Priyanka Chopra Inspires Teenage Girls In India To Aim High With UNICEF

first_imgNew Bollywood Actress, International Recording Artist and UNICEF India Ambassador Priyanka Chopra met with young women in Chandrapur, India, to mark International Youth Day and to witness how their lives are being transformed through the Building Young Futures programme, which is run in partnership with Barclays.Priyanka Chopra Visits ChandrapurPriyanka Chopra has been supporting UNICEF’s adolescent work in India for eight years. During her visit she met young women from the Building Young Futures programme, locally known as Deepshikha, and saw how they are being empowered to help fulfil their potential.Priyanka Chopra Talks To Girls In IndiaBuilding Young Futures is a global partnership between Barclays and UNICEF that aims to unlock the potential of young people from disadvantaged communities. Through the programme in India young women are receiving peer to peer support in developing the life, enterprise and financial skills they need to overcome the challenges they face to become strong, financially independent women as well as agents of change in their communities. This includes learning how to save, building business plans, developing their own enterprises and learning how to network as well as building confidence, understanding girl’s rights and leadership skills.Priyanka Chopra Enjoys A Girls Empowerment GameIn India there are around 243 million adolescents who are facing rising youth unemployment . Life can be particularly hard for young women as they face the challenges of limited economic opportunities and access to training and employment, which reinforce broader issues of discrimination, early marriage, violence and poverty.Priyanka Chopra said: “Girls have the ability to transform their own lives, develop their own enterprises and help grow India’s economy. The Building Young Futures programme being implemented by UNICEF in collaboration with Barclays is giving them the vital skills and support they need to make this happen. 
”I met girls who have experienced incredible hardship in their lives. Building Young Futures has given them a voice and confidence, or ‘daring’ as they call it. These girls are working together, setting up businesses, planning their futures; they are empowered to handle the challenges life throws at them. I strongly advocate that parents, care-givers and educators must give the girls more and more opportunities to grow in their lives.”In India, by 2015, Building Young Futures will have empowered around 100,000 girls and young women directly and another 200,000 girls through the programme being scaled up by the Maharashtra Human Development Commissionerate. The programme depends on UNICEF, Barclays and the Government of Maharashtra sharing their expertise. It has helped these young women to build confidence, knowledge and skills, which gives them choices and the opportunity to build sustainable livelihoods. The girls take their strength, and determination back into their communities, effecting significant change and helping to transform the wellbeing of even more women and children.Ram Gopal, Chief Operating Officer, Barclays India, said: “Barclays is committed to supporting young people to develop the skills to fulfil their potential. Through Building Young Futures, we are able to empower these young women in India, teach them that they are equal to men, and help provide them with the skills they need to become economically empowered individuals. Building Young Futures is part of our global goal to support five million young people in becoming the next generation of achievers.”Louis-George Arsenault, Representative for UNICEF India, explained: “Adolescence is an age of opportunity and UNICEF is committed to investing in young people and enabling them to transform society. The Deepshikha programme, which is currently being implemented in some districts of Maharashtra with the support of Barclays, has been extremely successful in providing girls and young women with the skills and confidence to start their own enterprises and we look forward to expanding this programme across the state and more widely in India.”Priyanka met girls including Sadhana Chaudhari, who was discriminated against by her family and had to leave school early with limited skills. Sadhana, now 23 years old, runs her own tailoring business, and is setting up a group sanitary napkin business with other girls from her village. She has become a leader in the programme, or Prerika as they are locally known, and is determined to pass what she has learnt onto other women in the community.“Joining the Building Young Futures Deepshikha programme was a turning point in my life,” says Sadhana. “The Building Young Futures/ Deepshikha programme has given me confidence and now I can support my family. I come to the training as I learn a lot from this. I cannot do anything sitting at home, so I must come out and take charge of my own destiny.”In India Building Young Futures is locally known as Deepshikha. To find out more visit read more

Bob Woodruff Foundation Announces Dine Out For Heroes

first_imgThe Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) announced today the upcoming launch of the second annual ‘Dine Out for Heroes,’ a dining event experience benefiting BWF.Following the success of last year’s one-day-only event, ‘Dine Out For Heroes’ will extend to five days for the worthy cause, running Monday, Nov. 9 through Friday, Nov. 13, across New York City. The Bob Woodruff Foundation is the nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that post-9/11 injured service members, veterans and their families thrive long after they return home.Restaurants wishing to take part will give a contribution, which supports the mission of the Bob Woodruff Foundation and provides restaurants with a number of exciting benefits. Some of this year’s participating restaurants include Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C., Gallaghers Steakhouse, The Smith, The Lambs Club, BLT Steak & BLT Prime, Jane Restaurant, RedFarm Hudson, and Tribeca Grill.‘Dine Out for Heroes’ (#Dine4Heroes) will coincide with the annual Stand Up for Heroes event in NYC. Stand Up for Heroes is a collaboration between BWF and the New York Comedy Festival (NYCF) and has raised more than $26 million to date to support injured service members and their families. Since its inception in 2007, Stand Up for Heroes has featured performers such as Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Jim Gaffigan, Ricky Gervais, John Mayer, Conan O’Brien, John Oliver, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Robin Williams and more. Now in its ninth year, Stand Up for Heroes will kick off the 2015 NYCF, Nov. 10.“Dine Out for Heroes is an easy, enjoyable way for New Yorkers to honor the sacrifices of our brave men and women in uniform,” said Bob Woodruff, ABC News correspondent and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “We are extremely grateful to participating restaurants for helping us ensure that injured veterans and their families have the resources they deserve.”The Bob Woodruff Foundation is also partnering with American Express as a sponsor of this year’s ‘Dine Out for Heroes’ program.‘Dine Out for Heroes’ plans to uphold its mission to “Dine. Donate. Honor. Heal,” by raising money and awareness for the organization. With 140 restaurants having participated in its first year, ‘Dine Out For Heroes’ hopes to unite even more restaurants and members of the New York community to join the movement in 2015.‘Dine Out for Heroes’ is spearheaded by Peter and Penny Glazier, founders of The Glazier Group of restaurants with Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox, founders of the New York Comedy Festival, and Bob and Lee Woodruff, co-founders of the Bob Woodruff Foundation.“The inaugural ‘Dine Out For Heroes’ was a huge success. We were overwhelmed with the amount of support received from patrons,” said Penny Glazier and Caroline Hirsch. “We look forward to welcoming new New York restaurants and community members.”Together, these efforts will continue to honor the sacrifice of returning service members, veterans and their families by offering support in the effort to heal the physical and psychological wounds of war. To date, BWF has invested more than $28 million in more than 260 programs nationwide.last_img read more

Dakota Fanning To Light Empire State Building For International Day Of The

first_imgSave the Children has announced that actress and Artist Ambassador Dakota Fanning will light the world-famous Empire State Building red on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in a special ceremony celebrating International Day of the Girl.Marked globally by the United Nations, International Day of the Girl is a designated day for communities and policymakers to discuss how to end discrimination against girls and create opportunities for girls to reach their full potential. Worldwide, girls are frequently marginalized in their families, communities and societies. By lighting the Empire State Building red, Save the Children aims to raise awareness of these issues and illuminate the need to educate and empower girls around the world.Fanning will be joined by Carolyn Miles, Save the Children’s president & CEO, a group of girls from the New York tri-state area, who are Save the Children child sponsors, and a sponsored girl from South Carolina. On Oct. 11, the Empire State Building will light up beginning at sunset to recognize girls and the unique challenges they face globally.“I am so honored to join these young girls and Save the Children in celebrating International Day of the Girl,” said Fanning, known for roles in notable films such as “I Am Sam,” “The Runaways,” “The Twilight Saga” and the upcoming “American Pastoral.” “As a child sponsor and Artist Ambassador, I am a passionate advocate for the world’s most vulnerable children, and girls in particular are at risk of being left behind. New York holds a special place in my heart, and there’s really no better way to honor girls and bring attention to the obstacles they face worldwide than by lighting up one of the world’s most iconic landmarks.”Too often, girls are barred from the opportunity to learn, forced into marriage or even trafficked – limiting their lives and risking their futures. Save the Children believes it is possible to build a world in which every girl survives, thrives and realizes her dreams.“Save the Children is committed to making a difference for every last girl,” said Carolyn Miles, president & CEO of Save the Children. “Throughout the world, girls face higher rates of violence, poverty and discrimination. On the ladder of opportunity, girls are often left behind on the bottom rung. That’s why today – and every day – Save the Children is shining a light on girls. We are thrilled to celebrate International Day of the Girl with the help of Dakota Fanning, some of our powerful girl supporters and the Empire State Building. Together, we’ll do whatever it takes to empower the world’s girls so they can grow up healthy, educated and safe.”Save the Children believes that reaching girls is a critical component of ending early marriage, preventable maternal and child deaths and ensuring our collective future. The Save the Children sponsorship program, in particular, helps provide girls and boys with the necessities for a healthy and successful start to their life – nutrition, early childhood and adolescent development, education and school health. To join Fanning as a child sponsor and learn more, click here.last_img read more

Native Americans Farmers and Celebrities Unite to Fight Big Oil

first_imgThe Rev. Jesse Jackson and former Vice President Al Gore are the latest public figures to join the resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline.Jesse Jackson and Mark Ruffalo on the frontline in North DakotaCredit/Copyright: Ruth HopkinsGore released a statement saying, “I stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. We have witnessed inspiring and brave acts by Native Americans and their allies who are defending and trying to protect their sacred sites and the safety of their sole source of water.”Jesse Jackson visited the protest camp near Cannonball, North Dakota, on Wednesday. Credit/Copyright: James MacPherson/APCivil rights activist Jackson arrived at the Standing Rock protest camp in North Dakota on Wednesday, where he told the Associated Press that he joined the water protectors “to pray together, protest together, and if necessary, go to jail together.”Notable Arrests and WarrantsActress Shailene Woodley is among those who have been arrested and strip-searched in the last several weeks. On October 10th, while streaming live on Facebook, she was taken away by armed police who singled her out from among hundreds of other peaceful protesters. She wrote about her reasons for being there for Actress Shailene Woodley Arrested At Standing Rock During Peaceful ProtestIndependent journalist Jihan Hafiz is another who was in North Dakota to report on the situation, and was also arrested and strip searched. She told the about how some of the women were searched, saying, “The way they were stripped searched, it was very humiliating. I’m talking about, like, asking the women to lift their breasts, pull apart their cheeks, do jumping jacks and go up and down, cough.” She continued, pointing out that those arrested were peaceful protesters, who were praying, rather than violent criminals. “There’s video evidence that there was no one there being violent, so the fact that they used this type of behaviour toward peaceful protesters and journalists is really troubling.”The video of Jihan’s interview after her arrest contains a warning: “Media, protect your cameras, protect yourself. They are coming after media first.”Jihan’s filming equipment was not returned to her after her release.Charges laid against those arrested include criminal trespass, which is a misdemeanor offense, and have raised concerns about possible free speech violations and press intimidation.Award-winning broadcast journalist Amy Goodman was among those charged with criminal trespass, and later, rioting, when the trespassing charges were dropped, after she filmed security guards using pepper spray and dogs on protesters. While filming a dog that had been attacking protesters she says, “The dog has blood in its nose and its mouth. Why are you letting their – her – dog go after the protesters? It’s covered in blood.”“This is an unacceptable violation of freedom of the press,” said Goodman in a statement. “I was doing my job by covering pipeline guards unleashing dogs and pepper spray on Native American protesters.”Award-winning documentary filmmaker Deia Schlosberg has been threatened with 45 years in prison for filming an activist who turned off a TransCanada oil sands pipeline.“I did not ever intend to be the story. It’s safe on this side of the camera usually,” Schlosberg told DeSmog Blog.Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is another who has had legal action threatened against her. As a play on US political ads, she spray-painted the words, “I approve this message” on a bulldozer at the site.Dr. Stein does not deny the charges or criminal trespass and criminal mischief laid against her, however, and states, “I hope the North Dakota authorities press charges against the real vandalism taking place at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation: the bulldozing of sacred burial sites and the unleashing of vicious attack dogs.”Supporting the Water Protectors“Going to stand with the Sioux Indians today in North Dakota to preserve the land & the sacred sites,” wrote actor Mark Ruffalo.Ruffalo arrived in North Dakota on Tuesday, and with Wahleah Johns, founder of Native Renewables, delivered Navajo-made solar trailers on Wednesday, which will power the encampments of the water protectors.Solar trailers will provide clean energy to power medical tents and other critical facilities. Credit/Copyright: Jon Wank, The Solutions ProjectOn Tuesday night, he took part in a panel with the Indigenous Environmental Network.Actor-activist Mark Ruffalo poses with Dallas Goldtooth, of the Indigenous Environmental Network, outside the state Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016.Credit/Copyright: AP Photo/James MacPherson“They are very antagonistic to people trying to save their water, they’re made out to be criminals. But each time they hit us, they lose. The more quiet and serene we are in the depth of that violence, the faster we win,” he said. “That’s where our strength is: we’re right and they know we’re right. It’s scary. I’m scared, but when we come together our fear drops.”Leonardo DiCaprio wrote on Facebook: “Stand with the Standing Rock Sioux in their opposition of the Dakota Access Pipeline which threatens our climate.” It has been reported that he is heading to Standing Rock this week.Matt McGorry has been working to raise awareness, sharing news items such as “Dakota Access pipeline protesters face off against armed police in riot gear” with his followers on Twitter, and donation information on InstagramMatt McGorry’s instagram post shares donation informationThe Justice League have also spoken out:Video: Justice League cast endorses Rezpect Our WaterThe protests against the controversial pipeline have led to the largest gathering of Native Americans in more than 100 years. People from over 50 tribes across the country have gathered to defend their right to clean water. The BBC reports that over 3000 people have taken part in the protest since April.“This is the first time the seven bands of the Sioux have come together since [the Battle of] Little Bighorn [in 1876],” Hawste Wakiyan Wicasa, one of the people living in a tent at protest camp in the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, told the BBC. “Now, we have no weapons, only prayers. We are here for what our ancestors fought and died for. We have endured 250 years of betrayal by the white man.”The Standing Rock Sioux, other tribes and environmental groups are concerned that the water supplies for millions of people are at risk. Greenpeace and the Sierra Club are among more than 30 environmental groups who have signed a letter to President Obama calling the project “yet another example of an oil pipeline project being permitted without public engagement or sufficient environmental review.”The possibility of leaks is a concern, as the pipeline would carry 470,000 barrels of volatile Bakken crude to Illinois each day, travelling across 1,168 miles of land – some of which has been taken from farmers under the guise of eminent domain. Its route crosses the Ogallala Aquifer and the Missouri River, which provide water for millions of people.According to a Reuters analysis of government data, the company responsible for operating the DAPL, Sunoco Logistics, spills crude more often than any of its competitors, with more than 200 leaks reported since 2010. Sunoco Logistics spilled 55,000 gallons of gasoline into the Susquehanna River a week ago.“It’s not a question of if the pipeline leaks – it’s a question of when,” Susan Sarandon told at a rally on the steps of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. “We have the history of what happens with these pipelines. That’s the most important thing.“And we have the history of what we’ve been doing to Native American peoples for the last 500 years and it’s time to listen to them and stop,” Sarandon said.Susan Sarandon and Mark Ruffalo speak with author Greg Palast backstage at a climate change rally at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, California, October 23, 2016.Credit/Copyright: Patrick Fallon — ReutersProtecting the PastFormer Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rallied against the pipeline in September, saying, “There are several basic issues that we’re discussing today and number one is the end of the exploitation of Native American people, and the respect of Native American rights, period, end of discussion.”He more recently led the call to ask President Obama to suspend all construction permits, penning a letter with a handful of other Senate Democrats, writing,“Over the past several weeks, hundreds of Native American tribes have mobilized in unprecedented solidarity to draw attention to the pipeline’s encroachment on sacred lands. Nationally, there has been a groundswell of opposition to the project. The pipeline’s construction is not only a violation of the tribal treaty rights, but has the potential to cause more damage to sacred land. Until there has been full and meaningful tribal consultation, all pipeline permits and easements should be revoked or denied.”Tribal Chairman David Archambault II said, “Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Partners brazenly used bulldozers to destroy our burial sites, prayer sites and culturally significant artifacts. They did this on a holiday weekend, one day after we filed court papers identifying these sacred sites.”“I surveyed this land and we confirmed multiple graves and specific prayer sites,” said Tim Mentz, the Standing Rock Sioux’s former tribal historic preservation officer, in the tribal press release. “Portions, and possibly complete sites, have been taken out entirely.”The Atlantic reported in its piece, The Legal Case for Blocking the Dakota Access Pipeline that in cases where a federal agency undertakes or approves a construction project, if must first consult with local Native nations or tribes about nearby sacred sites, whether or not the project is near reservation land. The committee in charge of historic preservation on behalf of Congress clearly decrees that “regulations require Federal Agencies to consult with Indian tribes when they attach religious and cultural significance to a historic property regardless of the location of that property.”“We have so much we can learn from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other Native American tribes,” wrote Pharrell Williams on Facebook. “The children of Standing Rock ran 2,200 miles on foot to Washington, DC to save their sacred land from the oil industry. Let’s help protect them so they can continue to live in peace #rezpectourwater”.Pharrell Wililams calls attention to the children of Standing Rock’s heroic efforts#NoDAPL #ProtectCleanWater #IStandWithStandingRock #MniWiconi #rezpectourwaterCopyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

CBCRadio Canada asks for 400M in increased government funding to go adfree

first_img Facebook Advertisement CBC/Radio Canada has submitted a position paper to the federal government proposing the public broadcaster move to an ad-free model, similar to the one used to pay for the BBC in the United Kingdom, at a cost of about $400 million in additional funding.“We are at a critical juncture in our evolution, continuing to operate under a business model and cultural policy framework that is profoundly broken,” says the CBC’s document, released on Monday afternoon. “At the same time, other nations are moving their cultural agendas forward successfully — and reaping the benefits of strong, stable, well-funded public broadcasters.”The additional money CBC is asking for would largely be “replacement funding” if the media organization eliminates advertising. The proposal requests $318 million to replace advertising revenue: $253 million in lost ad sales plus $105 million to “produce and procure additional Canadian content” to fill the programming gaps in their absence. CBC is also asking for $100 million in “additional funding of new investments to face consumer and technology disruption.” Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: However, the proposal notes that removing ads will also result in savings of $40 million in the cost of selling advertising.last_img read more

Peter Mansbridge anchors his final edition of CBCs newscast The National

first_imgON 30-NOV-09, AT 7:08 PM, VAN DER VOORT, JANE WROTE: IMAGES OF PETER MANSBRIDGE FOR WEEKEND LIVING, “10-MINUTE INTERVIEW,” DEC. 5/09. THX. On 30-nov-09, at 7:08 pm, van der voort, jane wrote: images of peter mansbridge for weekend living, “10-minute interview,” dec. 5/09. Thx. Mansbridge, 68, said in an interview this week that he didn’t intend to make a big fuss of his last appearance on the flagship newscast as anchor. TORONTO — Peter Mansbridge ended his run as CBC’s main anchor Saturday saying he wasn’t a “fan of long goodbyes”, but was a “fan of long thank yous.” Mansbridge anchored CBC’s “The National” for the final time Friday, saying it has been “quite the ride.” “I have been extremely lucky over all this time to have worked in this place,” he said. “It has been just a fabulous experience.” “I thank the people that I work with,” Mansbridge said as he wrapped up CBC’s coverage of Canada 150 celebrations in Ottawa on Saturday. Advertisement Facebook Mansbridge revealed his retirement plans last year. The CBC has not yet indicated how it will replace him. Mansbridge has anchored the newscast since his predecessor Knowlton Nash stepped down in 1988. Twitter Earlier in the day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped by where Mansbridge was broadcasting in Ottawa and paid tribute to the veteran anchor. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “Thanks for watching all these years, it’s been quite the ride for me, but always a privilege to be a part of bringing the national story home to you from wherever that story may be,” said Mansbridge at the end of the hour-long show. “I can only hope you found it worthwhile, too. Goodbye.” “Thank you for being a steady hand and a steady voice for us always through the years, we’re going to miss you,” Trudeau told Mansbridge. The network ran a tribute to Mansbridge’s 50-year career in a segment broadcast on Thursday’s “The National” and has been paying tribute to him in some of its other programs during the past week.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: “Superman” actress Margot Kidder’s death has been ruled a suicide, and her daughter said Wednesday it’s a relief to finally have the truth out.Kidder, who was born in Yellowknife and played Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve’s Superman in her most famous role, was found by a friend in her Montana home on May 13.At the time, Kidder’s manager, Camilla Fluxman Pines, said Kidder died peacefully in her sleep. A statement released Wednesday by Park County coroner Richard Wood said the 69-year-old Kidder “died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose” and that no further details would be released.Maggie McGuane, Kidder’s daughter by her ex-husband Thomas McGuane, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that she knew her mother died by suicide the moment authorities took her to Kidder’s home in Livingston, a small town near Yellowstone National Park.“It’s a big relief that the truth is out there,” she said. “It’s important to be open and honest so there’s not a cloud of shame in dealing with this.”Kidder’s death is one of several high-profile suicides this year that include celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade.McGuane noted that Montana has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation and she urged people with mental illness to seek help.“It’s a very unique sort of grief and pain,” McGuane said. “Knowing how many families in this state go through this, I wish that I could reach out to each one of them.”Kidder struggled with mental illness much of her life, and it was made worse by a 1990 car accident that left her in debt and led to her using a wheelchair for almost two years.Kidder and Reeve starred in four Superman movies between 1978 and 1987. She also appeared in “The Great Waldo Pepper” with Robert Redford in 1975, Brian De Palma’s “Sisters” in 1973 and “The Amityville Horror” in 1979.She later appeared in small films and television shows until 2017, including “R.L. Stine’s the Haunting Hour.” She received a Daytime Emmy Award as outstanding performer in a kids’ series in 2015 for that role.Kidder was a political activist who was arrested in 2011 in a Washington, D.C., protest over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada’s oil sands.Her final years were troubled by conflicts with people who were down on their luck that she took into her home. Between August 2016 and her death in May, authorities were called to her house 40 times on reports of people trespassing, theft and other disturbances, according to police logs released to the AP under a public-records request.The calls include responses by ambulances five times in seven months, including at the time of her death.Joan Kesich, a longtime friend who found Kidder’s body, said Kidder was fearless and always spoke the truth, regardless of the consequences.“In her last months, she was herself — same kind of love, same kind of energy,” Kesich said. “The challenges that she had were very public. I want what I know about her to be out there because it was glorious. She was really a blazing energy.”BY THE CANADIAN PRESSlast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Robbie Amell is coming back to Vancouver this Spring to film the new Amazon Prime series Upload.Filming dates: March 5th to May 10th.Upload is set in the future where humans are able to “upload” themselves into their preferred choice of afterlife. When Nathan (Robbie Amell) meets his early death, he is greeted by Nora in his version of heaven.center_img Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img


first_imgMeryl Streep (left) joins Nicole Kidman in the already star-studded cast of Big Little Lies. (Courtesy of HBO) Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: NOW critics pick the best movies and TV shows coming to the streaming platform, including Big Little Lies, XY Chelsea, The Loudest Voice and Killing EveWHAT WE CAN’T WAIT TO WATCHBig Little Lies (season 2)The first season was brilliant. Adapting Liane Moriarty’s novel, Big Little Lies used a murder-mystery-whodunit framework as a hook that tugged us through the testy social dynamic between the baddest housewives in Monterey. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoë Kravitz all return. This time they have to deal with Meryl Streep as the murder victim’s suspicious mother, looking like the big bad wolf as she sniffs around for who offed her son. Director Andrea Arnold is a compelling choice as the replacement for Jean-Marc Vallee. In films like Fish Tank and American Honey, Arnold ruthlessly drags characters through concrete-hard scenarios. We’ll have to wait and see what she has in store for the BLL queens. June 9 The Loudest VoiceHollywood loves making things in twos, so here comes the first of two projects about Roger Ailes. Russell Crowe stars as the late Fox News propaganda baron who was ousted after former anchor Gretchen Carlson sued him, claiming he fired her for rejecting his sexual advances. Based on Gabriel Sherman’s book The Loudest Voice In The Room, this limited series covers the final decade of Ailes’s life and features Naomi Watts (as Carlson), Sienna Miller, Seth McFarlane and Josh Charles. If you can’t get enough Fox News, the feature film covering the same territory – Fair And Balanced starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Margot Robbie and Kate McKinnon – is getting an awards season release at the end of December.  June 30EuphoriaDrake is making his TV-producing debut – in partnership with A24 – on this HBO teen drama starring Zendaya and a cast of hotly tipped newcomers. Teen programming has taken off on Netflix, so it makes sense HBO is entering the ring with the gritty-looking Euphoria, which is based on an Israeli series that aired a few years ago. Zendaya stars as Rue, “a lying, drug-addicted 17-year-old girl,” according the show’s description, which is basically just a string of search engine key words: “the story of drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship.” Maude Apatow and Sydney Sweeney (The Handmaid’s Tale) are also in the cast. June 16Killing Eve (season 2)One of our favourite shows from 2018, the BBC thriller Killing Eve returned for a second season this spring – and it’s hitting Crave in its entirety after wrapping up a run on Bravo. Assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) and MI5 spy Eve (Sandra Oh) are still obsessed with one another after last season’s stabby finale. We pick up right where they left off, though behind the scenes there have been some changes. Fleabag creator and future Bond scribe Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who developed the show and headed up writing duties on season one, has receded to an exec producer role with Emerald Fennell (Call The Midwife) taking writing lead this time around. June 7last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Jimmy Kimmel’s satirical campaign to be mayor of Dildo, NL, has generated a lot of free advertising for the small community and the province, almost equal to what the government spends on marketing in an entire year.The late-night TV host made light of the Avalon Peninsula community for almost three weeks in August, riffing on its amusing name and even sending Guillermo Rodriguez, his sidekick on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, to stay there for a week.The hundreds of segments, jokes and other references to Dildo reached some 45.1 million people, equal to an estimated advertising value of over $11.7 million, according to analysis by the provincial ministry of tourism. Facebook Twitter Jimmy Kimmel has plenty of marketing ideas for Dildo if he becomes mayor, including T-shirts, books and baked goods. (Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube)last_img read more

Northern food subsidy program continues to face criticism

first_imgAPTN National NewsNutrition North is a program designed to help Northerners deal with the high cost of food.But those Northerners are becoming more skeptical about the program, so much so that its launch has been pushed back to October 2012.Now, in the middle of the grace period, APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll looks at what the program promises and what it doesn’t.last_img

Security concerns at Nunavut court halts manslaughter trial

first_imgAPTN National NewsSecurity concerns at the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit have closed down a manslaughter trial for the second time in a weekAPTN‘s Kent Driscoll joined APTN National News anchor Michael Hutchinson from Nunavut’s capital to discuss.last_img

Sympathy hunger strikes begin in support of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence

first_imgBy Annette FrancisAPTN National NewsDrummers and supporters gathered on the steps of Parliament Hill for day three of Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike Thursday.Each day there is a growing show of support for a woman who, according to Ellen Gabriel, is brave and courageous.“We should all stand united (and) think of Chief Theresa Spence and her community and all the other communities right across Canada that are experiencing the same kind of desperation and frustration for the lack of political will,” said Gabriel.Spence’s actions are attracting international attention through social media.And many are now fasting in support. Supporters from Egypt to South Dakota are fasting.That includes Meghan Rice in England.She heard about Spence on Twitter.“The idea that people in this modern world are still willing to do that for something they believe in very deeply is something that just really moves me and it’s something I find extremely noble beyond words and so for me a one-day fast is really the least I can do when you consider the fact Chief Spence is risking her life,” said Rice.Janie Kapaquapit-Ramos is a member of Attawapiskat, but now lives in Pennsylvania.“I don’t want her to die for this. We should all be there for her,” Kapaquapit-Ramos.That’s why she is fasting too.“For me fasting represents prayer, when you pray for others to find their way because we see too much suffering by our people and they need to find their way back, so for me that’s the highest thing you can do to help others,” she said.In the Northwest Territories regional Chief Bill Erasmus has taken up the call too.last_img read more

Video Detroit welcomes Republican primary debate with bullhorns and anger

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe race for the White House is one of the biggest political contests in the world.And this year’s race is proving to be one of the most theatrical ever.On Thursday, the Republican contenders landed in Detroit to face-off in another primary debate. An APTN crew happened to be in the city at the same time. When they couldn’t get in to cover the debate, they took to the streets to capture the sights and sounds of the political battle that played out beneath the falling Michigan snow.Here is some of what they saw.last_img

Using art to heal at the national mmiwg inquiry

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsWhile families speak their truths at the mmiwg inquiry in Winnipeg, about 20 students are at a Winnipeg monument that honours missing and murdered Indigenous women using art to tell their stories.Jamie Black was hired to coordinate the project.“I’m really hoping that through art they can express themselves and have their voices heard in maybe a non-verbal sort of way or even in chats between each other,” said Black.The first youth panel took place at the last hearings held in Smithers, B.C. with eight students sharing a music video.Young people from Winnipeg’s panel will use clothe, stones and other materials to create pieces that the public can engage with.For Kattie-Lee Fontaine, this isn’t the first time she’s participated in something like this.Her school hosted events on Oct. 4, Manitoba’s day to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women.“We hosted a pipe ceremony that was welcome for the community,” Fontaine said. “Family and friends and we followed it with a feast and we also had cutouts for dresses and ties because we included men and boys too.”Fontaine is originally from Sagkeeng First Nation where her family has lost many women and men.That includes 15-year-old Tina Fontaine whose body was found in a Winnipeg river in 2014.“Tina Fontaine was my cousin. Jeanne Fontaine was my it really hit me and I like being a part of it,” she said.Jamie Black said these art panels give youth a safe place to express themselves.“Provide a space for healing and for reconnecting and for sharing,” he said. “That aren’t intimidating but are really welcoming like the lodge and our here on the land and having that space come together and heal.”Keagan Shingoose is a two-spirit grade nine student.She said she’s participating as a way to give back to families.“Some people in these kinds of situations are just left without answers nothing at all,” she said. “And I want to be one of those people that help them find answers and find what they’ve been looking for.”Contact Brittany here: bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

Nothing short of a nightmare The Indigenous experience on campus

first_imgAPTN InFocusOn this edition to APTN’s InFocus, host Melissa Ridgen looks at Indigenous experiences on campus, from the perspective of educators and students.There’s no shortage of stories in the news or social media of incidents like the ‘Its okay to be white’ posters that were posted at the University of Manitoba, and left many Indigenous students feeling unsafe.Dr. Barry Lavallee of the University of Manitoba says it’s more than any one incident.“If you can’t see there is a wrong being done at the moment it’s being done, that is how racism looks,” Lavallee said.“I have never been taught as a teacher, to actually fill that void or support somebody to move forward.”“You have to think of Indigenous-specific racism as one of a panel of events that can occur in an institution including gender violence, homophobia, ableism — all those kinds of things. At the top of the hierarchy, are white heterosexual males, and as we move down you will find Indigenous people at the bottom.”Of course not all students experience racism on campus. But for those who do, it can negatively impact their studies.“Over the past six years I can only describe my experience as nothing short of a nightmare,” said McMaster University student Evan Jamieson-Eckel“You have a system that promotes individualism and what that does in our university, has Indigenous students fighting one another for positions, and to sort of gain fame behind their name. Then you also have the duel problem that our classrooms are more about coddling white guilt than being about Indigenous liberation.”last_img read more

There were many times we could have prevented apprehension Inside the CFS

first_imgAPTN InFocusHigh apprehension rate makes families distrust child and family services (CFS) agencies.On this first of a three-part series on CFS, Host Melissa Ridgen talked to a child advocate and a former CFS worker who shed light on how this industry works and why Indigenous families are targeted.Ballooning case loads and increased public scrutiny of a system that apprehends Indigenous children at alarming rates, over time led to social workers being re-branded “family preservation workers.”The name suggests keeping kids with their family – but it turns out they serve the same function as they always have and children continue to be apprehended regularly and families separated and fractured, some forever.Cora Morgan , the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs children’s advocate says the system in Manitoba is designed to keep children.It’s financially beneficial to CFS agencies to have more kids in care and it creates more job, and job security, for CFS workers and others who work alongside the industry,” she said.“The minute a child is removed from a home, it’s automatically an illegal process. Agencies have unlimited legal budgets and they can go to court. Our parents mostly rely on legal aid and legal aid lawyers are over burdened with a number of files. A lot of times, our families can’t even effectively fight wrongful apprehensions, there are not mechanisms in the system for them to do that.”Morgan went on to say, “here in Manitoba, as soon as a child is removed from a home there is an automatic legal process in place. Parents are prescribed a case plan, they have to follow that case plan and return to court to make their case. We’ve heard of hundreds of parents who completed their case plan and still aren’t able to get their children back.”Jillian Wheeler was a family preservation worker or social worker for three years. She started out straight from post secondary school and expected to help children and families.She found out quickly that often wasn’t the reality of the job, nor did it seem to be a function of the system.“There were many times we could have prevented apprehension but that’s exactly what happened.” Wheeler said.She went on to talk about who the system targets the most.“I was never called as a protection worker to an upper middle class, middle class home unless it was a foster home,” Wheeler said. “It was always people, you know, lower economic means, lower education, people who were really victimized by the system, that didn’t know their rights all too often. The issue of poverty is huge. Poverty and trauma were often the core reasons (for seizing indigenous kids) but no one was helping that.“And they talked a lot about family reunification – putting in money to try and help the families, but the families would have to come to us, but most families don’t trust CFS, with good reason.”On next week’s InFocus we talk to parents whose children were questionably seized and the uphill battle to get them back.Know your rights on what to do if you child is apprehended.last_img read more

Resounding success of Alberta energy rebates prompts second round

first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta government is launching a second round of discounts on energy efficient products after the initial round proved wildly successful.The instant rebates cover the same range of home products discounted in the first round of the program, including low-flow shower heads, LED lights, dimmer switches and smart power bars.Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the government decided to add a second round after the first round resulted in a 40,000 per cent surge in low-flow shower head sales and between 8,000 and 14,500 per cent increases in LED-type light sales.Phillips said sales of energy efficient products in the first round totalled 4.3 million, resulting in energy savings of 420,000 gigajoules, which is enough energy to heat about 3,500 homes a year.Energy Efficiency Alberta CEO Monica Curtis said the spring campaign had a budget of just over $14 million, and expects this round to cost about the same, with the government subsidy amounting to about 25 per cent of the total cost of the energy efficient products.The instant rebate efficiency program runs for four weeks ending Oct. 29, while the home improvement and online rebates announced in April continue their two-year run.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the home improvement and online efficiency programs ran for October.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,670.62, up 17.01 points)Element Fleet Management Corp. (TSX:EFN). Financial Services. Down $1.25, or 24.41 per cent, to $3.87 on 15.4 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Down $1.81, or 4.22 per cent, to $41.06 on 9.8 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down five cents, or 0.44 per cent, to $11.25 on 7.2 million shares.Neovasc Inc. (TSX:NVC). Medical devices. Down two cents, or 11.76 per cent, to 15 cents on 5.9 million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 14 cents, or 3.78 per cent, to $3.84 on 4.4 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 20 cents, or 0.83 per cent, to $24.38 on 4.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Magna International (TSX:MG). Auto parts. Up $4.74, or 6.78 per cent, to $73.73 on 1.7 million shares. The Aurora-based company’s stock rose following a technology development deal with Lyft Inc., an American ride-hailing company. The CEO of Magna International says he sees a great long-term opportunity for developing advanced driverless car technology through its new multi-year partnership and a US$200 million investment in Lyft.Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO). Bank. Up 24 cents, or 0.24 per cent, to $98.60 on 1.2 million shares. The bank has stopped allowing customers to use its credit cards to buy cryptocurrency such as bitcoin. Bank of Montreal says it no longer allows retail consumers to buy cryptocurrencies using Mastercard-branded credit or debit cards.last_img read more