ST. LOUIS — Federal law enforcement authorities are investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals illegally hacked into a computer database of the Houston Astros to obtain information on players, a person familiar with the situation said June 16 in an unusual case involving two former division rivals in Major League Baseball.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because MLB, law enforcement officials and the two teams were not disclosing details of the investigation that were first reported by The New York Times.The Times said the FBI and Justice Department were investigating whether Cardinals’ front-office officials were behind the effort to steal information from the Astros’ database, called Ground Control.Messages seeking comment from FBI offices in Washington, Houston and St. Louis were not returned. The U.S. attorney in St. Louis, Richard Callahan, said he was unaware of the investigation.“Major League Baseball has been aware of and has fully cooperated with the Federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Houston Astros’ baseball operations database,” MLB said in a statement.“Once the investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement officials, we will evaluate the next steps and will make decisions promptly.”Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he couldn’t recall a similar case in baseball’s long history.“Until we know, this is different than when we might investigate a drug case (or) we have access to all the facts in a real time situation,” he said in Boston. “That’s just not the case here. We don’t exactly what the facts are.”MLB’s forensics experts were not involved in the case, Manfred added. “This is a Federal investigation not a baseball investigation,” he said. “Obviously any allegation like this, no matter how serious it turns out to be, is of great concern to us.”The Cardinals and Astros said they were also cooperating with the investigation but declined further comment.Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said his team would focus on baseball. Houston held a two-game lead atop the American League West entering the day.“Obviously from the baseball perspective we’ll deal with the baseball and all other questions will go elsewhere,” Hinch said.His counterpart in St. Louis, Mike Matheny, sounded a similar tone and said the case at this point wouldn’t be a distraction for his first-place Cardinals, who have the best record in baseball. He said he’d been unaware of the investigation until he “got pulled out of the weight room” on June 16.“We have opportunities for distraction every day” he said. “It’s part of what we do, it’s a big part of what we do. We divide them into the controllables and the uncontrollables and this is one of the uncontrollables. We don’t have any clue what’s going on.”The Cardinals are among baseball’s most successful franchises on and off the field. Only the New York Yankees have won more World Series titles than the 11 won by St. Louis. They also are among the best-drawing teams in all of sports, with annual attendance topping 3 million every year since 2003. This season, the Cardinals have not had a crowd smaller than 40,000.The Astros and Cardinals were rivals in the National League Central until Houston moved to the American League in 2012, but there is a prominent connection between the two: the Astros hired former Cardinals scouting and player development executive Jeff Luhnow as General Manager in December 2011, and he has helped lead turn the team from a laughingstock that into a contender.The Astros finished 70-92 and fourth in the AL West a year ago, ending a woeful streak of three straight 100-loss seasons.It wasn’t immediately clear how many Cardinals employees were under investigation, or whether top front office officials were possibly aware of the activities.Luhnow was not made available to reporters in Houston, but he said in June 2014 that the team had been the victim of hackers who accessed servers and published months of internal trade talks on the Internet.“It was an illegal activity and we’re going to pursue it and try and find out who did it and prosecute,” Luhnow said at the time, noting that the team was working with the FBI and Major League Baseball security to determine who was responsible for the breach.The Astros rely heavily on sabermetrics in their evaluation of players and have been open about the fact that they use an online database to house their proprietary information.Last year, the Houston Chronicle had a detailed report on Ground Control, noting the team even had a director of decision sciences and that everything from statistics to contract information to scouting reports were stored at a web address protected by a password.“One of the things I have been talking to my counterparts about with other clubs is recommending that everybody take a look at their own security systems and make sure they don’t get hacked the way that we were,” Luhnow said last year after the hack became public knowledge. “Because this definitely was an illegal activity.”Manfred downplayed wider security concerns about MLB’s digital systems.“We have a technology company that quite literally is the envy of companies throughout America — not just sports enterprises,” the commissioner said.“We routinely make the resources of MLB Advanced Media available to all of the clubs. We have the type of security arrangements that are necessary.”___By R.B. Fallstrom and Jim Salter. AP Sports Writer Kristie Rieken in Houston, AP reporter Eric Tucker in Washington and freelancer writers Ken Powtak and Darrell Lovell contributed TweetPinShare0 Shares
West Brom 1 Manchester United 2: Lukaku on target against old club Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:07 12/18/17 Getty Images Manchester United have now won six of their last seven Premier League games after a comfortable 2-1 victory at West Brom on Sunday. Romelu Lukaku scored his third goal in four appearances as Manchester United moved back to 11 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City with Sunday’s 2-1 win at West Brom.Second-placed United have now won six of their last seven Premier League games, but last weekend’s 2-1 derby defeat at home to rivals City – who thrashed Spurs on Saturday to make it 16 successive league victories – means their title hopes remain remote.The desired new manager bounce has failed to materialise at The Hawthorns, despite a late consolation, with Alan Pardew’s men set to go bottom if struggling Swansea City win at Everton on Monday. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lukaku broke the deadlock after 26 minutes – against the club where he scored his first Premier League goals – the Belgium international getting between two defenders to plant home a fine header from a precise left-wing Marcus Rashford cross.The second United goal came eight minutes later and ultimately proved decisive, Ahmed Hegazi trying to block a Jesse Lingard drive from the edge of the box but only succeeding in deflecting the ball past Ben Foster.Rashford went close to extending the lead but United’s failure to kill the match with a third goal almost proved costly when Gareth Barry scrambled home from a 77th-minute Chris Brunt corner, although Jose Mourinho’s men held on.That’s goal no.for Rom as the striker converts @MarcusRashford’s wicked cross. YES! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/73HSuAueqJ— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 17, 2017A blocked Rashford effort was the closest either side came to scoring in a very flat start to the match.When a shot on target finally came it was the opening goal, as Lukaku scored for the 10th time in the Premier League this season.United’s first incisive attack created space on the left wing for Rashford, who floated in the ideal centre for Lukaku to flick in an unstoppable header, the former Baggies striker opting not to celebrate against his old club.8 – Romelu Lukaku has had a hand in eight goals in eight @premierleague games against former club West Brom (five goals, three assists). Haunt. pic.twitter.com/x0Lm5fNE8r— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 17, 2017At the other end a driving run from Oliver Burke on his first Premier League start was stopped by a tremendous Chris Smalling tackle before Salomon Rondon saw a near-post effort well blocked.And with their second shot on target of the game, United seemingly put the game beyond West Brom.Juan Mata teed up Lingard on the edge of the box, with the England midfielder’s strike giving former United goalkeeper Foster no chance after taking a massive deflection off Hegazi.Jesse Lingard has been involved in 5 goals in his last 3 #PL away starts – 4 goals, 1 assist#WBAMUN pic.twitter.com/ih93wUyBgA— Premier League (@premierleague) December 17, 2017Jake Livermore forced David de Gea’s first action after 43 minutes, but the Spaniard’s save was comfortable, and after the interval an excellent Antonio Valencia clearance prevented Rondon from turning in Burke’s cross.Rashford drilled a decent chance narrowly wide of the far post after 57 minutes when Lingard touched Valencia’s centre on to his England colleague, and the Ecuadorian then limped off, allowing Marcos Rojo to make his 100th United appearance.United seemed to be cruising to a ninth win in 12 trips to West Brom, but the hosts scored their first goal in four matches under Pardew’s leadership from a set piece with 13 minutes to go.Former United defender Jonny Evans won the first ball from a Brunt corner and Barry was on hand to slot home his first goal for West Brom from close range to set up an exciting finale.Substitute Jay Rodriguez headed another dangerous Brunt corner wide with six minutes to go and United suddenly looked nervous, but Mourinho’s men clung on despite a late aerial barrage.Key Opta Stats:- Manchester United have won their last three away Premier League games, one more than they managed in their previous 10 on the road (2).- West Brom are now winless in 16 consecutive league games – the longest run in their entire league history (D8 L8).- Romelu Lukaku has been involved in eight goals in his last eight Premier League games against former club West Brom (five goals, three assists).- Lukaku has scored 10 goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances at the Hawthorns, a run which spans games with West Brom, Everton and Man Utd.- Gareth Barry’s goal was his first as a substitute in the Premier League since April 1999 (for Aston Villa against Nottingham Forest), a gap of 6,812 days. read more
Touch Football will be one of the sports included in the Games, hosted by the Whitsunday Touch Association from Friday, 22 June until Sunday, 24 June 2012. Whitsunday Sports Park, Airlie Beach will be the venue for the event, with three divisions on offer – Over 30’s Men’s, Over 40’s Men’s and Mixed (Over 35’s Men’s and over 30’s Women’s). For further information and to find out how to nominate, please visit the North Queensland Touch website:http://www.northqldtouch.com.au/posts/2012-north-queensland-games-17.php
Kolkata: The city on Tuesday witnessed eastern India’s first green corridor which was facilitated to ferry a critical patient to the hospital from the Calcutta airport after he suffered a stroke in Uttar Pradesh.The patient was brought to the city by an air-ambulance on Tuesday morning. Both the Bidhannagar and Kolkata police made necessary arrangements to set up a green corridor in the city to ensure a smooth passage for the patient. The patient, Samarjit Das (69), a resident of Sil Lane in Tangra went to Manasarovar with his family members a few days ago. On his way back to the city, Das had suffered ischemic stroke and pneumonia in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe patient was brought in an air-ambulance that had taken off from Lucknow. It landed at the city’s airport in the morning. Another ambulance was waiting outside the airport with the police escort. The patient was taken to a private hospital in Mallick Bazar within 23 minutes. The ambulance was however caught in a traffic jam for nearly five minutes at Hudco More before it finally reached the hospital around 11.38 am. Green Corridor was facilitated by Bidhan Nagar police as well as Kolkata Police in their respective jurisdiction. The patient was admitted to the hospital and a surgery was conducted in the hospital later in the day. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to the hospital sources, patient suffered a major stroke due to his visit to a high-altitude area. As he is an elderly patient, he could not withstand acute shortage of oxygen. A city-based doctor said elderly people suffering from heart related ailments and sugar are often prone to heart attacks. The actual cause of the heart attack in case of Das is yet to be confirmed. The victim’s family members told the hospital doctors that he had no history of heart ailments or sugar. After performing various tests on the patient, the doctors felt the need of an immediate surgery. His condition is stated to be critical. The doctors thanked the police administration for creating the green corridor which helped the patient to reach the hospital on time. It may be mentioned that the city had witnessed a series of green corridors earlier also but in those case organs were transported from one place to another. But, this is for the first time in the state’s history, a critical patient was brought to the hospital.
BTIG, LLC, a global financial services firm specializing in institutional trading, investment banking and related brokerage services, announced today that it will host its 13th annual international Commissions for Charity Day on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.The BTIG Commissions for Charity Day is a star-studded event. Throughout the trading day, all-star athletes, top-recording artists, celebrities from film and television and cultural icons join BTIG in an effort to raise money for a variety of charities worldwide. With celebrities working alongside the firm’s institutional traders, clients team up with some of their favorite stars to raise funds for meaningful causes.“Giving back is a cornerstone of the BTIG corporate identity and we work to build Commissions for Charity Day participation from our growing list of clients and celebrity partners each year,” said Scott Kovalik, Co-Founder of BTIG.Celebrities committed to join BTIG this year so far include Eli Manning, Mark Cuban, Shaquille O’Neal, Tom Coughlin, Joe Girardi, Allan Houston, Petra Nemcova, Jeremy Roenick, Bobby Valentine, Woody Johnson, Victor Cruz, and Beth Ostrosky Stern. Previous participants have included Michael J. Fox, Michael Strahan, Mariano Rivera, Mark Teixeira, Reggie Jackson, John McEnroe, Carmelo Anthony, Joe Namath, Bode Miller, Kelly Ripa, Rex Ryan, Bridget Moynahan, Padma Lakshmi, Eduardo Garcia, CC Sabathia, Damaris Lewis, Matt Dillon, David Wright, David Diehl, Hannah Storm and Eric LeGrand in New York; Ronnie Lott, Joe Morgan, Marshawn Lynch and Vida Blue in San Francisco; Marcus Allen and Tony Gonzalez in Los Angeles; and Mike Gatting OBE, Chris Tarrant OBE, Brian Conley, Aled Jones MBE and Sinitta in London.BTIG pioneered its first Commissions for Charity Day in 2003, raising funds for three charities. In the last twelve years, BTIG’s Commissions for Charity Day has grown into a global initiative, supported by the firm’s clients, celebrity partners and employees throughout its U.S., London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney offices. Since 2003, BTIG has raised more than US$30 million for hundreds of charitable organizations around the world, including over US$5 million from the May 2014 event last year. Charities are nominated by clients and the firm encourages the selection of child-focused charities.“We are increasingly inspired by the charities that we collaborate with each year, many of them focused on helping children around the world,” said Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG. “It’s a tremendous honor to be a part of this event, and the enthusiasm of our clients, celebrity partners and employees is a testament to the dedication of everyone involved in its success.”Additional celebrity participants and nominated charities for the 2015 event will be announced throughout the coming months.
Saks Fifth Avenue is proud to announce it has again joined forces with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and the Entertainment Industry Foundation for the 2016 Key To The Cure campaign.Halle Berry wearing Saks’ 2016 Key To The Cure exclusive, limited edition t-shirt designed by Christian LouboutinNow in its 18th year, Key To The Cure is Saks Fifth Avenue’s annual fund-raising and charitable initiative to fight cancer. This year, Academy-Award winning actress Halle Berry will act as the official campaign ambassador, wearing an exclusive, limited edition t-shirt designed by Christian Louboutin. The 2016 Key To The Cure campaign officially launches October 1 at all Saks Fifth Avenue locations in the U.S. and Canada as well as on saks.com and saksoff5th.com.“Key To The Cure is one of the most important and valuable fund-raising and charitable initiatives that Saks undertakes,” said Marc Metrick, President, Saks Fifth Avenue. “We are committed to supporting the causes we believe in, and at almost two decades old, this annual campaign has raised close to $40 million for cancer research and treatment organizations throughout the United States. This year, we are thrilled to collaborate with SU2C for the second year in a row, as well as have the support of Halle Berry and Christian Louboutin on our extraordinary campaign to fund cancer research and treatment.”Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, was created in 2008 to accelerate innovative cancer research through collaboration among leading scientists from different institutions and disciplines who work together to deliver new therapies to patients quickly. By galvanizing the support of the entertainment industry, Stand Up To Cancer creates awareness and generates widespread public support for this effort to combat all types of cancers.“The Entertainment Industry Foundation is proud to again come together with Saks Fifth Avenue in our shared mission to fund critical cancer research that is helping to get new treatments to patients quickly and save more lives,” said Lisa Paulsen, EIF President and CEO and co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer. “We’re so grateful to Saks Fifth Avenue for their continued support and dedication to cancer research, and to every individual who takes a stand with us in the fight against cancer by purchasing a Key To The Cure t-shirt or shopping at Saks during its charity shopping weekend.”Christian Louboutin, known for his iconic shoe designs, will create the exclusive 2016 Key To The Cure t-shirt—the first time Saks Fifth Avenue has partnered with an accessories designer on this prestigious project. Past t-shirt designers have included Karl Lagerfeld, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg and more. The t-shirt will be available for purchase beginning October 1 at all Saks Fifth Avenue locations in U.S. and Canada as well as on saks.com and saksoff5th.com. 100% of sales from the $35 t-shirt will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer.“I am very glad to work with Saks to support this important cause to help people who are affected by cancer,” stated Christian Louboutin. “It is my mission to help women feel beautiful, and I hope that this t-shirt empowers those who wear it.”As campaign ambassador, actress Halle Berry will appear in a Saks Fifth Avenue-sponsored national public service announcement in fashion and lifestyle media outlets throughout September and October sporting the Christian Louboutin-designed t-shirt. Past ambassadors have included Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Hilary Swank, and Nicole Kidman.“I, like so many others, have been touched by cancer, which is why I’m proud to continue to lend my support to the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer in serving as this year’s Key To The Cure ambassador,” said Halle Berry. “I hope everyone will join me in supporting this critical cause by purchasing a Key To The Cure t-Shirt.”Saks Fifth Avenue’s annual charity shopping weekend will kick off on October 27th at Saks Fifth Avenue locations in U.S. and Canada as well as on saks.com and saksoff5th.com. All 40 Saks locations will host an exciting array of events to support Key To The Cure and the program’s charity weekend.Since the campaign’s inception nearly 18 years ago, Saks Fifth Avenue has donated nearly $40 million to cancer research and treatment organizations throughout the United States. Organizations which benefitted from Saks Fifth Avenue’s charitable support included: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund, Cleveland Clinic, Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Nevada Cancer Institute and many more.
Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: “I’ve always felt like this is a boys club,” says actress Kristin Kreuk about the TV and move industry. (TARA WALTON/TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO) Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I’ve always felt like this is a boys’ club. I’ve never felt safe on set,” says Kreuk. “Sexual harassment is pervasive and insidious and it exists. It’s not always the crazy stuff you hear about. It can be more subtle. But it’s a fact of life.”READ MORE When she was a teen, Kristin Kreuk’s mother sent her to karate school to learn how to defend herself.“The idea was to kick people in case they attacked me,” says the 34-year-old Vancouver-born actress, perhaps best known as Lana Lang on CW’s Smallville, or detective Catherine Chandler in Beauty and the Beast.As a young actress, Kreuk says she wasn’t taught the concept of consent, or how to deal with inappropriate touching, where your attacker may not be wielding a knife. She just figured that sexism in the movie industry was a fact of life. And in her two-decade career, she says she has, until this year, never felt truly safe. Twitter
Trina Roache APTN National NewsA new study kicks some stereotypes about Indigenous people to the curb.It shows that Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and Innu bands are economic drivers.In fact, the boost is about $1 billion a year to the East Coast economy.
OTTAWA – The secret, golfer Ben Hogan famously declared, is in the dirt. But on Dave Druken’s high-tech practice range, there’s not a speck of the stuff.In truth, Golftec’s indoor teaching facilities are more laboratory than lesson tee: sensors and video cameras capture the swing in minute detail, while screens around the room display what’s happening from every conceivable angle.With a flip of the club, a “button box” on the ground lets students — sensor-equipped cables dangling from their shoulders and hips — review their positions frame by frame, all without even abandoning their posture at address.No faded yardage markers. No beat-up tractors gathering range balls in the distance. No divots — no real grass, even. And perhaps most importantly, no snow, not even in the dead of the national capital’s infamous off-season.“It’s a great option here in Ottawa to commit to making changes over the winter,” says Druken, Golftec’s local manager and director of instruction.“You don’t have to worry as much about taking it to the course right away, and that gives you the ability to slow it down and enjoy the journey to better golf.”Welcome to the world many observers see as the future of golf instruction: warm, dry and open for business 12 months a year, with specially trained experts who know how to turn raw numbers into better ball-striking.Winter may be coming, but long-suffering hackers can take heart: hope springs internal.“One of them most gratifying things that I see is, people that are a little bit older really picking up the game and doing very well with it,” said James Suttie, the chief executive of Vancouver-based Golftec Canada.So-called experts often say the future of golf depends on introducing the game to new players. Suttie, who understands a thing or two about how frustrating golf can be, knows better.“It’s not just getting people introduced to the game,” he says. “It’s keeping them in the game.”Canada is fertile ground for Golftec’s data-based approach.On a per-capita basis, some 21 per cent of Canadians have at least a passing interest in golf — second only to New Zealand, and roughly twice that of the United States. And yet when it comes to successful pro players, Canada pales in comparison to smaller places like Sweden and Australia.“We’re golf crazy. The unfortunate thing is we’re not necessarily very good,” Suttie says. “That is one of the things that I think we really could do a lot better at: getting the country better from a golfing standpoint.”After just seven years in Canada, Golftec represents a whopping 19.5 per cent of all the private lessons taught in Canada, he says. That percentage is just under 26 per cent in the U.S., where Golftec has been in operation since 1995.“So we’re very quickly catching up to the penetration that the U.S. has,” Suttie says.“We have a large percentage of very avid golfers, but we’re frankly not as good as the Americans are in golf, which is not a surprise because of the money that’s been spent there teaching.”Golfers themselves aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits. For teaching professionals, high-tech tools can make traditional outdoor range instruction seem like working with a blindfold on.“It’s huge,” says Druken, who like all Golftec instructors underwent a comprehensive training course at the U.S. parent company’s Denver headquarters.Where traditional instruction has often struggled to help students understand the differences between “feel” and “real,” the scientific, numbers-oriented approach all but eliminates the uncertainty that can undermine progress, he preaches.“It’s one thing to have theory about what you think the student should do, but to be able to measure gives you clear direction, and allows the student to buy into the process with trust,” Druken says.“For a novice coach, the training they receive and the tools at their disposal allow them to have direction, even when they may not know how to act from previous experience.”To prove his point, Druken quickly diagnoses a visitor’s long-standing frustrations with swing plane, spotting a shoulder tilt that’s not where it should be. The Golftec system shows a yellow or red number — not good.He activates an electronic tone that will only sound once the shoulder plane is in the green zone. A couple of false starts, then suddenly — beep! — a picture-perfect position at the top of the swing that looks yanked from the pages of Golf Digest.“We’re a numbers-driven society,” says Suttie. “Once you start to understand the numbers, it makes it a lot easier to be able to communicate effectively, so you’re working on the right things.”The indoor element makes a difference, too. Working on a swing change in the middle of the golf season borders on the impossible for all but the most dedicated players, since it often means a difficult period of adjustment at the most inopportune time.Building a new swing in the dead of winter, on the other hand? What else were you planning to do besides shovel the driveway, scrape the ice off the windshield and maybe brave the mall for a relaxing bit of Christmas shopping?“That is a great way of practicing, as opposed to going to the driving range and pounding balls for an hour, which is what I used to do all the time,” says Suttie.“It never got me better.”
HALIFAX – Celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary has been ordered to pay legal fees to a philanthropic organization that is suing him over allegations he backed out of a speaking engagement and cost the group more than $25,000.The decision, handed down Wednesday by Nova Scotia Supreme Court Judge Mona Lynch, rejects O’Leary’s attempt to dismiss the suit or move it to another jurisdiction, and awarded $3,500 in costs to the Canadian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.The chamber had been seeking $12,000 in costs, while O’Leary suggested legal costs of $1,000 after failing to have the suit dismissed after a half-day hearing last Dec. 7.In her analysis, Lynch said she was made to consider facts around the wealth of O’Leary, the brash star of the ABC show “Shark Tank” and former panellist on CBC’s “Dragon’s Den.”“The plaintiff asks me to consider that the defendant is a wealthy man who touts himself as a leading high-tech entrepreneur and investment guru; who prefers to be called ‘Mr. Wonderful’; who professes his knowledge and love of money; and who derides the death of money,” her decision reads, noting that she had never watched the show “Shark Tank.”“The award of costs that is just and appropriate in the circumstances and would do justice between the parties is $3,500.”The decision is part of a broader suit against O’Leary by the chamber’s Nova Scotia branch, which alleges that O’Leary reneged on a promise to be keynote speaker at the group’s gala event in Halifax on May 18, 2017.The group’s statement of claim, filed last Dec. 8, contends that O’Leary committed in February 2017 to speak at the Cedar and Maple Gala fundraising dinner in Halifax.It says the group set about booking a space and printing promotional materials for the event with O’Leary, who was in the midst of a leadership bid for the federal Conservative Party.But, the 10-page claim states that O’Leary abruptly pulled out of the speech without warning.Gavin Giles, who is representing the chamber in the proceedings, said O’Leary had another change of heart and agreed to speak only if a minimum of 50 members pledged to donate $1,550 to the Conservative party, “with 90 per cent of each donation being funnelled back” to O’Leary’s leadership campaign.That statement says he again withdrew when the chamber refused to agree to the conditions.The group says it had to seek out another speaker — author David Chilton — at a cost of more than $25,000, which it is seeking to recover from O’Leary along with other damages and costs.In his statement of defence, O’Leary’s lawyer Christopher Madill denies all of the allegations against his client and says the suit should be dismissed.It states that O’Leary agreed to give the address on Feb. 4, 2017, on the understanding that it would raise a minimum of $40,000 at $1,550 per person for his political run.“The defendant says that he agreed to give a keynote speech in consideration for the plaintiff organizing a major fundraising event for the defendant’s political campaign,” the defence states.“The plaintiff completely and unequivocally failed to honour its contractual obligations under the agreement.”Madill was not immediately available for comment.
B.C. Premier John Horgan says he will do whatever it takes to keep the pipeline from being built and has threatened to use regulations to stop additional oil from flowing through the line even if it is built.The Vancouver Board of Trade also said today Trudeau has to sit down with Horgan and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley immediately to solve the impasse or exert Canada’s jurisdiction through other means.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says Canada will consider financial, legal and regulatory options, but insists the government has approved the pipeline in the national interest and, one way or another, he says it will be built. OTTAWA, O.N. — Pressure is mounting on the federal government to use money or the Constitution to back up its claims that the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will be built, no matter what.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet is in Ottawa today for an emergency meeting following news that Kinder Morgan is suspending all non-essential spending on the pipeline until it and its investors feel secure the project won’t fall apart amid strong opposition from the British Columbia government.Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s United Conservative party, says since Trudeau had no qualms withholding more than $60 million from Saskatchewan for not joining the Liberal carbon tax plan, he should follow suit by withholding transfers to B.C. for blocking a pipeline it has no jurisdiction over.
Mumbai: The Shiv Sena Saturday said L K Advani would remain the “tallest leader” of the BJP irrespective of his poll presence, two days after the party nominated its chief Amit Shah from Gandhinagar, a seat represented by the BJP patriarch. In an editorial in the party mouthpiece “Saamana”, the Sena said Shah contesting in place of Advani is politically translated as the ‘Bhishmacharya’ of Indian politics being “forced” to retire. “Lal Krishna Advani is known as the ‘Bhishmacharya’ of Indian politics, but his name does not feature in the list of BJP’s candidates for Lok Sabha polls, which is not surprising,” the edit said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The Sena said the development underlined that the BJP’s Advani era has come to an end. “Advani has been elected from Gujarat’s Gandhinagar constituency six times. Now, Amit Shah will be contesting from that seat. This simply means Advani has been forced to retire,” the editorial said. Marking a generational shift in the BJP, the party recently announced candidature of Shah, who will be contesting his debut parliamentary election, from Gandhinagar. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Advani, 91, had served as Union home minister and deputy prime minister. He won the Gandhinagar seat six times. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the BJP to massive victory in 2014 and Shah was made the party president, Advani was made a member of Margdarshak Mandal (group of mentors). The Sena said, “Advani was one of the founding members of the BJP, who along with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee steered the rath of the party ahead. “But today, Modi and Shah have taken the place of them (Vajpayee and Advani). An environment has already been created in the party to ensure that seniors do not get any responsibility this time,” it stated. The Sena further said Advani has played a “long innings” in politics and would remain the “tallest leader” of the BJP. The Sena is contesting the next month’s Lok Sabha elections in alliance with the BJP. The Sena said it didn’t believe that a leader retains his top position only if he continues to be in active politics. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party also attacked the Congress which has said the Gandhinagar seat has been snatched from Advani. “The party (Congress) should not talk about insult to elders. The then prime minister P V Narasimha Rao, who had steered the Congress governments in difficult times, was insulted by the party even after his death,” it said. The Sena also referred to the 2013 incident when Rahul Gandhi tore an ordinance (on protecting convicted lawmakers) in the presence of the then prime minister Manmohan Singh. “What happened with Sitaram Kesari (former Congress president who was succeeded by Sonia Gandhi)?….Therefore it does not suit the Congress to talk about respecting elders,” the Sena said. Praising Advani, the Sena said he was responsible for expanding the BJP’s footprint across the country. “Every shining sun has to set. The BJP could reach the top because of Advani’s ‘Rath yatra’ in Ayodhya in 1990s. The BJP is reaping (dividends) because of Advani’s toil,” the Sena said.
Jerusalem- Israel has hit out at Sweden’s newly elected prime minister Stefan Loefven over his decision to recognise a Palestinian state.“Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that he regrets that the new prime minister was in a hurry to make statements on Sweden’s position regarding recognition of a Palestinian state, apparently before he had time even to study the issue in depth,” Lieberman’s office quoted him as saying, in a statement issued late Saturday.It added that Sweden’s ambassador to Israel, Carl Magnus Nesser, “will be invited for a talk at the foreign ministry in Jerusalem,” but did not say when. “Prime Minister Loefven needs to understand that no statement or act by an external party can be a substitute for direct negotiations between the sides,” the statement said.Social Democrat leader Loefven — who won last month’s general election — said on Friday his country wanted to bolster a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.“A two-state solution requires mutual recognition and the will to co-exist peacefully,” Loefven said in his inaugural address to parliament.This should take place with respect for the “legitimate demands of the Palestinians and the Israelis as regards their right to self-determination and security”, he added.Sweden voted in favour of Palestinian observer status at the United Nations in 2012, which was granted despite opposition from the United States and other countries.Seven EU members in eastern Europe and the Mediterranean have already recognised a Palestinian state, namely Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Romania.Non-EU member Iceland is the only other western European nation to have done so.Loefven’s statement was warmly welcomed by the Palestinians but the United States, Israel’s ally, said it was a step too soon.“We believe international recognition of a Palestinian state is premature,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
HALIFAX — The federal government says it will spend $47 million to boost capacity at the Port of Halifax.Transportation Minister Marc Garneau made the announcement today in a large hall along the city’s rain-soaked waterfront, not far from the largest container terminal in Eastern Canada.Garneau says the money will cover half the cost of two projects, the first of which will increase storage capacity at the port by using an existing rail line through the downtown to connect the South End Container Terminal to the Fairview Cove Container Terminal north of the city’s core.The minister says the new rail line will help reduce container truck traffic through the downtown by 75 per cent, which is also expected to greatly reduce traffic congestion and pollution.The second project will upgrade the Windsor Street Exchange, the main access road to the port.The money will come from the second round of funding under the federal government’s 11-year, $2-billion National Trade Corridors Fund, which had initially rejected an application from the port.The Canadian Press
“Women, who know the price of threats to human security so well, are also often better equipped than men to prevent or resolve them,” she said in an address to a European Union Commission conference entitled “Women: Stabilizing an Insecure World.”Equality between men and women is the ultimate tool with which to tackle issues worldwide, the Deputy Secretary-General said.“So long as women are not fully empowered, so long as we do not have true gender equality, women will always be more vulnerable to the next new challenge our globalizing world throws at us.”The meeting brought together dozens of women leaders – including heads of State, ministers, heads of international organizations, business leaders and civil society activists – to confer on the twin themes of security and women’s empowerment.Ms. Migiro pointed out that poor women contribute least to but are most affected by climate change, and urged scaled-up investments to curb food shortages and vulnerability to natural disasters.Religious extremism and intolerance also “indisputably takes its most devastating role on women,” she declared, with extremism curbing women’s human rights.Today’s meeting, which took place ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March, was also attended by Karen Koning AbuZayd, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA); Joanne Sandler, Executive Director of UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM); Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP); and Mari Simonen, Deputy Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). 6 March 2008Women are disproportionately impacted by global challenges yet are uniquely prepared to find solutions to them, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said in Brussels today.
This morning, a representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) met with senior Guinean officials in Conakry to voice growing concern over the country’s failure to meet its international obligations under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.According to the agency, villagers in the southern border towns of Yomou and Macenta have reported that Liberian asylum-seekers fleeing renewed violence had been turned back by Guinean military when they tried to enter the country. Hundreds have reportedly gathered on the Liberian side of the border waiting to get through.The delicate security situation in the area has prevented UNHCR staff from visiting on a regular basis. Guinean authorities have classified the border region as a military operation zone, requiring authorization to travel there.UNHCR is caring for over 80,000 Liberian refugees in Guinea, most of whom currently live in areas close to the insecure border. The agency, which is working to transfer them to a safer site, said today that it stands ready to assist new arrivals.
Sony’s on-demand release of ‘The Interview’ will serve as a test for movie industry Derek Karpel holds his ticket to a screening of “The Interview” at Cinema Village movie theater, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014, in New York. The film’s Christmas Day release was canceled by Sony after threats of violence by hackers linked to North Korea, but the release was reinstated in some independent theaters and through a variety of digital platforms. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Dec 24, 2014 10:58 pm MDT ATLANTA – Sony’s “The Interview” has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theatres, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of movie release.“The Interview” stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as journalists tasked by the CIA with killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Its Christmas Day release was cancelled by Sony after threats of violence by hackers linked to North Korea. But after an outcry, the release was reinstated in some independent theatres and now, through a few online video services.Although the circumstances surrounding “The Interview” are unprecedented, experts say the release will be closely watched to see how moviegoers and theatre chains react to a simultaneous debut. It’s a challenge to the longstanding practice of “windowing” — opening a movie first in theatres to maximize box-office revenue before making the movie available in other stages of home video, streaming and television.“I can’t say that this is the future,” said Jeff Bock, senior box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations Co. “For this film, in particular, it works because of the saga that goes along with it. But it’s nice to have a film we can actually use as a guinea pig for a video-on-demand release.”Sony released “The Interview” Wednesday on a variety of digital platforms — Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft’s Xbox Video and a separate Sony website. It costs $5.99 to rent for 48 hours and $14.99 to purchase. It also will open in more than 300 smaller theatres on Thursday, though major chains are still holding out.Carrying “The Interview” marks another step in Google’s efforts to establish YouTube as an entertainment hub that features major movies and trendy musical videos — not just cute clips of kitties. Google, though, primarily is providing outlets for the movie because it considers itself to be a guardian of free speech.Decisions by Google and Microsoft to show the movie could open their sites to hacking. Microsoft reported technical problems with its Xbox sign-in system Wednesday, though it wasn’t known whether it was the result of hacking. Microsoft services appeared back to normal by Wednesday night. Microsoft declined comment.Online availability of “The Interview” comes as more people are choosing to stream video online, largely because of YouTube, Hulu and Netflix, which has been phasing out its original DVD-by-mail business over the past four years. During that time, the number of Netflix subscribers in the U.S. has nearly doubled to about 40 million in a reflection of Internet video’s growing popularity.Nonetheless, releasing a major motion picture in theatres and online simultaneously — known as a “day-and-date” release — has never been done by a major studio with a mainstream movie like “The Interview.” It’s been limited to some smaller indie and foreign movies. The upcoming “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” sequel will be released on Netflix and Imax theatres on the same day, but that isn’t a studio production, despite the involvement of the Weinstein Co.Theater chains have been trying to preserve the traditional theatrical window. Regal Cinemas and Cinemark, for example, declined to screen Warner Bros.’ day-and-date release “Veronica Mars” earlier this year. Warner Bros. instead rented from AMC Theaters most of the 270 screens the movie played in while it was also released on VOD.This time, however, the four major theatre chains can’t really object, analysts said, as they all declined to show “The Interview,” leaving Sony little choice.“This isn’t being done because Sony wants to do it regularly, but rather out of necessity prompted by the exhibitor boycott,” Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said. “The only guys showing it are independent chains.”With a modest budget of about $40 million, “The Interview” had been predicted to gross about $30 million in its opening weekend. Bock estimates Sony could gross just a fraction of that — $3 million to $4 million — at this box office this weekend. As for streaming, Bock said the $5.99 price for rental is much lower than regular theatre tickets, and that could drive demand. But Sony isn’t likely to make up all of its costs, including the tens of millions in marketing costs already incurred.A best-case scenario for a video-on-demand release is the thriller “Snowpiercer,” which debuted on video on demand about two weeks after its theatrical release. It made nearly $11 million on VOD, more than double its theatrical revenue, and is considered one of the most successful VOD releases so far.If “The Interview” agreement is similar to other digital video deals, Google and Microsoft will get a 30 per cent commission on all rentals and purchases of the movies made through their services. Yet even if the movie were to be wildly successful and generate $100 million in video-on-demand revenue, that would leave about $30 million for Google and Microsoft to divide — hardly anything for two of the world’s most profitable companies. For instance, Google is expected to bring in revenue of about $66 billion this year, or about $30 million every four hours.By including “The Interview” in their libraries, both YouTube and Microsoft’s Xbox can also make more people aware they rent and sell a wide range of videos. Although YouTube began renting movies nearly five years ago, many people think of the site as a destination for free clips lasting for a few minutes instead of place to watch full-length films.Gitesh Pandya, editor of Box Office Guru, said all the media attention should lead to “strong averages from the limited theatrical release plus solid video-on-demand sales” over the holidays, but he expects demand to fade in January because of the quality of the movie.“It is great that a freedom of speech debate is happening for Hollywood films,” he said. “I just wish it was centred around a better movie,” he said.___AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke in San Francisco and Film Writer Lindsey Bahr in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
Lumber giant West Fraser Mills facing environmental charges in Alberta by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 26, 2016 2:09 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 26, 2016 at 7:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HINTON, Alta. – The Alberta government has charged a pulp mill with several offences under the Environmental Protection Act.West Fraser Mills in Hinton, Alta., faces a total of six charges after the release of a substance in September 2014 that allegedly wasn’t immediately reported to Alberta Environment.The company also faces one charge of failing to follow safety rules while unloading a chemical from a truck.James Gorman, vice president of external and government relations at West Fraser, said in a statement that the company did notify authorities of an incident after a material was delivered to the wrong location at the mill site.“As soon as this was discovered, our employees reacted immediately to remedy the situation and notified the appropriate agencies,” said Gorman.He said the company takes safety and environmental responsibilities very seriously, and West Fraser reviewed, corrected and improved its material handling activities following the incident.Both the company and officials with Alberta Environment declined to provide further details about the incident, including which substance was released, because the issue is before the courts.West Fraser’s first court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 19 in Hinton.The company calls itself one of North America’s largest lumber companies with 40 mills across Western Canada and the southern United States.
by The Associated Press Posted Aug 18, 2017 10:42 am MDT Last Updated Aug 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Chairman & CEO William J. Rouhana Jr., center, rings the opening bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite to mark his company’s IPO, in New York’s Times Square, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. With a total of 2,500,000 shares of Class A common stock sold at $12 per share, CSS Entertainment’s offering is the largest exchange-listed IPO completed under Reg A+ and the first to list on the higher tier Nasdaq Global Market. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Hot stock tip: Chicken Soup for the Soul NEW YORK, N.Y. – “These are the times that try men’s souls,” was written more than two centuries ago, but given events this week, they could have popped up in any blog or tweet in recent days.What better time then, for a little Chicken Soup for the Soul?The provider of positive vibes is becoming a publicly traded company Friday, and not a moment too soon.The company, called Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment Inc., offered 2.5 million shares for $12 each.Chicken Soup produces television programs and online videos, but is best known for the books sold under the same name, with more than 250 published titles in 40 languages.The company was founded by motivational speakers Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen in 1993. They sold what was still essentially a company focused on books in 2008.Since then, Chicken Soup has turned to video production and distribution. Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment CEO William Rouhana described it as a Netflix for Chicken Soup fans.The positive content offered by the company is important right now given the divisions among Americans, Rouhana said.Chicken Soup held what is known as a “mini initial public offering,” which gives smaller investors and individuals the ability to buy shares.Startups, through a mini IPO, can raise up to $50 million. Chicken Soup is raising $30 million. Rouhana said that the company’s offering is hopefully laying the groundwork for other companies to do small cap IPOs.Already an investor in Chicken Soup is actor Ashton Kutcher, who has been active with startup companies for years.Chicken Soup bought Kutcher’s media company A Plus late last year, and Kutcher became an investor in Chicken Soup for the Soul.Other investors weren’t feeling cheered on the first day of trading, however. Shares of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment closed Friday down 23 per cent.
Then-redshirt-sophomore Cory Kunze jumps over a hurdle during the Jesse Owens Track Classic April 14, 2012, at Jesse Owens Memorial Field.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State track and field teams got their seasons off to a fast start in their first meets of the year.The teams opened their indoor seasons at the Buckeye Classic in the French Field House Friday, playing host to Wright State, Marshall, Dayton, Kentucky State, Ohio and Ashland, in addition to unattached runners.The men’s team had an OSU runner place first in four of seven individual running events. There were three first place finishers in field events.Senior sprinter and hurdler Demoye Bogle won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.65 seconds to break his own school record. This winning time was also a French Field House record and was one of the top finishing times in Division I hurdles this season. Redshirt-freshman Donovan Robertson came second behind Bogle with his personal best time of 7.74 seconds but with the second best in school history.Junior sprinter and hurdler Timothy Faust also had a personal best time of 6.77 seconds at the Buckeye Classic in the 60-meter run.The season opener generated about 1,000 fans.In five of seven individual races, the OSU women’s squad had runners finish first and second. Senior sprinter Chesna Sykes finished first in the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.Along with many first place finishers, there were also three personal bests for women’s track recorded on the day. Sophomore sprinter and hurdler Alexis Franklin came in second in the 60-meter hurdles with a personal best 8.35 seconds.Junior sprinter and jumper Abie Ehimwenman received her personal best mark of 6.01 meters in the long jump, putting her in first place. Senior thrower Emily Taylor grabbed another personal best and third place with an 18.71 meter toss in the weight throw.OSU’s young runners showed off their talents in the 3,000-meter run, with sophomore distance runner Minori Minagwa claiming first with a time of 10 minutes 20 seconds and freshman distance runner Jill Kanney taking second, just two seconds behind Minagwa.Next weekend, the women’s team is set to hit the road to travel to Lexington, Ky., for the Kentucky Invite and the men’s team is set to be in State College, Pa., for the Penn State Invite.