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IAS officer says restrictions wont help convince people of Kashmir

first_imgDaman: Days after resigning, IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan, who claimed he quit as he wanted to express his views against the “denial of freedom of expression” in Kashmir, on Sunday said people of the Valley have to be convinced on Article 370, but it cannot be done by not allowing them to express their views. The 32-year-old officer of 2012 batch came into limelight after he hid his identity to join volunteers in relief work during the 2018 Kerala floods Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Gopinathan, who was Secretary, Power Department, of the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, submitted his resignation last Wednesday. His resignation made no mention of the Kashmir issue. “I want to exercise my freedom of expression but it is not possible while I am in the service. There are certain rules and regulations in that,” he said on Sunday. Gopinathan, who hails from Kottayam District of Kerala, said that to abrogate Article 370 “is the right of an elected government”, but in a democracy the people have the right to respond to such decisions. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”After taking the decision on Kashmir, nearly 20 days have passed and even now, the people there are not allowed to react or respond to it and that is not acceptable in a democratic set up. Personally, I could not accept it and continue in the service during such a time,” he told PTI. “This is not something I can accept in my country. I know that my acceptance doesn’t make any difference. But I wanted to express that this is not correct. We should allow them their Freedom of Expression. If they don’t like it we can try to convince them. We don’t convince by locking them up and not allowing them to express their views,” he said. He said the people should be allowed freedom of expression. “To abrogate Article 370 is the right of an elected government and to right to decide whether it is right or not is vested in the Supreme Court…” he said.last_img read more

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Flood management in Murshidabad hit by Centres laxity Suvendu Adhikari

first_imgKolkata: State Irrigation and Waterways minister Suvendu Adhikari in the Assembly on Tuesday said that the Centre’s dilly-dallying approach in disbursement of its share of fund for Kandi master plan has been affecting flood management in Murshidabad.During the question-answer session in the House, the minister lashed out at the Centre for its lackadaisical attitude in the disbursement of funds in the project. Adhikari pointed out when the project was sanctioned the sharing pattern was agreed at 75:25 by Centre and state government. Few years later, the Centre decreased its share to 50 percent for some unknown reasons. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe minister further maintained that Kandi master plan initiated for the flood management programme in Murshidabad involves Rs 438.94 crore and the works have been started. The state government has already spent Rs 209.58 crore and Rs 166.56 core in phases for the implementation of the plan, the minister stated. The Centre has given a meagre Rs 57.45 crore in various phases out of the total cost of the project. It may be mentioned here that the state government has taken up flood management programmes in different districts to check flood incidents during heavy rain. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySteps have been taken to check soil erosion in the districts as well. The Keleghai-Kapaleswari-Baghai project for flood control in West and East Midnapore has been implemented by the Irrigation and Waterways department. As per the sanctioned plan, the share of funds for the entire project of Rs 650.58 crore stands at a 50:50 ratio to be shared by the Centre and state. The state has already spent more than Rs 340.69 crore for the project, while the Centre has allocated Rs 162.62 crore. The state government on earlier occasions raised its protest against the Centre’s apathy in fund allocation which is delaying the completion of the project.last_img read more

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No relief from sultry weather till Sept 13

first_imgNew Delhi: Muggy weather continued to cause inconvenience to residents of the national capital on Monday and similar conditions are likely to prevail for another three to four days. The city recorded a high of 36.4 degrees Celsius, three notches more than the normal, and a low of 28.3 degrees. Humidity levels shot up to 81 per cent. Mahesh Palwat of Skymet Weather, a private forecaster, said the capital will have to wait for another three to four days for rains. Sultry weather will persist till September 13. Thereafter, rains are likely. Though these showers won’t be heavy, the precipitation will bring the temperatures down slightly, he said. The weatherman has predicted generally cloudy skies for Tuesday. The maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to settle around 37 and 29 degrees Celsius, respectively.last_img read more

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BC Liberals make pitch to continue government as a minority in legislature

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia entered a new stage of political uncertainty Wednesday as the final vote count from an election held more than two weeks ago confirmed the province’s first minority government in 65 years.But with the balance of power firmly in his grasp, Green Leader Andrew Weaver indicated he wants to end the confusion that has gripped the province since May 9 by trying to reach a deal with either the Liberals or the NDP on a minority government by next Wednesday.“We’re committed to bring stability to this province and we’re committed to ensuring the decisions we make in the next few days are those that actually make government work in British Columbia,” he told a news conference.“We recognize it’s important over the next week or so … to give certainty to British Columbia and that’s our target as we stand today.”Weaver said he’s aiming for Wednesday or earlier to broker a working agreement with either the Liberals or the NDP, but he’s open to an extension if required.“It’s not a deal breaker if we’re so close and we still need more time,” he said.The Liberals finished one seat short of a majority, with 43 seats in the 87-seat legislature. The NDP has 41 seats and the Greens have three — a historic achievement for the party as it built on the lone seat held by Weaver before the election.The focus during the final count was on the riding of Courtenay-Comox, which the NDP won by 189 votes after holding a slim nine-vote lead on election night. The Liberals had hoped to swing the riding in their favour once absentee ballots were counted.Elections BC says none of the races finished close enough to trigger automatic applications for judicial recounts.Exploratory talks involving possible political collaborations with the Greens have been underway since the election, but the parties have said they were awaiting the final results to begin the talks in earnest on the shape of a minority government.Premier Christy Clark issued a statement saying the Liberals intend to form a government.“With 43 B.C. Liberal candidates elected as MLAs, and a plurality in the legislature, we have a responsibility to move forward and form a government,” she said.“The final result reinforces that British Columbians want us to work together, across party lines, to get things done for them.”The Liberals were trying to win their fifth successive majority government in the general election.As the incumbent premier with the most seats, Clark would normally be given the first chance to form a minority government by the lieutenant-governor.But NDP Leader John Horgan said the results of the election show voters want change and he believes he can work with Weaver to govern.“Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals came up short and after 16 years, it’s time for a new government,” Horgan told a news conference at the legislature.“The popular vote between the two major parties was absolutely split down the middle and this is an opportunity to build on a minority situation, to demonstrate, in my opinion, that people can have a government that works for them, can have a government that co-operates with like-minded people to bring in things like proportional representation, to finally ban the big money the B.C. Liberals have been so, so addicted to over the past 16 years.”The popular vote tightened as Elections BC finished counting almost 180,000 absentee ballots to finalize the results. The Liberals received just 1,566 more votes than the NDP from almost 1.8 million total ballots cast across the province.Weaver has said the major demands his party will be seeking in a minority government include being granted party status in the legislature. The Greens fell one seat short of official status after the election.The Greens also want reforms to the electoral system to allow for proportional representation and changes to party fundraising rules that currently allow unlimited donations from corporations, unions and individuals.Michael Prince, a social policy expert at the University of Victoria, said Clark is gambling that British Columbians are not in the mood to head back to the polls and the longer she can stay in power, if she can reach a deal with the Greens, her chances of winning another election improve.“I think she’ll be hoping there’ll be no appetite for an instant election,” he said. “She can try to bring in a throne speech and a budget with a lot of green tinges.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the NDP had a lead of 13 votes in Courtenay-Comox on election night.last_img read more

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No winning ticket for Friday nights 10 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $10 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.That means the jackpot for the next draw on June 30 will grow to approximately $15 million.last_img

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Royal Canadian Navy vessel returns to Halifax after sixmonth NATO mission

first_imgHALIFAX – A Halifax-based navy frigate has returned to its home port after a six-month deployment with NATO forces in Europe.HMCS St. John’s and its 240-member crew participated in Operation Reassurance, which is aimed at promoting security and stability in central and eastern Europe.The ship served with the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 in the Mediterranean Sea.During its time at sea, St. John’s took part in four large-scale exercises, while visiting 16 ports in 10 countries.The vessel travelled more than 37,000 nautical miles during the deployment.HMCS Charlottetown is to replace St. John’s as part of the NATO operations in early August.last_img

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Expanded parental leave to come into effect in December

first_imgOTTAWA – New mothers and fathers planning to begin their parental leave on or after Dec. 3 will be able to spread their federal benefits over a longer period of time.The federal government’s long-promised changes to parental leave rules will go into effect early next month, said Families Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, allowing eligible new parents to take up to 18 months of employment insurance benefits after the birth of a child.On that same date, a new family caregiver benefits will also kick in – one a 15-week leave to care for a critically ill or injured adult, the other a 35-week benefit to care for a critically ill or injured child.Eligible soon-to-be-mothers will also be able to claim maternity benefits up to 12 weeks before the baby is due.However, the government won’t increase the actual value of employment insurance benefits for anyone who takes the extended parental leave: instead, the Liberals are sticking with their 2015 election promise to spread 12 months’ worth of benefits over 18 months.The change in rules will automatically give more workers in federally regulated workplaces like banks, transport companies, the public service and telecoms the option of taking time off, and are likely to spur calls for provincial changes to allow the other 92 per cent of Canadian workers access to similar leave.last_img read more

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Man charged in subway homicide case appears in Toronto court

first_imgTORONTO – A man accused of pushing a senior citizen in front of a train at a busy Toronto subway station did not have any interaction with the victim before allegedly shoving him to his death, police said Tuesday after the 57-year-old appeared briefly in court.John Reszetnik has been charged with one count of first-degree murder in connection with Monday morning’s incident at Bloor-Yonge station, where two of the city’s primary transit lines connect.Police identified the victim as 73-year-old Yosuke Hayahara of Toronto.There is no apparent motive for the incident, Det. Rob North said outside a Toronto court after a hearing where Reszetnik’s case was put over to next month.“The incident took place in a very quick fashion and ended very quickly,” he told reporters.Officers have spoken to four or five witnesses but believe there were about 25 more on the station platform at the time, seven or eight of whom would have directly witnessed Hayahara’s fall, North added.“I understand it’s a very traumatic incident they may have witnessed, however we would like them to come forward so we can interview them and sort of get a narrative from them about what transpired,” he said.Reszetnik appeared in court wearing a hooded, white, police-issue jumpsuit. His case was put over to July 17.He did not speak except to tell his lawyer he was comfortable with the date of his next appearance and to mumble something under his breath as he was led away at the end of proceedings.Reszetnik has had multiple minor interactions with police in the past, according to North, who would not comment on whether the man had ever been charged with a crime before.Police have not confirmed, or ruled out the possibility, that mental health issues may have contributed to the incident but will continue to delve into Reszetnik’s personal history, North said.The Toronto Transit Commission has said intentional deaths on the subway system are extremely rare, and that the last such incident took place in 1997.The accused in that incident, Herbert Cheong, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for pushing 23-year-old Charlene Minkowski in front of an oncoming train.Psychiatrists called by the defence and the Crown testified that Cheong had schizophrenia and had an “abiding dislike” of women. Cheong was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 15 years.last_img read more

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Extra folic acid taken during pregnancy doesnt prevent preeclampsia study

first_imgTORONTO – Taking high-dose folic acid during pregnancy does not prevent pre-eclampsia in women at elevated risk for the potentially deadly condition, a Canadian-led international study has found.The finding, which refutes a long-held belief about folic acid’s preventive role in pre-eclampsia, is expected to alter the practice of prescribing extra doses of the B vitamin to high-risk pregnant women worldwide.Principal investigator Dr. Mark Walker of the University of Ottawa said the study’s finding doesn’t mean foregoing low-dose folic acid, which is taken to prevent fetal neural-tube defects, which can cause such conditions as spina bifida.“All women should take folic acid for at least three months prior to conception,” said Walker, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at the Ottawa Hospital. “I think it’s safe and efficacious to take .4 to 1 milligram of folic acid in a multivitamin throughout the pregnancy.“However, those women who are at risk for pre-eclampsia, there is no benefit to being on a high dose of folic acid.”Pre-eclampsia is a condition caused by elevated blood pressure as a result of pregnancy. It is the second-leading cause of maternal death in Canada after venous blood clots that go to the lungs. Each year, about 78,000 women around the world die from the condition.After pre-term birth, pre-eclampsia is also the second-leading cause of perinatal mortality in Canada, “so it’s a big contributor to still birth as well as neonatal death,” said Walker.“In the majority of cases, we need to deliver the baby to save the mother’s life,” he said. “If that’s at 37 weeks, it’s not such a problem. But if it’s at 26 or 28 weeks, it is a huge issue.”Walker said previous observational studies, by his team and other research groups around the globe, had led to the conclusion that having high-risk women take an extra four mg of folic acid daily during pregnancy would cut the incidence of pre-eclampsia by about 30 per cent.But the Ottawa scientists wanted to put that notion to the acid test with a large randomized controlled trial, the type of study considered the gold standard of medical research.The 2011-2016 study recruited about 2,300 pregnant women at risk for pre-eclampsia, who were enrolled at 70 centres in five countries — Canada, the U.K., Australia, Jamaica and Argentina.Half the women were randomly assigned to take four extra milligrams of folic acid daily, while the other half received a placebo pill.“What we had hypothesized and anticipated was that the high-dose folic acid would reduce the incidence of pre-eclampsia by 30 per cent,” said Walker.“However, what we found was there was absolutely no difference between the group treated with high-dose folic acid and the placebo. Both groups had a pre-eclampsia rate around 14 per cent.”Walker believes findings from the study, published Wednesday in the BMJ, will “absolutely” change standard practice around the world.Dr. Linda Szymanski, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at the Mayo Clinic, said she was not surprised by the finding and that high-dose folic acid is not something she or her colleagues would have prescribed to prevent pre-eclampsia.“I would hope if that people were prescribing it for pre-eclampsia prevention that this study would change their practice because it is a well-done randomized controlled trial, with a lot of subjects,” Szymanski, who was not involved in the research, said Wednesday from Rochester, Minn.“I think that if I were prescribing it for pre-eclampsia, this would have affected my practice.”Doctors often have pregnant women at risk of pre-eclampsia take low-dose Aspirin. But that regimen isn’t foolproof either — studies have shown the drug reduces the incidence of the condition by only about 10 to 20 per cent.In an editorial, British specialists say the Canadian-led findings “are another disappointment in the long search for a more effective measure to prevent pre-eclampsia.”“All pregnant women and their families hope for a healthy pregnancy and a happy outcome; until we find additional ways to prevent pre-eclampsia, thousands of women each year will not achieve this goal,” write Jenny Myers of the University of Manchester; Marcus Green, chief executive of the group Action on Pre-eclampsia; and obstetrics research professor Lucy Chappell of King’s College London.The next step for Walker’s team is to follow the children born to mothers in the study up to the age of six to assess their neurological and behavioural development, to see if they derived any benefit or harm from maternal exposure to extra folic acid.But longer term, the researchers hope to determine what intervention could prevent pre-eclampsia, which even without severe complications can lead to hospitalization during pregnancy and pre-term delivery through induction or caesarean section.“We plan a couple of more trials and we’re not going to rest until we’ve answered this question,” Walker said.— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version referenced acetaminophen instead of Aspirin, sixth last para.last_img read more

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Ottawa to purchase a sixth Arctic and offshore patrol vessel Sajjan

first_imgHALIFAX – Concern over a potential lack of work for Halifax’s Irving Shipbuilding turned to cheers Friday as the federal government announced it would purchase a sixth Arctic and offshore patrol vessel for the Royal Canadian Navy.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan told hundreds of workers gathered in the vast facility on the Halifax waterfront that the vessel would be built in Halifax.His announcement came a day after Ottawa revealed plans to divvy up $7 billion in maintenance and repair contracts for navy frigates among three shipyards — a move that set off alarms for workers at the Halifax yard.The federal government had previously committed to five Arctic and offshore patrol vessels and had been considering a sixth, before Sajjan made his announcement.He told the assembled workers the decision would boost Canada’s naval capabilities at home and abroad “for decades to come.”“By adding a sixth Arctic and offshore patrol vessel we are ensuring that our Royal Canadian Navy remains an agile and responsive naval force for years to come, so that Canada can continue to assert and enforce our arctic sovereignty.”Sajjan’s announcement brought an end to Irving’s fight to land at least six of the vessels.In October 2014, The Canadian Press reported that the former Conservative government had scaled back its original plan to buy between six and eight vessels, choosing instead to buy five with an option for a sixth.Irving president Kevin McCoy said at the time the company still fully expected “to sign a contract to build the first six ships exactly as planned and scheduled.”“There should be no concerns about that. It’s all systems go from that perspective.”On Friday, Sajjan wouldn’t tell reporters when the decision to proceed with six ships was made.“We had to go through our own analysis to determine if a sixth Arctic patrol vessel was going to be needed,” said Sajjan. “A determination was made, advice was given and we made a decision as a cabinet.”The company is set to deliver the first of the vessels next summer and is in the process of building three more. The ships will be tasked with patrolling Canadian waters including the Arctic.Irving said construction of the second and third vessels — to be known as HMCS Margaret Brooke and HMCS Max Bernays — is already well underway, and construction of a fourth is set to begin later this year.McCoy said a sixth vessel means help in retaining jobs at the yard because it represents a significant narrowing of a gap between when the last of the vessels are completed sometime in 2024 and work begins on the Canadian Surface Combatant program.McCoy said although no layoffs are planned at this point, a number of things have to happen to ensure steady work.“What the minister announced today solves about half of a three-year problem and we are continuing to have dialogue on how we collectively solve the other half,” McCoy said.He said company officials met with Sajjan and the federal minister of procurement Carla Qualtrough in Ottawa on Thursday. McCoy said a number of options are under consideration in terms of finding work for the yard.“We are looking at other options together, maybe some international sales, additional arctic ships, potentially even accelerating construction of the Canadian surface combatant. And along with that we got a very good commitment to keep Halifax class maintenance here as well.”On Thursday, Ottawa said the maintenance and repair contracts for the existing frigates would be shared by Irving Shipbuilding, Seaspan Victoria Shipyards in Victoria, B.C., and Davie Shipbuilding in Levis, Que.Sajjan deflected questions about how much frigate maintenance work would remain in Halifax, choosing instead to stress the importance of his announcement.“This is about sending a tremendous message to Atlantic Canada, Halifax and the rest of Canada as well,” Sajjan said.He also promised that all 15 of the surface combat ships would be “built right here in Halifax.”Union local president David Baker-Mosher said Friday’s announcement should allow for more continuity at the yard, which is the workers’ main concern.“The additional work can close the gap,” he said. “Also we have to get a determined design for the future combatants so we can bring that closer to the end of the Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships program.”last_img read more

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Decision on Huawei role in 5G network wont be influenced by Chinas

first_imgSHERBROOKE, Que. — Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government’s decision on whether to ban Huawei technology from being used in Canada’s next generation 5G wireless network will not be influenced by threats of retaliation from China.He says the government is determined to stand its ground and make the decision based on national security and what’s best for Canada.China’s ambassador to Canada said Thursday there would be repercussions for Canada if it decides to ban Huawei from participating in 5G in Canada.Goodale says similar threats were issued to Australia, which has banned Huawei from involvement in its 5G network.The United States is pushing Canada to do the same, warning that the Chinese government could use Huawei technology built into other countries’ networks to conduct espionage or cyberattacks.The Trudeau government is currently conducting a review of the technical and national security issues related to Huawei’s potential involvement in development of the 5G network but Goodale can’t say when it might be completed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Davie gets 71M contract from feds to refit 53yearold coast guard icebreaker

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is awarding Davie Shipyards a contract worth more than $7.1 million to refit the Canadian Coast Guard’s largest icebreaker.The refit of the CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent is the latest contract awarded to Davie amid complaints from the Quebec shipyard about a lack of work.Davie is leasing a converted civilian ship to the navy as a temporary supply vessel and has been pressing the government to accept a second such vessel for around $500 million.It also wants to be included in the government’s multibillion-dollar shipbuilding strategy, through which Ottawa is contracting rival shipyards in Halifax and Vancouver to build dozens of new ships.The government has said the navy does not need another interim supply ship and has instead been handing Davie maintenance and refit contracts for existing coast-guard and naval vessels.It is also buying three second-hand icebreakers from Davie, which the shipyard has started to convert for the coast guard and which will likely remain in service for the next 15 to 20 years.The contract announced Tuesday is being awarded without a competition and will see Davie put the Louis St-Laurent in drydock.“Canadians from coast to coast to coast rely on the Canadian Coast Guard to protect their coastlines and their livelihoods,” Public Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough said in a statement. “This contract will ensure the men and women of the Canadian Coast Guard are properly equipped to do their important work, while also helping sustain good middle-class jobs at the Davie Shipyard.”Recent briefing notes obtained by The Canadian Press through access-to-information law indicate Davie is the only shipyard big enough to drydock the icebreaker.First launched in 1966, the 53-year-old vessel was once supposed to be decommissioned in 2000 but has since undergone several rounds of upgrades and refits to keep it in the water.Seaspan Shipyards in Vancouver has been tapped to build its replacement, the CCGS John G. Diefenbaker, but the project has experienced numerous delays and its delivery date is up in the air.It wasn’t immediately clear how many jobs the latest contract will create at Davie, which says it has been forced to lay off hundreds of workers over the past few years.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Second man charged in postgame scrap at Alberta youth hockey tournament

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A second man has been charged after an attack on a referee and a coach at a recent youth hockey tournament in Lethbridge, Alta.Police say a 36-year-old man they had been seeking turned himself in Sunday evening, hours after the on-ice scrap at the three-on-three tournamentTodd William Cross Child, a 36-year-old Lethbridge resident, is facing two counts of assault and has been released on a promise to appear in court Oct. 9.Robert Farrell Creighton, a 55-year-old resident of Standoff, Alta., was previously charged with assault and will appear in court the same day.Police have previously said a player got into a verbal spat with a referee, which escalated to the youth striking the official twice with his stick and the ref pushing the player to the ice.A group of coaches and a relative of the player then walked onto the ice, where a coach from the opposing team was allegedly shoved down and the ref was punched multiple times by the relative and a second man before the fight ended.The annual Quest for the Cup tournament involved players between the ages of seven and 12 and was organized by the Lethbridge-based skills development business High Performance Hockey.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Leaders gather in capital for potentially pivotal English debate

first_imgOTTAWA — All six federal party leaders are in the national capital today for an English-language debate that could shake up an election campaign that’s seen practically no movement in the polls since it began on Sept. 11.Leaders don’t usually reveal much new about their plans for what they’d do with power, but how they come off when facing opponents directly can buoy or sink a campaign.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, the two front-runners, both have events in Ottawa this morning: Trudeau has a photo-op with teachers and Scheer is promising an announcement at a downtown hotel.The NDP’s Jagmeet Singh and the Greens’ Elizabeth May appear to be fighting for third place, both looking to pick up seats especially on the West Coast.The Bloc Quebecois’ Yves-Francois Blanchet has little to gain or lose in front of a national audience primarily of English-speakers, while the People’s Party’s Maxime Bernier is counting on the national debates to introduce himself as a populist alternative to the major parties.This is the first of two debates taking place this week in a theatre at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que, with a French-language version coming Thursday.The election is in two weeks, on Oct. 21.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 7, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Arsenio Hall Emcees Visionary Ball

first_imgThe UCLA Department of Neurosurgery held their annual “The Visionary Ball” on Thursday, October 30th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.Arsenio Hall at The Visionary BallCredit/Copyright: Vince BucciTalk show host Arsenio Hall emceed the event and Wilson Phillips headlined the entertainment.Kelsey Grammer Honored at Visionary BallCredit/Copyright: Vince BucciThe event, which raised close to three million dollars for UCLA’s Department of Neurosurgery, was hosted by Dr. Neil Martin, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at UCLA, with co chairs Edie Baskin Bronson, three-time Emmy Award nominee and former Saturday Night Live photographer, and Richard “Skip” Bronson, CEO of Beverly Hills based The Bronson Companies.This year’s honorees included world renowned physician, surgeon and scientist Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, who received the Medical Visionary Award: Philanthropist Elizabeth Goldhirsh-Yellin received the Visionary Leadership Award: Entertainment Industry icon Jonathan Dolgen and his wife Susan received the Courage Award: and multi-award winning actor/producer/director Kelsey Grammer received The Rodney Respect Award.Rodney Dangerfield was a patient at UCLA Medical Center. He left a legacy that will benefit our community for generations to come. Rodney’s greatness is now celebrated with this “Rodney Respect” Award – from his comic genius to his devotion to making a difference in the lives of others. This honor is presented to a member of the entertainment industry who Rodney admired and whose accomplishments pay tribute to Rodney’s remarkable legacy. The past recipients of the “Rodney Respect” Award are Jay Leno, Chelsea Handler, Tim Allen, Jim Carrey, Chuck Lorre, and Bob Saget.last_img read more

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Stars Raise Millions Of Dollars At BGC Partners Cantor Fitzgeralds Charity Day

first_imgDozens of actors, musicians, sports personalities and other distinguished guests donated their time on September 11th to honor the memories of those who lost their lives on 9/11 by raising more than $12 million for charities around the world.Gene Simmons At BGC Charity DayThis special event, called Charity Day, is hosted each year by BGC Partners, Inc., a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate markets, and its affiliates Cantor Fitzgerald and GFI Group. Celebrities who attended the event included Matthew McConaughey, Common, and Liev Schreiber in New York, and Nicole Scherzinger, Tom Hardy and Jimmy Carr in London.In addition to the millions of dollars raised for many worthy causes, BGC Partners, Cantor Fitzgerald and GFI Group announced they are raising $5 million for the families severely impacted by Hurricanes Maria and Jose in Puerto Rico. These funds will be raised over the next several months and prepaid $1000 American Express cash cards will be distributed to 5,000 families in January 2019.“Charity Day is a time for honoring our cherished colleagues and loved ones who lost their lives on this day by helping others in need locally and globally,” said Edie Lutnick, President and Co-Founder of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. “We are truly grateful to the dozens of celebrities and esteemed guests who attend each year, working alongside our dedicated employees to raise money for charities around the world and make a difference in the lives of those in need. We are proud to announce that Charity Day 2018 was our most successful event to date, raising over $12 million in one day.”BGC, Cantor Fitzgerald and GFI Group donate 100 percent of the global revenues generated on Charity Day, which has raised approximately $159 million globally since its inception in 2005. Held in commemoration of the 658 Cantor employees and 61 Eurobrokers employees lost in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, Charity Day, in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, has expanded its mission to assist charitable causes worldwide.“Our clients and employees, together with our special celebrity guests, have helped us turn this incredibly sad day into an uplifting one by helping so many outstanding organizations,” remarked Shaun D. Lynn, President, BGC Partners. “Being able to raise millions of dollars in a single day, and knowing the impact it will have on so many lives, is a truly meaningful way to remember those who lost their lives and hold them forever in our hearts.”BGC Charity Day was held in BGC offices across the globe including: London, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, and other locations.Distinguished guests representing participating charities joined licensed brokers on the trading floors to conduct transactions with clients. In London, BGC’s charity ambassadors included actors and musicians Nicole Scherzinger, Tom Hardy, Martin Clunes, Debra Stephenson, and Olly Murs. Also in attendance were the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, Countess of Wessex, Sophie Wessex; sports stars John Terry, Ryan Giggs, Harry Redknapp, Frank Bruno & Steve Davis and comedian Jimmy Carr.At BGC’s New York office, celebrity guests included actors, musicians, athletes and other public figures: Matthew McConaughey, Bobby Cannavale, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (Miss Universe), Sarah Rose Summers (Miss USA), Spencer Dinwiddie, Justin Tuck, Gerry Cooney, Dwight Gooden, Liev Schreiber, Dascha Polanco, Marty St. Louis, Erik Coleman, Marty Lyons, Victor Cruz, Amani Toomer, Gracie Carvalho, Gene Simmons, Chris Cuomo, Neve Campbell, Josh Lucas, Harry Carson, Wendy Williams, Lucy Hale, Common, Ted Allen, Lorraine Bracco, Edgardo Alfonso, Walt Frazier, Calvin Johnson, Billy Crudup, Willie Colon, Chris Johnson, Jim Leyritz, Henrik Lundqvist, Nick Mangold, Darryl McDaniels, Dr. Ruth Westheimer.To make a donation to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, please call (212) 829-4770 or visit www.cantorrelief.org.last_img read more

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ARROW With Stephen Amell Wraps Main Filming of its 100th Episode in

first_imgWho’s in it: Stephen Amell (Oliver Queen, Green Arrow), Willa Holland (Thea Queen/Speedy), Susanna Thompson (Moira Queen), Jamey Sheridan (Robert Queen/Earth 2 Arrow), Katie Cassidy (Laurel Lance/Black Canary/Earth 2 Black Siren); Caity Lotz ( Sara Lance/White Canary), Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance), David Ramsey (John Diggle/Spartan) and Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak). Merlyns? Deathstroke? Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

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Soulpepper loses 375K of planned federal funding in wake of sexual harassment

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A planned increase in federal funding for Soulpepper Theatre has been voted down by the Canada Council for the Arts’ board of directors.On Thursday, the council’s board voted to rescind an increase of $375,500 the theatre company was set to receive. That was on top of a $184,500 “core grant” which the company will still collect this year and again next year, Canada Council said in a statement sent to CBC Toronto.After four civil suits were launched against former artistic director Albert Schultz in January, the granting agency placed Soulpepper on “concerned status” and conducted a review. READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: Soulpepper loses $375,000 from grant over Schultz sexual harassment allegationsSoulpepper Theatre Company will not receive $375,000 from a half-million dollar grant previously promised by the Canada Council for the Arts following allegations of sexual harassment against one of its founding members.Albert Schultz, the group’s founding artistic director, was accused in January by four women of sexually harassing them repeatedly during their time at Soulpepper. Schultz resigned in early January as a result of the allegations.“It’s very important to the Canada Council, as a public arts funder, that the organizations we fund provide a work environment that’s free of harassment, sexual misconduct or abuse of power,” the Canada Council for the Arts said in a statement provided to the Star Friday night. READ MORECanada Council for the Arts rescinds planned grant increase for SoulpepperThe Canada Council for the Arts has rescinded a planned $375,000 raise in its annual grant to Soulpepper, an exceptional increase that would have tripled what the embattled theatre company received from the federal arts funding agency and transformed it into the best-funded not-for-profit theatre in Toronto.On Thursday, Canada Council’s board of directors voted to keep the base grant of the theatre company – currently being sued by four past employees alleging sexual harassment – at its previous level of $184,500 this year and next, instead of the $559,500 a peer-assessment committee had recommended in the fall.As with all grants over half-a-million dollars, Soulpepper’s had to be voted on by Canada Council’s board, and the funding agency had put its earlier decision regarding the theatre company under review as soon as four civil lawsuits were filed on Jan. 3 against it and founding artistic director Albert Schultz, alleging that Mr. Schultz was a “serial sexual predator.” READ MORE Facebooklast_img read more

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Just For Laughs Stand Up Pitch 18 Call For Submissions

first_imgThe program offers (2) formats: From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More for long-form series (1/2 hour or more) AND Beyond The Box: Playing It Short for short-form series  (15 minutes or less).Canadian residents or permanent residents are also welcome to submit to the CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program.Five (5) finalists in each the format categories will have the opportunity to pitch their concepts to a panel of senior development and production executives in a room filled with over 100 comedy decision makers and accredited observers.Stand Up & Pitch takes place July 25 – 28, 2018 during key industry dates of the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.Finalists receive an industry pass to attend the festival.Digital and TV series that have had their genesis at Stand Up & Pitch include: Fatal Murder Mystery (Shaftesbury/Just For Laughs), That’s My Bus (FOX), My 90-Year-Old Roommate (CBC Comedy), Newborn Moms (CBC Comedy, ABC) and Epic Studios (Marker Studios). LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Just For Laughs invites you to submit your long and short-form series ideas to Stand Up & Pitch, the comedy industry’s largest and longest running pitch program.Regular deadline is: May 7, 2018Submissions can be made through the Just For Laughs ComedyPRO website at:  https://comedypro.hahaha.com/submissions/. Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

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