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Wynne’s hospital privatization scheme diverts millions of dollars from front-line care

Posted on 14 December 2017 by admin

QUEEN’S PARK — In question period on Thursday, NDP Health critic France Gélinas said the Liberal government must answer for its privatization scheme, which is now forcing hospitals to divert resources away from front-line care in order to cover millions of dollars in maintenance costs that private contractors refuse to provide.

The 2017 Auditor General’s report, released Wednesday, revealed that hospitals are diverting millions from operating budgets to pay for high privatized maintenance costs, which privative contractors now argue are not included in the price of the public-private partnership (P3) contracts Liberal and Conservative governments signed.

Previously, the auditor found that Ontarians were paying $8 billion extra because of those P3 deals.

“Yesterday, the Auditor General revealed that 16 P3 hospitals where ongoing maintenance and repairs have been privatized by this Liberal government and the Conservatives before them are being forced to take money from nursing and front-line care to cover millions of dollars in maintenance costs that the private contractor refuses to cover,” said Gélinas. “Every hospital the Auditor General contacted told her the exact same thing. They are not seeing the benefits that were promised under this privatized model.

“How can this government force our hospitals to take money away from nursing and front-line care just to mask the failure of this health care privatization scheme?” asked Gelinas.

P3s are a form of privatization in which a government pays extra to have a private sector company finance and sometimes also maintain public sector assets, like hospitals.

“Those P3 contracts were supposed to cover all hospital maintenance costs—that was the entire point of signing those contracts,” said Gélinas. “But now, hospitals are being forced to divert their operating funds—funds that this Liberal government froze for four years straight. Money meant to hire nurses, open up new beds, cut wait times, provide quality care—that money is instead being diverted to pay private companies that won’t hold up their end of the deal, that refuse to do the work.

“Why is this government forcing people to wait longer in our hospital system and forcing nurses to work without the proper staffing levels instead of stopping this massive failure of this health care privatization scheme?” asked Gélinas.

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Shah Rukh Khan roped in as the host for Lux Golden Rose Awards 2017

Posted on 14 December 2017 by admin

 Setting a milestone in its premiere edition, being the first ever awards show to celebrate India’s female cinematic legends, the second edition of Lux Golden Rose Awards 017 is geared up once again to raise the bar further.

Gracing the occasion with his well-known charm and popularity, the King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan will reprise his role as the host in the second edition. As a prelude to the awards, SRK hosted a chat show – Lux Golden Divas – Baatein With Baadshah, where he engaged with leading ladies Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Katrina Kaif and had them reveal their unseen sides and beauty through the characters they portray onscreen.

Presented by India’s very first beauty soap, Lux, this year’s ethos is #IAmMoreThanYouCanSee; a tagline which encapsulates the passion, individuality, sensitivity and strength the remarkable leading ladies put into creating timeless iconic characters that stay etched in the hearts of millions. Fans and connoisseurs of the Indian film industry are abuzz with anticipation for the second edition of the show which honors Bollywood actresses for portraying versatility with zest. Lux Golden Rose Awards has an unparalleled and original concept that celebrates the women of Bollywood, recognizing them for the beautiful, glamorous and gutsy characters they have portrayed on the silver screen.

Commenting on the occasion, Sandeep Kohli, Executive Director and Vice President – Personal Care at Hindustan Unilever Limited said, “Our brand- LUX has an iconic status in the beauty market, as a forerunner in associating with the most gorgeous faces of Indian Cinema. Instituting Lux Golden Rose Awards, we aimed at building an extravagant and unified platform to celebrate these women and the powerful roles they have essayed on the silver screen. Taking this basic ethos ahead in our next edition of the awards, we will  be taking the camera lens closer to these beauties and unveil facets and secrets which make them iconic personas they are today. Following last year’s spectacular response, we are looking forward to bringing audiences another year of an exceptional extravaganza.”

Power-packed performances lined up include acts by the vivacious Alia Bhatt, the unassuming Sushant Singh Rajput, and the energy filled Jacqueline Fernandez and Mouni Roy to name a few. The Lux Golden Rose Awards show will be held at Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai on 10th December 2017.


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Alia Bhatt to star opposite Ranveer Singh in Simmba?

Posted on 14 December 2017 by admin

Fans of Ranveer Singh were extremely dejected when they found that Padmavati, that promises to show Ranveer at his best, was postponed indefinitely. But a few days ago, what made them happy was the formal announcement of Simmba, the official Hindi remake of the Telugu hit Temper. Directed by Rohit Shetty, the first look of this film was also released that showcased Ranveer Singh as a rowdy, notorious cop. It completely suited the real-life goofy and energetic persona of the actor. With the title and even the release date being announced, fans and even the industry and trade collectively waited to see who’ll be the lucky girl who’ll get to share screen space with Ranveer in this flick.

And looks like the team of the film have already found the girl. As per reports, it’s none other than Alia Bhatt who’ll be cast opposite Ranveer Singh in Simmba. Incidentally, both Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt are already doing a film together – Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy. Simmba will hence be their second film together and it’ll be great to see two powerhouse performers coming together for this film, which promises lot of masala and action. However, the actress is yet to sign on the dotted line. As of now, she has only given her approval.

Alia Bhatt till now has been a part of 13 films, not counting her special appearances, and including her unreleased films. If she signs Simmba, it will be her 14th film and her 10thfilm that she has done with her mentor, producer Karan Johar. She was launched by the filmmaker in Student Of The Year. She then acted in his productions like 2 States, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, Shaandaar, Kapoor & Sons, Dear Zindagi and Bardinath Ki Dulhania. Besides, she’ll be seen in Raazi opposite Vicky Kaushal, Abhishek Varman’s next with Varun Dhawan and in Brahmastra, co-starring Ranbir Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan.

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Inside details: All about Virat-Anushka’s mehendi, sangeet, wedding

Posted on 14 December 2017 by admin

Well, it is almost confirmed that two lovebirds dating strongly for a long time is going to be officially one. Yes, we are talking about Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma. Wedding bells is soon going to ring but not in India, Italy is the place where the couple will take wedding vows. On Thursday night, Anushka Sharma with her family including her Guruji headed to Italy for the nuptial.

To avoid media, Virat Kohli took off to Italy from Delhi with his family. The two families flew off to Italy on the same date and time but from different locations.

The much talked about wedding is going to take place on 12th December in Milan.

As per sources, they will first land in Tuscany, and a few pre-wedding functions are also likely to be held in Milan. Tuscany and Milan is 155 miles away and will take is just 38 minutes by air.

It is also strongly buzzed that the after the hush-hush wedding the newly married will host a grand wedding reception at J W Marriott (Juhu) on December 22. While J W Marriott refused to confirm the news, “We do not reveal any information. It’s confidential.”

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma will register their marriage at the Bandra family court on January 4. Anushka has apparently already picked up the registration forms for that date.

Anushka Sharma’s neighbour also got an invitation from the wedding. Selected residents of Badrinath Tower at Versova, where the actor resides, have received invites for the nuptials. Anushka’s father Ajay Kumar Sharma has personally invited their neighbours.

A source reveals, “The star dad has made calls to some building folks, inviting them to the wedding that is slated for next week. As everyone cannot travel to Italy, he was keen to make them aware of the developments and seek blessings for the couple.” The source adds that the neighbours have been requested to keep things hush-hush considering the media attention surrounding the impending marriage.

It is to be recalled that Rani Mukherjee and Aditya Chopra also got married in Italy.

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Anil Kapoor to play Salman Khan’s father in Race 3

Posted on 14 December 2017 by admin

Anil Kapoor fans were an unhappy lot when the starcast of Race 3 was officially announced. After all, the maverick actor was missing and it was surely sad news for many since he rocked in the first two parts of Race. As Robert D’Costa aka RD, he was funny, suave and got to mouth some great one-liners.

But yesterday, Salman Khan made an announcement on Twitter that Anil Kapoor is now a part of Race 3. As expected, it was a pleasant surprise and immediately, the buzz for the film increased manifold. However, it seems that though Anil is a part of this slick franchise, he might not be playing the lovable and smart RD. Reports state that he will be playing leading actor Salman Khan’s father in the third instalment of the film! He will be playing the head of the family that Salman Khan is a part of. His character is integral to the plot.

Surprisingly, while Salman Khan is 51, Anil Kapoor is 60 and hence just nine years elder to him. It would be hence interesting to see Anil playing father to the superstar. Reportedly, the actor had reservations over the age gap and his character. Salman Khan however persuaded him to take up the role and what’s more, he was also offered a handsome remuneration.

As per the sources, the same role was also offered to Amitabh Bachchan. After mulling over it for a while, the senior actor had turned it down.

Race 3 producer Ramesh Taurani was asked to comment on these reports. He however only said that Anil Kapoor plays the head of the family and his role is not what he played in the earlier parts of Race. There was no comment from him on whether he plays Salman Khan’s father.

Race 3 also stars Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Saqib Saleem, Bobby Deol and Freddy Daruwala. It is directed by Remo D’Souza and it releases on Eid 2018.

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Priyanka Chopra, Salman Khan and Karan Johar make it to the Variety’s 500 most influential people in entertainment

Posted on 07 December 2017 by admin

Every year, the coveted magazine Variety unveils the world’s 500 most influential people who are shaping the global $2 trillion entertainment industry. The list includes 12 Indian faces from the entertainment industry including Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra.

Amongst the 12 Indians, Salman Khan’s profile by Variety lists his career ups and downs including his hit and run case. The profile reads, “Salman Khan is one of the unrelated Khan triumvirate comprising Aamir and Shah Rukh that has been ruling the Bollywood box office for decades. Of the top ten grossing films of all time, Salman has three, as does Shah Rukh, while Aamir has four. Unlike his contemporary Khans whose fan bases are staid by comparison, every Salman release generates mass hysteria across India, a frenzy surpassed only by the fans of South Indian superstar Rajinikanth.”

Priyanka Chopra’s profile is detailed from her winning the Miss World pageant in 2002 to becoming a successful Bollywood actor. They mention her production house, her moving to Hollywood with her TV show Quantico and starring in movies as well. Later, they talk about her philanthropic work and becoming UNICEF’s Global Goodwill Ambassador.

One of the filmmakers mentioned in the list is Karan Johar. His profile reads, “Karan Johar debuted as a director in 1998 with Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and has since directed a string of successful films including My Name is Khan and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Since Karan succeeded his father Yash Johar as the head of Dharma, the company has produced more than 30 films and television programmes. Johar is one of the most visible faces of the Indian entertainment industry. ”

The Variety500 is decided based on the accomplishments of the most influential people in entertainment over the year. The list also includes Punit Goenka, CEO, and MD of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd; Ekta Kapoor, MD and Creative Director of Balaji Telefilms; Aditya Chopra, Chairman of Yashraj Films; Kishore Lulla, Executive Chairman of Eros International; Uday Shankar, chairman of Star India; Siddharth Kapur, President of The Film & Television Producers Guild of India Ltd.; Subhash Chandra, founder and chairman of Essel group and the Ambanis.

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Wedding bells for Shruti Haasan, boyfriend Michael Corsale

Posted on 07 December 2017 by admin

Shruti Haasan, who is going strong with boyfriend Michael Corsale arranged a meeting of her mother Sarika with Michael. The picture of the trio has gone viral. Shruti looked pretty in a white dress while Sarika donned a white salwar with blue dupatta. Going by those pictures, we can conclude the couple are ready to make their relationship official.

This is not the first time the actress is clicked with her London based beau but for the first time she is snapped with her mom and boyfriend together.

Michael is of Italian descent born and raised in London. Michael and Shruti are dating for a year now.

“Shruti and Michael met for the first time in London through a common friend, when she was there to record a track with the British alternative rock band, Dinosaur Pile-Up. They are very happy together,” the source was quoted as saying.

Months ago, Shruti and Michael were caught at the Mumbai airport and the picture of the actress giving her beau a tight hug circulated all over the net.

Shruti Haasan and Michael also got to spend quality time with each other at the recently held Cannes film festival. Kamal Haasan also met him there.

Shruti Haasan never admitted nor denied being in love with Michael, she once said, “I’m not concerned about such speculations, nor do I want to comment on them. And trust me, it doesn’t irritate me, I just choose to ignore such talks because I don’t like to talk about my personal life.”

In an interview to DNA, Haasan had said, “I don’t talk about my personal life because it’s very precious to me. All of us who have had a partner know that those people are the pillar of support in your life and I don’t want to share that with everybody. It’s just not something I feel comfortable talking about.”

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Nargis Fakhri addresses as ‘Bhabhi’ at Chopra bungalow

Posted on 07 December 2017 by admin

Nargis Fakhri and Uday Chopra rekindled love and currently Nargis Fakhri is residing at Chopra bungalow. As per report, Pamela Chopra also gelled well with Nargis and she approaved Uday and Nargis relationship. Speculation is rife that wedding bells can be heard very soon from the Chopra’s bungalow. If this is not enough then here is another spicy update for all of you. It is strongly buzzed that the staff of the Chopra bungalow addresses Nargis as ‘Bhabhi’.

 However, a day after the rumor of Nargis moved in with boyfriend Uday, the actress’s spokesperson has cleared the air of moving in, “Nargis is in Mumbai for a brief period only and has meetings lined up with a music label for her upcoming single with American rapper-singer, Snoop Dogg. There will be several other meetings for upcoming projects as well. Nargis is presently based out of New York and not Mumbai,” her spokesperson told Mumbai Mirror.

The spokesperson further maintained that Uday and Nargis are just friends.

“Nargis meets Uday whenever she is in Mumbai but they are not together anymore. After meeting with the Chopras, she went to a slumber party with her girlfriends, Alliaa Al Rufai, Smita Lasrado and Sanjana Sippy, who are also in Mumbai for work. The girls binged on continental delights and wine. In the morning, Nargis left for a television shoot at a suburban studio. She heads back to New York by the end of the week,” said the source.

According to a report in The Quint, a close family friend of the Chopras said, “There is definitely a wedding on the cards. In fact, from what we’ve been told, it may happen anytime early next year. At least that’s where it stands at the moment. Uday is fully committed to marriage. He wants to make it legal with Nargis for the last two years.

But she’s commitment-phobic, both professionally and personally. She keeps running off to her home in New York. But now this time we’re told she’s in Mumbai to make the relationship legal.”

In the past, Nargis expressed her feeling about Uday Chopra. She said, “Uday Chopra is a person who will be a part of my life for the rest of my life. He is the most amazing human being who I have ever met in my entire life not just in India but around the world. If anyone is his friend that person is lucky to have him in his life.”


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Katrina Kaif reveals the original title of Aanand L Rai’s dwarf film

Posted on 07 December 2017 by admin

Katrina Kaif is all set to make a stellar comeback with the leading Khans of Bollywood.  There’s Tiger Zinda Hai with Salman Khan followed by Thugs of Hindostan opposite Aamir Khan and Aanand L Rai’s tentatively titled Dwarf opposite Shah Rukh Khan.

Kat revealed to a leading daily about her big projects, “There wasn’t any sense of planning. These are films that happened organically. There were discussions and these are wonderful filmmakers, who were doing films I wanted to do. There’s no point in trying to recreate the past or trying to be nostalgic.” she said.

When asked about Aanand L Rai’s film, she said, “It wasn’t about the space or the VFX. Honestly, Aanand sir has been discussing this film with me for the last two years. It was originally titled Katrina Meri Jaan, which is probably why people keep asking me if I’m playing myself in the film.”

She added, “I play an actress in the film, but I don’t play myself. I’m not Katrina Kaif in the film. My character has a different name in the film. So, it obviously cannot be called Katrina Meri Jaan. But it’s a very different film now since there have been a lot of changes in it. Aanand sir is one of the finest directors we have and I believe in him. He really pushed me and fought for it. So, I felt that if someone’s fighting so much for it and has that much belief, then let’s see where we go together.”

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Karan Johar will be hosting an upcoming bash in the honour of the Mayor of London

Posted on 01 December 2017 by admin

Known for being the perfect host not only television but also when it comes to glitzy glamorous Bollywood parties, we have the multi-faceted Karan Johar taking up the role yet again and this time the party will be quite prestigious. The filmmaker-producer will be accompanied by Akash Ambani and Parliamentarian Milind Deora and the trio are all set to throw a bash in honour of Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Sadiq Khan will be visiting India in December and the said lavish bash will be organized at Mukesh Ambani’s residence in South Mumbai. That is not all. We hear that the guest lists for the bash boasts of many prominent names from B-town and Indian film fraternity.

A source close to the development revealed a few details about the bash saying, “The party is on December 3 and among those expected are Shah Rukh Khan with wife Gauri, Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Sidharth Malhotra, Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Rishi and Neetu Kapoor with son Ranbir among others. Prep has begun and the hosts have started sending out invites and planning the menu.”

On the other hand, talking about films, Karan Johar has an interesting line of films under his banner Dharma Productions, which include the Alia Bhatt starrer Raazi, the superhero drama Brahmastra, the remake of Sairat – Dhadak, Tiger Shroff starrer Student Of The Year 2 as well as the yet to be titled multi starrer period drama featuring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt.


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