DRAKE CONFIRMS HE HAS A SON PLUS OTHER HIGHLIGHTS FROM NEW SCORPION

first_imgScorpion, which clocks in at nearly 90 minutes, features an array of guest appearances by marquee rappers like Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Future. It’s also packed with classic music samples from Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson and Lauryn Hill.Here’s are some of the most notable elements of the album:Son no longer a rumourDrake looks to be committing to fatherhood as he comes clean on speculation that he was keeping secret child away from the public spotlight.Those rumours picked up steam in May when a spat between Drake and fellow rapper Pusha-T escalated into the diss track The Story of Adidon, where the American rapper called out Drake for failing to take responsibility as a dad.Drake dodged the topic when it first emerged, but he addresses it numerous times throughout his album. On the song Emotionless he says, “I wasn’t hiding my child from the world. I was hiding the world from my child.”Other songs that reference a son include 8 Out of 10 and March 14, where he directly addresses a boy — “I only met you one time, introduced you to Saint Nick.”) — and confesses he’s “embarrassed” to tell his divorced parents he’s “a co-parent” too.Lonely boysFans were baffled when it was confirmed legendary Ottawa-born crooner Paul Anka was in the studio with Drake earlier this year.It turns out the duo were putting a new spin on an unreleased Michael Jackson track Anka produced in the early 1980s. It Don’t Matter to Me was reworked into Drake’s mid-tempo Don’t Matter to Me, a brokenhearted love song punctuated by Jackson’s unmistakable voice on the chorus. Advertisement While it’s a digital-only release at this point, Scorpion is being presented as a double-album that’s divided into two parts, one half rap songs and the other R&B tracks.But what becomes especially clear on both sides is that the 31-year-old artist — who has often referred to himself as “the boy” — is swiftly being shepherded into manhood and the responsibilities that come with it.June 29, 2018 #Scorpion @Drake pic.twitter.com/gF5cDJItbo— OVO Sound (@OVOSound) June 14, 2018 Advertisement Advertisement Social mediaThe pressures of Instagram life might be wearing away at Drake’s patience these days. Even though he’s known for frequently updating his Instagram Story with slices of his lavish lifestyle, the rapper confesses on Can’t Take a Joke that nasty posts from anonymous strangers eat away at him (“My comment section killin’ me. I swear I get so passionate, y’all do not know the half of it.”).He revisits the soul-crushing side of social media on Emotionless when he recalls several women he knows who live through the lens of their phone cameras trying to “post pictures for people at home.”Fewer CanCon referencesSurprisingly few mentions of Drake’s Toronto hometown turn up in the lyrics on Scorpion, if there are any, but he does slip in a quick reference to the whales at Niagara Falls amusement park Marineland.Other than that, his Canadian roots are mostly referenced through mentions of the United States. He talks about bringing his closest friends stateside when he works, and makes a cryptic reference on Sandra’s Rose to having “some real demons across the border fence.”Pondering the meaning of it allBetween the boasts about his rap skills and competitive nature, Drake pauses to consider what the pursuit of fame and fortune actually means in the bigger picture. The question rings most strongly on Is There More, which throws his corporate deals and an endless parade of women into focus to ask, “Am I missin’ somethin’ that’s more important to find? Like healin’ my soul, like family time?”He doesn’t reach a conclusion on the song, which assures Drake still has plenty of conflicts to explore on his next album.DAVID FRIEND | THE CANADIAN PRESS Drake often boasts about his chart successes and wallows in heartaches, but on his latest album Scorpion, the Toronto superstar has delivered a confessional the likes we’ve never heard from him before.The rapper and singer unleashed an explosive 25-track album onto streaming music services on Friday which appeared to confirm that he secretly fathered his first child — addressing a rumour that has been circulating on gossip websites.Scorpion also offered some humbling observations on how social media are eating away at Drake’s own life and the people around him. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

FORD GOVERNMENT CUTS FUNDING TO ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL IMPACTING INDIGENOUS CULTURE FUND

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Twitter @fordnation @MichaelTibollo I ask you to immediately restore funding for the Indigenous Culture Fund at OAC. As a beneficiary of the fund, I can attest to the enormous impact that a small amount of funding had on a group of us in Ont. The Ont. gov’t has #TRC obligations. #ONpoli— Danis Goulet (@danisgoulet) December 14, 2018 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Hi Scott – yes, we’ve seen a few tweets, too. OAC’s base funding for 2018-19 was originally $69.9 million; the government is continuing to invest in OAC at the 2017-18 level of $64.9 million.— Ontario Arts Council (@ONArtsCouncil) December 13, 2018 “The government’s cut of $2.25 million to the Indigenous Culture Fund at the Ontario Arts Council is a disturbing step back from the TRC’s Calls to Action,” Andrew said in a tweet.“This and the $5 million cut to @ONArtsCouncil’s base funding is an alarming attack on arts and culture.”The Indigenous Culture Fund was set up by the previous Liberal government in 2017 with an investment of $5 million annually.The fund was part of the province’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC).“Doug Ford’s cuts will cause the layoff of Indigenous staff, immediate cuts to granting budgets, and a significant cut to arts and cultural programming,” Andrew said in a media release on Friday.READ MORE: Arts and culture tourism an economic haul for Ontario: Report“The cuts at the Ontario Arts Council come as part of Mr. Ford’s broader claw backs in Indigenous education and cultural programming and funding in Ontario, such as the cancellation of the Indigenous curriculum writing session earlier this summer. These shameful cuts impact the lives of Indigenous children, youth and elders.”The OAC currently gets around $60 million a year from the province. By 2021 that was supposed to increase to $80 million.A spokesperson for Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Michael Tibollo said in a statement the government is reviewing the fund “to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being used responsibly and efficiently.”“Individuals who have already received grants through the ICF will not be affected during this review. The OAC currently supports Indigenous artists through a number of grant programs“Unfortunately, the previous Liberal government’s wasteful and irresponsible handling of the province’s finances has left us with a $15 billion deficit, and has forced us to make tough decisions,” Brett Weltman wrote.He said people who received grants will not be affected by the review. Weltman said there are seven grant programs available for artists through the Ontario Arts Council.“Professional artists and arts organizations play an important role in building a strong, prosperous economy while making valuable contributions to the quality-of-life in our province’s communities,” he said.“That’s why our government will continue to invest in the Ontario Arts Council at the 2017-18 level of $64.9 million.”By David Shum | Global News  — With files from Nick Westoll and The Canadian PressThe government’s cut of $2.25 million to the Indigenous Culture Fund at the Ontario Arts Council is a disturbing step back from the TRC’s Calls to Action. This and the $5 million cut to @ONArtsCouncil’s base funding is an alarming attack on arts and culture. #onpoli #Culture https://t.co/4mRfTm3qVZ— Dr. Jill Andrew (@JILLSLASTWORD) December 14, 2018 The Ontario government has slashed base funding to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) by $5 million, as well as more than $2 million to the Indigenous Culture Fund.The agency that gives grants and services to Ontario-based artists and arts organizations said base funding for 2018-19 will drop from $69.9 million to the 2017-18 level of $64.9 million.Ontario NDP culture critic Jill Andrew said the cuts include suspending the Indigenous Culture Fund at a cost of $2.25 million, an initiative set up a year ago to support cultural activities and programming in Indigenous communities. A woman surveys the painting “Copper Thunderbird” by Norval Moreisseau on display during a media tour of the National Gallery of Canada’s Canadian and Indigenous Galleries featuring Canadian and Indigenous Art: From Time Immemorial to 1967 in Ottawa, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld) So when @fordnation cut the Indigenous Culture Fund, he hurt the Canadian economy. He is actually saying that Canadian businesses don’t matter and that he doesn’t want to see Indigenous people Independent, thriving or healthy. And perhaps that’s the point.— Christi Belcourt (@christibelcourt) December 14, 2018 Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: The Indigenous Screen Office calls on @MichaelTibollo and @fordnation to restore funding for the Indigenous Culture Fund at the OAC.This fund will help restore, preserve and foster Indigenous languages and storytelling in our communities.This is essential for reconciliation.— The Indigenous Screen Office (@screen_office) December 14, 2018 Here’s what I’m able to share so far: “The Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF) funding was $5 million and has become $2.75 million for 2018 – 2019…Ontario is reviewing the Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF) to ensure taxpayer dollars are being used responsibly and efficiently to maximize— Aylan Couchie (@AylanX) December 14, 2018last_img read more

APTNs Political Panel discusses latest developments in Carson investigations

first_imgAPTN National NewsNDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Linda Duncan and Liberal Aboriginal Affairs critic Dr. Carolyn Bennett join anchor Michael Hutchinson to discuss the latest news coming out of the numerous investigations into Bruce Carson, Patrick Hill, and H2O Pros.Conservative MP Chris Warkentin, a regular contributor to APTN’s Political Panel, had agreed to join the panel this week. However, when he was informed that the panel would be discussing the Carson investigations, the Conservative Party instead issued a statement saying that “any individual who doesn’t respect our laws must face their full force, as well as the consequences that come with them”.last_img read more

InFocus Ottawa foxes have tricked the bear PART I

first_imgPART IIAPTN National NewsThis week APTN is putting the leadership of First Nations InFocus.How can First Nations lead the way in their self-determination in the face of federal legislation governing over their jurisdiction?Joining us to talk about this is Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox from Saskatoon, law professor Sarah Morales in Ottawa and Mohawk scholar Brian Rice in Winnipeg.last_img

White River First Nation wants moratorium on mineral staking in their traditional

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Yukon First Nation says the territorial government isn’t playing fair when it comes to mineral staking.The White River First Nation wants a moratorium on the practice in their traditional territory.And they’re using a recent Supreme Court of Canada case to bolster their argument.APTN’s Shirley Mclean has more.last_img

New Brunswick chiefs look to stop forestry plans

first_imgAPTN National NewsNew Brunswick chiefs are hoping to halt a forestry plan in the province.The premier signed a deal handing over more Crown land to the Irving company.Critics fear the environmental impacts and the chiefs say they weren’t consulted.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.last_img

AFN special chiefs assembly begins Tuesday with address from Trudeau

first_imgAPTN National NewsHundreds of chiefs and many more delegates are arriving in Gatineau, Que. to get ready for Assembly of First Nation’s annual special chiefs assembly.There are a few special guests planned, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who address the gathering Tuesday morning. APTN National News will broadcast his speech live.APTN’s Annette Francis has more details.last_img

Two APTN staffers win NAJA Free Press award

first_imgAPTN NewsThe Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) has singled out two APTN journalists for upholding freedom of the press.Karyn Pugliese and Justin Brake will receive the Elias Boudinot Free Press Award in September, which recognizes dedication and commitment to upholding freedom of the press, information and transparency in Indian Country.NAJA will hold its 2019 National Native Media Conference in Prior Lake, Minn.Pugliese is APTN’s executive director of news and current affairs, while Brake is a reporter/correspondent in the network’s Ottawa bureau.They were nominated for, among other coverage, stories about the Indigenous-led occupation of the Muskrat Fall hydroelectric dam on Innu territory in Labrador.READ MORE: Court decision a victory for journalists covering Indigenous protestslast_img read more

Feds hope to fill Irvings scheduling gap between patrol ships warships

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is scrambling to close a looming gap in the construction of two new fleets of naval vessels in Halifax, which Irving Shipbuilding has previously warned could result in layoffs if left unaddressed.Officials say they are facing the likelihood of a break between when construction ends on the last of the navy’s new Arctic patrol ships and when work begins on its new fleet of much larger warships.The exact size of the gap still isn’t known, and will depend on whether the government ends up with five or six Arctic ships and how much extra work must be done on whatever design is chosen for the navy’s new warships.Irving won’t know until at least next year whether it will be able to build six Arctic patrol vessels within the government’s $3.5-billion budget, or only five.And the government doesn’t know when a design for the new warships — which will replace the navy’s 12 frigates and three recently retired destroyers — will finally be selected.A dozen of the world’s largest defence companies and shipbuilders were originally expected to submit their proposed designs for Canada’s new warship fleet, known as the Canadian surface combatant, in April.But the deadline has been pushed back several times, and while companies have until Thursday to provide technical information, government officials can’t say when a design will actually be selected.During Monday’s technical briefing, Lisa Campbell, the head of military procurement at Public Services and Procurement Canada, would only say that the government plans to select a winner next year.“It should be noted that the timing of the cutting of steel and delivery of the first ship is highly speculative at this point,” Campbell said.“We understand that not knowing the timing of production brings up more questions, such as the possibility of a potential production gap between the final Arctic offshore patrol ship and the first Canadian surface combatant.”Irving president Kevin McCoy, who appeared at the same briefing, said it was “way too early” to talk about potential layoffs at the company’s Halifax facility.But he previously warned in February that a gap could result in hundreds of workers getting paid to sit idle and or being let go, either of which would drive up the warship’s already eye-popping $60-billion price tag.“Shipyards are all about people, and particularly (for) a high-end combatant ship like the Canadian surface combatant, (it) is about having a skilled, trained, experienced workforce,” McCoy said Monday.“And our workforce is getting that experience now.”Irving has previously lobbied the Liberal government for additional work between the two naval fleets, including a new humanitarian ship or more Arctic patrol vessels, but those appear to have gone nowhere.The two sides are instead now looking at other ways to fill the gap, which includes trying to learn from allies and searching for other countries that might be interested in buying some of the Arctic vessels.“There are other nations out there who have a similar need to go into areas where there’s ice. And so we’ve started a dialogue with some of those nations,” McCoy said, without offering details.“It may not pan out, but it may pan out,” he added. “It’s one of the things that we’ve engaged.”last_img read more

Rebound in Canadian IPOs sets stage for another good year in 2018

first_imgMONTREAL – Canadian initial public offerings rebounded last year from their worst performance in nearly two decades in 2016 as $5.1 billion in proceeds were generated with the prospect for a strong 2018, says Pricewaterhouse Coopers.There were 38 issues from Canadian companies or companies listing on Canadian exchanges in 2017.That included 13 in the fourth quarter, which raised a total of $1.7 billion.Six of those were in the mining sector last quarter, raising the total number of sector IPOs for the year to 20.A total of $4.7 billion was raised from 17 listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange and $55.5 million from 10 listings on the Venture Exchange.In 2016, total proceeds amounted to $466.7 million from eight offerings.A dismal 2016 was followed by a buoyant 2017, said Dean Braunsteiner, PwC national IPO leader.“It certainly was a big turnaround in 2017 and I would say it was a bit of the stars aligning to allow the IPO market to bounce back the way it did,” he said in an interview.Braunsteiner said the foundation started after the U.S. election in late 2016 when equity markets continued to increase and created opportunities for venture capitalists and private equity funds to monetize their investments.He said signs are pointing to another good year.“I think 2018 is certainly looking like it’s going to be another blockbuster year,” he said.Braunsteiner said it’s difficult to forecast an amount of proceeds because companies are holding their cards a bit closer about whether to pursue IPOs, joint ventures, partnerships or asset sales.“It’s hard to look into the pipeline to get a good predictor of what the market might be in 2018 but as long as the equity markets continue to run I think we’ll have a strong IPO market this year as well,” he added.Despite accounting for more than half of public offerings last year, proceeds from mining offerings totalled $947.3 million, trailing energy at $2.02 billion.Pharmaceuticals and health raised $668.5 million, retail $665.4 million, industrial products $400.1 million and other $416.5 million.Low commodity prices have curtailed mining IPOs for the last five or six years. But a stabilization of prices could create some action among junior miners that have historically accounted for a lot of the IPO activity, Braunsteiner said.The top IPO in 2017 came from Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. (TSX:KML), which raised $1.75 billion in the second quarter. It was followed by a dual listing on the TSX and New York Stock Exchange of Luxembourg miner Nexa Resources S.A. (TSX:NEXA), which raised $728 million in the fourth quarter.Other notable IPOs in 2017 were Canada Goose Holdings Ltd. (TSX:GOOS) which raised $340 million, Roots Corp. (TSX:ROOT) at $200 million and Stelco Holdings Inc. (TSX:STLC) at $200 million.PwC said stabilizing commodity prices and the interest in copper, lithium and cobalt driven by the potential for electric vehicles will likely influence the 2018 IPO market.Braunsteiner said sectors that missed the wave in 2017 included the budding recreational and medicinal cannabis industry, which faced regulatory uncertainty, and the tech sector including firms such as Hootsuite and Vision Critical.PwC has conducted its survey of the IPO market in Canada for more than 15 years.last_img read more

Dollarama may be forced to raise some prices due to Canadian retaliatory

first_imgMONTREAL – Dollarama Inc. may be forced to raise prices on food and other goods imported from the U.S. because of Canada’s plans to impose tariffs in retaliation for American duties on aluminum and steel, the company’s CEO said Thursday.Neil Rossy said he’s not worried about the discount retailer losing its competitive edge because other Canadian retailers will face the same pressures.“It won’t be fun for any retailer in the country and I guess the saving grace is that it will affect all retailers in Canada the same way,” he told shareholders at the company’s annual meeting.“That being said the customer may suffer if the changes are extreme but they will suffer across all retailers because retailers can only do so much.”Rossy later told reporters that it’s a complex task to assess the potential impact on hundreds of items, especially if consumer goods can’t be sourced from other countries.“So if I’m buying plastic-moulded items I have options all around the world for them. If I’m buying a Mars bar or a Hershey bar made in Pennsylvania I don’t really have too many options.”Dollarama can’t rule out raising prices but wouldn’t do so on items that aren’t directly hit by higher costs in order to remain competitive, Rossy said. It also has no plans to increase its maximum price of food items beyond $2 or add a higher category of prices beyond $4.The retailer said it has also tried to absorb the cost from a rise in minimum wages and would welcome the Ontario Progressive Conservative party’s promise not to increase the level to $15 in January should it be elected Thursday.“I think it’s good for everyone. You never like to have inflation,” said chief financial officer Michael Ross.Dollarama announced Thursday that it plans to test its e-commerce strategy to sell full boxes of select items to consumers in Quebec by Christmas before rolling out the program across the country.The company said there’s a healthy appetite for its retail model in Latin America. But it wouldn’t indicate if it plans to exercise an option in 2020 to buy a majority stake in Dollar City, which operates more than 100 smaller stores in several Central American countries.Dollarama shares fell 6.4 per cent in Thursday trading after the discount retailer missed analyst expectations as cool spring weather hurt sales of seasonal goods that are a key driver of revenues in April.Its shares lost $10.07 at $146.41 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Dollarama earned $101.6 million or 92 cents per diluted share in the first quarter. That compared with $94.7 million or 82 cents per share in last year’s fiscal first quarter.Sales for the 13 weeks ended April 29 were $756.1 million, up 7.3 per cent from $704.9 million in the comparable period a year earlier.The company’s adjusted earnings also came in at 92 cents per share, just short of the 93 cents per share it was expected to earn on $776.6 million of revenues, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters Eikon.Comparable store sales grew 2.6 per cent from last year, while the number of stores grew by 62 locations to 1,170. Excluding the impact on seasonal goods such as gardening items, same-store sales were within its forecast of four to five per cent.Many retailers would be happy with those numbers but investors have become accustomed to higher comparable sales from Dollarama that have ranged from 5.2 to 7.3 per cent over the past three years.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said the results are best viewed as a blip on Dollarama’s consistent trajectory of 15 to 20 per cent earnings per share increases.“We remain confident in Dollarama’s ability to continue to deliver EPS compounded growth approaching 20 per cent over our forecast horizon,” she wrote in a report.Shareholders on Thursday approved a three-for-one stock split effective June 19, designed to make the company’s shares more accessible to retail investors.The annual meeting saw Dollarama founder Larry Rossy step down as executive chairman, although he is expected to remain a mentor and continue showing up at the company’s headquarters, said his son Neil who is chief executive.Companies in this story: (TSX:DOL)last_img read more

Trump wants Russia invited back to G7 ramps up Twitter criticism of

first_imgLA MALBAIE, Que. – Donald Trump is provoking his fellow G7 leaders by calling for Russia’s reinstatement in the group, after it was kicked out for invading Ukraine four years ago.“Why are we having a meeting without Russia in the meeting?” Trump said at the White House before departing for the Charlevoix region of Quebec where the two-day G7 summit has begun.“They should let Russia come back in because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”That comment has Trump squarely offside with this fellow G7 leaders, including Canada, who view Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and its meddling in western elections as a major international security concern.The U.S. president is lashing out on several fronts.As he prepared to travel to Canada, he ramped up his blast of Canada on Twitter this morning over what he says are unfair trade practices as the U.S. president prepares to make his Canadian debut later today.Just after 6 a.m., Trump used the social media platform to accuse Canada of charging U.S. customers with astronomical tariffs on dairy products.“They didn’t tell you that, did they? Not fair to our farmers!,” his Twitter feed states.The latest series of tweets by Trump follow posts he made last night — including his accusation that his host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being “indignant.”In today’s postings, Trump says he is heading to Canada for G7 talks that will mostly centre on the longtime, unfair trade practices aimed at the United States.“Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries. If it doesn’t happen, we come out even better!,” he states.Trump’s comments on agriculture, his imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, are setting the stage for some tense G7 talks once Trump arrives at the summit in the Quebec town of La Malbaie.Trump is expected to arrive this morning and leave by midday on Saturday, missing a final session on climate change in order to fly to Singapore to meet with North Korea’s leader.Trudeau addressed the president’s Twitter blasts while visiting Quebec’s Saguenay region on Thursday.“I’ve been firm, I’ve been clear, but I don’t think descending into insults is right for the way Canada engages with the world,” the prime minister said.Trudeau said he would continue to stand up for Canadian dairy producers and the country’s supply management system.Trudeau said he and Trump have disagreed over Trump’s call for Canada to open up its supply management system, which protects dairy, poultry and eggs farmers, during the difficult ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.In the last week, Trump and Trudeau have exchanged tough words over trade after the U.S. imposed hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and Europe. Canada has countered with a plan to impose tariffs of its own on U.S. metals and other consumer goods.Trudeau has worked hard to find common ground with the unpredictable president, but the personal bond he has tried to forge has been strained.He has called Trump’s imposition of the tariffs “irresponsible” and “insulting” because the two countries have fought as allies in Second World War, Korea and Afghanistan.Trudeau and his fellow G7 leaders will try to persuade Trump to reverse the duties when they meet him during the summit.“We will continue to demonstrate that we’re interested in defending Canadian interests and, on top of that, it turns out I’m defending American interests because these tariffs they’re putting forward are going to hurt American workers as well,” Trudeau said Thursday.“So, if I can get the president to actually realize that what he’s doing is counterproductive for his own goals as well, then perhaps we can move forward in a smarter way.”— with files from Associated Presslast_img read more

Spa and beauty industry campaign hopes to fill 30000 jobs

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The spa and beauty industry is growing so fast that 30,000 jobs are going unfilled. A “Get Your Dream Job” campaign is aiming to change that.Lynnelle Lynch is president of Beauty Changes Lives, a foundation committed to “elevating the perception of careers in beauty and wellness and make it a first choice,” she said. The foundation provides scholarships from $1,000 to $15,000, and spas and salons across the country are helping to get out the message.The campaign was a focus of the annual International Spa Association show held Tuesday in New York to showcase trends, treatments and new spas.Spas are now a $17.5 billion industry in the United States, up 4 per cent in a year, according to iSPA statistics, with 187 million visits to spas in nearly 22,000 locations, and more than 370,000 employees, about half of them full-time.“We’re opening our fifth Kohler Water Spa in Chicago next year as a result of how hot the industry is right now,” said Garrett Mersberger, director of wellness and Kohler Water Spas at Kohler, a Wisconsin-based company.Mersberger is also chairman of the iSPA board, and noted that the industry’s record-breaking boom includes “spa visits at an all-time high,” along with record average revenue of nearly $94 per customer visit.Lynch emphasized that the industry welcomes workers in every stage of life, from students just out of high school to older workers looking for new opportunities, to those returning to the workforce after raising kids — along with military spouses looking for skills they can take with them if they move.But Lynch feels the industry does not always get the respect it deserves. She even encourages parents to get kids considering careers in the industry if college isn’t the right fit.“If they’re creative, if they love wellness, if they love beauty, why not allow them to take an alternative path?” she said. “The skills are portable. And it’s short term — five months to a year — to get this training.” Jobs include estheticians who provide facial skin care and body treatments, and cosmetologists who do hair styling, makeup and nails. Lynch pointed out that celebrities often owe their looks to “people behind the scenes,” and that beauty school is a good steppingstone for entrepreneurial-minded professionals to launch products or open salons.As an example of a behind-the-scenes profession that’s booming, an eyelash artist from Borboleta, the largest educator of lash artists in the world, was at the spa show to demonstrate the application of lash extensions. Borboleta trains nearly 3,000 lash artists annually in beauty schools across North America and Brazil.“Consumers will pay $200 to $500 for a lash service, with $75 to $200 for a fill (lash maintenance) every two to three weeks,” said Kainoa Clark, vice-president of marketing for Borboleta. “We’re one of the fastest-growing segments within the beauty industry and it’s still in its infancy.”Other spa show participants included:—Hippocrates Health Institute, West Palm Beach, Florida, demonstrating “vibrational sound therapy” with the resonating sounds of a didgeridoo, the long wooden Australian aboriginal wind instrument, blown on the skin.—Yo1 Luxury Nature Cure, a new $300 million property with 131 guest rooms that opened in June on the grounds of the defunct Kutsher’s Resort in Monticello, New York, in the Catskills. Programs and services include yoga and aryuvedic massage.—Hilton Hotels, launching a “5 feet to fitness” program with fitness equipment installed in standard king rooms. So far the program is in 12 hotels in San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta and Chicago, among other cities, with more in the pipeline.—Elements Massage, with 250 franchise locations, offering a new aroma ritual treatment that combines aromatherapy, essential oils and a light-touch massage.—Aspira the Spa in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, showcasing organic food from its gardens. Aspira champions healthy eating as a foundation of wellness and grows 5 to 6 tons of food annually. A tasting menu at the spa show included chia seed pudding, lavender cookies, heirloom tomato salad and beet quinoa.—Glen Ivy Hot Springs, Corona, California, demonstrating a “tranquility pro sleep ritual” to “rebalance the senses.” For sound, participants listen to music through headphones with bass notes that mirror the resting heartbeat. For scent, there’s an oil and spray that smells like sweet orange and damask rose. And for a relaxing touch, a special brush is applied to the skin.But spas are “not just a place to relax,” Mersberger said. “People are seeing spas as a place to go for healing.”___Online:http://www.GetYourDreamJob.comHOMEhttp://www.experienceispa.com/job-bank-search-openings___This story has been corrected to show Yo1 Luxury Nature Cure has 131 guest rooms, not 136.last_img read more

Crescent Point Energy Corp cuts quarterly dividend and capital budget

first_imgCALGARY — Crescent Point Energy Corp. has cut its capital budget for this year by about $500 million and slashed its dividend.The company said it will now pay a quarterly dividend of a penny per share, down from three cents.However, it says that given its low share price it will buy back up to seven per cent its outstanding shares under a normal course issuer bid.The company says it plans a capital budget of $1.2 billion to $1.3 billion.Crescent Point plans to spend about 55 per cent of its capital budget on its Viewfield Bakken, Shaunavon and Flat Lake regions.Annual average production is expected to come in at 170,000 to 174,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Companies in this story: (TSX:CPG)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BC Hydro advising public about controlled burns by Site C project crews

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro is advising members of the public that contractors employed on building the Site C dam could be conducting controlled burns this fall.In an advisory today, Hydro said that clearing and debris management is underway at a number of Site C project areas.Any felled trees of sufficient size, quality and volume to make them suitable for harvest and transport will be hauled to local mills. Any remaining wood waste and non-merchantable trees may be chipped, mulched, spread as coarse woody debris or burned on site.Contractors can only burn during weather periods known as venting windows, during which there are appropriate weather conditions for the disbursement of smoke, as established by the Ministry of Environment.Burning is expected to start in early October and will take place over several months this fall and winter when appropriate venting windows are available.Controlled burns are planned for:Parts of the lower reservoir area on the north and south banks of the Peace River, directly west of the dam site, and in the Moberly River drainage area.Sections of the 75-kilometre transmission line right-of-way between the Site C dam site and the Peace Canyon Dam.Areas near the Portage Mountain and West Pine quarries.BC Hydro said that its contractors will plan and monitor burning carefully, including the timing, size and location of the wood piles, and the smoke being emitted. The Crown Corporation added that contractors will be compliant with regulatory requirements and burning will be done in accordance with BC Hydro’s Smoke Management Plan.last_img read more

Fish Creek Trail System to be developed

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At the recent Committee of the Whole Meeting, City staff made a presentation to Council members regarding the Fish Creek Trails, the current state of the closed Silviculture Trail and how to make improvements to the trails.A portion of the Fish Creek trail system has been closed for approximately 5 years. The Fish Creek Trails located in the Community Forrest behind the Northern Lights College is a popular outside destination for users of the trails to get outside and be in nature.The closure of Silviculture trail was due to sliding from the above slope and the damage and debris of fallen trees from the years of being left unattended. Council passed a motion that the Silviculture trail would now be closed permanently for public use and that City staff engage with local wildlife experts to look at the new trail and other options.To view the presentation; CLICK HERE To view the Request for Direction; CLICK HERE City staff with the help of Urban Systems retained SNC Lavalin to review and provide their input regarding the stability of the slope and recommendations for the Silviculture Trail. What SNC Lavalin shared is that the primary issue with the Silviculture trail due to the erosion of the hillside above the trail, that the toe of the slope will continue to erode over the years.The two methods SNC Lavalin suggested fixing the trail would have a significant impact on the surroundings and would be a high cost to the City. The construction of a new trail network was presented as an alternative suggestion as well as proposing the permanent closure of the Silviculture trail.Robin Langille, Director of Facilities and Grounds for the City of Fort St. John shared in his presentation to Council the potential new trails would increase the length of the trail network and increase connectivity through the trails.An internal loop trail or the figure 8 trail was recognized as a potential solution to the trail system as Langille shares they found a trail that the footing of the trail has already had alignment and grading created, going on to share it has probably been used by people yet the ‘entranceway’ to the trail was not so noticeable and would require being opened up.Once the presentation was completed, Mayor Lori Ackerman voiced her concerns with the new trail addressed in the presentation that might actually have been created by Wildlife. Ackerman shares she wants to keep both wildlife and users of the trails separate from each other, to keep both safe by limiting opportunities to have surprise interactions. Ackerman goes on to share the City needs to know in fact, if this is a game trail by involving a B.C. Conservation Officer or someone with Wildlife experience before the City staff proceeds with implementing the new trail system.Until the City staff are advised by a Wildlife Professional, the professional’s opinion will determine if they can proceed if this is not a game trail or the plans will have to be revisited if it is.last_img read more

Celeb TMC candidate Nusrat Jahan takes on trolls

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress (TMC) celebrity candidate Nusrat Jahan hit back at social media trolls for targeting her, describing these as “uncultured”. Jahan has been named as the TMC candidate from the Basirhat Lok Sabha seat in North 24-Parganas district along with fellow film actor Mimi Chakraborty, who has been fielded by the party from the Jadavpur constituency. However, the announcement of their names on Tuesday was followed by a barrage of distasteful comments on social media, along with memes of their pictures and videos. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”I think this is the change that we are trying to bring about. Trolling is a new way of demeaning women. We want women to be given more respect,” said Jahan. “I don’t know who these people are and why they indulge in such online abuse. I think they are simply uncultured. If they knew how to respect their mothers and sisters, they would’ve respected us as well,” she said. Asked about the challenges in her political foray, the 28-year-old said: “During the film promotions, it is our job to reach out to the people. As a political leader, I will have to ensure their welfare as well.”last_img read more

Sexual harassment of women at workplace Workshop held to sensitize police officers

first_imgNew Delhi: A workshop on Prevention of Sexual Harassment Act was organized on Thursday by the Training Division, Delhi Police for the Senior Police Officers of Delhi Police. The aim and objective of the workshop were to sensitize the Senior Police Officers about the role and responsibility in ensuring greater awareness on this issue in their respective jurisdictions.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Training) Suman Nalwa said that the workshop helped participants to understand the intricacies and variations of dealing with sexual harassment cases and made aware of their enhanced responsibility in ensuring timely recording and reporting of information, and investigative procedures. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe workshop was presided over by PK Bhardwaj, Special Commissioner of Police, Training. The Special Commissioner of Police, Training in his address reiterated the need for such workshops in the organization and need for sensitivity on this issue. Taking the objective of this workshop further, a Module on Prevention of Sexual Harassment is being made available online at Delhi Police e-learning portal “NIPUN”, so that all police personnel can have access to this module & learn about this Act to prevent Sexual Harassment at the workplace.last_img read more

7 suicide bombers involved in Lanka blasts 24 arrested as toll rises

first_imgColombo: Seven suicide bombers were involved in a series of eight devastating blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 290 people and wounding 500 others in the worst terror attack in the country’s history, authorities said on Monday. The blasts targeted St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo and Zeon Church in Batticaloa when the Easter Sunday mass were in progress. Three explosions were reported from the five-star hotels – the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury. No group has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attacks, but police have so far arrested 24 people and declined to give further details. “The attacks which had taken place at the Shangri-La, Kingsbury, and Cinnamon Grand hotels and also at St Anthony’s Church in Kotahena, St. Sebastians Church in Katuwapitiya, and the Zeon Church in Batticaloa have been identified as suicide bombings,” the Government Analyst’s Department was quoted as saying by the Sunday Times. Hours after the six blasts, a seventh explosion rocked Colombo on Sunday. When a police team entered a house in the Colombo north suburb of Orugodawatta to conduct a search Sunday, a suicide bomber blew himself up causing a concrete floor of a two-storey building to crash on them, killing three policemen in the eighth blast. “A total of seven suicide bombers had carried out these explosions,” the department said. Over 290 people, including six Indians, were killed in the blasts that left more than 500 others injured, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. Gunasekera said 24 suspects have been arrested so far and they have been transferred into the custody of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for further investigations. The government has said it will not disclose the details of the suspects involved in the attacks to prevent them from getting publicity. “Don’t give extremists a voice. Don’t help to make them martyrs,” State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene told reporters when asked for details of those in custody. Media reports said that there was prior intelligence warning that the National Thowheeth Jama’ath – a radical Muslim group – was planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches in Colombo. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that an investigation must be launched as to why intelligence reports of the attack was not taken seriously. President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a three-member committee to conduct investigations. Supreme court judge Vijith Malalgoda, former IGP N.K. Ilangakoon and Former Law & Order Ministry Secretary Padamasiri Jayamanne have been appointed as members of the committee. The committee has been instructed to submit a report on the Easter explosions within two weeks to the President. Meanwhile, police said the driver of the van which had carried explosives to carry out bomb attacks at the three hotels was arrested. A safe house where the bombers had lived for nearly three months leading to the attacks was found in the south of Colombo suburb of Panadura. Sri Lanka Air Force said it found an improvised explosives device along a road leading to the departure terminal at the Colombo international airport Sunday night. “It was a crude six-foot pipe bomb that was found by the roadside,” an air force spokesman said. “We have removed it and safely defused it at an air force location,” he added. On Sunday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj identified three Indians as Lakshmi, Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh who died in the blasts. “Indian High Commission in Colombo has conveyed that National Hospital has informed them about the death of three Indian nationals,” she tweeted. “We sadly confirm the deaths of the following two individuals in the blasts yesterday, K G Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa,” the Indian High Commission in Colombo tweeted. On Sunday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan identified a Keralite, P S Rasina (58), among those killed in the blasts. Four of them died in the Colombo National Hospital while the bodies of two Indians who succumbed to their injuries from the blast at the Shangri-La Hotel has been sent for autopsy, the National Hospital spokesperson said. Sri Lanka on Monday lifted the curfew which was indefinitely imposed with immediate effect after the eight blasts. The blasts – the deadliest attacks in the country’s history shattered a decade of peace in the island nation since the end of the brutal civil war with the LTTE. The civil war ended with the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, who had fought for 26 years for an independent homeland for the minority ethnic Tamils. The war is thought to have killed between 70,000 and 80,000 people. The nation has seen some sporadic violence since. In March 2018, a state of emergency was declared after members of the majority Buddhist Sinhala community attacked mosques and Muslim-owned properties.last_img read more

Moroccan tears down Algerian flag from consulate

first_imgMWN with AFP – RABAT – A young Moroccan tore down the Algerian flag from the roof of that country’s consulate in the city of Casablanca during a protest Friday over disputed Western Sahara, police said.A video widely circulated on Internet sites in Morocco shows the man climbing the walls of the building to reach the flag.A police official told AFP the man, a member of a group called “Royalist Youth”, was arrested and would appear before a judge. Dozens of people had gathered outside the consulate in Morocco’s economic capital to protest over comments by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Western Sahara.In a speech read out in Bouteflika’s name at a meeting in Abuja, he said an international mechanism to monitor human rights in Western Sahara was needed “more than ever.”Bouteflika referred to “massive and systematic human rights violations that take place inside the occupied territories to suppress the peaceful struggle” of the Sahrawi people.Rabat in protest recalled its ambassador to Algiers.The spat is the latest between the North African neighbours whose decades-old rivalry centres on the disputed territorysince 1975.In April 2007, Rabat proposed broad autonomy for the Sahara under its sovereignty.This is rejected by the pro-independence Polisario Front, who are based in the western Algerian city of Tindouf and fought Moroccan troops for a decade and half until the United Nations negotiated a ceasefire in 1991.last_img read more