zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) Australia’s largest live cattle exporter Wellard has received and accepted a proposal to sell the M/V Ocean Swagman for USD 25.2 million to Panama-based Trim Shipping, part of Nova Marine Holdings.The offer from Nova is USD 3.2 million higher than the previously announced proposed sale of the vessel to Heytesbury Holding Company for USD 22 million.“The Nova transaction remains subject to approval of the Nova board, however, Wellard considers that (if approved) it is likely to lead to a superior outcome than the Heytesbury transaction,” the company said in a statement.The 12,892 GT livestock carrier would be delivered to Nova between November 1 and December 13, 2019.As informed, there is no charter or leaseback arrangement under this transaction.What is more, Wellard explained that the Heytesbury transaction remains on substantially the same terms as previously revealed. If the Nova transaction proceeds, the Heytesbury transaction would not complete, and a break fee may be paid.“Wellard is continuing to negotiate a standstill agreement with its noteholders which reflects and supports the sale of the Ocean Swagman to either of Nova or Heytesbury,” Wellard further said.Ocean Swagman has the capacity to transport 7,000 cattle or 26,000 sheep, or a combination of both. It is the sister ship of the 2010-built Ocean Outback which was sold for USD 26 million in 2017.Featuring a length of 130 meters and a width of 21.6 meters, the ship sailed on its maiden voyage back in 2010.
The recommendations from Dr. John Ross formed the basis of Better Care Sooner — Nova Scotia’s plan to provide consistent, safe, quality care to every Nova Scotian. Better Care Sooner ensures that Nova Scotian’s get the right care when they need it by keeping emergency rooms open, reducing wait times, and making the best use of the skills and expertise of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, paramedics, and other health professionals. Collaborative Emergency Centres in communities around the province are key to shorter wait times. The province’s first Collaborative Emergency Centre will be announced in the coming days. In the next year, the province will extend the hours of operation for the Cobequid Emergency Room. And to further improve emergency care, the province will work with the Pictou District Health Authority to build a modern, cost-effective, and efficient Emergency Department at the Aberdeen Regional Hospital, taking advantage of the recommendations made by Dr. Ross. Better Care Sooner means other groundbreaking improvements, as well. Our Emergency Health System is an integral part of Better Care Sooner, providing timely and skilled ambulance and paramedic care. Paramedics begin assessing and stabilizing patients the minute they receive a call. They are trained and equipped to offer a wide range of pre-hospital care. Nova Scotia is one of only a few jurisdictions in North America to allow advanced-care paramedics to save lives by administering clot-busting drugs for heart attack victims. Other health-care advice is just a phone call away. The 811 nurse line has seen a 30 per cent increase since December. Thanks to a fulfilled commitment, “pre-hab” clinics in four District Health Authorities give patients the tools and information to prepare for a more successful surgery and recovery. The pre-hab teams will reduce wait times for consultations with orthopedic surgeons. There are shorter waits for admission, and improved patient flow, because additional hospital beds and a rapid assessment unit have opened at the Halifax Infirmary. Dr. Pat Croskerry, an international leader in his field, has agreed to be the first chair of the Quality and Patient Safety Advisory Committee. The committee will work to improve patient safety and health-service quality across the province. Nova Scotia is the first province in Canada to develop emergency room standards. And, as promised, accountability for emergency departments rests with the Minister of Health and Wellness. The second Accountability Report on Emergency Departments will be tabled next month. Using our resources more effectively and ensuring that the right care is available when it’s needed are important pieces of our plan for Better Care Sooner. Controlling costs while protecting patient care is another critically important piece. In the past 10 years, health care costs have doubled. Without change, that trend was destined to continue. My government would not allow that to happen. That’s why we have worked with our partners throughout the health care system to help the province live within its means. We have worked with doctors who agreed to amend their master agreement, saving the province about $45 million over the next two years. Initiatives with District Health Authorities — such as group purchasing for products and services, and more appropriate use of diagnostic testing — will save millions of dollars while protecting patient care. Nova Scotians pay too much for drugs. My government has a plan to change that. Legislation will be introduced this spring to ensure better drug prices for Nova Scotians who rely on Pharmacare, and a better deal for taxpayers. My government is fulfilling its commitment to establish a drug management policy unit. It will focus on the better use of prescription drugs. My government has already been successful in bringing drug costs down. So far this year, savings of $4 million have been achieved for Nova Scotians needing medication for high cholesterol. Annual savings of $6 million are projected. And seniors are receiving care when and where they need it. Last month, my government announced that extended-care paramedics had begun treating seniors in nursing homes, right at their bedsides, avoiding the stress and trauma of unnecessary trips to the hospital. Seniors and their families will also benefit from the new Supportive Care Program and the Caregiver Benefit Program, which help seniors stay in their own homes and communities, and maintain their independence. Good health must also include a focus on prevention and promotion. This year my government will seek your approval of legislation required to implement the new Gaming Strategy. This strategy will focus on research into problem gambling and improve the range of options to address risk and problem gambling. To ensure our children are given a healthy start, a new childhood obesity strategy will promote healthy, active lifestyles and the consumption of healthy foods. A new food policy for day cares will also ensure young children eat nutritious foods that will help them grow strong and healthy. Later this spring, a renewed Tobacco Strategy will be launched. And we will respond in the near future to the recommendations of the Autism Advisory Team. Better Care Sooner is good news for patients. It is making life better for Nova Scotia families. CREATING GOOD JOBS AND GROWING THE ECONOMY As a result of the recent recession, the economy remains fragile. Nova Scotia must continue to focus on creating good jobs and growing the economy. Past economic development strategies have produced dismal results, despite the many millions invested. For the past 20 years, Nova Scotia has consistently had the lowest economic growth in the country. My government has taken a different approach, recognizing that significant change is essential. jobsHere equips Nova Scotia to compete and succeed in the global marketplace. In this age of innovation, Nova Scotia must be prepared to take on the world. jobsHere gives businesses the tools and learning opportunities to succeed. My government has committed $200 million to this strategy. The range of new initiatives is extensive. By refocusing our efforts, and reallocating precious tax dollars, my government has modified dozens of programs and brought in more than 20 new initiatives. The Productivity Investment Program is one example. This $25-million program provides support for investments in employee skills, as well as critical investments in equipment and processing. The program doubles the capacity of the current Workplace Education Initiative so more employees have the chance to improve their education and essential skills, and better contribute to our economy. It also triples the number of co-operative education positions so that more Nova Scotians have relevant work experience as they learn. In short, the Productivity Investment Program helps companies in every region of the province to prepare their workforce for improved productivity, adapt to new business processes, and encourage innovation. My government intends to improve employer investment and employee participation through a new Workforce Strategy. My government is investing $500,000 to improve the apprenticeship system, which will increase flexibility for employers and apprentices. My government will soon launch Nova Scotia’s new Immigration Strategy, a plan to double the number of immigrants who land in Nova Scotia within the next 10 years, and to keep more of those immigrants in the province. My government also respects experience. A $1-million annual investment will identify, assess, and recognize the skills, knowledge, and competencies people acquire through formal and informal learning. This commitment to prior-learning assessment will help fuel the learning agenda and our knowledge economy. My government will also recognize the workforce needs of the non-profit and voluntary sectors, and will provide labour market support for training initiatives and regional capacity development. My government is investing $3.5 million over three years to ensure more African Nova Scotians have the skills they need to enter the labour market. Skills Up will offer opportunities for African Nova Scotians to upgrade their skills and training. A skilled workforce is a magnet for increased investment. But promising investments often require strong partnerships.In the past, emerging companies have suffered from limited access to venture capital, stifling their growth and innovation. A new Regional Venture Capital Fund changes that. My government has stepped up to the plate and made the first contribution to this fund. Other partners will sign on later this year. Exports also matter to Nova Scotia. Last year, exports generated about $3.4 billion in sales revenues. Manufacturers matter. In 2009, they led Nova Scotia’s economic recovery and sold $8.9 billion worth of goods to customers in Canada and more than 130 countries around the world. That’s why my government will launch a new International Commerce Strategy. The strategy will help our companies build international capacity, increase international economic activity, strengthen our access to global markets and networks, and build an integrated approach to international commerce. The changes we are making have a common objective — to create good jobs and grow the economy. That’s why, for the first time since 1992, my government cut the small business corporate tax rate by 10 per cent, leaving more money in the hands of the entrepreneurs who help drive our economy. The rate is being cut again this year, for a small business tax reduction of 20 per cent. jobsHere recognizes that smaller businesses need easier, more streamlined access to the programs and services that can help them grow their businesses. A web portal will provide entrepreneurs and employers with the information they need, all with the click of a mouse. As part of jobsHere, more than $30 million in loans have been approved under the Credit Union Loan Program to support ownership and succession planning for small businesses. Better resources are being provided for employers and entrepreneurs, and the next phase of the Better Regulations program will build on the government’s significant progress in reducing red tape. My government will be relentless in the pursuit of economic opportunities. That’s why we welcome the National Shipbuilding Procurement strategy. Irving Shipbuilding is competing to be one of two Centres of Excellence for construction of combat and non-combat vessels for the federal fleet. This project will provide high-value jobs for up to 4,000 people for 30 years with benefits extending from Sydney to Yarmouth. My government believes that no region of Canada, no shipyard, is better positioned to do this work than Nova Scotia’s Irving Shipbuilding. We will enthusiastically promote and champion this bid, ensuring it’s as competitive as it can be. We will pursue prosperity in every region of the province.The planned Sydney Harbour dredging project has the potential to change the economic direction of industrial Cape Breton, while creating hundreds of jobs for all Nova Scotians. In these times of shared challenges, my government is building the connections that will help build a stronger, greener Canada. The Lower Churchill hydroelectricity agreement — signed by Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nalcor Energy, and Emera — will transform the economic landscape of Atlantic Canada and build a more prosperous nation. It will make a major contribution to Nova Scotia’s leadership in renewable energy and Canada’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It will create $3.5 billion in labour and business income. By providing stable, reliable hydro power, Lower Churchill will unlock vast renewable energy resources in all of Atlantic Canada, for our domestic markets and for northeastern North America. This project demonstrates that the Atlantic provinces do best when we co-operate to seize the great opportunities of our time. There is no net gain when four smaller provinces compete with each other. Nova Scotia’s proximity to North American markets, excellent communication networks, and our unique position in Atlantic Canada’s gateway, provide all the essentials for success. Recent investments in the Halifax Stanfield International Airport will build on that success. The $28-million runway extension will attract more passengers and cargo. And that will open up new markets for our fisheries and other primary industries. Meanwhile, the province’s first-ever, five-year highway plan is providing a blueprint to build and maintain a highway system that connects communities and boosts our economy. My government was proud to join with governments across Canada to deliver much-needed stimulus spending to reduce the impact of the worldwide recession. In this province, that included delivering the two largest highway improvement budgets in the province’s history. The investment is worth it. But it’s vital that every dollar is spent wisely. In the past, a lack of competition in some areas of the province resulted in high prices for asphalt and chip seal paving. A new in-house chip seal paving operation and asphalt plant will mean that the province can pave more and pay less. The result will be better roads in areas like Shelburne and Inverness counties. From our fields, to the forests, to the sea, our primary industries remain a foundation of the economy. As part of jobsHere, my government has developed a 10-year plan to make our agriculture industry more competitive, innovative, and profitable. Homegrown Success is focused on helping farmers adapt to a changing marketplace and to seize every available market opportunity. My government also fulfilled its commitment to keep soils healthy and productive, with the Soil Amendment Program. A strong fishery means a strong economy. My government is committed to building a strong fishery and supporting our coastal communities. A new Commercial Fisheries Strategy will be developed in consultation with industry. It will include measures to diversify markets, to update the Fishermen’s Organizational Support Act, and to expand access to relevant training. The intergenerational licence transfer program will provide the Fisheries Loan Board support to allow young people joining the industry to buy the licences of retiring fish harvesters at fair market prices. Mining also matters to Nova Scotia. The Donkin coal project in Cape Breton has the potential to double the value of mineral production in the province and provide much-needed jobs for the area. This province is blessed with an abundance of natural resources. My government is in the final stages of developing a new approach to natural resource management that will focus on the shared values identified during an extensive consultation process: sustainability, diversity, collaboration, transparency, and informed decision making. Informed by input from every corner of the province, the upcoming Natural Resources Strategy offers an integrated approach to managing our forests, biodiversity, provincial parks, and geological resources. Nova Scotia’s export-oriented forest industry employs 11,000 people. But changes in the marketplace and strains on our forests put the future of those jobs at risk. New policy direction announced recently, including a 50 per cent reduction in clear-cutting, will help to ensure good jobs in a successful and sustainable industry. The province will work with partners to ensure a wood supply that sustains this viable industry, while meeting public expectations for biodiversity and high environmental standards. Based on consultation with the Mi’kmaq and advice from other forest stakeholders, a plan to achieve the policy direction will be launched in the coming year. The province’s purchase of 140,000 acres of land — much of it with high conservation value — protects jobs in the forestry industry while supporting wilderness protection, heritage conservation, and recreation. Clean energy is the fuel of the future. Nova Scotia was the first province in Canada to institute hard caps on greenhouse gas emissions, and has set the most aggressive renewable-energy standards in the world. We also have the first community-focused feed-in tariffs in the world, giving communities and First Nations across Nova Scotia the opportunity to participate in building a future powered by more renewable electricity. You will be asked to enact the new target that, by 2020, at least 40 per cent of all electricity used in Nova Scotia will come from renewable energy sources. Our Cleaner Energy Strategy will look at new technologies to support cleaner energy sources, sources like tidal power. Nova Scotia is a world leader in the development of tidal energy. An underwater cable will arrive this summer and is the next step in connecting our tidal pilot projects to the grid. We have attracted world-class companies and strong local companies, like Minas Basin, Nova Scotia Power, and the Irving Shipyard, to work on this exciting tidal project. Tourism is another important economic driver for this province. Work will continue to build Nova Scotia as a premier travel destination and attract more visitors to the province. Nova Scotia is steeped in rich, diverse culture. This year my government will work with members of the Arts and Culture sector to implement its recently announced five-point Arts and Culture Plan. By year’s end, Arts Nova Scotia, an independent body for artist funding, will be in place. And in the next few weeks, conversations will begin with the Arts and Culture sector about creating “Status of the Artist” legislation. We must also maintain our focus on excellence in public education. Despite the challenges of declining enrolment, the province is increasing its per-pupil funding of public education, and focusing on excellence in the classroom. Shortly, Dr. Ben Levin, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership, will file his report focused on improving the quality of learning and outcomes for students. My government has already begun to make positive changes focused on helping children succeed in school. A new literacy intervention framework is one example. This flexible early-literacy program will continue to help those students in greatest need, while expanding support to more children who need help. My government’s commitment to after-school programs and to broadening the community use of schools will also be fulfilled this year. In and out of the classroom, parents, educators, and students are becoming increasingly concerned about cyber-bullying. Working with these partners, my government will help to ensure that students have the support they need to speak out and stand up to bullies. All students in Nova Scotia should have access to a broad range of learning opportunities, no matter where they live. That’s why distance education continues to grow and evolve in Nova Scotia. This fall, the Nova Scotia Virtual School will expand, opening the door to new opportunities for students in small and rural schools by ensuring access to courses in a rigorous, supportive online learning environment. Access to higher learning is another important commitment. Last fall, Dr. Tim O’Neill said our Student Assistance Program was the weakest in the country. Nova Scotia must do better than that. Soon, students will learn about a new program that will cap the debt load they face upon graduation. Tuition is now below the national average for Nova Scotian students studying at home. By capping tuition increases, we will keep the average tuition below the national average, making this province a more affordable choice for students and their families. Nova Scotia universities are economic drivers in this province, producing some of the best and brightest minds in a variety of disciplines and fields. But over the past 10 years, the cost of publicly supporting universities has increased by 73 per cent. That trend can no longer continue. My government will work with universities to strengthen these institutions, strategically and affordably. The value of working together to develop the best path forward is an approach also taken in considering how best to modernize the electoral system. A modern and efficient electoral system will ensure Nova Scotians continue to exercise their democratic rights. To that end, my government will introduce a new Elections Act to modernize the conduct of elections. It is based on advice from the recognized parties, the Election Commission, and others who were consulted by the Chief Electoral Officer. HELPING PEOPLE MAKE ENDS MEET Making life better for families means making life more affordable. That’s why my government eliminated the provincial tax on essentials like home heating, books, children’s shoes, clothes, feminine hygiene products, and diapers. The Poverty Reduction Tax Credit and Affordable Living Tax Credit are two more examples of how my government is reducing the burden for those most in need. And now, seniors receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement no longer pay provincial tax. Having a safe place to call home is important for us all.For seniors, for families, and for persons with disabilities, more than $128 million has gone to constructing or renovating more than 1,700 homes. For those buying a heritage property, provincial tax rebates are available. A provincial tax rebate is also available for those buying a vehicle for physically challenged people. But we know this is not enough. New steps will be taken to help Nova Scotians make ends meet. Making life better for families means treating people fairly and with respect. This year my government will improve support for Nova Scotian families, provide new incentives for people to break out of the poverty cycle, and address gaps in support for persons with disabilities. My government is making significant changes to improve the Employment, Support and Income Assistance program. For example, people who want to come out of Income Assistance, and who find jobs, will now be able to keep more of the money they make. And parents whose children are attending post-secondary institutions will now continue to receive housing support. Through the creation of a new 211 system, Nova Scotians will be able to access a full range of social services within their local communities, just by picking up the phone. And the loving families who care for foster children will also receive more support. Services for Nova Scotians living with disabilities will improve, and we will shorten waiting lists for day programs, a critical consideration for families who wish their loved ones to live at home. My government will continue to bring attention to the importance of safe workplaces, and engage with employers, unions, and others to eliminate workplace accidents and deaths. Approval for stronger penalties for Occupational Health and Safety offences, and further sanctions for impaired driving, will be sought during this session. These bills will propose serious consequences for actions that endanger the lives of others. Domestic violence is another area of great concern for many Nova Scotians. We all saw courage and leadership when the family and friends of Paula Gallant made sure that she was remembered, and that justice was done in her memory. The scourge of domestic violence is persistent, but my government is implementing the Domestic Violence Action Plan to increase support for victims and further support the many who work to stop domestic violence. The province’s first Domestic Violence Court will be established in Sydney as a key part of the plan. Positive, meaningful change is well underway in Nova Scotia.My government is committed to keeping emergency rooms open and delivering better care to Nova Scotians. My government is creating good jobs and growing the economy. My government is helping Nova Scotians make ends meet. And my government is living within its means. The plan is on track. The plan is working. My government is making life better for families. God bless Nova Scotia. God bless Canada. God save the Queen. The following is the speech from the throne read today, March 31, 2011, by Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis at the opening of the third session of the 61st General Assembly of Nova Scotia: BUILDING ON A PLAN TO MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY: Mr. Speaker, Members of the Legislative Assembly, ladies and gentlemen, the people of Nova Scotia: I am pleased to welcome you to the third session of the 61st General Assembly. I note with pleasure the participation in today’s ceremonies of the Cape Breton Highlanders and the Halifax Rifles. These historic military units have been reactivated, with the support of the province. At home and abroad, Nova Scotians have been putting their best foot forward. We salute the athletes and volunteers responsible for the tremendous success of the Canada Winter Games. The Games set new attendance records. And Nova Scotia was honoured with the Centennial Cup for the most improved team. Digby recently hosted the Canadian senior curling national championships, another success for the warm hospitality and volunteer spirit of Nova Scotians. In the past year, our province welcomed Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh as the International Fleet Review highlighted the Navy Centennial. Memories of these events will last a lifetime. This year, Nova Scotia will host leaders, legislators, and community builders from North America and around the world. At the Eastern Canadian Premiers and New England Governors meeting, premiers and governors will discuss ways to manage fiscal challenges, enhance trade, maximize the region’s energy resources, and protect the environment. The 51st Annual Meeting of the Council of State Governments’ Eastern Regional Conference will be held for the first time in Atlantic Canada this coming year. In June, Nova Scotia will host the Energy Council, which will bring together legislators from jurisdictions throughout North America. And we look forward to hosting the International African Diaspora conference in September, which will bring delegates from many countries. My government is pleased to join with other partners in honouring the past and charting the future. Last August 31, representatives of our First People, our province, and our nation made history by signing the Terms of Reference for a Mi’kmaq–Nova Scotia–Canada Consultation Process. To honour the Acadian heritage and the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, the province is enthusiastically supporting the designation of Grand Pré as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our magnificent Bay of Fundy, a breathtaking part of this province, is now Canada’s lone finalist in a longstanding bid to become one of the “New7Wonders of Nature.” We encourage all Nova Scotians to vote for Fundy. My government is pleased to join with the federal government in recognizing 2011 as the Year of the Entrepreneur, because of the essential role that small and medium-sized businesses play in Nova Scotia. My government is also pleased to take part in Yarmouth’s 250th anniversary this year. And government will support efforts to aggressively market Southwestern Nova Scotia as a premium tourism destination. We take time now to remember several Nova Scotians who have represented the best this province can be, and who are no longer with us: And we pause in grief and concern as we watch other parts of the world struggle with devastating natural disasters and civil unrest. These events and those closer to home remind us how small our world truly is and how important it is to cherish the qualities that define Nova Scotia — including our people, our programs, and our services. Our services and our people were of vital importance when storms ravaged Meat Cove, Southwest Nova Scotia, and the Annapolis Valley in the past year. Nova Scotians in these communities helped their neighbours and others through a time of great need. They demonstrated the values that make this province strong. Although we have much to be thankful for, we know, too, that our province has hard work ahead. When Nova Scotians went to the polls in June 2009, they gave my government a mandate for change. Change that ends chronic emergency room closures … Change from the worst economic development record in Canada for the last 20 years … Change to keep our deficit from ballooning to $1.4 billion … Change that helps people make ends meet. These changes are well underway. My government’s plan to make life better for families is focused on the priorities of Nova Scotians. The Better Care Sooner plan will keep emergency rooms open and deliver faster, better health care to Nova Scotians. The jobsHere plan will create good jobs and grow a strong economy. And my government will live within its means by building on this province’s unique strengths and opportunities. The plan is on track. The plan is working. BETTER HEALTH CARE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY When my government came to office, it was clear that a very different approach to health care was needed. Nova Scotians were concerned about the care available to them in their communities. There were chronic Emergency Room closures and long waits.Decisive steps have been taken to fundamentally change the way emergency health care is delivered from one end of the province to the other. Better Care Sooner is my government’s plan to improve access to health care professionals make emergency care more streamlined and patient-centred improve care for seniors, people with mental illness, and those with other complex needs, and increase the use of the 811 nurse line and 911 for emergencies. Dr. Sharon Oliver, the first African-Canadian nurse educator, public health nurse, and health executive in Nova Scotia Arnie Patterson, prominent local journalist and a proud Nova Scotian Irving Schwartz, a remarkable businessman, community leader, and philanthropist Former Members of the Legislative Assembly, Scott MacNutt and George Mitchell, both of whom served their constituents and Nova Scotia proudly Sgt. James (Jimmy) McNeil and Petty Officer 2nd Class Craig Blake, both sadly killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan Gerald Yetman, a driving force in Nova Scotia’s labour movement
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Frozen, Disney’s fairy tale about a powerful queen and her devoted sister, remains a pop culture powerhouse nearly five years after first hitting movie theatres. Even if you’ve never seen it, you undoubtedly know Let It Go, the animated blockbuster’s ubiquitous song.Faced with the immense pressure that comes with bringing a beloved animated character to life, Canadian actor Caissie Levy is earning raves for her turn as Queen Elsa in a new adaptation of the film currently running at Broadway’s St. James Theatre.The Hamilton, Ont.-raised performer is no stranger to the stage, having built up her Broadway resume over the past decade with roles in Les Misérables, Wicked, Hair, Rent and Hairspray.Let It Go is so well-known and Elsa is so well-loved. I thought, ‘Oh god, can I do this?’– Caissie Levy Facebook Advertisement Twitter Caissie Levy, foreground, appears as Elsa in FROZEN on Broadway. (Deen Van Meer/Disney Theatrical Productions) Advertisement Advertisement Still, it’s understandable that she mentioned feeling both “thrilled and overwhelmed” upon learning she’d landed the coveted snow queen role in the brand new musical. Login/Register With:
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are slightly higher Thursday as the market watches for the latest developments in U.S. trade disputes with China and Mexico.Technology and energy companies posted early gains while banks declined.Tesla gained 4% on reports that the electric car maker is on pace to report a solid number of deliveries for the second quarter.Michaels Cos. fell 10% after reporting sales at established stores that missed expectations.Stitch Fix soared 23% after reporting a surprise quarterly profit.The S&P 500 index rose 6 points, or 0.2%, to 2,832. The index recorded strong gains the previous two sessions.The Dow Jones industrials rose 48 points, or 0.2%, to 25,588. The Nasdaq gained 15 points, or 0.2%, to 7,590.The Associated Press
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Monday as traders picked up beaten-down gold stocks while bullion prices had their biggest one day move upward in more than a year.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,758.38 +73.25 0.58%S&P 500 — 1,695.53 +3.44 0.20%Dow — 15,545.55 +1.81 0.01%Nasdaq — 3,600.39 +12.78 0.36%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 73.25 points to 12,758.38 on top of four straight weeks of gains as traders also looked towards a busy earnings week for Canadian corporations.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.21 of a cent to 96.67 cents US.U.S. indexes were lacklustre amid an earnings disappointment from McDonald’s and some weakness from the housing sector as the Dow Jones industrials added 1.81 points to 15,545.55, the Nasdaq was 12.77 points higher to 3,600.39, while the S&P 500 index rose 3.44 points to a new record high of 1,695.53.Overall, earnings at U.S. companies have shown more positive surprises than disappointments.But McDonald’s fell short of expectations Monday as the world’s biggest fast-food purveyor said second-quarter profit rose to US$1.4 billion, or $1.38 a share, from $1.35 billion, or $1.32 a share, a year earlier. Sales rose 2% to $7.08 billion. Analysts had expected earnings of $1.40 a share on sales of $7.08 billion. Don Thompson, president and chief executive officer, said he expects the results for the rest of 2013 “to remain challenged” and shares of McDonald’s fell 2.7% to $97.58.In Canada, Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) reported earnings per share of $1.69, seven cents better than forecast and up from $1.44 a year ago. Revenue was $2.67 billion versus the $2.7 billion that analysts had expected. CN shares had closed down 49 cents to $105.06.Railway giant Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) reports earnings on Wednesday.Also after the close, online video streaming company Netflix handed in earnings of 49 cents US, nine cents better than expectations. Revenue of $1.07 billion matched expectations.On the economic front, existing home sales fell by 1.2% in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.08 million but remained near a 3 1/2 year high. Economists had expected a rise of 1.4%.The gold sector continued to claw back some of the steep losses racked up so far this year, with the component up about 6.5% while August bullion ran up $43.10 to US$1,336 an ounce, climbing above $1,300 for first time in a month. It was the biggest one-day gain since June 2012.“Gold stocks have come down so much, and we have a bit of a rally in gold prices and people are starting to move in and say these things got oversold,” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at MacDougall, MacDougall and MacTier.“I think something like a Goldcorp is sort of implying a price of $800 an ounce, which is way too low. Could it get there? Sure, in a real bear market, but I think in general, the stocks have come down percentage-wise much greater than the bullion.”The TSX global gold sector is still down 35% year-to-date, but it earlier had been down about 50%, while the price of bullion is only down 20% so far in 2013.Prices were close to US$1,500 an ounce in early May but started to drop later that month after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank could start tapering its monthly US$85 billion of bond purchases if economic conditions warrant. But prices started to revive after Bernanke said last week that the economy still needs stimulus.On Monday, Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) ran up $1.09 to C$18.25 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) improved by $1.63 to $29.97.The base metals sector was ahead 1.5% while September copper was up five cents to US$3.19 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gained 49 cents to C$23.97. Teck is the biggest Canadian mining company to report this week and analysts forecast the Vancouver-based company will post adjusted earnings of 33 cents a share on Thursday, down from 53 cents a year ago.The energy sector was up a slight 0.2% as the soft housing data helped push the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 93 cents to US$106.94 a barrel.But prices have still jumped about 10% this month, underpinned by three weeks of declining U.S. stockpiles. Rising prices have lifted TSX energy stocks and the sector has gained more than 5% this month. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE), which reports earnings Wednesday, climbed 23 cents to C$32.48.A lower dollar helped support commodity prices because a weaker greenback makes it less expensive for holders of other currencies to buy oil and metals which are dollar-denominated.The telecom sector was the biggest decliner, down 2%. BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) was 99 cents lower to $42.30 while Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) fell 93 cents to $41.15. Rogers posts its quarterly earnings on Wednesday.In other resource sector earnings, gold miner Agnico-Eagle Mines and gas giant Encana (TSX:ECA) report on Wednesday, while Husky Energy (TSX:HSE) will post its results Thursday.Outside of the resource sectors, grocer Loblaw Cos. Ltd. (TSX:L) reports results Wednesday.In other corporate news, Intact Financial Corp. (TSX:IFC) says several recent Canadian disasters, including flooding in Alberta, the Lac-Megantic train derailment and a heavy rain storm in the Toronto area, will result in more than $270 million of losses in its second and third quarter. The Toronto-based company is one of Canada’s largest property insurers. Its shares gained $1.85 to $59.38.TOP STORIESWhy the bull market will continue — at least until the end of the yearIntact the first of many players that could be hit by string of disastersExpensive spectrum auction could be a deterrent for VerizonWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m. — Canadian retail sales for MayUNITED STATES7:45 a.m. — ICSC same-store sales (July 20)9 a.m. — FHFA House Price Index for MayCORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESApple Inc. earnings: Analysts expect $7.33/shareAOL Inc. earnings: Analysts expect 0.32 cents/shareAT&T Inc. earnings: Analysts expect 0.69 cents/shareUnited Technologies Corp. Analysts expect $1.58/share
Ms. Swaraj said that it had been a “common refrain” since the SDGs were agreed by 193 countries in 2015, that it would only be possible to reach the 17 Goals, if India was fully onboard.“I assure this august gathering…that India will not let you fail”, she said, adding that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the “world’s biggest exercise in poverty elimination and social transformation” – in line with key goals on poverty, equality and economic development – was already showing results.She pointed to the recent inclusion of more than 320 million Indians in the formal banking system, the launch only last week of “the world’s biggest health insurance programme”, and a housing scheme which was on target to provide 21 million new homes by 2022. At the heart of it all, she said, was the “radical” empowerment of women, with “the welfare of women” at the core of all socio-economic development initiatives.Turning to what she called, “the existential threats of climate change and terrorism”, Ms. Swaraj urged developed nations who had “exploited nature for their immediate needs” to help “lift the deprived, with financial and technical resources”, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change.In the fight against international terrorism, she accused neighbouring Pakistan of duplicity: “Pakistan’s commitment to terrorism as an instrument of official policy has not abated one bit”, she claimed.On the state of peace talks between the two States, she said that it was “a lie” that India had been responsible for sabotaging the process. “Talks with Pakistan have begun many times. If they stopped, it was only because of Pakistan’s behaviour,” she said, claiming that it was Pakistan sabotaging any hopes of dialogue. Even this past week, she said she had been obliged to cancel a meeting suggested by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister at UN Headquarters in New York, after “terrorists” had allegedly killed three Indian soldiers, asking delegates in the Assembly: “Does this indicate a desire for dialogue?”Finally, Ms. Swaraj moved on to reform of the United Nations, which is a key priority of Secretary-General António Guterres. “Reform cannot be cosmetic,” she said: “We need change to the institution’s head and heart to make both compatible to contemporary reality.”She said “the importance, influence, respect and value of this institution is beginning to ebb” but also made a rousing defence of multilateralism, saying that reform was essential if it was to thrive.“We will never weaken the multilateral mechanism. India believes that the world is a family, and the best means of resolution is shared discourse…The UN cannot be run by the ‘I’, it only works by the ‘We’”.Full statement available here.
Arjun Kapoor, Malaika AroraVarinder ChawlaIt looks like the wedding bells have finally started ringing for lovebirds Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora. Earlier, it was reported that the couple will be getting married in April this year according to Christian rituals and now the wedding date is finally out.If a report in Spotboye is to be believed, Arjun and Malaika will enter into wedlock and exchange their wedding vows when they will walk down the aisle on April 19.And it won’t be a surprise to have the couple’s close companions – Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Amrita Arora and their girl gang – to be by the couple’s side on their wedding. It is being said that newly wedded couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are also invited to be a part of the much-awaited wedding.A few days ago, when Malaika was asked about her impending marriage with Arjun, she laughed it off saying that these were all media speculations, while Arjun had said that marriage will happen when the time will come.The report says that Arjun and Malaika have “given strict instructions to their staff to keep themselves totally dedicated to them and the wedding. Their core team- including hair stylists, make-up artistes- were told to be tight-lipped about all the arrangements.”While Arjun has been bonding with Malaika’s 16-year-old son Arhaan, Malaika too has been gelling up with the Kapoor family. The couple were seen posing for a family picture during the pre-wedding fesitivities of Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta hosted by the Ambanis in Switzerland.Arjun and Malaika are currently one of the most talked about couples in the industry. They are often spotted together during their romantic outings and unlike old times, the couple has been quite welcoming towards paparazzi who never miss a chance to capture their private moments into the camera lenses.And it looks like Arjun and Malaika will soon lock themselves into the world of their own and embark on a new journey in life.
Urvashi Rautela and Boney Kapoor.YouTubeSocial media was left with a shock when a video of well-known filmmaker and producer Boney Kapoor spanking Hate Story 4 actress Urvashi Rautela has surfaced online. As soon as the video started doing the rounds of the internet, people heavily criticised Boney Kapoor for touching Urvashi inappropriately while posing for the shutterbugs at Jayantilal Gada’s son’s wedding reception. But Urvashi coming out in support of Boney has now raised many questions about the said incident.The incident had put many people in a dilemma about whether to condemn Boney Kapoor’s actions or stay mum over after Urvashi’s statement on Twitter. After Boney got mercilessly trolled, Urvashi slammed those who trained their guns at the veteran producer.”I felt appalled and beyond shocked this morning when i saw social media flooded with trolls of me in a video with respected @BoneyKapoor Sir. He is a true Gentleman and it makes me feel extremely unhappy and miserable because the social sites/media don’t even think twice before. Putting up things or destroying anyone’s reputation. I request all to stop trolling. I honestly respect @BoneyKapoor sir & stand by him and his dignity,” she wrote on Twitter.After reading Urvashi’s clarification, many people targetted the actress saying that she wouldn’t say or mind anything as Boney is a big producer in the industry and she might want to work with him in the near future. However, many people were of the opinion that if Urvashi had no problems being spanked by Boney, then why should anybody get bothered about it.While many questioned Urvashi’s intentions and asked her if she was lying about the said incident by camouflaging Boney Kapoor’s action, many slammed Urvashi for sending a wrong message to the people and letting down those who have pulled up their sleeves to fight against sexual harassment.But the question that arises here is that amid the ongoing MeToo movement, should people express their outrage over such incidents while the people who are involved don’t look at it as an offensive act? Many people may argue that people should pay no heed to such acts as long as it was consensual while others may express their worries about the act being portrayed as a form of sexual harassment years later.Take a look at what people have been saying on Twitter about the incident between Boney Kapoor and Urvashi Rautela.as per the video, it looked like a tap on the butt, and the message you are sending is that, it is okay. I don’t know about you, but that is not okay, the only man to slap my ass is my husband. I don’t know his intentions, Perhaps it was just accident and not done on purpose.— Cosmic Dreamer (@Ambrosiarose1) April 2, 2019Madam u shouldn’t come with clarification.He should come with clarification he did the wrong thing. U calling him gentleman? Now I want to see people u support the #MeToo This is harassment can u take stand against this guy.if they have guts— Arpit singh charak (@arpitsngh016) April 2, 2019If you are lying you are letting down all the women, their struggles and a movement like #MeTooAlso, remember this how the abuse of any kind starts and rise. Hadn’t your face expression had changed and hadn’t you decided to stop, no one would have asked! Your face tells it!— Shubham Sharma (@shubh2012) April 2, 2019There are two probabilities hereMaybe there’s an affair going on between them.Or she didn’t want to speak against him because he’s a well-known producer and has so many connections in the industry. So she fears that he can end his career.— Ayush Gupta (@iamayush79) April 2, 2019But all in all she’s setting a bad example for new women coming to the industry.And womanizer’s in the industry can easily gain advantage from this.— Ayush Gupta (@iamayush79) April 2, 2019It’s common in Bollywood. Nothing wrong. When she herself is OK with it and not finding anything wrong with what boney did whatever may b the reason for her to say so. It’s should b left to them without interfering in personal lives.— Chowkidar വിഷു (@Vishu_CS) April 3, 2019Stop trolling her people. They’ve not broken any laws. If @UrvashiRautela enjoys being spanked by @BoneyKapoor, then what’s wrong with that?— Mawaali Aurat (@MawaaliAurat) April 3, 2019Yes.. and later should not me too..We never bothered about her personal life.But media later kill us by showing all these. so we cautioned her at early stage.— Chandru B Patil (@ChandrauBPati) April 3, 2019
Prothom Alo IllustrationAs the nationwide drive against drug trading continues, seven more suspected drug peddlers were killed in separate incidents of reported gunfights in Cumilla, Jamalpur, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kushtia, and Feni early Wednesday.According to the news agency UNB, 48 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ across the country since 12 May.Two people were killed in Kushtia while one each in Cumilla, Jamalpur, Rangpur, Feni and Gaibandha districts.In Cumilla, Nurul Absar Isa, a top listed drug peddler was killed in reported gunfight between his cohorts and police in Gumti embankment area of Adarsha Sadar upazila early Wednesday.Read More: ‘Crackdown on drug peddlers to continue’Police arrested Nurul on Tuesday.Following the information provided by the arrestee, a police team, led by additional superintendent of Cumilla police (sadar circle) Tanvir Salehin, conducted a drive in the area to recover drugs, said Abu Salam, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Model police station.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, according to the law enforcement the associates of Nurul opened fire to police, forcing them to retaliate that triggered a gunfight.Nurul was wanted in seven cases filed with different police stations, said the OC.In Jamalpur, a suspected drug peddler was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police at Sankanda, said Nasimul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.Read More: Extrajudicial killings on in anti-narcotics’ name, says BNPIn Rangpur, Shaheen, 45, another alleged drug peddler and son of Shahidur alias Sirajul Islam of Abhirampur Sukanchaki village in the city was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Hazirhat Bridge area in the city around 2:00am.Saifur Rahman, additional superintendent of Rangpur police, said the gunfight took place as a patrol team of police went there after receiving information of drug dealing in the area.Read More: 10 more killed as toll from latest ‘gunfight’ spree nears 40Police also recovered one pistol and 129 bottles of Phensidyl from the spot.In Gaibandha, Raju Mia, a listed drug peddler and son of Abdul Jabbar of Raigram in Palashbari upazila, was killed in a reported gunfight between his cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Bisramgacchi village in the upazila early in the morning.In Kushtia, Fatik alias Gaffar, 37, an alleged drug peddler, was killed in a reported gunfight at Lahini Para area in the district town.Being tipped-off that some drug traders gathered in the area, a police team conducted a drive there to arrest them, said Abdul Khaleq, officer-in-charge of Kumarkhali police station.Read More: JCD protests killing of its leader in ‘gunfight’At one stage, sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the criminals opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back that triggered a gunfight, police said.Five policemen were injured during the gunfight, said the OC.Police also recovered a firearm, a bullet, 700 pieces of yaba tablets and 500 grams of hemp from the spot.Aminul Islam, officer-in-charge of Bheramara police station, said Liton Sheikh, 40, son of Golbar Sheikh of Naudapara village, was also killed in another reported gunfight that took place near Hawakhali Brick Kiln filed in the upazila early in the morning.Police also recovered a LG gun, three bullets, 500 pieces of Yaba tablets and some heroin from the spot.In Feni, another alleged drug trader was killed in a gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB)at Kalipas area of the district on Tuesday night.The deceased is Mohammad Faruk, 35, son of Oli Ahmed hailing from Chandanaish upazila of the district.Being tipped-off that a consignment of yaba pills will reach Dhaka from Cox’s Bazar in a private car, a team of the elite forces stationed a check post at the place, said squadron leader Shafayet Zamil Fahim, camp in-charge of RAB-7.The criminal opened fire on the security forces soon after they asked the driver to stop the car around 11:00pm, prompting the law enforcers to retaliate.Faruk sustained bullets during the shootouts.The injured was rushed to Feni District Sadar Hospital where duty doctor declared him dead.Members of the elite forces claimed that they recovered around 20,000 pieces of yaba tablets, a local gun, armours from the car.However, none of the reports of gunfights that reportedly left drug traders dead could be verified independently.
Six children burned in the Guatemala volcano eruption arrived at Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston Thursday.We’re learning more on the condition of the six Guatemalan children transported to Galveston after being severely burned from a volcanic eruption last week.Shriners Hospital officials say four of the children are in critical condition and two others are in good condition.The six were flown by military plane to Shriners on June 7, four days after the Volcano of Fire eruption.The hospital’s chief of staff, Dr. Steven Wolf, says the children, who haven’t been identified, face months and possibly years of recovery.When the children arrived, officials said they were taken to the pediatric intensive care unit for treatment of life-threatening burns.The eruption has killed at least 110 people and left about another 200 missing. Share
Stay on target Amazon’s ‘Marvelous’ Gas Station Discount Causes Chaos in CaliforniaAmazon to Donate Unsold Products Instead of Trashing Them On your mark, get set, shop!Amazon Prime Day 2017 begins tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern—promising 30 hours of deals for techies, beauty fans, gamers, kids, home chefs, bookworms, fitness buffs, DIYers, sports enthusiasts, and other stereotypes.If you’re not already a Prime member, now’s a great time to sign up for a 30-day free trial.“Our teams have been working for months to source exciting and interesting deals,” Greg Greeley vice president of Amazon Prime, said in a statement. “Our fulfillment centers are loaded with products, our operations associates are ready and our transportation partners around the world are excitedly waiting for the first Prime Day order.”Amazon’s yearly rollbacks aren’t the only annual deductions, though: Since 1952, Black Friday—the day after Thanksgiving in the US—has marked the beginning of the holiday shopping season.“Amazon talks a big game telling Black Friday to ‘step aside,’” deal aggregator BestBlackFriday.com said in a recent blog post, analyzing deals from the previous two Prime Day events.And the online retailer is not wrong: 64 percent of Prime Day 2015 prices were better than Black Friday, while 77 percent of Prime Day 2016 discounts trumped that year’s post-Thanksgiving shopping spree, according to the blog.“Amazon views Prime Day as a Black Friday competitor, so we feel as though it is our duty to hold them to such a bold claim,” BestBlackFriday said. “While Black Friday still wins in sheer volume, Prime Day has a lot to be excited about.”BestBlackFriday.com’s Prime Day 2017 tips:Keep personal information up to date. Scrambling for your credit card could take minutes that you don’t have to spare.Download Amazon’s free app. It will be easier to make purchases on an actual computer, but the application is “a vital tool for any successful Prime shopper.”Add products to your shopping list. If items are included in Prime Day, you will receive a notification.Prepare for long hours. “For the complete Prime Day experience, you are going to have to sacrifice a little sleep.” Stay up late Monday, get up early Tuesday. Shop around. “While we cannot provide specific details yet, we have spoken to numerous large retailers regarding their competing Prime Day sales this year. We’ll just say you should not do all your shopping at Amazon on Prime Day if you want the best deals.”Prime Day 2017 deals comparison:Amazon Echo: Now $89.99 (save $90): $50 less than Black Friday 2016, $40 less than Prime Day 2016Amazon Echo Dot: Now $34.99 (save $15): $5 less than Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016Kindle Paperwhite: Now $89.99 (save $30): $10 less than Black Friday 2016, same price as Prime Day 2016Fire 7 tablet: Now $29.99 (save $20): $3.34 less than Black Friday and Prime Day 201632-inch 720 TCL TV: Now $99.99: $30 more than Black Friday 2016, same price as Prime Day 2016Additional Prime Day 2017 sneak peek:$40 off Fire HD 8 Kids Edition (now $89.99)Four months of Amazon Music Unlimited streaming for $0.99 (with purchase of Echo device, Fire TV streaming media player, Fire tablet)25 percent or more off AmazonBasics20 percent back on select items with Amazon Prime credit cardUp to 50 percent off grocery items by Amazonvia AmazonPrime Day 2017 tips for Alexa shoppers:Prime members with an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Amazon Tap, compatible Fire TV, or a Fire tablet can start spending earlier, and continue longer:Beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern, voice shoppers get exclusive early access to select reductions. And have access to Alexa deals through July 17.Just ask “Alexa, what are your Prime Day deals?” and snag a $10 credit when you order an Alexa Deal of $20 or more.Prime Air cargo planes are ready to fly in the U.S. (via Amazon)This year’s buying bonanza is set to be Amazon’s biggest: According to new data from securities research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), Amazon Prime membership has increased 35 percent in one year—from 63 million US members at the end of June 2016 to 85 million today.A Prime subscription costs $10 per month, or $99 a year. Amazon last week announced that customers with a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card can sign up for Prime’s two-day shipping and other perks for just $5.99 monthly.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
The FIFA World Cup will be starting shortly. Looking forward for this extravanganza Shangri-la’s – Eros Hotel gives all the football enthusiasts a chance to experience the thrill by screening the live matches at the Island Bar through wide-screen televisions and surround sound stereos in the comfort of plush surroundings while they revel bottled brews and a delectable chef’s special menu. The bar has been dressed to look like a mini football stadium, with an array of exciting customized packages alongside. Guests can choose from an exquisite selection of theme based cocktails such as Attacker (A delightful mix of Cachaca, Pernod and Pineapple Juice flavoured with cardamom served tall over shaved ice), Dribble (Concoction of Absolut Mandarin, Grand Marnier, Orange Juice with a hint of Passion Fruit), Goal Kick (Concoction of Vanilla Vodka , Midori and lemonade served tall), Header (Hendrick’s Gin made interesting with a hint of mint topped up with Cucumber Juice), Back Pass (Fresh Thai sweet basil leaves muddled with Absolut Citron shaken with lemon cello served in a chilled Martini glass), Red Card (Vodka made interesting with Disaronno, Watermelon and Almond Syrup), Corner Kick (A delightful mix of Absolut Raspberry and Cranberry Juice powered with Red Bull served over Ice). The culinary team has crafted an inviting selection of appetizers such as Fire Roasted Sweet Bell and Goat Cheese on Herbed Focaccia with Glazed Artichokes, Marinated Boletus on Herbed Brioche, Peking Spiced Prawns and Asparagus on Lemon Tarts, Thai Spring Chicken Cigars amongst others. Guests can also enjoy specially created packages such as Golden Goal (Bucket of six Domestic Beer and a platter of ‘Bocconcini Skewers with Roma Tomatoes and Sweet Basil Dressing or Thai Spring Chicken Cigars).Where: Island Bar at Shangri-la’s – Eros Hotel When: 12 June – 13 July Price: Rs 700- 3000
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A hugely anticipated new show on Amazon Prime has come under fire for using a transphobic slur just hours after its release. John Krasinksi as Jack Ryan. | Photo: Facebook Starring The Office’s (US) John Krasinki, Jack Ryan, tells the story of said CIA analyst. Ryan tracks a group of potential terrorists who they believe to be the ‘next Osama Bin Laden’.The hunt for the terrorists is seen from many different perspectives including that of soldier Victor Polizzi. The soldier has become disillusioned with his role as missile launcher for US drones.After a drunken night where he ends up assaulted and with a black eye, his colleague turns to ask him about it.‘Did you accidentally pick up another tranny on Fremont St?’ his colleague asks. To which Polizzi replies with an adamant ‘no’.This shit is repulsive @jackryanamazon. Trans women die from pick up violence. This isn’t funny. This is real life. pic.twitter.com/S6782JwrSb— Eliel Cruz (@elielcruz) September 1, 2018Transphobia is never okThe outcry came quickly on social media. Many Twitter users pointed out the offensive comment came just a day after two more trans women were murdered in the US. So far, 18 trans women have been murdered in 2018, 13 of which are women of color.‘When we trivialize the violence trans women face, both in our language and in dismissing the realities of hate and pick up violence, we contribute to, and perpetuate, that violence,’ wrote Eliel Cruz on Twitter.Cruz is the communication director of the Anti Violence Project which provides support to LGBTI and HIV communities when faced with violence. Cruz had just finished writing a memoriam to the two murdered women when he saw the episode.‘This shit is repulsive @jackryanamazon. Trans women die from pick up violence. This isn’t funny. This is real life,’ Cruz wrote.Many people agreed and took to Twitter to show their disgust, with some vowing to either not watch the show or cancel their Amazon Prime subscription altogether.Here are some of their reactions:I mean I already wasn’t planning on watching @jackryanamazon, but now I’m DEFINITELY not watching… https://t.co/IAzQLU9Lfq— RJ Aguiar (@DamnItRJ) September 1, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Perhaps someone can explain why Amazon is out here marketing transphobia in 2018–especially after “Transparent made them relevant. https://t.co/TSqTg8LlUG— Ashlee Marie Preston (@AshleeMPreston) September 1, 2018 Hey, @jackryanamazon. I’m a trans woman who has survived an actual terrorist attack in real life, ran toward the attacker, and then spent the next 12 months shifting entire military policy. You wanna explain the use of this slur to my face, you cowards?https://t.co/5OqH6Xxylt— Emily G (@EmilyGorcenski) September 1, 2018Gay Star News has reached out to Amazon for comment.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . In the year of Pose 2018–when trans people are still being killed at staggering rates—I refuse to acknowledge that anyone would write a joke at the expense of trans folks and one that includes a slur at that. https://t.co/3ZHI0YLVaJ— J. Dylan Sandifer (@jdylan901) September 1, 2018 Love being the butt of the joke when I see my sisters being murdered every day and their murderers getting away with it because obviously “trannys” dont matter. Canceling my prime membership been meaning to do it because of how they treat their workers too @amazon @jackryanamazon https://t.co/aBTCfjT7Cb— Tall-yuh (@Tahlia_Rene) September 1, 2018 Hey @jackryanamazon, this is unacceptable because it bolsters the idea that trans women aren’t women, and that men should be ashamed for being involved with them. These kinds of toxic cultural ideas lead to the murder of trans women of color REGULARLY. You need to do better. https://t.co/O8upXBAtmU— Austen Hartke (@AustenLionheart) September 1, 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Seven tweeters who really needed to delete their accounts in 2017Gay News Europe | Gay news, entertainment, celebrities, family and storiesThis is how James Corden would tell his children about gay relationshipsRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/amazons-new-show-jack-ryan-uses-transphobic-slur-and-people-are-mad/
Irish Tech News Senior Editor Simon Cocking spoke with Rachel to find out more about her positive mental health game from children, Get Closer, and about being a Sky Women in Tech Scholar. What is your background briefly?I grew up in Limerick and studied Graphic Design and Visual Communication at Limerick School of Art and Design. When I graduated in 2014 I spent a year in Boston working as an Art Director for the ad agency Hill Holiday. I came home and worked for a bit in Dublin for the design studio Design Factory. In 2016 I moved to London to work as a creative for the ad agency Wieden + Kennedy, and last year I decided to go back into education to study an MA in Independent Games & Playable Experience Design at Goldsmith’s college.Does it seem like a logical background to what you do now?Yeah, I think so! When I studied graphics in Limerick we did a little bit of web design and that was my first experience with any kind of coding, and I really liked it but I didn’t spend enough time with it to get comfortable. It was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to learn more about making interactive work.1 min pitch for what you are doing now?Get Closer is going to be a mobile game for young children to introduce them to ideas around positive mental health and emotional self-care. I’m coming to the tail end of my master’s degree now, the project being funded by Sky is going to be the subject of my thesis so I’m currently buried in research about designing games for children, games for mental health, how to involve children in the design process, designing for children with learning differences etc!Why did you get involved with this project?There were so many reasons I wanted to become a Sky Women in Tech Scholar, not only are they offering funding to support the development of the game, but they also offer mentoring and professional development. They want to support their scholars to become role models for young women choosing a career path, as there’s currently a real shortage of visible women in tech (At present, just 22% of the UK core STEM employment is female)Another reason is that my project is targeted at children, and I think having the support of a household name like Sky lends a lot of credibility to the work and will hopefully help with reaching out to collaborators and publicising the game when it’s finished.Why do you think it is such a powerful idea?Aida and I built Get Closer as part of a hackathon called Global Game Jam 2019 back in January, and we were invited to exhibit the game at EGX Rezzed, a big gaming festival here in London. While we were there we met mental health professionals and educators who told us that the game had potential to become a useful tool for introducing young children to positive mental health practices and help them to develop their emotional vocabulary.In the UK the statistic is 1 in 8 children are now presenting with mental illness, and while societal attitudes to taking care of our mental wellbeing are changing – there is still a long way to go – and the hope is that by starting with young kids, we can start fostering positive behaviour that will stay with them as they grow up.How can people find out more about you & your work?I’m most active on my Instagram @fanceclancy, and I’m going to be reviving my twitter @_Fance because everyone in game development seems to be on there! Also, my portfolio site is http://clancy4u.co.uk/ and is a bit of a nightmare to look at but I like it!Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?The original prototype for Get Closer is free to play on itch, but the plan is to completely overhaul the game from scratch. This iteration is like a sketch of the idea of a game that uses dialogue options to tell a story about supporting someone going through a depression.
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FILE – In this Jan. 14, 1954 file photo, New York Yankees’ Joe DiMaggio, right, poses with actress Marilyn Monroe, as they wait for their marriage ceremony in San Francisco. The black dress that a distraught Marilyn Monroe wore to a 1954 press conference announcing her separation from baseball legend Joe DiMaggio is going up for auction. KruseGWS Auctions announced Wednesday that the simple wool dress with a zippered turtleneck front will be up for bidding starting on March 30. Monroe was wearing it in Beverly Hills on Oct. 6, 1954 when she stepped out amid a mob of cameras and reporters to announce the split in a marriage. (AP Photo, File) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2019 6:11 am PDT Dress Monroe wore to announce DiMaggio split to be auctioned LOS ANGELES — The black dress that a distraught Marilyn Monroe wore to a 1954 press conference announcing her separation from baseball legend Joe DiMaggio less than a year after she married him is going up for auction.The simple wool dress with a zippered turtleneck front will be up for bidding starting on March 30, KruseGWS Auctions announced Wednesday.The auction house expects the dress will fetch between $100,000 and $150,000. The seller’s name is not being made public.Monroe was wearing it on Oct. 6, 1954, when she stepped out into the Beverly Hills sunlight to meet a mob of cameras and shouting reporters and announced the split in her marriage with the New York Yankees star that united sports and Hollywood and brought frenzied press coverage.“You can certainly see the anguish and despair on Marilyn’s face when she spoke, said Brigitte Kruse, founder of GWS Auctions. “That moment changed Hollywood history forever.”Monroe barely spoke at the auction, appearing to be on the verge of tears and nodding to answer one question while her attorney Jerry Giesler explained the two were splitting because of conflicting careers.Monroe and DiMaggio married in January 1954. She cited mental cruelty as the reason for the divorce, which became final the following year.In 2014, a love letter DiMaggio wrote to Monroe after the news conference sold for $78,125 at auction.Monroe had previously been married to James Dougherty and would also marry and divorce playwright Arthur Miller before her death in 1962 at age 36.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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