform during the evening event.Last year’s Promise of America Award recipients included Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target Corporation; Dr. Angela Diaz, director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center; Patricia de Stacy Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; and Magic Johnson, chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises.America’s Promise will present additional awards on April 18th, including the People of Promise, Promise Heroes and the Powell Legacy Awards, which recognize young adult leaders, community leaders and organizations creating change for young people, respectively.To learn more about the 20th anniversary events, please visit www.Recommit2Kids.org.last_img read more

Womens Rights Advocates and Sex Trade Survivors Rally Against PornHub PopUp

first_imgThe Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), the National Organization for Women-New York (NOW-NY), and feminist author and leader Gloria Steinem held a press conference last week to highlight the detrimental impact the PornHub pop-up shop has on our culture and to call on elected officials to halt the expansion of more pop-ups in New York City.Joined by sex trade survivors, the group asserted that the physical presence of PornHub, an Internet warehouse of graphic, violent pornographic videos, promotes and normalizes sexual violence against women and girls.The groups were joined by supporters from around the city who are concerned about the proliferation and unchecked accessibility of pornography online that is contributing to boys’ and young people’s understanding of sexuality and to a broader rape culture that normalizes violence against women. The PornHub site’s titles include “Picking up a Schoolgirl for a Quick Drive Home,” “Jap Maid Serves the House Guest,” “Hot Innocent Teen Gives Grandpa a Blowjob.” Viewers pick the women by race or categories, like “stepdaughter,” “gangbang,” or “barely legal.”“At a time when we are beginning to dismantle the fear many sexual violence victims have from speaking out, the last thing our society needs is a storefront promoting violence against women,” said Sonia Ossorio, President of the National Organization for Women- New York (NOW-NY). “We are creating a dangerous precedent when we glorify this pop-up, even if on the surface it appears harmless, PornHub and similar sites are teaching young men that the violence they see is normal and accepted.”Protesters called out the way PornHub crosses the line on the exploitation of women, promoting racist language and stereotypes and selling violence against women and girls.“As long as porn is seen as synonymous with sex, people will defend it, but in fact, pornography is about power, not sex,” said Gloria Steinem. “We need to make the difference clear to save the lives and shared humanity of both men and women.”Studies have found that the consumption of pornography is associated with the perpetuation of male physical and psychological violence against women and rape myths.“Many survivors of the sex trade, including me, can testify that our pimps or traffickers have brought cameras into the room to get our rapes on film,” said Melanie Thompson, 21, who was trafficked in Queens at the age of 12. “You had to smile and submit, or face the consequences from your buyer and your pimp. You had to deal with it, whatever that was.”The website PornHub is just a parcel of the multi-billion dollar sex industry that profits from exploitation, dehumanization, and the sex trafficking of the most marginalized people. It opened its storefront in November 2017 and is planning to open additional storefronts throughout the city and across Europe.“PornHub is grooming the next generation of sexual predators,” said Taina Bien-Aimé, executive director of CATW. “If New Yorkers want to honor the #MeToo movement and end sexual violence, we must make the connections and stop mainstreaming the sex trade.”last_img read more

Mediaplanet Launches Fighting Alzheimers Campaign

first_imgLaunching during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month, Mediaplanet last week published this June’s “Fighting Alzheimer’s” campaign.This publication will advocate for caregiver health as well as increased research on treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, with over 16 million Americans providing unpaid care for people with dementia. Featuring leading experts, influencers, caregivers and patients, this campaign will spotlight the amalgamation of perspectives in the fight for a cure. Through a series of inspiring and insightful editorials, this publication will reach caregivers to educate them on tips, resources and clinical trials available to them.“I’ve learned that I can do anything, but I cannot do everything,” says AARP’s Family Caregiver Expert, Amy Goyer. In a frank Q & A on the interior of the print edition, Goyer empowers caregivers to seek support and balance their quality of life with the wellbeing of their loved one. The campaign also highlights the work of celebrity advocates such as Seth Rogen, Lauren Miller-Rogen and Maria Shriver.The print component of “Fighting Alzheimer’s” is distributed within the centerfold of today’s USA Today edition in Atlanta, New York, South Florida, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Boston, with a circulation of approximately 250,000 copies and estimated readership of 750,000. The publication will be available at industry conferences, awareness walks and caregiver advocacy events across the country. The digital component is distributed nationally through a vast social media strategy and across a network of top news sites and partner outlets. To explore the digital campaign, click here.This campaign was made possible with the support of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, AARP, Caregiver Action Network, CDC Healthy Aging Program, Always Discreet, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, A Place for Mom, UnitedHealth Group, Dementia Spotlight Foundation, Home Instead, M3 Biotechnology, Alliance for Aging Research, Best Buy, Comfor Tek, Altoida, Voyager Therapeutics, Emory University, Miami Jewish Health, Project Lifesaver, Allergan, Axsome Therapeutics, EIP Pharma, California Table Grape Commission, IXICO, The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, Hilarity for Charity, Johns Hopkins’ Memory and Alzheimer’s Treatment Center, Seth Rogen & Lauren Miller-Rogen, Maria Shriver, Sharon Hall and Teepa Snow.last_img read more