Sunset6TV Announces Digital Network For Emerging Creators

first_imgMelissa Bessey 647-588-6413 – DirectMelissa@mediaallure.comOriginal release available here: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Sunset6.TV Announces Digital Network For Emerging Creators  Toronto – AUG.15. 2017 – Local production house, Sunset6 Videos announce the launch of Sunset6.TV, a digital platform that hosts’ original, educational and entertaining web channels. The station is launching today with a series of five initial programs and more, to be announced with new episodes airing weekly throughout the fall, exclusively on the network.“When we think of success, we think of the beach! Magnum P. I., who embodies both success and beach living, directly inspires the Sunset6.TV network. We want to help creatives and innovators of all kinds, feel free to pursue whatever their passion is and S6 TV has the tools to help them do it.” – Harry P., Owner, Sunset6Sunset TV Network’s mission: Capture Success For questions, quotes and interview requests contact:  LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement About Sunset6.TV:Started by two guys who used to shoot music videos. After immersing themselves in the entertainment industry, they both noticed a common thread of questions and uncertainty that float around among up-in-coming artists and people who want to break into creative fields like the music and film industries. Seeing a huge need for support for emerging artists, Sunset6.TV was born. Login/Register With: S6 TV Fall 2017 Show Lineup:·      MVM – Motivation Video Monday, with host Mark DeMontis·      BVN – Business Video Network, with host Nic Coutu ·      MVX – Music Video Experience, with host Camyl Buenaventura·      IVG – Indie Video Gamers, with host Richard Lavignasse ·      EVA – Entertainment Video Advice, with host Sarah Fisher Sunset6.TV is an online network focused on delivering educational and entertaining content that helps those interested in the entertainment industry get started.last_img read more

Only fit and slim singers will be showcased in boutique performances in

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Advertisement A Toronto orchestra group is facing criticism and accusations of body shaming after an email went out to members saying performers who are “physically fit and slim” will only be showcased with its boutique orchestras.“Although almost all of our vocalists are fit and slim – the way our boutique orchestra would like our front line performing artists to be … two of our featured singers were not,” a Sheraton Cadwell Orchestras management email shared with Global News read.“We hope that they would, as such, refrain from using tight-fitting dresses and use loose (less physically-revealing, less physically-accentuating) dresses instead.” The email goes on to set out expectations for musicians and asks “all key personnel” to “take note.”“While our orchestra do not require our instrumental musicians to look physically fit and slim since they are essentially background wallpaper, kindly be reminded that we have a different expectation from the singers that we selectively choose to feature in our live shows, for our own purposes and at our discretion,” it said.“As per our highly selective casting requirements for vocal artists taking on a prominent leading role on stage, only singers who are physically fit and slim (or at the very least, those who know how to dress strategically/suitably in order to not bring attention to their temporary physical/dietary indulgences) would be showcased with our boutique orchestras.”Victoria Leone, who did one performance under the orchestra, is one of the vocalists Global News spoke with who received the email on Monday.“I just thought it was ridiculous and the first thing that comes to mind is, ‘Are you addressing me specifically?’” she said.“I actually reached out to another girl and said, ‘Did you get this email? Because I can’t believe these are words that I’m reading from this organization.”Leone said she believes in having a positive body image and said the email crossed the line.“This is highly inappropriate and I don’t want to be a part of this,” Leone said.“Regardless of what we look like, if someone is going to donate because of how you make them feel and if they’re making me feel self-conscious about something that shouldn’t even concern them, then I don’t want to be a part of that.”She said she raised her concerns with the orchestra and quit the organization, adding they thanked her for being part of the group.“They continue to tell me to re-read certain parts that they highlighted in their e-mail, which was that if you’re unfit you should be dressing according to your body type that can hide certain aspects of those ‘dietary indulgences’ that they had mentioned,” Leone said.“I thought that was at least an opportunity for them to apologize or at least say, ‘Oh you know this was not something we meant to come across’ … They’re a charitable organization, they’re trying to do good and be a part of the community, it’s the last thing you thing something like that would be a part of.”According to its website, Sheraton Cadwell Orchestras has more than 100 vocalists and instrumentalists and provides entertainment at weddings, corporate events and other functions.Global News received a brief statement Wednesday night from an unnamed representative in response to written questions asking about the email sent to members and accusations of body shaming.“This is to acknowledge that your email has been with much regret. We hope that you will accept our sincere apologies,” the statement said.By Nick WestollWith files from Alana Macleod Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Dartmouth Oscar winner Shane Vieau makes a splash with his onstage attire

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Paul D. Austerberry, from left, Shane Vieau and Jeffrey A. Melvin arrive at the Oscars on Sunday. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Login/Register With: Canadian Oscar winner Shane Vieau made a splash not just by getting his trophy on Sunday — but also with his attire.As Vieau accepted his Oscar alongside fellow Canadians Paul Austerberry and Jeffrey A. Melvin for best production design on The Shape of Water, he had Twitter abuzz with comments on his outfit.The set decorator, who hails from Dartmouth, N.S., was wearing sunglasses, a tuxedo jacket with sleeves that barely covered his elbows, and Adidas sneakers. Advertisementcenter_img “I had the suit built from Harry Rosen as a custom-built and anyone who knows me [knows] I’m an Adidas guy, I always wear Adidas head to toe,” Vieau said in a phone interview after the show.“I live in a baseball cap but they wouldn’t let me wear a baseball cap, so I wore the sneakers as my homage to Adidas.”Jeffrey A. Melvin, left, Paul Denham Austerberry, centre, and Shane Vieau, left, won the Oscar for Best Production Design for their work on The Shape of Water. (Mike Blake/Reuters)The Shape of Water won four Oscars in total, including best picture for director Guillermo del Toro and Toronto producer J. Miles Dale.Sally Hawkins stars as a mute janitor who falls for a captive and abused amphibian creature, played by Doug Jones.Austerberry is credited for production design on the merman drama while Melvin and Vieau did the set decoration. Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Men who killed Tina Fontaines father appear in court for sentencing arguments

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of Tina Fontaine says she drifted away after her father was beaten to death in 2011.Two men accused of killing Eugene Fontaine were in a Winnipeg courtroom today for their sentencing.Nicolas Abraham and Jonathon Starr have already pleaded guilty to manslaughter‎.Eugene Fontaine died from blunt force trauma as a result of the beating he was given in 2011.He was then tied up to a shed outside where he later died of blunt force trauma. The Crown was asking for 10-year sentences for the two accused. The defense argued that was too long.APTN’s Dennis Ward has more.last_img read more

Burden on the taxpayers Manitoba First Nations pump 9B into provinces economy

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsIndigenous leadership gathered on an urban reserve in Winnipeg to release a report that challenges the notion that First Nations people in the province are a burden on taxpayers.According to the report Indigenous Contributions to the Manitoba Economy, First Nation peoples added $9.3 billion into the province’s economy in 2016.The report is a collaboration between the Southern Chiefs Organization, Manitoba Keewatinowi and the Rural Development Institute at Brandon University.Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels says it was important to implement this analysis.“We want to bring clarity – you know there’s a lot of misconceptions and people don’t really have a good understanding of the reality that’s really happening,” said Daniels.“This is an opportunity for us to state for the record that Indigenous peoples are creating huge impacts on the economy and they’re going to continue to do so with the growing trend of workforce and business going forward.”The report says – the Indigenous economy added $2.3 billion to the provincial gross domestic product (GDP).That represents 3.9 per cent of Manitoba’s GDP – more than manufacturing, accommodations and food services, mining or oil and gas extraction.Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Garrison Settee says this is a historical day and this is only the beginning.“Now it is incumbent upon us to invest in training and education so the youth – the demographic of the youth is exploding and in the future that is what we have to work with,” said Settee.“We must invest in education and training to allow the youth to continue to be stronger participants.” read more

As walls crumble memories remain for Tłı̨chǫ gatherings

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsHundreds of people piled into the Behchokǫ̀ cultural centre for a  final hand game tournament ahead of the 30 year old building being torn down.Nearly double the teams anticipated registered with 40 plus groups on the roster.Even with the $30,000 prize on the line, it was the chance to play one more game with friends and family that brought resonated with so many.“To see the building go is actually going to be heartfelt for a lot of people,” said Richie Martin of Behchokǫ̀.“We are in modern days and we need a bigger building, something where we can have more people come in.”(Hand game: Team from Behchokǫ̀ showing off their moves in the last tournament to be played at the old cultural centre. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)A member of the group “Our Tłı̨chǫ Drummers,” Martin has watched the resurgence of his culture in youth through the games.“In 2005, we had the first tournament here held in March and that was just straight men 18 over for the first tournament. Now it’s just more and more youth playing every year,” he said.For the famous annual Ediwa Weyallon handgame tournament the community swells from 2,000 to roughly 5,000 over one weekend, many of whom are youth and kids.“I remember I was probably like these kids running around here. I remember playing around, jumping around as they were building it, excited to see how it turned out. It’s pretty nice, it’s been here a long time,” said Jonathan Lafferty who travelled from Dettah, NWT back home to Behchokǫ̀.It’s more than just fun and games when families travel in by boat and ice road to attend though.Gatherings are a breeding ground for passing on Dene laws to the next generation.Wendy Mantla, a resident of Behchokǫ̀, has three sons playing in the tournament.“It means a lot especially for the younger ones learning our culture with hand games. Knowing our language, our culture and what our ancestors use to do,” she said.Land claim negotiations, feasts and hundreds of weddings have all graced the centre.“My sister actually got married here too. It was memorable because that was the last time my Dad was drum dancing in that building,” Mantla said.(Tłı̨chǫ community gatherings always draw many Elders. As per protocol, they are receive the best seat in the house and lead many of the opening prayers and remarks. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)The building is being demolished due to mold and public consultations have been held to plan for a new centre.Lucy Lafferty, a resident of Behchokǫ̀, said just like the original design under the guidance of the local friendship centre, reflected the culture of the people and did not resemble an institutional government office.“I’ve gone to one of the consultations. They had elders and community members talking about why the building was needed. They want to make sure that the building will represent the Dene Tłı̨chǫ, customs, culture and the way we do things,” she said.Community gatherings will take place in the multiplex for the time being as all that is left of the old centre will be memories once read more

Freshii scales back growth plan for first year as public company stock

first_imgVANCOUVER – Health-food eatery chain Freshii Inc.’s stock shed about a third of its worth Tuesday after the company scaled back its aggressive expansion plans.“Today’s announcement is extremely disappointing to me,” said founder and CEO Matthew Corrin during a conference call with investors Monday evening.After markets closed Monday, Freshii (TSX:FRII) announced its growth has been slower than expected, resulting in some store closures and a reduced target for net openings this year.The Toronto-based company’s shares fell $3.11 or about 35 per cent to $5.75 on Tuesday.Freshii’s revised outlook anticipates between 90 and 95 net new store openings in its 2017 financial year, down from 150 to 160 locations.The company also scaled back its longer-term expansion targets, saying it now plans to open between 730 and 760 stores by the end of its 2019 financial year, rather than the 810 to 840 stores previously anticipated.Robert Carter, executive director of food service at NPD Group, amounted the news to “growing pains” as the relatively young chain adjusts to “such dramatic growth.”In its 2017 financial year, roughly 60 fewer restaurants will be opened partly because Freshii and department store Target ended their relationship, the company said.It closed 17 of its eateries located in Target stores in the third quarter, ending Sept. 24. One additional Freshii Target store will close by the end of this year.Corrin attempted to reassure investors that the closures don’t signal an end to such partnerships in the future.Freshii launched an extensive review of its Target partnership and learned it can make future relationships more successful by, for example, offering fewer menu items to reduce prep work and improve labour efficiency, he said.The company remains excited about similar partnerships being a pillar of growth for Freshii in the future, Corrin said.Carter pointed to an announcement earlier this month that a selection of the company’s food will be served on hundreds of Air Canada flights daily starting next month as an example of the many opportunities Freshii will have for strategic partnerships.Freshii also said its expansion in the United Kingdom and several U.S. states has been slower than expected because its multi-unit franchisees have been more conservative in their real estate selection than anticipated.The company also faced delays facilitating “a far greater number” of store openings this year than last, which led to further challenges. Freshii has hired additional people and engaged a global project management firm to help with the logistics.Carter said the company is making the right moves to address these issues and once the stores are opened, Freshii will continue to experience growth.“This is a brand that’s here for the long term,” he said of the fast-casual restaurant that serves salads, wraps, bowls, burritos and other meals to health-conscious consumers.The company’s stock began trading publicly in January at $12 after a $125-million initial public offering of its stock.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

South Koreas central bank hikes key rate from record low

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea – South Korea’s central bank raised interest rates from a record low Thursday in the first such increase since June 2011. Despite the threat from North Korea, robust exports are driving faster than expected growth in Asia’s fourth-largest economy.Convening one day after North Korea test-fired its most powerful missile yet, the Bank of Korea’s seven policymakers decided to increase the key rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.50 per cent.Borrowing rates have steadily fallen during the past five years to help protect the country’s recovery, dropping to a record low of 1.25 per cent in June 2016.Thursday’s decision was widely expected after third-quarter economic growth beat expectations. The South Korean won has gained against major currencies in the past month in anticipation of the rate hike, which will increase returns for investors.South Korea’s economy is expected to post its fastest growth in three years in 2017, buoyed by surprisingly strong exports thanks to robust global demand for memory chips.The central bank revised upward its forecast on the South Korean economy in October and says annual growth rate will slightly exceed that estimate. It said in a statement that private consumption and capital spending will continue to improve moderately while exports will be sustained by the global economic recovery and a thaw in strained diplomatic ties with China, South Korea’s biggest trading partner.The outlook is not entirely rosy: slow growth in service sector employment is hampering jobs creation, the bank said.It said the high and increasing level of household debt from low-interest housing loans was a concern. Growth in such debt has slowed since the government announced plans to regulate the property market but debt levels remain high.The bank said the decision does not mean an about-face in its monetary stance, adding that it would maintain its accommodative monetary policy while monitoring growth, inflation, central bank policies in major countries and geopolitical risks, among other factors.last_img read more

Statistics Canada reports wholesale sales up 01 per cent in January

first_imgOTTAWA – Statistics Canada says wholesale sales rose 0.1 per cent to $63.3 billion in January, helped by the food, beverage and tobacco subsector and the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector.The agency says sales were up in four of seven subsectors, accounting for 66 per cent of total wholesale sales.Sales in the food, beverage and tobacco subsector rose 3.1 per cent to $12.3 billion in January, following a 1.8 per decline in December.The machinery, equipment and supplies subsector climbed 1.6 per cent to $13.1 billion.Offsetting the gains, the building material and supplies subsector fell 4.0 per cent to $8.9 billion, the first drop since August 2017.Motor vehicle and parts fell 1.6 per cent to $11.6 billion, the lowest level since June 2017.last_img read more

Last call Alberta changing craft beer subsidy plan after trade ruling

first_imgEDMONTON – It’s closing time for Alberta’s homegrown subsidy designed to help its beer brewers.Finance Minister Joe Ceci says the province is changing the program after an appeal panel ruled it contravenes the Agreement on Internal Trade.Ceci says that doesn’t mean the government will stop supporting Alberta’s brewers, who he said face stiff protectionist measures when they try to expand into other provinces.“We will run a program that continues to have the backs of Alberta brewers,” Ceci said Monday while touring an Edmonton craft brewery.An appeal panel under the Agreement on Internal Trade upheld an earlier decision that provincial grants to assist Alberta craft brewers are unfair and violate interprovincial free trade rules.“By tying the grant explicitly to certain levels of production and sales of beer produced in Alberta, the (grant) program encourages the production and sale of Alberta beer and provides a competitive advantage … over beer produced in other provinces,” wrote the appeal panel.Ceci suggested the province may go on the legal offensive.“We will also look at the restrictive policies in place in other provinces.”He said Alberta brewers face lengthy and costly applications, restrictions on shelf space outside Alberta and other barriers that don’t exist in his province.Ceci declined to give details or a timeline for the changes, but has to ditch the current grants some time in the next five months.“I will tell you that we’re going to have a brewers development program. I’m not telling you what exactly what will be in it.”All brewers in Alberta pay the same $1.25 tax per litre on beer, but Ceci introduced grants in 2016 to help small Alberta producers expand their businesses.Calgary-based Artisan Ales, which sells imported beer, filed a complaint with the internal trade panel, saying the grants effectively tilted the playing field against those bringing in beer from outside.An original hearing panel found the tax and grant program constituted unfair trade. The appeal panel said the tax was fine but agreed the grant program was still offside under free-trade rules.Artisan Ales owner Mike Tessier said the program has severely undercut his business and added that the panel ruling is a victory for common sense.“We were right the first time,” Tessier said in an interview.The dispute drew in Saskatchewan, which also argued the program was unfair. It became a bone of contention late last year when Saskatchewan threatened to ban Alberta licence plates from its job sites in retaliation.“We are very pleased with the decision which confirms that Alberta’s beer-market-distorting policies unfairly discriminate against Saskatchewan and Canadian brewers,” Saskatchewan Trade Minister Jeremy Harrison said in a news release Monday.“We call on the government of Alberta to immediately comply with this ruling, as they have promised, ensuring that brewers from our province and the rest of Canada can compete fairly with Alberta-based brewers.”Neil Herbst, head of the Alberta Small Brewers Association, said his group will talk to Ceci about a new program and called the trade panel decision frustrating.“I don’t think there is one brewery that exports beer out of Alberta,” said Herbst. “It’s not because we haven’t tried. It’s because there are barriers all over the place, mostly non-tariff barriers.”Opposition Leader Jason Kenney said the ruling was predictable and suggested the NDP government needs a consistent trade policy.“If we want to champion free trade in the movement of our oil, we have to champion free trade on everything,” Kenney said in Calgary.“Let’s free the beer.”— With files from Bill Graveland in Calgarylast_img read more

Insurer reports high volume of claims after acid spills on BC highway

first_imgTRAIL, B.C. – Thousands of insurance claims have been made in the wake of two acid spills along a southeastern British Columbia highway earlier this year that damaged vehicles.Insurance Corporation of B.C. spokeswoman Lindsay Wilkins said vehicle claims related to the April 10 and May 23 spills of sulphuric acid in Trail have topped 3,000, although fewer are now showing exposure to acid.“These are complex claims that require extra time to process as each vehicle may have been exposed to varying degrees of sulphuric acid, affecting different parts and components of the vehicle,” she said in an email statement.A technical expert has been retained to determine the level of contamination of each vehicle and a team of 30 is now dedicated to processing the claims, which Wilkins said are “complex.”Vancouver-based Teck Resources Ltd. said in a release posted on its website that the separate spills, one amounting to about 220 litres and the other of about 70 litres, occurred along as much as 16 kilometres of a busy commuter route through Trail.The spills happened after Teck sold the acid from its Trail smelter and the buyer, International Raw Materials Ltd., contracted to move the corrosive liquid by truck to two other locations in the city.The truck leaked the acid intermittently along the route, with the largest puddles at intersections where it stopped and started, said Trail Mayor Mike Martin in a telephone interview.“I’ve seen numbers in the range of 15 to 20,000 thousand vehicles per day that would be passing along that route in both directions,” he said, adding the number of southbound vehicles that could have splashed through the acid “would have been considerable.”Two vehicles belonging to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue were among those damaged.“Essentially, a brand new fire engine worth probably in the order of around $800,000 as well as a command vehicle,” said Martin.Wilkins said the fire truck was a loss but the corporation was still determining if some parts from the truck could be saved.The corporation has set up a dedicated phone line for drivers who may have travelled through the acid before it was neutralized by first responders.An adviser who answered the line said sulphuric acid has the potential to corrode vehicle undercarriages, aluminum parts and especially brake lines and brake systems.Teck spokesman Chris Stannell said in an email that the company “regrets the concern this issue has caused in the community.”“International Raw Materials Ltd. was the owner of the acid and responsible for its safe transportation,” he added.The company’s statement said the spills are unacceptable and Teck is “working with the parties involved in acid transportation to prevent any recurrence.”It said both spills were cleaned up, no acid seeped into area waterways and there was no damage to roads or a bridge over the Columbia River.Martin agreed the Victoria bridge was undamaged, but he said the city was still checking its own vehicle fleet for corrosion.A meeting had been arranged for Friday by International Raw Materials to offer a formal debriefing with Teck, emergency services and other parties, but Martin said the city announced Thursday that it would not attend after several other participants pulled out.“There may be a time and a place to hold a meeting like this in the future, but at this point, with various legal concerns now coming forward, it was understood that until these issues are resolved, the parties directly involved are proceeding with caution,” said a statement from the City of Trail.Martin said the summary of information released Thursday by Teck and International Raw Materials came months after the second spill and at the request of the City of Trail.“The city was very disappointed with the lack of information made available following the incidents.”Companies in this story: (TSX:TCK.A)last_img read more

Bangladesh garment workers continue protest for higher wages

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh — Thousands of garment workers have staged demonstrations to demand better wages for the fourth straight day, shutting down factories on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.Police dispersed protesters with water cannons and batons on Wednesday. Security was beefed up around Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and other areas of the city.Bangladesh has the second-largest garment-export industry in the world after China and makes clothes for big-name retailers including Zara, H&M and Uniqlo.For months workers have been demanding higher minimum pay than what the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has proposed.Protester Shefali Begum says workers want at least 16,000 taka per month, or about $191.Hasina’s ruling Awami League-led coalition swept general elections Dec. 28 amid complaints by the opposition of voter intimidation and vote-rigging.The Associated Presslast_img read more

BCs Chief Electoral Officer recommends allowing teens to preregister to vote

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – B.C.’s Chief Electoral Officer, Keith Archer, has submitted a report to the Legislative Assembly recommending changes to the Election Act.Archer says his recommendations are aimed at increasing the accessibility and efficiency of the electoral process in the province. The most prominent of the main recommendations in the report are to allow 16- and 17-year-olds who will become eligible to vote to pre-register, so that they will be added to the voters list automatically when they turn 18.Archer is also recommending that Elections BC be provided with greater access to information held by public bodies to help maintain the provincial voters list, and using technology to modernize voting and counting administration while maintaining paper ballots. In addition, he suggests making the election period longer during a snap general election to allow more time for candidate nominations, material distribution, staffing, and communicating with voters. Archer’s report also proposes a new administrative model for counting votes, which he says could be implemented under any form of electoral system. The model would maintain most facets of the current administrative model while eliminating the need for the final count of absentee ballots, which under current legislation takes place 13 days after General Voting Day.Finally, Archer recommends establishing a legislative committee to work towards implementing the proposed administrative model over the next three to six years.Archer’s full report can be read here: read more

Parrikar funeral procession begins thousands join cortege

first_imgPanaji: The last rites of Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who died on Sunday after suffering from pancreatic cancer for over a year, were held with full military and state honours at the Miramar beach here on Monday evening. Thousands of supporters and BJP workers accompanied the funeral cortege from the Kala Academy Arts and Cultural Centre, where the remains had been kept throughout the day for the public to pay last respects to the nearby Miramar beach. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day The mortal remains of Parrikar, wrapped in the national tri-colour, were placed on a pyre amid a 21 gun salute at the beach and his elder son Utpal Parrikar consigned it to flames. Parrikar, 63, is survived by two sons, two daughter in-laws and a grandson. Top BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Nitin Gadkari, Smriti Irani, Suresh Prabhu and Ramdas Athawale offered floral tributes to Parrikar. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: Bhagwat Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also paid his last respects. Parrikar was Chief Minister of Goa on four separate occasions, but could not complete a single term in office. He served as Defence Minister in the Narendra Modi cabinet from 2014-17 before returning to state politics. His death has triggered a political crisis in Goa, with the BJP being unable to come up with a alternative Chief Ministerial candidate, who is acceptable to coalition allies.last_img read more

JK School teacher arrested in terror case dies in custody

first_imgSrinagar: A 28-year-old school teacher, who was arrested in connection with a terror case, died in police custody here, triggering protests at his town in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday, police said.The state government has ordered a magisterial inquiry to ascertain the cause and circumstances that led to Rizwan Pandit’s death, they said. Pandit a resident of Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, died during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, a senior police officer said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He was a teacher at a private school and was picked up by security agencies three days ago in connection with a terror case, the officer said. The civil administration, following a request by the police department, has ordered a magisterial inquiry under Section 176 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to ascertain the cause and circumstances leading to Pandit’s death, the officer said. The CrPC section pertains to inquiry by a magistrate into cause of death, including when any person dies while in the custody of police. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA police spokesman said a separate investigation has also been ordered into the incident. In Awantipora, clashes broke out as soon as news of Pandit’s death reached, police officials said. They said angry protestors pelted stones at law enforcing personnel, who fired tear gas shells to bring the situation under control. The clashes between the protestors and security personnel were going on when reports last came in, the officials said, adding that no casualty has been reported. The teacher’s death in police custody was condemned by several politicians who demanded a time-bound probe into the matter and punishment to the guilty. “I had hoped custodial deaths were a thing of our dark past. This is an unacceptable development & must be investigated in a transparent, time bound manner. “Exemplary punishment must be handed out to the killers of this young man,” National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah tweeted. He also hit out at the previous PDP-BJP coalition government in the state and the Centre for the present situation. “Midnight raids, crackdowns, rampant arrests, custodial murders, denial of democratic right to choose a government. Kashmir continues to suffer the fallout of the disastrous PDP-BJP alliance and from the Modi government’s muscular approach to J&K,” the NC leader said. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti also hit out at the Centre saying its “repressive approach” has left young educated men vulnerable. “Innocent men hauled up from their homes for interrogation return home only in coffins now. GoI’s repressive approach leaves young educated men vulnerable who are forced to take up arms…,” she said.last_img read more

Govt retains power to tell RBI to send defaulters to NCLT

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court’s order quashing the RBI’s February 12 circular will give the government discretionary power to issue direction to the apex bank for referring a defaulting company to the NCLT on case by case basis in public interest, official sources said. The Supreme Court Tuesday quashed the RBI circular of last year that pertains to the provisions for referring the defaulter to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) even on a one-day overdue. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHowever, the SC had upheld the constitutional validity of Section 35AA of the Banking Regulation Act, which empowers the Centre to act, either directly or by directing RBI to take action against defaulters. Section 35AA empowers the central government to authorise the RBI to issue directions to any banking company or banking companies to initiate insolvency resolution process in respect of a default under the provisions of the IBC. Sections 35AA and 35AB were introduced by an amendment to the Banking Regulation Act in May 2017. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had on February 12, 2018 issued the circular saying that lenders have to provide for resolution plan within 180 days in case of large account of Rs 2,000 crore and above. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAccording to sources, the Supreme Court order on the RBI’s circular does not limit government powers to give directions to PSU banks in resolving non-performing assets. Prior to February 12 circular, the resolution mechanism available to banks were CDR, Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets (S4A), and JLF. Following Tuesday’s SC order restructuring schemes like S4A may come back. Revised framework for resolution of stressed assets issued on February 12, 2018 invited criticism from various quarters like a parliamentary panel. The RBI substituted the previous guidelines with a harmonised and simplified generic framework for resolution of stressed assets in view of the enactment of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. “Although the new guidelines have been termed as harmonized and simplified generic framework, yet they are far from being so,” Standing Committee on Energy in its report tabled in Parliament last year said.last_img read more

Dust storm rain in Delhi bring down temperature

first_imgNew Delhi: After a hot day at 36 degrees in Delhi, the capital city was swept by a dust storm followed by light showers as predicted by the Meteorological Department. The storm also resulted in a slight dip in temperature.The weather officials had earlier in the day, predicted party cloudy sky with possibility of light rains. “Delhi will witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of very light rain, dust storm, thunderstorm accompanied with moderate squall,” officials said. The Met department’s weather update for the night showed “thunderstorm with squall”. The weather officials also predicted a Thunderstorm or dust storm for Monday. The air quality also dropped to “unhealthy” with air quality index at 152.last_img read more