Ottawa orders regulator to investigate telecom sales practices

first_imgThe sales practices of Canada’s largest telecommunications companies – a long-time sore spot for many consumers – will be the subject of a public inquiry ordered by the federal government on Thursday.“Like many Canadians, we are concerned by allegations of clearly inappropriate sales practices by telecom carriers,” Navdeep Bains, the minister responsible for telecommunications, said in a statement.“We have listened to Canadians about this issue, and we are taking action.”Bains said he has directed the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to conduct the investigation, including a public inquiry, and report on the sales practices used in the industry.His statement didn’t point a finger at particular industry players or specify which practices have been inappropriate.John Lawford, executive director the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Ottawa, said he’s happy that the minister had asked for a public inquiry that will take a wide look at long-standing practices that are widespread.“I think consumers are going to see some real changes. Because it’s going to be hard to write a report that doesn’t have at least some recommendations to change the way things go.”“I hope the major telecoms are going to feel a little bit more fair when they sell stuff,” Lawford said from Ottawa.He said one the biggest sore points has been promotional discount prices that don’t last for the term of the entire service contract and add-on fees that aren’t well disclosed.“So the consumers feel they have been promised one price and had to pay another,” Lawford said.CRTC chairman Ian Scott had previously declined calls for a public inquiry lodged earlier this year by PIAC and OpenMedia, two consumer advocacy groups that often do battle with Canada’s major carriers such as BCE’s Bell, Rogers Communications, Telus and Quebecor’s Videotron.Rogers Communications issued a brief statement saying, “We strive to deliver the best possible experience for our customers with products and services that best meet their needs and budget, and we will participate and share how we work to be clear, simple and fair with our customers every time they contact us.”OpenMedia’s Katy Anderson said in an email that it’s unfortunate that the CRTC “needed guidance from the government” but added she was encouraged that Bains had ordered an investigation.“Hopefully this sends a strong signal to the CRTC to keep the interests of Canadians front of mind in all their decisions,” Anderson said.The CRTC is an arms-length regulatory body responsible for upholding the Telecommunications Act and the Broadcasting Act, which are both under review by the federal government.In that capacity, the CRTC has attempted to balance sometimes conflicting mandates – such as protecting the interests of consumers while creating conditions that allow for private-sector investment in infrastructure and innovation.Scott wasn’t available for comment but a CRTC spokeswoman acknowledged receipt of the minister’s directive.“`We understand that there are growing concerns about the issue. And we will announce next steps in due course,” Patricia Valladao said.last_img

Cineflix TV production group faces Ontario class action seeking unpaid wages

first_imgTORONTO – The company that makes “Property Brothers” and dozens of other TV programs is being sued for millions in regular wages as well as overtime, vacation and public holiday pay claimed on behalf of hundreds of contract production personnel.The proposed class action suit claims Cineflix and its affiliates violated the Ontario Employment Standards Act and seeks compensation for all past, present and future personnel in certain job classifications as far back as 2000.The suit filed in an Ontario court also claims the defendants are liable for any tax liabilities, Canada Pension Plan or employment insurance contributions owed by the affected personnel.The allegations have not been proven in court.Cineflix confirmed it was formally served with a statement of claim Tuesday afternoon.“Cineflix has demonstrated a solid history of ethical standards and respect for the creative community for over 20 years.” stated spokeswoman Vanessa Marra. “Cineflix will be vigorously contesting this claim.”A Toronto-based employment lawyer with no connection to the case said Tuesday that the issue is whether the workers have been improperly classified as independent contractors.“There is no universal test to determine whether a person is an employee or an independent contractor, but courts look to a number of factors to answer the central question of whether the person is in business on his own account or is actually an employee,” said Kimberly Boara Alexander, founding partner of KBA Partners LLP.The suit claims that Ontario’s provincial labour law applies — and entitles the plaintiffs to a minimum wage and other protections of the Employment Standards Act — because of the specific working conditions required of the personnel.For example, the suit says members of the class must adhere to a schedule determined by Cineflix, they’re told when and where to work, and to request unpaid days off in advance of taking such days as “vacation” or “sick days.”Another hurdle for the plaintiffs to overcome is that the Cineflix group is a multinational, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, as well as New York City, London and Dublin.The suit names more than 100 legal entities as defendants, including Cineflix Inc. and Cineflix Media Inc. and dozens of program-specific entities such as Cineflix (Property Brothers 6) Inc.The “Property Brothers” show, starring real estate expert Drew Scott and his twin brother Jonathan Scott, a contractor, is produced in association with HGTV — a specialty television channel devoted to homes, decoration and renovations.Other shows produced by Cineflix include “American Pickers,” “Secrets of the Morgue” and “Bizarre Murders.”The suit is seeking about $35 million in general damages and $10 million in punitive damages, plus costs and interest.The proposed class action was launched by Toronto-based law firm Cavalluzzo, which launched a similar class action earlier this year against Blyth Academy, a private school with a number of campuses, on behalf of teachers.The named plaintiff in the Cineflix suit, Anna Bourque, worked as a story editor from September 2017 to February 2018 at the company’s Toronto production office location.“Picture editors and story editors work together taking hundreds of hours of footage and sharpening it into 43 minutes or so of entertaining television, but as schedules get squeezed our hours expand and there is never compensation for that, so our pay becomes inversely proportional to the hours worked,” Bourque said in a press statement.The Cineflix workers covered by the suit aren’t members of a union but they have support from the Canadian Media Guild, and its parent CWA Canada, which aren’t plaintiffs in the case.“Since these workers aren’t covered by union contracts, production companies often use them as a way to create less expensive but still lucrative programming,” CMG organizer Denise O’Connell said in the press statement.“Reality and factual TV are the wild west of the entertainment world,” said Lise Lareau, a co-ordinator of the CMG’s Fairness in Factual TV campaign.“People working in this area of production are cut out of labour laws. They don’t have the rights of other employees, and historically they’ve been left out of union contracts enjoyed by the rest of the entertainment industry.”last_img read more

City to implement Citizen Satisfaction Survey needs a different approach

first_imgCouncil stated they had concerns with the surveys presented as the way the information is gathered is through phone calls. A couple of councillors agreed that phone calls are not a great way to acquire the data needed as people tend to hang up on these calls and do not want to be disturbed at home in this manner.Acting-Mayor Bolin suggested that a successful survey would require everyone working together and that in years previous their most successful surveys and ways to acquire the communities input was not by phone yet rather a hands-on direct approach such as those that happened during the ‘Let’s talk Site C survey and the Survey about Marijuana’ standing out most to him.Bolin says it’s time for a more progressive approach in reaching citizens.“We would miss the entire next generation from the survey if we go that route.”Bolin also expressed that times have changed and what used to work is not working, he explained municipalities and even the Province’s referendum are receiving a low turn out rate.“I would rather see us with i-pads out at events collecting information from our citizens, a, we don’t spend the $40 grand and b, the information is more relevant with community participation than it would be if somebody is doing it as a third party.” Council recommended the City come back with recommendations that were more like the initiatives that took place, such as the Site C Survey and a more grassroots approach rather than getting an outside agency to get the job done. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John wants to implement a scheduled public survey to receive valuable feedback from residents yet traditional surveys might not garner the information the City seeks.The City Staff made a presentation to Council during Monday’s Committee of the Whole Meeting about how receiving regular input from the community, would be used to gauge the City’s strengths and weaknesses.The presentation, titled Citizen Satisfaction Survey, shared three options that feedback could be acquired from the community, 1) by a website, 2) by Third Party and 3) Research Company.  These three methods are strongly reliant on phone calls. With a budget of $40,000, each option does come with their own pros and cons as they lack personalization to our region.last_img read more

Russia Facing Drug Use Doping Allegations

By Bernad Dito,New York- In the world of Olympic sports, there is one rule that cannot be broken without serious ramifications on an athlete’s entire career. That rule is in regards to steroids. Athletes who fail to show up clean on their drug testing, and are found guilty of using these banned performance enhancing substances can face severe penalties. Medals and the prize money they have earned can all be revoked, in addition to being banned from future events. The personal and professional devastation that comes from using steroids can be a thousand times worse when the event involved are the Olympics. Olympian athletes who are disgraced and penalized are not only frowned upon, their actions often besmirch the country that the athlete represents. Despite the regulations, regular testing, and well known negative consequences that can, and often do arise from steroid use, Olympians are still caught “doping up” with anabolic steroids.Liliya Shobukhova is a well known, now infamous Russian Olympian athlete. Anyone who is keen to the marathon circuits is likely familiar with the name Liliya Shobukhova. She holds a record for being the second fastest runner of all time for the Chicago marathon, as well as having placed first each year between 2009 to 2011. In 2012 she won the London marathon and competed in the 2012 Olympics but was unable to place, and only reached fourth in the Chicago marathon that year. Despite her fame on the track, she has come under fire, along with Russia’s Athletic Federation, bringing to light the ongoing issue that officials have with athletes using banned steroids to get ahead in the game.The scandal: Doping, extortion, and conspiracy.According to an in depth investigation by the German television channel ARD, which has also been reported upon the French sports daily L’Equipe, Shobukhova is just the most recent example of corruption and doping. The story according Shobukhova, her husband, and other sources is not an easy one to tell. In 2011 Shobukhova failed to pass a drugs test for anabolic steroids, as reported by Steroidal.com. She was told by a member of the Russian Athletic Federation that the price to keep it under wraps would cost a sum equal to $550,000 USD. For her it was a matter of paying the money or getting banned. She and her husband agreed to and paid the price of the extortion. However, when she did not place in the 2012 London Olympics, the Russian Athletic Federation turned around and banned her for the failed test. They even went a step further by annulling all of her winnings from 2009 and forward. Her husband demanded they return the extorted funds, to which they only complied by returning two-thirds of it. The actual transaction can be traced to the Russian federation’s president, Valentin Balakhnichev. Balakhnichev also happens to the be the treasurer for the IAAF, International Association of Athletics.The fallout out from her being outed as having doped:When it surfaced that Shobukhova had been caught doping up with the banned steroid known as oxandrolone, she was placed under a two year ban. The ban itself is dated from January of 2013, and was set to last to January of 2015. However, beyond being barred from competing, any of the titles earned, as well as money given, were stripped and ordered to be repaid. The winnings from the time period include four major events, whose prizes for her total over $1,000,000 USD. She has also been facing investigation by the IAAF ethics comity, with has been even more encompassing due to the evidence and accusations made by the investigative report from the German channel ARD.Shobukhova’s hidden confession and open admissions.Part of ARD’s report includes Shobukhova on hidden camera admitting to using steroids. In light of the extortion and the public humiliation, as well as financial hardships inflicted, she decided to add some genuine insight into what she has dealt with. According to Shobukhova, all of the trainers and staff involved with the Russian Federation tell their athletes that they cannot have a chance without using steroids. By using psychological brow beating, they push the practice of doping onto athletes of all ages. They then offer to cover up their habit for a percentage of their winnings each year. The extortionist even going so far as to inform them how to cheat the test, such as how to keep a clean urine sample preserved for use when needed. To those that cannot afford to pay the fees, they are busted and tossed aside when caught using. For Shobukhova, the pressure of the extortion looming over her head affected her to the point of having a bad year, which only got worse when they turned on her.What does all this mean for Russia?Aside from naming the president of the Russian Athletic Federation, Shobukhova story is only one of many that were discussed in the ARD story. The picture painted is one of nothing less than corruption and greed, with too many conflicts of interest to keep the country’s reputation from being tarnished. The irony of the IAAF assuring its ethics comity will fully investigate Shobukhova’s claims, as well as the others made in the accusation, is not lost by many in the reporting world. Members of the IAAF were named, some even proven on paper, to have participated in shady dealings with extortion and cover ups. A corrupt organization cannot be expected to properly police itself with any sense of credibility.Furthering the attention and press related to the story presented by ARD, other organizations, such as the World Marathon Majors, or WMM have prompted for clear results. The WMM funds a large part of the division responsible for screening participating athletes. They say that they will not abide by people cheating and will look to extend the band on Shobukhova. One of the other issues with policing and addressing of the accusations is that all of the governing organizations, such as the Russian Athletic Federation and its own Anti-Doping Agencies, draw direct funding and reporting to the Russian government itself. This makes the allegations have even heavier implications towards their ability, or inability, to properly regulate and control the abuse of steroids in their country.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Extremists terrified of history UNESCO chief says deploring destruction of Arch of

“This new destruction shows how terrified by history and culture the extremists are, because understanding the past undermines and delegitimizes the pretexts they use to justify these crimes and exposes them as expressions of pure hatred and ignorance,” said said Ms. Bokova. “Palmyra symbolizes everything that extremists abhor; cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue, the encounter of different peoples in this centre of trading between Europe and Asia,” she declared.“Despite their relentless crimes, extremists will never be able to erase history, nor silence the memory of this site that embodies the unity and identity of the Syrian people,” she continued. Ms. Bokova also said that there would be no impunity for war criminals, and that UNESCO would make every effort to ensure that those responsible for the destruction of the Arch would be tried and punished. According to UNESCO, the Arch of Triumph was built by Septimius Severus between 193 and 211 AD. It marked the junction between the immense Great Colonnade of the site and the Temple of Bel, also destroyed this year. read more

Geek deals Dell 14z ultrabook 100 gift card Samsung 840 SSD more

first_imgUltrabooks are one of this author’s favorite “new” products of 2012. While there were some models in 2011, the category didn’t really take off until Intel’s Ivy Bridge platform finally released in mid-2012.Some may scoff, but for the vast majority of users truly don’t need anything more than an ultrabook and do benefit from the differences from a standard mainstream PC. Ultrabooks are slim, light, and easy to tote with you anywhere. And thanks to deals like this, they fit in most anyone’s budget.This Dell Inspiron 14z packs a — you guessed it — 14-inch screen and has a built-in DVD drive, but measures in at just 0.81-inches thin and 4.12 lbs. In the belly of this thin beast is an Intel Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and 32GB SSD cache for fast boot and load times.It has all the other goodies we’ve come to expect from ultrabooks, like wireless n, USB 3.0, HDMI, and Bluetooth.At $699.99 with free shipping, this well configured model comes in at a very competitive price point to other ultrabooks and deals we have seen this year. But when you figure in the bonus $100 store gift card that Dell includes, this is an absolutely smoking hot offer. That gift card (which is emailed within 10-20 days) is perfect for accessorizing your new laptop or maybe buying a warranty upgrade, making this a great deal that comes out to $599.99 out of pocket if you use the gift card.Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook with Core i5, Windows 8, and $100 gift card for $699.99 + Free shipping(reg. price $850.99 | use coupon 1BBBZLJSCTPSS3 | ends Dec. 21 or sooner)Our other top deals:LG BH4120S Blu-ray 5.1 Surround Sound Home Theater System for $159.99 + Free shipping (reg. $179.99)Planar Helium 27-inch Multi-touch LED-Backlit 1080p LCD Display for $699.99 + Free shipping (reg. $899.99)Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB SATA 6Gb/s 7mm 2.5-inch SSD for $144.99 + Free shipping (reg. $189)last_img read more

Getting into the Christmas spirits

first_imgChristmas is the best time of year for Flox Wines & Spirits, National Marketing director Lukas Papargiris says. “Basically all stock does sell through Christmas, and what we do find is that our novelty items sell a little bit better during this period, meaning alcoholic beverages that may come in novelty bottles such as a Bouzouki bottle or anything that is gift packaged or comes in some form of gift box,” Papargiris says. Flox Wines & Spirits imports, exports, produces and distributes over 180 local and internationally respected beverages. Beverages are imported from Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom, amongst others.The silly season’s best seller is beer, Papargiris says, which is why the company has a ‘three plus one’ campaign running, where for every three beers people buy they receive one complimentary bonus beer.Since early September, Flox Wines & Spirits have been importing Vergina premium lager from Greece. After starting with one container on trial, by the end of January the company will be on their fourth container. “It’s going remarkably well, we were quite surprised; it’s been accepted widely in the community,” Papargiris says. The beer isn’t just consumed by Greeks, but has also become mainstream and done well in the national market, he added.Vergina beer has a distinct taste, Papargiris says, adding that customers have commented that this particular beer is “not like another Heineken”. “It has a bit of a bitter taste to it, it is a little different from traditional Greek and European beers, it’s quite distinctive in that manner,” Papargiris says. Flox Wines & Spirits also sells Greek wine, which Papargiris says has established a more reliable reputation over time. “I’d say over the past four years the Greek wine companies are producing some exceptional Greek wines. What has come to the forefront is stability, where once upon a time you’d buy a bottle of wine in a particular brand and then the next shipment would come in and be quite different, now stability has come into it.”Greece exports both red and white wine and has between 200 and 300 indigenous grape varieties but the main one that is well accepted is Savatiano, Papargiris says.While beer is the best seller over Christmas, red wine and 2 litre flagons also do very well, Papargiris says. “The normal table wines are great, especially for barbecues and souvlas,” he says. While the company imports spirits from 17 countries the best selling product is Butterscotch schnapps. “The schnapps and Absinthe are our premium brands within Australia; spirits do very well,” Papargiris says. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek mythology lends names to Plutos moons

first_imgNames from Greek mythology’s underworld have been given to Pluto’s fourth and fifth moon, discovered in 2011 and 2012, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) announced earlier this week. As announced by the IAU, the moon formerly known as P4 is now Kerberos, named after the many-headed dog that guarded the entrance to the underworld in Greek mythology. Moon No. 5 is Styx, named for the river that souls had to cross over to get to Hades, or the underworld, and the goddess who ruled over it.Names from Greek mythology are not new to the Plutonian family, that counts five moons that circle Pluto. In Greek mythology, Pluto, also known as Hades, was the lord of the underworld.Pluto’s other moons are Charon, named for the ferryman who carried dead souls across the river Styx; Hydra, a multi-headed monster that helped guard the entrance to the underworld; and Nix, the mother of Charon.Kerberos and Styx were discovered by a team led by Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute, using the Hubble Space Telescope. It is estimated Kerberos and Styx are the smallest of Pluto’s moons so far.By astronomical tradition, the discoverer of a new planet or moon is entitled to suggest names for it to the IAU. This time, however, an open contest was held for the input of general public. Name Cerberus was later changed to the Greek spelling Kerberos to avoid confusion with an asteroid that already exists under this name.“The IAU rules ensure that the names work across different languages and cultures in order to support collaborative worldwide research and avoid confusion,” the Union said in a statement.Once known as the ninth planet of the solar system, in 2006 Pluto was classified as a dwarf planet, due to the fact its orbital path is cluttered with thousands of small icy objects. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Kirby Is Still King

first_imgToday, Jack “The King” Kirby would have been 100 years old. As any comics fan or friend of a comics fan knows, Jack Kirby was, and still is, an incredible influence on the medium of comics and beyond. He was creator or co-creator on so many different characters that looking at a list of them all together is just downright daunting!Are you looking forward to the Inhumans premiere on TV? How about The Gifted? How about upcoming movies. You psyched about Thor: Ragnarok? What about Justice League? None of those would be hitting the big or small screen if it wasn’t for Jack Kirby’s incredible and wild imagination. Even the antagonist in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Captain America’s cameo in Spider-Man: Homecoming would not have been possible. Marvel’s first movie of 2018, Black Panther, is also a Kirby creation with Stan Lee along with the Avengers. You can even make the argument that Thanos, the ultimate villain to the Avengers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is heavily influenced by Kirby’s Darkseid.Although Jack Kirby sadly passed away in 1994, his legacy in comics, TV, movies, and even video games is stronger than ever before. An entire generation of people born after his passing are anxiously anticipating the next TV show or movie based primarily on Jack’s legendary imagination. It’s important that we celebrate, and that we never forget, this legendary icon and World War II veteran who co-created with Joe Simon one of the single most recognized Patriotic symbols in comics and movies with Captain America as well as some of the most incredibly bizarre characters with the New Gods and beyond. His legacy endorsed with the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center as well as Kirby4Heroes through the Heroes Initiative which benefits comics creators in need.So go out today and talk about Jack Kirby, or read a comic, watch a TV show, or catch a movie that wouldn’t exist without him. I’d give you recommendations, but there are far too many to give.Photos courtesy of our pal Jeffery Wilson. He recently visited The Jack Kirby Museum’s temporary at One Art Space in NYC. On displays are pieces from Kirby’s work in superheroes, war, romance, western, and horror comics. The showcase only runs until August 30th. View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.last_img read more

Julen Lopetegui will be a success at Real Madrid insists Carvajal

first_imgNew Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui may not even be a month into the job yet, but defender Dani Carvajal is convinced that he will prove to be a great successThe 51-year-old was announced as Zinedine Zidane’s successor last month in a rather controversial twist that saw Lopetegui immediately removed from his post as the Spain head coach with just two days remaining till the start of the World Cup.But Lopetegui has now put the sad end to his time in charge of the national side behind him and he has now officially begun his duties at Real.The former goalkeeper previously played for Los Blancos during his playing career and won La Liga in the 1989/90 season but he has never managed to deliver silverware at club level in his managerial career for Rayo Vallecano, RM Castilla B and FC Porto.But Carvajal, who played under Lopetegui with Spain’s Under-19s, Under-21s and the senior team, is certain that his compatriot is the right man to take Real to even further heights this season after winning three successive Champions League titles under his predecessor Zidane.“I have always enjoyed Lopetegui,” Carvajal told El Gráfico, via AS.“I share his ideas of football and he is a coach who gets the most out of each player. He is going to do us well and I am already anxious to put myself at his orders. The bar is now very high but we have to have patience.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.⚽? ¡De vuelta con el equipo! ?? @DaniCarvajal92 ?? @NavasKeylor#RMTour pic.twitter.com/2y51g1ybBP— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) July 29, 2018“We all get along well,” he added.“I think that is key for success. It’s practically a family and that makes everything easier on the pitch. The pressure at Real Madrid is always there and you learn to live with that. We enter [training] every day and share [the pitch] with the best in the world – it’s amazing. I think the good atmosphere has been fundamental for things to go well.”Real will face Manchester United on Tuesday night in the first preseason match of their US tour.last_img read more

Caesars CEO exit could pave the way for MGM merger reports

first_img Sale of the century MGM reaffirms its commitment to Osaka in wake of LVS withdrawal RelatedPosts Load More Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year However, it is suggested that the departure of Frissora, who announced last week that he would step down from the top job on 8 February 2019, was engineered by activist hedge funds who own around 25% of Caesars and are keen to see the company join forces with MGM.“Everyone knows that without a CEO, Caesars is in play,” the New York Post quoted one source as saying.Such a merger would significantly reduce overhead costs for both parties, although how it would be viewed by regulators remains to be seen with the new super-power potentially controlling half the hotel rooms available in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. The impending departure of Caesars Entertainment CEO Mark Frissora could be part of a planned merger between the company and fellow global gaming giant MGM Resorts.According to the New York Post, MGM has hired investment bank Morgan Stanley and law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges to look into the possibility, although no official offer has yet been tabled.last_img read more

WB entertainment industry gets new BJPbacked organisation

first_imgKolkata: Aiming to make the Bengali film and television industry an organised sector and ensuring equal rights for all, a new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-backed organisation has been launched here. The Eastern India Motion Pictures and Cultural Confederation (EIMPCC) was launched on Saturday evening in the presence of West Bengal BJP President and Vice President Dilip Ghosh and Jaiprakash Majumdaar, respuectively. However, eminent designer Agnimitra Paul, who recently joined the BJP and was appointed as the President of the newly formed body, stressed on the apolitical nature of the organisation. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “This platform belongs to everyone working in the cultural fields including films, television, theatre and so on. There will be no interference and be assured that all problems in the entertainment industry will be dealt with. If needed, the matters will be taken to Delhi,” Ghosh said before a gathering of hundreds of artists and technicians. Stressing on the EIMPCC’s focus on genuine talents, Paul said: “Talented artists are not getting work till they are becoming ‘yes-men’ while many are getting opportunities due to political connections. But our organisation is completely apolitical. We won’t give work to people, but will stand by them in times of need”. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Without naming the Trinamool Congress, she said currently “there wass a lot of interference from a political party” and on many occasions filmmakers are instructed to take particular artists they recommend. Paul condemned the current practices of the industry where “there is no liberty”. She mentioned that she will see to the issues of non-payment, shutting down of single screens and so on. “I repeat that we have no colour and many political parties have endorsed our work, seeing our honesty and integrity towards our work.” It is the organisation’s aim to see that the members of the industry get benefits like health insurance, extra payment for over time and provident fund, Paul added. Director Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, who is the vice Chairperson of EIMPCC, said it should be a collective fight against corrupt practices. Actor George Baker, one of the two nominated Anglo-Indian members of the Lok Sabha, became nostalgic while vouching for unity among the artists and technicians. He said everyone working in front and behind the camera should get their due respect. Trinamool leaders Aroop Biswas and his brother Swarup Biswas hold key positions in existing bodies Eastern India Motion Pictures Association (EIMPA) and the Federation of Cine Technicians and Workers of Eastern India (FCTWEI). Speaking on the occasion, Jaiprakash Majumdaar said their party wants a change and bring back the halycon days of the Bengali film industry which has been enriched by the creations of legendary directors like Mrinal Sen and Satyajit Ray. He said that they will see to end of the dominance of Biswas brothers. Negating Trinamool’s allegations against the BJP for politicising the entertainment industry, Paul said: “We are trying to break the existing political practices here and BJP leaders like Dilip Ghosh, Jaiprakash Majumdaar have endorsed us and rendered their support.”last_img read more

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