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By Hayley Wildes WGCA DISTRICT DIVISION REVIEW – ROUND 1 After claiming last season’s Sub-District premiership, Cardinia had a rough initiation in its…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.
Click on image to expand.The “Internet of Things” is exploding. It’s made of up billions of “smart” devices — from minuscule chips to mammoth machines — that use wireless technology to talk to each other (and to us). Our IoT world is rowin at a breathtaking pace — from 2 billion objects in 2006 to a projected 200 billion by 2020.Sources: IDC, Intel, United Nations
Broadcast Star India Pvt. Ltd has got into an agreement with The Indian Express Group in the second week of March this year. It is done in order to acquire its weekly publication ‘Screen’.Indian Express’s weekly film magazine ‘Screen’ nearly has a circulation of 15,000 copies per week.Under Star India, Screen will now be available in a digital form with an audio, video and text content. As a part of transaction, an exclusive brand franchise of the ‘Screen’ will be owned by STAR, which will involve transfer of key employees and archival material.STAR has scaled its multi-screen presence with Hotstar, which is the most preferred online destination for entertainment and sports.Sanjay Gupta, the Chief Operating Officer of Star India, claimed in a statement that with Screen coming to Hotstar, will enable an access to the entertainment editorial suite and tinsel world. It is believed that Screen is a strong brand and its credibility with the power of Star Network would be a large opportunity.The aim of acquisition of Screen is to strengthen and expand the content brand online, while taking the awards platform to a next level. The brand is expected to go fully digital in the next few weeks. The Hotstar is a mobile application, which was launched on Februar1, 2015. It offers more than 35,000 hours of content in seven languages. It provides a variety of movies, television shows and live sports as well. BMR Advisors and ABZ Partners were the advisors to the deal. ABOUT STAR INDIA:advertisementSTAR India is a giant media and entertainment companyIt is owned by 21st Century Fox whose headquarters is in Mumbai, MaharashtraSTAR India’s portfolio includes 48 channels in eight languagesThe Star network’s entertainment channel portfolio includes Star Gold, Channel V, Star World, Star Movies, Star Utsav, Life Ok, Movies Ok and Star PlusIts regional bouquet includes Star Jalsha, Jalsha Movies, Star Pravah, Asianet, Asianet Plus, Suvarna, Suvarna Plus and VijayABOUT THE FILM MAGAZINE-SCREEN:Screen is a leading film magazine which is published in IndiaIt has been established since 1951, which is owned by The Indian Express GroupScreen organizes and sponsors Screen Awards as well for the movies in Hindi Cinema. This was started in the year 1995It also sponsors Screen Gold Medal for excellence in direction at the Film and Television Institute, which was established in the year 1967
Charlie Collier, the newly independent broadcast network’s CEO, made the announcement Wednesday at TCA.The Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 22 will have one major thing in common with the Oscars: It will not feature a host.Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier on Wednesday announced that the 71st Emmy Awards ceremony — set to air on the newly independent broadcast network — will be host-less. Emmy Awards LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter
VANCOUVER – Ottawa’s decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline was made on a broad base of evidence, a lawyer for Alberta’s attorney general has told the Federal Court of Appeal.Doreen Mueller said the governor in council considered economic, environmental, cultural and Indigenous interests in giving the $7.4-billion project its go-ahead last November.Mueller was allotted 30 minutes to address a panel of three judges Friday but spoke for less than two minutes, saying Alberta’s position was stated in written submissions already forwarded to the court.The ultimate decision on approval of the project lays with the governor in council, the court document says.“It is not this court’s function to reassess and reweigh the evidence to reach its own public interest determination in respect of the project. Under the applicable statutory scheme, only the governor in council determines whether the project is in the public interest.”Alberta is an intervener in judicial reviews launched by several B.C. First Nations, two environmental groups and the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby.The case combines nearly two dozen lawsuits calling for the National Energy Board’s review of the project to be overturned.The board, Trans Mountain and the federal government have defended the project as viable during two weeks of hearings that were expected to conclude Friday.British Columbia is also an intervener, and the province’s lawyer Thomas Berger has argued the governor in council breached its duty by not providing reasons for its decision when it determined the project would unlikely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.The project would increase tanker traffic in the waters off Vancouver seven-fold and Berger told the panel last week that B.C. would bear the environmental risk in the event of a marine spill of diluted bitumen.Alberta has maintained that pipelines remain the safest and most economical way to move oil and gas to market and that twinning of an existing pipeline from the Edmonton area to Burnaby, B.C., is vital to the province’s economy.The project would allow Alberta to react quickly to market conditions and move crude supplies to higher-priced markets as supply and demand change, a document filed with the Federal Court of Appeal says.“Currently, Canadian oil is exported almost exclusively to fully-served or difficult-to-access markets in the United States resulting in significant discounting of Canada’s crude oil resources. This is having an impact on the entire country’s economy.”First Nations, including the Squamish Nation and the Musqueam Indian Band, have said the federal government did not adequately consult them, though lawyers for Ottawa told the hearing that extensive consultations were conducted.British Columbia’s former Liberal government under premier Christy Clark supported the project, saying it would provide jobs and that Kinder Morgan had met five conditions including a revenue-sharing agreement worth $1 billion.However, the minority NDP government that came into power earlier this year has vowed to block the expansion.Kinder Morgan Canada subsidiary Trans Mountain has proposed expansion of the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, a new dock complex with three berths and a utility dock along with nearly tripling the capacity of the pipeline to 890,000 barrels of oil per day.Trans Mountain said construction on the project was to begin last month, but many of the eight environmental management plans required by the province had not yet been accepted.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.
WASHINGTON – A new era in North American free trade dawned in the dead of night Sunday as a 14-month NAFTA modernization effort between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico finally came to fruition with just hours to spare before an end-of-weekend deadline.What began as a marathon in the summer of 2017 ended in a flat-out sprint as negotiators in Ottawa and Washington worked around the clock to put the finishing touches on language adding Canada to the deal reached over the summer between the U.S. and Mexico.“It’s a good day for Canada,” was all Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would say as he left a late-night cabinet meeting in Ottawa that capped several days of frenetic long-distance talks that included Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Ambassador David MacNaughton.Details remained sparse, but U.S. administration officials say the deal — newly christened the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, or USMCA — provides increased access to Canada’s dairy market for U.S. producers and limits the American impact of Canada’s controversial supply management system for dairy and poultry products, long a thorn in the side of President Donald Trump.It also appears to preserve the key dispute-resolution provisions — Chapter 19 — which allow for independent panels to resolve disputes involving companies and governments, as well as Chapter 20, the government-to-government dispute settlement mechanism.Canada fought hard to retain Chapter 19, a holdover from NAFTA that U.S. trade ambassador Robert Lighthizer worked tooth and nail to eliminate.“USMCA will give our workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses a high-standard trade agreement that will result in freer markets, fairer trade and robust economic growth in our region,” Freeland and Lighthizer said in a joint statement.“It will strengthen the middle class, and create good, well-paying jobs and new opportunities for the nearly half billion people who call North America home.”On the matter of Section 232 tariffs, Trump’s trade weapon of choice, U.S. officials told a late-night conference call with reporters that the two sides had “reached an accommodation” on the issue.A side letter published along with the main text of the agreement exempts a percentage of eligible auto exports from the tariffs. A similar agreement between Mexico and the U.S. preserves duty-free access to the U.S. market for vehicles that comply with the agreement’s rules of origin.Those rules require that a certain percentage of an imported vehicle’s components be manufactured in the United States.Some have characterized the side letter as effectively establishing a quota on the number of autos that can be exported to the U.S. — anathema to the very principles of free trade. But Dan Ujczo, an international trade lawyer with the U.S. firm Dickinson Wright, said it would only apply to a very small percentage of vehicles that don’t comply with the origin rules.“When people are saying there’s a cap on auto exports, it’s only in the limited situation where the goods are non-conforming with the rules of origin. So if you comply with the rules of origin, there’s no way you are subject to 232 tariffs,” Ujczo said.“This objection is largely more philosophical than practical — the idea of having quotas as a side letter to a free trade agreement. The practical consequences are limited, if any.”Despite the fact that Ottawa had long pushed back hard against allowing the deal to be periodically revisited, officials in the U.S. briefing said the new language includes a provision that will indeed see the deal reviewed every six years.“This is going to be one of the most enforceable trade agreements we’ve ever had,” one official said. “This gives us a significant new form of leverage in terms of encouraging people to come up to the mark and really fully comply with all of their obligations.“This administration is committed to strong and effective enforcement of this agreement, just like all of our other agreements. We will be watching very carefully to see and to make sure that all of the things that have been pledged and promised in the agreement do come about.”Insiders got wind of a breakthrough after 14 months of tumultuous talks and just hours before U.S. and Mexican trade authorities were set to publish their own trade agreement without Canada as a signatory.Federal cabinet ministers were summoned to a late Sunday meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office near Parliament Hill, while the White House convened its own late-night trade briefing conference call just an hour before the midnight deadline.“In short, we think this is a fantastic agreement for the U.S., but also for Canada and Mexico,” said the American officials, who cheered the fact that U.S. dairy ranchers would soon have “substantial” expanded access to lucrative markets north of the border.They described the central elements of the deal as a “template” that would become the “playbook” for all of the Trump administration’s future trade deals, including new and stronger rules of origin on autos and mechanisms to ensure agreements don’t become “stale and outdated.”“It’s a great win for the president and a validation of his strategy in the area of international trade.”In Ottawa, PMO officials said there would be another cabinet meeting Monday and a news conference likely as well.Meantime, congratulations were being offered among key stakeholders who have been on the edge of their seats waiting to see if Canada and the United States would find common ground.An agreement on how to treat the auto sector, reached this summer between the United States and Mexico, was central to a revamped NAFTA going ahead.But the U.S. and Canada had trouble dealing with other areas in the pact, including Canada’s dairy industry, its insistence on a strong dispute settlement mechanism and concerns about intellectual property and culture.The Canadian Chamber of Commerce said it was relieved that an agreement in principle had been reached. But President Perrin Beatty said the details of the text needed a closer look before a final verdict could be rendered.“Specifically, we will seek clarity on how the agreement addresses the existing tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminium, as well as how it will ensure that tariffs and quotas upon Canada’s auto sector exports will be avoided,” Beatty said in a statement.Trudeau has promised repeatedly to keep the country’s supply management system intact, despite pressure from Trump. The issue has also figured prominently in Quebec, where voters go to the polls in a provincial election on Monday.— With files from Mike Blanchfield and Terry Pedwell in Ottawa
MADRID — Spanish government figures show the country received a national record of 82.6 million foreign tourists last year.Industry, Trade and Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said Wednesday the figures show Spain remains competitive as it battles to overtake France, the world’s top destination in 2017 with almost 87 million arrivals.France has not yet published its total for 2018.Maroto says the number of visitors to Spain last year was up almost 1 per cent on 2017. The visitors spent almost 90 billion euros ($103 billion), up 3.1 per cent.Hector Gomez, the head of the Spanish tourism authority Turespana, warned that Britain’s exit from the European Union, European parliament elections in May and possible government elections in Spain make it hard to say how international tourism will perform in 2019.The Associated Press
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has released their own study on the socio-economic impacts that the proposed restoration of the South Peace Northern Caribou Ranges could have on the District.This study, performed by Stantec Consulting Ltd. on behalf of the District, is released ahead of the Province’s study and is designed to get a better understanding of what impacts the Recovery Program could have on communities and industries if the Government were to go ahead with the Program.According to the study, when combining forestry from Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and the Tree Farm License 48, the industry provides an estimated $1.1 billion in Provincial GDP, with 4,160 hours of employment per year, and provides $50 million in federal and $76 million in provincial government revenues in the Base Case. If the Recovery Program were to go through, the study says there would be a 6.2 percent reduction in Provincial GDP, 5.4 percent reduction in employment, a 9.7 percent reduction in provincial tax revenues, and a 5.7 percent reduction in federal tax revenues across the Regional District.Within the study, it also says that the Program would result in the closure of at least one mill in the Region.The District had paid Stantec $41,624.82, excluding GST, for this work from the ‘Peace Initiatives’ account.The full socio-economic impact study can be found on the Regional District’s website.