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Thursday 28th of April 2016 12:46:51

Canadian News

Senate, auditor done with Duffy

Prime Minister Stephen Harper walks away following a television interview with Mike Duffy in Ottawa Feb. 20, 2007. Harper's lawyer says the former prime minister played no role in the decision by the RCMP and Crown attorneys to charge and prosecute Sen. Duffy.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tom HansonStephen Harper's lawyer says Sen. Mike Duffy's acquittal should be a wake-up call to public institutions and authorities that can hold politicians "to live up to their duty" and punish actions that are questionable, even if they're not criminal. The office of federal auditor general Michael Ferguson says it won't audit Duffy's spending or other senator's expenses unless the Senate makes a specific request. As for the Senate, it has already punished Duffy.


Woman charged with murder in baby's death

A woman has been charged with murder in the beating death of a 13-month-old girl under her care on an American Indian reservation in Montana. The Fort Peck Tribal Court clerk's office says Janelle Red Dog pleaded not guilty during a Tuesday court appearance in Poplar. Chief Judge Stacie Crawford denied bond and ordered Red Dog back into custody pending a May hearing.

E-petition calls on Liberals to hold inquiry into Afghan torture allegations

Newly-elected NDP MP Craig Scott is applauded as he is presented to the House of Commons by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and MP Olivia Chow on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, March 29, 2012.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals have been put on the spot by an e-petition, spearheaded by Scott, a former New Democrat MP, which demands the federal government call an inquiry into unresolved questions surrounding the treatment of prisoners during the Afghan war. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean KilpatrickPrime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals have been put on the spot by an e-petition demanding a federal inquiry into unresolved questions about the treatment of prisoners during the Afghan war, something that human rights groups support. Former New Democrat MP Craig Scott, who represented the riding of Toronto-Danforth up until the Oct. 19 election, has gathered 750 names for the digital solicitation — well over the threshold of 500 individuals that compels a reply. The Liberals have until May 30 to respond in writing — and unlike the old paper petitions tabled in the House of Commons, the federal government is obliged to post its answer online.


Prince's sister says musician had no known will

Tyka Nelson holds a rose outside Paisley Park, the home of her brother Prince in Chanhassen, Minn., on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Nelson went out to thank fans who gathered at the home to mourn the loss of the pop star who died Thursday. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)Prince's sister believes the superstar musician didn't have a will and has asked a Minnesota court to appoint a special administrator to oversee his multimillion-dollar estate, according to court documents filed Tuesday that could signal a looming fight over Prince's assets. Tyka Nelson, Prince's only surviving full sibling, said in the court filing that immediate action was necessary to manage Prince's business interests following his death last week. The documents don't estimate how much his estate may be worth, but Prince made hundreds of millions of dollars for record companies, concert venues and others during his career.


Chobani giving employees shares in company

Chobani says it is giving its employees an ownership stake in the privately held company. The Greek yogurt maker says the shares being distributed would amount to 10 per cent of the company's future value in the event of a sale or initial public offering. Chobani says CEO and founder Hamdi Ulukaya is meeting with employees this week to tell about the plan in person.

Business

TSX rises, led by energy and financial stocks as oil rallies

A man walks past an old Toronto Stock Exchange sign in TorontoTORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Tuesday as higher oil prices supported energy stocks while financial sector stocks also advanced, offsetting deep losses for one of the country's major railway stocks. The most influential movers on the index included Canadian Natural Resources Ltd , which rose 1.2 percent to C$38.63, and TransCanada Corp , which advanced 1.5 percent to C$51.57. The energy group climbed 0.8 percent as oil prices rose while financial sector stocks advanced 0.4 percent. U.S. crude prices were up 1.7 percent to $43.36 a barrel. At 10:43 a.m. ...


Bank of Canada: would need significant shock to resume easing bias

Bank of Canada Governor Poloz speaks during a news conference in OttawaBy Jonathan Spicer NEW YORK (Reuters) - It would take another significant economic shock, such as a faltering U.S. economy, for the Bank of Canada to consider cutting interest rates again, the central bank's head said on Tuesday. After cutting interest rates twice last year to offset the economic shock of cheap oil, a major export for Canada, the bank has held steady so far this year and is expected to continue to do so when it meets next month. It would be another negative shock but it would need to be obviously a shock which is of some significance or an accumulation of other shocks," Poloz said during a news conference.


Canadian pension funds support call for more transparency at Bombardier

A Bombardier flag flutters amidst storm clouds at the Singapore Airshow at Changi Exhibition CenterTwo of Canada's top pension funds have come out in support of a shareholder proposal calling for greater transparency at plane and train maker Bombardier Inc, despite a rejection of the idea by the company's management. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP) both also expressed concern with the Quebec-based company's executive compensation structure and its related moves to amend its deferred share unit and stock option plans. CPPIB, the country's largest public pension plan and one of Bombardier's top shareholders, said on Tuesday it has concerns with the awards granted to executives outside of the company's normal compensation plan, as well as the lack of performance-based awards granted under the long-term incentive plan.


Crude prices jump 3 percent on gasoline rally, weak dollar

A general view of a crude oil importing port in QingdaoBy Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Crude oil prices rose about 3 percent on Tuesday on the back of a rally in the gasoline market and as a tumbling dollar boosted commodities denominated in the greenback after bets the Federal Reserve will hold U.S. interest rates where they are. U.S. gasoline futures rallied more than 3 percent to their highest since August on Tuesday, boosting refinery margins, after a series of Gulf Coast refinery unit outages, buying from Venezuela and a reported drop in New York inventories. "I think the market has become more optimistic on oil products," said Scott Shelton, broker and commodities specialist with ICAP in Durham, North California.


Canada PM says thinking on pipelines has not changed

Canadian PM Trudeau delivers his speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in WashingtonOTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday he would not speculate when asked if he would back Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline if it had a different route, adding that his thinking on pipelines has not changed. Speaking to reporters, Trudeau added that the Great Bear Rainforest "is no place for a crude pipeline." (Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)


Tech

4K TVs Tested: Here’s What to Buy Now

At the Consumer Electronics Show a couple of weeks ago, 4K was all anybody talked about. There were enough 4K screens on display to reach the moon and back. Plus 4K cameras, camcorders, computer monitors, and even phones. Here’s the good news/bad news: 4K won’t be a “Will it catch on or won’t it?” thing like 3-D TV was. 4K is coming, whether you like it or not. And if you get a 4K TV today, here's what you'll get.

The Paris Attacks Were Tragic, but Cryptography Isn’t to Blame

The ‘Bombe’ —a machine invented by British mathematician Alan Turing to decrypt the German Enigma code in WWII (Photo: Garrett Coakley/Flickr).  Is privacy protected by complex cryptographic equations — what we rely on to shield our online banking from snoops and to keep the data on our phones safe from thieves — a bad thing? Crypto in the cross hairs A lack of supporting evidence (see also the groundless panic over Syrian refugees in the U.S.) has not stopped politicians from denouncing strong encryption as shielding the members of the Daesh death cult who fancy themselves an “Islamic State.” “The Achilles heel in the Internet is encryption,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D.-Calif.) said on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday.

Why Jailbreaking Your iPhone Is Legal But Hacking eBooks is Not

Last week, the Librarian of Congress ruled that it’s okay to tinker with the software on your car, your phone, and your smart TV— good news for geeks and consumers alike. Make e-books accessible to the visually impaired through third-party read-aloud software.

In the news

China-Linked Hackers Breached United Airlines Records

Investigators have linked China-backed hackers to several large heists.

T-Mobile Will Let You Use Your Phone in Canada, Mexico Without Roaming Fee

You’ll also be able to call Canadian and Mexican numbers from the US at no extra charge. It’s the latest in a series of programs planned for the summer.

Europe Will Ban All Roaming Charges in Exactly Two Years

The European Union has come to an agreement with networks to abolish roaming charges by June 2017.

Sports

Venues ready, but many challenges remain for Rio Games

2016 Rio Olympics: Rio from aboveBy Andrew Downie SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil has long been known as a country that can throw a great party as long as the guests do not mind a location that still has the builders in it. With 100 days to go before the Olympic Games begin in Rio de Janeiro, the nation famous for doing things at the last minute faces a novel situation: The venues are ready, but the host does not appear to be. "People are paying no attention" to the Olympics, said longtime Rio resident Julia Michaels, who chronicles the city through her Rio Real blog.


Wimbledon to beef up measures against doping, corruption

Wimbledon Spring Press Conference 2016By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - The Wimbledon championships will protect its squeaky clean image with enhanced anti-doping and anti-corruption measures for this year's 130th tournament, organizers said on Tuesday. Tennis was rocked by allegations of match-fixing on the eve of this year's Australian Open and suffered another blow to its integrity when former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova said in February she had failed a drugs test. At a news conference announcing yet another substantial hike in prize money, the All England Club pledged to beef up its safeguards against sport's two biggest threats.


Nowitzki keen to stay with Mavs, but no interest in rebuild

NBA: Playoffs-Dallas Mavericks at Oklahoma City ThunderPicturing Dirk Nowitzki playing for anyone other than the Dallas Mavericks would take some getting used to and the German forward hopes he never has reason to slip out of the silver and blue. Following Monday's season-ending loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder many wondered if Nowitzki, who has not been beyond the first round of the playoffs since leading Dallas to an NBA title in 2011, will opt out of his contract and become a free agent.


Celebrity

Charlie Sheen's lawyers attack ex's restraining order filing

FILE - This Jan. 28, 2009 file photo shows Charlie Sheen in Los Angeles. Sheen's lawyer wrote in a court filing on Monday, April 25, 2016, that the actor's ex-fiancee is pursuing a restraining order against Sheen as a publicity stunt and is attempting to gain a favorable settlement in a civil lawsuit she's filed against the former "Two and a Half Men" star. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)Charlie Sheen's lawyer says his ex-fiancee's attempt to extend a temporary restraining order against the actor is a publicity stunt. Sheen's attorney, Martin D. Singer, wrote in a court filing Monday that Sheen has not had any contact with his ex, Scottine Ross, in more than a year. The filing is in opposition to Ross' attempts to extend a temporary restraining order she obtained earlier this month based on alleged threats the actor made toward her in a recording obtained by celebrity website RadarOnline.com.


Prince's lawyer: Death a shock; singer led clean lifestyle

FILE- This July 6, 2009 file photo shows Jackson family attorneys L. Londell McMillan, left, and Burt Levitch speaking to the media during a news conference outside the Superior Court in Los Angeles. Prince’s longtime lawyer L. Londell McMillan says the death of the superstar was a complete shock. McMillan had known Prince for 25 years and at one time was his manager. In a phone interview Monday night, April 25, 2016, he told The Associated Press he spoke to Prince the Sunday before he died and Prince said he was doing “perfect.” (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)Prince's longtime lawyer called the death of the superstar a complete shock and said Monday that the singer lived a clean and healthy lifestyle, disputing suggestions that he had a drug addiction. Prince was found dead in Paisley Park, his home and vast recording studio in Chanhassen, Minnesota, on Thursday at the age of 57. Lawyer L. Londell McMillan had known Prince for 25 years and at one time was his manager.


Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 1-7

In this Friday, April 15, 2016 photo, Ace Frehley, singer, musician and former member of KISS, preforms at the FM Kirby center in Wilkes Barre, Pa. Shortly after the preformance, Frehley was admitted to a hospital for exhaustion and dehydration. (Dave Scherbenco/The Citizens' Voice via AP) MANDATORY CREDITMay 1: Singer Judy Collins is 77. Singer Rita Coolidge is 71. Singer-bassist Nick Fortuna of The Buckinghams is 70. Actor Dann Florek ("Law and Order: SVU") is 65. Singer-songwriter Ray Parker Jr. is 62. Actor Byron Stewart is 60. Actor Scott Coffey ("Mulholland Drive," ''The Outsiders") is 52. Country singer Wayne Hancock is 51. Actor Charlie Schlatter ("Diagnosis Murder") is 50. Country singer Tim McGraw is 49. Bassist D'Arcy Wretzky (Smashing Pumpkins) is 48. Director Wes Anderson is 47. Actress Julie Benz ("No Ordinary Family") is 44. Singer Tina Campbell of Mary Mary is 42. ...






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