Nunavuts jails extremely unsafe for inmates and staff Auditor General

first_imgThe territory has also failed to adequately monitor land camps where inmates are taken out of the prison for cultural activity outdoors. There are five camps operating in Nunavut at an annual cost of $1 million. The audit states that “the program was not well monitored by the Department.”Case management faced criticism from federal auditors which reviewed 39 different inmate files. Iqaluit’s Uttaqivik Community residential house – a halfway house for low security inmates – received praised, but the Baffin Correctional Centre and the new Rankin Inlet Healing Facility did not.“Serious case management deficiencies at Baffin Correctional Centre and Rankin Inlet Healing facility limit the Department’s efforts to rehabilitate inmates and prepare them for release back to the community, “ said Campbell.At the Baffin jail none of the 21 files auditors examined had any indication they were monitoring an inmate’s progress, and only one of the 21 had a plan for the inmates release.The 44-page report contains 17 recommendations.Nunavut’s Department of Justice agreed with all the recommendations, including improving care of maximum-security inmates, using data collected by territorial officials, providing more oversight for staff and improving case management for inmates.The report was tabled Tuesday in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@KentDriscoll Kent Driscoll APTN National News IQALUIT– Nunavut’s jails are unsafe, lack maximum security facilities and completely lack rehabilitation programs that would help inmates return to society, according to a report from the Auditor General of Canada released Tuesday.The report found that Nunavut’s jails are overcrowded and getting worse, that inmates are offered little if any services and that jail staff are not trained with basics such as first aid or the proper use of force.“Our audit concluded that the (Nunavut) Department of Justice has not met key responsibilities for inmates within the correctional system,” said Assistant Auditor-General Ronnie Campbell. “The safety and security of staff and inmates at the Baffin Correctional Centre and the Rankin Inlet Healing Facility are at risk”Some of the report’s findings were so severe that the federal auditor general’s office reached out to Nunavut Corrections prior to the release of the audit for safety reasons.“We also found that evacuation drills were not being conducted at either facility… we sent a letter to the acting deputy minister of The Department of Justice during the audit to advise her of this,” said Campbell.The audit found that despite the high number of crimes committed in Nunavut connected to substance abuse, “there is no substance abuse treatment centre” operating in Nunavut.“It is especially important for inmates to have access to the programs and support they need in custody,” said the audit.The audit found there were no substance abuse programs offered at the Baffin Correctional Centre for seven months in 2012 and the program as offered only twice between January and September 2014.A total of 98 per cent of male adult inmates in the territory are Inuit and their average age is 32, the audit found. Yet the Inuit traditional values, known as Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and which are written into Nunavut’s justice system, are not applied inside the territory’s jails.“The directives contain little guidance on how Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit can be incorporated into other aspects of the corrections system,” reads the audit.The audit found that Nunavut’s mental health issues also extend into the territory’s prisons, but the corrections department employs only one psychologist.“Without mental health services, inmates rehabilitation efforts can be limited as the issues underlying criminal behaviour were not being addressed,” said the audit.Jail guards and staff are also woefully undertrained, the audit found, which many not having mandatory training in “first-aid, mental health issues, the criminal justice system or the proper use of force.”The audit also found that correctional employees increased their income by 20 per cent by working overtime. At the Baffin Correctional Centre alone, 16 front-line workers increased their annual salary by 50 per cent. Within that 50 per cent group, five staff members saw their pay rise by more than 90 per cent.The audit found that inmates were being sent to segregation without the authorization of the warden, as is required. The report found that the warden authorized only one of 14 segregation cases studied by auditors.  The report found that routine reviews and observations of inmates in segregation were also ignored.last_img read more

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Canadian Tire fourthquarter profit and revenue rise above estimates

first_imgCanadian Tire Corp., Ltd. plans to acquire more brands into its fold this year, the company said as its fourth-quarter results topped expectations.“Smaller brand acquisitions offer us the opportunity to generate a lot of value,” said Allan MacDonald, executive vice-president of retail, during a conference call with analysts.In January, the company completed transactions to acquire two new brands, he said. The company confirmed Wednesday its division INA International Ltd. acquired Sher-Wood Athletics Group Inc.’s global hockey trademarks and related inventory of hockey gear and hockey-licensed products for an undisclosed price.“As opportunities arise, we will be completing acquisitions,” MacDonald said, adding the company will set more aggressive targets and introduce more own brands to its banners.The company is looking for companies that are not only relevant in the business Canadian Tire is in today, but also where it wants to take the business in the future.Availability is a key factor, he said.“When you sift through brands that are available for sale, that haven’t been sort of cut up and licenses you know divided by category or by country. There’s not as much out of there as we would like,” he said.MacDonald said Canadian Tire’s done a good job building a framework for how to handle acquisitions.“I’m really encouraged that we can pick up some velocity in here and go a little faster as the brands become available. And we’re working really hard to make that happen.”His comments came as Canadian Tire reported its fourth-quarter profit and sales grew compared with a year ago during the crucial holiday shopping season.Canadian Tire earned a profit attributable to shareholders of $275.7 million or $4.10 per diluted share, compared to $246.8 million or $3.46 per diluted share in the same quarter a year earlier.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $3.80 per share and revenue of $3.75 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.Actual revenue totalled $3.96 billion, up from $3.64 billion as same-store sales — a key retail metric for sales of existing stores — gained momentum across its banners.Same-store sales at Canadian Tire were up 3.5 per cent, while its Mark’s clothing stores saw same-store sales gain 3.4 per cent. FGL Sports, which includes the Sport Chek banner, saw same-store sales increase 5.8 per cent.“The favourable winter weather and the strong economic growth provided a welcome boost to our performance,” MacDonald said.Analyst Irene Nattel said the company’s strong results are a “direct result of initiatives implemented by management around assortment, promotional activity and sourcing terms/efficiency initiatives.”The company has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in innovation over the past few years, even as many other brick-and-mortar retailers struggle to compete with the rise of e-commerce.That includes renovating existing stores to be more interactive and incorporating virtual reality for customers to test out how tires feel in different driving conditions.Shares in the company rose 6.55 per cent to $174.48 just before close Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Companies in this story: (TSX:CTC.A)last_img read more

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Shoppers Drug Mart signs marijuana supply deal with Aurora Cannabis

first_imgTORONTO – Licensed producer Aurora Cannabis has signed a deal to supply medical marijuana to Shoppers Drug Mart.The agreement is subject to Health Canada’s approval of the pharmacy chain’s application to dispense medical cannabis.Aurora’s products are expected to be sold online, as current Canadian regulations prohibit the sale of medical marijuana in pharmacy locations.Shoppers Drug Mart’s deal with Aurora comes after it recently signed similar deals with licensed medical marijuana producers Aphria, MedReleaf and Tilray.The pharmacy chain’s parent company Loblaw Companies Ltd. applied in October 2016 for a license to dispense medical marijuana.Other pharmacies have also lined up similar supply agreements, such as deals between Maricann Group. and Lovell Drugs and CanniMed Therapeutics and PharmaChoice.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB, TSX:APH, TSX:LEAF, TSX:L)last_img read more

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UN human rights office calls for observers to be allowed into Iraqi

12 April 2011The United Nations human rights office today called for independent observers to be allowed immediate access to a camp north of Baghdad after Iraqi security forces reportedly stormed it last Friday and killed or wounded dozens of residents. Media reports state that Iraqi security forces entered Camp Ashraf, which is home to several thousand members of the People’s Mojahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI), also known as Mujahedin-e Khalq, in response to rock-throwing and threats from some camp residents.Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told reporters today in Geneva that the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) has still not been allowed to enter the camp to independently verify the allegations of serious rights violations last Friday.“While the situation appears to have calmed down, it remains urgent that independent observers are allowed immediate access to the camp in order to establish the truth of the matter,” Ms. Shamdasani said. read more

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New parking policies in effect at Pearson Airport

New parking policies come into effect at Toronto Pearson International Airport on Wednesday.To stop people from parking on the side of the road around the terminals, the airport will be issuing what it’s calling “mobile payment notices.”According to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, a camera mounted on a vehicle will drive around looking for anyone who is illegally parked.A picture will be taken of their licence plate and a payment notice for $75 will be sent to the address registered to the vehicle.If the notice goes unpaid, the ticket will be sent to a collections agency.The money will be funneled back into the cost of running the program.The GTAA says the changes are about keeping those travelling to and from the airport safe.It is reminding passengers about their free waiting lots, called cell phone lots, that are designed for drivers to use while they wait for passengers.Be safe—use our free, convenient cell phone lots. Starting on Sept. 5, we will begin issuing mobile payment notices to cars waiting for arriving passengers on the busy roadsides around the terminals. https://t.co/oy3WRjaPKI pic.twitter.com/1VK18CRLmP— Toronto Pearson (@TorontoPearson) September 1, 2018The lots are free and offer short-term parking for 226 vehicles in total.Pearson is Canada’s busiest airport. Over 47 million passengers travelled through the airport last year. read more

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Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 25 April 2014

DOWNLOAD1. UK car and engine production up in March 20142. First investment of Advanced Propulsion Centre announced3. TfL funds new project to improve blind spot safety4. LowCVP launches call for evidence on investment in UK automotive sector5. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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Scandalhit NHS Trust faces calls for wider investigation into deaths on maternity

It also emerged that the former head of midwifery, Cathy Smith, who was heavily criticised and disciplined by the trust for gross misconduct following the death of Kate Stanton-Davies, is now in charge of a patient safety partnership with hospitals in Seattle.The alleged preference for natural births echoes the scandal at Furness General Hospital, part of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.Yesterday Health Service Journal reported a source as saying: “The scale of this could put Morecambe Bay into the shade.”Last night, however, Mr Wright described the trust’s maternity services as a “safe environment with dedicated caring staff”.He said the trust has written to 12 other families to seek permission for their care to be reviewed as there “may be potential for further learning”.A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “We take any patient safety concerns extremely seriously – we have asked NHS Improvement to investigate whether further cases at Shrewsbury and Telford should be considered as part of the Ockenden Review, as well as assurance that the Trust has taken steps to improve maternity services since these issues came to light in 2016.” Dozens of families have come forward with concerns their babies may have been killed or seriously injured at a “toxic” NHS maternity unit accused of being obsessed with natural births.A Government-ordered review into 23 incidents at the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust (SaTH) may be expanded after it emerged an extra 40 cases have been flagged.The extent of alleged malpractice between 1998 and 2017 threatens a scandal bigger than that of Morecambe Bay, which saw the avoidable deaths of 11 babies and one mother.The latest deaths, those a mother and two babies, occurred as recently as December last year.Rhiannon Davies, whose daughter Kate died in 2009 following delivery at SaTH, yesterday described the trust as “defensive” and “unwilling to learn”.“If I were a pregnant lady today about to go into SaTH to have my baby I would be very, very worried,” she said.However, the trust has defended the “continuous improvement” of its maternity service, arguing that only 12 of the 40 additional cases are a valid cause for concern.Parents have said they were pressured into natural births in midwife-supervised units, claiming that a caesarean or forceps-assisted deliveries would have prevented brain damage. 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. Concerns about the Shrewsbury and Telford maternity unit began being raised following the 2009 death of Kate Stanton-Davies.A report found she had died “avoidably” after two midwives failed to realise her birth was high risk and ignored her parents’ concerns.Dozens of parents have come forward since then, including those of Pippa Griffiths, who died in 2016 from a preventable infection that was not detected by midwives.In January 2017 Jeremy Hunt, then the Health Secretary, announced that an independent inquiry led by a senior midwife Donna Ockenden would examine 23 cases.But NHS Improvement, the hospital regulator, said yesterday it may broaden its inquiry to include consider “anything relevant”, including findings from five separate reviews into the maternity unit already undertaken.Mrs Davies told the BBC she hoped the expanded review would lead to prosecutions where appropriate.“It is unacceptable that this trust is still in denial,” she said.“This is an absolutely toxic trust with a failing management.”The potential escalation of the maternity inquiry comes as it emerged the trust could face legal action from the Care Quality Commission, which inspects hospitals, following claims by patients in other units that they were being treated like “animals and cattle”. The Government is already investigating Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust Some deaths are also blamed on the failure of midwives to properly monitor foetal heart rates and detect infection. A letter to SaTH chief executive Simon Wright said patients were being treated in inappropriate areas, such as corridors, for up to seven days at a time. The Government is already investigating Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals TrustCredit:Alamy Stock Photo read more

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Miner facing 3 counts of robbery under arms remanded

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related20-Y-O charged with armed robbery; remanded to prisonJune 19, 2015In “Crime”East Ruimveldt resident remanded for armed robberyNovember 14, 2014In “Crime”Miner, Security Guard remanded for armed robberyDecember 3, 2014In “Crime” A miner was slapped with three counts of robbery under arms on Tuesday and made an appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Nigel Wellington, 35, of Mocha, East Coast Demerara (ECD) denied that on December 20, 2017 at Well Road, North Ruimveldt, while in the company of others and armed with a gun he robbed Vanessa Albert of $570,000 worth of items including two televisions.The second charge alleged that on the same day and at the same location he robbed Ezekiel London of his laptop and iphones valued $150,000.Additionally, the final charge stated that he on January 4, 2018, at North Ruimveldt, he robbed Simona Hopkinson of items valuing $184,000.According to the Police Prosecutor, none of the items were recovered.The Prosecutor objected to bail being granted revealing that the accused will soon be charged with sexual assault in another matter against him.As such, he was remanded to prison and will return on January 26. read more

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Create 3D maps of your surroundings in minutes with Matterport

first_img3D technology is certainly all the rage nowadays. Depicted in the video above is a new product from a company called Matterport, and depicts a handheld scanner that’s capable of creating 3D models of objects or rooms in just a few minutes. All of you avid first-person-shooter fans who love creating realistic maps for your buddies to play on should sit up and take notice as this device could make your lives a lot easier.Currently in development, Matterport’s 3D mapping device looks remarkably similar to the wildly popular Kinect peripheral from Microsoft. In fact, the company used a Kinect during the prototype stages. It’s interesting to note that the visual aspect isn’t the only thing the handheld device has in common with the Kinect as it captures 3D content in much the same way as well.The Microsoft peripheral makes use of two 3D depth sensors and an RGB camera to create a multi-dimensional rendering of a room. From the different demonstration videos above and below, it looks like Matterport’s device works in a similar fashion; creating a 3D wireframe then adding captured textures on the fly. While the process may be the same, it’s the speed in which Matterport’s device and software achieves the end result that’s of interest in this case.Matterport is entering into a market that already has several strong entries when it comes to 3D scanning. Companies like Z Corp and NextEngine both have devices that do the same thing for an average cost of around $3,000. What makes the small startup’s device stand out is the fact that it can output scans almost instantly, and for a much lower cost.While pricing hasn’t been set, one of the co-founders was quoted to say that his company’s device would be retailing at a price “eighteen times cheaper” than its direct competitors. While I think that’s a bit generous, it’s not out of the realms of possibility to see it release at a sub-$500 price point.There’s no word yet as to when Matterport will be releasing its scanner, but the possibilities it presents are exciting. Besides being able to scan your surroundings, you could take a 3D scan of of a piece of malfunctioning equipment for a specialist to look at, or create your own how-to manuals for various projects. The sky is literally the limit with this device.Of course, there is some trade-off between price and quality, but from the demo images we have seen, the reduction in quality isn’t a show-stopper.Read more at Matterport, via Singularity Hublast_img read more

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Geek deals 659 Dell Core i5 laptop PS3 GTA V bundle more

first_imgHaswell laptops are, for the most part, widely available now. A lot of different configurations and form factors are available and we were even pleasantly surprised with the competitive pricing available out of the gate, particularly on entry-level systems.However, that right combination of upgraded parts will run you a pretty penny. That’s where the last gen closeouts come in for our fellow bargain hunters, letting you snag a perfectly competent and feature-packed 2012 model for hundreds less than its 2013 equivalent.Our top example of this today is this Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition. It ditches the pricier Core i7 processor for a dual-core Core i5 chip that is perfectly suitable for most users, but keeps all the other goodies that power users love. It stands out from the crowd with a 1080p screen, 2GB Radeon HD 7730M graphics, backlit keyboard, and black anodized aluminum chassis. You normally have to spend big bucks to get goodies like a high-res screen and discrete graphics, much less all the other stuff you get here.You get a strong standard load-out consisting of 6GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive, on top of the high-performance bits listed above, and an impressive set of connectivity: 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, four USB 3.0 ports, ethernet, HDMI and VGA video outputs, media card reader, and HD webcam.All in all this laptop is packed with high-end features at a mid-range price, even coming with a one year warranty that includes in-home service. You’d have to spend hundreds more to get an equivalent level of features in a 2013 model, so snatch this one up before it disappears forever.Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition Core i5 laptop with 1080p for $659.99 + free shipping (reg. $899.99 | use coupon 4SHN4M3SF2LPW?)Our other top deals:Playstation 3 500GB with GTA V bundle for $229.99 + free shipping (reg. $269.99 | via BuyDig on eBay)Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 (download) for $99.89 (reg. $149.99 | via IT Direct Deals)Logitech G700s rechargeable wireless gaming mouse for $74.99 + free shipping (reg. $99.99 | via Amazon)last_img read more

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Spalleti excited with Inters display

first_imgLuciano Spalletti praised Inter Milan’s stars unsung heroes after whitewashing Genoa 5-0 at the San Siro.The Nerazzurri completed their seventh successive win with a 5-0 win against Genoa at San Siro thanks to a Gagliardini brace, Matteo Politano, Joao Mario, and Radja Nainggolan.“We must always start from scratch in every game and work hard because if we don’t keep that solid mentality, we won’t do well,” the Coach told Football Italia.“The team had the right attitude, worked as a team, pressed high and the forwards helped out in defence too. That kind of approach is more often than not rewarded with the result.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“The most satisfying thing was to see the 70,000 in the stadium today applauding and pleased with our performance. They put their faith in us last season and continued to come, showing their love for the club colours and waiting for us to deliver.“Football doesn’t change all that much. If you keep possession and are comfortable on the ball, that is the fundamental thing.“It takes pressure off our defence, causes problems for the opposition tactics and gives us the chance to find the quality in the individuals.“If you score at the end of a period of good possession, that’s just even better.”last_img read more

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Chula Vista Bayfront to receive upgrade

first_imgChula Vista Bayfront to receive upgrade KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 19, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA ( KUSI) – Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas stopped by to speak with KUSI on the upgrade that is expected on the Chula Vista Bayfront. Updated: 6:42 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 19, 2019last_img read more

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Bloomberg and CA Technologies recognised as 2018s top employers for gender equality

first_imgIT services business Atos, software, data and media organisation Bloomberg and global technology firm CA Technologies (pictured) are among those recognised on the Top 10 gender inclusive employers 2018 list, compiled by diversity jobs board Vercida.The list forms one of six annual rankings produced by Vercida, designed to recognise excellence and commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace. The lists showcase the top employers for inclusive practices across gender, disability, ethnicity, sexuality, faith and age.The gender inclusivity list, which considered more than 160 employers, ranks organisations based on factors such as its diversity initiatives, the amount and type of content it shares on the Vercida website, partnerships with diverse initiatives, external awards received and how the business ranks as a candidate favourite.Other organisations featuring on the Top 10 gender inclusive employers 2018 list include Atkins and UK Athletics. Correspondingly, businesses ranking highly for their inclusiveness with regard to black, Asian, and minority ethnic (Bame) employees, included on the Top 10 Bame inclusive employers 2018 list are Sainsbury’s, Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Mail, Sky and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).Media organisation ITV, law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, Network Rail and the Post Office, on the other hand, featured on Vercida’s Top 10 LGBT inclusive employers 2018 list.The employers on the Top 10 gender inclusive employers 2018 list are:HS2Morson InternationalUK AthleticsAtkinsCA TechnologiesComputaCentreAtosFinancial Conduct Authority (FCA)AIGBloombergThe employers on the Top 10 Bame inclusive employers 2018 list are:UK AthleticsSkyBank of EnglandReed SmithBBCCabinet OfficeRoyal MailLloyds Banking GroupCrown Prosecution ServiceSainsbury’sThe employers on the Top 10 LGBT inclusive employers 2018 list are:UK AthleticsAvivaLeeds Beckett UniversityNetwork RailPost OfficeLloyds Banking GroupDepartment for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)Norton Rose FulbrightITVDepartment for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)The employers on the Top 10 disability inclusive employers 2018 list are:Network RailChannel 4Environment AgencyAvivaBank of EnglandUK AthleticsDepartment for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)Lloyds Banking GroupAonAllianzThe employers on the Top five faith inclusive employers 2018 list are:Bank of EnglandNationwide Building SocietyEversheds SutherlandAlzheimer’s SocietyEYThe employers on the Top five age inclusive employers 2018 list are:AvivaPricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC)Department for TransportAtosLegal and GeneralMorgan Lobb, chief executive officer at Vercida, said: “The Vercida award explores the power of using a diversity-led careers site to reach new audiences and promote diversity and inclusion at all levels. We’ve seen really strong engagement this year and our clients’ commitment to recruiting and supporting people well was very impressive.“These awards have no category sponsors and there is no glitzy black-tie awards dinner; in fact employers aren’t even invited to enter with a well-worded entry. We choose the winners based on their direct, demonstrable inclusion efforts over time.”last_img read more

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Southern Living Licenses Home Goods Collection with Dillards

first_imgTime Inc.’s Southern Living has teamed up with its long-time advertising partner Dillard’s to launch its own home goods line, which aims to bring the pages of the magazine into its readers’ homes.”It’s always made sense for us to be partners in advertising,” says Kristen Payne, executive director of marketing at Southern Living. “Now we’re hyper-focused on giving the consumer what she wants. She tells us that she does not want to just read Southern Living, she wants to live it.”Payne says that licensing deals like this have become a norm for many magazine brands and credits that strategy as a stage-setter for Southern Living. Still, she emphasizes there was a clear and unique competitive opportunity for this extension.”Southern Living has a very curated, eclectic Southern look,” she says. “And that’s our point of differentiation. We’re providing something different for the market than what you can get at Pottery Barn or any of these other wonderful retailers.” Dillard’s has 301 stores and Payne says this opportunity puts the Southern Living brand in front of more than 16 million consumers. But she also sees another advantage in creating an exclusive retail partnership-simplification.”I need to send her to one place to get it,” she says. “Otherwise she’s running all over town trying to recreate that look and you’re going to lose her. We’re so distracted these days, but if you make it easy it’s a path to purchase.”Dillard’s will also sell the collection online, however Southern Living will not create a shopping hub on its own homepage. Nevertheless, the brand will market the products and create a path to purchase on the Dillard’s homepage. Payne says the target demo for the products has a sweet spot of women around 50, making just under $100,000 a year-a slightly higher income average than its magazine readership, according to its rate card.Looking ahead Payne says the collection will continue to grow into new areas of the home. She indicates that home accessories and décor will be one of the major focuses. But the expansion is very much dictated by what readers and consumers are looking for. For now, though, she says, “it’s working and it’s building awareness.”last_img read more

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR McCoy Not Seeking Any Financial Donations Or Big

first_imgDear Editor,A few weeks back, I received a call from Lowell Sun reporter, Kori Tuitt. She asked “when are you going to have a campaign kickoff party like the other candidates?” I told her “I already did. My kickoff party was a month earlier campaigning and talking to people in front of Market Basket in Tewksbury.” I told Kori that I wasn’t going to have a big campaign kickoff party because, unlike the other candidates, I am not soliciting campaign funds because I’m spending my own money for the State Representative’s race just like I have for all of my 28 years as a selectman. I have never taken a single penny contribution because there are a lot of I.O.U.’s attached to financial contributions. When you take contributions from developers, realtors, and the power brokers, not to mention board members and politicians, there are typically expectations of campaign promises once the candidate is in office, usually not in the best interest of residents but rather those who stand to make money with certain votes. The practice of paying for my own campaigns is one of the reasons I have been reelected over and over for 28 years–believe me, it’s no easy task. There is a lot of resistance from the power behind the power because I call people and situations out. As a result, I’ve made enemies over the years, but luckily I’ve made far more friends.For the record: I am a JFK Democrat; I vote in the interest of the working man and woman. I don’t vote the party; I vote the man or the woman who will best represent me. While on social media, my opponents’ cronies accuse me of being liberal but they are wrong and there is nothing further from the truth. I am a common sense Democrat with conservative views, just like my parents before me. I’ve already gone on the record that I support capital punishment. I am against making Massachusetts a sanctuary state for undocumented immigrants. I am in favor of the Second Amendment with some common sense restrictions. I also encourage everyone to look at the ten minute interview I did on WCTV with Shaun Neville to see the discussion delving deeper into these very topics. Please go to my website at http://www.mccoyforstaterep.com to learn more about who I am and what my views are. I also encourage you to go to the Wilmington Apple online and read my answers that Robert Hayes asks of all the State Representative candidates.In closing, unlike my opponents, I am not seeking any financial contributions or big political name endorsements. The only endorsement I want on election day is yours — the Tewksbury and Wilmington voters.Thank you,Michael V. McCoy ,Wilmington SelectmanDemocratic candidate for State Representativeof the 19th Middlesex District Tewksbury and WilmingtonLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCAMPAIGN FINANCE: Mike McCoy Self-Funds Campaign At $18,000; Spends $12,500 As Of August 24In “Government”DEBATE HIGHLIGHT: Most Democratic Candidates Not Ready To Pledge To Support Their Party’s Nominee In General ElectionIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”last_img read more

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Shaw Eatery Brings Back DCs Flavor

first_imgAs Washington D.C.’s landscape and demographics change, some residents say that the once “Chocolate City” is losing its flavor to new people and businesses.  Yet, one Northwest restaurant is seeking to keep the flavor alive by combining food and fun.“I grew up in D.C. and the Washington area has a lot of underappreciated flavor profiles, whether it be the halfsmoke sausage… old bay spices and crab cakes…and mumbo sauce,” Andre McCain, founder of HalfSmoke D.C., a new, Black owned restaurant in Shaw, told the AFRO. Mumbo sauce is a local flavor similar to sweet and sour sauce.HalfSmoke Tater TotsHalfSmoke opened its doors in October 2016.“It’s a modern spin on classic American food and classic local D.C. food that we grew up eating as children…that evoke memories of past experiences whether it be with our friends, our family, or otherwise,” McCain said.The food offered at HalfSmoke, “starts with the sausages, which we consider to be the star of the show,” McCain said.  Sausage options include the traditional half beef, half pork “Halfsmoke”, “Italian Pork”, “Grilled Chicken”, “Bratwurst”, “Lamb Merguez”, and “Vegan Falafel”.Despite the name, the restaurant has a lot more to offer than halfsmokes, including, create-your-own flatbreads, salads, and rice bowls, and appetizers like “Jalapeno Mac & Cheese Bites”, “Philips Flagship Crab Cakes” and “Wood Grilled Chicken Wings” that comes with classic D.C. mumbo sauce.  In addition to savory foods, there are sweets such as milkshakes, funnel cakes, and cotton candy.  With the full bar, patrons can enjoy the on-tap cocktails and even add spirits to their milkshakes.While the restaurant boasts gourmet options, HalfSmoke also prides itself on inexpensive prices.“It provides an option for people that’s more affordable, more approachable, than a lot of the new restaurants, that have come up,” McCain said.Still, HalfSmoke offers more than food.“The experience that we try to create within the restaurant is just as important, if not more important, than the food itself,” McCain said.There are games to play, such as UNO, Jenga, and beer pong.  Patrons can sit in swings, watch music videos and enjoy food in lunch boxes.The restaurant’s layout is another aspect that makes HalfSmoke unique.“The idea was so that each person could have their own favorite chair, their own favorite places in the restaurant, and where, each time they come, they have a slightly different experience,” McCain said. While it’s an open space, HalfSmoke has various sections.“We have a living room…where there’s couches and a fireplace, and you can sit down comfortably and wait for your food.  We have the front porch, with the swing chairs. The dining room with the tables…the parlor is a little more intimate and quieter… and then the library with another fireplace and a bookshelf.  Then the bar, which is sort of the center of all the actions,” McCain said.  There is also outside seating with a projector, and games like corn hole.With its design, HalfSmoke appeals to a wide-range of patrons.“We have families, we have young people, we have people coming from other states, people of all races, and I think that’s sort of a testament of the best that D.C. has to offer… but also it’s a testament to the communal nature of the food, where it really brings together a lot of different people,” McCain said.The entrepreneur said his addition to the neighborhood has been positive.“So there’s been a lot of talk about the gentrification of Shaw, and I think HalfSmoke is a good representation of how that gentrification can be a good thing for everyone.”After a three-year journey to open his business, and as a young, Black man from D.C., McCain hopes his entrepreneurship serves as an inspiration.“As far as the African American community goes, I think my establishment is a testament to what’s possible.  I, in high school (Woodrow Wilson) worked a few blocks away at the Up Against the Wall near Howard… and I never had any aspirations, at that time, of being in the restaurant business, and a restaurant owner, and here I am,” the 30 year old said.last_img read more

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Houston Democrat Joins US Senate Race Against GOPs Cornyn

first_imgBy The Associated PressHOUSTON (AP) — A Houston city councilwoman says she’s running for U.S. Senate in 2020, becoming the latest Democratic challenger vying to take on Republican Sen. John Cornyn.Amanda Edwards launched her campaign Thursday with a video in which she appeals to people who have been told to wait their turn because “the status quo and establishment was not ready for change.”In this March 16, 2019 photo, Houston councilwoman Amanda Edwards, left, speaks alongside of march founders Kandice Webber, center, and Nisha Randle, right, during the March for Black Women Houston 2019, starting at Emancipation Park in Houston. Edwards announced Thursday, July 18, 2019, she’s running for U.S. Senate in 2020, becoming the latest Democratic challenger vying to take on Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn. (Michael Wyke/Houston Chronicle via AP)If elected, Edwards would be Texas’ first Black senator. She joins a Democratic field headlined by Air Force veteran MJ Hegar, who lost a House race last year and has raised more than $1 million.Cornyn remains a formidable incumbent despite Democrats having higher hopes in Texas after former Rep. Beto O’Rourke nearly unseated Republican Sen. Ted Cruz last year.Cornyn said this week he was sitting on $9 million for his re-election bid.last_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews MANHUNT 2018

first_img Is Manhunt good?It’s decent.What’s it about?A Chinese-produced remake of a well-regarded Japanese film of the same name from 1976 starring Ken Takakura, both loosely adapted from a novel by Juko Nishimura. Zhang Hanyu stars as a Chinese lawyer whose assignment to a powerful pharmaceutical company in Japan is coming to an end with his firm has decided to move him to a new client in the United States. Unfortunately, he doesn’t even get to pack his bags before waking up in his hotel not being able to remember how he back to his hotel… or why there’s a dead girl in his bed or how his fingerprints got on the murder weapon.So it’s a noir-thriller sort of thing?Yes, but with John Woo directing, so it’s also more of an action/chase/gunfight king of an affair for the most part. The protagonist is on the run in Japan trying to figure out who framed him and why, pursued and/or aided at various points by a cross-section of other colorful characters all including a gruff older police detective with an agenda of his own. There’s a younger and icier detective who doesn’t play by the rules with a spunky by-the-book young female partner to break in, a mysterious half-Chinese woman stalking the case for unknown reasons, a community of homeless people being abducted for mysterious purposes. There’s also a pair of sister assassins played by South Korean star Ha Ji-won and the director’s own daughter Angeles Woo.Wow! A new John Woo movie!? Where’d that guy go??I mean… he never really “left.” He transitioned more to producing for a while and mostly stopped making movies with lots of gunfights because American producers didn’t really know what to do with him after Face/Off.  He’s worked for most the last decade back between China and Hong Kong focusing on historical dramas like Red Cliff and The Crossing (aka “China’s Titanic”) and wuxia fantasy flicks. He supposedly took up Manhunt as a tribute film to original star Takakura, who he was a fan of, and to get back to his low-budget action roots for a project.So does he still have it?To an extent, yeah. Everybody chases everybody else around urban and, eventually, rural Japan. A lot of guns get fired, a lot of cars, motorcycles, and jet-skis get crashed, a lot of blood gets spilled, lots of motion gets slooooooowed way the hell down, and Woo probably gets the last laugh on parodies of his own signature. You know, the white doves gag amid a twist-filled, flashback-laden conspiracy plot that doesn’t really make a tremendous degree of sense (but were you asking it to?) It definitely has the familiar manic energy and sincere commitment to the weirdness of his original Hong Kong output… but it’s not quite the return to the glory days some might have been hoping for.Care to elaborate?It’s fun, moves like it’s late for work and it’s definitely a treat to see how committed Woo remains to his original bag of tricks. Not just the slow-motion and doves everyone’s goofed on over the years but the melodramatic cross-dissolves, awkward still-frames, and lounge-bar jazz. But in what turns out to be a weird downside, what constitutes “low budget” has changed a lot since Woo created this template in late-80s Hong Kong. It’s pairing these old-school analog techniques with slicked-up 21st Century digital shooting, and the general “reality” of present-day guns, cars and other tools of the trade leads to an occasional “off” feeling atmosphere. Everything is almost a little TOO clean, the movement a little TOO smooth, the locations a little TOO unblemished by all the death and destruction surrounding them – to the point where apart from everyone being Chinese, Japanese or Korean you might think you were watching an especially well-directed episode of NCIS.Any significant upsides?Oh, for sure! There’s a BIG centerpiece blowout involving the siege of a rural farmhouse filled with all of what is by that point the good guys by all of the bad guys that seriously cooks regarding “what the hell are they going to think to do next?” The high-point of the movie even if it comes more or less toward the end of Act 2. The finale (while not as much pure fun on the action front) is also completely bonkers if for no other reason than the plot suddenly gets yanked off into such an extreme turn to an almost pseudo-sci-fi territory for Act 3 I almost thought Netflix might have started up a whole other movie by accident.How is the cast?Solid, though the decision to shoot the film in alternating Mandarin, Japanese and English (the Japanese and Chinese characters appear to switch to English when speaking to one another) is clearly putting a strain on those who don’t speak one or more of the languages fluently in some of the dramatic scenes. Hanyu is a compelling “regular guy” lead, Masaharu Fukuyama (best known as a musician in Japan) shows serious action-hero chops as the main cop, and Ha Ji-won and Angeles Woo (John Woo’s daughter, who hasn’t significantly acted before) are standouts as a pair of assassin sisters. Angeles is a surprising presence, with a different look and attitude than is typical for this kind of role – hope she does more work after this.So you’d recommend it?Yeah, overall. It’s a minor thing even in Woo’s admittedly all-over-the-map canon, but it’s a fun watch, and if you’ve already got Netflix (where it exclusively debuted in the U.S. recently) it’s not like it’ll cost you anything extra to watch it. Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Ferrer downs Nishikori for 4th Mexico title

first_imgDavid Ferrer won a record-equalling fourth Mexican Open title with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Kei Nishikori in the Acapulco hardcourt final. The Spanish world number nine’s triumph put him level with Austrian Thomas Muster with four Mexican titles having also won the tournament three times from 2010-2012 on clay. It was Ferrer’s third title this year after Doha and last week’s win in Rio de Janeiro and 24th of his career, ending a run of five defeats to the Japanese top seed. Nishikori now leads Ferrer 7-4 in their meetings. “I played very aggressive, without mistakes. I’m very happy. To win here a fourth time is a dream. In important moments, he made more mistakes and I took my chances. I feel very confident with my tennis now. I’ve won three tournaments this year and we’ve only began the season,” Ferrer was quoted as saying on the ATP website.last_img read more

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