Will ask embassies to remove Ladakh from travel advisory

first_imgLeh: Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel on Thursday said he would write to all embassies to not include newly formed union territory of Ladakh in any advisory against travelling to Jammu and Kashmir. Patel’s remarks come two days after tourism bodies in Ladakh asked him to tell the world that the union territory is no longer a part of strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir, to send out a message to the global community that the region is peaceful and safe for them to visit.last_img

KVIC chief gets 3 year extension

first_imgNew Delhi: Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena will continue to head the organisation for another three years. An official from the Ministry of MSME said Friday that the Centre granted the extension to Saxena, the only person in the government from corporate side heading an autonomous body, with effect from September 5, 2019. Saxena, first appointed KVIC Chairman in October 2015, explored untapped streams of Khadi and Village Industries and implemented many innovative schemes like ‘Honey Mission’, ‘Kumhaar Sashaktikaran Scheme’ and leather artisans development scheme, he said.last_img read more

Air India Assets Holdings maiden bond issue fully subscribed raises Rs 7000

first_imgNew Delhi: Air India Assets Holdings Ltd (AIAHL) on Monday raised Rs 7,000 crore through bonds issue, which was oversubscribed. AIAHL is a special purpose vehicle of national carrier Air India. As part of efforts to clean up the balance sheet of Air India, which has a debt burden of more than Rs 58,000 crore, little over half of the amount is to be repaid by way of proceeds from the issuance of bonds by AIAHL. An Air India spokesperson on Monday said AIAHL’s bond issue with a three-year tenure of Rs 1,000 crore with a green shoe option of Rs 6,000 crore has been fully subscribed at 6.99 per cent. “The company received bids worth Rs 20,830 crore, which is the highest in the yield based bond market in the history of BSE. The company has decided to accept the entire issue of Rs 7,000 crore,” the spokesperson said. Last week, PTI reported that AIAHL would come out with its bonds issue worth Rs 7,000 crore on September 16.last_img read more

Hudsons Bay eliminating 2000 positions

first_imgTORONTO – Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) says it is cutting 2,000 jobs, including some it says were previously announced in February.The retail giant says the layoffs are intended to save $350 million annually once the plan is fully implemented by end of fiscal 2018.The company says the savings are required to help offset various challenges it’s facing within the retail sector, which has been beset by store closures with the advent of online shopping.The announcement came as HBC released its first-quarter earnings, which showed a net loss of $221 million, more than double the $97 million loss it had in the same period last year.Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company in North America.It has more than 480 stores and employs more than 66,000 people.last_img read more

Harm reduction workers post list of demands to combat opioid crisis in

first_imgTORONTO – Harm reduction workers in Toronto are calling for the immediate opening of interim safe injection spaces and social housing with a focus on helping drug users as the city deals with a spike in opioid overdoses.The demands were among a list of measures issued by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty and other advocacy groups on Friday, as they called for a declaration of a public health emergency over the issue and asked for the wide distribution of drug testing kits in the city.A string of overdoses and suspected overdose deaths has put the issue of opioid use under the spotlight in Toronto in recent days.Last week, the city announced it was speeding up the opening of three supervised injection sites, and widening the distribution of the opioid overdose antidote naloxone to public health staff, community agencies and first responders. It also asked local police to consider having some officers carry naloxone.This week, more than a dozen harm reduction workers met with Toronto Mayor John Tory on Thursday to discuss the recent rise in overdoses. One attendee described how two workers had to leave early to respond to two overdoses that took place during the meeting itself.Tory said in a statement that the stories he heard from front line workers were “heart-wrenching” and said he would speak with Ontario’s health minister to get more help from the province.Jacob Nagy, a peer supporter at the Queen West Health Centre said that providing social housing that caters to drug users, with specific “harm reduction beds,” would make a difference.“In a regular shelter bed if you get caught using, you get discharged and that’s the difference. The harm reduction beds will turn their heads if they see you using,” said Nagy, who explained that being discharged can lead to people using drugs in a less controlled environment where they could overdose and die.“People are living in poverty and they’re using (drugs) to cope.”He also said that drug users would be less afraid to call 911 if police only responded to overdose calls while carrying naloxone.“With the police being there, it makes people feel vulnerable and at risk of arrest,” said Nagy. “Ultimately, it puts lives at risk.”Advocates also said immediately opening interim drug use spaces would save lives while the city prepared three supervised injection sites that are expected to open later this year.“We’re in the midst of a crisis now, and waiting until the fall for the safe injection sites means that more people will die unnecessarily,” said Jessica Hales, a member of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty“Hopefully we can prevent that by having public sites available so people can intervene if there’s and overdose.”But Coun. Joe Cressy, Chair of the Toronto Drug Strategy Implementation Panel, said that demand was not feasible as injection sites are governed by federal rules.He said, however, that the city was doing everything it can to deal with the rise in overdoses, adding that Toronto needed more action from the provincial and federal government to make bigger strides.“Front line harm reduction workers are losing their friends, their co-workers, they’re losing their clients, and they’re not seeing the level of inter-governmental response that’s required, and I agree with them,” said Cressy, who said he sympathizes with the harm reduction community’s frustration.“While I’m immensely proud of the committed hard work of city staff … I’m the first to acknowledge that just as the provincial and federal governments need to do more, we need to do more as well.”last_img read more

Ontario appeal court upholds convictions for former MP Del Mastro

first_imgTORONTO – A former federal politician has lost his bid to have his convictions for electoral offences overturned.The Ontario Court of Appeal said Wednesday it is upholding Dean Del Mastro’s 2014 convictions on three violations of the Canada Elections Act.Del Mastro was former prime minister Stephen Harper’s one-time point man on defending the Tories against allegations of electoral fraud.He was convicted of overspending, failing to report a personal contribution of $21,000 he made to his own campaign, and filing a false report during the 2008 election.He was sentenced to a month in jail, but has been free on bail since last year as the appeal process moved forward.Del Mastro has 60 days to decide whether to seek leave to bring his appeal before the Supreme Court.“We are actively considering an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada,” his lawyer, Scott Fenton, said Wednesday in an email.“My client is very disappointed with the Court of Appeal’s decision concerning important matters regarding the proper interpretation of the Elections Act as they impacted his trial,” Fenton said.last_img read more

Calgarybased cinema chain sold for 123 million

first_imgCALGARY – Canada’s second-largest chain of movie theatres is being sold to a Belgian firm for about $123 million.Calgary-based Landmark Cinemas says a deal to be purchased by Kinepolis Group of Ghent, Belgium, is expected to close by year-end if it receives Canadian regulatory approvals.Landmark, founded in 1965, operates 44 cinemas and a total of 303 screens in Western Canada, Ontario and the Yukon.Kinepolis reports in a news release that Landmark expects adjusted earnings of $17 million this year. It said it posted $156 million in revenue in 2016, with 58 per cent from ticket sales, 38 per cent from sales of snacks and beverages and 2.5 per cent from screen advertising.Current management will remain in place to oversee Landmark and its 1,450 employees, Kinepolis says, adding it will transfer its “self-learning and self-innovating company culture” to the new organization.Kinepolis says it has 48 cinemas and 500 screens in Belgium, Netherlands, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Poland.last_img read more

Pollution more deadly than smoking AIDS and war new report says

first_imgOTTAWA – Pollution kills more people around the world than war and infectious diseases, says a new report — proof, environmental lobbyists say, of why Canada needs enforceable national air quality standards.The Lancet medical journal study released Thursday says at least nine million people died around the globe in 2015 because of pollution. Almost half of those deaths occurred in India and China, nine out of 10 were in low and middle-income countries, and those most affected came from marginalized and poor communities, the report found.Air, soil and water pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals killed three times more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined and 15 times more people than war and violence, it concludes.Canada has one of the lower rates of pollution-related deaths, according to the report, less than 50 deaths per 100,000 people. By comparison, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan — as well as at least a dozen African nations — recorded rates of more than 151 deaths per 100,000 people.Bruce Lanphear, a health sciences professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, was one of the 40 scientists who worked on the two-year study. He said Canada needs to create better surveillance research to better explore potential links between pollution and diseases like cancer, diabetes, respiratory illnesses and heart failure.“Pollution is man made and that means that we can control it and that means we can prevent these diseases,” Lanphear said.“We spend so much on trying to develop new drugs or on treatment, and this is becoming increasingly costly. But here with pollution we know enough to act and we know enough to prevent a substantial amount of disease and death.”Environmental Defence program manager Muhannad Malas said Canada is one of the only developed countries without national, legally binding and enforceable standards for air quality.“What we have in Canada is basically guidelines,” Malas said.Canada has ambient air quality standards under the Environmental Protection Act that set certain objectives for ozone, sulphur dioxide and fine particulate matter, but they are only voluntary. They also don’t include several of the most troublesome pollutants, including cadmium and benzene, he added.Benzene is a carcinogen which the World Health Organization says has no safe level of exposure for humans.It is also one of the chemicals which leaked without warning to residents in Sarnia’s “Chemical Valley” among nearly 500 incidents of chemical spills uncovered by a joint investigation by the Toronto Star, Global News and journalism students at Ryerson and Concordia universities this month.There was only one public warning issued about those incidents.Chemical Valley — a 40-square kilometre region in Sarnia which is home to more than five dozen chemical plants and oil refineries — was singled out in the Lancet report as an “environmental injustice” for First Nations in the area.The Lancet report also notes an environmental injustice for First Nations in northern Alberta due to pollution from the oilsands.Malas said provincial governments have some laws in place, but they are not uniform. A national standard that can be — and is — enforced is what’s necessary, he argued.“What we’re asking for in this case is national enforceable standards that are at least on par with (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) standards.”In 2016, Ontario introduced strict new standards for benzene but many plants in the Chemical Valley area say those standards can’t be met — plants the government has since given an exemption.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has committed to updating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act next year. That’s the perfect vehicle and the perfect time to finally step up and put strict limits on air pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals to protect Canadians, said Malas.A parliamentary committee studied the issue in 2016, and made more than 80 recommendations last spring to amend the law, including developing national enforceable standards for air and drinking water quality, in concert with the provinces.McKenna said recently she is studying the recommendations and intends to introduce legislation by June 2018.— Follow @mrabson on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the report was released Friday.last_img read more

CRTC report shows Canadians using more broadband and paying more for it

first_imgGATINEAU, Que. – The country’s telecom regulator says Canadians are demanding more, and faster, Internet access, especially on mobile devices.But critics complain that broadband speeds are not keeping up with that demand and it’s getting much more expensive to go online.In its annual communications monitoring report, the CRTC says there were three million more mobile broadband subscriptions taken out by Canadians in 2016 compared with the previous year, a 13.3 per cent increase.And the regulator says Canadians used an average of 1.2 gigabytes of data a month on their wireless devices, a 25 per cent hike from 2015.Average monthly consumption of data using home Internet connections was also up by more than 23 per cent in 2016 compared with the previous year, reaching 128.3 gigabytes, said the report.The CRTC said that, over the last five years, monthly data used by Canadians increased by an average of 40 per cent annually.CRTC chairman Ian Scott says the regulator is working with industry and consumers to ensure greater access.“As the industry continues to invest in their networks to meet current and future demands, the CRTC is establishing a fund to improve broadband access in remote and rural communities,” Scott said in a statement accompanying the report.But broadband advocacy group OpenMedia notes that nine out of 10 Canadians still haven’t subscribed to what the regulator considers “basic” Internet service.“It’s been almost a year since high-speed Internet was declared a basic service in Canada, but we are still far from this being a reality for the majority of Canadians,” said Katy Anderson, OpenMedia’s digital rights advocate.“We’re seeing continued cord-cutting across the country and a significant increase in data usage — but our telecommunications market has not kept up,” Anderson added, saying Canadians also face higher broadband prices than in many other countries, as well as caps on data use.The CRTC last year declared high-speed broadband — with speeds of 10 megabits per second (Mbps) for upload, and 50 Mbps for download — as a basic standard of service. The target date for reaching that goal was set at 2020. It also compelled telecommunications providers to pay $750 million over five years to build broadbrand infrastructure in rural and remote areas.By the end of 2016, those speeds were available to 84 per cent of Canadians, the regulator said.But higher speeds and more data usage has come at a price, with the average household spending $218.42 a month on communications services in 2015, a 1.7 per cent increase over the previous year, the CRTC said.Most of the monthly bill, 40 per cent, was spent on mobile devices, while 25 per cent went for TV services and 21 per cent for Internet. Just 14 per cent went to telephone services.last_img read more

Man faces charges for making and selling fake transit passes in Calgary

first_imgCALGARY – Calgary police have charged a man after a lengthy investigation led to the discovery of more than $1 million in fake transit passes.The year-long investigation involved nine search warrants and eventually led to arrest of a 31-year-old Calgary man.The police investigation started on June 28, 2017, when Calgary Transit’s peace officers noticed an increasing number of high-quality, forged UPASS stickers.UPASS stickers are transit passes available only to post-secondary students.Officers located the stickers online and identified a suspect, who used fake names, different phone numbers and multiple ads to conceal who he was.A package of 3,300 fake stickers — worth $1.3 million to Calgary Transit — was then intercepted by Canadian Border Services Agency in January 2018.Police say the stickers were professionally printed in China and addressed to the suspect.Authorities say the suspect sold about $34,000 worth of fraudulent stickers between May 2015 and January 2018.David Philip Smerd, 31, has been charged with making forged documents, fraud over $5,000 and uttering forged documents.He is to appear in court on Sept. 10.last_img read more

Industrial natural gas users put backup plans in action ahead of winter

first_imgVANCOUVER – A natural gas shortage projected to stretch through the winter months could mean higher vegetable prices this spring, as gas users from mills to local governments hustle to conserve and find alternative fuel sources.The shortage follows a pipeline explosion near Prince George earlier this month and one of the province’s largest utilities, FortisBC, says it means supply will be reduce by 50 to 80 per cent during the coldest months of the year.Linda Delli Santi, executive director of the BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association, said any higher costs of using alternative fuels or spikes in gas prices will be passed on to consumers.“Certainly our members are in the business of at least covering the cost of production. So yes, they’ll be trying to get higher prices in the marketplace,” she said.Natural gas is an vital part of the growing process, not only as a heat source but because the carbon dioxide it produces feeds the plants, she said.Most growers have an interruptible plan with FortisBC, which means they pay a discounted rate but service can be stopped in an emergency like the pipeline explosion or during cold snaps and prioritized to other customers.While natural gas service has been restored since the Oct. 9 incident, she said at least one grower has told her he may skip production this season over concerns about gas prices.Enbridge, the pipeline’s owner, has said it expects to have its ruptured pipeline back in service by mid-November, but the pressure in that line and in a smaller pipeline nearby will remain below maximum levels until spring.The National Energy Board said in a statement Friday that it ordered Enbridge to limit gas flows at 80 per cent pressure levels from the blast site, located about 15 kilometres northeast of Prince George, along the entire length of the pipeline up to the B.C.-United States border, as a safety measure to protect people and the environment.FortisBC said that keeping homes warm is its top priority as it manages a reduced supply in the coming months and it’s encouraging all users to conserve energy.“We do have gas flowing to all of our customers, including the industrials although at a limited usage,” FortisBC spokesman Sean Berdow said. “When it comes down to it though, as factors dictate and if we have issues of supply, there’s a number of different levers we can pull.”The utility has arranged to maximize output of the Southern Crossing pipeline that feeds into the Interior from Alberta and is working on securing additional natural gas in the open marketplace to meet demand. It’s also working with its largest customers to optimize their energy use and identify backup options, Berdow said.“There’s a lot of heavy industry with the capability to fuel switch, so they’re looking at the current scenario and saying it makes more sense for us now to work off an alternative fuel supply,” he said.The industrial sector consumed about twice as much natural gas as residential and commercial users in 2016, provincial government data shows.Wood product company Canfor has been given a set amount of natural gas to use among its three Prince George pulp mills, spokeswoman Michelle Ward said in a statement.“In addition to our allocations from Fortis, as a contingency we are supplementing our natural gas needs with trucked gas. With this allotment, and the current temperatures, we are able to keep the mills up and running,” Ward said.Catalyst Paper relies on FortisBC for natural gas service at its three mills in Powell River, Crofton and Port Alberni.About 90 per cent of its power comes from wood waste, but natural gas is used in its line kilns, as a backup fuel source and to keep the boiler stable during the winter.Carlo Dal Monte, director of energy management, said the company is accustomed to FortisBC reducing its supply for one or two weeks per year during cold snaps. In those situations, it switches to recycled oil fuel and focus on products that require less steam like lighter weight paper.Given the unprecedented situation following the pipeline explosion, the company is working to create steam conservation action plans and ensure it has as much backup fuel as possible at each of its mills, he said.“We recognize that this is uncharted water for everyone. We also recognize that as industrial customers we’re likely the first ones to get curtailed, ” he said, adding the goal is to minimize any impact on its customers.The City of Vancouver is taking steps to reduce natural gas usage by shutting down its asphalt plant and lowering thermostats at all city-staff occupied buildings, areas of recreation centres that don’t affect the public and libraries.“We are continuing to assess the impact a longer-term gas outage could have on the city operations and will look at other adjustments that can be made if this is an ongoing issue,” spokeswoman Ellie Lambert said in an email.last_img read more

Sixyearold girl lured from playground sexually assaulted Vancouver police

first_imgVancouver police say a man lured a six-year-old girl from an elementary school playground and sexually assaulted her.Police say it happened on Dec. 5 when the girl was at the playground outside Sexsmith Elementary School in south Vancouver.Police say the man took her to a nearby location where he assaulted her before walking her back to the school.The suspect is described as a darker-skinned man, about 30 years old, with brown or grey hair and wearing grey pants.The department’s sex crimes unit is looking for dash-cam footage from anyone who may have been driving in the area between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.Const. Jason Doucette says in a release the department’s top priority is public safety, especially a child’s well-being.“Our detectives have now had an opportunity to speak with the victim and follow up on leads and are using the information to ask for the public’s help. We want to hear from anyone who could have seen something or may have dash-cam footage,” he says.  The Canadian Presslast_img read more

StatCan warns of impact on release of trade data from US government

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — Statistics Canada is warning the partial shutdown of the U.S. government could have an impact on the agency’s ability to release a complete picture of trade between North America’s largest trading partners.Each country has been using the other’s import data to produce its export statistics since 1990.U.S. imports from Canada reported to U.S. Customs and Border Protection are compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau and sent to Statistics Canada to be used as statistics for Canada’s exports to the United States.Data for November won’t be affected by the shutdown which started Dec. 22. However, future months could be affected because data for Canada’s exports to the United States ended with the December numbers.The U.S. is Canada’s most important trading partner, with about 75 per cent of Canada’s total merchandise exports destined for the U.S., while Canada is the top export destination for U.S. goods, accounting for about 18 per cent of total U.S. merchandise exports.The statistics agencies of each country normally publish trade statistics simultaneously on predetermined dates.“The sharing of import data, which is generally preferred because of the greater scrutiny import shipments are subject to by customs agencies, helps to ensure accurate and coherent bilateral trade statistics, while reducing the administrative burden on exporting companies,” Statistics Canada said in a statement Thursday.last_img read more

Parties shop housing ideas for platforms with issue top of mind for

first_imgOTTAWA — Federal parties are preparing to chase voters with ideas for dealing with what a new survey suggests is a major concern across the country: Housing affordability.The ideas being shopped around to stakeholders in the housing sector include spending on certain groups, such as veterans, and more spending to increase the supply of lower-cost housing units to further cool housing prices.Sources who have heard the pitches, and spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, say the parties are still deciding how to pay for their ideas, even ones leaders have publicly pitched.The struggle with affordability and the price of housing in some markets is shaping up to be a key campaign issue.A survey being released today, conducted for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, suggests the cost of housing is seen as having the largest effect on quality of life in Canadian cities.The results of the survey from Abacus Data suggest that making housing more affordable is second only to improving roads and sewers as a priority for all levels of government.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong sparking backlash from China

first_imgOTTAWA — Chinese officials accused Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland of “meddling” in China’s internal affairs Sunday after her weekend statement condemning violence in Hong Kong in the wake of escalating tensions between pro-democracy protesters and police.Freeland made the remarks in a joint statement issued Saturday with her counterpart in the European Union, Federica Mogherini, urging restraint amid “a rising number of unacceptable violent incidents.”“It is crucial that restraint be exercised, violence rejected and urgent steps taken to de-escalate the situation,” the pair wrote, not explicitly assigning blame to either the government or the protestors.“Engagement in a process of broad-based and inclusive dialogue, involving all key stakeholders, is essential,” the statement said, noting that both Canada and the EU support Hong Kong’s “high degree of autonomy” within China, as well as its residents’ right to peaceful assembly.That statement prompted the spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Canada to fire back, calling for Freeland to “immediately stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs.”“The Canadian side should be cautious on its words and deeds,” when it comes to Hong Kong, the spokesperson wrote.They noted that the “one country, two systems” priciple — the framework the city has operated under since the former British colony was passed to China in 1997 — is a national policy, not international law, and suggested it wasn’t Freeland’s place to comment.The embassy also defended the actions of Hong Kong police, saying the protests “deteriorated and evolved into extreme violence.”“In face of such severe violence and offences, no government with a sense of responsibility would sit idly by,” the spokesperson wrote.There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region as some residents accuse the Communist Party-ruled Chinese government of chipping away at Hong Kong’s democratic rights.RELATED: Umbrellas flood Hong Kong streets And while the protest movement has been marked by violent clashes with police, Sunday’s march was peaceful, with no reports of violence.The movement’s demands include the resignation of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, democratic elections and an independent investigation into police use of force.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars Strut Their Mutts For Best Friends Animal Society

first_imgCelebrities are going to the dogs for Best Friends Animal Society’s annual Strut Your Mutt Presented by BOBS from Skechers.Zosia Mamet, Denise Richards, Michelle Beadle, Natalie Morales and Kristen Renton will each lead their own fundraising packs in both the Los Angeles and New York City community dog walks and festivals.Strut Your Mutt is a 12 city fundraising dog walk, 5K run, and festival that brings together rescue groups, shelters and individuals to celebrate the collective effort of saving the lives of shelter pets. Additionally, through a virtual Strut Your Mutt Challenge, supporters can raise money to help homeless pets in their own communities or for national programs that help to create sweeping changes for homeless pets everywhere.Six events have already been held, but check below for the remaining opportunities.“When Best Friends started its work in 1984, there were approximately 17 million dogs and cats dying in shelters nationwide,” said Gregory Castle, chief executive officer of Best Friends Animal Society. “Thanks to the leadership of Best Friends, and the efforts of rescue groups and shelters across the country, today that number is down to an estimated 4 million. The donations raised during Strut Your Mutt are used to fund lifesaving adoption programs and spay/neuter services, so that, ultimately, we impact the number of pets entering and leaving the shelters. We won’t stop until we save them all.”Since 2010, Best Friends has raised more than $5.2 million for its animal welfare partners through Strut Your Mutt. The national goal for 2015 is $2.6 million.To get involved, start your own fundraising page or donate to an existing team, please visit StrutYourMutt.org.Special thanks to presenting sponsor BOBs by Skechers and national sponsors MINI and Nature’s Variety Instinct.The remaining dates are as follows:San Francisco – October 3 DC Metro Area – October 10 Los Angeles – October 10
St. Louis – October 10 Houston – October 17
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Stars To Help Sam Moore Celebrate His 80th Birthday At Charity Concert

first_imgSam Moore comes home to Miami to celebrate his 80th birthday with some adoring superstar friends for benefit event “Salute the Soul Man” on Saturday, November 21 at 8:00pm at the Fillmore Jackie Gleason Theatre.Moore will be performing alongside Sting, Jon Bon Jovi, Michael McDonald, Randy Jackson, Don Henley and many others to raise money and awareness for the not-for-profit corporation Soul, Arts & Music Foundation, Inc. (The SAM).The contributions of music legend Sam Moore are unmistakable; with his stand-out lead vocals in the GRAMMY winning soul duo “Sam & Dave,” and his critically acclaimed solo career that has lasted over 30 years, Sam has had a successful 60-year career in music. He has received many accolades and has been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Georgia Music Hall of Fame, The Memphis Music Museum Hall of Fame, the Florida Music Hall of Fame, and The Grammy Hall of Fame. He was presented with a British MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award and is one of a few artists who has performed for The Queen of England and all five of the living American Presidents of the United States of America more than once. Sam has collaborated with such icons over his illustrious career including Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Billy Gibbons, Vince Gill, Jon Bon Jovi, Wynonna Judd, Reba, Pink Floyd, Billy Preston, Kid Rock, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Justin Timberlake, Travis Tritt, Conway Twitty and Jackie Wilson, among many others.“I never thought I’d be able to come home to Miami and be celebrated, but it’s happening,” said Moore. “Most people think I was from Memphis but I grew up in Overtown. I got my break at The King of Hearts in Liberty City when Steve Alaimo insisted he wanted to record my partner-at-the-time Dave Prater and myself. That break is what started it all. Now I’m back and I’m so excited I can’t stand myself. I’m so blessed with friends and my God-given talent, my good health and my wife who wouldn’t ever let me quit.”Close to his heart is the Soul, Arts & Music Foundation (The SAM), a not-for-profit organization founded with Sam’s vision of engaging, educating and inspiring the new generations to participate in the performing arts. Alongside this mission, the organization celebrates, recovers and secures rights for legacy American recording artists to payments and copyright protections, as well as preserving the histories and legacies of Sam’s peers through education curriculum, community engagement, and historic and memorial sites.The SAM has recently formed a partnership with Florida International University (FIU), providing learning opportunities for students and communities, particularly at-risk and disadvantaged youth. This program will help students learn about some of the most impressive, important and influential genres and styles of American contemporary music and the artists whose souls are embodied within them.“I get to work with FIU to build the curriculums and leave not only my legacy but those of so many of my dearly missed departed peers to teach and inspire future generations while I continue to assert my voice as loud as I can and get my peers the rights and payments they’ve deserved all these long, long years. I can’t think of anything better I could do before I’m called to my final home,” said Moore.Find out more about this event here.last_img read more

Petra Nemcova And Happy Hearts Fund Host StarStudded Fight For Education Gala

first_imgHappy Hearts Fund held their annual Fight for Education gala at Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday, June 16, 2016.Dane Cook and Petra Nemcova at the Fight For Education gala 2016Leaders from finance, fashion, and sports gathered for the event hosted by Petra Nemcova, supermodel and founder of Happy Hearts Fund.The gala’s aim was to support Happy Hearts Fund mission to rebuild safe, resilient school in areas impacted by natural disasters. Since inception in 2006, Happy Hearts Fund has rebuilt 130 schools, helped over 50,000 students and over 500,000 community members in 10 countries around the world.The evening’s program began with several fights between amateurs from finance representing BlackRock, Deutsche Bank and Oppenheimer, among others. Oliver Dachsel, fighter from Deutsche Bank, impressed everyone with his fighting skill commented, “Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to be part of this meaningful event.”Models Arlenis Sosa and Hind Salhi surprised guests with the real action-packed, exciting boxing showcasing how strong woman are.“Happy Hearts Fund is a beautiful organization that I am beyond happy to work with and I truly believe in. Education to me is the most important gift that a child can have, helping them step into a brighter a future,” shared Mrs. Sosa, Lancome spokeswoman and Victoria’s Secret model.Kathleen Kelly, from BlackRock, and Happy Hearts Fund board member, said, “The real heroes are the amateur fighters, as they dedicated three months of their lives to training to be ready tonight and to fight for education!”Tina Lindstrom, Hedge Fund Manager, who kick-boxed last year & was on this year’s event committee said, “The Happy Hearts Fund mission to rebuild schools is so important to me as a mother of two boys in elementary school. I can’t imagine them being out of school for even a week, much less four to six years without the help of the charity. I fought in the ring last year for the kids and I will fight every day to help the rebuild safe schools.”At the end of the evening, Ms. Petra “Trouble” Nemcova took on comedian Dane “Kiss The” Cook. He remarked, “I was proud to be part of Happy Hearts Fund to help raise money for children that need education.”Ms. Nemcova reminded guests of the reason for coming together that evening, “This evening is not only a celebration,” she remarked, “We are here for the children around the world who suffered so much after natural disasters and are currently waiting to get back to safe, resilient schools. Tonight’s gala will allow us to change this reality which destroys generations.”“We can’t thank enough our event sponsors ReedSmith, United, Veritas Capital and Tiger Schulmann; Committee Members and especially Ramzi Musallam for his commitment to education,” shared Mrs. Ruggiero, Executive Director Happy Hearts Fund.In attendance, were actors Dane Cook, Tony Hale; Models Arlenis Sosa, Lais Ribeiro, Cris Urena, Constance Jablonski, Hind Sahli; designers Vivienne Tam, Thomas Hayo; basketball players Donnie McGrath, Jared Homan, UFC fighters Anthony and Sergio Pettis, Aljamain Sterling, Yoel Romero, Jorge Masvidal, Lyman Good, Jimmie Rivera.last_img read more

The Harold Greenberg Fund Announces ShortstoFeatures Program Recipients

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Bell Media’s The Harold Greenberg Fund, in partnership with premium pay television network The Movie Network, announced today the latest recipients of The Harold Greenberg Fund’s Shorts-to-Features Program, a distinctive funding program designed to support up-and-coming Canadian filmmaking talent by funding a short film project with feature-length potential.Each recipient receives $32,000 towards the production of their short film projects, with an additional $5,000 contribution toward the script development of the recipient’s feature film versions. This year’s chosen short films are: The Drop-In, from writer-director Naledi Jackson, producer Priscilla Galvez, and executive producer Daniel Iron; A Blessing From the Sea, from writer-director Adam Perry, writer-producer Jason Arsenault, and producer Jenna MacMillan; and Lira’s Forest, from acclaimed actor and writer-director Connor Jessup, producer Ashley Shields-Muir, and executive producer Albert Shin.About the films: Facebook Social Media links Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img About the Harold Greenberg Fund:The English-Language Program of The Harold Greenberg Fund provides reimbursable financial assistance for the development and production of feature films, as well as sponsoring industry workshops, training programs, festivals, special events, and awards. Since 1986, the English-Language Program and French-Language Program have invested more than $101 million in over 4,320 projects in the Canadian film and television industry. It is proud to support the vision and works of Canadian storytellers. Visit www.bellmedia.ca/harold-greenberg-fund for more information.About The Movie Network:The Movie Network is a national pay television service delivering premiere access to Hollywood hit movies, new and exclusive HBO content, critically acclaimed SHOWTIME series and first-rate Canadian programming to subscribers. The Movie Network and TMN Encore service includes six 24-hour multiplex channels – TMN 1, TMN 2, TMN 3, HBO Canada 1, TMN Encore, and TMN Encore 2. All seven multiplex channels are simulcast in High Definition and joined by TMN GO, a multi-platform video streaming service, and The Movie Network OnDemand. The Movie Network is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about The Movie Network is available at www.themovienetwork.ca. Twitter @themovienetwork@TMN_Publicitythemovienetworkthemovienetwork Login/Register With: The Drop-InA Toronto hairdresser has a challenging day when a mysterious visitor from her past arrives for a drop-in appointment.A Blessing From the SeaA fishing village becomes a growing crime scene after two desperate fisherman find a bag of money and decide to keep it.Lira’s ForestAn elderly woman approaching the end of her life encounters a strange spirit from the nearby forest.The Harold Greenberg Fund has been an instrumental supporter of industry training, project development and promotional initiatives. In addition to the Fund’s Script Development and Equity Investment Programs, the Industry Initiatives Program invests $200,000 each year in the Canadian film and television industry. Funded by The Movie Network, this program is reviewed annually by the English-Language Committee, including Suzette Couture, Damon D’Oliveira, Melanie Friesen, John Galway, Richie Mehta, Jane Tattersall, and Corrie Coe.last_img read more


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