LS to become paperless from next session

first_imgNew Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday announced that the Lower House will become paperless from the next session, a move which will save crores of rupees to the exchequer. During the Zero Hour, several members praised the Speaker for starting a new system under which their name and division number are displayed on the screen in the house, when they are speaking. Birla told the members that various new initiatives will be taken to improve the functioning of the house and announced that Lok Sabha will become paperless from the next session onwards. It will save crores of rupees, he said.last_img read more

IAF helicopter deployed to rescue 35 stranded in Thane

first_imgMumbai: The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Sunday deployed a helicopter to rescue around 35 people who were stranded at a village in Thane district of Maharashtra following heavy rains, an official said. The people were stuck at their water-logged homes in Ju-Nandkhuri village near Khadavli in Kalyan taluka since 10 am, Thane’s resident deputy collector Shivaji Patil said. “One Mi 17 helicopter has been launched by IAF from Santacruz (in Mumbai) on request of the state government towards rescue of 35 residents of the village,” a defence official said. All efforts were being made to bring the stranded people to a safer place, Patil said. With the Bhatsa river in spate, several villages in and around Kalyan taluka were inundated, he said, adding that Ju-Nandkhuri village was the worst hit. Mumbai and its neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts have been witnessing incessant rains since the last two days.last_img read more

Salman shoots promo for Bigg Boss 13

first_imgMumbai: Come September and Salman Khan returns as host of “Bigg Boss” season 13. Meanwhile, even as excitement builds, the Bollywood superstar has shot for the first promo of the show at Reliance Studios in Mumbai’s Film City. Colors channel, which will air season 13 of the show from September 29, posted a shooting still of Salman from the promo set, on its Instagram page. In the picture, Salman is seen in workout gear, flashing that trademark infectious smile. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Salman will share screen space in the promo with “Naagin” actress Surbhi Jyoti, and “Hate Story 4” actor Karan Wahi. In the promo, Salman flirts with Surbhi while jogging, and offers her a bouquet of flowers. Then, Karan Wahi, essaying her on-screen lover, enters the screen and snatches the flowers. Unlike the past years, the Bigg Boss house this year has been erected in Mumbai itself.last_img read more

City of Toronto apologizes for rappers language during Canada 150 performance

TORONTO – The City of Toronto is apologizing for the “inappropriate content” during a rapper’s closing performance to the city’s Canada Day festivities at Nathan Phillips Square.“As per contracts, the city expects all artists to deliver G-rated, family-friendly shows suitable for all ages,” the city said in an emailed statement Tuesday afternoon.The city’s apology comes after complaints from revellers, who also expressed their displeasure on social media, about what they said was repeated use of profanities by Belly.The city said it is “disappointed with what happened” during performance and has followed up with the rapper.Belly, who was born in the Palestinian city of Jenin and raised in Ottawa, was the final performer of the four-day celebrations, which ended with fireworks Monday night.The musician has been defending himself on social media, saying organizers were aware his performance would contain profanities.Since the show, he has also posted various tweets denouncing censorship and promoting freedom of expression.“A young immigrant came to the greatest country on Earth with nothing and made my dreams come true. That’s the real story here,” he tweeted Tuesday. read more

After historic merger vote some lament death of Albertas historic PC party

first_imgEDMONTON – The former president of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives says some members feel adrift after a majority voted to embrace a new party, effectively consigning one of Canada’s great political brands to the ash heap of history.Katherine O’Neill, in an interview Sunday, said she’s been hearing from many PC volunteers and members who now feel “politically homeless” in a party they feel is tacking too far right on social issues.“There’s a lot of grieving going on today,” said O’Neill.“(These) people have literally put their blood, sweat and tears into the Progressive Conservative party and I know a lot of these people and they’re heartbroken.“There are a lot of memories, a lot of hard work. And now they’re not really sure where they could go and best use their efforts.”O’Neill headed up the PCs during the recent leadership race that saw former federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney elected on a platform to merge with the Wildrose, Alberta’s official Opposition.That plan came to fruition Saturday night when members of both parties, in separate votes, chose overwhelmingly to join forces as the new United Conservative Party.The Wildrose and the PC names will live on legally, but are effectively husks with no candidates.O’Neill and other members left soon after Kenney’s leadership victory in the spring.O’Neill said she is fiscally conservative but socially progressive. She’s now heading up a political action committee called Alberta Together that is looking to back a party with similar values.Many at the Alberta Together meetings have been embracing the centrist Alberta Party.Dave Quest, a former PC legislature member, said he was cutting up his PC party membership card after three decades.“I don’t believe the UCP will be the party that I joined as a Progressive Conservative,” said Quest in an interview.Quest said that under former PC premier Ed Stelmach the government had to fast track infrastructure construction that had been allowed to lag when the PCs, under Ralph Klein in the 1990s, focused exclusively on debt reduction and budget cuts.“Should (the UCP) form government, it will be a 1990s fiscally driven agenda and it won’t be what’s best for the province,” said Quest.The Progressive Conservatives won power in 1971 and governed Alberta for almost 44 years before being defeated by Premier Rachel Notley and her NDP in 2015. The Wildrose lasted a decade.Kenney has stressed vote splitting by the Wildrose and the PCs led to the NDP win and that only a coalition can prevent a repeat in the 2019 election.Other PCs, including most of the eight-person caucus, have embraced the Wildrose merger, and the race for a leader for the new UCP has begun. That vote goes on Oct. 28.Wildrose Leader Brian Jean, Kenney, and longtime conservative and PC strategist Doug Schweitzer have already said they will run.Schweitzer has been campaigning for weeks, anticipating a positive vote on the referendum. His campaign focuses on fiscal conservatism but social progressivism.He said the die has not been cast on what the UCP will look like.“Those (Progressive Conservative) values can still be in this new United Conservative Party and I think that they are,” said Schweitzer.Jean said names and labels are important but can’t impede progress.“I think we’ve got a great legacy (on both parties) and together we’re going to have more even than we’ve had as two separates,” said Jean.“Unity is going to be extremely good for the province, extremely good for the conservative movement in Canada, and extremely good for Albertans — and that’s what it’s ultimately about.”Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark said his party has offered alternatives on a range of issues from climate change to debt reduction, but said Albertans still don’t know what the UCP stands for.“It’s a group that seems united in opposition to the NDP but have offered not a single positive policy that tells Albertans how they’re going to handle the challenges facing our province,” said Clark.last_img read more

Trudeau to be honoured guest at internationalaffairs gala in New York

first_imgWASHINGTON – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be honoured at a prestigious international-affairs gala in New York City next month.The prime minister is among the honoured guests at this year’s Atlantic Council Global Citizen Awards.Past recipients include former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde and the late Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.The black-tie gala will be held Sept. 19 while the prime minister is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.The hosts say Trudeau will be recognized for his visionary leadership, support for open trade and borders, and respect for universal freedom and diversity.Organizers include two prominent Republicans — former presidential candidate and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, and former national security adviser Brent Scowcroft.The annual dinner usually includes several honoured guests, and the rest of this year’s will be named over the coming days.last_img read more

Bloc Quebecois leader to award Quebec legislature medal to Mark Norman

first_imgOTTAWA – Bloc Quebecois Leader Martine Ouellet will give a Quebec national assembly medal to the vice-admiral who is being investigated by the RCMP on suspicion of having leaked cabinet secrets to the Davie shipyard.Mark Norman was head of the navy when the former Conservative government gave the Quebec City-area facility an interim supply-ship project without competition in the summer of 2015.The move came after the navy was forced to retire its only two resupply ships early, leaving a gap until new permanent replacements could be built around 2021.Norman had been a proponent for the project.In January 2017, Norman, who had been promoted in August 2016 to vice chief of defence staff, the military’s second-highest position, was suddenly relieved of duty without explanation.Court documents later showed the RCMP was investigating him on suspicion of having leaked cabinet secrets to Davie in November 2015.The Mounties alleged Norman was upset that the new Trudeau government was reconsidering the interim supply ship contract, and that he worked with Davie to pressure the Liberals into staying the course.Norman remains suspended but has not been charged with any crime. The allegations in the documents have not been tested in court, and Norman’s lawyer has denied her client did anything wrong.The Liberal government ultimately decided to proceed with the ship, the MV Asterix.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Ouellet said she considers Norman a whistleblower and “a friend of Quebec.”“He seems to be the target of reprisals because he stood tall,” she said.“We can see he was right because the Asterix is the only ship that has been delivered by a naval shipyard in Canada. It saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and if other other contracts were awarded to Davie, they would be saving billions.”Ouellet, who is also an Independent member of the Quebec legislature after parting ways with the Parti Quebecois, is expected to give Norman the medal at a private ceremony in Ottawa in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Yukon mine is mothballed as soft copper markets derail planned sale

first_imgVANCOUVER – A Vancouver-based mining company says soft copper and equity markets have combined to undermine the sale of its property in central Yukon, so it plans to shut the Minto Mine until a better opportunity is found.Capstone Mining Corp. says in a release that Pembridge Resources has been unable to arrange financing to purchase the copper mine, and the two companies have terminated the agreement announced in February.About 200 employees and contractors will be affected as mining operations are expected to stop almost immediately and milling operations will wrap up as soon as the current ore stockpile is processed.Capstone says only a core team of workers will stay to oversee the site and meet environmental monitoring and legal obligations while the mine is put into temporary care and maintenance.Capstone initially agreed to sell Minto to Pembridge for US$37.5 million, plus working capital adjustments and common shares representing 9.9 per cent of the issued and outstanding shares.Capstone had planned to use the net proceeds primarily to reduce its own outstanding borrowings but president Darren Pylot says keeping Minto in a holding pattern is an option until markets pick up.“The decision to put Minto on care and maintenance while we seek alternatives is to preserve and maximize its value,” Pylot says in the statement Thursday.“The team will ensure Minto can be restarted efficiently and safely once the copper and equity markets improve.”Costs to place the mine on care and maintenance are estimated to be approximately US$5 million in each of 2018 and 2019, with ongoing costs expected to be under US$4 million annually in 2020 and later, the Capstone statement says.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:CS)last_img read more

Eddie the Eagle among Olympians cheering for a Calgary 2026 bid at

first_imgCALGARY – Mayor Naheed Nenshi says the naysayers have been winning the debate over whether Calgary should hold the Winter Olympics in 2026, but there’s still time to change the narrative before a non-binding vote on the bid next Tuesday.Nenshi’s remarks capped off a pro-bid rally which featured a parade of Olympians and a deluge of 1988 nostalgia from Calgary’s first turn at playing host.“We are, my friends, in the last week of an election campaign. It’s an election campaign that today we’re going to lose,” Nenshi told the crowd in a downtown convention centre Monday, a Team Canada scarf draped over his shoulders.“But we have the power to turn that around. And that power is within every one of our hands,”Last week, the bid appeared on the brink of death as the city, the province of Alberta and the federal government wrangled over cost sharing. Nenshi called the week the “grossest” of his political career, but said it led to a great deal.“What we have is undeniably an outstanding bid and an outstanding deal for Calgary and we’ve got to tell our friends and our neighbours.”He urged bid supporters to speak up online and in coffee shops and to text everyone they know before the plebiscite.“For better or worse, we’ve allowed the naysayers to control the narrative. If you look on social media, you probably think 100 per cent of Calgary is opposed to the Olympics. If you listen to the loudest voices, whether they’re politicians or people in line at the Tim Hortons, you’d think everybody hates the Olympics,” Nenshi said.“But that’s not true.”No Calgary Olympics, a three-member grassroots group with no advertising money, has been trying to push its anti-bid message without the same Olympian star power.The group’s concerns include the cost, the transparency and ethics of the International Olympic Committee and what it sees as shortcomings in the bid process.Opposing an Olympic bid isn’t a slight against Calgary, spokeswoman Erin Waite said.“We’re not doubters about Calgary’s initiative or capacity or enthusiasm for taking on big projects,” she said. “It’s a matter of if it’s the right project now and what won’t we be able to do because we’re choosing the Olympics.”The bid has an estimated price tag of $5.1 billion. The province has said it would kick in $700 million of that and Ottawa would cover $1.4 billion. The city was asked to contribute $390 million, which includes $20 million for a $200-million insurance policy against cost overruns.The remainder would be expected to come from ticket sales and other revenues.Monday’s rally featured British ski-jumper Michael Edwards — better known as Eddie the Eagle — and 1988 mascots Hidy and Howdy. Some came to the rally wearing vintage Olympic swag.“I think you did such a great job in 1988 and there was such a great buzz and there’s continued to be that buzz for the last 30 years,” Edwards said.Olympians, including gold-medal sprinter Donovan Bailey and multi-medal-winning hockey player Cassie Campbell-Pascall, spoke of the importance of refurbishing the city’s sports facilities.University of Alberta professor Stacy Lorenz, who studies the sociology and history of sports, said it’s not surprising bid boosters are tugging at heartstrings by invoking past Olympic glory.“They are going to have to make an argument for civic pride and national identity, because if you look hard at the economics of it, that is not going to convince people to support the bid.”last_img read more

Hold the bacon more Quebec sugar shacks offering vegetarian vegan options

first_imgMONTREAL — As the sugaring-off season begins, thousands of Quebecers will head to a cabane a sucre, or sugar shack, for a traditional heavy meal drenched in sweet syrup.Only now, more and more sugar shacks are offering pork rinds without pork, maple baked beans without lard and other vegetarian and vegan options to meet the increasing demand for meatless meals.A simple online search reveals close to a dozen sugar shacks that offer vegetarian or vegan options.Patrick Noel, the owner of Sucrerie du Domaine, said he had little time for a phone interview. “After 10 o’clock, it’s madness,” he said Saturday morning.It’s the first year Noel’s sugar shack north of Montreal has offered a vegan menu, and he said the numbers look promising so far.“It’s looking like a good season, and the cabane is almost reserved to capacity until the end of the sugar season,” he said.Noel said his reservations are up 30 per cent over last year, which he believes is at least partly due to menu items such as tourtiere — a traditional meat pie — made with mushrooms and lentils, and a vegan version of cretons — a pork spread usually served on toast.He said the demand for the new menu came mostly from his regular clients, who are happy to eat meat themselves but want to bring more friends along.“The customers who really like our meat told us that instead of being a group of 20 people, they would be 26 if we had a vegan menu, so we adapted,” he said.“We’re a hyper-carnivorous sugar shack, so it’s a bit of culinary bipolarness,” he said with a laugh.In the Monteregie region southeast of Montreal, the co-owner of the Handfield sugar shack said he’s seen a 30 to 40 per cent increase in customers since he brought in a meatless menu.“There’s no lard in our baked beans, and I challenge anyone to tell the difference,” Louis-Robert Handfield said in a phone interview.Handfield said the menu is most popular with 25- to 40-year olds, many of whom otherwise wouldn’t visit a sugar shack.Carole Bouthillette, co-owner of La Pause Sylvestre, sees herself as the pioneer of the vegetarian and vegan sugar shack movement.Her rustic log cabin in the Estrie region has been making tourtiere with millet and pulses for almost 20 years — long before the current craze began.“I don’t understand why it’s reached this level, but for us it doesn’t change anything, we’ve always been full,” she said.“We get more phone calls, but we don’t have any more places,” said Bouthillette, who said she has no plans to expand her business.But while more and more sugar shack owners are reconsidering the culinary traditions of the sugaring-off period, one thing is unlikely to change: expect the food, whether it’s pork or lentil-based, to come drenched in plenty of maple syrup.Stephane Blais, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Girl 13 charged in two alleged assaults in Saskatoon park

first_imgThe Canadian Press SASKATOON — Police in Saskatoon say they have charged a 13-year-old girl in connection with two alleged assaults in a city park, including one that was caught on video.Police say on Monday evening a 33-year-old woman reported being assaulted by a several youths in a playground.A bystander filmed the woman being knocked down and then repeatedly punched and kicked.On the previous Monday police say two girls aged 10 and 14 reported being attacked in the same area at around the same time in the early evening.In both incidents police say the victims suffered minor cuts and bruises.The girl who’s been charged faces two counts of assault.Police say a number of other youths have been identified as being involved in the alleged assaults but have not been charged because they are under the age of 12.last_img read more

NBA Star Alonzo Mourning Named Laureus Sport For Good Ambassador

first_imgLaureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, the leading non-profit organization that uses the positive power of sport to tackle society’s most pressing challenges, has announced it is joining forces with former Miami Heat player and soon to be inducted NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning and naming him its newest Ambassador.As an Ambassador, Mourning will be able to build upon the great work he has done within the sport for development sector in Miami and bring this passion to a worldwide audience. Mourning joins an impressive list of both current and former sportspeople supporting and promoting the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation’s work around the world.Mourning was in Miami last week at the Overtown Youth Center to announce his induction into the growing Laureus family; he hosted a Community Day of Health and Wellness, celebrating the impact of sport for development. The Overtown Youth Center is a special place for Mourning, as he co-founded it in 2003 and has contributed to its growth and success since its conception. The Overtown Youth Center, celebrating its 10th Anniversary, is an educational and social enrichment center – a safe haven for underprivileged kids in Overtown, Miami. The Center uniquely blends in- school services, project based learning after school services, enrichment programs, parent support, health and wellness support, and post-high school support (up to age 25) for the 400 students it supports.Laureus USA, along with Mercedes Benz USA (MBUSA), have been collaborating for three years to help improve the lives of Miami’s youth. The pair have teamed up to support the growth of a sport for development coaching force in the community, impacting the lives of hundreds of youth in Miami.“I’m proud to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of Overtown Youth Center, an organization that has been impacting thousands of youngster’s lives in Miami. OYC inspires, empowers and enriches the lives of youth and families through enrichment services. I’ve been dedicated to this center and have seen its impact grow. I’m joining the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA as an Ambassador to bring the success we’ve seen in sport for development in Miami to other communities around the globe. I believe in the power of sport to change communities,” says Alonzo Mourning.The Laureus Ambassadors, along with the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, support the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The organization’s mission is to utilize the power of sport to address social problems through a global program of sports-related community development initiatives. Laureus USA works with numerous organizations around the country to help support initiatives that affect youth such as access to quality coaches and mentors, furthering education, and increasing physical activity and health awareness.“It is my great pleasure to welcome fellow philanthropist and NBA Legend Alonzo Mourning to the Laureus family,” said Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA. “We are looking forward to working with Alonzo with a joint mission of helping to drive the positive power of sports across the country. Working with the Overtown Youth Center is just the beginning of the difference we would like to make together.”For more information about Laureus USA, please visit www.laureususa.com.last_img read more

Harry Belafonte Speaks On Challenges Faced By People Of African Descent

first_imgDebunking the myth of racial hierarchy, United Nations experts on racial discrimination has said that it is imperative to deconstruct, on a global scale, the ideological myth of a superior race and the resulting conviction of a superior culture.Harry Belafonte addresses event Confronting Silence Perspectives and Dialogue on Structural Racism against people of African Descent WorldwideAddressing a special event at UN Headquarters on Confronting the Silence: Perspectives and Dialogue on Structural Racism against people of African Descent Worldwide, Mireille Fanon-Mendes, Chair of the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent said that the attacks on human dignity are elaborated due to “supposed hierarchy of races and cultures and do not concern only one or [another], but the entire international community.”The discussion was organized by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, with the co-sponsorship of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the UN Department of Public Information, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Black Lives Matter, and Amnesty International USA.Keynote speaker, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte, recalled his time with legendary African American actor, Paul Robeson, who had said artist are the gatekeepers of truth; humanity’s moral compass. As such, Mr. Belafonte continued, he sought to use the arts as a tool to bring the human family together.Continuing, he said that while the “mighty alliance” of the Second World War was supposed to have brought an end to fascism and intolerance, “one serious flaw was that the Allies were as guilty of racial oppression as was Hitler.” Decades of racial oppression, discrimination and intolerance, before and since the war, have meant that “most people of colour know very little about the diaspora…the depth of us as African descendants, is not known one to the other.Yet, Mr. Belafonte stressed that the United Nations is “the place to sit and have a conversation about settling the affairs of the cruelty of racism and classicism,” and he looked forward to the discussions that were ahead and the presentations of the other speakers and participants.last_img read more

Carrie Underwood Donates To Girls Youth Sports Teams

first_imgThe DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and CALIA by Carrie Underwood, a fitness and lifestyle brand created in partnership with DICK’S Sporting Goods and GRAMMY Award winner Carrie Underwood, have announced plans to donate $500,000 in Sports Matter grants to girls youth sports teams across the country.CALIA by Carrie Underwood in partnership with The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation to donate $500,000 in Sports Matter grants to girls youth sports teamsCredit/Copyright: Marcus SmithSince 2014, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation has pledged over $50 million to support teams and raise awareness of the importance of youth sports across the country through its Sports Matter initiative.To kick off the partnership in her hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and Underwood herself surprised unsuspecting Checotah Middle School and High School female student-athletes during a summer practice to present a Sports Matter grant of $100,000 to the Checotah School District Girls Athletic Programs.“I am so honored to partner with The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation to give back to my high school’s girls sports teams,” said Underwood. “Being active in youth sports while growing up helped set the foundation and passion for making fitness an important part of my life today. Participating in sports also taught me important life lessons about dedication and teamwork. Through this donation, we want to make sure there are plenty of opportunities for girls to play sports in Checotah for years to come.”DICK’S Foundation will be partnering with Underwood’s local C.A.T.S. (Checotah, Animal, Town, and School) Foundation and Brian Terry, Checotah High School Principal and Athletic Director, to allocate the Sports Matter grant to the girls softball, track and field, basketball, cheerleading and golf teams.“At DICK’S, we believe sports make people better, and through this partnership, we hope to provide more opportunities for girls to play sports nationwide,” said Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods and President of The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation. “Carrie Underwood knows firsthand the impact sports can have on girls becoming strong, successful women. The DICK’S Foundation and the CALIA by Carrie Underwood brand are excited to ensure that opportunities for girls to participate in sports continue to exist.”For more information on Sports Matter and CALIA by Carrie Underwood, please visit SportsMatter.org and CaliaStudio.com, respectively.last_img read more

Katy Perry and Staples Unveil PSA to Celebrate and Support Teachers Across

first_imgStaples, Inc. is building on its long-standing commitment to supporting education and helping teachers bring learning to life for students with the debut of a new public service announcement (PSA) starring superstar Katy Perry.Video: Staples and Katy Perry team up to support teachers and studentsDriven by a statistic from the Education Market Association that an estimated 99.5 percent of all public school teachers use their own money to equip their classrooms, frequently at a cost of more than $400 per year, Staples and Katy Perry have teamed up to inspire the public to help classrooms in need by making a donation in Staples stores or online.“I believe in education as a foundation for a great life, so I want to make sure that students across the country are inspired by their teachers and afforded every opportunity to realize their dreams,” said Katy Perry. “When I teamed up with Staples in 2014, I learned firsthand how desperately teachers need our support – many of them even dig into their own pockets to provide simple tools that we would expect to already be available in our classrooms. So when Staples approached me again this year, I jumped at the opportunity because I saw the lasting effect our collaboration had on DonorsChoose.org and thousands of teachers and students.”The PSA highlights DonorsChoose.org – a charity that has funded more than 700,000 classroom projects for teachers and has positively affected more than 18 million students across the country – and encourages viewers to make their own donations by visiting a local Staples store or StaplesForStudents.org.“Knowing the crucial role that teachers play in bringing learning to life for students, we’re excited to join forces with Katy Perry to raise awareness of the need to support teachers across the country,” said Frank P. Bifulco, Jr., executive vice president global marketing, Staples. “Through Staples’ $1 million donation and contributions from customers in stores and online to DonorsChoose.org during the back-to-school season, we can all help teachers make more happen in classrooms.”Making of the PSAThe PSA, which begins airing nationwide for the back-to-school season, was filmed in Los Angeles by renowned production company RSA Films. It was directed by Aya Tanimura, who has previously collaborated with Katy Perry on lyric videos for several hit singles including “Roar,” “Unconditionally” and “Birthday.” The script was developed by the Staples Creative Agency with input from Tanimura while animation was completed by Open The Portal.Tanimura’s unique creative treatment for the back-to-school-inspired project incorporates stop-motion animation featuring paper cut-outs throughout the playful and colorful PSA. Katy Perry is awed as an imaginary doodle world suddenly comes to life, while she shares a personal anecdote from her time as a 4th grader in music class. Perry goes on to talk about the harsh reality that many teachers face on a daily basis, having to spend their own money to provide adequate supplies and equipment to students.RSA Credits: Director: Aya Tanimura; Executive Producer: Jules Daly; Executive Producer: Marjie Abrahams; Head of Production: Elicia Laport; Producer: Alejandra Quesada; Director of Photography: Welles Hackett.Staples Creative Agency Credits: Derrick Wood, VP global creative director; Brian Distefano, director, group creative.Open The Portal Credits: Animation Director & Animation Designer: Kangmin Kim; Executive Producers: Micah Cordy & David Braun; Producer: Pia Dulu; VFX: Jason Oshman, Cam Leeburg, Andrew Racho, Paul Evangelista, Larry Ho, Ashley Dunn-Martin; Music Composer: Barrett Slagle; Sound Design: Barrett Slagle; Props: George Metaxas.Win a $50,000 Scholarship and Chance to Meet Katy PerryBeginning June 26 through September 10, fans who spend $25 or more in any Staples store will receive a unique entry code on their receipt to enter the sweepstakes online at Staples.com/StaplesForStudents.One grand prize winner will win a $50,000 scholarship plus a trip for two to Los Angeles to meet superstar, Katy Perry. Four first prize winners and one guest each will also win air travel to Los Angeles, two nights stay and spending money to meet Katy Perry at the VIP Winners Celebration.Entries must be submitted before September 10, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET and entrants must be 13 years or older. Visit Staples.com/StaplesForStudents for official rules.The Staples for Students campaign has included school supply drives, support for teachers in classrooms, donations for education projects, classroom initiatives such as Designed by Students, and the sale of products that give back to communities and classrooms in need.last_img read more

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Raises 45 Million At Annual Gala

first_imgThe Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation held its third annual gala this week in Saint-Tropez, and raised $45 million to go towards its aim of protecting vulnerable wildlife and stopping climate change.Leonardo DiCaprio honored Prince Albert II of Monaco with the first ever New World Leadership Award at the event.Among the guests were Bono, Mariah Carey, Jonah Hill, Kate Hudson, Chris Rock, Bradley Cooper, Edward Norton, Petra Nemcova, Naomi Campbell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Spacey, Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Robert De Niro, Scarlett Johansson, Charlize Theron, Doutzen Kroes and Constance Jablonski.Performers included The Weeknd, Andrea Bocelli and Lana Del Rey, and the event included a live auction.Part of the evening’s proceeds was donated to GiveForFrance.org.last_img read more

CONTORTIONISTS NEEDED FOR A RETAIL STORE COMMERCIAL – PAYS 120000 FOR ONE

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment POWERHOUSE CASTING IS SEEKING MALE CONTORTIONISTS FOR A MAJOR RETAIL STORE TV COMMERCIALOpen to Union or Non Union members.LOOKING FOR MALE CONTORTIONISTS ANY AGE OVER 18. OPEN ETHNICITY. MUST BE ABLE TO CONTORT YOUR BODY INTO VARIOUS ANGLES. WE ARE CASTING IN TORONTO BUT ARE OPEN TO SOMEONE WHO IS OUTSIDE OF ONTARIO AND WILL CONDUCT A SKYPE INTERVIEW IF THAT IS THE CASE. Advertisement Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident to apply!PAY IS: $1,200.00 for ONE DAY SHOOT IF SELECTED.AUDITION: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 24, 2016RECALL: THURSDAY AUGUST 25, 2016 (IF SELECTED)SHOOT: AUGUST 31 OR SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 (ONE DAY SHOOT, IF SELECTED)TO APPLY:Please send your:NAMEAGEPHONE NUMBERLOCATIONPHOTOSVIDEO LINKS (IF YOU HAVE ANY)SOME INFO ABOUT YOUR CONTORTION EXPERIENCETO: sylvia@powerhousecasting.comPlease help us share this casting notice if you know someone, thank you!! Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Big Little Lies Handmaids Tale among Emmy frontrunners with Canadian ties

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Some of the biggest contenders at Sunday’s Emmy Awards in Los Angeles have major Canadian connections, including Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale.The miniseries Big Little Lies, which is up for 13 awards and won another three at the Creative Arts Emmys earlier this month, was directed by Quebec filmmaker Jean-Marc Valleé. Valleé, who was behind the Oscar-nominated film Dallas Buyers Club (2013), is nominated for an Emmy as director, editor and executive producer.The series stars Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Nicole Kidman as mothers and friends in an affluent California town. Witherspoon and Kidman were also co-producers.Director Jean-Marc Vallee (Wild, Dallas Buyer’s Club) is nominated for Emmys as director, co-executive producer and an editor for Big Little Lies. (Mark Blinch/Reuters) “Reese and I fought like crazy with our producing partners to get this thing made,” Kidman told CBC News. “It was like pushing a rock up a mountain but when we got it there, we were like, ‘We did it.’ And I said to Reese at the end, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if this was a big success? Can you imagine sharing that?’ And we get to share it, and that’s fantastic.” Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nicole Kidman, left, Shailene Woodley and Reese Witherspoon star in the Emmy-nominated, Canadian-directed miniseries Big Little Lies. (HBO/Bell Media)last_img read more

Harper remains unmoved by calls for public inquiry into murdered missing Indigenous

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsPrime Minister Stephen Harper has again rejected pleas from Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo for a national inquiry into the growing number of murdered and missing Indigenous women across the country.While provincial governments have called on the federal government to strike an inquiry, Harper remains unmoved on the issue.On Wednesday, Atleo told APTN National News that he raised the issue again during a brief 15 minute meeting with Harper just before Aboriginal Day. According to Atleo said Harper still hasn’t budged on his position since the issue was raised at a much publicized meeting between Harper and a small group of chiefs on January 11, at the peak of IdleNoMore protests.“He repeated that he doesn’t support the call for an inquiry,” said Atleo. “(Harper) supports the work that is going in the all-party committee and feels strongly on moving on action based on existing reports…it is clear we don’t agree, but I pressed for it again and stated we would continue to do so.”A special Parliamentary committee was recently created to study the issue and hearings are expected to resume in the fall when MPs return to Ottawa.The provinces called on the government to create the inquiry during meeting in Winnipeg last April. The meeting included provincial Aboriginal affairs ministers and three premiers who also hold the portfolio.The Prime Minister’s Office said Harper had already expressed the position publicly in the past.The idea of a national inquiry was rejected in a draft deputy minister’s memorandum to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, as the federal government prepared its response to another inquiry in British Columbia examining the troubled police investigation into serial killer Robert Pickton.“It is better to take action now through measures aimed at reducing vulnerability, community-based prevention and stronger law enforcement toolkit rather than expending resources in further inquiries,” said the memo, obtained under the Access to Information Act and marked “confidential.”“The behaviour of this government is, in my view, in contradiction to the words that have been spoken,” said Atleo. “The way the government behaves toward First Nations people still stands on a foundation that we don’t exist.”Atleo also said he planned to travel to Tsuu T’ina First Nation Wednesday evening to meet with Alberta First Nation leaders who are dealing with the fallout of devastating floods in the area.Atleo also planned to tour the devastated communities of Siksika First Nation and Stoney Nakoda First Nation on Thursday.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

CSIS watchdog chair lobbying for FN energy firm with links to China

first_imgPhotos of WIndtalker oil wells in Frog Lake First Nation. Source: Sichuan Rui Investment Management Ltd. websiteBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe chair of Canada’s spy agency watchdog has registered in Alberta to lobby for a First Nations energy company jointly drilling for oil on its territory with a Chinese-controlled firm.Chuck Strahl is chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) which oversees the activities of the Canadian Intelligence Security Service (CSIS) and investigates complaints against the agency.Strahl faced conflict of interest allegations this week from the NDP after the Vancouver Observer reported he registered on Dec. 6, 2013, to lobby the British Columbia government on behalf of Enbridge, which is behind the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project to move Alberta tar sands oil to the B.C. coast.CSIS has been monitoring opposition to the pipeline project which received the green light from the National Energy Board in late December. It is up to Stephen Harper’s cabinet to give the project its final approval.The Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner said in an email to APTN National News that it found no conflict with Strahl’s work as chair of SIRC and his lobbying for Enbridge.“Based on the information he provided to the office and on any other information currently available to the office, Mr. Strahl was advised that the office had no grounds to believe that there had been a contravention,” said spokesperson Jocelyn Brisbois.A spokesperson for SIRC said Strahl would be required to step away from any SIRC discussions around CSIS activities that include Enbridge.“If there is something within that investigation in which that committee member has a conflict of interest they would withdraw from participation in committee proceedings,” said SIRC spokesperson Lindsay Jackson.The Enbridge file, however, may not be the only one that could be problematic for Strahl in his role as chair of SIRC.Strahl, who was Aboriginal Affairs minister from 2007 to 2010, registered with Alberta’s lobbyist registry on Dec. 3, 2013, to lobby for Frog Lake Energy Resources Corp. The energy firm has partnered with Chinese-financed Windtalker Energy Corp to drill for oil on Frog Lake’s territory.Sichuan Rui Investment Management Ltd. says on its website that it owns 90 per cent of Windtalker. The company was born out of a $30 million deal with Frog Lake Energy in 2010. Under the deal, Frog Lake farmed out four blocks of land to Windtalker for oil development. The two firms drilled about 30 wells since then and produce, on average, about 700 to 800 barrels per day.Frog Lake sits about 90 kilometres north of Lloydminster, Alta., and 80 km south of Cold Lake, Alta.Strahl said in an email to APTN National News that he knows “nothing about Windtalker. Never discussed them with Frog Lake Energy.” Strahl said he knows “nothing about them from my work at SIRC.”Strahl did not respond to follow up questions about his Enbridge lobbying.Chuck StrahlCSIS has expressed concerns in the recent past over China’s resource push. The agency published a paper in September 2013 that explored China’s acquisitions of resources abroad, including in Canada. The report was based on a conference hosted by CSIS and National Defence.CSIS has also investigated links between Chinese investment and First Nations. Vancouver lawyer Merle Alexander told APTN National News that he was approached by CSIS agents in 2010 and 2011 probing whether First Nations were being “manipulated” by the Chinese through their business deals.Alexander, a partner with Gowlings, said in an interview that Stahl’s position as CSIS watchdog while lobbying for a First Nations firm with Chinese links raises a lot of questions.“CSIS is looking at the relationship between First Nations and China for potential undo influences, (Strahl) works for a First Nations owned company that has relationships with China and he also has a role on an investigative body,” said Alexander. “Anyone can draw on those three things, you should be able to publicly answer to it.”According to Sichuan Rui Investment Management’s website, the seeds for the Windtalker deal found fertile ground during a meeting with a U.S.-Canada business delegation organized by the Sichuan province’s department of commerce in 2010.The meeting proved to be productive, Windtalker was born and Sichuan Rui Investment Chairman Doug Wang was named an honourary chief by Frog Lake.While Windtalker and Frog Lake Energy are separate legal entities, they jointly operate oil wells on Frog Lake’s territory. Windtalker also pays lease rentals annually to Frog Lake for use of the blocks.Windtalker’s only operations in Canada are in Frog Lake. Windtalker, however, is hoping to expand into other areas in Canada and the U.S., according to Sichuan Rui’s website.Frog Lake Energy’s CEO Joe Dion could not be reached for comment.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more