FBI charges two men in 2016 ransomware attack that hit University of

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — The FBI says it has charged two men in Iran as part of an investigation into cyberattacks that targeted the University of Calgary and computer networks in the United States.The university paid a ransom of $20,000 after the 2016 attack to preserve an option to restore critical research data.The FBI says “SamSam” ransomware infiltrated computer networks in Atlanta, San Diego and Newark, N.J., as well as major health-care providers, the University of Calgary and others.Investigators allege the malware encrypted data and files, and the suspects demanded payment to restore access to affected systems in what the FBI calls “21st-century blackmail.”The agency estimates the cyberattacks caused $30 billion in damage to public and private institutions and that $6 million in ransom payments were extorted.Linda Dalgetty, vice-president of the University of Calgary, says the administration is grateful that charges have been laid.“The University of Calgary would like to thank the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Calgary Police Service, and all co-operating law enforcement agencies for their diligence and perseverance in investigating this matter,” she said Wednesday in a release. “We are thankful that law enforcement agencies take such criminal acts very seriously and were able to locate the perpetrators and issue arrest warrants.”Faramarz Savandi and Mohammad Mansouri are each charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, intentional damage to a protected computer and transmitting a demand in relation to damaging a protected computer.“The actions highlighted today, which represent a continuing trend of cyber criminal activity emanating from Iran, were particularly threatening, as they targeted public safety institutions, including U.S. hospital systems and governmental entities,” FBI spokeswoman said in a release.The agency acknowledged that both suspects are in Iran and are out of the reach of U.S. law enforcement.It said they can be apprehended if they travel and the United States is exploring other ways of bringing them to justice.last_img read more

Trudeau says theres been erosion of trust between PMO WilsonRaybould

first_img“His is a government that cannot be redeemed,” tweeted Scheer. “It must be defeated.”Scheer claimed the prime minister has lost his moral authority to govern.What we heard from Justin Trudeau was an attempt to justify and normalize corruption. It’s clearer than ever that inside his government, political interference and contempt for the rule of law are a matter of course. This is a PM who has lost the moral authority to govern.— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) March 7, 2019Meanwhile, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh criticized Trudeau’s statement, noting a lack of accountability or an apology.WATCH: Jagmeet Singh says he’s ‘disappointed’ Trudeau did not apologize for SNC-Lavalin affair OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is addressing Canadians on the SNC-Lavaliin file, admitting things could have been handled better. But he’s not making any apologies for the controversy.Trudeau is expressing some regret, saying there was clearly “an erosion of trust” between his office and former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould. He says he should have been aware of that.“Many lessons to be learned. Many things that we would like to have done differently,” he said.Trudeau says discussions with Wilson-Raybould continued the way they did because she signalled she was willing to re-visit the SNC decision but never told him she felt the interactions were inappropriate.“One of the things central to my leadership is fostering an environment where my ministers, caucus, and staff, feel comfortable coming to me when they have concerns, indeed, I expect them to do so,” Trudeau said. “In Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s case, she did not come to me and I wish she had.”The prime minister is not offering any apologies. “In regards to standing up for jobs and defending the integrity of our rule of law, I continue to say that there was no inappropriate pressure.”Trudeau says every decision made from his office was focused on the well being of Canadians #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 7, 2019Wilson-Raybould testified she was subjected to relentless, inappropriate pressure — and veiled threats about being removed as justice minister and attorney general — to intervene to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin on bribery and fraud charges related to contracts in Libya.RELATED: A timeline of the SNC-Lavalin affair“The context is a tough one, with potential job losses in the thousands,” Trudeau added. “These are the types of situations that make governing a challenge. And when there an erosion of trust within the people involved, it further complicates what is already a difficult decision for the Attorney General. These have been a tough few weeks.”Trudeau was also basically asked what didn’t he understand when she first told him her mind was made up. The PM says he asked @Puglaas in Sept if she was open to revisiting the decision and she said she would be. #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 7, 2019Trudeau said he continues to believe there was no inappropriate pressure.“What I can tell you is my team and everyone in this government always remains focused on how we make sure that we’re protecting jobs and building a better future for Canadians and doing so in a way that protects our institutions,” he added.Trudeau now plans to seek external advice on a variety of issues, including the option of splitting the justice and attorney general roles.When it comes to Wilson-Raybould’s status in the Liberal caucus, the Prime Minister’s Office says Trudeau is still reflecting on that but doesn’t want to make a decision until he hears from his caucus. The next meeting is two weeks away.When it comes to @Puglaas’ status in caucus, I’m told the Prime Minister is still reflecting on that but wants to discuss the matter with his caucus before any decision. Next caucus meeting is scheduled two weeks from now #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 7, 2019The Vancouver-Granville MP resigned from cabinet last month.Attempt to ‘justify and normalize corruption’Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is calling Trudeau’s statement an attempt to “justify and normalize corruption.”Referring to Trudeau’s comments on an “erosion of trust,” Scheer said the real erosion of trust is between Trudeau and Canadians.WATCH: Andrew Scheer responds to Justin Trudeau’s comments on SNC-Lavalin affair “It was the PM discrediting the detailed testimony of Canada’s first Indigenous woman AG,” he tweeted. “The ‘erosion of trust’ is with Cdns.”What we saw this morning from PM Trudeau wasn’t accountability or an apology – it was the PM blaming everyone but himself.It was the PM discrediting the detailed testimony of Canada’s first Indigenous woman AG.The “erosion of trust” is with Cdns – we need a public inquiry.— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) March 7, 2019-With files from Dean Recksiedlerlast_img read more

Boyzone Singer To Customize Childrens Wheelchairs

first_imgBoyzone star and professional motorsport driver, Shane Lynch, has today announced an innovative partnership between his company, Prestige Wrap & Customs, and the national charity, Caudwell Children to help customize children’s wheelchairs.The ‘Dream Wheelz’ project is a collaboration between Prestige Wrap & Customs and the charity, which promises to add some personality to children’s wheelchairs by providing individual paintwork and customized seating.The new project is set to be officially launched at the Autosport International Show at Birmingham’s NEC on January 11th – 13th where Shane will driving in the live action show and meeting supporters of the charity at the Prestige Wrap & Customs exhibition stand.Shane said: “I’ve wanted to do something like this for ages. A kid’s wheelchair is so important to them it is essential that it looks and feels cool. The guys at Prestige Wrap spend all day working on luxury cars; it will be great to add some of that flair to something as important as a wheelchair.”Caudwell Children is a national charity providing practical and emotional support for disabled children living in the UK. Each year they provide hundreds of state-of-the-art powered wheelchairs for children up to 18 years old.Charity Chief Executive, Trudi Beswick, said: “For a young disabled person their wheelchair is an extension of their personality, it goes everywhere with them. This wonderful project gives kids the chance to add some real street cred to their wheelchair and helps them express their own personality to everyone they meet. We are really grateful to Shane and the team at Prestige Wrap for supporting Caudwell Children and coming up with this great idea.”The charity is now looking for sponsors for the Dream Wheelz project to help fund donations of new wheelchairs and cover the costs associated with the customization.The first customization is already underway, with Ferrari fanatic 15-year-old Jordan Williams from Hatfield, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, discussing stylish designs with the Prestige Wrap team.The ‘Dream Wheelz’ project will be launched at Autosport International 2013, taking place on January 11th – 13th at the NEC in Birmingham. For more information about the charity visit www.caudwellchildren.com, or to find out more about Prestige Wrap & Customs visit www.prestigewrap.co.uk.last_img read more

CharityBuzz Launches 2nd Annual Entrepreneur Auction

first_imgCharitybuzz, a Charity Network company, today announced its 2nd Annual Entrepreneur Auction featuring many of the world’s most innovative thinkers.Bidders can visit charitybuzz.com, the premier online charity auction platform, for the chance to take a meeting that could change their life. The auction begins on October 25 at charitybuzz.com during the lead up to Global Entrepreneurship Week and ends on November 15.The Charitybuzz Entrepreneur Auction enables business leaders to tap into Charitybuzz’s network of bidders, considered to be one of the most affluent philanthropic communities in the world, in order to raise money for causes they care about. Most business leaders are offering one-on-one time in the form of an executive meeting or power lunch. Other business experiences available include mentorships, internships, office tours, golf outings and trips.Charitybuzz’s inaugural event raised almost $1mm for charity through the auction of more than 100 business-related experiences. Highlights included a round of golf with Michael Bloomberg which sold for $52,000 to benefit The Humane Society, a private dinner with CEO of Citigroup, Michael Corbat which sold for $23,250 to benefit the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and a meeting with Bill Maris, then President and CEO of Google Ventures, which sold for $56,000 to benefit Rock School Scholarship fund.By auctioning luxury items and celebrity experiences online to bidders worldwide, Charitybuzz has raised more than $182 million for more than 3,800 nonprofit clients. Meetings with entrepreneurs and business leaders have to date been one of the company’s most successful fundraising categories. Pitch meetings with Rupert Murdoch, Richard Branson and Mark Cuban each sold for more than $85,000 earlier this year. The most popular business meeting ever to sell on Charitybuzz was coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook, breaking records at $610,000 to benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.“The Charitybuzz Tim Cook auction was a watershed moment for us. We realized that successful business leaders could raise as much for charity as some of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities,” said Ben Erwin, VP of Business Development for the Charity Network. “We established The Entrepreneur Auction as the only digital curation of its kind and have been blown away by the caliber of participants. Plus, what better way for our bidders to network, than to meet with industry executives by supporting causes they care about.”The Entrepreneur Auction will take place live at entrepreneur.charitybuzz.com from October 25 – November 15, 2016. This year’s formidable participants and their charitable beneficiaries fall into four categories: Lifestyle, Media, Tech, and Finance and Investors. They include:LifestyleTommy Hilfiger, Fashion Designer, Founder Tommy Hilfiger Corporation for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Co-founder, Gilt Group for Dress for Success Cindy Crawford, Colin Cowie and Simon de Pury for the Gabrielle’s Angels Foundation for Cancer Research Ken Downing for Dallas Cattle Baron’s Ball supporting the American Cancer Society Paris Hilton for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Lisa Gersh, CEO of GOOP for Flying Kites Russell Simmons for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Neil Blumenthal, Founder Warby Parker for UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council Stella McCartney OBE, Fashion Designer for PETA Mark Tatum, NBA Deputy Commissioner for Thurgood Marshall College FundMediaHarvey Weinstein, Co-chairman, The Weinstein Company for the Max Foundation Donny Deutsch, Chairman Emeritus, Deutsch Inc for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research John Steinberg, Cheddar Founder,Former President of Buzzfeed for the Penn Basser Center Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take Two Interactive Software for Games For ChangeTechBelinda Johnson, Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer, Airbnb for UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency Carolyn Everson, VP Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook for SAVE of Essex County Steve Ballmer, Former CEO of Microsoft and owner, LA Clippers for New York Collaborates for Autism Paul English, Founder Co-founder, Kayak and Lola for Flying Kites Guy Kawasaki, Author and Former Chief Evangelist, Apple for Wikimedia Foundation John Couch, VP Education, Apple for Santa Fe Christian Schools Sean Rad, Co-founder of Tinder for Go CampaignFinance and InvestorsRichard Branson for the National Tennis Foundation Mark Cuban for the Autism Society of America Kevin O’Leary for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Marc Lasry for American Friends of Soroka Jeff Stibel for Doctors Without BordersOther participants include Emilio Estefan (The Gloria Estefan Foundation), Dan Ariely (Games for Change), Don Garber (Save of Essex County), Elizabeth Gore and Carolyn Rodz (UN Foundation), Julie Greenwald (Shine on Sierra Leone), Graeme Devine (Games for Change), John Hoke (Children’s Cancer Association), Neil Blumenthal (Un Foundation) and many more!last_img read more

David Beckham Makes Surprise Visit To London School On World Childrens Day

first_imgToday, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham made a surprise visit to Kentish Town C of E Primary School in London to celebrate World Children’s Day.UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham visits Kentish Town C of E Primary School, LondonCredit/Copyright: UNICEF/Dymond/2017During the visit, David met pupils aged between five and 11 from the student council to discuss the issues that affect them most such as their right to feel valued, listened to and respected. David then treated the children to an impromptu game of football in the playground of the North London school.Kentish Town Primary School is a Level Two Rights Respecting School, an initiative run by Unicef UK which supports schools to place the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of their ethos. It empowers pupils to realise their own rights and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.David chose to visit Kentish Town Primary School as today marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the mobilisation of the first World Children’s Day.UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham said:“This World Children’s Day we are handing over the reins to children, encouraging them to speak out for each other. One important lesson from my travels with UNICEF is that we need to listen to children about the world they want to live in. Today it’s been really inspiring visiting the school. It’s amazing to see how happy and confident the kids are and listening to them talk so passionately about learning and respecting the rights of children.”Jude, aged 11, a pupil at Kentish Town Primary School said:“It was really fun meeting David today hear him talk about how important it is to help UNICEF. He gave really good answers to all the questions we asked him. It was even more exciting because today is World Children’s Day!”In addition to today’s school visit, David has released a short film in collaboration with UNICEF, in which he quizzes children about their views of the world. During the heart-warming film, Beckham is seen in conversation with five children asking a series of questions such as what changes they would like to see for children in the future and what rules they would give grown-ups. The film was recorded in New York with children aged 6-10 years-old: Smith (6), Jenna (7), Fiona (7), Jayla (8) and Royce (10).Video: #KidsTakeover with David Beckham | UNICEFChildren all around the world have been celebrating World Children’s Day today by ‘taking over’ key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and fulfil their potential. In the UK, hundreds of schools have taken part in the OutRight campaign – Unicef UK’s annual schools campaign that enables and empowers children and young people to speak out in support of children’s rights and celebrate World Children’s Day.David Beckham has been a long standing supporter of UNICEF since playing with Manchester United and became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2005. In 2015, his tenth year with Unicef, he launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund to help protect children in danger. David is working with Unicef to ensure that world leaders put children first and agree new development goals that will help end violence, preventable death and poverty for every child.last_img read more

Shes Gotta Have It Lyriq Bent Cast As A Male Lead In

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Rookie Blue alum Lyriq Bent has been cast as male leads opposite DeWanda Wise in Spike Lee’s 10-episode Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, a contemporary update of Lee’s groundbreaking 1986 indie film.The series centers on Darling (Wise), a Brooklyn-based a sexually liberated, free spirited painter/mixed media artist in her late 20s struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her friends, her job and her three lovers, played by Bent, Cleo Anthony and Anthony Ramos. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Calgaryshot Burn Your Maps to hit theatres in early 2017

first_imgIf you missed the touching, Alberta-shot comedy-drama Burn Your Maps at this year’s Calgary International Film Festival don’t fret, it will hit theatres early next year.According to Variety, Jordan Roberts’ film about an American boy who believes he is a Mongolian goat herder will be in theatres in New York and Los Angeles on Feb. 24 and released wider at some point after that.The film stars 10-year-old Vancouver actor Jacob Tremblay as Wes, who deals with a family tragedy by becoming obsessed with Mongolia. Vera Farmiga and Marton Csokas play his parents. Virginia Madsen, Suraj Sharma and Ramon Rodriguez also star. Advertisement Twitter Burn Your Maps was filmed in 2015. Locations in Kananaskis Country, the Stoney reserve and Albertina Farms were used to represent Mongolia. The film also shot in Calgary.It opened at the Toronto International Film Festival and travelled to Calgary for two screenings in late September.by Eric Volmers – Calgary Herald LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Adfree CBC could serve as a rallying point for Canadian creativity

first_img Facebook Excuse me while I massage my neck: I have been suffering a severe case of whiplash since Monday, when the CBC unveiled a plan to go commercial free.Not so long ago, if you suggested the CBC cut advertising from its programming, both observers and insiders would pat you on the head and smile kindly at your naïve idealism. Received wisdom was that the CBC could not possibly survive without ad revenue, no matter what earnest cultural advocates or ponderous parliamentary reports might argue.And then this week, in response to the Liberal government’s review of cultural policy, the CBC boldly proposed that very thing. Clearly, chief executive officer Hubert Lacroix sensed an opportunity: After years of Tory cuts, the broadcaster is finally getting a sympathetic ear in Ottawa – and all TV ad revenues are in steep decline anyway. Lacroix seems convinced a commercial-free CBC might actually get replacement funding for the lost ad dollars: He is asking for $418-million. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Leaving aside, for the moment, the political realism of the request, the plan is a good one. In an increasingly scattered but ever more Internet-dependent and globalized media environment, the country needs a public producer, curator and distributor to craft a powerful Brand Canada across all platforms, offering not only news, public affairs and documentaries, but also fiction, variety and arts programming. It needs an iconic institution to nurture and lead the cultural industries, a rallying point for Canadian creativity. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Genderfluid child actor to vie in male and female categories for BCs

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook A gender-fluid 11-year-old Vancouver actor is eligible for consideration in both male and female performance categories at British Columbia’s Leo Awards, the annual prize celebrating the province’s film and TV industry.Vancouver actor Ameko Eks Mass Carroll’s performance in the short film Limina has been accepted for consideration in male and female acting categories.“We are proud to join our colleagues at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in recognizing the importance of inclusivity when honouring artistic excellence” Leo Awards president Walter Daroshin, who is also chair of the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia, said in a statement Friday. Gender-fluid actor, comedian and musician Kelly Mantle, who appeared in the film Confessions of a Womanizer, recently became the first performer accepted for consideration in both male and female performance categories for the Oscars. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

For Canadian films to succeed put audiences first

first_imgWant to go see a great Canadian film this holiday season? Great, me too. But the movie listings will confirm that the multiplex is largely devoid of homegrown offerings, neither commercial-minded nor art. So where are the movies? They are getting made, and the national film funder Telefilm has a much-needed plan to ease the path to make many more, but most won’t be discovered by Canadians at the box office or anywhere else.I have spent my career in the business of Canadian film as a production and distribution executive and yes, I admit, lots of people think Canadian films are not for them – and many more would be hard-pressed to name one from recent memory. There is a paradox in the missing cohort of current homegrown films and filmmakers at the box office. It’s not a lack of talent. Canadians make movies for Hollywood every day. We have the best movie craftspeople on the planet. It, X Men: Apocalypse and Blade Runner 2049 are recent Hollywood releases made mostly by Canadian crews. It’s also not a lack of market. Canadians spent around a billion dollars on movie tickets last year. So why has it become so rare for an English-language Canadian film to connect with audiences?READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

SARAH MCLACHLAN SET TO PERFORM CANADIAN ANTHEM AS RAPTORS AIM FOR TITLE

first_imgSarah McLachlan is pictured at the Juno Awards Nominations event in Toronto on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. The 12-time Juno Award winner will host this year’s awards show. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Advertisement Sarah McLachlan will sing Canada’s national anthem tonight as the Toronto Raptors attempt to win their first NBA championship.The league has announced the Halifax-born singer-songwriter will perform O Canada prior to Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Raptors and Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.The American anthem will be sung by Pat Monahan of pop-rock act Train. Advertisement It is the last Warriors game at the Oakland, Calif., facility before the team moves to San Francisco. The Raptors lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.Previous renditions of O Canada at the NBA Finals in Oakland have been met with mixed reviews.Saskatchewan-born country singer Tenille Arts faced some backlash on social media after Game 3 as several people accused her of “butchering” the anthem by veering away from its familiar tune.Walk Off the Earth, Burlington, Ont., band, divided audiences for Game 4 when the four members gathered around a triple-necked string instrument for an acoustic folk version of “O Canada.”Longtime Toronto national anthem performer Doug Tranquada delivered the opening stanza to O Canada in Game 5 before letting fans at Scotiabank Arena take over on Monday night.McLachlan, a Juno and Grammy winner, has a history of singing O Canada to usher in historic sports moments.She performed the anthem at Canadian football team the BC Lions’ first game back at their newly refurbished home stadium in 2011. Two years later, she sang for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks home opener. Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Tlingits renew crossborder ties with celebration

first_imgAPTN National NewsOld family and cultural ties are being renewed as Tlingits from Alaska, northern British Columbia and the Yukon gathered in Teslin this past weekend.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

Algonquin community of Kitigan Zibi tries to make the world a sweeter

first_imgAPTN National NewsKitigan Zibi will have its maple sugar production running at full capacity this spring.The reason?They’re going international.APTN’s Maike Eikelmann reports on how Kitigan Zibi is trying to conquer the maple syrup world – one country at a time.last_img

Missing Mikmaw woman found alive in Knoxville Tenn expected to return home

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe search for a missing Mi’kmaw woman has ended in Knoxville, Tenn.Chrisma Joy Denny was found alive Sunday after she was reported missing in early November.“Denny is in a safe location and has agreed to stay there,” said the Knox County sheriff’s office in a press release.Police in Knoxville said they’re working with police in Canada to ensure her safe return home.Denny, 23, was reported missing in early November.But no one in her home community of Eskasoni had seen her since early September.Her family has said Denny struggled with addiction and mental illness and often took off on her own. At times, she lived on the streets in Sydney, Cape Breton. So, it wasn’t unusual to not see her for weeks at a time.Early in their investigation, police found out that Denny travelled to the United States. Her last reported sighting was in Tennessee where she had contact with the Knox County sheriff’s office.Officers in Knox County had tried to help Denny. She spent a couple of days at a shelter and was thought to have then moved on.last_img read more

Former Shaw Communications CEO dies at 60 following brief illness

first_imgCALGARY – Jim Shaw, the former chief executive of Shaw Communications Inc., died Wednesday following a brief illness.The Canadian telecommunications company says in a statement that the vice-chairman passed away peacefully at the age of 60.He joined Shaw in 1982, working as a construction worker and cable installer, and later served as the company’s second CEO from 1998 to 2010.Current CEO Brad Shaw says in a statement that he not only lost a brother, but a great friend and mentor.The company’s board of directors and employees expressed their condolences to the Shaw family.last_img read more

Irene Gentle named editor at the Toronto Star first woman to hold

first_imgTORONTO – The Toronto Star has named Irene Gentle as its new editor, the first woman to hold the job.Gentle replaces Michael Cooke, who announced earlier this year that he would be retiring in June.She has been the Star’s managing editor since June 2016. The promotion is effective immediately.Gentle joined the Star in 2011 as business editor and was named assistant managing editor and city editor in 2012.Before the Star, she worked at the Hamilton Spectator.The Star and the Spectator are owned by Torstar Corp. which also owns daily and community newspapers throughout Ontario and a majority interest in VerticalScope.—Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.Companies in this story: (TSX:TS.B)last_img read more

US job openings fell in November to stillstrong 69 million

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. job openings fell in November from the previous month, but the number of available positions remained healthy.The Labor Department says job openings slipped 3.4 per cent to a seasonally adjusted 6.9 million. That is the fewest openings in five months, but still 16 per cent higher than a year ago.The job market remains strong despite sharp stock market declines last month, interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve, and a slowing global economy that is also bedeviled by trade fights. Last week’s blockbuster jobs report helped assuage concerns about the economy, as it showed that hiring reached a 10-month high in December.The number of people quitting fell in November, the report showed, but the total also stayed at a solid level.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Russian church head Smartphones could precede Antichrist

first_imgMOSCOW — The head of the Russian Orthodox Church says the data-gathering capacity of devices such as smartphones risks bringing humanity closer to the arrival of the Antichrist.In an interview shown Monday on state TV, Patriarch Kirill said the church does not oppose technological progress but is concerned that “someone can know exactly where you are, know exactly what you are interested in, know exactly what you are afraid of” and that such information could be used for centralized control of the world.“Control from one point is a foreshadowing of the coming of Antichrist, if we talk about the Christian view. Antichrist is the person who will be at the head of the world wide web that controls the entire human race,” he said.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Police blocking Red Creek road

first_imgResidents are not being allowed into the area.  The RCMP won’t say what’s happening but there is a large police presence on the road.BC Ambulance is also on scene.We will share more information as details are released.  If you have any information, email news@moosefm.ca UPDATE as of 5:10 p.m. – The Red Creek road is now open to traffic as the police incident has ended. There is still a small police presence at one property on the road. The RCMP still haven’t released any information about what happened at the home.—–FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP are blocking the entrance to the Red Creek Road near Mile 62 of the Alaska Highway.last_img read more

No small savings interest rate change in Q1

first_imgNew Delhi: The government has kept the interest rates on small savings schemes, including NSC and PPF, unchanged for the April-June quarter. Public Provident Fund (PPF) and National Savings Certificate (NSC) will continue to carry an annual interest rate of 8 per cent, while Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) will give a yield of 7.7 per cent and mature in 112 months.Interest rates for small savings schemes are notified on a quarterly basis. “The rates of interest on various small savings schemes for the first quarter of the financial year 2019-20 starting April 1, 2019, and ending on June 30, 2019, shall remain unchanged from those notified for the fourth quarter of financial year 2018-19,” the finance ministry said in a notification issued Friday. Interest rate for the five-year Senior Citizens Savings Scheme has been retained at 8.7 per cent. The interest on the senior citizens’ scheme is paid quarterly. Interest on savings deposits has been retained at 4 per cent annually.last_img read more