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QUEBECOR MAKES 100000 DONATION TO MAISON RENÉLÉVESQUE

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first_img“In addition to his vitally important contribution to the development of modern Québec, René Lévesque played a prominent role as a Journal de Montréal columnist from 1970 to 1976,” noted Pierre Karl Péladeau, President and CEO of Quebecor. “It was therefore natural for us to support the Fondation de la Maison René-Lévesque and pay tribute to this man, an exemplar of self-affirmation who was proud of his language and his roots. We hope that Espace René-Lévesque will long inspire future generations.”Quebecor has been supporting the Fondation René-Lévesque for more than 10 years. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twittercenter_img Advertisement Facebook About QuebecorQuebecor, a Canadian leader in telecommunications, entertainment, news media and culture, is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor’s subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services.Québec-based Quebecor (TSX: QBR.A, QBR.B) employs more than 10,000 people in Canada.A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community. Every year, it actively supports more than 400 organizations in the vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment and entrepreneurship.Visit our website: www.quebecor.comFollow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Quebecor MONTRÉAL, June 26, 2018 – In keeping with its commitment to protecting and presenting Québec’s historical heritage, Quebecor today announced a major $100,000 donation to the Fondation de la Maison René-Lévesque, an organization dedicated to supporting the Espace René-Lévesque site in René Lévesque’s home town of New Carlisle, Québec. Starting today, visitors to the facility can tour a pavilion and follow an outdoor trail celebrating René Lévesque’s life, his political legacy and his imprint on Québec’s history.last_img read more

Indigenous Affairs having second thoughts about not counting fires on reserve

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first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsFire has claimed hundreds of lives on reserves across the country.The causes can be attributed to substandard housing, overcrowded conditions or any number of problems that plague some First Nation communities.In 2010 the federal government stopped keeping track about the number of people who die in those fires.Now, there seems to be a change of heart.dward@aptn.calast_img

Cannabis NB changes images on its website after concerns were raised

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first_imgFREDERICTON – Cannabis NB has made some changes to its website after concerns were raised by Health Canada last week.The Crown agency came under scrutiny for its product descriptions and pictures of people smiling, posing for selfies and holding yoga poses — images that may violate federal regulations.In a statement, Health Canada spokesman Andre Gagnon said the department is trying to raise awareness about the Cannabis Act and its restrictions on promotion.“In a few cases, Health Canada has reached out to … licence holders to bring concerns to their attention, or to collect information and gain a better understanding of some of the facts pertaining to their promotional activities,” he said.Cannabis NB has removed the original pictures and replaced them with images of chairs, a book and painting supplies.Spokeswoman Marie-Andree Bolduc says the agency did not receive any specific direction from Health Canada.“But based on this conversation and discussion, we made adjustments to some images on the website,” she said. “We will be generally reviewing the website and likely be making a few adjustments in the language as well.”In Ottawa, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said her department is working with the province to make sure the website meets federal standards.“There are a number of changes that have already been made,” she said in French when asked about the snafu. “Changes have already been made, and we continue to do this work together to ensure that they understand the regulations.”The website includes categories such as “Connect,” “Refresh” and “Discover,” which the agency has described as educational tools for customers.According to figures released Wednesday, Cannabis NB recorded roughly $950,000 dollars in sales during its first 48 hours in business, and more than $71,000 of that revenue was generated by online sales.Cannabis NB President Brian Harriman says the sales figures were in line with expectations.He said the agency sold out of some products, but he said other provinces had the same problem.“Retail stores in communities bordering other provinces, such as Sackville and Campbellton, have seen higher-than-expected demand because of customers coming from other provinces,” Harriman said. “Cannabis NB will continue to closely monitor inventory throughout our stores and work with suppliers to get inventory to normal levels.”last_img read more

Delhi BJP shortlists 21 names for 7 seats

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first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi BJP’s election committee on Friday shortlisted three names each for the seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital, amid protests by party members over celebrities joining the organisation for tickets ahead of polls, party leaders said. The list, which was finalised at a meeting of the state unit’s election committee, does not include the name of former cricketer Gautam Gambhir, whose name was making rounds as a possible candidate from the New Delhi seat after he joined the BJP, said a leader who attended the meeting. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”All the seven sitting party MPs’ names have been included in the list which will be sent to the Central Election Committee for final selection of candidates,” he said. Some other Delhi BJP leaders who attended the meeting claimed “objections were raised over celebrities joining the BJP for Lok Sabha tickets and demanded priority for dedicated leaders and workers during ticket distribution”. The meeting chaired by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari was also attended by Union minister and Lok Sabha incharge of the unit Nirmala Sitharaman and co-incharge Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFrom the New Delhi seat, besides sitting MP Meenakshi Lekhi, Delhi BJP incharge and national vice president Shyam Jaju, and Delhi BJP general secretary Rajesh Bhatia have been shortlisted, they said. For the Chandni Chowk seat, names of sitting MP and Union minister Harsh Vardhan, Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta and Sudhanshu Mittal have been selected. MP Mahesih Girri, Aman Sinha and Delhi BJP MLA OP Sharma have been shortlisted from East Delhi, they said. The name of Tiwari, who is a sitting MP, is in the list of probables from North East Delhi seat. From West Delhi, sitting MP Parvesh Verma, Kamaljeet Sehrawat and Pawan Sharma’s names have been shortlisted. For South Delhi, names of sitting MP Ramesh Bidhuri, Ram Veer Bidhuri and Brham Singh Tanwar have been selected, while Udit Raj (MP), Ashok Pradhan and Anita Arya have been shortlisted from the North West reserved seat, they said.last_img read more

Reviving folk music and culture in Bengal

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first_imgRamakrishna Mission Institute of Culture is going to present a unique programme on Loksangeete Mahajani Pad at the Vivekananda Hall of the Institute on March 30. The programme will be presented by Tapan Roy, an outstanding scholar of Lok sangeet or folk sangeet besides well-known theatre personality Bibhas Chakraborty.Folk music and culture have played an important role in Bengal’s varied and diverse cultural world. In undivided India, East Bengal was very rich in folk culture and music and there were great lyricists who had composed the songs in the local language. The folk songs spoke about communal harmony. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIt was Lalan Fakir who became the leader of folk music and culture owing to his great work. Along with him, there were a host of great lyricists and composers like Gagan Harkara, Fikir Chand, Radharaman, Hasan Rajashah, Panju Shah, Durbin Shah, and Bijoy Sarkar among others. Over the past three decades, Tapan Roy has been carrying out intense research on folk music and culture and has held workshops and took part in programmes to make people aware of Bengal’s rich culture and heritage. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardRoy has directed music in dramas like ‘Lala Fakir’ by Iswar Chakraborty, ‘In the land of Chinopatra’ by Saibal Mitra and some teleserials. He has also composed music for group theatres like ‘Bahoorupi’, ‘Theatre Workshop’, ‘Samakalin Sanskriti’ among others. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken an initiative to bring back folk culture and music in Bengal. Over 2 lakh folk artists are getting month stipend and are taking part in regular programmes organised by various departments of state government. Folk artists are regularly visiting foreign countries where Bengal folk music is becoming increasingly popular.last_img read more

ExCong min joins BJP in HP

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first_imgShimla: Within a week after three-time Hamirpur MP joining the Congress, it was BJP’s turn to give a jolt to the Congress at Rampur – the home town of six-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.Former Congress minister and Dalit leader Singhi Ram, an estranged loyalist of Virbhadra Singh, joined the BJP in presence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, who was campaigning at Rampur. Virbhadra reacted to ridicule him, saying “How does it make any difference on Singhi Ram joining BJP? He has no base there.” Also Read – J&K won’t remain UT forever, says ShahRampur is part of Mandi Parliamentary constituency, which more or less had been voting block for the Congress in most Lok Sabha elections. Singhi Ram had represented Rampur for six times before he was denied ticket at the behest of Virbhadra Singh in 2007 assembly polls. In 2017 poll, Singhi Ram has contested Rampur assembly constituency as independent but lost to his Congress successor Nand Lal, who is Virbhadra Singh’s staunch lieutenant.last_img read more

After slow start Ohio State mens basketball takes down Nebraska in overtime

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It wasn’t necessarily a textbook performance from the Ohio State men’s basketball team (18-10, 10-5), but it still got the job done Saturday night at Nebraska (14-14, 6-9). Despite a sluggish start, 17 turnovers and two players fouling out, the Buckeyes toppled the Cornhuskers 65-62 in overtime. With the win, OSU’s postseason flame still burns, albeit dimly. Freshman guard JaQuan Lyle poured in 19 points, including a pair of free throws that sent the game into overtime and three key buckets down the stretch in overtime. Alongside Lyle’s strong showing, sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop had 16 points and classmate Jae’Sean Tate had 15 and a dozen rebounds. Junior forward Marc Loving matched Tate’s 15 points. Outside of this quartet, no other Buckeye scored. Both teams got off to horrendous starts, as they settled for jump shots that simply were not falling. OSU shot just 1-of-10 from the field in the first 11:36, while Nebraska missed 11 of its first 14 shots, too. The result of this indolent start was a 6-2 Nebraska advantage in the first nine minutes, with Tate being the only Buckeye to register in the scoring column. It was a forgettable way to get out of the gates. But as it turns out, OSU quickly did forget its lackluster start. The Buckeyes flipped a switch, peeling off a 13-5 run over a nine-minute period to snatch a 15-13 advantage.During that span for the Cornhuskers, a lack of aggressiveness plagued them. They continued to settle for too many jump shots, converting on just one of their six attempts from downtown.More of the same sloppy basketball ensued up to the halftime horn, with Nebraska holding a one-point lead, 22-21, at the break. The 43 combined points made for the lowest total in the first half of a Big Ten game this season. Freshman forward Jack McVeigh led the Cornhuskers with six points, while classmate Glynn Watson Jr. had five points and four rebounds. As a team, Nebraska shot just 26 percent from the field, including a painful 3-of-17 performance from 3-point land. For OSU, only three players — Tate, Bates-Diop and Loving — scored. Loving led the way with 11 points and three rebounds on 3-of-7 shooting. Tate added six points and four boards, while Bates-Diop registered four points, although he needed seven shots to do so. When the second half began, the Buckeyes were noticeably more aggressive. After an opening 3-pointer by McVeigh, OSU started driving to the basket, either getting fouled and going to the free throw line or connecting on easy layups. The Buckeyes’ first 13 points in the second period came from the charity stripe or inside the paint. At the 10-minute mark, amid a 20-5 run, the Buckeyes were leading 41-30.That momentum-shifting stretch was spearheaded by Lyle, who used a combination of the inside and outside game to score 11 straight points for OSU. It started to look like the Buckeyes were pulling away, but the Cornhuskers had other plans. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Watson and McVeigh immediately breathed new life into Nebraska. Then, a few possessions later, junior guard Tai Webster knocked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key, which cut OSU’s lead down to two points and fired up the white-and-red clad crowd. Over the course of the next four minutes, the two teams traded punches. Nebraska got it to as close as one on two separate occasions, but OSU also had an advantage as large as five in that stretch. After slicing OSU’s lead back to one point at the 1:19 mark, Lyle missed a layup, giving it back to the Cornhuskers with a chance to take the lead. Andrew White III didn’t squander the opportunity. The junior guard buried a contested 3-pointer from a few steps beyond the line, giving Nebraska its first lead in 17 minutes. Trailing 56-54, OSU got its chance to counter. Lyle dribbled the ball at the top of the key, as the clock dwindled, eventually taking his man off the bounce and forcing a foul. The freshman composed himself and knocked down the game-tying free throws. A turnover by Nebraska and a last-second heave from freshman Mickey Mitchell clanked off the rim, sending the game to overtime. In the bonus period, Lyle carried the Buckeyes. Loving scored OSU’s first points, but after that, the freshman guard used his size to take his man off the dribble, weaving to the rim for three consecutive layups.  The third and final one ended up becoming the game-clincher for OSU after the Cornhuskers’ final few chances came up short.McVeigh led Nebraska with 16 points and four rebounds. Next up for OSU is one of its hardest tests to date, a matchup with No. 8 Michigan State on Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. read more

Ohio State mens tennis win 2 weekend matches beats Minnesota and Wisconsin

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Redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan serves the ball during a match against Texas A&M Feb. 9 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-3.Credit: Alice Bacani / BuckeyeTV news directorThe Ohio State men’s tennis team has come out of the month of March looking like a lion. After identifying themselves as kings of the Big Ten, the Buckeyes are now ranked number one in the nation for the second time this season.Playing on the road Friday and Sunday against Minnesota and Wisconsin, respectively, the Buckeyes (23-2, 8-0) solidified their spot atop the ITA rankings.Against the Badgers (9-11, 1-6) Sunday, the second and third doubles teams got off to fast starts to earn the point for the Buckeyes.Redshirt-junior Kevin Metka and freshman Herkko Pollanen defeated junior Michael Sinha and sophomore Jakhongir Jalalov, 8-4, while redshirt-junior Hunter Callahan and redshirt-sophomore Chris Diaz crushed sophomore Frederik Strabo and freshman Elliott Sprecher, 8-2.Moving to singles play, Callahan and redshirt-freshman Ralf Steinbach were off first after dominating the back end of the Badgers’ lineup.Callahan defeated Strabo 6-1, 6-0 and Steinbach beat Sinha 6-3, 6-3.Senior Peter Kobelt clinched the match for the Buckeyes off with a 7-5, 6-1 win over sophomore Alexander Kokorev. Kobelt, ranked No. 8 in the country for singles, had lost his previous two matches, but came out strong on Sunday.“A whole lot of tennis is just forgetting about the past and that was my goal (Sunday),” Kobelt said Sunday. “Just try to play good tennis and I was able to do that (Sunday). The results come after that. I was able to get a win … hopefully the wins keep coming. You can only prepare to play good tennis, not win or lose.”Metka, Pollanen and Diaz all won in straight sets as well to sweep all matches and give the Buckeyes the 7-0 win.Friday against the Gophers (9-9, 3-3) the number one doubles team of Kobelt and Steinbach got in on the action along with Callahan and Diaz to give the Buckeyes the doubles point.Kobelt and Steinbach defeated juniors Leandro Toledo and Eric Frueh 8-7 (7-2) while Callahan and Diaz beat junior Mathieu Froment and sophomore Ruben Weber 8-5.In singles, Steinbach and Callahan were off first this time after winning their respective matches.Steinbach took down freshman Jeremy Lynn 6-1, 6-1 and Callahan beat senior Juan Pablo Ramirez 6-3, 6-1.Kobelt was upset by Toledo 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), but shortly after, Metka defeated Frueh 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) to give the Buckeyes the match.A win by Pollanen and loss by Diaz made the final score 5-2.Next the Buckeyes are scheduled for a big non-conference road test at No. 14 Kentucky Wednesday. The two teams played each other Feb. 7, with the Buckeyes winning 4-0.The match against the Wildcats in Lexington, Ky., is set to begin at 2 p.m. read more

Football Fourstar 2020 safety Lejond Cavazos recommits to Ohio State

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After decommitting from the program on Dec. 4, 2020 four-star safety Lejond Cavazos announced that he would recommit to the Buckeyes. Cavazos originally committed to the Buckeyes in June 2018, but officially became the eighth member of the 2020 class on Friday. When announcing his decommittment, he said Ohio State would remain “a top choice.” A native of Bradenton, Florida, Cavazos was the No. 290 player in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He was also ranked as the No. 22 safety and the No. 42 prospect from the state of Florida. With the commitment, Ohio State now has the No. 6 class in the country and the No. 1 recruiting class in the Big Ten. read more

Gerrards Rangers need to push Celtic says Former Rangers McCulloch

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first_imgEx-Ranger’s captain Lee McCulloch has said that fighting for the title and winning silverware has to be the major aim for Steven Gerrard, new Ibrox manager who resumed duty today.He also said that managing the expectation levels of the fans will be a big challenge since the Ibrox side intends to cut the gap on Celtic.“A good season would be challenging Celtic all the way,” McCulloch, 40, told BBC.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Obviously winning would be brilliant, but if you don’t it’s got to be at least second best, and to bring some sort of silverware back to Ibrox.“The expectation level of the fans, because they had the glory years for so many years apart from the last four and five, has been ‘we’ve got to win’.”Gerrard had won nine trophies as a player with Liverpool, including the year 2005 Champions League, and was capped 114 times by England. He went into coaching with Liverpool’s academy before agreeing to move to Glasgow. He takes over from Graeme Murty, who left the manager’s job three games before the end of last season.last_img read more

Video QA Brandon Holley editorinchief Lucky Magazine

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first_imgLucky Magazine has used both content syndication partnerships and community efforts to drive referral traffic to its fashion and beauty sites. Brandon Holley, editor-in-chief of the brand, described her company’s strategies in both areas at FOLIO & min’s premiere new event held in mid-April, the MediaMashup Summit.She hasn’t abandoned syndication relationships, but says they do take a lot of work. They need constant monitoring and tweaking to provide value. Community efforts, meanwhile, have proven beneficial on several fronts, including targeted advertising.FOLIO: caught up with Holley after her panel to learn more.. To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

American Apparel Receives Acquisition Bid from Irving Place Capital Is Dov Charney

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first_imgAmerican Apparel, the famous hipster clothing brand, has reportedly been approached by private equity firm Irving Place Capital for a possible buyout.People familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that Irving made two offers to acquire American Apparel. The company made its first offer a week ago bidding to take over all shares of American Apparel for $1 per unit.After the board of the clothing brand rejected that bid saying the price was too low, Irving Capital made another offer in the range of $1.30 to $1.40 per share. The board is yet to comment on the offer.Shares of American Apparel jumped 45 percent on Thursday after the news of a possible buyout surfaced.Dov Charney Plotting a Return?It looks like American Apparel is headed for some major changes. News of the buyout comes just days after the company confirmed firing its controversial CEO Dov Charney. It also announced the hiring of Paula Schneider, an expert fashion executive who is poised to take over the role effective January 5, 2015.Some news reports are claiming that the acquisition bids are a “plot” to bring back Dov Charney into power. According to the New York Post, Charney is looking for a financial partner to find his way back into the board of the company he so passionately built in the past 17 years.”This whole episode has a lot less to do with pictures of naked women, and a whole lot more to do with a power struggle,” an inside source told the Post.That’s not it. Charney told Yahoo News that American Apparel had offered him a multi-million dollar package to stay!”During the last half year, I have been working for the company in a leadership role. In the recent weeks, I was offered a lucrative multi-million dollar compensation package with the company. I refused to accept the board’s offer, primarily over board composition issues, particularly the refusal of the board to immediately provide the new CEO (whom I am supportive of hiring) with a board seat,” Charney exclusively told Yahoo.Charney also added that 30 executives wrote to the board to not remove him from the post.American Apparel has been grappling with falling revenues and a tarnished reputation given Charney’s inappropriate behaviour and alleged sexual harassment controversies. Experts note that the clothing brand’s troubles extend far beyond just its “sexually charged” ex-CEO. The problem lies in the culture.”The company’s future hangs in limbo. They could well turn it all around, and start treating their models and female staff with the same respect as the people who make their clothes. But, until they finally embrace radical change, I won’t be celebrating,” Alice Nutting wrote for The Independent.last_img read more

Amitabh Bachchan This is how much tax Bollywood celebs paid this year

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first_imgAmitabh Bachchan in bell bottoms.TwitterAmitabh Bachchan has emerged as the highest tax-payer of the year from the film fraternity. The Shehenshah of Bollywood has paid Rs 70 crore as tax for the financial year 2018-19. The actor has left behind Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan in the race to pay the highest tax.Last year Salman Khan had emerged as the highest taxpayer with an advance tax payment of Rs 44.5 crore. Prior to him, Akshay Kumar had paid the highest advance tax of Rs 29.5 crore in 2017. Amitabh Bachchan’s spokesperson has confirmed the news of him paying this particular amount of tax to DNA.Recently, Amitabh Bachchan had paid off loans of 2,084 farmers in Muzaffarpur and had also donated Rs 10 lakh to the family February 14 Pulwama terror attack victims.Amitabh Bachchan was recently seen in Sujoy Ghosh’s Badla. The film, a mystery thriller, received rave reviews from the audience and critics alike. Taapsee Pannu, Amrita Singh, Tony Luke, Manav Kaul and Tanveer Ghani were the other stars in the film.Following the film’s success, Big B had taken to Twitter to ask Shah Rukh Khan to give him a bonus and a party. What had followed was friendly banter between the two asking each other to give the party. “… about time someone started talking about this silent success .. !! because neither the Producer, nor the distributor, nor the on line Producer, or any else in the Industry, in general .. has even spent a nano second to compliment the success of this film #Badla .. thk u,” Big B had tweeted.To which Shah Rukh had tweeted, “Sir hum toh wait kar rahein hain ki aap party kab de rahein hain hum sabko! We r waiting outside Jalsa every nite!”Big B is busy shooting for fantasy thriller trilogy – Brahmastra – with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, directed by Ayan Mukerji.last_img read more

Locked up and scared woman wakes up alone in Air Canada flight

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first_imgReutersA woman experienced acute anxiety after she woke up on a ‘freezing cold’ and ‘pitch black’ Air Canada flight, hours after it landed at Toronto airport earlier this month. The carrier said they are investigating how the cabin crew left the sleeping passenger without checking.The incident involving Tiffani Adams was shared on Facebook by her friend Deanna Noel-Date on June 20. The post described how Adams got herself out of the carrier after getting locked up by the cabin crew members. “I think I’m having a bad dream bc like seriously how is this happening!” Adams wrote in the post.While the carrier confirmed the incident, it hasn’t released the findings of the investigation, reported Associated Press. “We are still reviewing this matter so we have no additional details to share, but we have followed up with the customer and remain in contact with her,” Air Canada told AP.According to the post, she found it difficult to breathe and tried to control her panic attack while attempting to “charge my phone by plugging into every USB port I could find.”Noel-Dale initially assumed that Adams was at home and experiencing bad dreams when she contacted her. It was only after Adams opened FaceTime and showed her the pitch-black cabin that she understood the situation. However, Adams claims that her phone switched off due to low battery soon after talking to her friend about the situation. Adams later got hold of a flashlight from the cockpit and made SOS symbols. After gaining no response, she opening the main cabin door and managed to get the attention of a nearby ground staff who helped her out of the plane.The passenger wrote that after an Air Canada representative asked if she was ok, she was offered a limo and hotel but she rejected the offer. She said the company later apologised and said they would investigate the matter.The incident, however, continued to affect her even after 10 days, “I haven’t got much sleep since the reoccurring night terrors and waking up anxious and afraid I’m alone locked up someplace dark,” she wrote.last_img read more

Union Budget 2017 5 entrepreneurs talk about what startups really need from

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first_imgRajiv Vij, MD and CEO, Carzonrent.comOn various occasions the government has spoken about its strong agenda around ‘Smart Cities’. It will be a welcome step on the Finance Minister’s part to spell out specific initiatives to be implemented during the course of the year along with related budgetary allocations and measures to address crowded metros’ rampant urbanization in the past, by bringing about planned development. These should match global standards of modern cities in developed economies. This will bode well for the estimated $150 billion foreign investment the sector needs.The major concern in the development process is inadequate infrastructure, congested roads, parking problems and increasing pollution levels, where the solution lies in the introduction of a shared economy in urban mobility, complemented by technology to encourage change in car-ownership patterns.This can remove 25 on-road cars with one car – thus reducing traffic woes and easing pressure of creating parking infrastructure for an exploding population of automobiles, owing to improving economic profiles of households.Introduction and clarity of policy and regulatory framework in urban car rental services’ formats, like self-drive/car-sharing will help the cause, and also encourage investment in the segment. Allowing private car owners to share their cars with others using car sharing platforms and removing inter-state entry tax on cars/taxis will be welcome steps.’GST is one of the best things to happen to B2B e-commerce; its early implementation should spur the growth of SMEs’ Sunil Kumar Gupta, Founder and Director, ExportersIndia.comSunil Kumar Gupta, Founder and Director, ExportersIndia.comWith the demonetization drive and digital push, it has dawned on SMEs that shifting their business online is the need of the hour and they are looking ahead expectantly to the upcoming budget.The government’s intention of lowering Corporate Tax to 25% announced in FY-16 raised hopes for a further plunge this year, anticipating a drop of up to 18%, including all surcharges and cess with withdrawal of all tax incentives, concessions etc.This will not only boost the overall tax revenue and lead to job creation, but also turn India into an attractive international investment destination.With cashless economy and the given trends of incentivising cashless transactions the focus, it seems that more such schemes encouraging digital payments in FY-17 may be announced that are sure to set cash registers ringing for online businesses.GST is one of the best things to happen to B2B e-commerce; its early implementation and addressing issues related to tax collection at source, treatment of refunds and cancellations etc, should spur the growth of SMEs.Additional measures to strengthen government initiatives such as ‘Make in India’, ‘Start up India’ and ‘Skill India’ is sure to be a consideration and will boost the growth of entrepreneurial SMEs.’Banks need to have a policy in place for startups. Apart from help in opening accounts, there isn’t anything on offer’ Vishwavijay Singh, Co-founder, SaleBhai.comVishwavijay Singh, Co-founder, SaleBhai.comWe still have to see proper implementation of the slew of initiatives announced in the last Budget session. While a tax holiday of not less than five years would help startups, even the three-year relaxation for those set up between April 2016 and March 2019 is underutilised because of the tedious registration process.I feel the government also needs to set aside indigenous funds to support the startup ecosystem in the country, and decrease its current dependency on foreign funds.Another much-needed change is required in the banking sector. Both private and government banks need to have a policy in place for startups. Apart from help in opening accounts, there isn’t anything on offer.We hope to see some dramatic changes and concrete steps being taken to help startups, especially e-commerce, from the upcoming Budget. ‘Address crowded metros’ rampant urbanization in the past, by bringing about planned development of a global standard’ CC0 LicenceIn the year 2016, startups went through a real rollercoaster ride.The year started with the Startup Indian Policy being announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The policy gave startups a tax holiday for three years, as well as the implementation of various fund-raising schemes, and even allowing startups to shut-down quickly if they didn’t work.US H1-B visa curbs: Could this be the boost Indian tech startups have been waiting for?This was soon followed by the DIPP rules for e-commerce that cut down on discounts. The move resulted in a significant dip in business for e-commerce portals, which eventually picked up in September thanks to the start of the festive season. Flipkart and Amazon were running neck-and- neck during the Sale season.Ola and Uber have also been locked in a titanic battle — and various state governments who want to regulate cab aggregators. The year also saw the ‘end’ of surge pricing by cab aggregators.The RBI opened up external commercial borrowing for startups to borrow up to $3 million in convertible currency, opening yet another avenue to raise funds.Towards the end of the year, demonetization hit the country, affecting most business and markets in general. Most startups recorded a drop in business by a minimum of 15%, while Fintech startups saw a huge growth.February is the time that most startups will be back to the level of business they were before demonetisation. It’s also the time the Budget, will be announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.The Budget will set the tone for startups 2017, in terms of investment, as well as their businesses in general. Startup founders spoke to International Business Times about what they need from the finance minister.’Use the credit guarantee scheme to bring banks and NBFCs on a level playing field’ Sashank RishyasringaSashank Rishyasringa, Co-founder and Managing Director, Capital FloatFintech startups have benefited from demonetization, as this has further fueled the growth of digital lending, e-wallet usage, and other payment technologies. In the process of creating a cash-free economy, we expect the budget to incentivize digital payments and provide for ample enabling infrastructure; this will encourage SMEs to adopt digital finance channels and become a part of the formal financing ecosystem.More and more consumers are opting to swipe their cards and use e-wallets to purchase goods and services.As SMEs become more proficient with electronic payment systems, this is an opportunity for Fintech firms to bring these SMEs into the formal lending ecosystem.On the tax front, the expectation from the budget is for the government to reduce personal income tax and corporate tax rates by revising the tax slabs.By revisiting corporate tax slabs, there is less incentive for tax evasion, and this will push the economy towards digital money.Reducing personal tax slabs, will drive consumer spending and hence the economy. Also, the implementation of GSTN can create digitization of invoicing across the country by enabling easy filing of returns and tax payments.Finally, we expect the budget to use the credit guarantee scheme to bring banks and NBFCs on a level playing field and to continue boosting programs like Startup India”‘Simplification of processes across government infrastructure will be the key to success’Aniketh JainAniketh Jain, CEO & Co-Founder of Solutions InfiniThe upcoming budget is crucial to honest taxpayers, and we look forward to a low taxation system, which will simultaneously promote a robust digital ecosystem.Moreover, the government should simplify the tax regime for ITs and startups to foster innovation and boost a healthy start-up environment in the country.Also, the union budget 2017-2018 should focus on digital inclusion across industries.Simplification of overall processes across all government infrastructures will be key for the success of India and I believe they should ensure that sufficient budget is allocated for the same.last_img read more

Kuwait army chief praises Bangladesh army for Sreemangal rescue operation

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first_imgChief of Staff of Kuwait Armed Forces Lt Gen Mohammad Khaled Al Khadher on Thursday highly appreciated Bangladesh Army personnel for their quick rescue operation after the emergency landing of Bangladesh Air Force helicopter carrying him and 15 others in Sreemangal on Wednesday, reports UNB.“The capability of the Bangladesh Army personnel in the rescue is highly appreciable… they came for the rescue in just five minutes’ time after the emergency landing,” he said.The visiting Kuwait Armed Forces chief came up with the remark when he met prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.Lt Gen Mohammad Khaled Al Khadher said Bangladesh and Kuwait have a strong relation and he has come to Bangladesh to strengthen it further.He mentioned that more than 6000 Bangladeshi armed forces members are working in Kuwait and they are highly professional and dedicated ones.Talking about the Rohingya issue, Khaled Al Khadher appreciated the move of Bangladesh.Regarding the ongoing joint training between Bangladesh and Kuwait army personnel, he said this has created a new opportunity in providing joint training.Welcoming him to Bangladesh, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has given shelter to the Myanmar Rohingyas on humanitarian ground temporarily.She said the Bangladesh government is looking after their medical needs and education in addition to providing other facilities.The Bangladesh prime minister greeted Kuwait Amir and prime minister through its army chief.last_img read more

Suspect in Shooting Death of Baltimore Rapper Lor Scoota Killed

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first_imgCortez Mitchell, 22, who was killed in his vehicle on North Monroe Street on Oct. 10, has been identified as one of the suspects in the shooting death of Baltimore rapper Lor Scoota.“He was a person of interest in the death of Lor Scoota,” said Baltimore City Police spokesman T.J. Smith in a statement to the media. “He was one of several people who were person of interest.Baltimore Rapper Lor Scoota (Instagram Photo)Tyriece Travon Watson, better known by his rap name Lor Scoota, was killed earlier this year. His manager, Trayvon Lee, was killed several weeks later. Both murders remain unsolved.“What’s significant about this is this revolving door of violence that we continue to talk about. As our investigation was building and as we were preparing to do more with this case, he gets killed; and this is the person who we believe was involved in the murder of Lor Scoota,” said Smith.On Oct. 10 in West and Southwest Baltimore, three men were shot in separate incidents, said police.Around 7:30 p.m., police went to the 2200 block of W. Fayette Street in the Penrose area and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg.At around, 8:30 p.m., police went to the 1800 block of North Bentalou Street in the Coppin Heights neighborhood, where a man was found with multiple gunshot wounds.Investigating another incident around 8:30pm, Police went to a hospital where a shooting victim had walked in with a gunshot wound to the foot. He told police he was in the 1400 block of Drew Street in the Medford neighborhood when he heard gunshots and realized he had been shot.Besides these three incidents, Baltimore Police are investigating two fatal shootings that took place Monday afternoon only three hours apart on the city’s west side.According to police, the first shooting was reported at about 2:06 p.m. in the 3700 block of Beehler Ave. A 29-year-old man had been shot multiple times in the upper and lower body.He was taken to the hospital and was later pronounced dead.The victim has not been identified and police did not release information about a motive or suspects.Another shooting occurred at about 4:45 p.m. Officers found Mitchell, of the 4000 block of Potter Street, suffering from gunshot wounds inside of a vehicle that had crashed into a tree on North Monroe Street.Mitchell was transported to a hospital where he died.A second victim was transported to another hospital with gunshot wounds to his upper body.At the scene, a Lexus with a shattered driver’s window and bullet holes in the door was resting against a tree. Three blocks north, detectives located shattered glass and a slew of bullet casings.Police have no further details and asked anyone with information on any of these incidents to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7Lockuplast_img read more

Unfolding nature

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first_imgPark Myung-Hee is a Korean artiste who majored in painting and design and has been working in Busan. She has been working with Ottchil (Korean Traditional Lacquer Painting) on woods for a very long time. An exhibition, My universe by the Korean Artiste will be on display till March 20 at the Exhibition Gallery at the Korean Cultural Centre, Lajpat Nagar in the Capital.Park Myung-Hee’s works are patient with continuous recoat of black Ottchil (Korean Traditional Lacquer) for smooth and shiny surface to achieve her purpose. She has been studying about the Ottchil substance with much perseverance and patience. Like the big-bang theory, her head is full of life energy and tissue cells dancing in it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’According to the Artiste the beauty of life has vitality to be unfolded and folded by itself.Her works intend to express the movements of small lives that we cannot see with our eyes and their life force.Perhaps that is the approaching way of biological dimension to know her own self. Not understanding where it comes from, always moving in the internal side, cannot deny, the energy of life is reflected in her Ottchil works.Ott tree grows in Korea, China, Japan, and the likes mainly in Southeast Asia as a special product of the Orient. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOttchil is extracted from Ott trees, which is a thick (kind of) liquid of light grayish white color at the first, but if it is exposed to air then it is changed to brown. Ottchil which is the pure paint that we get from nature has a lot of excellent characteristic with dignified and rich gloss. Once Ottchil is dried, its gloss is peculiarly beautiful. And dried Ottchil has strong aseptic ability, water-resistance, durability, adhesive strength, and its disinfection effect, antioxidant effect, and so on are superior. Ottchil  which has such aesthetic and practical value has been used very much as paint for metal or woodwork, and particularly for all instruments and industrial art object that is need durability, in Korea, China, and Japan from old days. Especially, Ottchil becomes dry in a warm and humid place which has a temperature of 25-30% with a humidity of 75-85% and its color appears differently according to the drying condition. Such fussy drying condition makes the progressing of Ottchil work slow, but we could even say that such point is also the attractiveness of Ottchil.When: On till March 20 Where:  Exhibition Gallery, Korean Cultural Centre, A – 25, Lajpat Nagar IVlast_img read more

November meeting to outline blueprint for Januarys antiBJP rally Trinamool

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first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress will hold a meeting with all its party MPs, MLAs and senior leaders on November 16 to chalk out a blueprint for a proposed anti-BJP rally to be held here on January 19, 2019, a party official said on Thursday. The meeting, to be held in Kolkata’s Netaji Indoor Stadium, will be presided by Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, who will also be the main speaker at the programme. As part of her tirade against the Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Centre and to step up efforts to forge a ‘federal front’ ahead of the 2019 Assembly polls, Banerjee announced the mega anti-BJP rally for which she would invite several top opposition leaders from across the country including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “Trinamool Congress will hold a meeting at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on November 16 with all the party MPs, MLAs, core committee members, district and block presidents to discuss the organisational matters regarding the January 19 rally here,” Trinamool Secretary General Partha Chatterjee told the media here. “Banerjee, who has called for the rally to assemble everyone against BJP’s communalist forces, will be present as the main speaker in the meeting. Leaders of the party’s youth, student and women wings will also be present,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah have already confirmed their presence in the January 19 rally while Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad and Bahujan Samaj Party Chief Mayawati are also expected to come. Reiterating Banerjee’s allegations about the BJP-government controlling the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Chatterjee said the recent developments pertaining to the country’s top investigation agency have undermined its credibility. “People can see how the CBI is being controlled by the BJP government at the Centre. We have repeatedly alleged that they (BJP) are influencing and controlling the moves of CBI. A corrupt government is trying to charge others with corruption,” Chatterjee said. “It is alarming how the BJP government is bulldozing independent agencies like CBI in the name of controlling them. They have brought the credibility of these agencies under question mark. Our claims that CBI is a BJP controlled agency has been reinforced by the recent development.” The Narendra Modi government on Wednesday asked CBI Director Alok Verma to go on leave as his rift with Special Director Rakesh Asthana escalated over bribery allegations.last_img read more

PEOPLE CruiseShipCenters agent wins trip to Hawaii with AstonAqua

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first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — After completing the Aston-Aqua Hospitality Specialist program at Travelweek’s Learning Centre, Yvette Leonard from CruiseShipCenters in West Vancouver has won a dream trip to Hawaii with accommodations provided by Aston-Aqua Hospitality.“I was super excited because I have never won a prize like this before – a whole week’s accommodation and in beautiful Hawaii. It is an amazing destination that I have always dreamed of going,” said Leonard.With the Specialist course, agents learned about Honolulu-based Aqua-Aston Hospitality’s robust portfolio of services and partnerships, and how it offers a wise selection of accommodations to suit any lifestyle, taste or budget. The company manages over 50 hotels, resorts and condominium properties comprising of nearly 10,000 units across popular destinations like Hawaii, Guam, Florida, Nevada and California.Aqua-Aston Hospitality’s five distinct brands include Aston Hotels & Resorts, Instinct Hotel Collection, Aqua Hotels and Resorts, Lite Hotels, and Maui Condo & Home.“The courses on Travelweek’s Learning Centre are always super easy to go through and the information provided is always current,” added Leonard. “They are not just your everyday page after page of endless reading, but interactive and fun. The graphics and maps are very helpful too.”More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?For more information go to aqua-aston.com. To take a Specialist course, go to travelweeklearningcentre.com. Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Wednesday, February 1, 2017 [PEOPLE] CruiseShipCenters agent wins trip to Hawaii with Aston-Aqua Tags: Aqua-Aston Hospitality, People, Travelweek Learning Centrelast_img read more