No winning ticket for Friday nights 55 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $55 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.There were also four Maxmillion prizes of $1 million each up for grabs, but none of them were won either.That means the jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Oct. 1 will grow to approximately $60 million, and six Maxmillion prizes will be offered.The Canadian Presslast_img

Stephen Fry Joins NOOK To Support Child Literacy

first_imgLondon Evening Standard and NOOK have revealed additions to the exciting line-up for the free literary Get Reading festival for children on the 13th July, which is part of the London Evening Standard and NOOK’s pioneering partnership to support child literacy.Stephen Fry reads Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on a NOOK HD+ tablet.Credit/Copyright: Business WireAuthor Anthony Horowitz, novelist Sally Gardner, author Marianne Levy, author Steve Cole, actor Sam West and children’s author Anne Fine join the already impressive list of names from the world of theatre, literature and film, including actor Rupert Everett, a performance from Billy Elliot the Musical, ‘Joey’ from War Horse, children’s TV character Peppa Pig, Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman and actress Niamh Cusack. Alongside this, Chairman and Owner of the Evening Standard Evgeny Lebedev will be reading with actress Barbara Windsor MBE. The famous authors and celebrity storytellers will be helping children to take part in a giant read-a-thon throughout the day. The free event is for the whole family and is open to everyone.To announce the latest additions, Stephen Fry visited the Jubilee School in Tulse Hill to participate in a reading of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with the pupils. The Jubilee School is just one of the schools that has benefitted first-hand from the Mayor’s Fund for London investment in the London Evening Standard’s Get London Reading Campaign.Alongside Stephen Fry’s reading, Pottermore will be donating 1,000 free eBook copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to Beanstalk, a national literacy charity and partner of the Evening Standard and NOOK Get Reading festival. Pottermore offers unique ways to experience more from the world of Harry Potter including an entirely free interactive website – – and the Pottermore Shop, which is the exclusive home of the Harry Potter eBooks and digital audio books. The eBook copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be loaded onto the 1,000 eReaders that NOOK has already donated to Beanstalk, who recruit, vet, train and support reading volunteers in schools.The London Evening Standard’s Get Reading campaign is designed to help struggling readers catch up with their peers and maximise the opportunities that reading brings. Launched in June 2011, Get London Reading has raised £1 million, including a £500,000 investment from the Mayor’s Fund for London, to fund the training and supply of reading helpers into schools in association with campaign partner Beanstalk. The campaign has already helped over 2,000 London children improve their reading and has also seen hundreds of London Evening Standard readers volunteer their time to go into schools each week to help children with their reading.Stephen Fry, actor, author and Get Reading ambassador said: “I loved books when I was young and passionately believe that reading is one of the most important life gifts you can give a child. I am so pleased to be able to support the marvellous Get Reading event that London Evening Standard is organising in partnership with NOOK, and hope the immensely talented acts that have been announced so far will inspire children to develop their reading skills and learn to love reading as much as I do.”Jim Hilt, Managing Director, Barnes & Noble said: “As the excitement builds ahead of the Get Reading festival, we continue to see phenomenal support from authors and UK celebrities, including Stephen Fry, who all share NOOK’s passion for advancing the cause of literacy. In addition, UK publishers have shown their support by donating top children’s eBooks to the Beanstalk charity for use on the donated NOOKs, including the latest generous donation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone from Pottermore.”Charlie Redmayne, CEO, Pottermore said: “Pottermore is delighted to support the Get Reading initiative, including the work that Beanstalk is doing to improve literacy across the UK. We hope that the Beanstalk volunteers and their mentors enjoy reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and immersing themselves in the world of Harry Potter.”Source:BusinessWire.comlast_img read more

Have Lunch With Julia Roberts And Support GLSEN

first_imgGLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, has unveiled its Charitybuzz online auction offering a private lunch with Academy/Golden Globe Award-winning actress Julia Roberts, walk-on roles on HBO’s True Blood and ABC’s Modern Family & General Hospital, tickets to the Los Angeles Premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and after party, and other once-in-a-lifetime experiences.Auction bids will be accepted online until October 30 at auction is held in conjuction with GLSEN’s Respect Awards – Los Angeles, which took place Friday, October 18 at The Beverly HIlls Hotel. GLSEN honored leading global, award-winning entertainment company Lionsgate (Chairman’s Award); Emmy/Golden Globe Award-winning producer Linda Bloodworth Thomason (Lifetime Achievement Award); Emmy/Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jim Parsons and partner Todd Spiewak (Inspiration Award); and 11th-grade student Laila Al-Shamma of Carlsbad, California (2013 Student Advocate of the Year). Openly gay singer, songwriter and YouTube sensation Steve Grand performed his hit single “All American Boy,” and members of the award-winning, internationally acclaimed John Burroughs High School Show Choir opened the show singing a song written by Academy Award-winning songwriter Dean Pitchford.Scandal star Kerry Washington and openly gay LA Galaxy Soccer star Robbie Rogers were Honorary Co-chairs of the GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles.“Our online auction continues to generat an incredible amount of attention and support for our work to ensure every LGBT student receives a quality education free from the devastating effects of bullying,” said Dr. Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s Executive Director. “We are grateful to have partners that make these successful auctions possible for our supporters to bid on exciting and priceless moments that allow us to ensure our transformative work reaches every school in this country.”GLSEN is proud to offer an exceptional slate of experiences to bid on at This year’s opportunities include: • Lunch with Academy/Golden Globe Award-winning actress Julia Roberts and Fandango’s Dave Karger at the exclusive Soho House West Hollywood • 2 tickets to the Los Angeles Premiere and After Party for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire • 2 tickets to the 2014 Oscar Party in West Hollywood hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish • Make your TV debut in a Modern Family walk-on role • Enjoy an extra role in the final season of True Blood • Saving Mr. Bank’s pre-release private screening for 25 at the HIstoric Disney Lot. • Tour the Radio Disney Studios, sit-in on a live broadcast and meet a Radio Disney star at a “Take Over” • Enjoy a walk-on role on ABC’s General Hospital • 2 VIP passes to the ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado on January 23-26 • 4 tickets to the Season 17 finale of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars on November 26 in Los Angeles • 4 tickets to the Radio Disney Music Awards with Pre-Show Celebrity Lounge and After Party access on April 26 in Los Angeles • Behind-the-scenes tour and lunch for 2 at KABC7 Los Angeles • Audition in Los Angeles with April Webster, Casting Director of Star Trek Into Darkness • Fine art dog photography session with award-winning photographer Jesse FreidinThe GLSEN Respect Awards held annually in New York and Los Angeles, showcase the work of corporations, individuals, students and educators who have made a significant difference in the areas of diversity, inclusion and the safe schools movement, and who serve as exemplary role models.last_img read more

NBA AllStar Paul George Teams Up With American Stroke Association

first_imgNBA All-Star Paul George was only 6-years-old when his mother Paulette suffered a stroke that left her practically bedridden for two years.Paul George with his mother, PauletteToday, Paulette remains partially paralyzed on the left side of her body.“I remember every moment of it,” said the Indiana Pacers swingman. “I was always there at hospital visits, right by her bed. When she got a hospital bed in our home, I would lay in my bed next to her. I want to make sure that everyone knows the warning signs for a stroke so they can quickly take action and give their loved ones the best chance for recovery.”The pair has teamed up with the American Stroke Association and the Ad Council on a series of multimedia PSAs that teach the acronym F.A.S.T. for stroke: If you see (F)ace drooping, (A)rm weakness or (S)peech difficulty, it’s (T)ime to call 9-1-1.Created pro bono by The Baiocco and Maldari Connection, the new PSAs blend images of a 6-year-old George with the present-day athlete.“The spot sets up a Paul George basketball story, then you’re blindsided with the stroke of his mother,” said Rob Baiocco, CCO of the New York-based agency. “A stroke often comes out of nowhere and that’s why knowing the warning signs is so important.”An American suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, but only 8 percent of the population knows what F.A.S.T. means, according to a recent Ad Council study.“Treatment options are limited when people don’t recognize a stroke and get to the appropriate hospital in time,” said Mary Ann Bauman, M.D., American Stroke Association Advisory Committee chair. “Paul and Paulette’s involvement in our campaign will help people to recognize the signs of a stroke so they can be quickly assessed and have a greater chance at recovery.”The Ad Council’s new TV, radio, digital, and print PSAs will be distributed nationwide and run in space and time entirely donated by the media.“Learning the F.A.S.T. acronym is easy to do and may save a life,” said Lisa Sherman, Ad Council president and CEO. “We’re thrilled to work with American Stroke Association and Paul George to teach people the signs of a stroke so more families like Paul’s can have memories together.”last_img read more

Stars Attend Event For Education Through MusicLos Angeles

first_imgOn December 6, Education Through Music-Los Angeles honored Paramount Pictures’ President of Worldwide Music & Publishing, Randy Spendlove, and Music Teacher (Los Angeles Unified School District) Asuncion Ojeda at the Skirball Cultural Center.ETM-LA 2015 Shining Star Honoree, Randy Spendlove, and Grammy nominee, Common, pose with ETM-LA studentsEach year, the Shining Stars are awarded to individuals whose contributions through music have changed lives. “Through music, our honorees inspire our youth to achieve their highest potential,” says ETM-LA Executive Director, Victoria Lanier.The evening, hosted by Will and Grace star Eric McCormack included performances by Goo Goo Dolls lead singer John Rzeznik, En Vogue, Michelle Branch, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Randy Spendlove’s “Jam Band” which included Jimmie Wood and Joe Kramer, and Composers John Debney and Brian Tyler. Common, who won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Paramount Pictures’ Selma, was on hand to present Spendlove’s Shining Star Award. He discussed how important music education was for him, and praised Spendlove for his dedication to the cause.Common was also honored that night as more than 50 students from Education Through Music-LA Partner Schools performed the Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning song “Glory” from Selma. “It was such an honor to have the children perform ‘Glory,’ along with Bob Marley’s ‘One Love,’” said Common, who gave them a standing ovation.During his speech, Spendlove gave personal anecdotes about his musical education experience: “Teachers would let me take instruments home on the weekends, and my theater teacher would give me keys to the school to practice on the weekends. When I reconnected with these teachers years later, they didn’t remember this, because teachers inspire and just want students to get the most out of their music education.”Veteran music teacher Asuncion Ojeda also gave a speech about how rewarding it is for her to watch her students grow through music.ETM-LA Executive Director Victoria Lanier gave an inspiring speech stating that last year’s ETM-LA serviced over 7,000 students in Los Angeles. Proceeds from the event will benefit ETM-LA’s programs serving over 10,000 children this year, including LA Unified School District’s Normandie Elementary, where Honoree Asuncion Ojeda currently teaches only a handful of the approximate 900 students due to the lack of resources. “We want to ensure that every child at Normandie Elementary receives an equitable music education as part of the core curriculum,” says Lanier. ETM-LA believes every child deserves a well-rounded education that includes music and the arts.Others in attendance included Jeff Beal, Christophe Beck, Jim Dooley, Tim Davies, Rob Duncan, Ludwig Goransson, Joe Kraemer, Christopher Lennertz, Bear McCreary, Stephan Moccio, Blake Neely, Rob Simonsen, Dan Romer, Rudy Sarzo, and Austin Wintory. The event chairs were Lola Debney and Alecia Spendlove.Honorary chairs included music education champions and celebrities such as Ellie Kemper, Ed Helms, Common, Imagine Dragons, Kate Flannery, John Debney, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Michael Giacchino, Rickey Minor, and Common. Major event sponsors: Booker & Sarita White, BTW Productions, CW3PR, The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, Hans Zimmer & Steven Kofsky, Lola & John Debney, Paramount Pictures and Sonic Fuel Studios. Tribute Video Sponsorship: CW3PR.Education Through Music-LA is an independent 501c3 non-profit with the mission to provide music in disadvantaged schools to enhance students’ academic achievement and creative and overall development. ETM-LA partners with inner-city schools to provide yearlong music instruction and is based on the ETM model (New York, 1991). Find out more here.last_img read more

Living Histories Live An Evening With Iggy Pop And Don Was

first_imgOn Oct. 23 the GRAMMY Foundation will host Living Histories Live: An Evening With Iggy Pop And Don Was, an event highlighting the musical contributions of Pop and Was, creative collaborators who share deep and common roots in Detroit.Hosted by GRAMMY Foundation Vice President Scott Goldman, the special evening will feature an engaging discussion and close with a joint performance by Pop and Was. In addition, fellow Michigan native Dean Fertita (Queens Of The Stone Age, the Dead Weather) will be the guest artist.This up-close-and-personal live experience is presented by Iron Mountain Inc., supporting partner of the GRAMMY Foundation Living Histories program. While in town, Pop will be interviewed for the Living Histories archive, which chronicles contributions of key influencers and illustrates the impact of music on culture.The event, which will be held at The Majestic Theatre at 8 p.m. in Detroit, is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased for $35 per person.last_img read more

The Chainsmokers And Los Angeles Youth Network Announce Partnership

first_imgLos Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) is proud to announce a new partnership from the Grammy Award winning artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers.The donation will help fund LAYN’s services for homeless and foster youth in Los Angeles. The donation will help in the vital services including emergency shelter, transitional housing, education and job development, health and wellness, and aftercare program.“The issues facing the youth served by LAYN are not insurmountable and we knew we could help,” said Taggart. “These homeless, runaway and foster youth are bright, intelligent and have determination to achieve their goals and LAYN is there alongside them to motivate and inspire them,” Taggart added. “The issues facing these youth seem daunting, but we are happy to support this cause and LAYN in its mission to create permanent solutions for these young people.”“We are honored that Alex and Andrew chose LAYN as their charity of choice,” said Mark Supper, CEO and President of Los Angeles Youth Network. “Partnerships like this, play a critical role in driving momentum and fueling community awareness, and support. This donation and their partnership will make a significant impact on the lives of the homeless and foster youth we serve.”Annually, LAYN houses over 500 youth and provides more than 16,000 bed nights and 97,000 meals, to youth 12-21 years old. For youth whose histories of trauma have driven them to the streets or placed them in the foster care system, LAYN is there to help and support them. Beyond the basics of shelter, food, and clothing, LAYN gives youth the tools and mindset they need to imagine positive futures. LAYN empowers each youth to realize their academic potential, to identify their career aspirations, and advocate for themselves.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement After the success of the first two seasons on W Network, Hockey Wives will continue to have unparalleled access to the off-the-ice lives of the women who are the captains of their families, careers and relationships.Hockey Wives is produced by Bristow Global Media Inc. in association with W Network. Executive Producers are Julie Bristow, President & CEO of  Bristow Global Media and Megan Sanchez-Warner.– 30 –SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Follow Hockey Wives on Twitter @HockeyWivesTV , Facebook and Instagram @Hockey_WivesFollow Corus PR on Twitter @CorusPRSubscribe to the W Network YouTube channel: W Network on Twitter @W_Network and Facebook W Dish Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.Share on social media with #HockeyWives W Network is a Corus Entertainment Network.  About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM)Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM) is a Toronto-based content creation company, specializing in creating multi-platform content across all genres, including scripted, lifestyle, reality, documentary and sports. The company was launched in 2013 by leading broadcast executive and producer Julie Bristow, whose 20-year career at the CBC included the creation of award-winning entertainment divisions, the launch of national digital media platforms and the stewardship of iconic sports brands. BGM boasts a successful roster of linear and non-linear content, including: NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other (CBC, NBCSN, Rogers), Pressure Cooker (W Network), Hockey Wives (W Network), Canada: The Story of US (CBC), Canadian Country Music Association’s CCMA Awards (CBC and CMT),  Pardon My French (YouTube) and YTV’s daily interstitial brand-driven content. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Corus Entertainment’s W Network and Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM) are pleased to announce that Hockey Wives has been greenlit for a third season. Production is underway and will see the show travel to new locales over the course of the season.Set to air in spring 2017, the popular series centres around the lives of ambitious women balancing families, careers and personal aspirations while being married to the game. Cast details will be announced in the coming months.“We’re thrilled to partner with W Network on Season 3 of Hockey Wives, exploring the highs and lows the hockey season brings, demands of stressful trades and the challenges of living apart while raising young families,” said Julie Bristow, President and CEO of Bristow Global Media. “Viewers can look forward to an exciting new season with behind-the-scenes access to the most celebrated players in professional hockey.”last_img read more

Garth Drabinksy poised for comeback with Broadwaybound Sousatzka

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “It has no agenda other than dramatizing what it takes to survive the brutality of political imprisonment, of exile and loss, which is, unfortunately, a universal trans-historical problem evident in all eras and in all continents and in every nation at one time or another.” The ex-CEO of the now defunct Livent Inc. and his business partner Myron Gottlieb were convicted in 2009 in connection with a book-cooking scheme that eventually led to the company’s bankruptcy. Drabinsky’s seven-year sentence was later reduced on appeal, and he was granted full parole in 2014. Drabinsky said the musical is not setting out to present an indictment of any past political movement or government. Login/Register With: “Whatever he did, whatever he didn’t do, whatever happened to him, you know, he’s certainly paid the price for it. And if that gives him the privilege of having a comeback I don’t mind being on board because he’s an exciting person to work with.” Previews begin Feb. 25.Lauren La Rose – The Canadian Press Drabinsky said what he saw as “fundamental” to the production was solving the backstories of the principal characters, as “Sousatzka” flashes back to 1970s Soweto, as well as to Warsaw before the Second World War and during the Nazi occupation. Twittercenter_img Advertisement Based on the Bernice Rubens novel “Madame Sousatzka,” the musical is set in London in 1982 and explores the story of a musical prodigy torn between his mother, a political refugee from South Africa, and his brilliant, eccentric piano teacher. The women must work toward crossing both cultural and racial divides to find common ground, or risk the young musician’s destiny in the process. Almost a decade after his fraud conviction, theatre mogul Garth Drabinksy is poised for a major return to the stage with the world premiere of “Sousatzka” in Toronto ahead of its Broadway debut. Advertisement “He’s the best producer I ever worked with. He’s still the best producer I ever worked with,” said “Sousatzka” lyricist Richard Maltby Jr. Thursday during a press day for the musical. Facebook Now, the producer behind “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Show Boat” is hoping to find fresh success with “Sousatzka.” “In so doing, I was able to place the musical in the context of the political upheaval of certain periods of the 20th century … and hopefully give it a political and social relevance,” Drabinksy said in brief remarks.“This was done, as I have said, five years ago. However, as intervening world events have unfolded, I believe the story has now become a profound fable for our times as it confronts the profound issues of race, of exile and of refugees.”last_img read more


first_img Twitter TORONTO, Canada – Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana, WeKids, and Toon Boom Animation are pleased to announce that their joint talent initiative, China Tales Incubator, has officially opened its online portal for submissions. The partners are committed to discovering new talent and developing, producing, and distributing original, cutting-edge kids’ animation from China to global audiences.China-based creatives – animators, writers, illustrators, storytellers, and artists – are now invited to submit their comedic, character-driven concepts for kids aged 2-5 and 6-11, via the China Tales Incubatorwebsite ( Accepted in either Mandarin or English, submissions must include a working title, target demo, proposed format, summary, and a maximum of five illustrations. The first-round deadline is July 6, 2018. Submissions will be evaluated by September 30, 2018.The winning concept will be put into development through the partnering companies with the goal of creating a pitch bible and an animation test or trailer to then take the concept to the international market for distribution, licensing, and merchandising. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement To kick-off the initiative, Nelvana, WeKids, and Toon Boom Animation will host six China Tales Incubator Workshops in Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen from April 26 – May 11. Specialists in writing, developing, and producing animation from the three companies will be introducing the incubator program to attendees. Chinese animation studios, broadcasters, streaming platforms, animation academies, and independent animators, writers, and artists are all invited to attend these workshops. The first workshop in Hangzhou will be held as a panel of CICAF/iABC. Please visit the China Tales website for more information.“Nelvana could not be more pleased to be moving into the next phase of our partnership with WeKids and Toon Boom Animation,” said Scott Dyer, President, Nelvana. “China holds tremendous untapped potential in the international animation market and we’re keen to unearth new talent through the China Tales Incubator competition.”Manman Chen, COO of WeKids added, “We are delighted to be working with world leaders in the animation industry to identify and bring to the Chinese and world markets animation created by the best and brightest Chinese animators, writers and illustrators. Nelvana, one of the top animation producers and distributors in the world, is the perfect partner to recognize, produce and distribute Chinese-inspired properties across the world. Toon Boom Animation, with its cutting-edge technology, will be a terrific collaborator in bringing these series to the screen. We are excited to be part of this historic partnership.”About NelvanaNelvana is a world-leading international producer and distributor of children’s animated and live-action content. Nelvana produces a stable of award-winning and globally renowned brands that focus on comedies, preschool and boys action series and ancillary consumer products programs. Nelvana’s content airs on Corus Entertainment’s kids channels in Canada and in over 160 countries around the world. The Nelvana library has well over 4,000 episodes of programming and has received over 70 major international program awards including Emmys® and Geminis. Visit the Nelvana website at Nelvana Enterprises on Twitter @NelvanaEntAbout WeKidsWeKids is China’s market leader in providing the best-in-class animation from around the world to kids and families in Greater China, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. With more than 4,000 episodes of outstanding kids’ animation, WeKids works with digital distribution partners to be the premiere on-demand destination for millions of Chinese kids who are eager to view great animated programs from across the globe, available on multiple new media platforms in both Chinese and English. In addition, WeKids oversees the merchandising, publishing, and ancillary exploitation of key properties throughout Greater China, including all aspects of brand management. For more information, visit: Toon Boom Animation IncToon Boom Animation Inc’s award-winning software is the global standard for 2D animation and storyboarding. Toon Boom Animation solutions provide everyone from enthusiasts to professionals with the artistic freedom to create in any style and efficiently publish anywhere. Customers include Disney Television Animation, Amazon, Fox Television Animation, Nelvana, Ubisoft, Toei Animation, The SPA Studios, Xilam and Boulder Media. Toon Boom technology is available in Japanese, Simplified Chinese and Spanish. For more information, visit: Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgThe Mail On Sunday reported that Harry and Meghan picked out the painting from the Connor Brothers that has the caption, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”The Connor Brothers broke onto the art scene by introducing themselves as Franklyn and Brendan Connor, two American twins who were raised in an extremist Christian cult.This fact later turned out to be a hoax and the boys are actually British artists James Golding and Mike Snelle.The royal duo certainly missed out on the event at the Ksar Char-Bagh hotel on Friday where Dhowre picked out two Vera Wang gowns for the occasion. Diana Ross is also reported to have flown in to serenade the couple. Advertisement Advertisement This weekend Idris Elba married Canadian model Sabrina Dhowre in a glamorous three-day event in Morocco, but there were two guests that were unable to attend.Despite the actor and the Canadian model attending Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding last May where Elba even DJ’d the reception, the couple couldn’t make the trip to Morocco seeing as the Duchess is due with their first child any day.So what type of wedding gift do you send a couple who likely has everything they need anyway? How about a piece of artwork that retails for around $9,000? Advertisement Make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury, who both Kate Middleton and Meghan are a fan of, did the bride’s make-up while photos were taken by celebrity photographer Sean Thomas that were then shared by Vogue.The night before, guests were invited to a “colours of souk” dinner at the five-star Amanjena resort. And on Saturday, celebrations wrapped up with an all-white party at the Mandarin Oriental.By Jamie Samhan ~ ET Canada Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Idris Elba And Sabrina Dhowre (Gareth Fuller – WPA Pool/Getty Images)last_img read more

Alberta offers snapshot of crisis gripping First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsFirst Nation leaders waiting for their meeting with the prime minister are preparing a grocery list of demands.Over the next few nights, we’ll bring you a look at the three major elements of the summit agenda.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto takes a look at the challenges First Nations in Alberta face in reaching those goals.last_img

Residential school survivors talk about experiments

first_imgAPTN National NewsDozens of residential school survivors got together in Kenora, Ontario to remember a painful chapter in their history. Many of them recall ear experiments that took place while attending the Cecilia Jeffrey residential school.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.last_img

Métis premier Bob McLeod of NWT looks back on 8 years in

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsBob McLeod has a few remaining weeks governing the Northwest Territories.The Métis man from Zhahti Koe, Fort Providence was the first person to be re-elected premier of the N.W.T.But now he’s decided to retire.“I felt that I didn’t want to be committed for another four years and I didn’t really want to be in politics when I’m 70 years old,” McLeod said.He noted his leadership style as inclusive and cited his success on “letting the managers manage” in office.“Our first get together our cabinet said is that one of the things we should all aspire to is not to lose any ministers. I’m really proud that we had eight years of good government and didn’t lose a single minister.“We didn’t lose any motions on non confidence,” he said.During his time as premier there were several significant infrastructure projects including the $350-million hospital in Yellowknife, the $300-million Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway and the $202-million Deh Cho Bridge, the last major river to be bridged.McLeod said there are still some pages left unturned as he gets ready to call it quits.“The one that everyone always talks about of course is land claims and self government. We made some progress not as much progress as we wanted to but some of the claims have been negotiated going on thirty years.“It’s disappointing to me that I’ll have to join the list of Premiers that weren’t able to,” Mcleod said.Unlike its neighbours Nunavut and the Yukon, the N.W.T. never fully recovered from the 2008 recession.“It’s worrisome especially because exploration is down. Even with that we have mining projects, Mackenzie valley natural gas pipeline was approved and yet it never got built,” he said.In 2017, the Premier made headlines as he issued his “red alert.” He suggested Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had acted out of colonialism after a moratorium on Arctic oil and gas development was announced in 2016.“Over a period of time we hadn’t produced a single molecule of oil and gas in a territory that historically has been producing oil and gas since the 1930s.“We had an immediate response from the federal government the next morning and I think our relationship has improved significantly,” McLeod said.The 19th Legislative Assembly will be elected on Oct. 1, read more

How an American businessman saved hundreds of Nova Scotians jobs

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. — His message to laid off Cape Breton call centre workers is straightforward.But the Iowa-based businessman’s words resonate like gospel in this hardscrabble region plunged into economic uncertainty earlier this month.“Things are going to stay the same or get better,” says Anthony Marlowe, a self-made telecommunications mogul who himself started as a telemarketer at 18 and quickly rose through the ranks before breaking out on his own.“We’ve committed to hiring every employee back plus some,” he says, adding he’ll honour pre-bankruptcy wages and offer retention sign-on bonuses for returning workers.They’re big promises that have earned the entrepreneur near messianic status on the Nova Scotia island.ServiCom Canada abruptly closed its Sydney call centre on Dec. 6, laying off hundreds of workers weeks before Christmas.“It was an emotional moment,” says Marlowe, who was in the process of buying the call centre. “Although those weren’t our people yet, they were potentially soon to be.”With more than two decades in the call centre industry, it wasn’t the first round of layoffs to touch Marlowe personally.“I have some extra sympathy for the workers,” he says, describing the “travesty and devastation” of seeing workers lose their livelihoods after bankruptcy proceedings closed call centres in the U.S. in the early 2000s.Marlowe grew up in La Grange, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, and moved to Iowa for university in his late teens.“My brother was there, I was living with him and my mom said, ‘Get a job,’” he says.“I took a job as a telemarketer for a telecommunications company and the next thing I knew I was a skyrocketing up the company and then I wanted to start my own contact centre telemarketing operation.”The 39-year-old says the Cape Breton call centre will be his ninth operation when it reopens, likely by the first week of January, as the Sydney Call Centre Inc.“There were a lot of tears, hugs and Christmas spirit,” Marlowe says of a meeting he held at a Sydney legion last week updating workers on plans to reopen the call centre.“It’s obviously a humbling thing to have someone say, ‘You’re our Christmas miracle,’” he says.“We never really wanted it to be about the company or me performing any miracles. Those workers performed at such a high level with such competency, tenure and aptitude that they deserved a miracle regardless of what holiday it was near.”Marlowe Companies Inc. (MCI) had expressed interest in the Sydney call centre several weeks before it closed, and was in the process of negotiating a deal.The closure forced MCI’s leadership to work feverishly behind the scenes to acquire the call centre.“It was like a melting ice cube at that point,” says Marlowe, chief executive officer of MCI.The concern was that ServiCom’s clients — such as OnStar Corp., a subsidiary of General Motors, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, AT&T Inc. and Allstate Insurance company — would start to look for new suppliers to provide customer support if the call centre did not reopen quickly.But he says while it appears ServiCom’s value was in its contracts with big name clients, Marlowe says “those contracts have no value if there are no employees to perform them.”“Time was absolutely of the essence,” Marlowe says, regarding his desire to retain as many of the 515 or so workers on the payroll when the Sydney call centre closed.In the end, MCI outbid two other buyers for the assets of ServiCom for $1.5-million during an auction at bankruptcy court in New Haven, Conn., last week.He says the competing bids “drove up our initial offer by a factor of four.”“They were successful at attracting other bidders, which wasn’t a surprise to us because when you myopically looked at just the contracts and just the Canadian operation, all of a sudden that became a more appealing value proposition,” Marlowe says.The Sydney facility is expected to reopen by Jan. 7, although it could open as early as Jan. 2, he says. The company has asked workers to complete paperwork this Friday and Saturday.“We’re working very hard through the holidays to turn the lights back on.”— By Brett Bundale in HalifaxThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Australian trader pleads guilty to spoofing in Chicago

first_imgCHICAGO — An Australian commodities trader has pleaded guilty in Chicago federal court to manipulating market prices by placing orders in the millions of dollars and cancelling them within milliseconds to sell smaller orders at a profit.Jiongsheng “Jim” Zhao pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of spoofing. Prosecutors say the 31-year-old executed trades on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange online from Sydney.His arrest in January was part of what the U.S. Justice Department said at the time was part of “the largest futures-market criminal enforcement action” in department history. At least seven others were charged around the same time.Zhao’s Chicago lawyer, Theodore Poulos, told the judge his client made just $21,000 from the illegal trades. He said he and prosecutors would recommend a one-year prison sentence. Sentencing is July 19.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Day of Mourning ceremony in Fort St John this Saturday

first_imgThe Day of Mourning will take place Saturday starting at City Hall where residents will march to the memorial at Centennial Park.The Day of Mourning ceremony begins at 12:00 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – April 28th is the annual Day of Mourning in Fort St. John, it commemorates workers who have been seriously injured or died as a result of their jobs.39 ceremonies will be held throughout the B.C. For the family survivors who lost loved ones. The family survivors will be joined by employers, workers, local labour councils, and WorkSafeBC.WorkSafeBC accepted 158 work-related death claims in 2017, 87 of those claims were caused by occupational disease mostly from exposure to asbestos, and 71 were from traumatic injuries. In the Peace River region five work-related death claims were accepted.last_img read more

Will carry forward Parrikars legacy of good governance Pramod Sawant

first_imgPanaji: Newly-appointed Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Tuesday met family members of his deceased predecessor Manohar Parrikar before assuming charge of office, hours after he took oath of the post at around 2 AM. Sawant visited the family members of Parrikar at their private residence at Dona Paula near here around 12 noon, before heading to the CM’s Office at state Secretariat, Porvorim. Speaking to reporters, the new chief minister said his priority would be to reach out to every person, and carry forward the “glorious legacy” of good governance left behind by Parrikar. Sawant, a BJP MLA, was sworn in as new Chief Minister just before 2 am Tuesday, hours after cremation of Parrikar, as the BJP moved swiftly to snuff out Congress’ attempts to wrest power in Goa. Sawant, a protege of Parrikar, was Speaker of the Legislative Assembly when he was picked to be the successor of Parrikar. “Manohar Parrikar is a father-like figure for me. He was my inspiration…every thing. I am here only because of him…I became MLA, then Speaker, and nowCM only because of Parrikar,” Sawant told reporters after meeting kin of the late chief minister. When asked to list his priorities, Sawant said, “As a chief minister, my aim would be to reach out to every person and complete his works”. Sawant also appealed that he not be greeted with bouquets for being the new CM, as the state is in morning. “I have taken charge with great humility and gratitude towards my idol and mentor Manohar bhai (Parrikar). I seek your blessings and support to carry forward the glorious legacy of commitment towards good governance,” he said. In the wake of the fluid political situation in Goa and Congress’ repeated attempts to wrest power, the BJP leadership ensured that the new chief minister was in place quickly. Sawant was sworn in by governor Mridula Sinha at Raj Bhavan at 1.50 am. Sinha also administered the oath of office to 11 other ministers, including those from BJP’s allies MGP and the GFP. Parrikar died at his private residence Sunday evening due to pancreatic cancer. He was cremated with full state and military honours Monday evening.last_img read more

Now more time to probe puppy killings

first_imgKolkata: State Health department has extended the duration of the probe into the killing of puppies in the NRS Medical College and Hospital by one month.The Health department had earlier in January instructed to complete the probe within 60 days but it has not been done so far. As a result the department is forced to extend the duration of the probe by a month. A senior official of the health department said that they could not arrive in a consensual decision on the basis of the probe. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThose who are conducting a probe have sought some more time. On the basis of the request by the investigating team, the health department officials agreed to provide them another one month for the completion of the probe. According to the official, the decision will be taken against the accused on the basis of the report submitted by the investigation team. NRS Medical College and Hospital authorities assured stringent action against the accused involved in the killing of 16 puppies. The autopsy report suggested the puppies were beaten to death. A video corroborated the fact and showed two women hitting the puppies with an iron rod. The incident had taken place on hospital campus. A separate probe has been initiated by the city police and a case against some unknown persons has been lodged. Hospital authorities formed a three-member committee to probe into the incident. They earlier assured that action will be taken against the guilty. Two nursing students were arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident and they were later released on bail.last_img read more