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Private cargo ship arrives at space station with food galore

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A private cargo ship has arrived at the International Space Station with food galore, following a 1 1/2-day journey from Virginia.Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus capsule pulled up early Friday morning. Space station astronaut Anne McClain used a robot arm to capture the capsule as they soared 250 miles (402.32 kilometres) above Earth.The Cygnus and its 7,600-pound (3,450-kilogram) shipment rocketed from Wallops Island on Wednesday. It holds numerous science experiments, including 40 mice taking part in a tetanus vaccination study, and three small free-flying robots to assist astronauts inside and out.There are also more than 800 meals for the six station residents, including the makings for a fine Easter meal. NASA packed pork chops with gravy, potatoes au gratin and lemon meringue pudding, among other space specialties.Marcia Dunn, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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The art of sloganeering How many ways can politicians say change

first_imgOTTAWA — Change. Forward. Together. For you.They are the buzzwords of political campaigns worldwide, used time and again in various combinations, to sum up a campaign theme in few enough letters to fit on a podium sign.On Tuesday, the NDP became the fifth and final major party to unveil its campaign catchphrase, hoping “In it for You” will catch voters’ attention.Dennis Matthews, a vice-president at Enterprise Canada who worked in the message mines as an advertising and marketing adviser to prime minister Stephen Harper, said “a ton of effort” goes into finding a phrase that can sum up an entire campaign in one short and snappy sentence.“A campaign will do all kinds of research, look at all of their potential voters and what they’re looking for,” he said. “In a campaign you want to imagine the voter going into the voter booth and asking themselves a question. A good slogan sets up that question so they can only pick you as the only option.”The NDP’s new slogan points, without being negative, to the idea that the NDP are there to help the little guy while the Liberals and Tories are in it for themselves and their wealthy friends.It’s similar both to the slogan the federal Liberals used in 2008, “Always Here for You,” and to the Conservatives’ current “It’s Time for You to Get Ahead.”Such echoes are not uncommon, said Matthews, because “campaigns are referendums on the future.”“Voters are looking forward so most campaign slogans at least hint at a forward-looking or action-oriented thesis and there are only so many words that fit that.”“Forward together” was one of Winston Churchill’s most common speech slogans throughout his political career. It has been used by two of his successors as British prime minister — Margaret Thatcher in 1980 and Theresa May in 2017 — and at least two American presidential candidates. Richard Nixon used it in his inauguration speech in 1969 and Hillary Clinton turned to it for her presidential run in 2016.In 2019, the Green Party of Canada is building on it for its slogan: “Not Left. Not Right. Forward Together.”The Liberals have dropped the “together” part and are just going with “Choose Forward” in 2019. It’s remarkably similar to the 2004 Liberal theme phrase of “Moving Forward.”The Bloc Quebecois is using “Le Quebec, c’est nous” — roughly, “We are Quebec.”In 1980, Ronald Reagan’s slogan in his first successful presidential campaign was “Let’s Make America Great Again.” Twenty-six years later, Donald Trump tweaked it into one of the best-known political slogans in history. “Make America Great Again” hats and T-shirts are still common (Trump now has to decide whether he can still use it after four years in office).In 2015, in an election campaign almost entirely about voter fatigue with a decade-old Conservative government, both the Liberals and NDP went with “change”: “Real Change” for the Liberals and “Ready for Change” for the NDP.Scott Reid, who was a communications adviser to prime minister Paul Martin and is now a principal at the strategy firm Feschuk.Reid, said most slogans are developed as part of an intensive and lengthy research process to suss out a potential path to electoral victory. Polls and focus groups and voter outreach guide “a whole slew of decisions” including advertising spots and which public issues a campaign will prioritize.“The slogan itself emerges from that,” he said.As for the actual words? “I don’t believe they matter very much,” said Reid.Few, if any, campaigns are lost on bad slogans and most slogans end up on the floor as soon as the last vote is counted. Some of the best aren’t even official slogans at all.In 2011 “a strong, stable, national Conservative majority government” wasn’t the official Conservative campaign slogan but became the recognizable theme for a campaign appealing to voters tired of fragile minority governments.Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign added “Yes we can” to the political-slogan hall of fame, but his official slogan was actually “Change We Can Believe In.” “Yes We Can” was a holdover from Obama’s previous Senate campaign, a catchphrase he used in speeches, that took off as a rallying cry for his supporters.As proof that slogans aren’t everything, one need only know that the Green Party of Canada also used “Yes We Can” for its 2006 election effort. That netted the party zero seats and less than five per cent of the vote.Trudeau’s 2015 campaign is remembered for promising “sunny ways” even though Trudeau didn’t talk about sunny ways — borrowed from Wilfrid Laurier — until his victory speech on voting day.Matthews said as in any advertising, the best slogans can’t always be predicted.“Some of this stuff, you’ve got to put it out there and see if it catches on,” he said. “In the marketing world you can be a little lucky and land on something that really catches on. Sometimes it doesn’t.”Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Billy Ray Cyrus New Album Benefits Military Families

first_imgBuffets, Inc. is proud to announce its latest tie-in with country music, this time with the singer/songwriter/actor Billy Ray Cyrus and his 13th studio album, Change My Mind.Billy Ray Cyrus Change My MindBeginning April 11, guests can pick up Cyrus’ latest CD at Ryan’s, Country Buffet, HomeTown Buffet, Old Country Buffet and Fire Mountain for a special $8.99 price, while supplies last. Proceeds from the CDs will support the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) for Operation Outdoors, a camp program that assists the children of military personnel during deployment.“Our restaurants are all about providing an inviting environment for families to connect over a delicious meal. It’s fitting to be partnering with one of America’s most famous fathers and military supporters while aligning with the ASYMCA and its mission of helping military families reconnect,” said Alice Crowder, Vice President of Marketing for Buffets, Inc.Produced by GRAMMY nominated, multi award-winning producer Brandon Friesen, Change My Mind is a stellar 10-song collection, which harkens back to Cyrus’ roots in bluegrass, Southern rock, gospel, and country music. The Flatwoods, KY native wrote or co-wrote every song on the CD including the title track and lead single, “Change My Mind.” The tune is already a fan-favorite with the music video nearing the Top 10 on Great American Country’s (GAC) Top 20 Country Countdown.Billy Ray Cyrus struck it big in June 1992 with his debut album, Some Gave All. This debut eventually became a 9x-platinum selling No. 1 album, fueled by the best-selling single “Achy Breaky Heart,” which spent five weeks atop the Billboard Country chart. Some Gave All (which held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart for 17 weeks in a row and became the best-selling debut album of all time by a male solo artist). This success launched Cyrus’ colorful 20-year career in the spotlight — during which he has sold millions of albums worldwide, charted nearly 30 singles (including three No. 1 country hits), and racked up multiple film and television credits. Cyrus also made his debut in the Broadway play CHICAGO late last year. Throughout all of his success, Billy Ray has remained devoted to the military cause and he is overjoyed to partner with Buffets, Inc. on this project.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Jason Mraz To Perform At Cox Charities Benefit Concert

first_imgTickets for the 4th Annual Cox Charities Benefit Concert featuring Grammy Award winner and Virginia native Jason Mraz will go on sale this Friday, August 23, 2013 at 10:00am.Jason Mraz will perform live for the 4th annual Cox Charities benefit concert on October 19 in NorfolkThe concert will be held on Saturday, October 19th at 8:00pm at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.Cox Charities will use all proceeds from the concert to award grants to qualified non-profit organizations that provide educational programs focused on promoting youth education especially through science, technology, mentoring, and literacy. Past grant recipients have included: Arc of the Virginia Peninsula, The Up Center, YWCA of South Hampton Roads, Chesapeake Health Investment Program (CHIP), Young Audiences of Virginia, Children’s Harbor and REACH.Cox Charities, the charitable giving and philanthropic arm of Cox Communications Virginia, proudly supports non-profit organizations in the Hampton Roads, Roanoke, Fairfax County and Fredericksburg communities of Virginia. Cox Charities provides financial support in the form of grants to qualified organizations that provide educational programs designed to further the academic achievement and development of young people through science and technology, mentoring, literacy, and other areas promoting youth and education.More information about Cox Charities and the organizations it supports can be found at www.coxcharities.org.“I consider my life a testament to the importance of investing in our youth. From an early age, youth organizations and caring mentors taught me the value of education. It has been the key to my personal success,” said Gary McCollum, SVP and general manager for Cox Virginia. “I’m excited that an evening of fun and musical entertainment from Richmond native Jason Mraz will benefit the young people in Cox communities throughout Virginia and help them reach their highest potential. Cox Charities is thrilled to welcome the 2013 People’s Choice Award winner for Pop Male Artist of the Year to Hampton Roads for this great event.”Since 2009, Cox has donated nearly $325,000 to 42 organizations serving children in Virginia through Cox Charities.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Monique Coleman To Mark 20th Anniversary Of World Conference On Women

first_imgMonique Coleman will serve as moderator for the launch event of UN Women’s global campaign Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It! to mark the 20th anniversary of the World Conference on Women in Beijing.2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, a significant turning point on the global agenda for gender equality. The Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, adopted unanimously by 189 countries in 1995, is a visionary blueprint for gender equality and the empowerment of women.UN Women’s campaign is geared to galvanize public debate, particularly engaging younger generations, and to renew political will and commitment to accelerate implementation of the Platform. It also aims to strengthen evidence-base to increase knowledge of structural issues that are barriers to gender equality and enhance investment for women’s rights.A celebratory evening at the Apollo Theatre in New York on Thursday, June 26, featuring words, action and music will include renowned speakers and performers, including:
• Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
• Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director
• Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
• Women of the World, international world music ensemble
• Girl Be Heard, musical group
• Jimmie Briggs, Founder of Man Up
• Carlos Andrés Gómez, award-winning poet, actor, writer and author of Man Up
• Gloria Steinem, writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist
• Maya Wiley, General Counsel to the Mayor of New York City
• Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director and Senior Scholar, at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University
• Soon-Young Yoon, United Nations representative for the International Alliance of Women
• Joya Dass, NY1 AnchorPrior to the event, UN Under Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will be the guest at the Noon Briefing by the Spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General to speak about the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and the launch of UN Women’s Beijing+20 campaign: “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!”.The Noon Briefing will take place in Room S-0237, UN Secretariat, New York at 12 p.m. It will also be webcast LIVE here.last_img read more

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Elton John AIDS Foundation Presents 25th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party

first_imgSir Elton John and David Furnish will host the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)’s 25th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles.The gala event is supported by Presenting Sponsors BVLGARI, Neuro Drinks and Diana Jenkins.For a fifth consecutive year, award-winning Chef Gordon Ramsay will prepare the sumptuous dinner for Party guests to enjoy while watching a live telecast of the 89th Academy Awards. Alexander Gilkes of Paddle8 will return to conduct the evening’s highly anticipated live auction, and DJ Johnny Dynell also returns to spin tunes for guests to dance the night away.The Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party is the most highly visible and successful fundraising event in Hollywood on Oscar night. Over the past quarter century, this annual event has raised more than $56 million, thanks to the generosity of EJAF’s supporters. These funds help the Foundation to make a real difference in the lives of people at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS, including urgently needed medical care in the Caribbean, innovative treatment and prevention programs in the Southern United States, and national initiatives addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.Audi, BBVA Compass, M∙A∙C Viva Glam, TheBLUEFISH, and StyleHaul have partnered with EJAF as the evening’s generous Co-Sponsors, and Fin Gray and Michael Melnick are Associate Sponsors. Wines will be provided by Domaine Bertaud Belieu, and spirits will be presented by Chopin Vodka and Clase Azul Tequila. The Foundation is especially grateful to the City of West Hollywood for continued collaboration with EJAF on shared goals. American Airlines is EJAF’s official airline.This year’s event co-chairs are Mahershala Ali, Tim and Jane Allen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Beck, Carrie Brownstein, Naomi Campbell, Jim Carrey, Ciara, Chris Colfer, John Demsey, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Michael Douglas, Ava DuVernay, Stéphane Gerschel, Fin Gray and Michael Melnick, Miranda Harper, Luke Hemsworth, Tommy Hilfiger, Gaby Hoffmann, Stephanie Horbaczewski, Diana Jenkins, Caitlyn Jenner, Quincy Jones, Heidi Klum, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Diana Krall and Elvis Costello, Ryan Kwanten, Padma Lakshmi, Amy Landecker, Fred Latsko, Shelley Lazar, Sandra Lee, Jared Leto, Judith Light, Eugenio Lopez, Rob and Sheryl Lowe, Eric and Janet McCormack, Joe McMillan, Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Daniel Paltridge, Katy Perry, Tyler Perry, Andrew Rannells, Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross, Zoe Saldana, Jane Seymour, Steve Sims, Kevin Spacey, Britney Spears, Sharon Stone, Steven Tyler, and Denzel and Pauletta Washington.last_img read more

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Richard Carlsons Dont Sweat The Small Stuff Connects With Children Incorporated

first_imgDr Richard Carlson’s Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff is connecting with Children Incorporated to match 2000 sponsorships with impoverished children worldwide.“There are many fine agencies to choose from, but my personal favorite is Children Incorporated… the experience has brought tremendous joy and satisfaction to my entire family.”When Dr. Carlson first published those words two decades ago, he probably had no idea the impact it would have on the fate of children, families, and communities all around the globe. One of the most impactful and visionary self-help books of the last generation – with over 25 million copies sold and considered a key text in the global movement towards mindfulness and self-care – Carlson’s shout-out to Children Incorporated resulted in a flood of sponsors that organization president Ron Carter calls “one of the most meaningful things to ever happen to our organization.”Dr. Carlson’s legacy is continued by his widow, Kristine Carlson, herself a best-selling author, TED Talk veteran, and internationally acclaimed speaker. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Carlson has teamed up with Children Incorporated to generate 2000 new sponsors in conjunction with the book’s reissue.With programs in over 23 countries (including nearly 150 in the United States), Children Incorporated connects individual donors with the needs of specific children who are in desperate need – of food, shelter, clothing, school supplies, and most of all, human generosity. Since being founded by Jeanne Clarke Wood in 1964, the Richmond, VA-based organization has directly impacted the lives of over 250,000 children.Finding 2000 new sponsors is an ambitious goal, admits Shelley Callahan, Director of Development for Children Incorporated, but a worthy one. “Since the first edition of Dr. Carlson’s book came out twenty years ago, we’ve gained roughly about 6000 sponsorships,” she says. “An additional 2000 – to add to the 9000 we already have active – would be a really big deal. We could grow our programs, adding more projects to the 300 we already serve, as well as directly impact the lives of that many more needy children.”The life-blood of Children Incorporated is getting help to individual children with every sponsorship, but their broader vision extends into those children’s homes and communities, magnifying the impact of each donation. From helping to build schoolhouses and safe homes in Bolivia, to clean water projects in India and Sri Lanka, to stuffing the backpacks of poor children in Appalachia with food so they don’t go hungry over the weekend, each project is based on local concerns and needs.New donors inspired by Dr. Carlson’s life and work can click here for more information and easy access to Children Incorporated’s history and details about their current programs.last_img read more

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Angiogenesis Foundation Mourns Special Advisor Sir Roger Moore

first_imgWith great sadness and a profound sense of loss, the Angiogenesis Foundation mourns the passing of Sir Roger Moore on May 23, 2017, at the age of 89.Video: Sir Roger Moore, Special Advisor to the Angiogenesis FoundationSir Roger served as Special Advisor and good friend to the Foundation, starring in a video about disease prevention. He worked with the Foundation’s global programs to raise awareness about childhood nutrition and vision loss from diabetes and age-related eye disease.“Beyond his international fame in film, Sir Roger’s charitable work will be an enduring legacy,” said Dr. William W. Li, President of the Angiogenesis Foundation. “He impacted countless lives and was a man of incredible character, integrity, and dignity. We are honored to have had his guidance and support of our Foundation’s work.”Sir Roger first became involved with the Foundation when its innovative treatments impacted the lives of his close family and friends. As a global advocate for children’s nutrition, Sir Roger realized the importance of diet in shaping the healthy lives of children. He became an advocate and supporter of the Foundation’s initiatives to educate the world on the natural active ingredients found in foods and beverages that positively influence health and prevent disease.“The Angiogenesis Foundation is grateful to have had Sir Roger’s involvement in our mission,” said Dr. Christopher J. Bonar, Chairman of the Board of the Angiogenesis Foundation. “He had a singular presence and commitment to help the world become a better place for all.”Charitable donations made to the Foundation in honor of Sir Roger will go to cancer prevention and research: www.angio.org/donate.The Angiogenesis Foundation is a scientific charity driving innovations in health and disease prevention through research, education, and advocacy. For more than two decades, the Foundation has educated the public and healthcare professionals about new approaches to conquering diseases ranging from cancer to vision loss to chronic wounds. The Foundation is blazing new pathways by catalyzing collaborations across disciplines ranging from food and life sciences, metabolism, precision health, genomics, microbiomics, bioinformatics, preventative medicine, nutrition, and technology.Established in 1994, the Angiogenesis Foundation’s mission is to help people lead healthier, longer lives through angiogenesis-based treatment and prevention. For more information, visit angio.org.last_img read more

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Sugar Ray Leonard Honored At Habitat For Humanity Of Greater Los Angeles

first_imgHabitat For Humanity of Greater Los Angeles Builders Ball took place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California last week.Sugar Ray Leonard at the Habitat LA 2017 Los Angeles Builders BallCredit/Copyright: Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Habitat for HumanityThis annual event celebrates Habitat LA’s counterparts in the building and real estate industry, as well as partners and donors, who are helping transform the landscape of Los Angeles. It is also an evening to raise awareness and funds to help them reach their goal of empowering families and building strength and stability in communities through homeownership.AWARD RECEPIENTS: • Legendary boxing icon and philanthropist, Sugar Ray Leonard, was honored with the Dream Builder Award for his devotion to the local community and helping those in need build a stronger and healthier future through his namesake foundation.• Hockey Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Kings President, Luc Robitaille, was honored with the Foundation Builder Award for his significant contribution and leadership in creating intentional change in the Los Angeles community with the Kings Care and Echoes of Hope foundations.• Morley Builders, one of the preeminent leaders in the construction industry, received the Builder of The Year Award for their commitment to building innovative, high-quality residential and commercial projects with integrity, pride and dignity.Celebrity attendees such as Tina Knowles, Cookie Johnson, Apryl Jones, Tom Schwartz, Trevor Jackson and many others enjoyed a VIP reception, followed by dinner, a live fund-a-need and special musical performance by Grammy nominated and platinum-selling R&B group, En Vogue.last_img read more

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Drake gets some competition from his dad

first_img Twitter Aside from some mentions in his songs, Drake’s dad has largely been the stuff of pop cultural mystery, though he recently became the subject of a song by Hamilton band The Arkells, and papa even cameos in the video. Like son, like father: Following up on his boy’s remarkable music-world success, Dennis Graham, Drake’s dad, is set to release his debut single.“Kinda Crazy,” a smooth R&B number by the 60-something Graham, was previewed Wednesday on TMZ.Drake, of course, is famously grateful to his mother, to whom he shouts out regularly: During his shows, during Raptors games, on Instagram or wherever else. He’s just as famously raised by her: the Drake legend revolves largely around his being brought up by his mother as a single parent. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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THE 2019 SAG AWARDS WINNERS – THE COMPLETE LIST

first_imgAmy Adams, “Sharp Objects” Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Who won big at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honoring the best TV shows? Check out the list of SAG winners (in bold) and nominees: BLACK PANTHER Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner) SANDRA OH, KILLING EVE Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner) GLENN CLOSE Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner) RAMI MALEK, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Roles in a Motion Picture (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner) THIS IS US Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner) Michael Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” cast backstage at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on Sunday, January 27, 2019. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) Lupita Nyong’o, from left, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, and Andy Serkis poses with the awards for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture for “Black Panther” in the press room at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Photo by Michael Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (10072664gq) Cast of ‘Black Panther’ 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Show, Los Angeles, USA – 27 Jan 2019 MOVIESEnsemble cast in a movie Glenn Close accepts the Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in “The Wife.” (Photo: Robert Hanashiro, Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY NETWO) “A Star Is Born”WINNER: “Black Panther””BlacKkKlansman””Bohemian Rhapsody””Crazy Rich Asians”Actor in a movieChristian Bale, “Vice”Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”WINNER: Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman”Actress in a movieEmily Blunt, “Mary Poppins Returns”WINNER: Glenn Close, “The Wife”Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Twitter Alan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”Bill Hader, “Barry”WINNER: Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”Henry Winkler, “Barry”.Actress in a comedy seriesAlex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”Alison Brie, “GLOW”WINNER: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”.Actor in a TV movie or miniseriesAntonio Banderas, “Genius: Picasso”WINNER: Darren Criss, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”Hugh Grant, “A Very English Scandal”Anthony Hopkins, “King Lear”Bill Pullman, “The Sinner”.Actress in a TV movie or miniseries Advertisementcenter_img Tony Shalhoub accepts the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series for his role as Abe Weissman in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” (Photo: Robert Hanashiro, Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY NETWO)Actor in a comedy series Emily Blunt accepts the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role for “A Quiet Place.” (Photo: Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY NETWORK) Supporting actor in a movieWINNER: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”Timothee Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” WINNER: Patricia Arquette, “Escape at Dannemora”Patricia Clarkson, “Sharp Objects”Penelope Cruz, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”Emma Stone, “Maniac”By Jenny Cohen | USA Today LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Photo by Michael Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (10072664gq)Cast of ‘Black Panther’25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, Show, Los Angeles, USA – 27 Jan 2019 Supporting actress in a movieAmy Adams, “Vice”WINNER: Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place”Margot Robbie, “Mary Queen of Scots”Emma Stone, “The Favourite”Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”TELEVISIONEnsemble in a drama series“The Americans””Better Call Saul””The Handmaid’s Tale””Ozark”WINNER: ”This Is Us”Actor in a drama seriesWINNER: Jason Bateman, “Ozark”Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”Joseph Fiennes, “The Handmaid’s Tale”John Krasinski, “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”Actress in a drama seriesJulia Garner, “Ozark”Laura Linney, “Ozark”Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”WINNER: Sandra Oh, “Killing Eve”Robin Wright, “House of Cards”Ensemble in a comedy series“Atlanta””Barry””GLOW”“The Kominsky Method”WINNER: ”The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”last_img read more

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KEANU REEVES WANTS JOHN WICK TO CONTINUE AFTER CHAPTER 3 AND THERES

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment John Wick / Keanu Reeves ~ Courtesy Of Lionsgate Twitter I love this franchise, so I certainly hope that we continue to see more badass adventures of John Wick for years to come!I also included a new featurette for you to watch. This one puts the focus on the expanding mythology behind The Continental, which as you know, is a hotel for assassins. The video features interviews with the cast and crew along with some more footage for you to enjoy. Facebook Advertisement We’ve already heard John Wick director Chad Stahelski say that he could make John Wick films for the rest of his life. Then co-star Ian McShane has said that he thinks the franchise could go another 10 years. Well, now Keanu Reeves is weighing in on continuing the action franchise and he would love to keep it going for as long as he can.When asked by GQ how long he would stay attached to the franchise, he said:“As far as my legs can take me. As far as the audience wants to go.” Advertisement .John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is on the run for two reasons… he’s being hunted for a global $14 million dollar open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. The victim was a member of the High Table who ordered the open contract. John should have already been executed, except the Continental’s manager, Winston, has given him a one-hour grace period before he’s “Excommunicado” – membership revoked, banned from all services and cut off from other members. John uses the service industry to stay alive as he fights and kills his way out of New York City.Reeves is joined in the film by Halle Berry as Sofia, who will be helping John; Asia Kate Dillon, who will be playing The Adjudicator of the High Table; Mark Dacascos, who will take on the role of an assassin named Zero; Jason Mantzoukas, who will be playing the Tick Tock Man; and Angelica Houston, who is playing a mysterious new character named Roma Ruska, someone who was responsible for [Wick’s] upbringing and his protection.John Wick: Chapter 3 is currently set to hit theaters on May 17, 2019.last_img read more

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Harper agrees to meeting with First Nations leaders

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsGATINEAU, Que.-Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he is interested in a formal meeting with First Nations leaders and has asked his office to engage in discussions with the country’s main First Nations organization on a wide-ranging reform package to overhaul governance and economic development.Harper has asked Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo direct his officials to work with the Prime Minister’s Office and the office of Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan to explore the possibility of the meeting.“With respect to the proposed Crown-First Nations gathering, I remain open to participating and I ask that you work with my office and Minister Duncan’s office to assess the viability of such an event,” said Harper, in a Dec. 8 letter to Atleo.Harper’s willingness to participate in the meeting, which Atleo had called for, reveals how much headway the AFN national chief has made with the Conservative government.Harper’s letter follows an Oct. 28 meeting with Atleo, where the prime minister pledged his support for improving reserve education and the AFN’s involvement in a process to improve schools and teaching quality for First Nations students.Harper’s direct involvement on the education file also seems to heighten the likelihood the recently appointed blue-ribbon panel commissioned to study education may lead to concrete reforms.There has been some concern from chiefs at the AFN’s special assembly in Gatineau, Que., who worry the panel is just a rerun of previous government-initiated studies that led to nowhere.Former Liberal Indian Affairs minister Robert Nault created a committee in 2002 with representatives from the provinces, universities and First Nations education organizations to study First Nations education. The report, however, led to little if any action and continues to gather dust.The AFN also undertook a multimillion dollar study in the 1980s on education.Harper has also directed officials in the PMO and the Privy Council Office, the central department in government, to work with Indian Affairs and the AFN on a wide-ranging reform package on governance and economic development.“I appreciate the vision being proposed,” said Harper, in the letter. “There are a number of considerations to take into account when examining fundamental reform of this nature. Given this complexity, I reiterate my commitment from our…meeting to have officials…meet to discuss the scope of your reform proposal.”Harper’s letter seems to confirm some of the speculation among observers that Atleo had managed to create a direct link in the PMO to push his agenda through.There is a widespread belief among those involved in First Nations politics that Indian Affairs officials pose some of the strongest resistance within government to major reforms.The letter also shows that Harper has taken a personal involvement in First Nations issues.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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With winter looming Iqaluit faces power troubles

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut’s capital city went dark Monday when two of its generators broke down.As the town grows, Iqaluit’s power generating capacity is failing to keep up. Many residents are worried events like yesterday could happen more often.As APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers discovers, with winter coming, many are worried the city is not prepared for another generator failure.last_img

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In Throne Speech response Atleo says Canada was not an empty land

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo said Canada “was not an empty” land as he responded to Wednesday’s Throne Speech that claimed pioneers forged a country “where none would have otherwise existed.”The Harper government set its agenda for the coming Parliamentary session through the Throne Speech which was read by Gov. Gen. David Johnston.While the speech also mentioned the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation as a foundational document that acknowledged the “rights of Indigenous peoples” and laid the basis “of their relationship with the Crown,” it also painted an image of a country hewed from an unorganized landscape and fashioned into a nation-state.Referring to coming 150th anniversary of Confederation, the speech described a country founded by “leaders or courage and audacity” that faced down “geographic, military and economic” challenges to create the country.“They were undaunted. They dared to seize the moment that history offered. Pioneers, then, few in number, reached across a vast continent,” read Johnston. “They forged an independent country where none would have otherwise existed.”Atleo said the statement echoed the legal theory of terra nullius and the related doctrine of discovery used by European powers to claim lands inhabited by Indigenous peoples.“It was not, as they say terra nullius, the doctrine of discovery that says there was no one here,” said Atleo. “The Indigenous nations pre-existed the establishment of Canada.”Atleo, however, did make an effort to find positive morsels in a speech that was thin gruel on First Nation issues.The national chief said he was glad to see a nod to the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation which he saw linked to the speech’s mention of continued dialogue on treaties and comprehensive claims.“(It) must be based on the recognition we have title and the path of economic prosperity…must be based on our right of free, prior and informed consent,” said Atleo.Atleo said he was also pleased to note the speech mentioned the need to deal with the high rates of murdered and missing Indigenous women, adding he would continue to press for a full public inquiry.The speech said that the Harper government would “renew its efforts to address the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women.”AFN regional chief Morley Googoo, who is in charge of the education file, said he wanted to hear stronger language from the speech on the need to improve First Nation education.“I found the talk was very soft,” he said. “We have to see how the government is going to proceed.”The speech made no mention of the federal government’s plan to introduce the controversial First Nation Education Act to govern on-reserve education.Instead, the speech made vague reference to continuing work with First Nations leaders on the issue.“Our government recognizes the tremendous potential of Canada’s First Nations, Metis and Inuit populations to strengthen the growing Canadian economy,” read Johnston. “It will continue working with First Nations to develop stronger, more effective and more accountable on-reserve education systems.”Atleo said the government has a choice to make.“It is a moment of either collaboration or collision,” said Atleo. “It has everything to do with the words that were spoken being followed up with real action, in full partnership, which is the words that they used, with First Nations.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

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Rinelle Harper attacked a second time after she crawled out of river

first_imgAPTN National News WINNIPEG–A 20 year-old man and a 17 year-old youth have been charged in connection with brutal, repeated attacks on 16 year-old Rinelle Harper and a second, unidentified woman.Winnipeg police Superintendent Danny Smyth said Wednesday that Justin James Hudson, 20, and the 17 year-old male were now in custody and facing charges of attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault and sexual assault with a weapon. The two suspects were arrested Tuesday.Smyth said the two suspects also allegedly attacked Harper and a second, unnamed 23 year-old woman the same night, leaving her unconscious on a Winnipeg street.Smyth revealed chilling new details about the attack on Harper during a press conference Wednesday. He said Harper was attacked a second time after she crawled out from the Assiniboine River.The two men met up with Harper at midnight Saturday after she had become separate from her friends, Smyth said.  After striking up a conversation, they led her to the river-walk along the Assiniboine where she was violently sexually assaulted with a weapon, he said.“The two males turned on Rinelle and violently assaulter her in the upper and lower body,” said Smyth.Harper ended up in the “frigid” waters of the Assiniboine River after the initial assault. She crawled out of the river only to be attacked again by the two suspects and “left for dead,” said Smyth.Harper was found by a passerby at about 7 a.m. Saturday.After the suspects attacked Harper, they met up with a second woman at about 2:30 a.m., sexually assaulting her with a weapon. She was also left unconscious on the street.While Winnipeg police’s homicide unit led the investigation, it was information from a constable that proved key in leading to the arrest and charges, said Smyth.“That was instrumental in linking the two separate attacks together and the two victims,” said Smyth. “Without that information, I’m not sure if we would have been able to resolve it as quickly as we did.”Smyth said police had yet to find any strong links between Saturday’s attacks and the murder of Tina Fontaine, 15, whose wrapped body was pulled from the Red River.Smyth said the two suspects were not known to police before their recent arrest.–More to comenews@aptn.calast_img read more

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InFocus Party leaders on Reconciliation

first_imgaptn InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie:Reconciliation Canada puts questions to Canada’s political party leaders.Watch to see how much of a priority this is the NDP, Liberals, Greens and The Bloc Quebecois.We also give you a preview of a new film making its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival.Director, Alex Williams, tells us what went into the making of, The Pass System.The film chronicles the history of Canada’s illegal practice of jailing “rebel Indians” caught off-reserve without a pass.last_img read more

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Campaign aims to put more Indigenous nurses in hospitals

first_imgAPTN National NewsA campaign to support Indigenous nurses kicked off this week at the Wabano Centre.The One Million in One Year campaign was launched by the Canadian Nurses Foundation with a goal to double the number of scholarships for Indigenous nurses, and increase capacity of Indigenous nurse researchers.It’s a way to meet one of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in terms of improving the health and education of the Indigenous community, said CNF Chair Rachel Bard.In 2009, the organization started a fund for Indigenous nursing students, and to date more than 100 Indigenous nurses have received support from this initiative.Danielle Bourque, 22, is a nursing student from Beaver lake Cree Nation in Alberta, and is a recipient of a scholarship from CNF.“I’m in my fourth year and I just have to do my practicum, which I want to do it in a rural community, so the award from CNF will help me be able to do that because we don’t get paid to go do this,” said Bourque.Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, attended the launch.“All nurses play an important role in the healthcare system, but when nurses working in First Nations, Inuit, or Metis communities are Indigenous themselves, that makes a big, big difference,” said Tootoo.According to Tootoo, who’s from Nunavut, there’s nothing more soothing then to know you’re being understood in you culture and possible in your language.“It helps break down barriers, breaking down barriers is key, key to improving First Nation, Inuit, and Metis well-being,” said Tootoo.According to Lisa Bourque Bearskin, president of the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association, there are currently 9,000 Indigenous nurses across the country.That’s one reason she supports the initiative as “rampant issues of discrimination” has led to severe gaps in health care.“I think building and creating opportunities  to do nursing training is vital to decreasing that gap,” said Bearskin.last_img read more

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