Final deadline for RFID tags on Aug 23 midnight violators to be

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first_imgNew Delhi: Both the SDMC and the EPCA have made it clear that the deadline for pre-registration of RFID tags and recharge of tags will not be extended beyond the midnight of August 23, 2019.Earlier, the transporters and transporters’ union had requested the SDMC Mayor, Chairman’s Committee and the EPCA for extension of deadlines for entry of commercial vehicles into Delhi with RFID tags/sufficient recharge amount from midnight of August 23. Keeping in view this decision, the SDMC has exhorted commercial vehicle owners/transporters to visit the permanent point of sale (POS) installed at 13 entry points/RFID toll plaza for pre-registration for RFID tags and recharge of tags. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe SDMC has also set up the following six POS in Haryana and U.P. before entering Delhi: Tikri Main, Bahadurgarh By-Pass Road, Near New Bus Stand Haryana; Indian Oil Petrol Pump, Near Biswa Mill, GT Karnal Road, Kundli Sonepat, Haryana; GT Road, Anand Industrial Estate, Mohan Nagar, in front of ITS College, Ghaziabad, UP; Sector-1, Heritage Village Resort, Manesar Police Station, NH-8, Manesar, Haryana; NH 24 Bridge, UP Gate, Ghaziabad, UP; NHAI & MCD Toll Tax Badarpur Haryana Border near Bharti Petrol Pump, Agra Road, Badarpur. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFollowing this decision, all commercial vehicles entering Delhi without an RFID tag or sufficient balance after August 23 midnight will have to pay a penalty, which will amount to twice the specified rates of ECC and MCD toll during the first week, four times the specified rates in the second week, and six times the specified rates in the third week. The ECC and MCD toll rates have been decided based on vehicle categories. In all, 1,35,000 RFID tags have been sold as of Wednesday afternoon. The transporters with the big fleet of vehicles can contact representatives of our toll operator MEP Infrastructure Developers Limited on above mentioned location or on their telephone numbers DND-7903176120, Rajokari- 9354320562 and KGT (Kundli)- 9205262947 for providing arranging mobile vans/POS to their desired location for getting the pre-registration of commercial vehicles along with recharge of tags. Recharging the RFID tags through mobile, the customer can download the MCD Toll App from the Mobile Play Store by registering their mobile number. In case of any difficulty, they can also contact Ganesh Vishwas Pahadke on his mobile number 8879333612.last_img read more

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Hope to come back to movies after pregnancy Lisa Haydon

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first_imgMumbai: Lisa Haydon is expecting her second baby and the model-actor plans to return to the screen after giving birth. The Queen star last week announced that she and her husband Dino Lalvani are expecting their second child together. They are already parents to two-year-old Zack. “After this one (child), I feel like I’ve given my children each other and I don’t mind taking a break and you know, doing a bit of work. Hopefully, my baby making phase might come to a pause for a few years. And yes, then hopefully you’ll see me in the movies,” said Lisa on the sidelines of the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe model said turning showstopper for Amit was a great experience. “I just love the way he has constructed a whole show of this calibre and of the outfits that he’s made with conscious fashion and conscious fabrics.” “His signature recycled plastic polymer is obviously, you know, leaves his statement. I’ve always been a huge fan of him,” she said. Lisa, who describes her personal style as feminine but not girly, said coming to the LFW feels like home. “One of my earliest modelling jobs was being the face of Lakme and then walking the Fashion Week and now doing showstopping gigs every season. It’s just great to be back every time.”last_img read more

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Indianorigin businessman finds stabbing victim at doorstep in UK

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first_imgLondon: An Indian-origin businessman has described his shock as he found the victim of a stabbing at the doorstep of his West London home on Saturday evening. Raj Grover, who runs a property business in the area, found the 60-year-old victim, who was yet to be identified, bleeding after an attack in Southall a suburb populated by numerous Indian migrants from Punjab. Grover gave first aid while his wife called an ambulance, but the victim succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”He rang the bell and I went out. He was full of blood, and then I was running to pick up a towel. I put the towel on and I was pressing to stop the blood, then my wife came out, we called the ambulance and the police,” said Grover, who said he was getting ready to head out for his own birthday party at the time. His son, who was the first to see the victim, screamed for his father to come to the door. As Raj Grover tried to help, the stab victim urged him to call his wife, who arrived soon after. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”His wife mentioned he (the victim) went to the pub, I don’t know what happened in the pub just around the corner he was on his way back and somebody stabbed him twice, stabbed him two times with a knife on the stomach and on his side,” he was quoted as saying in the local media. “God bless him, he was a very nice gentleman,” Grover said about the victim who lived near his home. Scotland Yard said homicide detectives from its specialist crime unit have been informed after officers were called to the scene on Saturday. “A man in his 30s has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in hospital under police guard being treated for minor injuries,” the Metropolitan Police statement said. It noted: “Officers, London Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance Service attended and treated a man in his 60s suffering with a stab wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. “His next of kin have been informed. A post-mortem will be carried out in due course.”last_img read more

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Man 68 held for impersonating 89yearold at Delhi airport

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first_imgNew Delhi: A 68-year-old man disguised as an octogenarian was caught at the Delhi airport after he landed from Hong Kong with a fake passport, officials said Friday. Gurdip Singh, a resident of Moga in Punjab, had used the fake passport and a fake name Karnail Singh to get the Permanent Residence ID of Hong Kong, they said. The Thursday incident comes days after a 32-year-old man was arrested for impersonating an 81-year-old at the airport. He had coloured his hair and beard white and arrived on a wheelchair to board a flight to New York on Sunday.last_img

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Bhushan Power case NCLAT to hear JSW Steels plea on Oct 14

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first_imgNew Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal will hear the plea of JSW Steel, which has emerged as the highest bidder for Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd, seeking immunity from the ongoing cases of money laundering against the latter on October 14. It also directed impleading the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate as party in the matter. A three-member NCLAT bench headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya has also said it will decide over the payment of Rs 19,350 crore by JSW Steel to the Committee of Creditors (CoC) of Bhushan Power & Steel (BPSL) on the next date of hearing on October 14. However, the bench declined to stay the order of depositing the amount within a month, which is October 5. “We allow the appellant to implead Union of India through Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Enforcement Directorate as respondent No 3 & 4. The UoI may address the matter on behalf of CBI and SFIO,” said NCLAT.last_img read more

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Adult sentence upheld in grisly 1983 murder committed by 15yearold

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first_imgTORONTO – A middle-aged man who lived an ordinary life for decades after raping and killing his frail 70-year-old neighbour deserved the adult life sentence handed him when he was finally brought to justice for the grisly crime he committed as a 15-year-old, Ontario’s highest court ruled Tuesday.In upholding the sentence, the Court of Appeal found the punishment given Christopher Ellacott reasonable and proportionate given the savage killing.“He sexually assaulted and murdered his elderly, vulnerable neighbour. He went on as though nothing had happened, avoiding justice for nearly 30 years,” the Appeal Court said. “There is no explanation for his crime; no sense of what motivated him to have committed so heinous an act.”Court records show Ellacott, a high school student, occasionally did household chores for Velma Thomson, of Petrolia in southwestern Ontario, who had suffered a stroke. In mid-October 1983, the 90-pound hairdresser was found at home, partly nude and lying in a pool of blood. An autopsy found several stab wounds to her heart and her jugular vein cut. She had likely been raped and sodomized, according to the records.The case went cold for years until a random check at a fingerprinting convention allowed police to link a thumbprint from the crime scene to Ellacott. Police then secretly obtained DNA samples from him. They arrested Ellacott in 2008 in Owen Sound, Ont., and charged the working father of two, who had no convictions, with Thomson’s first-degree murder and rape.A jury in Sarnia, Ont., convicted him in April 2012 and in March 2013, Superior Court of Justice John Desotti sentenced the then-45-year-old as an adult, as the Crown had requested. Ellacott was given life without parole eligibility for seven years, and a lifetime supervision order.Ellacott, who abandoned his conviction appeal, challenged the sentence. He argued he should have been punished as a youth, which means he would have received a maximum six years behind bars as opposed to the minimum seven he was given, and only a four-year period of supervision.Desotti made several errors, Ellacott argued, among them not properly considering his age at the time of the crime, and deeming his testimony an aggravating factor.The Appeal Court rejected the idea that he had been less morally culpable because he was 15 when he killed his victim. His blameworthiness was self-evident, the court said.“The appellant’s conduct was no mere mistake or lapse in judgment,” the Appeal Court said. “He committed an act of extreme violence against an elderly, vulnerable neighbour, who until then had no known reason to fear him.”The higher court did find fault with Desotti’s dim view of Ellacott’s testimony. At trial, the accused insisted the incriminating thumbprint came from a day before the crime when he helped Thomson carry a cardboard box inside the home. He also maintained the DNA wasn’t his.The testimony, Desotti said at various points, was a “lame and cobbled contrivance” and “nonsense,” and revealed something “quite sinister” about Ellacott.Those statements crossed the line, the Appeal Court found. Nevertheless, it declined to interfere with the sentence.“Although the sentencing judge erred in using the appellant’s testimony and denial of guilt as aggravating factors, the error is of no consequence,” the Appeal Court said. “The enormity of (Ellacott’s) crime renders a youth sentence manifestly inadequate to hold (him) accountable.”last_img read more

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Vernon BC ultra athlete Shanda Hill tests her endurance in latest race

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first_imgVERNON, B.C. – Ultra marathon veteran Shanda Hill from Vernon, British Columbia, is jumping right into her next test of endurance after completing a 2,260-kilometre race in Switzerland just over a month ago.The 35-year-old athlete is in Virginia competing in the Triple Anvil, featuring a 12-kilometre swim, 540- kilometre bike ride and 126-kilometre run, all to be completed within 60 hours.Hill is no stranger to the course, she finished first among women and fifth overall in Virginia’s Quintuple Anvil last year.That race is even longer, including a 900-kilometre ride, 210-kilometre run and 19-kilometre swim.She reached her most extreme achievement in August when she took on the Deca Ultra Triathlon in Switzerland, becoming only the sixth woman ever to complete the 38-kilometre swim, 1,800-kilometre ride and 422-kilometre run.Hill says the 60-hour time limit in the Virginia event leaves little opportunity for sleep, adding that many things can go wrong in a race that long.She says the early start to the Triple Anvil is tough because she hates getting into her wetsuit before the sun rises over a cold lake, so she takes that leg easy before powering through the bike ride and run.“I love the challenge. As much as I love the racing, I love the people. If it was just the race and we didn’t have the unique people out here, I don’t think it would be half as fun.” (CKIZ)last_img read more

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Quebec to ban highsugar highalcohol drinks from grocery convenience stores

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first_imgMONTREAL – The Quebec government will move to ban sales of sugary, high-alcohol beverages in convenience and grocery stores in an attempt to prevent younger consumers from buying them.Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux said Tuesday he will introduce an amendment to a bill seeking to modernize the province’s alcohol and gaming legislation that would see the sweet, boozy drinks taken off the shelves.It comes amid calls for government action following the death of 14-year-old Athena Gervais, who reportedly consumed such a product last month before vanishing.She was found dead in a stream behind her high school in Laval on March 1.Under the proposed measures, Coiteux said beverages that contain more than seven per cent alcohol would be available only at Quebec liquor commission outlets and that it would be up to the Crown corporation to decide whether to stock the items.“You got those convenience stores next to schools … where all minors can go in because they buy other things than just alcohol,” Coiteux told reporters in Quebec City.“The chances they will consume those products when they are widely available in convenience stores are much higher.”Coiteux said Quebec will maintain pressure on Health Canada, which is reviewing various products on the market with Quebec authorities and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to assess their safety.Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois added that a prevention and education campaign — for substance abuse in general — would be part of the Quebec government response in the near future.Charlebois said the province ordered a report last October when health officials noticed a spate of intoxication cases among young drinkers blamed on the sweet alcoholic drinks.She said the report, produced earlier this month by Quebec’s public health institute, suggested that of 7,055 emergency room visits for intoxication between January and late November last year, 2032 cases involved people between the ages of 12 and 24.Of them, the report suggested 484 involved people who were not of legal drinking age.There have been calls for stricter rules since the teen girl’s death.Montreal La Presse reported Gervais had been drinking stolen cans of FCKD UP, a sweetened, malt-based alcoholic beverage with an alcohol content of 11.9 per cent — the equivalent of four drinks.The company has since ceased production of the beverage.Charlebois said those alcohol products can contain the equivalent of four glasses of alcohol and that the volume of sales exploded by 316 per cent in 2015 and 2016.“They are particularly dangerous because they combine extremely high levels of alcohol with extremely high levels of sugar,” he said.“Apparently those people who consume those products don’t even notice they are consuming alcohol and reach a point of intoxication that is a real, real threat for their health.”Premier Philippe Couillard said Quebec was doing its part but it would be up to the federal government to deal with issues of distribution, labelling and legal authorization.“We have seen the horrible tragedy of this young girl recently, we do not want to see others (so) we must play our part,” Couillard said.Coiteux said the proposed measures would come into effect once the law is adopted, hopefully by the end of the current parliamentary session in June.last_img read more

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Toronto man charged with assault in alleged attack on newspaper photographer

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first_imgTORONTO – Police in Toronto have made an arrest in an alleged assault on a newspaper photographer in the city’s downtown.It happened last Saturday during a rally at Nathan Phillips Square, a major public plaza in front of Toronto City Hall.Toronto Sun photographer Stan Behal alleged a man lunged at him and hit him in the head.Behal says he decided to file a police complaint because he believes the alleged attack was motivated by growing anti-media sentiment.In a statement Saturday night, police said they had arrested a 29-year-old man from Toronto earlier in the day.Police say Donald Joseph Macleod has been charged with assault and is due in court Wednesday.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly said the incident took place during competing rallies at Nathan Phillips Square.last_img read more

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Watchdog slams former grain commissioner for postemployment ethics violations

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first_imgOTTAWA — The federal ethics watchdog says a former acting head of the Canadian Grain Commission took improper advantage of his public office when he went to work for one of the country’s largest grain-handling companies.Ethics commissioner Mario Dion says Jim Smolik broke two post-employment provisions of the Conflict of Interest Act that governs the conduct of people who hold public offices.The act stipulates that a person may not ever act in a manner that takes improper advantage of their previous public office and it imposes a cooling-off period of one year, during which a former office-holder is barred from making representations on behalf of anyone to any department, board, commission or tribunal with which they had direct, significant dealings during their last year in public office.Yet within a few weeks of leaving the grain commission to become Canadian head of corporate affairs for Cargill Ltd. in November 2016, Dion says, Smolik became involved in efforts to resolve a dust problem at the company’s grain terminal in Sarnia, Ont.Cargill, which was facing potentially significant fines under the provincial Environmental Protection Act. wanted permission from the commission to use white mineral oil to suppress the dust.Dion says Smolik “exploited his previous public office” to facilitate Cargill’s access to the grain commission and to “shepherd” the company through a process that ultimately led to the commission agreeing to grant Cargill an exemption to the prohibition on the use of mineral oil at grain terminals.Indeed, Dion says the application for the exemption was drafted with Smolik’s advice and was signed by Smolik.“In my view, Mr. Smolik was more than willing to assist his employer in any manner despite the post-employment advice he had received from this (the ethics commissioner’s) office,” Dion wrote in a report released Thursday.“In my view, Mr. Smolik took improper advantage of the relationships he had established while at the commission, as well as the knowledge and expertise he had acquired while in public office.”The commission is a federal agency that regulates grain-handling in Canada and certifies the quality, safety and quantity of grain exports. Smolik was appointed as assistant chief commissioner in 2007 by the previous Conservative government, which twice renewed his three-year term. He became acting chief commissioner in January 2016, before leaving to join Cargill in November of that year.Dion also took Smolik to task for initially denying any significant involvement in the dust issue and related interactions with the grain commission.“I found Mr. Smolik’s version of events to be inconsistent with the information contained in the documentation submitted by both Cargill and the commission,” Dion wrote.“In fact, many of the relevant documents which were either authored by Mr. Smolik or addressed to him directly showed a level of involvement in the Sarnia terminal’s dust issue that was far greater than Mr. Smolik had initially led me to believe. I also found Mr. Smolik to be less than forthcoming with his answers to questions relating to these documents during his second interview, including why he had not produced the documents himself.”Dion says it is up to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “to decide on any further potential action” against Smolik.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Trudeau names outgoing NDP MP Murray Rankin to lead new securityreview agency

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first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making an outgoing New Democrat MP the chair of a new national-security review agency.Murray Rankin has been the member of Parliament for Victoria since 2012, but isn’t seeking re-election this fall.Trudeau is naming Rankin and University of Ottawa law professor Craig Forcese to the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency, whose job is to review any security or intelligence activities of the federal government to make sure they’re legal, reasonable and necessary.The agency is taking over from the Security Intelligence Review Committee, which had a narrower focus.That committee’s four members are staying on in the new group.Legislation passed just before Parliament broke for the summer revised the oversight system for Canada’s national-security agencies.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Debris cleared emergency crews leave site of explosion in London Ont

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first_imgLONDON, Ont. — Emergency crews have left the scene of an explosion in London, Ont., this morning and more residents are allowed to return home.A statement from the city says debris has been cleared on the streets and sidewalks after Wednesday night’s blast, which was caused by a vehicle slamming into a home and hitting a gas line.Seven people were injured after the explosion, including a firefighter who remains in hospital in serious condition.Fire officials have said the home that was hit by the vehicle was destroyed and no one was inside at the time.The city says two houses have been demolished and five homes are deemed unsafe for re-entry.The city has said about 100 homes were affected by the blast, but most have been allowed to return home and some pets have been reunited with their owners.London police said Daniella Alexandra Leis, a 23-year-old woman from Kitchener, Ont., was charged with impaired driving in connection with the crash.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Book Review Russell Brand Revolution

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first_imgRussell Brand wants to shake up the way you think – and with his new book, Revolution, he aims to challenge almost everything you think about… well, everything.Russell Brand – RevolutionRevolution is Russell’s way of pushing for change, and explores the possibility that individuals can make a world of their own choosing. And although he is known for his off-beat comedy, Russell delivers a balanced view of how the world works and how we can make it better.A former addict, Russell draws on his own experiences – as well as those of the addicts, stars, friends and foes he has met on the way – to draw conclusions that are surprisingly refreshing.And along the way he spills the beans on the trappings of celebrity – in particular his experiences with celebrity charity events – and weaves in his thoughts on quantum physics, meditation, yoga, politics, corporations and everything in between.Russell is in a unique position to give his take on the way of the world – he works hard to help addicts, and has joined David Lynch in bringing meditation to at-risk youth. Friendly House honored him as Man Of The Year in 2011, and he has supported causes such as grief support, Multiple Sclerosis research, and Post-Traumatic Stress.Revolution is a self-help book with a difference. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and yet its ideas work and give food-for-thought. It is a call-to-arms for those searching for a change from their day-to-day lives but don’t know where to start.Russell Brand’s Revolution is available at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and wherever good books are sold.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Ashley Tisdale To Be Honored At Gala Of Champions

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first_imgActress and founder of Blondie Girl Productions, Ashley Tisdale and Dick Costolo, former Twitter CEO will be honored at this year’s 11th annual Gala of Champions, hosted by CoachArt, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that provides arts and recreational opportunities to youth with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.Taking place at the Beverly Hilton on October 15, Tisdale will receive this year’s “Courage and Hope” award while Costolo will receive the “Heart and Humanity” award.The annual Gala, held each October, honors individuals who show exceptional professional success and personal humanitarianism. Together, business leaders, entertainment executives, community members, volunteers and CoachArt families gather in support of CoachArt’s mission to create a transformative arts and athletics community for families impacted by childhood chronic illness. Past Gala of Champions honorees include Chandra Wilson, actress from TV-series Grey’s Anatomy, Jeremy Zimmer, co-founder and CEO of UTA and TV anchors Robin Roberts and her sister Sally-Ann Roberts.“It’s always an honor to be able to recognize the dedication, commitment and incredible impact our Champions have made to the CoachArt community,” said Dr. Kara Allen Soldati, Executive Director of CoachArt. “It is incredibly powerful to see so many friends, families, colleagues and stakeholders come together to celebrate our mission. I am truly grateful for the tremendous support.”Since its beginning in 2001, CoachArt uses the proven power of arts and athletics to spark student’s imagination and build confidence by providing long-term, no-cost arts and athletic opportunities for chronically ill children and their siblings. In 2014 alone, CoachArt’s highly-skilled volunteers provided 20,000 free lesson hours to more than 2,000 children. Currently, CoachArt works with more than 1,500 volunteer coaches and community partners to serve nearly 2,000 students annually.“It’s important for me to use my voice and platform to help others and to create awareness around causes and organizations I feel passionate about,” said Tisdale. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with CoachArt and witnessing how these amazing kids and families personally benefit from the lessons in the arts and athletics that CoachArt provides. I am so honored to stand with them at this gala.”In 2014, the Gala saw more than 650 attendees that helped raise nearly $1 million. Last year’s Champions included Walt Disney Company Executive Vice President Kevin Mayer and Los Angeles Clippers basketball player Matt Barnes.Multiple sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2015 Gala. For additional information regarding sponsorship opportunities or tickets for the Gala of Champions, click here or contact CoachArt’s Development Director, Greg Harrell-Edge, at gala@coachart.org.last_img read more

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Stars Support Earth Hour 2016

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first_imgOn Saturday, as WWF’s Earth Hour rolled across the world from Samoa to Santiago, millions came together to shine a light on the climate action our planet needs.The tenth edition of the movement’s signature lights out event saw individuals, communities, organizations and landmarks in an unprecedented 178 countries and territories switch off in solidarity with global efforts to change climate change.Taking place months after the historic climate summit in Paris, Earth Hour 2016 was celebrated across seven continents, aboard the International Space Station and served as a strong visual reminder of the globe’s determination to tackle our planet’s biggest environmental challenge yet. As more than 400 iconic landmarks dimmed their lights, a collective hope that our actions today can create promise for the planet and future generations shined through.A number of stars showed their support, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Gisele Bundchen, Ian Somerhalder, Adrian Grenier, Rosario Dawson, Richard Branson, Forest Whitaker, Jack Johnson and William Shatner.“The past 24 hours have shown us yet again the impact we can achieve when we unite for a cause,” said Siddarth Das, Executive Director, Earth Hour Global. “Every light switch turned off represents a call to switch on our collective power and be the first line of defence for our planet as we form the frontlines of climate change.”While the Earth Hour movement has grown from a one-city event in Sydney in 2007 to the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, the need for climate action has also accelerated. This year, WWF and Earth Hour teams used the Earth Hour movement to engage people in critical climate conversations and solutions.As buildings in Singapore’s central business district turned off their lights, people at the WWF-Singapore event came forward to ‘plant a forest’ in Sumatra, Indonesia which lost 2 million hectares of forest to burning between September and October 2015.Across the globe, in the World Heritage site of the Galápagos Islands, where Earth Hour has previously helped achieve a ban on disposable plastic bags and expanded polystyrene packaging, the WWF-Ecuador team centred its Earth Hour event on the theme of locally-grown produce. As an island, access to food is a key issue for the Galápagos Islands and WWF-Ecuador is also partnering with restaurants and the hospitality sector in mainland Ecuador to create awareness on sustainable food.In Tanzania, as the world switched off, WWF-Tanzania’s Earth Hour campaign brought people together to install a solar-powered water pump to serve a primary school and local dispensary in the Temeke Municipality.“As new climate records are broken month after month, the record-breaking participation of Earth Hour reminds us that we are also witnessing mounting momentum to change climate change. The grassroots are meeting the governments in their ambition for strong climate action, sparking hope for the future we can shape for generations to come,” added Das.These words were echoed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a video statement recorded for the movement in which he states that Earth Hour 2016 comes at a pivotal moment when the road ahead requires commitment and ambition and we all have a role to play.To date in 2016, WWF’s Earth Hour has been the force behind more than 1.23 million individual actions taken to help change climate change including participating in on-the-ground activities for reforestation and recycling, digital petitions for climate-friendly policy and online campaigns to promote climate awareness and action.As part of the “Donate Your Social Power” campaign, supporters around the world also donated their social feeds to WWF and Earth Hour to shine a light on climate action. With automated posts and custom Earth Hour profile pictures appearing in personal newsfeeds worldwide, supporters helped spread awareness and action on climate across a potential social reach surpassing 18.7 million people.“As the world stands at a climate crossroads, Earth Hour has ensured that the demand for climate action echoes across the globe, from glass skylines to digital timelines,” said Das.Since 2007, WWF’s Earth Hour has mobilized businesses, organizations, governments and hundreds of millions of individuals in over 7,000 cities and more than 170 countries and territories to act for a sustainable future.last_img read more

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Canadian doc The Reckoning about Harvey Weinstein and other cases set for

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first_imgAdvertisement Just six months after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke and triggered a flood of sexual misconduct allegations as well as the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, a Canadian documentary examining the saga is set to make its debut.The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret, directed by Montreal-born doc maker Barry Avrich and produced by Melissa Hood of Toronto, will screen April 28 and May 5 as part of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.“The purpose of the film was to immortalize a debate and a time in history, an era, in the face of social media that is, I think in a lot of ways, undermining a lot of the accusations,” said Avrich, whose other projects include the 2011 documentary Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project. “Because the cycle happens so quickly that you don’t have enough time to debate, the public is getting bored, so how do you keep the debate going? That was the purpose for the film: to immortalize this debate and the conversation, affect change.”Billed as “a definitive film about the abuse of power in a complicit culture,” the doc has interviews with several actresses who’ve come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein, filmmaker James Toback and others. Those actresses include Katherine Kendall and Melissa Sagemiller. Login/Register With: Film producer-director Barry Avrich is shown in the projection booth at a Toronto screening room on Tuesday May 3 , 2016. The Reckoning: Hollywood’s Worst Kept Secret, directed by Montreal-born Avrich and produced by Melissa Hood of Toronto, will screen April 28 and May 5 as part of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. (CHRIS YOUNG / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement It also has interviews with journalists, agents, psychologists, former Miramax employees and lawyers as it looks at the debates surrounding such allegations, the impact of these cases, and the systemic and cultural issues leading to harassment.Also among the interviewees is Dylan Farrow, filmmaker Woody Allen’s adopted daughter who alleges he molested her in an attic in 1992 when she was 7. Allen has long denied the allegations and was investigated but not charged.Hood said Farrow’s story “highlights some of the contradictions and the complexities” of the Time’s Up movement when it comes to supporting certain alleged victims and not others, or separating the art from the artist.Also featured in the doc is Toronto lawyer Marie Henein, who represented former CBC radio star Jian Ghomeshi in a high-profile sexual assault case. Ghomeshi was found not guilty.Henein is now representing a Toronto actress suing Weinstein for sexual assault. The allegations have not been tested in court.“Certainly Marie Henein, coming off the Ghomeshi case, is a complex person and a complex voice in this film, but we wanted it because she’s seen both sides of it,” said Avrich.The filmmakers said they wanted to feature a wide range of voices to reflect the generational divide over the issues explored.They did not ask Weinstein or Toback for interviews. Avrich said he figured Weinstein wouldn’t agree to it and Toback has “said it all in how he’s responded and reacted to all of this. I really didn’t want to hear any more from him.”Weinstein has previously denied through a spokeswoman any allegations of non-consensual contact.Toback has vehemently denied the allegations.Avrich said he began working on the film the day the Weinstein scandal broke in October and “went into high gear” when the movie mogul was fired by the company he co-founded.Initially Avrich thought he would update his 2011 doc on Weinstein, which doesn’t mention any sexual misconduct allegations (Avrich said he was unaware of them when he made the film).But Avrich and Hood eventually realized “this needed to be a wider scope of discussion and debate.”“Once we realized how big this story was becoming and how many people were affected and how many industries were affected, we knew there was no end point to this filmmaking,” said Hood, who is also an actress.“You could make this film forever, but we wanted to jump in early and get on top of these questions.”Avrich said the doc will either have a theatrical release or a broadcast date in the fall, and they’re open to changing the ending if a major development happens.Hood said she wanted to make the doc now to help affect change during what she feels is a watershed moment.“I’ve always been really struck by how many women it takes before people will listen and believe a woman,” said Hood.“Ever since the Jian Ghomeshi thing, I’ve really wanted to look at the question of why women are not being believed and why women are being discredited and dismissed. So I felt that this film really gave us an opportunity to look at that.”Asked if he thinks Weinstein might try to put an end to this film like he tried to do with his 2011 doc, Avrich said: “Probably, I’m sure. But bring it on, so be it.“Glass will be broken and I’m ready for that.”By VICTORIA AHEARN | The Canadian Press – With files from The Associated Press Facebooklast_img read more

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Deadpool costume felt like a nightmare says dancer Yanis Marshall

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first_imgDancer Yanis Marshall leads a class through stretching exercises in Toronto on Friday May 11, 2018. With a hip-swaying strut, graceful turns and extreme leg lifts, Yanis Marshall makes it look easy to dance in a Deadpool costume and heels. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Login/Register With: TORONTO – With a hip-swaying strut, graceful turns and extreme leg lifts, Yanis Marshall makes it look easy to dance in a Deadpool costume and heels.But doing so in Celine Dion’s new “Ashes” music video for the “Deadpool 2” soundtrack was anything but, he admits. Advertisement Advertisement “The suit is the worst ever,” Marshall said during a recent stop in Toronto to teach a dance workshop.“It felt like a nightmare. Don’t get me wrong, the suit is beautifully made — it’s beautiful, it’s wow — but it’s definitely not meant to dance in.“It’s about 100 degrees inside of that and it’s just really hard to move in. You can’t really breathe and you can’t really see anything.”Marshall’s appearance in the video has made a huge splash, with many fans initially wondering if Canadian “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds was actually the one performing the contemporary routine onstage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.Reynolds quickly cleared that up on social media, giving a huge shoutout to Marshall, a French dancer and choreographer who was a finalist on “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2014.“The whole ‘Deadpool’ dancing in heels — that was actually not my idea. That was Ryan’s idea,” Marshall said in an interview.“I talked to him on set and he said that he wanted to find a way to involve me for quite some time. He knew me through his wife, Blake (Lively)…. She’s the one that showed him my videos and things like that in the past.”Marshall is a YouTube sensation who has appeared on the French version of “Dancing with the Stars” as an artistic coach, and choreographed Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” show in Las Vegas. His mother was a dance instructor and taught him at an early age.He specializes in dancing in heels, particularly ankle boots, “for only one reason — it’s because I have man feet, so I don’t like open shoes,” he said.When 20th Century Fox asked him to be in the Dion music video, which was helmed by “Deadpool 2” director David Leitch, he was initially skeptical.“It wasn’t the idea so much, it was me. I was like, ‘Me, in a Deadpool suit? I don’t know,’” Marshall said.“I don’t even watch those kinds of movies. I watch ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘Thelma and Louise.’ But it involves Celine and I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s give it a shot.’”Marshall said he’s been a fan of the Quebec singer all his life, citing her 1995 hit “Pour que tu m’aimes encore” as his favourite song of hers.“Growing up as a French boy, I was a fan of her before Americans knew her,” he said.So when he finally got to meet her on the “Ashes” set, it felt like a “bit of a blur.”“She’s actually really, really sweet — a little crazy, I will say, but in a good way, and super nice,” Marshall said with a laugh.“She just breathes life: she’s alive, she’s authentic but she’s super respectful, and everybody was on that set.”For the video, Marshall had to dance for about 12 hours, moving all around Dion onstage as ashes fell on him.“I was pretty dead when it was done,” he said.He was thrilled with the end result, especially the final scene when Reynolds appears in character in a comical bit.“It turned out really well, but it’s also hilarious,” Marshall said.“And if you know me, I don’t take myself seriously at all, so I’m actually the perfect guy for that.”He didn’t get to keep the Deadpool suit, though — not that he would have wanted to, given its limitations for a dancer.“The suit came with a bodyguard and it’s super protected,” Marshall said. “They don’t play around.”center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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HOW ONE TWEET ABOUT NICKI MINAJ SPIRALED INTO INTERNET CHAOS

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first_imgNicki Minaj responded to the writer Wanna Thompson in a direct message on Twitter. The rapper’s fans, fiercely protective of their queen, had alerted her that Ms. Thompson was criticizing her music online. | Credit: Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times Login/Register With: Wanna Thompson, 26, has long considered herself a Nicki Minaj fan.As a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ms. Thompson also counts herself as a cultural critic with a focus on hip-hop, and with her insights, she has built an audience via her personal website and social media feeds. So when she posted a tweet one evening late last month about Ms. Minaj’s recent musical direction, Ms. Thompson hoped only to spark a conversation among the rap obsessives with whom she regularly communes.“You know how dope it would be if Nicki put out mature content?” Ms. Thompson wrote to her then 14,000 or so followers. “No silly” stuff, she added with an expletive. “Just reflecting on past relationships, being a boss, hardships, etc. She’s touching 40 soon, a new direction is needed.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twittercenter_img What happened next was one part dystopian sci-fi, and one part an everyday occurrence in pop-culture circles online: The Nicki Minaj stans — or superfans — attacked. Then, galvanizing them further, Ms. Minaj chimed in, too. Advertisement Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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First Nation veteran arrested on Remembrance Day speaks out

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first_imgAPTN National NewsA First Nation veteran who was detained at a Remembrance Day ceremony is speaking out about the incident.Davyn Calfchild spent the ceremony in a paddy wagon after the police accused him of causing a disturbance.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has more.last_img

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Should Canada hold a National Inquiry into MMIW

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first_imgInFocus on APTN National News:Tonight we’re putting InFocus whether or not there ought to be a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.The calls keep growing stronger but so do calls that this won’t stop the tragic disappearances and deaths of women and girls today.In this edition, our guests debate what the motivation behind a national inquiry should be.last_img

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