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Ian Hoomansing is all set to anchor Canadian Newscast

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Ian Harvey Hanomansing (born 1961) is a Canadian television journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
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March 11, 2017: Trinidad-born Canadian journalist is all set ready to kickstart The National, the main CBC newscast. Earlier, Hoomansing has worked for CBC as a reporter, anchor, and interviewer for the variety of assignments. The current anchor of CBC newscast, Peter Mansbridge who has served nearly three decades on the desk will step down on July 1.

Hoomansing is the second cousin to local old stager broadcaster Hans Hoomansing and Gideon Hanoomansingh, an independent TV anchor and also a former news anchor. Many Canadians acknowledge Ian hoomanshing to be the heir apparent. He has been with the CBC for past 30 years. Even at the age of 54, he looks a decade younger.

Gideon Hoomansing quoted that Ian was a meritorious claimant for the CBC newscast and that he was extremely proud of his Canadian relative. He also explained that Hoomansign in his early career dropped “H” from his name and was only called as ‘Ian Harvey’ when Canada was having trepidation with the Sikh community who were behaving absurdly at the time. However, Hoomansing in a TV interview in Canada revealed that – when he was working as a radio broadcaster, he used only first two initials of his name – Ian Harvey – and later realized that his audience could not identify him when he met them off air.

Lately, Hanomansing was awarded the 2016 Canadian Screen Award for Best News Anchor for The National. Hanomansing has been wooed by rival news organizations in the United States and Canada over the years, he was quoted on saying over the issue that ” I knew I was never going to leave the job”. His wife’s West Coast law career and the couple’s desire to keep their kids in the same schools led to 25 happy years in Vancouver. Nevertheless, A move to CBC’s broadcast center in Toronto — where “The National” has always been based — is doable now.

“I’ve lived through lots of changes at my time at CBC,” he says, “some incremental, some seismic.” He survived, for instance, the ruinous “Prime Time News” shift to 9 p.m in the early ’90s as well as the downsizing of the local supper hour newscasts in the 2000s. Hanomansing relishes being released from his teleprompter and might not be eager to be stuck behind one in a re-imagined version of “The National.”

Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter @Nainamishr94

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg To Testify Before a US-Canada ‘Grand Committee”

Joining forces with Canada — and perhaps other countries — seems designed to prod Zuckerberg and persuade him to change his mind.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy. VOA

Parliamentary committees in Britain and Canada on Wednesday urged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before a joint hearing of international lawmakers examining fake news and the internet.

Damian Collins, the head of the U.K. parliament’s media committee, is joining forces with his Canadian counterpart, Bob Zimmer, to pressure Zuckerberg to personally take part in hearings, as he did before the U.S Congress and the European Parliament. The so-called “international grand committee” session would be held Nov. 27 and could include lawmakers from other countries.

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“We understand that it is not possible to make yourself available to all parliaments. However, we believe that your users in other countries need a line of accountability to your organization — directly, via yourself,” the pair said in a letter to Zuckerberg. “We would have thought that this responsibility is something that you would want to take up.”

Social media companies have been under scrutiny in Britain following allegations that political consultancy Cambridge Analytica used data from tens of millions of Facebook accounts to profile voters and help U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign. The committee is also investigating the impact of fake news distributed via social media sites globally.

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Collins has been irate with Facebook for sending Zuckerberg’s underlings to his committee’s hearings while the leader of the Silicon Valley company declined invitations to attend. Joining forces with Canada — and perhaps other countries — seems designed to prod Zuckerberg and persuade him to change his mind.

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“No such joint hearing has ever been held,” the pair wrote. “Given your self-declared objective to ‘fix’ Facebook, and to prevent the platform’s malign use in world affairs and democratic process, we would like to give you the chance to appear at this hearing.” (VOA)