first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO (March 13, 2017) – Bell Media congratulates its production partners, team members, and talent on another remarkable performance at the Canadian Screen Awards. Recognized with 35 television wins overall, Bell Media continues to showcase its growing commitment to creating and developing exceptional original Canadian content.Bell Media and its partners garnered four of the major television awards handed out at last night’s closing gala, including Best Dramatic Series (ORPHAN BLACK), Best Comedy (LETTERKENNY), Best Dramatic Actress (Tatiana Maslany, ORPHAN BLACK), and Best Dramatic Actor (Adrian Holmes, 19-2). Bell Media-supported film projects won 18 awards, including Best Motion Picture (It’s Only the End of the World), Best Direction (It’s Only the End of the World/Xavier Dolan), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (The Other Half/Tatiana Maslany), and Best Original Screenplay (Weirdos/Daniel MacIvor).Viewers can catch a full recap of the Canadian Screen Awards, including all the red carpet arrivals and behind-the-scenes coverage with a special edition of ETALK tonight. ETALK AT THE CSAs airs at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two and CTV GO. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: “We are constantly inspired by the many brilliant minds working tirelessly to create phenomenal homegrown series and films in Canada,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “We are humbled by the industry-leading content that Bell Media’s partners and team members have produced this year, representing a diversity of programming from news, sports, scripted, factual, reality, lifestyle, and music.”“As well, congratulations to Beth Janson and everyone at the Academy for elevating this year’s Canadian Screen Week and Awards to new heights.”Space’s juggernaut sci-fi drama ORPHAN BLACK from Temple Street Productions secured nine wins over the course of Canadian Screen Week, including Best Dramatic Series, Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for the fourth year in a row to Tatiana Maslany, Best Direction in a Dramatic Series, and Best Writing in a Dramatic Series. Bravo’s hit drama 19-2 from Sphère Média Plus and Echo Media received one win, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role to Adrian Holmes.CTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA from Insight Production Company Ltd. took home six awards, including Best Reality/Competition Program or Series for the third year in a row, Best Direction in a Reality / Competition Program or Series, Best Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality / Competition Program or Series, and the Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show.The CraveTV Original Series LETTERKENNY, from New Metric Media, garnered three, including Best Comedy, Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series, and Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series.Bell Media Studios garnered two awards, including Best News or Information for Discovery’s DAILY PLANET, the first Canadian Screen Award in the series’ 22-year history, and for the second year in a row, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW as Best Talk Program or Series.CTV News received three awards, including Best News or Information Program for W5, while Best National News Anchor went to CTV NATIONAL NEWS’ Lisa LaFlamme, and Best Local News Anchor went to Daryl McIntyre from CTV Edmonton.TSN garnered a total of four awards, more than all other sports broadcasters, including Best Direction in a Live Sporting Event for the 2015 GREY CUP. TSN’s Chris Cuthbert was recognized for Best Sports Play-by-Play while Best Sports Analyst in a Sports Program or Series went to Jack Armstrong. TSN Original Features were also recognized, winning the award for Best Sports Feature Segment for TSN’s “Radical Play”.Television productions supported by premium pay TV network The Movie Network received four wins, led by Bell Media Original Documentaries HIP-HOP EVOLUTION, from Banger Films, which received two wins; HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD, from Met Films, which secured one award; and TMN series SENSITIVE SKIN, from Rhombus Media/Baby Cow Productions, which garnered one award.Seven films supported by The Movie Network and The Harold Greenberg Fund/Le Fonds Harold Greenberg won 18 awards, including: It’s Only The End of the World, which took home six awards including Best Motion Picture; Race, which earned four wins including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role to Stephan James; and Weirdos, which received two wins including Best Original Screenplay.One of its most-watched broadcasts of the year,One of its most-watched broadcasts of the year, tonight at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO, ETALK caps off its coverage of Canadian Screen Week with highlights from Sunday night’s gala. Ben Mulroney reports from the red carpet and Devon Soltendieck hosts winners and stars in Etalk’s backstage lounge, including Canadian Screen Award-winner Tatiana Maslany, the cast and crew of LETTERKENNY, and Dave Chappelle.  Plus, the stars pose to perfection in ETALK’s portrait studio in Bell Media’s VIP Talent Lounge! The 30-minute special also airs on CTV Two at 7:30 p.m. ET.The full list of Bell Media television awards includes:CTV Television and Digital (8)THE AMAZING RACE CANADA (6)Insight Production Company Ltd.Best Reality/ Competition Program or SeriesJohn Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, Mike Bickerton, Sarah James, Kyle Martin, Robyn Bigue, Guy Clarkson, Ann Camilleri, Steff Millman, Catherine PetersenBest Direction in a Reality / Competition Program or Series“For Those About to Rock’ – Rob BrunnerBest Photography in a Lifestyle or Reality / Competition Program or Series“Who’s Ready to Let it All Hang Out” – Ryan ShawBest Picture Editing in a Reality/Competition Program or Series“Who’s Ready to Let it All Hang Out” – Mike Tersigni, Ben O’Neil, Burak Ozgan, Jonathan Dowler, Allan HughesBest Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality / Competition Program or Series“Toads! Are you Kidding Me?” – Mark Lysakowski, Rob Brunner, Jennifer PrattGolden Screen Award for TV Reality ShowThe Amazing Race CanadaTHE 2016 JUNO AWARDS (1)Insight Production Company Ltd.Best Music Program or SeriesJohn Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Randy Lennox, Allan Reid, Mark Cohon, Lindsay Cox, Tracy Galvin, Pam De MontmorencyTHE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (1)Bell Media ProductionBest Talk Program or SeriesMichelle Crespi and John SimpsonSpace (9)ORPHAN BLACK (9)Temple StreetBest Dramatic SeriesDavid Fortier, Ivan Schneeberg, John Fawcett, Graeme Manson, Claire Welland, Kerry Appleyard, Tatiana Maslany, Alex Levine, Peter MohanBest Direction in a Dramatic Series“Transgressive Border Crossing” – John FawcettBest Original Music Score for a Series“The Scandal of Altruism” – Trevor YulleBest Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series“From Dancing Mice to Psychopaths” – Aaron MortonBest Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series“The Scandal of Altruism” – Jay PrychidnyBest Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series“Human Raw Material” – John Dondertman, Liz CalderheadBest Writing in a Dramatic Series“The Collapse of Nature” – Graeme MansonBest Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or SeriesKevin HanchardBest Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic RoleTatiana MaslanyTSN (4)2015 GREY CUP (2)TSNBest Direction in a Live Sporting EventAndy BouyoukosBest Sports Play-by-Play AnnouncerChris CuthbertRADICAL PLAY (1)Best Sports Feature SegmentJosh Shiaman, Rick Westhead, Jason Wessel, Darren Oliver, Kevin Fallis2016 NBA PLAYOFFS: HEAT VS. RAPTORS GAME 7 (1)Best Sports Analyst in a Sports Program or SeriesJack ArmstrongThe Movie Network (4)HIP-HOP EVOLUTION (2)Banger FilmsBest Biography or Arts Documentary Program or SeriesScot McFadyen, Sam Dunn, Darby Wheeler, Rodrigo BascunanBest Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series“From the Underground to Mainstream” – Steve Taylor, Mark StauntonHOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD (1)Met FilmBarbara Sears Award for Best Visual ResearchElizabeth KlinckSENSITIVE SKIN (1)Rhombus  MediaBest Photography in a Comedy Program or SeriesDoug KochDiscovery (2)FRONTIER (1)Take the Shot Productions / ASAP Entertainment Best Achievement in Make-Up“Mushkegowuk Esquewu” – Elizabeth KuchureanDAILY PLANET (1)Exploration Production Inc.Best News or Information SeriesKelly McKeown, Cindy Bahadur, Agatha RachpaulCraveTV (3)LETTERKENNY  (3)New Metric MediaBest Comedy SeriesMark Montefiore, Patrick O’Sullivan, Jared Keeso, Jacob TierneyBest Direction in a Comedy Program or Series“Super Soft Birthday” – Jacob TierneyBest Writing in a Comedy Program or Series“Super Soft Birthday” – Jacob Tierney, Jared KeesoCTV NEWS (3)CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME (1)Best News Anchor, NationalLisa LaFlammeW5 (1)Best News or Information Program“W5: Healing Hands” – Brett Mitchell, Steve Bandera, Victor Malarek, André Lapalme, Brian Mellersh, Anton KoschanyCTV NEWS EDMONTON (1)Best News Anchor, LocalDaryl McIntyreBravo (1)19-2 (1)Sphère Média PlusBest Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic RoleAdrian HolmesE! (1)REIGN (1)Take 5 Productions Best Costume Design“Clans” – Meredith Markworth-PollackTHE MOVIE NETWORK, THE HAROLD GREENBERG FUND/LE FONDS HAROLD GREENBERG (18)It’s Only the End of the World | Juste la fin du monde (6)Investment in production by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergPre-buy by Super ÉcranAcquired by The Movie NetworkBest Motion Picture | Meilleur filmNancy Grant, Sylvain Corbeil, Xavier DolanAchievement in Cinematography | Meilleures imagesAndré TurpinAchievement in Direction | Meilleure réalisationXavier DolanAchievement in Make-Up | Meilleurs maquillagesMaïna Militza, Denis VidalAdapted Screenplay | Meilleure adaptationXavier DolanPerformance by an Actor in a Supporting Role |Interprétation masculine dans un rôle de soutienVincent CasselRace (4)Pre-buy by The Movie NetworkAchievement in Overall Sound | Meilleur son d’ensembleClaude La Haye, Luc Boudrias, Pierre-Jules AudetAchievement in Sound Editing | Meilleur montage sonoreSenneville, Luc Raymond, Jean-Philippe Saint-LaurentAchievement in Visual Effects | Meilleurs effets visuelsMartin Lipmann, Cynthia Mourou, Benoit Touchette, Jonathan Piché-Delorme, Frédéric BreaultPerformance by an Actor in a Leading Role | Interprétation masculine dans un premier rôleStephan JamesWeirdos (2)Acquired by The Movie NetworkOriginal Screenplay | Meilleur scenarioDaniel MacIvorPerformance by an Actress in a Supporting Role |Interprétation féminine dans un rôle de soutienMolly ParkerBorn to Be Blue (2)Pre-buy by The Movie NetworkAchievement in Music – Original Score | Meilleure musique originaleTodor Kobakov, Steve London, David BraidAchievement in Music –  Original Song | Meilleure chanson originale“Could Have Been” – David BraidTwo Lovers and a Bear (2)Pre-buy By The Movie NetworkSupported by The Harold Greenberg FundAchievement in Art Direction / Production Design |Meilleure direction artistiqueEmmanuel FréchetteAchievement in Editing | Meilleur montageRichard ComeauNelly (1)Investment in production by Le Fonds Harold GreenbergPre-buy by Super ÉcranAchievement in Costume Design | Meilleurs costumesPatricia McNeilThe Other Half (1)Pre-buy by The Movie NetworkSupported by The Harold Greenberg FundPerformance by an Actress in a Leading Role |Interprétation féminine dans un premier rôleTatiana Maslany.About Bell Media Independent ProductionBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV comedies LETTERKENNY and RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER, Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON, and nine new series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K..About Bell MediaBell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgTributes are pouring in for former record label executive Deane Cameron, who in propelling the careers of artists from Anne Murray to Nickelback, helped shape the sound of Canadian music.A spokeswoman for Massey Hall confirmed that Cameron, who headed the non-profit that operates the Toronto cultural institution, died Thursday at age— Massey Hall (@masseyhall) May 16, 2019 Advertisement LOVE YOU DEANE— Serena Ryder (@serenaryder) May 16, 2019 Tributes are pouring in from Canadian musicians for former record label executive Deane Cameron, who died at the age of 65. (Jag Gundu/Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall/The Canadian Press) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Over his four-decade career, Cameron worked with some of the biggest names in Canadian music, including Serena Ryder, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Stompin’ Tom Connors, the Rankin Family and July Talk.He got his start in the music scene as teenager playing the drums with Tom Cochrane, and rose through the ranks of EMI Music Canada to become the record label’s president and CEO in 1988, serving in the top job for 24 years.Cameron pushed to secure major U.S. record deals for Canadian artists including Corey Hart, Max Webster and Red Rider, and also instrumental in putting support behind international acts such as Coldplay, Kate Bush and Katy Perry in the Canadian market.His championing of homegrown talent earned him the moniker “Captain Canada,” and won Cameron a number of accolades, including the Order of Canada and the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at the Junos.Since his passing, many have been paying respect to Cameron’s life online:Sad to learn of the passage of Deane Cameron into the next. He touched so many lives in Canadian music. He’s the classic record exec; a musical patriot; a lover of artists and was an early champion of Polaris. He’ll be dearly and massively missed.— Polaris Music Prize (@PolarisPrize) May 16, 2019 Advertisement So sad to learn of the sudden and tragic passing of Deane Cameron, a tremendous and longtime supporter of Canadian musicians and a driving force behind the Massey Hall revitalization project. He will be missed.— Rush (@rushtheband) May 16, 2019… Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement The acts include:Reuben and the Dark (July 4)Feist (July 5)Bishop Briggs (July 6)Dashboard Confessional (July 7)T-Pain (July 8)King Princess (July 9)Metric (July 10)Mother Mother (July 11)The Glorious Sons (July 12)Chromeo (July 13)Keys N Krates (July 13)Death Cab For Cutie (July 14)The full lineup, including opening acts and daytime bands, can be found by visiting year’s Stampede runs from July 5 to 14.BY SAMMY HUDES ~ THE CALGARY HERALD Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: T-Pain, Mother Mother and Chromeo headline this year’s Calgary Stampede Coca-Cola Stage.The full lineup for the venue, which is free with admission to Stampede, was released Thursday morning.More than 50 artists are scheduled to perform throughout the 10-day festivities. Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:ENB, TSX:AQN) CALGARY — Enbridge Inc. has signed a deal to sell its natural gas distribution business in New Brunswick to Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. for $331 million in cash.Enbridge Gas New Brunswick operates and maintains more than 1,200 km of natural gas distribution pipeline in 12 communities in New Brunswick with 12,000 customers.The company says employees, customers, partners and suppliers can expect no change to the day-to-day operations as it works to complete the deal.Algonquin says it plans to maintain local employment and the existing operating and management structure.The sale is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.It is expected to close in 2019.last_img read more

Rabat – Since ancient times, Morocco has been a safe haven for Jews.  Throughout its history, Morocco has protected its Jewish population in times of conflict and persecution in the world. Now in the 21st century, Morocco’s reformed constitution of 2011 recognizes Jews as one of Morocco’s national identities and core constituents, making Morocco a unique model of co-existence and religious diversity in the Arab world.Estimates and historical references indicate that Jews lived in Morocco during the reign of the Phoenicians. However, the biggest influx of Jews to Morocco dates back to the fifteenth century when Granada fell into the hands of Queen Isabella of Spain in 1492, and Spain forced 165,000 Jews to convert to Catholicism or face expulsion.The protected status of Jews in Morocco remained unchanged during the French protectorate years of the 20th century as the number of Moroccan Jews increased to 250,000 in 1940, when they represented 10 percent of the country’s citizens. In the 1950s, the number of Moroccan Jews expanded to 300,000 citizens who enjoyed the freedom to practice their religion and social customs. During the French occupation of Morocco, the late King Mohammed V adamantly rejected the pressure of France’s Vichy government to discriminate against Jews.  His response to requests by that government to turn over Moroccan Jews to the Nazis was,“There are no Jews in Morocco. There are only subjects.” It was also reported that he hid some Jews from the Nazis in his palace during the rise of anti-Semitism in World War II. His intention was to preserve Morocco’s security and safety, and ensure that there was no distinction between Morocco’s citizens on the basis of religion or creed.Morocco historically has also recognized the religious practices of the Jewish community.  Three decrees were issued in May 1918, February 1925, March 1928, and March 1957 to reorganize the Hebrew courts in various regions of Morocco that address matters of personal status, inheritance, marriage, pluralism, divorce, and the inheritance system for Jews. The courts still operate under Jewish law.The atmosphere of respect and coexistence among religions in Morocco has contributed to the emergence of a Jewish elite who have occupied important positions in Morocco’s economic, scientific, diplomatic, and cultural arenas.  Dr. Leon Ben-Zaken, for example, was the personal doctor of King Mohammed V.  He was appointed Minister of Telegraph and Communication after Morocco’s independence in 1956 where he remained until 1958.  Serge Berdigo is one of Morocco’s contemporary high ranking Jews, having held the position of Minister of Tourism in 1993 in the government of Abdul Karim Amrani. Andre Azoulay, was the economic adviser of the late King Hassan II, and he continues his service to Morocco as a senior advisor to the current King Mohammed VI.The Kingdom of Morocco has historically preserved and protected the religious freedom of Moroccan Jews and their places of worship. The government recently rehabilitated 167 Jewish sites, including a number of cemeteries and synagogues, to preserve the heritage of Moroccan Jews. In 2011, Simon Levy founded the Jewish Museum in Casablanca. The historic site remains a culturally important monument in Morocco connecting the Arab and Islamic world’s past with the present, and highlights Morocco’s legacy of religious tolerance and diversity. read more

Rabat – In light of recent allegations that Hirak-associated prisoners are receiving unjust punishment, Mustapha El Khalfi claims that actions are being taken against any sort of violating activity.Over a hundred people have recently been arrested in connection with the Rifian protests that started in Al-Hoceima last fall, in demand of better regional funding and a stabilized job market.In response to allegations of violations and torture towards Hirak protestors, calls for justice for prisoners have intensified, and later turned violent. The largest incident occurred on Monday during Eid al-Fitr, when brutal clashes erupted between protestors and security forces. According to Moroccan government spokesman and Minister of Communications, Mustapha El Khalfi, all Al-Hoceima cases of torture will now be subject to medical examinations.El Khalfi emphasized the government’s commitment to investigating any alleged abuses against Al-Hoceima detainees, and said that complaints will be “automatically accepted.”21 temporary detention files are under investigation in the Al-Hoceima Court of Appeals, and 28 in Al-Hoceima’s Court of First Instance.“The vast majority of them are given a prison sentence, while 20 percent have been given suspended sentences,” El Khalfi said. He also announced that national strategies regarding the protests will be updated to better meet human rights needs. “The strategy will be updated before the end of 2017.”Various associations and stakeholders are to be involved in the progress, which is to be implemented at the beginning of 2018. read more

Rabat – A zebra, nine addax, eight Barbary sheep, eight servals, eight Dorcas gazelles, eight Bald ibis, and a Dama gazelle were born, amongst other animals, said the Rabat Zoo in a press release.Some of these animals are critically endangered. The Dama gazelle, the largest of all gazelles, is also one of the rarest. Once common in Chad and the Darfur and Kordofar provinces of Sudan, fewer than 400 of these gazelles remain in the wild.The Bald ibis is a migratory bird found in semi-arid habitats. The bird can be spotted in the Souss-Massa and Tamri regions in southern Morocco. Thanks to record breeding results there, the birds status was downgraded in 2018 from critically endangered status to endangered on the IUCN Red List. Read also: Rare Barbary Macaque Born at Morocco’s National Zoo in RabatFive Scimitar oryx were also born at the Rabat Zoo this year. Also known as the Saharan oryx, the species was once widespread across North Africa but became extinct in the wild in 2000.The births of the animals this year are the result of a strategy by the Rabat Zoo to ensure the reproduction of its species, in accordance with international standards of conservation.The zoo has a conservation program in place, targeting especially the endemic species of Morocco including the saharan antelopes and Bald ibis, in an aim to rebuild population numbers and to reintroduce them into their wild habitats. The Rabat Zoo has over 150 different breeds of animals. read more

UNAMID reported that another 162 personnel are due to join the multi-role logistics unit tomorrow in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, giving a boost to the joint AU-UN mission in logistical support. The Bangladeshi unit brings additional logistical and engineering capabilities in the areas of supply, transport, maintenance and force protection to UNAMID. Bangladesh is the second-largest UN troop-contributing country and its current deployment in Darfur includes one formed police unit (FPU) also deployed in South Darfur, as well as 53 individual police advisers. Today’s deployment brings the total number of UNAMID forces – slated to eventually become the world body’s largest peacekeeping operation with some 26,000 personnel at full strength – to 8,917 troops and police officers on the ground. But it still lacks essential equipment, including helicopters. An additional 3,000 personnel, mostly from Ethiopia and Egypt, are expected to join UNAMID in the next two months, bringing the total number of troops by the end of November to over 12,000.Meanwhile, some 230 schoolchildren from El Fasher joined UNAMID and the UN country team in celebration of UN Day in the North Darfur capital, with a variety of events, including the performance of songs by the children and traditional dances by UNAMID personnel from Gambia, Rwanda, Indonesia and Afghanistan. The Day was also marked with the launch of a UN-sponsored tree-planting campaign, aimed at fighting the desertification of the impoverished and arid region. An estimated 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur since fighting erupted in 2003 between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militiamen and the rebels, while 2.7 million others have been forced from their homes and now live as refugees or as internally displaced persons (IDPs). 23 October 2008Some 163 Bangladeshi officers arrived today to serve with the hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), the operation tasked with quelling the violence and humanitarian suffering across the war-torn region of western Sudan. read more

Minister Bathiudeen had earlier directed CAA Chairman Hasitha Tilakeratne and his officials to raid and seize all fake and adulterated cosmetic products in the market or awaiting to enter the market. (Colombo Gazette) Following the raid CAA teams found the cream in bulk was re-packaged in to smaller retail packs of different Commercial Brands -“Golden Pearl”, “Pai Me” and “Goree (Made in Pakistan)”, among others.Some packs of cream were also labelled “Seaweed Element-Whitening Anti Spot Cream” in English and priced at Rs 650 each. The raid on the Kolonnawa warehouse was led by two young CAA officials who were previously tipped off on the quiet operation at Wennawatte in Wellampitiya. Officers of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) commenced a probe on one of the largest ever cosmetics contraband to be discovered to-date at a warehouse in Wellampitiya.The CAA estimates the value of the seized contraband is around Rs 15.7 million. On March 6, CAA officials speaking about the March 1 raid, urged consumers to be cautious of fake cream products, specially targeted at young women. “We especially warn young consumers to beware of these fake skin products, targeted mostly at young women. Do not purchase any packages just because they are low priced. Inspect for registration numbers, expiry dates and location of production. If such products found CAA can be informed on hotline 1977 or direct lines 117755481-3,” officials said. Some retail packs were advertised as “7 Days Freckle removing” on the label as well. At the warehouse, the CAA found sub-standard creams in bulk packs that were printed in Chinese characters. There were no import documents or proof of country of origin. The suspected individual in charge of the operation also failed to produce any documents showing the location of production of the cosmetics (locally or abroad), product registration certificates or even registration numbers (which is also not found in any labels).The bulk creams were found in new large cardboard boxes, neatly stacked in shelves at the warehouse.In 2014, CAA netted 100,000 fake black henna packets in Grandpass, Colombo. The 100000 packets were branded and printed showing a locally reputed brand name but the henna inside were switched with a sub-standard, adulterated dye powder.This stock was valued at Rs 13 million.In November 2016, the CAA was informed of the use of adulterated and expired cosmetics in many salons around the country. CAA raided 107 beauty & hair salons in Kandy, Kurunegala, Gampaha, Jaffna, Batticaloa, Matara, and Puttalam Districts and detected expired cosmetics in 67 salons. “These fake creams could have resulted in skin issues and injuries. Thanks to our alert CAA officers, we prevented it,” Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said during a discussions with CAA officials on the raid. read more

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has found a Croatian journalist guilty of contempt for publishing closed session transcripts and part of a witness statement.In a judgement issued today, the Tribunal fined Josip Jovic, a former editor-in-chief of the Croatian daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija, 20,000 Euros.In a series of articles that appeared in November and December 2000, Mr. Jovic published the transcripts and part of a statement given to the Office of the Prosecutor by Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, who testified against a former Croatian Army general.The ICTY Trial Chamber expressed particular concern over Mr. Jovic’s decision to ignore a cease and desist order from the Tribunal after the first four articles had appeared, noting that he went on in subsequent editions to boast that the transcripts he was publishing were “secret.”“His actions not only were contemptuous, but also stymied the Tribunal’s ability to safeguard the evidence of a protected witness and risked undermining confidence in the Tribunal’s ability to grant effective protective measures,” said the Trial Chamber in its judgement summary.The defence had argued that Mr. Jovic did not believe he was bound by the Tribunal’s orders and therefore could not be held in contempt, but this was found to be erroneous. read more

Business report with Mike Eppel – Feb. 5, 2014 by News Staff Posted Feb 5, 2014 6:53 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Two big airlines raising prices as Canadian dollar falls, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. airlines|business report|Canadian dollar

REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says it might be time to look at shipping grain south through the United States instead of east and west to Canadian ports.Wall made the comments Tuesday while voicing his frustration over a grain backlog that has left a record crop sitting in bins across the Prairies.“While the U.S. transportation system isn’t perfect, they certainly have not had the degree of trouble we’ve had. There seems to be greater competition, greater capacity to handle,” said the premier.“And so in addition to the option of two providers going east-west, maybe we need to look increasingly at the option of having grain move south and being part of the U.S. system to port, so we can actually serve the markets that are so important to our farmers.”Wall mused about possible incentives from the province for a north-south railroad.It would help to diversify transportation, he said.“If this is the new norm … of the volumes we’re seeing and we’re going to continue seeing some oil on rail and potash on rail, I just fundamentally think it’s time we look at every option and maybe increase the options we have for moving these commodities, not just east and west, as I say, but maybe north and south to a greater degree,” said Wall.Grain-handling companies have told the province that it may be well into 2015 before the backlog is cleared.Saskatchewan said Monday it wants the federal government to oversee negotiations on performance agreements between grain and rail companies.Federal legislation allows a government arbitrator to decide if a signed service agreement between a shipping company and a railway has been violated, but most grain handlers don’t have such contracts. That means rail companies determine the level of service they’re going to provide.Wall says he raised the issue Monday in a phone call with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.“I fundamentally believe he understands the urgency of the situation and how every option — including the federal government maybe having to be the bad guy — every option needs to be on the table. Or at least, at the very beginning (Ottawa needs to be) the encourager of these two groups to get together on these agreements and, if need be, the federal government to look at penalties, because it’s a serious, serious situation,” said Wall.The Saskatchewan Agriculture Department has said the backlog could result in the loss of billions of dollars.Canadian National (TSX:CNR) said in an email to The Canadian Press on Monday that it’s doing it’s best to move the record crop to market.CN said its goal is return to a more normal level of winter service of 4,000-plus cars per week “as soon as extreme cold temperatures abate.” It uses shorter trains during cold weather to ensure brakes can be used properly, which affects shipment capacity. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Saskatchewan premier says time to eye shipping grain south in light of backlog by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 25, 2014 1:24 pm MDT read more

first_imgIcy conditions will persist until early to mid-afternoon today, the National Weather Service now says.In an updated winter weather advisory issued at 9:01 a.m., the weather service said conditions will persist longest near the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge, including Washougal and Camas.The slickest conditions this morning appear to be in Multnomah County, both near the gorge and in the west hills. Even downtown Portland is slick, however.Temperatures are slightly warmer on this side of the river, with favorable road conditions in much of Clark County, including downtown Vancouver, Hazel Dell and Salmon Creek.It was 34 degrees at Pearson Field in Vancouver at noon, where about half an inch of ran has fallen since last night.Only a handful of local schools announced closures or delays, particularly those with facilities near the Columbia River Gorge.Conditions varied widely. Roads were icy in Camas and Washougal, where an accident on Highway 14 about 3 a.m. resulted in one injury. On the west side of town, roads tended to be just wet.last_img read more

first_imgSrinagar:A youth sustained a gunshot injury on Friday in clashes with the security forces near the gunfight site in Jammu and Kashmir’s Badgam district. Doctors at the S.M.H.S. Hospital said a youth identified as Shabir Ahmad was admitted to the hospital with a gunshot injury in his abdomen. “He is being operated upon,” attending doctors said. Reports from Checkpora locality of Nowgam area said the youth sustained injury during clashes with the security forces at the gunfight site where one militant was killed earlier today. Police sources said three other protesters sustained minor injuries during the clashes.last_img read more

first_imgHigh CourtA High Court (HC) bench on Tuesday refused to hear the death reference and appeals in the sensational 10-truck arms haul case where 14 people were sentenced to death.The bench of justice Bhabani Prasad Singha and justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah expressed its inability as justice Bhabani Prasad Singha acted for several days as the judge of the case’s trial court, said assistant attorney general Nirmal Kumar Das.He said the judge expressed his inability on moral grounds.The death reference and appeals will now be sent to the chief justice who will assign a new bench for the hearing.On 1 April 2004, 10 trucks of arms were seized at the Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd jetty.Two cases — one for arms and another for smuggling — were filed with Karnaphuli police station the following day.Fifty people were made accused in the arms case and 52 in the other one.Fourteen people, including former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar, Indian separatist outfit United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) chief Paresh Barua, former DGFI director Rezzakul Haider Chowdhury and former National Security Intelligence director general Abdur Rahim were sentenced to death in one of the cases.last_img read more

first_img How to Stay Cybersecure for the HolidaysYou Know Your Smartphone is Spying on You, But It’s Worse Than You Think Stay on target The Federal Bureau of Investigation this week released a public service announcement informing parents about potential risks of children’s smart toys.Devices with microphones, cameras, GPS tracking, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth provide easy access for criminals to collect personal data about children and their families.“The FBI encourages consumers to consider cyber security prior to introducing smart, interactive, Internet-connected toys into their homes or trusted environments,” the PSA said.Smart toys typically connect to the Web through a wireless access point or via Bluetooth and a mobile device. Collected information is then stored on a server or cloud service, and may be collected by third parties.“The exposure of such information could create opportunities for child identity fraud,” according to the FBI, which also warned of misuse of data—location details, visual identifiers, known interests—to garner trust from a child.So, whether your kids spill the latest gossip during tea parties with teddy bears or debates the merits of Pokemon characters within earshot of Sphero’s BB-8, parents should remain vigilant.“The collection of a child’s personal information [name, date of birth, photos, address] combined with a toy’s ability to connect to the Internet or other devices raises concerns for privacy and physical safety,” according to the FBI.Always examine user agreements and privacy policies, even if they seem long, tedious, and gratuitous; and, when possible, conduct online research for known security issues.Like those reported two years ago, when Mattel’s Wi-Fi-connected “Hello Barbie” was accused of posing a security risk for children and parents. Or in December, when privacy watchdogs filed complaints regarding the My Friend Cayla doll and iQue robot, citing the unauthorized capture of a user’s voice and an insecure Bluetooth connection.A 2015 hack of the VTech Learning Lodge database, meanwhile, exposed names, birthdays, addresses, chat logs, and photos of more than 5 million parents and 200,000 children.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_imgEating late at night could cause several health problems including weight gain and increase in insulin and cholesterol levels, show the initial results of an ongoing study. The findings suggest that eating the last meal of the day before 7 p.m. could help you stay in better health.”We know from our sleep loss studies that when you’re sleep deprived, it negatively affects weight and metabolism in part due to late night eating, but now these early findings, which control for sleep, give a more comprehensive picture of the benefits of eating earlier in the day,” said lead author of the ongoing study Namni Goel, Research Associate Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Eating later can promote a negative profile of weight, energy, and hormone markers – such as higher glucose and insulin, which are implicated in diabetes, and cholesterol and triglycerides, which are linked with cardiovascular problems and other health conditions,” Goel said.The new findings, scheduled to be presented at SLEEP 2017, the 31st annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS) in Boston, offer experimental evidence on the metabolic consequences of consistent delayed eating compared to daytime eating. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the study, nine healthy weight adults underwent two conditions, one of daytime eating (three meals and two snacks between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.) for eight weeks and another of delayed eating (three meals and two snacks eating from noon to 11 p.m.) for eight weeks. There was a two-week washout period between conditions to make sure there was no carry over effect. The sleep period was held constant, between 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. The team found that when participants ate later, compared to the daytime condition, weight increased.last_img read more

first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. September 28, 2017 — A new study of patients at an urban cancer center points to a potentially serious problem that may limit the impact of clinical cancer care — undiagnosed depression. Among the 40 percent of patients at the center who were diagnosed with depression, three in four had not previously been told they were depressed. Female patients and disabled patients also were more likely to be depressed, according to research presented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), Sept. 24-27 in San Diego.A web of physiological, psychological and socioeconomic factors associated with having and being treated for cancer — such as severe physical pain, side effects of medication, financial concerns, fears and anxieties about mortality, and changes in lifestyle and life plans — place cancer patients at a higher risk of developing depression. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimates that 15 to 25 percent of the general cancer patient population has depression — a rate two to three times that of the general population. Approximately 7 percent of U.S. adults experience major depression, according to the National Institutes for Mental Health (NIMH).“Depression prevalence continues to be high among cancer patients, especially those receiving treatment at an urban cancer center, as well as those who identify as female or are disabled by their disease. Alarmingly, most of these patients remain undiagnosed and untreated, indicating an important gap in cancer care and an opportunity to improve patient outcomes,” said Jason Domogauer, PhD.,. lead author of the study and an M.D./Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School in Newark, N.J.Findings in this study are based on an examination of 400 cancer patients who received treatment at the University Hospital Cancer Center in Newark between 2013 and 2016. Researchers assessed depression using a minimum score of 16 on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale.The average patient age was 55 years (range 20-86 years), and 53 percent of patients were female. The racial/ethnic breakdown of patients was 48 percent African-American, 29 percent non-Hispanic white and 16 percent Hispanic. Nearly equal numbers of patients reported being able to work (including those working full- time, part-time and unemployed) (49 percent) or being unable to work due to disability (51 percent). Most patients (85 percent) received radiation therapy as part of their cancer treatment.Depression was diagnosed in 40 percent of the patients at this urban cancer center, which is roughly twice as large as the NCI estimate of 15 to 25 percent for the general cancer patient population. Moreover, depression was previously undiagnosed in three-fourths of these cases, meaning that roughly 30 percent of the patients at this cancer center suffered from undiagnosed and untreated depression.Depression was more common among female patients (47 percent) than among male patients (32 percent) (odds ratio [OR] 1.9, p = 0.007) and among patients who were unable to work due to disability (48 percent vs. 33 percent of those able to work; OR 1.9, p = 0.005). NIMH statistics for the general U.S. adult population also point to a higher risk of depression for women and people with a disability, particularly among older adults. Depression prevalence did not differ significantly among racial/ethnic groups. Logistic regression was used to compare depression prevalence among the patient groups.Looking specifically at patients who were previously not diagnosed with depression, the effects of being female or unable to work persisted. Among this subgroup, depression was more common among women (43 percent vs. 29 percent male; OR 1.9, p = 0.02) and disabled patients (43 percent vs. 31 percent able to work; OR 1.9, p = 0.03).“Depression is widely recognized as an underdiagnosed disorder, particularly among older adults and cancer patients. Our findings point to a clear need for action, including depression screening during initial and continuing patient visits, initiation of mental health treatments for identified patients and increased collaboration with mental health providers in cancer treatment centers. These efforts are particularly important for patients in urban centers, those who are female and those who are unable to work because of their disease,” said Domogauer.For more information: www.astro.orgRelated ContentClinical Trials and Cutting-Edge Radiation Oncology Research to Be Featured at ASTRO 2017 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. 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first_img Over 350 delegates have embraced the “Be the Difference” theme at the recent Travelscene American Express Owners-Managers Conference.On the back of a successful year and winning of the NTIA Best Travel Agency Group Award, the key focus of the conference was to highlight the strength of the Travelscene American Express network to Members and their customers. Travelscene American Express general manager Ms Timmins said over the last 12 months the company has invested in a number of initiatives which reinforce its member’s ability to succeed.Ms Timmins explained the company has launched three major initiatives at the Conference, including ‘DARE’ (Delivering a Relationship Experience) another key initiative unveiled was the implementation of a formalised succession planning programme  and the network-wide release of the Resurg-designed online Sales and Productivity Dashboard.“These are an incredibly powerful tool which will ultimately deliver more clients to Members and positively impact their bottom lines,” Ms Timmins said.Ms Timmins said from the company’s market leading Local Area Marketing kit through to enhancements to the Quantum programme which rewards support for the preferred partners and their Performance Dashboard, the company has continued to deliver tools and systems to enhance productivity.Travelscene American Express chief executive Mike Thompson said 2011 has been an incredible year for the company and the success they have achieved is attributed to working together with their preferred suppliers.“Our support of our preferred suppliers is strong, but it needs to continue to get stronger to maximise the returns to the group and to our Members,” Mr Thompson added.Mr Thompson announced that the 2011 CEO Award was to be awarded to retiring Chairman Ken Hopkins and retiring Board Member Allan Maher.“The CEO award celebrates extraordinary contribution to Travelscene American Express and both Ken and Allan personify that,” Mr Thompson said.Office of the Year Award went to Travelscene Bicton, Manager of the Year went to National Seniors Travel Leanne Mousely and Travelscene Holidays won the Stay Connected Partner Award.The State winners of the Quantum Awards included Suncity Travel, Caloundra (QLD/Northern NSW), Champagne Travel, Mandurah (WA), Travelscene Merrylands (NSW/ACT), Reho Travel (VIC/TAS), and Phil Hoffmann Travel –Norwood (SA/NT). Steve Jacobs, Carole Smethurst, Bicton Travel (Office of the Year), Mike Thompson and Jacqui Timmins. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

first_imgSabre Corporation and Visa announced a partnership to support the growth of business-to-business (B2B) virtual payments in the travel industry. Under this agreement, travel buyers and suppliers will be able to pay and get paid with virtual Visa commercial cards, through the Sabre Virtual Payments solution.Sabre’s work with Visa combines Sabre Virtual Payments with the world’s leader in digital payments. Through this partnership, Sabre and Visa’s mutual customers can access Visa’s virtual B2B payment solutions, enabling faster, more secure payment options as well as more control and visibility into individual B2B travel-industry payments.“Bringing together Visa’s leadership position in digital B2B payments with Sabre’s virtual payment technology and global network of customers represents a tremendous opportunity to increase the adoption of B2B virtual payments in the travel industry,” said Wade Jones, President of Sabre Travel Network. “Sabre’s investment in virtual payments and its integration into existing agency processes makes it quick and easy for our customers to adopt and use.”“Supporting the expansion of electronic B2B payments in the travel industry is one of our core focus areas,” said Kevin Phalen, Global Head, Visa Business Solutions, Visa. “By bringing together Visa and Sabre’s travel-industry capabilities and solutions, we will help further streamline cash flow and overall finance management practices for suppliers and buyers, helping remove barriers to transparency in business payments created by paper-based processes.”Sabre Virtual Payments is the most flexible electronic payment solution in the travel industry, offering multi-bank, multi-card, credit and prepaid accounts that allow customers to select the best payment option to ensure the most favourable payment terms.last_img read more