Netflix rolls out 199 plan to woo Indian users

first_imgNew Delhi: Premium video streaming company Netflix on Wednesday announced a Rs 199 mobile-only plan in India as it looks to woo viewers amid intense competition from Amazon Prime Videos and other local players. The video content platform, which had been testing the mobile-only plan for several months in India, has also restructured its three existing plans. Indians spend 30 per cent of their time on entertainment, they are consuming content on the go and in their homes. Members in India watch content on their mobile phones more than anywhere else in the world, Netflix Director Product Innovation Ajay Arora told reporters here. He added that more people sign up for Netflix service on mobile phones in India more than any other country. “The mobile plan for Rs 199 a month is made for India. Users will have access to the same unlimited standard definition (SD), ad-free content under this plan,” he said adding that this will help the company expand to smaller cities in the country.last_img read more

HPCL to invest Rs 74000 cr in 5 years

first_imgMumbai: Hindustan Petroleum Corporation(HPCL) is planning to invest around Rs 74,000 crore over the next five years to expand capacity. The Navaratna company plans to invest around Rs 14,900 crore in the current fiscal, chairman Mukesh Kumar Surana told shareholders after the annual general meeting here Wednesday evening. “We are focused on strengthening refining and marketing through expansion of our refining capacity, supply chain capabilities and customer reach. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”In addition, the thrust is on creating new levers of growth by establishing a strong presence in petrochemicals, scaling up footprints in natural gas and expanding marketing overseas,” he said. The company, which owns and operates three refineries,has undertaken capacity expansion at refineries atVisakhapatnam and Mumbai. The modernisation of the Visakhapatnam refinery will enhance capacity from 8.33 million tonnes to 15 mt. The capacity of the Mumbai refinery is also being enhanced from 7.5 mt to 9.5 mt. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”On completion, these projects will enhance our profitability. We will have the capability to produce BS-VI fuels,” he added. Surana further said the 9 mt greenfield refinery-cum- petrochemical project coming up at Pachpadra in the Barmer district of Rajasthan has achieved significant progress. “Engineering activity is in progress and construction has commenced. Financial closure has also been achieved for this project. The project is being implemented at a cost of Rs 43,129 crore,” Surana said. The company is, he said, laying a thrust on pipeline network expansion. “Ongoing pipeline projects with total estimated investment of Rs 5,555 crore are in various stages of completion,” he added. HPCL, along with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, incorporated a joint venture company, IHB Private Ltd, in July 2019 for the execution of the country’s longest, 2,757-km LPG pipeline project from Kandla in Gujarat to Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. Last fiscal, HPCL saw its highest ever capital expenditure of Rs 12,438 crore, with some capital projects being completed while other projects under implementation. To enhance liquefied petroleum gas supply and distribution capabilities, bottling capacity of 330 tmtpa (thousand metric tonnes per annum) was added during the year at existing bottling plants. The company also commissioned a new LPG bottling plant at Warangal district in Telangana with a capacity of 60 tmtpa. The company also plans to build second-generation ethanol production facilities, and market compressed bio-gas. Its net profit for fiscal 2019 stood at Rs 6,029 crore and gross refining margins (GRM) averaged at $5.01 a barrel. Meanwhile, Hindustan Petroleum, which is a minority partner in the proposed West Coast Refinery, feels Saudi Aramco, the single largest shareholder in the 60 million tonne project, partnering with Reliance will have no impact on the now-stuck project. Mukesh Surana, the chairman of the ONGC-run HPCL, also said the work on the controversial Rs 4 trillion refinery and petrochemicals project is on track. It can be noted that the location for the project is yet to be identified after the one identified earlier in Ratnagiri was abandoned due to public and political protests last year. Speaking to reporters here late Wednesday evening after the AGM, Surana said Aramco’s decision to pick up a 20 percent consideration in Reliance’s Jamnagar refinery for $15 billion could be part of the world’s largest oil company’s strategy to secure a long-term client for its crudes. “It will not be right on my part to comment on what Aramco’s strategy is. But my understanding is that they have got the capability to do both the projects (West Coast Refinery and Reliance). So the deal that they have gone into with RIL, I don’t think it will have any apparent impact on other discussions that are going on,” Surana said. Three state-owned oil majors–Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and HPCL–have entered into an agreement with Saudi Aramco under which the Saudi oil major has picked up 51 percent stake in the refinery project. Aramco in turn has roped in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company as a minority partner for the 60 million tonne refinery-cum-petrochemical complex. But some analysts view Aramco going with RIL due to the massive cost escalation in the West Coast project, which has jumped by Rs 1 trillion to Rs 4 trillion and also there is no guarantee that the project will take off at all. The three state-owned companies will own 49 percent in the project, of which 25 percent will be held by IOC and the rest equally between the other two. Earlier, the project was proposed to come up at Nanar, a village in Ratnagiri district, some 400 km south of Mumbai. However, due to continued opposition from the locals as well as the ruling ally in the state, Shiv Sena, the Devendra Fadnavis-led government decided to relocate the project to another location. Fadnavis had, reportedly, recently said the new site will be in the neighbouring Raigad district, about 100 km south of the financial capital. But the location is yet to be finalized. Reliance recently announced its plan to sell 20 percent stake in its refining and petrochemicals business for $15 billion to Aramco, which would also supply 5,00,000 barrels of crude per day to the twin refineries in Jamnagar. “As far as Aramco is concerned, they will be happy to have a destination for their crude for a long-term basis and the buyers will also be happy to have a long-term arrangement for an assured source of supply. So to that extent I don’t see any contradictions in the two partnerships,” Surana said. When asked about the timeline for the West Coast project, he said, “I don’t think we can give a timeline. This refinery will take five years to be completed but the final investment destination has to be taken. “The configuration study work is in progress and multiple cases are being worked out depending on the changing demand supply situation and once that is frozen there can be a comprehensive case.” Whether the implementation of the BS-VI fuels from next April will increase the prices, he said, “all the refineries are investing for this and all refineries are hydrogen dominated units and hydrogen is a costly commodity. “There will be a cost to refineries and we would definitely like that there will compensation by way higher prices. But to what extent, we need to see,” he said.last_img read more

JK state flag removed from Civil Secretariat

first_imgSrinagar: The flag of Jammu and Kashmir which used to fly along with the tricolour was removed from the Civil Secretariat here on Sunday, three weeks after the Centre revoked Article 370 provisions which granted special status to the state, officials said.Under Article 370, Jammu and Kashmir was permitted to have its own flag, which was red in colour with three equidistant white vertical strips and a white plough. The flag, which was hoisted along with the tricolour every day atop the civil secretariat, the seat of the government, was supposed to be removed on October 31 when the law bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — will come into effect. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’However, on Sunday morning, only the tricolour was hoisted on the secretariat building, the officials said. They said the flag will be removed from other government buildings as well. The flag was adopted by state constituent assembly on June 7, 1952, The three stripes represented the state’s three regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. The Centre had on August 5 abrogated Article 370 provisions in the Constitution which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir for residency and government jobs. Parliament approved the resolution in this regard and also passed the bill on the bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories. Later on August 9, President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, bifurcating the two Union Territories, which will come into existence on October 31. Since August 5, various parts of the Kashmir valley are under strict restrictions.last_img read more

Reliving college days

first_imgNitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore revolves around a group of friends who are well-connected to each other even after college. The movie’s team spared some time from their busy schedule and recently caught up at a hotel in Mumbai to enjoy to the fullest. The photograph that sees Shraddha Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput, Navin PoliShetty, Suharsh Kumar Shukla, Tushar Pandey and Varun Sharma doing Chhichhore panti is sure to make one miss their college days. The film is set to release on September 6, 2019last_img

Canadians stranded in Cuba after plane crash returning home

first_imgMONTREAL – A Montreal-based travel agency says hundreds of Canadians who were stuck in Cuba since a plane crash last week are returning home.Caribe Sol said Monday that Cubana Airlines was resuming operations after the passenger jet crash on Friday killed 111 people.The agency said on its Facebook page that 346 tourists who had booked through Caribe Sol would be flown back to Canada Monday and Tuesday. It said some other passengers had already returned home on other airlines.Cuba’s largest airline grounded all its flights on Friday after a Boeing 737 crashed soon after takeoff and landed in a fireball on the outskirts of Havana.Three people had survived the crash, but a 23-year-old woman died of her injuries on Monday.The two remaining survivors, also from Cuba, remain in a Havana hospital in critical condition.— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Trudeau having trouble finding replacements for independent federal watchdogs

first_imgOTTAWA – Justin Trudeau is extending the terms of the federal ethics and lobbying watchdogs by another six months and relaunching the application process to find their replacements.It’s the third time the prime minister has given six-month extensions to ethics commissioner Mary Dawson and lobbying commissioner Karen Shepherd, both of whom were scheduled to leave their posts within the next few weeks.The move underscores the difficulty the Trudeau government has had in finding replacements for officers of Parliament, the watchdogs who are supposed to provide independent oversight over crucial matters like federal elections, government spending, ethics, lobbying, linguistic duality and access to information.And it comes on the heels of Trudeau’s botched nomination of Madeleine Meilleur, a Liberal partisan and former Ontario cabinet minister, to the post of official languages commissioner.Meilleur withdrew her nomination Wednesday after weeks of controversy over her partisan ties to the very government she was supposed to hold to account and amid opposition complaints that they weren’t consulted, as legally required for an officer of Parliament.A senior government source told The Canadian Press that Trudeau will send letters next week to opposition leaders, asking them what stakeholders they want consulted about the next ethics and lobbying commissioners and urging them to encourage potential candidates to apply.The government posted online Friday a new “notice of opportunity,” inviting applications for the two posts.In the meantime, Privy Council Office spokesman Paul Duchesne confirmed that Dawson and Shepherd, whose terms were originally supposed to expire a year ago, have agreed to serve until the end of this year.Since taking office, Trudeau has had the opportunity to choose successors for five of the eight officers of Parliament — all but the auditor general and privacy and public sector integrity commissioners. So far, he’s filled none of those slots.In addition to Dawson and Shepherd, he’s extended the term of information commissioner Suzanne Legault, which was to end this month, until the end of the year.The post of chief electoral officer has been vacant since Marc Mayrand retired in December. Mayrand gave advance notice last June of his intention to step down precisely because he believed “the early appointment of a successor to lead Elections Canada well ahead of the next general election (in 2019) is essential and should not be delayed.”The official languages slot has also been vacant for six months and is likely to remain so for some time now that Meilleur has withdrawn.The delay in finding timely replacements for Dawson and Shepherd has complicated the selection process, since both their offices are now immersed in investigations involving Trudeau himself. Shepherd has been examining the involvement of lobbyists at fundraisers featuring the prime minister and Dawson has been examining Trudeau’s use of a private helicopter during a family vacation last Christmas to the private Bahamian island owned by the Aga Khan.Trudeau has recused himself from choosing Dawson’s replacement to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. He has not recused himself from the choice of a new lobbying commissioner.In part, the delay is due to the new process Trudeau has initiated for filling vacancies in some 1,500 so-called governor-in-council positions, including officers of Parliament. It is supposed to be more transparent, merit-based and open — with vacancies posted online and Canadians invited to apply — and more reflective of the country’s diversity.But it’s also turned out to be more time-consuming.“The more rigorous approach to conducting selection processes represents a significant volume of work,” said Duchesne, adding that more than 14,000 applications have been received since the new process was launched last year.In the Commons on Friday, government House leader Bardish Chagger boasted that more than 150 appointments have been made under the new process, 60 per cent of whom are women, 13 per cent visible minorities and 10 per cent indigenous Canadians.However, the senior government source, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, acknowledged that finding officers of Parliament has posed a particular challenge. In part, that’s because the specific qualifications for each watchdog are spelled out in legislation, resulting in a pool of candidates that is “naturally quite small.”Moreover, because the watchdogs tend to play highly visible, public roles — and have faced harsh criticism in some instances — the pool of candidates willing to take on the jobs is whittled down even further, the source said.But Duff Conacher, founder of the non-partisan, ethics advocacy group, Democracy Watch, disputed that contention. The statutory qualifications required for most of the watchdog posts are very broad or non-existent, he said.His group has repeatedly called on the government to create a truly independent appointments commission, as has been done in Britain, and is about to launch an online petition to “stop political lapdog appointments.”Conservative deputy ethics critic John Brassard accused the government of deliberately stalling appointments to other watchdog posts while it floated the Meilleur “trial balloon” to see if it could get away with partisan appointments to what are supposed to be non-partisan positions.“Parliament is not a Liberal partisan playground,” Brassard told the Commons, asking, “When will the prime minister put down the selfie stick and get to work by appointing independent, non-partisan officers of Parliament?”Echoing Trudeau’s defence of the Meilleur appointment, Chagger continued to argue that past political involvement shouldn’t automatically disqualify an otherwise qualified person from appointment to a watchdog role.“That’s simply wrong,” retorted Conservative MP Kevin Sorenson. “No one believes that people giving tens of thousands of dollars to the Liberal party are independent.”last_img read more

Abandoning a boat in Canadian waters will no longer be legal Garneau

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada is no longer going to give a free pass to boat owners who dump their dirty old vessels in Canadian harbours and waterways.Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s new Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act, introduced Monday in the House of Commons, would make it illegal to abandon boats in Canada, while empowering the government to go after the owners of the 600 derelict vessels already polluting the country’s waterways.Right now, owners who dump and run from their boats are not subject to any penalties, and some see abandoning it as the cheapest, easiest route when a boat is no longer operational, Garneau told a news conference.“This has to stop,” he said.Abandoned boats are an environmental hazard, sometimes sitting for years in harbours or abandoned along coast lines with fuel still in their tanks — “a blight on the countryside,” as Garneau put it.The legislation, which was promised as part of the federal government’s Oceans Protections Plan, brings into Canadian law the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, a 10-year-old international agreement that establishes uniform rules for removing abandoned and derelict vessels from international waters.Canada will also require owners of large commercial vessels to carry insurance to cover the potential cost of disposing of the ships, and there will also be significant penalties in place to go after those who do abandon their vessels.Garneau acknowledged that while the bill gives the government new powers to try and force owners of existing derelict vessels to remove them safely, it packs a less powerful punch for those boats.There will be no fines or penalties imposed on the owner of a boat which has already been abandoned, said Garneau. The ownership of some of them can’t even be determined, he noted, which is why Canada is also working with the provinces and territories to establish better rules for identifying boats.The government is going to establish an inventory of the existing vessels with a goal to try to remove them all.B.C. NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson said the number of abandoned boats is actually “in the thousands,” according to her unofficial conversations with Coast Guard officials. After 15 years of urging federal governments to do something, it’s nice to see some action, she added.“This is absolutely a breakthrough for coastal communities,” Malcolmson said.She said she needs some time to go through the 120-page bill to see if it fills all the gaps she believes have been identified by coastal communities. Garneau has committed to working with provinces to establish better licensing and registration systems for pleasure craft and launch a study to find the gaps in federal commercial vessel registration systems.Malcolmson said the system for registering boats has become so lax it is fairly easy for someone to abandon a boat without it being traced back.The town of Ladysmith, B.C., in her home riding is dealing with the effects of an abandoned vessel that sank in the harbour Oct. 21, spewing oil and gas into the water. The Coast Guard managed to contain the leaks, but Malcolmson said the federal government identified the boat as a risk three years ago.It would have been a lot easier and cheaper to remove it before it sank, she noted.Removing old boats can be prohibitively expensive. Last year it cost more than $1 million to remove the Viki Lyne II from Ladysmith’s harbour, four years after it was abandoned nearby.The government of Nova Scotia spent nearly $20 million to remove the MV Miner, a shipping vessel that ran aground in Nova Scotia in 2011 while it was being towed to a scrap yard in Turkey.— Follow @mrabson on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version wrongly indicated that Ladysmith, B.C. was the hometown of MP Sheila Malcolmson.last_img read more

Unsecured tool bag may have caused Ontario helicopter crash that killed 4TSB

first_imgAn improperly secured tool bag hit the rear rotor of a helicopter before the aircraft crashed in eastern Ontario, killing four people on board, the Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, as it issued a warning on the risks of unsecured cargo.The board said its preliminary investigation into the Dec. 14 crash near Tweed, Ont., suggested the tool bag being carried on a platform outside the Hydro One helicopter was the main cause of the deadly incident.Shortly before the crash, the helicopter’s pilot picked up three linemen at the base of a high-power transmission tower and was transporting them to a nearby staging area, the TSB said.A few bags used for tools and supplies were being carried on the platform extending out of the right side of the helicopter. The bags are normally secured with double-lock carabiners, the TSB said.“While nearing the staging area, one of the bags … blew off the platform and along with its attached carabiner struck and damaged the tail rotor,” Peter Rowntree, a senior TSB investigator told reporters on Thursday.“A heavily-damaged carabiner, a damaged bag along with the tip of a tail rotor blade were found approximately 600 metres away from the crash site.”Investigators also found that two of the three seatbelts in the helicopter’s passenger area were unfastened, Rowntree said.“All three passengers became separated from the helicopter while it was still airborne,” he said.Rowntree said the TSB investigation into the crash continues and will examine helicopter maintenance records, pilot training, operational policies and previous occurrences involving the helicopter model involved.Weather is not being considered a factor in the crash, he said.The TSB issued a safety advisory Thursday in light of the crash, saying cargo must be adequately secured at all times and warning that passengers who don’t wear seat belts risk serious injury or death in an emergency.The men killed in the crash were identified by Hydro One as 39-year-old James Baragar, 27-year-old Kyle Shorrock, and Jeff Howes and Darcy Jansen, both 26.Hydro One has said Baragar, the pilot, had been with the company since 2009.Greg Kiraly, Hydro One’s chief operating officer, said Thursday that the utility is treating the matter with “the utmost seriousness.”“We are pleased that the TSB has been able to release this preliminary information and we will be incorporating today’s safety bulletin into our own review of our operating practices and procedures,” Kiraly said.The helicopter did not have a cockpit voice recorder or a flight data recorder, but the TSB has said it recovered a GPS, which will help in the investigation.last_img read more

Calgary the 3rd highest homicide rate in the country

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary’s homicide rate was the third highest of any major Canadian city in 2017 behind only Edmonton and Winnipeg.That’s in a new Statistics Canada report that credits the spike in the number of deaths to guns and gang violence.The City has a rate of 2.07 victims for every 100,000 people, that’s well above the national average of 1.8 victims.Last year’s national homicide rate was the highest level since 2009.You can read the full report here.last_img

Famous Faces To Bet Big At Cancer Free Generation Poker Tournament

first_imgTV icon Jason Alexander, along with dozens of stars from TV, sports, music and film, will bet big to support talented young cancer researchers and change the future of cancer at Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s (TCRF) Inaugural Cancer Free Generation Poker Tournament and Casino Night on Saturday, June 7, 2014 in Los Angeles.The event has attracted the support of numerous celebrities, including AJ Buckley (CSI NY), Alexis Bellino and Jim Bellino (Real Housewives of Orange County), Ashlyn Pearce (The Bold and the Beautiful), Carl Weathers (Rocky), Christine Bently (Ballers-HBO), Corey Maggette (Detroit Pistons), Erik Valdez (General Hospital), Gilles Marini (Switched at Birth/Dancing With The Stars/Sex and the City), Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi (Shahs of Sunset), Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley (Real Housewives of Orange County/Marriage Boot Camp), Katie Cleary (America’s Next Top Model, Ironman 2), Kiptyn Locke (The Bachelorette), Lil’ Mama (hip hop recording artist), Maryse Ouellet (WWE Diva), Michael Vartan (Alias, Bates Motel), Nicholas Gonzalez (Sleepy Hollow, Resurrection), Nyambi Nyambi (Mike and Molly), Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side), Ryan Cabrera (pop rock singer/musician), Shanna Moakler (VH1 Hollywood Exes), Tony Denison (Major Crimes), Vanessa Marcil (Las Vegas), and Torrie Wilson (WWE Diva/Playmate).Cancer Free Generation (CFG) is the young leadership division of Tower Cancer Research Foundation. CFG seeks to identify, among their peers in Southern California, visionary and innovative doctors, medical professionals and researchers and enable them to discover and implement new ideas and techniques to conquer cancer. Additionally, CFG’s efforts support young people and their families who have been impacted by cancer, so that they may approach life with renewed strength and optimism. With this dual approach, CFG’s goal is to help ensure that the next generation becomes the first cancer free generation.TCRF has been the Southern California cancer patient’s greatest ally since 1996. The foundation is known for its stellar reputation professionally vetting cancer research programs and maximizing the impact of donor-investors. TCRF provides grants for clinical trials, innovative cancer research, caring patient support and community education. In line with its mission to advance local cancer research on every level, TCRF supports pioneering and talented physician scientists with awards of annual grants to those doing cutting-edge bench-to-bedside lab research. TCRF’s patient support services include patient mentoring, cancer support groups, free groundbreaking workshops and support for caregivers. TCRF’s Cancer Information and Resource Telephone Help Line, staffed by professional social workers, is a free service to help cancer patients and their families cope with the complexities and challenges of a cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment.Poker & Casino Prizes include: PokerStars supporting a Cancer Free Generation by donating an Entrance into the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event in the Bahamas, valued at $10,000; 5-Night stay at the Trump International Waikiki, Hawaii; 2 Los Angeles Lakers Floor Seats.Raffle and Silent Auction Items Include: Red Hot Chili Peppers autographed guitars; Private tour and Night at the Magic Castle Hollywood; Santa Anita “A Day at the Races” Package; and much more.The event will take place at the Sofitel Hotel, Riviera 31, 8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Red carpet arrivals begin at 6:00 PM PST.Tickets may be purchased here or by calling 310.299.8477.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

buildOn Announces Celebrity Ambassadors

first_imgInternational nonprofit buildOn is proud to announce that actors and philanthropists Travis Van Winkle, Katharine McPhee, and Fatima Ptacek will be the first group of buildOn Ambassadors for the organization.buildOn Ambassadors are members of the entertainment industry who are lending their voices as leaders in the buildOn movement to help break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education.Travis Van Winkle, who currently stars on TNT’s THE LAST SHIP, is a long time supporter of buildOn. He has dedicated himself to service by fundraising, serving and advocating in support of buildOn’s International School Building Programs and U.S. Service Learning Programs. Over the last three years, he has constructed schools with buildOn in Malawi, Haiti and Nicaragua and has lent his time to lead treks abroad as support staff.“I’m so grateful buildOn has become a major part of my life over the last couple of years and serving as the Global Ambassador is an absolute honor,” Travis Van Winkle says, “What I love about buildOn is that everyone involved is given an opportunity to rise above their limitations and stand up into their best selves.”Katharine McPhee, who currently stars on CBS’s SCORPION, launched buildOn’s school building program in Burkina Faso, West Africa in 2014. Since the launch in Burkina Faso, buildOn has built 21 schools with 32,837 Volunteer Work Days. This past December Katharine matched donations for buildOn’s 2015 Holiday Campaign to fund another school in Burkina Faso. In addition, Katharine will be co-chairing buildOn’s 2nd Annual International Women’s Day Campaign in March and will be funding another school to be built in 2016.Katharine stated, “I’m excited to continue to work with buildOn as their International Ambassador. The organization has a brilliant way of guiding ‘our own youth,’ here in the US all while helping abroad. It’s important, from my experience, to find something to get involved with and give back – it gives people a sense of purpose. It helps people see outside of their own world and the current issues around the world. That alone gives reflection and perspective on life.”Fatima, known as the voice of ‘Dora’ in Nickelodeon’s DORA THE EXPLORER and for her lead role in the Oscar winning short film CURFEW, has recently joined the buildOn family as the U.S. Service Learning Programs Ambassador. She has been dedicated to community service in New York City since she was in elementary school. Fatima has jumped in head first spearheading social campaigns throughout 2015 and attending buildOn’s annual Gala in New York City. Fatima will be lending her voice and time doing community service here in the US and also abroad.Fatima said, “I cannot be more proud to join the buildOn family and support its movement which works hard to promote the importance of education, the dedication to build schools internationally, and the knowledge necessary to be successful. I am so thrilled to help spread awareness about the education crisis in the US, to support youth globally, and to emphasize how essential service is to make our communities stronger.”last_img read more

William Shatner Presents 2017 Hollywood Charity Horse Show Sponsored by Wells Fargo

first_imgFor nearly three decades, prominent actor and equine lover William Shatner has taken on perhaps his most significant role, not on TV or in film, but in real life as a tireless advocate for underrepresented communities, raising tens of millions of dollars to support hundreds of worthy charitable organizations by way of his annual philanthropic horse show event.Now in its 27th year, Shatner’s annual event, the Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show Sponsored by Wells Fargo, will return once again on Saturday, June 3, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Southern California’s premier equestrian facility, with this year’s special musical guest Roadcase Royale, started by Nancy Wilson of Heart and Liv Warfield of Prince’s New Power Generation.The Hollywood Charity Horse Show will kick off with an hour-long free Arena Show, which is completely open to the public, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and bringing together an array of world-class reining horses and their riders competing for top honors in the expansive 3,500-seat Equidome (480 Riverside Drive, Burbank).During the not-to-be-missed Arena Show, spectators will be treated to rare and exquisite performances by the Sicilian Tenors and award-winning singer and military veteran Judy Welch of CRE Outreach, as well as a special riding demonstration by AHEAD With Horses, a longtime beneficiary of the event.The dinner will begin shortly thereafter at 7 p.m. in the lovely Equestrian Ballroom, coinciding with an online silent auction featuring hundreds of extraordinary unique and signed items, including props from TV’s “Outlander,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals,” and “Doctor Who,” and films, such as X-Men, Captain America, Thor, and Star Trek. Those wanting to participate in the auction can click here. The auction will close Sunday, June 4 at 12 noon PT.The Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Wilson, along with Warfield, both fronting the new sextet band Roadcase Royale, will then bring their passionate and rich mix of rock and R&B to life for dinner guests during the 45-minute live set. The band’s new politically charged hard rock anthem, “Not Giving Up,” is available now through most digital retail outlets, including iTunes and Amazon, and also on streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify.Past years’ dinners have featured other legendary musical acts including Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Joe Walsh, Randy Travis, Brad Paisley, Neal McCoy, Ben Folds, Willie Nelson and Wynonna Judd.Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit more than two dozen charitable organizations, including A Place Called Home, AHEAD With Horses, ALSAC / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, Blind Children’s Center, BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding & Educational Center, Caterina’s Club, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, The Colburn School, CRE Outreach, Dream Catcher of L.A., E.L.S.A. (Experience Learning Support with Animals), Friendly House LA, Friends & Helpers, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Hollenbeck Police Activities League, Horses4Heroes, Inner-City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, Painted Turtle Gang Camp Foundation, Pasadena Playhouse, Pets for Vets, Queen of Hearts, REINS Therapeutic Horsemanship Program, Saddles for Soldiers, Village Family Services and Wright Foundation for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.“I am thrilled to be able to present this show one more year,” said Shatner.For more information on the 2017 William Shatner’s Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show Sponsored by Wells Fargo, or to purchase tickets or sign up for online auction bidding, click here.last_img read more

Jordin Sparks and SCDAA Launch Generation S An Inspiring New Sickle Cell

first_imgNovartis is teaming up with Grammy-nominated singer, film and Broadway star Jordin Sparks and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. (SCDAA) to launch Generation S, a national sickle cell disease (SCD) storytelling project that will help rewrite the SCD story for generations to come.Generation S encourages anyone touched by SCD to help inspire the sickle cell community and educate the nation by sharing their story.“Although I didn’t have the honor of knowing her throughout her journey, my stepsister Bryanna battled sickle cell disease her entire life,” said Jordin. “Even though we were stepsisters for a short period of time, it was the closest I’ve ever come to the disease and its struggles. I hope that Generation S will help to change how we think about sickle cell and I am proud to lend my voice to our collective stories.”People can go to JoinGenS.com to share their experiences with sickle cell disease starting today through the end of November – as written stories, photos, or audio or video recordings. Submissions will start to be shared later in the fall, and the collection of stories from around the country will come to life in Feb. 2019. A few participants will also have the opportunity to meet Jordin in person and to work with a professional storyteller on a video to capture their personal experience with sickle cell disease.“Through Generation S, we hope to help people understand more about sickle cell disease, including their family genetic risk factors for passing the disease on to their children,” said Beverley Francis-Gibson, President and Chief Executive Officer of SCDAA. “We are thankful for the opportunity to work with Novartis to share powerful stories about sickle cell disease that too often have gone unheard.”While SCD is considered a rare disease, it is one of the most common genetic disorders in the US, and nearly 100,000 Americans are living with the condition. SCD is a lifelong condition that causes ongoing damage to blood vessels and organs. While people of all ethnicities can have the disease, people of African descent are disproportionately affected. People with SCD often experience recurrent episodes of acute, severe pain, which can eventually become chronic. Importantly, pain is more than a physical symptom – it can impact emotional and social wellbeing.“Working with the sickle cell community, we hope to educate people about the disease and raise awareness of the significant impact it has on the lives of patients and their loved ones,” said Ameet Mallik, Executive Vice President and Head, US Oncology at Novartis. “In partnership with SCDAA and Jordin Sparks, our goal is to inspire people who are touched by this difficult condition to help them to lead strong, vibrant lives.”last_img read more

CanadaWallonia project receives 05M in funding

first_img Facebook Toronto (Canada) / Mons (Belgium), April 7, 2017 – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Wallimage, Wallonia, Belgium’s audiovisual content development fund, announced today an investment of CAD $500,000 to support the coproduction of Les Coulisses de l’Animation (Behind the Scenes of Animation) as part of the Canada – Wallonia Digital Media Incentive for Multiplatform Projects.Di-o-Matic (Québec) will team up with Belvision (Wallonia) to produce Les Coulisses de l’Animation. This is a cross-platform iOS and Android application, comparable to an interactive and non-linear encyclopedia. The application will allow users to discover the fascinating behind the scenes world and the production stages of Franco-Belgian animated films that lulled the childhoods of generations of French speakers around the world. Click here for more information on this project.Projects were evaluated according to a set of criteria by a selection committee composed of CMF and Wallimage representatives with the collaboration of Voyelle Acker, an international expert in transmedia. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Since the inception of this incentive with Wallimage in 2014, five projects received a combined total of CAD$1.5M in investments. For more information on projects financed by the CMF, please access the Funded Projects Database here.About the Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, promotes, develops and finances the production of Canadian content and relevant applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment through fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through industry and private sector partnerships. To learn more, please visit cmf-fmc.ca.About WallimageWallimage is the public financing arm of the audiovisual sector in Wallonia. Mainly recognized for its support brought to local talents and its achievements in attracting A-list international co-productions on Wallonia’s soil, the economical fund is also active in financing audiovisual servicing companies set in southern Belgium. Wallimage has been an early participant of Creative Wallonia, a programme through which the fund can invest in the development of creative digital industries. For more visit www.wallimage.be Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Cable giants step up piracy battle by interrogating Montreal software developer and

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Canadian cable companies have ratcheted up their war on piracy by launching a new legal battle. The effort has already seen Bell, Rogers and Quebecor’s Videotron search a Montreal software developer’s home and interrogate him for more than nine hours.“The whole experience was horrifying,” says Adam Lackman, founder of TVAddons and defendant in a copyright infringement lawsuit launched by the television giants. “It felt like the kind of thing you would have expected to have happened in the Soviet Union.”Telecoms and content creators Bell, Rogers and Videotron began their piracy battle last year by filing a lawsuit against Canadian dealers who sell “free TV” Android boxes — devices that can be used to stream pirated content. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Now the companies are also targeting Lackman and TVAddons  — a library of hundreds of apps known as add-ons. Once downloaded on the Android box or a computer with added software, some of the add-ons — such as Exodus and 1Channel — allow people easy access to pirated movies, TV shows and even live television. Adam Lackman of Montreal is the defendant in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by cable companies Bell, Rogers and Videotron. (Adam Lackman) Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

NICKELBACKS CHAD KROEGER CALL ME MAYBE TO BE CELEBRATED AT 30TH SOCAN

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement 2019 Special Achievement Winners:2Drake – Following his Best Rap Song win at the 2019 Grammy Awards for “God’s Plan,” Drake will receive the award for SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – Performer.Ed Robertson’s The Big Bang Theory Theme – Robertson will be recognized with the SOCAN Cultural Impact Award for the profound impact The Big Bang Theory theme has had on contemporary pop culture.Frank Dukes – From Post Malone to The Weeknd and Cardi B, Frank Dukes has worked with some of music’s biggest stars. For his contributions to the massive success of their, and many other songs, Dukes will be awarded the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – Producer.Jessie Reyez – A graduate of Toronto’s famed Remix Project, Reyez has proven herself to be a major force in the domestic and international music scene, and will receive the SOCAN Breakout Songwriter Award.Murda Beatz – With a track record of hits, Murda Beatz remains top-of-mind on the list of in-demand producers. For his contributions to songs by Nicki Minaj, Migos, Cardi B, and more, Murda Beatz will be awarded the SOCAN International Achievement Award.Keith Power – For his continued, inspired contributions to the world of film and television, Power will be honoured with his third consecutive SOCAN Screen Composer of the Year Award.Ralph Murphy – He’s written for the likes of Shania Twain, Randy Travis, and many more. His songwriting credits are matched only by his dedication to the craft, and his passion for sharing his knowledge with the next generations. Murphy will be celebrated with the SOCAN Special Achievement Award.In what is certain to be an memorable moment, legendary singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie will be officially inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, recognizing her lifetime of unparalleled achievements as one of Canada’s all-time greatest music creators.“In SOCAN history, Canadian music creators and publishers have been played worldwide, streamed billions of times, and continue to shine in Canada and globally,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “It’s our privilege to honour the very best in Canadian music, and we look forward to celebrating the achievements of this past year, while honouring the Canadian creators of the past three decades who have left their universal mark.”In addition to performances by Dallas Smith and celebrated JUNO Award winners Barenaked Ladies, “The SOCANs” are expected to include live performances by Meghan Patrick, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine, and Anders.More than 45 awards will be presented at The SOCANs, for success in songwriting, composing, film scoring and music publishing. based on SOCAN data compiled over the last calendar year.SOCAN Achievement and 30th Anniversary Award winners receive “The SOCAN” – the world’s first and only music industry trophy that’s also a musical instrument. The SOCAN trophy integrates five custom bronze SABIAN crotales, tuned this year with notes from the chorus of “Call Me Maybe,” chosen especially by Carly Rae Jepsen.Sponsors of the 2019 SOCAN Awards are Gowling WLG, Crowe Soberman, Yamaha Canada Music, Recording Artists’ Collecting Society (ACTRA RACS), Hargraft Schofield LP, and Long & McQuade. Official charity partners: the Unison Benevolent Fund and the SOCAN Foundation.This year marks the 30th anniversary of the SOCAN Awards, a milestone and celebration of the accomplishments of Canadian music creators and publishers. The SOCAN Awards have been held in Toronto annually since 1990. The 2019 Gala de la SOCAN, celebrating and honouring the work of SOCAN’s Francophone members, will be held in September in Montréal.1 Determined through extensive SOCAN data research of total domestic performances on all performance platforms.2 Determined by SOCAN’s Board of Directors and the leaders of SOCAN’s Membership department.by SOCAN The outstanding accomplishments of Canada’s most prestigious songwriters, composers and music publishers will be celebrated at the 30th anniversary SOCAN Awards on April 1st in downtown Toronto, where legendary and emerging Canadian music creators, producers, writers, and publishers spanning nearly every genre will come together to shine a spotlight on Canada’s tremendous talent.The SOCAN Awards will be marked with special honours for SOCAN-member music creators who have achieved the greatest collective number of radio, live, digital, television, and screen performances in SOCAN’s history.Thirtieth Anniversary Honours:1Chad Kroeger – The front-man for globally celebrated, diamond-certified rock band Nickelback, with songwriting credits that include chart-topping hits such as “How You Remind Me,” “Photograph,” and “Someday,” Kroeger will be honoured as the Most Performed Songwriter in SOCAN history, recognizing his massive accomplishments in music and songwriting.“Call Me Maybe” – In 2012, British Columbia native Carly Rae Jepsen took the world by storm with the infectious “Call Me Maybe.” Co-written with Marianas Trench frontman Josh Ramsay and Tavish Crowe, the song catapulted Jepsen to the top of the music charts, becoming the best-selling single of the year and reaching number one in an incredible 47 countries worldwide. Jepsen, Ramsay, and Crowe will be honoured for “Call Me Maybe” as the Most Performed Song in SOCAN history.Jack Lenz – from Due South to Little Mosque on the Prairie, Atomic Betty to Goosebumps, The Passion of the Christ and so many more, Jack Lenz has been a part of our television and movie experience for decades. For his incredible contributions to screen composition, Jack Lenz will be honoured as the Most Performed Screen Composer in SOCAN history. Facebook Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Chad Kroeger and Carly Rae Jepsen Advertisementlast_img read more

NASHVILLE NORTH LINEUP FEATURES CHAD BROWNLEE KIEFER SUTHERLAND

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Revellers can two-step their hearts out to acts including Chad Brownlee, the Reklaws and Kiefer Sutherland under the Nashville North tent at this year’s Calgary Stampede.For the first time, the venue is adding a patio, as it looks to extend the country music party outdoors.Actor-singer Kiefer Sutherland. JULIE JACOBSON / APThe full lineup also includes Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr., Aaron Goodvin, Tebey, Jess Moskaluke, Jade Eagleson, Andrew Hyatt, David James, Brad Saunders, Dani Strong, Foxx Worthee, Michela Sheedy, Ryan Lindsay and Tristan Horncastle. The Budweiser Big Ticket act on Sneak-A-Peek, which takes place July 4, features Emerson Drive.The Reklaws.This year’s Stampede runs July 5 to 14. Entry to Nashville North is free with admission to the park.For more information on Nashville North’s daily performances schedule, visit calgarystampede.com/stampede/music/nashville-north.BY SAMMY HUDES ~ THE CALGARY HERALDcenter_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Chad Brownlee performs at Country Thunder in Calgary on Aug. 17, 2018. POSTMEDIA ARCHIVESlast_img read more

Manitoba Treaty 1 Idle No More blockade shuts down TransCanada

first_imgAPTN National NewsSupporters of the Idle No More movement are coming out in droves.On Saturday, some Treaty 1 First Nations people set up a roadblock on the Trans-Canada highway.Band members from at least three First Nations in Manitoba, including Sandy Bay, Long Plain and Swan Lake felt that blocking this road was an effective way to get their message out.APTN National News reporter Francine Compton has this story.last_img