Opposition insists on sending RTI bill to Select Committee

first_imgNew Delhi: Maintaining that the government is bringing bills for passing without adequate scrutiny, the Congress and other opposition parties in Rajya Sabha on Thursday stuck to their demand for sending the RTI amendment bill to a Select Committee before taking it for discussion and passage. Amid the din, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh moved the bill to amend the Right to Information Act, 2005 and pass it. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Led by the Congress, the opposition members kept chanting: “We Want Select Committee” and “Dilution of RTI would not be accepted” in the house, forcing the Chair to adjourn the proceedings twice for brief periods. Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien, among others, moved the motion for referring the RTI bill to the Select Committee. The Congress led the opposition with its senior leaders making their position clear that they would not take up the bill without sending it to a House panel. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Senior leader Anand Sharma strongly opposed the government move, saying the House was not obliged to blindly endorse bills cleared in the other House (Lok Sabha). “The House must be alive to its duty,” he said, underscoring the important role of the Rajya Sabha. But the Chair allowed discussion on the bill, saying a vote on sending the Bill to the Select Committee can be done after the discussion concludes. Most opposition members, however, did not seem to be convinced of the decision and continued their protest. The opposition members continued their protest even as Jitendra Singh said that there was no intention, motivation or design to dilute the RTI and that there was no need to send the bill to a Select Committee. Speaking on the bill, AIADMK member Navneet Krishna supported it. RJD’s Manoj Jha, however, said he can not speak when democracy was being killed, referring to the uproar in the House. CPI-M’s K.K. Ragesh also said he wants to speak but was unable to do so given the uproar in the House.last_img read more

Karunaratne pleased with SL bench strength

first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne is satisfied with the bench strength displayed during the 3-0 ODI series triumph over Bangladesh. Three Sri Lankan batsmen were able to collect more than 100 runs in the series as compared to Bangladesh’s one. On Wednesday, Sri Lanka got close to 300 on the back of a combined batting performance, headlined by Angelo Mathew’s 87, before an opening burst from Kasun Rajitha and three wickets from Dasun Shanaka put paid to the Tigers’ hopes of a consolation win in the final match of the series. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The hosts would also take heart from the fact that Mathews carried his late World Cup form to finish as the highest run-scorer from either side. It was just the kind of performance that Sri Lanka needed from a senior player after losing their star bowler Lasith Malinga. “The young players grabbed their chances really well,” the ICC website quoted Karunaratne as saying after the third match. “If there’s a lot of competition and there’s a strong bench, if a player is injured I can easily bring another player. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “I think this is the way we have to build a good line-up. This is the time we have to bring some youngsters for the next couple of years. We’ve had an issue recently, where we didn’t have that strong bench. But players are now ready, and they’ll grab the chances that come their way,” he added. The Sri Lanka skipper also said that players such as Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka, both of whom have spent the last few months out of the team, will add to the wide pool of talent available to tap into as the island nation build and plan for the next four-year cycle, culminating in the World Cup 2023. “You need a lot of players to build up that competition within a team so that players are constantly putting pressure on each other to perform,” said Karunaratne. “If you have a strong bench, the players who are in the team have to take that responsibility. There are a lot of players trying to get that chance, so there’s pressure on the XI. I have a team I can work with. The youngsters have a great energy about them as well,” he added. The 31-year-old, however, insisted that they need bowlers who have the ability of picking up wickets at crucial junctures of the game, especially following Malinga’s retirement from ODI cricket. “We need to find bowlers who can get us wickets. We have to find those players who deliver in tough situations,” he said. Now, Sri Lanka will face New Zealand in the two-match series beginning August 14 at Galle.last_img read more

Tanzania mourns 69 killed in fuel tanker blast

first_imgMorogoro (Tanzania): Tanzania was in mourning Sunday, preparing to bury 69 people who perished when a crashed fuel tanker exploded as crowds rushed to syphon off leaking petrol. President John Magufuli declared a period of mourning through Monday following the deadly blast near the town of Morogoro, west of Dar es Salaam. He will be represented at the funerals by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, an official statement said. “We’re currently mourning the loss of 69 people, the last of whom died while being transferred by helicopter to the national hospital in Dar es Salaam,” Majaliwa told residents in comments broadcast on Tanzanian television. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe number of injured stood at 66, he said. The burials will start Sunday afternoon, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Jenista Mhagama announced during the morning after relatives identified the dead. “The preparations for the burials have been completed. Individual graves have been dug and the coffins are ready,” Mhagama said, adding that experts would be available to offer psychological counselling to the victims’ relatives. DNA tests would be carried out on bodies that were no longer recognisable, Mhagama said, adding that families could take the remains of their loved ones and organise their own burials if they preferred. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn the latest in a series of similar disasters in Africa, 39 seriously hurt patients had been taken to hospital in Dar es Salaam while 17 others were being treated in Morogoro, 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of the economic capital of Tanzania. Footage from the scene showed the truck engulfed in flames and huge clouds of black smoke, with charred bodies.The burnt-out remains of motorcycle taxis lie scattered on the ground among scorched trees. A video posted on social media showed dozens of people carrying yellow jerricans around the truck.last_img read more

After JioFiber Airtel launches 1Gbps broadband plan

first_imgNew Delhi: In a direct challenge to JioFiber, telecom major Bharti Airtel on Wednesday launched its ultra-fast broadband offering, Airtel Xstream Fibre, at Rs 3,999. The announcement comes barely a week after Reliance Jio commercially rolled out its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service “JioFiber” across 1,600 cities in India where the users will have an integrated experience of broadband, on-demand entertainment, free HD voice calling, TV video calling and unlimited data, among others. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Besides “unlimited” broadband at 1Gbps speed, Airtel Xstream Fibre also offers “unlimited landline calls” to any network in India along with benefits such as three months Netflix subscription gift, one year Amazon Prime membership and access to premium content from ZEE5 and Airtel Xstream app, the company said. Starting Wednesday, Airtel Xstream Fibre is available for users in in Delhi, Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida, Ghaziabad, Mumbai, Pune Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Indore, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The service will be rolled out in more markets over the coming months, Airtel said. “With growing proliferation of 4K HD content, high end online gaming and IoT, we have introduced the 1Gbps Airtel Xstream Fibre for connected homes and premises where multiple users and devices are online concurrently,” said Sameer Batra, CEO — Broadband, Bharti Airtel. “Along with Airtel Xstream devices and applications, our latest Fibre offering will deliver end-to-end experience to customers with blazing fast speeds and all the content you need on a single platform,” Batra added. As part of the Airtel Xstream device portfolio, Airtel launched an Android based over-the-top (OTT) smart stick and an Android based 4k Hybrid Smart Box that brings satellite TV and OTT content together onto the TV screen with the convenience of a single device, making any regular TV a smart TV.last_img read more

Heres a list March inflation rates for Canadian provinces territories

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 2.3 per cent in March, Statistics Canada says. Here’s what happened in the provinces (previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador: 1.6 per cent (1.7)— Prince Edward Island: 2.4 (3.0)— Nova Scotia: 2.4 (2.3)— New Brunswick: 2.5 (2.7)— Quebec: 1.6 (1.5)— Ontario: 2.4 (2.1)— Manitoba: 2.4 (2.4)— Saskatchewan: 2.9 (2.9)— Alberta: 2.3 (2.2)— British Columbia: 2.6 (2.8)last_img

Freeland to meet US Mexican counterparts as NAFTA talks grind on

first_imgOTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is set to welcome her Mexican and American counterparts to Ottawa today, despite the absence of a major breakthrough in Round 3 of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.Freeland is hosting U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Mexican Economy Minister ldefonso Guajardo for a dinner meeting later today on the eve of the final day of talks in the national capital.The third of seven planned rounds ends Wednesday with the goal of finishing by the end of the year becoming more elusive by the hour.Freeland, Lighthizer and Guajardo hold a series of meetings Wednesday, but the major issues will be pushed forward into a fourth round in the coming weeks.Canada’s chief negotiator has said he doesn’t expect progress on hot topics such as the investor state dispute settlement process, the fate of Canada’s supply-managed dairy and poultry industry, and the U.S. demand for increase American content in North American-manufactured automobiles.Canada and the U.S. have also been forced to fend off accusations that they are deliberately dragging their feet at the talks.last_img read more

RCMP national security unit seeks public video pictures of Edmonton attack

first_imgEDMONTON – The RCMP unit that investigates threats to national security is asking citizens to share any video or pictures they have of the attacks on Saturday in Edmonton that injured a police officer and four pedestrians.The Integrated National Security Enforcement Team says it is interested in images of a car that hit an Edmonton police officer and the stabbing of the officer.The unit also says it would like to view any video or pictures of a U-Haul van that drove through the city and struck the pedestrians.Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, a Somali refugee, is facing 11 charges including attempted murder, dangerous driving, criminal flight causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.At one point, police said they were looking into the possibility of laying terrorism-related charges but so far none have been laid.Sgt. Jack Poitras, a spokesman for RCMP K Division in Alberta, said such videos or pictures could help the police investigation.“A lot of people may have either video footage on their phone or security camera,” he said Wednesday. “We would sure love to have it.”People who may have such images are being asked to phone 780-449-0209.Poitras said police have been canvassing businesses in the downtown area that may be equipped with security cameras.“It can help us form evidence rather than have it out on YouTube or just people hanging onto it,” he said.Sharif, 30, is being held at the Edmonton Remand Centre pending his next court appearance.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government is reviewing its handling of refugee claims following revelations that Sharif had been ordered deported from the U.S. in 2011.The Canadian government has said that Sharif presented himself at a regular port of entry in 2012 and was cleared as a refugee in Canada.last_img read more

Five stories in the news for today Oct 11

first_imgFive stories in the news for Wednesday, Oct. 11———TRUDEAU-TRUMP TO TALK TRADE TODAYPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says his approach in a sit-down with U.S. President Donald Trump today is to find common ground. The two leaders are to meet as round four of talks to revamp NAFTA get underway. Key issues on the table this week include government procurement, remedies for trade disputes and on Saturday, what could be contentious talks over agriculture.———FEDS: NO TAXES ON EMPLOYEE DISCOUNTSThe Trudeau government insists that employee discounts will not be taxed despite an updated Canada Revenue Agency document that suggested they will be. Political rivals and business lobby groups have voiced strong concerns that such a policy could lead to higher taxes on retail workers, many of whom earn lower wages. But National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier insists that Ottawa is not targeting retail-sector workers. She says the CRA guidance document was only meant to help employers understand their tax-reporting requirements.———QUEBEC PREMIER TO SHUFFLE CABINET TODAYQuebec Premier Philippe Couillard will shuffle his cabinet this morning in a bid to give it a younger look ahead of next year’s provincial election. According to data compiled by The Canadian Press, more than a third of his cabinet ministers are over the age of 60 and only 19 per cent are under 50. The general election is set for next October.———SEARS CANADA PLANS COMPLETE SHUTDOWNSears Canada is giving up on the idea of remaining in business after seeking creditor protection in June. The retail chain has decided to shut its doors and is seeking approval to liquidate its roughly 130 remaining stores — leaving another 12,000 employees without a job. That doesn’t include the 2,900 job cuts Sears Canada announced in June. The court overseeing Sears Canada’s operations is set to hear a motion on Friday seeking approval for the liquidation and a wind down of the business.—DEALING WITH MONTREAL’S DEVALUED TAXI PERMITSThe head of one of the companies offering financing for taxi permits in Montreal insists there is still a market for the much-devalued commodity. The price of a permit has decreased almost 40 per cent since Uber began operating in Quebec about four years ago, according to the province’s Transport Department. Michel Hebert’s company, FinTaxi, is doing what it can to prop up the market by refusing to finance permits at a value below $110,000 — regardless of how much a seller is willing to offer.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Conservative MP Erin O’Toole will hold a news conference in Ottawa to discuss the latest round of NAFTA talks.— The Fraser Institute will release a study on mortgage regulations in Canada.— Toys R Us Canada will file a motion in Ontario Superior Court as it tries to reorganize under bankruptcy protection.— The Supreme Court of British Columbia is scheduled to release a decision regarding assisted dying legislation.— Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna speaks to the London School of Economics.— Closing arguments begin in Montreal in the murder case of Randy Tshilumba, accused of killing a Maxi store clerk in 2016.— Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa attends the groundbreaking of a new 5,000 seat entertainment complex in Niagara Falls.— Members of the rock band Foreigner hold a news conference in Calgary to talk about a new musical.last_img read more

A deeper look into new research on factors that drive northern populism

first_imgOTTAWA – Across the world, citizens who have felt sideswiped by technological, cultural and economic progress have sought to regain some measure of control by seeking to upend the political status quo in their home countries.EKOS Research and The Canadian Press sought to explore to what extent similar discontent exists here and in particular, where, by devising an index to measure attitudes.The methodology:Two telephone polls from June and December probed respondents for their opinions in categories covering their economic outlook on the future and sense of class mobility, how well they know Canada’s ethnic makeup, their racial tolerance and finally, whether they believe so-called populism is a good or bad thing.The answer to each question was allotted a point value. Negative answers — such as respondents reporting they were falling backward — received more points than positive ones.The sum of the points determined where someone sits on a spectrum of views ranging from ‘open’ to ‘mixed’ to ‘ordered’. Put another way, it measures how insecure Canadians are feeling.The higher the point total, the more ‘ordered’ a person’s world view, meaning they were more likely to have a negative outlook on the economy and their future and also concerns about the diversity of the country.Taken together, the sample size amounted to 12,604 people, large enough to allow for a deep dive into the data to chart results not just nationally but regionally and by census metropolitan area. The polls had a margin of error of 0.9 per cent, 19 times out of 20.The results:Geography:Most ‘open’ cities: In St. John’s, 61 per cent of respondents fell into this category. They were followed by Victoria at 59 per cent, and Kelowna, B.C. at 55 per cent.Most ‘mixed’ cities: Windsor, Ont., 34 per cent, followed by Sherbrooke, Que., at 32 per cent.Most ‘ordered’ cities: Oshawa, Ont., 38 per cent, followed by Saskatoon at 37 per cent and Calgary at 36 per cent.More broadly, people with an ordered world view were more likely to live in places with 100,000 people or less.By gender:Open: 47 per cent of male respondents, 44 per cent of female respondents.Mixed: 24 per cent of males, 26 per cent of females.Ordered: 30 per cent of males, 30 per cent of females.By age:Respondents under 35: 50 per cent open, 20 per cent mixed, 30 per cent ordered.35-29: 48 per cent open, 24 per cent mixed, 28 per cent ordered.50-64: 42 per cent open, 26 per cent mixed, 32 per cent ordered.65+: 40 per cent open, 31 per cent mixed, 29 per cent ordered.By party affiliation:The vast majority of all respondents have not held membership in a political party in the last five years, but of those who have, 18 per cent were classified as open, 16 as mixed and 15 as ordered.Liberals: 56 per cent were classified as open, 25 per cent were mixed and 19 per cent were ordered.Conservatives: 35 per cent open, 26 per cent mixed, 40 per cent ordered.New Democrats: 52 per cent open, 20 per cent mixed, 28 per cent ordered.Source: EKOS Researchlast_img read more

Baloney meter Is Justin Trudeaus ethics breach a first in Canadian history

first_imgOTTAWA – “Justin Trudeau broke the law. A first in Canadian history for any sitting Prime Minister.” — Tweet from Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, Jan. 5, 2018.____In December, Mary Dawson, then the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner, found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau contravened four sections of the Conflict of Interest Act in relation to vacations on a private island owned by the Aga Khan.The findings prompted Andrew Scheer to tweet that Trudeau had broken the ethics law, a historical first for a prime minister of Canada.How accurate was the Conservative leader’s claim?Spoiler Alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “a little baloney.” The assertion is mostly accurate but more information is required. Here’s why:The FactsThe Trudeau case stands out as the only one in which a sitting prime minister was found to have violated a federal statute.However, the issue of prime ministerial wrongdoing is not quite that simple, said Michael Atkinson, a professor with the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and associate member of the department of political studies at the University of Saskatchewan.“First, we haven’t had a federal ethics law for very long, so it is a bit misleading to invoke a standard that most prime ministers couldn’t breach if they wanted to. Second, breaking rules, whether laws or codes, is not the only standard for ethical evaluation.”The Conflict of Interest Act came into effect in 2006. It has applied only to Trudeau and his Conservative predecessor, Stephen Harper.However, there are other examples of prime ministers being sanctioned for impropriety, facing serious accusations of wrongdoing or, at the very least, being called to explain their actions.“We have had prime ministers whose dealings with private interests have proven exceedingly costly to their reputations and to the parties they led,” Atkinson said.Here’s a look at some of those cases, in chronological order:The Pacific Scandal — John A. Macdonald’s Conservative government was rocked by allegations that wealthy Montrealer Hugh Allan had been promised a contract to build a cross-country railway in exchange for more than $350,000 in political donations. Macdonald professed innocence, but he resigned as prime minister in 1873.Schreiber Affair — A federal inquiry led by Justice Jeffrey Oliphant found in 2010 that it was inappropriate for former prime minister Brian Mulroney, after leaving office, to accept cash-stuffed envelopes from German-Canadian businessman Karlheinz Schreiber. Oliphant said Mulroney “failed to live up to the standard of conduct that he himself adopted in the 1985 ethics code” for ministers, parliamentary secretaries and other senior public office holders.Shawinigate — Jean Chretien was dogged by accusations in the 1990s of inappropriately using his influence to seek financing from the Federal Business Development Bank on behalf of Yvon Duhaime, owner of the Auberge Grand Mere hotel. At the time, Chretien was part-owner of an adjacent golf course, despite an attempt to sell his shares.Contempt case — In March 2011, the Speaker of the House of Commons chastised Stephen Harper’s Conservative government for withholding the full costs of anti-crime measures, corporate tax cuts and a planned fighter jet purchase. It led to the government’s defeat on a non-confidence motion declaring the government in contempt of Parliament.The VerdictGiven the historical record, Scheer’s claim contains “a little baloney.”MethodologyThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney – the statement is completely accurateA little baloney – the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney – the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney – the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney – the statement is completely inaccuratelast_img read more

Ottawa looking into Tim Hortons parent company

first_imgThe federal government is looking into Restaurant Brands International, the Brazilian owned parent company of Tim Hortons.The Globe & Mail reports and sources confirm to 680NEWS’s Richard Southern that it’s concerning allegations RBI has not lived up to the conditions set out by the federal government that allowed the company to buy the coffee chain in 2014.Those conditions include not increasing franchisee rents for five years.Franchise owners claim that the head office has effectively raised rents by shifting costs for their supplies to them.The Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains, says, they are “aware of the concerns raised by the franchisees and looking into them. We are monitoring compliance with the undertakings, as we do with all investments.”Talked to Mr. Bains office. This is a matter of semantics. They confirm to me they are “looking into the matter” and “Analyzing the takeover documents” looking for wrongdoing. It’s not an investigation in the legal sense of the word but very much like one https://t.co/RJzsupt2zv— Richard Southern (@richard680news) April 13, 2018Restaurant Brands International (RBI) claimed that it has not heard of any federal investigation. Minister Bains office says an official government investigation is impossible in this case and what’s currently being done if the closest the ministry will come to any investigation. His office said they are “looking into the matter” and “analyzing the takeover documents” looking for wrongdoing. It’s not an investigation in the legal sense of the word but they have allocated staff to analyze the matter.A war has been brewing between Tim Hortons store owners and Restaurant Brands International for some time now.Last year, approximately 70 per cent of franchise owners formed a group to push back against the head office which they claimed was hurting the brand.“Rome is burning!” said David Hughes, President of the Great White North Franchisee Association in a statement to 680NEWS. “Tim Hortons employs 150,000 across the country, and with our plight in the news across the country for over a year now, we’ve had no government help at any level”“More importantly, where is RBI’s Board of Directors (the so-called Captains of Industry)? They would be the obvious choice to mediate a solution. But they too have remained silent.”“GWNFA has been the only group advocating for the Canadian franchisees and trying to salvage this great Canadian icon from the egregious management policies and practices that RBI has put in place.”Tim Hortons has faced some negative publicity as of late.Some of its Ontario franchisees clawed back employee benefits following the minimum wage hike, and three weeks ago, Restaurant Brands International announced plans for a $700-million dollar renovation of store Interiors with franchise owners expected to split the bill.Same store sales at the chain have softened in recent quarters and shares in Restaurant Brands International are down 8.5 per cent this year.last_img read more

Stars Fly Mozzy Air For Malaria No More

first_imgBritish entertainment entrepreneur Simon Fuller, actor David Arquette, US Smash star Katharine McPhee, soul singer Aloe Blacc, African superstar Yvonne Chaka Chaka and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Malaria Ray Chambers, are all sharing their malaria stories in support of Malaria No More UK’s democratic awareness campaign Mozzy Air.Mozzy Air is a fictitious airline that flies to over 100 malaria destinations and features powerful stories from people from all walks of life across the UK, US and Africa affected by malaria. It is brought to life through an interactive infographic of a world map with flight paths to malarious countries.“The reason I’ve chosen to support the malaria fight, which isn’t widely known, is that malaria is a special cause for me for lots of reasons,” shared Simon Fuller. “Firstly, my Dad was an RAF pilot in the Second World War and, during a spell working in Burma, he sadly contracted malaria. It was the type of malaria that reoccurs and so he suffered from it his whole life. That was my first introduction to malaria and just how serious it can be. Fortunately, we had the resources to get the necessary medicine and he lived to a ripe old age.The next thing that happened that introduced me to malaria in a more direct way, was when my Dad left the RAF and decided to become a teacher. Rather than working in England, he decided to teach overseas, so at the age of five I found myself living in Ghana, West Africa – a country I grew to love. It’s also a country where malaria affects the entire population, all 24 million people are at risk.“So at the age of five I was given this little white pill, to help prevent malaria, which my Mum used to put into chocolates because it tasted really bad. I took this pill every day for five years. It was also my job to spray the house every day with the mosquito spray to keep the mosquitoes at bay, and so malaria really has been quite a significant part of my life. Some of my fondest memories are of my childhood in Ghana. I truly love that country and have been back many times. I’m proud when I see the work that is being achieved in Ghana and across Africa thanks to many organisations including Malaria No More UK. Ghana has become a shining light in the battle against malaria and with our help, long may it continue. So that’s my story”.Mozzy Air aims to raise mass awareness about the impact and scale of malaria which today affects around half of the world’s population. It also encourages British travellers to get protected before heading overseas and asks people to interact by ‘sharing their own story’ on malaria. Personal stories are a compelling way to increase understanding about malaria, a preventable disease that claims the life of a child every minute. “I’ll never forget my recent trip to Senegal with Malaria No More where I met a guy named El Hadj.,” said David Arquette. “He’d lost his 11-year old daughter to malaria, and made it his life’s goal that no other parent would have to suffer the same loss that he did. He’s since gone around to his village and 66 villages in the surrounding area and they’ve reduced the rate of malaria down from 3,500 deaths last year to almost non-existent. I was humbled and inspired by all I saw.”“I journeyed with Malaria No More to see the primary school I built in Burkina Faso, West Africa where malaria is the main reason children miss school,” adds Katharine McPhee. “I left incredibly touched by the fact that something as simple as a mosquito net transforms the life of a baby, student, headmistress, or a new mother.”Aloe Blacc says: “I had an eye-opening trip earlier this year, leaving my home in the US to visit Ghana with Malaria No More UK. I wanted to learn all I could about malaria and see its day-to-day impact on people’s lives and the country at large. We had an unforgettable visit to a primary school where I asked a classroom full of children: “Who has been affected by malaria?” Every single child raised their hand. The scale of the disease was jaw dropping”.To help drive the campaign, British fashion brand and Malaria No More UK supporter Jack Wills have provided an incentive: those who share their story are entered into a draw to win a £50 Jack Wills voucher and Malaria No More bracelet – a unisex bracelet currently sold by Jack Wills that is handcrafted in Africa to help save lives from malaria. Four of these prizes will be given away during the campaign.Mozzy Air has already reached over two million people on Twitter and offers the chance to check in to a flight by using #MozzyAir on Twitter. It has also been promoted on facebook by famous faces including Malaria No More UK Leadership Council Member Andy Murray, whose post read: “I get to travel a lot and this brought a smile to my face: Mozzy Air is a spoof airline from Malaria No More UK. A fun concept with an important message: make sure you know how to protect yourself from malaria, especially if you’re planning to travel…”Arabella Gilchrist, Communications Director for Malaria No More UK says: “We are inspired by and grateful to everyone who has shared their story so far. We have received a wealth of eclectic personal accounts – each one is a testimony of the human impact caused by malaria and inspires support for our cause. We hope the latest experiences shared through Mozzy Air will fuel further story submissions to help us raise vital awareness to save lives from malaria”.last_img read more

Justin Bieber To Front Charity Album Advertising Campaign

first_imgJustin Bieber is to front the advertising campaign for a new Christmas charity CD being released in New Zealand.The teen singer will appear in ads for the Starship Christmas Album 2012, which will raise money for the Starship Foundation, the fundraising branch of New Zealand’s biggest pediatric hospital, the Starship Children’s Hospital.Music industry veteran Paul Ellis worked in conjunction with Universal Music and Starship Foundation to develop The Starship Christmas Album 2012. Bieber’s television commercial will debut in November to support sales of the Starship Christmas Album 2012.Along with Bieber the debut album features some of the biggest names in the music industry including Queen, Lady Gaga (featuring Space Cowboy), Elton John, Ronan Keating, Hayley Westenra, Michael Jackson, Maroon 5, Adeaze, The Jackson Five, Tiki Taane, OneRepublic, and Starship’s own Lucy Lawless. All the artists have all generously provided their songs royalty free to support Starship.The Starship Christmas Album 2012 will retail for $16.00 with all profits going to the Starship Foundation. The album will be available nationwide from November 19 through The Warehouse stores nationally and for digital download from www.umusic.co.nz.“Starship is our national children’s hospital and every day its extraordinarily talented staff do extraordinary things to look after our precious children when they need it most,” said Starship Foundation CEO Brad Clark. “The proceeds from this album will help support the amazing work they do for patients and their families. We’re very grateful to the extraordinary lineup of artists who have generously contributed their music – they’ve already made this Christmas very special for Starship.”Click here to ADVANCE ORDER your hard copy CD for $16.00 + $6 postage (NZ), $12 postage (international), or email cindyc@adhb.govt.nz if you would like to be notified when the digital download is available.Source:Starship.org.nzlast_img read more

Amber Riley Sings At American Cancer Society 100th Anniversary Ball

first_imgThe American Cancer Society 100th Anniversary Birthday Ball took place Saturday, May 17th at The Beverly Wilshire.Amber Riley At American Cancer Society BallThe evening was headlined by Glee’s Amber Riley, who rocked the house performing a set featuring Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain,” her personally written song “Colorblind” and ended with the crowd pleaser that got everyone out of their seats, Destiny Child’s “Survivor.”Italia Ricci at American Cancer Society BallThe American Cancer Society’s 100th Anniversary, Birthday Ball raised over a million dollars to help finish the fight and find a cure.Cast Of Chasing Lifelast_img read more

Soundgardens Fan Created Book Raises Money For Charity

first_imgGrammy Award winning Soundgarden (Chris Cornell, Ben Shepherd, Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron) is one of the last remaining titans and originators of daring and experimental rock music from the grunge era and Seattle music scene.Photofantasm SoundgardenEarlier this year, they were immortalized in a book that Los Angeles’s premier rock radio station World Famous KROQ calls, “…an incredible piece of fan-created history.”: Photofantasm Soundgarden: Nudedragons To King Animal.Reviews have been pouring in and the critics agree: Photofantasm Soundgarden: Nudedragons To King Animal is a triumphant achievement from the band’s global fan base and will even be featured in the November issue of Rolling Stone Australia and upcoming holiday Gift Guides. Photofantasm can be purchased at photofantasm.com or click here to purchase your copy of the book, and is published by Spoondog Entertainment Group, LLC.Reviews: • Loudwire: “…an incredible visual spectacle of the acceleration of Soundgarden.” • High Voltage: “…from foreword to sources and every chapter between, what we are dealing with is the ultimate love letter to (and about) a band.” • KISW 99.9 Seattle “Iron” Mike Savoia: “As good as or better than the classic big rock photo books from the bands of the 60s/70s …” • Bruce Pavitt (Co-founder of SubPop, Author): “Photofantasm is both heavy and epic.” • Duff McKagan, Musician, Author (Guns ’n Roses, Velvet Revolver, Loaded): “The book is SUPER gorgeous! Amazing amount of detail.” • Kevin Martin, Musician (Candlebox): “The photos are brilliant, unreal and awe inspiring but the stories are what truly get you.” • Myles Kennedy, Musician (Alter Bridge, Slash and the Conspirators): “Photofantasm is an important tribute for a very important band.”When Soundgarden abruptly disbanded in 1997, the future of the sonic goliath was unknown until their welcome – just as abrupt – surprise announcement on New Year’s Day 2010 that they would reform. Or as was announced via Twitter: “Knights of the Soundtable ride again!” And so a new chapter in Soundgarden’s already legendary story was waiting to be told!With its foreword by Mark Yarm (author, Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge), Photofantasm is the telling of that story and the passion project of two of Soundgarden’s most ardent fans, Jaye and Mike English, who (along with hundreds of other fans and artists) decided to capture this latest chapter in the band’s history – and with the band’s approval. From their 2010 reformation as Nudedragons at a one-off gig to the Late Show With David Letterman, from the release of the retrospective album Telephantasm to Lollapalooza, from their first studio album in 16 years (King Animal) to touring the world once again through 2013, Jaye and Mike sourced fans from around the world to create this collaborative and visual narrative for Soundgarden fans, from the fans, and specially for the band. Compiled into a 592-page tome from over 300 contributors, Photofantasm is packed with personal recounts of experiencing Soundgarden live, stunning concert photography, set lists, reviews, original graphic art and official show poster art. Also included are interviews and quotes from rock music heavy hitters like William DuVall (Alice in Chains), Serj Tankian (System Of A Down), Bill Kelliher (Mastodon) and more.With only 1,000 limited edition copies printed, Photofantasm is 100% fan-created and is a collector’s item in the truest sense. In addition to being a testament to the devotion that one band from Seattle has inspired, Photofantasm also exists in honor of a longtime Soundgarden fan that lost her battle with cancer. Her story, her love for the music and for meeting the band, culminates this extraordinary work as a testimonial to the power of music and net proceeds from the project will go to the Canary Foundation for early cancer detection solutions. October is the month for cancer awareness, it’s important to remember net proceeds from this project will be donated to charity.last_img read more

The TJ Martell Foundation Announces 2016 Los Angeles Family Day

first_imgThe TJ Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research has announced its annual and highly anticipated Los Angeles Family Day presented by Citi. to be held at The Grove in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.The annual event features live music, great food, family entertainment and a bevy of stars from television and music. The event will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation’s pediatric cancer research programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and also honors three leading innovators in entertainment and music.This year’s Los Angeles Family Day honorees are Rob Lloyd, CEO Hyperloop One, Kevin Lyman, CEO & Founder, 4Fini and George Strompolos, CEO & Founder, Fullscreen. Stars from Radio Disney and Hollywood Records are scheduled to appear. Musical performances and celebrity appearances will be announced soon.Rob Lloyd joined Hyperloop Technologies, Inc as Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board in September of 2015 after 21 years at Cisco Systems. Prior to joining Hyperloop, he was President of development, sales and the internet and responsible for 45,000 employees operating around the world.Kevin Lyman is the founder and operator of 4Fini, Inc., a live event production company and brand strategy firm. His is the creative force behind the live production – Vans Warped Tour, which attracts 750,000 people annually and is the longest-running North American festival concert tour.George Strompolos is an entrepreneur and digital media pioneer. He is the Founder and CEO of Fullscreen Media, a global leader in social-first entertainment experiences serving creators, brands and consumers. The company is comprised of multiple divisions, including the world’s largest network of online content creators, a talent management group, two award-winning production studios, a live events and touring business, a consumer products group, two premium subscription video-on-demand services and an in-house social media agency. Prior to founding Fullscreen Media in 2011, George worked at Google where he co-created the YouTube Partnership Program, enabling people around the world to generate revenue by creating original YouTube videos, and thus giving rise to a new generation of creative voices and stars.The Gibson Foundation will officially launch GuitarTown Kids at Los Angeles Family Day. The project will officially kick off with the unveiling of a 10-foot Gibson Guitar sculpture designed by a local visual artist and autographed by celebrities for charity. GuitarTown Kids will include a collection of regular size guitars which will be designed by local artists and painted and autographed by celebrities and their kids. These guitars will then be displayed in early 2017 and later be auctioned during a GuitarTown Kids gala auction for the T.J. Martell Foundation’s pediatric cancer research program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.Find out more about the event here.last_img read more

Ryan Reynolds named 2017 Hasty Pudding Man of the Year

first_imgCanadian actor Ryan Reynolds has been named Man of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding student theatrical group. Advertisement Last year’s Man of the Year was Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Previous winners include Bob Hope, Warren Beatty and Robin Williams. The 2017 Woman of the Year hasn’t yet been announced. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement The group said in a statement Friday it is “proud to honour such a talented and diverse actor, whose seamless transition across multiple genres captures audiences and keeps them coming back to see what’s next.”center_img In keeping with tradition, the actor who played the title role in 2016’s “Deadpool” will be roasted by the student group before getting his pudding pot on Feb. 3 Ryan Reynolds (Photo by MATTHEW BROOKES) Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Hasty Pudding bills itself as the nation’s oldest collegiate theatrical organization that traces its roots to 1795. Twitterlast_img read more

Canadian music renaissance is over but Matthew Good isnt

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement If, in the late 1990s, the Canadian music scene was like it is now, Beautiful Midnight would not exist. And neither would Matthew Good — at least not the version we know now.The seminal album of modern CanRock, which in 1999 sprung forth radio singles such as “Load Me Up” and “Hello Time Bomb,” came in a glory era of Canadian music. Bands could criss cross the country playing smaller venues and fill the rooms with fans. Producers championed Canadian music on network TV.“It was a Canadian music renaissance,” said Good, who will play Beautiful Midnight front to back in a show at FirstOntario Concert Hall (Hamilton Place) on Saturday. He’s also promoting an EP of revamped songs called I Miss the New Wave: Beautiful Midnight Revisited. Advertisement “I don’t think we’ll ever see the like of it again.”Smaller venues are rapidly closing, he says. Record labels investing in Canadian music are fewer and farther between. At 45, he’s still releasing music, still packing shows like the countless number he’s played in Hamilton. But if the climate now existed then, “I don’t know if I’d be in music.” Twitterlast_img read more

Inside Out LGBT film festival runs until June 4

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter With its busy slate of screenings and events at TIFF Bell Lightbox, AGO’s Jackman Hall and Buddies in Bad Times to June 4th, Toronto’s LGBT film festival Inside Out features a wide range of cinematic pleasures to discover.That includes this year’s most unusual portrait of a fabled Hollywood celeb.Making its international premiere at the festival on May 28th, Mansfield 66/67 delves into the seedy and possibly Satanic history of ill-fated blond bombshell Jayne Mansfield with a mix of archival material, bizarre performance segments and appropriately catty interviews with John Waters, Mary Woronov, Kenneth Anger and other underground icons. Another fascinating figure gets the biopic treatment in Tom of Finland, director Dome Karukoski’s drama about Touko Laaksonen, the illustrator famed for his hyper-stylized illustrations of gay men — the festival presents the film’s Canadian premiere at the Lightbox on May 26th.Further Inside Out highlights include After Louie (screening May 30), a relationship drama by activist turned director Vincent Gagliostro starring the great Alan Cumming, a new adaptation of Michael LaChiusa’s gender-fluid musical Hello Again (June 4), and The Ring Thing (June 2), a doc-fiction hybrid that explores the experience of same-sex marriage and divorce. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Many more features, docs and shorts fill out the program at Inside Out until June 4.For additional information about Inside Out – CLICK HERElast_img read more