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UK-Based Broadcast Firm Asks India to Settle Payment of Rs 250 Crore

first_imgA United Kingdom-based satellite and broadcast firm has asked the Indian government to pay it Rs 250 crore (£28 million) that has been pending from the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. The company, Sports Information Services (SIS), has written a letter to Indian Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, over the issue, the Times of India reported.The sum is pending as part of SIS’ contract fee for broadcasting the 2010 CWG together with Doordarshan, which was the host broadcaster. Rathore is also the Indian Minister of state for Information and Broadcasting.“It’s clearly damaging to India’s standing in the international world of sports and of broadcasting,” SIS chief executive Richard Ames wrote in the two-page letter, according to the report. Ames added that the way in which SIS was treated by the successive Indian governments has triggered concerns in the international broadcast sporting arena.SIS was also a part of the international coverage of the 2002 Manchester CWG and was the outside broadcast arm of BBC. The Delhi CWG were held in 2010 when the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was in power in India.“As the CWG (Gold Coast) are once again the center of attention to the world’s sporting media, could I draw your (referring to Rathore) attention to the difficult and embarrassing fact that India has not settled its bill for the 2010 CWG in Delhi. Today, our claim (with interest to date) exceeds £28 million,” wrote Ames, the report said.Ames added that as India refused to clear the bills after the Delhi CWG, a formal letter of complaint was sent by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin to one of Rathore’s predecessors. However, the payment was not made.In 2009, Prasar Bharati had entered into a contract with SIS.The broadcasting sector was engulfed in controversy at the time, with the VK Shunglu committee report alleging financial misappropriation and procedural lapses.The Central Bureau of Investigation in 2011 conducted raids at the house of BS Lalli, who was the then CEO of Prasar Bharti, after a case was registered against him and others for alleged irregularities in awarding broadcasting rights of Commonwealth Games that reportedly resulted in a loss of Rs 135 crore to the exchequer, India Today reported earlier. The case was filed against Lalli, Zoom Communications director Wasim Dehlvi, and others.The CBI then filed a closure report in the case, saying that there was lack of criminality on the part of Lalli and Dehlvi. Related Items2010 Delhi Commonwealth GamestelevisionUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

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Music Festivals Are Gaining Popularity in Asia. Just Not With Officials.

first_imgWhen the members of Bottlesmoker, an “indietronic” band from Indonesia, landed in Vietnam last Thursday, they were looking forward to their set at Quest Festival, an annual event billed as a “wondrous, wild wonderland of nature, art and eclectic entertainment.”But just after 11 p.m. Friday — after bands and fans had traveled to the festival site near the capital, Hanoi — the Quest organizers told Bottlesmoker by email that the event was off. “After supporting us until today the authorities have decided to withdraw our festival license for reasons that are still unknown to us,” they wrote.“Bottlesmoker was waiting to play at Quest Festival for, like, almost two years,” Anggung Suherman, who plays synthesizers in the band, said in an interview. “So it’s really broken our hearts.”Asia is a growing market for Western-inspired music festivals where electronic beats blare into the wee hours, à la Coachella in California or Glastonbury in England. In China alone, the number of electronic music festivals was expected to rise to more than 150 this year from 32 in 2016, according to a recent survey of the electronic music industry by Kevin Watson, a London-based analyst.But on top of the logistical challenges that accompany music festivals in any country, promoters across much of Asia face an additional headache: conservative governments that see the events as threats to public safety, political stability or social and religious values.Or perhaps all of the above.The concept of a Western-style music festival is still new to many officials in the region, and specific rules to regulate them are scarce, said Reason Xie, the program director for Looptopia, Taiwan’s largest outdoor music festival.“Most Asian governments would rather you not do parties so you don’t cause trouble,” he said, adding that his comment did not apply to Japan or South Korea. “The authorities wouldn’t want to take responsibility because a festival, to them, is like a liability.”The Quest event in Vietnam, a one-party state, is just one of several high-profile music festivals to be canceled across the region in recent years.In 2015, for example, authorities in Taiwan banned the 2F: White Party music festival after an explosion at a water park in New Taipei City killed 15 people and injured hundreds. Xie said the music event had been running smoothly since 2007 but had been criticized in the local news media as a haven for drugs and even firearms.“Which, come on, Taiwan doesn’t have firearms!” he said. “But the media can say whatever they want and the public will believe it.”The year before, the Future Music Festival Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was canceled on its third day after 19 festivalgoers were arrested on suspicion of drug possession and six others died. The local news media suggested at the time that the deaths were drug-related, but a forensic pathologist later reported that they had been caused by heatstroke.Festival organizers tried to move the event to Singapore in 2015, but officials there declined to grant them a public entertainment license. (Bottlesmoker, the Indonesian band, was among the scheduled acts.)Iqbal Ameer, chief executive of the Livescape Group, the Kuala Lumpur-based promoter of the Future Music Festival Asia, said that while Malaysia’s electronic music scene was slowly rebuilding, his company was “still having conversations with authorities to educate them on what electronic dance music is all about.”“Drug abuse has been around even before music festivals started becoming a norm here,” he said. “What we would want to do is encourage the relevant authorities to tackle the real problem, which is drug abuse, not music festivals.”This summer, two of China’s largest electronic music events — the Ultra festivals in Shanghai and Beijing — were not held as planned. Questions have been swirling over what happened and whether the events have a future in the country; the festival organizers did not respond to a request for comment.Xie noted that the Chinese government is notoriously suspicious of popular subcultures, and that electronic music festivals would naturally raise red flags because they attract large crowds.“They banned hip-hop,” he said, referring to recent efforts by Chinese officials to suppress references to the genre on television. “I guess EDM is the next thing they’re monitoring now, especially when music festivals involve thousands and thousands of people gathering together.”In Vietnam, Quest Festival was scheduled to take place about two months after the state-run news media reported in September that seven people had died after taking drugs at the Trip to the Moon electronic music festival in Hanoi. The deaths prompted the city government to issue what it called a temporary ban on all music festivals.The festival organizers said in a statement on Monday that Quest had been shut down on Friday morning by local officials who blocked access to the site and shut off its electricity supply.“It is incredibly saddening and confusing that the move to block Quest from running was delayed until the final hour, as this left so many of the amazing festival staff, the wonderful volunteers and suppliers and many guests stranded on the roadside, or stuck inside the camp,” they wrote on Facebook.But Nguyen Thai Binh, an official from the ministry, was quoted by the Vietnamese news media as saying that the event’s license had been revoked after the Trip to the Moon deaths.A Quest Festival organizer declined to comment on the cancellation or the government’s rationale, saying only that “working in Vietnam can be very challenging.”In the days since the festival was canceled, its Facebook page has been flooded with comments — some sympathetic, others embittered and antagonistic.“Human beings,” one user wrote. “When they want to blame, they’re just gonna blame.”Eva Lazarus, a musician from Bristol, England, said she had flown to Vietnam to perform at Quest Festival as part of a tour that includes stops in Australia, India, Kenya, New Zealand and Uganda. She said she had never been in the lineup for a festival that was canceled on a mere day’s notice.Lazarus said that in Britain, the regulatory “goal posts” covering security, policing or sound restrictions at festivals can shift at the last minute. But in general, she added, “when the goal posts move, it is within reason and there is a potential for the event to still go ahead.”c.2018 New York Times News Service Related Itemslast_img read more

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Indian Origin Brothers Charged in the U.S. for Deceiving Investors

first_imgThe Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged two Indian-origin brothers for defrauding investors and prospective investors by purporting to provide unbiased research reports on certain publicly-traded small and microcap companies.The SEC said that Ajay Tandon, 41, and Amit Tandon, 47, of New York, with and through their stock research firm SeeThruEquity defrauded investors by telling them that their reports were ‘‘unbiased’’ and “not paid for,” while in reality, they received thousands of dollars from issuers as a condition to providing each report.The Tandon brothers are the co-founder of SeeThruEquity. While Ajay has experience in the securities industry, Amit is the Director of Research at SeeThru as well as an attorney and a member of the New York Bar, PTI reported.According to the SEC’s complaint, SeeThruEquity and the Tandon brothers disguised the payments by inviting companies to make a “presentation” at an investor conference in order to receive a research report for free, the news agency reported citing SEC complaint.The SEC also said that the brothers told investors that the price targets included in them were objectively determined, that they did not own the stocks being covered, and that they took precautions to maintain STE’s objectivity.SEC said in its complaint that both SeeThruEquity and the Tandon brothers allegedly collected several thousand dollars in conference presentation fees per company, and the issuers regularly had input into the substance of the supposedly unbiased research reports, even including the price targets at times, the news agency reported.According to SEC’s allegations, both Ajay and Amit periodically instructed SeeThruEquity analysts to increase the price targets generated by the SeeThruEquity model. On the instruction of the Tandon brothers, SeeThruEquity analysts increased the price targets above the targets generated by the SeeThruEquity model.SEC alleged that the Tandon brothers also engaged in Scalping. Scalping means making a stock recommendation and then contemporaneously trading against that recommendation without adequate disclosure of that trading.“There is a clear line between paid advertising and unbiased research coverage, and we allege that SeeThru and its co-founders crossed it to deceive investors and make money,” Director of the SEC’s Atlanta Regional Office Richard Best said. “According to our complaint, Ajay Tandon even scalped multiple issuers, further revealing the biased nature of SeeThru’s research reports.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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Derek Jeter’s group closes on purchase of Miami Marlins

first_imgLATEST STORIES Among issues to be addressed by the new owners will be the future of major league home run and RBI champion Giancarlo Stanton, whose salary will nearly double next year to $25 million next year, which could make him unaffordable for the revenue-challenged franchise.Also in question are the status of manager Don Mattingly and president of baseball operations Michael Hill.Loria became widely unpopular because of his frugal ownership. He bought the franchise for $158.5 million in 2002 from John Henry, part of the current Boston Red Sox ownership group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJeter, who played on five World Series champions with the New York Yankees, will head baseball and business operations for a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2003. He has about a 4 percent stake in the ownership group.Sherman has the highest equity stake at about 46 percent. The venture capitalist spent much of his financial career in New York and has a home in Naples, Florida. Irving, Hayward make preseason debuts in Celtics’ victory Derek Jeter, right, stands outside of a suite after a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at Marlins Park in Miami. Major league owners unanimously approved the sale of the Marlins on Wednesday to an investment group led by Jeter and Bruce Sherman. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Derek Jeter’s group closed on its purchase of the Miami Marlins on Monday, and he and new controlling owner Bruce Sherman will speak publicly for the first time about the deal at a news conference Tuesday.Major league owners last week unanimously approved the $1.2 billion sale of the franchise by Jeffrey Loria to the investment group led by Jeter and Sherman. The closing came one day after the Marlins concluded their eighth consecutive losing season, the longest streak in the majors.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:07Nothing wrong with raids on offices of progressive groups—Palace01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

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India win bronze in women’s compound archery

first_imgIndia on Thursday won the bronze medal in the women’s compound archery event of the Commonwealth Games (CWG), beating Malaysia 223-219. Bheigyabati Chanu, Jhano Hansdah and Gagandeep Kaur sealed the win for India in the play-off for the third place.  India needed five points when the last arrow was to be shot by Hansdah but she shot eight to seal India’s win.  The gold medal was won by UK while Canada took the silver. In the semifinals, India had lost to Canada while Malaysia went down to UK. “We are happy with our performance. All of us held our nerves in a pressure situation to clinch the bronze,” Chanu said.  – With inputs from agencieslast_img read more

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Qadri accuses Sharif brothers of conspiring against Pakistan

first_imgFrom M ZulqernainLahore, Sept 10 (PTI) Canada-based Pakistani cleric Tahirul Qadri today accused Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother of conspiring against the country by giving work to more than 300 Indians in their sugar mills mostly in Punjab province, a claim dismissed by the Sharif Group of Industries.”The choice before the nation is clear – either Pakistan or the Sharif brothers. More than 300 Indians are workers in their mills. I have released 50 of the 300 names, along with their passport numbers,” Qadri, the head of Pakistan Awami Tehreek, said.He said these workers include engineers, IT specialists, technicians and even welders.”These Indians were exempted from security checks, police reporting, Customs? clearance and were transported in official protocol vehicles,” Qadri claimed.Terming Sharif an Indian agent, he asked army to arrest him (Nawaz) and his brother Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for conspiring against Pakistan.Qadrialleged the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi was instructed to give Indians visas that exempt them from reporting to the police.”Some of them may be Indian spies. It is not written on the forehead of anybody that he is a spy,” he said.”Cant the Sharif brothers find this category of workers in Pakistan? How come that so many of these Indians were on Pakistani soil, enjoying access to the entire country and roaming around official protocol vehicles,” Qadri said.He also showed a letter to the media written by the sugar mills asking the High Commissioner to India for arranging visas for these personnel.advertisement”Since no proper investigation can be held with both Sharif brothers in power, they must be arrested to clear way for the investigation. If my allegations are proven wrong, I would owe an apology to the nation,” he said.Qadri also quoted the World Bank figures which indicate increase of Pakistani money transfer to India.”When the Sharif brothers took over in 2013, only Rs100 million were going from Pakistan to India. This money jumped to an unbelievable Rs 470 billion within a year, in 2014. Next year, the amount jumped to Rs 490 billion. All these questions need to be investigated by the security agencies,” he said.Responding to Qadris allegations, Sharif Group of Industries Managing Director Yousaf Abbas Sharif said: “Not a single Indian is working in the Sharif family sugar mills.” PTI MZ NSAlast_img read more

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‘It felt like home’: Mick Schumacher second in testing on maiden F1 drive

first_imgShare on Facebook Topics Read more Twitter Support The Guardian Share via Email Mick Schumacher is a member of Ferrari’s driver academy and won the F3 championship last season. Photograph: Andrej Isaković/AFP/Getty Images Share on LinkedIn Formula One Share on Twitter news Since you’re here… Reuse this content Charles Leclerc’s Bahrain brilliance heralds start of a new dynamic in F1 Schumacher, who won the F3 championship last season, is a member of the Ferrari driver academy and is racing in F2 this season for the Prema team. He finished eighth and sixth in the opening two races in Bahrain last weekend. Ferrari was the team with which his father won five consecutive world championships between 2000 and 2004.The youngster took to the Ferrari SF90 for his maiden F1 drive on Tuesday morning on a day when running was interrupted by rain. By the close he was swapping fastest laps with Verstappen, who is 21 but in his fifth season in the sport. The Dutchman’s best time was 1min 29.379sec, with Schumacher’s 0.6sec back. The pair were the only two to register times under 1min 30sec.Thirteen years after his father last drove for Ferrari, Schumacher said he quickly felt at home with the team and relished his first F1 drive. “I really enjoyed today,” he said. “It felt like home in the garage from the very first moment with a lot of people that have known me since I was very young. The SF90 is incredible because of the power it has but it is also smooth to drive and that’s why I enjoyed myself so much.“I was impressed by the braking power an F1 car has. It seemed to me you could brake later and later and the car would have made the turn anyway. I would like to say thank you Ferrari for this incredible opportunity.” Formula One 2019 Share on Messenger Motor sport Share on Pinterest Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Facebook Michael Schumacher was severely injured in a skiing accident in 2013 from which he is still in recovery. He won seven world championships but enjoyed his greatest success with Ferrari, for whom he drove between 1996 and 2006. Schumacher Jr first took to the wheel in karting in 2008. He drove his father’s 1994 title-winning Benetton at Spa in a demonstration last year but Tuesday was his first time in a contemporary F1 car. He will conduct a further test on Wednesday, for Ferrari’s partner team, Alfa Romeo.Lewis Hamilton, who won the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, completed the most laps, 71, and was sixth fastest. Lando Norris, a superb sixth in the race, was third fastest for McLaren. Another Briton, George Russell, was last on the timesheets for Williams but will test for Mercedes on Wednesday. Michael Schumacher’s son, Mick, made a hugely successful debut driving a Formula One car in a test for Ferrari. The 20-year-old completed 56 laps in Bahrain and was the second fastest behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Fernando Alonso also returned to F1, conducting a tyre test for Pirelli in a McLaren at the Sakhir circuit. Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Alonso retired from F1 in 2018 but remained as an ambassador and adviser to McLaren and was conducting the Pirelli tyre test in this capacity. He has been clear he wants to help the team develop the car and has not ruled out a return to F1.It was the first time Alonso had driven an F1 car since last year’s final race at Abu Dhabi. He completed 64 laps, was 11th fastest and he was impressed with this year’s model.“It’s a step forward in every aspect,” he said. “I think the car has more grip, is less draggy on the straights, and the engine is a bigger step better as well.”On Wednesday Dan Ticktum, a 19-year-old Londoner, will make his F1 debut when he tests for Red Bull. Ticktum, a member of the Red Bull junior team, was second to Mick Schumacher in the F3 championship last year and will race in Japan’s Super Formula series this season. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

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College Football Fan On Reddit Used Only Jim Harbaugh Quotes On Tinder, With Interesting Results

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)We’ve seen people play this game on dating app Tinder a number of times: match with another user, use only quotes from a particularly idiosyncratic celebrity or character, and see what happens. In the college football world, the natural choice is Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. In response to a Reddit thread about Jim Harbaugh’s sleepover-based recruitment of the nation’s top kicker, Redditor Beechman tried it out to pretty interesting results.How would using only Jim Harbaugh quotes work on Tinder? /u/Beechman decided to find out: https://t.co/xPHO3gSKsI pic.twitter.com/2lz0Rs4iRf— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) January 13, 2016The best part about this is there are still hundreds of weirder Harbaugh quotes at his disposal. Who can resist Harbaugh? The man’s a jackhammer…whatever that means.[Reddit]last_img read more

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Strip Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary Canadian citizenship advocates demand

first_imgOTTAWA – At least 250 people rallied on Parliament Hill on Sunday to demand the Canadian government do more than use their words to call for an end to the atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.The powerful military in Myanmar is accused of burning down the homes Rohingya Muslims, forcing more than 400,000 members of the persecuted minority to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh as refugees, according to the latest figures from the United Nations.Aung San Suu Kyi, the celebrated de facto leader of Myanmar, has come under harsh international criticism for failing to speak out against the violence.Many of those gathered in Ottawa were demanding the Liberal government strip Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship.“As Canadians, we believe in democracy, freedom, protection of human rights and a commitment to the rule of law,” said Fareed Khan, who has sponsored a petition calling on the Liberal government to revoke the honour.“When Canada conferred honorary Canadian status on Aung San Suu Kyi, it was because she was said to embody these principles,” Khan told the crowd gathered below the steps leading up to Parliament Hill.“Regrettably, that no longer seems to be the case,” he said. “She no longer deserves the honour of being in the company of people like Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and Malala Yousafzai.”They also called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to join with allies to create a safe haven for Rohingya Muslims within Myanmar as a way of acting on their commitment to the responsibility to protect vulnerable populations from persecution.They also urged the Canadian government to work with the UN Refugee Agency to ensure those who wish to settle elsewhere are able to do so.At a rally in Toronto on Saturday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said what is happening in Myanmar “looks a lot like ethnic cleansing.”She also said both she and Trudeau plan to focus on the issue during their upcoming visit to the UN General Assembly in New York.Freeland also noted Trudeau spoke directly to Suu Kyi last week, when he asked her to “raise her voice” on behalf of the Muslim minority in her country.Liberal MP Karen McCrimmon, who attended the rally Sunday, told the crowd she is aware that more needs to be done.“We know that action is needed. We know that it is time for Canada to speak up,” said the Ottawa-area MP.“I think our prime minister and our foreign minister have done that already, but now we need more,” she said.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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WHATS SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF OCT2717 – LINKS BY DGC

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment .WHAT’S SHOOTING IN ONTARIO – AS OF OCT-27-17DGC (Director’s Guild of Canada) Hotlist – CLICK HERE (56 page PDF) OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation) MEDIA LIST – CLICK HERE (4-page PDF)ACTRA – CLICK HEREIATSE 873 – CLICK HERE.LOOKING FOR A JOB?  CHECK OUT OUR CASTING, JOB & CREW NOTICESCASTING A PRODUCTION? HIRING CREW? POST YOUR NOTICE HERETO VIEW OR POST CASTING NOTICES: CLICK HERETO VIEW OR POST CREW & JOB NOTICES: CLICK HERE.ARE YOU CREW?ARE YOU A PRODUCTION COMPANY?DO YOU PROVIDE A SERVICE TO THE INDUSTRY?Register & List your company in the FREE eBOSS PRODUCTION DIRECTORYCLICK HERE.DEALS AND DISCOUNTSCheck out our deals page for discounts on events, restaurants, industry services, health and fitness, auto services and much more – CLICK HERE.FOLLOW eBOSS CANADA ON SOCIAL MEDIA  The Entertainment Business One-Stop ShopFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/eboss.canada/Twitter: https://twitter.com/eBOSSCanadaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/eBOSSCanada/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM1DvYkRJ2YXSrJXJ7-3f0A.DOWNLOAD THE eBOSS CANADA APPFor up-to-date News, Job Notices, Casting Notices, Events, and much more Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

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Europol calls for action to clamp down on ATM attacks

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The European Union’s police agency is calling for concerted action across the continent to tackle attacks by criminal gangs targeting ATMs.Europol said Monday that physical attacks on cash-dispensing machines rose 27% last year, racking up economic damage of 36 million euros ($40 million) in 21 countries that reported to the European Association for Secure Transactions.The Hague-based Europol is urging ATM operators to clamp down on the attacks and suggested less cash is left in the machines and making it traceable if stolen. It also wants security improved to make it tougher to break into ATMs, and increasing the risks for criminals by improving evidence sharing.Europol says measures “should be adopted at the European level” to prevent a crackdown in one country driving criminals to more vulnerable countries.The Associated Press read more

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Citizens peace prize to venerable Sobitha

The National Peace Council has decided to award the Citizens Peace Prize to the late venerable Maduluwave Sobitha thero.Prior to his untimely demise the National Peace Council had decided to award the venerable Sobitha its Citizens Peace Prize, to which he gave his consent. However with some persuasion he agreed to accept our offer.  With his consent we agreed on the date of the award to be November 5, 2015.  But this was postponed due to the venerable Sobitha’s illness.“We are grateful to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for having agreed to be present on that occasion. We now intend to present this award to venerable Sobitha posthumously in the name of the civil movement for good governance he led.  The most fitting tribute to him is to stand for the values he did and ensure that they are realized in the life of the nation,” the National Peace Council said. The National Peace Council said  the passing away of venerable Maduluwave Sobitha is a great loss to Sri Lanka.At a time when the space for political dissent had shrunk, and the government increasingly authoritarian, ethno-nationalist and corrupt, the venerable Sobitha took the challenge to speak out, stand up and give leadership to the general population.He transcended the love of his community to embrace all ethnic and religious communities with the universal spirit of Buddhist religious teachings.  He provided leadership to civil society in its quest for good governance and ethnic harmony. The National Peace Council said that when representatives of the National Peace Council met him to convey this decision, his first response was to state that there were more deserving candidates whom we should consider. This prize is awarded to those in Sri Lanka who have demonstrated public commitment and taken risks to uphold values of human rights, good governance and ethnic and religious harmony. The social media is filled with expressions of sorrow by members of all ethnic and religious communities at his passing away and appreciation for what he did.  His loss was remarkably felt even by the prisoners taken in under the Prevention of Terrorism Act who stage their protest nowadays for their release.  They too have send their condolence message and that shows the credible work that he had done and as an individual voiced for their release.  The government of national unity, that combines the two main political parties which have hitherto been rivals, is due in no small part to his moral leadership. The National Peace Council said it mourns his loss. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Quebec has no plans to offer struggling SNCLavalin a bailout Minister

MONTREAL — Quebec Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon says the province will not offer financial help to SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. despite the construction giant’s woes.The minister says the Montreal-based company faces “obvious operational problems” but is not under financial stress that requires a bailout.SNC-Lavalin slashed its profit forecast Monday for the third time this year as it shifts toward a stabler business model based on engineering services rather than fixed-price construction contracts where cost overruns can eat into profits.The company now expects core adjusted losses of up to $175 million in the latest quarter, far worse than analysts’ previous expectations.SNC-Lavalin, which faces ongoing bribery and corruption charges tied to business dealings in Libya, has seen its share price plummet by 62 per cent over the past year to about $21.On Monday, Quebec’s Caisse de depot, SNC’s largest investor at nearly 20 per cent, took the rare step of publicly rebuking the firm, saying the situation “requires decisive and timely action” by the board. Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)The Canadian Press read more

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Developing countries need better fisheries management UN agency says

The increase in fish exports has proved helpful in fighting hunger in the developing world, according to a new study carried out by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which, however, urges poor countries to adopt better management techniques to reap long-term benefits.The report released today to coincide with a weeklong meeting on the international trade in fish products being held in Santiago de Compostela in Spain said that fish trade was so far having no detrimental effect on the amount of fish available for consumption as food in poor countries.The UN agency told delegates from the 60 countries attending the Tenth Meeting of the Sub-Committee on Fish Trade that growing exports earning had increased employment, raised incomes and improved government services.The value of the international fish trade increased from more than $15 billion in 1980 to over $71 billion in 2004, according to FAO.But the agency cautioned that good management of fisheries by developing countries is essential if they are going to continue to benefit over the longer term.“The fish trade helps poor countries shore up their food security situation,” said Grimur Valdimarsson, FAO’s Director of Fisheries Industry Division. “But increasing international demand can at times result in executive fishing pressure, leading to the over-fishing and wasteful use of stocks.”Mr. Valdimarssen stressed that meeting demands must be balanced with sustainable development if poorer countries want to continue to “benefit this way.”Currently, about 77 per cent of fish consumed worldwide as food is supplied by developing countries. Wealthy developed countries account for 81 per cent of all imports of fish-based products. The top importing nations include Japan, the United States, Spain, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.FAO said at this week’s meeting it will present a draft text aimed at giving authorities in both developed and developing countries guidance on making the international trade in fish products more sustainable. The guidelines includes the use of “eco-labels” and fish tracking systemsComprising 77 FAO members, the Sub-Committee on Fish Trade meets every two years to share information, discuss policy issues related to fish trade, and make recommendations to the agency regarding its related work. read more

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Short construction season Omnitrax says rail to Churchill out until spring

The owners of the Hudson Bay Railway line say flooding that submerged a section of the track, shown in this handout image, and stopped service on May 23 has caused “unprecedented and catastrophic” damage that will take months to repair. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-OmniTrax MANDATORY CREDIT Short construction season: Omnitrax says rail to Churchill out until spring by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 13, 2017 3:07 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 14, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CHURCHILL, Man. – The company that owns the broken Hudson Bay Railway line to Churchill in northern Manitoba says the track is badly damaged and will be closed until next spring.It had been hoped it could be running by the winter, but Omnitrax spokesman Peter Touesnard says a short construction season means all the repairs can’t be completed.He says Omnitrax has hired an engineering company that is to start work on Monday.The firm will take four weeks to inspect the line and then make a list of repairs that need to be done.A preliminary assessment has shown that flooding last month washed away the track bed in 19 places and damaged at least five bridges.Touesnard told CTV Winnipeg that reopening the line will be a challenge and all levels of government need to help.“We have been losing money on this line for some time. We have lost money in its operation over its 20-year life,” he said. “We estimate we’ve lost $30 million on this rail since we bought it in 1997.”Touesnard said Omnitrax “cannot justify spending the money that is necessary to bring this line back into shape. We’ll advocate for that. We’ll work with all interested parties to see that the repairs happen.“But funding for those repairs are going to have to come from elsewhere.”Touesnard said the company realizes the seriousness of the situation and is working with Manitoba’s emergency measures organization.The rail line is the only land link to the rest of the country. It brings food, supplies and people to the remote community popular with tourists for its polar bears and other northern wildlife.U.S.-based Omnitrax also operates the port of Churchill on Hudson Bay and is looking at bringing in fuel by barge or vessel.Touesnard said the company is not exaggerating the severity of the damage. It has done four helicopter rides over the line and the inspection alone is expected to cost more than $500,000, he said.The company that runs the major store in Churchill has said the cost of some food could end up doubling because of the rail suspension.The Northwest Company is currently flying in groceries twice a week, but says that’s three times as expensive as shipping by rail.The company is absorbing the extra cost at the moment, but has said it can’t do that indefinitely.The rail disruption is the latest hardship in the remote town of 900. Omnitrax announced last year it was suspending operations at the port’s grain terminal, then scaled back freight service on the rail line.The Denver-based company has been trying to sell the port and rail line to a First Nations consortium. It signed a memorandum of understanding with the consortium last December, but the deal has not been finalized.(CTV Winnipeg, The Canadian Press) read more

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General Assembly adds French Polynesia to UN decolonization list

Adopting a consensus resolution tabled by Nauru, Tuvalu and Solomon Islands, the Assembly affirmed “the inalienable right of the people of French Polynesia to self-determination and independence” under the UN Charter, and declared that “an obligation exists [under the Charter] on the part of the Government of France, as the administering Power of the Territory, to transmit information on French Polynesia.” The Assembly’s action places French Polynesia back on the UN list of Non-Self-Governing Territories, bringing the number of inscriptions to 17. Although France had undertaken to furnish information on French Polynesia in 1946, along with New Caledonia, this transmittal of information stopped the following year, as stated by the delegate of the Solomon Islands.In June 2011, the Council of Ministers of French Polynesia adopted a resolution seeking self-determination within UN processes. The Territory’s Assembly adopted the resolution in August of 2011. The current text “sends a simple message of peace and hope to the population that wants to determine their future,” the delegate added.In that light, the resolution adopted by the 193-member UN General Assembly requests the UN Special Committee on Decolonization to consider the question of French Polynesia at its next session and to report to the General Assembly at its sixty-eighth session.It further requests the French Government, “as the Administering Power concerned, to intensify its dialogue with French Polynesia in order to facilitate rapid progress towards a fair and effective self-determination process, under which the terms and timelines for an act of self-determination will be agreed.”Through their statements in the Assembly, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and the Netherlands all disassociated themselves from the consensus vote.According to news reports, the French delegation to the UN sent a letter to Member States on Thursday announcing that it would not be taking part in the Assembly meeting. read more

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Student earns Aboriginal scholarship

Brock University student Jessica Leslie Turgeon is the 2015 Rose Nolan Scholarship winner.The third-year student, a member of the Matachewan First Nation, is majoring in Labour Studies with a minor in Aboriginal Studies.She said the $5,000 scholarship will help relive some of the financial burden of school and allow her to focus on her studies rather than her credit card bill.Turgeon has been able to reconnect with her Indigenous language and culture with help from her Aboriginal instructors and courses- including making moccasins, hand drums and soapstone carvings.She recently volunteered in a local election campaign and made a presentation to Brock’s Annual Social Justice Community Forum.  The workshop focused on issues surrounding the missing and murdered Native women in Canada.Jessica hopes to work in the field of policy development and analysis to advocate on behalf of First Nations communities.“Receiving the phone call from Ted Nolan himself to tell me that I was chosen for the scholarship was truly an honour,” Turgeon said. “Ted Nolan is a well loved and respected leader within the Indigenous community and for my studies, hard work and career goals to be recognized by him was very special. Growing up in Northern Ontario (Elliot Lake), I often drove by the infamous bridge “This is Indian Land” which is located on Ted Nolan’s First Nation community – Garden River First Nation. Having someone so close to home do so so much good for Aboriginal people is very inspiring.” read more

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Two men dead after Edgware carbon monoxide leak

first_imgTwo men have died after a possible carbon monoxide leak Officers were called at around 1.30pm to reports of two unresponsive males, finding both men dead when they arrived along with the London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade.The Metropolitan Police said no arrests have been made.”At this early stage, police believe that there was a possible carbon monoxide leak at the address,” the force said in a statement.”Police in Harrow continue to deal alongside the Health and Safety Executive who have been informed.”Scotland Yard added that the building affected was “multiple occupancy.”  A neighbouring house was also evacuated as a precaution but residents were later allowed to return home.  Two men have died after a possible carbon monoxide leak.The pair, thought to be aged 38 and 42, were found at an address in Edgware, north London, on Sunday afternoon.Five other people were taken to hospital as a precaution.A spokeswoman for the London Fire Brigade said: “We have had two males pronounced life extinct by London Ambulance Service.”Two adult males, one adult female, one male child and one male infant have also been treated on site for carbon monoxide poisoning and taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service.”Scotland Yard said the deaths are being treated as “unexplained” but police believe there was a possible carbon monoxide leak at the property on Bacon Lane. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Bill Roache appears in court on rape charges

first_imgCORONATION STREET ACTOR Bill Roache appeared in court today, accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in 1967.The 81-year-old was granted bail and is due to present for a preliminary hearing at Preston Crown Court on 10 June, reports BBC News.The ITV star, who has played Ken Barlow since the soap began in 1960, has been charged with two counts of rape. He strenuously denies all allegations against him.The television station has confirmed that Roache will not appear in Coronation Street until legal proceedings are concluded.Comments have been disabled as legal proceedings have started. Ken Barlow actor is ‘deeply horrified’ by rape charges against himCorrie star responds to criticism on comments about sex abuse victimslast_img read more

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Norman Atlantic evacuation complete

first_imgThe evacuation of the stricken Norman Atlantic ferry sailing from Patras to Ancona, has been completed.The Italian coast guard confirmed that the number of known dead rose to 10 today, whilst the Greek authorities have only confirmed 8. Several bodies were found floating in the Adriatic waters nearby the site, but the number of dead and evacuated did not match the 478 passengers and crew members listed on board. As the ship stopped in the port of Igoumenitsa, it is possible that some people may have disembarked.“We cannot say how many people may be missing,” said Italy’s transport minister.People or bodies may have drifted anywhere between Italy and Albania, during the complicated operations in the acrid smoke and extremely bad weather overnight. Altogether, one body was found on Sunday, four were picked-up on Monday morning, while another three bodies were recovered on Monday afternoon.A lot of people unable to hold on to the life-boats may have drifted away, wearing their life-vests but having to battle with gale force winds and rough freezing waters. “Basically, it was brought to our attention we wouldn’t need a lifeboat, and then all of a sudden we did — and by that time we were up and there was a queue all down the stairs and people in mass panic,” Bruce Manning-Williams, who was travelling back to England from Greece with his fiance, told the BBC.The couple decided there was no chance of them making it to the life boats in such a panicked situation and decided to stay on board along with other passengers, praying to be rescued.“I saw four dead people with my own eyes. I am quite sure. They were in front of me,” a Turkish passenger told Italian news agency Ansa.A formal criminal investigation has been launched into the accident, a representative for the prosecutor in Bari, Italy, Giuseppe Volpe, confirmed to ABC News.“There were hundreds of containers with oil, they went on fire,” one Greek survivor said. “Floors started collapsing from the heat, they knew there was something wrong,” he insisted.Italian captain Argilio Giacomazzi, was the last of the crew to leave the ship. Several relatives of the passengers listed on board that have still not been recovered, keep calling the Italian and Greek coastguards, whereas others are seeking their loved ones in the ports where survivors have been brought ashore. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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