Barring stray incidents of stonepelting situation comfortable in JK

first_imgJammu: Barring stray incidents of stone-pelting, the situation was “comfortable” in all the three regions of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Wednesday. Security forces had arrested over 100 people, including political leaders and activists, as they were considered a threat to peace and tranquillity in the Kashmir valley, they added. See P7last_img

Dengue situation in North 24Pgns continues to be grim

first_imgKolkata: The dengue situation in North 24-Parganas’ Habra continues to be grim with the number of dengue affected victims mounting up with each passing day.According to sources in the Habra State General Hospital, more than 800 patients were admitted to the hospital with dengue or dengue-like symptoms in the past 15 days. The number goes up despite several measures taken up by the state health department and the district administration. Sources in the hospital said that three persons have already died of dengue in the Habra State General Hospital. People in Habra alleged that the local administration had woken up late as a result of which the situation has gone beyond control. They also alleged that the district administration failed to take adequate preventive measures to check the spread of the disease. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The hospital authorities face difficulties to accommodate a huge number of patients. The number of patients admitted to the hospital has far outweighed the bed capacity of the hospital. The total bed strength of the hospital is around 131. Nearly 70 seats have been increased in the hospital on an emergency basis,” an official from the hospital said. Senior health department officials have visited the hospital on various occasions in past few days to take a stock of the situation. A dengue unit has been opened in the hospital. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMore doctors and nurses have been inducted to cope with the situation. A dengue help desk has also been thrown open inside the hospital premises where the municipality workers have been deployed to assist the patients and their family members. All the councilors from Harbra Municipality are keeping surveillance at their wards and supervising the anti-dengue campaign. Dr Sankarlal Ghosh, superintendent of the Habra State General Hospital, said health department’s initiatives are not enough to check the disease unless people are aware on how to take preventive measures. People are mostly affected in Daharthuba area of Habra. More than 100 people are down with dengue.last_img read more

Curbs in JK being lifted gradually says Union Minister

first_imgHyderabad: The restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of abrogation of Article 370 are being lifted gradually and the situation should be normal within a week, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said on Saturday. Precautionary measures were being taken in view of provocative statements and others coming from Pakistan, he said. Kashmir situation is normal. Day to day, the situation is improving, because we are taking all precautionary measures. From the Pakistan side, provoking statements are being made every day…” he told PTI here on the sidelines of an event. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Asked about the situation in J and K, Kishan Reddy said educational institutions would be re-opened from Monday and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC were being lifted, except in some districts. “The situation is under control. I think it will be normal within a week,” he said. Asked about detention of political leaders in the state, Reddy said the Congress government had detained leaders of National Conference and JKLF for months together in the past and that it was not happening for the first time. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The leaders had been detained for their safety, as part of the precautionary measures, he said. In Jammu and Kashmir, (for) months, Congress government (they) detained the National Conference leaders, JKLF leaders. It is not first time. For their safety, we detained them, (as part of) precautionary measures, he said. Reddy, who was speaking at the inauguration of 21st Annual YMCA Kargil Victory Sports Festival, appreciated the YMCA, Greater Hyderabad, for organising the event in memory of Kargil victory and the martyrs. Prime Minister Narendra Modi put the responsibility of development of Kargil in his hands, he said. Low-speed (2G) mobile internet services have been restored in five districts of Jammu region after remaining suspended for a fortnight, officials said on Saturday. The mobile internet services were snapped across Jammu region on August 4, a day before the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and divided the state into two union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Curfew-like restrictions were in place across the state hours before the move but were subsequently eased, with normal activities in Jammu, Kathua, Sabma, Udhampur and Reasi returning on August 10 after the district magistrates announced lifting of prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC. The abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir had put an end to the rule of two or three families and enabled the people of the state to join the mainstream and derive several benefits that they were being deprived of so far, Reddy had said. All sections of people in the country were in favour of the Centre’s decision and the government would make all efforts to take Jammu and Kashmir on the path of progress, the Minister had said.last_img read more

MSMEs for more refund action at statelevel less paperwork

first_imgNew Delhi: The micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector has hailed Centre’s move to quicken refunds of GST claims but expect more measures to cut down processing time. They have demanded more action at state-level to clear pending refunds and reduce paper work which continues to be a painful exercise. “Most small firms are under the jurisdiction of state tax officials who process their refunds for both CGST and SGST. Not much action has been so far seen in states. On its part, the Centre has expedited the process but we have not seen the same speed at state level,” said Animesh Saxena, President of Federation of Indian Micro Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAs part of measures to boost economy and lift business sentiment, Finanace Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had on August 23 said that all the pending GST refunds that are due to MSMEs till now will be executed within the period of 30 days. Fresh claims of refunds will be settled in 60 days in order to ensure working capital is not blocked. Smaller firms and traders with annual turnover below Rs 1.5 crore are under the administrative control of state tax department and the remaining 10 per cent with the Centre. The large taxpayers with annual turnover above Rs 1.5 crore turnover is divided equally in the ratio of 50 per cent each for the central and the state tax administration. As on July, 2019 there were 1.22 crore businesses registered with Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN). Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostBharat Garg, Managing Director, JK Metal Industries and also former president of Haryana Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that refunds are processed in 30 days even now once the papers are filed online as required by the Tax Department. But the problem lies in collating and matching of all the documents. “The procedure to get refunds from the government is still painful. There is so much harassment. All the documents are now filed online but still we are required to give hard copy. It takes a lot of labour and time to get all the papers together. If I talk about my business, I haven’t got refunds for the last 13 months. If my funds are tied up with government it means crores and crores of rupees. Funds of so many MSMEs are tied up. This is another reason why there is slowdown,” he said. Small businesses which have been severely impacted by the double blow of demonetisation and GST are facing severe liquidity crunch. Any delay in the refunds of their claims worsen their working capital position. They have, therefore, demanded speedy refunds. “Government is talking about digital India and transformation. If it is so then why can’t the refunds be cleared in 10 days,” said Chandrakant Salunkhe, founder and president of SME Chamber of India.last_img read more

Appeal Court finds prison lockdowns not cruel and unusual punishment

first_imgTORONTO – A judge’s finding that numerous prison lockdowns amounted to cruel and unusual treatment for two detainees was overturned Wednesday along with the $85,000 in damages he had awarded them.In its ruling, Ontario’s top court found the lower court judge had overstated the frequency, duration and impact of the lockdowns affecting Jamil Ogiamien and Huy Nguyen during their detention at the maximum security Maplehurst Correctional Complex in Milton, Ont.“The lockdowns affecting Ogiamien and Nguyen occurred about half as frequently as found by the application judge,” the Appeal Court said. “In some instances, (they) were of a shorter duration and had less of an impact.”In May 2016, Superior Court Justice Douglas Gray awarded $60,000 to Ogiamien, 46, a Nigerian facing deportation, and another $25,000 to Nguyen, who was awaiting trial on firearms charges.The lockdowns they went through over a two-year period violated their rights because they were largely confined to their cells, deprived of the ability to maintain basic hygiene, and otherwise subjected to harsh conditions that affected their mental and physical health, Gray ruled.However, at an appeal hearing in February, the Ontario and federal governments argued that Gray had misunderstood the evidence. The governments also argued Gray had failed to appreciate the steps the province had taken — albeit to little effect — to address the long-standing staffing issues that resulted in the frequent lockdowns.The Appeal Court, which said it accepted that the detention conditions caused the two men hardship, nevertheless found Gray made errors in assessing the impact of the lockdowns on them. For example, Gray mistakenly found that Ogiamien and Nguyen were forced to share prison time with convicted offenders, the Appeal Court said.“Inmates in the remand unit at Maplehurst do not share their time in their cells with inmates who have been convicted and are serving a sentence,” Justice John Laskin wrote for the Appeal Court. “They share their time in cells with other inmates on remand.”Laskin also rejected Gray’s comparison of a lockdown to solitary confinement, calling it unwise to relate the two without expert evidence. He also noted that Maplehurst inmates shared cells during lockdowns.In all, the Appeal Court found the conditions inflicted on the two inmates — even if unpleasant at times — didn’t rise to a level of cruel and unusual punishment as Gray said it had. Among other things, they still had access to showers, their lawyers, medical care and even television.“Their treatment under lockdowns undoubtedly added to the hardships they experienced at Maplehurst but it was not treatment that met the high bar of being grossly disproportionate or so excessive as to outrage standards of decency,” Laskin said.While the ruling automatically negated the damages award, the Appeal Court also faulted Gray for deciding the men deserved the cash given that they had not asked for any money. Making the award, the court said, was unfair to the provincial and federal governments, which should at the very least have had an opportunity to make submissions on the issue.Ogiamien was released under strict conditions in the middle of last year as he fought deportation. Laskin declined to order Nguyen’s release in light of the finding that the lockdowns did not amount to cruel and unusual punishment, adding the conditions of confinement were no more restrictive than those faced by other remanded inmates.last_img read more

No winning ticket for Saturday nights 12 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – There was no winning ticket for the $12 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket sold in British Columbia.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Oct. 11 will be approximately $15 million.last_img

Mandate letter results so far Finance Minister Bill Morneau

first_imgOTTAWA – FINANCEAccomplishedFinance Minister Bill Morneau cut federal income taxes on the middle bracket and raised the rate on income higher than $200,000 per year, cancelled an income-splitting measure for families with kids introduced by the Harper government and enhanced child-benefit payments. He expanded the Canada Pension Plan and created the Canada Infrastructure Bank. He announced a new rate-setting mechanism to ensure employment insurance premiums are no higher than needed to pay for the program over time, introduced a new tax benefit to help offset cost of school supplies for educators and repealed the Conservatives’ Federal Balanced Budget Act.Working on itMorneau is still working to eliminate what he believes are unfair advantages for wealthy business owners. He unveiled a controversial tax reform plan this summer, causing an uproar that forced him to tweak and even back away from elements of the proposals. When it comes to his so-called fiscal anchors, Morneau appears on pace to continue reducing the federal debt-to-GDP ratio — a measure of the public debt burden — throughout the Liberal mandate.Not at all, or at least not yetMorneau has yet to introduce a 12-month holiday on employment insurance premiums for companies that hired new, younger workers into permanent jobs in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He has also yet to remove the GST on new capital investments in rental housing. Perhaps the most prominent vow the Liberals are unlikely to fulfil is their pledge to balance the budget by 2019-20. Last month, Morneau released his fall fiscal statement, which projected a $14.3-billion deficit for 2019-20, even though Canada’s economic outlook has significantly improved.Will it matter?Morneau appears to have made considerable progress in meeting the goals outlined in his mandate letter. However, the Liberal government’s fiscal path, which apparently won’t include a return to balance by the end of its mandate, frequently comes under attack from the Conservatives. The lack of a timetable to eliminate the deficit has also been criticized by some economists, although other experts say the annual shortfalls are small enough that there’s no rush to balance.last_img read more

Patrick Brown says he can disprove sexual misconduct allegations against him

first_imgTORONTO – The former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party, who stepped down from his position late last month amid allegations of sexual misconduct, said Sunday he can disprove the accusations.In a lengthy Facebook post, Patrick Brown wrote that he has been investigating the allegations reported by CTV News. He said specific details of the accusations from two unnamed women, which date back to when he was a federal MP, contain discrepancies that prove the accounts are false. Brown also alleged that both his accusers know CTV reporters socially, and the broadcaster left out a contradicting account from a witness.“I will clear my name,” Brown wrote in a post that had been shared more than 2,000 times as of Sunday afternoon. “THIS STORY IS FALSE.”The post echoed an interview Brown gave last week to the Postmedia news agency, which was published in the Toronto Sun and several other outlets, in which he proclaimed his innocence and said he was considering legal action.Following Brown’s social media statement, CTV defended its reporting.“CTV is aware of the claims made in Patrick Brown’s Facebook post (Sunday) and those reportedly made in his interview with the Toronto Sun. CTV News stands by its story,” Matthew Garrow, communications director for the broadcaster, wrote in a statement.Brown, whose resignation came just months before a spring election, wrote on Facebook that he will continue to fight for his family and his constituents, as well as his name and reputation.“The #metoo movement is important. I support it. I embrace it. My drive to public service includes creating a safer and more respectful world for women. The #metoo movement is too important to allow outrageous allegations like these to derail it,” he wrote.The allegations reported by CTV have not been verified by The Canadian Press.The broadcaster reported on Jan. 24 that one of the women, who is now 29, said she was still in high school when Brown allegedly asked her to perform oral sex on him.CTV reported the alleged incident happened in Brown’s bedroom with the door closed, but Brown said in his Facebook post that at the time of the alleged incident, he lived in an open concept apartment and the bedroom didn’t have a door.CTV also reported the second accuser was a university student working in Brown’s constituency office when he allegedly sexually assaulted her at his home after an event she helped organize.Brown alleged in his post that the accuser actually tried to kiss him that night, while the woman he was seeing romantically was in another room.“I stopped her immediately and offered to drive her home, which I did,” he wrote. “There are at least three witnesses, one of whom even spoke to CTV, that refute the details of her allegations.”He said CTV left that witness’s account out of their report.Brown stepped down in late January, just hours after an emotional late-night news conference in which he vowed to fight the allegations.A few days later, he was asked to take a leave of absence from the PC caucus, and interim leader Vic Fedeli said he would not sign Brown’s nomination papers if the allegations still stood at campaign time.A spokesman for the PCs did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Brown’s Facebook post Sunday afternoon.Brown’s resignation caused the PCs to launch a hastily planned leadership contest ahead of the June election.Votes will be placed online in early March, with the results announced on March 10.So far, three high-profile candidates — former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, former Ontario lawmaker Christine Elliott and Toronto lawyer Caroline Mulroney — have entered the race.Elliott has said that if Brown can clear his name, he should be allowed to run for the party in the coming election.last_img read more

Maxime Bernier quits Conservative party to start his own political movement

first_imgMaxime Bernier declared open war on his own party Thursday as the outspoken and controversial Conservative MP abruptly quit the Tory caucus, announced plans for a new political movement and derided his former leader and colleagues as “intellectually and morally corrupt.”With Conservative caucus members gathering in Halifax for a policy convention that was expected to bring the Bernier boil to a head, the Beauce MP instead stayed behind, summoning journalists to a snap news conference that proved breathtaking in its defiance.“I am no longer a Conservative,” he declared after reading a scathing diatribe against his party and its leader, Andrew Scheer — the Saskatchewan MP who narrowly edged Bernier out of the leadership job last year in a loss some have suggested he never got over.“I am now convinced that what we will get if Andrew Scheer becomes prime minister is just a more moderate version of the disastrous Trudeau government,” he said.“I have come to realize over the past year that this party is too intellectually and morally corrupt to be reformed.”With the aftershocks still reverberating, Scheer emerged in Halifax to fire back.Bernier “is more interested in advancing his personal profile than advancing Conservative principles,” Scheer said.“He has decided that he is more important than his Conservative colleagues and indeed the Conservative party. He has traded an opportunity to influence policy in government for his own personal ambition.”Bernier said he plans to contact Elections Canada immediately about the path towards creating a new party and will spend the next several weeks travelling the country to meet with people interested in joining his cause.“I hope that the majority of Conservatives will join our new party if they want to beat Justin Trudeau,” he said.Bernier said it’s the party and its current leader that has lost its way, not him. Scheer, he said, is too focused on polls and focus groups, and too afraid of being attacked by people on the left and in the media to make good Conservative policies.He specifically pointed to Scheer’s support for retaliatory tariffs against the United States, saying he was told internal party polling showed Canadians supported the Liberal plan and the Conservatives would therefore support it unless the polls changed.Bernier’s decision comes with the Conservatives gathered in Nova Scotia and marks the culmination of months of turmoil — much of it fomented on Twitter — between himself, Scheer and many Conservative MPs who felt he was jeopardizing their chances in the next election.Bernier’s insistence on supporting an end to supply management, in defiance of Conservative policy, and his recent reflections about the perils of “extreme multiculturalism” had Scheer distancing himself from Bernier and his comments.Earlier this week, Alberta MP and immigration critic Michelle Rempel all but challenged Bernier to pick a side — and on Thursday, he did just that.“The Conservative party has abandoned conservatives,” he said. “It does not represent them anymore. And it has nothing of substance to offer Canadians looking for a political alternative.“If we want conservative principles to win the battle of ideas, we have to defend them openly, with passion and conviction. That is what I want to do.”As recently as three weeks ago, Bernier had said he was planning to run for the Conservatives in the next election despite Scheer’s decision earlier this summer to strip him of his portfolio in the Tory shadow cabinet.Bernier said he decided to quit the party Aug. 14 after speaking to Scheer, just prior to the Tory leader’s statement criticizing Bernier’s comments about too much diversity being bad for Canada.“We had a very polite discussion. After that discussion, I realized that I don’t have any place in that party anymore.”The news appeared to catch most Conservatives completely by surprise, including some who supported Bernier in the leadership race.Ontario MP Tony Clement says he wasn’t sure what Bernier’s decision would mean for the Conservatives, but it likely won’t end well for the longtime MP from Beauce, near Quebec City.“History teaches us that people who quit are replaceable and forgettable,” Clement said.British Columbia MP Todd Doherty took his anger straight to Bernier’s favoured medium: Twitter.“You had every opportunity to stand in caucus to share your views and provide input,” Doherty wrote.“When given the opportunity — you stayed silent or blamed it on others around you. You’re Twitter tough … all bark no bite.”How any new right-of-centre party will impact the political scene in Canada depends a lot on how much money Bernier can raise and how many Tory supporters and donors he takes with him. It also depends on how many candidates he recruits.Steven Fletcher, a Bernier supporter and former Conservative cabinet minister who was recently denied the chance to run for the party again in the next election, said he thinks Bernier won’t have trouble getting a following.“There are a lot of people that will support Bernier,” and not just in Quebec, Fletcher said.“In Winnipeg, Bernier won every (leadership) ballot by a convincing margin. This is amazing for a guy from Quebec, but his policies around aerospace and supply management have a lot of support in Winnipeg.”last_img read more

Canada Post says protests at facilities in some provinces violates court orders

first_imgThe Canadian Press Canada Post says protesters blocking mail from flowing in and out of one of the country’s busiest postal hubs are violating a court order.The protesters rallying outside of the facility in Mississauga, Ont., are largely members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees acting in solidarity with postal workers who were legislated back to work last week.The back-to-work legislation was passed on Monday following about five weeks of rotating strikes from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.CUPE says 19 protests are scheduled this weekend at facilities across the country, allowing workers to enter, but not letting mail out of the plants.The Ontario branch of that union says the protesters have been served with an injunction, but they still plan to protest in solidarity with the postal workers.The injunctions were granted by courts in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, prohibiting anyone from obstructing or interfering with people or vehicles entering or exiting its facilities.last_img read more

Tory leader Andrew Scheer promises more autonomy for Quebec on immigration

first_imgMONTREAL — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is promising to give Quebec more autonomy over immigration if he is elected prime minister.But speaking in Montreal today, Scheer offered few details and wouldn’t say whether he agrees Quebec alone should determine how many immigrants it receives every year.The federal official Opposition Leader says he’s willing to discuss all of Premier Francois Legault’s demands to Ottawa about a temporary reduction in the number of newcomers to Quebec.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he is willing to continue discussions with Legault about reducing immigration to Quebec by 20 per cent in 2019.Scheer accused Trudeau of inaction on immigration and suggested if he wins the October federal election, he will be more receptive to Quebec’s demands.Later today Scheer is scheduled to attend an event at the campaign office for his candidate, Jasmine Louras, who is vying to replace former NDP leader Tom Mulcair in a Feb. 25 byelection in the Montreal riding of Outremont.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trudeau seeks support from allies at G20 amid ChinaCanada dispute

first_imgOSAKA, Japan — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived in Osaka, Japan for the G20 leaders’ summit, where he will look to raise the issue of two Canadians held in China at “every opportunity.”Trudeau does not expect a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping during the summit but U.S. President Donald Trump committed last week to raising the issue during his own meeting with Xi.On Friday, Trudeau is to meet with European partners to discuss a range of issues, likely including the diplomatic dispute with China.The arrests of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are widely viewed as retaliation for the December arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.Wanzhou awaits extradition to the U.S. to face allegations of fraud in violating Iran sanctions.On Wednesday, China renewed its demand for her release a day after announcing a suspension of all imports of Canadian meat products. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jake Gyllenhaal To Read Poetry For Veterans

first_imgThe Headstrong Project is proud to be hosting the first ever “Words of War” event on May 8th at IAC HQ in New York City.This cocktail fundraiser is designed to further support the mission of the Headstrong Project, to help veterans recover from the hidden wounds of war in order to lead full and meaningful lives. Specifically, “Words of War” will support comprehensive mental healthcare for military veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.The evening will include a war poetry reading by Jake Gyllenhaal. Additionally, Adam Driver (from HBO’s Girls and major motion picture Lincoln) and Joanne Tucker of “Theater of War” will perform a scene from Sophocles’ Ajax. This short presentation of wartime poetry, literature, theater and letters articulate the exuberance and ideals that drive men and women to war, the thrill and horror of combat, the difficulties of returning home, and the experience of family members worried about their loved one at war. Iconic wartime images, by photographers Ashley Gilbertson, Lucian Read and Jonathan Alpeyrie will be projected during the presentation.“Even for those who have fought and served in combat, PTSD can be a tough term to understand,” said Zach Iscol, Executive Director, Chairman of Headstrong Project. “It isn’t accessible and there is a stigma attached to it. This event will speak to how normal and timeless the reactions and emotions felt in and returning home from war can be. Of course you’re going to feel grief over losing a close friend. Of course you’re going to feel shame and guilt about life and death decisions made in the fog of war…any good person would.”The Headstrong Project began treating military veterans in August 2012, and will be using funds raised from this event to expand care to veterans and their families. In partnership with their media partners Google, Newsweek/Daily Beast, and Pixel Corps, Words of War will also benefit Team Rubicon, Team RWB, and Student Veterans of America. These organizations have been incredibly effective at building communities of veterans- a strong antidote to the effects of PTSD and moral injuries.Over 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans report symptoms of PTSD. The VA estimates we lose 22 veterans a day to suicide and the Department of Defense reports 30-50 active duty troops take their lives every month. Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are at particular risk. It has been estimated that for every troop we have lost in combat this year, 25-30 take their own lives. These numbers also do not reflect increases in dangerous and destructive behavior – such as astonishing increases in domestic abuse, substance abuse, and even motorcycle accidents.The evening will benefit the Headstrong Project, Team RWB, Team Rubicon and Student Veterans of America. For more information of the Headstrong Project or to purchase tickets to the “Words of War” please visit www.getheadstrong.org.last_img read more

Rappers Robin Hood Project Touches Lives Around the World

first_imgRapper The Game has launched a challenge for himself: to make the world a better place.He has promised to give away $1 million dollars before Christmas, and not in one quick and easy lump. He is raising his awareness of others, observing the world around him and looking for people in need as he goes about his daily life.He has called his challenge “The Robin Hood Project”, and created an Instagram account where fans can follow it’s development.He explains why he has chosen to undertake such an ambitious project there:“The other day I posted this pic of an African child I met in Australia playing outside the grocery store. His story of his families hardships & struggles to get away from the terror they left behind touched me so I gave him what I had on me… Which was an Australian $20 bill. As the days passed, I thought about him over & over & over & the only thing that bothered me about that night was that I didn’t have more on me to give him at that time. For some reason I just didn’t bring more money from the hotel.”The Game is finding people in need.Credit/Copyright: Instagram“Since I can’t shake that feeling… I have decided to give $1,000,000 (1 million dollars) to people I come in contact with around the world everyday until Christmas. Don’t even know if thats possible but I’ve set my heart on trying !!! I’ve created a new account specifically for those who would like to FOLLOW @therobinhoodproject & support me on this journey. I ask myself all the time why my heart allows me to do the things it does. Still waiting on an answer………. Please hash tag #TheRobinHoodProject & tag friends you think will be touched or supportive to this movement…. sincerest thanks – The Game”So far The Game has managed to provide meals and hope to a number of people around Australia, though his biggest donation has been to the grieving family of a 6-year-old girl who was shot when two men opened fire on her and her father at the weekend. The Game said the news of the shooting hit him like “nothing ever has”, and immediately reached out to the girl’s mother, offering to cover the $10,000 funeral costs. He is requesting that people keep the girl’s family in their thoughts and prayers, saying Follow her now @lost_the_love_of_my_life & show her support thru this tough time…… Prayers are definitely needed.”You can follow The Game’s philanthropic adventure on Twitter and Instagram.Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

Fifth Harmony Star Designs Tee For Save The Children

first_imgFifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello has teamed up with Save the Children to design a limited-edition T-shirt to shine a light on girls around the world.Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello has teamed up with Save the Children to design a limited-edition T-shirtThe special Love Only collaboration, which launches ahead of International Day of the Girl, is available starting today through Oct. 18, with 100 percent of the net proceeds going to Save the Children. The Love Only collaboration will be available at represent.com/camila.On Oct. 11, Save the Children will celebrate International Day of the Girl, a day dedicated to highlighting the barriers girls face globally and to empowering girls to reach their full potential. The Love Only tee will help support the charity’s efforts to raise awareness of these issues and to ensure a world where girls get equal access to education, health care and opportunities to succeed. The Love Only collaboration for Save the Children is Camila Cabello’s first-ever charity tee.“Love Only is an important concept to me – it’s all about uplifting ourselves and supporting others,” Camila Cabello, a Save the Children Celebrity Cabinet member, said. “I am so inspired by what Save the Children is doing to give girls around the world a brighter future. So I wanted to support this amazing cause by designing this special Love Only tee and hoodie.”The limited-edition T-shirt is selling for $24.99. A hoodie sweatshirt is also offered for $39.99. Both styles are available for purchase worldwide.Camila Cabello and Save the Children invite supporters and influencers to get involved, take a photo in the T-shirt and spread the campaign on social media using #LoveOnlyTee.last_img read more

Global Lyme Alliance Hosts 2nd Annual New York Gala

first_imgGlobal Lyme Alliance (GLA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to the research and education of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, today announced its second annual “Uniting for a Lyme-Free World” Gala raised nearly $3 million.Yolanda Hadid, Bella Hadid, Mohamed HadidCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesThe funding will assist GLA in its mission to conquer Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.The October 13 gala, attended by more than 700 supporters at Cipriani 42nd Street, honored – Bella Hadid, International Supermodel – Heather Glass, Designer and Retail Executive – Arthur J. Mirante II, Principal and Tri-State President of Avison Young – Karen Peetz, President of BNY Mellon – for their active roles in driving awareness of Lyme disease and their commitment to finding a more accurate diagnostic test. Rosanna Scotto, co-anchor of FOX 5 Good Day New York, hosted the event.Celebrated event planner Lawrence Scott donated and designed the decor for the event, which featured a mix of elegant silver tablecloths and black patent leather tablecloths, matched with silver lamps acting as table centerpieces, surrounded by fresh flowers. Scott is equally known for producing spectacular one-of-a-kind events as he is for his philanthropic endeavors. With a long standing commitment to the community and decades of support for charity, Scott is viewed just as much as a philanthropist as he is a legendary events planner. He donates events services to over 30 charities annually – the Global Lyme Alliance being one of them.Part of what sets Scott’s style apart is his innate understanding of his guests and making everyone feel included. To him it is all about the mix — the high and the low, the formal and the relaxed — that comes together to make a truly standout celebration. And as they say, timing is everything. All of Lawrence Scott Events’ services are in-house, so clients receive only the best customized décor, food, flowers and entertainment which blends together to make a perfect event.“This year’s gala represents a tremendous step forward for us, and we’re excited to build on this momentum as we continue working to conquer Lyme disease,” said GLA CEO Scott Santarella. “We are truly grateful to have had such tremendous support this year. From our honorees, to our co-chairs, donors, and everyone else who played a role in making this event successful, we are so thankful.”Co-Chairs for the event were Carlos Brito and Sabine Chalmers, Anheuser-Busch InBev; Christopher Corrinet, CBRE; Matthew Glass, Texby Associates, Inc.; Yolanda Hadid, Actress & TV star; Ally Hilfiger, Advocate & Fashion Designer; Dee & Tommy Hilfiger; Mitti Liebersohn and Anthony Lopresti, Avison Young; Brian Ruane, BNY Mellon; Andrew Saunders, Saunders & Associates; Larry Scott, Lawrence Scott Events.The ceremony was followed by special performances from musical guests, including Grammy award winning artist, Rob Thomas, and New York City-based trio, ThirdStory.The Gala was also attended by Mohamed Hadid, Lew Leone, Klaus Kleinfeld, Marisol Thomas, Peter Brant, Jr., Ping Hue, Evander Holyfield, Jr., and many others.Everyone is susceptible to Lyme and is just one tick bite away from contracting the disease. Cases of Lyme have been reported in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, making it a health crisis with worldwide impact. Additionally, current diagnostic tests for Lyme disease are inaccurate in more than fifty percent of Lyme patients, leading to both failed and misdiagnoses.The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982. 329,000 people in the United States alone contract Lyme disease each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.last_img read more

Olympic Message Of Peace Is Universal

first_imgAs the world comes together for the Winter Olympics, which kicked off Friday in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on everyone to recognize and promote the Games’ universal message of peace and tolerance.“The Olympic spirit allows people to be together, from all over the world, to respect each other, to assert the values of tolerance, of mutual understanding that are the basic elements for peace to be possible,” Mr. Guterres told journalists in Pyeongchang.Obviously, in the present context, he said, there is a lot of attention for this message of peace in relation to the Korean Peninsula, but the Olympic message of peace is not local.“It is universal. It’s for the world. It is valued in Korea as it is valued everywhere where we struggle to try to address the many complex conflicts that we are facing,” he said.The UN chief also extended his appreciation and pride to be at the Winter Olympics and highlighted the cooperation between UN and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as well as the values for which the IOC and its sister organization, the International Paralympic Committee, stand.The Winter Olympics opened last week with cultural and artistic performances as well as the customary parade of athletes, which was the delegations from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea under one flag, carried together by a sportsperson from each team.last_img read more

Dirk Gently Season 2 Starts Filming in Vancouver in May

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook BBC America series Dirk Gently season 2 with Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett starts filming in Vancouver on May 8th.Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is based on the popular books written by Douglas Adams, who also wrote The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The series was adapted for BBC America by Max Landis. Max is well known for writing Chronicle, Victor Frankenstein and American Ultra. He also serves as executive producer alongside Robert Cooper (Stargate Atlantis/Universe). Both are back on board for Dirk Gently season 2. Twitterlast_img

Ontario to ban scalper bots in proposed ticket sale reforms

first_imgThe changes are based on public feedback gathered through a survey conducted earlier this year, he said. Advertisement The Liberal government said Monday it will introduce new legislation this fall that will make automated ticket-buying “bots” illegal. It would also cap markups on resold tickets at 50 per cent of their face value. Under the proposed law, ticket resellers would have to disclose more information, including the face value of tickets and any surcharges. The so-called “scalper bots” — software programs designed to purchase online a large number of tickets for a concert, show, or other event, enabling the person running the software to sell those tickets at a profit — made headlines last year when many Tragically Hip fans were unable to buy tickets to the band’s farewell tour.“By the time any real fan is able to log on and search for tickets the best seats are gone,” said Yasir Naqvi, Ontario’s attorney general, as he made the announcement. Advertisement TORONTO — Ontario is promising to clamp down on online ticket scalping, a source of frustration and anger for fans who have often been unable to secure tickets to their favourite sport or music events. “Between bots, lack of transparency and unfair prices on resale sites, there is a pervasive sentiment that the system is rigged.”By: Jessica Cross Smith The Canadian Press Facebook Login/Register With: He has acknowledged, however, that enforcing a ban on scalper bots, which are not unique to Ontario, would be difficult.Naqvi said major ticket sellers, including Ticketmaster, have told the government that they already employ technology to combat bots, which has been “fairly successful,” but they lack sufficient resources. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Naqvi said the government would also make it illegal to sell tickets purchased with bots and to “facilitate” the resale of those tickets. Advertisement As a result, the government plans to give the industry and fans the right to sue those who use bots or facilitate the reselling of those tickets. Once it passed, the law would apply to tickets for events that take place in Ontario, regardless of where the ticket seller and buyer are based, Naqvi said. “Many events sell out completely in minutes, even seconds, and many of these tickets end up on resale sites for huge mark ups, of course.” Twitterlast_img read more

Minister Joly Meets with Creative Sector Organizations in Montréal to Better Support

first_imgDuring the meeting today, the Minister spoke with representatives from several organizations about finding long-term solutions to ensure safe workplace environments. . The stakeholders who met today agree on the need to work together to address concerns and promote a healthy work environment for all.The meeting hosted by Telefilm Canada was attended by Telefilm Canada representatives, the Canada Media Fund, the National Film Board of Canada, the Association québécoise de la production médiatique, the Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices de film du Québec, Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma and the Union des artistes. Advertisement Advertisement MONTREAL – On Jan. 23rd, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, participated in a meeting hosted by Telefilm Canada on the topic of harassment in the workplace in the creative sector. On January 5, Minister Joly requested the review of Canadian Heritage funding policies to encourage organizations to put in place measures that promote safe and harassment-free workplaces. Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: These stakeholder discussions are part of an ongoing series of industry initiatives aimed at finding concrete solutions.The Minister reiterated her support for these industry-shared approaches and committed to working with partners within the creative sector to ensure the health, safety and dignity of those working in arts and culture in Canada.Canadian Heritage aims to find ways to support workers by moving forward with projects such as toolkits and sharing of best practices, in order to provide the creative sector with the resources required to address workplace harassment issues.Quotes“Each and every Canadian deserves respect. The #metoo movement is not a passing moment: it’s a call to action. As a Minister and as a woman, this issue is close to my heart, and I am committed to doing my part to tackle issues of harassment in the arts and culture sector. I extend my wholehearted support to victims, and I am confident that together we will find solutions to eradicate this serious problem. I would like to thank Telefilm Canada for taking the lead on this important issue.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“Telefilm Canada is committed to working with industry in order to develop viable solutions. This approach has helped us achieve positive results in terms of gender equality in our industry, and we believe it is the best direction going forward. These calls to action reinforce our vision and our goal to build, together, a healthy and motivating industry for all.”—Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm CanadaRelated ProductsStatement on the Importance of ‎Harassment-free Work Environments in the Creative Sector Twitterlast_img read more