Come From Away flies into the black on Broadway

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement The cast from Come From Away is shown in this undated handout photo. Business is booming for the homegrown hit musical Come From Away on Broadway. (MATTHEW MURPHY / THE CANADIAN PRESS) Business is booming for the homegrown hit musical Come From Away on Broadway.Junkyard Dog Productions announced Tuesday that the Tony Award-winning show has recouped its $12-million investment in less than eight months on the Great White Way.Co-created by Canadian husband-and-wife duo Irene Sankoff and David Hein, the show is set in Gander, N.L., in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. The remote town provided refuge to 6,579 passengers and crew from 38 planes that were diverted when U.S. air space was closed.After being staged in several cities, including Toronto, the show began performances on Broadway on Feb. 18, 2017 and officially opened on March 12. The venue is Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, where the show continues to play to standing-room-only audiences, producers said.Come From Away was nominated for seven Tonys and won one for best direction.It will return to Toronto with an all-Canadian cast at Mirvish Productions’ Royal Alexandra Theatre on Feb. 13, 2018.The show will also hit Winnipeg for a limited four-week engagement, from Jan. 4 to Feb. 3, 2018, at the John Hirsch Mainstage at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.Come From Away is also preparing for a North American tour next year, kicking off at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in October 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

No charges after armed standoff in Iqaluit hospital

first_imgAPTN National NewsNunavut RCMP say there will be no charges stemming from Thursday’s armed standoff at the Iqaluit hospital.The 23 year-old man who walked into the hospital lobby with a rifle surrendered to the RCMP after almost two hours.The hospital was evacuated, traffic was disrupted and the RCMP’s emergency response team surrounded the lobby with heavily armed officers.Instead of charges, the man is being held under the Mental Health Act.The RCMP say mental health was a major contributing factor. The man is now being observed at the same hospital he held hostage.last_img read more

Fur flying over Manitoba bear cubs fate

first_imgAPTN National NewsProtests, rallies, it seems Manitobans are up in arms.The outrage, however, is not about a political scandal or international crisis.It’s about a furry hitchhiker picked up on the side of the road in early spring.He’s about to be sent packing back to his home in the forest.As APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler finds out, many people say the news is something they can’t “bear” to hear.last_img

Health officials and police meet in Calgary to talk about killer drug

first_imgChris StewartAPTN National NewsIt’s a prescription painkiller that suddenly arrived on the streets of Canada and into the hands of addicts.Fentanyl has been acutely felt in British Columbia where officials announced a health emergency over the drug.Now health officials and police are meeting in Calgary, Alta., to talk about what to do about it.cstewart@aptn.caFollow @aptnchrislast_img

Connie Oakes pleads guilty to charges a year after wrongful murder conviction

first_imgJorge BarreraAPTN National NewsConnie Oakes, a Cree woman who walked out of prison a year ago after she was wrongfully convicted of murder, pleaded guilty Thursday to a series of charges that could see her return behind bars.Oakes, 52, pleaded guilty to four charges stemming from an April 5 incident at her home which sits on ranch land obtained by Nekaneet First Nation in Saskatchewan as part of a treaty land entitlement deal. Crown prosecutor Steve Kritzer said Oakes pleaded guilty to forcible confinement, uttering threats, aggravated assault and breaching conditions during a court appearance in Swift Current, Sask., on Thursday.Kritzer said all four charges stemmed from the April 5 incident where a man, in his 20s, was stabbed. He said Oakes did not stab anyone during the incident.“She was party to an offence where an individual was stabbed,” said Kritzer.Oakes is scheduled to appear in Swift Current on June 7 for a sentencing hearing. She has asked for a Gladue report and a pre-sentencing report.Oakes was denied bail and will remain in custody until the sentencing hearing.“The Crown had concern for public safety,” said Kritzer.Kritzer said it was too early to say what type of sentence he would be seeking for Oakes, but it would be in line with precedence and be influenced by the Gladue and pre-sentencing reports.Gladue reports were created by a Supreme Court of Canada ruling and focus on the unique historical context of Indigenous offenders.Oakes was initially charged in the incident with Ricky Rockthunder, 35, who is known to have gang ties in Regina.Rockthunder did not enter a plea and is scheduled to appear via video link on May 10 for a hearing to decide how he plans to proceed, said Kritzer. Rockthunder is facing charges of aggravated assault, forcible confinement, uttering threats, and breaching conditions.Many of the details around the incident are under a publication ban because they emerged during Rockthunder’s bail hearing.Saskatchewan RCMP initially said the local Maple Creek detachment arrested Oakes and Rockthunder after receiving a complaint that a male had been stabbed in a residence.Oakes also pleaded guilty Thursday to a separate assault charge from June 21, 2016, and breaching an undertaking on Aug. 10.Oakes was set free by Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench on April 29, 2016, after having a second-degree murder charge stayed. The stay meant the charge could be reactivated within a year and Oakes is days away from passing the milestone.After she was released from federal prison following her wrongful murder conviction, Oakes said she wanted to get her life back on track. She planned to focus on raising her last remaining living son and care for the ranch where her elderly adoptive mother lives.At the time of her initial arrest for the murder, Oakes was dealing with addiction issues and had a record of numerous run-ins with police and the courts.Oakes was charged in 2012 with the murder of Casey Armstrong, who was found murdered with a puncture wound through the neck in the bathroom of his Medicine Hat, Alta., trailer.With no murder weapon, DNA or fingerprint evidence, the Medicine Hat police built their case against Oakes on the testimony of an intellectually challenged woman named Wendy Scott. Scott pleaded guilty to involvement in Armstrong’s killing and claimed she watched Oakes stab the man to death.Scott later recanted in an affidavit that said she didn’t believe Oakes was at the trailer at the time of the killing.The Alberta Court of Appeal struck Scott’s guilty plea, overturned the conviction and order a new trial in 2015. The Crown requested a stay of Scott’s charges this past January.The Alberta Court of Appeal overturned Oakes conviction and order a new trial on April 6, 2016.Oakes’ second-oldest son Joseph Carry died from cancer while she was behind bars at the Edmonton Institution for Women.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Rallies planned as calls for change follow Saskatchewan verdict

first_imgColten Boushie was fatally shot in the head on a farm near Biggar, Sask., in August 2016.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsRallies are being held across Canada this weekend in the wake of a jury finding Gerald Stanley not guilty of the second-degree murder of Colten Boushie.The late Friday verdict shocked Boushie supporters and saw Indigenous leaders call for calm amid wrestling with their own feelings.“…the jury system is going to be a flawed and unjust system,” Indigenous Senator and former judge Murray Sinclair posted on Facebook.“The United Kingdom enacted legislation to remove (striking Indigenous people from the jury). It’s time for Canada to do the same or this will not be the last time we see such injustice.”Sinclair, best-known for championing reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous peoples, was not alone.“How can there be no consequences at all for shooting and killing Colten Boushie, an Indigenous man?” asked Lillian Dyck on her Facebook page.Dyck is an Indigenous senator from Saskatchewan, where the trial in Battleford polarized citizens racial views and politicians warned people to react responsibly.A Stanley supporter wasted no time in seeking donations online for legal fees.“Unfortunate events to follow led to, what was proved to be, a freak accident, which cost the life of one of the young men” wrote Sam Olson on a gofundme page set for $25,000.“As I can imagine, the Stanley family has spent thousands on legal fees surrounding this ordeal.”The 56-year-old farmer from Biggar was portrayed as protecting his property with a gun that he claimed fired accidentally, while Boushie, 22, was described as a threat in a vehicle full of would-be thieves despite court being told he was asleep.“We will not give up our fight for justice,” Boushie’s cousin Jade Tootoosis said immediately afterwards on the courthouse steps, where she has been the family spokesperson.She expressed doubts about a fair trial after the 12-person jury appeared to lack any Indigenous members. Something the first federal Aboriginal justice minister noticed, too.“My thoughts are with the family of Colten Boushie tonight,” Jodi Wilson-Raybould said Friday on Twitter. “I truly feel your pain and I hear all of your voices.“As a country we can and must do better.”Saskatchewan chiefs urged the public to speak out on social media and suggested the verdict was a challenge to reconciliation efforts.“This is not going to go away any time soon,” said Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron. “Something has to happen. The federal government has to happen.”But Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe warned people to be careful.“I would urge everyone to be measured in their reaction,” he said in a statement asking for calm. “Let us all remember our personal responsibility for our thoughts, our actions, and our comments – including those on social media.”The Boushie family hired its own lawyer and is raising money to pay legal and travel costs associated with the trial.APTN National News will have full coverage of the verdict and rallies on Sunday’s newscast.last_img read more

Kitigan Zibi babies left out of land settlement claim

first_imgAmber BernardAPTN National NewsKylie is one of eight babies from Kitgan Zibi who were left out of a multi-million dollar land claim.Until recently the Algonquin community, which is two hours north of Ottawa, had been negotiating multiple land claims. Kitigan Zibi and Canada settled on $116 million this year.Everyone in Kylie’s family is entitled to a portion of that money, except Kylie.The community voted to close off land settlement money to new band members after Jan. 5, 2019.Kylie was born four months before the vote, and her mother, Kristy Odjick, submitted her baby’s band registration form in November 2018.“She’s been excluded because she didn’t get her registration papers in time,” Odjick said. “We thought all babies born before the votes would be included.”Kylie’s registration was not approved until Jan. 24, missing the deadline for land settlement money by just a few weeks.Kyle McGregor, Kylie’s Father, thinks it’s unfair his daughter was excluded from the money.“She was born before the due date. Just because of administrative errors or whatever it is, she’s being cut out. It is kind of, not fair,” he told APTN National News.Odjick thinks the influx of band membership inquiries from Bill S-3 applicants has something to do with her daughter’s delayed registration.“The babies were basically thrown under the bus,” said Odjick. “They were put on the backburner, while 200 S-3s were made a priority.”Bill S-3 applicants are the children of mothers who lost their Indian Status through marriage.Kylie’s parents asked the Kitigan Zibi band council for help and, according McGregor and Odjick, nothing was done to support the eight babies left out of the land claim.APTN reached out to the Kitigan Zibi band council for comment.“As a section 11 band under the Indian Act it is the Registrar that controls the registration of KZA [Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg]’s membership,” a spokesperson said in an emailed statement.This means Indigenous Services Canada is ultimately responsible for processing Indian status registration for Section 11 bands.Section 11 bands are communities that follow Indian Status admission under the Indian Act.Indigenous Services Canada told APTN that processing times for Indian status can take anywhere from six to eight months. Kylie’s application took four months to process.Kylie’s father believes excluding the eight babies over administrative technicalities is wrong.“It feels like my daughter is being discriminated against and I’m feeling a bit discriminated against too,” he said.abernard@aptn.ca@Abernardnewslast_img read more

29 years after the Oka crisis land disputes still haunt Kanesatake

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsFor the past 27 years, Bryan Deer has gathered with other Mohawks at the foot of the Mercier bridge to commemorate what he calls the long hot summer of 1990 – the year the Oka crisis began.“Twenty nine years ago, I was on top of the Mercier bridge,” said Deer, who was part of the Mohawk warrior society who barricaded the bridge in support of nearby Kanesatake.The community just had a violent confrontation with provincial police.Fast forward to today, it seems things haven’t changed that much.“Almost 30 years after it happened, they want to push through development again in the same location.”(“It seems the government only listens when people start standing up,” says Bryan Deer. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)That development is 60 kilometres northwest of his community – in Kanesatake Mohawk territory.They also mark July 11 with a march that starts in the pines where the Oka crisis began.“This today, is 29 years we’ve been marching, 29 years, and we’re still where we were. It hasn’t changed,” said Mohawk elder John Cree.Walking at the front of the march next to Deer is his son, Jacob Kanawaienton Cree.This year they’re making a point walking down the very road that was blocked – and into the neighbouring community of Oka.“Little has changed,” said Jacob Cree, “you have another mayor in the village of Oka who wants to put Oka before what our rights are.”Recently, tensions between the municipality of Oka and Kanesatake have risen.Oka, which falls on Kanesatake’s traditional territory, has been building homes.While Kanesatake’s land claim negotiations with Canada have been crawling along.Mohawk Council of Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon says in his eight years in office, he has yet to receive the an offer from Canada he can bring back to community.“When we do have an offer, an offer that we feel the community can live with, that they would accept, but it’s not always about money.”(The march in Kanesatake takes place every July 11 to remember the start of the Oka crisis in 1990. Photo: Tom Fennario/APTN)Cree and other Kanesatake Mohawks are critical of council, saying the negotiations with Canada lack transparency.However Simon says a non-disclosure agreement with Canada prevents him from revealing the details of negotiations…even with community members.But in a social media post on July 5, Pascal Quevillion, the mayor of Oka, wrote that Kanesatake has received a $128 million offer to settle the land claim.“The number that the mayor of Oka put out there is not accurate at all,” said Simon. ”You know what, no one is trying to take anything away from the families that are there [in Oka], there’s going to be room for everyone to live in peace.”Read More:In the pines: Going back 25 years to the Mohawk resistance at KanehsatakeThere is some positive news for the Mohawks of Kanesatake.Simon says council has a moratorium of understanding with a land holder in Oka who has offered to use a provision called “an ecological gift” to give back 60 hectares of land to Kanesatake.Essentially the land holder receives a tax break while Kanesatake gets a portion of its territory back.“It’s a nice gesture,” said Cree“but it needs to just be reminded that it’s not theirs to give, it’s ours…got to start somewhere right?”As for Bryan Deer, he plans to keep marking the occasion every July 11.And not just for the sake of nostalgia.“We’re just here to remind the outside that, you know, we’re still here,” said Deer.“It seems the government only listens when people start standing up.”tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img read more

BlackBerrys accounted for only 3 of smartphones used in Canada at end

first_imgTORONTO – Somewhat reluctantly, Athar Afzal finally gave up on BlackBerry earlier this year.He was a longtime fan of the iconic Canadian phone brand but his company forced employees who weren’t already using iPhones to transition over. He was ready to make the change though, having grown fed up with the slowness of his aging BlackBerry Priv.According to online measurement firm comScore, there aren’t many holdouts left in Canada still using a BlackBerry.BlackBerrys accounted for only three per cent of the smartphones used in Canada at the end of last year, says comScore.A decade ago, the BlackBerry brand was at its peak — but about to experience a precipitous decline with the release of the first iPhone and the subsequent unveiling of the Google Android platform. In 2016, after years of failing to stem market share losses, BlackBerry announced a monumental change in strategy. The company’s new focus would be on software and it would no longer make phones, although partnerships with other hardware makers kept the brand alive.“They never kept up with the times,” Afzal lamented. “They just sold it on the keyboard.”Piotr Makuch also gave up on his BlackBerry Priv recently and switched to an iPhone.“I wouldn’t say I’m an absolute die-hard but I certainly appreciated a lot of the things that they do and I’ve always enjoyed my BlackBerry devices,” he said.“I’d never had an iPhone before and I appreciate that for all the limitations in terms of its customizability, with anything I run everything just works smoothly and nicely. And that’s a nice change from the Priv which would kind of chug when I tried to launch apps sometimes.”Afzal said a lack of operating system updates for his Priv left him frustrated as his device just got slower and slower. And while he appreciated that the device was marketed around data security, he found the software was unreasonably sluggish.“Every time you had to restart your BlackBerry it would take (up to) five minutes because it would go through all the security settings again. So from a functionality perspective, it would take forever, and it ended up becoming a nuisance actually,” Afzal said.But there are some BlackBerry loyalists who still remain faithful to the brand and hopeful for the future.Last year, Chinese company TCL released the well-reviewed KeyOne, which had the trademark BlackBerry keyboard, and it’s set to unveil the Key2 next month. A teaser ad promotes the phone with the tagline “an icon reborn.” TCL is one of the companies BlackBerry licensed its brand to.Makuch said he’s still open to getting another BlackBerry down the road, as long as it’s priced reasonably and not competing with a top-of-the-line iPhone.“I think about that keyboard all the time,” he said. “I really wish the phones were priced better.”last_img read more

Owners of the rail line to Churchill had duty to fix it

first_imgWINNIPEG – Federal regulators have ruled that the owners of a broken rail line to Churchill were wrong not to repair the track that kept the northern Manitoba community connected to the outside world.The Canadian Transportation Agency said in a ruling released Friday the Hudson Bay Railway Co., owned by Denver-based Omnitrax, has a legal obligation to fix and maintain the line.“The (Canada Transportation Act’s) long-standing rail level-of-service provisions reflect the public duty of railway companies to provide service on the railway lines they own or operate,” the 11-page ruling states.“The agency finds that since November 2017, HBR has been … in breach of its level of service obligations.”The line is the only land link to Churchill, on Hudson Bay, and was severely damaged by flooding in May of last year. Omnitrax said it could not afford the tens of millions of dollars needed to repair the line and rejected demands from the federal government to fix it.For the last year, goods and people have had to be flown in at much higher cost. Tourism to the subarctic community of 900 people, known for its polar bears, has been hit hard.Since last year, Omnitrax has been negotiating a deal to sell the rail line to a consortium of northern communities, including Churchill.Manitoba’s Opposition New Democrats filed the complaint with the federal regulator, which ruled Omnitrax must start repairs by July 3 and provide regular updates on its progress.“If Omnitrax hangs on to the rail line, they’ve got to fix the rail line and the clock is ticking,” NDP Leader Wab Kinew said Friday.Omnitrax has 30 days to appeal the ruling. The company refused to comment Friday and said it would spell out its position early next week.The decision may be moot, because Omnitrax reached an agreement in principle last month to sell the railway, along with the Port of Churchill, to the northern consortium.Churchill Mayor Mike Spence said Friday the deal, which would leave the new owners the responsibility for repairs, is close to complete, and the regulatory ruling doesn’t change anything.“We’re focused on finalizing the deal … we’re hoping to have this done within a couple of weeks.”Kinew said the ruling vindicates his party’s decision to take up the fight with Omnitrax. The Progressive Conservative government failed to take action, he said.“They threw up their hands, they said ‘There’s nothing that we could do’, so we took action.”last_img read more

Lawsuits alleging Roundup caused cancer can move forward

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Hundreds of lawsuits alleging Roundup weed killer caused cancer cleared a big hurdle Tuesday when a U.S. judge ruled that cancer victims and their families could present expert testimony linking the herbicide to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said evidence that the active ingredient in Roundup — glyphosate — can cause the disease seemed “rather weak.” Still, the opinions of three experts linking glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma were not “junk science” that should be excluded from a trial, the judge ruled.The lawsuits say agrochemical giant Monsanto, which makes Roundup, long knew about the cancer risk but failed to warn people. The ruling allows the claims to move forward, though the judge warned it could be a “daunting challenge” to convince him to allow a jury to hear testimony that glyphosate was responsible for individual cancer diagnoses.Many government regulators have rejected a link between cancer and glyphosate. Monsanto has vehemently denied such a connection, saying hundreds of studies have established that the chemical is safe.The company is facing hundreds of lawsuits in state and federal courts that claim otherwise. Chhabria is presiding over more than 400 of them.A separate trial is under way in San Francisco in a lawsuit by a school groundskeeper dying of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — the first case a jury has heard alleging Roundup caused cancer.In response to Chhabria’s ruling, Monsanto Vice-President Scott Partridge noted the judge excluded some of the plaintiffs’ experts and called the opinions of those he is allowing to testify “shaky.”“Moving forward, we will continue to defend these lawsuits with robust evidence that proves there is absolutely no connection between glyphosate and cancer,” Partridge said in a statement. “We have sympathy for anyone suffering from cancer, but the science clearly shows that glyphosate was not the cause.”Michael Baum, an attorney for the plaintiffs, said he was still reviewing the ruling but was pleased the judge rejected Monsanto’s effort to have the lawsuits thrown out.“We look forward to taking the next step — getting our clients their day in court,” he said in a statement.The judge wanted to determine whether the science behind the claim that glyphosate can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma had been properly tested and met other requirements to be considered valid.Chhabria spent a week in March hearing dueling testimony from epidemiologists. He peppered them with questions about potential strengths and weaknesses of research on the cancer risk of glyphosate.Beate Ritz, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, testified for the plaintiffs that her review of scientific literature led her to conclude that glyphosate and glyphosate-based compounds such as Roundup can cause non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Ritz said a 2017 National Institutes of Health study that found no association between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma had major flaws.Monsanto brought in its own expert, Lorelei Mucci, a cancer epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who praised the 2017 study.“When you look at the body of epidemiological literature on this topic, there’s no evidence of a positive association between glyphosate and NHL risk,” she said of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.In his ruling Tuesday, the judge said Ritz and Mucci could both testify before a jury.Monsanto developed glyphosate in the 1970s, and the weed killer is now sold in more than 160 countries. Farmers in California, the most agriculturally productive state in the U.S., use it on more than 200 types of crops. Homeowners use it on their lawns and gardens.The herbicide came under increasing scrutiny after the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, classified it as a “probable human carcinogen” in 2015.A flurry of lawsuits against Monsanto followed, and California added glyphosate to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer. Monsanto has attacked the international research agency’s opinion as an outlier.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says glyphosate is safe for people when used in accordance with label directions.A federal judge in Sacramento has blocked California from requiring that Roundup carry a label stating that it is known to cause cancer, saying the warning is misleading because almost all regulators have concluded that there is no evidence glyphosate is carcinogenic.last_img read more

Haddish and Hart lead Night School to No 1 with 28M

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – For the first time in more than two years, a straight-up comedy is No. 1 at the box office. Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish’s “Night School” debuted with $28 million in ticket sales, according to estimates Sunday.The race for the weekend top spot was, in the end, a laugher. Warner Bros.’ animated release “Smallfoot,” which cost about $80 million to make, trailed in second with $23 million.Not since Melissa McCarthy’s “The Boss” topped the box office in April 2016 has a comedy that didn’t mix other genre elements been No. 1. The romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” was a huge success, leading the box office for four straight weeks, and Tyler Perry’s two horror-comedies — “Boo! A Madea Halloween” and its sequel — both opened at the top.But big-screen comedy has been in a tailspin for years. It took two of comedy’s biggest names teaming up to push Universal’s “Night School” to the year’s best comedy opening.“We’ve been very consistent in this genre,” said Jim Orr, distribution chief for Universal. “When you get in business with people like Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish who are just on fire, and then really extraordinary filmmakers like (producer) Will Packer, that’s how you get good results.”More than most studios, Universal has stuck by comedy. This year, it also released the prom-night farce “Blockers” ($60.1 million worldwide on a $21 million budget) and the comic musical “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” ($390.1 million worldwide on a $75 million budget).It’s the second straight No. 1 for Universal, which last week led ticket sales with the Amblin Entertainment-produced fantasy “The House With a Clock in Its Walls.” It earned $12.5 million in its second weekend.“We have a very diverse approach to our slate,” Orr said. “We’re not just superhero movies or anything else like that. When you see these kinds of results, you know that that’s the right thing to do, that it pays off.”Frights not laughs have become the hotter attraction at the movies, but for one weekend at least, horror and comedy switched roles. Lionsgate’s Halloween-themed “Hell Fest” debuted meekly with $5.1 million.“Over the last few years, comedy has just taken a real roller coaster ride with audiences either not locking into the premise or not vibing with the stars,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst or comScore. “The quality, or at least the perceived quality of many of the movies, especially the R-rated comedies, has been so bad that time after time people got disenchanted by the genre.”“Night School,” in which Hart plays a man who returns to his high school to get his GED certificate (Haddish plays his teacher), fared poorly with critics, earning a 30 per cent “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But the draw of Hart and Haddish was enough to supersede bad reviews. This is Hart’s 11th No. 1 film.It also helped that “Night School” reteamed Haddish with director Malcolm D. Lee. Their “Girls’ Trip” was 2017’s biggest comedy hit, making $140.4 million globally. “Night School” drew a diverse audience: 37 per cent white, 30 per cent African-American and 24 per cent Hispanic.David Lowery’s “The Old Man & the Gun,” which Robert Redford has said will be his final film as an actor (though he’s wavered on that), opened in five theatres, scoring a strong per-screen average of $30,000. Redford plays an aged bank robber in the heist film co-starring Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck.And “Free Solo,” National Geographic’s documentary about rock climber Alex Honnold’s ropeless ascent of Yosemite’s El Capitan, grossed $300,804 in four theatres. The per-screen average of $75,201, the company said, is the best screen-average opening ever for a documentary.National Geographic debuted E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s film not just in the usual limited-release cities of New York and Los Angeles, but in climbing capitals Denver and Boulder, Colorado.The “Night School”-led weekend — up 15.5 per cent compared with last year — helped Hollywood score the second-best September at the box office. It follows September 2017, when “It” set records. Warner Bros.’ horror spinoff “The Nun” ($330 million worldwide) was this month’s top film.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday also are included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Night School,” $28 million ($5.5 million international).2. “Smallfoot,” $23 million ($14 million international).3. “The House With a Clock in Its Walls,” $12.5 million ($9.4 million international).4. “A Simple Favor,” $6.6 million ($7.1 million international).5. “The Nun,” $5.4 million ($16.2 million international).6. “Hell Fest,” $5.1 million.7. “Crazy Rich Asians,” $4.2 million ($3.2 million international).8. “The Predator,” $3.7 million ($7 million international).9. “White Boy Rick,” $2.4 million.10. “Peppermint,” $1.8 million ($1.3 million international).___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “The Nun,” $16.2 million.2. “Johnny English Strikes Again,” $14.2 million.3. “Smallfoot,” $14 million.4. “Incredibles 2,” $11.9 million.5. “The House With a Clock in Its Walls,” $9.4 million.6. “Cry Me a Sad River,” $7.9 million7. “The Great Battle,” $7.3 million.8. “A Simple Favor,” $7.1 million.9. “Golden Job,” $7.1 million.10. “The Predator,” $7 million.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPlast_img read more

Natural Resources minister says new pipelines the answer to oil price problems

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi says he shares Albertan’s “frustration” at billions of dollars being lost to the Canadian economy due to oil price discounts linked to export pipeline capacity constraints.But he says Ottawa is focused on finding long-term solutions by getting approval for new export pipelines such as the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project it bought in August and by pursuing Bill C-69 to reform the National Energy Board.Following a speech at an Energy Council of Canada forum in downtown Calgary, Sohi told reporters the key to building pipelines is building trust in regulatory processes and engaging affected parties early on so that approvals aren’t overturned, as was the case with Trans Mountain.The judge that overturned that project’s NEB approval cited a lack of meaningful consultations with Indigenous people and failure to consider marine environmental impacts.An NEB reconsideration of the identified issues is expected to conclude by February but Sohi said he won’t put a deadline on new Indigenous consultations now underway. Asked about an Alberta request in October for the federal government to support crude-by-rail shipments, Sohi said the Alberta request is being examined by his department but he hasn’t actually seen it.“My administration has been engaging with the province of Alberta, their officials and the officials from other provinces to explore options, options that can work, options that are practical to implement and options that will actually give us the ability to transport Alberta resources in a way that needs to be done,” he said.“Those are short-term solutions but the long-term solution is making sure pipeline capacity is expanded.”Asked then what options are being considered, he said: “I don’t know what those options are. Officials are engaging with the provincial officials.”last_img read more

Imran orders probe India seeks details into forced conversion and marriages of

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday ordered a probe into reports of abduction, forced conversion and underage marriages of two teenage Hindu girls in Sindh province and to take immediate steps for their recovery, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said. The two girls, Raveena (13) and Reena (15), were allegedly kidnapped by a group of “influential” men from their home in Ghotki district in Sindh on the eve of Holi. Soon after the kidnapping, a video went viral in which a cleric was purportedly shown soleminising the Nikah (marriage) of the two girls, triggering a nationwide outrage. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In a separate video, the minor girls can be seen saying that they accepted Islam of their own free will. In a Twitter post in Urdu on Sunday, Information Minister Chaudhry said that the prime minister has asked the Sindh chief minister to look into reports that the girls in question have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab. Chaudhry said the prime minister has also ordered the Sindh and Punjab governments to devise a joint action plan in light of the incident, and to take concrete steps to prevent such incidents from happening again. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “The minorities in Pakistan make up the white of our flag and all of our flag’s colours are precious to us. Protection of our flag is our duty,” he said. On Saturday, Chaudhry said that the government had taken notice of reports of the forced conversion and underage marriages of the two girls. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi has directed IG Police Sindh to probe and submit report on abduction of two Hindu girls at the earliest. In a tweet, he said “both the girls are citizens of Pakistan and it is our binding duty to protect them.” The Hindu community in Pakistan has carried out massive demonstrations calling for strict action to be taken against those responsible, while reminding Prime Minister Khan of his promises to the minorities of the country. Last year, Khan during his election campaign had said his party’s agenda was to uplift the various religious groups across Pakistan and said they would take effective measures to prevent forced marriages of Hindu girls. Pakistan Hindu Council chief and Member of National Assembly from the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Ramesh Kumar Vankwani condemned the incident and demanded that the bill against forced conversion, which was unanimously passed by Sindh Assembly in 2016 and then reverted due to pressure of extremist elements, must be resurrected and passed in the assembly on priority basis. “All of those who are preaching hate under the cover of religion must be handled like banned religious organisations,” he added. Sanjesh Dhanja, President of Pakistan Hindu Sewa Welfare Trust, an NGO, earlier urged Prime Minister Khan to take note of the incident and prove to everyone that minorities were indeed safe and secure in Pakistan. “The truth is minorities suffer from different sorts of persecution and the problem of young Hindu girls being kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to convert to Islam or get married to much older men is widespread in Sindh, he said. Dhanja said the Hindu community had staged several sit-ins in Ghotki district after which police reluctantly registered FIR against the accused persons. The Hindu community leaders have claimed that the accused belonged to the Kohbar and Malik tribes in the area. Following the incident, an FIR was filed by the girls’ brother, alleging that their father had an altercation with the accused sometime ago and on the eve of Holi they armed with pistols forcibly entered their home and took the sisters away. A Pakistan Muslim League-Functional MPA Nand Kumar Goklani, who had initially moved a bill against forced conversions, urged the government to get the law passed immediately. Hindus form the biggest minority community in Pakistan. According to official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus live in Pakistan. However, according to the community, over 90 lakh Hindus are living in the country. Majority of Pakistan’s Hindu population is settled in Sindh province where they share culture, traditions and language with their Muslim On the other hand, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday sought details from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad following reports of abduction, forced conversion and underage marriages of two Pakistani Hindu girls in Sindh province. “I have asked the Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan to send a report,” the Minister tweeted. The two sisters, aged 15 and 13, were reportedly abducted on the eve of Holi. The incident came to light after their father and brother said in videos that went viral on social media that the two were kidnapped and forced to embrace Islam. In a separate video, however, the minor girls are heard saying that they accepted Islam of their own free will. Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered a probe into the incident, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Sunday. Chaudhry said Khan wanted concrete steps taken to prevent such incidents from happening again. The Hindu community in Pakistan staged protests seeking action against the kidnappers.last_img read more

Delhi Cricket Eight Board of Directors sign resolution to remove prez Rajat

first_imgNew Delhi: Eight Board of Directors of the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) have signed a joint resolution for withdrawal of all powers vested with president Rajat Sharma, a move that could have far-reaching implications. The DDCA’s decision making body is Board of Directors and with eight out of the 16 signing the resolution (in possession of PTI), the renowned journalist may have problems in functioning smoothly. The ones who have signed the resolution during a meeting held last Sunday are Vinod Tihara, Rajan Manchanda, Sanjay Bhardwaj, Alok Mittal, Apurv Gupta, SN Sharma, Sudhir Agarwal and Nitin Gupta. Tihara, who was made the secretary, and former cricketer Bhardwaj had protested at the start of Sharma’s tenure saying they didn’t like his ways of functioning. Tihara, in fact, was suspended and he took legal recourse to get a favourable verdict. However government nominee and most notable member in the BoD Gautam Gambhir didn’t sign the resolution along with six others (barring Sharma). The resolution statement read: “Resolved that powers to the president that was accorded to him on 02/07/2018 by the Board of Directors for day to day running of affairs is withdrawn and all the decisions will be taken by the apex council. We further resolve that we passed this resolution by circulation considering the urgency of the matter and may be placed at the next apex council for taking note of.”last_img read more

Depressed youth sets himself on fire at Salt Lake residence

first_imgKolkata: A youth reportedly committed suicide by setting himself on fire early on Sunday morning at BF block in Salt Lake. His family members claimed that the youth, identified as Adhip Mukherjee, was suffering from mental depression.According to police, on Sunday at around 5:30 am, one Shaonli Majumdar, a resident of BF-39, saw flames coming out of a window at the first floor of BF-53, which is located just opposite her house. Immediately, she rushed there and alerted the house owner Vivekananda Chakraborty, who along with his wife Sunayana immediately went upstairs. They found that fire had broken out at the room where their nephew resides. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSeeing no other way, Vivekananda broke the door and found Mukherjee lying on the floor in burnt condition. After having a close look, they understood that he was already dead. The Bidhannagar North police station was informed immediately. Later, police recovered the body and searched Mukherjee’s room. During the search, a four-page suicide note was recovered. In the note, it was written that he did not want to live anymore as he was feeling alone in this world. Mukherjee had also mentioned who is going to be the owner of the property belonging to him. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDuring questioning, Sunayana and Vivekananda stated that Mukherjee had tried to commit suicide twice earlier. During July last year when he went to Frasergunj at Bakkhali in South 24-Parganas, he reportedly tried to commit suicide by jumping into the ocean but was rescued by the locals. Mukherjee had been suffering from depression since 2005, when his father passed away. The situation got worse after his mother died in 2016. Since then, he had been staying with his aunt’s family. He was also going through psychiatric treatment for depression. But recently, he stopped taking his medication. An Unnatural Death case has been registered at Bidhannagar North police station.last_img read more

Will sue Kejriwal for maligning my image Hans Raj Hans over conversion

first_imgNew Delhi: Punjabi singer and BJP candidate from North West Delhi in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls Hans Raj Hans on Friday said he would file a defamation case against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders for “maligning” his image. The AAP has accused Hans of converting to Islam in 2014 and claimed that he cannot contest the election from North West Delhi as the seat is reserved for the Scheduled Caste (SC) category. “I am used to speaking Urdu but that does not mean I am a Muslim. Does a Muslim speaking Hindi become a Hindu?,” Hans asked at a Press conference here. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesIn a tweet on Thursday, AAP supremo Kejriwal had claimed that Hans would finally be declared ineligible to contest the polls. Accusing the AAP chief of spreading fake news, Hans said, “I am deeply hurt. I have a passport in the name of Hans Raj Hans. I will file a defamation case against Kejriwal and other AAP leaders.” Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta said Kejriwal and his party were “losing credibility” by levelling baseless allegations on their opponents and then seeking apologies.last_img read more

Class 12 results of NDMC schools record upward trend

first_imgNEW DELHI: The New Delhi Municipal Council’s Navyug schools have shown a remarkable achievement in class 12th result in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).”The overall result of NDMC and Navyug Schools as whole, this year comes out to 94.21% which was 93.66% in 2018 and 89.9% in 2017 and 86.67% in 2016, thus recording an upward trend in the overall result of the class 12th in the year 2019 as compared to the year 2016, 2017 and 2018,” as claimed in the NDMC’s statements. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesWhile the NDMC further stated that the overall result of CBSE for the entire country is 83.4% and that of Delhi region is 91.87%. The performance of NDMC and Navyug Schools overtakes national pass percentage and that of Delhi region pass percentage. Regular mentoring and monitoring by the NDMC, at all levels created an environment of accountability and responsibility. Subject wise enrichment sessions and visits of the schools by academic consultant/officers to observe different aspects of academics proved to be very effective. Simultaneously, attention was paid to ensure regularity and punctuality.last_img read more

Agri dept conducts survey to assess damages caused by Fani

first_imgKolkata: State Agriculture department is conducting a survey to ascertain the quantum of damage to paddy cultivation in various districts caused by the cyclone ‘Fani’ that hit the state late Friday night.State Agriculture department has instructed its officials to carry out a detailed survey, to ascertain the loss which paddy farmers faced in the districts immediately the incident happened. Following the instruction from the department, the officials started visiting various villages and examining the paddy fields. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe officials will also examine to ascertain whether the farmers producing other food grains had suffered any such loss. The department may extend financial assistance to the farmers who have incurred loss due to the severe cyclone. The effect of the cyclone in the state was less as it lost the intensity while entering Bengal. The department officials have already started the survey works. They have been visiting all the districts which were hit by the cyclone. After assessing the situation the department officials will submit to the state agriculture minister. The final decision on the financial assistance will be taken after examining the survey report in detail. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”The paddy farmers in various districts have lost their crops due to the cyclone. The farmers who are among the worst-hit are from the districts of East Midnapore, East Midnapore, Murshidabad, Birbhum and Nadia. We are considering how they can be compensated after going through the report,” a senior official of the department said. The department is also chalking out an elaborate plan on how to extend financial assistance to the farmers in the cyclone affected districts. The district and the block level officers are carrying out the survey not only to ascertain the loss and also identify the beneficiaries who are entitled to get the compensation. State government introduced various schemes to protect the farmers from incurring any loss caused by such incidents. It may be mentioned that Bengal is the first state in the country to introduce crop insurance scheme, where the beneficiaries will not have to pay any amount as insurance premium in case of any natural disaster.last_img read more