Kevin Hart is awake and will be just fine says wife Eniko

first_imgLos Angeles: Kevin Hart’s wife Eniko Parrish on Tuesday shared that the actor-comedian is awake and will be “just fine”. Hart was hospitalised on Sunday after the vintage car he was a passenger in veered into an embankment in Malibu Hills, California. The driver was determined not to be under the influence of alcohol, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol. Both Hart and the driver suffered “major back injuries” and were “transported and treated at nearby hospitals”. “He is good, everybody’s good. Thank God. He’s fine, he’s awake,” Parrish told TMZ outside the hospital where Hart, 40, was treated. The actor is expected to stay in the hospital for a few days.last_img read more

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West Bengal likely to implement 6th Pay Commission from January 2020 Mamata

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said the state government will accept the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, and is likely to implement it from January 1 next year. “We will accept the recommendations of the Commission and sympathetically consider it (procedures and formalities),” Banerjee said, addressing an organisational meet of the state government employee’s union. The Sixth Pay Commission was formed on November 27, 2015, with Prof Abhirup Sarkar as its chairman.last_img read more

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Trial continues for man accused of killing senior young father and little

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. – A high-profile trial continues today in Lethbridge, Alta., where Derek Saretzky is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of a senior, a young father and a little girl.The case started Wednesday with the Crown prosecutor telling the jury that Saretzky confessed to police that he killed 69-year-old Hanne Meketech, 27-year-old Terry Blanchette, and two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette.The Crown says Saretzky had inside knowledge of the deaths and provided details to police that only the killer would know.The Crown also says Saretzky took officers to a remote area where the girl’s remains were found in a campsite firepit, along with a hatchet and a metal pot.Police seized a number of things from Saretzky’s apartment, including books on serial killers and how to practise cannibalism.Saretzky, 24, has pleaded not guilty to the murder charges as well as a charge of committing an indignity to the girl’s body.Court was told police found a notepad which in part read “Chy” — the nickname for Hailey’s mother — “Terry” and “The hideous baby.”All had been crossed out.No motive has yet been suggested in the case.Police have said Saretzky and Blanchette were acquaintances, but have not elaborated on how the two men knew each other. The little girl’s mother has described Saretzky as an old friend whom she hadn’t spoken to in years.last_img read more

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We believed our authorities my son was dead American dad recalls of

first_imgTORONTO – The brutal misidentification of two young hockey players involved in the horrific bus crash in Saskatchewan resonates loudly with one father in California, who thought he had buried his son only to learn his boy was in fact alive and well.Speaking from his home in Riverside County, Frank Kerrigan struggled to articulate the jumble of crushing, conflicting emotions that swept the family after the coroner told him his son was dead.“My son is alive and we are so joyful for that but we are also mourning his death still,” Kerrigan, 82, told The Canadian Press. “The joy, as tremendous as it is, at the same time is as painful as it is because of what we went through.”The coroner’s office in Orange County informed Kerrigan that his 57-year-old son, who had been living on the streets, was dead. The body had been positively identified through fingerprints, Kerrigan said he was told. Police said his son’s ID was found with the body. Authorities sent him the body for burial.For Kerrigan, there was no reason to doubt what he had been told.“We believed our authorities; my son was dead,” Kerrigan said. “They matched some body and sent it to us. That’s a horror show on a horror show.”It was only 11 days after the funeral that a friend called to say his son was in fact alive, plunging the grieving family into a further emotional maelstrom that has yet to be fully explained.Kerrigan’s comments came just hours after a spokesman for Saskatchewan’s Justice Ministry explained that authorities had mixed up two players as they dealt with the aftermath of the crash.“We were made aware of an error that had occurred in the identification of two of the individuals,” Drew Wilby said Monday. “Xavier Labelle, who had previously been confirmed deceased is not deceased. He is alive. Unfortunately, that means Parker Tobin has been confirmed to be deceased.”Wilby said the unfortunate mix-up occurred because the players were sporting playoff-solidarity blond hair, were similar in age and athletic build, and had suffered severe physical trauma in the crash that killed 15 and injured 14 others. Obtaining dental records, the best way to positively identify someone, would have taken time, Wilby said.One infamous case in Canada occurred in 2004, when a man was killed by a commuter train in Toronto. A woman positively identified the victim as her 48-year-old brother. However, while the family was attending his funeral a few days later, the man showed up at his sister’s house alive and well.The Saskatchewan situations is most similar to another notorious case in the United States, where two young women — both blondes — were involved in a car crash in Indiana in 2006 that left five dead.One grieving family ended up burying what they thought was their daughter, another spent weeks at the bed side of what they thought was their relative — only to discover the mix-up when the young woman had recovered enough to finally be able to identify herself.Asked what advice he might have for the Labelle and Tobin families, Kerrigan struggled to explain the joy, but also the grief at knowing your unexpected gain has turned into someone else’s tragic loss.“I would absolutely accept the joy of finding the person alive but the guilt feelings that go in the other direction as well,” Kerrigan said. “Both families are on the same see-saw of joy and grief at the same time. Obviously, the one that now finds their son dead that thought he was alive is like a double-whammy.”Nova Scotia’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Matt Bowes, said he understood how a mix-up can occur given the pressure to identify victims and ease the distress on families by releasing the body of a loved one as quickly as possible.Kerrigan, however, said the consequences of mistaken identity are profound to must be avoided at all costs.“If you don’t have positive identification and you haven’t gone through the process of making 100 per cent sure — even in your rush to try to console everybody in such a tragedy — an honest mistake can’t be made or shouldn’t be made,” Kerrigan said. “It just doesn’t go away. Yes it fades, but it’s in your psyche.”last_img read more

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Speaker at rally says Alberta oil puts tofu on the table in

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. — A rally in support of Alberta’s oil industry drew hundreds of supporters who cheered as speakers delivered a message that the rest of Canada needs to be thankful for the prosperity the province provides.“We aren’t just a monumental cash cow for the government. We provide opportunities for families across the country,” Bernard Hancock, known as Bernard the Roughneck, told the crowd at a park in Grande Prairie, Alta., on Sunday.“It puts chicken in the pot in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. It puts a roast in the oven in Miramichi, New Brunswick. It puts tortiere on the fork in Granby, Quebec. And it puts tofu on the table in Toronto and Vancouver!”The event was organized by the pro-oilsands groups Oilfield Dads and Rally4Resources, which say government regulations are suffocating the Canadian oil and gas industry.Grande Prairie is a hub for oil production in northwestern Alberta, known as Peace Country. Like the rest of the province, it has felt the pinch as the province’s oil industry struggles from a price differential that’s in part due to a lack of capacity to transport its oil to markets.Many who attended Sunday’s rally held signs denouncing the federal government’s Bill C-69 to revamp the National Energy Board, which opponents say will make it impossible to build new pipelines.RCMP estimated more than 1,500 people attended the rally. Afterward, a convoy of over 600 vehicles drove through the city with their horns blasting.  Alberta’s Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous, who spoke at the event, slammed the federal government for not doing more to help. “There is not a road, a bridge or hospital that does not owe something to the Alberta energy sector and we need the prime minister to wake up to that,” he said.Bilous also made a dig at a recent call by the council of Whistler, B.C. for the oil industry to share in covering the costs associated with climate change.“The people of Whistler need to tell the truth: that they are using Alberta gas for their cars for their petrochemical products, and they’re using our oil and it’s time to smarten up,” he told the rally.Whistler’s mayor, Jack Crompton, apologized in a Facebook video last week.Alberta’s Opposition Leader Jason Kenney, who typically criticizes the NDP government’s carbon tax during public appearances, limited his salvos mostly for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and what he called “foreign money” that opposes Canada’e energy sector.While Quebec Premier Bernard Legault, speaking about the proposed Energy East pipeline, recently said there’s no “social acceptability” for a pipeline that would carry what he called “dirty” energy through his province, Kenney blamed Quebec politicians rather than Quebecers.“The vast majority of Quebecers are hard-working women and men who support our resource industries. They work in the forestry sector, they work in mining, they understand the people of the Peace Country,” Kenney told the rally.“But they have political leadership that is saying they will take $13 billion in equalization money, largely from your industry, largely from this province.”—By Rob Drinkwater in EdmontonThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Truck driver in Humboldt Broncos crash pleads guilty

first_imgMELFORT, Sask. – The driver of a transport truck involved in a deadly crash with the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team’s bus has pleaded guilty to all charges against him.Jaskirat Singh Sidhu appeared in a court in Melfort, Sask., Tuesday morning.Sixteen people lost their lives and 13 players were injured when Sidhu’s semi-unit loaded with peat moss and the Broncos bus collided in rural Saskatchewan last April.RELATED: Timeline: A look at the events following the Humboldt Broncos bus crashSidhu was charged with 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 charges of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.The Broncos were on their way to a playoff game in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League when their bus and Sidhu’s rig collided not far from Tisdale, Sask.“I plead guilty, your honour,” said Sidhu, who was wearing a black suit with white dress shirt and tie.The Crown said it might need up to five days for sentencing. The case was adjourned until Jan. 28.The mother of a player as a result of the crash says the truck driver shouldn’t get off lightly because he has admitted his guilt.Ryan Straschnitzki’s mother, Michelle, says she hopes the plea doesn’t mean the driver will get what she calls an “absurdly reduced sentence.”READ MORE: ‘Erase that year:’ Family of injured Broncos player looks to better times aheadScott Thomas, whose son Evan died, says the guilty plea was all he wanted to hear.He says it doesn’t matter to him whether Sidhu spends one day or 10 years in jail for the crash at a Saskatchewan intersection last spring.Logan Boulet’s family says they are thankful that Sidhu has saved them from an exhausting trial with video images of the crash that killed their son and with details families want to keep private.Sidhu’s lawyer, Mark Brayford, said more evidence is still to be handed over to the defence, but his client wanted to plead guilty to avoid further delay.  The bus was travelling north on Highway 35 and the semi was westbound on Highway 335, which has a stop sign.WATCH: Thousands honour the fallen team members of the Humboldt Broncos A safety review of the rural crossroads done by a consulting firm for the Saskatchewan government was released last month. It said sight lines are a safety concern at the spot. A stand of trees, mostly on private property, obstructs the view of drivers approaching from the south and east — the same directions the bus and semi-trailer were coming from when they collided, the review said.It recommended negotiating with the landowner to remove the trees, and also suggested rumble strips, larger signs and painting “Stop” and “Stop Ahead” on the road.The report’s authors determined that six collisions had taken place at the intersection between 1990 and 2017 and another 14 happened on roads nearby.RELATED: Father who lost son in Broncos crash wants graduated licensing in truck trainingOne of those collisions was deadly. In 1997, six people were killed when a pickup truck heading east failed to stop on Highway 335 and was hit by a southbound tractor-trailer.The Saskatchewan government further introduced in December mandatory training for semi-truck drivers. Starting in March, drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial licence are to undergo at least 121.5 hours of training.Previously, Saskatchewan Government Insurance accredited driving schools but training was not mandatory.The owner of the Calgary trucking company that hired Singh was also charged after the crash.Sukhmander Singh of Adesh Deol Trucking faces eight charges relating to non-compliance with federal and provincial safety regulations.The @HumboldtBroncos have released a statement after the driver of the semi involved in the deadly crash pleaded guilty to all 29 charges he was facing. pic.twitter.com/muN3kX4Nb5— 660 NEWS Calgary (@660NEWS) January 8, 2019The Humboldt Broncos also released a statement on the guilty pleas.“Mr. Sidhu’s guilty pleas are a positive step in the healing process for the survivors, grieving families, the team and our community. I commend Mr. Sidhu for taking responsibility for his actions and sparing the survivors and the families the anguish and turmoil of rehashing this tragedy in court,” said Humboldt Bronco’s President Jamie Brockman. “I know Mr. Sidhu has also been deeply affected by this tragedy. His careless actions will haunt him for the rest of his life, and I’m sure it is a relief to move forward.”last_img read more

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National dementia strategy should include input from patients caregivers report

first_imgTORONTO — An expert panel has released a report outlining the best ways to tackle the growing incidence of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia among Canadians as a basis for the federal government’s long-promised national strategy on the progressive brain diseases.The report by the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences panel, released Monday, is aimed at helping the Public Health Agency of Canada create and implement a national dementia strategy, which is expected to be unveiled toward the end of this year.“The report is not a plan,” said Dr. Howard Bergman of McGill University, who chaired the six-member panel. “It will inform those preparing the plan by looking at the evidence and then assessing the best practices.”More than half a million Canadians are living with dementia. By 2031, that number is expected to nearly double, says the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Two-thirds of those affected by the neurodegenerative conditions are women.    In the document, panel members say quality of life for Canadians living with dementia and their caregivers, as well as access to health and social care, can be improved across all stages of the disease process, which in some people can last for years, even decades.Basing its overall findings on evidence from individual provinces and national and international policies and best practices in dementia care and support, the report recommends that the development of a national strategy consider seven priorities. They include engaging persons living with dementia, education and support for caregivers, building and supporting the health- and social-care workforce, and supporting research and innovation in all stages of dementia.Despite the lack of a formalized pan-Canadian strategy, Bergman said the federal government already has a solid basis for creating a plan for dealing with a disease that costs the country an estimated $10.4 billion year. By 2031, that figure is expected to increase by 60 per cent, to almost $17 billion.“I have often heard Canada doesn’t have a dementia strategy,” he said from Montreal. “That is false, because we’ve had provincial dementia plans which compare with the best plans in the world, that began in the 1990s.”The challenge for the Public Health Agency, he said, will be melding best practices from those plans into a national strategy, to support those who may have the most difficulty accessing diagnostic and care services, including Canadians living in rural areas, immigrants, Indigenous Canadians and those within the LGBTQ community.A national dementia strategy must be flexible and avoid a “one-size-fits-all approach,” Bergman said.Pauline Tardif, CEO of the Alzheimer Society, called the CAHS report “really important” to the development of the national strategy.“To be really effective, the strategy needs to be guided by what we call best practices in dementia care and support,” she said. “So the CAHS report really provides us with that evidence as to what is needed.”Many people living with dementia and their caregivers continue to experience limited access to cognitive evaluation services and often fragmented care, said the report, which recommends the national strategy provide for timely diagnosis of dementia, prompt access to treatment and better and earlier support for caregivers.That’s one of the key issues outlined in the report, said Bergman, “so when you see your parents starting to have memory problems that you don’t have to wait a year just to see somebody.”Tardif agrees with the report’s conclusion that the formation of any national strategy should include input from people with dementia and their caregivers. “The most important, I think, is the voice of lived experience,” she said.For Keith Barrett, 59, it took more than two years before he was diagnosed with early-onset dementia after the Ottawa businessman began having increasingly unsettling memory problems that left him frustrated and angry.“So one of the things that is dear to my heart is the need for there to be better research on diagnosis and treatment,” Barrett said of the planned national strategy.The other key issue is stigma toward people with dementia, which he said he was exposed to “right from the get-go.” People would ask if he was still driving and when he would have to quit working.“And if they know I’ve been diagnosed, they’ll talk to my wife. But I’m right there,” said Barrett, who is taking part in the Alzheimer Society’s anti-stigma campaign this month. “Focus on what I can do, not what I can’t do,” said Barrett, who for now continues to work and drive with the help of a GPS. “And not what I’m going to be able to do in the future.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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AFN national chief urges action on legislation in wake of WilsonRayboulds exit

first_imgOTTAWA — The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to press on with the process of reconciliation even after losing the lone Indigenous member of cabinet under a cloud of controversy.Perry Bellegarde says in an interview today that First Nation people have questions about Jody Wilson-Raybould’s sudden departure from cabinet this week — days after allegations emerged that officials in Trudeau’s office leaned on her to help SNC-Lavalin bypass criminal prosecution.While there will a process to get answers for her departure through the House of Commons justice committee and ethics commissioner, Bellegarde says the Liberals must push critical pieces of legislation, including a recently tabled bill on Indigenous languages and a proposed bill on child welfare.He also says he agrees with a statement issued Thursday by a group of Indigenous senators that Wilson-Raybould’s departure is not a threat to the process of reconciliation but rather a measure of the distance left to go.Wilson-Raybould, a former AFN regional chief, announced her resignation from Trudeau’s cabinet on Tuesday after The Globe and Mail reported she felt pressured to instruct the director of public prosecutions to negotiate a remediation agreement with Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.Bellegarde called Wilson-Raybould a “trailblazer,” adding she was nothing but hardworking, professional and strong during her time at the AFN.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Mother accused of murdering daughters had reached breaking point defence

first_imgLAVAL, Que. — People who saw a Quebec woman on the day she is alleged to have killed her two daughters testified that she acted “as if she was in a coma” and was “disconnected from reality,” her lawyer reminded jurors Tuesday.On the second day of final arguments at Adele Sorella’s trial for first-degree murder, her defence lawyer said she had reached a breaking point on March 31, 2009.Testimony about her behaviour on the day of the crime will likely serve to support defence arguments about Sorella’s mental state the day her daughters Amanda, 9, and Sabrina, 8, died. The girls were found dead in the family’s playroom, and the cause of death was never established.Gilles Chamberland, a psychiatrist who testified as an expert for the defence, said Sorella appears to have had a dissociative episode that day. He said such episodes are protective mechanisms.Sorella testified that she has almost no memory of the day her daughters died. But that night she crashed into a pole with her car and was discovered in a roadside ditch.The first police officer on the scene said Sorella “seemed to be on another planet,” defence lawyer Pierre Poupart told the jury. A detective who arrested her for the murder of her daughters said she seemed out of touch with reality. She insisted to him that her daughters were alive at home, and suggested he call to verify.When she was taken to hospital, she was considered a priority case for a psychiatric evaluation, Poupart said.“We all have a breaking point,” he said. “This woman had reached her breaking point, whether she killed her children or not.”Evidence at the trial revealed that Sorella had attempted suicide three times between 2006 and 2008. In her testimony, she described the psychological distress that followed her surgery for a brain tumour and the disappearance of her husband, Giuseppe De Vito, in 2006 as he was sought by organized crime investigators.Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Five wounded one critically in north Toronto club shooting

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto police say five people were wounded during a shooting inside a nightclub in north Toronto early Monday morning.They say the shooting happened at the District 45 nightclub at Finch and Keele streets around 2 a.m.Police spokeswoman Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook says “there was chaos” in the packed nightclub after two men and three women were injured in the shooting.She says a man is in hospital in life-threatening condition and the other four victims are in non-life threatening condition.No suspect information was immediately released.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Urgency Network Launches With Fan Experiences From Paul McCartney And Richard Branson

first_imgPaul McCartney, Richard Branson, and Linkin Park are offering ultimate fan experiences to launch new fundraising and awareness platform THE URGENCY NETWORK.The Urgency Network connects nonprofits, musicians, celebrities, fans, and brands in a single online community to create positive impact on a global scale.Starting on July 2nd, Urgency participants can win larger than life experiences by completing social actions like watching awareness videos, donating, or opting-in to mass tweets. With each campaign, the more actions you complete, the more entries you’ll earn towards the Grand Prize drawing.The Urgency Network is working with several partners to assure that each Grand Prize will be an incredible experience from beginning to end.“We’re proud that we will be collaborating with like-minded startups such as Airbnb and Lyft to deliver truly unique experiences for our users and increase the impact we can make for nonprofits,” commented co-founder Donald Eley.While it’s free to participate, fans who donate can choose from a variety of rewards like concert tickets, merchandise, memorabilia and vouchers as a thank you. 
Additionally, The Urgency Network provides top-performing campaigns an opportunity to win a portion of The Jackpot, which is fueled by foundations and corporate sponsors. 
The first Jackpot up for grabs will be a $1 million dollar media grant provided by PVBLIC Foundation who harnesses the power of unused media space to help nonprofits amplify their message.The Urgency Network’s launch campaigns include:• Meet and greet with Richard Branson in New York City (Carbon War Room) • Backstage experience with Paul McCartney at Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco (Greenpeace) • Trip to Japan to hang out with Linkin Park at Summer Sonic Festival (Music for Relief)Whether you donate five dollars or a fortune, five minutes or a weekend: no good deed goes unrewarded.Find out more here.last_img read more

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Bret Michaels Donates Guitar To Hard Rock In Tribute To First Responders

first_imgBret Michaels visited Hard Rock Cafe New York on Friday to donate a one-of-a-kind guitar, the Patriot Guitar, to Hard Rock’s world-famous memorabilia collection as a tribute to the men and women who serve in the military and to our country’s first responders.Bret Michaels With Hard Rock Cafe New York General Manager, Daniel Sarroino, and Ray Pfeifer of FDNYBret Michaels was also presented a plaque from the Feal Good Foundation, for his dedication to the 9/11 first responders and their families. This plaque joins Bret’s guitar on display at the cafe as a homage to Bret’s compassion and giving spirit.The Feal Good Foundation assists First Responders, who may have been injured, physically or mentally, as a direct result of their rescue, recovery and clean-up efforts at the World Trade Center Site following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.last_img read more

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Kristen Bell Helps Honor 23 Gymnasts In Their Fight Against Abuse

first_imgOn Saturday April 28, the Foundation for Global Sports Development hosted their biennial Humanitarian Award Event at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, CA.Kristen Bell and Heather Stevenson KellyFormer athletes, paralympians, and advocates of the cause all joined forces to support these courageous women of the gymnastics community.“These gymnasts have been fighting hard…for all of us,” said Kristen Bell, Actress and Advocate. “Fighting the men that abused them, but also, and maybe more importantly, fighting the silence.”“Let’s start by listening to, honoring, and supporting a movement that seems to hold all of us accountable. ” – Dr. Steven Ungerleider, Vice President FGSDThe Foundation for Global Sports Development Humanitarian Award is presented to individuals and organizations that have stepped up as leaders and champions for equality, or social, economic, political, or environmental justice. This award honors those who actively fight against indifference, injustice, and intolerance.Present to accept the 2018 Humanitarian Award on behalf of all of the survivors were:Alexis AlvaradoChristina Baker BarbaLarissa BoyceCharmaine CarnesAmy ComptonMonica LenchesAnne MalverSabrina MarMorgan McCaulEmily MeinkeEmma Ann MillerAlexis MooreDanielle MooreJessica SmithHeather Stevenson KellyAmanda ThomashowMakayla ThrushDenise GallionMegan GinterTrinea GonczarMegan HalicekChristine HarrisonSarah KleinNot a dry eye was in the house. More than 125 guests attended this intimate red carpet cocktail reception and gala. Honorees opened up about their experiences with Doug Boger and Larry Nassar, further displaying their badge of courage. The bond that was felt amongst these sister survivors provided a feeling of sincere strength that attendees will hold in their hearts forever.In addition to recognizing the survivors with the prestigious Humanitarian Award, the foundation has designated $1 million to develop a nationwide abuse prevention education program. The foundation’s leaders, David Ulich and Dr. Steven Ungerleider, share a vision for every child to experience the joy of sport in a safe environment. This program will be launched in collaboration with Childhelp, an international leader in child abuse prevention and awareness.“When women speak up about certain things it makes you reflect about things that happen in your own life that you put in the past and it gives you courage to speak up on things you’ve been through.” – Josina Anderson, Emmy Award Winner and ESPN NFL InsiderLearn more about the Foundation for Global Sports Development by following them on Instagram at www.instagram.com/globalsportsd and by visiting www.globalsportsdevelopment.orglast_img read more

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Torontos Best Dressed Fitness model and antiblogger Sasha Exeter

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement But since starting her lifestyle blog So Sasha, which covers everything from birth control to better sleep, she’s able to broker deals while wearing Nike sneakers and neon leggings. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter By the time most people get out of bed, Sasha Exeter’s already completed a full workout, plus a 15-kilometre run.The entrepreneur and newly minted fitness model has always had a passion for sports—she attended Indiana State University on a tennis scholarship.Until four years ago, she was stuck in the corporate grind, wearing four-inch Louboutins to work every day.last_img read more

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Canadian Emmy nominees on their lifechanging work on Fargo

first_img Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Just the level of creativity and just the quality of the show is quite extraordinary, the script, the directors, the producers: everything is top-notch.”Season 2 of the anthology series, created by Noah Hawley, serves as a prequel to the first season and is set in 1979. Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons star as a young couple who get caught up in a crime family drama while trying to cover up a hit-and-run killing.Of the 18 Emmy nominations Fargo got this year, Williams scored one (her first) for Best Production Design for a Narrative Period Program.She didn’t win at the early awards show held this past weekend (the main Emmys bash is this Sunday) but she notes Fargo is the biggest show she’s ever worked on and she relished adding the period details to a motel set in Fort Macleod, Alta. Advertisementcenter_img For an American show set in Minnesota, Fargo sure has been good to Canadians — yah, you betcha.Shot in Alberta, the FX series has employed many Canucks, including a slew that got Emmy nominations for their work on Season 2. And they rave about their experiences with the dark crime dramedy known for its Midwestern accents.“I’d say Fargo is the best quality show I’ve worked on,” says Emmy-nominated art director Elisabeth Williams of Montreal. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Film set in Niagara Falls heads for Cannes fest

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook The story is the feature-length version of a 2013 short with the same name but a different cast, also directed by de Fontenay. It won a special jury prize at that year’s Seattle International Film Festival.The Director’s Fortnight, showcasing strong directorial visions, opens its 49th edition May 18 with Claire Denis’ Un Beau Soleil Intérieur starring Juliette Binoche, Gérard Depardieu and Xavier Beauvois. It closes May 28 with Geremy Jasper’s Sundance sensation Patti Cake$, starring Danielle Macdonald as the unlikeliest of New Jersey rappers.BY PETER HOWELL Cannes 2017 has some Canadian content.It’s the drama Mobile Homes, a Canada/France co-production by writer/director Vladimir de Fontenay, announced Thursday as one of the 19 features for parallel section the Director’s Fortnight.Filmed near Niagara Falls, Ont., Mobile Homes stars Imogen Poots (TV’s Roadies), Callum Turner and Callum Keith Rennie. Poots plays a young mother who moves from one motel to the next with her young son in the company of a dangerous boyfriend. A crisis forces them into a mobile home community, which could mean either a new start in life or further trouble. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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JOHNNY DEPP TO FILM RICHARD SAYS GOODBYE IN VANCOUVER

first_imgJohnny Depp will play a college professor who receives a “life-changing diagnosis” and decides to binge through every vice known to man in Richard Says Goodbye, a comedy-drama that starts filming next month in Vancouver.Depp was here last year when the troubled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales moved production from Australia to North Vancouver to shoot additional scenes.Richard Says Goodbye, the second feature from writer-director Wayne Roberts, starts shooting July 25. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Roberts’ debut, the heralded and similarly named Katie Says Goodbye, told the story of a kindhearted teen who turns to prostitution to fulfill her dream of a new life in San Francisco.Depp is among a number of A-list movie stars working in Vancouver this summer.Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin are already hard at work filming Deadpool 2, while Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the highest paid actor in the world according to Forbes, will be here in August to film Skyscraper.Johnson will play a former war hero and FBI hostage rescue team leader who now assesses skyscraper security. The big-budget action movie is scheduled to be released in the summer 2018.Meanwhile, Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn begin production on their gritty Vancouver-shot action film, Dragged Across Concrete, on July 17.BY Scott Brown (Vancouver Sun)Sbrown@postmedia.comTwitter.com/Browniescott Twitterlast_img read more

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JONNY HARRIS EMMA HUNTER TO HOST 2018 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS BROADCAST GALA

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: “As Canada’s public broadcaster, CBC is proud to shine a spotlight on homegrown talent and provide a platform for Canadian storytelling,” said Sally Catto, General Manager, Programming, CBC. “We are honoured to partner with the Canadian Academy and Insight to bring the Canadian Screen Awards to audiences across the country, celebrating the unique voices and perspectives that Canada has to offer. We look forward to a wonderful broadcast hosted by Jonny and Emma.”“Insight is honoured to be partnering with the Canadian Academy and the CBC to produce the Canadian Screen Awards,” said Lindsay Cox, Executive Producer and Senior Vice-President, Insight Production Company. “We look forward to celebrating the very best of Canadian film and television and are thrilled to have Johnny & Emma as our hosts.  The Insight team is delighted to be creating a show that represents our incredible industry and the world class talent that Canada offers.”“We and CBC are thrilled to welcome Insight Productions to the Canadian Screen Awards family and look forward to seeing how they bring our vision to life,” said Janson. “We know their team will bring even more elegance and authenticity to the broadcast celebration of our Canadian stars.”Also taking on hosting duties during Canadian Screen Week this year are five very talented Canadian stars who will each bring their own flare and personality to the stage at the three non-broadcast Galas during Canadian Screen Week.Canadian Screen Award nominee and co-anchor of The Comedy Network’s The Beaverton, Miguel Rivas, will host the Gala Honouring Excellence in Non-Fiction Programming Sponsored by Boat Rocker Media and Eagle Vision (March 6, 2018);Award-winning actor and improv dynamo Andrew Phung, of CBC’s Kim Convenience, will host the Gala Honouring Excellence in Creative Fiction Storytelling Sponsored by Technicolor and Thunderbird Entertainment (March 7, 2018); andMind Fudge’s Jon Simonassi and Justine Nelson will serve as “virtual hosts” through the creation of content for the Gala Honouring Excellence in Digital and Immersive Storytelling Supported by the Independent Production Fund (March 8, 2018).The three off-air Galas will be produced by e=mc2 events who are working with the Canadian Academy for the first time this year.Additionally, YTV’s Carlos Bustamante will host Family Fan Day, presented by the Canadian Academy and the Shaw Rocket Fund, and supported by City of Toronto at the Sony Centre of Performing Arts on March 10, 2018, which coincides with the beginning of March Break in Toronto.“We’re extremely fortunate to have these authentic Canadian voices guide us through Canadian Screen Week and help the Canadian Academy celebrate this country’s amazing screen talent,” said Martin Katz, Chair, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.About Canadian Screen Week 2018Canadian Screen Week is the largest national showcase of talent in the film, television and digital media sectors in Canada. It is a week of events that gathers members of the Canadian Academy and Canadian talent from across the wide spectrum of Canada’s screen industry to connect with Canadians and celebrate achievements. Events include: the Gala Honouring Excellence in Non-Fiction Programming (March 6, 2018 at the Westin Harbour Castle), the Gala Honouring Excellence in Creative Fiction Storytelling (March 7, 2018 at the Westin Harbour Castle), the Gala Honouring Excellence in Digital and Immersive Storytelling (March 8, 2018 at Daniels Spectrum), Family Fan Day (March 10, 2018 at the Sony Centre of the Performing Arts) and the Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala, which will be televised live from the Sony Centre of Performing Arts on CBC on Sunday, March 11 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/ 9:30 p.m. NT).In addition, the Bell Media House, the ultimate place for industry professionals to learn and network, will once again house the Members’ Lounge during the day from March 6th to 9th, 2018. This year’s theme is Charting a Course Forward, with panel discussions focusing on Blockchain Technology, Sustainable Production and Questions of Appropriation and Voice. There will also be a live podcast featuring 2018 Canadian Screen Award nominees.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.About e=mc2 events | www.emc2events.comSince 2001, e=mc² events has delivered world-class, award-winning live event services in Canada and the U.S. with offices in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.   e=mc2 events proves that there are no hurdles too high, roadblocks too wide or logistics too maddening to stop them from delivering experiences that matter.For several years, they have worked with clients such as the JUNO Awards Gala, SOCAN Music Awards, Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Toronto International Film Festival, which is why producing the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards is a perfect fit for the team.About Insight Production Company Ltd.Insight Productions – known for its award-winning ratings juggernauts and many of the Country’s biggest award shows, music series and variety specials – is Canada’s most established content producer. Headed by John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby, Insight is an industry leader in the development, financing and production of hit programming, both scripted and unscripted, as well as digital content. Insight Senior Vice-President & Show Runner, Lindsay Cox serves as Executive Producer along with John Brunton on The Canadian Screen Awards, The JUNO Awards, The Launch, A Fury Christmas, Canada Day 150! From Coast to Coast to Coast, Canada’s New Year’s Eve Countdown and The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration which was seen by 1 in 3 Canadians – among others.  Insight collectively received 24 Canadian Screen Award nominations in 2018. Other 2017 Insight productions include The Amazing Race Canada, Big Brother Canada, Top Chef Canada and Intervention.  Insight Productions was founded in 1979 and has since created thousands of hours of groundbreaking content.About Academy of Canadian Cinema & TelevisionThe Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is the largest non-profit professional arts organization in Canada. We are dedicated to recognizing, advocating for and celebrating Canadian talent in the film, television and digital media sectors.Our more than 4,500 members encompass industry icons and professionals, emerging artists and students. Collectively, we deliver professional development programs and networking opportunities that foster industry growth, inclusion and mentorship.The Canadian Academy produces Canadian Screen Week. This annual celebration of excellence in media through a multi-platform, national program of events and celebrations culminates with the Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala live on CBC, Sunday March 11, 2018 at 8 p.m. (9 p.m. AT/ 9:30 p.m. NT).For information on membership and programming visit www.academy.ca. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook TORONTO, ON – The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (the Canadian Academy) and CBC today announced that Jonny Harris of CBC’s Still Standing and Murdoch Mysteries and Emma Hunter of The Comedy Network’s The Beaverton and CBC’s Mr. D, will co-host the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala live on CBC on Sunday, March 11, 2018. The Canadian Academy also announced hosts for the three non-broadcast Canadian Screen Awards Galas and Family Fan Day.“With a renewed vision to celebrate what we do best, the Canadian Academy could not be more excited to have Emma and Jonny as co-hosts of this year’s Broadcast Gala,” said Beth Janson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. “They are amongst the funniest people we have in this country and we are honoured to give them our stage. We can’t wait to see what they come up with.”The Canadian Academy and CBC also announced their new production partner for the Broadcast Gala: Insight Production Company. This year marks the inaugural year the Canadian Academy will work with the award-winning content producers to deliver one of the country’s biggest award shows. As part of the new partnership, Insight Productions is taking on the task of bringing the “Golden Era of Entertainment” to the Canadian Screen Awards stage.last_img read more

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Voice Talent Nick Michaels Dies Over Memorial Day Weekend

first_img Twitter Noted voiceover talent and host of the syndicated “The Deep End” program Nick Michaels died over Memorial Day weekend after suffering a heart attack at his home in Miami. He was 67.“To all of the fans of ‘The Deep End,’ yesterday morning Nick Michaels passed away from a sudden heart attack,” a post on the show’s Facebook page read. “He loved music deeply and his favorite thing in the world was to share the stories that made the music matter with fans like you.”Michaels was also the station voice for Hubbard classic rock “97.1 The Drive” WDRV Chicago, since it signed on nearly two decades ago. “Nick Michaels represented the very essence of The Drive,” PD Rob Cressman told Inside Radio. “His pastel tones and understated delivery epitomized the station’s launch mission. Over the course of the past 17 years, Nick masterfully pivoted to best suit WDRV’s evolution. Always eager to spin a yarn rather than simply read a line, Nick’s signature sound and approach stand alone. We will miss him dearly.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Michaels began his career in his native Canada before moving to the States in the late 1970s. Over his career, his voice was heard on radio and TV stations across the country, including serving as the announcer of NBC TV’s “Friday Night Videos.”Among other affiliates, “The Deep End” was heard on former classic rock “The Sound” KSWD Los Angeles. Former night jock and L.A. radio veteran Rita Wilde wrote on Facebook, “I adored Nick and his passion for music. I always learned something new listening to him. Please continue the show.” The post on the show’s Facebook page did say it plans to keep the program running. “We will post more information as we have it.”Longtime consultant John Parikhal, who worked with Michaels on various projects including “Friday Night Videos,” offered a eulogy on Facebook. “Nick Michaels was a true original, a brilliant creative artist, a fun loving, mischievous rabble rouser, who saw more clearly into the heart of music and the fan than anyone I ever knew,” Parikhal wrote. “For any who met him, experienced his ‘rants’ or his brilliant radio imaging work, for the few who got to see his extraordinary paintings or photography, I’m sure you’ll join me in mourning a true original, a passionate artist who lived an uncompromising life devoted to art and communication.”last_img read more

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ELECTION 2011 PROMO

first_imgElection 2011 ends Monday, May 2nd, and APTN will have everything you need to know about Canada’s 41st Parliament and who’s making sure that Aboriginal voices are heard on the Hill.It’s all part of a live two-hour special on Monday, May 2nd with APTN National News, starting at 9 PM Central-and we want you to join us.last_img

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