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Wood production: maple syrup producers furious at government

Maple syrup, largely forgotten in the new wood production strategy? This is what Quebec maple syrup producers think, who have said they are outraged by the Legault government’s announcement that it plans to double the forest harvest by 2080.

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“This cutting approach does not seem at all compatible with a production goal supported by sugar bushes,” the maple syrup producers said in a statement on Saturday.

Producers are particularly concerned that the strategy will ignore the maple syrup economy, cutting down more maple trees to supply sawmills that lack supplies.

“Quebec must reject this approach, which threatens in particular a flagship of the Quebec industry that has existed for more than 100 years: maple syrup production. […] We must protect this wealth in order to maintain our world leadership in maple. If we do not do this, it is our neighbors who will develop, ”said Serge Beaulieu, president of the Producers and Producers of Maple Syrup of Quebec (PPAQ).

The province produces about 72% of the world’s maple syrup, and more than 85% of its harvest is exported.

Let us recall that the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks (MFFP), Pierre Dufour, presented on December 16 his National Wood Production Strategy, which provides for making available larger areas of forest in order to double the volume of timber harvested in the province.

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How Kay Burley was nailed by her own Sky News colleagues: ‘Resentful’ junior producers alerted media

It was an opportunity for revenge on an over-mighty colleague that proved just too good to ignore. 

When a group of resentful junior production staff at Sky News heard star presenter Kay Burley boast about plans for 60th birthday celebrations which would break strict lockdown rules, they didn’t hesitate to pounce – and set in motion a chain of events that would lead to her being banished from the air for six months, her reputation severely tarnished.

As the £600,000-a-year presenter yesterday started an African safari holiday, away from the British spotlight, The Mail on Sunday can reveal the full story of how Burley was the unwitting architect of her own downfall and how she was ambushed in what has been described as the ‘perfect inside-job coup’.

The plot by colleagues – long disgruntled by her imperious ways – began when they overheard her talking in advance about last weekend’s night on the tiles, which culminated in her and three other Sky News journalists partying at her home in Knightsbridge, Central London.

Sky News presenter Kay Burley has agreed to be off air for six months after breaching coronavirus rules. Pictured: Kay Burley hugging and Beth Rigby (center in red) at Ms Burley’s 60th birthday party on Saturday

They secretly recruited a paparazzi photographer to take pictures of Burley breaking lockdown rules and created an encrypted email account to leak the story to the media.

For years, Burley, who turns 60 on Thursday, has been the queen of Sky News, having been part of the team since the channel first broadcast in 1989. Hugely professional and respected by her bosses, she has, however, attracted envy among colleagues. Words such as ‘divisive’ and ‘untouchable’ are used about her – as they so often are about successful people.

And so it was that nine days ago, at Sky’s vast headquarters in Osterley, West London, that Burley was sharing her excitement about her plans to celebrate her birthday, leaving colleagues in no doubt that she would be dining inside a venue with people from outside her own household.

She was overheard explaining that she would be visiting the Century members-only club, a celebrity haunt near Piccadilly Circus, with a group bigger than six. 

‘It was a case of boom, this could really bring her down,’ says a source. ‘They thought, “If she gets caught, that would be the end for her.” ’

Burley named certain people she had invited, including Beth Rigby, Sky News’s political editor and Burley’s best friend since joining the channel from The Times in 2016. 

ESCAPE: Kay Burley's 60th birthday rule breach was leaked to the media in an email sting by her own Sky TV colleagues. Pictured: Burley in Heathrow Airport, en route to an African safari, on Friday as the shamed £600,000-a-year presenter is pictured flying off into exile

ESCAPE: Kay Burley’s 60th birthday rule breach was leaked to the media in an email sting by her own Sky TV colleagues. Pictured: Burley in Heathrow Airport, en route to an African safari, on Friday as the shamed £600,000-a-year presenter is pictured flying off into exile

The plotters acted swiftly. Just over 24 hours later, photographers from the top celebrity paparazzi agency Eroteme were in place outside the club, waiting for Burley and her chums.

The group also included Sky’s North of England correspondent Inzamam Rashid and presenter Sam Washington. They spilled out on to the pavement outside the discreet venue, shunning social distancing rules. Some prepared to go home, while others discussed where to continue partying.

Burley, dressed head-to-toe in black, and Rigby were even seen embracing. According to the latter, it was a hug goodbye, for which she subsequently apologised.

While others also left the party, a smaller group reportedly went on to the Soho restaurant Folie (French for ‘madness’, ‘stupidity’ or ‘folly’) whose stylish owner Guillaume Depoix had appeared on Burley’s Sky show earlier in the week.

A hardcore group of four, including Rashid and former Sky News Royal correspondent Paul Harrison, who now works for the controversial Chinese electronics giant Huawei, allegedly went for an after-after-party at Burley’s home.

By early Sunday morning, Burley’s nemeses had been given the incriminating photos they needed.

They set to work with an account they created for the occasion with ProtonMail, which describes itself as the world’s largest secure email service. 

Founded by former researchers at CERN’s large hadron collider, the Swiss-based company uses sophisticated encryption which means emails can’t be shared with third parties and guarantees anonymity to the sender behind the unencrypted email addresses.

DAMNING: The full, verbatim email, complete with minor grammatical errors, that sealed rule-breaking Burley’s fate

DAMNING: The full, verbatim email, complete with minor grammatical errors, that sealed rule-breaking Burley’s fate

The conspirators emailed The Sun last Sunday – amusingly using [email protected] as their address – with details of the presenter’s ‘crime’ and attached the photos. However, the newspaper decided not to publish the story. The reason for this is not 100 per cent clear.

The Mail on Sunday has since been passed a copy of the email, which said: ‘Kay Burley was bragging about breaking Tier 2 lockdown restrictions for her 60th Birthday party last night.’

It went on to describe the events of the evening, including how the party split into a table of six and a table of four at Century, in an apparent bid to skirt the Rule of Six, and how Depoix ‘broke the law’ to let the group continue their celebrations at his restaurant.

The damning email concluded: ‘Four people then went back to Kay’s Knightsbridge pad. There are pictures.’

Dismayed that The Sun had not taken the bait, the plotters then gave the story to Westminster gossip website Guido Fawkes. The rest of the media duly followed, with the story becoming front-page news on Wednesday.

Burley was swiftly relieved of her duties and taken off air for six months, on full pay, while her Sky bosses were forced to apologise.

Miss Burley (centre, hugging someone) and Miss Rigby (in red) are pictured after dinner at the Century Club on Saturday

Miss Burley (centre, hugging someone) and Miss Rigby (in red) are pictured after dinner at the Century Club on Saturday

Inzamam Rashid (centre), Sam Washington (right), and former royal correspondent Paul Harrison (left) also attended

Inzamam Rashid (centre), Sam Washington (right), and former royal correspondent Paul Harrison (left) also attended

Meanwhile, those behind the operation to take her down are celebrating – albeit at a social distance from each other.

With Burley now in Africa, her friends are determined to find the snitches. ‘There is a hunt for those who did this,’ assured a newsroom source. ‘It was a set-up which not only brought Kay down but badly damaged the station as a whole.

‘It has all been an absolute embarrassment.’

Last night, Tory MP Nickie Aiken – whose Central London constituency includes both Soho and Knightsbridge – criticised the ‘incredibly selfish’ actions of Burley and her colleagues, given that Covid rule-breakers are blamed for rising infection rates that could plunge the capital into the economically ruinous tier 3 next week.

‘Who do these people think they are?’ Ms Aiken told The Mail on Sunday. ‘These Sky presenters need to understand the consequences, and the consequences are people going out of business.’

Bosses at Sky News, including its highly regarded director of content, Cristina Nicolotti Squires, are said to have been furious at the breach.

Meanwhile, editor at large Adam Boulton was public in his disdain for the behaviour, retweeting criticism of Burley, including a comment calling her and other guests at the event ‘morons’.

I’m told that his views of Burley go back decades to the time when they both worked on the ITV breakfast show TV-am. Then, he was the bigwig political editor, and she was the up-and-coming ‘girl’ reporter.

 

A Sky source added: ‘The network has had a great year – the viewing figures have been good and the team have been commended for doing such a good job of covering coronavirus.

‘Now this happens. It is totally unfair on the rest of the staff.

‘What’s more, they are furious she has been given six months off on full pay. What sort of message does that send?’

Fewer are more angry than Ms Nicolotti Squires, a former executive at rival news organisation ITN, where she edited Channel 5 News. She is said to have a ‘strained relationship’ with Burley.

Others, though, are big fans. Burley is an extraordinary networker, with media executive Rebekah Brooks, and broadcasters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, among her close friends. She is also pals with Frank Lampard and his TV presenter wife Christine, having known the Chelsea manager since he was a teenager. Burley was married to Lampard’s agent Steve Kutner and the couple have a son.

Although her on-screen persona is stern, in private Burley is engaging company. It is little surprise that her guests were reluctant to call it a night when the first part of her birthday celebrations ended.

For a while, I became part of Burley’s gang, after meeting her at various events.

As a member of that circle, I recall being overwhelmed with affectionate compliments and regularly invited to join her nights out with a group of about ten people. 

Paul Harrison was usually there, as were some hunky co-stars she met on Channel 4’s Celebrity Hunted, with whom Burley would freely flirt. We would start at Archer Street cocktail bar in Soho where Burley was guaranteed the best table, and we would finish around the corner in the gay bar Freedom. There, she was well-connected enough to make sure we had the best spot, and copious amounts of alcohol. Either she paid for it or it was given free – I certainly didn’t see a bill at the end of the night.

FRIENDS: Burley, right, with Sky political editor Beth Rigby, left, Burley's best friend since joining the channel from The Times in 2016

FRIENDS: Burley, right, with Sky political editor Beth Rigby, left, Burley’s best friend since joining the channel from The Times in 2016

So what now for Burley?

Following an internal investigation on Thursday, Sky News said that bosses ‘expect all team members to fully comply with the Covid restrictions. All those involved regret the incident and have apologised’.

They added: ‘Following our review of what took place on December 5, we have agreed with Beth Rigby and Inzamam Rashid that they will not be on air for three months, and we have agreed with Kay Burley that she will not be on air for six months.’

Minutes later, Burley confirmed that she would ‘step back from my broadcasting role for a period of reflection’.

She added: ‘It doesn’t matter that I thought I was Covid compliant… the fact is I was wrong, I made a big mistake, and I am sorry. Some dear friends and colleagues – some of the most talented and committed professionals in our business – have been pulled into this episode and I regret this enormously.

‘I was one of the founding presenters on Sky News. No one is prouder of our channel’s reputation, the professionals on our team, and the impact we make. I very much look forward to being able to continue my 32-year career with Sky when I return.’

According to some at the station though, this may not be in the form she is used to. One insider believes she is ‘unlikely’ to get back her breakfast show, which she launched in October last year, when she returns in the spring.

Airing on both Sky One and Sky News, some believe that the ratings have been very poor.

‘There is a feeling of relief and that bosses now have the opportunity to dump the show and put her somewhere else,’ they added.

Others simply believe she will never return now her authority has been undermined. 

One colleague observed: ‘How can hypocrites such as her, or Beth Rigby, ever hold a person in power to account again without being ridiculed?’

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Tony Award-winning producers put their 18-acre Westchester estate on the market for $13.2million

An 18.4-acre property 50 miles north of New York City that has an amphitheater in its backyard and is owned by two award-winning Broadway producers of such hits as Chicago, Waitress, and Pippin is on sale for $13.2million.

The homeowners, Fran Weissler, 92, and Barry Weissler, 81, are selling the spacious estate that includes an in-ground pool with cabana rooms, a tennis court, a sculpture garden, a wine cellar, and five wood-burning fireplaces.

The Weisslers, who have lived in the property for the past 20 years, have won and been nominated for several Tony Awards, including most recently in 2013 for best revival of a musical (Pippin).

An 18.4-acre estate in Westchester County, some 50 miles north of New York City, is being listed for $13.2million

The couple installed a sculpture garden and an amphitheater that has hosted performances from New York Philharmonic, James Earl Jones, and Tommy Tune

The couple installed a sculpture garden and an amphitheater that has hosted performances from New York Philharmonic, James Earl Jones, and Tommy Tune

Fran and Barry Weissler, two Tony Award-winning producers behind Broadway hits like Waitress, Pippin, and Chicago, have lived on the property for 20 years

Fran and Barry Weissler, two Tony Award-winning producers behind Broadway hits like Waitress, Pippin, and Chicago, have lived on the property for 20 years

Anyone who buys the home will have easy access to green spaces. The house is located just a stone¿s throw away from Waccabuc Country Club and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, a nature preserve which is the latest park in Westchester County

Anyone who buys the home will have easy access to green spaces. The house is located just a stone’s throw away from Waccabuc Country Club and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, a nature preserve which is the latest park in Westchester County

The main house connects to the guest house through a breezeway. The property in Waccabuc, New York, was built in 1950

The main house connects to the guest house through a breezeway. The property in Waccabuc, New York, was built in 1950

The Weisslers have won and been nominated for several Tony Awards, including most recently in 2013 for best revival of a musical (Pippin). Fran (left) and Barry Weissler are seen above in New York City in November 2014

The Weisslers have won and been nominated for several Tony Awards, including most recently in 2013 for best revival of a musical (Pippin). Fran (left) and Barry Weissler are seen above in New York City in November 2014

The couple’s other notable credits include La Cage aux Folles, Violet, Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, Cabaret, Grease, and Wonderful Town.

The home in Waccabuc, New York, which was built in 1950, boasts four bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and one partial bathroom – and that’s just the main house.

The guest house has four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a partial bath, according to Mansion Global.

The two houses, which are connected to each other by a breezeway, measure a combined 8,900 square feet of interior space built on 18.41 acres of land that can be navigated by walking along a wooded path.

The image above shows the kitchen that has one of the five wood-burning fireplaces on the property

The image above shows the kitchen that has one of the five wood-burning fireplaces on the property

The image above shows the kitchen as seen from another camera angle. The patio is seen on the far left

The image above shows the kitchen as seen from another camera angle. The patio is seen on the far left

The spacious two-story home offers luscious views of the surrounding greenery in Westchester County

The spacious two-story home offers luscious views of the surrounding greenery in Westchester County

The main house has four bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and one partial bathroom

The main house has four bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and one partial bathroom

The centerpiece of the ground floor is a massive family room that contains works of art and fine furniture

The centerpiece of the ground floor is a massive family room that contains works of art and fine furniture

There is also a piano as well as a wood-burning fireplace in the common room on the ground floor

There is also a piano as well as a wood-burning fireplace in the common room on the ground floor

All of the bedrooms in the main house are on the second floor. The above image shows the second floor hallway

All of the bedrooms in the main house are on the second floor. The above image shows the second floor hallway

The image above shows a room used as office space on the property in Westchester County, New York

The image above shows a room used as office space on the property in Westchester County, New York

One of the four bedrooms on the second floor of the main house is seen in the image above

One of the four bedrooms on the second floor of the main house is seen in the image above

The property boasts a total of eight bedrooms - four in the main house and four in the guest house

The property boasts a total of eight bedrooms – four in the main house and four in the guest house

One of the four bedrooms on the second floor of the main house offers incredible views of the surrounding greenery

One of the four bedrooms on the second floor of the main house offers incredible views of the surrounding greenery

An outdoor patio with plenty of relaxing chairs set out on the deck is seen in the above photo

An outdoor patio with plenty of relaxing chairs set out on the deck is seen in the above photo

There are also two water features, formal gardens with tightly clipped hedges, and a tennis court.

The Weisslers installed a custom-built amphitheater that has hosted private performances from the likes of James Earl Jones, Christopher Plummer, the New York Philharmonic, Tommy Tune, and Marvin Hamlisch, among others.

The couple put up several outdoor sculptures, including a bronze piece by Hanneke Beaumont as well as a piece by artist Beverly Pepper that doubles as the amphitheater.

Melissa Colabella, a real estate agent for Sotheby’s International Realty, said parts of the property were ‘reminiscent of Versailles and Storm King,’ which is a popular sculpture garden in Mountainville, New York.

Martin Lando, a realtor who is also handling the sale of the property, said that the home ‘almost has a European feel, with the long driveway and interior gates that open to a courtyard.

‘It’s really an ideal landscape for outdoor events.’

The image above shows an in-ground pool with cabana rooms seen bottom right

The image above shows an in-ground pool with cabana rooms seen bottom right

Another view of the in-ground pool is seen in the above image.

Another view of the in-ground pool is seen in the above image. 

The image above shows one of the two water features on the property as well as a sculpture by the artist Hanneke Beaumont

The image above shows one of the two water features on the property as well as a sculpture by the artist Hanneke Beaumont

The couple's property also includes a specially installed wooded path (left) that looks like something out of a movie

The couple’s property also includes a specially installed wooded path (left) that looks like something out of a movie

Melissa Colabella, a real estate agent for Sotheby¿s International Realty, said parts of the property were ¿reminiscent of Versailles and Storm King,¿ which is a popular sculpture garden in Mountainville, New York

Melissa Colabella, a real estate agent for Sotheby’s International Realty, said parts of the property were ‘reminiscent of Versailles and Storm King,’ which is a popular sculpture garden in Mountainville, New York

Lando added: ‘It would take years to replicate some of the features of this property.’

Most of the first floor rooms have double doors that face the yard and gardens, offering a nice view.

The porch on the west side of the home is enclosed by glass.

The terrace on the second floor takes up the same footprint as the porch and offers even better views of the property.

The ground floor of the home is massive, with a large family room that boasts a piano and a wood-burning fireplace.

There is another fireplace in the formal dining room.

Anyone who buys the home will have easy access to green spaces.

The house is located just a stone’s throw away from Waccabuc Country Club and Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, a nature preserve which is the latest park in Westchester County. 

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Supply management: poultry and egg producers will share $ 691 million


Heavily affected by recent free trade agreements, dairy farmers will receive the remainder of the federal aid promised to them in three years rather than in seven. As for poultry and egg producers, after several months of waiting, they now know the amount to which they will be entitled.

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Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau made the announcements on Saturday afternoon.

Surrounded by representatives of the industry, she confirmed that milk producers will split a sum of $ 468 million by March 2021 to compensate for the losses caused by the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the Europe and the Trans-Pacific Agreement, in which the supply management system has been undermined.

They will receive $ 469 million for 2021-2022, then another $ 468 million for 2022-2023.

With the details announced on Saturday and counting what had already been distributed last year, government assistance will ultimately amount to $ 2 billion, boasted Minister Bibeau.

Announcement well received

The opposition parties, for their part, congratulated themselves on having kept the pressure on the Minister of Agriculture in recent weeks, as Ottawa was slow to unveil the follow-up to what had already been announced in August 2019.

“It took constant pressure from the Conservatives, a unanimous motion from the House and direct questions this week to the Prime Minister for the Liberals to finally deliver the goods and put an end to 13 months of procrastination,” the deputy reacted in a statement. curator of Mégantic-L’Érable, Luc Berthold.

“The damage caused by the breaches made to the Quebec agricultural system by the concessions of the last three trade agreements are permanent and no compensation will restore the balance that we had managed to acquire,” said the Bloc member for his part. by Berthier-Maskinongé, Yves Perron.

Obviously, among dairy producers, we would also have preferred that the concessions in the supply management system never take place, but we are still satisfied with this new agreement.

“Producers will be able to invest to compete with these imports which are already on our shelves,” explained Pierre Lampron, President of Dairy Farmers of Canada, who was present at the Minister’s press briefing.

According to this federation, 18% of what we currently produce will be replaced by milk from abroad by 2024.

Egg and poultry producers

They are not the only ones to suffer from the latest international treaties. The 4,900 poultry and egg producers, who also benefit from a supply management system, were also demanding compensation as a result of these international treaties.

The Federal Agriculture Minister said on Saturday that 691 million would be put on the table for them over a 10-year horizon. This financial support delighted the various associations of egg and poultry producers, who had to wait several months before knowing the magnitude of this amount.

“Milk producers have been impacted for longer. […] And of course, COVID came to delay our plans, ”defended Minister Bibeau to explain this delay.

It also reiterated its commitment to come to the aid of processors of products under supply management, but no timetable has been put forward.

Promise

Other announcements are also expected in the near future since none of the amounts unveiled on Saturday cover the losses farmers will suffer as a result of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), the new NAFTA.

The Trudeau administration has promised that this treaty, obtained after intense negotiations with the Trump administration, will be the last to give up market share under supply management.

“Our commitment is firm: no other market share under supply management will be sacrificed by our government in future trade agreements,” insisted Marie-Claude Bibeau.



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James Bond producers say film wouldn’t be a franchise without Sir Sean Connery


James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have said the hit film wouldn’t have become a franchise if it wasn’t for Sir Sean Connery.

The Scottish actor passed away at the age of 90 and was best known for his portrayal of 007, being the first to bring the role to the big screen.

And it seems as though the producers are convinced that if it wasn’t for Connery’s “gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent”, we may not have been graced with the Bond franchise at all.

The producers released a statement following Connery’s passing as they revealed they were “devastated” after hearing the news.

Sir Sean Connery has passed away at the age of 90

The statement read: “He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words — ‘The name’s Bond… James Bond.’

“He revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent.

“He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.”

James Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli – pictured with current James Bond Daniel Craig – have released a statement following the news

The actor enjoyed a long and distinguished career but is best known for being the original James Bond, and to many fans the best ever.

He brought Ian Fleming’s secret agent to the big screen in 1962’s Dr No and went on to star in seven hit films in total.

With Bond propelling him to international stardom, Sir Sean enjoyed more than 40 years in the industry during which time he won an Oscar, two Baftas and three Golden Globes.

Sir Sean was the first ever James Bond actor

The proud Scotsman was knighted in 2000 for his services to film drama.

It comes as Daniel Craig said Sir Sean had “wit and charm in mega watts” as he pays tribute to the late star.

Current bond actor Craig, 52, lead the tributes for Sir Sean on Saturday afternoon.

In a statement, the Casino Royale star said: “It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema.”

The proud Scotsman was knighted in 2000 for his services to film drama

He added: “Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more.

“He defined an era and a style. The wit and charm he portrayed on screen could be measured in mega watts; he helped create the modern blockbuster.”

“He will continue to influence actors and film-makers alike for years to come. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Wherever he is, I hope there is a golf course.”

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Kangana Ranaut calls Bollywood a ‘gutter’ as film producers file suit against news channels: ‘File a case against me also’


Mumbai, October 13

Actress Kangana Ranaut has expressed disappointment after top Bollywood production houses and associations filed a suit in Delhi High Court against certain news channels for defaming the industry.

Kangana tweeted to express her rant against her Bollywood colleagues and claimed she would expose them.

“Their is an unwritten law in the film industry ‘you hide my dirty secrets I will hide yours’ the only basis of their loyalty to each other. Since I am born I am seeing only these handful of men from the film families run the industry. When will this change? #BollywoodStrikesBack. Bullywood the gutter of drugs, exploitation, nepotism and jihad it’s lid is off instead of cleaning this gutter #BollywoodStrikesBack well file a case on me also, till the time I am alive I will continue to expose you all #BollywoodStrikesBack,” she tweeted.

She also mentioned how the industry, especially the big heroes, exploited the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. “Big heros not only objectify women but also exploit young girls, they don’t let young men like Sushant Singh Rajput come up, at the age of 50 they want to play school kids, they never stand up for anyone even if people are being wronged before their eyes #BollywoodStrikesBack,” Kangana added, posting a picture of Sushant.

“Bollywood ke gatar me rengne walo ko ab pata chala kaisa lagta hai jab sare desh ke saamne beizzat kiya jata hai. Nishana banaya jata hai. Isolate kiya jata hai. Kyu kahi chup ya bhaag jane ka man kar rha hai? Tum isne sare bhedio ho jhund me, akele ka man to karega ki mar jaye, nahi ? (Those who crawl in the gutters of Bollywood now know what it feels like when you are insulted and targeted in front of the whole country. Why do you feel like hiding or running away? You are wolves in a pack, the feeling of being alone will die, right?#BollywoodStrikesBack),” she continued.

Bollywood’s civil suit against the news channels has sought to restrain these media houses from conducting media trials of Bollywood personalities and interfering with their right to privacy.

The plaintiffs also prayed that the defendants abide by the provisions of the Programme Code under the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994, and to withdraw, recall and take down all defamatory content published by them against Bollywood.

Thirty-four production houses in Bollywood are represented through the plaintiffs, besides four industry associations — Producers Guild of India, Cine and TV Artiste Association, Film and TV Producers Council, and Screenwriters Association.

The 34 production houses that have also been represented are: Aamir Khan Productions, Ad-Labs Films, Ajay Devgn Fflims, Andolan Films, Anil Kapoor Film and Communication Network, Arbaaz Khan Productions, Ashutosh Gowarikaer Productions, BSK Network and Entertainment, Cape Of Good Films, Clean Slate Filmz, Dharma Productions, Emmay Entertainment and Motion Pictures, Excel Entertainment, Filmkraft Productions, Hope Production, Kabir Khan Films, Luv Films, Macguffin Pictures, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, One India Stories, R.S. Entertainment, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures, Red Chillies Entertainment, Reliance Big Entertainment, Reel Life Productions, Rohit Shetty Pictures, Roy Kapur Productions, Salman Khan Ventures, Sohail Khan Productions, Sikhya Entertianment, Tiger Baby Digital, Vinod Chopra Films, Vishal Bhardwaj Film, and Yash Raj Films. IANS





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Bollywood producers moves HC to restrain Republic TV, Times Now from making irresponsible remarks


New Delhi, October 12

Leading Bollywood producers Monday approached the Delhi High Court seeking to restrain Republic TV and Times Now from making or publishing allegedly “irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks’ against film industry and conducting media trials against its members on various issues.

The lawsuit by four Bollywood industry associations and 34 leading producers have also sought to restrain them from interfering with the right to privacy of persons associated with the industry.

It has sought direction to Republic TV, its editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and reporter Pradeep Bhandari, Times Now, its editor-in-chief Rahul Shivshankar and group editor Navika Kumar, and unknown defendants as well as social media platforms to refrain from making or publishing allegedly irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks against Bollywood.

The suit filed through DSK Legal firm said, “This comes in the wake of these channels using highly derogatory words and expressions for Bollywood such as ‘dirt’, ‘filth’, ‘scum’, ‘druggies’ and expressions such as ‘it is Bollywood where the dirt needs to be cleaned’, ‘all the perfumes of Arabia cannot take away the stench and the stink of this filth and scum of the underbelly of Bollywood’, ‘This is the dirtiest industry in the country’, and ‘cocaine and LSD drenched Bollywood’.” — PTI





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Kangana Ranaut calls Bollywood a gutter as film producers file suit against news channels: ‘File a case on me also’


Kangana Ranaut is fuming after 38 film bodies and producers filed a suit against a few media houses and journalists for defaming the film industry. Repeating her ‘gutter’ allegory for Bollywood, Kangana said that the producers should sue her too.

“Bullywood the gutter of drugs, exploitation, nepotism and jihad it’s lid is off instead of cleaning this gutter #BollywoodStrikesBack well file a case on me also, till the time I am alive I will continue to expose you all #BollywoodStrikesBack,” she wrote. “Big heros not only objectify women but also exploit young girls, they don’t let young men like Sushant Singh Rajput come up, at the age of 50 they want to play school kids, they never stand up for anyone even if people are being wronged before their eyes,” she said. Among the production houses that are named as plaintiffs in the suit, are Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment, Aamir Khan Productions, Salman Khan films and more.

 

 

“Their is an unwritten law in the film industry ‘you hide my dirty secrets I will hide yours’ the only basis of their loyalty to each other. Since I am born I am seeing only these handful of men from the film families run the industry. When will this change,” Kangana added in another tweet. “I have been complaining of exploitation and bullying in Bollywood for many years. An artist has died. If the gutter of Bollywood is being cleaned on the pretext of Sushant’s death, why is it bothering them so much? I have the full details of it too,” she said.

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The lawsuit by four Bollywood industry associations and 34 leading producers have also sought to restrain them from interfering with the right to privacy of persons associated with the industry. It has sought direction to Republic TV, its editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami and reporter Pradeep Bhandari, Times Now, its editor-in-chief Rahul Shivshankar and group editor Navika Kumar, and unknown defendants as well as social media platforms to refrain from making or publishing allegedly irresponsible, derogatory and defamatory remarks against Bollywood.

The petition said that the plea was filed in wake of the channels using highly derogatory words and expressions for Bollywood such as “dirt”, “filth”, “scum”, “druggies” and expressions such as “it is Bollywood where the dirt needs to be cleaned”, “all the perfumes of Arabia cannot take away the stench and the stink of this filth and scum of the underbelly of Bollywood”, “this is the dirtiest industry in the country”, and “cocaine and LSD drenched Bollywood”.

The name of the production houses are The Film & Television Producers Guild Of India (PGI), The Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA), Indian Film and TV Producers Council (IFTPC), Screenwriters Association (SWA), Aamir Khan Productions, Ad-Labs Films, Ajay DevgnFflims, Andolan Films, Anil Kapoor Film and Communication Network, Arbaaz Khan Productions, Ashutosh Gowariker Productions, BSK Network and Entertainment, Cape of Good Films, Clean Slate Filmz, Dharma Productions, Emmay Entertainment & Motion Pictures, Excel Entertainment , Filmkraft Productions, Hope Production, Kabir Khan Films, Luv Films, Macguffin Pictures, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, One India Stories, R.S. Entertainment (Ramesh Sippy Entertainment),Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures, Red Chillies Entertainment, Reel Life Productions, Reliance Big Entertainment, Rohit Shetty Picturez, Roy Kapur Films, Salman Khan Films, Sikhya Entertainment, Sohail Khan Productions, Tiger Baby Digital, Vinod Chopra Films, Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures and Yashraj Films.

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Coronavirus pandemic takes toll on pisco producers in Peru


In the house where for decades she has bottled pisco, the grape brandy of South America’s Pacific coast, Rosa Grados has thousands of stored liters that she has not sold because of the coronavirus pandemic. “You wait a year to get to the moment of distillation and when you are at the door, everything is cut,” said Grados, whose brand “Cholo Matías” is one of the most recognized in Peru and in 2008 was presented as a gift to 21 presidents of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum held in Lima. Like Grados, more than 500 pisco producers in Peru have seen their sales drop by more than 50% during the pandemic and the grape fields of thousands of farmers have been ruined by late harvests due to mandatory closures of more than 100 days that were imposed to slow the virus.

Farmer Nicanor Tasaico shows newly formed “quebranta” grapes, used to make non-aromatic or “pure” Pisco, at his vineyard in Ica, Peru, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.
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“Some could not harvest anything and those who were able to harvest received such a low price that it did not cover their expenses,” 58-year-old Grados told a team from The Associated Press as she walked among dry vines in the southern coastal Ica valley of Peru. People have been planting grapes in the Ica valley since the 16th century, tending vineyards in an area south of Lima up to the Pacific coastline. The area enjoys year-round sunshine and, according to the farmers, produces grapes with high sugar content and low acidity, the key combination for a good pisco. But that’s of no value these days to thousands of small farmers in the valley like Juan Tasayco, who says 2020 is the “most chaotic” and uncertain year of his life. He was unable to harvest the 11 hectares (27 acres) of grapes he planted in time and lost his entire investment of $20,000.

Pisco producer Jose Olaechea shows a bottle of La mulita brand Pisco in his office at the Tacama vineyard in Ica, Peru, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.

Pisco producer Jose Olaechea shows a bottle of La mulita brand Pisco in his office at the Tacama vineyard in Ica, Peru, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.
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“The grapes have stayed in the field, the bunches have stuck to the plant,” said 60-year-old Tasayco, waving away mosquitoes around his face. The farmer said that he witnessed how some farmers also sold the grapes at 14 cents a kilo, a very low price, while others made pisco to avoid losing the entire year’s harvest to rot. Peru was the one of the first countries in Latin America to put its economic life on hold, closing its borders and beginning a lockdown that lasted months. The blow to pisco and the liquor business in general is harder than to other industries because the government still imposes stringent restrictions on bars, gatherings at restaurants, hotels and nightlife in general. Pisco has been immersed for years in a fierce dispute between Peru and Chile over its origin. Dozens of countries recognize pisco as both Peruvian and Chilean in origin.

An owl stands over a dry vineyard Ica, Peru, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.

An owl stands over a dry vineyard Ica, Peru, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.
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According to the Chilean Office for International Economic Relations, Chilean pisco exports decreased by 21% between January and June of this year, compared to the first half of 2019. In Peru, Rafael Zacnich, manager of economic studies at the Foreign Trade Society, said pisco exports fell 55% in the first half of the year, compared to January-June 2019. That amounts to 400,000 fewer liters exported this year. Pisco producers, who have their stocks in storage, hope to sell them when social events are reactivated. It’s a difficult situation because pisco is not a staple product but is linked to leisure and celebration, Zacnich said. At the La Caravedo winery, which is more than three centuries old, pisco producer Johnny Schuler says the pandemic “has had a brutal effect” on sales. The winery that produces the famous Pisco Portón has not exported even 30% of what it did in 2019.

Wine barrels sit at the Tacama vineyard in Ica, Peru, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.

Wine barrels sit at the Tacama vineyard in Ica, Peru, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.
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Schuler commented that in the first half of the year, orders stopped arriving from the United States, Italy and Spain, countries hit hard by the pandemic. “2020 was finally going to be our magic year, but it was not like that,” he said while savoring a glass of his pisco made with Quebranta grape, a variety that he grows exclusively. La Caravedo is producing ready-to-serve, pre-mixed drinks in six varieties that also include the well-known Pisco Sour – a local cocktail of pisco and lemon juice. A similar reality is happening at the nearby Hacienda Tacama, whose vineyard dates back to 1540 and produces wines and piscos mentioned in the writing of Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa. Manager José Olaechea says the quarantine months “have been hard” but that they have not laid off staff amid a rise in national unemployment. The company is now producing a lower-priced brand called Mulita. “It is a pisco that’s here to bear misery and help with problems,” Olaechea said.

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