Justin Bieber cancels remaining dates on Purpose world tour

first_imgCanadian pop star Justin Bieber has scrapped the rest of the dates on his Purpose world tour. He has played more than 150 shows in support of the album. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images) “However, after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates.” It is unclear why Bieber decided to cancel the rest of the shows.READ MORE Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has scrapped the remainder of his Purpose world tour, including two dates in Toronto.A statement on Bieber’s website said the cancellation stems from “unforeseen circumstances.”“Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them,” the statement reads. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Fashion designers are making manufacturing in Canada cool again

first_imgFactory head Gagin Singh, left, and director Marilyn McNeil-Morin inside the spacious George Brown Fashion Exchange factory in Regent Park. (NICK KOZAK / TORONTO STAR) | Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment You don’t use the words gorgeous and factory often in the same sentence, but the gleaming white, glassed-in cube of the George Brown Fashion Exchange, tucked into the lobby of a condo building in buzzy new Regent Park, is indeed slick.Now a year old, the enormous 5,600 sq.-ft. open space features artfully exposed ductwork, reconfigurable work stations and punchy yellow powerbars raised overhead, courtesy the George Brown school of design.The building is called the Fashion Exchange and has several purposes, which feed each other. First, it is the site of Industrial Power Sewing training programs, offered free to at-risk youth working towards a career in the garment industry; thus-far seven full classes of students have graduated to placement positions in the industry.center_img READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

YOUR RIGHTS AS A PHOTOGRAPHER IN TORONTO

first_img Facebook A quick scenario: you’re taking photos with your DSLR in front of a public building and a security guard comes outside to tell you that’s not allowed, what do you do?The right answer is you leave the premises – that is, unless you’re taking the photo from a sidewalk, in which case you have every right to keep snapping pics.With the proliferation of cameras on nearly all our devices, the laws surrounding photography in public spaces is becoming an increasingly important thing to familiarize yourself with, especially if being a commercial photographer is your full-time job. Login/Register With: Advertisement Sometimes it can be confusing, but most times it’s just about using your common sense.While Canada’s laws surrounding photography are pretty lax, it’s always better to treat every situation with discretion. Encounters with law enforcement and security are never fun – even when you’re in the right – and can lead to some uncomfortable interactions.Getting to know Toronto’s commercial photography by-laws will help you navigate the legality of your photo ops, as will a basic brush-up of your Criminal Code knowledge.If you don’t have time to go through all that right now, here are some quick guidelines to follow for some common photography scenarios.Public propertyYou’re allowed to take photos anywhere in and from Toronto’s public spaces (sidewalks, parks, streets, etc.) under the following conditions:You can’t be in the middle of doing something illegal while you photograph, like jaywalking , breaking and entering (we see you rooftoppers), or interfering with a crime scene. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Siksika Nation becomes first reserve in Alberta to endorse home ownership

first_img(Nelson Breaker stands by the site where his home is being built on the Siksika Nation. He said his dream of owning a home in Siksika has come true. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTN)APTN National News Brandi MorinSIKSIKA NATION, ALTA — The Siksika Nation east of Calgary celebrated the construction of the first on-reserve, individually owned home in Alberta on Friday.The nation is utilizing funds through the First Nations Market Housing Fund (FNMHF) which assists First Nations to gain access to housing loans on reserve and settlement lands.“It’s something that is needed by our reserve, it’s something that is needed by our members,” said Siksika Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman.“I said let’s get it done. And we got it done.”Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman speaks at the site of the new home being constructed through the FNMHP at Siksika Nation. Photo Brandi Morin/APTNThe initiative, established in 2008, was started through the Kelowna Accord and is the only program to survive after the Harper government failed to pass the Paul Martin led agreement.The Canadian government made a one-time investment of $300 million for the FNMHF.The investment, now held in trust, has the potential to create $3 billion in investments in on-reserve housing, on settlement lands and lands set-aside for First Nations across Canada.Siksika Nation member Nelson Breaker is the first resident to receiving financing through the program.Construction began on his 2820 square foot home two weeks ago.Contract workers at the site of where Nelson Breakers home is under construction. All of the contractors are from Siksika Nation. Photo: Brandi Morin/APTNBreaker said it’s a dream come true.“This building process took 9 months to get going,” said Breaker. “But now they’re making my dream into a reality.”Breaker, his wife and children have lived in Calgary for the past 40 years and have never owned their own home. He said he’s happy to be able to finally move back home to Siksika as a new homeowner.“Plus I’m starting to set roots for my grand-kids. This will be my grand-kids home, my kids and my family’s. It’s been a long journey and I’m so excited.”Nation members have the ability to choose the type of home they want to build, unlike the cookie cutter models seen on most reservations across Canada.Breakers home will feature a walk out basement, hot tub and wrap around deck. It’s made more affordable through the backing of the FNHMP, while also partnering with the Bank of Montreal.“I want people to feel what I’m feeling right now. I’m so proud,” said Breaker who hopes to move in at the end of December.The Siksika Nation was hit hard by the 2013 Bow River flood.Approximately 100 homes were destroyed and more than 1,000 people were forced from their homes.Some community members are still living in hotels while they wait for additional provincial government flood recovery money.Flooding on the Siksika Nation in 2013.There are currently 500 people on the housing wait list in Siksika, and in total three community members have been approved for mortgages through the FNHMP.Chief Yellow Old Woman sees the FNHMP as an opportunity to help community members get back on their feet.“We are looking to the FNHMP as a long-term partner and we are grateful for the opportunity to create a variety of housing options for our citizens. The Siksika Nation sees the home as a sacred space, a place for families to gather and celebrate who we are as Peoples!” concluded Chief Yellow Old Woman.“Your leadership is looking after your people, to build houses all over this beautiful country you have here,” said FNHMP chair of the trustees John Beaucage.“Siksika has worked hard for this. I’d like to come out for the 100th or maybe even the 500th home built.”bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

Future of North Dakota pipeline in judges hands for now

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn a week, a judge in the United States will decide whether construction on a pipeline in North Dakota can proceed.The Dakota Access pipeline has physically brought together thousands of protesters.It’s also rallied many more around the globe.APTN’s Dennis Ward has more on what can be expected in the next week.last_img

Manitoba RCMP turns to Twitter to help solve Leah Anderson murder appeals

first_imgSeveral suspects came to the forefront right away but one by one they have been ruled out through DNA testing and polygraph tests.The RCMP said it has now made significant advancements in the investigation and has narrowed down the remaining suspects and determined that the killer was a male and known to Anderson.Police said they are aggressively following up on the final aspects of the investigation so officers can move forward into a position where an arrest can be made.The RCMP are asking the community to come together to provide any new information that could help conclude the investigation. Dennis WardAPTN National NewsThe Manitoba RCMP has turned it’s Twitter social media account profiles into a plea for help in solving the murder of Leah Anderson.The body of the 15-year-old from Gods Lake Narrows in Northern Manitoba was found on a snowmobile trail on January 6, 2013, two days after she was last seen.On Tuesday, RCMP also released new information, photographs and messages related to her murder.We need the community to come together to help bring justice to Leah by sharing info with us about who did this. #rcmpmb #leah pic.twitter.com/Vbk9clSw9x— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 18, 2017RCMP says Anderson left her home with her skates on the night of January 4, 2013. According to the information provided, somewhere between her door and the arena, she met her killer.“He brutally beat her and left her dead on a snowmobile/walking trail,” said a post on the RMCP Manitoba Facebook page. The popular, funny girl with so much potential was gone. “Not only was the community dealing with the grief of losing Leah, they had to come to terms with the brutal manner of her death and the fact that in their isolated community, where the ice road in and out was closed, the killer was still there” the post continued. Leah Anderson Tweetlast_img read more

Uber decries ridehailing price cap passed in Honolulu

first_imgHONOLULU, Hawaii – Honolulu leaders approved a measure Wednesday to limit prices that ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft can charge during peak demand, a cap that the companies say would be the first restriction of its kind in the United States.The measure would prevent “surge pricing” if increased rates are higher than the maximum fare set by the city. Honolulu attorneys will review the measure before it goes to Mayor Kirk Caldwell, who would have 10 days to sign it into law, allow it to become law without his signature or veto it.Uber sent emails to customers across the island of Oahu, which is where the rule would apply, urging them to oppose the rules that would impose “outdated taxi-style requirements on rideshare.”Oahu taxi drivers have been at odds with those who drive for mobile apps that connect riders with nearby drivers. Taxi companies complain that companies such as Uber and Lyft create an unfair playing field because they face fewer restrictions.Uber has been told the city hasn’t received any consumer complaints about surge pricing, said Tabatha Chow, the company’s senior operations manager for Hawaii. Honolulu has the highest taxi prices in the nation and Uber is 40 per cent cheaper, she told council members Wednesday.Surge pricing only happens during peak times such as rush hour, weekend nights and big events, she said, adding that fares go back down when more drivers are on the road.If Uber and Lyft rides are cheaper, then why do they need to use surge pricing, asked Robert Deluze, owner of Robert’s Taxis, who said ride-hailing companies have hurt the taxi business.Councilwoman Kymberly Marcos Pine, who voted for the limits, said she was concerned to hear that U.S. Navy sailors getting off ships in Pearl Harbor recently were charged as much as $221 to get to Waikiki when a cab ride was $44. As the wife of a sailor, she said she wants to protect service members from being “price gouged.”Uber said in a fact sheet that surge pricing gives drivers the incentive to work in busier areas, which lowers wait times for riders and ensures reliability.Riders and drivers who submitted testimony opposing the measure said taxis aren’t as reliable or affordable as ride-hailing companies.Uber driver Lisa Gonzales wrote that she drives to help support her family of six. During surge pricing, passengers have the option to accept or reject costs, she said, and that it’s based on supply and demand.Uber and Lyft officials testified in City Council committees last month that the cap on surge pricing would be the first such restriction on the companies in the country, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.“When demand for rides is greater than the number of drivers on the road, passengers may pay an extra percentage on top of the base ride amount,” Lyft said in a statement explaining its “Prime Time” pricing.A $6 ride would become a $9 ride during Prime Time pricing of 50 per cent, the statement said, adding that it “only adds a percentage to the ride subtotal, which is calculated before any other fees or additional amounts.”Council Chairman Ernie Martin said he wrote the measure to ensure consumers won’t pay an “unreasonable price.” He said companies will still be able to employ surge pricing — or as he prefers to call it, “predatory pricing” — within limits.The measure would set precedence nationwide, he said: “Other cities are struggling with this as well.”The city’s Department of Customer Services would be tasked with setting the maximum price. Deputy Director Randy Leong told council members that the department opposes setting the threshold but will do so if it becomes law. It’s difficult to dictate to businesses what they may charge, he said.Uber released a statement after the vote saying that, if implemented, the bill will limit consumer choice and put the availability of Uber service on Oahu at risk.last_img read more

Protesters to hold news conference in wake of eviction notice

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – Protesters at an anti-pipeline camp in Burnaby, B.C., are set to hold a news conference to relay their side of the story this morning, instead of complying with an eviction notice handed down by the city.The City of Burnaby issued a 72-hour notice to those occupying “Camp Cloud” on Wednesday, but protesters have said that three days was not enough time to comply with concerns raised over safety.The protesters say the city’s notice was issued without adequate consideration of a recent court decision or consultation with camp residents.The B.C. Supreme Court ruled in March that both the camp and a nearby watch house could remain in place in response to a court injunction filed by Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd., the company behind the Trans Mountain expansion project.Demonstrators are angry over the expansion of the pipeline between Alberta and B.C. that would triple its capacity to carry bitumen destined for export.In May, the federal government announced it would buy the pipeline in an effort to see the expansion completed.But city manager Lambert Chu says the eviction notice was issued because of concerns about safety and how the footprint of the site has grown to include a two-storey house and showers.last_img read more

RenaultNissan to use Android system in its dashboards

first_imgDETROIT – The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, one of the world’s top-selling automakers, has decided to go with Google’s Android operating system to run its dashboard information and entertainment features.The change, which won’t roll out until 2021, means that users will get Android features such as Google Maps, Waze and the hands-free Google Assistant, without having to connect a phone. They’ll also be able to download auto-specific apps, such as those that find and pay for parking spaces, from the Google Play Store.It’s a sign that automakers are starting choose sides in infotainment software, deciding between developing their own systems or going with an established company that’s familiar to customers.Most automakers already let users link their Apple or Android phones to car systems through Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. But using the Android operating system will open cars to over-the-internet infotainment software updates and integration of Google Assistant voice commands into some car functions such as windshield wiper controls, the companies said.Since the operating software can be continually updated, the system will be able to handle communications with other vehicles or infrastructure such as traffic lights when those features become available, said Kal Mos, global vice-president for connected vehicles for the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance.The change also opens cars to a universe of app developers, Mos said. “Once you offer that platform, that capacity, people will start coming up with things we don’t think about today,” he said.Owners would have to choose from apps that are approved for automotive use that minimize distraction, said Patrick Brady, Google’s vice-president of engineering for Android. “Any app that gets into the store goes through multiple iterations to make sure this can be used in the car,” Brady said.Although Android powers 80 per cent of the world’s smartphones, those with Apple iPhones need not fear the system, the companies said. They still will run Apple CarPlay, just as automaker systems do now, they said.Other automakers, such as Honda, Volvo and General Motors, already run Android in their operating systems, although they aren’t as advanced as what the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance will do, the companies said.The brands are looking at cost for the system, and there likely will be a monthly fee.Currently automakers have somewhat clunky voice-recognition systems that often take several steps to complete a simple command, said Sam Abuelsamid, an analyst for Navigant Research. But as more cars become linked to the internet, automakers are finding suppliers who have better systems that can be updated, he said.The next generation of Android should have much better voice recognition than anything now in the auto industry, he said. “It’ll be more natural language that’s going to make it a lot better and easier for consumers to use,” Abuelsamid said.The system also will let Google Maps and Google-owned Waze gather data about speed and traffic from more vehicles as more cars are equipped with Android, Abuelsamid said.The technology partnership with Google is part of the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance’s wider effort to wirelessly connect cars to online “cloud-based systems,” allowing automakers to gather data, diagnose problems and update vehicle software remotely.The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi group sold a combined 10.6 million vehicles last year and aims to raise that to 14 million by 2022. It’s among the top three automakers in the world.Shares in navigation system maker TomTom plunged 23 per cent to 6.52 euros Tuesday on the Amsterdam stock exchange after the announcement as investors feared that the Dutch company’s sales could be hit hard by the decision.____Chan reported from London. Mike Corder in Amsterdam contributed to this report.last_img read more

Supreme Court to rule on QuebecNL feud over Churchill Falls hydro riches

first_imgThe Supreme Court of Canada will deliver a decision Friday in one of Canada’s bitterest interprovincial feuds — the notorious 1969 Churchill Falls hydro deal between Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador.Profits from the hydroelectric dam and power station in Labrador have been in dispute for decades, and a ruling in Newfoundland and Labrador’s favour could mean billions of dollars to ease the cash-strapped province’s considerable financial burdens.The decision will determine whether Hydro-Quebec has a “good faith” obligation to re-negotiate the deal, based on unforeseeable changes in electricity markets over time.Terms of the contract between the two provinces have delivered more than $27.5 billion to Hydro-Quebec and around $2 billion to Newfoundland and Labrador.At the time of signing, Hydro-Quebec agreed to buy Churchill Falls power at a fixed rate that was set to decrease over time, allowing the province sell the dam’s power for massive profits.But the division of profits has sparked a bitter feud between the two provinces.The deal is set to expire in 2041, and it’s been a thorn in Newfoundland and Labrador’s side for decades. Quebec has maintained that the costs and risks were clear when the deal was signed.Doug Mitchell, lawyer for the easternmost province, argued before the Supreme Court last year that negotiators almost 50 years ago couldn’t have predicted such drastic changes in the markets, or such significant profits.It’s the latest legal attempt by the Atlantic province to reopen what it sees as an unfair deal, in a decades-long series of court challenges that have, so far, been unsuccessful.Crown corporation Nalcor Energy lost its case before the Quebec Superior Court in 2010, when it argued that Hydro-Quebec had a duty to renegotiate terms because the massive profits were unforeseeable in 1969.The Quebec Court of Appeal upheld the trial decision, finding Quebec was under no obligation to renegotiate, and ruling that the “good faith” principles did not apply because the deal was “profitable” for Newfoundland and Labrador.While courts have typically sided with Quebec, a win would mean billions for Newfoundland and Labrador as the province faces mounting debt and paying the costs of the wildly over-budget Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.last_img read more

As Facebook faces fire heat turns up on No 2 Sandberg

first_imgNEW YORK — For the past decade, Sheryl Sandberg has been the poised, reliable second-in-command to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, helping steer Facebook’s rapid growth around the world, while also cultivating her brand in ways that hint at aspirations well beyond the social network.But with growing criticism over the company’s practices, or lack of oversight, her carefully cultivated brand as an eloquent feminist leader is showing cracks. Questions these days aren’t so much about whether she’ll run for the Senate or even president, but whether she ought to keep her job at Facebook. Though the chances of an ouster are slim, the fact that it has even come up shows the extent of Facebook’s — and Sandberg’s — troubles.“Her brand was being manicured with the same resources and care as the gardens of Tokyo,” said Scott Galloway, a New York University marketing professor. “And unfortunately a hurricane has come through the garden.”Facebook has been dealing with hurricanes for the past two years : fake news, elections interference, hate speech, a privacy scandal, the list goes on. The company’s response — namely, Zuckerberg’s and Sandberg’s — has been slow at best, misleading and obfuscating at worst, as The New York Times reported last week. That report, and one from The Wall Street Journal , underscored Sandberg’s influence at the company, even as Zuckerberg has borne much of the criticism and anger.As chief operating officer, Sandberg is in charge of Facebook’s business dealings, including the ads that make up the bulk of the company’s revenue. She steered Facebook from a rising tech startup into a viable global business expected to reap $55 billion in revenue this year. The company is second only to Google in digital advertising.But she’s also gotten the blame when things go wrong, including Facebook’s failure to spot Russian attempts to influence U.S. elections by buying U.S. political ads — in rubles. Though Sandberg has denied knowing that Facebook hired an opposition research firm to discredit activists, she created a permissive environment through what the Times called an “aggressive lobbying campaign” against critics. Facebook fired the firm, Definers, after the Times report came out.Facebook declined to comment on Sandberg or make her available for an interview. A representative instead pointed to Zuckerberg’s remarks that overall, “Sheryl is doing great work for the company. She’s been a very important partner to me and continues to be, and will continue to be. She’s leading a lot of the efforts to improve our systems in these areas.”Sandberg, 49, who was hired away from Google in 2008, has been a crucial “heat shield” for Zuckerberg, as Galloway put it, as lawmakers and the public crank up criticism of the 34-year-old founder. In September, Facebook sent Sandberg to testify before the Senate intelligence committee, eliciting a warmer response than her boss did three months before.Sandberg, former chief of staff for treasury secretary Larry Summers, appears more comfortable in Washington meeting rooms than Zuckerberg, who can seem robotic. Her profile is high enough that lawmakers don’t feel stilted when she shows up. She’s written (with help) two books, including 2013’s “Lean In” about women and leadership. Her second book, “Plan B,” is about dealing with loss and grief after her husband died unexpectedly. She was the lone chief operating officer among a who’s who of tech CEOs — including Apple’s Tim Cook and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos — to meet with Donald Trump a month after his election.“It’s both who she is and how bereft Silicon Valley is of strong, powerful female voices,” crisis management expert Richard Levick said. “She has positioned herself as one of those strong voices with ‘Lean In.’”But her high profile also makes her more susceptible to criticism.The chorus for Sandberg to leave is getting louder. CNBC commentator Jim Cramer predicted Monday that Facebook’s stock would rise if Sandberg leaves or gets fired. NYU’s Galloway believes both Sandberg and Zuckerberg should be fired for allowing Facebook to turn into an entity that harms democracy around the world.“Every day executives are fired for a fraction of infractions these two have committed,” he said.Besides elections interference, Zuckerberg and Sandberg have been criticized for their slow response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the data-mining firm accessed millions of users’ private information without their permission. The pair were silent for days after the news came out. According to the Journal, Zuckerberg told Sandberg this spring that he blamed her and her teams for the “public fallout” over Cambridge Analytica. Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper said Sandberg at one point wondered if she should be worried about her job (though that appears to no longer be the case, based on Zuckerberg’s public support).Because of the way Facebook is set up, firing Zuckerberg would be all but impossible. He controls the majority of the company’s voting stock, serves as its chairman and has — at least publicly — the support of its board of directors. Essentially, he’d have to fire himself.Firing Sandberg would be the next logical option to hold a high-level executive accountable, but Galloway also doesn’t see this happening. For one thing, he said, it would look bad to fire one of the only top female executives in an industry where women “face inordinately high obstacles to get to leadership positions.”Beyond that, Sandberg has also been a positive force on Facebook. She was hired to be the “adult” in the room and has filled that role well. She moves comfortably outside tech circles and in public speaking, countering Zuckerberg’s shortcomings in that area.If anything, Sandberg’s departure from Facebook would likely be on her own terms. While Zuckerberg has spent all of his adult life at Facebook, Sandberg had a career before Facebook and even tech, so it is plausible that she would have a life after Facebook, perhaps back in politics.But before she can consider running for office, she’ll probably have to address election manipulation and Facebook’s other troubles.Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Asian stocks rise on hopes US China will unwind dispute

first_imgSINGAPORE — Asian shares were mostly higher Monday on hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will unwind a blistering trade dispute at a meeting this week.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225, reopening after a holiday, added 0.8 per cent to 21,815.55. South Korea’s Kospi jumped 1 per cent to 2,077.25. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rebounded 1.3 per cent to 26,251.11. The Shanghai Composite dipped 0.1 per cent to 2,577.36. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.7 per cent to 5,674.90. Shares rose in Taiwan, Singapore and the Philippines, but fell in Indonesia.WALL STREET: Energy companies led a slide in U.S. stocks on Friday, as a plunge in oil prices weighed on sentiment. Trading volume was lighter than usual as markets were only open for a half day after the Thanksgiving break. The S&P 500 index fell 0.7 per cent to 2,632.56, racking up its second correction of the year. It is now down 10.2 per cent from its last all-time high set on Sept. 20. The Nasdaq composite shed 0.5 per cent to 6,938.98 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.7 per cent to 24,285.95. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks was less than 0.1 per cent higher at 1,488.68.TRUMP-XI MEETING: Presidents Trump and Xi will meet at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires at the end of the week. A trade dispute over Beijing’s technology policy, which has caused them to impose tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods, is likely at the top of the agenda. Investors are watching to see if the leaders can arrive at an agreement to ease tensions that have been weighing on corporate earnings and the global economy.ANALYST’S TAKE: “As the current round of U.S.-Chinese trade talks only restarted in the last few weeks, hopes of a trade deal at this juncture could be too optimistic,” Chang Wei Liang of Mizuho Bank said in a market commentary. “However, an agreement for talks over dinner suggests a higher level of engagement, which could result in a gentlemen’s agreement not to escalate tariffs further.”BREXIT DEAL: The European Union and Britain have finally sealed an agreement governing the latter’s departure from the bloc on March 29. This comes after months of hesitation, stop-and-start negotiations and resignations. British Prime Minister Theresa May must now get her divided Parliament to back the deal, which leaves Britain subject to rules and obligations of the bloc at least until the end of 2020 and possibly longer. She is facing intense opposition from pro-Brexit and pro-EU lawmakers alike.JAPAN PMI: A private survey released on Monday showed Japanese manufacturing slowing in November. The Markit/JMMA flash purchasing managers’ index fell to 51.8 in November from 52.9 in the previous month. New orders slipped into contraction territory for the first time since September 2016. Numbers above 50 on the index show acceleration.ENERGY: Oil prices recovered after plunging on worries that a slowing global economy could hurt demand for oil. Benchmark U.S. crude added 30 cents to $50.72. The contract plunged $4.21 to close at $50.42 in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, rose 59 cents to $59.39. It finished $3.80 lower at $58.80 in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar strengthened to 113.24 yen from 112.96 yen late Friday. The euro fell to $1.1335 from $1.1339.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Highway 43 open after police shooting near Whitecourt

first_imgThe Alberta Serious Incident Response Team has been notified will now lead the investigation.ASIRT has been directed to investigate an incident involving @RCMPAlberta near Whitecourt. No further details at this time.— ASIRT (@ASIRT_AB) July 3, 2018Highway 43 was closed for several hours on Tuesday while the RCMP investigated the incident.A photo shared on social media showed the long back up of traffic while the Highway was closed – Facebook WHITECOURT, A.B. – Highway 43 is open following a police shooting near Whitecourt.A police operation Tuesday saw westbound lanes of Highway 43 closed for several hours.  The RCMP say they attempted to stop a vehicle on the highway.  As members approached the vehicle, a confrontation occurred with lead to the discharge of an RCMP members’ firearm.Update: Hwy43 near Chickadee Creek, west of Whitecourt – Highway reopened. Expect delays due to volume. (5:15pm) #ABRoads https://t.co/l4I4nAlHn4— 511 Alberta (@511Alberta) July 3, 2018The RCMP say that an adult male suspect was involved and was later found deceased.last_img read more

BCs tax on new natural gas investments among highest in North America

first_imgAccording to the study that even with Ottawa’s tax changes, B.C. still has the second-highest effective tax rate on new investments in the natural gas sector. The study’s calculations include everything from corporate income taxes to royalty payments to provincial sales taxes if they apply.“This is a comprehensive assessment of the tax rate that applies to businesses wishing to invest in the oil or natural gas sectors,” said Philip Bazel, associate at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and study co-author.B.C.’s tax rate on new natural gas investments in 2018 was 31.9 percent—behind only Saskatchewan (36.6) in Canada, and fifth-highest among all major energy-producing jurisdictions in North America. B.C.’s tax rate on new natural gas investments is nearly five percentage points higher than the Canadian average (27 percent) according to the study.“If the B.C. government really wants to grow and develop the province’s natural gas sector, policymakers should consider tax reforms to incentive new investments in the industry,” Mintz said. VANCOUVER, B.C. – A new study by the Fraser Institute finds B.C. has one of the highest tax rates on new investments in the natural gas sector among all major energy-producing jurisdictions in North America, which is harming the province’s competitiveness.“Developing B.C.’s natural gas resources has been a priority for successive provincial governments, and yet its tax rate on new natural gas investments is highly uncompetitive with neighbouring and competing jurisdictions,” said Jack Mintz, President’s Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.The federal government last year introduced a series of temporary measures designed to incentivize new investment. In response to recent tax changes in the U.S., which eroded Canada’s previous corporate and investment tax advantage over American states, shared the studylast_img read more

VIP Manny Blu Lunch Show for the Fort St John Salvation Army

first_imgManny Blu, a recent transplant to Nashville, has wasted no time putting himself smack dab in the middle of Nashville’s music scene.  However, music wasn’t Manny’s first passion. Hockey, Golf and MMA were where his heart found happiness. Putting his efforts into MMA training for years, he made his amateur debut on Oct 12, 2013. He emerged victorious, although walked away injured and requiring time to rest and recover. Being inspired by none other than BB King during this time off from MMA, Manny picked up the guitar and began learning to play.  He had no idea that learning a few chords could dramatically change his career path. Since his MMA injury and focus shift towards music, Manny has continued writing and performing throughout Canada honing his craft and abilities. Being influenced by the talents of John Mayer, Adam Levine, Jordan Davis, and Sam Hunt Manny continued working on his writing for his debut EP. Eventually, taking meetings and building his network that lead him to relocate to Nashville to work on his new record and build his career. For many, music is a way to heal and connect – We are happy to have the Fort St. John Salvation Army Food Bank join us as the benefactor for this event.  Located near the Lido Theatre, the Food Bank operates on a drop-in basis from 10am – 11:50am. People can come in, have a cup of coffee, grab a snack and sign up for a food bank slot, on a first come first serve basis.  ​From 1:00pm – 3:55pm, the food bank offers appointments for those who may be using the food bank for the first time or may have additional needs they’d like to discuss with our Community Ministries Worker. Music, munch & Manny Blu come together for the Fort St. John Salvation Army Food Bank!  Manny Blu is coming to Fort St. John as a part of the star-studded line-up for the Hit After Hit Tour with George Canyon.  Nothing says community and country music quite like a fundraising lunch show with this Canadian Music newcomer. Join Moose FM, Just Jacks and Chances Casino for Manny Blu: Unplugged on Thursday, May 2nd.Tickets will be $20 at the door with all proceeds going towards the Fort St. John Salvation Army Food Bank.  Doors open at 12:00 PM and the show begins at 12:30 PM.  Your ticket purchase includes: Buffet Lunch from Just Jacks, $20 towards slot play at Chances Casino, and an intimate show with country artist Manny Blu; including opportunity for Meet & Greets and Q&A.last_img read more

Victims and Survivors of Crime Workshop

first_imgThe Workshop is being held Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 at the Northern Lights College Atrium from 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm. There will be food and drinks provided.To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With May 26th – June 1st, 2019, being proclaimed as victim and survivors of crime week in the City of Fort St John, the North Peace Justice Society is hosting the Victims and Survivors of Crime Workshop.The free workshop will host Catherine Bargen of Just Outcomes Consulting, who will speak on the needs and experiences of victims and survivors of crime, as Bargen has decades of experience working in this field.There will also be other local resources and service providers in attendance with information booths to help inform attendees of their services.last_img

JNU sedition case: Court says role of Delhi Police on sanction matter complete

first_imgNew Delhi: A city court hearing the 2016 JNU sedition case Saturday observed that the city police’s role regarding sanction was complete and it will now ask the Delhi government about the same. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat made the observation after being told by police that sanction was an administrative action and the charge sheet can be filed without that. DCP of Special Cell of Delhi Police, Pramod Kushwaha, told the court that the agency has already sent a request to the Delhi government seeking sanction. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The court Friday pulled up the Delhi Police over non-appearance of the DCP, who was asked to file report in the case. The Delhi Police had earlier told the court that authorities were yet to give requisite sanctions to prosecute former JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the case, and it would take two to three months to procure sanctions. On January 14, police had filed a charge sheet in the court against Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported seditious slogans raised in the JNU campus during an event on February 9, 2016. The court had also sought a report from the deputy commissioner of police assigned to the case.last_img read more

Social network Google+ begins shutting down

first_imgSan Francisco: Pulling away efforts of competing with social networking majors like Facebook and Twitter, Google has begun the process of shutting down its social networking app Google+. Even though the process of completely deleting all personal Google+ accounts would still take a few months, content deletion including photos and videos from Google+ album archives have started, The Verge reported on Monday. The search-engine giant’s plans of putting an end to Google+ were officially announced in October 2018. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Apart from just low user engagement, the demise of Google+ also came as a result of a software design flaw that exposed some private user data to third-party developers including occupation, gender, age and email address. The flaw had existed since 2015 and it could potentially have affected up to five lakh Google+ accounts. The platform was launched as Google’s own social networking platform in June 2011.last_img read more

Jodhpur Park murder case: 2 arrested

first_imgKolkata: Two persons have been arrested in connection with the elderly lady’s murder in Jodhpur Park. The accused persons are the caretaker and the gardener of the building where 74-year-old victim Shyamali Ghosh used to reside.On Saturday, Kalyan Mukhopadhyay, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South East Division (SED) of Kolkata Police, informed that Ghosh had suspected that she might get killed. She had also written some names in her diary that helped sleuths crack the case. According to Mukherjee, Ghosh was at her home on Tuesday morning when caretaker Swapan Mondal and gardener Sanjib Das went to her flat. As soon as she opened the door, the duo pushed her and locked the door from inside. One of them used an iron tong to hit Ghosh on her head after an altercation. As a result, Ghosh fell on the floor unconscious. Later, the duo used a piece of cloth to strangulate her. Finally, they used a pillow to smother Ghosh. After doing so, the duo waited for sometime to confirm if she was dead. After being absolutely sure, the duo went out and pulled the door. As the door lock was automatic it got locked when they pulled it from outside. While searching Ghosh’s room, the investigators found a diary where she used to write about her daily activities. While going through that, they found some names from whom Ghosh feared being harmed. Seeing the names, police detained Mondal and Das who are the residents of nearby Dasnagar area. During interrogation, both of them broke down and admitted to have committed the crime. Sources informed that they had mentioned another name who is the mastermind behind this. Sleuths suspect that the motive behind the murder is to get hold of her property. It is suspected that some family members might have a connection with her murder.last_img read more

IPL late games hectic, must be smart before World Cup: Kuldeep

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders’ spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who will be one of India’s major weapons in the 2019 World Cup, has accepted that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is taking a toll on the body, especially the late finishes. The chinaman bowler stressed that it is important to train smartly keeping in mind the quadrennial tournament that starts on May 30. Almost all 8PM games are ending post midnight in this edition of the IPL. It is so taxing that Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni on Wednesday posted a photo on social media where he is sleeping on the floor of an airport in order to catch some sleep before they left for Rajasthan for their next game. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”It becomes very hectic (when matches gets over so late). You need to recover very well as in this competition, you need to play two matches in three days also at times. Then there is travel also. So it does take a toll on the body,” Kuldeep told IANS. “You need to maintain yourself, eat well and sleep well. With the World Cup just after the IPL, training is very important and how you are going about it. It’s a bit hectic but the players are smart and know how to manage (workload),” the chinaman bowler said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterKuldeep will be key to India’s hopes of winning a third World Cup as the 24-year old has done exceedingly well in the 50-over format recently picking up 87 wickets in 44 matches so far. Kuldeep also spoke on India skipper Virat Kohli who has been drawing flak as captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore after his team failed to win their opening six matches. “His records speak for himself. He is doing well individually, but the team is not winning. “They are lacking team combination somewhere. This is a team game and if the team does well you will win,” Kuldeep said. Asked whether RCB’s demoralising displays will affect him during India’s World Cup campaign, Kuldeep said Kohli plays at a different level altogether donning the India blue and the IPL showing is no cause of worry at all. “Virat bhaiya is doing so well with the bat and is in good touch. This augurs well for us ahead of the World Cup. “I don’t think he will be affected by IPL performance. He is too big a player for that. He is one of the best in the world. His passion is at another level when he plays for India. His hunger is extreme.”last_img read more