Canadianborn director Arthur Hiller Hollywood Utility Player

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Though he was never a critic’s darling, the director of ‘Love Story’ and ‘The Out of Towners’ was a flexible craftsman, bringing out the best in writers and actors he collaborated with.Arthur Hiller, who died Wednesday at the age of 92, was certainly one of the elder statesmen of Hollywood. A past president of the Directors Guild of America as well as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he was perhaps better known for his diplomatic skills than for a distinctive directorial vision. But that diplomacy served him well when working with several strong-willed actors and writers; he was always willing to subordinate his own personality to the talents of his collaborators. Never a critic’s darling, Hiller sustained a very long career with a number of surprising highlights.Canadian born, Hiller did a great deal of work in television in the 1950s and ’60s before making his feature film debut in 1963. He showed promise as the director of 1964’s The Americanization of Emily, a biting anti-war comedy written by Paddy Chayefsky (from a novel by William Bradford Huie) and starring James Garner and Julie Andrews (in her first non-musical movie). The film, which took a sardonic look at the Normandy invasion of 1944, was mainly notable for Chayefsky’s irreverent script, but Hiller interpreted it gracefully.He worked with Chayefsky again on the scathing 1971 medical satire The Hospital, which earned an Academy Award for the screenplay as well as an Oscar nomination for George C. Scott, a year after he turned down his Oscar for Patton. (Scott was punished for his bad Hollywood manners and was never nominated again.) In 1980, Chayefsky took his name off Altered States because he was displeased with director Ken Russell’s rendering of his script. The opinionated screenwriter clearly had no such problem with Hiller. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Canadian actress Taylor Hickson sues producers over disfiguring facial injury

first_imgTORONTO – A Canadian actress whose face was disfigured while shooting a horror film in Winnipeg is suing its producers.Taylor Hickson alleges in a lawsuit filed last week with the Court of Queen’s Bench that the Winnipeg-based Ghostland Inc. was negligent in taking reasonable steps to ensure her safety on set.The suit claims she suffered a facial injury when she crashed through a glass door while filming the indie project “Ghostland,” also known as “Incident in a Ghost Land.” Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: The 20-year-old, who lives in Kelowna, B.C., is seeking damages for lost income and future loss of income, as well as damages for mental distress and legal costs.The suit says she was performing an emotionally charged scene in December 2016 when the director asked her to place her face next to a pane of glass in a door while pounding on the glass with her fists. The suit says the glass shattered, causing Hickson to fall through the door and suffer a bad cut to her face.None of the claims have been tested in court. Hickson’s lawyer Jason Harvey says Incident Productions Inc. has yet to respond to the allegations. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Twitter The suit claims she suffered a facial injury when she crashed through a glass door while filming the indie project “Ghostland,” also known as “Incident in a Ghost Land.” (Flickr) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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TORONTOS JAZZFM91 CEO STEPS DOWN IN WAKE OF PROBE INTO SEXUALHARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS

first_img Twitter Ross Porter is seen in this 2005 photo. | Advertisement In a statement to The Globe and Mail, Porter denied that the changes were prompted by the investigation.But the eight former and five current employees, who call themselves the JAZZ.FM Collective, say the changes do not go far enough, arguing that Porter’s alleged misbehaviour should rule out any continuing association with the station. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Long-time broadcaster Ross Porter stepped down last week from his position as president and CEO of Toronto’s JAZZ.FM91 radio station on the heels of a third-party workplace investigation, a probe spurred by a letter from more than a dozen current and former employees alleging he had sexually harassed staff and created a toxic workplace.In a statement posted to its website on May 30, the not-for-profit jazz station said Porter, a former CBC radio host who took over as head of JAZZ.FM91 in 2004, “will now spend more time with his family and his ailing wife,” who has cancer. He has been granted the honorary title of president emeritus and will continue to host his Saturday morning show, Music to Listen to Jazz By.Charles Cutts, the former president and chief executive officer of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, has been appointed interim CEO of the station.center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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CALGARIANS DRESS CASUAL FOR NIGHT AT THE OPERA — OR ANYWHERE FOR

first_img Twitter Advertisement So you have a date at the opera and haven’t got a clue what to wear. Could it be time to blow the cobwebs off your ball gown and shake out your suit from storage?Not if you’re in Calgary, where being a patron of the arts doesn’t come with a dress code, says Ashley Meller, director of marketing and public relations at the Calgary Opera.“There’s no expectation that you have to show up in a top hat and tuxedo when you venture to the theatre. It’s a very casual and relaxed environment, and an experience you choose yourself,” says Meller. “Personally, I love getting dressed up as there are very few opportunities here to scrub up and put on a beautiful evening gown. But you can show up in jeans if that’s what makes you feel more comfortable.” Advertisement And some people happen to feel most comfortable dressing up as their favourite video game character when they go to the theatre. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Conductor Steve Hackman will lead the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s Rush Hour: Brahms performance in March. SUPPLIED Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

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More oil spills in the Cold Lake First Nations

first_imgAPTN National NewsBack in June the Cold Lake First Nations worried about four oil spills on their territory.Now the number of spills has gone up to six.It’s a major concern for community members who are still demanding answers from both the province and the feds.Here’s APTN’s Keith Laboucan with more.last_img

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NDP MP Angus to call for emergency House of Commons debate on

first_imgAPTN National NewsNDP MP Charlie Angus will on Tuesday call for an emergency House of Commons debate on the suicide crisis gripping Attawapiskat and other First Nation communities.Angus’ office released a letter sent to House of Commons Speaker Geoff Regan Monday evening giving notice that the MP for Timmins-James Bay plans to rise in the chamber Tuesday morning and call for the emergency debate.“There is a suicide crisis among Indigenous peoples in Canada that is hitting our youth the hardest,” wrote Angus, in the letter. “An emergency debate is required in order to allow parliamentarians to address this crisis and show that as parliamentarians we are willing to work together because the days of shrugging off the tragedies or tinkering with Band-Aid solutions are over.”Angus said in the letter he wants the debate to not only deal with Attawapiskat, a James Bay Cree community in his own Ontario riding currently in the grips of a suicide crisis, but other communities that have been hit by tragedy.The letter mentioned Pimicikamak Cree Nation in Manitoba which declared a state of emergency last month after suffering through six suicides and 140 suicide attempts over a two month span.Angus’s letter also mentioned La Loche, Sask., a Dene community that faced a school shooting in January that left four people dead and seven injured.“This matter simply cannot wait and I cannot imagine anything more important than us showing these kids that as parliamentarians we stand with them,” wrote Angus. “It is our responsibility as parliamentarians and as parents to have an immediate and in-depth discussion about the suicide crisis. As a country, we must start putting these kids first and it needs to start with Parliament. We cannot fail another generation of First Nations children.”The Commons committee on Aboriginal affairs is also holding hearings on suicide in First Nation communities Thursday. Mushkegowuk Council Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon, who represents Attawapiskat and six other regional First Nations, is expected to testify along with Nishanwbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Assembly of First Nations regional Chief Isadore Day.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more

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Ontarios child advocate has 27 ongoing investigations into foster homes as province

first_imgOntario’s child advocate Irwin Elman. File photo. Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsAfter first dealing with the shock of learning through the media that his office was being axed by the Ford government, Ontario’s child advocate’s focus shifted and it was not about his future.Irwin Elman began thinking of the children his office is trying to help.More so the 27 individual investigations currently on-going into residential care, like group homes and foster care said Elman.“I have been very clear what I think about this change. I absolutely do not agree with it. Now I have been working, thinking and turning my mind to how we can we preserve all the things we do,” said Elman, 61, Tuesday.He said right now it is “unclear” what happens to those investigations if he isn’t able to complete them before new legislation is passed that will officially close his office.“We’re talking to the ombudsman to ensure any investigation that isn’t wrapped up transfers over. We don’t know where the government’s mind is,” said Elman.“We intend to complete them. Our office expects those investigations will go over if they are not completed. We will fight to ensure that happens.”He also said more investigations are expected to start and that the province is notified each time one is opened.Elman couldn’t speak specifically to any individual investigation, just that they are based on complaints his office received into group and foster care homes.APTN News knows one of them appears to be Johnson Children’s Services (JCS) which operated three foster homes in Thunder Bay when Tammy Keeash died in May 2017.APTN reported last week that the three homes were closed after Keeash’s death but had been investigated at least seven times within a year of her dying.This was all found in an on-going court battle between two Indigenous child welfare agencies fighting over jurisdiction. In documents filed as part of the litigation the advocate’s office first wrote Dilico Anishinabek Family Care of its intention to investigate JSC in August 2016. It appears, from the court documents, Dilico asked the advocate’s office to wait until the agency first investigated JSC.It was then again confirmed in documents the advocate’s office was investigating JSC following Keeash’s death.A cross still remains in last spot Tammy Keeash was seen alive.“We can’t allow Indigenous children to fall through the cracks of saying ‘oh you called this ombudsman’s office’ and they’ll sit in Toronto and they’ll tell you use a complaints process. Tell that to a 15-year-old First Nations child, to use a complaint process. When our process is we will go out and stand with the child and walk them through some of the options they have to ensure their voices are heard,” said Elman.“The ombudsman is not used to working with children. The ombudsman doesn’t have any ability, yet, or capacity, yet, to use an Indigenous lens in its work but we have strived to develop one.”Elman’s term officially ends Friday as the child advocate. Before he learned his office was being closed he was supposed to be attending a meeting with the provincial government Nov. 26 to discuss what the province is going to do about problems with residential care.He’s unsure if he’ll still be invited to that meeting if he’s told between now and Friday he is no longer the advocate.The meeting was scheduled after Ontario’s chief coroner released the findings of the so-called expert panel report into the deaths of 12 children living at group or foster homes in Ontario between 2014 and 2017. Eight were Indigenous and included Keeash.The panel of experts picked by the coroner reviewed each child’s death and provided recommendations after finding the system failed each of them and continues to do so.But it wasn’t news to those that have been listening for the last 10 years since the child advocate’s office was first opened.“This is not news,” said Elman of the report. “We supported the process but we were sort of astounded that people pretended like this is the first they ever heard about it.”Regardless, if it created action by the government Elman supported that.But the first move the Ontario government publicly made after the report was released in September was to announce the closure of his office.That means Elman will be the first and last child advocate in the province.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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A significant step backwards First Nation leaders react to Jody WilsonRaybould resignation

first_imgJody Wilson-Raybould was the first Indigenous person to be Canada’s justice minister.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsAs Jody Wilson-Raybould remained mum on her resignation from cabinet Tuesday, there was no shortage of Indigenous leaders willing to speak for her.“I’m absolutely pissed,” said Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs.“The bullying and deceit coming out of the PMO’s office in regard to this entire matter – it just represents the absolute dark underside of federal politics in this country.”In a statement released Tuesday, Wilson-Raybould, an MP in Vancouver, said she hired a lawyer to advise her.But he declined to comment Tuesday.“I won’t be doing any statements or interviews,” Thomas Cromwell, a former judge, told APTN News in an email.Congratulations @JustinTrudeau …your misguided colonial approach to #Reconciliation has now cost you the most brilliant Cabinet member that has Mountain ranges of #Integrity#FirstNation & Women voters will remember your actions Oct 2019Proud of you @Puglaas#Inspirational https://t.co/6C9e0NtDQy— Chief Bob Chamberlin (@ChiefBobbyc) February 12, 2019Phillip said it was hard to watch “such a highly respected, hard-working, conscientious” person dragged through the political mud of Ottawa.Wilson-Raybould’s name has been embroiled in a scandal involving SNC Lavalin, a Quebec engineering firm with ties to the Liberal party, for the last week.“Her greatest strength is her deep sense of integrity and commitment to the people that she has served,” Phillip added.Chief Judy Wilson of the Neskonlith Band of B.C. echoed Phillip’s praise of the former Attorney General.And said she sees Wilson-Raybould’s treatment as part of a worrying trend between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indigenous women.“When I heard what he did to Jody Wilson-Raybould, I was saying it must be continued behaviour and that continued behaviour is what’s self-destructing the cabinet,” said Wilson, secretary-treasurer at UBCIC.“What happened to me was a real tell-tale sign of how Trudeau’s government is operating.”Read: No apology from prime minister over ‘condescending, sexist’ remark UBCIC demanded an apology after the prime minister addressed Wilson by her first name and not her official title at a special chief’s assembly in December.“I still haven’t received an apology,” Wilson noted in a telephone interview.Cabinet privilege prevented Wilson-Raybould, also the former minister of justice, from addressing the scandal.But Doug Kelly, president of the Stó:lō Tribal Council in B.C., said her integrity is beyond question.“I have nothing but love, respect and regard for (her)…she moved all of her significant projects set out in her mandate letter.”Kelly said Trudeau has angered some First Nations people in B.C. by first demoting Wilson-Raybould and then “he condoned personal and vindictive attacks that are anonymous from members of his cabinet and members of his office.“That is reprehensible and that’s disgusting.”Kelly said Trudeau’s actions have him considering leaving the party of which he is “a card-carrying” member.“There’s no other word for it but Liberal arrogance,” he said.Read the statement from the MKO: Jody Wilson RaybouldNational Chief Perry Bellegarde said he was “saddened” by the high-profile resignation.“Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s appointment as minister of Justice and Attorney General was celebrated by many First Nations people as a tremendous accomplishment and testament to her expertise, experience and intellect,” he said in an emailed statement.“…I am concerned about the many unanswered questions about Jody Wilson-Raybould’s departure and this is echoed by many First Nations across the country.”The grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak also lamented the political loss.“The northern Manitoba First Nations admired and respected the member of Parliament for Vancouver Granville as the first Indigenous minister of justice, and observed her leadership as critical to advancing justice for the MKO First Nations,” Garrison Settee said in a statement.“MKO sees the resignation of Jody Wilson-Raybould as a significant step backwards in our longstanding efforts to advance reconciliation between the MKO Treaty Nations and Canada.”Phillip, meanwhile, said he was angry enough to plan further action.“I just want to take this to streets, to be quite honest,” he said.kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

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Decades of promises but little action as mercury still takes lives in

first_imgInFocusIt’s been half a century since a pulp and paper mill in Dryden, Ont. dumped 10 tonnes of mercury into the English and Wabigoon river systems, poisoning aquatic life downstream along with two communities, including Grassy Narrows, who relied on fish to survive.Since then, mercury victims have had to fight to even be acknowledged, for adequate disability money, to have the river system cleaned  up, and to keep industry from moving into the territory to unleash more mercury, this time through logging.“It’s been very slow, its been 50 years, and we keep protesting, and we keep asking and to try to improve things but it just doesn’t really get anywhere,” Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle told InFocus Host Melissa Ridgen.Some 900 people live in Grassy Narrows and health official say 90 per cent have signs of mercury poisoning, which include vision and hearing impairment, tremors, and decreased cognitive function.Yet Turtle says only five per cent meet guidelines to be disability compensation.And no one has bothered to cleanup the river system, which still tests high for mercury.Judy Da Silva, environmental health coordinator for Grassy, says the community needs action but keeps getting political lip-service.She points out that two years ago, former Indigenous Services minister Jane Philpott committed to building a mercury treatment centre in the community, much like was built by the Japanese government after residents of the village of Minamata were mercury poisoned, yet not a brick has been laid.Turtle said Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan called him just before the show, to reaffirm that Ottawa will at some point, build the treatment centre.And Ontario committed $85 million to follow the advice of scientists and cap off contaminated portions of the river system, but that too hasn’t been done.Da Silva is one of those suffering the effects of mercury poisoning.“I know I’m deteriorating, one symptom is being off balance, and that was happening to me, even an hour ago where my daughter had to help me stay balanced,” she said.“The mercury attacks the brain, you can still be really intelligent but your body gives up on you.”One thing that did happen was the Doug ford government last summer, announced those on disability will have their first cost-of-living raise since the 1980s.It saw monthly payments double to between $500 and $1,700 for those who qualify.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists his government wants to help but when a protester confronted him about his government’s inaction at $1,500 a plate, Liberal fundraising event in Toronto, his response was to thank the activist for her donation as she was being escorted out of the venue.He later apologized telling reporters it was disrespectful“We’re used to that kind of callous attitude to Indigenous people,” da Silva said. “We’ve been dealing with several different of governments throughout the years.“Its taken this long and we’re still protesting and we’re still out there trying to get mercury justice for our people.”Turtle said he was disappointed by Trudeau’s remarks.“I feel insulted because our people are poisoned, people are suffering, and that’s just not a proper response coming from the prime minister of Canada,” Turtle said.“We acknowledged his apology but until we see further action or get something done — like building the mercury treatment facility,  and he comes to the community to see first hand, and takes serious actions — we would see his apology is sincere.”mridgen@aptn.calast_img read more

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Obama the chicken nugget guy among most retweeted in 2017

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – What do a former U.S. president, LeBron James and a guy who really, really likes chicken nuggets have in common? They all made the biggest splash on Twitter this year.Twitter on Tuesday released its top trending people and topics for 2017, ranging from sports to politics to Korean boy bands. It was a year in which almost every sector of society was mashed together or clashing on social media, with the “Tweeter in Chief,” President Donald Trump, leading the way.The top retweet came from fast food lover Carter Wilkerson , who begged people to retweet him so that he could get a year’s worth of free chicken nuggets from Wendy’s. He fell short of the 18-million retweet bar set by the fast-food chain, but Wendy’s gave Wilkerson the nuggets anyway for the effort.President Barack Obama , with 1.7 million retweets in August, was second. Obama took three of the top 10 spots on the list. Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James was seventh, with a tweet that criticized President Donald Trump over his decision to rescind Stephen Curry’s invitation to the White House to celebrate the Golden State Warrior’s NBA championship.Curry, and others on the team, said that he didn’t want to visit Trump in the White House.While he did not make the most retweeted list, Trump took the top spot for the most tweeted about elected world leader. He also came in No. 1 for top tweeted U.S. elected officials, with Vice-President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan taking second and third. PBS’ special live coverage of Trump’s inauguration day was the most viewed live stream broadcast of the year.With the media in Trump’s crosshairs, it was also in the sights of Twitter users. The top three tweeted news outlets were Fox News , CNN and The New York Times .Some other highlights: #halamadrid was the top sports hashtag, @NFL was the top sports handle and the most tweeted about musicians were Korean boy band BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys.last_img read more

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Luxury bike wear company Kit and Ace parts ways with Lululemon founders

first_imgLuxury bike wear company Kit and Ace is steering itself in a new direction without its famed co-founders.The Vancouver-based brand said that Shannon and J.J. Wilson — the wife and son of Lululemon Athletica Inc. founder Chip Wilson — are no longer involved in the company that they created in 2014.The duo has been replaced by members of the Kit and Ace management team that acquired the company for an undisclosed amount and will now be led by chief executive officer George Tsogas.Tsogas told The Canadian Press that the changes to the brand have been in the works for several months and that the Wilsons’ departure was amiable.“They are moving on. They are doing philanthropy and just enjoying their time now,” Tsogas said.Tsogas noted that he remains close with Chip Wilson, who he called a “mentor.” The two have known each other for 17 years, since Tsogas joined Lululemon in 2002 when the brand only had four stores.“Having him by my side and developing me and mentoring me has enabled me to get this opportunity to get Kit and Ace to this point where it is profitable and to be able to buy it,” he said.“They have known about (my vision) since the beginning and that I wanted to buy the company. It has been my goal.”Since Tsogas took the company’s helm in April 2017, he has been trying to transition the company away from its luxury roots and turn it into a brand that is more focused on giving modern commuters high-tech gear.The shift has been driven by consumer demand and feelings that the products Kit and Ace sell were too expensive, Tsogas said.He has since dramatically dropped prices on some products.Kit and Ace has a handful of stores in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta and runs an e-commerce offering.Companies in this story: (TSX:LULU)last_img read more

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Jewellery highvalue cars to get cheaper

first_imgNew Delhi: In a relief to buyers of high-value cars and jewellery, the CBIC has said that the TCS amount would be excluded from the value of goods for computing GST liability.Under the Income Tax Act, tax collection at source (TCS) is levied at 1 per cent on purchase of motor vehicles above Rs 10 lakh, jewellery exceeding Rs 5 lakh and bullion over Rs 2 lakh. TCS is also levied on other purchases at different rates. The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) in a circular said that the TCS amount would be excluded from the value of goods while computing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) liability. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayEarlier in December, the CBIC had said that the TCS amount would also be included while ascertaining the GST liability on goods on which TCS is applicable under the I-T Act. In view of the representations received from various stakeholders and after consultation with the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the CBIC has decided to exclude the TCS amount paid while valuing the goods for the purpose to levy GST. The CBDT has clarified that TCS is not a tax on goods but an interim levy on the possible “income” arising from the sale of goods by the buyer and to be adjusted against the final income-tax liability. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty”For the purpose of determination of the value of supply under GST, Tax collected at source (TCS) under the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961 would not be includible as it is an interim levy not having the character of tax,” the CBIC said. EY India Tax Partner Abhishek Jain said: “This clarification comes as quite a relief for businesses specifically the automotive sector. While most industry players already believed that GST should not be levied on the Income-tax TCS component, given the otherwise clarification by the Government, they were quite apprehensive of litigation on this aspect”. AMRG & Associates Partner Rajat Mohan said the erstwhile circular issued by the CBIC unnecessary complicated the mechanism of calculating GST where TCS-Income tax was also collected by the supplier. “Recent corrigendum of CBIC eased the calculation process by breaking the circular referencing which would also result in marginally rationalising the tax payments (GST and income tax both),” Mohan said.last_img read more

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Strengthening IndoThai cultural bond

first_imgNamaste Thailand Festival, organised by Royal Thai Embassy, New Delhi, is coming back with loads of fun-filled activities and workshops from March 15 – 17, 2019 at Select City Walk, New Delhi. The cultural fiesta is being organised to commemorate 72 years of Indo-Thai diplomatic relations.The formation of bilateral relations between Thailand and India has witnessed immense growth since 1947. The religious, cultural, mythological and commercial exchanges between the two countries have existed since centuries. Therefore a festival of Thai food, products, music, performances, and culture is all set to further strengthen the cultural bond and enthrall the Delhiites. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe three-day event will offer a range of wonderful activities and workshops where one can enjoy with Mulberry paper mini umbrella, body painting, button badge activities, posing with Thai costumes and a lot more. The festival will bring a diverse range of stalls which include women’s fashion, paper flowers, accessories, jewellery, home decorations, relaxation aromas and souvenirs to add extra Thai cultural flavor to the festival. Three quiz competitions about Thailand and its culture are going to be the highlight of the festival. Also, visitors can also experience the exquisite Thai cuisines from the much-popular ‘Nueng Roi’ by Radisson Blu. Renowned Thai artists like Asia-7 and a Thai Jazz-fusion band will culminate the festival on a musical note.last_img read more

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Wife of former IAF wing commander found murdered in Dwarka

first_imgNew Delhi: Meenu Jain, the 52-year-old wife of a former IAF wing commander Vinod Kumar Jain, was found murdered at her house in Dwarka on Saturday. Vinod Kumar Jain who now works as a commercial pilot with Indigo was in the flight when the murder was reported.The father of the deceased called her on Friday evening but she did not receive the phone. Thereafter, her father and brother came to see her at her flat in Air Force Naval officers Enclave in Dwarka sector 7 but noticed that the gate of the house was locked from outside. Unable to get the door opened and suspecting something amiss, the duo then entered the house from her neighbour’s side. As they entered the house they saw Meenu Jain lying on floor unconscious. They also found that the house was ransacked and some items missing from the house. Also Read – CM urges Delhiites to help accident victimsNeenu’s father HP Garg then called police and rushed the woman to a nearby hospital where she was declared brought dead. Two mobile phones, some cash and jewellery was found missing from the house, following which a case for murder and robbery has been registered by Delhi Police. According to Police, the body has been sent for the postmortem and only the post mortem report would ascertain the cause of death. “No external injury marks have been found on the body. The family has reported some items missing and hence we have registered a case of murder and robbery. The door too was locked from outside. The investigation is taken up by the team and we have already collected the CCTV from the society,” said a senior Police officer. The couple has a son and a daughter. While the son, who works in an MNC in Noida, visits his parents on weekends, the daughter is a doctor in Goa, who is pursuing her MD.last_img read more

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Railways cancels 81 strains 2 diverted

first_imgNew Delhi: After the alert that Cyclone Fani will make landfall on Friday across the east coast, taking a safety measures the Indian Railways announced the cancellation of 81 trains enroute to the segment in the phase from across the country.Cancellation of trains will start from Thursday evening. According to a government release, train journey towards, Bhubaneswar/ Puri, East Coast Express and Coromondal Express from Howrah, trains towards Bangalore, Chennai, Secunderabad from Howrah and all trains touching Odisha (Bhubaneswar/Puri) have been restricted from late Thursday. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghBesides, Bangalore-Guwahati Express and Hirakund Express (from Amritsar to Visakhapatnam) have been diverted. Further, in the view of extremely severe impact or aftermath of the cyclone forecasted by IMD, the rail board has decided to announce frequently at every important stations for sensitizing the passengers about cancellations. The rail ministry has also decided the full refund of passengers for the cancelled or diverted trains “if the tickets are produced for cancellation within three days from scheduled departure of trains.” Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadMoreover, dry food items, food meal, water bottle in sufficient quantity are to be made available at the catering stalls of all major stations. “Due to dislocation of train services, the situation may warrant transshipment of passengers. Local transporters are to be contracted for hiring of road vehicles for meeting exigencies as and where necessary,” the ministry statement mentioned. “Sufficient amount of cash must be available at major stations for granting refunds to passengers and meeting other exigencies,” the ministry added. Emergency control is operated round the clock with helpline number for guiding passengers.last_img read more

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Moroccos Head of Government to Spend End of Year Holidays in

Rabat – Head of the Moroccan Government Abdelillah Benkirane will spend the end of the year holidays in Brazil.According to sources quoted by Le360 website, Benkirane will spend his vacations in the South American country of Brazil along with his wife,Nabila, and director of his office Jamaa Mouatassim.Morocco’s premier will travel to Brazil next Tuesday December 30th to represent the kingdom in the celebrations of the reelection of President Dilma Rousseff. The official visit will last until January 2nd.

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Mohammed Yatim It is Too Early to Talk About Alliances

Casablanca – Member of the General Secretariat of the PJD, Mohammed Yatim, has said that it is “too early” to speak about the possibility of including the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) in the Government. Mohammed Yatim, a member of the General Secretariat of the PJD, said in a statement in the party’s official website that it is “too early” to discuss alliances with any party.He added that the Head of Government would begin “a new round of consultations and not negotiations, as the Head of Government wants to listen to all the parties in the parliament.” Yatim added that the consultations with the parties do not necessarily mean that they will all be included in the government.“The consultations with the parties do not mean that this or that party will be concerned with government formation. The Head of Government will decide, after the consultations, which parties will be included in the negotiations,” Yatim clarified.After an extraordinary session of the National Council of the Justice and Development Party convened on Sunday 19, Saad Eddine El Othmani stated that the next round of consultations about forming a majority government would include all the parties.“The start of the consultations about forming a government will begin by holding meetings with all political parties represented in parliament, respectively, according to the results of the recent legislative elections,” said El Othmani in his statement to the media.This has been taken by media to mean that the PJD will consider an alliance with its ideological rival, Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), after both parties declared that they would not work together immediately after the election results were announced last October. read more

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After strikes Moroccan Highway Company Promises to Comply with Labor Law

Rabat – Autoroutes du Maroc (ADM) has issued another statement following the strike held by its employees April on 9 -11. In a new press release published on April 16, ADM announced that the company is undertaking the necessary measures to ensure compliance with applicable labor laws.ADN stated that 1,046 employees of the company had been recruited under a indefinite-duration contract (CDI), benefiting from the advantages associated with their seniority in accordance with the law as well as their affiliation with the National Fund for Social Welfare Organization (CNSS) and Compulsory Health Insurance (AMO) as provided in the labor regulations. ADN noted in the press release that these employees, whose average salary is MAD 4,000 per month, also benefit from free transportation.The company added that the majority of these agents do not have any vocational training. Companies in charge of ADM tolls have called for human resources reinforcement under a fixed term contract during peak periods, with respect to labor legislation. read more

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How to Revive Moroccos Hollywood A Road a Festival and a

Rabat – The city of Ouarzazate, known as “Morocco’s Hollywood,” is suffering from decreasing touristic activity, which has heavily impacted its economy. Local actors invited officials and businessmen to a conference to figure out what went wrong.“This region had been victim of an image attributed to it, that it’s poor and isolated.”  So said El Habib Choubani, the president of the Draa-Tafilalet region, which includes Ouarzazate and four other provinces.On Saturday, November 4, a panel organized by the city’s municipal council and the Conseil de Développement et de la Solidarité (CDS), a think tank with a focus on social and economic issues, gathered representatives of the region’s government, business sector, and film industry. The goal was to discuss the ways to overcome the problems facing the region in these sectors. The first issue discussed was the isolation of Ouarzazate.  The panelists pointed repeatedly to the problem of the area’s inaccessibility, which has prevented it from properly exploiting its tourism potentials.“Difficult access, whether by ground or airline transportation, makes Ouarzazate seem disconnected with the rest of Morocco and the world,” said the panelists.And this has even impacted the cinema activity. Ouarzazate and its surrounding areas are mostly famous for their cinema studios and film locations, which have attracted prominent film and television productions worldwide, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatre, Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Ben-Hur (2010), and Game of Thrones (2011).“Now, the region’s accessibility problems drives away international film productions, which find it easier to travel to Cape Town in South Africa or Amman in Jordan,” deplored a panelist in reference to two of Morocco’s main cinema competitors.Generally speaking, the panelists also deplored the opportunity cost caused by the absence of cultural tourism, which they said needs to be strengthened by building museums for example.“It’s high time Ouarzazate has its own cinema festival. ‘Symphonies du Désert’ should be resurrected,” said Mohamed Benamor, CDS president, referring to the music and cinema festival of the region launched in 1990s.More urgent than culture is the problem of the roads. For decades, subsequent governments have been talking about the construction of the Tichka tunnel, which would allow vehicles to avoid the titular mountain between Marrakech with Ouarzazate.Vehicles currently spend around four hours traveling the 200 kilometers between the two cities, part of which run through the dangerous Tizi N Tichka mountain road, which has taken the lives of many drivers in past years.This awaited project requires a budget of about MAD 8 billion. “The construction of the tunnel is the region’s main demand,” said Aderrahmane Drissi, the president of the municipal council of Ouarzazate.Recently, Minister of Transport Abdelkader Amara said in a parliament session that his department launched a call for tender to conduct studies for the project by the end of this year.Limited air traffic service is also a problem. “The region remains among the most ill-served in Morocco in terms of flights,” noted Benamor, who is also investor and owner of the major hotels in the city.Three flights link Ouarzazate and Casablanca, a number regional actors believe is far too low. In addition, the relatively high-priced ticket – MAD 600 for one way – worsens the situation.“To date the region has reached an agreement to increase the number of flights to six and reduce the ticket price to MAD 400,” said Choubani.Aside from that, Ouarzazate is also in need of an effective PR campaign. In June 2016 the city’s image was seriously affected by the statements of Prison Break actor Dominic Purcell, injured while shooting the fifth season of the television series in the city, who criticized Ouarzazate’s deplorable health facilities. read more

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