first_imgQUEBEC – The fraud-related trial of former Quebec deputy premier Nathalie Normandeau and five co-accused will proceed despite a lengthy delay in the case getting this far, a judge ruled Monday.The accused were seeking a stay of proceedings due to what they perceived as an unreasonable delay since their arrest in March 2016.But Quebec court Judge Andre Perreault said while a delay of two years surpasses the 18-month ceiling set out by a Supreme Court of Canada ruling, the Crown demonstrated it was necessary due to the complexity of the case.The trial is expected to begin April 9.The accused were arrested by Quebec’s anti-corruption unit following an investigation authorities said involved political financing and gifts allegedly being exchanged for public contracts.The charges include fraud and breach of trust.Normandeau, 49, was an influential minister who served as a Liberal member of the legislature from 1998 to 2011 and held key cabinet positions including municipal affairs, natural resources and Canadian intergovernmental affairs.She served as deputy premier under Jean Charest between 2007 and 2011.last_img read more

first_imgAn Air Canada flight from Toronto to Washington was forced to make an emergency landing Sunday evening after smoke was discovered in the cockpit.Flight 7618 was headed for Ronald Reagan airport when pilots discovered the smoke and diverted to Washington’s Dulles International Airport.Sky Regional, which operates Air Canada Express, says 63 passengers and four crew members were unharmed after exiting the plane on the tarmac at Dulles.Images posted online show emergency vehicles parked on the tarmac as passengers gather nearby.Andrew Trull, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, says passengers were evacuated via an emergency slide and taken to the main terminal.He says there were no delays as a result of the incident, and all runways are now back up and running normally.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Atlantic herring is a hearty source of protein for people and marine mammals alike, but like a startling number of Canada’s fish stocks the plan to rebuild the depleted herring population is currently one big question mark.That’s a conclusion reached by advocacy group Oceana Canada, which published its second annual fisheries audit Tuesday — a report card assessing the health of Canada’s fish stocks.The report found Canada has a lot of work to do to reverse the term decline of its fish stocks, and it needs to pick up the pace.Oceana’s science director Robert Rangeley said he hopes the audit is a “wake-up call” for better fisheries management.“My biggest fear is one of complacency,” said Rangeley. “We’re still hovering around one-third of our fish stocks (that) are healthy, which is very poor performance for the 194 stocks that are so important for coastal communities.”Only 34 per cent of Canada’s fish stocks are considered healthy. Twenty-nine per cent are in a critical or cautious zone, and perhaps most alarmingly, 37 per cent of stocks don’t have sufficient data to assign a health status.Some, like Pacific herring in Haida Gwaii, slipped into the critical red zone this year.The numbers are indicative of the slow policy implementation that plagues management of Canada’s fisheries, Rangeley said. The Oceana team expected to see more stocks move from the uncertain zone into one of the other categories this year, but in fact, the needle barely moved.Rangeley said government transparency has improved in recent years, giving his team access to the audit’s necessary data. But scientific reporting and assessment of stocks is slow and incomplete. Scientific and planning documents are often published late, or not at all.Slow scientific publication means some stocks haven’t been assessed in years — and with the impacts of climate change affecting the ocean at a swift pace, it means some of the health assessments are becoming too outdated to plan around how to help improve the stock.Of the 26 stocks that are assessed as critically depleted, only three have rebuilding plans in place. And even when those plans are published, the report notes that they are often based on out-of-date scientific assessments.Atlantic Canada’s fin fish are most heavily represented among the critical stocks.Rangeley said invertebrates like lobster and crab are more likely in good health than at-risk fin fish like cod and herring. However, rebuilding plans to bring struggling stocks back to health are notoriously slow to appear.Perhaps the most famous example is the infamous cod moratorium in 1992 that devastated Newfoundland’s fishing communities. Twenty-six years on, there’s no plan in place to rebuild the Northern cod stock.It’s not just an issue for the depleted stocks, said Rangeley. He recommends that a sense of urgency is applied to stocks in the cautious zone as well as the critical zone, because the more depleted they get, the harder it is to rebuild.“It’s just a biological reality,” Rangeley said. “Knock ’em down too far for too long, the effort takes so much longer and it’s such a lost opportunity for a valuable seafood industry to just let such a waste occur.”  Striking the balance between a healthy ocean ecosystem and an economically viable, renewable food industry for small communities is not impossible, and it’s been done before, said Rangeley.To run the fisheries right, more vigilance is required, the report said.Some form of catch monitoring is in place for more than half of Canada’s stocks but the methods often don’t give a complete assessment of the catch, leading to big data gaps. And 159 stocks don’t have fishing mortality estimates, making it nearly impossible to set sustainable limits on the industry.The report recommends investing in science and management capacity, assessing stocks regularly and developing up-to-date, well-enforced rebuilding plans.It also highlights the importance of timely reporting, and calls for a national ‘fishery monitoring policy’ that would compel all commercial fisheries to sufficiently keep track of yearly catches.Good planning, Rangeley said, is essential to getting Canada’s fisheries back to a healthy, sustainable level for oceans and for people.“You can sustainably harvest seafood indefinitely if you get it right, and we’re not,” he said.– By Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John’s, N.L.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is ordering a mandatory cut in oil production to deal with a price crisis that is costing Canada an estimated $80 million a day.Notley says as of January there will be an 8.7 per cent reduction ordered in oil production.Production of raw crude oil and bitumen will be reduced by 325,000 barrels per day.That figure is expected to shrink as the glut of oil in storage is reduced.The mandated cut ends on Dec. 31, 2019.Notley says the action is necessary to reverse the widening price differential that she says could cause further harm to Alberta’s economy if not addressed immediately.Alberta’s oil is selling a markedly lower rates compared with the North American benchmark, due in part to oil pipeline bottlenecks.The announcement is expected to narrow the differential by at least $4 per barrel and add an estimated $1.1 billion to government revenues in 2019-2020.“Every Albertan owns the energy resources in the ground and we have a duty to defend those resources,” said Notley. “But right now they’re being sold for pennies on the dollar.“We must act immediately.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO — The body that oversees federally appointed judges wants the Supreme Court of Canada to decide whether the organization’s disciplinary decisions are beyond judicial scrutiny — a notion lower courts have flatly rejected.In asking the country’s top court to clarify the process for firing judges, the Canadian Judicial Council argues its recommendations should be immune to legal second-guessing from Federal Court.“Given the constitutional and judicial nature of the council’s decisions, they cannot be subject to review by the Federal Court, contrary to lower court rulings,” the council says in its leave application. “That said, there is a legislative void regarding the judicial supervision of the council’s decisions.”The case arises out of a long-running fight to have a Quebec Superior Court justice, Michel Girouard, tossed off the bench. A complaint in November 2012 alleged Girouard, then a lawyer, had bought illegal drugs from a client. An inquiry committee rejected the allegations, despite its misgivings over the reliability and credibility of Girouard’s testimony.A second complaint about how the judge had behaved during the initial proceedings led 20 of the 23 judges on council to recommend in February last year that Girouard should lose his job. The three dissenting judges said he did not have a fair hearing because some council members were unilingual.Girouard asked Federal Court to set aside the recommendation he be removed from the bench.In response, the council argued Federal Court had no authority to hear the case. In essence, council maintained it was not a federal board, commission or other tribunal subject to judicial scrutiny. Council, which comprises at least 17 chief or associate chief justices, maintained its own internal appeal mechanism was more robust than an appeal to the nine-judge Supreme Court.In a scathing rebuke of council’s views last August, Federal Court Judge Simon Noel said no one — not even the country’s top judge who chairs the judicial council — was above the law.In a democracy, Noel wrote, everyone who wields public power, no matter how important their titles, must be subject to independent review and held accountable — including the council and the chief justices who comprise its membership. The judge also took specific aim at the council and its executive director for a disrespectful attitude toward the court. “It is inconceivable that a single body, with no independent supervision and beyond the reach of all judicial review, may decide a person’s fate on its own,” Noel wrote in his decision. “However prestigious and experienced a body may be, it is not immune from human error, and may commit a major violation of the principles of procedural fairness that only an external tribunal, such as the Federal Court in this case, can remedy.”The Federal Court of Appeal sided with Noel in May, saying council’s actions and decisions are administrative in nature.The council is now seeking leave to appeal from the Supreme Court.“Council believes that any review of recommendations in respect of the removal of a judge must recognize the constitutional dimensions of such recommendations,” the organization said in a statement. “Council seeks clarification of those constitutional principles from the Supreme Court. This includes whether such recommendations may be the subject of review and, if so, by whom.”The judicial council has come under harsh criticism from the courts and others in recent years.One high profile case that sparked outrage involved unilateral action against a prominent Ontario Superior Court judge who had accepted a six-month law school deanship. In an interview in March, Chief Justice Richard Wagner told The Canadian Press that the council needed sweeping internal and legislative reforms of its disciplinary process.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgThe National Park Service and the National Park Foundation have announced that singer James Taylor, multiple Grammy-award winner singer/songwriter/producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, two-time Grammy-award winner Colbie Caillat and American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips will perform at the 90th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting.The 2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Thursday, December 6 on the Ellipse at President’s Park in Washington, D.C. The ceremony will kick off the holiday season in our nation’s capital and can be viewed online LIVE at beginning at 4:30pm ET with the exclusive National Christmas Tree Lighting pre-show. The event also can be seen on public television throughout the month of December. Broadcast times can be found by checking local listings or visiting National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is the first event in a four-week holiday celebration in President’s Park presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, and produced by Bounce. This year’s ceremony marks the 90th National Christmas Tree Lighting, an American holiday tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923. More information about the 2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting, can be found at premier sponsor of this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is UL (Underwriters Laboratories), a global safety organization. Now in its fourth year, UL’s premier sponsorship of the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony is part of its national safety campaign to educate consumers on how they can make their homes safer during the holidays. More information can be found at Other event supporters include GE Lighting, Amtrak, Guest Services Inc., Hargrove Inc., Hudler Carolina Tree Farms, United Airlines and the Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

first_imgThe LBJ Foundation (Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation) has awarded the LBJ Liberty and Justice for All Award to former President George H. W. Bush, in recognition of his leadership in public service and commitment to civil rights.Tom Johnson, LBJ Foundation Chairman Emeritus; Larry Temple, LBJ Foundation Chairman; Luci Baines Johnson; President George H. W. Bush; Barbara Bush; Lynda Johnson RobbCredit/Copyright: PRNewsFoto/Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, McNee ProductionsIn a ceremony on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at the offices of our 41st President in Houston, Texas, Foundation Board members presented President Bush with the award. Joining President and Mrs. Bush at the presentation were his son, Neil, and his wife, Maria, and grandson Pierce Bush. Representing the Johnson family were Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson.The LBJ Liberty and Justice for All Award honors those, like President Bush, who personify Johnson’s vision of a nation where every citizen can share in the benefits and full blessings of American life. Our nation’s oldest living former president, President Bush is acknowledged for his strong character marked by decency and civility.“Presentation of this award to President Bush recognizes his demonstrated qualities of civility and bipartisanship in public service,” said Larry Temple, Chairman, LBJ Foundation. “The period of his presidency stands as a well-remembered time when those qualities characterized leadership in our country at the highest levels – a condition from which all Americans benefited. I know President Johnson would be elated with the presentation of this award, the LBJ Foundation’s highest honor, to President Bush.”This is only the second time the award has been given; the inaugural award was presented in 2010 to Georgia Congressman and civil rights pioneer John Lewis.“I am honored to be this year’s recipient of the LBJ Liberty and Justice for All Award,” said President Bush. “For several years now I’ve been declining awards of all kinds, but this one was different. Barbara and I both had such great respect for LBJ and of course we loved Lady Bird. They were both great Americans, and great Texans, who loved their country and their state. I can’t imagine if they had not been a part of our history. So I immediately said “yes,” when our friends and neighbors in Austin invited me to receive this award. But I do wonder what LBJ would say?”Sworn in as president in January 1989, Bush served until January 1993. As commander-in-chief, he saw a peaceful end to the Cold War, helping to pick up the pieces of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc nations and quietly preventing chaos from ensuing after the Iron Curtain fell. Later in his term, he led a coalition of nations toward the liberation of Kuwait after the Iraqi seizure in the Gulf War. On the domestic front, among the laws he passed were the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark civil rights law, and the Clean Air Act.Since leaving office, Bush has helped to raise millions of dollars for charity, including M. D. Anderson Hospital, and worked to help raise funds to aid in disaster relief efforts in America and abroad.The Bush and Johnson families share a long history and friendship, beginning in the 1950s when Lyndon Johnson served in the U. S. Senate with Prescott Bush, George H. W. Bush’s father. Although from different political parties, the two men enjoyed a productive working relationship steeped in mutual respect. In a letter to Prescott Bush, George H. W. Bush wrote about first meeting Johnson in Midland, Texas, in 1953. When Senator Johnson complimented his father, Bush replied that he was glad to hear such praise from a staunch Democrat. Johnson responded, “Your father and I don’t like to be thought of as Republican or Democrat, rather as good Americans!”Bush embraced the spirit of bipartisanship when he was elected to Congress as the first Republican representing the Houston area. Although it hurt him politically, he voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which was passed by President Johnson. In a speech in Houston, shortly after he cast the vote, Bush explained the motivation behind his decision. “I voted…because of a feeling deep down in my heart that this was the right thing for me to do. That this was the right thing for America.”A year later, when President Johnson’s term ended, Congressman Bush left the Inaugural festivities for Johnson’s successor, Richard Nixon, to bid farewell to the former President and First Lady at Andrews Air Force Base among a crowd of Democrats. Mrs. Johnson later recalled, “I remember the warm glow Lyndon and I felt when we learned that a young Republican Congressman, George Bush, had been in that assemblage, rather than at the Inaugural activities of the President of his own party.”In April 1990, President and Mrs. Bush welcomed Mrs. Johnson, members of the Johnson family, and former Johnson Administration Cabinet members to the White House for a 25th anniversary celebration of President Johnson’s Inauguration.The longstanding friendship between the Johnson and Bush families was carried on by President George W. Bush when he invited Lynda Johnson Robb, Luci Baines Johnson, and their families to the White House where he signed a 2007 law naming the Education Building in Washington, D. C., after President Johnson.The ceremony in Houston is just the latest chapter in the relationship between the Bush and Johnson families. Joining in the presentation were Jean Becker, Chief of Staff to President Bush, along with members of the LBJ Foundation Board including former Texas Lt. Governor Ben Barnes; Texas Senator Rodney Ellis; Wayne Gibbens; former Texas Lt. Governor Bill Hobby; Robert Hutchings, Dean, LBJ School of Public Affairs; Tom Johnson, LBJ Foundation Chairman Emeritus; Cappy McGarr; Roy Spence; Larry Temple, LBJ Foundation Chairman; and Mark K. Updegrove, LBJ Library Director.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

first_imgThe charity campaign that aims to give one lucky fan the chance to hang out with Darren Criss in LA raised $100,000 in its first week – and it’s still going strong.One lucky winner and a guest will receive round trip airfare to Los Angeles, stay in a luxury hotel for two nights, enjoy the sunshine, and, best of all, hang out with Darren! You can have lunch, grab coffee, or visit some of his favorite places… and with Darren as your host, you never know where you might end up! Find out more here.Currently starring as Blaine on the Emmy-Award winning Fox television series Glee, singer/songwriter Darren Criss first participated in Musicians on Call’s Bedside Performance Program last fall at Mattel Children’s Hospital, UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Darren was accompanied on guitar during this visit by his friend Tom Poleman, Chairperson Emeritus of Musicians On Call’s Board of Directors and Clear Channel Media+ Entertainments President of National Programming Platforms. Although Darren had many other commitments that day, he ended up staying for hours to play for the young patients and their families, and immediately asked how soon he could come back to do it again.“I enjoy Musicians On Call because it strips down the performing aspect of music to its most basic function – to share, to heal, to inspire,” says Darren. “It’s just you and another person sharing an intimate moment that is actually bigger than the both of you.”Darren started off the new year with another visit to the same hospital, spending several more hours with the kids. Then he became a man on a mission, determined to share the healing power of music with as many people as possible! Next up, he’s generously lending his advocacy to Musicians On Call through an outdoor advertising campaign that began running in NYC on February 10.And he wanted to do even more than that, so through his Prizeo Birthday Campaign, he’s encouraging his fans to help Musicians On Call raise funds to expand the number of facilities and patients it is able to serve every week.Go to and check out Darren’s Birthday campaign.last_img read more

first_imgBruce Springsteen will perform at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s 20th anniversary Ambassadors for Humanity gala on May 7, 2014 in Los Angeles.Conan O’Brien will host the event, with special guest Liam Neeson.“I am personally honored that Bruce, Conan and Liam are joining me and lending their considerable talents to this year’s special 20th anniversary gala,” USC Shoah Foundation founder Steven Spielberg said. “Not only do they entertain and inform us through song, laughter and words, but by helping us commemorate this significant milestone, they also draw attention to the vital work of the USC Shoah Foundation.”They will be joining featured speaker President Barack Obama, who will also receive the Institute’s Ambassador for Humanity Award.TNT is once again serving as the Presenting Sponsor, continuing a strong relationship with the Institute that has spanned more than a decade.USC Shoah Foundation is dedicated to making audiovisual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides a compelling voice for education and action.Steven Spielberg established the Shoah Foundation after completing the film Schindler’s List to collect and preserve the video testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. He envisioned that these eyewitness accounts would have a profound effect on education, and that the survivors would become teachers of humanity for generations to come.Today, the Institute’s Visual History Archive preserves history as told by the people who lived it and lived through it. With its current collection of nearly 52,000 eyewitness testimonies in 34 languages and from 58 countries, it is one of the largest digital collections of its kind in the world.USC Shoah Foundation is part of the University of Southern California’s Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Working within the university and with partners around the world, the Institute advances scholarship and research, provides resources and online tools for educators, and disseminates the testimonies for educational purposes.The Institute is also working to preserve its testimonies in perpetuity, and to expand the Visual History Archive with accounts of survivors and witnesses of other genocides. In 2013 the Institute added an initial collection of 64 testimonies of survivors and rescuers from the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi genocide through a partnership with Aegis Trust and in February 2014 an initial collection of 12 testimonies of survivors from the 1937 Nanjing Massacre were integrated into the Visual History Archive through a partnership with Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall. The Institute is also fundraising to integrate collections from the Armenian and Cambodian genocides into the Visual History Archive in 2015.For more information about the USC Shoah Foundation, please go to read more

first_imgLast week, the seventh edition of two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash’s popular charity soccer match, The Steve Nash Foundation Showdown, took place at New York City’s Sara D. Roosevelt Park.Steve Nash In Action At The Steve Nash Foundation ShowdownKicking off at 6:30pm, the best players of the NBA and soccer gathered to compete at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in the Lower East Side (at Forsyth and Stanton Streets). Showdown featured professional soccer players and NBA giants in a 7-a-side game to benefit the Steve Nash Foundation’s programs for underserved children.Steve Nash Plays At The Steve Nash Foundation ShowdownThe game was a friendly yet competitive match, complete with high kicks and courageous goals; top class talent was on display. The action on the field was commentated by lead CBS sportscaster, Spero Dedes and had fans cheering on from the on-field seats, standing room access, bleacher seating, along the adjacent sidewalks and park space, and against the surrounding fence.In its seventh year, Showdown again produced fantastic results. Although the black team led the red team 4-0 in the first half, the red team was able to make a quick comeback, but was unable to hold the ultimate lead. As the final buzzer rang, the black team declared an 11-7 win over the red team. The game was a suspenseful thriller with lead changes, equalizers and show-stopping moves at each end, yet also resembled a street pick up game: players from a host of teams and leagues finding a common love of the beautiful game.Key players coached both teams, Hasan Salihamidzic (6-time German Bundesliga champion, Bayern Munich) and Charley Ludi (Novara Calcio) for the red team and Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) for the black team.Showdown NY’s team players included:Team Black: Simone Sandri (Showdown Co-Founder), Steve Nash (Showdown Co-Founder and LA Laker), Alessandro Noselli (NY Cosmos), Kyle Martino (Columbus Crew & L.A. Galaxy), Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City), Richie Williams (U.S. Men’s National Under 17 Coach), Bobby Perez (Steve Nash Foundation Prizeo Winner), Enrico Zanus, and Giovanni Bartolli.Team Red: Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina), Wilson Chandler (Denver Nuggets), Jean Paul Pineda (Rangers Chilean Premier League), Jason Kreis (New York City FC), Tomas Pina Isla (Villarreal CF), Miles Joseph (New York City FC), Mike Quadrino and Marc Stein (ESPN’s Soccer Today).At the beginning of the game Giuseppe Rossi was presented with a JEANRICHARD Aluminum Terrascope for the Spirit of Showdown Award in honor of his successful soccer career and repeated contribution to Showdown over the years. While all the players performed with effortless expertise and great passion, Dirk Nowitzki set himself apart as an all around greatathlete, earning himself the JEANRICHARD Most Valuable Player Award and receiving one of the brand’s new Aluminum Terrascope timepieces as well.This year’s Showdown was sponsored by Cyber Dust, Umbro, JetBlue, Major League Soccer, Jawbone ®, Microsoft Windows, JEANRICHARD, ESPN NY and Phebe’s Tavern & Grill.last_img read more

first_imgTo celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, Comic Relief and Oxfam have joined forces to put on a unique comedy gig at the Leicester Square Theatre on Thursday 8th March.The gig, called ‘Women Stand Up’ will feature an all-female line up with Kerry Godliman hosting a wonderful night of fresh raw talent and familiar faces.A host of comedy stars of the future and female comedy legends have already pledged their support, with Bridget Christie, Mae Martin, Shappi Khorsandi, Birthday Girls, Athena Kugblenu, Massive Dad, Evelyn Mok and some very special guests all appearing of the night.Nikki van der Gaag, Oxfam’s Director Women’s Rights and Gender Justice said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Comic Relief, to highlight the work that both charities fund to help women here in the UK and across the world gain power over their lives. Women are still more likely to live in poverty than men and until we tackle inequality we won’t end poverty. ‘Women Stand Up’ will be a night filled with sharp, funny and switched on women bringing a female perspective to life to celebrate International Women’s Day.”Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis said, “Red Nose Day has always benefited from the support of incredible British comic talent, so it seems right that this year we’re handing the mic over to some of the most exciting new names on the circuit, from writers to stand ups and actors. Oxfam has been a brilliant partner of ours from the very beginning – and is now one of the organisations through which the money raised through Red Nose Day is spent supporting women and girls living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world. It should be a great event.”‘Women Stand Up’ is the finale of a brand new series of Comic Relief Live gigs in support of this year’s Red Nose Day. John Bishop, Lenny Henry, Jo Brand, and Elis James have all hosted gigs introducing audiences to some of the most exciting up and comers on the British comedy circuit.To find out more and book your tickets visit read more

first_imgBest Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), is pleased to announce that the 18th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port, presented by Pepsi-Cola, Shaw’s Foundation and Star Market Foundation, will take place June 2-3.More than 2,500 people are expected to participate in the Challenge – a charity walk, run and ride to benefit Best Buddies International.Tom Brady, New England Patriots Quarterback and Best Buddies Global Ambassador, will serve as Honorary Co-Chair, along with Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri and Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III. During the Challenge, Event Chair Ted English, Executive Chairman of Bob’s Discount Furniture, will help honor Retired CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management John Hailer with the Spirit of Friendship award for the incredible work he has done to promote Best Buddies’ mission of friendship and inclusion.“Best Buddies is a fantastic organization with a great message to spread, and I am so proud to support their work,” said Best Buddies Global Ambassador Tom Brady. “I hope my role as Honorary Co-Chair will continue to bring attention to the organization’s mission of friendship and inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the world.”“We are delighted to be returning to Massachusetts for our 18th Annual Hyannis Port Challenge and we are thrilled that Tom Brady, Guy Fieri and Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, III will join us as Honorary Chairmen of this event,” said Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Founder and Chairman of Best Buddies International. “We are also honored to have Pepsi-Cola, Shaw’s Foundation and Star Market Foundation as this year’s Presenting Sponsors. Their dedication to the Best Buddies mission of inclusion – along with that of all Challenge participants – has helped bring an even greater awareness to the infinite abilities people with intellectual and developmental disabilities possess.”Several New England Patriots players, past and present including Julian Edelman, James White, Dion Lewis, Jimmy Garoppollo, Chris Hogan, Rob Ninkovich, Scott Zolak, Christian Fauria, and Dan Koppen are expected to attend the Tom Brady Football Challenge at Harvard Stadium.Other celebrities, professional athletes and special guests expected to participate in the Challenge weekend, includes: Olympian and Best Buddies Global Ambassador Carl Lewis, Actors Olivia Culpo, Jason Lewis and Charlotte McKinney; Miss USA 2017 Kára McCullough, Miss Teen USA 2016 Karlie Hay, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker, and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.Guests can expect to be entertained once again this year as Foxwoods Resort Casino returns to deliver adrenaline-pumping excitement during the Tom Brady Football Challenge halftime show. Foxwoods President and CEO Felix Rappaport and Chairman Rodney Butler of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation will be joined by five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady to help announce the initial phase of a significant, unparalleled new development this summer at Foxwoods – at 60 miles per hour!Also returning this year is the Guy Cooking with Best Buddies Celebrity Chef Food and Wine Festival, presented by Pepsi-Cola, Shaw’s Foundation and Star Market Foundation. This culinary festival will feature over 30 chefs from top local restaurants providing delectable food tastings and a variety of complimentary wine and beer options, all for a great cause. Steve DiFillippo, founder of the renowned Davio’s Restaurant Group and inductee to the Massachusetts Restaurant Hall of Fame, and Chef Allen Campbell will serve as the Special Chef Vice-Chairs of the event.On Saturday, June 3, hundreds of cyclists, including professional cyclists George Hincapie and Christian Vande Velde – will take the starting line at Santander Bank on Columbia Point in Dorchester for the picturesque 100-mile ride portion of the Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port, from Boston to Hyannis Port. The Challenge is open to participants of all ages and abilities and is designed to showcase the Best Buddies mission in action. It also features alternative 50 and 20-mile cycling routes, as well as the Carl Lewis Challenge, a 5K run or walk.The Challenge will be capped off by a New England-style clambake and private concert by the legendary Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, which all participants and special guests are invited to attend.This year’s Challenge sponsors include: Presenting Sponsors Pepsi-Cola, The Official Beverage of the Best Buddies Challenges, and Shaw’s Foundation and Star Market Foundation; Hyannis Port Club Sponsors Bob’s Discount Furniture, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Greenberg Traurig, Hublot, Seyfarth Shaw, Santander Bank, The TJX Companies, Inc; Cape Club Sponsors Chobani, CVS Health, The GEO Group Foundation, John Hancock, Klingman & Associates, Natixis Global Asset Management; Craigville Beach Club Sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, BNY Mellon, Celebrity Cruises, Cold Stone Creamery, Cooking with Kids Foundation, Crescent Capital Group, Eaton Vance Management, Makarov Foundation, Mark Edward Partners, MidState Auto, Pilot Freight Services, RAI Services Company, Joe Shay, Jr., Teddie Peanut Butter, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Volvo, Wells Fargo, BMC, and Media Sponsors Boston Business Journal, CBS Radio/98.5 The Sports Hub, WHDH/Channel 7 and 90.9 WBUR.last_img read more

first_imgActor and Massapequa native Alec Baldwin has sent a letter urging officials in Oyster Bay to block an attempt by SeaQuest to open a new location at the Westfield Sunrise mall, citing the long history of animal-neglect allegations — as well as enforcement actions taken by a state finance department, a state wildlife agency, a state agriculture department, and local code enforcement — associated with SeaQuest’s owner, Vince Covino, or his other aquariums.“The owner of this sleazy chain, Vince Covino, has not only flouted the law nearly everywhere he goes but also left untold animal suffering in his wake,” writes Baldwin. “I urge you to deny the permit application that would allow Vince Covino to bring his cruel and deadly operation to our lovely hamlet.”PETA notes that SeaQuest’s history of animal mistreatment includes an instance at the Colorado location when, in an apparent effort to circumvent permit requirements, the company reportedly gave 80 birds to a teenage employee who later gave them away for free in a Lowe’s parking lot.last_img read more

first_imgAndy Samberg and Sandra Oh (Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images) Advertisement With that in mind, here were some of the show’s funniest moments.1. Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh “Roast” Celebsvia GIPHYThe amicable actors aren’t known for being sharp-tongued, but they didn’t stop that from letting them bring some serious burns for the Globe attendees!Among them:Spike Lee: “Well if it isn’t Spike Lee, Mr. Do the Right Thing. Well, I’ll tell you who does the right thing,” said Samberg. “You, as a director. Lifetime fan, can’t wait to see what you do next. Bam!”Jeff Bridges: “Hey Jeff! I wish you were my dad!” Samberg exclaimed.Lady Gaga: “It just proves, and I’m just coming up with this now, that there can be 100 people in the room and 99 don’t believe in you, and you just need one who does, and that was Bradley Cooper,” Oh claimed, teasing Gaga for the interview story she’s told several times while promoting A Star Is Born. Samberg added, “I couldn’t agree with you more. I was just thinking, totally off the cuff, there could be 100 people and you just need one who does, and that, quite frankly, was Bradley Cooper.”Alright… they actually got Gaga pretty good. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook That’s a wrap!Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh proved the perfect pairing to host Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, showing just the right amount of charisma and charm to keep Hollywood’s booziest awards show running smoothly. And while the ceremony was in no shortage of emotional high points, the duo did provide just the right atmosphere for there to be quite a few laughs.It wasn’t all on the hosts, either. From Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph to Olivia Colman and Jeff Bridges, there was plenty of comedy to go around. And sure, the Golden Globes are supposed to be about recognizing the best and brightest in movies and television, watching teary-eyed speeches and seeing some show-stopping fashion, but it really, really helps if it’s funny, too. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgWe also have a new clip from the film that features John Wick jumping into a cab only to have the cab driver take his dog to The Continental. Yeah, even cab drivers are a part of this assassin network..Here’s the synopsis:John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is on the run for two reasons… he’s being hunted for a global $14 million dollar open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. The victim was a member of the High Table who ordered the open contract. John should have already been executed, except the Continental’s manager, Winston, has given him a one-hour grace period before he’s “Excommunicado” – membership revoked, banned from all services and cut off from other members. John uses the service industry to stay alive as he fights and kills his way out of New York City.By Joey Paur ~ Geek Tyrant Advertisement Advertisement We’ve got a couple new videos for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum for you to watch and enjoy today.The first one featuring Keanu Reeves offers a fun 60-second recap of the first two films as a little refresher before you jump in a watch the crazy looking third film.Need a refresher? John Wick has you covered. #JohnWick3— John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (@JohnWickMovie) April 18, 2019 Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgOriginally the promoter had encouraged fans to hold onto their tickets for a rescheduled show.The cancellation deals another disappointment to about 10,000 fans who were blindsided when Cher cancelled her Winnipeg show last month — nearly an hour after her opening act had finished their set.Concertgoers were told the 73-year-old singer was stricken by a “sudden short-term illness” that prevented her from performing.Cher tweeted an apology to fans the following night saying she was “literally (heartbroken),” using a brokenheart emoji.“It truly hurts me to disappoint fans who are excited about coming to see my show,” she added in the tweet.Cher pushed onwards with her tour in the days after her illness, playing four other western Canadian cities.Live Nation says tickets purchased online and by phone will be refunded automatically while other tickets can be refunded at the point of purchase.By The Canadian Press LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment WINNIPEG — Cher won’t be turning back time to play Winnipeg after all.Several weeks after a sudden illness left the pop diva’s fans hanging inside the venue, organizers say plans to reschedule her concert have been scrapped.Live Nation blames “scheduling difficulties” for making a new date for Here We Go Again at Bell MTS Place impossible. Facebook In this July 6, 2011 file photo is Cher in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Chris Pizzello, file) Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement CBC Vancouver’s Musical Nooners is a free concert series and runs Monday – Friday, from noon to 1pm, at the CBC Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton Street (between Robson and Georgia) from July 5 – August 16.For more the full line-up or information on the Musical Nooners series and CBC in British Columbia, go to or follow us on Twitter @CBCVancouver or #musicalnooners..About CBC/Radio-Canada:CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. Facebook VANCOUVER, B.C. – Happy 10 year anniversary Musical Nooners! CBC Vancouver is ready to kick-off the tenth season of its popular free, outdoor summer-long concert series, Musical Nooners, on  Friday July 5, with a special performance by The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer with Dawn Pemberton. The whole community is invited to CBC Vancouver’s outdoor stage at 700 Hamilton Street to join in on the festivities.“I am really excited to have The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer with Dawn Pemberton kick off the 10th year of Musical Nooners. They are an incredible live band with electrifying energy,” remarks Jon Siddall, co-producer for the series. “Combined with Dawn’s bold funk sound, it is  the perfect way to kick off a summer of amazing concerts on the CBC Vancouver outdoor stage.”“This is the tenth year of Musical Nooners, I am very proud of the role CBC Vancouver has played in supporting and developing local musicians all these years,” says Johnny Michel, senior managing director, CBC British Columbia and Alberta. “Our outdoor stage has become a place for new talent to get discovered and a coveted gig for seasoned performers. This year’s programming is stronger than ever and celebrates Vancouver’s music scene in all its diversity.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Cree Nation of Mistissini and Stornoway Diamond Corporation are set to work together on a new diamond mine on Mistissini traditional territory, ten hours north of Montreal.Their agreement, called the Mecheshoo Agreement, will see the Crees of Mistissini supply 50% of the workers for the Renard diamond mine. As well, a share of profits from the diamond mine will also go to the First Nation.It’s being heralded as a new way of working with First Nations, and as APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette reports, it could bring another boom to an already booming town.last_img read more

first_imgEDITOR’S NOTE: APTN National News has edited this video posted to our Facebook site on November 2. The new version removes the names of the children to protect their identity and has been posted to APTN’s Facebook and at All other aspects of the video remain intact. APTN National News will continue to follow this story. APTN National NewsWINNIPEG–The Winnipeg police is reviewing an online video that captured the raw emotion of a Cree woman after child care workers arrived at her home to seize her children.The video uploaded onto APTN National News Facebook page shows the woman, who can’t be named because child services is involved, twice being confronted by Winnipeg police officers while recording them.The video has been shared over 2,000 times on Facebook and has nearly 4,000 hits on YouTube.The woman told APTN National News that police handcuffed her and put her briefly into a police cruiser before releasing her without charges.A spokesperson for the Winnipeg police said the “matter was being reviewed.” The spokesperson said the woman can contact the police’s Law Enforcement Review Agency “if she feels police members acted improperly.”The nearly four minute long video begins in her home with an officer at the door. They say they are there for her children.“This has gone on too long with these people taking our children because of … their ignorance. It’s pretty ignorant that I have to be treated like this,” the mother says.She then gets a telephone call and says the police are there to take the children but says to the caller the children aren’t home.The police then ask for the children by name and that they are there to “apprehend” them.Police said they explained to the woman what’s going on.Two more officers appear and one seen clearly on the video approaches the woman and appears to reach for the camera and asks her to move to the side and tells her to stay calm.There appears to be a bit of a struggle as he tries to move the woman for unknown reasons.“Don’t fight,” the officer says.“I’m not fighting I’m going next door,” the woman yells. “I’m going next door. I’m not fighting.”“Enough. Enough,” the unidentified officer says.“No,” she says.“Enough,” the officer replies.“Let go of me,” she screams.“She hasn’t done anything. Let her go,” another woman says.The woman then walks over to an SUV parked next to the police cruisers and asks a child services worker in the driver seat repeatedly why police are doing this.“You know I take care of my children. I don’t drink. I don’t do drugs. What’s your problem?” the woman asks. “What is it? What is it?“You can explain it to the judge,” the child care worker replies.“You can explain to all First Nations that you are stealing children,” the woman says.Then the woman is approached by a male officer who isn’t seen. A struggle ensues.The officer tells her to put her hands on the car and the demands she put them behind her back while the woman screams she didn’t do anything.“Please don’t do this to me,” she says and the video ends.The woman, who says she is a traditional healer, told APTN National News the moment police put their hands on her she felt and understood the pain of residential school survivors who had come to her for healing.“I felt it in my heart all in one shot,” she said. “I felt it personally….I never thought this would still be happening.”last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe fight over Kapyong Barracks could soon be over.This would pave the way for a possible urban reserve at the site in Winnipeg.APTN National News reporter Matt Thordarson has more on the story.last_img