IOC to invest Rs 2L cr to expand refining petrochem capacities

first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s biggest oil firm Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) will invest Rs 2 lakh crore in next 5-7 years to expand refining and petrochemical capacities in order to maintain leadership position, its Chairman Sanjiv Singh said. The plan is to almost double its oil refining capacity to 150 million tonnes per annum, expand fuels and LPG retailing network, jack up petrochemical production capacity and produce more crude oil and gas. IOC is implementing a Rs 2 lakh crore investment plan in next 5-7 years “to evolve into a future-ready corporate that provides comprehensive energy solutions to diverse user groups in an exciting phase of energy transition and technology disruptions,” he said in the firm’s latest annual report. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe company currently is India’s largest oil refiner with a group refining capacity of 80.7 million tonnes per annum. It wants to maintain this leadership position by raising the refining capacity to 150 million tonnes through greenfield and brownfield expansions. Simultaneously, it wants to raise petrochemical production capacity to 13 million tonnes from the current 3.15 million tonnes. It is expanding Panipat naphtha cracking capacity and plans to set up new chemical projects in Gujarat, Paradip and Panipat. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAlso, the company is looking at rapid expansion in natural gas retailing by investing Rs 10,000 crore over the next eight years, the report said. IOC, which now has city gas license to retail gas in 40 cities, sold 3.96 million tonnes of natural gas in 2018-19. It wants to “triple current market share in gas business” and expand its presence in city gas to 60 geographical areas from current 40, it said. It wants to expand its presence in upstream oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) by investing in oil-rich countries in the Middle East and Central Asia and acquiring producing assets. Its stakes in oil and gas fields in 10 countries such as Russia, UAE, the USA and Venezuela, currently give 4.39 million tonnes and the plan is to raise this to 7 million tonnes by 2023-24 and further to 11 million tonnes by 2030, the annual report said. While continuing expansion of its petrol pump and LPG distribution agencies, the firm will focus on retailing in rural markets to expand its marketing. It will automate and modernise fuel stations as well as set up electric vehicles (EV) charing stations. IOC said it also plans to increase its overseas footprint to 8 per cent of turnover with additional regional hubs in South Africa and Nigeria and agents/distributors in 20 countries to scout for new business. “Besides the focus on refinery expansions, new technologies for clean fuels and enhanced outputs, and refinery-petrochemicals integration, Indian Oil is aggressively leveraging its R&D expertise to move into horizon technologies like 2G and 3G ethanol, bio-fuels, coal gasification, H-CNG, hydrogen fuel cells, battery technologies etc,” Singh said.last_img read more

Typhoon Faxai kills 1 in Tokyo

first_imgTokyo: At least one person was killed and 40 others were injured here after the powerful typhoon Faxai hit Japan on Monday, while also affecting hundreds of thousands of rush-hour commuters. The police said that the victim was woman in her 50s in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward. A security camera captured her being blown off her feet and into a wall which killed her on the spot, reports Kyoto news agency. East Japan Railway Co. suspended all lines in the greater Tokyo area as Faxai made landfall near the city of Chiba shortly before 5 a.m. as one of the strongest typhoons. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US JR East, as East Japan Railway Co. is known, resumed some services later in the morning with major stations swamped by commuters. The typhoon also caused a tall fence surrounding a golf driving range to collapse and land on residences in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture, leaving a woman in her 20s with serious injuries. Winds of up to 209 kph were reported at Kozu Island on the Izu islet chain, 207 kph at Chiba, and 207 kph at Tokyo’s Haneda airport, all breaking records, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls As of 11 a.m., the season’s 15th typhoon passed through the region and was travelling northeast at 30 kph some 60 km southeast of the city of Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, Kyodo News Agency quoted the JMA as saying. Many flights departing from and arriving at Haneda airport were cancelled since Sunday evening. In Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures, some 920,000 households experienced temporary power cuts, according to Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. The power outage forced a Sony Corporation unit to suspend operations of a plant in Kisarazu where it produces the PlayStation 4.last_img read more

Crews battle blaze creeping closer to Banff fire ban in place

first_imgHelicopters are attacking a growing wildfire that’s creeping closer to Banff.The Verdant Creek fire was detected on Saturday, and has forced several closures in the area.Smoke in the air is making it hard to tell, but the fire is estimated to be about 2,000 hectares in size.For now, five helicopters and a crew of 50 is trying to manage the out of control blaze.Incident Commander Jane Park said because of the terrain, water bombers can’t even fight the fire.“(In a) 490 to 60 degree slope, there are no safe zones for our crews in that area to be on the ground. There is no access into that area, other than by air if we had helipads, but again, like I said, it’s quite steep and rocky,” she said.The blaze is about 22 kilometres northeast of the town of Banff, and a fire ban is now in place in all of Banff National Park.last_img read more

Ten years after harbour cleanup can Haligonians be coaxed into the water

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia may be known as Canada’s Ocean Playground, but the moniker hardly applies to Halifax harbour.Almost 10 years after the city spent $333 million to clean up its massive, infamously polluted harbour, the two public beaches near its downtown remain strangely quiet — even on hot, sunny days.Despite monitoring that shows the crystal-clear saltwater is fit to swim in, the city decided this year not to post lifeguards at the Black Rock and Dingle beaches, saying there were so few swimmers last year it didn’t make sense to hire rescuers.“There hasn’t been an appetite for swimming,” says city spokesman Nick Ritcey.Anika Riopel, a 28-year-old student of environmental sustainability at Dalhousie University, says the problem is that Haligonians won’t let go of their ugly memories of what the harbour used to be like.Local residents and businesses dumped raw sewage into the harbour for more than 250 years.Before three wastewater treatment plants started operating in 2008, the harbour was continually fouled by 180 million litres of sewage every day. That’s enough to fill 72 Olympic-size swimming pools, topped with an icky assortment of brown “floatables,” condoms and tampon applicators.“We spent millions cleaning up our harbour and the data now show the harbour is clean, but the perception continues to be what the harbour was 10 years ago,” says Riopel.“This is not just about swimming. It’s about changing our relationship with the harbour.”Haligonians do love to swim — the city is dotted with popular lake beaches that offer warmer, if sometimes cloudier, waters than the harbour.Riopel has a bold vision for what the harbour could look like for swimmers. She started a campaign three weeks ago simply called “Jump In.”Her plan is to get the city to cordon off a small section of the downtown waterfront to create an urban swimming hole, complete with diving platform, raft and, of course, lifeguards.Having travelled extensively before arriving to study in Halifax in 2014, Riopel said she was inspired by similar projects in other port cities, including the Taranaki Street Wharf jump platform in Wellington, New Zealand.Riopel’s campaign has so far included a cheeky YouTube Video that shows her and a friend jumping into the harbour from a wooden wharf.“It was refreshing,” she said, referring to the 17 C water.“The more people see others going into the water and not getting sick, the more outdated the original perception is going to become,” says Riopel, who is originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.“(But) memory is stronger than our own senses sometimes … Our perceptions are sometimes stronger than facts.”Later this week, she plans to set up a tent near the proposed swimming area, where she will seek public input. She has architectural drawings to illustrate what the swim site might look like.Deborah Page, spokeswoman for the provincial waterfront development agency, says the Crown corporation is excited by the plan.“The more opportunity you can give people to interact with the water, the better their overall experience is,” she said. “It can be a huge draw.”However, Page said the agency must first consult with waterfront businesses, the port authority, the harbour pilotage authority and the municipal transit system, which operates a ferry service that links downtown Halifax with neighbouring Dartmouth.“We don’t want any issues with boating traffic, and we want to make sure there aren’t any hazards under the water,” Page said.At 12.3 square kilometres, Halifax harbour is one of the deepest and largest natural harbours in the world. And its high environmental standards have won it special designation as a so-call blue flag marina, the first such designation in Atlantic Canada.A water quality monitoring report prepared by AMEC Earth and Environmental in April 2011 showed fecal coliform levels were well below applicable guidelines in all areas of the harbour. In particular, levels in the inner harbour — once the most polluted area — had fallen by 97 per cent when compared with samples taken as late as 2007.Still, the city’s Harbour Solutions project went off the rails in 2009 when a power outage at the Halifax treatment plant led to catastrophic flooding inside the building. It remained offline for at least seven months, and the harbour soon became the putrid, green-brown mess everyone remembered.Riopel admits that was a serious setback, but she is quick to note the water has remained clean since 2010.Her group’s Facebook page includes many encouraging comments, but it’s clear many doubters remain.“I think there is still a lot of public concern about the harbour water quality,” says one message. “Deal with this bad PR and this could be a cool project to see come to life!”last_img read more

Still on a 2010 high Canada posts record Olympic medal haul in

first_imgPYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Canadians won a record 29 medals in Pyeongchang riding the afterburn of their country hosting the Winter Olympics eight years ago.The previous high for Canada was 26 at the 2010 Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C. Those Games at home had a hybrid effect on Canada’s team in 2018.Some veteran athletes had spent over a decade in a sport system overhauled pre-2010 to make Canada a winter sport powerhouse. Among the 110 rookies on Canada’s team of 225, many were inspired by Vancouver and just entering a sport environment that paved a path from playground to podium.With 11 gold, eight silver and 10 bronze, Canada finished third in the overall medal table and in gold medals won behind Norway’s 39 (14-14-11) and runner-up Germany at 31 (14-10-7).“Our athletes have made history at these Games,” Canadian Olympic Committee president Tricia Smith said. “From a country chasing the powerhouse nations, we are now proudly in the top group growing in strength and contending for No. 1. And we’ll keep going.”The Canadian Press predicted 29 medals with a breakdown of nine gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze.Germany went into the Games as the country to beat, but Norway was out front early, scooping up cross-country, biathlon and alpine ski medals.Canada was largely powered by individuals or teams of two. The hockey and curling teams didn’t defend the four gold medals won in Sochi, Russia.Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Que., carried Canada’s flag in Sunday’s closing ceremonies after winning a silver medal and two bronze in short-track speedskating.But if a plane could be turned into a parade float, ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir would be riding it back to Canada. Social media couldn’t get enough of the charismatic duo, who delivered an incredible free skate for gold.Snowboarder Sebastian Toutant, freestyle skiers Mikael Kingsbury, Cassie Sharpe, Kelsey Serwa and Brady Leman and speedskaters Ted-Jan Bloemen and Sam Girard won gold medals.John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes won the first gold in mixed doubles curling to take the sting out of Kevin Koe and Rachel Homan getting shut out in team curling.Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz tied for gold in men’s two-man bobsled. The only large-team gold for Canada was from the figure skating squad.The women’s hockey team lost a heartbreaking shootout to the United States in the final for silver while the men’s team claimed bronze in a tournament devoid of NHL players.Alex Gough won Canada’s first-ever medal in luge with a bronze in women’s singles. She also collected silver in the team relay.Alex Harvey was agonizingly close to Canada’s first medal in men’s cross-country skiing when he finished fourth in Saturday’s 50K.The COC’s messaging for the 2018 team was “Be Virtuous, be Victorious, be Olympic.”In championing clean sport, Smith urged the International Olympic Committee to not let Russia off the hook for alleged state-sponsored doping in 2014.She did not want the Russians, competing under a neutral flag and colours, to get their national flag back for the closing ceremonies. The IOC voted not to reinstate the Russian flag just hours before the grand finale.Canada’s principled stance was dented Saturday when skicross racer Dave Duncan and high-performance director Willy Raine were arrested, and eventually released, for allegedly stealing a vehicle and drunk driving early Saturday morning.There was disappointment for Canada. The shocker was the curling teams missing the podium for the first time since the sport returned to the Winter Games in 1998.Chris Del Bosco and India Sherret were both involved in major skicross crashes. They had to be taken off the course on stretchers before going to hospital.“Something you never want to see,” Smith said. “We have some of the finest medical teams in the world taking care of them, with the goal of getting them back to good health as fast as possible.”Almost 60 Russian athletes — many of them medallists in Sochi — appealed the IOC’s decision to not invite them to Pyeongchang, but were denied entry in the days before the opening ceremonies.That eliminated a few of Canada’s rivals in the sports of luge, bobsled and figure skating.The prevailing wisdom is it takes a decade and a half to build an Olympian. If Vancouver was an inflection point, Canada still has upside heading into 2022 and even 2026.“It started with Vancouver and the performance of the Canadian team in Vancouver where you’re the host nation,” Own The Podium chief executive officer Anne Merklinger said.“The high-performance system was really transformed at that point.”Own The Podium provides technical expertise to sport federations, summer and winter, Olympic and Paralympic. OTP makes funding recommendations, directing almost $70 million of government money annually to federations whose athletes show future medal potential.The COC prepares athletes for the Games environment, looks after their needs on the ground at Games and pays for that via corporate sponsorship.Canadian taxpayers are the largest investor in high-performance sport. The federal government spends roughly $200 million annually on it.The slingshot effect of hosting the Olympics doesn’t last forever. Calgary bidding for and winning the 2026 Winter Games could extend it.“I don’t think it’s essential, but I think it’s hugely helpful,” COC chief executive officer Chris Overholt said.The city is currently studying a potential bid and will make a decision this spring.The Canadian Olympic Committee awards $20,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 to bronze medallists, and their coaches are rewarded at half that rate.So the payout to Canada’s athletes in Pyeongchang was $1,285,000, and to their coaches it was $220,000.The Paralympic Games run March 9-18 in Pyeongchanglast_img read more

Former ServiCom employee warns about unofficial fundraising drives

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. — People planning on donating funds to help the almost 700 call centre employees in Cape Breton who lost their jobs last week are being warned to be careful about where they send their money.Tanya Wilneff, a former manager at the ServiCom Canada facility in Sydney, says the workers have yet to endorse any centralized fundraising efforts.Wilneff says she has spotted at least six GoFundMe sites that purport to be raising money for ServiCom employees — who lost their jobs last Thursday as part of a bankruptcy protection process involving the company’s U.S. parent.She says those sites may have been set up by well-meaning people, but it is often difficult to tell if they are legitimate.Wilneff says former ServiCom employees are expected to decide on how fundraising should be handled when a meeting is held later today in Sydney.Meanwhile, Wilneff says she and her colleagues have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from friends and neighbours.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Media industry anxious for news in budget on federal plan to support

first_imgOTTAWA — The Trudeau government is due to deliver an update to its plan to support journalism in next week’s budget but Ottawa’s recent silence on the file has stoked concerns in the media industry that a lifeline is taking too long to arrive.Last fall, the federal Liberals announced new tax credits and incentives, worth $595 million over the next five years, to support the struggling news industry.Finance Minister Bill Morneau argued at the time that strong journalism was essential for a healthy democracy and said more details would be in the federal budget.But while the industry applauded the plan, the strategy was immediately met with criticism when it was sketched out in November’s fall economic statement.Conservatives accused the government of trying to buy journalists ahead of the October election, with one MP suggesting the package could be a slush fund to pay for a “gigantic propaganda machine” for the Liberals. Some journalists have warned the aid package could erode the independence and credibility of the press.The stated aim is for the program to be funded by the government but have no place for politicians to decide what constitutes a media outlet or who would be eligible. Ottawa hopes this approach will avoid the appearance of conflict between a free press and government influence.Moving forward with the plan, however, promises to be politically delicate with only seven months to go before the election.In November, Ottawa said it would create an independent panel of experts from the journalism community to seek advice on the measures and, in particular, define which outlets will be eligible for a refundable tax credit on labour costs.But the government has yet to set up the panel. Industry representatives say there were some good meetings with federal officials after the announcement before the interactions abruptly stopped.John Hinds, the CEO of News Media Canada, said the “clock is ticking.”“We’ve found that there hasn’t been a lot of back and forth … That’s a bit anxiety-producing for everybody,” Hinds, whose association represents over 800 news publications, said Friday in an interview. “We’re well into the business planning for the year and without certainty it doesn’t help … A lot of publications, whether they’re large or small, are pretty precarious right now.”The scope and criteria for a tax credit on labour costs need to be defined quickly to allow outlets to make business decisions, he said. The tax credit, which Hinds hopes will cover 30 to 35 per cent of newsroom staffing costs, will be retroactive to Jan. 1.The package also includes a temporary, non-refundable tax credit for subscribers to digital news sites and a model to allow non-profit media organizations to apply for charitable status, enabling them to seek donations for which they could issue tax receipts.Edward Greenspon, a former journalist who is now president of the Public Policy Forum think-tank, said he will be interested to see if the government is only pushing ahead with some parts of its package, or if it’s decided the pre-election period isn’t the best time for it.The Public Policy Forum has published a major report with recommendations on how the government can take on the complex challenge of helping the news industry without interfering with journalism.Greenspon said with so little activity in recent weeks there’s a sense the process is behind schedule.“Are they going to get as far advanced on the road as I was hoping they would be? I suspect not. I will be watching with interest,” Greenspon said in an interview. “If they go ahead with this, they’ll have journalists who are opposed and opposition parties who are opposed screaming at them. If they don’t go ahead, they’re likely to have the publishers, who heard a promise, screaming at them.”Simon Ross, a spokesman for Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, said Friday that Canadians should expect next week’s budget to lay out details of the measures announced in the fall economic statement.—Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Global boom in natural gas is undermining climate change action report

first_imgOTTAWA — The Global Energy Monitor says an international boom in liquefied natural gas exports is undermining global efforts to stop climate change and Canada is one of the industry’s biggest players.The report, released on Canada Day, says there are projects in development globally that by 2030 would increase natural gas supply to 806 million tonnes above what they are now.Just over one-third of that development, 35 per cent, is in Canada. Only the United States, at 39 per cent, has more new natural gas exports in the works, the report says.The Global Energy Monitor is an international non-governmental organization that catalogues fossil-fuel infrastructure.The report says the increase in natural gas is driven largely by the North American fracking boom, which changed the industry about 11 years ago.But it also says the investments are “on a collision course” with the goals of the Paris climate change accord.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

A list of other carbon monoxide injuries or deaths in Canada

first_imgThe Canadian Press WINNIPEG — Emergency officials in Winnipeg say dozens of people have been sickened by a suspect carbon monoxide leak at a hotel. Here is a list of other incidents involving carbon monoxide:May 2019: A woman was killed and a young person was injured in a suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a private campground in Salmon Arm, B.C. Police said it appeared they were affected while burning wood in a cooking pot inside their tent.March 2019: Eighty people were taken to hospital in St. John’s, N.L., after being exposed to carbon monoxide at a hockey arena. The leak was linked to the rink’s ice cleaning machine.January 2019: Officials said 124 children in Montreal suffered symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning following a gas leak at their elementary school. Eight weeks later 24 youth still showed symptoms of exposure.January 2019: A hockey tournament in Montmartre, Sask., was cancelled when some players developed headaches over suspected carbon monoxide exposure. Health officials say the gas was present on the ice surface and in the arena’s lobby.December 2018: A woman and her two children were rushed to hospital for treatment after they were found unresponsive in a car resting against a guard rail in Abbotsford, B.C. The fire department said vehicular carbon monoxide poisoning is most commonly caused when cars are left running in an enclosed space, but exhaust fumes can also leak into the passenger compartment.December 2018: A family of five from Barriere, B.C., was airlifted to hospital in Vancouver in serious but stable condition. Two of the family members were unconscious when they were pulled form their home, and monitors worn by paramedics indicated high levels of the gas.December 2018: Thirteen people with carbon monoxide poisoning were taken to hospital in Vancouver. Energy company FortisBC said a technician identified a problem with a boiler in their building.May 2018: Two children, ages 7 and 10, were found groggy and unresponsive in the cabin of a boat in North Vancouver over the Victoria Day long weekend. They regained consciousness when moved into fresh air. Investigators found carbon monoxide had leaked from the boat’s inboard engine compartment into the cabin.March 2018: A 10-month-old boy was pronounced dead in a hospital in Barrie, Ont., after his father arrived home to find his wife and the infant boy unresponsive. Their two-year-old daughter was alert, but showed signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.February 2018: RCMP say a faulty water heater was to blame for a buildup of carbon-monoxide in a Calgary-area apartment block that killed a 12-year-old boy. The child was taken to hospital in critical condition and died.December 2017: A farm company in Delta, B.C., said 43 workers received medical evaluation and treatment for carbon monoxide exposure after one employee reported feeling unwell. Workers were using gas-powered pressure washers in a greenhouse, which the fire department said did not have adequate ventilation.November 2017: Investigators blamed a lack of boiler maintenance and a deteriorated chimney for a buildup of carbon monoxide gas in a Saskatoon apartment block where a 41-year-old woman was found dead. Fire officials said a leak allowed the gas to escape from the exhaust system and build up in the block’s interior.October 2017: Carbon monoxide poisoning was suspected in the deaths of a man and woman in their 80s whose bodies were found in a west-end Toronto home. Fire officials said high levels of the deadly gas were detected in the residence.May 2017: Two people were taken to hospital and 26 others were treated on scene after a carbon monoxide leak at a Saskatoon food manufacturing and labelling plant. It was determined the gas originated in a propane-fuelled forklift.March 2017: Four people in a home near Ashcroft, B.C., died of carbon monoxide poisoning. RCMP officers who were responding to a request for a check on the home found four bodies inside.December 2016: A person who died after he was found unresponsive from an apparent heart attack at a Winnipeg business was actually the victim of carbon monoxide. The fire commissioner said a vent cover on the building’s chimney had collapsed, preventing it from venting properly. The same business was evacuated the next day when up to 20 people started feeling sick.May 2014: A property maintenance worker died from carbon monoxide exposure in a condominium parking garage in Scarborough, Ont. Court heard that six workers were using gasoline-powered washers when the internal exhaust fans in the garage stopped working. Portable fans failed to protect the workers from the gas. The employer was fined $75,000. last_img read more

Zendaya To Inspire Next Generation At Festival PEOPLE en Espanol

first_img“Inspiring the Next Generation” takes center stage at the 3rd annual Festival PEOPLE en Espanol daytime experience on Sunday August 31 from 10:00am-12:00 noon with a slate of star-studded youth empowerment programs featuring the entertainment industry’s top teen performers Becky G., Zendaya, Las Fenix, Leslie Grace, Matt Hunter and Miguelito.In a family-friendly forum that’s free and open-to-the-public, these teen sensations will share the groundbreaking journeys, detail their experiences and offer words of advice for overcoming obstacles and achieving success.The program also includes interactive segments, games and musical performances, including a “Teach Me Your Talent” challenge – showcasing voice tuning, dance moves, camera poses, etc.—with a chance for lucky audience members to win an opportunity for a celebrity selfie. Las Fenix, Leslie Grace, Matt Hunter, and Miguelito will perform live.In addition, the youth-oriented experience will incorporate a conversation with leading education experts Rosie Castro and Eyra Perez offering back-to-school strategies and solutions for students and parents focused on academic achievement. For the third consecutive year, Festival PEOPLE en Espanol will present college scholarships to San Antonio youth. In partnership with Cafe College, PEOPLE en Espanol will award four students with a college scholarship of $5,000.On the evening of Saturday August 30, Becky G. and Zendaya will also take the stage to perform their chart topping hits at the Lila Cockrell Theater for the Chicas Poderosas Concert powered by Disney. Tickets start at $25, and are available now through Ticketmaster. For tickets and more information, visit 2014 Festival PEOPLE en Espanol is powered by Disney. Major sponsors include Coca-Cola and Jeep; official sponsors Cover Girl, HEB, and Strayer University; host sponsors the City of San Antonio and San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau; screening partners ABC, Azteca, HBO Latino and Walt Disney Film Studios; partners AARP, St. Jude and Center for Disease Control; and media partners CNN, MusicChoice and Telemundo.last_img read more

Alicia Keys And Ryan Reynolds Attend StarStudded Angel Ball

first_imgGabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research presented its annual fundraiser, the Angel Ball, on Monday night at Cipriani Wall Street.Alicia Keys and Swizz BeatzCredit/Copyright: Getty/Dimitrios KambourisThis black-tie benefit, hosted by Grammy-nominated songwriter Denise Rich and her daughters Daniella Rich Kilstock and Ilona Rich Schachter, honored His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, and Mrs. Abeer AL Otaiba; four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and Founder of the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, Jeff Gordon; Mr. Jho Low, Chief Executive Officer of Jynwel Capital Limited and Director of the Jynwel Charitable Foundation Limited; and multi-Grammy Award-winning music legend Nile Rodgers.Blake Lively and Ryan ReynoldsCredit/Copyright: Getty/Dimitrios KambourisThe Angel Ball, emceed by Rocsi Diaz featured performances by Avery Wilson, Alicia Keys and Jamie Foxx. Ludacris made a surprise appearance, joining Foxx on the stage during his portion of DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win.”Kris Jenner at Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation Angel BallCredit/Copyright: Getty/Dimitrios KambourisAlso on-hand were Gala Chair Lorraine Schwartz, Sofia Vergara, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Kris Jenner, Lala Anthony, Hailey Baldwin, Bethenny Frankel, Michelle Rodriguez, Busta Rhymes, Sami Gayle, Gigi Hadid, Julie Henderson, Tommy Hilfiger, Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, Star Jones, Hoda Kotb, Tina Knowles, Mark Linn Baker, Jonathan Batiste, Boris Becker, Gabriela Cadena, Natalie Cole, Clive Davis, Simon de Pury, Mathilde Frachon, Elsa Hosk, Georgia Fowler, Selenis Leyva, Dr., Josh Lucas, Stephen D. Nimer, LaChanze, Hal Rubenstein, Ivana Trump, Robert Verdi, Domingo Zapata, Angel Ambassadors Brittany Daniel, Estelle and Suleika Jaouad and many others.last_img read more

Stars Confirmed For Cinema Against AIDS

first_imgamfAR Global Campaign Chair Sharon Stone, Kevin Spacey, Milla Jovovich, Adrien Brody, Heidi Klum, Carine Roitfeld, Harvey Weinstein, amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby, and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole will be among the chairs of the 23rd edition of amfAR’s world-renowned Cinema Against AIDS event, to be held on May 19, 2016, during the Cannes Film Festival.Other event chairs include Len Blavatnik, Nayla Hayek, Michel Litvak, and Vincent Roberti. Global pop superstar Katy Perry is confirmed to perform.Harry Winston and Bold Films are the Presenting Sponsors of Cinema Against AIDS 23. Moët Hennessy, Renault, and The Weinstein Company are the event’s Signature Sponsors.
The annual star-studded event is one of the world’s most successful benefits, and is the most coveted ticket during the Cannes International Film Festival. Held at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, France, this glamorous and unpredictable gala will include several musical performances and a parade of prominent appearances, as many of the celebrity guests help with the event’s over-the-top live auction.Longtime amfAR supporter Carine Roitfeld will once again curate a fashion show of one-of-a-kind looks from a who’s who of the world’s most celebrated fashion designers. Forty of the world’s top models will participate in the spectacular disco themed runway presentation, accessorized with jewelry by Harry Winston.After the Cinema Against AIDS 23 dinner, guests will be invited to the exclusive After Party, presented by Moncler.amfAR’s annual Cinema Against AIDS events have been important and successful fundraising events for the Foundation for over two decades, generating more than $170 million for amfAR’s life-saving research programs and keeping the fight against AIDS in the global media spotlight. amfAR continues to fund HIV/AIDS researchers worldwide, and works to translate their research into effective policy, prevention, and treatment education programs around the globe. Additionally, amfAR recently launched “Countdown to a Cure for AIDS,” a research initiative aimed at finding a broadly applicable cure for HIV by 2020. “Countdown to a Cure” is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused HIV research program with plans to strategically invest $100 million in cure research over the next five years, with the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research, an innovative collaborative enterprise based at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as the cornerstone.Past events have been chaired by amfAR’s late Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who hosted the first Cinema Against AIDS gala in 1993, President Bill Clinton, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Nicole Kidman, Robert De Niro, Sir Elton John, and Madonna, among many others.amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS event is produced by Andy Boose/AAB Productions.Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline Partner. Moët Hennessy is the Official Wine and Spirits Partner.last_img read more

Habitat For Humanitys 2018 Jimmy Rosalynn Carter Work Project Heading To Indiana

first_imgHabitat For Humanity’s 35th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project will take place next year in St. Joseph County, Indiana.Over five days, future homeowners will work alongside President and Mrs. Carter and hundreds of other volunteers from Indiana and around the world to build or improve about 30 homes in Mishawaka and South Bend.“We look forward to welcoming President and Mrs. Carter to Mishawaka for this transformational and inspiring project,” said Jim Williams, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County. “Thanks to the generous involvement of volunteers and sponsors from across the country, we will be able to help dozens of families have a more secure place they can call home.”In addition to the work in St. Joseph County, local Habitat organizations across Indiana will complete construction projects in honor of President and Mrs. Carter and their legacy of helping raise awareness of the need for decent, affordable housing.Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled around the world every year with Habitat, donating their time and voices to build and improve homes as well as raise awareness of the critical need for decent and affordable housing. Inspiring millions over the last three decades, President and Mrs. Carter have worked alongside nearly 100,000 volunteers in 14 countries to build, renovate and repair more than 4,000 homes. The Carters just completed their 34th work project in Canada, building in both Edmonton, Alberta, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, as part of a nationwide effort to build 150 homes in honor of Canada’s 150th birthday.“We are honored by the continued support of President and Mrs. Carter as we help families achieve strength, stability and independence through shelter,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Thanks to their dedication and our Carter Work Project volunteers, we can continue to fulfill our mission to empower families working toward a path to homeownership.”last_img read more

Patrick Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament Raises 25 million For St Jude Childrens

first_imgAt a check presentation and awards ceremony yesterday, organizers of the eighth annual Patrick Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament presented a record $2.5 million to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.Patrick Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament raises a record $2.5 million for St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalCredit/Copyright: Scott AvraThis event continues to be the highest grossing golf tournament for St. Jude nationwide. Last year, attendees raised $2.2 million. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $9.8 million for St. Jude.Because of generous donors, events like this help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.Among the guests were more than 75 of Warburton’s celebrity friends, including rock legends and songwriters, who enjoyed a weekend of golf and one-of-a-kind music events at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa and Classic Club, as well as racing at the BMW Performance Center.“All kids deserve a chance to live long, healthy lives, so I am thankful for the generous donors, hardworking volunteers, local community, and guests who attended from all over the country to show their support for St. Jude families,” said Patrick Warburton, acclaimed actor and tournament host.Warburton perhaps is best known for playing Puddy on Seinfeld, starring on the syndicated sitcom Rules of Engagement, being the voice of Joe on Family Guy and acting in numerous movies and TV series, including Ted and Ted 2, The Tick, Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove and Planes: Fire & Rescue, and DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Warburton can now be seen on Netflix’s top-rated Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – where he plays narrator Snicket and co-stars with Neil Patrick Harris.The Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament is also referred to as the “St. Jude Week in the Desert” due to the number of activities planned for guests. The week kicked off with an inaugural radiothon sponsored by Alpha Media.Sell-out events included the Thursday night Songwriters Night, featuring some of Nashville’s top songwriters telling the “stories behind the stories” of country’s greatest hits. Participating songwriters included Kelley Lovelace (“All American Girl,” recorded by Carrie Underwood), Tim Nichols (“Live Like You Were Dying,” recorded by Tim McGraw), Jimmy Yeary (“I Drive Your Truck,” recorded by Lee Brice) and Jessi Alexander (“The Climb,” recorded by Miley Cyrus).During the day Friday, the BMW Performance Driving Center West in Thermal hosted The Rush, which included celebrity race and driving experiences for participants, such as timed autocross, drag racing and performance driving.The Friday night Rheneypalooza Jam gathered rock-and-roll artists for a variety show of classics that rocked the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort for more than four hours. Performers included Robin Meade of HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade, Skunk Baxter (Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers), Tom Johnston (The Doobie Brothers), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Mickey Thomas (Starship), Steve Augeri (former lead singer of Journey), Richard Marx, Kevin Griffin, (Better Than Ezra), Emerson Hart (Tonic), Richard Page (Mister Mister), Jason Scheff (Chicago), Wally Palmer (The Romantics), Wayne Nelson (Little River Band), John Elefante (former lead singer of Kansas), and surprise guest, Stephen Stills.The Saturday Soiree began with red carpet appearances by the actors, athletes and musicians in attendance. Guests heard from a patient family and celebrated a night of giving for the kids of St. Jude. The evening raised a phenomenal $1,046,100 in the Live and Silent Auctions and Give to Live fundraising efforts. The Soiree culminated with music by the band Sixwire from the TV show Nashville, as well as surprise performances by celebrities such as actors Christian Kane, Kevin Rahm and Kunal Nayyar.Golfers took to the links at the Classic Club on Saturday and Sunday for tournament play. Each foursome included a celebrity.“We keep hearing there is no event quite like this, which is why it sells out earlier and earlier each year. It’s the perfect blend of celebrities, musicians, golf and unique events,” said Clarke Rheney, tournament chairman and the 2017 National Volunteer of the Year for St. Jude. “What we raised this weekend is about what it costs to operate St. Jude for a day. Since this event’s inception eight years ago, we’ve contributed nearly $10 million to help the real stars of this tournament – St. Jude kids.”The 2019 Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament will be held Feb. 28 – March 3, 2019. For more information, visit read more


first_img Facebook Neigum’s work often includes draping and knotting techniques and boasts a sculptural quality with sharply defined silhouettes.Online: Advertisement Recipients in the other categories will be announced in the coming months. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The fund was created to push the boundaries of 3D printing, scanning and modelling technologies in various fields including art, medicine, manufacturing, engineering, fashion and design. Two grants were awarded in 2016 in the art category, allowing Vancouver-based Geoffrey Farmer and North Bay, Ont.-based Duane Linklater from Moose Cree First Nation to each access up to $50,000 for 3D printed works. Advertisement TORONTO — Acclaimed Canadian clothing designer Sid Neigum has been awarded a grant to explore 3D printing. The fund is backed by Ryerson University and Think2Thing, a 3D printing studio co-founded by photographer Edward Burtynsky and designer David Didur. Twitter Login/Register With: Fashion journalist Jeanne Beker led a jury of industry veterans in choosing Neigum as the inaugural fashion recipient. Advertisement The Alberta-born Neigum will be able to draw up to $50,000 from the Be3Dimensional Innovation Fund and use cutting-edge 3D technologies provided by Think2Thing.last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement None of the allegations have been proven in court.In the documents, Koke claims that Gailus grabbed her buttock at a work party and told her, “I always wanted to see what that felt like.”Another time, she claims he told her it was hot in the room and that she should take her clothes off. Koke alleges he would also pretend to get erections while she was applying his makeup.“She was afraid of what would happen if she came forward,” her lawyer Clea Parfitt told CTV News.But in 2013, Koke sent an email to Gailus asking him to stop the sexual comments. He emailed back, saying he thought they were just joking.“I had a different understanding of what our friendship could bear. I’m sorry,” Gailus said in an email. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement One of B.C.’s most well-known broadcasters has been accused of sexually harassing his former makeup artist.Chris Gailus, co-anchor of Global BC’s News Hour at 6, has been named in documents filed with the Canadian Human Rights Commission alleging harassment.Documents filed on behalf of Dawne Koke claim that Gailus made inappropriate comments to the makeup artist over a period of seven years. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: At the Banff World Media Festival yesterday, CBC/Radio-Canada announced a new commitment to diversity for all English and French-language commissioned programs across scripted and factual genres. The public broadcaster made this announcement in the context of its new strategic plan, “Your Stories Taken to Heart,” which prioritizes giving underrepresented Canadians greater opportunities to build their skills, experience and relationships in the industry.By 2025, CBC/Radio-Canada aims to ensure that at least one of the key creatives in all scripted and factual commissioned programs will be held by a person from a diverse background. Key creatives include producer, director, writer, showrunner and lead performer.In cases where the talent pipeline may not be as robust, the public broadcaster will expect a commitment from independent producers to mentor or train a diverse person in one of the key creative roles of a greenlit production. For the purposes of this commitment, a diverse person includes members of visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ2+ community. Logo: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CNW Group/CBC/Radio-Canada) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement “We are a remarkably diverse country and we need to reflect that diversity in the stories we tell,” said Catherine Tait, President & CEO, CBC/Radio-Canada. “As the public broadcaster, we want to be able to draw on the richness of Canada’s talent pool to better reflect the country we serve.”This year, CBC/Radio-Canada surpassed its goal of gender parity across its commissioned programs. During the 2018/19 broadcast year across all original English and French shows, the public broadcaster supported 62% female-led projects where the majority of the key creative roles of producer, director, writer and showrunner were held by women.“I am so proud that we have reached our gender parity goal. It’s a testament to the ongoing work we have been doing for many years with our production partners. It’s also a commitment that we will maintain into the future and furthermore, we’ll take those learnings to ensure that all Canadians see themselves on their public broadcaster,” added Tait.Read more on diversity and inclusion at CBC/Radio-Canada..About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement The trio became popularly known as the “Trimates” and inspired a new generation of trailblazers.They include two Canadians featured in the film, Julia Badescu and Ruth Linsky, who also decided to live among the great apes.“She Walks With Apes” launches a new season of “The Nature of Things,” on Sept. 20. The film will also be available on the free streaming service, CBC Gem.“The lives of the three female scientists who made up the Trimates are filled with courage and determination and love for life,” Oh said Monday in a release.“They have inspired future generations and their work continues to underline the urgency of saving the great apes and their forest environment.”“People don’t realize that there were actually three remarkable women who embarked on parallel journeys,” added co-director Mark Starowicz, who spent a year filming in challenging terrain with his daughter Caitlin Starowicz.“It’s an intertwined story of adventure, tragedy and redemption that has not been fully told.”THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Facebook Sandra Ohcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO — Sandra Oh has lent her voice to a feature-length documentary about the discoveries of Jane Goodall and the female scientists inspired by her work.The “Killing Eve” star narrates CBC’s two-hour “She Walks With Apes,” which traces the British primatologist’s early years studying wild chimpanzees in remote Africa.The broadcaster says the film also offers rarely seen images of U.S. scientist Dian Fossey, who was murdered while working with the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. It also profiles Canadian researcher Birute Galdikas, who began her field research on the orangutans of Borneo about 50 years ago and continues her work today. Twitterlast_img read more

Ottawa police officer facing possible demotion over racist comments was also involved

first_img(Annie Pootoogook. APTN/File)APTN National NewsThe Ottawa police officer who pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of discreditable conduct for posting racist comments about Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook was also directly in charge of the forensic evidence at the scene where she was found dead, it emerged Tuesday.Sgt. Chris Hrnchiar was the direct supervisor of the forensic identification detective who processed evidence from the scene and identified Pootoogook’s body, according to information contained in the agreed statement of facts filed during Hrnchiar’s disciplinary hearing.Pootoogook’s body was pulled from the Rideau River Sept.19 and Ottawa police immediately announced the death was not suspicious. Then on Sept. 23, the Ottawa police publicly identified Pootoogook as the woman found in the Rideau River and issued a call for information on her last movements.On Sept. 24 Hrnchiar posted his racist remarks through Facebook in response to an online Ottawa Citizen story on this development.Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau said Hrnchiar’s personal feelings had little impact on the investigation. Bordeleau said the officer had “minimal involvement” in the investigation of Pootoogook’s death.“We have checks and balances in place to ensure a proper investigation is being conducted,” said Bordeleau, in a statement sent to APTN. “I can assure the family and the community that a thorough investigation is being conducted.”Hrnchiar posted that Pootoogook’s death “could be a suicide, accidental, she got drunk and fell in the river and drowned, who knows.” He also wrote that” much of the Aboriginal population in Canada is just satisfied being alcohol or drug abusers.”Hrnchiar on Tuesday pleaded guilty to two counts of discreditable conduct – one for the racist comments and another for speaking about an open investigation publicly—under the Police Services Act during a disciplinary hearing.“I want to apologize to everyone sincerely for my actions… I am sorry for the hurt I caused,” said Hrnchiar, during the hearing.Bordeleau called Hrnchiar’s comments “racist” during an interview with APTN. The police service also said the officer embarrassed the force and his fellow cops.The force is seeking a demotion in Hrnchiar’s rank from sergeant to first-class constable for a period of three months. They also want him to receive multicultural training.According to information provided at the hearing, Hrnchiar cooperated with the internal police investigation into his comments and admitted to making them.Judgement was held over to Dec. read more