In Madhya Pradesh, officials use social media for speedy disposal of cases

first_imgEven before the order copy from Bhopal reached his college in Rewa by post, Ramavatar held the marksheet gleefully, thanks to WhatsApp. The Madhya Pradesh Information Commission, on his appeal, had ordered that the marksheet be released. He just had to carry the printout of the order copy to the college, received on the mobile application. “This is a way to ensure speedy disposal of cases,” said Rahul Singh, Information Commissioner. “Applicants come to us harassed. And hearing takes months, even years. If we follow the same bureaucratic methods, and not adapt to technology, the harassment will continue.”Mandatory conditionWith the mandatory condition to provide information under the Right to Information Act, 2005, within 30 days often flouted, aggrieved appellants are left to grapple with long-drawn-out hearings, fiendish paperwork and delayed communication. To expedite proceedings, the Commission is admitting complaints, disposing of cases on Twitter too, and serving notices on government officials through WhatsApp. “The Act doesn’t rule out the use of technology for conducting hearings. As a result, videoconferencing has become a norm. Similarly, we are leveraging the social media and telephone to speedily dispose of cases,” said Mr. Singh. More than 7,000 cases dating as far back as 2012 were pending before the Commission.However, the social media wasn’t an alternative to postal correspondence, he cautioned. “That takes weeks, allowing some officials to mislead or discourage applicants. Even so, the original order is sent by post. But at least the possession of their copies by us can set the ball rolling,” said Mr. Singh.last_img read more

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(REOPENS DEL 47)

first_imgAs per the draft, the Indian Super League (ISL) will form the top tier of competition without the provision for relegation; the I-League and its lower division will become the second and third divisions, with relegation and promotion only taking place between these two tiers of competition. The statement further said, “The lack of response from the AIFF is telling, and makes it clear that the fate of the worlds most popular sport in the worlds second most populous nation would be decided unilaterally. “We therefore have no option but to believe that the AIFF will enforce the May 17 proposal, which would promote the ISL to the nations premier tournament with a pay to play franchisee model with no promotion or relegation. Furthermore, it guarantees the winner of the ISL representation at the AFC level, with the other available spot going to the winner of a tournament that again is heavily skewed in favour of ISL franchisees. “This effectively removes any incentive for a club team to participate in the restructured I-League, given that monetary incentives were never a contributing factor. “The lack of the latter was ensured by the AIFF who unfairly sold the rights to the I-League without consulting all its stakeholders. Remarkably, while demanding professionalism and fiscal responsibility from I-League clubs without itself reflecting the same, the AIFF has still not settled dues to I-League clubs dating as far back as 2008.” PTI AH CM CMlast_img read more

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And AEK…Goalless

first_imgAEK rounded off a awful weekend for the SuperLeague’s “Big 4” as the Dikefalos played to a goalless draw at home to Iraklis. In matchday 5, the “Big 4” did not score a single goal, recording 3 draws and one defeat (Olympiacos away to Larissa). AEK had a difficult time breaking down a stubborn Iraklis defense with both teams creating minimal chances for a winner.AEK came into today’s match with high hopes of returning to the top of the SuperLeague standings after Panathinaikos, PAOK, and Olympiacos (also Panionios and Platanias) all lost points in this weekend’s matches. It seemed that AEK had a sense of nervousness in their play as they only created one decent chance in the half, through Patito’s header that was saved by Huanderson. After a poor performance in the opening 45 minutes, Ketsbaia decided to make changes at the break by subbing on Lazaros Christodoulopoulos and Platellas while Bakasetas moved to the top of the attack. Iraklis had one good chance with Leozinho’s free-kick, but from that point on, AEK began their pressure in Iraklis’ half. However, the hosts could not take advantage of the few opportunities they created. Ketsbaia played his final card by subbing on Aravidis, but the Iraklis defense was well disciplined, leaving no space for AEK to create anything on the offensive end. In stoppage time, Christodoulopoulos was “easily” brought down in the box, but the referee rightfully did not award a penalty. The final whistle came and AEK saw their opportunity to go atop the SuperLeague standings go to waste.AEK will now have their eyes on the first derby of the season when they travel to Pireaus to play Olympiacos next Sunday. It is expected to be a heated match as both teams will look for all three points in their quest for the SuperLeague title. Iraklis will host Panionios, who fell at home to Veria on Saturday. Source: AGONAsport.com (Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Dean Jones backs India to come back bigger and better after Lord’s defeat

first_imgVirat Kohli, the batsman would have been proud of his 200 runs at Edgbaston – in one match, he had done more than what he had done on the horror tour of 2014.Kohli, the captain would have been undoubtedly left deflated by the way his team capitulated at Lord’s – India managed to bat a combined 82.2 overs across both innings .Besides, some poor selection calls meant India were 0-2 down in the five-match Test series in England. It’s beginning to get rather lonely at the top for the most famous cricketer in the world.Troubled by back spasms besides some other nagging issues around the team, the Indian cricket captain has a lot to chew on.Humiliation at Lord’s: Gut-wrenching defeat should come as no surpriseHowever, former Australian cricketer Dean Jones is one of the few who is confident Kohli will find a way to fight back.”It’s a tough job being captain of India. It’s a tough job done by tough people and Virat is tough. He is my most favourite player in the world. His team may have just got off the boil a little bit but he is batting very very well. He will come back better with this. He will regroup with Ravi (Shastri). They will get busy and I think, inflict a bit of pain by the time England series is over and get ready for the Asia Cup,” he told India Today in an interview.Also read: The curious case of Pujara and Dhawan: Constant Test struggles overseasadvertisementJones said India ran into the English bowling storm in very tough conditions.”Indian batsmen are fine. There have been a lot of balls that are pitching leg and hitting off stump. Unless you are batting with the door, it’s a little bit hard. I think we are being a little bit harsh. Couple of mistakes and press are all over them but that’s part and parcel of the job when you are playing for India because you have unbelievable expectations,” he says.Also read – Time running out: How long can Indian batsmen keep failing overseas?Jones reckoned India’s troubles in England were not all about poor technique and lack of preparation.”India prepared OK. Australia would have been all out for 60. We have had conditions in South Africa when Australia have been bowled out. Our press didn’t come hard at us like the Indian press does but I have full faith that they will come back bigger and better. Do not upset the bear, the bear might come back and bite you,” he exclaimed.Jones said even a good win at the toss could swing India’s fortunes in England.”There is no doubt India would be disappointed with the way things have gone so far but they can turn it around. All of a sudden, they win a good toss with good conditions all around and they go bang bang bang and the old mojo comes back. You can’t win every game all the time. You go back to teams in the sport and you only have had two super teams in cricket. The West Indies team of 80’s which was perhaps the greatest team ever and Steve Waugh’s team of 2000’s,” he says.last_img read more

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Nubia shows Alpha flexible smartwatch and 5G smartphone at MWC 2019

first_imgMWC 2019 has been full of crazy launches from some of the biggest brands of the world. However, nobody has been crazier than Nubia who just showed off a smartwatch with a flexible display. Yes-a smartwatch with a flexible display! Nubia calls it the Alpha and wants to put it up for sale commercially very soon. Alongside the Alpha smartwatch, Nubia also showcased a few other products previously showcased at the CES 2019 – Red Magic Mars gaming smartphone and Nubia X with dual screens. They also unveiled Nubia Pods, which are essentially wireless earbuds. Additionally, they also announced the Mini 5G smartphone, the details of which are scarce at the moment.Here’s all we know so far about these crazy Nubia products shown at the MWC 2019.Nubia AlphaThis is easily one of the stars of the MWC 2019. The Nubia Alpha is a smartwatch that sports a flexible OLED display. This is a large 4-inch touchscreen display that wraps around the wristband. Nubia touts it as a device that might make a majority of your smartphone’s functionality available on your wrist.The Nubia Alpha is based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset and is accompanied by 1GB of RAM as well as 8GB storage. A 500mAh battery is claimed to deliver up to 2 days of stamina. The Alpha runs on a custom wearable operating system with intuitive UI meant to enhance the user experience. Nubia says users will be able to interact with it via with air gestures, voice commands, and convenient multi-touch control. The Alpha also comes with a 5-megapixel camera that you can use to shoot pictures and view it in a gallery on the smartwatch.advertisement The Alpha does all the usual smartwatch functions. It can do activity tracking, monitor and log heart rate, sleep quality, exercise and more. Nubia says users can also set a custom watch face (as if nobody expected that on a 4-inch OLED display) and get all notifications in a glance. It can also stream music via Bluetooth.The eSIM variant will also be able to make calls, send texts and even access the Internet. The eSIM makes it a sort of a mini smartphone on your wrist.That said, Nubia has ensured the Alpha doesn’t look like weird prototype device. The company is offering the Alpha in two variants – a standard black variant with Bluetooth connectivity for Euro 450 and an e-SIM variant for Euro 550. There’s also an 18k gold-plated variant of the Alpha selling for Euro 650.Nubia PodsTo enhance the user experience of the Alpha, Nubia also unveiled the Pods. These are supposed to pair up with the Alpha and aid calling or music streaming. The Pods comes with support for Bluetooth 5.0 and supports multiple pairing modes. Nubia claims that these can last for up to 6.5 hours at a stretch while the case can deliver up to 24 hours of power backup. The Pods retail for Euro 99.Nubia Mini 5GWith 5G being a hotword for MWC 2019, Nubia unveils its 5G mobile phone in Barcelona. So far, it’s known that the device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and an X50 5G modem. Other details about the device haven’t been released yet.Nubia XThe Nubia X features a bezel-less 6.26-inch display on the front of the device with no notch or camera cutout. Similar to the Vivo Nex Dual Display, there’s a secondary 5.1-inch display on the back of the device for dealing with selfies and video conferencing. The Nubia X was unveiled last year and is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset.Red Magic Mars The Red Magic Mars is a hardcore gaming smartphone and is the successor to the Red Magic launched in December last year. It features a hybrid liquid/air cooling system and an RGB light strip at the back similar to the Red Magic. However, what’s new here is the inclusion of a newer Snapdragon 845 chipset and touch-sensitive shoulder buttons. The Red Magic Mars is expected to come in the Indian market very soon.ALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic review: A phone fast at running games but that is allALSO READ | Keyboards aren’t dead yet, BlackBerry launches Key2 Red Edition at MWC 2019ALSO READ | Forget 5G and foldable phones, 10X zoom camera from Oppo at MWC 2019 is tech you need to know aboutlast_img read more

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Israel Folau has broken the spirits of many children who once idolised him

first_imgThe harm of his post is explained by gay netballer Ashleigh Brazill (and teammate of Folau’s wife, Maria): “I think about how I would have felt as a 17-year-old if my idol had written that – it would have broken me.”No doubt, Folau’s post has broken the spirits of many girls and boys who idolised him, while at the same time emboldened the homophobic bullies who target these young people.In our research, teenage rugby players who described themselves as “highly” religious were significantly more likely to use homophobic slurs with teammates, and also agree with statements such as “gay men are disgusting”.The harm to LGB youth from being the target of homophobic slurs in any environment is clear: they’re twice as likely to attempt suicide. Overall, LGB youth are more than four times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers. Many LGB youth, particularly males, also avoid sport or try to hide their sexuality from teammates due to fears of rejection. Read more Australia sport comment Share on WhatsApp Australia rugby union team Sadly, I know first-hand that Folau is aware of the harm caused to young people from homophobic bullying and the language used in sport, and every environment. I was the person who organised the now now infamous photo of him and teammate Adam Ashley-Cooper both wearing shirts supporting the Bingham Cup (the World Cup of gay rugby) in 2014. This photo appeared on the front cover of Australia’s national gay newspaper, and, ironically, was also used in adverts to recruit participants for a study examining homophobic behaviour in sport.I chatted with Folau while the photographer set up, and he told me he had gay family members, and knew about the high rates of suicide among gay youth. He also told me he believed it was wrong that gay people felt excluded from sport because of homophobic bullying.He shared these same views, publicly, again last year in an article defending his first social media about gay people going to “HELL”: “It has been suggested that I am homophobic and bigoted and that I have a problem with gay people. This could not be further from the truth. I fronted the cover of the Star Observer magazine to show my support for the Bingham Cup [because] … I believe in inclusion. In my heart, I know I do not have any phobia towards anyone.” Samu Kerevi attempts to dampen speculation over Wallabies unrest Read more There’s no clear explanation for why Folau, and many others, strongly defend their right to share some sections of the Bible, yet, as respected religious scholar and Monash emeritus professor Gary Bouma points out, they ignore other sections that endorse slavery and denigrate women.It’s hard to understand why Folau says he cares about gay people, and knows their suffering, yet uses his powerful social media platform to compare gay people to thieves and adulterers.By doing this, instead of helping to stop the bullying of gay girls and boys, Folau is essentially passing a stone to bullies and online trolls to throw at these young people.Erik Denison is a researcher with the Behavioural Science Laboratory at Monash University. This article was originally published by Monash University. Since you’re here… Read more Israel Folau Topics Israel Folau: the ramifications of his Rugby Australia code of conduct hearing Rugby union Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. If you saw a man harming a young girl on the street, what would you do? Would you intervene? Call the police? Most agree there’s no justification for intentionally harming a child. If we know a behaviour is harmful to children, most adults stop the behaviour.How is it possible, then, to justify the harm caused to children by Israel Folau’s Instagram post?The rugby union star (and idol to many) suggests gay people are destined for hell, for the way they are born. The post, which implicitly suggests being gay is a choice, just like lying and cheating, has been liked by more than 52,000 people, including stars from other sports. Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Education can change attitudes to use of homophobic slurs, rugby study shows Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Reuse this content Share via Emaillast_img read more

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17 days agoArsenal defender Mustafi laughs off ‘irrational’ criticism: I’m mentally strong

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal defender Mustafi laughs off ‘irrational’ criticism: I’m mentally strongby Freddie Taylor17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveShkodran Mustafi has laughed off a poll naming his as the world’s second worst defender.The Arsenal stopper finished behind Manchester United’s Phil Jones in a survey conducted by Spanish newspaper Marca, who asked 150,000 people who was the world’s worst defender.But Mustafi says he isn’t bothered by the poll results.”In the first two years after my move to Arsenal in 2016, things went very well for me,” Mustafi told German outlet Speigel. “But shortly after Christmas 2018 there was a kink. I’ve made a few mistakes and they’ve created a mess that I’ve never experienced before.”Mustafi added: “There were days when I really doubted something about myself. But at some point I realised that I am mentally strong.”Something my wife said helped me a lot: ‘If you were really as bad as people are making you out, you would never have been a World Champion and Arsenal player, something must have brought you here’. Since then I can handle it better.”I’m self-critical enough to realise that I made mistakes. I can also deal with tough criticism. “But the criticism has become escalated and irrational. I have become a target. At some point, people even blamed me for a defeat I had not played in at all.” last_img read more

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Nick Saban Got Choked Up With Jalen Hurts After Alabama’s Come-From-Behind Win Over Georgia

first_imgNick Saban got choked up talking to Jalen Hurts.Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, after getting benched a year ago at halftime in the national title game, chose not to transfer from the university – instead opting to stick it out and back up Tua Tagovailoa. Saturday night, it was clear he made the right decision.After Tagovailoa injured his right ankle early in the fourth quarter, Hurts, with his team trailing 28-21, led Alabama on two straight scoring drives. Alabama emerged victorious, and will be the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff field on Sunday.After the contest, CBS sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl caught up with both head coach Nick Saban and Hurts. Saban, for possibly the first time in his life, got emotional on camera.Saban was clearly choked up talking about what Hurts did in the contest. Check it out:Is…is…is that Nick Saban showing human emotion?!pic.twitter.com/aYVQOiQSpZ— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) December 2, 2018I’ve watched Saban win lord knows how many championships. That’s the first time he’s ever gotten emotional. About Hurts.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 2, 2018Hearing Saban’s voice crack as he stood next to / talked about @JalenHurts is why CFB is the greatest game on the planet. At the end of the day, in its purest form…football is a ‘people’ game. Thank you, football. #BAMAvsUGA— Aaron Taylor (@AaronTaylorCFB) December 2, 2018Alabama, with the victory, will now undoubtedly be the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff rankings when they’re unveiled on Sunday.Georgia could still be part of the field, but they might need some help. Ohio State and Oklahoma will likely have better resumes.last_img read more

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More Stringent Regulations for the Funeral Industry

first_img increasing fine amounts from $500 to up to $25,000 for individuals and up to $300,000 for businesses. Licensees can also be prosecuted for offences up to three years after the incident happens or the registrar becomes aware of the incident making hearing schedules, decisions, convictions, fines and penalties for licensees public requiring funeral homes and crematoriums to label human remains at all times while in their custody. introducing two official positions for consumer representatives on the Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. This means, non-industry members, including the registrar, will increase to 43 per cent of the board The amendments align with the recommendations in the report prepared by the board following an inquiry earlier this year into funeral services provided by Serenity Funeral Home. Consultations were also held with the board, the Funeral Services Association of Nova Scotia and licensed funeral directors. In addition, Service Nova Scotia and the board will work with families on a case-by-case basis should they want to observe a hearing. “The Nova Scotia Board of Registration has fully endorsed and supported the consultation phase and implementation of these changes regulating the funeral sector. This board will continue to work with Service Nova Scotia to put into place the necessary regulations to ensure the people of Nova Scotia feel more confident in the processes of body identification and practices within the funeral homes in our province,” said Adam Tipert, chairman, Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. Service Nova Scotia licenses and regulates funeral homes. The board, under provincial legislation, is responsible for licensing and regulating funeral directors, including a professional code of conduct. Most changes will come into effect upon proclamation. Board appointments will take effect in spring 2019 to allow the board to transition to the new structure. There are 87 funeral homes and 16 crematoriums in the province. Increasing fines for funeral home owners is one of the many steps government is taking to introduce stricter and transparent rules for funeral homes and crematoriums. Amendments introduced today, Sept. 18, to the Embalmers and Funeral Directors Act and the Cemetery and Funeral Services Act will protect families and bring greater accountability to the funeral home industry. “The serious and significant issues families experienced with certain funeral homes over the last few months were unacceptable. No one should experience such devastating situations,” said Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan. “We are helping to protect families and improve the public trust and accountability in the funeral home industry.” Amendments include:last_img read more

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Ottawa man arrested in two homicide cases

first_imgOTTAWA – Ottawa police say they have arrested a suspect in the shooting deaths of two men on Monday.Alam Gabriel Buoc have been the subject of a nationwide warrant until his arrest on Thursday night.The 30-year-old man was being sought in connection with the deaths of 26-year-old Abdulrahman Al-Shammari and 27-year-old Dirie Olol, who both died of gunshot wounds Monday.Police were also seeking a suspect in the shooting of a third man, who remains in serious condition in hospital.Officers had responded to a hospital around 7 a.m. Monday for a report of a man suffering from gunshot wounds. Police later found the body of Al-Shammari in the city’s west end, and the body of Olol in an abandoned vehicle.Buoc is scheduled to appear in court Friday to face two charges of first-degree murder and one of attempted murder.last_img read more

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Prizeo Launch Charity Campaigns Featuring Tiesto And The Vamps

first_imgTiesto is offering fans a chance to win a trip for 2 to New York City to hang out with him, attend soundcheck and join him as a VIP for his set at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in September.The Festival lineup also includes Jay-Z, Carrie Underwood, No Doubt, The Roots and fun.For a small donation ($5 an entry) at Prizeo.com/Tiesto to Childhood USA and Global Citizen, who share the mission to ensure that all children get the chance to live a full life with a safe and happy childhood, fans have a chance to win this amazing trip.The funds raised from this campaign will be invested in projects for children around the world.Prizeo is also running a special campaign featuring The Vamps.The Vamps want to take 1 lucky fan and a guest out for a dinner date in London! They are working with MTV Staying Alive to fight HIV, and fans can enter to win a trip to spend an evening with them.Fans can enter for a small donation at Prizeo.com/TheVamps, and they can get rewards including an exclusive campaign t-shirt, a signed photo and even a signed guitar!last_img read more

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Stars Added To Ed Asner Friends Poker Tournament

first_imgEd Asner and the Autism Society of America, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, presents the Ed Asner & Friends Poker Tournament.Expected to join Ed Asner at the event are Rosie O’Donnell, Don Cheadle, Matthew Modine, Michael Chiklis, Dylan McDermott, Lou Diamond Phillips, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Bergeron, Peter Fonda, Daryl Hannah, Thomas Gibson, Lisa Loeb, Michael McKean, Elizabeth Carlisle, Holly Robinson Pete, Wayne Brady, Randy Rainbow, Sebastian Bach, Rocky Carroll, Patricia Heaton, and Greg Grunberg among others. More than 300 guests are expected at this year’s event.In addition to the Celebrity Poker Tournament, guests will also enjoy a dinner buffet, cocktails, silent/live auctions and opportunity drawings. The top three winners will be awarded prizes.The poker tournament is expecting to raise over $100,000 to support Autism Society’s mission to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the autism spectrum, advocate for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education and research. Autism currently affects 1 out of every 68 individuals and their families.FOR TICKETS: go to Poker Tickets.WHEN:SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th | 5:00 PM – MIDNIGHTWHERE:HAWORTH LOS ANGELES SHOWROOM444 South Flower St., Downtown LAlast_img read more

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Music Canada Applauds Government of Canada for Moving Forward on Copyright Board

first_img Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment By implementing these changes, the Government is following through on their commitment made in the 2018 federal budget, which proposed a new Intellectual Property Strategy that enables economic growth. A reformed Copyright Board will create a more competitive and predictable business environment that supports investment in the creative industries, fostering innovation in the cultural sector.Music Canada looks forward to seeing the final details on the implementation of these changes and working with the government to implement this innovative agenda for the Copyright Board of Canada.About Music CanadaMusic Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record companies in Canada:  Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada.  Music Canada also works with some of the leading independent record labels and distributors, recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters, managers and artists in the promotion and development of the music cluster. Advertisement TORONTO, Oct. 30, 2018 – Music Canada is pleased to see the Government of Canada has taken concrete action to support Canadian creators and the labels that invest in them through reforms to the Copyright Board of Canada. The changes, which were tabled yesterday in the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, will make the Board’s processes faster, more efficient, and more predictable. Music Canada (CNW Group/Bell Media) Advertisement Login/Register With: “Music Canada thanks the Hon. Navdeep Bains for his vision on these changes, and for his leadership throughout the Copyright Board reform process,” says Graham Henderson, President and CEO of Music Canada. “A modernized Copyright Board will mean a more predictable and transparent process for all participants, which will support royalty rate-setting that better reflects the true value of music in a functioning marketplace. By ensuring a more efficient regulatory environment, these changes will help put more money in creators’ pockets and strengthen Canada’s economic competitiveness.”Copyright Board reform has long been a priority for the music sector, as the rates set by the Board directly impact the value of music and the amount that artists and labels receive for their music and investments. Music Canada has been a leading advocate for reform, having participated in the Senate hearings on the Copyright Board, the government consultation on reforming the Board, and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s Review of the Canadian Music Industry, each time appearing as a key stakeholder in favour of full and meaningful reforms. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Radio Mohammed VI of Holy Quran, Most Listened to Radio in…

Rabat – Radio Mohammed VI of the Holy Quran has emerged as the top radio station in Morocco. The station  is the leading radio broadcaster with an audience share of 13 percent recorded between October and December 2017,  according to the interprofessional Center for Audience Measurement (CIRAD)Mohammed VI radio station has managed to maintain its position despite a slight decrease of audiences (17 percent between January and March). The top radio station is followed by Med Radio with 12.30 percent of audience share.Mfm, Hit Radio, Aswat and Al Idaa Al Watania also have a strong listener base, with audience shares of 9.18 percent, 8.15 percent, 7.15 percent and 7.20 percent respectively. Radio station audience shares are calculated in accordance with the number of listeners as well as the audience’ attention span.Fifteen million Moroccans listen to the Mohammed VI radio station from Monday to Friday, representing 54.5 percent of the national population, added CIRAD. read more

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ICE Futures Canada Wednesday morning Canola prices mixed barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were mixed in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Wednesday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $0.10 higher $489.70; Jan. ’18 $0.30 lower $494.70; March ’18 $0.70 lower $498.50; May ’18 $0.50 lower $502.10; July ’18 $0.30 higher $506.10; Nov. ’18 unchanged $477.40; Jan. ’19 unchanged $478.20; March ’19 unchanged $480.90; May ’19 unchanged $480.90; July ’19 unchanged $480.90; Nov. ’19 unchanged $480.90.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $140.00. read more

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Apple CEO Tim Cook makes 1st visit to Canada as CEO visits

TORONTO — Apple chief executive Tim Cook is visiting Canada for the first time since taking the reins at the tech giant, stopping in for an unannounced appearance with Toronto students to promote the company’s initiative to focus on coding education.Cook, who surprised a class of children taking coding lessons at Apple’s Eaton Centre location, says he could feel the creativity and diversity Canada has to offer as soon as he stepped off the plane.The Canadian visit follows a tour of a school in the United Kingdom, as part of a whistle stop tour of Europe, where Apple has launched its “Everyone Can Code” curriculum in several schools.Cook says its important to “democratize coding” and teaching it in schools is the best way to do that.Apple says there are more than 120,000 Canadians working on applications for its app store.The CEO’s tour to promote the benefits of Apple technology comes after the company recently came under fire from shareholders for not doing enough to ensure children do not become addicted to its devices. read more

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Madras High Court permits 65 Sri Lankan Tamils to apply for Indian

Hearing a plea for Indian citizenship by 65 Tamils from Sri Lanka — the descendants of indentured labourers — the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has permitted them to submit a fresh application seeking citizenship to the District Collector concerned, The Hindu newspaper reported.Justice G.R. Swaminathan directed the District Collector concerned to forward the same without any delay to the Central government. The Central government shall pass appropriate orders within a period of 16 weeks, considering the unique situation that the petitioners are placed in, the court said. “My heart may bleed for the petitioners but I have to be mindful of the Lakshman Rekha that limits the bounds of judicial power. Going beyond will be encroachment. Any form of encroachment is bad. Encroachment by the judiciary into the executive realm can be no exception. Some may say it is exceptionally bad,” the judge said. Both the Centre and State had contended the petitioners arrived in India without valid permits and, being illegal immigrants, were not eligible for the grant of Indian Citizenship as per the provisions under the Indian Citizenship Act , 1955.However, the court held that the petitioners could invoke Article 21 of the Constitution, which applies to all, citizens and non-citizens alike. The petitioners were genealogically rooted to this soil, spoke our language, belonged to our culture and intended to make India their permanent home. Also, the Central government had earlier given an undertaking that they will not be sent back compulsorily to Sri Lanka. Therefore, the case on hand presents a rather unique situation. They had been in camps for 35 years under surveillance in severely restricted conditions and a state of statelessness for a long period offends their Right under Article 21 of the Constitution, the court said.The petitioners, most of them currently lodged at the transit camp in Kottapattu, Tiruchi District, and a few others in other transit camps, contended that they were descendants of labourers who had settled down in the tea estates of Sri Lanka during the colonial times. Following the turmoil, they said that they had to escape from Sri Lanka to save themselves.They contended that they should not be considered as part of those Tamils from the Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka, the Tamil-speaking natives of Sri Lanka, who are treated as refugees. They claimed that they should be treated more as Indian repatriates and sought the grant of Indian citizenship. “I consciously refrain from issuing any positive mandamus directing the Central government to provide citizenship to the writ petitioners herein. This is because citizenship falls within the exclusive executive domain of the Central government.” read more

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Viscount accused of assaulting teenage girlfriend in row over tongs

The teenager was said to have been hardly dressed and wearing little clothing when she knocked on the kitchen window.The complainant is alleged to have told Lord Ruthven that she was going to call police but was then told to “f— off”.When officers arrived, Lord Ruthven is said to have told them: “I dragged her out of the house. I did not hurt her.”We are in the process of splitting up and she can’t handle it.” 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. Brer Ruthven, 54, is accused of picking up Lola Tyrrell, 19, his partner, and throwing her against a wall His ex-girlfriend will give evidence behind a screen when the trial begins at Hendon magistrates’ court.Lord Ruthven was educated at private £39,000-per year Westminster School and is currently employed by City law firm Clyde & Co as a database developer.He is a musician with the band Melanchodelia and recently opened the Portobello Music Festival.Rory Laide, defending, said: “There have been posts on social media in derogatory terms concerning Mr Ruthven.”He has reported them to the police.”It is understood the couple met in January last year at the Whitechapel Gallery in the east end, hitting it off immediately with shared interests in films, art and fashion.The defendant, of Crosfield House, Mary Place, west London, was bailed on condition he does not contact Ms Tyrrell. Lola Tyrrell, 19 Lola Tyrrell, 19 A middle-aged viscount is charged with assaulting his teenage girlfriend after a row erupted over cooking tongs.Brer Ruthven, 54, is accused of picking up Lola Tyrrell, 19, his partner, and throwing her against a wall in their Notting Hill flat in west London.The Viscount Ruthven of Canberra, heir to the peerage title Baron Ruthven of Gowrie in the county of Perth, allegedly launched the attack after getting protective over a new pair of tongs.He denied one charge of assault during a hearing at Westminster magistrates’ court and is due to stand trial on Oct 4.The couple were at Lord Ruthven’s flat in Notting Hill when it is claimed a row broke out between 9.30pm and 10pm on Aug 5.The argument is alleged to have taken place over a pair of kitchen tongs that Ms Tyrrell wanted to use while cooking dinner because they were new. Brer Ruthven, 54, is accused of picking up Lola Tyrrell, 19, his partner, and throwing her against a wall The 54-year-old Lord Ruthven is said to have started shouting at his partner, accusing her of having a “s—– attitude”, and told her to use a fork.He is accused of picking Ms Tyrrell up with one arm under her body and the other around her and taking her to the door and flinging her into the street. read more

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