The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will feature exhibits on Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Loretta Lynn and Shania Twain in 2017. Login/Register With: Advertisement The museum announced Friday their slate of exhibitions for the new year, which also includes a new exhibition called American Currents, focusing on music from 2016. Facebook The exhibit on Aldean, who was named Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, will open in May, while the exhibit on Canadian-born star Twain will open in June. Hall of Fame member Lynn, whose hits include “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Fist City,” will be featured in an extensive exhibit opening in August. And finally in November, an exhibit on the intertwined careers of country music star couple Hill and McGraw will open. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
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“Smyth/Williams” is set to hit a Toronto stage on March 3.BY DIANA MEHTA Advertisement The former commander of Canada’s largest military airfield also pleaded guilty to 82 fetish break-and-enters and thefts as well as two sexual assaults. But Seelig says he only moved to make the play a reality after noticing what he called a recent urgency around the issue of violence against women, particularly against women in the military. The majority of the lines in the play will be taken directly from a transcript of Smyth’s interrogation of Williams, Seelig said, but the play will also incorporate dialogue that comes from some of Williams’ victims, which was played at Williams’ trial and is found in a book on the killer. “I would agree with the people who say it is hard, it’s heavy, it’s difficult, but it is necessary to look at it, to examine it, to raise awareness about it if we’re ever going to have any chance of understanding it and curbing it.” Seelig acknowledges that a play based on Williams’ confession to horrifying crimes deals with disturbing material. But he said current discourse around violence against women, and the recent dialogue around women’s rights in the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election, makes the play particularly relevant. The military commander came in for questioning and eventually caved under Smyth’s masterful interrogation techniques. Having the actors in the play alternate roles between Williams and Smyth was also a deliberate decision to ensure a single performer was not over-burdened by playing the sadistic criminal, Seelig said. A Toronto-based theatre company is developing a play based on the intense police interrogation in which convicted sex killer Russell Williams confessed his crimes. “Now is the time to look at what I will call truly tragic violence,” Seelig said. Advertisement The company’s artistic director, Adam Seelig, says he first got the idea for the play in 2010, when Williams’ case and his confession to Ontario Provincial Police Det. Sgt. Jim Smyth was making headlines. Facebook In his videotaped confession, Williams admitted he started breaking into homes in 2007 to steal underwear — some from girls as young as 11 — which he wore while masturbating on their beds Williams, once a rising star in the Canadian Forces, was sentenced to life in prison in October 2010 after pleading guilty to the murders of two women — 37-year-old Cpl. Marie-France Comeau and 27-year-old Jessica Lloyd. The Canadian Forces stripped him of his rank after his conviction and, in a rare move, burned his uniform. Williams methodically chronicled and catalogued his crimes, shooting videos and still photos of himself in the act and amassing a huge collection of undergarments stolen from women and girls. Dozens of gruesome photos were shown during his trial. Williams came under police suspicion in February 2010 after officers stopped him at a roadside canvass after Lloyd went missing. Officers noticed the distinctive tires on his Nissan Pathfinder, similar to the treads they’d found near Lloyd’s Belleville, Ont., home. The One Little Goat Theatre Company plans to premiere “Smyth/Williams” in March, with an all-female cast that will alternate the roles of the interrogating officer and Williams through the performance. “For one person to take on Williams and to say what Williams says is almost too much for a person who feels deeply, and most actors do,” he said. “Part of it is to distribute the weight.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “The importance of that was to really contrast the matter-of-factness of Williams’ account of his crimes, the neutral almost emotion-free way in which he expresses them with the true horror that was perpetrated,” Seelig said. Seelig says he was amazed at the time by Smyth’s ingenuity and chilled by Williams’ matter-of-fact confessions to heinous crimes — all strong material for a theatrical performance. Login/Register With: Twitter
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Login/Register With: Chef Aleem Syed – Photo by Steve Russell/Toronto Star Facebook Food Spin with Chef Aleem follows his day to day life as he whips through the streets of Toronto drawing culinary inspiration from his Indian roots, experimenting with new foods, and connecting with the community by sharing his story and creative dishes. He’s accomplished so much, but with many aspirations still on the horizon Aleem must contemplate: what’s next? TORONTO – Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) has announced that Food Spin with Chef Aleem – a documentary series following the life of Toronto food truck owner Aleem Syed – will premiere on November 29.A professionally trained chef, Aleem’s world was forever changed in 2008 when he was involved in a shooting accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. His passion for food never waivered and he made it his mission to open a halal – and fully wheelchair accessible – food truck called the Holy Grill. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter “Aleem’s passion and creativity shines through every aspect of his life, both in and out of the kitchen,” says John Melville, Vice-President of Programming and Production for AMI-tv. “We hope the audience will be inspired by his ability to overcome adversity and willingness to challenge societal norms.”To be accessible for those with sight loss the show features integrated described video – where Aleem describes his actions and surroundings during filming – eliminating the need for a secondary audio track.Food Spin with Chef Aleem is produced for AMI-tv by Fair-Play. The 13-epsiode series kicks off on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Full episodes will be available online after the initial broadcast.Follow Accessible Media on Twitter: @AccessibleMediaAbout Accessible Media Inc.AMI is a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI’s vision is to establish and support a voice for Canadians with disabilities, representing their interests, concerns and values through accessible media, reflection and portrayal. To learn more visit AMI.ca and AMItele.ca.
Mark Wahlberg says he’s donating $1.5 million US to the Time’s Up legal defence fund after reports suggested he was paid more for re-shoots than his co-star, Michelle Williams. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Mark Wahlberg says he’s donating $1.5 million US to Time’s Up after controversy erupted over the pay he received for re-shooting scenes in the film All The Money In The World.Two reports said Wahlberg was paid significantly more than co-star Michelle Williams to return for extra filming after Kevin Spacey was erased from the film. Wahlberg appeared to confirm his pay Saturday in a social media post about the donation.“Over the last few days, my reshoot fee for All The Money In The World has become an important topic of conversation,” he said in a statement posted on Twitter. “I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5M to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name.”Wahlberg, left, was paid $1.5 million US for 10 days of reshoots, while Williams was reportedly paid less than $1,000 for the same work. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images) USA Today reported earlier this week that Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for the 10 days of re-shoots, while Williams got less than $1,000 in per diems for the same work.
Login/Register With: “Why would he do that?” asks an adult voice, presumably the little girl’s mother.“Cause he was too tired doing it,” the little girl patiently explains.Another child — likely her brother — offers a different explanation. “He wanted to go to church more,” says the little boy.Bieber adds some context in the caption, writing, “Don’t believe everything you read sweet little girl you will hear something from me sooner than you think.”Will Beliebers’ Christmas stockings be bursting with new tunes? We’ll find out in the weeks — or possibly days — to come.By BRENT FURDYK | ET CANADA Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Could Justin Bieber be ready to spring a big surprise on fans ahead of the holidays?That’s the question left by an adorable video that The Biebs posted on Instagram yesterday, hinting that he’s got some new music coming our way in the very near future.In the video, a wide-eyed toddler is seen expressing her dismay that Bieber had “quit” music. Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
A Cape Breton teenager said she was almost moved to tears when she learned her Mi’kmaq rendition of The Beatles’ classic song “Blackbird” had earned her a shoutout from none other than Paul McCartney.Emma Stevens said she and her music teacher, Carter Chiasson, first heard McCartney had singled her out for praise through comments on YouTube. They didn’t believe it until they saw video of the comments.#EmmaStevens gets a shout out by @PaulMcCartney “There’s an incredible version done by a Canadian girl, see it on youtube, its in her native language.” See her play at the opening of the @unhabitat @UN #UNHabitatAssembly – https://t.co/CqMSgF1VuE #paulmccartney #blackbird pic.twitter.com/WsuQaaczp3— UN-Habitat Youth (@unhabitatyouth) June 2, 2019 Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook “I wanted to cry,” she said.The McCartney moment was surreal for the 10th grader, who said she learned to love The Beatles thanks to her father, whom she described as a “superfan.”“I grew up on that stuff,” she said. “He used to play The Beatles all the time when I was a kid.”In concert footage published Sunday on Twitter by the United Nations’ human settlements and youth branch, McCartney praises Stevens’ recording and encourages his fans to look it up online.“There’s an incredible version a Canadian girl has done, you can see it on YouTube. It’s in her native language,” McCartney told fans in Lexington, Ky.“It’s really cool. Check it out,” he said a moment later.Stevens and her classmates at Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni, N.S., recorded the song to highlight the United Nations’ International Year of Indigenous Languages, which seeks to raise awareness of threats to Indigenous languages across the world.Chiasson produced the video, and the lyrics were translated into Mi’kmaq by another community member, Katani Julian.Chiasson said “Blackbird” was chosen partly because of its melody, but also because of what he describes as its “hidden social message.”“Paul actually wrote it in response to racism he witnessed towards black women when he was younger, so there are some parallels with that and what First Nations people, especially young female First Nations people, are experiencing in Canada today,” he said in a phone interview.As of Tuesday evening, the video had been viewed more than 540,000 times since it was uploaded to YouTube on April 25.Stevens’ performance earned her worldwide attention, including a trip to a UN-Habitat Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, where she performed last week and delivered a short speech that highlighted the plight of missing and murdered Indigenous girls and women in Canada.At 16, Stevens is already a seasoned performer who has been singing publicly in public since the age of 10.She said that while all the attention makes her a bit “anxious,” she’s also excited to share her native language, and hopefully inspire young Indigenous people to reconnect with it.“There are some kids who speak it in our community, but not a lot,” she said. “They’re starting to speak English more because none of their friends understand it, and I kind of want to change that.”In the future, she said she’s like to record an album. She’s also working on a new original song about missing and murdered Indigenous women, which she and Chiasson are hoping to release in July.McCartney is the writer and original performer of “Blackbird,” which first appeared on The Beatles’ self-titled 1968 album, known as the White Album. The 76-year-old did not publicly respond to a tweet from UN-Habitat Youth proposing a duet with Stevens when his current tour comes to Vancouver on July 6.Stevens, however, is more than willing.“Yeah, hit me up!” she said, when asked about the possibility of a duet with the famous ex-Beatle.BY MORGAN LOWRIE ~ THE CANADIAN PRESS Paul McCartney, gave rave reviews about the “Blackbird” cover by Emma Stevens, telling his fans to check out the song. ~ Nelson Almeida / AFP Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement
APTN National NewsThere are concerns tonight on the whereabouts of several bones dug up outside a former residential school in Ontario.The school sits just outside Six Nations territory.The discovery furthered the case that some children attending the school may have been dumped into unmarked graves.But now, one of the archeologists working the case has some questions for the researchers.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith has this story.
Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG – At 5 a.m. Sunday an intoxicated child welfare “runaway” was seen stumbling near corner of Ellice Avenue and Young Street.It wasn’t clear where she was coming from or what happened to her, and she was just wearing a bra and pants.But the “girl in the shadows” was there.Her first instinct was to help.She offered the 16-year-old Aboriginal girl a cigarette.“I asked her what happened and she didn’t remember,” says the young woman connected to the streets in Winnipeg who requested anonymity. She was recently profiled by APTN who called her the “girl in the shadows.”For this story we’ll call her “Hope.”“I asked her if she wanted me to call an ambulance,” she said.The girl didn’t want one called.But she needed someone.“I didn’t want her to take off so I couldn’t make the call myself,” said Hope, who texted someone to call police and for them to come to Ellice and Young.A police officer said “don’t let her go” before they could come and take her to safety.They did arrive and took her somewhere to get help.“She’s in their hands,” said Hope on Sunday an hour after helping the girl. “Victory.”APTN asked Winnipeg police to confirm the information and if Child and Family Services was involved.“Yes, a 16-year-old girl was located. CFS was notified and the female was taken to an appropriate location to ensure she remained safe,” said police spokesman Const. Jason Michalyshen.He said a follow-up investigation into a possible attack or assault wasn’t immediately launched.“No, not at this time,” said Michalyshen. “The female was not forthcoming with information.”APTN spent a few days in June walking the streets in Winnipeg. Reporters came across a young woman who looks out for kids on the street.She sits in the shadows writing down license plates of men trolling for sex workers, particularly one who is her friend, on the edge of downtown.Winnipeg has a problem with youth being exploited, so much so they developed a specialized project aimed at ” protecting youth within our city who are at high risk of being sexually exploited.”The project hit the streets June 18 looking for youth being exploited.They checked 46 addresses for missing youth.Five “at risk” youth between the ages of 14-15 were found and taken to email@example.com
Chris Stewart APTN National NewsMedia of all forms were in Edmonton over the weekend as the Canadian Association of Journalists held its annual conference and awards gala.APTN was nominated for four national awards, capturing two. APTN Investigates won with Dennis Ward and Murray Oliver taking home the award for human rights reporting for their story, a Soldier Scorned, that detailed an Inuk woman who faced racism and sexual harassment in the military.“You know, Murray and I are the two that are holding on these plaques and stuff (but) a lot of people at APTN work on these stories,” said Ward. “This is a real team effort. That’s how APTN is. A big team.”APTN Investigates took its second award with Melissa Ridgen’s story, Hunting for Work, about Indigenous workers in Winnipeg working under unsafe conditions and getting hurt picking up the city’s garbage.“It’s a great night for APTN,” said Ridgen. “This shows that APTN is covering a lot of stories that matter to Indigenous people.”APTN reporters also took part in journalism panels throughout the weekend.Tina House moderated a panel on missing and murdered Indigenous women where panelists thanked APTN for how reporters have worked on countless stories for many years.Jorge Barrera and Ridgen also hosted a popular panel on how to follow the money on First Nations. The CAJ conference is being held in Toronto next year.
Trina Roache APTN National NewsThe people of Black Tickle, Labrador, feel forgotten by the government.The remote southern Inuit community struggles with basic services like water and healthcare.They say a land claim would offer security, and Trudeau made an election promise to negotiate.Now, Black Tickle wants the Liberals to follow through.
(Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated President Aluki Kotierk)Kent DriscollAPTN National News A controversial change to the way Nunavut handles Inuktitut was likely stopped in its tracks last week, but a message from the Minister of Education has the President of Nunavut’s Inuit worried.“People are celebrating, but I’m always a little more cautious,” says Nunavut Tunngavik President Aluki Kotierk, from her office overlooking Iqaluit’s Four Corners intersection. “We have to wait until the fat lady sings, and I’ve also seen Minister Quassa’s statement.”Bill 37 was a bill in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly that would have changed the territory’s Language and Education Acts, moving back target dates for full Inuit Language instruction in Nunavut’s schools. Right now, 100% Inuktitut instruction is only guaranteed for Kindergarten to Grade 4. Bill 37 would have pushed back the target date for 100% Inuktitut instruction to 2030.Last week, regular members of Nunavut’s Legislative Assembly – who act as an opposition in Nunavut’s consensus government – met in private and decided they wouldn’t support Bill 37. In a written statement, Rankin Inlet MLA Tom Sammurtok wrote, “Given the overwhelming lack of consensus in support of the bill in such areas as language of instruction, the role of District Education Authorities and increased employment of Inuit teachers, the standing committee is of the view that it should be allowed to fall off the order paper when the current Assembly dissolves later this year.”Typically in Nunavut, that would mean the death of the bill but Education Minister Paul Quassa may not be giving up the fight that easily. He responded to the regular members in his own written statement, “There is a process to follow when a bill is put forward to the Legislative Assembly, and it is very disappointing that standing committee has not provided the public with an opportunity to understand the pros and cons of their decision.”That statement from Quassa has Kotierk worried that the cabinet has not given up on trying to make Bill 37 into law. “For me, it will be when session happens, and then it will be really dead,” said Kotierk. In Nunavut’s consensus government system, the regular members outnumber the members of cabinet. Quassa would have to convince some of them to vote for the bill if it is to pass.Nunavut Tunngavik represents Inuit in Nunavut under the Nunavut Land Claim. Along with Nunavut’s three regional Inuit associations, they filed documents with the assembly to oppose the decision. Kotierk says the decision to fight came from the ground up, and was a long time coming.“I was very excited to see their (the regular members) statement that there was an overwhelming non-consensus, and an overwhelming quantity of submissions. That made me realize how much Inuit are getting comfortable rising their voices and being heard. That’s a good thing for our society to be going through,” said Kotierk.Nunavut’s District Education Authorities – school boards with local power, including hiring and firing principals – would lose power under Bill 37. They are locally elected school boards that have hiring and firing power over principals. They filed opposition to the bill, as did some of Nunavut’s best and brightest.“I’ve met with a number of people who have been on the DEA’s in the past and are currently on the DEA’s. The frustration that’s expressed is that they would say things, but they felt like they weren’t being heard. Then I got a message from Nunavut Sivuniksavut saying a number of their students had made submissions,” explained Kotierk.Nunavut Sivuniksavut is a program for Nunavut Inuit students, offering a study of the Nunavut Land Claim as a way to get their academic skills ready for post-secondary education. They’re Ottawa based, Kotierk credits the program for helping give the students a voice.“If you’ve lived outside of Nunavut, you feel a little bit more free to speak up, and you don’t feel so intimidated. But it’s not just that group, I think when people are aware of the issue, then they raise it,” sayd Kotierk. The issue was raised by 40 different groups and people filing statements with the Government of Nunavut in opposition of Bill 37.NTI represents Inuit, the Government of Nunavut represents everyone in the territory. Kotierk wishes the GN would view some simple math the same way she does. 85% of the public governed by that public government are Inuit, it is an Inuit government no matter how you divide it. There is a consistent push and pull between NTI and the Government of Nunavut, and the Language Act debate has highlighted those differences.“I would really like to see, it would be ideal if the public government, the Government of Nunavut, realized that they actually are an Inuit government. If they started taking that perspective, then things would be much different,” said Kotierk.Nunavut’s Legislative Assembly meets again on May 29th, where the territory will learn if Bill 37 is actually dead, or whether the Department of Education is going to bring the discussion to the floor of the assembly. If they do, the regular members of the assembly will have to reveal their positions in public. If not, it will be back to the drawing board for the next government, after October’s election.
Tamara Pimentel APTN News The man who killed three First Nations almost three years ago was sentenced to prison Tuesday.Austin Vielle was will spend the next 20 years behind bars before he can apply for parole. The sentencing comes a day after Vielle pleading guilty to the 2015 murders in Lethbridge, Alta.Dakota English, 18, and Clarissa English, 24, were murdered, along with Clarissa’s boyfriend Kyle Devine, 27.Vielle was arrested two weeks later and charged with second-degree murder.The court heard the victims died of multiple stab wounds.A search of Vielle’s home found blood stained clothing and shoes. DNA testing matched the blood to the victims.Vielle says he was intoxicated and can’t remember what firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen Martens APTN NewsRexall PharmaPlus has apologized after two Indigenous teenagers say they were made to feel like thieves in its Comox Centre Mall store last weekend in British Columbia.The apology came after the mother of one teen sent an email to the company’s head office about how her 15-year-old daughter and 17-year-old friend say they were treated.“I’m impressed with Rexall’s response,” Carla Voyageur said of a promise by a senior manager to visit the store, speak to employees, and provide “sensitivity training.”Voyageur said a “rude” female manager at the Rexall told them they were under surveillance.Before that, at a different store, a male employee asked to see their hands were empty before they left the store.Her daughter’s friend vented her frustrations on social media.“Is this how native women are treated??” the teen wrote. “As if we are thiefs and want to attempt to steal at one store – which we were NOT.”Voyageur said the girls told her they were followed, stared at and made to feel badly about themselves while browsing makeup at the stores.The teen added in her post: “I doubt you’d have treated two non-Indigenous people with such disrespect.”Voyageur said her family moved to Vancouver Island a few months ago from Manitoba. She said they have now received warnings about “racism in the Comox Valley.”A spokesman for Rexall confirmed receiving the mother’s complaint.“On behalf of Rexall, we sincerely apologize for this unfortunate situation,” spokesman Derek Tupling said in an email to APTN News.“We take every complaint very seriously, and following a thorough review of the circumstances, this situation should have been handled differently…The store manager will also be reaching out to both individuals directly and inviting them back to the store to apologize in person.”Voyageur said the incident generated a family discussion about how the girls behaved in the store and what kind of customer service they should expect. She said they told her this never happens when they are with “non-Aboriginal friends.”Voyageur noted complaints were made to both stores but only Rexall responded.“These are responsible, goal-oriented teenagers,” she said. “I’m sorry this happened to them and for them.”email@example.com
Joely Lambourn is missing from a healing lodge in Saskatchewan.Dennis WardAPTN NewsThere’s been an escape from the Indigenous healing lodge at the centre of recent public outcry.Correctional Services of Canada says Joely Lambourn has escaped from the Okimaw Ochi Healing Lodge in Maple Creek, Sask.It’s the same healing lodge where convicted child killer Terri-Lynne McClintic was being housed until she was transferred to an Edmonton prison on Thursday.Correctional Service of Canada says more information will follow as soon as it’s available.McClintic pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in 2010 for her involvement in the murder of eight-year-old Tori Stafford.Tori’s father, Rodney Stafford, has called for an tougher rules for healing lodges during a recent appearance on APTN’s InFocus.Lambourn is 45 years old, stands 157 cm (5’2″) tall and weighs 57 kg (126 lbs). She has a fair complexion, brown eyes and brown hair.She is serving a sentence of two years, six months, and 17 days for dangerous operation of motor vehicle – cause death, and unlawfully at firstname.lastname@example.org@denniswardnews
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Cracking down on hate, abuse and online trolls is also hurting Twitter’s standing with investors.The company’s stock plunged Friday after it reported a decline in its monthly users and warned that the number could fall further in the coming months. The 20.5 per cent plunge comes one day after Facebook lost 19 per cent of its value in a single day.Twitter says it’s putting the long-term stability of its platform above user growth. That leaves investors seemingly unable to value what the biggest companies in the sector, which rely on their potential user reach, are worth.Twitter had 335 million monthly users in the quarter, below the 339 million Wall Street was expecting, and down slightly from 336 million in the first quarter. That overshadowed a strong monthly user growth of 3 per cent compared with the previous year.The company said its monthly user number could continue to fall in the “mid-single-digit millions” in the third quarter.While Friday was Twitter’s second-worst loss since it went public in November 2013, the stock has still doubled in value over the last 12 months.Long criticized for allowing bad behaviour to run rampant on its platform, Twitter has begun to crack down, banning accounts that violate its terms and making others less visible.Twitter is now attempting to rein in the worst offenders after years as one of the Wild West corners of the internet.At the same time, it must convince people it’s the go-to platform in social media, even though it is dwarfed right now by Facebook.Facebook has more than 2.23 billion users while its apps WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger each have over 1 billion.Twitter on Friday reiterated its efforts to “to invest in improving the health of the public conversation” on its platform, making the “long-term health” of its service a priority over short-term metrics such as user numbers.As part of these efforts, Twitter said that as of May, its systems identified and challenged more than 9 million accounts per week that are potentially spam or automated, up from 6.4 million in December 2017. The company has previously disclosed these numbers.A Washington Post report put the total number of suspended accounts in May and June at 70 million. The Associated Press also found that Twitter suspended 56 million such accounts in the last quarter of 2017. While Twitter maintains that most of these accounts were dormant and thus not counted in the monthly user figure, the company also warned that its cleanup efforts could affect its counted user base without giving specific numbers.“We want people to feel safe freely expressing themselves and have launched new tools to address problem behaviours that distort and distract from the public conversation,” CEO Jack Dorsey said in a prepared statement.Twitter’s market value dropped by more than $6 billion Friday, to around $26 billion. Investors still value Facebook at $503 billion. Facebook lost $119 billion in value on Thursday.Twitter’s second-quarter net income hit $100.1 million, after a loss last year during the same period. It’s the company’s third profit in a row, the third it has ever posted.Per-share, the San Francisco company’s net income was 13 cents, or 17 cents adjusted, in line with expectations, according to a poll by Zacks Investment Research.Revenue of $710.5 million, up 24 per cent and edging out expectations of $696 million._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on TWTR at https://www.zacks.com/ap/TWTR
LONDON – The trade body representing British music warned Thursday that the industry’s financial fortunes, currently sky-high as a result of the popularity of the likes of Ed Sheeran, could be damaged in the event of a “bad Brexit deal.”The BPI, which has been championing the interests of big players such as Sony Music U.K. as well as more than 400 independent music companies for decades, said a failure to strike an adequate deal would prevent the industry becoming an “international calling card” in a post-Brexit world.“With Brexit approaching, music can help to showcase what is exciting about the U.K. as we forge new trading relationships, but only if our government supports us by ensuring a strong Brexit deal that enables artists to tour freely, robustly protects music rights, and prevents physical music products being impeded in transit,” said Geoff Taylor, the chief executive of BPI.Taylor’s warning came as the BPI reported booming British music exports last year, when they rose 12 per cent to 408.4 million pounds ($530 million). That’s the highest level since records began 18 years ago and means the total generated since 2000 is over 5 billion pounds.The BPI said U.K. artists accounted for one in every eight albums globally in 2017. And the world’s bestselling album was British in nine of the past thirteen years, most recently with Ed Sheeran’s “Divide.” Other British success stories in 2017 were Rag’n’Bone Man, whose debut album “Human” came in fourth, and Sam Smith’s “The Thrill of it All” at five.Revenue growth was particularly strong across Europe, up 29 per cent since 2015, with France doing particularly well. Europe remains the U.K.’s biggest export market for music, though the United States is the single biggest national market by a significant margin, accounting for more than 35 per cent of U.K. music earnings. Exports to China were also strong in 2017.Buoyant sales in Europe highlight the fact that British exporters are in a so-called “sweet spot” at the moment — British exporters have been able to benefit from the 15 per cent or so fall in the pound following the Brexit vote in June 2016 while still having full and unimpeded access to the European single market.With less than 30 weeks to go to Brexit, it’s still unclear how Britain will trade with the other 27 countries in the EU. Both sides have said they want to maintain smooth trade but the EU has insisted that Britain cannot continue to have the same sort of tariff-less access as it enjoys now if it doesn’t abide by the rules governing the single market, including the freedom of movement for people.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — President Trump kicks off two days of diplomacy at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina on Friday after his abrupt decision to cancel a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin overshadowed the proceedings before they even started.Trump barrelled into the two-day meeting by announcing via Twitter that he was cancelling on Putin over Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels. His agenda Friday is expected to include meetings with world leaders, the signing of a revamped trade deal with Canada and Mexico, as well as a number of group activities for the gathering of rich and developing nations.Coming into this G-20, Trump faces a series of diplomatic challenges — most notably whether he can strike an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) to ease trade tensions.Catherine Lucey And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press
MONTREAL — Alimentation Couche-Tard and CrossAmerica Partners LP have signed a deal to swap convenience and gas station assets in the U.S.Under the agreement, Couche-Tard has agreed to sell 192 U.S convenience and fuel retail stores to CrossAmerica, with an aggregate value of about US$184.5 million.Meanwhile, CrossAmerica has agreed to sell Couche-Tard assets valued at US$184.5 million, including the real estate property for 56 U.S. company-operated convenience and fuel retail stores leased and operated by Couche-Tard and 17 stores owned and operated by CrossAmerica in the U.S. Upper Midwest.Couche-Tard says the deal is expected to take place through a series of transactions over a period of up to 24 months.The closing of each transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.Couche-Tard’s wholly owned subsidiary CrossAmerica GP is the general partner for CrossAmerica Partners LP.“We believe this transaction will be beneficial to both parties,” Couche-Tard chief executive Brian Hannasch said in a statement.“The transfer of Couche-Tard’s retail stores to CrossAmerica will help optimize the long-term value of these assets, further strengthens Couche-Tard’s core retail business and is a win-win for both sets of stakeholders.” The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:ATD.B)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers must now deal with the fallout of Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s announcement it will file for bankruptcy.That will include looking at how to keep ratepayer costs down, ensure wildfire victims get the money they’re owed and rethink California’s energy picture in the face of climate change.PG&E said Monday it is filing for bankruptcy as it faces at least $30 billion in potential damages from lawsuits related to catastrophic California wildfires. It kicks off a 15-day window before the official filing.That’s prompting worries that power bills will rise and wildfire victims won’t get all of the money they are owed. Newsom says his top priorities are safety, reliability and affordability.Kathleen Ronayne And Janie Har, The Associated Press