MEET ALEX KOTSYK

first_imgWho inspired you to follow your dream to pursue acting?I am a huge Broadway fan and it all started from random visit of Broadway production Fiddler on the Roof in NYC with my Ukrainian friends. When I saw that and just realized there is nothing else I want to do but work my butt off to be like them. And I mean, just imagine how much work being put by every member of the team, not just in theater but film, tv, actors and crew spend countless hours learn practice and then sometimes even volunteer for experience. I have so much respect for industry people. So when I see a high quality production, it’s like a bell for me that says: “Alex, are you still doing your best and you like them, are you putting all your efforts?” so yeah this keeps me inspired and creative.What challenges have you faced in the entertainment industry? What has been your most rewarding experience?Haha where do I start. So when I came to Canada my English wasn’t very good. And I would come to the audition and would hear: “Slate please” – I had no idea what they want, literally for the guy from Ukraine with English as his third language I had no idea what they were asking me, until like third or fourth audition when someone explained me it means to introduce yourself. I think some people just laughed at me that time but likely I stayed on my path and here I am talking to you as an award-winning actor. I had some really great experiences working with amazing individuals. I guess my most notable experience was studying with Larry Moss. I think I will remember it all my life. What a man he is, just wow. Dedication, ability to see you, empathy there is so many words. And I guess the other one was winning an award for best male performance at the film festival in Los Angeles. I star and helped produce short film called “Forever a Gentleman” and I would never expect what will come out of it but I guess if you do your best good things might come your way.What is your favourite type of character to play?That’s always a tough one. Either some historic figure (this one time I played Benito Mussolini in Dictator’s Playbook directed by Mark Stevenson) or someone like Joker, I have fun playing bad guys.What market do you currently work in? Are there other areas you would like to work?I work in Toronto as of the moment but of course always to open anywhere really. I want to do more theater. Just yesterday I was auditioning for a play so fingers crossed!What advice would you give to someone new trying to make it in the acting industry?Hm…do I have to pick just one? Ok i got it. Do your best – always – just do your best! Do look at other people, circumstances etc. Come in give it all, leave. And you never know what will come back to you. Also take classes, learn as much as you can! I can recommend some great places like LB Acting Studio or if you are a foreigner and what to work on accents, Rae Ellen Bodie is amazing! And if you want to stay ready, check out The Actors Place that has drop-ins for $10 which can be really good if you are on a budget. It was started as actors gym by this multifaceted actor and host Ivan Wanis Ruiz; and it’s a great community to meet actors and work on your skills! Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Alexander Kotsyk is a Toronto based award winning Canadian-Ukrainian actor and producer. From early days Alex gravitated towards being on stage, performing and hosting. He started his acting Regina, SK where he was getting his Master’s Degree in Public Policy. After graduating Alex went to Toronto and studied Meisner technique while working on some award winning indie projects. He continued learning the craft in different studio and coaches in Toronto.We had a chance to catch up to discuss his career.As a child, did you want to be an actor, or did it fall into place through other activities?I never wanted to be an actor, it just happened…I mean its sounds like something unreal but I am a guy from a small town in Ukraine called Chernivtsi, something like Regina, SK. Acting wasn’t something that was widely offered and I can’t even recall classes that you could go to and study. I guess it was always inside waiting for the moment and not until I came to Canada seven years ago I had an opportunity to engage with my creative side. You know Canada and Ukraine its a bit different because where I am from, we first think about money and security because you can’t predict whats going to happen tomorrow and after all the hustle there is not much energy left to be creative. While in Canada, I feel like we are more secure in our future and government can back us up. I mean, I might be wrong about this but that’s the image I have. Facebook Written By:  Darlene MorrisonIf you are an aspiring talent and would like to be featured in our Aspiring Talent SeriesContact Darlene via email at morrisonmediasocial@gmail.comOpen to all (e.g. Actors, Models, Singers, Dancers, Producers, Directors, etc.) Advertisement Advertisement What fuels your passion? Ability to tell stories and be a part of helping people see and relate to things they haven’t before. This one time I was working on Chinese TV series for NTDtv and it was a fictional story about how Chinese government destroy people’s lives if they don’t agree with their policies. It was a fiction but then somewhere in the middle, I was like wow that’s actually happening right now in China and just to be a part of this was a great honor for me. I think people should have same rights regardless of where they are born, gender and how much wealth their parents have.What is something about you that most people would never guess?haha oh this is going to come back to me…I don’t know how to ride a bike.If you were to do it all over again, would you do things exactly the same? Do you have any regrets? Successes that make you proud? Absolutely not! With this experience and knowledge I would definitely do things differently and more efficiently. Just as a guy from Ukraine I didn’t know what to do and where to go if you want to be actor. It took me a lot of time to figure out road maps. I don’t have any regrets, I don’t believe in them. I think what happened is done and all you can do is get the best out of it and make sure you learn from it. Also don’t forget to have some fun during as it is life and I’ve heard we only have one!To follow Alex, check out his social media links below:IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm6180065/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexkotsyk/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kotsyk Twitterlast_img read more

VANCOUVERS JACKIE BLACKMORE ON VOICING A LESBIAN AUNT IN MY LITTLE PONY

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO – Jackie Blackmore is a big hit with bronies these days.The Vancouver actress voices one of two new lesbian characters in an episode of the animated series “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.”She says she’s felt an “explosion of love” from fans, who include a large contingent of adults — many of them men — known as “bronies.” Advertisement “The Last Crusade” episode, which is making international headlines, has already aired in the U-S and Europe and will be available to TV viewers in Canada on Sunday on Treehouse.Blackmore says there have been a lot of people reaching out and expressing their love for the characters and excited that there is some lesbian representation on television.Now into its ninth and final season, “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” was created by American animator-writer Lauren Faust and is acclaimed for its clever scripts full of horse puns and strong, fleshed-out female characters.The show, based on the Hasbro toy franchise, revolves around six main ponies known as the Mane Six, and is recorded in Vancouver with many local actors, animators and directors.Blackmore made her debut on the show in just the one episode as Aunt Holiday alongside Vancouver actress Saffron Henderson as Auntie Lofty, a same-sex pony couple who become guardians to their niece Scootaloo when her world-traveller parents go away on an adventure.She says the story is about a sweet relationship between two cool aunts who love each other, are there for each other, live together, are great guardians to Scootaloo, and are lovely people.By Victoria Ahearn ~ The Canadian Press Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter This photo provided by Hasbro Studios LLC/Discovery Family shows a scene from the Discovery Family Channel cartoon series “ My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” coinciding with Pride Month. (Hasbro Studios LLC / Discovery Family via AP)last_img read more

Residential school commission received nutritional experiment documents in 2010

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe commission created to delve into the dark history of residential schools has been in possession of documents related to nutritional experiments conducted on First Nations people for at least three years, according to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office.Valcourt’s office said most of the 900 documents were turned over to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2010 and the rest in 2011. The documents are all related to nutritional experiments conducted on First Nations people and children in residential schools between 1942 and 1952.“These are abhorrent examples of the dark pagers of the residential schools’ legacy,” said Andrea Richer, in an email to APTN National News.A spokesperson for the TRC confirmed the commission is in possession of the documents. The spokesperson said TRC Commissioner Justice Murray Sinclair believes the commission’s researchers need to take a thorough look at the documents before issuing any comment.The nutritional experimentation issue will be addressed in the TRC’s final report, the spokesperson said. The TRC’s mandate ends next year.The subject of nutritional experiments exploded last week after the Canadian Press reported on a study by University of Guelph food historian Ian Mosby. Mosby’s study was titled Administering Colonial Science: Nutrition Research and Human Biomedical Experimentation in Aboriginal Communities and Residential Schools, 1942-1952.The study found that the experiments were conducted in communities and six residential schools in northern Ontario, northern Manitoba, British Columbia, Alberta and Nova Scotia. The targeted communities included Norway House, Cross Lake and God’s Lake Mine in Manitoba, along with residential schools in Port Alberni, B.C., Lethbridge, Alta., Kenora, Ont., and Shubenacadie, N.S.The Assembly of First Nations, which was gathered in Whitehorse, Yukon, for an annual general meeting at the time, immediately reacted after the story surfaced and passed an emergency resolution calling on Ottawa to apologize for the biomedical experiments.Grassroots activists also responded by calling for national moment of silence on Thursday to “reflect upon the impacts of Canada’s residential schools,” according to a press statement. The remembrance event, with planned gatherings in Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Ont., Sudbury, Ont., Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Vancouver, will also call on Ottawa to “honour its 2008 apology” to residential school survivors and release all documents requested by the TRC.The TRC and Ottawa have been battling over the release of residential school documents.Valcourt has said that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s 2008 apology covered the nutritional experiments.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

FSIN hit with 11 million cut forced to fire staff

first_imgFSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde; photo by Maike Eikelmann/APTNAPTN National News SASKATOON–Facing an $1.1 million cut from Ottawa, one of the country’s oldest First Nation organizations was forced to tell staff this week that layoffs loom.The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) plans to lay off much of its staff by March 31.Employees were informed of the looming cuts on TuesdayFSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde said the FSIN was hit with a $875,000 cut last fiscal year and the new round of funding cuts forced the organization’s hand.“If there are no alternative sources of revenue, it is going to have a huge impact,” said Bellegarde.Bellegarde said the cuts will diminish the FSIN’s ability to analyze legislation and get legal opinions. It will also mean the organization will have to reduce its number of vice chiefs.The federal government has moved to slash spending for First Nations organizations. In September 2012 Ottawa announced it would be capping core funding for regional organizations, like the FSIN, at $500,000.Last year, Ottawa cut its pot of cash for so-called discretionary funding by 30 per cent.“You basically weaken the voice of First Nation people across Canada,” said Bellegarde.Bellegarde said the cuts could also give First Nation organizations freedom to take a stronger line against Ottawa. He said funding is often used by Ottawa to retaliate against First Nations organizations that criticize federal policy.The FSIN, however, will continue to exist, no matter what Ottawa does, he said.“We have seen the ebb and flow of funding to organizations,” he said. “Our FSIN will always be there. Sometimes its shape and form will change and evolve.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

Saskatchewan Aboriginal Track and Field Championships larger than ever

first_imgAPTN National NewsAthletes travelled from reserves and communities across the province to complete in this year’s Saskatchewan Aboriginal Track and Field Championships.Organizers said the  7th annual event tripled in size with nearly 300 athletes.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has the story.last_img

Twin Akwesasne brothers head to World Wrestling Championships

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN National NewsTwo Akwesasne brothers have been making their mark on the Canadian wrestling scene.They’re now working on tackling the world stage.last_img

Federal Liberals urged to accept Senate change to sex discrimination bill

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing increased public pressure from Indigenous women and a feminist alliance to accept a Senate amendment to legislation to end sex discrimination under the Indian Act.Advocates have joined forces with two Aboriginal senators, Lillian Dyck and Sandra Lovelace-Nicholas, in an awareness campaign that kicked off this week urging the Liberal government to change the bill known as S-3.Part of the outreach, supported by the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action, includes the distribution of a letter to women’s organizations, academics and human rights groups to canvass support on the “full and final removal” of sex discrimination in the Indian Act.“We write to you now because the government of Canada is poised to pass Bill S-3, a revision to the Indian Act, which will, one more time, remove discrimination for some but leave the core of the sex discrimination in place,” the letter says.The discrimination has existed since the Indian Act was first introduced in 1876, the letter adds.Sharon McIvor, a plaintiff in a case resulting in a 2009 British Columbia Court of Appeal ruling on status for previously excluded Indigenous women and a signatory of the letter, said the campaign’s goal echoes work she’s done since the 1960s.“The Indian Act has built into it a discriminatory scheme that is very hard on Aboriginal women,” she said. “We have not been able to pass … our status on to our children the same way that the men do.”In June, the Senate unanimously passed a change to Bill S-3 dubbed the “6(1)(a) all the way” amendment _ a change designed to ensure Indian women and their descendants have full Indian status like Indian men do.The House of Commons, however, did not accept the Senate’s change and the government said it required more time to examine its impacts of the amendment. A message was then sent back to the Senate.“The message is essentially asking us to agree with them,” Sen. Dyck said. “I would say the vast majority of senators would say ‘No, we don’t agree with it because you took out the main amendment that we added in.”’Equality for Indigenous women remains on the line in what is clearly a human rights issue, Dyck added.“The prime minister is a feminist,” she said.“He’s gone around telling other countries, ‘Let’s advance women’s issues, let’s give women equality. But if you’re not going to give Indigenous women equality, then there’s something clearly that doesn’t match up with your message to other people. Indigenous women deserve equality as much as any other woman.”In a statement, the office of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett insisted the federal government is committed to ensuring there is gender equity for all women in Canada.“We will continue to work with First Nations, impacted individuals, experts and parliamentarians to remove all sex discrimination from registration provisions in the Indian Act,” the office said.It also suggested it will be watching the Senate’s next move.“The debate on the current bill has yet to begin in the Senate, therefore, we cannot speculate or comment on how that debate in the Senate will evolve,” it said.Shelagh Day, one of the founders of the feminist alliance, said the Senate was very clear about their position when it passed the amendment last spring.“This is a simple matter of whether women are treated in the Indian Act as men,” she said. “It is 140 years after discriminatory legislation was passed. It is time to end it.”She also said sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act is clearly linked to the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls, now the subject of a national public inquiry.“It is one of the root causes of the violence and has been identified both by the United Nations and by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights as a root cause of the violence,” she said.“The government itself has treated them as though they were not equal human beings and that has made them vulnerable in the broader society and in their own communities.”last_img read more

New BC sports exhibit features Indigenous athletes

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsThe British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame has unveiled a new gallery.It features the top Indigenous athletes from a wide range of sports.thouse@aptn.ca@inthehouse7last_img

Trump says US should change tax law to punish NFL

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is suggesting the U.S. change its tax laws to punish organizations like the NFL if members are “disrespecting” the national anthem or flag.The NFL gave up its federal tax-exempt status a few years ago and now files tax returns as a taxable entity. So it’s unlikely that Trump’s proposal, tweeted in the early hours Tuesday, would change anything.Trump tweeted : “Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!”Trump also tweeted Tuesday that ESPN ratings have “tanked” because of Jemele Hill, the anchor suspended for making political statements on social media.While NFL viewership is down slightly, ESPN remains among the most popular cable networks, averaging 3 million viewers in prime time. The network has suffered subscriber losses over the last few years as some viewers have moved to streaming services from cable television.Hill, an African-American co-host of the 6 p.m. broadcast of “SportsCenter,” received backlash last month after calling Trump a “white supremacist” in a series of tweets that referenced the president’s comments about a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.That comment prompted Trump to demand an apology from ESPN and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to call for Hill’s firing.While ESPN took no formal action against Hill over the Trump comment, she did apologize to the network for the trouble her remarks had caused while standing by the tweets. ESPN cited that apology in announcing Hill’s suspension Monday , saying in a statement that ESPN employees had been “reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences.”Hill targeted Jerry Jones on Twitter on Sunday after the Dallas Cowboys owner stated that players who disrespect the flag would not play for his team. She suggested fans who disagree with Jones should boycott the team’s advertisers and not buy the team’s merchandise.She clarified Monday that she wasn’t calling for an NFL boycott.last_img read more

In only 4 days Taylor Swift sells the most albums of 2017

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – In just four days, Taylor Swift’s new album has sold more traditional albums than any other release this year.Billboard reports the album, “reputation,” sold 1.05 million copies in the first four days after its Nov. 10 release.Before Swift released her album, Ed Sheeran’s “Divide” was the year’s bestselling album, with 919,000 units sold. Kendrick Lamar’s “Damn” has sold 842,000 units.Since Billboard changed how it views albums sales — incorporating single track sales (10 song sales = 1 album sale) and streaming (1,500 streams = 1 album sale) — Sheeran’s album has sold 2.3 million units overall. Lamar’s has moved 2.5 million units.Swift’s “reputation” is not available on streaming services, pushing fans to buy it or wait until it appears on Spotify or Apple Music. It’s Swift’s fourth album to sell more than 1 million units in its first week of release.Swift became the first artist to have three albums sell more than 1 million copies in their first week when “1989” reached the feat in 2014. Her albums “Speak Now” and “Red” also sold more than 1 million units in their debut weeks.last_img read more

Shaw Communications execs say growth plans unaffected by Corus dividend cut

first_imgTORONTO – Shaw Communications Inc. reported a third-quarter loss Thursday, after booking a nearly $300-million impairment charge related to its stake in Corus Entertainment Inc., but its senior executives said Shaw’s growth plans and dividends won’t be affected by troubles at Corus.The Calgary-based cable, internet and wireless company, which owns about 38 per cent of Corus equity, said it hasn’t depended on the $90 million a year in dividends it had been receiving from the Toronto-based media company.Corus announced Wednesday that it will reduce its dividends by about 80 per cent for the 2019 financial year starting Sept. 1, and divert the savings to debt reduction.The company also said it was writing down the value of its television assets by $1 billion amid uncertain future earnings due to intense competition for advertising dollars and viewers.The announcements pushed down the Corus share price by about 27 per cent over two days, setting record lows on Wednesday and Thursday. The stock closed at $4.63 on Thursday, down 10 per cent from the previous close.The decline in Shaw stock was less dramatic but the shares were down 98 cents, or about 3.5 per cent, at $26.76 at the close on Thursday — about the mid point of its 52-week price range — after the company announced weaker-than-expected earnings that included a $284-million impairment charge on the Corus assets.Shaw executives declined to comment Thursday on news reports that they may be considering the sale of Corus shares but said the reduction in dividends from Corus won’t affect their communications business.Cash from the sale of Shaw Media to Corus largely funded its purchase of Wind Mobile, now called Freedom Mobile, which is a key component of the company’s strategic growth and investment plans.The Freedom Mobile wireless division added 54,000 postpaid subscribers — ahead of analyst estimates — and ended the quarter with a total of 1.32 million pre-paid and post-paid wireless subscribers as of May 31.Chief executive Brad Shaw said the company is moving ahead with investments in fifth-generation wireless technology — an industry trend that’s expected to enable faster wireless networks capable of powering emerging technologies such as self-driving cars.Shaw said the company looks forward to participating in the consultation process set up by the federal government, which is preparing to auction wireless spectrum for 5G networks in coming years, and said the company has been taking steps to ensure its networks will be ready.“In May, we completed some initial 5G technical trials, and it’s clear that this new technology will transform the industry through faster wireless speeds that will enable future technologies. Both wireline infrastructure and spectrum allocation will play a critical role in 5G deployment.”The company generated $1.3 billion of revenue in the quarter ended May 31, up from $1.22 billion a year earlier, with the growth coming from its wireless, residential internet and business wireline products and services.Shaw’s wireless revenue for the quarter was $237 million, up 54 per cent from a year earlier, due to a combination of equipment sales and service revenue.Revenue from Shaw’s business wireline unit increased six per cent to $141 million.But Shaw’s consumer wireline business — which includes Western Canada’s biggest cable TV network — was down slightly at $923 million, as declines in video and phone services offset a gain in internet.Shaw executives said they weren’t satisfied with wireline sales performance, attributing some softness to price competition from its major rival, which is Telus Corp., and some to seasonal weakness.“Even after considering these factors, we’re not pleased with the overall execution within our wireline business,” Brad Shaw said.Shaw reported a loss of $91 million, or 18 cents per share, for the third quarter ended May 31. That contrasted with a year-earlier profit of $133 million or 27 cents per share and analysts’ expectations for net income of 36 cents per share, according the Thomson Reuters Eikon.Shaw Communications acquired nearly 71.4 million Corus non-voting shares, representing 37 per cent of the Toronto company’s equity, when it sold Shaw Media, but the number had grown to 80.6 million shares or 38 per cent of the total as of May 31 as a result of investing dividends in additional Corus stock.The founding Shaw family controls both companies through class A voting shares but Corus had been completely separate from Shaw Communications from late 1999 until early 2016, when the Shaw Media deal closed.Companies in this story: (TSX:SJR.B, TSX:CJR.B, TSX:T)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version suggested Shaw would take part in a federal auction of 5G spectrum rather than that it would participate in consultations about the auction.last_img read more

NTSB hasnt fully examined limo in fatal crash

first_imgWASHINGTON – Federal safety investigators have been unable to conduct a full examination of the limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people nearly two weeks ago in upstate New York because local prosecutors are probing it as part of their case against the limo company’s operator.While a National Transportation Safety Board spokesman says it is working co-operatively with local officials, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday that investigators have privately expressed frustration over their inability to fully examine the limousine.They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity in order to discuss sensitive conversations.The limo remains in the possession of New York State Police after the limousine company’s operator was charged four days after the crash with criminally negligent homicide.A state police spokesman said it could be several more weeks before the NTSB is granted hands-on access to the limo. The NTSB would get in line behind state investigators and the lawyer for the limo company’s operator.“The vehicle is the most important piece of evidence that will help ultimately determine the cause of the crash, and the extent of any criminal wrongdoing,” spokesman Beau Duffy said in a statement. “If the NTSB were allowed to handle evidence before it has been fully examined and processed by the state police and the defence, it would jeopardize the criminal case.”NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said investigators were able to look inside the limousine briefly and have not conducted a full examination. But he stressed that the agency is working closely with state police.“We anticipate getting everything we need in a timely fashion,” Weiss said. “They have a criminal investigation to do. We have to accommodate that.”The federal agency is charged by Congress to conduct independent probes and can make urgent safety recommendations to address specific issues discovered during an investigation. The NTSB expects to release a preliminary report on the wreck in the next several weeks, Weiss said.The district attorney in Schoharie County did not immediately return a call from the AP seeking comment on Thursday.The limousine loaded with 18 people on their way to a birthday party for one of the occupants ran a stop sign and crashed at the bottom of a hill in the town of Schoharie. Everyone in the limo died, including four sisters, along with two pedestrians.Prosecutors allege the limousine company’s operator, Nauman Hussain, allowed an improperly licensed driver to operate an “unserviceable” vehicle. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge and has declined to comment on the crash.___Klepper reported from Albany, N.Y. Associated Press writer Mary Esch in Albany, N.Y., contributed to this report.last_img read more

US consumer prices increased 03 per cent in October

first_imgWASHINGTON — Consumer prices climbed 0.3 per cent in October, with higher prices for gasoline, used autos and housing contributing to the increase.The Labor Department said Wednesday that this measure of inflation has jumped 2.5 per cent over the past 12 months. Adjusted for rising prices, average weekly wages have improved 0.9 per cent this year. That’s an increase of $8.52 in weekly earnings from October 2017.The Federal Reserve targets inflation at 2 per cent, just enough to encourage consumer spending and economic growth without leading to price increases that could destabilize the economy. Fed officials are expected at an upcoming meeting in December to raise a key short-term interest rate for the fourth time this year, in hopes of keeping inflation and check and preventing economic growth from overheating in ways that could trigger a downturn.But inflation could be tamer in future months because oil prices have been trending lower and the value of the dollar has strengthened.Core inflation, which excludes volatile energy and food costs, rose 0.2 per cent in October. This core figure, which many economists consider to be a better indicator of underlying inflation, has risen 2.1 per cent from a year ago.Gas prices increased 3 per cent in October, after having dipped 0.2 per cent in September.Housing — the single largest component of the index — increased 0.3 per cent in October. Used car and truck prices jumped 2.6 per cent on a monthly basis. But food prices slipped as fruits, vegetables, cereals and bakery products became cheaper.Josh Boak, The Associated Presslast_img read more

China WTO changes must support developing countries

first_imgBEIJING — A Chinese official says Beijing will go along with World Trade Organization reforms meant to update global trade rules but they must protect China’s status as a developing country.The deputy commerce minister, Wang Shouwen, said Friday that any changes must address protectionism, abuse of export controls and security reviews — a reference to Beijing’s clash with U.S. President Donald Trump over technology policy.The Trump administration has criticized the WTO as too slow to deal with complaints about Chinese industry policy. The European Union says the trade referee should focus on subsidies, technology transfers and state industry — all areas in which Beijing faces complaints.Wang said Beijing will “not allow other members to deprive China of the special and differential treatment that developing members deserve.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Male Disney Cruise worker claims harassment by female boss

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. — A middle-aged male former labour analyst at Disney Cruise Line says his younger female manager created a hostile work environment by bullying him about his age, bragging about sleeping with married men in the office and passing him over for promotions.Anthony McHugh says in a lawsuit filed last month in federal court in Orlando that the female manager discriminated against him because of his sex and age. He says she called him a “stuffy old fart” in front of staff and wouldn’t provide him with an iPhone or tablet like she did for staff younger than 40.Experts in workplace law say it’s uncommon for a female manager to be accused of sex discrimination against a male underling and creating a hostile workplace.Disney says the lawsuit is without merit.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Provincial government ends state of emergency caused by wildfires

first_imgThe provincial state of emergency was an extraordinary measure taken to ensure public safety and the coordinated response to this summer’s wildfire season, which has seen more than 1.3 million hectares burned to dateThe Province added that while the powers of the state of emergency are no longer required, the wildfire situation is not over.As of this morning, 485 wildfires are burning in B.C., with 19 evacuation orders affecting approximately 1,994 individuals. An additional 4,848 residents are currently on evacuation alert in 39 areas. VICTORIA, B.C. – The provincial government says that thanks to cooler weather and progress in containing the record number of wildfires the province has experienced this summer, it has decided to cancel the provincial state of emergency that was in effect for the entire province.The state of emergency was declared on August 15th and extended last week. Since then, the government said that there was a significant reduction in the number of properties under an evacuation order, and many residents are now returning home.As such, the Province has decided that the powers granted under a provincial state of emergency are no longer required.last_img read more

Kwispaa LNG files submission with provincial and federal environmental regulators

first_imgThe filing of the Project Description with the EAO and CEAA will allow those regulators to establish the scope of the environmental assessment of the project. Extensive First Nations and community engagement by Kwispaa LNG has already identified areas of particular interest, such as marine shipping, which will be a focus of environmental studies.Throughout the environmental assessment process, there will be multiple opportunities for public participation and input. The Kwispaa LNG team will also continue to engage with First Nations, communities, and stakeholders regarding the project, and welcomes feedback and comments.“We are incredibly proud of the special co-management relationship that we have formed for Kwispaa LNG,” said Huu-ay-aht Chief Councillor Robert J. Dennis Sr. “We look forward to continuing to work together with Steelhead throughout the environmental assessment process to ensure that this project achieves world-leading outcomes for the environment and our people for generations to come.”“We at Huu-ay-aht believe Kwispaa LNG represents a new model for economic success on significant projects in Canada,” said Huu-ay-aht Councillor and Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District Chairperson John Jack. “This project will create meaningful revenues, jobs, and business opportunities for Huu-ay-aht Citizens and our neighbouring communities, as well as generate ongoing tax revenue at a local, provincial, and federal level.” VANCOUVER, B.C. – The partnership looking to build a floating LNG export terminal on the west coast of Vancovuer Island has entered the next phase of the project’s development.Kwispaa LNG, which is being developed through a co-management relationship between the Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Steelhead LNG, announced today that it has made a submission of the Project Description to the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office and Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The Project Description provides a comprehensive overview of Kwispaa LNG and represents the culmination of several years of engagement and planning, the results of which have been integrated into ongoing environmental studies and engineering work.“From the beginning, we have believed in developing LNG projects in Canada that emphasize relationships with First Nations and respect their role as stewards of the environment,” said Steelhead LNG CEO Nigel Kuzemko. “The Project Description that we have submitted to regulators reflects our shared commitment with Huu-ay-aht First Nations to provide Canadian natural gas to global markets in a way that generates long-lasting benefits to First Nations, local communities, British Columbia, and Canada.”last_img read more

Pak SC to hear Nawazs appeal for bail on medical grounds

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s Supreme Court was Tuesday set to hear an appeal by country’s jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif seeking bail on medical grounds. Sharif, 69, is serving a seven-year imprisonment in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case at the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore since December 2018. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo has suffered four angina attacks last week, according to his daughter Maryam Nawaz . The Sharif family is complaining that the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan is not providing health facilities to the former premier who has serious health complications. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Sharif filed an appeal on March 6 against a judgment by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) which on February 25 rejected his bail application on medical grounds in the Al-Azizia steel mills case. Several senior leaders of PML-N were also expected to be in the court on the occasion. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Yahya Afridi will take up the petition. The former premier had twice submitted requests to the apex court for an early hearing of his application. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls In January, he filed application in the IHC for bail on medical reasons as he developed heart-related medical complications in jail but it was dismissed. Three corruption cases – Avenfield properties, Flagship investment and Al-Azizia steel mills – were registered against the Sharif family by the anti-graft body in 2017 following a judgment by the Supreme Court that disqualified Sharif in the Panama Papers case in 2017. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the Avenfiled corruption case in July 2018 which was related to his properties in London. Later he was given bail in September. In December, the accountability court convicted him in the Al-Azizia graft case but acquitted him in the Flagship corruption case.last_img read more

No one complains when so many runs are scored Harbhajan

first_imgChennai: The slowness of the Chepauk track might be attracting a lot of criticism but veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said while the wicket was difficult to bat, it was not unplayable.Rival captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli expressed their disappointment over the wicket here after the opening match of the Indian Premier League turned out to be damp squib last night.After Royal Challengers Bangalore got bundled out for 70 in 17.1 overs. Chennai Super Kings achieved the target in 17.4 overs, winning by seven wickets. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”See, it was a difficult pitch to bat on but it wasn’t like it was unplayable. We’re so used to watching matches on good wickets where no one complains when people score 170-180. But if it spins or seams a little, everyone has a problem, saying why is this happening?,” Harbhajan said at the post match press conference.”No one has a problem with why so many runs are being made. So people actually forget that the bowler also has a job in cricket. Batsmen should struggle once in a while so that they understand that it should be a battle of bat and ball. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”In some places, yes, they played some rash shots as well. It was not that this was a 70 runs wicket. You’ll get at least 120 if you apply yourself,” Harbhajan, who won the man-of-the-match award for his spell of three for 20, said.The 38-year-old admitted that he and his team were surprised at the amount of turn they got from the pitch.”It was a wicket where it was holding a bit. We honestly didn’t expect it to turn so much as it did today. We played a practice match here and the wicket was a good one. We would have preferred to play on a wicket that wouldn’t spin as much as this did. Hopefully it would be better hereafter.” Harbhajan, who did not have a great season in the 2018 edition of the IPL, said it was nice to be on the winning side and contributing to the team’s cause.”It is nice to be on the winning side and contributing, especially taking the wickets of Virat (Kohli), AB (de Villiers) and Moeen (Ali)…top-order batters. This is the kind of performance that is expected from me, being the senior bowler in the side.”Though people might think that I am old but the experience is something I have gained over the years, which no one can take away from me. I am glad to contribute to the win,” said the CSK tweaker.Harbhajan praised his teammate Ravindra Jadeja, who took two wickets in the game, to be a key member of the Indian team in the upcoming World Cup in England.”I feel someone like Ravindra Jadeja is always in the game as long as he is looking to spin the ball. He is someone, though I don’t want to talk way too much about the World Cup, I feel he could be a key member for the Indian team to win that. He bowls, bats and is a brilliant fielder, a gun fielder. Finger spinners should be given the responsibility and they will deliver,” said Harbhajan.Meanwhile, RCB assistant coach Vikram Solanki said the pitch was far from ideal for batting.”I don’t think we played well enough and CSK were by far the better side. We were surprised by spin and lack of pace and it spun far more than we thought. It was probably not an ideal pitch as it was not an even contest. You need an opportunity to score as well,” he said.Solanki, however, felt that his team could have done better if it had managed to get one good partnership.”Perhaps 120-130 would have been enough, but batting first in the first game in the tournament we needed to be brave and say maybe should have looked to get to 100 and look at things. We needed just one partnership and if necessary could have even played ugly and dug in to stop the rut of constant wickets.”Insisting that there were some positives which could be taken from the game, Solanki said, “It is not ideal. There are some positives though. (Yuzvendra) Chahal bowled a wonderful spell. Moeen (Ali) also bowled well and (youngster Navdeep) Saini bowled with pace. Far from an ideal performance but we have to move on.”last_img read more

Bairstow and Warner show demolish RCB by 118 runs

first_imgHyderabad: Jonny Bairstow and David Warner smashed sensational centuries to guide Sunrisers Hyderabad to a comprehensive 118-run win over struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore in an Indian Premier League match here Sunday. Englishman Bairstow struck 114 from just 56 balls while Warner carried his bat for a 55-ball 100 in a record 185-run first-wicket partnership to post a mammoth 231 for two after being put into bat. Bairstow punished RCB with 12 fours and seven sixes while Warner hit five fours and as many sixes in his 55-ball knock. With a gigantic target to eclipse, RCB needed a rollicking start but the visitors’ chase never got going as they kept on losing wickets to be bundled out for 113 in 19.5 overs. It was RCB’s third consecutive loss in the tournament, while Sunrisers registered their second win out of three games this season. Playing his first IPL match this season, Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi did the early damage as he picked up three quick wickets — two in his second over — as RCB’s slumped to 22 for three by the end of the fourth over. Nabi first accounted for Parthiv Patel and then came back to remove Shimron Hetmyer and dangerous A B de Villiers in the fourth over. To make matters worse for RCB, Sandeep Sharma then dismissed skipper Virat Kohli in the first delivery of the seventh over. As if that was not enough, Shivam Dubey was run out in the very next ball as RCB’ chase fell by the wayside. At that stage the visitors slumped to 35 for six in 7.3 overs. From there on, it was almost an impossible task for RCB to get back into the game and Colin de Grandhomme (37) and 16-year-old Prayas Ray Barman (19), the youngest player to make his IPL debut, just did their bit to delay the inevitable. Nabi starred with the ball for Sunrisers with figures of four for 11, while Sandeep (3/19) too was not far behind, scalping three wickets. Earlier, RCB captain Kohli’s decision to put Sunrisers in backfired as all his bowlers were taken to cleaners by Bairstow and Warner who became the first pair in IPL history to post three consecutive hundred-run stands. Bairstow and Warner bludgeoned the bowlers, bettering the earlier highest of 184 between KKR’s Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn in the 2017 edition against Gujarat Lions. Sunday’s innings was also only the second time in IPL history in which two batsmen scored a hundred each. Bairstow was finally out in the 17th over off Yuzvendra Chahal as he went for yet another big shot but only got the leading edge for Umesh Yadav to take a running catch. He reached to his hundred in 52 balls.last_img read more