first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ceres Negros chair Leo Ray Yanson hoists the inaugural PFL trophy with matriarch Olivia V. Yanson, who is an avid supporter of the team, looking on. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBACOLOD CITY—The uncertainty surrounding the future of club football in the Philippines has not stopped reigning Philippines Football League champion Ceres Negros from staying true to its mission of raising the country’s football stock internationally.With club football in the country at the crossroads following the pullout of several clubs over the past year and the Philippine Premier League yet to be launched, the Busmen are focusing on bigger goals next year.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “We love representing Negros, we love playing at Panaad,” says Schrock. “We have an owner who really looks after us and who consider a great friend off the pitch.”But results on the pitch are just half the story for Ceres. With the AFC Champions League match against Yangon United set to be played at Panaad Stadium on Feb. 5, the club is bracing for another hosting job.Teams in tournaments of this magnitude subject themselves to strict AFC International Standards with sanctions and fines meted if those are not met.“It was quite an experience for us because we really just had to learn along the way,” says club administrator Nicolas Golez, who spearheads the local organizing committee for local matches.“We try our best to make sure that the pitch is in the best condition and improving the lighting at Panaad. It was worth all the hard work when we saw the big crowds for the matches.”Giving back to fansThrough it all, though, the club has allowed fans free admission to matches, despite all the hard work and the money that is being spent in every international tournament.It is Yanson’s way of giving back to the fans for the support and his effort to nurture the Negrense fans love and passion for the Beautiful Game.“I just want the city and the province to be recognized internationally for football,” he says.“Of course it’s all worth it. To tell you the truth, we are humbled by our results because it’s not easy. We are committed to be the best club that we can be.” BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Road to redemptionIt’s the same feeling a couple of years ago when they missed out on the United Football League title. After that disappointing campaign, the Busmen went on to their so-called road to redemption, taking the AFC Cup by storm.“We’re always looking to improve,” says Yanson. “When we first started Ceres, we knew that it would take a lot of hard work and resources to reach the level we are now and stay at that level.”Yanson has established close ties with players like Stephan Schrock, Martin Steuble, Manny and Mike Ott, Patrick Reichelt, who, in truth, can play in the top leagues in Southeast Asia, but have opted to stay on with the club as Ceres carries the Philippine flag in AFC competitions.Half the storyADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments “We’re closely following the situation in the league, but we just can’t wait what happens there,” says Ceres club chair Leorey Yanson, who has used his personal resources to make sure the club runs smoothly and is up to standard when it stages its home matches.“We have a big responsibility to do well in the AFC Champions League and maybe in the AFC Cup. We just can’t let our guard down so we really have to prepare well for these very important tournaments.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefAfter a stellar year in 2017 when they bagged the AFC Cup Asean zone title and became the first PFL champion, the Busmen started this year with a stunning run in the AFC Champions League that was only halted by Chinese powerhouse Tianjin Quanjian.A return to the AFC Cup Asean zone final, where they lost to Singapore’s Home United, left the Busmen even hungrier and more determined than ever heading into the new season. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Pagdanganan, Dy rule nat’l doubles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgMumbai, May 30 (PTI) Former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who is the Congress candidate from Maharashtra for the biennial elections to Rajya Sabha, will file his nomination papers here tomorrow.”Chidambaram will file his nomination form at Vidhan Bhawan here tomorrow,” state Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant said.Congress and NCP candidates for the state Legislative Council elections too will file papers tomorrow, Sawant said.Seventy-year-old Chidambaram did not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections while his son Karti unsuccessfully fought from his native Sivaganga constituency in Tamil Nadu.Former Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and former MP Bhalchandra Mungekar were among a large number of Congress leaders lobbying for the party nomination for the upper house of Parliament from Maharashtra. PTI VT KRK PVIlast_img read more

first_imgRoger Federer tops the bill at the French Open on opening Sunday when he makes his long-awaited return to the Parisian clay with a first-round match against Italian Lorenzo Sonego.The 37-year-old Swiss, whose one Roland Garros title came 10 years ago, has been absent from the claycourt Grand Slam since 2015 and says he has missed it.”I’m very happy to be back, maybe a tiny bit more because when I have missed the last three editions, and when you miss something in life, you’re happy to be back there again.”The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who will play in the third match on the revamped Court Philippe Chatrier, returns as the third seed behind world number one Novak Djokovic and 11-times champion Rafael Nadal, neither of whom are in action on Sunday.The Swiss has played down his chances of winning the title, although 73rd-ranked Sonego, making his main draw debut at Roland Garros having lost in qualifying last year, should not cause him undue alarm as he reaquaints himself with his surroundings.”Centre court looks very different. There has been a lot of upgrades and investments made,” Federer said.”But I feel it is still the old Roland Garros, it’s kept its flair and everything.”A connoisseur of style, Federer will no doubt be interested to see the brand new Court Simonne Mathieu — set in the picturesque Serres d’Auteuil botanical gardens and flanked by greenhouses containing rare and exotic plants.Muguruza eyes return to formFormer French Open champion Garbine Muguruza will hope the beautiful setting will help her recover some form as the 19th seed christens the court against American Taylor Townsend.advertisementWomen’s fifth seed Angelique Kerber will hope the ankle injury that has ruined her preparation will not be factor as she opens proceedings on Chatrier against Anastasia Potapova.Germany’s Kerber is seeking to win the only Grand Slam to elude her and is one of several women that could take over as world number one at the end of the French Open.Another one, second seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova, closes play on Chatrier against American Madison Brengle.Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, one of the young brigade being tipped as a title contender, will also get his tournament started when he takes on Germany’s Maximilian Marterer.Two Grand Slam champions will be on show on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Marin Cilic plays Italian Thomas Fabbiano while later last year’s runner-up Sloane Stephens faces Misaki Doi.Also Read | French Open 2019: Want to play my best tennis here, says Novak DjokovicAlso Read | Unfamiliar, but nice: Simona Halep back to defend French Open titleAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgIn an emotional video played before Yuvraj Singh formally announced his retirement from international cricket, he explained why he loved and hated cricket, the game which made him a superstar.Yuvraj Singh said he was scared of trying his hand at any other sport because he was petrified of his father Yograj Singh who himself played for India.I love the sport but I also hate the sport. I love the sport because it has given everything to me. I hate it because the game has been very tough on me mentally, Yuvraj Singh said in a video played just before the announcement.The video traced Yuvraj Singh’s journey and how his father trained him at their ancestral home. His childhood was about training, gym and practice. He said his father Yograj was strict and stern and Yuvraj had to make plenty of sacrifices growing up.I was not used to being in the sun or run. I was 10 and I was made to run like 16-year-olds. If I could not train like the older boys, I was told to go home, Yuvraj said.Yograj said he saw Garfield Sobers and Viv Richards in his son. If I let Yuvi play tennis, he would excel in that too, he said.Yuvraj Singh also spoke about his battle against cancer and said he was determined to never give up.Yuvraj Singh announced his decision to retire from international cricket in a press conference in Mumbai. He made his India debut back in 2000 in the ICC Knockout Trophy in Kenya and made an immediate impact when he hit an 80-ball 84 against Australia.advertisementYuvraj followed that up with a crisp 41 against South Africa as India reached the final.In the years to come, Yuvraj Singh would go on to become one of the world’s most influential cricketers in the shorter formats. He played a gem of a knock against Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup and was the backbone of India’s sensational triumph in the ICC World T20 in 2007 in South Africa.Yuvraj Singh’s crowning glory came in 2011 when he scored 362 runs and took 15 wickets to help India win the World Cup.Also Read | Yuvraj Singh retires: Yuvi and his love for the big momentsAlso Read | Yuvraj Singh, hero of India’s 2011 World Cup triumph, retires from international cricketAlso Watch:last_img read more

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share via Email Read more Share on WhatsApp They and many other survivors reported Nassar’s abuse for many years to coaches, trainers, parents, therapists, a training facility owner and even law enforcement officials – but all in vain. Common among the complaints of these survivors is that they were not believed and were silenced, while Nassar continued to attack child after child after child. These survivors’ stories are all too common – in cases that make the news and those that do not.I have represented child sex abuse victims as a lawyer for many years and in virtually every case the survivor takes a huge risk in speaking up at all. I repeatedly see child sex abuse survivors, just like most adult sex crime victims, disbelieved by numerous people – especially those who were in positions of power to stop the abuse in the first place. It seems easier for them to reject survivors and stifle their voices than to accept responsibility for not protecting them or having the courage to act to protect the next vulnerable child the abuser targets. In one case, I even saw a child abuse investigator testify that she closes all cases of child sex abuse and takes no further action if the victim is under six, unless there is confirming physical proof (which is rare). She does not even bother interviewing all known witnesses and does absolutely nothing to monitor the perpetrator thereafter. Too often, people in a position to help turn away from this horror pretend it does not exist, or simply refuse to believe that someone as charming and talented as Nassar could be capable of such crimes. With all we know about child sex predators, there is no excuse for such ignorant inaction. Read more Topics After-the-fact arrests and so-called internal investigations can do nothing to make amends for the harm to children whose abuse could have been prevented in the first place. Nassar is now known to have sexually abused some 140 young girls, and he probably abused many more. It appears the overwhelming majority of them never would have been abused at all, if the more than a dozen “good” adults who were told over the years about Nassar’s crimes had acted decisively to stop him, just like other cases we have seen in the news, from the Catholic Church to Penn State. And if organizations, like USA Gymnastics, steadfastly enforced common sense methods to deter and prevent child sex abuse, like prohibiting examination and treatment of children alone in a private room – an opportunity for abuse that Nassar favored – numerous children would be spared such crimes. These organizations, which predators purposefully infiltrate to access potential victims, must be proactive in preventing the opportunity for abuse before it happens. They must not believe, as many of their officials have testified in cases I have handled, that you just can’t stop it from happening in the first place – that there must always be a first victim. That is simply not true, and it is an immoral abdication of the sacred duty to protect children to act as if it is. Share on Messenger Judge tells Larry Nassar ‘I just signed your death warrant’ – video Share on Facebook I myself am a survivor of child sex abuse, and I join my fellow survivors in saying that those who fail to act in the face of a child’s cry for help is to be complicit in the crime and, most certainly, to be responsible for what happens to the next child the abuser targets. I join my fellow survivors in saying that institutional actors who fail to implement and enforce measures to prevent abuse in the first place are responsible for the harm that results. And I add to the cries for such inaction to be treated in all respects as a crime. Nassar should not be the only one going to prison.Born in 1963, Larry Nassar was but a very young child when King was taken from us in 1968. There was plenty of time for those “good” adults who ignored and silenced Nassar’s child victims when they cried out for help, over many years, to take Reverend King’s lessons to heart before Nassar struck even once. But they did not. As a child sex abuse survivor, as an advocate for other survivors and as a parent, I pray society will realize that the appalling silence of the good people is absolutely intolerable in the face of any evil – especially evil that threatens defenseless children. I pray we finally learn this time.Michael Dolce, a victim of child sex abuse, is now a victims’ rights attorney at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll. Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Opinion Share on Twitter It is tragically ironic that in the same month we applauded the courageous young survivors confronting Larry Nassar in court for his horrific abuse, we also celebrated the wisdom and legacy of the Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. One of King’s great lessons was that justice can be hindered by “the appalling silence of the good people”. Indeed, so many survivors of Larry Nassar’s atrocious acts asked one question time and time again: why was he not stopped sooner by the good people who had reason to know of his crimes?Gymnast Larissa Boyce, runner Christine Achenbach and softball player Tiffany Lopez all recounted their complaints to otherwise “good” people at Michigan State University about Nassar between 1997 and 2000, many years before his relentless abuse of children was stopped. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 2:14 US crime Play Video comment Larry Nassar survivor: mother billed for sessions at which I was abused Stand up for Aly Raisman in fight to purge the horrors of Larry Nassar Marina Hyde Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. March 28, 2019 – The sudden closure of Icelandic budget carrier Wow Air has left thousands of travelers stranded and looking to travel insurance to recoup costs. Fortunately, travelers with insurance policies that include cancellation coverage for the financial default of a common carrier may be covered by their policy, as long as specific conditions are met. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains what travelers need to know about coverage related to the Wow Air closure. If You Do Have Travel Insurance Insured travelers with upcoming trips may be reimbursed for cancelled flights costs resulting from the airline closure if their policy includes Trip Cancellation coverage for Financial Default. In order to qualify for this time-sensitive benefit, policies must meet the following requirements: Travelers must have purchased a policy within 10-21 days of their initial trip deposit Coverage is not available during the benefit’s wait period, typically the first 10-14 days after a policy is purchased Affected travelers currently on a trip may be reimbursed for the additional costs of booking a new flight if their policy includes Trip Interruption coverage for Financial Default. In some cases, travelers may be refunded their entire trip cost in the event they are forced to cut their short. Stranded travelers can be covered by their policy’s Travel Delay benefit for meals, hotel accommodations, and local transportation expenses incurred during the delay. If You Don’t Have Travel Insurance Unfortunately, uninsured travelers with upcoming flights on WOW Air can no longer purchase a policy with coverage for this specific event. Travelers who are concerned about future airline closures can buy a policy to include Trip Cancellation coverage for Financial Default. Squaremouth recommends that travelers purchase their policy soon after making their initial trip deposit to ensure they qualify for the time sensitive benefit. Squaremouth launched the WOW Air Closure Travel Insurance Information Center to keep travelers up-to-date with coverage for this event. This resource will be regularly updated by Squaremouth’s travel insurance experts as information becomes available.  About SquaremouthSquaremouth compares travel insurance policies from every major travel insurance provider in the United States. Using Squaremouth’s comparison engine and third-party customer reviews, travelers can research and compare travel insurance policies side-by-side. More information can be found at www.squaremouth.comlast_img read more

first_imgAn array of shore excursions allowing guests a full immersion into the region with experiences such as an architectural tour of the famed work Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona, attending the Pope’s weekly Angelus on St. Peter’s Square in Rome, visiting the ancient ruins of Pompeii, and much more.Before returning back home to South Florida for a third season of seven-night Caribbean cruises, MSC Divina will receive a series of renovations while in dry dock in Europe including some surprise enhancements specifically tailored to appeal to North American passengers.MSC Divina is currently sailing Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises from PortMiami which continue through April 2015.MSC Cruises, May 1, 2014 zoom MSC Cruises is strengthening its commitment to serving the North American market with the deployment of the MSC Divina to the Mediterranean during the summer of 2015.MSC DIVINAThe first of the line’s ships dedicated to North American travelers, MSC Divina will bring its signature service and onboard experiences to the most sought-after Mediterranean seven-night itineraries beginning May 16 through October 3, 2015. Once the summer sailings are completed, MSC Divina will enter dry dock in Europe before returning to Miami in November 2015 to continue the popular seven-night Caribbean departures.Now open for booking, MSC Divina’s 2015 Mediterranean season offers special perks for guests who book by July 31, 2014, including an exclusive balcony upgrade and up to $200 onboard credit per stateroom.“After exposing MSC Divina to thousands of guests in the Caribbean, customer surveys are showing an increased desire for North Americans to sail onboard MSC Divina in the Mediterranean,” said Richard E. Sasso, president, MSC Cruises USA.“The enhancements made at the start of the Caribbean season to ready MSC Divina for the North American market have certainly paid off with positive ratings and increased repeat business. This has led to our decision to maintain the MSC Divina onboard product designed around the senses of American taste, entertainment and comfort and expand her offerings into the Mediterranean, the hottest and most desired vacation destination by North Americans today,” continued Sasso.MSC Divina will begin her Grand Voyage on April 26, 2015, from Miami making a stop in New York, King’s Wharf, Bermuda and then continuing onto Ponta Delgada, Lisbon, Cadiz, Barcelona, Naples and Civitavecchia.From May 16, 2015 through September 26, 2015, the ship will sail seven-night Mediterranean cruises departing from Civitavecchia and visiting the ports of La Spezia, Cannes, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Naples and returning to Civitavecchia.On September 26, 2015, MSC Divina will end her Mediterranean season with a unique 10-night sailing featuring additional calls in Tunisia, Malta, and Sicily. Highlights of MSC Divina’s Mediterranean season include:Ability to embark two marquee ports: Civitavecchia on Saturdays and Barcelona on Wednesdays, allowing for a customized vacation experience with outstanding pre- and post-cruise opportunities and ample airlift from the United States and Canada.Late night stays in La Spezia enabling guests to visit nearby cities of Pisa, Florence, Portofino and Cinque Terre.Call in Naples will allow time to visit Pompeii, Capri, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO (March 13, 2017) – Bell Media congratulates its production partners, team members, and talent on another remarkable performance at the Canadian Screen Awards. Recognized with 35 television wins overall, Bell Media continues to showcase its growing commitment to creating and developing exceptional original Canadian content.Bell Media and its partners garnered four of the major television awards handed out at last night’s closing gala, including Best Dramatic Series (ORPHAN BLACK), Best Comedy (LETTERKENNY), Best Dramatic Actress (Tatiana Maslany, ORPHAN BLACK), and Best Dramatic Actor (Adrian Holmes, 19-2). Bell Media-supported film projects won 18 awards, including Best Motion Picture (It’s Only the End of the World), Best Direction (It’s Only the End of the World/Xavier Dolan), Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (The Other Half/Tatiana Maslany), and Best Original Screenplay (Weirdos/Daniel MacIvor).Viewers can catch a full recap of the Canadian Screen Awards, including all the red carpet arrivals and behind-the-scenes coverage with a special edition of ETALK tonight. ETALK AT THE CSAs airs at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two and CTV GO. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: “We are constantly inspired by the many brilliant minds working tirelessly to create phenomenal homegrown series and films in Canada,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “We are humbled by the industry-leading content that Bell Media’s partners and team members have produced this year, representing a diversity of programming from news, sports, scripted, factual, reality, lifestyle, and music.”“As well, congratulations to Beth Janson and everyone at the Academy for elevating this year’s Canadian Screen Week and Awards to new heights.”Space’s juggernaut sci-fi drama ORPHAN BLACK from Temple Street Productions secured nine wins over the course of Canadian Screen Week, including Best Dramatic Series, Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for the fourth year in a row to Tatiana Maslany, Best Direction in a Dramatic Series, and Best Writing in a Dramatic Series. Bravo’s hit drama 19-2 from Sphère Média Plus and Echo Media received one win, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role to Adrian Holmes.CTV’s THE AMAZING RACE CANADA from Insight Production Company Ltd. took home six awards, including Best Reality/Competition Program or Series for the third year in a row, Best Direction in a Reality / Competition Program or Series, Best Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality / Competition Program or Series, and the Golden Screen Award for TV Reality Show.The CraveTV Original Series LETTERKENNY, from New Metric Media, garnered three, including Best Comedy, Best Direction in a Comedy Program or Series, and Best Writing in a Comedy Program or Series.Bell Media Studios garnered two awards, including Best News or Information for Discovery’s DAILY PLANET, the first Canadian Screen Award in the series’ 22-year history, and for the second year in a row, THE MARILYN DENIS SHOW as Best Talk Program or Series.CTV News received three awards, including Best News or Information Program for W5, while Best National News Anchor went to CTV NATIONAL NEWS’ Lisa LaFlamme, and Best Local News Anchor went to Daryl McIntyre from CTV Edmonton.TSN garnered a total of four awards, more than all other sports broadcasters, including Best Direction in a Live Sporting Event for the 2015 GREY CUP. TSN’s Chris Cuthbert was recognized for Best Sports Play-by-Play while Best Sports Analyst in a Sports Program or Series went to Jack Armstrong. TSN Original Features were also recognized, winning the award for Best Sports Feature Segment for TSN’s “Radical Play”.Television productions supported by premium pay TV network The Movie Network received four wins, led by Bell Media Original Documentaries HIP-HOP EVOLUTION, from Banger Films, which received two wins; HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD, from Met Films, which secured one award; and TMN series SENSITIVE SKIN, from Rhombus Media/Baby Cow Productions, which garnered one award.Seven films supported by The Movie Network and The Harold Greenberg Fund/Le Fonds Harold Greenberg won 18 awards, including: It’s Only The End of the World, which took home six awards including Best Motion Picture; Race, which earned four wins including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role to Stephan James; and Weirdos, which received two wins including Best Original Screenplay.One of its most-watched broadcasts of the year,One of its most-watched broadcasts of the year, tonight at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO, ETALK caps off its coverage of Canadian Screen Week with highlights from Sunday night’s gala. Ben Mulroney reports from the red carpet and Devon Soltendieck hosts winners and stars in Etalk’s backstage lounge, including Canadian Screen Award-winner Tatiana Maslany, the cast and crew of LETTERKENNY, and Dave Chappelle.  Plus, the stars pose to perfection in ETALK’s portrait studio in Bell Media’s VIP Talent Lounge! The 30-minute special also airs on CTV Two at 7:30 p.m. ET.The full list of Bell Media television awards includes:CTV Television and Digital (8)THE AMAZING RACE CANADA (6)Insight Production Company Ltd.Best Reality/ Competition Program or SeriesJohn Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Mark Lysakowski, Mike Bickerton, Sarah James, Kyle Martin, Robyn Bigue, Guy Clarkson, Ann Camilleri, Steff Millman, Catherine PetersenBest Direction in a Reality / Competition Program or Series“For Those About to Rock’ – Rob BrunnerBest Photography in a Lifestyle or Reality / Competition Program or Series“Who’s Ready to Let it All Hang Out” – Ryan ShawBest Picture Editing in a Reality/Competition Program or Series“Who’s Ready to Let it All Hang Out” – Mike Tersigni, Ben O’Neil, Burak Ozgan, Jonathan Dowler, Allan HughesBest Writing in a Lifestyle or Reality / Competition Program or Series“Toads! Are you Kidding Me?” – Mark Lysakowski, Rob Brunner, Jennifer PrattGolden Screen Award for TV Reality ShowThe Amazing Race CanadaTHE 2016 JUNO AWARDS (1)Insight Production Company Ltd.Best Music Program or SeriesJohn Brunton, Barbara Bowlby, Randy Lennox, Allan Reid, Mark Cohon, Lindsay Cox, Tracy Galvin, Pam De MontmorencyTHE MARILYN DENIS SHOW (1)Bell Media ProductionBest Talk Program or SeriesMichelle Crespi and John SimpsonSpace (9)ORPHAN BLACK (9)Temple StreetBest Dramatic SeriesDavid Fortier, Ivan Schneeberg, John Fawcett, Graeme Manson, Claire Welland, Kerry Appleyard, Tatiana Maslany, Alex Levine, Peter MohanBest Direction in a Dramatic Series“Transgressive Border Crossing” – John FawcettBest Original Music Score for a Series“The Scandal of Altruism” – Trevor YulleBest Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series“From Dancing Mice to Psychopaths” – Aaron MortonBest Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series“The Scandal of Altruism” – Jay PrychidnyBest Production Design or Art Direction in a Fiction Program or Series“Human Raw Material” – John Dondertman, Liz CalderheadBest Writing in a Dramatic Series“The Collapse of Nature” – Graeme MansonBest Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or SeriesKevin HanchardBest Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic RoleTatiana MaslanyTSN (4)2015 GREY CUP (2)TSNBest Direction in a Live Sporting EventAndy BouyoukosBest Sports Play-by-Play AnnouncerChris CuthbertRADICAL PLAY (1)Best Sports Feature SegmentJosh Shiaman, Rick Westhead, Jason Wessel, Darren Oliver, Kevin Fallis2016 NBA PLAYOFFS: HEAT VS. 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Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, hit drama CARDINAL, and upcoming original series THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV comedies LETTERKENNY and RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER, Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON, and nine new series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN and FISH THE DISH. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K..About Bell MediaBell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada’s most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca. Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgTributes are pouring in for former record label executive Deane Cameron, who in propelling the careers of artists from Anne Murray to Nickelback, helped shape the sound of Canadian music.A spokeswoman for Massey Hall confirmed that Cameron, who headed the non-profit that operates the Toronto cultural institution, died Thursday at age 65.pic.twitter.com/y3Dix5MId4— Massey Hall (@masseyhall) May 16, 2019 Advertisement LOVE YOU DEANE https://t.co/zkRiBEF9j3 pic.twitter.com/AA6vWmzTHS— Serena Ryder (@serenaryder) May 16, 2019 Tributes are pouring in from Canadian musicians for former record label executive Deane Cameron, who died at the age of 65. (Jag Gundu/Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall/The Canadian Press) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Over his four-decade career, Cameron worked with some of the biggest names in Canadian music, including Serena Ryder, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Stompin’ Tom Connors, the Rankin Family and July Talk.He got his start in the music scene as teenager playing the drums with Tom Cochrane, and rose through the ranks of EMI Music Canada to become the record label’s president and CEO in 1988, serving in the top job for 24 years.Cameron pushed to secure major U.S. record deals for Canadian artists including Corey Hart, Max Webster and Red Rider, and also instrumental in putting support behind international acts such as Coldplay, Kate Bush and Katy Perry in the Canadian market.His championing of homegrown talent earned him the moniker “Captain Canada,” and won Cameron a number of accolades, including the Order of Canada and the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at the Junos.Since his passing, many have been paying respect to Cameron’s life online:Sad to learn of the passage of Deane Cameron into the next. He touched so many lives in Canadian music. He’s the classic record exec; a musical patriot; a lover of artists and was an early champion of Polaris. He’ll be dearly and massively missed. pic.twitter.com/npp6poNyMB— Polaris Music Prize (@PolarisPrize) May 16, 2019 Advertisement So sad to learn of the sudden and tragic passing of Deane Cameron, a tremendous and longtime supporter of Canadian musicians and a driving force behind the Massey Hall revitalization project. He will be missed. https://t.co/QKFgV6iTgv— Rush (@rushtheband) May 16, 2019… Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement The acts include:Reuben and the Dark (July 4)Feist (July 5)Bishop Briggs (July 6)Dashboard Confessional (July 7)T-Pain (July 8)King Princess (July 9)Metric (July 10)Mother Mother (July 11)The Glorious Sons (July 12)Chromeo (July 13)Keys N Krates (July 13)Death Cab For Cutie (July 14)The full lineup, including opening acts and daytime bands, can be found by visiting calgarystampede.com/coca-cola-stage.This year’s Stampede runs from July 5 to 14.BY SAMMY HUDES ~ THE CALGARY HERALD Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: T-Pain, Mother Mother and Chromeo headline this year’s Calgary Stampede Coca-Cola Stage.The full lineup for the venue, which is free with admission to Stampede, was released Thursday morning.More than 50 artists are scheduled to perform throughout the 10-day festivities. Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:ENB, TSX:AQN) CALGARY — Enbridge Inc. has signed a deal to sell its natural gas distribution business in New Brunswick to Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. for $331 million in cash.Enbridge Gas New Brunswick operates and maintains more than 1,200 km of natural gas distribution pipeline in 12 communities in New Brunswick with 12,000 customers.The company says employees, customers, partners and suppliers can expect no change to the day-to-day operations as it works to complete the deal.Algonquin says it plans to maintain local employment and the existing operating and management structure.The sale is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.It is expected to close in 2019.last_img read more

Rabat – Since ancient times, Morocco has been a safe haven for Jews.  Throughout its history, Morocco has protected its Jewish population in times of conflict and persecution in the world. Now in the 21st century, Morocco’s reformed constitution of 2011 recognizes Jews as one of Morocco’s national identities and core constituents, making Morocco a unique model of co-existence and religious diversity in the Arab world.Estimates and historical references indicate that Jews lived in Morocco during the reign of the Phoenicians. However, the biggest influx of Jews to Morocco dates back to the fifteenth century when Granada fell into the hands of Queen Isabella of Spain in 1492, and Spain forced 165,000 Jews to convert to Catholicism or face expulsion.The protected status of Jews in Morocco remained unchanged during the French protectorate years of the 20th century as the number of Moroccan Jews increased to 250,000 in 1940, when they represented 10 percent of the country’s citizens. In the 1950s, the number of Moroccan Jews expanded to 300,000 citizens who enjoyed the freedom to practice their religion and social customs. During the French occupation of Morocco, the late King Mohammed V adamantly rejected the pressure of France’s Vichy government to discriminate against Jews.  His response to requests by that government to turn over Moroccan Jews to the Nazis was,“There are no Jews in Morocco. There are only subjects.” It was also reported that he hid some Jews from the Nazis in his palace during the rise of anti-Semitism in World War II. His intention was to preserve Morocco’s security and safety, and ensure that there was no distinction between Morocco’s citizens on the basis of religion or creed.Morocco historically has also recognized the religious practices of the Jewish community.  Three decrees were issued in May 1918, February 1925, March 1928, and March 1957 to reorganize the Hebrew courts in various regions of Morocco that address matters of personal status, inheritance, marriage, pluralism, divorce, and the inheritance system for Jews. The courts still operate under Jewish law.The atmosphere of respect and coexistence among religions in Morocco has contributed to the emergence of a Jewish elite who have occupied important positions in Morocco’s economic, scientific, diplomatic, and cultural arenas.  Dr. Leon Ben-Zaken, for example, was the personal doctor of King Mohammed V.  He was appointed Minister of Telegraph and Communication after Morocco’s independence in 1956 where he remained until 1958.  Serge Berdigo is one of Morocco’s contemporary high ranking Jews, having held the position of Minister of Tourism in 1993 in the government of Abdul Karim Amrani. Andre Azoulay, was the economic adviser of the late King Hassan II, and he continues his service to Morocco as a senior advisor to the current King Mohammed VI.The Kingdom of Morocco has historically preserved and protected the religious freedom of Moroccan Jews and their places of worship. The government recently rehabilitated 167 Jewish sites, including a number of cemeteries and synagogues, to preserve the heritage of Moroccan Jews. In 2011, Simon Levy founded the Jewish Museum in Casablanca. The historic site remains a culturally important monument in Morocco connecting the Arab and Islamic world’s past with the present, and highlights Morocco’s legacy of religious tolerance and diversity. read more

Rabat – In light of recent allegations that Hirak-associated prisoners are receiving unjust punishment, Mustapha El Khalfi claims that actions are being taken against any sort of violating activity.Over a hundred people have recently been arrested in connection with the Rifian protests that started in Al-Hoceima last fall, in demand of better regional funding and a stabilized job market.In response to allegations of violations and torture towards Hirak protestors, calls for justice for prisoners have intensified, and later turned violent. The largest incident occurred on Monday during Eid al-Fitr, when brutal clashes erupted between protestors and security forces. According to Moroccan government spokesman and Minister of Communications, Mustapha El Khalfi, all Al-Hoceima cases of torture will now be subject to medical examinations.El Khalfi emphasized the government’s commitment to investigating any alleged abuses against Al-Hoceima detainees, and said that complaints will be “automatically accepted.”21 temporary detention files are under investigation in the Al-Hoceima Court of Appeals, and 28 in Al-Hoceima’s Court of First Instance.“The vast majority of them are given a prison sentence, while 20 percent have been given suspended sentences,” El Khalfi said. He also announced that national strategies regarding the protests will be updated to better meet human rights needs. “The strategy will be updated before the end of 2017.”Various associations and stakeholders are to be involved in the progress, which is to be implemented at the beginning of 2018. read more

Rabat – A zebra, nine addax, eight Barbary sheep, eight servals, eight Dorcas gazelles, eight Bald ibis, and a Dama gazelle were born, amongst other animals, said the Rabat Zoo in a press release.Some of these animals are critically endangered. The Dama gazelle, the largest of all gazelles, is also one of the rarest. Once common in Chad and the Darfur and Kordofar provinces of Sudan, fewer than 400 of these gazelles remain in the wild.The Bald ibis is a migratory bird found in semi-arid habitats. The bird can be spotted in the Souss-Massa and Tamri regions in southern Morocco. Thanks to record breeding results there, the birds status was downgraded in 2018 from critically endangered status to endangered on the IUCN Red List. Read also: Rare Barbary Macaque Born at Morocco’s National Zoo in RabatFive Scimitar oryx were also born at the Rabat Zoo this year. Also known as the Saharan oryx, the species was once widespread across North Africa but became extinct in the wild in 2000.The births of the animals this year are the result of a strategy by the Rabat Zoo to ensure the reproduction of its species, in accordance with international standards of conservation.The zoo has a conservation program in place, targeting especially the endemic species of Morocco including the saharan antelopes and Bald ibis, in an aim to rebuild population numbers and to reintroduce them into their wild habitats. The Rabat Zoo has over 150 different breeds of animals. read more

UNAMID reported that another 162 personnel are due to join the multi-role logistics unit tomorrow in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, giving a boost to the joint AU-UN mission in logistical support. The Bangladeshi unit brings additional logistical and engineering capabilities in the areas of supply, transport, maintenance and force protection to UNAMID. Bangladesh is the second-largest UN troop-contributing country and its current deployment in Darfur includes one formed police unit (FPU) also deployed in South Darfur, as well as 53 individual police advisers. Today’s deployment brings the total number of UNAMID forces – slated to eventually become the world body’s largest peacekeeping operation with some 26,000 personnel at full strength – to 8,917 troops and police officers on the ground. But it still lacks essential equipment, including helicopters. An additional 3,000 personnel, mostly from Ethiopia and Egypt, are expected to join UNAMID in the next two months, bringing the total number of troops by the end of November to over 12,000.Meanwhile, some 230 schoolchildren from El Fasher joined UNAMID and the UN country team in celebration of UN Day in the North Darfur capital, with a variety of events, including the performance of songs by the children and traditional dances by UNAMID personnel from Gambia, Rwanda, Indonesia and Afghanistan. The Day was also marked with the launch of a UN-sponsored tree-planting campaign, aimed at fighting the desertification of the impoverished and arid region. An estimated 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur since fighting erupted in 2003 between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militiamen and the rebels, while 2.7 million others have been forced from their homes and now live as refugees or as internally displaced persons (IDPs). 23 October 2008Some 163 Bangladeshi officers arrived today to serve with the hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID), the operation tasked with quelling the violence and humanitarian suffering across the war-torn region of western Sudan. read more

Minister Bathiudeen had earlier directed CAA Chairman Hasitha Tilakeratne and his officials to raid and seize all fake and adulterated cosmetic products in the market or awaiting to enter the market. (Colombo Gazette) Following the raid CAA teams found the cream in bulk was re-packaged in to smaller retail packs of different Commercial Brands -“Golden Pearl”, “Pai Me” and “Goree (Made in Pakistan)”, among others.Some packs of cream were also labelled “Seaweed Element-Whitening Anti Spot Cream” in English and priced at Rs 650 each. The raid on the Kolonnawa warehouse was led by two young CAA officials who were previously tipped off on the quiet operation at Wennawatte in Wellampitiya. Officers of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) commenced a probe on one of the largest ever cosmetics contraband to be discovered to-date at a warehouse in Wellampitiya.The CAA estimates the value of the seized contraband is around Rs 15.7 million. On March 6, CAA officials speaking about the March 1 raid, urged consumers to be cautious of fake cream products, specially targeted at young women. “We especially warn young consumers to beware of these fake skin products, targeted mostly at young women. Do not purchase any packages just because they are low priced. Inspect for registration numbers, expiry dates and location of production. If such products found CAA can be informed on hotline 1977 or direct lines 117755481-3,” officials said. Some retail packs were advertised as “7 Days Freckle removing” on the label as well. At the warehouse, the CAA found sub-standard creams in bulk packs that were printed in Chinese characters. There were no import documents or proof of country of origin. The suspected individual in charge of the operation also failed to produce any documents showing the location of production of the cosmetics (locally or abroad), product registration certificates or even registration numbers (which is also not found in any labels).The bulk creams were found in new large cardboard boxes, neatly stacked in shelves at the warehouse.In 2014, CAA netted 100,000 fake black henna packets in Grandpass, Colombo. The 100000 packets were branded and printed showing a locally reputed brand name but the henna inside were switched with a sub-standard, adulterated dye powder.This stock was valued at Rs 13 million.In November 2016, the CAA was informed of the use of adulterated and expired cosmetics in many salons around the country. CAA raided 107 beauty & hair salons in Kandy, Kurunegala, Gampaha, Jaffna, Batticaloa, Matara, and Puttalam Districts and detected expired cosmetics in 67 salons. “These fake creams could have resulted in skin issues and injuries. Thanks to our alert CAA officers, we prevented it,” Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen said during a discussions with CAA officials on the raid. read more

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has found a Croatian journalist guilty of contempt for publishing closed session transcripts and part of a witness statement.In a judgement issued today, the Tribunal fined Josip Jovic, a former editor-in-chief of the Croatian daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija, 20,000 Euros.In a series of articles that appeared in November and December 2000, Mr. Jovic published the transcripts and part of a statement given to the Office of the Prosecutor by Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, who testified against a former Croatian Army general.The ICTY Trial Chamber expressed particular concern over Mr. Jovic’s decision to ignore a cease and desist order from the Tribunal after the first four articles had appeared, noting that he went on in subsequent editions to boast that the transcripts he was publishing were “secret.”“His actions not only were contemptuous, but also stymied the Tribunal’s ability to safeguard the evidence of a protected witness and risked undermining confidence in the Tribunal’s ability to grant effective protective measures,” said the Trial Chamber in its judgement summary.The defence had argued that Mr. Jovic did not believe he was bound by the Tribunal’s orders and therefore could not be held in contempt, but this was found to be erroneous. read more

Business report with Mike Eppel – Feb. 5, 2014 by News Staff Posted Feb 5, 2014 6:53 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Two big airlines raising prices as Canadian dollar falls, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. airlines|business report|Canadian dollar

REGINA – Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says it might be time to look at shipping grain south through the United States instead of east and west to Canadian ports.Wall made the comments Tuesday while voicing his frustration over a grain backlog that has left a record crop sitting in bins across the Prairies.“While the U.S. transportation system isn’t perfect, they certainly have not had the degree of trouble we’ve had. There seems to be greater competition, greater capacity to handle,” said the premier.“And so in addition to the option of two providers going east-west, maybe we need to look increasingly at the option of having grain move south and being part of the U.S. system to port, so we can actually serve the markets that are so important to our farmers.”Wall mused about possible incentives from the province for a north-south railroad.It would help to diversify transportation, he said.“If this is the new norm … of the volumes we’re seeing and we’re going to continue seeing some oil on rail and potash on rail, I just fundamentally think it’s time we look at every option and maybe increase the options we have for moving these commodities, not just east and west, as I say, but maybe north and south to a greater degree,” said Wall.Grain-handling companies have told the province that it may be well into 2015 before the backlog is cleared.Saskatchewan said Monday it wants the federal government to oversee negotiations on performance agreements between grain and rail companies.Federal legislation allows a government arbitrator to decide if a signed service agreement between a shipping company and a railway has been violated, but most grain handlers don’t have such contracts. That means rail companies determine the level of service they’re going to provide.Wall says he raised the issue Monday in a phone call with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.“I fundamentally believe he understands the urgency of the situation and how every option — including the federal government maybe having to be the bad guy — every option needs to be on the table. Or at least, at the very beginning (Ottawa needs to be) the encourager of these two groups to get together on these agreements and, if need be, the federal government to look at penalties, because it’s a serious, serious situation,” said Wall.The Saskatchewan Agriculture Department has said the backlog could result in the loss of billions of dollars.Canadian National (TSX:CNR) said in an email to The Canadian Press on Monday that it’s doing it’s best to move the record crop to market.CN said its goal is return to a more normal level of winter service of 4,000-plus cars per week “as soon as extreme cold temperatures abate.” It uses shorter trains during cold weather to ensure brakes can be used properly, which affects shipment capacity. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Saskatchewan premier says time to eye shipping grain south in light of backlog by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 25, 2014 1:24 pm MDT read more

first_imgIcy conditions will persist until early to mid-afternoon today, the National Weather Service now says.In an updated winter weather advisory issued at 9:01 a.m., the weather service said conditions will persist longest near the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge, including Washougal and Camas.The slickest conditions this morning appear to be in Multnomah County, both near the gorge and in the west hills. Even downtown Portland is slick, however.Temperatures are slightly warmer on this side of the river, with favorable road conditions in much of Clark County, including downtown Vancouver, Hazel Dell and Salmon Creek.It was 34 degrees at Pearson Field in Vancouver at noon, where about half an inch of ran has fallen since last night.Only a handful of local schools announced closures or delays, particularly those with facilities near the Columbia River Gorge.Conditions varied widely. Roads were icy in Camas and Washougal, where an accident on Highway 14 about 3 a.m. resulted in one injury. On the west side of town, roads tended to be just wet.last_img read more