Login/Register With: It, this outlandishly epic drama of an election, wasn’t over. No matter how that man in Florida wished it so. Not on TV. Heck, no. Hours and hours after the first gee-whiz reports of people waiting to vote, Wolf Blitzer was talking way, way too rapidly for a man of his age (his family must be worried) and actually sprinting over to John King and his magic freaking wall. Florida! Florida! “Whither Florida, county by county?” was Blizter’s agitated question.It was only 8 p.m. in Eastern time zones. Manic speculation was the gist across the networks, with a dollop of surreal intensity about the minutae of Florida voting patterns. A person could get seriously sick of Florida’s voting patterns. Doesn’t anybody there know how to make up their minds? Were they playing a game just to make John King’s magic freaking wall more interesting? Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook Dear Santa: All I want for Christmas is the return of regularly scheduled programming. I feel I speak for tens of millions when I ask for this. Seriously, dude. Even John King on CNN must be tired of his magic freaking wall.At about 11 a.m. on Tuesday a Fox News reporter was stalking people lining up to vote somewhere in Florida. A middle-aged man, when a microphone was poked in his face, sighed and said, “Thank God, it’s all over. I’m just tired of all the noise.” Amen to that, said anyone watching.Twelve hours later at 11 p.m., the noise was still ongoing. But at a low, rumbling volume. On CNN, John King was at his wall, saying to a choleric Wolf Blitzer, “It’s stunning we’re having this conversation.” Quote of the night, no magic needed to make it special and on the nose. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Twitter Facebook Advertisement Toronto comedian Andre the “Anti-Giant” Arruda, who appeared across the city in comedy clubs and on screens small and large in works like American Pie: The Naked Mile and Kenny vs. Spenny, has died.The 33-year-old Arruda’s death Saturday followed a lifelong struggle with Morquio syndrome, a rare birth defect associated with dwarfism that makes it difficult to walk.“Andre will always be remembered as the little man who gave us some big laughs,” wrote talent agent Jana Abrams in a Facebook post Sunday. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement
Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment For doc-makers, pitching is often a necessary evil when it comes to bringing their projects to life.In a session titled “Pitch Perfect” at Hot Docs on Monday (May 1), Hot Docs Forum alumni discussed how they made their projects stand out in the documentary market and how their pitch translated into a finished film. Panelists included producers and directors of 32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide, Bill Nye: The Science Guy (pictured) and Ask the Sexpert — all films which successfully received funding in past Hot Docs Forums.The group offered advice to doc-makers on how to fine-tune pitches and suggested ways to carry a project through to completion. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitter
Mick Jagger (Photo Courtesy of Central Image Agency) Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement One of the greatest rock n’ roll bands in history, The Rolling Stones, kicked off Canada Day weekend celebrations on Saturday with an energetic, rowdy show at Canada Rocks. Tens of thousands of fans — 71,000 to be precise — descended upon Burl’s Creek in Oro-Medonte, Ont., for the day-long festival.According to frontman Mick Jagger, the show marked the band’s 35th show in Ontario alone, and since April 23, 1965, The Rolling Stones have established a deep-rooted connection to Canada, frequently make a point of celebrating it.From headlining Toronto’s biggest-ever charity event, SARSStock, in 2003, to recording multiple live albums across the nation — Love You Live (1975) and Light the Fuse (2012) — the four-piece band have created a rich history in Canada and earned the hearts of millions. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Not only did last night’s show mark the only Canadian stop on the critically acclaimed No Filter tour, but it saw the band’s return to the country for the first time in more than six years. Twitter
Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsWhen a garage burned down behind the home of Dawn Anderson in 2011, the RCMP assumed it was a cultural cleansing as she died nearby.That was part of the “institutional failure” her Cree family recounted Tuesday in Thompson, Man. at to the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.“Isn’t it customary to burn the home down they died in?” sister Hilda Anderson-Pyrz quoted a local Mountie as saying.“I was shocked. I was in such disbelief.”It was one of the reasons the family said it filed a complaint about how police handled the death of Dawn in the remote Manitoba town of Leaf Rapids, about 200 kilometres west of Thompson, which is hosting the inquiry this week.Mounties closed the case after it was ruled Dawn died of exposure due to intoxication. The 37-year-old was found frozen to death in her front yard following a party in the garage.But the family doesn’t accept that conclusion, believing Dawn was the victim of foul play.“The house is kind of a mess. The phone was ripped off the hook. The TVs got a big crack in the side,” said brother Dennis Anderson.Then 19 hours later the garage was set on fire.“Doesn’t that say something?” Dennis added.The fire wasn’t investigated, nor connected to Dawn’s death said Hilda.“I found it so odd. It was so cut and dried. At the time they didn’t secure the scene. They didn’t give her the quality or quantity of an investigation she deserved,” said Hilda.Dawn Anderson, left, with her sister Hilda Anderson-Pyrz. Family handout.The mystery surrounding Dawn’s death was featured in this documentary by APTN Investigates, a portion of which was played for commissioner Michele Audette Tuesday.The Anderson family was the first to speak at the two-day hearing. It’s the 14th community visit for the inquiry, which is collecting testimony to advise the federal government on how to combat epidemic levels of violence aimed at Indigenous women and girls.Hilda is well known in Manitoba as an advocate for survivors and families. Yet this day, she had to help her mother get through the emotional hearing.“I miss her so much,” Minnie Anderson said of her youngest of 11 children. “I wish that wouldn’t happen to so many girls and women. It’s so hard.”Most of the remaining siblings crowded around Minnie to share painful testimony – mostly about what they say is a “broken” policing system in the north.They say Dawn was pronounced dead by a medical examiner over the phone from Winnipeg, about 800 kilometres to the south.They say officers didn’t tape off the scene, collect evidence or speak to potential witnesses. Most upsetting, they say, was police letting Dawn’s young daughters watch as they loaded the body bag into the back of their truck.Yet the response to the family’s official complaint was there was no police “neglect of duty.”Brother Dennis Anderson said the case may be over for police but not for the family.“We have no trust with the RCMP,” he said. “None of us do. You don’t want to talk to police.”But, he admitted, that’s what’s stalling any new developments in Dawn’s case.He said people have identified a male suspect in the community who has informally confessed to killing Dawn but are too fearful to go on the record.“My sister’s caught in between,” added sister Liana Anderson. “People are coming to us and telling us this all the time.”Still, they hope the inquiry will order policies and procedures to change to benefit the whole MMIWG community, said Hilda.“I work with MMIWG families and survivors, and these are things I’ve heard them say repeatedly to governments…These are changes that they want to see
APTN NewsJody Wilson-Raybould says she wants “clarity” around what she can and cannot say, and an extended amount of time to speak, before she testifies to the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.The former justice minister and attorney general, who is at the heart of a controversy involving allegations of political interference against the Prime Minister’s Office in a legal matter, was expected to testify to the committee this week.But in a letter to the committee’s chair Monday, Wilson-Raybould tells Liberal MP Anthony Housefather that while she is “anxious to appear at the first available time,” she also wants “as much clarity as we can in relation to the possible constraints on the matters about which I may properly testify.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has faced intense pressure from opposition parties and the public to waive any restrictions that would prevent Wilson-Raybould from speaking freely.In her letter, the Vancouver—Granville MP names solicitor-client privilege, Cabinet confidence and the sub judice convention—which holds that those involved in matters being considered by a judge or court may not speak publicly about those issues—as the “possible constraints” to her speaking openly during her appearance before the committee.Wilson-Raybould is expected to address her interactions with Trudeau, Privy Council Office Clerk Michael Wernick, and likely some former cabinet colleagues and senior PMO staff about the events leading up to her resignation as veterans affairs minister.Download (PDF, 1.18MB)When she does appear, the MP has asked for “an extended opening statement of approximately 30 minutes during which I propose to give the Committee my best recollection of all the relevant communications about which I may properly testify,” according to the letter.“I will remain before the Committee to answer questions for as long as the Committee wishes.”The lawyer and former First Nations leader resigned on Feb. 12 amid allegations from unnamed sources cited in a Globe and Mail story days earlier that Wilson-Raybould was pressured to intervene in the criminal prosecution of Montreal-based engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin, which is facing fraud and corruption charges related to its work in Libya.Trudeau indicated in the House of Commons Monday that Wilson-Raybould will be permitted to address “relevant matters” during her appearance before the justice committee questioned by members of the Commons justice committee, but in a way that would not jeopardize the two active court cases involving SNC.Last week, following a long silence on the matters, Wilson-Raybould stood briefly before the House on a point of order to say that she “understand[s] fully that Canadians want to know the truth and want transparency.“Privilege and confidentiality are not mine to waive,” she said, “and I hope I have the opportunity to speak my truth.”firstname.lastname@example.org@aptnnews
In the late 1960s and early ’70s, Inuit were used for experiments. (Submitted photo)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a group of Inuit – including former Nunavut premier Paul Quassa – who say they were medically experimented on against their will.The plaintiffs come from Igloolik and, possibly, Hall Beach, said lawyer Steven Cooper.“Between roughly 1967 -1973, Canada was a participant in an international biological research program which, among other things, used humans as experimental fodder,” Cooper said in a news release Thursday.“During this time Inuit Canadian citizens in what is now Igloolik in Nunavut were forcibly included as human guinea pigs.”Read the statement of claim Cooper said skin was grafted from one research subject to another as part of the “International Biological Program” that involved several universities.“All of this happened with the knowledge and, it would appear, support of the Canadian government directly or indirectly,” Cooper added.None of the allegations have been proven in court.Cooper said it is unclear why the experiments were conducted. So far, he said 30 subjects have been identified – primarily in Igloolik.He noted the research took place while Inuit were being colonized and moved into communities from the land.He said they were under full control of the federal government at the time and compliance was “expected.”Cooper is hoping more subjects come forward as word of the lawsuit spreads.“The government of Canada did not protect its citizens but rather made them available as subjects of the outrageous and questionable experiments,” he said in the release.“It is also a sad fact that many died without having had the opportunity to seek an apology and compensation from the government of Canada.”The lawsuit was filed June 7 in the Nunavut Court of Justice. It still needs to be certified by a email@example.com@katmarte
TORONTO – A survey done for BMO Capital Markets suggests Canadians prefer shopping in store to ordering online.The bank asked Canadians if they would consider buying different products in five categories from Canadian Tire, Walmart or Dollarama.It asked if shoppers would prefer to buy the product online from the retailer’s website, the retailer’s physical location or Amazon.ca, assuming they were the same price.The 1,200 surveyed overwhelmingly preferred to buy items from a physical retail location, as opposed to online in every category.BMO analyst Peter Sklar wrote in a report that the survey highlighted one of a number of factors that he believes insulates Canadian Tire from the impact of Amazon.ca, at least in the near term.BMO noted that the survey included only items priced between $1.25 and $30.
LONDON – All flights in and out of London City Airport were cancelled Monday after a 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) unexploded World War II bomb was found nearby in the River Thames.The Metropolitan Police service cleared an area within 214 metres (700 feet) of the bomb, including several residential streets, as officers worked with specialists from the Royal Navy to remove the device.Police said the German bomb was discovered Sunday at the George V Dock during pre-planned work at City Airport. They described it as a 1.5-meter (5-foot) shell that was lying in a bed of dense silt.“The first stage of the removal operation is to free the shell from the silt so that it can be floated for removal,” police said in a statement.After that, navy bomb-disposal experts will tow it away and destroy it underwater in a controlled explosion.Local officials offered emergency accommodations to residents, although some refused to leave their homes.Airport CEO Robert Sinclair said he recognized that passengers will be inconvenienced but said the airport was co-operating fully with authorities “to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.”Sinclair said later that he expected the airport to reopen Tuesday.London City, the smallest of London’s international airports, handled 4.5 million passengers last year. Popular with business travellers, it’s located in east London’s docklands, an area that was heavily bombed by the German air force during World War II.
MONTREAL – Aimia Inc. share plunged 27 per cent Thursday after the operator of the Aeroplan loyalty card reported a wider quarterly loss and plans to pursue deeper cost cutting.The Montreal-based company plans to trim its costs by $70 million per year by 2019 as it continues to adjust to Air Canada’s decision not to renew its long-term partnership in 2020. It has already sold several businesses, including its British Nectar coalition, and cut staffing in half since 2015 to about 1,600 people.Chief executive David Johnston said efforts to simplify its business to drive further savings will come in ways other than further large layoffs.“We’ve done quite a bit of that this year but there’s some corporate simplification we’re doing — properties, technology — I’m not envisaging material further job cuts,” he said in an interview Thursday.Shares of Aimia Inc. fell more than 27 per cent in mid-afternoon trading after it reported a $214.7-million loss in its latest quarter, hurt by a charge related to the sale of its Nectar program and related assets.Aimia shares were down 65 cents at $1.73 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Johnston declined to comment on the stock movement but said the company delivered good 2017 results despite the challenges of having to deal with Air Canada’s decision in May, which raised questions about Aimia’s future.“The Aeroplan team and the Aimia team have delivered a fantastic financial performance in what was undoubtedly a tough year.”Michael Goldberg of DBRS said the stock decline is due to concerns about the quarterly results, including higher fourth-quarter redemptions, than lingering concerns about the company’s future after Air Canada.The company plans to unveil changes to Aeroplan in the coming months that will focus the card beyond 2020 more on leisure travel of its premium members. It will offer broader choice with multi-airline awards, tailored experiences beyond flights and a simpler customer experience.Johnston said Aeroplan redemptions rose 9.9 per cent in the fourth quarter and four per cent in 2017 mainly because of the availability of lower airfares and more use for non-air rewards not because of member concerns about the program.Gross billings rose two per cent but are expected to decrease a bit in 2018.“Even after that redemption they’re coming back re-engaging with the program and earning more points and that’s a healthy behaviour in a loyalty program and I’m fine with that,” he added.Neil Linsdell of Industrial Alliance Securities said Aimia faces challenges even though more cost cutting is inevitable to address upcoming profit pressures.“Rather than a grand Plan B replacement of Air Canada, Aeroplan may see itself evolve steadily through 2020,” he wrote in a report.Aimia investor Mittleman Investment Management LLC of New York increased its ownership to 10.6 per cent in January and said in a regulatory filing last week that it may push for changes to Aimia’s board, management and seek a sale of some or all of the business.Christopher Mittleman called on management during a conference call Thursday to justify the sale of the Nectar business to British retailer Sainsbury for $105 million earlier this month, saying the rationale behind the transaction was difficult to grasp.Chief Financial Officer Mark Grafton said the sale was the “best risk adjusted outcome for the company.”Johnston declined in an interview to respond directly to the investor’s push, but said efforts to revise Aeroplan post-2020, simplify its structure and maintain a strong balance sheet will deliver for shareholders.“Our shareholders are very clear on those priorities because I talk about them every second I can and we’ll deliver on those and then we’ll deliver for shareholders.”The loyalty rewards company reported a loss of $1.44 per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with a loss of $57.2 million or 40 cents per share a year ago.The results in the most recent quarter included an impairment charge of $180.5 million related to the Nectar coalition loyalty program and U.K. ISS business.Revenue totalled $398.6 million, down from $440.1 million in the last three months of 2016.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:AIM, TSX:AC)
MONTREAL – Quebec-based Pacini Restaurants Inc. is aiming to pierce the U.S. market and expand across Canada as it prepares to open more than 200 locations across North America within the next decade.The privately owned Italian-style chain is looking to partner with hotel chains that it hopes will become franchisees.President Nathalie Lehoux says the company is looking to take advantage of hotels seeking to open restaurants that will attract a large clientele beyond just hotel guests.By fall, Pacini will have 30 restaurants open in Canada, with 25 in Quebec.It’s in the process of opening its first Ontario location in Mississauga at a Marriott Hotel and will soon have three in Alberta.Lehoux says it hopes to have at least two locations in every province but wouldn’t say how many it expects to have in the U.S.
BOGOTA — The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on a Venezuelan media magnate close to President Nicolas Maduro’s government for allegedly running a network that stole $2.4 billion from state coffers through corrupt currency deals.The action by the U.S Treasury Department gives Raul Gorrin one year to divest his shares in Globovision, Venezuela’s largest private broadcaster. Globovision is among 24 Gorrin-owned properties and entities in the U.S. and Venezuela also sanctioned by Treasury’s actions on Tuesday.Prosecutors in Miami indicted Gorrin last year on charges of bribing officials in Venezuela’s treasury for contracts to buy dollars at the highly distorted official exchange rate. He then would allegedly resell the hard currency on the black market for huge gains.The Associated Press
OTTAWA — Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the annual pace of housing starts fell last month.The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts in Canada was 213,419 units in December, down from 224,349 in November.Economists had expected an annual rate of 205,000, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The annual pace of urban starts dropped by 5.8 per cent to 194,594 units in December as the annual rate of multiple-unit projects such as condominiums, apartments and townhouses fell 6.8 per cent to 144,728 units.The pace of single-detached urban starts fell by 2.5 per cent to 49,866 units.Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 18,825 units.The Canadian Press
NEW YORK — Former CBS CEO Les Moonves is fighting the company’s decision to deny his $120 million severance package following his firing over sexual misconduct allegations.CBS announced the development in a filing Wednesday with the Security Exchange Commission. CBS said Moonves has demanded binding arbitration proceedings to challenge the decision.CBS’ board of directors denied Moonves his severance after concluding that he violated company policy and was unco-operative with an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. The ruling came after a five-month investigation into the conduct of one of television’s most influential figures.Moonves was ousted in September after allegations from women who said he subjected them to mistreatment including forced oral sex, groping, and retaliation if they resisted.A lawyer for Moonves declined to comment Thursday.The Associated Press
CALGARY, A.B. – Shares in oilsands companies most likely to benefit from Alberta’s move to curtail crude production starting Jan. 1 are soaring in the wake of Sunday’s announcement by Premier Rachel Notley.In early trading Monday morning, Cenovus Energy Inc. rose as much as 13 per cent over its Friday close to $11.11, while Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. rose as much as 16 per cent to $38.74.Cenovus CEO Alex Pourbaix was the first oilsands CEO to call for the province to curtail production and on Sunday issued a statement commending the government for its “difficult but necessary” decision to try to repair Alberta’s “temporarily broken” oil market. The discount between Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend oil and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate was about US$21 per barrel on Monday morning, an improvement of about US$7 per barrel from Friday, according to Net Energy. WTI was up almost US$2 per barrel.Canada’s largest oil and gas company, Suncor Energy Inc., opposed the curtailments as an unnecessary market intervention, noting it is insulated from most price discounting due to its Canadian refining assets and firm pipeline contracts.Its shares were up slightly Monday as it issued a statement saying its estimate of the impact of the provincial cuts will be provided when it issues its 2019 capital and production guidance.The Alberta government announced a plan Sunday to impose oil production cuts starting in January to reduce output by 8.7 per cent or 325,000 barrels per day until the province’s glut of oil is cleared, with the curtailments continuing at a lower pace for the rest of 2019.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Kolkata: The Bengal government has allotted land to as many as 37 people involved in the production of various handicraft items in the Biswa Khudra Bazar at Bolpur in Birbhum district.After attending a Cabinet meeting, state Finance and Industry minister Amit Mitra said that allocations of land have been made for 23 people and 14 new allotments are coming up soon, taking the number to 37. According to Mitra, at least 5,000 people may be employed in the various units that are coming up in the Biswa Khudra Bazar. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”Apart from katha stitch projects, terracotta and ornamental jewellery, various other projects are coming up like poly printed packaging materials and various spare parts for the power sector. The units that are coming up will produce small components of various power related equipments,” Mitra said. It may be mentioned here that the Bengal government is developing the Biswa Khudra Bazar- an integrated production and promotion hub for small and micro enterprises, in Birbhum. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThere will be three separate units in the state-of-the-art Biswa Khudra Bazar, including one where there will be production of goods, while the second one will be meant for promotion and sales of the same products. West Bengal Small Industries Development Corporation is developing the project. It was a dream project of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Meanwhile, in another development, the state Cabinet has constituted a committee comprising a group of ministers which will chalk out a detailed policy on development of refugees in the state. Following the instruction of the Chief Minister, various works have already been initiated for the socio-economic development of the refugees across the state.
San Francisco: Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, wanted in his home country in connection with Latin America’s biggest graft scandal, was arrested in California on suspicion of public intoxication and spent the night in jail before he was released Monday morning, authorities have said. Alejandro Toledo, 72, was arrested Sunday night at a restaurant near the San Francisco Bay Area city of Menlo Park, said San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade on Monday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USToledo was released without charges Monday morning, which Blankswade said is routine for most public drunkenness arrests. Toledo was Peru’s president from 2001 to 2006 and moved to Northern California shortly after leaving office to work and study at Stanford University in Palo Alto, according to a 2007 San Francisco Chronicle report. Toledo earned a doctoral degree in education and two master’s degrees from Stanford, where he delivered the commencement speech to the school’s graduating class of 2003 while still in office. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsHe has held a variety of fellowships and visiting scholar positions at Stanford until 2017, according to university announcements. In 2017, the same year Peruvian officials announced they were seeking to arrest Toledo, Stanford spokeswoman Brooke Donald told a Latin American media outlet that the college was severing its ties with Toledo, who she said was an unpaid “volunteer” who didn’t teach. Stanford officials didn’t respond to email and phone inquiries Monday. Toledo is wanted in Peru where authorities have offered a 30,000 reward for his capture. Peruvian prosecutors accuse him with of taking 20 million in bribes from Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht while he served as president. He has denied wrongdoing.
New Delhi: Would you want your teenager to watch terrorists killing people in the real world or someone committing suicide? No one, in their right mind, would ever want their kids to get exposed to such events, simply for the repercussions that such content can have on young impressionable minds. But with a smartphone on their hand and Facebook installed in it, chances of them watching such horrific content some day cannot be denied, especially because the social media giant allows all its users to go live. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The 28-year-old Australian who sprayed bullets on innocent people who were praying at mosques in New Zealand on March 15 decided to broadcast his act on Facebook. Facebook said the video was viewed fewer than 200 times during the live broadcast, but it was watched about 4,000 times before being removed from the platform. By that time, copies of the 17-minute video were later shared in millions on other social media platforms, including Twitter and YouTube. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Facebook earlier faced flak for the live streaming of suicides on its platform from different parts of the world, including India. So does that mean that live broadcast on social media platforms should be banned? “What happened in New Zealand was one-of-a-kind heinous exhibition of brutality and terror. I don’t think the world has become so bad that we should see such things occurring repetitively,” Faisal Kawoosa, Chief Analyst at market research firm techARC, told IANS. “Live streaming is an essential part of social media platforms and as video becomes the default mode of communication over digital platforms, live streaming empowers users to be real time on these platforms,” he added. Youngsters also find the facility, which is also available on YouTube and Instagram, useful for broadcasting their travelling adventures and tutorials. “The ‘live’ feature on social networking platforms could be good for people who want to publicise stuff like their travel, fashion or subject tutorials,” said 25-year-old Rijul Rajpal who works with a film production company. Many even find it helpful for connecting with their favourite film stars and music icons. But despite the usefulness of the feature, one cannot deny the potential of misuse of the feature, especially because the social media companies have still not developed a technology that can prevent the broadcast of live shooting. Facebook said that its Artificial Intelligence (AI) system could not automatically detect the New Zealand shooting video as the system was not properly trained. It promised to improve its technology so that broadcast of such videos can be prevented in the future. But policy makers are not impressed. In the US, tech firms have already been asked to brief the Congress on March 27 regarding their response to dissemination of the video of the New Zealand terrorists attack on their platforms. The social media giant may face similar questions from lawmakers in other countries in the coming days.
London: A UK High Court has rejected Vijay Mallya’s application for permission to appeal against his extradition order, in a setback to the embattled liquor tycoon who is wanted in India on alleged fraud and money laundering charges amounting to Rs 9,000 crores.The 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss had filed the application seeking “leave to appeal” in the High Court after UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed off on a Westminster Magistrates’ Court order for his extradition to face the Indian courts back in February. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The application for permission to appeal was refused by Mr Justice William Davis on 05/04/2019,” said a spokesperson for the UK Judiciary. “The appellant (Mallya) has five business days to apply for oral consideration. If a renewal application is made, it will be listed before a High Court judge and dealt with at a hearing,” the spokesperson said. Mallya’s “leave to appeal” application had been passed on to a single judge, who was to make a decision on the basis of papers submitted as part of the appeals process. Now that the “judge on papers” application has been rejected by Justice Davis, Mallya has the option to “renew his application for permission to appeal” by this Friday. The renewal process will lead to a brief oral hearing during which Mallya’s legal team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on behalf of the Indian government will renew their respective claims for and against an appeal for a judge to determine if it can proceed to a full hearing. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”If he (Mallya) does so (applies for renewal), there will be an oral hearing at which the Administrative Court (High Court) will consider whether or not to grant permission to appeal,” a CPS spokesperson said. While this effectively means that the appeal process in the case is not at an end, the latest decision does move the case one step further in favour of Mallya’s extradition to India. The latest ruling marks a fresh legal setback for the UB Group chief, who just last week offered to curtail his “lavish” lifestyle to satisfy numerous Indian banks trying to recoup some of the nearly 1.145 billion pounds owed to them as a result of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines’ unpaid loans. Mallya is required by court order to live within an “ordinary living expenses allowance” of a maximum of 18,325.31 pounds a week, which he offered to cut down to around 29,500 pounds a month during a separate UK High Court hearing last week. However, a consortium of 13 Indian banks led by State Bank of India (SBI) did not agree to his offer as they seek access to nearly 260,000 pounds in an ICICI Bank current account in his name in London. The judge in that case, Master David Cook, has reserved his judgment on an interim court order and is expected to pronounce his final ruling in the coming weeks. “Dr Mallya continues to do all he can to support a court process in India, which should see creditors paid off in full,” said Jonathan Isaacs, partner at DWF Law LLP the firm representing Mallya in the case against the Indian banks related to a worldwide freezing order. Mallya has been based in the UK since March 2016 and remains on bail on an extradition warrant executed by Scotland Yard in April 2017. At the end of a year-long extradition trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London last December, Judge Emma Arbuthnot had ruled that the “flashy” billionaire had a “case to answer” in the Indian courts.
Lahore: An accountability court Tuesday indicted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief and Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif on charges he misused his authority while he was the chief minister of Punjab province. Shehbaz’s son Hamza, the Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly, was also indicted by the court in the Ramzan Sugar Mills case. Both Shehbaz and Hamza pleaded not guilty to the charges framed against them, which involve the misuse of their authority and the illegal use of public funds. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDuring the brief hearing, Judge Najamul Hassan asked the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) prosecutor what exactly the Ramzan Sugar Mills case is, to which special prosecutor Waris Ali Janjua replied that public funds were used for a nullah for the mills, of which Hamza is a director. According to the accountability watchdog, the funds for the nullah – which come to about Rs 20 crores – had been released by then Punjab chief minister Shehbaz. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsShehbaz, 63, served as the chief minister of the politically crucial Punjab province from 2013 to 2018. He became PML-N president after his elder brother Nawaz Sharif was barred from holding the top party position and public posts. “God knows, in last 10 years being the chief minister of Punjab, a province of over 100 million people, I have saved the country billions of rupees. I had nothing to do with this bridge, no money was wrongfully used,” Shehbaz told the court. The court subsequently indicted both, father and son, before moving onto hearing the Ashiyana Housing scam case. Judge Hassan adjourned the hearing till April 23. Shehbaz has already been indicted along with nine others in the Ashiana Housing scam case. He was arrested by the National Accountability Bureau in the probe on October 5, 2018 and released on bail on February 14. On Monday, Hamza was granted pre-arrest bail till April 17 by the Lahore High Court, which also restrained NAB from arresting him in cases pertaining to ownership of assets beyond means, until further notice. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Monday arrested a “key frontman” of Hamza and his brother Salman who allegedly laundered over Rs 50 crore abroad at their behest. Referring to the arrest of Mohammad Mushtaq, the NAB said it believed that the arrest would strengthen its case against both sons of PML-N president Shehbaz. According to the NAB, it had the record of the money laundering transactions of over Rs 50 crore sent by Mushtaq to the accounts of Salman abroad. Mushtaq was leaving for Dubai. But during immigration at the Lahore airport Monday, his name appeared on the no-fly list.