In her new role as UNHCR Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie has made five trips to visit refugees so far this year. She travelled to Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey in September 2012 to meet some of the tens of thousands of Syrians who have fled conflict in their homeland and sought shelter in neighboring countries.Jolie wrapped up her Middle East visit in Iraq, where she met Syrian refugees in the north as well as internally displaced Iraqis and refugee returnees to Baghdad.The UNHCR has posted a set of unpublished photos that were taken during her visit to the Middle East and show her meeting with Syrian and Iraqi refugees. The photos can be found here.
The GRAMMY Foundation will host Play It Forward: A Celebration Of Music’s Evolution And Influencers — the 15th Annual GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project — on Feb. 7, 2013, at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, Calif.In conjunction with the GRAMMY Foundation’s mission of recognizing and preserving our musical past, this year’s GRAMMY Foundation Music Preservation Project will explore the history of legendary influencers in music and the invaluable contributions of those key players, the music they inspired and their impact on the American cultural landscape.Performers include GRAMMY winners Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris, current 55th GRAMMY nominee Ed Sheeran, and singer/songwriter Lianne La Havas. More performers will be announced shortly. The evening’s musical director will be Darrell Brown, songwriter/producer, Recording Academy Trustee and GRAMMY Foundation Board member. Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation, will be in attendance, along with other prominent music industry leaders and members of The Recording Academy.General admission tickets are $35 per person and premium seating is $45. For tickets and information, visit www.grammyfoundation.org or here, or contact 855.235.2867.Source:Grammy.org
On Monday, July 8, 107.5 The River hosted its STAR PARTY at Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville, a benefit show featuring rising star musician, English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.All of the proceeds from the night went towards Musicians on Call (MOC), an organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. The event raised over $22,500 for the Nashville branch of MOC – which is more than enough to fund one of its 11 weekly Bedside Performance Programs for a full year.Sheeran received an overwhelming ovation from the sold-out crowd for his solo-acoustic set which included hits “The A Team” and “Lego House,” as well as fan favorites like the energetic “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You.” The GRAMMY-nominated Brit rocker has developed a strong following in the U.S. with back-to-back sold out headlining tours and countless national television appearances. Sheeran is currently supporting Taylor Swift on her North American RED Tour.Through benefit concerts, live and online auctions featuring concert experiences and memorabilia from The Black Keys, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Darius Rucker, Gene Simmons, Sheeran, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and more, MOC Nashville has received over $65,000 in recent weeks to go towards programs in Middle Tennessee. MOC Nashville anticipates the announcement of an additional weekly Bedside Performance Program to open later this year.Please visit www.MusiciansOnCall.org for more information.
Duran Duran have announced that they will donate royalties from Eagles Of Death Metal’s cover of Save A Prayer to charity.The song is currently the focus of a campaign aimed at getting the Eagles Of Death Metal to number 1 on the charts, following the deadly attacks in Paris on Friday. The band were performing when 87 people were killed by gunmen at the Le Bataclan theatre.“We are honoured that the Eagles of Death Metal covered “Save A Prayer,” and included it on their most recent album. In fact, it was a thrill playing the song together recently on TFI Friday in London,” Duran Duran blogged on their website. “We bumped into the band on Friday afternoon of last week, when we were all on our way to Paris on the Eurostar. We were opening Al Gore’s Climate Change concert broadcast there, and they were playing at the Bataclan.“What happened that night defies any kind of comprehension. The tragedy that unfolded at their show, and around the city, brought immeasurable sadness to so many and shocked the world. We wholeheartedly support the campaign that the fans have mounted to show solidarity to the band that they love.“We will be donating all of our royalties from the sale of this version of the single. There are a number of causes under consideration, all of which are peaceful, effective and unifying.”To join the campaign, click here.Eagles Of Death Metal also released their first statement following the attacks:“While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.“Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.“We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.“All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.“Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.”
More than 5,000 staff members of Texas A&M University (TAMU) picked up the phone this week to hear an unexpected voice on the other end: Hollywood icon Lily Tomlin was on the line pleading for their support in urging TAMU President Michael Young to end the school’s muscular dystrophy (MD) experiments on dogs.In the message, the Grace and Frankie star points out that 35 years of these cruel tests have failed to produce a cure or even a treatment to reverse symptoms of MD in human sufferers.“Texas A&M deliberately breeds golden retrievers and other dogs to have a debilitating form of canine muscular dystrophy …[and many] of these dogs suffer premature and agonizing deaths,” Tomlin says in the recording. “Others endure lives of misery and struggle to swallow and even breathe.” She goes on to urge everyone to take action against this abuse: “Please call or e-mail President Young today and tell him, ‘Enough is enough.’”Video footage obtained by PETA shows dogs suffering from MD who were caged, sometimes alone, in barren metal cells in TAMU’s labs. Their swollen tongues and weakened jaw muscles made it difficult for them to swallow even thin gruel, and strings of drool hung from their mouths. Those who didn’t exhibit symptoms but who carried the gene for MD were used for breeding more dogs to experiment on. The video shows these dogs frantically pacing and gnawing in frustration on the bars of cramped, barren cages.PETA’s efforts to end these tests have received support from patients afflicted with MD, scientists — who have criticized the experiments’ inapplicability to human patients — and public figures, including, in addition to Tomlin, Miami Dolphins quarterback and TAMU alumnus Ryan Tannehill and commentator Bill Maher, who called the university “dogs’ worst enemy.”
MGM Resorts International today announced the release of UNIVERSAL LOVE, a collection of reimagined wedding songs for the LGBTQ community, celebrating the enduring and overwhelming power of love and music to unite.UNIVERSAL LOVEMGM Resorts is a global entertainment company with a deep-seated belief that entertainment is fundamental to human fulfillment. The company’s passion for the UNIVERSAL LOVE project reflects its profound commitment to embracing humanity and the impact music can have on the human experience.UNIVERSAL LOVE offers six newly recorded versions of iconic love songs that give same-sex couples a soundtrack for their own love stories and feature pronouns changed to reflect the world of LGBTQ relationships.The album includes boundary-changing songs from some of today’s most-beloved artists. Bob Dylan, one of the most influential and successful recording artists in American history, is among the visionary artists participating in this unprecedented project. Dylan re-recorded “She’s Funny That Way” as “He’s Funny That Way.” The album features five additional stellar artists whose involvement is a testament to the urgency of equality in entertainment: Kesha (“I Need a Woman to Love Me”), St. Vincent (“And Then She Kissed Me”), Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie (“And I Love Him”), Kele Okereke of Bloc Party (“My Guy”), and Valerie June (“Mad About The Girl”).Phyllis James, MGM Resorts’ Chief Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, said, “We believe projects like this will help all of us reach a point where seeing the world through the lens of people who happen to be different from us becomes natural and commonplace. It is an immense honor for MGM Resorts to spearhead this inspirational project which celebrates LGBTQ dimensions of the universal emotion of love.”UNIVERSAL LOVE is a natural extension of MGM’s two decades of advocacy work with the LGBTQ community and the company’s desire to advance initiatives that unite humanity. More than a decade before same-sex marriage was legalized, same-sex commitment ceremonies were performed at chapels at MGM Resorts’ properties. In 2004, MGM Resorts became the first company in the gaming and hospitality industry to offer same-sex health benefits to employees, and MGM was a founding partner of the Las Vegas chapter of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in 2004.MGM Resorts is a leader in all aspects of the entertainment industry (hospitality, gaming, live events, etc.) and believes in the transformational power of entertainment for all. MGM’s launch of UNIVERSAL LOVE reinforces an inclusive vision of unions that more closely mirrors the incredible diversity of today’s relationships.The compilation album was produced by MGM Resorts in conjunction with global advertising agency McCann and will be distributed by Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music. UNIVERSAL LOVE is available on all streaming platforms beginning today.UNIVERSAL LOVE TRACK LISTING01 “HE’S FUNNY THAT WAY” • BOB DYLAN02 “AND THEN SHE KISSED ME” • ST VINCENT03 “MY GUY” • KELE OKEREKE 04 “MAD ABOUT THE GIRL” • VALERIE JUNE05 “AND I LOVE HIM” • BENJAMIN GIBBARD 06 “I NEED A WOMAN TO LOVE ME” • KESHA
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Weeknd performs onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 13, 2018 in Indio, Calif. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella) Twitter Both tracks are rumoured to be about his relationship with Gomez, who ended their 10-month romance last October. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: The Weeknd broke down during his Coachella set on Friday, while performing songs allegedly about ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez.The 28-year-old Canadian singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, sang six songs from his new EP My Dear Melancholy during his headline set at the music festival.While performing Call Out My Name and Privilege, fans noticed he had tears streaming down his face. Facebook
Login/Register With: Twitter Deadpool 2 is now in theaters, and to herald its arrival, its marketing team has clearly pulled out all the stops. The stunts for Deadpool two years ago were wild enough, with wacky mock rom-com posters, a fake Tinder profile, and more. Now, the team has outdone itself with promotion for the sequel.The Deadpool franchise is an eclectic mashup of genres and a meta-parody of the superhero genre, so the very weird tone set by its marketing stunts matches its product perfectly. I majored in marketing in college, and I was once on the brink of working for an ad agency, so I have to give props to this team. In a world dominated by behemoths like Avengers: Infinity War, which is still in theaters, a scrappier brand like Deadpool has to be good at this kind of creative marketing.Here’s a more-or-less comprehensive rundown of all the crazy ads and stunts that Fox has rolled out in the lead-up to Deadpool 2’s release. (We’ve excluded Ryan Reynolds’ countless tweets.) Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Campari Group via Variety Advertisement
Advertisement Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Steadies frontman Earl Pereira says playing with Riverdale star KJ Apa was incredible. (The Steadies/Instagram) It all started when they invited Apa’s friend, the bar’s sound tech, up to sing. Pereira noticed Apa in the crowd and asked him to come play with the band. Then he asked him to come back. Facebook What started as a normal gig turned into a night Earl Pereira will never forget.On Saturday KJ Apa, star of hit Netflix series Riverdale, jammed with Pereira’s band The Steadies for half an hour onstage at Guilt & Company in Vancouver.“It was epic,” said Pereira, lead singer of The Steadies. “It was so good. I had a good feeling he was going to hold his own up there, which he did, and then some.” Login/Register With: Advertisement
Twitter Jaaji, left, and Chelsey June, right, make up Ottawa duo Twin Flames. The musicians recorded their song Human for the UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages. (Sean Sisk) CBC is doing a series of stories to recognize that the United Nations has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The observance is meant to raise awareness about the consequences of losing endangered languages, and to establish a link between language, development, peace and reconciliation. When Chelsey June and Jaaji take the stage as the band Twin Flames, they want to break down barriers and help people connect with each other — no matter what background they come from.That’s their message in their new single Human, which is a song for UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages. June, who is Métis, and Jaaji, who is Inuk and Mohawk, say they want to reach people who do not speak their languages Advertisement The band, which has won several national music awards for their work, blends contemporary folk music with Indigenous storytelling. Their songs are in English, Inuktitut and French. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement
Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: But with an upcoming top-lining role in Netflix superhero series Jupiter’s Legacy, he can’t believe where his hard work has gotten him.“I worked the corporate world for seven years, and I found good success. I worked a string of different jobs, from SunLife to Rogers, and had a background in software, sales and tech. But I decided I needed to make a change in 2016,” he said. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter When Chase Tang moved from Taiwan to Nova Scotia in 1992, he never imagined he’d end up becoming an actorHe didn’t spend his childhood idolizing the stars of the silver screen or practice De Niro impressions in front of a full-length mirror, though he’d always wondered about the profession. He would move to Guelph, Ont. and get his Bachelor of Commerce, with a major in marketing instead. Facebook Advertisement
APTN National NewsIqaluit’s RCMP and fire department were called to the men’s prison on October 20 to quell a riot at the facility.Information about the riot has been slow to leak out.However, we do know that three inmates at the Baffin Correctional Centre caused minor damage to the facility by burning their bed sheets.The RCMP transported the three inmates to their holding cells while the investigation unfolds.The facility has been on lock-down since the incident.There have been no reports of any injuries to inmates or staff at the facility.The cause of the riot is still under investigation.APTN National News will have a follow up to this story on today’s newscast.
Brandi Morin APTN National NewsA trapper from northern Alberta is in a fight with Parks Canada after his hunting cabin was removed from Wood Buffalo National Park.Parks Canada said regulations didn’t allow for hunting cabins in the area.He’s now requesting the backing of treaty members from across Canada.
Todd LamirandeAPTN NewsThe federal committee on the Status of Women is setting a deadline of 2025 for the government to close the gulf between the rates of incarceration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous women.Indigenous women represent five percent of the overall population in Canada but make-up nearly 38 per cent of federal prisoners.“It is ambitious. In my opinion, it’s something we have to do,” said committee vice-chair and Liberal member of Parliament Pam Damoff.She made the statement at a news conference Tuesday with four other Liberal MPs who also sit on the same committee.“If we implement all the recommendations in this report, I have a hope that the vast majority of people who are incarcerated today will never be incarcerated again,” said Liberal MP Sean Fraser.Starting last November the committee held nine meetings and heard from 58 witnesses.On Tuesday it released a 200-page report containing 96 recommendations.Read: A Call to Action: Reconciliation with Indigenous Women in the Federal Justice and Correctional System Recommendation five is the one that commits “to eliminating the over-representation of Aboriginal people [and youth] in custody by 2025.”The other 95 recommendations run over a wide range of fixing the social ills that lead women to be imprisoned, working with the provinces and Indigenous communities to reduce the number of children in child welfare, to better access to legal representation, to better delivery of mental health, and to establishing community courts in communities.The committee says the federal government needs to increase funding to meet many of these goals.“It’s a strong message to the government we need to be making these investments,” said Damoff.At the same time, Fraser said many of the solutions are already in Indigenous communities and won’t cost the government a dime to implement.“Having access to an elder from within the community is something that is not going to make the process greatly more expensive,” he said. “But it’s going to significantly improve the social outcomes.”Damoff says getting people proper identification before leaving prison would be inexpensive and help women find housing more easily or get a job.“That’s something that would be fairly simple to fix,” she said. “But could make a huge difference in terms of that person whether they end up falling into a life of crime or homelessness with no other options.”Of interest is recommendation 31.It calls for the end of mandatory sentencing, something that was left out of Bill C-75, which was introduced by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and is making changes to the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and the Criminal Code.The committee didn’t want to comment directly on the justice minister’s bill and any other legislation the government has introduced but stressed the importance that it adopt recommendation 31.“The elimination of mandatory minimum sentences is going to go a long way to help the conditions that Indigenous women in Canada are facing right now,” said Fraser.In fact just a few weeks ago, Independent Senator Kim Pate introduced her own legislation to do away with mandatory sentencing – Bill S-251.The recommendations of the report are similar to ones seen in the past, whether it’s Manitoba’s Aboriginal Justice Inquiry, the Royal Commission of Aboriginal Peoples, or the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, which the committee’s recommendations reference frequently.Fraser understands there might be skepticism from yet another report.“We are not going to undo 150 years of colonial oppression with a single report – but with a few good faith actions we might be able to start to rebuild that trust.”The committee vows its recommendations will not be done without willing Indigenous partners.“They’re the ones who are recommending and telling us what they think would work,” said MP Emmanuella Lambropoulos.The federal government has 180 days to respond to the committee’s firstname.lastname@example.org@ToddLamirande
OTTAWA – The federal government says the head of Shopify will chair a strategy group looking for ways to attract more high-tech jobs to the country.Tobias Lutke, founder and CEO of the company, will chair the digital industries table as one of six industry leaders that will lead an economic strategy table.Other group leaders already announced include advanced manufacturing chair Charles Deguire, co-founder of Kinova Robotics, agri-food chair Murad Al-Katib, CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients, health/bio-sciences chair Karimah Es Sabar, CEO of Quark Venture, and clean technology chair Audrey Mascarenhas, CEO of Questor Technology.The government says each chair will preside over a group of about 15 members to help guide federal efforts to create more opportunities for business growth in the sectors as part of the government’s goal of doubling the number of high-growth Canadian companies to 28,000 by 2025.It says the chair of the clean resources table will be announced in the coming weeks.Each table will present a report of its findings and recommendations by summer 2018.
SAN FRANCISCO – MoviePass, a startup that lets customers watch a movie a day at theatres for just $10 a month, is limiting new customers to just four movies a month.The move comes as the sustainability of MoviePass’ business model comes into question. Because MoviePass is paying most theatres the full price of the ticket, the service loses money with just one or two movies in a month. The average ticket price in the U.S. is about $9, though $15 and up is common in big cities.MoviePass regularly changes its promotions and rates, and it’s not clear whether the one-movie-a-day deal will return. It appears customers who have already paid under the old plans aren’t affected, but it’s not known whether they would be able to renew under the more generous terms. MoviePass would say only that it is “continually testing various promotions.”The service’s movie-a-day deal was popular among moviegoers, many of whom were seeing more movies at theatres than they normally would have. Without MoviePass, going to the movies was worth it only a few times a year for many people. Ticket prices keep rising, and moviegoers have plenty of cheaper alternatives, including Netflix.But the service also has struck a nerve with the movie industry. Adam Aron, CEO of the giant theatre chain AMC, has called MoviePass’ price “unsustainable.” AMC initially threatened legal action, but seems to have backed off.MoviePass wants to work out ticket discounts and revenue-sharing deals with theatres on the premise that it’s driving more people to theatres. The company is also eyeing a share of concession sales, saying moviegoers are more willing to buy popcorn and soda when scoring a “free” movie. But theatres have balked at offering MoviePass anything.MoviePass’ parent company, Helios and Matheson Analytics, has warned in a financial report that MoviePass’ future is in “substantial doubt” because it “has incurred losses since its inception and has a present need for additional funding.”MoviePass now has more than two million subscribers, up from 20,000 when MoviePass slashed prices to $10 a month in August.
DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler’s new CEO says major job cuts or an alliance with other automakers are not in the plans for Italian-American automaker.Mike Manley says the company downsized its workforce significantly a decade ago, and smaller cuts have been made since. So unlike crosstown rivals Ford and General Motors, he doesn’t expect any “big bang event.”Manley took over for the late Sergio Marchionne last year. Three years ago, Marchionne was shopping for a partner and said the industry needed to consolidate to better share huge capital investment costs.But Manley says FCA is now in a different position and can go it alone. He says at the Detroit auto show that the company has the resources and the balance sheet to stand on its own.The Associated Press
With an increase in demand for these hampers, the donation will be of great help for the Salvation Army.If you would like to donate to the Christmas Hamper Campaign, donations can be dropped off at the Community & Family Services office, 10116 100 Ave.Distribution Day of the hampers is Wednesday, December 19th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Doig River First Nations presented a donation in the amount of $2500.00 to the Salvation Army for their Christmas Hamper Campaign.Chief Trevor Makadahay presented Cameron Eggie, Executive Director – Northern Centre of Hope with the Donation at the recent ‘World Cafe’ event held December 5th at the Northern Grand Hotel.The donation was given to go towards the Christmas Hamper Campaign, a service that the Salvation Army provides for anyone in the community to apply for. Unlike the Food Bank, an income matrix is used to assess and prioritize the need. The Salvation Army assesses household income vs expenses to determine the value of the hamper.
There will be much to see and do under the northern sky including the worlds largest snowman, for a list of events and musicians; CLICK HERETo view the FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT NELSON, B.C. – Preparations have kicked into high gear as Fort. Nelson hosts the Northern Lights Festival opening this weekend.The Festival is welcoming visitors to celebrate and experience the area with music and events that showcase the beauty and nature of Fort Nelson.By bringing the entire community together, the Festival will offer a variety of experiences to share northern living such as snowmobiling, building snowmen and day trips to Liard Hot Springs.