Former Army officer murdered in Pune

first_imgA former Army officer and a graduate of the National Defence Academy who used to reside on a footpath in Pune’s Cantonment area has been found bludgeoned to death. The police said Captain Ravindra Bali, 65, a native of Kota in Rajasthan, was murdered by two youths with a cement block in the early hours of Friday. Witness called police“A security guard who witnessed the assault on the victim notified us,” an Inspector said. According to authorities, the deceased, who used to live like a recluse, had reportedly turned down the Army’s efforts to help him in the past, stating that he preferred to live on the footpath. Bali joined the NDA in 1970 after undergoing training at the College of Military Engineering (CME) in Pune. Due to certain reasons, he was cashiered from service, following a court-martial in 1989.“Investigation is in progress and attempts are on to identify the assailants. As far as we know, Bali was not in contact with any of his kin,” a police officer said, informing that the funeral would be conducted on February 5.A case under Sections 302 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been lodged at the Lashkar police station.last_img read more

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Sandy Hurricane spins death and a lot of tears along path

first_imgDeath blew in on the superstorm’s wild winds and sea water torrents, claiming 90-year-olds and children with capriciously toppling trees, taking tall-ship adventurers in mountainous Atlantic waves and average folks just trying to deal with a freakish snowstorm. It felled both heroes rushing into harm’s way and, ironically, people simply following advice to play it safe at home.At least 72 died as the shape-shifting hurricane and winter storm ravaged the eastern US, and searchers continued looking for victims Wednesday.In New York City, a college student went out to take pictures in the borough of Queens and was electrocuted by a downed power line, while across town on Staten Island, an off-duty policeman drowned after moving his family to safety.Lauren Abraham, who went by the nickname LolaDiva on YouTube, was a makeup artist who worked out of a studio in her parents’ Queens home. The recent beauty school graduate was studying at City University of New York’s Lehman College, according to her Facebook page. “In her time of reflection she learned to find the beauty in even the darkest situations,” her online bio reads.As the superstorm ravaged New York and floodwater surged into his Staten Island house on Monday evening, off-duty NYPD officer Artur Kasprzak, 28, shepherded six adult relatives and a baby to the attic.Then, according to police, Kasprzak, a six-year veteran of the force, told one of the women he was going to check the basement. When he didn’t return, she called 911. Police came quickly with a SCUBA unit, but couldn’t access the home because power lines had fallen into the water.”He went to the basement. And the water just started washing in,” his sister Marta told the Daily News. “He was pushed into a window. … The water just kept coming in.”Bunting draped a firehouse in Easton, Conn., honoring another first responder who rushed to help. Lt. Russell Neary was killed when an enormous tree crashed down on his fire truck as he and others tried to clear storm debris.”We’re a small volunteer department, and so everybody knew everybody,” said Casey Meskers, the department vice president. Neary was the president. An insurance executive, he had volunteered for 13 years, and also helped with his children’s sports teams.”We’ve been on the soccer fields with each other with our kids,” Meskers said on Wednesday. “There’s been a lot of tears shed, I’ll tell you.”So many times, trees and heavy limbs that fell to the storm’s powerful gusts left mourners along its path.Two people died when a tree fell on their vehicle in Morris County, N.J., and many others perished inside homes, where they thought they’d be safe – from North Salem, N.Y., where two boys, 11 and 13, were killed when a tree fell on their home, to Pasadena, Md.Donald Cannata Sr., 73, was at home in Pasadena, a leafy suburb between Baltimore and Annapolis, when the storm knocked a large tree into his house. The retired civil engineer lived alone with his cat and dog and had stepped into the kitchen just when the tree fell.He loved photography and opera and was considerate, hardworking and selfless, said his son, Donald Jr., an opinion shared by neighbors. Cannata’s son said his father’s death “shook me so to the core,” partly because they had talked about taking down the tree.”We talked about it so many times. I said, ‘Pop, the tree’s getting pretty old,'” Cannata said.An elderly man trimming a tree in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County was killed when a limb broke and fell on him, authorities said.A limb fall also killed John Rose Sr. as he and his wife checked fences on his snow-covered 100-acre farm near Philippi, W.Va., on Tuesday. The storm had dumped about seven inches of snow in the region, where Rose was a Republican candidate for the House of Delegates. He had traveled to Charleston regularly to lobby lawmakers on farming and other issues, and he hoped to continue making the trip as a member.Rose, 60, had previously run a power-washing business and worked as a coal miner, his son George Rose said.”The whole county knew him,” he said.The storm’s blizzard threat was still far off when, churning in the relatively warm Atlantic off Cape Hatteras, N.C., on Monday, Hurricane Sandy engulfed the replica tall ship HMS Bounty. The ship, which was featured in the films “Mutiny on the Bounty” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” took on water and eventually went down.Coast Guard rescuers saved most of the 17 crew members, but a search continues for the ship’s captain, Robin Wallbridge.Swept overboard with him was Claudene Christian, 42, who said she was a direct descendant of the man who led the infamous 1789 mutiny on the real HMS Bounty. In the 1962 Bounty film, Marlon Brando starred as lead mutineer Fletcher Christian.Searchers found Christian – a novice sailor who was wearing an orange survival suit – unresponsive in the water late Monday, about eight nautical miles from where the Bounty sank. She was flown by helicopter to a hospital on the mainland, where she was pronounced dead.A marketing specialist, she had lived in Alaska, Oklahoma and California. She was a member of the University of Southern California cheering squad, the Song Girls, from 1989 to 1991, said coach Lori Nelson. “Claudene will always be remembered for her energetic and bubbly personality on and off the field,” the team posted on its Facebook page.Endless accidents that would be described as freak twists of fate spun off from the superstorm.Eugene “Rusty” Brooks, 42, of Woodstock, N.H., died on Tuesday morning when a hillside construction site in the state’s White Mountains collapsed beneath him. Brooks, owner of Pemmi Contracting, had been preparing a cellar on a home site on Loon Mountain in the ski resort town of Lincoln, said Police Chief Ted Smith. The cellar hole had filled up with rain from Sandy, and Brooks had just thrown a hose in to drain it off when the ground gave way.”The retaining wall just liquefied with him standing there,” Smith said. “He washed down with all the boulders, mud and water into the street.”When police and rescue workers arrived, they found a bystander performing CPR on Brooks, who could not be revived.”It just basically was a freak, bizarre accident,” the chief said. “It could have given way prior to him being there or afterwards.”The massive storm’s unrelenting stress was blamed as a contributor to death by some loved ones, and in other cases the paralyzing wind and water compounded medical problems.An Atlantic City, N.J., woman had a heart attack while she was being evacuated on Monday, officials reported.In Pennsylvania’s Lehigh County, an 86-year-old woman was pronounced dead of hypothermia after being found unresponsive in her yard following exposure to the storm, and a 48-year-old woman died of carbon monoxide poisoning in her home, the coroner’s office reported.A 90-year-old woman also died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator in the Philadelphia area, one of two claimed by the storm at age 90. The other was a Mansfield, Conn., woman who neighbors said left her home after a small tree snapped and was killed by a larger one.In New York City, Herminia St. John, a 75-year-old grandmother of 14 who suffered from congestive heart failure and diabetes, died after her oxygen machine lost power and a backup failed. Her grandson, Claudio St. John, rushed into the street and tried unsuccessfully to flag down an ambulance. Finally, he went around the corner to Bellevue Hospital, where his mother worked as a food supervisor for 30 years. But by the time someone came it was too late.”I hugged her and she hugged and kissed me,” Elsa St. John, 54, told the Daily News. “She asked me to turn her to the window and she was gone.”advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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LGBTQ Workplace Pride: Diversity Efforts Employees Appreciate

first_imgAccording to Out and Equal, one in four LGBTQ employees has experienced some form of discrimination on the job. In fact, 89% of Americans believe it is illegal under federal law to be fired because you are LGBTQ. Not true. Still, no federal protection law exists within the U.S. for LGBT employees.In honor of LGBT Pride Month, Glassdoor, the leading social jobs and career community, dug into company reviews shared by employees to find out some of the employer programs and workplace attributes that benefit the LGBTQ community.15 Companies That Offer Transgender-Inclusive Health Care CoverageCheck out the highlights below:Employee Commentary on LGBTQ-Friendly Companies:“Microsoft is a great company for the following reasons: Encouraging diversity (employee action committees for everything from gay & lesbian group to discussion groups for homeowners).” – Microsoft Employee (location n/a)“Ceramatec is very pro LGBT. They really go out of their way to discourage any type of discrimination against the LGBT community. The people are very good to work with and they treat everyone with absolute respect.” – Ceramatec Technician (Salt Lake City, UT)“Very accepting of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees and sponsors annual workshops relating to issues that affect this community.” – McGraw-Hill Education Employee (New York, NY)“Diverse workplace, LGBT friendly, open culture, smart coworkers.” – Google Recruiter (Mountain View, CA)“Being LGBT, it was great to be a part of a company that had so much respect for the LGBT community.” – Abercrombie & Fitch Employee (Honolulu, HI)3 Steps to Transitioning Careers as an LGBTQ Professional“LGBT are welcome and that says a lot.” – MetLife Employee (New York, NY)“They also have partner benefits (as in LGBT partner/spouse [which is amazing as it’s one of the only companies that openly embraces its LGBT community.])” – Starbucks Shift Manager (New York, NY)“The company also recently added a committee to specifically address the concerns of the “Lesbian – Gay – Bisexual – Transgendered – Allies” communities and extended health benefits to domestic partners. As a whole, I would have to say the company does take these issues, as well as other minority/discriminatory issues quite seriously.” – TD Bank Customer Service Representative (Philadelphia, PA)“The company itself champions diversity. As a transgender person, it’s phenomenal to have supposed protection as an employee.” – HCSC Employee (location n/a)“They claim to embrace diversity and not tolerate discrimination of any kind, and in the heavy truck industry, offered domestic partner benefits while risking their reputation.” – Cummins Applications Engineer (Columbus, IN)__________________So what should LGBT job seekers keep in mind when on the hunt for a new job or company? Check out Glassdoor’s LGBT job seeker job search tips courtesy of two prominent LGBT career experts.Does your company embrace diversity? Let us know by sharing a company review.Browse Open Jobs 3.5★ 23 hours ago 23h Member Service Supervisor (MSS) BJ’s Wholesale Club Quincy, MA 4.0★ 2.8★ 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h Residential Plumber Gold Medal Tinton Falls, NJ 4.8★ 23 hours ago 23h CNA – Certified Nursing Assistant Life Care Centers of America Fort Worth, TX 3.2★ Residential Plumber $3000 Sign-on bonus! Horizon Services Lindenwold, NJ Chili’s – Cook Star Concessions Dallas, TX 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23hcenter_img 3.6★ 23 hours ago 23h 2.4★ Line Cooks Red Robin Hurst, TX 3.0★ Part-time Evening Associate Crew Carwash Avon, IN 23 hours ago 23h 23 hours ago 23h N/A Baker Traditions Spirits Thackerville, OK 3.0★ 23 hours ago 23h Find Jobs Near You Plumber C.E. Long Construction New Market, VA RN – Soin Medical Center – ICU – Full Time – Nights – **$12,500 Sign-On Bonus Kettering Health Network Beavercreek, OHlast_img read more

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How To Conquer 6 Common Workplace Fears

first_img“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me?” -Ayn Rand “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” -Georgia O’Keefe FEAR (definition): A distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined.As I train assistants from San Francisco to South Africa, I am struck by the common themes that burst forth – and usually within moments and with stark honesty. One of the most loaded themes is fear. That is why it did not surprise me when I read that Spencer Johnson’s (“Who Moved My Cheese?”) quote, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” hangs prominently on the office walls at Facebook which employs some 4,000 people.The evidence is clear and indisputable. Even the smartest and most successful among us allow fear to slow us down and sometimes stop us dead in our tracks. Apparently Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg know this and have decided to openly encourage their staff to face their fears and take the risks, even if it means making mistakes. Very smart.Here are the top six workplace fears and how to move past them.1. Fear of losing your job2. Fear of looking stupid or being wrong3. Fear of being yelled at4. Fear of stepping on toes5. Fear of appearing a know-it-allAnd the biggest fear of all…6. Fear of speaking upBut first, a success story:Susan decided to finally face the fear of her CEO boss by breaking the pattern that had been in place for over a year. She now says, “I wish I had acted sooner. Everything has changed.”The CEO is a “yeller” and regularly berates Susan in their weekly staff meetings. The next time it happened, Susan decided that she was going to take action. As the tirade started on Monday morning, Susan did something she had never done before. She calmly stood up and left the room. Her manager followed her out of the room and asked why she left. Susan told her that the yelling had to stop and that the two of them needed to have a conversation alone. A week later, they had the one-on-one and Susan told the CEO how these rants made her feel. Her surprised boss said that she “had no idea” the behavior was causing a problem but appreciated the clarity. They cleared the air and the yelling has stopped. Susan has reclaimed her self-respect by facing her fear and standing up for herself. Fellow staffers have noticed the difference in both of them.One of the main points about this true story is that sometimes people are oblivious to their own behaviors and will only know if someone tells them.The most talented staffers can be undone from fear. Many fears are irrational but even so, are made real if we make them so. Fear can cause feelings of helplessness, depression, worry, distraction, sadness, resentment, and panic, just to name a few. Is it possible to produce excellent work if you are feeling any of these things? No, which is why there are many more pros than cons to facing your fears.Let’s take them one at a time.1. Loss of job. Nine times out of 10, it won’t happen. If you are viewed as someone who is working for the good and profitability of your manager and the company, you won’t be fired. If you address issues proactively, calmly, and with fact-based solutions, you will be seen as an asset and not a liability. Be the one who walks towards a problem rather than away from it and you’ll be the one who is still employed.2. Looking stupid or being wrong. Make it your business to read the same publications/websites and watch the same news programs/shows as your manager. These include your company’s website, social media posts, and the Annual Report. Doing your homework will not only alleviate your fears but also makes you more relevant and valuable to your manager. Even so, know that you may still end up being wrong from time to time. Who isn’t? Own it, learn from it, and move on.3. Being yelled at. All of us seek approval and acceptance. Being yelled at can undermine any good will developed in the workplace. Any effective leader will not tolerate yelling. If and when it happens, it is important to address it immediately. One strategy is to stand up, say “This is obviously not a good time to talk,” and leave the room. This sends a strong message that this is not okay. Another strategy is to look the person straight in their eyes and say, “In order for us to work together, we need to show respect for one another.” Another way is to say, “Ouch.”4. Stepping on toes. The best way to combat this fear is to not assume and directly ask, “Would you like my help on that project?” or say, “I have some ideas about how XYZ can play out. May I share them with you?” or “Would I be interfering if I did ABC?” You don’t know if you don’t ask. Most people appreciate being asked questions and offered choices so they feel a measure of control. No one likes surprises of this nature.5. Appearing like a know-it-all. Many staffers downplay their abilities and accomplishments because of the fear of coming across as a know-it-all.  Approaching others one-on-one to offer an empowering suggestion can be very potent. Avoid constructive criticism among colleagues unless asked specifically for it. The irresistible flip side is when you can offer a colleague a solution which will save them time or money or angst or better yet, all three. Again, always ask. “May I tell you what I see?” and wait for the go-ahead. When you help others be successful, your co-workers will be seeking you out for guidance and advice.6. Speaking up. This is the #1 challenge in the workplace today. Bullying is epidemic and it is due, in large part, to the reluctance and inability to speak up. Managers and company leaders are reluctant to address the bullies, HR feels helpless without support from the leadership, and the staffers are suffering in silence because of the fear of confrontation. The irony is that most bullies fold when directly confronted.Susan’s CEO boss was seen as a bully and changed her behavior when challenged. There are many more success stories like Susan’s. Breaking bullying patterns is important to jolting the attention of the bully.The fact is that staffers are paying a serious price for tolerating bullying. High absenteeism due to stress related illness, depression, and obesity are just three. Silence is the enemy.Ask yourself what is the worst that will happen if you speak up? Practice saying the words with a trusted friend so that you are prepared.Wonderful and positive things can happen as a result of pushing through your fears, saying the things that need to be said and doing the things that need to be done. It can change your whole life.So, what would you do if you weren’t afraid?last_img read more

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Nitish Kumar skips Yoga Day celebrations in Bihar

first_imgBihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar stayed away from events organised to mark the annual International Yoga Day in Patna on Friday.However, his Deputy Sushil Kumar Modi and other Cabinet ministers, from both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ally Janata Dal-United (JD-U), attended the main function at Patliputra Sports Complex.The state’s ruling NDA leaders joined common people in peforming Yoga at other events held across the state.”Nitish Kumar is not attending the Yoga Day celebrations,” said an official from the Chief Minister’s Office.According to JD-U leaders, their party president practices Yoga every morning and strongly favours its promotion, but opposes its use for political propaganda.READ | Tann Ki Baat: Yoga beyond religion, says PM Modi as he leads nation on 5th International Yoga DayALSO READ | PM Modi in Jharkhand, Amit Shah in Haryana on Yoga Day: Election is comingALSO WATCH | Here’s how jawans celebrated 5th International Yoga Daylast_img read more

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN COACHES ANNOUNCED

first_imgThe Australian Touch Association have announced the coaching appointments for Australia’s Open teams, who will defend their World Number 1 ranking at the 2007 World Cup in South Africa. The calibre of candidates was extremely high and following an extensive process never before undertaken in the appointment of Touch coaches, the successful individuals were: Mens Open – Tony Trad Womens Open – Kerry Norman Mixed Open – Gary Madders The extended process included detailed analysis of applications, an interview, a practical presentation and performance appraisal of all candidates. The Panel included the National Coaching Director, a member of the Board of Directors, the National Technical Manager and an external representative from the Australian Sports Commission Coaching and Officiating division. The make-up of the Panel ensured that extensive analysis of the candidates was undertaken. Tony Trad led the Australian Mixed team to reclaim the Number 1 Mixed crown at the 2003 World Cup in Japan, having closed the gap on New Zealand mixed teams in the last two Trans Tasman campaigns. Kerry Norman was assistant coach of the Open Womens team that also successfully defended its world title in Japan and has also held the position of Australian womens 20s coach at the Youth World Cup in 2001. Gary Madders has been a successful Australian Youth coach in recent years and coach of the highly successful Womens Brisbane City Cobras team at the last national titles. The quality of candidates made the decision extremely difficult and the limited number of positions saw highly credentialed and qualified candidates miss out on an appointment. The national coaches will now work with Cathy Gray, ATA Elite Programs Director, in the selection of the National Training Squads at the 2004 National Touch League in March. The Squads will go into camp in June to start a program building to the World Cup in South Africa in January 2007. Assistant Coach positions have been opened, it is anticipated these will also be highly competitive. Australia and New Zealand are yet to agree on timing and location of the next major internationals, it is anticipated these will be negotiated before the 2004 National Touch League.last_img read more

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Canadian Forces members begin helping out in flooded BC communities

first_imgVANCOUVER – Dozens of members of the Canadian Armed Forces have begun to arrive in communities ravaged by flooding in British Columbia, giving relief to emergency workers, volunteers and residents who have worked tirelessly to protect homes and businesses from further damage.Forty-four military personnel arrived Friday at the Okanagan Similkameen’s emergency operations centre in Penticton, said John Davies, field operations incident commander for the emergency operations centre.“We took them up to Twin Lakes and they are adding some bags and fixing up the gabions in that area to try and hold back the increasing water level within Twin Lakes,” Davies said.Frances Maika, spokeswoman for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, said the arrival of about 12 members of the military to help with sandbagging was a huge morale booster for the overwhelmed residents of Grand Forks.“When you have children and elderly people sandbagging who are exhausted, to see 12 big guys show up who are fresh and have a lot of endurance, that’s a good thing,” she said.The Central Okanagan Regional District said 45 soldiers were working to protect a West Kelowna neighbourhood threatened by rising water levels from Okanagan Lake.About 300 soldiers arrived in B.C. from Edmonton on Thursday in response to a provincial request for federal assistance, as about 4,500 people have been forced from their homes by flooding and a further 7,000 have been told to be ready to leave on short notice.Heavy rain in southern British Columbia has eased but concerns about flooding remain high in dozens of communities from the Fraser Valley east to Alberta.Environment Canada has lifted a special weather statement that forecast up to 40 millimetres of rain for the Boundary and Similkameen regions, which were already coping with thousands of evacuations caused by rivers swollen from snowmelt after recent hot weather.Despite the improved conditions, flood warnings were posted Friday for the Salmon River near Falkland and Salmon Arm, as well as the Slocan River just north of Castlegar in the same area where more than 60 properties were placed on evacuation alert on Thursday.Flood warnings remained in effect for the Granby, Kettle and West Kettle rivers affecting communities that included Grand Forks, which saw flooding last week as water reached historically high levels.Those rivers are expected to peak by midday Saturday, Maika said.“We were looking (Thursday) night at two alternatives … severe flooding or catastrophic flooding,” Maika said.“It looks like, from the forecast right now, that severe flooding is our option.”Once the waters peak, Maika said there’s concern eroded riverbanks that have been supported by the raging waters could begin to collapse as the rivers recede.About 40 riverside properties could be affected, and Maika said owners have been warned to get out if they spot further erosion of the banks.Officials were also keeping close watch on levels on the Fraser River from Prince George south to the Fraser Valley as evacuation alerts were posted in many communities along most of the river’s length, although no severe flooding had been reported.The River Forecast Centre says as much as 80 per cent of the annual snowpack still remains at higher elevations and high melt rates have gradually increased flows across rivers in the central and southern Interior. But the centre says the chance of those rivers flooding from snowmelt alone has fallen dramatically, although there was still a risk if heavy rains return.last_img read more

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Trudeau should be ordered to committee to explain his actions Scheer

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The SNC-Lavalin affair continues to dog the prime minister.“The time has come for the prime minister to come clean,” said Conservative leader Andrew Scheer on Monday.He has put forward a motion, calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to appear at the House Justice Committee.Scheer wants Trudeau to explain under oath his role in allegations his office attempted to pressure former justice minister and Vancouver-Granville MP Jody Wilson-Raybould to cut a deal with SNC-Lavalin so the company could avoid criminal prosecution.Scheer says canadians should be outraged.“Quite simply, what we’ve seen unfold over the last two weeks is a textbook case of government corruption,” he claims.Previous prime ministers have declined committee appearances. Last week, the clerk of the privy council denied there was any inappropriate pressure.Wilson-Raybould is expected to testify at committee either Tuesday or Wednesday.Trudeau denies any improper conduct occurred and that any conversations on the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin were done with Wilson-Raybould knowing the final decision was hers alone.last_img read more

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John Doyle Nobody will watch TV out of patriotism

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Nobody will watch TV out of patriotism. They might want to see the heavily promoted drama Designated Survivor (coming to ABC and CTV) because Kiefer Sutherland is in it and he’s Canadian, but it’s not quite that simple. He’s a very famous Canadian, and the show sounds like a good thriller. That’s the gist. Nobody will watch a TV series to be patriotic and help claim our cultural identity.That’s a point worth remembering in the context of the current contretemps regarding Canadian content rules and changes made by the CRTC. A lot of wild talk about supporting Canadian talent has been thrown about, as if patriotism is involved in making and watching Canadian TV. Advertisement School’s back, night comes earlier and thoughts turn to television. That’s the way it works at this time of the year.Soon there will be an avalanche of new programs on networks, cable and all the platforms that have emerged in the last few years. A cornucopia with the usual numbers of duds. People will decide what to watch based on several factors. A favourite actor is involved; the new series has been promoted relentlessly with a clever trailer, a friend recommends it or, heaven help us, critical buzz based on reviews in the newspaper or magazine. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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977 HTZFM Welcomes New Afternoon Host TJ Connors this Monday March 13

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Prior to joining Country 103, Connors radio career took him to numerous stations across Canada, including Winnipeg’s Power 97, Vista Radio in Kelowna, B.C., 91.9 BOB FM in Lindsay, Ont., and The Wolf in Peterborough, Ont. A huge believer in supporting community initiatives where he lives and works, Connors has been on the board of the B.C. Wildlife Park and Tim Horton’s Camp Day, and handled media relations for the International Fire Fighters Games.Connors is excited to be back in Southern Ontario with his partner Chelsea, daughter Berkeley, and a baby on the way. Southern Ontario’s Best Rock 97.7 HTZ-FM announced the addition of new Afternoon Host TJ Connors to its lineup. Connors is poised to punch up the afternoon drive on weekdays from 3-7 p.m. beginning this Monday, March 13. Connors was most recently the morning program host for Country 103 in Kamloops, B.C. where he played an active role in the community with local charity and not-for-profit initiatives. “Funny, smart, and engaging, TJ is a terrific talent and we can’t wait to introduce him to our listeners,” said Jeff Winskell, Program Director, Bell Media Radio. “We’re delighted by this strong addition to the talented HTZ-FM team, and we look forward to adding him to our daily lineup.”“I’m thrilled to be back in St. Catharines, and can’t wait to get reacquainted with listeners across Southern Ontario,” said Connors. “I look forward to joining our listeners on the drive home on weekdays, and getting into the groove of what makes our audience tick.”A second-generation radio talent, Connors proudly follows in the footsteps of his father, well-known broadcaster Scruff Connors who served at the same station formerly called CHTZ-FM from 1989-1992. Twitterlast_img read more

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UNESCO chief condemns murder of female Iraqi journalist

19 June 2007The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom worldwide has condemned the murder of Iraqi journalist Sahar Hussein Ali al-Haydari, whose murder follows those of two female Afghan journalists in recent weeks. “In only a few days, three women journalists have been brutally murdered,” declared Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), reacting to the killing of Ms. al-Haydari, who was killed by unidentified gunmen in Mosul on 7 June.A correspondent for the national Iraqi press agency NINA and the independent agency Aswat al-Iraq, Ms. al-Haydari also taught journalism, including for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting in London.Her murder follows those of Zakia Zaki, founder of one of the first community radio stations in Afghanistan managed by women, and Shokiba Sanga Amaaj, a reporter and presenter for the Pashtu-language private television channel Shamshad TV.“These pioneering women were targeted because they devoted their energy and courage to help bring about democratic change in their societies,” Mr. Matsuura stated, adding “I trust these particularly heinous crimes will not go unpunished.”Ms. al-Haydari is the second journalist from Aswat al-Iraq to be murdered this year, according to UNESCO. Her colleague Nazar Abdulwahid al-Radhi was shot to death in southern Iraq on 30 May. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), at least 106 journalists and 39 media workers have been killed in Iraq since March 2003. read more

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Rogers to launch online service to rival Netflix as young Canadians turn

Rogers is preparing to launch an online streaming service in the coming months that would compete with Netflix, according to a report in the online trade magazine Cartt.ca.Industry sources suggest the service would more closely resemble Hulu Plus, which offers consumers in the U.S. digital access to new TV shows for a monthly fee, said Cartt.ca editor-in-chief Greg O’Brien.Rogers has spent more than $100 million on content deals to build a robust catalogue of TV shows and movies that subscribers would be able to stream on demand, said Mr. O’Brien, who added that his sources did not know how Rogers intends to price the product.“From what I understand, $100 million buys them quite a bit,” he said.“And what it does is it keeps those TV titles and any film titles that they might be able to get away from Netflix in Canada, so it makes the Netflix library weaker.”If you’re going to have your business cannibalized you better be the one doing itA spokeswoman for Rogers would not comment on the Cartt.ca story and would only say: “As previously reported, Rogers is looking at opportunities to deliver a [streaming] service. There are no additional details at this time.”Rogers has stated in the past that it takes so-called “cord cutting” seriously. Cord cutting is when consumers stop paying for a traditional television plan and instead make do with streamed content, tap into free over-the-air signals, or watch DVDs and Blu-rays.“We’re kind of in the beginning of what we think is a major transformational stage in the TV world,” said David Purdy, senior vice president of content for Rogers Communications, in an interview last June, “so we have a ton of questions and we’re doing a lot of research these days.”In November, the Convergence Consulting Group estimated about 400,000 Canadian TV subscribers out of 11.8 million have cut the cord since 2011, which is about 3.5% of the market.Other industry buzzwords are “cord shavers,” referring to consumers who have cut back on their TV packages because they’re spending a lot of time streaming digital content, and “cord nevers,” who are typically younger consumers who have never paid for a TV plan and perhaps never will.“I definitely believe that if we don’t evolve our products and services — the way we have been and are planning to continue to do so — that ‘cord nevers’ are a very real risk. There’s 12.7% of Canadians that don’t subscribe to a pay service today and not quite half of that comes from people who have never subscribed to pay television,” Mr. Purdy said.Rogers isn’t alone in recognizing that the breadth of streaming content available online — which is most often ad-supported but free — is a threat that can’t be ignored, Mr. O’Brien said.“Rogers can see the writing on the wall, as anyone in the media industry can, if you’re going to have your business cannibalized you better be the one doing it,” he said.“Cable might be the big dog right now but it won’t be forever, so you’re going to see this is just the way it’s going and everyone can see it’s going that way. It might look like they’re cannibalizing their own business, and in a way they are, but if they don’t, someone’s going to do it for them.” read more

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WatchCanadian home sales tick higher in July led by Greater Toronto Area

OTTAWA — The Canadian Real Estate Association says home sales in July were up 1.9 per cent compared with June.The increase was led by the Greater Toronto Area, while more than half of all local housing markets reported an increase in sales from June to July.Compared with a year ago, sales in July were down 1.3 per cent due to fewer sales in major urban centres in British Columbia.Banks in better shape to absorb losses from possible housing crisis: Moody’s‘It’s probably going to get worse’: Montreal’s hot real estate market spawns once-rare bidding warsBaby boomers plan to stay in their homes, renovate in face of unaffordable housing marketsThe actual national average price for homes sold in July was just under $481,500, up one per cent from the same month last year.CREA says it was the first year-over-year increase since January.Excluding the Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto markets, the national average price was just under $383,000. read more

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Annan calls for closer cooperation between UN and regional organizations

Opening the Sixth High-Level Meeting of heads of regional and inter-governmental organizations, he said a key point in his own UN reform proposals was creating a Peacebuilding Commission , “which could help ensure that peace agreements do not collapse and yield to renewed violence.” Such a Commission would bring together international and regional bodies, affording regional organizations the possibility of having “a seat and a voice at the table during the critical rebuilding stage in countries emerging from conflict,” he said.For international peacekeeping, “the demands of war-stricken countries often outstrip the UN’s capacity to deal with them” Mr. Annan said, while other organizations may be better suited to respond to certain situations, as illustrated by the leadership role of the African Union (AU) in efforts to end the conflict in Darfur, western Sudan.“We wholeheartedly welcome an overall increase in global peacekeeping capacities, and strongly support their further development at the regional and sub-regional levels, including through the proposed 10-year capacity-building plan for the African Union,” he said.Mr. Annan said General Assembly President Jean Ping has been leading discussions to build consensus in several areas, including the handling of terrorism and post-conflict reconstruction, and “the UN’s relationship with regional organizations is a critical part of the discussion.”Other areas in which interaction between the UN and regional organizations could be improved include supporting national development, strengthening democratic institutions, good governance and the rule of law, promoting respect for human rights, responding to humanitarian emergencies and dealing with organized crime and corruption, Mr. Annan said. He said he would invite representatives of regional bodies to take part in relevant meetings of UN coordinating bodies and would implement proposals to hold the High-Level meeting annually, perhaps when regional organizations were meeting with the Security Council. read more

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Special board committee oversees review of Postmedias strategic options

TORONTO – Postmedia Network Canada Corp.’s board has created a special committee to oversee a review of the media conglomerate’s strategic options amid what CEO Paul Godfrey called “an unrelentingly challenging environment.”The company reported another big loss in its second quarter Thursday.“There’s no doubt that we continue to see similar challenges as our industry competitors, both traditional and new players,” Godfrey said Thursday on a conference call with investors.The Toronto-based company (TSX:PNC.A) says the review could recommend options like a sale of non-core assets, cost reductions or a refinancing.Executives declined to comment during the call with investors on anything pertaining to the possibility of another strategic route for the company’s capital structure. The company does not intend to disclose more information on the process until the review is complete, according to a statement, or until it’s required to do so by law.The company is already looking to trim millions of dollars more from operating costs by mid-2017 as it reported a $225.1-million loss in its second quarter.The bulk of the loss was related to non-cash accounting items, plus a $63.8-million increase in operating expenses, primarily related to its acquisition of the Sun Media business from Quebecor (TSX:QBR.B).The owner of the National Post, Toronto Sun, Ottawa Citizen and numerous other daily newspapers says its revenue for the quarter was $209 million — up $63.6 million from a year earlier due to the addition of Sun Media.Excluding the acquisition, Postmedia’s revenue would have been $126.4 million — down 13.1 per cent or $19.1 million from a year earlier.The drop was a result of a $13.8-million decrease in print advertising revenue, largely from the automotive sector, as well as declines in print circulation and digital revenue.But Godfrey believes Postmedia has made some “strategic moves” to leverage its strengths that can help it “successfully monetize in an evolving environment.”In January, Mogo Finance Technology Inc. signed a three-year deal for a minimum of $50 million of promotions commitments from the media conglomerate. In exchange, Postmedia will receive a percentage of Mogo’s revenue and rights to buy stock in the company.Godfrey said he believes Postmedia can replicate this type of arrangement with other companies.In the meantime, it remains committed to trimming $80 million in costs by mid-2017 — a goal the company will certainly reach in the first half of that fiscal year, said chief financial officer Doug Lamb.Measures initiated over the last quarter are expected to result in $23 million of cost savings.These mostly came from the merger of newsrooms in multiple cities where the company owns two papers in each market, Lamb said. Ninety employees lost their jobs at the time of the mergers.Postmedia also consolidated some printing and fine-tuned distribution in the past quarter. Since the company announced its cost-cutting goal in July 2015 — when it was initially $50 million — it has cut $55 million.While the goal remains to trim another $25 million, the company is always assessing whether to increase that number, Lamb said.Postmedia’s long-term debt stands at nearly $650 million. Next year, more than $300 million of that debt matures.The company’s largest shareholder, GoldenTree Asset Management LP — which owns more than half the company’s variable voting shares and a portion of its debt — has been looking for buyers for its stake.The Catalyst Capital Group Inc. was approached about a potential purchase, but was not interested, a spokesperson confirmed to The Canadian Press in March.Meanwhile, the company announced Thursday that GoldenTree partner Ted Lodge had resigned from Postmedia’s board of directors. GoldenTree is permitted to nominate one member to sit on the board but Postmedia said it does not plan to fill the vacancy.GoldenTree did not immediately return a request for comment.———Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter Special board committee oversees review of Postmedia’s strategic options by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 7, 2016 11:38 am MDT Last Updated Apr 7, 2016 at 3:38 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Nepal Ban welcomes appointment of interim body to end political stalemate

“He urges all actors to create a conducive environment for the next elections and to maintain the momentum to implement the outstanding commitments of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement,” according to a statement released by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.The Asian nation’s political leaders had reportedly failed to nominate since late 2012 a prime ministerial candidate who could lead a new government that would be responsible for holding Constituent Assembly elections.The country has been plagued by political disputes since a civil war between Government forces and Maoists formally ended in 2007 and the monarchy was abolished. There have been important achievements in the peace process to date, including the completion of the discharge and integration process of the ex-Maoist army, the successful and largely peaceful elections in 2008, the removal of all minefields, and a smooth transition to a Republic.However, challenges have included a missed 27 May 2012 deadline for a new Constitution and the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly that followed.In today’s statement, noting an upcoming visit to Nepal by the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman – from 19 to 21 March 2013 – the spokesperson said it “will be an opportunity to express the continued commitment of the United Nations to cooperate closely with Nepal in support of progress in the peace process.” read more

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Segregated communities fuelling rise in terror threat warns counterterror chief

first_imgMr Basu went on to say that the dual issue of terrorists returning from fighting abroad and those who were unable to leave Britain in order to fight, meant the threat is “now in our midst”, the Daily Mail reported.He added that borders and ports were “porous”, with “a lack of biometrics and advanced passenger information” which made them vulnerable. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Isolated communities and illegal Islamic schools are a “breeding ground” for terrorism, a senior police chief has said, as he warned the security services are investigating 600 extremist plots.Neil Basu, the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terror chief, said that the nature of the threat the UK faced has shifted, warning that the main danger came from extremists “in our midst”.Mr Basu highlighted the risk posed by illegal schools, saying: “segregated, isolated communities, unregulated education and home schooling are a breeding ground for extremist and future terrorists”.The Met’s deputy assistant commissioner also revealed that the intelligence services were currently investigating 600 terror plots, of which 60 were opened in the past six weeks alone. In July, Cressida Dick, the Met’s commissioner, warned that 500 investigations were active.Speaking  during the Police Superintendents’ Association conference yesterday, Mr Basu said counter-terror officers currently open more investigations than they close each week.He added that there were also weaknesses in the country’s borders and called for much stringent checks on arrivals as he warned the UK’s terror threat level would remain at severe for at least the next five years.He said: “It is not going to change. This was truly a summer like no other, it was truly a shift and not a spike, it is truly a new norm that we face.”last_img read more

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Nissan Leaf Gets Racing Makeover With NISMO RC

first_imgThe Nissan Leaf may be designed with the environment in mind, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t want to race.Nissan has announced that a racing version of the much-touted electric vehicle will be unveiled later this month at the New York Auto Show.The NISMO RC, as it’s being called, will feature a carbon fibre body, rear-wheel drive, and a shorter wheel base than the standard Leaf.“Combining the talents of NISMO, Nissan’s world renowned motorsports group, and engineers behind some of the company’s Super GT and FIA GT1 race teams, the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC will serve as a rolling laboratory for the accelerated development of EV and aerodynamic systems, as well as a platform for the development of new green motorsports series,” Carlos Tavares, chairman of Nissan Americas, said.The car will officially debut on April 20 and is expected to participate in a number of unannounced races throughout the rest of the year.Via PluginCars.comlast_img read more

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Insects found crawling around in box of sweets at Tallaght cinema

first_img File photo Share1311 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 4:37 PM File photo Image: Shutterstock/Nejron Photo Image: Shutterstock/Nejron Photo Mar 7th 2017, 4:37 PM Short URL By Tom Tuitecenter_img 43 Comments Insects found crawling around in box of sweets at Tallaght cinema Customers who bought sweets at the IMC cinema later found insects at the bottom of the container. 29,515 Views INSECTS were found crawling around in a box of sweets bought at a cinema in Tallaght in Dublin, a court has heard.Irish Multiplex Cinema (IMC) Tallaght Ltd was convicted and fined €700 after pleading guilty at Dublin District Court to selling contaminated food that was unsafe for human consumption.The prosecution was brought by the Health Service Executive (HSE) under an EU law regulating food safety.It came after a complaint about the cinema, which is in the Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght, was made to environmental health officer Fiona Healy.Outlining the facts of the case, solicitor Adrian Lennon, for the HSE, told Judge John Brennan that the case related to IMC Tallaght which could be described as a low risk food retailer selling confectionery, soft drinks and popcorn.On 8 December 2016, customers bought sweets at the cinema which were put into a cardboard container which they later brought home.“When they were getting to the bottom, they discovered a lot of insects crawling among the sweets in the container,” Mr Lennon said.This rendered the product unsuitable for human consumption by reason of contamination.IMC Tallaght’s solicitor told the court that the sweets were a small quantity which had come from a larger mass provided by a third-party supplier. That product line has now been discontinued, the court heard.The food hygiene offence could result in class-B fine of up to €3,000, the court was told.Judge Brennan said it was clearly a serious matter as the defendant is a large business operation with thousands of consumers going there on a regular basis. That, he said, has to be taken into account an aggravating factor.He also said it must have been particularly discommoding for the cinema-goers to find the insects at the bottom of their sweets.However, he noted the cinema had no prior criminal convictions, the quantity was very small and there was a third-party supplier. They had discontinued the product line and had taken appropriate action, he said.He imposed a €700 fine and ordered that it must be paid within three months.Judge Brennan ruled that due to the guilty plea being entered on the first day the case was before the court he was not going to order the cinema firm to pay prosecution costs.Read: Shouts of ‘Justice for Daniel’ in court as Richard Dekker is found guilty of teenager’s murderRead: Vera Twomey has finally arrived at the Dáil after her 260km trek for her daughter https://jrnl.ie/3275421 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Bethany Storro pleads guilty

first_imgo From “victim” to suspect: How the investigation unfolded.o Web page devoted to coverage of the Bethany Storro story.Reassuring the public that she’s getting the mental health treatment she “so desperately” needs, Vancouver resident Bethany Storro pleaded guilty Friday to a gross misdemeanor for lying to police about having acid thrown in her face by a black woman.Storro, 28, made national news last year as a victim who said she was attacked by a stranger Aug. 30 near Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. Approximately two weeks later, she admitted that she’d applied a caustic drain cleaner on her face in an attempt to kill herself, but then panicked and decided to say she was attacked. During a 10-minute hearing Friday in Clark County Superior Court, Storro stood between her attorney, Andrew Wheeler, and Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik.Originally charged with three counts of second-degree theft for taking money that had been donated to help her and her family, Storro was entered into a felony diversion program for one count of second-degree theft. The other two counts were dismissed, Golik said, and if Storro completes the terms of diversion the felony theft charge will be dismissed.Storro has repaid the money she was given, including what she’d spent. To finish the 18-month felony diversion program, she will have to reimburse the Vancouver Police Department $3,982.64 for overtime costs incurred by detectives. She will also have to comply with the terms of her mental health treatment plan and report regularly to a felony diversion counselor, Golik said.last_img read more

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