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Katy Perry To Be Honored By Human Rights Campaign

first_imgThe Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, has announced that global pop icon and longtime equality advocate Katy Perry will be honored with HRC’s National Equality Award at the 2017 Los Angeles Gala Dinner on March 18.Ground-breaking actress and LGBTQ advocate America Ferrera will be also be recognized with HRC’s Ally for Equality Award. Lena Dunham, actor, writer, director, creator and star of HBO’s GIRLS and co-founder of LennyLetter.com, will present the award to Ferrera, her friend and fellow advocate.HRC also announced that U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, (D-VA), will be the featured speaker at the gala. And singer/songwriter Troye Sivan will perform. Special guests include Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.“We are thrilled to honor Katy Perry for using her powerful voice and international platform to speak out for LGBTQ equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Her compelling advocacy, from the stage to the campaign trail, has had a profound effect on the lives of LGBTQ people — and, in particular, young people. Katy’s message of inclusion and equality continues to inspire us and the world.”“America Ferrera has shown an unwavering commitment to advancing equality for all people and sets a stirring example for others to follow,” Griffin said. “As we continue the fight for full equality during this very uncertain time for our country, we are constantly inspired by America and our friend, Lena Dunham — both fierce and outspoken champions of equality.”“Senator Tim Kaine is a true ally who has dedicated his career to fighting for the equal rights of all Americans,” Griffin said. “With Hillary Clinton, he was part of the most pro-equality presidential ticket in American history. We are honored to welcome him to our Los Angeles Gala, and heartened to know we have him fighting for us in the U.S. Senate to protect our progress and advance equality in this country and around the world.”“Troye Sivan is a visionary young artist who has been a committed and outspoken advocate for LGBTQ people,” Griffin said. “Through his music, Troye has paid tribute to the fight for LGBTQ equality, and we are thrilled he will be performing at HRC’s LA Gala.”Katy Perry is an international music superstar, and has emerged as one of the entertainment industry’s most powerful voices for LGBTQ equality. She was a tireless campaigner for equality champion Hillary Clinton during her historic 2016 presidential campaign, including performing at the Democratic National Convention, and has been recognized for using her global platform to inspire LGBTQ youth. In the 10 years since her Capitol Records debut, she has sold over 40 million adjusted albums worldwide, over 125 million tracks worldwide and her songs have been streamed over 18 billion times worldwide. Her new song, “Chained To The Rhythm,” broke the record for most streams by a female artist on Spotify in one day, and views on the accompanying video made her the most-viewed female artist on VEVO. Perry’s 2015 Super Bowl performance was the highest-rated in the event’s history.America Ferrera is an award-winning actress and producer best known for her breakthrough role as Betty Suarez on ABC’s hit comedy, Ugly Betty. She has received a Golden Globe®, Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award®, as well as ALMA and Imagen Awards, and produces and stars in the NBC comedy, Superstore. A strong advocate for LGBTQ, women’s and immigrants’ rights, Ferrera spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention as well as at the historic Women’s March in January. She has been featured in roles on television, stage and screen, and is executive producer of Refinery 29’s Behind the Headlines, a multimedia project dedicated to humanizing the conversations around issues that matter to women.Senator Tim Kaine has a strong commitment to LGBTQ equality. In addition to supporting marriage equality, Kaine is an original co-sponsor of the Equality Act — federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ people under our existing civil rights laws. One of Kaine’s first actions as Virginia Governor in 2006 was to sign an executive order adding sexual orientation protections to the non-discrimination policy for state workers. Kaine also recently signed onto an amicus brief in the 2nd Circuit case, Christiansen v. Omnicom Group Inc., arguing that sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination are prohibited under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He has voted in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and co-sponsored the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA).Troye Sivan’s debut album, Blue Neighbourhood (Capitol Records) topped over 50 iTunes charts around the world. Billboard praised Troye as “the voice of a new more tolerant generation”, while The New York Times dubbed him the “prototype for tomorrow’s global pop star”. Blue Neighbourhood is RIAA Certified Gold in the U.S. and contains hits “Youth,” which is certified Platinum, and “Wild,” which is certified Gold. Troye has 20 million combined online followers and over one billion streams to date.Troye relentlessly supports LGBTQ causes and the fight against discrimination through education, awareness and advocacy. The recently released video for “Heaven” has over 8 million views and was wildly commended for celebrating LGBT history.The HRC Ally for Equality Award and National Equality Award recognize the outstanding efforts of those who use their voice and publicly stand up for the LGBTQ community. These allies commit time, energy and spirit to improve the lives of LGBTQ people and advance equality for all Americans.The HRC Los Angeles Gala Dinner, which is expected to draw more than 1,000 guests, will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the JW Marriott LA Live. Tickets and more information are available here.last_img read more

Five Canadian facts to help prime you for the 2017 Oscars

first_imgSeveral other Montrealers who worked on “Arrival” are also up for Oscars. They include sound editor Sylvain Bellemare; production designer Patrice Vermette and decorator Paul Hotte; and sound mixers Bernard Gariepy Strobl and Claude La Haye. FIRST NOD FOR “13TH” PRODUCER Facebook GA-GA FOR GOSLING  Winnipeg-born producer Howard Barish has his first Oscar nomination for the documentary “13th,” which looks at the criminalization and mass incarceration of African Americans in the U.S. He shares the nomination with filmmaker Ava DuVernay and her co-writer, Spencer Averick. Advertisement Fun fact: When Ushev heard of his nomination, he fainted, overwhelmed by pent-up emotions from the campaign. “A lot of people were telling me, ‘You have a chance, you have a chance,’ and when a lot of people tell you this you just get nervous,” he said. “I had to do a lot of yoga and sports to tame the pressure.” Fun fact: Barish first met DuVernay a decade ago and also had producer roles on her 2010 debut “I Will Follow” and her 2012 film “Middle of Nowhere.” Working on her first two films inspired him to focus on “giving back.” “My current projects revolve around producing small independent features which will embrace emerging talent and first time directors,” he said. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: “ARRIVAL”‘s MONTREAL MOMENTUM Fun fact: Villeneuve has dreamed of doing science fiction since childhood, when he read European sci-fi comic books. “I was raised with dreaming about space all my childhood,” he said. “I’m part of the ‘Star Wars’ generation.” HIGH HOPES FOR ANIMATED SHORTScenter_img Here are five Canadian bullet points for Sunday’s show, which will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on ABC and CTV: Advertisement From a jazzy Ryan Gosling, to a Montreal team behind “Arrival,” and a trio of homegrown animators, there’s a healthy dose of Canuck amongst this year’s Oscar nominees. Fun fact: Gosling found inspiration in the musicals “Top Hat” starring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire (“I like Fred’s style. He’s very mischievous,” he said) and “An American in Paris,” which he called “very experimental and yet it doesn’t feel pretentious.”DENIS VILLENEUVE HAS ARRIVED Twitter — With files from David Friend. Three of the five titles nominated in the best animated short category have Canadian ties. “Blind Vaysha” is by Montreal’s Theodore Ushev and produced by the National Film Board of Canada. “Pear Cider and Cigarettes,” produced by Cara Speller, is directed by Robert Valley of Vancouver. And the Pixar-produced “Piper” is helmed by Alan Barillaro of Chippawa, Ont. Advertisement Fun fact: Bellemare found inspiration for the sound of the heptapod aliens in Pink Floyd’s music and a melange of animals. “We tried to do something that … was more based on instinct and rhythm,” he said. Hollywood is hot for the talents of this French-Canadian gem, who is nominated for best director for his heady alien-invasion drama “Arrival.” It’s his second Oscars ride after his 2010 drama “Incendies” was nominated for best foreign-language film. The Quebec filmmaker has had a string of high-profile projects in recent years, including “Prisoners,” “Enemy” and “Sicario.” His next film is a whopper: the hugely anticipated “Blade Runner 2049,” starring Gosling. Awards shows have been showering the London, Ont., native with nominations for his “La La Land” role as a jazz pianist who falls in love with a fledgling actress, played by Emma Stone. The former “Mickey Mouse Club” star has already won a Golden Globe for the part and is up for an Oscar for best actor. It’s his second such Oscar nomination after 2006’s “Half Nelson,” in which he played a high school teacher with a drug addiction.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Receptionist/Administrative Assistant at CutisPharmaPart-Time Wait Staff/Server at Windsor Place of WilmingtonFull-Time Graphics Manager at Smyth CompaniesFull-Time Executive Management Trainee at NAPA AutopartsPart-Time Dietary Aide at CareOne at WilmingtonFull-Time Branch Manager at Citizens BankFull-Time/Part-Time Hair Cutter at SupercutsFull-Time Shipping & Receiving at Stuffed FoodsPart-Time Package Handler at FedEx WarehouseFull-Time Principal Firmware/Software Engineer at MKS Instruments(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

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Indigenous woman daughter found dead in city

first_imgDead body illustrationPolice on Tuesday night recovered bodies of two Garo women from their house in Dhaka’s Kalachandpur area. The deceased are Sujata Chiran, 40, and her mother Beshath Chiran, 65.According to police, Sujata’s son-in-law Pilesta found the house locked from outside on Tuesday evening.He and the house owner informed police after they found the bodies under the bed.Sujata was hacked to death while Beshath was strangulated.CCTV footage shows Sujata’s nephew leaving the house with 3-4 others, said inspector Salahuddin Ahmed of Gulshan police station.Family feud might be the reason for the killings, he predicts.last_img read more

More Than 250 Bodies Found In Mass Grave In Mexico

first_img Share Jonathan Estudillo/APThis aerial image shows the area known as Colinas de Santa Fe where Mexican authorities work to find the remains of people buried in mass graves on the outskirts of Veracruz. More than 250 skulls were found there earlier this year in what appears to be a drug cartel’s mass burial ground, prosecutors said.Authorities in Mexico say they have found more than 250 bodies in what may be the largest mass grave site in the country. It’s located in a dusty abandoned lot just outside the port city of Veracruz.Authorities were led to the graves by a group of mothers who’ve spent months digging there in search of their loved ones.Of the 252 bodies found in the mass grave, only two have been identified: Pedro Huesca, a young state investigator, and his personal secretary.“My son thought he was going to clean the country of these bad people,” says Griselda Barradas, Pedro’s mother. “But no, instead they got rid of him.”Church bells rang out last night in the family’s small town about 40 miles outside Veracruz. Nine days of mourning came to an end with a mass. The pews were full with mothers and relatives of Veracruz’s missing — many feared buried in the mass grave.“Finally Pedro is at peace, and his mommy has a place where she can now visit him,” says Rosalia Castro Toss. Castro has been searching for her son for more than five years. Frustrated with authorities unwillingness to investigate his disappearance she and other grieving relatives started digging on their own.“This work that we are doing,” Castro says, “The authorities should be doing.”Veracruz has been marred by violence for more than a decade as warring drug gangs battle for control of the state and its lucrative port. It’s past governor, now a fugitive, has been accused of sacking state coffers of millions of dollars, and long suspected of colluding with the cartels.Speaking to reporters at the mass grave site yesterday, Jorge Winckler, Veracruz’s new head prosecutor, says it’s impossible that this happened without complicity of the state government.Griselda Barradas says she just hopes more mothers find their sons. “Finally Pedro is where he should be,” she says, “Resting in peace not tossed in that mass grave like an animal.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

The Ajanta Chronicles

first_imgIndira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) launched the first ever English translation of the three-volume Ajanta: Handbook of Paintings by Dieter Schlingloff.This collection provides detailed documentations of all recordable narrative wall paintings in the famous caves. The caves are known for their rich paintings featuring Indian and Buddhist art.The Ajanta handbook depicts drawings of all the paintings in Ajanta caves, together with a brief description of each scene from the ancient period. Many scenes are identified and interpreted in an easy way to understand  architecture and Dieter’s work better. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The book was first published by the title Ajanta – Handbuch de Malereien in Germany, in the year 2000. Ajanta wall paintings are made along the lines of Buddhist cave monasteries of ancient Indian cultures. During the event panellist Mk Dhawalikar, AP Jamkedkar and Himanshu Prabha Ray spoke about paintings of Ajanta caves with changes they found between periods. They made presentations about the art and architecture of caves also throwing shadow on the narrative wall paintings. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAuthor Dieter Schlingloff is one of the leading experts on the paintings of Ajanta. He has been engaged with the task of identifying the subject matter of the paintings in great detail pre-requisite for further research.His research was done over the last forty years and consists of books and articles on the paintings of Ajanta. His present work comprises of research on narrative wall paintings and the cultural background and Schlingloff’s identification and interpretation.At the event Schlingloff’s said, ‘The narrative paintings of the ancient period of Ajanta are of no less quality than the paintings of Roman Pompeii made during the same time and like those, they are the only testimonies of the marvelous art of narrative wall-painting which is lost elsewhere. The glory of ancient Indian culture and the high standard of its morality as revealed in the paintings should become known worldwide.’last_img read more

Rs 575crore Akash missile contract CBI closes probe

first_imgCiting lack of evidence, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has closed its probe into alleged irregularities in the award of over Rs 575-crore contract in the production of Akash missile system components by top officials of Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to a private power company.The agency had started the probe in May last year into the allegations of violation of rules. It was alleged that senior officials of BDL awarded contract worth Rs 575.51 crore for producing self-propelled launcher (ASPL) for the missile system to be supplied to two regiments of the army.CBI sources said the inquiry was started by the agency against the then Chief Managing Director Maj Gen (retd) Ravi Khetarpal, and other senior officials including the then Executive Director, Director, General Manager and others of BDL for allegedly committing irregularities in the contract.The preliminary enquiry number PE 0352013A0004, which was handled by the Hyderabad unit of CBI, has been closed as it could not find evidence of any alleged corruption against the officers, they said.The sources said the agency had recommended “suitable action” against the officials for alleged violation of rules but there was no evidence to proceed against them in the matter.Repeated attempts to seek reaction from BDL and Tata Power did not succeed.The Akash weapon system is an all-weather air-defence missile system which can target aircraft up to 30 kilometers away, at altitudes up to 18,000 metres. The automatic system is designed to target and neutralise multiple aerial targets coming from several directions simultaneously is in operational service with the army and the air force.last_img read more