72 polling recorded in Vellore

first_imgChennai: 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scheduled in Vellore on April 18 along with the rest of the 38 Parliamentary segments in Tamil Nadu, it was then rescinded after Income Tax officials seized money allegedly meant to bribe voters.last_img read more

Gurugram bizman gets threatening letter related to his sons kidnapping

first_imgGurugram: 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.last_img read more

Calgary man killed in fishing boat on West Coast a loving family

first_imgCALGARY – 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 Twitterlast_img read more

Security breach compromises payment card information for Trump Hotel guests

first_imgA 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.last_img read more

Promising decline in Phoenix pay backlog comes as unions negotiate damages

first_imgOTTAWA – 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.last_img read more

Police release names of mother daughter who died at Ontario resort

first_imgCOLLINGWOOD, 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.last_img read more

Calgary continues push to attract Vancouver workers

first_imgVANCOUVER (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 Vancouverlast_img read more

Jury sees photo of BC dads injuries after his daughters found dead

first_imgVANCOUVER — 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 Presslast_img read more

No winning ticket for Friday nights 32 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO — 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 Presslast_img

Bethenny Frankel Helps Women Dress for Success

first_imgLast 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.last_img read more

Bill Clinton Announces Recipients Of Clinton Global Citizen Awards

first_imgPresident 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.last_img read more

Brad Goreski And Melissa Rivers Are Policing For A Good Cause

first_imgBoth 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.last_img read more

FOUR RISING STARS AT TIFF

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebookcenter_img 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). Twitterlast_img read more

Drake cancels remaining tour dates because of his ankle injury

first_img 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.last_img

Calgary Comic Expo Few actors better suited for fan conventions than Edmontons

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img 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?” Twitterlast_img read more

The Shape of Water Review GodLike Filmmaking Venice 2017

first_img 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 Twitterlast_img read more

Canadian actor Colin Mochrie sent a tweet and landed a guest spot

first_imgColin Mocherie, centre, guest stars as hotel detective Ronald Fellows on the Oct. 9 episode of Murdoch Mysteries. Here, he poses on set with Jonny Harris (Constable Crabtree) and Yannick Bisson (Detective Murdoch) between scenes. (CHRISTOS KALOHORIDIS / SHAFTESBURY) Advertisement Twitter Advertisement The episode will also feature historical figure Alexander Graham Bell (John Tench), whose help Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) enlists in solving a murder.It airs Monday at 8 p.m. on CBC.by Debra Yeo – Toronto Star Colin Mochrie is no longer the only Canadian actor not to do a guest spot on Murdoch Mysteries TV Series.That claim was a joke the well known actor and comedian made in a tweet last season and now CBC has given him his shot.In Monday’s episode of the popular period detective series, Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway) will play the house detective at a Toronto hotel hosting a fundraising dinner honouring Helen Keller (Amanda Richer).center_img Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

The Bata Shoe Museum Celebrates All That Glitters in New Exhibition

first_imgThe Gold Standard: Glittering Footwear from Around the Globe will be on display throughout 2018.About the Bata Shoe MuseumWith an International collection of over 13,000 shoes and related artefacts, the Bata Shoe Museum celebrates 4,500 years of footwear history in four distinctive rotating galleries. In addition to our popular semi-permanent exhibition, All About Shoes, the Museum has three galleries for changing exhibitions, ensuring that each visit to the museum offers a new experience. Currently also on view:  Fashion Victims:  The Pleasure and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century and Art & Innovation: Traditional Arctic Footwear from the Bata Shoe Museum Collection. Through the creation of its innovative exhibitions, the BSM strives to enlighten and entertain visitors of all ages.  For every shoe there’s a story.  Discover thousands at the Bata Shoe Museum. Further information is available at www.batashoemuseum.ca. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – The Bata Shoe Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibition, The Gold Standard: Glittering Footwear from Around the Globe. Opening today, the exhibition features some of the Bata Shoe Museum’s most impressive and precious artifacts and explores the meanings and cultural uses of golden footwear across the globe.The gleam of gold has seduced people around the world. Treasured for its incorruptibility and remarkable shine, gold has been used ornamentally since time immemorial and as currency since at least the Bronze Age.  Gold has ornamented the powerful and adorned the divine for thousands of years. But gold for shoes? Seems improbable. Yet golden footwear has been central to expressions of status and style in numerous cultures. From royal shoes to fashionable sneakers, the gleam of golden footwear has been used to proclaim privilege and flaunt status worldwide.Curated by the BSM’s Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack, and comprised solely of artefacts from the BSM collection, The Gold Standard examines objects as diverse as Ancient Egypt golden funerary sandals to rare 16th century Italian chopines to contemporary gleaming gold sneakers. Together, the objects tell the story of the ongoing popularity of golden footwear and the complex history behind it. Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Eric McCormack to return to Stratford Festival in The Fantasticks

first_img Facebook Eric McCormack is returning to his roots at the Stratford Festival for a special one-night only performance of The Fantasticks. (CHRIS PIZZELLO / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) The actor has a long history with Stratford as one of its best-known alumni. He was the recipient of last year’s Stratford Festival Legacy Award.Stratford says “certain language and situations” from the original script have been changed to “reflect the evolving social awareness and attitudes of a 21st-century audience.” Advertisement Eric McCormack is returning to his roots at the Stratford Festival for a special one-night only performance of The Fantasticks.The Will & Grace star will take the stage in October for what’s being called a “special concert version” of the world’s longest running musical.The Fantasticks in Concert follows the story of two fathers who create the illusion of a feud between them in hopes of tricking their children into falling in love. The story is propelled by a narrator, who will be played by McCormack. The Fantasticks in Concert will be performed at Stratford’s Avon Theatre on Oct. 30. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Kahnawake opposes nuclear shipment

first_imgAPTN National NewsPeople in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake are concerned about the potential shipment of nuclear waste bound for Sweden from the Bruce Power station.For those living in the community, this is just too close for comfort.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin describes the situation.last_img