Ed Sheeran Launches Special Charity Guitar

first_imgAward-winning singer songwriter Ed Sheeran is launching a new guitar which will bear East Anglia Children’s Hospice’s name and raise funds.Ed Sheeran’s EACH GuitarDesigned by Guitar manufacturer C.F. Martin & Co. in collaboration with Ed, the LX1E Ed Sheeran Signature Edition features the word ‘each’ as well as Ed’s signature fluorescent orange “+” plus sign and “est. 1991”, to represent the name of his platinum-selling album and the year he was born.All of the royalties from the sale of the guitar will be donated to EACH.Ed is already an EACH supporter – he donated his drum kit to The Treehouse last year for children and young people to use in music therapy sessions; a young man from the hospice who is a fan met Ed backstage at his Thetford Forest gig last year; and his mum Imogen designed The EACH Bracelet which was worn by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and has raised more than £10,000 for the charity.Ed said: “It was a huge privilege to have the opportunity to collaborate with Martin Guitar. I have been a fan of Martin since I started playing guitar and song writing, and I am honoured to have a Signature Edition that bears my own personal imprint.“All of the royalties from every purchase from my Signature Edition will go to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. I can’t wait to get on stage and perform with it for my fans – I hope they enjoy my new Martin as much as I do!”Vanessa Bell, EACH Suffolk Fundraiser, said: “We’re thrilled Ed has chosen EACH to benefit from the sales of the guitar – it’s a great way to raise funds and promote the work of EACH to a really wide audience, thanks to his millions of fans.“To have a signature guitar created really must be a milestone in his career so it’s really touching to think EACH is at the forefront of Ed’s mind and shows just how grounded he is.”Graham Butland, EACH Chief Executive, said:”We’re absolutely delighted that EACH will benefit from the sales of this special guitar and we’d like to thank Ed, C.F. Martin & Co, and absolutely everyone involved in the project.“Not only will the guitar raise much-needed funds for the charity, but will also greatly raise the profile of EACH and the vital care and support we provide to life-threatened children and their families.”Amani Duncan, Vice President of Brand Marketing for Martin, said: “We are so proud to have such a prolific and credible artist as Ed Sheeran join the Martin Guitar family. One of our marketing objectives at Martin is to spread our dynamic culture, history and brand to new consumers worldwide and Ed is the perfect Ambassador to help us achieve this. We cannot wait to present our latest collaborative Artist Signature Edition to his fans and ours across the world this summer.”Following an industry unveiling at Summer NAMM on July 11 (the world’s largest trade-only event for the music products industry based in Nashville Tennessee), Ed will unveil his LX1E Ed Sheeran Signature Edition to his U.S. fan base when he performs on the TODAY SHOW Summer Concert series on Friday July 12. Fans will then be able to see Ed playing his new guitar for the rest of his 2013 tour with Taylor Swift.Find out more here.Source:EACHlast_img read more

Bid On VIP Tickets To Oprahs The Life You Want Weekend

first_imgHere’s your chance to share in Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. September 19-20, 2014 with 2 VIP tickets.A new celebrity charity auction is giving you the chance to bid on VIP tickets that will ensure you’re seated in the first forward-facing rows, so close to the action that the experience unfolds right before you. Your VIP credentials includes a VIP Gift Bag, an Event Program, and a VIP Experience which includes an opportunity to have your photo taken with Oprah. Lunch will be provided as part of your Experience, as well.Your VIP Package includes: • Floor Seating, front forward-facing rows • Photo Opportunity with Oprah • VIP Credentials • VIP Gift Bag • Event ProgramOprah Winfrey’s hand-picked life trailblazers in Washington DC include Iyanla Vanzant, Rob Bell, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Mark Nepo.“All of my life, I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space,” Oprah Winfrey says. “I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling and summon the courage to live it.”For more details about the weekend schedule, visit: www.oprah.com/tour.From teaching to conversation to one-on-one connection, to music, laughter and breathtaking moments, this will be an unforgettable life experience.Proceeds from the auction will benefit RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights. To access the auction – which runs until June 5 – visit CharityBuzz.com.last_img read more

Annie Potts Reads New Childrens Book For Charity In Anguilla

first_imgStar of stage and screen, actress Annie Potts, recently delivered a reading of her new children’s book, “Kemarley of Anguilla” at the Straw Hat Restaurant in Mead’s Bay, Anguilla.The book, written and designed by Potts, tells the story of a young boy who admires the beauty of his island through a very special lens. Sales of each copy of the book and greeting cards benefits the Blossom Centre and the special-needs children of Anguilla.The Blossom Centre was founded in 2010 by the Arijah Harrigan Foundation, established in Anguilla to offer help, hope and the promise of a bright future for their daughter and numerous other special-needs children. The book signing represents the latest display of generosity shown to the organization. Entrepreneur Manny Bello, founder of The Bello Family Foundation, recently donated $5,000 to the Centre in which, a check presentation was made amidst the star-studded excitement and fanfare of the World Travel Awards Gala Ceremony recently held in Anguilla. The heartfelt and generous donation was presented center stage by award-winning actress, Vivica Fox, currently starring in NBC’s wildly popular show Celebrity Apprentice.Annie Potts’s donated proceeds, along with The Bello Family Foundation’s contribution, have greatly assisted the Centre in its mission to deliver to special-needs children- the core values of excellence, positive growth, as well as mental and physical wellness. The owner of the Centre, Renuka Harrigan, was moved by the overwhelming encouragement and support. Today, the Blossom Centre continues to offer daily educational and therapeutic programs and services for the children.For more information about the Blossom Centre and its mission to serve Anguilla’s children with special needs, visit www.arijahcf.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Christie Brinkley To Donate Portion Of Proceeds From Beauty Set To Smile

first_imgIn celebration of Mother’s Day, Christie Brinkley, supermodel, actress and Smile Train Goodwill Ambassador, launched the Ageless Beauty Set, a limited edition anti-aging skincare kit from her Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare line.From now, through the end of 2016, Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare will donate 20 percent of proceeds from each set sold to Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity.The two-piece beauty set includes the Uplift + IR Defense Firming Neck & Décolleté Cream, a luxurious, fast-working cream that helps firm, smooth, brighten and rejuvenate the look of the delicate skin of the neck and chest, and Refocus Under Eye Treatment, a potent anti-aging serum infused with a Bio-Copper Complex that visibly reduces under-eye puffiness and dark circles.Brinkley has been working with Smile Train as a Goodwill Ambassador for nearly 10 years to raise awareness of the issues faced by children living with unrepaired clefts.last_img read more

Stars To Attend Next Gen Rebels AfterParty

first_imgTony Award winner and host of CBS-TV’s The Late Late Show James Corden, will be joined by Jason Bentley, DJ and KCRW radio host, at the first Next Gen Rebels After-Party, Wednesday, May 11th from 9:30 p.m. to midnight at the Barker Hangar (3021 Airport, Santa Monica).Presented by Sandy and David Ellison with Skydance Media, the late night event immediately follows the biennial Rebels With a Cause Gala honoring Dr. Cheryl and Haim Saban, also at Barker Hangar. This addition of an after-party is designed to introduce today’s young adults to the groundbreaking cancer prevention research being developed by David B. Agus, MD and the team at USC’s Center for Applied Molecular Medicine (CAMM).The Next Gen Rebels After-Party will be an evening that features today’s best music played by Jason Bentley, host of KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and Metropolis. Tickets for the after-party are priced at $200 and limited edition Rebels With a Cause T-shirts will be available on site with an additional donation of $10 or more. Guests must be 21 and over to enter.James Corden is a multi-faceted performer, host, actor, writer and producer with accomplishments that span television, theater, film and comedy. He currently hosts the late-night television talk show The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS. In 2012 he won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for One Man, Two Guvnors. Corden co-created, co-wrote and starred in the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey (2007-2010), for which he won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Comedy Performance. He also hosts the British television comedy game show A League of Their Own since 2010. This year he will host the 70th Annual Tony Awards.Music director of influential NPR radio station KCRW in Santa Monica, Jason Bentley hosts their acclaimed programs Morning Becomes Eclectic and Metropolis. A much sought-after DJ, his schedule includes sets at The Coachella Festival, The Electric Daisy Carnival, Lightning in a Bottle, CRSSD Fest as well as a host of art, fashion and music industry events. Bentley has also built a distinguished career as a music supervisor for film, including the Matrix trilogy and TRON Legacy with Daft Punk. He has worked at Madonna’s Maverick Records as well as Island Records with founder Chris Blackwell and is closely associated with the Recording Academy (NARAS), the organization behind The Grammy Awards.David B. Agus MD is Director of the Westside Cancer Center and the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine (CAMM) at the Keck School of Medicine at USC.For more info about the event, click here.last_img read more

Rihanna And Global Citizen Call On The G20 To Prioritise Education

first_imgIn July, the G20 will meet in Hamburg, and Rihanna and Global Citizen need your help in the coming month to make sure education is at the top of that list.Last year, Rihanna asked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to step up in support of education. She then tweeted with former French President Francois Hollande, a public discussion where he ultimately declared ‘education is my number one priority’.And now she’s at it again, but this time she has not one or two, but 20 of the world’s most powerful leaders in her sights.As GPE’s Global Ambassador, Rihanna is standing with the Global Partnership for Education and its Chair, Julia Gillard, to call for an historic step-change in financing for education, and on the G20 and other donors to step up and #FundEducation at GPE’s next replenishment so it can raise $3.1B between 2018 and 2020.That’s $3.1B that can build new classrooms, fund books, teachers, water sources, fees, uniforms and, most importantly, a higher quality of education for over 870 million kids.To join Rihanna and Global Citizen’s call for education, click here.Earlier this year Global Citizen had the opportunity to partner with Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation and the Global Partnership for Education to travel to Malawi for a learning trip. It was an opportunity to spend time with key educators, government officials, mentors, and students who are working collaboratively to build a better future for the next generation of Malawians.Video: Inside Rihanna’s Trip to Malawi for Educationlast_img read more

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BRENDAN FRASER

first_img Twitter Facebook Brendan Fraser wants me to meet his horse. “I got this horse because it’s a big horse,” he says, standing in a barn in Bedford, New York. He removes a green bandanna from his pocket and gently wipes the animal’s eyes. The horse’s name is Pecas—the Spanish word for freckles. Fraser met him on the set of a 2015 History Channel series, Texas Rising. Fraser played a mid-19th-century Texas Ranger. They were filming down in Mexico, he says, when he and the horse had a shared moment of recognition. “Without doing too much—what’s the word? Anthropomorphic…anthropomorphizing… Without pretending that the animal is a human, he looked like he needed help. Like: Get me out of here, man.” So Fraser brought him back here. Fraser lives nearby and owns property that overlooks this farm, about an hour north of Manhattan. And though he’s been traveling for most of this past year, going back and forth between Toronto, where he was shooting a series based on Three Days of the Condor called Condor, and Europe, where he was shooting Trust, an FX series about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III produced by Danny Boyle, he makes sure to stop in and visit Pecas every few weeks or so. Why he does this is a question with a few different, surprising answers. But that is the way it is, I’m learning, with Brendan Fraser. He can’t help but digress—“Instead of telling you what time it is, I might give you the history of horology,” he says, in the middle of saying something else. He’s compulsively honest. His mind is like a maze. You wander in and then emerge, hours or days later, disoriented but appreciative that something so unpredictable can still exist in this world. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement His eyes are pale and a bit watery these days—less wide than they used to be when he was new to the screen, playing guys who were often new to the world. Blue-gray stubble around the once mighty chin, gray long-sleeve shirt draped indifferently over the once mighty body. I’m 35: There was a time when the sight of Fraser was as familiar to me as the furniture in my parents’ house. He was in Encino Man and School Ties in 1992, Airheads in 1994, George of the Jungle in 1997, The Mummy in 1999. If you watched movies at the end of the previous century, you watched Brendan Fraser. And though his run as a leading man in studio films lasted to the end of this past decade, he’s been missing, or at least somewhere off in the margins, for some time now. He was there on the poster, year after year, and then he wasn’t, and it took him turning up in a supporting part in the third season of a premium-cable show, The Affair, for many of us to even realize that he’d been gone. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

Vancouver actress Kristin Kreuk denies she helped sex cult guru Keith Raniere

first_imgAdvertisement Vancouver actress Kristin Kreuk (PHOTO BY FRANK OCKENFELS / THE CW) Vancouver actress Kristin Kreuk denies she helped sex cult guru Keith Raniere recruit womenVancouver actress Kristin Kreuk denies she was part of the “inner circle” of the self-help group Nxivm, several days after leader Keith Raniere was arrested on sex-trafficking charges at a compound in Mexico.In a Twitter post on Thursday, the Smallville star said she left Nxivm five years ago and has had little contact with those still involved.“The accusations that I was in the ‘inner circle’ or recruited women as ‘sex slaves’ are blatantly false,” she said. READ MORE Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Vancouver star Kristin Kreuk denies recruitment for alleged U.S. sex cultVancouver actor Kristin Kreuk has spoken out to deny accusations she was involved in recruitment of women for an alleged sex cult, after the founder of NXIVM, a self-help organization whose classes she attended, was arrested.NXIVM, founded by Keith Raniere, describes itself as “a company whose mission is to raise human awareness, foster an ethical humanitarian civilization, and celebrate what it means to be human.”Raniere was arrested in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on March 25 on sex-trafficking charges and was returned to Texas to appear in a U.S. federal court on March 26. He is being held without bail and may face up to life in prison if convicted. READ MOREKristin Kreuk breaks silence on involvement in ‘Smallville’ co-star’s alleged sex trafficking cultFormer Smallville star Allison Mack has been in the headlines due to her involvement with NXIVM, a self-help group that is alleged to be a sex-trafficking cult, after NXIVM (pronounced “Nexium”) leader Keith Raniere was arrested and charged with keeping women as sex slaves and branding them as his property.Mack, who played teen reporter Chloe Sullivan on the young Superman series, has been accused of recruiting young women into the cult in order to turn them into sex slaves; Mack is believed to have assumed control of the group after Raniere’s arrest, and is expected to be arrested next. READ MOREKristin Kreuk: Why She Got The ‘Courage’ To Speak Out Against Sex Cult After Years Of Being ‘Afraid’Kristin Kreuk was ‘afraid’ to speak out before, but not anymore! A former NXIVM member who knows Kristen tells HL about her brave decision to make a stand against the sex cult.Kristin Kreuk, 35, once had fear to speak out about her experience with the NXIVM, but following the arrest of Keith Rainere, she’s felt the time is finally right. A former member of the now-infamous group who knows Kristen EXCLUSIVELY told us about her recent statement she made about the sex cult. “Kristen was afraid to speak out before, plain and simple,” our source said. “But the arrest of Keith Raniere galvanized her. It proved that he was finally going to face consequences and that gave her the courage to speak out.” Meanwhile, Raniere and fellow actress Allison Mack allegedly branded the women in the sex cult with their initials. The New York Times reported that former members of the sex cult claim 57-year-old Raniere would allegedly brainwash women, have sex with them and put them on 500-800 calorie near-starvation diets because he wanted to make the women in NXIVM extremely skinny. READ MOREA report claims that “Smallville” actresses Kristin Kreuk and Allison Mack were involved in a sex cult, and here’s what we knowAs more disturbing details have come out about Nxivm, a secretive self-help organization some have described as a cult, those familiar with the group are speaking out. That includes Smallville actress Kristin Kreuk.Kristin Kreuk, who played Lana on the 2000s CW series, posted a statement on Twitter on Thursday, March 29th, saying she is “horrified and disgusted” by what’s been reported in the wake of Nxivm leader Keith Raniere’s arrest — and she denied that she’d ever recruited sex slaves during her time as a group member, as the New York Post claimed. There have been no comments from Kristin Kreuk’s Smallville co-star who’s also been tied to Nxivm, Allison Mack — and some have even alleged Mack may have served as Raniere’s No. 2. READ MORE‘Smallville’ star Kristin Kreuk denies recruiting ‘sex slaves’ into alleged cultSmallville actress Kristin Kreuk has denied allegations that she used to recruit girls as “sex slaves” for a controversial group.The Canadian actress, who currently stars in the CBC series The Burden of Truth, has been named as a former member of NXIVM, a group many publications have branded as a sex cult, with stories swirling over her role after the group’s co-founder Keith Raniere was arrested in Mexico recently.Raniere is accused of using women to recruit sex slaves for him as part of a secret society called DOS (Dominus Obsequious Sororium) or The Vow, according to the federal complaint against him obtained by editors at The U.K. Sun. READ MORE Twitterlast_img read more

CTV Reveals the MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 5 Top 12 Home Cooks

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In the next all-new episode of MASTERCHEF CANADA, “How Do You Take Your Mystery Box?” (Tuesday, April 10 at 9 p.m. ET / 8 MT on CTV and CTV GO), the Top 12 home cooks face their first Mystery Box of the season and must create a dish that features coffee as the key ingredient. The winner of the Mystery Box Challenge is not only safe from elimination but is given a powerful opportunity to influence the direction of the competition and the outcome of the budget-driven Elimination Challenge.This season, MASTERCHEF CANADA turns up the heat on competing home cooks like never before:a delicious, Dog River-infused dose of CORNER GAS ANIMATED is added to the MasterChef menu (May 22) featuring the star-studded cast of the all-new Comedy series inspired by Canadian cult classic CORNER GAS (airing Mondays beginning April 2 on Comedy – check local listings).art and food are elevated to new heights with a home cook challenge at the McMichael Gallery (May 15), where Group of Seven-inspired dishes are prepared for esteemed Order of Canada recipients including Mark Kielburger, co-founder of international youth charity Free The Children; and renowned Canadian television icon, CTV News Special Correspondent Lloyd Robertson.also this season, the home cooks top off their white aprons with hard hats at a special Habitat for Humanity challenge (April 17), to name just a few of this season’s exciting episodes.Fans are invited to visit CTV.ca/MasterChefCanada throughout the season for exclusive content, including background on this season’s finalists and the MASTERCHEF CANADA judges, as well as interviews, recipes, and more. CTV.ca also offers viewers behind-the-scenes glimpses of this season’s challenges, culinary creations, triumphs, and upsets.MASTERCHEF CANADA’s digital exclusive, MASTERCHEF CANADA: REDEMPTION, presented by Miele and hosted at the Miele Experience Centre, returns to CTV.ca, in which eliminated home cooks are invited back for a chance to earn their white apron once again and return to the MasterChef Canada Kitchen. As competitors are whittled down, the digital companion series is a must-watch for viewers to catch the tangential developments that may propel their favourite eliminated home cook back into the MasterChef Canada Kitchen.Throughout Season 5, viewers across the country can satisfy their MASTERCHEF CANADA cravings by tuning to the series’ previous seasons, now streaming on CraveTV™. Following the finale of Season 5 on CTV, the current season of MASTERCHEF CANADA will be available in its entirety on CraveTV, and is also slated to air on Gusto this summer (check local listings).Season 5 of MASTERCHEF CANADA has also partnered with Chefs Plate and SPLENDA® Sweeteners.The MASTERCHEF format and finished programmes are represented internationally by Endemol Shine Group, and is based on a format originally created by Franc Roddam.MASTERCHEF CANADA is produced by Proper Television in association with CTV. Proper’s Co-President Cathie James is the Executive Producer and Showrunner and Co-President Lesia Capone is Executive Producer. For Bell Media, Tina Apostolopoulos is Production Executive; Robin Johnston is Director, Original Programming, Factual and Reality; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming; Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.Social Media links TORONTO – Season 5 of MASTERCHEF CANADA is coming in hot as the Top 12 was revealed tonight during the series premiere on CTV. In a series first, MASTERCHEF CANADA returned with esteemed judges Michael Bonacini, Claudio Aprile, and Alvin Leung paying a surprise personal visit to 21 of the best home cooks across the country. In tonight’s episode, the Top 21 home cooks came to Toronto to cook for judges with the best 12 earning white aprons, along with the chance to compete for $100,000 and the life-changing title of MASTERCHEF CANADA.This season’s Top 12, which includes an account executive, facilities coordinator, mathematician, small business owner, software sales, and a stay-at-home mom, will compete in a series of Mystery Box Challenges, Team Challenges, Pressure Tests, and Elimination Challenges. Each week, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET / 8 MT on CTV and CTV GO, at least one home cook will be eliminated until only two are left to battle it out to in the MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 5 finale.The Season 5 Top 12 home cooks are:Reem Ahmed, Biomedical Engineer from Toronto, Ont.Eugene Cheng, Financial Advisor and Rowing Coach from Vancouver, B.C.Kaegan Donnelly, Software Sales from Vancouver, B.C.Michael Griffiths, Mathematician from Richmond Hill, Ont.Andy Hay, Small Business Owner from Dartmouth, N.S.Jen Jenkins, Stay-at-Home Mom from Dawson Creek, B.C.Marissa Leon-John, Tech Support Manager from Dollard–des–Ormeaux, Qué.Jonathan Rahim, Real Estate Agent from Winnipeg, Man.Nadia Rehman, Account Executive from Markham, Ont.Melissa Skowron, Facilities Coordinator from Calgary, Alta.Beccy Stables, Tile Setter Assistant from Sherwood Park, Alta.Michael Varga, Firefighter from Vancouver, B.C. Advertisement Twitter #MasterChefCanada @CTV_Television @MasterChefCDA Michael Bonacini Alvin Leung Claudio Aprile CTV on Facebook @CTV_television @MasterChefCDA Reem Ahmed – @reemahmed_91 Eugene Cheng – @eugeneacheng Kaegan Donnelly – @kaegan Michael Griffiths – @michaelsfoodexperience Andy Hay – @andyseastcoastkitchen_ Jen Jenkins – @jenjenkins0517 Marissa Leon-John – @mdominique Jonathan Rahim – @jonnyrahim Nadia Rehman – @nadzland Melissa Skowron -@Melbot1000 Beccy Stables – @beccystables Michael Varga – @thecup14About Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, new original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and THE DETAIL, and the international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; Comedy’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as the upcoming CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About CTV   CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement The MASTERCHEF CANADA Season 5 Top 12.last_img read more

DARLENE MORRISON IS SEEKING ASPIRING TALENT – NEW eBOSS COLLABORATION

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement eBOSS Canada is proud to announce a collaboration with Darlene Morrison.As most of you know, eBOSS has been shining a spotlight on established Canadian personnel (Talent, Casting Directors, Agents, Producers, Directors, etc.)Click here to view the eBOSS Talent Spotlight PageDarlene has been writing articles about aspiring talent in the Canadian industry.Examples:– Q & A with Actor Michael Alexander Robinson– Chatting with Actor Joseph Simon– Getting To Know Spencer Barbosa eBOSS Canada will be sharing some of Darlene’s articles on our website.Welcome aboard Darlene! Oh … and Happy Birthday!(Yes … today’s her birthday) 🙂If you are an aspiring talent and would like to be featured …Contact Darlene via email at morrisonmediasocial@gmail.comOpen to all (e.g. Actors, Models, Singers, Dancers, Producers, Directors, etc.).ABOUT DARLENEDarlene Morrison is a Fundraising Professional/Mom of 4/ Mom-ager to an aspiring 13 yr old actress daughter, Social Media Manager and CEO of Morrison Media Social. She has learned a lot about the entertainment industry, especially during the time her daughter has been pursuing acting. Darlene would like to give all aspiring talent an opportunity to be recognized.DARLENE’S LINKS:Website:  http://www.darlenemorrison.com/Facebook Business: https://www.facebook.com/morrisonmediasocialFacebook Personal: https://www.facebook.com/darlenewoodsmorrisonTwitter: https://twitter.com/darlenemorrisonInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/darlenemorrisonABOUT eBOSS CANADAeBOSS is an acronym for Entertainment Business One-Stop Shop. eBOSS Canada is a digital resource for the Canadian Entertainment Industry. You post it – we share it. Post your news, events, announcements, videos, etc. on eBOSS.eBOSS LINKS:Website: https://www.ebosscanada.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eboss.canada/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ebosscanadaInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/ebosscanada/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ebosscanada LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Aboriginal Affairs fails to disclose spying investigation documents during human rights case

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAboriginal Affairs has refused to release any documents related to its investigation into allegations officials with the federal department spied on a First Nations children’s advocate despite the issue playing a major role in an ongoing human rights tribunal hearings, says one of the lawyers involved in the case.The First Nations Child and Family Caring Society is currently battling with Department of Justice lawyers before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal over the sudden appearance of 50,000 documents that were never disclosed as part of the discovery process.The society, along with the Assembly of First Nations launched a human rights complaint in 2007 against Ottawa over alleged underfunding of on-reserve child welfare agencies. The complaint was successfully amended to include allegations of “retaliation” by the department against Cindy Blackstock, the Caring Society’s executive director, for launching the case.In May 2011, former Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan tasked the department’s deputy minister Michael Wernick to investigate Blackstock’s allegation that officials were spying on her by monitoring her speaking events and social media presence and perusing her Indian status file held by the department.Yet, despite the department disclosing about 25,000 documents to Blackstock as part of the tribunal discovery process, not a shred of information has been released by Aboriginal Affairs about the investigation.“They have chosen to ignore our request…we haven’t seen anything on it, we don’t know what they concluded or what they found,” said Paul Champ, who is representing Blackstock at the hearing.The results of Wernick’s investigation into Blackstock’s spying allegations have been submitted to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner. The Privacy Commissioner’s report on the issue has not been finalized yet, said a spokesperson.The department already stands accused of purposely hiding information during the discovery process that would be “prejudicial” to its defence. Aboriginal Affairs remained mum throughout the discovery process on about 50,000 documents related to so-called enhancements of funding formulas to First Nation child and welfare agencies.Aboriginal Affairs, through its Department of Justice lawyer, has been arguing to postpone the hearing for months until it can sort through the previously undisclosed documents.The existence of the documents was only discovered by Blackstock in April after she received a response to an Access to Information request that included documents she hadn’t seen before.Champ said the held-back documents showed problems with the department’s enhanced funding formula, which he said has been the basis of Aboriginal Affairs’ defence. Champ said the department seems to be claiming that any problems that existed have since been fixed by the new formula.“That is the nature of the defence they have been making based on the questions they are putting to our witnesses,” he said.Champ said he believes some of the documents among the 50,000 files prove Blackstock’s case. He said the documents include audits of specific agencies that show some can barely do their work and that the workload for their social workers is one-third greater than provincial social workers.“These reports flagrantly set out our case that these agencies are grossly underfunded and cannot provide the same level of service as the provinces,” said Champ.The hearing was adjourned until Friday.Aboriginal Affairs could not immediately be reached for comment.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

DHX Media to ease up on content spending focus on costs and

first_imgTORONTO – DHX Media Ltd. is beginning to see returns from its investments over the past three years to build its library and now expects spending to be more moderate, chief executive Dana Landry said Tuesday.He said acquiring the Peanuts franchise — in a US$345-million debt-financed deal that closed at the end of June — has created a more diversified, stable business for DHX.“Over 40 per cent of our revenues now come from licencing consumer products, compared with 18 per cent during the same period last year,” Landry said.The Halifax-based company (TSX:DHX.B) has a three-pronged strategy: create or acquire child- and family-oriented content, generate revenue globally from its content and license merchandise based on its characters.“The plan is to leverage our expertise to grow our existing brands through new original content,” Landry said. “This will allow us to add new categories and new territories in our consumer products portfolio.”But he also said the company is putting a high priority on improving its free cash flow and is on track to reduce operating costs and leverage while improving revenue.The company said it will realize its target of $11 million in total annualized acquisition-related synergies and cost reductions by the end of its 2019 financial year.The comments came as DHX reported it earned $8.1 million or six cents per share, compared with a profit of $1.4 million or a penny per share a year ago.Revenue for the three months ended Sept. 30 — for the first quarter of its 2018 financial year — grew to $98.6 million, compared with $53.8 million in the same quarter last year, in part because of its acquisition of the Peanuts and Strawberry Shortcake characters earlier this year.Landry’s positive tone during the call with financial analysts was a marked contrast to his remarks while discussing DHX Media’s fourth quarter earlier this year, when he said the company had taken “corrective actions” to address “disappointing financial results.”On Oct. 2, less than a week after Landry made that comment, DHX Media launched a strategic review of its alternatives — including the possible sale of all or part of the company.Landry said Tuesday that discussions with business partners and cost-cutting measures are proceeding as usual while a special committee of DHX directors undertakes the review.Executive chairman Michael Donovan said the strategic review was launched in the context of DHX’s acquisition of the Peanuts franchise, but he declined to make specific comments about how long it will take.He said that DHX sees Peanuts as a “core” holding but “we’re committed to exploring all options to enhance shareholder value. We’ll update shareholders when the process is complete.”last_img read more

Canadian Solar CEO seeks to take it private in cash deal board

first_imgGUELPH, Ont. – Shares in Canadian Solar Inc. rose Monday after the company revealed it has received a non-binding takeover offer from its chairman, Shawn (Xiaohua) Qu, who is also CEO and president.Qu is tentatively offering US$18.47 in cash for each share not already owned by him and his wife Hanbing Zhang, who together have about 23.5 per cent of Canadian Solar’s stock.The indicated offer was 7.1 per cent above the closing price of US$17.25 on Nasdaq on Friday. The stock was up $1.10 or six per cent at US$18.35 shortly after the market opened Monday.Qu said in a Dec. 9 letter distributed on Monday that he wants to take Canadian Solar private using a combination of debt, the equity owned by him and his wife and potentially third-party equity sponsors.“I believe that the transaction will provide superior value to the company’s shareholders as compared to remaining a publicly traded company,” said Qu, who added that he’s not interested in selling his stake.Canadian Solar said its board has formed a committee of independent and disinterested directors to consider the proposal.Its shares have been mostly below US$20 since March 2016, well off their most recent highs in early 2014.Founded in 2001 and publicly traded on Nasdaq since 2006, Canadian Solar is one of the world’s largest solar power equipment manufacturers and solar utility developers.last_img read more

Microsoft uncovers more Russian hacking ahead of midterms

first_imgMicrosoft has uncovered new Russian hacking efforts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections.The company said Tuesday that a group tied to the Russian government created fake websites that appeared to spoof two American conservative organizations: the Hudson Institute and the International Republican Institute. Three other fake sites were designed to look as if they belonged to the U.S. Senate.Microsoft didn’t offer any further description of the fake sites, although it has previously outlined in court filings how this hacking group operated a network of fake sites designed to trick victims into installing malicious software.The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Microsoft’s report reflects a “witch hunt” in the U.S. The ministry said Tuesday that Microsoft’s statement lacked any proof of Russian involvement because “there can’t be any.”The revelation of new hacking efforts arrives just weeks after a similar Microsoft discovery led Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who is running for re-election, to reveal that Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to infiltrate her Senate computer network.The hacking mirrors similar Russian attacks ahead of the 2016 election, which U.S. intelligence officials have said were focused on helping to elect Republican Donald Trump to the presidency by hurting his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.This time, more than helping one political party over another, “this activity is most fundamentally focused on disrupting democracy,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, said in an interview this week. The FBI said Tuesday it’s aware of Microsoft’s actions to disrupt the sites but the agency wouldn’t provide details about whether it’s working with the company to combat the hacking group.Microsoft’s court filing last week said the hackers “registered or used” the fake domains at some point after April 20.Smith said there is no sign the hackers were successful in persuading anyone to click on the fake websites, which could have exposed a target victim to computer infiltration, hidden surveillance and data theft. Both conservative think tanks said they have tried to be vigilant about “spear-phishing” email attacks because their global pro-democracy work has frequently drawn the ire of authoritarian governments.“We’re glad that our work is attracting the attention of bad actors,” said Hudson Institute spokesman David Tell. “It means we’re having an effect, presumably.”The Hudson Institute, which promotes American global leadership on multiple fronts, doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with President Donald Trump, particularly with respect to Russia. In April, the institute published a report entitled “Countering Russian Kleptocracy” that laid out a blueprint for punishing Russian corruption and discouraging it through sanctions, including on Russia’s sovereign debt.The International Republican Institute, the GOP counterpart to the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, trains foreign political operatives and parties on how to run elections and govern. Its members help political parties organize campaigns and observe election processes with the aim of fixing flaws and improving public confidence in elections.It is led by a board that includes six Republican senators, and one prominent Russia critic and Senate hopeful, Mitt Romney, who is running for a Utah seat this fall.The group’s president, Daniel Twining, said in a statement that the apparent hacking is “consistent with the campaign of meddling that the Kremlin has waged against organizations that support democracy and human rights.”“It is clearly designed to sow confusion, conflict and fear among those who criticize (Vladimir) Putin’s authoritarian regime,” Twining wrote.But Thomas Rid, a cybersecurity expert at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, said he thought the Microsoft finding as presented were nothing particularly extraordinary.“This looks like run-of-the-mill espionage to me, something that happens all the time,” he said. Think tanks in rival nations are generally fair game for cyberspies, including for U.S. and other Western intelligence agencies, he said.Microsoft calls the hacking group Strontium; others call it Fancy Bear or APT28. An indictment from U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller has tied it to Russian’s main intelligence agency, known as the GRU, and to the 2016 email hacking of both the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign.“We have no doubt in our minds” who is responsible, Smith said.Microsoft has waged a legal battle with Strontium since suing it in a Virginia federal court in summer 2016. The company obtained court approval last year allowing it to seize certain fake domains created by the group. It has so far used the courts to shut down 84 fake websites created by the group, including the most recent six announced Tuesday.Microsoft has argued in court that by setting up fake but realistic-looking domains, the hackers were misusing Microsoft trademarks and services to hack into targeted computer networks, install malware and steal sensitive emails and other data.Smith also announced Tuesday that the company is offering free cybersecurity protection to all U.S. political candidates, campaigns and other political organizations, at least so long as they’re already using Microsoft’s Office 365 productivity software. Facebook and Google have also promoted similar tools to combat campaign interference.___AP political reporter Matthew Lee in Washington and AP technology reporter Frank Bajak in Boston contributed to this article.last_img read more

Toronto and US stock markets in the red at latemorning loonie edges

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged lower amid losses in the key materials sector and the health-care sector, which includes many of the country’s big marijuana companies.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 15.32 points at 15,116.46.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 51.80 points at 25,234.69. The S&P 500 index was down 3.13 points at 2,719.05, while the Nasdaq composite was down 19.01 points at 7,181.87.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.57 cents US compared with an average of 75.52 on Tuesday.The December crude contract was up US$1.30 at US$56.99 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was up 44.5 cents at US$4.55 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up 20 cents at US$1,201.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 2.15 cents at US$2.71 a pound.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

US stock indexes inch higher after days of huge losses

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. stocks are modestly higher Friday morning and indexes overseas are slightly lower as a steep plunge in global stock markets comes to at least a temporary halt.Investors bought utilities, household goods makers and other stocks they see as relatively safe, and Nike surged after a strong quarterly report.Markets have suffered wide losses over the last week. The major U.S. indexes have fallen 10 per cent this month, and without a substantial gain over the final days of trading, they are headed for their single worst month since February 2009. That’s before the current bull market began.Investors around the world have grown increasingly pessimistic about the global economy over the next few years. It’s widely expected to slow down, but traders are concerned the cooling might be worse than they previously believed and that the U.S. could eventually tip into a recession.The Federal Reserve is projecting that the U.S. economy will grow 3 per cent this year, the fastest since 2005, and about 2.3 per cent next year, and forecasts two years of further increases after that. But as interest rates rise and regions the U.S. does a lot of business with, like Europe and China, also slow down, those estimates might be harder to reach.Trade tensions between the U.S. and China, the largest and next-largest economies in the world, are not the only reason for the expected slowdown in economic growth and corporate profits, but they are adding even more uncertainty to a picture that already looks cloudy.The S&P 500 index picked up 32 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 2,500 at 10:19 a.m. Eastern time. The index, which is widely used by funds that track the U.S. market, has fallen about 16 per cent from its high in September.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 360 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 23,214. The Nasdaq added 50 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 6,581. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks edged up 8 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 1,333.Athletic gear maker Nike jumped 8 per cent to $72.91 after a better-than-expected third-quarter report. That helped shoe retailer Foot Locker, which gained 4.8 per cent to $50.20.Household goods companies climbed. Pepsi rose 2.7 per cent to $113.15 and Procter & Gamble added 1.5 per cent to $92.36. Also rising were utilities and health care companies. Utility company Dominion Energy jumped 2 per cent to $76.34 and drugmaker AbbVie rose 2.2 per cent to 87.27.As of Friday morning, utilities and health care companies were the only two sectors in the S&P 500 that are higher than they were on Jan. 1. The S&P 500 itself is down about 7 per cent in 2018. After accounting for dividends, it’s on track for its first annual loss since 2008, the year the global financial crisis roiled markets.Defence contractors fell after President Donald Trump said he’s withdrawing U.S. soldiers from Syria in an unexpected move. Media reports say the administration might also pull large numbers of soldiers out of Afghanistan. Northrop Grumman fell 2.7 per cent to $236.97 and Lockheed Martin fell 2.7 per cent to $258.13.The market’s big losses this month are an outlier because December is generally the strongest time of the year for U.S. stocks. Traders often talk about a “Santa rally” that adds to the year’s gains as positions are closed out and people adjust their portfolios in anticipation of the year to come. Barring huge gains, this will be the worst December for the U.S. market since the 1930s.Germany’s DAX slipped 0.2 per cent while France’s CAC 40 fell 0.5 per cent. The FTSE 100 in Britain dipped 0.7 per cent. All three have suffered steep losses this year. The DAX is down 22 per cent from its record high in January, while the CAC 40 has fallen 17 per cent from its peak in May and the FTSE 100 has lost about 15 per cent over that time.Chinese markets have been in the front line of worries this year amid trade tensions with the U.S. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong rose 0.5 per cent Friday, but is down 22 per cent since late January. The Japanese Nikkei declined 1.1 per cent and it’s down almost 17 per cent since early October. South Korea’s Kospi inched up 0.1 per cent.Stocks are not the only financial assets recording momentous changes this month. Oil prices have declined 40 per cent from recent highs amid concerns over a glut in the market. Worries over the outlook for oil demand, given the expected slowdown in the global economy, have made things worse.Benchmark U.S. crude dipped 0.2 per cent to $45.77 a barrel in New York. The international standard, Brent crude, declined 2 per cent, to $53.25 a barrel in London.Bond prices edged higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.78 per cent from 2.79 per cent.The U.S. dollar also ticked higher after two days of sharp losses brought on by fears about the economy and slower increases in interest rates. The dollar fell to 111.02 yen from 111.11 yen. The euro fell back to $1.1406 from $1.1469 and the British pound slipped to $1.2646 from $1.2671.____Pan Pylas contributed to this story from London.Marley Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Canadian stock exchanges to conduct lottery for POT ticker amid high demand

first_imgTORONTO — High demand for the “POT” stock symbol has prompted several Canadian stock exchanges to conduct a collective lottery to select which company will be able to use the eye-catching ticker.After “significant interest,” the Canadian Securities Exchange says it along with the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange and Aequitas NEO Exchange will assign the symbol on Jan. 30 by random lottery.The symbol became available after fertilizer Potash Corp. officially merged with Agrium Inc. in early 2018 to become Nutrien Ltd., which now trades under NTR.The TMX Group, which operates the TSX and TSX Venture, and the CSE say the POT ticker will become available for reservation and usage as of Feb. 1, 2019.The POT ticker would likely be an attractive symbol for a publicly-listed cannabis company, but the exchanges did not say in their press releases which firms expressed interest.The exchanges say eligible participants who want to enter the POT lottery must notify the exchange where they are currently listed, or want to be listed, by 5 p.m. on Jan. 29.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

RCMP clear over 100 abandoned builds near Gillam as search continues

first_imgNot only are our officers combing through kilometers of dense northern forest, they’re also challenged with searching & clearing large abandoned buildings like this one (with approx. 600 rooms) at the Keewatinohk Converter Station Camp, near Gillam. #rcmpmb @manitobahydro pic.twitter.com/IMkqMlKxx8— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 27, 2019On top of the crews searching both in Gillam and Fox Lake Cree First Nation, officials are still searching the dense forest in the communities.  With the request for military aircraft approved on Friday, Royal Canadian Air Force CC-130H Hercules & personnel arrived in Gillam Saturday to help with the aerial search.Just now: CF130 Hercules arrives in Gillam to assist in search for suspected killers. @globalnewsto @globalnews pic.twitter.com/UMvBJoNZd1— Seán O’Shea (@ConsumerSOS) July 27, 2019The Mayor of Gillam Dwayne Forman says the search has added a lot of stress to the community.  The Mayor says community hopes the search concludes as quickly as possible.Kristen Van Alstyne and family: “…this was the safest place on earth.” Gillam isn’t seen that way anymore by some we interviewed. @globalnewsto @globalnews @GlobalNational pic.twitter.com/l5hI0VGagI— Seán O’Shea (@ConsumerSOS) July 27, 2019Other Sightings Before GillamRCMP in Cold Lake confirmed another sighting of the suspects on July 21.  At 9:30 a.m., a north end resident of Cold Lake observed a vehicle stuck on a trail behind their residence. Two younger males were observed outside of a Toyota Rav-4. The resident assisted the pair in getting unstuck, and they continued on their way after a short, “unremarkable interaction.” The RCMP is reminding the public to stay vigilant and call 911 if they have any information by Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.The search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky near Gillam started on Monday after their vehicle was found on fire.  Since then the RCMP have increased their presence in the community with SWAT vehicles and check stops.SEARCH TIMELINEOn Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the RCMP named McLeod and Schmegelsky as suspects in the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese.  Their bodies were found 20km south of Liard River Hot Springs along the Alaska Highway on July 15, 2019.Then on July 19, the RCMP say they found a truck that had been driven by McLeod and Schmegelsky south of Dease Lake.  The vehicle had been burnt, and the body of Leonard Dyck was found at a nearby highway pullout.Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were charged on Wednesday with one count of 2nd-degree murder for the death of Leonard Dyck.As a result of the charges, Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. RCMP investigators across the country continue to share information with other law enforcement agencies as the suspects remain at large.Until Tuesday, McLeod and Schmegelsky were considered missing.  During the Tuesday press conference, the RCMP announced the two are now suspects in the three deaths in Northern B.C.The pair were seen in northern Saskatchewan on Sunday, July 21 and then in Gillam Manitoba on July 22. GILLAM, M.B. – Manitoba RCMP have cleared more than 100 abandoned buildings in the Gillam area.The RCMP released new information Saturday that they had searched and cleared 100 abandoned buildings include a 600 room work camp.  The Keewatinohk Converter Station Camp opened in 2015 and is located 90km northeast of Gillam.The RCMP said in a press release Saturday there have been no new sightings of the suspects.  “And no new information that would indicate that the suspects have fled the area. However, our investigators remain open to the possibility and continue to ask anyone who may have inadvertently provided assistance to the suspects to come forward and contact police.”center_img Later that evening, the resident was on social media, where he identified the pair as Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam Mcleod.A new piece of surveillance video was also released on Friday.  This video was taken in Meadow Lake S.K. on July 21.HAVE THEY CHANGED THEIR APPEARANCE?On Friday Manitoba RCMP said the pair might have changed their appearance and someone could have inadvertently helped the suspects.last_img read more