October 18, 2019

Over 80 malaria cases in Delhi 34 of dengue

first_imgNew Delhi: Over 80 cases of malaria have been reported in Delhi this year so far, more than double the number of people affected by dengue, a municipal report released on Monday showed. About 39 of these malaria cases have been recorded in July. According to the report, till July 27 this year, 34 cases of dengue have been reported — 12 in July, 11 in June, three in May, two in April, four in March and one each in February and January. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Last year, 2,798 dengue cases and four deaths were recorded by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which tabulates the data on vector-borne diseases in the city. Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between July and November but the period may stretch to mid-December. Also, of the 83 cases of malaria, 35 were recorded in June, eight in May and one in April. And 19 cases of chikungunya nine in July, five in June, two in February and one each in March, April and May have been recorded. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings The dengue victims last year included a minor boy. Three of the victims were identified as Aman Tiwari (13), Sanskriti (21) and Gagan (23). Doctors have advised people to take precautions and urged them to wear full-sleeves and use mosquito nets. Water coolers should be dried up when not in use as mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus usually breed there, a doctor said. Civic bodies had also organised a workshop recently on prevention of vector-borne diseases. Mosquito-breeding has been reported in at least 48,039 households and 46,580 legal notices have been issued this year. Of the total number of dengue cases last year, 141 were recorded in December, while 1,062 in November, 1,114 in October, 374 in September, 58 in August, 19 in July, eight in June, 10 in May, two in April, one in March, three in February and six in January. The rest of the cases were reported from areas outside the jurisdiction of the three municipal corporations of Delhi. Also, 473 cases of malaria and 165 cases of chikungunya were reported last year. According to the SDMC, 10 people died due to dengue in Delhi in 2017, of whom five were not residents of the national capital. Overall, the vector-borne disease had affected 9,271 people in the city in 2017.last_img read more

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First case of triple talaq filed in Delhi man held

first_imgNew Delhi: A 38-year-old man has been arrested for giving instant triple talaq to his wife, the first such case registered in the national capital since the practice was criminalised, police said on Saturday.The arrest was made on Friday at 11.00 pm after a 30-year-old woman lodged a complaint against her husband in north Delhi’s Bara Hindu Rao police station. However, the man got a bail by a court on Saturday, a police officer. “On June 23, her husband pronounced talaq three times upon her and sent a fatwah on WhatsApp mentioning that triple talaq was pronounced,” said DCP (North) Nupur Prasad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe DCP said he has been booked under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019. According to police, this is the first such case registered in the national capital. Parliament on August 1 approved the bill that makes instant triple talaq a criminal offence. Police said the couple got married in 2011, and the man runs a shop in Kamla Market in north Delhi. In a complaint, the woman alleged that she was being harassed for dowry by her husband and his family. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsShe alleged that on June 28, “under a well-planned conspiracy”, her husband and his family members had come to her room and forced him to pronounce triple talaq. Thereafter, he pronounced the word talaq three times, and they all asked her to leave the house along with her six-year-old son, she alleged. “I came to my parental house, but parents were not present as they were outside the country. After two days, they sent my brother fatwah on WhatsApp that divorce is complete and she cannot come back again,” the woman said in her complaint. Further investigation is underway, police said. In a similar case, a man was charged for allegedly giving triple talaq to his wife over the phone in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district in August this year. Abdul Raheem, who is working in Saudi Arabia, divorced his wife Fatima Khatoon by saying “talaq” three times over phone.last_img read more

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Govt to soon consider relaxing FDI norms in single brand digital media

first_imgNew Delhi: The government will soon consider relaxing foreign direct investment (FDI) norms in several sectors, including single-brand retail trading and digital media, to attract overseas players, sources said. Other sectors where FDI rules would be eased are coal and contract manufacturing. According to sources, the Union Cabinet would soon consider these issues for approval. The government may allow 100 per cent FDI in contract manufacturing, according to the proposal.last_img

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HC to hear ED plea on cancelling bail of Kartis CA in

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court Friday said it will hear in December ED’s plea seeking the cancellation of bail of Karti Chidambaram’s chartered accountant S Bhaskararaman in connection with INX Media money laundering case. The Enforcement Directorate informed Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri that the Supreme Court has reserved its order for September 5 on former finance minister P Chidambaram’s petition challenging the Delhi High Court’s decision to dismiss his anticipatory bail plea. Karti, his father P Chidambaram and Bhaskararaman are accused in the money laundering case. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Central government standing counsel Amit Mahajan, representing ED, urged the court to take up the matter only after the apex court passes order on Chidambaram’s plea as it relates to the same case. The high court listed the matter for further hearing on December 5. The court had on April 10 last year sought response of Bhaskararaman on the ED’s plea seeking cancellation of bail granted to him by a special court in March 2018, in connection with INX Media money laundering case. Chidambaram has challenged in the Supreme Court, the August 20 order of the high court dismissing his anticipatory bail plea in the INX Media cases lodged by the CBI and ED. He was arrested on August 21, and is currently in CBI’s custody. The apex court is scheduled to pronounce on September 5, its order on Chidambaram’s plea in the ED case.last_img read more

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Have kept empty space in cabinet for Olympic gold Sindhu

first_imgNew Delhi: The World Championship gold has healed the wounds of all past final debacles except the Rio Olympics, says Indian badminton ace P V Sindhu, who has kept an empty space in her trophy cabinet for the top prize, which she hopes to claim in Tokyo next year. An Olympic silver-medallist, Sindhu clinched the historic World Championship gold at Basel after beating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 21-7 21-7 in her third successive final. Before that historic day, the 24-year-old Indian faced incessant for losing lost in the finals of major events such as the Rio Games, World Championships (2017, 2018), 2017 Dubai Super Series Finals, the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Jakarta Asian Games. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”It (World Championships gold) takes care of all those losses. People have been talking about my final phobia, how I take pressure in the finals and I can say I gave the answer with my racquet,” Sindhu, who has been recommended for Padma Bhushan, told PTI in an interview. “But Olympics is a completely different feeling. Rio (Games) and World Championship gave me different memories, but, yeah, one gold medal is missing, so definitely I will work hard for that and would love to see myself win that Olympic gold at Tokyo. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”There is a vacant space (laughs) in my cabinet for that gold. The Olympic qualification is on and this win will give me the confidence to go further.” Sindhu, however, says the path to the Tokyo Olympic gold will be a tough one as now her opponents will look to exploit her weaknesses and she will need to add something new to her game to achieve success. “(Rio) 2016 was my first Olympics and nobody knew me much. I was just one of the players but after Rio, everything changed and now after the world championship, everybody will try and learn new things. I should also learn new things in each tournament, because people will have some kind of strategy for me,” she said. “I have been working with Kim. She had some changes for me and it helped me. But now I have to learn few new things. I need to work on net-play.” Ranked fifth in the World currently, Sindhu has virtually sealed her Olympic qualification. A higher ranking will help her avoid meeting top players when the draw is made at the Tokyo Games but Sindhu said she is unfazed about standings. “Ranking matters because the draw depends on it but I don’t really think about it because if I can play well, it will come up. At the end of the day, you will have to beat these top players again to achieve the gold,” she said. Asked if achieving the world No. 1 ranking is on her mind, the former world No. 2 said: “Yeah… but I am not very particular about ranking and for now it is Olympics, it is ultimate goal, so after that it will be step by step. “Next for me is China, so focusing on that,” said the Hyderabadi, who is taking part in the China Open (September 17) and Korea Open (September 24) in the next two weeks. While Sindhu and Saina Nehwal have put Indian badminton on top, there is a dearth of quality women’s singles players in the country beyond them. On whether she is concerned about lack of women’s singles players, Sindhu said: “Well, after me and Saina, there is a little bit of gap. There are some junior players but it will take time. It is not going to be easy. “A lot of players from other countries are doing well at the junior level whether it is Korea, Thailand or China. So I think it will take a few years till we have some players coming up. “But they need to work hard. They have to be smart and be strong themselves about what they want,” she signed off.last_img read more

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October 17, 2019

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna charged with assault

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BC considers closing wide swath of backcountry because of wildfire risk

first_imgWILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – British Columbia is considering closing access to a vast section of its backcountry because of the wildfire risk.Restrictions on access to all Crown land in the Cariboo fire centre would go into effect at noon on Friday as the province continues to battle what Premier John Horgan has said is the worst fire season since the 1950s.There were 150 fires burning in the province on Wednesday.A final decision will be made Friday morning and will depend on wind conditions.A restriction order would mean people cannot remain in or enter the area without the prior written authorization.Exceptions include people who are travelling to or from their principle residence, a person acting in an official capacity or those who support efforts to fight wildfires.The Cariboo fire centre in the province’s Interior stretches from Loon Lake near Clinton in the south to the Cottonwood River near Quesnel in the north, and from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the west to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the east.The area is a popular destination for hikers and campers.Tourism officials have begun assessing the impact of the devastating wildfires on the travel sector.Maya Lange of Destination BC, the province’s tourism planning and marketing corporation, said Wednesday businesses outside the fire zones have complained of cancellations.Most evidence of a slow down in tourism has been anecdotal and Lange said data reflecting the financial implications won’t be ready for another two to three months.But the number of tourists coming into the province week-to-week has remained on track. That may mean visitors are changing their travel plans within the province rather than cancelling their trips entirely, Lange said.Some parts of the province have already been closed to visitors.Jeff Leahy with BC Parks said Wednesday officials understand restrictions and closures to the backcountry and parks, especially in the hard-hit Cariboo region, can have a significant impact on businesses that rely on access to those areas.last_img read more

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Excerpts from MP Arnold Chans poignant June speech to House of Commons

first_imgOTTAWA – In one of his final speeches in the House of Commons, Liberal MP Arnold Chan — who died Thursday after a three-year battle with cancer — delivered earlier this summer a poignant appeal for civility and decency in politics. Here is an edited version of his remarks:—Mr. Speaker, I am so honoured to have so many honourable colleagues join us in the House today.I have not taken the floor in some time and I am going to ask you, Mr. Speaker and my colleagues on all sides of the aisle, for some indulgence today. I have every intention of speaking to the substantive motion before us, but before I do that, I have some matters of a personal nature that I have felt in my heart for some time and need to get out, and I am going to simply say them if the House would grant me that dispensation….First and foremost it is a tremendous honour to serve as the member for Scarborough-Agincourt. All of us treasure the privilege that we have serving in this particular place. I am so grateful to my constituents of Scarborough-Agincourt for having given me a mandate twice to serve in this wonderful place.While it is a very proud thing to serve as a member of Parliament, there is only one thing that makes me more proud and that is to simply let my parents know my greater pride is reserved for being first and foremost their son, and being Kevin’s brother, and most importantly, the spouse of my beloved wife, who has been there every step of the way. I simply could not ask for a better partner in life.As I mentioned, one of the difficult things that often confronts us, and it is not unique to Canadians but obviously it is a challenge for those of us who serve in public office, is the sacrifices that are made by our families. If I have any failings to my children, such as having missed some of their important milestones, like recently missing Ethan’s jazz concert at his school in order to perform my function here in the House of Commons, I ask them to forgive me, but I will explain the important reasons for why we do what we do.The most important people in my life have taught me three important lessons and they are the concepts of dedication, duty, and devotion. …Mr. Speaker, I wanted to get back to a more fundamental issue, one that has been raised a substantive number of times in the House, and that is how we comport ourselves.I am not sure how many more times I will have the strength to get up and do a 20-minute speech in this place, but the point I want to impart to all of us is that I know we are all honourable members, I know members revere this place and I would beg us to not only act as honourable members but to treat this institution honourably.To that extent I want to make a shout-out to our colleague, the member for Saanich-Gulf Islands (Green party Leader Elizabeth May). This parliamentarian, who despite the fact we are not in the same party and despite the fact that we may disagree on some substantive issues quite vehemently, I consider to be a giant, not simply because she exhorts us to follow Standing Order 18 but more importantly I have observed in her practice that she reveres this place. She is dedicated to her constituents. She practices, both here and in committee, the highest standard of practice that any parliamentarian could ask for. Despite strongly disagreeing, perhaps, with the position of the government of the day, she does so in a respectful tone. I would ask all of us to elevate our debate, to elevate our practice to that standard.It is only through that practice, which I believe she so eloquently demonstrates, that Canadians will have confidence in this democratic institution that we all hold so dear. It is important that we do that.The other thing that I wanted to speak broadly to is the practice of ditching what I call the ‘canned talking points.’ I am not perfect. I know that sometimes it takes some practice. There are instances where it is necessary for us to have the guidance and assistance of our staff, the ministries, and of our opposition research. However, I do not think it gives Canadians confidence in our debates in this place when we formulaically repeat those debates. It is more important that we bring the experience of our constituents here and impose it upon the question of the day, and ask ourselves how we get better legislation and how we make better laws.We can disagree strongly and in fact we should. That is what democracy is about. However, we should not just use the formulaic talking points. It does not elevate this place. It does not give Canadians confidence in what democracy truly means.The other thing I would simply ask all of our colleagues to consider is that while we debate and engage, what we are doing right now, when we listen, that we listen to one another, despite our strong differences. That is when democracy really happens. That is the challenge that is going on around the world right now. No one is listening. Everyone is just talking at once. We have to listen to each other. In so doing, we will make this place a stronger place.I have some comments that I want to speak broadly to Canadians … I believe strongly that despite what we see in this place, what gives us strength is the fact that we can actually do it. We can actually engage in this process without fundamental rancour, without fundamental disagreement and without violence. That is the difference, and that is why I so love this place.I would ask Canadians to give heart to their democracy, to treasure it and revere it. Of course, I would ask them to do the most basic thing, which is to cast their ballots. However, for me it is much more than that. I ask them for their civic engagement, regardless of what it actually may mean, whether it is coaching a soccer team or helping someone at a food bank. For me it can be even simpler than that.It is the basic common civility we share with each other that is fundamental. It is thanking our Tim Hortons server. It is giving way to someone on the road. It is saying thanks. It is the small things we collectively do, from my perspective, that make a great society, and to me, that is ultimately what it means to be a Canadian. We are so privileged to live in this country, because we have these small acts of common decency and civility that make us what we are. I would ask members to carry on that tradition, because that is the foundation of what makes Canada great.If I may quote the Constitution, it imbues peace, order, and good government. I would go to my friend from Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston, who would appreciate that particular point. We have much to be proud of, and I would simply ask us to celebrate this incredible institution. By doing those small acts, we will continue to uphold our Canadian democracy and the values that bind us together.last_img read more

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Former CTV reporter suing woman who accused him of sexual misconduct

first_imgTORONTO – A former CTV News reporter facing sexual misconduct allegations is suing the broadcaster, its parent company and the woman who levelled accusations against him.Paul Bliss, whose departure from CTV was announced last month after he was suspended in January, alleges Bridget Brown defamed him, and CTV then published and broadcast defamatory statements in its coverage of the woman’s allegations and Bliss’ suspension.Bliss is seeking $7.5 million in damages in the suit, which also targets CTV journalists who covered his story.Brown, who describes herself as a Calgary-based entrepreneur and former CTV employee, had alleged that a sexual incident took place in 2006 when she was in Bliss’ office.Bliss denies Brown’s allegations in his statement of claim and says the pair engaged in a consensual encounter. He says in the claim that he suffered injury to his integrity and character, and damage to his professional reputation as a result of the allegations.Brown says she finds “virtually everything” in Bliss’ statement of claim to be false. CTV did not comment on the lawsuit.None of the allegations have been proven in court.last_img read more

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Review board hears mass killer doing well should have unsupervised outings

first_imgEDMONTON — A psychiatrist in charge of treating an Alberta man who stabbed and killed five young people at a Calgary house party says the patient’s risk of re-offending is low.But Dr. Santoch Rai has told the Alberta Review Board that if Matthew de Grood was to commit another offence, it would be severe.A judge in 2016 found de Grood not criminally responsible for the killings because he was suffering from schizophrenia at the time.A trial heard that de Grood believed the devil was talking to him and a war was about to begin, signalling the end of the world, when he arrived at the party in 2014.The review board decided last year that de Grood, with his mental condition in remission, could be transferred from a secure psychiatric hospital in Calgary to Alberta Hospital in Edmonton.Rai says de Grood takes his medication and should be allowed to have unsupervised trips into Edmonton as well as be eased into living in a group home.Zackariah Rathwell, 21; Jordan Segura, 22; Kaitlin Perras, 23; Josh Hunter, 23; and Lawrence Hong, 27, were killed at the party, which was being held to mark the end of the school year. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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October 16, 2019

Alicia Silverstone Supports Peace Silk

first_img“According to PETA, 3,000 silkworms are killed to make every pound of silk,” says actress Alicia Silverstone.This is because the silkworms are gassed, steamed or boiled before they emerge from their cocoons as moths. Preventing the moths from cutting through the cocoons allows manufacturers to harvest long, single strands of silk.Silverstone supports peace silk, the process by which the silkworm is allowed to live out its full life cycle.“Peace silk is woven by hand by fair trade producers in India,” says Silverstone. “This cruelty-free silk is sourced from the cocoons of the wild Eri moth. The process does not involve touching or harming the moths, nor does it require keeping them in captivity. Rather, their cocoons are collected from the forest after the moths emerge and fly away.”Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Stars Join Join JDRF And Unite In The Fight Against Type 1

first_imgJDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, announced today the appointment of nine celebrities to its 2016 Celebrity Ambassadors Program.These new ambassadors are positive role models and leaders in television, music, sports and theater, who share a common passion for JDRF’s mission and a commitment to T1D advocacy.The JDRF Ambassadors Program is a new initiative designed to help raise awareness about T1D, enhance local and national fundraising efforts for our mission and help better engage the T1D community. One key goal of the program aims to drive awareness for better therapies to help improve the quality of life of those impacted by T1D. The program also aims to inspire adults and children through the personal and compelling stories of each ambassador as they talk openly about managing their career, while overcoming the challenges associated with the disease.JDRF Ambassadors will lend their talents and their voice to enhance fundraising, advocacy and education efforts in the fight against T1D. National Ambassadors will participate in national multimedia campaigns and special events such as Children’s Congress, an event that brings together children from across the U.S. to Washington, DC to rally in support of Federal Government funding for diabetes research. Similar to National Ambassadors, Regional Ambassadors will make personal appearances and serve as spokespersons at local awareness and fundraising events, and lend their support to traditional and social media campaigns.JDRF National Ambassadors include: Brec Bassinger, Nickelodeon star of Bella and the Bulldogs; Anne Burrell, celebrity chef and television personality and Adam Schefter, NFL Insider. Regional Ambassadors are Austin Basis, star of CW’s award-winning series, Beauty and the Beast; Jake Byrne, professional football player and author; Conor Daly, IndyCar driver; Brandon Denson, professional football player and sports trainer; Taylor Louderman, star of the Broadway musical, Bring It On and Elliott Yamin, recording artist and American Idol finalist.“We are excited and honored to have the support of such remarkable role models who share our commitment to achieve a world without type 1 diabetes,” said Derek Rapp, President and CEO of JDRF. “With their collaboration and the power of their voices, these ambassadors can raise awareness for JDRF’s important mission to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. We respect how they are thriving despite facing the challenges of T1D, and we know their important work will have a positive and lasting impact on millions of people in the T1D community.”JDRF Ambassadors will begin to collaborate on initiatives immediately, including participation in JDRF OneWalk events and galas during the early fall. In November, they will unite with JDRF to raise awareness during National Diabetes Awareness Month (NDAM).last_img read more

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Your Chance To Dine With Fran Drescher

first_imgHere is your chance to Dine with Nanny Fine!A new charity auction is giving you and a friend the chance to spend an evening with TV legend Fran Drescher at New York City’s fabulous Robert restaurant. Get an intimate window into Fran’s life, enjoy a gourmet meal, and take a pic!Auction proceeds benefit Drescher’s Cancer Schmancer Movement, which saves lives through education about early detection and prevention.To view the auction and find out more, click here.last_img

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October 15, 2019

The Top 10 Toronto theatre artists of 2016

first_imgRavi Jain, our #1 theatre artist, seemed to be everywhere in 2016. Facebook 2. ANNA CHATTERTONThe multitalented Chatterton indulged both her serious and comic sides in writing and performing this year, beginning with Within The Glass, a look at two couples dealing with a mix-up at a fertility clinic. Later she collaborated with Evalyn Parry and Karin Randoja on Gertrude And Alice, a funny and moving look at the famous lesbian couple, and wrote the eerie libretto for the opera Rocking Horse Winner. She finished the year as playwright and actor in Quiver, a multi-voiced solo show about a teen’s sense of rejection by her family. The thoughtful artistic director of Why Not Theatre seemed to be everywhere this year. He celebrated Diwali by reviving A Brimful Of Asha and co-presenting Piya Behrupiya, a Hindi version of Twelfth Night by India’s Company Theatre, and followed Asha’s parent-child theme with Like Mother, Like Daughter. Jain was also in demand elsewhere, directing The 39 Steps and the fascinating The Adventures Of The Black Girl In Her Search For God. But nothing topped Jain’s production of Salt-Water Moon, which turned the naturalistic play on its head and made it a timeless, universal love story. Anna Chatterton Oliver Dennis is a great comic actor, but he shone in two serious roles this year. Advertisement Advertisement 3. OLIVER DENNISA Soulpepper stalwart, Dennis is equally reliable in comedy and drama. This year he was part of five productions for his home company, beginning with a sympathetic paternal figure in Blood Wedding and ending with a hilarious turn as a soused actor in Noises Off and a hard-working guardian angel in It’s A Wonderful Life. But it was his pair of serious roles that stood out: first in Incident At Vichy, as a Nazi military man forced into a role he doesn’t relish, and, most extraordinary, as a Southern plantation owner, in Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts I, II and III), who seems concerned for the loyal Black slave who willingly follows him into battle… until an offhand comment shows the man to be the scariest of racists. This year’s top theatre artists include an in-demand director as well as actors and playwrights who communicate the full range of emotions, often stepping out of their comfort zones to wow us with their talent. Artistic and cultural diversity are equally important in this year’s list, whose members created productions that provided audiences with luminous theatrical memories.This year’s top theatre artists include an in-demand director as well as actors and playwrights who communicate the full range of emotions, often stepping out of their comfort zones to wow us with their talent. Artistic and cultural diversity are equally important in this year’s list, whose members created productions that provided audiences with luminous theatrical memories. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment 1. RAVI JAIN Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Montreal Mafia TV series coming to a screen near you in fall

first_imgAdvertisement Bad Blood the series will be broadcast in the fall in English on City and FX and in French on Radio-Canada. It is based on the book Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto’s Last War by Antonio Nicaso and Peter Edwards. The series description reads:“When Rizzuto is suddenly arrested and extradited to Colorado’s Supermax Prison for the 1981 murders of three Bonanno crime family members, the powerful empire he built begins to crumble. Rizzuto watches helplessly as his family and friends are killed one by one. Upon his release from prison in October 2012, a Shakespearean-level revenge tale unfolds, leading to the brutal murders of his closest companions, and ultimately, to the death of Rizzuto himself.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Rogers Media announced Thursday that principal photographer has finished on the six-part drama series Bad Blood? The Vito Rizzuto Story, which stars Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace) in the lead role, as crime boss Vito Rizzuto.The series, which was filmed in Montreal and Sudbury, also stars Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) as right-hand man Declan Gardiner and Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas) as patriarch Nico Rizzuto Sr. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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12 Canadians You Need to Know

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Meet this outstanding group of leaders at the 2017 Black Arts and Innovation Expo.  This one-day, one-of-a-kind event takes place on Saturday February 25th 2017 from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm at York Mills Gallery - 1885 Leslie Street, Toronto. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5for students. For ticket info go to www.blackexpo.ca. Advertisement The Black Arts and Innovation Expo (BAIE) is an event hosted by Excelovate and First Book Canada that ushers in a new way of celebrating Black History Month. While traditional Black History events honour the excellence of ancestors, which is important, BAIE focuses on the remarkable achievements of both current and emerging legends.Recognizing Modern Day Canadian HeroesIn Canada, heroes come in all shapes, sizes and colours. A hero is defined as a person who is admired for their outstanding achievements or noble qualities. The Black Arts & Innovation Expo is proud to honour 12 dynamic Black Canadians. This group of distinguished pacesetters are proven leaders in their areas of expertise and offer young Canadians many shining examples of the countless ways to achieve goals and truly excel.Today, we salute:Dr. Juliet Daniel – Scientist & Biology Professor: www.biology.mcmaster.ca/danielPerdita Felicien – World Champion & Olympian-100m Hurdles: www.perditafelicien.comShad, Recording Artist & Broadcaster: www.shadk.comFrancis Jeffers – Curator, Int’l African Inventors Museum: www.iaimuseum.orgClaudette McGowan – Technology & Publishing Executive: www.excelovate.comGeorge Elliott Clarke, Canadian Parliamentary Poet Laureate: www.lop.parl.gc.caTamar Huggins Grant – Technology CEO & Author: www.techspark.caRobert Small – Legacy Enterprises CEO: www.thelegacyposter.comKarlyn Percil – SisterTalk CEO & Success Coach: www.karlynpercil.comDalton Higgins – Journalist, Author & PR Strategist www.daltonhiggins.wordpress.comThat Dude McFly – Social Media Luminary & Entertainer: @thatdudemcflyYasmin Warsame – Supermodel & Activist: @yazywarsamelast_img read more

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Why Quebec filmmakers are finding success in Hollywood

first_imgWhat it is about Quebec that makes its films superior and its filmmakers more sought-after than its Anglo-Canadian counterparts?Sure, we’ve asked this question before, but with Blade Runner 2049 arriving to widespread hype and praise, Quebec director Denis Villeneuve is just the latest name thrown into the debate.Now established among Hollywood’s hottest properties, Villeneuve is tackling Dune as his next project. Meanwhile Daniel Craig is pursuing him to direct the next Bond film and word has it that the long-gestating Angelina Jolie project Cleopatra is what he’s going to take a stab at. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Blade Runner 2049, one of the year’s most anticipated films, is directed by Quebec’s own Denis Villeneuve.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Villeneuve is the valedictorian in a class that also includes Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild, Big Little Lies) and Philippe Falardeau (The Good Lie, Chuck), Quebecois filmmakers who have reached beyond the border (and language barrier) to mount star-studded American productions.Meanwhile, in English Canada, we’re still living off the laurels of David Cronenberg and Sarah Polley.“In Quebec, we are less inhibited, artistically, culturally and politically,” said Falardeau, when I brought up the Anglo-Franco divide at the time he was about to step into the Oscar race with Monsieur Lazhar.“We are less focused on box office and less focused on comparing our films to American films.”READ MORElast_img read more

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STRATFORD FESTIVAL GETS 20M FROM TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT FOR NEW TOM PATTERSON THEATRE

first_img Facebook It will cost $68 million with federal and provincial governments contributing $20 million each. The rest will come from fundraising efforts by the festival itself.READ MORE Advertisement Stratford Festival has two-thirds of the money it needs to build its new Tom Patterson Theatre after Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly announced a $20 million contribution by the federal government on Monday.“Cultural and recreational infrastructure make our communities places where families can play, where neighbours can meet, and where Canadians can celebrate the many cultures that make up our country,” Joly said in a news release.The festival unveiled its plan to build a completely new Tom Patterson Theatre, on the grounds of the existing building, back in August.The new theatre design is by Siamak Hariri, an architect with Toronto-based firm Hariri Pontarini. It will feature glass pane windows that are 75 centimetres wide and six and a third meters high with thin, wide bronze mullions between them. (Stratford Festival) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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POLICE ARREST HEDLEY FRONTMAN JACOB HOGGARD ON SEX CHARGES

first_imgAdvertisement According to the Canada Criminal Code, a sexual interference charge is laid when a victim is under the age of 16 years old.Police say the incidents took place in 2016 and involve two women.Hoggard is scheduled to appear in a Toronto court room on Thursday.In March, the Toronto police sex crime unit launched an investigation into allegations against Hoggard.A 24-year-old Ottawa woman alleged to the CBC in February that she was sexually assaulted by Hoggard after chatting with him on the dating app Tinder and agreeing to meet him at a hotel in Toronto.The CBC published another report of a Toronto woman who alleged Hoggard tried to force her to do things without her consent during a sexual encounter in 2016.The musician denied both allegations.In a Twitter statement posted on Feb. 28, Hoggard said he had never engaged in non-consensual sexual behaviour in his life but said has behaved in a way that had objectified women.“The way I treated women was reckless and dismissive of their feelings. I understand the significant harm that is (sic) caused not only to the women I interacted with, but to all the women who degraded by this type of behaviour,” said Hoggard, who signed off the statement by saying he would be stepping away from his career.pic.twitter.com/SZetyqdFFk— Jacob Hoggard (@JacobHoggard) March 1, 2018Toronto police say they are concerned there may be other complainants who have not come forward. They are appealing to anyone with information to contact investigators at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).By Scott Brown Rock singer Jacob Hoggard, frontman for the Vancouver band Hedley, has been arrested by Toronto police and is facing three sex-related charges.Hoggard, 34, was arrested Monday and charged with  two counts of sexual assault causing bodily harm and one count of sexual interference. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Watch Celine Dion Teach Katy Perry How To Do Her Iconic Chest

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Dion also posted a photo from the incredible meeting on her Instagram account, writing, “You’re the best Katy, thanks for the amazing show.”Perry also posted a photo with Dion, writing in all-caps, “CELINE DION SHOWED ME HOW TO DO THE FAMOUS CHEST SLAP AND I DID IT TO HER WHILE SINGING FIREWORK AND I BECAME A FIREWORK.”Perry also posted video of the meeting in her Instagram Stories feed.center_img Who knew Celine Dion was such a big Katy Perry fan.The Canadian singer got to meet Perry backstage on her “Witness” World Tour stop in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday.Perry shared a video on Twitter of her meeting with Dion, including the moment the “My Heart Will Go On” singer taught her how to do her signature chest slap.… and hilarious too! Never grow up @CelineDion ? pic.twitter.com/sbXzzNrbRW— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 7, 2018 Advertisement Facebook Getty Imagelast_img read more

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