Month: October 2019
Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Cardi B (Photo by Maggie Stephenson) Twitter Over two days, three stages and over 30 performances, there wasn’t a moment where all five senses weren’t stimulated at Veld. The incessant scent of weed wafted through the park while strobes, flames and fireworks continuously ripped through the air and a seemingly endless lineup of performers sang, rapped and spun to a crowd clad in full neon fits and pasties. For every bass drop and well-timed pyrotechnic, there were hundreds of exposed butt cheeks and even more body glitter.It was clear that organizers were aiming for something epic, despite having less competition in a sparse Toronto festival season. The electronic headliners – Tiësto, Skrillex and Kygo – are among the biggest draws in the genre right now, while rapper Cardi B was an eye-popping name at the top of the poster. According to Veld’s Instagram, with over 30,000 people, this year was the festival’s biggest to date.
APTN National NewsRothmans Inc., Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd., Benson and Hedges Inc., and JTI-MacDonald Corp., among others, are serving First Nations tobacco companies with a $1.5 billion dollar lawsuit.They say they are “seeking recovery of the cost of provincial health care expenditures arising from tobacco related disease and/or the risk of tobacco related disease.”APTN National News reporter Donna Smith talks to store owners in Ontario to get their side of the story.
APTN National NewsSome are fearing total loss of their homes on the flood ravaged Siksika First Nation in Alberta.Alberta’s premier visited the area 12 days after the flood hit.APTN’s Keith Laboucan has the story.
(Wilbur Dedam. Government of New Brunswick photo)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe former chief of Esgenoopetitj was arrested by New Brunswick RCMP officers Wednesday on allegations of committing sex crimes dating back to 1977, APTN National News has learned.Wilbur Dedam, 56, was driving back from a trip to the Miramichi, NB, when he was pulled over by an RCMP cruiser before he reached the boundary of his reserve. An eye-witness said he was handcuffed and put into the back of the RCMP cruiser.Dedam is scheduled to appear in Miramichi provincial court Thursday.The RCMP said in a press statement that officers arrested a 56 year-old man from the community on sex crime allegations. The statement said the crimes dated from 1977 to 1996 and that three alleged victims had stepped forward. The RCMP would not confirm the identity of the individual.The investigation began in March.Dedam was running for a councillor spot on the band council at the time of his arrest.He was at the end of a two year ban preventing him from running for council imposed by former Aboriginal affairs minister John Duncan in 2011.The ban was triggered by an investigation into allegations of corrupt practices by Dedam and other councillors around firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
APTN National NewsFor years the Yukon chinook salmon run has been on the decline. But fishers and experts are calling this years run the worst one yet.As a result, drastic measures are being taken including a full ban on chinook fishing in the U.S. and Canada.APTN’s Shirley McLean reports.
APTN National NewsA northern Ontario First Nation continues to push for the reopening of a bridge that’s been closed for over two years.CN Rail has not fixed the bridge since it caught fire. That’s left Fort William First Nation with only one other access point.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.
Details on the operation of Calgary’s new Central Library cafe are expected Tuesday morning.Other milestones for the East Village will also be included in the announcement. Councillor Druh Farrell will attend the event, along with members of the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and the Calgary Public Library.The new library is expected to open later this year.Tuesday’s announcement takes place at the St. Louis Hotel at 11 a.m.
TORONTO – Rogers Communications Inc. saw its first-quarter profit soar from the same time last year as its wireless division experienced a growth spurt that exceeded analyst estimates.The wireless, cable, internet and media company’s net profit was $425 million, up 37 per cent from $310 million in the comparable period last year.Adjusted earnings grew even more, rising by 45 per cent to $477 million, while total revenue was $3.63 billion, up eight per cent from $3.37 billion last year.The net profit reported by Rogers, under a new accounting standard that it adopted for this year, amounted to 83 cents per share, up from 60 cents per share.Growth in consolidated EBITDA, earnings before taxes and other items, was 11.1 per cent — above the consensus estimate of 5.9 per cent.More than half of total revenue for Rogers was from the wireless division, which was up nine per cent to $2.19 billion.Rogers chief executive Joe Natale told analysts in a conference call after the results were released Thursday afternoon that the overall wireless marketplace, including the company’s rivals, appears to have had healthy growth during the quarter.In addition, he said, Rogers made progress in reducing the loss of customers — or churn — by proactively looking for ways to retain customers and investing in improvements at its call centres.“If you look at what we’ve been focused on, we’ve been focusing on doing a better job of managing our base of customers and really kind of looking through our base and looking at retention — proactive retention opportunities,” Natale said.He said the investments in systems “will continue to pay dividends for us.”Among the wireless performance metrics that contributed to the quarter was 95,000 net postpaid additions — compared with 60,000 a year earlier — and reduced postpaid churn of 1.08 per cent, down from 1.1 per cent a year earlier.The consensus estimate had been for about 55,000 net postpaid additions and churn of 1.13 per cent.The first quarter’s wireless results were a stark contrast to the fourth quarter, when 72,000 net subscriber additions were below estimates.Natale said estimated on a Jan. 25 analyst call that technical problems in December, during a seasonally important period, had cost Rogers about 35,000 net additions to its subscriber base in the fourth quarter.Rogers has one of Canada’s three national wireless networks, operating under the Rogers, Fido and Chatr brands.It also owns the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team through its media division and one of Canada’s largest cable TV networks, based mostly in Ontario and Atlantic Canada.Natale said revenue growth at the Rogers media division — which was up 12 per cent from a year ago to $532 million — was primarily due to sports.Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B)
LONDON – Comcast and 21st Century Fox are contenders for the highest bid for European broadcaster Sky.The two companies are competing Saturday in a rare auction to determine which bid for Sky is the highest. The three-round auction began Friday after the London stock market closed.Britain’s regulator, the Takeover Panel, set up the auction to put an end to months of offers and counteroffers from the American media companies, who want to expand business in Europe.Sky is Europe’s largest pay-television operator, with 23 million customers in seven countries. It broadcasts popular programs including English Premier League soccer and “Game of Thrones.”Fox already owns 39 per cent of Sky, but has long sought to control the company.Sky shareholders will still have to approve the winner’s bid.
WASHINGTON — Government figures show the Environmental Protection Agency has hit a 30-year low in the number of pollution cases referred for criminal prosecution.Justice Department data released Tuesday by the non-profit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and obtained by The Associated Press show the EPA referred 166 cases for federal prosecution in fiscal year 2018 under the Trump administration.That’s down from 228 in 2016, the last year of the Obama administration.The figure under President Donald Trump is the lowest since 1988, when Ronald Reagan was president and 151 cases were referred to prosecutors.The EPA says its resources are concentrated on the “most significant and impactful” cases.PEER executive director Jeff Ruch says EPA enforcement has almost reached a level where it is “lacking a pulse.”Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press
CALGARY, A.B. — TransCanada Corp. announced Monday that it will move forward with a proposed $140-million expansion of its NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. System following the completion of an expansion capacity open season in March.TransCanada said that shippers have executed binding agreements for 280 million cubic feet per day of incremental firm delivery service that will commence in November 2021. The company said that the average term of the contracts that were awarded is 22 years. “The successful open season for incremental export capacity demonstrates the significant continued interest of parties in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin to secure access to high-value downstream markets,” said Tracy Robinson, TransCanada’s senior vice-president and general manager, Canadian Gas Pipelines. “TransCanada remains firmly committed to providing our customers timely and reliable access to these markets through appropriate facility expansions and competitive service offerings.”
New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought early release of Rs 2,064.30 crore funds to provide relief to drought-hit farmers in the ongoing rabi season, an official statement said. Kumaraswamy informed Modi that the state faced drought situation during this year’s kharif season as well but the financial assistance sanctioned by the central government was inadequate. In addition to floods, Karnataka reeled under severe drought both during kharif (summer) and rabi (winter) seasons of the 2018-19 crop year (July-June). “Consecutive droughts, flood has brought farmers under distress and it is the time to rush to their aid,” Kumaraswamy told the Prime Minister. He requested Modi to expedite the process to release Rs 2,064.30 crore for drought relief and mitigation, the statement said. The state government has submitted a memorandum seeking Rs 2,064.30 crore drought relief fund for the ongoing rabi season as crop loss is estimated to be Rs 11,384.7 crore. The state has declared drought in 156 out of 176 talukas. In the meeting, Kumaraswamy apprised the Prime Minister about the pro-active steps taken to mitigate the drought impact on farmers. The state has released Rs 386 crore from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) and given priority to ensure drinking water and fodder, besides creating 1.19 crore man-days jobs under the MGNREGA scheme, he added. The state government has advanced Rs 1,351 crore towards payment of pending wage and material bills in anticipation of release of central funds, Kumaraswamy said and requested for early release of funds to make further wage payments. The chief minister further said the central relief funds released to the state for drought faced during kharif season this year was not sufficient. The Centre sanctioned Rs 949.49 crore against the state government’s demand of Rs 2,434 crore as drought relief for the kharif season, which is less than 50 per cent of the input subsidy claim by the state, he noted. The crop loss during the khariff and rabi seasons together is estimated to be Rs 32,335 crore, he added.
New Delhi: Scheduled commercial banks’ reliance on bulk deposits is likely to increase if credit growth is higher than that of deposit, India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) said Monday. As per the rating agency, the system level credit growth of 12.9 per cent year-on-year continues to outpace deposit growth at 9.3 per cent, thereby intensifying competition for deposits among banks. This is based on RBI’s quarterly statistics on deposits and credit of scheduled commercial banks for December 2018 Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIn third quarter of this fiscal, state-owned banks have seen credit growth of 8.4 per cent and deposit growth at 4.9 per as compared to the year-ago period, implying that they could also compete to recoup some of the deposit market share loss that they have conceded to private banks over the years. “With private banks seeing continuing strong credit growth at 22 per cent year-on-year in third quarter of 2018-19, they are likely to solicit deposits even by offering higher rates,” Ind-Ra said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIt believes that if credit growth continues to outpace deposit growth, “then scheduled commercial banks’ reliance on bulk deposits is likely to increase which could lead to a higher cost of funds along with increasing volatility in the asset-liability structure of banks”. During April-February 2018-19, deposits raised by banks were up 24.6 per cent as compared to the year-ago period even as the outstanding amount was up only 3.6 per cent at Rs 1.78 lakh crore, it said. The rating agency said the longer term trend of market share shift from public sector banks (PSBs) to private banks continued to play out in the last 12 months.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Friday directed ED to clarify the status of purported Red Corner Notice (RCN) issued against arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari, who has sought the quashing of a money laundering case against him.While ED submitted in an affidavit that Bhandari was a fugitive, proclaimed absconder and evading the process of law, his counsel said the probe agency has concealed information from the court which last July quashed an order declaring his client as a proclaimed offender. Justice Mukta Gupta asked Enforcement Directorate to file an affidavit clarifying the facts, its stand and the status of the RCN. The court listed the matter for further hearing on April 1. See P6
New Delhi: A day after launching the “Main Bhi Chowkidar (I am a watchman too)” campaign on social media, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday changed the title of his Twitter account to “Chowkidar Narendra Modi”. BJP President Amit Shah followed with “Chowkidar Amit Shah”, and tweeted: “The one who made cleanliness a moral value… he is called Chowkidar #MainBhiChowkidar. Say with all your heart #ChowkidarPhirSe (watchman again).” Shah’s remarks came after senior BJP leaders and Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, J.P. Nadda, Harsh Vardhan and Dharmendra Pradhan followed suit, changing their names similarly on Twitter accounts. On Saturday after Modi launched his party’s “Main Bhi Chowkidar (I am a watchman too)” campaign ahead of the general election that begins in April. He posted a video with the same title on Twitter, saying: “Your Chowkidar is standing firm and serving the nation”. The campaign counters Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s repeated attacks on Modi and his government over various alleged malhandling of economic and defence deals and situations, with the slogan, “Chowkidar Chor Hai (watchman is a thief)”. “Five years ago, chowkidar said he wanted to fight corruption. He said he wanted to make it a ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’. Today, the slogan of ‘Acche Din Aayenge’ has changed to ‘Chowkidar chor hai’,” Gandhi has been repeating at rallies. Gandhi latched on to the word “chowkidar” as Modi during the 2014 Lok Sabha campaigning promised to work as a “chowkidar” to guard people’s money and their trust once elected.
Guwahati: Altogether 60 candidates have filed papers for five Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam for the second phase of Lok Sabha polls in the state, with the BJP and the Congress emerging as the major contenders in at least four of the seats.Tuesday was the last date for the filing of nomination for the second phase of election, scheduled on April 18. Among the five seats, Karimganj (SC) registered maximum number of nominees at 19, followed by Silchar with 14 candidates, an election office spokesperson said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The other three constituencies that will go to polls on April 18 are Autonomous District (ST), Mangaldai and Nowgong. In Karimganj (SC) parliamentary constituency, the major players are sitting MP of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Radheshyam Biswas, BJP’s Kripanath Malla and Congress candidate Swarup Das, poll analysts said. In Silchar, BJP’s Rajdeep Roy is set to pose a tough challenge to sitting Congress MP Sushmita Dev, they said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe candidates of the two national parties are prime contenders for Mangaldoi, Autonomous (ST) District and Nowgong seats too. While Congress MP Bhubaneswar Kalita will lock horns with BJP’s Dilip Saikia at Mangaldoi, the grand old party’s minister, Pradyut Bordoloi, will put up a tough fight against Rupak Sarma of the saffron party, the analysts added. In the Autonomous (ST) District, six candidates have filed their nominations, with the prominent ones being sitting Congress MP Biren Singh Engti and BJP nominee Horen Singh Bey. The scrutiny of papers will be held on March 27 and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is March 29.
San Francisco: San Francisco is on track to become the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that’s creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums and home security cameras. Government agencies around the U.S. have used the technology for more than a decade to scan databases for suspects and prevent identity fraud. But recent advances in artificial intelligence have created more sophisticated computer vision tools, making it easier for police to pinpoint a missing child or protester in a moving crowd or for retailers to analyze a shopper’s facial expressions as they peruse store shelves. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportEfforts to restrict its use are getting pushback from law enforcement groups and the tech industry, though it’s far from a united front. Microsoft, while opposed to an outright ban, has urged lawmakers to set limits on the technology, warning that leaving it unchecked could enable an oppressive dystopia reminiscent of George Orwell’s novel “1984.” “Face recognition is one of those technologies that people get how creepy it is,” said Alvaro Bedoya, who directs Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology. “It’s not like cookies on a browser. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThere’s something about this technology that really sets the hairs on the back of people’s heads up.” Without regulations barring law enforcement from accessing driver’s license databases, people who have never been arrested could be part of virtual police line-ups without their knowledge, skeptics of the technology say. They worry people will one day not be able to go to a park, store or school without being identified and tracked. Already, a handful of big box stores across the U.S. are trying out cameras with facial recognition that can guess their customers’ age, gender or mood as they walk by, with the goal of showing them targeted, real-time ads on in-store video screens. If San Francisco adopts a ban, other cities, states or even Congress could follow, with lawmakers from both parties looking to curtail government surveillance and others hoping to restrict how businesses analyze the faces, emotions and gaits of an unsuspecting public. The California Legislature is considering a proposal prohibiting the use of facial ID technology on body cameras. A bipartisan bill in the US Senate would exempt police applications but set limits on businesses analyzing people’s faces without their consent. Legislation similar to San Francisco’s is pending in Oakland, California, and on Thursday another proposed ban was introduced in Somerville, Massachusetts. Bedoya said a ban in San Francisco, the “most technologically advanced city in our country,” would send a warning to other police departments thinking of trying out the imperfect technology. But Daniel Castro, vice president of the industry-backed Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, said the ordinance is too extreme to serve as a model. “It might find success in San Francisco, but I will be surprised if it finds success in a lot of other cities,” he said. San Francisco is home to tech innovators such as Uber, Airbnb and Twitter, but the city’s relationship with the industry is testy. Some supervisors in City Hall are calling for a tax on stock-based compensation in response to a wave of San Francisco companies going public, including Lyft and Pinterest. At the same time, San Francisco is big on protecting immigrants, civil liberties and privacy. In November, nearly 60% of voters approved a proposition to strengthen data privacy guidelines.
Casablanca- The legal police services at the Mohammed V airport brought to justice, on Tuesday, two sub-Saharan nationals arrested for possession of 3.5 kg of cocaine.The dealers, coming from Sao Paolo (Brazil), were arrested last weekend in the airport transit zone while they were about to take the Abidjan flight, a police source said.They are a woman from Sierra Leon who was hiding 2.2 Kg of the drug in her luggage and a Nigerien man, aged 27, who swallowed 82 pills totaling 1.3 Kg of the illegal substance.
Rabat – Morocco international and Bayern Munich central defender Mehdi Benatia will be absent for a month due to a hamstring injury. It is now confirmed that the 27-year-old will miss both legs of his team’s quarter-final against FC Porto. The former AS Roma defender limped out of his team’s penalty win against Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday.“Following medical tests I am out for two to four weeks,” Benatia tweeted on Thursday. “I’m disappointed, but it is an occupational hazard.” Benatia’s injury adds to Bayern Munich’s injury woes as many of the team’s key players are sidelined due to injuries. The list includes Bastian Schweinsteiger, David Alaba, Javi Martinez and reserve keeper Tom Starke.The Morocco international has made 10 appearances for the Bavarians thus far this season since completing a move from Italian side AS Roma in the summer of 2014.
Rabat – The National Library of Israel has reportedly announced the opening of Moroccan Dialect courses for Moroccans Jews. The language is still spoken by tens of thousands of Jews in Israel.The decision comes following the great cultural impact made by the popular Israeli TV series entitled “Zaguri Imperia,” which tells the story of a poor Moroccan family from Beersheba, a city in the south of Israel.Jewish viewers have been influenced by the Moroccan family that code switches between Hebrew and Moroccan Arabic Dialect, Spanish and French. For many viewers, this mix of linguistic codes reflects their ancestors’ roots and their cultural background. Head of Public Services Division at The National Library of Israel Orly Simon who initiated the courses said, “[It is] […] very important for the students to learn Moroccan dialect as a stepping stone and prerequisite to master Arabic in the future.”Israeli TV series “Zaguri Imperia”“Zaguri Imperia” has currently become one of the most successful and popular TV shows in Israel. It managed to attract many viewers who feel nostalgic to their ancestors’ history.The series caused a wave of excitement among Moroccan Israeli Jews who have become eager to learn the language spoken by past generations.In the Moroccan Arabic Dialect classes, students will study old Moroccan Jewish texts and newspapers, which are written in Moroccan Arabic using Hebrew letters rather than the Arabic script or Latin alphabet.Moroccan Arabic Dialect is still spoken by elderly Moroccan Jews who lived in the Kingdom, especially when they reminisce about memories of life in Morocco.Edited by Kelsey Fish