Top underworld leader killed in shooting

A top underworld leader was killed in a shooting incident in Tangalle today, the police media unit said, adding that two others were also injured in the incident.The police said that Indika Nilusha, alias Ukkuwa, was shot dead by an unidentified group of men travelling in a vehicle. Ukkuwa was known to have been involved in several crimes and was also accused of rape. (Colombo Gazette)

Four remanded for unruly behavior at Homagama court

Four people arrested for unruly behavior at the Homagama court have been remanded till February 9.The four were among a group pf people, including several monks, who confronted the police and jumped into the court premises when the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) the venerable Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera was arrested and produced in court last week. The Homagama Magistrate had ordered the police to arrest all those who behaved in an unruly manner inside the court premises and near the gate. (Colombo Gazette) read more

DMK calls for release of fishermen detained in Sri Lanka

Complaining that the arrest and assault of state fishermen and seizure of boats by the Sri Lankan N avy are continuing, he appealed to Modi to take up the fishermen’s issue and obtain the release of fishermen and boats. The Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to Sri Lanka this month, to secure the release of five Tamil Nadu fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy and the 134 boats seized, the Deccan Chronicle reported.Citing the recent arrest of five fishermen of Ramanathapuram and assault on four Nagapattinam fishermen allegedly by Sri Lankan Navy personnel, he said the state’s fishermen are carrying out their occupation in fear. read more

LGBTIQ note concerns over Human Rights Action Plan

EQUAL GROUND however said it is unfortunate to see that regardless of the Government‘s acknowledgement to International treaty bodies and the Government’s commitment in the National Report to the Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka to eliminate discriminatory provisions set forth by the Penal Code (Section 365 & 365A criminalises carnal intercourse against the order of nature and acts of gross indecency committed in private or public, which is widely understood to target same sex activities), as well as guarantee non-discrimination on the basis of Sexual Orientation, the NHRAP 2017-2021 has failed to follow up by not including Sexual Orientation as a basis for protection against discrimination in the fundamental rights chapter of the constitution.“We welcome the advancement to Sri Lankan citizens’ human rights protections today and commend in particular our government’s commitment to protecting those discriminated against as a result of their gender identity. We at EQUAL GROUND believe that all Sri Lankans should be afforded the freedom to live their lives without fear of oppression, violence or discrimination. This includes those who are targeted as a result of their sexual orientation, a group conspicuously missing from the action plan. The work we do everyday exposes us to the reality of those living under threat of violence because of whom they love. These are vulnerable communities that need and deserve protection from the state, to the same level as all other Sri Lankans. We hope the Government sees fit to re-dress this missed opportunity and to include sexual orientation where appropriate as a protected characteristic. Human rights are for all of us, ” Rosanna Flamer-Caldera, Executive Director of EQUAL GROUND said. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning community in Sri Lanka have raised concerns over being ignored in the Government’s National Human Rights Action Plan.The Government published the much-anticipated National Human Rights Action Plan for 2017-2021 this week. Section 6.6.4 of the NHRAP 2017-2021 includes an action to eliminate discriminatory practices within the health care setting based on ones perceived or actual sexual orientation.EQUAL GROUND says this shows that the Government of Sri Lanka is aware of such discrimination occurring, at least in the healthcare sector. “We are especially happy to see that the Government has taken measures to protect the rights of Trans persons by including non-discrimination based on ones Gender Identity in the Fundamental Rights Chapter of the Constitution. This advancement would help us address the various forms of harassment the Trans community faces from society as well as law enforcement on a regular basis,” EQUAL GROUND said. EQUAL GROUND commended the Government of Sri Lanka’s attempts to advancing the rights of Sri Lankan citizens. read more

Seven dead 20000 affected 5 missing as of this afternoon

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the affected families will be given compensation. Meanwhile the Department of Meteorology said that the deep depression in the Arabian Sea, to the west of Sri Lanka was located 300km to the west of Colombo by this afternoon. It is likely to develop in to a cyclonic storm within next few hours and move further away from the island. As a result it’s effects on the country is expected to lessen gradually by tomorrow. (Colombo Gazette) The military has been deployed to assist in the rescue and recovery operations. Seven people have been reported dead, 20,000 affected and five people are missing as of this afternoon following the heavy rains.Several families among those affected have been displaced in various parts of the country. read more

Sri Lanka monitors arrest of 131 suspected Sri Lankans in Malaysia

At present, investigations are still underway, and officials of the Sri Lanka High Commission in Malaysia are working closely with the relevant Malaysian authorities in this connection. The remaining 4 persons have been arrested under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act of 2007 and are also detained. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it has been receiving media queries relating to news reports regarding the arrest ​and detention ​ of Sri Lankans in Malaysia.The Royal Malaysian Police Special Branch has confirmed that 131 persons believed to be Sri Lankans have been detained at Tanjung Gamoh, Sedili, in Johor Baru on 1 May 2018. Out of the 131 persons, 127 have been arrested under the Immigration Act 1959/63. They are presently detained at Pekan Nenas Immigration Detention Centre in Johor Baru. While the identities of the 131 persons are still in the process of being determined, initial information indicate that 43 of the 131 persons arrested hold identity cards issued by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)​.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that further information regarding the individuals arrested will be shared when available, and as appropriate, respecting the need to ensure that information thus shared does not jeopardize the investigations that are presently underway. (Colombo Gazette) read more

WatchThe race to futureproof the economy Navdeep Bains on the state of

Peter J. Thompson/National Post Peter J. Thompson/National Post FP: But the amendments to PIPEDA came into effect last fall, and the federal privacy commissioner says that it’s still way behind what the Europeans are doing, and there’s major holes in it. There’s…BAINS: And that’s why we launched the data and digital consultation, to see what those gaps are.FP:Sidewalk Labs, specifically, is an interesting project because I hear from people in the tech sector who say if we can’t get this project off the ground, then it sends a terrible signal about whether you can do innovative things in Canada.BAINS: First of all, I beg to differ in terms of (focusing on) just one project to define Canada. We have to be very careful not to take things out of context.FP: But this is a really high-profile project.BAINS: There’s no doubt this is high profile. But when you look at our innovation report, for example, you’ve seen significant investments that I highlight in venture capital, for instance. People are investing in Canada. There’s 28 companies that have the potential to become unicorns in Canada. Our diversity is also pretty profound.FP: Innovativeness is not that easy to measure. What’s the metric for you that people should look at to know if you’re succeeding?BAINS: We talk about innovation and, frankly, people don’t know what that means. And that’s part of the object of this report, to highlight what that means. It means an economy that works for everyone. It’s about jobs, it’s about companies scaling up, it’s about companies staying in Canada. And that’s really what people will judge us on. How is innovation having a positive impact on their day-to-day lives? How is it dealing with anxiety of the uncertainty around the job prospects and their kids and how is it creating growth? And how is that growth benefiting the vast majority? Because if we don’t get that right, we’ve seen anti-globalization, anti-trade, anti-immigration populism and nationalism rise, because people feel that they have not been benefiting from economic outcomes that have occurred in the past. We do not want to replicate that with innovation, because they will fall behind in this global innovation race.This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity.Financial Post• Email: jmcleod@nationalpost.com | Twitter: FP: Okay, but that’s really broad and expansive. What are the nuts and bolts?BAINS: Okay, so nuts and bolts, our artificial intelligence supercluster, in Quebec, for example. They recognize that AI is going to represent $15.7 trillion with the economic opportunities in the coming years. We want a slice of that pie.FP: Can you give me one example of a problem you expect them to actually solve?BAINS: There’s many problems. For example, if you’re a company and you’re in the supply chain, how do you minimize inventory? Inventory cost is a significant operational challenge for many businesses. How do you deal with that? They’re going to use, for example, artificial intelligence throughout that process on the operational side, on the customer side. And it’s not only me saying this, but they’re going to come forward with projects and initiatives to demonstrate that in a very transparent way. But we have to get the governance right. The challenge of the superclusters is it’s doing things differently. You’re promoting people to work together. You have to work with others to align priorities to make sure there’s a better understanding of what those projects are and to work together. And that’s when the magic occurs.FP: In the Building a Nation of Innovators report you describe the superclusters as an experiment. Is there a chance this experiment fails?BAINS: Well, the way it’s designed, we’re really fortunate it’s not based on one company or one academic institution, or one idea. It’s really a reflection of many companies. If one company decides to walk away or is not financially stable, there’s other players as well. It’s really set up for success. It’s really about that ecosystem.FP: Let’s switch to 5G, because that’s an area where the government is already being criticized about being slow on auctioning off spectrum. And there’s the whole issue of whether or not to allow Canadian telecom companies to use Huawei equipment in their networks. Are you worried that a decision to block Huawei puts Canada further behind on this transition?BAINS: That would mean that I’m prejudging a decision. We haven’t come to that point yet. We are examining national security issues. Minister (Ralph) Goodale and his team of experts, he’s got incredible men and women behind the scenes, are doing a lot of good work to look at all the issues related to national security.(Innovation is) about jobs, it’s about companies scaling up, it’s about companies staying in Canada FP: But is economic development part of the decision?BAINS: Of course, we’re going to be working with the telecommunication companies. I have already been engaged with them. They’ve already spoke with Minister Goodale and his team as well and indicated their challenges, their opportunities. The fundamental premise for us is, yes, we’re going to look at national security. Yes, we will engage the telecommunication sector. We’re also working with our allies as well. But we’re going to make a decision, ultimately, that’s going to benefit Canadians and make sure that Canadians’ privacy is protected.FP: I wanted to ask you about open banking, something that my colleague Kevin Carmichael wrote about recently. We have a really strong financial sector in Canada, but this is something that other parts of the world seem to be ahead of us in embracing. Are you engaged on open banking? Is that something that you think Canada needs to embrace?BAINS: My colleague (Bill) Morneau, as the minister of finance, is very closely engaged with the banks to look at regulations —  fintech, as some refer to it — to see what that means. He’s still engaged in a process with them. For me, I think of the broader issues of trust. When we talk about fintech or if we talk about technology, do Canadians feel that we have the appropriate legislation, programs and policies in place to protect their privacy? That’s what we’re focused on in the coming months. You will see us put forward a set of principles that will really establish a benchmark of trust with Canadians so that they understand the government is taking their privacy very seriously.FP: You mention trust and privacy, let’s talk Sidewalk Labs. That was something that when it was announced in 2017 was really us taking a global leadership role and doing something interesting: building a smart city project affiliated with Google on Toronto’s waterfront. Since then, there have been resignations, privacy concerns and a significant backlash. Does the government need to take a more active role in terms of defining what sort of data is acceptable to be collected? Where it gets used? Who benefits from it? Defining those standards before these projects are already underway?BAINS: The data questions that you raised are very thoughtful questions that Canadians have been raising for quite some time, and they go beyond just one project. These are fundamental questions all companies are facing, because all companies are becoming more and more data oriented. What we’re saying to Canadians is education and awareness are important. We will come forward with legislation that protects your privacy, and we will also create an expectation for the private sector. We’ve done so through PIPEDA (the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act), for example, in the past with the principles-based approach.The Sidewalk Labs “307” building in Toronto, which serves as a combination office and community space for its proposed development project on the city’s waterfront. FP: Something as simple as educating businesses on the importance of intellectual property — teaching them that if you’re going to exist in the 21st century, you need to have intellectual property — seems pretty basic. What do you think it says about the country that we need something like that?BAINS: It really is a partnership model. It’s not about us dictating this. It really reflects what we heard from Canadian businesses, academics, researchers, different communities from across the country before we came forward with the Innovation and Skills Plan. Our objective is to really help those businesses understand the value, because for every company that promotes IP, for example, they on average pay 16 per cent more to their workers. For us, it’s about better-quality jobs.FP: But if the preponderance of our small and medium-sized companies don’t understand IP, if the culture just doesn’t get that, isn’t that a massive problem?BAINS: That’s the thing we’re trying to accomplish, really create this culture of innovation, saying we want a country full of innovators.FP: We’ve been looking into the superclusters as part of our Innovation Nation project. They have been in the works for quite a while, but, still, I don’t think a lot of people really know what these things look like. And in a couple cases it’s a bit of a mess …BAINS: It’s about jobs. It’s a job magnet, and it’s about the jobs of today and the jobs of tomorrow. And really, fundamentally, what did we do? We used our convening power to bring businesses together — large, but primarily a lot of small businesses — breaking down the silos, promoting collaboration and saying, look, work together to solve problems.Bains during his interview with the Financial Post. Peter J. Thompson/National Post Navdeep Bains wants Canadians to know that things are happening. Lots of things. The Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister has a big job on his hands, hauling Canada’s economy into the 21st century by embracing artificial intelligence and a panoply of digital technologies to boost productivity and keep us globally competitive.But the federal government’s innovation agenda is still very much a work in progress. One of its pillars, the five marquee superclusters spaced evenly across the country, is mostly just an idea at this point, although $950 million in funding is beginning to flow. Does Canada feel more innovative than it did four years ago? Are we future-proofing our economy and seizing the jobs of tomorrow?Bains certainly thinks so and that belief will probably be part of the Liberal’s pitch to voters when the country goes to the polls later this year. Next week, he will release a 100-page government report called Building a Nation of Innovators that mostly serves as a collection of the various policies, programs, plans and funding mechanisms the government has undertaken under the auspices of innovation. A robot in every factory: The $230-million bid to help automate Ontario’s manufacturing sector Canadian tech companies are attracting more overseas talent, but brain drain to U.S. continues It will take much bigger thinking if Canada is to compete with giants in the ideas economy In advance of the report’s release, Bains sat down with the Financial Post to talk about innovation and the economy.FP: With the Innovation Nation series we’ve been doing, one of the themes that is emerging is that Canada has a real opportunity to seize the future economy. But we may be missing that opportunity if we’re not really proactive. We could be falling behind. As a country, are we innovative enough?BAINS: Well, I beg to differ a bit. I think we have turned the corner. I think we are starting to create this culture of innovation in Canada where we have an economy that works for everyone. The key part is that it’s benefiting the many, not just a few, and it’s creating good quality jobs. And we’re really focused on making sure that it’s also inclusive, that it benefits people living in rural Canada, that it benefits young people who are getting coding. That’s really our goal.Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains. FP: In reading through Building a Nation of Innovators it seems like it’s mostly looking back at the last two or three years since the Innovation and Skills Plan. Is this an election (campaign) thing?BAINS: This is a report back to Canadians. In 2015, we said, look, we realize the economy is struggling. We put forward a plan and said we’re going to invest in a set of policies and programs to really benefit many Canadians and have it work for many Canadians. And so this is a report to Canadians on what those investments look like. What does it mean for Canadians living in Toronto, or if you’re in Red Deer? It’s telling Canadians, we made these investments. We ran on a campaign to invest in Canadians, to invest in their skills, to invest in companies so they can grow. We’re highlighting those in tangible ways in communities across the country.FP: That does sound like campaigning.BAINS: No, it’s a report card, because people need to know as a government you made promises, are you living up to those promises? And what does it mean to them, to their communities, for their own prospects and for their kids’ prospects? The speed and scope of change is phenomenal, and that creates anxiety and concerns that Canadians have. And we’re dealing with that and saying, look, we want you to succeed.FP: How do you manage that pace of change? The people who are losing their jobs at the Oshawa GM plant are not going to start coding iOS apps overnight. How do you make sure people aren’t left behind as you make the shift?BAINS: Well, that’s a key part. It’s really about making sure the economy, as I said, works for everyone. We’re promoting lifelong learning. Coding is an example to teach young kids critical skills, problem solving, how to work in teams, understand and develop digital literacy. But we also have programs for individuals mid-career. If there’s a change in their work, they can go to school through a grant, they can go to school with an interest-free loan and get the digital skills that they need.FP: But do you actually believe that the people who lose their jobs to automation or shifts in global supply chains will take up coding and pursue those kinds of jobs?BAINS: It’s not about coding only. That’s just one example. We recognize that all these sectors in every region are going through a major transformation. It’s about making sure people have the broad skill sets they need for those job opportunities.FP: Why is the government’s responsibility so broad in this? It’s striking in reading the Building a Nation of Innovators report that there’s money for fundamental research, incubators, scale-ups, every stage along the way. Why does the government need to be dragging the economy into innovation? Can’t we just get out of the way and let this happen?BAINS: We’re in a race. We’re competing with other jurisdictions. We want to level the playing field. Do you think China is getting out of the way? You think Europe is getting out of the way? You think the United States is getting out of the way? No, they’re all playing an active role. Why would we take a hands-off approach? The Conservatives clearly presented that as an option in 2015 — that laissez-faire approach. But it’s about creating the conditions of success for Canadians to get more job opportunities and, more importantly, for companies to grow and stay here in Canada.I think we are starting to create this culture of innovation in Canada where we have an economy that works for everyone read more

Beta Gamma Sigma chapter for alumni in the works

Started in 1913, Beta Gamma Sigma is an international honours society associated with business schools that are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). BGS recognizes the academic achievements of the top 10 per cent of business undergraduates and top 20 per cent of graduate of business graduate students. Brock University’s Goodman School of Business, formerly the Faculty of Business, started our chapter in 2004 and has since inducted almost 700 students.Some Beta Gamma Sigma members from Ontario and Quebec chapters are in the process of establishing Canada’s first Beta Gamma Sigma chapter for alumni. Creating an alumni chapter for the GTA and surrounding areas would allow members to continue to be involved in Beta Gamma Sigma and realize benefits from membership throughout their lifetime. There are thousands of Beta Gamma Sigma members in Ontario.An alumni chapter can provide professional contacts in the local area, networking and professional development through programs of the chapter, involvement with current student members and new graduates, and the chance to develop new relationships with other business people. It’s a great way to build the value of Beta Gamma Sigma membership for current and future members.Under the direction of Amber Nicholson (BGS director, Collegiate and Alumni Operations), Natalie Oesch (BGS manager, Collegiate and Alumni Operations), and Atul Jian, a group of volunteers have worked through the process of creating a Beta Gamma Sigma Alumni Chapter in Ontario. They are preparing for their first general meeting on Nov. 7, 2012. This meeting is to evaluate the feasibility of creating the chapter officially and the agenda will include a discussion about future events, funding, sponsorship, and volunteer opportunities. There will also be an opportunity to identify potential guest speakers and topics of interest to other Beta Gamma Sigma members.For more information on joining the BGS Alumni Chapter please contact Atul Jain at atulmba2004@yahoo.ca. read more

Spots filling up for dragon boat team

Last year’s Brock dragon boat team paddled to victory in its time division.Those wanting a spot on Brock’s dragon boat team this year had better hurry and register.Eighteen of the team’s 20 spots are filled, many with returning dragon boat fans who got hooked on racing in previous years, said Kristen Smith, Community Connections community services co-ordinator. The team also takes a few spare participants.Each participant raises a minimum of $35, which goes to Wellspring Niagara. The boat registration fee helps the St. Catharines Museum.The St. Catharines Dragon Boat Festival is July 24 at Henley Island. The Brock team practices twice that week, meeting on July 20 and 22.Last year, the team surprised itself by winning in its time division.While the team participates for fun, “over the course of the day, we develop a competitive edge, and that paid off last year,” Smith said.The day includes a barbecue and vendors. The races are fun to watch, she said.“It’s also a great spectator sport, so I would encourage people to come and watch if they’re not interested in paddling.”Anyone interested in joining the team can contact Jamie Wheeler, Community Connections volunteer and event management assistant, at jw05qt@brocku.caLink:• St. Catharines Dragon Boat Festival read more

Career Services gets kudos from RCMP

From left: Yolanda Macarthur, Lisa Kuiper, Bob NicholsThe Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) presented Lisa Kuiper with a certificate this week for helping the force’s Pro-Active Recruiting Unit.Kuiper, who is the employer developer/events and marketing co-ordinator in Career Services, was instrumental in the creation of the first stand-alone RCMP recruiting office at a university.Through her efforts, the RCMP reached out to many students who may not have considered the RCMP as an employer of choice, said Const. Bob Nichols and Const. Yolanda Macarthur when presenting the certificate this week.“This one-on-one interaction has enhanced our relationship with not only Brock University, but with our student clients as well,” they said. “We were able to meet with the students face-to-face and spend quality time in a relaxed and informal setting, allowing meaningful dialogue to be created.”Kuiper exemplifies the RCMP attributes of “honesty, integrity and reliability above all,” the officers said. read more

General Brocks October Soirée tomorrow

More than 300 guests will commemorate Brock University’s namesake tomorrow at General Brock’s October Soirée.The Soirée will be Saturday, Oct. 15 in Market Hall. Guests will be joined by an actor portraying Maj.-Gen Sir Isaac Brock, as well as the 41st Regiment of Foot and the Friends of Fort George Regiment of Foot Fife and Drum Corps.Chef Michael Smith will oversee the meal preparation for the event.Proceeds from this event benefit student initiatives.Related stories:• Chef Michael Smith returning for General Brock’s October Soirée• Soirée draws more than 300 guests read more

St Catharines assault

On Monday, a 22 year old woman told police she was sexually assaulted at a home in St. Catharines.Police say the suspect, 56-year old Jeffrey Hebert and the victim were not known to each other at the time of the assault.Hebert is scheduled to attend a bail hearing on June 20th. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

Police budget revealed

Hamilton’s police Chief Glenn De Caire is asking for a record high police budget.Earlier today, he asked the Police Services Board for $148-million dollars. That’s four million more than last year.After more than an hour of deliberating, board members voted 5-1 tonight to put off approving the 148 million dollar budget for a month to see if they could trim it.Chief De Caire: “The Hamilton police service makes recommendation that the board approve the 2015 operating budget at 2.95 percent.”It’s less than what he asked for last year. But at 148 million dollars, Chief De Caire presented the largest budget ever requested for the Hamilton Police Service: “We are always concerned that we are able to establish the budget to provide adequate and effective policing services but the direction of the board was clear.”Members of the Police Services Board are taking a month to mull it over, and see if the proposed budget can be trimmed.Councillor Terry Whitehead: “The month buys us that time. You may see the exact same budget. You may not see changes. But it certainly gives us the comfort of going through that budget line by line.”The budget is up four million from last year, and includes adding five constables to the Mobile Crisis rapid response team, which specializes in mental health calls. The team expected to see 250 calls this year. It ended up taking 624 calls in 11 months.Chief De Caire: “And now what we are asking for is the ability to hire officers to make that program covered 7 days of the week. Right now, we cover 5 and we can only cover limited hours.”Hamilton’s Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) will spend nearly $500-thousand supporting that program.The budget also asks for two trainers for conducted energy weapons, or tasers.90 percent of the money will cover salaries and benefits.The Police Services Board meets next on January 22nd to decide whether or not they will approve this budget. And then it goes to city council for final approval. read more

Hamilton man charged with threatening landlord with a gun

A 23-year-old Hamilton man was arrested for threatening his landlord with a firearm yesterday.Police responded to a call at a house in the area of Hamilton Avenue and Concession Street in east Hamilton shortly after midnight yesterday.Hamilton Police report that a tenant pointed a gun at his landlord and threatened his life. The landlord was not hurt.Daniel Mackenzie is facing twelve charges including threatening death, several firearm related offences, and 5 counts of failure to comply with probation. The weapon was taken by police.Mackenzie appeared in court later in the day yesterday. read more

Highspeed rail link would run from Vancouver to Seattle in under 1

The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — A business case for a proposed high-speed rail link connecting Vancouver, Seattle and Portland says the travel time would be under an hour between each of the cities. Engineering consulting firm WSP has completed a 400-page business case for the transportation link, which is supported by the governments of British Columbia, Washington and Oregon as well as Microsoft Corp.The report says the system would feature frequent trains running at speeds as high as 400 kilometres per hour and include stops in between the major cities with connections to other transportation.It says the annual ridership is projected to exceed three million, with fare revenues estimated at more than US$250 million, which could result in one of the best performing rail services in North America.The document also says the system would result in a more affordable region, as residents benefit from easier access to housing, with wider availability of higher-paying jobs and opportunities.The rail link is also expected to produce a stronger, more productive region as more businesses and jobs locate in the area due to dramatically improved access to housing, jobs, schools and other destinations. read more

SeaWorld CEO resigns after less than a year on the job

ORLANDO, Fla. — The CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment is stepping down just months into the job.Company officials said Monday that Gustavo “Gus” Antorcha has resigned from his job as the top executive the theme park company as well as his position on the company’s board of directors.In a statement provided by the Orlando, Florida-based company, Antorcha said he still believed in SeaWorld’s mission, even though he may have “a difference of approach.”Before taking over the helm of SeaWorld in February, Antorcha was a top executive at Carnival Cruise Lines.SeaWorld Chief Financial Officer Marc Swanson was named interim CEO while an executive search firm looks for a permanent successor.Swanson has been with SeaWorld for 19 years.Mike Schneider, The Associated Press read more

Santa Fe launching new tourism campaign aimed at emotions

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico’s capital is launching a new tourism campaign aimed at convincing potential visitors that the city will give them an “emotional experience.”The Santa Fe New Mexican reports “Uncover Your Different” is the tagline for the new Tourism Santa Fe advertising campaign undertaken by an advertising agency in out of Colorado Springs, Colorado.Vladimir Jones CEO Meredith Vaughan says the campaign seeks to tap into people’s emotions by explaining what one can experience while in one of the oldest cities in North America.The $1.5 million advertising campaign was launched Sept. 16 and will continue into 2020.The campaign will touch on digital, social and print advertisements. The ad campaign will appear on social media outlets like Instagram and Facebook and on online TV services such as Hulu.___Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.comThe Associated Press read more

Activist investors to withhold votes from key TransAlta directors

CALGARY — Activist shareholders say they’re withholding support for three of TransAlta Corp.’s directors at the upcoming annual meeting to protest a $750-million deal between the utility company and Brookfield Renewable Partners.The protest is led by Mangrove Partners of New York City and Bluescape Energy Partners of Dallas, which collectively control about 10 per cent of TransAlta’s shares.They say they’ll withhold their votes for Gordon Giffin, Alan Fohrer and Beverlee Park at an upcoming meeting and may put forward previously announced alternative nominees.The Ontario Securities Commission will hold a hearing Friday to consider their application to delay the shareholder meeting and require a vote on the Brookfield transaction.Brookfield Renewable Partners and its institutional partners have signed deal to invest a $750-million in TransAlta’s hydro assets. Brookfield will also purchase shares to increase its stake in TransAlta to nine per cent.The U.S. investors say the deal was “rushed” and prevents TransAlta from looking at potential better options.Companies in this story: (TSX:TA, TSX:BEP.UN) read more