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Exski coach Bertrand Charest to appeal sexcrime convictions

first_imgMONTREAL – Ex-ski coach Bertrand Charest is appealing his conviction on 37 sex-related charges, with documents filed Tuesday seeking an acquittal or a new trial.A lawyer for the former high-performance trainer has gone to the Quebec Court of Appeal, alleging a lengthy list of legal errors made by the trial judge.Quebec court Judge Sylvain Lepine called Charest a sexual predator when he convicted him last month on charges involving nine of the 12 women who’d accused him of crimes dating back more than 20 years.The judge said Charest’s actions constituted an unequivocal abuse of trust and power and said the victims, young aspiring skiers under Charest’s guidance, were all credible and reliable.In his appeal, defence lawyer Antonio Cabral took issue with the description of Charest as a “veritable predator.”“No evidence, no complainant, no expert came to establish this fact (that he was a predator) during the trial that took place before him,” he wrote.Cabral has raised nearly 20 legal issues in the appeal, including the credibility Lepine assigned to the victims.“In effect, there were numerous contradictions raised in cross-examination on essential elements of the infractions,” Cabral wrote, noting they were outlined in the defence’s 162-page final arguments.The 57 initial charges against Charest included sexual assault, sexual exploitation and one of sexual assault causing bodily harm. All but one was under the age of 18 at the time of the offences, with the youngest victim being 12.Charest, who didn’t testify at his trial, was acquitted on 18 of the charges, while the court said it didn’t have jurisdiction over two other counts related to incidents that occurred abroad.Some of the victims testified they had sexual relationships with Charest. Others said he touched them inappropriately.Some also said they felt they were in love with Charest at the time but eventually came to believe they had been manipulated.He was described as controlling and manipulative toward the athletes whose careers he managed.One former pupil testified she had to have an abortion when she was about 15 after getting pregnant following unprotected sex with Charest.The encounters continued afterward, with Charest purchasing contraceptives for her and getting a prescription from his own father.She testified she was young and in love with her coach and that Charest advised her to keep their relationship quiet because he would go to prison if it became known.Quebec’s director of criminal and penal prosecutions acknowledged Tuesday an appeal had been filed, but declined further comment.Some of the offences took place both before and during Charest’s stint with Alpine Canada’s women’s development team between 1996 and 1998. The national ski organization said in a statement after the verdict was rendered that it sent a message that abusing authority has no place in sports or in society in general.Charest has been detained since March 2015 arrest and the sentencing phase of his case is set to begin Aug. 23.last_img read more

Encana vows to grow production after Q1 output and income miss expectations

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. — The chief executive of Encana Corp. says the company will ramp up output from its U.S. and Canadian oil and gas fields this year after it reported first-quarter operating earnings and production that missed analyst expectations.“We are well-positioned to execute another year of strong growth for Encana as we prepare to cross the 400,000 boe (barrels of oil equivalent) per day milestone later this year,” said Doug Suttles on a conference call.Encana reported first-quarter production of 324,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day, with 145,200 barrels per day of more valuable oil and natural gas liquids and the rest dry natural gas. Revenue in the quarter came to US$1.3 billion, beating the forecast for US$1.26 billion, and up from US$1.29 billion in the same quarter last year. That’s up from 317,900 boepd in the same period last year, but short of analyst consensus expectations of 338,000 boepd, according to a report from analyst Kristopher Zack of Desjardins Capital Markets, who had forecast for 331,500 boepd.He said the miss is partly due to timing of drilling wells and producing from them.“In the second half of last year, and particularly in the Duvernay and the Eagle Ford, we ramped down activity and we restarted and ramped up that activity here in the first quarter,” said Suttles. “We’ll actually see production build in the second half of the year in those two assets.”Encana is focused on four areas, the Permian and Eagle Ford regions in Texas and the Montney and Duvernay regions on the Alberta-B.C. border. It said most of its growth this year will come from its more highly developed Permian and Montney assets while output from the other two will remain flat.Encana said it expects fourth-quarter production this year to be between 400,000 and 425,000 boepd. It left its 2018 spending plan unchanged at between US$1.8 billion and US$1.9 billion.The Calgary-based company, which reports in U.S. dollars, had operating income of US$156 million in the three months ended March 31, missing analyst expectations of US$168 million according to Thomson Reuters. A year ago, its operating income was US$104 million.last_img read more

President of Samsung to Meet With BTC CEO

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 25, 2017 – Nassau – Just a week ago, Bahamas telecommunications Company (BTC) introduced the brand new Samsung Galaxy S8 to the country. On the weekend, BTC began installing experience tables for the Samsung product lines in its stores.The experience table allows you to touch and feel all the entire Samsung device line.On Thursday, Mr. Seong Hyun Lee, Samsung’s President for Latin America and the Caribbean is expected to meet with BTC CEO Mr. Leon Williams. Both companies will discuss new initiatives and future collaborations.CEO Leon Williams said, “We value our partnership with our providers. We’ve worked with Samsung over the years giving our customers a wide range of lifestyle device options. We look forward to meeting with Samsung this week.”Since its launch last week, BTC has sold almost five hundred Samsung S8 devices. The company’s device management team has also announced that it will be carrying the device’s full keyboard clip on cover accessory in just a few weeks.BTC intend to install Samsung experience tables at all of its flagship stores.#magneticmedianews#samsungpresidenttomeetwithbtcceo Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #samsungpresidenttomeetwithbtcceo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

New 108m building opened by FortisTCI a 24hr state of the art

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Premier salutes FortisTCI on round the clock work to restore electricity and visits 14 resorts after June 4 black out Editorial: Listen to your Mama Related Items:#magneticmedianews, FORTIStci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 31, 2017 – Providenciales – Three storeys tall, over 20,000 square feet, build at just under $10.8 million dollars and completed on time and on budget in 20 months; among the vital statistics of the newly opened FortisTCI Operations and Engineering Center.    A grand Grand Opening event was held just outside of the new building on Wednesday and in country for the ceremony were a slew of Fortis international and regional executives including Barry Perry, CEO of Fortis Inc in Canada.“Fortis is ready for what’s ahead, we’ll integrate new technologies and infrastructure and find ways of cleaner energy solutions across our territories.   We will continue to focus on our people by investing in them, we’ll focus on our customers and customer service delivery and of course we will continue to be good stewards of the community and give back.”There was prayer for the new structure which is home to the engineering team, environmental health and safety team, Transmission and Distribution, Energy Production administration, the new Systems Control Room and site services.    A tour revealed training facility with smart boards, elevator, board rooms, domestic facilities, a truly state of the art set up for the multi-purpose building which will function around the clock; a significant investment which #FortisTCI says is in anticipation of a forecast 3% annual growth for the Turks and Caicos over the next five years.Eddinton Powell, FortisTCI CEO was beaming.“This company has invested approximately $340 million dollars in capital infrastructure over the past eleven years.    Most of that aggregate investment was made directly in the local economy.  Let us conservatively estimate that  40% of that investment was paid for goods and services locally, that would represent some $130 million dollars injected into TCI economy by this company.”Minister of Infrastructure, Hon Goldray Ewing was unable to attend the opening but his greeting was presented by VP of Finance for FortisTCI, Ruth Forbes.“This and previous ingenuities displayed by FortisTCI not only inadvertently strengthens the economy but builds domestic capacity and contribute to the initiative of putting our society on a more prosperous and sustainable path.”The Operations and Engineering Center on Energy Street is designed for FortisTCI staff, customers will continue to be served at the main headquarters on Leeward Highway.#MagneticMediaNews FortisTCI ready for the building boom and consumer demand for electricity; plans in place and new ones coming says CEOlast_img read more

Watershed Folds

first_imgMore on this topic Award-Winning Publisher Robert Nylen Dies NCI Continues Buying Spree Prediction: ‘Watershed Moment’ For Online Advertising in 2011 redirect MediaNext907 MediaNext1003Just In Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media ConsultantPowered by Regional title New England Watershed, which published only nine issues since it launched in 2006, has officially folded. The magazine, which featured news stories, poetry and photos canvassing the area of the Connecticut River watershed (stretching from Canada to Long Island Sound, spanning Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut), stopped production last fall. “It comes down to finances,” New England Watershed publisher Russell Powell told Massachusetts’ Daily Hampshire Gazette newspaper. “We had a strong critical success but we were not able to translate that into profitability.”New England Watershed was named best new magazine in 2006 in Utne Readers’ annual Independent Press Awards. last_img read more

Digital Analytics Provider comScore To Acquire AdXpose

first_imgcomScore, a digital analytics provider that measures online ads and audiences, is set to acquire AdXpose, an analytics firm. AdXpose provides publishers and advertisers with real-time feedback on the performance of digital advertising campaigns.The deal is expected to close in about two weeks for $22 million, based mainly in stock transactions.According to a press statement, AdXpose provides “billions of campaign data points” to its users, who can then use this information to improve live digital campaigns.“With audience-buying becoming increasingly prevalent in digital media planning today, there is a growing demand for analytical tools that enable greater transparency and accountability in ad delivery. The AdXpose technology will enable comScore to bring this important dimension of advertising effectiveness to its clients,” says Dr. Magid Abraham, president and CEO of comScore. Publishers and advertisers are both investing significantly in metric measurement for digital content and advertisement. Conde Nast, Hearst and Bonnier all launched campaigns in recent weeks to greater define and track audience interaction with digital content; both Conde and Time Inc. say the companies are releasing digital sub numbers to ABC. Time Inc. is slated to share these numbers in January 2012, when its full magazine portfolio is available on the tablet platform.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for September 6 Car Leaking Lots Of Fuel In Parking

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, September 6, 2018:A Shawsheen Avenue caller reported their mailbox was damaged overnight. (10:48am)Employee of Eiro Car Center on Andover Street called station due to customer being verbally aggressive with business’s owner. Customer left prior to police arrival. Police unable to locate customer. Police spoke with owner, who confirmed argument was only verbal in nature. (11:09am)A walk-in party reported a white Lexus was possibly leaking something in the library’s parking lot. Police responded. Fuel was being leaked. Fire Department put down pads to soak up fuel. AAA enroute. Owner told not to operate until repaired. (12:23pm)A jogger on Garden Avenue reported a small white dog with no collar was running loose in the roadway. Animal Control Officer brought dog to Best Pets. Owner was located. Contractor at house had left door open, allowing dog to escape. (12:49pm)A walk-in party found a wallet in the Benjamin Moore parking lot. Owner came to station to pick up. (3:38pm)Lights at Route 62 and Route 38 were flashing red. MassDOT contacted and reset lights. (5:33pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 13: Woman Arrested After She Quits Her JobIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 10: Car Stolen; License Plate Stolen; Road Rage Incident At Cumberland FarmsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Kasturi Shankar beats Vanitha Vijayakumar pockets bigger remuneration for Bigg Boss Tamil

first_imgKasturi Shankar and Vanitha Vijayakumar.PR HandoutKasturi Shankar seems to have become the highest-paid female contestant in the third season of Bigg Boss Tamil 3. As per the rumours, she has stuck a better deal than Vanitha Vijaykumar, who until now, was said highly-paid participant among women in the show.Going by the reports, Kasturi Shankar is getting Rs 1.5 lakh per day. The makers of the show pay the amount on the weekly basis and she takes home Rs 10.5 lakh per week. If she stays till the finale, she is expected to earn around Rs 75 lakh as her remuneration, much bigger than the winning amount.The winner will get a trophy along with Rs 50 lakh cash prize.Till now, Vanitha Vijaykumar was credited to be the highest-paid contestant among women who used to get Rs 1 lakh per day, say rumours. Other female contestants Abhirami, Madhumitha, Reshma and Sakshi get around Rs 2 lakh per week. Whereas Losliya signed the deal with the channel for Rs 5 lakh for the complete season.However, among the men, it is Cheran who is getting a bigger paycheque. Although there are contradicting reports, he is getting a higher salary than Kasturi.Coming back to Kasturi, she entered the Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house as a wild-card entrant on the 46th day of the show. Her outspoken nature was expected to ruffle feathers in the house, but for now, she seems to be playing a safe game.Meanwhile, Vanitha Vijayakumar, who was eliminated in the third week of the show, has re-entered the house as a guest. Going by the latest teasers, she seems to have poked her nose in Abhirami and Mugen’s relationship.As a result, Abhirami and Mugen are heading for a heated verbal exchange in the Bigg Boss Tamil teaser. The episode will be aired on Tuesday, 13 August.last_img read more

The Dodo Unionizes With Writers Guild of America East

first_img Editorial standards. As branded content and advertising expand their foothold in our revenue model, we must establish protocols that balance our business and editorial interests. To guarantee that our commercial needs never come into conflict with our mission, we must create and uphold a rigorous system of internal accountability.  Diversity. In order to promote values like respect and compassion, we need to reflect those values through an inclusive workforce that mirrors the diversity of our audience. It is vital to provide a safe and collaborative workplace where every employee is treated equally and to build concrete pathways of opportunity for underrepresented voices and perspectives.  Equitable salary, compensation, and benefits. To recruit the best talent possible, we need clear and comprehensive job titles, competitive compensation, and benefits. We expect fair salary minimums for all positions; a standard for raises; and regular, diverse pathways for growth.Guidelines around performance, disciplinary action and severance. As a large, collaborative production lab, individual performance must be judged clearly, consistently and with diplomacy. Guidelines will prevent unnecessary disciplinary situations or terminations as well as provide acceptable severance packages, should the need arise.   We deeply believe in the mission of The Dodo and cherish the shared working experience we have cultivated as a team. Our office is one of the best places to work in the industry, and this union will foster a democratic process in which every employee has an equal voice. We look forward to joining you at the table and continuing the conversation. Popular on Variety The editorial and video staff at the web site the Dodo have unionized with the Writers Guild of America East.The guild announced Monday that a “clear majority “of the 45-member staff have signed union cards and called on management to voluntarily recognize the guild as its collective bargaining representative.The Dodo, dedicated to showing love and compassion for animals and animal-related causes, follows fellow Group Nine Media site Thrillist in unionizing with the WGA East. The Thrillist staff announced in February that it was seeking to unionize.The WGA East has made unionization of New York-based digital media a priority in recent years. The guild represents digital-first editorial and video staffs at Vox Media, Onion Inc., HuffPost, Vice, the Intercept, ThinkProgress, MTV News, Salon, Slate and Gizmodo Media Group. The WGAE now represents nearly 5,000 writers in film, television, news and digital media. Lowell Peterson, executive director of the WGA East, said, “People who craft content for digital media continue to embrace collective bargaining as a means to bring stability and sustainability to their careers. Working with the WGAE has won economic gains, workplace protections, and a seat at the table with management for these hard-working professionals.”The Dodo Unionizing Committee issued the following statement explaining why they are organizing:The video, editorial, social and content acquisition staffs of The Dodo are proud to announce we are unionizing with the Writers Guild of America, East. The digital media landscape is growing at an unprecedented pace and The Dodo remains committed to leading the conversation in one united voice. As our company rapidly grows, union protections are some of the most effective mechanisms we have as employees to remain empowered as workers and valuable contributors to the company’s continued success. We are excited to join our Group Nine peers at Thrillist as union colleagues and to take the next step in The Dodo’s evolution.The Dodo is committed to helping audiences make emotional connections to animals, from our family pets to the most endangered species throughout the world. As storytellers, we strive to entertain and inform; to honor heroes working tirelessly in the field; and to inspire people to take positive action in an animal’s life. We are the number one animal brand on social media, with billions of content views that have led to a measurable impact in the real world, and we’re preparing to enter the realm of television. As an advocacy leader, we have a responsibility to ourselves, our subject matter and our audience to be as transparent as possible in our processes and ensure that our mission is reflected in every decision made. By organizing, we will codify a set of values that preserve The Dodo’s workplace as an open, progressive, and collaborative environment. Here are a few of the issues we are eager to address as a union:Transparency. Honest communication between management and employees is essential to bolstering morale and producing the best creative work possible. Major decisions that affect the future of The Dodo must be communicated in an open, ongoing dialogue so that the staff has agency over their growing job responsibilities. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Back To Basics

first_imgAfter over-the-top dramas and slick urban stories, Hindi cinema is drawing inspiration from small-town India.Hindi cinema is fast evolving even as the industry grapples with keeping its finger on the pulse of changing audience tastes. Despite this uncertainty, one thing’s certain – larger-than-life dramas that inspired flights of fantasy in the audience are passe. Hindi movies are no longer aspirational, at least, not in the traditional sense of the term. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSo, out with dream sequences in foreign locations and uber-cool settings as shown in films like Student Of The Year, Jab We Met, 2 States, 3 Idiots, OK Jaanu and many others. It seems Dangal, which released in December 2016, was a turning point. The film seems to have struck a desi chord and set off a trend where stories that are grounded and simple in terms of their setting are capturing the audience’s hearts. Take a look at the success stories that released this year and their performance at the ticket counter. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe year 2017 started with two superstars, Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan, coming out with decently successful films like Raees and Kaabil. Both films were not only set against the most basic backdrops but also presented heroes that the audience could easily relate to. These two movies were followed by films like Jolly LLB 2, Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Tubelight, Hindi Medium, Toilet – Ek Prem Katha, Bareilly Ki Barfi, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and several others. Interestingly, while almost every filmmaker is trying to elbow their way to the `100-crore club, the top four films in the `300-crore club – Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Sultan and Aamir Khan’s PK and Dangal, featured somewhat rustic concepts.The recent line-up of films makes one wonder whether there is a deliberate shift towards cinema that connects with the Indian audience at a basic level. Or is it pure coincidence that we have a slew of ‘grounded scripts’ making their way to the silver screen in quick succession?To shed some light on this, we spoke to experts from the industry. Here’s what they had to say:AANAND L RAI, PRODUCER-DIRECTOR I have never deliberately placed a film in a rural setting; it has happened naturally. I have made no attempt to ‘Indianise’ a storyline to make it more appealing. It is the world in which the story is set that attracts me. Whenever one forces something, it is bound to backfire. This year, people have been connecting with ethnic storylines and things have been flowing in that direction naturally. But we have to be careful not to push too much in that direction.BHUSHAN KUMAR, PRODUCERMany of our current films have been shot at beautiful locations in our country. The location of a story in our Hindi films usually turns out to be a character in the film. So, if you want your film to look convincing, it is important to shoot within the country. It helps the audience connect with the film easily.JAYANTILAL GADA, PRODUCER This is not the first time films are being shot in India; we shoot overseas only when we are offered tax benefits. It majorly depends on the script of the film. Last year, we had a lot of films that were shot in India but if the story requires the film to have a foreign country as its backdrop, we go for it. Nowadays, audiences are accepting good scripts. It is more about ‘film following’ than ‘fan following’. People are looking for content. Films like Baahubali have proved that people will watch a film only if it has strong content. No one knew who Prabhas was in other parts of the country before this film released. Recently, Hindi Medium and Bareilly Ki Barfi have made a mark.SUBHASH GHAI, DIRECTOR I have written and directed 19 movies, of which only four movies were shot abroad. Pardes, Taal, Yaadien and Yuvraaj were films where locations were the part of the stories. I prefer to shoot in India as we tell stories of Indian people. Also, we know these people who are connected with their roots. The fascination for foreign locations is just a personal fascination; it is no longer a fascination with the audience, with social media growing.NITESH TIWARI, DIRECTOR For me, it is always the story and the characters that should dictate the location and not vice versa. If the story doesn’t really demand a particular location, then there is merit in setting it up in a location that allows the characters to flourish and the story to be told more interestingly. In that case, small – or mid-town India is getting chosen more often now because it has a distinct and charming appeal that people haven’t experienced much. NIKKHIL ADVANI, DIRECTOR / PRODUCER I think as filmmakers we still do not know what will work but a lot of us have finally begun looking for inspiration from within India. I don’t think it’s only about desi versus foreign, even in Baazaar, we are making a film about India, about Mumbai and power, money, rules that are always broken. Once again, as filmmakers, we chose to take inspiration from real life incidents that have rocked the financial markets.ANUBHAV SINHA, DIRECTOR / PRODUCER That’s the real India. What connects with the audience is a good story. It’s true that more films are being shot within India. There’s a bunch of new filmmakers who are setting their films in India. People are identifying with those stories more and more because those films are about our problems, our celebrations. So they are more rooted in our society and that is why they are connecting with people better. I have only shot Thathastu in India. Most of my movies have been shot abroad. And I am shooting in India next month. The reason is that I got a little tired of stories that were set abroad. So it happened organically. BOIlast_img

Polish public broadcaster TVP has launched 16 regi

first_imgPolish public broadcaster TVP has launched 16 regional channels for the cities of Bialystok, Gdańsk , Gorzow Wielkopolski, Katowice, Kielce, Krakow, Lublin, Lodz, Olsztyn, Opole, Poznań , Rzeszow, Szczecin, Warsaw and Wrocław.Each channel will create its own regional programmes dedicated to local communities. The new channels will take over the local programming of news channel TVP Info.Cable operators including Vectra will air the local channels in the relevant areas of the country. Vectra said it would air the new regional channels on analogue and digital, with the process expected to be complete by Setpember 7. TVP Info will continue to be aired in Vectra’s digital tier.last_img

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