Ontario researchers testing origins of life theory in new planet simulator

first_imgA small group of Ontario researchers believe they may have solved the origins of life mystery.The results come from early experiments run in a planet simulator at McMaster University’s new Origins of Life Laboratory, which started running this summer.The simulator — the centrepiece of the facility — is testing a theory that suggests life on Earth began in warm little ponds after meteorites splashed into them about four billion years ago. The machine recreates those conditions to see whether cellular life can be created and then evolve.“This is a very big moment,” said Maikel Rheinstadter, a biophysics professor and the lead investigator in the new laboratory. “There’s nothing else like this machine in the world.”The warm little ponds theory was first put forth by Charles Darwin, expanded on in the 1990s by Carl Sagan, and further developed by David Deamer, a professor in bioengineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz.Evidence over the last few years points away from another theory that suggests the building blocks of life came about through vents in the Earth’s crust at the bottom of the ocean.Rheinstadter and two colleagues — Ralph Pudritz, a theoretical astrophysicist and Yingfu Li, a biochemist — are now putting that theory into action.“We are very interested in understanding how the first very basic cell formed on the early Earth four billion years ago,” Rheinstadter said. “Nobody knows, but I think that’s what we have: a very solid proposal that this is potentially the mechanism.”The lab’s work is in its early stages and the planet simulator’s recent results must be replicated, Rheinstadter said, but what researchers have seen so far is promising.The new planet simulator at the heart of their efforts is about the size of a microwave and can control temperature, humidity, pressure, atmosphere and radiation levels to mimic conditions on Earth at any point in its history. It can also create the conditions of any other planet.It took years to get the machine built — most companies said they simply couldn’t make it — but a company in Kitchener, Ont., was able to take on the project, Rheinstadter said.When the machine was operational, the researchers used it to mimic a summer season on early Earth — a volcanic environment that was very hot during the day and cool at night, with the odd day of rain and periodic flooding.Inside the simulator’s chamber were elements of the “primordial soup” that existed at the time, which includes inorganic salts, clays, lipid molecules and nucleotides at varying concentrations, Rheinstadter said.The researchers ran the machine for a few weeks through important wet-dry cycles, which drive biochemical reactions, with entire seasons being replicated in days. After a time, they began to see results.“The molecules started to form cell-like structures and they started to incorporate genetic material just by themselves,” Rheinstadter said. “It’s amazing.”The researchers say they have shown that they can create what are known as proto-cells, which aren’t considered alive because the scientists still have to demonstrate that the genetic material in the cells can replicate itself and create proteins. But the results are still significant, they said.The developments in the lab come after research from Pudritz and graduate student Ben K.D. Pearce last year calculated that meteorites bombarded the Earth and delivered the building blocks of life that then bonded together to become ribonucleic acid — the basis for the genetic code. It’s that very research that the McMaster team is now testing.“It’s very exciting times,” Pudritz said.It’s taken years to get the lab and its simulator up and running.In 2012, Rheinstadter along with Pudritz and Li applied to the Canada Foundation for Innovation, an independent non-profit, for funding for their research.The team’s proposal to search for the origins of life happened to come at the right time as shortly thereafter NASA began reporting a flurry of discoveries of exoplanets where conditions could exist to support life. Public interest on the subject surged and the team’s bid for funds to build their simulator was approved.The $1-million lab also received funding from the provincial government and McMaster, Rheinstadter said.“We’re really fortunate and we’re now about five years ahead of everyone else in the business,” he said.Other leaders in the field are now clambering to get involved with the lab, including luminaries from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany, Harvard University and the University of California, Santa Cruz, Rheinstadter said.The lab and its simulator have also been lauded by Deamer, the California professor who has worked on the warm ponds theory.“It’s marvellous,” Deamer said. “They’ll be able to do experiments no one else can. They just need the governments to open up their coffers to help pay for more collaborations because laboratories around the world want in on this.”Deamer called the planet simulator “game changing” and said the cells it has created so far are significant.“These cells are not alive, but are evolutionary steps toward a living system of molecules,” he said. “It opens up a lot of experimental activities that were literally impossible before.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had an incorrect name for the Canada Foundation for Innovation.last_img read more

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Kelly Ellard killer of Reena Virk has day parole extended for six

first_imgThe Canadian Press VANCOUVER — The Parole Board of Canada has extended day parole for Kelly Ellard, who was convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of 14-year-old Reena Virk near Victoria in 1997.Ellard, who now goes by Kerry Marie Sim, received day parole in November 2017 and the board has extended it in six-month increments on several occasions.In the latest decision, dated Jan. 8, the board says the 36-year-old has continued to make “positive progress” in the community and has complied with her conditions.Ellard became pregnant in 2016 during a conjugal visit with her boyfriend and the board says her young child continues to be a “strong motivator” for her to improve her life.It also says she works part time in sales and marketing and staff at the halfway house where she lives say she has good relationships with workers and residents.But the board warns it’s concerned about her common-law spouse’s recent suspension while he was on parole, and says the relationship must be “carefully monitored” in future.Ellard was convicted in 2005 after three trials and received a life sentence.A court heard Ellard, then 15, and several other teens swarmed and beat Virk before Ellard and a teenage boy held her head underwater until she drowned.last_img read more

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Advocates say deportation of man to Somalia put on hold after appeal

first_imgThe Canadian Press EDMONTON — Advocates say the federal government has called off the deportation of a former child refugee to Somalia following a request from the United Nations.The African Canadian Civic Engagement Council said Abdilahi Elmi, 34, is being held at the Edmonton Remand Centre and was to be deported on Monday.The council said he arrived in Canada at the age of 10, was granted refugee status, and was later taken into foster care in Ontario.Council president Dunia Nur said they received word the Canada Border Services Agency has put the deportation on hold.“We are very thankful that Canada has accepted the United Nations’ recommendation and suggestion,” Nur said Friday in an interview.She said Elmi left Somalia as a child, has no family there and does not speak Somali.“We were all scared for him. We were thinking as soon as he gets deported is he going to live longer than an hour?,” she said. “He was being deported to the world’s worst scariest and dangerous country.”Canada Border Services Agency officials could not immediately be reached for comment.Earlier this month the agency said it decided in June that Elmi should be deported to Kismayo, Somalia because he has committed “extensive crimes within Canada and is considered a danger to the public.”His lengthy criminal record includes assault charges.Elmi’s lawyer, Idowu Ohioze, said he received word from a CBSA enforcement officer about its decision in a terse email Friday afternoon.“Hello, Mr. OHIOZE. Please be advised that the removal of ELMI scheduled for August 26, 2019 has been cancelled. Thank you. Mike Fraser #11987 Inland Enforcement Officer, Enforcement and Intelligence Operations Division.”Ohioze said it is his understanding that the CBSA will now take up to 60 days to prepare a report for the UN on why it believes Elmi should be deported.He noted that people across Canada have been speaking out on Elmi’s behalf.“He is very pleased and very grateful for the support he has received from the Canadian public,” he said.“I will be working to see if he can be released from the remand centre.”last_img read more

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Tina Fey Participates In Jumpstarts Annual Scribbles To Novels Event‏

first_imgOn April 17, Jumpstart – a national early education organization – brought New York Times best-­selling author, acclaimed actress and producer Tina Fey (Bossypants) and Cindi Leive, editor-­in-­chief, Glamour magazine to its 8th annual Scribbles to Novels event at Cipriani Wall Street.Tina Fey and Cindi LeiveCredit/Copyright: Via Duffy & ShanleyThe event spotlighted the work of these luminaries while bringing attention to Jumpstart’s mission of working towards the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.In addition to Ms. Fey and Ms. Leive, The Honorable Cory A. Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey joined Jumpstart at the event. Just six months ago, Jumpstart launched its program in Newark and now 43 Corps members from Montclair State University are serving 105 children at the Early Childhood South School.“Jumpstart helps young children develop the essential skills they need to be ready for kindergarten and a bright academic future. We know that children from economically disadvantaged communities tend to fall behind and stay behind their more affluent peers,” said Sharon Reilly, executive director of Jumpstart in the Tri-state area. “Jumpstart is an organization that helps close this achievement gap before it starts. We are deeply thankful to Tina Fey, Cindi Leive and Cory Booker for their help in celebrating Jumpstart’s 20th anniversary and for building much-­needed awareness to this urgent issue.”Jumpstart’s Scribbles to Novels brought together an audience of 600 supporters and raised more than $1 million in support of Jumpstart’s program in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.last_img read more

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Angelina Jolie Shares Her Preventive Surgery Decision

first_imgLast week the New York Times published a shocking op-ed penned by actor and activist Angelina Jolie, titled “My Medical Choice”.In it, Jolie announced that in April she had a double mastectomy even though she did not have breast cancer. The operation was preventative.Jolie lost her mother at age 56 from the disease, and Jolie herself carries the BRCA1 gene, a mutation of the BRCA gene, which she says increases a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer by 65 percent. Jolie’s doctors estimated her risk at 87 percent, and at 50 percent for ovarian cancer, which is also affected by the mutated gene.In the piece, Jolie described the procedures she underwent, including the “nipple delay” pre-treatment to increase the survival chances of the nipples, followed by the mastectomy and later the reconstructive surgery.“I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy,” wrote Jolie. “But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”Feeling empowered for taking action and feeling no less feminine because of the surgery, Jolie wrote, “For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options. I want to encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Wolf Trap Foundation Announces Summer Concerts

first_imgThe Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts has announced the first set of performances for its highly anticipated 2014 Summer Season.• Lionel Richie and CeeLo Green make their Wolf Trap debut for a two-night stand of blockbuster “All the Hits All Night Long” tour • Classical highlights include the National Symphony Orchestra with icons Yo-Yo Ma and Jean-Yves Thibaudet • The Philadelphia Orchestra returns to Wolf Trap for its only 2014 metro D.C. appearance • Jazz highlights include the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and Pat Metheny on a bill with fellow Grammy-winning artist Bruce Hornsby • Expanded dance offerings include Pilobolus; Noche Flamenca; the final D.C. performance of the Trey McIntyre Project; and, in a Face of America program, debuts of the Oregon Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet, featuring a world premiere Wolf Trap commission • Expansive opera season includes a Filene Center production of Carmen, as well as the appointment of the first Wolf Trap Opera Artist in Residence, Eric Owens • Chart-topping artists include Josh Groban, Darius Rucker, Sarah McLachlan, and Il Volo • Returning icons Ringo Starr, Diana Ross, Heart, and Crosby, Stills and Nash • Family-friendly concerts include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast • NSO pop and film programs include D.C.-area debut of Pixar in Concert; Disney Fantasia Live in Concert; and a collaboration with Mary Chapin CarpenterAs America’s only National Park for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap celebrates all genres of music in its 16-week summer season, welcoming all with a priority on accessibility and affordability.“In this 30th anniversary year of the rebirth of the Filene Center following devastating fires — a process that saw the community band together to support the arts — we are proud to welcome the greatest names across the spectrum of music, including Lionel Richie, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, and Josh Groban,” said Arvind Manocha, Wolf Trap Foundation President and CEO. “Whether you’re a fan of symphonic music, opera, R&B, or rock, every music lover can celebrate Wolf Trap this summer.”Wolf Trap’s second summer show announcement will follow on April 17, 2014. All shows are at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA.Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by Catherine Filene Shouse (1896-1994), produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally and internationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by the Wolf Trap Foundation year-round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes and grants, and a nationally recognized internship program that was included in Bloomberg Business Week’s 2009 List of “Best Places to Intern.” As part of its ongoing commitment to protect and preserve the environment, Wolf Trap offers Metro access and is a founding member of the Green Music Group.Find out more here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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United Nations Marks International Day Against Nuclear Tests

first_imgMarking the International Day against Nuclear Tests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a renewed global commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons and nuclear tests.“On this International Day against Nuclear tests, let us all take a fresh look at survivors’ stories. Listen to their words and imagine the effects of these detonations as if they were experienced by each of us,” Mr. Ban said in his message.He recalled meeting with courageous survivors of nuclear weapons and nuclear tests in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Semipalatinsk. Their “resolve and dedication should continue to guide our work for a world without nuclear weapons,” he said.In December 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Tests by unanimously adopting resolution 64/35. The resolution calls for increasing awareness and education “about the effects of nuclear-weapon-test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.”The resolution was initiated by Kazakhstan, which had closed its nuclear test site near Semipalatinsk on this day – 29 August – in 2009. Moreover, on the same date in 1949, the Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear test, followed by another 455 nuclear tests over succeeding decades, with a terrible effect on the local population and environment.“These tests and the hundreds more that followed in other countries became hallmarks of a nuclear arms race, in which human survival depended on the doctrine of mutually assured destruction, known by its fitting acronym, MAD,” Mr. Ban said.The Secretary-General appealed to citizens of those States that have not yet ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), especially the eight remaining Annex 2 States whose ratification is required for the Treaty’s entry into force: China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the United States.Since nuclear weapons testing began in the mid-twentieth century, with the first test on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. The Day is meant to galvanize the UN, Member States, and non-governmental organizations to inform and advocate the necessity of banning such tests.“Together, let us demand an end to all nuclear tests, get on with the unfinished business of achieving a world free of nuclear weapons and usher in a safer and more prosperous future,” Mr. Ban said.last_img read more

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Jennifer Aniston Joins Stars For 13th Annual St Jude Thanks And Giving

first_imgThis holiday season, Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara, Michael Strahan, Jimmy Kimmel and Luis Fonsi will once again join St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital National Outreach Director Marlo Thomas in promoting the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign.JENNIFER ANISTON JOINs MARLO THOMAS FOR 13TH ANNUAL ST. JUDE THANKS AND GIVING CAMPAIGNEach celebrity supporter will star alongside St. Jude patients in national television spots and digital shorts encouraging people to support St. Jude while holiday shopping.Now in its thirteenth year, the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign has transformed the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Throughout November and December, consumers are asked to support the campaign by shopping at more than 70 leading national brands and sharing what they #GiveThanks for using social media.“Every year the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign helps transform the holiday season into a time when we can all make a huge difference and help save the lives of precious children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases,” said Jennifer Aniston. “St. Jude holds a special place in my heart and I am honored to lend my voice in raising awareness to support St. Jude’s lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children in communities across America and around the world.”The national television commercials will debut Thanksgiving week on Monday Nov. 21 and run through the end of the year. In addition to national awareness commercials, celebrity friends will support St. Jude on #GivingTuesday and throughout the campaign by sharing what they #GiveThanks for.“It’s so important to me to be a part of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign because it’s a great way to help give hope to kids battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases,” said Sofia Vergara. “These beautiful children have such incredible strength and spirit. I hope everyone will join me in supporting St. Jude, as this magnificent hospital continues its groundbreaking research and life-saving treatments.”“We are deeply grateful for our incredible friends who lend their time and talents to support St. Jude,” said Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “It means so much to us that year after year they open their hearts to the children of St. Jude. We are blessed to have their unwavering support and their generous spirit that helps St. Jude raise the funds that allows our doctors and scientists to continue their groundbreaking research, which leads to lifesaving treatments. And lets us keep my father’s founding promise that no family receives a bill from St. Jude for anything — not for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”Supporters will also be able to purchase merchandise designed by their favorite celebrities to benefit St. Jude. For the second year, St. Jude worked with the family of Maya Angelou to design a one-of-a-kind glass lantern. St. Jude partner HSN collaborated with celebrity friends including Marlo Thomas, Melissa McCarthy, Kristin Chenoweth, Christie Brinkley, Iris Apfel, Giuliana Rancic, and more in designing a Holiday Ornament Collection.“I’m excited once again to be a part of the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign and support St. Jude in its fight against childhood cancer,” said Jimmy Kimmel. “I had a lot of fun filming these spots with Isabelle, Marleigh and John Claude – all of whom are great kids. This holiday season we can help St. Jude continue to treat the toughest cases while ensuring that families never pay St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. Every little bit can help save the lives of these sweet and beautiful children.”Created in 2004 by Marlo, Terre and Tony Thomas – children of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas – the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort and has grown into an annual tradition that unites celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners to support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude.The campaign’s national television spots will air on network and cable television channels, as well as online, in both English and Spanish. In addition, a star-studded St. Jude Thanks and Giving movie trailer appears in theatres nationwide – including Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark USA, Carmike Cinemas, Malco Theatres and many others. It is also featured via in-flight videos on American Airlines, in the American Way magazine, as well as in Delta Airlines’ Sky Magazine. In addition, AccentHealth, America’s leading waiting room media network, shows the St. Jude PSA in physician offices around the country. All of the spots, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, will debut online in late November.last_img read more

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Indigenous Arts

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Application deadline September 12, 2016PURPOSEToronto Arts Council’s Indigenous Arts Projects program is an annual multi-disciplinary project grant specifically for Indigenous artists, collectives and organizations.  For the purpose of this program, “Indigenous” is defined as a Canadian Aboriginal person who self-defines as First Nations (Status or Non-status), Métis, or Inuit[1].  TAC recognizes that in the diverse mosaic of Toronto, Indigenous people are the original inhabitants of the City, which has great historical and cultural significance as a place for ceremony, gathering, trade, and exchange.The program is designed to increase participation in and access to Toronto Arts Council funding by Indigenous artists, while increasing the creation and presentation of high-quality Indigenous art in the City.ELIGIBILITYIndividuals:Individuals must identify as Indigenous (Status or Non-Status First Nations, Métis, or Inuit)Individuals must have been a resident of the City of Toronto for at least one year prior to the deadline, and live and work in Toronto for at least 8 months a year. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet the residency requirement.Applicants who are pursuing a graduate degree may not apply for work related to their thesis. Note: A letter from the graduate program director confirming that the project is not related to the graduate student’s thesis may be required.  Please discuss with Grants Officer in advance.Individuals may receive one TAC Discipline project grant, including Indigenous Project grants, per calendar year. However, TAC offers other types of granting opportunities through its Strategic Initiatives envelope, and you may be eligible to apply to one of these programs. Please consult TAC’s website for other granting opportunities.Individuals must submit any outstanding final reports for previously-awarded TAC grants before applying to Indigenous Arts Projects.If you have any questions about your eligibility, or the eligibility of your project, please contact the program officer, Isidra Cruz.Organizations or Collectives:Organizations and collectives must be incorporated non-profit organizations or unincorporated collectives which operate on a non-profit basis;Organizations and collectives must be located in the City of Toronto. A Post Office Box address cannot be used to meet this requirement;Organizations and collectives may receive only one TAC Arts Discipline project grant, including Indigenous Arts Project grants, per calendar year. However, TAC offers other types of granting opportunities through its Strategic Initiatives envelope, and you may be eligible to apply to one of these programs.Organizations and collectives must submit any outstanding final reports for previously-awarded TAC grants before applying to Indigenous Arts Projects. Collectives are defined as:Two or more artists working together under a group name, either on a single project (ad hoc) or on an ongoing basis;For collectives of two artists, both must be City of Toronto residents and Indigenous. For collectives of more than two artists, the majority of members must be City of Toronto residents and Indigenous.Organizations must be:Artistically and financially controlled by an Indigenous person, as defined above;51% majority of Indigenous members on Board of Directors;51% majority of Indigenous members on Board Executive.The following are not eligible to apply to this program:Non-Indigenous artists, organizations and collectives;Organizations and collectives that receive Operating funding from TAC;Undergraduate students.[1] As legally recognized in the Canadian Constitution Act, 1982. Click here to view the full Indigenous Arts Projects Guidelines for 2016TAC Accessibility grant:Projects involving Deaf artists and artists with disabilities may apply for an additional TAC grant by completing the Accessibility Expenses section of the application and including the requisite information in their budget. A TAC Accessibility grant will provide up to a maximum of $5,000 towards accessibility costs for artists incurred during the project. Accessibility costs include but are not limited to: ASL interpretation, audio description, closed captioning, communications assistants, and attendant care.  See the program guidelines and application for details.Click here to applylast_img read more

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James Franco Jack Reynor and Zoe Kravitz will be shooting the scifi

first_imgDennis Quaid will also star in the film, playing the brothers’ father, while Kravitz joins the brothers’ journey as a trusted ally. Facebook Advertisement Twitter Kin sold to the studio in the $20 million range.Lionsgate will finance and distribute the sci-fi thriller Kin, which is set to star James Franco, Zoe Kravitz and Jack Reynor.In a pre-buy deal out of the Toronto Film Festival, a source told The Hollywood Reporter that the studio paid in the mid-to-high $20 million range.Kin follows a recently released ex-con (Reynor) and his adopted younger brother who are forced to go on the run. Chased by a vengeful criminal (Franco), the feds and a cadre of otherworldly soldiers, their only protection is a found weapon of mysterious ancestry. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Justin Trudeau set to appear on Live with Kelly and Ryan this

first_img“He always seemed like a great guy, an interesting person, and as leader of all of Canada, I think the American public and Canadian public are interested in what he has to say,” said Gelman. NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can expect a mix of personal and political talk when he sits down with morning show co-hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest during their visit to Canada. “We will be brushing upon things that are going on in the news; but again, we’re not a news show, we don’t pretend to be a news show. But we can’t ignore things that are happening out there.” Advertisement Trudeau will be the first sitting Canadian prime minister on the long-running daytime show when he appears at their first live taping in Niagara Falls, Ont., on Monday June 5th. The show will be taped at the Oakes Garden Theatre, which showcases panoramic views of the American and Horseshoe Falls. Login/Register With: “On our show, we really are about having fun and positivity and about getting into who people really are,” said Michael Gelman, executive producer of “Live with Kelly and Ryan” in a phone interview. Other guests slated for Monday’s show include “Orphan Black” actress Tatiana Maslany and American singer Erin Bowman. “Live with Kelly and Ryan” airs on CTV in Canada, and in national syndication in the U.S. The second episode, which will air Tuesday, will be filmed immediately after the live-to-air Monday show. Tuesday’s guests will feature “America’s Got Talent” judge Howie Mandel, “Cars 3” star Nathan Fillion, and musical performers French Montana and Swae Lee.It’s not the first time the show has visited the tourist city. Episodes were filmed there in 1996 when the show was known as “Live With Regis and Kathie Lee,” with former co-hosts Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford; and in 2006, when Ripa had already joined as a host, replacing Gifford.center_img “A lot of the conversation is going to be about him, him personally … in addition to being the leader of your country. We’re going to have 3,000 people in the audience and I think everyone will be really excited to see him. Facebook Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The New York-based show also taped episodes north of the border on Prince Edward Island in 2010, and in Banff, Alta., in 2012. “We love the people,” Gelman said of Canada. “There’s so much natural beauty and so many things to do up here, so it’s been a real haven for us in terms of finding locations to visit.”last_img read more

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23RD FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEEDS OFF OF REALITY

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “The last time we saw genre films that were so anguished goes back to Bush-era 9/11,” he said. “The world is going to more frightening places, and genre films express that worry, anger and devastation, which leads to commentary, discussion and confrontation. That’s when genre is at its most interesting. It’s the only silver lining in horrible times.”Davis pointed to Lorcan Finnegan’s Vivarium (Friday, 9:30 p.m., Concordia’s Alumni Auditorium), starring Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots as a young couple trapped in a mysterious suburban development project, which screened as part of Cannes Critics’ Week.“It’s a black comedy, sci-fi horror film that feels like something out of The Twilight Zone,” he said. “They’re trapped in a new real estate development. Then a child appears and they have to take care of it. It’s an interesting allegory of what home ownership does to young parents, and of the suburbs as a place where people are isolated to be breeders and consumers.” If you think the world’s current political climate is scary, wait till you see the latest batch of genre movies that have emerged from it.The 23rd Fantasia International Film Festival opens Thursday and presents 130 features and over 200 shorts, through Aug. 1. As usual, it’s a mad grab bag of horror, action, thrillers and offbeat comedy, combined with an in-depth survey of the year in Asian cinema.Pondering the mayhem, Fantasia co-director and director of international programming Mitch Davis noted that this year’s crop boasts a particularly twisted batch of movies, even for a festival as wild as Fantasia.last_img read more

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Sexual harassment complaint financial mismanagement allegations hit Manitoba chiefs organization

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA Manitoba chiefs organization is in “chaos” as it deals with allegations its grand chief spent a large amount of the organization’s money at a casino, while at the same time its chief of staff is facing a sexual harassment complaint filed with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Murray Clearsky, however, says the issues are all “internal stuff,” fueled by disgruntled former staff members who have been let go.“I have nothing to hide. If I was stealing it would be different. Why would I steal money? Especially from an organization I work for?” said Clearsky. “I had authorization to go ahead. Some of the staff are pissed off at me and (chief of staff) Mike Bear so of course, ‘I will bring you down.’”Clearsky is facing allegations he withdrew about $10,000 in Shakopee, Minn, and Prior Lake Minn., from the organization’s bank account on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18. It’s alleged some of the money was used in a casino there.Two withdrawals on Sept. 17 totalling a little over $1,000 came from an ATM at the Little Six Bingo ATM in Prior Lake, Minn., based on cross referencing information on snap shots provided of the SCO’s account statement to APTN National News.The account statement also shows a withdrawal of $311 from a convenience store less than a minute’s drive from the Mystic Lake Hotel Casino in Prior Lake, Minn. along with seven withdrawals of $831 from an ATM in Shakopee, Minn, which sits about 15 km to the northwest.Long Plain Chief Dennis Meeches said he believes the Shakopee withdrawals were incurred at another casino there.“I have seen records where huge amounts of funds were withdrawn from an ATM machine a Shakopee casino outside of Minneapolis,” said Meeches, who is on the chiefs’ executive that oversees the SCO, which represents 33 Manitoba First Nations.Clearsky said he withdrew the money to fix his truck which broke down when he was in the area.“Those were the closest machines where I was at the time,” he said. “I had a camper set up down there, those were the closest ones where my truck broke down and I got invoices.”Clearsky also confirmed that his chief of staff Mike Bear is facing a sexual harassment complaint filed with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. He said he has responded to a letter he received from the commission, but he wouldn’t comment on its content.“I can’t tell you that part, it is human rights,” he said.Bear could not be reached for comment.APTN National News has obtained the complaint and the letter sent to Clearsky by the commission.Meeches said Clearsky should face a recall based on the totality of the allegations his organization faces.“I believe them to be true and action needs to be taken forthwith,” said Meeches. “It just doesn’t make sense when you see the transaction record. There is a situation at the office itself. Staff are being intimidated and there is bullying…I am going to support and ask for his resignation.”Clearsky had a warning for Meeches.“Chief Meeches should also watch what he is saying, he is no angel himself,” said Clearsky.Clearsky said he is meeting with his lawyer on Monday and the with the chiefs’ executive sometime next week. He said he will also reveal more information to the media about the allegations.“It’s internal, some of the people were let go and they are gone, now they come up with all kinds of BS,” he said.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Toronto election ignored Indigenous issues

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter years of scandal and months of tough campaigning, Toronto will finally elect a new mayor.There’s a massive population in the city, but as APTN’s Delaney Windigo reports, the Indigenous vote hasn’t been a priority to the candidates.last_img

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APTN National News receives two awards from the Canadian Association of Journalists

first_imgThree other members of the APTN National News team who were also recognized with award nominations:Category: Open Broadcast Feature Kathleen Martens, APTN InvestigatesFor the Love of MattyThis is the story of a man named Matty, a status Indian living with serious disabilities.  After many years spent in care, suddenly Matty is “aged out” of the foster care system. Will he be forced to leave the only family he’s ever known? Daily Excellence  Jorge Barrera and Damian Joseph, APTN National NewsLac La Ronge FiresMembers of APTN’s news team travelled behind the barricades to report on the historic forest fires that ravaged parts of northern Saskachewan last summer.  They met the workers who faced serious personal risks in fighting for their communities, the leaders trying desperately to coordinate a response, and the evacuees from the Lac La Ronge Indian Band reserve who feared they might soon lose everything. (From left to right, Damian Joseph, Kathleen Martens, Dennis Ward, Murray Oliver, Jorge Barrera and Melissa Ridgen.)APTN National NewsAPTN journalists walked away with two awards from the annual Canadian Association of Journalists conference held in Edmonton Saturday.Dennis Ward and Murray Oliver of APTN National News, and Melissa Ridgen of APTN Investigates were award recipients from the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ).The award acknowledges outstanding investigative journalism in Canada, published or broadcast in 2015.These are the two winning stories:Category: Journalists for Human Rights / CAJ Award for Human Rights ReportingDennis Ward and Murray Oliver, APTN National News and APTN InvestigatesA Soldier ScornedThe is the story of Esther Wolki, an Inuit woman who left her tiny NWT community on the shores of the Arctic Ocean and joined the Canadian Army. Wolki wanted to see the world and to serve her country.  But over the next ten years, she endured an unceasing barrage of sexist and racist taunts, even during a combat deployment to Afghanistan. And yet she perservered, until a horrific incident perpetrated by her fellow soldiers nearly ended her life. Category: CWA Canada / CAJ Award for Labour ReportingMelissa Ridgen, APTN Investigates Hurting for WorkIn this story, Melissa Ridgen exposed the dangerous working conditions faced by the temporary Aboriginal labourers who load trash bins by hand into waste collection trucks. Her story brought both sympathy and outrage for the authorities that would place innocent men at such risk. It finally provoked an investigation that will examine if laws are being broken. news@aptn.calast_img read more

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Womens groups applaud Alberta legislation to drop 2 year limit for victims

first_imgChris Stewart APTN National NewsWomen’s groups in Alberta are applauding the province’s move to eliminate the time limit of when a sexual assault victim can sue a perpetrator.The legislation, introduced in Alberta’s legislation on Tuesday, will end the two year time limit of when a victim can seek a civil case against an accused.“I was really happy to hear that they extended it. I think it’s really important to our ladies, and gentlemen,” said Shawna Serniak, vice president of the Aboriginal Women’s Professional Association. “Whoever’s been in those situations to finally have that opportunity to still be able to be heard – even after the situation has happened.”Serniak said some women need more than two years to be ready to pursue a civil lawsuit.“Victims are going through a healing process. They’ve been violated. They’ve been through a horrific incident in their life. Maybe they just don’t have their voice to speak yet. They need to do it on their own comfort level. And when it is right for them,” she said.A civil lawsuit allows victims to sue alleged perpetrators for financial damages such as lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.”This new legislation will help to lift that veil of silence,” said Debra Tomlinson, CEO of the association of Alberta sexual assault services. “I think it may encourage more survivors to reach out for help. But most importantly it opens another door for survivors to seek justice.”The move to eliminate the time limit moves Alberta in line with other provinces. At the same time, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley also included a victims of domestic abuse section in the bill.At a celebration Wednesday to celebrate International Women’s Day at Edmonton’s City Hall, the President of the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, Muriel Stanley Venne said this bill would benefit all women in Alberta. Indigenous and non-Indigenous.“I am so pleased and so grateful that we have the Government we have. They have shown by their actions that they are in favour of women as full participating citizens in this country,” she said.Bill 2 is expected to be passed this spring.cstewart@aptn.calast_img read more

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Halifax council votes to look into commemoration of Cornwallis

first_imgAnna CormierAPTN National NewsHalifax regional council passed a motion on Tuesday to form a panel that will look at whether or not to keep commemorating Edward Cornwallis.“People are uncomfortable with change, but I think we are moving forward, this is a positive thing that we’re doing,” said Coun. Shawn Cleary. “We’re building a new relationship with the Indigenous community here in Canada and I think in Halifax we need to take that step as well.”Two weeks ago, Halifax’s first Indigenous poet laureate, Rebecca Thomas, presented a poem to council titled “Not Perfect” which moved Cleary to put forward the motion that same day.“A lack of perfection is a poor excuse to keep Cornwallis enshrined, regardless of his abuse; please, cut him loose,” Thomas’s poem said.Edward Cornwallis was the founder and governor of Halifax in 1749. He was responsible for issuing a bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps.Mi’kmaq historian and author of “We Were Not the Savages” Daniel Paul, has pushed for decades to stop commemorating Cornwallis with street names and statues.“What I’m saying is they should stop idolizing him. That’s it period. You don’t see the Germans idolizing Adolf Hitler, do you?” said Paul before last year’s debate.Only one councillor voted no. Last year, a similar motion put forward by Coun. Wayne Mason was ultimately voted down.Cleary called last year’s discussions divisive.“Clearly this is a far more progressive council than what we had previously,” He said.Many councillors echoed Cleary’s sentiment of being emotionally moved by Thomas’ words during the discussion.“We need to have well thought-out, meaningful conversation about the issue of not just Edward Cornwallis but the issue of how we commemorate folks in general,” said Coun. Lindell Smith. “This is just one way ofsaying we want to open up the conversation, but we also recognize that Edward Cornwallis may have caused some hardship for our community.”Cleary and Smith hope both sides of the controversy will be represented on the panel.“The makeup of it is going to be very important to the conversation,” said Smith. “I want to see the folks that believe that some of the things we talked about didn’t happen, but I also want to see people who will bringdifferent facts saying it did happen.”For Cleary this is a step in the right direction.The timeline for creating the panel of experts hasn’t been set, and Cleary says it will take some time.last_img read more

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New report alleges culture of discrimination and harassment at Manitoba Hydro project

first_imgDennis WardAPTN NewsA new report details a “culture of discrimination and harassment” at a Manitoba Hydro mega-project.It comes on the heels of another scathing document outlining allegations of decades of racism and sexual abuse at past hydro projects near northern First Nations.The report on the Keeyask Generation Project was just completed last year.Dennis Ward reports.dward@aptn.calast_img

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Are prison healing lodges like a resort or health spa Experts say

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsIndigenous healing lodges came under scrutiny this past week.Many Canadians were outraged by the news that the woman who murdered a young girl in Ontario had been transferred to one months ago.The Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge on the Nekaneet Territory in Saskatchewan has been described as everything from a health spa to a vacation resort.tlamirande@aptn.ca@toddlamirandelast_img

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German pharmaceutical company Bayer cutting 12000 jobs

first_imgBERLIN — German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG says it’s cutting 12,000 jobs worldwide as it seeks to reduce costs.The Leverkusen-based company said Thursday that details of the cuts to its 118,200-stong workforce would be worked out in coming months but that “a significant number” of the reductions would come in Germany.Bayer acquired U.S. seed and weed-killer maker Monsanto Co. this year. It says with the “synergies expected from the acquisition of Monsanto” and other efficiency and structural measures, including the job cuts, “Bayer anticipates annual contributions of 2.6 billion euros from 2022 on.”The company says a portion of the funds will be used to strengthen competitiveness and innovation in its divisions.Bayer shares rose on the news and were up 3 per cent in afternoon trading in Frankfurt.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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