Cyclist Represents Elton John AIDS Foundation

first_imgUpcoming 18yo star South African cyclist and sprint champion of last year’s Cape Rouleur, Nicholas Dlamini is to ride 2014 Cape Rouleur from 2-6 March as an Ambassador for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.Nicholas Dlamini Rides For EJAFDlamini has proved himself a talented cyclist and was crowned the winner of the Amateur Green 36One Sprinter’s Jersey during the 2013 Cape Rouleur (part of the HotChillee Global Event Series) with Ride Magazine flagging him as a ‘name to watch’. Growing up in Khayelitsha and Capricorn Park in Cape Town, riding for the Foundation in this year’s Cape Rouleur has added significance.“Growing up in and around Khayelitsha, I understand the damage that HIV has done to families, neighbourhoods and the country as a whole. I am excited and proud that my passion for cycling can help raise funds and awareness to fight HIV in my country. I’m looking forward to riding with the guys from UBS, and am delighted to be of help to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, that has done so much to fight HIV around the world”, says Nicholas Dlamini.The Elton John AIDS Foundation has given over ZAR196 million (GBP£16 million) to 197 projects throughout South Africa including since 1993 reaching over two million people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The Foundation continues to work extensively in and around the areas where Nicholas grew up.The charity’s Founder, Sir Elton John, commented ‘At my Foundation, we are passionate about helping to create an AIDS-free future for South Africa’s youth, so it’s fantastic to have such an inspirational young man as Nicholas joining forces with us. He understands that lifelong commitment is essential in realising your dreams. This kind of commitment is what will save lives in South Africa. On behalf of all of us at the Foundation, I want to wish Nicholas and his team every success for the Cape Rouleur.’“Nicholas is one of a range of new Ambassadors for the Foundation” commented Anne Aslett, Executive Director of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “These are champions who are using their personal passion and skill to raise awareness and funds for our work and, ultimately, for an AIDS-free future”. In his capacity as Ambassador, Nicholas will head a team of cyclists from UBS who are also riding to support the charity.Nicholas will head a team of cyclists from UBS who are also riding to support the charity.Sean Bennett, CEO of UBS South Africa and Head of UBS Sub-Saharan Africa, who will be part of the UBS team for the Cape Rouleur commented “At UBS, we are excited to be part of this superb race in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. It will be an immense physical challenge for me personally and I am inspired by the dedication and talent of Nicholas as well as the enthusiasm of my fellow team mates. UBS is delighted to be partnering with the Elton John AIDS Foundation which has done such great work on the African continent, particularly in South Africa. “The 2014 Cape Rouleur is full week of cycling, comprising a prologue and three stages of the Cape Rouleur, a 112km Festival ride into Cape Town and ends with the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour.To support Nicholas and the EJAF/UBS team with a donation to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, go to www.ejaf.com.last_img read more

Hunter Hayes Wants Child Hunger To End Here

first_imgMore than one in five of all children and more than one in four Latino children in the USmay not know where their next meal is coming from. ConAgra Foods and P&G are building a community of people to make a difference and help donate up to 7 million meals in 2014 through the Child Hunger Ends Here program.Look for the red pushpin and locate the code found on specially marked ConAgra Foods and P&G products. For each 8-digit code entered at www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com or Facebook.com/ChildHungerEndsHere from March through August 2014, ConAgra Foods or P&G, respectively, will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, the leading domestic hunger-relief organization.The 2014 Child Hunger Ends Here campaign is supported by Hunter Hayes, who will lend his voice to spread awareness for child hunger while asking consumers to take action by entering a code found on participating ConAgra Foods and P&G products. In his new hit single, “Invisible,” Hayes brings visibility to the nearly 16 million children who are living in food insecure households in the United States.For every download of “Invisible” on iTunes, Child Hunger Ends Here will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, up to 1 million meals. As a presenting sponsor of Hayes’ “We’re Not Invisible” tour, kicking off March 20, Child Hunger Ends Here will be activating efforts across the country encouraging consumers to take action in the fight against child hunger. The campaign will also be supported with retail promotions, national TV integrations and a social media campaign.“I’m proud to partner with ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here program to share the message of hope in the fight against child hunger,” says Hayes. “My new single ‘Invisible’ speaks to anyone who has ever felt outcast, alone, or invisible, including children who suffer from food insecurity. Hungry kids are in our schools, our neighborhoods and even right next door.”Consumers can easily participate by going to their local grocery stores and looking for the red pushpin and code on specially marked packages of 42 select ConAgra Foods and P&G brands, including Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice, Hunt’s, Pampers, Bounty, Tide and Pantene, then visiting www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com or Facebook.com/ChildHungerEndsHere to enter the eight-digit code found on the package. For each code entered, the equivalent of one meal will be donated to Feeding America. Codes can be entered through June 2014 for P&G brands and August 2014 for ConAgra Foods brands. While entering codes, consumers will be able to submit their zip codes to support the local Feeding America food bank serving their community. Up to ten local food banks with the highest number of zip codes entered within their service area will receive the monetary equivalent of a 100,000-meal donation ($11,111).“For more than 20 years, ConAgra Foods has provided funds, expertise and food to fight child hunger, and while there’s been progress, child hunger continues to be a problem across America. We created the Child Hunger Ends Here program in 2010 to raise more awareness of this serious issue, and we’ve made it simple for consumers to get involved by starting with a code – one code equals one meal,” says Gary Rodkin, CEO of ConAgra Foods. “Now, by partnering with P&G, we hope to have an even bigger impact and encourage more consumers to help us end child hunger in the U.S.”By partnering with P&G, participating Child Hunger Ends Here brands are doubled, making it easier for consumers to join the fight against child hunger.“We are incredibly grateful for ConAgra Foods’ ongoing commitment to fight domestic child hunger, and we are delighted that this year our longtime partner P&G will join the robust Child Hunger Ends Here program,” says Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America, “Through our national network of food banks, we help feed 14 million children each year, which we could not accomplish without the support of our partners and the engagement of their consumers.”In addition to partnering with celebrity talent, ConAgra Foods enlists its own talent for the company’s Month of Service in April. Employees at locations nationwide will volunteer at local Feeding America food banks, pack boxes of food and serve meals. The company hopes to exceed the more than 7,000 hours employees volunteered during last year’s Week of Service.Since 1993, through their partnerships with Feeding America, ConAgra Foods and ConAgra Foods Foundation have provided more than 325 million pounds of food and invested more than $37 million in capacity building, child hunger programs and groundbreaking research. The Foundation, a separate 501c3 nonprofit entity primarily funded by the company, has a $10 million, 5-year commitment to Feeding America, the largest donation ever made to Feeding America specifically to fight child hunger.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Pippa Middleton Bikes Across America For Charity

first_imgPippa Middleton has begun an epic bike ride across the US for charity.“On 14th June, my brother and I, along with six friends will be setting off on a West to East Coast Race Across America (RAAM),” she wrote on her fundraising page. “This relay cycling event spans 3000 miles, 12 states and 88 counties. We are aiming to complete this non-stop challenge in eight days, riding between 350 and 500 miles a day.“Shortly after this, we will be heading over to Istanbul to take on the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Race. This 6.5km historical swim crosses two continents – Europe to Asia, across one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes.“We are taking on these two overseas sporting challenges to raise money for two charities that are very close to our hearts …“It was shocking to learn that nearly three times more women die from coronary heart disease than breast cancer. We’re passionate about raising awareness of this killer disease and money raised from these challenges will go towards funding the British Heart Foundation’s life-saving heart research.“The other charity we’re supporting is the Michael Matthews Foundation. Mike tragically died descending the summit of Mount Everest. The Foundation helps to provide education to children all over the world. Mike’s brother James, is part of our team.“It means everything to have your support, and thanks in particular goes to Martin Gilbert and Aberdeen Asset Management for their invaluable sponsorship for getting us, quite literally on the road. Every donation will give us extra power to pedal (and paddle) all the way to the finish lines!”Find out more here.last_img read more

Sir Richard Branson To Speak At CITY Gala Fundraiser

first_imgOn Monday, February 15, 2016, Community Inspiring Today’s Youth (CITY) — a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports and mentors underserved teens and young adults in developing their own small businesses in Los Angeles — hosts its second CITY Gala Fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, immediately following The 58th Annual GRAMMYs.Keynote speaker is entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson (founder, Virgin Group), who was knighted for his “services to entrepreneurship.” Emcee for the night is Jeff Timmons of the Grammy-nominated pop group 98 Degrees. The event is an exclusive, invitation-only black tie fundraiser featuring an open bar, open buffet, honor ceremonies, live musical entertainment, a charitable poker tournament, tours of the Playboy Mansion grounds, celebrity meet and greets, as well as a live and silent auction. Sponsors include JetSmarter and AirVuz.Sir Richard Branson says, “It is my privilege to speak at CITY GALA 2016 in support of these at-risk young adults that are starting on a similar challenging entrepreneurial path as I did at their age. To see that they are successfully harnessing their potential through CITY’s 46-week micro entrepreneurship program and how they are launching their own start-up businesses, that is a true testament to the brightness that is emerging from this next generation.”CITY founder and executive director Chandra Stovall says, “We are beyond honored that Sir Richard Branson is helping us bring awareness to these young budding entrepreneurs and CITY’s business development programs. As one of the worlds most renowned and innovative business leaders, he is the perfect fit to inspire at-risk and underserved youth to take a more directed path in life.”Funds raised at the charity gala will support CITY and its non-profit programs for LA youth, as well From the Heart Productions, Fire Life Foundation, The Scheer Foundation and Supporting Our Servicemen (SOS).The first CITY Gala took place on Oscars night in 2014, featuring keynote speaker James Cameron and special guests Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Halle Berry, Tyrese Gibson, Gene Simmons and Paris Hilton, as well as live musical entertainment provided by Ne-Yo. The event raised over $350,000 for charitable causes.For more details and event admission information, click here or email info@citygala.org.last_img read more

Rachel Platten To Perform At We Are LA Music Festival

first_imgChart-topping singer Rachel Platten will headline the We Are LA Family Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.The daylong celebration will feature educational family activities representing major cities and cultures in Southern California.With the inspirational “Fight Song” selling over two million copies in the U.S. and riding high on iTunes and radio charts, Platten joins a lineup of family-friendly music acts that include Ozokidz, presented by Ozomatli, Lisa Loeb, Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band, and Rhythm Child. Magician and comedian Justin Willman – the host of Cupcake Wars – will also mesmerize audiences.The collaborative day of music, food and entertainment will benefit seven local non-profit groups fighting for rights and resources for the youth of Los Angeles.Attendees can also play soccer with the LA Galaxy Foundation, toss footballs with Ameri-I-Can, explore with Kidspace Children’s Museum, kayak and fish with the National Park Service, face-paint with Hollywood makeup artists, visit with animals from STAR Eco Station and many more.All net proceeds from the festival will benefit Los Angeles children’s charities, including Ameri-I-Can, CASA of Los Angeles, Happy Trails for Kids, Junior Achievement of Southern California, Richstone Family Center and the LA Galaxy Foundation.To purchase tickets please visit www.wearela.org. For more information, email Charissa Gonzales at charissa@weareLA.org.last_img read more

The Duchess of Cornwall Attends The UK CEO CookOff In Support Of

first_imgThe Duchess of Cornwall attended the UK CEO CookOff in London this week in support of the charity UKHarvest, of which Her Royal Highness is Patron.The Duchess of Cornwall with chef Jamie Oliver and and Peter Harding at the UK CEO CookOffThe Duchess was greeted by chef Jamie Oliver and representatives from UK Harvest and the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, who were joint organisers of the event.UKHarvest is a food rescue operation that collects excess food from commercial outlets and delivers it to charities, which is then distributed to those in need.The UK CEO CookOff saw business leaders team up with chefs to cook a banquet for people who spend their time helping others.The 400 diners, deserving unsung heroes, were served a three-course meal from produce that typically goes to waste and special items brought by the chefs, with mains ranging from roasted rack of lamb to ravioli filled with wild mushrooms and ricotta cheese.During the evening, The Duchess was given a cooking masterclass by Jamie Oliver, joining the chef at his cooking station. Her Royal Highness assembled a mozzarella salad with blood oranges, beetroots, leaves and watercress.The Duchess was shown around the open chef kitchens by Ronni Kahn whose organisation OzHarvest is the inspiration for UKHarvest.Ms. Kahn, who said her organisation had delivered 60 million meals over the past 13 years, said: “OzHarvest is magic, UKHarvest has the same magic; everything about our model is to make sure that good food does not go to waste.“If there’s anything left over tonight it will be delivered to people within a couple of hours of this event ending.”Source:PrinceOfWales.govt.uklast_img read more

Anaheim Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf Supports CureDuchenne In 7th Annual Getzlaf Golf

first_imgHitting a hole in one will feel twice as nice at the 7th Annual Getzlaf Golf Shootout, hosted by Anaheim Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf, because all funds raised will benefit CureDuchenne and their mission to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.This year’s event will be held Saturday, September 9, at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point, Calif., with registration starting at 9:00 a.m. An exclusive MVP Party will kick off the festivities on Friday, September 8, at Time Nightclub in Costa Mesa at 5:30 p.m. Emceed by Ducks Announcer Brian Hayward and hosted by Getzlaf and his wife, Paige, the Getzlaf Golf Shootout, presented by Active PDF, is a charity event that brings together athletes, celebrities and community leaders teaming up in support of CureDuchenne. Meet and mingle with Anaheim Ducks players and other celebrities during the MVP party while bidding on live and silent auction packages.“The annual shootout reminds me how important it is to fight for what you believe in beyond the ice,” said Ryan Getzlaf. “It overwhelms me the amount of support we receive each year. Every registration, donation and sponsorship makes a difference in saving the lives of children with Duchenne, and I couldn’t be more thankful to be a part of it. Together we can all help find a cure.”Current and former Anaheim Ducks teammates, coaches and other celebrities will join in the fun as 5th players that will accompany each foursome to help raise additional funds to save the lives of children with Duchenne. Past celebrity participants include Corey Perry, Teemu Selanne, Ryan Kesler, Andrew Cogliano, Chuck Finley, Sami Vatanen, Garrett Anderson, Frederik Andersen, Shawn Horcoff, Kent Huskins, Bruce Boudreau, Scott Neidermayer, Clayton Stoner and TV’s Brian Van Holt.The Getzlaf Golf Shootout incorporates fun for everyone. Individuals can participate in a million-dollar hole-in-one, three additional hole-in-one opportunities with luxury automobiles provided by CNC Motors, massage therapists, Jumbo Jenga, Anaheim Ducks Power Players with t-shirt launchers, giveaways by Wavy Clothing and Violent Gentlemen. Food and beverages will be available throughout the course, including Tilted Kilt, Des Madres Tequila, Bloody Mary Bar, and TK Burger food truck.Sponsors for this year’s shootout include Active PDF, Ayres Hotels, Carlile Coatsworth Architects Incorporated, CNC Motors Inc., Fullmer Construction, FR Construction, G&M, Independent Capital Management, Inc., The Ryan Grant Team of Benchmark Mortgage, The Sports Corporation, Trust and Tradition Hockey Club, Violent Gentleman Hockey Club and WHGC. Lunch will be provided by TK Burger.CureDuchenne is a nonprofit that raises awareness and funds research to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.Duchenne is a fatal muscle disease that impacts one in every 3,500 boys. Duchenne patients are usually diagnosed at age 5, lose their ability to walk by 12 and most don’t survive their mid-20s. Currently there is no cure for Duchenne. Proceeds of the event will fund impactful research to find a cure for Duchenne.For more information and to reserve your sponsorship go to www.getzlafgolf.org or call 949-872-2552.last_img read more

Robert Irvine And Sam Moore Join Code Of Support Foundation Advisory Board

first_imgCode of Support Foundation (COSF) is honored to announce that Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine and Legendary Soul Man – Sam Moore have joined COSF’s Advisory Board.In recent years, Chef Irvine and the Legendary Soul Man – Sam Moore have demonstrated their unwavering support of our nation’s military service members, veterans, and their families by creating awareness by leveraging their own celebrity profiles to engage the 99% of Americans who benefit from the service and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes.“Chef Irvine and Legendary Soul Man – Sam Moore’s respective passion combined with their steadfast commitment of engaging our civilian population is a true testament to Code of Support’s vision to bridge our nation’s civilian-military divide. We are thrilled to have Chef Irvine and Sam Moore join the distinguished ranks of Code of Support’s Advisory Board,” says Major General Alan B. Salisbury, USA, Ret., Chairman, and CEO of Code of Support Foundation.COSF Advisor Board Members include Medal of Honor Recipient COL Harvey (Barney) Barnum, Jr., USMC, Ret.; former 16th Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff Gen Peter Pace, USMC, Ret.; former NFL quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins Sonny Jurgensen; and Men’s Basketball Head Coach for Duke University Mike (“Coach K”) Krzyzewski, among others.“Anytime I get to contribute something meaningful to the lives of our men and women in uniform, it’s an honor that adds purpose and value to my own life. When you get to do so alongside great people, it makes it a true joy. I am thrilled to join Sam Moore and all the wonderful members of the Code of Support Advisory Board and I am ready to work to improve the lives of the best and bravest among us,” says Robert Irvine.“I am honored to be able to continue my support of those who serve and have served in our military by joining the Code of Support Foundation’s Advisory Board and to support COSF’s efforts by bringing greater awareness to the contributions made by our nation’s service members and veterans who’ve sacrificed so much to ensure our freedoms,” says Sam Moore – Legendary Soul Man.Chef Irvine, a former member of the British Royal Navy, is a world-class chef and TV personality. In 2014, he founded the Robert Irvine Foundation to support veterans and veteran causes in need of assistance. The Foundation works to help those individuals and organizations that are committed to enriching the lives of military personnel (active, retired and veterans) and their families. A portion of proceeds from Robert Irvine Foods is given to the foundation in addition to public donations. Throughout the year, Chef Irvine can be found attending troop rallies held by the Gary Sinise Foundation as well as touring regularly with the USO. Maximizing his culinary skills, Chef Irvine visits with service members and their families while dishing up fine cuisine and providing cooking classes.Chef Irvine has been honored with three distinguished recognitions for his dedication to the armed services and our country’s heroes including being selected by the Office of the Secretary of Defense as this year’s Spirit of Hope Award winner. The honor recognizes those who go above and beyond to provide aid to those who serve our country. Chef Irvine is also a designated U.S. Navy Honorary Chief Petty Officer and a recipient of the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment and Support of Our Service Members.Legendary Soul Man – Sam Moore’s Grammy award-winning voice has been heard around the globe, across multiple music genres connecting audiences of all generations for more than 60 years. Over the span of his critically acclaimed career, Moore’s music has been a universal and driving force to help bridge gaps among social divides. His recent artistic endeavor to bring greater awareness of the nation’s armed services and veterans has been met not only with rave reviews and standing ovations but has also re-engaged civilian audiences who have experienced an awe-inspiring sense of patriotism. Within the past year, Moore has performed exclusive renditions from his American Patriot album of iconic American classics for several veteran fundraisers including the Opening Ceremonies of the 2017 Warrior Games in Chicago, Johnny Vet: Freedom Isn’t Free in Washington, DC, and Guitar Lessons for Heroes in New York.Moore is the recipient of numerous awards including the coveted NARAS Heroes Award, an AFTRA AMEE Lifetime Achievement Award, the ETAM Living Legend Award, Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, and a MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame for “Soul Man,” and in 2016 his star was permanently placed in the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.To find out more about the Code of Support Foundation, click here.last_img read more

Emma Kenney Warns About Leaving Dogs In Hot Cars

first_imgShameless star Emma Kenney is turning up the heat this summer in a new video rant for PETA in which the 18-year-old actor reminds everyone that leaving a dog in a hot car is “basically like putting your pup in a toaster oven.”“A person would have to be entirely thoughtless, completely heartless, and utterly shameless,” says Kenney. “[W]hile you were safely inside ordering your obnoxiously long iced-coffee order, death could be knocking on your car’s scalding-hot door.”Temperatures can quickly soar in parked cars, and a dog trapped inside can die from heatstroke within minutes — even if the car is in the shade with the windows slightly open. “So, come on, people, please! Please leave your dogs out of hot cars!” Kenney concludes. “Or I might just lose my f***ing cool.”PETA urges anyone who sees a dog left alone inside a hot car to call local humane authorities or the police and stay on the scene until the situation has been resolved. If the authorities are unresponsive and/or the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will back up your assessment and remove the suffering animal from the car. PETA offers an emergency hammer for use in such life-or-death situations.last_img read more

Daily Planet takes holidays to a new level with HighTech Toys Week

first_img Twitter It’s beginning to look a lot like…“High-Tech Toys Week”! Santa’s helpers, better known as the team behind Discovery’s daily sci-tech series DAILY PLANET, are hard at work preparing for every tech toy-lover’s favourite week of the year, “High-Tech Toys Week”. Airing exclusively on Discovery beginning Monday, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, DAILY PLANET explores a week full of boundless innovation and imagination.From a life-size Transformer car to vertical air hockey, viewers are invited to join co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin as they fill Santa’s sleigh with the season’s most exciting, outlandish, and coveted high-tech toys from around the world.“High-Tech Toys Week” was the second most-watched theme week on DAILY PLANET during the 2015/16 broadcast year, trailing only “Future-Tech Week”. DAILY PLANET, the world’s only nightly science broadcast reaches more than 1.3 million viewers each week and continues to win the 7 p.m. ET timeslot among Canadian entertainment specialty channels during the 2016/17 broadcast year among all key adult demographics. “Teal Highspeed Drone”George Matus was 11 years old when he flew his first drone and was immediately blown away. By 16, Matus was competing as a professional drone racer and acting as a test pilot for new aircraft. Today, Matus is the CEO of his own drone and software company, Teal. After years of flying, crashing, rebuilding, and modifying dozens of versions of drones, Matus has completed his dream drone, the Teal. The highly impressive unmanned aircraft flies at more than 120 kilometres per hour, can operate in wind speeds of 64 kilometres per hour, and has a built-in camera, GPS, and autonomous capabilities. From gaming and augmented reality to security applications and agriculture, Matus wants to make this drone do anything the imagination can conjure. Testing diffferent flight propellers and evaluating for speed, noise, and handling, Matus and the Teal team join DAILY PLANET as they race to get to market “the world’s fastest production drone in its class.”“Climball”What is the result when pinball, air hockey, wall climbing, and a splash of augmented reality mix together? Climball – a high-tech, fast-paced game combining  augmented reality technology with rock climbing. The physically engaging game tracks the players’ movements while they compete to volley a virtual ball. DAILY PLANET climbs on board to get a closer look at the tech behind the newest way to get into shape.“The PancakeBot” Marking the very first food printer of its kind, the $300 PancakeBot  is the brainchild of Miguel Valenzuela, a civil engineer, inventor, and father living in Norway. A container of batter is attached to PancakeBot’s mechanical printing arm where underneath sits a flat, heated griddle that acts as its canvas. Users can turn almost anything into a yummy breakfast treat – a child’s drawing, a product image, a team’s logo, or even a favorite piece of artwork. DAILY PLANET meets with Valenzuela, who spills the batter on PancakeBot’s food printing technology.“Amphibious Helicopter”Novelty car builder Jeff Bloch, also known as SpeedyCop, is the master of developing crazy, homemade cars. He’s built a fighter jet car, an upside down Camaro, and even a car that stretches out like an accordion – all capable of racing at 24 Hours of LeMons, a series of endurance races held on paved courses across the U.S. This year, Bloch recycled a damaged helicopter from the Vietnam War and transformed it into a mighty machine that can race on land and in water, making the gadget an entirely amphibious helicopter. Although it can’t take flight just yet, it has some truly astounding capabilities! DAILY PLANET meets Bloch to discuss how he intends to take these off-the-wall vehicles from the junkyard to the racetrack.“Carr-E”Many city drivers have experienced the congestion of downtown roadways during rush hour – the impatience, the frustration, and the worry. Well, Ford Motor Company is hoping to prevent commuter frustration with the “Last Mile Mobility Challenge”. One of this year’s finalists is Kilian Vas, a Ford engineer who has designed and built the Carr-E. An easily transported, segway-like vehicle, the Carr-E can propel motorist through all types of traffic. Carr-E’s ultrasonic sensors and built-in GPS allow it to navigate through busy streets, avoiding any obstacle thrown in its path. DAILY PLANET meets with Vas to test out the four-wheel, electric pedestrian assistant that could potentially be the next big breakthrough in urban commuting.Subscribers can catch up on past episodes on demand on the Discovery GO app and at Discovery.ca. Live streaming of DAILY PLANET is also available on Discovery GO. Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “High-Tech Toys Week” include:“Transformer Car” The BMW can now shapeshift from a car into huge robot, thanks to a prototype designed by Turkish company, Letrons. The Antiomon is a real-life, nearly five-metre tall Transformer with driving capabilities. A total of five working models were developed by a team of 12 engineers, with each featuring a 35,000 hydraulic cylinder system that allows for quick and effective transformations. DAILY PLANET meets with the development team to discuss the Antiomon’s price tag in advance of its consumer debut.last_img read more

The truth is still out there The XFiles is coming back again

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: The truth is out there: “The X-Files” is coming back.Fox said Thursday it has ordered a second chapter of what it’s calling an “X-Files” “event series.” The 10-episode series will air during the upcoming 2017-18 TV season.The 1993-2002 drama about paranormal events and UFOs returned in 2016 for a six-episode run with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Fox said Duchovny and Anderson will be back as Mulder and Scully for the new season from creator and executive producer Chris Carter.Production on “The X-Files” is set to begin this summer. An air date was not announced by Fox. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

CANADIAN ACTOR SIMU LIU IS IN DEMAND AFTER YEARS STRUGGLING TO MAKE

first_imgBecoming an actor on a popular new Canadian TV show or a stunt double on a Fall Out Boy music video was not at all on Simu Liu’s radar when he was working as an accountant in Toronto. Until he was laid off – and his world opened up.“I remember feeling oddly free in that moment. I was without a job, but I thought I can do whatever I want. This is my one chance to really just try something. I owe it to myself to really give it a shot,” said Liu, HBA’11.This past year, Liu’s acting career has gained momentum, with the success of his roles on CBC’s Kim’s Convenience and NBC’s Taken. Despite his respect for Toronto’s strong film industry, his ultimate goal is to move to Hollywood. On a recent trip there, he met with agents and casting directors in L.A., including doctor-turned actor Ken Jeong (best known for his role in The Hangover) about a possible buddy cop movie that Liu hopes to write. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter “I started talking to him (Jeong) on Twitter. When I got to L.A., he said come by the set and we can hang out more. So I ended up spending a lot of time with him. His advice was that you can’t wait. I joked that we should do a buddy cop movie for both of us and he said, ‘If you write it, I’ll be in it,” Liu said.While there is no formal training to show actors how to network, Liu credits his networking and soft skills courses at Ivey Business School with giving him the tools he needed to push forward in his career and not be afraid to reach out.“The hard part is to think of it (your career) as a start-up and think of yourself as an entrepreneur rather than an artist that waits for the phone to ring for opportunities,” he said.“I spent so many years struggling as an actor. Then suddenly, I’m in demand. The only thing actors want to do is work. It was amazing – tiring, brutal and amazing,” he said of his recent schedule shooting two television shows at once.In a long list of acting credentials Liu also includes stunt man, writer, director and producer – all skills that round out his already full resume.Following his layoff from his accounting firm, Liu started out by looking at TV and film opportunities on Craigslist. In amongst some of the more unsavory ads was a posting for the movie Pacific Rim by director Guillermo del Toro. The movie was being shot in Toronto and they were looking for extras. The role paid just $10 dollars an hour, but it was the stepping stone Liu needed to start his acting career. As soon as he arrived on set he knew he was home.“I ended up falling in love with everything I saw. People have careers devoted to the movies. It wasn’t just the actors – the assistant director, the gaffers working the lights – it was everything. It was such a big production.”While Ivey attracted him to Western, Liu credits one of his first experiences as a frosh with giving him his first taste of fame and one he would reflect on often as he launched his acting career. Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

GIVE THE GIFT OF DOCUMENTARY FILM THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH EXCITING TICKET

first_imgAdvertisement Toronto, November 21, 2017 – Share the magic of documentary film this holiday season with a special gift for your loved ones from Hot Docs! Offering the best in documentary cinema, Hot Docs has something for everyone on your list this year including ticket packages and all-access passes to this year’s 25th anniversary Festival, Hot Docs memberships, merchandise and more – perfect for anyone who is as passionate about doc film as we are!For the doc-lover on your list, stuff their stocking with an all-access pass to this year’s 25th anniversary Festival (April 26-May 6)! These passes allow entry to all screenings during Hot Docs’ 11-day Festival in the spring. Don’t worry about ordering tickets in advance, seats are reserved for pass-holders; patrons just need to show their pass at the box office to be granted admission.Enjoy the brilliance of documentary film with friends and family with shareable ticket packages. Available in quantities of six, 10 or 20, these packages can be used towards, and divided amongst, any film during the Festival. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Hot Docs memberships make great gifts too! Whether your loved ones see a few, or a few dozen films each year, memberships at the Bronze, Silver, Gold or the Membership Plus level all include savings, exclusive invitations, free popcorn and a subscription to our special member newsletter.Let your friends know you care with a holiday gift certificate from Hot Docs, so they can choose which film they’d like to see from our extensive list of screenings. Include some one-of-a-kind Hot Docs merchandise, too, and browse the online cinema store for goodies like DVDs, limited edition t-shirts and more!Spread the love this holiday season by supporting documentary film through a donation to Hot Docs. A non-profit organization, Hot Docs relies on donations to help bring documentary film to wide audiences and assist filmmakers with production and distribution..Hot Docs (www.hotdocs.ca), North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 25th annual edition from April 26-May 6, 2018. An outstanding selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and the Doc Shop. Hot Docs owns the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL BUYS PAW PATROL LIVE SHOW OWNER VSTAR FOR UNDISCLOSED

first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group has announced the acquisition of a Minnesota-based company that produces theatrical shows, exhibits, cruise ship activities and outdoor events.The deal announced Thursday is for VStar Entertainment Group and its Florida-based subsidiary, Cirque Dreams.While terms were not disclosed, Cirque du Soleil president Daniel Lamarre told The Canadian Press the transaction is worth “several million dollars.” Advertisement Advertisement The PAW Patrol Live ‘Race to the Rescue’ tour visited 250 cities in 18 countries on four continents last year. (Associated Press)center_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: VStar, which has about 120 employees, is best known for its children and family shows, including “PAW Patrol.”The PAW Patrol Live ‘Race to the Rescue’ tour visited 250 cities in 18 countries on four continents in 2017.last_img read more

THE BEST AND WORST TORONTO STAGE STORIES OF 2018

first_imgAdvertisement Tarragon’s Girl’s Like That was one of the many female-led shows in 2018. (Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann) THE NEW ARTISTIC LEADERSHIPNever in recent memory has there been such a turnover of talent at the top creative jobs at the city’s theatres and festivals in such a short space of time. The lauded appointment of Weyni Mengesha as Soulpepper’s artistic director was only one of many such changes. The proudly queer Brendan Healy, formerly of Buddies, took over at Canadian Stage, and Josephine Ridge, after abruptly resigning at Luminato two years into her tenure, was replaced by her deputy artistic director, Naomi Campbell, a producer with the festival since 2013. Things look good for 2019.ROBERT LEPAGE’S BIG YEARThe first half of Quebec genius Lepage’s year was filled with major accomplishments at some of the country’s biggest institutions.First came the remount of his sumptuous The Nightingale And Other Short Fables for the Canadian Opera Company, which had to add an extra performance to fulfill audience demand; then came his movie-inspired production of Coriolanus at the Stratford Festival, which earned near universal raves; and then the National Ballet of Canada premiered Frame By Frame, in which Lepage and Ex Machina’s work tended to overshadow that of choreographer Guillaume Côté.But then, in late summer, came the cancellations of two new Lepage works: Kanata, a show that was to explore the relationship between Indigenous people and white settlers in Canada, and SLAV, a show that featured African-American slave songs performed by a white singer. Login/Register With: While there was plenty of drama on Toronto stages this year, there was lots off it as well, beginning with a #MeToo story that made international headlines. If there’s a common denominator to these items, it’s the addressing of the historic imbalance of power and allowing hitherto marginalized voices to finally be heard. Amen.No doubt some savvy playwrights will use these very stories in their future work.THE SOULPEPPER STEAMROLLERNot a week into the new year, four actors once associated with Soulpepper – Kristin Booth, Patricia Fagan, Diana Bentley and Hannah Miller – accused the company’s founding artistic director, Albert Schultz, of sexual assault and harassment. The company acted quickly, Schultz and Leslie Lester, Soulpepper’s executive director, resigned, and Alan Dilworth stepped in as acting artistic director. While it would take months for the women’s civil suits against Schultz and the company to be settled, the incident encouraged other people in vulnerable positions to step forward about their experiences at the George Brown Theatre School and the Randolph College for the Performing Arts. The situation at Soulpepper also led to them hiring a new executive director and artistic director, which leads to…. Advertisement Weyni Mengesha’s appointment as Soulpepper’s new artistic director provided good news after the company’s difficult year. Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

14 MILLION VIEWERS IN FIRST WEEK MAKE CTVS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED JANN THE

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement TORONTO (March 27, 2019) – Following its premiere last Wednesday (March 20), CTV confirmed today its new original comedy series JANN is the most-watched Canadian comedy this broadcast year. Following five days of PVR playback, the premiere episode of JANN currently has a cumulative average audience of 1.4 million viewers so far for its premiere and weekend encore broadcast (March 23). Building on its Wednesday night success on CTV, the episode has reached 2.8 million Canadians across all airings. It’s the biggest Canadian comedy debut since CTV’s THE INDIAN DETECTIVE starring Russell Peters.Becoming Bell Media’s most successful digital premiere to date, the debut episode of JANN was available during an extensive 16-day preview on multiple platforms including CTV.ca, CTV On Demand, Crave, CTV’s YouTube page, and more.“We’re delighted Canadians are responding to the comedic brilliance of Jann Arden with such enthusiasm,” said Executive Producer and Bell Media President Randy Lennox. “We’re thrilled that JANN gets funnier with each and every episode!” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook The series continues tonight (March 27) with the new episode “Go with the Flowga” at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV, CTV.ca, the CTV App, and Crave. At the same time, series star Jann Arden takes to the Canadian Screen Award stage tonight to host the CTV Gala Honouring Creative Fiction Storytelling, streaming live for free on CTV.ca and the CTV app beginning at 7 p.m. ET.JANN premiered to critical acclaim and social media buzz, including 25 million total potential impressions during the March 20 premiere, with #JANNonCTV trending on Twitter in Canada during the premiere episode.*What fans are saying on Twitter:@TorrensJonathan – Great debut @jannarden! Solid jokes + physical comedy + self-deprecation = All the makings of a hit! Congrats to you and your crew. #jannonctv #cdntv@marthaelmusic – #JANNonCTV So funny. Thank you @jannarden and congratulations on a great series!@davidLearoyd – #JannOnCTV @jannarden OMG I can’t stop laughing!@aintlifeswells – We are laughing so hard! Loooooving it!!!! #JANNonCTVIn tonight’s new episode, Jann (Jann Arden) is recording a “We Are the World”- style charity song about empowering young women. But when she learns she has merely a small part in the chorus of the single, with her voice drowned out by other singers, Jann demands a full solo part in the song. And she doesn’t care which of her managers, new or old, helps her get it! This episode guest stars Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist Kiesza.Encore presentations of JANN air Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV.About JANNSet and filmed in Calgary, JANN was co-developed by Bell Media and Project 10 Productions and is produced in association with Project 10 Productions and Seven24 Films.JANN is executive produced by Andrew Barnsley and Ben Murray for Project 10 Productions, and Tom Cox and Jordy Randall for Seven24 Films. Jann Arden, Leah Gauthier, and Jennica Harper created the series and will also serve as Executive Producers with Jennica Harper Showrunning. For Bell Media, Chris Kelley is Production Executive; Sarah Fowlie is Director, Comedy Original Programming; Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.center_img Login/Register With: Jann Arden Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Memories of a fire

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was a day that two police officers with the Nishnawbe Aski police force will never forget.David Nakogee and Claudius Kooses were on duty when a fire tore through their broken down detachment in Kashechewan.The blaze took the lives of two prisoners and forever changed the lives of the officers involved.They’ve never spoken to the media about what happened.Now Nakogee and Kooses sit down with APTN National News reporter Wayne Roberts to walk back to that dark day.last_img

Girls aged 2 7 among four dead discovered by Iqaluit RCMP

first_img(Photo: Sylvain Degrasse, 44, with his daughter Alexandra Degrasse, in 2005)By Kent DriscollAPTN National NewsIQALUIT– A two-year-old girl and her seven-year-old sister were among the four bodies discovered by the RCMP in Iqaluit Tuesday.RCMP confirmed the girls’ parents were also found dead.RCMP said they found the father, Sylvain Degrasse, 44, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot blast to the face in a cemetery.They later found his common-law partner Vivian Sula Enuaraq, 29, and their two children Alexandra Degrasse, 7, and Aliyah Degrasse, 2, in the family’s home.RCMP said they are treating the deaths as a homicide investigation, but are not searching for suspects.“The circumstances surrounding the discovery of four bodies…remains under investigation,” said RMCP in a statement.Iqaluit residents are reeling after RCMP discovered four bodies Tuesday, triggering the cancellation of classes at the local elementary school, according to the city’s mayor.Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern said residents were “shaken” by the discovery of the bodies.“This has really shaken our community,” said Redfern, in a statement. “We need to come together and help each other pull through this.People living near the cemetery reported an unoccupied truck at in the early afternoon which was eventually shut off by a local resident at about 3 p.m.Redfern said the news of the deaths left residents in “shock” and disbelief.Redfern said she would be seeking to get crisis intervention to deal with the trauma that has impacted many people.“Many people, including family and friends of the victims, emergency responders and community members need immediate counselling,” said Redfern. “At the same time this territory must work together to end the root causes of our problems.”kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img read more

There are no words to explain it

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe stats are stunning.The UN says one million people will die from suicide this year.In Canada, a 2007 study showed First Nation people kill themselves at twice the rate of the rest of Canada.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has a story about a family and how suicide changed their life.last_img

Missing women inquiry hears of Pickton records destroyed

first_imgAPTN National NewsA woman identified only as “Ms. Anderson” survived an attack from Robert Pickton in 1997, but the Crown Prosecutor’s records of the incident were destroyed in 2000 after the charges were stayed, the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry has heard.Anderson was expected to testify at the inquiry this week, but still suffers from social and psychological issues surrounding the attack.The inquiry heard from Randi Connor, the Crown Prosecutor who stayed the charges against Pickton. She said that records of a previous sexual assault by Pickton were not in a report delivered to Crown Counsel at the time.APTN National News reporter Tina House has the details.last_img read more