Paul McCartney Joins Voices Against Violence

first_imgPaul McCartney has stepped up in the fight for gun control by recording a message for the Voices Against Violence campaign.The campaign was started by Tony Bennett, his son Danny and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and allows people to leave a message for their Senator imploring them to keep guns out of the wrong hands.“We the people need to make our voices heard on this issue,” said Tony Bennett. “This is a job for the people, not the politicians.”Users are encouraged to text MYVOICE to 877877 and will be asked for their ZIP code. They will then be rung back with a message from Sir Paul and prompted to leave a voice message for their Senate office.Other stars who have supported the campaign include Mia Farrow, Josh Groban, Gloria Estefan, Juanes, Alec Baldwin, KD Lang and Rosie O’Donnell.To find out more, visit VoicesAgainstViolence.com.last_img

Professor Green Joins Fight Against Male Suicide

first_imgRapper and singer/songwriter Professor Green has been named as the new patron of anti-suicide charity CALM.Two major men’s brands, Lynx and Topman, have also committed to lend their support to the campaign to fight male suicide.Writer and comedian, David Baddiel, who is stepping down as Patron and handing over the baton to Professor Green, said, “I’m very honoured to have been the patron of CALM for the last seven years. Over that time, it’s done a brilliant job of raising public consciousness about the overwhelming problem of male suicide, and of providing a resource and lifeline for men who are depressed and feel they have no-one to talk to. I’d also like to welcome Professor Green to the Patron post. I know he’ll have a great time working with this amazing charity.”Professor Green said,“We need to get the message out to young men that talking and asking for help when things go bad is what everyone should be able to do, whatever their gender, and it’s fantastic to see brands like Lynx and Topman put their weight behind CALM and help create the cultural change which will help save lives.”Lynx has committed to support CALM’s helpline that is currently taking almost 5,000 calls a month. Topman will be distributing award-winning men’s magazine, CALMzine, in their key stores across the UK.Jane Powell, CALM CEO emphasises: “While mental health has risen up the agenda urgent funding is still required as more money needs to be dedicated to this service in the years to come, but with all the will in the world that won’t create the social change needed to tackle male suicide. Having Professor Green and brands like Lynx and Topman help us share the message that it’s ok to talk, however, will help us foment the cultural change we need to finally tackle this issue.“On behalf of everyone at CALM, I would like to thank David Baddiel for his work and commitment over the last seven years. His support and passion for this cause has been unswerving and his dedication has helped us to progress our campaign. We now look forward to working with Professor Green to continue this work.”Find out more about CALM here.last_img read more

David Gilmour To Perform During StarStudded Teenage Cancer Trust Gigs

first_imgTeenage Cancer Trust has announced a stellar lineup for its annual series of Royal Albert Hall gigs.Teenage Cancer Trust At The Royal Albert Hall 2016Kicking off the shows will be a night of comedy from John Bishop and special guests on April 19.This will be followed by music from The Vaccines and Everything Everything on April 20.Simply Red and special guests will hit the stage on April 21, while Bring Me The Horizon will be joined by special guests on April 22.The final two nights will see massive shows by New Order on April 23 and David Gilmour on April 24.This year’s shows are generously supported by associate sponsors Domino’s Pizza Group, Sky Betting and Gaming, Tangle Teezer and American Airlines. Further incredible support is provided by media partners Absolute Radio, Metro, and NME.Tickets go on sale on February 19. Find out more here.last_img

Robert De Niro And Mariah Carey Honored At GLAAD Media Awards

first_imgGLAAD, the world’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, honored Robert De Niro, Mariah Carey, and the best in film, television, and journalism at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria New York on Saturday.Video: Jennifer Lawrence presents the Excellence in Media Award to Robert De NiroJennifer Lawrence, Aziz Ansari, Connie Britton, Diane Sawyer, Caitlyn Jenner, Tamron Hall, Noah Galvin, Andrew Rannells, Andreja Pejić, and Jason Biggs were among the special guests. Recording artists Alex Newell and Bebe Rexha, as well as the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Fun Home performed at the event hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress Laverne Cox. The 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Hilton, Ketel One Vodka, and Wells Fargo.The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories from the LGBT community and issues that build support for acceptance.At the ceremony, Academy Award-winning actress and surprise guest Jennifer Lawrence presented Robert De Niro with GLAAD’s Excellence in Media Award, which is presented to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.In his acceptance speech, De Niro celebrated the Supreme Court’s landmark decision for marriage equality, while cautioning to “also remember oppressive laws like the ones in North Carolina that let us know the struggle continues and challenges us to be vigilant and aggressive in protecting all our rights.” De Niro continued, “Thank you for this honor, I’m proud to stand with you, I’m GLAAD.”Also at the event, Lee Daniels presented Mariah Carey with the Ally Award, which is presented to a media figure who has consistently used their platform to support and advance LGBT equality and acceptance.Accepting the award, Carey shared a special message for the LGBT community, saying, “Thank you for the unconditional love … I thank you, and I wish all of you love, peace, [and] harmony.”
Master of None co-creator and star Aziz Ansari presented the award for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment to Anderson Cooper 360 for the segment “Interview with Jim Obergefell.” Accepting for the show was Jim Obergefell, the U.S. Supreme Court plaintiff featured in the piece.Nashville star Connie Britton presented the award for Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine to 20/20 for “Bruce Jenner: The Interview.” Diane Sawyer, Caitlyn Jenner, and David Sloan, senior executive producer, accepted on behalf of the show.Girls star Andrew Rannells and The Real O’Neals star Noah Galvin presented the award for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage to Cosmopolitan. Laura Brounstein, special projects director, accepted on the magazine’s behalf.GLAAD previously announced that it was acknowledging two web series, Beautiful As I Want To Be (Logotv.com) and This is Me (Amazon Instant Video), with Special Recognition Awards.last_img read more

Academy Awards retains PricewaterhouseCoopers despite Best Picture mixup

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter LOS ANGELES –  PwC accountants won’t be allowed to have their cellphones backstage during future Oscar telecasts.Film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs sent an email to academy members Wednesday detailing the new protocols for announcing Oscar winners developed after the best-picture flub at last month’s Academy Awards. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences spokeswoman Teni Melidonian confirmed the authenticity of the email.The academy’s Board of Governors discussed its ongoing relationship with PwC, formerly known as PricewaterhouseCoopers, and established the new controls at a meeting Tuesday night. Besides banning cellphones, the academy is adding a third balloting partner to the telecast, and bringing in PwC’s U.S. chairman to provide oversight. PwC, which has handled Oscar balloting and other academy business for 83 years, has claimed responsibility for the biggest mistake in Oscar history. Balloting partner Brian Cullinan tweeted a photo of Emma Stone backstage moments before handing presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope for best picture. They announced “La La Land” as the winner, though “Moonlight” actually won.Boone Isaacs blamed Cullinan’s distraction for the error. PwC said that both he and partner Martha Ruiz failed to follow established protocols that night and did not act quickly enough to correct the error.Traditionally, two PwC partners have overseen Oscar balloting and are the only two people who know the winners before they are announced live onstage. They’re stationed on opposite sides of the Dolby Theatre stage, each with an identical set of winners’ envelopes for the show’s 24 categories.Boone Isaacs said in her email Wednesday that a third balloting partner with knowledge of the winners will sit with the telecast director going forward. Balloting partners will also be required to participate in Oscar rehearsals, she said.She called the 89th Academy Awards “the most extraordinary and memorable Oscars ceremony in decades” and said that academy officials have been working since then to develop the new protocols adopted Tuesday. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

CANADIAN PERFORMERS AND INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS SECURE DEAL ON NEW INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION AGREEMENT

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, November 15, 2018 — Today, following productive negotiatio­­ns, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and the Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM) jointly announced that they have reached a deal on a new three-year Independent Production Agreement (IPA). The agreement in principle will now be presented to the ACTRA membership and the CMPA and AQPM’s respective Boards of Directors for ratification.“After having struck deals on two other major agreements with directors and crew members in the past few months, this agreement demonstrates the commitment we share with performers to maintaining stability and predictability in the face of tumultuous change within the Canadian screen-based industry,” said Warren Ross, the CMPA’s Vice President of National Industrial Relations and Senior Counsel. “We thank our negotiating partners at the AQPM and ACTRA for their tireless work in achieving this shared goal, which not only benefits our industry as a whole but, most importantly, benefits Canadian audiences.”“Through the firm resolve and dedication of our 2018 IPA Negotiating Committee, we successfully worked through a complex series of issues to negotiate an excellent settlement,” said ACTRA National President David Sparrow. “We stood together to advocate for the rights of all members – across all of ACTRA’s performance categories – to ensure performers have safer working conditions and improved compensation.” Advertisement “With already one of the best performer agreements in the world, our goal is always to secure a fair deal with improved working conditions for our hard-working members,” added Stephen Waddell, ACTRA’s Chief Negotiator and National Executive Director. “At a time when many working people are facing wage roll-backs, our members will see a pay increase and better protection in the workplace.”“The AQPM thanks the members of all the negotiating committees involved,” said President and CEO of the AQPM Hélène Messier. “This agreement will provide stability within the industry for the next three years and maintain the partnership between producers and performers.”The ACTRA Independent Production Agreement establishes the terms, conditions and rates for on- and off-camera performers engaged on English-language productions in Canada, excluding British Columbia, which operates under a separate collective agreement. The current 2016-2018 agreement is set to expire on December 31, 2018.ABOUT ACTRAACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of over 25,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community. actra.caABOUT THE AQPMThe Association québécoise de la production médiatique (AQPM) represents 150 independent companies engaged in the production or coproduction of film, television and digital content for all screens, in both French and English. aqpm.caABOUT THE CMPAThe Canadian Media Producers Association is the national advocacy organization for independent producers, representing hundreds of companies engaged in the development, production and distribution of English-language content made for television, cinema and digital media channels. We work to promote the continued success of the Canadian production sector and to ensure a bright future for the diverse content made by our members for both domestic and international audiences. cmpa.ca Twitterlast_img read more

With MPs back in House chiefs hope FN issues stay on agenda

first_imgAPTN National NewsPoliticians from across the country have made their way back to Parliament.And, with the majority government in place, the Opposition vows to push Aboriginal issues forward on the floor of the House of Commons.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.last_img

Candidates debate the future of old Winnipeg military base

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s one of the most affluent federal ridings in Manitoba.And while Winnipeg-South Centre has no Indigenous candidates in this election, it is home to a former military base on 25 hectares of prime land that could one day make up one of the country’s largest urban reserves.APTN’s Dennis Ward reports on one of the big election issues in the riding.last_img

Recording star Buffy SainteMarie honoured in Canadas Senate

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsSinger, songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie was honoured Monday night for her work on and off the stage.Her awards include three Juno awards, 13 honorary doctorates, a Golden Globe, Polaris Prize, and has her name on Canada’s Walk of Fame just to name a few.afrancis@aptn.calast_img

Annual Manito Ahbee Festival kicks off in Winnipeg

first_imgShaneen Robinson-DesjarlaisAPTN National NewsManito Ahbee Festival time has rolled around again and the event is now celebrating its 12th year.The five day event showcases Indigenous musicians from around Canada and the world with the Indigenous Music Awards.They also share the culture of various nations at the international pow wow.last_img

Baseball player at NAIG cant hear the balls and strikes but that

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN National NewsThe second round of baseball games began Tuesday morning at the North American Indigenous Games.And the first game of the day was a nail biter.In the end, Team Eastern Door defeating Team Saskatchewan by just a run.Playing in that game was an athlete who is breaking through barriers to play the sport he loves.bhobson@aptn.calast_img

Toronto stock index up modestly as Wall Street hits another record high

first_imgTORONTO – North American markets nudged higher Wednesday as the U.S. Federal Reserve’s latest meeting minutes signalled a December rate hike is still on track.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 30.04 points to 15,800.40.In New York, it was another record-setting day on Wall Street, despite meagre market movements.The Dow Jones industrial average added 42.21 points at 22,872.89, the S&P 500 index inched up 4.60 points at 2,555.24 and the Nasdaq composite index gained 16.30 points to 6,603.55.Wednesday’s release of the Fed’s September meeting minutes showed that although officials struggled to come to term with persistently low inflation, some were worried that low unemployment could result in a quick rebound in inflation, and a third rate hike was needed. The central banking system previously raised rates in June and March.Still, this release signalled nothing new in terms of market expectations, said Macan Nia, a senior investment strategist at Manulife Investments.“The Fed minutes alluded to the likelihood of an increase in December by 25 basis points, that we believe has already been priced into the market,” he said.Nia added market participants were also watching Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump closely, but there were little signals from their press conference on Wednesday.“We’re all very interested to see the outcome in terms of the NAFTA negotiation,” he said.”We’re all sitting back and waiting to see more concrete details in terms of proposals.”Meanwhile in corporate news, shares of licensed marijuana producer Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) rose 5.92 per cent Wednesday, on news of a tie-up with a B.C. greenhouse operator which would more than double its production footprint to about 2.3 million square feet.In commodities, the November crude contract added 38 cents to US$51.30 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was unchanged at US$2.89 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $4.90 to US$1,288.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was up four cents to US$3.10 a pound.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 80.01 cents US, up 0.02 of a cent.last_img read more

Snoopy joining Sony Electronics maker buying Peanuts stake

first_imgTOKYO – Snoopy may be joining Sony.Japanese electronics maker Sony Corp. said Monday that it is buying a stake in Peanuts Holdings, the company behind Snoopy and Charlie Brown.Sony Music Entertainment signed a deal with DHX Media, based in Nova Scotia, Canada, to acquire 49 per cent of the 80 per cent stake DHX holds in Peanuts.Under the deal, Sony Music will own 39 per cent and DHX 41 per cent. The family members of Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, will continue to own 20 per cent of Peanuts. The parties hope to complete the acquisition on or about June 30, according to Tokyo-based Sony.Sony said it sees Peanuts as “world class,” and hopes to use its character business expertise to strengthen the brand and push the business to grow. Snoopy and other Peanuts characters are extremely popular in Japan, featured in a variety of everyday goods from T-shirts to plastic chopsticks.The comic series was translated into Japanese decades ago, becoming an instant hit.DHX is a leading children’s content and brand company, known for Strawberry Shortcake as well as producing children’s shows, in addition to Peanuts.Sony has a range of characters under its wings, including those from its PlayStation video games. Its film division makes the Spider-man movie series.Peanuts began as a comic, first published in American newspapers in 1950. It’s now carried in 2,200 newspapers around the world in 21 languages. In 2020, it will celebrate its 70th anniversary. Schultz, who used to say that all he wanted to do was to “draw funny pictures,” died in 2000.The popularity of Peanuts stems partly from its ability to connect with a wide audience through its poetic portrayal of a children’s world, exploring with sensitivity and humour themes such as failure, heartbreak and pursuit of music.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/yuri%20kageyamalast_img read more

Investigations for employers who fail to settle wage theft disputes

first_imgA new crackdown from Alberta’s Ministry of Labour is going after employers accused of wage theft.The ministry will be handing out letters soon to businesses giving them three options to resolve complaints filed against them.The first is to pay the worker what they are owed in full, the second is for both sides to agree on some kind of compensation and the third is to file a dispute against the claim.In the last three years in Alberta, there have been over six thousand complaints filed for wage theft for $1,500 or less.The ministry said the complaints add up to nearly $19 million in unpaid wages and benefits.It’s not clear when these letters will be handed out, but if the accused employers don’t comply a formal investigation will take place.The ministry hopes this will not only cut down on the number of complaints received but also speed up the process for everyone.A similar initiative was carried out in Ontario in 2015 that resulted in about a 25 per cent decrease in investigations.last_img read more

Kushners buying Manhattan hotel in third such deal this year

first_imgNEW YORK — The family real estate company once run by Jared Kushner is buying a hotel on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the third hotel it has purchased this year.The Kushner Cos. said Tuesday that it is in contract to buy the 20-story Hotel on Rivington for an undisclosed amount. The company known for residential and office buildings bought two hotels in Long Branch, New Jersey, earlier this year.The company bought more than two-dozen apartment buildings in lower Manhattan when Jared Kushner was CEO. He stepped down from that position last year to become an adviser to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump.The Hotel on Rivington has a cocktail lounge and a three-story penthouse. A room with a king-size bed goes for more than $300 a night.The Associated Presslast_img

Italian Senate OKs budget tweaked to satisfy EU concerns

first_imgROME — After a raucous session, the Italian Senate has approved a national budget law that was tweaked in a bid to satisfy European Union concerns.Much of the Italian government’s planned spending in 2019, which won passage in Parliament’s upper chamber about 3 a.m. Sunday, satisfies the expensive campaign promises by Italy’s populist coalition. Those including rolling back pension changes and guaranteeing income for the jobless or underemployed.Premier Giuseppe Conte’s government is rushing to win final approval of the budget in the lower Chamber of Deputies later this week. The EU commission could trigger sanctions if the revised budget doesn’t pass by Dec. 31.Opposition parties are blasting the budget as short on investments to revive Italy’s struggling economy.The Associated Presslast_img

NEB allows Trans Mountain to begin construction on parts of pipeline expansion

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board says Trans Mountain Pipeline ULC can start construction on sections of its pipeline expansion between Alberta and British Columbia.The NEB says in a statement that Trans Mountain has met all applicable pre-construction condition requirements for so-called segments one to four from the Edmonton terminal to its Darfield pump station near Kamloops, B.C.The board says it has approved more than 96 percent of the detailed route for these pipeline segments. The NEB says Trans Mountain can begin construction, including clearing right of way, subject to other government permits and regulations.It says two active hearings remain for these segments and construction for work that relates to the hearings is not permitted while they’re pending.The NEB says 72 percent of the entire detailed route has been approved for the pipeline, and hearings for the final segment are scheduled to begin in Chilliwack, B.C., in October.last_img

PM to inaugurate metro’s Red Line extension to Ghaziabad; services to begin from Saturday

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is Friday slated to inaugurate the 9.4-km-long Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda section, an extension of the Delhi Metro’s Red Line, which will open for passengers on Saturday. With this new section, the Delhi Metro will foray into the interiors of Ghaziabad for the first time, touching the industrial areas in twin cities of Ghaziabad and Sahibabad. “Passenger services on the Red Line extension from Dilshad Garden to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda) in Ghaziabad will start from 8 am on Saturday,” DMRC’s Executive Director for Corporate Communications Anuj Dayal said. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items The stations on the stretch are Shahid Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar, Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, Hindon River Station and New Bus Adda. This section will be an extension of the 25.09-km Rithala-Dilshad Garden corridor or Red Line, which has 21 stations. After opening of this section, the entire Red Line will become 34.72 km. “Trains will be available at a peak hour frequency of six minutes and twelve seconds on the Dilshad Garden New Bus Adda section. A total of 35 six-coach trains will be used on the entire Rithala New Bus Adda Red corridor. The total journey from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda will take about 16 minutes,” Dayal said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “All the station buildings have at least two TOM (Ticket Office Machine) counters with one counter located at a lower height for facility of differently-abled commuters,” the DMRC said. This would be the second metro corridor in Ghaziabad, after the Blue Line, which links Delhi to the neighbouring city in Vaishali. The extension of Delhi Metro’s Red Line will connect residents of Ghaziabad to with various parts of the National Capital Region (NCR). “Currently, commuters have to rely on other modes of transport from Dilshad Garden to reach Sahibabad and further to Ghaziabad. Now with extension of metro, connectivity to Mohan Nagar from Dilshad Garden could also improve considerably,” he told reporters during a preview of the new corridor. After the opening of this section, the Delhi Metro network will span 336.6 km with 244 metro stations. The DMRC’s span in Uttar Pradesh would be 52.85 km.last_img read more

Malaysia shuts schools after hundreds affected by toxic waste dump

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Malaysia has closed 34 schools after hundreds of people fell ill when toxic waste was dumped into a river, the education minister said Wednesday, warning the situation was getting worse. A lorry is believed to have dumped the waste in southern Johor state last week, sending toxic fumes across a wide area and causing those affected to display symptoms of poisoning such as nausea and vomiting. About 300 people, many of them children, received medical treatment after inhaling the fumes and scores have been admitted to hospital, according to official news agency Bernama. Reports said it was unclear what type of poisonous gas had been emitted near the industrial town of Pasir Gudang. Education Minister Maszlee Malik said he visited the area and saw scores of students being brought by ambulance to a makeshift emergency centre. He then decided to order the immediate closure of 34 schools. “Unfortunately, the situation has become more critical,” he said in a statement. “The education ministry views this seriously as it involves the lives of students and teachers and school workers.” A man suspected to have been involved in dumping the waste will be charged in court as soon as Thursday, the environment minister said. He faces up to five years in jail if found guilty of breaking environmental protection laws.last_img read more

Nishad Party quits ‘Mahagathbandhan’ in UP; its leaders meet CM Adityanath

first_imgGorakhpur/Lucknow: Barely three days after joining the SP-BSP-RLD ‘Mahagathbandhan’ in Uttar Pradesh, the Nishad Party Friday sprang a surprise by parting ways with the fledgling anti-BJP alliance and meeting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. There was no immediate word from either side as to what transpired at the meeting between the Nishad Party leaders including its President Sanjay Nishad with Adityanath in Lucknow. “The Nishad Party is no more in alliance with the Samajwadi Party,” Nikky Nishad alias Riteash Nishad, media in-charge, Nishad Party, told PTI in Gorakhpur. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “There was conflict between the two parties on Maharajganj seat as Nishad Party wanted to contest with its own party symbol where as Samajwadi Party was not ready for it,” he added. The party workers were not willing to contest on the SP symbol and many of them began quitting, he said. “So, our national president Sanjay Nishad ji went to Lucknow and on late Thursday it was confirmed that the Nishad Party is no more a part of the alliance,” he added. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday When asked whether Pravin Nishad, MP, will also quit Samajwadi Party, he said, “I don’t know about it.” The Nishad Party is headed by Sanjay Nishad, the father of Pravin Nishad who had won the Gorakhpur parliamentary seat on an SP ticket in the 2018 by-polls. The win had been remarkable, as Gorakhpur was considered a bastion of Adityanath, who had represented the parliamentary constituency several times before. A Nishad Party insider accused SP chief Akhilesh Yadav of backtracking on his promises. “They did not put our name on the posters/letters or anything. Our party workers, authorities, core committee were upset,” he said. “So, the Nishad Party has taken a decision today that we are not with the ‘gathbandhan’, we are free, can fight elections independently and can look for other options as well. The party is free now,” he added. When contacted, SP national spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury told PTI that he had no information of the decision taken by the Nishad Party. Just three days ago on Tuesday, the Nishad (Nirbal Indian Shoshit Hamara Aam Dal) Party in a press conference in Lucknow had announced that it was joining the grand opposition alliance in the state. On the day of the announcement, Sanjay Nishad had addressed a press conference in which he had attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling him a ‘jumlebaz’ as well as Adityanath. “Our constitution, youth and farmers’ futures are in grave danger. People voted for a ‘jumlebaz’ party cause of their false promises,” he had said. “Modi and Yogi promised many things for Nishad community but nothing was done. The Nishad community will now give full support to the SP-BSP alliance in all the state,” he added. The Nishad Party, sources said, is in talks with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for some seats including Gorakhpur.last_img read more