Stars Get Arty For Tigers

first_imgThe stars have come out in force to support the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s TigerTime campaign to save the tiger in the wild by creating some fabulous original art.The postcard sized masterpieces will form part of the Foundation’s week of Wildlife Art at the Mall Galleries in London which opens to the public from 4 – 8 June.The exciting collection includes work by Joanna Lumley, Hugh Bonneville, Sir Michael Parkinson, David Gower, Elizabeth Emanuel, Alan Titchmarsh, Sandi Toksvig, Nigel Barker, Peter Egan, Jody Craddock, Deborah Meaden, Sarah-Jane Honeywell, Jane Fallon, Lucy Pinder, Jon Richardson, Sir Stirling Moss, Emre Erturk, Slash, Brian May, Simon King, Nick Hendrie, Francis Rossi and Samantha Fox.You can bid for any of the celebrity tigers by emailing your celebrity choice along with your best offer and contact details including phone number to: bids@tigertime.info with the subject heading ‘Stars & Stripes’. All offers must be received by Sunday 9th June.Alternatively, visit the Week of Wildlife Art at the Mall Galleries, London SW1 4-8 June to see all the original celebrity artwork on display and bid for them in the Gallery. Stars & Stripes forms part of a wonderful week of Wildlife Art featuring:Wildlife Artist of the Year in the Main Gallery
The 2013 shortlist for this coveted annual £10,000 prize – with stunning original artwork and sculpture from around the world. All pieces are for sale with profit supporting endangered wildlife.Three Generations of the Shepherd Family in the North Gallery
Original works and limited editions from David Shepherd CBE, original watercolours from Mandy Shepherd and fabulous mixed media originals from Emily Lamb.‘Urban Safari’ by Jeremy Houghton in the Threadneedle Space
Stunning contemporary original work by Jeremy Houghton – one of the official 2012 BT Olympic artists.Opening times and events:Monday 3rd June – Private View and Prize Giving Evening with David Shepherd CBE and special guests – call 01483 272323 for details 
Public Opening Times FREE entry Tues- Sat 10-5pm (4pm Sat) 
FREE painting demos Wed 5, 12-3pm with Hazel Soan 
Sat 8, 10-2pm with Mandy Shepherd and Emily LambView the full catalogue online here.last_img read more

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Stars Record Classic Protest Songs For ONE Campaign

first_imgThe ONE Campaign this week launched agit8, a unique music-based campaign designed to build pressure for action against extreme poverty in the crucial week leading up to the G8 summit in Northern Ireland.The campaign includes a digital music platform featuring new video recordings of classic protest songs, a new Richard Curtis film that will be projected on the iconic façade of the Tate Modern in London and impromptu live performances.‘’Music is a powerful tool in galvanizing people around an issue,’’ said Ed Sheeran, who recorded a new version of Bob Dylan’s classic, ‘’Masters of War’’ for agit8. ’’There’s no better way to get your point across than to put it in a beautiful song.’’Sheeran is joining other artists, including Mumford & Sons, U2, Elvis Costello, Angelique Kidjo, Sting, Rokia Traore and Macklemore to urge and inspire a new generation to take action in the fight against the injustices of extreme poverty and hunger. Artists from Mali, Senegal, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Algeria, USA, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Belgium are taking part. Exclusive videos of their performances are available at one.org/protestsongs.Throughout history, great injustices like slavery and apartheid have been overcome when public protest became too loud for politicians to ignore. Today, with 20,000 children dying needlessly every day from poverty and hunger, ONE says it’s time to turn up the volume. Extreme poverty can be virtually eliminated by 2030, but it won’t happen on its own, which is why ONE is calling for millions more voices to urge those in power to finish the job.The first step towards this goal is ensuring the right decisions are made at the G8 Summit on June 17-18. ONE is calling on UK Prime Minister David Cameron to agree an ‘’Enniskillen Declaration’’ on the issues of malnutrition and transparency, so that people in Africa can not only produce enough decent food, but also get the information they need to fight corruption and hold their governments accountable.To illustrate the power of protest, legendary filmmaker and activist Richard Curtis has created a new 30-minute film which celebrates how protest, and its music, has led to progress over the course of history. The film will be projected onto the iconic Tate Modern in London at 22:00BST on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.‘’Music and advocacy are natural allies,’’ said Michael Elliott, Chief Executive Officer of ONE. ’’We’ve seen the two come together many times to shape and change society. Music has been a powerful force throughout history and now we want world leaders to hear that we’re serious about ending extreme poverty by 2030.’’Adrian Lovett, Executive Director Europe added: ‘’When people act together, mountains can be moved. Next week’s G8 summit could take a big step towards ending the injustice of extreme poverty, but only if people raise their voices. That’s why artists from all over the world are getting on their soapboxes to inspire millions of people to make a noise and demand action.last_img read more

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Rita Moreno Reads For Childrens Literacy Website

first_imgThe Screen Actors Guild Foundation has released the newest video to its children’s literacy website Storyline Online: I Need My Monster, written by Amanda Noll, illustrated by Howard McWilliam and read by legendary actress, singer and author Rita Moreno.To help inspire a love of reading in children, Story Online streams 25 creative videos that feature celebrated actors reading award-winning children’s books.“I was thrilled to read I Need My Monster for Storyline Online,” said Rita Moreno, actor and SAG Life Achievement Award recipient. “Reading aloud to a child is one of the best ways to inspire imagination and a love of the written word, and Storyline Online is an outstanding resource for children, parents and teachers to achieve this goal.”

In addition to earning an Oscar, two Emmys, a Tony, a Grammy, the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of the Arts, Moreno received the 2013 SAG Life Achievement Award at the 20th Annual SAG Awards on January 18, 2014 for her career achievements and humanitarian work including her work with the SAG Foundation’s children’s literacy programs.Moreno joins fellow SAG Life Achievement Award recipients Ernest Borgnine, James Earl Jones and Betty White as Storyline Online readers along with Annette Bening, Elijah Wood, Hector Elizondo and others.

”The SAG Foundation takes pride in providing a venue for actors to give back through their natural storytelling talents,” said JoBeth Williams, SAG Foundation President. “We are so honored to have this year’s SAG Life Achievement Award recipient Rita Moreno join the ranks of our Storyline Online readers and help us in the important task of promoting children’s literacy in schools and at home.”

On Thursday, January 23, Moreno will read I Need My Monster to second and third grade students at Rosa Parks Elementary in Berkley, California.

With more than 50 million lifetime views, Storyline Online videos are available 24 hours a day for children, parents and educators around the world. For each video, the site provides supplemental curriculum developed by an early childhood literacy specialist that aims to strengthen comprehension, verbal and written skills for English-language learners worldwide. Visit Storyline Online at storylineonline.net.last_img read more

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Anderson Cooper To Return As Host Of Elton Johns Enduring Vision

first_imgOn Tuesday, October 28, 2014, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will present its 13th annual An Enduring Vision benefit at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.The Foundation welcomes back award-winning CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who will host the event for a seventh year.Founder Sir Elton John and Chairman David Furnish will present EJAF’s Enduring Vision Awards to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Charlie Hendon, Jay Jopling, and Nathalie and Pablo Salame. The Foundation honors Governor Cuomo for all of his extraordinary contributions to the fight against AIDS, especially his plan to end AIDS in New York State by 2020, and for his tremendous leadership in bringing marriage equality to New York. Atlanta real estate developer Charlie Hendon has been a devoted friend and generous supporter of EJAF’s work for many years. Jay Jopling, proprietor of the prominent gallery White Cube and a loyal EJAF supporter and advocate, has assisted the Foundation on numerous occasions by securing significant pieces of art for live auctions and art projects, helping to raise millions of dollars over the years for EJAF’s urgent mission. In addition to their extraordinary philanthropic support for the Foundation, Nathalie and Pablo Salame are also vocal champions of both EJAF’s work and LGBT rights issues.Sir Elton John and David Furnish serve as the honorary chairs for An Enduring Vision, joined by their Co-Chairs Philip E. Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Johnny and Edwina Barbis, Jennifer Bayer Michaels, Ken Bernstein, Scott Bessent and John Freeman, Joseph W. Blount, Jess Cagle, John Demsey, James Dolan, Isabelle Ealet and John Corbani, Tim Hanlon and Anthony Klatt, Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, Donna Karan, Nikolaos D. Koklonis, Robert K. Kraft, Leonard A. Lauder, Matt Lauer, Sandra Lee, Jenna Lyons and Courtney Crangi, Joe McMillan, Leslie Moonves, Thomas E. Moore III and Mark Reynolds, James L. Nederlander, Adam Norbury and R. Martin Chavez, Ronald O. Perelman, Michael Rapino, Lily Safra, Brooke Shields, Ingrid Sischy and Sandra Brant, Jerry Speyer and Katherine Farley, and Ashok and Maggie Varadhan.Presenting Sponsors for the event are American Airlines, Goldman Sachs Gives, Robert K. Kraft, Wells Fargo, and Airfasttickets.Co-Sponsors are Joseph W. Blount, The John R. Eckel Jr. Foundation, Leonard A. Lauder, and MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, Inc.Gold Sponsors are Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, Gilead Sciences, M•A•C Viva Glam, The Maurice Marciano Family Foundation, and Jerry Speyer and Katherine Farley.Silver Sponsors are Acadia Realty Trust, BVGALRI, Don Capoccia and Tom Pegues, James L. Nederlander, and Adam Norbury and R. Martin Chavez.Special thanks to Cîroc Ultra Premium Vodka, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Veuve Clicquot, and Weinberg Glass.For ticket information, please contact Andreas Schwarz at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, 212.219.0670 or andreas.schwarz@ejaf.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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RJ Mitte To Host Sundance Panel On People With Disabilities In The

Adam Moore, Moderator—National director of EEO & Diversity for SAG-AFTRA. Moore is responsible for developing and implementing a national diversity plan of action for SAG-AFTRA to achieve accurate representation of those groups historically excluded from the entertainment and news media. Lizzy Weiss – Writer, Producer (“Switched at Birth”, “Blue Crush”). Her show “Switched at Birth” features multiple deaf and hard-of-hearing characters (played by deaf and hard-of-hearing actors.) She also cast Mitte to play a paralyzed student who uses a wheelchair. Attendees: Tim Daly (“Madame Secretary”), Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Director of “American Horror Story”), Kearran Giovanni (“Major Crimes”) and Allen Maldonado (“Dope”).Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 facilities, located in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. All services are provided, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.WHEN: Sunday, January 25, 2015
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. WHERE: Filmmakers Lodge550 Main Street, Second Floor Park City, UT 84060 Amy Purdy – Paralympic Medalist, Dancing with the Stars finalist, author and professional speaker, will discuss her inspirational path to success on the slopes, in the ballroom and in front of the camera. J.R. Martinez – Actor (“All My Children”, “Dancing with the Stars” season 13 champion), best-selling author, speaker, US Army veteran. He will reflect on his career and acting pursuits with burn injuries sustained during deployment in Iraq. Peter Farrelly—Writer and Director (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber To). Peter has been an outspoken and passionate advocate on diversity, giving roles to actors with physical and mental disabilities in almost all of his films. In film and television, portrayals of characters with disabilities are rare. Even fewer people with disabilities appear on screen and work in those industries.In 2014, eleven of the 813 regular roles on major network television portrayed a character with a disability despite the nearly 38 million U.S. non-institutionalized citizens who report living with an apparent disability. Only one of those eleven performers actually lives with a disability.To ensure roles in film and television better reflect the diversity of America and serve as inspiration for youth living with disabilities, actor RJ Mitte, best known for his portrayal of “Walter ‘Flynn’ White, Jr.” on the AMC hit Breaking Bad, will host a thoughtful panel discussion on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 as a hosted event during the Sundance Film Festival’s panel series.Presented by Shriners Hospitals for Children, the panel will encourage the entertainment industry to break down barriers and create opportunities for people with disabilities in front of and behind the camera.Taking part will be: RJ Mitte—Actor (Breaking Bad, Switched At Birth) with cerebral palsy, a former patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children and current national Love to the Rescue® Ambassador will share his personal story of pursuing an acting career. read more

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Mrs Brown Star Brendan OCarroll Donates To Grieving Family

first_imgMrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll has donated $50,000 to a grieving family while on tour in Australia.The comedian was appearing on a current affairs show when he became aware of the story of Sarah Paino, who was killed in a horror car crash in Hobart, Tasmania, while 32 weeks pregnant.The 24-year-old mother was killed when teenage joyriders in a stolen car smashed into her vehicle, but doctors were able to save her unborn son.When Brendan heard the story, he immediately stepped up to help Sarah’s partner, Daniel Stirling, her 2-year-old son and her newborn son.“I was really touched by the piece you did on Daniel (Stirling) in Hobart,” Brendan told hosts of the show The Project. “We’re very much a family so if it’s okay with you guys, we as the Brown family would like to donate 50 grand to that fund.“We’re travelling out to do the show in Hobart and we hope to make you guys smile – but in the meantime Hobart’s been really good to us and we’d want to get a chance to be good back.”To find out how you can donate to the cause, click here.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Rob Thomas Performs At StarStudded Global Lyme Alliance New York City Gala

first_imgGlobal Lyme Alliance (GLA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to the research and education of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, announced its third annual New York City Gala raised $2 million.Rob Thomas and Chris DaughtryCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesThe funding will support GLA’s mission to advance scientific research leading to a reliable diagnostic test and better treatment protocols, as well as educate both the public and physicians about Lyme disease.This year’s gala, produced by celebrity event planner Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events, was attended by more than 700 supporters at Cipriani 42nd Street and honored Marisol Thomas, philanthropist, animal rights advocate and wife of Grammy Award-winning musician Rob Thomas and Joseph Abboud, celebrated and award-winning menswear designer and author of Threads: My Life Behind the Seams in the High-Stakes World of Fashion and Fashion Designer Encyclopedia, for their active roles in driving awareness of Lyme disease and their commitment to finding a cure for this complex and misunderstood disease. The event was hosted by Rosanna Scotto, co-anchor of FOX 5’s Good Day New York.Yolanda Hadid and Bryan AdamsCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesCelebrated event planner Larry Scott of Lawrence Scott Events produced and designed the gala for the third year in a row, including donating the décor. The space was decorated in a black and gold color scheme, featuring sleek centerpieces and stunning floral arrangements. Scott is as well-known for producing spectacular, one-of-a-kind events as he is for his commitment to philanthropy. With a long-standing dedication to the community and decades of charitable endeavors, Scott is both a devoted philanthropist and legendary event planner. He supports more than 30 charities annually, including the Global Lyme Alliance.For Scott, it’s all about the mix — the high and the low, the formal and relaxed — when it comes to creating a truly standout celebration. Scott’s innate understanding of his guests makes everyone feel included; and his usage of exclusively in-house services means clients receive only the best in custom décor, food, florals, and entertainment, creating timeless, unforgettable events.“The threat of Lyme is real, and growing by the day. This gala helps get us closer to finding answers, and ultimately a cure for Lyme disease, thanks to the support and generosity of everyone involved,” said GLA CEO Scott Santarella. “We are truly grateful to have such tremendous support this year. From our honorees, to our co-chairs, donors, and everyone else who played a role in making this event successful, we are so thankful.”The Co-Chairs for the gala included Tim Baxter, president and CEO, Samsung Electronics America; Nick Lippman, partner, Lippman Entertainment; Jay McInerney, best-selling author; Jarrod Nadel, chief product development director, Tailored Brands, Inc.; Julian Niccolini, partner, The Four Seasons Restaurant; David Nolan, vice chairman, Millennium Management; Larry Scott, owner, Lawrence Scott Events; Rob Thomas, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and producer; Alex von Bidder, partner, The Four Seasons Restaurant. The evening’s Honorary Event chairs included Yolanda Hadid, television personality and author; Ally Hilfiger, author, Lyme advocate and fashion designer; Dee and Tommy Hilfiger; Thalia Mottola, singer/songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur; Mike Schneider, broadcast journalist and documentary producer.The ceremony was followed by performances from special musical guests, including Grammy award- winning artist Rob Thomas and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and front man for the band bearing his name Chris Daughtry. Guests were also treated to amazing food inspired by The Four Seasons Restaurant’s new menu, courtesy of executive chef Pecko Zantilaveevan.Notable attendees included Larry Scott, Yolanda Hadid, Ally Hilfiger, Marisol and Rob Thomas, Chris Daughtry, Bryan Adams, Ramona Singer, Joseph Abboud, Jean Shafiroff, Rosanna Scotto, Jim Miller, Charles Balducci, Debbie Siciliano, Rob Kobre, Diane Blanchard, Scott Santarella, Staci Grodin, Andrew Saffir, Daniel Benedict, Richard Baker and many others.Everyone is susceptible to Lyme and is just one tick bite away from contracting the disease. Cases of Lyme have been reported in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, making it a health crisis with worldwide impact. Additionally, current diagnostic tests for Lyme disease are inaccurate in more than fifty percent of Lyme patients, leading to both failed and misdiagnoses.The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982. 329,000 people in the United States alone contract Lyme disease each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.last_img read more

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Gord Downie to play Secret Path shows to honour Chanie Wenjack

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement Gord Downie for promotional use / CD packaging LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie will play two concerts in support of his Secret Path project — a set of songs and a graphic novel honouring Chanie Wenjack.Tickets go on sale on Friday at gorddownie.com/shows.Wenjack, a 12-year-old Ojibway boy, died from hunger and exposure after trying to find his way home from a residential school near Kenora, Ont., fifty years ago.center_img Facebook Downie, who has terminal brain cancer, recently performed in several Canadian cities alongside the Hip, culminating in a nationally-broadcast concert in Kingston, Ont.“Chanie haunts me. His story is Canada’s story,” Downie said in a statement when the project was revealed. The Secret Path project includes 10 songs, and a graphic novel by award-winning author Jeff Lemire. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Metallica play a surprise charity show in Toronto on Nov 29

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Heavy-metal legends Metallica revealed Monday that they’ll play a special charity concert at Toronto’s Opera House next week in celebration of the band’s 10th studio album, Hardwired … To Self-Destruct.“We can’t get enough of that hot, sweaty old-school small show vibe,” the band said on its website, explaining the choice of the relatively intimate (capacity: 950) Queen St. E. venue. The band has priced two separate sets of tickets for the Nov. 29 show, with all proceeds going to The Daily Bread Food Bank.Fifth Members — that is, members of the band’s fan club — will be able to purchase pre-sale tickets between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Wednesday for $25 via Tickemaster.ca. Non-members will be able to purchase two tickets per person on the same day, as of 11 a.m. for $100. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Aside from the proceeds, the band will set up collection bins and encourages all people in attendance to bring non-perishable food items.BY ANDREJ IVANOV Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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24 HOURS with … Alessia Cara

first_img“I did hear Camila left,” said Cara.“I feel like everyone is so dramatic about it. It’s kind of like when Zayn left One Direction. I can imagine, ‘cause when you’re dedicated to a group for so long, you would be sad. But it’s important to always do what’s best for you. So if that’s what makes her happy then people should just accept it.”We caught up with Cara who arrived back in Toronto early Monday morning at Sick Kids to take part in the Canada-wide Duracell campaign, now in its tenth year (duracell.com/CMN for more information).Why did you decide to join the Duracell campaign?I actually was a patient [at Sick Kids] growing up. Canadian R&B-pop star Alessia Cara understands the drama over Camila Cabello leaving American girl group Fifth Harmony to pursue a solo career.But she also empathizes with the need to follow your own bliss.The 20-year-old Brampton, Ontario singer-songwriter is fresh off her last gig of 2016 at the Miami Jingle Ball Sunday night where she shared the bill with Fifth Harmony, who also had their last performance with Cabello. Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Media Darling Katherine Flemming

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own?New York Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Allure, Vogue, ELLE U.S., Bon Appetit, Fast Company, Inc., The Pool, Porter, The Guardian, Jezebel, Well and Good NYC, Washington Post, Hollywood Reporter, Lainey Gossip, WhoWeekly, Sasha Answers, Savage Lovecast, Modern Love, Ted Radio Hour,  S-Town, Fat Mascara, Fat Mascara, Dear Sugar, RadioLab, and Jillian Michaels. Twitter As ELLE Canada’s Health and Beauty Editor, Katherine Flemming directs the beauty content across ELLE Canada and ELLECanada.com, where she has worked for the last four years. Prior to that, she was the Senior Beauty and Health Editor at Canadian Living, and has freelanced for publications such as Glow, Fashion, TV Guide and Metro News. She’s has been covering the beauty beat for over ten years, and has no desire to wean herself off of raspberry coloured lipstick anytime soon.What was your first job?Selling prestige fragrance at a department store. So, not the furthest from my current chair. It unsurprisingly shaped a lot of my sentiments toward beauty.Best advice for people getting started in your industry?Be authentic, check your entitlement, make connections, recognize timing, be authentic, work hard. There is no secret sauce (although Biologique Recherche P50 really does work). Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Winnipeg First Nations man says police took him on starlight tour

first_imgBy Tiar WilsonAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG–A 20 year-old First Nations man says he was taken on a starlight tour by Winnipeg police who dumped him on the outskirts of the city and told him to run or else he would be Tasered.Evan Maud said he was walking home from visiting his brother at 4 a.m. this past Friday when an unmarked black police car pulled up beside him.Maud said there were two officers in the car, one with a bullet proof vest and the other wearing a police jacket.Maud, who is in the midst of finishing Grade 12, said the officers accused him of being involved in break and enters and car theft, before taking him on a trip to the city’s edge.Maud, who claimed to only have had a couple drinks that night, said the officers drove him to the outskirt of the city where they took his jacket and sweater and gave him another sweater before telling him to run or he would be Tasered.“I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t know what to do,” said Maud.He said the experience left him so shaken he would now never walk alone at night.“I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else,” he said. “You got to walk with at least two or three people.”The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs said they planned to hold an emergency meeting with Maud’s family to discuss the incident.A recent study found that Winnipeg police had dumped at least 76 people on roads and highways outside the city on starlight tours.The University of Winnipeg study found that police targeted young Aboriginal men.Starlight tours, where police take individuals to the outskirts of the city to sober up, can have deadly consequences.In 1990, Neil Stonechild was found frozen to death outside Saskatoon after he was taken on a starlight tour.Two police officers were eventually convicted of unlawful confinement and sentenced to eight months in jail.twilson@aptn.caEDITOR’S NOTE: Evan Maud’s allegations have been proven false and he has publicly apologized to the Winnipeg police service.last_img read more

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Governments argue while more children face risk

first_imgAPTN National NewsJordan’s Principle was named after Jordan River Anderson.Anderson was a five-year-old boy from the Norway House Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. He died in hospital while governments argued over who should pay his medical bills.As APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson finds out, governments continue to argue while more kids are at risk.On Friday, APTN InFocus will take a closer look at the issue.last_img

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Just TV motivates atrisk youth

first_imgAPTN National NewsYoung people in Winnipeg are being woo-ed off the streets and in front of a video camera.People who run an innovative inner city program in Winnipeg are hoping the offer will divert at-risk youth from a life of gangs, substance abuse and crime.With a closer look, here’s APTN’s Matt Thordarsonlast_img

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Strands from rope that hung Riel donated to museum

first_imgAPTN National NewsA piece of Metis history is now home.Strands of rope believed to have been used to hang Louis Riel have been donated to the Museum of Winnipeg.The museum is said to have the largest Louis Riel collection on display anywhere.The bits of rope were donated by the daughter of former Manitoba premier Duff Roblin. They were kept in an envelope labelled with the name “Captain Young.”Young was the one who escorted Riel from Batoche, Sask., to Regina where he was hanged for treason in 1885.The museum’s director says they are always excited to receive artifacts like these.last_img read more

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Roots shares plunge in trading debut on TSX amid challenging retail environment

first_imgTORONTO – Shares of retailer Roots Corp. had a less-than-stellar initial public offering, plummeting more than 16 per cent on the stock’s first day of trading.The stock (TSX:ROOT) was priced at $12 per share at market open, but quickly fell to a low of $9.48 by early afternoon.The shares were down 16.67 per cent, at $10.00 on the Toronto Stock Exchange at the close of markets Wednesday.For the heritage-fashion retailer, the switch from being a private company for more than four decades comes against a challenging retail environment that’s seen numerous bankruptcies, mass store closures and layoffs in recent years.“We are in the early stages of leveraging our strategic operational investments to support our continued growth in Canada, the United States and internationally,” said Roots CEO Jim Gabel in a released statement.“Our TSX listing provides an additional platform to help us unlock the potential of the Roots brand.”The debut of Roots as a publicly-traded company follows recent initial public offerings by other Canadian fashion companies, including Aritzia Inc. (TSX:ATZ) and Canada Goose Holdings Inc. (TSX:GOOS).Shares in Canada Goose have soared since they began trading earlier this year, however Aritzia shares have struggled and fallen well below their IPO price.Roots is in the midst of planning a massive North American and international expansion over the next several years.The company, known for its poor-boy style hats and woolly winter mitts that have adorned both Canada’s Olympic athletes and consumers, currently operates 120 stores in North America and has a partner running another 136 between Taiwan and China.Roots is looking to open dozens of new locations. That includes up to 10 in Canada and up to 14 in the U.S. by the end of its 2019 financial year.It’s also eyeing international markets, hoping to add up to 25 new locations in Taiwan and China, and build a presence in Singapore and Malaysia in the same time frame.Beyond that, the company is evaluating partnerships in a dozen new markets abroad.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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German automakers face heat over tests on monkeys humans

first_imgFRANKFURT – Public criticism of the German auto industry has escalated after a report that an industry-sponsored entity commissioned a study of the effects of diesel exhaust using monkeys, while another study exposed humans to low levels of one type of air pollutant.The German government on Monday condemned the experiments and Volkswagen sought to distance itself from them, with its chairman saying that “in the name of the whole board I emphatically disavow such practices.”The tests were reportedly commissioned by a research group funded by major German auto companies.Revelations of the tests add a twist to the German auto industry’s attempt to move past Volkswagen’s scandal over cheating on diesel tests and the resulting questioning of diesel technology across the industry.Volkswagen Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch said the tests must be “investigated completely and without reservation,” the dpa news agency reported.A report by The New York Times found that the research group financed by top German car manufacturers commissioned experiments in which one group of monkeys was exposed to diesel exhaust from a late-model Volkswagen, while another group was exposed to fumes from an older Ford pickup.The experiments were carried out in 2014 before Volkswagen was caught using software that let vehicles cheat on emissions tests. They were intended to show modern diesel technology had solved the problem of excess emissions, but according to the Times report the Volkswagen car in the tests was equipped with illegal software that turned emissions controls on while the car was on test stands and off during regular driving.Volkswagen admitted using the software in 2015. The Volkswagen scandal led to public scrutiny of diesel emissions as regulators discovered that other companies’ vehicles also had higher emissions on the road than during testing, though not necessarily through illegal rigging. The industry has had to fend off calls for diesel bans in German cities with high pollution levels.Daimler AG said it was “appalled by the nature and extent of the studies” and said that, though it didn’t have any influence on the studies’ design, “we have launched a comprehensive investigation into the matter.”BMW said that it “did not participate in the mentioned study” on animals “and distances itself from this study.” It said it was investigating the work and background of the research group.The Times report said the group that commissioned the studies, known by German initial EUGT, got all of its funding from the three automakers.The Times report was followed by one in Monday’s edition of the Stuttgarter Zeitung daily that the now-closed research group also commissioned tests in which humans were exposed to nitrogen dioxide, which belongs to a class of pollutants known as nitrogen oxides. The group reportedly said the tests showed no effect on the subjects.The human study, carried out by Aachen University, involved studying the effects of exposing 25 subjects, mostly students, to low levels of nitrogen dioxide like those that could be found in the environment — from a 40-litre bottle, not a diesel engine. The individuals gave informed written consent for the study, which was approved by the ethics committee of the university’s medical faculty, according to the study. The university said the study had no relation to the diesel scandal.The German government condemned the reported tests on animals and humans. Transport Minister Christian Schmidt “has no understanding for such tests … that do not serve science but merely PR aims,” spokesman Ingo Strater told reporters in Berlin.He called for the companies concerned to provide “immediate and detailed” responses, and said a ministry commission of inquiry that was set up after the emissions scandal broke will hold a special meeting to examine whether there are any other cases.Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said that “the disgust many people are feeling is absolutely understandable.”“These tests on monkeys or even humans can in no way be ethically justified,” Seibert said. “They raise many critical questions for those behind these tests, and these questions must urgently be answered.”He questioned the aims of the tests. “The automakers have to reduce emissions of harmful substances further and further,” he said. “They should not be trying to prove the supposed harmlessness of exhaust with the help of monkeys or even humans.”Seibert said that the supervisory boards of the companies concerned “have a particular responsibility.”The governor of the German state of Lower Saxony, a major shareholder in Volkswagen, added his voice to calls for quick answers.Stephan Weil, who sits on VW’s supervisory board, stressed that “the behaviour of the company must in every respect fulfil ethical demands.” He said he hadn’t known about the tests.___This story has been corrected to show that a research group commissioned the tests, not that it carried them out. A previous version corrected the first paragraph to show that the second set of tests on humans didn’t involve diesel exhaust.last_img read more

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Crescent Point Energy cuts 17 of workforce plans to reduce debt by

first_imgCALGARY – Crescent Point Energy Corp. says it plans to reduce its workforce by 17 per cent, sell some infrastructure assets and reduce its debt by more than $1 billion by the end of 2019.The Calgary-based company says the workforce reduction will lower expenses by more than $50 million annually, but it didn’t say how many people would be affected.According to a regulatory filing, it had 1,085 permanent employees at the end of December, including 462 at its head office.Crescent Point also confirmed Craig Bryksa is the new president and chief executive. He replaced long-time CEO Scott Saxberg on an interim basis in May.“This restructuring is difficult, however we needed to adjust the organization to match our current business needs,” Bryksa said in a statement.“We are all focused on executing our transition plan and are excited about Crescent Point’s future.”The company said it will focus on its Viewfield, Shaunavon and Flat Lake resource plays and to continue advancing emerging and early-stage plays in the Uinta Basin and East Shale Duvernay areas.It’s also reviewing the sale of some infrastructure assets.At Crescent Point’s board of directors, Robert (Bob) Heinemann replaces Peter Bannister as chariman.The appointments of a new chairman and CEO are part of a previously disclosed review of governance that began in late 2017.Earlier this year, Crescent Point shareholders rejected a dissident slate of directors that was put forth by Cation Capital Inc., which had been critical of the company and its compensation policies.The company said Wednesday that a recent restructuring of its executive team is expected to reduce annual compensation for the five current highest-paid executives by 20 per cent compared with 2017.Companies in this story: (TSX:CPG)last_img read more

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Facebook says 50M user accounts affected by security breach

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Facebook says it recently discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million user accounts.The hack is the latest setback for Facebook during a year of tumult for the global social media service.In a blog post , the company says hackers exploited a bug that affected its “View As” feature, which lets people see what their profiles look like to someone else. That would let attackers steal the “access tokens” Facebook uses to keep people logged in. Possession of those tokens would allow attackers to “seize control” of user accounts, Facebook said.Facebook says it has taken steps to fix the security problem and alerted law enforcement.To deal with the issue, Facebook reset some logins, so 90 million people have been logged out and will have to log in again. That includes anyone who has been subject to a “View As” lookup in the past year.Facebook says it doesn’t know who is behind the attacks or where they’re based. In a call with reporters on Friday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company doesn’t know yet if any of the accounts that were hacked were misused.Jake Williams, a security expert at Rendition Infosec, said the stolen access tokens would have likely allowed attackers to view private posts and probably post status updates or shared posts as the compromised user, but wouldn’t affect passwords.“The bigger concern (and something we don’t know yet) is whether third party applications were impacted,” Williams said in a text exchange. “Facebook offers a login service for third parties to allow users to log into their apps using Facebook. In other words, Facebook is providing the identity management for countless other sites and services. These access tokens that were stolen show when a user is logged into Facebook and that may be enough to access a user’s account on a third party site.News broke early this year that data analytics firm that once worked for the Trump campaign, Cambridge Analytica, had gained access to personal data from millions of user profiles. Then a congressional investigation found that agents from Russia and other countries have been posting fake political ads since at least 2016. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared at a Congressional hearing over Facebook’s privacy policies in April.Facebook has more than 2 billion users worldwide. The company said people do not need to change their Facebook passwords, but anyone having trouble logging on should visit the site’s help centre . Those who want to log out can visit the “Security and Login” section of their settings, which lists the places that people are logged into Facebook. It has a one-click option of logging out of all locations.Ed Mierzwinski, the senior director of consumer advocacy group U.S. PIRG, said the breach was “very troubling.”“It’s yet another warning that Congress must not enact any national data security or data breach legislation that weakens current state privacy laws, preempts the rights of states to pass new laws that protect their consumers better, or denies their attorneys general rights to investigate violations of or enforce those laws,” he said in a statement.Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said “the most important point is that we found out from them,” meaning Facebook, as opposed to a third party.“As a user, I want Facebook to proactively protect my data and let me know when it’s compromised,” he said. “Shareholders should ultimately approve of Facebook’s handling of the issue.”___An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the day of Mark Zuckerberg’s call with reporters.___AP technology reporter Frank Bajak in Boston contributed to this report.last_img read more

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What is Boxing Day and how did it get its name

first_imgLONDON — In Britain and other countries like Australia and Canada, the day after Christmas is a secular national holiday known as Boxing Day. Here’s a brief look at some theories about how the holiday got its name and how people celebrate it:NO NEED FOR BOXING GLOVESWhile no one seems to know for sure how it came to be called Boxing Day, it definitely has nothing to do with the sport of boxing. Perhaps the most widely held understanding of its origins comes from the tradition of wealthier members of society giving servants and tradesmen a so-called Christmas Box containing money and gifts on the day after Christmas.It was seen as a reward for a year’s worth of service. Other believe it comes from the post-Christmas custom of churches placing boxes outside their doors to collect money for distribution to less-fortunate members of society in need of Christmas cheer.Some trace it to Britain’s proud naval tradition and the days when a sealed box of money was kept on board for lengthy voyages and then given to a priest for distribution to the poor if the voyage was successful.There are other explanations, but it’s clear the designation has nothing to do with the modern habit of using the holiday for shopping at “big box” stores selling televisions, computers and the like.SHARING THE WEALTH, AROUND THE COMMONWEALTHNo one knows for sure when Boxing Day started, but some believe it was centuries ago, when servants would be given the day after Christmas off as a day of rest after feverish preparations for their masters’ celebrations.Others trace it back even earlier, to the Roman practice of collecting money in boxes — they say Roman invaders brought this practice to Britain, where it was taken up by the clergy to collect money in boxes for the disadvantaged.The tradition gained popularity during the Victorian era and has flourished to this day. The British Empire may now be a thing of the past, but Boxing Day is still celebrated in some other parts of the Commonwealth, including Canada, Australia and Kenya.SO IF THEY’RE NOT BOXING, WHAT DO PEOPLE ACTUALLY DO ON BOXING DAY?Boxing Day has evolved into a day of relaxation and indulgence — and shopping. It is filled with sporting events (including a marathon soccer schedule tailor-made for TV viewing from a comfortable couch) and it is often a day when people open their homes to family and friends who drop by for turkey, ham and perhaps half-consumed bottles of wine left over from Christmas dinner.In Britain it used to be a day for fox hunting in the frost-tinged countryside, but that practice has been mostly banned for more than a decade now. In its place, “Boxing Day Sales” have flourished, with many Britons lifted from their post-Christmas torpor by the lure of low prices in department stores.Gregory Katz, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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