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first_imgLos Angeles: Leonardo DiCaprio has revealed he was star-struck by his “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” co-star Luke Perry. The actor said he grew up watching “Beverly Hills, 90210” and working with the late actor on Quentin Tarantino’s directorial was a delight. “(Luke was) the kindest, sweetest human being you could ever encounter. I grew up with him on ‘90210,’ looking up to him as literally the coolest dude on earth and honestly when I was on set I was star struck. “We got to sit down and chat, he couldn’t have been a more amazing human being. It’s a real tragic loss,” DiCaprio told Extra magazine. “Once Upon…” marks the last cinematic outing for Perry, who essayed the role of Scott Lancer, an actor in one of the shows Rick stars in. Perry died in March at the age of 52.last_img read more


first_imgJammu: Army commander Lt Gen R P Singh on Saturday visited the forward areas along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Pathankot to review operational preparedness, officials said. Singh, Officiating Western Army Commander visited Yol Cantt and forward areas of Rising Star Corps on his maiden visit and also reviewed the current situation there, they said. The General visited Headquarters and units located at Yol, Mamun and Jammu areas, where he was briefed about the operational preparedness of Indian Army to counter threats manifested by inimical and anti-national elements, they added. Northern command Chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh has already conducted forward visits in Rajouri, Poonch, Jammu, Ladakh and North Kashmir areas along the LoC last week. He also visited the hinterland of Kashmir and Jammu.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic and Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has registered a case against two persons for cheating.The investigating agency said that the complainant in the case has accused his partner of committing fraud. Additional commissioner of police (EOW) Suvashish Choudhary told Millennium Post that the case was registered on the complaint of Lokesh Chandra Khulbe. He filed two complaints at Madhu Vihar police station. Later on, it was transferred to EOW. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice further added that the complainant, in his first complaint, alleged that he is one of the partners of the firm R L Buildtech. His second partner Raj Shoukeen (woman) entered into an agreement to get two flats in her name without complainant consent. In his second complaint, he alleged that his partner and her son created false liabilities of Rs one crore on the firm and conspired against him with other alleged persons. They also indulged the complainant in false cases under section 138 N I Act. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice said during the preliminary investigation, it transpired that suspects misrepresented him and obtained some blank signed cheques of the firm on the pretext of utilising it for the day to day affairs of the business. During the course of the enquiry, it has been established that the liability was created by making false entries (transfer of money) into various accounts in the year 2017. A case has been registered in the case.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: State Bank of India (SBI) on Wednesday said it is planning to dilute stake in its card business through the initial public offer (IPO) route. The country’s largest lender currently holds 74 per cent stake in SBI Cards & Payment Services Private Limited. The Executive Committee of Central Board of the bank at its meeting held on Wednesday “has given in-principle approval to explore the possibility of diluting SBI’s stake in SBI Cards & Payment Services Private Limited, a subsidiary company through IPO route at an opportune time, subject to the approval of RBI and other regulatory agencies in this regard,” the bank said in a regulatory filing. Further, specific disclosures on offer for sale (OFS) by promoters will be be given, once the same is finalised by the bank, it said. The bank had launched SBI Card in October 1998. In December 2017, SBI and the Carlyle Group acquired GE Capital’s stake in the joint venture. SBI holds 74 per cent, while Carlyle holds 26 per cent in the JV. Currently, the bank has a consumer base of about 6 million using its SBI Card services.last_img read more


first_imgGaza City: Three Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers in the northern Gaza Strip, the Palestinian health ministry said Sunday, hours after three rockets were fired at Israel from the blockaded enclave.The ministry said another Palestinian was hospitalised in the shooting that came after the Israeli army said an attack helicopter and tank had fired at “armed suspects” along the barrier that separates Israel from Gaza.”We just identified a number of armed suspects from Gaza approaching the security fence with Israel. We fired towards them,” the army said a statement posted on its Twitter account. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe latest violence came after Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip fired three rockets at southern Israel late Saturday, the Israeli army said, in the second such attack in 24 hours.There were no immediate reports of casualties.The army said two of the projectiles had been intercepted by its Iron Dome aerial defence system but it did not specify what happened to the third rocket.Air raid sirens had sounded in the southern town of Sderot and its surroundings. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsOn Friday Palestinians in Gaza fired a rocket at Sderot, in what the army said was the first such attack since July 12.In response, Israeli warplanes struck at least three targets in the Gaza Strip early on Saturday but caused no casualties, a Palestinian security source said.The strikes hit a Hamas observation post in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, an unidentified target near Gaza City and open ground near Deir El Balah in the central part of the territory, the source said. An Israeli army statement mentioned only two strikes, against “underground targets belonging to the Hamas terror organisation in the northern and central Gaza Strip”.Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, ruled by Islamist movement Hamas, have fought three wars since 2008.And since March 2018, regular protests and clashes have erupted along the border of the blockaded coastal enclave.At least 305 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire in Gaza or the border area since then, the majority during demonstrations and clashes.Seven Israelis have also been killed in Gaza-related violence over the same period.last_img read more


first_imgUshering in Durga Puja, the biggest festival of Bengal, Acropolis Mall formally unveiled a unique shopping bonanza to make the shopping spree of denizens of Kolkata exciting. The offer will continue till September 30.At a star studded event at Acropolis, Sushil Mohta, Chairman, Merlin Group formally announced the exciting offer in the presence of Tollywood superstar, producer, entertainer, singer and film writer Dev. The Puja shopping bonanza was kicked off on September 1 for denizens of the city in true spirit of Durga Puja. The initiative has already caught the fancy of people. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe innovative offer would provide every customer an assured free gift of trolley bag worth Rs 8500 for purchasing products worth Rs 15000 and above on a single day. Customers can also find lucky gift coupons under this offer inside the trolley bag that can provide them an opportunity to win a foreign trip to Singapore, a Solitaire Diamond ring, an I Phone X and plethora of gifts. The lucrative offers under the Acropolis Puja Shopping Bonanza has augmented the curiosity quotient already among citizens of Kolkata. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAnnouncing the Puja special offer, Sushil Mohta, Chairman, Merlin Group, Developer of Acropolis Mall and leading real estate company of India, commented, “Durga Puja is the biggest festival when people enjoy their shopping spree as they give gifts to their near and dear ones and purchase for their families. Our Puja special offer would add to the excitement of shopping and would compel citizens of Kolkata to congregate at Acropolis Mall. We hope our innovative offers would also add to festive spirit of Puja”.last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO – The organizers of the Canadian National Exhibition, which opened its gates on Friday — one day after two deadly terrorist attacks in Spain — are reassuring the public that the Toronto event will be safe.They said the security plans for the 18-day fair were modified earlier this year following a number of terrorists attacks in Europe in which cars were used as deadly weapons.“We have hardened some areas around the site that we thought were vulnerable,” said Virginia Ludy, the event’s CEO. “So we have taken measures so that we can prevent incidents of the nature that we heard about yesterday.”Thursday’s van attack in Barcelona killed 13 people and injured 120, while a car attack early Friday in the Spanish seaside resort of Cambrils left one dead and five injured.Spanish authorities have said Canada is among 34 countries with citizens killed or injured in the attacks. Global Affairs said Canadians were “affected” by the attacks, but didn’t provide further details, citing privacy concerns.In the last 13 months, there have been nearly a dozen vehicle-ramming attacks in Europe and the U.S.Ludy said that the CNE does not allow vehicles onto the fair’s grounds when it is open to the public, but it will be closely monitoring anyone driving on-site with deliveries.“We can’t just stop living our lives,” Ludy said. “We take security and the safety of our visitors very seriously.”Toronto police said that they are involved in providing security for the CNE as well, but wouldn’t give details on what that entails.Mayor John Tory said he had discussed security with the city’s police chief.“He is satisfied with the plans that have been put in place in consultation with the Toronto Police Service by the CNE,” said Tory, as he attended the opening ceremony Friday morning.The CNE runs from Aug. 18 to Sept. 4 in Toronto, and is expected to attract about 1.5 million people.last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO – Residents in some Toronto neighbourhoods will be allowed to keep chickens in their backyards under a pilot project approved Tuesday by city council.The pilot will run in four city wards over the next three years with an interim review in 18 months. Residents can keep up to four chickens — no roosters are permitted — and must register with the city.Coun. Justin Di Ciano, who brought the pilot to council, said the project will give city residents an alternative to store-bought eggs.“I look at the facts,” he said. “I’ve talked to many people in other jurisdictions … about all the negative aspects, the noise, the smell, the predators. None of it shows up in these other municipalities’ radar.”Chickens would not be allowed in apartment buildings, condominiums or properties without sufficient outdoor space. Under the system, chickens must remain within a resident’s yard and any eggs produced are for personal consumption and can’t be sold.Several municipalities in Ontario, including Kingston, Brampton, Niagara Falls and Caledon, all allow residents to keep chickens in backyard coops.Di Ciano said that in Niagara Falls, where backyard chickens have been permitted for 20 years, there were 10 complaints to the city about the animals in 2016. In that same time period, there were 500 noise complaints about dogs, he said.“There are hundreds and hundreds of residents with chickens already in the city of Toronto,” Di Ciano said. “We’re not getting a lot of complaints … I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of problems with this.”Opponents of the pilot have argued it will generate complaints and tie up the city’s bylaw enforcement officers. Coun. Anthony Perruzza predicted the pilot will drive up complaints to councillors.“They’re smelly,” he said. “One of the biggest bylaw issues we have, that drives people crazy, is things that attract rodents … these will.”Coun. Giorgio Mammoliti urged his colleagues to reject the pilot, saying suburban residents don’t support it.“Madam Speaker, what the flock is going on at City Hall?” he asked. “I for one, stand up and ask the question because I just cannot believe what I’m hearing and seeing … I cannot believe we’re not talking about more substantial issues.”last_img read more


first_imgWomen who cover sports no longer have to contend with the overt hostility they faced some 40 years ago, but a condescending comment this week by an NFL quarterback to a female reporter is a sign that sexism is still a problem in the industry, says a Concordia University journalism professor who broke the gender barrier in the 1970s.Linda Kay, who was the first female sports reporter at the San Diego Evening Tribune, says conditions have improved significantly for women in sports media since she cut her teeth, which is why she was surprised to hear Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers mock a female reporter when she asked a question about the routes taken by receiver Devin Funchess.“It’s funny to hear a female talk about…routes,” Newton said during a news conference Wednesday. “It’s funny.”Reporter Jourdan Rodrigue said in a statement she was “dismayed by his response, which not only belittled me but countless other women before me and beside me who work in similar jobs.”“It’s always one step forward, two steps back,” Kay said in a phone interview Thursday. “I started in the late 70s, early 80s, and that’s the kind of reaction I got then.”Kay said the culture of sports reporting can be less welcoming to women than other fields.“When I was a general assignment reporter, I was very well accepted by everyone in the newsroom,” she said. “But when I went into sports, there were men who would not speak to me.”She recalled the paper’s sports department as a hostile and antagonistic environment where she had little or no support from her colleagues.“The first few years when women entered the field … it was almost a sabotage situation,” she said. “They didn’t want you to succeed.”In the 1980s, Kay moved to the Chicago Tribune, where she was also the first woman in the newsroom to cover sports. Her colleagues there were much more supportive, she said, but that attitude didn’t always extend to the athletes she covered.“The male athletes, at the beginning, were like Cam Newton,” she said of the dismissive attitudes she often encountered at work. “They felt that you were a groupie who had found a professional outlet.”Jane O’Hara, who became the first female sports editor at major Canadian daily when she took the helm at the Ottawa Sun, said she was encouraged by the fact that no one laughed along with Newton at Wednesday’s news conference.“(Newton’s) sly little comment was meant to demean Jourdan, as though the word, the concept, the understanding of ‘routes’ was so far above her, so above what women could possibly understand it was amusing to him,” O’Hara said via email. “What a fool.”The behaviour of its players does reflect on the team and the NFL, said Laurel Walzak, assistant professor of Sport Media at Ryerson University. She would like to see Newton make a public apology — which he did on Thursday night in a video posted to his Twitter account after losing a major sponsor, who called the comments “sexist and disparaging.”But Walzak also said both the Panthers and the NFL bear some responsibility for allowing a culture where his attitude is tolerated.The NFL did call Newton’s comments “just plain wrong and disrespectful to the exceptional female reporters and all journalists who cover our league,” adding that they don’t reflect the thinking of the league.The Panthers, who retweeted Newton’s video, have been less emphatic in their response, with coach Ron Rivera addressing the situation briefly during his press conference Thursday, saying he thought Newton “made a mistake.” A team spokesman said Wednesday that the Panthers “strive as a department to make the environment for media comfortable for everyone covering the team.”Walzak also expressed frustration over reports that categorize Newton’s comments as immature, pointing out that it took maturity for him to join fellow NFL players in protesting racial injustice during Sunday’s games.“Those that are saying, ‘Oh, he’s just being immature’ are grossly understating it,” Walzak said. “I would argue that it’s less about maturity than it is about a systemic discrimination that females face in sport.”Mike O’Shea, head coach of the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, called Newton’s comments “baffling.”“Obviously, we don’t agree with his comments,” he said. “There’s no place for that in sport anymore.”Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols agreed.“My wife (Ali) knows probably more about football than most men do and she critiques me all the time, and so that’s not something that would even pop in my head to question, especially with the amount of women that are in sports these days,” he said.Kay says what she wanted most when she was a sports reporter was the freedom to do her job without constant reminders of her gender.“It got boring after a while, being singled out as a female sports writer,” she said. “You just wanted to be a sports writer.”— With files from Judy Owen in Winnipeglast_img read more


first_imgWASHINGTON – Donald Trump raised eyebrows during the election campaign by calling for the jailing of his opponent. Now he’s wading into all sorts of justice matters, opining on roughly five different cases this week about who should be prosecuted, who should be executed, who should be jailed, and how he deserves exoneration.The president’s allies have launched a multi-pronged attack on the Russia investigation, which he has repeatedly called a hoax. Pro-Trump media are pounding away at Robert Mueller’s reputation, as he lays his first charges.An initial formal call for Mueller’s head came Friday from three congressmen in staunchly conservative districts — they presented a non-binding motion in the U.S. House of Representatives calling for the investigator to step aside.Mueller was hailed as a universally respected figure when appointed this year, but is now under heavy political fire over his friendship with former FBI director James Comey, a likely probe witness, and over his failure to crack down on years-old allegations about corruption in uranium sales.Trump has opined on this case and others.In fact, his Twitter feed is filled with demands aimed at his own Justice Department. Over the course of a few days this week, the president has waded into no less than four justice matters and in a fifth case his public trashing of a defendant was raised as an issue, then he slammed the sentencing decision.”Let’s go FBI & Justice Dept,” he wetted, urging law enforcement to look into favourable treatment Hillary Clinton received from the Democratic party during last year’s primary against Bernie Sanders.”People are angry. At some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper. The American public deserves it!”He also called for the death penalty in the case of the New York truck attacker, referring to him as a ”degenerate animal.” A few hours later, Trump slammed the lack of a prison sentence for army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, whose lawyers are already trying to get the case dismissed over the president’s frequent insults of the defendant. He’s made similar remarks about the uranium sale. His mutterings about the Russia probe are myriad.Trump even complained this week that he can’t meddle in justice matters.He told a radio interview: ”The saddest thing is because I’m the president of the United States, I’m not supposed to be involved in the Justice Department. I’m not supposed to be involved in the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kinds of things I would love to be doing and I’m very frustrated by it. … Why aren’t they going after Hillary Clinton with her emails and dossier? … It’s very discouraging to me. To be honest I’m very unhappy about it.”A rare anti-Trump Republican sounded the alarm over this. Neoconservative writer Bill Kristol tweeted: ”What Trump thinks is the saddest thing about his presidency is basically that he’s not able to be a Third World-type authoritarian ruler.”It also struck some as a throwback to his campaign — where he threatened during a debate to prosecute Clinton and his rally crowds chanted, ”Lock her up!”At that time, The New York Times interviewed political scientists who study failing democracies and they called his debate threat troubling. Adrienne LeBas of American University called it a risk to the rule of law and basic democratic norms, and said: ”For those of us who work on authoritarian regimes and hybrid regimes (such as Turkey)… this sort of thing is just eerily familiar.”A colleague told the newspaper she was less worried about an authoritarian power-grab in the U.S. Unlike Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, she said, American institutions are strong enough to prevent a president from serious abuses.Someone who worked closely with Mueller said she can’t imagine he’d be fired.”I find it very hard to believe that will happen. I hope not to be proven wrong,” Anne Milgram, a former federal prosecutor and attorney general of New Jersey, told a podcast hosted by her ex-colleague Preet Bharara.”(If that happens) I think that’s an unbelievable crisis for the rule of law.”The first strike against Mueller has come from politicians who risk no backlash.The three lawmakers who co-sponsored the condemnatory motion won their districts last year by 38, 29 and 50 percentage points — they are Matt Gaetz of Florida, Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Louie Gohmert of Texas.A growing number of districts look like these in an increasingly polarized. rural-versus-urban America, where many politicians have little fear of general elections and greater fear of angering their partisans and risking a primary on their own side.last_img read more


first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver firefighters have responded to more than 6,000 overdose calls this year, a 28 per cent increase over last year with a month remaining in 2017.Mayor Gregor Robertson says the numbers highlight the magnitude of the “horrific” opioid crisis that is tearing through the city, province and country.The city says the high volume of calls is putting a continued strain on services and front-line workers.Last week alone, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services responded to 81 overdose calls, while Vancouver police reported five suspected overdose deaths.Four of the deaths occurred outside the troubled Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, which the city says highlights the need for extended services and supports.Capt. Jonathan Gormick says the service has begun more frequently rotating staff through the fire hall that has been most affected and has added a second medic unit.He says these strategies have made the workload manageable, but further increases in calls could leave crews searching for new ways to provide care and keep staff healthy and safe.“Most troubling has been the increase in overdose calls and overdose deaths outside of the Downtown Eastside,” he says.Gormick says people in the community are needlessly dying because they are using alone or don’t have naloxone, a medication that blocks the effects of opioids.“It is critical that anyone who uses any kind of drug that did not come from a pharmacy have a naloxone kit, and notify someone when they use,” he says.“The tragedy of dying a preventable death far outweighs the stigma of speaking openly about drug use.”Robertson says far too many lives have already been lost to preventable overdoses and too many families are grieving.“While I commend and want to thank our heroic first responders, city staff and community service workers for their extraordinary efforts to save lives, the impact is taking a significant toll on them,” he says in a statement.“We will continue to push hard for significant investments and a co-ordinated national response by all orders of government — including other municipalities, federal and provincial governments and First Nations — to end this tragic epidemic.”The city says it’s encouraged by the British Columbia government’s recent commitment to create a new overdose emergency response centre at Vancouver General Hospital.The centre will bring together provincial, municipal, Indigenous and law enforcement resources and include a team of experts and staff.Toxicology reports on the most recent deaths are not yet complete, and final overdose death numbers need to be confirmed by the B.C. Coroners Service, the city says.The most recent numbers from the coroner say more than 1,100 B.C. residents have died from illicit drug overdoses in 2017 as of the end of September.(The Canadian Press, News1130)last_img read more


first_imgSHERBROOKE, Que. – Closing arguments at the Lac-Megantic criminal trial enter their third day today as defence lawyers continue to make the case their clients should be found not guilty.Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre have all pleaded not guilty to one count of criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people.On July 6, 2013, a runaway train carrying crude derailed in Lac-Megantic and exploded, killing the 47 and destroying part of the downtown core.The Crown presented its arguments Wednesday, Demaitre’s lawyer was front and centre Thursday and Labrie’s is expected to address the jury today.It is unclear if Harding’s attorney will come up later today or on Monday.Harding was the train’s conductor, Labrie the traffic controller and Demaitre the manager of train operations.last_img read more


first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s efforts to control a deadly deer disease may end up depriving the province of a couple of popular Rudolph stand-ins this holiday season.The province has been grappling with chronic wasting disease detected this year in three farm-raised deer. And Serge Michaud and the red deer he named Rudolph 1 and Rudolph 2 are feeling the impact.Michaud said he was told last week the animals, a fixture at Christmas parades and events in the province, need to stay penned as investigations continue to determine the extent of the disease. He was forced to cancel a parade appearance in Riviere-du-Loup, Que. last Saturday.“They embody Rudolph — the companion of Santa Claus — and we dress up as elves and take part in Christmas parades, at product launches, for photos with the public,” Michaud explained.The province’s Wildlife Department confirmed in September that chronic wasting disease had been detected in a farm-raised animal that was sent to slaughter in late August.Since then, two more cases were confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.The disease, similar to mad cow disease, is an infection of the central nervous system that afflicts deer, elk, reindeer and moose. While it can go undetected for years, the condition eventually causes poor health, behavioural changes, disorientation and death.Biologists have raised fears the highly contagious disease has the potential to decimate the wild deer population if it spreads.Michaud said his animals are both healthy and are seen regularly by a veterinarian. They were born on a livestock farm and have been with Michaud since they were a day old. “They’ve never lived in a herd,” he said.The deer both have a bit of star power — Rudolph 1’s first public appearance was with the Cirque de Soleil while Rudolph 2 appeared in the Hollywood blockbuster “X-Men: Apocalypse.”The province’s Agriculture Department informed Michaud of the travel ban last Friday.In September, officials banned hunting, trapping and off-road activities within a 400-kilometre radius of the farm where the infection was detected. That includes Oka, where Michaud’s animals live.The disease first emerged in the 1960s in the United States. It is nearly impossible to eradicate once it becomes established in the general population. It has spread to 25 U.S. states as well as Alberta and Saskatchewan.Quebec has modelled its intervention plan on that of New York State, which is believed to be the only jurisdiction to have successfully eliminated the disease.“We haven’t finished our investigations, so we’re simply not taking any risks,” Yohan Dallaire-Boily, an Agriculture Department spokesman, said of the need for controls.Michaud said he stands to lose up to $40,000 this year if his deer are not allowed to travel. “The schedule was booked solid, sometimes three events a day,” he said.He acknowledged it might take a Christmas miracle of sorts to get the Rudolphs back on the road.“We’ll leave the door open in the event we get an exemption,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – The entire process had to be started over again, but there is hope in the oil and gas industry that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will go through. This as the consultation meetings between the National Energy Board (NEB) and indigenous groups continue in Calgary.The new consultations are needed after the Federal Court of Appeals stopped the project in August, citing a lack of consultation with indigenous communities and not enough of an environmental review when it comes to researching the effects of increased tanker traffic off of the BC coast.Nick Schultz is the VP of pipeline regulation with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).He believes there will be progress from these latest rounds of consultations.“That’s being undertaken in a very rigorous way in accordance with the direction of the court so we (CAPP) have great confidence that will be done appropriately,” he said. “Not to say that it is easy, or that there won’t be some controversy, or that there won’t be people who feel this is not quite enough for them, but this is all moving in the right direction.”He understands that not everyone will be on board with this project, no matter what is undertaken.“There is a whole bunch of folks who have adopted the ‘over my dead body approach’ to the project so whatever anybody does is not going to satisfy people of that mind.”He believes many of the indigenous groups will have their lingering questions answered at these new meetings.“There’s common ground there to build on for many if not all of the First Nations. There may be some that fall into the category of not wanting it under any circumstances, but one can only do so much.”He said while it has been frustrating, the fact that the industry had to go back and start new consultation processes is a sign of how stringent the process to get a pipeline built in Canada is.“Canada does this probably better than many other countries in the world. We have constitutionally protected rights that are taken very seriously.”last_img read more


first_imgFREDERICTON — A Fredericton student who was told that the crop top she wore to a campus gym was too distracting will get an apology from St. Thomas University.MacKenzie Parsons says she was embarrassed and shocked when a male gym employee warned her that there was a policy being developed that would not allow crop tops.The 21-year-old took to social media to complain, and noted that male students often went shirtless or wore muscle shirts that were ripped down the sides.Jeffrey Carleton, associate vice-president of communications at St. Thomas University, said the situation was terribly mishandled by the university and the student would be getting an apology.He said the university is developing a policy but it’s based on health and safety in an effort to keep sweat off the gym equipment.Carleton says the new policy will not be gender specific or deal with any specific kind of clothing.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgWASHINGTON — Canada’s former ambassador to China might have committed an unforgivable diplomatic gaffe when he sized up the case against Meng Wanzhou, but that doesn’t mean his assessment was wrong.So say legal experts who have examined the public details of the case against Huawei’s chief financial officer, who is free on bail in Vancouver and facing extradition to the U.S. to answer to bank fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy charges.Ambassador John McCallum lost his job last month after publicly detailing reasons he believed Meng has a strong case to make in fighting the extradition order.Henry Chang, a Toronto-based immigration lawyer who specializes in cross-border issues, says the political overtones — President Donald Trump has publicly expressed a willingness to intervene — will allow Meng to argue the charges are politically motivated, and the extradition request an abuse of process.In an analysis to be released later today, Chang also says because the alleged crimes occurred outside North America, there’s a chance Justice Minister David Lametti could refuse to surrender Meng on the grounds that neither Canada nor the U.S. has jurisdiction.Wesley Wark, a University of Ottawa professor and national-security specialist, says he believes the case against Meng is weak, especially when compared with other similar extradition cases involving Canada over the years.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgVANCOUVER — A global communications marketing firm says it is suspending its contract with former British Columbia premier Gordon Campbell in light of an allegation in a British newspaper that he groped a woman in the United Kingdom.Edelman says in a statement that Campbell has served as a special adviser to the firm since last July, and was engaged on a part-time basis as a consultant through a retainer agreement.However, the company says it and Campbell have “mutually decided to suspend their consulting arrangement” until a police investigation in the United Kingdom is complete.On Friday, the Daily Telegraph reported that London police are investigating a complaint from a woman who was an employee at the Canadian High Commission when Campbell was high commissioner to the U.K.The newspaper says the complainant alleges she was groped in 2013 and filed a complaint with police in January.The Metropolitan Police in London could not be reached for comment on Friday or Saturday.Campbell also could not be reached for comment, but a spokesman issued the following statement on his behalf:“This complaint was transparently disclosed and became the subject of a full due diligence investigation at the time by the Government of Canada and was found to be without merit.”The Daily Telegraph story includes the woman’s name, but The Canadian Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault without their active consent and was not able to contact the woman.Campbell was premier of British Columbia from 2001 until 2011. He was appointed high commissioner to the U.K. in 2011 and left the diplomatic post in 2016.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgInternational superstar Shakira chose Charitable Checkout to power a social cause marketing campaign to raise awareness and dollars for her Barefoot Foundation which builds schools for underserved communities around the world.Shakira Buy-a-BrickThe campaign, which launched in the last days of 2012, will run through March. It is accessible via mobile or desktop devices, in English or Spanish, here. Donors get an exclusive download, a Thank-You post on their Facebook Wall from Shakira, and a chance to win a video-chat with Shakira.Video: Shakira & Barefoot Foundation: Buy a Brick Campaign
Thanks to Dympol, Inc.‘s Charitable Checkout, public figures and influential organizations now have access to an all-in-one platform to promote their favorite causes and benefit by rewarding their fans and followers for getting involved. Charitable Checkout not only makes it easy to start a social fundraising campaign for any of over 1.5 million non-profit organizations, it also enables the distribution of a wide range of donor rewards, including digital media, discount coupons, loyalty program points, product samples, public appreciation in social media (aka ’Social Thanks’), and contesting.Brands have been involved in charitable activities for years but, as company Founder & CEO Jay Ziskrout discovered by chance, they are not always effective. On the contrary, if mishandled, cause-related programs can actually create ill-will on the part of consumers.“The notion of Charitable Checkout came from a personal visit to a traditional ´brick and mortar´ retailer,” recalls Jay. “After spending a couple hundred bucks, I was asked to make a donation to a charity I knew very little about. The retailer’s participation was limited to making the ask and then, presumably, taking the credit with one of those oversized-check photo opps. They weren’t offering donation matching, or any other incentive for participating. And, in terms of the social aspects, all I felt was pressure to give; not the good feeling you get when you’re genuinely motivated to make a difference. I left the shop thinking about what a terrible experience that was and all the ways each negative element could be reversed. Soon, I put pen to paper and Charitable Checkout was born.”The Charitable Checkout platform turns the traditional “buy our product and we’ll make a donation” model (or worse, the donation solicitation model described above) upside down. Instead, it creates a valuable experience for all stakeholders and measurably helps companies convert their corporate social responsibility efforts from a pure expense, in to a goodwill-generating, customer-acquiring, profit.

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Anyone can create a free, personalized Charitable Checkout campaign with basic functionality at CharitableCheckout.com. The company doesn’t touch donations raised but does charge for customization and for performance; quantifiable achievement of desired user behavior apart from making donations.Such actions include social media posts, click-throughs, providing personal data, signing-up for third party services, and/or spending money on a sponsoring brand’s product or service. In addition to standard placement on Web and Facebook Page instances, premium campaigns can also play out via mobile apps, text message, online display ads, and e-commerce checkouts. Premium campaigns also have access to ‘Giving Squads’ functionality which captures big data on user preferences and influence while enabling socially-connected clusters of people to compete for greatest charitable and/or social media impact.Charitable Checkout Works
In a recent campaign for Omaha Steaks, 13% of people that saw the campaign on Omaha’s Facebook Page made a donation to one of the brand’s three preferred charities. Of those, 52% subsequently clicked through to Omaha’s e-commerce site and 21% made a purchase. When HGTV used Charitable Checkout to power “Raise A Roof College Challenge,” a charitable face-off between gridiron rivals Ohio State and University of Michigan to benefit Rebuilding Together, top fundraisers won various prizes including $10,000 tuition payments and an appearance on (HG)TV. Being a highly motivated cohort, 63% of campaign views converted into a donation and 57% of donors Tweeted about their participation. 

When the platinum-selling artist Switchfoot ran their campaign in support of Standup For Kids in their online merchandise and ticket store, 15% of customers made a donation during checkout and 14% of those made a subsequent purchase with campaign sponsor, Hurley.So far, Shakira’s “Buy-A-Brick” campaign is also racking up impressive numbers. Nearly 5% of campaign views have converted into charitable donations and over 80% of all donors have participated in at least one post-donation action such as subscribing to an email newsletter, accepting the “Social Thanks” post, adding their profile picture to the campaign photo mosaic, or participating in the social media contest.last_img read more


first_imgLeading lifestyle designer Kathy Ireland and two of Hollywood’s classic beauties, Jacqueline Bisset and Dyan Cannon, passionate supporters of the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles’ goals of eliminating racism and empowering women, contributed their glamour and passionate belief to the organization’s recent Rhapsody Ball honoring Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Union Bank with its highest public service awards.Faye Washington YWCA Greater Los Angeles Chief Executive Officer and Kathy Ireland at 2013 Rhapsody Ball.The three celebrity participants extolled the work of YWCA GLA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Faye Washington and her organization’s “assistance of the area’s most at-risk population, emancipated foster youth facing survival on their own with no resources and minimal training, and other underserved individuals,” as Ms. Ireland noted. Proceeds of this year’s event will fund Workforce/Youth Development, Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Child Development, and Senior Services.The accolades to Supervisor Molina, District Attorney Lacey and Susan Beat, Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking Treasury Services for Union Bank, were the highlight of the formal fund-raising ball hosted by the Society of Benefactrix, a special donor circle which supports YWCA GLA programs.“While the goal of most young people launching into life is success,” YWCA GLA’s respected chief officer, Faye Washington noted, “our collaborative partnerships achieve that success by assisting other young people whose first and only imperative is survival. No two words beginning with “s” could have more opposite meaning. Our Rhapsody Ball helps us provide assistance to improve the lives of so many of our children, youth, individuals and communities. No task is more important to our becoming a caring and worthwhile society.”Founded in 1893, YWCA Greater Los Angeles addresses the emerging and ongoing needs of the greater Los Angeles area. As a women’s membership movement built on the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, the organization celebrates more than 119 years of community service. YWCA Greater Los Angeles core initiatives include: Workforce Development, Child Development, Youth Development, Advocacy, Housing, Senior Programs, and Sexual Assault Crisis Services.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more


first_imgThanks to their foresighted parents and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, 350 Afghan girls recently accomplished what not every girl in Afghanistan gets to – complete a year of schooling and advance to a new school year in a public graduation ceremony.The ceremony on the outskirts of Kabul also symbolized a rise from the ashes for a village almost totally destroyed by decades of conflict that tore apart Afghanistan from the 1970s until the early years of this century.On a visit to the country two years ago, Jolie was moved by the desire of Afghan girls for education. She offered a donation for UNHCR to build a school for girls in Qalai Gudar which lies north of Kabul.To read the full story, click here.last_img