Noida (UP): Aqua Line metro trains will be available every 7.30 minutes during rush hour and every 10th minute during non-rush hours on weekdays from June 3, its operator Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) announced Saturday.At present the trains ply at an interval of 10 minutes during peak hours (8 am-11 pm and 5 pm 8 pm) and 15 minutes during non-peak hours Monday to Friday, the NMRC said. “NMRC will be increasing the frequency of the metro trains on the Aqua Line on weekdays with effect from June 3 (Monday). Trains on the Aqua Line will now ply at a frequency of 7 minutes 30 seconds during peak hours and 10 minutes during non-peak hours on weekdays i.e. Monday to Friday,” NMRC Executive Director P D Upadhyay said. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar”On Saturdays and Sundays, the frequency is currently 15 minutes and will continue to remain the same,” he added. The Aqua Line, which connects Noida and Greater Noida, is currently running 163 trips a day with a fleet of 10 trains. With the increase in frequency, the number of trains will increase to 13 and the number of trips per day will increase to 221, Upadhyay said. “There will be a total increase of 58 train trips per day during weekdays,” Upadhyay said, adding the NMRC has maintained a punctuality of 99.99 per cent since the first day of operations on January 26 this year. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceThe Aqua Line operates from 6 am to 10 PM from Monday to Saturday. On Sundays revenue hours begin from 8 am and services are available till 10 pm, the NMRC said. Built for Rs 5,503 crore, the Aqua Line was launched on January 25 this year and connects the twin-cities in western Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddh Nagar district, running over 29.7 km via 21 metro stations. The average daily ridership of the Aqua Line at the end of May stood at 13,317, according to the NMRC.
New Delhi: The sports fraternity on Friday came out in support of Mahendra Singh Dhoni for wearing the dagger insignia on his wicket-keeping gloves during India’s World Cup game against South Africa, with Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju urging the BCCI to resolve the issue. During the match in Southampton on Wednesday, Dhoni’s green keeping gloves had a dagger logo embossed, which looked more like an Army insignia. While his gesture was appreciated by fans, the ICC requested the BCCI to ask Dhoni to remove the sign from the gloves, citing rules that forbid display of messages “which relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes”. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunHowever, the BCCI sent a formal request to the ICC for clearance with Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai insisting that there was nothing commercial or religious about the logo. “…the issue is connected with the sentiments of the country, the interest of the nation has to be kept in mind. I urge the BCCI to take a fair step in the Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s case,” Rijiju wrote on his Twitter handle. Dhoni also received support from Chennai Super Kings teammate and India batsman Suresh Raina, former pacer R P Singh, London Olympics bronze medallist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and India sprinter Hima Das. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up”We all love our country & that’s exactly @msdhoni has done, saluting the sacrifices of our heroes & honouring them. It should be taken as an act of patriotism & not nationalism,” Raina tweeted. Yogeshwar, who won two gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games, said removing the logo will be an insult to the Indian Army. “The demand for the removal of this badge #ICC is not only an insult to the sacrifices of the Indian Army but the Indian Army. We all have fellow countrymen with Dhoni. #DhoniKeepTheGlove @msdhoni @ICC @BCCI,” he wrote. Hima, who is the first Indian to win a gold in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships, also threw her weight behind Dhoni. “INDIA with Dhoni brother. I support Mahi brother. Jai hind Jai Bharat…,” she wrote on her Twitter handle. R P Singh, too, was left bemused by the ICC’s stance on the issue. “Tough for me to understand how @msdhoni’s on field gesture on his glove is a problem to @ICC. His fans have taken inspiration out of it and he himself is a respected Lt.Col, really strange.#MSDhoni.”
NEW DELHI: Delhi Police arrested a 27-year-old man from Kalkaji for allegedly duping over 1,000 people across the country on the pretext of giving them lucky draw prizes.The accused was identified as Deepak Negi, a resident of Sangam Vihar. He was arrested from Kalkaji on Monday. Negi duped over 1,000 people from across India and received more than Rs 1.5 crore in the last one year. According to police, one woman teacher from Odisha filed a complaint in May against an e-commerce company “Key4kart.com”. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe complainant stated that in April 2018, she received a call from the company which lured her to shop on the website to win a bike in lucky draw, they said. She was asked to submit some part of the prize value along with her photo and Aadhaar ID. She transferred Rs 62,649 on four occasions but did not get any prize. In another incident, a person from Gujarat was duped of Rs 5.84 lakh using same modus operandi. “During investigation, police got the details of the organisation through bank statement and identified Negi as the owner of the company. He was arrested on Monday from Kalkaji where he was running his office in the name of another company,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) Chinmoy Biswal. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDuring interrogation, Negi disclosed that he, along with his associates Parmeshwar, Manmohan, Bharat Lalwani and Ansh Lalwani, started the company and used to dupe people on the pretext of contest and lucky draws, the DCP said. They kept on changing the locations and registering new companies at various addresses by taking properties on rent. They used to hire and train undergraduate men and women for making calls to lure the targets for shopping on their website.
New Delhi: Three days after Azam Khan landed himself in a controversy for making objectionable remarks against BJP leader Rama Devi in Lok Sabha, Hindustani Awam Morcha leader Jitan Ram Manjhi defended the Samajwadi Party MP, ANI reported.”When a brother and sister meet, they kiss. Does it equal sex? A mother kisses her son and the son kisses his mother. Is that sex? Azam Khan’s statement is misinterpreted. So, he should apologise but not resign,” Manjhi told ANI. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The former Bihar chief minister’s remarks come a day after Devi, who was officiating the Lok Sabha on Thursday when Khan made the objectionable comments, stated that the Samajwadi Party leader must be suspended from the House for five years as a mere apology would not be enough. “He should be given a serious punishment and suspended for five years,” said Devi. The BJP leader also stated that she would have forgiven him had Khan tendered an immediate apology, but he walked out of the Parliament. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday On Friday, after a meeting with representatives from various parties, Speaker Om Birla had asked the SP leader to tender an apology or he will face stringent action. Khan’s remarks were expunged from the records following an immediate uproar in the House on Thursday. Cutting across party lines, several MPs condemned Azam Khan’s remarks and demanded strict action against him. Among women legislators who spoke out against the Rampur MP’s remarks were Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, BJP MPs Anupriya Patel and Meenakshi Lekhi, TMC’s Mimi Chakraborty, Independent MP from Amravati Navaneet Kaur Rana, and NCP’s Supriya Sule. (With inputs from Indian Express)
Chennai: Vellore parliamentary constituency recorded nearly 72 per cent polling on Monday, officials said. There were no untoward incidents, police said, even as there were some reports of EVMs and VVPATs malfunctioning. Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Satyabrata Sahoo said “about 72 per cent” of the total 14.32 lakh voters cast their votes on Monday in the six Assembly constituencies covered under the Vellore Lok Sabha segment. “The final figures are still awaited,” he said. The constituency is witnessing a fight between AIADMK and DMK, with A C Shanmugam of the ruling party taking on Kathir Anand, son of senior DMK leader Durai Murugan. Counting of votes of will be taken up on August 9. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The poll outcome is being keenly awaited as a win for the AIADMK would be seen as an endorsement of Chief Minister K Palaniswami’s two year rule, although the party had little to boast of in the April 18 polls. If DMK wins, it will be perceived as a verdict against the ruling party, with the state poised to face the general elections in 2021 at the end of the current term. Both Palaniswami and Stalin had embarked on a hectic campaign schedule, fighting hard to reaffirm their respective parties’ dominance. Though polling was originally scheduled in Vellore on April 18 along with the rest of the 38 Parliamentary segments in Tamil Nadu, it was then rescinded after Income Tax officials seized money allegedly meant to bribe voters.
Gurugram: The Gurugram police has booked an unidentified person for allegedly sending a threatening letter to a DLF-4 resident to kidnap his 11-year-old son and kill him.According to the police, they received a complaint from a resident of a condominium on August 30, alleging that his son’s life was in danger. He also alleged his wife was being stalked. The man said he had resumed work on June 24 after leave and received a letter written in Hindi, through the post, at his office, said police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe suspect had allegedly shared in the letter a picture of his son taken from his wife’s social media account. The man said his wife’s account cannot be accessed by anyone other than those on her friend list. The man also told the police that he lives with his wife, two sons and mother. The complainant said the suspect had also mentioned the name of a relative in Bengaluru and threatened to kidnap him too. Shamsher Singh, the assistant commissioner of police (crime), said the complainant has given a copy of the letter to the police. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe man alleged that the letter contained abusive language, directed at his wife. “The suspect has asked the complainant to tell his wife not to interfere in the daily routine of her colleagues. He is even aware that she uses her childhood name to log into her account,” he said. The police said the man suspected that two people are involved in it, against whom his wife had complained at work in the past. The police registered a case under Section 506 against an unidentified person.
CALGARY – Alvin Beckley wasn’t a big fan of fishing but his brother-in-law says Beckley probably couldn’t resist when he had a chance to join his workmates for a day on the water just off the west coast of Vancouver.Beckley, 38, of Calgary and Mike Cutler of Edmonton died Sunday when the boat they were on capsized and sank. Three others — two passengers and the boat’s operator — survived.“I don’t know that he necessarily fished often but he was in Tofino and you definitely want to do that when you’re there,” Mike Provost said Wednesday.“He was in Tofino so you gotta get out and catch some big fish. They had Sunday off and they decided to go fishing as a group to go and enjoy themselves.”Beckley was originally from Sierra Leone, but grew up in Alberta with his parents. He was an apprentice electrician and had been working on a construction crew in remote areas.He leaves behind his wife, Jacqui, and three daughters.“It’s been tough for sure. He’s got three little girls and it’s been a lot of tears and sadness, but also a lot of good fond memories,” Provost said. “It’s always good to reflect on the good times.”Provost added his brother-in law always had “a big happy smile.”“He would always find a funny perspective and kind of crack a lot of jokes. It was always happy times with him. He was a loving father and a great husband.”The capsizing of the 8.4-metre-long boat northwest of Bartlett Island near Tofino is being investigated by the RCMP and the Transportation Safety Board.“We don’t have a lot of answers at this current time. There are still investigations going on,” Provost said.“Eventually we will get to speak with the surviving members. I’m sure it was extremely tough for everybody involved in that whole scenario. We will get some more answers and clarity in the coming days for sure.”Provost said Beckley had been diagnosed with diabetes several years ago and complications in regulating the disease had prevented him from being steadily employed in recent years.GoFundMe pages have been set up for both the Alberta men.“It’s for the girls especially. Alvin having diabetes and (being) the primary provider for the family … they had been having some struggles over the past little while in relation to that. They were just kind of getting back on their feet. The girls will need a lot of support.”Cutler’s family didn’t respond to a request for comment, but his fundraising page requested help to bring his body back to the east coast.“Mike was a loving friend, musician and one hell of an electrician. Although Mike is no longer with us, I guarantee nobody will forget his loving smile, constant jabs and sarcasm,” the page read.“Mike left behind 2 boys, Morgan (17) and Mackenzie (15) who need our support now more then ever.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
A security breach has compromised payment card and other information for those who made reservations at 14 Trump Hotel locations, including those in Toronto and Vancouver, over more than half a year.A notice posted on the Trump Hotels website says the breach affected the systems of Sabre Hospitality Solutions, which provides booking services.The luxury hotel chain says it was notified early last month that an unauthorized party had gained access to data for some of its reservations between Aug. 10, 2016 and March 9 of this year.Those include bookings made at the Toronto hotel between Nov. 18 and 21 of last year and at the Vancouver location between Nov. 8 and 19 of last year.The company says the data include cardholder name, payment card number, card expiration date and potentially card security code.It says that in some cases, the breach also included guest name, email, phone number, address, and other information but not social security number, passport and driver’s licence number.The hotel says it apologizes for the inconvenience and urges anyone who made reservations during those times to monitor their accounts for unauthorized activity and contact law enforcement if necessary.
OTTAWA – The federal government offered a temporary glimmer of hope Friday to employees suffering through serious pay issues as it moved ahead in talks with civil service unions toward a settlement for the “undue stress and hardships” caused by its troubled Phoenix pay system.Figures released by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), which oversees the beleaguered system, suggest a long-awaited reprieve from the ever-growing backlog of problems created since Phoenix was brought online just over two years ago.There were about 626,000 transactions awaiting processing at the government’s pay centre in Miramichi, N.B., as of Feb. 21, the department said on its web-based pay dashboard.But while that’s fewer than the peak of 633,000 problem pay files reached in January, the decline may be short-lived, PSPC warned.“This decrease is promising,” it said. “But with additional work left to do on overpayments and collective agreements, a continual decline is not expected until later this spring.”The latest backlog figures were released just days after Ottawa said it would no longer try to recover money overpaid to its employees until all of their outstanding pay issues have been resolved, and only if their paycheques were correct for at least three two-week pay periods.The government had blamed recent escalations in the backlog at least partly on a shift of pay centre employees to deal with changes brought about after the ratification of several civil service contracts, which required complex pay rate adjustments and calculations of retroactive back pay.More than half of all federal employees have experienced pay problems ranging from being underpaid or overpaid or not paid at all since Phoenix was brought online just over two years ago, the government said.Last month’s federal budget allocated $16 million over two years to the search for a Phoenix replacement, but that could be years away. In the meantime, federal employees continue to struggle with a pay system that has repeatedly failed.The budget also opened the door to compensating civil servants for what it called the “real mental and emotional stress” caused by Phoenix.Talks between the government and the unions that represent its workers over damages “have been advancing” since then, said the Public Service Alliance of Canada, although neither the unions nor Treasury Board Secretariat have revealed details of those discussions.“For two years, our members have lived in fear every pay day; they have had their lives turned upside down; and through it all they have continued to show up to work and deliver the services Canadians depend on,” said PSAC national president Robyn Benson.“An agreement on damages won’t solve everything, but it is an important part of making our members whole.”It is so far estimated that the total cost of the debacle, from the creation of Phoenix to dealing with its problems, will reach or exceed $1 billion by the end of this year. When it was first adopted, the previous Conservative government had predicted the system would save taxpayers $70 million annually.
COLLINGWOOD, Ont. – Provincial police have released the names of a mother and daughter who died in an apparent drowning earlier this week at a resort northwest of Toronto.Xia Zhen, 34, and Chloe Gong, 5, of Markham, Ont., were on vacation at Mountain Springs Resort just west of Collingwood, Ont., when tragedy struck on Tuesday evening.Police said the two victims were pronounced dead in hospital. Autopsies were conducted on Wednesday to determine a cause of death but the results have not yet been released.Yiting Gong said it only took minutes for him to lose his wife and young daughter, telling CTV Toronto on Wednesday that “just 10 minutes and they are gone.”The grieving father is now questioning why the resort does not have anyone supervising the pool.Jennifer Grant, a staff member at the resort, said there are clear signs indicating that the pool is unsupervised.
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Calgary continues to try to sell itself to Vancouverites.Weeks after Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi was in the city trying to lure tech-savvy workers, new ads targeting engineers and geoscientists have appeared in the City Hall SkyTrain station.Robyn Bews, VP of Business Development for Calgary Economic Development, which is behind the ad, says it’s part of a $1.2 million campaign to attract workers from major cities in Canada and the U.S.“Probably like everybody else, our focus is on big cities that have, you know, big, explosive tech sectors,” says Bews.“And if you look at the cities that we’re interested in and talking to, or talking to the talent in, they are cities that are quite expensive to live in.”And it appears their campaign is working in Vancouver. Since Nenshi’s visit at the end of October, a number of people in Vancouver have accepted a job in Calgary.“We’ve had a number of job offers that have already been made and my understanding is that there’s a number of people moving to Calgary as a result of that,” says Bews.“We’re tracking at about four or five that have been hired directly from that trip in the past two weeks.”Bews says people in other major cities have also expressed interest in making the move.“They’re interested in the cost of living and the fact that they can move here and put a little extra cash in their jeans and continue to have a great lifestyle.”The campaign started in the fall. – With files from CityNews Vancouver
VANCOUVER — A British Columbia Supreme Court jury in Vancouver has seen a photograph of a father’s injuries after his young daughters were found dead in his apartment.Andrew Berry has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the deaths of six-year-old Chloe Berry and four-year-old Aubrey Berry on Christmas Day 2017 in Oak Bay, on southern Vancouver Island.The Crown alleges that Berry stabbed his daughters more than two dozen times each before attempting to kill himself, and police found him seriously injured in the apartment’s bathtub.Oak Bay Police Const. Piotr Ulanowski was the first officer to respond to Berry’s apartment and he says firefighters helped the man out of the tub so that he could be taken to hospital by ambulance. Ulanowski took a photograph of Berry while in the ambulance, and it shows bloody lacerations to his chest and neck, and a bruised right eye that the officer says was swollen shut.The defence has not yet had an opportunity to cross-examine Ulanowski or make opening arguments.The Canadian Press
TORONTO — There was no winning ticket for the $32 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.That means the jackpot for the next draw on May 28 will be approximately $40 million.The Canadian Press
Last week, Skinnygirl Cocktails and Bethenny Frankel, the original Skinnygirl, donated $100,000 to Dress for Success during her new daytime talk show “bethenny.”As a thriving female entrepreneur, Bethenny serves as an inspiration for women and hopes the donation will empower viewers and fans nationwide to support other women.“Dress for Success is a charity that’s near and dear to me. I’m so very thankful for the amazing opportunity to raise awareness for this great cause and encourage women to help one another to achieve financial independence and have a rewarding career,” said Bethenny Frankel.Bethenny Frankel and Skinnygirl® Cocktails present a $100,000 check to Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide, on the set of the original Skinnygirl’s new daytime talk show, “bethenny,” on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.Credit/Copyright: Warner Bros./Telepictures Productions “bethenny”Since 2012, Skinnygirl® Cocktails has been a proud supporter of Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Skinnygirl® Cocktails launched their partnership with the organization during last year’s Inspire like a Lady program, making a donation for every inspirational story shared by fans. Additional support included the Ladies in Red program during the 2013 awards season, in which Skinnygirl® Cocktails gave back in style and made a donation to Dress for Success for every red dress worn on the Oscars red carpet. Most recently, Skinnygirl® Cocktails supported Dress for Success during “Meet the New Girls,” with the help of Bethenny and some celebrity friends – Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tyson Beckford, JP Rosenbaum,Chris Bukowski and Graham Bunn – who tended bar with all tips benefiting Dress for Success. Additionally, “bethenny” is the exclusive daytime talk show partner for Dress for Success.“Skinnygirl® Cocktails is committed to helping women succeed, which is why we chose to make our donation during Bethenny’s new talk show, celebrating the inspiration that Bethenny provides for women everywhere,” said Megan Frank, Director of Skinnygirl® Cocktails. “We hope that our donation will encourage women to help each other make positive changes in their lives.”“Our partnership with Skinnygirl® Cocktails and “bethenny” has helped us reach a broader audience of women and further our message,” said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide. “Today’s generous donation will help disadvantaged women work toward self-sufficiency and have the opportunity to build thriving careers.”Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 125 cities in 15 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 700,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.
President Bill Clinton announced the recipients of the 7th annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards, where he, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton, and a newly announced lineup, including Vice President Joe Biden, will honor seven people from the public, private and non-profit sectors for their vision and leadership in addressing global problems.Available online in October, the awards will be presented in a special ceremony on Wednesday, September 25 during the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York City, where more than 1,000 top business, government, and civil society leaders will convene to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges.2013 Clinton Global Citizen Award honorees include 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who, after being shot by the Taliban less than a year ago for her outspoken support for girls’ education, has co-founded the Malala Fund to continue advocating for universal access to education. For his efforts in the areas of health and the environment, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will receive an award for leading the city’s response to Hurricane Sandy.In addition to Vice President Biden, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Nicholas Kristof, columnist, The New York Times; Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and president, Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice; and M. Sanjayan, lead scientist, The Nature Conservancy are slated to make appearances.The awards show will also feature performances by The Roots, Elvis Costello, Malian musician Fatoumata Diawara, and the musical producer Randy Jackson.Each year, honorees are nominated by the CGI community based on their visionary leadership, demonstrated impact, and sustainable and scalable work in solving global issues. The 2013 Clinton Global Citizen Award recipients include the following outstanding leaders from government, civil society, the private sector, and philanthropy: Leadership in Public ServiceMichael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New YorkMichael R. Bloomberg was elected the 108th mayor of the City of New York in 2001. He began his career in 1966 at Salomon Brothers, and after being let go in 1981, he began Bloomberg LP, a startup financial news and information company that now has more than 15,000 employees around the world. As mayor, Bloomberg has cut crime by 35 percent, revitalized the waterfront, implemented ambitious public health strategies, including the successful ban on smoking in restaurants and bars, and expanded support for arts and culture. His education reforms have driven graduation rates up by more than 40 percent since 2005. The Mayor’s economic policies have helped New York City avoid the level of job losses that many other cities experienced during the national recession. In fact, New York City has gained back more than 260 percent of the jobs lost during the national recession, and even surpassed the previous record for the number of private-sector jobs, which had been set in 1969. Mayor Bloomberg attended Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Business School, and is the father of two daughters, Emma and Georgina. Leadership in Civil SocietyMalala Yousafzai, Campaigner for Girls’ Rights, The Malala FundMalala Yousafzai, an educational campaigner from Swat Valley, Pakistan, came into the public eye by writing for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban. Under the pen name Gul Makai, Yousafzai often discussed her family’s fight for girls’ education in her community. In October 2012, Yousafzai was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. However, she miraculously survived and continues her campaign for education. In recognition of her courage and advocacy, Yousafzai was honored with the National Peace Prize in Pakistan in 2011 and nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize in the same year. The youngest person to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, Yousafzai was shortlisted for TIME magazine’s Person of the Year and has received numerous other honors. She continues to champion universal access to education through The Malala Fund, a nonprofit organization investing in community-based education programs in disadvantaged communities.Elias Taban, National Bishop, Evangelical Presbyterian Church of South Sudan and UgandaElias Taban, a former child soldier, grew up during Sudan’s civil wars. Despite great hardships, Taban was educated in Africa, receiving diplomas in civil engineering and theology, but returned to Sudan to pastor devastated churches. His courage and selfless efforts saved many lives, and after the war, Taban became known throughout South Sudan as he built schools, orphanages, and hospitals in the region. He and his wife adopted four orphans and currently oversee three orphanages. In addition to leading the Sudan Evangelical Alliance, he organized Tent Makers International to help with challenging construction and transportation needs. Taban also partnered with Water is Basic and became its general director, leading efforts to drill 433 water wells while also providing employment for citizens devastated by the war. He continues to lead peace negotiations among the tribes and provides aid and education for those internally displaced by the tribal violence.Bunker Roy, Founder, The Barefoot CollegeBunker Roy is the founder of the Barefoot College, which has been providing solutions to problems in rural communities for more than 40 years. The Barefoot Approach is a proven community-based model, providing basic infrastructure for power and water in remote, rural areas, as part of an integrated solution to alleviating global poverty. The Barefoot model of community-owned, managed, and financially sustained household solar light systems is today replicated in more than 54 countries, empowering more than 600 Women Barefoot Solar Engineers and providing clean energy access to 450,000 people in nearly 1,650 communities throughout India, Africa, Latin America, the Pacific, and Asia. As a result of Barefoot’s work, one million litres of rainwater have been harvested to provide clean drinking water to over 239,000 school children in more than 1,300 communities worldwide. Roy has been named one of the 50 environmentalists who could save the planet by the Guardian and one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine. Leadership in the Private SectorJessamyn W. Rodriguez, Founder and CEO, Hot Bread KitchenJessamyn Waldman is the founder and CEO of the award-winning Hot Bread Kitchen—a nonprofit bakery often referred to as the “United Nations of Bread.” Since 2008, Waldman has grown the organization from a visionary idea to a thriving workforce development program that blends business and social outcomes. Through this work, Hot Bread Kitchen has become a nationally recognized brand that is sold in over 50 outlets, including Wholefoods and Dean and Deluca, and it’s business model has been recognized by Echoing Green, the Eileen Fisher Company, and the Social Venture Network’s Innovator Award. Before starting Hot Bread Kitchen, Waldman worked around the world in NGOs, government, and the United Nations, focusing on human rights, education, and immigration issues. Waldman holds a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University. In addition, she has a Master Baker certificate from the New School University and was the first woman to be hired as a baker at Chef Daniel Boulud’s renowned restaurant Daniel.Adam Lowry, Co-Founder and Chief GreenskeeperEric Ryan, Co-Founder, Method Products PBCAdam and Eric make soap. Really nice smelling soap that’s non-toxic and good for the planet. In 2000, Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan co-founded Method Products, the leading innovator in stylish and sustainable personal and home care products. Today, Method has over 100 planet-friendly products in stores across North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Method has been ranked #7 on the Inc 500, and #16 on Fast Company’s list of the world’s 50 most innovative companies. As chief greenskeeper at Method, Lowry focuses on bringing sustainable innovations to the Method business through product design, sourcing, production, and marketing. Ryan is the design and marketing side of the duo, working as chief brand architect to leverage Method’s creativity to create a new generation of environmentally-conscious consumers. He has been named an eco-leader by Vanity Fair, a Food & Wine Tastemaker, an eco-revolutionary by Time Magazine, and PETA’s Person of the Year. Lowry and Ryan both reside in San Francisco, California.
Both Brad Goreski and Melissa Rivers know a thing or two about fashion, but this June the duo will strive to prove that teal is the new black and fighting cancer is just one stylish step away.QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVEThe dynamic pair will appear in both the print and television public service announcements promoting “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE” to benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA).The star-studded event is scheduled to air live on QVC from Santa Monica, CA, on June 11 from 4 to 6 PM (ET). The broadcast will feature prestige brands with an assortment of accessories, apparel, beauty, jewelry and more at sale prices reflecting HALF the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Best of all, 80 percent of the purchase price of donated merchandise benefits OCRFA, the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while helping women and their families.“We are thrilled to have both Brad and Melissa joining our campaign this year and creating awareness for this cause,” said Rachel Ungaro, vice president, fashion and beauty merchandising, QVC. “Their magnetic personalities will inspire shoppers to support our mission of empowering women through the power of relationships.”Often going undiagnosed in the early stages due to lack of an early detection test, ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among American women. QVC’s PSA campaign was designed to shed light on the disease and, this year, with the help of Goreski and Rivers, expose the cause to more women across the country. Additionally, QVC will harness the power of social media and continue the #KeepinItTeal social media campaign featuring videos of celebrities to help raise awareness for ovarian cancer.“Ovarian cancer is such a prominent issue in women’s health and it affects so many,” said Rivers. “I’m happy to join QVC in supporting this cause and to give women a reason to give back. This research can truly help to change so many lives for the better. Whether shopping for themselves or for others, viewers can feel confident that their purchases are making a difference.”“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be a part of this year’s campaign,” said Goreski. “I love being able to empower women to look and feel their best. I’m encouraging all the women in my life to tune in and shop! I know they’ll find something they love while making an important contribution.”As part of QVC’s ongoing commitment to support charitable causes that promote the success and wellness of women through the power of relationships, this event has generated more than $10.3 million since 2007. For more information, tune in to QVC on June 11, visit QVC.com/SuperSaturday and the QVC apps.
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement When we covered the launch of the 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last week, one of the events within the announcement of this year’s Canadian film lineup was the introduction of TIFF’s Rising Stars. The reason, quite frankly, is we weren’t ready. We needed to research some of the actors, build pages, edit the photos taken at the event and all the rest. Today we’re ready. This year four actors were selected to participate in the 2016 TIFF Rising Stars programme: Jared Abrahamson, Grace Glowicki, Mylène Mackay and Sophie Nélisse. Now in its sixth year, the intensive professional development programme immerses participants in a series of public events and industry meetings during the Festival. They’ll be taking part in a series of specialized programs organized by TIFF’s Industry team that includes seminars with casting directors, media training, one-on-one meetings with filmmakers, as well as a series of unique networking opportunities. New this year, additional international Rising Stars will be announced in the coming weeks.Jared Abrahamson was born and raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba and currently resides in Vancouver. After a stint working in the mines and competing as a pro mixed martial arts fighter, he attended the Vancouver Film School. Abrahamson had a lead role in the Hallmark Hall of Fame film Finding a Family (2011) and parts in the ABC pilot The Manzanis. He will soon be seen in the TV drama Travelers (2017). Twitter
Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Facebook Advertisement The “Hotline Bling” singer previously postponed three concerts in New York and New Jersey because of the injury.Drake announced earlier Monday that his 26-show The Boy Meets World Tour is set for January through March 2017 in Europe Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Drake is cancelling the rest of his summer tour because of an ongoing ankle injury.A spokeswoman for the rapper-actor says doctors have advised him to nix the three remaining dates of his Summer Sixteen Tour “to allow him time to recuperate his ankle injury.”The newly cancelled stops include Toronto on Oct. 9, Philadelphia on Oct. 13 and Newark, New Jersey, on Oct. 16.
Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Nathan Fillion does his best to prepare for fan conventions.But there is a lot of ground to cover. Few actors come to the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo with a history as chock full of fan-favourite, genre and cult projects for devotees to geek over: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Desperate Housewives, the animated Green Lantern, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog, Modern Family, Castle and — perhaps the grandaddy of all cult shows — Firefly.“It doesn’t matter how many 8 x 10s you have lined up for them to collect, they’ll say ‘What about the one from this project?’” says Fillion, in an interview from his home Los Angeles. “I forgot I did that project, how do you remember I did that project?” Twitter
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Guillermo del Toro’s newest film, The Shape of Water, has a mute protagonist, a Cold War backdrop, and an aquatic creature that has spots on his skin that glows like a map of the universe. It’s also a love story. It’s perhaps his most ambitious film because combining those elements plus a narrative weave of non-verbal communication—or the faultiness of relying on words—is extremely difficult even before I tell you that the love story is between a woman and a creature. As such, it’s an immense achievement because The Shape of Water not only entertains as a sumptuous fairytale, but it reinforces a faith in humanity set in a time where tolerance of other races, nationalities, and non-“family values” love was volatile. Much like it feels like that time period of intolerance is percolating back to the surface now. This is del Toro’s Beauty and the Beast with the delicate time period touches and social awareness of Far from Heaven.Set in 1950’s Baltimore, The Shape of Water opens in a flooded apartment that rests above a movie theater. There are two apartments above the theater, one belonging to Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute woman who works as a janitor at a high-clearance research facility, the other belongs to her friend Giles (Richard Jenkins), a homosexual editorial painter who’s lost his standing at an advertising firm. The theater below is decorated almost like a cathedral, as old theaters were. Eventually this film reveals a creature and it’d be easy for del Toro to show 1950’s creature features in the theater but instead the glimpses we get into the theater show biblical epics. Facebook Twitter