79M for buses in BC as part of federal provincial municipal investment

first_imgVICTORIA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has joined British Columbia’s premier in announcing funding for 118 new transit buses across the province to replace those at the end of the lives.The prime minister and premier announced a joint investment of $79 million among federal, provincial and municipal governments that will also allow for 10 long-range electric buses that would provide greener transportation options in Greater Victoria.Trudeau told a crowd inside a BC Transit bus body shop in Victoria that the buses will be more energy efficient and have improved accessibility and safety features as part of a public system that needs to keep pace with growing communities.Premier John Horgan says a strong transit system is essential to making communities more affordable and to greening the province’s transportation infrastructure.The federal and provincial governments have each contributed $31 million for the new buses while municipalities are pitching in $16 million.Trudeau was in Montreal earlier today, meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom and he’s hosting a fundraising event later in Victoria.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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US customs officers seize 3500 Christmas elves at QuebecNY border

first_imgMONTREAL — U.S. Customs and Border Protection says its officers working at the Quebec-New York border seized some 3,500 Christmas toys after they were found to lack proper documentation.The agency says a commercial shipment of Elf Hatching Eggs from Canada was seized at the Champlain, N.Y. border crossing due to the absence of tracking label information and a general certificate of conformity, as required by law.Champlain Area port director Steven Bronson said in a statement that border agents and the Consumer Product Safety Commission worked together on the file to enforce safety laws and “keep potentially harmful toys out of the hands of children.”According to a website for toymaker Keycraft Global, the 10-centimetre oval-shaped toys appear to hatch and reveal an elf when submerged and left in a glass of water.The toy shipment was valued at about $38,000.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Dick Van Dyke To Be Honored At Screen Actors Guild Awards

first_imgDick Van Dyke, beloved actor, singer, dancer, writer and comedian, will receive SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor – the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.Van Dyke will be presented the performers union’s most prestigious accolade, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT and 5 p.m. PT.In making the announcement, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard said, “Dick is the consummate entertainer — an enormously talented performer whose work has crossed nearly every major category of entertainment. From his career-changing Broadway turn in ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ and his deadpan humor in the Emmy winning ‘Dick Van Dyke Show,’ to his unforgettable performance as Bert in ’Mary Poppins,” he sets a high bar for actors. Stage, big screen, small screen, literally everywhere he has worked he has inspired millions of fans and has had a tremendously positive impact on the industry and the world. He is so deserving of this honor and I congratulate him.”SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon said: “With Dick, it’s so much more than the proverbial ‘triple threat.’ He started his career as a radio announcer, game show host and comedian and was a spokesman for Kodak, among numerous other roles over his nearly 60-year career. His contributions to the success of the business and to his fellow performers is legendary as is his work with a number of the leading ladies of our times, including Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore — both previous Life Achievement Award recipients. His infectious laugh has warmed audiences for decades and is an unforgettable facet of his fabulous personality.”Holder of five Emmys, a Tony Award and a Grammy, Van Dyke at 86 still possesses the zest for life that first propelled him into the limelight more than a half-century ago with the Broadway and film versions of “Bye Bye Birdie,” the seminal ’60s situation comedy “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and the film classic “Mary Poppins.”For nearly twenty years Van Dyke has been tirelessly committed to his volunteer work at The Midnight Mission, Los Angeles’ century-old downtown shelter for the troubled and homeless. He helped raise millions for their new building program and is there without fail every Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and times in between offering comfort and cheer, often with the Vantastix and members of his own family. He is passionate about raising funds for music and art programs for public schools and has performed at countless fundraisers. He became a spokesperson for the National Reye’s Syndrome Foundation in 1967 after losing a granddaughter to that disease and in 2010 was named the first spokesperson for the Cell Therapy Foundation.last_img read more

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Stars Help Serve Meals To The Homeless On Christmas Eve

first_imgA Merry Christmas came to Skid Row on Christmas Eve.Lisa Rinna and Harry HamlinCredit/Copyright: LA MissionThe celebration was made possible by the generosity of hundreds of the Los Angeles Mission’s dedicated volunteers and hard-working staff. Faithful Mission supporters, through both large and small donations, came together to supply the need for Christmas. As a result of their efforts, thousands of toys and goodies were gift-wrapped and given out by Santa and his helpers to children delighted to be in a Christmas wonderland setting. At the same time, nearly 4,000 sat down to enjoy a gourmet dinner (served by Hollywood celebrities and local political leaders) in the Christmas decorated alfresco dining area on Fifth Street.Among the stars who took part were Bella Thorne, Karina Smirnoff, Lisa Rinna, Shaunie O’Neal, Joey Luthman, Kate Linder, Harry Hamlin, Jo Frost and many more.Toyota and Nestlé stepped up to be the primary sponsors of the event. JAKKS Pacific, Imperial Toys and “A Foundation for Kids” donated thousands of toys distributed to children and their parents. As well as furnishing toys, The Festival of Children Foundation created an amazing winter wonderland with their “Sharing the Spirit Holiday Party” tent presented by Center for Living Peace.“Expressing love for those who feel forgotten is what we do here. We especially appreciate the unceasing generosity of the people of Los Angeles and our surrounding communities at Christmas,” said Herbert L. Smith, President of the Mission. “Their support gives us the ability to ramp up what we do everyday into a delightful Christmas celebration. We get to see joy on the faces of those going through tough times. Special events like this help to encourage them that their lives can turn around and be different.”A lot of thought and preparation went into making this event work for children of all ages. Volunteers spent hundreds of hours sorting and wrapping the gifts so they could be distributed in an age and gender appropriate manner. All the toys were gift-wrapped to give children the choice of opening their gifts immediately or waiting until Christmas morning.The Sharing the Spirit Holiday Party featured Santa, Christmas trees and every kind of seasonal decoration and joyful music along with fun crafts for the children. Nestlé also donated candies, and ice cream treats. Plus, they supplied lots of bottled water.Los Angeles Mission Chef Chris Cormier and the kitchen staff worked for weeks to design and prepare a special holiday feast. The menu featured Orange Glazed Ham, the Mission’s famous Three-Cheese Macaroni, Thyme and Baby Carrots, fresh Brussels Sprouts, a cranberry relish and dinner rolls. The meal was complete with fruit pies for dessert.A ton and a half of ham was glazed, baked and sliced; 800 pounds of macaroni was prepared with a blend of three different cheeses and baked with a breadcrumb topping; 400 pounds of fresh baby carrots were steamed with thyme, along with 400 pounds of Brussels Sprouts, 4,000 cups of cranberry relish, 4,000 dinner rolls and 500 fruit pies prepared and served.“The Los Angeles Mission helps those most in need and alone during the holidays, and we’re proud to lend our support and volunteer time to its meaningful cause,” said Michael Rouse, vice president of philanthropy, community affairs and diversity & inclusion for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “Toyota has a broad commitment to understanding the needs of our communities and making an impact through the help of our generous associates, families and partners.”“We are privileged to support and partake in the Christmas Eve festivities with the Los Angeles Mission,” said Rita Henderson, Manager Community Affairs, Nestlé USA. “In the present climate where the needs are so great and resources scarce, the Los Angeles Mission is truly making a difference in our community and deserves our support. It is fulfilling for our Nestlé employee volunteers to do their part to give back to the community, especially during the holiday season when so many are doing without.”“The Los Angeles Mission is very grateful to everyone whose donations made today’s event possible,” said President Smith. “Some sixty percent of our annual operating budget is raised in the final three months of the year. We grapple with the harsh reality of trying to meet more need with fewer finances. The impact of this tough economy hits us hard every day as more individuals and families come to us for help. This means we work very hard to get the most out of every dollar that is donated.”“JAKKS Pacific is pleased to support the Los Angeles Mission once again, and create a magical experience for many deserving children and families in Los Angeles,” stated Anne-Marie Grill, Vice President of Corporate Communications & Philanthropy, JAKKS Pacific, Inc. “For many children here today, the toy that we give will be the only present they receive all year. We are happy to work with the Mission to bring smiles to under-served children this holiday season.”“Festival of Children Foundation supports children’s charities nationwide, but today, we’re focusing on bringing Christmas to the children served by the Los Angeles Mission,” said Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, Founder and Executive Director of Festival of Children Foundation. “We’re honored to have the opportunity to share our blessings with them. Christmas means a spirit of love, and that’s what we want every child here today to feel…loved.”At the Los Angeles Mission, Tuesday morning began early (4:30 a.m.) for the staff and volunteers. There were last minute gift donations to wrap, and an elaborate dinner for 4,000 to prepare. Kitchen volunteers also stayed busy serving breakfast to those who came early to stand in line.By 6:00 AM Fifth Street from Wall Street to San Pedro was closed to vehicular traffic and the street set up begun.Many who came to Friday’s event live in temporary housing in the Skid Row area, others stay in shelters, and many came from the streets. All are greeted by staff and volunteers with love and served a hearty meal and given holiday treats. As they waited to be seated and served, the guests enjoyed holiday music from a number of local musical groups and choirs.last_img read more

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Dalai Lama Foundation Announces Fundraising Campaign For Living History

first_imgThe Dalai Lama Foundation, a global, non-profit organization focused on peace and ethics education, today kicks off development of The Living History of the Dalai Lama, the first of three phases that will comprise the new Dalai Lama Foundation Global Center For Peace.Scheduled to launch in mid-2015, Living History will be a comprehensive, interactive, online experience that will chronicle the life and accomplishments of the Dalai Lama, one of the world’s best-known and most-respected advocates for peace.The Global Center for Peace is a three-part initiative designed to support and catalyze the advancement of peace, compassion, and social and economic change worldwide. The first phase, the Living History project, launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds needed for development of the online experience. The second phase, the Incubator For GOOD, is a program that will enable social entrepreneurs aligned with the Dalai Lama’s messages of peace and compassion to collaborate, learn critical skills, meet partners and funders, and further develop their organizations. The final phase, a Bay Area-based Center for Peace, will be a physical space designed to educate, inspire and encourage action among the next generation of peacemakers throughout the world.“The Living History of the Dalai Lama will make the words and actions of this extraordinary man accessible to people across the globe so that new generations of change-makers will be motivated to further improve life on our planet,” said Darlene Markovich, President and Executive Director of the Dalai Lama Foundation. “We’re thrilled to kick off the Living History project as part of our new Center for Peace initiative, all of which will provide very tangible support and impact on our collective journey to advocate peace, ethics and compassion.”The Living History Project will educate and inspire people around the world with His Holiness’ message of world peace through an interactive, content-rich multimedia web experience that shares major events and the Dalai Lama’s extraordinary life’s work, with contributions from his friends and other universally recognized peace leaders such as rarely seen videos, photos and an interactive map highlighting his prolific world travels. It will also serve as an online social community that will share the many success stories of people, groups and organizations that were inspired by the Dalai Lama. Among his many honors, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet.As His Holiness approaches his 80th birthday, the time is right to create the Living History and celebrate the more than 70 years of the Dalai Lama’s life’s work and accomplishments of this extraordinary man.
The mission of the Dalai Lama Foundation is to support the development of our shared global capacity for ethics and peace, based on a non-dogmatic ethic of compassion. The Foundation was established with the Dalai Lama’s endorsement and advice. As noted by the Dalai Lama, “I am happy to endorse and lend my name to this effort because it promises to try to put into action many of the ideas for peace that I support.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Bill Gates We Can Eradicate Malaria Within a Generation

first_imgIn his latest blog entry, Bill Gates lays out the roadmap for eliminating the threat of malaria globally, and suggests the goal is in sight.Gates addressed the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in New Orleans, and chose to focus his speech on malaria rather than the current ebola crisis.Through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and its work with partner organizations such as Malaria No More, the Microsoft founder is driving a three-pronged strategy to tackle the disease: Complete Detection will ensure that all those who need treatment are identified, Complete Cure will produce vastly more effective medical treatments, and Complete Prevention will reduce the rate of initial infections.Gates writes, “I believe it’s not only possible to eradicate malaria; I believe it’s necessary. Ultimately, the cost of controlling it endlessly is not sustainable. The only way to stop this disease is to end it forever.”Copyright ©2014Look to the Stars Source:The Gates Noteslast_img read more

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Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis Presents 30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner

first_imgThe Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis will honor a group of prominent Sports Legends and Honorees when it hosts its 30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.The annual event, hosted by NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc, and chaired by Mark Dalton, raises funds to support the ground-breaking spinal cord injury research done by researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis – the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, which is based at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.NBC News Icon Tom Brokaw will serve as Master of Ceremonies and the event will feature live performances by The Beach Boys and The Pointer Sisters.The 2015 Great Sports Legends include Jorge Posada, Karl Malone, Ray Lewis, John Stockton, Michelle Kwan, Victor Espinoza, Jennifer Capriati and Chip Ganassi. Honorees for the evening include Gloria and Emilio Estefan who will receive The Buoniconti Fund Inspiration Award, and Humanitarian Award recipients Orianne and Phil Collins.The celebration assembles sports legends, celebrities, philanthropic icons and corporate leaders to support the efforts of The Buoniconti Fund Board of Directors and numerous longtime benefactors. Tickets start at $850 per person and can be purchased by phone at (305)-243-4656 or here.Honorees for the evening include: • The Buoniconti Fund Inspiration Award Recipients, Gloria and Emilio Estefan– Twenty-six-time GRAMMY Award-winning power couple Emilio and Gloria Estefan, whose highly-anticipated biographical musical On Your Feet! starts performances on Broadway October 5, will receive this year’s Buoniconti Fund Inspiration Award. One of the most celebrated couples in music, Gloria and Emilio Estefan know the importance of giving back to the community founded the Gloria Estefan Foundation, aimed at reaching those who struggle outside the safeguards of society by promoting good health, education, and cultural development. Following her own brush with paralysis Gloria teamed up with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in 1994 and served as the capital campaign director of The Miami Project’s new building campaign that raised more than $40 million. • Humanitarian Award Recipients, Orianne and Phil Collins – Phil Collins is one of the most successful songwriters and performers of all time. Collins had dozens of hit albums and singles in the UK and the US between 1976 and 2010, either as a solo artist or with Genesis. He is one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the 1980s and beyond. Phil and Orianne are co-founder of the Little Dreams Foundation (LDF), an international charity which fulfills the dreams of young aspiring talents without financial means to achieve their goals. The LDF helps children thrive by supporting them with personalized training and supervision in music, arts and sports by godparent mentors, providing them with optimal opportunity for success, and potentially advance toward a professional career in the field of their true passion. In order to reach its mission, LDF is helped by numerous godparents, sponsors and technical advisors. Orianne is a jewelry designer and philanthropist and serves as chairman of the Little Dreams Foundation.“For 30 years The Miami Project has provided real hope to those living with paralysis. Today there is tangible evidence through our groundbreaking clinical trials that a cure for paralysis is within our grasp,” said Nick Buoniconti, Founder of The Buoniconti Fund. “Paralysis does not discriminate, a spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any time, so we must continue to raise awareness and funds to support research that will ultimately lead to a cure for paralysis. We are honored that so many legendary athletes and influential figures continue to help us stand up for those who cannot.”“Legend Alumni” and Honorees include Muhammad Ali, Willie Mays, Magic Johnson, Tony Hawk, Cal Ripken, Jr., Gloria Estefan, Jack Nicklaus, Wayne Gretzky, George Foreman, Julio Iglesias, Helio Castroneves, Troy Aikman, Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Joe Namath, Pedro Martinez, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dan Marino, Mike Piazza, Pat Riley, Grant Hill, Bill Cowher, Kelly Slater, Joe Torre and many other athletes and heroes who recognize that paralyzing injuries can and do occur in the pursuit of athletic careers and everyday lives.The 30th anniversary event is expected to sell out and raise millions of dollars for the spinal cord injury research programs at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Since its inception in 1985, the Great Sports Legends Dinner has honored more than 300 sports legends and honorees and has raised more than $100 million for The Miami Project’s spinal cord injury research programs. The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, through the research efforts of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, is committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again.Sponsorships and opportunities to sit with legends are also available. The evening will begin with cocktails, then a performance by The Pointer Sisters, followed by dinner and a performance by The Beach Boys and then the awards presentation. For more information, click here.last_img read more

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The HSUS Announces 31st Annual Genesis Award Winners

first_imgNetflix’s “The Ivory Game,” Rolling Stone’s “The Dog Factory,” and Chicago Tribune’s “The Price of Pork” head the line-up of 18 winners of the 31st Annual Genesis Awards, presented by The Humane Society of the United States.The HSUS’ Genesis Awards recognize outstanding individuals in the major news and entertainment media whose creativity and/or journalistic integrity have increased the public’s understanding of animal protection issues. Awards are given to individuals from the television, film, print, online and music industries, as well to those producing more specialized works.From documentaries highlighting the ivory trade and endangered gorillas to magazine and newspaper stories that reveal the scourge of pig farms and puppy mills, the 2017 Genesis Award winners serve as a reminder of the importance of all forms of media in helping expose animal protection issues.For more information, or to view or read the pieces in their entirety, click here.Below is the full list of winners of the 31st Genesis Awards for works aired or released in 2016.OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY FILMThe Ivory Game –A Netflix Original Documentaryproduced by Terra Mater Films and Vulcan Productions in association withMalaika Pictures and Appian WayDirected by Richard Ladkani & Kief DavidsonProduced by Walter KöhlerOUTSTANDING TV NEWS SERIESWRC-TV (NBC Washington) “Trouble on the tracks”Scott MacFarlane – ReporterRick Yarborough – ProducerJeff Piper – VideographerWOIO Cleveland 19, Multi-part series on crimes against police caninesSia Nyorkor – Multimedia JournalistCassandra Nist- Sr. ProducerOUTSTANDING TV NEWS FEATUREKTNV-TV (ABC Las Vegas)“Hunting the Hunters” and “Domestic Violence: When Pets become Pawns”Darcy Spears – ReporterKean Bauman – ProducerKris Oman, Oscar Palomo – Photo JournalistsOUTSTANDING TV COMMENTARYStreet Talk Commentary: Safari Club International – Las Vegas Now I-Team 8George Knapp – ReporterMatt Adams – Photographer/EditorOUSTANDING MORNING SHOWCBS Sunday Morning “A Dog’s Life”Martha Teichner – ReporterDavid Rothman – ProducerMike Levine – EditorOUTSTANDING TV DOCUMENTARIESExplorer: Battle for Virunga – National Geographic channelProducer/Director, Tony GerberExecutive Producers: Jeff Hasler, Brian Lovett, Jared Lipworth, Melissa Wood, Dave Snyder, Margaret EbrahimToucan Nation – Animal PlanetDirected by Paula HerediaProduced by Paula Heredia and Larry LavinExecutive producer for H/3 Foundation, Spencer B. Haber;Supervising producer for Animal Planet, Alexandra MossExecutive producer John Hoffman.OUTSTANDING TV DOCUMENTARY SERIESOcean Warriors – Animal PlanetExecutive Producers: Robert Redford, Paul G. Allen, Mark Benjamin, Marc Levin, Laura Michalchyshyn, Pagan Danielle Harleman, David Casey, Carole Tomko, Jody Gottlieb, Rocky Collins, Liz Bronstein;Co-Executive Producer: Jerry Decker;Supervising Producers: Patrick Keegan, Yoav Attias;Senior Producer: Christopher Bryson;Producers: Peter Schmuhl, Nicholas Burnett, Katie Carpenter, Adam Schleifer;Executive in Charge: Kara Rozansky;Directors: Mark Benjamin, Marc LevinOUSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAMMINGThe HALO Effect “Purses for Primates” – Nickelodeon Executive Producers: Nick Cannon, Morgan Spurlock, Richard Arlook, Jeremy Chilnick,Matthew Galkin, Ethan Goldman and Michael GoldmanProducer: Erin GlassPRINTOUTSTANDING MAGAZINE FEATURE“The Dog Factory” By Paul Solotaroff – Rolling StoneOUTSTANDING OPINION“Second Thoughts of an Animal Researcher” by John P. Gluck – The New York TimesOUTSTANDING NEWSPAPER SERIES“The Price of Pork” – The Chicago TribuneInvestigative Reporters David Jackson and Gary MarxPhotographer/Videographer Stacey WescottResearch Assistant Madison HopkinsBRIGITTE BARDOT INTERNATIONAL AWARDSOUSTANDING INTERNATIONAL NEWS FEATURE“Tigerhandel trots Artenschutz” – ZDF GermanyKarl Ammann – ProducerOUSTANDING INTERNATIONAL ONLINE/PRINTThe Guardian (UK) multiple reports on elephant conservationEditorial team: Bibi van der Zee, Karl Mathiesen, Phil DaoustOUTSTANDING REPORTER OF THE YEARKarin Brulliard – The Washington PostSPECIAL RECOGNITIONDarryl Fears – The Washington PostOUTSTANDING SOCIAL MEDIAMiley Cyruslast_img read more

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Fan Event in NYC With Kelly Monaco And Billy Miller

first_imgKelly Monaco and Billy Miller, from ABC’s hit daytime TV show General Hospital #GH, are participating in a Live Event experience in New York City on Saturday, February 24th for their amazing fans.The event, titled Killy Live, will allow their passionate fans to experience an on-stage performance, take professional photo ops with Kelly & Billy, as well as receive personalized autographs. This celebrity meet-n-greet is designed to offer an intimate, safe setting for fans to interact with Kelly & Billy, who rarely do live appearances.Killy Live will have two (2) shows, a matinee & evening show, at the Gerald Lynch Theater on 59th Street in New York City on Saturday, February 24th. Some ticket categories have been sold out. Remaining ticket prices range from $89 – $199. Full event details and ticket information are at www.killylive.com. Killy Live is produced by iDEKO Productions & Once In A Lifetime Events.“Soap fans are the most loyal in the world. Some have been watching General Hospital for decades,” said Patrick Bradley, the event’s co-producer at Once in a Lifetime Events. “We are thankful Kelly & Billy have been so proactive with fans, media & the production team in making this event memorable for the fans.”Killy Live producers are working with Next Gen Face charity for this event – “The hope is to bring attention to sons & daughters suffering from facial deformities,” said Patrick Bradley. Kelly & Billy will be visiting Lenox Hill hospital prior to the event putting smiles children’s faces. www.NextGenFace.orgAs Kelly is also a proud winner of the hit primetime show “Dancing with the Stars” and continues to make return guest appearances, DWTS fans are also showing their excitement to come to Killy Live to meet her.last_img read more

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Michael Phelps Foundation Honors A Decade Of Water Safety

first_imgThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) Pool Safely campaign and the Michael Phelps Foundation this weekhonored the 10th anniversary of the Michael Phelps Foundation and the 10 years since the passage of the Virginia Graeme Baker (VGB) Pool & Spa Safety Act with an event promoting water safety.At this week’s event, CPSC’s Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle and Michael Phelps delivered remarks about each organization’s decade milestone and the continued importance of water safety.“As a result of the landmark VGB legislation, there have been zero drain entrapment-related deaths involving children in public pools and spas over the past decade,” said Acting Chairman Buerkle. “I’m honored to recognize this achievement, along with the achievements of the Michael Phelps Foundation and all our partners in the water safety community over the past 10 years. By working together, we will combat the public health crisis of fatal child drownings.”“The progress our Foundation has made over the past decade is remarkable, but far too many children are drowning each year,” said Michael Phelps, President of the Michael Phelps Foundation. “We are proud to come together with Chairman Buerkle, Pool Safely, and other partner organizations to make a difference in the lives of children, helping them to learn how to have fun while being safer in and around the water.”City of Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat, along with Melissa Sutton, President of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, also gave remarks during the press conference lauding local and national water safety efforts while reinforcing the urgency of the issue.Following the press conference, the organizations convened a water safety event that included a swimming lesson with children from the City of Peoria and a swim stroke clinic with participants in the Special Olympics of Arizona. Michael Phelps, joined by Cathy Bennett, Program Director for the Michael Phelps Foundation and the instructor who first taught Michael how to swim, and World Champion Swimmer and Michael Phelps Foundation Advisory Council Member Allison Schmitt, led in-water activities that highlighted the elements of the Foundation’s signature IM program.After the in-water activities, participants joined more than 200 young swimmers from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix and Colorado River for a community water safety event featuring water safety activity stations. To kick off the community event, Michael Phelps led children in taking the Pool Safely Pledge, which asks children to affirm that they will: ask parents for swimming lessons, never swim alone, and always stay away from drains in pools and hot tubs. In addition to Pool Safely, Michael Phelps Foundation, and the City of Peoria, other water safety organizations at the community event included: CPR Party, Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, JCMF Children’s Charities, National Drowning Prevention Alliance, ZAC Foundation, City of Peoria Fire-Medical Department and Peoria Firefighters Charities.Drowning remains the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages one to four years old. An average of more than 350 children under the age of 15 die each year in drowning incidents. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to follow Pool Safely’s simple steps, which save lives around swimming pools and spas:Install a four-sided fence with a self-closing, self-latching gate around all pools and spas.Designate an adult Water Watcher to supervise children at all times around the water.Learn how to swim, and teach children how to swim.Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults.Teach children to stay away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments.Ensure every pool or spa has drain covers that comply with federal safety standards.To learn more about Pool Safely, or to Take the Pool Safely Pledge, please visit: www.poolsafely.gov.last_img read more

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Night of Dreams Gala To Honor Elaine Frontain Bryant

first_imgProducer Jonathan Murray (Project Runway, Born This Way) will present a special honor to Elaine Frontain Bryant, Emmy-winning Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for A&E Network, for her dedication to the special needs’ community at the Ed Asner Family Center’s first annual A NIGHT OF DREAMS Gala.The Gala will also honor Emmy winning actor Ed Asner and world-renowned celebrity chef Art Smith, who will also be catering the Orchestra level with his culinary delicacies. Hosting the evening will be Emmy-winning comedian Wanda Sykes.Grammy Award-winning music legend Peter Frampton will headline the Gala along with performances by Naia Izumi, NPR’s 2018 Tiny Desk Contest Winner, among others. The Ed Asner Family Center’s mission is to promote self-confidence in differently abled individuals and bring balance and wellness to those individuals and their families.WHEN:THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15th | 5:00 PM – 10:00 PMWHERE:EXCHANGE LA DOWNTOWN | 618 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014The Ed Asner Family Center presents A Night of Dreams, a night of music and philanthropy starring legendary musician Peter Frampton, hosted by Emmy-winning comedian Wanda Sykes. Entertainment will also include a set by Naia Izumi (NPR’s 2018 Tiny Desk winner), among others to be announced. Emmy-winning actor Ed Asner, world renowned celebrity chef Art Smith and Emmy-winner Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for A&E Network, will be honored for their dedication to the special need’s communities. A Night of Dreams Gala will take place on November 15, 2018 at Exchange LA Downtown.The evening will kick off with Chef Art Smith preparing his famous fried chicken and hummingbird cake dinner family style for the main floor guests. Joan’s on 3rd will be providing platters for the mezzanine seating. The program will also offer an exclusive silent and live auction, as well as a “Fund-A-Mission” auction where guests will have the opportunity to support special The Ed Asner Family Center initiatives including summer camp for kids with autism and other programs for the community.Said Matthew Asner, President of The Ed Asner Family Center, “Autism and special needs including Down Syndrome, developmental delays, Cerebral Palsy among others, touches all of us personally. We are excited to help raise awareness and funds for this wonderful new center that will bring life changing support to special needs children and their families, providing a major local impact in our LA community. It will be an unforgettable night!”The Ed Asner Family Center is dedicated to promoting self-confidence in differently “abled” individuals, bringing balance and wellness to them and their families. The Center not only caters to the needs of the special child but aims to engage the whole family in order to help them face their unique challenges. For Information and Sponsorship opportunities about The Ed Asner Family Center, contact Navah Paskowitz-Asner Navah@edasnerfamilycenter.org.A Night of Dreams Gala is proudly sponsored by Plush Beds, Lucky 8 TV, Megalo Media, Big Fish Media, Sony Pictures Entertainment, CBS, IPC Television LLC, OrigProd, Netflix, Renegade, Sprouts, Newman Aaronson and Vanaman, Wolcott Architects, Haworth. In-Kind sponsors include Toki Doki, Cobrum Estates Olive Oil, Southwest Airlines, Sprouts, Custom Comforts, Braemar Country Club, Glorious Pies, Retrove Skin Care and Lavender Blue.For tickets, click here.last_img read more

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Pioneering animator Brenda Chapman brings Spark to festival

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment On the phone from her hometown of Beason, Ill., where she just launched a film festival, Chapman cut to the chase about a key element of her contribution to the conversation on Friday (5:45 p.m., at VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St.) with Warner Animation Group executive producer Jinko Gotoh, titled The Global Landscape of Animated Features.“I’m sure that women in film will be discussed as well as what is out there and coming on the creative side and from where,” said Chapman. “But increasingly my goal these days is to inspire young people to work for their dreams. Not just to dream them but to actually achieve them, because this business is really hard and you have to never forget to go for what you have passion for.” Twitter Brenda Chapman‘s resumé reads like a “best of” list for animated features. The American animation story artist, writer and director is the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature as a director of Brave (in 2012). She was also one of the first to land a directing role for a feature by major studio. A shortlist of her credits includes The Prince of Egypt, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Chicken Run and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.Small surprise that she is speaking at the business symposium for Spark Animation 2016. Reflecting the size and scope of the local animation industry, the annual event has grown into a three-prong affair.The festival also includes an industry conference at the Wall Centre as well as the animation festival. That opens Thursday with the Canadian theatrical premiere of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, the precursor to the super-hyped Final Fantasy XV video game. A full program of features and shorts is screening at the event.last_img read more

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HERE ARE ALL THE FREE MOVIES AT YONGEDUNDAS SQUARE THIS SUMMER

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook The main movie lineup has been announced and, not to worry, chairs will be set up so you won’t have to sit down on the ground.Here’s a list of the films screening in YDS this summer.Tuesday, June 26Movie: Festival Express (2003)Tuesday, July 3Movie: It Might Get Loud (2009)Tuesday, July 10Movie: Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (2005)Tuesday, July 17Movie: Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)Tuesday, July 24Movie: The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (2016)Tuesday, July 31Movie: 20 Feet From Stardom (2013)Tuesday, August 7Movie: Amy (2015)Tuesday, August 14Movie: Shine A Light (2008)Tuesday, August 21Movie: What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)Tuesday, August 28Movie: Long Time Running (2017) By BlogTO Free outdoor movies are coming back to Yonge-Dundas Square this summer to save you the price of seeing a $15 flick in theatres.What better way is there to spend an evening than hanging out in YDS and catching a rock-inspired flick: this year the theme is “Rockumentaries.”The movies are scheduled for every Tuesday at 8 p.m., from the end of June until the end of August, and each screening will be opened with a short from the Live at Massey Hall series, showing off live concert recordings of next generation Canadian musical talent at Massey Hall. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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First Nation leaders of Turtle Island issue open letter call on Harper

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–A group of First Nations chiefs have issued an open letter urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to agree to the treaty meeting demanded by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence who is on day 23 of a hunger strike.The letter, signed by the “First Nation leaders of Turtle Island,” asks Harper to work with the First Nations leader to end Spence’s hunger strike and meet with the leadership to reaffirm “the spirit and intent of our treaty relationship and based on the principles of honour, peace, friendship and Indigenous sovereignty.”The letter, released shortly after midnight Wednesday, also mentions the planned Jan. 16 national day of action that could see country-wide economic disruptions through rail and highway blockades among other planned events.“Work with us to end the hunger strike of Chief Theresa Spence. We fear for her health. We do not only speak for our conscience and the pain we feel for her, but we implore you for her children. For the love of humanity, we make this plea,” said the letter. “We firmly support a national day of action scheduled for January 16, 2013. We also realize that our people and supporters for the liberation of Indigenous peoples in this country continue daily assertions of peaceful demonstrations.”Concern is mounting about Spence’s health and the Attawapiskat chief is said to be getting weaker by the hour.“From this day forward make no miscalculation- as First Nation leaders in this country, we will increase our efforts to speak, teach, and reconfirm the truth about the Indigenous People of this country. In fact, the rest of the world is now closely observing,” said the letter. “We support Chief Spence as she implores cooperative efforts of your government towards real and dignified change for First Nations. The rest of the world awaits your response as well.”The letter comes following a series of meetings and teleconferences between about 70 chiefs over the past few days.In a statement accompanying the letter sent to APTN National News, said the recent meetings were called in haste because of Spence’s situation and the tensions between the Idle No More movement and the existing First Nations leadership.“The reality is this, we are behind the eight-ball and needed to respond to our fellow chief who is on a hunger strike,” said the statement. “We also had to dispel the myth that we are trying to take over a movement that we are in fact a part of and have always supported.”The letter states that Canada is facing “a time of renewal” and that “Indigenous leaders in this country must make clear that this land is not the personal possession of a political party or a government.”It calls on Canadians to find common cause with First Nations people.“First Nations or Canadians should not tolerate trade treaties, race-based legislation and colonial policies designed to assimilate and strip away the rights of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island any further,” said the letter. “We must focus on change for our people, returning to the spirit and intent of the original treaties in Canada, not new deals with other countries to be granted legal land tenure for the sole purpose of their economic gain.”The letter states that First Nations leaders would continue to take their message around the world, including to the Queen, U.S. President Barack Obama and Nelson Mandela.The letter calls on Harper to uphold the honour of the Crown which is bound up in the treaties and refers to the prime minister’s holiday address in which he highlights the “joy of giving” and helping the less fortunate.“Prime Minister, Canada requires leadership that will address these matters in a manner that seeks constructive dialogue and collaborative efforts to change,” said the letter. “We call on your congruent response; a response that upholds the professed values of Canada and a response that is consistent with the honour of the Crown and the sacred covenant of treaties in Canada.”The LetterDownload (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

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Manitoba Metis Federation claims victory after Supreme Court ruling

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Manitoba Metis Federation is claiming victory following a Supreme Court of Canada decision on a three-decade old case.The Supreme Court, in a 6-2 ruling, found that the “federal Crown failed to implement the land grant provision” under the Manitoba Act of 1870.The Manitoba Metis Federation argued that the federal government failed to set aside 1.4 million acres of land for the children of the Metis.The ruling is expected to trigger land claim negotiations.last_img

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Unistoten Camp will have to wait until Friday for injunction decision

first_imgFreda Huson and Warner Naziel outside the courthouse in Prince George, B.C. (Submitted photo)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA B.C. judge has reserved her decision on whether to grant an injunction against members of a Wet’suwet’en clan so the $40-billion LNG Canada project can proceed.Justice Marguerite Church put the matter over to Friday afternoon, said Warner Naziel of the Unist’ot’en Camp south of Houston, B.C.“She asked for an argument against an injunction,” Naziel said Thursday after attending the first day of the court hearing.“Our lawyer stated that it is a constitutional issue which affects the outcome of the Delgamuukw decision.”Delganuukw was a 1984 case launched by leaders of the Wet’suwet’en and Gitxsan First Nations, who took the provincial government to court to establish jurisdiction over land and water in northwest B.C.Now they are relying on Delgamuukw again, said Naziel who is named with his partner Freda Huson in the injunction and civil suit filed by TransCanada subsidiary Coastal GasLink.“We are trying to decolonize something that offers a privileged lifestyle to so many settlers,” he added in an interview.The Unist’ot’en house of the Wet’suwet’en clan system built the camp to offer addiction treatment and assert jurisdiction on land they say they were displaced from.The Unist’ot’en Camp blocks the Morice River bridge with this locked gate. (APTN/Kathleen Martens photo)It has also served to keep development away.“The Unist’ot’en Camp is not a blockade, a protest or a demonstration,” the camp said on its Facebook page, “it is a permanent, non-violent occupation of Unist’ot’en territory, established to protect our homelands from illegal industrial encroachments and to preserve a space for our community to heal from the violence of colonization.”At least until now.“A delayed decision is often a good sign,” Naziel said, noting all the hereditary chiefs were in court to lend their support.Coastal GasLink wants access to the Morice River bridge its said in a statement to APTN News, to get to the site of its pipeline one kilometre away from the camp for fieldwork.It is also claiming general, exemplary and punitive damages, costs and interest.It said in a release the legal action was “a last resort” after years of “attempting the engage the blockade” to reach a solution.“The Coastal GasLink team would like to thank each of the local communities and the First Nations groups along our pipeline route for their continued support through this process, including the elected band chiefs, their councils and the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who do support our pipeline,” the company said in a statement.But the camp said in a statement the injunction application and civil suit “aims to criminalize Unist’ot’en Camp and forcibly facilitate pipeline construction across unceded Unist’ot’en territory.”kmartens@aptn.ca@katmartelast_img read more

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Provinces territories push feds to loosen restrictions on infrastructure cash

first_imgOTTAWA – Provincial and territorial governments are asking the federal Liberals to loosen the strings tied to billions in upcoming infrastructure spending, including more relaxed spending requirements if it means too much of a hit to their budgets.The group is also asking Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi to let provinces and territories move money between funding programs in case there are greater needs in one area, like transit, and leftover cash in another, such as cultural centres.The demands, delivered on the eve of a meeting between Sohi and his provincial and territorial counterparts in Ottawa, add to the negotiations over how $33 billion in planned federal spending over the next 11 years will be used.The Liberals want to prevent provinces and territories from using federal dollars in place of their own. But the letter from Ontario’s infrastructure minister seems to push back at that idea, with Bob Chiarelli writing that federal funding “should not result in additional fiscal pressure on provinces, territories, and municipalities.”In an interview earlier in the day, Sohi said he was willing to talk with provinces and territories about how best to deliver the billions the government plans to spend.“This is a 10-year plan and having that kind of 10-year plan in place does give them more flexibility, does give them more time to plan and think about what kind of projects do they want to put forward,” Sohi said.Concerns about the wording of those funding agreements, and issues with spending the first tranche of the Liberals’ infrastructure cash, will make up the bulk of the agenda for Thursday’s meeting.All those Phase 1 projects must be completed by March 2018, but Sohi said the government will grant extensions on a case-by-case basis. The provinces and territories want a blanket one-year extension, with additional time for small and remote communities given the “historic volume of projects” underway.“Project review and federal approval has taken more time than expected. As a result, many municipalities and First Nations are experiencing challenges meeting current federal timelines,” Chiarelli’s letter says.The slower-than-expected pace of work mirrors the pace of federal spending: The Liberals carried over $828 million in infrastructure money to this fiscal year.On Tuesday, the Finance Department said the deficit was about $5.2 billion smaller than the $23 billion projected in the first Liberal budget, largely a result of a $3.7-billion lag in spending that included infrastructure cash.Infrastructure spending historically falls short of federal budget projections because the government doesn’t dole out cash until after construction begins or ends on a project, meaning actual spending can happen months or years beyond federal spending projections.Sohi also plans to talk about how federal cash flows for new roads, subways and water systems during the face-to-face meeting. He argued lower-than-expected federal spending didn’t have a “negative impact on the construction timelines or the projects not being undertaken.”“The allocation of money is not a problem. The approval of projects is not a problem because we have done that and the vast majority of Phase 1 resources are allocated.”The problem appears partially to be a lack of urgency from federal departments holding the purse strings, according to documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.A March briefing note prepared for the deputy minister at Infrastructure Canada said agencies and departments didn’t see doling out the cash as a top priority, “and may consider this imperative among several other priorities.”The briefing note prepared for a meeting of senior officials from those eight agencies recommended that Sohi’s deputy minister prod his counterparts about the pace of spending, particularly with billions more about to become available through the second phase of the Liberal program.— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

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