NEW YORK, N.Y. – Bill O’Reilly and Harvey Weinstein are the celebrity faces of sexual harassment in 2017. But on Fox News Channel, O’Reilly’s former home, the Hollywood mogul’s fall has gotten far more coverage.Fox has devoted more than 12 1/2 hours of airtime to Weinstein since Oct. 5, when The New York Times broke the story about his misconduct, according to the liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America.By contrast, Fox has spent 20 minutes, 46 seconds, on the accusations against O’Reilly since the Times revealed many of them in April, the group said.A news organization’s instinct to downplay a story that reflects poorly on itself isn’t unusual. But in this case, some are attributing the disparity to politics. Weinstein has long been a supporter of liberal causes, while O’Reilly is a hero to many on the right, for whom Fox is the network of choice.“Does liberal Hollywood have a problem with sexual predators?” Trevor Noah, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” asked this week. “Yes. Does conservative Fox News have the same problem? Yes. That’s my issue with this. It’s not supposed to be partisan.”Indira Lakshmanan, a Boston Globe columnist and expert in journalism ethics at the Poynter Institute, a media think-tank , said the Weinstein allegations are clearly a big story.“But to devote hours of airtime to crowing about Weinstein’s well-deserved downfall because of his liberal politics, while ignoring the massive, decades-long pattern of harassment by powerful men at Fox, is both hypocritical and sad,” Lakshmanan said.She said a news organization’s ability to report on itself speaks to the integrity of its journalism and leadership.Fox lawyers, wary of investigations into the network’s conduct, may well have urged it to minimize its discussion of O’Reilly. The network would not discuss its coverage decisions.The Times story on Weinstein set off a weekslong wave of other assault and harassment allegations against the studio boss, leading to Weinstein’s firing from the film company that bears his name.As for O’Reilly, he was ousted in April after two decades as cable TV’s top personality. He was back in the news earlier this month, when the Times reported that he had reached a $32 million settlement with a former Fox analyst before signing a new contract early this year.Following that story, O’Reilly’s one-time colleague Megyn Kelly talked publicly about how she once complained to her bosses about him — a spectacle that went unremarked upon on Fox.More than 16 minutes of the time that Fox has devoted to the O’Reilly scandal was on “Media Buzz,” Howard Kurtz’s weekend industry show, according to Media Matters.Kurtz, on “Media Buzz” Sunday, called news of the $32 million settlement a significant setback for Fox, whose founder, Roger Ailes, lost his job last year over harassment accusations.“There’s no question about it, it’s embarrassing,” Kurtz said. “It’s disappointing that O’Reilly was given a new contract under these circumstances. I hope it doesn’t impede the progress that the company has been trying to make, which, in the end, the company did fire its biggest moneymakers.”It’s not just the time difference that’s become an issue at Fox, it’s how the time was spent.One of Weinstein’s critics on Fox has been Jesse Watters, an O’Reilly protege whose career took off because of regular appearances on his mentor’s show.Several of Fox’s Weinstein stories were wrapped in media criticism, like Sean Hannity’s contention that liberals were slow to condemn Weinstein. “It’s a hypocrisy thing,” Hannity said.Fox commentators have also called on Democratic politicians who accepted money from Weinstein to renounce him.Fox’s Tucker Carlson pointed fingers at NBC’s handling of the Weinstein story. NBC was embarrassed when it was revealed that it had rejected reporter Ronan Farrow’s devastating investigation of Weinstein. He instead took it to The New Yorker.“I think they’re corrupt,” Carlson said of NBC. “I think they’re liars. I think they’re debasing their own currency.”NBC has said that the story Farrow gave the network was not ready to be aired.A study has shown that Fox viewers are more likely to know about bad behaviour by liberals, while an MSNBC viewer will be more aware of conservative missteps, said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a communications professor and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. A comparison of MSNBC airtime for the Weinberg and O’Reilly stories was not immediately available.“The pattern is pernicious, because it leads people to think that when there’s problematic behaviour, it’s always on the ideologically other side, not on one’s own side,” she said. “We want people to police — that is, condemn — behaviour regardless of where they find it. We don’t want them to think it’s only one-sided.”Over at Comedy Central, Noah said he applauded Fox for going after people accused of sexual harassment.“The good news,” he said, “is you don’t even have to leave the building.”
TORONTO – Aurora Cannabis saw “strong demand” for recreational pot during the initial few weeks of legalization in Canada and it expects consumer appetite to continue to outstrip supply for “some time.”The Edmonton-based pot producer was able to meet “just about all” of its supply obligations leading up to and after pot for adult use was legalized on Oct. 17, but it will take time to ramp up its cannabis production in the coming quarters, said Cam Battley, Aurora’s chief corporate officer.“We’ve heard the discomfort of provinces who across the board have not been able to achieve sufficient supply,” he told a conference call with financial analysts discussing the company’s latest financial results.“We, we think, have done better than other companies, our peers. We will be ramping up, we will be able to pick up some of the slack soon. But we can’t do that immediately.”The cannabis producer’s comments came as it reported its results for the three months ended Sept. 30. During the first quarter of its 2019 financial year it delivered revenues of $29.7 million, more than triple the $8.2 million during the same period last year. It also posted a profit of $104.2 million, up from nearly $3.6 million a year ago, boosted by an unrealized non-cash gain on derivatives and marketable securities.The average net selling price was $9.19 per gram in the quarter, up 12 per cent compared with a year ago, boosted by an increase in cannabis extracts sold.Analyzing the performance of marijuana companies is difficult because of accounting rules used in the agriculture industry that require companies to put a value on their pot plants before they are harvested, and approaches differ between producers on how to apply these guidelines.With the legalization of recreational cannabis on Oct. 17 — making Canada the second country in the world after Uruguay to do so — the market for pot has opened up.The roll-out of adult pot use in Canada has been plagued with problems including product shortages in many markets, as demand has outstripped supply. Some government entities tasked with the sales and distribution of recreational cannabis in various provinces have said they are receiving less product than expected and have warned the shortages could last for months.Aurora’s results did not encompass recreational cannabis sales post-legalization, but management did provide some initial insights into how the roll-out has gone.Although not all provinces and territories were providing cannabis sales details, Aurora said the adult use market for the company has been a “success” thus far, with its products ranking among the top selling products and brands in many of the provinces the it committed to supplying.Aurora brands accounted for roughly 30 per cent of the total market supplied through the Ontario Cannabis Store, while it also had the top four best-selling dried flower products in British Columbia, the company said.Martin Landry, an analyst with GMP Securities, said it was a larger market share than was expected for the company, particularly in Ontario.“We were pleasantly surprised by the traction their products are getting in the retail market,” he said.Alcanna Inc., which operates five Nova Cannabis stores in Alberta and in which Aurora has a 25 per cent stake, saw $3.7 million in sales during the first 19 days, Battley said Monday.Aurora noted the revenue for its latest quarter included about $600,000 from its initial shipments received by provinces in the final days of September ahead of the legalization.The company added that during the three months ending Sept. 30 and subsequently the company has made “significant progress towards increasing its production capacity, including receipt of various sales and production licenses.”For example, in September, it received its production license from Health Canada for its Aurora Eau facility in Lachute, Que., and opened its doors on Nov. 5.Aurora is aiming to ramp up production from an annualized run rate of 70,000 kilograms to 150,000 kilograms.The cannabis producer could sell every gram it produces between now and June into the adult use market, said chief executive Terry Booth, citing the assessment of the company’s production team.“We are tempering it, we are meeting our commitments. And when we have extra supply, which we will… We will allow that for sale in the adult usage market. Remember that the medical market and the European market can fetch us more dough, full stop,” he told analysts.The company’s focus remains the international medical market, particularly in the EU, Booth said.“The future is bright for the medical cannabis system and we’re a medical cannabis company globally… This adult usage is just small sliver of a very big piece of pie.”Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB)
Join the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce and the ICBA to hear B.C. Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson’s views on the upcoming referendum on electoral reform. Mr. Wilkinson will discuss why a new voting system could mean the end of local representation, clear the path for fringe parties to make decisions in the BC Legislature, and why he believes the deck has been stacked by politicians to ensure the referendum succeeds.The event will happen Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.The B.C. Opposition Leader will also discuss pipelines and taxes. Tickets are $35 plus fees and taxes for Chamber Members and $45 for non-members and can be purchased by clicking here or by visiting Energetictickets.ca.
See the full warning below. For road conditions, visit www.drivebc.caA photo from the Pine Pass taken at 8 a.m. March 11, 2019.Issued at 2019-03-11 11:26 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning continued for:Highway 97 – Pine Pass, B.C. (080030)Current details:Snowfall with total amounts of about 10 cm is expected.A frontal system will track across the central interior today bringing snow to Prince George, Yellowhead, McGregor, Williston including Highway 97 – Pine Pass and eastern sections of Bulkley Valley and the Lakes region including Fort St James.Snow is expected to ease this evening with total amounts up to 10 cm expected. CHETWYND, B.C. – A snowfall warning remains in place for the Pine Pass with another 10 cm of snow expected on Monday.Environment Canada says the Pine Pass could see 10 cm of snow on Monday. The snow is expected to diminish by the evening.A frontal system will track across the central interior today bringing snow to Prince George, Yellowhead, McGregor, Williston including Highway 97 – Pine Pass and eastern sections of Bulkley Valley and the Lakes region including Fort St James. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. https://shiftintowinter.ca/ reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca.
New Delhi: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday met a delegation of Communist Party of India (CPI) to discuss the political situation in the country especially in Delhi and discussed ways to defeat the BJP.CPI leader D Raja said the delegation discussed with Kejriwal how the saffron party must be defeated in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Kejriwal, responding to question earlier on Tuesday on his recent decision to form alliances with other political parties, said the “the Modi-Amit Shah duo is dangerous for the country and the whole country should unite to remove them” He said “in this direction whatever has to be done would be done”. Noting that the country is important, Kejriwal said no party or leader is small in front of the country. “There are two types of people in the country — one are Modi bhakts and another are those who want Modi to lose. The number of Modi bhakts is lower than that of the people who want to defeat Modi,” he told reporters earlier.
New Delhi: Dinesh Karthik has beaten Rishabh Pant in the race to become the second wicket-keeper in the Indian team for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales. The five wise men of Indian cricket, led by M.S.K. Prasad, met in Mumbai on Monday and picked the 15-member squad. Vijay Shankar goes to the showpiece event as the number four batsman and Ravindra Jadeja has been picked as the third spinner ahead of a fourth pacer. KL Rahul joins in as the back-up opener. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details While skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, M.S. Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah picked themselves on the back of some consistent show in recent times, there were three main areas of concern that the selectors needed to take a call on. The much-debated number four slot, whether Pant or Karthik go as the second wicket-keeper behind MS Dhoni and finally, if the team will pick a fourth pacer or an additional third spinner considering that the wickets will be on the slower side at this time of the year in England has been answered. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The current Indian team management and selectors have often spoken about continuity and that is exactly what they have done with regards to the team for the World Cup. Having tried Shankar at the top, they have backed him in the squad. The fact that Shankar continued to bat at number three or four in this edition of the IPL for the Sunrisers Hyderabad was another hint that the team management had asked him to settled down to the idea of batting at the top. Karthik has eclipsed Pant to the second wicket-keeper’s spot. Even though Karthik failed to do much in the 12th edition of the cash-rich league, the team management had already said they aren’t looking at it. In the bowling department too, it was a case of backing an in-form Jadeja because not only has he done well for Chennai Super Kings, but also, wickets are expected to be on the slower side during the showpiece event. More importantly, Jadeja brings with him solidarity at the lower end of the batting and not to forget his brilliance on the field. Pandya, having missed the series against Australia, due to issues with his core is back and fits in as the all-rounder who will also be looked at as the finisher. While both Prasad and captain Kohli had made it amply clear that players’ performance in the IPL would not be considered, sources in the know of developments told IANS that it was indeed difficult to ignore some of the breathtaking knocks played by the likes of Rahul. India’s 15-member World Cup Squad: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik.
Kathmandu: Nepal Thursday successfully launched its first satellite into space from the US to gather detailed geographical information of the Himalayan nation, evoking unbridled excitement among the people and scientists. Developed by the Nepalese scientists, NepaliSat-1 satellite was launched at 2:31 am (Nepal time) from Virginia in United States, according to Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). Two Nepali scientists, Aabhas Maskey and Hariram Shrestha who are currently studying at Japanese Kyushu Institute of Technology, developed the satellite under the BIRDS project of their institute. Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli congratulated all the scientists and institutions involved in the development of the satellite. He said it was a matter of prestige for the country to have its own satellite. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Though a humble beginning, with the launching of NepaliSat-1 Nepal has entered the Space-Era. I wish to congratulate all those scientists and institutions that were involved right from the development to its launching thereby enhancing the prestige of our country,” he said in a tweet. Spokesperson for NAST Suresh Kumar Dhungel said they invested in the satellite in a bid to open new paths for space engineering in the country. He said with the help of NepaliSat-1, ground station located at NAST office will communicate and gather images of the geographical area of the country. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsNepaliSat-1 is a low orbit satellite which will be in the 400-km distance from the Earth’s surface. It will be stationed at the International Space Station for a month and then it will be sent to orbit the earth, according to NAST. The satellite will take photographs on a regular basis to gather geographical information of the country. The satellite has a Nepali flag and the NAST logo. It also has the name of the scientists involved in the making of the satellite. Nepal Academy of Science and Technology has invested nearly Rs 20 million for the satellite that weighs 1.3 kilograms, a small satellite with limited capability. Nepal’s first entry into space has brought huge excitement among people and scientists. NAST initiated the launch of the country’s own satellite under the BIRDS project of the Japanese Kyushu Institute of Technology. The BIRDS project has been designed in association with the United Nations and aims at helping countries launch their first satellite.
London: A UK judge who denied bail to Nirav Modi for a third time remained unconvinced that his community ties to Britain were strong enough to not make him a flight risk even though the fugitive diamond merchant was willing to double his security to 2 million pounds and live on a strict 24-hour curfew at his posh apartment in London. The 48-year-old, wanted in India as the main accused in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case amounting to up to USD 2 billion, is back in prison after his bail was denied on Wednesday by Westminster Magistrates’ Court Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghModi, clean-shaven and smartly dressed for court, sat in the dock and took notes as the prosecution painted a picture of a “diabolical” mastermind behind the luring away of witnesses, mostly his former employees, to far off destinations and destruction of potential evidence. There were moments during the hearing of his third bail application at court when it seemed like Judge Arbuthnot might be persuaded to allow him out of prison on a “24-hour curfew” at his Centrepoint apartment in London. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”A combination of interference with witnesses, destruction of servers and mobile phones and the lack of community ties means I still have doubts that he would fail to surrender before the court,” she concluded in the end. “There does seem to be a luring away of witnesses (to Egypt) and some pressure that took witnesses away from India,” she noted, making specific reference to a transcript of a conversation which indicated that Modi may have been using his US-based brother Nehal Modi to do his “dirty work as it were”. In the judge’s own words, Modi’s barrister Clare Montgomery made a “compelling” argument against his continued imprisonment while he awaits trial in his extradition case and submitted that her client was willing to abide by any stringent conditions as long as he did not have to be lodged in the “unliveable” Wandsworth prison cell. “His experience in custody has been vivid and damaging,” said Montgomery, as she sought to counter the evidence put forward by the Indian authorities. A team from the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as well as the High Commission of India were present in court. PTI
OSU men’s basketball coach Thad Matta speaks to the team before practice Friday at the Schottenstein Center. OSU is set to begin its season Saturday against Morgan State. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team welcomes Morgan State to the Schottenstein Center Saturday as it begins the pursuit of yet another deep NCAA Tournament run.OSU coach Thad Matta welcomes back eight players from last season’s team that lost to Wichita State, 70-66, in the Elite Eight. Notable returners are senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr., junior forwards LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson and junior guard Shannon Scott. With that many players holding extensive game experience, Scott said “the sky’s the limit” for OSU this season.“I believe the sky’s the limit for us really,” Scott said. “We believe we can be a national champion, a Big Ten champion but we know we have other things we have to work on. We can’t come in on days and not play our best. We gotta be ready with our ‘A’ game or we’re going to lose.”Thompson agreed with Scott, adding that the team is looking to build off the success from last year.“We have a veteran basketball team, a team that’s been here, a team that knows how to win and a team that’s won,” Thompson said. “We’re just excited to get after it against real opponents now in the games that count and really look to build on what we started last year.”Matta said the team is much farther ahead than it usually is at this point in the season — especially on defense.“I think that we got our core principles down sooner maybe than we have in the past,” Matta said Friday. “I think it’s allowed us to be hopefully a little more defensively. I want us to be as aggressive as we possibly can.”The Buckeyes finished 27th in the nation in scoring defense last year, only giving up 59.4 points per game. That comes from a cohesiveness on the defensive side of the ball, Matta said, which starts on the perimeter.“I think we’ve got four of what I consider the best defenders in the country with Aaron (Craft), Shannon (Scott), Lenzelle (Smith) and Sam Thompson,” Matta said. “Those guys, you see them taking more chances, being just a little bit more aggressive. Which I love to see.”Matta said the starting lineup “could change periodically” this season.“So much of it is just the role definition of what we need guys to do and what they’re capable of doing,” Matta said. “I think we’ve got great depth.”Regardless of who starts, the goal always remains the same.“Nobody in that locker room cares about who gets called out for starting lineups,” Thompson said. “At the end of the day we all want to win, and we all want to do what’s best for the program. Whoever gets called to start the game, gets called to start the game.”Morgan State returns a lot of veteran players from a team that went 17-15 last season, and 10-6 in the MEAC. The Bears have four seniors and two juniors, all who played significant time last season.“They have a lot of size and go rebound the ball well,” Thompson said. “We know that they’re a good basketball team coming in, and we have our work cut out for us.”It’s not a secret that the team is ready to get the season started in pursuit of Matta’s sixth Big Ten title in what will be his 10th season at the helm.“I like the energy, I like the fire we’ve had,” Matta said. “We’ve been competing and we’ll continue to compete … but all the work they’ve done up to this point, now it’s time to go and go against somebody for real.”Tip off against the Bears is scheduled for noon Saturday at the Schottenstein Center.
Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (10) and junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell (17) go for a block during a match against FGCU on Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Emily YarcuskoThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team took two of three matches at the Millennium Hotel Invitational to improve to 6-3 on the season.OSU first beat Syracuse University (5-4) on Friday, before losing to Ohio University (6-3) and then bounced back to defeat Xavier University (6-3) in its final tournament game.In the third game of the invitational against host Xavier, the Buckeyes had to fight their way to victory as they defeated Musketeers in five sets (17-25, 25-21, 25-19, 24-26, 15-11).Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe led all players in kills with 18. Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger contributed 16 kills and junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell had 12. Sophomore libero Valeria León led all players with 20 digs and freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer added 10 of her own.In their second match of the weekend and first on Saturday, against coach Geoff Carlston’s former team, the Buckeyes lost to the Bobcats in four sets (26-28, 22-25, 26-24, 21-25).Sekinger led the Buckeyes in total kills with 16 and added two digs. Sandbothe had 14 kills with five digs and four blocks, while Mitchell added 11 kills, two digs and a block. León and Schirmer each had 18 digs, while senior setter Taylor Sherwin added 40 assists.In their first game of the invitational against Syracuse, the Buckeyes were tested, but came out winners in a five-set victory against the Orange (25-22, 20-25, 25-13, 23-25, 15-8).Five Buckeyes recorded double-digit kills as Sandbothe led all players with 20. Junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell followed with 16 kills, five digs and two blocks. Sekinger had 13 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Kylie Randall had 12 and Schirmer had 11. León led all players in digs with 23, while Sherwin had 18 and Schirmer had 17.Sandbothe and Sekinger were both named to the Millennium Hotel Invitational all-tournament team. Sandbothe has been named to all-tournament team in each of the three tournaments the Buckeyes have competed in this season.The Buckeyes are scheduled to head to Oxford, Ohio, next weekend as they are set to compete in the Miami University Invitational. OSU is scheduled to play the University of Alabama at Birmingham (3-7) on Friday at 4 p.m., followed by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (4-7) on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Miami (Ohio) (5-4) at 7 p.m.The Buckeyes are set to open Big Ten play on Sept. 24 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn. The match is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.