eBay Founder Donates 500000 To Refugee Support In South Sudan

first_imgeBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam have donated US$500,000 to UNHCR’s emergency operation for tens of thousands of refugees in South Sudan.Pam Omidyar said she and her husband, who created the eBay auction site in 1995, had been inspired to help on a personal level after hearing about a visit in July to UNHCR-run refugee camps in South Sudan by three members of The Elders, a grouping of respected international figures dedicated to promoting peace and human rights.Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, both Nobel Peace Prize laureates, together with Mary Robinson, a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, met Sudanese refugees during a visit to Yusuf Batil Camp in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state. The distinguished visitors said they had come to show solidarity with the forcibly displaced.Pam Omidyar said the couple, who have long supported efforts to bring peace to the region, were also compelled to act “at a humanitarian level” by the displacement crisis over the past year in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions.“Our donation to UNHCR is intended to provide urgent assistance to alleviate human suffering, while we continue to address the root causes of the forced displacement of people,” she said. The Omidyars hope their donation will spur further giving from individuals, corporations and foundations.“Gifts like this have a direct and immediate impact on the lives of refugees on the ground. We are tremendously grateful for the consistent support from the Omidyars. They can be assured that their gift will help save the lives of some of the most vulnerable in South Sudan,” said Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR’s representative in the United States.Since June last year, tens of thousands of people have fled fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North and sought sanctuary in South Sudan, which only gained independence last year. Their needs are great and UNHCR staff are working around-the-clock to provide protection and assistance. The health of children is a particular concern, with 15 per cent of those under five in Yusuf Batil camp suffering from severe acute malnutrition.The refugee agency has called on donors to provide US$219 for its Sudan emergency operation this year. To date, only a third of this amount has been pledged, leaving UNHCR with serious funding challenges.The Omidyars are known for their philanthropy. The couple have contributed more than US$1 billion to causes ranging from poverty alleviation to human rights to disaster relief.To learn more about their work, go to www.omidyargroup.com.Source:UNHCRlast_img read more

Novak Djokovic Hosts StarStudded Charity Gala

first_imgOn Monday 8th July, The Roundhouse, north London, was transformed into a tennis themed gala dinner to mark a spectacular fundraising evening in aid of the Novak Djokovic Foundation.Novak Djokovic and girlfriend JelenaCredit/Copyright: http://novakdjokovicfoundation.orgThe inaugural London gala ball raised over £1,200,000 to support disadvantaged children in Serbia and was attended by Event Chairs, Novak Djokovic, Kate Hudson, Naomi Campbell, Boris Becker, Goldie Hawn, and Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York – who was recently announced as the charity’s Global Ambassador. Milutin Gatsby, the charity’s Global Fundraising Chairman also graced the green and white carpet at the star-studded event.Among the 300 guests were Sir Richard Branson, Gerard Butler, Ronnie Wood, Erin O’Connor, Jeremy Piven, Branislav Ivanovic, Jonathan Ross, Ladies Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli, Tim Henman, Matt Bellamy, and Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice.Demonstrating the Foundation’s worldwide support from Novak’s circle of friends involved in fashion, sport, music, entertainment and business, auction prizes included a money-can’t-buy yacht getaway with Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson, a signed guitar by Ronnie Wood and a seven day holiday at Sir Richard Branson’s private island, Necker, situated in the British Virgin Islands.In a touching speech before the live auction bidding, Novak thanked his girlfriend Jelena for her love and support, and for everything she’s done for the Foundation.“Love is the greatest driving force in my life, it can create miracles,” the world no.1 said.UNICEF Ambassador, Djokovic, founded the Novak Djokovic Foundation in 2007 with a mission to support vulnerable and disadvantaged children from the lack of nutrition, education, illness or loss of family- especially in his native Serbia.Commenting on the event, the six-time Grand Slam Champion said: “I am delighted to be joined this evening by friends and family to support a cause which is so close to my heart. The Foundation works alongside young children in Serbia to provide support, encouragement and resources so they can fulfill and nurture their dreams. With the help of such generous people, our vision is to expand our work to the UK and America and transform the lives of more children around the world.”The Foundation was also proud to announce a new collaboration to bring MindUP, the signature initiative of The Hawn Foundation to children in Serbia. Commenting on the partnership, Kate Hudson said; “Having seen the extent of how MindUP has changed the lives of so many children I am a proud member of the board and a hugely admiring daughter. I was thrilled to be at this very important event celebrating the new partnership between The Hawn Foundation and The Djokovic Foundation who together are launching MindUP for the kids in Serbia.”Based on positive psychology, educating the heart and mind, MindUP builds resilience and brings overall well-being to children, giving them tools to reduce stress and anxiety, regulate their emotions, find optimism and nurture happiness.Source:novakdjokovicfoundation.orglast_img read more

Henry Cavill and Fans Approach Marines Charity Fundraising Goal

first_imgMan of Steel actor Henry Cavill finished running the Gibraltar Rock Run for charity in October, but his fans are still giving.Cavill, whose brother Nik is a Royal Marine, trained for and completed the challenging footrace which climbs 1300ft to the summit of the Rock of Gibraltar, in a field of 350 runners all supporting the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, for which Cavill is an Ambassador.Henry Cavill at the Gibraltar Rock RunCredit/Copyright: Henry Cavill NewsThe actor set up a fundraising page for his fans, writing:“I chose to support this charity, not only because of my obvious familial connection, but because of the deep respect I have for the Royal Marines as men and as a corps.“I would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported me and the RMCTF during the Gibraltar Rock Run, it was a great honour and pleasure to take part in this special occasion.”Video: Henry Cavill Interview At The ‘Gibraltar Rock Run’The Henry Cavill News site announced on Saturday that fans are still donating, and that the fundraising goal of £20,000 ($30,000) has nearly been met.To help Henry meet the fundraising goal, visit his JustGiving page.Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

Jay Leno To Auction OneOfAKind HarleyDavidson Ford F150 For Charity

first_imgFord Motor Company and Jay Leno, renowned auto enthusiast and star of Jay Leno’s Garage, are teaming up to auction the TV legend’s personal one-of-one 2000 Harley-Davidson F-150 at the 45th Anniversary Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale.Ford and Jay Leno are teaming up to auction the TV legend’s personal one-of-one 2000 Harley-Davidson F-150All proceeds will benefit National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the country’s leading organization helping people affected by multiple sclerosis through cutting-edge research, advocacy and education. Live TV coverage of the auction of this custom F-150 will air on Velocity on Jan. 29.“Jay Leno and Ford Motor Company share a passion for special vehicles and charity,” said Jim Owens, Ford Performance marketing manager. “We enjoy working with celebrities like Jay Leno who support a worthwhile cause that makes a positive difference in people’s lives. It’s a great story, because organizations can receive the help they need, while automotive enthusiasts get a chance to own a one-of-a-kind vehicle.”Leno will be on the block to help auction his Harley-Davidson F-150, (Lot #3006). Representing the first collaborative effort between Ford and Harley-Davidson, this distinctive pickup captured the imagination of auto enthusiasts across North America when it was introduced in May 2000.The truck is the only one in existence that features the SVT Lightning powertrain. Equipped with a supercharged 5.4-liter Triton V8, this custom monochrome black F-150 features distinctive Harley-Davidson orange pin-striping and badging and 20-inch styled chrome wheels. It cranks out approximately 360 horsepower that exits through a specially tuned single-inlet dual-outlet exhaust for a more robust sound.“This is an opportunity to own a truly unique vehicle from my personal collection,” said Leno. “Not only is this Harley-Davidson F-150 the only one of its kind, it’s providing much needed resources to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The next owner can feel good knowing that they’re getting an outstanding truck and supporting a great cause at the same time.”This custom Harley-Davidson F-150 has been titled to Leno since it was first presented to him by Ford Division President Jim O’Connor at Ford World Headquarters in May 2000.In addition to the latest Ford Performance models, Ford will have its full 2016 vehicle lineup on display at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, including the new Explorer and F-150, as well as all-new Lincoln sedans and SUVs. Auction-goers will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of their favorite Ford Motor Company models for on-site ride-and-drives.Visit the Jay Leno’s Garage website on Jan. 18, for more information about the Harley-Davidson F-150 and an exclusive video featuring Leno and the truck.For auction information, visit the Barrett-Jackson website or Facebook.last_img read more

Harvey Cant Mess With Texas A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief

first_imgHarvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief will take place on Friday, September 22 at the Frank Erwin Center from 7pm-11pm, and broadcast on 11 TEGNA stations and stream internationally on YouTube.com/TexasStrong from 9-10 p.m. CT.The largest live concert benefit in Texas will feature exclusive performances and rare collaborations from Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Ryan Bingham, Ha*Ash, and multiple special guests. The evening will include special appearances by Matthew McConaughey, Dan Rather, Renee Zellweger, Luke Wilson, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo, and many more. Charlie Sexton will serve as Music Director, with Asleep at the Wheel sitting in as the house band. Tickets for the four-hour live concert will go on sale today at 3:00pm CT at www.RebuildTX.org, with prices ranging from $30-$199.As the exclusive statewide broadcaster, TEGNA will air “Texas Strong: Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” without commercial interruption across their 11 Texas stations, reaching more than 80% of the state. Made possible by Google, the concert will stream internationally during the broadcast hour on YouTube.com/TexasStrong. Google will match the first $500,000 of donations through a pledge challenge. Volunteers from Google’s Austin office and TEGNA employees will staff the phone banks at select station locations across the state. All viewers can support the relief efforts in post-Hurricane Harvey Texas by donating via telephone or online at www.RebuildTX.org.“We are proud to stand with Texas and present ‘Texas Strong’ across our stations,” said Dave Lougee, President and CEO of TEGNA. “The outpouring of support from the local community and communities across the nation is a testament to the spirit, grit and determination of the people of Texas. We are proud to work alongside our partners to help bring aid and healing to those impacted by Harvey.”TEGNA stations airing the broadcast concert include: WFAA, Dallas; KHOU, Houston; KVUE, Austin; KENS, San Antonio; KBMT, Beaumont; KCEN, Waco-Temple-Bryan; KAGS, College Station; KIII, Corpus Christi; KYTX, Tyler; KIDY, San Angelo; and KXVA, Abilene.“We got lucky when Hurricane Harvey avoided Austin, but though it missed us, it hit our neighbors hard. Every time I’ve asked you to help our neighbors you’ve risen to the challenge,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler. “Now we have an opportunity to do good by being our best, and that means putting on a show and having a good time. Let’s show the world what it means to be the Live Music Capital of the World in the greatest state in the Union. I’ll be there and hope to see you, too.”Proceeds will benefit Rebuild Texas Fund which was created by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in collaboration with the OneStar Foundation. The four focus areas of the fund include: health and housing; schools and child care; workforce and transportation; and capital for small businesses. The Dells are working to raise a total of $100 million for the long-term relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts for all affected communities in Texas. “For us, this is personal,” said Susan Dell. Both Michael and Susan Dell are Texas natives, and Michael Dell is from Houston. “This fund was created to help rebuild all of the communities – big and small – that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. We will be rebuilding for years to come,” said Michael Dell.Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief is generously organized with donated efforts and services by Springboard Productions, Solomon Group, Big House Sounds, Soundcheck Austin, The University of Texas Frank Erwin Center, Hotel Van Zandt, Sodexo, GSD&M, Andy Langer, Texas Music Office, and the City of Austin, as well as media partners KUT/KUTX, 93.3 KGSR, 103.5 BOB FM, 101X, 93.7 KLBJ, MIX 94.7, Majic 95.5, 95.9 R&B, 98.1 KVET, Austin American-Statesman, Austin360, The Austin Chronicle, and Do512. TEGNA (NYSE: TGNA) is producing the broadcast in partnership with Debra Davis Productions. Austin-based C3 Presents will proudly produce the live event with all services donated.last_img read more

CraveTV Enters into Comprehensive MultiYear Partnership with New Metric Media to Build

first_img Facebook TORONTO  (October 23, 2017) – CraveTV and LETTERKENNY producers New Metric Media announced today they are joining forces to build the small-town, smash hit comedy beyond the series itself into a worldwide entertainment brand. The initiative is a comprehensive multi-year partnership that includes an unprecedented production commitment, investment in the support of any existing and new ancillary brand extensions, and a partnership on the international sales and distribution of the series, alongside DHX Media. The deal was negotiated by Bell Media’s Justin Stockman and Carlyn Klebuc, as well as Mark Montefiore of New Metric Media, and Jayme Alter, Denton’s Canada LLP.In the comprehensive agreement, CraveTV and New Metric Media will partner on the production of more than 40 new episodes. With seasons 1-3 currently streaming, the agreement commits to a total of at least 73 episodes of the award-winning original comedy.CraveTV’s commitment to brand support includes the continued cross-platform marketing campaigns for the series, as well its brand extensions including sought-after LETTERKENNY merchandise and the highly successful Puppers Premium Lager, in partnership with Stack Brewery in Sudbury. Twitter Advertisement Social Media links Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: About Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, new original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL, and the upcoming international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as the upcoming CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About New Metric MediaNew Metric Media is a film, television, and new media production company that works with top creative talent to produce outstanding content for domestic and international markets. New Metric Media’s past and present projects include the CraveTV hit original comedy LETTERKENNY as well as the half-hour CraveTV comedy WHAT WOULD SAL DO? and the six episode, one hour CityTV/FX Canada limited series BAD BLOOD. For more information visit www.newmetricmedia.com.About DHX MediaDHX Media Ltd. (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B; NASDAQ: DHXM) is a leading children’s content and brands company, recognized globally for such high-profile properties as Peanuts, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou, Inspector Gadget, and the acclaimed Degrassi franchise. One of the world’s foremost producers of children’s shows, DHX Media owns the world’s largest independent library of children’s content, at 13,000 half-hours. It licenses its content to broadcasters and streaming services worldwide and generates royalties through its global consumer products program. Through its subsidiary, WildBrain, DHX Media operates one of the largest networks of children’s channels on YouTube. Headquartered in Canada, DHX Media has 20 offices worldwide. Visit us at www.dhxmedia.com.About CraveTVCreated for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada’s premium TV streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV’s most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet, as well as to customers of Cogeco, Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, Tbaytel, Execulink Telecom, and VMedia. Available through traditional set-top boxes, mobile apps on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Xbox One, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Samsung Smart TVs. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada’s premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit www.CraveTV.ca . As well, the partnership includes cross-promotional support for the just-announced, 26-city LETTERKENNY LIVE! tour, a 90-minute comedy experience starring Jared Keeso (Wayne), Nathan Dales (Daryl), K Trevor Wilson (Dan) and Mark Forward (Coach), kicking off in Halifax on February 28th, with plans to extend into the U.S.Finally, CraveTV and New Metric Media’s multi-year commitment includes partnering on the sale and distribution of the series and its format, alongside DHX Media, to the international market. The series and format was officially rolled out to International buyers this week at MIPCOM in Cannes, France.“With its devoted audience on CraveTV and buzzworthy appeal, LETTERKENNY is carving out a permanent place in Canadian pop culture,” said Justin Stockman, Vice-President, Pay and OTT Services, Bell Media. “Alongside our partners at New Metric Media, we’re committed to sharing LETTERKENNY with the world by bolstering all facets of the LETTERKENNYbrand, both in Canada and internationally.”“Working with the CraveTV team has been solid from the get-go so, we’re excited to crack open even more six-packs of LETTERKENNY with them,” said Mark Montefiore, New Metric Media. “It’s truly a pleasure to present this comedy to the international industry with a dedicated partner who really ‘gets it’.”Based on the internet sensation Letterkenny Problems, the half-hour comedy – and now bona fide cultural phenomenon – is currently a top performer and marquee program for the streaming service since it made it memorable launch on Super Bowl Sunday 2015.As previously announced, a special Halloween episode of LETTERKENNY, “The Haunting of MoDean’s II”, began streaming last week exclusively on CraveTV. Another six-pack of new episodes is set to launch later this year.Shot on location in and around Sudbury, ON, LETTERKENNY revolves around the dustups Wayne (Jared Keeso) and his buds get into with their small-town rivals. The Hicks, The Skids, and The Hockey Players get at each other about the most mundane things, often ending with someone getting their ass kicked. Season 1 of LETTERKENNY took home three 2017 Canadian Screen Awards: Best Comedy Series, Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series, and Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series. As well, series creator Jared Keeso and co-writer and director Jacob Tierney took home a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award for TV Comedy. Seasons 1 – 3 are currently streaming on CraveTV and Season 1 is also available on iTunes and Google Play.LETTERKENNY is produced by New Metric Media, in partnership with DHX Media and Playfun Games in association with Bell Media, with the participation of Canadian Media Fund, OMDC Tax Credits and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund and distributed by DHX Media. Jared Keeso is executive producer, co-writer, star, and creator, Jacob Tierney is executive producer, director, and co-writer. Mark Montefiore and Patrick O’Sullivan are executive producers for New Metric Media. Steven DeNure is  Co-Founder, President and COO of DHX Media. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Original Programming, Comedy, Bell Media. Production Executive for Bell Media is Bill Lundy. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.  CraveTV on Twitter CraveTV on Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Tributes pour in for Canadian standup comedy legend and icon Mike MacDonald

first_imgAdvertisement It’s a sad day in the comedy world.. The legendary Mike MacDonald passed away. I am very thankful to have performed with him, and to have personally know him. #MikeMacDonald #CanadianComedian #RIP #RIPMike pic.twitter.com/OvoaELhG65— Shawn Lawrence (@_ShawnLawrence_) March 18, 2018 R.I.P. #MikeMacDonald Canadian Stand-Up Comedian.Thanks for all the laughs… pic.twitter.com/5XkI6HeXvz— TK-16942 (@xXxtraevil) March 18, 2018 We are so saddened to hear of the passing of comedy legend Mike MacDonald. He was a dear friend and influence on comics new and old will not be forgotten. Much love to his family and friends. Thanks for the laughs Mike, you will be missed greatly. pic.twitter.com/9uT8iqXsE3— Yuk Yuk’s (@yukyuks) March 18, 2018 Saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend and Canadian comedy legend Mike MacDonald. Over the years he has graced our stages more than any other comic and will be greatly missed. #RIPMike pic.twitter.com/YES7PayNSp— Just For Laughs (@justforlaughs) March 18, 2018 If there was a Mount Rushmore for Canadian comics he’d be on it. RIP Mike MacDonald. pic.twitter.com/VLbnBNWQIl— kevin BANNER (@BannerComedy) March 17, 2018 RIP Mike MacDonald – Canada’s first domestic stand-up star. The first comedian to do a stand-up special on Canadian television. A giant of North American clubs during the Comedy Boom. An icon of Just For Laughs. A big influence on most Canadian comedians. pic.twitter.com/LwbElIoOyw— Kliph Nesteroff (@ClassicShowbiz) March 18, 2018 Man, sad news. I literally had 4 channels from 1977-2000. Guys like Tom Green and Mike MacDonald helped me develop an intensely warped sense of humour, albeit thanks to VHS recordings courtesy of @newty99. https://t.co/gZwK69wxM8— Chris (@atackc) March 18, 2018 Just last month, @NTWLukeEdwards interviewed Mike Macdonald, who spoke of staring down death and his hope to keep telling jokes until the end. RIP. https://t.co/FgRBV9PgPE— Niagara this Week (@NiagarathisWeek) March 18, 2018 It is with great sadness we share the news that legendary Canadian comedian Mike MacDonald has passed away.We loved having Mike on our stage and as part of our #HFXComedyFest family for so many years. pic.twitter.com/ouFljd9My0— Halifax ComedyFest (@HfxComedyFest) March 17, 2018 Advertisement Mike MacDonald (June 21, 1954 – March 17, 2018) was a Canadian stand-up comedian and actor. He wrote and starred in many movies, including Mr. Nice Guy. In addition to his successful and well received live performances all over North America, MacDonald appeared in such TV shows as the Late Show with David Letterman and The Arsenio Hall Show.Mike MacDonald has passed away. I can’t wrap my head around it. Part of me wants to yell IT’S NOT TRUE!!! The rest of me is numb. Spent so many nights (late80s/early90s) into the morning, playing cards & laughing ourselves sick. And fighting. Then laughing more.Goddammit.— Brent Butt (@BrentButt) March 17, 2018center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend and Canadian comedy legend Mike MacDonald. Over the years he has graced our stages more than any other comic and will be greatly missed. #RIPMike pic.twitter.com/YES7PayNSp— Just For Laughs (@justforlaughs) March 18, 2018 Twitter Sad to hear of the passing of Mike Macdonald. One of the greats of stand up comedy, a Canadian from my hometown of Ottawa, and a friend. Rest in Peace Mike. Say hello to Carlin and Pryor for us. I’m sure you are already making them laugh up there. https://t.co/cF21y1YAoo— Tom Green (@tomgreenlive) March 18, 2018 Sad to hear Mike MacDonald passed away today, a true Canadian comic legend. I got to chat with Mike a few times while he was in #Kamloops for a few days @KamloopsKomedy in 2016. He was quiet in the Green Room but would come to life on stage. He’ll be missed. pic.twitter.com/MHuJ5PNT9r— Allen Douglas (@ADouglasPhotos) March 18, 2018 Advertisement Login/Register With: Mike MacDonald – Award-Winning Comedian https://t.co/LReF1MJlGF via @YouTube— Helen Ann Cornett (@MccanirishHelen) March 18, 2018 Mike MacDonald probably did more to popularize stand-up in Canada than anyone else of his generation. He inspired many comics in the 1980s & 90s to enter comedy. For most of us, sharing the stage with him for the first time was a really big deal. pic.twitter.com/b4J4plyPT5— Kliph Nesteroff (@ClassicShowbiz) March 18, 2018 Facebooklast_img read more

TORONTO CANT GET ENOUGH OF TIFF BINGO

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement As we all know, TIFF isn’t just a film fest, it’s a lifestyle, which is why people are once again thoroughly enjoying themselves with this year’s #TIFFBingo card.Combining the dedication of film buffs with the cocky intensity of seasoned bingo players, the film festival’s annual game challenges movie-goers to cross off as many squares as they can on the card, which they can download off the TIFF website.After multiple fests, this’ll be my first year getting a BINGO… and this is only day 5 ?All I need to do is help get some poor tourist get lost and I’m done!— comedyfilmguy (@comedyfilmguy) September 10, 2018 Evidently people have been looking forward to filling out these bad boys since the festival started—TIFF has been doing this bingo thing for the past seven years—and everyone’s been flaunting their filled out squares all over social media. Advertisementlast_img read more

Some Manitoba chiefs backing Nelsons AFN run

first_imgAPTN National NewsHe’s been called one of Canada’s most controversial chiefs.But he says his confrontational stance is the only way to deal with the federal government.Some say he’s a joke, some say he’s the real deal, and now Terry Nelson is using his reputation as a political brawler to run for national chief.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has this story.last_img

Aboriginal Affairs unable to do job faces high risk of deteriorating relationship

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsFacing rising legal costs,  cuts to its budget, a booming Indigenous population and a rights-based opposition, the federal Aboriginal Affairs department faces a “high risk” of a deteriorating relationship with First Nations that could lead to increased protests and “violence,” internal department documents show.The documents were obtained by Shiri Pasternak, a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University in New York City, and provided to APTN National News.Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office did not provide a response to the content of the documents as of this article’s posting.Called Corporate Risk Profiles, the documents, ranging from 2011 to 2013, reveal a bleak picture of Aboriginal Affairs and depict a department on the brink of crisis, struggling to make ends meet as a result of government-wide cuts while facing increasing demands on its dwindling resources.The documents show that First Nations, despite limited financial resources, are drawing blood in their repeated legal, rights-based assaults on Ottawa. The documents also reveal that the current government’s policy direction is alienating First Nations and leading to increased tensions.“As the Aboriginal population grows, the demand for services also increases and (the department) is unable to respond. Funding cuts will make it more difficult to respond to Aboriginal needs,” according to the department’s Corporate Risk Profile from 2011. “As (First Nations) become impatient with outcomes, they often move disputes into the courts in order to increase the pace of resolution. Courts increasingly ruling that the federal government is not living up to the ‘Honour of the Crown’ obligations.”The same observation appeared in 2012.“Growth in the Aboriginal population outpaces (the department’s) funding growth making it increasingly difficult to respond to the needs of Aboriginal communities and people,” said a draft listing of the department’s risks from June 20, 2012.The observation was listed under the heading, “Risk 7: Aboriginal Relationship; (The department) will not build and sustain strong, productive and respectful relationships with Aboriginal people, communities and organizations to contribute to the delivery of its mandate.”The list was based on input from the department’s director generals.It notes that the Harper government’s position “vis-a-vis” the “rights-based agenda” and its willingness to “entertain reforms to the Indian Act” were “a source of frustration from some Aboriginal stakeholders.”In an updated draft version of the 2012 risk list, under the heading, Aboriginal Relationship Risk, the department notes, “Aboriginal people, communities, organizations and governments remain frustrated with some of Canada’s positions on Aboriginal issues (vulnerable communities, rights-based-agenda, treaty management, youth issues, reform of Indian Act, Bill C-38).”Bill C-38, the 2012 omnibus budget bill, streamlined environmental regulations and removed federal oversight over a large number of waterways.In a separate section titled Legal Risk, the document notes there is “tension” between the “rights-based agenda of Aboriginal groups” and the “non-rights based policy approaches grounded in improving socio-economic outcomes.”The documents show that First Nation groups that seek to push Section 35 of the Constitution, which guarantees Aboriginal rights, have been wrecking havoc on the department, both costing it millions of dollars in legal fees and forcing it to change course as a result of successive court wins.“Where (the department) is perceived as unresponsive or unwilling to adopt a rights-based agenda, FNs and other organizations increasingly turn to litigation,” according to the draft risk list. “The legal caseload is very heavy and fully consumes both legal and program/operations…. Court decisions can result in the need for (the department) to very quickly ‘change course’ which is very difficult in an environment where funding commitments are locked in through multi-year contribution agreements and contracts.”Ottawa has faced rights-based court challenges over everything from education to resource extraction. Shortly after unveiling a “historic” agreement on education with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), a Quebec organization, the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, launched a legal challenge against the federal government. Education is seen as a treaty right. Ottawa has also faced a litany of court challenges over Aboriginal rights and title linked to mining and energy projects.  Many of these court challenges are based on Ottawa’s failure to consult.The department admits that it faces an “ongoing challenge to align…programming with treaty rights,” according to its updated draft 2012 Corporate Risk Profile.Many First Nations see their relationship with Canada defined through treaties, either signed with the British Crown, or, as in the case of the numbered treaties, with Ottawa.The same risk profile also identifies the “increasing demands for consultation as development increases on and near reserves, within traditional use areas” as “emerging in 2012.”The document notes that the potential consequences of these risks could lead to “actions, demonstrations, public protests, violence.” In one instance, the Idle No More movement, was listed and then crossed out as an example of these consequences.The document also notes that “economic development projects will be delayed.”Added to this, the documents show, budget cuts have also decreased the amount of personal contact department officials have with First Nation communities.“Cuts to (the department’s) travel budget are limiting level of face to face contact with FN communities and stakeholders which may limit (the department’s) ability to fully understand and respond to Aboriginal issues/concerns and the ability to build and sustain relationship,” said the draft list of risks from June 2012.The Corporate Risk Profile is a “point in time of summary” of the department’s most “significant strategic and operational risks.”jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Reconciling the residential schools era

first_imgInFocus on APTN National News:The legacy of Canada’s residential schools left it’s mark on the survivors – but also second and third generation survivors.In this season finale, we’re putting efforts to reconcile the past InFocus.APTN’s Cheryl McKenzie sits down with Theodore Fontaine, or Ted Fontaine, as most people know him.He shares memories of his residential school era as he looks through some old photographs.Ted was a close friend of Cheryl’s late father, Paul McKenzie.Ted has wanted to see Paul’s old photographs for a long time.Cheryl spoke with Ted in his home in Winnipeg.last_img read more

GreatWest Lifeco reports lower Q3 profit due to hurricanerelated losses

first_imgWINNIPEG – Great-West Lifeco Inc. reported a drop in its third-quarter profit compared with a year ago as it was hit by costs related to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.The insurance company says it earned $581 million or 59 cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with a profit of $674 million or 68 cents per share a year ago.Great-West (TSX:GWO), through its subsidiary London Reinsurance Group Inc., offers property catastrophe coverage to reinsurance companies.It says the most recent quarter’s results included losses related to estimated claims resulting from the hurricanes totalling $175 million after taxes.However, it noted that the loss estimate may change as additional information becomes available.Excluding the hit, the company says it earned $756 million for the quarter, up $82 million from a year ago, primarily due to higher fee income and lower expenses.last_img read more

The next act for Whitman chief of Katzenbergs NewTV

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, one of the most powerful women in the business world, is being named the new CEO of Jeffrey Katzenberg’s NewTV.The “mobile-first media platform” is producing short, Hollywood-style productions for mobile devices, with a run time of 10 minutes or less.Whitman begins in March. Katzenberg, the former Disney chairman and co-founder of DreamWorks Animation, is the chairman.Whitman, 61, will leave Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. at the end of the month. Her name had been bandied about as a possible replacement for Travis Kalanick at beleaguered Uber. She will run NewTV from Los Angeles.Whitman led eBay from 1998 to 2008, then ran a largely self-funded, unsuccessful run for governor of California in 2009.last_img read more

Report says Vancouver mining company avoids hundreds of millions in taxes

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver-based Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. was accused Wednesday by a Dutch non-profit of avoiding hundreds of millions of dollars in Canadian taxes through the use of tax havens.The report by the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, known as SOMO, alleges Turquoise Hill parent company Rio Tinto used so-called mailbox companies in the Netherlands and Luxembourg to channel financing of the massive Oyu Tolgoi mine — bypassing the higher taxes the company would have paid in Canada.Had Turquoise Hill directly reaped the profits from its Mongolian operations, rather than have its Luxembourg subsidiary count them, it would have paid US$470 million more over seven years, the report said.“This use of mailbox companies to gain illegitimate access to tax treaty benefits is considered by the OECD as treaty abuse,” wrote the authors.Turquoise Hill challenged the report as having significant inaccurate or unsubstantiated facts, without specifying the apparent errors in the report.“Turquoise Hill believes that our tax practices are not only compliant with local laws, international standards and voluntary commitments, but that Oyu Tolgoi’s operation is making substantial contributions to Mongolia’s economy and long-term development,” the company said in a statement.Rio Tinto, which owns 51 per cent of Turquoise Hill, challenged the report’s findings and said the governments of Canada and Mongolia had approved the structure.“The flawed SOMO report contains a number of unsubstantiated and incorrect allegations regarding tax,” Rio Tinto said in a statement.The company said it is paying its fair share of tax in Mongolia, and is one of the country’s largest taxpayers with upward of US$1.8 billion in taxes and royalties paid between 2010 and 2017.Mongolia terminated the tax treaties with the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 2013 that allowed Rio Tinto to access lower tax rates, but the company was able to continue to use the lower rates because of clauses in an investment agreement it signed in 2009.The government tried to renegotiate tax issues, but after Rio Tinto agreed to some concessions, it left in the lower rate as part of an agreement reached in 2015, depriving it of an estimated US$230 million in taxes, the report said.The agreements were ratified based on transparent, factual information and on terms comparable with other mining operations globally, Rio Tinto said.But Mongolia does not appear to be satisfied, starting a new tax dispute last month when it sent a US$155 million tax bill to the owners of Oyu Tolgoi.Canadians should also be dissatisfied with the current arrangement, said MiningWatch Canada outreach co-ordinator Jamie Kneen.He said the Canada Revenue Agency has challenged Cameco Corp. and Wheaton Precious Metals for their use of tax havens to channel profits through, so it’s not clear why the CRA has apparently approved the Turquoise Hill arrangement.“Here’s one that CRA has deemed to be legal, and it’s depriving Canada of millions in revenue and its not at all clear why they would do that.”Citing confidentiality provisions, Minister of National Revenue spokesman John Power said the government couldn’t comment on the specifics of the case.The government has, however, increased spending on investigating tax avoidance including annual assessments of all large multinational corporations who may be involved in aggressive tax avoidance schemes, said Power.He said Canada is also committed to the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project that looks to identify aggressive tax avoidance strategies and ensure companies pay tax where the profits are generated, and has implemented a country by country reporting requirement for large multinational enterprises.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRQ. TSX:CCO, TSX:WPM)last_img read more

Ingraham returns to work complains about censorship

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham returned to work with defiance Monday, denouncing a “Stalinist” effort by liberals to stifle the free speech of conservatives and promising to make fighting it her new cause.She made no mention of the advertisers who had abandoned her own program after she tweeted that a survivor of the Parkland, Florida school shooting had “whined” about not getting in to some colleges he had applied for.That high school senior, David Hogg, responded by suggesting that people offended by Ingraham’s remark contact her advertisers. Some 19 companies responded by saying they wouldn’t air commercials on Ingraham’s show.Ingraham was on vacation for a week after apologizing via social media for her tweet. She hasn’t discussed that episode with her viewers specifically, but it didn’t take much reading between the lines to realize it was on her mind Monday. Ingraham even played a video clip of Bill Maher saying some liberals have defended free speech; Maher last week came out against a boycott of Ingraham’s program.She said that “left wing retaliatory hit squads” respond to speech that makes them uncomfortable by trying to evict opponents from the public square instead of debating their ideas.“The free speech clause to our Constitution doesn’t just apply to speech our elites deem acceptable,” she said.Hogg has been among the most vocal of the Parkland students arguing in favour of stricter laws on gun safety; Ingraham has resisted stricter gun laws.Ingraham’s show was light on advertisements Monday. But some sponsors stuck with her, with ads running for a visiting nurse service, a floor covering company, a debt relief company, a weight reduction drink, a knife sharpener and a pillow manufacturer.Ingraham said she would feature stories in coming weeks about conservatives who she says are fighting attempts to silence them.“We will never relent and we will never give in,” she said. “Never.”last_img read more

Winnipeg Commodity Exchanges last trading function moving to New York

first_imgWINNIPEG – The American company that bought the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange in 2007 says it is shutting down its last commodity trading function.Atlanta-based Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE) says it will move trading of canola contracts from Winnipeg to New York by July 29.The change will effectively end trading at the WCE, which has been operating in the city since 1887.ICE says the move to New York, which requires regulatory approvals, will provide customers with deeper liquidity, reduced administrative costs and a more diversified risk management pool while retaining the same contract specifications.It says two of its 14 local staff will continue to work in Winnipeg to maintain ties with grain companies based there.The WCE has been handling futures contract trading since 1904 and was the first North American commodity exchange to shift to all-electronic trading when it shut down its “open outcry” system in 2004.last_img read more

Grains mixed livestock higher

first_imgWheat for Dec. was up 1 cent at 4.9975 a bushel; Dec. corn fell 2.75 cents at 3.5900 a bushel; Dec. oats lost 5.25 cent at $2.8625 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans dropped 2.25 cents at $8.8075 a bushel.Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Dec. live cattle was up .92 cent at $1.1732 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle rose .70 cent at $1.4932 a pound; while Dec. lean hogs gained .78 cent at $.5905 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img

Light vehicle sales down 94 per cent in November for ninth month

first_imgTORONTO — DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. says light vehicle sales fell 9.4 per cent in November compared with last year for a ninth straight month of declines.The consultancy says a total of 143,668 vehicles were sold in the month, compared with 158,653 a year ago, as passenger car sales fell 11.4 per cent and light truck sales were down 8.7 per cent.DesRosiers says that with the light vehicle market down by about 44,000 units so far compared with last year, it’s almost certain that this year will be the first since 2009 that there won’t be year-over-year growth in the market.Sales are down 2.3 per cent as of the end of the month compared with last year, made up of a 9.6 per cent decline for passenger cars and a 1.1 per cent increase in light truck sales.Despite the dip from last year’s record high, the light vehicle market is still close to 50,000 units ahead of where it was at the end of November in 2016.  General Motors, which last week announced it was closing its Oshawa assembly plant, saw sales dip 18.3 per cent in the month compared with last year, while Ford Motor Co. saw a 10.7 per cent drop and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was down 35.1 per cent. Toyota sales were up 11.5 per cent and Hyundai sales were up 10 per cent.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Malaysia says Goldman Sachs must pay apology not enough

first_imgPUTRAYAJAYA, Malaysia — Malaysia’s Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said Friday that an apology by Goldman Sachs for its role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of state investment fund 1MDB was insufficient and that it must pay $7.5 billion as compensation.Goldman CEO David Solomon apologized Wednesday to the Malaysian people for its former banker Tim Leissner’s role in arranging bond sales for 1MDB. Those sales provided a means for associates of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to allegedly steal billions over several years from the fund.Solomon has said the investment bank conducted due diligence but was misled by Leissner and former Malaysian government officials.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Stunning ceramics make a Pit Stop at Peace Gallery North for the

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Prince George artists Leanna Carlson and Karin Heathman made a pit stop with their exhibit “Road Trip” at the Peace Gallery North this past Friday.The exhibition will be running until March 31st at the gallery, featuring both of the artists’ ceramic work. The show features nearly a fifty-fifty split of both Carlson’s and Heathman’s works. Although both artists have vastly different styles, they both say that the theme of road trips suits the combination.Heathman said that when the pair were discussing the possible show, they decided on the theme of a road trip as it gave them a broad subject to work within. “Often when you are on a road trip, you might be going to Thanksgiving dinner, the beach or maybe something else! Road trips take you anywhere and gave us endless possibilities as artists”.Gallery Coordinator Catherine Ruddell said she’s excited to have the exhibit in the gallery for the month. Although Ruddell has only been with the gallery since January, she has enjoyed returning to the Peace Region and working in the local community space.“although the gallery is booked at a minimum one and a half to two years ahead of schedule, I have truly enjoyed getting to know the artists that are currently booked and what they plan to bring.”Carlson, who has been practising her ceramic work for over 26 years, said regardless of her experience, pre-show pressure always kicks in.“I knew coming into this show that I had nearly enough pieces built up, but as the show approached my artist’s brain kicked in. So I made multiple pieces for the show specifically to push my artistic envelope further.”The opening night of the Road Trip exhibit was Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm and featured live music. The exhibit will be available for viewing at Peace Gallery North until March 31st.last_img read more