Chandrayaan2 moving in right direction ISRO

first_imgBengaluru: A day after launching the country’s second moon mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Tuesday said the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft is in “good health” and moving in the “right direction”. India had on Monday launched Chandrayaan-2 on-board its powerful rocket GSLV-MkIII-M1 from the spaceport of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh with the aim of landing a rover in the unexplored lunar south pole. The 3,850 kg Chandrayaan-2, a three-module spacecraft comprising orbiter, lander and rover, has been injected into the earth’s orbit. It will be subjected to a series of orbit manoeuvres in the coming weeks to take it to the vicinity of moon, with the rover soft landing planned on September 7. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The Chandrayaan-2 is in good health. There is no doubt about it. It is moving in the right direction,” an official of the Bengaluru-headquartered ISRO told PTI here. He said at present, no updates on the mission have been made because there is no need for it at this juncture. “However, there is a little milestone which we will not reveal now, but will update when the right time comes,” the official said. In a giant leap for the country’s ambitious low-cost space programme, ISRO has undertaken the most complex and its prestigious mission ever aiming to land the rover on the moon. If successful, it will make India the fourth country after Russia, the US and Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KChina to pull off a soft landing on the moon. The ISRO is aiming for a soft landing of the lander (spacecraft) in the South Pole region of the moon where no country has gone so far. Immediately after Chandrayaan-2’s separation from the rocket, the solar array of the spacecraft automatically got deployed and the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network at Bengaluru successfully took control of the spacecraft, the ISRO has said.last_img read more

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Drug narcotics seizure worth Rs 12 crore in 5 days worries cops

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police has seized drug and narcotics worth Rs 12 crore in past five days, which made the police lose sleep over the newly emerged market for narcotics racketeers where students are the targeted customers.During the past few months Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police arrested several drug and narcotics racketeers and came to know that maximum number of their customers are students from various educational institutions across the city. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring the probe, investigators came to know that drug and narcotics elements are entering India through Myanmar border. It has been the corridor for such illegal trade since a long time to deliver the drugs and other narcotics elements to Bangladesh. Even after trouble cropped up in North East, narcotics racketeers are still using the same area to smuggle in the drugs but changed the corridor to deliver those to Bangladesh using Kolkata and a few other Bangladesh adjacent districts of Bengal. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAs a result a market for such illegal trade has emerged in Kolkata during last few years. According to police sources, earlier only rave parties and night clubs were the place where usually drugs and narcotics were used to be sold. After police came to know about such activities, several raids were conducted in late night parties and several persons were apprehended with drugs and narcotics elements. Since then such activities were controlled and supply of drugs and narcotics elements gone down a lot. According to police sources, during the past few months, STF personnel have arrested several narcotics racketeers with huge quantity of such elements and came to know that they are targeting students of educational institutions in the city. During a detailed probe police found that Amphetamines commonly known as ‘Yaba’ in tablet form is the most popular narcotic element among the youths as it is quite cheaper than the other narcotic elements. However, police are trying to create awareness and suggesting authorities of educational institutions across the city to arrange councelling sessions for their students in order to save the students from the clutches of drugs and narcotics elements. “We are concern about the illegal trade. Vigilance has been stepped up to prevent such trade,” said a senior Kolkata Police official.last_img read more

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Dorian strikes Bahamas as catastrophic hurricane parts of Florida evacuated

first_imgTITUSVILLE (Florida): Hurricane Dorian became the strongest storm in modern records to hit the northwestern Bahamas and is expected to pound the islands with up to two days of torrential rain, high waves and damaging winds as parts of Florida evacuated before it took aim at the U.S. mainland. The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Dorian was over Abaco as a Category 5 storm on Sunday with maximum sustained winds of 180 miles per hour (285 km per hour) and gusts of more than 200 mph (322 kph). Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USMillions of people from Florida to North Carolina were bracing to see whether Dorian avoids a U.S. landfall and, as predicted, veers north into the Atlantic Ocean after hitting the Bahamas. Even a glancing blow from one of the strongest storms ever to menace Florida could bring torrential rains and damaging winds, and “a Florida landfall is still a distinct possibility,” the Miami-based NHC warned. Bahamas residents reported trees snapping and docks being destroyed before the brunt of the storm arrived. The pummeling was expected to last for hours as the hurricane slowed to just 1 mph, “prolonging its catastrophic effects,” the NHC said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsOn Great Guana Cay, just off Great Abaco Island, waves began washing over low-lying parts of the tiny 9-mile (14-km) strand of land that is only about a quarter-mile wide by mid-morning, resident Tom Creenan said. Although some residents left for Nassau and elsewhere days ago, some 200 to 300 are riding out the storm on Great Guana Cay, where power was already out and forecasters are predicting up to 2 feet (61 cm) of rain and 23-foot (7-meter) storm surges. “The other day the prime minister came out and said everybody in Abaco should leave,” Creenan said by phone. “But there’s no place to go.” “This is the strongest hurricane that’s ever hit in the Bahamas,” Creenan said. “I grew up in Florida, so I’ve been through Andrew.” Hurricane Andrew slammed into eastern Florida in 1992 as a category 5 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale, obliterating the town of Homestead. That state was taking no chances with Dorian and four Florida counties, including Palm Beach County, issued mandatory evacuations for some residents, including those in mobile homes, on barrier islands and in low-lying areas. Other coastal counties have announced voluntary evacuations.last_img read more

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Canadian injured in Times Square car attack in very critical condition

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – New York City police say a Canadian woman remains in very critical condition a day after a speeding car slammed into pedestrians in Times Square in what authorities said was a deliberate attack.Assistant chief William Aubry says the 38-year-old woman is among seven people still in hospital following the incident in which a teenage tourist was killed and almost two dozen other people injured.Authorities have provided no further details about the Canadian.Aubry says three others remain in critical condition with head injuries, while a fourth person was being treated for a collapsed lung and broken pelvis.A prosecutor says the driver, who faces felony murder charges for plowing into the pedestrians on the sidewalks, told authorities he wanted to “kill them all” and that police should have shot him to stop him.Police say the man, Richard Rojas, 26, also told responding officers Thursday after he crashed his Honda Accord into protective barriers that he had smoked marijuana laced with PCP — also known as angel dust.Officials were awaiting toxicology results, though police said Rojas “had glassy eyes, slurred speech, and was unsteady,” during his arrest, according to the complaint.Rojas, wearing the same red T-shirt and jeans he was wearing when he was arrested, appeared subdued during a brief court appearance Friday where prosecutors detailed a felony murder charge. He didn’t enter a plea.His lawyer and weeping supporters had no comment. He’s due back in court next week.Authorities said Rojas drove from the Bronx to Times Square, where he sped into the bustling Crossroads of the World, hitting nearly two dozen people on the sidewalk before steel security barriers finally stopped him.Alyssa Elsman, 18, a tourist from Portage, Mich., was killed. Her 13-year-old sister was injured.Rojas enlisted in the Navy in 2011 and was an electrician’s mate fireman apprentice. In 2012, he served aboard the USS Carney, a destroyer. Navy records show that in 2013 he spent two months at a naval prison in Charleston, S.C. They don’t indicate why.He spent his final months in the navy at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., before being discharged in 2014 as the result of a special court martial, a navy official said.last_img read more

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Rain snow help crews fight two wildfires in British Columbia

first_imgVERNON, B.C. – Cool and wet weather is helping crews fighting two wildfires in British Columbia.A fire discovered Tuesday in the Okanagan, northwest of Lumby, was fanned by high winds and officials have said it charred as much as eight hectares of trees and bush in the Cooper’s Mountain area.The flames prompted the Regional District of North Okanagan to issue an evacuation alert for about 30 homes in the area Tuesday night, but the alert was lifted Wednesday after overnight rain and snow.“With the weather conditions, some of the risks of the wind storm last night have abated,” said David Sewell, who works for the regional district. “From our perspective, it’s stable enough that we can lift the evacuation.”Crews were also fighting a fire southeast of Prince George, which has also been slowed by the weather, said fire information officer Amanda Reynolds.“The incident took substantial amounts of precipitation overnight and some snowfall overnight, and it has currently reduced any significant fire behaviour,” Reynolds said Wednesday.The fire, about five kilometres east of Tete Jaune Cache, started Tuesday afternoon and has scorched an estimated two square kilometres of brush at the base of a steep slope.Twenty-six firefighters were working on containing the flames Wednesday afternoon and they were to be joined by another 28, Reynolds said.The fire was likely caused by a tree falling into a powerline, but Reynolds said it is classified as being human-caused because it wasn’t sparked by lightning.— With files from CKIZlast_img read more

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Edmonton man accused of assaulting reporter fined for uttering threats

first_imgEDMONTON – A man accused of assaulting a reporter during a rally at the Alberta legislature has been fined after pleading guilty to uttering threats.Jason Dion Bews was charged in January with uttering threats and assault.The complainant, Sheila Gunn Reid, is a reporter for The Rebel TV.In a video released by The Rebel, Reid is seen attempting to interview Bews at the rally, which was held in support of U.S. protesters opposed to the presidency of Donald Trump.In the video, Bews asks Reid several times to “go away” before threatening to break her camera when she doesn’t, and then appearing to shove his hand into the camera lens.The Crown dropped the assault charge, but Bews was fined $100 in provincial court after pleading guilty to uttering threats to cause damage.last_img read more

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Strike ends Toronto Zoo to reopen Thursday after agreement ratified

first_imgTORONTO – The Toronto Zoo will reopen Thursday after being closed by a month-long strike.Unionized workers at Canada’s largest zoo ratified a new four-year collective agreement on Sunday.The Toronto Zoo Board of Management announced Monday that it too had ratified the accord.Management staff have been caring for the zoo’s 5,000 animals during the contract dispute.Staff are set to return to work Tuesday to prepare the zoo for opening to the public.During the strike, more than 400 unionized employees had cited job security concerns as their main grievance.The workers who walked off the job include zookeepers, maintenance staff, administration staff, ride operators, public relations staff and concession workers.last_img read more

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Cautious optimism in the energy sector following drilling forecast

first_imgIt’s an oil and gas forecast that has long been seen as an economic barometer for Calgary, Alberta and to a larger extent Canada. Late Tuesday, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) revealed they expect 7,000 wells to be drilled in the coming year, almost 4,000 of them will be in Alberta. President and CEO Mark Salkeld says investors are concerned, more needs to done to reassure them about the energy sector. Until we can get our oil to tide water, Salkeld says we’ll see more crude being shipped by rail. “We’ll definitely see an increase in movement of oil by rail, we’ll do everything it takes to get our oil offshore to other markets, I mean we’re missing on the world price because we only have one customer,” he said. Despite its woes, Ben Brunnen with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says the sector is doing its fair share to help the Canadian economy. “It (forecast) is a good thing in the sense that we see some stability, some predictability and it’s an indication that going forward from an economic perspective, we’ll continue on the same trajectory,” said Brunnen. Although those figures are slightly higher than last year, 7,900 wells is still 30 per cent below figures we saw in 2014.last_img read more

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Conservation officers have authority to kill wildlife BC judge

first_imgVANCOUVER – A British Columbia court has dismissed a case in which a wildlife advocacy group accused the provincial government of not following its own law on the destruction of wildlife.The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals filed a petition with the B.C. Supreme Court earlier this year challenging a conservation officer’s decision to kill a black bear cub near Dawson Creek in May 2016.Lawyers for the group argued in court last month that the officer didn’t have the authority under the Wildlife Act to euthanize the cub after it was found on the roadside, apparently orphaned.“The province says there are no legal limits on the ability of conservation officers to kill animals,” Arden Beddoes, a lawyer representing the Fur-Bearers, said at the time.“What we say is that … the Wildlife Act actually directs that there are limits,” he said. “If they’re not a threat, the officer, we say, does not have authority to kill the animal.”The province argued the law implies officers can destroy animals at their discretion, and the conservation officer decided the cub was not a suitable candidate for captive rearing and release.Justice Gordon Weatherill said in a written decision released last week that he agrees with the province.“I find it inconceivable that the legislature intended to restrict the wildlife management powers of officers to kill wildlife to those that are at large and likely to harm,” the decision says.Weatherill noted the authority to destroy animals is not “unlimited or unfettered.” He said officers can only kill wildlife when they are performing their duties and the actions follow government policy.The Fur-Bearers group said in a tweet that they are disappointed in the decision and “exploring options and next steps” with legal counsel.Conservation officers in B.C. responded to 1,972 calls about black bears and killed 454 of the animals between January and the end of October. During the same period last year, they responded to 1,757 calls and killed 458 black bears.last_img read more

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Man charged after heckling Trudeau wants to run in his riding as

first_imgMONTREAL – A man charged with obstructing a peace officer after he confronted Justin Trudeau in a park says he wants to run for the Bloc Quebecois against the prime minister in his Montreal riding in next year’s election.Matthieu Brien, 31, made the announcement Wednesday outside Montreal’s courthouse where his lawyer succeeded in striking one of his bail conditions.Brien had pleaded not guilty to the charge against him following an altercation with Trudeau during Quebec’s Fete nationale holiday weekend in June.He confronted the prime minister as he was greeting citizens in a park in Trudeau’s Papineau riding and suggested the Canadian leader didn’t belong there.Trudeau’s security personnel removed Brien and whatever ensued transpired in a charge of obstruction against him.Brien’s lawyer, Marc Michaud, succeeded in striking the bail obligation prohibiting his client from participating in political activity or being in the presence of a politician.Brien is still not allowed to communicate directly or indirectly with Trudeau.Michaud also said he intends to have the charge against his client dropped by arguing his charter rights had been violated.Brien lives in Papineau and failed to get the Bloc nomination there in 2015.He is to return to court next Feb. 7.last_img read more

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In the news today Nov 6

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, Nov. 6———DENNIS OLAND’S MURDER RETRIAL BEGINS TODAYThe family of both murder victim Richard Oland and his accused killer, Dennis Oland, say they are steadfast in their support for Dennis as he faces retrial in his father’s murder. Evidence will begin to be presented today now that a jury is in place for Dennis Oland’s trial, which is estimated to take at least four months. Oland, 50, has pleaded not guilty in the bludgeoning death of his dad, Richard Oland, 69, on July 6, 2011. Oland has been free on bail while awaiting the retrial.———MPs TO VOTE ON $372M EARMARKED FOR VETERANS’ BENEFITSMPs in the Commons are expected to vote today on a motion brought by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh aimed at getting promised veterans benefits paid out. The New Democrats used an opposition-day motion to pressure the governing Liberals to spend $372 million that’s been earmarked for veterans’ benefits in recent years but wasn’t spent. On Monday, the federal government revealed it shortchanged hundreds of thousands of veterans and their survivors in a multi-million-dollar pension error. Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan said repaying them will cost $165 million.———DECISION DAY: U.S. VOTERS HEAD TO THE POLLSNo one knows yet if it will be red, blue or purple, but a tidal wave of energized voters is expected to flood polling stations across the United States today as Americans deliver their early verdict on President Donald Trump. And while his name is not on the ballot, it seems to be on everyone’s mind — including his own. In a conference call organized by his campaign, he told supporters Monday to vote as if he was on the ticket, calling the election a referendum on his presidency and his movement.———SEVERAL CITIES TO HAVE U.S. MIDTERM VIEWING PARTIESPeople are expected to gather at viewing parties across Canada tonight to watch the American midterm elections unfold. The U.S. Consulate General in Toronto is hosting one event, which will be attended by representatives of both Democrats Abroad and Republicans Overseas. In the nation’s capital, the Harvard Club of Ottawa and Democrats Abroad are both set to throw viewing parties. Democrats Abroad will also host events in eight other cities, including Vancouver, Edmonton and Montreal.———FEDERAL PIPELINE BUY SEEN AS BETRAYAL: CSISCanada’s spy agency says many members of the environmental and Indigenous communities see the federal purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline as a betrayal, and suggests that could intensify opposition to expanding the project. A Canadian Security Intelligence Service assessment highlights a renewed sense of indignation among protesters and clearly indicates the spy service’s ongoing interest in anti-petroleum activism. Civil liberties and environmental activists questioned the rationale for CSIS’s interest, given that opposition to the pipeline project has been peaceful.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. will release its fall 2018 housing market outlook.— Statistics Canada is expected to release its building permits data for September.— Football player Jerome Messam, who is charged with voyeurism, is expected to appear in court. It’s alleged he videotaped a consensual sexual encounter in November 2016 without the woman’s knowledge.— The Transportation Safety Board will provide a briefing on its investigation into the midair collision over Carp, Ont.— Former governor general David Johnston will appear before a Commons committee reviewing his nomination as elections debates commissioner.last_img read more

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SNCLavalin pushed Liberals for zero debarment from federal contracts

first_imgOTTAWA — SNC-Lavalin, facing a 10-year ban from federal business over corruption charges, urged the Liberal government in 2017 to water down the penalty scheme for corporate misconduct to the point a guilty company could completely dodge a ban on receiving public contracts.In essence, the engineering and construction giant recommended the Liberals leave wiggle room for a “zero debarment” time period under the government’s integrity regime.The regime’s current rules disqualify offenders from receiving federal contracts for a decade, though in certain cases the period can be trimmed down to five years.The request was part of SNC-Lavalin’s submission to public consultations that explored the merits of changing Ottawa’s tools to deter and punish unethical corporate behaviour. The document was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.A forthcoming proposal to update the integrity regime — which Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough has said will be finalized in about a month — might have major consequences for SNC-Lavalin. It could help the embattled firm avoid a lengthy, economically punishing ban on federal contracts.The Montreal-based company finds itself at the centre of a national political storm amid allegations prime ministerial aides leaned on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help the engineering firm avoid criminal prosecution.The company was charged in 2015 with corruption and fraud over allegations it resorted to bribery while pursuing business in Libya.Wilson-Raybould recently told the House of Commons justice committee she came under relentless pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office and other federal officials to ensure the company was invited to negotiate a remediation agreement, a sort of plea bargain that could allow it to continue doing business with the government.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his former principal secretary, Gerald Butts, have disputed the notion any inappropriate arm-twisting of Wilson-Raybould took place.Following public consultations in 2017, the Liberal government ushered in legislation last year to establish the remediation agreement regime.SNC-Lavalin lobbied the government for the creation of a remediation agreement tool — but the federal director of public prosecutions ruled late last year that its case was ill-suited for such an agreement. Wilson-Raybould agreed with the director’s decision and declined to overturn it, though she had the power to do so.However, the company could still escape severe punishment through an update to the integrity regime, which is aimed at fostering ethical business practices by shunning companies guilty of offences such as bid-rigging, bribery, fraud and money-laundering.The Liberal government came forward with a proposed new scheme last fall that includes no minimum ineligibility period.The proposal, which triggered another round of public consultations, was intended to take effect in early 2019, but the government has not yet indicated whether or when it will proceed.Qualtrough, the minister in charge of federal procurement, told a Commons committee last week the government wants more flexibility in the regime for dealing with companies that have integrity problems.The 2017 consultations canvassed opinions about the overall federal integrity regime, including input on the sanctions that can prohibit a company from receiving government contracts — a process known as debarment.In a written submission to the government consultation, SNC-Lavalin called on Ottawa to align its ineligibility guidelines with those of the United States, where an organization could be excluded from bidding on procurement contracts for up to three years, with the possibility of extension.“This also means that discretion allows for a zero debarment time period,” said the October 2017 submission.SNC-Lavalin argued the current penalties were “sufficiently draconian” to discourage a company from disclosing wrongdoing by rogue employees. It said there should be “little or no consequence” for a firm that condemns bad conduct promptly and punishes the employees in question.“When it comes to fostering a culture of good ethics in business, as the saying goes: ‘One good sacking is worth a thousand memos.’”In sum, the company said the integrity rules should not result in punishment of companies that have “legitimately disavowed their employee’s misconduct in ways that make it clear the company itself had no criminal intent to commit the misconduct.” A federal summary of the integrity regime consultation indicates SNC-Lavalin was not alone in its views about the penalties, saying most participants felt the existing disqualification period was too long. “The principal view was to favour full discretion in the determination of a period of ineligibility, including the ability to reduce the period to zero,” the summary says.— Follow @JimBronskill and @AndyBlatchford on TwitterJim Bronskill and Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Florida Georgia Line Fights Hunger At Food Bank In NYC

first_imgAward-winning duo Florida Georgia Line put down their guitars and picked up boxes of food at the Food Bank For New York City in support of Outnumber Hunger this week.Florida Georgia Line Help Pack Food For The HungryCredit/Copyright: General MillsThe record-breaking duo is the face of this year’s Outnumber Hunger campaign, a collaboration between General Mills, Big Machine Label Group and Feeding America that helps fight hunger in local communities. Since 2011, Outnumber Hunger has secured 25 million meals to date for local food banks across the country.Florida Georgia Line and additional Big Machine Label Group artists are featured on boxes of more than 90 popular General Mills products. By entering codes from these special boxes at www.OutnumberHunger.com, Americans can help Feeding America secure five meals on behalf of a local food bank. General Mills will donate 55.5 cents to Feeding America, up to $1.2 million by January 31, 2015.last_img read more

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Brian Wilson To Perform At Dreamcatcher Gala

first_imgThe Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation will celebrate its Tenth Annual Gala this year.Over the past decade the Foundation has dedicated itself to providing resources to First Nations all across Canada, providing grants and assistance to individuals and communities in four funding sectors: Arts and Culture, Health, Sports and Recreation, and Education.The event will be held on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at the Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmens’ in Hamilton, Ontario.“The Gala is our biggest fundraiser each year; we are so grateful to receive continued support from our sponsors” says Sara Awdish, Dreamcatcher’s Executive Director. “We have a special night planned for our anniversary; it will truly be an event to remember.”This year, the evening starts off with a “Cirque”-themed reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Gala Dinner and Awards Show at 7 p.m. Performers will include soulful singer Sam Moore from Sam & Dave, Grammy Award winner Tia Carrere, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Brian Wilson, co-founder of The Beach Boys. The Awards Show and Dinner, hosted by Adam Beach, will feature celebrities and notable guests including Emmanuel Lewis, Gil Birmingham, Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas, Michelle Thrush, George Starke, Jeremiah Bitsui, John Harrington and many more.“Dreamcatcher sent me to the Canadian Country Music Awards last year and it wouldn’t have been possible without them so a huge thank you to them,” said Genevieve Fisher, funding recipient and rising country music starThis year as every year, Dreamcatcher Awards will be presented to five dedicated and most-deserving individuals who have made a positive impact in communities. Tomson Highway will receive the Arts and Culture award, Duncan Cree will receive the Education award, Dr. Darlene Kitty will receive the Health award, the Rochester Knighthawks will receive the Sports and Recreation award and Graham Greene will receive the Lifetime Achievement award.For more info, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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TackleEbola Introduces Awareness Ribbon

first_imgThe Ebola crisis remains a deadly epidemic in West Africa and a continued threat to the world. This past October, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Paul G. Allen committed $100 million to stop the spread of Ebola and launched a public initiative called #TackleEbola to engage people from around the world to support the cause.Julianne Moore With Tackle Ebola RibbonRecently, to further the goal of raising awareness and funds, an awareness ribbon was introduced to give people a way to show support for the heroes on the ground working to stop the Ebola crisis. The colors of the #TackleEbola ribbon are inspired by the flags of the West African nations most significantly impacted by the outbreak: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.Social media provides another platform to support the cause through dedicated pages on Facebook (TackleEbola) and Twitter (tackleebola), where users can add a digital ribbon to their profile picture.Initially launched at the United Nations in late December, the #TackleEbola ribbon is being rolled out at a series of high-profile events in order to maximize public impact. They include celebrity-attended award shows, film festivals, galas and other red-carpet events, as well as television entertainment and talk shows.During the month of January, the #TackleEbola ribbon will be a featured element at the current Super Bowl champion Seahawks’ playoff games hosted at CenturyLink in Seattle. Beyond sports and entertainment, expect to see the ribbon worn by government leaders, world leaders and corporate executives at events tied to the State of the Union and the World Economic Forum.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola is one of the deadliest viruses known to humankind, and the current outbreak is the largest in history, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ebola, previously known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.In the current outbreak, more than 20,400 cases of Ebola infection have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. At least 20 cases have been treated in Europe and the U.S., many of them health and aid workers who contracted Ebola in West Africa and were transported back to their home countries for treatment. To date, over, 8,000 people are reported to have died from the current Ebola epidemic, most in West Africa.Ebola is not spread through water or air, and cannot be transmitted by a handshake or a hug alone. It is spread through direct contact with blood or body fluids including saliva and sweat, and can also be spread through direct contact with objects, such as clothes, bedding, syringes or medical equipment, that have been contaminated with the virus. While experimental drugs to treat Ebola have shown strong promise, such as ZMapp, there is currently no vaccine to prevent the disease. In December, Time Magazine identified its 2014 Person of the Year as the doctors, nurses and others fighting Ebola through “tireless acts of courage and mercy.”The repercussions of Ebola have been as devastating as the disease itself. According to the UN Children’s Fund, as many as 10,000 orphans in West Africa have lost parents to the Ebola virus, many of whom are stigmatized or shunned by their own extended families and communities. The UN World Food Programme warns that half a million people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are going hungry, a figure that could reach one million by March if food supplies do not improve. Fear of the disease has disrupted farm operations and local markets, compounded by border closures and quarantines.To obtain the #TackleEbola ribbon, and to donate to a variety of projects and organizations, please visit www.TackleEbola.org.last_img read more

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marblemedia teams up with TVO and The Jim Henson Company on new

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Opie’s Home features the beautiful Henson-style puppetry that families know and love, along with great stories rooted in what it’s really like to be four (and three-quarters to be exact). Opie was designed and built by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™.  The series will be complemented by an interactive web experience and mobile app, in development with marblemedia’s interactive team, which will be available  in Canada on tvokids.com.“With Opie’s Home, we wanted to explore the fun of family life from the four year-old point of view,” says showrunner Miklos Perlus. “With its realistic shooting style and production design, and its relatable stories and characters, Opie’s Home is preschool comedy that parents and kids are really going to enjoy watching together.”“Opie’s Home will help kids learn the skills required to make a smooth transition from home to kindergarten,” said Marney Malabar, Director, Kids TV, TVO. “Episodes will feature Opie’s day-to-day interactions at home, reading and playing with his family and neighbours, as well as his family routine before and after school, helping kids to be successful both inside and outside the classroom.”Opie’s Home is produced by marblemedia, in association with TVO, The Jim Henson Company, City Saskatchewan and Knowledge Network.  It is produced with the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund, the Canadian Media Fund (CMF) and the Bell Fund.  Key executives include executive producers Mark Bishop, Matt Hornburg,  and  Miklos Perlus (marblemedia), Marney Malabar (Director, Kids TV, TVO), and Halle Stanford (The Jim Henson Company); producer Sharon Summerling and associate producer/director Lowell Dean of Lolofilms.Distribution360, a marblemedia company, will share the broadcast and digital distribution with The Jim Henson Company, who will also oversee format rights, as well as all merchandising and licensing rights worldwide.About marblemediamarblemedia is a leading global entertainment company that develops, produces and distributes compelling TV and interactive digital content for audiences of all ages, across media platforms.  With newly launched divisions specializing in primetime unscripted and scripted programming complimenting its roster of successful kids and family properties, international distribution company Distribution360 and an in-house interactive studio, marblemedia is an expert in delivering winning content that meets the needs of an ever-changing media landscape.  Founded in 2001 by co-CEOs Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg with a vision of creativity, partnership and innovation, the company has offices in Toronto and London, plus a 50-acre production facility located 90 minutes north of Toronto. Learn more at marblemedia.com.About TVOAs the technological extension of Ontario’s public education system, TVO’s vision is to create a better world through the power of learning. TVO provides learning opportunities for Ontarians through innovative educational products, in-depth current affairs, groundbreaking documentaries, and award-winning TVOKids resources both inside and outside the classroom. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.About The Jim Henson CompanyThe Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for 60 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, and Pajanimals, as well as the CG-animated preschool series Doozers, the upcoming digital citizenship series for preschoolers Dot., and the Netflix series for young preschoolers Word Party. Top titles currently in production include the groundbreaking marine biology series Splash and Bubbles for PBS KIDS® and the Netflix Original preschool show Julie’s Greenroom, starring award-winning actress Julie Andrews. Features include Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and MirrorMask. Television productions include Fraggle Rock, the sci-fi cult series Farscape, Henson Alternative’s No, You Shut Up! and the TV film Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow.With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. The Company is home to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character- building and visual effects group with international film, television, theme park and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry’s top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of- the-art and vintage equipment. The Company’s Henson Alternative brand is currently touring Puppet-Up! – Uncensored, a live puppet improvisational show at the Venetian Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. www.henson.comwww.facebook.com/hensoncompany TORONTO, CANADA (July 28, 2016) –  marblemedia is pleased to announce that it has once again teamed up with TVO, City Saskatchewan, Knowledge Network and The Jim Henson Company on a new preschool live-action series, Opie’s Home. Currently in production in Hamilton, Ontario, the series will premiere in 2017. Opie’s Home (39 x 7min) follows 4-year-old Opie as he plays, explores and discovers new things in and around his home. Viewers meet Opie’s parents, grandmother, and neighbourhood friends, including next door neighbour Mr. Kabashio, played by the much loved and Oscar-nominated Canadian actor Graham Greene (Dances with Wolves, Die Hard with a Vengeance).  Opie’s Home is a spin-off of the award-winning series Hi Opie! (created by Barbara Slade, developed in partnership with TVOKids and produced in association with The Jim Henson Company), which features Opie, the fun-loving kindergartner voiced and operated by award-winning puppeteer Jordan Lockhart, as he ventures to kindergarten for the first time. In Opie’s Home, Opie brings home what he has learned in school and applies it in his life. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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GAME THEORY FILMS LAUNCHES

first_img(L-R) Tim Smythe-Bishop, William Woods, Hilary Hart and Luke Black Advertisement Toronto, ON – Producer William Woods has announced the launch of Game Theory Films, a new boutique film distribution company based in Toronto. Game Theory will distribute narrative and documentary indies across all platforms in the Canadian territory.Pictured above are (L-R) distribution veteran Tim Smythe-Bishop has come onboard as Senior Market Strategist, William Woods as President, Hilary Hart as Director of Acquisitions and Distribution and Luke Black as Director of Development.The company’s first acquisitions reflect their goal to acquire films that are original, visually striking, and emotionally compelling. Game Theory has acquired the Canadian rights to Igor Drljaca’s first-ever feature documentary, The Stone Speakers, in advance of its international premiere in the Forum program at Berlinale ’19. They have also acquired Daniel Leo’s English-Polish-Portuguese language feature debut, Man Proposes, God Disposes. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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New federal food subsidy program panned in Yukon

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Nutrition North Canada program is now in full effect.The program replaced the Food Mail program which subsidized people for shipping goods like food.Now, those subsidies go to retailers, but the savings are supposed to be passed on to customers.Shoppers in one Yukon community say the new program means they’ll have less choice and higher prices.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

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