Advertisement GATINEAU, QC, June 19, 2017 – The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced the appointment of Judith A. Larocque as acting chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The Governor in Council approved the interim appointment for a term of four months, effective June 18, 2017. Ms. Larocque previously served as acting vice-chair of the CRTC (November 2016 to May 2017).A dedicated public servant, Ms. Larocque has extensive experience in the broadcasting field. This interim appointment will ensure the continuous and efficient operation of the CRTC.Selection processes at the CRTC, including for the position of chair, were launched on January 23, 2017, and are open, transparent and merit-based. They are ongoing. Appointments will be announced in due course. Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission We would like to thank Mr. Blais for his five years of service and his commitment to the CRTC.Quotes“In our changing world, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission works to ensure that all Canadians have access to a world-class communication system. It’s a challenging task, and I would like to thank Ms. Larocque for agreeing to stay on the CRTC team as acting chair.”— The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian HeritageQuick FactsIn 2016, the Government of Canada adopted a new approach that requires a selection process for full- and part-time positions.All appointment opportunities for the 18 organizations in the Canadian Heritage Portfolio are posted as they become available on the Governor in Council Appointments website.Associated Links Advertisement Advertisement http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/home-accueil.htm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
Facebook Advertisement Susan Forrest: Since high school, I wanted to work as a director in the theatre. I graduated from university with a drama degree, specializing in directing. I worked for a few small theatre companies but for the most part, found myself assistant stage managing. After traveling abroad, I was waitressing at a restaurant near the Old Fire Hall, where I met a woman who I was serving, who suggested I apply for a job at Second City. During my interview, I was told by the woman who ran the Old Fire Hall that her friend and the SCTV casting director needed an assistant.Later that day, I landed the job at Pamela Roberts Casting and was introduced to the world of casting. I did not even own a television. I had no idea what the job was, but it sounded like fun. It was a good fit though, as I knew the Toronto theatre scene well and it was a small acting community in the early 80s. I started going to the theatre 2-3 times a week. My education into the casting world was fast and furious.Pamela closed her casting company a year later, so I contacted John Brunton to inquire about work in development. He asked me to cast for three HBO dramas. I had only been an assistant up until that point, but he gave me the job. He let me rent a room in his office for fifty dollars a month to start my casting company. That was 36 years ago. Oh and yes, I eventually I got a television.TTVJ: How long did you work until you decided to go out on your own and form your own agency? What was that process like and was there any extra challenge since you were a woman?SF: Most casting directors from the 80s and 90s came from the CBC, but we have only ever worked for ourselves as freelancers. Casting has always been dominated by women so there is no obstacle being female. I went to L.A. when I was 25 because producers in Toronto thought I looked too young to be taken seriously. Americans loved that I was young and before I knew it, I was on the ABC, NBC, MGM, Showtime and CBS list of approved casting directors in Canada. Canada became Hollywood North and I worked nonstop. My sister Sharon started working as my assistant and six years later she became my partner.TTVJ: With diversity being such a huge topic of discussion, and there being such a demand for improvement on screen, what role does the casting director play in regards to diversity?SF: All casting directors need to work very hard to audition and learn about all diverse actors in the industry. Even non-traditional routes need to be explored — dance, singing, stand up — as the demand is huge, and the pool is not yet large enough or experienced enough to meet the demand. Advertisement Advertisement After originally being drawn to the world of theater, finding herself working in the television industry was a bit of a surprise for Susan Forrest. While being a theatre director was always her dream and what she went to school for, it was a meeting she had while working as a waitress that led her to into the world of casting. Forrest quickly found her niche there and founded her own casting company, Forrest & Forrest, with her sister Sharon. She has since had a hand in casting many of the TV series we know and love such as Mary Kills People, Saving Hope, Rookie Blue, Heartland, X Company and Orphan Black, as well as new series Burden of Truth and The Detail.Forrest recently joined The TV Junkies as part of our Women Behind Canadian TV series to discuss some of the hardest parts she’s had to cast, as well as the role casting directors play when it comes to on screen diversity. She shares the biggest challenges she faces, especially because of the differences that exist between the Canadian TV industry and that of other countries around the world. Forrest also offers up advice to actors about what she is looking for when casting for series.The TV Junkies: How did you get into this business and into casting specifically? Did you always know you wanted to work in television? Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Toronto, Canada – Following Global’s recent acquisitions for 9-1-1 and A.P. Bio, the network adds another highly anticipated and buzz-worthy series Rise to its robust midseason schedule. Premiering in a special preview Tuesday, March 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Global, Rise is a heartening new drama about finding inspiration in unexpected places.From Jason Katims, executive producer and showrunner of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, Rise follows dedicated teacher and family man Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor, How I Met Your Mother), who sheds his own self-doubt and takes over his high school’s lackluster theatre department. With Lou’s determination and inspirational approach, he galvanizes not only the faculty and students, but the entire working-class town.The 10-episode emotional drama also features seven students who navigate the complications of their high school years, showcasing their struggles of accepting their own teen angst, family dramas, and how the theatre program will ultimately help them shed their insecurities and open up to the world. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Along with Radnor, Rise also stars Rosie Perez (Bounty Hunters), Marley Shelton (The Lottery), Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), Damon J. Gillespie (Inside Amy Schumer), Amy Forsyth (The Path), Rarmian Newton (The Family), Ted Sutherland (The Deuce), Casey Johnson (GLOW), Taylor Richardson (Annie), Joe Tippett (Gary Matters) and Shirley Rumierk (Collateral Beauty).Viewers who miss the emotional drama enfold can catch up on Rise following the broadcast the next day on GlobalTV.com, Global GO, Apple TV, and on demand.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@GlobalTV Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/GlobalTV/Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/globaltv/Global Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.
After stumbles including 2017’s Geostorm, Ellison’s banner landed another hit with Mission: Impossible — Fallout, which saw a franchise-high $61.5 million domestic debut in July and has earned $761 million worldwide. Ellison, 35, is staying in the Tom Cruise business with the Top Gun sequel and has teamed with Netflix on 6 Underground.WHEN I WANT TO TRULY UNPLUG, I … “Go flying.”THE ONE THING POWER DOESN’T GET YOU “Time with friends and family.”I’M STILL INTIMIDATED BY Bill ClintonWHAT’S USUALLY PLAYING IN MY CAR “Country music.”IF I COULD STEAL ANYONE’S ROLODEX … David GeffenTHE NICEST PERSON IN HOLLYWOOD IS … “The memory of Tom Sherak.” 97 – Jon M. Chu – Director/producer ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Advertisement 94 – Michael B. Jordan – Actor/producerMichael B. Jordan (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images) In 2017, the 56-year-old had double flops with American Made and The Mummy, but Mission: Impossible — Fallout and its franchise-best $761 million haul put him back in the action hero cockpit — a handy place to be for 2020’s Top Gun: Maverick. Advertisement Login/Register With: Clockwise from top left: Bob Iger, Tiffany Haddish, Jon M. Chu, Donald Glover, Channing Dungey and Ryan Reynolds Farrow earned his place on this list by rewriting its highest ranks: His persistence in bringing to light accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct by Hollywood titans has set off an industry earthquake, earning him hero status and media stardom (including a multi-doc deal at HBO), not to mention awards (no less than a Pulitzer, along with Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor of The New York Times, for reporting that uncovered decades of predation by Harvey Weinstein, spurring the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements). His first report about Leslie Moonves in July, detailing accusations of misconduct and retaliation by the CBS chief, was a body blow. His second, containing far more serious allegations, served to dispatch one of the most powerful execs in media. And Farrow, 30, is not done; his book Catch and Kill will detail just how far the powerful will go to silence and terrorize victims.MY FOCUS FOR 2019 “I can barely think past my next deadline, please stop stressing me out with this 2019 talk.”THE ONE THING POWER DOESN’T GET YOU “Hopefully, increasingly: impunity.”WHEN I WANT TO TRULY UNPLUG, I … “Lose terribly at Mario Kart.”99 – Elisabeth Moss – Actor/producerElisabeth Moss (Austin Hargrave)Thanks to a portfolio that includes Mad Men, Top of the Lake and The Handmaid’s Tale, for which she is two-time 2017 Emmy winner and a hands-on producer, Moss, 36, has become the undisputed “Queen of Peak TV.” Now, she’s leveraging that status into film roles (see her forthcoming mob drama The Kitchen, opposite Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy) and TV passion projects (Hulu’s already released dance doc, Ballet Now).FICTIONAL CHARACTER I IDENTIFY WITH “Any Salinger character.”THE ONE THING POWER DOESN’T GET YOU “More sleep.”WHAT’S USUALLY PLAYING IN MY CAR “Max Richter or Rihanna.”I’M STARSTRUCK BY Ann DowdWHEN I WANT TO TRULY UNPLUG, I … “Watch The Office or anything by Armando Iannucci.” He took on his first villain role in Marvel’s Black Panther ($1.3 billion worldwide) and reprises his Adonis Johnson for Warner Bros.’ Creed II (Nov. 21), but the 31-year-old also is taking the lead as a change agent, working with WarnerMedia on the creation of its companywide inclusion policy. His film Just Mercy (he’ll star and produce) will be the first project made under the new policy.THE ONE THING POWER DOESN’T GET YOU “Satisfaction. That comes from taking the power you have and using it to empower others.”IF I COULD STEAL ANYONE’S ROLODEX … Barack ObamaWHEN I WANT TO TRULY UNPLUG, I … “Travel. But more on a realistic day-to-day level, I’ll play a video game to unwind and clear my head.”THE NICEST PERSON IN HOLLYWOOD IS … Will Smith 95 – Joe and Anthony Russo – Filmmakers/principalsJoe and Anthony Russo (Desiree Navarro/Getty Images) Profiles written by Paul Bond, Rebecca Ford, Stephen Galloway, Mia Galuppo, Lesley Goldberg, Marisa Guthrie, Natalie Jarvey, Gregg Kilday, Borys Kit, Pamela McClintock, Michael O’Connell, Lacey Rose, Bryn Elise Sandberg, Tatiana Siegel, Rebecca Sun and Benjamin Svetkey.100 – Ronan Farrow – JournalistRonan Farrow (Kay Nietfeld/DPA/Newscom) Facebook Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger remains the most powerful person in entertainment, only adding to his empire with $71 billion of 21st Century Fox assets. But his dominance is one of the few things that hasn’t changed since THR published 2017’s list of Hollywood’s most influential figures. Along with Disney-Fox, 2018 saw AT&T win a judge’s blessing to acquire Time Warner, spawning new entity WarnerMedia — whose chief, John Stankey, arrives at No. 4. There were the milestones: Filmmakers Ryan Coogler (No. 93) and Jon M. Chu (No. 97) brought inclusive movies to the multiplex, smashing records along the way. And there are the movements: #MeToo and Time’s Up drove a reckoning. Out of work, and off the THR 100, are John Lasseter, Roy Price, Brett Ratner and, just this month, Leslie Moonves. His spot has gone to Ronan Farrow, whose reporting took the CBS chief down.Along with Farrow, there are 34 people making their first appearance on the THR 100, many of them female and diverse — including stars (summer 2017 breakout Tiffany Haddish, No. 79), producers (LeBron James, No. 75), execs (Netflix’s Lisa Nishimura, No. 9) and creators (Kenya Barris, No. 81). White men still make up 70 percent of this list — but the sands are shifting, more rapidly and more unpredictably than ever, as THR takes stock of Hollywood power now. Jon M. Chu (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) Even as they jump into the next Avengers movie (Infinity War will likely be 2018’s highest grosser), Joe, 47, and Anthony, 48, are pouring attention on AGBO — their Huayi Brothers Media-backed studio shoots Chris Hemsworth thriller Dhaka this fall. They’re prepping the release of Assassination Nation (which AGBO and Neon bought at Sundance) and developing an international TV event series for Amazon.THE ONE THING POWER DOESN’T GET YOU “Empathy.”IF I COULD STEAL ANYONE’S ROLODEX … “Hildaur Neilson [inventor of the rolodex].”WE’RE STILL INTIMIDATED BY “The guy in the booth at Gate 4 at Warner Bros.”THE NICEST PERSON IN HOLLYWOOD IS … “The other guy in the booth at Gate 4 at Warner Bros. (Note: Hope this doesn’t cause any complications for the guys in the booth at Gate 4 at Warner Bros.)” Methodology: During a months-long process, editors compiled the THR 100 based on the size and reach of a person’s purview, the success of his or her projects since 2017’s list, the power to get a project made (company ownership helps) and the ineffables: heat, clout and intangible indicators of influence gleaned from conversations with top insiders (not to mention THR’s daily reporting). Advertisement Riding high on his record-breaking Warner Bros.’ romcom Crazy Rich Asians($188 million), he’ll next direct the adaptation of In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical. Chu, 38, is also set to direct and exec produce a series inspired by 11-year-old investigative reporter Hilde Lysiak for Apple.I’M STARSTRUCK BY “Lin-Manuel Miranda. I should get over it since we are working together, but I still talk like an idiot around him because I’m so distracted by his aura.”SOMEONE IN THE INDUSTRY WHO HAS MORE POWER THAN PEOPLE MIGHT EXPECT “Twitter has more power than people might expect because it’s not just fanboys complaining about what they want in the next comic book movie; it’s our whole culture demanding what we want from the movie industry itself. The movements that have begun through social media have changed the whole landscape of movies and our business in the past several years, and it’s only gaining momentum.”THE ONE THING POWER DOESN’T GET YOU “True love and true friends.”WHAT’S USUALLY PLAYING IN MY CAR “Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, or some bad best of the ’90s mix.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment 98 – David Ellison – CEO, SkydanceDavid Ellison (Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images) 96 – Tom Cruise – Actor/producerTom Cruise (Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images) Twitter
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Indigenous leaders have reason to suspect a hidden “agenda” behind the Stephen Harper government’s decision to change the name of Indian Affairs and the title of the minister responsible for the department, NDP leader Jack Layton said.Layton, whose party formed the Official Opposition, unveiled his shadow cabinet Thursday during a news conference in Ottawa.Layton said his party would be pushing Aboriginal issues on a number of fronts including education, water and housing.The NDP leader also said that Indigenous leaders had reason to be suspicious of the Conservative’s decision to substitute the word “Indian” with “Aboriginal” in the department’s name and the minister’s title.The department will eventually be rechristened Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, the Prime Minister’s Office has said. It remains unclear how much the name change will cost. John Duncan, the previous Indian Affairs minister, was reappointed to the same portfolio last week as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.“We hear that there are different reactions to the name change within the broad community of First Nation, Inuit and Metis people,” said Layton. “It is mostly a suspicion that this could be hiding an agenda of some sort. We have from time to time, had suspicions that Mr. Harper is hiding one sort of agenda or other.”Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan’s office said there was no “hidden agenda” behind the name change.“The change in title better reflects the scope of responsibilities with respect to First Nations, Inuit and Metis. The title is more up to date and inclusive and is consistent with our government’s focus on moving forward in our relationship with Aboriginal peoples,” said Duncan’s spokeswoman Michell Yao in an emailed statement. “There is no hidden agenda. Period, full stop.”Layton said his party is focused on forcing changes at the department, no matter what it’s called.“I can understand people’s concerns about (the name change),” said Layton. “It is also true that there is a broad range of issues that must be addressed by that department. The broad range of questions and challenges faced by urban Aboriginals and those living in communities and First Nations and those in the North…symbols like name changes don’t cut it.”Layton named Alberta MP Linda Duncan as Aboriginal Affairs critic. Former Aboriginal Affairs critic Jean Crowder will watch the Human Resources and Skills Development file.Cree MP Romeo Saganash was given the job as Natural Resources critic.Layton said Saganash’s past as a Cree leader involved in resource revenue negotiations with Quebec and his experience on the international stage promoting Aboriginal rights were key to his appointment to the role.“The interests of Aboriginals are very important when considering whether to exploit natural resources,” said Layton.
APTN National NewsA Vancouver based legal society says it’s common for First Nations people to be picked up by police in the city.The group says it’s also common for injuries to occur while in custody.APTN’s Shirley Mclean has the story.
APTN National NewsThey’re used in everything from light bulbs, to smart phones to the screen you’re watching right now.Rare earth metals are fast becoming one of the world’s most sought after resource.But extracting rare earths from the ground is proving to be anything but environmentally friendly.And with demand increasing, mining companies are casting their eyes around the world to find it, including in Alqonquin territory in northwestern Quebec.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story.
APTN National NewsWith the recent earthquake in Nepal which killed thousands of people APTN’s Tina House takes a look at how prepared British Columbia is.It’s a hotbed for earthquakes but is the province prepared if a big one hits?
The Canadian PressThe Truth and Reconciliation Commission examining Canada’s Indian residential schools is to release a summary of its final report Tuesday after hearing testimony from 7,000 survivors over five years. Here is a by-the-numbers look at residential schools:The 1840s – Church-run schools are established for Aboriginal children.1883 – The year the federal government establishes three large residential schools in Western Canada to “kill the Indian in the child.”1920 – The year the Indian Act is amended to make it compulsory for status Indian children between seven and 15 to attend residential school.70 – The number of residential schools operating by the 1930s.130 – The total number of residential schools that received support from the federal government at the program’s peak.60 per cent – The proportion of residential schools run by the Catholic church.1996 – The year the last residential school closes outside Regina.150,000 – The estimated number of children who went through the residential school system.80,000 – The estimated number of residential school students still alive.Unknown – The number of children who died in Canada’s residential schools. Provinces are still handing over death certificates for Aboriginal children from the residential school era.60 per cent – The mortality rate reached at some residential schools, according to Truth and Reconciliation chairman Justice Murray Sinclair.$1.9 billion – The federal government’s compensation package offered to former residential school students.
During discussion Mayor Lori Ackerman made sure that if council approved the temporary use permit and problems with the tanks surfaced, GFL Environmental would be held liable. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council met Monday and approved a temporary use permit for a Temporary Tank Farm at 8831 100 street.GFL Environmental made the request to continue operations of their business on their current property, which consists of four industrial storage tanks containing used oil and glycol. The request is to stay where they are presently located until the end of their lease, which is August 31st, 2020.The tank farm has been at its present location since 2015, but the company is looking to move to the Fort St. John industrial zone once their lease expires.
NORTHERN, B.C. – A five-year research project focused on enhancing Indigenous health in Northern B.C will be headed by two UNBC researchers, together with northern and provincial partners.Dr. Sarah de Leeuw and Dr. Margo Greenwood received $1.3 million as part of a Healthy and Productive Work Initiative – Partnership Grant, from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).The five-year project includes numerous Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders across the North, Northern Health, Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, and the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH). The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), also a major partner, is contributing an additional $130,000 in funding. Building on a pilot project launched in 2016, this is the first joint federal research partnership grant of its kind to be held at UNBC. A focus will be put on ways to transform health service delivery in Northern B.C. Included are organizations and professions to be culturally safe and culturally humble environments to provide and receive care. The program also aims to inspire new generations of Indigenous youth in the North to enter the health-care field.“We are excited to have started this journey with our partners through which we will explore ways to celebrate Indigeneity in health care,” said de Leeuw, Northern Medical Program and Geography associate professor. “It’s an opportunity to develop northern-focused solutions that seek to create a more culturally humble health-care system that embraces Indigenous people and Indigenous knowledge.”“Our project aspirations include teaching future health-care providers through experiential learning, training health researchers who will be writing policy and developing the knowledge landscape that health services will be provided within, and inspiring future Indigenous health care leaders,” added de Leeuw.“Access to culturally safe care is a critical part of our ongoing commitment to improving services in our region and fostering respectful and collaborative relationships with our Indigenous communities,” said David Williams, Northern Health vice president of Human Resources. “We are committed to becoming more reflective of the people we serve in the North and look forward to furthering that goal through this project. We hope to attract more Indigenous employees to our workforce and also continue to improve the workplace for those employees.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Real estate services were awarded to Ron Rodgers with NorthEast BC Realty Ltd as the proponent with the highest scoring submission to help sell the Condil Hotel lots.The City released the RFP for the properties at 10115, 10119 and 10135 100 avenue in February and received two responses.One response was from Brenna Burns (Century 21 Energy Realty) and the other Ron Rodgers (NorthEast BC Realty Ltd.). The submissions were evaluated with a team of staff from Strategic Services and Corporate Services. The evaluation included scoring for marketing services, qualifications, submission, proven performance and references, availability and innovation.Through this evaluation, City staff awarded the contract to Ron Rodgers with NorthEast B.C. Realty Ltd.
Kolkata: In an apparent reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of DRDO’s recent space achievement, Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee Sunday said the BJP government has taken over all premier institutions in the country. On March 27, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted Mission Shakti, an anti-satellite missile test, from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island launch complex, paving the way for the country to join an elite space club comprising the US, Russia, China with such specialised capability. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Opposition parties have slammed the prime minister, saying the BJP government was trying to take credit for the DRDO’s achievement. Claiming that the people’s liberty was at stake under the BJP’s rule, Banerjee said “an atmosphere of fear” was prevailing in the country. “The BJP government has taken control of all premier institutions in the country. People here live in fear. They do not have the right to speak freely under an autocratic government,” the West Bengal chief minister said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Earlier, too, the chief minister had taken a jibe at Modi, terming his announcement of the DRDO mission as “yet another limitless drama to reap political benefits” ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. “India’s Mission Programme is world-class for many many years. We are always proud of our scientists, @DRDO_India, other research & space organisations,” she had tweeted, adding that “Modi, as usual, likes to take the credit for everything.” Talking to reporters at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose airport here before leaving for Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh to participate in a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) rally, Banerjee said a “dictatorial government” is pulling the strings at the Centre using force and intimidation, “trampling democratic norms”. “Disinvestment has been done in public sector companies. Some workers are not getting salaries. The lives of farmers and labourers are under threat under the current dispensation. “I feel that everyone will come forward, keeping aside their petty interests to collectively vote against the Modi government,” said Banerjee. The CM said she would extend her support to TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, who pulled out his party of the NDA in March 2018, alleging injustice was being done to Andhra Pradesh by the Narendra Modi government. “I am going to Visakhapatnam at the invitation of Chandrababu Naidu to extend my solidarity and participate in a public meeting,” she said. Giving details of her itinerary, Banerjee said she will visit Cooch Behar in north Bengal on April 4 and Assam the following day to address rallies. In Bengal, Banerjee claimed, she would be holding as many rallies as possible over the course of the next two weeks. “I will address nearly 100 meetings in Bengal,” the Trinamool chief said. Election to 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal will be held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19.
Chennai:Tamil ‘superstar’ Rajinikanth Friday said his formal political entry will coincide with the next assembly polls in Tamil Nadu. The remarks virtually reiterate his earlier announcement that he will float a party by the next assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, due in 2021, and contest from all the 234 seats. “Whenever the assembly elections are held,” was the actor’s brief response to a question as to when his political entry was expected. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Asked if he would take a decision based on the outcome of bypolls to 18 assembly segments held on Thursday along with 38 Lok Sabha seats, Rajinikanth said he will respond after the results are out. To a question if the results may lead to assembly polls in the state and whether he would then face them, the actor shot back, “Ready to face, whenever they are held.” The outcome of the bypolls to a total of 22 assembly segments in Tamil Nadu could decide the continuance of the AIADMK government in the state. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The bypolls to four other seats will be held on May 19. In the 234-member House, the K Palaniswami government has 113 MLAs, excluding the Speaker. It needs a simple majority of 117 to continue. All eyes are on the outcome of the bypolls, as a loss for the AIADMK could well lead to the next assembly polls. In December 2017, the superstar had announced that he would take the political plunge and contest the next assembly polls in the state whose politics is dominated by Dravidian majors-the DMK and AIADMK. Since he made his announcement on December 31, 2017, speculations had often been rife about the launch of his political party, although ‘Rajini Makkal Mandram’, a forum seen as a forerunner to his political ambitions, is in vogue. Even in the past, the actor had dropped hints of taking the political plunge, but it was only in 2017 that he made a definitive statement on launching his own political party. To a question on whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will get a second term, he said it will be known on May 23, the counting day.
Bhubaneswar: Bed Prakash Agarwal, veteran BJD leader and its candidate for Patkura assembly seat in Odisha for the ongoing elections died Saturday following protracted illness, his family sources said. He was 82. Agarwal, who was unwell for quite sometime and undergoing treatment at a private hospital here, breathed his last in the morning, they said. He is survived by wife, two daughters and a son. A host of dignitaries including Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled his death. Describing Agarwal as an able organiser, Patnaik said his death was an irreparable loss. “His (Agarwal’s) organisational ability and dedication for the welfare of the public will be remembered for ever. He was also a close associate of Biju Babu (Biju Patnaik),” he said in his condolence message to the bereaved family. BJP national vice-president Baijayant Panda tweeted “Saddened to hear of the passing of Bed Prakash Agrawalji, former finance minister of Odisha, current MLA of Patkura in my Kendrapada (& again a BJD candidate now).” Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan too condoled the death. “Saddened by the news of senior leader Bed Prakash Agarwalla’s demise. I pray for the departed soul,” he said in a twitter post. Agarwal, a six time MLA, was a close confidante of the legendary Biju Patnaik and had been a minister in Odisha. He was the sitting MLA from Patkura assembly constituency, which he had won in 2014 election. BJD had fielded him from the seat once again in the politically sensitive Kendrapara district this time. Bijoy Mohapatra, who is the BJP candidate at Patkura against Agarwal, also expressed grief over the passing away of the veteran leader.
Tokyo: Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito formally ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday, a day after his father abdicated from the world’s oldest monarchy and ushered in a new imperial era. Naruhito officially became emperor at the stroke of midnight but the process was formalised with a 10-minute ritual on Wednesday morning that was off-limits to female royals — even his wife Masako. It took place on the first day of the new imperial era of Reiwa, meaning “beautiful harmony”, which will last throughout Naruhito’s reign. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAt a solemn ceremony in the Imperial Palace’s Room of Pine, the 59-year-old was presented with the items his father Akihito relinquished a day earlier: sacred imperial treasures of a sword and a jewel, as well as the seal of state and his personal imperial seal. The sole woman allowed to attend was the only female member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet. Shortly afterwards, joined by Masako and other royals, Naruhito was to address the nation for the first time as its 126th emperor. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsHe will also make a public appearance on Saturday when he will again speak to the people of Japan. But the pomp and ceremony will wait until October 22 when he and Masako will appear in elaborate traditional robes for a ceremony in the palace before parading through the streets of the capital to be congratulated by a host of world leaders and royals. Naruhito will greet his first foreign head of state as emperor later this month, when US President Donald Trump visits Japan to meet the new monarch. The Oxford-educated Naruhito faces the delicate balancing act of continuing his father’s legacy of bringing the monarchy closer to the people while upholding the centuries-old traditions of the Chrysanthemum Throne. Like his popular father Akihito, he has warned of the need to remember World War II “correctly,” without downplaying Japan’s early 20th-century militarism. He has also spoken of the need to modernise the royal family, and vowed when he married Masako — who left behind a promising diplomatic career — to protect her “at any cost”. She has struggled however to adjust to palace life, including being subjected to enormous pressure to produce a male heir, and has suffered stress-induced “adjustment disorder” for much of their marriage. The couple have one child, a 17-year-old daughter called Aiko, who cannot inherit the throne because she is female. In a statement released on her birthday in December, Masako pledged to do her best despite feeling “insecure” about becoming empress. In the candid statement, she said she was recovering and could “perform more duties than before”, crediting the “powerful support” of the public. Naruhito is ascending the throne in a very different Japan to the one his father took over when he became emperor in 1989. Then, Japan ruled the world economically, its technology was the envy of every industrialised nation, and its stock market was at highs unlikely to be matched again. At the height of the bubble, Japanese investors were snapping up paintings like Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” and US landmarks including the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan as “money was dripping off trees” — in the words of one former banker. But following a “lost decade” after the bubble burst, Japan is still locked in a battle against deflation and sluggish growth while its population ages rapidly and many rural areas suffer from depopulation as young people move to cities. Akihito’s abdication, the first in 200 years, has resulted in an unprecedented 10-day public holiday for the famously hard-working Japanese, with many taking advantage of the break to travel. But despite the holiday exodus, and steady driving rain on Tuesday night, crowds still gathered at Tokyo’s famous Shibuya crossing at the clock struck midnight to welcome the Reiwa era. “The emperor was a good person… He was the symbol of Japan,” said Rika Yamamoto, a 24-year-old company employee sheltering under an umbrella on the crossing. “I hope the new emperor will carry on the kindness the old emperor had.” Political parties across the spectrum also welcomed the new emperor — including the Communist Party, whose official platform considers the monarchy incompatible with democracy.
Marrakech- French-Moroccan comedian Mustapha El Atrassi is among the 10 funniest people in the world due to his recent success in an international competition of stand-up comedy, in which 41 countries are participating.El Atrassi managed to reach the semi-final of the competition launched by comedian Jamie Masada, owner of the American chain of comedy clubs “Laugh Factory.”Jamie Masada, who is himself a stand-up comedian, came up with the idea of a competition to use laughter to raise awareness about great causes. He brainstormed the idea of “Laughing against the war” after the recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict had reached its height. While searching for the best comedians in the world, Jamie Masada, who is an Iranian Jewish philanthropist, selected El Atrassi among several candidates. El Atrassi had previously won the 15 Years-15 talents competition organized by Moroccan TV channel 2M in 2003.El Atrassi is a television host and a French-Moroccan comedian. He was born on Aug. 30, 1985 in St. Doulchard in France.He completed his studies of English in 2006. Later on, he took part in the columnist emissions of Laurent Ruquier On va s’gêner, on Europe 1 channel, On a tout essayé and On n’est pas couché on France 2.He will participate with 9 other comedians in the next semi-final stage of Masada’s competition. The finalists will perform and then compete at Laugh Factory’s sister club in Las Vegas. The winner will be announced on October 24.Edited by Sahar Kian© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
Rabat – Morocco could become the first Arab country to decriminalize consensual same-sex relations if the PJD-led government accepts recommendations of a Health Ministry study. The study, conducted by ALSC association and the UN’s Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS) on behalf of the Ministry of Health, recommends the decriminalization of homosexuality in Morocco in order to reach as many members of the gay community with HIV and other STDs prevention services.Conducted in 2013, the sample of the study comprise of 687 gay men in both Agadir and Marrakech who had same-sex relationships in the previous six months. The study has found a growing prevalence of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) within the gay community.Among the shocking findings, 56 per cent of respondents said they do not use condoms and that they have multiple sex partners.The report stresses the urgent need for more preventive services to the LGBT population in Morocco.The survey has found a difficulty in fighting against STDs among the gay community, mainly because of social stigma and criminalization of same-sex relationships.The report calls for policy changes that should include the decriminalization of homosexuality and the fight against the stigma associated with same-sex relationships.The authors of the survey also call for legal reforms and the promotion and protection of human rights in the kingdom.
Rabat – Following a YouTube video gone viral in which 10-year-old Syrian refugee Haider appeals to King Mohammed VI to grant him a visa to enter Morocco and join his father, the young boy will get his petition and reportedly receive his visa.According to a post on the official Twitter account of Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Salaheddine Mezouar, Haider will be reunited with his family.The Tweet posted on Sept Monday, was sent in response to a question an individual by the name of Issam Eddine Abail asked the Minister if he was aware of little Haider’s case. The tweet posted in French reads: “yes SM (Salaheddine Mezouar) has given instructions to facilitate his visa and he will join his own [family] on Wednesday, God willing [inchallah].” @issamed oui SM a donné des instructions pr faciliter son visa il sera parmi les siens mercredi inchallah— Salaheddine Mezouar (@Salahmezouar) September 7, 2015The Syrian child has tried to join his father Bashar Jalabi (38) in Morocco since last June. Jalabi is married to a Moroccan woman and they live in Morocco. Haider has been held in Istanbul, Turkey ever since, for not having a Moroccan residency permit.The story has made the news all over the world. According to Yabiladi News, Dutch-Moroccan journalist Boutaina Azzabi and Haider’s supporters have created a Twitter hashtag #MoroccoLetHaiderEnter, which has had great impact among social media users.Also, Azzabi has been personally taking care of Haider since mid-July when his father had to return to Morocco. She had previously told Middle East Eye, “I spend all my time with him because I don’t want him to feel lonely. He has no relatives in Turkey now, and I have been supporting him financially”.Haider has had his visa petition denied 3 times by Moroccan authorities.The child’s public appeal to the King and continued lobbying from his supporters have moved the hand of Moroccan officials to grant his permit. The Syrian refugee will soon join his father in the Kingdom.
Fez – A young Moroccan construction worker living in Parma, Italy recently found 20,000 euros in a wall during his work restoring a house, according to the Italian news website Gazzetta di Parma.Mohamed Abderahim, 32, was working in a house restoration in Italy. Abderahim and another Moroccan started their jobs as usual, creating a significant amount of dust, which made the Italian owner uncomfortable, causing him to leave.After a few moments, the homeowner received a call from the Abderahim urging him to come back for good news. When the homeowner arrived, Abderahim handed him a suitcase containing 20,000 euros and explained to him that he found it while demolishing a wall.The homeowner was overjoyed to receive such a large amount of money and was very surprised that the Moroccan worker was honest enough to give it back to him.The homeowner decided to share the story with Italian newspapers in order to show the decency and nobility of some immigrantsThe owner’s father likely hid that amount of money in the wall, saving it for an emergency.