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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.854-A/A.1248-A) legalizing adult-use cannabis, fulfilling a key component of his 2021 State of the State agenda. The bill signing comes after the Governor, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced this past Sunday, March 28, that an agreement had been reached on the legislation. The bill establishes the Office of Cannabis Management to implement a comprehensive regulatory framework that covers medical, adult-use and cannabinoid hemp. The bill also expands New York State's existing medical marijuana and cannabinoid hemp programs. The legislation provides licensing for marijuana producers, distributors, retailers, and other actors in the cannabis market, and creates a social and economic equity program to assist individuals disproportionately impacted by cannabis enforcement that want to participate in the industry.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Monday, March 29, 2021
It represents CSOs from six regions (Africa, Asia, Pacific, Europe, Middle East & North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean), and eight sectors (Rural, Feminist Group, Indigenous Peoples, Faith-Based Organisations, International Civil Society Organisations, Youth, Labour, and Migrants and Diaspora).
Manila, Philippines - TBA Studios, the Philippine film production company behind such heralded commercial successes as "Heneral Luna," "Women of the Weeping River," and "Write About Love"--to name but a few of its high-profile, twenty-plus film titles in the last seven years-- announced the launch of TBA Play, virtual cinemas on its premium video-on-demand (PVOD) platform, which launched Friday, March 26th, 2021 in North America, and launches on Friday, April 2, 2021 in Europe and the Middle East.
Last year on March 13th, at the start of the world pandemic, TBA Studios launched its video-on-demand (VOD) Platform on YouTube. Today, the platform has over 380,000+ subscribers. Now a year later, and with more than 25-plus film titles under its belt after seven years, TBA Studios is ready to roll with virtual cinemas on its PVOD platform. TBA Play allows audiences access to new release films, especially with theaters still closed or with restricted capacity. Often these films are made available alongside, or in place of a traditional release exhibited in movie theaters.
The first titles to launch on TBA Play are “Write About Love” , a romance and a box-office hit in the Philippines with wide critical acclaim, “Us, At the End of the Year (Tayo Sa Huling Buwan Ng Taon)”, a romantic cult favorite with a hit soundtrack/song with over 18 million views on YouTube, and “How She Left Me (Kung Paano Siya Nawala)”, a unique romance with box office faves, Rhian Ramos and JM De Guzman.
"We're just happy with every virtual solution or digital platform that enables our film titles to reach more audiences, locally and globally," says TBA CEO Eduardo A. Rocha. He adds, "We're proud of the unique yet universal stories that our writers and moviemakers tell through their films, and the more opportunities for their works to be seen, the better. It's a win-win situation."
Tickets can be purchased at https://watch.tbaplay.com/tbaplay-usd where advanced purchase is available now at an introductory price of $11.99. Movies will unlock for viewing for 24-hours starting March 26, at which time the price goes up to $13.99. All three (3) films can be purchased at the bundle price of $30.
TBA Studios is one of the leading film production and distribution companies in the Philippines. Armed with relentless passion to further grow the local film industry as well as to veer towards braver undertakings, the company dedicates itself to creating and marketing content that touches and inspires people's lives. Known for its wide range of award-winning, cinematic achievements that, include "Heneral Luna," "Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral" and "Birdshot", TBA Studios continues with its commitment to produce, acquire and/or represent high-caliber entertainment--regardless of whether Filipino or foreign language films--that push and break boundaries in the service of the new generation of audiences worldwide.
Governor Cuomo Announces New Yorkers 30 Years of Age and Older Will Be Eligible to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in New York. Beginning Tuesday, March 30 at 8 a.m., all New Yorkers 30 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. Beginning April 6, universal eligibility goes into effect and all New Yorkers 16 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
Sunday, March 28, 2021
“Dahil nga po sa napakataas na [dami ng] mga tao, mga kababayan nating nahahawa ngayon ng COVID-19 dahil na rin dito sa mga bagong variant, inaprubahan po ng ating Presidente ang rekomendasyon ng inyong IATF na ilagay muli sa Enhanced Community Quarantine or ECQ ang National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, at Rizal or ang tinatawag nating Greater Manila Area.”
New York – In celebration of National Women’s Month, the Philippine Consulate General in New York honored and featured five remarkable and accomplished Filipino-American women – an entrepreneur, a software engineer, a White House media specialist, an award-winning director/producer, and an Emmy-nominated news anchor – at a virtual event dubbed as “An Evening with Distinguished Filipino Women” on Thursday, 18 March 2021.
The women powerhouse, comprised of Juliette’s CEO, Founder Rechelle Balanzat, Tumblr software engineer Diana Kris Navarro, White House Press Assistant Angela Perez, “Yellow Rose” film director/producer Diane Paragas, and NBC10 Boston and NECN anchor/reporter Joy Lim Nakrin, shared their inspiration in choosing their respective careers. They also related the challenges and opportunities they faced personally and professionally as Filipino-American women in breaking glass ceilings, making their voices heard, and achieving success in their chosen fields.
Governor Cuomo Announces Launch of Excelsior Pass to Help Fast-Track Reopening of Businesses and Entertainment Venues Statewide
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Mayor de Blasio, First Lady McCray, Borough President Eric Adams and Family of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Rename the Brooklyn Municipal Building in Her Honor
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"Today we honor a true daughter of Brooklyn: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg " said MayorBill de Blasio. "Justice Ginsburg fought for justice and equality her entire life. May her memory, and this building, inspire generations of New Yorkers to stand up, speak out and make our country a better place for all who call it home."
Thursday, March 25, 2021
MA-YI THEATER COMPANY ANNOUNCES $5K MICRO-GRANT PROGRAM FOR NYC-BASED BIPOC, TRANS, AND DISABLED ARTISTS & CREATIVES
Ma-Yi Theater Company is pleased to announce a new $5K micro-grant program that is open to New York City-based BIPOC, transgendered, and disabled artists and creatives. The micro-grant was established in response to the continued COVID-19 crisis and the prolonged shut-down of live theater and events. Applications are open to a wide variety of BIPOC, transgendered, and disabled artists, arts workers, and creatives including designers, actors, directors, playwrights, poets, musicians, choreographers, dancers, painters, sculptors, video artists, etc. Ten awards of $500 each will be awarded.
The micro-grant fund was established through the generosity of Ma-Yi’s friends at Play-Per View, who presented an online reading of Carla Ching’s Revenge Porn on February 13, 2021. The proceeds from that reading benefitted Ma-Yi and all funds raised are being redistributed through the micro-grant program. The establishment of the micro-grant fund would not be possible without the generosity of individuals who purchased tickets to the reading and made additional donations to the fund. Ma-Yi would also like to acknowledge Edward Bok Lee for his generous support of the micro-grant.
Applications will open on March 29, 2021, and must be submitted by April 9, 2021. Winners will be notified by April 16, 2021, and a public announcement of winners will be on April 19, 2021. Application guidelines and requirements are available online at http://ma-yitheatre.org/
About Ma-Yi Theater Company
Founded in 1989, Ma-Yi Theater Company (Ralph B. Peña, Producing Artistic Director) is a Drama Desk, Lortel, and Obie Award-winning, Off-Broadway not-for-profit organization whose primary mission is to develop and produce new and innovative plays by Asian American writers. Since its founding, Ma-Yi has distinguished itself as one of the country’s leading incubators of new work shaping the national discourse about what it means to be Asian American today. The Ma-Yi Writers Lab, a signature program founded in 2004, is the largest resident company of Asian-American playwrights ever assembled. The Lab emboldens a new generation of Asian American artists to voice their experiences. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ma-Yi launched Ma-Yi Studios, a digital streaming platform, and live capture studio.
Monday, March 22, 2021
San Francisco, CA – The GFN Channel proudly announces the release of three new shows premiering this March. The three shows all premier online during the last week of this month, starting with Real Talk with Sabrina Wong on March 25th, Go Pinoy! Show! on March 27th, and Kabayan Seattle on March 29th. These will stream on The GFN Channel’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GFNChannel.