first_img Facebook TORONTO, May 23, 2017 – CraveTV presents the third season of the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-nominated comedy series, CASUAL. From Lionsgate, the series is executive produced by Canada’s own Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) and created by Zander Lehmann (THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES), and continues to follow the offbeat and cringe-worthy adventures of bachelor-brother Alex (Tommy Dewey, THE MINDY PROJECT), his divorced sister Valerie (Michaela Watkins, NEW GIRL), and her teenage daughter Laura (Tara Lynne Barr, AQUARIUS).The first three episodes of the new season are streaming now on CraveTV. A new episode streams every Tuesday.Season 3 picks up where Season 2 left off, with Alex, Valerie, and Laura dealing with the surprise consequences of a family crisis. In the new season, Valerie’s decision to move out propels the trio to rebel, exploring different jobs, partners, and unfulfilled passions. As they adjust to a new normal, can they maintain boundaries, or will they revert to the comfort of codependency? Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement As was discussed by Lehmann at last January’s Television Critics Association press tour, nine out of the 13 new episodes of CASUAL are directed by female directors, including Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child), Amy York Rubin (FOURSOME), Lake Bell (HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA), Carrie Brownstein (TRANSPARENT), and others.Nominated for a 2016 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, CASUAL is a Lionsgate and Right of Way production. The series is created by Zander Lehmann. Executive producers are Reitman, Lehmann, and Helen Estabrook. Showrunner is Liz Tigelaar. Lionsgate serves as international distributor for the series.The series streams as part of CraveTV’s popular Comedies Collection alongside some of the best TV comedies ever made, like SOUTH PARK, SEINFELD, 30 ROCK, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, ENTOURAGE, and EASTBOUND & DOWN.CraveTV Social Media:@CraveTVCanadaFacebookInstagramAbout CraveTVCreated for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada’s premium TV streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet, as well as to customers of Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, Tbaytel, Execulink Telecom, and VMedia. Available through traditional set-top boxes, mobile apps on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8.1, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Samsung Smart TVs, and CraveTV will soon be available via select game consoles. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG) says it has reached an agreement to sell its payment processing and prepaid card business as it looks to further streamline operations.The Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender says the sale of the business will save about $20 million in annual salary and other operating costs, while giving up the $18 million in fees and other income it brought in.Home Capital had already signalled its intention to sell the division as a non-core operation, and says the impact from the sale on its full-year net income is insignificant.Earlier in October, the company said it had cut 65 jobs as part of a program to eliminate $15 million in annual costs that was largely complete.The company has been looking to restore soundness after allegations by regulators that it misled investors prompted a run on deposits by customers in April.Home Capital says it is still facing elevated expenses because of the scrutiny, and the need to borrow funds at higher rates to make it through the liquidity crunch.last_img read more

first_imgLEAMINGTON, Ont. – Marijuana producer Aphria Inc. says it met with the Toronto Stock Exchange last week to discuss the exchange’s recent guidance that pot firms with U.S. exposure could face delisting.Aphria chief executive Vic Neufeld says the company reiterated its commitment to work collaboratively with the TSX as it continues to monitor developments in this sector.He noted that Aphria has not received notice from the TSX of a continued listing review.Aphria (TSX:APH) has investments in Florida and Arizona.The TMX Group, which operates the Toronto Stock Exchange, warned companies earlier this month that U.S. federal marijuana laws takes precedence over state laws.It said that companies doing business that violates the federal law are not complying with their listing requirements.Last week, Neufeld said he wanted to remain listed on the TSX and had no plans to move to the smaller marijuana stock-friendly Canadian Securities Exchange.Neufeld has said that if the company cannot reach a compromise, there are options, including a spin-off of its U.S. activities to be listed on the CSE.last_img read more

FRANKFURT — Germany prosecutors have fined automaker BMW 8.5 million euros ($9.66 million) for lax oversight in installing defective engine software that led to excessive diesel emissions in 7,965 cars.The prosecutors said they found no evidence that the Munich-based carmaker committed fraud but faulted the company for what it called insufficient quality control.BMW said it “has consistently emphasized that the installation of the incorrect software module was a frustrating and highly regrettable error.” Therefore the company “accepts the penalty and will not appeal.”The fine is small compared to the 27.4 billion euros in fines and settlements paid in the U.S. and elsewhere by Volkswagen, which admitted intentionally manipulating engine software so diesel cars could pass emissions tests.The Associated Press read more

by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted May 19, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated May 19, 2016 at 10:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – The National Energy Board says the contentious $6.8-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is in Canada’s best interests, despite increased greenhouse gas emissions and threats to killer whales off British Columbia’s coast.The federal regulator issued its long-awaited report on Thursday after a two-year debate that cost millions and galvanized aboriginal and environmental protests. The board recommended Ottawa approve Kinder Morgan Canada’s proposal subject to 157 conditions.“Given that there are considerable benefits nationally, regionally and locally, the board found that the benefits of the project would outweigh the residual burdens,” Robert Steedman, the board’s chief environmental officer, told a news conference.“Accordingly, the board concludes that the project is in the Canadian public interest.”Kinder Morgan wants to triple the capacity of its existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries diluted bitumen from oilsands near Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., for export. The expansion would bring capacity to 890,000 barrels a day and increase tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet seven-fold.The positive recommendation has cleared a major hurdle for the project, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet set to make a final decision by the end of the year.But Kinder Morgan would have to address 157 environmental, safety and financial conditions, including holding $1.1 billion in liability coverage and detailing plans to protect grizzly bears and caribou. The board said the project is the first to be required to have plans to offset emissions.Kinder Morgan said in a statement it is pleased with the board’s recommendation, describing the 157 conditions as rigorous and achievable.“Now, more than ever our project makes sense for Canada,” said president Ian Anderson.“Building this pipeline will bring both dollars and many thousands of jobs for communities in B.C. and Alberta at a time when our economy needs it most.”The company said it still expects the project to be completed by the end of 2019.The energy board spent 25 months deliberating the Trans Mountain expansion application. In addition to evidence from Kinder Morgan, the board heard from 35 indigenous groups, 400 interveners and 1,250 other parties with letters of comment.The project and the streamlined review process attracted fierce opposition, including from the British Columbia government and the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby. The Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver has a case before the Federal Court that argues the process was unlawful.After promising a “new open process” on the campaign trail, Trudeau’s government announced deeper aboriginal consultation and an assessment of upstream greenhouse gas emissions in January.Environment and Climate Change Canada released its draft assessment on Thursday, opening a 30-day public comment period. It concluded upstream emissions from the completed project could be between 20 and 26 megatonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent per year.Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said the city has no faith the board’s conditions will prevent the “inevitable catastrophe” of an oil spill.“We see this as window dressing on a recommendation that is effectively a rubber stamp,” he said. “None of us had any confidence in this process all along.”B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak said some of the board’s recommendations overlap with the province’s five conditions for the project, such as the requirement of a navigation safety plan, a risk assessment for the pipeline, and an emergency preparedness and response training program.Polak said more work needs to be done by the federal and provincial governments on marine spill response and preparedness.The board said it concluded a very large spill would be unlikely given the mitigation and safety measures being implemented, but nonetheless would have a significant effect if it happened.It also said it considered how the project and related tanker traffic could impact indigenous interests. Should the project proceed, Kinder Morgan would be required to continue consultation with affected aboriginal groups throughout the life of the project.Rueben George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation said he believes indigenous opposition will derail the project regardless of the federal cabinet’s decision. He said dozens of legal victories have been won by First Nations on resource extraction.“I totally have 100-per-cent faith that we will continue to have veto power over projects like this.”Some adverse impacts remain even with conditions, the board noted. For example, it found marine vessels related to Trans Mountain would further contribute to cumulative effects that are already jeopardizing the recovery of the southern resident killer whale population off B.C.’s coast.The board also said future vessel traffic would contribute to an increase in Canadian greenhouse gas emissions. While emissions from project-related vessels would encompass a small percentage of the country’s overall emissions, the board concluded they would likely be “significant.”But ultimately the board concluded the risks were outweighed by the economic benefits, including increased access to diverse markets for Canadian oil, thousands of construction jobs, hundreds of long-term jobs and considerable government revenues.Alberta has been a strong proponent of the pipeline expansion. Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd said she was pleased with the decision, adding that market access is critical to Alberta and to the rest of Canada.“We hope that at the end of the day these projects will be evaluated on their merit and not their emotion,” she said.Earlier this week, the federal government announced an environmental panel to review the project that will report in November to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr. He said the panel cannot override the energy board’s decision but will consult, particularly with indigenous people.— With files from Tamsyn Burgmann and Camille Bains in Vancouver, and Dean Bennett in Edmonton.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. Dr. Robert Steedman, Chief Environment Officer of the National Energy Board, releases their report on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project are seen in Calgary, Thursday, May 19, 2016.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh Board gives Trans Mountain pipeline conditional OK, opponents promise fight read more

Speaking to reporters in Kuwait, where the UN-mediated Yemeni talks are taking place, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, stressed that Yemen is at a critical stage, with the economy in tatters, its infrastructure ruined, and the country’s social fabric disintegrating.“The situation on the ground is dire but there is hope emanating from Kuwait,” he said, adding that only the participants in the talks can change the situation.In brief, he said that the talks are ongoing, the international support is stronger than ever and the UN is determined to achieve a lasting peace and to solidify any agreement reached.On Monday, a joint plenary session was held in which the leaders of both delegations renewed their commitment to dialogue to reach a political agreement, that is acceptable by all.The Special Envoy convened a number of bilateral meetings with the delegations over the past few days, and discussed specifically the details and mechanisms of withdrawal, handover of weapons, resumption of political dialogue, restoration of state institutions and other matters that will be included in a comprehensive agreement.The discussions also covered the importance of guarantees and reassurances to ensure the implementation of an agreement, he said. The parties have started to address specific and sensitive matters in detail based on the agreed reference points.On the issue of prisoners, it was agreed that the relevant Committee will continue to work separately. Yesterday, representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) came to Kuwait to brief the delegations on the roles and guidelines for prisoners release and exchange processes in war zones as well as the mechanisms of ICRC’s work in this area.Also yesterday, the Special Envoy briefed the Security Council in a closed-session through video conference, giving an overview of the talks, the preliminary understandings reached and explained the compromises and solutions that are currently being considered. He also gave a summary of the support needed by his Office in order to facilitate the implementation of a peace agreement, including support for interim security arrangements.The ongoing conflict has destroyed the country’s economic infrastructure and severely disrupted the functioning of state institutions. Last week saw a sharp devaluation of the Yemeni Riyal and an alarming decline of the resources and liquidity held by the country’s treasury.In this regard, the Special Envoy proposed to the parties the creation of an “Economic Task Force” in the near future. This body would enlist the support of economic experts in order to manage the situation and take the necessary measures to save the economy.The cessation of hostilities has led to a direct reduction in violence and allowed humanitarian agencies to deliver aid to most areas in Yemen. The delivery of aid, basic medical services, pharmaceutical supplies and drinking water has increased over the last few weeks. UN agencies, in coordination with their partners, are working on providing literacy and math classes for children.“I am increasingly asked how long the talks will last. There is no time limit and we will stay as long as it takes,” he said, adding that a sustainable and inclusive agreement cannot be rushed. read more

“The country now has a historic chance to achieve a lasting peace. The only way to seize this opportunity, however, is to ensure that investments in poor rural people lead to increased agricultural productivity and sustainable rural development,” said Perin Saint Ange, an Associate Vice-President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in a news release issued by the agency today.“Let’s not forget that there can be no peace without rural development and no rural development without peace,” he added.Mr. Saint Ange’s call comes as he is about to undertake a three-day visit to the country shortly after the Colombian Government signed a definitive peace agreement with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP).The IFAD official also pledged the agency’s support to the Colombian Government’s efforts to reconstruct rural areas now that the 50-year conflict is over.Highlighting that the peace accord is a massive step forward and that it has created an enabling environment to invest in the country’s rural communities, Mr. Saint Ange said that the UN agency wants to ensure that small-scale farmers and rural entrepreneurs will experience significant improvements in their well-being and prosperity.“The road is long and much more needs to be done, but there is no doubt that Colombia is on the right path. Both parties to the conflict are clear on the need to reverse the neglect that rural areas have been subjected to in the past,” he said.Colombia, he added, can count on IFAD’s support to the country’s rural development and thereby, to the peace process, for years to come.“We want to play our part in building a new, peaceful and prosperous Colombia. We want to assure the Colombian people and authorities that IFAD’s 40 years of experience in rural development is – now more than ever – at their disposal,” he said.During his visit, the IFAD Associate Vice-President will meet with senior government officials as well as visit an agricultural research centre where he will explore ways of putting innovations developed by the centre to the service of small farmers, not only in Colombia, but in the Latin American and Caribbean region as a whole. read more

first_img MORGAN TSVANGIRAI, THE veteran Zimbabwean opposition leader who confronted Robert Mugabe’s regime for many years, has died following a battle with cancer, a party official said. He was 65.Tsvangirai, who founded the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party in 1999, was among the most prominent critics of Mugabe, the long-time authoritarian leader who was ousted from power in November.“It is sad for me to announce that we have lost our icon and fighter for democracy,” Elias Mudzuri, one of the vice-presidents of the MDC, said on Twitter.Tsvangirai’s death in a South African hospital, where he was receiving treatment, was confirmed to AFP by two other senior party members.Mugabe’s ZANU-PF government detained him on numerous occasions due to his vocal criticism of the regime.Security forces first swooped on Tsvangirai, then a feisty trade union leader, in 1989 after he bluntly warned about the rising tide of political repression in the country.Ten years later he set up the MDC, which rose to pose the greatest challenge to Mugabe’s all-powerful government.In March 2007, police badly beat up Tsvangirai and dozens of opposition activists when they attempted to stage an anti-government rally in a township in Harare.In the election the following year he beat Mugabe in the first round of the vote – but after violence against Tsvangirai’s supporters, which he claims cost 200 lives, he was forced to pull out of the run-off.He went on to form a unity government with Mugabe after disputed elections but was widely seen as being outmanoeuvred as he served as prime minister under Mugabe.‘Rest in power’Tsvangirai claimed to have been the target of four assassination attempts – including one in 1997 in which he said attackers tried to throw him out of his office window.Last week senior members of his party clashed in public in a power struggle between Mudzuri and another of his deputies Nelson Chamisa, aged 40, over who was in charge of the party – months before key elections.Tsvangirai’s death firmly places President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the ZANU-PF veteran who took over after Mugabe’s ousting, on the path to victory in elections that are to be held before July.“Very sad indeed – as you know the president [Mnangagwa] visited him at home to wish him well – but God gives and God has taken,” ZANU-PF spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo told AFP.“The fact that the President visited him shows what type of person he was,” said Moyo.Tsvangirai announced two years ago that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer.David Coltart, a fellow opposition leader who was one of the founding members of the MDC but later joined a splinter group, tweeted that Tsvangirai will be remembered as one of Zimbabwe’s “greatest patriots” and that he deserves to be called a “hero”.“Although like all of us he made mistakes, none of us ever doubted his commitment to transform Zimbabwe into a modern, democratic, tolerant state,” Coltart said.The young opposition politician Fadzai Mahere said in a tweet “Rest in power” Tsvangirai.“Thank you for forging the path and blazing the trail in the struggle for democracy.”“ZANU-PF has not won recent elections, it has rigged them,” Tsvangirai told AFP last year.“Anyone who is interested in ending ZANU-PF should unite, in spite of ideological differences.”© – AFP, 2018Read: Remains of French nine-year-old who disappeared at wedding in August foundMore: Mixed reactions over new voluntary codes to restrict advertising of ‘high fat sugar salt’ foods 11,653 Views Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Feb 14th 2018, 7:37 PM 13 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 7:37 PM Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai dies aged 65 Tsvangirai died following a battle with cancer. Short URL By AFP Share40 Tweet Email last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Athens was struck by 4.4 -magnitude earthquake at 10.24 pm (local time) last night. Although the earthquake was felt throughout the capital, setting off car alarms, and evoking memories of the devastating 5.9 quake of 1999 no damage or injuries had been reported for at least eight hours after it occurred. According to the Athens Geodynamcis institute the quake’s epicentre was located in the outer suburb of Stamata, 25 km northeast of the city, at a depth of 14 km. A series of smaller afterquakes, of 2-2.5 magnitude followed, with researchers expecting activity to continue for a few days. The region has been active in recent days and the latest earthquake seems to be the peak of this activity, Seismologist Gerasimos Papadopoulos stated to the media, without ruling out the possibility of another earthquake. last_img read more

first_img Updated: 2:13 PM  CAMP PENDLETON (KUSI) – Sixteen Marines were arrested Thursday at Camp Pendleton on suspicion of crimes ranging from human smuggling to drug offenses, military officials said.Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents took the suspects into custody during a battalion-wide formation at the northern San Diego County military installation about 7:30 a.m., said 1st Lt. Cameron Edinburgh, a spokesman for the 1st Marine Division.The arrestees’ names and details on the allegations against them were not immediately available.According to a Marine Corps statement, the arrests stemmed from “information gained from a previous human-smuggling investigation.” Eight other Marines were interrogated for their alleged involvement in unrelated drug crimes, officials said.“None of the Marines arrested or detained for questioning served in support of the Southwest Border Support mission,” according to the Marine Corps statement. “1st Marine Division is committed to justice and the rule of law, and we will continue to fully cooperate with NCIS on this matter.”The prior case that “sort of opened the door” to the new arrests involved Camp Pendleton Marines Byron Darnell Law II and David Javier Salazar- Quintero, who were taken into custody three weeks ago, Edinburgh said.On July 3, Border Patrol agents investigating suspected human- smuggling activity in the southeastern reaches of San Diego County pulled over a small black car near Boulevard, according to a federal complaint.Inside the vehicle were Law, Salazar-Quintero and three Mexican nationals in the United States illegally, the court document states. The two servicemen were taken into custody on suspicion of transporting undocumented immigrants for financial gain.Law and Salazar-Quintero are being prosecuted in federal court. The newly arrested Marines’ cases are in the military justice system “for the time being,” though they could wind up in the civilian legal arena, as well, Edinburgh noted. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 25, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img 16 US Marines arrested for alleged crimes including human smuggling and drug-related offenses KUSI Newsroom July 25, 2019last_img read more

first_imgYesterday, the media lit up with news that Vibe, the R&B and hip hop publication, had abruptly shut its doors. Meanwhile, over at, Adrienne Samuels Gibbs reports that Quincy Jones [pictured], a distinguished jazz and pop music producer, artist, and Vibe founder, wants the magazine back. “I’m trying to buy the magazine back now,” he told And it appears he’s not too pleased with the way the Wicks Group, a New York-based private equity firm that bought the magazine in 2006, handled the brand. “They just messed my magazine all up, but I’m going to get it back.” Nor is he happy with the state of print: “I’m’ a take it online because print and all that stuff is over.”And while magazines from all markets are feeling the same pain, executives attached to the Vibe brand point out that the magazine’s demise is particularly painful for ethnic media. “Unfortunately, you’ll probably see other ethnic publications with similar fates in this economic environment,” said former Vibe president Kenard Gibbs to Samuels Gibbs. While we were compiling FOLIO:’s report, Len Burnett, who helped launch the magazine and went on to become CEO of Uptown magazine, told us it’s a “black eye” for urban media, and he worries how the famously navel-gazing media world will interpret the shut-down. “It’s unfortunate, obviously for the magazine and the employees, but also for the urban media space,” he said. “A lot of agencies and clients look at it as a reflection of the overall business. Whether we’re competitors or not, we’re all fighting to keep the sense of urgency top of mind in the clients who, more often than not, don’t recognize the diversity of media or the power of it.”Burnett continued, adding that Vibe was a launching ground for African American publishing execs. “There are a lot of African American media executives that came through the doors of Vibe, they’ve gone on to do tremendous things. So when you lose a magazine like Vibe, it’s tough for African Americans to break into the business when there’s not a vehicle that’s speaking to them. It leaves a big void in the space.”last_img read more

first_imgHyundai Motor Co and its two affiliates approved Asia’s biggest property deal since the financial crisis on Friday when their board members agreed to pay 10.55 trillion won ($10.12 billion) for a trophy plot of land to house a new headquarters in downtown Seoul.The Hyundai-led group – which includes Kia Motors Corp and Hyundai Mobis Co  agreed to the price, more than triple the appraised amount, prompting a sharp sell-off in the companies’ shares.About 11.6 trillion Korean won ($11.11 billion) have been wiped of the market values of the companies since the purchase was announced last week.Labor union employees, who make up the bulk of the companies’ workforce, voted on Friday to extend a strike into next week in show of disapproval of the purchase which will be used to house a new headquarters, hotel and theme park complex.”Building an integrated control tower will enhance work efficiency and brand value,” Hyundai Motor said in its regulatory filing on Friday.The Hyundai-led consortium, which beat Samsung Electronics to buy the plot in the capital’s high-end Gangnam district, plans to ink the deal with the state-run Korea Electric Power Corp (KEPCO) later on Friday.Shares of Hyundai Motor ended down 1.3 percent at 187,000 won each on Friday, their lowest level in 17 months. Kia Motors slipped 0.8 percent, and Hyundai Mobis was up 0.6 percent.The $10 billion price-tag is equivalent to selling nearly half a million of Hyundai’s flagship Sonata sedans, and nearly two years of combined wages for Hyundai’s 63,099 employees in Korea, according to Reuters’ calculation.Hyundai Motor will pay 55 percent of the price, followed by Hyundai Mobis Co Ltd with 25 percent and Kia Motors Corp with 20 percent, the companies said. They did not disclose whether the board approval was unanimous.The boards of the three companies had approved bidding at the Sept. 18 auction without knowing the price, which was deemed confidential, four board members told Reuters earlier.Board disapproval is rare at Korea’s family-owned conglomerates, or chaebols.WORKERS EXTEND STRIKEThe land deal led to the domestic unions of Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors resuming partial strikes this week, clouding the outlook for annual wage talks.Workers “are angered by the astronomical amount of money” to be spent on the land, Kia’s union said.Hyundai Motor’s labor union said on Friday it would stage a partial strike from Monday through Thursday next week.Hyundai, the world’s fifth-biggest automaker along with its affiliate Kia, has been hit by strikes in all but four years of the union’s 27-year history, although they usually make up losses with extra work later that year.The stoppages comes as Hyundai and Kia are planning to build new factories in China and Mexico, closer to export markets and where wages are lower than in South Korea.Recurring labor disputes, high wages at home and strong currency are expected to put further pressure on the automaker to accelerate overseas production. Hyundai made 62 percent of its cars last year overseas, up from 20 percent in 2004.Since annual wage talks began in early June, Hyundai Motor and union negotiators have wrangled over a new wage calculation, which the company says would sharply increase labor costs.Hyundai’s domestic employees, excluding executives, earn an average 94 million won ($90,419) per year.last_img read more

first_imgOnce a poor tea seller, now India`s prime minister is running for a second term. The 68-year-old makes much of his humble roots while unashamedly portraying himself as the tough guy protecting national security and Hindu values. Photo: AFPIndia prime minister Narendra Modi, with over 43.5 million likes on his personal Page and 13.7 million likes on his official Page on Facebook, is the most popular world leader on the social network as more world leaders are now paying to promote their posts, a new report said on Thursday.US president Donald Trump is at the second place with more than 23 million likes on his personal Facebook Page and Jordan’s Queen Rania is third with 16.9 million likes, said the “2019 World Leaders on Facebook” report — part of the annual “Twiplomacy” study — prepared by the leading global communications agency BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe).Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro, who took office on January 1, is the most engaged world leader on Facebook. His Facebook page has registered more than 145 million interactions, almost twice as many as Trump who has 84 million total interactions.To counter the recent changes in Facebook algorithms, several world leaders are now promoting their posts and Pages with Facebook ads. In early March 2019, 50 pages had been running ads according to Facebook’s Ads Library.”Our latest ‘Twiplomacy’ study confirms that even among political figures who easily attract the attention of the public in social media, a paid strategy is still essential to secure reach and make a serious impact,” said Chad Latz, Chief Innovation Officer, BCW.”Additionally, we see how some leaders are very successful by being personal and approachable on the platform using all the tools at their disposal, from Facebook Live to Facebook Stories, to engage their audiences,” Latz added.Trump’s Facebook Page has posted more than 50,000 ads since its inception, while UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s Page posted 74 paid ads in December 2018 to promote her ‘Brexit’ plan.The study, using aggregate data from Facebook’s “CrowdTangle” tool, analysed the activity of 962 Facebook pages of heads of state and government and foreign ministers.As of 1 March, the Facebook Pages have a combined total of 345 million likes and published 449,739 posts in the past 12 months which have garnered a total of 767 million interactions (comments, likes and shares), said the study.”Followers of world leaders’ Facebook pages grew by 10 per cent (year on year) but the interactions on their Pages have dropped significantly. While world leaders registered 1.1 billion interactions in 2016, that number has decreased by 32.3 per cent compared to their interactions in 2018,” the findings revealed.In early February, German chancellor Angela Merkel deleted her personal Facebook Page, which had 2.5 million fans, after stepping down as leader of the Christian Democratic Union.last_img

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comAnother African American woman is making history by holding a major leadership position within Prince George’s County’s government.  County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced Prince George’s native Tiffany Green as interim chief of Prince George’s County Fire and Emergency Medical Service, once Benjamin Barksdale retires in November.Green has been with the department for more than 20 years and will continue to serve as the deputy chief until assuming the authority of leading it within the next 90 days.  She, like Alsobrooks, is a lifelong resident and the first Black woman to run the fire department in the County’s history.Tiffany Green was named interim chief of the Prince George’s County’s Fire and Emergency Medical Service after Benjamin Barksdale retires, once Benjamin Barksdale retires. (Photo/“Deputy Chief Green is here this morning not because she is a female, not because she is a Prince Georgian, but because she is qualified,” Alsobrooks said at the press conference. “She took the time to make herself qualified and take on various leadership positions. I think that is a wonderful model for all the youth of Prince George’s to follow.”Green joins Dr. Monica Goldson, who was named chief executive officer of Prince George’s County Public Schools, also becoming the first woman of color to break the barrier of leadership in her position. She joins a new contingent of Black women leading County agencies and holding offices such as school board CEO and State’s Attorney.  During the 2018 elections the County also elected Aisha Braveboy to succeed Alsobrooks as State’s Attorney. The County Executive is expected to make Green’s appointment permanent after the County Council’s approval in the fall. Green’s career with the Department began in 1995 starting as a volunteer before becoming a career firefighter. She is a married mother of a daughter, and her appointment to chief serves as a role model for other young girls in the County.“Someone always challenges whether I should be here, I should definitely be here,” Green said. ”Regardless of the challenge, regardless of the culture, I have to be able to move forward and be that example.”  Under Alsobrooks leadership, Prince George’s County has made a conscious effort to move away from hiring candidates who are unfamiliar with the County, which had been a concern of its residents. This became an important issue after the embarrassing tenure of former PGPCS CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell, who came from Anne Arundel County, and was forced to resign from his position as CEO of school system, but still collected an $800,000 severance package.  In this instance Alsobrooks said Green was the most qualified person for the job adding that her promotion was part of a new philosophy where citizens of the County get the chance to advance in leadership positions of government agencies. “If you have committed yourself here [and] if you have done the things necessary to develop yourself as a leader, we want to make sure that you have the opportunity,” Alsobrooks said.  “We do have a wonderful talent pool in the county that’s growing and getting better every day.”Green will be replacing outgoing Chief Benjamin Barksdale, whose retirement becomes official November 1.  Barksdale had been with the Fire Department for nine years and served the last three as chief. Alsobrooks praised Barksdale for his vigilance in making County residents aware of the importance of smoke detectors and other safety measures through appearances at community meetings.     “He has served us with distinction,” said Alsobrooks. “He led in a very strong and effective way.Alsobrooks praised the way Barksdale led the department and for the compassion he showed after the death of career firefighter John Ulmschneider, who was killed by gunfire during a welfare check on Darrel Lumpkin at his Temple Hills residence in 2016.last_img read more

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Is The Meg good?It’s about as good as these things get.Meaning what, exactly?Mostly that it feels like a movie from about fifteen years ago that someone lost in a bunker, found, and decided to release today. And not just in the sense that it features Jason Statham in a leading role and is debuting in theaters rather Redbox. It’s a throwback to the heady days of the early-2000s when big-budget movies were less self-conscious about being expensive versions of B-grade drive-in schlock and weren’t trying to either transcend OR apologize for being big, stupid distractions.What’s it about?There’s a big shark.…and?It’s significantly bigger than all of the other sharks.Can you be serious?Okay: Part of what makes The Meg an “authentic” B-monster movie as opposed to some kind of revisionist take is that, true to the genre, there’s an almost comical amount of plot, backstory, mythology and pseudo-scientific babble stacked up in order to justify a premise that still nonetheless boils down to: “Shark… but bigger.”So, then the “gimmick” here used to explain the existence of a giant prehistoric shark in modernity is that a high-tech oceanic research station discovers that the bottom of the ocean isn’t actually the bottom of the ocean. It’s an illusion, and there’s another, different, secret ocean underneath where a submarine crew they send down to explore it gets trapped. The only person who can possibly rescue them is Jason Statham; here portraying the world’s greatest submarine rescue-diver who forced to retire in disgrace after being deemed “insane” for claiming that he was only able to save most of the crew of his last, most dangerous mission because the operation was interrupted by an attack from a sea monster. And also the research team not only includes the grudge-holding doctor who declared him insane in the first place and his former best friend, but his ex-wife is the captain of the trapped submarine.And because of all that… big shark?Pretty much. The big shark – a prehistoric “megalodon” – gets out of the hidden under-ocean into the regular ocean and because reasons the heroes have to stop it before it can attack a highly-populous beach on the coast of mainland China.Who else is in this besides Statham?Rainn Wilson as the American guy running the research-station who’s a greedy jerk. Winston Chao as the Chinese guy also running the research station who’s noble and thoughtful (the film is a co-production between Warner Bros and the Chinese state-backed film industry). Li Bingbing as the head scientist. Page Kennedy as the guy who gets scared and keeps asking if they’re really doing what they just said they’re doing. Cliff Curtis as Statham’s former partner. Robert Taylor as the skeptical doctor who doesn’t believe in sea monsters. And Batwoman star-to-be Ruby Rose as an actress someone at Warner Bros is clearly very big on because she doesn’t really have much to do but be on hand so Statham’s character can make a point of telling the audience that he think’s she’s cool and that the audience should like her.Why do they call it “the meg?” Is that just what you call one of these?It’s never really explained. Li Bingbing’s character just sort of start’s calling it that (Statham is the first one to matter of factly say “It’s a megalodon” instead of just “giant shark”) and everyone else just starts doing it after that. There’s not a lot of discussion. Of anything.But it’s fun?Of course, it’s fun – it’s a giant goddamn shark being chased around by the veteran action star with the best balance between “Is this really happening” incredulity and “You can believe I’d pull this off” credibility of his generation – though I guess it could probably stand to be bloodier. It’s a PG-13 and, granted, the shark itself is large enough that the damage it’s doing isn’t exactly going to leave enough remains behind to qualify as “gore” to begin with. But a premise that’s already this silly is really crying out for Piranha 3D levels of blood and/or debauchery, and there’s not really a lot of either. We’re mainly talking chaos, explosions, waves and narrow watercraft escapes. Though I will give them credit for managing to contrive three separate scenarios where it sort-of makes narrative and physical sense for Jason Statham to decide to fight a giant shark more or less hand-to-hand.So you recommend it?What it comes down to is, The Meg is a good enough version of exactly what it looks like. Otherwise, it’s a shark movie and it’s August, what else do you want? If you enjoyed Moviebob’s review check out last weeks’ of BlacKkKlansman. Also, see what Bob thought of Crazy Rich Asians. But you can watch all over his videos on our YouTube page or read all the reviews here.last_img read more

first_img Have you ever thought to yourself, “I sure do love reading’s thoughts on the latest video games but is there a way I could watch them play the latest video games?” Well, you’re in luck!Every Friday afternoon the charming folks here at stream ourselves playing the newest and coolest video games live for your enjoyment, fielding audience questions and making bad jokes. You should tune in live, but if you can’t, you can now enjoy this handy archived version.With its expansive international open-worlds, accessible driving, bevy of cars, and gorgeous visuals, the Forza Horizon franchise is a top-tier Microsoft exclusive on Xbox One and PC. Watch us race through four seasons of fake England in Forza Horizon 4, and play with some nifty Fast and Furious cars from Jada Toys for good measure, to honor the shared history of Forza Horizon and Dom’s family.AdChoices广告Subscribe and watch’s live Let’s Plays every Friday at 3 PM EST over on Facebook and Twitch.TV!Want to catch up with past Geek Plays? Watch our shows for Dragon Quest XI and The Messenger.Purchase Forza Horizon 4 Purchase Dom’s Ice ChargerLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Geek Plays: Call of Duty Black Ops IIIIGeek Plays: Nintendo Switch Online NES Games last_img read more

first_imgSteam Customizer: create custom Steam skins by Martin Brinkmann on January 12, 2017 in Software – 2 commentsSteam Customizer is a free service that enables you to create custom Steam skins that you can apply to the Steam client program on your computer.Steam supports custom skins that you can load, but the process of creating or loading skins is not as comfortable as it could be.Steam Customizer changes that. It lets you download any skin from its site, or create a new one instead that you can download, in the first step.You would then use the Steam Customizer program to apply this skin to the Steam client running on the system it is executed on.Note: The program is only available for Windows currently. The FAQ on the site mentions that a Mac version is in the making.Steam CustomizerFirst thing you do is head over to the Steam Customizer website to get started. You may sign in to the site using a Steam account, but don’t need to do that to download or create Steam skins on the site.The next step depends on whether you want to browser existing skins, or create a new one from scratch.Click on explore to browse Steam skins created by other users of the site. You can download those to your computer system and install them using the Steam Customizer software.Creation of a new Steam skin is an easy enough process. Steam Customizer divides the process into the steps main UI styles, client styles, and misc options.You select the desired font face, and the primary and secondary color for the skin first. Only a handful of fonts are available. Any change to the font face or colors is shown automatically in the Steam preview area so that you can adjust it easily.Client Styles add more colors for the most part to the process. You can change colors for various items such as the inbox, search field or inner text displayed by Steam.There is also an option to load a custom PNG image file to display it as  the right logo on Steam, or remove the logo and not use one at all.Misc options finally provides you with options to change three additional colors — online, offline and ingame — or leave them as they are.You may also modify the friends and dialog windows. This includes changing fonts or colors for the most part though.Once you are satisfied with the new skin, click on “download skin” at the top to download the new skin package to your system. The skin is generated on the fly, and the generation itself should not take longer than a couple of seconds.You need to head over to the site’s download section next, and download the tool that enables you to apply the skin to Steam.The program is open source, and you can use it to apply a new skin to Steam either by opening it and selecting one of the skins, or by double-clicking on the skins file that you downloaded previously.Closing WordsSteam Customizer is an easy to use service to create and install custom Steam skins. It is limited in terms of what it can do — like any other drag and drop editor — and I wish it would be more flexible in regards to certain options. Some fonts for instance may be too large so that interface elements don’t align properly anymore in the client. An option to change the font size would be handy to avoid this.All in all though it is a clever way of creating and applying custom skins for Steam. (via The Windows Club)Summary12345 Author Rating2.5 based on 4 votes Software Name Steam CustomizerOperating System WindowsSoftware Category GamesLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Mariela Castro Espin is the daughter of former President Raul Castro and niece of Cuban revolutionary and former President Fidel Castro.She said plans to redraft Cuba’s Constitution could lead the way to making same-sex marriage legal.The National Assembly will begin updating the Constitution when it meets again to reflect the 21st Century, after its last update in 1976.‘In the constitution there is a section on rights in which LGBT people must be involved,’ Castro told AFP.‘Constitutions do not necessarily get down to specifics. They open doors so later we can talk about changing the legislative system.’Castro Espin is the director of National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX) and has advocated for years for LGBTI rights. CENESEX is a government-funded body which promotes acceptance of sexual and gender diverse people.She revealed in May that CENESEX planned to submit proposals to the country’s National Assembly to extend marriage and other rights to LGBTI Cubans.Her father, Raul, has been tasked with writing the draft Constitution which will go to a referendum once it is finished. He is reportedly supportive of his daughter’s pro-LGBTI efforts. Could this be Cuba’s chance to get marriage equality?Castro Espin said she was confident the Cuban people would support LGBTI amendments in the Constitution.‘Before, there was prejudice against talking about these things. Eleven years ago we started holding seminars about homophobia and trans-phobia. And that helped to pave the way for dialogue among the population,’ she said.‘There are people who are bothered by seeing LGBT people dressed up and having fun, and there are those who enjoy it.‘We do not want to cause unease but rather instill interest in dialogue.’Cuba’s anti-LGBTI historyAfter Fidel Castro to power in 1959, he sent 25,000 gay men deemed unfit for military service to labor camps. He later apologized in 2010 for sending gay men to the work camps.Until 1993, the Cuban government quarantined people with HIV and AIDS in a state-run sanitaria.Since 2008, Cuba has offered free gender affirming surgeries. But in 2017 Castro Espin noted that fewer than 40 people have been able to receive them.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Cuba’s parliament gives green light to make marriage equality legalMariela Castro plans to push for same-sex marriage in CubaCatholic Church urges Cuba to reject same-sex marriage legalizationRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Mariela Castro in 2010, fighting for LGBTI rights in Cuba. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The daughter of Cuba’s former president said the time was right to recognize same-sex marriage in the Caribbean nation.last_img read more

first_imgThere was also great entertainment in the form of police officers rendering traditional song and dance.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! The SAPS Uthukela Deputy Cluster Commander held an Imbizo (gathering) in Ladysmith on Friday (June 8) to assist the youth who want to join the South African Police Service (SAPS).The SAPS advertised vacancies during the latter part of May and have been issuing forms at police stations countrywide. In an effort to make the process of applying even easier, the Imbizo was held.Over 500 applicants trying to get into the SAPS attended the event.Also read: Want to join the South African Police Service? If so, then attend the Imbizo to make applying easierBrigadiers and members of the municipality attended the Imbizo to talk to the applicants and guide them in the right direction. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

first_imgTwo light motor vehicles were involved in a crash this morning (January 24) in Francis Road.Public Safety and SAPS were on scene.Also read: Update: 5 dead in crash near Ladysmith (video included)Also read: Update: 5 dead and 6 injured in horror crash near LadysmithNo injuries were sustained.Concerned motorists stopped to see if they could help in any way.It took officials under half an hour to clear the scene of the crash. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img