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October 15, 2019
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A Chat with Jagmeet Singh the Incredibly WellDressed Rising Star in Canadian

first_imgAfter the scandals that surrounded the late Toronto mayor Rob Ford, Toronto became the political laughing stock not just of Canada, but the world. But if Singh’s ascent continues, he may turn Toronto’s reputation around as the hotbed of a new progressive movement. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Jagmeet Singh looks the way you hope a progressive politician would. Recently, BuzzFeed anointed him the “most stylish politician in Canada by like a million kilometers.” He’s the first turban-wearing Sikh to sit in Queen’s Park; he commutes to work by bike, often featured on his Instagram (35k followers). When I meet him in his office, PartyNextDoor is blaring from his Bluetooth speakers. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Both identify as progressives, but unlike the Prime Minister, Singh supports policies such as electoral reform and the repeal of Canada’s Anti Terrorism Act, Bill C-51. And while he’s just as happy to grab a selfie with you as Trudeau, Singh understands that the real power of social media isn’t showing off his custom-designed suits (though those look sharp as hell), but as a vital tool for communicating with his constituents—the youth, in particular. Advertisement Advertisement At 38-years-old, the criminal defense lawyer turned politician is a rising star in Canada, currently serving as Deputy Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party. But why should you care about a guy that represents a suburban district outside of Toronto? Because rumor has it that Singh will soon make the jump into federal politics and run for leadership of the left-wing New Democratic Party of Canada, ready to take on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party government.last_img read more

October 15, 2019
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March CraveTV Highlights SHOWTIME®s Hit Drama BILLIONS Returns for Season 3 CraveTVs

first_imgAdvertisement CraveTV’s HBO Collection continues to expand in March with the addition of Seasons 1-3 of SILICON VALLEY, which begin streaming on Friday, March 2. The Emmy-winning comedy series from Mike Judge and Alec Berg is set in the world of tech start-ups and the awkward underdogs who try to make their way to the top. SILICON VALLEY stars Canadian Thomas Middleditch as Richard, an introverted computer programmer living in the Hacker Hostel start-up incubator along with his best friend Big Head (Josh Brener), pompous Gilfoyle (Martin Starr), and dry-witted Dinesh (Oscar-nominee Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick). These social misfits live under the watch of a self-satisfied dotcom millionaire who lets them stay in his house for free, as long as he gets a 10 percent stake in their projects.Slated for its world premiere this month at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, OPERATION ODESSA is a true crime documentary about a Russian mobster, a Miami playboy, and a Cuban spy who sold a Soviet submarine to a Colombian drug cartel. An early 90s gangster tale that hopscotches from Brooklyn to Miami and California to Moscow, the film tells the true story of three friends who set out to hustle the Russian mob, the Cali cartel, and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for the score of a lifetime. OPERATION ODESSA streams Saturday, March 31 at 9 p.m. ET, day-and-date with SHOWTIME in the U.S.Additional information about CraveTV’s March lineup is outlined below.SHOWTIME SERIES, DOCUMENTARIES & SPECIALS:THE TRADE, Episode 5 *SERIES FINALE* (March 2 @ 9 p.m. ET)OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT, Season 1, Episode 5 (March 4 @ 8 p.m. ET)THE CHI, Season 1, Episode 8 (March 4 @ 10 p.m. ET)OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT, Season 1, Episode 6 (March 11 @ 8 p.m. ET)THE CHI, Season 1, Episode 9 (March 11 @ 10 p.m. ET)BEYOND THE OPPOSITE SEX (March 16 @ 9 p.m. ET)OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT, Season 1, Episode 7 (March 18 @ 8 p.m. ET)THE CHI, Season 1, Episode 10 *SEASON FINALE* (March 18 @ 10 p.m. ET)BILLIONS, Season 3, Episode 1 *SEASON PREMIERE* (March 25 @ 12:01 a.m. ET)OUR CARTOON PRESIDENT, Season 1, Episode 8 (March 25 @ 8 p.m. ET)NEW WAVE: DARE TO BE DIFFERENT (March 30 @ 8 p.m. ET)OPERATION ODESSA (March 31 @ 9 p.m. ET) This month on CraveTV, BILLIONS returns for a third season, CraveTV’s first original comedy special debuts, a new collection launches featuring more content from Starz, HBO’s SILICON VALLEY begins streaming, and more. New series, documentaries, and specials that begin streaming in March include:Starring Oscar® nominee and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Paul Giamatti, and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis, the new season of BILLIONS begins streaming Sunday, March 25 at 10 p.m. ET, day-and-date with SHOWTIME in the U.S. The new season finds Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) and Bobby Axelrod (Lewis) in a world that has shifted, with both men still determined to destroy the other, but also battling new forces and powerful enemies for their own survival. Joining Season 3 in guest-starring roles are Oscar-nominee John Malkovich who plays Russian billionaire Grigor Andolov, and actor-comedian Mike Birbiglia. BILLIONS also stars Maggie Siff, Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, Condola Rashad, Asia Kate Dillon, and Jeffrey DeMunn.Streaming Friday, March 9, DARCY MICHAEL GOES TO CHURCH is the first of three original CraveTV stand-up comedy specials developed in partnership with JUST FOR LAUGHS. Filmed at the Berkeley Church in Toronto during last year’s JFL42 Festival, Canadian comedy darling Darcy Michael delivers a sermon covering topics like gay parenting and casual drug use. The remaining two original specials, DEBRA DIGIOVANNI: HERE’S THE THING and GRAHAM CHITTENDEN: RELUCTANT ADULT follow in April and May, respectively. The Starz Sampler, an all-new collection that launches on Friday, March 16, puts CraveTV’s Starz content in one, easy-to-find spot. In addition to COUNTERPART and BLACK SAILS, new Starz titles that will be added to the collection in March include:Seasons 1-2 of the cult comedy PARTY DOWN which follows a group of struggling actors and dysfunctional dreamers waiting for their big break while working for a catering company to make ends meet;Season 1 of the shot-in-Toronto drama series THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, a reimagining of Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 critically-acclaimed film of the same name that explores the relationships between exclusive escorts and their clients;from executive producer Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson, POWER (Season 1) is a crime drama set in two different worlds, the glamourous New York club scene and the brutal drug trade;executive produced by LeBron James, SURVIVOR’S REMORSE(Season 1-2) follows a basketball phenom in his early 20s who is suddenly thrust into the limelight after signing a contract with a pro team in Atlanta;DA VINCI’S DEMONS (Season 1) is an action-adventure historical fantasy following the ‘untold’ story of the world’s greatest genius, Leonardo da Vinci, during his turbulent youth;and THE WHITE QUEEN, a 10-part limited series adapted from Philippa Gregory’s best-selling novels based on England’s War of the Roses. Facebook Twitter STARZ PROGRAMMING:THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, Season 1 (March 16)POWER, Season 1 (March 16)PARTY DOWN, The Complete Series (March 16)SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, Seasons 1 & 2 (March 16)DAVINCI’S DEMONS, Season 1 (March 16)THE WHITE QUEEN, (March 16)SPOTLIGHT ON CANADA:W5, Season 52, Episode 17 (March 2)DARCY MICHAEL GOES TO CHURCH, CraveTV Original Stand-Up (March 9)W5, Season 52, Episode 18 (March 16)WORTH WATCHING:COUNTERPART, Season 1, Episode 7 (March 4 @ 8 p.m. ET)COUNTERPART, Season 1, Episode 8 (March 11 @ 8 p.m. ET)COUNTERPART, Season 1, Episode 9 (March 18 @ 8 p.m. ET)#ICRAVEFRIDAYS:SILICON VALLEY, Season 1 – 3 (March 2)THE JIM JEFFRIES SHOW, Season 1 (March 2)MATCH GAME, Season 3 (March 2)IS O.J. INNOCENT?: THE MISSING EVIDENCE (March 2)TOSH.O, Season 9 (March 2)DEADLIEST CATCH, Season 12 (March 9)GOLD RUSH, Season 5 (March 9)HOW IT’S MADE, Seasons 24, 25 & 26 (March 9)CURIOSITY: BRAINWASHED, (March 9)MOONSHINERS, Season 4 (March 16)A CRIME TO REMEMBER, Season 1 (March 16)NIGHTMARE NEXT DOOR, Season 2 (March 16)CRIES FROM SYRIA, (March 16)JADE FEVER, Season 1 (March 16)THE TRUTH IS IN THE STARS, (March 23)JERROD CARMICHAEL: 8, (March 30)ROCK AND A HARD PLACE, (March 30)STARS TO THE RESCUE, (March 30)VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL, Season 1 (March 30)LAST CHANCE PROGRAMMING:STEVE MCQUEEN: THE MAN AND LE MANS, (March 3)MAYDAY, Season 10 (March 11)DAN FOR MAYOR, Season 2 (March 14)HICCUPS, Season 2 (March 14)JUNK RAIDERS, Season 2 (March 31)MIGHTY SHIPS, Season 7 (March 31)THE BORGIAS, Season 3 (March 31)COMING SOON:THE LEFTOVERS (The Complete Series)THE CIRCUS (Season 3)Social Media links Login/Register With:  @CraveTVCanada @CraveTV_PR Facebook Instagram Advertisement Advertisement PR Art for Season 3 of the Showtime original series BILLIONS – Photo: Jim Fiscus/SHOWTiME – Photo ID: BILLIONS_S3_PRART_01.RDavid Costabile as Mike “Wags” Wagner, Asia Kate Dillon as Taylor, Mailin Akerman as Lara Axellrod, Damian Lewis as Bobby “Axe” Axelrod, Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades, Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades, Condola Rashad as Kate Sacker, Jeffrey DeMunn as Chuck Rhoades, Sr. and Toby Leonard Moore as Brian Connerty. 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October 13, 2019
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Airline group says Christmas travel will rise 52 per cent

first_imgU.S. airlines expect a 5.2 per cent increase in air travel during the Christmas and New Year’s break, to more than 2.5 million people a day.The busiest day is expected to be the Friday before Christmas.The trade group Airlines for America said Tuesday it forecasts that 45.7 million passengers will fly on a U.S. airline during the 18-day stretch that starts Thursday, Dec. 20, and runs through Jan. 6, the Sunday after New Year’s Day.The group says that since last Christmas, airlines have added 143,000 seats per day on domestic and international flights. They are hoping that’s enough to handle the expected increase of 126,000 passengers a day.Travellers looking for relative calm, take note: The least-busy days are expected to be Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.The Associated Presslast_img read more

October 12, 2019
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Congress Parivartan Yatra in Haryana to begin from today

first_imgGururgam: The Indian National Congress will begin their Parivartan Yatra from Gurugram on Tuesday. Having lost the seat only twice Congress wants to wrest heir strongest bastion of Gururgam Haryana. The State Congress President Ashok Tanwar on Monday met the party workers and took the responses of what issues they need to take forward to the voters who will be casting their votes on May 12.For long Congress has the strength of having tall leaders in its fold. Though that strength has weakened a bit with Rao Inderjit Singh shifting to BJP, it still has other significant leaders like Captain Ajay Yadav who has won several elections from the Ahirwal belt. The significance of the Gurugram for the grand old party of India can be gauged from the fact that in the past Maulana Abul Kalam Azad has contested from the South Haryana region. “The people of Gurugram have always supported the Congress and it will continue to do so in the coming elections. He people have seen how the BJP in the centre and the state has functioned in these years they have been in power,” said Ashok Tanwar, the state Congress President. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDespite Congress winning the seat maximum number of times, Gurugram voters have always sprung a surprise and have ensured that the grand old party of India never have it easy. Interestingly, the region has never ensured that the candidate from local parties wins from the region. Interestingly more than the candidates from the local parties, it is the independents that have gained more traction among the voters. In the closest contest till date, Abdul Ghani who was an independent then defeated Gajraj Singh from the Congress by just 1308 votes in 1967. Congress was, however, able to wrest the seat again in 1971 elections. The voters from Gurugram resulted in the win of the BJP candidate even at a time when the saffron party barely had a presence in Haryana.last_img read more

October 12, 2019
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Google Assistant can now read your work calendar

first_imgSan Francisco: Google Assistant is finally coming to G Suite, starting with the Calendar app in beta within Googles enterprise platform. In a blog post, which coincided with the announcement at the company’s Cloud Next conference in San Francisco, the tech giant outlined how the integration will work. “Users with G Suite accounts can start testing with Assistant starting today,” said the company. “G Suite is integrating with Google Assistant, specifically with Calendar,” said David Thacker, Vice President of Product Management, G Suite. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Now when you sign in and switch to your G Suite account, you can use your Assistant to help you prepare for the work day,” he said. Assistant integration for the G Suite Calendar app applies for both mobile as well as desktop users. Since the integration is just an enterprise feature, it would not work on Assistant-compatible device synced to an individual’s personal account. In addition, the company is also bringing other improvements including third-party connectivity in Cloud Search, updates to Hangouts Meet to help businesses stay connected and “connected sheets” feature to let workers collaborate on up to 10 billion rows of data right from within Sheets, the post noted.last_img read more

October 12, 2019
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Debate Should Morocco Say Goodbye to Mama Franssa

Rabat – In Morocco’s capital of Rabat, some 2,216 km away from Paris, France continues to have influence on Morocco as a current primary trade partner. But the current alarming state of politics in the republic has called into question: is France still a model for Morocco?At a conference hosted by MondeAfrique on April 17 in Rabat, Abdessamad Benchrief, a journalist, author and channel director of Al-Maghrebia, Mohammed Hmouddane, the author of “the Sky, Hassan ll and Mother France,” and “French Dream”, and Bahaa Trabelsi, the author of “Simply a Woman” and “the Concierge’s Chair,” discussed one of the questions underlying Morocco’s identity crisis: Is France still Morocco’s model?As Western right-wing political parties are on the upswing in terms of popular support and access to governmental power, a phenomenon not experienced since fascist movements in the 1930s, for xenophobic nationalism, racism, and Islamophobia have been increasing at alarming rates. Particularly in France, the National Front, founded in 1972 by far-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen, is currently recovering its power under the recent leadership of one of two leading candidates in the current French campaign, Marine Le Pen, known for her imperialistic speeches filled with vows to “end immigrants in France,” give the French their “France back,” and “restore order” in the Republic.In contrast with all who argue that “there isn’t just one France,” today’s reality is that, right-wing republicans now comprise a large part of its public face.Colonialism  to the Skin Moroccan historical studies have gone far to prove that a denial of French influence on Morocco would be “foolish and absurd,” according to Benchrief, a viewpoint which the rest of the speakers agreed with.But a bigger and perhaps more important question is how Moroccans’ view of France as a nation and as, according to Trabelsi, “the bringer of enlightenment,” has changed.A discussion on this particular issue is, as Benchrief coined it, “culturally adventurous.” He went on to say that France has helped produced much of today’s Moroccan identity.Though the official languages of the Kingdom are Arabic and Amazigh, it is well known the formal language of business and higher education is French. French is employed in all official institutions of the country, the juridical/legal, educational, economic, and diplomatic systems, as well as simply obtaining a medical prescription from a doctor and handing it to a pharmacist. Benchrief noted that these institutions echo almost identically their French counterparts. Goodbye ‘Frenchness’Mohammed Hmouddane suggested that France has ceased to be a country for Moroccans but rather a concept that serves “the reproduction of the Moroccan elite.” He added that this very conceptualization of France appeals to “Morocco’s search for identity,” which many citizens are eager to fulfill.“Frenchness” is Moroccans’ ticket to prestige and a better social status, according to Hmouddane, a model, but not in the sense that it must be perceived as a phantasy.Trabelsi’s said that her early years were a mixture of Moroccan and French culture that has led her to argue against the use of the binary “Us against the Other” discourse.Drawing from her experience as a Francophone author and a Moroccan citizen, she elucidated that Morocco isn’t one fixed entity, but rather many identities that borrow not only from France but also from all four corners of the world to construct an identity that allows Morocco to be “rich and unique in its multiculturalism.” Mama Franssa, a Little Attention!Islamophobic discourse in France and the unacknowledged participation of immigrants in the growth of the business sector in the country suggested a less reassuring idea: even though Morocco celebrates its multiculturalism and acceptance of French culture as an integral part of its identity, this is not necessarily reciprocated, especially, added Benchrief, considering the rise of the far right.The journalist avoided euphemism and spoke of unpleasant facts usually swept under the rug for the sake of national pride. He argued that even though Moroccans have treasured French culture and literature, the latter has scarcely done the same. Many great names of Moroccan literature are ignored by the French, while French names are taught in Moroccan universities and discussed among circles of intellectuals.Trabelsi took to another approach on the issue and maintained that much like Morocco, France is confronted by an “identity crisis” – an imported Wahabist ideology that is at stake in both countries. To her, this represents a chance to recall the Kingdom’s identity, which has for decades associated religion with progress.She added that the issue of identity should not be given great importance.  Instead the public’s attention should be directed towards more sustainable issues, such as the country’s infrastructure, education, and tourism.The conference did not provide a definitive answer of whether France is a model or not. Instead, it opened the door to future discussions. read more

October 4, 2019
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South Korean wedding companies woo rich Chinese eager for touch of Seouls

by Elizabeth Shim, The Associated Press Posted Aug 12, 2013 3:10 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email South Korean wedding companies woo rich Chinese eager for touch of Seoul’s style sense SEOUL, South Korea – Standing by a French chateau’s window, the young bride-to-be glows in the afternoon sun as she gazes into her fiancé’s eyes. This Chinese couple’s fairytale moment, however, isn’t unfolding at a Bordeaux estate.The 20-something Beijing lawyers and fans of South Korean pop idol Rain are part of a small but growing number of affluent Chinese for whom the craze for all things South Korean means flying to Seoul for the weekend to have wedding pictures taken.China is the source of one quarter of all tourists to South Korea, and a handful of companies in South Korea’s $15 billion wedding industry are wooing an image-conscious slice of the Chinese jet set happy to drop several thousand dollars on a wedding album with a South Korean touch.The draw for many of the well-heeled Chinese isn’t Seoul’s ancient palaces or the fiery cuisine. It’s an elegant urban style exemplified by Gangnam, the tony Seoul district made globally famous by South Korean rapper PSY’s “Gangnam Style.” Helping shape that image is the popularity of South Korean cosmetics and fashion and the many South Korean stars whose looks are widely copied in China.“The style in South Korea is more sophisticated and cuter than what we have in China. We came here because South Korea is the leader in fashion and makeup,” said the bride-to-be, Yang Candi, as two stylists fussed over her hair with a curling iron and giant hair clips during a recent photo shoot.South Korea’s tourism ministry estimates that more than 2.5 million Chinese visitors spent an average of $2,150 per person in 2012, more than any other nationality. That’s helping companies such as iWedding, which is the largest of the South Korean wedding planners hosting Chinese tourists, to flourish.Every month for more than a year, iWedding has done business with 50 to 60 Chinese couples, the company said, including the Beijing attorneys whose love of South Korean TV shows and music brought them to Seoul.A South Korean competitor, Design Wedding, recently partnered with a Chinese company in Shanghai and has photographed more than 50 Chinese couples since May. Chuka Club, another South Korean wedding planner, said it gets Chinese clients even though it doesn’t advertise on Chinese websites like rivals iWedding and Design Wedding.“Chinese look up to South Korea for its sophisticated urban culture, style and beauty,” said Song Sung-uk, professor of South Korean pop culture studies at the Catholic University of Korea in Seoul. “Rather than visiting traditional palaces or shopping for antiques, they would rather go to Gangnam to experience state-of-the-art shopping malls.”Song said South Korea, which built the fourth largest economy in Asia from the rubble of the 1950-53 Korean War, is synonymous with the good life that middle-class Chinese aspire to. South Korea’s pop culture plays a big part in cultivating that image.“I always wanted to come here, especially after watching South Korean TV shows,” said the groom-to-be, Chen Jingjing, his face gleaming with liquid foundation, his eyebrows carefully contoured.The couple said they had high expectations for their trip and were excited about the prospect of glamorous photos mimicking the pampered lifestyles of their favourite South Korean celebrities. The trip, they said, would also give them bragging rights at home with their friends and family.After nearly three hours of hair, makeup and frequent amorous glances, Chen and Yang, dressed in wedding white, are chauffeured to a nearby photo studio where they spend the next eight hours striking poses before facades resembling cobblestoned streets or Loire Valley estates. The continental European backdrop is a favourite of Chinese visitors and South Koreans. That likely stems from the popularity of Western-style bridal gowns and tuxedos; many wedding planners began thinking that those European outfits looked better when photographed in front of a European set.The heart of the day for Yang and Chen was overseen by a nimble South Korean photographer who orchestrates the eight-hour photo session with an air of Gangnam cool, cooing enthusiastically to get the couple’s poses just right. Other helpers rushed to adjust Yang’s hair or dust off Chen’s lapel as mellow South Korean pop tunes wafted from speakers embedded in the ceiling.The photographs are arranged in a leather-bound album, part of a South Korean package for couples that includes transportation, doting assistants and a hotel option, according to Yu Mi-ra, a Chinese-speaking South Korean co-ordinator at iWedding. The service costs $2,000 to $4,000.Yu said the reason cosmopolitan Chinese come all the way to South Korea for wedding pictures is a higher quality photography and makeup service than they’d get in China.But that doesn’t mean expectations are always met.While Chen and Yang seemed at ease with the attention — smiling at the photographer’s attempts to speak Chinese and generally operating like celebrities accustomed to paparazzi and the staged glamour of red carpet events — six hours into the photo session, Yang’s smile disappears. She is unhappy with the photographs.“My cheekbones are sticking out,” said Yang after looking at the pictures through a camera viewer. “We came all the way to Korea to look our best. But these pictures are plain. I’m a little disappointed.”Yang’s South Korean translator and assistant eventually persuade her to go on with the photo shoot. And Yang again bats her fake eyelashes and smiles for the camera. At the close of the day, she seems generally pleased.“Everyone is nice. They must be tired too,” she said. read more

October 3, 2019
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TransForce expects ecommerce business to take off as it grows urban reach

TransForce expects e-commerce business to take off as it grows urban reach MONTREAL – Canadian trucking and courier company TransForce is gearing up for a busy year delivering online purchases.The Montreal-based company, whose customers include Amazon and Google, says it is on track for a big boost in e-commerce related revenues.“We’re just going to go through the roof,” CEO Alain Bedard said Friday during a conference call.TransForce (TSX:TFI) anticipates $18 million in revenues this year from providing same-day service in about half a dozen markets for Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce player. The addition of eight to 10 urban markets should almost double its take next year.The company’s relationship with Amazon started slowly this year with a few markets such as San Diego, Orlando and Tampa. It recently opened operations in Los Angeles and Chicago.Bedard said he expects e-commerce will grow “big time” over the next 10 to 15 years as online purchases are delivered for store pickup, to community collection locations or to homes.While rival Canada Post provides cheap service across the country, Bedard said TransForce will only compete in large metropolitan cities like Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal.Cities like Sudbury, Ont., Red Deer, Alta, Kamloops, B.C., and Chicoutimi, Que., are just too small.“Where there’s no density, like all the remote locations in Canada, we’ll never be a player,” he told analysts.Analyst Maxim Sytchev of Dundee Capital Markets sees e-commerce opportunities as “the most tangible growth area for the company”, helped by Dynamex, one of North America’s largest same-day delivery providers.Meanwhile, TransForce said it is on the cusp of announcing the sale of its waste management business as it eyes truckload acquisition opportunities in the U.S.Waste management is a highly profitable business, but accounts for just five per cent of overall revenues. Bedard said the company has received interest from several strategic players and should be prepared to announce a deal in the coming months.TransForce would then look to take advantage of cheap asking prices to purchase a publicly traded U.S. company to create a separately listed North American company focused on trucking. It would initially merge its Transport America operations acquired last year into the purchased company, eventually adding TransForce’s leading Canadian trucking business.Meanwhile, TransForce said weak market conditions have forced it to exit the U.S. oil rig hauling business, about two years after it make a similar move in Canada.TransForce’s net earnings in the third quarter were flat at $41.6 million. Excluding the discontinued rig business it earned $43 million up from $38.6 million a year earlier. Adjusting for one-time items including currency fluctuations, earnings from continuing operations were $60.6 million or 60 cents per diluted share. That compared with $58.1 million or 58 cents per share in the prior year quarter.Revenues from continuing operations grew 12.6 per cent to $1.07 billion.Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets said TransForce shares are on the verge of taking off, saying the sale of its waste assets would be a catalyst for a higher price.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, TransForce shares closed up 8.2 per cent Friday at $25.96.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 23, 2015 12:42 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

October 3, 2019
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The Latest at CES Personalize backpacks with photo screen

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 6, 2017 10:13 am MDT Last Updated Jan 6, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Fashionistas, particularly millennials, like to personalize what they wear.New backpacks from a startup called Pop-I will let wearers display personal photos right on a built-in digital screen.Pop-I’s president, Vikram Joshi, says that “with a push of a button, you can completely change the look of your backpack to try to match your style or your emotions or feelings.”It can be a photo you just snapped, or something from your photo gallery.The backpacks are among the products on display at this year’s CES gadget show in Las Vegas. They will come out later this year and range from $99 to $399, depending on the size of the screen and the material of the backpack. Leather versions are more expensive than canvass.Pop-I is looking to expand to other products like clothing. Simon Rosen jumps while having his picture taken in the Project Helix at the Nikon booth during CES International, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) The Latest at CES: Personalize backpacks with photo screen read more

October 2, 2019
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October 2015 – EV registrations

SMMT has published Electric Vehicle (EV) registration figures for October 2015 and the year-to-date.Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 42,324 eligible cars registered. Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles. For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail data@smmt.co.uk.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

September 25, 2019
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Scotland has worst drugs problem in Europe as death rate soars

Scotland’s drugs death rate is now higher than the USA and every other country in Europe, and three times the UK average, according to shocking new figures.The statistics released on Tuesday revealed that 1,187 people died following drug use last year, an increase of 27 per cent on 2017.Methadone, the heroin substitute prescribed by the NHS to help heroin users, caused more deaths than the drug it is meant to replace and contributed to nearly half the total mortality figure.The National Records of Scotland said the country now had a higher mortality rate than the whole of Europe.In the US, the latest figures suggest a drug death rate of 217 per million people, compared to a figure in Scotland of 218 per million. The Scottish total is at the highest level since current records began in 1996 and is more than double the 2008 figure of 574.The statistics show that 72 per cent of those who died were male, with more than 1,000 deaths involving methadone, heroin and morphine. However, a large percentage of those who died – 792 – had also taken pills such as diazepam and etizolam.It was reported last month that these “street valiums” can be bought for less than the price of a chocolate bar, at just 30p a pill in central Glasgow, and are often taken in conjunction with opiates, with fatal consequences. 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. Ms Wells added: “Over the last decade, the Scottish Government’s approach has been to park vulnerable users on methadone. Yet these figures show methadone now causes even more deaths than heroin.”Miles Briggs, the shadow health secretary, said drug and alcohol partnerships were the “Cinderalla” service of the NHS and the figures were an indictment of 20 years of failed drug policies under Labour, Lib Dem and SNP governments.He called for a review of the methadone programme and new fast-track residential rehabilitation places.He added: “SNP ministers have taken the regressive decisions to cut alcohol and drug partnership budgets in the past which has resulted in the destabilisation of services across the country.”Greater Glasgow & Clyde had the highest rate at 0.23 per 1,000 population, followed by Tayside and Ayrshire & Arran with rates of 0.18 and 0.17 per 1,000 population respectively. Scotland’s Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick said the figures were “shocking”, and bold new approaches were needed to save lives. He also repeated calls for the UK Government to enable the creation of safer “drug consumption rooms”.But the Scottish Conservatives said SNP administration had presided over the catastrophic rise in drug deaths after having sole control over health and justice for the past 12 years.Annie Wells, Conservative public health spokesperson, said the crisis should be the number one concern for Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish Government.She added: “On its watch, these fatalities – all of which are avoidable – have more than doubled since it came to power.”The SNP has had control over health and justice for 12 years, yet hasn’t managed to bring in anything that comes close to dealing with this problem. “As these figures show, whatever drugs strategies it has adopted have only made things worse.”Predictably, in their desperation, the nationalists are now pinning their hopes on consumption rooms, because they know it’s something the UK Government does not agree with.”That’s a cowardly approach from those ministers who’re meant to be taking responsibility. Instead, they’re hiding behind a ruse.”The Tories called for a strategy based on rehabilitation and “abstinence-based recovery”, services which they said had been cut by the SNP. read more

September 21, 2019
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Abortion Rights Campaign gives back €23000 US donation

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3316866 Abortion Rights Campaign gives back €23,000 US donation The $24,999 was donated by US billionaire George Soros’ Open Societies Foundation. 15,206 Views Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share71 Tweet Email1 Saturday 1 Apr 2017, 7:05 AM Apr 1st 2017, 7:05 AM THE ABORTION RIGHTS Campaign returned a funding grant worth €23,000 from a US donor on advice from the Standards in Public Office (Sipo).According to the Abortion Rights Campaign, the grant was received from Open Societies Foundation to fund “educational and stigma-busting projects”.The story was first reported in the Irish Catholic newspaper.The Open Societies Foundations is funded by US billionaire George Soros – a major backer of liberal causes around the world who supported a campaign by lobby group Sex Workers Alliance Ireland against planned new sex laws.Sipo wanted proof that the grant wasn’t for political purposes, as under Irish law, it’s not permitted to use foreign donations for domestic political campaigns.The Abortion Rights Campaign does not agree with Sipo’s advice, but said that “in good faith have returned the grant in order to comply with all regulatory frameworks”.They said that it wasn’t alone in applying for foreign grants and that the majority of the Abortion Rights Campaign’s funding comes from voluntary donations from members and supporters.The organisation, which has no paid staff and is run by dedicated volunteers, operates on a small budget.Spokesperson Linda Kavanagh said:Our focus remains on advocating for reproductive rights while striving to lift the stigma surrounding abortion in Ireland.“Every cent we receive goes back into the movement towards choice, change and destigmatising abortion in Ireland.”Read: Pro-life group wants to raise €18,000 to fund Facebook page targeting Irish teensRead: Bill to change the penalty for an abortion to a €1 fine defeated by government Short URL 96 Comments last_img read more

September 19, 2019
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SPOILER Former TNA star appears at NXT TV tapings

first_img Kurt Angle Cesaro announces that he will make an appearance at NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cesaro Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles AEW announces tickets for debut episode on TNT from Washington, DC is sold-out Seth Rollins Ronda Rousey states her UFC debut “felt bigger” than Wrestlemania main event Now Playing Up Next Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Former TNA star James Storm appeared for a match under the same name at tonight’s NXT TV tapings at Full Sail University, making his debut for the company in a match that will air on the 10/21 episode on the WWE Network defeating Martin Stone.There had been reports on Storm being backstage at the NXT live event in Nashville and last night’s NXT TakeOver: Respect live special over the last week.Photo of Storm’s appearance can be seen below from Twitter (credit to @snkxwwe)Source: Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Google+ Lacey Evans Shows Up In Stellar Outfit To Make Monday Night RAW Debut Twitter WhatsApp Videos Articles Facebooklast_img read more

September 19, 2019
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Trump confronts Putin on election hacking in first meeting

first_imgHAMBURG, Germany — At long last face to face, President Donald Trump confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin directly Friday over Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign, as the two leaders sought to use their historic first meeting to move past the issue and forge closer cooperation on Syria.In a two-hours-plus meeting in Germany, Trump and Putin had a “robust and lengthy” discussion about the interference, though Putin denied involvement, said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. His Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, said Trump had accepted Putin’s assurances that Russia didn’t meddle in the U.S. election — a divergent description of the conversation that illustrated each country’s effort to show its leader had held his ground.“I think the president is rightly focused on how do we move forward from something that may be an intractable disagreement at this point,” said Tillerson, who took part in the meeting along with Lavrov.Trump’s decision to raise the issue directly with Putin fulfilled ardent demands by U.S. lawmakers of both parties that the president not shy away from the issue in his highly anticipated meeting with Putin. Trump has avoided stating unequivocally in the past that Russia interfered, even as investigations proceed into whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russians who sought to help him win.On one point, Putin and Trump agreed, Tillerson said: The issue has become a hindrance to better relations between the two powers. The two leaders agreed to continue the discussion, with an eye toward securing a commitment that Russia won’t interfere in U.S. affairs in the future, Tillerson added.last_img read more

September 9, 2019
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Ask A Climatologist Alaska Reaches 200 Days of Warmer than Normal Weather

first_imgAlaska has seen 200 days in a row with above average temperatures. Photo from SNPP sattelite via UAF – GINA.Wednesday marks the 200th day in a row of above normal temperatures for Alaska. Even in a string of unusually warm years for the state, that’s a remarkable run.Brian Brettschneider is a climatologist in Anchorage who closely tracks Alaska climate data and trends. Alaska’s Energy Desk is checking in with him regularly as part of a new segment, Ask A Climatologist. Brettschneider says the daily average statewide temperature is based on an index of 25 cities across Alaska.Listen nowBrian Brettschneider is a climatologist who lives in Anchorage. He spoke with Annie Feidt, from Alaska’s Energy Desk, as part of a regular look at climate change in the state.Do you have a climate question for Brian? Email akenergydesk@alaskapublic.orglast_img read more

September 6, 2019
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UoH student dies in bathroom

first_imgHyderabad: A student died under suspicious conditions at University of Hyderabad on Monday. According to Gachibowli Police, the student is identified as Deepika Mahapatra (29). She belongs to Orissa and was doing Ph.D in Hindi at the university. Based on the primary information, police are suspecting Neurological abnormality, due to which she might have died in suspicious conditions in bathroom. They shifted her body to Osmania General Hospital mortuary for postmortem. A case has been registered and investigation is under progress.last_img

September 5, 2019
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Summer Solstice 2019 How do Indians celebrate the longest day of the

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:55Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:55?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … TwitterThe Summer Solstice, also known as midsummer, will take place on June 21, Friday this year. The summer solstice occurs when the Earth’s poles reach the maximum tilt towards the sun. This happens twice a year and during the Summer Solstice, the North Pole is tilted towards the Sun.Summer Solstice is the beginning of the summer season and is said to be the longest day of the year. The day will receive the maximum hours of sunlight with the Sun rising early and setting late. This is because the Sun shines directly above the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere. The Earth’s axis is said to tilt 23.4 degrees towards the Sun relative to the plane of its orbit.How do Indians celebrate Summer Solstice? In India, many people celebrate the longest day of the year by doing yoga. Incidentally, June 21 is also observed as International Yoga Day. People get together and celebrate the day by having mass yoga sessions across the country. They also pray to the Sun for happiness, love and forgiveness.The Sunrise will take place at 5:23:40 am and will set at 19:21:57 pm. Length of the day will be 13 hours 58 minutes and 16 seconds.The days keep getting longer It is a known fact that with the commencement of the year, the days keep getting longer till 20, 21 and 22 of June and they begin becoming shorter.However, scientists have discovered that over time, i.e. years, the Earth’s rotation has been getting steadily longer due to tidal friction. Scientists believe that the Earth finished a rotation in six hours now, it takes 24 hours to finish the rotation. Closecenter_img What is the Summer Solstice?last_img read more

August 28, 2019
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5 budgetfriendly tips to prepare your bedroom for autumn

first_img Whether you prefer tea lights, scented or long-stemmed candles, placing them on a decorative candle holder adds extra character to your room.Choose decorative vases and ornaments with unique shapes and textures to mimic elements and colours of autumn.Keep a fleece near your bedroom door so that when you need to leave the room, you can wrap it around you and stay warm as you move around.Place various shaped mirrors on empty walls. They will make the room look bigger, and also giving a warmer feel as your autumn colours are reflected in the mirrors.Keep your room clutter-free with the use of storage boxes. If their colours clash with those of your room, stack them on top of each other and cover them with a light cloth that will suit your needs. For more bedroom ideas, decor and everything else you need to spruce up your home, have a look at Sheet Street’s autumn catalogue. Even better, why not visit your closest Sheet Street store?You can also follow them on Twitter , Facebook, and Instagram for the latest trends and your daily home inspiration. You don’t need to spend a fortune on under-floor heating and double glazing, simply follow these five affordable décor tips from the Garden and Home team for a quick seasonal update.1: Incorporate warmer colours and materialsSwap your light summer duvets for thicker inners and look for duvet covers in richer, jewel-like colours. You can also change your curtains for ones with a heavier weight. Look for cheerful colours to brighten things up and thicker materials to up the snug factor.Allura Reversible Duvet Cover Set, Sheet StreetTip: Here’s a unique and quick way to stuff a comforter inside a duvet cover, all by yourself!2: Get the layered lookThe secret to giving your bedroom personality is by layering. Start with linens, then add blankets, quilts or throws in contrasting or complementary colours. Finish off with textured scatter cushions. Texture is important so include super soft fleece, plush chenille and trendy faux fur to add a luxe look.Printed faux fur scatter, 55 x 55cm, Sheet StreetTip: Arranging throw pillows a certain way can add an instant look and feel to any bedroom.3: Light it upWhen the days get darker, the right bedside lamps and lampshades will give your room a warm atmospheric glow. You can also hang a mirror on an empty wall to reflect and maximise natural light.Chrome Lamp Set, Sheet StreetTip: Know your lamp shades. Perfect for placing on a corner desk and reading your favourite book or studying.This elongated lamp shade is ideal for brightening up your bedroom.Narrow at the top and wider at the bottom, the colour of this empire lamp shade will set the romantic mood in your bedroom. 4: Don’t get cold feet! Never step out of bed onto a chilly floor again! A bedside rug is not only a practical addition, but it will also tie the look of your room together.Chenille Rug, 70x110cm, Sheet StreetTip: Bedroom rugs do’s and don’ts.5: Decorate awayLastly, finish off your look with these seasonal decorative pieces and voila – your bedroom is ready for autumn.last_img read more

August 19, 2019
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Transat to offer Santiago de Cuba for the first time starting this

first_imgTransat to offer Santiago de Cuba for the first time starting this winter Thursday, October 25, 2018 Share Posted by Tags: Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, Transatcenter_img MONTREAL — Transat has added Santiago de Cuba to its growing Sun portfolio, which now totals 35 destinations.Beginning on Dec. 19, 2018, Air Transat will fly out of Toronto every Wednesday. Santiago de Cuba, Cuba’s second-largest city after Havana, is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its white-sand beaches, numerous palaces and rich history.To encourage travellers to explore the destination on their own, Transat has also launched its very first ‘Your Way’ tour in Cuba called ‘Cuba Your Way’. Already popular in Europe, ‘Your Way’ tours take care of transportation, accommodation and a number of meals, giving independent travellers complete freedom to explore at their own pace.Transat also offers other types of packages that highlight the new destination, including the Santiago de Cuba Duo package that includes three nights in the city and four nights by the beach. This is in addition to beach packages at all-inclusive hotels.Hotels on offer include the beachfront Brisas Sierra Mar Los Galeones and Club Amigo Carisol Los Corales. For a different side of Cuba, suggest the Meliá Santiago de Cuba and Iberostar Casa Grande in the heart of the city. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

August 19, 2019
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Finally were all validated Bill Cosbys alleged victims react to his arraignment

first_imgRelated posts:Cosby’s wife forced to testify in defamation case over sexual-assault allegations Bill Cosby charged with sexual assault Peace Corps volunteers petition to reinstate sexual assault victims’ advocate Football: Messi denies tax evasion in Panama Papers scandal It’s one case with one victim, but to the numerous women who have accused Bill Cosby of drugging and/or sexually assaulting them, the announcement that Cosby had been criminally charged with felony aggravated indecent assault Wednesday spelled relief and, on some level, vindication.Cosby, 78, surrendered his passport and posted 10 percent of his $1 million bail at his arraignment in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, Wednesday afternoon. He faces three counts: assault without consent, assault when the complainant is unconscious or unaware that penetration is occurring, and assault when the person impairs the complainant. They all stem from from a 2004 incident in which former Temple University employee Andrea Constand says Cosby drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home.Many of the women who have accused Cosby of assaulting them have said they would be willing to testify in a criminal trial against Cosby. If that comes to fruition, it would give several alleged victims the chance to make their voices heard in a court of law after the statute of limitations passed on their own cases.“If Andrea’s case winds up getting the full justice that she deserves, then we are there for her and we would be in court — we would be in court even if we weren’t testifying,” Victoria Valentino, who says Cosby drugged and raped her, told ABC News. “We’d be there in the grand stands rooting her on, lending positive vibes and love to her.”Here’s what some of his more than 50 accusers had to say about Cosby facing criminal charges.Victoria Valentino: Valentino told ABC News that she couldn’t wait to “get together with all the ladies for a celebration party and crack open the champagne.”The former Playboy model was still trying to contend with feelings of disbelief, and said she began to cry when she saw Cosby’s mugshot.“I just never really thought I’d see the day,” Valentino said. “I can’t bear to look at his face, you know, but to see him in a vulnerable position compared to how he made us feel so vulnerable. It’s justice. It’s just karma.”She told CNN, “I just want him to stand up and tell the truth and take it like a man. I want the truth to come out. I want justice to be served, and I want justice to prevail for all of the women, all of these victims, who have suffered watching him receive accolades all these years while they were suffering the consequences of PTSD from their encounters with him.”Beverly Johnson: Johnson caused quite a stir when she publicly accused Cosby of drugging her in a first-person account published in Vanity Fair.“When it comes down to it, truth is simple,” Johnson tweeted Wednesday. “There is nothing that we give to others that does not come back to us in some shape or form.”Beth Ferrier: Ferrier has accused Cosby of drugging and raping her in Denver in the 1980s.“Today is still just a good day, regardless of if he is found guilty or not guilty,” Ferrier told CBS Denver. “We’re hoping that we get our day in court.” She added: “If someone speaks to you about sexual assault, you need to believe them, believe the women.”Sarita Butterfield: Butterfield, a former Playboy bunny, has said that Cosby molested her in a guest house yards away from his family when he invited her to join the Cosbys for Christmas Eve dinner in 1977. Cosby’s wife, Camille, was noticeably absent when he showed up for his arraignment with his attorneys Brian McMonagle and Monique Pressley this week.Butterfield told TMZ: “If I could tell his wife something, I would tell her, ‘Shame on you for being an accessory to his criminal act.’ She should be charged also as an accomplice.”P.J. Masten: Masten was a Playboy bunny like Butterfield and Valentino. She told the New York Daily News that Cosby drugged and raped her when she was working at a Chicago Playboy Club in 1979, and accused him of assaulting 12 other bunnies.“Oh my God, finally, finally, we’re all validated,” Masten told the Daily News. “Our voices together brought this monster down. I’m so happy that the world is going to now see what we know. We’ve pulled his mask off.”Sammie Mays: Mays was a writer who said Cosby gave her a spiked drink and assaulted her. She publicly accused him of assault in a May press conference with lawyer Gloria Allred and “Cosby Show” actress Lili Bernard.“Please don’t let him die without being convicted because it will save his reputation,” she told TMZ.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Commentslast_img read more