Hundreds of female police officers gather in Calgary at international conference

first_imgCALGARY – Hundreds of police officers from 35 countries are gathering in Calgary this week to discuss issues facing women in law enforcement.The International Association of Women Police conference was organized by a group of Calgary Police Service members to help provide a networking opportunity for female officers.Staff Sgt. Sueanne Ford, co-director of this year’s conference, says it is meant to empower and support women in police organizations.The conference runs until Thursday.Ford says she believes there is definitely forward motion when it comes to gender equality in law enforcement.She says she hopes that everyone who attends will take away something valuable.“I hope they take mentorship. I hope they take some leadership. I hope that they impact change within their organizations,” Ford said.Police Chief Roger Chaffin said the ratio of men to women in the Calgary Police Service is 80-20, but that is slowly changing.“We’ve seen in the last four or five years in our recruit hiring … that it’s rare to see a class that isn’t somewhere between 40 and 50 per cent … female officers, which is good, but that’s only a first start.”Chaffin said real change will come when those new recruits stay with the force and their careers evolve over time.“We need some female leadership in our senior ranks,” he said. “That will take some time yet.”In 2017, Jen Magnus cited sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace when she publicly resigned as a constable with the Calgary force.Chaffin said on Sunday that those situations are impossible to ignore.“I don’t think there is any model of policing that can be successful if they are not willing to listen to difficult conversations, they’re not willing to recognize that there has been harm created in the past and there are people who have been marginalized or hurt or made to feel unsafe in policing,” the chief said.Brenda Lucki, a 31-year veteran of the Mounties, earlier this year became the first woman to be named as full-time commissioner of Canada’s national police force.The RCMP has faced ongoing complaints about sexual harassment and discrimination against female officers.Two class-action lawsuits that alleged a long history of harassment, intimidation and discrimination perpetrated by male Mounties against female colleagues were settled in 2016 and women continue to come forward.(CTV Calgary, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Born Free USA Ian Somerhalder Foundation Repurpose Fur For Animals In Need

first_imgOn January 28 at Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove, Georgia, Born Free USA and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation (ISF) collaborated for their first joint animal welfare event: a youth initiative called “Give it Back!”Liberty The Lioness Finds Fun With Repurposed Fur ToyCredit/Copyright: Noah’s Ark Animal SanctuaryThe program is part of Born Free USA’s successful Fur for the Animals campaign, which collects donated fur items and then sends them to wildlife rehabilitation centers to provide warmth, comfort, and enrichment to rescued animals in need.At the “Give it Back!” event, nearly 20 kids, ages five to 17, learned the truth behind fur fashion and about the Fur for the Animals campaign (which has collected more than 2,000 fur items since its launch in 2014, valued at more than $4.7 million and representing an estimated 75,000 animals killed). Then, with the help of adult volunteers, the children sewed and crafted cushions and pillows from donated fur coats, hats, and more for the resident wildlife at Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary. The children were then able to witness professional animal caretakers delivering the furs to resident foxes, primates, tigers, lions, and bears.According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, “It is remarkable to see young people working diligently for wildlife. Their efforts turned something that came from cruelty and misery into items that will bring comfort and enrichment to wild animals recovering from mistreatment and abuse. Approximately four million animals are trapped for their fur every year in the U.S., and millions of others languish in cruel fur farms. The success of our ‘Give it Back!’ event demonstrates that the next generation is paying attention to the needs of all animals and will fight for their welfare.”Actor and CEO of ISF, Ian Somerhalder, said, “Collaboration and youth empowerment are fundamental components of our mission. This was a perfect example of doing that by partnering with Born Free USA, Noah’s Ark, and motivated, inspired young change makers. Together, we collaborated to actually ‘Give It Back!’ as a part of the Fur for the Animals campaign to repurpose old fur clothes for injured and abandoned creatures. The fashion fur trade industry is a horrific example of animal cruelty, but with this campaign and the dedicated hearts of these youth volunteers, we were able to take a stand against fur for fashion and reclaim it by sewing pillows, blankets, and enrichment toys for rescued animals. Thank you to everyone involved!”Kaitlyn, an 11-year-old who volunteered at the event, was grateful for the opportunity and lessons learned. “This is really fun and it’s great that we’re giving back to the animals. I kind of already knew fur was bad, but I didn’t know how many animals it takes to make one fur coat. It’s nice doing this for animals. Instead of buying beds for them, we can just give fur back to them!”Allison Hedgecoth of Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary added, “Noah’s Ark is thrilled to partner with such incredible, passionate animal advocacy organizations like Born Free USA and the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. In addition to our rescued animals benefiting, being part of an event that has such a profound impact on children was simply amazing and is, in fact, what Noah’s Ark is all about: bringing children and animals together. I couldn’t be happier with how the event turned out, and we are so blessed to be part of a movement to create a more enlightened, sustainable, and compassionate society.”last_img read more

Join Martha Stewart In Norway For Epic Global Seed Vault Experience

first_imgEntrepreneur and TV personality, the incomparable Martha Stewart, is leading the way in safeguarding our future.Martha is working with the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to protect the seeds that will guarantee our food supply for years to come.Now available at, one lucky winner and a friend will actually have the chance to join Martha Stewart on a trip to Norway this February to visit the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Carved deep into the side of a mountain, just 1,800 miles from the North Pole, lies the Seed Vault, where seeds of agricultural importance are conserved in accordance with international laws.Not only will the winner get to travel to the Svalbard Seed Vault with Martha, but they’ll experience an incredible expedition, including intimate discussions with leading food scientists and policymakers, Michelin-rated dinners, a champagne reception to view the Northern Lights, and even a day of adventures including a polar bear tour, dog sledding and exploring a glacial cave!For a donation as little as $10 to support The Crop Trust’s work with the Global Seed Vault, people are entered to win this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Martha tells donors: “if you want to donate more, you’ll earn extra entries to win, plus get some cool exclusive outerwear and more. It’s my way of saying thank-you for supporting this organization’s important conservation efforts.”To learn more about the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and donate to win this amazing opportunity with Martha, please visit between now and Jan. 24.last_img read more

Press Release Diehl delivers largest 3Dprinted PaxEx part

first_imgThe cabin and avionics specialist Diehl Aviation has delivered the largest, fully 3D-printed part for passenger aircraft to date which is installed on an A350 XWB.The module is a Curtain Comfort Header – a complex enclosure for the curtain rail, that can measure up to 1140 x 720 x 240 mm.The curtains separate the classes from one another within the cabin. Qatar Airways will be the first airline to use the 3D-printed Curtain Comfort Header on board its aircraft. In a joint project, Diehl Aviation and Airbus developed the curtain header in close co-operation. With only 12 months between the first improved concept until delivery of the first ready-to-use model the project always was on the fast lane.Curtain Comfort Header Shark fin. Image: DiehlThis new production method solves several problems for Diehl Aviation: Until now, these modules were formed from numerous layers of laminated fiberglass, each of which required its own individual, complex aluminum tool.Incorporating further functions was also an added, arduous task and could include anything from the simultaneous integration of cable channels, through emergency escape route signage, to specialized retaining clips.One complete Curtain Comfort Header is comprised of up to 12 component parts – all produced by a 3D printer and simply glued together when complete. This new production procedure has made many of the old, individual tools – which had previously been absolutely essential for manufacturing these parts – redundant.Curtain Comfort Header Exit. Image: DiehlGiven these many advantages, Diehl Aviation is now only producing Curtain Comfort Headers for the A350 XWB with the 3D printing method. This procedure offers several advantages for the airline too: The shorter production processes and significant lead time reduction are particularly beneficial to airlines under pressure from quick turnaround times. Furthermore the parts themselves require less reworks and can easily be removed for repairs or replacement, contributing to even shorter waiting times during repair works. Also, the modules can easily been customized for retrofit solutions. Passengers benefit from the precision-made parts that lead to dampen noise and allow better integration in the cabin.The 3D-printed Curtain Comfort Headers already have the requisite approvals and are certified by the EASA. Diehl Aviation will be exhibiting the Curtain Comfort Header at its booth 7D20 at this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.Diehl Aviation is a division of Diehl Stiftung & Co. KG and combines all aviation activities of Diehl Group under one roof. In the aviation industry, Diehl Aviation – including Diehl Aerospace (a joint venture with Thales) – is a leading system supplier of aircraft system and cabin solutions. Diehl Aviation currently has around 6,000 employees. Its clients include leading aircraft manufacturers like Airbus (both airplanes and helicopters), Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer, as well as airlines and operators of commercial and business aircraft.last_img read more

Press Release United launches Safetysense with SpiderMan™

first_imgBeginning June 1, United Airlines will launch its latest inflight safety demonstration video featuring Spider-Man in an entertaining mini-drama film. In addition to the safety video, United’s broader promotional partnership with Sony Pictures in celebration of Spider-Man™: Far From Home, in North American theaters July 2, will include one-of-a-kind Spider-Man: Far From Home-themed Polaris business class amenity kits and unique experiences for MileagePlus members to see the highly-anticipated summer blockbuster through MileagePlus Exclusives.  The video highlights United’s enduring commitment to the safety of all our employees and customers who are “far from home”. In addition to United employees providing instruction on what to do in the event of an emergency, the video features MileagePlus members who bid miles for the unique opportunity to appear in the video and special appearances by cast members from this summer’s highly anticipated film. “For decades, Spider-Man has consistently shown the importance of using power to do good and to keep the public safe. We also believe that our greatest responsibility is to keep our customers and crew safe on board our aircraft,” said United’s Vice President of Marketing, Mark Krolick. “We are excited to have Spider-Man and his friends, along with our employees, bring new attention to the inflight safety video and creatively engage customers on such an important announcement.”The video begins with villains entering a corner store and causing ‘turbulence’ with their disruption to Mr. Delmar, played by Hemky Madera. The deli scene includes a framed photo of Stan Lee, honoring the immense impact he had on the Marvel community. Customers will also notice the recently announced updated United livery displayed on the animated 787-10 aircraft, prior to customers learning the locations of the exits. Next, Peter Parker’s best friend Ned, played by Jacob Batalon, shares a scene with United CEO Oscar Munoz as the villains head into a nearby theater to escape Spider-Man. In one of the final scenes, Eugene “Flash” Thompson, played by Toni Revolori, helps to demonstrate that cell phones and large devices should be put into airplane mode prior to take-off. This fast-paced and entertaining video concludes with Spider-Man ensuring that everyone is safe and settled as their journey begins. On Lee’s cameo, Gill Champion, President of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment went on to say, “Stan loved doing his cameos and would love to know they are continuing, so we were thrilled to work with Sony Pictures and United Airlines to make this happen for both Stan and the fans.”Beginning in June, United customers traveling in Polaris business class will receive a limited-edition Spider-Man: Far From Home themed amenity kit, which will feature Spidey-branded comfort products including an eye mask, socks, tissues, ear plugs, a toothbrush and a pen alongside luxury skincare products, designed exclusively for United customers. Starting today on MileagePlus Exclusives, members are able to bid award miles on a one-of-a-kind experience to attend the Spider-Man: Far From Home premiere in Los Angeles on June 26. This opportunity will give a member access for two to attend the premiere, red carpet event and afterparty. Members also have the ability to use miles to attend a pre-release screening of Spider-Man: Far From Home in one of United’s seven hub cities. United Polaris Spiderman Kit a BUZZEvery customer. Every flight. Every day.In 2019, United is focusing more than ever on its commitment to its customers, looking at every aspect of its business to ensure that the carrier keeps customers’ best interests at the heart of its service. In addition to today’s announcement, United recently announced that luxury skincare line Sunday Riley will make products exclusively for United customers to experience in amenity kits, released a re-imagined version of the most downloaded app in the airline industry and made DIRECTV free for every passenger on 211 aircraft, offering more than 100 channels on seat back monitors on more than 30,000 seats. About UnitedUnited’s shared purpose is “Connecting People. Uniting the World.” We are more focused than ever on our commitment to customers through a series of innovations and improvements designed to help build a great experience: Every customer. Every flight. Every day. Together, United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,900 flights a day to 355 airports across five continents. In 2018, United and United Express operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 158 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 779 mainline aircraft and the airline’s United Express carriers operate 569 regional aircraft. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol “UAL”. About Spider-Man™: Far From HomePeter Parker returns in Spider-Man™: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man™: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!Columbia Pictures presents a Marvel Studios/Pascal Pictures production Spider-Man™: Far From Home. Directed by Jon Watts, the film is written by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The film is produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Rachel O’Connor, Stan Lee, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach serve as executive producers. The film stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.About Sony Pictures EntertainmentSony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., which is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. SPE’s Motion Picture Group production organizations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, and Sony Pictures Classics.SOURCE United Airlineslast_img read more

Press Release Gogo and APSATCOM partner to bring IFC to China

first_imgGogo and APT Mobile Satcom Limited (APSATCOM), a leading satellite operator in the Asia Pacific region, announced today an agreement to provide inflight connectivity (IFC) service for Chinese airlines with Gogo’s industry-leading satellite connectivity solution 2Ku.Gogo will leverage APSATCOM’s Ku-band network to enable the fastest inflight Wi-Fi solution within China for domestic and international airlines. APSATCOM’s network includes both wide-beam satellites and High-Throughput Satellites (HTS), with the APSTAR 6D satellite bringing significant HTS capacity and 100% coverage over China for inflight connectivity in mid-2020. The partnership will enable state-of-the-art network management services via APSATCOM’s Network Operating Center (NOC) and data center in China, in tandem with Gogo’s global Ku satellite network outside of China. With this partnership and regulatory clearance to operate in China, Gogo and APSATCOM will offer an end-to-end IFEC solution inclusive of inflight systems, inflight experiences and operational support – available to Chinese airlines across both retrofit and line-fit programs.About APSATCOM APSATCOM was incorporated in Shenzhen, China in July 2016, committed to building an Integrative Space-Ground Self-Controllable Global Broadband Satellite Communications System through launching three or four satellites.The first satellite, APSTAR-6D, will be launched and in-service in 2019. APSTAR-6D is the new generation of high-throughput (HTS) telecommunication satellite covering substantially all land and ocean of the Asia-Pacific region and provide whole-terrestrial and all-weather high-quality, efficient, cost-effective satellite broadband internet access telecommunication services in aviation, maritime, and land mass respectively.APSATCOM is staffed with a communication expert team which is top-notch and first-class at domestic and international standard; a well-experienced engineering and technology team; and a professional management team. APSATCOM is ready to provide reliable satellite communication service.About GogoGogo is the Inflight Internet Company. We are the leading global provider of broadband connectivity products and services for aviation. We design and source innovative network solutions that connect aircraft to the Internet, and develop software and platforms that enable customizable solutions for and by our aviation partners.  Once connected, we provide industry leading reliability around the world. Our mission is to help aviation go farther by making planes fly smarter, so our aviation partners perform better and their passengers travel happier.You can find Gogo’s products and services on thousands of aircraft operated by the leading global commercial airlines and thousands of private aircraft, including those of the largest fractional ownership operators.  Gogo is headquartered in Chicago, IL with additional facilities in Broomfield, CO and locations across the globe.Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsCertain disclosures in this press release include “forward-looking statements” that are based on management’s beliefs and assumptions and on information currently available to management. Most forward-looking statements contain words that identify them as forward-looking, such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “continues,” “could,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “potential,” “predicts,” “projects,” “should,” “will,” “would” or similar expressions and the negatives of those terms that relate to future events. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release and Gogo undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. These forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions by our management that, although we believe to be reasonable, are inherently uncertain. Important factors that could cause actual results, developments and business decisions to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include the uncertainties described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 22, 2019 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 8, 2019.last_img read more

The Latest Spain warns Brexit depends on Gibraltar issue

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local):10:15 a.m.Spain’s Prime Minister says his country will vote against the divorce agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom if Gibraltar’s future isn’t considered a bilateral issue between Madrid and London.The U.K. and the EU reached a 585-page draft withdrawal agreement and are fleshing out a far less detailed seven-page declaration on their future relations. Both need to be approved by European leaders at a weekend summit.If the documents don’t change before Sunday, “Spain will vote no,” Pedro Sanchez has warned Tuesday during a business forum organized by The Economist in Madrid.Spain is the only among 27 countries that has voiced opposition to the deal because it deems unclear the wording of how Gibraltar, the British territory at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, would be dealt with.___10:00 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May’s parliamentary allies are warning they could remove support from her minority government if she does not alter her Brexit deal with the European Union.Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party struck a deal last year to back May’s Conservatives on major legislation. But the Protestant, pro-U.K. party opposes the Brexit deal’s plans for keeping the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland open after Brexit.In a warning to May, DUP lawmakers abstained late Monday during several votes on finance bill, and voted against the government on one amendment.DUP lawmaker Sammy Wilson said the votes were “designed to send a political message to the government.”Writing in Tuesday’s Belfast Telegraph, May said the deal “puts Northern Ireland in a fantastic position for the future.”The Associated Presslast_img read more


Actors Stephan James and Shamier Anderson (right) are pictured in Toronto on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Rising Hollywood stars Shamier Anderson and Stephan James admit it’s early in their burgeoning careers, but they feel a responsibility to inspire and support a new generation of Canadian talent. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Advertisement TORONTO — Rising Hollywood stars Shamier Anderson and Stephan James admit it’s early in their burgeoning careers, but they feel a responsibility to inspire and support a new generation of Canadian talent.It’s why the Toronto brothers say they return home regularly to promote homegrown artists, chiefly through their annual campaign the B.L.A.C.K. Ball, which this year is partnering with the Toronto International Film Festival for a star-studded bash Monday.They’re also fitting ambassadors for a promotional campaign dubbed “Made,” or “Nous” in French — an industry-backed initiative to celebrate Canadians working in film, television and digital entertainment here and abroad. A 30-second trailer touting domestic actors and actresses, directors, and film crews is screening ahead of all TIFF gala and special presentation screenings. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “We’re moving in a direction in Canada where we hope that we don’t have to leave the country to get success (but) that’s kind of where we’re at right now,” says Anderson, whose growing list of credits includes Space’s “Wynonna Earp” and last year’s Nicole Kidman crime feature, “Destroyer.”“We don’t have to come back but we want to come back because it’s important for artists to know that you can make it at home.”The 25-year-old James cut his teeth on Canadian youth TV including “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” “How to be Indie,” and “My Babysitter’s a Vampire,” but is now poised to enter the Hollywood’s elite thanks to breakthrough roles on the Amazon Prime Video thriller “Homecoming,” the civil rights film “Selma,” and a starring turn in last year’s period drama “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which netted an Oscar win for supporting actress Regina King.He’s currently in production on the second season of “Homecoming,” and hits the big screen this fall with the crime drama “21 Bridges” — as a villain opposite Chadwick Boseman, J.K. Simmons, and fellow Canuck Taylor Kitsch.“I’m excited for people to see me in something that’s different and cool,” James says of “21 Bridges.” “(It’s) definitely taking a darker turn than what most people might be used to from me.”The 28-year-old Anderson, meanwhile, is currently filming the Netflix movie “Awake” opposite Gina Rodriguez, and earlier this year shot roles on the third season of “Goliath” opposite Billy Bob Thornton, the Spike Lee-produced film “Son of the South” opposite Lucas Till, and the space feature “Stowaway” with Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette and Daniel Dae Kim.James says he and his brother are blessed to be busy, but are also mindful of the types of roles they play.“It means a lot to the both of us to play diverse characters, to tell interesting, varied stories — stories that aren’t just African-Canadian-based or African-American-based, but really play colourless roles,” says James.“I don’t think me or my brother have any limits as far as the types of characters or the types of stories that we want to tell on screen.”And so the brothers created the annual B.L.A.C.K. Ball four years ago to encourage varied opportunities for talented newcomers, especially those from marginalized communities that otherwise don’t see themselves represented onscreen. Anderson says B.L.A.C.K. is an acronym for Building a Legacy in Acting, Cinema and Knowledge.“Growing up, we never really had too many examples of actors that looked like us, who came from where we came from,” adds James, raised by a single mother from Jamaica.“(Now) you might have kids who come from where you come from, the inner city, and are looking to you as that example of, ‘Wow, Stephan and Shamier, they grew up where I grew up, or not too far from where I grew up, and look what they are been able to accomplish.’”But as the younger of the two brothers, James says he didn’t have far to look for inspiration in his own career, crediting Anderson with paving that road for him.“He made me believe that it was possible. I think that he showed that this is something realistic, that you can go and you could chase this sort of thing, that you can pursue the arts in this way,” he says.“Luckily our mother was very supportive of us. But really it was seeing him doing what he did and knowing that I could be fearless in stepping into it myself.”Cassandra Szklarski ~ The Canadian Press Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: read more


Facebook Login/Register With: TORONTO, Sept. 9, 2019 – Toronto Actress Ashleigh Morrison has been nominated for Four (4) Joey Awards, announced September 7, 2019 on the Joey Awards website. All Four (4) Projects were filmed in Toronto, Ontario. ( nominations include~BEST ACTRESS IN A SHORT FILM 12-14 for her lead role in the Daughter of Babel~BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A FEATURE FILM for her role in Detainee X~BEST PRINCIPAL OR SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A FEATURE FILM for her role in Salvage~ BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A COMMERCIAL AGE 12-15 for Frigidaire.Ashleigh Morrison won BEST FEMALE HOST at the Joey Awards in November of 2018, for her interview with Bill Nye the Science Guy, at the Nintendo Labo Launch in Toronto.   She has hosted her own Rogers TV York Region series, has appeared in film, TV, and is represented by Hero Artists Agency in Toronto. Advertisement Ashleigh Morrison (Deime Franke/Diem Franke Headshots) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Ashleigh has trained with Marcia Bennett and Lewis Baumander at LB Acting Studio as well as Amos Crawley and Sarah Gnocato at Armstrong Acting Studios. Ashleigh is currently studying at Second City in Toronto and goes to an Arts Drama High School where she continues to learn her craft.ASHLEIGH IS REPRESENTED BY: HERO ARTISTSAGENTS: Jessica Martins or Michael MarinoFOLLOW ASHLEIGH ON SOCIAL MEDIA:FACEBOOK: AWARDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA:WEBSITE: FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA INQUIRES – CONTACT:Darlene Morrison by email at: Twitter read more


Advertisement Oshawa’s Wilson and Lee Music Store has seen a lot in the last 97 years.The shop was there when player pianos and gramophones were the only way to play recorded music in your home. It was there as vinyl rose to prominence, fell out of favour, and then rose once again.It has been a fixture in the community for almost a century — but now, what is undoubtedly one of the oldest music shops in the country is closing its doors in December. Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook The business has been running in a few different locations since 1922. (Michael Cole/CBC) The music business just isn’t what it once was, and so co-owners Bill and David Wilson feel the time is right to hang it up.“I’ve had a few people trying to talk me into another three years to make it 100, but I’m ready to go,” Bill Wilson told CBC News at the shop on 87 Simcoe St. N. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter read more


Login/Register With: Twitter OTTAWA — Five directors are in the running for a $100,000 Canadian theatre award.The Siminovitch Prize, which rotates on a three-year cycle to recognize contributions to different theatrical fields, is this year honouring excellence in directing.Organizers say Maiko Yamamoto and James Long, co-artistic directors of Vancouver’s Theatre Replacement, are the first team of collaborators to share a spot on the short list. Advertisement Quebec City’s Christian Lapointe, who founded the Theatre Peril in 2000 and has run the Theatre Carte Blanche for the past six years, is also a contender.The other finalists are Ravi Jain, founding artistic director of Why Not Theatre in Toronto, and Christian Barry, co-founder and artistic co-director of Halifax’s 2b theatre company.The winner, who will be announced at a ceremony at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre on Nov. 21, will receive $75,000 and will choose a protege to receive $25,000.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2019.The Canadian Press Advertisement Ravi Jain, director of “Prince Hamlet,” is pictured during a dress rehearsal at The Theatre Centre in Toronto on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Five Canadian directors are in the running for a $100,000 theatre award. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement read more

Federal officials reject Jindal administration financing plans for LSU hospitals

Federal officials reject Jindal administration financing plans for LSU hospitals BATON ROUGE, La. – Federal officials on Friday rejected Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s financing plans for the privatization of six state-owned hospitals that care for the poor and uninsured, dealing a potentially significant blow to the state’s health care operations.The decision threatens deals that already have been used to turn over hospital management and could create massive upheaval in the state’s operating budget. The Jindal administration downplayed the significance of the decision, however, saying it will appeal.The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, notified the state health department that it refused to sign off on the plans. The agency said the agreements don’t meet federal guidelines governing how Medicaid dollars can be spent.“To maintain the fiscal integrity of the Medicaid program, CMS is unable to approve the state plan amendment request made by Louisiana,” the federal agency said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing to work with the state to ensure Louisianans receive high quality Medicaid coverage.”Jindal said he will challenge the ruling, which involves hospitals that care for thousands of people and serve as the main teaching facilities for Louisiana’s medical students.“CMS has no legal basis for this decision,” the Republican governor said in a statement late Friday. He added: “We are confident that public-private partnerships are the way forward, and we will be working with CMS on alternative funding mechanisms.”Jindal didn’t wait for federal approval before he shifted the hospital management, so the hospitals are now operating under financing plans that have been rejected — after being used to balance Louisiana’s budget.However, the governor said there would be no short-term impact on the budget because of the state’s appeal. State health department officials said such appeals can take more than a year to be decided, and federal financing will not be disrupted during the challenge.The rejections involved plans for LSU-run hospitals in New Orleans, Lafayette, Houma, Lake Charles, Shreveport and Monroe.Privatization deals for the New Orleans, Lafayette and Houma hospitals took effect in June, and the Shreveport and Monroe facilities have been under outside management since October. The Lake Charles hospital was closed, its services shifted to a nearby private hospital.Lawmakers have worried about the possibility of rejection since the transfers began, but the Jindal administration refused to slow the efforts, expressing repeated confidence that the agreements would win federal support.Jindal’s health secretary, Kathy Kliebert, reasserted her confidence as recently as last week in a meeting with lawmakers.Privatization deals have taken effect for eight university hospitals and their clinics, with one more pending. They were pushed by Jindal as a way to cut state costs, improve care for the poor and uninsured, and bolster medical training programs.The deals are costing the state $1.1 billion this budget year, much of it relying on the expected federal health care dollars. The six hospital deals denied Friday were estimated to cost $882 million in the current budget year, most of that assumed to be covered through federal funds.But only one contractual arrangement has received federal approval: a deal that shuttered LSU’s Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge and transferred most of its inpatient services to a private hospital, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Melinda Deslatte, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2014 4:26 pm MDT read more

Illicit trade in great apes increasingly linked to organized crime UN report

“Stolen Apes: The Illicit Trade in Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Bonobos and Orangutans,” produced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) through the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), estimates that at least 22,218 great apes have been lost from the wild since 2005 – either sold, killed during the hunt, or dying in captivity – with chimpanzees comprising 64 per cent of that number.“The current scale outlined in this report underlines how important it is that the international community and the organizations responsible for conserving endangered species remain vigilant, keeping a step ahead of those seeking to profit from such illegal activities,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said in a press release. The report shows that the cause of this illegal trade shifted from traditional conservation threats such as deforestation, mining and bush-meat hunting, to a more sophisticated business driven by demand from international markets.According to figures cited in the report, a poacher may sell a live chimpanzee for $50, whereas the middleman will resell that same chimpanzee at a mark-up of as much as 400 per cent. Orangutans can fetch $1,000 at re-sale, and gorillas illegally sold to a zoo in Malaysia in 2002 reportedly went for $400,000 each.“It is important to establish baseline figures for the illegal trade in great apes, even if these numbers only hint at the devastation,” said the coordinator of GRASP, Doug Cress.“Great apes are extremely important for the health of forests in Africa and Asia, and even the loss of 10 or 20 at a time can have a deep impact on biodiversity.”The UN General Assembly declared the period 2011-2020 as the UN Decade on Biodiversity to promote the implementation of a strategic plan on biodiversity and its overall vision of preserving and properly managing the different types of animals and plants. The loss of natural habitats further drives the illegal trade, pitting people against the animals, according to the report. Great ape habitat is being lost at the rate of 2-5 per cent annually. By 2030, less than 10 per cent of the current range will remain on current trends. Among its recommendations, the report urges increased enforcement of protected areas, to both reduce illegal trade in great apes and to protect their habitat. According to the report, law enforcement for crimes related to illicit great ape trade is lagging.Only 27 arrests were made in Africa and Asia in connection with great ape trade between 2005 and 2011, and one-fourth of the arrests were never prosecuted. “Stolen Apes” is the first report to analyze the scale and scope of the illegal trade and highlight the growing links to sophisticated trans-boundary crime networks, which law enforcement networks are struggling to contain. Its release today coincides with the conference of the UN-backed Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) now underway in Bangkok, Thailand. read more

800000 people commit suicide every year WHO

Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday 10 September, a toolkit to help communities to prevent suicides has been released by the World Health Organization, WHO, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.Suicides happen in all countries and regions, whether rich or poor. However, most occur in low and middle-income countries, which accounted almost four-fifths of global suicides in 2016.It is estimated that the method used for 20 per cent of global suicides is pesticide self-poisoning, most of which occur in rural agricultural areas in low- and middle-income countries. Other common methods of suicide are hanging and firearms.In high-income countries, there is a well-established link between suicide and mental health issues such as depression and alcohol use disorders, but many suicides take place on an impulse, during moments of crisis.The toolkit outlines ways to prevent this serious public health problem, one of which is knowledge of the most commonly used methods, and restrictions of access to these methods. Other examples include policies to limit alcohol and drug abuse, effective mental health care, and follow-up care for attempted suicide cases.The document explains that, as well as the health sector, many sectors of society need to be involved in preventing suicide, including education, labour, agriculture and the media. These actors all need to work together if they are to have an impact on this complex issue. People commit suicide at all times of their lives, and each one, the report states, is a tragedy that affects families, communities and entire countries, and leaves behind long-lasting effects.In many countries, suicide remains a taboo subject. This can prevent those who have attempted suicide from getting the help they need. To date, only a few countries have included suicide prevention among their health priorities and only 38 countries report having a national suicide prevention strategy. read more

Villanova stops 2game skid beats Canisius 8356

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree had 15 points and 13 rebounds as defending national champion Villanova stopped a two-game skid by beating Canisius 83-56 on Thursday in the opening round of the AdvoCare Invitational at Disney World.Phil Booth also scored 15 points for the Wildcats (3-2), who will play the winner of Memphis-Oklahoma State in the semifinals on Friday.Villanova went from No. 8 to out of the AP Top 25 after losing to Michigan 73-46 in a rematch of last season’s championship game and losing 76-68 in overtime to Furman last week.Villanova’s Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman were all taken in the NBA draft after last year’s championship run.Canisius (1-3) got 19 points from Isaiah Reese. Takal Molson, who entered averaging 21.3 points, had 10.The Golden Griffins got to within 63-52 with 4 1/2 minutes left before Villanova pulled away.___More AP college basketball: and Associated Press read more

Guyana on high alert in light of Ebola outbreak in DRC

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHealth Ministry on high alert for Ebola VirusAugust 21, 2014In “Business”St Lucia, Barbados on Ebola alertJuly 25, 2019In “Health”Local/International passengers being screened at Ogle Airport in light of Ebola threatOctober 17, 2014In “Business” Chief Medical Officer (ag) Dr. Kay ShakoIn light of the new spike of Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Caribbean Region is at risk of the virus spreading here due to tourists traversing its various ports of entry. To this end, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is urging that all countries, including Guyana, take precautionary measures.Guyana’s Chief Medical Officer (ag) Dr. Kay Shako, in a statement today (Saturday, July 27, 2019) cautioned that Guyana is no less safe than its Caribbean neighbours and therefore, it is imperative that measures be adopted as advised by the WHO relevant to safeguard all passengers and the country’s ports of entry.She said, “Particularly, emphasis is always placed on monitoring civil aviation activities (International Travel) given that this medium can facilitate the movement of communicable diseases via infected passengers and thereby spreading the threat. The processes related to air travel, specifically, processes associated with outgoing passengers, incoming passengers and activities on board an aircraft can be managed to control the spread of any communicable diseases.”Currently, the WHO has declared that several measures were considered and recommended for implementation during this phase. One of which is that all travel agencies and airlines selling seats or tickets for travel must take on the responsibility of sensitising their clients on the risk of Ebola.Among other recommendations are the establishment of an isolated/sterile facility at the airport which is remote from public access, should there be a suspected case or cases of Ebola victims, airport personnel reporting suspicious cases of illness to Port Health Officials and that the PHOs along with medical support team from the Public Health Ministry will subject suspected cases to further evaluation and determine if and when such cases should be taken to isolated/ sterile area.As of 16 July, the DRC recorded 2,522 confirmed or probable cases of Ebola, including 1,698 deaths. Of the reported cases, 136 are health workers, including 40 who died as a result of the deadly Ebola virus. read more

JetBlue to offer direct flights from Guyana to NY in April

US Carrier, JetBlue earlier today announced that as part of its expansion in Latin America and Caribbean, it will launch its services between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in April 2020.JetBlue says it will operate its new A321neo aircraft and that seats are available for purchase in the U.S. starting today.“Guyana service introduces a diverse and underserved destination to the JetBlue route map which will benefit both leisure travelers, as well as those visiting friends and relatives,” said Andrea Lusso, director route planning. “Just as we’ve done in our South American markets in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, we’re introducing a new, low fare high-quality choice to travelers in Guyana”, a release from Jet Blue stated.With this announcement, Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson stated that the Government of Guyana is delighted to welcome the new airline to Guyana.“The introduction of this immensely popular low-cost carrier will see lower ticket prices to Georgetown and provide travelers with an opportunity to fly on an airline of choice to their favorite destination. This agreement with JetBlue is timely and comes on the heels of continued and sustainable growth in several sectors of our economy, including, service, tourism, mining and oil and gas.”Just five hours from New York by air, Georgetown serves as the gateway to Guyana. With pristine beaches in the north, mountain ranges to the west, vast rainforests and never-ending savannahs in the south, Guyana has emerged as a playground for adventurists and modern-day explorers. JetBlue’s newest route will also connect New York’s Guyanese American community – the largest in the U.S. – with Guyana’s capital city, making the connections between friends and family easier and closer than ever.“We are extremely excited to welcome JetBlue’s new non-stop services from New York-JFK to Georgetown, Guyana,” said Brian T. Mullis, Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority.“2019 has been quite a year – winning five international awards, increased route options to Europe, new community-led and owned tourism product development, increased stakeholder collaboration, growing demand in our target markets and now JetBlue improving connectivity with one of our core markets – North America.”Guyana becomes the fourth country in South America JetBlue serves and grows the airline’s presence in Latin America and Caribbean where it is a leading carrier serving nearly 40 destinations. The new nonstop flight between New York City and Georgetown will be made possible by the A321neo’s extended range and fuel efficiency. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJetBlue exploring Guyana route – PattersonAugust 20, 2019In “latest news”CAL investigating runway incident at JFK AirportJanuary 19, 2015In “Regional”Aruba Airlines makes inaugural flight, will officially launch soon- GouveiaAugust 7, 2017In “Business” read more

Tallawahs penalised for second over rate breach

The Jamaica Tallawahs were charged with a breach of Article 2.5 of the Hero CPL Code of Conduct – Minimum Over Rate Offences – at the end of Match 10 between themselves and the Trinbago Knight Riders on Friday 13th September at Sabina Park.The charge of being one (1) over down was laid by the Match Officials Team against the captain of the Tallawahs, Chris Gayle.This was the Tallawahs’ second Minimum Overs Breach of the tournament, following the same charge being laid at the conclusion of Match 3 against the same opponents in Trinidad. As provided for at Appendix 2, Section 4.2 of the Code of Conduct, the applicable monetary fine was imposed on the captain, and the SKN Patriots team was penalized with a 0.05 reduction in their Net Run Rate. (CPL)  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEarly wickets fail to stop Jamaica Tallawahs romping home against St Kitts PatriotsJuly 17, 2016In “Sports”Russell unhappy with pro-Guyana crowd at Tallawahs’ home gameAugust 19, 2018In “Sports”CPL 2018: Star-studded Stars seeking a win against formidable TallawahsAugust 14, 2018In “latest news” read more

France VS Netherlands Russia VS Romania for the final

France against Netherlands in the first, and Russia VS Romania in the second battle for the Women’s EHF EURO 2018 final in Paris. That is a conclusion of the Main Round in Nantes and Nancy.Serbia – France 28-38  (14-18)Serbia:  Katarina Krpez 5, Jovana Kovacevic 5, Sladana Pop-Lazic 5, Dragana Cvijic 3, Aleksandra Vukajlovic 3, Dijana Stevin 2, Jovana Stoiljkovic 2, Jelena Lavko 1, Tamara Radojevic 1, Marina Dmitrovic 1.France:  Estelle Nze Miko 9, Manon Houette 7, Laura Flippes 4, Pauline Coatanea 4, Alexandra Lacrabere 4, Allison Pineay 4, Grace Zaadi 2, Gnonsiane Niombla 2, Astride N’Gouan 1, Beatrice Edwige 1.Denmark – Montenegro 24:23Sweden – Russia 39:30TABLE:Russia 8France 7Sweden 5Denmark 4Montenegro 4Serbia 2Germany – Germany 27-21  (13-11)Germany:  Kelly Dulfer 6, Estavana Polman 6, Debbie Bont 4, Lois Abbingh 3, Delaila Amega 3, Laura van der Hejden 2, Charris Rozemalen 2, Martine Smeets 1.Germany:  Angie Geschke 5, Franziska Muller 3, Ina Grossmann 3, Luisa Schulze 2, Xenia Smits 2, Emilie Bolk 2, Amelie Berger 1, Julia Behnke 1, Alicia Stolle 1.STANDING:The Netherlands 8Romania 6Norway 6Hungary 6Germany 4Spain 0Mandatory Credit © Jozo Cabraja / kolektiff ← Previous Story Danish ladies break Montenegrian dream about semi-final Next Story → Glauser’s comeback could be golden read more

Surprise in Copenhagen Angola defeated Qatar

← Previous Story VIDEO: “Golden boy Bob” predicts future? Next Story → Rivera: “It was our worst match in the last 5 years” Angola have shocked 2015 IHF World Championship finalists Qatar after winning 24-23 on the last second of the match in the opening match of group D in Copenhagen. The African team had lead nearly the entire match, but was only able to win it on the last play in a fast break. There were not many spectators early today at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, but the hundreds who were filling the seats got to witness a very exciting match between two of the non-European nations of the group. Angola dominated the first period, displaying a very dynamic attack and an intense defense; they took the lead early in the game, after 7 minutes they were 4-1 ahead in the scoreboard.While they had some difficulties in defense at times (they suffered 4 2’ suspensions), they were able to stay ahead; while many might have thought that the lead was only temporary, they kept their advantage and went to the locker rooms 12-8. Goalkeeper Giovany Muachissengue closed the first period with an outstanding 61% of saves (11/18).The first few moments of the second period saw Qatar catching up and Angola’s coach Filipe De Carvalho Cruz called a timeout with only 2’46” on the clock as they were now leading only by one (12-11). The timeout seemed to pay off and the Africans took another 4-goal lead after 10 minutes (17-13). However, a few mishandlings of the ball and the appearance of Daniel Saric on goal helped Qatar finally catch up and tie the match 17-17 four minutes later.Given the status of ‘underdog’ against the 2015 IHF World Championship finalist, Angola won the support of most of the crowd in the arena. Their stamina gave them enough power to continue to face a troubled Qatari team, who nevertheless managed to be in front in the scoreboard after for the second time on the match, as they had scored the opening goal (22-23 in 56’).The last minute of the match were beyond exciting. De Carvalho Cruz called a timeout with one minute left to be played and with the clock ticking again Rome Hebo scored the equalizer with 22 seconds left. Qatar’s last possession could’ve given them the triumph, however, Rafael Capote’s last shot was saved by Muachissengue and, on the fast break, Claudio Chicola beat Saric to give Angola their first victory on the tournament, for the delight of the fans at the Royal Arena. angolacapoteGermany Denmark 2019MuachissengueQatar read more