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Rogers and CBC sign new 7year deal for Hockey Night in Canada

first_img“CBC has been an excellent partner over the years and we are excited to extend our relationship,” said Rick Brace, President, Rogers Media. “Hockey Night in Canada is the most celebrated hockey brand in the country and is steeped in tradition. We are committed to working together to ensure it reaches the widest possible audience.”“The strong relationship we enjoy with Rogers Media paved the way for this new agreement. HNIC on Saturday nights is something Canadians have come to cherish and we’re thrilled that this long-standing tradition will continue for many years to come,” said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO, CBC-Radio-Canada.As part of the new deal, CBC will continue to broadcast nationally-televised regular season games on Saturday night plus all four rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The iconic Hockey Night in Canada brand will continue on CBC and across all Rogers Media platforms on Saturday nights. Sportsnet will continue to produce the games, retain all editorial control, and manage the advertising, with games continuing to be produced from Sportsnet’s Hockey Central Studio at the CBC building in Toronto.Since Rogers’s landmark broadcast and multimedia deal with the NHL began four years ago, Hockey Night in Canada has consistently ranked among the Top 5 programs, reaching on average 7.5 million Canadians each week. This season, Hockey Night in Canada has been the most-watched program in Canada every Saturday night, reaching a total of 18 million Canadians or 50 per cent of the country’s population. Riding the momentum of five Canadian teams making the playoffs last year, ratings continue to rise year-over-year for both the early and late match-ups.“Our priority in coming to this new agreement was to ensure Canadians continue to have access to Saturday night hockey on CBC and an overwhelming majority of our audience told us they want it to be on CBC,” said Greg Stremlaw, Executive-Director, CBC Sports & General Manager, Olympics.“Canadians have a profound love and deep-seated passion for the game of hockey,” said Scott Moore, President of Sportsnet & NHL Properties, Rogers Media. “Sportsnet will continue to fuel that passion by providing full-access coverage to our audiences at every opportunity. It’s a pledge we made to our fans when we won the rights in 2013, and one that we continue to deliver on every day.”Rogers’s 12-year national broadcast and multimedia agreement with the NHL, which began with the 2014-15 season, remains the largest media rights deal in NHL history and provides Rogers with all national rights on all platforms in all languages.In addition to Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet will continue to produce and televise national games on Sundays during Rogers Hometown Hockey and on Wednesday evenings with Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey.In total, Sportsnet will produce and broadcast more than 450 national and regional NHL games during the 2017-18 season.Rogers is the parent company of 660 NEWS. Twitter Ads info and privacy TORONTO (NEWS 1130) – Rogers Media and CBC have signed a new seven-year sub-licensing agreement for English-language broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada and the Stanley Cup playoffs, beginning with the 2019-20 season.The new deal, which follows a previous four-year sub-licensing deal and one-year extension, runs through the end of the 2025-26 season which is when Rogers’ 12-year national broadcast rights deal with the NHL is due to expire.  77 Replies View image on Twitter  4242 likescenter_img  2121 Retweets The agreement ensures that Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts continue to reach the maximum number of Canadians every Saturday night on CBC, Sportsnet, and City. In addition, Hockey Night in Canada games are also available on the CBC Sports app, the CBC TV app, CBCSports.ca, Rogers NHL LIVE and Sportsnet NOW. HockeyNightInCanada@hockeynight CBC extends Hockey Night in Canada partnership with Rogers until 2026 http://cbc.ca/1.4455962 10:31 AM – Dec 19, 2017last_img read more


BC motorist fined for driving with bowl in one hand chopsticks in

first_imgKELOWNA, B.C. — A provincial court judge has served up a searing decision to a driver in Kelowna, B.C., who was spotted eating with chopsticks in one hand and a bowl of spinach in the other.Judicial justice Brian Burgess handed down the ruling in Kelowna traffic court in August, finding the “egregious” offence took place in the city last November as Corinne Jackson drove past a roadside vehicle enforcement operation.The RCMP officer who flagged Jackson’s vehicle testified she was travelling at an estimated 60 km/h while “shovelling” food into her mouth with the chopsticks and not once did she place a hand on the wheel during the entire five to six seconds he observed.However, Jackson testified she gave due care and attention to her driving because she was going “no more than 10 km/h over” and had three fingers of her left hand on the steering wheel while holding the bowl with her thumb and index finger.Burgess rejected Jackson’s testimony as contradictory and criticizes her for the common misconception that 10 km/h over the limit is not speeding, noting the law says even one kilometre an hour over the limit is considered speeding.Jackson was found guilty of driving without due care and attention and the judge declined to reduce her fine of $2,000 and six penalty points, although the average ticket for the offence is $368.“Holding a bowl in one hand and using chopsticks in the other hand to eat while driving, even if three fingers of the hand holding the bowl were in contact with the steering wheel, is not giving one’s full attention to driving,” Burgess says in the ruling posted online.His ruling says he didn’t find that all those who eat while operating a vehicle are operating without due care and attention.“The minimum standard of a reasonable and prudent person, as implied by the Crown, would be to have at least one full hand on the steering wheel while the vehicle being driven is in motion. The hand that is on the steering wheel should not also be holding some other object.”Jackson assumed a risk by actively eating while speeding, Burgess says.“The risk was that Ms. Jackson was betting with her own safety and life and the safety and lives of other users or potential users of the road as she drove her vehicle while both of her hands were holding foreign objects not related to diving and eating at the same time.”Jackson has been given until the end of October to pay the ticket.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Yukon watershed plan gets highcaliber thumbsup

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe final land use plan on Yukon’s Peel River watershed has been released.It recommends protection for 80 per cent of the last untouched wilderness area in North America.And as APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean reports, one of Canada’s most visible advocates for the wilderness is endorsing to protect the peel.last_img


Institutional investors key to driving increase in women on boards report

first_imgTORONTO – The support of institutional investors is key to driving any meaningful increase in female representation on corporate boards and in the executive suites, a new analysis suggests.The review authored by lawyers at Bay St. law firm Torys LLP says increased scrutiny on board composition has become a growing area of focus for big investors.“While they have traditionally engaged with boards behind closed doors to advocate for governance or other strategic initiatives, institutional investors are becoming more openly vocal about the value of a diverse board that includes women,” the analysis said of the situation in Canada.It pointed to the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance’s gender diversity policy and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, which expressly encourages gender diversity on boards.The report noted that the number of women have increased in recent years, but women in director seats continue to account for a significant minority.A report earlier this month by the Canadian Securities Administrators found the percentage of board seats filled by women has edged higher in recent years.The report found the total percentage of board seats occupied by women increased to 14 per cent compared with 12 per cent last year and 11 per cent in 2015 when the report was first published.The Ontario Securities Commission is set to hold a roundtable on women on boards and in executive positions on Oct. 24.last_img read more


Car thefts on rise in Canada as thieves target trucks SUVs insurance

first_imgTORONTO — A new report says choosy car thieves are setting their sights on Ford trucks and high-end SUVs as the number of automotive thefts continues to rise across the country.The Insurance Bureau of Canada says in its annual list of the most frequently stolen vehicles that the Ford F-Series trucks are again topping the list.Henry Tso, the board’s vice-president of investigative services, says thieves in Ontario and Alberta are going after trucks, while in Atlantic Canada the Nissan Maxima is stolen most often along with the Chevy Silverado and Jeep Liberty.New Brunswick saw the sharpest rise in thefts with a 28 per cent jump, with Ontario seeing a 15 per cent increase.Nationally, police reported close to 85,000 thefts in 2017 — a six per cent increase over 2016.The board says New Year’s Day is the most common time for vehicles to be stolen since they are often loaded with gifts. But, it says vehicles are often smuggled outside the country, sold to unsuspecting consumers, scrapped for parts or used to commit another crime with organized crime rings usually involved.The Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada says crime groups involved in auto thefts operate primarily out of Montreal and Toronto.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


AltaGas appoints CEO to replace David Harris after sudden resignation in July

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Calgary-based utility AltaGas Ltd. is appointing Randy Crawford as CEO four months after the sudden resignation of ex-CEO David Harris following an unspecified “complaint” to its board.In a news release, it says Crawford will take the reins on Dec. 10 from interim co-CEOs David Cornhill and Phillip Knoll, its chairman and a member of the board, respectively.AltaGas says Crawford has 30 years of experience in the natural gas industry and was most recently the president of midstream and commercial with EQT Corp., a U.S. gas company, where he led a growth strategy in the Marcellus natural gas fields in the northeastern U.S. It says the new CEO will be asked to strengthen AltaGas’ financial position, as well as focus on growth and new opportunities in its gas and U.S. utilities segments.The company said in July the complaint regarding Harris was not related to AltaGas’ strategy, operations or financial reporting, but hasn’t explained what it was related to or who made the complaint, nor has it given any detail of a review of the complaint it said it would undertake.Harris, who had been with AltaGas since 2010 and its top executive since April 2016, oversaw the company’s $6-billion deal to buy Washington, D.C.-based energy utility company WGL Holdings, Inc., which closed three weeks before his departure.last_img read more


With prisoner headcount down 17 jails closed in Tgana

first_imgHyderabad: Seventeen out of the 49 jails in Telangana have been shut down temporarily following reduction in number of prisoners getting lodged in the jails and the state prisons department intends to use the closed prisons for social welfare centres.According to the department, the 17 jails were closed down over the past five years due to insufficient prisoners which, it is said, is the result of the reformation and rehabilitation measures undertaken by them and motivating the prisoners to act as partners in the elimination of crime from society. The number of prisoners has come down from about 7,000 to about 5,000, the department said. The department, which has been striving to reduce crime, had launched different social service initiatives, and also started the concept of ‘Aftercare Services’ to facilitate and help the ex-prisoners lead normal life and not fall back upon crime. The closed prisons can be used for social welfare centres or special homes for beggars, destitute, orphans, etc. at least temporarily, said director general of prisons and correctional services Vinoy Kumar Singh said. The department, which intends to run 100 petrol bunks, currently operates 18 petrol pumps in Hyderabad city and different districts wherein some released prisoners and inmates (convicts undergoing sentences) besides former jail authorities man such bunks. The prisons department has prepared a list of 1,000 habitual offenders in the state, we will be able to cut down the crime graph in the state by engaging almost all the habitual criminals, the top jail official said adding some of them are already self-employed or employed in one of the prison industries or placed somewhere in job melas organised by it. Also, the department has prepared a list of 1,000 habitual offenders in the state, we will be able to cut down the crime graph in the state by engaging almost all the habitual criminals, the top jail official said adding some of them are already self-employed or employed in one of the prison industries or placed somewhere in job melas organised by it. The department has come up with an innovative idea and is thinking of entry into housing development activities and make housing plots for the middle class and lower middle class at cost-to-cost basis by hiring released prisoners. As Telangana government is providing houses under 2BHK scheme to poor people, the prisons Department would make available plots for middle-class and lower middle-class people in gated communities at very affordable prices, Singh said.last_img read more


Waste management sector is wellplaced to battle climate change finds UN report

“Waste and Climate Change: Global Trends and Strategy Framework” – prepared by the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) International Environmental Technology Centre – says the waste sector is particularly well placed to cut its contribution to global man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) and even become an emissions saver. The report recommends reducing the amount of primary materials used in manufacturing, storing carbon in landfills and compost, and harvesting methane from rubbish tips for fuel and electricity generation.“The waste sector is already acting to minimize the impact of potentially potent greenhouse gases like methane, but this is often done on a country-by-country basis. The time is ripe to scale up and deliver a far more coordinated and global response, especially in respect to developing economies,” said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.The report was released as delegates from around the world meet in the Mexican city of Cancún for the 16th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).Estimates put the emissions contribution of the waste sector at roughly 3-5 per cent of GHG, about equal to the GHG produced by international aviation and shipping. However, the study notes that reliability of calculation methods and data between countries vary, with uncertainty ranging from 10-30 per cent in developed countries to as high as 60 per cent in developing countries that do not produce annual data. Landfills emitting methane are considered the biggest contributors from the waste sector in terms of emissions, in part because methane is thought to be 25 times more harmful over a 100-year period than carbon dioxide. Landfills with gas recovery systems have been able to capture 50-80 per cent of the methane emitted.Although developing countries generate on average only 10-20 per cent of the waste of developed countries, the figure is growing along with their economies. Attempts to decouple waste production from economic growth through Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects have the potential to focus more on landfill gas. In China, only 2.5 per cent of CDM projects are landfill ones while in India the figure is just under 2 per cent. The Executive Secretary of the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes, Katharina Kummer Peiry, welcomed the Waste and Climate Change Report, which, she said, bucked a trend of underestimation of the ways in which waste management can help combat climate change. “The Secretariat looks forward to joining forces with others in strengthening this link through the environmentally sound management of waste,” she said.More focus on winning quick victories in the battle against climate change, like the one offered by taking new approaches to waste management, can help in bridging the gap between the emissions levels scientists say are essential to keep 21st century temperature rise lower than 2 degrees Celsius. “Every avenue, every opportunity and every option for cutting greenhouse gases needs to be brought into play if the world is to combat dangerous climate change and set the stage for a transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient Green Economy urgently needed in the 21st century,” said Mr. Steiner.Cancun 3 December 2010Cutting emissions from the world’s waste management companies could have a big impact in the fight against climate change, according to a United Nations report released today. read more


US sanctions squeeze Iran middle class upend housing sector

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s large middle class has been hit hard by the fallout from unprecedented U.S. sanctions, including the collapse of the national currency.Perhaps most devastating has been the doubling of housing prices, uprooting tenants and making home ownership unattainable for most.Some say the sanctions, part of the Trump administration’s campaign of “maximum pressure” to exact nuclear concession from Iran’s rulers, have had the opposite effect and strengthened hard-liners.Iranians worry about the future as tensions between Iran and the West continue to rise.The escalation — triggered by the Trump administration’s withdrawal last year from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers — seems unstoppable, and European mediators trying to defuse the situation keep coming up short.The economic freefall could shape Iran’s domestic politics for a long time.Karin Laub And Mohammad Nasiri, The Associated Press read more


Annan condemns armed attacks in Côte dIvoire

Mr. Annan is “deeply concerned by reports of armed attacks by elements of the armed forces of Côte d’Ivoire in various parts of the country” and “particularly saddened by the loss of life that has ensued,” according to a statement released by his spokesman late Thursday evening.The statement “unequivocally condemns” any attempt to settle disputes through violence and calls on those concerned to “immediately and unconditionally” stop the attacks and submit to the constitutional order. The Secretary-General also calls on all parties to refrain from any action that could exacerbate the situation.Mr. Anna voices deep regret that the violence has intensified at a time when Côte d’Ivoire was moving towards “enhancing national reconciliation and broad-based political dialogue in an evolving democratic framework.””The Secretary-General reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations to continue to work closely with the Government and people of Côte d’Ivoire as they endeavour to restore peace, stability and progress in the country,” the statement said. read more


Sandvik secures major materials handling orders for iron ore mines

first_imgSandvik Mining has secured major materials handling contracts in South America and Australia. The combined value of the contracts exceeds SEK950 million and will be executed and contribute to Sandvik Mining’s business during the years 2013 until 2015. The orders include design and supply of conveying systems with a total length of 8.9 km comprising of two iron ore transfer conveyors up to 28,500 t/h and two waste conveyors lines each with 9,500 t/h capacity for a surface mine in South America. For Australia the orders include design, supply and delivery of materials handling equipment for iron ore stacking at peak rates of over 11,500 t/h.“The size and complexity of the systems and the impressive performance data again demonstrate Sandvik Mining’s capability to provide high-tech solutions in the area of continuous mining and materials handling applications”, says Gary Hughes, President of the Sandvik Mining business area.last_img read more


METS acquires AA Wilkie Consulting Engineers

first_imgMineral Engineering Technical Services (METS) has a acquired AA Wilkie Consulting Engineers, a leading provider of civil and structural engineering services for commercial, industrial and domestic clients. The news follows just nine months after METS acquired CDMS Consulting Engineers and the recent integration of the two brands under the Midas Engineernig Group brand. Damian Connelly, Director/Principal Engineering Consultant at METS said “Our strategic intent is to expand our offering of engineering services beyond the current and across a variety of new sectors. In addition to organic growth we have chosen to acquire AA Wilkie as it will strengthen our business and support our vision”METS is a Perth-based independent specialist consulting group that provides a range of services including, mineral processing, engineering design, training and specialist services to the mining industry.Connelly said “This acquisition underscores our commitment to delivering quality well rounded engineering services and adds high level value to our growing portfolio of global offerings, allowing us to grow in a tough market.”AA Wilkie Consulting Engineers has been providing engineering services across structural and civil projects to industrial, commercial and domestic clients. Their civil engineering expertise encompasses subdivisional work including town planning, roads, bridges, railways, water supplies, drainage, sewage, pump stations and earthworks. Structural works include industrial and commercial developments as well as domestic and residential engineering services.AA Wilkie will trade as Wilkie Civil Engineering in the future and continue to work on its existing projects and maintain its commitment to delivering quality service to their clients. Moving forward, METS, Wilkie and CDMS intend to work together on projects under the Midas Engineering Group brand, pooling together their vast experience and expertise. “We aim to provide complementary service offerings that will provide great opportunities for both companies.” states Connelly.last_img read more


Fermel Maverick range nominated for Swedish Steel Prize 2017

first_imgFor developing the Maverick range of dedicated light duty vehicles (LDV) for mining, which provide maintenance, repair and lifecycle advantages never before seen on the market, Fermel has been named a finalist for the Swedish Steel Prize 2017. The Swedish Steel Prize is an international prize that honors the art of engineering and innovation in the steel industry. Fermel, from South Africa, is one of four finalists for this year’s prize, which will be awarded during a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on May 11.“We identified this opportunity on the basis that new mining legislation and tighter safety requirements were due in the not too distant future, and we knew the commercial units would soon be under pressure,” explains Corné Wehr, Product Design Manager at Fermel. The resulting Maverick range of LDVs is designed specifically for the harsh underground mining environment.  It is an uninhibited mining vehicle that can be used for a wide range of applications and outperforms current offerings.In total, roughly 90% high-strength steel is used in the design of the Maverick range of vehicles. The combination of high-strength steel and wear-resistant steel provides improved safety and wear resistance, as well as higher payloads of up to 2.5 t without compromising the vehicle’s fatigue life.“In essence, the desired outcomes for this product would not be easily achieved if we did not have advanced high-strength steel materials as an option, as conventional methods would compromise the vehicle characteristics to the point that our product offering would have been very limited and possibly very difficult to sell,” explains Maxine Penn, Director of Sales and Marketing at Fermel.The jury’s motivation for selecting Fermel as a finalist for the Swedish Steel Prize 2017 is: “Fermel has developed a unique range of multi-purpose vehicles for safe transportation in mines. The vehicles meet new, more stringent safety legislation and are intended to replace the re-built standard vehicles currently used. Design optimisation of the entire vehicle, including the car body, has given superior performance regarding personal safety, higher payload, agility, damage resistance, reliability and service life. All these benefits are achieved by extensive use of advanced high-strength structural and wear-resistant steels.”For nearly 20 years, the Swedish Steel Prize has recognised and rewarded small and large companies as well as institutions and individuals who have developed a method or product that utilizes the full potential of high-strength steel. The winner will receive a statuette by the sculptor Jörg Jeschke and a cash prize of SEK 100,000 that SSAB encourages to be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice.last_img read more


VIDEO NZ House of Reps sings Maori love song after gay marriage

first_img(YouTube: inthehouseNZ)Twelve countries around the world, including Spain, Canada, Iceland and Argentina, have already legislated to allow for same-sex marriage, while a number of other countries – including Ireland – recognise civil partnerships.New Zealand votes to legalise same-sex marriage EARLIER TODAY, POLITICIANS in New Zealand voted to legalise same-sex marriage, becoming the first country in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.The move was met with rapture by people watching in the gallery of the House of Representatives who burst into spontaneous song. Some lawmakers even joined in for the rendition of traditional Maori love song, Pokarekare Ana.last_img


Sitdown Sunday 7 deadly reads

first_img4. Lone soldiers A picture hangs in the room of Israeli soldiers who were wounded during fighting in Gaza, at Soroka hospital in Beer Sheva, southern Israel Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAnna Tinsley talked to ‘lone soldiers’, Jewish men who travelled to Israel to join the IDF, about their lives.(Star Telegram, approx 6 minutes reading time, words)Their beliefs are so strong that they are willing to fight — and die, if necessary, as a Texas man recently did — to protect the Jewish state. They are the Lone Soldiers. In Israel, young men and women have no choice but to join the military. 5. Faked violence?A reporter accuses the New York Times of faking photos of Gaza casualties. But he’s wrong. James Fallows looks at what this tells us about reporting and truth in the Middle East.(The Atlantic, approx 10 minutes reading time, 1910 words)Reporters have different interests and styles and predilections, different strengths and weaknesses, different stories of having ended up in this craft. But there is one thing they—we—have in common. It is the fundamental drive that makes us stick with this odd line of work, the usually unspoken but immensely powerful source of pride in what we do. It is summed up by three words: I saw this.6. Why were so many civilians killed in Gaza violence? Men assess the damage after a rocket fired from Gaza landed in the middle of a residential neighborhood in the city of Kiryat Gat, Israel Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMore than 1200 people have been killed in the recent Israel-Gaza violence, the vast majority of these being civilians, particularly on the Gaza side. Why is this so? Max Fisher investigates:(Vox, approx 12 minutes reading time, 2445 words)On the one hand, Hamas appears to be at best indifferent to the fact that, by firing rockets from heavily civilian areas, it knowingly invites or even desires Israeli strikes that will kill civilians. (Hamas is frequently accused of using civilians as human shields for this reason.) On the other, the plain truth is that Israeli bombs are causing most of the civilian deaths.…AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES… FIle: Photographs and other memorabilia from holocaust survivor Maurice Deluty’s youth cover the table at his home in New York. Deluty’s parents and sister were killed in the Holocaust. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIn 2013, Marisa L Berman met the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, who are helping to keep their legacy alive, whether through art or other means.(Narratively, approx 14 minutes reading time, 2924 words)Elena Berkovits was only 16 years old when she first came face to face with Dr. Josef Mengele in the Nazi extermination camp at Auschwitz. Mengele, or the “White Angel,” as inmates called him due to his white lab coat, was one of the medical personnel who would inspect people as they arrived. His motioning, left or right, would indicate if he deemed a person strong enough to work and therefore to live another day, or if they would be consigned to immediate death.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday >The Sports Pages – the best sports writing collected every week by TheScore.ie > IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.This week, all of the recent articles reference the ongoing Gaza conflict in some way, aiming to show the different aspects to what is occurring. Our ‘classic’ article looks at the Holocaust. If you have any other longreads or explainers about the conflict that you think are of interest, please add them in the comments for other readers.1. What exactly is happening in Gaza? An Israeli tank advances in a staging area near the Israel Gaza border Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIf you have questions about the current conflict in Gaza, this explainer by Paul Hosford should help you out.(TheJournal.ie, approx 9 minutes reading time, 1907 words) The problem with Palestinian land nowadays is that it is actually two tracts of land on opposite sides of Israel. Confusingly, the West Bank is in the east of the country (it is on the western bank of the River Jordan) and the Gaza Strip is in the west, on the Mediterranean Sea.2. Gaza and Punishment Source: AP/Press Association ImagesRashid Khalidi believes that the current unrest in Gaza is due to a ‘collective punishment’ of Palestinians. This is one of the week’s most popular New Yorker articles:(The New Yorker, approx 5 minutes reading time, 1073 words)We might not like Hamas or some of its methods, but that is not the same as accepting the proposition that Palestinians should supinely accept the denial of their right to exist as a free people in their ancestral homeland.3. Israel is not my birthrightDemonstrators hold Israeli flags and placards reading All United Against Terrorism and Hamas terrorist during a Pro Israel gathering near the Israeli Embassy in ParisSource: AP/Press Association ImagesShira Lipkin is a Jewish American who was raised to think that Israel “was ours by divine right”. But she finds her beliefs challenged by he current unrest.(Salon, approx 5 minutes reading time, 941 words)The history we are taught in our Sunday school is that we were there first, and that therefore the Palestinians are occupying our land. How long ago were we there, though? And who, exactly, iswe? I find myself using that we – “We need to stop bombing Palestine,” “we need to give land back,” but I am not Israeli. I have never been to Israel. This is how deep it runs, this idea of possession.last_img read more


Authorities seek public information about man found dead off Mission Beach coast

first_img Posted: October 18, 2018 Updated: 6:04 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities reached out to the public Thursday for information about an Egyptian man who was found dead under potentially suspicious circumstances in the ocean off the coast of Mission Beach.The body of 37-year-old Haitham “Max” Elshayeb was floating about 2 1/2 miles from shore when a fisherman on a boat spotted it shortly before 10:30 a.m. Oct. 10, according to San Diego police.The body, clad only in surfer-style shorts, bore no obvious signs of traumatic injuries, Lt. Anthony Dupree said. A possibly suspicious circumstance, however, was a chain wrapped around the dead man’s waist, though it might have been used simply as a belt or style accessory, the lieutenant said.Homicide detectives were called in to investigate the fatality “out of an abundance of caution,” and the fatality has been classified as a suspicious death, Dupree said. A ruling on the cause of Elshayeb’s death remained on hold this week pending completion of postmortem exams.Police hope to contact people who had contact with Elshayeb in the days and weeks leading to his death, Dupree said.Anyone with information about the case is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter October 18, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Authorities seek public information about man found dead off Mission Beach coastlast_img read more


Jonny Gifford Why employees do not naturally engage with workplace savings schemes

first_imgThe world overloads us with information at every turn and our minds do not like it. Detail clings to financial advice, on the other hand, like so many limpets. Of course it does: advisers need the detail to consider eventualities, recount sub-clauses and cover their backs. But our minds quickly fall prey to information overload.People deal with this in various ways. The first is through mental shortcuts, or heuristics. We love to think we are rational beings, carefully considering available options, but for the sake of brain efficiency, we cannot often afford to be. Instead, we make decisions based on what feels right. We use association, automatically relating what we see to previous experience and responding in line with how we are used to behaving.We are also driven by a strong aversion to regret. Faced with too many options, or options we just do not understand, we tend to sidestep them. This is why auto-enrolment was a smart move. Making the most desirable option the default is something we should be doing more generally, more often.Another inherent challenge with choices in pay and benefits is that they require us to balance current and future needs. This is also something we are inherently bad at doing. We place more value on the former than the latter. This can be seen in employee responses to pension contributions. A typical twenty-something will wish their employer put less into their pension pot and more into their pay packet. Cake now rather than a feast later is our instinct.There is no silver bullet to these challenges but good communication is vital. Simplify options so the average employee can make meaningful choices. Make the most desirable options the easiest to follow. Drive home the importance of making the right choice, making use of another strong influence, that of peer pressure and our fear of being out of line.Jonny Gifford is adviser, organisational behaviour and research insight, at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)last_img read more


Fort Lauderdale coach charged with spying on teen in bathroom

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Fort Lauderdale coach has been charged with recording video of a teenager inside the bathroom.Police have charged 27-year-old Daniel Berliner with video voyeurism and evidence tampering.Investigators said Berliner secretly recorded a teenager inside the bathroom.Berliner used to be a fencing coach at a gym near Northwest 60th Street and 31st Avenue in Fort lauderdale.Berliner is being held on a bond of $26,000.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img


Chronology of important events of Language Movement

first_imgGathering for the first shutdown of 21 February. Rafiqul Islam took the photo on 21 February 1952.The Language Movement reached the pinnacle on 21 February 1952. On that day and the next, a number of people were killed as the police opened fire on those who waged a movement demanding recognition of Bangla as the state language.So far we have learned that eight people were killed on that day and the next, though in an article published in Prothom Alo Bangla print edition on 21 February 2018, researcher Mohiuddin Ahmed said the number could be much more.The movement, however, did not come into being suddenly. The proponents of Bangla language had to fight their way out for a long time. But, the clash of choice between Bangla and Urdu became prominent from the later part of 19th century.The most significant events regarding the Language Movement are chronicled below:1903Language veteran Abdul Matin. File photoA writer in newspaper Nabanur says Bangla is the language of Hindu community.1915A writer made two contradictory comments in an article in Al-Islam newspaper. Only a section of Muslim can say something like ‘I don’t know Bengali or I’ve forgotten Bengali.’ He also said Muslims like Urdu or Persian because those are written in Arabic script… Bengali Muslims would have liked Bangla if it were written in Arabic script.1915In the newspaper Kohinoor, litterateur Yakub Ali Chowdhury writes, “The language of Bengali Muslim is Bangla, this is clear like daylight.”1918Maulana Mohammad Akram Khan writes, “There are many strange questions in the world. The strangest among them is, whether Urdu or Bengali is the language of Bengali Muslims?”1942Writer and academic Syed Sajjad Hussain, also president of Purba Pakistan Sahitya Samsad, said the language of Bengali Muslim is Bangla.1947May: Muslim League leader Chowdhury Khalequzzaman on 17 May in Hyderabad said Urdu will be the national language of Pakistan. Litterateur Abdul Haque wrote four articles in ‘Ittehad’ and ‘Azad’ in June and July challenging the views. He wrote, “Bengali will, undoubtedly, be the state language of East Pakistan.”June: A small organisation, East Pakistan Peoples Freedom League or Gana Azadi League was formed in June. The organisation, in its manifesto, proclaimed “Bengali is our mother-tongue.”The then prominent newspaper Dainik Azad opens up discussion on state language of East Pakistan from 30 June.July: Aligarh University vice chancellor Ziauddin Ahmed in July said “As Hindi is going to be the state language of India, so Urdu should be the state language of Pakistan.” Professor Dr Muhammad Shahidullah of Bangla department at DU instantly challenged the opinion in a newspaper article “Pakistaner Bhasha Samasya” published in Dainik Azad on 29 July. He said, “As the language of the majority of people, Bangla should be the state language of Pakistan. If the need arises to adopt the second language, Urdu can be considered for that purpose.”August: The British India divided into two nations Pakistan and India on 14/15 August annexing East Bengal with Pakistan based on the religious identity of most of its dwellers.September: Islamic cultural organisation Tamaddun Majlish was formed under the leadership of professor Abul Kashem of physics department at Dhaka University on 1 September. On 15 September, it published a pamphlet “Pakistaner Rashtra Bhasha: Bangla Na Urdu? (“Pakistan’s State Language: Bengali or Urdu?”).Tamaddun Majlish adopted other resolutions Bangla should be used as the medium of education, as the language of courts and language of offices in East Bengal. The central government of Pakistan shall have two state languages – Urdu and Bangla.November: On 4 November, Purba Pakistan Sangbadik Sangha (East Paskitan journalists association) gave a memorandum, signed by almost all the prominent writers, poets, government and non-government high officials in Dhaka, to chief minister Khawaja Nazimuddin demanding an announcement of Bengali as state language.Children with their parents went to National Shaheed Minar to pay tribute to language heroes on 21 February 2018. File photoBut things were moving in the opposite direction in West Pakistan. In December, a resolution was adopted in an Education Conference in Karachi to make Urdu the only state language of Pakistan. It was also decided Bangla would be dropped from all government stationeries, including money-order forms, envelopes and post cards, which would be printed in Urdu and English.December: The resolution drew sharp criticism from East Pakistan. A protest meeting was organised on DU campus with professor Abul Kashem in chair on 8 December. At the later part of December, State Language Action Committee was formed with professor Nurul Haque Bhuiyan as convener.1948January: Birth of East Pakistan Students League. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was its first president. The activists of the organisation vowed to fight Muslim League propaganda to depict Bengali as a language of Hindu community.February: The state language issue was first tabled by Comilla’s MP Dhirendranath Datta in the Assembly on 23 February. Muslim League MPs opposed the move though Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani and a section of Bengali-speaking MPs supported it. The then prime minister Liaqat Ali Khan said, “Pakistan is a Muslim state and it must have as its lingua franca the language of the Muslim nation… and that can be no other language but Urdu.”March: As a reaction to that, the direct action programme for state language started in Dhaka. Teachers, students and intellectuals formed “State Language Action Committee” at the office of Tamaddun Majlish. The committee on 6 March called for a general strike on 11 March demanding announcement of Bengali as state language.Police made futile attempts to suppress the protest by baton-charge and indiscriminate arrests on 11 March. The arrested include Shamsul Haq, Shawkat Ali, Kazi Golam Mahbub, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Oli Ahad.On 15 March, students called for a non-stop strike. Chief minister Khawaja Nazimuddin staged a retreat signing 8-point agreement with the State Language Action Committee. Student leader Kamruddin Ahmed signed on behalf of the action committee. Later Jinnah cancelled the agreement.On 21 March, Mohammad Ali Jinnah addressed a huge rally at Racecourse Maidan (now Suhrwardy Udyan). He said, “I would like tell you in clear terms that the state language of Pakistan shall be no other language but Urdu. If anybody tries to mislead you, he shall be an enemy of Pakistan.” The students leaders, present at the rally, protested theOn 24 March, Jinnah repeated his stance in the Convocation Address at Curzon Hall in Dhaka University. The movement became stronger after Jinnah’s support for Urdu.On 26 March, a delegation of the action committee met Jinnah and gave him a memorandum demanding Bangla as one of the state languages, which was turned down.April: On 8 April, two resolutions were passed in the East Bengal Executive Council, recommending that Bangla be treated as a provincial language.1949February: Education minister Fazlur Rahman proposed the introduction of Arabic alphabet for all the languages, including Bangla, spoken in Pakistan “in the interest of national unity and solidarity and the rapid advancement of general education in Pakistan.”Dr Muhammad Shahidullah and other linguists of East Bengal rejected it.1950March: On 11 March, Dhaka University State Language Movement Committee was formed under the leadership of left-leaning student Abdul Matin.April: The proposal to the introduction of Arabic alphabet for all the languages spoken in Pakistan is formally tabled in parliament. Dhirendranath Datta and leaders of newly formed Awami-Muslim League protested at it.December: On 7 December, the 16-member East Bengal Language Committee, headed by Maulana Akram Khan, submitted final report saying the proposal to use Arabic alphabet for writing Bangla language as bizarre. The committee also put emphasis on using Bangla in all the offices and educational institutions of East Bengal. But the government did not publish the report until 1958.1951March: On 11 March, The Dhaka University State Language Movement Committee sent a memorandum to all newspapers and legislative council members demanding announcement of Bangla as state language with Urdu.In a conference of university and college teachers in Comilla on 16 and 17 March, Dr Muhammad Shahidullah asked people to raise their voice against imposition of any language other than Bangla as medium of education.On 27 March, the proposal to write Bangla in Arabic script was tabled in the legislative council again.1952January: On 26 January, Nazimuddin re-opened the debate on language by announcing in a meeting of All Pakistan Muslim League that “Only Urdu shall be the state language of Pakistan.’ On 27 January he reiterated the stance at Paltan Maidan.On 30 January, rejecting the speech of Nazimuddin, State Language Action Committee observes general strike in Dhaka University area.On 31 January, an All-party worker meeting, chaired by Maulana bhasani was held in Dhaka Bar Library Hall. All Party State Language Action Committee was formed here. Kazi Golam Mahbub was made convener. The committee convened a general strike on 21 February.February4 February: Students organised procession in Nababpur area demanding Bangla as state language. All the educational institutions observed general strike on the day.18 February: The government enforced section 144 in Dhaka University and adjoining areas centring general strike on 21 February.20 February: A meeting, convened by the All-party State Language Action Committee and chaired by Abul Hashim, was held. Most of the members opined against breaking section 144 fearing violence.21 February: Students started to gather near the gate of Dhaka Medical College around 9:00am. Around 11:00am, the students rally began in presence of Kazi Golam Mahbub, Oli Ahad, Abdul Matin, Gaziul Haq and other leaders. The student and political leaders could not reach in a consensus about violating section 144. Awami Muslim League general secretary Shamsul Haq asked the students not to violate section 144. DU VC SM Hossain also asked the students to do so.Abdul Matin and Gaziul Haq opined in favour of violating section 144 but could not come up with specific directions. At this stage, the students spontaneously decided to defy section 144 and police line.Police fired tear gas shells towards the gate to warn the students. A section of students ran into the Dhaka Medical College while others towards the university premises cordoned by the police. The vice-chancellor asked police to stop firing and ordered students to leave the area. However, the police arrested several students for defying section 144 as they attempted to leave.Enraged by the arrests, the students met around the East Bengal Legislative Assembly and blocked the legislators’ way, asking them to present their insistence at the assembly. When a group of students sought to storm into the building, police opened fire and killed a number of students, including Abdus Salam, Rafiq Uddin Ahmed, Abul Barkat and Abdul Jabbar around 4:00pm.As the news of the killings spread, disorder erupted across the city. Shops, offices and public transport were shut down and a general strike began. Leaflets were distributed in mosques and clubs asking to gather on DU campus on the next day.The government press note acknowledged 3 deaths and 2 injured although the actual number was much higher.Poet Mahbubul Alam Chowdury wrote a poem “Kandte asini, fansir dabi niye esechi” in memory of the martyrs in the evening.On 22 February, black flags were hoisted atop the Arts Faculty building and all the student halls. The students black badges as a sign of mourning for the killed ones. The EPR and the army took control of Dhaka. A namaz-e-janaza was held in the Curzon Hall area. The participants brought out a procession but police opened firing on it killing Shafiur on the spot.Central Shaheed Minar in the capital is ready for the observance of International Mother Language Day on 21 February 2018. File photoWidespread agitation took place in the city throughout the day. The EPR, police and army lobbed teargas shells, firing upon them, killing and injuring many at different places of the city. Many bodies were scurried away by the security forces never to be found again.According to a report published in Daily Azad on 23 February, four people were killed on 22 February.Overnight the Dhaka Medical College students built a 10-foot Shaheed Minar in the memory of the language martyrs, according to the plan of the Medical College student Sayyid Haider and bearing the inscription by Badrul Alam. The Daily Azad editor Abul Kalam Shamsuddin inaugurated it on 23 February. Scores of people visited the Shaheed Minar on 24, 25 and 26 February until the police demolished it in the afternoon on 26 February.Seeing no alternative, Nurul Amin proposed in the legislative council to give Bangla state language and passed unanimously.On 25 February, authorities closed the Dhaka University for an indefinite period. The university however was opened on 16 April.On 26 February, poet Alauddin Al Azad wrote a poem “Smritisthambha” protesting the destruction of first Shaheed Minar at Iqbal Hall of Dhaka University.195321 February: Hundreds of thousands of people pay respect to the language martyrs on the first anniversary of martyrdom at a temporary Shaheed Minar. The government banned all types of rally and procession on the day though.First language movement-based song – Bhulbo na, bhulbo na, ekushey February bhulbo na — was written by language veteran ANM Gaziul Haque. The song was first sung in a rally at Armanitola on 21 February 1953.195621 February: East Bengal prime minister Abu Hossain Sarker laid the foundation stone of Shaheed Minar.26 February: National assembly passed the constitution recognising Bangla and Urdu as state languages.3 March: The Pakistan constitution was implemented.196321 February, martyr Abul Barkat’s mother Hasina Begum inaugurated the Shaheed Minar.1999On 17 November, UNESCO declared 21 February as the International Mother Language Day, thus bringing worldwide recognition of the sacrifices.Bibliography:1. Amar Ekushey by Hayat Mamud2. Bhasha Andoloner Itihas by Bashir Al Helal3. Bhasa Andoloner Itihas by Ahemd Rafiq3. Ekush: Bhasha Andoloner Sachitra Itihas 1947-56 by CM Tarek Reza4. Purba Banglar Bhasha Andolan O Tatkalin Rajniti Vols.1-3 by Badruddin Umarlast_img read more


Theres A LiveAction Bleach Movie Coming in 2018

first_imgStay on target The Best Anime On Netflix StreamingBleach live action movie casts Ichigo Kurosasaki It may be a while since you’ve sat back with a new episode of Bleach or a new movie, but the series is coming back in a big way —- with a live-action movie! One of the longest-running anime shounen epics is returning in 2018 with its Japanese theater debut, and there’s a brief teaser out in the wild you can take in right now.Of course, the teaser trailer is just that. It’s 30 seconds of a brief look at main character Ichigo Kurosaki and his massive sword. He looks tense as he faces off against a Hollow (a ghost, essentially) and then we get some information about when the film is debuting. It’s just enough to get any faithful Bleach fan excited about the future, though.If you’ve never seen Bleach, the manga began back all the way in 2001, debuting as an anime series that began in 2004 and ran all the way through 2012. It was a massive part of my high school days as an anime fanatic, that’s for sure. It followed one Ichigo Kurosaki, a teenager with the gift of seeing ghosts, who ends up at the side of a Soul Reaper named Rukia Kuchiki who enables him to fight Hollows himself. It’s a lot more complicated than that of course, as the series spanned 74 anime volumes and 366 episodes. It’s no One Piece or Naruto in terms of length, but its popularity was massive all the same.If you’re interested in getting into Bleach, now’s a great time to do it, as you’ll be ready when the live-action film debuts in theaters in 2018. There’s no official announcement thus far of an English release, so you may want to get used to the subbed actors so you can settle for the subtitled version of the movie if and when you can get your hands on it next year.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our surveylast_img read more