Smokey Robinson To Present 1 Million Check Donated By Niagara Cares For

first_imgOn the heels of his headlining performance as the 2016 “Rocker of the Year” at the annual Little Kids Rock Benefit in New York City, Smokey Robinson will be giving students at Pio Pico Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) a million reasons to make beautiful music.Smokey Robinson receiving the Rocker of the Year award at the 2016 Little Kids Rock Benefit.On January 18, Robinson will make a special appearance to hear a new generation’s take on his timeless tunes, deliver brand new instruments, and present a $1 million check donated by Niagara Cares to support Little Kids Rock’s mission of transforming lives by restoring, expanding and innovating music education in public schools.“Little Kids Rock is such a great organization for supporting the effort for getting our kids in the arts in schools,” Robinson said. “We need to support our kids in as many positive areas as we possibly can. We are not only talking about the future of music; we are talking about the future of our country. We are talking about the future; our future period.”Robinson’s performance at the sold-out benefit last October not only brought the crowd to its feet but also helped raise $1.1 million to establish youth-centered, culturally relevant music education in schools across the United States. Inspired by Little Kids Rock’s progressive approach, Robinson will second that emotion by presenting a check to the organization for an additional $1 million, on behalf of Niagara Cares, a philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling that supports initiatives serving children and families in need.Little Kids Rock partnered with the LAUSD in 2004 and has since distributed more than 7,000 instruments and curricular resources worth more than $2 million. To symbolize the investment that will bring the program to tens of thousands of additional children, Robinson will unveil a surprise of brand new instruments to the school. The nonprofit will then donate instruments and expand the program to 30 more LAUSD schools on Saturday, January 28 at Little Kids Rock’s Modern Band Workshop.last_img read more

Ricky Martin Starts YouCaring Fundraiser For Hurricane Maria Relief In Puerto Rico

first_imgYouCaring, the world’s trusted leader in free crowdfunding for personal, medical, and charitable causes, today announced that international pop star Ricky Martin launched a fundraiser on YouCaring to support the victims of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.Puerto Rico was badly hit by hurricane Maria, which plunged the island in darkness, foreseeably without electricity for months, and leaving millions of people without their possessions and, in many cases, unable to communicate with emergency services. Ricky Martin’s campaign has raised to date over $300,000.“Puerto Rico is going through one of the toughest times in its history, and the island desperately needs us,” said Ricky Martin. “Hurricane Maria left devastating damage and affected hundreds of thousands – that’s why I decided to create this fundraiser to help provide basic needs and rebuild all that was lost. My donation of $100,000 is already in, and I hope I can count on your support.”“If there’s anything we learned from recent natural disasters like hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, it’s that government support is just not enough and will likely never be,” said Maly Ly, YouCaring’s CMO. “People still need to rely on family, friends, and their broader communities for material and emotional support, and online crowdfunding provides a way for these communities to rally for causes in an organic way.”As a certified B-Corporation with a focus on helping people faced with hardship, YouCaring does not take a cut of each donation, but instead relies on voluntary donor tips to fund operations.Donate to Ricky Martin’s fundraiser, as well as other fundraisers started by athletes and artists by visiting YouCaring’s Puerto Rico Relief Center.last_img read more

On Top Of The World With Jennifer Hudson

first_imgShell and a band of international stars have unveiled a unique new music video which spotlights a diverse range of clean energy initiatives across the world.Five global music artists unite in #makethefuture music video showcasing clean energy initiatives‘On Top of the World’ features five global music artists – including Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson and British songstress Pixie Lott – and uses cutting-edge custom animation to help each star demonstrate the impact of clean energy projects supported by Shell around the world, including Brazil, China, the US, Kenya, India, Germany and the UK.Video: On Top of the World | Shell #makethefutureThe video showcases both ‘bright energy ideas’ created by entrepreneurs supported by #makethefuture campaign, and some projects from Shell and its partners to create more and cleaner energy solutions, including:• Insolar: Providing solar energy access to low income communities in Brazil • GravityLight: Creating sustainable and cleaner light for families and children in Kenya • Shell Natural Gas: Providing cleaner cooking with natural gas, saving families invaluable time in India • Shell Partnership with Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: Bringing clean cook stoves to families and creating healthier homes in China • Shell Hydrogen: Creating additional cleaner transport choices for the future in the USA, Germany and the UK‘On Top of the World’ is the latest chapter in the #makethefuture global energy relay, that began in 2016 with the launch of the ‘Best Day of My Life’ music video, which subsequently topped viral video charts and became one of the most viewed online videos of the year.Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, British songstress Pixie Lott, Brazilian chart-topper Luan Santana and Nigerian artist Yemi Alade reunite, and are joined by Indian talent Monali Thakur to cover the Imagine Dragons’ hit ‘On Top of the World’.Malena Cutuli, Global Head of Integrated Brand Communications at Shell said: “Music is a universal language and, by tapping into our passion for it with this stellar line up of artists, we can spark a global conversation around access to cleaner energy in an engaging way.”“Addressing future energy challenges demands collaboration between and among business, communities, entrepreneurs, influencers and citizens – it is the key to unlocking more and cleaner energy solutions.”Jennifer Hudson said, “As a performer, it’s really exciting to be able to lend my voice to inspire future generations. I am proud to be collaborating with Shell #makethefuture, to encourage people to learn more about the potential of new clean energy solutions.”last_img read more

43rd Annual Gracie Awards Winners Announced by The Alliance for Women in

first_imgThe Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced the winners of the 43rd annual Gracie Awards to take place May 22 at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.The event will recognize such esteemed honorees as Ashley Judd, Billie Jean King, Claire Danes, Elizabeth Marvel, Hoda Kotb, Issa Rae, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Katie Couric, Megan Mullally, Pam Oliver, Reese Witherspoon, and Shirley Strawberry, along with some of the most talented women in television, radio and digital media. Local and student award winners will be recognized at the Gracie Awards Luncheon on June 27 at Cipriani in New York City.“In a historic and momentous year for women, on and off the camera and in front of and behind the microphone, the Gracie Awards arrive at an important time to celebrate the storytellers who are changing the narrative and pushing boundaries in the quest toward diversity and equality,” said AWMF Chair Christine Travaglini, President, Katz Radio Group. “And as we enter our 43rd year, we at AWM, through the Gracies, are incredibly proud help usher in a new era by honoring and celebrating outstanding talent and content for, by and about women.”In the third consecutive year as Executive Producer, Vicangelo Bulluck will spotlight these prolific women in the industry who continue to inspire and support others, break down barriers, and lead by example in creating opportunity for future generations.TELEVISION – GALA HONOREESABC News- Ashley Judd Speaks
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Public Affairs – StudentRadio Hofstra University – WRHU FM / WRHU.orgMaria Santana (A League of Our Own, Hofstra Morning Wake up Call & Newsline)
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YTV to Debut New Canadian Original Series Tricked

first_imgAdvertisement YTV is making magic this fall with the debut of the new Canadian original series, Tricked (20 x 30). Produced for YTV by Force Four Entertainment, and hosted by veteran magician Eric Leclerc, Tricked baffles unsuspecting people with magic, sleight-of-hand, and super sneaky pranks. The series premieres on Monday, September 5 and will air Monday to Thursday on YTV. YTV is making magic this fall with the debut of the new Canadian original series, Tricked (20 x 30). Produced for YTV by Force Four Entertainment, and hosted by veteran magician Eric Leclerc, Tricked baffles unsuspecting people with magic, sleight-of-hand, and super sneaky pranks. The series premieres on Monday, September 5 and will air Monday to Thursday on YTV.In each episode of Tricked, Eric goes undercover to pull well-crafted pranks on unsuspecting people, all caught on tape by hidden cameras. Well-known from his popular YouTube videos, which have garnered more than 10 million views worldwide, Eric performs illusions, misdirection and mind-reading tricks that will leave viewers in awe and disbelief day after day. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook Advertisement “Magic is universally exciting and I love its ability to connect people through wonder and amazement,” said Eric Leclerc, Host of Tricked. “We shot nearly 300 tricks for the series and each episode is jam-packed with laughs, shock, and awe for the whole family.”More magical content will be uploaded on YTV.com and YTVGo featuring tricks of the trade and tutorials on how to prank family and friends with magic that can be done at home. Also available online are videos revealing secrets from Tricked’s “Magic Camp,” where Eric and the magic team taught kids tricks using household items, which they then performed on camera.“We’re thrilled to bring Tricked to YTV this fall,” said John Ritchie, Chief Creative Officer of Force Four Entertainment. “Viewers of all ages are going to love our incredibly talented host Eric Leclerc, and how he uses his amazing magic tricks to put a whole new spin on the hidden camera genre.”Tricked is based on the highly successful ITV Studios UK show, of the same name. The YTV series results from a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the international distributor of the format. It has been adapted by Force Four for Corus Entertainment’s YTV.Tricked is based on the highly successful ITV Studios UK show, of the same name. The YTV series results from a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the international distributor of the format. It has been adapted by Force Four for Corus Entertainment’s YTV. Twitterlast_img read more

JOHN CARDINAL IS ON HIS WAY TO THE INTERNATIONAL EMMYS®

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement This had to be Billy Campbell’s career plan all along, right?Back when he started out as a young American actor, he had to know that someday he would be representing Canada at the International Emmy Awards®.Campbell laughed hard and replied, “Well, I have to admit, I had little hope in my breast of representing anything at that point. But this nomination is awfully gratifying, because as I tell anyone who will listen, I am spiritually Canadian. Advertisement “So I’m just super happy not only that we made a decent show but that it is Canadian and that it is representing Canada favourably.”The show in question, of course, is CTV’s CARDINAL. Campbell, who plays lead character John Cardinal, has been nominated for an International Emmy in the “Best Performance by an Actor” category. The ceremony is Monday, Nov. 19 in New York.“Thank you, it was entirely unexpected,” said Campbell, responding to congratulations while on the phone from Norway, which is where he now makes his home. “In fact I had no idea that there was even such an animal as an International Emmy. Until, actually, Lars Mikkelsen, with whom I’m nominated, sent me a text to let me know. And then he offered to play hoops for it.”So, did Campbell take Mikkelsen up on the basketball challenge?“No, I told him that was rather disingenuous, because he’s better than me at hoops … and acting,” Campbell said.Honouring television that’s being made outside the United States, the International Emmys have been around since 1973, making this year’s edition the 46th annual. In previous decades the field might have been somewhat sparse, but that certainly isn’t the case these days, with so much great TV emerging from all over the world.“Oh yeah, that’s for sure,” Campbell agreed. “I can only imagine what kind of difficulty it is for them to choose. I don’t think I’d want that job.”There are four nominees in the “Best Performance by an Actor” category, including Campbell and Mikkelsen, who is nominated for a show from Denmark called Herrens Veje (Ride Upon the Storm). The other two nominees are Julio Andrade in Um Contra Todos (One Against All) from Brazil, and Tolga Sarita? in Soz (The Oath) from Turkey.“I’m honoured to be nominated, especially amongst such distinguished company, particularly my friend Lars Mikkelsen, who is as much an inspiration as he is a friend,” Campbell said.“I don’t know if you know, but Lars Mikkelsen is the older brother of Mads Mikkelsen, who has had more international success (including the lead role in the TV series Hannibal, which was filmed in Toronto). But Lars is widely considered in Scandinavia, especially in Denmark, as the finest actor of his generation. His little brother Mads has sort of jumped the gun internationally, but Lars is hot on his tail in that regard now.”Campbell said he isn’t really sure what the ceremony and festivities are going to be like at the International Emmys.“I have not a clue, and I’m missing some of the events in the days leading up to it, due to a family commitment,” he said. “But in addition to the ceremony, I also plan to get together with some family that I haven’t seen in a long time. My aunt lives close to New York, and her son, my cousin, and so forth. And I’m hoping my sister will come up to New York and be there for a day or two when I’m there.”In addition to his own extended family, Campbell also will be thinking about his CARDINAL family as he represents Canada at the International Emmys.As he put it, “I’m excited about this for a host of reasons, not the least of which is, hopefully it’s really gratifying for everybody who works on the show.”Keep waving that maple leaf, Billy.An all-new season of CARDINAL is set to stream on CTV in 2019By BILL HARRIS – @billharris_tv Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

SCHITTS CREEK BECOMES FIRST CANADIAN COMEDY SERIES NOMINATED FOR A CRITICS CHOICE

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It’s the first Canadian show to ever be nominated in the category. Advertisement Advertisement Annie Murphy, Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara and Daniel Levy in Schitt’s Creek (CBC)center_img Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: The cast and producers of the CBC comedy series Schitt’s Creek are celebrating the show’s inclusion in the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards.The program, about a rich family who go bust and are forced to live in a small town they bought as a joke, is nominated for Best Comedy Series in the annual awards, which honour both film and television.last_img read more

WYNONNA EARP BOSS EMILY ANDRAS SETS ADVENTURE DRAMA AT SYFY

first_img Facebook Emily Andras (Christina Gapic/Courtesy of Syfy) Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Should ‘Axeholes’ move forward, it would be a co-production between Emily Andras and the cable network.  Wynonna Earp creator Emily Andras is looking to expand her relationship with Syfy.Andras is teaming with the NBCUniversal-owned cable network to develop Axeholes, a meta drama that would be a co-production with Syfy.Axeholes follows a mismatched bunch of comic convention attendees who inadvertently get transported into the real-life world of their favorite fantasy TV series, Blue Bar’Bara. In the worst role-playing game ever, the unequipped party must learn to navigate a dangerous land of profanity-spewing battle axes, sociopathic fairies, disturbingly sensual dragons and a chainmail-bikini-wearing shield maiden as they struggle to find a way back home. Login/Register With:last_img read more

New environment minister in mini cabinet shuffle

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled a new environment minister during a mini cabinet shuffle Tuesday, naming former minister of state for foreign affairs Peter Kent to the post.Kent, a former television reporter and anchor, takes over a portfolio with responsibility over some of the hottest files facing the country in a generation: climate change and the tar sands.The environment ministry portfolio had been handled by House Leader John Baird who took over the file in the interim after Calgary MP Jim Prentice quit politics late last year.Joining Kent at Rideau Hall, the home of the Governor General, for the swearing in of new ministers was former Ontario Provincial Police commissioner Julian Fantino who was named as minister of state for seniors.Fantino took over the OPP in the midst of the Caledonia crisis and tangled with Tyendinaga Mohawk activist Shawn Brant in 2007 during the national day of action that saw Canada’s busiest highway, the 401 in Ontario, shut down for several hours.There was widespread speculation that Fantino, who was also once Toronto’s police chief, would be given a security-related portfolio.Also named to junior posts were MPs Ted Menzies, as minister of state for finance, and Diane Ablonczy, who takes over Kent’s former portfolio which focused on Latin America and consular affairs.last_img read more

Nunavut creates cabinet portfolio targeting suicide prevention

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut’s legislative assembly has come up with a plan to tackle Nunavut’s suicide crisis.The assembly created a new position minister responsible for suicide prevention.That new role comes with the familiar face of Paul Okalik, the territory’s former premier.APTN spoke with Okalik about his new role.last_img

MuskratFalls protectors of the land plotting next course of action over flooding

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsThe protectors of the land against Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project had a glimmer of hope when they believed the federal government would review the permits given to the province to allow flooding for the dam.And then news today that Ottawa would do no such thing.See related stories here: Muskrat FallsInstead, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador said it ordered Nalcor, the province’s energy corporation, to mitigate the threat of toxins being released into the water because of the dam.Now the protectors are planning their next course of action.tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more

Natural Resources committee meeting today to talk about pipeline decision

first_img(The existing Trans Mountain pipeline crosses a river in Chilliwack, B.C., near Cheam First Nation. Lucy Scholey/APTN)The Canadian PressFederal MPs on the natural resources committee will meet this afternoon for an emergency session to discuss last week’s game-changing court decision to tear up federal approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.The meeting comes at the request of the three Conservatives and one New Democrat MP who sit on the committee.A federal court last week ruled consultation with Indigenous communities was not robust enough for the approval to be valid.The court also said the National Energy Board hadn’t properly considered the impact of an increase in oil tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia that will result from an expanded pipeline.The same day, Kinder Morgan shareholders voted to approve the sale of the existing pipeline and other assets to the federal government for $4.5 billion.Conservative natural resources critic Shannon Stubbs says the government needs to explain whether it took into account the risk this court decision would come down as it did when deciding the only way to get the pipeline built in the presence of investor jitters was to nationalize it.“It is a crucial question,” Stubbs said Monday afternoon, as she got off a plane to Ottawa to attend Tuesday’s meeting.She is hoping the committee will issue calls for both Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi and Finance Minister Bill Morneau to appear before it to explain how everything went so wrong and what their plan is now to fix it, but it’s unlikely any of those questions will be answered Tuesday.It’s not clear yet whether Canada intends to appeal the decision or will instead endeavour to complete the consultations and considerations the court said were lacking.The Trans Mountain pipeline carries crude oil and some refined products between Alberta and the B.C. coast. Kinder Morgan applied to build a second pipeline parallel to the first that will triple the capacity, and Canada’s hope is much of that oil would end up in Asian markets.Canada’s reliance on the United States for its oil exports decreases the price Canada can get for its oil, an amount Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself says amounts to a $15 billion loss each year.Ninety-nine per cent of Canada’s oil exports go to the United States.last_img read more

Discussions may restart over new arena in Calgary

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary City Council has been asked to renew the conversation about a new arena in Calgary after a presentation to a committee on Friday.The Event Centre Assessment Committee heard an updated plan from the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation that involves a massive revitalization in Victoria Park, along with an arena and event centre. Afterwards, they voted to ask council to get discussions back underway with the Calgary Flames.“I think it’s an idea, and I think it’s a pretty damn good idea,” said president of the CMLC Michael Brown.It involves $150 million in infrastructure improvements, the creation of a Stampede Trail festival street, extending 17 Avenue, building a new bridge into Inglewood, adding to the Riverwalk along the Bow and more.The 20-year vision also includes four-million square feet of new multi-use development, with a focus on local businesses being a major part.Brown says these types of upgrades would turn Calgary into a truly modern hub.“This is closer to what I’ve seen in some higher density areas, you know like you see with Madison Square Garden. You see Washington has a great facility, and the fact that when you pass it on the street and you don’t even know it’s a facility.”The heart of the district would be the new Calgary Event Centre, at this point planned for 12 Avenue and 4 Street S.E. The latest renderings presented to the committee were created by ROSSETTI.From today’s #ECAC meeting – a concept of what a new #EventCentre for Calgary could look like. Thank you to @CalgaryMLC for providing the visionary work for this much needed cultural and entertainment district. #yyc #yyccc #Calgary pic.twitter.com/7JZNKhyeMM— Jeff Davison (@JeffDavisonYYC) October 5, 2018As the plan involves a complete revitalization of the aging Victoria Park community, Ward 6 Councillor Jeff Davison says Calgarians need to move away from just looking at this as an arena deal.“We’re talking about a land deal. We’re talking about a district. From the City’s point of view, that’s really what we’re after. We’ve been talking about a cultural and entertainment district for the better part of 25 years.”The CMLC hopes this would drive thousands of more residents into the area, along with attracting business and creating a year-round gathering place.“When you think about all the puzzle pieces we have, we have a Green [LRT] Line we’re talking about, we have the Arts Commons, we have the library, the Rivers District in general. It’s really about completing that community,” added Davison.Brown said one thing that holds Victoria Park back is how the Saddledome is not really a gathering place. It does encourage people to go inside but doesn’t entice people to stay in the community and spend more time there.“Can be a little like a starship, that’s just dropped into the middle of the community. For us to be successful, in terms of the build-out of Victoria Park, we need to ensure that we have a building that really ties into the community.”Public engagement was also sought through this process, leading to over 120,000 pieces of input. Respondents agreed there is a desire for a variety of shops, restaurants and businesses in the area, while also improving transportation, creating affordable housing and prioritizing safety.While council is also busy discussing a possible bid for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games, Davison said the two subjects are independent.“As we’ve said from the beginning, the reality is the Event Centre Assessment Committee is moving forward with looking at an event centre for Calgary — with or without the Olympics.“The conversation for me is not whether or not there will be an event centre. There will be an event centre, it’s just when does it happen,” said Brown.A master plan is expected to be presented in December.last_img read more

Child Development Centre raises over 75000

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Child Development Centre has raised over $75,000 towards a new wheelchair accessible van.The 44th Annual Talent Show Friday night saw performances from local musicians, children who attend the CDC and even a performance from Fort St. John City Council.  Performers, attendees and local businesses donated $75,120 towards the fundraising goal.Arctech Welding and Machining and Save on Foods also helped towards raising money for the CDC with the annual radiothon held each year on Moose FM the day before the talent show. The funds will be used to purchase a new wheelchair accessible van for the Fort St. John Child Development Centre.  Their current client vehicle isn’t wheelchair accessible and has been in use for some years.last_img read more

Insights West poll shows support for Trans Mountain has increased dramatically in

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — A new Insights West poll shows that support for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in B.C. has increased dramatically in this province.In the online survey of a sample of British Columbians, 55 percent of residents now say they support the proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, which is an 11 point increase since a previous Insights West poll conducted in September 2017. Thirty-six percent now oppose the pipeline expansion project, a drop of 10 points, while only nine percent said they were not sure. Photo by Insights West Photo by Insights West Photo by Insights West Photo by Insights West Insights West said that the poll shows support for the pipeline is at its highest level in five years. In particular, strong support for the pipeline expansion has jumped 15 points over the past 7 months to 34 percent, while strong opposition has decreased 7 points to 23 percent, a reversal of the trends last September. While a majority of British Columbians across all regions and population groups support the pipeline expansion project, but there are significant regional differences as support is much stronger outside the southwestern part of the province. The poll shows that 61 precent give the pipeline a thumbs up in the rest of the province, while support in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island sits at 52 percent and 51 percent respectively. Overall support has grown by ten percent in the Lower Mainland and by 11 percent on Vancouver Island in the past 7 months. The largest drop in opposition since September of last year has occurred in the Lower Mainland, where only 37 percent of residents oppose Trans Mountain, down from 48 percent.When asked what they thought the chances are that the pipeline will be built, 84 percent of British Columbians gave it a 50% chance or better of being completed. This includes 12 percent who were 100% certain. Sixteen percent give it less than a 50% chance, including just 2% who believe it has no chance at all. 92 percent of supporters and 71 percent of those who oppose the pipeline expansion believe it has at least a 50% chance of getting built.The online poll was conducted from April 13 to April 16th and gathered data from 1,021 British Columbians. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.last_img read more

ELC students showcase major projects with aim to help the community

first_imgStefiuk says that the students learn new skills, including by engaging with adults and reaching out to outside organizations in the course of completing their projects. Student Harmony Kotchea decided to make her project geared around helping her fellow peers by starting a support group for teens battling depression and anxiety. Kotchea said that to help launch the group, she created a Facebook page titled “Talk About It,” where teens can connect and share their experiences to support one another.Other students’ projects ranged from raising money for the local SPCA; to teaching students at area elementary schools about the benefits that bees provide to vegetation and to not be afraid of them. Another group did their project on looking at building mountain biking trails in the Fish Creek Community Forest in order to promote active, healthy living. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Grade 10 students at the Energetic Learning Campus in Fort St. John showed off the results of the hard work that went into their annual projects, which are geared to helping members of the community.The ELC hosted members of the community in showing off the projects that were completed by over 200 of the campus’ students last week. The students worked solo or in groups to complete the projects, which are part of the new B.C. curriculum and are designed to help students learn new skills that they’ll be able to apply in their careers.“This is a chance for kids to find ways they can give back to the community,” said ELC teacher Adam Stefiuk. “They get a chance to pick what they want to do, so hopefully its something that interests them, and they’re generally motivated to do this. It’s been quite an amazing experience just to see how rewarding it is for them to give back to the community.”last_img read more

No more smoke breaks at Encana Events Centre starting September 1st

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Encana Events Centre announced today it will no longer allow patrons the ability to use the outdoor smoking areas during events due to the City of Dawson Creek amending its Smoking Regulation Bylaw.The amendments to Bylaw No. 4240, which include areas where recreational cannabis consumption is allowed mean the City now requires smoke-free buffer zones of 7.5 metres around entrances, windows, and air intakes of buildings.The Encana Events Centre said today that venues around Canada, including the seven Canadian NHL team arenas and regional venues like the CN Centre, have adopted the no re-entry policy that has become the industry standard for arenas and venues. The Encana Events Centre’s new policy will come into effect on September 1, 2018, which means anyone leaving the building during an event will not be allowed re-entry. Those who wish to smoke or vape will need to do so before the concert and/or after the concert.The Centre has also announced new additions to its prohibited items list include e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigarettes, cannabis, iPads, tablets, and oversized bags and purses that are larger than 14” x 14” x 6”.  Prohibited items must be returned to a vehicle or disposed of as the Encana Events Centre says it will not check them.The full list of prohibited items can be found at https://www.dawsoncreekeventscentre.com/arena-info/a-z.last_img read more

Endearing tale of a Bengali household

first_imgMukherjee Dar Bou is a story based on a modern dysfunctional family majorly highlighting the complex, intricate yet caring relationship of a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. The story revolves around a Bengali home maker whose name is not known till the end of the film, and who is referred as ‘Mukherjee Dar Bou’ throughout. Mukherjee Dar Bou (Aditi) is married for more than ten years and has a daughter of six years old. Aditi’s married life was usual but it takes a turn when her father-in-law passes away. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainAditi Mukherjee’s (Koneenica Banerjee) mother-in-law (Anushuya Majumdar) starts behaving oddly after her father-in-law’s death which makes the situation difficult for her. After a series of altercations between the two, Aditi decides to grab the bull by its horns, only to discover that the change hasn’t been sudden — society has been programming them to keep crossing swords. It’s often said that films hold up a mirror to society. But only a handful can do it like Mukherjee Dar Bou. Every woman, mother, daughter, mother-in-law will connect on a deep level with this a family drama. It reminds one that every big picture is a collection of seemingly inconsequential dots – that actually define how beautiful or ugly the overall picture is. And obviously, every dot matters. These dots are the actions and words that make up our everyday lives, those almost mechanical aspects of our personality that define how we act or react under different circumstances. And little do we imagine that even the most inconsequential of actions can leave an indelible scar on someone else’s mind. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe beauty of the film lies not in dwelling on these scars, but in showing a way how even such stubborn scars can be wiped off with a pinch of understanding and love. It’s about repairing human relationships slowly. And in today’s world, when ‘I’s dominate our lives, it’s reminds us how ‘we’ can solve a lot of problems. Presented by Nandita Roy and Directed by Pritha Chakraborty, it’s a simple endearing tale of a Bengali household.last_img read more

Its TDP vs YSRCP on Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha seat

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Contours for the prestigious Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha constituency have been drawn. Candidates are out in the field to take on each other with their own set of ‘attractive’ promises for the electorates of the constituency.As voters’ days are out, they are also utilising the opportunity that comes once in five years by raising their pertinent issues to draw the attention of all 20 candidates in the fray to represent the prestigious constituency also known as the Port City of Andhra Pradesh. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Election Commission has also been very active to implement model code of conduct as it covered the faces of statues of Rajiv Gandhi, TDP patriarch NT Rama Rao so that people don’t get influenced by the standstill statues. In the constituency which has over 18 lakh voters, the main contest is among the candidates of Telugu Desam Party (TDP), YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) and Jana Sena Party (JSP) of well-known film actor Pawan Kalyan. The TDP has fielded billionaire M Sribharat, who has declared assets of Rs 230 crore. The YSRCP nominee is realtor MVV Satyanarayana, who has declared assets close to Rs 201 crore, while BJP’s nominee and former Union Minister Daggubatti Purandeswari, the daughter of TDP founder NT Rama Rao, has declared assets of Rs 31 crore and Jana Sena Party’s nominee and former CBI Joint Director VV Lakshminarayana (popularly known as JD) has declared assets of Rs 8.6 crore. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”There is a close fight between TDP and YSRCP. The BJP and others are not even in the race. It’s also that people in rural belts are more inclined towards YSRCP, while the urban population is in favour of electing TDP candidate,” said Bhaskar Rao, a resident of Visakhapatnam. Rao, who is a small entrepreneur, opined that it’s a fact that the TDP president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu developed the city in record time after it was dismantled by cyclone Hudhud in 2014, but his policy decisions are in favour of IT corporate. “The government has transferred Rs 10,000 into the accounts of women self-help groups five months prior to the announcement of poll dates. It could have been done much earlier to empower women groups. There need to be more done for the middle-class population for the comprehensive development of the state,” said, Rao who has employed 10 skilled workers to run his printing press. Contrary to Rao, Raja Babu stressed that to give impetus to development, TDP has to win else developments works in the state would come to standstill. “There is no space for BJP or Congress. Both the national parties are irrelevant in the state. Last time BJP had won Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha as TDP had supported it,” Babu told Millennium Post. Interestingly, the sitting BJP MP Kambhampati Hari Babu, who had won this seat in 2014 with over 90,000 margins, has ‘refused’ to be in the ray. Not only him, other BJP MLAs too refused to enter into the war field after the alliance with TDP was severed. Taking a dig at K Hari’s reluctance to contest the poll, TDP spokesperson Lanka Dinakaran said, “The BJP candidates are going to lose their deposits on all seats as their leader Prime Minister Narendra Modi has betrayed the people’s mandate of the Andhra Pradesh. People will vote to remove to save the country.” The constituency is spread over the port city of Visakhapatnam, its suburbs and rural areas in neighbouring Vizianagaram district. The contest has become more interesting with the entry of former CBI joint director VV Lakshminarayana into the fray from Vizag. Lakshminarayana is a well-known figure in Andhra Pradesh for heading probes into several high profile cases like the Satyam scam, the OMC mining scam and the disproportionate assets case against Jaganmohan Reddy. It’s him who had arrested Jagan in DA case. Purandeswari, who had won in 2009 election on Congress and became a cabinet minister in Manmohan Singh’s government, is contesting as a candidate of the BJP that she joined after quitting the Congress following Andhra Pradesh’s bifurcation in 2014. It’s a fight of family members for TDP and BJP candidates as Purandeswari is facing Bharat who is the son-in-law of her actor brother and TDP leader N Balakrishna. Purandeswari is the elder sister of N Bhuneswari, the wife of the Chief Minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu.last_img read more