UK leadership hopefuls vow to succeed where May failed on Brexit

first_imgLondon: The race to become Britain’s next premier opened Saturday with an array of hopefuls promising to succeed where Theresa May failed and finally pull the divided country out of the EU. But European leaders insisted they had made their final offer during months or acrimonious negotiations that resulted in an unpopular compromise for which May ended up paying with her job. The British prime minister’s voice broke on the steps of her Downing Street office when she told Britons on Friday that she was quitting on June 7. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’May is bowing out with her legacy in tatters and the country in agony over what to do about voters’ decision in 2016 to abandon the European integration project after nearly 50 years. The markets view the risk of Britain crashing out of the bloc when the twice-delayed departure date arrives on October 31 as uncomfortably high. The pound has been steadily losing value since May 6 and British business lobbies are raising the alarm. Their main concern is that current frontrunners to head May’s Conservative Party say they will get Brexit done at any cost. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China”We will leave the EU on October 31, deal or no deal,” said former foreign minister Boris Johnson in a speech delivered Friday in Switzerland. “The way to get a good deal is to prepare for no deal. To get things done you need to be prepared to walk away.” Johnson’s main challenges will come from former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab — viewed as an even more committed eurosceptic — and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Britain’s top diplomat had bitterly opposed Brexit in 2016 but has since reversed himself and made headlines in September by comparing the European Union to the evils of the former Soviet Union. The contest is being held against the backdrop of European Parliament elections that the new Brexit Party of the anti-EU populist Nigel Farage is expected to win with about a third of the vote. Polls show the Conservatives getting punished for their bickering over Brexit and finishing as low as fifth — their worst result in a national election. The contenders are also mindful of a party revolt over May’s fateful decision to court the pro-EU opposition with the promise of a second Brexit referendum. The concession was designed to help ram her withdrawal agreement through parliament on the fourth attempt.last_img read more

Head of 32000yrold wolf found in Russian Arctic

first_imgMoscow: A first intact head of a gigantic adult wolf which died about 32,000 years ago and was preserved in permafrost has been found in the Russian Arctic, scientists have said. Covered with thick fur, the head was found by a local on the banks of the Tirekhtyakh River in Russia’s remote Arctic region of Yakutia last summer. It features a well-preserved brain, soft tissue and a set of powerful teeth and measures 41.5 centimetres (16 inches) in length. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’By comparison, the torso of a modern-day wolf is between 66 and 86 centimetres long. The head was handed to local palaeontologists who teamed up with scientists from the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo to study it. “It is the first ever such find,” Albert Protopopov, head of mammoth fauna studies at the Yakutia Academy of Sciences, told AFP on Friday. “Only cubs have been discovered before.” Research shows the animal died about 32,000 years ago in the Pleistocene epoch, when the most recent Ice Age occurred. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe wolf is believed to have been between two and four years old when it died. The Pleistocene epoch was the time when megafauna such as woolly mammoths roamed the Earth. Protopopov said the scientists from Russia, Japan and Sweden would continue to study the head. “We are hoping to understand whether this was a separate subspecies,” he added. Several species of ancient wolf lived during the Ice Age including now-extinct dire wolf that featured in the popular TV series Game of Thrones.last_img read more

Apple releases public beta of new iPhone iPad OS

first_imgSan Francisco: Apple has released the first public beta of its upcoming iPhone and iPad operating systems (OS), iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, open for everybody to download and experience the test versions. The final version of the new iPhone and iPad operating systems is scheduled to release later this year, most likely by September, TechCruch reported on Monday. However, because of bug-risks and chances of patchy experience, users are advised to proceed with caution and not install the beta versions on their primary iPhones and iPads. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app According to the report, while some apps and features would not work at all as part of the beta tests, but in some rare cases, beta softwares could also brick devices and make them unusable. Last week, the iPhone-maker announced the availability of the developer beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. Apple unveiled iOS 13 with features like the Dark Mode and Apple sign-in, a sturdy Mac Pro desktop for creative professionals and a 30 per cent snappier Face ID. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails The new operating system on iPhones is loaded with India-specific features like the Indian-English accent for virtual assistant Siri that would now speak in a more natural and expressive way – in both male and female voices. The users would be able to access content drawn from Indian languages in a seamless conversational style. According to the iPhone-maker, iOS 13 would reduce app download sizes by up to 50 per cent and make app updates over 60 per cent smaller, resulting in apps launching up to twice as fast. With iPadOS, users would be able to work with apps in multiple windows, see more information on a redesigned Home screen and more natural ways to use Apple Pencil. On the other hand, just like iOS 13, iPadOS with Dark Mode feature would be available this fall as a free software update for iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation and iPad mini 4.last_img read more

BJPs pseudonationalism exposed Cong on disability pension taxation

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress Wednesday accused the BJP government of “betraying” the armed forces by taxing the disability pension of soldiers and alleged that the ruling party’s “pseudo-nationalism” stands exposed.Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the Finance Ministry in a circular on June 24 said it has decided to tax Armed forces personnel who get ‘disability pension’ on ‘account of injuries suffered in the course of service’ at the time of their superannuation or premature retirement. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaDuring the course of arduous service to the nation, Armed forces personnel receive injuries resulting into disability, he said, adding taxing them is another “betrayal” by the BJP towards welfare of the Armed forces. “The simple question is if the Armed Forces are recognizing an injury suffered while serving the Nation, as fit for payment for disability pension out of Government’s treasury, why should the same be taxed? More so, when a provision of exemption of tax has existed under the Income Tax Act, 1922 which was reiterated by Govt of India on January 14, 1970,” he said. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah”Another betrayal towards welfare of the Armed Forces by BJP in taxing disability pension. BJP’s Pseudo-Nationalism is out in the open as its Govt shall now tax the disability pension to Armed Forces personnel,” he alleged in a statement. Surjewala said as soldiers become unfit to be promoted to higher operational ranks and duties, majority seek premature retirement with disability pensions and many other superannuate with disability pension under the law and rules applicable to the Armed Forces. “This Tughlaqi Farman of Modi Government 2 seeks to rub salt on the wounds of our brave soldiers. The BJP Government is a habitual offender in insulting the Armed Forces by ‘back door’ cuts in spending,” the Congress leader alleged.last_img read more

Assault on municipal official BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya gets bail

first_imgBhopal: BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya, son of party general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, was on Saturday granted bail by a special court here in two cases related to assaulting a municipal official in Indore with a cricket bat.Additional Sessions Judge Suresh Singh — special judge for cases against MPs and MLAs — granted bail to Akash, who was arrested on Wednesday on charges of assault and leading a protest without permission. District prosecution officer Rajendra Upadhaya said that the court asked the MLA to furnish a personal bail bond of Rs 50,000 in the case of assault and Rs 20,000 in the other case. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey ColonyOn Wednesday, Akash was arrested after he attacked an official of the Indore Municipal Corporation with a cricket bat in full public view when a team of the corporation reached to demolish a dilapidated house. Akash’s lawyers contended that he had been falsely implicated with an aim to sully his image. In another case for which he was arrested while in judicial custody on Thursday, Akash has been charged under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code. He had led a protest on June 4 against power cuts without taking the permission from the authorities. On Thursday, the Indore sessions court refused to hear his bail plea, saying it had no jurisdiction and he should approach the special court set up in Bhopal to hear cases against MPs and MLAs.last_img read more

SPG installs KVICs beeboxes at Dwarka campus

first_imgActing upon the advice given by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi – during his visit to the Special Protection Group (SPG) headquarters at Dwarka in New Delhi – the elite force had installed Bee-Boxes with live Bee-Colonies – provided by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) in its lush green premises on July 14, for not only honey production, but also for growth of the flora and fauna in and around its campus through cross-pollination. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe SPG officials recently contacted the KVIC officials for guidance and training to set up an apiary in its campus. KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena informed that as soon as the KVIC received the request from the SPG, a team of experts was deputed there to survey the area and to identify the staff for imparting training on Bee-Keeping to them. “Our apiculture experts first provided practical training of examination of honeybee colonies, acquaintance with apicultural equipments, identification and management of bee enemies and diseases, honey extraction and wax purification and management of bee colonies in spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter seasons to three SPG gardeners in KVIC’s training centre and then installed the bee-boxes there in presence of the SPG officials on July 7,” he said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSaxena, further said that installing Bee-Boxes at such prominent places would create public awareness to adapt bee-keeping as a proper vocation. “So far, we have distributed over 1.10 lakh Bee-Boxes across India in last one and half years, which has not only created over 11,000 new jobs for the farmers, unemployed youths and adivasis; but so far 430 metric tonnes of honey has been extracted through these Bee-Boxes only, valuing over Rs 4 crore. Besides, if the farmers are to be believed their crops yield has increased up to 30 percent after the implementation of ‘Honey Mission’,” he said, adding, “Enthused with our performance, the MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari has given us the target to distribute other 2 lakh bee-boxes in this financial year, which will be proved as a boon to the farmers.”last_img read more

Pacquiao battling age hungry Thurman in title showdown

first_imgLas Vegas: Twenty-four years after first climbing into a professional boxing ring, Manny Pacquiao will attempt to defy the march of time here Saturday when he battles undefeated American Keith Thurman for the WBA welterweight crown. The 40-year-old Filipino icon clashes with Thurman at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in what is arguably his most challenging assignment since losing to Floyd Mayweather in 2015’s money-spinning “Fight of the Century”. Pacquiao, who has managed to successfully juggle a political career in the Philippines while continuing to box at a high level, looked sharp in his last outing in January, a unanimous decision against Adrien Broner. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenBut the eight-division world champion is facing an altogether higher-calibre opponent in the shape of Thurman, renowned as one of the hardest punchers in the welterweight division with 22 knockouts in 30 fights. Thurman, who at 30 years old is a full decade younger than Pacquiao, sees Saturday as an attempt to build his legacy, and has bluntly vowed to send the Filipino into retirement. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to destroy a legend,” Thurman declared, placing Pacquiao in the boxing pantheon alongside some of the sport’s greatest practitioners. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery”It’s as if I’m fighting Sugar Ray Robinson or Roberto Duran,” Thurman said. “This is Manny Pacquiao. It’s a tremendous feeling, and it’s going to feel even greater when my hand is raised at the end of the night.” Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 knockouts) has shrugged off Thurman’s blood-curdling pledges of destruction, insisting he harbours no animosity towards the brash American. “For me nothing is personal,” Pacquiao said. “Our job is to fight. He has to prove something, and I have to prove something. It’s easy to say things. But it’s not so easy to do it in the ring.” Pacquiao’s preparations for the fight have followed a familiar routine. After spending the first part of his training camp in the Philippines, he relocated to Los Angeles to work under the guidance of long-time trainer Freddie Roach at his Wild Card gym in Hollywood. Roach maintains that Pacquiao has shown no sign of decline during gruelling sparring, and is confident that his speed and mobility will cause problems for the naturally bigger Thurman.last_img read more

Felix falls short as Kerley Kendricks shine

first_imgDes Moines (United States): Allyson Felix’s bid to qualify for the World Championships fell just short while 400m runner Fred Kerley and pole vaulter Sam Kendricks lit up the US Athletics Championships on Saturday. Felix, 33, racing in her first meeting for more than a year after taking time off to give birth to her daughter, finished sixth in the 400m final at Drake Stadium. Although Felix could still travel to Doha as part of the USA’s 4x400m relay squad, it will be the first time she has not entered an individual event at a major championships, ending a sequence of appearances that stretches all the way back to 2003. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I just didn’t feel great,” Felix said afterwards. “I knew that it was a less than ideal situation for me.” Felix, however, said she was encouraged by her performances in Iowa as she looks towards the 2020 Olympics. “I am grateful more than anything,” she said. “It would be crazy for me to say that I was disappointed. I have my health, I have my family and I couldn’t ask for anymore than that.” Asked if she would take a place on the US relay squad for Doha if it was available, Felix said form and fitness would influence her decision. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”If I feel like I’m in good form to be able to help the team, then yes,” she said. “If not I’ll be a cheerleader.” upset of the day came in the 400m, where rising star Michael Norman was beaten for gold by the powerful Kerley. Norman has lit up athletics in his first professional season this year with a world leading 43.45sec. But he was unable to overhaul Kerley down the stretch as the 24-year-old Texan muscled his way to the line in a personal best of 43.64sec, making him the seventh fastest 400m runner of all time. In the women’s 100m hurdles, world record holder Keni Harrison produced a flawless display to take gold in 12.44 sec, with Nia Ali second in 12.55sec and Olympic champion Brianna McNeal third in 12.61 sec. There was another dominant victory in the men’s 400m hurdles where the 22-year-old Rai Benjamin registered an emphatic win, surging clear of the field to win by around 10 meters. Benjamin’s time of 47.21sec was the third fastest time of 2019. He already owned the second-quickest of the year of 47.16 and only Norway’s Karsten Warholm has run quicker, with a 47.12. The outstanding field event performance of the day came in the men’s pole vault, where world champion Sam Kendricks soared to a world leading jump of 6.06m, a new American record. Only two men, Ukrainian legend Sergey Bubka and France’s Renaud Lavillenie, have ever jumped higher.The popular Kendricks was buried under a pile of his fellow competitors after clearing the height, which was also a new personal best.last_img read more

Shia LaBeouf says playing John McEnroe in TIFFs BorgMcEnroe was cathartic

first_imgTORONTO – Playing notoriously hot-headed tennis legend John McEnroe on the big screen was “quite cathartic” for Shia LaBeouf.“To watch it now is something I’m very proud of,” LaBeouf said at a press conference Thursday before the movie’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.“I’m very proud of the movie and I think it expresses something I feel deeply.”LaBeouf stars opposite Sverrir Gudnason in “Borg/McEnroe,” a film that recreates the match between McEnroe of the U.S. and Sweden’s Bjorn Borg at the 1980 Wimbledon Championships.As the film shows, McEnroe was known for his expletive-laden outbursts that got him into trouble on the court, while Borg was portrayed in the media as a more calm player.In one scene, McEnroe remarks on how people talk more about his behaviour than his tennis.LaBeouf, whose personal life and public antics have also made headlines over the years, said he identifies with that aspect of McEnroe’s life.“This is another parallel that I feel with him, for sure. It’s part of the cathartic feeling of the film for me.”McEnroe is misunderstood, said LaBeouf.“I think he’s a tactician. He really added something different to the game,” he said.“When he entered the game, it was baseliners, it was a power sport and Borg was the king of that. (McEnroe) brought touch and feel and a sensitivity to the game that wasn’t there before.“It’s not just screaming rage. He used rage as a tactic to throw people off and he manufactured his intensity to hype himself up. In that way, he’s an artist.”This film marked the second time LaBeouf had been asked to play McEnroe. He said the first script was a satire and “wasn’t treating McEnroe’s story with a whole lot of respect or any empathy at all, he was just sort of a clown, screaming shrew.”He was attracted to this particular project because he was a fan of director Janus Metz’s work and was moved by Ronnie Sandahl’s script.Gudnason said they started training six months before shooting. He trained two hours a day and “had to live that life as an athlete to understand” his character.LaBeouf said the action scenes were carefully scripted and choreographed to resemble the famous match.“It’s a bit like watching ‘Amadeus.’ He’s like the Mozart character,” LaBeouf said of McEnroe. “So I watched ‘Amadeus’ a lot.”Although he spent countless hours learning about the sport, LaBeouf felt he never truly learned how to play.“We rehearsed things like a ballet, including (McEnroe’s) outbursts. I would literally play them on a screen right before we would film and look at where everything was, and it was very paint-by-the-numbers in a way,” LaBeouf said.“You could’ve given me 20 years and I would’ve never played like McEnroe…. I started learning it like a dance, I never actually played tennis, it was something different.”Metz said some moviemaking “magic tricks” were used to “sell” the actors’ performances, given they had never played tennis prior to the film shoot.Ultimately the story is “about how two people individually were able to drive themselves to the edge and beyond in order to achieve something extraordinary,” said Metz.LaBeouf said he hasn’t met McEnroe but would like to. Gudnason recently met Borg, whose son has a part in the film.Though they were depicted as rivals, the two had a mutual understanding, said the stars.“In some ways you could say this is a portrait of two drug addicts,” said Gudnason. “Their drug is tennis, their drug is intensity.”“Borg/McEnroe” officially kicked off TIFF on Thursday, which runs through Sept. 17. Canadian tennis phenom Denis Shapovalov was set to walk the red carpet along with the film’s stars for the gala screening.About 340 films will screen at this year’s fest, which is a smaller number than in recent years — a result of a TIFF mandate to trim the overall number of titles by 20 per cent. Organizers said they made the changes in response to feedback from audiences, the industry and the media.Among the first celebrities to arrive in Toronto for the fest were Charlie Hunnam of “Sons of Anarchy” fame, who stars in “Papillon” with Rami Malek of “Mr. Robot,” Armie Hammer of “Call Me By Your Name,” and supermodel and musician Grace Jones, who is promoting a documentary about her life.Other films in the lineup include “Suburbicon,” directed by George Clooney, Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing.”About a third of the films in the lineup are directed by women, including Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father.”Other stars expected to attend the festival include Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq.”), Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba (both of “Molly’s Game”) and Steve Carell and Emma Stone (co-stars of another tennis movie, “Battle Of The Sexes”).last_img read more

Trudeau visits Hehrs pancake breakfast as he makes the Calgary Stampede rounds

first_imgCALGARY – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made the Calgary Stampede rounds, with his first stop MP Kent Hehr’s pancake breakfast.Hehr lost his cabinet post earlier this year after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct with women.Trudeau has been dogged by negative headlines of his own centred on an 18-year-old allegation he groped a reporter at a British Columbia festival.Hehr says his boss has addressed the matter in an appropriate fashion and he’s proud to continue to serve in the Liberal government.He says he agrees with Trudeau 100 per cent that misconduct cases should be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.Hehr’s event drew a big crowd of Calgarians keen to have their photo snapped and shake hands with the prime minister.Trudeau had warm words for the MP.“We’re so lucky to have him and his voice here in Calgary Centre. He’s a strong member of the team,” Trudeau said Saturday.Hehr said he’s optimistic heading into next year’s federal election.“In politics sometimes things happen that make it a little bit stressed… but there is no doubt I am committed to the Liberal government, to the Liberal team, to running in the next election and to sharing the good work that our government has done for not only the people in this country but the people of the city of Calgary,” he told reporters.Trudeau drew cheers when touched on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would enable Canadian oil shipments to Asia. Ottawa agreed to buy the project from Kinder Morgan earlier this year for $4.5 billion after the U.S. company said it would walk away due to the B.C. government’s efforts to block it.“I don’t know many people who, particularly given the trade context with the United States right now, would continue to argue that it’s a good thing that we only have one market, the United States, for our oil resources,” Trudeau said at the pancake breakfast.“That simply doesn’t make sense and getting our resources to new markets across the Pacific through the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is just in the Canadian interest, in Alberta’s interest and in all of our best interests.”Trudeau also visited the Stampede grounds and addressed supporters at a Liberal fundraising event.last_img read more

Strike at Globe and Mail averted at last minute with tentative agreement

first_imgTORONTO — A strike has been averted at the Globe and Mail just hours before the deadline.Unifor, which represents 320 reporters, editors and other staff at the national newspaper, says the two sides have reached a tentative agreement.The union says details of the deal won’t be released until the agreement is presented to members for ratification.Unifor had said it was seeking pension protection and an end to what it says is a pay gap between the Globe’s male and female employees.The two sides had been negotiating for six months, but Unifor said talks had not moved forward for the past two months.Members had given their bargaining committee a 94 per cent strike mandate two weeks ago.———A subsidiary of the Globe and Mail holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with the Toronto Star and a subsidiary of Montreal’s La Presse.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canada reviewing presence in Cuba after another diplomat falls mysteriously ill

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada is reconsidering its diplomatic presence in Cuba following another confirmed illness among embassy staff.A senior government official says today it is too early to say what steps might be taken as a result of the review, but all options are on the table.Officials briefed the media on condition that they not be identified.A total of 13 diplomats posted to the Canadian Embassy in Havana, as well as some dependants, have come down with a mysterious illness that causes dizziness, headaches and trouble concentrating.Global Affairs says the government continues to investigate the cause, adding that the health and safety of diplomatic staff and their families is a top priority.The department says the person who fell ill most recently is getting the necessary medical attention.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

More women few minorities Docs detail results of Liberal patronage overhaul

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberal government’s overhaul of the patronage system has led to gender parity in government appointments, but new figures show few of those women are in leadership posts and visible minorities are being left out.Documents from the Privy Council Office show that as of last year, 55.5 per cent of appointees to federal agencies, boards and organizations were women, slightly above their proportion in the Canadian population.But the Liberals’ “merit-based” process for appointments has screened out nearly 62 per cent of visible-minority candidates as insufficiently qualified, compared to 38 per cent of applicants who are not visible minorities.Visible-minority applicants who made it past that cut and into job competitions were less likely to be recommended on so-called “advice letters” or to be appointed.According to data released to The Canadian Press under access-to-information law, the Liberals have appointed slightly more Indigenous people to government positions than their proportion of the population, but markedly fewer people with disabilities.Queen’s University politics professor Kathy Brock says that raises questions about whether there’s something in the screening process that disadvantages people with certain characteristics or from certain communities.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Closures imposed more possible as toadlet migration underway in Whistler BC

first_imgWHISTLER, B.C. — Some very small creatures are forcing some big changes in a popular section of the Resort Municipality of Whistler, B.C., as an annual migration begins to peak.The municipality has closed the Lost Lake access road, a parking lot and the events lawn, and says other closures are possible as thousands of western toadlets make their trek from the lake into the surrounding forest.The dime-sized amphibians are native to British Columbia and listed as a species of special concern.They breed in the lake where tadpoles mature, then spend most of their time in the forest, meaning as many as 40,000 of the tiny toads have to hop across beaches, trails, lawns and roads during the August migration. The municipality says busy Lost Lake beach and the beach lawn are still open but could be closed if high numbers of toads start hopping in that direction.Other areas around the lake are still open but visitors are advised to look for “active migration zone” signs and watch where they ride or step because the toadlets are tough to see and can be easily crushed underfoot.The creatures have been included in Whistler’s monitoring program since 2005 as the municipality focuses on species that offer insight into the health of area ecosystems.The municipality says western toads are an important part of the Lost Lake environment because the tadpoles feed on residue in the lake, keeping the water clean.“Monitoring the stages and development of the tadpoles throughout the summer enables (environmental technicians and volunteers) to proactively prepare for the migration and focus on public education,” the municipality says in a news release. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

NAFTA Hong Kong on agenda for TrudeauTrump bilateral meeting during G7 summit

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have a tete-a-tete with President Donald Trump this weekend on the margins of the G7 summit in France.White House officials have confirmed the bilateral meeting between the two leaders.Officials say the two will discuss a wide range of issues, in particular their shared commitment to ratifying the new North American Free Trade Agreement — or the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, as Trump has dubbed it.Mexico has already ratified the continental trade pact; the Trudeau government, which has introduced implementation legislation in the House of Commons, is holding off on final ratification until the deal is ratified in the United States, where Democratic lawmakers are threatening to block the process.Officials say Trump and Trudeau will also discuss tensions in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy protests have been escalating for weeks, sparked by proposed legislation that would have seen some suspects in criminal cases sent to mainland China for trial.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has expressed support for the right to peaceful protest in Hong Kong, earning a rebuke from China, which is already furious with Canada for detaining Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and has retaliated by detaining two Canadians and blocking imports of Canadian canola.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadian youth take calls from drastic climate action to the streets

first_img City hall rally attendee Bruce Smedley. City hall rally attendee Marina Riva and her family. Calgarians have gathered outside #yyc city hall protesting the lack of government action on climate change. pic.twitter.com/Bwkq9r8XLg— Kayla Bruch (@KaylaBruch1) September 27, 2019Several retailers and workplaces are closing, at least for the duration of the protests, including Mountain Equipment Co-op, Lush Cosmetics, and Bridgehead Coffee in Ottawa.“As a collective of young people from across the country, we aim to steer Canadian society off our current path of ecological and social catastrophe,” says the mandate of Climate Strike Canada, one of the groups spearheading the marches. “Drastic climate action is the only option for humanity.”Coming as it is in the midst of Canada’s federal election campaign, three of the five national party leaders will be marching. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is marching in Victoria. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Green Leader Elizabeth May will both be in Montreal, where the Swedish schoolgirl who started it all will also attend.Greta Thunberg began her climate strikes with weekly sit-ins outside the Swedish legislature last year, and in a few months kids around the world joined her cause. On Monday Thunberg delivered a scathing rebuke to world leaders at the United Nations climate summit in New York City.“For more than 30 years the science has been crystal clear,” she told them. “How dare you look away.”Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg speaking with reporters. The first reporter says Thunberg met with Liberal Leader @JustinTrudeau this morning. She says she has a message for all the politicians, listen to the science, act on the science. #elxn43 #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 27, 2019Also on Monday she filed a complaint with 15 other children alleging five UN members —Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Turkey — failed to uphold their obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child by not doing enough to stop the climate crisis.Thunberg said they are the five biggest emitters who signed the convention, though Canada ratified the convention in 1991 and has annual greenhouse-gas emissions greater than all but Germany in that list.The world’s biggest emitters, including China and the United States, did not ratify the convention.Conservative leader Andrew Scheer will be in Vancouver Friday but did not have plans to participate in a march there.Climate Strike Canada has a list of demands that includes:— Canada’s recognizing its “disproportionate role” in the climate crisis— enshrining the right to a healthy environment in law— rejecting any new fossil fuel development or transportation projects— setting “bold” targets to cut greenhouse-gas emissions to just one-quarter of what they were in 2005 by 2030.Canada’s current goal is to cut them to 70 per cent of 2005 levels by 2030, though Trudeau and May have both promised to exceed that and to make Canada carbon neutral by 2050. OTTAWA — Thousands of Canadians are expected to hit the streets today demanding “widespread, systemic change” to halt the scary impact of a warming planet.From St. John’s to Tofino, B.C., and as far north as Inuvik in the Northwest Territories, marches are planned in at least 85 Canadian cities and towns, as part of the international climate movement.A number of international movements are coming together for one, massive climate change protest at the end of what they call “Week for Future.”There was another international climate strike day last Friday, but in Canada the major events are taking place today.More than 46,000 people signalled on Facebook they plan to attend the event in Vancouver, nearly 11,000 for Edmonton, and 5,000 in Halifax.Some school boards and universities are cancelling classes during the protests or telling students they will not be penalized for missing class during that time.In Calgary, several rallies are taking place including one at the University of Calgary and City Hall.A climate strike is being held @UCalgary. Over 600 students pledged to walk out of school today. They’re demanding a ‘Green New Deal.’ They say we only have eleven years to deal with what they call a climate crisis. #yyc #GreenNewDeal #ClimateStrike #ClimateAction @660NEWS pic.twitter.com/XfWkDc3pb7— Saif Kaisar (@StaySaif) September 27, 2019 Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Conversations For A Cause Return To Nerd HQ

first_imgZachary Levi and The Nerd Machine, a multimedia company that brings the best of apparel, accessories, and both long and short form video content to its global clientele, announced today that Nerd HQ will return to San Diego July 18th-21st in a new location, Petco Park (100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101), home of the San Diego Padres.Over the last three years, Nerd HQ has continually expanded and given fans a unique experience while in San Diego for the international comic book and entertainment festival. This year Nerd HQ will again provide fans with a home base where they can experience cutting edge technology and gaming showcases, exciting autograph signings, cornerstone events and exclusive parties, including Levi’s annual NERD Party.“With the move to Petco Park, we can bring fans an even bigger, more dynamic experience during Nerd HQ 2013,” said Zachary Levi, Founder of The Nerd Machine. “Moving to the ballpark is a major step in the growth of Nerd HQ and will allow us to expand our tradition of offering exclusive access to new games, technology, and the opportunity for intimate conversations with some of the Hollywood’s most influential celebrities and creatives.”Returning this year is the very popular philanthropic panel series, “Conversations for a Cause” which will stream through The Nerd Machine YouTube page, NerdMachineTV. Last year’s panels raised $140,000 for Operation Smile and consisted of some of the most talked about films, television shows and video games, including: “Chuck,” “Doctor Who,” “Grimm,” “NTSF,” “Robot Chicken,” “The Man with the Iron Fist,” “Expendables 2,” “Tomb Raider” and “Twilight.” Panelists included many of today’s top actors, actresses and film and game makers including Ashley Greene, Guillermo del Toro, Jason Ritter, Jared Padalecki, Joss Whedon, Kellan Lutz, Lucy Liu, Nathan Fillion, RZA, Seth Green, Stan Lee, Terry Crews, and Zachary Levi, among many others. This year’s panels, which will be announced in the coming days, are sure to bring fun surprises and intriguing discussions. Individual tickets will sell for $22, with proceeds benefiting Operation Smile.For more information, schedule updates and tickets please visit www.thenerdmachine.com.last_img read more

Iconic Music Series AMERICAN IDOL Lands on CTV Two March 11

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter “We’re excited to be working with Bell Media to bring the new season of the original singing competition to Canada,” said Michela Di Mondo, SVP, Sales and Distribution, FremantleMedia International, Canada. “AMERICAN IDOL is an iconic series which has entertained families across Canada for years and we look forward to doing it again.”Hosted by Emmy® Award winner Ryan Seacrest, who has served as the series host since its inception in 2002, the return of AMERICAN IDOL features superstar judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan. To date, AMERICAN IDOL has garnered 57 Emmy nominations and eight wins. Over 15 seasons, the series has launched the careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson, among others, who have won 13 GRAMMYS®, two GOLDEN GLOBES®, and an ACADEMY AWARD®. Additionally, contestants have sold more than 61 million albums, resulting in more than 47 Platinum records and more than 444 Billboard #1 hits, and sold more than 257 million digital downloads.The nationwide search for the next superstar kicked off in August 2017, as the Idol Bus traveled across America in its pursuit for talent, covering 23 cities across the country. Auditioning was made easier than ever as hopefuls also had the opportunity to submit audition videos online, as well as via select social media platforms using an official tag, #TheNextIdol, cultivating over 300,000 posts. Also, for the first time in American Idol history, hopefuls had the opportunity to audition through a live stream platform.AMERICAN IDOL is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin, along with co-executive producer, Megan Wolflick.  Recent additions to the team include Phil McIntyre, the music mogul behind multiplatinum artists such as Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, who joins the series as executive producer and music producer and multi-instrumentalist Kristopher Pooley as music director.  FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@CTV_Television@KatyPerry@LukeBryanOnline @LionelRichie@RyanSeacrestFacebook: Facebook.com/CTVFacebook.com/katyperry/Facebook.com/lukebryan/Facebook.com/LionelRichie/Facebook.com/ryanseacrest/Instagram:CTV_TelevisionKatyPerryLukeBryanLionelRichieRyanSeacrestAbout CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. TORONTO, Feb. 20, 2018 – CTV announced today the acquisition of beloved singing competition AMERICAN IDOLfrom FremantleMedia International to anchor CTV Two’s midseason schedule Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/ 9 p.m. MT, beginning March 11.The all-new AMERICAN IDOL joins the previously announced pick up of three new CTV Two midseason comedies – LIVING BIBLICALLY (Feb. 26), SPLITTING UP TOGETHER (March 27), and ALEX, INC. (March 28). CTV Two also announced today the addition of two more series to the network: GOTHAM, moving to a new Thursday at 8 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. MT time slot beginning March 1, as well as MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, returning to CTV Two Fridays at 8 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. MT with a two-hour premiere on March 2.“AMERICAN IDOL is a historic franchise,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming. “We are looking forward to reintroducing the series and its star-studded judging panel to Canadians as a new anchor for CTV Two.” Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

AFTER 110 YEARS AVONLEA HAS ITS FIRST BLACK RESIDENT

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement But this season he has roles in three major Toronto-shot series, including Anne With an E from CBC and Netflix, CBC’s comedy Crawford and Audience Network’s thriller Condor. And don’t forget a cameo in Drake’s Degrassi blockbuster reunion music video for “I’m Upset.”Abuzeid is not a household name, but he is having something of a breakout moment, fuelled by the fact that according to the CBC he is the first Black character to appear on the critically acclaimed series, based on the 1908 classic Anne of Green Gables books by Lucy Maud Montgomery. You’re going to see a lot more of Dalmar Abuzeid on television this fall. And that’s not a bad thing.The 27-year-old Toronto actor is known for playing the precocious Danny Van Zandt on six seasons of the Canadian series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Dalmar Abuzeid as Sebastian “Bash” Lacroix in Anne with an E. (STEVE SCOTT)last_img read more