Neil Young rocks at Desert Trip music festival for 2 hours

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement There were subtle and overt political overtones to the performance. Women dressed as farmers, in plaid shirts and overalls, pretended to throw seeds and tend small plants onstage before Young came out. Later, men in hazmat suits acted as though they were spraying the grounds. Young wore a T-shirt that read “Water is life.”The band’s non-stop set included “Harvest Moon,” “Powderfinger,” and “Welfare Mothers,” which Young joked was “Donald Trump’s new campaign song.” Advertisement Neil Young performed for nearly two hours to open the second night of the Desert Trip music festival, matching the energy of band members half his age.Wearing his trademark black hat, Young started his set alone behind the piano, opening with “After the Gold Rush,” accompanying himself on harmonica.He then strapped on an acoustic guitar to play “Heart of Gold” and “Comes a Time” before his band, Promise of the Real, joined Young onstage. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgYOU NEED A DREAM SCENE!!!.WHAT IS A DREAM SCENE?Dream Scenes are original scripts written for you.  Dream Scenes can be used as part of your demo reel to showcase your work to casting directors, agents or producers.  You will work with a Director, you will receive coaching and script development. We provide Camera, Sound, Lighting, and Editing.Here are 2 sample dream scenes we have recently shot:TO VIEW ADDITIONAL DREAM SCENES – CLICK HEREENTER TO WIN YOUR DREAM SCENE!HOW TO ENTERGo to out the formTell us about yourself via text or videoHit the submit button and that’s it!We look forward to seeing your scene on the screen!CONTEST CLOSES SUNDAY, MAY 28TH AT MIDNIGHT.ABOUT THE TORONTO MONOLOGUE SLAM (TO SLAM)Each and every month, Toronto’s hottest up and coming actors deliver intimate and electrifying performances as they battle for the title of Toronto’s best Actor! Judged by an expert panel of the industry’s top agents, teachers, directors, casting directors, producers and actors. The winner receives $100 cash, prizes and the honor of defending their title at the next TMS!  Visit TO SLAM – CLICK HERE.ABOUT eBOSS CANADAeBOSS Canada is quickly becoming the fastest grow FREE network for the Canadian Entertainment industry. eBOSS is an acronym for Entertainment Business One-Stop Shop and this company lives up to that name by providing updated News, Event Notices, Job Notices, Casting Notices, Training and a full Directory of companies and personnel. eBOSS covers the Film, TV, Commercial, Theatre, Music, Fashion, Photography and Arts. What makes eBOSS unique? YOU post your announcements. A valuable resource to keep informed and to self-promote.  Visit eBOSS Canada – CLICK HERE The Toronto Monologue Slam and eBOSS Canada present the WIN A DREAM SCENE CONTEST.As an actor your success depends on showcasing your work. Most actors encounter the same issues:• You need material for your demo reel.• You need a demo reel to get an agent.• You recently shot a film but won’t get footage for 6 months to a year.• You have some footage but it’s not great OR• You have footage that no longer represents who you are as an artist.• You need a way to show that you can play a specific character.SOLUTION? Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more


first_imgIn this June 26, 2017, file photo, Canadian rapper Drake arrives at the NBA Awards in New York. Drake is going on tour. He announced the Aubrey and The Three Amigos tour on Monday, May 14, 2018. Drake will be joined by “Walk It Talk It” collaborators Migos and special guests on the North American leg through the summer and fall. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Rapper Drake has released a trailer for his new album Scorpion.The record will be released on Friday, but the Hotline Bling hitmaker is setting the mood with a new promo.Drake’s trailer comes days after billboards featuring phrases, “Changing from Boy to a Man,” “I Just Flipped a Switch,” “Don’t Hit Me When You Hear This,” “Is There More,” “Elevate,” “God Has a Plan, and “A Side B Side,” began appearing around Toronto, referencing the title of the album. Login/Register With: Advertisement It also follows a Degrassi: The Next Generation-themed video he released for his song I’m Upset.The 31-year-old became famous for playing Jimmy Brooks, a basketball player who became disabled after he was shot by a classmate, on the popular teen series, which ran for 14 years from 2001.center_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgHere’s what is known: the new season is set in 1950 in Kansas City, Mo. Actor/comedian Rock will star as the leader of a crime family caught up in the migration of African Americans from the U.S. south who travelled north to escape segregation and oppression.Rock’s character must surrender his oldest son to his enemy and also raise his enemy’s son as his own in order to thrive in his new settings. Complicating matters further is a new wave of immigration from Europe entering Kansas City, including members of an Italian crime syndicate.A release from the network describes the new season as “a story of basically decent people who are probably in over their heads. You know, Fargo.”The Emmy and Peabody-winning drama, based on the Coen brothers feature film, has been on the shelf for an extended period as creator/writer/showrunner Noah Hawley juggled feature film work as well as his duties on his other FX series, “Legion.” Rock, 53, was quoted saying he can’t wait to work on the series.Hawley, as well as executive producer Warren Littlefield, have praised the largely Calgary-based crews working the series during its first three seasons. Littlefield’s other award-winning drama, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” shoots in and around Toronto, Hamilton and Cambridge, Ont.Shows don’t always stay put, however. Hawley’s other FX series, “Legion,” was relocated from Vancouver to California for its second season, lured by enhanced tax incentives on the American west coast.That move, Hawley explained last January, was also largely dictated by second season “Legion” scripts calling for more desert scenes.“You want to embrace what the location you’re filming in has to offer you,” said Hawley of the shift south. “The sad thing with Vancouver is that people often shoot Vancouver to imitate someplace else — or Toronto or Atlanta — rather than, no, it’s this beautiful mountainous evergreen terrain. I just want to embrace where we are.”The most recent season of “Fargo,” which aired in 2017, starred Ewan McGregor in a dual role. Kirsten Dunst and Ted Danson headlined Season 2, with Billy Bob Thornton starring in the first season.Thornton took in a Calgary Stampeders CFL game during his 10-episode stint and was amazed to see shirtless fans in the stands painted in team colours.The Arkansas native had a great time in Canada but in an interview in 2014 admitted that the winter shoot took some getting used to.“One night, it went down to 40 below and they wouldn’t allow us to work,” he said at the time. “You figure if a Canadian says it’s too dangerous to go out there, it probably is too dangerous to go out.”by BILL BRIOUX | THE CANADIAN PRESS— Bill Brioux is a freelance TV columnist based in Brampton, Ont. Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement AppleMark Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO – FX Networks CEO and President John Landgraf announced today in Los Angeles that Chris Rock will star in a fourth season of “Fargo.”Each season of the Emmy-winning anthology drama features a new cast of headliners as it skips through different decades. Up until now, production has been based in and around Calgary, with the Canadian city doubling for Minnesota as well as North and South Dakota.The new season is not scheduled to commence filming until 2019. A Fox spokesperson today said it is too early to tell where production will be located Facebooklast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Calgary Opera: Rigoletto Advertisement In 2012, director Michael Cavanagh staged a bold production of Giuseppe Verdi’s classic opera Rigoletto for the Hamilton Opera in Ontario.He moved the setting from the 16th-century northern Italy palace of Duke of Mantua to steel-tower corporate headquarters in modern day. The titular character was transformed from a hunchbacked court jester to the company’s boardroom cutup.It was bold, but hardly the boldest reboot of Verdi’s famously grim and beautifully scored tale. Last year, The Metropolitan Opera shifted the action to Las Vegas circa 1960, recasting the licentious Duke as a lecherous lounge singer and Rigoletto as an insult-tossing comedian from his entourage. In the early 1980s, Jonathan Miller famously set the opera in the bloody world of organized crime in New York’s Little Italy during the 1950s. One recent production in Munich had the whole sordid tale surface on the Planet of the Apes. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: RIDE ALL DAY PASSRegular Ticket Price: $65.99eBOSS Discount Price: $41.00 (you save $24.99) – Aug 16-Sep 2 OnlineTO PURCHASE TICKETS, FOLLOW THIS LINK: use this access code: 2019H4WWV3GR at this link HERE to download the instructionsPurchase your tickets online and save, save, save … then go have fun, fun, fun!(Feel free to share this with anyone/everyone who is going to The Ex)Offer valid up to Sept. 2, 2019 Facebook Advertisement Thinking of going to The EX?eBOSS Canada has arranged discounted tickets and passesfor you, your family and friends.GENERAL ADMISSIONRegular Ticket Price: $19.99eBOSS Discount Price: $15.00 (you save $4.99) – Aug 16-Sep 2 Online Twitterlast_img read more

Chiefs frustrated with AFN meeting

first_img(Akwesasne Grand Chief Mike Mitchell. APTN/Photo)APTN National NewsGatineau, Que.-A key Mohawk chief says he is getting frustrated with the structure of the Assembly of First Nations special chiefs gathering in Gatineau, Que.Akwesasne Mohawk Council Grand Chief Mike Mitchell said chiefs attending the meeting are “sitting there like zombies” while AFN executive and regional chiefs give “long winded speeches.”Mitchell said chiefs should be discussing big picture issues, not technical issues which are usually handled by band council staff.“We should be discussing life after the Indian Act and governance,” said Mitchell. “I’m getting frustrated.”While AFN national Chief Shawn Atleo has made abolishing the Indian Act one of his main priorities, Mitchell said chiefs were hoping to discuss what to do if and when the over century-old legislation gets scrapped.“I have had 20 chiefs saying, ‘what is it going to be like after we get the Indian Act out,” said Mitchell. “We just can’t say we are going to get rid of the Indian Act, we have to replace it with something, and discussing that replacement is the dialogue chiefs have to have with each other.”Mitchell said the AFN should be relaying technical information about environment and health programs in annual reports, not burying chiefs with data. “There are all these long-winded speeches, but nothing is said,” said Mitchell, who stepped out of the Ontario chief’s caucus meeting to regain his composure.Mitchell said several chiefs had left in frustration.AFN Ontario regional chief Angus Toulouse said Mitchell’s concerns have been raised by other leaders.He said the AFN needs to expand to include sessions for administrative staff to focus on technical issues and a separate forum for chiefs to discuss broader issues.“The AFN is limited because of resources,” said Toulouse.Mitchell said he was hoping to discuss reported plans by Canada and the U.S. to integrate the border and create a continental security perimeter.Akwesasne straddles the Canada-U.S. border and residents there face numerous bureaucratic and security hurdles in their daily life as a result.Mitchell said Canada needed to include Akwesasne in any discussions around integrating the Canada-U.S. border.“We are gathering as much information as possible,” he said. “Canada has gone ahead and pledged many things on our behalf without consulting or discussing with us.”last_img read more

Quebec police hunting for Six Nations owner of famed Burger Barn in

first_img(Photo of the Burger Barn posted on Jason Hill’s Facebook page in 2012 shows sign advertising imminent visit by Food Network show You Gotta Eat Here!)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe owner of a famous burger eatery in Six Nations is now considered a fugitive by Quebec provincial police in connection with an operation aimed at dismantling a suspected criminal network that allegedly spanned three continents and moved tobacco, cocaine and cash.The Surete du Quebec (SQ) said Thursday its detectives were still searching for Jason Hill, 38, from Six Nations, an Iroquois community that sits about 40 km southwest of Hamilton, as part of the fallout from Operation Mygale.The SQ alleged Hill is connected to a biker gang-linked criminal network that imported about two million kilograms of U.S.-grown tobacco since 2014 through the New York State-Ontario border crossings of Lansdown and Fort Eerie and the New York State-Quebec border crossing of Lacolle.Jason Hill, 38, from Six Nations. SQ handout photo.The SQ claimed the criminal network also imported cocaine from contact points in Mexico and moved cash back to the U.S., South America and Europe.Hill and his wife Celeste Hill are owners of the Burger Barn, a well-known eatery that was featured in 2013 by the Food Network program, You Gotta Eat Here!APTN contacted the Burger Barn Thursday but could not obtain a comment.Now Hill is featured by the SQ in an organizational chart that identifies the Six Nations entrepreneur as the alleged buyer of tobacco from North Carolina farms.The contraband tobacco, which Hill allegedly arranged for purchase, was processed in Six Nations and in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake, which sits next to Montreal, and turned into cigarettes which were then sold on the black market for hefty margins, the SQ said.The SQ believe Hill is currently outside Canada.Download (PDF, Unknown)While the SQ tried to highlight the so-called “Aboriginal organized crime” angle of the operation, the agency provided little information to support the claim beyond evidence of tobacco smuggling.Many Mohawks see the tobacco trade as a sovereignty issue and consider the movement and sale of tobacco as a right. The Harper government made the sale and manufacturing of unlicensed tobacco products a Criminal Code offence. It had previously been a tax enforcement issue.No raids were carried out Wednesday in Six Nations or Kahnawake, despite an initial claim by the SQ.Only four individuals ensnared in the operation have so far been linked to a First Nation community. Besides Hill, the SQ named Hunter Montour 45, Todd Beauchamp, 48, and Derek White, 45, who are all from Kahnawake, among the dozens arrested Wednesday.Derek White in 2012. APTN/FileWhite, a NASCAR driver who was featured in a news piece by APTN in 2012, has been under police surveillance since 2006, according to a previously obtained file from the RCMP’s Aboriginal Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.White was identified by police, but never charged, during the lead-up to Operation Cancun in 2008 which targeted a Mohawk-based marijuana smuggling operation in Kahnawake and Akwesasne, a Mohawk community which straddles the Canada-U.S. border and sits about 120 kilometres west of Montreal.Download (PDF, 23KB)White told Kahnawake’s Eastern Door newspaper in an article published Thursday evening that his charges were all tobacco-related and that he turned himself in. He denied any links to the drug trade.“All it has to do with is with tobacco, it has nothing to do with any of the other stuff they’re making up,” White told the Eastern Door. “I have nothing to do with drugs, or ISIS or terrorism…I have nothing to do with that shit, absolutely zero. They want their tax money, that’s all.”White told the Eastern Door he posted $20,000 bail. He also told the Eastern Door he knows only one other person in the organizational chart released by the SQ, Paul Jean.Jean was identified as the “right arm” to the organization’s head, Sylvain Ethier. Ethier owns a bar in Sainte-Therese, Que., called Prohibition.White, who is listed as the number three on the organizational chart, said he knew Jean through the NASCAR circuit.It’s unclear from the interview whether White is aware he’s been watched by the RCMP and the SQ for over a decade, as the Cancun files revealed.Vrej Jartidian, 36, aka Kuzz Canada, is also wanted by the Surete du Quebec as part of Operation Mygale. Jartidian is wanted by U.S. authorities for his involvement with a Massachusetts-based crime organization. Handout photo.Like Mygale, Operation Cancun also trumpeted the Mohawk angle.However, an APTN investigation into the tendrils of Cancun revealed the main money players in the organization were not Mohawk. The alleged banker for that network, a still-fugitive businessman named Michael Chamas (who is also now known as Mikhael J.S. Mezrahi), spoke at a Conservative party fundraisers and was involved in an effort to buy a Quebec bank with former Mulroney cabinet minister John Crosbie and John Reynolds, the former chair of Harper’s 2004 leadership campaign.One of the individuals currently wanted by the SQ as part of Mygale is Vrej Jartidian, 36, aka Kuzz Canada, is also a fugitive from American law enforcement.Download (PDF, 42KB)A U.S. law enforcement source told APTN Thursday Jartidian is still wanted for his involvement in a Massachusetts-based criminal organization that smuggled marijuana from Canada into the U.S. and used the proceeds to import cocaine bought from the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.Nicolas Anthis, one of Chamas’ business associates who was also under surveillance during Cancun, was convicted for a money laundering role with the Massachusetts organization which was headed by a Syrian named Safwan Madarati.Jartidian was a close associate of Madarati, according to a U.S. law enforcement read more

Metis filmmaker explores A Life on the Line

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN NewsFor Indigenous people the act of trapping animals has been part of daily life for centuries.The practice has been passed down from generation to generation, but in recent years fewer young people have been carrying on with the tradition.In the new documentary, A Life on the Line, Metis filmmaker Sam Karney explores the importance of trapping and his own role in maintaining the tradition.The concept started five years ago when Karney produced several mini-documentaries for Global News Winnipeg on his father’s trapping business. A couple of years later Karney co-founded Winnipeg-based production company Ice River Films. Here he began to workshop the idea of producing a full-length documentary on his father’s business but this time he would be in front of the camera.“It’s a huge, huge part of Canadian history, and there’s no denying trapping is one of the reasons why Canada exists. It’s one of the reasons why the Metis people exist,” Karney told APTN News on Monday.“I felt it was important for people to have an understanding that people still do this. It’s not a thing that disappeared with industrialization.”In the documentary Karney returns to his home community of Roblin, MB, approximately 400 km southwest of Winnipeg, to spend a season on the trap line with his father.His father, Chuck Karney, began trapping nearly three decades ago when Karney was just a young boy. His father took over a trap line in Duck Mountain Provincial Forest from a family friend.As a teen Karney had little interest in learning the family business. He moved to Winnipeg when he was 17 to pursue a career in broadcast.“My dad’s been doing it 25-26 years so it was always kind of around but I never really took an active role in it,” said Karney. “He would drag me out from time to time and I would just watch. I thought this is stupid I just wanted to go home so I didn’t really appreciate it.”Over the course of the documentary Karney learns first hand how much work goes into trapping while at the same time learning more about his Metis background.“A lot of what I’m doing out here in the trap line, even though I’m being taught by my European father, is what my Metis ancestors would have done.”He’s Ukrainian on his father’s side and Metis on his mother’s.He said filming the documentary gave him a new sense of appreciation for what his father does and vice versa.“We’ve always had a really good relationship. If we didn’t we wouldn’t have made this film. We have a really good rapport between us. What we both kind of got was more of a mutual respect for what each of us does.”A Life on the Line is co-produced by Winnipeg-based production companies Ice River Films and Wookey Films.The documentary has been produced with support from APTN and will air on APTN on Jan. 16 and 19.bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

EPA to ease emission restrictions on coalfired power plants

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration is moving to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s efforts to slow global warming, seeking to ease restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.In a plan expected to be made public in coming days, the Environmental Protection Agency declared the Obama-era rule exceeded federal law by setting emissions standards that power plants could not reasonably meet. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the 43-page document, which underscored President Donald Trump’s bid to revive the struggling coal industry.The EPA’s new proposal would make good on Trump’s campaign pledge to unravel Obama’s efforts to curb global warming and follows Trump’s promise to pull the United States out of the landmark Paris climate agreement. Nearly 200 countries have committed to combat global warming by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.The EPA won’t prescribe an immediate replacement to the plan, but will seek public comment on whether to curb climate-warming emissions from coal and natural gas power plants.A spokeswoman for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt declined to comment Friday on the authenticity of the leaked document but said the Obama administration “pushed the bounds of their authority so far” that the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay to prevent the Clean Power Plan from taking effect.“Any replacement rule that the Trump administration proposes will be done carefully and properly within the confines of the law,” EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman said.The Obama administration’s cost-benefits analysis of the Clean Power Plan was “highly uncertain” in multiple areas, Bowman said, vowing that the Trump administration will present a range of scenarios to the public “in a robust, open and transparent way.”Obama’s plan was designed to cut U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to 32 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. The rule dictated specific emission targets for states based on power-plant emissions and gave officials broad latitude to decide how to achieve reductions.The Supreme Court put the plan on hold last year following a legal challenge by industry and coal-friendly states.Even so, the plan has been a factor in a wave of retirements of coal-fired plants, which also are being squeezed by lower costs for natural gas and renewable power and state mandates promoting energy conservation.Repealing the Clean Power Plan without a timeline or a commitment to propose a rule to reduce carbon pollution “isn’t a step forward, it’s a wholesale retreat from EPA’s legal, scientific and moral obligation to address the threats of climate change,’” said former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.While the Supreme Court has concluded that EPA is obligated to regulate greenhouse gases, “this administration has no intention of following the law,” said McCarthy, who led the EPA when the Clean Power Plan was completed. “They are denying it just as they are denying the science. They’re using stall tactics to defer action, ignoring the courts and the demands of the American people.”Industry groups cheered the planned repeal, saying it would reverse regulatory overreach by Obama and McCarthy.“The Clean Power Plan represented an unlawful attempt to transform the nation’s power grid … and raise costs on American consumers,” said Hal Quinn, president and CEO of the National Mining Association.The Obama-era plan would have sharply reduced the number of coal-fired plants, making the grid more vulnerable to reliability concerns and increasing costs with “trivial environmental benefits,” Quinn said.The new plan will save an estimated 240 million tons of annual coal production and safeguard more than 27,000 mining jobs and almost 100,000 additional jobs throughout the supply chain, he said.In the leaked document, the Trump administration argues that repealing the Clean Power Plan could spare an estimated $33 billion in compliance costs in 2030, arguing that the Obama administration overstated the rule’s potential health benefits.Previously, the EPA had estimated that by 2030 the Clean Power Plan would prevent 90,000 asthma attacks and up to 3,600 premature deaths a year.The leaked document casts doubts on those numbers and says the EPA plans to perform updated modeling and analysis of health benefits and other impacts of the rule.Liz Perera, climate policy director for the Sierra Club, said repealing the Clean Power Plan “is about one thing and one thing only: helping corporate polluters profit.”The plan was first reported by Bloomberg News.___Reach Matthew Daly: read more

Tipped workers invoke MeToo in fight to raise minimum wage

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – As a waitress, Nadine Morsch was used to having to force an occasional smile for an unpleasant customer. But when a man she was serving made a reference to grabbing her butt, she warned him he better not try. And he made her pay.For the rest of the hour he was in the diner, she says, he was “running me around as much as possible.”Morsch says she tolerated him, because she needed a good tip.Experiences like that are one reason activists are invoking the #MeToo movement in the push for more states to adopt higher minimum wages for tipped workers. They say a wage structure that leaves workers dependent on tips often forces them to put up with harassing and abusive behaviour from their customers or risk not being paid.The effort has been around for years but has taken on new momentum lately with the increased reckoning and awareness of sexual misconduct. Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for public hearings; there’s a June ballot question in Washington, D.C., and an effort is underway to get the issue on the statewide ballot in Michigan.A higher base wage, advocates say, could free tipped workers from the fear of speaking out.“I wouldn’t have needed to feel like my entire life was in his power,” said Morsch, who now works at a pub in Rochester, New York.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 2 million people working as restaurant servers in the United States, about 70 per cent of them women.Currently, the federal government allows workers who get tipped, such as servers and bartenders, to be paid as little as $2.13 per hour if they make at least $7.25 per hour with tips included.No state is talking about ending the practice of tipping. But seven states — Alaska, California, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin — mandate that tipped workers be paid at least the same minimum wage as everyone else. Another 26 states require employers to pay tipped workers a wage at least a little higher than the federal minimum.Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, an advocacy group, says it has found that service employees in the states that require the same minimum wage for everyone, even tipped workers, reported lower levels of harassment than states that did not.“This is about the power imbalance that women face on the job,” said Restaurant Opportunities Centers United co-founder Saru Jayaraman.Cuomo said late last year that he was open to the possibility of joining the states that have eliminated the subminimum tipped wage.It’s an issue that’s come up in New York before and gone nowhere while lawmakers focused on raising the standard minimum wage, currently at $13 in New York City for companies with more than 11 employees and $8.65 for tipped workers. Minimum wages are lower in other parts of the state. Cuomo’s administration could make the change itself through an order from the Department of Labor, if the legislature does not act.Restaurant workers can be sharply divided over whether a higher base wage would help.Maine created a level minimum wage for tipped workers in a voter referendum in 2017, but almost immediately reversed course. Servers said they were worried customers would stop tipping altogether.Part-time New York City waitress Sarah March, 30, shares that concern.“As soon as they hear that I’m already making enough money, I just don’t feel like anyone’s going to put forth the extra effort to compensate the servers,” she said.March agreed that sexual harassment on the job is a problem. But a higher minimum wage, she said, will not deter customers engaging in improper behaviour.“They would just not tip and continue to act the way they were inclined,” she said.Some wait staff said if they were less reliant on tips, it might change a workplace culture that is conducive of abuse, and not just from customers.New York State Restaurant Association President Melissa Autilio Fleischut said a higher minimum wage for tipped workers would only saddle employers with expenses they can’t afford and wouldn’t help deal with sexual misconduct, either.Harassment, she said, “cuts across numerous industries and has very little to do with what a woman makes or what a sexually harassed person makes,” she said. “I don’t see the correlation between the tip credit and sexual harassment.”___Klepper reported from Albany, New York.___Deepti Hajela covers issues of race, ethnicity and immigration for The Associated Press. David Klepper covers New York state government and politics. Follow them at and For more of their work, search for their names at https://apnews.comlast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,214.75, up 64.83 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up $1.38, or 12.70 per cent, to $12.25 on 56.5 million shares.RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Up four cents, or 10.4 per cent, to 42.5 cents on 27.5 million shares.Neovasc Inc. (TSX:NVCN). Health care. Up a half of a cent, or 14.3 per cent, to four cents on 12.1 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Up 68 cents, or 3.53 per cent, to $19.96 on 10.2 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Energy. Down eight cents, or 3.19 per cent, to $2.43 on 8.4 million shares.Cronos Group Inc. (TSX:CRON). Health care. Up $1.51, or 9.3 per cent, to $17.76 on 7.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B). Up 49 cents to $67.24. The telecom and media company has partnered with the University of British Columbia to build a campus hub for 5G innovation. Rogers says it will deploy 5G-ready network equipment on the campus early next year. The wireless technology is up to 100 times faster than the current 4G system and promises better internet on smartphones well as potential new applications.Canopy Rivers. (TSX-V:RIV). Up $5.25 or 150 per cent, to $8.75 on 18.3 million shares. The venture capital arm of marijuana company Canopy Growth went public on the TSX Venture exchange Thursday amid a cannabis stock craze. Its investment portfolio includes licensed producer Agripharm and Solo Growth, a retail cannabis distributor. Canopy Growth’s chief executive and acting chief executive of Canopy Rivers Bruce Linton says the subsidiary allows the Smiths Falls, Ont.-based cannabis company to grow its lead in the industry.Magna International Inc. (TSX:MG). Up $2.61 or 3.7 per cent to $72.94. The autoparts company has signed a deal to sell its fluid pressure and controls business to Hanon Systems, a South Korea-based company, for about $1.23 billion. The business being sold specializes in the design, manufacture and supply of mechanical and electronic pumps, electronic cooling fans and other components.last_img read more

Union leaders politicians selling false hope on GM Premier Ford

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford says union leaders and politicians promising to save a General Motors plant in Oshawa, Ont., from closure are ‘selling false hope.’Ford says the fight ahead for the 2,500 autoworkers affected by the looming plant closure is to find new jobs, and he promised to provide help.The premier accused the leader of the union representing the affected autoworkers, as well as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and opposition politicians of grandstanding.He said all of the powerful people who were making empty promises to the autoworkers had admitted in private that “the GM plant isn’t coming back.”Ford called on Trudeau to scrap his plan to impose a carbon tax on the provinces as a way to help spur job creation in Ontario and across the country.He made the pitch ahead of a first ministers meeting next week where premiers will sit down with Trudeau.last_img read more

Overheated ecigarette battery causes small fire on flight

first_imgCHICAGO — American Airlines says a passenger’s electronic cigarette caused a small fire on a flight from Las Vegas to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.American Airlines spokeswoman Leslie Scott says the e-cigarette’s battery overheated shortly after Flight 168 landed Friday night. Scott says flight attendants stamped out the fire.No one was injured. The 138 passengers and crew of six taxied to a gate.Scott says the incident was reported to the Federal Aviation Administration, which tracks such events.The Associated Presslast_img read more

MLA Dan Davies advocates for Old Fort Residents with letter to the

first_imgThe next concern is regarding the current road situation and what are the plans to rectify the road to a permanent solution as well as fix the bottleneck that is currently happening due to the design of the road.The issue of garbage and debris along the roadside, drainage from the change of landscape, the emergency alerts still in place, and the gravel pit above the slide area is also mentioned in the letter.Davies is asking for help, wanting answers to the stabilization of the hill, an action plan, if the slope were to slide again as residents cannot rest without a concrete action plan in place, shares Davies.The letter that was shared to Fort St. John Mayor and Council as well as the Peace River Regional District outlines that funding needs to be put in place to help residents go between Old Fort and Fort St. John as well as helping to make the community feel safe by rectifying the damage done by the landslide.To view the letter; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – MLA Dan Davies wrote a letter to Mike Farnsworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General regarding the state of the Old Fort Slide and concern for the residents of the community.Dated June 25th, 2019, Davies letter addressed to Minister Farnsworth is direct and expresses concerns that have yet to be discussed regarding the site of the Old Fort landslide and what help is there for the residents that continue to mitigate the clean up after the event.Davies letter shares there are ‘many concerns have arose since the landslide at the Old Fort’ then outlines questions such as what is next for the area as the land is considered crown land and Davies expresses residents are concerned the hill could continue to slide.last_img read more

Left parties move EC to defer release of PM biopic terms it

first_imgNew Delhi: A delegation of the CPI and the CPI(M) has met Election Commission officials and demanded that release of the film based on the life of Prime Minister Narendra Modi be deferred, claiming it to be a “propaganda material”. CPI’s D Raja and CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Nilotpal Basu met the poll panel officials on Monday and also pointed out serious law and order situations in Tripura and West Bengal. “The delegation had a detailed discussion with the Election Commission on the release of the biopic on Narendra Modi. The delegation pointed out that there are well-established precedents on withholding the release of such propaganda materials during the pendency of the elections. The Election Commission, however, was non-committal,” a statement from the two Left parties said on Tuesday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The delegation also reiterated the demand of matching the VVPAT records with those of the EVM for randomly chosen 50 per cent of the booths. The Election Commission pointed out that as per the Supreme Court direction, the Commission will be submitting an affidavit on March 28 on this subject. “The delegation also pointed out the serious law and order situation in Tripura and West Bengal, where the ruling party goons are particularly targeting the Left Front and its candidates,” the statement said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K They also raised the Kolkata airport incident involving the wife of Abhishek Banerjee, MP and Trinamool Congress candidate in Diamond Harbour and the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The delegation urged that there should be a probe by the Commission to ascertain the truth as this has financial implications and a possible impact on free and fair polls. The Congress party too had moved Election Commission to get the release of the biopic, with Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi playing Modi, deferred till the final phase voting in the Lok Sabha polls ie, May 19.last_img read more

RBI allows nonresidents to participate in rupee interest rate derivatives market

first_imgMumbai: The Reserve Bank Wednesday allowed non-residents to participate in the rupee interest rate derivatives segment with a view to deepen the rupee interest rate swap (IRS) market. The non-residents can undertake rupee interest rate derivative transactions on recognised stock exchanges, electronic trading platforms and over the counter markets (OTCs). “These directions shall come into force with immediate effect,” RBI said in a notification. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalA non-resident will be allowed to undertake transactions in the rupee interest rate derivatives markets to hedge an exposure to rupee interest rate risk and other specified purposes, the central bank said. It further said foreign portfolio investors (FPIs), collectively, can transact in interest rate futures (IRF) up to a limit of net long position of Rs 5,000 crore. RBI in its first bi-monthly policy for 2018-19 in April had announced to provide access to non-residents into the IRS with a view to increase participation in the domestic market. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThere is an active market for rupee interest rate swap offshore, and the exercise is aimed at increasing participation of non-residents in the domestic market, it had said in April. It had also observed that while the rupee interest rate swap market was most liquid among the interest rate derivatives market, it lacked depth to enable large banks to manage risks. Also, Indian market has witnessed increasing participation from non-resident players like FPIs in debt, the regulator had said. An interest rate swap is a financial contract between two parties exchanging or swapping a stream of interest payments for a notional principal amount on regular occasions during a specified period.last_img read more