Southampton winger Stuart Armstrong earns Scotland callby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton winger Stuart Armstrong has replaced Oli McBurnie in the latest Scotland squad.Sheffield United striker McBurnie has withdrawn due to injury.Scotland travel to face Russia in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday, before hosting San Marino at Hampden Park three days later.The Tartan Army must beat Russia to keep their hopes of qualification alive. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: A general view of the Florida State Seminoles and Maryland Terrapins game at Byrd Stadium on November 17, 2012 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Maryland’s football program is in need of a new head coach, as the Terrapins rightfully opted to fire head coach D.J. Durkin on Wednesday, shortly after the school had announced that he was being reinstated.Several names have surfaced in regards to the opening. A new one surfaced today – it’s a big one.Unfortunately for Maryland fans, though, it’s probably not one they’re going to like.Former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is reportedly interested in the job. Jones, who was fired by Tennessee, is currently working under Nick Saban at Alabama.TerrapinsSportsReport.com reported Jones’ interest today, citing a source close to the head coach.It seems unlikely that the interest would be reciprocated by Maryland, though it remains unclear how the coaching world is viewing the Terrapins’ job with everything that’s transpired this year.Some other names that have been mentioned for the opening are Alabama assistant Mike Locksley, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers and former LSU head coach Les Miles.Stay tuned.
“Whenever I come to Jamaica, I am always pleased to hear about what has happened as it relates to the Junior Stock Exchange here. This is actually quite good because companies then can get the needed finance that they require to grow. I think that something like this is what we have to consider for the blue economy,” he added. Director of Economics at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Justin Ram, says Jamaica’s Junior Stock Exchange (JSE) stands as a blueprint for how countries across the region could utilise the stock market in raising capital to support the blue economy.He said that a blended finance approach may be adopted in the initial stages of development, involving the private sector, government, and multilateral lending agencies. However, “eventually we would want to transfer all of that financing to the private sector, and one way to do that is to develop our stock exchanges”.“Whenever I come to Jamaica, I am always pleased to hear about what has happened as it relates to the Junior Stock Exchange here. This is actually quite good because companies then can get the needed finance that they require to grow. I think that something like this is what we have to consider for the blue economy,” he added.Dr. Ram was speaking at the High Level Symposium for Transport Ministers of the Caribbean Region held recently at the Iberostar Hotel in Rose Hall, St. James.The Junior Stock Exchange is designed to encourage and promote investment in the island’s entrepreneurship, employment and economic development. The Junior Market allows investors to put capital into legitimate small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) whose shares trade on a special Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) platform, an initiative that Dr. Ram has hailed.The blue economy refers to the utilisation of the ocean resources for economic benefits, while ensuring the future health or productivity of those same resources. It includes tourism; shipping; commercial fishing; activities in the oil, gas, minerals and mining industries; among others.Meanwhile, the CARICOM transport ministers with responsibility for maritime affairs in the region, committed to increasing collaboration to build on efforts at the local, national and regional levels to improve appreciation and understanding of the value of the blue economy.This is in recognition that these efforts can intensify investments and harness the full potential of the oceans, rivers and lakes to accelerate economic growth, create jobs and fight poverty in the region.The Ministers also recognised the establishment of a Caribbean marine environment protection association as a consolidator for marine environment issues and actions in the Caribbean. The entity will be able to engage players in the industry, regulators, governments, conservation groups, educators and more in promoting and protecting the marine environment.Furthermore, the Ministers committed to champion the management of waste streams, as well as educating the public about protecting the marine environment and supporting the development of maritime safety and security, and environment training capacities within regional institutions.Eight CARICOM transport ministers with responsibility for maritime affairs participated in the event – Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, St. Lucia, Dominica, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He said that a blended finance approach may be adopted in the initial stages of development, involving the private sector, government, and multilateral lending agencies. However, “eventually we would want to transfer all of that financing to the private sector, and one way to do that is to develop our stock exchanges”. Director of Economics at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Justin Ram, says Jamaica’s Junior Stock Exchange (JSE) stands as a blueprint for how countries across the region could utilise the stock market in raising capital to support the blue economy. Story Highlights
zoom International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens believes that the shipping industry’s fortunes should be noticeably improved by 2015 if it maintains the recovery which got under way last year. But it warns that the prospects for recovery may still be fragile if the industry fails to meet a number of challenges, including tighter regulation and increased operating costs.Moore Stephens shipping partner Richard Greiner says, “New Year resolutions are invariably a case of in one year and out the other. Generally speaking, it is wise not to make resolutions which are too ambitious; American troubadour Woody Guthrie had the right idea when he settled for, ‘Wash teeth, if any’. But the shipping industry can afford to be a little more bullish than previously in its aspirations for 2014.“Shipping is in a different space to that which it occupied a year ago. Confidence rose to a three-year high over the course of 2013. Good things are predicted for freight rates in 2014, more companies are starting to consider new investment, and economic and political issues with the potential to hurt shipping are deemed less severe than twelve months previously.“Over the next twelve months, we can expect to see more shipping money raised in the public and private equity markets. We may see more non-shipping money invested in shipping than for some time, although not necessarily by dentists. Supply and demand levels should come closer into alignment. Consequently, freight rates are likely to rise and, with them, vessel values. Increased levels of demolition will be required to offset new tonnage. China is already offering subsidies to shipping companies to scrap vessels before their operational expiry date and to replace them with new ships which are eco-friendly and which fly the Chinese flag. So everybody is happy – owners, shipyards, environmentalists (except those worried about the perceived evils of irresponsible recycling) and politicians alike.”Greiner warns, however, that all the positive indicators remain somewhat fragile. Further, he says, “Operating costs are expected to go up in 2014. Shipping cannot operate without fuel and skilled manpower. Meanwhile, increased regulation of crew welfare, fuel quality and ballast water management are big-ticket items. Environmental regulation is self-perpetuating, witness the news that IMO is to debate plans for shipowners to compile fuel-consumption data to support steps to create carbon dioxide reduction regulations.“It is to be hoped, however, that the industry can sustain the upturn which began in 2013. If it can, we may see a return to rude health by 2015 although, as John Maynard Keynes warned, ‘The market can stay irrational for longer than you can stay solvent’.”Moore Stephens, January 13, 2014; Image: iStock
The province is investing $236,000 to upgrade Shelburne Medical Clinic so it can better meet the health care needs of people in the community. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau made the funding announcement on behalf of Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness, as part of the province’s new capital plan to make life better for families. “This investment will help provide better care sooner to people in Shelburne by modernizing a key part of the local health-care system,” said Mr. Belliveau. “The upgraded clinic will have improved space for health care providers to work together, helping to better meet the needs of patients.” The community, through the Municipality of Shelburne and Roseway Hospital Foundation, will provide just over half of the project’s total cost. “The commitment of the community of Shelburne is making this possible. I want to congratulate the community, municipality, hospital foundation, South West Health and other partners for their hard work and support of this project,” said Mr. Belliveau. “The Municipality of the District of Shelburne is pleased to support such a worthwhile community project. As our community grows, it is important that we invest in our essential services, and we know this will lead to a much better community health care system for all our residents in the municipality,” said Kirk Cox, chief administrative officer, Municipality of Shelburne. The Shelburne Medical Clinic is next to the Roseway Hospital, offering quick access for patients and health care providers working in the clinic to the emergency department and other hospital services. “This proposal for an improved clinic was a direct result of the physician recruitment committee to attract and retain physicians in our community,” said Dr. John Keeler, deputy chief of medical staff, South West Health. “An upgraded medical clinic will provide a better environment for delivering care to our patients. It will also improve working conditions for physicians and clinic staff.” This investment is part of the province’s Better Care Sooner plan, which includes making the delivery of health care more collaborative and patient-centred. The province’s new capital plan will invest millions of dollars to make life better for families. It will create good jobs, grow the economy and provide better health care for all Nova Scotians. The capital plan invests in projects that are most important to Nova Scotians, like emergency rooms, schools, roads and hospital equipment.
Colombo: New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 65 runs in the second Test in Colombo on Monday to square the two-match series 1-1. Victory was achieved with an hour left on day five when Lasith Embuldeniya edged a short delivery from Trent Boult to Kane Williamson at gully. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 122 runs after New Zealand declared their second innings on 431 for six with a first innings lead of 185. Wicketkeeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella fought a lone battle for Sri Lankans but he was ninth man out after a three-hour vigil. He made 51. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhNew Zealand squared the two match series having lost the opening Test match in Galle last week. Sri Lanka, who scored 244 in their first innings and were still 187 behind as they started their second, were tottering at 88 for seven at tea. New Zealand then cleaned up. Off-spinner William Somerville had Suranga Lakmal caught by Tom Latham — top-scorer of the match with 154 — before Dickwella was caught off Ajaz Patel. Patel, Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Somerville all finished with two wickets apiece.
OTTAWA — Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says 11 communities the federal government is choosing for a new rural immigration program will gain new workers and citizens that are badly needed to boost dwindling economies.On Friday Hussen announced the communities chosen for the “rural and northern immigration pilot” — a program that will give rural employers the ability to directly select immigrants to hire in their businesses and will also give immigrants the ability to choose one of these 11 communities to make their permanent residence.By taking the decisions on matching immigrants to employers and communities out of Ottawa’s hands, rural and northern areas struggling with population declines and worker shortages hope to find newcomers who want to come and stay.“People don’t realize just how much the rural economy needs immigration,” Hussen said.He has spoken to rural employers desperate for workers, some of whom are turning away multimillion-dollar contracts because of a lack of skilled labour.“Some of them are saying, ‘We’re going to make decisions to move if we don’t have the workers that we need,’ and that’s just unacceptable. And I know how much these small towns are relying on that large employer to stay in place.”With more than two-thirds of immigrants to Canada settling in bigger cities, municipal leaders in smaller towns and communities have been calling on Ottawa to do more to help them attract newcomers.A number of rural communities have already been investing in settlement and integration supports for newcomers to make their towns more attractive to immigrants looking for permanent homes in Canada.That’s what Ottawa was looking for when choosing the 11 communities. Now, those areas will receive a range of supports to test the new program.The selected communities are:—Thunder Bay, Sault-Ste-Marie, Sudbury, Timmins and North Bay, Ont.—Gretna-Rhineland-Altona-Plum Coulee and Brandon, Man.—Moose Jaw, Sask.—Claresholm, Alta.—West Kootenay and Vernon, B.C.This new program is designed after an experiment that has seen success in expanding the population and filling labour needs in the Atlantic provinces.The Atlantic model sees immigrants arriving in the region with job offers and settlement plans for them and their families. Before the program was introduced, the retention rate for newcomers in Nova Scotia was at 60 per cent — four in 10 immigrants moved on before long. Now, more than 90 per cent of immigrants who arrive in Nova Scotia through this program are staying.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsIt’s been an intense few weeks for Cpl. Esther Wolki.Wolki is the Inuk soldier APTN first reported faced years of abuse in the armed forces.APTN’s Dennis Ward reports an investigation has been launched into her allegations.
government has invested $30 million over the past two years to support 364 inclusive education specialists all schools with a Grade 1 class will have access to the Reading Recovery program the Nova Scotia Before and After Program, for children and students from pre-primary to Grade 6, is available at 42 locations this fall bus service is being offered to eligible pre-primary children at 56 sites this fall and will be available provincewide in September 2020 -30- Thousands of new and returning students across the province will benefit from greater access to programs and services this year “The start of a new school year is always an exciting time for students and families,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “I want to wish our new and returning students, teachers and school staff a school year filled with learning, fun and success.” As part of the new model of inclusive education in the province, 173 more inclusive education specialists, teachers and non-teaching staff will bring the total number of new supports to 364. Two programs will also be rolled out provincewide. Reading Recovery helps children in Grade 1 who are struggling significantly with reading and writing by working with a reading recovery teacher and one-on-one lessons. SchoolsPlus helps students and families access various supports including mental health services. In addition, the Pre-primary Program will be available in 201 school communities this fall. Busing for eligible pre-primary children and the Nova Scotia Before and After Program will be available in some pre-primary locations this year. Quick Facts: https://Novascotia.ca/educationsystem https://Novascotia.ca/preprimary Additional Resources: https://Novascotia.ca/bap
For the first time in 20 years, delegates from 25 countries will gather in Halifax for the 87th International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association’s (IBTTA) annual meeting and exhibition. More than 650 transportation experts will meet at the Halifax Convention Centre, Sept. 15 to 17. At this year’s conference, transportation leaders from around the globe will share best practices in the industry, while discussing advancements and improvements in tolling and transportation technologies providing drivers with greater mobility and enhanced safety. The Halifax Convention Centre is working with Halifax Harbour Bridges and Taste of Nova Scotia to give delegates a taste of local flavours during the event. As part of the centre’s Local Program, a pop-up will take place during registration, with members of Taste of Nova Scotia serving samples and discussing local product and culture. Delegates will be participating in a tour of the completed Big Lift project on the newly renovated Macdonald Bridge, one of two toll bridges in Nova Scotia operated by Halifax Harbour Bridges. Our centre aims to attract significant international events like IBTTA to connect local experts with their global counterparts so they can network and help grow their industry. We look forward to delivering an amazing event and giving our guests an authentic Nova Scotia experience, inspiring them to get out and explore all our city and province have to offer. Carrie Cussons, president and CEO, Halifax Convention Centre -30- Quick Facts: IBTTA is the worldwide association for owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve tolling through advocacy, leadership and education, IBTTA’s members are implementing state-of-the-art, innovative user-based transportation financing solutions to address critical infrastructure challenges the Halifax Convention Centre offers 120,000 square feet of modern event space the centre opened in December 2017, hosting 163 events and over 100,000 guests in its first year of operations Additional Resources: For more information on IBTTA, please visit https://www.ibtta.org/ . For more information on the Halifax Convention Centre, please visit https://www.halifaxconventioncentre.com/ . Quotes: We are thrilled to welcome IBTTA back to Halifax. In addition to the knowledge that is shared at this annual conference, delegates from around the world are looking forward to visiting Halifax and taking in the Nova Scotia hospitality. Steve Snider, general manager and CEO, Halifax Harbour Bridges
Provincial government employees are diving in and giving back to their communities as they kick off their annual workplace fundraising campaign for United Way with two harbour swims. Taking place today, Sept. 18, more than 70 swimmers will participate in the Halifax Harbour swim including participants from the provincial government, employees from the Department of National Defence and citizens. Twelve swimmers will cross Chester Harbour the following day. “This year marks our ninth harbour swim, which has become a great tradition to kick off our workplace giving campaign,” said Karen Hudson, deputy minister of Justice and this year’s campaign host. “I’m pleased to see participants from municipal and federal governments and private citizens also supporting a wonderful cause.” This year’s goal is to raise over $500,000 for United Way organizations across Nova Scotia. Additional Resources: United Way Halifax: https://www.unitedwayhalifax.ca/ Quotes: It’s incredible to see how much this event has grown over the years, from a handful of swimmers to now dozens. We are so proud of everyone who has put in their time, talents and donations to make this event happen. It’s a true demonstration of a how powerful we can be when we work together. Sara Napier, president and CEO, United Way Halifax Quick facts: money raised will help United Way provide funding to 147 programs across Nova Scotia, including after school programming, literacy, employment training, and family resource delivery funds raised will stay in the communities from which they’re raised the provincial government has supported United Way for more than 60 years the 2019 campaign will wrap up in late November -30-
the Innovation Rebate Program was developed in consultation with Nova Scotia companies the Innovation Rebate Program provides financial incentives on projects that enable a company to increase innovation capacity through private sector capital investments or adoption of new technologies and business processes the program provides up to a 25 per cent rebate based on eligible project costs, as defined in the Innovation Rebate Program guidelines the total project cost must be between $2 million and $15 million. The maximum amount of eligible project costs to which the rebate will be applied is $15 million the maximum rebate amount for an eligible project, including related parties, cannot exceed $3.75 million over a 24-month period the innovation rebate works as a rebate against a company’s direct costs and is only paid out once the project is complete Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for Cherubini Metal Works Limited in Dartmouth. The company’s core business is steel fabrication for bridges, structural and miscellaneous metal work. Cherubini was recently involved in the re-decking project of the MacDonald Bridge in Halifax. The company is proceeding with a $3,508,628 capital investment to expand a current facility and upgraded 30-year-old equipment with a state-of-the-art automated blast line, as well as installation of a new dust collector/exhaust system necessary to meet increased demands for export and help increase efficiency and production levels. The company is eligible to earn a maximum of $739,657 upon completion of its project, based on capital spending of $2,958,628. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $2 million and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs. Quick facts: Additional Resources: NSBI transactions: http://www.novascotiabusiness.com/fundingdisclosures -30-
-30- modernizing the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act supporting tidal power developers in adding clean energy to the grid continuing red tape reduction to support small businesses and save them money Additional Resources: Province to Ban Plastic Bags: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20190926003 Government enters the fall sitting of the legislature ready to advance the interests of Nova Scotians with respect to the environment, economy, support for women and health care. The first of several pieces of environmental legislation was introduced today, Sept. 26, with a bill to ban single-use plastic bags at retail checkouts. “We are listening to Nova Scotians and working with them to continue growing our economy while taking care of our environment,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Nova Scotians have told us they’re concerned about the environment and having a consistent approach on plastic bags province-wide is one of the steps we’re taking to address those concerns.” The Plastic Bags Reduction Act was introduced as the second session of the 63rd general assembly resumed today. Other bills on the government’s legislative agenda, which is subject to change, include:
New Delhi: Unsafe abandonment — including instances of infants found left in the open — diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections are among the leading causes of death of 776 children in specialised adoption agencies across India over the last three years, government agency CARA has said. Other reasons for the deaths of the children in the age group of 0-6 in SAAs, run both by state governments and NGOs, are pre-term birth complications and congenital anomalies, the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) said in response to an RTI query by PTI. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkIn July this year, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said in response to a question in the Lok Sabha that 776 children had died over the last three years in specialised adoption agencies (SAAs). According to data given in reply to PTI’s RTI query, of the 434 SAAs, 355 are run by NGOs and 79 by governments in various states. The deaths were reported from 44 government-run SAAs run and 283 SAAs run by the NGOs, the CARA said. According to an official, the SAAs have 7,074 children, some who have been orphaned or abandoned and some who have families but placed in the care of the adoption institutes. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: ReportsThe deaths would, therefore, account for 10 per cent of the total number of children in the institutions. The highest, 124 children deaths, at the SAAs between April 1, 2016, to July 8 this year were reported from Uttar Pradesh followed by Bihar at 107 and Maharashtra at 81, according to the RTI reply. In many cases, a senior official said, the children were brought to the SAAs in such a tenuous health condition that their chances of survival were very bleak. “Even if they were brought to the agency in time, they were extremely vulnerable to diseases and could not survive despite treatment,” the official said. A caregiver at a specialised adoption agency in central Delhi added that they have received babies who were found after 48 hours of being abandoned. Once, he said, a two-day-old child was found in a pool of water after a long night of rain in the city. “By the time he was brought in, he had developed severe pneumonia and passed away in a couple of hours,” he said.
Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP/Shutterstock Stephan James, star of If Beale Street Could Talk and Amazon’s Homecoming, and his brother Shamier Anderson, who stars in season three of Amazon’s Goliath, have partnered with the Canada Media Fund to inspire a younger generation of diverse talent to move into the arts.The pair’s mentorship group B.L.A.C.K. – Building A Legacy In Acting Cinema and Knowledge – has forged a partnership with the CMF’s Made campaign, which is designed to raise awareness for Canadian contributions in the entertainment industry and is being promoted heavily at the Toronto Film Festival. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement
Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement SAG-AFTRA attempts — and struggles — to reverse a federal judge’s ruling that AB 1687 is unconstitutional.According to IMDb, Tom Cruise was born on July 3, 1962. That makes him 57 years old. Such information is unlikely to disappear from the digital sphere based on an oral argument on Monday before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.The federal appeals court is the latest to take up AB 1687, which California lawmakers passed in 2016 in an effort to crack down on age discrimination in the entertainment industry. Under the law, a provider of online entertainment employment services must remove the age of any subscriber who so requests. IMDb, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, operates a premium site for professionals, meaning that under this law, Hollywood actors and actresses have an avenue to censor age-related information on IMDB.com, a website for all to see. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
Schitt’s Creek CBC today announced that its critically acclaimed original hit comedy series SCHITT’S CREEK (14×30) returns for its sixth and final season on Tuesday, January 7 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT), airing on the same day and time across Canada and the U.S. This season, the Roses are achieving huge success in their careers and personal lives, forcing them all to contemplate their inevitable next steps. The series is also available on the free CBC Gem steaming service.Co-created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy, the series is nominated for Best Comedy Series, Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Catherine O’Hara), Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Eugene Levy) and Outstanding Contemporary Costumes. Since its debut in 2015, SCHITT’S CREEK has been recognized with more than 95 award nominations and 35 wins to date and appeared on more than 30 ‘Best Of’ lists in 2018. Most recently, TV Guide called SCHITT’S CREEK “the best show on TV right now.”“CBC is both grateful and proud to bring audiences across the country the final season of one of the finest comedies in the world. This stunning original series and the remarkable talent behind it have won over audiences around the globe,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Programming, CBC. “Schitt’s Creek became an anchor for a new era of scripted comedy at CBC. While we are sad to bid this beloved cast of characters goodbye, we respect the team’s creative decision to wrap up the series at a time that feels right for them and cannot wait to share the final brilliant season this winter.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook SCHITT’S CREEK is a half-hour, single-camera comedy starring an ensemble cast including Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy, Chris Elliott, Emily Hampshire, Jennifer Robertson, Noah Reid, Dustin Milligan, Sarah Levy, and Karen Robinson.Commissioned by CBC, SCHITT’S CREEK is produced by Not A Real Company Productions Inc. and created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy. The executive producers are Daniel Levy, Eugene Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Fred Levy, David West Read and Ben Feigin. SCHITT’S CREEK is produced in association with CBC and Pop TV and distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment..SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter: @SchittsCreekInstagram: @SchittsCreekFacebook: facebook.com/CBCSchittsCreek.About Not A Real Company Productions Inc.Not A Real Company Productions Inc. is a Toronto based company founded by the father and son creative team of Eugene and Daniel Levy. The principal executives for Not A Real Company Productions Inc. are Daniel Levy, Eugene Levy, Fred Levy, and Andrew Barnsley..About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. Advertisement
Login/Register With: Advertisement Photo by Van Daele and Russell Facebook Their photograph featured the bride and groom kissing in between a row of handmaids in front of a Cambridge, Ont., wall the TV crew uses for scenes of the “Hanging Wall” — where people are hung for going against the world’s fictional religious regime.Once the photo was posted on Twitter, it quickly went viral garnering 1,000 comments – the majority of which were critical.The straights are not okay pic.twitter.com/jm7Ody6yY4— Caitlin Van Horror ⚰️ (@HelloCVH) October 3, 2019“Everyone knows the core of a successful hetero marriage is having access to sex slaves,” one person tweeted, with another writing “honestly I can’t think of a better example of white women feminism.”Many called out the photo for missing the point of the show and flooded both the Facebook and Instagram pages of London, Ont.-based photographers Van Daele and Russell who took the photo. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO — The photographers behind a couple’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” wedding photo are defending it following a flood of comments criticizing it for appearing to misunderstand the oppressive world depicted in the novel and television series.The TV series, produced by Hulu and based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, is about a theocratic dystopian United States where women, called handmaids, are raped and forced to bear the children of men whose wives are infertile. It’s also where being LGBTQ is illegal.So it may seem strange that this world would be the backdrop for a wedding photo. But in the past week, newlyweds Kendra and Tortsten Mueller did just that and it’s caused quite the stir. Twitter
Small and medium-sized businesses face a lot of challenges in trying to lower their cybersecurity risks. But if a survey released this week by managed security provider Alert Logic is accurate, the three biggest problems are encryption-related.Thirteen encryption-related configuration issues accounted for 42 per cent of all security issues found, the company said in a report on the SMB Threatscape.For SMBs using Amazon Web Services, encryption and S3 bucket configuration “are a challenge” among companies studied, the report adds. In fact overall, weak encryption is a top SMB workload configuration concern.Among the other big problems found after looking at data collected from 762 customers include:Most unpatched vulnerabilities in the SMB space are more than a year old. Among the solutions: Regular vulnerability scanning Unsupported Windows versions are “rampant” in mid-sized businesses. Among the solutions: Ask why old versions of OSs are around Outdated Linux kernels are present in nearly half of all SMB systems. Among the solutions: Remember that many Linux application systems mask the underlying OS distribution flavor, so do careful checking Active unprotected FTP servers lurk in low-level SMB devices. Among the solutions, shut down unnecessary FTP servers SMB email servers are old and vulnerable. Among the solutions: Ask why the firm is still running Exchange 2000 and others like it And the three most popular TCP ports accounted for 65 per cent of SMB port vulnerabilities. Among the solutions: close ports that aren’t in use. “In these nine takeaways, we paint a picture of SMBs straining to keep pace with changes on the security landscape while dealing with aging infrastructure with lapsed support and limited options for security updates and bug fixes,” the report says.“We observed that while automated updates are having a positive impact on system patching, SMBs often struggle with misconfigurations and gaining visibility to the vulnerabilities these misconfigurations cause. For systems that remain unpatched, available patches are often more than a year old. This points again to hampered visibility, difficulty in locating vulnerabilities, and the use of legacy technology to which patches cannot be applied or are no longer provided, along with a challenge of keeping up with patching activities generally due to limited resources.”When report authors looked at the top workload configuration issues, they discovered that 66 per cent of the issues were related to weak encryption. Understanding and configuring encryption trade-offs within an application is difficult, the authors admit. But the result is many organizations just implement the default encryption associated with an application. “This presents a security challenge,” they argue, “as many of these defaults were defined when older encryption protocols were still considered safe.”For example, while the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) considers MD5, SHA-0, SHA-1 and AES encryption protocols should be avoided, they are still often used by applications in organizations.Read the full report here. This section is powered by IT World Canada. ITWC covers the enterprise IT spectrum, providing news and information for IT professionals aiming to succeed in the Canadian market.
American Airlines will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to add a loved one’s name to one of its planes in honor of those who are cancer survivors, current cancer fighters and those who lost their battle with cancer.Video: Stand Up To Cancer and American Airlines: Life’s JourneysAnyone who makes a donation of $25 or more to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) during the month of July can add the name of a person they stand up for to an American Airlines Airbus A321. The plane, which will begin flying this fall, will be wrapped with a special SU2C design that includes names submitted.The campaign launches July 1 with a digital and television ad featuring Stand Up To Cancer Ambassador and superstar Tim McGraw alongside six American team members from across the U.S. Tim as well as each team member in this new campaign has been personally affected by cancer, either as a survivor or a co-survivor caring for a loved one fighting the disease.“Every family in America has a cancer story, my own family included. Too many of us have lost our parents, children, spouses and friends to this terrible disease,” McGraw said. “I’ve been so touched by the stories of the American Airlines team members I’ve met over the past month and I’m honored to lend my voice to this campaign to help create a world where all cancer patients can become long-term survivors and have more time with the people they love.”As part of the company’s multi-year, multi-million dollar collaboration with SU2C, 100% of donations received will go to support Stand Up To Cancer’s collaborative cancer research programs.“Our national collaboration with Stand Up To Cancer was driven by their proven approach to cancer research and our corporate purpose to care for people on life’s journeys. In a few short years, we’ve seen donations contribute to scientific breakthroughs and more access to meaningful clinical trials,” said Elise Eberwein, Executive Vice President of People and Communications at American. “Today, we ask anyone who has been impacted by cancer join us in our shared goal to make every cancer patient a long-term survivor.”American team members in Los Angeles and Nashville participated in the campaign, which includes pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, Customer Service agents and Fleet Service team members.To honor its own team members, the first names added to the plane will be those of American team members who self-identified as cancer survivors or are currently battling cancer.“We are so honored to team up with American Airlines in this empowering campaign, which offers anyone who’s been affected by cancer the chance to join our mission, publicly honor a loved one and stand up to cancer,” said Rusty Robertson, a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer. “American Airlines continues to be a tremendous supporter of SU2C, and the critical dollars raised by this incredible campaign expands our mission to accelerate the pace of cutting-edge research and innovative cancer treatments to save lives now.”To make a donation to SU2C and add a name to this special plane, visit aa.com/standup between July 1–31, 2019. Donors can visit aa.com/standup again in late September to see the location of their submitted names on the plane before it begins flying in September. Terms and conditions apply.