Toronto neurosurgeon charged with killing his wife ordered to stand trial

Posted On Oct 17 2019 by

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto neurosurgeon accused of murdering his wife has been ordered to stand trial, a prosecutor said Friday.Dr. Mohammed Shamji is charged with first-degree murder and committing an indignity to human remains in the death of Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, the mother of his three children.A Crown lawyer in the case said a date has not yet been picked for the start of the trial, but noted that Shamji is scheduled to return to court April 6.Fric-Shamji, a family doctor at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital, was last seen Nov. 30, 2016.The 40-year-old’s beaten body was found in a suitcase by the side of a road north of Toronto the following day. Police arrested Shamji, her husband of 12 years, the day after that.An investigation revealed Fric-Shamji had died of strangulation and blunt force trauma, police said at the time.Social media posts depicted the couple as having a blissful family life, but police said the relationship had been troubled.Prior to his arrest Shamji worked at Toronto Western Hospital and was a faculty member at the University of Toronto.He and his wife both had advanced degrees in addition to their medical qualifications.Fric-Shamji had a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University, according to a biography in research she published. Shamji has a PhD in biomedical engineering, also from Duke.Her death sparked an outpouring of grief and disbelief from those who knew Fric-Shamji, described as a talented professional who helped improve the health-care system.“We would … like to express thanks to the many friends, neighbours and colleagues who have shared their memories of Elana as a wonderful person, mother, and physician,” her family said in a December 2016 statement.last_img read more


If pipelines are rejected Canadians may need to accept risks of rail

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Quebec town of Lac-Megantic was decimated after railway cars filled with oil derailed and exploded.Now, even as the search continues for bodies, there are troubling questions being raised about how Canada transports oil.Many train lines pass through Aboriginal territories and as APTN’s Danielle Rochette finds out if oil pipelines are rejected Canadians may need to accept the risks of rail.last_img


Two families one cause raising awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous men

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgCharlette, was 27 years old when he was last seen with his girlfriend near the train bridge in Prince Albert.That was October 2014.A few days later, Charlette’s girlfriend, Beatrice Adam was found dead in the North Saskatchewan River.Her death is not considered suspicious.Whitedeer says Adam was a good friend of the family’s, and she’s glad that case was closed within 48 hours.But, her brother has still not been found, and she thinks his disappearance should have been taken more seriously by Prince Albert police.“Had he been the Mayor’s son, would they have closed the file? Would they have gotten the dogs involved? It’s been hard on my family, especially my mom, having had another brother who was murdered,” said Whitedeer.That brother was Russell Whitedeer, murdered in Alberta in 1998.She hopes by donning the bridges in Prince Albert and Saskatoon with red ties, it will raise awareness of her brother’s disappearance.They know they’re not the only family searching for a son.Lydia Daniels ties a necktie to a tree outside the Marlborough Hotel in Winnipeg, one of the places her son Colten Pratt was last seen.Daniels has spent the past year looking for him.She has started the Necktie Campaign in hopes of finding closure in his case and others.“These symbolic ‘ties’ affirm our commitment we will never give up our search. The ties signify our hope and faith.” Daniels posted on facebook.Daniels recently began wrapping men’s neckties on bridges in Long Plain First Nation, near Portage La Prairie, Man.She has since started wrapping the neckties around hydro poles in downtown Winnipeg.Colten PrattPratt was 26 years old when he disappeared.Police previously said Pratt was last seen leaving the Marlborough Hotel in Winnipeg on the evening of November 6, 2014.But new information suggests he may have last been seen at the bus shelter on the corner of Redwood Avenue and Main Street in the early hours of November 7th, 2014.“We must not forget the little boys. We must not forget our brothers.” Daniels wrote. Colleen Whitedeer’s brother vanished over a year ago. He was last seen near a bridge in Prince AlbertJaydon Flett APTN National NewsLike she has done in Prince Albert, Sask., Colleen Whitedeer smudges each piece of red fabric before she ties them to a bridge in her hometown of Saskatoon.Whitedeer hopes the red ties help raise awareness for Indigenous men who are missing, like her brother Timothy Charlette.“He didn’t live a glorious lifestyle, but he was still a human being,” she said.Timothy CharletteThe Red Dress and the Red Ribbon campaigns are well known across the country.Many started after an RCMP study showed that there are nearly 1,200 Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or murdered in the past three decades.Now, a different kind of campaign is taking off.“Like the women, the men are just as important,” said Whitedeer. “They deserve a voice, they deserve justice.” While there are walks and campaigns for missing and murdered Indigenous women, and now a national inquiry, Daniels decided it was time to raise awareness for the Indigenous boys and men who have been murdered, or who are missing like her son.According to Stats Canada, there were 745 female and 1,750 male Aboriginal homicide victims between 1980 and 2012.That means, for over three decades, at least 70 percent of recorded Aboriginal homicide victims were men.jflett@aptn.ca@JaydOnAPTNlast_img read more


Scores suffer gas inhalation as Israeli police storm Aqsa compound

Posted On Oct 12 2019 by

first_imgJERUSALEM – Since Wednesday, Israeli forces have imposed tight restrictions on worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, withholding worshippers’ identification cards at the compound’s entranceScores of worshippers, including Turkish tourists, suffered gas inhalation on Friday after Israeli police stormed the Aqsa Mosque compound, the Islamic movement inside Israel said.Israeli police surrounded a number of worshippers inside the compound, the movement said on its website.“A state of curious calm prevails,” the movement said.Since Wednesday, Israeli forces have imposed tight restrictions on worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, withholding worshippers’ identification cards at the compound’s entrance.On Wednesday, Muslim worshippers stood up to an attempt by Jewish settlers to place a menorah – a Jewish religious symbol – atop the Dome of the Rock inside the Al-Aqsa compound.In recent weeks, groups of Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, have repeatedly entered the Aqsa Mosque complex.The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent clashes.For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third holiest site.Jews refer to Al-Aqsa as the “Temple Mount,” claiming the area was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.last_img read more


Heroic survivor of piracy attack wins UN award for bravery at sea

Posted On Oct 11 2019 by

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) said its Council had endorsed the decision of a panel of judges to grant the 2011 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea to Seog Hae-gyun, saying he had “displayed truly extraordinary bravery and concern for his crew” that went “far beyond the call of duty, at great risk and danger to himself.”Captain Seog, from the Republic of Korea, was master of the chemical tanker Samho Jewelry when it was hijacked by pirates in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia in January, according to a press release issued by IMO.With the pirates aboard the ship, Captain Seog steered the vessel away from the coast, watered down the fuel to prevent combustion, pretended the steering gear was not working properly and reduced the speed of the vessel.Captain Seog also managed to surreptitiously communicate information about the attack to naval forces, which led to a successful raid by military commandos from the Republic of Korea and the rescue of all 21 crew members.The captain suffered numerous assaults from the pirates during the hijacking, and fractured his legs and shoulders. He was later shot twice in the abdomen and once in the upper thigh, requiring several operations and almost costing him his life.IMO’s Council, which has been meeting at the agency’s headquarters in London, agreed that special certificates should also be awarded to the maritime rescue coordination centres of Falmouth in the United Kingdom and Stavanger in Norway for their contribution to search and rescue operations taking place far away from their respective zones.IMO also announced that its Council had unanimously agreed to award the International Maritime Prize for 2010 posthumously to Lindy Johnson of the United States for her contribution to the work of the agency, especially regarding the protection of the marine environment. 4 July 2011A ship captain who kept his crew and vessel safe despite suffering an attack from Somali pirates that nearly cost him his life will receive a prestigious annual award for bravery at sea, the United Nations maritime agency announced today. read more


Is moving away for university a rite of passage worth going into

Posted On Oct 8 2019 by

TORONTO — Many university students recall the rambunctious pub nights, late-night cram sessions and laundry-strewn dorm rooms of campus life with nostalgic fondness. But this cultural rite of passage can be pricey.[np_storybar title=”How to get the biggest bang for your buck from your RESP” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/08/28/resps-how-to-get-the-biggest-bang-for-your-buck/”%5DMost parents are not using this government-assisted education fund in the most strategic or optimal manner possible. Take these tips to boost your savings.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]Erin Andrews, 22, said living away from home — including three years in residence and one year in off-campus housing — has added almost $20,000 to her debt load.But the fourth-year kineseology major at Memorial University in Newfoundland has no regrets.“It was definitely worth it,” said Andrews, who describes the friends she met in residence as a “super big family.”“If you like becoming independent and making new friends and want to have the full university experience, I think residence should definitely be included.”However, financial planners caution against taking on unnecessary debt. Lise Andreana, a certified financial planner and the author of “No More Mac ’n Cheese,” urges students to stay at home for university if it’s possible.“You have to think in the long term,” said Andreana. “If you can avoid student debt, do it, because it’s going to take you decades, maybe, to pay that debt off once you graduate. And you may not get a job.”However, 64% of post-secondary students recently polled by RBC in June and July said they plan to live away from home, despite expecting the move to cost them more.While a recent BMO poll suggests Canadian students expect to graduate with an average debt of $26,297.When Jenelle Davies decided to go back to school after several years in the workforce, she opted for a local school so she could save money by living at home with her mom.The Surrey, B.C., resident spends more than an hour a day commuting to and from Douglas College in New Westminster, B.C. She laments the fact that she can’t stay on campus past 9 p.m. — when her last bus departs — to study with classmates or go to the pub.But the student loan money she receives isn’t enough to cover both tuition and housing, especially in B.C., Davies said.If you can avoid student debt, do it, because it’s going to take you decades, maybe, to pay that debt off once you graduate“It would have been lovely to go to the University of British Columbia and stay in a dorm, but it just costs an astronomical amount of money that I couldn’t afford,” said the 26-year-old history major.“You have to make concessions. Sometimes those concessions can impact the student experience.”Mark Halpern, a certified financial planner and president of life insurance firm illnessprotection.com, suggests sitting down and creating a detailed budget to determine exactly how much moving out will cost.The expenses can include housing, food, laundry, haircuts and other grooming costs, toiletries, new clothing and “fun money.”If a student opts for off-campus housing instead of university residence, costs such as hydro and phone and Internet service also have to be accounted for.“There’s no question that it’s much more economical to stay at home,” Halpern said. “You’re really piggybacking on the costs that parents are paying anyway.”Jessica McCormick, the national chairwoman for the Canadian Federation of Students, said rising tuition fees are forcing a growing number of students to stay local in order to save on living expenses.However, several Canadian universities said the demand for on-campus housing continues to grow.Andrew Parr, the managing director of student housing at the University of British Columbia, said there are currently 3,800 students on the waiting list for a residence space. UBC has enough beds for more than 10,000 students in total.Tyler Anderson/National Post, files Parr said the demand for residence spots is driven partly by an uptick in international students, most of whom don’t have the option of living with family.However, living on campus offers perks beyond simple convenience. Doug Dawson, executive director of ancillary services at the University of Alberta, said students who live close to school also tend to get better grades.“We continue to see much more demand for housing than we have available stock,” Dawson said.“Students who live on campus typically have more support, more access to faculty and their peer groups, so they typically do better over time.”In some cases, students may have no choice but to move out for school, McCormick said.We continue to see much more demand for housing than we have available stock“Many students end up doing it because they need to take a particular program that’s only offered at a certain institution, or they get into one school and they don’t get into another,” she said.“People have to make very difficult decisions, and unfortunately it often results in having to take on additional debt.”Students should avoid taking on debt for programs that are unlikely to yield job prospects, Andreana said.A report released by CIBC World Markets on Monday found that those who study specialized and professional fields such as medicine and law get a higher return on their education than those who major in humanities and social sciences.“There’s no point having a degree in anthropology or theology or basket-weaving if there’s no work,” Andreana said.“You want the degree, and the debt that you take on for that degree, to lead to a job that’s going to make that debt worthwhile.”There are alternatives for young people who want to study in another city but can’t afford residence. McCormick suggests programs such as Home Share NL, which pairs students in Newfoundland with older adults who want some help maintaining their homes.Halpern recommends applying for schools in cities where extended family members live.“We live in a generation of entitlement,” Halpern said. “There’s the expectation that you go away to college or you go away to university and you do that trip to Europe to discover yourself.”It’s important not to go into debt just to fulfil those feelings of entitlement, Halpern said.“Sometimes you can’t do what you want to do. Sometimes you’ve got to wait. Sometimes you have to stay local.”The Canadian Press read more


October registrations show best gain of 2009

Posted On Oct 2 2019 by

For more detailed charts and documents, please see the attached. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) ·         New car registrations were up 31.6% in October to 168,942 units·         Year-to-date registrations at 1,685,981, down 12.3% ·         Fourth month of growth sustained by the Scrappage Incentive Scheme (SIS)·         Private demand up 86% in the month, further supporting positive impact of SIS “October has seen this year’s biggest monthly increase in registrations with the successful scrappage scheme accounting for over 20% of them,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “We have seen additional demand created by the extension of the scheme and customers wanting to avoid the VAT increase planned for January. Encouragingly, there has also been an increase in demand in the fleet and business sectors, which will be critical in sustaining recovery next year.” read more


Pensioner cant volunteer due to crime he didnt commit

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian good samaritan John Kallios has been restricted from volunteering at a Greek Australian nursing home for a minor stealing offence from 35 years ago that he didn’t commit. The 69-year-old from Richmond South Australia, said a routine police check – that is mandatory prior to undertaking voluntary work – revealed a 1977 larceny offence in his name. Police have advised Mr Kallios needs to prove that it wasn’t him, even though court records detailing this alleged crime have been destroyed. To clear his name, Mr Kallios has offered to take a lie detector test as he believes it could be a case of mistaken identity and the crime could have been committed by one of two men who share his name. The crime first came to surface when Mr Kallios applied for a police check to cook and clean at St Nicholas church at Thebarton and Greek Orthodox Community Care at Ridleyton but was denied due to the larceny offence. “I have never heard of it before, anything it takes to find out the truth I will do it, I’ll take a lie detector test, anything. I’m not going to give up and I will win this,” the Greek migrant told Adelaide Now. “There could have been a common mistake as to who committed the offence, which I vehemently deny.”Mr Kallios migrated to Australia when he was 11, and admits to four minor illegal gaming offences in the ’70s and a speeding offence in 2008. He has been licensed to drive taxi’s since 1980 and said he would have not have received his accreditation had he had a larcney offence against his name. A letter from SAPOL’s Information Unit in May to Mr Kallios said the court documents relating to the larceny conviction had been destroyed.“SAPOL cannot confirm that the offence is correctly recorded against your name,” the letter states.“Therefore it is determined not to delete the offence and it will remain on your record until such time that you can prove otherwise.”Mr Kallios has now appealed against the decision in the District Court, and has said the ordeal had taken a toll on his mental health.“I just want to be able to cook and help some of these old people who don’t have many visitors and it helps me get out of the house and stay involved in the Greek community,” he said.Nursing home manager Luisa Stenta said any volunteer work done by Mr Kallios would have to be restricted because of the larceny offence and called for a “commonsense” resolution.“It is clearly very stressful for him and now that we know about it we can help him through the process, but it seems like he is guilty until proven innocent instead of the other way around,” Ms Stenta told Adelaide Now.“There is such a shortage of volunteers and we could not provide the range of services we do without them.”Police Minister Jennifer Rankine said staff in her office had advised Mr Kallios to appeal against SAPOL’s decision and that “it is pleasing to learn that he has taken this advice”.The case is likely to go to trial later this year.last_img read more


Sonic Mania is the LongLost Sonic Game Weve Always Wanted

Posted On Sep 20 2019 by

first_imgStay on target Sega Makes PC Version of Sonic Mania Playable Offline After BacklashJapanese Video Games Made Better By The West It’s safe to say that the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise has struggled in 3D. While the Sonic Adventure games were decent enough, nearly every 3D Sonic game has been horrendous. For whatever reason, Sega just couldn’t capture the magic of the original games in a 3D space. The series has floundered for so long, but Sega is finally going back to the series’ 2D roots with Sonic Mania. Forget about Sonic 4, this is the true sequel to the Sonic games of old.The most noteworthy aspect of Sonic Mania is who created it. Though published by Sega, Sonic Mania was developed by fans of the series. Christian Whitehead, along with Headcannon and PagodaWest Games, originally started out making fan-made Sonic games. Sega recognized their talent and hired them to develop Sonic Mania. Since fans created it, you can actually feel the passion behind every aspect of the title. This is a game made by people who truly love the blue hedgehog.Sonic Mania does a masterful job of being both nostalgic and original. In many ways, this game feels like a greatest hits album with new tracks. Classic stages like Green Hill and Chemical Plant stand alongside new levels like Press Garden and Studiopolis in perfect harmony. Even though there are old stages, they are filled with many new elements. Sonic Mania liberally sprinkles aspects from all of the Genesis/Sega CD games throughout. At the same time, it also introduces brand-new gameplay mechanics that work nicely with the old Sonic formula.Sonic games are mostly known for their speed. While this is true to some extent, I always enjoyed exploring levels. Like Sonic 3/Sonic & Knuckles, the stages in Sonic Mania are massive. There are a great deal of alternate routes, shortcuts, and hidden passages. You can replay a stage several times and always find something new. This game isn’t limited by old hardware, allowing it to truly shine in the level design department.From a graphics standpoint, this is the most visually complex 2D Sonic game ever released. Each stage has several scrolling background layers that give an added sense of depth. Running at 60 frames per second, sprites and background objects are animated smoothly. Colors are crisp and vibrant throughout all of the myriad levels. Despite being a graphical powerhouse, it still very much looks like a Sonic game from the 90s. At the same time, features like object transparency and multi-layered scrolling make it feel modern.Sonic Mania‘s special stages introduce a different visual style. Inspired by Sonic CD, these polygonal stages have Sonic chasing a UFO before time runs out. These levels are the one aspect I wasn’t entirely satisfied with. I would have preferred if the devs went with the Mode 7-like graphics from Sonic CD‘s special stages. I’m nitpicking, but the polygonal style doesn’t lend itself well to the rest of the game. I still have fun playing through these sections, but I would have liked sprites instead of polygons.Boss battles were always a highlight in past Sonic games and Sonic Mania doesn’t disappoint in that regard. I’ve played the old games so often that going up against bosses isn’t anything special. Because off that, I loved playing a new 2D Sonic game without having a clue of what the bosses would dish out. Figuring out some of the boss patterns could be difficult, but that’s also part of the fun. I also enjoyed some of the completely out-of-left-field boss encounters the game tossed at me. When you get to the final boss in Chemical Plant Zone 2, you’ll know what I’m talking about.Even in a year filled to the brim with so many great titles, Sonic Mania stands out as one of the best. It proves without a shadow of a doubt that Sonic the Hedgehog works best in 2D. Hopefully, newer gamers will play it and understand why their old-school brethren hold the series in such high regard. It hasn’t been easy being a Sonic fan all these years, so it’s great to finally have something to be proud of. Sonic Mania is the Sonic the Hedgehog game long-time fans deserve.Sonic Mania is now available on PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One. It will be available for PC on August 29.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more


Stephanie McMahon Triple H land magazine advisor role

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_img Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns WWE issued the following press release today:STEPHANIE MCMAHON NAMED EDITORIAL ADVISOR TO SHAPEPAUL LEVESQUE NAMED EDITORIAL ADVISOR TO MUSCLE & FITNESSSTAMFORD, CONN. AND NEW YORK, December 8, 2014 – WWE® and American Media, Inc. (AMI) announced today that Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer has been appointed Editorial Advisor to Shape magazine and Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative has been appointed Editorial Advisor to Muscle & Fitness magazine.In these roles, McMahon and Levesque will consult with the editorial staff of Shape and Muscle & Fitness, respectively, on print and online content pertaining to health and fitness. Together, they currently appear on the cover of the December/January issue of Muscle & Fitness, sharing an inside look at their fitness routines as well as a sneak peek at exclusive workouts from WWE Power Series: Triple H and WWE’s Fit Series: Stephanie McMahon, available now on DVD at mass market retailers and as a digital download online.WWE Power Series: Triple H includes a total body workout with exercises designed for the upper and lower body along with cardio and mobility moves to build a strong, ripped and fit body. In WWE Fit Series: Stephanie McMahon, McMahon shares a workout for women of every fitness level, no matter how busy, designed to focus on the upper body, lower body, abs, cardio and flexibility.“Shape and Muscle & Fitness only work with the most trusted and authoritative experts in the world of health and fitness,” said Shawn Perine, Chief Content Director, Enthusiast Group and Editor in Chief, Muscle & Fitness. “With their vast experience and knowledge, Stephanie and Paul are perfect ambassadors for the global health and fitness movement, and are highly valued partners to our brands. I’m excited to be working with them.”“It is an honor to join the team at Shape,” said McMahon. “This role provides me with the ability to connect with women from all walks of life and share my passion for fitness and living a healthy lifestyle.”“My approach to fitness training has evolved since my days as a young athlete, and today, I’m in the best shape of my life,” said Levesque. “I share my knowledge and experience regularly as the executive in charge of WWE Talent and look forward to doing the same for the readers of Muscle & Fitness.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Videos Articles Xavier Woods Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Pinterest Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns The Miz Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WhatsAppcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Now Playing Up Next Google+ Impact Tag Team Champions to debut at EVOLVE Wrestling December events Triple H CMLL World Lightweight Champion Dragón Lee to debut at MLW December events Twitter WWE told hold first-ever Latin American talent tryout in Santiago, Chile this Decemberlast_img read more


Agent Leave Leon Bailey alone

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgLeon Bailey’s agent has sprung to his defence after rejecting the chance to make his Jamaica debut due to controversial circumstancesThe 21-year-old winger accepted a call-up to Jamaica’s squad for the game against Bonaire over the recent international break.Bailey decided to join the Reggae Boyz after the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) promised to give his younger brother, Kyle Butler, a call-up instead of going on trial.However, Bailey withdrew from the Jamaica team and announced that the JFF went back on their word.The Bayer Leverkusen star has received a lot of criticism over his actions since, despite the national side grabbing a 6-0 at Bonaire anyway.Club Atletico de Madrid v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First LegUEFA Champions League Group D – Preview Boro Tanchev – September 7, 2019 Three teams from Europe’s major four leagues will compete in Group D, with two of them as big favorites to progress into the knockout stage.Now his agent and stepfather Craig Butler has given some insight into what made Bailey decline the opportunity of international football.“Leon is an innocent boy who loves football. The way Leon has been treated is not okay. I would have liked more support for him,” Butler told Sport Bild.“His condition was equality for all players in regard to the call-up – not that Kyle had to be nominated.“Leon wants that every player should have the chance of playing for his country, no matter at which club he is under contract. It’s about the quality of the player, not about the club he plays for.”He added: “The football federation controls football in Jamaica with fear. The best players must transfer to the clubs whose presidents also work for the federation.”last_img read more


Strictly Business Decline of unions has steep price

Posted On Sep 16 2019 by

first_imgIf you’re part of the working poor or a member of the fading American middle class, you’re well aware that your income — the lifeblood of building a life in this world — has either stalled or flat out taken a nosedive.It’s not supposed to be this way.After all, we’ve been told that if we work hard and play by the rules we’ll grab a nice piece of the American dream. And that’s what democratic, industrialized nations do: They offer a path to shared prosperity, where the many — not just the plutocratic few — make gains.But the notion of an upwardly mobile nation has become an American fairy tale.The body of evidence is irrefutable. Here’s just a small taste:• Between 2002 and 2012, wages were stagnant or declined for the entire bottom 70 percent of the wage distribution, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. As a result, EPI says, “the vast majority of wage earners have already experienced a lost decade, one where real wages were either flat or in decline.”• In Clark County, moderate-wage and middle-income jobs — paying from $12 to $24 per hour — have declined by more than 7 percent between 2007 and 2012, according to Scott Bailey, regional labor economist for the state Employment Security Department.There are many reasons for this shameful body of evidence, including a U.S. tax policy that has effectively redistributed income upwards for decades.last_img read more


3 residents 2 dogs injured in LauderdalebytheSea house fire

Posted On Sep 15 2019 by

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews pulled three people and two dogs to safety after a house fire broke out in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.Smoke and flames ripped through the home along the 1600 block of Bel Air Avenue, early Sunday morning.Area residents said the home was fully engulfed by flames.“There was smoke billowing out for quite a while, and about 15, 20 minutes later, it burst into flames,” said a witness. “The flames burned for about three hours. It took the fire department about three hours to put the fire out.”Rescuers transported the victims to an area hospital for treatment. Their conditions remain unknown.The house was declared a total loss.The cause of the fire remains under investigation. last_img read more


BusinessWeek Disregards Twitter Virgins for Obamas Inauguration

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgRELATED: How Newsweeklies (and Some Monthlies) Covered the InaugurationI read (OK, scan) all the electronic newsletters that clog my inbox. This one, via BtoB’s Media Business, caught my eye:”‘BusinessWeek’ Atwitter About Inauguration” The full story was about how BusinessWeek’s Washington bureau chief, Jane Sasseen, would be covering Barack Obama’s inauguration by posting via Twitter (“Tweets” to the uninitiated), beaming her Twitter feed to the BusinessWeek.com Web site throughout the day. The story pointed out that Jane had been introduced to Twitter only last week.I’ve been getting a lot of “nudges” lately from old media friends urging me to get on Twitter, so I figured this might be a nice introduction.A quick visit to Businessweek.com found … nothing. A more extensive, deeper look found … nothing still.I couldn’t find Jane’s Tweets anywhere on the site. (She is apparently Twittering away, though, as you can see from her Twitter page.)“This is stupid,” I thought. “They’ve got her doing this, some PR flack alerted the media, which picked up the story, and got my attention, so where is it?”I fired off an e-mail to Businessweek.com editor-in-chief John Byrne. It read, in part: “Went to Businessweek.com, but DAMNED if I can find Jane Sasseen’s ‘Tweets.’ Looked all over, too. Frustrating, but not nearly as much as it must be for you (at this very moment). Here you have an interested party, looking for your new content, and then giving up. How many OTHER folks did the same, but didn’t take the time to drop you a note about it?  Shoulda been a HUGE banner, or box, or SOMETHING that says, ‘HERE IT IS.’”I know he’s busy Twittering, but I hope to get an e-mail back from Mr. Byrne. (I suppose a tweet would be acceptable, too.) UPDATE: He did respond, via e-mail, saying there is, in fact, a link on the BW homepage; well, it certainly isn’t prominent. I guess you can file this under “Cautionary Web 2.0 Tale.” If you’re going to make the foray into the digital world, assume that there are a lot of newbies out there who need some clear direction. There are too many choices online to make any of us WORK to find your content.Welcome to the new reality.last_img read more


Playboy Magazine Swings to Profit in Fourth Quarter

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_imgOverall, the print/digital group reported a fourth quarter income of $2.5 million, compared to a loss of $400,000 during the same period in 2008. Revenues were down 14 percent to $28.2 million.Fourth quarter digital revenues slipped slightly to $9.6 million versus $10.7 million during the same period last year. Playboy attributed the loss to lower paysite and advertising sales. Licensing group revenues jumped 10 percent to $8.7 million during the period.According to Playboy CEO Scott Flanders, the company is still “a long way from effectively monetizing the power of the Playboy brand … Although each of our businesses has promising opportunities, our operations are subscale in industries dominated by large players. In our business, size matters. Our mission is to create a stronger and significantly more profitable company.”Flanders said in a statement that Playboy will continue to refocus management by keeping core creative operations in-house but to farm out others to partner companies, effectively reducing Playboy’s cost centers and overhead. He said he expects that the media business will remain challenged this year although the magazine will continue to benefit from an agreement it announced in November that passed the title’s advertising sales, circulation, marketing, production and all other business operations to American Media Inc.In 2009, Playboy’s adjusted EBITDA grew to $19.3 million compared to $13.6 million in 2008.“In total, we expect double-digit growth in [licensing] segment income for 2010, but, more importantly, our goal this year is to position the company for much greater future profitability in 2011 and beyond,” Flanders said. While the financial situation at Playboy parent Playboy Enterprises isn’t great, it also isn’t as bad as it has been. The company today reported a $51.3 million year-end net loss for 2009, compared to a $160.4 million loss the prior year. Revenues declined more than 17 percent to $240.4 million.During the fourth quarter, however, the company reported a net loss of $27.8 million versus a $146.8 million loss during the same period in 2008. Revenues were $60.6 million, down about 13 percent from the prior year period. Both quarters (2009 and 2008) included impairment, restructuring and other charges ($28.6 million in Q4 2009, $157.2 million in Q4 2008), the company said.Meanwhile, Playboy magazine reported a profit during the fourth quarter, the company said, with $18.6 million in revenues, including sales from its international editions and other special issues. Playboy said the profit was driven in part by its decision to publish a combined January/February issue and increased newsstand sales of its November “Marge Simpson” issue [pictured].last_img read more


Yahoo Exec Tapped To Head Prometheus Global Media

Posted On Sep 14 2019 by

first_img“In stewarding the iconic brands of PGM, Guggenheim Digital Media will forge even stronger partnerships across all Guggenheim-related media and entertainment assets, including Dick Clark Productions,” Todd Boehly, president of Guggenheim Partners, wrote in an announcement, as initially reported by Adweek. “GDM will also make new, ground-breaking investments and partnerships in the music, media, technology, and digital entertainment spaces that meaningfully build on and expand our current portfolio. And, while new digital media investments will be a core focus going forward, we also plan to continue our investment in both the print versions and live events of our existing properties.”In addition to his two-year term at Yahoo, Levinsohn has spent time in traditional media—mainly television. He has worked with HBO, CBS Sportsline and Fox Interactive. While his background seems to be mainly in digital and broadcast media, the new CEO reassured his new team that traditional magazine media still has a place in the company.”While there’s digital in the title of this company, the importance of print goes without saying,” he said in a meeting with New York employees, Adweek reports. “I don’t think print is something that goes away.” Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter! Yahoo’s former interim-CEO Ross Levinsohn (pictured) may have been passed over for Marissa Mayer this summer, but he is now back in an executive driver’s seat—this time as CEO of Prometheus Global Media, publisher of Adweek, The Hollywood Reporter, Back Stage and Billboard, among others.  In an additional change-up that comes with the new CEO, the company has been renamed Guggenheim Digital Media (GDM), according to an announcement posted on Adweek. Financial services firm Guggenheim Partners has acquired the remaining stake in Prometheus from Pluribus Capital.This is the second CEO change up for the company in the last six months—in July, Guggenheim Partners senior managing director Dottie Mattison was named CEO of Prometheus Global Media. Mattison will stay on as a member of the board of GDM.last_img read more


Murkowski GMO labeling bill inadequate for salmon buyers

Posted On Sep 9 2019 by

first_imgThe U.S. Senate Thursday passed a bill that is said to require consumer labeling of genetically modified foods, but opponents say it is too weak to be called a requirement. Alaska U.S Sen. Lisa Murkowski said the legislation would not obligate the makers of genetically engineered salmon to clearly distinguish their product from a natural salmon.Listen now“The reality is we will not see the labeling that I, as an Alaskan, who is putting fish on theSen. Lisa Murkowski (File photo: Skip Gray/360 North)dinner table for my family, would require and would want,” Murkowski said.The bill would allow GMO food manufacturers to satisfy the mandate by placing a QR code on their labels. To get information, a consumer would scan the code with a smart phone, which would lead to a web page. The legislation was sponsored by farm-state lawmakers. If it becomes law, it would pre-empt states from enforcing their own GMO labeling mandates and block an Alaska law requiring labels for engineered salmon.The measure passed by a vote of 63-30, with both Alaska senators voting no. It now goes to the House.last_img read more


What Happened in Craig Trying to piece together one of the states

Posted On Sep 9 2019 by

first_imgLeland Hale, along with his late coauthor Walter Gilmour, is known for writing the book “Butcher, Baker” about Anchorage serial killer Robert Hanson in the 1970s and early-’80s, which more recently was made into a movie. And Hale went back to 1980s Alaska for the subject of his new book, “What Happened in Craig?”, out this week.It was the end of the fishing season in 1982 in tiny Craig, Alaska. The town was full of fishing boats and fishermen, and after a night of celebrating, nobody could find 28-year-old Mark Coulthurst, his boat — the Investor — or his crew, kids or wife, who was pregnant.Hale spoke with Alaska Public Media’s Casey Grove and says what happened next rocked the community and set off one of the most perplexing murder mysteries in Alaska history.Listen nowHALE: Let’s set the scene. It’s in September. It’s the end of the fishing season in Southeast Alaska. There’s a little town called Craig. There’s about a hundred fishing boats in town. So now the population has doubled and people are out celebrating because the fishing seasons over. They’ve made their money and one of the vessels there is actually from Blaine, Washington. It’s skippered by a guy named Mark Coulthurst. He’s 27 years old. He’s got a million-dollar boat. It’s the pride of the fleet. Everybody’s celebrating. He’s celebrating his birthday. He’s had a few drinks. And then the next day people try to contact his boat. Some people see the vessel about a mile and a half out from Craig. Then the next thing we know this vessel is on fire. When they finally get the fire tamped down they discover bodies. They found four at that time. Four out of eight. First of all, you have sort of two crime scenes because the the killings were probably on the dock in Craig, so that’s one crime scene, but there’s second crime scene, which is the boat.It was a year before they discovered someone that they thought was a suspect. It was another year before there was an arrest that guy named John Peel, who had worked for the Coulthursts on their previous boat, then it was another two years before the first trial, and that trial was in Ketchikan. It was a hung jury. So then there was a second trial and that moved to Juneau. And John Peel was acquitted. So we don’t know who did it. Whoever did it is still out there. This person would be now in his 50s, but that’s all we know.GROVE: Going back and talking to people about events that happened in the past and tracking people down; that’s difficult in any circumstance. But especially in something tragic like this. I imagine it’s really tough to get people to talk to you.HALE: Well, it got tougher later because there was a civil suit filed by John Peel and his attorneys. So people kind of clamp down but I did most of my research in the early 90s. And then I relied heavily on the court records because, as it turned out, the prosecuting attorney, Mary Ann Henry, had all of the records, even the stuff that the jury did not see or hear, put in the Alaska state archive in Juneau, so I had a very rich body of work there. And then I was able to talk to a couple of Troopers. In fact, I talked extensively to a guy named Trooper Bob Anderson, who was the first guy on the scene. And really his description of what was going on, what was going through his head, what he saw is how I open the book because it’s so immediate. I mean this guy was not expecting to find bodies, and he had nightmares after that. I talked to one of the detectives who did the scene investigation on the boat, and I was really lucky to talk to the first judge who gave me sort of the judges view of the trial.GROVE: Through this reporting, doing this book, have you reached a conclusion on who you think was the real killer?HALE: I haven’t. Imagine in your mind a pyramid, and the best investigations start at the bottom with a really strong base of facts and you just go up until you get to the top of the pyramid and there’s the person who did it the top. And this case it’s an inverted pyramid. So there’s not really a strong basis in fact. It was a circumstantial case from the very beginning. It never identified a motive. Speculation, there’s some people speculate it was drug-related, that because this guy had a million-dollar boat and he owed a lot of money, he was, you know, dealing cocaine. That’s not proven. What else? He wasn’t an Alaska fisherman. So maybe there’s a rivalry there that just kind of blew up. But I tend to think it’s somebody that was known. I mean, again, there was over 150 boats in Craig at that time. That’s a lot of people. It was the end of the season so they quickly dispersed. I mean, I think somebody out there knows who did it and just didn’t come forward.last_img read more


Carnatic music at its best

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgViolin is considered one of the most noble percussion instruments that has the capability to produce music of any genre ranging from classical to western to fusion. The Carnatic music Violin arangetram of Anandh Kalyanaraman and Shivapriya Dayal was held on January 9 at the Sri Sathya Sai auditorium in the national Capital. They have been training for five years under the tutelage of Guru Kalaimamani V.S.K. Chakrapani, who was a top grade artist of All India Radio. He has been performing, teaching and promoting carnatic music for the past five decades. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The chief guest of the evening was Aruna Bahuguna, Director of the National Police Academy, Hyderabad. Dr Vageesh, retired Deputy Director General of All India Radio, in his speech complimented the efforts of the children. Padma Shri Guru Geeta Chandran spoke of the importance of music training in our lives.The arangetram commenced with a varnam in raga arabhi, a composition of Tiger Varadachari, followed by a Muthuswami Dikshitar’s composition vathapi ganapathim in raga hamsadhwani. The main piece played by the children was a kriti by Tyagaraja –  rama ninnu nammina – in raga mohanam, which they started with an alapana. The percussion accompaniments came together to perform what is called the ‘taniyavartanam’.  ‘taniyavartanam’.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe two hour long concert was a journey through compositions ranging from that of Arunagirinathar, the 15th century shaivite saint to the 18th century composers-Thyagaraja, Dikshitar, Puranadaradasa, patriotic songs of Subramania Bharati, Narsinh Mehta’s Vaishnava janato, to name a few. They concluded with a thillana in raga dhanasree composed by the Maharaja of Travancore – Swathithirunal.The musicians included Anandh Kalyanaraman, class 9 student of D.A.V. School, Vasant Kunj and Shivapriya Dayal, a student of class 8 of Shriram School, Aravali, Gurgaon, who apart from being great musicians are also academic enthusiasts, performing very well at school.The children were ably supported by accompanying artists – Shri Padmanabhan on Mridangam, Shri Harinarayanan on Ghatam and Shri Ravikiran on Morsing.last_img read more


How the Struggle for Water Gave Birth to Modern Hollywood

Posted On Aug 30 2019 by

first_imgImagine this: it’s 1900 and you live in Hollywood. You are one of a population of a few hundred. In the village, you can shop in two markets. Other amenities in your surroundings: a local post office and a hotel that hasn’t been built yet. The closest to civilization is Los Angeles, separated by seven miles of loose road connection and vast fields of orange groves. However, it took Hollywood less than two decades to spur a thriving city life and become the hot seat of the fast-growing film industry.Glen-Holly Hotel, the first hotel in Hollywood, at the corner of what is now called Yucca Street. It was built in the 1890s.Two factors were key: the interest of the industry to migrate west, and sufficient infrastructure in an area that faced issues such as proper access to water.Slowly the jigsaw was being fitted together. The first section of the Hollywood Hotel, an elegant wooden palace surrounded by lemon gardens, opened its doors at the end of 1902.Two years later transportation in the area improved too with the building of Prospect Avenue, which later became Hollywood Boulevard.The intersection of Hollywood and Highland, 1907.One by one, filmmakers, attracted by lower taxes, began abandoning the East coast and settling in the village. Labor was also more affordable and combined with the scenic beauty of the region it seemed not much was missing. Bonus point for all that California sunshine.Newspaper advertisement for Hollywood land sales, 1908.In 1910, D.W. Griffith used Hollywood village as the setting for his movie In Old California. The very first piece filmed in future Tinseltown. Four years later, Cecil B. DeMille debuted as a director after filming the Squaw Man, also there. Sooner rather than later, Hollywood was the thriving, vibrant new center of American cinematography.Publicity portrait of Cecil B. DeMille. On the back has been written: “Cecil B. DeMille, director of special productions for Artcraft Pictures.”It was the dream city of aspiring young artists, who, lured by fortune and fame, relocated in the city and sought jobs in acting. At the same pace, small independent filming studios mushroomed, initially struggling to even survive year one. As the film industry evolved, so these little entities became the giants that would dictate their own next steps.Nestor Studio, Hollywood’s first movie studio, 1912.If there was but one central issue that threatened the future of Tinseltown it was water shortage. Due to this ongoing issue, local residents opted for Hollywood to be administered by the City of Los Angeles.By striking contrast, Los Angeles homed a population of over 100,000 at the turn of the century. The city was about to commence building a new aqueduct system. But the Owens Valley Aqueduct, as the project became known, was not going to pass without calamities.The fertile Owens Valley was controlled by the U.S. Reclamation Service and was originally planned to provide water to local farmers living in the area of the valley.Two men examining a kit of dynamite and wire found during sabotage incidents of Owens Valley Aqueduct, Southern California, c. 1924.An attempt to build an irrigation system for them was blocked by William Mulholland, the chief engineer whose single job was to secure water for the greater Los Angeles area.Mulholland used deceitful tactics to win the dispute that arose with the farmers. The case was brought to Washington D.C., but the decision ultimately ruled in favor of L.A.The aqueduct construction was a gigantic construction project. The long miles required a workforce of thousands and the effort lasted from 1907 until 1913. The conflict between Mulholland and the group of angry farmers persisted for a little longer than that.Mulholland Drive signpost.A climax point came in 1924 when the opposition tried to sabotage the water system with explosives and reroute the water to the Owens River.They didn’t achieve success in the long run, however. By the mid-1920s most of the available water was in the ownership of the City of Los Angeles and nothing, not even dynamite, could now threaten the city’s glorious rise.Hollywoodland: A sign advertises the opening of the Hollywoodland housing development in the hills on Mulholland Drive overlooking Los Angeles. Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, c. 1924. The white building below the sign is the Kanst Art Gallery, which opened on April 1, 1924. Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty ImagesDotted with fanciful hotels and bars that imitated exorbitant movie sets, by the 1920s, Hollywood was all set to live long and prosper. Its vast boulevards became adorned with high palm trees.Glamorous neighborhoods started sprouting up too, now the home of a new elite that could hardly ever see a dent in their wallet.Read another story from us: A Tinseltown Tragedy – Hollywood’s Most Notorious AffairEach week, their machinery hurried 40 million fellow Americans to check what’s new in theaters. A brave new tinsel-world.last_img read more