DOMESTIC TV PRODUCERS GET SMALLER PIECE OF CANADIAN PIE FOREIGN SHARE GROWS

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter OTTAWA – A new report says foreign companies nearly doubled their share of the film and television production done in Canada over a 10-year period, and accounted for more than half of the $8.92 billion generated in 2017-18.The Canadian Media Producers Association says foreign location and service companies working in this country accounted for a record $4.77 billion of the industry’s total volume for the 12 months ended March 31, 2018.That’s up 26 per cent or $991 million from the previous 10-year high of $3.78 billion set in 2016-17 and more than triple the $1.45 billion generated by foreign location and service companies in the year ended March 31, 2009. Login/Register With: Independent Canadian production volumes fell for the first time in five years in 2017-18 but accounted for 34 per cent of the total. In-house production by broadcasters accounted for 13 per cent of Canadian volume after shrinking to the lowest level in nine years.The annual score card comes as the Canadian media landscape shifts — with mobile devices on wireless networks becoming stronger alternatives for viewing television, film and digital video content in homes and theatres.The report shows the overall volume of screen media produced in Canada has grown nearly 62 per cent over the decade, from $5.12 billion in 2008-09, but the strongest growth has been from foreign location and service companies. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sister looks alleged killer in the eyes

first_img(APTN National News reporter Kenneth Jackson walks with Cindy and Darrin Murch as they leave an Ottawa court room Thursday where the man accused of killing Cindy’s sister Pam Kosmack June 4, 2008 made his first court appearance on two murder charges.) By Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsBefore the man accused of killing her sister left an Ottawa court room Thursday he stopped and looked Cindy Murch in the eyes.Murch stared right back.“I didn’t blink,” she said, her eyes still glistening from the tears she wiped away from seeing Marc Leduc, 56, for the first time after learning he is accused of killer Murch’s older sister Pamela Kosmack, 39, June 4, 2008. Her body was found next to a west end bike path. She had been choked to death.Leduc also faces first-degree murder charges in connection to the death of Leanne Lawson, 23. Her body was found downtown Ottawa and lived at a local shelter.Police said she was involved in the sex trade and said the same about Kosmack.The family takes offence to this.“She wasn’t a prostitute. She didn’t need money. Her family helped her out,” said Cindy’s husband Darrin Murch.Kosmack had her own apartment and was a mother.She hit dark times when getting shingles and was prescribed Oxycontin painkillers. She got hooked.A few weeks before she died she attempted to get treatment but couldn’t find a bed.The Murch’s sat in the front row of the court room Thursday to get a good look at Leduc.“Let him see your eyes. He already knows me,” Darrin whispered to Cindy. Darrin works at the local detention centre where Leduc as been since November on charges of sexually assaulting a young women at knifepoint. The woman was able to wrestle the knife away and flee.She is lucky to be alive police said.When Leduc entered the room he was disheveled with grey hair and beard. He kept looking at someone across the room.Police linked Leduc to the two murders through DNA as reported Wednesday by APTN National News.When Leduc sat down Cindy broke down in tears wiping them away with a Tim Horton’s napkin.“It’s OK sweetie,” Darrin whispered to her again this time putting his hand on her knee to comfort her. “It’s OK.”Darrin didn’t take his eyes off the man police alleged killed his sister-in-law known in the family as “the Rose.”Police held a press conference after the court appearance but wouldn’t release any new information. They said the investigation is on-going.They are trying to link Leduc to other murders in the city. Two of them were First Nation women.Jennifer Stewart was found stabbed to death in the Vanier suburb in August 2010. Kelly Morrisseau was also from Vanier but was found stabbed to death in Gatineau across the river in December 2006.She was seven months pregnant.kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more

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Three Moroccans Among Injured in Istanbul Terrorist Attack

New York – Three Moroccans are among the over 40 people who were injured during the terrorist attack that targeted a high-end nightclub in Istanbul, which claimed the lives of 39 people.The deadly shooting that shook a high-end nightclub in Istanbul in the early hours of Sunday  left three Moroccans injured, said the Moroccan embassy in Turkey, in a statement released on Sunday.Nationals from Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Lebanon, Libya, Israel among foreigners killed in #Istanbul #Reina nightclub attack— Mark Lowen (@marklowen) January 1, 2017The Moroccan embassy said in the same statement that three people were “slightly wounded and treated.” The Moroccan Embassy in Ankara and the Consulate of the Kingdom Consulate in Istanbul have announced that they have set up a crisis cell in contact with the competent Turkish authorities following the terrorist attack.Families of the victims can contact the Moroccan embassy in Ankara and the Moroccan consulate in Istanbul through the following numbers:– Embassy of Morocco in Ankara: 00903124376020/21 and 00905393645106– Consulate of Morocco in Istanbul: 0905373722899 and 00905315186091. read more

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3rd MoroccoGCC Meeting Focuses on Intensifying Economic Cooperation

Rabat – The 3rd meeting of the working group in charge of economic cooperation between Morocco and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries opened, on Tuesday in Rabat.With the aim of examining means in favor of intensifying coordination related to economic and trade cooperation through the follow-up of the implementation of the joint action plan and the development of bilateral trade exchanges and investment opportunities.The meeting is an opportunity to discuss several topics on the agenda, mainly new projects related to trade cooperation, investment and trade facilitation between Morocco and the GCC countries, strengthening Morocco-GCC strategic partnership and consolidating the exceptional cooperation and brotherhood ties that unite Morocco and the Gulf countries, said Secretary General of the Ministry delegate in charge of Foreign Trade Mohammed Benayad at the opening of this event. Morocco, which has noteworthy assets, has an important expertise in various fields as the industry, agriculture, and services (Offshoring), he said, noting that the Kingdom is ready to share its know-how in this field with the Gulf countries.The geographical location of Morocco is an asset that enables it to position itself and to play the role of a bridge between Africa and the Gulf countries, he said, underlining the pressing need to use this advantage to promote trade and investment between the two parties. The meeting comes as an implementation of the decision by the GCC higher council during its 32rd session in Dec. 2001 in Riyadh in relation with fostering cooperation between Morocco and the GCC. read more

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Feds commit over 72M to clean technologies in Alberta oil and gas

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Two Alberta oil and gas companies are getting a boost from the federal government to develop clean technologies.Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) and Titanium Corporation will receive $72.3 million to fund three new projects.Feds are providing over $72M to CNRL & Titanium Corporation to fund three clean energy projects in Alberta. #yyc #abpoli #CdnPoli pic.twitter.com/Opf055Q8VV— Jenna Hamilton (@j_hamilton04) March 14, 2019The projects will focus on reducing carbon emissions and also eliminating tailings ponds.These are the projects. #abpoli #cdnpoli #yyc pic.twitter.com/TKez0mqXnx— Jenna Hamilton (@j_hamilton04) March 14, 2019“These projects provide Alberta’s oil and gas sector with solutions that will help reduce pollution, drive clean innovation and create good jobs. Accelerating clean technology development is a key component of our government’s approach to promoting sustainable economic growth as Canada moves toward a low-carbon economy,” said Natural Resource Minister, Amarjeet Sohi.CNRL will receive $5 million from the Clean Growth Program to further develop an in-pit extraction process that will reduce the number of diesel trucks and the amount of power needed on their sites.RELATED: Alberta funds 16 green transport projects, including zero-emissions truckEmissions Reduction Alberta is also investing $5.6 million in this project.CNRL will also see $22.3 million from the Low Carbon Economy Fund for a new steam turbine generator, that will help produce power for its facilities at the Athabasca Oil Sand Project.Titanium will receive $45 million from both funds to remediate oil sands tailings at CNRL’s Horizon Oil Sands site by recovering valuable minerals from oil sands tailings. The project has potential to create a new minerals industry in Canada.“Cleaning up tailings ponds and using that to produce a value, value such a minerals and recovering some of the bitumen that goes into those tailings ponds, it not only helps the environment but helps us create more jobs,” said Sohi.According to the government, this funding will leverage more than $415 million in investments. read more

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King Mohammed VI Authorizes Opening of 20 Mosques

Rabat – The Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Toufiq, said on Friday that King Mohammed VI has authorized the opening of 20 mosques, some newly built or reconstructed and others reopened after restoration. Speaking before the Sovereign after the Friday prayer at the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Toufiq said that the Ministry had allocated MAD 253 million for the building of 7 new mosques, the reconstruction of 9 others, and the restoration of four large historic mosques, with a total capacity of 27,000 faithful.King Mohammed VI has named two of the newly opened mosques, “Al Masjid Al Aadham” in Tamesna and the Great Mosque of Nador, after himself. Toufiq added that an action plan based on a national mapping of the needs for worship places has been prepared. In addition to preserving the functional and aesthetic characteristics of the Moroccan mosque, compliance with legal provisions, attention to economic needs, and required technical standards will help ensure adherence to the new plan.Toufiq emphasized that the requirements must be respected in construction projects of new mosques both by the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs and by benefactors, adding that new mosques are included each year in a strategic plan to promote places of worship at the national, regional, and local levels.Read also: King Mohammed VI Inaugurates Rabat’s Regional Dental Care CenterThe Minister added that 2,173 mosques have been opened over the past 20 years, noting that many of them, particularly small and medium-sized ones, have been built by benefactors.The Ministry provided assistance to some of these benefactors, who also benefited from tax exemptions under the High Royal Instructions.Toufiq invoked that in parallel with construction sites, a Dahir organizing the control of the mosque building state was published, stressing that the results of the census and operations of control carried out on the basis of the Dahir have led to the rehabilitation of 1,000 mosques.The Minister noted that within the same strategic plan, a program for the preservation of historic mosques was also executed, adding that 70 mosques have been renovated, with a budget of MAD 650 million.The legislation on places of worship had also been reviewed, which requires benefactors wishing to build mosques to organize themselves within associations created by the law, as it regulated the way in which States subsidies are granted to these associations and the control of fundraising.MWN with MAP read more

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Prisoners on death row stage protest

The Government had given an assurance to release a few of the Tamil political prisoners over the next few days. (Colombo Gazette) A group of prisoners on death row staged a protest on top of the Welikada prison today.At least 6 prisoners had staged the protest on the roof demanding that they be released Efforts were underway this evening to bring the prisoners back down.The protest follows a fast launched recently by Tamil political prisoners who had demanded their release.

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Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane inspired by Washington experiment

BEIJING, China – Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they’re going.But the property manager says it’s intended to be ironic — to remind people that it’s dangerous to tweet while walking the street.“There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here,” said Nong Cheng, the marketing official with Meixin Group, which manages the area in the city’s entertainment zone.Meixin has marked a 50-meter (165-foot) stretch of pavement with two lanes: one that prohibits cellphone use next to one that allows pedestrians to use them — at their “own risk.”Nong said the idea came from a similar stretch of pavement in Washington D.C. created by National Geographic Television in July as part of a behaviour experiment.She said that pedestrians were not taking the new lanes seriously, but that many were snapping pictures of the signs and sidewalk.“Those using their cellphones of course have not heeded the markings on the pavement,” she said. “They don’t notice them.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Didi Tang, The Associated Press Posted Sep 15, 2014 11:30 am MDT Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane, inspired by Washington experiment read more

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Group of 7 seeks way forward for aging faltering economies

In this May 16, 2016, photo, a shopper chooses shoes at a store with clearance sale banners in Tokyo’s Ameyoko shopping district, a big bazaar selling everything from food, clothing, and jewelry at bargain prices. Leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations will undoubtedly voice unity over fighting terrorism, pandemics and tax evasion at their summit in Japan starting on Thursday, May 26. Finding a consensus on how to breathe life into their sluggish economies is proving more elusive. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) by Elaine Kurtenbach And Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted May 25, 2016 1:02 am MDT Last Updated May 25, 2016 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Group of 7 seeks way forward for aging, faltering economies ISE, Japan – Leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations plan to voice unity over fighting terrorism, pandemics and tax evasion at their summit in Japan this week. Finding a consensus on how to breathe life into their sluggish economies is proving more elusive.Aging workforces, sagging productivity and lingering damage from the 2008 financial crisis are complicating efforts to spur growth while the effects of the slowdown in China and the other big developing economies ripple across the globe.Ahead of the summit meetings that begin Thursday, finance ministers and central bank governors of the G-7 meeting in northern Japan failed to concur on a co-ordinated approach to fighting what Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz calls the “Great Malaise.”They did agree the world’s growth engine is running on fumes: “We as the G-7 believe the biggest economic problem is demand. Demand — there is no demand — and that is the biggest problem around the world,” said Japan’s finance minister, Taro Aso.The reluctance of consumers to buy and businesses to invest, despite rock-bottom interest rates, has caught economists by surprise and policymakers flatfooted, as the IMF, World Bank and governments repeatedly have had to downgrade overly rosy forecasts.That stagnation is evident in the run-down business districts of Ise and many other places in Japan.Last month, the IMF lowered the economic growth projection for 2016 and 2017 for the world’s advanced economies, including Europe, the United States and Japan, where collectively growth has remained below 2 per cent since 2010.“It’s a difficult environment indeed,” PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi said last month. “Most of the developed world outside the United States is grappling with slow growth.”When G-7 meetings began in the 1970s, Japan was in the midst of its post-World War II industrial boom. Growth peaked in the late 1980s, and has mostly stagnated since a massive stock market and lending bubble imploded in the early 1990s. It has continued to limp and languish despite massive public works spending and, more recently, a barrage of monetary stimulus.In Sendai, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and other officials said co-ordinating growth strategies was difficult given the varied challenges and resource constraints of each country.“It’s not a one-size-fits-all,” Lew said. Nonetheless, he made a point of urging Japan not to derail its faltering recovery with a sales tax hike planned for next year and cautioned Tokyo against intervening to drive the yen weaker for the sake of its exporters.The IMF says advanced economies could get a healthy economic payoff by investing in research and development, roads, bridges and other infrastructure, and to rewrite tax codes that discourage people from working.Instead, governments have tended to rely on central banks to keep interest rates low, or — in Japan and Europe — even negative.Meanwhile, some economists, notably Robert Gordon at Northwestern University, worry the world lacks the kinds of technological advances needed to drive up productivity and growth.Japan’s population is shrinking and aging the fastest among G-7 countries, and its predicament is deepened by productivity that lags behind its G-7 peers.The country appeared poised for a revival, emerging from recession as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in late 2012, promising to “bring Japan back” with share price-plumping plans to fire up growth through government spending and a flood of stimulus from the central bank.The “Abenomics” three-pronged combination of monetary easing, government spending and structural reforms was supposed to end deflation and get households and businesses to spend more in the sort of “virtuous” cycle all major economies have been striving for ever since the global financial crisis.The Bank of Japan’s “big bazooka” of monetary easing pumped trillions of dollars into the economy, helping to weaken the yen against the U.S. dollar as profits of big exporters like Toyota Motor Corp. soared.But Japan is still dipping in and out of recession, and a 2 per cent inflation target remains far beyond reach. Recent data show the outlook deteriorating, despite a 1.6 per cent uptick in annual growth in January-March.After more than three years, Abenomics is viewed mainly as a “marketing slogan,” said Kenneth S. Courtis, chairman of Starfort Holdings and a former Asia vice chairman at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Japan needs to “take a blowtorch” to regulations and red tape that discourage competition, he says.“There’s a much more critical view of the Abe regime today than in the past,” he said.Most Japanese companies simply are not investing in their shrinking domestic market, even after the Bank of Japan pushed interest rates on some bank deposits it is holding below zero.The G-7 summit venue of Ise once was a centre for silk and cotton processing and shipbuilding. Today, its main industries are pearls, “Matsuzaka” fat-marbled beef and tourism.The region is picturesque but sparsely populated: Villages have been emptying out for decades as businesses, mines and entire communities were abandoned.Some were casualties of earlier shifts in the global market, as factories migrated to China and other developing countries.Stalling growth is not unique to rural Japan: Long-term economic growth in each of the G-7 countries is the worst it has been since the annual summits began 42 years ago, says Howard Rosen, an independent economist based in Washington.In the advanced economies, automation and online commerce have meant the disappearance of many skilled, high-wage jobs. To a growing extent, the meagre or unpredictable pay of service-sector and contract or part-time work is sapping consumers’ purchasing power.As the usual policy tools fail, for the G-7 as a whole what prevails is uncertainty, said Dave Tilstone, president of the National Tooling and Machining Association.His group’s members are showing “a lot more hesitation, more than before, to make long-term commitments. Their customers just aren’t getting those long-term contracts either,” he said.Looming unknowns include the ups and downs of oil prices; whether the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates again, possibly slowing the U.S. economy; whether Britain will opt to leave the European Union in a June 23 vote; and the outcome of the U.S. presidential election, which could put Donald Trump in the White House.Europe is struggling with floods of refugees, as its banks, still holding bad debts left over from the financial crisis, remain wary of lending.“There are deep holes in the banking system, and there is no appetite to deal with it,” said Ashoka Mody, visiting professor at Princeton University. “Someone has to bear the losses and no one wants to deal with the losses.”Though Germany alone has kept its conservative stance toward spending, the other G-7 members have been constrained in varying degrees by law, politics and financial limitations from pursuing needed spending increases.“Years ago, they came out with a co-ordinated growth plan and everyone kicked into gear,” said Courtis. “Now there are very different views and that’s what’s paralyzed the G-7.”___Wiseman reported from Washington. read more

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Hungary must not prevent persons with intellectual disabilities from voting – UN

The six people, who have intellectual disability, brought their complaint to the Geneva-based Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) after they were unable to vote in Hungary’s parliamentary and municipal elections in 2010, according to a news release.They argued that they were able to understand politics and participate in elections, and that the ban, which took no account of the nature of their disability and their individual abilities, was unjustified.At the time that the complaints were made, an article in the Hungarian constitution automatically excluded all persons under legal guardianship from voting. In 2012, Hungary changed this constitution, and its Fundamental Law now requires judges to make a decision on suffrage based on an individual assessment.Hungarian authorities argued that under this new legislation, courts can only remove the right to vote in the case of a complete lack of legal capacity. But the CRPD found that this was still in breach of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which under Article 29 requires States parties to ensure that persons with disabilities can effectively and fully participate in public and political life on an equal basis with others. “Article 29 does not foresee any reasonable restriction, nor does it allow any exception for any groups of persons with disabilities,” the CRPD said in its decision. “Therefore, an exclusion of the right to vote on the basis of a perceived or actual psychosocial or intellectual disability, including a restriction pursuant to an individualized assessment, constitutes discrimination on the basis of disability.” The Committee, composed of 18 human rights experts, said that Hungary was obliged to reinstate the six people on the electoral roll and recommended that Hungarian authorities prevent similar violations by considering repealing an article in the Fundamental Law and an article in the Transitional Provisions to the Fundamental Law that are contrary to the Convention.Committee members also called on Hungary to enact laws that recognize, without any “capacity assessment,” the right to vote for all persons with disabilities, “and provide for adequate assistance and reasonable accommodation.” It said the Hungarian authorities should uphold and guarantee in practice the right to vote for persons with disabilities by ensuring that voting procedures, facilities and materials are appropriate, accessible and easy to understand and use, “and where necessary, at [the person’s] request, allowing assistance in voting by a person of their choice”. The CRPD monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by States Parties. It considered this case under the Optional Protocol to the Convention which gives the Committee the competence to examine individual complaints. read more

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Cryptocurrency technology is here to stay Brock expert

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies may be rife with volatility, but a Brock University finance expert believes blockchain technology is here to stay.Professor of Finance Don Cyr from Brock’s Goodman School of Business has been closely following the cryptocurrency market and calls the blockchain technology behind Bitcoin “revolutionary.”“The technology behind it is not going away,” said Cyr. “It has created this ability to transfer wealth through a cryptocurrency.”He said the political aspect of cryptocurrency — where governments have little control or regulatory power over digital currencies — has helped fuel its growth. But as for which particular digital currencies will survive, Cyr said that remains to be seen.While Bitcoin is the most popular and well-known, other cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum, launched by a Russian-born Canadian in 2013, are becoming serious competitors.“In a year, I think we’re still going to see Bitcoin holding its position as the prime cryptocurrency,” Cyr said. “It will take a long time for the value of those other competitors to catch up to Bitcoin.”Launched in 2009, Bitcoin was the first decentralized payment system, meaning transactions happen directly from person-to-person rather than having a central bank monitoring the currency. It uses blockchain technology, which is essentially a shared record book or database that records transactions.Because of the inherent privacy associated with cryptocurrencies, taxation is a significant issue, and one that Cyr expects governments around the world will be trying to regulate.“Most countries have decided to tax it like a commodity with capital gains, but how do we know who’s making the transactions? Governments may attempt the regulation of the exchanges that deal in the trading of the Bitcoin,” he said.As for the suggestion that Bitcoin is following the same road as the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s, Cyr said there are certainly similarities.“In finance, we recognize there have been speculative bubbles where markets seem to be overvalued and that there’s an overreaction in the market. I think you can see some of that in terms of the growth of the initial cryptocurrency offerings where people are speculating on what could be the next Bitcoin.”That said, Cyr doesn’t think the blockchain technology behind Bitcoin is going away.“Blockchain is a significant technological development, but it’s hard to say what form that will take in terms of cryptocurrency and other financial transactions in general,” he said. read more

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I dont want to die Linda Nolan reveals she is really scared

first_imgI want to grow old with my family. There is so much I want to doLinda Nolan Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Linda Nolan has said she is “really scared” and “doesn’t want to die” after being diagnosed with incurable cancer.The former singer and performer, 58, who found fame with The Nolans in the Seventies, had been clear after being treated in 2007 for breast cancer.But it was revealed this week she had been diagnosed with the illness, which doctors have said is incurable but treatable, after falling on the stairs around three weeks ago. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Nolan said: “I don’t want to die. All my little nieces and nephews, my step-children and step-grandchildren; they are my life now because I never had children.”And when they come in to the hospital to visit me, I think, ‘Oh my God, I wanted to see you get married or see you with your first boyfriend’.”And I want to grow old with my family. There is so much I want to do. I have to be positive and make sure I do. I am really scared.”Nolan said she hopes to live up to another 20 years, adding: “I’m not going to be dying from cancer, I’m going to be living with cancer if that’s what I have to do.” On Monday, her sister Coleen revealed on Loose Women that Linda, pictured in 2014, had been diagnosed with secondary cancerCredit: Steve Meddle/ITV/REXcenter_img “It’s taken her 10 years to finally get her life back and then it goes, ‘Whack. Here you go, now face this.'”Nolan lost her sister Bernie to breast cancer in 2013. On Monday, her sister Coleen revealed on Loose Women that Linda, pictured in 2014, had been diagnosed with secondary cancer She also revealed how her three great-nieces helped her get to hospital when she fell before being diagnosed.On Monday, her sister Coleen revealed on Loose Women that Linda had been diagnosed with secondary cancer and had also broken her hip in the fall.She described the news as “earth-shattering”.Fighting back tears, she added: “I went through such terrible anger. I was angry at the world, angry at cancer, angry for her. I just thought, ‘It’s so unfair. She’s just got it all together.’last_img read more

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Catchup Wednesday 3 midweek longreads

first_imgThis superficial democratization of erudition is not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean you don’t have to have read Schopenhauer, or really anything much at all, to have access to just the right Schopenhauer quotation for your particular needs—and no grounds to suspect when the quotation you select has nothing to do with its ostensible source.2. Doing business in RussiaHow does Russia do business in the Putin era? That’s exactly what Reuters is looking into in its latest series. this installment shows how a billion-dollar medical project helped fund “Putin’s palace” on the Black Sea.(Reuters, approx 24  minutes reading time, 4901 words)Russia has been renowned for graft since the Soviet Union fell a generation ago. Under the first post-Soviet leader, Boris Yeltsin, “oligarchs” gained control of state-owned industries and grew fabulously wealthy. Those wild days are long over. Yeltsin’s successor, Putin, has restored much of the nation’s most lucrative industries, such as oil and gas, to state control.3. Losing my sisterA woman writes about her experience of losing her sister after a driver drove down the wrong side of the motorway. She says their family will never be the same after the incident.(TheJournal.ie, approx 4 minutes reading time, 737 words)The next few words that came out of the Garda’s mouth made me speechless, I couldn’t grasp what he had just said – the words that my sister Delia was hit by a driver who drove 8km on the wrong side of the motorway and that she was critically injured. I looked at my father and all I could think about was how I was going to tell my mother, who had just flown over to America to visit her terminally ill brother who was dying from cancer.Want some more longreads? Then check out Sitdown Sunday> IT’S MIDWAY THROUGH the week and you want to get up to speed on the latest news topics and catch up on opinions and insights.We’re here to help you do just that, with our three midweek longreads:1. Don’t believe all you readIf you’ve been stung by fake quotes on the internet, then you’re not alone. In fact, sometimes it’s hard to find out who really did say your favourite erudite phrase. “The internet is a dark place,” as Shakespeare once said. So watch out the next time you’re browsing for a pithy quote…(Slate, approx 9 minutes reading time, 1673 words)last_img read more

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Georgiou feels sense of relief to see end of Howards refugee policies

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Petro Georgiou MP felt a “huge sense of relief ” as one of his advisors said to Neos Kosmos English Edition, (NKEE), when on Thursday Huly 25, at about 1:30pm the Howard Government’s contentious refugee detention policies were put to rest without a need for a division. While Petro Georgiou was consistent in campaigning against the Howard government’s draconian asylum seeker policies, as a Liberal he was relieved to not have to cross the floor. The Opposition party room decided to block the bill Petro Georgiou along with other Opposition MPs decided to vote for Mr Georgiou is known for consistent opposition to Howard’s government’s Pacific Solution and the locking up of asylum seekers in detention camps. In an emotional speech, Mr Georgiou described the Howard government’s immigration detention policies as “cruel and contrary to Australia’s best values”.“It’s a bill that takes another step towards closing a dark chapter in our history,” he said.Mr Georgiou is retiring at the next election but today he gave an impassioned speech to Parliament indicating he will cross the floor and vote with the Government.“Do we charge drug dealers? Serial paedophiles? Sadistic murderers? Multiple rapists the cost of their detention?” he asked. “The charging of people who arrive on our shores seeking protection, the cost of their detention is part of the way in which we have demonised them and presented them as being worse than criminals.”Mr Georgiou pointed out the policies of automatic detention of women and children and billing people for the cost of their detention began under a Labor government.But he underscored the fact that the Howard government toughened the measures with the Pacific Solution and temporary protection visas. And he denounced all of it. Mr Georgiou lamented that MPs endorsed the policies with no resistance.“It cannot and it should not be denied that we did go along, we all did,” he said.“The votes from the Parliament shows. Going along had its consequences.“Vulnerable men, women and children were harmed by the legislation we voted for and by the practices and abuses they’ve spawned.”Mr Georgiou said that the detention bills often become another form of torture. “This dark chapter is about the incarceration of men, women and children behind razor wire in isolated location.”“It is about the imprisonment of innocent people for periods longer than criminals convicted of serious felonies.“No advanced society should allow on its statutes a law that so degrades and humiliates fellow human beings who are legitimately calling on our protection. We have an obligation to our own and to future generations to support this bill.”Detention costs will continue for those found guilty of people smuggling and illegal fishing.From 2006 to 2008, detainees were billed $54 million but the Commonwealth recovered less than $2 million.last_img read more

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Valve Demands All Steam Game Images Are Real Screenshots

first_imgValve is firming up its policies and guidelines surrounding the use of images on each game store page, and it’s good news for anyone trying to decide whether to purchase a game or not.One of the key elements of a Steam game page is the screenshots area near the top of the page. Not only is this where you can access gameplay videos, it offers a range of screenshots from the game. But that’s not actually been the case until now. Developers were free to upload concept art or pre-rendered stills which aren’t representative of the final product.The most high-profile example of this recently is No Man’s Sky. Those screenshot visuals clearly aren’t from the final game, which failed to get anywhere close to that level of visual quality.So, Valve is becoming much more strict when it comes to use of images. As part of a wider Discovery Update 2.0 to the Steam service, all images in that screenshot area of the page must be actual screenshots of a game. Anything else is banned.Even Valve has been caught out by its own guidelines and freely admits that the Dota 2 Steam game page breaks them by using non-screenshot images. But that’s being changed immediately, and the guidelines will be adhered to more strictly in future. Apparently game screenshots are also going to start appearing in more places across Steam.So, once the Discovery Update 2.0 roles out the images you see on each game page will be more honest. For the majority of games they already were, but now we can be assured they all will or Valve will bring down the ban hammer on developers and publishers.last_img read more

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Geek Deals DRMFree Digital Comics Starting at 1

first_imgHumble Bundle has joined forces with the folks at IDW to provide an incredible digital comics bundle crammed with 80s nostalgia. This is your chance to jump into some fun stories on the cheap while helping out charity. • Humble Comics Bundle: Back to the ’80s by IDWGo in for just a buck, and you can get eight comics from superb classic franchises like Star Trek, Ghostbusters, and Bloom County.Pay a minimum of $1Transformers: Classics Vol. 1Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan #1My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Vol. 1Jem and the Holograms, Vol. 1: ShowtimeG.I. Joe: Classics Vol. 1Ghostbusters Vol. 1Bloom County: The Complete Digital Library Vol. 4Back to the Future: Untold Tales and Alternate TimelinesOctuple your payment, and you’ll also get follow-up comics for each of the franchises from the bottom level.Pay a minimum of $8Transformers: Classics Vol. 2Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan #2My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Vol. 2Jem and the Holograms, Vol. 2: ViralG.I. Joe: Classics Vol. 2Ghostbusters Vol. 2Bloom County: The Complete Digital Library Vol. 5Back to the Future: Citizen BrownBack to the Future: Continuum ConundrumSpend $15 or more, and you’ll be able to enjoy a total of $278 worth of multi-format digital comics. You’ll get more from the series mentioned earlier plus you’ll find comics covering both Highlander and CluePay a minimum of $15Transformers: Classics Vol. 3Transformers: Classics Vol. 4Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan #3Star Trek Classics Vol. 5: Who Killed Captain Kirk?My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Vol. 3Jem and the Holograms, Vol. 3: Dark JemHighlander: The American DreamG.I. Joe: Classics Vol. 3G.I. Joe: Special Missions Classics Vol. 1Ghostbusters Vol. 3: Haunted AmericaGhostbusters: Vol. 4 – Who You Gonna Call?Clue: Graphic NovelBloom County: The Complete Digital Library Vol. 6Back to the Future: Who Is Marty McFlyGood news: Both the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Traveling Stories will benefit from your bundle purchase by default. Want to decide exactly how much each non-profit receives? Use the “Choose where your money goes” dropdown to customize it as you see fit.Sale Ends: November 14th, 2018 at 11AM PTNote: Terms and conditions apply. See the Humble site for more information.For more great Humble deals, go to TechBargains.last_img read more

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Tom Florio Named Advanstar Fashion Group CEO

first_imgTom Florio, who as Vogue VP/publisher from 2002-2009 partnered with editor-in-chief (since June 1988) Anna Wintour to turn the magazine into a multimedia powerhouse (among the most famous was the movie “The Making of the September Issue”), switched to the b-to-b side yesterday (Feb. 13) with his hire as CEO of Advanstar’s newly formed fashion group.There is irony in Florio’s hire during New York Fashion Week, where with Vogue he was a huge presence. But this year, Florio is in Las Vegas overseeing Advanstar’s “Magic,” the largest apparel trade show in the U.S.Florio spent 25 years at Vogue parent Condé Nast, including pre-2002 publisher stints at Condé Nast Traveler and Gentleman’s Quarterly as well as president of The New Yorker (1994-1998). He left CN as Vogue publishing director in June 2010 and served as a consultant to IMG in 2010-2011. This story first appears on FOLIO: sister site, minonline. He is the youngest brother of 1994-2004 CN president/CEO Steve Florio, who passed away in 2007.last_img read more

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US charges Assange with violating Espionage Act

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 1 May 2019 WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gestures from the window of a prison van as he is driven into Southwark Crown Court in London, before being sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching his bail conditions in 2012. Photo: AFPThe Justice Department on Thursday charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with violating the US Espionage Act by publishing military and diplomatic files in 2010, rejecting his claim that he is a journalist.The department unveiled 17 new charges against Assange, accusing him of directing and abetting intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in stealing secret US files, and also recklessly exposing confidential sources in the Middle East and China who were named in the files.The charges against Assange, now 18 in total, reject his claim that he was simply a publisher receiving leaked material from Manning, an action that is protected under the US Constitution’s First Amendment guaranteeing freedom of the press.A new indictment alleges that Assange actively conspired with Manning to steal the hundreds of thousands of classified files “with reason to believe that the information was to be used to the injury of the United States or the advantage of a foreign nation,” the Justice Department said.It also said that Assange rejected the US State Department’s warning in 2010 to redact the names of its and the US military’s confidential sources in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Iran and China, sources it said included journalists, religious leaders, human rights advocates, and political dissidents.”Assange’s actions risked serious harm to United States national security to the benefit of our adversaries and put the unredacted named human sources at a grave and imminent risk of serious physical harm and/or arbitrary detention,” the department said.”The department takes seriously the role of journalists in our democracy,” said Assistant Attorney General John Demers.”But Julian Assange is no journalist.”‘Attack on press freedom’A native of Australia, Assange, 47, is currently in prison in Britain for jumping bail, and faces a US extradition request when he is released 11 months from now.But it is not yet clear whether the British government will honor that request, and the new charges could complicate it.WikiLeaks blasted the charges, saying the threatened reporters broadly.”This is madness. It is the end of national security journalism and the first amendment,” the group tweeted.Wikileaks later denounced the charges as “an unprecedented attack on the global free press” and an “extraterritorial application of US law,” saying in a statement that the “Department of Justice wants to imprison Assange for crimes allegedly committed outside of the United States.”Media rights groups also reacted sharply.”The charges brought against Julian Assange under the Espionage Act pose a direct threat to press freedom and investigative journalism, both of which are undermined when those who inform the public are prosecuted for sounding the alarm,” said Reporters Without Borders.The charges escalate the US government’s effort to crack down on leakers of national security materials.While the previous administration of president Barack Obama pursued leakers, including Manning, it appeared to draw the line on transparency groups like WikiLeaks, not wanting to enter a battle over press freedom.But after WikiLeaks played an important role in the Russia meddling operation in the 2016 US election, publishing materials stolen by Russian hackers that were damaging to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Washington officials began to paint the group as acting in concert with US enemies.In 2017, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, at the time director of the CIA, called WikiLeaks a “non-state hostile intelligence service.”Leaks rocked the world in 2010Timeline on Julian Assange, the Australian founder of WikiLeaks. Photo: AFP Meta: The Justice Department on Thursday charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with violating the US Espionage Act by publishing military and diplomatic files in 2010, rejecting his claim that he is a journalistWikiLeaks put itself on the map as a potent force in 2010 when it began publishing the files extracted from classified US databases by Manning, then a low-level US army intelligence analyst angered by the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.The documents, videos, and communications exposed possible war crimes, torture, and secret military operations, as well as unveiling the often-unseemly behind-the-scenes activities, discussions and analyses of US diplomacy.The 40-page indictment paints Assange specifically as a co-conspirator of Manning, who was sentenced in 2013 under the Espionage Act to 35 years in prison for the leaks, her claim of being a “whistleblower” rejected.Her sentence was commuted by Obama in 2017. But she was sent back to jail earlier this year for refusing to cooperate with the investigation into Assange.The Justice Department said that in 2009, before Manning acted, WikiLeaks publicly solicited specific classified materials involving the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq so that it could publish the materials.”Assange wanted the ‘Most Wanted Leaks’ list to encourage and cause individuals to illegally obtain and disclose protected information,” the indictment says.It says Assange went far beyond the actions of a simple publisher.”No responsible act of journalism would purposely publish the names of individuals he or she knew to be confidential sources in war zones, exposing them to the gravest of dangers,” said Demers.last_img read more

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Funko Pop Collectors Wife Makes Him Sign a Contract Limiting Him to

first_img Toy Tuesday: The Most Fatal ‘Mortal Kombat’ ToysToy Tuesday: The Best Funko Pops Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. If you had to guess, how many different kinds of Funko Pops do you think there are? Don’t Wikipedia it, just guess. Ready? Over four thousand, across hundreds of different fictional universes from Star Wars to Stranger Things to Marvel comics to WWE wrestlers and on and on. And while some of us have a few on our desks, other people get a little more intense. One guy found his Pop collection threatening his new marriage, so he went to interesting ends to get it under control.Redditor Bouhuysxxx posted this “Poptract” between himself and his wife that they signed. The terms are pretty detailed – he’s restricted to spending $30 a week on Funko Pops for his own collection, but there are so many exceptions (unlimited spending during San Diego Comic Con? Unlimited buying Funko Pops as gifts for other people) that it’s pretty wild. It seems like the couple thought through just about every possible permutation of acquiring new Funko Pops, including trading existing ones. It’s one of the most ridiculous prenups we’ve ever seen. When you do the math, $30 a week adds up to something around $1500 a year, which is a pretty sizable chunk of cash.Amazingly enough, this contract was posted a year ago and Bouhuysxxx seems to have stuck with it – he’s still active on Reddit’s Funko subs, trading with other collectors, and his marriage seems just fine. He posted an Imgur album of his Funko Pop collection and it’s… pretty freaking big. He’s got shelf after shelf of bobbleheads (and a bunch of WWE replica belts), so you can sort of understand why his new wife wanted him to maybe put an upper limit on the collection. Amusingly enough, the contract specifies that she can buy as many Funko Pops as she wants.Thanks to Twitter user @JucheMane for bringing this to my attention.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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