Former Ont Tory leader Patrick Brown files notice of libel against CTV

first_imgTORONTO – The former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives has filed a notice of libel against CTV News, claiming it engaged in false and malicious reporting when it broadcast sexual misconduct allegations against him.Patrick Brown abruptly resigned as leader of Ontario’s Tories in January, just hours after CTV reported the allegations that he has categorically denied. Brown has since launched a bid to reclaim his job.His notice of libel, which his lawyers said was filed in court on Friday evening, alleges CTV’s reporting was “false, malicious, irresponsible and defamatory.”“Their publication and broadcast was calculated by the defendants to disparage and injure the reputation of Patrick Brown personally and in the way of his office, profession, trade and calling,” it reads.Through the document, Brown demands that CTV immediately broadcast and publish an apology and retraction in a form he approves of.CTV said it has received a notice of libel and defended its work.“CTV News stands by its reporting and will actively defend its journalism in court,” the network said in a statement.The allegations reported by the broadcaster from two unnamed women date back to Brown’s time as a federal MP. They have not been verified by The Canadian Press.In its original report, CTV said one woman, who is now 29, claimed she was in high school and under the legal drinking age when Brown allegedly asked her to perform oral sex on him at his home on a night when she had been drinking. Another woman said she was a university student working in Brown’s constituency office when, during a gathering at his home, he allegedly kissed her in his bedroom and got on top of her, CTV reported.Earlier this month, CTV reported that the first accuser updated her timeline to reflect that she was not in high school or under the legal drinking age during the alleged incident, but that the core of her allegations remained unchanged. Brown’s second accuser has also said she stands by her story.Brown’s notice of libel names CTV, its parent company Bell Media, the president of CTV News, anchor Lisa LaFlamme, and reporters Glen McGreggor and Rachel Aiello, who worked on the original story.It also lists the producers, editors, researchers and fact checkers, local Toronto news station CP24, which is also owned by Bell Media, and one of its reporters.A spokeswoman for Brown said Saturday that he wouldn’t be commenting on the notice.Simon Kiss, a digital media professor at Wilfrid Laurier University who focuses on political communication, said the legal salvo has potential to bolster Brown’s bid to reclaim the party leadership.While lawsuits are always risky, the potential benefits outweigh the prospective drawbacks in this case, he said.Future media coverage of Brown will now necessarily have to include the fact that a suit is in the works, he said, adding the move will reinforce Brown’s frequent protestations of innocence.Media outlets may also be “a little more careful” about repeating the allegations levelled against him, Kiss added.“There is a small downside in that it will keep this story in the news,” Kiss said. “But he needs to change people’s minds and lawsuits move slowly so it makes sense for the short term gain.”last_img read more

Webbys Announce Best Magazine Nominees

first_imgThe Webby Awards—the “Internet’s highest honor” according to the New York Times—today announced its nominees for this year’s best magazine Web site.The five candidates in the running for this international award include Interview, Dwell.com, JPG, T Magazine and TheAtlantic.com. “The Web is now the dominant force reshaping everything from business to popular culture,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. “We are thrilled to now honor the magazine innovators who are taking the medium in exciting new creative directions.” Each Webby Award category receives two distinct awards: the first presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 650-person judging academy with members including David Bowie, Arianna Huffington and Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, and the other, The Webby People’s Voice Awards, chosen by public online voting beginning today through April 30. Winners will be announced on May 5 and honored on June 8 in a New York City ceremony. A full list of Webby Award nominees can be found here.last_img read more

Rodale Unveils New Digital Template With Preventioncom Relaunch

first_img Prevention’s new clean design is clearly built with the mobile user in mind. On a desktop there are two highly visual columns above the fold and, below the fold, the content is reorganized into a single column with an endless scroll. Users can navigate the site with a hamburger menu that drills into eight content categories or through a horizontal nav of what are presumably the brand’s most popular categories. On a phone everything is organized into a single column with the hamburger menu acting as the only navigation tool. Lifestyle publisher Rodale introduced its first new website rollout this year with Prevention.com and says that it’s the beginning of more to come. Additionally, the company has partnered with Outbrain to integrate its discovery platform to create a more personalized user experience. Rodale purports that its portfolio of sites, which also includes Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Runner’s World and Bicycling, attract more than 50 million monthly unique visitors, with prevention accounting for more than 12 million alone in January. What’s more, this site will serve as the prototype for all future relaunches.center_img Display ad units seem to dominate the monetization model, with little to no evidence of sponsored content. But on a mobile device, advertisers will likely favor the viewability of the units because they are seamlessly integrated with content.last_img read more

Can you spot the Mars rover on this wild Red Planet landscape

first_img 0 Mars rovers NASA Space Enlarge ImageTry to spot the Mars rover in this view from orbit. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona NASA’s Curiosity rover loves to send selfies and close-up looks at fascinating rocks and even its own hole-y wheels. But sometimes it gets to pose for a portrait from far, far away. Conditions were just right at the end of May for NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft to capture a snapshot of Curiosity working away in an area called Woodland Bay, part of the intriguing “clay-bearing unit.” The enhanced-color image comes from the MRO’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, which is operated by the University of Arizona in Tucson. If you’re having trouble spotting the rover, check out NASA’s cropped version of the image that highlights its location.hirisecuriosity2Enlarge ImageThat bluish spec is the Curiosity rover. NASA/JPL-Caltech A close look at the rover shows a bright spot in the upper left-hand corner. This is likely the rover’s “head,” which includes a suite of instruments on the end of a mast. The sun was hitting the rover just right. “Mirror-like reflections off smooth surfaces show up as especially bright spots in HiRISE images,” said NASA in a release on Friday. The clay-rich area Curiosity is exploring now is one of the big reasons NASA chose Curiosity’s landing site in Gale Crater. The rover is studying the history of water on Mars and looking for signs of microbial life, past or present. 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Spotting NASA machines on Mars is a bit of hobby for the MRO HiRISE team, which showed us both the InSight lander and the now-defunct Opportunity rover last year. Curiosity is NASA’s only working rover on Mars at the moment, but that’s scheduled to change when the Mars 2020 rover gets its own crack at the Red Planet in 2021. The MRO should be there to keep an eye on Mars’ new visitor. Post a comment Share your voicecenter_img 43 Photos Tags NASA rover sees bewitching night-shining clouds on Mars NASA spots Mars surprise at Curiosity rover work site Sci-Tech Marvelous Marslast_img read more

BSE closes points 22167 up on July 15

first_imgBSE closes points 221.67 up on July 151.9K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 221.67 up on July 151.9K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 221.67 points up to stand at 25,228.65. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 72.50 points up to stand at 7,526.65. Financial Tech and MCX were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.00% and 9.25% along with Future Retail and Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. with an increase of 9.25% and 7.40% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Piramal Enterprises Ltd. and CRISIL with a decrease of 9.83% and 4.00% along with Sobha Developers Ltd. and Dr Reddys Lab with a decrease of 2.74% and 2.34% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 214.22 points at 15,518.66 while the banking sector is up 458.18 points at 17,053.82 and the realty sector is up 40.74 points at 1,931.90. The Indian currency is 0.15% down at Rs 60.16 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, July 15 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 221.67 points up to stand at 25,228.65. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 72.50 points up to stand at 7,526.65. Financial Tech and MCX were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.00% and 9.25% along with Future Retail and Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. with an increase of 9.25% and 7.40% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Piramal Enterprises Ltd. and CRISIL with a decrease of 9.83% and 4.00% along with Sobha Developers Ltd. and Dr Reddys Lab with a decrease of 2.74% and 2.34% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 214.22 points at 15,518.66 while the banking sector is up 458.18 points at 17,053.82 and the realty sector is up 40.74 points at 1,931.90. The Indian currency is 0.15% down at Rs 60.16 per dollar.last_img read more

Law minister says meets CJ Sinha

first_imgChief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and Law minister Anisul HuqLaw minister Anisul Huq on Thursday said he visited chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha at his Hare Road official residence and inquired about Sinha’s health.”I visited him (the chief justice). He’s taking rest,” Anisul Huq told Prothom Alo.Asked about reports of the CJ’s visa application for going to Australia, Anisul said, “I had no talks with him over this and asked him nothing in this connection.”A source close to the minister said he entered the CJ’s Hare Road house around 4:00pm and stayed there for around half an hour.Anisul Huq told the media on Sunday that the chief justice went on a one-month leave beginning on Monday on health grounds.On Thursday noon, Anisul had a meeting with the acting chief justice, Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, for around an hour.About that meeting, Anisul said, “It’s a courtesy meeting. I assured him of my full cooperation.”The chief justice was vehemently criticised by the ministers and the ruling party leaders for his observations made in the verdict that had annulled the 16th amendment to the constitution.Sinha assumed office on 17 January, 2015 as the country’s 21st chief justice. He is scheduled to go on retirement on 31 January next.last_img read more

PM wants intl pressure for Rohingya repatriation

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina talks with UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Dhaka Mia SeppoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday stressed the need for quick repatriation of Myanmar’s forcibly displaced Rohingya people, reports UNB.She renewed the call upon the international community, including the UN, to exert more pressure on Myanmar to take back its nationals to their homeland.The prime minister made the call when newly appointed UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Dhaka Mia Seppo met her at her Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban office in the evening.Sheikh Hasina said the process could be expedited once the repatriation of the Rohingyas begins, the prime minister’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told newsmen.The premier put emphasis on both bilateral and multi-lateral efforts to resolve the Rohingya crisis.She extended her gratitude to the UN agencies for supporting Bangladesh and trying to address the issue.Hasina also thanked development partners and other international players for their emergency services to the Rohingya people who fled to Bangladesh.About the impact of such huge Ronhigya influx into Bangladesh, the prime minister said local people in Cox’s Bazar are suffering as they cannot cultivate their lands. More importantly, she said, the environment is being affected due to the stay of the refugees.During the meeting, the new UN official highly appreciated Hasina for providing shelter to the Rohingyas saying her government showed an incredible compassion in this regard.She said such huge influx of the Myanmar nationals from Rakhaine in just three weeks’ time is surprising.Mia Seppo lauded the efforts and good management of the government in providing various assistance and support, and sheltering such huge refugees.She, however, put importance to decongestion of Rohingya camps to ensure a healthy environment there as those are overpopulated.last_img read more

Supporting Timmermans is not in the best interest of Malta – Metsola

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Roberta MetsolaRoberta Metsola The Nationalist Party Candidate for the European Parliament elections Roberta Metsola, said that the Labour Party’s support for President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, is not in  Malta’s best interest.She explained that the Nationalist Party does not want to have tax harmonization across Europe, that had just been announced by Frans Timmermans.This was delivered in a statement in which the topic was discussed during a press conference at the PN headquarters, with the Opposition Spokesman for Finance Mario de Marco and PN candidates for MEP elections Roberta Metsola and Roselyn Borg Knight.According to the PN, if successful, Timmermans’ plan would have major repercussions and negative impacts on employment in several sectors particularly in financial services and gaming.Mario de Marco said that before Malta joined the European Union, the Nationalist government had negotiated the right for the country to take decisions on the tax system in Malta.Borg Knight said the PN manifesto contains proposals for strengthening the economy, with PN MEPs serving as Malta economic ambassadors.The PN is the threat – PLIn reaction to this the Labour Party said that the greatest threat to the financial system, including how Malta is taxed, is the PN. The PL said that the PN was side by side with those who attacked the Maltese financial system.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more