Alberta man accused of killing friends family says friend did it not

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – One of two men charged with shooting three people, then burning their house down, continues to maintain he had nothing to do with it.Joshua Frank and Jason Klaus are charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Klaus’s parents and sister in a home near Castor, Alta., on Dec. 8, 2013.Crown prosecutor Dallas Sopko reminded Frank on Monday that he told undercover police in July 2014 that he did kill the three and gave details.Frank testified he only told the officers, who were posing as crime bosses, because he was trying to be a “tough guy” for 42-year-old Klaus.He said the night of the murders he was sitting in a vehicle when he saw Klaus raise his arm, a muzzle flashed and then a gunshot; Klaus then walked towards his parents’ house with a jerry can.Sopko suggested Frank, who is 32, carried out the murders for cash because he was broke and addicted to drugs, but Frank again said he didn’t kill them.When asked why he didn’t get away from Klaus, even though he had the opportunity, he said it was because he was afraid.“I wasn’t thinking close to rationally,” Frank said.The trial continues on Tuesday.(RD News Now)last_img read more

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Trudeau says peoplekind remark was a bad attempt at humour he regrets

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says an off-the-cuff remark he made during a town hall meeting about making the word mankind more inclusive was an attempt at humour that backfired — a joke that he now appears to regret.In an exchange between Trudeau and a woman asking about religious charities at the Edmonton event, Trudeau interjected when she used the word mankind, telling her he preferred to say peoplekind.The remark caught the attention of media outlets outside Canada, including one of U.S. President Donald Trump’s favourite TV shows, “Fox and Friends,” which ridiculed Trudeau for the comment during a broadcast Tuesday.Prominent British TV broadcaster Piers Morgan and Australian columnist Rita Panahi were also critical of Trudeau for being too politically correct.The Opposition Conservatives also got in a few jabs, with deputy Tory leader Lisa Raitt urging the prime minister to “person up” during a testy exchange in the House of Commons.On his way into a Liberal caucus meeting today, Trudeau admitted his track record at telling jokes was a bad one, and his peoplekind comment only made it worse.“I made a dumb joke a few days ago that seems to have gone a little viral in the room on the ‘peoplekind’ comment,” Trudeau said without being prompted by reporters.“It played well in the room and in context. Out of context, it doesn’t play so well,” he added.“It’s a little reminder to me that I shouldn’t be making jokes even when I think they’re funny.”The unwanted attention over the remark comes as the prime minister heads to the U.S. today in hopes of selling Canada’s virtues stateside.He begins his trip in Chicago, where he’s expected to promote the benefits of progressive trade in front of university students.Trudeau was at the top of the list of speakers requested by students at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.last_img read more

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Pipeline protesters including Green leader should face criminal charges judge

first_imgVANCOUVER – A B.C. Supreme Court judge says the Crown should consider laying criminal contempt of court charges against Green party Leader Elizabeth May and dozens of other demonstrators alleged to have violated a pipeline court injunction.May, New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart, and others arrested last month are currently charged with civil contempt of court over allegations that they protested within five metres of two Trans Mountain sites in Burnaby, B.C.But Justice Kenneth Affleck said the case should not be left to Trans Mountain to pursue as a private litigant and the matter should be taken over by B.C.’s attorney general.“There is no doubt in my mind that the conduct that is alleged here amounts to criminal contempt of court,” he said Monday.“They are matters of public importance, they ought not to be left in the hands of a private litigant.”A spokesman from the Ministry of Attorney General said Monday that the independent B.C. Prosecution Service would be responsible for pursuing cases of criminal contempt.May was arrested with several others on March 23 when she joined protesters to rally against the expansion of the pipeline.The B.C. Prosecution Service’s civil disobedience policy manual says whether contempt is a civil or criminal matter is determined by “the character and nature of the conduct.”A dispute of civil contempt would remain between the parties involved, while criminal contempt involves the public interest in administering justice, says a copy of the manual posted to the B.C. government website.“A criminal contempt often involves a mass disobedience of a court order which tends to bring the administration of justice into disrepute or scorn,” it says.Trevor Shaw, a lawyer for the B.C. Prosecution Service, told the judge it would carefully consider a referral of the case from the court and report back “on what we see as the next steps that are viable and appropriate.”Civil and criminal contempt charges have “substantial overlap,” Shaw said.“The contempt, when it’s criminal in nature, is typically reserved for cases where there has been a failure for an effective civil enforcement, there has been particularly egregious conduct, repeat offenders or sentences where there have been violence or damaged property,” he said.Maureen Killoran, counsel for Trans Mountain, said it’s the responsibility of the court, not the company, to move forward on prosecuting the 150 people arrested at the site since the injunction was granted.“The injunction order from the perspective of Trans Mountain is meaningless. It is a circus on site, and the court must take steps to protect the rule of law,” she said.Affleck said the trials, which should be expedited, aren’t determining the merit of the pipeline expansion project that faces fierce opposition in B.C.“This trial is not about the whether the work being done by Trans Mountain or Kinder Morgan is lawful or environmentally wise, none of that,” he said. “The only issue is, has there been public defiance of the order?”May’s lawyer, Andi MacKay, said the court’s direction to have the charges proceed as criminal rather than civil were clear, and while defendants intend to co-operate, they need more time.She said only 15 of the 25 people in court on Monday had actually been served, and many people still needed time to find a lawyer.“Individuals who are alleged to be in contempt of the court order are entitled to the time to retain counsel, to instruct counsel, to consider their options, to receive disclosure and to have proper notice,” MacKay said in court.The judge released the group on a promise to appear in court next week.May declined comment on the proceedings.last_img read more

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Illinois race car driver 61 dead following crash on Ontario track

first_imgBOWMANVILLE, Ont. – A 61-year-old Illinois man is dead after he lost control of his race car and crashed during a race at a track east of Toronto on Saturday afternoon.Durham Regional Police say the crash happened during a Formula 5000 race at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ont., at about 4:30 p.m.Police say the 1972 Lola T300 race car passed a safety inspection before being permitted on the track, but the driver lost control as he was turning a corner and smashed into a wall.They say the driver was extricated from the car, but he was pronounced dead once he arrived at a local hospital.Investigators did not release the name of the deceased, but racetrack officials identified him as Jeffrey Green of Peoria, Ill.Police say the track was closed for the remainder of the day.last_img read more

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Canadian Red Cross ready to assist in monster storms

first_imgCanadian Red Cross teams remain on stand-by ready to help if they’re needed in either the Philippines or Carolinas. They are continuing to monitor and liaise with their sister societies.Hundreds of thousands of people are still on the move but they already have strong national teams at both sites. Vice President for the Canadian Red Cross in Alberta Jenn Mcmanus said they’re not asking people to donate funds just yet as they’re still assessing needs. “Family members actually try and stay off the phone lines because of course, we want people to get through for emergency purposes so check the Canadian Global Affairs website on what to do to find a relative.” In terms of visiting the areas, they’re asking people to listen to Global Affairs and register with the authorities.last_img read more

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Report by interim chief says outsider should head fragile Montreal police force

first_imgMONTREAL – The interim chief brought in to clean up problems in the Montreal police force says the internal climate remains fragile and the next chief should come from outside the department.The recommendation is among 14 made Tuesday by Martin Prud’homme, the provincial police chief who took charge of the Montreal force following the suspension of Philippe Pichet last December.Pichet, who was named in August 2015 by then-mayor Denis Coderre, was suspended with pay after an independent report found irregularities in the Montreal police force’s internal investigations.In a preliminary report in June, Prud’homme described a city police force with low morale and warring internal factions, saying officers were afraid to speak out.Prud’homme’s final report says the working climate has improved in the past year, but there is a risk that progress will be undone.Quebec Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault agrees with Prud’homme’s assessment.“It’s still fragile, and that’s why I endorse the recommendation made by Mr. Prud’homme that the next chief of police should be nominated among the two persons who worked with him,” she told reporters in Quebec City.One of Prud’homme’s two assistants was Line Carbonneau, a retired RCMP officer, whose job was to get the internal investigation unit back on its feet.The other was Sylvain Caron, a retired provincial police officer, who handled criminal investigations while working with Prud’homme.Guilbault said the review has helped to restore confidence in police institutions and bodes well for the force.Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said Tuesday that a selection committee has already been put in place to find a new Montreal police chief.But she added that she wants to proceed cautiously, echoing the sentiment that the force is in a “fragile” state.“The city of Montreal’s police service needs stability,” Plante said.Addressing the police force’s 6,000 employees, she said there have been difficult moments, but “finally, we see the light at the end of the tunnel.”Prud’homme, who is set to return to the provincial police at the end of the year, has also called on the city and the police to put together a final reorganization plan and send it to Guilbault.Another recommendation is the creation, along with provincial police, of a joint team that would investigate criminal allegations against police officers. Prud’homme says the Montreal force should not be solely responsible for such inquiries.He also called for improved training of investigators, a third of whom do not have the required certification, and the creation of an internal audit bureau to monitor spending.last_img read more

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Global panel to review FAA approval of Boeing 737 Max flight controls

first_imgCHICAGO — A global team of experts next week will begin reviewing how the Boeing 737 Max’s flight control system was approved by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.The FAA says experts from nine international civil aviation authorities, including Transport Canada, have confirmed participation in a technical review promised by the agency.Former U.S. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Chris Hart will lead the group, which also will have experts from the FAA and NASA. They will look at the plane’s automated system including the way it interacts with pilots. The group will meet Tuesday and is expected to finish in 90 days.The Boeing jetliner has been grounded around the world since mid-March after two crashes killed 346 people. Investigators are focusing on anti-stall software that pushed the planes’ noses down based on erroneous sensor readings.In a statement Friday, the FAA said aviation authorities from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to help with the work, called a Joint Authorities Technical Review.The group will evaluate the automated flight control design and determine whether it complies with regulations. It also will decide if changes need to be made in the FAA’s approval process.Chicago-based Boeing is working on a software fix to the planes’ anti-stall system, known by its acronym, MCAS. In both an October crash off the coast of Indonesia and a March crash in Ethiopia, a faulty sensor reading triggered MCAS and pushed the plane’s nose down, and pilots were unable to recover.Pilots at U.S. airlines complained that they didn’t even know about MCAS until after the October crash. They then received computer training that described the system and how to respond when something goes wrong with it.On Wednesday, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the company completed its last test flight of updated flight-control software. Muilenburg said test pilots flew 120 flights totalling 203 hours with the new software. The company is expected to conduct a crucial certification flight with an FAA test pilot on board soon, possibly next week.“We are making steady progress toward certification” and returning the Max to service, Muilenburg said as he stood in front of a Max jet at Boeing Field in Seattle.Muilenburg said he went on a test flight that day and saw the updated software “operating as designed across a range of flight conditions.”In the U.S., United Airlines has removed its 14 Max jets from the schedule until early July, while American, with 24, and Southwest, with 34, are not counting on the planes until August.It could take longer before foreign airlines can use their Max jets. Regulators outside the U.S. once relied on the FAA’s judgment in such matters but have indicated plans to conduct their own reviews this time.Foreign countries may impose additional requirements, delaying the use of the Max by their carriers.For example, FAA experts concluded in a draft report that while pilots need training on the anti-stall system, they do not need additional time in flight simulators. Canada’s transportation minister said this week, however, that he wants simulator training for Max pilots. Air Canada has 24 Max jets, while Sunwing has four.WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13, but Boeing has suspended all future deliveries.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Elizabeth Mays wedding dress a walk through a garden on Earth Day

first_imgVICTORIA — When Elizabeth May walks down the aisle, she’ll be dressed for her wedding along with Earth Day.The Green party leader and British Columbia entrepreneur John Kidder will exchange wedding vows Monday afternoon at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, and May will be adorning more greenery than just a bouquet.“She had an idea for a dress and she sketched it out for me,” said May’s dress designer Sue Earle of Salt Spring Island. “She wanted it to feel like spring. She said she would like to have some greenery on the bottom of it so it looked like she just walked through a garden.”Earle said she got to work on May’s dress over the winter. She said she used old bed sheets for a mock dress she used in a fitting with May that included the placement of handmade tulips, peonies and ferns on the dress.The two-piece, ivory-coloured dress also comes with a jacket with three-quarter-length sleeves, Earle said.Earle, a long-time Green party supporter, said May was pleased with her seasonally-themed wedding dress.“She was very happy with it, which made me very happy with it,” said Earle. “You want the person to feel like a million bucks, and that it embodies everything she is in terms of a goddess in the spring, celebrating love. That’s what I was aiming for.”She said the dress received a pre-wedding blessing on a recent ferry voyage from Salt Spring Island to Sidney as Earle delivered the dress to May.Earle said she and a few others held a moment of silence to bless the dress and ensure May has a full day of happiness.May announced her engagement to Kidder last November. She said she knew Kidder for about five years, but sparks flew at a Green Party convention last September.Kidder, 71, who is from Ashcroft, B.C., popped the question about a month later, May has said.Kidder has deep roots in the Green party, having run federally for a seat in B.C., and is a founder of the provincial party. May said he is a retired technology entrepreneur who operates a hops farm in Ashcroft, but also spends time in Vancouver.Kidder is the brother of the late actress Margot Kidder and has three children and four grandchildren. May has a daughter, three stepchildren and seven grandchildren.Wedding guests Monday are encouraged to arrive by bicycle, bus, train or ferry to minimize their carbon footprint. The newlyweds will then spend their honeymoon on the train from Vancouver to Ottawa.Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Hope for Children Brings Out The Stars

first_imgSamsung’s annual Hope for Children Gala is set for June, 4, 2012, in New York City, and boasts a guest list including Jennifer Hudson, First Lady Laura Bush, John Legend and many more.The annual philanthropic fundraiser raises funds for several high profile charitable organizations, including the Boomer Esiason Foundation and foundations headed by Arnold Palmer, Dan Marino, Jimmie Johnson and Jennifer Lopez.Earlier this month, ’What’s Trending’ announced a unique partnership with the Samsung Hope for Children Gala to support and host the official live streamed Red Carpet show on June 4 from the American Museum of Natural History in New York.Through Hope for Children, Samsung works with its partners and charitable organizations headed or chosen by well-known public figures to promote their respective organizations’ objectives in the areas of children’s health, education and sustainability.This year’s guest list also includes Boomer Esiason, Eli Manning, Drew Brees, Joe Torre, Jason Taylor, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Kevin & Danielle Jonas. Past celebrity attendance has included Demi Moore, Jason Mraz and more.For more information visit www.fourseasonsofhope.com.Samsung Hope for Children was developed with a strategic focus on programs dedicated to helping children share the wonder of life, learning and our planet. This effort was designed to emphasize Samsung’s long-standing commitment of raising national awareness and funds for deserving foundations, hospitals and schools that make a noticeable difference in communities.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Usher Features On UNCF An Evening Of Stars

first_imgActor-comedian Anthony Anderson, co-star of NBC’s Guys With Kids, hosts the 34th annual United Negro College Fund An Evening of Stars Educating our Future Presented by Target.The show premieres nationwide on Saturday, January 26 (check local listings for stations and times) and airs on BET Networks on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. EST. The nationally televised variety show focuses public attention on America’s need for more African American college graduates and UNCF’s work getting students to and through college.The show features Grammy-Award winner and founder of the Usher’s New Look Foundation, Usher, presenting a four-year college scholarship to Milwaukee, Wisconsin high school senior, Ammon Lyle. Additionally, superstars Steve Harvey, Kevin Hart and Chaka Khan will present scholarships to deserving college and college-bound students.The national audience will be electrified by performances and appearances by some of the hottest names in entertainment including Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Tyrese Gibson, Melanie Fiona, Eric Benet, Tracee Ellis Ross, Keenan, Ivory Wayans and many more.“I hope everybody tunes in and donates from the bottom of their hearts and the bottom of their pockets,” said Anderson. “Unfortunately, over 60,000 students apply for scholarships and financial aid every year and UNCF is able to award scholarships to just 15,000 who need help going to college. That’s why I’m a part of what UNCF is doing and I’m here for the long run.”“UNCF is delighted that stars like Usher, Anthony Anderson, Steve Harvey, Yolanda Adams, Kevin Hart and Chaka Khan have agreed to make our cause their cause,” said UNCF president and CEO Michael L. Lomax , Ph.D., “performing for the UNCF An Evening of Stars national audience and introducing UNCF’s “rising stars” — the high-achieving students who, thanks to UNCF, are getting the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy. The country is facing a crisis in African American education, and UNCF, BET and our galaxy of rising and established stars are determined to do something about it.”“We are very excited to be a part of this inspirational night,” says BET Networks Chairman and CEO Debra Lee . “Historically black colleges and universities hold a special and important role in the African American community and we are honored to help raise funds and awareness to support the education of the next generation of leading African American professionals.”UNCF, the country’s largest and most effective minority education organization, supports the education of more than 60,000 students each year. A recent study by UNCF’s Patterson Research Institute showed that UNCF’s 38 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) out-perform many non-HBCUs at enrolling and graduating low-income students. UNCF’s largest scholarship program, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, has a 90 percent graduation rate among its 13,000 low-income minority students, a rate significantly higher than the national college graduation rate.
UNCF An Evening of Stars, formerly the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, first aired in 1979, and since that time has become one of the longest-running and most successful televised events in U.S. history. Over its 34-year history, UNCF An Evening of Stars has raised more than $200 million that has helped hundreds of thousands of students attend college and graduate. In recent years, UNCF An Evening Of Stars has featured a who’s who of remarkable talent, including Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Chaka Khan, Ne-Yo, Nancy Wilson, Beyonce, Anita Baker, Jill Scott, Whoopi Goldberg, Fantasia, Joss Stone, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Bolton, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Hall and Oates, Ziggy Marley, Maroon 5, and scores of others. UNCF An Evening of Stars received NAACP Image Awards for its 2006 tribute to Stevie Wonder, its 2008 tribute to Smokey Robinson and its 2010 tribute to Lionel Richie. Learn more about UNCF An Evening of Stars at www.UNCF.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Greyson Chance To Join Ed Sheeran And Jason Mraz At Charity Family

first_imgThe TJ Martell Foundation is proud to announce the addition of Greyson Chance and Emblem3 to their impressive lineup of artists for its 14th Annual Family Day on Sunday, September 15th, 2013 at Roseland Ballroom in New York City.“I am honored and excited to be performing for an organization that truly helps our society,” says Greyson Chance who, at fifteen years old, has already had a number one single, performed live on Ellen and Good Morning America and has shared stages with iCarly’s Miranda Cosgrove and Big Time Rush, previous Family Day honorees.As the breakout band on the hit show X Factor, amassing over 15 million YouTube views, Emblem3 is another amazing addition to this year’s event. According to the band members, “We are so excited to be performing at this year’s Family Day with such an incredible lineup of artists supporting the T.J. Martell Foundation. We are stoked to be able to do our part to help in the fight against leukemia, cancer and AIDS.”Joining Chance and Emblem3 at Family Day is multi-Grammy award-winning singer Jason Mraz who will perform live along with Ed Sheeran and rising pop star Austin Mahone. Both Sheeran and Mahone are taking a break from their sold out tour with superstar Taylor Swift to perform at the event. Disney breakout star Bridgit Mendler from the hit series “Good Luck Charlie” will round out the line-up as the event’s guest host.Family Day is one of the music industry’s signature events providing a spectacular day full of fun games, carnival activities and food to raise money for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research. Having steadily grown into one of the Martell Foundation’s most successful events, Family Day has raised close to $5 million for Martell-funded research at twelve hospitals across the country. Last year’s sold out event honored Grammy-award winning band Train with performances by Cobra Starship, Cody Simpson and new singing sensation Ariana Grande.Fans can purchase tickets and VIP packages, please visit www.tjmartell.org or call the Foundation at (646) 841-1394.last_img read more

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Bridgit Mendler Kicks Off BabySitIn Volunteer Campaign For Kids‏

first_imgActress and platinum-selling recording artist Bridgit Mendler has teamed up with Save the Children to launch #BabySitIn, a volunteer campaign for teens to help babies in the United States and around the world get a healthy start. Bridgit Mendler joins kids from across America in the launch of Save the Children’s #BabySitIn CampaignCredit/Copyright: Save the ChildrenKnown for her star role on the Disney Channel’s Good Luck Charlie series, Mendler is also a youth advocate and has become the newest artist ambassador for Save the Children, the organization announced today.“I am so excited to launch the #BabySitIn campaign with Save the Children, especially because it empowers kids to change the world by helping other kids,” said Mendler, who made the announcement on April 8 and will be talking more about it in front of teens from across the country during Save the Children’s annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C.. “It’s an easy way for kids to help little ones everywhere get a healthy start and an opportunity to learn just by doing something they do most weekends anyway.”Mendler is calling on all babysitters to hold a #BabySitIn between Mother’s Day on May 11 and Father’s Day on June 15. Here is how a #BabySitIn works: a teen volunteers his/her babysitting time to a family; the family gives a donation to Save the Children in the babysitter’s name; and Save the Children uses that donation to help the world’s babies and toddlers. Then, everyone spreads the word through social media. To get involved, visit www.savethechildren.org\BabySitIn.After seeing first-hand Save the Children’s education, health and nutrition programs in the mountainous region of El Quiché, Guatemala, last month, and early learning activities in California’s Central Valley last fall, Bridgit became an avid supporter of the organization and advocate for issues affecting children.“We are thrilled to have Bridgit on board. Her passion for helping children truly came through when she met with families and kids during her visits to the remote communities in the deserts of California and Guatemala’s western highlands,” said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children’s president and CEO. “We encourage Bridgit’s fans and students around the country to get involved, hold a #BabySitIn and show that you care about kids everywhere!”In addition to Mendler, key speakers at Save the Children’s Advocacy Summit on April 8 and 9 include Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY), Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, Cokie Roberts of ABC and NPR, and CNN’s Kevin Madden and Stephanie Cutter.last_img read more

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StarStudded Gala For GENYOUth To Celebrate Youth Empowerment

first_imgFormer NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and other athletes and VIPs will celebrate GENYOUth’s inaugural gala at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Wednesday, December 7.Notable business and thought leaders, and guests will come together to honor the accomplishments and future of the leading youth empowerment nonprofit’s five years of supporting student nutrition and physical activity.Popular ESPN commentators Mike Golic and Hannah Storm will serve as the event’s masters of ceremonies.In announcing the gala, Alexis Glick, GENYOUth’s CEO, explained, “2016 marks five years since we launched GENYOUth. It’s a pivotal time in the evolution of our organization, and the gala enables us to build on the momentum we’ve achieved as an organization, while taking a moment to pause, appreciate, and celebrate with those organizations and individuals who have made our work possible.”Highlights of the evening will include short remarks by Manning, who added, “I’m honored to be part of the celebration recognizing this milestone for GENYOUth and its ongoing dedication to provide opportunities for youth to be leaders of health and wellness initiatives in their schools and communities.”NFL Commissioner and GENYOUth board member Roger Goodell will join Manning in providing remarks, and notably, will introduce GENYOUth’s first Vanguard Award to SAP CEO Bill McDermott. Under his leadership, SAP has set a bold agenda for digitizing the health care industry and McDermott, personally, has set an example as an advocate of entrepreneurial thinking, supporting innovation and design thinking to solve some of our country’s greatest health concerns. His humility, spirit and determination served as a model for this year’s award, and will do so in the years ahead.“Bill McDermott is a leader who exemplifies courage, compassion and commitment in the service of youth,” says Commissioner Goodell. “As one of GENYOUth’s greatest advocates, McDermott championed a partnership between SAP and GENYOUth, helping launch the social entrepreneurship program AdVenture Capital. Thanks to Bill and SAP, hundreds of student-led health and wellness solutions have been funded in several hundred schools across the country impacting more than 100,000 students.”The student social-entrepreneurship program, AdVenture Capital, aims to teach students how to think and act like business leaders, to persevere and work though obstacles to solve health disparities in their backyard. This skill-development, leadership, and workforce-readiness initiative supplies funds to students for creating and leading the implementation of innovative ideas around school and community health and wellness.GENYOUth’s mission involves bringing together public and private partners, convening dialogues, generating insights, building awareness, and channeling resources, all in the service of empowering youth around social change in their schools and communities – with a special focus on improved nutrition and greater opportunities for physical activity. In addition to the AdVenture Capital program, GENYOUth’s signature program, Fuel Up to Play 60, is the nation’s leading in-school wellness program which has increased the opportunity for millions of students to have access to healthier school meals and opportunities to get active.Carla Hall, of ABC-TV’s “The Chew,” will lead a live Gala auction, and Fuel Up to Play 60 and AdVenture Capital students will play a key role in the evening. Dr. David Satcher, the 16th U.S. Surgeon General and GENYOUth board member, who has served as vocal advocate from the organization’s founding, will also be recognized for his contributions to youth health and wellness.The gala’s honorary host committee includes luminaries from the business, professional sports, media, education, and government worlds, including Jennifer Morgan, president SAP North America; Louis M. Nanni, Vice President, University Relations, Notre Dame; Patrick Doyle, President and CEO, Domino’s; Richard Edelman, President & CEO, Edelman; and Chris Policinski, CEO, Land O’Lakes.GENYOUth’s gala is made possible by sponsors, including: Title Sponsor SAP, Tailgate Sponsors Microsoft, Fairlife and Land O’Lakes, Halftime Sponsors CoBank, NTT Data, SiriusXM, and the National Retail Federation (NRF). Companies such as Dell, Domino’s, Fanatics, LionTree, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide, Nautica, TD Ameritrade, Toys R Us, WorkForce Software, and XLR-8 will also be on hand to support the event.Tom Gallagher, CEO of Dairy Management, Inc. and Chair of GENYOUth’s Board of Directors, summed up the event by saying, “since its founding in 2010, GENYOUth has pioneered and evolved a menu of nationwide initiatives that empower youth to develop and exercise their influence in creating healthy, high-achieving schools and communities. The gala will bring together valued partners to both acknowledge and to renew their commitment to our mission – the mission of building on the legacy of passionate American youth as leaders of positive social change.”Learn more about supporting GENYOUth at www.genyouthnow.org – and get more details on the Gala at www.gala.genyouthnow.org.last_img read more

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Man apologizes for kissing RadioCanada reporter on live TV at Montreal concert

first_img“I think adults should have a lot more judgment than that.” Startled, she shoved him away and yelled at him before calmly continuing her report. Login/Register With: She later posted photos and video of the man to Facebook in an effort to track him down, making clear she found it neither adorable or flattering. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment MONTREAL — An unidentified man who kissed a Radio-Canada reporter on the cheek without her consent during a live broadcast last Friday has apologized for his actions. In a note to the reporter, he admitted he’d gone too far in his actions, explaining he did it to try to get a laugh out of his entourage. Bain took to social media again Monday evening, publishing an apology she received from the man — a father of two who said he was ashamed and regretted the unwanted gesture. “For me, it’s mind-boggling that an adult male would think that he has a right to do this.” Bain said she now considers the matter closed, but hopes there’s a lesson learned from it. The incident follows others in which on-camera female reporters were heckled with a notorious vulgar phrase, often abbreviated to “FHRITP.” Twitter “You would not do that to a random person on the street,” Giroux said Monday. “What makes you think you can do this to a reporter on television doing her work? By: Sidhartha Banerjee — Follow @sidhartha_b on Twitter Advertisement Advertisement “I sent as a message that it was funny, even normal, to kiss a journalist during a report on the cheek,” he wrote asking forgiveness. “I can not find any words that justifies my gesture.” “I don’t think it should (have to) be that way,” Giroux said. There have been several cases in North America, including one involving a heckler screaming it at a reporter covering a Toronto FC soccer game. Stephane Giroux, head of the Quebec journalists’ federation, believes it was a clear-cut case of sexual harassment. “I hope that this incident will remind us that we must not trivialize attacks as small as they are,” she wrote. The federation representing Quebec journalists says the public needs to be reminded such behaviour is unacceptable. Facebook Journalist Valerie-Micaela Bain also said late Monday that she wouldn’t file a criminal complaint after she received the unwanted embrace from a concert-goer as she went live from Montreal’s Osheaga music festival last Friday. “In the end I would like him to understand why his gesture is unacceptable,” she wrote. Advertisement Some newsrooms across the country have instituted procedures and guidelines, with some hiring private security.last_img read more

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William Shatner Jann Arden first Indigenous NHL player among 125 appointments to

first_imgAdvertisement Armstrong, who says she is “thrilled and honoured” with the recognition, remembers a time when she had to fight with editors and publishers to cover the issue she has dedicated her career to.Canadian journalist, filmmaker and human rights activist Sally Armstrong will be made an Officer of the Order of Canada. (Andy Hincenbergs/ CBC)She broke the story of how women were being gang-raped during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia for Homemaker’s magazine, bringing an issue she says was ignored into the spotlight. Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Canada’s newly minted Governor General, Julie Payette, has announced 125 appointments to the Order of Canada in a list that includes famous faces such as William Shatner and Jann Arden as well as two former Supreme Court justices and the Catholic priest Father John Walsh.Since its inception in 1967, almost 7,000 people from all walks of life have been invested into the Order of Canada. This year’s nominees will be awarded their honours at ceremonies to take place later in the year. Dates have not been set.Journalist and documentary filmmaker Sally Armstrong, who also happens to be the mother of CBC host Peter Armstrong, will be made an Officer of the Order for her groundbreaking work “highlighting human rights and the struggles of women in the world’s conflict zones.”last_img read more

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5 MEMORABLE THINGS MARGARET ATWOOD HAS TOLD US ABOUT HER CHILDHOOD

first_imgThrough the rest of the interview, Atwood, who turns 79 on Sunday, shared some memorable tales and tidbits about her chidlhood.She loved horror comics (the good ones)LaMarsh quoted Atwood’s childhood best friend about the young Atwood’s love of horror comics — “you used to tell spooky stories and scare her to death.”Atwood confessed that yes, “that was part of my general interest in things like that,” explaining that by the end of Grade 6, she’d read all of Edgar Allan Poe, and “the entire unexpurgated Grimm’s fairy tales,” which she described as real “blood and thunder stories.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: “Let’s talk about you before you became a public persona,” CBC Radio host Judy LaMarsh told her guest Margaret Atwood.During a 1975 interview on Judy that proceeded like an episode of the old television program This is Your Life, LaMarsh peppered Atwood with questions based on intel gleaned from childhood friends and teachers.What they discussed is sometimes not so surprising — “you were in the brain class [at school]” — and sometimes a little surprising (one teacher interviewed had been skeptical about the extent of Atwood’s future success). Facebookcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter A sheet of photos of author Margaret Atwood is shown in this image. The photos of the author were taken in June of 1975. (Arnaud Maggs/Library and Archives Canada/R7959)last_img read more

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SIDNEY CROSBY PHOTO WITH TRAILER PARK BOYS GOES VIRAL

first_imgAdvertisement At the @Penguins game in Pittsburgh tonight against the @Avalanche and @Mackinnon9 compliments of #SidneyCrosby. Thanks for looking after us Sid!! @trailerparkboys pic.twitter.com/TcNQEViMJQ— Bubbles (@MSmithBubbles) December 5, 2018The 12th season of “Trailer Park Boys,” a mockumentary set in the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Dartmouth, N.S., aired its 12th season in 2018 on Netflix.Crosby is from Cole Harbour, N.S. The photo features Crosby still sporting a scraggly Movember moustache, Smith wearing Bubbles’ signature Coke-bottle glasses and Roach, whose character Randy is always shirtless, lying on the locker room floor sans top.Look who I found in the @Penguins locker room!! #SidneyCrosby @trailerparkboys #NovaScotia pic.twitter.com/GqaCjAwluR— Bubbles (@MSmithBubbles) December 5, 2018 Advertisement Facebook Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby reacts after his hat trick against the Colorado Avalanche, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Advertisement A peak Halifax moment occurred in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night when the main cast members of the “Trailer Park Boys” posed in the Penguins’ locker room with Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby.The photo of Crosby sitting on a bench with the show’s stars when viral when actor Mike Smith, who plays the role of Bubbles on the hit cult comedy, posted it on his Twitter account.Smith said in an earlier tweet that he, along with fellow “Trailer Park Boys” stars Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Patrick Roach were at the game. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS DO YOU KNOW A MEMBER WHO DEMONSTRATES THE QUALITIES

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONSJAN-31-19 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Call for Nominations!The Sam Payne Awards.Do you know a Member who demonstrates the qualities of humanity, integrity and the encouragement of new talent?If so, submit them now!The annual “SAM PAYNE” Award and the Sam Payne “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT” Award are named in honour of Sam Payne, a well-known, well-loved and consummate actor.The Sam Payne AwardThe annual “SAM PAYNE AWARD” has been presented to deserving members of the performing arts community in BC since 1984.  This award recognizes UBCP/ACTRA members who demonstrate these qualities ascribed to Sam Payne: humanity, integrity and the encouragement of new talent.To nominate a UBCP/ACTRA member who exhibits these above qualitiesCLICK HERE Advertisementlast_img read more

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THE PROPERTY BROTHERS ON RESTORING THE BRADY BUNCH HOUSE ONE OF THE

first_img Twitter Advertisement Drew and Jonathan Scott. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: The Property Brothers are almost ready to share their biggest project ever.The Canadian home reno superstars Jonathan and Drew Scott have been hard at work restoring the original “Brady Bunch” house, used for exterior shots in the classic sitcom, and they spoke to Us Weekly about the whole process.“The house was just an exterior — nothing was shot inside. Now, we’re putting the interiors you saw on TV in the home, which was one of the most massive projects we’ve ever done,” Jonathan said. “We brought back the ‘Brady’ cast, who are all in there swinging sledgehammers.”last_img read more

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