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Be A Force For Change With Star Wars

first_imgStar Wars legend Mark Hamill and Star Wars: Force For Change have announced that the top fundraiser this week will win a trip to London where they will receive two tickets to attend Star Wars Celebration Europe and will also get to meet the Jedi himself.Video: Star Wars: Force for Change – Your Chance To Win Tickets to Celebration and Meet Mark HamillForce for Change will match the donations to four select charities up to $1,000,000!To date, Star Wars: Force for Change has raised over $10,000,000 with the help of the amazing Star Wars community. This month-long campaign will lead up to “Star Wars Day” on May the 4th. The four select charities include the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF Kid Power, American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and Make-A-Wish Foundation.Over the course of the four-week period, which culminates at 11:59 p.m. (PST) on May 4, fans will be able to donate through CrowdRise.com/ForceForChange to these four charities and have their donations matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000,000. Fans have been encouraged to come back to the CrowdRise site regularly as new incentives and prizes are announced each week. All participants who donate will also have a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Ireland, including Skellig Michael along the Wild Atlantic Way, the location of the dramatic final scene from The Force Awakens. Fans will receive one entry to win for every $10 donated or fundraised.This week marks the final week of the challenge – the top fundraiser this week will win a trip to London where they will receive two tickets to attend Star Wars Celebration Europe and will get to meet Mark Hamill.Show your Force and visit CrowdRise.com/ForceForChange now for more details.last_img read more

Martina McBride And DAV Help Veterans Pick Up Where They Left Off

first_imgMultiple Grammy award nominee Martina McBride, and DAV (Disabled American Veterans), a nonprofit that provides a lifetime of support for our nation’s veterans, are collaborating this holiday season to help veterans and their families pick up where they left off.Returning to civilian life after military service can be extremely challenging, but veterans and their families can thrive with the right resources.McBride and DAV are joining forces to raise awareness about veterans’ issues and to educate America on how they can support the men and women who served. McBride is dedicating her song, “We’ll Pick Up Where We Left Off,” to bring greater awareness to America’s 22 million veterans. As part of the collaboration, deserving veterans across the country will get a special surprise at stops on McBride’s Love Unleashed Tour, where they will receive VIP tickets to her concert and a backstage meet and greet with the artist.“DAV is delighted to partner with Martina McBride to honor the service and sacrifices of America’s veterans in meaningful ways,” said Marc Burgess, DAV National Adjutant. “Martina is known and respected for her love of family and country, and we are looking forward to working with her to raise awareness of the needs of our servicemen and women, and their families, over the coming months.”The road home can often be a difficult one for service members who are making the transition to civilian life. They must overcome many challenges, including reintegrating with their families, dealing with the visible and invisible wounds of war, and finding housing and searching for employment. Every year, DAV provides support to more than 1 million veterans and their families, helping them gain access to the benefits they earned and deserve, and connecting them with meaningful job opportunities.“I am proud to partner with DAV this holiday season to use the power of music to bring everyone together to honor our veterans, their families, and their communities,” said McBride. “DAV provides important resources year-round to those who have served our country, helping them come home to a more stable environment.”We’ll Pick Up Where We Left Off, is featured on Martina’s latest album, RECKLESS, which was released through Nash Icon Records earlier this year. McBride is currently touring North America on her Love Unleashed Tour. For additional information and to see upcoming tour dates, visit her website.If you’d like to learn more about how you can support America’s veterans this holiday season, please visit DAV.org/MartinaMcBride.last_img read more

Neil Patrick Harris Offers Fans A Chance At A Truly Fortunate Experience

first_imgNeil Patrick Harris and the American Theatre Wing announced this week that they are partnering with Prizeo, the online platform that democratizes giving, to offer the chance for one lucky fan to join Harris on set of his Netflix Original Series “A Series Of Unfortunate Events” in Vancouver, BC, this fall.Beginning today, Harris is inviting fans to visit prizeo.com/NPH and make a $10 donation to receive 100 entries for the grand-prize opportunity to join him in Vancouver this October, where they’ll meet on set of “A Series Of Unfortunate Events.” Roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for two are also included—a truly fortunate experience.The special sweepstakes benefits the American Theatre Wing, celebrating its centennial this year by reaffirming its mission to ensure that the next generation is on stage, behind the scenes and in the audience.“I am so proud to support my good friends at the American Theatre Wing,” says Neil Patrick Harris. “And I’m even more excited to have one ‘fortunate’ winner join me on set in Vancouver. Raising money for the Wing guarantees support for the next generation of theatre storytellers.”“Having hosted four Tony Awards and winning one himself, Neil is the true definition of a show man. We are thrilled that he is able to join in support of the Wing for our Centennial, with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing.“We are so excited to be partnering again with the American Theatre Wing, and now with Neil Patrick Harris” adds Jan Friedlander Svendsen, CMO of Charity Network. “After our successful Tony Awards campaign this Spring, we look forward to continuing to raise funds for this important organization—and one that is very near and dear to my heart as a Broadway fan.”Neil Patrick Harris’ Prizeo campaign runs from August 23 to September 26 at prizeo.com/NPH.last_img read more

Stars Rock Safety Harbor Kids 10th Annual Concert Fundraiser

first_imgOn Sunday October 29th, Topa Mountain Winery hosted the 10th Annual Concert Fundraiser for local nonprofit, Safety Harbor Kids (SHK) to support music education programs for orphans, foster and homeless children.The event, sponsored by Ventura Land Rover Jaguar and Maserati of Bakersfield, was emceed by actor/comedian Hal Sparks and featured music by Chicago co-founder and drummer Danny Seraphine, KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, Jeff Beck bassist, Phil Chen, singer Tony Grant of AZ Yet and SHK Music Director and band leader, Edward Roth.The evening began with a special performance by Italian actress/singer, Maria Elena Infantino whose infectious personality and song got people out of their seats to dance. Then, as the sun set creating an Ojai “pink moment”, American Idol top four finalist Jessica Meuse took to the stage to keep the crowd going for the All Star Band to follow.Enter The All Star Band with Danny, Tommy and friends breaking into Chicago hits Make Me Smile and Just You and Me followed by The Doors hits Love Me Two Times and Touch Me without The Doors guitarist, Robby Krieger who regretted that he couldn’t do the gig due to personal reasons.The second set was absolutely explosive with KISS guitarist, Tommy Thayer (who had just given guitar lessons to disadvantaged children before the show), shredding on KISS anthem, “Rock and Roll All Night” and Danny Seraphine’s tight drumming on Chicago classic “25 Or 6 To 4” got the entire place out of their seats dancing and singing along.In addition to a legendary rock concert, guests enjoyed door prizes, silent auction and food by The Deer Lodge, Shrimp vs Chef, Ocean Pride, Rainbow Bridge and The Berry Man with drinks by Hint Water, Lori’s Lemonade and organic tea with Charles and Company.Many businesses rallied to support the cause including The Gibson Foundation, Guitar Center, Hollywood Studio Rentals, Drum Paradise, Audio Technologies GPS Security, Southern California Life Magazine, Ojai Business Center, Susan Cummings Jewelry Design, Su Nido Inn, Casa Ojai, Bamboo Creek Spa, AAA Relaxation Station, , SST, Café Fiore, California Car Rentals, Westlake Golf Course, Osea Malibu Skin Care and Mastro’s Restaurants.SHK’s Personal Enrichment Programs teach essay writing, goal achievement, work ethic, music and art in a one on one format. SHK Program Sponsors include Edison International, Santa Monica Kiwanis, Golden State Water and Harrison Industries.Safety Harbor Kids supporters include Jackson Browne, Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat, Grammy winner Albert Lee, Apple Records co-founder Peter Asher, Danny Seraphine, Tommy Thayer, Edward Roth, Tony Braunagel, Inara George and many others in the music industry.last_img read more

Oscars not so white Nominations recognize theres nothing as diverse as talent

first_img Login/Register With: The other six Best Picture nominees — Manchester by the Sea, Fences, Lion, Hidden Figures, Hacksaw Ridge and Hell or High Water — make for a total of nine, one more than last year and all of them dramas. The singing-and-dancing sensation also breaks the record for most nominated musical, set a half-century ago by Mary Poppins, which had 13 nods. Tied as the closest challengers to La La Land, with eight nominations apiece including Best Picture and Director, are Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age drama Moonlight and Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi thriller Arrival. There were few surprises and even fewer snubs among Tuesday’s diverse nominees for the 89th Academy Awards, which is exactly as it should have been. Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img There’s not a single undeserved nomination amongst the lot of them, even if academy voters rightly felt pressure to address the dearth of non-white actors in two previous years of nominations. Advertisement As predicted by pundits and earlier wins, Damien Chazelle’s Hollywood ode La La Land topped the golden list with 14 nominations, including best picture, director, actor (Ryan Gosling) and actress (Emma Stone), tying Titanic (1997) and All About Eve (1950) for the Oscar noms record. Advertisement Sometimes a little push is needed to get people to do the right thing. Twitterlast_img read more

DIRECTOR GUILLERMO DEL TORO CALLS OUT AIR CANADA OVER BAGGAGE MIXUP

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement PARIS — Director Guillermo del Toro has called out a Canadian airline in a multi-tweet diatribe about his travel woes, which he insists was not fuelled by anger, but rather concern for any passenger attempting to navigate the “Sphinx-like” complexities of baggage retrieval.The Oscar winner recounted his quest to track down a missing bag in a series of tweets mentioning Air Canada on Thursday, saying the saga began when he arrived in Paris two days ago to be welcomed by “1 lost bag. 1 broken handle.”Of possible interest to @AirCanada : Arrived to Paris 2 days ago. 1 lost bag. 1 broken handle. Waited and hour, then filed the report. 24 hours later no one had contacted me. Many calls, email and messages later (no response at all) I spent hours tracking my bag–— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 28, 2018 Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro called out Air Canada in a multi-tweet diatribe about his travel woes involving his luggage. – Refugio Ruiz / AP Photo Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement He tweeted that a series of inquiries to Air Canada over the next 24 hours went unanswered, later realizing that his report had been filed under the wrong email address.After enlisting the help of friends in Toronto to call the airline, del Toro says he was assured that the bag would arrive, and it did — but his troubles wouldn’t end there.I offered to go to terminal 2 and pick it up myself. No contact for the delivery company wass offered (except a wrong number) the company is called J.A.P. Transports https://t.co/AfseJgzpC1 and the only review you can find on them are 1 star reviews. I must agree…— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 28, 2018Del Toro claims Air Canada then handed over the bag to a French delivery service, which after further communication issues, told him to his parcel would be dropped off within a three-hour window.On the penultimate day of his stay, he waited patiently for the delivery, first by the door, then on the street where he chatted with passersby. Several selfies later, he says, still no bag.I contacted them by finding a phone in a complaint in Google. I called. They said it would arrive between 5-8 PM. On my penultimate dsay here I waited patiently, first by the door, then standing on the street for an hour (nice conversation and selfies ensued) but alas, no call…— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) June 28, 2018Despite offering to meet his luggage at the airport terminal, del Toro says he has yet to be reunited with his belongings.It’s not about the bag — although it contains a four-volume set of short stories by Russian writer Anton Chekhov — or demanding preferential service, he insists.last_img read more

The Girl Next Door

first_imgAdvertisement Where I’m at with my style right nowEven though I love fashion and I love watching people who are effortlessly fashionable, and I would love to be one of them, I just find it daunting. I always end up reverting to jeans and a T-shirt while I envy people from the sidelines. I resort to what’s comfortable.How I learned to stop worrying and love getting dressedSince I started playing Alexis (who is quite the opposite of me), I have had my eyes opened to different designers and possibilities and ways of carrying myself. My co-star, Dan Levy, makes fun of me all the time. He’ll say, “How do you not know Derek Lam? How do you not know Isabel Marant?” Fashion is still pretty bizarre to me in a lot of ways. But one thing I have taken from my character on the show is taking more pride in how I look going out of the house.My secret source of style inspirationI am a bit of a lurker. It’s really creepy. Especially if I’m in New York or any glamorous city, I find myself compiling my own inconspicuous street style blog that only exists in my phone. I take pictures of people who are beautiful, stylish or looking exceptionally confident. I keep a little collection of ideas and inspiration for myself. Facebook Advertisement Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

Atikamekw filmmaker is the toast of Montreal Film Festival

first_imgAPTN National NewsThere aren’t a lot of Atikamek filmmakers, let alone award winning ones.But that all changed at Montreal’s Land Insights Aboriginal Film Festival.That’s where Therese Ottawa’s short documentary, the Red Path, has been winning accolades and praise.What makes this story unique is where Ottawa comes from.APTN’s Tom Fennario has that story.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

Govt wont pursue talking car mandate

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration has quietly set aside plans to require new cars to be able to wirelessly talk to each other, auto industry officials said, jeopardizing one of the most promising technologies for preventing traffic deaths.The Obama administration proposed last December that all new cars and light trucks come equipped with technology known as vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V. It would enable vehicles to transmit their location, speed, direction and other information 10 times per second. That lets cars detect, for example, when another vehicle is about to run a red light or coming around a blind turn in time to prevent a crash.The administration has decided not to pursue a final V2V mandate, said two auto industry officials who have spoken with White House and Transportation Department officials and two others whose organizations have spoken to the administration. The industry officials spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to jeopardize their relations with the administration.The White House declined to comment, but the proposal has been dropped from the White House Office of Management and Budget’s list of regulations actively under consideration and instead has been relegated to its long-term agenda.Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s office forwarded a statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which said the agency is still reviewing more than 460 comments on the proposed mandate before deciding its next step and that no final decision has been made. Industry officials said decisions on the matter are being made at higher levels of the administration.Administration officials indicated their decision was based on several factors, including general wariness of imposing costly mandates on industry, even though most automakers support requiring V2V, industry officials said. President Donald Trump has made reducing government regulations, which he sees as a drain on the economy, a guiding principle of his administration.The Transportation Department estimates the technology has the potential to prevent or reduce the severity of up to 80 per cent of collisions that don’t involve alcohol or drugs. V2V was also expected to provide an extra layer of safety for self-driving cars since it can detect even vehicles hidden by buildings or beyond the range of the sensors and cameras of autonomous vehicles. And it was expected to ease traffic congestion since vehicles could communicate with traffic signals, turning them green to prevent needless waiting, save fuel and reduce emissions.V2V is one of the “most important tools” for reducing traffic fatalities, but the Trump administration “is locking it in the trunk if they’re not going to put out the mandate,” said Deborah Hersman, president of the National Safety Council, a congressionally chartered advocacy group. “The only way you’re going to get it adopted and deployed in a widespread manner is by having a mandate.”The Obama administration shares some of the blame because it waited years to propose the mandate, she said.Traffic fatalities have surged over the past two years to 37,461 deaths in 2016, up nearly 5,000 deaths from 2014. It’s the largest two-year increase since the early 1960s.Another reason administration officials are allowing the V2V proposal to languish is strong opposition from the cable and tech industries, auto industry officials said.The government set aside the 5.9 GHz spectrum band for transportation technologies in 1999. It went unused while the government and automakers spent over a decade and more than $1 billion developing and testing V2V.Spectrum is finite and in short supply. Cable and tech companies have been seeking permission to use the 5.9 GHz spectrum for additional wireless bandwidth. Automakers say they need the entire 5.9 GHz spectrum for V2V and other safety uses.The Federal Communications Commission has been conducting tests to see if the spectrum can be shared without interfering with the safety signals. The first test results are expected to be released soon.Automakers wanted the mandate partly because it would establish V2V protocols to ensure that Fords could talk to Toyotas which could talk to Volkswagens, and so on.The mandate was also intended to get the technology onto roads faster. It called for half of new vehicles to have V2V within two years after a final rule was issued, and all new vehicles within four years. The more vehicles equipped with V2V, the more collisions that could be avoided. It would still take many years before there were enough vehicles with V2V to reap the technology’s full promise. That might be accelerated by after-market devices that would bring V2V to older vehicles.Automakers can put V2V in vehicles without a mandate. General Motors has put the technology in its Cadillac CTS sedans. Toyota has put V2V in vehicles in Japan and Volkswagen plans to put it in cars in Europe starting in 2019. But it will be more difficult for automakers to protect the 5.9 GHz spectrum and deployment will be far slower without a mandate, industry officials said.Some European manufacturers say they want V2V, but it might be better to wait super-fast 5G cellular technology to achieve it instead of currently available technology. But 5G is still being developed. Years of testing would be required after it’s ready before it could go into cars.“The longer we wait, the more people die,” said Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation. “We need to move forward with it.”___Follow Joan Lowy on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy___This story has been corrected to reflect that General Motors has put the V2V technology in Cadillac CTS sedans, not CT6 sedans.last_img read more

Davie shipyard launches new plea for Ottawa to award it second ship

first_imgMONTREAL – More than 1,300 jobs are at risk due to Ottawa’s refusal to give the Davie shipyard near Quebec City a contract for a second supply ship, a coalition trying to save the facility said Thursday.Members of the group travelled to Montreal to try to pressure Quebec-based MPs to recognize the plight of the province’s shipyard workers.Some 800 workers are expected to lose their jobs by the end of the year, while another 350 people who work at the shipyard’s suppliers in the Quebec City area are also believed to be at risk of being unemployed.On Thursday, the coalition presented the findings of a survey it conducted among 205 of the 219 Montreal-area suppliers to the Davie shipyard.More than half of them said the federal government’s decision would negatively affect their businesses and threaten 160 jobs.Davie recently completed the Asterix, a former container ship converted into a supply ship.The shipyard’s workers were expecting an order for a second ship but were told by the Canadian Forces it would not be needed.The president of a subsidiary of the Davie shipyard owner that acts as an intermediary for federal contracts said both the Senate and the House of Commons have recognized the urgency to equip the Navy with a ship similar to the one Davie recently completed.“We are not trying to pull work from other shipyards in Canada,” Spencer Fraser, head of Federal Fleet Services, told reporters. “There is enough work for all three yards.”The other facilities are in Vancouver and Halifax.Ottawa plans on acquiring its second supply ship in 2021 from Vancouver, which has a $4.1-billion contract for two vessels.Fraser said that timeline is not realistic.Vancouver’s Seaspan shipyard can build only one ship at a time, Fraser said, and the yard first has to deliver four ships for the Canadian Coast Guard, an order that will be completed in 2023.Fraser said Vancouver’s supply ship can only be completed by 2026.He called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to release a more realistic timeline.Davie spokesman Frederick Boisvert has said laid-off workers could be quickly recalled once the Trudeau government decides to send a “clear signal” or letter of intent for the second ship.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in early December he recognized the expertise of Davie workers but the federal government simply didn’t need another supply ship.“We cannot artificially create a need for something that doesn’t exist,” he told reporters in Montreal.He said the federal government was analyzing the future shipbuilding needs of the Navy, coast guard and ferry services, which may provide opportunities for Davie in the future.last_img read more

Mining company fined 200000 for dumping waste in BC river system

first_imgQUESNEL, B.C. – A mining company operating in British Columbia has been fined for violating the Fisheries Act.The federal Environment Ministry says in a news release that Barkerville Gold Mines Ltd. was fined $200,000 on Jan. 12 after it pleaded guilty in provincial court to violations related to effluent regulations.An inspection of the mine by ministry enforcement officers found the company was depositing liquid waste into Lowhee Creek in B.C.’s Cariboo region without having notified authorities.The creek is part of the Willow River system, which the ministry says is an important fish-bearing watershed.The inspection also found the mine was failing to complete sampling and submit reports on time.The ministry says the fine will paid into the government’s environmental damages fund.last_img read more

Handbag designer Kate Spade found hanged in apparent suicide

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Kate Spade, a fashion designer known for her sleek handbags, was found hanged in the bedroom of her Park Avenue apartment Tuesday in an apparent suicide, police said. She was 55.Spade’s body was found by a housekeeper not long after 10 a.m., police said at an afternoon news conference. Her husband and business partner Andy Spade was in the apartment at the time.The police department’s chief of detectives, Dermot Shea, said that while investigators were still in the early stages of their inquiry, evidence including the state of the apartment and the presence of a note pointed to “a tragic suicide.”It’s not clear how long Spade had been dead. The medical examiner will perform an autopsy.The couple’s 13-year-old daughter was at school. Shea wouldn’t discuss what was in the note, but law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that, among other things, it contained a message to the teenage girl telling her it was not her fault. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.“We are all devastated by today’s tragedy,” her family said in a statement through a spokesman. “We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”A crime scene truck was parked outside their building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and barriers had been set up to keep back reporters and gawkers who were arriving to the building.The company she founded and later sold, Kate Spade New York, now has over 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the U.S. and more than 175 shops internationally.Julia Curry, a spokeswoman for the company, said that “Kate will be dearly missed” and “our thoughts are with Andy and the entire Spade family at this time.”Neva Hall, executive Vice-President at Neiman Marcus Stores, said the news was devastating.“Her creative light and bright mind will be greatly missed,” Hall wrote in a statement.Kate Spade was born Katherine Brosnahan and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.She was working as an accessories editor at Mademoiselle magazine when she launched her company with husband Andy in their New York apartment in 1993. She started the company based on six shapes of bags that she thought every working woman needed. It created a smash.“I grew up in the Midwest, where you have to have it (a fashion item) because you like it, not because you’re supposed to have it,” she told the AP in 2004. “For our customers, fashion is in the right place in their life. It’s an adornment, not an obsession.”From the original boxy handbags, she expanded into shoes, luggage and other accessories, as well as a home line, stationery, and three books. Spade won multiple awards from the Council of Fashion Designers of America and was named a “giant of design” by House Beautiful magazine.“As an accessory, a great bag that takes the outfit somewhere else is interesting,” she told the AP in a 2000 interview.She walked away from the company in 2007, a year after it was acquired from the Neiman Marcus Group for $125 million by the company then known as Liz Claiborne Inc.Coach, now known as Tapestry, bought the Kate Spade brand last year for $2.4 billion, seeking to broaden its appeal.Meanwhile, Spade and her husband — brother of comedian David Spade — started a new handbag company a few years ago, Frances Valentine. And she changed her name to Katherine Noel Frances Valentine Brosnahan Spade.“I will never forget the first Kate Spade bag I got for Christmas in college,” Jenna Bush Hager tweeted. “She was a trailblazer. Her life and death are a reminder that pain doesn’t discriminate. Sending love to her family.”last_img read more

Canadian banks look to inhouse hackers to improve and test cybersecurity

first_imgTORONTO — Hackers are targeting Toronto-Dominion Bank’s internal systems at all hours using cutting-edge techniques, but the bank’s head of cybersecurity isn’t losing sleep over them — they work for him, after all.The bank established late last year an in-house “red team” of ethical hackers — cybersecurity professionals who attempt to hack a computer network to test or evaluate its security on the owners’ behalf — who conduct live attacks against its own networks continuously, said Alex Lovinger, TD Bank’s vice-president of cyber threat management.“We’re doing it exactly how our adversaries would do it… So if we find a weakness or something like that, we can close it or address it before a real attacker,” he said.Canada’s biggest banks are fortifying their defences by hiring their own ethical hackers to test their systems as the frequency and sophistication of cyberthreats increases.A Senate report last month entitled “cyber.assault: It should keep you up at night” sounded the alarm about the potential consequences of major cyberattacks in Canada.“While some progress has been made federally in the past year, there is much more that the federal government and Canadians must do to protect ourselves,” said the report of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce. “We must take the appropriate steps now, or soon we will all be victims.”Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz has also raised concerns about a cyberattack.In 2017, 21 per cent of Canadian businesses reported that they were impacted by a cyber security incident which affected their operations, according to Statistics Canada. Banking institutions, not including investment banks, reported the highest level of incidents at 47 per cent, followed by universities and the pipeline transportation subsector, according to the agency.New regulations that require Canadian businesses to alert their customers about privacy breaches or face hefty fines took effect at the beginning of this month.In May, the Bank of Montreal and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s Simplii Financial digital banking brand said thousands of their customers may have had their personal and financial data compromised.BMO said hackers contacted the bank claiming to be in possession of the personal data of fewer than 50,000 customers, and that the attack originated outside of Canada. At the same time, Simplii also warned that “fraudsters” may have accessed certain personal and account information for about 40,000 clients.BMO’s chief executive Darryl White said he could not comment on the details of the privacy breach, as an ongoing investigation is underway, but noted there was a “very immaterial impact from a fraud perspective” and no material financial fallout.“We are a lot smarter as every event goes on. And there are events every day, there are events every hour of every day… It’s a continual improvement exercise,” White told reporters after the bank’s recent investor day.Meanwhile, BMO is also turning to in-house ethical hackers to test their systems. According to a recent job posting, BMO is seeking a senior manager with a certification in ethical hacking and whose responsibilities include managing a team of “network penetration testing” specialists.CIBC did not respond to questions about whether it utilizes ethical hackers.“We leverage internal and external expertise, and work closely with industry and government to enhance cyber security resilience, threat intelligence and best practices,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.Alberta-based bank ATB Financial in a recent job post said it was recruiting a “Senior Penetration Tester” with ethical hacking experience. An ATB spokeswoman said the posting is to fill a recently vacated role.The Bank of Nova Scotia also established its own in-house “red team” of hackers to test its defences, said its chief information security officer Steve Hawkins.“Scotiabank has used and continues to use third-parties to handle this penetration testing. However, because the volume of global cyber threats has significantly risen, the Bank wanted to have its own capabilities in-house and created its own red team this year,” he said.With the string of data breaches in recent years, what does worry TD’s Lovinger is the cumulative amount of data that has been exposed.“Hackers now sit on a wealth of information… That they can now leverage to do more targeted attacks,” he said.Royal Bank of Canada has had in-house ethical hacking capabilities for a few years now, as part of its cybersecurity program, said Adam Evans, the bank’s vice-president of cyber operations and chief information officer.“We want to make sure that we are testing our defences to make sure they stay relevant,” he said.RBC has been upping its cybersecurity budget and adding to its team annually. It now has roughly 400 cybersecurity professionals, up 50 per cent from three years ago, but a talent gap looms, Evans said.Demand for talent in Canada is climbing by seven per cent annually and there will be more than 5,000 roles to fill between 2018 and 2021, according to Deloitte. By 2022, the cybersecurity workforce gap is expected to reach 1.8 million, it said.As of October, there were 1,024 cybersecurity vacancies for every million Canadian job postings, up five per cent over the past year, according to Indeed Canada. That’s up 73 per cent since the beginning of 2015, said Brendon Bernard, an economist for the job search platform.Meanwhile, several Canadian banks have made recent investments in research or capabilities abroad or in universities at home to tap cybersecurity talent. For example, TD opened a cybersecurity-focused office in Tel Aviv, Scotiabank announced a partnership with an Israeli cybersecurity company and RBC made an investment in research at Ben-Gurion University.“With the talent gap in cyber, it’s something that organizations are going to have to address,” said Evans. “Because there is just not enough qualified people out there.” Companies in this story: (TSX:RY, TSX:TD, TSX:CM, TSX:BNS, TSX:BMO)Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Colorados Pikes Peak Cog Railway plans 2021 reopening

first_imgCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A popular Colorado Springs tourist attraction that takes riders up to the summit of Pikes Peak will reopen again after its fate was in question.The Gazette reports the Pikes Peak Cog Railway is slated to reopen in May 2021 following a nearly $100 million reconstruction next year.Broadmoor hotel President and CEO Jack Damioli said in March that the railway would not open this year and could remain closed permanently, noting it had “run its useful life.”Oklahoma Publishing President and CEO Gary Pierson says the railway reconstruction will include the demolition and rebuilding of the track and a remodeling of the depot in Manitou Springs.The railway plans to decommission four of eight train cars and refurbish the other four.Oklahoma Publishing is the railway’s parent company.___Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Federal environment minister says Saskatchewan will have a carbon tax

first_img“I remain hopeful that you will change course ahead of the Sept. 1 deadline for all provinces and territories to submit their carbon-pricing plans.”Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said as recently as Friday that the province has not changed its mind about being the lone holdout on Ottawa’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.After a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Moe said the province has a plan of its own and only signs agreements it can honour.McKenna said Saskatchewan will be subject to a carbon tax, whether it signs on or not.“To be clear, we cannot accept your request not to price carbon in Saskatchewan,” she said. “In the event that your government does not adopt a price on pollution that meets our standard, we would have no choice but to ensure that a price on pollution applies in Saskatchewan, just as we would anywhere else in the country.”The federal government would apply its carbon pricing in Saskatchewan and would ensure any revenues raised stayed in the province, she said.Saskatchewan has already missed one deadline to sign on to the federal plan, which McKenna has said means the province won’t get $62 million in funding for emissions-reduction programs. Both Moe and Duncan have said they will still apply for the money from the low-carbon fund.In her letter, McKenna said Saskatchewan’s share will be open to provinces, territories, municipalities, businesses, non-governmental organizations and Indigenous communities across Canada including in Saskatchewan.“Funding will be awarded to projects selected under a competitive process,” she said. “I look forward to seeing excellent proposals come forward from your province.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) REGINA, S.K. – Canada’s environment minister says Saskatchewan will be subject to a federal carbon tax if it doesn’t sign on to a national climate change plan by the fall.Catherine McKenna says in a letter to her Saskatchewan counterpart, Dustin Duncan, that Saskatchewan is best positioned to design a carbon-pricing approach that works for the province.“The other nine provinces have taken us up on that approach,” she wrote. “It’s unfortunate that your government has not yet chosen to do the same.”last_img read more

Magnitude 45 earthquake felt throughout the BC Peace

first_imgNancy Ragan posted on the Energeticcity.ca Facebook page “Felt it here a peace island park! House shaking like crazy and pictures falling down”.Vivian Clarke said the quake shook her entire house. “Very strong shook my whole house and set the chandeler swinging.”Members of the School District 60 felt the quake just as their band concert started at the North Peace Cultural Centre.We had an earth shaking start to the Beginning Band Concert but the show went on! #yxj #sd60 #fortstjohn pic.twitter.com/DtAEyUNcIF— School District 60 (@sd60) November 30, 2018 UPDATE – Natural Resources Canada Seismologist John Cassidy says the cause is under investigation.  “There have been alot of induced earthquakes in the area, along with natural quakes.  The Oil and Gas Commission has been notified and will investigate. They will be looking into the depth of the quake and recent activity in the area.  It could take a few days to determine the exact size and cause of the quake”.Cassidy went on to confirm at least two aftershocks were felt in the region.  The first happened at around 7:06 p.m. and measured approximately 3.3.  The second was stronger at 4.0 at around 7:15 p.m.Natural Resources Canada says the quake measured 4.5, while the US Geological Survey said the quake was 4.2.  Cassidy says Natural Resource Canada has equipment in the area, while the USGS’s equipment is located farther away from the quake.  Seismologists will look at all the data and determine the exact size and location of the quake in the coming days. Residents are encouraged to share what they felt during the quake to Natural Resources Canada.  You can do that by clicking here.ORIGINAL STORYFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A 4.2 or 4.5 magnitude earthquake was felt all around the B.C. Peace Thursday at around 6:27 p.m.The US Geological Survey says the quake happend 22 km east southeast of Fort St. John and was 4.2 in size.  Earthquakes Canada says it was a 4.5 magnitued quake 16 km from Fort St. John.Many residents reported at least three aftershocks in the region.  The PRRD says there has been no movement in the area of the Old Fort landslide. “The Ministry of Transportation has checked their monitoring equipment and there is no movement at this time.”Aftershocks could occur – take precautionary actions and drop, cover & hold on whenever you feel one. https://t.co/zOI9AnwLmO— Emergency Info BC (@EmergencyInfoBC) November 30, 2018center_img Eyewitnesses report feeling the ground shake as far away as Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek.  At this point there are no reports of any damage caused by the quake.Click here to read more information about the quake from the US Geological Survey.USGS reports 4.2 magnitude #earthquake 22 km east southeast of Fort. St. John. Reports of it being felt in the area. More info: https://t.co/kHfw5Yrv9y— Emergency Info BC (@EmergencyInfoBC) November 30, 2018last_img read more

School buses cancelled in Dawson Creek Fort St John

first_imgUPDATE – Here is an update from School District 60: Peace River North. They still haven’t said what routes are cancelled – Due to heavy snow overnight some of our buses are unable to run today. Drivers will contact families if their bus will not be running. Schools remain open.DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – School buses in and around Dawson Creek have been cancelled.Buses are still running in Chetwynd, but they have been cancelled in Dawson Creek.  There is no word yet from School District 60 if buses are running or not in the North Peace. A snowfall warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace.  The region could see another two centimetres of snow before it ends later today.last_img

I-T dept attaches Geelani’s Delhi house on wilful tax evasion charges

first_imgNew Delhi: The Income Tax department has attached a house of hardline Kashmiri separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani located in Delhi in connection with an over Rs 3.62 crore tax evasion case against him.The flat is located in south Delhi’s Khirki Extension locality in Malviya Nagar. A Tax Recovery Officer (TRO) of the department sealed the house as Geelani allegedly failed to pay Rs 3,62,62,160 income tax for assessment years 1996-97 to 2001-02, said an order accessed by PTI. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The department has undertaken the action under section 222 of the I-T Act (assessee deemed in default of tax payment) and “prohibited and restrained” the Hurriyat Conference leader from transferring the asset. An order was issued on March 29 by the department. TRO is the enforcement action taking arm of the tax department and deals with cases of wilful defaulters. The authority is empowered to attach an asset and subsequently auction it to realise the tax dues. The Enforcement Directorate (ED), last month, levied a penalty of Rs 14.40 lakh on Geelani in a 17-year-old case of illegal possession of USD 10,000 in alleged contravention of foreign exchange law. The foreign currency, equivalent to about Rs 6.90 lakh, had also been confiscated by the ED as part of an order issued under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) on March 20. This currency was seized during an Income Tax raid at Geelani’s residence in Srinagar’s Hyderpora area in 2002.last_img read more

Chidambaram launches attack on PM Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram Wednesday took a swipe at the Modi government, charging that in this regime conviction comes first and investigation later and a person is guilty until proven innocent. He said the law secretary should “teach” the Prime Minister some basic lessons in law as the Supreme Court has said that bail is the rule and jail the exception. Chidambaram’s jibe at the prime minister came in the wake of Modi’s attack on the opposition leader. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details At a recent rally in Tamil Nadu, the prime minister had taken a dig at the former finance minister. Modi had said he was “shocked to read the recounting minister headed their manifesto committee. I was not surprised. After all, getting bail is important for his own existence,” apparently referring to cases against Chidambaram and his son Karti. Charges are flying fast and thick in the midst of election campaign for Lok Sabha elections that begin on April 11. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Chidambaram is facing corruption charges in the INX media case and has been granted bail by the court. “In Modi raj, conviction comes first and investigation takes place later! In Modi raj, a person is guilty until proved innocent!If PM has any doubt, he should consult his friend Mr Arun Jaitley,” the Congress leader charged. “The Law Secretary should teach the PM some basic lessons on law. The Supreme Court has said that ‘bail is the rule and jail is the exception,” he said on Twitter.last_img read more

Judi Dench doesn’t like watching her films

first_imgLos Angeles: Veteran actor Judi Dench says she is “allergic” to watching her own films. The 84-year-old star said if she saw her movies, she would get “irritated” by her acting and start judging her performance. “I’m so allergic to seeing myself… I don’t see myself on film. When I do, I’m terribly conscious of what I chose to do and not to do in a moment. And I always am irritated,” Dench told USA Today. She, however, added, “I like to watch it quite a long time afterwards when I have forgotten all the questions I had to ask myself in the moment. So I can look at it much more dispassionately.” Dench admitted she has not seen her 1985 classic Room With A View. The film, directed by James Ivory, written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and produced by Ismail Merchant.last_img read more