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West Face accuses Israeli intelligence firm of covertly targeting employees

first_imgWest Face Capital Inc. has accused another Toronto private equity firm of hiring an Israeli intelligence firm linked with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein to covertly get confidential information from employees and elicit disparaging comments from a retired Ontario Superior Court judge.West Face filed a motion in Ontario court Tuesday seeking information obtained from Black Cube’s investigation of its staff and former workers. The parties will appear in court on Friday.It alleges Catalyst Capital Group Inc. used Black Cube, which is comprised of former intelligence officials, to launch illegal covert investigations against the company and former Ontario Superior Court Justice Frank Newbould in order to bolster a legal appeal.Catalyst is appealing a ruling by Newbould in August 2016 that dismissed its claim in the loss of a bidding war for wireless carrier Wind Mobile Corp.West Face alleged the Black Cube’s activities were undertaken “on false pretences, using lies, deception, false identities, and false offers of employment or investment.”“The purpose of these investigations was to manufacture evidence that could be used by Catalyst during the course of this appeal,” said the lengthy court filing.It claims Black Cube operators used lies and deception to entrap employees and Newbould to get damaging statements and information to discredit Newbould’s ruling.One “sting” against the retired judge was intended to bait Newbould into making anti-Semitic comments. Another was allegedly targeted at former West Face general counsel Alexander Singh.West Face said the behaviour “mirrors” Black Cube’s actions on behalf of Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment.Weinstein hired Black Cube to get information on those working to expose allegations against him.The firm subsequently apologized for its work and pledged to donate proceeds to women’s groups.West Face said it has been unable to verify the accuracy and completeness of transcripts and recordings of Black Cube’s activities, including the surreptitious recordings with employees.“We are saddened that innocent people have been misled, intimidated, and emotionally impacted by this disreputable and unseemly conduct,” it stated in a news release.Neither Catalyst nor Black Cube could be reached for comment. The allegations haven’t been proven in court.The two private equity firms have been in a legal war for years.Earlier this month, Catalyst Capital sued West Face Capital and Anson Group Canada for $450 million after accusing the hedge fund and asset manager of allegedly spreading misinformation and launching a short-selling campaign against its publicly-traded subsidiary.last_img read more

Dawson Creek wins BC SPCA Award

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The City of Dawson Creek was awarded with the BC SPCA’s Humane Community Award at the society’s annual awards ceremony in Richmond on May 4th. The award was presented by the SPCA in recognition of the city’s approach to humane welfare for animals. BC SPCA CEO Craig Daniell said that in 2015, the city introduced an animal responsibility bylaw designed to address cat overpopulation by encouraging spay/neuter and permanent identification.“It takes a strong community effort to address the suffering of animals, and the mayor and council of Dawson Creek have shown outstanding leadership in working with the BC SPCA and other partners to create a better life for animals in their region,” said Daniell. “The city’s mandatory cat licensing bylaw has also made a significant impact. In 2017 nearly 800 cats were licensed – more than the number of dogs licensed that same year – which has enabled the BC SPCA’s South Peace Branch to increase the return rate of lost cats to their guardians from 10 to 40 per cent.”Licensing fees are $5 for a fixed cat and $200 for an unfixed cat. Thanks to the generous support of PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, the South Peace SPCA has been able to provide free spay and neuter surgeries to the city’s residents. The grant program led to a significant increase in bylaw compliance. In 2015, 73 percent of kittens coming into the care of the South Peace Branch came from the city of Dawson Creek. This number decreased to 31 percent last year. All of the 2018 BC SPCA Award winners. Supplied photo.“The leadership demonstrated by the city of Dawson Creek has made a life-saving difference for animals in their community and is a model for other communities across B.C.,” added Daniell.last_img read more

United Way of Northern BC appoints Interim Executive Director

first_imgStarting as of August 1, as Interim Executive Director, Spencer will lead United Way’s efforts to understand and address top priorities in the community.Spencer says she thanks the Board for putting their trust in her and that she is looking forward to being at the helm and work with community members.“I am incredibly proud to take on this leadership role within the United Way and would like to thank the Board of Directors who have entrusted me with such an important role. There is so much possibility in this community, and I am excited to be at the helm of an organization that can incite social change through collaborative community partnerships.”The United Way of Northern B.C. supports more than 500 programs that provide social andcommunity services in the region. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The United Way of Northern B.C. Board of Directors has appointed Trista Spencer as Interim Executive Director, replacing Roberta Squire.Squire announced that she would be stepping down from her role with the United Way tojoin Telus Communications as their General Manager of Northern B.C.Spencer is currently the Operations Manager for the United Way.last_img read more

Will be tough to comeback if we lose 4-5 matches in a row: Stokes

first_imgChennai: Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes has said that his team can’t afford to lose another game after suffering three consecutive defeats in the IPL. Stokes said there was no point in looking back and focus on the upcoming games because if they lose the next two, bouncing back could be beyond Royals’ reach. “Our first three games we got ourselves into a real good position to win All three, and we know it is just (about) winning those crucial moments. (This game) it was the last over and unfortunately we couldn’t cross the line,” Stokes said at the post-match press conference after the eight-run loss against Chennai Super Kings here on Sunday night. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”There is always been one point in the three games were we haven’t been a better team. Losing the first three games you probably would say we can’t (take positives), but we are trying to and there is no point in looking back…Because if we lose 4-5, it’s going to be really tough to come back from that,” he said. Stokes also hailed CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying there was a lot to learn from him. Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 75 to bail his team out of trouble from 27 Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterfor three. “Hindsight is a wonderful thing, if you look back at it like that. He just takes it deep as he possibly can. He’s a great person to learn from and watch how he goes about his innings whether it’s setting a total or chasing a total. “Sometimes you got to hold your hand up and say the best players in the world can do that. He certainly showed that tonight.” Paying tribute to Dhoni’s finishing skills, the Englishman said he is one of the greatest finishers to have graced the game and the Royals tried to attack him but he got reprieves which could have been a turning point. “Especially when he comes in early, every team knows what he’s going to try and do to start with and we tried to attack him. Getting him out was our main objective. There was a dropped catch which you can’t blame anyone for – that happens – and the ball hitting the stumps and the bails not coming off.” The Royals needed 12 runs in the final over to seal win but failed to do as the experienced Dwayne Bravo yet again kept things tight and took the wicket of Stokes. About this, the Royals player said the first ball is crucial and Bravo knew what to do. “And probably though the first ball is crucial to get a boundary (in the last over), and to try and get the momentum, you know (it) could have gone (for a boundary) but (Dwanye) Bravo is sort of experienced in those situations and he knows what to do and he is one of the best in the world doing it, so just say well bowled at the end of the day.” Stokes said there was a little bit of pace in the wicket but it was ‘stoppy’ and the dew made it hard for the bowlers. “(There was) little bit pace and (it was) stoppy, towards the end the quicker ball couldn’t not lay easier and in the end the dew helped (the ball) to come on nicely. “The dew on the top of the grass was making the ball slippery and you could see how many times the ball was changed and it was a tough task for us, imagine how hard it was for the spinners considering they used their fingers to spin the ball,” he added.last_img read more

Neymar banned for 3 CL matches over referee insult

first_imgLausanne: Neymar was suspended for three Champions League matches by UEFA on Friday for insulting match officials following Paris Saint-Germain’s shock Champions League loss to Manchester United. The Brazil star missed the 3-1 second leg last 16 defeat on March 6 through injury, but told match officials “to go fuck yourselves” on social media after watching on from the sidelines at the Parc des Princes. Neymar was found guilty of “insulting/molesting acts against match official”, European football’s governing body announced in a statement.last_img read more

Anti-Drug Fight: Over 500 Tons of Cannabis Seized in 2013: Minister

first_imgRabat – More than 500 tons of cannabis were seized in 2013 as part of efforts to fight against drug trafficking led by Morocco, in accordance with its international commitments in this area, said Thursday in Rabat, Minister of Communication, government spokesman Mustapha El Khalfi.The government is driven by a clear desire to fight against drug trafficking, said El Khalfi during a press briefing at the end of the weekly cabinet meeting.According to the minister, there is a progress made in this area, as evidenced by the statistics related to drug seizure operations and the increase of economic development policies for the areas used for this illegal cultivation.last_img read more

Safety Vonn Bell anchoring the Ohio State defensive backfield

OSU junior safety Vonn Bell (11) dives toward the end zone after interception in a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7. OSU won, 28-14. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOn the wall of the team meeting room in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center sits a chart outlining the number of “Buckeye leaves” each Ohio State player has received during the season for various positive contributions.On the top of the list, with 59 leaves on his helmet, is junior safety Vonn Bell.In addition to topping the internal rankings — which were not yet updated for Saturday’s 28-14 win against Minnesota — Bell was recognized on Monday morning as the top defensive player in the Big Ten for Week 10.The Rossville, Georgia, native made arguably the biggest play in the Buckeyes’ win, rescuing the team from a punchless first half when he intercepted a pass and returned it for a 15-yard touchdown to open up the scoring midway through the second quarter.Bell said he and safeties coach Chris Ash had discussed throughout the week leading up to the game how important his contributions could be in what was primed to be — and ended up being — a defensive battle.“Coach Ash told me at the beginning of the week that my performance could make or break the team,” Bell said. “I had to be able to play the deep balls and tackle very well because I’m the one high safety … just me and him having that conversation, I told him I could chow down for him.”Bell came to OSU in 2013 and played in each of the first 13 games as a backup at the nickel cornerback position.However, in the Orange Bowl against Clemson, an injury of Bradley Roby moved starting safety Corey Brown to cornerback and opened up a spot for Bell at starting safety.Bell was burnt for a touchdown by Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins but he also made highlight reels with a one-handed interception at the 2-yard line early in the second quarter.Bell said that first start was instrumental in shaping his confidence into his sophomore year.“It was a very big step for my career,” Bell said. “That’s where it took off. I got in a groove, got my feet wet.”Still, Bell did not start the opener at Navy the following year, coming off the bench at the free safety position behind Cam Burrows.The next game, however, coach Urban Meyer inserted Bell at the position, and he hasn’t relinquished it since.Defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said it is what Bell does between games that sets him apart.“The greatest thing I can tell you is he’s a pro,” Fickell said. “He studies the game, he works the game, he practices the game, and it shows on Saturdays.”The safety said he is able to put in so much effort because he genuinely loves what he is doing.“I think it’s more fun than work,” Bell said. “We’re enjoying that time out there together.”In his 14 starts in 2014, Bell had six interceptions, including three in OSU’s last four games.He has followed that up with two picks through nine games in 2015, including the pick-six on Saturday. He also found the end zone in OSU’s second game against Hawaii on a 14-yard fumble return touchdown.Bell, who also played wide receiver in high school — scoring 21 touchdowns in his senior year — said finding the end zone is one his favorite things to do on the gridiron.So are snaps on offense in the cards for the junior? They are, if he was making the calls.“I tell (wide receivers coach Zach) Smith all the time, ‘put me in there, I’ll run a route for you,’” Bell said.Smith, in return, joked that the outspoken Bell should remain the defensive coaches’ responsibility to deal with.“I’m volunteering my position as receivers coach if Vonn Bell comes and sits in my room,” Smith said. “Just dealing with him for 20 minutes a day when we go against the defense is plenty, I’m not dealing with him for a whole day. No chance.”Even if his opportunities are forced to only come on defense, Bell — who predicted he would score two more touchdowns this season — said he is hopeful for what the rest of his season and time at OSU holds.“I think there’s still more (in store),” he said. “I’m on the right path, I think. Just have to keep on going, take the next step.”Bell and the Buckeyes are set to return to the field in Champaign, Illinois, to match up with the Fighting Illini on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for noon at Memorial Stadium.Editor’s note: The caption of the photo that accompanies this story has been changed to reflect the game’s final score. Correction 9/10: An earlier version of the story said Bradley Roby was suspended for the Orange Bowl, when in fact he was injured. read more

Womens volleyball OSU hosting two pivotal Big Ten home matches

Ohio State’s libero Valeria Leon passes a ball in the regional quarterfinal versus Washington on December 11, 2015. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsOn Oct. 1, the No. 19 Ohio State women’s volleyball team stunned the fans in Lincoln, Nebraska, as they conquered the defending national champions and No. 1 team in the country, the Nebraska Huskers, in four sets. On Friday, the Huskers will travel to Columbus for another matchup – and it’s safe to say the Huskers will be out for revenge. In what will be OSU’s only second home match this season, they will be playing Nebraska for the final go-around of the season. Since the Buckeyes last saw the Huskers on Oct. 1, Nebraska has dropped down to the No. 2 spot in the nation with OSU once again holding the No. 19 position. The Buckeyes won’t have much time before they take on the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, also at St. John Arena. OSU head coach Geoff Carlston said his team will have to prepare for each of the teams mentally, physically, and tactically because each of the opponents are different from the other. Since the Huskers’ last meeting with the Buckeyes, the team has added two more tallies to their win column with sweeps against Indiana and Purdue. They now hold 14-1 record overall. The Huskers also hold a perfect record on the road (4-0). Carlston said if his team wants to have the same success they did during their last meeting with Nebraska, they’ll need to maintain their composure. “For us, it’s replicating, if anything, the poise that we showed,” he said. “The ‘next point, this point’ mentality that we showed – I thought that was something we really did well.” The Buckeyes are the only school in the conference to record a non-losing record (4-4) vs. Nebraska since the Huskers joined the conference in 2011.Following their battle with Nebraska, the Buckeyes will host the Hawkeyes. Iowa is currently ranked above OSU in the Big Ten standings at 4-2. They boast a 14-4 record with wins over Purdue and Indiana. Carlston said he and Iowa head coach Bond Shymansky are good friends, and Carlston knows how well Shymansky can guide his team. “They’re very different than Nebraska. Our challenge will be trying to figure out how we want to break up the next couple days in terms of preparation,” he said. Now 50 days into the 2016 season, OSU has only played on St. John’s court once (Northwestern, Sept. 28). Carlston said exactly how taxing the opening part of his season has been. “This is the longest road trip, most difficult beginning of any season I’ve had as a coach,” he said. With the opportunity to host a weekend of home play, some Buckeye team members expressed their happiness about playing in a familiar place. “We’ve only had one home game so far, so being back home will be comforting and just really awesome to be back in our own locker room and our own beds,” said freshman outside hitter Brooke Bailey. Bailey’s teammate, senior libero Valeria León, echoed her thoughts. “It feels like the Northwestern match was forever ago. We love playing here,” León said. “We love playing in front of our Buckeye fans, so that’s definitely something we’re looking forward to.” León is just 35 digs away from breaking the OSU career dig record. She has already scraped up 271 balls this season and is averaging 4.71/digs per set. It’s possible that she could secure her place in Buckeye history as soon as this weekend. She said to even be within reach of this accomplishment is a huge honor. “When you first come here, you never think you’ll even be talking about this, so it’s really cool, and I feel really blessed,” she said. León also had some veteran advice about what her team needs to do to anchor down two more wins at home this weekend. “We need to just go out there and play volleyball (and) have fun,” León said. “The Big Ten is a battle — we knew it was going to be a battle. The Buckeye battle with their Big Ten opponents will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday against the Huskers, followed by the Hawkeyes at 6 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Womens gymnastics No 19 Ohio State snags win in final rotation against

Ohio State junior Taylor Harrison preforms on balance beam in St. John Arena on Feb. 18 with her teammates watching from the side. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporterAfter closely trailing the Mountaineers before entering the final rotation, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team sealed a victory with strong performances on floor against West Virginia on Saturday.The Buckeyes posted a 49.200 on floor to tally a final score of 196.075-195.800 over West Virginia. “Our last three kids on floor are dynamite, and so I knew they were going to have to go a 9.800 or better to win the meet,” OSU coach Carey Fagan said. “You could tell — once that momentum started building deeper in our lineup — it was going to be really hard for West Virginia to stay with us.”In the first rotation on vault, junior Alexis Mattern scored a team-high 9.900 to take first overall in the event. Mattern also posted her second 9.900 of the night on floor.“This is actually the first time I’ve ever done that in my career,” Mattern said. “I may not have had the highest overall scores I’ve ever had, but consistency wise, it was one of my more consistent nights, so I’m happy with it.” In the second rotation on the uneven bars, Mattern also scored a career-high of 9.875 to take first in the event while sophomore Kaitlyn Hofland posted a 9.850 to finish in second. Senior Tenille Funches also earned a season-high of 9.825 on uneven bars.Olivia Aepli had two false starts before completing her routine on bars for the team-low of 8.750.“Olivia normally goes 9.900 on bars, and that’s the type of performance we need,” Fagan said. “Not everybody on the team has 9.900 potential, but the ones that do have that 9.900 potential, they have to come through. So little things like that can be frustrating.” At the midpoint of the meet, OSU led the Mountaineers by a meager .025.On balance beam, junior Stefanie Merkle started the lineup for OSU, posting a 9.775 to tie for third in the event with freshman Amanda Huang. Junior Taylor Harrison took first in the event with a strong score for the team of 9.875 and to tie her season-high.“Normally, going in, being last on beam — even when somebody falls or the scores are low — I try not to let that mess with my head,” Harrison said. “I just know that when I get up there, I do what I do every single day in the gym. So today, going into that routine, I felt very confident.”Heading into the final rotation, the Buckeyes trailed West Virginia 146.875-146.775.The final three performers for the floor event propelled the OSU team to set them up for the win. Those included Harrison who posted a career-high of 9.875 to take third in the event behind Mattern’s 9.900, while Merkle scored a close 9.850 behind Harrison. “I think the highlight for me was probably the last three floor routines because they knew and they could feel that the meet was on the line,” Fagan said. “And so, for them to come out and really hit really solid routines, I think it will build their confidence, and it builds the team’s confidence too.”Mattern placed first in the all-around with a 39.375. read more

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