Federal appointee to race relations board under scrutiny for writings on Islam

first_imgOTTAWA – A board member with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, an arms-length federal government agency with a mandate to combat racial discrimination, is in jeopardy of losing her post over her writings on the controversial website Jihad Watch.Christine Douglass-Williams has been writing for the site almost since she was appointed to the foundation’s board in 2012. But multiple sources have told The Canadian Press that the government is reviewing that appointment in the wake of an essay that appeared on the site in May.The post, entitled, “Christine Williams: My personal warning to Icelanders,” was based on a visit Douglass-Williams paid to the country alongside Jihad Watch founder and U.S. academic Robert Spencer earlier this year.In it, Douglass-Williams warns that Icelanders are being duped by seemingly moderate Muslims who deceive people into believing they are harmless, and writes that if Muslims truly had nothing to hide, they’d allow police to conduct surveillance in their mosques.“Islamic supremacists will smile at you, invite you to their gatherings, make you feel loved and welcome, but they do it to deceive you and to overtake you, your land and your freedoms,” she writes.“They intentionally make you feel guilty for questioning their torturous deeds toward humanity — toward women, Christians, gays, Jews, apostates, infidels and anyone who dares to oppose these deeds.”With concerns about the post circulating among her fellow board members, it came to the attention of Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, whose department is responsible for the foundation.Specifically, there are concerns that Douglass-Williams’s views are a hindrance to her work with the foundation and an affront to its legally defined mandate, which is to help eliminate racism and racial discrimination in Canada.In a statement to The Canadian Press, Douglass-Williams said it is not racist to oppose “the jihadist-Islamist” agenda, and that her writings are entirely in keeping with the work of the board.“Any efforts currently against me in my private work are an unjust, agenda-driven and cruel attempt to intimidate me for my distaste for all supremacist agendas,” she wrote. She pointed to her recent book, “The Challenges of Modernizing Islam,” as proof that she’s pro-Muslim and pro-human rights.“My book differentiates between Islamists and human rights-respecting Muslims who thrive to live peaceably and equally among Westerners,” Douglass-Williams wrote.“They ask for no special favors and advocate for the separation of mosque and state; they condemn Islamism, and stand against human rights abuses committed in the name of their religion, sometimes at great personal risk.”Pierre-Olivier Herbert, a spokesperson for Joly, said the foundation needs a board that recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion.“While we cannot comment on specific cases, with respect to Governor in Council (GIC) appointees, it is expected that appointees’ conduct not be at odds with an organization’s mandate, otherwise the GIC will consider whether action should be taken,” Herbert said.The foundation was launched in 1997 as part of the settlement the federal government at the time reached with Japanese Canadians over their internment in Canada during the Second World War.It holds workshops and roundtables across the country on combating racism, and also funds research into Canadian attitudes towards multiculturalism, immigration and other issues.Board member and foundation spokesman Rubin Friedman said allegations that Douglass-Williams was Islamophobic had been brought to the attention of the board.“We discussed those allegations and we looked at our mandate, and our policy, and we decided that we don’t make comment on what our part time board members do outside of our organization.”The board has no control over its membership, Friedman said, and whatever might happen next is up to the government. Douglass-Williams’s current term expires in 2018.Spencer, who launched Jihad Watch in 2003, has expressed frustration with the view that the perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks did not represent the true peaceful nature of Islam. He believes it must be made clear that the attacks were rooted in Islam — not to demonize Muslims, but to prove there’s a problem within the religion.Spencer has gone on to deny the existence of Islamophobia, calling it a term deployed in order to “intimidate non-Muslims away from criticizing or resisting the jihad and Islamic supremacism.”Douglass-Williams picked up on similar themes in a March 2017 post about a controversial House of Commons motion that called “on the government of Canada to condemn Islamophobia in Canada and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.”Douglass-Williams accused the Liberal MP who sponsored the motion of being part of a broader plot when she insisted on including the word Islamophobia in the text, as opposed to other suggested phrases like “anti-Muslim bigotry.”In a statement, the National Council of Canadian Muslims said anyone with such views has no place on the foundation’s board.“For a federal appointee to be writing for hateful websites, denying the existence of Islamophobia and calling for the violation of fundamental rights and freedoms of a minority community is contrary to everything the Canada Race Relations Foundation stands for and to the values enshrined in the charter,” Amira Elghawaby said in a statement.“We are confident that the federal government will take appropriate action with respect to this matter.”last_img read more

Canadian filmmakers explore female bonds motherdaughter relationships at TIFF

first_imgTORONTO — For Nicole Dorsey, director and writer of stylistic, psychological drama “Black Conflux,” creating of the film’s main character, Jackie, was about relaying her own experiences as a teenager.“All I wanted as a young person growing up was to see some sort of version of myself on screen,” said Dorsey. “I hope that teenage girls can look at Jackie and just know that they’re not alone…. That you’re going through something that we all have a version of.”The coming-of-age film, which premiers at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, centres around the lives of Jackie and Dennis, played by Ella Ballentine and Ryan McDonald. Jackie is a promising high school student determined to avoid becoming like her convict mother. She skips school, parties and hitchikes, trying to navigate her friendships and romantic relationships.“There’s this balance where you are finding power in your sexuality and how to use that and that feels fun and exciting, but you’re also still young and naive and that can be traumatizing when that attention doesn’t turn out to be how you picture it in your mind.”As the film industry makes way for female-led projects in front of and behind the camera, Canadian directors whose works are featured at TIFF this year are using the opportunity to tell stories through complex characters who aren’t necessarily likable, and portray relationships that aren’t reduced to tropes or stereotypes.Whether it be the good, the complicated or the volatile, filmmakers like Dorsey say they want to see themselves and their relationships on screen.The inspiration for Sanja Zivkovic’s debut feature “Easy Land” stemmed from her own experience as an immigrant, she said.The movie follows Jasna, an architect from Serbia played by “Underground” star Mirjana Jokovic, whose mental illness puts a strain on her relationship with her daughter Nina, played by “The Handmaid’s Tale” actress Nina Kiri, as they struggle to navigate obstacles facing newcomers to Canada.Jasna has been traumatized by what she witnessed in Serbia, and the after-effects are exacerbated by the menial jobs she must take to pay the rent.“I spent a lot of time with my mom and it made me think about the past and how hard it was,” said Zivkovic, who came to Canada from Serbia in 1994 during the war in the former Yugoslavia. “It was hard for everyone in my family but specifically for her as a woman who came to Canada barely speaking the language and having to rebuild her own life.”When it came to creating the relationship between Nina and Jasna, Zivkovic said it was important to her to create characters that were dependent on each other. Zivkovic described both characters as outspoken women who cannot express themselves outside their small apartment, but “at home is when everything comes to a climax.”“They’re trying really hard not to hurt each other and trying really hard to play as if it’s not that big of a deal but, of course, they’re both suffering inside and that comes to a surface at certain points in the film,” she said.Amy Jo Johnson’s second feature, “Tammy’s Always Dying,” which stars Felicity Huffman and Anastasia Phillips, also elicits a complicated mother-daughter relationship in a dark comedy that depicts Kathy’s attempt to care for her alcoholic mother, Tammy, who’s been diagnosed with cancer.“There is some obscure humour and I feel like that’s the way I tackle life and look at life — to find the humour within the sadness,” she said.When asked about her interest in the script, written by Joanne Sarazen, Johnson said it reminded her of her own relationship with her parents.Watching her mother die from cancer 20 years ago, Johnson said she saw some of herself in Kathy’s character, which is part of what made the script “jump right off the page.”“The way Joanne wrote the film — with such absurd humour to break through and get through the drama that is within these heavy subjects is what I really, really identified with and grabbed onto as the filmmaker.”Achieving gender parity has become a priority for many Canadian film institutions, including TIFF, which last year pledged a commitment to the 50/50 by 2020 initiative.Out of the 26 Canadian features slated as part of the festival’s lineup, almost 50 per cent are directed by women.Telefilm has also committed to backing female-led projects, recently announcing that 59 per cent of its production funding in the last fiscal year went to projects featuring at least one woman as a lead producer, director or writer.One of those projects touted by Telefilm was Semi Chellas’ “American Woman,” which premiers at TIFF next week. Drawing on Susan Choi’s novel, the film follows Jenny, played by Hong Chau, a dedicated activist who has been living underground for years who is tasked with keeping a group of radicals off the grid while they write a book. Jenny develops a relationship with Pauline, as played by Sarah Gadon, a Patty Hearst-like heiress who has been radicalized by her captors.“What does transpire between them? Is it friendship? Is it love? Is it real? Is it brainwashing? Is all love brainwashing?” Chellas said. “Jenny’s perspective is the centre of the movie, her idea of what it is, but she keeps revising her understanding of how she feels about Pauline and what her responsibility is to that relationship.”Chellas wanted her film to be the opposite of what she sees as a “very glib screenwriting trope” in movies, which is the idea that people can change.“My experience is people very rarely change radically,” said Chellas. “People very rarely change their minds. People very rarely change their habits.”Chellas said she approached the characters’ relationship by developing it between the lines. Certain scenes would first be taped with lines from the script, and then would slowly be re-enacted using fewer and fewer lines.“So much of what they’re communicating to each other necessarily is playing at the level where other people can’t hear it,” said Chellas.Emerald Bensadoun, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Calgary Film Fest – By The Numbers

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: There are some interesting numbers coming out of the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF). First is the concept (our words) of a double opening gala. This year’s festival will launch at the Jack Singer Concert Hall with an Opening Gala screening of Maudie, a Canada-Ireland co-production on Wednesday, September 21st. The very next day there will be a Canadian Gala at the Theatre Junction GRAND with a screening of Two Lovers and a Bear. The multi-venue, multi-title festival screenings begin on September 23rd.The “international” part of this festival has always been important. For all films, shorts and features, 41 countries are represented at CIFF, up from 39 last year. The festival’s average has always hovered close to 40 since 2012. What these numbers don’t represent are several of the films in the festival that represent a country but were not officially produced there. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgDion will be performing many of her biggest hits when she drops by the Scotiabank Arena on December 9. Tickets are set to go on sale Friday, April 12. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Celine Dion Advertisementcenter_img The queen, the legend, the only one who made us believe our hearts would go on, Celine Dion, is coming to Toronto for a concert later this year.The icon is embarking on a massive North American tour that will take her to 50 cities across Canada and the U.S., with Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City being the Canadian stops on the tour.Putting a cap on a hugely successful, long-standing Las Vegas residency, the Courage tour marks the first time she’s performed here since 2008’s Taking Chances World Tour. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Form Fillers Residential school students say theyve been hurt by law firm

first_imgAPTN National NewsTo get into the IAP process, you must fill out a 21-page application form and then prepare for a hearing where adjudicators will question you to ensure your claims are legitimate. The IAP Secretariat encourages former students to retain a lawyer to help them with this complex process.Blott and Company make extensive use of non-lawyer form fillers. But other law firms see that as the wrong approach.Lawyer Jon Faulds is the spokesperson for the national consortium of law firms that were involved in the original class action lawsuits.“Most of the consortium firms don’t have any relationship with form fillers,” he said. “I think from the perspective of most of the national consortium firms, the difficulty with form fillers is the so-called form is an extremely important part of the process which winds up before the adjudicator and against which the client’s evidence gets measured.“In other words, ‘[the adjudicator will ask] is the evidence they’re saying to me now consistent with what’s in the form.’ And form fillers who are not lawyers, who are not familiar with the entire process and sensitive to its implications, just may not fill out these application forms with the degree of exactness and precision and care that’s required because they’re not attuned to how significant that form is, not just in getting your claim filed but in actually proving your claim,” Faulds added.Calgary lawyer Vaughn Marshall, whose firm also represents IAP clients, agrees.“The form is a critically important part. And it is my opinion, and I think this needs to be expressed somewhere, that only a lawyer should be taking the application from the client. It’s the lawyers that should be doing that job; it’s the lawyers that should be guiding the clients through it and it’s the lawyers that should be doing the final form,” he said.Some of the IAP claimants signed up by the form filling company associated with Blott and Company were found on reserves in several provinces. Others were found in urban settings: soup kitchens, homeless shelters, Friendship Centres, living on the streets, anywhere where those with lives bent or broken by the residential schools can be found.The settlement agreement itself came about after lawyers representing two large class action lawsuits against the federal government were successful in getting those lawsuits certified by a court. The government and the churches then knew there was the strong possibility of a large compensation award and chose to sit down with plaintiff lawyers and the Assembly of First Nations and negotiate a compensation deal.Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Canada pays an amount equal to 15 per cent of IAP compensation awards to the lawyers to cover legal fees. The government also pays for disbursements, costs the lawyers incur as they process the file.The settlement agreement also allows lawyers to charge the client an additional 15 per cent if the cases are more complicated than usual. Those additional fees are subject to a review for “fairness and reasonableness” by the adjudicator.With 29,000 potential clients and average settlements just over $100,000, there’s $2.9 billion dollars at stake for compensation, with legal fees that could total as much as $870 million, if every firm charged the additional 15 per cent on every case.Daniel Ish, the IAP Chief Adjudicator, told us that the Blott and Company law firm handles 3,000 IAP files. It was stated online that the goal was to reach 10,000 clients, more than one-third of all the cases. Ten thousand clients with average legal fees of $30,000 would produce $300 million for the firm.It’s a long established tradition in the legal profession in Canada that lawyers shouldn’t “beat the bushes” for clients. It’s only a relatively recent development that lawyers are even allowed to advertise their services. So in order to maintain the traditional view of the profession, there needs to be some space between the law firms and form fillers who do “beat the bushes” for clients.Legal experts told APTN Investigates that the prohibition on “ambulance chasing” lawyers is based on the idea that the lawyer must not put his or her own financial interests ahead of the clients’ interests. Lawyers who have done that have been disciplined, even disbarred.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Arab Unity Unavoidable Necessity For survival

Skhirate – Arab unity is not an unattainable dream, nor is it a shimmering mirage, but a legitimate aspiration which can be fulfilled and a strategic necessity to which everyone is called upon to give substance, King Mohammed VI underlined Wednesday.“What unites Arab countries exceeds what divides them. Indeed, their unity is rooted in the rock-solid foundation of history and a shared civilization”, the Sovereign said in a message to the participants in the 13th Fikr conference of the Arab Thought Foundation, read out by Abdeltif Menouni, Advisor to the King.The Monarch noted that in addition to being geographically contiguous, Arab countries are characterized not only by harmony at the human level, but also by complementarity in terms of their immense human and natural resources, while Arab peoples are united by faith, language, culture and blood ties, in addition to fraternity and a common destiny. “What is deeply and painfully saddening, however, is the division and disunity currently characterizing Arab relations”, the king regretted, noting that ties between most Arab countries are affected by the consequences of long-running inter-Arab disputes, pointless internal conflicts and growing sectarianism, extremism and terrorism.Some of these countries are wasting their peoples’ resources on fictitious causes and artificial disputes which fan the flames of disunity and separatism, the King pointed out.In view of this situation, which is rejected by Arab peoples, “promoting complementarity has become an urgent necessity”, the Sovereign said, underlining the importance to address the situation from a new and realistic angle given the growing challenges in the Arab world and beyond.Noting that the Arab world has missed out on many dates with history, he underlined that the Arab world is called upon to “ensure that complementarity no longer remains a slogan that is postponed indefinitely”.Complementarity is not only a means to promote development, but it is also an “unavoidable necessity for survival in the face of all-powerful coalitions and groupings”, the King said. Without complementarity, we would either disappear or remain meaningless entities, with no real clout in the international arena”, he warned.The king also said that Arab complementarity does not mean living in isolation or shutting ourselves off from the world. It must be a catalyst for consolidating the Arab role and clout in Africa and Asia, and for expanding our relations with influential regional and international groupings, he pointed out.For the Monarch, Arab countries are at a crossroads today, pointing out that they are facing development and security challenges as well as pressing popular aspirations for further rights and freedoms, and greater human dignity and social justice. “These challenges and aspirations can only be addressed through complementarity, unity and integration.”“It is high time we restored Arab cohesion and closed our ranks, resolutely and in good faith, in order to rise to the real challenges facing Arab peoples, using a comprehensive, multi-dimensional approach”, he said. read more

J Crew considers IPO for its younger sister Madewell

NEW YORK — Clothing retailer J. Crew Group Inc. says it’s considering a potential initial public offering for its successful Madewell brand.The announcement Thursday comes after the struggling company completed a review of the options for its business.It says a Madewell IPO, if pursued, could be completed as early as the second half of this year.Separately, it named Michael Nicholson, president and chief operating officer, interim CEO of J. Crew Group Inc. Retail veteran Mickey Drexler led J. Crew for more than a decade, helping it become a coveted fashion brand before it hit a multi-year sales slump. He severed his last ties with the company in January.J. Crew recently began to add a wider variety of styles. Meanwhile, Madewell has done well with its classic, quality clothing.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

Panel monitoring UN treaty on migrant workers calls for more ratifications

After a five-day meeting in Geneva, the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families noted that only 25 countries have ratified the treaty – leaving many of the estimated 120 million migrant workers around the world without protection. The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families came into force on 1 July last year. It aims to establish a set of binding standards for the treatment and human rights of migrant workers, work towards ending their exploitation and eliminate illegal recruitment and trafficking in migrant workers.States parties to the Convention must regularly report to the Committee on what measures they have adopted to implement the pact’s provisions.Prasad Kariyawasam of Sri Lanka, elected Committee Chairman this week, called the plight of migrant workers a silent human rights crisis.”It is of supreme importance that more States ratify the Convention,” he said, adding that the Committee’s first meeting had been successful and productive. Its next session is scheduled for July 2005.The nations that have ratified or acceded to the treaty so far are: Azerbaijan, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Timor Leste, Uganda and Uruguay. read more

April 2012 – EV and AFV registrations

SMMT has published Electric and Alternatively-Fuelled Vehicle registration figures for April and the year-to-date.Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 1,540 eligible cars registered.Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles.For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail data@smmt.co.uk.For more information about the Plug-In Car Grant, visit the OLEV website.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Fibre optique SFR et Bouygues Telecom investissent ensemble

first_imgFibre optique : SFR et Bouygues Telecom investissent ensembleSFR et Bouygues Telecom s’associent pour déployer ensemble la fibre optique en France. Les deux opérateurs ont publié un communiqué commun.SFR et Bouygues Telecom viennent de publier un communiqué commun, dans lequel les deux opérateurs annoncent qu’ils vont “partager leurs investissements et mutualiser les réseaux horizontaux en fibre optique qui sont déployés entre leurs points de présence et chaque immeuble des communes retenues”. En résumé, ils vont partager les coûts pour déployer leurs fibres.Néanmoins, Bouygues Telecom et SFR indiquent qu’ils continueront à proposer des offres commerciales séparées : “Chaque société est libre des services qu’elle commercialisera (…)”, peut-on lire dans le communiqué. Bouygues Telecom prévoit d’ouvrir ses propres services de fibre optique courant 2011, alors que SFR a déjà commencé à vendre des abonnements Internet à très haut débit.L’accord entre les deux opérateurs porte seulement sur les zones très densément peuplées, qui recoupent les 20 plus grandes agglomérations françaises. A l’heure actuelle, 100.000 foyers seulement sont abonnés à l’Internet à très haut débit par la fibre optique dans l’Hexagone, selon le régulateur des télécoms, l’Arcep.Le 10 décembre 2010 à 15:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

HandsOn Monster Energy Supercross is More Exciting Than Soft Drinks

first_img New ‘Final Fantasy VII’ Remake Trailer Puts Us on Cloud Nine’Final Fantasy VIII Remastered’ Is Frustrating and Amazing When I finished watching the trailer for Monster Energy Supercross at a private New York Comic Con Square Enix event, admittedly my first question to the team at Milestone was “Is ‘Monster Energy’ really part of the official name?” As a major sponsor of the motorcycle racing sport for years, yes, Monster Energy is officially part of the name for Monster Energy Supercross. But don’t let that stop you from checking out a pretty nifty-looking racing game.Like fellow upcoming Milestone racing game Gravel, Monster Energy Supercross clearly comes from a sim background but is flexible enough to fit more arcade sensibilities like mine. It’s got more going on than, say, Excitebike. But I was able to bounce back from crashes and stunts that would surely turn real riders into Johnny Blaze skeletons. It’s a spectrum.As I sampled races in various distinct dirt stadiums, from real-world courses in Minneapolis and Las Vegas to custom player-made tracks, I quickly learned that what sets a motorcycle-based racing game apart from a car-based one is that you have to be aware of both the vehicle’s physics and the person’s physics. Controlling the bike was straightforward enough, but using the other analog stick I could also adjust the rider.Shifting your weight in one direction or another has radical consequences. I could “slice” through the air, letting me land quickly while also looking super cool. I could stay low to the ground to not go as high riding over bumps. Even just maintaining general balance while going fast over uneven terrain required some finesse. I definitely didn’t master the system during my demo but I did begin to appreciate its extreme sports depth. It’s a cool new thing to have to consider in a racing game, getting man and machine to harmoniously work together in tandem. It’s kind of like playing a video game.As an official Supercross game, Monster Energy Supercross also puts a focus on verisimilitude. Choose a real person like Chad Reed or Ryan Dungrey as your rider, make the controls as realistic as possible with the high-speed 450SX engine class, pop into a special first-person helmet view, and wipe mud from your face like you were actually there. Soil and grime are the natural aesthetic of the sport, but that didn’t stop the game from looking and performing well, at least in the PC build I played.Maybe my intentions were lowered by the shameless soft drink plug in the title, but I walked away from Monster Energy Supercross more entertained than I ever expected to be by a motorcycle racing game. Look for it next year February 13 on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and also the Nintendo Switch. So maybe it will be like Excitebike?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Prideful Voices Vancouver to tell real stuff of comingout journeys

first_imgAt the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Abasi Umoh sat at the counter of an old-school diner, put on a pair of headphones, and closed their eyes.The 22-year-old Umoh, who uses they/them pronouns, was transported back in time, to a time when their skin color would have excluded them from the diner — but when sit-in demonstrators did so anyway. The sounds of shouts and violence came through the speakers, yelling at them to leave, to get out of this public space.Just minutes before, Umoh had watched as their “proud and strong African father” sat through the same simulation, and began to cry.It was shortly afterward, empowered by those civil rights leaders who came before them, that Umoh decided that it was time. It was time to come out to their father as queer.We won’t spoil the rest of the story for you. You’ll have to listen for yourself.Umoh and three other queer and gender nonbinary Clark County residents will take to the stage at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Vancouver to share their stories of triumph and struggles on their journeys of coming out. Doors to Prideful Voices Vancouver open at 2:30 p.m. at the church, located at 4505 E. 18th St. Tickets are available on a sliding scale starting at $10, and proceeds will benefit Triple Point, Queer Youth Resource Center and PFLAG Southwest Washington, Vancouver organizations supporting LGBTQ youth. There will also be a performance by Acchord, an a capella choir group from Portland made up of transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming singers.It’s the first Vancouver event for Portland-based Our Bold Voices, which organizes storytelling events — part TED Talk, part motivational speeches — throughout the metro area.last_img read more

Allegri names the one thing he wants from Ronaldo

first_imgJuventus boss Massimiliano Allegri wants Cristiano Ronaldo to continue to doing what he does best for them – scoring goalsFollowing his €112m arrival from Real Madrid in July, Ronaldo has enjoyed a remarkable start to life at Juventus by topping the Serie A scoring charts with 14 goals from 19 games.While netting both goals in Juventus’ 2-1 win over Sampdoria last Saturday, Ronaldo broke Rui Barros’ record of 12 Serie A goals to become the highest single-season Portuguese scorer in Italy.Now Allegri has given some insight into what it’s like working with Ronaldo, who he believes is “an example for everybody”.But, most importantly of all, the Italian coach wants Ronaldo to keep putting the ball into the back of the net for Juventus.“He is not any different from what I imagined”, Allegri told Daily Record.“I knew he was a great professional with a competitive spirit that has already helped everybody to improve”.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“He wants to be the best one every day and that’s an important value that helps us all. I am not surprised, I’d rather say that it’s great to see him play because he is a different kind of player”.“Ronaldo’s biggest quality is that he is always focused, both in a game and during training.“It’s always the same habit also when he plays just one ball during games. I only want one thing from him: goals. It’s what he knows best, Cristiano is an example for everybody”.Following Saturday’s win, Juventus set a new record of 53 points for the first half of a Serie A season.Allegri added: “The Serie A title is a natural objective for Juventus, as for the Champions League you have to be lucky.“Ronaldo must be a joy for Juventus and for Italian football”.Juventus will be back in action away to Bologna in the Coppa Italia on January 12.TURIN, ITALY – DECEMBER 29: Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Serie A match between Juventus and UC Sampdoria on December 29, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)last_img read more

PJ Morton Announces Intimate Keys A Mic Acoustic Tour

first_imgNews Sister duo The Amours will accompany the GRAMMY winner on the roadJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 27, 2019 – 12:45 pm GRAMMY-winning R&B/rock musician PJ Morton has announced his first-ever acoustic tour, which will take him to some of the most intimate venues across the U.S.From April 29 through May 12, the Maroon 5 keyboardist who won his first solo GRAMMY at the 61st GRAMMY Awards for his performance of “How Deep Is Your Love,” will embark on the Keys & A Mic Tour, which is set to stop in cities including New York City, Chicago and Washington. Sister duo The Amours will accompany him on tour.   PJ Morton Announces Intimate Keys & A Mic Acoustic Tour The singer/songwriter, who is currently on tour with Maroon 5, also recently announced that he will be doing a live album recording at the 2019 Essence Festival, where he will perform alongside JoJo, Luke James and others. Tickets go on sale on Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. EST. For more information on dates and tickets, visit PJ Morton’s website.Diana Ross Celebrates 75th Birthday With Tour PJ Morton Announces Intimate Acoustic Tour pj-morton-announces-intimate-keys-mic-acoustic-tourcenter_img Email Facebook Twitter last_img read more

Tesla bars staff from anonymous chat app after leaks

first_img Tags Tech Industry Car Tech Mobile Apps Roadshow Elon Musk Tesla Share your voice 0 Post a comment Tesla leaks are reportedly leading to employees being barred from using Blind. Nick Miotke/Roadshow Tesla has blocked employees from using anonymous workplace social network app Blind following leaks about the company, Blind has confirmed.Blind has said Tesla is blocking verification emails from its employees’ addresses so they can’t validate their accounts.  “We first found out about this issue through emails from Tesla employees who were trying to sign up on Blind but were not receiving verification emails from us,” Curie Kim from Blind told CNET in an email Tuesday afternoon. “We looked into the verification rates for Tesla and there was a surge in verification failure on our end starting on May 4th, 2019.” “From these facts, we can confirm that Tesla is preventing employees from accessing Blind,” Kim said. She explained it was similar to when Uber blocked Blind usage by employees back in 2017 after whistleblower Susan Fowler spoke up about the Uber working climate. Kim said more employees from more than 40,000 companies are using Blind, including 55,000 Microsoft staffers, 38,000 from Amazon, 16,000 from Google, 13,000 from Facebook, 11,000 from Uber and 10,000 from Apple. “Tesla is the only company that is blocking its own employees from accessing or signing up on Blind,” she said. As spotted earlier by Verdict, a Tesla employee had posted publicly on Blind in May about being unable to use the app.  “Why is Tesla opposed to their employees using Blind? We can’t access the app on the company network,” the post says. “Have to use phone data instead. And it seems they’re blocking emails from Blind too. I told a couple of co-workers about the app but they haven’t been able to receive a verification code to complete the sign-up process!” Variety said Tesla staff are also unable to use Blind via Tesla’s Wi-Fi network. Blind requires users to verify their account with a company email address but then keeps their identity anonymous in order to give “an equitable voice to everyone.” “Through anonymity and community, we aim to flatten corporate hierarchy and remove professional barriers in order to initiate open conversations and create transparency,” Blind says. The app features multiple channels for users: topics channels, private company channels, Tech Lounge and Startup Lounge. Tesla didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has meanwhile been trying to psyche his employees up to hit delivery targets, reportedly sending out an email last week top push hard while demand is high. Reports say Tesla’s current quarter could eclipse its 90,700 deliveries record. Originally published June 4, 2:18 p.m. PT.   Update, 3:49 p.m.: Adds confirmation from Blind. last_img read more

Patrick Kolkhorst Unveil Controversial Bathroom Bill

first_imgTexas lawmakers unveiled plans today to ban transgender people from using the restroom of their choice. The controversial “bathroom bill” is a top priority for some GOP leaders.State Senator Lois Kolkhorst formally sponsored the bill, officially known as SB 6. She announced details at a press conference at the State Capitol, while Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, a major supporter, looked on.“Every Texan has the right to personal privacy, and these penalties protect all Texans equally,” Kolkhorst said.The bill would also apply changing rooms and locker rooms. It would penalize school districts that let transgender individuals use the facilities of their choice. And it would bar local governments from adopting their own ordinances.Patrick has made the bill a top goal for the session, but House Speaker Joe Straus says it’s not a priority.“Governor Abbott has also been largely silent on the matter but generally is pretty sensitive to business interests,” says Brandon Rottinghaus, who teaches political science at the University of Houston. “And if it’s the case that this has the potential to hurt Texas’ bottom line, then I could imagine Abbott being against it.”The Texas Association of Business estimates that anti-LGBT legislation could cost the Texas economy $8.5 billion and 185,000 jobs. 00:00 /01:08 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Sharelast_img read more

State govt mulls proposal to rebuild Vivekananda flyover

first_imgKolkata: The state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department is considering the proposal to reconstruct the Vivekananda flyover, after the Public Works Department (PWD) tried to shift the responsibility in this regard.Firhad Hakim, the minister in charge of the department, said on Tuesday that they will conduct an examination regarding the structure after getting the permission from the Chief Secretary. The departmental secretary will urge the Chief Secretary in this regard. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe department will consider whether the top portions of the collapsed flyover will be removed or the entire structure will be rebuilt. “We have held a meeting with our expert committee. After the collapse of the flyover the Chief Secretary had assigned PWD to take care of the flyover. But nothing was done in the past three years. The PWD is now saying that Kolkata Metropalitan Development Authorities (KMDA) will maintain the flyover. We have asked them to remove unlocked girders. Our department will do a structural assessment to find out if the flyover can be rebuilt only by removing the top portion of the damaged parts. We will seek permission from the Chief Secretary in this connection,” Hakim said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe added: “PWD has shifted the responsibility onto us. The decision has been pending for a long time. If the Chief Secretary permits us, we will conduct a study and try to float a tender. We will examine if the upper portions of the flyover should be brought down, keeping the pillars intact, or if a completely new structure will be set up.” The Vivekananda flyover, which connected Girish Park to Burrabazar, had collapsed on April 2016, claiming 28 lives. The state government had formed an inquiry committee comprising former faculty members of Kharagpur IIT, to probe the collapse of the 2.2 km long flyover. Meanwhile, the minister also said that two new flyovers will be constructed. One of them will connect Maa flyover with Ballygunj Phari, while the other will be set up between Brace Bridge and Garden Reach flyover. The works will be started after the projects get necessary approval.last_img read more

An Accelerated History of Internet Speed Infographic

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The story of the internet so far has been one of both ever-faster speeds and ever-higher demand for connectivity. According to Cisco, worldwide internet traffic reached more than 20 exabytes per month in 2010. (An exabyte is a billion gigabytes.) The smart money says demand is only going to keep rising.Fortunately, the physical infrastructure of the internet is equipped to handle it, at least for a while. The undersea cables we use now can be upgraded to move data at 100 gigabytes per second, about 10 times faster than current speeds. And a $1.5 billion project is underway to reduce the lag time of signals between London and Tokyo by 60 milliseconds using a fiberoptic cable in the Arctic Ocean, the first of its kind in that part of the world.The infographic below, compiled by Gator Crossing, a Houston-based web hosting service provider founded in 2002, provides a history of the internet along with some facts even dedicated web geeks might not know. Such as the fact that as of 2010, about half of rural households in America did not have internet access at home. Where’s Google Fiber when you need it?Click to Enlarge+ Register Now » September 25, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 1 min readlast_img read more

Registration for deputies begins for June elections

first_imgAs of March 9, the Electoral Institute of Quintana Roo began accepting the registration of candidates who must win by relative majority. Political candidates must register by March 13 to run in the upcoming elections being held June 2. Candidates from Movimiento Ciudadano and Morena have been the first to express interest. Parties participating include Morena, Partido Verde Ecologista de México (PVEM), Partido del Trabajo (PT), Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) and the Partido de la Revolución Democrática (PRD). The Parties Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), Movimiento Ciudadano (MC), Confianza por Quintana Roo (CQ) and Movimiento Auténtico Social (MAS) will compete unitarily. In some electoral districts there will also be the registration of independent candidates. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Chetumal, Q,R. — The Instituto Electoral de Quintana Roo (Ieqroo) has officially began with the registration of candidates for local deputies for State Congress. last_img read more