KELOWNABORN DIRECTOR COURTNEY PAIGE WRAPS FILM AFTER 4WEEK SHOOT

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement The Color Rose, an independent movie produced by Neon Cinema Films, has wrapped in the Kelowna area after four weeks of shooting.Kelowna-born director Courtney Paige returned home to film her thriller about high school girls, each embodying one of the seven deadly sins, who start a cult. But, after their best friend goes missing, they realize there is more going on in their religious town.The OKM Secondary graduate turned director is an award-winning writer and actor who works between Vancouver and Los Angeles. Her body of work includes appearances on E!’s The Arrangement and a short film entitled Butterscotch that was screened in the Cannes Film Festival Short Corner. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Courtney Paige (right) was raised in Kelowna and has gone on to becoming an award-winning writer and actor. She just wrapped her film ‘The Color Rose’ after four weeks of shooting in the Kelowna area. (Supplied) Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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UBM Completes Canon Deal Says Print Sales Continue Decline

first_imgUBM also reported that year-to-date profits for its events unit are up more than 20 percent to roughly $94.2 million while its data service and online business saw profits slide 7.1 percent to about $32.7 million. Profits for its targeting, distribution and monitoring business stayed flat at about $49.1 million.Overall, UBM’s total adjusted operating profits through the first nine months grew 8 percent to $172.5 million. London-based United Business Media says it has completed its $287 million acquisition of medical industry publisher and event producer Canon Communications. The deal agreement was announced mid-September.UBM also has released an interim management statement detailing the company’s performance through the third quarter. Print sales, the company says, are down 15.3 percent to approximately $163.7 million over the nine-month period. That’s an underlying decline of 7.2 percent, adjusted for discontinued publications. Although UBM did not shutter any print titles during the third quarter it has ceased publishing at least 15 magazines since September 2009. Meanwhile, adjusted operating profit for its print magazines grew to about $5.6 million from $2 million last year.In the statement, UBM says it will continue to actively manage its print portfolio. A UBM spokesperson did not immediately return a request seeking comment concerning the company’s future plans for the 24 print titles it added as a result of the Canon acquisition.last_img read more

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Facebooks Calibra cryptocurrency wallet already has competition

first_img Comments Mobile Tech Industry Share your voice 3 Tags Facebook plans to launch a new cryptocurrency called Libra in the first half of 2020.  Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images Facebook doesn’t plan to launch its new Libra cryptocurrency and a complementary digital wallet until 2020. But that hasn’t stopped some startups from throwing their hats in the ring early. On Sunday, Israeli developer ZenGo said a cryptocurrency wallet it rolled out earlier this year will begin supporting Libra. Since Facebook and its 27 partners haven’t launched the cryptocurrency, ZenGo is letting users store a test version. The test Libra funds, unlike the version that’s coming, don’t have any real monetary value.libraZenGo is letting users experiment with a test version of a new cryptocurrency, called Libra, that’s expected to launch in 2020.  ZenGo “Getting to know it early might spark some new ideas and give you a head start for when Libra becomes truly operational,” ZenGo said in a blog post. You can experiment with Libra by going to your account tab in the ZenGo app, which is currently available for iPhone users. The wallet also lets you buy Bitcoin, Ethereum and Binance Coin with your credit card or Apple Pay. Since Facebook announced Libra, the company has faced pushback from US lawmakers who are concerned that the cryptocurrency will be abused by criminals and negatively impact the US dollar. Facebook’s blockchain boss, David Marcus, said in a congressional hearing last month that the social network wouldn’t launch Libra until the company has addressed all concerns, but he stopped short of agreeing to a moratorium. Facebook took the wraps off Libra in June. Unlike many other cryptocurrencies, Libra will be pegged to a basket of assets that anchor its value, so that value won’t swing wildly. The Libra Association that’ll manage the currency hasn’t said what those assets will be, but it suggested they’d include major global currencies, like the dollar and the euro. The proposed crypto has been met with a chilly response from regulators and politicians around the world.ZenGo will compete with a digital wallet called Calibra that Facebook plans to introduce in 2020. The social network, though, has the advantage of already having 2.4 billion monthly active users. You’ll be able to download the Calibra app onto your iPhone or Android device, or add the wallet into the messaging apps Messenger or WhatsApp once it’s released. The Calibra wallet will also work with other wallets that accept Libra. Users need to verify their identity by uploading an ID such as a driver’s license.ZenGo, which plans to release an app for Android phones, said that users can create their digital wallet by downloading the app and providing their email. You also don’t need a private key, and ZenGo users scan their face to backup their wallet. ZenGo said it’s a “noncustodial” wallet for Libra, which means you have full control over your funds instead of having to rely on a third-party. Facebooklast_img read more

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PM urges Commonwealth countries to exert pressure on Myanmar

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the inaugural session of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) at South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the Commonwealth countries to exert pressure on the Myanmar government to stop persecution on its Rohingya citizens and take them back from Bangladesh at the earliest.The prime minister said this while inaugurating 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) at a function at South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in the capital.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has given temporary shelter to huge number of Rohingyas on humanitarian ground. Her government is maintaining relations with foreign countries on the policy ‘friendship to all, malice to none’.Especially, her government is eager to maintain good relations with neighbours, Sheikh Hasina said adding that her government has resolved many outstanding issues with India and Myanmar.”But inhuman persecution meted out on the Rohingya population in the Rakhaine state of Myanmar and their forceful expulsion from their homeland have created instability in the region and beyond,” she said.”I would like to request you all to discuss the Rohingya issue with utmost importance and exert pressure on the Myanmar government to stop persecution on its citizens and take them back at the earliest,” Sheikh Hasina said.Over 6,22,000 Myanmar nationals have fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution. After 1978, another five hundred thousands of Rohingyas came to Bangladesh at different times, she added.Reiterating her call to Commonwealth countries to be united to get rid of militancy and terrorism the prime minister said thoughtless acts of a section of people are claiming innocent lives. Recent terror attack in New York claimed eight precious lives. Militancy is not a problem of a particular country, rather it has become a global phenomenon, she said. Chairperson of CPA and speaker of Jayita Sangsad of Bangladesh Shirin Sharmin Choudhury gave welcome address while Secretary-General of the CPA Akbar Khan, Commonwealth youth representative Aiman Sadique and treasurer of CPA Vicki Dunn spoke, among others, on the occasion.Messages of Queen Elizabeth (II) and Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat Patricia Scotland were read out on the occasion.The magnificent inauguration of the 63rd CPA Conference was marked by presentation of a number of documentaries on Bangladesh’s history, nature and livelihood of the people as well as brilliant performances of artistes of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and dance troupe ‘Nrithanchan’.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina expected immediate implementation of the promises made at different times to offset the adverse impacts of climate change. Bangladesh as one of the worst victims of the climate change is experiencing its colossal effects. Excessive precipitation and recurrence of flooding washed away vast localities and damaged standing crops in recent times, she pointed out.Sheikh Hasina said she was deeply honoured to have the opportunity to inaugurate the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in this historic city of Dhaka.Welcoming the distinguished guests on behalf of the people of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, also the vice patron of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference said she was confident that CPA conference would give the countries a clearer insight into democratic values and practices.”We parliamentarians, being the people’s representatives, have the first and foremost obligations to preserve and maintain the faith of the people in democracy and parliamentary institutions,” she said.The CPA and Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad are jointly hosting the conference with the theme: Continuing to enhance the high standards of performance of parliamentarians. More than 550 delegates from 144 national and provincial parliaments of 44 countries joined the conference.Sheikh Hasina said it was the pragmatic and far-reaching decision of the Father of the Nation Bangabhandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to join the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in 1973. And, Bangladesh was proud of having first woman Chairperson of the CPA in 2014, now a forum of total of 52 countries which once were territories of British Empire.”This is a testimony by the honourable members of the parliament across the Commonwealth towards our commitment to democratic practices and values,” she noted.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has become a sovereign and an independent democratic country through huge sacrifices as cherished desire of the people of this land. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had led the struggle from the forefront.Highlighting Bangladesh’s topsy-turvy democratic journey since independence the prime minister said the reactionary defeated forces of 1971 assassinated Bangabandhu along with most of his family members on 15 August 1975 when he was engaged in reconstruction and rehabilitation of the war-ravaged country.But, she and her sister Sheikh Rehana survived the incident as they were abroad on that fateful night. Later, they were barred from returning home. With the killing of Bangabandhu, she recalled, democracy in Bangladesh was assailed and the era of military dictatorship started.Sheikh Hasina said she engaged herself in the struggle for restoration of democracy in Bangladesh while she was in exile. Ending six years in exile, she returned home in 1981. Since then she had to endure huge sufferings while struggling for establishing people’s rule.She said repeated attempts were made on her life along with house-arrest and internment and thousands of workers and leaders became victims of massive repression of the rulers after 1975. But none could restrain her from the struggle for the restoration of democracy as she thought that only a democratic polity can ensure uplift of people’s living standard through fulfilling their basic needs.The prime minister said after long 21 years, her party Awami League returned to state power in 1996 and engaged in fulfilling the basic needs of people not as a ruler but as a public servant.Sheikh Hasina said the foremost aim of her government is to build a hunger and poverty free Bangladesh through strengthening the foundation of democratic rule. To fulfill the goal, she said, the government has framed ‘Vision- 2021’. The government is working to achieve the visions with specific plans, she said.The prime minister said her government has strengthened various democratic institutions, including national parliament and local government bodies. Elected representatives are leading the local government bodies. Bangladesh is now at the top of the countries in South Asia in terms of women empowerment and achieving gender parity, she said.Sheikh Hasina said her government has ensured the freedom of mass media and people’s right to information as independent and strong mass media are the vigilant watchdog of democracy. In the past few years Bangladesh has witnessed huge expansion of mass media, she said.Underlining the socio-economic development of Bangladesh, the prime minister said her government is implementing the SDGs in continuation of the successes of the MDGs. The subjects of SDGs have been incorporated in our 7th 5-year plan.”Bangladesh has been in a journey through the roads of peace, democracy, development and prosperity.” she said adding that Bangladesh will emerge as a middle incoming country by 2021 when it will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of its Independence. Bangladesh will be a developed one by 2041, she optimistically said.She urged the Commonwealth leaders to work together to make the planet a peaceful, happy and prosperous abode for the entire humanity and hoped that stay of the CPA dignitaries in Bangladesh would be joyful and memorable one.last_img read more

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64 rivers register rises 24 falls

first_img.Water levels in 64 river stations monitored by Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) have marked rises and 24 stations recorded falls, reports BSS.Among the 94 monitored water level stations, five are steady, a bulletin issued by FFWC said today.The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Padma rivers are in steady state which may continue in next 24 hours.The Ganges river is in rising trend which may continue rising in next 72 hours.The major rivers of Upper Meghna basin in the North-Eastern region are in rising trend which may continue rising in the next 24 hours.A total of 250 mm rainfall was recorded during the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am today at Mohadevpur, 114mm at Lorergarh, 10 mm at Dinajpur, 95 mm at Narayanhat, 87 mm at Sunamganj and 75 mm at Moheshkhola, 72 mm at Teknaf, 68 mm at Barguna, 65 mm at Khulna and 59 mm at Jariajanjail.last_img read more

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20pc workers can form trade union draft law says

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina chairs cabinet meeting at Bangladesh secretariat on 3 September 2018. Photo: PIDThe cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft of Bangladesh Labour Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018 with more facilities for workers, reports UNB.The draft law also reduces the workers’ threshold to 20 per cent from the existing 30 per cent for forming trade unions.The approval was given at the weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at the secretariat with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.Under the proposed law, the percentage of workers’ participation required for forming trade unions at factories will be reduced to 20 per cent from the existing 30 per cent, said cabinet secretary Md Shafiul Alam.The draft bill has been prepared and updated following the observation of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).”The amended law will be a labour-friendly one,” said the cabinet secretary.”Under the proposed law, no child will be allowed to work in factories. If anybody employs child workers then he or she will have to pay a fine of Tk 5,000,” he added.In the draft bill, the punishment of workers for violating laws has been reduced by 50 per cent while new facilities included for them.Under the draft law, the inspection for factories and establishment department has been upgraded to the level of directorate.The post of the chief inspector of the department is now inspector general, while deputy director general is additional inspector general, and the post of labour director has been upgraded to the rank of director general, Shafiul Alam said.Under the proposed law, he said, mentally and physically-challenged labourers cannot be employed in any risky works.According to section 47 of the draft, if any female worker gives birth to a baby before informing the authorities, she will get an 8-week leave within 3 days after informing the authorities. If the factory authorities do not allow her to go on leave, they will be fined Tk 25,000.Besides, if any worker does his or her duty during festival, he or she will get a two-day leave and wage for two days after the festival.Both owners and workers will be sentenced to one year jail with a fine of Tk 10,000 for misconduct, which was two years in the previous law.Section-195 of the draft law will be applicable for factory owners and section-196 for labourers and workers.In the draft law, the punishment for enforcing strike illegally has been reduced to six months from one year.In case of natural death, the family of the worker concerned will get Tk 200,000 as compensation, which was Tk100,000 in the previous law, and in the case of injury, they will get Tk 250,000, which is now Tk 125,000.last_img read more

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12 Russian intelligence officers indicted for hacking US Democrats

first_imgDeputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice, Friday, 13 July 2018, in Washington. Photo: APTwelve Russian intelligence officers were indicted by a US grand jury on Friday, just three days before president Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, for interfering in the 2016 presidential election.Announced by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, the charges were drawn up by special counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is looking into Russian interference in the November 2016 vote.Rosenstein told reporters the Russian military officers were accused of “conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election,” including by hacking Democratic Party emails ahead of the vote.”Eleven of the defendants are charged with conspiring to hack into computers, steal documents, and release those documents with the intent to interfere in the election,” he said.”One of those defendants and a 12th Russian are charged with conspiring to infiltrate computers of organizations involved in administering elections.”Rosenstein said he had briefed Trump about the indictment before Friday’s announcement.Trump, who is currently visiting Britain, is scheduled to meet with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.last_img read more

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Pakistans NADRA sacks 40 officials on graft charges

first_imgAt least 40 senior officials of Pakistan’s premier agency responsible for managing database of citizens have been sacked on graft charges.National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has sacked a Director General, GM projects, DGM operations, Intelligence Officer and various managers yesterday after an internal probe showed some of the top ranking officers guilty of corruption and other crimes.The sacked employees were working in different NADRA offices in Karachi and were allegedly involved in issuance of fake Computerized National Identity Cards besides various other crimes, Geo Tv reported.Also, four Director Generals were demoted to lower positions for misusing their authority.NADRA is responsible for automated record of Pakistani nationals and issuing national identity cards, passports and other documents.last_img read more

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This city just banned dog walking during the day

first_img By: The Associated Press This city just banned dog walking during the day << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, November 9, 2018 Share Tags: Animals, China BEIJING — Doggone it, canines just can’t catch a break these days.A city in southwestern China has banned dog walking during the daytime and banished the pets entirely from parks, shopping centres, sports facilities and other public spaces.The ordinance issued by the city of Wenshan in Yunnan province on Oct. 29 has been called the most restrictive in a nation where dog ownership has long been subject to tight regulations.Under communist China’s founder Mao Zedong, pet ownership was considered a bourgeois affectation but it has revived over recent decades with Chinese being more affluent but having smaller families.Many cities, however, still maintain rules on what size dogs can live in what areas, with the capital Beijing banning large dogs from the city centre. Dog parks are rare and canines are almost always required to be on leash.However, Wenshan’s ban appears to go well beyond that by saying dogs can only be outside before 7 a.m. and after 10 p.m.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsIt also says dog leashes cannot be longer than 1 metre (3 feet) and dogs can only be walked by adults.Despite the newfound popularity of keeping dogs, many Chinese remain wary over the presence of wild or unleashed dogs. Rabies spread by unvaccinated dogs also accounts for a substantial number of the roughly 2,000 deaths from the disease that the World Health Organization counts in China each year.last_img read more

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Agents can earn 5000 Loyalty Rewards points with TravelBrands Japan offer

first_img MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands is offering a new deal for travellers who book a cruise and land package to Japan prior to May 31.Clients who book by this date will receive a $250 air credit per person. Additionally, agents can earn 5000 bonus Loyalty Rewards on qualifying bookings.The cruise and land package starts at $4,499 and goes from Sept. 20 to Oct. 2, 2019. It includes airport transfers, two nights pre-cruise in Tokyo, a half-day city tour of Tokyo, 10-night sailing onboard Celebrity Millennium, all onboard gratuities, a $200 onboard credit and more.The 10-night sailing with Celebrity Cruises has multiple ports of call including Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kitakyusyu, Korea, Maizuru, Kanazawa, Akita and Aomori.“Japan is a beautiful country with such diverse regions and places to explore,” says Nathalie Tanious, Senior VP, TravelBrands. “This cruise and land package is a great way for travellers to experience the wonders of Japan while benefitting some great perks and savings.”More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaThe TravelBrands Loyalty program allows agents to collect points and redeem them for a multitude of rewards, including various merchandises, travel, gift cards, and the ability to donate multiple foundations and charities. For more information visit travelbrandsaccess.com. Posted by Share Travelweek Group Friday, May 10, 2019 center_img Tags: Agent Incentives, TravelBrands Agents can earn 5,000 Loyalty Rewards points with TravelBrands’ Japan offer << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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