Month: October 2019

Untoward incidents 960 died in rail related mishaps in 6 mnths

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 960 persons died in untoward incidents reported in the first six months of the current year across railways jurisdiction in the city, reveals the data of Railway Protection Force (RPF) of Delhi division. According to the data, the incidents were trespassing, falling from trains, pole hitting, falls in platform gaps, suicide, natural death, stunt, electric shock. Last year 2,725 cases were reported in which 2,201 persons died. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe RPF data revealed that this year (till June 2019) as many as 1,212 cases of untoward incidents were reported from railway jurisdiction including tracks. As many 634 trespassing incidents were reported till June in which 558 persons died and 76 people were injured. “When any person enters the railway premises through tracks, chances are there that he or she can be hit by a train,” RPF official said. Last year 1,502 trespassing incidents were reported in which 1,314 persons were dead whereas 188 were injured. In April, 50-year-old constable Jagbir Singh Rana from RPF died after saving four lives on Adarsh Nagar-Azadpur rail section. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe data further said that 130 cases of falling from trains were reported in which 54 persons died and 76 were injured. Last year, 249 such cases were reported in which 90 persons died and 159 were injured. In more than 30 cases, people fell into the platform gaps which led to seven deaths and 31 injuries. As many as 22 persons died and 43 injured due to falling in the gap of the platform last year. In June, a 65-year-old senior citizen slipped while boarding a moving train at Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station. But the presence of mind shown by the RPF sub-inspector saved the life of the passenger. Over 100 people committed suicide in first six months of 2019. Last year, 272 persons died after committing suicide at several stations. The data further added that till June, 114 cases of natural deaths were reported whereas last year 250 persons died due to natural causes. “Two persons died while doing stunts in three cases whereas last year three stunt cases were reported,” data said. Four cases of pole hitting were reported this year in which one person died. Four incidents of electric shock were reported in which one died. Senior Divisional Security Commissioner (Coordination) Dr AN Jha said that three-pronged actions like awareness campaign, preventive measures such as fencing/boundary wall in phased manner & legal action under 147 of Railway Act, are being taken to eliminate such cases.last_img read more

Would be unwise for US to turn to Pakistan as strategic partner

first_imgWashington DC: Amid the Indo-Pak tension on Kashmir and the ongoing Afghan peace talks, a top American foreign policy expert has cautioned the Trump administration against any strategic tilt towards Pakistan and moving away from India. “The US would be unwise to turn to Pakistan as a strategic partner,” Richard N Hass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote in an op-ed last week. Pakistan sees a friendly government in Kabul as vital to its security and competition with arch-rival India, he wrote in his op-ed that was first published by Project Syndicate and thereafter, on the CFR website. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”There is little reason to believe that the military and intelligence services, which continue to run Pakistan, will rein in the Taliban or rule out terrorism,” Hass said. “Equally, the US would be unwise to alienate India. Yes, India has a tradition of protectionist trade policies and often frustrates US policymakers with its reluctance to cooperate fully on strategic issues,” he wrote. But democratic India, which will soon surpass China as the world’s most populous country and will boast the world’s fifth-largest economy, is a good long-term bet, he added. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”It is a natural partner to help balance China. India has rejected participation in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, whereas Pakistan, struggling economically, has embraced it,” Hass said. According to the top American scholar, the US would also be unwise to race for the exits from Afghanistan. Peace talks with the Taliban mostly look like a means to extract US forces from the country, he claimed, adding that the process is reminiscent of Vietnam, where a 1973 agreement between the US and North Vietnam provided a pretext for American withdrawal from the South but not a basis for peace. The notion of a coalition government, with power shared by the current government and the Taliban, is optimistic at best, fanciful at worst, Hass observed. “Instead of embracing fantasy, the US should continue to keep a modest number of troops in Afghanistan to ensure the government survives and the country does not again become a terrorist haven.last_img read more

CM invites Harsh Vardhan to join antidengue drive

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday wrote to Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan urging the Central government to participate in the anti-dengue awareness campaign, ’10 Hafte 10 Baje 10 Minute’, to ensure the prevention of vector-borne diseases in the national capital. Highlighting the need for public participation to make the fight against dengue a huge success, the Chief Minister recalled that the initiative of Odd-Even in the fight against air pollution was a success due to collective efforts of everybody. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn his letter, the Chief Minister stated that the Delhi government on September 1 initiated a mass awareness campaign to make people aware of keeping their homes and surroundings free of mosquito breeding spots. Under the campaign, “The entire city residents have been appealed to spend 10 minutes at 10 a.m. every Sunday for the next 10 weeks in checking their homes and around to ensure there is no stagnant clean water anywhere where the Aedes Mosquitoes can breed”, Kejriwal wrote. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”I began this campaign from my home on Sunday and so did all my Ministerial colleagues, MLAs, Councillors and Delhi government officers. We will continue this campaign for the next 10 Sundays, till November 15, since prevention of any kind of mosquito breeding is the most effective way to curb the spread of Dengue and Chikungunya,” he added. Inviting the Union Health Minister, Kejriwal said: “I invite you and all Central government Ministers to participate in this campaign. Your participation will inspire many others to participate.” He informed that the Delhi government has now directed all its employees to participate in the campaign. Kejriwal asked them to check their homes at 10 am every Sunday and their offices at 11 am every Friday. “I would, therefore, request you to issue a similar appeal to all the Central government employees since a large number of the Centre’s officers and employees reside in the city,” CM added in the letter. “I appeal to you make this campaign for prevention of Dengue and Chikungunya a huge success like the Odd-Even. Delhiites have kept Dengue and Chikungunya successfully under check during last three years and this year we can bring their number further down.” Kejriwal appealed to Union Health minister.last_img read more

Former RCMP worker alleging sex assault recounts shocking washroom encounter

first_imgVANCOUVER – A former RCMP employee says she will never forget the sound of the door being locked behind her by a now-retired inspector who is alleged to have sexually assaulted her in a washroom at their Vancouver workplace.“I remember the sound just felt shocking, the sound of the lock when he turned it,” the woman testified Tuesday as she stared into the distance and turned her hand as if to lock a door.Tim Shields, who was the public face of the RCMP in British Columbia as the department’s spokesman, has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault.The woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, told provincial court she was confused when Shields said he had something to tell her and led her into a unisex washroom at the Mounties’ former headquarters in Vancouver in the fall of 2009.CAUTION: SEXUALLY GRAPHIC CONTENT FOLLOWS“I remember him saying, ‘I found this place and it has a lock on the door,’ ” she said. “I was really frozen and confused. I didn’t know what was going on.“He went under my blouse. He undid my bra. He touched my breasts. Then he went toward my waist. He unbuttoned my pants and he was trying to unzip my pants when I pushed his hands away and said, ‘No, let’s go.’ “The woman said when she asked Shields to stop, he stepped back, put her hand on his exposed erect penis and asked her to perform oral sex.“I said, ‘No,’ ” she testified, speaking slowly and pausing frequently, with her eyes closed. “I just had this sort of, ‘Oh, my God,’ feeling. I’m not going to be able to get out without something happening.”Shields then did up his pants and washed his hands and face in the sink, the woman said.“I was against the wall. I was standing quite shocked and he said, ‘Don’t forget to do up your bra.’ “The woman said she did not feel she could leave the washroom because Shields was standing between her and the door.“I just remember being quite scared about the whole thing and wanting to get out,” she said.The woman also told the court she rebuffed earlier advances from Shields, saying she felt uncomfortable and embarrassed in July 2009 when he told her in a parking lot outside work that he found her sexually attractive.Later that summer, he told her he would like to perform oral sex on her, she said.After she declined, Shields asked her not to tell anyone because it would be “bad for him,” the woman said.“He asked if he could trust me,” she said. “I believe I said, ‘Yes.’ “Shields left the RCMP in December 2015 and was charged the following May.The woman told court last week she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after leaving her civilian job with the RCMP.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

Canadas Mikael Kingsbury wins gold medal in mens moguls

first_imgCanada’s Mikael Kingsbury has captured his first Olympic title, winning gold in the men’s moguls at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.The 25-year-old from Deux-Montagnes, Que., scored 86.63 in the third and final run to take top spot.Australia’s Matt Graham took silver with 82.57 while Daichi Hara captured bronze with 82.19.Kingsbury, the World Cup leader and Sochi Games silver medallist, was the top qualifier after scoring 86.07 points Friday.Kingsbury has won six straight World Cup season titles and is on track for a seventh.last_img read more

Toronto police chiefs comments on 2012 missing men probe anger LGBTQ community

first_imgTORONTO – A suggestion by Toronto’s police chief that an alleged serial killer would have been arrested sooner if the public had been more co-operative with investigators has angered LGBTQ residents and could worsen already strained relationships with them, community leaders said Tuesday.Chief Mark Saunders told the Globe and Mail that “nobody” came to officers with information in 2012 when police launched Project Houston, an ultimately unsuccessful investigation into multiple men who went missing from the city’s gay village.Police arrested self-employed landscaper Bruce McArthur in January, and have since charged him with six counts of first-degree murder. Most of his alleged victims were men who had gone missing from the gay village, and two were among those whose disappearances were investigated by Project Houston.Saunders issued a statement Tuesday evening saying he had spoken with Globe reporters about the challenges faced by police and the force’s desire to work with the community.“As a police service, we put resources into Project Houston — a dozen full-time investigators did thousands of hours of work canvassing the community, posting flyers, issuing news releases, interviewing witnesses, and still those activities did not yield any results,” he said in the statement.Community leaders said Saunders’ comments to the newspaper will likely aggravate the already tense relationship between police and the groups affected by McArthur’s alleged crimes, including the LGBTQ community, racial minorities, the homeless and sex workers.“This is actually just going to push that divide a bit further and not allow people to work together,” said Haran Vijayanathan, executive director of the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention advocacy group. “The chief is creating his own problems now.”There are legitimate reasons for members of the LGBTQ community to distrust police, said Maura Lawless, executive director of The 519, a community centre in the gay village.“(Saunders’) comments affirm that systemic institutional discrimination, homophobia, transphobia and racism are real and continue to pose a significant risk to the safety and well being of our community,” she said.“I hope that chief Saunders reflects on the community’s outrage related to his comments and retracts them immediately.”Police launched a second probe into disappearances from the gay village in 2017. Called Project Prism, the investigation focused on missing men Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen — both of whom police now allege were murdered by McArthur.In December 2017, one month before McArthur was arrested, Saunders told reporters he was launching a review into the way his force handles missing person cases.At the same time, he said there was no evidence to suggest a link between the various missing person cases in the neighbourhood, nor any evidence that a serial killer was targeting men in the area.Toronto police representatives echoed those claims in private and public meetings with community members, said Toronto city Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam, whose ward includes the gay village.“I am extremely perplexed by the police chief’s comments that perhaps the community didn’t do enough. I’m just shocked,” said Wong-Tam.Some locals who tried to share information with police during the investigation say they had “mixed results” and were not necessarily taken seriously by officers, Wong-Tam said.“I know for a fact that the community rallied around asking for additional resources and attention to the missing men (as early as 2010 and 2011),” she said. “I know it was the community who went out and organized search parties, it was the community that put up posters all over the neighbourhood and beyond … saying, ‘If you know something, please say something.’”Police have found the dismembered remains of six individuals in large planters at a home where McArthur did landscaping work and rented storage space.Investigators have identified three sets of remains so far — 49-year-old Kinsman, 50-year-old Soroush Mahmudi and 40-year-old Skandaraj Navaratnam.McArthur, 66, is charged with first-degree murder in their deaths, as well as the presumed deaths of 44-year-old Esen, Majeed Kayhan, 58, and Dean Lisowick, either 43 or 44.last_img read more

Sides far apart in Canada Post talks despite mediation says postal union

first_imgOTTAWA — Union negotiators say there was little progress during the two-and-a-half weeks that a special mediator was assigned to the Canada Post labour dispute.The lack of a breakthrough means rotating strikes will resume Tuesday at different locations across the country, even though both sides have agreed to continue bargaining, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers said Monday. Special mediator Morton Mitchnick’s mandate expired Sunday.The union is frustrated by what is calls the Crown corporation’s perceived unwillingness to address key concerns raised at the bargaining table, CUPW national president Mike Palecek said.“We remain far apart at this point,” Palecek told The Canadian Press following weekend talks that marked the end of Mitchnick’s mandate.“Canada Post is still not willing to address our health and safety issues or provide equality to rural and suburban mail carriers… We still haven’t seen management willing to address our core issues.”Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned his government might soon act if there’s little progress in the talks, which have been ongoing for nearly a year.Trudeau did not elaborate on what the Liberals would do to resolve the dispute, but he suggested time is running out to put an end to rotating walkouts that have caused postal-service delays as the busy holiday shopping season ramps up. The strikes started Oct. 22.A spokeswoman for Labour Minister Patty Hajdu repeated the government’s warning Monday that it might step in, but again provided no details.“If the parties are unable to achieve a negotiated deal very soon, we will use all options to find a solution to reduce the impacts to Canadians, businesses, Canada Post and their workers,” Veronique Simard wrote in an email.Canada Post has maintained it has made significant offers to its 50,000 unionized employees that include increased wages, improved benefits and job security. Both sides have also repeatedly insisted they are committed to the collective bargaining process.The last time the federal government forced an end to a work dispute at Canada Post was in 2011, when the former Conservative government passed back-to-work legislation that was later declared unconstitutional. The move came after postal workers who had walked off the job were later locked out for two weeks by Canada Post management.The latest round of rotating strikes has forced the shut down of postal operations in more than 150 communities, including Canada Post mail and parcel sorting hubs in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. It has created a backlog in the national distribution network and caused delivery delays, a Canada Post spokesman said last week.Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canada announces new funding model to support womens equality globally

first_imgVANCOUVER — Canada’s minister of gender equality has announced a new initiative aimed at transforming how women’s rights organizations are supported in developing countries and at home.Maryam Monsef says the federal government has invested $300 million for women in the developing world as part of the so-called Equality Fund.She says it brings together 11 organizations from the philanthropic, non-profit and financial sectors, including the Canada-based Match International Women’s Fund, the African Women’s Development Fund and Oxfam Canada in hopes of creating a perpetual and sustainable mechanism for funding gender equality.Monsef says Ottawa has also pledged to match donations for domestic programs of up to $10 million each for three groups — Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Women’s Foundation and Grand Challenges CanadaGlobal Affairs says in a release $100 million has already been raised, on top of the federal government’s contribution, with an aim to reach $1 billion over the next 15 years.Monsef is in Vancouver this week to attend the Women Deliver conference, which the Global Affairs Department expects will draw 9,000 officials and advocates for gender equality from around the world.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Lena Dunham And Dr Neal Baer Honored By Point Foundation

first_imgMore than 400 guests joined two dozen celebrities and dignitaries at the annual Point Honors gala on April 7, which celebrated the accomplishments of Point Foundation (Point) scholarship recipients.Dr. Neal Baer, the Executive Producer and Showrunner for acclaimed television programs such as “ER” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Under The Dome,” received the Point Leadership Award, and Lena Dunham, the Golden Globe Winner and Emmy Nominated Actress and Producer of HBO’s “Girls,” accepted the Point Horizon Award.The event, held at the landmark New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, raised $620,000 for Point, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Celebrity appearances at Point Honors included Andrew Rannells, Mariska Hargitay, Michael Urie, Tyne Daly, Judith Light, Anthony Edwards, Rachelle Lefevre, Billy Porter, Mike Doyle, BD Wong and Thomas Roberts. Guests also enjoyed performances by Telly Leung and Uzo Aduba. Elected officials also attended to show support for LGBTQ students, including California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newson, New York State Comptroller Thomas Di Napoli and New York City Councilmember Corey Johnson.Mariska Hargitay presented Neal Baer with the Point Leadership award and in an emotional speech Dr. Baer said, “I am deeply grateful to everyone at the Point Foundation for this wonderful honor. Everyone should have the right to live with dignity, respect and safety…Being gay for me means being honest and, I know the word is almost cliche today, being authentic…I can say to all of you tonight that I’m glad I’m gay, that I love being gay. I love being who I am.”Speaking to the audience after being presented with the Point Horizon award by her “Girls” co-star, Andrew Rannells, Lena Dunham said, “Our goal on Girls is to show you non-stereotypical examples of the range of people who inhabit this amazing city, and we are learning more about what that means every day. This award is such a beautiful indication that we are finding our way…I salute you, Point scholars and graduates. I thank you, Point Foundation”“It is wonderful that we had the privilege to honor two people of tremendous talents for being champions of the LGBTQ community,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “Dr. Baer’s notable professional career, in which he often has included realistic and engaging LGBTQ characters in his shows, speaks perfectly to the vision and perseverance that the Point Leadership award stands for. We chose to give the Point Horizon award to Lena Dunham because she is a trailblazer and inspires so many young people that they can realize their great potential.”A number of Point’s 78 current scholars and some of the Foundation’s 165 alumni joined celebrities on stage and shared with the audience their inspiring stories about the challenges overcome in pursuit of a higher education degree. Point Foundation will announce the recipients of its 2014–2015 scholarships in June 2014.Presenting Sponsors for Point Honors New York: HBO, the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson and Wells Fargo. Premier Sponsors: Audi, Hilton Worldwide, and Time Warner. Principal Sponsors: Philippe Brugere-Trelat and Mitchell Draizin, David Henry Jacobs, Bumble and bumble and The Estee Lauder Companies, PWC, and Goldman Sachs. Friends of Point: Grey Goose, Senses Salon. National Media Sponsor: The Advocate. Local Media Sponsor: Gay City News.last_img read more

New Sesame Muppet Gives Support To World Toilet Day

first_imgSource:United Nations Foundation November 19 is World Toilet Day, a day to raise awareness about all people who do not have access to a toilet – despite the human right to water and sanitation – and a new Sesame Street Muppet is inviting children to help.Raya and ElmoCredit/Copyright: John Barrett“As the world’s largest informal educator of children (reaching over 150 million children every month in 150 countries) and a pioneer in using media as a tool for education, nonprofit Sesame Workshop made a commitment in 2012 to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child effort to do more in global health,” blogged Sesame Workshop VP Stephen Sobhani for the United Nations Foundation. “Since then, we have enthusiastically entered the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) space with Raya, Sesame’s newest and first Muppet friend specifically developed to address a pressing health issue in multiple countries across multiple platforms. Raya has the potential to significantly impact the global WASH crisis in an effort to end childhood illness from preventable disease.“Raya, a neat 6-year-old, aqua-green girl Muppet, was originally created to teach children how to pee and poop in a sanitary manner. We know that if Raya can instill these fundamental messages to children in their formative years, they will be equipped with the knowledge to make smarter decisions for a stronger, healthier future. A multi-country curriculum fueled with generous support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is already reaching children in Bangladesh, India, and Nigeria through schools and community partnerships.“At the global level, Raya has been busy delivering her sanitation messages through major platforms and events. She appeared in a video for the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General’s “End Open Defecation” campaign and joined Elmo in talking about sanitation with world leaders at September’s Global Citizen Festival. These advocacy messages help raise critical awareness and build political will towards WASH, serving as a valuable complement to Raya’s child education efforts.“To access and educate the hardest-to-reach children, we need new and innovative collaborations. Sesame Workshop is in active conversations with international organizations that can bring Raya’s lessons to scale helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder. We provide the critical “software” (e.g. hygiene education) that, combined with “hardware” such as toilets and other infrastructure, can lead to lasting and sustainable change. Stay tuned for key partnership announcements coming out in the next couple of months.”Read the full blog here.last_img read more

Prince Harry And Elton John Speak Out At International AIDS Conference

first_imgYesterday, Prince Harry took to the stage for a special lunchtime session at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban.The session was to raise awareness of the issues faced by young people living with HIV, particularly those adolescents living in sub-Saharan Africa.Prince Harry, representing his charity Sentebale, was joined by Sir Elton John, representing his charity the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Together, they spoke of the impact stigma and discrimination have on youth living with HIV.They were joined for the session by a panel of young advocates – Loyce Maturu, Carlo Oliveras and Brian Ssensalire – who discussed the HIV response among young people, and what needs to change to truly address the needs of youth with HIV.During the session named “Ending AIDS with the Voices of Youth”, Sir Elton said; 
”Young people are being left out and left behind in the AIDS response and it needs to stop. It needs to stop here and now.”
Prince Harry called on today’s youth to be the generation to end AIDS; “It is time for a new generation of leaders to step forward. It is time for us to step up to make sure no young person feels any shame in asking for an HIV test. It is time for us to step up to make sure that girls and boys with HIV aren’t kept from playing with their friends, classmates, and neighbours. It is time for us to step up and acknowledge that stigma and discrimination still act as the greatest barrier to our ability to defeat this disease once and for all.”The special session was moderated by Kgomotso Matsunyane (South African director, writer and activist) and was introduced by Prince Seeiso, co-founding patron of Sentebale, who explained the situation in Lesotho, a small, landlocked country with the world’s second highest HIV infection rate.Prince Seeiso said: “UNAIDS reports that there are an estimated 21,000 10 to 19 year olds living with HIV in Lesotho and only 30% of them accessing treatment. Stigma remains the main reason youth fail to access medication. It is our ambition to change the tide of this epidemic by ensuring more young people know their status, access treatment and are empowered to play there part in bringing the AIDS epidemic to an end.”Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso spent the morning together at the conference, taking time to visit Sentebale’s Global Village session about the model of psychosocial support the charity provides to adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa. They observed as the Sentebale staff and youth volunteers explained how residential camps, monthly Saturday clubs and caregiver days help educate families and communities on supporting young people in their care with HIV. The delegates were invited to take part in an activity about identifying their circle of supporters, normally delivered to the children at a camp. This activity is one of many which help youth to understand how to cope with their virus and encourage peer-to-peer communication about HIV.Camp is currently being delivered for adolescents living with HIV in Lesotho at the newly- built ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre. Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso visited Sentebale’s projects in Lesotho earlier this week, and took part in some of the camp activities with the children there.On their tour of the Durban AIDS Conference, Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso met with IAS youth ambassadors before stopping to sign the UNAIDS ProTEST HIV wall with Sir Elton John to encourage young people to address the stigma around HIV testing and encouragethem to know their status.Prince Harry and Sir Elton John were also interviewed by young journalists from the Children’s Radio Foundation. The Children’s Radio Foundation is a platform to amplify youth voices across Africa. With seven million listeners weekly, young people are shown that what they have to say does matter. Prince Harry said; “The most important thing is being able to give young people a voice,” and emphasised the importance of listening when young people speak. Elton John said, “You are the future of the world.”As well as spending time with the Sentebale volunteers and other young advocates, Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso attended official meetings with leaders at the conference, including Mark Dybul, CEO of The Global Fund, and Ambassador Deborah Brix, US Global AIDS Coordinator and Head of PEPFAR.This is the latest in a recent upsurge of advocacy work Prince Harry has undertaken to raise awareness of issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. Last week, he took an HIV test at Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, to show how easy it is to get tested, and at the end of June, took part in the Sentebale Concert at Kensington Palace, London, headlined by Coldplay. The aim of this work is to get AIDS back on the public agenda and encourage the world to speak out against the stigma towards those living with HIV.last_img read more

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Come From Away wins 4 Helen Hayes Awards including outstanding musical

first_img Twitter Canada’s Come From Away has won four Helen Hayes Awards, including outstanding musical production.The awards were handed out during a ceremony at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington D.C., on Monday night, celebrate excellence in professional theatre throughout the city’s metropolitan area.Come From Away also received the award for outstanding musical director for Christopher Ashley, outstanding supporting actress in a musical for Jenn Colella and outstanding ensemble in a musical. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Created by Canadian husband-and-wife duo Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away is centred on Gander, N.L., in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.The remote East Coast town provided refuge to 6,579 passengers and crew on 38 planes that were diverted when U.S. air space was closed.Now in its 33rd year, the Helen Hayes Awards are named after the late actress and Washington native whose prolific career spanned nearly eight decades. Hayes is one of only a handful of individuals to have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony — dubbed the EGOT — and is widely known as the “First Lady of the American Theatre.”Award nominations were grouped in “Helen” or “Hayes” categories depending on the number of Actors’ Equity Association members involved in the production. Come From Away was grouped in the “Hayes” cohort, designated for productions with more than 51 per cent of the cast working under an Equity contract.Come From Away recently won five Outer Critics Circle Awards, including outstanding new Broadway musical.The homegrown musical is also nominated for seven Tony Awards, including best musical. The Broadway honours will be handed out in New York on June 11. Advertisementcenter_img The 9/11-inspired musical was staged at the Ford Theatre in Washington D.C., prior to engagements in Toronto and its current run on Broadway. Advertisement Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centres Steven Schipper is making his exit after

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook It’s the end of an era for Winnipeg: Steven Schipper, artistic director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (MTC) since 1989, is announcing his retirement on Saturday.Schipper plans to make it an even 30 years in charge of Canada’s first regional theatre, overseeing next season and the programming of the one after that, before he steps down in May, 2019.“When I started, we had only two computers in the whole theatre, while today, Winnipeggers can binge watch an entire series on Netflix,” the 62-year-old told The Globe and Mail in advance of the announcement. “For most of the time I’ve been here, I didn’t want to be the guy who stayed too long and I guess I failed at that.” Advertisement Twitter Steven Schipper has been the artistic director of the MTC since 1989. (MANUEL SOUSA)center_img Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The news of Schipper’s departure is an opportunity for Winnipeggers to recall some of the highlights of his tenure.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement To complement the exhibition, the museum is also presenting Exclusively Manolo, a series of rich programming celebrating the exhibition, including exclusive tours, workshops and a film series. Visitors may also purchase an accompanying fully illustrated catalogue published by Skira/Rizzoli, written by Albornoz, based on extensive conversations with Blahnik. For more information on the exhibition and programs, please visit Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter TORONTO, May 16, 2018 – The Bata Shoe Museum, a North American cultural landmark with a strong international reputation, is delighted to announce the opening of the highly anticipated travelling exhibition MANOLO BLAHNIK: THE ART OF SHOES, a stunning retrospective by one of the world’s most influential figures within the fashion industry. After being showcased internationally at venues in Milan, St. Petersburg, Prague and Madrid, between May 16, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Toronto is excited to host the final and only North American stop on this world-class tour.For over 45 years, Blahnik’s inventiveness and superb artisanship has crossed boundaries between fashion and art, inspiring elegance and perfection. The underlying theme of the exhibition – that shoes are art – aligns perfectly with Blahnik’s own approach to creating footwear. Using architectural and sculptural lines within his work, Blahnik exquisitely captures the imagination, transforming an everyday accessory into masterpieces of contemporary design. Milan – Manolo Blahnik – the art of shoes Blahnik, along with the exhibition’s guest curator Dr. Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz, have hand-selected over 200 shoes and 80 original drawings to display that seamlessly reflect his personal journey, inspirations and achievements, collected over four decades. Visitors will discover how architecture, art, botany, literature, cinema and how countries from around the world have played a pivotal role in his designs. Highlights include: Iconic footwear from the early 1970s to today, exclusive footage of the artist at work, rare examples of Blahnik’s celebrated drawings and sketchesand the exquisite collection of Marie Antoinette shoes, created for Sofia Coppola’s 2006 film Marie Antoinette.last_img read more

LOréal Paris Canadas The Worth It Show celebrates the power of women

first_img Facebook TORONTO, ON – On Friday, Sept. 7th, L’Oréal Paris Canada, the Official Beauty Sponsor for the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), debuted the #WorthIt Show in Canada. First launched at the Cannes International Film Festival, the #WorthIt Show is an inspiring platform to give voice to women in the film industry. L’Oréal Paris spokeswomen Andie MacDowell and Amber Heard, joined TIFF Share Her Journey Ambassador Shohreh Aghdashloo and ET Canada host Sangita Patel at the Globe and Mail Centre this afternoon to discuss the current climate of women in film.The show also drove awareness for the #WorthSaying campaign, in support of TIFF’s Share Her Journey program, that reinforces the values of inclusivity and empowerment. Throughout the duration of TIFF, consumers can take part in the conversation on social media, where L’Oréal Paris Canada will donate $0.25 to TIFF’s Share Her Journey for each #WorthSaying mention. Amber Heard Amber Heard Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell Amber Heard and Andie MacDowell Andie MacDowell Andie MacDowell Amber Heard Amber Heard, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Andie MacDowell Amber Heard Amber Heard . Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement About L’Oréal ParisL’Oréal Paris, the world’s no.1 beauty brand, is dedicated to empowering women and men by offering the most luxurious and innovative products and services available in the mass market. For most, the name “L’Oréal” is immediately evocative of the brand’s signature phrase, “Because I’m Worth It.”— the tagline behind the legendary advertising campaign for the Superior Preference® hair colour launch in 1973. Today, it represents the essence of the L’Oréal Paris brand as a whole, a spirit which is about helping every woman – and man – embrace their unique beauty while reinforcing their inner sense of self-worth. For more than 100 years, L’Oréal Paris has held an unparalleled commitment to advancement in technology, innovation and research, providing ground-breaking, high-quality products for women, men, and children of all ages and ethnicities in five major beauty categories:  cosmetics, skincare, hair color, haircare, and men’s grooming.Twitter: @lorealparisCANFacebook: @lorealpariscanada    Instagram: @lorealmakeup @lorealhair @lorealskin & @lorealmenWebsite: www.lorealparis.caHashtags: #WorthSaying, #LOREALTIFFPhoto credit: Ryan EmberleyAbout TIFF Share Her JourneyTIFF has made a five-year commitment to increasing participation, skills and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera through the Share Her Journey campaign. Learn more at Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Search continues for Mildred Flett

first_imgAPTN National NewsWinnipeg police said they still consider the search for Mildred Flett a high priority.Friends and family have not heard from or seen Flett in almost a year. Flett also goes by the name of Mildred Nelson.Originally from Split Lake First Nation, Flett is described as having brown eyes, black hair and weights 140 to 150 lbs.She may have cut her hair short.Roseau River First Nation Chief Terry Nelson, Flett’s ex-husband, said the family is frustrated with the slow progress of police.Nelson said the family is organizing its own search and offering a $5,000 reward.last_img read more

Vancouver residents rally to oppose another major pipeline

first_imgAPTN National NewsWith much debate and criticism over Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline ProjectA new plan is being proposed to twin – Kinder Morgan’s existing pipeline – called the Trans Mountain Pipeline to VancouverAs APTN’s Tina House tells us this new plan isn’t sitting well with the local First Nations or the Vancouver City Council.last_img

Altercation between Winnipeg landlord and Aboriginal women caught on video

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn altercation between a Winnipeg landlord, caretaker and two Aboriginal women turned violent over the weekend.The incident was caught on video.APTN’s Shaneen Robinson has the story.last_img

British Columbia reacts to MMIW announcement

first_imgTina House APTN National NewsIndigenous peoples in British Columbia can be forgiven if they’re feeling a sense of deja vu.That’s because BC held its own missing and murdered women’s inquiry in 2011.It was an effort to answer some of the same questions now being asked by the national inquiry.The BC inquiry turned into a fiasco, and in Vancouver, some are fearing the same mistakes might happen again.last_img