DCW busts online sex racket in Nand Nagri

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on Thursday said that they have busted an online sex racket in Nand Nagri and has rescued a girl and a woman aged 15 years and 30years. According to DCW, their 181 Women Helpline received a call from a woman on August 14 who informed that her 20-year-old daughter is missing from Krishna Nagar. A DCW team then assisted the lady in filing a missing report in the police station. “On Wednesday, when a DCW team went and met the family to follow up the matter, the sister of the missing girl informed that she had a friend who used to work with her and may know her whereabouts. It was informed that this friend was refusing to divulge any details about the missing girl to the family,” a DCW press statement Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murdersaid. The women commission stated that they immediately met with the friend of the missing girl who was only 16 years of age. Upon counselling, she informed the team that there is an online sex racket operating in Nand Nagri where 15 to 20 girls are being forced into prostitution. She stated that she was there for 15 to 20 days and had to make nude video calls at night between 10 to 6 pm on a social media platform IMO. DCW further added that they found a 15-year-old and 30-year-old girl hidden on the terrace who informed that they were being forced to make nude video calls. The owner, his brother and his wife were arrested on the spot by the police.last_img read more

Clark says if her government toppled it shows BC legislature cant function

first_imgVICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark says she ready to tell the lieutenant-governor British Columbia’s legislature can’t work if her Liberal minority government is defeated in a confidence vote on Thursday.If Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon asks her opinion, Clark said Wednesday she will reply she hasn’t seen any evidence the house can function with the NDP and Greens holding a one-seat advantage in the 87-seat legislature.It will then be up to Guichon to decide whether to dissolve the legislature and trigger an election or ask the New Democrats to form a minority government.The NDP and Greens have an agreement to defeat the Liberals in a bid to put the New Democrats in power.But a debate over who will serve as Speaker has raised questions about how long an NDP government might survive as the Liberals have not committed to allowing one of their members to serve in the position.If a New Democrat or Green member serves in the post, the house is deadlocked with votes likely to end in 43-43 outcomes, leaving the Speaker to decide whether to break the tie.Clark said the Liberals have tried to work with the opposition parties by adopting parts of their platforms in last week’s throne speech.But at the first opportunity, they chose not to back her government: voting against proposals they support that would have banned political donations by unions and corporations, and given the Greens official party status in the legislature.Clark said the message from last month’s election — which saw the Liberals win 43 seats, the NDP 41 and the Greens three — was voters want the three parties to co-operate.“That’s why we decided the throne speech reflected priorities from all parties and all members because we want to make our legislature work,” she said.“None of us should want to take the risk that an election could be called.”She said if Guichon asks her opinion on the chances of the house working, she will give a frank answer.“I’ve got to be honest. … It isn’t working,” she said.“I haven’t seen any evidence that it could work. I know that they have the numbers to topple the government and to take power, but I haven’t seen any evidence that they have the numbers they need to govern.”NDP Leader John Horgan set the wheels in motion by introducing the non-confidence motion in the legislature on Wednesday during the throne speech debate.After 16 years in power, he asked why the Liberals didn’t act before on the concerns expressed by the opposition parties.“We expected the B.C. Liberal party … to deliver a throne speech that represented the values that they have put forward in election after election after election,” he said in a draft transcript of Hansard.“Instead, we had the bizarre phenomenon of hearing Green platform planks being put forward and New Democrat platform planks being put forward as if they were now all of a sudden the best ideas that the government could find.”last_img read more

Dalhousie Student Union says women of colour are under attack issues 10

first_imgHALIFAX – The Dalhousie Student Union says women of colour are under attack and the university is failing to support them.In a statement on systemic racism endorsed by the council Wednesday night, the student executive says Indigenous, Muslim and other racialized women are under attack and the university has failed to adequately support marginalized students.The statement lists 10 demands, including calling on the Halifax university to issue an apology to two students they say were subjected to “bureaucratic processes that uphold racist and colonial institutional policies.”Masuma Khan, a Muslim student leader who wears a hijab, and Kati George-Jim, an Indigenous student and member of Dalhousie’s board of governors, have both been embroiled in high-profile disputes with the university’s administration.Khan was threatened with sanctions over a profane social media post that criticized white fragility while George-Jim took on the board of governors for what she called institutionalized racism and the silencing of Indigenous women.“Recent events demonstrate the backlash that women of colour receive for speaking out about their lived experiences,” the statement said. “Repercussions for public advocacy are amplified for racialized and Indigenous women, based on the intersecting identities they hold.”It adds: “We write to express love and concern for them and all marginalized people on our campus, in a time when our university is failing us and needs to better support students.”The student union’s demands also include launching an external investigation into Dalhousie’s disciplinary process against Khan, and publicly releasing the demographic data of students investigated by the senate discipline committee.The council also voted to draft an issues policy document based on the statement, which is expected to lay out the student union’s position on systemic racism at the university.For the first time in its history, the majority of the student union executive are people of colour.In issuing a clear stance on institutionalized racism, the executive appears to be making what they call the dismantling of “systemic oppression and marginalization” a top priority.“We are committed to prioritizing issues of racism and colonialism on campus,” the five executive student leaders said in the statement. “These conversations are difficult, but they are not new.”Amina Abawajy, president of the Dal student union, said Thursday the current executive ran on a platform of supporting Indigenous and racialized students.“It is a priority for us to create an equitable campus,” the computer science student said. “With the lived experiences of a majority-racialized executive, it’s an opportunity for us to combat these issues.”Dalhousie student Mehak Saini said she attended Wednesday’s council meeting to share her thoughts on the statement.The second-year physics student said she supported asking the Dalhousie administration for an apology, but argued that the student body also deserved an apology from Khan.“If they are asking the university for an apology for the threats or intimidation they have received, our council should also ask our vice-president of academic and external to apologize to the student body for the fear of labels and intimidation that she has caused,” Saini said.She argued that Khan’s social media comments, including using the hashtag “whitefragilitycankissmyass,” intimidated students from disagreeing with her out of fear of being labelled racist.However, Saini was not able to speak at the council meeting.“I totally felt silenced,” she said. “We need an environment where our voices are welcomed and we don’t feel fearful to talk.”Abawajy said Saini couldn’t speak because of a “procedural issue” as someone had called for the question on the motion, but that the council “welcomes feedback from all students.”Two council members voted against the motion on systemic racism, including Mary MacDonald, who represents students with disabilities.“It contains a lot of opinions and the facts are not well established. We can’t pass a motion impugning the university administration without hearing the other side of the story,” she said. “Before approving such a damning statement, I believe at a minimum we should hear from those who are under fire.”MacDonald said the motion would give “special treatment” to two student leaders, and creates a “hierarchy of marginalized women.”While she conceded that there are “valid concerns” about racism, she said she has been treated disrespectfully as a disabled woman and has never received an apology.In response to a request for comment, a Dalhousie spokesman pointed to a university statement posted Monday on the Dal News website.“The past two weeks at Dalhousie University have sparked many conversations about respect, inclusion, community and freedom of expression,” the university said.The Dal News post highlights the next steps the university is taking to “improve campus climate and enhance intergroup relations,” such as launching a working group to support an inclusive environment and reviewing the code of student conduct.last_img read more

Prince Harry Announces Florida Will Host Next Invictus Games

first_imgPrince Harry, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, has announced that the second Invictus Games have been awarded to Orlando, Florida.Video: Prince Harry announces host city for next Invictus Games in 2016The 2016 Games will take place from 8 – 12 May at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.Making the announcement via video message, Prince Harry says that following the success of the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014 he always hoped that they would be just the beginning of the Invictus story.Prince Harry said: “As I’ve continued to work with wounded servicemen and women, I regularly see the power of the soldiers’ stories to inspire others. For every competitor last September, there are hundreds of others around the world who would benefit from having the same opportunity. I wanted other cities and countries to look at the competition – what it meant to those taking part and those who saw it – and take up the challenge for the next Invictus Games. I am absolutely delighted that the United States has taken up that challenge and will host the next Invictus Games in 2016. I have no doubt that the USA will set the bar even higher than London did and put on a great show.”Following the success of the 2014 Invictus Games, the Invictus Games Foundation has been established to develop and pursue the event’s legacy. It manages the selection of the hosts for future games and oversees their delivery.The Foundation set out desired requirements for future host cities to ensure the next Invictus Games meet stringent quality standards. This includes a mandatory minimum of 10 participating nations, 250 competitors and five sports; a strong families programme; appropriate venues and sport infrastructure; extensive broadcast and media coverage and access to the Games for spectators and media.Since the end of the 2014 Games, The Invictus Games Foundation has received a number of bids from potential countries and cities wishing to host the Invictus Games over the coming years. The US bid for Orlando won the rights to the 2016 Games thanks to the city’s outstanding sporting facilities and great tourist infrastructure, which make it an ideal host city for both competitors and spectators.Last month, Lewis Hamilton was announced as the first ambassador for the Invictus Games.last_img read more

Imperial reviews oilsands project approvals as heavy oil price discounts persist

first_imgCALGARY – Two new oilsands projects with the combined capacity to produce up to 200,000 barrels per day have been approved by the Alberta Energy Regulator but proponent Imperial Oil Ltd. isn’t saying when or if it will build them.Company experts are scouring the “guts and feathers” of the decisions on its 50,000-bpd Cold Lake expansion and 150,000-bpd Aspen projects, both of which would use solvent and steam to recover bitumen from wells, said CEO Rich Kruger on a conference call to discuss third-quarter results on Friday.The prospect of producing more heavy oil comes at a difficult time as discounts being paid for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend crude versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate are hovering near US$40 per barrel, about three times typical differences.Light oil discounts have also widened recently as Canadian oil production exceeds export pipeline capacity — although lower-priced Alberta light oil actually weighs in Imperial’s favour because its Edmonton-area refinery consumes primarily light oil, Kruger pointed out.The Calgary-based company has grown its crude-by-rail exports from 80,000 barrels per day of diluted bitumen six months ago to about 100,000 bpd now and plans to increase that to as much as 130,000 bpd by year-end, he said.The rail-loading terminal Imperial co-owns near its Edmonton refinery has capacity to ship 210,000 bpd.“As we get into 2019, we’re going to continue to work to ramp it up … I’d like to use every bit of that capacity because that allows us to get into the highest value markets (on the U.S. Gulf Coast),” Kruger said.Imperial earned $749 million in the third quarter, more than double its profit of $371 million in the same period last year, thanks to strong upstream production and downstream profits.Analysts applauded the report that Imperial’s Kearl oilsands mining projects, which has previously been dogged by reliability problems, posted record gross production of 244,000 barrels per day, about 4,000 bpd higher than its nameplate capacity.The project is 30 per cent owned by Imperial’s U.S. parent company, Exxon Mobil Corp.Overall upstream production was 393,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up slightly from the third quarter of 2017, resulting in earnings of $222 million, the highest level in four years.Imperial’s refining and sales division, meanwhile, pulled in earnings of $502 million compared with $292 million for the third quarter last year.Downstream profits were up despite a $33-million impairment charge related to the Ontario government’s revocation of its cap and trade carbon emission regulations.Partners in the Syncrude oilsands mining consortium are working to finalize commercial agreements for a plan to improve reliability by integrating certain operations with the nearby Suncor Energy Inc. base processing plant, Kruger said on the call.On Thursday, Suncor CEO Steve Williams said the partners have agreed in principle on the main terms and he expects two pipelines between the two plants will be completed by late 2020.Suncor owns about 49 per cent and Imperial owns 25 per cent of Syncrude.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:IMO, TSX:SU)last_img read more

AC Milan Willing to Sell Moroccos Hachim Mastour This Summer

Rabat- Although Moroccan star Hachim Mastour had some brilliant moments in the friendly match against Legnano, scoring a stunning goal, AC Milan is said to be willing to sell him this summer.Multiple Italian media reports suggest that the 17-year-old attacking midfielder is on top of the list of players who will leave Italian giant this summer.Hachim Mastour, who made his Morocco debut with the national team on June 12 and became the nation’s youngest ever player, is regarded as one of the most promising stars in the in world of football. Although media reports say that Rossoneri’s new coach Sinisa Mihajlovic is fascinated with Mastour’s talent and skills, AC Milan expressed its intention to let him go for around €5 million.Earlier this month, a report by the Italian Sports Website Corriere dello Sport said the French giant Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) is interested in signing the Moroccan prodigy, adding that AC Milan is waiting for a serious offer from PSG.Real Madrid is reportedly interested in Mastour, who is under contract with the Italian side until 2017. read more

Minister Says He Will Intervene in Case of Moroccan Journalist Banned

Rabat – Justice Minister Mustapha Ramid has allegedly promised to intervene in the case of Moroccan historian and journalist Maati Monjib, who is on hunger strike to protest a travel ban.Mustapha Ramid reportedly told the Solidarity Committee for Maati Monjib during a meeting on Wednesday that he has no authority over the case, which concerns the Interior Ministry.Meanwhile, he promised to amicably intervene in solving the journalist’s situation, reported daily Al-Ayam news website. This promise comes at a time after which Maati Monjib, who runs an institute for investigative journalism and was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, collapsed last Tuesday night while on hunger strike.The Moroccan historian and journalist, who has been on hunger strike since October 6, was hospitalized in Rabat’s Ibn Sina Hospital after his blood pressure dropped sharply.Monjib was notified of the travel ban in late August when he landed in Casablanca on his return from France, over an ongoing investigation into “financial irregularities.”On September 14, 2015, the journalist was interrogated and accused of “tarnishing Morocco’s image abroad, using foreign funds to promote a foreign agenda and destabilizing citizens’ allegiance to their institutions.” His associates have also been questioned.Two days later, he began a hunger strike for the first time, in protest of being barred from leaving Morocco for a conference in Barcelona.On October 6, he went on hunger strike for the second time, condemning the restrictions against his freedom of movement and his academic freedom. read more

Casablanca Police Officers Withdraw Complaints Against Detained Street Musicians

Rabat- The trial of street artists Badr Mouataz, 25, and Mehdi Achataoui, 28, began today. The young men’s lawyer, Youssef Chehbi, announced that the officers all withdrew their complaints and the court is set to issue its judgement later in the day.Several activists and people on social media called on authorities in Casablanca to release the young musicians, considering their arrest a “violations of their rights as artists.” On November 13, the Casablanca police arrested Mouataz and Atachatoui, who were performing at the United Nations. Both  artists are known for various street performances, andthey face charges for “practising violence against civil security forces on duty.”The two musicians reportedly lost their cool after the police officers tried to seize their musical instruments.Read Also: Moroccans Denounce Casablanca Ban on Street Performance at UN SquareThe musicians were caught off guard when the wali (governor) of Casablanca, Abdelkebir Zahoud, decided to ban street art performances in the area. The decision came after residents complained about loud music causing a disturbance.A number of musicians  organized a sit-in last week at the square, where they held  banners that read, “The ban is not a solution” and “Street art in silence?”Hashtags, namely “#FreeMusiciens” and “#Free_Lfen” (Free art), have emerged online to denounce both the ban on street performances and the arrest of the musicians. Many Moroccans also opposed how the authorities and complaining residents described music as “noise,” noting that street performances bring fun and many streets around the world are stages for young, talented performers.Read Also: Video of Bus Driver in Casablanca Holding Umbrella Goes Viral read more

Closing Bell TSX moves higher as World Bank sees global economy picking

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed with a solid gain Wednesday as a positive forecast on the global economy helped boost oil and metal prices.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,772.58 +80.20 0.59%S&P 500 — 1,848.38 +9.50 0.52%Dow — 16,481.94 +108.08 0.66%Nasdaq — 4,214.88 +31.87 0.76%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 80.2 points to 13,772.58 while the Canadian dollar edged up 0.03 of a cent to 91.37 cents US.The World Bank’s Global Economics Prospects report said global growth is expected to rise from 2.4% in 2013 to 3.2% this year and 3.4% in 2015.“This should be the first year of synchronous global growth we’ve seen since the credit crisis,” said Bob Gorman, chief portfolio strategist at TD Waterhouse.“Europe isn’t going to be great, but our view is we have had a couple of quarters in which they have inched out of negative territory on the economic side.” Meanwhile, U.S. indexes were higher after a strong earnings report from Bank of America and a much better than expected reading on manufacturing in the U.S. Northeast.The Empire manufacturing survey beat expectations, rising to 12.5 in January from a revised 2.2 in December. The survey showed significant improvements in balances for new orders, shipments and employee numbers.The Dow Jones industrials jumped 108.08 points to 16,481.94, the Nasdaq advanced 31.86 points to 4,214.88 and the S&P 500 index rose 9.5 points to 1,848.38.Bank of America, the second-largest U.S. bank, earned US$3.44 billion or 29 cents a share in the October-to-December period, up from $732 million a year earlier. The showing beat forecasts by two cents amid a big improvement in loan loss provisions. It shares were up 38 cents to US$17.15.Also supporting markets was a positive read on the economy by the U.S. Federal Reserve. Its latest regional survey, known as the Beige Book, said the American economy expanded at a moderate pace in December and retail sales gained in most of the 12 Fed districts.The Fed added that there was some weather effect seen in retail sales.The Beige Book also said that the U.S. real estate markets continued to improve, with price increases in seven of 12 Fed districts.The Fed continued to be an overhang on markets as the central bank has started to reduce its bond purchasing program to $75 billion a month, down from $85 billion. But it has also said that further tapering would depend on economic performance, particularly jobs data.Uncertainty about Fed intentions took off again after December jobs data released last Friday came in far below expectations.Corporate earnings were the other big issue for markets as fourth- quarter data starts to come in. The S&P 500 rocketed about 30% last year, helped in large measure by Fed stimulus. Investors now want to see if strong earnings and revenue can justify that gain and push stock prices higher.The base metals component was the leading TSX advancer, up 3.7% as the March copper contract added two cents to US$3.35 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) was $1.03 higher at C$27.32 and Thompson Creek Metals jumped 12% to $3.16, on top of an 18-per cent gain Tuesday in the wake of an upgrade by Bank of America/Merrill Lynch.Rail stocks moved up alongside miners as Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) gained $1.44 to $59.73.The tech sector gained 1.48% with Open Text (TSX:OTC) ahead $2.19 to $99.23 while BlackBerry (TSX:BB) climbed 26 cents to $9.36.The gold sector moved into positive territory, up 1% even as the February bullion contract lost $7.10 to US$1,238.30 an ounce. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) climbed 29 cents to C$19.78.Osisko Mining Corp. (TSX:OSK) says a hostile takeover bid for the company by Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) is “very low” and urged shareholders to hold off accepting the $2.6-billion offer until the board makes a recommendation.Osisko shares have traded well above the $5.95 per share implied value of the Goldcorp offer since the stock-and-cash proposal was first announced Monday. On Wednesday, Osisko shares inched up two cents to C$6.25 while Goldcorp was six cents lower at $24.28.Financials climbed 0.56% with Power Corp. of Canada (TSX:POW) ahead 60 cents to $31.37 and Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) up 38 cents at $21.96.The February crude oil contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.58 to US$94.17 a barrel amid data showing a much bigger than expected 7.7-million barrel drop in supplies and the energy sector was up 0.39%.The consumer discretionary group was up 0.3% and shares in Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG) were up 98 cents to $93.12 as the auto parts maker forecast between US$33.8 billion and US$35.5 billion of total sales this year, with about half of that generated from North America.The company also said that investors could expect that Magna’s now established pattern of annual dividend increases would continue.TOP STORIESLoonie is world’s worst performing currency as it drops 3.1% in first two weeks of 2014World Bank: Global economy at ‘turning point’ as rich nations seen bouncing back in 2014Canada’s housing markets shows new signs of cooling as existing home sales plunge in DecemberGoogle broke Canadian privacy law by using search data to target users with adsWHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Consumer Price Index (Dec): Economists expect 0.3% rise from the month before, 1.5% year over year 10 a.m.Philadelphia Fed Index (Jan): Economists expect a reading of 8.5, up from last month CANADA8:30 a.m.International Securities Transactions (Nov) CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESAmerican Express Company Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.25 a share BlackRock, Inc. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$4.35 a share Citigroup Inc. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.01 a share Capital One Financial Corp. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.55 a share Goldman Sachs Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$4.11 a share Intel Corp. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 52¢ a share read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 94.93 points to 15,171.11, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 2.77 points to 21,526.22. The S&P 500 index shed 6.99 points to 2,446.47, and the Nasdaq composite index was down 12.89 points to 6,226.12.The Canadian dollar was trading at 75.34 cents US, down from Monday’s average price of 75.64 cents US.The August crude contract was down $1.38 at US$43.05 per barrel and the July natural gas contract was unchanged at US$2.89 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was down $2.90 to US$1,243.80 an ounce and the July copper contract was down three cents at US$2.55 a pound. read more

Petition to be handed over to President on Panama land

A gathering of Paanama community members, civil society representatives, journalists and activists will convene outside the Presidential Secretariat office tomorrow (June 14th) to hand over the aforementioned petition in demand of justice, calling for the release of Paanama lands.#LandRightsNow – The global call to action on indigenous and community land rights was launched as a joint effort of Oxfam International, International Land Coalition (ILC) and Rights and Resources Institute (RRI) in March 2016. This global effort supported a series of public campaigning spikes in 3 selected countries: Sri Lanka, Peru and Australia. The campaign in Sri Lanka was spearheaded by PARL and Oxfam in Sri Lanka. The Peoples’ Alliance for Right to Land (PARL), in continuation of a global campaign #LandRightsNow launched in calling for the release of Paanama lands back to its people, is to hand over a petition of over 20,000 local and international signatures to the Presidential Secretariat office tomorrow.In 2010, 350 families of farmers and fisher folk living in Paanama, a coastal village in the east of Sri Lanka, were forcibly and violently evicted from lands they had cultivated and lived on for over forty years. These lands were taken over by the military to establish camps, and they are now being used to promote tourism. PARL called on the Government of Sri Lanka to immediately act on the decision to release these lands back to the community who depend on them for their livelihoods and food. The Peoples’ Alliance for Right to Land (PARL) is a voluntary coalition of civil society organizations and individuals, working together against land grabbing and for housing, land and property rights of poor and marginalized communities since 2011. Undeterred by threats, intimidation and legal action taken against them, the people of Paanama have worked together in unison in the struggle to win their lands back. Despite these dangers, the community refuses to give up. In 2015, the Government finally agreed to return the land, recognising the community’s rights. But the Government has yet to keep its promise. The community is still waiting for their land and their home back. read more

Australia to deport asylum seeker family to Sri Lanka next year

“Mr Dutton had the power to end this family’s ordeal on day one and he still has that power now,” Ms Fredericks said. But they and their Australian-born daughters were removed from their home in March and placed in a Melbourne detention centre, after Priya’s bridging visa expired.The family was issued deportation notices in June after the federal government ruled they couldn’t stay. The judge ordered the deportation of Nadesalingam, Priya and their two daughters, but not before 1 February 2019. A Tamil asylum seeker family who made their home in a small Queensland town will be deported to Sri Lanka, after the Federal Court on Friday rejected their bid to stay in Australia, SBS Australia reported.Nadesalingam, Priya and their two daughters made an eleventh-hour appeal to the Federal Court in August after they were taken into detention in March, but their appeal was rejected on Friday. “Please, Mr Dutton: listen to the 140,000 Australians that are standing with these two little Queenslanders and their loving mum and dad. Bring them home to Biloela.” (Colombo Gazette) But their removal from Australia has been on hold while the Federal Court appeal was considered.Family friend and Biloela resident Angela Fredericks said the two young girls should be flying to their hometown for Christmas, not being kept in detention.More than 140,000 Australians have signed a petition urging Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to return the family to Biloela. They settled in the small Queensland town of Biloela, where they have become ingrained in the local community. read more

Trailer Park Boys to be brand ambassadors for NB marijuana producer

Trailer Park Boys to be brand ambassadors for N.B. marijuana producer by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 24, 2016 11:20 am MDT Last Updated Nov 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONCTON, N.B. – Some of Canada’s most notorious dope-smoking louts will be brand ambassadors for a New Brunswick marijuana producer.OrganiGram Holdings Inc. (TSX:OGI) says TV’s Trailer Park Boys have chosen the Moncton company as their exclusive Canadian cannabis producer, business partner and brand developer.OrganiGram, a licensed producer of medical marijuana, says it will work with the Trailer Park Boys’ production company to develop branding and packaging targeted toward recreational users.“This relationship solidifies one of our strategic building blocks as we plan for the legalization of recreational use in Canada,” Ray Gracewood, chief commercial officer at OrganiGram, said in a release.The company did not reveal the financial value of the five-year deal.Louis Thomas, president of Sonic Entertainment Group, said they felt OrganiGram was a good partner from their first meeting.“We had been monitoring closely to best understand how we might be able to enter the cannabis space in Canada,” Thomas said in the release. Sonic represented TPB Productions Limited — the Nova Scotia company controlled by the three actors who play the Trailer Park Boys and own the copyright — in the transaction.The federal government has promised to introduce marijuana legislation next spring, and a committee report on the process is expected at the end this month.“We remain firmly committed to producing and supplying world-class cannabis for our increasing patient base; and we plan on maintaining that commitment in the future at OrganiGram,” said Gracewood. “But we also need to be strategic about the opportunities that will be afforded to us with the advent of recreational use in Canada.” The Trailer Park Boys John Paul Tremblay, as Julian, left, Mike Smith, as Bubbles, centre, and Robb Wells, as Ricky, right, pose for a photograph in Toronto on Thursday, November 27, 2008. Some of Canada’s most notorious dope-smoking louts will be brand ambassadors for a New Brunswick marijuana producer. OrganiGram Holdings Inc. says TV’s Trailer Park Boys have chosen the Moncton company as their exclusive Canadian cannabis producer, business partner and brand developer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette read more

Walgreens ends its attempt to buy Rite Aid

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Walgreens has ended its takeover pursuit of rival Rite Aid following resistance from U.S. regulators and will instead now buy stores, distribution centres and inventory in a new deal.The proposed merger, first announced in 2015, was initially for about $9.4 billion but was whittled down to about $6.8 billion earlier this year.For scrapping the transaction, Walgreens Boots Alliance will pay Rite Aid Corp. a $325 million termination fee. It will pay Fred’s Pharmacy an additional $25 million following the termination of a related asset deal.Under the new agreement, Walgreens will buy 2,186 stores, three distribution centres and related inventory from Rite Aid for approximately $5.18 billion in cash. Walgreens will also assume the related real estate leases and certain limited store-related liabilities. Rite Aid will have an option, exercisable through May 2019, to become a member of Walgreen’s group purchasing organization.Walgreens said Thursday that the stores it purchases from Rite Aid will be converted to the Walgreens brand “over time.” The stores included in the agreement are mostly located in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. The three distribution centres are in Dayville, Connecticut, Philadelphia and Spartanburg, South Carolina.The new transaction is targeted to close within the next six months.Prior to the new deal, Deerfield, Illinois-based Walgreens and Camp Hill, Pennsylvania-based Rite Aid faced a complicated task of easing antitrust concerns to complete the buyout. The companies initially expected to sell no more than 500 stores to appease regulators, but that was eventually pushed to 1,200 stores.The combination of Walgreens, the largest U.S. drugstore, and Rite Aid would have created a drugstore giant with more than 11,000 stores nationally, even with the sale of more than a thousand stores. That would have been a few thousand more than the nearest competitor, CVS Caremark Corp.Meanwhile, Walgreens reported a 5.3 per cent boost in fiscal third-quarter profit to$1.16 billion, or $1.07 per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were $1.33 per share.Revenue rose 2.1 per cent to $30.1 billion.The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. Analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research were looking for earnings of $1.31 per share on $29.68 billion in revenue.Rite Aid reported a first-quarter adjusted loss of 5 cents per share on revenue of $7.78 billion.Shares of Rite Aid plunged more than 22 per cent in premarket trading, while Fred’s stock tumbled nearly 20 per cent. Shares of Walgreens were up 6.5 per cent. FILE – This Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, file photo, shows a Rite Aid location in Philadelphia. Walgreens ended its takeover pursuit of rival Rite Aid following resistance from U.S. regulators and will instead now buy stores, distribution centers and inventory in a new deal. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2017 5:44 am MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Walgreens ends its attempt to buy Rite Aid read more

Ohio State issues statement regarding alleged rape in Steubenville

Ohio State released a statement Friday regarding an alleged rape that occurred in Steubenville, Ohio, a town of about 18,000.Steubenville, which is located just less than 200 miles from Columbus, finds itself in the national spotlight after two 16-year-old Steubenville High School football players, Ma’lik Richmond and Trent Mays, were charged with raping a 16-year-old girl at a string of parties in August.“Sexual assault is a terrible act of aggression and violence, and our hearts go out to all victims,” the statement reads. “The situation in Steubenville is particularly disturbing, and our thoughts are with those affected.”In particular, OSU’s release comes after a video taken on the night of those parties started to make its way around the Internet Wednesday.The video, which can be found under different names on YouTube, features Michael Nodianos, a Steubenville High School graduate and former OSU student, talking and laughing about the alleged rape for more than 12 minutes amid a group huddled in what appears to be a living room.Nodianos, who has not been accused or charged of any crimes, could not be found on “Find People,” OSU’s staff, faculty and student directory, Friday, though such information (his name, university email address and major) was accessible Thursday.Nodianos did not respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment.While the university cites that it is “not at liberty to comment” because of Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations, the school confirmed through its statement that “the student in question” was in attendance at the university “only through Dec. 12.”According to “Find People,” Nodianos was an electrical and computer engineering major.Nodianos, a former Big Red baseball player, according to a nearly 6,000-word story in the New York Times, opens the video by making “she’s deader than” analogies regarding the alleged victim, who did not die, but was reportedly unconscious during the alleged rapes.According to the Times, Richmond and Mays are under house arrest and awaiting a trial that has been set for Feb. 13. read more

Football KJ Hill electrifies in careerhigh performance against Minnesota

Ohio State redshirt junior wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) scores a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against Minnesota on Oct. 13. Ohio State won. 30-14. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorK.J. Hill has been Mr. Consistent all season long.The redshirt junior wide receiver came into the game against Minnesota with at least four receptions in every game, and at least 45 yards in five of the six matchups, but never more than 95, which he had against then-No. 15 TCU.This consistency has been the main approach for Hill throughout his collegiate career as he extended his streak of 27-straight games with at least one reception. On Saturday, Hill broke that consistency, igniting for a career-high 187 yards on nine catches, including two touchdowns in No. 3 Ohio State’s 30-14 win over Minnesota.Even with the career day, there will be one play that Hill’s performance will be remembered for — a one-handed grab on a 36-yard touchdown that he caught while facing away from redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins in the second quarter.Haskins said he was originally upset at Hill for not turning around fast enough.“At first, I was kind of mad because that play we’ve been working on all week in practice, and it happens a lot faster,” Haskins said. “I wanted him to get his head around, so when he looked the ball was already there, and it was a little behind him. But he made a crazy play. Of course, K.J. is a little character. He was pretty hyped up.”Hill made his way to the endzone untouched, and had a memorable celebration to boot, pretending that the ball was stuck to his hand, which Hill said was necessary after a catch of that caliber.“I guess I caught a little sticker, I stuck it, and it’s something I never did before,” Hill said. “You got to do something extra when you make a play like that.”Redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin said head coach Urban Meyer may not be happy about the celebration because there wasn’t any “hugging the big guy,” but there was a valid reason for the celebration: he didn’t want anyone touching Hill on the play.“I just remember turning around, I heard the crowd go ‘Oooo’ and I just saw him go up for the ball with one hand,” McLaurin said. “I just wanted to make sure nobody touched that hand because he stuck that ball, so it was pretty cool.”Aside from the potential catch of the year for the Buckeyes, Hill remained a main threat for the Ohio State offense, and eventually scored again late in the fourth quarter to put a dagger through Minnesota’s hopes of a major upset.McLaurin said his consistency allows the offense to have full trust in Hill no matter the situation.“It’s third and short, fourth down, there’s really no doubt in everybody’s mind that he’s going to make the play,” McLaurin said. “The way he catches the ball is different from anybody in our room, and I’m happy for the type of day he had, he works really hard.”Hill’s game helped Haskins reach his second 400-yard passing game in a row, the first Ohio State quarterback to have two 400-yard passing games, or to do it in back-to-back games. With the struggles in the run game and on the defensive end, the passing game remained a bright spot.For Hill, even with his part of the offense firing on all cylinders through seven games, he said the passing game has a lot of room to grow.“We still got a long way to go, you know in the passing game, we haven’t reached our ceiling yet,” Hill said. “We just gotta keep improving on the little things … on gameday got us just to 400, I feel like we could of had more.” read more

Eden Hazard reveals his greatest player of alltime

first_imgChelsea star player Eden Hazard has revealed who he believes is the greatest player of all-time.The Belgian international says he reckons one player stands alone as the best to ever step onto a football pitchThe Belgian International keyed into the debate surrounding who is the greatest footballer of all-time between Cristiano Ronaldo and Leonel Messi.Hazard says he considers Messi to be the GOAT after playing against him in 2017/2018 Champions League campaign where Barcelona won 4-1 on aggregate.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“There aren’t two GOATs, there’s only one and it’s him,” Hazard told Belgian publication HLN via The Mirror when asked about Messi.“My two matches against Barcelona were far from my favourite memories of 2018, but I was happy to face Barcelona and Messi.“It didn’t turn out how I wanted, though.“I was disappointed.”last_img read more

Stay ahead of the curve with Employee Benefits Connect 2016

first_imgEmployee Benefits Connect 2016, which takes place at Lancaster London on 9 March 2016, will give attendees the opportunity to stay ahead of the curve by hearing the latest thinking on the future of reward.During the annual event, HR, reward and benefits professionals will have the chance to share ideas and knowledge with peers.Industry experts will provide insight into benefits approaches for the workforce of tomorrow as part of the four-stream conference programme. This will focus on the key areas of reward and benefits: employee benefits strategy; financial wellbeing; workplace health and wellbeing; global reward.Speakers include Dr Andreas Kornelakis, lecturer in human resource management at the School of Business, Management and Economics, University of Sussex, who will discuss how employers can bring innovation into communication for a global workforce. His session will also look at the impact of regional cultures and the institutional context on reward.Meanwhile, Adam Brooke, international benefits manager at Standard Chartered Bank, will examine the UK’s rising eldercare demands, and how organisations can offer support and advice to employees.Delegates can also hear from British Sugar’s head of reward, Henk Verhoek, who will outline how organisations can work to build an international benefits strategy for a multi-generational workforce. And Spencer Roach, total reward manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Cisco International, will focus on how employers can create global benefits strategies for the businesses of the future.Delegates will also be able to discover innovative reward and benefits solutions at the exhibition, which will bring together a number of leading suppliers from across the industry.For more information and to register to attend, visit www.employeebenefitsconnect.co.uk.last_img read more

TPR bans masterminds of £137m pension scam from being trustees

first_imgThe individuals identified as the masterminds behind a £13.7 million pension scam have been banned from being trustees of pension schemes.David Austin, Susan Dalton, Alan Barratt and Julian Hanson ran a scam that cheated 245 people out of their pension savings after the members were persuaded to transfer funds into one of 11 fraudulent schemes.Via cold-calling and other persuasive techniques, victims were convinced that if they transferred their pension pots they would receive a tax-free payment, commonly described as a commission rebate, from investments made by the pension scheme.The Pensions Regulator (TPR) brought proceedings against the four individuals in the High Court and in January 2018. They were ordered to repay the millions of pounds they took from the schemes. At the conclusion of the case, judge Mark Pelling QC ruled that Austin had been the primary mastermind of the scam.Part of the pension scam involved £120,000 of scheme funds being moved to an organisation whose directors included Austin and his daughter, Camilla. In addition, Austin moved funds from the schemes to his and family’s bank accounts in the UK, Switzerland and Andorra, through a number of businesses in the UK, Cyprus and the Caribbean. He and his family gained an estimated £1.3 million. Barratt, Dalton and Hanson were paid more than £380,000, £168,000 and £7,000, respectively.Austin had not been appointed as a trustee of any schemes, but TPR’s determinations panel ruled that action should be taken to ban him from being so, as he had been dishonestly involved in the misuse or misappropriation of scheme assets. Austin has also been disqualified from acting as a company director for 12 years, and his daughter for four years.The TPR stated: “The panel concluded that the evidence in relation to Mr Austin’s conduct was so serious, and his involvement in the receiving schemes was so close and influential, as to warrant his prohibition from acting as a trustee of trust schemes in general.”The panel also ruled that Dalton, Barratt and Hanson should be banned from being trustees both as a result of their dishonesty, and due to the amounts of money they took from the schemes.last_img read more

Travelers Rallied To Assist Roadside Accident On Black Ice Highway

first_imgOn Saturday night around 9:30 – 10 p.m.:The Homer girls basketball team, traveling Southbound on the Sterling Highway just North of the Russian River Ferry parking area, slid off the highway on black ice and came to rest with the rear of the bus in the Northbound ditch and the front of the bus in the Northbound lane. The duo returned to their semi-truck, which was five or six vehicles back from the stranded bus, disconnected their load from the truck cab, chained-up, and proceeded into position in-front-of the sideways school bus.  With a “we can move this” demeanor, the two men hooked-up the bus, winched and pulled the bus easily back onto the road. We’re Alaskans, we can do this! Patient travelers, including multiple, school sports teams returning from activities in the Valley and Anchorage; the efforts of a lone Alaska State Trooper and a pair of good Samaritan truck drivers turned a stressful Saturday night roadside accident into a memorable example of the Alaska spirit. The Homer players were transferred to the Soldotna High School boys basketball bus, which was just behind the accident; and drivers, coaches, an Alaska State Trooper, and other travelers donning reflective gear assisted in managing the accident scene. Crisis averted!center_img Two truck drivers hauling a Southbound load labeled “Caution Aviation Fuel” proposed the option of extricating the back wheels of the Mariners bus from the ditch by using their vehicle with chains and a winch.  After receiving a supportive “Lets Do It” from the surrounding motorists, the plan was put into affect. Travel both North and South resumed by 10:30 p.m. on the Sterling Highway.  No injuries, no vehicle damage, plenty of good Samaritan spirit. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Treacherous road conditions on the Sterling highway on Saturday night brought out the best of the Alaskan spirit; as travel both North and South was stalled due to a school bus sliding off of the icy roadway near the Russian River Ferry Terminal. Story as aired:Audio PlayerCOACH-ON-BUS-ACCIDENT-1-15.mp3VmCOACH-ON-BUS-ACCIDENT-1-15.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more