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October 15, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment THE ROOKIE – “Pilot” – Starting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life. (ABC/Tony Rivetti)TITUS MAKIN, MELISSA O’NEIL, NATHAN FILLION The CTV 2018/19 lineup features an incredible list of stars including Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Carpenter, Matt Czuchry, Nathan Fillion, Scott Foley, Joe Morton, Noah Wyle, and the iconic pop group ABBA. Among the acclaimed, heavy-hitting producers behind new CTV series are Greg Berlanti, Simon Cowell, Tim Doyle, Ava DuVernay, Simon Fuller, Mark Gordon, Peter Lenkov, and Eva Longoria.CTV and CTV 2’s 2018/19 primetime schedules will be presented at the #CTVUpfront on Thursday, June 7 in Toronto. CTV concluded the 2017/18 season as Canada’s most-watched television network for the 17th year in a row.CTV’s New 2018/19 Acquisitions:SERIESTHE ROOKIETHE ROOKIEStarting over isn’t easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force’s oldest rookie, he’s met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can’t keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he’ll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life. The series stars four-time Emmy®-nominated, Canadian-born Nathan Fillion (CASTLE) as John Nolan, Alyssa Diaz (ZOO) as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones (SANTA CLARITA DIET, JUDGING AMY) as Sergeant Wade Grey, Titus Makin (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, STAR CROSSED) as Jackson West, Mercedes Mason (FEAR THE WALKING DEAD) as Captain Zoe Andersen, Canadian actor from Calgary, Alta. Melissa O’Neil (DARK MATTER, LOST GENERATION) as Lucy Chen, Afton Williamson (THE BREAKS, BLINDSPOT) as Talia Bishop and Eric Winter (ROSEWOOD, SECRETS AND LIES) as Tim Bradford. Alexi Hawley (CASTLE) is writer and executive producer; Mark Gordon (DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, GREY’S ANATOMY, RAY DONOVAN), Nathan Fillion, Michelle Chapman, and Jon Steinberg are executive producers on the series. Liz Friedlander (CONVICTION) directed and executive produced the first episode. Entertainment One (eOne) is the lead studio on THE ROOKIE, a co-production with ABC Studios.MAGNUM P.I.MAGNUM P.I. is a modern take on the classic series starring Jay Hernandez (SCANDAL, THE EXPANSE) as Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator. A charming rogue, an American hero, and a die-hard Detroit Tigers fan, Magnum has Juliet Higgins and her Dobermans to keep him in line, as well as his trusted buddies and fellow POW survivors TC and Rick when he needs back-up on a job. With keys to a vintage Ferrari in one hand, aviator sunglasses in the other, and an Old Düsseldorf longneck chilling in the fridge, Thomas Magnum is back on the case!Peter Lenkov (HAWAII FIVE-O), Eric Guggenheim (HAWAII FIVE-O, PARENTHOOD), Justin Lin (S.W.A.T., SCORPION), John Davis, John Fox and Danielle Woodrow are executive producers for CBS Television Studios in association with Universal Television. Lin directed the pilot from a script by Lenkov and Guggenheim. MAGNUM P.I. stars Jay Hernandez as Thomas Magnum, Perdita Weeks (ENNY DREADFUL) as Juliet Higgins, Zachary Knighton (SANTA CLARITA DIET) as Orville “Rick” Wright, and Stephen Hill (LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT) as Theodore “TC” Calvin.GOD FRIENDED MEGOD FRIENDED ME stars Brandon Micheal Hall (THE MAYOR, SEARCH PARTY) in a humorous, uplifting drama about Miles Finer (Hall), an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from God and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him. After repeated pokes by God, Miles’ curiosity takes over, and he accepts the ultimate friend request and follows the signs to Cara Bloom (Violett Beane), an online journalist. Brought together by the “God Account,” the two find themselves investigating God’s friend suggestions and inadvertently helping others in need. Miles is set on getting to the bottom of what he believes is an elaborate hoax, but in the meantime he’ll play along and, in the process, change his life forever. Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt , Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Marcos Siega are executive producers for Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Siega directed the pilot from a script by Lilien & Wynbrandt. GOD FRIENDED MEstars Brandon Micheal Hall as Miles Finer, Violett Beane (THE FLASH) as Cara Bloom, Suraj Sharma (HOMELAND) as Rakesh Singh, Javicia Leslie (CHEF JULIAN) as Ali Finer and Joe Morton (SCANDAL) as Reverend Arthur Finer.THE RESIDENTTHE RESIDENT is a powerful medical show focusing on a young doctor’s final years of training that rips back the curtain to reveal the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals across the country. The series stars Matt Czuchry (THE GOOD WIFE), Canadian actress Emily VanCamp (REVENGE), Manish Dayal (HALT AND CATCH FIRE), Moran Atias (24: LEGACY), Merrin Dungey (BIG LITTLE LIES), Shaunette Renée Wilson (Black Panther, BILLIONS), Melina Kanakaredes (CSI: NY, PROVIDENCE), and Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood (The PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, MAD MEN). THE RESIDENT is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series’ executive producers include Todd Harthan (ROSEWOOD), Amy Holden Jones (Mystic Pizza, Indecent Proposal), (GREY’S ANATOMY), Antoine Fuqua (Southpaw, TRAINING DAY), David Boorstein (Level 26: Dark Revelations), Oly Obst (THE MICK, GHOSTED), and Phillip Noyce (PATRIOT GAMES, THE BONE COLLECTOR), who also directed the pilot.THE ALEC BALDWIN SHOWStarring the three-time Emmy® Award winner, the one-hour program showcases host Alec Baldwin’s (30 ROCK) in-depth conversations with compelling personalities. The show is executive produced by Jason Schrift, along with Baldwin and Mallory Schwartz via his El Dorado Pictures.THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHTSet in the 1970s, this ensemble comedy follows a traditional Irish-Catholic family, the Clearys, as they navigate big and small changes during one of America’s most turbulent decades. In a working-class neighborhood outside Los Angeles, Mike and Peggy raise eight boisterous boys who live out their days with little supervision. The household is turned upside down when oldest son Lawrence returns home and announces he’s quitting the seminary to go off and “save the world.” Times are changing and this family will never be the same. There are 10 people, three bedrooms, one bathroom and everyone in it for themselves. The series stars Michael Cudlitz (THE WALKING DEAD) as Mike Cleary, Mary McCormack (FALLING WATER) as Peggy Cleary, Sam Straley (CHICAGO P.D.) as Lawrence, Caleb Martin Foote (AMERICAN HORROR STORY) as Eddie, Sawyer Barth (PUBLIC MORALS) as Frank, Christopher Paul Richards (ME, MYSELF, AND I; BILLIONS) as Joey, Jack Gore (BILLIONS) as Timmy, Andy Walken as William, and Santino Barnard as Pat. The series is inspired by the childhood of writer/executive producer Tim Doyle. Randall Einhorn (PARKS AND RECREATION, THE OFFICE) directed and was an executive producer on the pilot. The series is from ABC Studios.WHISKEY CAVALIERThe high-octane, hour-long action dramedy follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: “Whiskey Cavalier”), played by Scott Foley (SCANDAL). Following an emotional breakup, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: “Fiery Tribune”), played by Lauren Cohan (THE WALKING DEAD). Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics. The series stars Scott Foley as Will Chase, Lauren Cohan as Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge, Ana Ortiz (UGLY BETTY) as Susan Sampson, Tyler James Williams (THE WALKING DEAD) as Edgar Standish and Vir Das as Jai Datta. Dave Hemingson (THE CATCH) is writer and executive producer; Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold (Doozer Productions) are executive producers; Peter Atencio is director and executive producer (pilot), and Scott Foley is producer of the series from Warner Bros. Television.THE FIX Facebook @CTV – TwitterCTV – FacebookCTV – InstagramABOUT CTV: CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 17 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Attorney and author Marcia Clark co-writes and executive produces a new legal drama about Maya Travis, an L.A. district attorney who suffers a devastating defeat when prosecuting an A-list actor for double murder. With her high-profile career derailed, she flees for a quieter life in Washington. Eight years later when this same celebrity is under suspicion for another murder, Maya Travis is lured back to the DA’s office for another chance at justice. This legal thriller is executive produced/co-written by Clark, Liz Craft and Sarah Fain (FOR THE PEOPLE, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), and is from Mandeville TV and ABC Studios. THE FIX stars Robin Tunney (THE MENTALIST) as Maya Travis, Adam Rayner (NOTORIOUS) as Matthew Collier, Merrin Dungey (ALIAS) as CJ, Breckin Meyer (FRANKLIN & BASH) as Alan Wiest, Marc Blucas (UNDERGROUND) as Riv, Mouzam Makkar (THE EXORCIST, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES) as Loni Kampoor, Alex Saxon (THE FOSTERS) as Gabriel Johnson, with Scott Cohen (ALLEGIANCE, THE GILMORE GIRLS) as Ezra Wolf and Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje (TEN DAYS IN THE VALLEY, LOST) as Sevvy Johnson. Elizabeth Craft, Sarah Fain, and Marcia Clark are writers and executive producers. David Hoberman (The Fighter, MONK), Todd Lieberman (The Fighter, DETROIT 1-8-7), and Laurie Zaks (CASTLE) are executive producers (Mandeville). Canadian-born, L.A.-based writer/director/producer Larysa Kondracki directed the pilot.THE RED LINEFrom acclaimed producers including Ava DuVernay (Selma), and Greg Berlanti (SUPERGIRL, THE FLASH, ARROW), THE RED LINE is a drama that follows the lives of three vastly different Chicago families whose stories of loss and tragedy intersect in the wake of the mistaken shooting of an African American doctor by a white cop. As the stories of the Calder, Young and Evans families crisscross and converge, a message of hope appears – it’s possible to emerge from tragedy stronger, and it’s important to come together with others, not just to survive, but to thrive. Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominee Ava DuVernay, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (THE FLASH) are executive producers, and Caitlin Parrish (SUPERGIRL) and Erica Weiss are co-executive producers for Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Victoria Mahoney directed the pilot from a script by Parrish and Weiss. THE RED LINE stars Noah Wyle (ER) as Daniel Calder, Emayatzy Corinealdi (BALLERS) as Tia Young, Aliyah Royale as Jira Calder-Brennan, Noel Fisher (SHAMELESS) as Paul Evans, Howard Charles as Ethan Young, Elizabeth Laidlaw as Vic Renna, Vinny Chhibber (NO TOMORROW) as Liam Bhatt, and Michael Patrick Thornton (PRIVATE PRACTICE) as Jim Evans.THE ENEMY WITHINIn this fast-paced, spy-hunting thriller, Erica Shepherd (Jennifer Carpenter) is a brilliant former CIA operative, now known as the most notorious traitor in American history, serving life in a Supermax prison. Against every fiber of his being, but with nowhere else to turn, FBI Agent Will Keaton (Morris Chestnut) enlists Shepherd to help track down a fiercely dangerous and elusive criminal she knows all too well. For Keaton, it’s not easy to trust the woman who cost him so much. While Shepherd and Keaton have different motivations for bringing the enemy to justice, they both know that to catch a spy… they must think like one. The cast includes Jennifer Carpenter (LIMITLESS, DEXTER), Morris Chestnut (ROSEWOOD), Raza Jaffrey (HOMELAND), and Kelli Garner (PAN AM). Ken Woodruff (GOTHAM, THE MENTALIST) will write and executive produce. Mark Pellington (BLINDSPOT) will direct and executive produce the pilot. Vernon Sanders also executive produces. THE ENEMY WITHIN is produced by Universal Television.THE VILLAGEWelcome to THE VILLAGE, an apartment building in Brooklyn that appears like any other from the outside – but is quite unique inside. The people who reside here have built a bonded family of friends and neighbors. Sarah’s a nurse and single mom raising a creative teen; Gabe’s a young law student who just got a much older and unexpected roommate; Ava must secure the future of her young, U.S.-born son when ICE comes knocking; Nick’s a veteran who’s just returned from war; and the heart and soul of the building, Ron and Patricia, have captivating tales all their own. These are the hopeful, heartwarming and challenging stories of life that prove family is everything, even if it’s the one you make with the people around you. The cast includes Moran Atias (THE RESIDENT, 24: LEGACY), Dominic Chianese (THE GOOD WIFE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE), Warren Christie (THE RESIDENT), Frankie Faison (THE GOOD WIFE), Jerod Haynes, Daren Kagasoff (RED BAND SOCIETY), Michaela McManus (SEAL TEAM), Lorraine Toussaint (THE FOSTERS), and Grace Van Dien (GREENHOUSE ACADEMY). Mike Daniels (SHADES OF BLUE, SONS OF ANARCHY) will write and executive produce. Minkie Spiro (DOWNTON ABBEY, CALL THE MIDWIFE) directs and executive produces the pilot. Jessica Rhoades (COLD CASE FILES) also executive produces. THE VILLAGE is produced by Universal Television and 6107 Productions.GRAND HOTELEva Longoria (DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES) executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel’s loyal staff round out a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior. The show is based on the Spanish series. GRAND HOTEL stars Demian Bichir (THE BRIDGE, WEEDS) as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sanchez (WITHOUT A TRACE) as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz (THE FOSTERS) as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig (VALOR) as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson (THE MAYOR, THE GAME) as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes (LOVE CHILD) as Danny, Shalim Ortiz (HEROES) as Mateo, Anne Winters (THE FOSTERS) as Ingrid, Chris Warren (THE FOSTERS) as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.Brian Tanen (UGLY BETTY) is the writer and executive producer; Eva Longoria and Ben Spector (UnbeliEVAble), Ramon Campos and Teresa Fernandez-Valdes (Beta) are executive producers of the series. Ken Olin (THIS IS US) directed the pilot. The series is produced by ABC Studios.AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONSThis special edition of the series brings together the most talented, memorable, wackiest and all-around favorites from past seasons of “AGT” for the ultimate display of talent. Additionally, some of the most popular acts from the other world GOT TALENT franchises, spanning 184 countries, will come to share their talents and compete against one other. AMERICA’S GOT TALENT was created by Simon Cowell and is co-produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane, and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.SPECIALSABBA: THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTEOne of the bestselling music groups of all time with album and single sales of 380 million, the four members of ABBA – Agnetha Faltskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Anderson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – will be debuting their first new song in 35 years, written by Andersson and Ulvaeus. It is set to be performed by virtual ABBA, a state-of-the-art digital representation of the band in 1979 but voiced and recorded by ABBA today. The two-hour special ABBA: THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE will showcase specially invited artists performing classic songs made famous by ABBA, including “Dancing Queen”, “Mamma Mia”, The Winner Takes It All” and “Take A Chance On Me”. The telecast will be produced and directed by Johan Renck (THE LAST PANTHERS) and executive produced by Simon Fuller (AMERICAN IDOL, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE), with Es Devlin on board as set designer.Social Media links TORONTO, May 31, 2018 – CTV announced today that it has landed Hollywood’s hottest, big-buzz new series at this year’s Los Angeles Screenings, securing deals with six leading studio partners for seven new dramas, two new dramedies, one new comedy, a talk show starring A-lister Alec Baldwin, and a hot-ticket special that pays tribute to one of the most influential groups of all time. In addition, CTV also confirmed today it has acquired break-out drama THE RESIDENT and a special edition of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS to expand its star-studded slate.“Mission accomplished. CTV has secured the most coveted series from Hollywood, including two of the year’s biggest drama gets, THE ROOKIE and MAGNUM P.I.,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “Big stars, great stories and best-in-class drama, comedy and reality; we look forward to introducing Canadians to another winning lineup this Fall.”The season’s new slate of series’ and specials includes:THE ROOKIE, the sought-after and big-buzz new cop series marking the return of Nathan Fillion to primetime television as a man who pursues his dream of joining the LAPD in the midst of a mid-life awakeningMAGNUM P.I., the must-watch, fun-filled, and action-packed reboot of the classic series featuring ex-Navy SEAL turned private eye Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez)GOD FRIENDED ME, a humorous and uplifting drama starring Brandon Micheal Hall.WHISKEY CAVALIER, the high-octane, hour-long action dramedy named after the code name of super FBI agent Will Chase and starring fan-favourites Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan.Legal thriller THE FIX, a courtroom drama with high-profile attorney and author Marcia Clark at the helm as executive producerThe eponymous, primetime interview series THE ALEC BALDWIN SHOW, featuring the three-time Emmy® Award winner and his whip-smart brand of humour while in conversation with compelling personalitiesTHE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, a family-focused single-camera comedy about traditional Irish-Catholic family of 10, inspired by the 1970s childhood of acclaimed writer/executive producer Tim Doyle.THE RED LINE, a timely, racially charged drama from Hollywood heavyweight producers Ava DuVernay and Greg Berlanti and starring TV veteran Noah WyleFast-paced, spy-hunting thriller THE ENEMY WITHIN, in which an FBI agent enlists a locked up, ex-CIA operative(Jennifer Carpenter) to track down a criminalTHE VILLAGE, the heart-warming drama about neighbours who have found a home and a bonded family in an apartment building in BrooklynGRAND HOTEL, the soapy upstairs/downstairs drama executive produced by Hollywood A-lister Eva Longoriafocusing on the scandals and explosive secrets hiding beneath the picture perfect exterior of a Miami Beach hotelAMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS, featuring the very best “AGT” contenders from around the worldLong-awaited special ABBA: THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC, AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE, featuring the first new ABBA music in 35 years from the legendary pop groupAnd the sophomore season of compelling medical drama THE RESIDENT, starring fan-favourites Matt Czuchry and Canada’s Emily VanCamplast_img read more

October 13, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgINGERSOLL, Ont. – General Motors and the union representing about 2,500 striking workers at the CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., are expected to resume talks today aimed at ending a strike that’s into its fourth week.The members of Unifor Local 88 walked off the job a little more than three weeks ago on Sept. 17 as union negotiators worked to have GM designate the CAMI plant as the lead producer of the Equinox SUV.The union said last Thursday that the two sides had “worked through a lot of the contract language” but remained far apart on job security and economic issues.Local 88 president Dan Borthwick says the union’s master bargaining committee took a break over the Thanksgiving weekend and met this morning.He says the union’s position will remain the same as it was last Thursday when it meets with the company’s bargaining team.Job security at the CAMI plant has been a major issue, with Unifor seeking to prevent work done by its members from being moved to Mexico, where GM also produces the Equinox SUV.Ontario Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid said Friday that he had spoken with both sides and that neither had asked for government support to keep the Equinox lines in the province.Duguid said the dispute was “rippling through” Ontario’s supply chain economy and urged both parties to reach an agreement.Dias dismissed GM’s latest contract offer last week as “fluff,” saying it still allowed the company to shift resources away from the Ingersoll plant.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Rabat – The report outlines the population’s access to medical and pension insurance, based on the results of the 2017 National Employment Survey.Nearly half of the Moroccan population is covered with disparities by gender, age and place of residence.Out of an estimated population of nearly 34.8 million in 2017, 16.2 million Moroccans (46.6 percent) have medical coverage, 15.5 percent are subscribers, and 31.1 percent are eligible or beneficiaries. The share of women is slightly higher than that of men, 47.6 percent and 45.5 percent respectively, and that of urban residents markedly higher than that of rural residents, 53.4 percent and 35.5 percent respectively. The medical coverage rate is 56.7 percent among people aged 60 and over, compared to 37.1 percent among young people aged 15 to 29.Read Also: Morocco Determined to Extend Health Coverage by 2020 with WHO SupportThe medical coverage rate varies from 47.4 percent for people living in male-headed households to 41.1 percent for those headed by women.The rate improves considerably with the level of education of the head of the household, from 39.3 percent for persons living in households where the head of the household has no education at all to 78.2 percent for persons in households where the head of the household has a higher education.Read Also: insufficient Oral Healthcare: An Overlooked Public Health Crisis in MoroccoAbout 4 out of 10 employed people aged 15 and over have medical coverageThe employed labour force is estimated at 10.7 million in 2017. About 4.6 million people (42.7 percent) have medical coverage, 35.2 percent are members, and 7.5 percent are beneficiaries.47.1 percent of employed working women have medical coverage compared to 41.3 percent of men and 51.6 percent of urban residents compared to 31.8 percent of rural residents. This rate rises from 35.3 percent among employed workers with no qualifications to 78.5 percent among those with a higher level qualification. read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May’s chief disciplinarian says the government should have told people they would have to accept a softer form of exiting the European Union after May lost her majority in the 2017 general election.Chief Whip Julian Smith, whose job is to ensure Conservative Party lawmakers vote for the government, makes the comments in a BBC documentary to be broadcast Monday.Smith says May called the election to strengthen her hand in delivering Brexit, but was weakened when she lost her majority. He says the government “should have just been clearer the consequences of that, the parliamentary arithmetic, would mean that this would be inevitably a kind of softer type of Brexit.”The comments come after Parliament rejected May’s EU withdrawal deal for a third time on Friday.The Associated Press read more

October 7, 2019 | | Post a Comment

OTTAWA — Canada and the European Union hit back Wednesday at the Trump administration’s decision to allow lawsuits against foreign companies connected to properties seized from American firms during the Cuban revolution, vowing to protect their businesses.Canada and the EU pledged to work together in the World Trade Organization and ban the enforcement or recognition of American court orders against Canadian or European companies.The landmark tightening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba’s communist government represents a major shift in U.S. foreign policy — one that could place Canadian mining, tourism and financial services companies at risk in American courts. Trade tensions flare as Trump threatens new EU tariffs on jetliners, helicopters, motorcycles, cheese, wine … The new NAFTA deal is ‘in trouble’ amid looming elections, fights over tariffs ‘I’m not optimistic’: Political will for passage of new NAFTA rapidly evaporating in America About one million Canadians annually vacation in Cuba and Toronto-based resource company Sherritt International is long established there, while countries such as Britain, France and Spain have companies active in rum, cigars and tourism.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada is “deeply disappointed” and reviewing options with the EU.“The EU and Canada consider the extraterritorial application of unilateral Cuba-related measures contrary to international law,” Freeland, her European Union counterpart Federica Mogherini and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said in a joint statement Wednesday.“Our respective laws allow any U.S. claims to be followed by counter-claims in European and Canadian courts, so the U.S. decision to allow suits against foreign companies can only lead to an unnecessary spiral of legal actions.”Freeland said the government regularly met with the U.S. officials since January, when the issue first surfaced, to raise concerns about “the possible negative consequences for Canadians — concerns that are long-standing and well known to our U.S. partners.”During a recent trip to Washington, Freeland met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to discuss the effect on Canadian companies if the U.S. were to resurrect Title III of the Helms-Burton Act.Canada and its European allies have pushed the Trump administration to continue to suspend use of the dormant section of the law that allows Americans to sue foreign companies linked to Cuban properties confiscated after the 1959 revolution.When the U.S. law came went into force in 1996, then-president Bill Clinton postponed the implementation of Title III. Subsequent presidents followed suit and renewed the exemption every six months.President Donald Trump changed that practice. Last month, the U.S. State Department extended the Title III exemption by only 30 days.Canada’s Foreign Extraterritorial Measures Act was amended in January 1997 to provide that any judgment under the Helms-Burton Act will not be recognized or enforceable in any manner in Canada. Other countries implemented similar ”blocking statutes” at the time.On Wednesday, Pompeo said the end of the Title III exemption is rooted in Cuba’s ongoing support of Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government in Venezuela, and it would take effect early next month.“Cuba’s behaviour in the Western Hemisphere undermines security and stability of countries throughout the region, which directly threatens United States national security interests,” he said, adding that Cuban military intelligence and state security services today keep Maduro in power.“Sadly, Cuba’s most prominent export these days is not cigars or rum, it’s oppression. Detente with the regime has failed.”Canada, its Lima Group allies and the U.S. have called for Maduro’s ouster and recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim leader of the beleaguered South American country, which has been engulfed in economic and political turmoil, sparking a refugee crisis.The Canadian Chamber of Commerce said recently it was concerned about the potential impact on Canadian companies with operations in Cuba.— with files from Ian Bickis read more

October 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) continued its 2005 session yesterday with a discussion led by the Chairmen of its Ad Hoc Advisory Groups, dealing with long-term recovery, peace and development in Haiti, Burundi and Guinea-Bissau.The four-year-old Ad Hoc Group on Haiti is charged with advocating a long-term strategy and programme of support for the impoverished country in such areas as education, peacebuilding, poverty eradication, social integration, trade, productive employment, and durable recovery, aimed particularly at reinforcing capacity-building objectives and civil society institutions.Chairman Alan Rock of Canada said that while the Group recognized that the chief responsibility for building a stable and democratic country rested in the hands of the Haitian people, the global community must play a supporting role over the longer term to consolidate stability and turn Haiti towards the achievement of the development goals.For that to happen, the new Government would need to focus on a few areas that would demonstrate progress to the Haitian people. He noted that a great deal needed to be done to strengthen the legitimacy of State institutions in the eyes of the population. Engaging in a decentralized process of decision-making and resources, without diminishing the fragile authority of the central Government, was also necessary to unleash the economic potential of neglected departments.In 2002 ECOSOC created a framework for advisory groups on African countries emerging from conflict with a view to assessing the humanitarian and economic needs of these countries and elaborating a long-term programme of support that begins with the integration of relief into development.Introducing the reports on the Ad Hoc Advisory Groups on Burundi and Guinea-Bissau, Xolisa Mabhongo of South Africa urged a long-term commitment from the international community, not only during the critical period of political consolidation, but also well beyond. read more

October 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 9, 2017 10:33 am MDT Last Updated Aug 9, 2017 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Transportation agency orders hearing into Air Transat tarmac delays An Air Transat sign is seen Tuesday, May 31, 2016 in Montreal. The Canadian Transportation Agency says it plans to hold a public hearing about an incident last week in which two Air Transat planes sat for hours on an Ottawa tarmac. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson OTTAWA – Air Transat’s president has taken aim at the Liberal government’s proposed passenger bill of rights, writing that the legislation may unfairly punish airlines for delays that spiral out of control.Jean-Francois Lemay made the comment in a response last week to the Canadian Transportation Agency about an incident July 31 in which two Air Transat planes sat for hours on an Ottawa tarmac.The agency said Wednesday that it plans to hold a public hearing at the end of this month about the incident, noting in a release that broader talks about how the airline industry must respond to tarmac delays will be dealt with after Parliament approves the Liberal bill.The Liberals plan to pass their bill, known as C-49, before the end of the year with hearings on the legislation set to begin in early September even before the House of Commons officially resumes sitting after its summer break.Lemay’s letter to the agency suggested that what went wrong in Ottawa just over a week ago shows the Liberals must force airports to “provide critical infrastructure and related operational ground support in a timely manner” if the government intends to place new obligations on airlines.“Indeed, as we have clearly seen in this case, the tendency is to focus solely on the actions of the airline,” Lemay wrote in the letter released by the agency.“This must not be the basis for informed legislation going forward.”In a statement, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said the planned passenger rights regime would create “clear and fair standards” for how airline passengers have to be treated in cases of long delays on the tarmac, overbooking, cancellations or lost or damaged baggage.“When passengers buy an airline ticket, they expect and deserve that the airline will respect its agreement with them,” he said. “When the terms of that agreement are not met, passengers should know their rights and be entitled to compensation where appropriate.“There should be a certain minimum standard of treatment when things do not go as planned.”Things appeared to go awry last week when storms forced two Montreal-bound two Air Transat flights, one from Rome, the other from Brussels, to land in Ottawa on July 31, along with several other flights that had to be rerouted.Air Transat and the Ottawa airport have blamed each other for what followed, which was an hours-long wait on the tarmac, during which one passenger aboard the Brussels flight dialled 911 to get help. Lemay’s letter blames the airport for failing to refuel the Brussels plane — which would have let kept the air conditioning on — and a deluge of rerouted flights that clogged available gates.The flight attendants on both planes offered whatever drinks they had left to passengers stuck on the plane, Lemay wrote, but what was left after the transatlantic flights was quickly exhausted as temperatures in the cabins crept up.Eventually, the two planes were refuelled, with the Rome flight taking off four hours after landing in Ottawa and the Brussels flight taking two more hours to leave because of problems starting the engines.Lemay argued that during the whole ordeal, some of which played out on social media, there was no way to get passengers off the planes safely.The agency said it will hold a hearing in Ottawa Aug. 30 and 31 after it collects written and verbal submissions from anyone directly involved, or affected by the incidents. Interested individuals or organizations can contact the inquiry officer at Transat has said it welcomes the agency’s inquiry. read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe country faces frost, ice and dense fog as the Christmas warm spell gives way to wintry conditions.The M5 between Bristol and Weston-super-Mare was temporarily closed in both directions on Tuesday morning because of ice after several minor collisions. Gritters were called in to make safe a 20-mile stretch of road. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The worst affected areas will include the Vale of York, the Welsh Marches and north and east of London.A forecaster at the Met Office said: “2016 will end with much quieter weather than it started with. We are looking at pretty still conditions nearly everywhere.”We will see widespread frost and fog in central, southern and eastern England and Wales. It will be quite dense in some places and it will be quite slow clearing.”The return to more normal wintry temperatures follows one of the warmest Christmas Days’ on record. Forecasters said temperatures in the early hours of Wednesday were likely to fall as low as -5C (23F) in the Midlands following days of unseasonably warm weather.At the same time dense fog is expected to form overnight in large parts of England and Wales and stay around for much of Wednesday, before thickening again overnight. Show more last_img read more

September 24, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAustralia-based Cater Care has been awarded the national catering and facility management services contract for mineral sands miner Iluka Resources.The contract includes the catering, accommodation and facility management services at four of Iluka’s Australia sites.Cater Care’s remote division has already worked at Iluka’s Jacinth-Ambrosia (South Australia, pictured) and Ouyen (Victoria) mines and, with this contract, will add Cataby and Eneabba to its Western Australia contract portfolio.Chief Operating Officer of Cater Care’s remote division, Denis Andre, said: “Our integrated approach to service delivery means we focus on all aspects of remote life, which we know has its own unique set of requirements. It’s also why we believe we’ll add real value to their two new sites.”Iluka Head of Business Development Julian Andrews said Cater Care’s submission showed a good understanding of the market and presented a solution that met Iluka’s business requirements.“Cater Care’s submission to bring all of our remote site catering, accommodation and facility management services under one contract was the best we received. Cater Care have shown a commitment to delivering high quality food and services at Jacinth-Ambrosia and Ouyen for the last 10 years and we look forward to that continuing at Cataby and Eneabba,” he said.last_img read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Flowers lie on the wreckage of MH17 Source: AP/Press Association ImagesClintonFormer US President Bill Clinton called Wednesday for strength in responding to the downing of flight MH17, declaring that those who shot down the plane — and provided the means to do it — sided with a brutal vision of the world.Speaking at the world AIDS conference in Melbourne, Clinton said it “matters not” if the Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over eastern Ukraine Thursday by mistake, and the loss of 298 lives on board unintended.And he paid tribute to the six AIDS campaigners who died aboard the flight.Speaking to a hall packed with scientists, policymakers and grassroots activists, Clinton singled out Dutch researcher Joep Lange, praising him for tireless work in bringing life-saving drugs to millions of people infected by the AIDS virus.“It matters not that the murder was meant to be committed against other people,” Clinton said.“I hope that all of our countries who value freedom and honour will look at the statement made yesterday by the Dutch foreign minister before they give into the temptation to say, ‘Well, maybe we should weaken our resolve to make a strong stand because after all they didn’t mean to shoot this plane down’.”© AFP, 2014Read: US intelligence say MH17 shootdown may have been a ‘mistake’Read: Separatists hand over MH17 black boxes, but Australia says there is a “cover-up”>Read: ‘From time to time, we screw up’: Sky News reporter on picking up MH17 luggage> THE BLACK BOXES recovered from the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine will be sent to British aviation investigators for analysis, Malaysia has said.The decision by the Dutch-led team probing the disaster came after pro-Russian rebels controlling the crash site handed the boxes over to Malaysian officials yesterday, following an intense international outcry.Transport minister Liow Tiong Lai said in a statement late last night that it was normal procedure to send the boxes, which record cockpit activity and flight data, to the nearest laboratory approved by the United Nations aviation agency, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).“The international investigation team, led by the Netherlands, has decided to pass the black boxes to the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch for forensic analysis,” he said.The boxes will be flown to Farnborough, England, accompanied by Malaysian officials and other members of the investigation team, Liow added.All 298 people, including 193 from the Netherlands, aboard MH17 were killed when it went down over crisis-hit eastern Ukraine on Thursday. The jet is believed to have been shot by a surface-to-air missile.last_img read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBy day, John Shevlin makes hats, but once a year he transforms into James Joyce Meet Dublin’s go-to James Joyce lookalike. Jun 16th 2018, 8:55 AM Share97 Tweet Email Short URL Source: SHEVLIN RECEIVED an unusual request from a neighbour a few years ago.The manager of the James Joyce Centre – across the road from ShevLin’s home on North Great George’s Street in Dublin city centre – had spotted him coming and going over the years, and noticed his incredible likeness to the author himself.A request to appear at one event in full 1920s costume has led to a side-job for Shevlin as the centre’s resident Joyce lookalike.He takes the role seriously, and has a carefully selected range of props – a vintage pair of glasses (with prescription lens made without modern methods by his optometrist, Donal McNally of Optica), an antique cane carefully adjusted to be the correct length for his height, and a bar of lemon-scented soap from Sweny’s, as featured in Ulysses.To top it all off is a handmade Panama hat, made by ShevLin himself in his day-job as a milliner where he keeps a family tradition of hat making alive since his late father first opened a shop in Malahide back in 1960.Based from a studio in Temple Bar, he specialises in Panama hats made using traditional Ecuadorian straw (despite the name, they don’t originally come from Panama). President Michael D Higgins, a fan of Panama hats, has received several from Shevlin over the years, and was most recently spotted wearing one in Cuba last year.We spoke to ShevLin ahead of Bloomsday, his busiest time of the year.Watch the video above for our full report. 6,587 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Nicky Ryan Saturday 16 Jun 2018, 8:30 AM 3 Comments last_img read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPope Francis compares abortion to Nazi crimes ‘but with white gloves’ The Pope is due to visit Ireland in August, just months after Ireland voted in favour of liberalising its abortion laws. Pope Francis leaves after an audience with an association of people honored by the Italian Presidency at the Vatican. Image: AP 243 Comments POPE FRANCIS DENOUNCED abortion as the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics programme and urged families “to accept the children that God gives them”.Francis spoke off-the-cuff to a meeting of an Italian family association.The Vatican didn’t immediately provide a transcript of his remarks, but the ANSA news agency and the SIR agency of the Italian bishops’ conference quoted him as denouncing the pre-natal tests that can result in parents choosing to terminate a pregnancy if the foetus is malformed or suffering other problems.“Last century, the whole world was scandalised by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves,” the agencies quoted Francis as saying.The pope urged families to accept children “as God gives them to us”.Pope Francis is due to visit Ireland for a two-day visit in August as part of the World Meeting of Families, a festival which discusses what it means to be a Catholic family. His visit will come just months after the Eighth Amendment referendum, in which 66% of the population voted in favour of liberalising Ireland’s laws, allowing for abortion on request.Francis has repeated the strict anti-abortion stance of his predecessors and integrated it into his broader condemnation of what he calls today’s “throw-away culture”. He has frequently lamented how the sick, the poor, the elderly and the unborn are considered unworthy of protection and dignity by a society that prizes instead individual efficiency.Francis has dedicated much of his pontificate to preaching about families, marriage and the problems that families today encounter. These issues he is expected to highlight during his August trip where he’ll close out the festival with a Mass at the Phoenix Park. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 70,936 Views Saturday 16 Jun 2018, 6:32 PM Share1844 Tweet Email2 center_img Image: AP Short URL Jun 16th 2018, 6:32 PM By Associated Press Pope Francis leaves after an audience with an association of people honored by the Italian Presidency at the Vatican.last_img read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBrésil : 30 dauphins sauvés de l’échouageC’est sur la plage d’Arraial do Cabo, au sud du Brésil, que 30 dauphins sont venus s’échouer. Heureusement, des Brésiliens présents ont pu les remettre à l’eau rapidement. Dimanche 4 mars, une trentaine de dauphins sont venus s’échouer sans raison sur cette plage située au sud du Brésil. Mais grâce à la rapidité des baigneurs, les mammifères marins ont été sauvés d’une mort certaine. Cependant, le phénomène reste impressionnant car les 30 dauphins sont venus s’échouer tous en même temps sur la plage provoquant la stupeur des personnes qui ont assisté à la scène. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le quotidien O Globo rapporte que les delphinidés se sont en fait dangereusement rapprochés du rivage avant de se retrouver coincés par le manque d’eau. Pris au piège, ils se sont littéralement échoués aux pieds des Brésiliens. Réagissant rapidement, quelques baigneurs se sont empressés de remettre les dauphins à l’eau en les tirant par la queue. Tous ont pu être remis à l’eau, ce qui n’a pas manqué de déclencher une explosion de joie parmi les “sauveteurs” rapporte RTL. Une bonne étoile semble veiller sur ces dauphins, alors que les échouages sont de plus en plus nombreux. Aujourd’hui, les scientifiques ont cependant plusieurs hypothèses pour expliquer le phénomène. Selon eux, les dauphins pourraient avoir été perturbés par un sonar sous-marin. Autre hypothèse, les mammifères pourraient aussi avoir été égarés par leur leader, le dauphin qui les guide tout au long de leur traversée et dont le système de navigation a pu avoir des ratés. Néanmoins, les scientifiques n’ont pas encore réussi à prouver l’une ou l’autre des hypothèses.Découvrez cet impressionnant sauvetage de dauphins en vidéo, sur Maxisciences Le 10 mars 2012 à 13:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDoodle : Howard Carter, l’archéologue qui a dévoilé Toutânkhamon au grand jourEn ce 9 mai, Google a décidé de rendre hommage au célèbre archéologue Howard Carter, l’un des découvreurs du tombeau de Toutânkhamon. L’égyptologue britannique est né il y a tout juste 138 ans. S’il faut parfois se creuser la tête pour comprendre à qui Google a décidé de rendre hommage sur sa page d’accueil, cette fois-ci, inutile de réfléchir bien longtemps. Une tête d’animal dorée aux longues cornes, une amphore, un coffret, la statue d’un personnage et surtout un sarcophage : le Doodle du jour nous plonge vraisemblablement dans le domaine de l’archéologie et plus précisément dans celui de l’égyptologie. Aujourd’hui, cela fait en effet tout juste 138 ans qu’Howard Carter le célèbre archéologue découvreur du tombeau de Toutânkhamon est né. Fils d’un peintre animalier, le britannique Howard Carter a vu le jour le 9 mai 1874 à Kensington mais s’est rapidement trouvé immergé dans l’archéologie. A l’âge de 17 ans, le jeune homme montre déjà un vrai talent de dessinateur qui inspire Percy Newberry, un jeune égyptologue de l’Egypt Exploration Fund. Celui-ci engage alors Howard pour réaliser des aquarelles en recopiant les fresques des tombes découvertes sur le site de Beni Hassan, le long de la rive droite du Nil. Effectuant ses premiers voyages en Egypte, le jeune homme est charmé par le pays et se trouve surtout une passion pour les fouilles archéologiques.Lors d’une de ses escapades, il se rend au temple funéraire de Montouhotep II à Deir el-Bahari et y découvre totalement par hasard une superbe statue blanche du pharaon portant la couronne rouge de basse-égypte. Cette trouvaille constitue un véritable tournant pour Howard Carter. Au cours des années suivantes, il se met à travailler aux côtés de Flinders Petrie à Amarna mais l’archéologue l’estime peu et le remercie rapidement. Le jeune homme décide alors de revenir à Deir el-Bahari afin de recopier les bas-reliefs du temple d’Amon. C’est l’occasion pour lui de faire de nouvelles rencontres en la personne de l’égyptologue français Gaston Maspero.Des explorations infructueuses Ce dernier lui propose de devenir inspecteur général des monuments en Haute-Égypte, un poste qu’il accepte en 1899. Mais une bagarre avec un groupe de touriste français fortunés le conduit à démissionner 6 ans plus tard, le renvoyant à ses peintures. Un départ que regrette profondément Gaston Maspero. Lorsque l’archéologue Lord Carnarvon, qui fouille depuis deux ans en Egypte sans succès, recherche un homme de terrain pour l’aider, Maspero n’hésite alors pas à lui présenter Howard Carter. Une collaboration qui va s’avérer particulièrement fructueuse du moins après quelques années.En effet, dans un premier temps, les deux Britanniques explorent la nécropole thébaine située sur la rive ouest du Nil, en face de Louxor mais n’y découvrent pas grand chose. En 1912, ils orientent leurs recherches vers le Delta du Nil mais une invasion de cobras les obligent à les suspendre. Trois ans plus tard, ils se penchent alors sur un tout autre chantier dans la Vallée des Rois. Un chantier déjà exploré par Theodore Monroe Davis qui estime qu’il n’y a là plus rien à découvrir. Mais c’était sans compter la détermination des archéologues britanniques. Après avoir exhumé des objets frappés au nom de Toutânkhamon, l’équipe est persuadée que la tombe n’est pas loin. En 1922, malgré le manque d’argent et de résultats, Carter incite Lord Carnarvon à poursuivre les fouilles une année de plus. Année qui va s’avérer déterminante. Les recherches étant toujours infructueuses, l’archéologue décide d’aller fouiller ailleurs dans un endroit qui semble inexploré et situé près de l’entrée de la tombe de Ramsès VI. Les fouilles commencent le 1er novembre 1922 et se révèlent rapidement prometteuses avec l’identification de fondations de cabanes d’ouvriers.Une anti-chambre remplie de trésors Mais c’est trois jours plus tard que l’équipe va faire LA découverte. Après avoir dégagé une marche puis d’autres, les archéologues découvrent une porte ornée du sceau de la nécropole royale et annonçant qu’il s’agit de la tombe d’un grand personnage. La porte est ouverte le 25 novembre et conduit l’équipe dans un couloir de plusieurs mètres où des traces semblent suggérer que la tombe a déjà été pillée. Le 29 novembre, Carter et ses collègues procèdent alors à la véritable ouverture de la tombe qui dévoile une pièce remplie d’un très grand nombre d’objets tous plus fascinants les uns que les autres. Dans la foulée, ils creusent un passage dans une porte qui semble mener vers une autre pièce mais celui-ci sera rapidement rebouché.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Annoncée le jour suivant, la découverte se répand dans le monde et les journaux multiplient les articles relatant l’expédition des archéologues. Un tapage qui va attirer de nombreux touristes sur les bords du Nil et pousser plusieurs institutions à proposer leur aide à l’équipe de Carter. La porte de la chambre funéraire sera véritablement ouverte le 17 février 1923 mais il faudra pas moins de dix ans pour dégager totalement la tombe et mettre au jour les nombreux objets qu’elle recèle. La découverte du tombeau de Toutânkhamon constitue un tournant considérable dans la carrière d’Howard Carter qui va passer de nombreuses années à documenter, à numéroter les objets mis au jour et à relater l’expédition. Il meurt 17 ans après cette trouvaille en 1939 à l’âge de 64 ans d’une cirrhose. Mais son nom reste bien évidemment dans les livres d’histoire, tout comme celui de Toutânkhamon d’ailleurs. Après la découverte de son tombeau, le pharaon de la XVIIIe dynastie du Nouvel Empire, fils d’Akhenaton et de la propre soeur de celui-ci, acquiert une renommée internationale. Un succès qui lui vaut de devenir le sujet principal de nombreux expositions qui font encore aujourd’hui déplacer les foules.A cette occasion, découvrez le meilleur des Doodle de 2011 sélectionné par Maxisciences Le 9 mai 2012 à 13:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFor the former Real Madrid player, the English Premier League is a really tough league; he also took time to praise teammate Eden HazardMateo Kovacic has played four matches in the English Premier League since joining Chelsea.The former Real Madrid midfielder is on loan in England for one year.And he took a time before Sunday’s match against West Ham United to speak about teammate Eden Hazard and other Blues things.“For me he has everything, but the thing that has impressed me the most is that they tackle him so much and he is always on his feet,” Kovacic said of Hazard in the team’s official website.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“England is a really tough league, the toughest in the world for me, and he just plays with the defenders. He’s an incredible player but also a nice team-mate, a nice guy, and I have really enjoyed the time playing with him.”“When I came here I didn’t realize he was so good. He is one of the best players I have played with. The stuff he is doing is amazing; he is helping the team a lot and I hope he will continue like that, or do even better because I think he can do better for sure,” he added.“They are a good team with great players, and they showed that against Everton. It will be a tough game, but from what I have seen in England, every game is tough! We will need to play well,” he said about The Hammers.“It’s important to keep winning. We need to have this mentality to try to win every game, and for now, I think we are doing very well.”last_img read more

September 15, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHAULOVER BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews responded to a sailboat on fire near the Haulover Inlet, about six miles off the South Florida coast, Thursday.The captain was the only one on board the 41-foot vessel, which was heading towards Virginia at the time.A crew from another boat pulled the captain from the water.Fire crews were able to put out the fire.The damaged sailboat will be towed back to a marina in Miami.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

September 9, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMexicans living in Alaska will soon have to travel out of state to receive services from the Consulate of Mexico, but a group is petitioning to keep the Anchorage office open.KTVA-TV reports that the consulate plans to close its doors in November, citing economic issues and a lack of participation. However, Anchorage community leader Daniel Esparza is finding signatures to stop the move.Esparza says nearly 4,000 Mexicans in Alaska receive services at the consulate annually. So far he has collected nearly 900 signatures.He says the consulate doesn’t just benefit people from Mexico as other Latin American residents also use the office as a resource.A representative from the consulate in Seattle will be in Anchorage on Thursday to discuss the closure.last_img read more

September 5, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPrince William takes the hand of his bride Catherine Middleton, now to be known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, followed by Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton as they walk down the aisle inside Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England.Getty ImagesDealing with the In-Laws is never a pleasant experience. But that experience was taken up a notch for Kate Middleton as she had to deal with the Queen herself.It seems that the Queen isn’t fond of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress. Apparently, Kate Middleton’s wedding dress provoked an unexpected reaction from the Queen when it went on display at Buckingham Palace, as the monarch described the ghost-like appearance as “horrible”, a documentary claims.It is known that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tied the knot almost eight years ago in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey, with over 20 million people tuning in to watch the couple say their vows. Reportedly Kate wore a stunning vintage-inspired wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, which featured a lace corset and floral lace sleeves. The iconic ivory dress had a Victorian-style bustle at the back and soft pleats leading to a satin train just under three metres in length.  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge attend the Men’s Singles final on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 15, 2018 in London, England.Getty ImagesIt is known that Kate’s silk gown and train incorporated intricate lace appliquéd and was lovingly carried by her sister and chief bridesmaid Pippa Middleton in the cathedral and the beautiful dress reportedly cost £250,000 and has inspired many replicas since.But it seems that when it first went on display at Buckingham Palace after Kate and William’s first royal tour in Canada, the Queen did not seem too pleased with the gown. Apparently the documentary “William and Kate: The First Year” reveals how the Queen and the Duchess were given a sneak preview of the exhibition. Apparently, while standing in front of the dress, the Queen can be heard saying: “It is horrible, dreadful!”Well, we have to say, now that the wedding is over it really doesn’t matter what one thinks of the dress.last_img read more

September 5, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgActor Irrfan Khan and NDTV Group Co-Chairperson Founder & Executive Dr. Prannoy Roy (right) at an event in New Delhi on July 26, 2016.IANSNDTV, which is currently facing the heat from investigating agencies for alleged financial irregularities, has seen its share price plunge over the years. The stock closed at Rs. 58.50 on Tuesday on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), down 3.23 percent to its previous close.The share price swing for the Delhi-based news channel can be gauged from the fact that it had hit a high of Rs. 470 on January 3, 2008 and a 52-week low of Rs. 57.30 on Tuesday (June 6, 2017).The company went public in April 2004 comprising fresh issue of shares and offer for sale by the then investors in the price band of Rs. 63-70 per equity share of Rs. 4 face value.As of March 31, 2017, Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika Roy, the two key promoters, held 15.94 percent and 16.32 percent, respectively, in NDTV, which has many seen high-profile journalists leave (Arnab Goswami, Rajdeep Sardesai, Barkha Dutt, to name a few).RRPR Holding Private Limited (Radhika Roy Prannoy Roy Holdings) held 29.18 percent in NDTV that reported a consolidated loss of Rs. 54.8 crore on total income of Rs. 565.76 crore for 2015-16.The accumulated losses as of March 31, 2016 stood at Rs. 249.7 crore, according to the company’s annual report for FY2016, which listed 23 entities of the Group.The current directors of NDTV, other than Prannoy and Radhika, are Indrani Roy, John Martin O’loan, Navin Raghuvanshi, Kaushik Dutta and Pramod Bhasin.Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy was also a director of NDTV, he stepped down in September 2009 citing “increasing pressure on his time and due to his commitments within and outside Infosys.”Coming to the major controversies surrounding the channel, the latest is the raids on Prannoy Roy’s residence and the channel’s office in Delhi by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), for allegedly causing a loss of Rs. 48 crore in a loan repayment case.The action was based on a complaint by Sanjay Dutt, described by the channel as a “disgruntled former consultant.”The CBI dismissed the raids as an attack on the media as alleged by sections of the fourth estate. “”It is clarified that searches have been carried out at the premises of the promoters and their offices based on search warrants issued by the Competent Court. CBI has not conducted any search of registered office of NDTV, media studio, news room or premises connected with media operations. CBI has registered the case based on the complaint of a share holder of ICICI bank and NDTV after carrying out due diligence,” the CBI said in a statement.The agency added that the loan repayment by NDTV to ICICI Bank as a result of reducing the interest rate from 19  percent p.a to nearly 9.5 percent p.a. caused “wrongful loss of Rs 48 crore to ICICI bank and a corresponding wrongful gain to the promoters of NDTV – Dr. Prannoy Roy, Smt Radhika Roy and M/s RRPR Holdings Pvt Ltd.”An interesting feature about the channel is the manner in which journalists are hired. Here is an  extract from The Caravan that gives interesting insights in its December 1, 2015 story:”Vikram Chandra is the son of Yogesh Chandra, a former director general of civil aviation, himself the son-in-law of Govind Narain, a former home and defence secretary and governor of Karnataka. One of the NDTV’s top business heads, KVL Narayana Rao, is the son of KV Krishna Rao, a former army general who also served as governor of Jammu and Kashmir and other states. Rajdeep Sardesai, son of the cricketer Dilip Sardesai, and the son-in-law of Doordarshan’s Bhaskar Ghose. Barkha Dutt’s mother, Prabha Dutt, was a senior journalist. Arnab Goswami, son of Manoranjan Goswami, an army officer and BJP member; Manoranjan’s brother Dinesh was a union law minister in the VP Singh government. Sreenivasan Jain, son of the economist Devaki Jain, and LC Jain, a well-known activist, who served as a member of the Planning Commission and as India’s high commissioner to South Africa. Another early hire, Nidhi Razdan, daughter of MK Razdan, who has been the editor-in-chief of the Press Trust of India. Vishnu Som, son of Himachal Som, a former senior diplomat. Chetan Bhattacharji, a managing editor, grandson of Nirmal Mukarji, former cabinet secretary and governor of Punjab.”In his opinion piece that appeared in the New Indian Express on Tuesday (June 6, 2017), S Gurumurthy, commentator on politics and economics, said that NDTV undertook many transactions through its web of “letter box” subsidiaries — seven in Mauritius, eight in India, two in the Netherlands, one in London, one in UAE, and one in Sweden. “These subsidiary companies raised $417 million. Of this, $310 million was raised through a wholly-owned subsidiary, NDTV Network PLC UK, and $117 million through the sale of the channel NDTV Imagine to GE Corporation controlled by Universal Studios – all through private negotiation and private placement,” Gurumurthy wrote.He then went on to produce an exchange between Prannoy Roy and a person from a global consultancy firm on May 22, 2008 that shed light on efforts to “camouflage” the transactions from the tax authorites.”Subject: Re: FW: Pres Announcements etc “Dear Pronnoy, Here is a shot at it, based on your draft appreciate your problems but honestly the problem could become worse if we give a handle to the tax authorities. I am concurrently discussing with other partners now the draft below. Let’s get on a call ASAP, Regards Vivek”.last_img read more

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first_imgPakistanAt least 13 people were killed and more than 20 are still missing after two passenger boats collided in the sea off southern Pakistan, officials said Thursday.The boats, carrying more than 60 people in total, were ferrying passengers to visit a popular Sufi Muslim shrine in the Sindh province when they collided and overturned in heavy winds near the ancient city of Thatta, district official Mirza Nasir Baig said.The 13 killed included women and children, and 20 others were pulled from the sea alive, he said.Provincial officials called for rescuers to rush to find any other survivors before nightfall.Hundreds of shrines — many that are centuries old — dot Pakistan, where several million Muslims are believed to still follow Sufism, a mystical branch of Islam.Visiting shrines to pray and offer alms to the poor — and cash to the custodians — is very popular in Pakistan, where many believe it will help get their prayers answered.last_img read more