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Sam Moore Honored At 2018 Dream Ball Gala

first_imgThe Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore was honored with the Trailblazer Award at the annual Dream Ball Gala on Monday, February 19 at the Bomb Factory in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas.The Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore Performs At 2018 Dream BallThe gala is produced by Nancy Lieberman Charities, a 501c3 organization that promotes healthy lifestyles and educational opportunities for young girls and boys, and is dedicated to expanding and ensuring that educational and sports opportunities exist for economically disadvantaged youth. Moore was presented with the Trailblazer Award by former Dallas Police Chief David Brown, and also performed a short set during the program, garnering rave reviews. Fellow honoree Billy Crystal was joined by Bo Derek, Tony Dorsett, Deion Sanders, Jose’ Guzman, and Spud Webb, among other celebrities and local dignitaries, who were also in attendance. The Dream Ball Gala is one of several annual charity events organized by Nancy Lieberman Charities.On March 31st, Sam Moore will take part in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ opening season festivities to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of playing baseball in Phoenix. Moore, who also was part of a group that sang the National Anthem on Opening Day in 1998, will perform the Star Spangled Banner before the opening of the game against the Colorado Rockies, the same opponent as their first game twenty years ago.Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore’s Grammy award-winning voice has been heard around the globe, across multiple music genres connecting audiences of all generations for more than 60 years. Sam Moore found musical fame as one half of the ‘60s powerhouse duo Sam & Dave. With 1967’s hit “Soul Man,” the duo found lasting fame, defined a genre, and altered the course of music history. Their signature sound influenced a diverse array of musical talents, including Al Green, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Tom Petty, Phil Collins, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel and so many others. Sam & Dave’s music and personas inspired the film The Blues Brothers, and other hits like “Hold On I’m Coming” have appeared on the soundtracks of more than a dozen films. Moore, 81, continues to record and perform to critical acclaim as a solo artist and as a guest performer for dozens of his musical friends. The Legendary Soul Man recently accepted a position as Artist in Residence at Florida International University as part of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education Humanities Project.The Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore recently released his latest album. Sam Moore: An American Patriot, available for purchase including downloads on iTunes, Amazon, and more. The album was inspired by Moore’s performance of “America the Beautiful” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where his dear friend and inspiration Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood 53 years earlier and delivered his famous “Dream” speech.Moore is the recipient of numerous awards including the coveted NARAS Heroes Award, an AFTRA AMEE Lifetime Achievement Award, the ETAM Living Legend Award, Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, and a MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame for “Soul Man,” and in 2016 his star was permanently placed in the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement CBC and Temple Street today announced that production is underway on the third and final season (10 x one-hour) of the original drama series X COMPANY, set in the thrilling and dangerous world of World War II espionage. Although the war isn’t over, it’s definitely the end of an era as the first group of trained operatives from Camp X complete their final covert mission as a team in the concluding season, which will be broadcast on CBC in winter 2017.Executive producer Stephanie Morgenstern will come full circle and make her television directorial debut with X COMPANY’s final two episodes of the final season, 15 years after directing the award-winning short that inspired the series.“It’s been 15 years since we first wrote Remembrance,” said Mark Ellis and Morgenstern, who will co-write the final episode. “It began as a small, intimate story about one night in the life of an unusual young man, and since then has taken on a whole new life as X COMPANY. It’s really satisfying for us to be able to bring this series to its natural and thrilling conclusion.” “Mark, Stephanie and Temple Street have done a remarkable job bringing this unique piece of history to life with an incredibly talented team of actors, writers, producers and crew,” said Sally Catto, general manager, programming, CBC Television. “Canadians have been captivated by this extraordinary story since its inception, and we look forward to bringing viewers a riveting and epic final season.”“Mark and Stephanie are gifted storytellers who never shy away from the complexities of the human condition. We’re proud of them and our international cast, crew and co-producers for their work on this series, and thankful to our partners at CBC and Sony Pictures Television for their continued support on what is sure to be a compelling final chapter in the X COMPANY story,”said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, executive producers and co-presidents of Boat Rocker Studios.The final season of X COMPANY will see the team of Camp X operatives press forward to the finish line of their final mission together, hoping to deliver a blow to the enemy that could change the course of the war. After the shocking and disillusioning losses of Tom and those who fell at Dieppe, it’s harder than ever to keep the faith. The rules of human decency are stretched to a point where the difference between good and evil becomes more difficult to discern. The team learns the tough lesson that to fight the enemy, you must become the enemy.The series’ international ensemble cast returns, including Evelyne Brochu as Aurora, Jack Laskey as Alfred, Warren Brown as Neil, Connor Price as Harry, Hugh Dillon as Sinclair , Lara Jean Chorostecki as Krystina and Torben Liebrecht as Faber.X COMPANY season 3 shoots on location in Budapest, Hungary until November 2016, and will be broadcast on CBC in winter 2017.X COMPANY is a Canadian-Hungarian co-production, produced by Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, co-produced by Pioneer Stillking Kft and commissioned by CBC. The series is created and written by multi award-winning Mark Ellis & Stephanie Morgenstern and is executive produced by Ellis & Morgenstern, Ivan Schneeberg, David Fortier, and Kerry Appleyard of Temple Street, and Bill Haber of Ostar Productions. The series is produced by John Calvert. Ildikó Kemény and David Minkowski of Pioneer Stillking Kft also serve as producers. In addition, Sandra Chwialkowska is co-executive producer, Daniel Godwin and Julie Puckrin serve as producers. Lesley Grant is supervising producer. Returning this season are directors Grant Harvey and Amanda Tapping joined by Paolo Barzman, Julian Gilbey and Stephanie Morgenstern. The director of photography is Michael Marshall, Michael Fleischer is production designer and Andrea Flesch is costume designer. Sony Pictures Television distributes the series internationally with broadcasters in France (TF1), Latin America (History), Japan (Mystery), Turkey (D-Smart), Iceland (365 Media), Middle East (MBC), Greece (Mega), Slovenia and Bosnia/Herzegovina (Pickbox).The first two seasons of X COMPANY are now available on BLU-RAY and DVD in Canada and can be viewed online on the CBC player at Temple Street Temple Street, a division of Boat Rocker Studios, is a leading producer of television, film and digital media content based in Toronto and Los Angeles. A selection of Temple Street’s past and present projects include Orphan Black (BBC America, Space), X COMPANY (CBC), Killjoys (Syfy, Space), Being Erica (CBC, SOAPnet), The Next Step (Family Channel, Hulu), Lost and Found Music Studios (Family Channel, Netflix), Wingin’ It (Family Channel), Say Yes to the Dress Canada (W), Million Dollar Critic (W, BBC America), Cook’d (YTV), Over the Rainbow (CBC), Recipe to Riches (CBC, Food Network, Global), Cover Me Canada (CBC), Billable Hours (Global, Showcase), Canada’s Next Top Model (CTV), How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (CBC), Queer as Folk (Showtime, Showcase), and Darcy’s Wild Life (NBC, Discovery Kids, Family Channel). For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter @TempleStreet or connect with us on Facebook.About CBC/Radio-Canada CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective.For more information including series synopses, press releases, hi-res images, video clips and bios, please visit the CBC Media Centre at . Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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How a weekend in Montreal changed Dave Chappelles life

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook Dave Chappelle is no stranger to doing things his own way. (Remember when he reportedly walked away from a $50 million deal with Comedy Central back in 2005?) So it makes sense that while droves of Canadian artists, actors and musicians have gotten their first big break after moving south of the border, the U.S.-born Chappelle took the opposite route: looking north to Montreal. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Spotted at Tastemakers Presents Suite on the SIXth

first_imgTastemakers, Canada’s original and most coveted gifting lounge opened its doors yesterday with a fresh new identity: Tastemakers Presents: Suite on the SIXth. Located in rock-it promotions recently renovated offices (460 Richmond St. W., Suite 601), media and talent were invited to get festival-ready with a group of elevated, all-Canadian brands.Noah Cappe, the host of Bachelorette Canada was the first to sign the SickKids Foundation autograph board. InBalance Smoothie Cubes greeted guests with fresh smoothies for a healthy start to the busy festival schedule. Celebrity photographer Caitlin Cronenberg and model Stacey McKenzie enjoyed rejuvenating facials by celebrity skincare guru (Oprah Winfrey and the Obama’s are some of her regular clients) and founder of peoni, Jennifer Brodeur, aka JB Skin Guru. Pyewacket director Adam MacDonald and actress Sarah Podemski (Tin Star), among others got inked by one of Toronto’s hottest tattoo studios, Ink & Water Tattoo. April Mullen (Below Her Mouth, Director) got cozy with the Weekender collection from McGregor Socks and luxury soaps and personal care products from Perth Soap Co.Tastemakers Presents: Suite on the Sixth will run from Wednesday, September 6 through Friday, September 8 at rock-it promotions (460 Richmond St. W.)Noah Cappe, host of Bachelorette Canada is the first to sign the SickKids Foundation autograph board. Photo credit: Sarjoun Faour Big Brother Canada Season 5 star, Ika Wong can’t get enough of Perth Soap Co.Photo credit: Sarjoun Faour Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Advertisement Facebook The Social hosts, Cynthia Loyst and Marci Ien enjoyed an all-Canadian experience at the lounge.  Photo credit: Sarjoun FaourNext up, Stacey McKenzie chats with celebrity skin guru Jennifer Brodeur before her facial. Photo credit: Sarjoun Faour(L to R) Katie Boland, Hallie Switzer and Ingrid Veninger get cozy with McGregor socks. Photo credit: Sarjoun FaourBig Brother Canada Season 5 star, Ika Wong can’t get enough of Perth Soap Co. Photo credit: Sarjoun FaourDan Kurtz of Dragonette stops by to enjoy the lounge. Photo credit: Sarjoun FaourCelebrity photographer, Caitlin Cronenberg gets inked by Ink & Water Tattoo. Photo credit: Sarjoun FaourContinuing the charitable mandate of Tastemakers, Suite on the SIXth is proud to give back to the SickKids Foundation offering guests an opportunity to show their support by singing their names on an autograph board that is later given to SickKids Foundation for auction. Suite on the SIXth will also contribute with a monetary donation.last_img read more

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Raven Banner partners on production arm Hangar 18 Media exclusive

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Hangar 18 Media’s first production is documentary feature The Booker, which is currently being shot in Canada, Mexico and the US. The documentary centres on a Canadian professional wrestler and is directed by Raven Banner’s Michael Paszt, and produced by Patriki and Bruno Marino. Facebook Advertisement Toronto-based distributor Raven Banner Entertainment has partnered with Pasha Patriki’s 9 Light Entertainment and boutique post-production house 9 Light Entertainment to launch a production arm, Hangar 18 Media.The venture will produce original content and provide production services for Canadian, US and international projects, as well as co-productions filming in Canada.Raven Banner’s strategy is to have a centralised Ontario-based production arm while maintaining its existing Western company, Berserker Entertainment, co-producers of Nick Damici’s The Stakelander. Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Preliminary Rendering – CREACTIVE – Cirque du Soleil (CNW Group/Cirque du Soleil Canada inc.) Facebook Enhancing the retail experienceThis new creative venture by the global entertainment company fulfills an opportunity that arises from the transformation of retail around the world, as developers are increasingly looking to offer entertainment experiences that turn malls into holistic destinations.As such, the company has partnered with global real estate leader Ivanhoé Cambridge to launch its first CREACTIVE indoor centre in the world, set to open in September 2019 in the Greater Toronto Area, a unique collaboration which further consolidates the relationship between Cirque du Soleil and its minority shareholder, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.“We are thrilled to invest in the first CREACTIVE centre and to work hand-in-hand with Cirque du Soleil to inspire new areas of escape with infinite possibilities. CREACTIVE is perfectly aligned with our vision for the future of retail: to join forces with the right partners to offer innovative experiences for the benefits of local families and communities. This collaboration is a terrific illustration of our efforts to transform the retail experience for our discerning guests”, said Claude Sirois, President, Retail at Ivanhoé Cambridge.The first indoor CREACTIVE family entertainment centre is planned to open in the Greater Toronto Area in September 2019. Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is currently in discussions with Ivanhoé Cambridge for additional locations in Canada, as well as with other partners for international markets.To download a high resolution preliminary rendering of CREACTIVE, please click here.About Cirque du Soleil Entertainment GroupOriginally composed of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group completely reinvented circus arts and went on to become a world leader in live entertainment. Established in Montreal, the Canadian organization has brought wonder and delight to over 180 million spectators with productions presented in 450 cities in 60 countries. Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group currently employs 4,000 people, including 1,300 artists, who originate from nearly 50 countries.Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group creates content for a broad range of audacious projects. On top of producing world-renowned shows, the organization has extended its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, theme parks and special events. Going beyond its various creations, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. For more information about Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, please go to www.cdsentertainmentgroup.comAbout Ivanhoé CambridgeIvanhoé Cambridge develops and invests in high-quality real estate properties, projects and companies that are shaping the urban fabric in dynamic cities around the world. It does so responsibly, with a long-term view to generate optimal, risk-adjusted returns. Ivanhoé Cambridge is committed to creating living spaces that foster the well-being of people and communities, while reducing its environmental footprint.Vertically integrated in Canada, Ivanhoé Cambridge invests internationally alongside strategic partners and major real estate funds that are leaders in their markets. Through subsidiaries and partnerships, the Company holds interests in more than 1,000 buildings, primarily in the residential, office, retail, industrial and logistics sectors. Ivanhoé Cambridgeheld more than C$60 billion in assets as at December 31, 2017, and is a real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (, one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers. For more information: MONTREAL, June 13, 2018 – Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group announced today it is adding family entertainment centres to its portfolio of creative projects. The company has developed an innovative concept of indoor family entertainment experiences specially designed for retail locations. The recreational centres will offer a brand new immersive, creative and participative family experience, where people can stretch their imagination, flex their muscles, explore newfound circus skills, and take a bow on the virtual Cirque du Soleil stage.“Our fans regularly express their wish to experience Cirque du Soleil from an insider’s perspective, to peek behind the curtain and imagine themselves stepping into our artists’ shoes. With CREACTIVE, we make that possible by inviting families to jump on stage, offering them another way to explore our creativity beyond our live shows”, says Marie-Josée Lamy, Cirque du Soleil Producer of CREACTIVE.Building on the success of Club Med CREACTIVE by CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, currently offered at Club Med locations in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and Opio, France, the new indoor centres will be installed in premium immersive spaces covering approximately 2200 m² (24,000 ft2). CREACTIVE will offer a range of acrobatic, artistic and other Cirque du Soleil-inspired recreational activities, such as bungee jumping, aerial parkour, wire and trampolines, mask design, juggling, circus track activities, dance and more. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

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Kanesatake warns Oka over planned mining exploration

first_imgAPTN National NewsKANESATAKE MOHAWK TERRITORY–The municipality of Oka has received a warning from Kanesatake over plans to allow a Quebec mining company to explore a dormant niobium mine on claimed Mohawk territory.The warnings was sent in a letter responding to a recent announcement by the municipality hat it has reached an agreement with Augyva Mining Resources to clean up the dormant St. Lawrence Colombium mine site and conduct limited exploration.“The Mohawks of Kanehsatake were not consulted in your June 2011 agreement with Augyva Mining Resources Inc. and consider this in direct violation of our inherent rights as Aboriginal peoples to lands and resources,” said the letter, signed by Onawari:io. “The Municipalite d’Oka’s action to sign an agreement with Augyva Mining Resources is questionable, arouses suspicion and is an insult to the recent efforts of reconciliation between the Mohawks of Kanehsata:ke and the residents of this area.”The letter, dated Friday, was addressed to Oka’s Mayor Richard Lalonde and was written on Kenesatake Mohawk Nation letterhead.The letter raises concerns that Oka’s agreement with Augyva opens a backdoor channel to reopening the niobium mine, which was once one of the largest in the world.Kanesatake residents have opposed any attempts to restart the mine.“It behoves us to question as well, whether or not this action will permit the original project to mine niobium…to be successfully implemented,” said the letter. “We therefore urge you to meet with our representatives as soon as possible to avoid any future conflict and promote a relationship based upon peaceful co-existence.”The old St. Lawrence Colombium mine opened in 1961 and ended operations in 1977. It had two open pits and some underground operations.Niobium is a valuable chemical element found in the mineral pyrochlore.It is used to strengthen steel used in pipelines and automobiles. It is also used to make jet engine and rocket parts and superconducting magnets used medically for magnetic resonance imaging or MRIs.Kanesatake was at the centre of the Oka Crisis in 1990 after community members blocked plans by the Oka golf club to expand its course on a burial ground.Kanesatake was at the centre of the Oka Crisis in 1990 after community members blocked plans by Oka to expand a golf course on a Mohawk territory that included a burial ground.last_img read more

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Country music superstar George Jones dies at 81

first_imgAPTN National NewsCountry music superstar George Jones, who rose to stardom with chart toppers like White Lightning and He Stopped Loving Her Today, has died. He was 81.The Texas-born singer was in the middle of a year long farewell tour that was to wrap up in Nashville this fall.The man known as the “The Possum” was supposed to play in Canada last year until doctors ordered him to take a break due to health reasons.“I thank all the fans from the bottom of my heart for their prayers and I look forward to seeing them on the road soon,” Jones said at the time in a statement.Jones battled alcohol and drug addictions throughout his career and was known for his wild reputation in the country music world.Sometimes his rough living led to him having another nickname: “No-Show Jones” for blowing off concert dates.Jones had No. 1 songs from the 1950s to 1990s.He won a Grammy in 1981 for He Stopped Loving Her Today and again in 1999 for Choices.In 1992, he was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.Jones was born Sept. 12, 1931 and the youngest of eight childrenlast_img read more

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Fort McMurray evacuees still on the move

first_imgTamara Pimentel APTN National NewsThe movement of evacuees continued Friday as firefighters continued to battle a growing wildfire that penetrated Fort McMurray earlier this week. About 88,000 people were evacuated from the city this week and many are still on the move.last_img

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Long Inuit wait for residential school apology from prime minister ends Friday

first_imgThe Canadian Press ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Jimmy Tuttauk was working on the remote coast of northern Labrador when he first heard that Ottawa was settling with former students of residential schools.It was 2007 and he was listening to a radio news report that sent his heart soaring – until he realized the awful truth.“My God, how could they have left us out?” Tuttauk recalled thinking as it became clear Aboriginal children who suffered in similar dorms and classrooms in Labrador and northern Newfoundland were excluded.“It was never about the compensation,” he said of the decade-long legal odyssey that followed. That traumatic journey, fraught with nightmares of abuse that never fully fade, culminates Friday with what Tuttauk and so many others have longed for: an official apology.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to attend a ceremony in Goose Bay, including Inuit singers and drummers, that’s expected to draw more than 300 people.Tuttauk, 57, will be there.“Mean, nasty things happened to little children under the government’s watch,” he said from his home in the Inuit community of Hopedale.“It was about the apology and finally being recognized that we weren’t lying all these years.”The previous Conservative government argued Ottawa was not responsible for schools in North West River, Cartwright, Nain and Makkovik, all in Labrador or in St. Anthony in northern Newfoundland. The International Grenfell Association ran three of the schools, while the Germany-based Moravian Missionaries ran the other two.They were left out of then-prime minister Stephen Harper’s apology in the House of Commons in 2008. Nor were they eligible for a related compensation deal that has paid out to those who attended residential schools across the rest of Canada.Lawyers for more than 800 plaintiffs countered that, after Newfoundland joined Confederation in 1949, Ottawa had the same legal duty to Aboriginal students in the province.The Liberal government offered a $50-million package last year to settle claims of sexual and physical abuse along with the loss of language and culture.Students who lived in school residences for less than five years were eligible for $15,000 in general compensation while those who lived there five years or more could receive $20,000.Compensation for sexual or significant physical abuse up to about $200,000 was based on sworn testimony.More than 120 members of the class action died waiting for a resolution.Plaintiffs’ lawyer Steven Cooper said 960 former students or their estates have received payments. Of those, around 120 were eligible for higher amounts for the worst abuse.“We’ve certainly asked the prime minister to be sensitive to the fact that there was a large group of people who suffered similarly before Newfoundland joined Confederation.”Cooper said the lawsuit did not seek damages prior to 1949 because modern courts lack jurisdiction before that date when Newfoundland was its own dominion.Some former students are rejecting the apology on that basis, but “the vast majority” accept it, he added.“There’s going to be a lot of tears shed,” he said of Friday’s ceremony.“I have never in my life, and I know that I never will meet a more loving, patient, understanding, forgiving group of humans.”Tuttauk received both types of compensation. He is among 29 former students who were the only ones in Canada forced to testify in open court about horrific ordeals many had never spoken of before.He was nine years old when he moved into the school in North West River. He has described how a former male staff member molested him during bath time, and how he was sexually abused for three years before hitchhiking to nearby Goose Bay to be with his mother, who was ill.“I believe my mother got convinced it was in the best interest for me and my younger sister to go there for education and probably betterment,” he said. “I don’t know, but it wasn’t for the better, I can tell you.”Tuttauk later battled addiction and worked as a heavy equipment operator. He is the father of five children and now has six grandchildren. Today, he helps young people overcome addiction.To know a prime minister will, at last, apologize “means everything,” he said.Still, Tuttauk wants to see more federal support for clean drinking water, housing and other needs in Aboriginal communities.“There’s little kids still suffering today.”last_img read more

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Marines seek young tough recruits in Super Bowl ad

first_imgWASHINGTON – For the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Marine Corps will air an ad during the Super Bowl, using an online-only spot Sunday to target a young, tough, tech-savvy audience for potential recruits looking for a challenge.The high-powered, battle-heavy, 30-second ad shows Marines deploying from ships in amphibious vehicles, dropping bombs from aircraft and hurling a shoulder-launched drone into the air.“It’s not just the ships, the armour or the aircraft. It’s something more. It’s the will to fight and determination to win found inside each and every Marine that answers a nation’s call,” the announcer says, as the camera follows a squad of Marines storming off helicopters into a mock firefight while explosions erupt around them.The goal, said Maj. Gen. Paul Kennedy, head of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, is to reach young men and women who have faced and conquered challenges in their life, probably played physical sports such as wrestling or rugby, and have a bit of that fighting spirit.Network television viewers of the game won’t see the Marine spot. But those watching through online streaming services — which charge a fraction of the advertising price — will see it twice.“I’m not trying to enlist fathers or mothers, I’m trying to enlist 18- to 24-year-olds,” said Kennedy. “And they tend to be cord cutters. They take in entertainment differently and they tend to do it on a device rather than a television.”The Marine Corps would not provide the exact cost because the specific pricing is proprietary. But the online ad represents a savings of nearly 85 per cent over the broadcast price. Thirty-second slots are going for more than $5 million for broadcast airtime alone. And the online ad — which can be viewed on — is expected to reach more than 20 million viewers.As the military services struggle to meet recruitment goals in these times of low unemployment, they are competing for many of the same young people — physically fit high school graduates who can score 50 or higher on the military’s aptitude test.The Marine Corps is on target to meet its recruitment goal of about 38,000 for the budget year ending Sept. 30. But recruiters have historically found that the months of February through May are the toughest for finding new enlistments. By this time, many high school seniors have decided what they will do or what college they will attend.So Kennedy is hoping the ad will reach some who may still be open to serving in the Marine Corps. Targeting the streaming broadcast has now become a more effective option as viewership online grows, he said, and is the best way to reach more young people while spending less money.“I don’t have unlimited funds,” he said. “And this is probably the most-watched event, as we move into the toughest months of recruiting.”The visuals in the ad, he said, go to the heart of what Marines do, deliberately focusing on the fight rather than some of the intangibles such as the potential for paid college tuition, bonuses or other incentives. The images are designed to attract people who are tough and resilient — key words the Marines use repeatedly to describe the force.The battle scenes were filmed on the West Coast with Marines participating in a military exercise called Dawn Blitz in order to show more realistic scenarios. The ad also shows Marines deployed on the USS Essex, an amphibious assault ship, which was off the California coast for training, to mimic a deployment near the shores of an adversary.“This ad talks to the fighting spirit of young people that have come up through high school,” Kennedy said. “We want young, tough, smart warriors that want to continue to seek challenges, and we’re seeking them from men and women from all walks of life.”last_img read more

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Feds tariff relief plan faces criticism Morneau says 50 firms now surtaxfree

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government has so far exempted 50 Canadian companies from surtaxes imposed last summer when Ottawa slapped retaliatory tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum imports, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Tuesday as he faced pointed questions about his relief plan from political opponents.Morneau provided the figure before a parliamentary committee, where opposition MPs accused the government of being too slow in helping Canadian firms affected by the cross-border tariff fight.Members of the international trade committee also said Ottawa’s remission request process has been too onerous for many companies, particularly smaller ones already consumed by the day-to-day activities of running their businesses.“You said in your statement that we’re doing everything possible, but I have to be frank that we’ve heard quite the opposite here,” said New Democrat MP Tracey Ramsey.“From the witnesses at this committee, we’ve heard of the dire consequences of these tariffs and the government’s failure to get that support directly to people on the ground. Businesses are talking about laying off people.”Conservative MP Dean Allison said he’s heard from many businesses caught in the crossfire that are worried the financial relief isn’t arriving quickly enough.“I can assure you that that money cannot get out the door soon enough in order to keep these companies viable over the long term,” Allison told Morneau.The finance minister, who said 135 companies have submitted remission requests, agreed he would like to see the relief money flow faster — but he stressed there’s a process that must be followed.“This is pretty unprecedented. We aren’t in a situation where there’s a play book,” Morneau said. “And we certainly hope it goes away quickly.”In July, Ottawa applied retaliatory tariffs on $16.6-billion worth of U.S. imports of steel, aluminum and other products.The federal government has said it had no choice but to hit back at the U.S. with the countermeasures.It also announced a financial aid package for industries caught in the middle of the dispute, including up to $2 billion in new funding and support for workers in steel, aluminum and manufacturing sectors.During his appearance Tuesday, Morneau provided an update on another category of support provided via the aid package, which involves the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada.So far, he said BDC has authorized loans totalling $131 million for 189 businesses, while EDC has authorized $44 million worth of loans for 24 clients.Morneau noted that firms approved for remission will also be eligible for refunds on duties they’ve already paid in the months since Ottawa imposed the counter-tariffs.He was asked how much extra revenue the surtaxes have already brought in, but he declined to provide a number and only said the duties were generating “significant” revenues.The tariff dispute has dragged on even though the Liberal government reached a new continental trade agreement this month with Washington and Mexico City. The Trump administration has maintained its stinging levies on Canadian steel and aluminum.Morneau said the government is still negotiating with U.S. officials in hopes of seeing the duties lifted.Committee member and fellow Liberal MP Peter Fonseca asked Morneau whether the government was considering a quota system as part of the potential solution to the tariff dispute.“We’re really not going to negotiate in public in terms of the actual approach that we’re trying to take,” said Morneau, adding he wants to make sure the market is stable and that the Canadian steel industry and users of steel are unharmed.“Clearly, we want to move away from the current situation. So, the mechanism to do that? We’re not at a stage where we’re able to talking about that because it’s not close to being done.”last_img read more

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Australian court approves media merger between Nine Fairfax

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia — A court has dismissed a last-ditch challenge and approved the merger of television network Nine Entertainment and newspaper publisher Fairfax Media into an Australian media giant to be known only as Nine.Fairfax shareholders voted for the merger last week. But major shareholder Antony Catalano argued in his Federal Court challenge that the Fairfax shareholders had not been allowed to consider his proposal to acquire 19.9 per cent of the company’s shares, which would have scuttled the Nine merger.Justice Jacqueline Gleeson approved the Nine-Fairfax deal on Tuesday.The new entity will begin trading on the Australian share market on Dec. 10.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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The Latest Survey shows French protests knocked business

first_imgPARIS — The Latest on anti-government protests in France (all times local):11:55 a.m.A survey suggests the “yellow vest” protests in France have dealt a significant blow to business activity in the country’s services sector, which includes tourism and retail.The so-called purchasing managers’ index, which measures activity in various parts of an economy, fell to 49.6 points in December for France’s services sector. That is down sharply from November’s 55.1 points. The index, published Friday by data firm IHS Markit, is on a 100-point scale, with the 50 mark separating expansion from contraction.Eliot Kerr, economist at IHS Markit, said the data points to “an outright contraction in France’s private sector for the first time in two-and-a-half years, following the protests which have swept through the country in recent weeks.”The “yellow vest” protests began as demonstrations against a fuel tax and have expanded into sometimes violent marches across the country to protest the policies of President Emmanuel Macron.___9:15 a.m.Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, Paris’ police chief says armoured vehicles and thousands of officers will be deployed again in the French capital on Saturday.Michel Delpuech told RTL radio on Friday security services intend to deploy the same numbers and strength as last weekend, with about 8,000 officers and 14 armoured vehicles again in Paris.Delpuech said the biggest difference will be the deployment of more groups of patrol officers to catch vandals who roamed streets around the Champs Elysees last weekend, causing damage and pillaging.A sixth “yellow vest” protester was killed this week, hit by a truck at a protest roadblock. Despite calls from authorities urging protesters to stop the protests, the movement rocking the country has showed no signs of abating.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Pearl Harbor submarine museum begins 20M update project

first_imgHONOLULU — The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park is undergoing a $20 million revitalization and expansion project to update its Pearl Harbor campus.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports officials broke ground Monday on the project that includes adding new exhibits and about 3,000 square feet (279 square meters) of space.The facility will be named the Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum when the project is completed in April 2020.Portions of the campus will be closed during construction, but its centerpiece World War II submarine will remain open.The campus is next to the USS Arizona Memorial visitors’ centre operated by the National Park Service.The submarine museum and other non-profit organizations that operate historic sites at Pearl Harbor are providing financial support to keep the centre open during the U.S. government shutdown.___Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

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Northern BC gets new indigenous tourism specialist

first_imgMartin will be based in the Northern BC Tourism Association office in Prince George. Her first official day was March 6th. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — The Northern British Columbia Tourism Association and Indigenous Tourism British Columbia announced yesterday that they have hired Lucy Martin as the new Regional Indigenous Tourism Specialist dedicated to northern British Columbia.Martin previously served as a councillor of the McLeod Lake Indian Band, and as Economic Development Manager for Tse’khene Community Development Corporation. The Tourism Association said that Indigenous tourism sector generated approximately $705 million toward B.C.’s GDP last year, led by domestic tourists and those from the U.S., China, Germany, and the U.K.“Indigenous Tourism is a fast growing industry,” said Indigenous Tourism BC CEO Tracy Eyssen. “In order to meet the growing demand for authentic Indigenous experiences and products, we at ITBC need to work together with Indigenous communities to facilitate the supply of authentic Indigenous experiences and products. Lucy’s connection to her culture and those of the Northern Indigenous people will make her a great addition to our team and our activator for Indigenous tourism.”The two organizations said that the focus of Martin’s work will be to engage Indigenous businesses and communities with development and planning of tourism opportunities, and link them with programs to help implement those plans.last_img read more

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Points of View Opening Night at Peace Gallery North

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace Gallery North is hosting the 6th Annual ‘Points of View 2019′ Art Show.Opening Night for the event is Friday, March 1st, 2019, the event starts at 7 pm with refreshments, appetizers and live entertainment.The Flying Colours Artists’ Association’s exhibit is a joining of perspective and interpretation inspired by 8 different photographs. These images were submitted and chosen by the Association’s members. Once Artists received their images each Artist created their art to reflect their ‘Points of View’. Artists could enter as many art selections as they chose and many different art mediums and styles will be represented. Bev Baker, President of the Flying Colours Art Association said “We even have one member that has a pair of moccasins that she beaded the front using one of the reference photos,”The Gallery will be set up as collections, with the accompanying reference photograph on display. Allowing viewers of the art to see all the different perspectives and interpretations.All art on display will be available for purchase although they must stay on display until the exhibit is over.Point of View FB Event Page; CLICK HERE Flying Colours Artists’ Association FB Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Site C Projects Generate Opportunities Fund contributes 65000 to nine local nonprofit

first_imgSo far, $381,091 has been distributed to 43 projects.Applications for funding are accepted on an ongoing basis and funds are distributed quarterly over an eight-year period.For more information on the fund, including past recipients and application details, you can visit the Site C Project’s website.Here is a list of the recipients:Sources Community Resources Society for its ADHD Conference;North Peace Family SuperPark Society;North Peace Justice Society for its restorative justice volunteer facilitator training program;Peace Passage Skating Club for its 2019/2020 season;Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society for its community outreach;North Peace Gymnastics Association for its special abilities program;Fort St. John Literacy Society for its Dolly Parton Imagination Library program;Hudson’s Hope Fall Fair Society for its 27th Annual Hudson’s Hope Fall Fair; andCommunity Bridge for its Daddy and Me events. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Through the Site C Project’s Generate Opportunities Fund, B.C. Hydro is contributing $65,000 to support nine Peace Region non-profit groups.Award recipients for this funding provide community-enriching services in areas such as sports, literacy and social advocacy in support of youth, women, and families in the Peace Region.According to B.C. Hydro, since established in September 2016, this is the tenth time grants have been awarded from the $800,000 fund.last_img read more

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Maserati drives in 2019 Quattroporte edition at Rs 174 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: Italian luxury carmaker Maserati Tuesday said it has launched the latest edition of Quattroporte in India with price starting at Rs 1.74 crore (ex-showroom India). The 2019 Quattroporte’s GranLusso version is priced at Rs 1.74 crore while the Gransport version is tagged at Rs 1.79 crore. The model comes fitted with 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine mated to an eight-speed ZF gearbox. The 2019 edition of Quattroporte comes with new colours, wheel designs and interior veneers, redesigned gearshift lever and Pieno Fiore natural leather interiors.last_img read more

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Ajay Devgn sidesteps query on costar Alok Naths MeToo allegations

first_imgMumbai: Ajay Devgn on Tuesday refrained from commenting on the #MeToo allegations against his “De De Pyaar De” co-star Alok Nath. Writer Vinta Nanda had accused Nath of rape last year. When producer Luv Ranjan was asked to comment on the same, Ajay intervened saying, “This is not the right place to talk about it.” “And jinki aap baat kar rahe hai woh film uske pehle complete hui (the film was completed before the allegations surfaced against the concerned person) Ajay was talking on the sidelines of the trailer launch of his film “De De Pyaar De”. The trailer was launched on the occasion of Ajay’s 50th birthday. The film, also featuring Tabu and Rakul Preet Singh, is directed by Akiv Ali. It releases on May 17.last_img read more

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