Paul Weller To Rock Save The Children Christmas Tree Sessions

first_imgSave the Children UK is thrilled to announce a stellar line-up for its annual Christmas Tree Sessions.Brit pop band Supergrass’s Gaz Coombes, indie rock bands Lanterns on the Lake and The Moons, jazz and soul musician Will Heard and Modfather Paul Weller (who will be performing a select number of his classic tracks), will all take to the stage of London’s iconic Union Chapel for an eclectic evening of live music and entertainment.The evening is curated and hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Lauren Laverne. There will be Christmas readings from writer and journalist Caitlin Moran, comedians Chris Addison, Dom Joly and Peter Serafinowicz and Scottish writer, John Niven.There will also be music from the fabulous London Metropolitan Orchestra. Directed by Andy Brown the troupe has recorded countless film scores, as well as played with Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, U2 and the Pet Shop Boys.The acts will be wearing their favourite festive sweaters to support Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day and hope the audience will wear theirs too.Lauren Laverne said: “Gaz Coombes and Paul Weller are brilliant live and it’s not often you get the chance to see such big names in such an intimate venue. Save the Children’s Christmas Tree Sessions is a great night, for a great cause, I can’t wait.”The event is on Thursday 5th December and will be broadcast live on The Guardian website. Tickets cost £40.All proceeds will go to Save the Children’s Syria Crisis Appeal, which is helping give children food, clean water, medicine and clothing. This Christmas, more than 1million Syrian children will be living in refugee camps or temporary accommodation, miles from their home. Many have lost or been separated from members of their family. Your help can make all the difference.Last year’s Christmas Tree Sessions had an equally incredible line-up that included Spiritualized, Band of Skulls, Fyfe Dangerfield, Kodaline and Elbow’s Guy Garvey in a phenomenal one-off duet with Myleene Klass. This sell-out event was also viewed by 64,000 music fans around the globe via You Tube live-stream and video-on-demand.To watch out for updates on this year’s line-up and to buy tickets, visit www.savethechildren.org.uk/xmastreesessions. All proceeds from the night will support Save the Children’s life-changing work with children affected by the Syrian crisis. Tickets are £40 and will be on sale soon.Source:Save the Children UKlast_img read more

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amfAR Raises Over 2 Million At Annual New York Gala

first_imgamfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, raised over $2 million at its annual New York Gala last week at Cipriani Wall Street.The Foundation honored legendary activist and revered entertainer, Harry Belafonte; amfAR supporter and actor, Rosario Dawson; and photographer Patrick Demarchelier for their exceptional contributions to the global struggle against HIV/AIDS. Friends and longtime colleagues of each honoree presented the honors with praising words and admiration – Whoopi Goldberg presented to Belafonte; Chris Rock presented to Dawson; and Anna Wintour presented to Demarchelier.Guests in attendance included Jeremy Piven and Coco Rocha, who opened the night together, Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell, Chelsea Clinton, Brooke Shields, Marcia Gay Harden, Donna Karan, Karlie Kloss, Toni Garrn, Zachary Quinto, Kelly Rutherford, Kendall Jenner, Vera Wang, amfAR Founding Chairman Dr. Mathilde Krim, and amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, among many others.The New York Gala, now in its 17th year, kicked off Fashion Week with a black-tie dinner, live auction, honoree presentations, and Dame Shirley Bassey’s first ever Fashion Week performance. Dame Shirley had guests on their feet from the moment she took the stage and kept them dancing and singing along as she performed “Goldfinger,” “Lady is a Tramp,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” and an encore performance of “I Am What I Am.” Regina Spektor opened the night with a powerful and personal rendition of Harry Belafonte favorite, “Island in the Sun.”A highlight of the night was an appearance by actor and amfAR supporter, Brooke Shields, who announced a $1 million donation from amfAR Trustee Don Capoccia to amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS initiative. Inspired guests took out their cell phones and began texting pledges, generating an additional $120,000 for the Cure Campaign.Guests enjoyed bidding on exclusive items during the live auction, conducted by the legendary and debonair Simon de Pury, which raised more than $600,000 on its own. Highlights included:· An exclusive neon work titled “The Time Is Now!” by celebrated British artist Tracey Emin got the auction off to a dramatic start, selling for $140,00 within seconds.· Honoree Patrick Demarchelier generously donated a private portrait sitting, which was presented by Naomi Campbell. After a round of vigorous bidding, Demarchelier announced he would offer two portrait sittings to a pair of competing bidders for $120,000 each.· In celebration of the 250th anniversary of Hennessy, an extremely rare, 250 liter barrel of Collector Blend Hennessy Cognac was auctioned for $150,000. · Heidi Klum modeled a pair of Harry Winston diamond Sunflower Cascading Earrings, which she commented would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift for a lucky lady in the audience. After a round of bidding, the 1.94-carat earrings sold for $50,000.· An exclusive photographic print of Andy Warhol by long-time amfAR friend and iconic photographer Christopher Makos rounded out the auction with frenzied bidding.Harry Winston generously served as the event’s presenting sponsor, launching a new and unprecedented multi-event partnership with amfAR. The event’s signature sponsors included Moët Hennessy, M•A•C Viva Glam, and Mandarin Oriental, New York.Chairs of the event included Alessandra Ambrosio, Donald A. Capoccia and Tommie Pegues, Chelsea Clinton, Andy Cohen, Kenneth Cole, John Demsey, Jamie Foxx, Anne Fulenwider, Nina Garcia, Toni Garrn, Milutin Gatsby, Whoopi Goldberg, Nayla Hayek, Donna Karan, Karlie Kloss, Michael Kors, Mathilde Krim, Ph.D., David and Lauren Bush Lauren, John Legend, Cindi Leive, Terry Lundgren, Julianna Margulies, Jeremy Piven, Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, Vincent Roberti, Bill Roedy, and Stefano Tonchi. Vice chairs included Arlen and Michele Andelson, Maria Bogdanova, Ronnie M. E. Budja, Jonathan Canno and Pierce Canno Roberts, Steven Kolb, and Stephanie and John Roberts.The amfAR New York Gala is one of New York City’s most successful and high-profile AIDS benefits. Previous honorees include President Bill Clinton, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Vanessa Redgrave, Roberto Cavalli, Kenneth Cole, Diane von Furstenberg, Yves Carcelle, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Clive Davis, Peter Dolan/Bristol-Myers Squibb, Richard Gere, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Donna Karan, Heidi Klum, Patti LaBelle, Peter Lindberg, Lorne Michaels, Liza Minnelli, Rosie O’Donnell, Howard and Cindy Rachofsky, Vanessa Redgrave, Joely Richardson, Sumner Redstone/Viacom, Natasha Richardson, Bill Roedy/MTV Networks, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Julian Schnabel, Bobby Shriver, Sharon Stone, Barbara Walters, Robin Williams, and Anna Wintour.Delta Air Lines is the official airline of amfAR. Moët Hennessy is the official wine and spirits partner of amfAR. The amfAR New York Gala is produced by Andrew Boose/AAB Productions.last_img read more

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Breast Cancer Research Foundation Awards Luncheon Raises Over 2 Million

first_imgOn Thursday, October 27 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) held its annual Symposium and Awards Luncheon to celebrate the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s announcement of $57 million in grants awarded to more than 250 breast cancer investigators around the world.The event raised more than $2 million with 900 guests in attendance to support breast cancer research.With opening remarks by former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the awards luncheon honored two dedicated individuals for their unwavering devotion to eradicate breast cancer. Deborah Krulewitch, senior vice president of Corporate Administration at The Estée Lauder Companies, was presented with the Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award for her vital role in stewarding BCRF since its founding; Charles Perou, PhD, BCRF grantee, was presented with the Jill Rose Award for his outstanding research and seminal work in breast tumor profiling, which has revolutionized personalized medicine.In addition to Bloomberg, notable attendees included Good Morning America host Amy Robach, author and former Good Morning America host Joan Lunden, BCRF honorary co-chair Leonard Lauder, executive chairman of Estée Lauder and BCRF co-chair William Lauder, BCRF co-chair Kinga Lampert, television chef Sandra Lee, fashion critic Nina Garcia, style expert Gretta Monahan, model Denise Bidot, model Lais Ribeiro, actress Melissa Joan Hart, actresses Lea DeLaria and Kimiko Glenn from Orange is the New Black, actress Krysta Rodriguez, and TV personality Aviva Drescher.The event began with this year’s symposium – “Breast Cancer: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?” – and was moderated by Larry Norton, MD, BCRF scientific director, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Judy Garber, MD, MPH, BCRF scientific advisory board chairman, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The discussion featured esteemed panelists Charles Perou, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Silvia Formenti, MD from Weill Cornell Medical College.Event co-chairs include Roberta M. Amon, Anne H. Bass, Clarissa Alcock Bronfman, Marjorie Reed Gordon, Betsy S. Green, Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, Gail Hilson, Aerin Lauder, Sandra Lee, Wendi Rose, Arlene Taub and Simone Winston.Underwriters for the luncheon include ANN INC., Jody and John Arnhold, Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, Roslyn and Leslie Goldstein, Deborah and Peter Krulewitch, Kinga Lampert, The Lauder Foundation – Leonard and Judy Lauder Fund, Lifetime, Lilly Oncology, Tough Enough to Wear Pink, and Winston Flowers.last_img read more

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APPLE UNVEILS A SLEW OF NEW SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement The subscription service, called Apple News Plus, will cost $12.99 a month after a free preview month. It already counts The Toronto Star, La Presse, CTV and Global News as Canadian content suppliers.Subscribers will also have access to articles from hundreds of magazines, including Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and Cosmopolitan and some newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times.The free version will remain available and both news services require an update of the operating systems to iOS 12.2 for iPhone and iPad mobile devices or to macOS 10.14.4 for Apple laptops.The tech giant said the News Plus service  will not track what you read and that article recommendations will be made on your device, not Apple’s servers, and advertisers won’t be able to track you.That sets it apart from other places people read news, such as Facebook and Google. Facebook, for instance, might target ads based on your past reading of specific publications or topics, such as gun control or the environment.The new subscription is a way for Apple to bring in revenue from selling digital subscriptions as sales of the iPhone decline. Apple says 5 billion articles are read on its current Apple News app each month.The news industry has struggled for years as advertising dollars shift to social media and other digital media. But some publishers are wary to participate in Apple’s news service because the company is reportedly taking 50 per cent of subscription revenue. The exact financial terms of the agreements between Apple and the publishers weren’t immediately available.Apple CardApple is launching its own credit card, called Apple Card, that can be used anywhere Apple Pay is accepted.Apple says the card will make it easier to see what merchants charged you. It uses Apple Maps to show users where they spend their money. This is in contrast to the sometimes-confusing alphabet soup people can see on their credit card statements.The company is also emphasizing privacy and says it won’t know what you bought or where.The card will live in the wallet section of the iPhone, though customers will also get a physical card made of titanium.It will include a rewards program of 2 per cent back on all transactions. Apple says the card has no late fees, annual fees or fees for going over the credit limit. It’s a Mastercard issued by Goldman Sachs. Apple ArcadeApple will launch a subscription service for games this year called Apple Arcade.Subscribers will get to play more than 100 games, curated by Apple which will be exclusive to Apple’s service.Games can be downloaded and played offline on the Apple-made iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV.Notably, Apple says all games in this service will allow unlimited play and will have no in-app purchases, which are common on mobile games. Though many mobile games are given out for free, players can rack up hundreds of dollars for optional extras such as virtual weapons.Apple says the Arcade subscription will be available this fall. The company did not say how much it will cost.Google announced its own video game streaming service last week. That service focuses more on traditional video games, though it will also allow games to be played on phones and tablets Facebook Advertisementcenter_img From left, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg pose for a photo outside the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new Apple products Monday, March 25, 2019, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Apple TV PlusApple’s long-awaited video streaming service will be called Apple TV Plus and include original programming that CEO Tim Cook says will show “great storytelling.”The new service will put Apple in direct competition with big streaming services including Netflix and Amazon Video.The service will be available this fall, but the company isn’t saying yet how much it will cost or when exactly it will launch.The streaming service will be free of ads and will be available across Apple devices, some smart TVs and the Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV streaming devices. That’s unusual, as Apple has historically limited its availability on streaming devices to its own Apple TV.Apple brought out several celebrities during its announcement, including Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jason Momoa and Steven Spielberg. They are all involved in making exclusive shows for the new service.Aniston will star with Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell in a show called “Morning Show.” Spielberg will direct a sci-fi show called “Amazing Stories,” inspired by stories his dad used to read as a kid.Momoa will star in a show called “Sea” taking place in a world devastated by a virus that wiped out most of the population, leaving survivors blind. Big Bird of “Sesame Street” also showed up to promote a new show for preschoolers.Winfrey says she has two documentaries in the works for Apple TV Plus and is planning “the most stimulating book club on the planet.” The TV magnate says that will include streamed conversations with authors.Winfrey received a standing ovation during her appearance where she told the audience, “There has never been a moment quite like this one. We have this unique opportunity to rise to our best selves in how we use, and choose to use, both our technology and our humanity.”“I’m joining forces with Apple. They’re in a billion pockets, y’all,” she said.Streaming video services have skyrocketed in popularity in the past several years. Research firm eMarketer expects 205 million people in the U.S. will watch streaming video this year.Apple is a late entrant to the streaming market, where Netflix has been dominant for more than a decade. Some analysts say it’s not clear yet whether Apple will be able to get ahead.Colin Gillis of Chatham Road Partners says Apple’s TV Plus service is “not going to be a Netflix killer.” He noted that Apple lacks “polished offerings” in cloud services, voice search and artificial intelligence, and video streaming won’t save the company if the iPhone market declines.Paul Verna of eMarketer, meanwhile, says Apple left many details out of the initial announcement, making it hard to compare with rivals.While Apple brought on some big names for original content, Martin Garner of CCS Insights says so far the service lacks “the full range and diversity of content available through Netflix, Amazon and others.” That will limit its appeal.THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Apple announced several new services on Monday, making its foray into the subscription news and video streaming arena as well as gaming and credit cards.The series of announcements were made at an event at its headquarters in Cupertino, California, to emphasize paid services on its devices.Apple News PlusThe news service expands on Apple News, a free service already available on Apple devices — now also available in Canada. Media partners include CityNews, 680 NEWS, 660 CityNews Calgary, CityNews 1130 Vancouver and Sportsnet, as well as newspapers, magazines and digital publications from the United States. Twitterlast_img read more

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Family strength propels athletes to compete

first_imgAPTN National NewsA lot of pressure is put on athletes competing in the games.But coaches aren’t the only ones behind the scenes making sure these athletes are in tip-top shape.Parents and family are there for the youth everyday leading up to the games and it hasn’t always been easy.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot has this story.last_img

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U of W is on the right track for Indigenization – but

first_imgAshley BrandsonAPTN NewsNearly 50 people gathered at the University of Winnipeg for a discussion on the perspective of Indigenization on the campus.The event was put on by the university’s student association.“I think that often we’re excluded from main discussions and I think we’re excluded from the discussions of Indigenization itself,” says Morgan Brightnose who helped organize the event.“I think it’s important the student union provides a platform to centre our voice.”Brightnose is the president of the student’s association.He says Indigenization is the process of influencing the way other people view Indigenous culture.He says he thought this event would be a good opportunity for non-Indigenous students listen and learn about the Indigenous perspectives on the issue.In 2016, University of Winnipeg introduced a mandatory Indigenous course requirement for enrolled undergraduates.Cameron Adams is a student on campus who’s working towards obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies.He says this requirement is a move forward.“This can bring accountability, as well as educate people, so we don’t have people in 10 years saying, ‘What’s residential schools? What was the sixties scoop?’  We actually have that knowledge because with knowledge comes accountability and action,” he says.Lorena Fontaine is the Indigenous academic lead in the Office of Indigenous Affairs at the university.She says she remembers when she first started teaching at University of Winnipeg 10 years ago.“There may have been a few Indigenous students in my class and now, the classes that I do teach are full of Indigenous students,” she says.Fontaine says she’s happy with how the beginning stages of indigenization are working out on campus, but there’s still a lot more opportunity for change, “I think that the most important thing for indigenization is to look at the students needs.”abrandson@aptn.ca@ashleybrandsonlast_img read more

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Push to repeal bylaw allowing stores north of Toronto to open on

first_imgLabour groups and some politicians are pushing to repeal a bylaw that allows retailers north of Toronto to stay open on holidays such as Family Day.Councillors in York Region, which consists of nine municipalities including Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill, Ont., voted 17-3 in favour of the Holiday Shopping Bylaw in November.The legislation exempts all businesses from a provincial law requiring them to close on nine statutory holidays each year. They’re now able to open, if they choose, for 364 days per year — every day except Dec. 25.The Toronto and York Region Labour Council has drafted a petition urging York Region to reconsider the bylaw, saying the extra days will cut into retail workers’ valuable time with their families.Labour council president John Cartwright said that in today’s “incredibly fast-paced world,” that time is more important than ever.“Often, that’s the only guaranteed time that people know they can spend with their families — statutory holidays — and now that’s been stripped away,” he said.According to the York Region Employment and Industry Report, approximately 64,000 people are employed in the retail sector in the region. Cartwright said many of them work two or three jobs in order to get by.“You can’t put a roof over your head in the (Greater Toronto Area) working only one job at 14 dollars an hour,” he said.Ontario’s Retail Business Holidays Act requires retailers to close on New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.Some businesses are exempted, including gas stations, pharmacies and any business under 225 square metres. The law also permits municipalities to exempt themselves from the requirements.The Retail Council of Canada applauded York Region’s decision, and said it is now lobbying neighbouring Peel Region to make a similar change.“Retailers should be deciding at their discretion whether to be open on statutory holidays without restrictions imposed by governments,” the council said in a statement.Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti was one of the three York regional councillors who voted against the bylaw, and he said there’s a growing movement to have it repealed.“I’m not even sure to what extent local municipalities are aware, or really understand the impacts of this new bylaw,” said Scarpitti, who held an event Friday with labour leaders to raise awareness of the issue.“The impact of this is not fully felt yet, obviously.”Cartwright said that many businesses initially called for volunteers to fill shifts on New Year’s Day, when the bylaw took effect, but ended up having to assign shifts.He said while employees will receive extra pay for working holidays like Family Day, he worries that may not last.“They used to get overtime pay on Sundays, when Sunday shopping first came in. But what happened over the years is that just became part of the reality,” he said.“It would only be a matter of time before this becomes the norm for those holidays as well. That’s how the market works, I’m afraid.”last_img read more

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Trans Mountain pipeline work to resume in August Kinder Morgan Canada boss

first_imgEDMONTON – The head of Kinder Morgan Canada says work is to resume next month to prepare a route for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Ian Anderson says the company will secure, survey and prepare the right-of-way in coming months, and First Nations will monitor the work to look for traditional artifacts and medicines.“We anticipate laying physical pipe in a prepared, surveyed, environmentally protected right-of-way early next year,” Anderson said Friday.A completion date for the project is to be announced at a later date.“The project has been in a suspended mode for a good number of months,” said Anderson. “We’re ramping up hard and we’re evaluating schedule.“The most important thing for me at this point is to get started to demonstrate to Canadians and to our prospective new owner that this project can be executed in a manner that serves the interests of everybody.”Anderson was speaking at an event west of Edmonton on the Enoch Cree Nation. Also present were Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, federal Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi and Enoch Chief Bill Morin.Notley and Morin announced that Enoch land will be a staging and stockpiling area for the line with at least 35 to 40 kilometres of pipe on site beginning next month.“Today we see the benefit of people working together for the benefit of everyone — Albertans and Canadians — not working against one another for the benefit of a few,” said Notley.The project’s aim is to expand an existing Trans Mountain line from Edmonton to the British Columbia coast to allow more oil from Alberta to be shipped to foreign markets.Alberta says the line is critical given the oil price discounts the province currently must swallow due to pipeline bottlenecks and lack of access to markets outside the United States.The pipeline has been the focus of fractious debate, confrontation and court challenges. The B.C. government, environmental activists and some Indigenous groups all oppose it.Rancour reached such fever pitch earlier this year that Alberta passed legislation giving it power to reduce oil shipments to B.C., which would potentially increase automobile and jet fuel costs in that province.Morin acknowledged the dispute among Indigenous people over Trans Mountain, but said his First Nation wants to move with the times to benefit everyone. Profits will be reinvested in green projects such as a solar farm, he said.“Some of our philosophy out here is the best way to sovereignty and self-determination for us is through business,” said Morin.“You can choose to get left behind or you can choose to get in front and direct change, and that’s what this project is.”Kinder Morgan Canada suspended work on the project in April, saying the dispute had put the line’s financial viability at risk.In late May, the federal government agreed to buy the $4.5-billion pipeline to ensure it got built, but the Liberals say they don’t plan to be the long-term owner.The regulatory hurdles may not be over.Sohi and Anderson acknowledged the project may be subject to U.S. approval because the purchase includes the Puget Sound pipeline.“We are very confident that this is a normal process and we will get through it,” said Sohi.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the pipeline cost $4.5 million.last_img read more

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Netflix to borrow another 2B to pay its programming bills

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Netflix plans to borrow another $2 billion to help pay for the exclusive series and movies that its management credits for helping its video streaming service reel in millions of new subscribers during the past five years.The additional debt load announced Monday isn’t a surprise. Netflix needs more cash because it has been spending more money than its business generates since its expansion into original programming with the 2013 release of “House of Cards.”Netflix expects to burn through $3 billion this year. The $2 billion that Netflix plans to raise in a bond offering will be lopped onto it existing debt of $11.8 billion. That includes another $1.9 billion debt offering that Netflix completed earlier this year.The borrowing binge appears to be paying off. Netflix has gained nearly 100 million subscribers since September 2013, including 7 million in the past quarter. The company recently predicted it will add another 9.4 million subscribers by the end of this year.The Los Gatos, California, company believes all its spending on award-winning programming will help it build an insurmountable lead in video streaming as other major entertainment companies such as Walt Disney Co. join the fray with a current crop of competitors that include Amazon, Hulu and HBO.Investors have been betting heavily on Netflix to win. The company’s stock is worth seven times more than it was five years ago, to give Netflix a market value of about $146 billion. The shares slipped $3.13 to close Monday at $329.54.last_img read more

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The Latest Phoenix police locate mother of dead newborn

first_imgPHOENIX — The Latest on a dead newborn found at an Amazon facility (all times local):8:50 a.m.Phoenix police say investigators have located and contacted the mother of a newborn baby girl found dead in a women’s restroom inside an Amazon distribution centre.A police statement doesn’t say whether the woman of the baby discovered Wednesday night is an Amazon employee and that her identity is being withheld.The statement issued Thursday said the police investigation will continue in consultation with the Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office.The massive distribution centre on the city’s southwest side is one of several Amazon sites in metro Phoenix.___6:30 a.m.Phoenix police say a newborn baby was found dead in a women’s restroom inside an Amazon distribution centre.Sgt. Vince Lewis says the baby was found Wednesday evening and that Phoenix firefighters responded and confirmed that the baby was deceased.Lewis says a death investigation is underway.Amazon says in a statement it’s working with police to support their investigation and calling the incident “terribly sad and tragic.”The massive distribution centre on the city’s southwest side is one of several Amazon sites in metro Phoenix.The gender of the baby was not disclosed.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Canada says it wont be deterred by Chinese pressure

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s public safety minister says the country won’t be deterred by Chinese pressure after China threatened reprisals if Huawei is banned from its 5G network.There are accusations that the telecom giant is controlled by China’s ruling Communist Party or is required to facilitate Chinese spying. The U.S., Australia, Japan and other governments have imposed curbs on use of its technology.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Friday his government will not compromise national security.Lu Shaye, China’s ambassador to Canada, warned Thursday of repercussions if Canada bars Huawei from the network.The arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Canada on Dec. 1 created a growing diplomatic rift. Meng is the company’s chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder.China detained two Canadians in apparent retaliation.Rob Gillies, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Scarlet Sway and Adam Winn in the top 100 of CBCs Music

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Local music group Scarlet Sway, and solo-artist Adam Winn have made it into the top 100 of CBC’s Music Searchlight.Searchlight is an annual competition by CBC Music to discover up-and-coming musicians from across the country. Voting is open until March 19th, and both groups are looking to get the vote of Peace Region residents.If both bands pass the voting stage and a panel of judges, they’ll get to partake in a residency at the National Music Centre in Calgary, and will get to perform at JUNOFest 2019. Adam Winn. Photo courtesy Facebook page. Adam Winn. Photo courtesy Facebook page. Dawson Creek's Scarlet Sway, who have made it into the top 10 of the CBC Searchlight national music contest. Photo by Scarlet Sway/Facebook Dawson Creek’s Scarlet Sway, who have made it into the top 10 of the CBC Searchlight national music contest. Photo by Scarlet Sway/Facebook Anyone wanting to vote for Scarlet Sway and/or Adam Winn can do so once a day by visiting:www.cbcmusic.ca/searchlightlast_img read more

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Fog advisory for the Grande Prairie and region

first_imgAn area of dense fog has formed causing near-zero visibilities, and the fog will likely continue until late Saturday morning.  The warning covers Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge, Hythe, Sexsmith and out to Valleyview.Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.See the full warning below.Statements8:06 AM MDT Saturday 17 March 2018Fog advisory in effect for:Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and DemmittCo. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and WembleyCo. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La GlaceM.D. of Greenview near DeBoltM.D. of Greenview near Little SmokyM.D. of Greenview near O’Brien Prov. Park and Big Mtn CreekM.D. of Greenview near Sturgeon LakeM.D. of Greenview near Valleyview and New Fish CreekM.D. of Greenview near Wapiti and Shuttler Flats Rec. AreaNear zero visibility in fog is expected or occurring.An area of dense fog has formed. Near-zero visibilities in fog will likely continue until late Saturday morning. UPDATE – The fog advisory has ended.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Environment Canada has issued a fog advisory for Grande Prairie and surrounding communities.The warning says near zero visibility in fog is expected or occurring. Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.storm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ABStorm.last_img read more

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Kinder Morgan suspends nonessential spending with Trans Mountain Pipeline

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Kinder Morgan Canada Limited has announced that it is suspending all non-essential activities and related spending on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.KML also announced that under current circumstances, specifically including the continued actions in opposition to the Project by the Province of British Columbia, it will not commit additional shareholder resources to the Project.However, KML will consult with various stakeholders in an effort to reach agreements by May 31st that may allow the Project to proceed. The focus in those consultations will be on two principles: clarity on the path forward, particularly with respect to the ability to construct through BC; and, adequate protection of KML shareholders. “As KML has repeatedly stated, we will be judicious in our use of shareholder funds. In keeping with that commitment, we have determined that in the current environment, we will not put KML shareholders at risk on the remaining project spend,” said KML Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Steve Kean. The Project has the support of the Federal Government and the Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan but faces continued active opposition from the government of British Columbia.“A company cannot resolve differences between governments. While we have succeeded in all legal challenges to date, a company cannot litigate its way to an in-service pipeline amidst jurisdictional differences between governments,” added Kean.“Today, KML is a very good midstream energy company, with limited debt. The uncertainty as to whether we will be able to finish what we start leads us to the conclusion that we should protect the value that KML has, rather than risking billions of dollars on an outcome that is outside of our control,” Kean said. “To date, we have spent considerable resources bringing the Project to this point and recognize the vital economic importance of the Project to Canada. Therefore, in the coming weeks we will work with stakeholders on potential ways to continue advancing the Project consistent with the two principles previously stated.”Trans Mountain has spent C$1.1 billion (approximately half of which has been spent since the KML IPO) and made unprecedented efforts to develop the Project since its initial filing with the National Energy Board in 2013.If we have to, Alberta is prepared to do whatever it takes to get this pipeline built – including taking a public position in the pipeline.Put another way, Alberta is prepared to be an investor in the pipeline. This pipeline will be built.#ableg #abpoli #KeepCanadaWorking— Rachel Notley (@RachelNotley) April 8, 2018The federal government put pressure on Horgan to back away from his opposition to the project, with Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr describing it as “crucial” to expanding Canada’s export markets for its natural resources while creating thousands of jobs. “The government of Canada calls on Premier Horgan and the B.C. government to end all threats of delay to the Trans Mountain expansion,” Carr said in a news release. “His government’s actions stand to harm the entire Canadian economy.”Carr said under Canadian law, Ottawa has the jurisdiction to approve the project.“We are determined to find a solution,” he added. “With all our partners, we continue to consider all available options. As our prime minister has said, this pipeline will be built.”last_img read more

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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for the Peace Region

first_imgEnvironment Canada says that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms, which may be capable of producing heavy rain, high winds, and hail.Meteorologists say that showers and thunderstorms associated with an upper trough will develop over a broad area this afternoon, including the BC Peace, Bulkley Valley, Prince George, Chilcotin-Cariboo and Columbia.The full warning can be read below.Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:B.C. South Peace RiverConditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms beginning early this afternoon. These storms may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. UPDATE #2: Environment Canada has now expanded the severe thunderstorm watch to include the North B.C. Peace Region.UPDATE: Environment Canada has now issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Grande Prairie – Beaverlodge – Valleyview region.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the South Peace Region this morning.last_img read more

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Greens call for ban on foreign oil imports using Alberta oil instead

first_imgMay said she’s perfectly fine with Green popularity pushing other parties to raise their games on climate. While both the Liberals and NDP claimed their motions had been in the works before the byelection result, May said there is no doubt in her mind that Paul Manly’s winning and the NDP and Liberals finishing distantly third and fourth, “had almost everything to do with” the motions.The NDP motion failed because it called for Canada to drop plans to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline, a pipeline May also opposes. The Liberal motion hasn’t yet gone to a vote.The Green climate plan also calls for Canada to double its cuts to greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030 and get emissions to zero by 2050. That plan includes no longer selling combustion-engine cars after 2030 and replacing all existing combustion-engine vehicles by 2040.Canada imports about a million barrels of oil a day and produces four times that much. In 2017, Canada produced 4.2 million barrels of oil, and exported 3.3 million of those. Domestic refineries handled 1.8 million barrels. OTTAWA, O.N. – Green party Leader Elizabeth May says saving the world from climate change requires Canada to get off oil before the middle of the century.In the meantime, she wants Canada off foreign oil as soon as possible.The promise to make Canada energy independent is _ perhaps unexpectedly _ in line with the economic and climate strategy of Conservative leader Andrew Scheer. Scheer’s plan calls for Canada to import no foreign oil by 2030, partly by planning an energy corridor across Canada that could simplify the construction of pipelines able to move Alberta oil to any coast. He sees it as a way to find additional domestic markets for Canada’s oilsands, in a bid to increase their production.May’s plan, to “turn off the taps to oil imports” is only a stop-gap measure to keep foreign oil out until Canada can break its oil habit altogether.By 2050, May wants bitumen to be used in Canada only by the petrochemical industry for plastics, rubber, paint, and other such products.“As long as we are using fossil fuels we should be using our fossil fuels,” said May.May’s climate plan is likely to get more scrutiny than its predecessors in past elections.The Liberals and NDP already proved they are paying close attention to the rising threat of Green support, with both pushing similar motions to declare climate change an emergency in the House of Commons earlier this month. Both motions were tabled less than a week after the Greens elected a second MP in a Vancouver Island byelection, and not long after a provincial wing of the party formed the official opposition in Prince Edward Island.center_img Canada’s oil producers already pump enough product to meet domestic demand but there are two problems: there is no pipeline from the oil-rich west to refineries in the east, and even if there were, those refineries aren’t equipped to handle the heavier bitumen that is the Alberta oilsands’ trademark.For Canadian refineries in the east, bitumen from the oilsands must be upgraded to synthetic crude. May’s plan is to invest in upgraders to do it.She acknowledges weaning Canada off foreign oil won’t happen overnight, given existing contracts Canadian refineries have and figuring out how to build the upgraders and then ship the product.Privately, Liberal government critics suggest there is no way to have Canada’s east coast use Canadian oil without building a new pipeline to get the products there. May does not support a new pipeline anywhere, and argues the raw bitumen could be transferred by rail as long as Canada invests more in its rail services.The proposed Energy East pipeline to carry diluted bitumen to the east coast fell apart in 2017 amid significant opposition in Quebec, opposition that continues under the new Coalition Avenir Quebec government.Scheer’s plan is to establish an energy corridor that would allow an Energy East-like pipeline to proceed alongside interprovincial electricity grids, with only one right-of-way required.May said the Greens are the “only party that have a plan that allows human civilization to survive.”“It’s not a Canadian lifestyle choice,” she said. “All of humanity is at risk.”last_img read more

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New Rotary District Governor to visit Fort St John next week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As part of a western tour, the new Rotary District Governor, Tracey Vavrek, will be in Fort St. John on August 7 and 8.According to a release by the Sunrise Rotary Club, Vavrek will be touring the PeaceCountry and learning about the area with fellow Rotarians.Vavrek says she is looking forward to visiting Fort St. John to learn more about how Rotarians are serving the community and beyond. “What I most look forward to during my visit is learning more about how Rotarians in FortSt. John are serving their local communities and people in need around the world.”Vavrek is the new District Governor for 2019-2020 and is a member of the Rotary Club of Grande Prairie After Five, serving as a liaison between Rotary International President Mark Maloney, and Rotarians in her Rotary District.Starting in July and ending in November, Vavrek expects to travel more than 33,000 kilometres to visit all 60 Rotary Clubs in the District.last_img read more

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Govt appoints five SPs in CBI

first_imgNew Delhi: The government on Friday appointed five superintendents of police in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), according to a Personnel Ministry order. Of these five officers, three — Sudha Singh, Thomson Jose and Jayadevan A — are from the Indian Police Service (IPS), it said. The two other officers belong to the Indian Revenue Service. While Singh is a 2006-batch Odisha-cadre officer, Jose is a 2009-batch IPS officer of Kerala cadre. Jayadevan is from 2008 batch, Madhya Pradesh cadre. Ashok Kumar, a 2006-batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) has also been appointed as SP in the central probe agency. Lalit Mohan Jindal, a 2008-batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax), has also been appointed in the CBI, the order said. All these officers have been appointed as SP for four years, it said. The appointments of IRS officers assume significance as the CBI is probing various high profile financial fraud cases.last_img read more

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Pak approves plan to open ancient Hindu temple corridor in PoK

first_imgIslamabad: The Pakistan government on Monday approved a proposal to establish a corridor that will allow Hindu pilgrims from India to visit Sharda Peeth, an ancient Hindu temple and cultural site in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, according to a media report. The Sharda Peeth corridor, when opened, will be the second religious tract after Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan-controlled territory that will connect the two neighbouring nations. India had already sent a proposal to Pakistan to open the temple corridor, the Express Tribune reported quoting sources in Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “After Kartarpur, a piece of big news is in the offing for Hindus. Some of the government officials will visit the area and will later submit a report to the prime minister,” the sources said. When asked to comment on the development, official sources in New Delhi said India had made this request several times as part of the Composite Dialogue between India and Pakistan. The proposal was made keeping in mind the wishes and the religious sentiments of the people, they said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Established in 237 B.C. during the reign of Emperor Ashoka, the 5,000-year-old Sharada Peeth is an abandoned temple and ancient centre of learning dedicated to the Hindu goddess of learning. Between the 6th and 12th centuries C.E, Sharada Peeth was one of the foremost temple universities of the Indian subcontinent. It is also one of the three famous holy sites for Kashmiri Pandits, the other two being the Martand Sun Temple in Anantnag and the Amarnath temple. Kashmiri Pandit organisations have been demanding opening of the Sharda Peeth corridor for many years now. “Pakistan has decided to open the Sharda temple. Work on the project will start from the current year after which Hindus in Pakistan will also be able to visit the site,” Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) member of the National Assembly (MNA) Ramesh Kumar said. “I am going to visit the place in a couple of days. I will also send a report to Prime Minister Imran Khan,” he added. In November last year, the Pakistani premier had laid the foundation stone for the 4-km Kartarpur corridor at Shakargarh in Narowal district of Pakistan’s Punjab province. The corridor is expected to be completed by 2019 and will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur — the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev — with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Guru Nanak Dev.last_img read more

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Funnearn- a Real Money Gaming App launches IPL i.e. Intelligence Pattern Learning

first_imgNew Delhi: Funnearn a real money gaming app is launching a new edition to enhance the intelligence and mental capability of its users. Fundamentally the game is grounded on the experiments proceeded by the scientists of Primate Research Institute, The PRI to analyze and compare the memory power between chimps and humans. In the tests, a number pattern was given before them and gives enough time to memorize it. After some time, it was tested how much both memorize the pattern and amazingly at 90% of the time chimps won the tests by correcting the patterns. This can also be called Intelligent Pattern Learning, IPL, which can enhance intelligence and memory power. Also Read – The Puja carnival The new game of Funnearn brings IPL into an entertainment platform. The Funnearn game is intended to involve the users in IPL learning tests. Adopting the IPL test models, a scientifically proven method to enhance the phonetic number memory, the game tries to encompass the mental abilities like reasoning, plan, problem-solving, abstract thinking, and comprehensive analysis. It is found that Funnearn game is increasing the learning abilities of the users through active skill interaction with the games. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this Navratra Funnearn has made the test in a different way via extensive Bumper and Carnivals on a regular basis. This amazing game provides extra prize money which can be transferred to your Paytm wallet directly. Thus money making becomes easier for the younger generation with learning. Funnearn expects to bring a new sensation in the gaming industry through their interactive learning game and aids the younger generation with their intelligence and mental capabilities. To add excitement and curiosity in the zealous gamers, Funnearn is coming with an exceptional gaming and great earning experience. As more people are embracing online games with optimism, the industry is going to see a skill-play with Funnearn. India is one of the largest online markets globally which has undergone an enormous change in the last few years. The online gaming industry is rapidly growing all over the world and has made a huge impact both economically and socially. The exponential growth in mobile gaming apps and a considerable increase in the number of people who are attracted to these games prove the on-going revolution happening in this industry. In India, the digital gaming sector is flourishing with drastic developments and technological advancements. This huge inclination towards online gaming results in a new level of technical interaction. Due to the negative impacts of games over the society which comes as an addiction, several authorities banned luck based games like gambling. The factors like internet urbanization, societal ethics, literacy and intelligence level, etc. began to influence the gaming sector and the age confronted a shift from the purely entertainment based games to simple, skill and ethically based digital games. Although the rapid shift was a challenge initially, the digital gaming sector realized the innumerable possibilities and benefits of such revolutionary games and a new trend has emerged in the industry. India is witnessing a massive change in the choices and consumption patterns of its people because of the internet-urbanization which has a major influence on the gaming sector. With the advanced technological access and innovation in the designs, skill-based games are expecting a major growth. Transparency, strict regulation, consumer protection and above all the unlimited benefits acquired from those games promote it as a major contributor to the economic and social welfare of the country. As per statistics, online gaming is yet not reached saturation. Among the infinite game developers, Funnearn has established its position as a popular mobile gaming app through its innovative and advantageous games. With Funnearn the gamers can enter in paid contests and make money with their mental ability skills. The distinct feature of Funnearn is considered to be the convenient time management in games to play and earn. The contribution of Funnearn to the new digital gaming market includes the creation of talented players and also quick money making process in online gaming.last_img read more

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