Producer J. Miles Dale (left) listens to director Guillermo del Toro on the Toronto set of their Oscar-nominated film The Shape Of Water. (Kerry Hayes) Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Canadians love it when other nations pay attention to us, so of course every news outlet was touting the 13 Academy Award nominations showered on The Shape Of Water, which Guillermo del Toro made right here in Toronto.The film is an American production financed by Fox Searchlight Pictures, and its Oscar-nominated stars are British (Sally Hawkins) and American (Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer). But the bulk of the cast and crew is Canadian, so: good job, us.Back-patting aside, there’s a more interesting story. Advertisement Over the last decade or so, Toronto has become a proper centre for American productions. In addition to del Toro projects like Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak, the city has hosted such massive studio undertakings as David Ayer’s Suicide Squad and Alexander Payne’s Downsizing. The massive requirements of Star Trek: Discovery have led Pinewood Toronto Studios to announce plans to double its operating space.“I really see it as the maturation process of an industry,” says J. Miles Dale, a veteran Toronto producer who shares The Shape Of Water’s best picture nomination with del Toro.“It started in the early to mid-80s, when TV movies and series started to come here to shoot Toronto as New York City. We started having to build infrastructure for that, and our crews were getting exposed to those kinds of productions, which got bigger and bigger. All those big DPs, production designers and costume designers came through town, showed our people how to do it, and now here we are.” Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
MONTREAL – Air Canada is seeking a credit card partner for its new loyalty program which it says will help improve the bond with passengers and drive increased profits.The Montreal-based airline says it is inviting key financial institutions to participate in a request for proposals to join the launch of the program on July 1, 2020.Air Canada (TSX:AC) served notice in May that it does not plan to renew its 30-plus year partnership with Aeroplan parent Aimia (TSX:AIM) when the current contract ends. However, it will continue to make Air Canada flights available for Aeroplan redemptions, as it does for other rewards programs.Operating its own loyalty program is expected to deliver a pre-tax net present value of $2 billion to $2.5 billion over 15 years.Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu told analysts at an investor day that the move is in line with other airlines that operate their own loyalty program.Aeroplan used to be a division of Air Canada before it was spun off during an IPO about a decade ago.With international travel the most popular reward, Air Canada said it can deliver what loyalty card members want through its extensive global network.“This makes us a highly desirable partner,” Rovinescu said.David Tyerman of Cormark Securities suspects that most banks will bid since Air Canada loyalty is a desirable opportunity.TD took over from CIBC as the primary card for Aeroplan, while RBC is a WestJet credit card partner.Ben Smith, president of passenger airlines at Air Canada, said the loyalty program will allow customers — especially its most frequent flyers — to earn and redeem miles with greater flexibility.“We’re committed to focusing on Air Canada’s customers every step of the way, leading to a loyalty program designed around them,” he said.Air Canada also introduced new, financial targets between 2018 and 2020, including $2 billion to $3 billion in cumulative free cash flow.“With several years of record results and profitability…we’re confident in saying that we are on the right trajectory towards a sustainably profitable and investable company with an improved cost structure, improved debt rating, strong free cash flow and great prospects for the future,” Rovinescu said.He also pointed to the 3,000 per cent increase in Air Canada’s share price since early 2009.Air Canada’s largest shareholder, Peter Letko, applauded the airline’s new financial targets but asked about implementation of a dividend. Rovinescu said it prefers to initially focus on reducing debt and buying back shares.The airline said a revised long-term deal with its pilots will allow it to expand the fleet of its low-cost Rouge leisure airline for use on regional routes, if required, to compete against ultra low-cost competitors. Canada Jetlines and WestJet (TSX:WJA) are planning to enter this market using secondary airports.“We can now fully optimize Rouge as our strategic tool we need to competitively address any new low cost threats we see in the industry or market,” Smith added.Air Canada also plans to introduce new fare brands to cater to the differing range of passengers from corporate customers to budget travellers.Meanwhile, in a veiled signal of support for Bombardier in its trade dispute with Boeing, Air Canada said it welcomes the delivery of new Boeing 747 Max later this year and C Series aircraft starting in 2019.“In our view, two great aircraft that will complement each other and that can and should co-exist within their respective competitive spaces,” said Rovinescu.Air Canada is also facing the prospect of a class action lawsuit over rules for its consumer flight passes.The suit filed last month argues that Air Canada ran afoul of Quebec consumer protection law by having expiry dates or fees associated with the program for buyers from around the world. The airline declined to comment about the effort to seek authorization to proceed as a class action.Air Canada also provided travel updates Tuesday for customers who may be impacted by hurricane Maria, which is on track to hit many of the same areas of the Caribbean that were devastated by hurricane Irma. Updates can be found on AirCanada.com.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the relationship between Air Canada and Aimia is ending. In fact, the airline is not renewing its partnership but will continue to offer Aeroplan flight redemptions.
OTTAWA – With the North American Free Trade Agreement hanging in the balance, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit three major American cities next month to stress deeper economic collaboration between the two countries.Trudeau announced the February visit to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago as a new poll emerged suggesting Canadians are increasingly seeing the European Union, not the United States, as the country’s preferred trading partner.The Ekos poll comes as the sixth round of NAFTA talks begins Sunday in Montreal, and with Trudeau poised to travel to the Swiss Alps to sell Canada as an investment destination to the World Economic Forum, a swish annual gathering of the world’s business elite.It found 42 per cent of respondents view the European Union as the partner with which Canada should be aligning itself. China ranked a distant second at 18 per cent, ahead of the U.S. at 16 per cent. India ranked fourth at 11 per cent.The survey of 7,319 Canadians, conducted Dec. 15 to Jan. 14, carries a margin of error of 1.2 per cent, 19 times out of 20.Canada and the EU completed their Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement in September, allowing more than 98 per cent of Canadian goods to enter the EU without tariffs — a deal with so-called progressive labour and environmental elements that the government touts as a gold standard in trade deals.The NAFTA talks have been much tougher, with major differences with the U.S. on automobile rules of origin, the dispute resolution mechanism and a proposed sunset clause leaving a wide chasm between American negotiators and their Canadian and Mexican counterparts.Canada’s free trade aspirations with China also hit a bump in the road last month when Trudeau ended his second trip to that country without kicking off formal talks, leaving that process in its exploratory phase.Canada is pushing what it says is a progressive trade agenda with China that would formally place the environment, labour, gender and governance issues on the bargaining table. China says it is looking for a purely economic agreement.Canada is pursuing a similar agenda at the NAFTA talks, a move that has sparked debate among many analysts as to whether that’s the right way to engage the hard-nosed administration of President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly threatened to withdraw the U.S. from NAFTA.The poll reflects anti-Trump sentiment in Canada, said pollster Frank Graves.With the demise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the uncertainty around NAFTA, the success of CETA “reflected something that was more of a sounder deal, more resembling the trading relationships Canada is currently espousing without much success to our American partners,” Graves said.Trudeau’s upcoming American visit runs Feb. 7-10.In the Los Angeles area, Trudeau is to give a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute in Simi Valley to reinforce how connected the two economies are.He’ll meet with business leaders and entrepreneurs in San Francisco and will deliver a speech at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.Trudeau has made multiple visits to the U.S. and has dispatched cabinet ministers throughout the country to press the merits of preserving free trade in the face of periodic threats by Trump to withdraw from NAFTA.
OTTAWA – The Liberals have been told to consider taxing robots that displace workers, letting people pay their tax bill in kind rather than with cash, and work to prevent income inequality before it happens.The ideas are part of a massive government effort to adapt to a rapidly changing workforce and stave off some of the strain it could cause on federal finances.Documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the access to information law provide a window into the ideas the Liberals have been asked to consider as they modernize the social safety net and labour regulations.All the ideas are aimed at preparing federal programs designed six decades ago for the workforce demands in the next six decades.What the Liberals and other governments around the world are trying to respond to is increasing automation, the unbundling of work that can be done online by anyone, anywhere in the world, and more short-term jobs that are the hallmark of the “gig” economy.Sarah Doyle, director of policy and research at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, said the changes will be disruptive and affect some workers more than others, requiring a response to avoid an increase in inequality.“We’re seeing changes happen that very well could become faster and magnified,” she said.“The distribution of the risks and benefits associated with automation, with digitization, with these different large scale trends will not be evenly distributed across the population.”One estimate provided to G7 labour ministers this spring said up to 15 per cent of jobs could be lost to automation over the next two decades. The jobs most at risk are farm and construction workers, accountants, lab technicians and salespeople, according to information provided to a closed-door meeting of top federal officials in December 2017.The professions at lower risk of automation were paramedics, doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, and journalists.The rise of cross-border telework has also meant tasks previously done by domestic workers are unbundled and posted for international workers whose labour costs less, which federal officials worry could depress wages in Canada.Canadian demand for this online work is larger than its share of the international labour force, signalling an area that policy-makers need to probe, said Armine Yalnizyan, an economist who researches the future of work.Workers in this new “gig” economy — marked by more part-time and short-term contract work — are also less likely to pay into the employment insurance system funded by premiums from employers and employees. A June 2017 briefing to Canada’s labour minister said online platforms were “providing new ways to avoid employer-sponsored benefits and other financial burdens.”Federal officials who were part of the discussion expressed concerns that the trend could deal a fatal fiscal blow to the federal social safety net.Avoiding this fate encompasses a range of solutions, according to the documents.The October 2017 brainstorming sessions included recommendations to pay each Canadian a guaranteed minimum income, which would replace various targeted social benefits. Another idea was to allow Canadians to pay their tax bills through non-cash payments like volunteering to do work for the federal government.Rejigging labour rules to give workers more bargaining power could be part of a push towards “pre-distribution” to boost market incomes instead of relying on government benefits to redistribute income and even out inequality.“Increasingly over the last 50 years, we have seen the bargaining position of workers erode and unless there are measures that can actually improve the way in which workers can bargain for themselves, then we are totally reliant on government to fix everything. And that cannot be,” Yalnizyan said.Lifelong learning has also been a key issue to allow workers to repeatedly drop out of the workforce to upgrade their skills and adapt to changing employment needs, particularly those workers who don’t have digital skills and could find themselves replaced by a robot. There was also a proposal to use technological advances, like 3-D printing, to reduce the costs of goods.And as for those robots? Officials suggested taxing technology that displaces a warm-bodied worker, or require that a portion of the automated work be directed toward a social good.The October 2017 brainstorming session report said the range of policy options hadn’t been fully assessed for “usefulness, impact and feasibility.” Instead, the ideas represented “the beginning of a discussion about how to respond to the changing nature of work.”Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said she believed the government was getting close to finding some of the solutions.“It’s not that we haven’t had change in the world of work before. It’s the rapid pace of change I think that is concerning to many Canadians,” she said in an interview.“But I also don’t necessarily have the same doom and gloom…as maybe some of our opposition parties have because I actually think that there are opportunities in the innovation and in the change.”
My First Time, is casting for four adults roles;Two malesTwo femalesA comedy about four people recounting their ‘first’ times. The show runs in January 2020.Tough! is casting for three roles;Bobby, the guy with big dreams but no idea what they areTina, who is Bobby’s girlfriend and loves him yet is questioning why after recent eventsJill, is Tina’s best friend and has hated Bobby since childhoodTough is a dark comedy featuring three young adults dealing with the growing pains of adulthood. This play will feature in March 2020 and will also be submitted for Zone Festival May 2020. This play features adult content and language.The Outsider, is casting for seven adult roles;Paige Caldwell: A professional pollster. A smart confident woman who sees politics as a series of contests to be won.Dave Riley: The chief of staff to the new governor. Smart, but entirely naïve in the game of government.Louise Peakes: A temp. Friendly, likeable, confident, and completely inept.Ned Newly: The new Governor. Impressive governing ability, complete lack of confidence.Arthur Vance: Overbearing, confident showman! Most experienced and successful political consultant out there.Rachel Parsons: A TV reporter. Straight shooter, honest, and inquisitive by nature.A.C. Petersen: TV camera guy. Quiet working man with no tolerance for idiocy.The Outsider is a comedy about the ridiculous nature of politics. Ned Newly is the ideal candidate for Governor, he has a head for budgets and bills, understands every tiny detail it requires to keep a state running. His only hurdle in the world of politics? Showtime for the play is May 2020 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Stage North Theatre Society is holding their Auditions for their upcoming show season. With three shows to fill the Society is looking for actors to audition.Drop-in, open auditions for teens and adults are being held this Saturday, August 24th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday, August 25th, 12:00 – 6:00 pm. Auditions are being held at the Stage North Space at 11520 East Bypass Road, Fort St John. You do not need prior acting experience to audition for the following roles.The three shows the society is wanting to fill roles for are My First Time, Tough and The Outsider. Season Auditions FB Event, August 24th CLICK HERESeason Audition FB Event, August 25th CLICK HERE
Howard Baker’s famous question during the Watergate investigations was “What did the president know and when did he know it?” For Donald Trump, add a third question: “What did he do about it?” Your answer to that question can help you decide whether now-GOP President Trump obstructed justice – and should be impeached for it. The first section of the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller sets out in detail Putin’s manipulation – or worse – of the 2016 presidential election, in favour of GOP nominee Trump and against his Democratic foe, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Blow by blow, meeting by meeting, bot by bot and e-mail leak by e-mail leak, that part of Mueller’s report details not only the Putin-backed actions but also the Trump campaign’s reactions to them. Sometimes it was denial, as in his answer to the question by Russian operative/spy Maria Butina in Las Vegas. Often, it was glee. Sometimes it was retweeting. Once it was Trump himself egging the Russians on to find and release Clinton’s e-mails. And while Trump’s campaign accepted, and used, the help from the Putin oligarchs, it didn’t conspire to get it, Mueller’s report says. Doing so would have been a federal crime, it adds. Also Read – A special kind of bondAs for Trump himself, he kept denying that Russian aid, until after the election. Then the picture changed – and that’s Part II of Mueller’s report. In public, President Trump continued to deny knowledge of the Russians’ role. In private, he undertook continuous efforts – up to and including telling staffers to lie, firing FBI Director James Comey, and ordering his Special Counsel Dan McGahn, twice, to fire Mueller – to thwart the investigations. Also Read – Insider threat managementIs that obstruction of justice? Trump’s hand-picked successor to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, William Barr, says “no.” Mueller ducked. “We determined not to apply an approach that potentially could result in a judgment that the president committed crimes,” the report says on Page 214. “Fairness counselled against potentially reaching that judgment when no charges can be brought” because of the 1999 Justice Department ruling that a sitting president cannot be indicted. “A prosecutor’s judgment that crimes were committed, but that no charges will be brought, affords no adversarial opportunity for public name-clearing” in a trial. That doesn’t mean Trump gets off scot-free. On that same page, Mueller states: “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards we are unable to reach that judgment. “Accordingly, while this report does not conclude the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” But the data Mueller’s probers produced clearly say otherwise. They include: Trump demanded Comey end the probe and specifically drop the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russian operatives. He also demanded “loyalty” from Comey, at a one-on-one meeting after Trump ordered Sessions out of the room. Comey refused to drop the probe and refused the loyalty oath demand, and Trump later fired him. “In analyzing whether these statements constitute an obstructive act, a threshold question is whether Comey’s account of the interaction is accurate, and, if so, whether the president’s statements had the tendency to impede the administration of justice by shutting down an inquiry that could result in a grand jury investigation and criminal charge…Substantial evidence corroborates Comey’s account,” the report says. Actually firing Comey could chill his successor. “Firing Comey would qualify as an obstructive act if it had the natural and probable effect of interfering with or impeding the investigation.” Firing Comey and Trump’s actions after that “had the potential to affect a successor director’s conduct of the investigation,” even though firing Comey didn’t stop the probe, Mueller reported. “Substantial evidence” indicates Trump fired Comey because of “Comey’s unwillingness to publicly state the president was not personally under investigation.” Mueller said Trump thought the probe harmed his ability to be president, but “other evidence” indicates Trump “wanted to protect himself from an investigation into his campaign.” Ordering White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Mueller, twice. Once, Trump called McGahn at home with the order, but McGahn, fearing another Watergate-era Saturday Night Massacre – this time in June 2017 – took no action. Then Trump pushed McGahn through former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Lewandowski shunted Trump’s demand off to the side, and McGahn, having had it, resigned – but not before, in another obstruction try, Trump ordered McGahn to lie about Trump’s demand McGahn fire the Special Counsel. McGahn refused that, too. Firing Mueller “would qualify as an obstructive act” if the firing “would naturally obstruct the investigation and any grand jury proceedings that might flow from the inquiry,” the Special Counsel’s report said. And by this time, Trump knew Mueller was probing him, not just the campaign and the Russians, and could send the whole mess to a grand jury. Trump also tried to get Sessions to divert Mueller’s probe into future potential Russian interference in elections. Sessions refused. Trump constantly trashed Sessions’ decision to stay out of the probe due to his past high Trump campaign posts. Unlike cases where an obstruction is used “to cover up a crime, the evidence did not establish the president was involved in an underlying crime relating to” Russia’s election “interference” – Mueller’s word. “Although obstruction statutes do not require proof of such a crime, absence of that evidence affects the analysis of the president’s intent.” And, finally, Trump committed many of his acts “in public,” Mueller reported. That’s unusual, but, the Special Counsel adds: “No principle of law excludes public acts from the reach of obstruction laws.” All this factual information and more and more detail leave it up to Congress to decide what to do next. Calls are increasing for opening an impeachment investigation of Trump, with the latest, and most-prominent, coming from Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. And House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said on Sunday morning TV news shows that even the redacted – edited – version of the Mueller report shows “plenty of evidence” for obstruction of justice. Nadler’s committee would handle an impeachment investigation and hearings. He’s already asked Mueller to testify. (Courtesy: People’s World The views expressed are strictly personal)
OTTAWA — A national ban on the most harmful single-use plastics will very likely force restaurants and fast-food outlets to find non-plastic materials for takeout and delivery containers but plastic bottles for water and soda are more likely to be improved rather than phased out.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday his government is starting the regulatory work to ban toxic single-use plastics because the garbage infiltrating the world’s waterways is out of hand.“As parents, we’re at a point where we take our kids to the beach and we have to search out a patch of sand that isn’t littered with straws, Styrofoam or bottles,” he said. “That’s a problem, one that we have to do something about.”Nothing is going to be banned overnight, with the process to implement a federal ban or limitations on a product under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act usually taking two to four years. The goal is to make decisions on everything on the list by 2021.“It’s going to take a little bit of time to make sure we get it absolutely right because this is a big step but we know that we can do this by 2021,” Trudeau said.The process includes an assessment of each product, a proposed regulation, a public comment period, and then the final decision by cabinet.Trudeau said Canada’s plan will “closely mirror” that of Europe. Last month the European Parliament agreed that by 2021 the European Union will ban almost a dozen single-use products including plastic plates, cutlery, cups, straws, plastic sticks in cotton swabs, balloon sticks and stir sticks, and Styrofoam cups and take-out food containers. Oxo-degradeable plastics including plastic grocery bags, which break down into tiny pieces with exposure to air but never fully disappear, are also to be banned.Plastic beverage bottles won’t be banned in Europe but the EU will require them to contain a minimum of 30 per cent recycled material by 2030, and a collection rate for recycling or reuse of 90 per cent by 2029. Europe is putting new onus on producers of plastics to ensure they are recycled or reused, including the makers of fishing nets, which are among the most prevalent plastics trapping fish and polluting water bodies.An official at Environment Canada, speaking anonymously because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said Canada’s focus will be on banning things that are the most harmful, or the hardest to recycle. Everything will be run through a full scientific assessment as well as a socio-economic-impact review before any proposals for bans or regulations of materials are made, he said. There may be some exceptions to bans if certain uses of products are critical or irreplaceable, he said.Styrofoam take-out containers are among the products most likely to be banned in Canada. While restaurants favour them because they’re cheap, lightweight and good for hot or cold food, there are already a number of alternatives. Styrofoam containers are also among the worst for the environment; they break down into tiny little pieces that are easily ingested by fish, animals and ultimately humans.Plastic straws are already on their way out by restaurants’ choice, but will almost certainly be covered by the Canadian ban nonetheless. A high-profile campaign against plastic straws last year drove numerous multi-national food and beverage companies — including A&W and Starbucks — to replace plastic straws with paper versions, and many restaurants just stopped automatically putting straws in drinks as a first step.Plastic bottles, however, are unlikely to make the list of banned products. The official said bottles are an area where Canada could require a greater amount of recycled material, and set national targets so 90 to 100 per cent of them are collected for recycling. All of that would trigger provincial and municipal governments to up their recycling games.Canada currently throws out 12 times the plastic it recycles, and there are only about a dozen domestic recycling plants. Requiring more recycled content in bottles or other plastic products would create a larger market for recycled plastic material that would in turn, spur economic activity in the sector and an explosion in the number of sorting and recycling plants.A recent report done by Deloitte and ChemInfo Services for Environment and Climate Change Canada found a 90-per-cent plastics recycling rate in Canada could create 42,000 jobs.Environment groups were cautiously optimistic about the announcement Monday, saying they want to see the follow-through but noting the best way to reduce plastic garbage is to reduce the plastic we produce and use to begin with.“I think we are generally satisfied,” said Vito Buonsante, plastics program manager for Environmental Defence.Sarah King, head of the oceans and plastics campaign at Greenpeace Canada, called it a good first step.NDP MP Gord Johns, whose motion calling for a national strategy to combat plastic pollution passed with unanimous support in December, said the Liberals’ move is a good beginning but it is not a full strategy to get to zero plastic waste.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer shrugged it off as another empty announcement devoid of specifics and without any information on the implications for prices for consumers or for jobs in the plastics industry.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is also leery of the proposals, with president Dan Kelly asking for a “thorough economic impact assessment” before anything is banned.“It would be irresponsible to put such a sweeping measure into place without fully studying the possible impacts on Canada’s small businesses first,” said Kelly. “There is no reason why sound environmental policy and economic development can’t go hand in hand.”Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press
One of Niagara’s hottest gala events will do double duty this autumn.This year, the popular General Brock’s October Soirée moves to a Thursday evening – Oct. 11 – so it can kick off a weekend of Niagara-wide events commemorating the 200th anniversary of the death of war hero Sir Isaac Brock.Soirée will again be held in Brock University’s Market Hall, an evening of fine dining where guests are serenaded and regaled by period-costumed performers from the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.Now in its fifth year, the Soirée is the University’s most significant fundraising event. Proceeds go solely to fund student initiatives and scholarships at Brock, and in its first four years the gala generated more than $250,000 for student financial supports.For information about attending or sponsoring this year’s event, please contact Christine Jones, 688-5550 x4320; email@example.com Guests in attendace at the 2011 General Brock’s October Soiree
Campaigners are demanding mandatory DNA testing of puppies in an effort to catch unscrupulous dog breeders passing mongrels off as pedigree breeds.They say families looking to buy a pedigree dog increasingly run the risk of fooled by rogue breeders using fake pedigree documentation.Now they have called for the Kennel Club, which oversees the registration of pedigree breeds in the UK, to introduce DNA testing of puppies.The Canine Alliance says this is the only way of protecting pet buyers who are spending large sums on what they think are pedigree puppies from being ripped off.“The only way to tackle the problem is to ensure that pedigree dogs are DNA tested for proof of parentage, as part of the microchipping and registration process, to ensure that pedigrees are correct,” said Jo Amsel, of the Canine Alliance.Their call comes at the climax of Crufts, the most prestigious dog show for pedigree breeds in the country, which took place in Birmingham this weekend.Dog lovers and conscientious breeders shell out hundreds, even thousands of pounds, on buying a ‘pure-bred’ pedigree dog, assuming that their puppy’s Kennel Club papers and certified pedigree are legitimate.However, the Canine Alliance claims unscrupulous breeders are beating the system by using underhand practices, such as registering two litters by two different dams – or mothers – to just one dam, hoodwinking new owners of the puppy’s true lineage. They cite the high-profile case of Mallowdale Diamond, a field trial champion owned by the Queen was thought to be a pure-bred Cocker Spaniel until tests of its relatives showed Springer Spaniel DNA, making them ‘Sprocker’ cross-breeds and not pedigree. Further tests are being carried out.In another case an Italian Greyhound called Lady Blue, who was registered as a pedigree Italian Greyhound, although DNA analysis of puppies from Lady Blue and her sister showed that one of the grandparents was a totally different breed – a full Chinese Crested Dog.Despite that, the descendants of Lady Blue and Lady Andretti were sold as pure bred Italian Greyhounds at pedigree prices, and their descendants went on to have puppies registered with the Kennel Club as pedigree Italian Greyhounds.In one Ms Amsel said: “The current registration system is open to abuse by puppy farmers and other unscrupulous breeders, who use the KC registration system to profit from fake pedigrees, just as in the case of the Lady Blue and her sister.”There are no official figures for how many of the 235,000 puppies registered with the Kennel Club each year turn out to be mongrels rather than pedigrees, but dozens of people are understood to complain to the club every year about the legitimacy of their dog’s pedigree.The Canine Alliance estimates that between five and ten percent of dogs registered each year – or as many as 23,500 – have suspect pedigrees or incorrect parentage. It also points out that the Dutch Kennel Club requires mandatory DNA testing. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. However, the Kennel Club says DNA testing would not provide a foolproof guarantee of establishing if a dog’s pedigree is legitimate.A spokesman for the club said: “Whilst DNA techniques are able to accurately determine correct parentage of a dog, the tests currently available are not yet able to define if an individual dog fits a specific breed standard, which is how a breed is defined.”It said anyone looking to buy a dog should go to a responsible breeder, such as the Kennel Club Assured Breeders, who are monitored and inspected by the club. Campaigners says that even just one dog registered by the Kennel Club with an incorrect pedigree can have a huge impact on the breed register. A pedigree Chow Chow being exhibited during the second day of the 2017 Crufts show in BirminghamCredit:Darren Staples/Reuters
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Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale calf that was rescued last fall swam into his new home on Friday at Seaworld San Antonio. Tyonek, the now 5 month old calf has been cared for by the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, since he was rescued at one month old. SeaWorld San Antonio has nine beluga whales, including young male calves. NOAA officials said SeaWorld could accommodate Tyonek’s social and medical needs and contribute to scientific research that will help conservation efforts for wild belugas. Roughly 330 beluga whales live in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The population is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. According to a statement Friday from Orlando-based SeaWorld, Tyonek is the first Cook Inlet beluga calf to be successfully rescued and rehabilitated. Tyonek will remain behind the scenes at the park’s zoological support area for several weeks as he acclimates to his new home. Tyonek could not be released to the wild because he lacks the survival and social skills needed to thrive on his own, NOAA officials said in a statement in February. NOAA’s fisheries service chose SeaWorld San Antonio for Tyonek’s new home because the Texas park was the “location best suited for Tyonek to thrive.”
Now playing: Watch this: 22 Photos Hacking NASA Comments NASA will explore a hostile space rock for New Year’s NASA revealed a hack on Tuesday. Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images NASA on Tuesday disclosed a data breach involving current and former employees’ personal data.The space agency discovered that one of its servers was compromised on Oct. 23, it revealed in an internal memo posted to Spaceref.The server included employees’ personal info, including Social Security numbers, but the agency doesn’t know if that data was stolen. NASA is working with federal cybersecurity partners to figure it out.”Those NASA Civil Service employees who were on-boarded, separated from the agency, and/or transferred between Centers, from July 2006 to October 2018, may have been affected,” Bob Gibbs, the assistant administrator in NASA’s office of human capital management, wrote in the memo. The agency doesn’t believe any of its missions, which include the InSight lander’s work on Mars, were compromised by the breach.The memo doesn’t mention why NASA waited nearly two months to inform employees, but our sister site ZDNet (which previously reported on the memo) noted that US law enforcement regularly asks hacked organizations to delay notifying potential victims during an investigation.”NASA takes cybersecurity very seriously and is committed to devoting the necessary resources to ensure the security of agency information and IT systems,” the agency said in an emailed statement, which also noted that it’d provide identity protection services to those potentially affected.Back in August, the US State Department suffered a data breach that exposed some employee data.First published at 3:08 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:55 a.m. PT: Added NASA statement.NASA turns 60: And it’s reinventing itself for the SpaceX era. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018. 5:16 2 NASA InSight lander rocks its journey to Mars: A view in pictures Tags Share your voice Security Tech Industry
Hyderabad: Junior doctors from Osmania Medical College, Koti staged a sit-in dharna in front of college main gate opposing the NMC bill. They gave slogans against the Centre for bringing NMC unilaterally ignoring views and concerns of the doctors in all states. Meanwhile, police reached the dharna site and appealed to protesting doctors to call off their stir.
Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Arbitration CFPB Coalition 2016-04-29 Seth Welborn Much of the criticism leveled against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in the Bureau’s brief five-year history has been centered on claims that the CFPB is too tough on businesses it deems to have engaged in predatory financial activity.This week, however, a large number of prominent national organizations called for the CFPB to get even tougher.A coalition consisting of more than 160 labor unions, civil rights groups, and other advocates (including the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union, and the NAACP) has written a letter to CFPB Director Richard Cordray calling for the Bureau to take its proposed rule to ban arbitration clauses that prevent consumers from bringing class-action lawsuits even further by prohibiting businesses from using forced arbitration in individual cases.“Few practices are as fundamentally contrary to the public interest as the increasingly widespread use of these ‘ripoff clauses’ that impose forced arbitration in most consumer financial contracts, including credit cards, student loans, debt settlement, credit repair, auto financing, and payday loans,” the coalition wrote. “These clauses force consumers into a secretive, unfair system set up by corporations to protect and hide harmful and unlawful corporate behavior. Not only does forced arbitration eliminate the right to jury trial in a civil action, limit discovery, restrict or prohibit publicity, and make meaningful appeal impossible; these clauses also often prohibit consumers from banding together in a class action to hold the company responsible.”Also in the letter, the coalition noted that “The CFPB’s rulemaking is in keeping with other recent federal government actions that curb the use of forced arbitration. The CFPB itself implemented a provision of the Dodd-Frank Act that prohibits forced arbitration of disputes related to most mortgage and home equity loans.”“Few practices are as fundamentally contrary to the public interest as the increasingly widespread use of these ‘ripoff clauses’…”Coalition of 160 OrganizationsIn October 2015, the Bureau announced that it was considering a proposal that would prevent consumer financial companies from using “free pass” arbitration clauses that would prevent consumers from bringing class action lawsuits to obtain relief. The CFPB said these arbitration clauses are typically buried in contracts for consumer financial products and deny consumers the right to sue companies in groups. According to CFPB, companies can use the “free pass” to avoid class action lawsuits from consumers that would require them to hand out big refunds.In a speech at the American Constitution Society in Washington, D.C. in February 2016, Cordray doubled down on the CFPB’s move to ban arbitration clauses. Cordray said in that address that mandatory pre-dispute arbitration clauses are “deliberately designed to block Americans from effective means of vindicating their rights” and are “having profound effects on American life.”Click here to view the coalition’s letter, along with a list of the groups involved. April 29, 2016 542 Views Coalition to CFPB: Strengthen Arbitration Clause Ban
Lupita Nyong’o cheers #Me Too and Time’s Up movements FILE – In this June 13, 2017 file photo, Lupita Nyong’o attends the Women In Film 2017 Crystal and Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Nyong’o is hailing the “public, intimate conversation” about sexual misconduct in Hollywood and elsewhere. The 34-year-old actress who wrote an essay in October detailing her experiences with Harvey Weinstein says she’s been happy to see the growth since then of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. Says Nyong’o: “I feel like the most important thing is the public, intimate conversation that is happening.” She called it “healthy” and hopes we can get to a place where such incidents “are no longer haunting.” (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Lupita Nyong’o is hailing the “public, intimate conversation” about sexual misconduct in Hollywood and elsewhere.The 34-year-old actress who wrote an essay in October detailing her experiences with Harvey Weinstein said she’s been happy to see the growth since then of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.“It feels like the public story right now is very, very intimate. So whether or not it’s a phone call that I’m receiving, I feel like the most important thing is the public, intimate conversation that is happening,” Nyong’o said Wednesday at the press junket for Marvel’s superhero movie “Black Panther.”“I am very encouraged by how we are all talking about sexual harassment, and just sexual conduct. You know — what are the lines? What are the lines, what are the signs?” Nyong’o said.“I think that’s a very, very healthy conversation for all of us to have — so we can get to a place where those kinds of things are no longer haunting — haunting us.” by Ryan Pearson, The Associated Press Posted Feb 2, 2018 12:43 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 2, 2018 at 1:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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