BURNABY, B.C. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau demonstrated a new virtual camera used by game makers at an Electronic Arts Canada studio near Vancouver on Thursday after promoting the country’s technology sector to officials in Washington state.Trudeau held the camera on his shoulder as two actors wearing special suits pretended to box at the company’s Capture Lab, an animation facility in Burnaby.The prime minister also attended a roundtable at Electronic Arts with business leaders from health care, clean technology, digital animation and visual effects.“We’re going to talk about how the government can be a better partner, or better get out of your way in some cases, to allow you to continue to grow, to succeed, to create great opportunities for innovations that are going to advance success in Canada, create good jobs for Canadians and draw in great people from around the world,” Trudeau said before the discussions began.Jon Lutz, vice-president of financial planning and strategy at Electronic Arts, said the company that has created some of the world’s most successful video games is always looking for the most qualified people.“We need the best people from all over the world so we welcome any strategies that grow the talent pool in Canada and enable us to compete on the global stage,” he said.“We certainly welcome greater collaboration with our partners in the U.S. and anything that helps build the talent base up in Vancouver,” Lutz said, adding the interactive entertainment industry is a key subsector of technology and could continue growing in Canada.Later Thursday, Trudeau attended a Liberal party fundraiser in downtown Vancouver, where he applauded local members for signing up 7,000 newcomers since last summer.Trudeau called on his supporters to keep working hard as he warned about the momentum that upcoming leadership races could give the party’s rivals.“We’ve got competition. The Conservatives are electing a new leader next weekend. The NDP will do the same later this year. And history has shown that these things matter,” he said, speaking to a room of a couple hundred people.Outside the venue, protesters carried signs calling for an end to Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, whose terminus is in Burnaby, and to the Site C hydroelectric megaproject in the province’s north.Earlier in the day, Trudeau met Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in Seattle where they discussed the development of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, an initiative that aims to strengthen technology industry ties between British Columbia and Washington.The pair also spoke about trade, investment opportunities and innovation in the energy sector, said Trudeau’s office. In brief remarks before the meeting, the prime minister said Washington and Canada share common goals.“We’re both strongly engaged on issues of climate change, on issues of openness to trade, on leadership on refugees as well and an understanding that diversity can be a real source of strength,” he said.Inslee said the state and country share an “incredible commitment” to defeating climate change and a recognition that they can grow their economies at the same time.“It is a great pleasure to know we have a national leader in the North American economy that is committed to that,” he said.But protesters clad in yellow hazardous material suits that read “Keystone XL Toxic Cleanup Crew” gathered outside the hotel to criticize Trudeau’s environmental record, arguing his support of pipelines is at odds with any global warming promises he has made.Chanting “Tar sands or clean lands, Trudeau you have a choice,” the group of about a dozen people demanded that the prime minister rescind his support of Keystone XL and the Trans Mountain expansion, two pipelines that have generated considerable debate in the U.S.Janene Hampton of the Colville Okanagan Tribe in northern Washington said Trudeau claims he cares about indigenous people yet he sides with companies that want to build pipelines that threaten the water sources of Aboriginal Peoples.“He’s approving these pipelines and the things that they’re asking for. He’s supporting the corporations. He says that he’s an indigenous peoples’ ally. Well, that’s not being an ally,” she said.Protester Mike Foster said he’s especially concerned about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Alberta to the West Coast and the impact that increased tanker traffic will have on Washington state’s endangered killer whale population.“We have 78 orca whales left in Puget Sound and the number of tankers coming through these waters would be increased 700 per cent,” he said.Kinder Morgan Canada’s $7.4 billion pipeline expansion, approved by Trudeau’s government last year, would increase the number of tankers in coastal waters from about five per month to 34 per month.In 2015, former U.S. president Barack Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, which would run from Alberta to Nebraska, but President Donald Trump overturned the decision this year.— With files from Laura Kane in Seattle.
Road Accident LogoAt least eight people died on Saturday in road accidents on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway in Cumilla, reports UNB.In Daudkandi upazila’s Eliotganj, a Dhaka-bound Green Line bus rammed into a covered-van from behind in the morning amid poor visibility. The bus’s supervisor was killed on the spot.Later, the bus driver’s assistant died while he was being taken to hospital, said inspector of Eliotganj Highway police outpost Manirul Islam.The deceased Fahad Al Razi Faisal, is son of late Kaikobad of Lalbag area in Cumilla sadar south upazila and Manowar Hossain, is son of Idris Sheikh of Kajikanda village from Harirampur thana of Manikganj.In Korpai area of Burichong upazila, a private car hit a road-side tree, killing two passengers.The victims were identified as Humayun Kabir, son of Matiar Rahman of Ashokpur in Tangail Sadar and Mojibur Rahman, son of Ashek Ali from Takurtakur area of the same upazila.At Daudkandi’s Gouripur bus terminal, a CDM Paribahan bus fell into a ditch after running over a woman pedestrian. Two passengers drowned.The woman was identified as Nurunnahar, wife of Khairul Molla of Gopchor village in Daudkandi.One of the passengers killed is Md Sumon, son of Sharif Ali of Kushiara village in Daudkandi while other could not be identified yet.In Cumilla Cantonment area, a woman named Ansari Mandal was crushed to death by a police vehicle rushing towards the site of the previous accident. She hailed from Bikrampur in Munshiganj.In-charge of Daudkandi highway police station Abul Kalam Azad and chief of Maynamati highway police station Mahabubur Rahman confirmed the deaths.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday warned that action will be taken if anyone wants to play with the share market.”… if anyone wants to play (with the market), obviously we’re taking action and will take so,” she said while giving her winding-up speech in the second session of the 11thparliament.The prime minister said the government has taken many steps to keep the share market stable. “Those who are going to the market should know that there’s the possibility of both profit and loss. When you make profits, you’ll be happy but when you incur losses, you’ll shift the blame on the government. This is not fair,” she said.She said the government is taking steps whatever necessary for the capital market. “We’re giving protection; we’re providing all types of facilities for the market.”Sheikh Hasina also mentioned that the government wants the stock market to run with stability. “We don’t want the market to suddenly go up and down. We’re taking appropriate measures to control it,” she added.Noting that the share market is like gambling, Hasina said, “You can make profits as well as you can incur losses. Those who will go the capital market have to consider it.”The prime minister asked the investors to look into all the related aspects before going for investing in any company’s share.”The investors should make their own decision,” she said, adding that no one will take their responsibilities.Hasina assured that there is nothing to be worried about the capital market as the government is taking steps for its betterment. “I’ll say there’s nothing to be worried. I’ve already had a meeting with the stakeholders a couple of days back in parliament to find out the way to fix the market,” she said.
Categories: News,Photos Rep. Mike Callton reads the book “Pouncing Bobcats” to students at St. Peter and Paul School in Ionia.State Rep. Mike Callton is continuing his tradition of reading to local schools in recognition of reading month. For his first visit this year, he added a special twist while reading to students at a school in Ionia County.Callton, R-Nashville, visited St. Peter and Paul School in Ionia on March 4. He read the book “Pouncing Bobcats” by Joelle Riley to students from kindergarten through seventh grade. After finishing the book, Callton announced that the students were so well-behaved that he would be bringing in a special guest – Cosmo the bobcat.Cosmo is owned by Bill Yoder, who runs a traveling zoo out of Clarksville. The children took turns petting the bobcat and got to ask questions of Cosmo’s owner. They learned that while Cosmo is still considered a “kitten” weighing in at 30 lbs., he will grow to be more than 50 lbs. at full size.Rep. Mike Callton gets a hug from Cosmo the bobcat during a reading month appearance at St. Peter and Paul School in Ionia. 05Mar Rep. Callton brings local students’ imaginations to life for reading month A student at St. Peter and Paul School in Ionia pets Cosmo the bobcat. At left is Cosmo’s owner, Bill Yoder. Rep. Mike Callton, center, arranged Cosmo’s visit to the school as part of a “Bring your imagination to life” theme for reading month.Callton says the idea behind Cosmo’s visit surrounds his theme of this year’s reading month: “Bring your imagination to life”. “By reading a book about bobcats and then having one appear, children are able to see how they can use books to learn and experience new things,” Callton said.After leaving each of the students with a Cosmo-themed bookmark that reminds them to read, Callton promised to return next year, possibly with another surprise guest.
News Corp has said it will rename its media arm 21st Century Fox following the split between the group’s publishing and film and TV units.21st Century Fox will replace the previously announced name for the media arm of Fox Group.21st Century Fox will include pay TV channels Fox, FX, FXX, FS1, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Sports, Fox Sports Network, National Geographic Channels, Fox Pan American Sports, MundoFox and Star; film studio Twentieth Century Fox Film; and television production studios Twentieth Century Fox Television and Shine Group.The company will also comprise pay TV services Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia and its equity interests in BSkyB and Tata Sky.“Over the years, we have built a global portfolio of companies that has consistently defied conventional wisdom, and succeeded where others have failed because we are driven by a steadfast belief in great ideas, the power of imagination and the desire to thrill and engage audiences with enduring stories and experiences,” said Rupert Murdoch, who will serve as chairman and CEO of the company. “21st Century Fox is a name that draws upon the rich creative heritage of our film studio, while also speaking to the innovation and dynamism that define all of our global media and entertainment businesses and will guide us into the future.”