OTTAWA — The source of the first public photo of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in brownface says his sole motivation in providing the image to Time was his belief the public needed to see it.Michael Adamson says he has never been a member of a political party and did not receive any payment for providing the photograph to the American magazine.Adamson says in a written statement that he was aware of gossip surrounding the existence of the photograph because of his position as “a past member of the (West Point Grey Academy) community.”The man who released the @JustinTrudeau brownface photo to Time Magazine has released a statement #elxn43 #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/LsHvRZ41Hk— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 27, 2019Because of that association, he was able to provide a copy of the school yearbook to the Time reporter, Adamson says.The revelation that Trudeau appeared publicly in blackface and brownface roiled the federal election campaign when the instances became public Sept. 19.Adamson said he will not be making any more public comments on the issue..The Canadian Press
Producer and Writer Peter Weed of Florida-based Peterbuilt Productions will begin filming his new film “Wheeler” this fall. “Wheeler” is a feel-good, family film based on the novel “Ordinary Guy Wheeler” written by Weed.Written by Jaime Jessup, James J. Ruscella and Peter Weed, “Wheeler” is a heartwarming story about veteran truck driver named Guy Wheeler who returns home to Tennessee from Afghanistan. Despite being surrounded by his loving and colorful family of fellow truck drivers, “Wheeler” struggles with adjusting back to home and his wife who is having difficulty becoming pregnant.While dealing with his inner turmoil, “Wheeler” befriends a nine-year-old boy over the CB Radio who lifts his spirits and warms his heart. His newfound faith is tested, however, with a major event that includes an action-packed sequence involving explosives and a school bus that will leave audiences cheering for our truck driver turned hero.“This story will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will tug on your heartstrings,” says Weed. “Break out the popcorn and enjoy.”Weed launched Peterbuilt Productions in 1996 and graduated with a degree in Film Technology in 2000. Weed has written several screenplays and worked on many feature films. Weed strives to create “God honoring, family friendly features with all the action, romance, drama and comedy of Hollywood’s best movies without taking away the family value.”Lucille Elmer, a partner of Peterbuilt Productions, will also be on board as a Co-Producer and Production Designer.Peterbuilt Productions is excited to be partnering with independent Hollywood producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis and participating in her Operation Hollywood program, which hires and trains veterans to work on Hollywood movie sets.Some of Suzanne’s independent filmmaking credits include 10th & Wolf, The Grief Tourist, How Sweet It Is, Area 407, Out of the Black, Shut-up Kiss and Me, A Month of Sundays, Black Gold. She has been involved with making over one hundred features films.Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
Jokha Alharthi wins Man Booker International Prize for ‘Celestial Bodies’Google ImagesOmani author Jokha al-Harthi has become the first Arab author to win the Man Booker Prize. The 41-year-old, who wrote Celestial Bodies, has said that she will share the £50,000 prize money with her book’s translator – Marilyn Booth. She is also the first Omani author to have translated her book into English.Celestial Bodies has been called a timeless classic by critics as well as members of the jury. It is based on the story of three sisters and their struggles through which the readers can gaze into the stereotypes that are prevalent in the Arabian society.”It is a book to win over the head and the heart in equal measure, worth lingering over. Interweaving voices and timelines are beautifully served by the pacing of the novel. Its delicate artistry draws us into a richly imagined community – opening out to tackle profound questions of time and mortality and disturbing aspects of our shared history,” said Bettany Hughes, a historian and chair of the judges.Hughes described the style of the book as a metaphor that subtly resists cliches of slavery, patriarchy, and race. The translation has been described as being perfect and lyrical, weaving in the cadences of both poetry and everyday speech. Jokha Alharthi , the winner of Man Booker Prize, 2019 along with the translator of her book, Celestial BodiesGoogle ImagesMaya, Asma and Khawla are three sisters who belong to Al-Awfi village of Oman and are either married by choice, force or longing to meet their beloved. They see through their independent struggles and also witness a change in their homeland from a colonial era to a fairly urbane lifestyle.”How women fare in changed circumstances and what they are and are not allowed to remember is a recurring preoccupation. Alharthi tracks the fortunes of a merchant family with a troubled past in the slave trade and concentrates in particular on the lives and destinies of sisters, Mayya, Asma and Khowla. Ranging across three generations with a crowd of voices tracking Oman’s shift from a typical desert dynasty of the village al-Awafi to the urban oasis of the city Muscat, the novel is a beautifully achieved account of lives pulling at the edges of change,” Michael Cronin, the director of the Trinity Centre for Literary and Cultural Translation, wrote in his review for Irish Times.
NepalFour men died and seven were injured Sunday in three separate explosions in Kathmandu, Nepali police said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility but police said they suspect involvement of a Maoist splinter group whose pamphlets were found in a house where one of the explosions took place.A powerful blast inside a shop killed three people and injured four, while the explosion at a home about four kilometres away left one dead and another injured.Two more were injured when an explosive they were carrying on a motorcycle in the outskirts of Kathmandu exploded.Security personnel also defused explosives in other areas.”We are investigating all incidents and have stepped up the security,” police spokesman Bishwa Raj Pokharel told AFP.Pokharel said that seven people have been arrested so far.The incidents come on the eve of a nationwide strike called the same Maoist splinter group, protesting death of their cadre in a police encounter over a week ago.Nepal has enjoyed a relatively peaceful environment since the end of a decade-long civil war which concluded with a peace deal struck in 2006.But some former guerrillas, have broken away, accusing its leaders of betraying their original revolutionary ideals.In February, the group was implicated in an explosion that killed one person outside the office of a telecom company Ncell, part of Malaysia-based Axiata Group Berhad.The government outlawed the group following the incident, banning their activities.
Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by [PEOPLE] Calgary agent wins dream trip to Kenya Tags: Kenya, People Share TORONTO — Tracey Zipp from AMA Travel has won a dream trip to Kenya, courtesy of the Kenya Tourism Board. Zipp was drawn as the winner of Travelweek’s Live the Dream contest that ran earlier this year.As the winner, Zipp has received a safari in Kenya that includes roundtrip, economy-class air transportation, two nights in Nairobi, one night in Amboseli, two nights in Laikipia, two nights in Maasai Mara, private meet-and-greet service at Nairobi Airport and services of a professional driver/guide throughout.The contest ran in August and September to accompany the Kenya Tourism Board’s newest supplement that came out on Aug. 18. It can be found at travelweek.ca/media/digital-editions.For more agent contests, go to travelweek.ca/contests. Wednesday, November 16, 2016
MONTREAL — Air Canada and Transat A.T. Inc. have announced a deal valued at $520 million that should see Air Canada buy Transat A.T. Inc., however some of Transat’s biggest shareholders have indicated they’re not happy with the $13 per share offer.Meanwhile Transat President & CEO Jean-Marc Eustache is advising passengers that they can continue booking their flights and packages “with complete confidence, as all bookings will be honoured before and after the closing of the transaction.”News broke early Thursday morning that the two companies concluded a definitive Arrangement Agreement that provides for Air Canada’s acquisition of all issued and outstanding shares of Transat and its combination with Air Canada.The binding agreement was unanimously approved by Transat’s Board of Directors.“We are delighted to have reached this definitive agreement to combine Transat with Air Canada to achieve the best possible outcome for all stakeholders,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive Officer at Air Canada. “For shareholders of Transat and Air Canada, this combination delivers excellent value, while also providing increased job security for both companies’ employees through greater growth prospects.”Rovinescu also noted that Air Canada intends to preserve the Transat and Air Transat brands and maintain the Transat head office and its key functions in Montreal.“Travellers will benefit from the merged companies’ enhanced capabilities in the highly competitive, global leisure travel market and from access to new destinations, more connecting traffic and increased frequencies,” he added. “The Quebec economy will derive maximum advantage of having a Montreal-based, growth-oriented global champion in aviation, the world’s most international business.”More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upEustache added: “We are very pleased to join forces with such a successful player in our industry. The combination with Air Canada will give Transat new perspectives of growth, with the support of a strong network offering many options for connecting traffic. This fully-funded cash transaction is the ideal platform for Transat’s presence and jobs in Montreal, and therefore represents the best option for all our stakeholders: employees, suppliers, partners and shareholders.”While the deal got unanimous approval by Transat’s board, some of the company’s major shareholders remain dissatisfied with the price.Letko, Brosseau and Associates and PenderFund Capital Management, which jointly own a 21.1% stake, have said they would vote against the agreement if the purchase price remained at $13 per share.The agreement requires approval from two-thirds of Transat shareholders to go through. Quebec’s Fonds de solidarite FTQ, Franklin Templeton Investments, and the Caisse – Quebec’s pension fund manager – are also among the top five investors, collectively holding a 26.18 per cent stake.Air Canada and Transat’s combined 60% hold on the transatlantic market from Canada will also prompt an assessment from Canada’s Competition Bureau.On May 15, Air Canada and Transat entered negotiations toward a possible deal, giving them 30 days to finalize the details. In early June, Quebec-based real estate developer Groupe Mach announced that it too had entered a bid for Transat for $14 per share, which was turned down.The Air Canada deal includes a break fee of $15 million payable by Transat if it accepts a superior proposal. Air Canada must pay a reverse break fee of up to $40 million if the deal is cancelled because regulatory or governmental approvals are not obtained, subject to certain conditions.More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”If regulatory and shareholder approvals are obtained, the transaction is expected to be completed in early 2020.With a combined Air Canada – Air Transat, “prices will go up for Caribbean/Mexico and Europe”, says Niche Travel Group owner Faith Sproule in Dartmouth, NS. “If there is a destination city that has direct competition with WestJet, we may see the same prices (e.g. Gatwick, Paris, Dublin, Glasgow, Barcelona). I think that if Air Canada and Transat each have a flight and WestJet doesn’t do that route (Toronto to Lyon, for example), we will go down to one option and prices are going to jump.”She adds: “It looks like a good idea and good for the consumer on paper, but the prices will go from $1,100 to $1,400. I think we are looking at higher prices with everything if this merger happens.”Asked if he sees the deal as a positive move for the industry, Nexion Travel Group – Canada President Mike Foster says the answer is neither clear nor simple: “While the combined strengths of each company can lead to synergies and in turn a stronger company, there may indeed be an effect on pricing, route and loads. But I also believe that the natural forces of a free-enterprise economy means that new entrants could come in if the marketplace warrants or needs more competition.” Share Thursday, June 27, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada, Transat << Previous PostNext Post >> With file from The Canadian Press Potential snags & industry reaction: Air Canada set to buy Transat for $520 million