Trudeau mum on pipeline front even as May 31 deadline looms

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists his government is going to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built, but still has nothing to say about how, even as Kinder Morgan’s deadline clock ticks ever closer to the end.The pipeline deadline is just one of two big dates coming for the Trudeau government this week, which could turn out to be one of the most important of his first mandate as prime minister, especially if he wants a second one.Kinder Morgan’s May 31 deadline to decide if it has enough certainty to proceed is now just 72 hours away and while Trudeau says financial discussions continue, he also says there is nothing yet to say publicly.The government has said it is willing to cover the costs of budget overruns on the pipeline caused by political interference from British Columbia, but the company has not yet indicated if that will be enough to convince it to put shovels in the ground.The government is also lobbying hard in the United States this week since President Donald Trump only exempted Canada and Mexico from steel import tariffs until Friday.Losing either of these issues would be big problems for Trudeau’s government as it starts to move into election-year planning to seek a second mandate.last_img read more

Expert panel says Canada needs new agency to oversee pharmacare program

first_imgOTTAWA — An expert panel studying the best way to implement a national pharmacare plan has released its interim report with three main recommendations.The report is seen as a way to set the foundations for the federal government’s plan to bring in pharmacare for all Canadians.“Must complete the dream of Medicare by finally finding its missing piece, and that missing piece is pharmacare,” said Health Minister Ginette Petitpas, noting the government will consider the recommendations made.Health Minister @GinettePT says people shouldn’t have to choose between their prescription medications and their food. Says the feds are looking to move forward on pharmacare, something she says is the missing piece to healthcare in Canada. #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 6, 2019The report comes with three main recommendations, which are being described as the building blocks to a national pharmacare program.Doctor Eric Hoskins, who is leading the expert panel, says the main recommendation is to create a national drug agency.“It would negotiate with manufacturers and carryout health technology assessments of prescription drugs.”The report also recommends developing a national list of drugs so coverage is the same across the country and to gather better data on prescription medicationsFinance Minister Bill Morneau would not say if any of these items will be in his upcoming spring budget, but a pharmacare plan is expected to be a main pledge from the liberals in the fall election.Both Morneau and the health minister deny the announcement is being used as a distraction to the SNC-Lavalin testimony in Ottawa, saying they set this date to release the report weeks ago. The Canadian Institute for Health Information says drugs are the fastest-growing component in health spending but unlike hospital care and doctors’ visits, most people’s medication needs aren’t covered by public health insurance.An analysis by the parliamentary budget officer estimated a broad coverage regime would cost $20 billion a year.The second report from the panel is expected later this spring.last_img read more

Baloney Meter Was the budget a political prop for the scandalplagued Liberals

first_imgOTTAWA — “(Prime Minister Justin Trudeau) thinks today’s budget will distract Canadians from all of this. He is using the budget — a critical element of any government’s agenda — as nothing more than a political prop in an unprecedented cover-up.” — Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer, March 19—Andrew Scheer and his Conservative caucus members have been scathing in their attacks on this week’s decision by the Liberal-dominated House of Commons justice committee to abruptly end its examination of the SNC-Lavalin affair.In addition to calling it a cover-up and a snub to all Canadians, the leader of the official Opposition called it an attempt by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to undermine the role of Parliament.The committee’s decision came on the same day as the federal budget was being tabled. So Scheer wove that into his broader criticism of the government, describing the budget as a “political prop” by a prime minister determined to divert the public’s attention from the scandal engulfing his government.That raises a question that cuts to the core of this week’s two big national political stories, the budget and the everlasting SNC-Lavalin saga: can the regularly scheduled tabling of a federal budget be described as a political prop?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).Scheer’s remark earns a rating of “a lot of baloney” — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truth.THE FACTSThe SNC-Lavalin controversy slammed like a runaway train into Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s delivery of Tuesday’s budget, the government’s final spending blueprint before a federal election scheduled for this fall.While the budget lockup was underway several blocks east of Parliament Hill, the Liberal majority on the House of Commons justice committee voted to end its five-week inquiry into the controversy, enraging Conservatives and New Democrats alike.By the time Morneau reached the Commons to deliver his 4 p.m. budget speech, he faced some serious Conservative roadblocks. The Conservatives forced a vote on a motion to allow MPs on the fisheries committee to travel. Several Tory MPs voted both for and against.They then stood — one at a time — to apologize for voting twice. But they each also managed to also denounce the Liberals’ earlier decision, which prevented former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould from reappearing before the justice committee. Chants of “Let her speak” filled the chamber, while more points of privilege and points of order ate up the clock.Morneau’s speech was delayed an hour, and when he finally rose to speak, he was drowned out by opposition MPs. Eventually, the Conservatives walked out of the Commons, with Scheer calling the committee’s decision “an assault on democracy.”Morneau’s budget aimed billions in new spending at a variety of areas — from pharmacare to retraining workers to helping first-time homebuyers. It was a deficit-friendly, pre-election platform that contrasted with the Conservative mantra of balanced books. Morneau decided the government would use up a big windfall, and run near-term deficits of almost $20 billion. He offered no timeline for bringing the budget back to balance, and made no apologies.The budget document credited a stronger economy for an extra $27.8 billion in revenue over the next six years, compared with the numbers in the government’s fall update. The new budget will spend about $22.8 billion of that additional cash, and the government said it has earmarked another $4 billion in spending since the fall update.Morneau called this “investments to grow our economy for the long term — while we bring the books back towards balance.”Trudeau, meanwhile, accused the Conservatives of using the SNC-Lavalin affair to avoid talking about their own “failed” approach to the economy. “The Conservatives still don’t want to talk about jobs, about growth, about investing in Canadians because they’re realizing they have no plan,” he said.WHAT THE EXPERTS SAYFinancial experts say that while budgets can certainly be used by governments to make political gains, they are an annual ritual of government that are scheduled to take place on dates that are set weeks in advance.  “The content of the budget is the real issue, and here the claim the budget was used as a prop is weak,” said Brett House, the deputy chief economist at Scotiabank. “Though the revenue windfall was spent, and we would have preferred to see it saved, the amount was not large and wasn’t devoted to a big signature project or program.”Kevin Page, the former parliamentary budget officer, agrees there is no single big initiative in the budget to draw attention away from other issues such as SNC-Lavalin.“Budgets are not mandatory but it is a long-standing tradition and a best practice to table a fiscal plan before the start of the fiscal year,” said Page, the president of the Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa.“This budget does not look like a prop.”Doug Porter, the chief economist of BMO Financial Group, says there is little doubt the government would like to shift the focus to other matters, including the economy and fiscal policy.“But, it’s also fair to say that, as the quote suggests, a budget is ‘a critical element of any government’s agenda,’” he said.Porter said the convention has generally become to unveil a new budget in February or March before the start of the new fiscal year on April 1.“It’s a convention that is followed by all 10 provinces as well.”THE VERDICTThe government usually releases a budget at this time of year. Though a lot is riding on the pre-election blueprint the Liberals tabled Tuesday, and Trudeau wasted no time in using it to attack the Conservative record, it didn’t feature a showcase signature initiative aimed at changing the political channel.For those reasons, Scheer’s assertion that the Liberals were using the budget as a political prop contains “a lot of 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 inaccurateMike Blanchfield, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Galagodaaththe Gnanasara remanded till February 16

The monk was remanded last month after he surrendered to the police after the Homagama Magistrate issued an arrest warrant on him. The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) the venerable Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera was further remanded today till February 16 by the Homagama Magistrate today in connection to allegedly threatening Sandhya Eknaligoda, the wife of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda.Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera was granted bail by the Homagama Magistrate yesterday over contempt of court charges. However he was remanded till today for allegedly threatening Sandhya Eknaligoda. The arrest warrant was issued after the monk had allegedly disrespected court during proceedings into the disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda.(Colombo Gazette) read more

Annan mourns death of Nigerian diplomat leader of antiapartheid campaign

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today mourned the death of Ambassador Joseph Nanven Garba, a former Foreign Minister of Nigeria and President of the UN General Assembly who emerged as a leading figure in his country’s diplomatic campaign against apartheid during the 1980s.A statement issued by the Secretary-General’s spokesman in New York said Mr. Annan was saddened to learn of the death of Ambassador Garba, and conveyed his condolences to the diplomat’s family and to the Government and people of Nigeria.Before serving as President of the 44th General Assembly in 1989-1990, Ambassador Garba was Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN and Chairman of the UN Committee Against Apartheid for five years until 1989. read more

In Bangkok Annan confers with special envoys on HIVAIDS

As he continued his visit to Bangkok, Thailand, where a global conference on HIV/AIDS is taking place this week, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today conferred with his regional special envoys dealing with the disease.The envoys – Stephen Lewis for Africa, Nafis Sadik for Asia and George Alleyne for the Caribbean – were appointed to help promote and advocate on behalf of issues relating to the outcomes of various conferences on HIV/AIDS, particularly the UN General Assembly’s special session in July 2001.In addition, Mr. Annan met with Richard Feachem, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a public-private partnership created in 2002 to boost financing to fight three of the world’s most devastating diseases.Later, Mr. Annan visited the UN Building in Bangkok and met with staff there, telling them that the United Nations has a future “if it adapts and changes.” In this connection, he said, “If I were a doctor, I would say you are in reasonably good health but you must remain active and exercise.”The Secretary-General and his wife, Nane, then visited an AIDS ward and talked with several patients there, accompanied by the Thai Health Minister.During his stay in Bangkok, Mr. Annan has held several bilateral meetings with Foreign Ministers, meeting yesterday with those from Australia, Timor-Leste and Thailand.In a press encounter on Sunday following his meeting with the Thai Foreign Minister, the Secretary-General was asked about the International Court of Justice’s advisory opinion on the wall in the occupied Palestinian territory.He said he would not want to prejudge what the General Assembly may decide on the matter. “I think the decision of the Court is clear,” he added. “Whilst we all accept that the Government of Israel has a responsibility, indeed a duty, to protect its citizens, any action it takes has to be in conformity with international law and has to respect the interests of the Palestinians.”In a separate programme, Mrs. Annan visited a centre helping 550 girls and women who have been trafficked from within Thailand and surrounding countries. She encouraged the young women to focus on developing their skills and education so as to enable them to be strong and stand up for themselves. read more

Norbord and LouisianaPacific Corp to exchange ownership Quebec of mills

TORONTO – Norbord Inc. (TSX:OSB) and Louisiana-Pacific Corp. have agreed to exchange ownership of two wood panel mills in Quebec. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.Louisiana-Pacific’s mill in Chambord, Que., is bigger than Norbord’s oriented strand board mill in Val-d’Or, Que., but both have been idled for a number of years.Tennessee-based Louisiana-Pacific said the swap is part of its strategy to increase capacity for its siding business, which has seen rapid growth.LP also recently acquired a former OSB site in Cook, Minn., to increase its siding capacity.The Chambord OSB mill that will be acquired by Toronto-based Norbord was built in the 1980s and has a stated capacity of 470 million square feet of OSB panels, which are used in construction.“While market conditions do not support an immediate restart of Chambord, the asset is in good condition and is located closer to key markets, representing a better competitive opportunity for Norbord,” Norbord chief executive Peter Wijnbergen said in a statement.Norbord also announced that it had a US$55-million net profit in the third quarter (64 cents per share), compared with a $9-million loss (11 cents per share) in the comparable period last year. Sales increased to $453 million from $378 million.“As we enter the seasonally slower winter building period, North American benchmark OSB prices remain well above where they were this time last year as U.S. housing starts, particularly single-family, continue to recover and drive increasing OSB demand,” Wijnbergen said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect spelling for Val-d’Or, Que. Norbord and Louisiana-Pacific Corp. to exchange ownership Quebec of mills by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 28, 2016 4:58 am MDT Last Updated Oct 28, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Canadian U Box It wins uuuge trademark battle over American UHaul

Canadian U Box It wins u-u-uge trademark battle over American U-Haul by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 17, 2017 10:21 am MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2017 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The U-Haul logo is shown on the top of a truck sitting on a dealer lot in this June 14, 2006 file photo, in Des Moines, Iowa. A family-owned Canadian garbage business is claiming victory over huge American moving company U-Haul International in a David-versus-Goliath battle involving whose U-themed brands deserve trademark protection in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Charlie Neibergall OTTAWA – A family-owned Canadian garbage business is claiming victory over huge American moving company U-Haul International in a David-versus-Goliath battle involving whose U-themed brands deserve trademark protection in Canada.The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court ruling denying U-Haul two trademarks because they too closely resemble the brand of U Box It, a small waste management services company in the Greater Toronto Area.Both U-Haul and U Box It supply large boxes or bins to be filled by customers and then hauled away — although U-Haul boxes are delivered to the customers’ new address and U Box It’s bins go to landfill sites.U-Haul applied in October 2009 to register four trademarks in Canada. Two that contain the name U-Haul were accepted: U-Haul U-Box and U-Haul U-Box We-Haul.But the Canadian trademark office denied the third and fourth: U-Box and U-Box We-Haul. It noted that U Box It’s trademark had been registered in February 2008 after two years of use and that the names were similar enough to confuse customers.In her written ruling, judge Judith Woods disagreed with U-Haul’s contention that the two services were so dissimilar that confusion was unlikely. read more

First student art exhibition of season opens at Brocks downtown arts school

For Brock University art students, the opportunity to have their own exhibition at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts can be pivotal.The downtown arts school is opening its doors for the first student exhibition in the Visual Arts Exhibition space for the season on Wednesday, Oct. 11.Lisette Costanzo explores themes of spirituality in her exhibit La Magaria. Drawing on her own spiritual practices, Costanzo focuses on uniting the physical and the metaphysical through high realism and otherworldly themes in her art.“Costanza has worked diligently for the past eight months to bring creative and intellectual acuity to her subject of exploration,” said David Vivian, Director of the MIWSFPA. “This often solitary experience of a very personal exploration in the painting studio was guided by the Faculty mentorship of professors Amy Friend and Murray Kropf.”La Magaria, Italian for ‘witchcraft,’ is the observation of nature, the bridge between the physical and spiritual, and the reverence of the Divine Feminine (Gaia) within everyone, explains Costanzo. She describes the exhibition as “the embracing of La Magaria and the divine inner spark.”Prominent in most works from the La Magaria is a black obsidian ball, which represents the balancing of celestial power. Costanzo, who is in her final year of Italian Studies and Visual Arts at Brock, is an intuitive artist and reiki master who has studied metaphysics for nearly two decades.Vivian said the student art exhibits are an important part of their learning experience.“Exhibitions such as La Magaria provide an opportunity for a graduating student to create, curate and present a comprehensive representation of their creative research at this pivotal moment in their learning as they move from undergraduate studies to graduate research, professional studio-based practice or other long-term career trajectories,” he said.La Magaria opens on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. with a closing reception on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 5-10 p.m. Regular visiting hours for the Visual Arts Exhibition Space at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts are Tuesday through Saturday from 1-5 p.m.The exhibit is free for the community to attend. For more information, visit the exhibition website. read more

No longer under siege Women and children to be allowed leave Homs

first_imgTHE SYRIAN REGIME has agreed to allow women and children to leave besieged rebel-held areas of the central city of Homs, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said today at peace talks in Geneva.Brahimi told reporters: “What we have been told by the government side is that women and children in this besieged area of the city are welcome to leave immediately. Hopefully starting tomorrow, women and children will be able to leave the Old City in Homs.”He said that as well as women and children:other civilians are also welcome to leave, but the government needs a list of their names first.Living under seigeThe subject of Homs – where hundreds of families in the Old City are living under siege with near-daily shelling and the barest of supplies – has been discussed at length since the two parties started face-to-face talks on Saturday.Brahimi commented:You know that the centre of the city has been under siege for a very, very long time and now I hope that we are approaching a solution for at least the civilians.He said talks had also touched on continued efforts to have convoys of humanitarian aid brought into Homs.“As far as Homs is concerned, there is an agreement now from the armed groups on the inside not to attack an assistance convoy entering Homs,” he said.Brahimi admitted the talks were progressing slowly but said he was pleased with the atmosphere so far.“I am happy, because in general there is mutual respect and they are aware of the fact that this attempt is important and we must continue. I hope that this mood will continue,” he said.Talks today also touched on the thousands of people jailed, kidnapped or missing in the country.Brahimi said the opposition had agreed “they will try to collect a list of names” of people held by rebel forces they control or have contact with, to hand over to the regime to move the process of prisoner exchanges forward.The opposition has said it wants the talks on Monday to move to the core issue of a political transition. Brahimi said the talks would become more general.“This is a political negotiation, everything we discuss is political,” he said. “I think tomorrow I expect the two parties to make some general statement about the way forward.”- © AFP, 2014Read: Despite walk-out threats, Syria foes set to meet face-to-face>last_img read more

Ireland is the third highest for druginduced deaths in Europe

first_imgTHE EUROPEAN DRUG report finds that Ireland has third highest drug-induced deaths in Europe.For 2012, the average mortality rate of people aged 15–64 due to overdoses in Europe is estimated at 17 deaths per million population .Ireland has just over 70 deaths per million of the population – ranking third overall.Ireland falls behind Norway, where there are 76 deaths per million and Estonia where 191 per million die of drug-induced causes.According to data from the report, in 2010, in Ireland there was less than 60 per million population, however, since 2010 there has been a sharp rise.The report also found that over a quarter of the general population aged between 15 – 65 years old have tried cannabis.The Europe-wide study found that in the last 12 months, 10.3 per cent of adults in the same age bracket had taken it.Over 18 per cent of school children, aged between 15 and 16, have also tried it.The report presents a new analysis of the drug situation in Europe and gives an overview of developments in interventions and policies. The report is based on a comprehensive review of both European and national data.Cocaine use in young adults aged 15-34 in Ireland has seen a steady decline since its peak in 2007, finds the report. Now, cocaine use is below 3 per cent. Source: The European Drug ReportLooking at opioid use in Europe, namely heroin, the report finds that the drug still accounts for a large share of deaths from drug use in Europe.In Ireland, the study found that over 50 per cent of all entrants for treatment present with an addiction to opiod (most common heroin), accounting for over 32 per cent of first-time entrants to treatment.Over 4.5 per cent of the general population have used Amphetamines in their lifetime, while 6.9 per cent have used ecstasy.Read: HSE issues alert as green ecstasy pills kill two people in the last four days>Read: Over 100,000 prescription drugs seized in Interpol’s largest ever operation>last_img read more

Community appreciation dinner held by Muslim Organizations Coalition

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A South Florida organization celebrated important members of the community, Saturday night.The Coalition of South Florida Muslim Organizations held its 7th annual community appreciation dinner in Miami.Among those honored were Judge Norman Herring, Miami-Dade Professor Randall Kaufman and Miami-Dade County Community Relations Chair Rene Diaz.Guests were treated to a keynote address from FIU Professor of Medicine, Dr. Pedro Greer Jr.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Man accused of urinating on US flags at Mass veterans cemetery turns

first_imgSOMERVILLE, MASS. (WSVN) – A man accused of urinating on multiple U.S. flags at a veterans cemetery in Massachusetts turned himself into police after a photo of the suspect began spreading on social media.The Boston Globe reports Michael C. Lacey turned himself in at Somerville District Court Wednesday after a witness at the cemetery said he saw the suspect unzip his pants and relieve himself on the flags in broad daylight on September 10.George Gatteny says he was stopped behind a bus when he saw two people near a memorial statue in the Somerville Veterans Memorial Cemetery, including Lacey.“He undid his pants, took himself out and started urinating on the flags,” he told 7News.Gatteny, shocked by what he was witnessing, got out of his car and confronted the man. He says the suspect laughed in his face and walked off with a woman.An outraged Gatteny shared several images of the soaked flags and vandalized statue on social media. The post quickly went viral and police launched an investigation.According to the Globe, Lacey faces a maximum of five years in prison if convicted of destroying an American flag and defacing a veteran’s memorial. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

If Youre Not Actively Thinking About Creatively Destructing Your Brand Then Someone

first_imgControversial. Insightful. Entertaining. True. One of the best parts of covering magazine publishing and interviewing the industry’s most influential players is getting that nugget, that one quote about some important issue that stands out—leaps off the screen as any one or more of the descriptors above.And, thankfully, there have been a lot of them. Now that we’re well past the halfway mark in 2010, I looked back at all our stories since the beginning of the year (or at least as many as I could) and collected several quotes that stood out most to me over the months. (Let me know if I missed any…) Here’s the list, in no particular order. They’re all worth revisiting, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.“There’s no getting around that display advertising on the Internet is going to be no one’s salvation.” –Meredith Corp. National Media Group president Jack Griffin on the publisher’s successes and struggles. “A lot of publishers are facing the challenge of how to inspire legacy editors to think and act on building value across platforms beyond only print.” –F+W president David Blansfield, about letting go long time Print editor Emily Gordon.   “People are paying. We know people will pay for it … it’s a business model that is just really very delicious.” –Time Inc. CEO Ann Moore on tablets at parent company Time Warner’s Investors Day. “Demand Media can go to hell.” –FOLIO: general manager Tony Silber on the content-farm nature of the company’s business model. “The magazine world doesn’t have a consumer problem, it has an advertising perception problem.” –Hearst’s Michael Clinton, explaining the “Magazines, The Power of Print” initiative. “I’m far more worried about 500 million people on Facebook than I am about 2 million people watching Fox.” CNN U.S. president Jonathan Klein at Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s annual Media Summit. “I don’t know what you mean by social media.” –a respondent’s answer to  the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ question of whether time spent engaging in social media helpful or a hindrance to producing quality print or digital content? “When do you need a magazine like Editor & Publisher more? When everything is going great or in a tie of crisis? It’s more vital now than ever.” Duncan McIntosh of Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc., on purchasing shuttered Editor & Publisher from Nielsen Business Media. “’The channel’ is what matters. The gizmo is secondary.” –Rex Hammock on the difference between creating content and the way the content is consumed. “My guess is that the publishers who take up the challenge won’t realize any immediate financial windfall. But they’ll get something better out of the deal: A chance to reimagine their content and their business on a device that offers infinitely intriguing possibilities for both.” –Technologizer editor Harry McCracken, shortly after Apple’s iPad launched, on what effect it might have on magazine publishing. “Dare I say the National Magazine Awards have become, well, boring?” –Me, commenting on how the same big New York-centric titles win the contest year-after-year. “If you’re not actively thinking about creatively destructing your brand then someone else will.” –David Nussbaum, chairman and CEO of F+W Media at the 2010 FOLIO: Show. “The days of a portal Web site where everyone in the industry feels like they ‘must go’ there every day to keep up are over. Home pages on Web sites are less and less relevant.” Dave Iannone, founder and CEO of Go Forward Media, on the growing relevance of social media. “For us, ‘brand’ is not what it was even two years ago. Our customers want us to put content on their sites, they want us to build audience for them, they want to build their own databases. If we’re not in that business, we’re going to grow backwards.” –Ziff Davis Media CEO Steve Weitzner at ABM’s annual meeting. “Apple has been very upfront about saying, ‘Hey, we’re going to watch how much data you can give people.’ The Apple process says, ‘If you do anything special with tracking, please let us know ahead of time so we can guide you’ and we wrote a long e-mail about what we wanted to track and why, and their response was, ‘We won’t comment until you submit the app.’ We’re developing according to how we think they’ll react but that’s not really a business partnership. You just read the spec guide and say a prayer.” –Nxtbook Media’s Marcus Grimm on the difficulties of dealing with Apple in regard to iPad app creation. “I made the decision to stop, once and for all, before things got out of hand and I risked even more of my personal sanity and savings. I couldno longer fight this fight, issue to issue, trying to counter aneconomic landscape that simply needs time to recover.” –founder andformer editor-in-chief Anita Malik on closing down East West, for the second time. “If we assume that the founders of Twitter really are as shallow as they appear to be, the best thing to do is the opposite of what Twitter is doing. In this case that would mean moving businesses away from advertising (the Twitter strategy).” –Internet Evolution founder Stephen Saunders on why Twitter is bad for business. “People tend to talk about editorial and not the brand. Editors-in-chief are not equipped to do brand management.” –Atlantic Media president Justin Smith at the FOLIO: Show. “The world is changing very fast and our company is changing very fast. We’re going to stake our claim on that tagline, that says because it’s changing very fast, we’re going to lead it.” –Cygnus Business Media CEO John French on the company’s new tagline and new organizational architecture. “Most forms of content are not standardized and it’s in the industry’s interest to focus on this quickly regardless of devices. We need to think about the way files are created and ad formats that are consistent.” –John Squires, at MPA’s Magazines 24/7: The E-Reading Evolution event, on the launch of Next Issue Media.last_img read more

VIDEO Meet Wilmington Recreations New Program Coordinator Bret Sawin

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In the latest episode of WCTV’s “Where’s Wilmington,” host Lisa Kapala interviews Wilmington Recreation Director Karen Campbell and the new Wilmington Recreation Program Coordinator, Bret Sawin. Campbell and Sawin preview upcoming Recreation offerings, including Concerts on the Common, ‘Learn To Sail’ program, art classes, kids mountain biking, a Niagara Falls trip, and more. Lots of discount tickets are also available through the Recreation Department.Watch the 13-minute interview below, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television:—Video Playerhttps://wilmington.vod.castus.tv/vod/dl.php/5/f/2/3/6/1/5f236163-fd4b-4d5d-aa94-cbe3f9064e0f1563214485.800+67997184.844@castus4-wilmington+15632153221563214623050286.vod.1080p.07152019_Where’s_Wimington_Ep141_Rec_Dept.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://wilmington.vod.castus.tv/vod/dl.php/5/f/2/3/6/1/5f236163-fd4b-4d5d-aa94-cbe3f9064e0f1563214485.800+67997184.844@castus4-wilmington+15632153221563214623050286.vod.1080p.07152019_Where&?_=1#039;s_Wimington_Ep141_Rec_Dept.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Learn About The New Wilmington Police Explorers ProgramIn “Videos”VIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington Police Beach DayIn “Videos”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”last_img read more

Iditarod adds four new board members amid criticism

first_imgNome musher Aaron Burmeister at the Iditarod Ceremonial Start in downtown Anchorage, March 1, 2014. Burmeister is one of the ITC board members who resigned. (Photo: David Dodman, KNOM).The Iditarod has expanded its governing body. On Monday, the organization announced it had added four new members to its board.Listen nowThe move comes as a response to growing criticism of the race’s leadership team.The new members are Nina Kemppel, Karen King, Mike Mills and Ryan York. Unlike many of the Iditarod Trail Committee’s current board members, none are Iditarod race veterans, and there are no apparent conflicts of interest. The move is partially a response to concerns that nepotism and cozy relationships were guiding board decisions on controversial changes in recent years.The restructured board leaves 10 members total, with three people departing the body, Rick Swenson, Aaron Burmeister and Wade Marrs — all of whom are current or former Iditarod mushers.Last year, the Iditarod was beset with different scandals, including high-profile allegations of doping, withdrawal of major sponsors and calls from mushers for the ITC board chair to resign.last_img read more

Softbank fund invests in Flipkart becomes one of its largest shareholders

first_imgSoftbank has rallied back on its dreams of acquiring a substantial stake in e-commerce major Flipkart. On Thursday, Softbank Vision Fund, the $100-billion technology-focused fund floated by bank founder Masayoshi Son, invested an undisclosed but significant amount in India’s largest e-commerce marketplace Flipkart, making it one of the largest investors in the company, according to media reports.As a result, SoftBank will now become the largest shareholder in Flipkart, just days after Snapdeal founders decided to terminate merger talks with the Bangalore-based company.A report by news agency Reuters on August 1 had hinted that Softbank plans to invest about $2 billion through its Vision Fund.The investment estimated to be over $2-2.5 billion will be a mix of primary and secondary capital from SoftBank’s Vision Fund, and is part of the same fundraise that saw Tencent, eBay and Microsoft invest $1.4 billion in April. It will be made at the same $11.6 billion valuation as the earlier round.A monumental deal for @Flipkart & India! The investment from Vision Fund is a great endorsement of our work! https://t.co/Ya8naNiQh4— Sachin Bansal (@_sachinbansal) August 10, 2017Excited to welcome Softbank Vision Fund as a long-term partner in @Flipkart!A true recognition of India’s potential https://t.co/yGoGUEpOzz— binnybansal (@binnybansal) August 10, 2017Flipkart claimed that with this investment from Softbank Vision Fund, it will have an excess of $4 billion in cash on its balance sheet which will enable it to make further financial investments to consolidate its pole position in the e-commerce market, the Business Standard reported on Thursday.SoftBank has an India portfolio spanning e-commerce, ride sharing, digital payments, hospitality, clean energy and telecommunications, which is valued at over $6 billion.”This is a monumental deal for Flipkart and India. Very few economies globally attract such overwhelming interest from top-tier investors. We’re excited to welcome the Vision Fund as a long-term partner as we continue to build our business with a focus on serving the needs of all Indians,” said Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal, co-founders of Flipkart.Financial portal Moneycontrol.com speculated on Thursday that the upcoming Diwali will see a lot of discounts from both Amazon and Flipkart.India enjoys a thriving Internet market with close to 500 million Internet users. As per market research, the Indian e-commerce market is expected to grow at a five-year compounded annual growth rate in excess of 30 percent.last_img read more

Gazipur polls rigging proves more innovative than Khulna model

first_imgA gang of youths forcibly enters booth at the polling station of Madinatul Ulum Senior Madrasa in 26 no. ward in Gazipur, snatches ballot papers and votes for boat. Photo: Prothom AloRuling Banladesh Awami League showed more effective techniques of coercion in Gazipur civic polls than it did in Khulna, for holding a stage-managed ballot, conclude victims and witnesses.The day before the voting on 26 June, some agents of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) candidates were allegedly picked up but released later from different locatons.The AL men applied an ‘innovative technique’ to kick out BNP polling agents of the centres. Even a portion of the law enforcement was said to have been used as shield.And once the BNP men were driven out or stopped from entering the polling stations, the AL activists joined the ‘celebration of ballot stuffing’, said the witnesses.They added that the law enforcement and the election officials played a supportive role in making the rigging easy.The police raided the houses of polling agents the way they did during the Khulna city polls held in May, the BNP men alleged.Khulna city polls on 15 May reportedly proved to be a new model of manipulated elections.Read more : Khulna city sees new model of ‘manipulated polls’Nearly 100 people were shown arrested since the announcement of Gazipur City Corporation polls schedule.Following the Khulna experience, the ruling party had brought ‘changes in its tactics’. The opposition apparently ‘failed’ to counter such techniques.The BNP’s mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarkar earlier said resistance would start once agents are kicked out of polling stations. However, he eventually went back home at noon and instead demanded cancellation of the elections.Kazi Mahbub-ul Haque, chief of the BNP’s election observation team, said they kept ready three sets of BNP agents following the experience in Khulna city polls.”If one group is either arrested or driven out, another team would come forward. But, it did not work as in most cases, all of them were kicked out from the polling centres,” claimed Mahbub-ul Haque.Md Abdul Hadi, Gazipur city Awami League executive member, observed that there are many reasons of the victory and the loss.”There is no BNP leader in the field and even no BNP man is there to bring the BNP voters to the polling centres.”The AL leader claimed that BNP mayor MA Mannan could not do any significant works during the last five years.The AL leader further claimed that the health condition of BNP’s mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarkar is not well.AL candidate Jahangir Alam has been working for last four years to persuade the voters. “There is no single place in Gazipur where Jahangir has no activist and connection.” How agents were picked up Some of the BNP agents were detained a day before the polls and from homes, while others were picked up either from inside polling centre or outside of it, said the victims.Prothom Alo talked to many of them, who are still afraid and unwilling to name themselves.BNP candidate’s media cell chief Mazharul Islam told Prothom Alo that the agents were advised not to stay at home. “But, it did not work as many of them were picked up from the polling booths either by the plainclothes policemen or detectives.”According to a victim, as many as 42 people who were picked from their respective polling booths or from the city and were kept in secret places.It has been learnt that those were either BNP’s polling agents or member of the central polls committee.They were released immediately after the end of voting.BNP agent Alamgir Hossain was detained while he was entering a polling booth at Noagaon MA Mazid Mia High School centre.Member of Arichpur Primary School centre committee Kazi Shahin, Chhatra Dal leader Rajan, BNP activist Zakir and joint secretary of BNP’s ward no. 46 Kazi Nazrul were also detained in the same fashion.Tongi thana Chatra Dal joint secretary Shah Alam and Shimultali centre’s chief agent Motaleb, Madinatul Ulum Madrasa’s polling agent Md Munna were detained on the night before the election.Six people, including Munna, were released in Kapashia road area in the district a few hours after the balloting ends.BNP’s ward no. 31 president Hasanuzzaman, Amir Hossain of ward no. 29, and Taij Uddin High School centre’s agent Abu Bakar Siddique were also detained from their respective polling booths and they were released later at night.Picked up from polling centresA group of plainclothes men picked up Mohammad Idris, a polling agent at Gacha Kamaleshwar Adarsha School centre in ward no, 34.Idris told Prothom Alo that four people, introducing them as detectives, called him out for a talk.When he went out to meet them, Idris said, one of them caught his left hand tightly and another put hand on this shoulder. When he asked them ‘Is there any problem?’ “No problem. We are helping you out. We are bringing you to a safe place,” replied one of them.Later, he was taken to a microbus and they beat him. He was then taken by the microbus to a big room in the district police line area, Idris added.As many as 36 other people, according to Idris, were in the room.He was 37th at that moment. Later, five more people were also taken there, Idris said.Residential inspector (RI) Abul Kalam Azad on Wednesday told Prothom Alo that he did not know anything about such story.Idris also said a person came in the room around 4:00pm and told them not to be worried.Idris added that the man told them they all will be released soon.Meanwhile, seven microbuses were brought there. Six people including Idris were taken by one the microbuses. Four DB policemen were with them in the vehicle.Idris said three of them were dropped at Bagmara area of Mymensingh’s Trishal upazila while three other including Kashimpur’s Abdul Aziz Master were taken to Bhaluka area.He came back home from there at night.Asked about the matter, Gazipur police superintendent Harun-or Rashid on Wednesday said, “I’ve no information about detaining and picking up of any BNP agent.”Picked up from homeYoung lawyer Selim Reza, who was a BNP agent at a polling centre, was picked up from home in the morning of the election day.The police detained him from home, Selim added, while he was taking preparation to go to polling centre.He was then taken to the police line area. Later, nine people including him were released on Tuesday afternoon in Pakundia union area in Kishoreganj district.Selim Reza told Prothom Alo that he had no money at that time. He then somehow contacted his family seeking money through a bKash account.Those who were taken to police custodyPlainclothes policemen picked six people – Anowar, Kabir, Mozibur, Helen Badsha, Alamgir, Mosharraf Badsha – from the city’s Dhiram area.Four other persons, including Amir and Iqbal, were also picked up from Samantapur area of the district.On Wednesday, the families of the detainees came to know that they are in Keraniganj Central jail.Meanwhile, ruling AL candidate Jahangir Alam has been declared mayor of the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC). Official records show he bagged 400,010 votes while his rival Hasan Uddin Sarker, the candidate of the BNP, bagged 197,611 votes in the polls in 416 centres out of 425.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islamlast_img read more

AL picks controversial MPs again

first_imgASM Feroz, Fahmi Gulandaz, Showkat Hasanur Rahman and Nizamuddin HazariAround a dozen controversial candidates received tickets from the ruling Awami League to contest the upcoming 11th parliamentary election.Despite reservations at the grassroots, AL nominated Shamim Osman, Sheikh Afil Uddin, Ranjit Kumar Ray, Dhirendra Debnath Shambhu, Showkat Hasanur Rahman, ASM Feroz, Fahmi Gulandaz, Omor Faruk Chowdhury, Manoranjan Shill, Abdul Wadud Dara and Nizamuddin Hazari again for the 30 December polls. Fahmi Gulandaz, current member of parliament from Mymensingh-10 constituency, came into the limelight for allegedly torturing a number of people from his party and outside. It was alleged, intimidated by Fahmi, hundreds of party leaders and activists fled Mymensingh while others became politically inactive.Dabirul Islam has been the MP of Thakurgaon-2 for the past 27 years. There has been much talk about him forcefully grabbing  land from the minority community in his constituency. Allegations have been raised against his family by leaders at the grassroots for controlling party posts, recruitment-business, projects and ransom, among others.Omor Faruk Chowdhury MP of Rajshahi-1, according to a home ministry report, is the patron of drug traders in the northern district. The illicit drugs being traded include phensedyl, heroine and yaba.Dhirendra Debnath Shambhu MP of Barguna-1 faced controversy over his alleged involvement with recruitment, nomination, election, development, distribution of tube-wells, TR and Food for Work projects.The AL dropped Abdur Rahman Bodi (Cox’s Bazar-4) and Amanur Rahman Khan Rana (Tangail-3), but, the nomination remains in their families. Bodi’s wife Shahina Akhter and Amanur’s father Ataur Rahman won party tickets.According to a Prothom Alo correspondent from Cox’s Bazar, local leaders and activists are not happy with the party decision of nominating Shahina Akhter as she is a housewife and does not have even her name in any committee of the party.Tourist town Cox’s Bazar is rife with human trafficking and yaba peddling. The AL MP, Abdur Rahman Bodi, is the chief patron of these crimes.Administrative officials earlier said, not only Bodi, but 23 of his relatives, including his three brothers, are also involved in the illegal activities.Bodi also tops the home ministry’s list of 79 leading human traffickers of Cox’s Bazar. He is identified by the Narcotics Control Department as the chief patron of the yaba smugglers.MP Amanur Rahman Khan of Tangail-3 is in jail for murdering a leader of his own party.The people, including AL leaders of the constituency, where shocked that his father Ataur Rahman got the nomination.The local AL leaders and activists are also dissatisfied with Barguna-2 constituency’s MP Showkat Hasanur Rahman. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina had said no war criminals’ children would be granted nomination. The locals claim Hasanur’s father Khalilur Rahman was the chairman of the peace committee at Barguna. Even so, Hasanur got the nomination.Abu Reza Muhammad Nezamuddin who secured nomination from the Chittagong-15 constituency, along with is family is allegedly involved in Jamaat politics. The local leaders and activists claimed at different times that he never gave due consideration to the local AL men.The Birganj upazila Awami League and its associate organisations earlier rejected Manoranjan Shill Gopal, MP at Dinajpur-1 (Birganj-Kaharol) constituency. They brought a number of allegations against him including renaming the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman college after himself, disrupting communal harmony, ignoring the local leaders and activists, helping the Jamaat-BNP candidate to win the local government election by holding campaigns against own party candidate, doing businesses over electricity, abusing power, Test Relief, Food for Work projects and such.Chief whip of the present parliament ASM Feroz who secured nomination from Patuakhali-2 constituency earlier drew wide criticism saying at a reception at Bauphal, Patuakhali, that he would rather received cash than an award. He is known to mistreat journalists. His contesting in the election came into question as the High Court postponed a loan re-schedulement by the Sonali Bank. Earlier, the bank also had exempted him of the interest too.Pankaj Nath who has been granted nomination at Barishal-4 constituency, and also the party general secretary there, was accused by the local Awami League and a section of its associate organisation, of torturing party men, concocting cases, corruption and so on.The Narayanganj-4 constituency’s candidate Shamim Osman has been criticised over various issues for long time. He is allegedly involved in attacks over mayor Selina Hayat Ivy who is a member of his own party too.A number of 37 AL leaders and activists were killed over a span of 9 years in Sharsha of Jashore in internal clashes, smuggling and over business supremacy along the border. Four of the children of the party members were also allegedly killed over such issues. No one in the cases have been prosecuted. The plaintiffs alleged, most of the defendants named in the chargesheet are followers of the Jessore-1 (Sharsha) constituency’s candidate SK Afil Uddin who has been patronising them for 10 years.The AL men of Jessore-4 constituency held a press conference in Dhaka against their MP Ranajit Kumar Roy who has been selected to run again.The member of the parliament Abdul Wadud at Puthia-Durgapur constituency in Rajshahi-5 allegedy did manpower business. Reports have been published in the media over his assests growing disproportonately after he was elected to the parliament.Nizam Uddin Hazari, the member of the parliament at Feni-2 constituency, has established complete control over Feni. He was imprisoned for arms trade, but allegedly has been out two years and 10 months before the jail term completion.The family of Bazlul Haque Haroon, the MP at Jhalokathi-1, amassed huge wealth in only five years. Despite several allegations of cash embazzlement, he was granted nomination too.last_img read more