Canadian Family Entertainment Mogul Michael Hirsh to be Honoured with 2016 Animation

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Dubbed “the Father of the Canadian animation industry”, entertainment mogul Michael Hirsh today will be celebrated for his achievements and contributions to the global animation industry, receiving a 2016 Animation Hall of Fame Award at World Animation & VFX Summit Gala. He will be honoured on November 1, 2016 at the Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica, California.The Gala will bring together other distinguished recipients, Cartoon Network’s founding president Betty Cohen, ‘Fairly Odd Parents‘ creator Butch Hartman, LAIKA president and CEO Travis Knight, VFX visionary Ellen Poon, and Cyber Group Studios chairman & CEO Pierre Sissmann.“I am honoured to join Betty, Butch, Travis, Ellen and Pierre with this recognition who have contributed immensely to our industry. It’s with much gratitude I receive this award, and an honour to be part of this great rewarding and challenging industry which is now enjoying a new ‘Golden Age’ with more exciting things to come,” says Michael Hirsh, recipient, CEO of WOW! Unlimited. The award comes on the heels of the announcement that Michael Hirsh will be taking the role of CEO for the newly formed WOW! Unlimited Media Inc., which is positioned to become the definitive next generation global kids and youth entertainment media company. Michael is joined by a team of proven entertainment executives, Fred Seibert, Bob Ezrin and Neil Chakravarti, who have collaborated to create the next industry disruptor.“It is an absolute pleasure to present this award to an industry figure and long time friend that we hold in such high regard. We have witnessed Michael’s unwavering reputation as one of the most exceptional professionals in global animation and his career continues to exceed the expectations for an Animation Hall of Fame inductee,” noted Jean Thoren, President and Publisher of Animation Magazine.Michael’s award will be present by long time collaborator and colleague, Toper Taylor. Toper is the CEO of Media Disrupted Inc., and concurrently President of Network of One, a YouTube focused data science, technology and content aggregation business in Culver City, California.Taylor of Media Disrupted Inc. stated: “Michael Hirsh lifted the animation business to extraordinary heights in his 40 year career, building two evergreen businesses, Nelvana (Corus) and Cookie Jar (DHX) and now is ready to spring from the launch pad of his third endeavor, ‘Wow’.  His impact is global and positively affected the creative community, shareholders, broadcasters, publishers, licensors and tens of thousands of employees who can thank Michael for launching their careers and a long list of hit brands.  With great joy and deep respect, I am presenting this award to my long-time partner and close friend, Michael Hirsh.”Michael Hirsh is considered the Canadian product of mixing Warren Buffett with Walt Disney. An innovator in the realm of animated children’s entertainment, Michael’s illustrious career is a testament to his undeniable ability to foresee industry trends and create the best in animated programming.  Programming that includes Franklin, Rolie Polie Olie, The Care Bears, Babar, Rupert, Beyblade and The Adventures of Tintin. He is recognized industry wide as a leading business and brand builder and his achievements have shaped today’s era in animation production and distribution in Canada and internationally. Michael is the co-founder of Nelvana Limited,Cookie Jar Entertainment, TeleTOON Canada, and was Executive Chairman of DHX Media. He is currently Chairman of The Entertainment and Finance Group (TEAM), Chairman of CineCoup, and now CEO of WOW! Unlimited Media Inc.The fifth annual summit and gala will bring together the most high profile creators and decision makers in the animation and VFX industry to celebrate the careers of these award winners, and participate in the innovative panel discussions and networking events that the summit offers. Michael presented a master class at last year’s World Animation & VFX Summit where he approached the animation industry from a business point of view, with considerations of the current period of disintermediation and disruption in the industry. Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

BravoFACT Partners with Women in Film Television – Toronto for Second Consecutive

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Bell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) announced today their continued partnership with Women in Film & Television  – Toronto (WIFT-T) for the second annual WIFT-T BravoFACT pitch competition. An exciting initiative exclusive to WIFT-T members, the contest welcomes teams of directors and producers featuring a woman in a key creative role to submit their short film pitches for a chance to win the $50,000 award. The top five finalists will also receive the opportunity to pitch their project in front of a jury of experts and a live audience at the 2017 WIFT-T Showcase in March.“Through our continued partnership with WIFT-T, BravoFACT remains committed to fostering the development of female filmmakers through this exciting pitch contest,” said Tyson Parker, Head, Artist and Music Industry relations, Bell Media. “The breadth and quality of last year’s submissions was extraordinary, and we look forward to reviewing the compelling and creative pitches sent to us this year.”“We’re thrilled to partner with BravoFACT for a second consecutive year on this pitch competition in support of female filmmakers and diverse voices,” said Heather Webb, WIFT-T Executive Director. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Teams submitting their short film for consideration must include a female producer or director. From the submissions, five teams will be selected to participate in the pitch competition and will receive the following:A pitch coaching session led by an industry professional to help fine-tune pitchesFour tickets to the 2017 WIFT-T ShowcaseAn opportunity to showcase their project in front of a high-profile jury comprised of a BravoFACT representative and other industry expertsThe five teams selected will present to an audience comprised of WIFT-T members, industry professionals, and content creators, affording all presenters excellent exposure for their projects, regardless of the outcome. The winning pitch team will be awarded a cash prize from BravoFACT totaling $50,000.The team that receives an honourable mention will be awarded two WIFT-T programming passes each valued at $500. Both the first place and honourable mention team will receive onstage recognition at the 2017 WIFT-T Showcase.The deadline to submit is Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, with finalists to be announced March 1. Interested teams can download a BravoFACT application form at www.bravofact.com. Applicants to BravoFACT’s Dec. 2 deadline are welcome to submit their application to the WIFT-T BravoFACT Pitch Competition; however recipients are not eligible for double funding.For more information and contest rules, applicants can visit wift.comAbout BravoFACTBell Media’s BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) was established in 1995 by the national specialty channel Bravo. The foundation is the largest funder of short films in Canada having supported over 1,500 short-form projects across the country. BravoFACT is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about BravoFACT can be found at www.bravofact.com.About WIFT-TWomen in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is a member-based organization of women and men working in screen-based media that supports the development and advancement of women in the industry. Membership in WIFT-T enables women to be capable, confident, connected and successful in their careers. For more information, please visit www.wift.com. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

CBC series snubbed us says Nova Scotia mayor

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img HALIFAX — A new docu-drama series about the history of Canada has touched a raw nerve in a rural corner of Nova Scotia.Bill MacDonald, the mayor of Annapolis Royal, is leading a campaign to denounce the first episode as a disrespectful and erroneous version of what really happened when Europeans first settled in this land.He said he was shocked this week when the CBC show Canada: The Story of Us asserted that the first permanent European settlement was established near what is now Quebec City. “Here in Annapolis Royal, we believe that we truly are the cradle of our nation,” MacDonald said in an interview Wednesday, two days after he posted a rebuke of the show on his mayoral Facebook page, saying “CBC has misrepresented Canadian history.”MacDonald said he plans to write a letter of complaint to the CBC. He suggested a prequel may be in order, given the fact that Port Royal wasn’t even mentioned during the two-hour program broadcast Sunday night.His online post has sparked more criticism, though not all of the comments on the mayor’s page endorsed his view.Some commenters suggested the first settlements were in other places altogether, including Red Bay, N.L., and LaHave, N.S.Others piled on the CBC.“I, like a lot of the people of Nova Scotia, was very surprised and disturbed about the missing history of the first settlements at Port Royal,” said one person. “As a person who grew up in this area, I have always promoted Annapolis Royal . . . I was very disappointed.”Others were more blunt: “Sad when we can’t get our own history straight,” wrote one.CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson said the show’s producers chose to focus on Quebec City after reaching out to historians.“We fully acknowledge (Port Royal) is a special and important part of Canadian history,” Thompson said in an email. “Port Royal came up many times in the producers’ research and in numerous conversations with noted historians.”He said the first episode focused on Quebec City because, unlike Port Royal, it maintained a permanent population without interruption from 1608 onward.“It’s also important to note that this series features key moments in Canadian history,” Thompson said. “It is not meant to be a comprehensive and linear account of our nation’s history.”According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, Port Royal was established near the mouth of the Annapolis River by Champlain and Pierre du Gua de Monts in the summer of 1605, but the site was abandoned in the summer of 1607. The colony was re-established by an original colonist in 1610 and changed hands several times after that.“Although the buildings were rudimentary, Port Royal remained the earliest European settlement of any permanence in North America north of St. Augustine, Florida,” the encyclopedia’s website site says.However, the Parks Canada website describes the reconstructed national historic site as “one of the earliest European attempts at settlement in North America.”While it’s true Port Royal was briefly unoccupied during its early history, it was always meant to be a permanent settlement, MacDonald said.“To suggest that this wasn’t the beginning of Canada — the cradle of Canada — simply because the doors may have been closed for a couple of years while people went back to France to get provisions . . . really doesn’t appreciate the context in which history unfolded,” MacDonald said.The settlement would later become the capital of Acadia and the early capital of Nova Scotia.Retired history professor Doug Owram said the debate centres on what constitutes permanence, because there were many temporary settlements in Canada long before Champlain arrived. The oldest among them is the short-lived Viking encampment at the tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, built more than 1,000 years ago.Owram, a professor emeritus who taught at the University of British Columbia, said Port Royal did precede Quebec as a settlement, but it later failed and was abandoned, only to be refounded and later destroyed.“Quebec is the first continuous European settlement,” Owram said in an email. “(However), it might have been nice to mention the failure at Port Royal.” MacDonald said the CBC got it wrong, although the public broadcaster denies that.It’s well known that French explorer Samuel de Champlain established a permanent settlement at Port Royal, N.S., in 1605 — three years before he founded another one along the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, the mayor said. Twitterlast_img read more

Canadian director Ted Kotcheffs memoir dives into his Toronto roots and his

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook “I was blue and I could hardly breathe and my mother woke up and she saw me, this blue frozen piece of meat, and she screamed,” the 85-year-old raconteur recalled in a recent interview.His father, a marathon runner, ran 20 blocks to get a doctor while his uncle risked being arrested by chopping down two spruce trees and dragging them back for firewood.center_img Canadian writer-director Ted Kotcheff has racked up a wide variety of credits in his long career, from The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz to First Blood and Weekend at Bernie’s.He’s directed many Hollywood heavyweights, including Gregory Peck, William Shatner, Ingrid Bergman and Gene Hackman, and developed a close friendship and working relationship with the late acclaimed author Mordecai Richler.Most recently he’s been an executive producer for hundreds of episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, one of the longest-running TV shows ever. Login/Register With: All this from the most humble of beginnings in Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighbourhood during the Great Depression, Kotcheff writes in his candid new memoir Director’s Cut: My Life in Film, when his Bulgarian dad and Macedonian mom were so poor they couldn’t afford coal or wood to heat their home.One winter night, when temperatures dipped to around -40 C, a nearly 2-year-old Kotcheff almost froze to death. Twitterlast_img read more

TIFF PROGRAM HELPS RISING STARS LEARN HOW TO SHINE

first_imgFrom left: Mary Galloway, Theodore Pellerin, Jessie Buckley, Vinnie Bennett, Ellen Wong, Mamoudou Athie and Lina El Arabi participated in TIFF’s Rising Stars program for 2017. (RICH POLK / GETTY IMAGES FOR IMDB) Twitter When Vinnie Bennett first walked into a gifting lounge at the Toronto International Film Festival, he was handed complimentary bags of M&Ms. Sure, he could have bought the candy for a few bucks at a local drugstore. But frankly, he was just happy to be given anything for free.After all, as one of the seven actors selected to participate in TIFF’s Rising Stars program, he’d already been gifted an IWC watch worth roughly $3,000 (U.S.). M&Ms were just a bonus at this point.But then he spotted a tattoo artist setting up an inking station. “You want a tattoo?” asked Mr. Koo, who has his own local shop. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The tattoo artist “was, like, ‘Yeah, sure, man. But I don’t know, it’s a gifting lounge,’ ” Bennett recalled. “ ‘I’ve drawn up some ideas for today and, if you like any, I’d be keen to do one of those.’ ”Bennett settled on a design depicting a bear riding a unicycle because he thought it looked “hilarious.” The entire thing, which he got on his upper ankle, took 20 minutes.READ MORE “Yeah, sure thing,” the 25-year-old New Zealander replied sarcastically.But Koo was serious. Bennett already had ink all over his arms, so he wasn’t opposed to the idea, but he wasn’t sure what tattoo to get. He tried to think of something sentimental, like his mother’s name: “something deep.” Koo steered him in another direction. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Now that Corner Gas is back here are other Canadian shows that

first_imgHere’s a look at some other Canadian series that might be ripe for a reset:Slings and Arrows Fans of this star-studded comedy series have been calling for a reboot for years and its creators have done nothing but stoke the flames with assurances that a script is in the works. Given how many of its regulars went on to forge stellar film and TV careers, a true reunion would be a remarkable coup. Its regulars included Paul Gross, Sarah Polley, Rachel McAdams, Mark McKinney, Don McKellar and Colm Feore.King of KensingtonLate star Al Waxman would be tough to recast, so perhaps a sequel featuring a new generation of Kensington pals is in order. Cameos from past guest stars would be more than welcome; they include a young Mike Myers and Eugene Levy.Ready or NotThis Canadian teen series portrayed the coming-of-age angst of two very different girls: one a drummer who often clashed with her family’s traditional Italian Catholic background, the other an imaginative only child raised by hippie parents. The slyly subversive storylines were ahead of their time, but they may be just right for the debates about gender and identity politics of today.The Littlest HoboFew Canadian series engender as much drippy fondness as this ’80s series about a homeless German shepherd that roams the country, looking for people to save and criminals to catch. Any restart would have to include the indelible theme song “Maybe Tomorrow” and its evocative lyrics, “Maybe tomorrow, I’ll want to settle down, Until tomorrow, I’ll just keep moving on.”Being EricaIt’s only been seven years since the last episode of this quirky CBC series about a time-travelling woman aired, but it could have benefitted from more seasons to push the envelope further. Besides, not much on network television since has delved as deeply into a woman’s interior life, putting her struggle to conquer insecurities, grief and remorse front and centre.By CASSANDRA SZKLARSKI | The Canadian Press The Animated reboot of Corner Gas is among many successfull revivals coming to television. (THE CANADIAN PRESS) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Television’s reboot resurgence continues unabated with an animated take on the Canadian comedy Corner Gas joining the recent return of Roseanne while upcoming reboots of Murphy Brown, Magnum P.I., Cagney & Lacey and Charmed wait in the wings.And it’s no wonder there’s a plethora of returning faves: viewer appetite for refreshed hits has proven strong with successful returns including Will & Grace, Fuller House, Twin Peaks and The X-Files.Canadians can also look forward to a reboot of ReBoot, a computer-animated classic from the ’90s, which will be titled ReBoot: The Guardian Code in its new incarnation. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

TAYLOR SWIFT SENDS 638647 TO ONTARIO UNIVERSITY STUDENT TO HELP WITH TUITION

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Ayesha Khurram is all smiles after U.S. pop star Taylor Swift sent her $6,386.47 to help cover the costs of her university tuition. (Ryan Jones/CBC) Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img For Ayesha Khurram, an Ontario university student and huge fan of Taylor Swift, life has just gotten a whole lot easier.Swift sent $6,386.47 to Khurram through PayPal on Monday after the Mississauga, Ont. resident posted on Tumblr on the weekend about her struggles to pay tuition this semester.Khurram, 20, who met Swift last year after the singer performed in Toronto, is a University of Waterloo accounting and financial management student going into second year. She says she didn’t know how she and her parents were going to afford her schooling this year and asked online for help.. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Feds say reinstating Michel Band not possible under Indian Act

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsThe federal government says it can’t reinstate the Michel First Nation in Alberta Treaty Six territory — because the Indian Act doesn’t have any provisions allowing it to do so.In a statement to APTN News following recent coverage of community’s ongoing efforts to have the band reinstated, s spokesperson for Indigenous Services Canada said that the band “voluntarily enfranchised in 1958, and reserve lands and assets were distributed to its enfranchised members.“There is no provision in the Indian Act specifically for band reinstatement; a new band must be created.”In 1985 amendments to the Indian Act led to the reinstatement of Indian Status to around 750 Michel Band members.Many have been fighting ever since to have their community and reserve lands returned.Brandy Callihoo of the group Descendants of Michel First Nation Association says the creation of a new band would allow the feds to negate responsibilities stemming from historic injustices.“It’s a big deal because they need to make amends for the past,” she said. “I think by creating a new band they are trying to bypass all the wrongs that they did to our nation. They don’t want to deal with those because there’s many.”Rosalind Callihoo is with the Michel Band Unity Group, which represents Michel’s treaty descendants, both status and non-status.She’s also skeptical of having a new band created.“We should have recognition under the Indian Act. If we have a new band, we have no claims that we can bring forward,” she said.Last holdout on Michel First Nation hopes community is reinstated, sooner rather than laterBoth women say they will continue to fight to have the band reinstated.“I would like for them to bring us to the table and have a conversation with us,” says Brandy. “Rather than making decisions without us.“This is our future and we have the right to know what is going on firsthand.”The government says it’s reviewing the case and has no further comment at the time.cstewart@aptn.calast_img read more

Canadian grocers make 3M per year from pennyrounding UBC study

first_imgVANCOUVER – Grocery stores across the country are cashing in on the demise of the penny, according to a young researcher at the University of British Columbia.Third-year economics and mathematics student Christina Cheung has written a paper that says Canadian grocers are making $3.27 million per year from penny-rounding.Ottawa announced plans in 2012 to phase out the coin, and as a result, cash purchases are now rounded up or down to the nearest five-cent increment.Cheung wanted to know whether the change was benefiting shoppers or stores.“Penny-rounding always becomes a guessing game,” the 19-year-old explained. “It’s a fun guessing game because it might not hurt in the short run, looking at several cents, but in the long run, I wondered if this actually accumulates.”Curious, she decided to use her spare time outside of class to investigate.First, Cheung enlisted a friend and they spent about a month and a half documenting more than 18,000 prices at grocery stores, taking pictures of price tags and entering the data into a spreadsheet.They found that most prices ended in .99 or .98 — numbers that would result in bill totals being rounded up for cash transactions, if tax is not applied.Cheung took the data and used a computer simulator to create “grocery baskets” with various items. She adjusted different variables such as the numbers of items and amount of taxes, and factored in data from the Bank of Canada on what payment methods consumers are most likely to use.Cheung said her analysis found that grocery stores are profiting from penny-rounding.In the end, Canadian consumers don’t end up paying much extra, but the rounding on cash transactions can mean big money for grocery retailers across the country, with each store standing to collect $157 per year, Cheung said.In October, a paper Cheung wrote on the research won a competition for the best undergraduate student paper at the International Atlantic Economic Society’s conference in Montreal. Her study is slated to be published next June in the Atlantic Economic Journal.The Retail Council of Canada disagrees with Cheung’s findings, said Karl Littler, the group’s vice president of public affairs.The study’s methods don’t reflect real grocery baskets or take into account the impacts of various provincial taxes on bill totals, he said, noting that the average grocery bill is $53 and consists of a larger number of items than Cheung’s simulated baskets included.Littler said the council’s members have reported anecdotally that penny-rounding is about 50-50, with half of the bill totals being rounded up and benefiting stores, and the other half being rounded down and benefiting consumers.“There’s no nefarious plan here to scoop pennies,” he said.Cheung said she isn’t looking to demonize Canada’s grocery industry, and simply wanted to look at an issue that affects most Canadians on a daily basis.Her work on penny-rounding was all done outside of class time as a labour of love, which Cheung said really surprised her professors.“Tying research with application is what I love to do,” she said.— Follow @gkarstenssmith on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Christina Cheung’s last name.last_img read more

For Prada black nylon is a safe haven in a storm

first_imgMILAN – With social and political crises unsettling the globe, Milan Fashion Week was all about slogans this season. “Time For Change” has been a particularly dominant catchphrase, one the fashion world can expect to see branded across sweatshirts, waistbands and accessories next fall and winter.The ubiquity of the expression does not necessarily denote consensus around the message it’s designed to convey. For some, it means back to roots. Others intend it as a call for respect.But the overall implication seems to be a rejection of the status quo, which really isn’t surprising in fashion.Naturally, Miuccia Prada is the outlier. Prada eschewed words because they have become empty. Where they appeared on prints in her new looks, words were meaningless.The second day of Milan Fashion Week of mostly menswear previews for Fall-Winter 2018-19 opened with youthful designers focused on urban street wear that tries to capture the zeitgeist of Millennial consumers.Here are some highlights from Sunday’s shows, including Prada, Dirk Bikkembergs, MSGM and DSquared2:___PRADA’S STRANGE PACKAGESIn challenging times, it is not unusual to seek the familiar. For Miuccia Prada, there is comfort in black nylon.The designer generously employs her favoured material in her pieces for the next cold weather season, padding them and applying them in protective layers.The boxy shapes for men and women appear to conceal the wearer in a unisex vein, but it is all for naught: Identity badges suggested a form of surveillance in the runway scenario. That sense of excessive control transforms into a political statement once the garments are on the rack and available to consumers.“I think we are in a moment when these aspects of control are very relevant,” the designer said after the show.Despite the collection’s utilitarian nature creating a sort of uniform of anoraks, jackets, caps, straight trousers and skirts, Prada said she also wanted to convey elegance.Beyond the dystopian looks, she included tourist-grade short-sleeved knits, or wild print short-shirt combos for men, and slit-skirt suits in bright tones paired with open-toe heels and long leather gloves for women.Prada enlisted architects to design new accessories, including a padded front pack that could stand in as a form of body amour, and a utility tool apron. Artists came up with the prints, including burning bananas and meaningless strings of words.“Now they no longer represent concepts, but they are pure decoration,” she said.The runway show was in a newly repurposed industrial building near the Prada Foundation contemporary art space. Unusually shaped and labeled crates were stacked along the walls. Prada promised they concealed strange things “that are preparing for some strange transformation.”The narrow aisles created a sense of disorientation as the fashionistas struggled to find their seats. That seemed an apt metaphor for the state of the world.“We don’t know where we are going, which is of course scary, of course interesting. Because I feel big changes are happening,” the designer said. “Some people say beauty will save the world. I think the world will be saved by intelligence, humanity and generosity. And possibly love. But of course the esthetic can help, a little help, if you can afford it.”___MSGM GOES TO BACK TO BASICSMilan university students served as both models and inspiration for the new MSGM collection. Taking their cue, brand founder Massimo Giorgetti found himself making an unexpected turn toward the dapper with hints of classic Milanese styling.“I studied the attitude of these guys, and it is less street wear than usual without losing modernity,” Giorgetti said. “Some are very, very elegant. The concept of elegant Milan, Italy, needs to be restudied also by a brand like mine. There’s an evolution going on.”The silhouette veered toward the everyday, neither too slim nor oversized. Looks included snazzy suits with zip-up jackets in pink or red worn with ties, as well as plaid trousers paired with cardigans and jumpsuits. Giorgetti collaborated with Eastpak on a series of graphic printed backpacks and travel bags.The designer emblazoned the collection with phrases of graffiti he collected from the desks, tables and restrooms of Milan’s universities. They included “Tempo per cambiare,” Italian for “Time for Change,” along with the Italian phonetic rendering of “I love you” as “hailoveiu.”Here, “Time for Change” clearly meant honouring roots and not looking abroad for validation.“They are very serious, very clever and very positive,” the designer said of the Milan students he worked with. “And they love their country.”___DUTCH MUSINGS AT DIRK BIKKEMBERGSDutch style, painting and design were all reflected in Lee Wood’s latest collection for Belgian label Dirk Bikkembergs.And in keeping with the down-to-earth Dutch nature, the collection was full of necessary items. A rain-resistant technical down coat was worn with tailored pants for an urban look merging sportswear with sartorial tradition.“A man needs to be authentic,” Woods said backstage. “We have a thousand things to do and life goes on. They are not heavy garments. They are basics, things we need.”The dark palette of navy blue, black and grey was inspired by paintings in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and included contrasts of deep cerulean blue, vermillion red and saffron yellow. The mixing of materials, such as in a nylon parka with a wool back panel and knit waistband, drew from a Rotterdam architectural institute. Straps on pockets echoed the ones on leather footwear.Wood said he was drawn to the Netherlands by coincidence. The models he was selecting came from there and the music a DJ played at casting sessions was Dutch.“I said I think I have to go, and visit this world,” he said.___WESTERN DOINGS AT DSQUARED2Model Bella Hadid bookended the runway show for DSquared2, the label of Canadian twins Dean and Dan Caten, opening as a cowgirl in plaid over denim and closing as a chic hippie in a tiered handkerchief gown worn with a big fur coat.DSquared2 adhered to the recent Milan trend of combining the men’s and women’s shows, scheduling theirs during the less hectic January round focusing on menswear.Red plaid emerged as the prevailing print in the Western-themed collection. The mood ranged from a little bit country to a little bit rockabilly to a little bit hippie chic. Oversized knitwear served as tableaus for western scenes.Any classic cowboy would feel at ease in the suede coat with sheepskin linings, while leather vests layered over flowing white peasant shirts for men or dresses for women gave an edge to the usual boho styling.The accessories of the season: big Double-D belt buckles and sequin neck scarves for men, or shiny sequin cuffs for him or her.____MEDITATIVE DESIGNS AT SARTORIAL MONKSabato Russo isn’t your usual designer making his Milan runway debut, supported by the Italian Fashion Chamber. He has decades of experience behind him, first as a model, and then working in the fashion industry in Japan and New York.“I was tired of making money and making clothes,” Russo said backstage. After taking time off to reflect, he returned to the business with his own brand, Sartorial Monk. In keeping with the name, his Milan debut collection can aptly be described as meditative.The looks appear simple to the eye, but are full of detail like Middle Eastern draping, that belie a complexity. The pieces seemed to envelop the models.The show opened in silence, with a model, the actress Violeta Sanchez, walking deliberately in high heels clicking on the runway, wearing a long camel coat over a printed silk velvet dress. The models that followed walked barefoot, giving a Zen sense to the simple flowing pieces: a slate double-breasted jacket over wide, pleated cotton trousers for him, or cropped tailored jackets worn with long clinging skirts for her. While the first half of the collection was more sartorial, the second part was more relaxed and loungey, with long, cozy knitwear and soft velvets.“It is simple, but it is never simple,” Russo said. “I think somebody who has personality can wear this. I don’t try to embellish.”___AMERICAN GOTHIC AT PALM ANGELSThe fashion crowd is this trusting. They filed up a narrow staircase in an apparently abandoned building, then down several levels, past the sort of laser lighting that jewel thieves navigate to their booty, and into a dark barren basement.It was there that Francesco Ragazzi unveiled his latest looks for Palm Angels. And the fashionistas nary batted an eye at the first look: a red plaid shirt with jeans and parka made alarming by the black facemask with nails sticking out. The accessory was calmly described as “studded baclavas” in the notes, but if it is any comfort, they are more likely a runway gimmick than a commercial proposition.Tartan and spikes clashed with Western themes and prints of the Grant Wood painting “American Gothic,” as punk clashed with Middle American values.“Palm Angels takes iconic American tropes and puts them out of context, fertilizes them with unexpected insertions, lets them grow and calls the result Neo Classic America,” the brand said in notes.last_img read more

Real estate boards look to TREBs experience regarding sales data release

first_imgTORONTO – Real estate boards across Canada are mulling the release of home sales data online after the Toronto Real Estate Board began permitting such numbers to be published on password-protected websites on Tuesday.Calgary, Greater Moncton and B.C.’s Fraser Valley were among a handful of real estate boards that said they were looking towards the Greater Toronto Area to decide how their own region should tackle the contentious issue that involved seven years of fighting at three judicial bodies for TREB, which wanted to keep the data under wraps because of privacy and copyright concerns.The battle, which began after the Competition Bureau alleged in 2011 that preventing the publication of the data was anti-competitive, ended in August when the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear the case. TREB took a few weeks to work out details around how realtors could publish the numbers before giving them the go-ahead Tuesday.Alan Tennant, the chief executive officer of the Calgary Real Estate Board, said he watched the case intently, knowing it would likely have ramifications on how his board handled the issue.CREB, he said, is already doing an analysis of how releasing sales data would impact its policies, but has no intention of fighting the release of the data on password-protected websites like TREB did.He said it is important the board not rush into releasing the data, but he anticipates its publication in Calgary will be “relatively quick.”“I don’t see this needing to drag on. I see it as being really straightforward,” he said. “(Real estate boards) are all probably at the same point in wanting to do this right and simply get on with things.”Like Tennant, Greater Moncton Real Estate Board executive officer George Murray said he paid attention to the TREB case and as a result of it and some inquiries from local realtors in recent weeks, his board has put a discussion on the matter on its Wednesday meeting agenda.“We recognize the importance of the issue and want to move on it as quickly as possible,” he said, adding that the board is already consulting with lawyers about the implications of making such data available online.If the board decides to move forward with allowing realtors to publish the data online, Murray said it won’t just copy all of TREB’s specifications, which already bar realtors from scraping, mining, selling, reselling, licensing, reorganizing and monetizing the numbers.“We have to have our own recommendations from legal counsel and act in our own way to make sure we are doing the best we can to not only be compliant but look after the best interests of the public.”John Barbisan, the president of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board in B.C., said he has watched TREB encounter “growing pains” as it figured out how it would allow data to be released.The board tussled with how to handle historical sold price information where consents were given before websites were in existence and how long listing photos should remain active on a broker’s website after the sale of a property has been completed.It also had to deal with realtors who rushed to publish the data online immediately following the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the case. TREB ended up sending them cease-and-desist letters, warning it would take away data access and TREB memberships or bring legal action against members it believed were violating its user agreement by posting sales numbers online “in an open and unrestricted fashion.”Barbisan doesn’t think the issues TREB faced will be different than what his region might encounter, but said his board intends to “take the high road” and look at how it can release the data.“I am sure it is going to be coming our way and we are making efforts to prepare for it.”Follow @Tara_Deschamps on Twitter.last_img read more

China rejects US hacking claims before TrumpXi meeting

first_imgBEIJING — China’s government has rejected a U.S. report that accuses Beijing of stepping up efforts to steal technology ahead of a meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping.The Commerce Ministry on Thursday accused Washington of destroying trade relations and rejected the U.S. Trade Representative’s report as “groundless accusations.”Both sides have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods in a fight over U.S. complaints that Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology.The USTR report said computer hacking attacks traced to China and aimed at stealing American technology have increased this year.Trump and Xi are due to meet this month in Buenos Aires during a gathering of the Group of 20 major economies.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Man stabs elderly father to death

first_imgKolkata: A 74-year-old man was stabbed to death by his son on Wednesday night at Solua near Chinar Park. The accused person, identified as Sabyasachi Mukherjee, was arrested by the officers of Airport police station.The deceased, Suniti Kumar Mukherjee, (74) used reside with his son Sabyasachi in a flat in Solua. On Wednesday, during late night, the building security guard heard someone crying in Room No. 105 of the building. He knocked on the door repeatedly but no one responded. He informed the security in charge who later informed police. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe police found Suniti lying in a pool of blood in the drawing room. He was rushed to a private hospital near Haldirams where doctors declared him brought dead. Later, police came to know that Sabyasachi had stabbed him with a knife over some dispute. Sources informed that relation between father and son was not heathy. Sabyasachi used to work as a teacher with a hotel management institute but was jobless at present. When police went to his flat he was found him in drunken state. He will be produced before the Barasat Court on Friday.last_img read more

US Ford to shut three factories stop making passenger cars in Russia

first_imgMoscow: US carmaker Ford will close three of the four factories of its Russian joint venture after deciding to stop making passenger cars in a country where car sales have slumped in recent years, the company said Wednesday. Ford said in a statement that it has signed a preliminary agreement with its local partner Sollers on “a significant restructuring of its… joint venture in Russia, focusing exclusively on growing its commercial vehicle business moving forward.” Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe joint venture “will discontinue its passenger vehicle portfolio in Russia to help deliver a more competitive and sustainably profitable business going forward,” Ford said. Ford, based in the US state of Michigan, said that by the end of June this year it will close its vehicle assembly plants in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg and the city of Naberezhnye Chelny in Tatarstan, central Russia. It will also close an engine plant in Yelabuga in Tatarstan that opened in 2015. Sollers will have a 51 per cent stake in the restructured joint venture. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostCurrently the factories produce seven models including the Ford Transit van. Ford said that the “Russian passenger vehicle market has been under significant pressure in recent years, with recovery slower than expected and a shift to lower priced passenger vehicle segments.” The carmaker said that this led to “underutilisation” of factories and “inadequate returns on invested capital,” although sales of the Ford Transit continue to grow, with a 15 per cent share of the market segment. Following a period of growth and massive investment by global carmakers, Russia’s car market collapsed between 2013 and 2016, whiplashed by international sanctions over the Ukraine conflict and a crash in global oil prices. New car sales, a key indicator of consumer confidence, fell by more than half during that period. However sales of new cars in Russia rose in 2018 for a second year running, but slowed in February this year. ptilast_img read more

Taliban kill 12 USbacked govt troops in remote Afghan province

first_imgKabul: The Taliban besieged an Afghan government and army compound in a remote western province for a second day Friday, killing at least 12 more troops, according to local officials who issued a dramatic warning, saying those inside the compound were running out of ammunition. The latest fatalities brought the overall death toll for the assault in Badghis province to at least 32 Afghan soldiers and policemen. Many more have been wounded and the area is cut off, said Mohammad Nasir Nazari, a provincial councilmember. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USNazari said that according to soldiers inside the base in the district of Bala Murghab, roughly 2,000 Taliban fighters are involved in the attack, with about 600 Afghan troops and members of the security forces inside. “They are running out of everything ammunition, water and food,” said Nazari. Abdul Waris Sherzad, a district chief, said local officials and residents were disappointed that NATO forces and the Afghan government have not helped. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBut Defence Ministry spokesman Qais Mangal denied that, saying reinforcements and supplies have been airlifted to Badghis the previous day and that more would be dispatched on Friday. The brazen Taliban attack first began before dawn on Thursday, when the insurgents stormed all the security posts around the government compound and killed at least 20 soldiers and policemen. Fighting continued throughout the day and overnight and into Friday, Nazari said. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousf Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to the media. It was the latest attack by the Taliban who target Afghan forces on a daily basis even as they hold talks with US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad. Khalilzad was in Islamabad on Friday and met with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and other Pakistani officials. He had visited Kabul earlier this week where he lobbied for “intra-Afghan dialogue” talks that would encompass prominent Afghan figures, government representatives and the opposition, as well as the Taliban. According to the foreign ministry, Qureshi assured Khalilzad of Islamabad’s continued support for the ongoing Afghan peace process. Khalilzad has held several rounds of talks with the Taliban, most recently last month in Qatar where both sides said progress has been made. But despite the talks, the Taliban still inflict staggering casualties on Afghan forces and now hold sway over half of the country. The insurgents refuse to talk directly with the government in Kabul, considering it a US puppet. Washington wants Islamabad to encourage the Taliban to hold direct talks with Kabul but the insurgents have shown no flexibility on that stance. Khalilzad was also to meet with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan who last month stirred controversy by calling for the formation of an interim Afghan government with the Taliban.last_img read more

Exhusband on trial for killing PIO in arrow attack in Britain

first_imgLondon: A heavily pregnant Indian-origin woman was shot dead with an arrow allegedly by her jealous ex-husband in a “deliberate and calculated act of revenge” last November at her east London home, a UK court was told. According to prosecutors, 51-year-old Indian-origin Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, armed with two crossbows, burst out of the garden shed at a suburban home in Ilford area of east London, and shot arrows at his ex-wife Devi Unmathallegadoo as she tried to flee upstairs. The 35-year-old Devi, also known as Sana Muhammad after she converted to Islam to marry Imtiaz Muhammad, died of internal injuries after the attack. The arranged marriage of Devi and Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo ended in divorce in 2014, after which the woman went on to marry Imtiaz. She had three children, aged 18, 14 and 12, with Ramanodge and two young girls, aged five and two, with Muhammad. Her unborn baby was later rescued by doctors in an emergency Caesarean operation following the attack. Ramanodge, who had been arrested and charged soon after the attack, denies the murder and attempted destruction of the unborn child as his trial got underway at the Old Bailey court in London this week. “This was a quite deliberate and calculated act of revenge on his part intended to cause at the very least the death of Devi and the extinction of the child she carried,” Prosecutor Peter Wright told the jury on Tuesday. At the time of the attack in November last year, neighbours heard Imtiaz screaming for help outside the house and described seeing a 30-cm-long crossbow being carried out of the home by police officers as evidence. It emerged in court that the accused had gathered a cache of weapons and tools in preparation for the attack, including two new crossbows, bolts, a hammer, a knife in a homemade sheath, cable ties and duct tape. The prosecution claims that Ramanodge, a former hospital site manager, planned to restrain his ex-wife and her husband and then kill them and their unborn child. However, he was disturbed when Imtiaz took a box to store in the shed and discovered his hiding spot which ended in him running into the house, the jury was told. “Imtiaz saw the defendant, who was at the bottom of the stairs, shoot Devi who was halfway up the stairs. The effect on her was immediate and she fell to the floor, said Wright. The court heard that after the attacker was restrained and disarmed by two of his older children, he told them: “It would have been easier if you guys weren’t here, like I would have done it.” Ramanodge later claimed he had shot his former wife by accident and had intended to kill only Imtiaz. However, the prosecution claims that the evidence will show that that his ex-wife was the “principal target”. The trial is ongoing and expected to conclude in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Pak India officials hold technical meeting on Kartarpur corridor

first_imgLahore: Pakistan and India on Tuesday held a technical meeting to discuss the modalities for the corridor linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district in Punjab. The technical experts and foreign office officials from both sides participated in the talks held at Zero Point (Kartarpur), according to Geo News. They reportedly discussed installation of a border fence and road design. An official of the Pakistan Rangers told PTI that the meeting of both sides took place at the Kartarpur Zero Point to the PTI but said any statement will be issued either by Pakistan’s Foreign Office or the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan military. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In a major initiative last November, both India and Pakistan agreed to set up the Kartarpur Corridor to link the historic Gurdwara Darbar Sahib — the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev — to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur. Kartarpur Sahib is located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the river Ravi, about four kilometres from the Dera Baba Nanak shrine. Earlier, India postponed the Kartarpur Corridor meeting between the two countries at the Wagah border scheduled for April 2. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday India and Pakistan on March 19 held a meeting of technical experts on the Kartarpur corridor during which its alignment, coordinates, and other engineering aspects of the proposed crossing points were discussed. The technical meeting at the level of experts, including engineers and surveyors, was held at “proposed zero points” in the follow up to the decision reached on the March 14 meeting. Later, the Pakistani Cabinet constituted a 10-member Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (PSGPC) to facilitate Sikh pilgrims after opening of the Kartarpur corridor. India voiced concerns over the presence of several Khalistani separatists in the committee on the Kartarpur corridor and said it will wait for a response from Islamabad on the issue and will not go ahead with a previously agreed meeting on the corridor on April 2 in Wagah on the Pakistani side. During the previous meeting, both sides jointly surveyed the coordinates of the Zero Point and discussed the technical details, including finished road level, high flood level etc. Pakistan will build the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Indian Punjab’s Gurdaspur district up to the border will be constructed by India. In Pakistan, the groundbreaking ceremony of the corridor was performed on November 28 last year by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Fifty per cent of the four-kilometre stretch being built by Pakistan has been completed while the stretch between the Zero Line to Baba Nanak’s shrine is being built by India. The corridor will be opened in November this year in connection with the 550 birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak.last_img read more

Cong SPBSP getting zero seats in first 2 phases of LS polls

first_imgSambhal (UP): Resuming campaigning after a 72-hour EC ban, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday claimed that the Congress and the SP-BSP-RLD alliance will get zero seats in the first two phases of general elections held so far in the state. Addressing an election meeting at Kaila Devi here, Adityanath said: “The BJP has got the maximum votes in the first two phases of polling on 16 seats and the Congress and the SP-BSP have been reduced to zero seats.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I am coming to you after sadhana of Bajrang Bali for three days… I also had a darshan of Kaila Devi,” the CM said, adding that he never seeks votes in the name of religion. “Remember the Congress government when the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said that Muslims had the first right over the country’s resources while Mayawati in a rally in Saharanpur asked Muslims to unite and vote for the BSP-SP alliance… I have never sought votes in the name of caste or religion,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWithout taking the name of SP leader Azam Khan, Adityanath said: “A ‘jeev’ (human being) of SP lives in Rampur… What kind of language he used for Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar… Today Mayawati ji is seeking votes for those who had disrespected Baba saheb… What kind of language he uses against mothers and daughters?” Taking on the Samajwadi Party candidate from Sambhal Shafiq-ur-Rehman Burq, the chief minister said: “What can be said about SP… It fielded a candidate in Sambhal who claims himself to be the descendant of Babar, hesitates in garlanding the statue of Baba Saheb and does not recite Vande Matram,” he said.last_img read more