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Bihar Srijan scam: CBI registers four more cases

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation has registered four more cases against the office-bearers of Bihar-based Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti, officials of the Bank of Baroda and Indian Bank and others for alleged embezzlement of government funds.The first ‘Srijan scam’ case is against Srijan president Shubhlaxmi Prasad and nine other officr-bearers of the organisation.The CBI has arraigned the then senior Bank of Baroda (Bhagalpur) branch manager, its cashier, then District Welfare Officer Arun Kumar, Srijan’s cashier, its other employees and others in the second FIR.The then and current manager of Bank of Baroda’s Bhagalpur branch, then branch manager of Indian Bank and all office-bearers of Srijan have been made accused in the third case.In the fourth case, the CBI has named the then Land Acquisition Officer of Bihar’s Banka, all office-bearers of Srijan and the then branch managers of the Indian Bank and the Bank to Baroda.The cases have been registered on a reference from the Bihar government, after the RJD targeted its former ally JD(U) and the BJP over the scam.It is alleged that Srijan, which was into imparting vocational training to women, diverted government funds to its accounts between 2004 and 2013, in connivance with bank and State government officials. The amount involved is said to be over ₹800 crore.last_img read more

Prohibitory orders in parts of Jaipur

first_imgProhibitory orders were imposed in 15 police station areas here on Wednesday after violence and communal tension gripped some parts of the city for the third consecutive day, affecting the law and order situation since Sunday. A confrontation between kanwariyas and local residents had erupted during the Id-ul-Azha festivities earlier this week.25 injuredMobile internet services were suspended till Wednesday night and additional police force was deployed in the areas where tension was prevailing in view of Independence Day and the Raksha Bandhan festival. About 25 people, including seven policemen, were injured in the stone-pelting incidents and more than 50 vehicles were damaged.Police said 15 people had been arrested after registration of five separate cases in connection with the violence during the last three days and some more would be nabbed shortly. Cases were also registered for obstructing public servants from discharge of their duties, thrashing policemen and blocking the national highway.Several persons who spread rumours through social media have also been identified. After the violence broke out on Sunday night, police resorted to tear-gas shelling to prevent the situation from going out of control, as the groups of people fought on the roads.The 15 police station areas where prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code have been imposed with the ban on the assembly of four or more persons are Galta Gate, Brahmapuri, Subhash Chowk, Ramganj, Manak Chowk, Bhatta Basti, Shastri Nagar, Kotwali, Sanjay Circle, Transport Nagar, Lal Kothi, Adarsh Nagar, Moti Dungri, Nahargarh and Jawahar Nagar.last_img read more

CBI seeks sanction to prosecute three sitting Trinamool MPs

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation has approached the office of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla for sanction to prosecute three sitting Trinamool Congress MPs and one former parliamentarian in the Narada sting operation case, said the agency on Thursday.A CBI official said the approval has been sought with respect to MPs Saugata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh and Prasun Banerjee, besides former MP Suvendu Adhikari. Mr. Adhikari is currently the Transport Minister in the State government.Mr. Roy, 73, is an MP from Dum Dum, while Mr. Ghosh, 59, represents the Barasat constituency. Mr. Banerjee, 64, is an MP from Howrah.The agency has been recording statements of witnesses and accused persons in the case, which was registered following a High Court directive in March 2017 to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the allegations. In all, 12 political leaders and an IPS officer were named.The case pertains to a sting operation alleging showing politicians and bureaucrats accepting money from a journalist posing as a representative of a Chennai-based company. In its FIR, the CBI has alleged that sting operation shows Mr. Roy, Mr. Ghosh and Mr. Adhikari accepting ₹5 lakh each from the person posing as representative while Mr. Banerjee could be seen receiving ₹4 lakh for helping in a business venture.On Wednesday, the CBI had examined TMC MP K.D. Singh and Mathew Samuel, editor of Narada News. The agency is preparing to file a chargesheet in the case soon. The maximum sentence for the crimes ranges from five to seven years of imprisonment. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

No. 4 Duke holds on to beat Wake Forest

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Barrett scored 28 points and Duke held on to beat the Demon Deacons 71-70 on Tuesday night after Chaundee Brown’s jumper rimmed out at the buzzer.“When they got the last shot, we were just wishing for it to fall out,” Jones said. “They’d been getting a lot of rolls, so I feel like we had to get one as well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJones added 13 points for a sluggish Duke team missing Williamson for a fourth straight game with a sprained right knee. Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he hopes Williamson will be healthy enough to play in next week’s ACC Tournament.The Blue Devils (26-4, 14-3) overcame 41-percent shooting and a 16-for-26 showing from the free-throw line to win their 10th straight in the in-state series. Duke’s RJ Barrett (5) and Tre Jones react with Alex O’Connell, left, following a play against Wake Forest during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Duke won 71-70. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)DURHAM, N.C. — No. 4 Duke again didn’t have Zion Williamson. The Blue Devils also didn’t have their best version of Cameron Reddish — and for a few uneasy minutes also were without Tre Jones.The Blue Devils did have RJ Barrett, and that — plus a fortunate bounce on the final shot — was just enough to beat Wake Forest.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Williamson’s absence, coupled with a rough game from No. 3 option Reddish — who missed his first six shots and was called for charging three times — left Barrett as essentially a one-man show for Duke. He was 11 of 23 from the field but was just 6 of 14 from the foul line.The Blue Devils — 26-point favorites — trailed by 10 with 16 minutes remaining and never led by more than three until the final three minutes.“I know RJ’s beating himself up” for his free-throw shooting, Krzyzewski said, “but he played a great game, and without him, forget it. Forget it. … We had a hard time scoring, and he missed free throws, but he made the biggest bucket of the game … and if we’re in a similar situation, we’ll do the same thing.”Brown had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and he pulled Wake Forest (11-18, 4-13) within 69-68 by hitting two free throws with 43.9 seconds left. Duke bled the shot clock before the left-handed Barrett hit a right-handed jumper in the lane to put the Blue Devils up by three with 17.3 seconds remaining.Brandon Childress hit a layup with 7.4 seconds left, and Wake Forest had one last chance after Duke turned it over while trying to inbound the ball. Childress missed a 3-pointer with about two seconds left and the rebound went to Brown, whose short jumper spun around the back of the iron before falling out at the horn.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed “We gave ourselves a chance,” coach Danny Manning said. “We just came up short in terms of not making shots. … We just didn’t do enough to win.”BIG PICTUREWake Forest: This one will sting for the Demon Deacons, who have struggled throughout Manning’s fifth season while losing nine games by 20 or more points. On paper, it looked like it would be No. 10. But Wake Forest responded with arguably its best game of the season — yet still wound up a spin or two of the ball from earning its first victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium since Tim Duncan’s senior year in 1997.Duke: There weren’t many encouraging things in this one from the Blue Devils, who once again stumbled early against a lower-division ACC team. But unlike the Georgia Tech and Boston College games — in which they fell behind at halftime before pulling away for convincing victories — they could never shake the pesky Demon Deacons.ZION WATCHKrzyzewski said Williamson did “some basketball stuff” Tuesday afternoon and is gaining confidence, but he doesn’t think his star freshman will be back for the regular-season finale at No. 3 North Carolina on Saturday night. Coach K said he’d “be surprised if he wasn’t ready by the ACC Tournament.” Williamson has been out since he was hurt in the opening minute of the loss to the Tar Heels on Feb. 21.INJURY REPORTJones spent a few minutes in the locker room after he bumped knees with a Wake Forest player while he was fouled with about seven minutes remaining. He spent a timeout receiving treatment from the team’s medical staff, limped onto the court to hit two free throws and then hobbled back to the bench and eventually the locker room. Seconds after he returned to the bench, Alex O’Connell hit a 3-pointer to give Duke the lead for good.SPECIAL GUESTRetiring Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade sat behind the scorer’s table, and a video played on the scoreboard during a timeout featured Krzyzewski thanking the 13-time All-Star for helping the U.S. national team win gold medals in 2004 and ’08. Topping off the tribute, the Cameron Crazies unsuccessfully chanted for Wade to join them in the student section. UP NEXTWake Forest: Plays host to No. 14 Florida State on Saturday.Duke: Visits No. 3 North Carolina on Saturday night. View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Celtics run away from Warriors for 128-95 winlast_img read more

Boxing: Money Team Boxer Devin Haney is dating Blac Chyna

first_imgAdvertisementAmerican model and entrepreneur, Blac Chyna is reportedly dating a 19-year-old boxer – Devin Haney – belonging to Floyd Mayweather’s boxing club, The Money Team. Not only that, according to Black Sports Online, she’s even letting him drive the Ferrari her ex and baby daddy, Rob Kardashian bought her, and he [Rob] isn’t very happy about it.In an Instagram post, she revealed a picture of a man posing with a white Lamborghini and a caption reading “Hi babe,” accompanied by a trophy emoji the handle @realdevinhaney, who is an undefeated prospect fighting out of The Mayweather Gym.After Being Cheated on By Her Teenage Rapper Ex-BF, Blac Chyna is Now Dating a 19-Year-Old MONEY TEAM Boxer & Letting Him Drive The Ferrari Rob Kardashian Bought Her (Photos) https://t.co/sGdzyj0nmu pic.twitter.com/o3b1F5C7yY— Robert Littal (@BSO) July 1, 2018While neither have publicly confirmed that they’re actually in a relationship, it looks like they’re at least giving hints on social media.BC split with Almighty Jay after he claimed she was “too clingy.” She also reportedly expressed interest in starting a family with him, which he says “scared the hell out of him.”Advertisementlast_img read more

SPORT-HOCK-SUNIL 2LAST

first_imgSunil was named as the vice-captain of the team for last Sunil was named as the vice-captain of the team for last months Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia, where India finished runners-up. Asked Sunil about the new responsibility, he said: “I dont feel that the role of vice-captain brings any pressure to my game. Being part of the team for so long, I have learnt to handle pressure and that helps me stick to my natural game. “Vice-captaincy for me is all about making the youngsters in the team understand their role and motivate them to play to their potential.” Hailing from a poor family, Sunil said he is indebted to hockey for what he is today. “Coming from a poor family in Coorg, hockey has given me everything I need to lead a comfortable life. And when I play, I remember what the game has given me for the sacrifices I have made. I will do everything to bring glory for the country,” he said. Since making his debut in the senior team nine years ago, Sunil has gained the reputation of being the fastest man on the turf, a fact which chief coach Roelant Oltmans too agrees. “He (Sunil) is an attacker and brings something exceptional to the team. He understands our demands and he keeps questioning what we are doing in a positive way so that he can understand it and translate it to the younger players,” said Oltmans. PTI SSC SSClast_img read more

Huawei Mate 10 may come with 5.8-inch bezel-less display, Android 8.0

first_imgThe Chinese smartphone company Huawei which recently launched Honor 8 Pro under its sub-brand Honor, is now working on a new device dubbed as Huawei Mate 10. The smartphone is expected to succeed the Mate 9 smartphone which was launched last year in November.The Huawei Mate 10 is rumoured to launch by the end of this year and fresh images of the phone have been leaked out hinting on what the phone could possibly look like. According to the newly emerged pictures of the Mate 10 on a Chinese website, the phone is expected to sport a bezel less display like we see in the recent Samsung phones.Though there is no official confirmation about it but there are chances that the phone in the image could be the Mate 10. There were rumours in past that the phone could come with dual cameras both on the front and the back. The phone shown in the image also sports four cameras-two at the rear and two on the front. However, we suggest you to take these rumours with a pinch of salt since the company has remain tight lipped about the phone  Furthermore, the leak hints at a 5.8-inch display with fingerprint sensor placed underneath the display. The other important features expected to come with 2K resolution and iris scanner. According to a Chinese site named Mobile. Yesky.Com, the upcoming Mate 10 could come with facial recognition, iris scanner, 3D sensing and AR compatibility.Also Read: Huawei starts testing Android O build on Mate 9, over 5 million units sold alreadyadvertisementThe Huawei Mate 10 is rumoured to come with a smaller screen than its predecessor but could be bigger than the recent Galaxy S8 and S8+. The phone is rumoured to be powered by HiSilcon Kirin 970 SoC developed on the 10nm process. Past leaks suggest that the Mate 10 could run Android 8.0 with Huawei’s own UI on top. The smartphone could come in two storage variants- 6GB and 8GB variants.To recall, Huawei launched the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro last year in November. The smartphone features an all-metal design and comes with a 5.9-inchIPS LCD display. The phone is powered by Huawei’s in-house octa core Kirin 960 processor clubbed with ARM Mali-G71 MP8 GPU and Android 7.0 Nougat-based EMUI.last_img read more

Chairman and absentee owners must take blame for Swansea’s decline

first_imgAs Carlos Carvalhal prepares to clear his desk – the fourth manager to do so at the Liberty Stadium in the space of 19 chaotic months – thoughts turn to identifying his successor and the need to radically overhaul a squad destined for the Championship long before relegation is confirmed on Sunday. The key question is whether Swansea City’s owners can trust their chairman, Huw Jenkins, with either of those tasks.Jenkins wore a halo during the club’s rise through the leagues, earning plenty of praise for Swansea’s rags-to-riches fairytale. Yet he has badly lost his touch over the last three seasons, making one flawed decision after another and, increasingly, has come across as a man who has forgotten what his club’s philosophy – the Swansea Way – is supposed to represent. features Even the one new face that had fans jumping and down last summer with excitement turned out to be an unmitigated disaster. Renato Sanches, whose loan from Bayern Munich set Swansea back £8.5m including wages, will be remembered in south Wales for that pass to a Carabao advertisement hoarding at Stamford Bridge and a tweet about his new emoji on the day the club were all but relegated. Looking about as comfortable in a Swansea shirt as a Cardiff City supporter, Sanchez wore the expression of a man who thought he should be playing alongside Toni Kroos, not Tom Carroll.So much of what happens at Swansea makes little sense. From handing out lucrative four-year deals to squad members such as Nathan Dyer, who was on his way out of the club when sent on loan to Leicester the previous summer, to allowing players with a value to run down their contracts, the decision‑making is unfathomable at times.Who, for example, thought that Swansea could get away with playing Kyle Naughton at right-back without any pressure on his position? Would Wayne Routledge get near any other Premier League squad? Why should anyone have been surprised that Wilfried Bony spent the majority of the season injured when he had not completed 90 minutes at club level for more than a year? And, perhaps more than anything, where on earth did Swansea think the goals were going to come from when that transfer window closed last September? The 27 they have scored in 37 Premier League games is the lowest in the division and, quite frankly, an embarrassment. Premier League Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share via Email Sign up for The Fiver and get our daily football email. Read more Swansea City Share on WhatsApp Carlos Carvalhal set to lose Swansea job after season ends Share on LinkedIn Topics Jenkins, in fairness, is far from the only man with his fingerprints on this mess. Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, Swansea’s majority shareholders, approve what goes on and must take a sizeable share of the blame for what has been a dreadful two years under their watch. The Americans are absentee owners and, if they have learned anything from the past two seasons, it must surely be that running a football club from the other side of the Atlantic will only be successful if the day-to-day control is in expert hands. In other words, they need to show leadership, freshen things up and bring in a sporting or technical director to take charge of the football side.There is also the not‑so‑small matter of finding a young, ambitious and attack-minded coach to put some pride back into a club that has lost its soul and identity, not just its Premier League status, and a new team to assemble. One hand is enough to count the players worth keeping once Alfie Mawson and Lukasz Fabianski have departed. Swansea, in short, are starting all over again and maybe, after three miserable years when no lessons were learned, that is no bad thing. Read more Share on Facebook The thinking has become so muddled that Jenkins praised Carvalhal and his players for showing “tremendous patience and character to stick to our gameplan” after a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion last month. Swansea were abysmal that afternoon. They scored with a header from a corner and failed to register a shot on target during 90 minutes of banal and clueless football. It was a “gameplan” that would have made Roberto Martínez and Brendan Rodgers, two pioneers of that Swansea Way, weep.Rodgers, it is worth remembering, could have been back at Swansea in the summer of 2016 but Jenkins, in a decision met with bemusement throughout the club, gave the job to Francesco Guidolin. It was a grave error of judgment – Jenkins has described it as his biggest regret – and sent Swansea into a tailspin from which they never recovered as they lurched from crisis to crisis, sacking Guidolin, before turning to Bob Bradley, Paul Clement and then Carvalhal, all of whom came in to extinguish fires rather than play tiki‑taka football.The recruitment strategy, which Jenkins oversees and managers dip in and out of, has been just as shambolic. In a critical game at Bournemouth on Saturday it said everything that not one of Swansea’s five summer signings (more than £40m in transfer and loan fees) was on the pitch. On top of that, Borja Bastón, the £15m then club-record signing from the previous summer, was on loan in Spain along with Roque Mesa, who cost £12m. Ask Jenkins about Bastón or any of the questionable signings and he will go on the defensive, which is part of the problem. 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Nova Scotian Donates Christmas Tree for Boston

first_imgMary Lou Milligan of Mill Cove, Lunenburg Co., is this year’s donor of Nova Scotia’s Christmas tree for Boston. The large evergreen is an annual thank-you gift to the city for help provided after the 1917 Halifax explosion. “On behalf of the province, I want to thank Mrs. Milligan for donating this year’s beautiful tree to represent Nova Scotia,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Natural Resources. “This year, we are sending this gift of gratitude to the people of Boston for help we received, while also remembering their suffering during last spring’s sad incident at the Boston Marathon.” The 15 metre (47 foot) white spruce is about 40 years old and will be the 42nd tree sent to Boston since the tradition began in 1971. About 2,000 people were killed and hundreds more were left injured and homeless by the explosion. Boston was quick to provide medical personnel and supplies. “We are very grateful to the Milligan family for generously donating this year’s tree which is Boston’s official Christmas tree,” said Thomas Menino, Mayor of Boston. “The beautiful evergreen will brighten the holidays for the public on Boston Common and we are pleased that the rich gift-giving tradition continues with our friends in Nova Scotia.” A crew from the Department of Natural Resources will cut down the tree on Mrs. Milligan’s property during a public ceremony Tuesday, Nov. 12, beginning at 10 a.m. The province will transport the tree 1,117 kilometres to Boston. The tree-cutting ceremony will include representatives from the province, the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia, hundreds of local school children and RCMP in red serge uniforms. “I’ve known a few people who’ve donated trees to the Tree for Boston tradition and I always thought that my tree would make a good choice,” said Mrs. Milligan. “I wanted to wait until my grandson was old enough to appreciate the tree and the ceremony; this year the timing was right. I’m excited to count the rings on the tree because I don’t actually know how old it is. I like the idea very much that my tree is becoming part of Nova Scotia history!” The tree will travel to Grand Parade at Halifax City Hall where, at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, there will be a final public farewell. Nova Scotians are also welcome to attend the Halifax ceremony, and sign a large thank-you card for Boston. The tree lighting will take place on the Boston Common, Dec. 5, at a ceremony attracting about 30,000 people and broadcast live on the ABC Boston television channel. The province encourages Nova Scotians to help search for the perfect Nova Scotia tree for Boston, for future years. Anyone knowing of a white or red spruce or balsam fir that is 12 to 15 metres high (40-50 feet), with good symmetry, and easy road access, should contact their local Natural Resources office or http://novascotia.ca/treeforboston. The website also has details on this year’s tree-cutting ceremony. People can also follow the tree’s travels on Twitter @TreeforBoston and “like” the tree on Facebook at www.facebook.com/treeforboston.last_img read more

Canada sends additional military support to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — The federal government says it’s providing additional emergency military support to areas in the Bahamas that were destroyed by Hurricane Dorian.Global Affairs Canada says a Canadian Armed Forces’ CC-130J Hercules aircraft was sent Friday to provide airlift support.The large propeller-diven cargo aircraft will facilitate the deployment of the Jamaican Defence Force into the Bahamas.A Canadian Disaster Assistance Team was sent to Nassau in the Bahamas earlier to determine how Canada can best help those affected by Hurricane Dorian along with $500,000 from the federal government.Officials say the death toll has risen to 43 and is likely to increase after the Category 5 storm devastated some Bahamian communities.Hurricane Dorian is expected to make landfall as a Category 1 storm in Nova Scotia on Saturday evening before moving into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where it is expected to transform into a strong post-tropical storm.last_img read more

Anarchy reigns at Vancouver Latin American Film Festival

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nothing says “hello” like a slap in the face. That’s how Christian Sida-Valenzuela describes I Promise You Anarchy, the gala opener at this year’s Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, screening Thursday (August 25).“It’s a tough film to open a festival with, but we wanted something shocking,” says VLAFF’s reliably provocative artistic director, during a call to the Straight. “It’s a very strong film, but it’s also beautifully and aesthetically wise.” Sida-Valenzuela goes on to praise cinematographer Maria Seco’s luminous work on the movie—about two skateboarding lovers in Mexico City and the bizarre service they bring to the country’s drug cartels—and generously commends the Julio Hernández Cordón–directed feature as “arty in a good way”, with “a strong script, and nonprofessional actors who are very fresh in their acting ways. We just thought it was a great film to start the festivities with.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Canadian Public Relations Society recognizes 19 newly accredited members

first_imgAdvertisement Tadra Boulton, APRAlberta Health ServicesEdmonton, ABCPRS Edmonton Sara Alaric, APRThe City of Red DeerRed Deer, ABCPRS Edmonton Jill Noble, APRThe City of Red DeerRed Deer, ABCPRS Edmonton LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jennifer Thoma, APRUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoon, SKCPRS Calgary Tracie P. Moore, APRAlberta Energy RegulatorCalgary, ABCPRS Calgary Isabelle Fontaine, ARPCogeco ConnexionMontréal, PQSQPRP Bryant Sullivan, APRTreasury Board Secretariat, Government of OntarioToronto, OntarioCPRS Toronto Amanda McCuaig, APRCity of VancouverVancouver, BCCPRS Vancouver Login/Register With: Facebook Nate Habermeyer, APRHOWE&WYEToronto, ONCPRS Toronto Advertisement Mary Jo Milhomens, APRCity of GuelphGuelph, ONCPRS Hamiltoncenter_img Cara Tobin, APRAlberta Energy RegulatorCalgary, ABCPRS Calgary Scott Jackson, APRCo-operative Housing Federation of CanadaVancouver, BCCPRS Vancouver Advertisement Audrey Ready Holt, APRCity of MississaugaMississauga, OntarioCPRS Toronto Gary Buffet, APRSouth East Community Care Access CentreBelleville, ONCPRS National Ruth Fernandes, PMP, APRNeinstein LLPToronto, ONCPRS Toronto Nikki Van Dusen, APRArt Gallery of AlbertaEdmonton, ABCPRS Edmonton Caitlin Coull, APRArt Gallery of OntarioToronto, ONCPRS Toronto The Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) has granted accredited status to 19 members following their successful completion of a year-long accreditation program.Congratulations to the following CPRS members for achieving their APR (accredited in public relations): Twitter Catherine Frechette, APROttawa TourismOttawa, ONCPRS Ottawa-Gatineau “Earning your APR is a great achievement that demonstrates a high level of expertise within the communications industry,” said Celia Sollows, APR, Presiding Officer of the CPRS National Council on Accreditation. “With one in five CPRS members currently accredited, our 19 new APRs join a robust, yet exclusive, group of practitioners committed to the highest standards of practice in Canadian public relations.”The APR designation is a voluntary certification recognized around the world for more than 50 years as the highest global standard of excellence in the industry. The program involves a rigorous evaluation of the skills needed to practice public relations and measures experience and strategic thinking. CPRS members must also demonstrate an understanding of the ethical practice of public relations and adhere to the CPRS Code of Professional Standards.This year’s APR cohort will be recognized in front of their peers on the first day of Illuminate 2017, the CPRS National Conference in Kelowna B.C, May 28-30, 2017.About CPRSFounded in 1948, the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) is a not-for-profit organization whose members are engaged in the practice, management or teaching of public relations. Members work to maintain the highest standards and to share a uniquely Canadian experience in public relations. CPRS is a federation of over 2,500 members across 14 Member Societies based in major cities or organized province-wide. Kim Daynard, APRNorthern Ontario School of MedicineThunder Bay, ONCPRS Torontolast_img read more

Air Transat slammed fined for handling of hourslong tarmac delay

first_imgOTTAWA – Air Transat failed its passengers during a sweltering, hours-long ordeal aboard two of its grounded aircraft this summer, a federal agency ruled Thursday as it fined the airline $295,000 and ordered it to cover the out-of-pocket expenses of affected passengers.The Canadian Transportation Agency is ordering the airline to tighten its rules about when passengers are allowed off planes during delays, ensure there are working bathrooms, provide medical services when needed, and ensure its pilots know the wording in the tariff agreements.The airline will pay $295,000 to the 590 passengers who were aboard the two flights, over and above their out-of-pocket expenses incurred because of the delay. The payments have to be made by late May.Thursday’s report comes four months after the two flights — one from Rome, the other from Brussels — sat on the tarmac in Ottawa for almost five and six hours, respectively, with passengers not allowed to disembark.It is now being used in a political game over the fate of a government bill to create an air passenger bill of rights that would set strict new standards for airlines to follow when flights are cancelled or delayed.Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Thursday he hoped the Senate would pass the bill by Christmas so new rules could be in effect next year, but Conservatives and independent Liberals have raised concerns about the legislation that also touches on the rail industry.Sen. Terry Mercer, deputy leader of the independent Liberals, told the Senate last week that “anybody who thinks this piece of legislation is going anywhere fast hasn’t been paying attention to the number of issues that are in this bill.”Among the issues for senators are provisions to require recorders in locomotives and why the bill punts development of passenger rights rules to the transportation agency.“This stuff has to be fleshed out,” said Sen. Michael MacDonald, the Conservative critic on the bill.“Governments can ram through stuff in their own committees in a day or two — and they do it a lot, perhaps too often — but it’s not the same thing over here.”The passenger bill of rights was a recurring theme after the July 31 incident when one of the two aircraft ran out of fuel and lost power, shutting down the air conditioning system. Passengers described how tensions mounted as temperatures rose, a child threw up on board one plane and ultimately a passenger on the Brussels flight called 911, attracting widespread media attention.Weather caused the two flights to be diverted to Ottawa on July 31, along with about 20 other planes — an incident that appeared to tax airport resources in the national capital. The airline argued it shouldn’t be held liable for what happened.Transportation agency members agreed Air Transat was not solely responsible for the delays, prodding airports, refuelling companies and others involved in getting planes on and off the ground to work harder to avoid a repeat occurrence.However, the agency said the extraordinary situation didn’t relieve Air Transat from its commitment to customers. The agency ordered the airline to rewrite the tariff agreement by late February to require passengers to disembark after a four-hour delay, unless there are safety, security, or air traffic control issues, and require crews to update passengers every 30 minutes.The passengers aboard the Brussels flight said in a Facebook post that the case shows the need for a passenger bill of rights in Canada to protect air travellers from “the implications of negligent corporate behaviour in the event of unexpected delays.”Vanessa Baratta, a passenger aboard the Rome flight, said she hoped the ruling would ensure “no one has to go through the same deplorable experience as we have.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

Razor burn Gillette ad stirs online uproar

first_imgNEW YORK — A Gillette ad for men invoking the #MeToo movement is sparking intense online backlash, with accusations that it talks down to men and groups calling for a boycott. But Gillette says it doesn’t mind sparking a discussion. Since it debuted Monday, the Internet-only ad has garnered nearly 19 million views on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter — a level of buzz that any brand would covet.The two-minute ad from Procter & Gamble’s razor brand shows men and boys engaging in bullying and sexual harassment and encourages men to “say the right thing” and “act the right way.” Taking on bullying, sexual harassment and toxic masculinity is a big task for a razor brand. Many critics took to social media saying it was insulting to men and laden with stereotypes.The uproar comes as Gillette battles upstarts like Harrys Razors, Dollar Shave Club, and others for millennial dollars. Gillette controlled about 70 per cent of the U.S. market a decade ago. Last year, its market share dropped to below 50 per cent, according to EuromonitorAllen Adamson, co-founder of branding firm Metaforce, called the ad a “hail Mary” pass from the 117-year-old company. But he added that online buzz, whether positive or negative, rarely makes a long-term difference for a marketer since memory fades quickly.“Getting noticed and getting buzz is no easy task, and they’ve managed to break through,” Adamson said. “Most advertisers advertise, and no one notices because there is so much noise in the marketplace, so just getting noticed Is a big win, especially for low-interest category like a razor.”On the flip side, it probably won’t sell many razors either, he said.Gillette’s ad echoes other attempts by major advertisers to take on social issues. Pepsi pulled an ad in 2017 showing Kendall Jenner giving a cop a Pepsi during a protest and apologized after an outcry that it trivialized “Black Lives Matter” and other protest movements. Nike polarized the nation with an ad featuring ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick who started a wave of protests among NFL players of police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues.Sales weren’t affected in either of those cases. When controversy does affect sales, it is usually over something more substantive than an ad. Lululemon saw sales tumble in 2013 after a string of PR disasters including manufacturing problems that caused their pricey yoga pants to become see through and fat-shaming comments from their founder. But even that was short lived.Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR, said that much like Nike’s Kaepernick ad, Gillette likely knew the ad would garner online debate.“Nike knew what they were getting themselves into,” Torossian said. The ad with Kapernick was “making a lot of noise, and it can’t be a surprise to (Gillette) that this is making a lot of noise.”P&G, one of the world’s largest advertisers, is known for its anthemic spots that appeal to emotions during the Olympics and other events, often aimed at women, such as the tear-jerking “Thank You Mom” Olympics branding campaign and Always “Like a Girl” 2014 Super Bowl ad.Pankaj Bhalla, North America brand director on Gillette says the controversy was not the intended goal of the ad, which is part of a larger campaign that takes a look at redefining Gillette’s longtime tagline “The Best a Man Can Get,” in different ways. Another online ad features one-handed NFL rookie Shaquem Griffin.While he doesn’t want to lose sales or a boycott over the ad, “we would not discourage conversation or discussion because of that,” he said.“Our ultimate aim is to groom the next generation of men, and if any of this helps even in a little way we’ll consider that a success,” he said.Larry Chiagouris, marketing professor at Pace University, is skeptical.“Treating people with respect, who can argue with that, but they’re kind of late to the party here, that’s the biggest problem,” he said. “It’s gratuitous and self-serving.”Mae Anderson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Jeep Commercial Showing Woman in Hijab Causes Backlash

By Kristina FriedA number of conservative Americans have taken offense at a Jeep advertisement that ran in the United States during the Super Bowl this past Sunday. The commercial depicted scenes from all over the world set to the classic American folk song, “This Land is Your Land”.At one point in the commercial, a woman is shown wearing a hijab, standing in the foreground of a mountain range. The shot lasts approximately two seconds, and is preceded and followed by shots of India, China, Brazil, and Australia, among others. The commercial caused a backlash among the more conservative groups in the United States, with certain individuals taking to Twitter to voice their displeasure.Several people questioned why Muslims should be included in the commercial on the grounds that they behead people. User artie_rx tweeted,Die RT @artie_rx: This Land is Made for You and Me? Why didn’t that Jeep commercial show any Muslim savages beheading innocent people?— From Oakland W/ Love (@RFWavekiller) February 2, 2015And fellow twitter user Not Bruton Smith must have been thinking along the same lines, tweeting,You better not drive that #jeep in the Arab Muslim countries. They will chop your head off— Not Bruton Smith (@NotBrutonSmith) February 2, 2015Other complaints included the inclusion of Muslims but the supposed exclusion of Israeli Jews, with twitter user Lady4Yeshua asking,Most? RT @Lady4Yeshua “@Jeep; why could you show Arab Muslims, but not Israeli Jews? In most Arab countries, women aren’t allowed to drive!”— Ali M Latifi (@alibomaye) February 2, 2015Tweets like these were soon countered by defenders of the commercial. Twitter user Linda Sarsour played upon the common misperception that Muslim women are not allowed to drive, tweeting,Muslim women and jeeps and ya’ll thought Islam said we couldn’t drive. ???????? #CreepingSharia #SuperBowl2015— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) February 2, 2015In fact, it is only in Saudi Arabia that a law preventing women from driving is in effect.Still others referenced the commercial’s inclusivity, with user Wardah Khalid tweeting,Loved the @Jeep ad. If you can’t deal w/ the fact that Muslims are a part of this gorgeous world, then kindly move to another planet. #SB49— Wardah Khalid (@YAmericanMuslim) February 2, 2015 read more

Feds FBI exercised remarkable caution in CIA worker probe

NEW YORK — Federal prosecutors in New York say the FBI “exercised remarkable caution and candour” in securing search warrants that led to espionage charges against a former CIA employee.Prosecutors say a hearing is not necessary to reject Joshua Adam Schulte’s claims that evidence should be tossed out because searches of his New York City residence and various electronic accounts were illegal.The government made its arguments in papers filed late Friday in Manhattan federal court.Defence lawyers have asked a judge to toss out evidence. They say investigators violated search warrants by taking all kinds of things, including notebooks Schulte had carefully labeled as protected by attorney-client privilege.He has pleaded not guilty to charges that he leaked classified information that was disclosed publicly by WikiLeaks in March 2017.The Associated Press read more

UN human rights chief voices concern over convictions in Uzbek unrest trial

“There are doubts about the adequacy of the defence, and it appears that little evidence was presented during the trial, apart from confessions,” she said in a statement following the end of the trial yesterday. All of the defendants had admitted their guilt at the outset of trial, echoing the accusations by the prosecution.In the Andijan unrest hundreds of protesters were killed by Government forces. The 15 men are the first of more than 100 people to go on trial.“This is particularly worrisome as information from independent sources is greatly at odds with those confessions,” Ms. Arbour added. According to reports, the men’s lawyers were State-appointed and although present at the proceedings, did not adequately represent the 15.She noted that Uzbek Government did not agree to her proposal to send a monitor to the proceedings in order to help determine their conformity with international fair-trial standards, provided the monitor would be given access to case files and places of detention. Ms. Arbour, who has consistently called for an international inquiry into the events in Andijan, urged the Government to ensure that the 15 can enjoy their right to appeal. Noting that the trial might be the first in a series in connection with the Andijan events, she called on the authorities to abide scrupulously by the international fair trial standards they have freely accepted. She reiterated her offer to send a monitor to future proceedings.In a report issued last June following an Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) mission to neigbouring Kyrgyzstan to interview survivors of the Andijan events, the High Commissioner said there was strong, consistent and credible testimony to the effect that Uzbek military and security forces had committed grave human rights violations, mostly of the right to life. The findings of the report varied greatly with the version of events given by the authorities as outlined in the trial. read more

Inaugural class graduates Maadens Saudi Mining Polytechnic

first_imgMore than 150 students have successfully completed their two-year long coursework qualifying them to hold mining jobs in Saudi Arabia. As part of the program students were trained in both theoretical and technical programs at the world class training centre, Saudi Mining Polytechnic, established by Ma’aden.The picture shows students and faculty posing with Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Saudi Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Engr. Abdullah Bin Saif Al-Saif, Chairman of Board of Directors, Ali Al-Ghafis, Governor of the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and Engr. Khalid bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer, President and CEO of Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) in the simulation training facility.The training centre includes a facility with Immersive Technologies’ simulators where students are able to train on underground and surface heavy mining equipment. Courses in the training centre allow for students to observe classmates and review their own simulation sessions while instructors can manage and run reports through a centralised control station.“The simulation training has transferred their job speciality theoretical expertise to practical field applications and provided them with realtime work environment variables and emergencies,” says Eid Alanazi, Managing Director of Saudi Mining Polytechnic.The training centre will develop a trained and qualified Saudi national workforce, capable of supporting the mining industry needs Kingdom-wide.“Our graduates have developed self-confidence and situational decision making capability, enhanced their job safety requirements comprehension and reactions, improved their attitude and capacity to handling real machinery, technical terminology and best field practices as well as elevated their team spirit, integrity, cooperation and core values on the job,” Alanazi says.Saudi Mining Polytechnic originally introduced simulation based training in 2013 with the largest mining simulation investment in history delivered by Immersive Technologies. Saudi Mining Polytechnic is usng Immersive Technologies simulators to address one of the biggest challenges faced by the Kingdom – developing a skilled workforce to support the expansion of mining. The investment included seven Advanced Equipment Simulators and 18 simulator modules (Conversion Kits®) for both surface and underground mining.The students have now begun work at national surface and underground mines, as well as process plant operations, after completing requirements qualifying them to hold the jobs for which they were trained.last_img read more

PHOTO STORY Kombank Arena handball experience

12► ← Previous Story DREAM ABOUT SEMI-FINAL: Hungary or Brazil? Next Story → POLISH SENSATION: France goes home! handball matchhandball photohandball serbia 2013handball storykombank arenaserbia 2013WWCH 2013 “Kombank Arena” in Belgrade with capacity of 21.000 is one of the biggest halls in which is handball ever played. In the first match of home team, Serbia against Korea 28:27 about 10.000 fans were in the hall. Look our photo story from that match, but also clash between Brazil and Netherlands… [Show slideshow] read more

Egyptian tycoon offers to buy Greek islands for refugees

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An Egyptian billionaire is currently in talks over the purchase of two Greek islands to help accommodate and settle refugees. The grand act of generosity comes as part of the Aylan Island project, set up by Naguib Sawiris and named after the Syrian toddler found washed up on a Turkish beach.According to a recent statement released by his communications office, Sawiris has “corresponded with the owners and expressed our interest to go into negotiation[s] with them”.If everything goes ahead, the islands purchased by the 61-year-old will remain under the jurisdiction of Greece; though the deal ultimately depends on how many refugees Athens is willing to approve under the country’s laws.In an interview with Newsweek, Mr Sawiris said he had sent letters to both Alexis Tsipras and Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi seeking their approval, but had yet to hear back. “I sent a letter saying that I need them to provide me permission to take the refugees there and if they have an island to sell, I am a buyer,” he told Newsweek. “It would help me greatly and what I need from them is the approval to get the refugees there and the administrative support.”The billionaire, whose fortune is worth an estimated $3 billion, has said he is willing to spend up to $200 million for the purchase of the islands, in addition to the joint-stock company he is looking to set-up with a starting capital of $100 million. The project has had a great response thus far, with the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR offering to co-operate on the project, along with a number of investors and volunteers wishing to get on board. “I have got around 10,000 emails,” said Mr Sawiris. “Many people said they would volunteer to come and help me build this city, I have two people saying they want to donate $10 million and so on.”Further to assisting the refugee crisis, Mr Sawiris believes purchasing the islands will assist Greece with its own economic crisis. “I know that the Greek government owns a lot of islands that are uninhabited and they need the money.“It would look good that they are helping a humanitarian idea. It would be saving the EU from a burden and helping to do something [about the refugee crisis],” he said.Source: RTlast_img read more