ELIGIBILITYApplicants must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of CanadaApplicants must be writer/creators with series concepts that are wholly original and unencumbered (i.e., no adaptations or biopics)Applicants must have a minimum of a development deal with a recognized broadcaster, production company and/or funder, or credit as a writer on a produced TV series, webseries or feature SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTSOne-page concept proposalOne-paragraph bioCVStatement describing your voice and perspective as a writer (3-4 sentences max)Non-CFC alumni must include 1 industry reference letterA writing sample will be required at key stages of the selection processBefore applying, it is important that writer/creators understand and are comfortable with the fact that they will be required to offer NBCU an exclusive opportunity for 30 days upon completion of the Bootcamp to their concept and pitch package. HOW TO APPLYApplications will be accepted online.FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – CLICK HERE We are looking for ideas to put into development targeting UCP’s straight-to-series initiatives, for example:One-hour series concepts, targeting 10 episodes per seasonSearch-worthy ideas that are conceptually unique and will demand attentionClear, high-concept ideasTransformational character journeys that are infinitely castableConcepts with contained locations/narratives and/or small cast (i.e., Ex-Machina, Rear Window)Genres that embrace artful “stylized poverty” (i.e., grindhouse, horror)Genres that experiment with limited POV (i.e., found footage, first-person shooter) Facebook Twitter THE UCP ORIGINAL SERIES BOOTCAMP OVERVIEWThe UCP Original Series Bootcamp is a component of the CFC/NBCUniversal Canada Exchange.The focus of the Bootcamp is to expand NBCUniversal’s knowledge of the Canadian creative talent pool and introduce them to exciting original projects that fit their programming agendas and would ideally leverage either a development or straight-to-series deal with UCP (specifically for SyFy and USA). The Bootcamp will enhance the participants’ creative tools, expand their marketplace intel and provide creators with targeted access and support, so that they can increase their chance of landing a series deal.IMPORTANT DATESApplication Deadline: Friday, September 9, 2016Bootcamp Dates: 3 days in early November, 2016 (exact dates TBA) Advertisement BOOTCAMP DESIGNThree writer/creators are invited to attend a three-day bootcamp in Toronto comprised of workshops and roundtable sessions to help participants flesh out their concepts and further develop their pitch proposals. The Bootcamp will culminate in a potential trip to L.A. to pitch to UCP creative executives. It is designed to help the writer/creators workshop their original concepts with key industry mentors and peers, so that they can develop their one-page concepts into compelling pitch proposals for UCP’s consideration.TYPES OF SERIES CONCEPTS Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: When Yong and Kyung Chung started a variety store business on Queen St. E. near Sherbourne St., they didn’t bother to take the old sign down.So, almost 30 years later, Mimi Variety remained a thriving business, even though there was no one named Mimi.“Oh, it wasn’t a big thing,” says Kyung, 53. Advertisement So it wasn’t a big deal either when a CBC location manager chose their store for the exterior shots, or that the store would be renamed Kim’s Convenience. Though it still took a little convincing.“It wasn’t about changing the name. I didn’t know the story before. I was saying if the story was bad about Koreans I don’t want it,” says Kyung. “Then my daughter said, ‘It’s a good story mommy. It’s about loving everyone.’ So I say OK.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement A new sign was eventually plastered over Mimi Variety. The interior of the store would also be duplicated inside a studio. Facebook
Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Irish actress Ger Ryan (The Street, Redemption) plays Tommy’s mother Sylvia, described in a news release as his “true nemesis.”Vancouver’s Katharine Isabelle (Hannibal) plays Tommy’s sister Ginny and a couple of fellow Newfoundlanders, Stephen Oliver Oates (Riverhead) and Andy Jones (Codco), play his eldest brother and the family patriarch, both named Loyola. Advertisement CBC has revealed the names of the other actors getting into the ring with Joel Thomas Hynes in his first TV starring role.The author, musician, filmmaker and playwright has the lead in the CBC comedy Little Dog, about a boxer looking for redemption after he walked out in the middle of a championship bout.Caribbean-born Canadian actor Dwain Murphy (Mohawk Girls, Splinter Cell: Blacklist) will play national welterweight champion Rico “Havoc” St. George, against whom Tommy “Little Dog” Ross (Hynes) has a chance for a rematch. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Edmonton’s Patricia Isaac (Republic of Doyle) plays Tommy’s doctor and confidant, and British actress Julia Chan (Saving Hope) plays Rico’s wife and Tommy’s ex-fiancée.Also joining the cast in a recurring role is Newfoundlander Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes).The half-hour series, produced by Cameron Pictures and Elemental Pictures, is currently in production in Newfoundland for a winter 2018 debut.The series was created by Hynes, who has had roles in various TV series, including Republic of Doyle, Orphan Black and Mary Kills People. Sherry White, who wrote the movie Maudie, is the showrunner.Hynes’s book We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night was recently longlisted for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Facebook “We now have until midnight on April 2 to raise the funds for the down payment, so that we can secure a mortgage and finalize the purchase of the property,” according to the campaign’s Indiegogo page.Lea and her business partner Jonathan Kerridge have offered to buy the property near the corner of East Broadway and Commercial Drive.Leonard Schein, who holds the mortgage on the property, earlier listed the site for sale.Schein subsequently accepted the offer made by Lea and Kerridge.The single-screen movie theatre also serves as a venue for various live events.The campaign also announced plans for the creation of the Art House Society, a non-profit that will become an equity holder in the property.“Run by a board of industry professionals, this society is currently being created to ensure that funds raised by your donation will remain as a legacy project to help other Vancouver arts and culture organizations in the future,” according to the campaign.By Carlito PabloFollow Carlito Pablo on Twitter at @carlitopablo The operator of the Rio Theatre is hoping to raise $1.5 million from the public for the purchase of the East Vancouver venue.Corrine Lea needs another $1.5 million from private investors to come up with a down payment totalling $3 million.Lea has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo in a bid to keep the Rio Theatre. Advertisement A down payment of $3 million is needed to purchase the 80-year-old Rio Theatre. (STEPHEN THOMSON) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter
Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Things are heating up in the city (quite literally) and few things are cooler in summer than walking down the streets of the 6ix and suddenly realizing a new movie or the latest installment of your favourite TV show is filming. Be on the lookout — you just never know when you might catch a glimpse of the cameras rolling!Here are 11 movies and TV shows filming in Toronto this July.Star Trek Discovery – Season 3Star Trek: Discovery will set up production in Toronto this July to film for its third season. Commonly referred to by its code name Green Harvest, the series is set approximately 10 years before the original Star Trek series and stars Sonequa Martin-Green and Doug Jones among others.Anne with an E – Season 3 Private Eyes/FacebookPrivate Eyes will be back in Toronto this month filming for its fourth season. Starring Jason Priestley and Cindy Sampson as the show’s lead characters, the series follows a former hockey player turned detective who partners with a private investigator to solve crimes.Dare Me – Season 1Starring Family Channel’s Brittany Raymond, Dare Me is a new series filming in the city through to August. Dare Me is said to be about a young cheerleader seeking revenge against a former clique she used to be a part of.Suits – Season 9Suits will be in Toronto this month filming for its ninth season of the hit show through to August. This long-running series will come to an end after this season but fans don’t worry — there’s still ten episodes to binge before you have to say goodbye! In the final season, fans can expect to see an appearance from long-time character Mike Ross, played by Patrick J. Adams, who left the series in season seven.Condor – Season 2Condor will be on location in Toronto this July until September filming for season two. This American thriller series is based upon the novel by James Grady Six Days of the Condor and stars William Hurt, Leem Lubany, Max Irons, and Brendan Fraser. Anne with an e/IMDbBased on the classic 1908 book Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne with an E is filming in the city through to August for season three of the Canadian drama series. Cast members include Amybeth McNulty as main character Anne, along with Christian Martyn, and Stephen Tracey.Private Eyes – Season 4 Login/Register With: Advertisement Suits / Facebook Advertisement Advertisement
Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Government of Canada confirms a contribution of $14.6 million to boost the transition of TV5MONDE to digital and the international visibility of French-Canadian creators. Sylvain Lafrance has been appointed chair of the board of directors of TV5Numérique, the new subsidiary of TV5 Québec Canada responsible for supporting the development of this projectMONTRÉAL – With the proliferation of content on the Web, the Government of Canada is committed to protecting and promoting the place of the French language in the digital sphere, and to ensuring that Francophones and Francophiles around the world can access French-language content.The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, confirmed an investment of $14.6 million over five years, starting in 2019–2020, to support the creation of a new digital platform to broadcast French-language audiovisual products: TV5MONDE Plus. The project is intended to drive the digital shift of TV5MONDE and promote the international reach of French-language Canadian productions. TV5MONDE+ Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Minister Joly also took the opportunity to highlight the appointment of Sylvain Lafrance as chair of the board of Directors of TV5Numérique, the new subsidiary of TV5 Québec Canada that will be responsible for the development of this platform. As a Canadian company, TV5 Québec Canada will work closely with TV5MONDE on the development of this multilateral project.Last October, in preparation for the 17th Francophonie Summit in Yerevan, Armenia, the Government of Canadaannounced its intention to support the creation of a French-language digital platform that brings together TV5MONDE’s public broadcasters to showcase Francophone cultures and strengthen their position in the digital world.The Canadian funding for the platform aims not only to increase the online presence of French-language content, but also to enhance the visibility of Canadian content in French and provide new international opportunities for Canadian artists and producers.This funding confirms the Government of Canada’s commitment to fostering exchanges among members of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, while contributing to the vitality, diversity and evolution of the Francophone community.Quotes“The protection and promotion of the French fact all over the world requires the strong presence of French content in the digital space. By creating a new platform, we’re giving our artists and creators broader access to a global audience. TV5MONDE already reaches 364 million homes in nearly 200 countries and territories; Canada’s financial support will therefore ensure a significant presence for both the Canadian and the international Francophonie within the digital space.” — The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie“TV5 Québec Canada welcomes the Government of Canada’s decision to support the reach of Francophone culture with a new five-year financial commitment. As proud representatives of Francophone public services, we are honoured by this vote of confidence. We will work in the best interest of the Francophonie, in close collaboration with our partners, first and foremost TV5MONDE, to develop a modern platform that will enable Francophones and Francophiles around the world to discover the wealth of French-language audiovisual creation.” — Marie‑Philippe Bouchard, President and CEO, TV5 Québec Canada“I would like to thank Canada and Minister Mélanie Joly for their trust in and commitment to TV5MONDE. The TV5MONDE Plus platform will ensure the discoverability of Canadian—as well as French, Belgian, Swiss and African—online content in French through collaboration with all of our partner channels, especially TV5, Radio-Canada and Télé-Québec here in Montréal. I would also like to thank Marie-Philippe Bouchard, Marie Collin and Michel Bissonnette, who have made a significant contribution to the feasibility of this visionary project, and I look forward to working with Sylvain Lafrance.” — Yves Bigot, Director General, TV5MONDE“The new media environment compels us to create new associations and partnerships to reach audiences around the world. From the very start, TV5 has been a concrete example of collaboration and innovation. This project will allow us to push this ambition even further and to promote Canadian content in the world. I am pleased that Canada is once again demonstrating its commitment to supporting international distribution in the Francophonie and playing a leading role in that initiative.” — Sylvain Lafrance, Chair of the Board of Directors, TV5 NumériqueQuick FactsTV5—managed by two television channel providers, TV5MONDE and TV5 Québec Canada—is the largest French-language television network in the world.In January 2018, Canada took over the presidency of TV5, effective until the end of 2019. This responsibility is assumed in turn by each of the partner states and governments.TV5’s mission is to provide a special showcase for the Francophonie, to promote cultural diversity, to promote the exchange and export of programs between French-speaking countries, and to be a special forum for cooperation between broadcasting partners. The organization also promotes the expression of audiovisual and cinematographic creativity in the Francophone community.TV5MONDE is the first worldwide French-language audiovisual network. Through its nine general interest regional channels and two specialty channels (the TiVi5 children’s channel and the TV5MONDE Style HD lifestyle channel), TV5MONDE reaches 364 million homes in 198 countries. TV5MONDE subtitles most of its programs in 14 languages. It has also developed a multimedia device unique in the world to promote the French language, and support its learning and teaching through the sites apprendre.tv5monde.com and enseigner.tv5monde.com and their free dedicated apps.The investment of $14.6 million was announced in the 2018 Fall Economic Statement.Canada’s support for TV5MONDE Plus is intended to increase the online presence of French-language content, enhance the visibility of French-language Canadian content worldwide, and provide more opportunities for Canadian artists and producers.Sylvain Lafrance worked at Radio-Canada for over 33 years, serving in various roles including Executive Vice-President of the Crown corporation’s French-language services. He currently chairs the board of directors of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. He is the former chair of the board of the Quebec Film and Television Council and the Radios Publiques Francophones (RPF) community, an umbrella organization for Radio-Canada and public radio broadcasters in France, Belgium and Switzerland. He also served as the Canadian representative on the board of directors of TV5MONDE.
APTN National NewsA series have recently unfolded in Seattle, Wash., over the fatal shooting of Aboriginal woodcarver John T. Williams.The District Attorney announced that the city police officer who killed Williams would not face criminal charges.The officer, however, has been forced resign.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has more.
APTN National NewsFort William First Nation is located just minutes from downtown Thunder Bay.For the past five years the community has come together annually to celebrate its culture.As APTN’s Wayne Rivers discovers, this is event is more than just a party, it’s a chance to reconnect with a forgotten past.
Justin Brake APTN NewsA Labrador couple says the child welfare crisis played a role in the death of their daughter-in-law, who died after her children were apprehended.During heartbreaking testimony at the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry in Labrador on Wednesday, Silpa and Gordon Obed told the story of their daughter-in-law, Katie.She became a single mother to four children in 2015, after her husband, the Obeds’s son, died of tuberculosis.The Obeds testified that after their son’s death, the province’s child, youth and family services took the children from their mother, whose mental health was declining.Katie took in a cousin who had recently got out of jail. That’s when the abuse began, they testified.Their daughter-in-law started distancing herself from the family.Then, two days before Christmas, the oldest son, just a teenager, visited his mother’s apartment in Nain.He walked into her bedroom where he found her body.“She had a knife in her heart,” said Gordon.The hurt didn’t end there, the Obeds said.Silpa testified the youngest, now 14 and still in foster care, messages her on Facebook saying he misses his mom.“And me and my husband are not there to hold him and say, ‘We love you Kyle.’ They’re so far away from us, and they need hugging and loving from their family who’s home.”Gordon believes the removal of the children from their mother played a role in the events leading to her death.“We must let the department of Child, Youth and Family Services know that this don’t help,” he said. “We must let the department of Child, Youth and Family Services know that children, grandparents—grandchildren—is best when they grow up at home.”Kim Campbell-McLean, of the AnanauKatiget Tumingit Regional Association, told the inquiry she would like to see federal funding for women’s shelters in the communities, so women don’t have to leave in search of safety.About 25 families and survivors are expected to testify during the two-day hearings in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Todd LamirandeAPTN NewsIf there has been a theme to the Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde’s first term it was “closing the gap.”Bellegarde frequently talks about narrowing the difference in living standards between First Nations and the rest of Canada.Todd takes a look back at his first term as national chief starting with the excitement a new Liberal government email@example.com@toddlamirande
Tina HouseAPTN NewsThe Overdose Prevention Society is hoping the legalization of marijuana puts the organization back in business on the streets of Vancouver.Workers with the society have been handing out pot in the hopes of curbing the number of overdoses attributed to opioids.But they were shut down by the Vancouver police.As of Wednesday, they hope be back on the streets.
The missing hand off the Residential School Totem Pole in Montreal. Photo: Robbie Purdon/APTN.Lindsay RichardsonAPTN NewsAfter a few days fraught with tension, there’s a happy ending to the mystery of a missing wooden hand stolen from a commemorative totem pole outside of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.On Wednesday, a museum spokesperson confirmed that the hand from Kwakiutl artist Charles Joseph’s “Residential School Totem Pole” was deposited on the museum doorstep overnight, along with a letter of apology.The letter reportedly states “they regret the offence caused to everyone by their thoughtless gesture, and that they were unaware of the meaning of the totem pole represents,” according to a press release obtained by APTN News.Below is an excerpt of the letter received:“Firstly, we would like to apologize to all those who were offended. At the time, we were not in a sober state of mind, and we had no idea what the totem pole was … After we realized what this stood for and represented for so many people, we immediately felt sick to our stomach …“We would like to let all know that in NO WAY, SHAPE OR FORM was this done in spite … We were simply ignorant of what it symbolized, and have decided we 100% needed to return it. … We are sorry, so sorry for any pain and anger we have caused. Love for all people.”(Residential School Totem Pole lives in front of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts downtown. Photo: Robbie Purdon/APTN)According to Director and Chief Curator Nathalie Bondil, the museum will be withdrawing their complaint based on the apology.“It is reassuring to observe the return of wisdom and clarity following an evening of inebriety,” Bondil said in a statement. “The letter of sincere apology that we received from the transient delinquents shows us that art educates and sensitizes us to all of the most important issues, notably our reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.”The totem pole has been a very public fixture outside the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion on Sherbrooke St. for over two years.Over the weekend, the museum issued a multi-tier appeal for the hand’s return, after security camera footage revealed two hooded figures removing it before fleeing in the wee hours of Friday morning.Both the artist and owner are reportedly “very pleased with this conclusion.” The museum will be working to restore the piece to its original firstname.lastname@example.org@sentimtl
TORONTO – Financial services firm Purpose Financial LP has signed a deal to acquire financial technology startup Thinking Capital Financial Corp., a lender to small business.Terms of the deal, which includes a combination of cash and securities, were not immediately available.Purpose Financial says the agreement will create a business with significant balance sheet strength, strong financial backing and a diversified funding model.Thinking Capital is expected to keep its headquarters in Montreal and all of its employees will remain with the company.Jeff Mitelman, CEO and co-founder of Thinking Capital, will also become a managing partner of Purpose Financial and hold a meaningful equity position in Purpose Financial alongside existing investor TorQuest and Thinking Capital’s management.Purpose Financial is the parent company to Purpose Investments, Purpose Advisor Solutions and Purpose Innovation Labs.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Iran warned Monday that re-imposed U.S. sanctions would cripple its economy and plunge the volatile Middle East deeper into crisis as it urged the United Nations’ highest court to suspend the Trump administration’s economic pressure on Tehran.In a written statement about the case at the International Court of Justice, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Iran’s claims “meritless” and defended the sanctions as a way of keeping Americans safe.The world court’s wood-paneled Great Hall of Justice in The Hague is the latest backdrop for Washington and Tehran’s high-stakes dispute about Iran’s nuclear ambitions.President Donald Trump said in May that he would pull the U.S. out of a 2015 agreement over Iran’s nuclear program and would re-impose sanctions on Tehran. Washington also threatened other countries with sanctions if they don’t cut off Iranian oil imports by early November.Iran filed a case with the court in July challenging the re-imposition. Tehran alleges that the sanctions breach a 1955 bilateral agreement known as the Treaty of Amity that regulates and promotes economic and consular ties between the two countries.The treaty was signed when the U.S. and Iran were still allies following the 1953 revolution — fomented by Britain and the U.S. — that ultimately cemented the rule of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.However, diplomatic relations were severed following the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran and takeover of the U.S. Embassy and ensuing hostage crisis. Despite that dramatic deterioration in relations, the treaty remains in force.Iran and the U.S. have a history of litigation at the International Court of Justice, in cases covering crises including the embassy seizure and the shooting down of an Iranian passenger jet mistaken by a U.S. warship for a fighter jet.Rulings by the world court, which settles disputes between nations, are final and legally binding. However, it remains to be seen if the U.S. would abide by a court order to suspend sanctions on Iran.At Monday’s hearings, Tehran asked judges to urgently order a suspension of the sanctions while the case challenging their legality is being heard — a process that can take years. A decision on the urgent request for a suspension is likely to take weeks.Iranian representative Mohsen Mohebi told the court the U.S. sanctions are a clear breach of the 1955 treaty because they are “intended to damage, as severely as possible, Iran’s economy.” He called Trump’s sanctions policy “nothing but a naked economic aggression against my country.”Mohebi also warned that the sanctions could exacerbate regional tensions.His comments came a day after Iran’s defence minister said his country will continue its support of the Syrian government to ensure improved security in the region. Israel has expressed concern over Iran’s growing influence in Syria, accusing Tehran of seeking to establish a foothold near the frontier with the Jewish state. The United States has been pressing for Iran to withdraw its fighters from Syria.Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, brokered when Barack Obama was still in the White House, imposed restrictions on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program in return for the lifting of most U.S. and international sanctions against Tehran.However, the deal came with time limits and did not address Iran’s ballistic missile program or its regional policies in Syria and elsewhere. Trump called the accord the “worst deal ever.”Some U.S. allies oppose the sanctions and are seeking to keep the nuclear deal alive. Last week, the European Union announced a financial support package to help bolster Iran’s flagging economy.Pompeo called the world court challenge an attempt by Tehran “to interfere with the sovereign rights of the United States to take lawful actions, including re-imposition of sanctions, which are necessary to protect our national security.”The United States, which argues that the court does not have jurisdiction in the case, is to present its legal arguments to judges on Tuesday.Pompeo said lawyers would “vigorously defend” the U.S. and “and we will continue to work with our allies to counter the Iranian regime’s destabilizing activities in the region, block their financing of terror, and address Iran’s proliferation of ballistic missiles and other advanced weapons systems that threaten international peace and stability. We will also ensure Iran has no path to a nuclear weapon — not now, not ever.”
Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson accused Horgan of a “tax grab” last week after the NDP government approved a 1.5 percent increase in the gas tax to fund Metro Vancouver transit.But Horgan says the Metro Vancouver mayors’ council asked him for assistance to cover the shortfall in funding new transit projects, and he gave them a tax tool they have the option of using.The council has said that if it finds other ways to make up the shortfall, it won’t have to use the increased gas tax. VICTORIA, B.C. – Premier John Horgan says price gouging, not higher taxes, is responsible for skyrocketing gasoline prices in British Columbia.Horgan says the price per litre rose nine cents between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning and that suggests fuel companies are seeking bigger profits.He says there’s a disconnect between the price of a barrel of oil and the price at the pumps and he’s raised the issue of gouging with the federal government.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 held its Cardboard Boat Challenge on Friday at the North Peace Leisure Pool.Two teams per school within the School District designed and constructed one boat to participate in speed and weight challenges, within the pool, with up to four students per team for this fun and educational event.Brian Campbell, School District Principal of Careers and International Education, says Applied Design, Skills and Technology is a big part of the District’s curriculum and this Boat Challenge is designed to further the students’ interest in this field. “Applied Design, Skills and Technology is a big part of our curriculum here in School District 60. We want to give students the opportunity to be able to design and build. The great thing about this curriculum is it allows students to be able to demonstrate with both their head and their hands.”Each team’s boat was also judged on the planning and design, quality of construction, visual appeal, teamwork and team spirit, knowledge of essential skills, safety and cleanliness.Each speed and weight challenge was judged by School District 60 staff.
Paris: French banking giant Societe Generale said Tuesday it will cut 1,600 jobs worldwide including around 750 in France, as part of two restructuring plans. The lender said it would revamp its global investment arm and streamline its international retail banking and financial services activities in a bid to ensure “profitable and sustainable growth”. The cuts in France would be made “through a voluntary departure plan” while international layoffs would be “in accordance with local regulations and practices,” the lender said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalUnder the plan, which was presented to French unions on Tuesday, the bank said it will close its “OTC commodities business and its proprietary trading subsidiary”. Khalid Bel Hadaoui, a representative of France’s CFDT union, told AFP that “each year brings with it a number of job cuts”. The news had been expected because Societe Generale had already unveiled a plan to reduce costs by around 500 million euros ( 560 million) by 2020 to increase the profitability of its market activities. Societe Generale reported higher-than-expected profits in 2018 but said it would adjust its targets and those of its investment bank as it anticipated financial headwinds ahead. The bank has a global workforce of around 148,000.
Amethi: Targeting Congress president and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi, Union minister Smriti Irani said on Sunday it was the erstwhile Congress-led government which denied permission for a mega food park in the constituency.Speaking to reporters, Irani, who is the BJP candidate against Gandhi here, said, “The food park, which Rahul Gandhi has been talking about, the decision to not supply gas to it was given in writing by the then government headed by Manmohan Singh. The letter was presented before the country a long time ago. Rahul is misguiding people by telling lies.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkGandhi has been accusing the BJP of putting up hurdles in the way of setting up a mega food park in Amethi. Targeting Gandhi, Irani said, “The Congress president talks about interests of farmers, but the land of the farmers has been grabbed in the name of setting up factories. Even three years after the passage of orders of the court, Rahul has not returned the land to the farmers.” Slamming the Congress, she said, “The Congress is bowing before separatist leader Yasin Malik, who is accused of killing four IAF jawans. He was the one who was involved in the massacre of Kashmiri Pandits and compelled them to flee from their place. Rahul Gandhi must answer to the country on this.” Meanwhile, politically significant Amethi is being viewed as a prestige battle for the grand old party. Irani is expected to do well in this bastion of the Gandhi family. The decibel levels are getting shriller.
Bengaluru: Once again triggering speculation about the longevity of the Congress-JD(S) coalition, Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa said Sunday there is an “atmosphere” for his party to form government in the state.Stating that his party workers are fighting the by-polls for Kundgol and Chincholi assembly constituencies unitedly, the former state chief minister predicted BJP’s victory on both the seats. “I’m confident we will win this election easily with bigger margins. No BJP leader from any community despite they (Congress) trying to lure them, has switched sides. Whether Venugopal (AICC general secretary) or any one else comes, they cannot shake any of our karyakartas or leaders,” Yeddyurappa said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghSpeaking to reporters in Hubballi, he said, “Our people are together and are united. At a time when there is an atmosphere for us to form government, at a time when we are confident of winning both the assembly segments, our karyakartas will not fall prey to any confusion. They (Congress) will fail if they make any attempt.” Yeddyurappa was responding to a question from reports that Congress leaders were trying to lure local BJP leaders in Kundgol, ahead of the by-polls. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHe said, “Congress may be under the illusion of doing something with money power, but I’m confident we will win this election by earning the affection and trust of people.” Yeddyurappa’s statement about the BJP forming government in the state gains significance following his comments of Friday that the longevity of the Congress-JD(S) coalition in the state would depend on the stand taken by about 20 “disgruntled” Congress legislators after the Lok Sabha election results are announced on May 23. He has predicted changes favouring the BJP in the state, saying its tally in the assembly would increase with the win in the bypolls.
Rabat – A Moroccan is among the suspects detained by Belgian authorities on March 16 in connection with a diamond heist at Brussels International Airport. On February 18, 2013, eight gunmen raided an armored car at Brussels International Airport that was transferring diamonds onto a Zurich-bound airplane.The armed men drove off with 40 million euros worth of diamonds in a theft dubbed as one of the biggest diamond heists in recent memory. Among the detained suspects is a 40-year-old Moroccan who lives in Belgium, says Belgian website 7/7. He was charged with theft, burglary and arson.Part of the stolen diamond has been recovered. However, the whereabouts of over 30 million euros in gems remain unknown and a number of suspects are still to be identified.According to the Associated Press, authorities in Belgium, France and Switzerland carried a series of raids and seized cash, precious stones and luxury cars.