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first_imgTORONTO — A Gillette advertisement depicting sexism in boardrooms, backyards and on street corners is the latest in a wave of socially conscious promotions to crop up in the wake of the Me Too era, and a message that is likely to find a receptive audience in Canada — particularly among women.The U.S.-based shaving company’s “the best men can be” advertisement was released earlier this week and features scenes meant to make consumers rethink the idea of associating masculinity with being tough or misreading women, but has been criticized for insulting men and co-opting a social message to sell razors.The ad places Gillette among handfuls of other companies who have turned to socially-conscious advertising — a growing phenomenon abroad and in Canada, said Sarah Kaplan, director of the University of Toronto’s Institute for Gender and the Economy.“We are seeing it more and more,” she said, pointing out household cleaning product ads that have been increasingly featuring men and a Bud Light beer promotion starring celebrities Seth Rogen and Amy Schumer complaining about gender-based product pricing.“Advertisers have already been moving in the direction of breaking down these stereotypes and gender norms and many have taken on subtle forms, but Gillette is being much more explicit about what they are trying to accomplish and I think there will be more movement in this direction.”Long before Gillette’s ad was unveiled, technology company Nest Labs had already clued into the phenomenon with an ad it ran on Oscars night in 2018, where a dad uses the brand’s camera to remind a boy heading out to prom about respecting his date. On the same night, Twitter Inc. shared a black-and-white, spoken word ad meant to encourage women to “make their voices heard.”Then there was the September Nike ad starring NFL star Colin Kaepernick, who encouraged customers to “believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”Such socially-conscious advertisements, Kaplan said, can be attractive for brands because they allow companies to look like they are trying to do some good while also marketing products and targeting a new consumer base.She suspects Gillette’s ad had its sights set on millennial men, who have yet to pick a razor brand they will likely stick with for life, but also, women, who frequently purchase those razors for the men in their lives or for themselves after noticing women’s versions of the same product are often more expensive.Research suggests women in Canada tend to be particularly receptive to such advertising.A 2018 survey found that women are more likely to think positively about “issues-based” messaging in advertising.The poll of 1,581 Canadians from industry regulatory group Ad Standards Canada and research organization The Gandalf Group found that 67 per cent of respondents said they would feel more positively about a brand if its advertising included a public statement about curbing sexual harassment, while only 31 per cent of respondents said they would feel more positively about a brand if it included the Me Too hashtag in online advertising and social media.Overall, the study found most Canadians are more supportive of companies when they discuss specific steps they are taking around a social responsibility, instead of making public statements in support of a cause.Brent Barr, a branding instructor at Ryerson University, wasn’t surprised by the study’s findings or the push companies like Gillette are making into social responsibility, which he anticipates will only grow.Brands dabbling with social responsibility know that trumpeting causes can cause the public to warm to their brand or even reverse negative feelings they might have had towards it, he said.They also know that they can capture the key millennial demographic with such advertising because social responsibility campaigns tend to make the rounds on social media, he said.However, along with those benefits comes with demands from the public that companies like Gillette have to meet.“The typical younger consumer today wants you to stand up for an issue, but they become a bit jaded when people say things, but don’t do things,” he said. “It is not just about getting a tweet out, it is about what the company is doing in support of it and making sure they are invested in the issue.”Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgWhile we believe that we have identified those victims in our community, we would encourage you to continue to speak with your teenagers and children about the dangers of sharing images and videos through electronic devices, states Corporal Denise Perret of the Fort St. John RCMP. We are also cognizant there may be additional victims who have not reported, if during discussions with your child you believe your child may be a victim, please report to the police in your community or the Fort St. John RCMP if you live within our jurisdiction.The investigation, which commenced after the Fort St. John RCMP received reports from two victims and information from the B.C. Integrated Child Exploitation Unit (BC ICE).Police want everyone to know that possession or circulation by anyone, of intimate pictures of anyone under the age of eighteen, is considered a criminal offence related to child pornography, criminal harassment or even luring a child.The Fort St. John RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.For more information and safety tips regarding sextortion please visit the BC RCMP website at:http://bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=2077&languageId=1&contentId=49277.If you have any recent information regarding these incidents please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. **An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that two youth were charged.  There was only one youth charged in this case. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP have executed a search warrant at a residence in the Fort St. John area in connection to the distribution of child pornography, child luring, extortion and identity fraud.The search warrant was issued in relation to several local teens that may have been victims of extortion where they provided intimate photos of themselves to a person posing as a friend online.The warrant has lead to a youth, who cannot be identified due to their age, being charged with four counts of luring a child, four counts of extortion, one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of identity fraud.last_img read more


first_imgDarjeeling: The Queen of the Hills retained the festive mood on Thursday that one usually witnesses on any poll day in the Hills. Clear blueskies and the mighty Kanchenjunga in the backdrop was a bonus. There was a forecast of thunderstorms on the poll day. Accordingly, the authorities had made adequate arrangements with tarpaulin sheets to provide shelter in case of heavy rains. However, being as unpredictable as Hill politics, the weather during the day remained bright and sunny, further lifting the spirits of voters. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFor Rama Das (name changed on request) a constable from Malda with the West Bengal police, it was a dream come true. From childhood she had dreamt of visiting Darjeeling and the election was the opportunity that she had been waiting for. She had been deputed for poll duty to Darjeeling. “In the morning when I woke up the sky was clear. A local colleague showed me Mount Kanchenjunga on our way to the booth, where I was assigned. It was a dream come true,” said Das. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe local residents were in a holiday mood. Having quickly finished the household chores, many took their children for walks while others visited friends and family. “I went and cast my vote early and then took my son to Chowrasta. The day was beautiful and relaxing. With sparse traffic today it had the feel of the Darjeeling of yesteryears,” said Sujata Tamang, a housewife. Even the tourists had a good time. “It doesn’t feel like an election at all. Everything was so quiet and peaceful. The only problem was that there was scarcity of both taxis and restaurants. Most of the restaurants were closed. However, we managed and spent the day walking to a nearby tea garden. It was a great experience,” said Ramesh Singh, a tourist from Patna. It was a great experience for the first-time voters as well. “I am a first-time voter. It was a great experience for me. My booth is located at St. Teresa School in Darjeeling. It is a booth managed by an all-women polling team. It was great to see them managing the whole process so smoothly. It is all about women empowerment,” stated Retika Thami, an 18-year-old student.last_img read more


by News Staff Posted Jun 4, 2014 9:34 am MDT The Bank of Canada has kept its trend-setting interest rate at one per cent, but is warning of downside risks to the global and Canadian economies.The central bank hasn’t budged from the one-per-cent level in almost four years and says nothing has occurred in the past few months to warrant a change from what it calls a stimulative policy.If anything, the bank says the downside risks to the economy have increased since its last pronouncement in April.The bank says global conditions, particularly in the United States, have weakened somewhat from what was anticipated.The Canadian economy recorded below-expectations with a 1.2 per cent growth rate in the first quarter, which was slightly less than the bank had forecast.The bank attributes the weak start of 2014 to severe weather conditions and supply constraints, adding that it believes the ingredients are still there for a pick-up in exports and increased business investment going forward.On the housing front, the bank says it sees continued signs of a soft landing in the market.(The Canadian Press) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Downside risks increase, but Bank of Canada keeps interest rate setting at 1% read more


“Any significant attack on the infrastructure or security of Burkina Faso would undermine social cohesion within the country, impair inward investment, and further de-stabilize the region,” the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, said at the end of a five-day visit to the country. “The international community needs to ensure that the material and other resources necessary to protect this small and peaceful State, from both external and internal threats, are made available to it.”Mr. Emmerson urged the European Union, the UN and other international donors, to maintain and increase global support for Burkina Faso, and recommended donors to target their support to measures that contribute to social justice, as well as to the protection of the country’s borders, alleviation of poverty, and promotion of job and wealth creation in the country. Burkina Faso is particularly vulnerable at the moment due to its geographical proximity to the conflict in northern Mali, and the length of its borders with Mali and Niger, Mr. Emmerson said, adding that youth unemployment is also a source of tension in the country, where nearly half the population falls beneath the poverty line.“It is essential that a vulnerable State in such an exposed geographical location, has the tools at its disposal to ensure the security of its borders, maintain the security of inward investment that it is essential to its development, and address the economic, social, political and human rights concerns that can so easily become conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism,” he said.Mr. Emmerson praised the country’s commitment to peaceful negotiation and recalled Burkina Faso’s role as chief peace negotiator for many of the major conflicts in the region.“Burkina Faso plays a critical role in promoting peace and dialogue within the sub-region. It will almost certainly occupy an important mediating position in the forthcoming negotiations concerning the future of Mali, and will significantly contribute to the maintenance of any settlement that is reached.”During his five-day visit, the rights expert met with Government officials as well as representatives of the judiciary and law enforcement, and with prosecutors. Mr. Emmerson also held talks with parliamentarians, non-governmental organizations, and visited detention centres.Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. Mr. Emmerson is scheduled to present a report to the Council based next year on his visit. read more


Here is Senator McConnell’s statement in its entirety:“Washington Democrats have been searching for ways to reverse their 2016 election defeat since before President Trump was even inaugurated.“The result has been a two-and-a-half-year impeachment parade in search of a rationale. When investigations by Special Counsel Mueller and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence deflated their breathless accusations of a campaign conspiracy with Russia, Democrats have simply shifted to new arguments for their predetermined conclusion.Related Article: After shutdown talks go nowhere, officials to try again“Speaker Pelosi’s much-publicized efforts to restrain her far-left conference have finally crumbled. House Democrats cannot help themselves. Instead of working together across party lines on legislation to help American families and strengthen our nation, they will descend even deeper into their obsession with relitigating 2016.“This rush to judgment comes just a few hours after President Trump offered to release the details of his phone conversation with President Zelensky. It comes despite the fact that committee-level proceedings are already underway to address the whistleblower allegation through a fair, bipartisan, and regular process.“It simply confirms that House Democrats’ priority is not making life better for the American people but their nearly three-year-old fixation on impeachment.” WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVQ) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, reacted swiftly to Tuesday’s announcement that House Democrats will begin an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.The announcement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi follows reports that President Trump may have sought a foreign government’s help in his reelection bid.- Advertisement – read more


first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Professor Brendan Wren, Dean of the Faculty Infectious and Tropical Diseases and the  London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. “Given the high prevalence of Campylobacter as the leading cause of food poisoning it is somewhat alarming that around half of the strains are multi-antibiotic resistant.“This not only has implications for treatment, but also for the dispersal of antibiotic resistance to other bacteria in the food chain”Testing earlier this year by the FSA found that campylobacter is present in up to 65 per cent of chickens in some supermarkets, with Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose all having levels of above 50 per cent. Farmers are often blamed for the problem with many campaigners arguing that they over medicate the animals. Although the bacteria can be killed through thorough cooking, it can cause diarrhea or dysentery syndrome, including cramps, fever and pain. In extreme cases it can lead to death. The problem is often blamed on farmers who give antibiotics to their chickens  Half the strains of a deadly food poisoning bug, which is common in supermarket chicken, are now resistant to the most effective antibiotics, a new report from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned.The campylobacter bacteria kills around 100 people in Britain each year and is responsible for around 280,000 cases of food poisoning annually.Currently infections are treated with antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones, of which ciprofloaxin and nalidixic are the most common. But half of all strains found in poultry by the FSA are now resistant to both of the drugs, which means it man no longer be possible to treat some patients.The problem has more than doubled in 10 years with just 15 per cent of strains resistant to ciprofloaxin and 22 per cent to nalidixic in 2005.On Friday the FSA met with all major retailers to discuss the findings and come up with possible solutions to reduce the risk of consumers becoming infected.center_img The best safeguard against infection is maintaining good hygiene in the kitchen, including washing hands, and keeping cooked and uncooked food separate. Chicken should also never be washed under the tap.A spokesman from the British Retail Consortium said: “Retailers are working closely with their farmers and suppliers to ensure antibiotics are used responsibly in their supply chain, which means an appropriate balance between animal welfare and only using medicines when they are necessary as part of good husbandry.” The report also warned that there was insufficient information to be sure that other areas of the food chain were safe.Professor Mark Woolhouse of the University of Edinburgh said: “There is an urgent need for better information on human exposure to antibiotic resistant bacteria in food and on whether that exposure is rising.One of the report’s most important findings is how little data there are, and the report concludes that we need better surveillance. I strongly endorse that recommendation.“The good news is that the UK has now set targets for reducing the quantities of antibiotics used in food production. Better monitoring is needed so that we can tell whether this proves effective in reducing the problem.” The problem is often blamed on farmers who give antibiotics to their chickens last_img read more


West Indies will host their first day-night Test match on June 23 when they play Sri Lanka in Barbados. The game will also mark the first time Sri Lanka play long-form cricket at the iconic Kensington Oval.According to ESPNCricinfo, the day-night fixture will be the third match of the series, which begins on June 6 at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.According to the schedule announced by Cricket West Indies in December 2017, the third Test was to be played at Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St. Lucia and the second at Kensington Oval. But a Sri Lanka Cricket release on Tuesday suggested the venues have been switched. St. Lucia will now host the second Test from June 14.This will be Sri Lanka’s first Test tour of the West Indies in 10 years. The last one – in March 2008 – ended in a 1-1 draw, and was quite memorable for the visitors, who claimed their first win in the West Indies.There have been eight day-night Tests since the first one between Australia and New Zealand in November 2015. West Indies have already been involved in two of them, without any success, whereas Sri Lanka beat Pakistan on their day-night Test debut. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWindies hover above 9th in Tests as Sri Lanka beckonApril 4, 2018In “Sports”Sri Lanka and West Indies draw 2nd testJune 18, 2018In “Sports”Holder wants his bowlers to be ‘lot more consistent’June 23, 2018In “Sports” read more


first_imgWhat happens to a Roomba robot vacuum after a few months of faithful service? Well, folks, it’s not pretty. The robot will become quite dusty and anything that spins will be clogged with hair. And if someone that it cleans up after has long hair, it will be even worse. Oh, and if they have a pet, well, your Roomba is going to need a serious cleaning.After a few minor maintenance cleanings of this Roomba 560 it was time for an overhaul. In the time-lapse above I take the device apart (as much as was sensible) clean it out, and put it back together. The process went as far as removing the cleaning head module. I made sure to give the bristles a good brush, vacuum the interior, and replace the filter.AdChoices广告What brought the overhaul on was that the Roomba had developed an intermittent “clunking” sound to it. When this happens the bottom brushes (aka beaters) don’t turn, so it’s a serious problem. It happens after the Roomba hits an obstacle without slowing down or rides up on something, like the base of a table. Then the Roomba needs to be flipped over and the beaters reseated.I thought a good cleaning woud fix this, but, alas, it did not. Apparently something has gone from with the $50 (!) cleaning head module and that will have be torn down or replaced.The larger point is this: flip over your Roomba and give it a good cleaning now and then. The device is made to be very easy to take apart and it runs a good deal better when it’s free of hair and whatever else didn’t make its way into the bin. It’s a bit scary to dig around in all that grime, but your Roomba will thank you for it.last_img read more


first_imgUbisoft caused some major upset among gamers yesterday when it confirmed that Driver: San Francisco would include the much-hated always-connected DRM on the PC verion of the game. Such DRM requires that the PC running the game always be connected to the Internet. If that connection is lost even for a moment the game is forced into a pause you can’t exit until the connection is working again.Gamers hate it because it restricts where you can play a game e.g. not offline, on holiday, or potentially in the future when Ubisoft shuts down the server for each title using it. At the same time it’s very intrusive, especially when you’ve paid $60 for a game that is effectively hobbled under certain conditions and may eventually become unplayable. Don’t forget that anyone with a hacked version of the game also doesn’t have to put up with this connection annoyance, meaning yet again DRM only really frustrates those who pay for their games.But Ubisoft has decided to reintroduce this system for one simple reason: always-connected DRM works and they have seen a reduction in piracy on the games that did use it. What isn’t stated is how it impacted sales, but then if they are willing to use this DRM method again, the hit must be worth it.Ubisoft first introduced this DRM back in January 2010. It was shipped with Assassin’s Creed 2 which embarrassingly became unplayable when Ubisoft’s DRM servers went down. Then it got hacked rendering the DRM completely useless.After all that Ubisoft said the system would be improved and on all future PC games. While not all Ubisoft-published games carry it, it looks like the DRM is here to stay and Ubisoft games may be titles you want to avoid on PC unless your broadband connection is rock-solid and you only ever play when in a conencted location.More at Reghardwarelast_img read more


first_img Thursday 5 Sep 2019, 7:11 AM Share26 Tweet Email 80,930 Views The Daily Mirror focuses on Johnson, leading with “Britain’s worst PM (since the last one)”. “Boris urges ‘people power’ to force election’ leads the Daily Express.The Times plays it straight with “Johnson blocked as MPs refuse early election call”. The Guardian has: “Cornered Johnson suffers triple Commons defeat”.Similarly, the I leads with “PM cornered after day of defeats in the Commons”.And finally, The Daily Telegraph runs with “‘Hypocrite’ Corbyn rejects election to break deadlock”.  ‘He just can’t win’: UK front pages react to last night’s Brexit developments UK MPs last night voted against holding a general election on 15 October. 66 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4796243 By Hayley Halpin LAST NIGHT, BRITISH MPs voted against holding a general election on 15 October. MPs backed the government motion by 298 votes to 56 votes.However, the required two-thirds majority (434 votes) was not met as 214 Labour Party members abstained. Three Labour MPs voted for the bill and 28 against.Prime Minister Boris Johnson tabled the motion after MPs earlier voted in favour of a bill which, if passed in the House of Lords, will extend Brexit until at least 31 January 2020 in an attempt to avoid the UK leaving the European Union without a deal.MPs backed the bill by 327 votes to 299 votes.Speaking after the result of the election motion, Johnson said: “48 hours ago, [Corbyn] was leading the chants of, ‘Stop the coup, let the people vote’. Now he’s saying, ‘Stop the election and stop the people voting’.”So, as the crisis in the UK parliament rumbles on, let’s take a look at how the UK front pages reacted to last night’s developments. The Metro runs with “He just can’t win”. After Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was called a “chlorinated chicken” by Johnson yesterday, the Daily Mail goes with “Corbyn chickens out of an election”. Sticking with the poultry theme, The Sun leads with “Is THIS the most dangerous chicken in Britain?”. Short URL As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Sep 5th 2019, 7:11 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


first_imgGreek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis expressed his personal satisfaction with the decisions taken by the two-day European Union Summit in Brussels last week on the issue of  illegal immigration.It was agreed that the EU should seek to forge new repatriation pacts with migrants’ countries of origin and with “transit countries” such as Turkey and Libya. In addition, existing bilateral pacts on repatriation, such as the one signed by Greece and Turkey in 2003, should be honored, delegates agreed.Another significant decision highlighted by Karamanlis was to boost the activities of the EU’s border monitoring agency Frontex to curb illegal immigration in the southeastern Mediterranean region. However there was no response to Greece’s appeal for the creation of a joint European coast guard.The EU initiatives are seen as a nudge for Turkey, which has failed to hold up its side of a bilateral pact with Greece to repatriate illegal immigrants arriving on Greek territory from the neighboring country.“Greece’s positions were understood absolutely and taken into consideration in the conclusions,” Karamanlis told a press conference in Brussels, noting that leaders had agreed on the need to further “sensitise” Turkey to issues of migration as an EU candidate.Karamanlis said the actions agreed to at the summit marked the climax of a long-standing diplomatic initiative which saw  Karamanlis send personal letters to the other EU leaders as well as active lobbying by Greece’s diplomatic staff and Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis.Greece and other countries in the Union’s southern periphery – Spain, Italy, Malta and Cyprus – have recently been increasingly vocal in demanding EU support in coping with an ever-rising tide of illegal immigration from mostly Third World countries in the Middle East, South Asia, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.In briefing Greek reporters, Karamanlis emphasised that the Union also unanimously backs the position that Turkey must fully implement bilateral agreements it has signed for the re-admission of third party nationals that illegally enter other countries from its territory. This point is a clear reference to a landmark 2001 re-admission protocol that Ankara signed with Athens, a pact that Ankara is reportedly failing to satisfactorily honor. Karamanlis added, at this point, that Turkey’s actions and behaviour on this specific matter should now be closely scrutinised. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


first_imgVancouver’s Fireworks Spectacular at the Fort Vancouver National Site should be a blast, though getting to and from Thursday’s fireworks show could be more aggravating than exciting.Drivers should be aware of road closures and restrictions near Fort Vancouver.Roads closed all day:• Fort Vancouver Way south of Mill Plain Boulevard.• East Reserve Street south of Mill Plain Boulevard.Roads closed beginning at 10 a.m.:• Evergreen Boulevard, from West Reserve Street to U Street.• Mill Plain Boulevard at Fort Vancouver Way.• East Ninth Street at East Reserve Street.• East Eighth Street at T Street.• East Sixth Street at U Street.• East Fifth Street at U Street.Roads closed or restricted beginning at 6 p.m.:• Interstate 5 northbound exit at Mill Plain Boulevard.• I-5 southbound exit at Mill Plain Boulevard. Traffic, except for C-Tran buses, will be required to turn right and head west into downtown.• Mill Plain Boulevard between Fort Vancouver Way and East Reserve Street.Road closed beginning at 8 p.m.:• Grand Boulevard between Evergreen Boulevard and East Fifth Street.Roads closed or restricted starting at 9 p.m.:• State Highway 14 westbound exit at Columbia House Boulevard-Grove Street.• Highway 14 eastbound exit at Columbia Shores Boulevard-Columbia Way.• All lanes on Fort Vancouver Way north of Mill Plain Boulevard will be used for northbound traffic only.• No east-west travel on McLoughlin Boulevard across Fort Vancouver Way.If all this sounds too confusing, then consider taking C-Tran’s free shuttle.Shuttles depart from the 99th Street and Fisher’s Landing transit centers every 15 minutes, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and return passengers to the two transit centers immediately after the fireworks end at about 10:25 p.m.last_img read more


first_imgDismissing a special leave petition (SLP) filed by the Income Tax department to tax the proceeds accrued from FCCB (foreign currency convertible bonds) issued by Reliance Communication in 2006-07, the Supreme court on Monday quashed the contingent tax liability of Rs 4,800 crore.”The Supreme Court order has quashed contingent tax liability of R-Com for about Rs 4,800 crore. A Supreme Court bench of Hon’ble Mr Justice Kurian Joseph and Hon’ble Mr Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman passed the order dismissing the I-T Department’s Special Leave Petition, in relation to taxing of the FCCB proceeds, interest and derivatives income / loss thereon,” R-Com, India’s fourth-largest telco said in a statement according to LiveMint. “The Supreme Court order has quashed contingent tax liability of RCOM for about Rs 4,800 crore. Earlier, the Income-Tax Appellate Tribunal and the Bombay High Court had also upheld RCOM’s appeal against the order of the Income-Tax department,” it added.FCCB is a convertible corporate bond issued by a company to raise money in foreign markets and is an equity-debt instrument.In 2006-07, R-Com raised around $1.5 billion (approx Rs 6,585 crore) in accordance with Reserve Bank of India guidelines. But Income tax department questioned the the FCCB proceeds as unexplained cash credits.Though proceeds from loans are not taxed, income tax officials raised a demand as it considered the transaction as taxable. In response, the company won after it appealed to the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal and the Bombay High Court.last_img read more


first_imgWomen issues have taken the front seat from a few years. From films, books, social media, to theatre, everything is grappling with the situation of women. New Delhi Players came up with a new production, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House in Hindi as Gudiya Ghar. It is one of the finest plays written on the subject of women’s rights and has the distinction of being the most performed play internationally perhaps because it’s as close as one could get to the truth of hypocrisy in accepted gender roles in a marriage, in those times and even today. It is designed and directed by Basab Bhattacharya whose last production Sandhya Chhaya was warmly received by all. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For all those who don’t know what this 1879 play is about, here’s a quick synopsis! Nora, the protagonist, and Torvald Helmer are happily married. Torvald has been promoted to bank manager and their money worries are over. But Nora has a secret debt, incurred with good intentions and a forged signature, and with her husband’s new power comes the threat of blackmail. Over three acts, the play culminates when Nora’s lie is exposed and Torvald first blames, then forgives her. But he is abandoned as Nora recognises the truth of her situation. She accuses her husband, and her father before him, of having used her as a doll, and declares herself unfit to be a wife or mother until she has learned to be herself. The ideal wife and mother walks out of the marriage. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe play was put together in one set of a very simple European home, just as live music added to the drama created by a handful of actors. The costumes were English too. But the dialogues were in Hindi. The aim of the play is often to put across the idea, which kind of got lost at some instances when the words got mispronounced and fumbled upon by the Hinglish speaking actors. The protagonist, Priyanka Sharma or Nora held the stage really well with the beautiful smile she has. We loved how she would stay worried at one instance and flip to the meri gilheri, the ever happy woman in front of her husband. The chemistry between the couple was also dominated by Nora, and quite well. Sahil Mittal, who played Torvald, was also a great actor, but it would be great if he could be more confident of the fact that he is a good actor! Supporting actors who played the roles of  Linde (Suman), Rank (Sunil Rohatgi) and Krogstad (Animesh Singhal) were better than the lead actors. Our favourite was Krogstad. His strong voice infused life into the character he played. Also, the chemistry between him and Nora was applaudable. It was a well rehearsed and well put up show and we will be looking forward to future productions.last_img read more


first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top Stories Sponsored Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Men’s health affects baby’s health too FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Fewer but bigger software deals and increased sales to financial and retail companies helped SAP AG post a 12 percent increase in earnings in the second quarter of the year.The maker of back-office business software said net profits rose to (EURO)661 million ($800 million) from (EURO)588 million in the same period a year earlier. Revenues jumped 18 percent to (EURO)3.898 billion, with double-digit increases in all regions.center_img SAP said Tuesday it did slightly fewer software deals, but the ones it concluded were worth more. The average value of software orders increased 32 percent. It said software sales revenue rose more than 60 percent from customer companies in financial services and retail.Earnings were also boosted by growth in its businesses in cloud computing and its HANA software that lets companies quickly analyze huge amounts of data.SAP’s main business is making and servicing software that helps companies manage administrative functions such as human resources, accounting and sales. It has added businesses in mobile and “cloud” computing, which means storing and processing information on an Internet-linked network of servers rather than on just one local computer.The company confirmed its outlook for the year, predicting software and service revenue would grow 10-12 percent disregarding currency exchange rate fluctuations.SAP shares rose 0.8 percent to (EURO)49.44.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Quick workouts for men Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img read more


first_imgAll Hallows Eve, a night of goblins, ghouls and little kids in bin bags wired on smarties and sherbet. But don’t let them have all the fun this Halloween! Want to know where to go for some serious spooking? Here are five places across the UK guaranteed to give even toughest cynic the heebie-jeebies:EdinburghWhere best to go ghost-hunting than Britain’s most haunted city? Check out 500 years of horrible history at Edinburgh Dungeon and drop by the resurrected Witches Cove while you’re there. Find a more spiritual side to Halloween at the Samhain Festival and march from Edinburgh castle along the Royal Mile. Finally, we’ve got to mention ‘The Prince of Darkness’ Alice Cooper’s special gig at Usher Hall on Halloween night, performing classics like ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’.CardiffYou won’t be far from a fright in the Welsh capital this Halloween, mainly because most of the hotels in Cardiff are only a scary stroll from most of the attractions. Make sure to check out the Llandaff Ghost Walk, which begins with a two course Halloween Supper (If you can stomach it!). Have you very own night at the museum at ‘Britain’s most haunted museum’, St. Fagans, and their ‘After Dark’ Halloween event. You can walk the halls of the museum and listen to creepy tales of terror. Educational and suitably terrifying!NewcastleWant to spook even the biggest skeptic? Then Newcastle’s the place to head this Halloween. The city’s Castle Keep is home to the annual Halloween Fest, not to mention an infamous prison that has been occupied since Roman times, with hundreds of corpses unearthed beneath the grounds over the years. During the festivities, a real necromancer and witch will attempt to contact the spirit of Houdini, who performed at Castle Keep and died on Halloween night. There’s no escape, you’ll be terrified!BlackpoolScreams can be heard at Blackpool Pleasure Beach all year round. But at Halloween, this seaside town becomes a centre of spooks! Historic Lytham Hall hosts a daytime walking tour on October 30th that’s suitable for ghouls of all ages. The world famous Empress Ballroom is also hosting a Family Halloween Party on All Hallows Eve. Sounds like the perfect place for a weekend of family frights.SouthamptonWhy not head to the seaside for your screams this Halloween? Families must take a ride on the Exbury Ghost Train and steam through winding pitch-black tunnels in carriages driven by Napoleon Bone-aparte and Batty the Vampire. Not a speed-demon? Never fear. Check out Pumpkin Fest for displays of (craft) knife wielding and grinning (vegetable) ghouls. This traditional festival celebrates seasonal fare and not too far from Southampton hotels.If you’re looking for other Halloween-themed events, you can always visit the National Trust for more ideas. Happy Halloween and safe travels!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedTrick or Treat? Skyscanner’s Halloween Holiday IdeasEvery week, Skyscanner scours the net to find the cheapest flights to the best events and destinations in EuropeHalloween and festivals of the dead around the worldSkyscanner takes a look at how All Hallows Eve is celebrated around the world6 Spooky Halloween Holidays6 Spooky Halloween Holidayslast_img read more


first_imgThe leaders of the People’s Party (HP) Kudret Ozersay and National Unity Party (UBP) Ersin Tatar on Wednesday submitted to Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci the list of names for a ‘cabinet’ after agreeing to form a new ‘government’ following the collapse of the previous one some two weeks ago.Tatar will be the new ‘prime minister’ while Ozersay will remain ‘deputy prime minister’ and ‘foreign minister’, the same posts he had held in the previous coalition. In that grouping, Ozersay’s HP had shared power with the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), the Communal Democracy Party (TDP) and the Democratic Party (DP).After signing the new protocol in ‘parliament’ Tatar and Ozersay headed to Akinci’s office to submit the list with the names of their administration.The protocol said that the two parties share a common approach as regards the Cyprus problem and are open to alternative solution models.“Negotiations that have been ongoing for half a century have shown that federal cooperative models have been exhausted under the present circumstances. That’s why different models will have to be put on the table that will be realistic and can be implemented in Cyprus,” the protocol said according to TC media reports.The new administration consists of Aysegul Baybars Kadri (HP) who is will serve as ‘interior minister’, Olgun Amcaoglu (UBP) as ‘finance minister’, Ali Pilli (UBP) as ‘health minister’, Faiz Sucuoglu (UBP) as ‘labour minister’,  Nazım Çavuşoglu (UBP) as ‘education minister’, Dursun Oguz (UBP) as ‘agriculture minister’, Hasan Tacoy (UBP) as ‘economy and energy minister’, Tolga Atakan (HP) as ‘public works and transport minister’ and Unal Ustel (UBP) as ‘tourism minister’.The previous four-party coalition collapsed earlier in the month after then ‘Prime Minister’ Tufan Erhurman handed in his resignation to Akinci following a rift between the partners over the lease of ‘state’ land to the son of Serdar Denktash.Erhurman’s resignation followed those of two of his coalition partners, Ozersay and Denktash, the head of the Democratic Party, who was ‘finance minister’.The agreement between HP and UBP comes as no surprise to many who argue the collapse of the four-party coalition was orchestrated by Turkey in a bid to see in power parties aligned with her policies on the Cyprus problem and other issues.  You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more


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