UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman was last week awarded by Variety magazine for her engagement to advance women’s and girls’ rights and empowerment.Nicole Kidman greets a young activist and fan following the awards ceremony Credit/Copyright: UN WomenThe Academy Award winner received the honour at Variety’s 5th Power of Women luncheon in Beverly Hills, which aims at “shining a spotlight on the high-profile women in Hollywood who have used their platforms to make a difference”.“The honourees we celebrate share an understanding of the power of giving back,” said Variety publisher Michelle Sobrino-Stearns in announcing the honourees, which also include actresses Amy Poehler, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Hudson, Elizabeth Banks and Kerry Washington as well as Sony Co-Chair Amy Pascal. “The goal of Variety’s Power of Women is to galvanize the influence of the entertainment industry to inspire their peers and fans alike to get involved and give back.”At the event, Nicole Kidman urged the audience of Hollywood executives to join efforts towards ensuring a world where ‘women can live free from discrimination and violence’ and spoke passionately about her work to amplify the voices of women she has met through her travels as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.“UN Women is a smart organization and I have seen with my own eyes what they can do: they go and work directly with women in countries around the world. They support women to get elected into office and help them to have viable options to earn a living for themselves and their children”, said Nicole Kidman, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and Academy Award winner. “Right now, in conflict zones like Syria, where women and children are particularly affected, UN Women is rendering much-needed assistance to respond to women’s humanitarian needs. UN Women supports women in Syria and elsewhere to make their voices heard,” she added.Nicole Kidman was appointed as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador to promote women’s rights worldwide. A strong focus of her efforts has been on ending violence against women, a pandemic which is likely to affect one-in-three women in their lifetimes. Ms. Kidman has also served as the international spokesperson for UN Women’s Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women initiative, and has travelled to meet with survivors of sexual violence and raise attention to this pervasive human rights violation worldwide.Source:UNWomen.org
In celebration of the upcoming opening of The James West Hollywood-Sunset, The James Hotels has partnered with the David Lynch Foundation and Dazed Media to create the short film “A New Sunrise Over Sunset”.A New Sunrise Over SunsetDirected by Shaniqwa Jarvis the film offers a first look inside The James West Hollywood – Sunset, featuring prominent David Lynch Foundation supporters and LA insiders: model and jewelry designer Erin Wasson, vocalist Nia Andrews, artist and clothing designer Cali DeWitt, Grammy-Award winning singer James Fauntleroy, 2016’s Best New Chef by Food & Wine, Kris Yenbamroong, and multidisciplinary visual artist, Brendan Fowler.Inspired by the contemporary culture of Los Angeles, “A New Sunrise Over Sunset” is broken into three themed vignettes titled “Connection”, “Consciousness” and “Community” after The James’ three core brand pillars, which invoke emotion through subliminal storytelling utilizing color and sound. The film radiates both visual and sonic references to the work of David Lynch and the Foundation.The James’ found a natural partner in the David Lynch Foundation with their close ties to the Los Angeles community and the shared goal of bringing people mindful, restorative experiences. Award-winning director David Lynch, best known for Twin Peaks, discovered meditation in 1973 and has been practicing it daily ever since. In 2005 David founded the David Lynch Foundation to bring meditation to people around the globe.“The film bridges Los Angeles culture with mindfulness through the perspective of locals who have deep understandings of well-being in their lives,” said David Lynch. “This partnership empowers us to bring the practice of meditation to a new audience of people.”In celebration of the partnership with the David Lynch Foundation, who works to bring ‘pure consciousness’ to children and adults around the world through transcendental meditation methods, The James West Hollywood – Sunset will donate $10 from every single booking made at the hotel through jameshotels.com, from now until the property opening on May 1st, 2017. Guests will be able to make an optional donation to any future reservation at any James hotel starting in May.“The James Hotels and the David Lynch Foundation share the goal of bringing mindfully modern experiences into people’s lives,” said Carl Cohen, Chief Experience Officer at Denihan Hospitality Group. “We are proud to support this cause while simultaneously elevating the minds and bodies of our guests.”To view the film and to learn more visit jameshotels.com/dlf.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO — CTV’s reality series “The Amazing Race Canada” and CBC’s investigative documentary program “The Fifth Estate” won big on the first night of the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards.Each program landed four trophies at Tuesday’s Toronto gala, which honoured non-fiction programming in about 50 categories.“The Amazing Race Canada” won in categories including the Golden Screen Award for TV reality show and best direction in a reality/competition series. “The Fifth Estate” took awards including best news or information series as well as best writing in a documentary for the segment “The Truth Smugglers.”The gala was one of several set for this week leading into Sunday’s CBC broadcast of the Canadian Screen Awards, which honour homegrown talent in film, TV and digital media.The show will air from the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.Other programs with multiple wins included CBC’s documentary “Equus: Story of the Horse,” “CBC News: The National” and TSN’s 2017 Grey Cup coverage. Each took three awards.“CTV National News With Lisa LaFlamme” was named best national newscast, while Dawna Friesen of “Global National” took best national news anchor.“Gord Downie’s Secret Path in Concert,” which aired on CBC, won best variety or entertainment special as well as a nod for best sound.Best documentary program went to HBO Canada’s “You Are Here: A Come From Away Story,” about how Gander, N.L., welcomed thousands of stranded airline passengers and crew members following the 9/11 attacks. The doc also won an award for picture editing.The CBC true crime series “The Detectives” netted two honours, including best factual series.Also getting two awards was CBC’s comedy/reality series “Still Standing,” including a hosting nod for Jonny Harris.The Canadian Screen Awards have a total of 135 categories.The CBC series “Anne with an E” and “Schitt’s Creek” are the leading nominees with 15 nominations apiece.THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Advertisement Co-hosts Emma Hunter and Jonny Harris present the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Sunday, March 11, 2018. CTV’s reality series “The Amazing Race Canada” and CBC’s investigative documentary program “The Fifth Estate” won big on the first night of the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
APTN National NewsFire crews in Alberta are engaging a “multi-headed monster” wildfire that has so far consumed 10,000 hectares and forced the evacuation of 88,000 people from Fort McMurray and destroyed over 1,000 structures in the city, the premier and officials said Wednesday.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the wildfire destroyed 1,600 structures in the city which was evacuated Tuesday amid apocalyptic scenes of highways lined with vehicles fleeing their homes against a flaming backdrop.Darby Allen, director of emergency management for the Wood Buffalo Regional Municipality, said fire crews were facing another “bad day” following Tuesday’s sudden shift in the wildfire that penetrated Fort McMurray, destroying a whole swaths of neighbourhoods.“No one is hurt and no one is passed away right now,” said an emotional Allen, in a teleconference with reporters Wednesday. “I really hope we can get to the end of this and still say that. We are here, we are strong and we’ll keep doing our jobs.”Allen said fire crews worked throughout out the night fighting flames within the city which were finally vanquished by about 5 a.m.“This is a nasty, dirty fire. There are certainly areas within the city that have not been burned, but this fire will look for them, find them and will want to take them,” said Allen.A cold front expected to move into the region Wednesday was expected to bring with it some mixed blessings. Low humidity and hot temperatures aided the spread of the wildfire Tuesday. The cold front could lower temperatures, but also trigger lighting, said Allen.“It’s not what we really want in this situation,” he said.Officials said the next 24 hours would prove critical in the battle being waged against the fire and the fate of the city which is in the heart of Alberta’s oil patch.Wood Buffalo Regional Municipality Mayor Melissa Blake said the oil industry was responding by providing use of camps and lodges to help shelter evacuees.“I am commending our citizens for standing strong and resilience,” said Blake.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, in a conference call from Germany early today, confirmed a formal request for assistance has been received from the Alberta government and the military is preparing to engage in the battle.The nearby Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation declared a state of emergency Wednesday, according to spokesperson Eriel Deranger. Deranger said the First Nation would be using boats and flights to evacuate community members, along from the Mikisew Cree First Nation, who were in Fort McKay following their evacuation from Fort McMurray, to Fort Chipewyan and Fort Smith, NWT.Deranger said there was concern the membership could be stranded in Fort McKay.-with files from The Canadian [email protected]@APTNNews