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Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Leading the pack of 2018′s Kidscreen Awards nominees are Sinking Ship Entertainment and Nickelodeon with six and five nods, respectively. The annual competition honors the best work in children’s television and digital media, and this year’s finalists in the Programming, Broadcasting and Digital categories will now continue on in the competition through a final round of judging.The class of 2018 KSA winners will be announced at a special presentation event and after-party being held during Kidscreen Summit in Miami, on the evening of Tuesday, February 13. Without further ado, here is the full list of nominees:PRESCHOOL PROGRAMMING Twitterlast_img read more

Beyond Atwood other screenready Canadian fiction

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: A scene from The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the Margaret Atwood novel. (GEORGE KRAYCHYK / HULU/TNS) And coming to the big screen in April is an adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s 2012 novel Indian Horse, which some of us know from school reading lists.There are plenty of other books out there — books still being taught in our high schools and universities — that are ripe for adaptation to the big screen. Here are our suggestions: Roughing It in the BushCan’t you imagine Susanna Moodie and Roughing It in the Bush getting the TV treatment but, as with Anne, acknowledging the darker bent of our story? While Moodie talks about the struggle to bring some sort of order to her rough life, there should also be an emphasis on the Indigenous narrative that was going on at the same time, better reflecting the totality of this nation’s experience.Of course, Atwood herself has written about Moodie in her book of poems The Journals of Susanna Moodie. And it’s through Moodie that she discovered the story of Grace Marks, the heroine of Alias Grace. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter It might be a national pastime to roll your eyes when one hears the term Can-con, but this year has proven characters and stories that are decidedly Canadian have a staying power that goes beyond classrooms — and even our borders — to land firmly in popular culture.Who would have thought 20- and 30-year-old books would grab the imaginations of TV watchers around the world as much as Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace have, for example? Clearly, her razor-sharp observations about authoritarian societies in terms of the first, and anti-immigrant sentiment among other issues in the latter have struck a chord.Another great Canadian book character, Anne of Green Gables, has had plenty of onscreen and onstage life in her time, but this year she has had a decidedly feminist portrayal — much sassier and darker than the character has ever been interpreted before. And this time around she’s simply called Anne.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement The queen of country pop has announced a return to Vegas.Canadian Shania Twain launched her first residency in Las Vegas seven years ago and has announced 23 performances for her “Let’s Go!” residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.The news is out!! I’m returning to Vegas this December, for my new residency ‘Let’s Go’ at @ZapposTheater! Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am PT. I am SO excited for this show, and can’t wait to see you all there ❤️— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) June 17, 2019 Shania Twain, seen Friday in Manhattan, has announced details of her new residency in Las Vegas, starting in December. (Christopher Smith/Invision/Associated Press) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement The first show is December 6th — tickets go on sale Friday.Fellow Canadian Celine Dion ended her critically-acclaimed Las Vegas residency earlier this month.Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Mariah Carey, Calvin Harris, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Aeromsith, Boyz II Men, Pitbull, Gwen Stefani and Backstreet Boys are just some of the acts who have bombarded Vegas with long and short-term residencies.One of the bestselling artists of all-time, with hits like “You’re Still the One,” “From This Moment On” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much,” Twain has the title of creative director for the residency.She says she wants the audience to party alongside her each night.By Mesfin Fekadu ~ The Associated Press Twitterlast_img read more

Winnipeg mayor needs to deal with starlight tour allegation Dallaire

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-The mayor of Winnipeg needs to personally address the startling allegation that city police officers took a First Nations man to the outskirts of the city on a starlight tour, says Liberal Senator Romeo Dallaire.Police officers allegedly took a 20 year-old First Nations man early Friday morning to the outskirts of the city on a starlight tour before telling him to run or he would be Tasered if he didn’t run.Dallaire, who has become an outspoken campaigner for human rights after witnessing the horrors of the Rwandan genocide as a UN commander, said Mayor Sam Katz needed to step in personally to deal with the police on the starlight tour allegation.“Where is the mayor?” said Dallaire. “Don’t the police work for him?”A spokesman for Katz said the mayor was aware of the allegation but would not get involved at the moment.“It is a serious allegation at this time, it is an unproven allegation,” said spokesman Brad Salyn. “It would be very inappropriate for the mayor to be involved in any incident involving an allegation against the Winnipeg Police Service.”The Winnipeg police have asked Maud to contact their Professional Standards Unit to begin probing the allegation. A police spokeswoman said the allegation was “upsetting” but no investigation could unfold without a complaint.Maud and his family are meeting with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to craft and then file the complaint.Dallaire said it “doesn’t make much sense” for police to use starlight tours that can have potentially deadly consequences.“I don’t understand the concept behind that methodology,” he said.Early Friday morning Evan Maud said he was walking home from visiting his brother at 4 a.m. when he was stopped by two police officers in an unmarked black police car.Maud said he had a few drinks that night, but wasn’t staggering drunk.The officers accused him of being involved in break and enters and car thefts before whisking him to the outskirts of the city, said Maud. There, they took his jacket and sweater and handed him a St. John’s Football sweater before telling him to run or he would get Tasered, he said.Maud said he heard officers mocking him as he tried to get away.“I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t know what to do,” said Maud.A recent study by University of Winnipeg professors found at least 76 cases of starlight tours by city police. The study also found that police targeted Aboriginal men.Starlight tours, where police take individuals to the outskirts of the city to sober up, can have deadly consequences.In 1990, Neil Stonechild was found frozen to death outside Saskatoon after he was taken on a starlight tour.Two police officers were eventually convicted of unlawful confinement and sentenced to eight months in jail.EDITOR’S NOTE: Evan Maud’s allegations have been proven false and he has publicly apologized to the Winnipeg police service.last_img read more

Nunavut residents want Harper to visit local grocery stores get firsthand taste

first_imgAPTN National NewsPrime Minister Stephen Harper spent this week visiting Canada’s North and he made a stop in all three territories.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll takes a look at the prime minister’s agenda and finds out the most pressing issue facing Nunavut isn’t getting any attention.last_img

Damage already done in Indian Head

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter a record amount of snowfall this winter several communities in Saskatchewan are now facing mass flooding.In Indian Head, an hours drive east of Regina, residents are doing whatever they can to save their homes and property.For some people the damage has already been done.APTN’s Chris Stewart has the story.last_img

Truth and Reconciliation Commission extended a year

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been extended by a year.The commission was expected to end this summer, but is now scheduled to come to a close June 30, 2015 after being extended Thursday.It doesn’t come a surprise as the TRC had to fight the government twice to release documents it was withholding.That includes thousands held at the Library of Archives Canada, and most recently documents involving a police investigation into the former St. Anne’s Residential School.The TRC needs the documents before writing its final report.The TRC is an independent commission with a mandate to document the history of the 130-year residential schools where thousands of Aboriginal children died and were abused after being taken from their homes and put in church-run, state-paid, schools.last_img read more

Loretta Saunder killers sentenced to life

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe couple responsible for the death of Loretta Saunders were sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in Halifax.Blake Leggette will spend at least 25 years in prison before being eligable for parole.His partner, Victoria Henneberry, also received a life sentence but can apply for parole after 10 years.But her family says that justice has not been served.APTN’s Trina Roache has that story.last_img

New feature film shot in Nunavut features local actors

first_imgAPTN National NewsWhile Iqaluit is the hub of Nunavut, it is also the gateway to the south making the city multicultural and unique.A new film is now trying to show that unique diversity.As APTN’s Kent Driscoll reports, unlike previous productions, this Inuit in this movie are being played by Inuit actors.kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img

First Nations search for more of womans remains after bones found scattered

first_imgWillow Fiddler APTN National NewsLast month, members from the community of Mishkeegogamang say they found some of the remains of Charnelle Masakayash.She had been missing since last November.Now, as community searchers continue, Charnelle’s family searches for answers.But new information is raising even more questions.last_img

Lake near Yellowknife been unsafe for decades because of arsenic

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN National NewsEarlier this month the Northwest Territories government announced a lake near Yellowknife was unsafe for recreational use.But it turns out that lake had been unsafe for decades.APTN has more on the latest water testing results.last_img

Its time for action Indigenous youth advisors concerned their report is gathering

first_imgDennis WardAPTN NewsIndigenous youth advisors appointed by Crown Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett are worried their “roadmap” is sitting on a shelf instead of being implemented.Two of the advisors, Andre Bear and Gabrielle Fayant, recently spoke to APTN News about their concerns with the lack of action on the report that was handed over to the government in June 2018.“What we feared initially is actually what’s coming to happen that the report is not being implemented,” says Bear. “It’s really unfortunate.  Not just for us as advisors but for youth across the country.”The Independent Youth Advisors were appointed in August 2017 to lead the Indigenous Youth Voices initiative and help implement Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action number 66.(Andre Bear)It calls on “the federal government to establish multi-year funding for community-based youth organization to deliver programs on reconciliation, and establish a national network to share information and best practices.”The final report proposes the establishment of Indigenous Youth Voices as a “permanent, arms length, non-profit, national agency to build on the call to action.”The advisors met with grassroots youth groups across the country, conducted an online survey and hosted a three day national gathering of Indigenous youth leaders in Ottawa in December 2017.More than 500 youth responded to the survey that identified the challenges facing Indigenous communities.Read the calls to action: Truth and Reconciliation Commission50 per cent of those who took part cited drug and alcohol use as the biggest challenge.  Mental health and suicide were the next most cited challenges causing the most harm in communities.“Alcohol, drugs and ultimately a forgotten sense of who we are,” wrote one survey respondent. “We hurt, so we drink, and we raise children who hurt, thus the cycle repeats itself.”Some youth expressed, “anger towards the Canadian government for continuing to talk about reconciliation as a concept but not actually engaging in reconciliation on the terms of Indigenous peoples.”“Instead, reconciliation comes across as insincere in its commitment to actually treat Indigenous people as equals, and rather, seem to be a concept that is merely a façade” says the report.(Gabrielle Fayant)One of the respondents to the survey wrote, “I feel most types of reconciliation attempted is usually reconciliation for white people to make themselves feel better.”Fayant says she hopes the government hears what the youth had to say and does not get offended by it.“There’s historical truths in the roadmap,” she says. “Young people had to share their truths and the negative impacts the Canadian government has had on their lives past and present and sometimes its hard to hear the truth.”Fayant says some young people have, “lost hope in the current conversation about reconciliation.”At a recent Nishnawbe Aski Nation youth gathering in Thunder Bay, Ashley Bach Wesley of Mishkeegogamang Ojibway First Nation told APTN she, “doesn’t think Canada is serious about reconciliation.”“I don’t really get the feeling that the commitment is there” says Bach Wesley.Linden Waboose of Eabametoong First Nation agrees.“It’s frustrating because they made so many promises and they’re not even keeping those promises” Waboose says.Bear says, “it’s time for action, “we cannot rely on words and false promises any longer.”Read more on the road map here: Indigenous Youth Voices In an email statement, the office of the Minister of Crown Indigenous Relations wrote, “we are ensuring that the voices of Indigenous youth are heard and incorporated into decision-making processes.”“Through the Indigenous Youth Voices initiative, they have reported to the Minister on the results of insights gathered from Indigenous youth partners across Canada to inform recommendations on the advancement of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 66.Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada says it’s currently reviewing the advisors’ work to inform next steps for the way forward.Bear says government funding does not reflect priorities for Indigenous youth.“One of the biggest things that we face in this country is youth suicide for First Nations peoples but unfortunately the government’s priorities don’t always reflect that,” says Bear.“Through our research in the report, we discovered the government actually spends the most money on military when it comes to youth programming.”Bear does not believe anything will come of the roadmap before the next federal election, slated for this fall.The youth advisors feel the road map could mean a lot for the youth, if implemented.According to Fayant, “there’s urgency.  Let’s not make them wait any longer.” read more

Former students of Kivalliq Hall eligible for residential school settlement

first_imgAPTN NewsFormer students of an Indian residential school in the Arctic are now eligible for compensation under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement (IRSSA).Approximately 225 students lived at Kivalliq Hall in Rankin Inlet, NU between 1985 and 1997.They can apply for a Common Experience Payment (CEP) of $10,000 for the first year and $3,000 for each additional year, and the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) which provides further compensation for physical and sexual abuse.The IRSSA office in Regina will process the applications.“Former students of Kivalliq Hall eligible for residential school settlement following a decision from the Nunavut Court of Appeal, which upheld a lower Court decision,” spokesman Michael Tansey said in a release.“Following discussions between Canada and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI), the Courts issued an order setting the implementation terms on April 25, 2019. The Courts have set January 25, 2020 as the application deadline for Kivalliq Hall claims.”Applications for the CEP and IAP closed in 2012, but are being reopened after some former students of the 40-bed residence won a court battle last summer to have the institution added to the list of approved schools.Link to claim form.aptnnews.calast_img read more

AP Interview Japans emoji creator saw nuance in pictures

first_imgTOKYO – The tiny smiley faces, hearts, knife-and-fork or clenched fist have become a global language for mobile phone messages. They are displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. They star in a new Hollywood film.The emoji is heir to a tradition of pictographic writing stretching back millennia to Egyptian hieroglyphics and the ideograms used to write Chinese and Japanese.Despite their ubiquity, they started in 1998 with one man: A 25-year-old employee of mobile phone carrier NTT DoCoMo who created the first set of 176 in one month as he rushed to meet a deadline.“I happened to arrive at the idea. If I hadn’t done it, someone else would have,” said Shigetaka Kurita, who now is a board member at Dwango Co., a Tokyo technology company.Kurita’s challenge: NTT DoCoMo’s “i-mode” mobile internet service limited messages to 250 characters, which cried out for some kind of shorthand.A message that said, “What are you doing now?” could be menacing or nosey, but adding a smiley face softened the tone.“Digital messaging was just getting started, and so I was thinking about what was needed,” said Kurita.Following i-mode’s launch in 1999, that nuance made emoji an immediate hit in Japan, where the demands of courtesy make for a complex art and a tiny mistake can prove costly. Emoji combines the Japanese for “picture,” or “e” (pronounced “eh”), and “letters,” or “moji” (moh-jee).Kurita collected common images including public signs, weather symbols, the zodiac and comic book-style pictures such as a light bulb or a ticking bomb.With simple lines, he made five faces — happy, angry, sad, surprised and perplexed. The heart and a smiley face are still his favourites.Some visuals transcend culture. A drop of sweat rolling down a cheek means exasperation or anxiety. Others confuse: A camcorder was misread by many as a fish.“Japanese tend to excel at making the most of limitations. It’s a nation filled with limitations, a small piece of land,” said Kurita. “We do well at carrying out tasks within a framework, rather than being given a free hand.”Western players Apple and Google made emoji a global phenomenon.“Perhaps because of the popularity of the iPhone, Apple’s art style for its emojis also became extremely influential, to the point that when most people think of emoji imagery, they’re thinking of Apple’s take on it,” said Jason Snell, a tech journalist and podcaster.Kurita shrugs that off. The dozen-member team designing i-mode was making something for Japan long before smartphones.“Japanese always are too ahead of our time,” said Kurita, an unpretentious man with a quick smile.“I think Galapagos is OK. It’s cool,” he said, referring to the remote Pacific Island, used in Japan to describe the nation’s insularity. “After all, how can Japan hope to win as a global standard?”“And so we go ahead with our Galapagos ways in Japan, and people abroad will see it as wonderfully Japanese.”Kurita’s invention inspired “The Emoji Movie,” an animated film by Sony Pictures about emojis that live inside the world of a smartphone. It has yet to be shown in Japan but was modestly popular in the United States.In 2010, the 12-by-12-pixel designs were adopted as a global standard by the Unicode Consortiums. That means any phone or operating system that follows the standard will use the same images, making them a universal language.Some initially opposed making emoji a Unicode standard, according to Yasuo Kida, a technology expert who was involved in their adoption.Among the arguments: emoji was mere pictures, too infantile and uniquely Japanese. But Kida said companies that saw Japan as an important market won out.What began as primitive digital drawings is growing into an elaborate tool for communication with more choices for pictures and animation, such as Apple’s latest Animoji, Kida said.Unlike Kurita, Kida finds it sad Japanese lose out on opportunities to reap benefits of their innovations on a global scale due to lack of language skills and international influence.’Yuka Kubo, a researcher at the University of Tokyo, is working on a book about how young Japanese women pioneer innovations such as selfies and use of emojis as art that are ridiculed but become hits.“The young women are expressing their rebellion against the adult world, but in a playful way,” said Kubo.These days, Kurita works on a popular live video streaming service called Niconico. He believes such services will become more interactive, building online communities, possibly with artificial intelligence.Kurita doesn’t feel all that involved with emoji today because they have evolved beyond his original set. He receives no royalties and is little-known in Japan outside technology circles.He paid his own air fare to New York last year to see the Museum of Modern Art exhibit, which cited him by name.Kurita was overcome with emotion.“There they were, something I’d been involved with, although I’m neither an artist nor a designer,” he said. “The museum saw value in the design that had the power to change people’s lifestyles.”___Kageyama can be reached at work can be found at read more

Manitoba regulator approves auto insurance hikes and wants more jurisdiction

first_imgWINNIPEG – The Manitoba Public Utilities Board is giving a green light to rate increases for basic compulsory vehicle premiums, and is also recommending the government allow it to regulate non-compulsory auto insurance as well.The board says in a decision released Monday that Crown-owned Manitoba Public Insurance can hike its overall general rate by 2.6 per cent, effective March 1.But the board says it’s an overall change and doesn’t mean everyone’s rate will go up.It says the rates for individual policyholders will still be based on their driving record, the make and model of the vehicle, along with where and what the vehicle is used for.The record of claims will still be a factor, too.The board says in the decision that since MPI also has a de facto monopoly over non-compulsory insurance, the government should extend the board’s jurisdiction to give it the same powers over the insurer’s Extension line of business.Since 2008, the board states, MPI’s non-compulsory Extension coverage has never held less than 95 per cent of the market on competitive lines of automobile insurance business.“In the case of Basic, regulation is a proxy for competition. In the absence of evidence that there is any real competition to Extension, it necessarily follows that there should be regulation of Extension,” the order states.In addition to allowing overall compulsory premiums to rise, the board has approved a 1.8 per cent increase to the demerit scale for driver premiums.Moving up the scale usually results in lower premiums, MPI says on its website, while moving down the scale usually means higher premiums.“The Board recognizes the importance of providing incentives to improve poor driving behaviour and the need for the public to have confidence that riskier drivers are paying more for their driver premiums than are safe drivers,” the board stated in its decision to allow the increase.last_img read more

Dow Jones closes above 25000 for first time

first_imgNEW YORK, NY. – The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 25,000 points for the first time, just five weeks after its first close above 24,000.Technology companies, which put up some of the biggest gains in the last year, continued to outpace the rest of the market Thursday.Banks were benefiting from higher bond yields, which allow them to charge higher interest rates on mortgages and other kinds of loans.Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo all posted solid gains.The Dow increased 152 points, or 0.6 percent, to 25,075.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 10 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,723.The Nasdaq composite climbed 12 points, or 0.2 percent, to 7,077.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.45 per cent.last_img read more

Liberals begin road to 2019 with budget focused on their strengths

first_imgOTTAWA – The Liberals are paving the road to the next election with a mid-mandate budget focused on fulfilling some on-brand promises, while potentially saving room for flashier, big-ticket items that will come closer to voting day in 2019.“The hints thus far seem to be around that they are going to play to their strengths, which is smart politics when you’re about a year and a half out from an election,” said Greg MacEachern, a former Liberal strategist with the lobby firm Environics Communications.The overarching theme of the federal budget being tabled Tuesday will be one of gender equality, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — a proudly self-proclaimed feminist — has made a big priority for his Liberal government, including throughout his travels abroad.The document is also expected to signal plans to explore a national pharmacare plan, with the goal of bringing it to life in the pre-election budget of 2019, which would turn it into a major campaign promise — and a way to outflank upstart NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who has made such a program one of his top priorities.Finance Minister Bill Morneau has already suggested the focus on equality will manifest itself largely as efforts to boost the participation of women in the workforce, part of an overall plan to promote so-called inclusive growth, including for the middle class the Liberals targeted on the campaign trail and in government.“One of the bigger goals is that if we want to sustain reasonable rate of economic growth over the next decade, we need to bring more people into the labour force,” said Tammy Schirle, an economics professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont.That is expected to include measures such as dedicated paid leave for new fathers — or, in the case of same-sex relationships, the non-birthing parent — aimed at allowing parents to more equitably distribute the burden of caring for children.It could also mean the money needed to achieve the long-awaited goal of closing the gender wage gap in federally regulated workplaces.Ottawa is also expected to ramp up efforts to increase the diversity of those who bid on public procurement contracts, potentially alongside other measures aimed at lending support to female entrepreneurs and increasing their access to capital.For the first time in Canadian history, the entire budget has been put through a gender-based analysis, which involves examining how a certain measure could affect men and women, or boys and girls, in different ways, while taking into account other factors such as ethnicity and income.It is not, however, expected to mean more money for child care, which was in the budget last year but proved insufficient for many stakeholders.New Democrat MPs Sheila Malcolmson and Peter Julian wrote a letter to Morneau last week urging him to do more to show the Liberals are serious about gender equality, including by bringing in a universal child care program and working with the provinces to ensure access to free contraceptives.The budget is also not expected to balance the books, which will no doubt feature prominently in the reaction from the Conservatives. It also remains unlikely the budget will show a revised timeline for erasing the deficit, which the Liberals originally promised to do by 2019.Instead, the budget is expected to unveil major investments in basic scientific research and environmental conservation — including measures aimed at helping Canada meet its commitment to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, which calls for greater protection of both land and sea.It is also expected to include nearly $80 million over five years to build and operate a federal computer system aimed at ending the no-fly list mismatches that have seen many innocent travellers — including dozens of children — endure anxiety-filled airport delays.And according to media reports, the budget will also devote $50 million over five years to support local journalism in underserved communities.All are areas where the Liberals could continue to position themselves in contrast to the previous Conservative government, while preparing the ground to be able to make them part of their own legacy.Investments in child welfare and housing for Indigenous communities, expanding a tax credit for low-income earners and measures to help Canadians upgrade their skills and otherwise prepare for a rapidly changing job market are other expected measures that fit with those themes.“This is a chance for them to put a mark and have something that is very much their own budget,” said MacEachern.That has been more challenging in previous years: the 2016 budget arrived only several months after the Liberals came to power, while last year’s spending blueprint was delivered in the shadow of uncertainty that accompanied the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president, he noted.“I think this budget is a chance for them — before we start getting into the pre-election noise — to really connect with Canadians.”— With files from Jim Bronskill— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

Grains mostly lower Livestock mixed

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly lower Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Dec. delivery was off 6.60 cents at $5.01 a bushel; Dec. corn lost 1.60 cents at $3.64 a bushel; Dec. oats advanced 10.80 cents at $2.9320 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans declined 13 cents at 8.7620 a bushel.Beef was mixed and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile cattle was up .98 cent at $1.1588 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle fell .77 cent at $1.4660 a pound; Dec. lean hogs rose up .95 cent at .6010 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img read more

GEs sprawling power aviation health care arms add risk

first_imgNEW YORK — General Electric has long been a household name, manufacturing a spectrum of goods from light bulbs and air conditioners to MRI machines and jet engines. The company expanded rapidly in the 1980s under former CEO Jack Welch, accumulating financial companies and the television network NBC.But the sprawling company’s broad reach has left it vulnerable to market shifts in many industries, and the financial crisis hurt GE badly.Those vulnerabilities led GE to announce in June that it would shed its health care business and sell its interest in Baker Hughes, which provides drilling services to oil and gas companies, moves analysts applauded as a hopeful sign that GE would narrow its focus.“There are too many lines of business,” said Josh Aguilar, equity analyst from Morningstar. “They tried to do too many things for too many people.”GE’s power, aviation and health care businesses are its largest, and power has been plagued by declining demand for traditional power suppliers and a poorly timed acquisition. GE’s capital business also has been dragging it down as it faces two investigations.POWER:GE’s power division is its largest, but its foundation has been shaken by the changing ways people use energy. Demand for gas turbines — a core part of GE’s power business — is falling as consumers reduce energy use and switch to renewables. That trend has also hurt GE competitors such as Frankfurt-based Siemens, which announced in August it was restructuring its business and slimming its headquarters after sagging profits in its power and gas division.Instead of reigning it in during shifting demands for its product, GE bought France-based Alstom’s power and grid business, a $10 billion move some analysts say was made in part to keep Alstom out of the hands of competitors including Siemens.“While they (Siemens) were restructuring and retrenching and cutting capacity and cutting head counts very painfully, GE was expanding head count,” said Deane Dray, managing director of RBC Capital Markets, adding that GE overpaid for Alstom. “On top of all these missteps, the entire power industry is going through a painful transition.”GE blamed the Alstom deal, which closed right before the gas turbine market peaked, for the $22 billion writedown it announced in October.AVIATION:Aviation is the most profitable part of GE’s business. The company produces jet engines, aerospace systems, replacement parts and maintenance services for commercial, executive and military aircraft including fighters, bombers, tankers and helicopters.“The bright spot for GE has been aviation by far,” Aguilar said.GE has had recent technical problems with engines — a woman was fatally injured on a Southwest jet when an engine made by General Electric and France’s Safran SA failed and broke into pieces — but its competitors have also had issues, and “everyone else’s issues were basically worse,” Aguilar said.HEALTH CARE:GE’s health care unit — its third-largest segment — produces diagnostic imaging systems including magnetic resonance, X-ray, digital mammography and nuclear imaging.The health care business has been relatively stable, but former CEO John Flannery had planned to spin off the health care unit in 2019, a move that analysts saw as an important step toward reducing the company’s debt load as it transfers debt and pension liabilities to the separated company.Culp indicated he intends to follow through with those plans during GE’s third quarter earnings call last month.While there are some engineering similarities between the jet engines and steam turbines GE produces, the same can’t be said for GE’s health care products, analysts said. “What kind of synergy do you get from making a jet engine and an MRI machine?” Aguilar asked. “It doesn’t really make sense.”CAPITAL:Seen by some as the “black hole” of GE, the capital business — which includes commercial loans and leases, fleet management, credit cards and personal loans — is facing a pair of investigations. The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into how GE took a $15 billion hit after a subsidiary, North American Life & Health, miscalculated how much it would cost to pay for the care of people who lived longer than projected.GE also said in February that the Justice Department may take action in connection to an investigation into the company’s subprime mortgage loans business.Cathy Bussewitz, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fire destroys home in Charlie Lake

first_imgCHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake, Taylor and Fort St. John Fire Departments all responded to a fire at a single-family home in Charlie Lake.The Charlie Lake Fire Department responded to the original call at 9:20 p.m. Saturday, February 16, 2019, and called in extra support from Taylor and Fort St. John.  The fire destroyed the two storey single family home in the Daunes subdivision.According to various posts on social media, everyone was able to evacuate from the home. Thirty firefighters from Charlie Lake, Fort St. John and Taylor attended the scene and worked to put out the fire.The cause of the fire is still under investigation.The fire destroyed most of the second floor.last_img read more