Beyond The Glitz

first_imgTo an outsider, or to a rational student of media and democracy, this is a land of wonders. The world is burning. The United States is immersed in two wars. Russia is redrawing the map of the region. Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf has resigned with no reliable replacement in sight. Healthcare is going to control the economic woes in the coming years, at least for the salaried class. The infrastructure of the country is collapsing. The educational system is a sham, easily overtaken by several others in the world. Globalization is making all the achievements of the country look pale. The world is not flat at all. And, everyone is waiting for the Olympics to be over before the “public” can take seriously the matter of choosing the next President.There is only so much excitement television stations can hold. And for the public, it is easy to ignore the real pain and watch the athletes and their overrated activities called sports. The candidates do not have the courage to re-shape the public debate by simply jumping into it. They take carefully publicized vacations and hold off on their announcements of their vice presidential nominee. There is no room in our minds for two events, the great feats of Michael Phelps and a VP candidate together. It has to be one at a time. It is an astonishingly dismal achievement of this age that we have given in to the dictates of the world of showbiz. Television dictates how we think and indeed when we do that.It is not a surprise that the schedule of events for the Olympics was commandeered by NBC, which was broadcasting them according to its own demands of revenue, ratings and audiences.It should not be a surprise that the Conventions are also organized around the prime time schedules of networks. The great arrangements on the totem pole of importance are made according to who gets a chance to speak when. There are hundreds of lesser known speakers before prime time begins and a dozen or so score the high points for later. Prime time makes our political leaders. We know them because they get a chance to speak during this precious time. It is time to find substance behind the glitz and control. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Cocolife holds off Generika

first_imgNikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection After occupying fifth place for most of the preliminaries, the Lifesavers will now figure in a battle for seventh and eighth places.“We needed this game that’s why we prepared well and worked very hard for this; that was our mind-set coming into the game,” said Gumabao, who also had 10 excellent digs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We wanted it more it’s a do-or-die for us, so each set and each point had to be ours,” she added.Generika-Ayala turned a 0-2 set deficit into a deciding set behind Fiola Ceballos, Angeli Araneta and Mika Lopez. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Cocolife nearly blew away a two-set lead before repulsing Generika-Ayala, 25-18, 25-22, 17-25, 19-25, 15-10, in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at Imus Sports Complex Tuesday.Michelle Gumabao exploded with 27 points, including three blocks and three aces as Cocolife assured itself of at least sixth place in the conference.ADVERTISEMENT McKines ready to handle pressure as Beermen go for Grand Slam MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games View commentslast_img read more

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World T20: ICC should investigate India-Bangladesh match, says former Pakistan spinner

first_imgFormer Pakistan spinner Tauseef Ahmed said that the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption and security unit need to probe the World T20 match between India and Bangladesh since the result looks suspicious.The 57-year old, who played 34 Tests and 70 ODIs, said he could see no cricketing logic for the way Bangladesh gifted the match to India in the final over.”The way the match ended it just does not feel right to me. I think it needs to be investigated by the authorities including the ICC,” he told Geo Super channel.Bangladesh lost the match in the final ball, needing two runs to win from three balls with wickets in hand. Three wickets fell in as many balls.”Bangladesh is now not an inexperienced side. They had experienced players at the crease. I don’t understand how they could not first opt to tie the match and try for a big hit,” he said.Tauseef, who is also head coach of the Pakistan A team and was also on the coaching staff of the Islamabad United side which recently won the Pakistan Super League, said his experience tells him that something was not right.”I don’t know what to say. Best if the ICC looks into the match and holds an inquiry. Look everyone knows things do happen nowadays in cricket matches so nothing wrong in looking into the match,” he added.The final ball win allowed India to stay alive in the World T20 semi-final contention race.last_img read more

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Disappointing season, we need to forget this year: Suresh Raina

first_imgGujarat Lions lost their last match in this year’s Indian Premier League as they were handed a eight-wicket defeat by the Sunrisers Hyderabad at Green Park, Kanpur on Saturday.Suresh Raina’s side, who finished in the top four last season, ended this year’s IPL second last with eight points from 14 games.After a brilliant debut season last year, this year has been a bad one for the two-year-old franchise and captain Raina said it was better to forget a “disappointing season”.”Disappointing season, we need to forget this year – we didn’t play well as an unit.”Talking about what went wrong today, Raina said the inexperience of his bowlers has cost the side this year.”It’s been that way for a couple of games, lack of experienced bowlers cost us. Credit to SRH, they had a game plan and went along with it,” he said.”We had a fine platform set today, but we lost our way completely after the first 10 overs,” he added.  However, he praised the youngsters for their brave performances this season.”It was a disappointing year this time around, but there was some positives – the bowling of Basil Thampi was excellent, Ishan Kishan batted very well.”Raina along with Andrew Tye, Basil Thampi and Ishan Kishan have been the highlight for the Lions.The Gujarat captain has scored 442 runs from 14 games this season, hitting thee fifties. While young Kishan slammed 277 runs from 11 games, hitting one fifty.In the bowling department, Tye lead the way and once he was out injured, the team fell apart. He grabbed 12 wickets from six games, including a hat-trick on his debut against the Rising Pune Supergiant. Thampi, has been another find of the season with his pin point yorkers and fantastic slow deliveries. The Kerala pacer also has 11 scalps to his name.advertisementThis could well be Gujarat’s last year in the league as the two suspended teams – Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals – are set to come back next year but nothing has been finalised yet by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).last_img read more

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Russian triple-jumper Anna Pyatykh gets four-year ban: CAS

first_imgThe Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has imposed a four-year ban on Russian triple-jumper Anna Pyatykh for violating rules on prohibited substances, the tribunal said on Friday.The ban takes effect from December 15, 2016, the date her provisional suspension began, it said in a statement.”The CAS acted as first instance decision-making authority for this matter, substituting for the Russian Athletics Federation, currently suspended by the IAAF,” it added.last_img

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Air pollution: Delhi govt issues health advisory

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 27 (PTI) With the air quality in the city slipping back into the “very poor” category, the Delhi government today issued a health advisory urging the people to avoid smoking and stepping out during the early morning and late evening hours.It also appealed to the city residents to carpool and use public transport, and not to burn dry leaves, crop residue, wood, coal, etc.The government asked schools to avoid outdoor assemblies, sports and other physical activities in the early morning hours.”Do not smoke, as it harms not only you but others also. Observe environment friendly behavior. Keep the environment healthy, not only by words, but also by your actions,” the advisory read.The government said the polluted air was taking a heavy toll on the health of the people and the national capital had been witnessing smoggy mornings due to high moisture content, particulate matter, pollution and lack of wind.”It is a man?made situation… common sources could be direct result of burning of agricultural residue in neighboring states, industrial pollution, construction work, bursting of firecrackers, household combustion devices, burning of wood, coal, etc,” it added.The government also advised the people to go to the nearest medical facility if they feel breathless or palpitation and added that treatment was absolutely free in all government health facilities.It called for extra precautions for high-risk groups such as children, elderly, pregnant women, asthma patients, and those with chronic obstructive pulmonary obstructive pulmonary diseases, heart disease and diabetes.advertisementIt suggested using N95 masks while going outdoor during the peak pollution hours. PTI PLB GVSlast_img read more

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Aris Celebrates 105th Anniversary, Lefkos Pyrgos Yellows (Vid)

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares THESSALONIKI – It was exactly 105 years ago today, on March 25, 1914, shortly after the liberation of Thessaloniki, in a cafe in the area of “Admiral Votsis” an eminent group of courageous and visionary young people of the time decided to make her own personal “revolution.”On a day so special for Hellenism, Aris of Thessaloniki was founded. The name derived from ancient Greek mythology, Ares the god of war, is a synonym for virility and bravery. The team over the course of time has written its own unique history and is loved by thousands of fans who have made Aris so much more than just a popular team.last_img read more

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Coach Tite to celebrate Brazil’s qualification to last 16 with caipirinha

first_imgBrazil advanced the pre-quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Serbia in Moscow on Wednesday.The whole of Brazil is celebrating and so does coach Tite, who team made it to the round of 16 for the 13th straight time.Tite said he was off to celebrate with a caipirinha, a Brazilian coacktail, after his side avoided a similar fate to defending champions Germany, who were knocked out of the competition four hours earlier.Brazil could also have suffered a shock first-round exit if they had lost to Serbia but instead maintained their record of having finished top of their group at every World Cup since 1982.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE | FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe Brazilians, however, suffered some tense moments during their Group E campaign as they were held 1-1 by Switzerland in their opening game and took 90 minutes to break down a stubborn Costa Rica before winning 2-0. Brazilian fans celebrate their team’s 2-0 victory over Serbia (AP Photo)”I’m going to allow myself a caipirinha tonight, just one,” said Tite, whose side will face Mexico in the last 16.”This team created high expectations because we thumped the opposition during the World Cup qualifiers and during the friendlies, but the World Cup is a new start, it’s a fresh cycle.”Why was Neymar trolled this time?Tite praised the team for the way they had coped with the huge pressure of representing Brazil in the World Cup.”You need a team that mentally can withstand the pressure, which is balanced and which has spare parts (substitutes) for important moments. If our players were not properly prepared, the we wouldn’t be performing like this,” he said.advertisementBrazil reach last 16 with easy win over SerbiaTite said he did not have any information about the fitness of left back Marcelo who had to go off early in the game and replaced by Filipe Luis.Brazil can cope under attack, says Thiago Silva”I can only say that Marcelo had a problem with his back, that it seized up,” he said. “I can’t tell you any more than that.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Madhavan’s transformation for Rocketry: The Nambi Effect is unbelievable. See pic

first_imgMadhavan was last seen in Telugu flick Savyasachi, in which he was pitted against Naga Chaitanya. The action thriller, directed by Chandoo Mondeti, had an interesting premise, but it was ruined by weak writing.Now, the actor is busy with his upcoming film Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, which is about the life of ISRO scientist S Nambi Narayanan. Recently, Madhavan took to social media to reveal his new look for the film.His transformation is on point and he is growing his hair longer to resemble Nambi Narayanan. The photo is going viral on social media and his fans have already approved Maddy’s new avatar.He wrote, “@NambiNa69586681 So very tough to get to where you are sir, even merely look look-wise .. But doing my very very best ..@rocketryfilm @Tricolourfilm @vijaymoolan (sic)”@NambiNa69586681 So very tough to get to where you are sir, even merely look look-wise .. But doing my very very best ..@rocketryfilm @Tricolourfilm @vijaymoolan pic.twitter.com/kABXwPWLELRanganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) December 13, 2018In an earlier interview, Rocketry director Anant Mahadevan revealed that the Irudhi Suttru actor will sport three looks in the film. Rocketry: The Nambi Effect will be shot in Tamil, English and Hindi. Also, this film marks Madhavan’s directorial debut. He is co-directing the film with Anant.Speaking about how they decided to make this film, director Anant said, “I heard about the ISRO spy case and how Nambi Narayanan, who was charged with espionage, fought to prove his innocence. When I met this gentleman, I learned the whole story behind his life. Unfortunately, it was the spy case that brought him to limelight whereas he should have been known for a much better reason.”advertisementALSO SEE | R Madhavan has some good news for his fans. See picALSO WATCH | ‘Hype about Tanu Weds Manu frightens us: Kangna and Madhavanlast_img read more

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West Ham’s David Gold says agents are ‘sucking tons of money’ out of football

first_imgThe West Ham co-chairman David Gold has launched a stinging attack on football agents, declaring they are “sucking tons of money” out of the game. Gold’s outburst comes after Premier League executives called for a ban on clubs paying agents.The 20 clubs collectively aired their frustration with so-called “dual representation”, whereby the agent is paid twice, once by the player and once by the club. They are understood to have the Football Association’s backing in abolishing the practice, which has led to agents being paid increasingly astronomical transfer fees. Liverpool lead way in £200m Premier League spend on agents’ fees Gold, who has been joint chairman at West Ham since 2010, said: “They are starting to run football. They are certainly sucking tons of money out of football. We are all trying to pay less, they are doing nothing for football. I can’t believe it is even a discussion. Other than agents, everybody else is against them.” Asked if they were disrupting the game, he added: “That goes with the territory. They are certainly doing that.”The Premier League has also received backing for a number of other proposals it hopes will reduce the influence of agents. These include an exam, a check they have a working UK bank account and a requirement that they provide an annual financial statement to the league.The increasing power of agents has led to them becoming among the most influential figures in football. Mino Raiola, who represents Paul Pogba, earned £41m from the £86m transfer of the midfielder from Juventus to Manchester United two years ago, taking money from both clubs. Jorge Mendes, whose clients include Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho, is reportedly the wealthiest agent in football and much of his money comes from fees paid by clubs.Football intermediaries collectively earned more than £220m in fees paid by clubs in England and Wales last year, including £211m from top-tier sides. Gold and other executives made a move towards abolishing completely the process of clubs paying agents at a Premier League meeting in London.“The FA certainly is line with our feelings that something has to be done,” Gold said. “From the beginning it’s not been something that we want and they don’t want. Now it’s Fifa and Uefa we need to come into line and we are hoping they come up with something.” Read more Finances news Share on Facebook Football agents Until 2015 dual representation was illegal in England but that was reversed when Fifa deregulated the way agents operate. HM Revenue & Customs is also understood to be looking at the way dual representation could be used to circumnavigate tax laws.Last season there were 541 player transactions involving Premier League clubs and at least 426 of these, 79%, involved dual representation, according to an investigation by the Times. Moreover, every single one of Manchester City’s 52 transactions involved dual representation, as did almost all of those deals that involved Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.Meanwhile it is understood the Premier League has made headway on finding a replacement for Richard Scudamore, who will leave his post as executive chairman on 14 December. A list of 35 has been whittled down to a shortlist of 10 prospective candidates to replace Scudamore after 20 years in charge. West Ham United Topicscenter_img Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Sign up for The Fiver, our free daily football email. Share on WhatsApp Premier League Share on Messengerlast_img read more

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How to fight a brainwash

first_imgHow to fight a brainwashSuspicious organisations and individuals should be constantly and consistently monitored for actionable information. Religious and radical groups under the scanner should be shut down if there is evidence of their turning rogue.advertisement Makarand R Paranjape May 1, 2019UPDATED: May 1, 2019 03:00 IST In the Sri Lankan tragedy, we know how such intelligence was ignored and what the consequences were.Whoever had heard of National Thowheed Jamaath (NTJ) till the deadly Easter blasts that killed close to 300 people? Of these, nine were the suicide bombers, who blew themselves up along with their victims. One of these, a woman, was also reportedly pregnant.In a video circulating on the Internet, a member of the group, sporting an automatic weapon in one hand and a child in the other, was threatening to kill kafirs (non-believers) in chaste Tamil.Religious radicalismThere was something quite incongruous, and frightening, about these appeals. Especially the utter contradiction between the declamatory power of a classical language and the message of murderous hatred and prejudice that were being conveyed.What is even more alarming is that many such videos circulate quite freely on the Internet. How many of the speakers and preachers actually turn terrorists is hard to gauge, but their very frequency and profusion shows how easily susceptible minds are exposed to propaganda.Though not all of it preaches violence against others, religious propaganda is found 24/7 on TV channels and internet portals across the world. Just the other day, I came across a bearded, upper-lip shaven, probably Pakistani, individual openly listening to a hate-sermon without headphones in an airport business lounge in an East Asian country. There were no others, he must have thought, who could understand that language in that part of the world. The sermon, which happened to be in Urdu, promised that Allah would punish non-believers and sinners, all those who refused to heed to his last Prophet’s call to faith.advertisementWhat can we do about the real threat that is posed to world civilisation by such religious radicalism? The answer, perhaps, is contained in one word: intelligence.Intelligence, both, prophylactic and strategic: to keep gathering vital information through a variety of means and sharing it in a regular and systematic manner with our allies. In the Sri Lankan tragedy, we know how such intelligence was ignored and what the consequences were. Closer home, what are we doing to ensure such an outrage is not perpetrated on our soil? Intelligence is a much more effective counter-terrorism strategy than post-facto reaction. Is the extent of our investment in or reliance on intelligence sufficient at present? Shouldn’t we bolster intelligence-gathering capabilities and upgrade our knowledge base so that we can distinguish significant leads from false ones?Intel is keySuspicious organisations and individuals should be constantly and consistently monitored for actionable information.Religious and radical groups under the scanner should be shut down if there is evidence of their turning rogue. True, such citizen shadowing goes contrary to some of our freedoms. However, at stake is the safety and security of hundreds of ordinary citizens. That is why careful and discreet investigation of purveyors of hate is necessary. Religious freedoms should be tempered with the demands of state security. But the state should be even-handed and fair, and be perceived thus.The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Sri Lanka. How credible is this claim needs to be ascertained, but without an international network and logistical support such a large-scale operation would be highly unlikely if not virtually impossible. But there is another sense of intelligence that is perhaps not all that studied or considered. What is more, it is more appropriately the concern of humanists and generalists as much as of philosophers, psychologists and neurobiologists.At its heart is the question: What is it that makes human beings programmable into human bombs? What are the processes of brainwashing involved? What, moreover, makes certain individuals more susceptible than others to the appeal of such indoctrination?Encoding peaceThose working in artificial intelligence realised that the human brain is as programmable as a computer. But we are also remarkably free and capable of resisting the daily and relentless conditioning that we are subjected to every minute. This includes all sorts of legal conditioning, including advertising, which influences our behaviour.Political propaganda, too, is a part of our daily lives. Some of it is so subtle that we don’t even know the mind games being played on us. Deep data mining and data analytics, as evident on social media, have been successfully used to create new narratives or counteract older ones. The upshot is as stark as it is startling. We are malleable, pliable, and programmeable to the extent that we act irrationally, harming our fellow beings and ourselves. But we also are capable of being free and mentally aware so that weaponised information does not turn us into monsters. A good society will create instruments to encourage and safeguard our capacity to be self-directed and self-empowered. It will not succumb to the blandishments and advantages of a compliant, if not brainwashed populace. Only a few may be radically or exceptionally free; as to the rest, better that they be aware and critical rather than be shepherded or controlled by their handlers.advertisement(The writer is Director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. The views expressed are personal.)Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhurylast_img read more

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First EU Short-Sea Container Operator to Opt for …

first_imgzoom Containerships Ltd Oy, GNS Shipping/Nordic Hamburg, and ARKON Shipping confirmed to have ordered 2 two-plus-two, state-of-the-art, dual-fuel engine-technology container ships.The new ships will feature innovative design elements for the European short-sea trade.Containerships will be chartering the ships over the long term, the owner and technical manager will be GNS Shipping/Nordic Hamburg, while Arkon will be the commercial manager and the charter broker.The ships, both of which will be delivered in the course of 2016, will use liquefied natural gas (LNG) but will also be able to burn conventional marine diesel oil/heavy fuel—hence the “dual-fuel engine-technology”label.Containerships will thus be the first short-sea container operator in Europe to run ships on LNG. The new container ships will offer efficient and environmentally friendly option for transporting containers by sea,  exceeding environmental standards in the Sulphur Emission Control Area (SECA) in which Containerships operates.There are three ways to ensure that sulphur emissions from ships operating in the European SECA do not exceed 0.1% m/m (the limit for sulphur emissions from 1 January 2015 on): use low-sulphur fuel oil, or higher-sulphur fuel together with abatement technology (scrubbers), or LNG.According to a recent survey, most shipping lines operating in the SECA area will use gas oil when the SECA regulations come into force, but industry studies indicate that, in view of the significantly higher cost of fueloil, over time investments in LNG technology or Scrubber technology will predominate.As explained by Containerships, LNG makes the best ecological sense: as it is the cleanest fossil fuel on the market. Burning it emits no sulphur or particulate matter. Using it in these new ships will also allow Containerships to reduce emissions of CO2, a greenhouse gas, by 25%, according to Gasum.The new ships also include innovative features: they will offer the highest flexibility for 45-foot units among container ships operating in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Each ship will accommodate up to 639 unitsof 45-foot containers and have a total capacity of 1,400 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).They will also be able to accommodate up to 300 refrigerated containers. Not only the main engine but also the generators will use dual-fuel technology, thus allowing for an eco-friendly way to generate the electricityneeded to run the ships and the above-mentioned refrigerated containers, for instance. CEO of Containerships, Kari-Pekka Laaksonen, said: “We are a short-sea operator that is in it for the long haul—and these state-of-the art ships are just one part of our long-term strategy. In addition to offering the most ecologically sustainable solution, the intake capacity of these ships will allow us to keep meeting growing customer demand. And we’re confident that both of our partners on this project have the know-how and the experience to deliver.”Managing Director of GNS Shipping and Nordic Hamburg, Dr. Rowil Ponta, adds: “It is our investment strategy to focus on modern, economical and environmentally friendly ships and cooperate withexperienced charterers to develop our new building projects. These ships will be the new benchmark for the European feeder trades in terms of environmental and economical efficiency.”ARKON Shipping’s Ole Gabs notes: “Every crisis creates opportunities. Today, after 100 years of using IFO fuel as the main product for running ship engines, and with the upcoming introduction of new SECA regulations, we are facing a paradigm shift.“We are confident that this project is the right step at the right time. It has been developed in consultation with SMB Naval Architects, under the stewardship of Hans Karel Stam, with whom we have developedother ships in the past,” he added. Press Release, May 19, 2014last_img read more

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Province Congratulates Nova Scotias Sustainable Leaders

first_imgFour green business leaders are making a name for themselves and Nova Scotia by being recognized for their sustainable business efforts. Raymond Cote, Marty Janowitz, Charles Cartmill and Thomas Rankin have been named to Delta Management’s Clean50 list of outstanding contributors to clean capitalism. Delta Management is an executive search firm with a focus on clean technology, corporate social responsibility and sustainability professionals. “These entrepreneurs, executives and financiers show all of us that we can protect the environment while creating jobs and economic success,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “By investing in clean technology we are creating the good jobs that Nova Scotians deserve.” “I would like to congratulate these four remarkable individuals,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “We are so proud of their accomplishments and their significant contribution to Nova Scotia’s clean technology sector, which is gaining both national and international recognition.” Mr. Cote has been called Canada’s father of industrial ecology for his 40 years of work as an activist, public servant and professor pursuing sustainability. Mr. Janowitz has worked with governments, corporations and communities to advance a variety of progressive initiatives. As vice-president of sustainability with Stantec, a global professional services organization, he leads by example for the company’s 11,000 colleagues. Mr. Cartmill is the founder and CEO of LED Roadway Lighting. He was recognized for creating energy efficient street lighting, and his activity with industry associations that advocate environmental and economic sustainability. Mr. Rankin works with the province as an investment manager at Innovacorp. He was selected for creating funding for clean technology investments, including the $25-million Nova Scotia Cleantech Fund and the ecoNova Scotia Fund for Clean Air and Climate Change. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have each committed $15 million toward the creation of a new venture capital fund which will invest in companies from the clean technology, life sciences, information technology and other high-growth sectors throughout Atlantic Canada. For more information visit www.clean50.ca .last_img read more

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Lorde Announced as Special Guest for Day 1 of Canadas IHEARTRADIO BEACH

first_imgVANCOUVER, Aug. 11, 2017 /CNW/ – iHeartRadio Canada is turning up the heat on IHEARTRADIO BEACH BALL, announcing Lorde as a special guest for Day 1. iHeartRadio Canada’s first-ever two-day concert event takes place Sunday, Sept. 3 (Virgin Day) and Monday, Sept. 4 (QMFM Day) in Vancouver at the PNE Amphitheatre, during B.C.’s legendary The Fair at the PNE.Lorde rocketed to fame in 2013 at age 16, when her single “Royals” went seven-times platinum, making her the youngest solo artist and only New Zealander to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1987. Her full-length debut, Pure Heroine, went triple-platinum, winning her two Grammy® awards in 2013. Having been included in Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, and hailed as one of the most influential teenagers in the world by TIME, Lorde returns with her new single “Green Light“, from her second full-length album Melodrama.Lorde joins an already packed lineup for Virgin Day (Sept. 3), including Alessia Cara, Liam Payne, Scott Helman, Shawn Hook, The Strumbellas, and Virginia to Vegas. Performers confirmed for QMFM day (Sept. 4) are Blondie, Christian Hudson, Ruth B, Serena Ryder, and Train. Additional talent announcements will be made in the coming weeks. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement **Tickets for each day sold separately Tickets are available now at ticketleader.ca. In addition, listeners of iHeartRadio Canada stations across Vancouver, including Virgin Radio Vancouver and QMFM, are encouraged to stay tuned for promotional offers and ticket giveaways to IHEARTRADIO BEACH BALL. 2 p.m. Doors:  Advertisement IHEARTRADIO BEACH BALL is presented by Virgin Mobile. Advertisementcenter_img PNE Amphitheatre, 2901 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C. Ticket Prices:   Twitter Venue:  Login/Register With: Day 1: Tickets range from $69 – $119 Facebook Day 2: Tickets range from $69 – $119last_img read more

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TSX up modestly as Bombardier shares soar Wall Street hits new record

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index rose modestly in a largely broad-based advance Friday, as U.S. stocks soared to new record highs.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 35.21 points to 16,239.22, with the industrials sector among key advancers as Bombardier Inc. shares surged 15.31 per cent following news it won its trade dispute with Boeing Co.The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled in favour of the Canadian plane maker, voting that Boeing did not suffer harm from prospective imports of C Series commercial jets. The ruling means anti-dumping and countervailing duties totalling about 300 per cent imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce won’t be applied.Bombardier’s stock was up 47 cents to $3.54 at the closing of markets.South of the border, Wall Street roared back into positive territory amid comments by Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos, in which the U.S. president said his administration isn’t opposed to international co-operation.“I think the market really took a lot of positives away from that,” said JJ Kinahan, chief investment strategist for TD Ameritrade.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average climbed 223.92 points to 26,616.71. The S&P 500 index gained 33.62 points to 2,872.87 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 94.61 points to 7,505.77.Comments Wednesday and Thursday from Trump as well as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross contributed to swings in stock prices and the U.S. dollar as investors tried to parse the remarks for indications of the U.S. administration’s stances on its currency and international trade.The greenback declined further against other currencies on Friday as the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 81.16 cents US, up 0.01 a U.S. cent.In commodities, the March crude contract gained 63 cents to US$66.14 per barrel and the March natural gas contract was up eight cents to US$3.18 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down $10.80 to US$1,352.10 an ounce and the March copper contract gave back two cents to US$3.20 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)last_img read more

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Tentative deal reached for striking Toronto Pearson airport ground crew

TORONTO — Striking ground crew workers at Canada’s busiest airport have reached a tentative deal with their employer.Teamsters Canada and Swissport say the deal involving the workers at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport was struck on Tuesday, although details of the tentative agreement won’t be released until it has been ratified in the coming days.About 700 cabin cleaners, baggage handlers and other ground crew workers employed by Swissport at Pearson have been on strike since late July.Union spokesman Christopher Monette says the union is recommending its members accept the offer.The workers’ concerns included pay and benefits cuts, scheduling issues, and what their union called a lack of respect from Swissport managers.Swissport says it is looking forward to seeing its workers return to the job.The company services 30 airlines at the airport, including Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Air France, KLM and Lufthansa. Air Canada and WestJet are not serviced by the company. read more

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Speaker appoints PSC on CJ

Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Susil Premajayantha, Rajitha Senaratne, Dilan Perera, Wimal Weerawansa and Deputy Minister Neomal Perera have been appointed as the government representatives.Lakshman Kiriella, John Amaratunga, Vijitha Herath and R.Sampanthan have been appointed as the opposition party representatives. Parliament Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa today appointed a 11 member Parliament Select Committee (PSC) to to look at the impeachment motion on Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.The committee will be headed by Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and includes members from the government and the opposition. read more

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Road closures necessary for investigations OPP

Road closures are in place for a reason.The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Haldimand County Detachment is reminding drivers to obey road closure signs, following recent events in Hagersville.Road closures are put in place to protect evidence, and to protect the first responders on the scene.On March 9 OPP along with Haldimand County Paramedic Services responded to a motor vehicle collision involving pedestrians on Main Street in Hagersville.A 13-year-old boy suffered was injured and his four-year-old sister suffered life threatening injuries. The four-year-old remains in hospital.OPP had closed Main Street between King Street and Parkview Road for several hours. Some motorists chose to disobey the road closure signs.“The road closure was necessary to ensure the safety of emergency personnel and preserve evidence to assist the investigators,” Haldimand County OPP Staff Sergeant Belinda Rose said in a media release. “The OPP is committed to conducting thorough and professional investigations, which in this case included looking at every detail of the collision and anything that may have been a contributing factor. This process takes time. We appreciate the public support and will continue working in partnership with our community.”Disobeying a road closure sign is an offence under The Highway Traffic Act and violators will be subjected to a $110 fine and three demerit points. read more

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CV Operator Show 2010 figures prove the point

The event was held at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham from 13-15 April 2010.  It’s official – the 2010 Commercial Vehicle Operator Show was a resounding success for visitors and exhibitors alike. “But don’t just take our word for it”, said Geoff Dunning, Chief Executive of Show Partner the Road Haulage Association.“Today we received the official audited figures that put the Show’s visitor number at an outstanding 9,452. “The Show Partners were never in any doubt that this Show would be a success and these figures just confirm it.  The bottom line is that although not on the same scale as the 2008 CV Show, we still managed, over the same three days, to attract one third of the visitors.  Considering the economic climate over the past 12 months, I’m sure I am not alone in feeling even more optimistic for the 2011 CV Show.” The Commercial Vehicle Operator Show is owned by the CV Show LLP, comprising the Road Haulage Association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and IRTE Services Ltd, the trading company of the SOE (Society of Operations Engineers).  Crystal Communications managed the Show organisation, stand sales and marketing.  Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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