Lilly Singh ‘Superwoman’ makes Forbes 30 under 30 list

Singh, 27, named in Hollywood and entertainment category

CBC News

Toronto YouTube sensation Lilly Singh, a.k.a Superwoman, has hit another career milestone, making it on the Forbes 30 under 30 list.

The 27-year-old Canadian comedian was named in the Hollywood and Entertainment category.

Singh’s Superwoman YouTube channel features her standup act, and has over 7.5 million subscribers.

This isn’t the first time Singh has landed on a Forbes list.

Last year, the comedian made it on the Forbes list of YouTube millionaires.

Toronto’s Lilly Singh makes Forbes 30 Under 30 list. (Rick MatharuThe Canadian Press)

Singh was eighth on the list, earning $2.5 million.

She shared eighth place with prankster Roman Atwood and chef Rosanna Pansino.

Last year, Singh took her act on the road with a North American tour, with a stop in Toronto in June at the Danforth Music Hall.

Two other Toronto personalities have joined Singh on the list. They are musicians Shawn Mendes, 17, and The Weeknd, 25.

 

The Legend of Santa Claus

Dr Sarwan Singh Randhawa, Community Librarian – Supervisor, Muriel Arnason Library, FVRL

 

The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. to a wealthy family in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. His parents died, and he inherited a considerable sum of money, but he kept none of it. He gave away all of his wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick.

Nicholas was chosen a bishop by the people of Myra at very young age. But life was not always good for him. He along with many others was thrown into prison for not worshipping himself as a god as declared by the Roman emperor Diocletian. He was released in 313 AD when Diocletian resigned and Constantine came to power. He then returned to his post as Bishop of Myra continuing his good works until his death on December 6, 343.

After Nicholas died, he was canonized as a saint. Much admired for his piety and kindness, he became the subject of many legends. Over the course of many years, Nicholas’s popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. His feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, December 6, a holiday in many countries. This was traditionally considered a lucky day to make large purchases or to get married.

Many stories are told of his generosity as he gave his wealth away in the form of gifts to those in need, especially children. Legends tell of him either dropping bags of gold down chimneys or throwing the bags through the windows. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married.

By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland. During the Protestant Reformation, German Protestants depicted the Christ child, “Chriskindl”, as a giver of gifts. This helped merge the association of St. Nick with Christmas. Later, this association with Chriskindl was translated to Santa’s other name: Kris Kringle. In England he came to be called Father Christmas, and in the Netherlands, the saint’s name, Sinter Nikolass, became shortened to Sinter Klaas.

The American version of the Santa Claus figure received its inspiration and its name from the Dutch legend of Sinter Klaas, brought by settlers to New York in the 17th century, and the name evolved into what it is today – Santa Claus. As early as 1773 the name appeared in the American press as “St. A Claus”. A popular author, Washington Irving gave Americans detailed information about the Dutch version of Saint Nicholas in his book “History of New York” published in 1809 under the pseudonym Diedrich Knickerbocker. This Dutch-American Saint Nick achieved his fully Americanized form in 1823 in the poem “A Visit From Saint Nicholas” more commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke. It was further elaborated by illustrator Thomas Nast, who depicted a rotund Santa for Christmas issues of Harper’s magazine from the 1860s to the 1880s.

Finally, from 1931 to 1964, Haddon Sundblom created a new Santa each Christmas for Coca-Cola advertisements that appeared world-wide on the back covers of Post and National Geographic magazines. This is the Santa we know and love today with a red suit trimmed with white fur, leather boots and belt, long white beard and a pack of toys slung onto his back.

In these days, Santa Claus is a symbol of hope, faith and trust. People believe that he is a jolly, happy and really fat (in good sense) guy, who visits on Christmas Eve, entering houses through the chimney to leave presents under the Christmas tree and in the stockings of all good children. In addition, children are taught that Santa rewards the good children and leaves the bad ones empty-handed.

800,000 passengers passed through Port Metro as cruise season ends

News Talk 980 CKNW

More than 800,000 passengers passed through Port Metro Vancouver as yet another successful cruise season comes to a close.

Earlier this year Port Metro Vancouver completed improvements to the Canada Place cruise terminal, with more escalators and automated passport control kiosks.

Manager of cruise services, Carmen Ortega, says it’s not expected to slow down.

” We’re expecting another strong season next year, and a passenger forecast slightly higher than this year.”

Port Metro Vancouver is Canada’s largest port and the third largest in North America.

Val Kilmer offered role in ‘Top Gun 2’

Washington D.C., Nov. 18 (ANI): Val Kilmer might be reprising his role as ‘Iceman’ in ‘Top Gun 2.’

The 55-year-old actor posted a message on his Facebook wall, saying “I just got offered Top Gun 2 – not often you get to say ‘yes’ without reading the script,” Us Weekly reported.

Kilmer also said that an actor should say ‘yes’ when they have an option to work with Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, and Francis Coppola. However, the actor later clarified that Coppola and Hackman were not involved in the sequel.

Kilmer played the role of `Iceman` in 1986’s Top Gun alongside Cruise, Kelly McGillis, and Anthony Edwards.

Will love to work with Khans, says Kalki Koechlin

By- Mehak Sabharwal

New Delhi, Nov. 18(ANI): Like many other leading ladies in the tinsel town, Kalki Koechlin also wishes to work with the Khans and when it comes to the traditional loves stories, she would definitely try her hand in one.

When asked about her dream cast, the 31-year-old actress told ANI that she would love to work with the Khans, especially with Shah Rukh Khan because she thinks he is fantastic and charming as well.

Talking about her dream director, the ‘Margarita With a Straw’ star revealed that Vishal Bhardwaj tops her list because she thinks he is a fine blend of both artistic alternatives and commercial cinema.

Kalki, who strongly believes in the Japanese saying, “‘Today better than yesterday worst that tomorrow,” also said that she would like to try her hand in traditional love stories because for her, it’s not about not wanting to do commercial roles, it’s about fitting in and doing something she can pull off convincingly.

Further, when the thespian actress was asked if she would like to wear a director’s hat some day, she joked that she doesn’t have spare money in her pocket.

Kalki will be next seen in Nicholas Kharkongor’s directorial ‘Mantra’ alongside Shiv Pandit and Rajat Kapoor. She will be seen in the character of Rajat’s rebellious daughter, who always wants more from life.

Celebs show support for `HIV positive` Charlie Sheen

Washington D.C., Nov. 18 (ANI): After Charlie Sheen admitted to being HIV positive, many celebrities have come forward to support his decision to go public with his illness.

Pop star Lady Gaga posted a picture on Instagram, in which the actor is seen talking to Matt Lauer on ‘The Today Show,’ captioning it “#BraveCharlie @btwfoundation, an opportunity for people all over the world to learn about modern HIV prevention, treatments, and emotional intelligence as it relates to the stigma of the virus,” E!Online reports.

Journalist Piers Morgan shared a picture on twitter, in which he is seen interviewing the actor and captioned it, saying “Bravo @charliesheen – that took guts today. Proud to be your mate.”

‘Two and a Half Men’ actress Heather Locklear shared an old picture with the star on Instagram, captioning “My heart hurts. Prayers for Charlie and his family.”

During an interview on ‘The Today Show,’ the 51-year-old actor had admitted that he was HIV positive and said that he was diagnosed four years ago.

Charlie Sheen’s manager refutes ex’s claims

Washington D.C., Nov 18 (ANI): Charlie Sheen’s representatives have denied former girlfriend Bree Olson’s claims that the actor never told her about his HIV diagnosis.

In an interview with Us Weekly, Sheen’s manager, Mark Burg, said that the truth was she wasn’t in Charlie’s life when he was HIV-positive and so, there was no reason to tell her anything.

Mark said that the actor was tested on a number of occasions around that time, but his diagnosis was long after he fired Olson from the ‘Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option tour.’

Olson, who apparently left her career as an adult actor for him, had claimed that the ‘Two and a Half Men’ star never told her he was HIV positive while she was sleeping with him. (ANI)

 

Manasvi Noel is Miss India-Canada 2015

TORONTO: Manasvi Noel of Mississauga City has been crowned Miss India-Canada 2015 at the 25th edition of the annual beauty pageant organised here, a media report said.

During a night full of “entertainment, prestige and glamour all rolled up into one”, the Dubai-born Noel won the esteemed title, the final top contenders for which included Sharon Philipose, Kajill Aujila, Tanpreet Parmar and Priya Sharma, Canada-based the VOICE reported on Tuesday.
Sharon Philipose was adjudged the first runner-up, while Kajill Aujila was the first runner-up of the contest held during the weekend at the International Plaza Hotel here. This year marked the silver jubilee of the beauty pageant.

Organisers Sanjay Agnihotri and Gautam Sharma also presented the Special Achievement Award to Bollywood actress Preity Zinta for her contribution to Indian and international cinema.
Noel, a graduate from CIMT College’s Etobicoke School of the Arts in drama and acting, is currently studying media communications at Toronto’s Humber College.
She plans to have her own academy for freestyle dancing in which students can learn different Indian and traditional dance forms.

PM Modi arrives in Abu Dhabi to warm welcome by Crown Prince

Abu Dhabi, Aug. 16 (ANI):  Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the Abu Dhabi Presidential Airport on Sunday for his maiden official visit to the gulf nation.

Upon his arrival, he was received by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

There was a ceremonial greeting for Prime Minister Modi, who was accompanied out of the airport by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

Prime Minister Modi then met with the UAE dignitaries and exchanged pleasantries with them.

This is the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the gulf nation in 34 years.

Indian ambassador to UAE, T.P. Seetharam, had yesterday said that Prime Minister Modi’s visit can open up great possibilities and deepen existing relations.

“The diplomacy gets a boost when the Prime Minister of a country comes for a visit. A visit like this would open up greater possibilities for the huge Indian community here,” Seetharam said. (ANI)