NDP name Nunavut candidate finally

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe NDP have finally unveiled their candidate in Nunavut.It took a while for the NDP to name someone in the riding to run against incumbent MP Leona Aglukkaq, who is the health minister for the Conservative government.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has the details.last_img

TRCs final national event opens in Edmonton

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Truth and Reconciliation’s 7th and final national event opened this morning in Edmonton on Treaty 6 territory.For the past 5 years, the TRC has travelled the country to gather statements from survivors of Canada’s residential school system. The schools were full of children who were taken from their homes and institutionalized. This system to assimilate children went on for 140 years and saw tens of thousands of children grow up without family.APTN’s Keith Laboucan reports.last_img

TRCs call for Pope apology asking for too much says Ottawa Archbishop

first_img(Archbishop of Ottawa Terrence Prendergast)Julien Gignac APTN National NewsThe Archbishop of Ottawa Terrence Prendergast says the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) is “asking for too much” by demanding the Pope apologize to residential school survivors in Canada.The TRC on Tuesday called for the Pope to apologize within one year.“There are channels and ways in which things are normally handled,” Prendergast said. “You can ask for the moon and settle for something less.”Prendergast also said the Church’s intent was never to inflict harm on the thousands of Indigenous children that cycled through its schools, but rather to give them the “faith.”“We don’t see giving the faith as spiritual harm, we consider it good,” he said. “It may have been communicated in an improper way and therefore harmed people, but that was not our intent.”At least 3,200 children died in residential schools, the TRC said.After the TRC unveiled its 94 recommendations at the Delta Hotel in Ottawa, TRC Chair Murray Sinclair said it was important for the Pope to issue an official apology.The Vatican embassy in Ottawa said it was sending the report to Rome.“There is still a need for there to be a very clear apology and acknowledgement of the impact the church has had and the fact that the church takes responsibility for the wrongs that have been perpetrated upon survivors by those who were working with the children in the name of the church,” said Sinclair.Pope Benedict issued an apology in 2010 for decades of sex abuse in Ireland.Sinclair said the absence of an apology gives Church officials deniability from the abuses committed at residential schools under the care of their religious institution.“In the absence of an apology it allows those who work in the name of the church to be able to say because their leadership denied or has not acknowledged responsibility that they can deny responsibility as well and we don’t want that to continue,” said Sinclair.Pendergast said the Pope was planning a visit to Canada in 2017.jgignac@aptn.calast_img read more

12 people hospitalized another 200 injured as North Dakota police use water

first_imgAPTN National NewsTwelve people are in hospital and another 200 were injured after anti-pipeline demonstrators clashed with local and state police in North Dakota who used pepper spray, rubber bullets, and water cannons in freezing temperatures on hundreds of #NoDAPL supporters who call themselves water protectors.That’s according to a release sent early Monday morning by Indigenous Rising media and statistics from Oceti Sakowin Medic team.The Morton County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement on its Facebook page claiming the water protectors had “started a dozen fires near the bridge.” The statement said there were about 400 people at the site “attempting to breach the bridge to go north on Hwy 1806.”But according to APTN reporters on location, the only fire on the bridge was a small bonfire used by people to stay warm. People gathered around a larger bonfire which was lit on the north bank of the Cantapeta Creek to the right of the Backwater Bridge facing the barricades. Authorities aimed a water cannon at that bonfire but it was not powerful enough to reach it.Water protectors described a different scenario than the one issued by the Morton County Sheriff’s Department on what began Sunday’s events.See related stories: Standing Rock Police unleashed the water cannons after a group of about half a dozen men earlier in the evening managed to tow away the charred remains of one of two military cargo trucks left alongside the barricade erected on Oct. 27.That barricade was erected after police and troopers from several states and counties pushed the water protectors out from a camp set up north of the Oceti Sakowin Camp.This is the latest round of clashes between water protectors and authorities as all sides await a decision from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers on whether to grant Houston-based Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Dakota Access LLC, an easement to run the pipeline under Lake Oahe, a reservoir on the Missouri River.The Dakota Access pipeline has been built to the edge of the lake and the construction site is protected by recently erected walls. The company is allowed to drill about 60 metres down into the ground by the water, but can’t drill horizontally until the Army Corp grants the easement.The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe are currently awaiting word from the Army Corps of Engineers to begin meetings to discuss why the easement shouldn’t be granted and, if granted, what conditions should be attached.This is believed to be the last step of a review of the project which was announced in September by the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama after Standing Rock failed to obtain an injunction against pipeline construction with the U.S. Federal Court.The Army Corp of Engineers only has jurisdiction over the pipeline’s path directly adjacent to and under Lake Oahe.Standing Rock and Cheyenne River say the oil pipeline threatens the area’s water supply.The proposed 1,886 kilometre pipeline is slated to pump about 500,000 barrels of oil per day from the Bakken shale fields in North Dakota, through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois.The pipeline traverses Standing Rock’s treaty territory established in the 1869 Treaty of Fort Laramie.news@aptn.calast_img read more

As Black Panther shows inclusion pays at the box office

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A lavish, headline-grabbing premiere. Lightning word-of-mouth stoked by glowing reviews. Packed movie theatres with sold-out shows, long lines and fans decked out as characters from the film.The phenomenon of “Black Panther” had the look and feel of a classic, bona fide blockbuster in route to its record-setting $201.8 million debut over the weekend, or an estimated $235 million Friday through Monday. Much has been made about the film industry’s struggles to tap into pop culture the way it once more regularly did — that TV and streaming options and a dearth of fresh ideas have diminished the power of the big screen.But when Hollywood does manufacture a must-see theatrical event, it has increasingly been propelled by the power of inclusivity. Just as Jordan Peele’s Oscar-nominated “Get Out” ($253 million worldwide on a $4.5 million production budget) and Patty Jenkins “Wonder Woman” ($821.1 million) did before it, “Black Panther” captured the zeitgeist by the potent combination of top-notch filmmaking (the film stands at 97 per cent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), studio backing and an audience hungry to see itself represented on the big screen in a way it seldom has before.At the box office, inclusion is paying — and often, it’s paying off big time.“Diversity does in fact, sell,” said Darnell Hunt, a professor and director of social science at UCLA whose research has detailed the connection between diversity and bottom lines. “In hindsight, it’s kind of a no-brainer. The American public is about 40 per cent people of colour now, and we know that people of colour over-index in terms of media consumption. The patterns we’ve been seeing are only becoming more pronounced as time goes on.”“Black Panther” debuted with $361 million in worldwide ticket sales, setting up the $200 million film for a theatrical run that should easily eclipse $1 billion. History is assured. Just months after Jenkins helmed the biggest box-office hit directed by a woman, Ryan Coogler will set a new mark for films directed by an African American. The debut, the best ever for February, is the fifth highest of all time, not accounting for inflation.At a time where hits are hard to come by for Hollywood, diversity in storytelling is proving to be not only a just cause, but a box-office imperative.“If you want to succeed on the global stage, certainly in the tent-pole business, you have to have diversity in storytelling, in the characters that you put in front of the camera, in the artisans you put behind the camera — to be able to get that better, richer storytelling and to drive huge results,” said Dave Hollis, distribution chief for Disney. “The results speak for themselves.”Hollis pointed to the many factors that made “Black Panther” a hit: Coogler’s direction, the stewardship of Kevin Feige’s Marvel, the reliability of the brand. But he also noted a developing pattern for Disney — that inclusive films are both richer for their diversity and, often, richer for the bottom line.“It feels like the right thing to do. It makes for better, richer storytelling, and we’re a business. It’s something that’s just delivered big, huge box office,” said Hollis. “When we have leaned into and had inclusion and representation as part of the mix, it’s just really worked. When you think about ‘Star Wars” and ‘Rogue One,’ the female protagonist leading those stories. Also ‘Moana’ or ‘Coco.’ ‘Coco’ has been an absolute juggernaut.”“Coco,” which is expected to win the Oscar for best animated feature next month, has gross more than $730 million worldwide. It’s the biggest budget release starring an all-Latino cast.Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which has grossed $1.3 billion worldwide, did more than any previous “Star Wars” film to elevate its female characters, and featured the widely hailed breakout star Kelly Marie Tran.By promoting diversity in its films, Disney has faced some backlash from social-media critics who deride films like “The Last Jedi” and Sony’s 2015’s female-led “Ghostbusters” as politically correct overreach. Some fans have even gone to the extraordinary length of trying to drive down audience scores for those films.But consider the fate of movies that haven’t tried as hard to be culturally authentic. Paramount’s “Ghost in the Shell,” which starred Scarlett Johansson in a role originally written as a cyborg in a Japanese woman’s body, last year bombed at the box office after a backlash over Johansson’s casting.Meanwhile, the diverse cast of Universal’s “The Fast and the Furious” films helped make it one of the most bankable franchises in movies. Other standout hits have included “Girls Trip” — the biggest comedy of 2017 — and Sony’s unexpectedly lucrative “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” The film, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, reigned over the January box office as the no. 1 film on four weekends.“Jumanji” has grossed more than $904 million worldwide, including more than a half a billion dollars overseas. The old argument that films starring African-American actors don’t travel well has never had a worse two months. “Black Panther” opened with $160 million abroad, even without several markets (China, Japan, Russia) yet open.And in Hollywood, nothing talks like money.“‘Black Panther’ can be an important first step toward really dispelling the myth that has held Hollywood back for generations in terms of telling the stories that we certainly want to see in this country but I think that the rest of the world wants to see, too,” said Hunt.Studies have also shown that diverse casts attract wider audiences. Last year, talent agency CAA found that of the top 10 grossing films in 2016, 47 per cent of the opening-weekend audience was made up of people of colour, up 2 per cent from the year before. The effect was even more pronounced in the biggest hits. Seven of the 10 highest-grossing films from 2016 had opening weekend audiences more than 50 per cent white.The audience for “Black Panther” was 65 per cent non-white, including 37 per cent black, according to comScore.Latinos and African Americans are also more eager moviegoers, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. In the MPAA’s most recent report, it found that though Latinos make up 18 per cent of the U.S. population, they account for 23 per cent of frequent moviegoers. Though African Americans are 12 per cent of the population, they make up 15 per cent of frequent moviegoers.“If you look at some of the bigger blockbusters from the last year, they were representative of what the audience are looking for, how they’re feeling,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore. “These films reflect society and then society reflects back on the films. That’s when you get to these much bigger than expected debuts. It becomes more than a movie. It becomes a cultural event.”Communal movie-going may be under siege from other entertainment options. But films like “Black Panther” are making movie theatres more communal than ever.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPlast_img read more

CBS launching a 24hour streaming sports news network

first_imgCBS Corp. is rolling out a 24-hour streaming sports news network that will feature the day’s top news, highlights and analysis.The company said Monday the network will have a DVR-like functionality that allows viewers to watch previous segments and jump back into live programming seamlessly.CBS Sports HQ is available on CBSSports.com; the CBS Sports app for key connected TV devices including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku; the CBS Sports mobile app for iOS and Android; CBSN and the CBS All Access subscription service.The announcement comes as ESPN continues to struggle, cutting staff as it shifts its focus to digital. The 38-year-old network has been squeezed by rising fees to broadcast live events. ESPN also has lost about 10 million subscribers during the past six years, based on estimates by Nielsen Media Research.last_img read more

Aurora successful in offer for CanniMed shares integration to start

first_imgEDMONTON – Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it has been successful in its friendly offer for CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. and will now begin the process of combining the two companies.The company says 70.66 per cent of CanniMed’s shares have been tendered to its offer and that it will now take up and pay for them as soon as possible.Aurora will issue about 50.6 million shares and pay about $98 million in cash for the CanniMed Shares tendered as of Thursday.The offer for the remaining outstanding shares has also been extended by 15 days to 11:59 PT on March 25Aurora struck a stock-and-cash deal valued at $1.1 billion to buy CanniMed in January.The agreement ended a sometimes-bitter takeover battle between the marijuana companies.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB, TSX:CMED)last_img

Box Office Top 20 Avengers holds at No 1 for third week

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Avengers: Infinity War” topped the charts for the third weekend in a row, adding $62.1 million to its domestic grosses.The superhero blockbuster has now earned $548.1 million from North American theatres.It easily beat out newcomers, such as the Melissa McCarthy comedy “Life of the Party,” which opened in second place with $17.9 million, and the Gabrielle Union thriller “Breaking In,” which took third with $17.6 million.In fourth place was “Overboard,” with $9.9 million in its second week, followed by “A Quiet Place” with $6.5 million.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:1. “Avengers: Infinity War,” Disney, $62,078,047, 4,474 locations, $13,875 average, $548,090,150, 3 Weeks.2. “Life of The Party,” Warner Bros., $17,886,075, 3,656 locations, $4,892 average, $17,886,075, 1 Week.3. “Breaking In,” Universal, $17,630,285, 2,537 locations, $6,949 average, $17,630,285, 1 Week.4. “Overboard,” Lionsgate, $9,864,415, 2,006 locations, $4,917 average, $29,358,392, 2 Weeks.5. “A Quiet Place,” Paramount, $6,455,396, 3,144 locations, $2,053 average, $169,608,030, 6 Weeks.6. “I Feel Pretty,” STX Entertainment, $3,805,437, 2,858 locations, $1,332 average, $43,952,013, 4 Weeks.7. “Rampage,” Warner Bros., $3,462,442, 2,548 locations, $1,359 average, $89,827,105, 5 Weeks.8. “Tully,” Focus Features, $2,248,945, 1,356 locations, $1,659 average, $6,992,005, 2 Weeks.9. “Black Panther,” Disney, $2,077,207, 1,370 locations, $1,516 average, $696,331,818, 13 Weeks.10. “RBG,” Magnolia Pictures, $1,188,186, 179 locations, $6,638 average, $2,025,953, 2 Weeks.11. “A Wrinkle In Time,” Disney, $1,156,780, 1,984 locations, $583 average, $96,812,656, 10 Weeks.12. “Blockers,” Universal, $1,115,025, 1,111 locations, $1,004 average, $58,126,660, 6 Weeks.13. “Isle Of Dogs,” Fox Searchlight, $1,072,567, 1,046 locations, $1,025 average, $29,951,941, 8 Weeks.14. “Super Troopers 2,” 20th Century Fox, $982,594, 1,379 locations, $713 average, $27,383,171, 4 Weeks.15. “Blumhouse’s Truth Or Dare,” Universal, $916,100, 1,269 locations, $722 average, $39,727,000, 5 Weeks.16. “Raazi,” Zee Studios International, $894,284, 132 locations, $6,775 average, $894,284, 1 Week.17. “Ready Player One,” Warner Bros., $892,682, 804 locations, $1,110 average, $134,563,601, 7 Weeks.18. “Nothing To Lose (Nada A Perder),” Independent, $679,531, 69 locations, $9,848 average, $679,531, 1 Week.19. “Bad Samaritan,” Vertical Entertainment, $518,597, 1,546 locations, $335 average, $3,088,522, 2 Weeks.20. “Disobedience,” Bleecker Street, $420,895, 100 locations, $4,209 average, $1,189,096, 3 Weeks.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.last_img read more

IMF agrees to 50 billion deal to help Argentinas economy

first_imgWASHINGTON – Argentina and the International Monetary Fund agreed Thursday on a three-year $50 billion stand-by financing deal aimed at strengthening the South American country’s economy and helping it fight inflation.The IMF said the staff-level agreement will be subject to approval by the international body’s executive board, which will consider Argentina’s economic plan in the coming days.In Argentina, where many have criticized the government for turning to the IMF, Finance Minister Nicolas Dujovne said the funds would be available after the executive board meets June 20.“The package includes an immediate withdrawal of 30 per cent, or $15 billion, and then we will see,” he said at a news conference.Terms of the arrangement include the goals of reducing the Argentine government’s budget deficit by 2020 and of bringing down inflation to 17 per cent by 2019, 13 per cent by 2020 and 9 per cent by 2021, Dujovne said.Argentina’s consumer prices have been rising an estimated 25 per cent a year, one of the world’s highest inflation rates.“I am pleased that we can contribute to this effort by providing our financial support, which will bolster market confidence, allowing the (Argentine) authorities time to address a range of long-standing vulnerabilities,” said Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s managing director.President Mauricio Macri announced in May that his government was seeking a financing deal with the IMF following a sharp devaluation of Argentina’s currency and a tough global economic outlook.That decision rekindled bad memories for Argentines who blame the IMF’s austerity policies then for the country’s worst economic crisis in 2001, when one out of every five Argentines were jobless and millions were thrown into poverty. Thousands have joined in protests against Macri’s move to get IMF financing as well as his government’s belt-tightening measures, including the elimination of subsidies for utility rates.Critics of the deal asked how the government will meet deficit-reduction goals without making cuts to social assistance, subsidies and employment.“The goals of the agreement with the IMF will mean thousands of layoffs, a lower budget for health and education, belt-tightening for the retired and labour reform. In short, a series of measures against the people,” said leftist lawmaker Nicolas del Cano.IMF officials said Argentine authorities have pledged to maintain a floor under social assistance spending during the three-year duration of the program.Macri said the deal is needed to avoid another economic implosion. The financing arrangement “is a very important starting point,” he told reporters several hours before the deal was announced.Macri, a conservative who took office in 2015, has said the IMF money will allow Argentina to avoid another economic implosion and promises the deal will not harm the estimated one-third of Argentines who are poor.The IMF forecasts that economic growth in Argentina will slow from last year’s 2.9 per cent to only 2 per cent this year due to a drought that hurt agriculture production and the government’s efforts to rein in inflation.___Associated Press writer Debora Rey in Buenos Aires, Argentina, contributed to this report.___Luis Alonso Lugo on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/luisalonsolugolast_img read more

Small town brewery makes big waves

first_imgThey took a chance opening a craft brewery in a small city, and it has paid off.Fitzsimmons Brewing Company has only been in business in a light industrial area of Airdrie since last October, and it’s already winning awards and getting a lot of interest from around the province.Co-owner Pamela Jarosz said she had no idea the response would be so overwhelming.“In the first couple months that we were open, we actually won Gold at the Alberta Beer Awards for our East Lake Amber.”Jarosz says one of their secrets to success is supporting the community, either through charitable events, like a food bank fundraiser, or collaborating with local restaurants like Hayloft, First & Vine and Main Street Beer & BBQ.“At the end of the day, we make beer and we want to support other businesses in the community,” said Jarosz.“We’re not in the business of making food, so if we can partner with local food trucks, local restaurants, promote their businesses as well, that’s what we want to do.”Jarosz says six month ago it was just her, fellow co-owner Cody Fitzsimmons and their brewer. Since then, they’ve had to hire more staff for their very popular tap room and will soon be bringing in more people to help with production.last_img read more

Precision Drilling reports thirdquarter revenue gains on US activity rebound

first_imgCALGARY – Strong demand in U.S. drilling markets helped Precision Drilling Corp. post third-quarter revenue gains on Thursday despite a much slower recovery in Canadian activity.Drilling rig utilization days in the quarter compared with a year ago increased 25 per cent in the U.S. and seven per cent in Canada, the Calgary-based company reported.Competitive conditions in a key Alberta-B.C. border oilfield improved in the quarter in part because some of those rigs have been moved to better markets in the U.S., said Precision CEO Kevin Neveu on a conference call.“The excess rig supply in the Deep Basin has diminished as we estimate that the industry has mobilized approximately 20 rigs from Canada to the United States, including one Canadian Super Triple we redeployed to Pennsylvania,” he said.Precision said it expects demand for rigs in Canada this winter to be similar to the muted demand of last winter despite pipeline constraints that have been blamed for increased price discounts for Canadian light and heavy crude oil and natural gas versus American benchmarks.“Early indications suggest a sharp ramp-up in early January and while final budgets may not be set, we expect Q1 activities should mirror last winter,” Neveu said.Meanwhile, in the United States, Precision currently has 80 rigs working, “including seven rigs that have not worked since 2015,” Neveu reported, adding it’s Precision’s highest U.S. utilization number since the 2014 oilpatch downturn began.In a report, analysts with Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. said Precision’s adjusted earnings missed their expectations but they were encouraged by its announcement that it expects to achieve the upper end of debt reduction targets this year.The company reported revenue in the third quarter of $382 million, up 21.6 per cent from $314 million, primarily due to higher activity and higher average day rates in its U.S. contract drilling business.Precision reported a loss of $31 million or 10 cents per share in the third quarter compared with a loss of $26 million or nine cents in the year-earlier period.Earlier this month, Precision Drilling announced a friendly deal to acquire Trinidad Drilling Ltd. that it valued at roughly $1 billion, including the assumption of about $477 million in debt.Precision’s shares closed at $3.25, down 13 cents or 3.85 per cent in Thursday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Companies in this story: (TSX:PD, TSX:TDG)Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitterlast_img read more

Canada Goose delays Beijing store opening because of construction

first_imgTORONTO — Canada Goose Inc. says the opening of its Beijing store has been delayed.The Toronto-based luxury parka maker says in a statement to The Canadian Press that the delay is due to ongoing construction.The company has not said when the store will open, but is promising to update consumers as soon as plans progress.The announcement comes amid growing tensions between China and Canada following the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.Since Meng’s Dec. 1 arrest, Canada Goose’s stock has dropped by about 22 per cent to $71.01.Earlier this year, Canada Goose announced its China expansion plan, which also involves an office in Shanghai and a store in Hong Kong. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GOOS)last_img

UPDATE – Dawson Creek RCMP asking for help finding missing senior

first_imgUPDATE as of Sept 1 – The Dawson Creek RCMP is pleased to confirm that the 71 year old female reported missing has been located, and she is safe and sound. Thanks to the media and public for your assistance.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Kamloops woman.Bonnie Beattie who is 71 years-old was reported missing to the Dawson Creek RCMP on August 31.  According to the RCMP Beattie went for a drive Friday morning to visit a family member in Tomslake and never arrived. Beattie used to live in Dawson Creek area and had visited Tomslake earlier this week on Wednesday.The Dawson Creek RCMP are concerned about her wellbeing as she may have become confused or disoriented during her drive and may be lost in the area. Beattie is reported to be driving a red Pontiac Vibe that has extensive body damage to it. The taillights are said to be held together with red tape.She is described as:Caucasian140-150 poundsWith long gray hairGlasses5’4″And may appear confused.The vehicle is described as:Pontiac VibeRedBC license plate: CM117SExtensive damage all around vehicleTaillights being held on by red tapeAnyone with information on Beattie’s location is requested to contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700, or if you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

Transport minister orders new fatigue rules amidst oil by rail ramp up

first_imgThe order comes amidst an ongoing ramp-up in crude oil transport by rail and follows Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s pledge to buy new oil tanker cars that could eventually move an additional 120,000 barrels a day in response to a lack of pipeline capacity.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has cited sleep-related fatigue as a contributing factor in 19 major freight train accidents since 1994, including the Lac-Megantic tragedy in July 2013 when an oil train explosion killed 47 people. Since then, the amount of crude shipped by rail has doubled to a record 269,829 barrels a day in September 2018.The railways, in consultation with unions, must submit rules to Transport Canada by May 19 for approval by the end of June. OTTAWA, O.N. – Transport Minister Marc Garneau is ordering railway companies to update rules to address employee fatigue.The minister says requirements on work-rest periods for rail employees, introduced in 2002 with mainly minor changes since then, should reflect the latest science and fatigue management practices.Calling for “changes now,” Garneau says the new rules should address issues such as shift length, minimum rest periods and advance notice for work schedules.last_img read more

Five bears released back into the wilderness of Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter returned to Fort St. John with five bears in which they released back into nature after the bears’ rehabilitation was successful.The shelter has begun the annual release of their rehabilitated bears back into the areas in which the bears were originally rescued from.  Fort St. John has received three males and two females that were rescued and rehabilitated originally from this area.Angelica Langen, Northern Lights co-founder said it was a ‘Great trip with a great release site.” The shelter, located just east of Smithers, took in 32 black bear orphans and two grizzlies last year and now is the best time to release the bears back to the wild as food is abundant and aligns with the time in which mother bears would naturally push off their young.The cycle of rescuing and rehabilitation continues for the shelter. As of recent the Rescue has been to Fort St. John to receive young bear cubs to help give them a second chance at life.The NLWS runs solely on donations which is quite a feat as they have taken on the responsibility of rescuing, raising, rehabilitating and releasing these majestic creatures back to the locations in which they were found.The society is behind on their Annual Milk & Miles Fundraiser which is an essential campaign to ensure their program and society can continue to do the work they do.The ‘Milk’ refers to the intake of new cubs and the milk and food they will need to be nourished and grow and the ‘Miles’ refers to the gas required during transportation.Currently, there are 30 black bears and two grizzlies that require funding as they are being released currently across B.C., back to these bears home areas in which they were found. The two grizzlies are going back to Bella Coola which includes the gas to drive to the connecting point and $4000 per bear/ helicopter flight. Langen says they greatly appreciate anyone that shares their fundraising events as it is so important to them and the bears they continue to receive funding to continue rehabilitating and saving these bears.To view the FB Page; CLICK HERE To view the Website; CLICK HERE The NLWS is on the 3rd Season of their TV series, CLICK HERElast_img read more

CELEBRATING WOMANHOOD

first_imgA woman really doesn’t want much from a man. There are only about seven qualities that she a woman in her life partner.HONESTY A woman doesn’t want a man to lie to her about important matters. She wants to be an integral part of his life – the most important part, in fact. She wants to know the things that are going on his life and she wants him to repose faith in her. UNDERSTANDING She wants you to know her – inside and out. Why? Because only then you will love her for who she is. We all sometimes need confirmation that we’re worth loving. The real us – not what others perceive us to be. We may not all need such a confirmation of our value, but we all want it. But it’s more than just that! Also Read – Feel what you fearCARE Most people are forced to care for themselves. As human beings, we aren’t always in the right mindset to care for ourselves. To top it off, that’s usually exactly when we need the most caring – when we aren’t mentally or physically capable of doing it ourselves. She wants you to be there for her when she needs someone, to be there to share her burden. I know it sounds ridiculous, but she wants you to make her life a little easier. STRENGTH Also Read – HomecomingNo woman wants a physical weakling. That doesn’t mean she won’t settle for less than Herculean, but you’re a man! She wants to feel that when she’s in your presence. She wants you to be intelligent and practice self-control simply because you can. We’re all animals and women can tend to be attracted to stronger men. COMPASSION A woman doesn’t only want a man to have love only for her, but a love for life, for living things. She wants a kind man, a man whom others will look up to, appreciate and admire. She doesn’t see being good and compassionate as a weakness. I know lot of men are taught that to be strong you have to be hateful, spiteful and malicious. That’s very unfortunate – it’s simply the world we live in. SECURITY You don’t need to be a millionaire. Well, for some women, you very well may need to be, but hopefully you’ll only end up with one who admires the traits required for turning oneself into a millionaire and not the money alone. Generally speaking, the right woman will love you for you, but she does need you to add security. BLIND LOYALTY We all have big egos – men and women alike. We want to feel special. We want to feel unique and better than the rest. We’re competitive by nature and there is no getting around it. Women want a man who sees the world in her. She knows she’s not the most beautiful or smartest woman but wants to be the best woman for you. (Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.com)last_img read more

PRSI celebrates National PR Day

first_imgThe Public Relations Society of India, Kolkata Chapter organised a debate on ‘Criminality is an Unavoidable Ingredient of Political Governance’, at iLead campus and auditorium to commemorate National PR Day on April 21. The event which was inaugurated by Pradip Chopra, Chairman, iLead was attended by various media and mass communication colleges and universities.Out of them, St Xaviers University emerged as the winner and JIS University was the runner-up in the competition. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainPR toppers from various colleges, universities, institutions like Amity School of Communication, Amity University, Rabindra Bharati University, ADAMAS University, University of Calcutta, Viswabharati and iLead were felicitated, as an initiative from Rita Bhimani – a veteran Public Relations practitioner and Founder-CEO of Ritam Communications, to commemorate her 50 years in the PR profession. She gave the valedictory address to students on the new trends they should follow in the PR profession. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardSpeaking at the event, Rita said that image plays pivotal role in building perception and trust, as it works on two way communication between an organisation and public. And, being the largest democracy of the world and the most vibrant economy in recent times, whole world is looking at India. Representing India to the world or an organisation to its public and building bridges of trust, PR and Communication professionals of India work with dedication and commitment. Chairman of PRSI, Kolkata Chapter, Soumyajit Mohapatra, said that ‘Beyond the Classroom’ initiatives would continue apace as a proactive initiative of the PRSI, Kolkata Chapter.last_img read more

Sensex slips by over 495 points as investors weigh oil prices

first_imgMumbai: Market benchmark Sensex Monday nosedived 495 points to end at 38,645 owing to intense sell-offs in energy and financial stocks as investors weighed soaring crude oil prices and a mixed start of the corporate earnings season. The broader NSE Nifty too shed over 158 points to close at 11,594. Market sentiment was hit as macroeconomic worries resurfaced following reports that the US will end sanctions waiver on Iranian oil imports. Soaring crude prices at a six-month high level led to massive sell-offs on bourses. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalBesides, the weakening rupee and a caution ahead of some key corporate results also played in the minds of investors. Rising crude prices are negative for oil importing countries like India as higher prices lead to widening of fiscal deficit and put the currency under pressure. The 30-share BSE index settled 495.10 points, or 1.26 per cent, lower at 38,645.18; while the broader NSE Nifty tumbled 158.35 points, or 1.35 per cent, to close at 11,594.45. Sensex heavyweight Reliance Industries fell 2.76 per cent. In percentage terms, major laggards were Yes Bank, Indusind Bank, RIL, ICICI Bank, HDFC and Axis Bank — plunging as much as 6.62 per cent.last_img read more