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Horwath demands Wynne listen to health care workers speaking out

Posted on 02 February 2018 by admin

HAMILTON – News reports Wednesday reveal that a number of doctors, nurses and administrators are speaking out about dangerous hospital overcrowding in the Greater Toronto Area. Andrea Horwath, who has been raising alarm bells about growing hospital overcrowding concerns for over a year, released the following statement in response:

“Doctors and front-line health care workers are speaking out about the dangerous situations in overcrowded hospitals, and it’s time for leadership that listens to them, and takes action. Many of our hospitals were operating above 100 per cent capacity before this winter’s flu surge – so news again this morning that more hospitals are in crisis as a result of flu-season is troubling, but not at all surprising. It’s just plain wrong that no real action has been taken to ease the squeeze on Ontario’s hospitals, putting patients at risk.

Ontario’s hospitals have faced decades of cuts – first by a Conservative government that closed 28 hospitals and fired 6,000 nurses, and then by a Liberal government that has cut or frozen budgets for years. Patients around the province, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, the Ontario Hospital Association and the NDP and I have all been calling out for the government to listen, and make changes. But Kathleen Wynne let us down again. Long waits, overcrowding and hallway medicine have been getting worse and worse – even as hospital staff were warning that they didn’t have the resources to handle this year’s flu season.

It’s time to do something about health care overcrowding – and that means making health care funding a priority in Ontario again. Wynne’s budgets keep underfunding hospitals, and Patrick Brown is vowing to make $6.1 billion in cuts. I disagree – we can’t keep going down that road. Instead of cuts, we need to invest in shorter waits and tackling hallway medicine.

My thanks go out to the health care workers around the province who are on the front-lines of this crisis, working long hours in busy hospitals and doing everything they can do deliver the care that people deserve in Ontario.

 

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Harman announces Priyanka Chopra as Global Brand Ambassador

Posted on 01 February 2018 by admin

Globetrotter Priyanka Chopra has been a face of several leading companies. From being UNICEF’s global brand ambassador to LinkedIn’s global face, the actress is taking over everything one step at a time. Now, Priyanka Chopra has been roped in as the global brand ambassador for Harman.

Harman International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, announced on January 24 that actress, singer, producer, and philanthropist Priyanka Chopra has been named a global brand ambassador for the company’s JBL® and Harman Kardon® audio brands.

Priyanka Chopra will participate in a series of marketing initiatives including social media and brand awareness events for JBL and Harman Kardon. As an ambassador of these brands, Chopra will walk the red carpet at the Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY® Gala Salute to Industry Icons with other luminaries as part of this weekend’s GRAMMY® celebration. Harman is the official sound of the Grammys and a recipient of three technical awards for its JBL, AKG and Lexicon brands.

“Priyanka Chopra is the epitome of a barrier-breaking performer, bringing her iconic style and grace to everything that she does, from her award-winning entertainment career to her philanthropic work, and reaching fans all over the world,” said Ralph Santana, Chief Marketing Officer of Harman. “She is a force to be reckoned with and we look forward to working with her to develop innovative and engaging collaborations for our audio brands that are truly unique and first of their kind.”

After being crowned Miss World, Priyanka Chopra made her foray into the entertainment industry and soon catapulted to international stardom. In 2015, Chopra made her American TV debut, making history as the first Indian actress to headline the lead role in an U.S. television series, starring in ABC’s Quantico. She was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2017. Chopra is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and is also involved in a number of philanthropic efforts to promote gender equality and the health and education of children around the world.

“Music brings the world together. It defies boarders, colors and norms, often bridging cultures, genders, and generations,” said Priyanka Chopra. “Songs often become symbols of moments throughout our lives, encouraging, inspiring, empowering, and at times, healing us. I’ve long admired the sophistication of Harman Kardon and vibrant energy of JBL, and am honored to be collaborating with such iconic brands.”

Priyanka Chopra joins a diverse roster of Harman brand ambassadors from music, sports and entertainment, including American multi-platinum performing artist Demi Lovato; prolific musician, producer and humanitarian Quincy Jones; Indian music mogul Dr. A. R. Rahman, world-renowned pianist, educator and philanthropist Lang Lang, 2015-16 NBA Kia Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry; NBA All-Star and musician Damian Lillard; and soccer star Jerome Boateng, among others. HARMAN’s ambassador team reflects the brand’s continued emphasis on forging unique and integrated partnerships that reach deeply into culture.

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Aamir Khan’s epic dream for movie Mahabharat will leave you super excited

Posted on 01 February 2018 by admin

Everything about Aamir Khan is larger-than-life. With every project, he raises the bar for himself as a producer and as an actor. So much that his name has become the ISI mark of movies. You know when he signs a film, it’s gonna be worth watching. Also, when he shows an interest in a project, all ears perk up. That’s what happened when he expressed his desire to play the mythological character of Karan from the epic Mahabharat. Of course, he wondered whether he’d be the right choice for the role, given his physique.

His other favourite character, he once mentioned, is Lord Krishna. And when Baahubali director SS Rajamouli reportedly mentioned that he wanted to make Mahabharat next, everyone put two and two together. Of course, Aamir denied that Rajamouli had approached him. But he expressed his desire to play either one of these characters. He’s so consumed with the idea that he’s willing to pitch it to anyone, who shares his enthusiasm.

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Ranbir Kapoor’s sister Riddhima gifts Abhishek a bracelet

Posted on 01 February 2018 by admin

Abhishek Bachchan gets a special gift from Ranbir Kapoor’s sister Riddhima Sahni. Riddhima, who is a jewellery designer gifted her good friend Abhishek Bachchan a ‘lucky charm’ bracelet. Abhishek saw Ranbir wearing the signature evil eye bracelet in his hand and he praised it so much that Riddhima gifted him one. It has been made in thread enamel and gold.

Midday quoted a source close to the Kapoor family as saying, “Ranbir and Abhishek are buddies. They look out for each other on the football field. In the past, Abhishek had revealed that he liked an evil-eye bracelet that Ranbir wears. Since Riddhima specialises in designing signature jewellery for men and women, she crafted one for him.”

Riddhima in turn confirmed the news and said, “Abhishek is the kindest, and most humble person I have met. I hope he enjoys wearing the bracelet.”

Earlier, Riddhima gifted Justin Beiber a bracelet when he visited India last year. She also designed a pair of earrings for Hollywood actress-director Goldie Hawn before that. Her brother Ranbir’s evil eye bracelet reportedly contains the actor’s lucky number 8.

Well, hope the ‘lucky charm’ bracelet proves luck for Abhishek Bachchan who is returning to the silver screen after a hiatus with Anurag Kashyap-Anand L Rai’s ‘Manmarziya’.

 

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Parineeti Chopra flaunts stretch mark, netizens go gaga

Posted on 01 February 2018 by admin

In the morning, Parineeti Chopra took to her social media account to flaunt her stretch mark and netizens can’t stop praising the ‘Golmaal Again’ actress.  Dressed in a crop top and denim jacket, Parineeti Chopra proudly flaunts her stretch mark without photoshopping the mark.

She posted the picture with the caption, “Bright blue sunglasses for life!!! thanks @drishtiplatinum for these beautiess!!.”

The picture already earned 5 lakhs views in no time. Over the years, Parineeti Chopra worked very hard to shed her extra flab and gain a fit and well-toned body.

Talking about her weight loss, Parineeti had earlier told India Today that her goal was to be fit. “Fitness does not equal to (being) thin. You need to be your fittest self… I have been struggling with my weight for 12 years of my life. I couldn’t work for more than four hours. I was very big, a UK size 16. My heart and liver were taking a strain, I have an injured knee because of my weight. People don’t think of that,” she had said.

On the work front, after the success of Rohit Shetty’s ‘Golmaal Again’, Parineeti bagged a promising project ‘Kesari’ opposite Akshay Kumar and currently busy with ‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’ and ‘Namastey Canada’ opposite Arjun Kapoor.

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Sonam Kapoor to open standalone stores of her brand Rheson across the country

Posted on 04 January 2018 by admin

When Sonam Kapoor began her acting career in 2012, nobody thought that she’ll one day become the numero uno fashionista. The actress slowly and gradually showed that she stands out when it comes to her choice of clothes and the way she carries it. Since a long time, there were murmurs of she starting a clothing line. A few years ago, she unveiled that she along with her sister Rhea are indeed starting a fashion brand and it was named Rheson, after the names of the sisters. Finally, this year in May it had a grand launch.

Till now, the clothes of Rheson were available exclusively at Shoppers Stop outlets and its website. But now, Sonam is all set to launch a series of brick and mortar outlets to reach out to a wider audience. She said that she and Rhea had tied up with Shoppers Shop to enhance distribution. As a result, the clothes of Rheson were available in several places in India. But now, they plan to open standalone stores since that will give them direct access to customers.

A lot of companies are increasingly turning to the online space in order to increase their sales. Sonam Kapoor on the other hand is going the opposite way. But she believes that doing so will enable the brand to penetrate into different areas of the country. As of now, the plan is that the first Rheson store would be set up in Mumbai and then gradually, stores will be opened in other cities too.

And that’s not all. Sonam and Rhea Kapoor are all set to expand their collection. At present, they are selling women’s clothing and also bags. Now they plan to venture into menswear and accessories too. However, all the products of Rheson would be stylish and yet affordable since they want to target those who can’t afford expensive brand.

On the film front, Sonam Kapoor will be seen next in Veere Di Wedding which incidentally is produced by her sister Rhea. It also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania. Directed by Khoobsurat director, it’s all set to release on May 18, 2018.

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Priyanka Chopra enacts a scene from Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

Posted on 04 January 2018 by admin

One of the greatest films to have come out from Bollywood is Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. Released in 1995, this romantic flick starred Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol and was Aditya Chopra’s directorial debut. It gave a lot of people relationship goals. Women especially fell with the film thanks to the character of Raj, played by Shah Rukh Khan, who goes all out to win the heart of Simran, essayed by Kajol, and also of her parents.

For actress Priyanka Chopra too, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge holds a special place in her heart. She revealed this when she appeared on the sets of the TV show ‘India’s Next Superstars’, hosted by blockbuster directors Rohit Shetty and Karan Johar. Everyone then expected that the romantic scenes or songs must be her favourite moments from the film. But however, she highlighted the lesser talked about sequence of Shah Rukh and Karan Johar (who was an assistant on the film and played a small role) going to Amrish Puri’s shop and SRK punching KJo. Priyanka Chopra insisted that Karan Kohar and Rohit Shetty recreate the scene with her. Both the judges obliged. Rohit Shetty portrayed the character of Puri, Karan Johar played himself while Priyanka Chopra stepped into Shah Rukh Khan’s shoes. Just like in the original scene, Karan got punched in the end but this time it was Priyanka Chopra who did the needful. After the recreation of the scene, Priyanka revealed that she always wanted to smack Karan Johar ever since she saw Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and her wish finally got fulfilled on the sets of ‘India’s Next Superstars’.

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Varun Dhawan to marry girlfriend Natasha Dalal by mid-2018

Posted on 04 January 2018 by admin

Wedding bells of Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal could be heard soon. As per the latest report, the ‘Judwaa 2’ actor will tie the knot with his long-time girlfriend Natasha Dalal by mid-2018. Recently, Varun Dhawan has moved out of his parents’ house to his new plush apartment, the picture of his house-warming party already circulated on net in which Natasha was also spotted with Varun’s friends.

Natasha and Varun were childhood buddies and gradually their friendship culminated into love. They are very serious about their relationship and wished to take their relationship to the next level.

“Till recently, Varun swore he would never move out of his parents’ home. But Natasha made it clear that she wanted her own home with Varun after marriage. For a while, they even separated over the issue. But the actor gave in and moved into his own place. He still lives close to his parents’ house,” a family friend revealed.

Earlier this year, when Varun Dhawan was quipped about his wedding plans, he said, “Honestly, we have not thought that much ahead. Sometimes in life, when you find someone and that connection is formed, then everything else that you thought was the be-all and end-all of life, doesn’t actually matter.”

On the work front, Varun will be seen next in Shoojit Sircar’s ‘October’ and preparing for ‘Sui Dhaaga-Made in India’ opposite Anushka Sharma. The film is scheduled to release on Gandhi Jayanti 2018.

 

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Surveen Chawla shares pic of her white wedding with Akshay

Posted on 04 January 2018 by admin

After two years, Surveen Chawla declared to the world that she is married to businessman Akshay Thakker. The ‘Hate Story 2’ actress shared a beautiful picture with her hubby and informed that she had a romantic Italian style wedding with Akshay on July 28, 2015.

In an interview with TimesofIndia she said, “Yes, I am married. I have known Akshay for long. It was a personal choice to not talk about the marriage. We wanted to break the news just before our Indian wedding, which was scheduled to take place this month. However, we had to postpone it to 2018, following a loss in the family.”

“In a quintessential Indian wedding, the couple is surrounded by guests. But we wanted the day to ourselves; the idea was to enjoy each and every moment with each other and with those who matter the most. Also, I always wanted a white wedding in a chapel located in a castle. Fortunately, Akshay shared the same dream and that’s how we zeroed in on a picturesque castle in Northern Italy. It took me six months to finalise the venue. Since I am a die-hard romantic, there was no other way I would have done it,” she said.

Surveen also revealed that she felt her announcement could have an impact on her career. “Initially, yes, as my films were up for release. But I soon crossed that bridge and realised that a talented actor will shine irrespective of her marital status. We need to take a cue from the West and get over such stigmas. International actresses go about flaunting their love life, marriage and babies without a care in the world. What matters is what I am doing on screen. Also, we suffered a personal loss and didn’t know how to go about announcing the wedding then,” she said.

The actress had posted an adorable white wedding picture with her husband on her Twitter page recently.

Surveen Chawla tweeted a beautiful picture of her white wedding with Akshay and captioned as# Our promises, Our Vows!!…. Our most prized possession…… Our Togetherness??????????#happilymarried #dreamwedding #love #eternalbliss #giveusyourblessings. Reportage Photography: @dsvisuals

She captioned another picture of her wedding as#“One half of me is yours,the other half yours, Mine own,I would say;but if mine,then yours, And so all yours.” -(The Merchant of Venice) Shakespeare Lots of ??Surveen & Akshay. #Happilymarried???? #Love #Bliss #Promiseforever Reportage Photography : @dsvisuals

Divisuals shared a picture of the white wedding picture of Surveen and Akshay and wrote#Akshay Thakker and Surveen Chawla are a young, irresistible Indian couple who chose to come to Italy for an unforgettable #wedding celebration, bringing along their closest relatives and friends from far away India. The #indian wedding reportage was made by the wedding photographers of our studio. The wedding had been organized according to the utmost luxury and elegance, however, what really impressed us were the uncontainable joy and the desire to dance of the spouses and the guests. After an intimate church ceremony and a sophisticated reception, the atmosphere exploded and was immediately filled with breathtaking dances and the irresistible harmony between the two protagonists of the day, and their thrilling friends.

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Winter Tree Wraps are Back – Get Ready for a Magnificent Sun-SET in Mississauga’s Downtown

Posted on 28 December 2017 by admin

Need something to warm you up this winter season? How about a magnificent Sun-SET.

Residents and visitors travelling through Mississauga’s downtown will see a spectacular Sun-SET along the Hurontario Street median. The Winter Tree Wraps are a temporary public art display that add colour and vitality to Mississauga’s downtown streetscape during the winter months. Created by Polymétis, a Toronto-based architectural design firm, Sun-SET features a series of vibrantly printed fabrics that span across 45 burlap-covered oak trees.

“Artists Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft designed the art piece to infuse our city with vibrancy and colour during the winter months,” said Paul Damaso, Director, Culture Division. “In addition to signalling a new dawn for the City in the face of new projects, Sun-SET also addresses the theme of environmental stewardship and our appreciation for Mississauga’s natural resources.”

This year’s tree wrap theme was Future Directions, as it related to concepts such as city building, transit infrastructure and climate change.

In August, the City held a public art competition calling for proposals from artists to create the temporary public art piece for the Winter Tree Wraps. Proposals were reviewed by an independent jury made up of arts professionals and subject matter experts. Sun-SET was recommended by the jury and Polymétis was awarded the commission.

Damaso added, “Public art, like Sun-SET, fosters community pride and contributes to a sense of identity for residents, visitors and surrounding businesses.”

The temporary public art piece will be on display until spring 2018.

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