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Nelly Furtado To Be Honored At Unstoppable Foundation Gala

first_imgThe Unstoppable Foundation will honour Nelly Furtado, Paula Abdul and The Tenors at its 8th annual Unstoppable Foundation Gala Honors event in March.The 8th Annual Unstoppable Gala brings together more than 700 mega-influencers including best-selling authors, renowned speakers, global thought leaders, all-star athletes, award winning celebrities, and some of the best minds in business.The evening features a cocktail reception, seated dinner, and live auction, as well as an award’s ceremony honoring individuals and corporations who work tirelessly to help all children receive an education.Celebrities confirmed so far include Paula Abdul, Holly Robinson-Peete, The Tenors (Victor Micallef; Fraser Walters; Clifton Murray) and Best-Selling author and life coach, Mary Morrissey.Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, producer, and tireless champion for girls’ education, Nelly Furtado, will be receiving the 2017 Unstoppable Achievement Award.“With the help of our implementing partners, the Unstoppable Foundation is currently educating and providing daily nutritious meals to more than 10,000 students. In addition, over 50,500 community members are receiving access to clean water, healthcare and income and empowerment training, which shows the program continues to be self-sustaining. The Gala allows us to share all of the incredible work we do throughout the year, enables our supporters to meet some of the children we serve, and provide an opportunity to expand our impact in even more communities,” said Cynthia Kersey, best-selling author and founder of the Unstoppable Foundation.When: Saturday, March 25, 2017WHERE: Beverly Hilton 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210More info can be found here.last_img read more

Stars Attend Womens Choice Awards Show

first_imgOn Wednesday, May 17, 2017, six hundred girls and women gathered at the legendary Avalon Hollywood for a star-studded and inspiring celebration of fierce women.The Women’s Choice Award Show was a timely and important event to honor the incredible accomplishments women have made on humanity and to inspire the future generation of women to remember that they can be anything they want to be.Grammy nominated recording artist and Broadway star Deborah Cox served as the Women’s Choice Award Show Special Correspondent. Deborah interviewed the honorees, nominees and celebrity guests on the purple carpet as they shared their wisdom about the female experience.EMMY award winning veteran television journalist and personality Meredith Vieira hosted the show which opened with a rousing performance of “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” by powerhouse Grammy award winning vocalist Judith Hill supported by Angie Swan on guitar.Partygoers were dancing and singing along to the feminist anthem.Actor and activist Emmanuelle Chriqui; “Grey’s Anatomy” star Marika Dominczyk, comedian and EMMY nominated talk show host Loni Love and Emmy nominated actor Sherri Saum presented the Voice of Women Award. Media critic Jennifer Pozner was announced the winner of the fan voted Voice of Women Award. Jennifer spoke about her work as a media activist for the last twenty years and how she uses her platform to a give voice to women and people of color. Jennifer reminded guests that a free press is vital to maintaining a truly free and democratic society.Women’s Choice Award CEO Delia Passi spoke about her lifelong commitment to women’s issues and how her daughters inspired her to become a champion for girls and women.Actor Violett Beane; actor Edwin Hodge; and the founder of IT Cosmetics Jamie Kern Lima presented the Shero Award. Edwin took a moment onstage to recognize his Shero, Yolette Hodge, who as a single Mom made countless sacrifices over the years for their family. He then asked all of the Moms to stand and be recognized in an emotional tribute to the amazing contributions of Moms everywhere.In an exciting twist, it was a tie and the fans voted two remarkable women as Shero Award winners. Retired U.S. Air Force colonel, flight surgeon and astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle and Alicia Garza, the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the co-founder of Black Lives Matter were presented with the 2017 Shero Award.Freedom dreamer Alicia Garza spoke about the important work that the National Domestic Workers Alliance does to provide dignity and justice for the two million domestic workers in the United States who care for the people we care about the most.Dr. Yvonne Cagle shared that hearing “you can’t” throughout her life inspired her to realize that the word impossible is really “I’m Possible.” When she listened to her inner voice reminding her that she can, she said it was then that she was able to soar to new heights literally as an astronaut and in all other areas of her life.Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, Grammy nominated recording artist, songwriter and actress Taylor Dayne and EMMY nominated talk show host Jeannie Mai presented the Spotlight Award. Olympic gold medalist ice dancer Meryl Davis was announced as the Spotlight Award winner for her work with the non-profit Figure Skating In Detroit, which teaches figure skating and life skills to at risk girls. Meryl dedicated the award to her Mom, who she said has been a constant supporter of hers throughout her life. Meryl acknowledged how lucky she is to have a loving and encouraging Mom who nurtured and supported her dreams and how she realizes that not every girl is as fortunate. Meryl reminded guests how important it is for girls to have positive role models and mentors that support them in the pursuit of their dreams.Emmy award winning and Grammy award winning comedian Kathy Griffin delivered a hilarious and heartfelt tribute to her friend, Oscar nominated actress, producer, director, writer and humanitarian Sharon Stone who was being honored with the Icon Award for her lifetime achievement in film and passionate activism to make the world a better place. Kathy referred to her close friend Sharon as “Stoney” and shared how Sharon’s activism has made a monumental difference in the lives of women and the LGBTQ community.Sharon received a standing ovation as she made her way to the stage to accept her award. Sharon revealed how her Mom became a maid at just nine years old and had to fight to be respected throughout her life. As a child, she saw through her Mother’s life, how unfair it is that girls and women have to work so much harder to prove their worth and have access to the same opportunities as boys and men. Sharon said her Mom instilled in her what it means to “stand on your own two goddam feet” and that she hopes someday soon a woman will be elected to lead our great country. Sharon ended her emotional and powerful speech with a tribute to all of the trailblazing women that have come before us who have worked hard to break through the glass ceiling and pave the wave for the next generation of women.Mattel shared a moving video that asks girls to imagine the possibilities when just like Barbie, they can be anything they want to be. Alexis Jones, the Co-Founder of I Am That Girl, shared the important work her non-profit organization does to help foster confidence and self-esteem in middle, high school and college aged girls. Hailey Allen reflected on how the I Am That Girl community transformed her life at a time when she was battling illness and issues of self-worth. She shared I Am That Girl’s vision to create an app that would make digital bullying a thing of the past.GRAMMY Award-winning producer and television personality Randy Jackson made a special appearance to tell boys and men that they have a responsibility to be champions and allies of girls and women. Randy led the partygoers in a rocking chant of the “The Future is Female” before introducing Grammy award winning recording artist and humanitarian Mya who performed her female empowerment anthem “Unbreakable.”Nominees and celebrities who attended to support the event included: Alano Miller, Alison Sweeney, Amy Purdy, Angell Conwell, Ashley Roberts, BC Jean, Beth Hall, Beth Riesgraf, Brett Dalton, Brian Austin Green, Brian White, Briana Evigan, Brittany Packnett, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Carmen Perez, Carmit Bachar, Carson Kressley, Deondra Brown, DeWanda Wise, Dr. Knatokie Ford, Edyta Sliwinska, Elvy Yost, Elliott Yamin, Eric Benet, Erin Cahill, Gabrielle Dennis, Georgie Smith, Jen Lilley, Jill Whelan, Jillian Rose Reed, Julie Stewart-Binks, Kara Holden, Keesha Sharp, Keltie Knight, Kearran Giovanni, Kym Herjavec, Manuela Testolini, Meagan Tandy, Melody Brown, Nura Afia, R&B group KING, Ryan Devlin, Sabrina Bryan, Sarah Carter, Shayna Taylor, Tara Buck, Tery Lopez and Vanessa Marano.The Women’s Choice Award Show was proud to include the non-profit I Am That Girl as the cause partner for this very special event. Sarah Wilbur, Chinmayee Balachandra, Shana Kheradyar and Lauren Suthers from the global I Am That Girl community were onstage to present the awards to Women’s Choice Award Show winners. The Women’s Choice Award Show was proud to host two hundred girls from local I Am That Girl chapters and Los Angles middle schools, high schools and universities at the event. TrueCar provided a live feed of the awards and live social media feed to engage young girls in the balcony in real time at the awards. Voortman Cookies and Werther’s Originals provided snacks for guests and Love Swirls treated everyone to their organic cotton candy.DJ Kid Fish performed at the event and guests enjoyed a gourmet three course dinner during the awards. The cocktail hour in Bardot featured a Kendra Scott jewelry bar with 100% of the proceeds donated to I Am That Girl. Guests took fabulous photos in the Luster Premium White photo booth and enjoyed a popcorn bar hosted by Wise Foods. Partygoers enjoyed custom themed cocktails with Exodo Tequila and Gypsy Vodka, fine wines by Santa Margherita Wines and refreshing hydration by Coco Libre.The Women’s Choice Award Show is proud to have the generous support of lifestyle and consumer brands including CAO Cosmetics, Chloe & Isabel, Coco Libre, Exodo Tequila, Family Share, Gypsy Vodka, HoMedics, IT Cosmetics, Kaiser Permanente, Kendra Scott, Love Swirls, Luster Premium White, Mattel, NetworkBe, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Paul Mitchell The School of Pasadena, Princess Cruises, Red Heart Yarn, Ricola, Santa Margherita Wines, Serta, Speedo, Team Lally, TrueCar, Vera Bradley, Voortman Cookies, Werther’s Original and Wise Foods.last_img read more

Naoual Alaoui Flamenco Made in Morocco

By Rania EntifiTangier – At many events in northern Morocco, there is a singer that impresses the audience with her amazing voice and her style… When she sings Flamenco, you can’t say that she’s not from southern Spain, and when she sings northern folk songs, you know she’s definitely from Tangier.She is Naoual Alaoui, an artist who has perfected the Flamenco, Moroccan, and Middle Eastern musical styles, but chooses to perform a fusion of Flamenco and folk songs of the northern region. Her first album “El Amor Ya Habibi” contains diverse musical styles such as Flamenco, Reggeaton, Rap, and others. The songs are in different languages. Alaoui chooses to express herself in Arabic, French, Spanish, and Turkish. She is an artist who believes that music is an international language, and that every song has a message to deliver to the audience.The new Flamenco star is about to launch her next album very soon. It will contain Fusion music, where she sings both Moroccan folk songs and Flamenco. The album also features a duet with Moroccan Rai star Rachid Berriah.Alaoui just finished shooting an episode of “Fein ghady biya” a discovery show on the Moroccan channel Al oula. According to her, this experience took her to an “exotic and unexpected destination.” read more

Mining oil and gas companies to face tougher rules on disclosing payments

LONDON — Canada is adopting a G8 initiative that would require companies to disclose any payments they make to governments, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Wednesday in London at a meeting with oil, gas and mining executives.“In advance of the G8 summit, I’m pleased to announce that Canada will establish new, mandatory reporting standards for payments made to foreign and domestic governments by Canadian extractive companies,” Harper said.“With 70% of the world’s mining companies listed in Canada, and 70% of the world’s free-enterprise oil located in Canada, our participation will help transform the way industry reports payments worldwide.”Leaders of the world’s eight richest countries pledged after their 2011 meeting in Deauville, France, to consider new rules that would allow for greater scrutiny of companies’ payments to governments. Critics say such measures are badly needed to expose corruption in countries with an abundance of natural resource riches.Other countries, such as the United States and Hong Kong, already have similar measures in place.Canada is a major player in the extractive industry, with hundreds of companies operating thousands of projects around the world.Half of the mining that takes place around the world is done by Canadian companies. Sixty per cent of all the world’s mining and exploration companies and 35% of all oil and gas companies are listed on Canadian exchanges.Anthony Hodge, head of the International Council on Mining and Metals, an industry group that represents some of the biggest mining companies, said the rules are needed both inside and outside Canada.“This is not limited to out of Canada. There are issues inside Canada that are a real concern on this,” Hodge said.“But the issue is when you find yourself in a culture different than a Canadian culture where that kind of activity may be more common practice. And that’s tough to deal (with) when you’re a Canadian company trying to understand that culture and trying to bring to the table a less corrupt approach to doing business.”While there are already some standards and mechanisms in place for companies, these new rules would be enforceable by law.“Now, obviously, this regime has been subject and will be subject going forward to additional consultations within Canada, but this is a direction we’re determined to pursue because this information is essential for citizens to hold their governments accountable,” Harper said.“We’ll obviously be working closely with the partners in the developing world.”The federal government will now consult with the provinces and territories, First Nations and aboriginal groups, industry and civil society organizations as it sets up its reporting regime. A senior Canadian government official, speaking on the condition his name not be used, said he expects it will take about two years to hold consultations and develop a framework for the new reporting regime.Details such as how the reporting regime would be policed, and by whom, along with potential penalties for any companies that do not report their payments to other countries, need to be ironed out. It’s possible provincial securities regulators could play a role, the official said.The government is also trying to avoid burdening companies with too much extra paperwork, he added.Transparency is at the top of the agenda at the coming G8 summit in Northern Ireland. British Prime Minister David Cameron wants to leave the lakeside Lough Erne resort with an agreement on tougher transparency measures in hand.“As you know, my trip here and around Europe this week is in advance of the G8 meetings next week. Prime Minister Cameron, as we know, has identified a number of priorities for the G8 this year, and one of those is transparency in the extractive sector, specifically in the mining and energy sectors,” Harper said.“This has long been a priority for Canada. We put great emphasis in Canada on corporate social responsibility, and through our various foreign-aid programs, we have assisted transparency in the extractive sector around the world.”But Cameron is reportedly encountering some resistance to a proposal that would force companies to reveal who actually owns them. Some might consider it somewhat embarrassing to the British prime minister, who is chairing the G8 summit, if he fails to seal a deal on ownership-disclosure rules.Beyond talks about the economy and financial issues, the G8 is also expected to focus on international security, particularly the Syrian conflict, Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs and anti-terrorism measures in Africa’s Sahel region.The G8 summit comes as Canada and the European Union are trying to conclude lengthy negotiations on a free trade agreement. The Prime Minister’s Office has sought to play down any expectations a deal will be announced while Harper is in Europe this week, saying an agreement at this juncture is unlikely.Canada is under pressure to conclude a deal before the European Union turns its attention to free trade negotiations with the United States this summer.Among the issues believed to be on the negotiating table are financial services, Canadian beef exports, country-of-origin rules for vehicles, procurement limits for provinces and municipalities and drug patent protection.Meanwhile, sources tell The Canadian Press the Conservative government has agreed to smooth the way for more takeovers of Canadian companies by European firms in one of several concessions during free trade talks.Canada has also agreed to open up parts of its hydro-electric sector to a limited amount of foreign investment, say sources in Canada with intimate knowledge of the talks.Canadian negotiators have also agreed to a provision to raise the threshold for reviewing foreign acquisitions from Europe to $1.5 billion, sources say. All acquisitions under that value would not be subject to a government assessment about whether they create a net benefit for Canada. read more

Closing Bell Stocks close lower on geopolitical worries effect of economic sanctions

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Monday as investors looked at the prospect of additional sanctions being levied against Russia for its support of Ukrainian rebels who are being blamed for last week’s downing of a Malaysian airliner.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 15,249.99-16.58 0.11%S&P 500 —  1,973.63-4.59 -0.23%Dow — 17,051.73-48.45 -0.28%Nasdaq — 4,424.70 -7.44 -0.17%The S&P/TSX composite index lost 16.58 points to 15,249.99.The Canadian dollar was up 0.06 a cent at 93.2 cents US.New York indexes were also lower but well off the worst levels of the day after President Barack Obama called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to allow international investigators unfettered access to the crash site. But he held off on announcing new sanctions.The Dow Jones industrials lost 48.45 points to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq declined 7.45 points to 4,424.7 and the S&P 500 index was 4.59 points lower at 1,973.63.The disaster, in an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists, has sparked international condemnation and increased pressure on Russia to stop meddling in Ukraine. Russian officials have blamed Ukraine’s government for creating the situation and atmosphere in which the plane was brought down last Thursday.There have been calls for another round of sanctions that would target entire industries, but there are worries that such action would serve to undermine what is still a very fragile economic recovery in Europe.“You have to remember it’s been a low-quality recovery in the first place because, at the end of the day, where is the growth going to come from?” said Brian Belski, chief investment strategist at BMO Capital Markets in Chicago.“The luxury that America has in terms in coming out of its doldrums in 2008, ’09 and ’10 was that the U.S. remains the world’s largest growth factor in terms of gross domestic product. Europe has a lot of structural issues facing it and these types of things just don’t help.”Concerns about the effect of tightening sanctions also hit stocks of big American multinationals. For example, General Electric fell 1.8% to US$25.98.Traders also focused on Israel’s ground offensive that started in Gaza at the end of last week.Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said Monday that he is prepared to continue the offensive “as long as necessary” to halt rocket fire and other attacks from Gaza on Israelis.The energy sector led decliners, down 0.4% even as August crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose $1.46 to US$104.59 a barrel.The TSX gold sector was flat as traders looking for safety pushed August gold up $4.50 to US$1,313.90 an ounce. The base metals component turned positive, up 0.68% while September copper was up a penny at US$3.20 a pound.Investors also looked for the pace of Canadian second quarter earnings reports to pick up this week. Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) reported after the close that adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.03, three cents better than estimates. Its operating ratio, a key measure of performance where lower is better, moved down to 59.6 against expectations of a reading of 60. CN shares had dipped 13 cents to $72.95 after rising 2% on Friday in the wake of a strong earnings report from rival Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP).TOP STORIESRussian billionaires who have lost $14.5B this year live in ‘horror’ as Putin turns pariahHerbalife shares plunge as Ackman vows to show why it’s ‘going to collapse’ in presentation tomorrowS&P 500 hasn’t seen correction in more than 1,000 days — where does it go from here?Sino-Forest CFO fined $700,000 and banned after ‘disaster for Canadian investors’Allergan to cut 1,500 jobs as it tries to fend off Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ hostile offerWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Consumer price index (June): Economists expect 0.3% rise, 2.1% year over year 9 a.m.FHFA House price index (May): Economists expect 0.2% rise 10 a.m.Existing home sales (June): Economists expect 2% rise CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESApple Inc. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect: US$1.23 a share Peabody Energy Corp.  Q2 earnings: Loss of 29¢  a share Comcast Corp.   Q2 earnings: 72¢ a share DuPont  Q2 earnings: US$1.17 Electronic Arts Inc.   Q2 earnings: Loss of 4¢ a share Gannett Co., Inc.   Q2 earnings: 64¢ a share Harley-Davidson Inc  Q2 earnings: US$1.46 a share Kimberly-Clark   Q2 earnings: US$1.50 a share The Coca-Cola Company  Q2 earnings: 63¢  a share Lockheed Martin  Q2 earnings: US$2.66 a share McDonald’s Corp.  Q2 earnings: US$1.44 a share Microsoft   Q2 earnings: 60¢ a share Verizon  Q2 earnings: 90¢ a share read more

NY files suit against Dunkin Donuts over security breaches

NEW YORK — The New York attorney general says Dunkin’ Donuts violated state law by not notifying almost 20,000 customers, including more than 2,000 in New York, about cyberattacks on their accounts in 2015 and inadequately warning more than 300,000 customers in 2018 about another attack.Attorney General Letitia James announced a lawsuit Thursday against Dunkin’ Brands, Inc.The suit says the company knew in 2015 that a series of attacks had been made on customers’ online accounts, with attackers able to steal money customers had stored for use at Dunkin’ stores. But it says the company didn’t inform the customers or fully investigate.The suit says Dunkin’ also kept customers in the dark about the full extent of 2018 cyberattacks.An email seeking comment was sent to Dunkin’ Brands Inc.The Associated Press read more

SecretaryGeneral condemns killing of senior Tamil leader

E. Kaushalyan, a senior political leader of the LTTE Eastern Province Division, and several colleagues travelling with him were killed when their vehicle came under attack yesterday evening.A statement issued by the Secretary-General’s spokesman said Mr. Annan “urges all parties to exercise calm and restraint so as to avoid actions that could disrupt the ceasefire agreement of February 2002 or the long-term interest of peace in Sri Lanka.”The statement also extended Mr. Annan’s condolences and deepest sympathies to the families of all the victims “of these callous killings.” read more

Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrate Commonwealth Day with maple taffy

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated Commonwealth Day over “maple taffy” with young Canadians.The royal couple visited Canada House to mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the modern Commonwealth, speaking to young people about their experience as expats.Before marrying Prince Harry, Meghan Markle lived in Toronto, Canada, as she worked on legal drama Suits. During their visit to Canada House, the Duke and Duchess watched a demonstration of making maple taffy, a Canadian spring tradition in which maple syrup is cooled on snow to make sweets as part of a traditional ‘Cabane à sucre’ or a ‘Sugar Shack’.“Does anyone want one?” the Duchess asked the 30 children vying to see how many they could eat of the sweets, which are made by pouring hot maple syrup on ice and then rolling it onto a stick.“How many have you had?” she asked one little boy. “Seven? Oh my goodness.”She gave her taffy to a nine-year-old girl, Elodie-Rose Duguay-Inegbese, from Shippagan, New Brunswick, who had only eaten two. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Canada House “It was really fun and Meghan’s really pretty. She was very kind and I liked talking to her,” the little girl, whose mother Sylvie works at the high commission, said. The Duke of Sussex and Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette (second right) attend a Commonwealth Day Youth EventCredit:Getty 🇨🇦🇬🇧 Thank you to the young Canadians at @CanadianUK @CanadienRU for sharing the Canadian spring tradition of making maple taffy with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex!#CommonwealthDay #ConnectedCommonwealth pic.twitter.com/bjywgfQrjZ— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 11, 2019 Commonwealth Day 2018Credit:Paul Grover Other guests among the 2,000-strong congregation will include Prime Minister Theresa May, the Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Scotland, alongside high commissioners, ambassadors, faith leaders and more than 800 schoolchildren and young people.Commonwealth Day has a special significance this year, as 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth – a global network of 53 countries and almost 2.4 billion people.The theme for this year’s service is “A Connected Commonwealth” which highlights the co-operation between the culturally diverse family of nations who work together in friendship. “We are able to look to the future with greater confidence and optimism as a result of the links that we share, and thanks to the networks of co-operation and mutual support to which we contribute, and on which we draw.”With enduring commitment through times of great change, successive generations have demonstrated that whilst the goodwill for which the Commonwealth is renowned may be intangible, its impact is very real.” Highlights of the service include performances by Grammy-winning group Clean Bandit and tenor Alfie Boe.A reflection will be given by Lewis Pugh, an endurance swimmer, ocean advocate and the UN Patron of the Oceans.Later in the evening, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be guests of the Commonwealth Secretary-General at the annual reception which traditionally takes place on Commonwealth Day at Marlborough House, the home of the Commonwealth Secretariat, the institution’s civil service. When they met Michelle Keller-Hobson, who works for a Canadian investment firm, Wealthsimple, that encourages people to save and invest with as little as £1, Meghan asked what proportion of customers were women.Ms Keller-Hobson said 38 per cent in the UK but explained the figure was higher in Canada. She said women in Britain often had less money to invest because of the gender pay gap and other factors. The Duchess told her: “It’s so important what you are doing. Keep it up.”She and Harry were given an outfit for their baby before they left as a present from the high commission.The gift set included a Hop and Moo organic maole leaf design baby bodysuit, Manitobah Mukluks leather moccasins,  and a hat and mittens from the Hudson’s Bay company.Father-to-be Prince Harry made staff laugh by sniffing inside the moccasins. “I’m sniffing the insides to check if they are leather or not, not because they are smelly,” he said. Millions of people are “drawn together” because of the collective values shared by the institution, the Queen says in her address to the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.The written message is featured in the order of service for the annual Commonwealth Day service being held at Westminster Abbey.The Queen, who is head of the Commonwealth, says in her message: “In April last year, I welcomed the leaders of our 53 nations to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and we all witnessed how the Commonwealth vision offers hope, and inspires us to find ways of protecting our planet, and our people. The Duke of Sussex and Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette (second right) attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event The couple, who have been given special responsibility to focus on young people in the Commonwealth, met young entrepreneurs, academics, and others working in the arts, telling them all how important their work was. The Duke and Duchess, who wore an outfit by the Canadian fashion firm Erdem, spent more than a hour at Canada House, meeting mostly young people from among the 500,000 strong Canadian expatriate population in Britain. The royal couple, whose first child is due at the end of next month, were escorted around the grand Greek Revival building on Trafalgar Square by the Canadian High Commissioner Janice Charette, who said she kept dropping hints about them visiting Canada soon but got no firm commitment.“I think their priority is the baby first,” she said.The High Commissioner told the royal couple: “We trust that your visit to Canada House today has served as a reminder of happy times spent in Canada.“We do kind of claim you,” she told the Duchess.“I’ll take that!” said Meghan, laughing. She reminisced about her time in Toronto, asking all the young people she met where they came from and which districts if they were from the city.“Everyone here seems to be from Toronto,” Harry said.“It’s such a great place,” his wife replied. The Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada HouseCredit:Getty The Queen has shared her Commonwealth Day message The Queen has shared her Commonwealth Day messageCredit:Reuters The Queen will be joined at the Commonwealth Day service by the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of York. The Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House Commonwealth Day 2018 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Canada HouseCredit:Getty Later today, the Queen, senior members of the royal family and leading figures from national life will attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.In her message to mark Commonwealth Day, the head of state has praised how the family of nations inspires its member states to find ways of protecting the planet and its citizens. read more

Rory Best receives Lions callup as Dylan Hartley gets 11week ban

first_imgBRITISH AND IRISH LIONS coach Warren Gatland has replaced the suspended Dylan Hartley with Ulster and Ireland hooker Rory Best for the upcoming tour to Australia.Hartley’s foul-mouthed rant during the Aviva Premiership Final defeat to Leicester Tigers has cost him a spot in the British & Irish Lions tour to Australia.The Northampton Saints and England hooker was given a red card by Wayne Barnes at Twickenham yesterday after calling the referee ‘a fucking cheat’. Hartley met with a disciplinary board in London this morning and was hit with an 11-week ban.Ulster hooker Rory Best, who was mentioned by Lions forwards coach Graham Rowntree as ‘unfortunate to miss out’ on the initial squad selection for the four nations squad, was the next hooker in line. Lions tour manager Andy Irvine, said:We leave on tour tomorrow. With uncertainty over the availability of Hartley to tour, and with the first of 10 matches only days away we had no option but to call up the additional player. Despite the circumstances we should congratulate Rory, who will join the squad tomorrow and fly with us to Hong Kong.A final decision on whether Dylan Hartley will take any part in the tour will depend on the outcome of any potential appeal.” Best and Hartley clash in 2011. (©INPHO/James Crombie)Earlier in the day, a statement from the RFU read: “At the hearing [Hartley] pleaded not guilty but the panel found him guilty and determined that this was mid-range on the scale of seriousness. The entry point for mid-range is a suspension of twelve weeks and that was reduced by one week to reflect his good conduct at the hearing. He is suspended from today [May 26] until July 6 and from August 17 to August 31 and free to play again on September 1.In accordance with the Lion tour agreement the six-week tour of Australia represents eight of the eleven weeks suspension because of the tour schedule. The remaining three weeks of the suspension cover three of Northampton Saints’ pre-season matches.”Judge Jeff Blackett said: “We cannot get around the fact that Wayne Barnes was certain that Mr. Hartley’s comments were directed at him. Wayne Barnes said that if he had had any doubt in his mind, then he would have given the player the benefit of the doubt.“In terms of sanction, calling a referee a cheat is an attack on his integrity and contrary to the core values of rugby and therefore we have taken a serious view and provided a serious sanction.”‘Sexton has been outstanding all year’ – Farrell expects fight for Lions jerseyDylan Hartley may have talked himself off the Lions tourlast_img read more

Hellene to head the ECC in NSW

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The leadership of the Ethnic Communities’ Council (ECC) of New South Wales will remain in ‘Hellenic’ hands as a result of the outcome of the elections that took place in Sydney last Sunday. The ticket led by Peter Doukas, who represents the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW and the Greek Orthodox Parish of Saints Constantine and Helen at Newtown at the ECC, won the election and will preside over the next two years. Talking about his priorities as president he said that he wants “the ECC to remain at the forefront of the promotion of multiculturalism in NSW and Australia in general”. “During my term emphasis will be given to the support of new and emerging communities in the state. We want to help new immigrants integrate smoothly into Australian society and we’ll aim to have more meetings in western Sydney, where many of these new communities are based.” For established communities Mr Doukas said that “attention will be given to services for the elderly and to strengthen the teaching of languages. Help will also be given to recent arrivals in Australia from countries like Greece, Italy, Spain and other European countries who are experiencing financial difficulties”. Jack Passaris, who served nine years as chairperson of the ECC, returns to the board as deputy-chairman. He also holds the position of honorary chairman and is a life member of the ECC. Other members of the new board who are of Hellenic background are Tasha Vanos, Maria Passaris and Fiona Passaris. In the elections for the ECC’s Chair were two other candidates, one of whom was the ex-chairman Emanuel Valageorgiou. The annual general meeting took place at the ECC’s premises at Waterloo. In attendance were Mark Coore MP, representing the state government, the leader of the opposition, John Robertson MP, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC representing the Greens, the retiring chairperson of the NSW’s Community Relations Commission Stepan Kerkyasharian and other dignitaries. As part of the presentations last Sunday, the general manager of SBS, Michael Ebeid, elaborated on the organisation’s television programming planning, its changes to the SBS Radio schedules and other operating aspects of Australia’s leading multicultural media provider.last_img read more

Cypriot leader sends joint Christmas message with Turkish neighbour

first_imgCyprus has been divided since Turkey invaded in 1974. Turkey claims it invaded to prevent Cypriot unification with Greece.Only Turkey recognises an independent Turkish Cypriot administration.U.N.-sponsored reunification talks have been conducted off and on for several years, with both sides expressing confidence about a successful outcome. The latest negotiations began last May. The leaders of Cyprus and the Turkish occupied north stood side by side on television Thursday to send their first-ever joint Christmas greeting to the Cypriot people, as reported by Reuters.“I wish the new year will allow us, Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots, to live once again more peacefully in a reunited country,” Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadas said.He stood next to the self-proclaimed Northern Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci, who said, “I wish the new year will bring lasting peace, serenity and prosperity to all Cypriots.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greece legalises medicinal cannabis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s parliament has announced that cannabis is effectively legal for medicinal purposes. “From now on, the country is turning its page, as Greece is now included in countries where the delivery of medical cannabis to patients in need is legal,” said Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The joint ministerial decision reached by Ministers of Health and Justice was published in Friday’s edition of the Government Gazette.It was noted that cannabis will no longer be classified as a Table A drug, where it was listed among the most restricted narcotics including heroin and LSD, to Table B which features methadone, cocaine and opium. While there has yet to be an announcement regarding licensing, as part of the change it is expected that the state will have the right to give licenses for cultivation of medicinal cannabis. Once the framework for cultivation has been completed, Prime Minister Tsipras said that the importation of cannabis-based medicines will be permitted. The decision follows on from the Greek Ministry of Health announcement in July 2016 that a panel of experts would be discussing and analysing the prospect of legalising the drug for medicinal purposes. The move is a particularly significant one for Greece, given the country’s restrictive drug laws which have a long history dating back to 1890.last_img read more

Top 10 Fall 2016 anime you have to watch

first_imgYou can watch all of these anime and more starting the first week in October on streaming sites like Crunchyroll, FunimationNow, and Hulu.Spin, Yuuri! Spiiiiiiinnnn right into our hearts! The best season of them all is upon us: Fall! The autumnal crunch of leaves beneath our feet. The cooling winds blowing in from the North. The aroma of hot soups being cooked in our kitchens. This is all well and good, but guess what? We are here for the anime, dammit.The fall season of anime is notoriously some of the best every year. We start the new school season, welcome the cozy weather, and tuck in for some indoor TV time with fervor and enjoy the hell out of the onslaught of awesome anime.This year, there are tons of continuations of favorite anime series like season two of Bungou Stray Dogs, Sound Euphonium, Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, and Ajin, season three of Haikyuu!! and Working!!, and season five of Natsume Yuujinchou. But y’all had better hold on to your otaku butts, because there are a ton of new titles coming your way that will make you laugh, cry, and probably have to lock the door so your mom doesn’t come in, if you know what I mean.Check out our top picks for this fall season of anime starting at the beginning of October! Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru1/10The wildly popular phone app game Touken Ranbu took off in Japan as a free-to-play game where historical swords are depicted as pretty boy samurai characters. In the anime, the story follows the Touken Danshi, bishounen men who are tasked with protecting the time stream from “historical revisionists” who travel through time to try and change history. We expect a lot of Japanese historical intrigue and cute anime dudes in this one, so watch out!<><>last_img read more

Save the Date: Summer is in full swing with outdoor music, movies

first_imgGrab a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy Friday Night Movies in various parks across the city of Vancouver this summer. There will be themed pre-movie activities starting at 7 p.m., with the free screenings kicking off at dusk, July 7 through Aug. 11. Events are susceptible to weather-related cancellations. The movie line up kicks off with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Movie,” rated PG-13, on July 7 at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Parade Grounds. The next two movies will be “The Secret Life of Pets,” rated PG, on July 14 at LeRoy Haagen Memorial Park, Northeast Ninth Street, and “Moana,” rated PG, on July 21 at Marshall Park, 1015 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver. 360-487-8630 or cityofvancouver.us/parksrec/page/summer-movie-seriesWeird Beer on the River features more than 25 beer and cider breweries that took on the challenge to create and serve weird brews made from ingredients such as fruits, mushrooms, meat broth and more. Taste test more than 50 beers and vote for the weirdest from 4 to 10 p.m. July 7 and 2 to 10 p.m. July 8 at Marina Park, 24 S. A St., Washougal. This event is a fundraiser for CDM Caregiving Services, a local nonprofit agency serving the elderly and persons of all ages with disabilities in Clark County. Admission is $17 to $20, which includes a tasting glass and six tasting tokens. 360-896-9695 or cdmcaregiving.org/events/weird-beer-on-the-riverEnjoy a weekend of local art, music, food and wine during the tenth annual Art and Wine Fair at English Estate Winery, 17806 S.E. First St., Vancouver. More than 40 area artists will sell their work on the historic farm estate, with live musical performances throughout. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 8 and noon to 6 p.m. July 9. Those ages 21 and older can taste wine in The Loafing Shed Tasting Room in the century-old barn, including the release of the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. The fair is free, though tasting fees apply. 360-772-5141 or www.englishestatewinery.com/eventsPawchella will let the pets loose, metaphorically, during Concert for a Cause from 2 to 8 p.m. July 9. The event benefits multiple local charities. There will be an area for kids complete with bounce houses and a mini bicycle park. For the four-legged, there’s a doggie fun zone complete with obstacle course and pet-friendly activities. 5 Guys Named Moe headline the concert, along with opening acts Flexor T and Ty Curtis. The vent is at Camas Meadows Golf Course, 4105 N.W. Camas Meadows Drive, Camas. Admission is $5 to $10, free for children and $5 for children’s fun pass. concertsforacausenw.comScience on Tap Vancouver will let its audience in on the secrets of felines with the lecture “Decoding Cats.” Veterinarian and animal behaviorist Rolan Tripp will give a basic introduction to feline body language, both how cats “talk” to other cats and how they communicate with people. The lecture will analyze internet cat videos, and the fine line between quirky and crazy. It begins at 7 p.m. July 12 at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver. Admission is $9 in advance, with a $10 suggested cover at the door. www.viaproductions.orglast_img read more

Press Talk Dear Santa Im wishing for …

first_imgMysterious, seductive, masculine — Calvin Klein ‘Encounter’ Merry Christmas, Santa!Sure, we’re still a few days away, but when you’re dealing with the day of giving, it never hurts to begin celebrating early. Santa, I am hoping for a few things, if that’s OK. A shirt and tie and, oh yeah, a Don’t Do Stupid Stuff mug. I know I already have two that I drink from every day, Santa, but I do enough stupid stuff that a third one is needed. Please?What’s that, Santa? You’ve given so many of them as presents this year you’re all out? Oh my! Any more coming, Santa? There are? Christmas Eve, maybe? Sweet.I really do need another one, Santa, because it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Every time I look at one, I’m reminded to not do stupid stuff.Santa, I love gifts that keep on giving. If it’s OK, can I ask for a few more? Here goes:o Can you make sure, Santa, that state Rep. Jim Moeller keeps on finding stuff? He’s the best finder in the whole, wide county. Honest. You don’t understand, Santa? Well, you see, my friend Jim has never — and I mean never — seen a tax he didn’t fall in love with. So just when us taxpayers figured there was not another dime he could possibly squeeze, he manages to find a few more coins in our pockets. I told you he was a good finder.o Can you make sure state Sen. Don Benton keeps smiling? My buddy Don, Santa, has every reason to smile. He’s taken us residents on one of the craziest, wildest rides we’ve ever been on. I love wild rides, Santa.last_img read more

GAO Most US Installations Underprepared for Climate Change

first_imgA Government Accountability Office report issued Wednesday says a majority of U.S. military installations surveyed in a recent study have based their resiliency plans on past weather patterns instead of climate change projections.GAO visited or contacted 23 military installations and reported that DOD does not consistently assess climate change risks at its bases and that many installations are not factoring in rising greenhouse gas effects in their resiliency planning.“GAO also found that most of the installations had not used climate projections because they lack guidance on how to incorporate projections into their master plans,” the report says. “Not assessing risks or using climate projections in installation planning may expose DOD facilities to greater-than-anticipated damage or degradation as a result of extreme weather or climate-related effects.”Of the 23 installations the GAO surveyed, 15 followed a Pentagon mandate to incorporate current research of climate change and extreme weather effects in their base master plan, but eight did not.The report came as the House Armed Services Committee debated several climate change amendments in its fiscal 2020 defense policy bill.Readiness Subcommittee Chairman Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) told reporters Wednesday that provisions had been included requiring DOD to “prepare for threats posed by climate change.”Earlier this year Garamendi and Readiness Ranking Member Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) visited Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., and Marine Corps Base Station Camp Lejeune, N.C., to view damage from recent natural disasters. The three installations will require at least $12 billion to recover, according to DOD. ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Remembering Nancy McGuire

first_imgNancy at the layout table preparing the Nome Nugget. (Photo courtesy of Peggy Fagerstrom)Early this morning, long time Nome Nugget editor and publisher Nancy McGuire died. McGuire had been battling cancer and in her last editorial bid a fond farewell to her beloved Nome community and residents. John Handleland is a former mayor of Nome and was a long time friend of the tenacious journalist. He says McGuire was born and raised on a Pennsylvania farm. She became an educator and moved to Nome in 1973 and bought the Nome Nugget in 1982. He says she was proud that the paper is the oldest in Alaska. McGuire was given the Alaska Press Club 1st Amendment award in 2012.Handleland says he got to know her when he became mayor in 1985 and was sometimes taken to task in her paper.Listen Now Nancy McGuire was 72 when she died this morning. A funeral mass will be held at the St Joseph Catholic Church in Nome at 2 pm on Saturday.last_img read more

SK Sinha applies for Australian visa

first_imgChief justice SK Sinha and his wife come out of Dhakeshwari temple after offering worship there on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Zahidul KarimChief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, on month-long leave, has applied for Australian visa.Witnesses said SK Sinha himself went to the Australian visa centre at Gulshan-2 on Thursday morning to apply for the visa.Sources said Sinha’s elder daughter lives in Australia.Law minister Anisul Huq on 2 October told the media that chief justice SK Sinha applied for month-long leave on health grounds, but the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) alleged that the chief justice was sent on forced leave following strained relations with the government.Meanwhile, the prime minister’s international affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi visited the chief justice at his official residence at Hare Road in the capital on Friday morning.Sources said prime minister’s adviser stayed at CJ’s residence for about an hour.Some officials of the Supreme Court registrar office also met the chief justice.last_img read more

Summer Film Camp Lights The Way For Young Filmmakers

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFROJanice Murphy remembers what it was like to miss out on summer camp when she was growing up.  After her parents divorced the family couldn’t afford the extracurricular opportunities that expose children to culture and can lead to an appreciation for the fine arts. Now the organization she started, Light The Way Foundation, is giving kids from the DMV a platform to be creative and tell their stories through film documentaries.For the past three summers the Light The Way Foundation team of volunteers turns the silver screen into a space that allows for a group of adolescent students to grow from the experience of creating documentaries that offer a window into their souls based on their lives. With a red carpet world premiere at AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, this year’s group of aspiring of young filmmakers debuted their collaborative effort called “15 Scenes.”  The documentary shares their inspirational voyages trying to navigate the waves of a constantly changing world.Light The Way Foundation campers share the red carpet during the premiere of their film debut “15 Scenes” at the AFI Theatre in Silver Spring. (Courtesy photo)The students used the basic filmmaking skills learned during the week-long program to tell the story of the challenges each has faced in their life while growing up. In five days students learn how to produce individual segments that combine to enlighten, inspire, and uplift in just under 15 minutes.With raw unfiltered emotion 15 students – between nine and 12 years old – tell real life stories of how they are dealing or have dealt with adversity.  The campers are candid in subjects ranging from bullying to divorce.  They were trained in how to write scripts, shoot video and tell their stories on screen using technology ranging from state of the art video cameras to smart phones.Collaboration began immediately when facing a deadline of less than 30 hours to complete the projects. The junior filmmakers found a common ground on what subjects they would discuss and how they could seamlessly tell the story. By the second day of camp the scriptwriting and shooting had begun.“This is how the kids are telling their story these days,” LTW Founder Janice Murphy told the AFRO.  “It’s an extension of the learning process. We want to expose them to the skills needed to produce films one day”.The documentary instruction is an extension of LTW’s original camp enrichment program. Since the foundation’s inception it has sponsored summer golfers with equipment at Langston Golf Course and piano, tap, and ballet classes at Mother Dears in the District.  LTW has recently started a boy’s mentoring program at Mattawoman Middle School in Waldorf. Howard University is home for the instructional portion of the camp and serves as the set for the interviews that comprise this year’s documentary.There is an ironic charm to “15 Scenes” which makes the stories being told by the kids so riveting.  The innocence of the way the kids share their tales of life with little scripting brings their messages to the audience in a manner that blends to offset the basic production value of the film.However, opening night marked the first time many of the campers had ever been the focus of so much attention. Following their initial walk down the red carpet they had the chance to watch themselves during this private screening of the film. They also returned afterwards for a question and answer session to interact with an audience comprised of family and friends.  For at least one evening these campers were celebrities who were experts at the craft of filmmaking.“They were excited to explain to the audience what a boom [microphone] is,” Murphy said. “It was exciting just to watch them be excited”.last_img read more

Snapchats Parent Lays Off 100 Staffers Mostly in Advertising Group

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15,In late 2017, according to Khan, “we asked senior leaders across Snap to look closely at their teams to ensure they had the right resources and organizations to support their missions. As a result, new structures have been put in place for content, engineering, sales and many other parts of Snap.” Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, is handing out the pink slips again: It’s laying off about 100 employees, about 3% of the total workforce, with the sales staff bearing the brunt of the cuts.Snap confirmed the layoffs, first reported by Bloomberg. It’s the social media and messaging company’s latest round of cutbacks, after letting go 120 personnel in its engineering group earlier this month and laying off 22 staffers from its content team and other divisions in January.The workforce reductions come after two years of rapid hiring, and are the result of a strategic review Snap conducted at the end of last year. Snap had 3,069 employees as of the end of 2017; a spokesman declined to provide a current headcount.“These changes reflect our view that tighter integration and closer collaboration between our teams is a critical component of sustainably growing our business,” Imran Khan, Snap’s chief strategy officer, said in a statement. “While this process has required us to make some really tough decisions, we believe that rigorously ensuring our team structure always aligns with our goals will make us stronger.” Popular on Variety In late 2017, according to Khan, “we asked senior leaders across Snap to look closely at their teams to ensure they had the right resources and organizations to support their missions. As a result, new structures have been put in place for content, engineering, sales and many other parts of Snap.”Meanwhile, Snapchat has broadly rolled a major redesign of the app in the first quarter of 2018, and many users really dislike it. Disgruntled users include celebs Kylie Jenner and Chrissy Teigen, whose recent tweets about dumping Snapchat appear to have fueled Snap stock drops. Separately, Rihanna slammed Snap for an ad that ran in the app that made light of domestic violence.Snap CEO Evan Spiegel warned investors last November that there’s “a strong likelihood that the redesign of our application will be disruptive to our business in the short term, and we don’t yet know how the behavior of our community will change when they begin to use our updated application.” For the fourth quarter of 2017, Snap posted its best quarter as a public company after launching its IPO in March 2017. The company topped analyst expectations and reported the biggest net user additions — adding 8.9 million daily active users in Q4 — in more than a year. However, Snap’s net loss for the period doubled versus a year earlier, to $350 million for the fourth quarter of 2017.last_img read more