first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Anupam Kher was elated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and says his inspirational words are a great source of energy for him. On Monday, Anupam, who is promoting his film “One Day: Justice Delivered”, took to his Twitter account to share a glimpse of the meeting. “Dear Prime Minister Narendra Modiji, it was an honour and a privilege to meet you,” Anupam posted. “Your vision for India is greatly reassuring and heartwarming. Your inspirational words will always be a great source of energy for me. May you continue to take our country to greater heights,” he added. In the photographs, Anupam can be seen engrossed in a conversation with Modi. The actor opted for an all black look to meet the Prime Minister. Modi is seen in kurta-pyjama. On the work front, Anupam is coming up with his book titled “Lessons Life Taught Me Unknowingly”. The book will be releasing on August 5.last_img read more

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first_imgLeeds: In yet another incident that has political overtone, unnamed aircrafts flew over the Headingley stadium with anti-India banners during the World Cup match between India and Sri Lanka, here Saturday. The unsavoury incident has prompted the BCCI to file a written complaint with the ICC, raising concerns about the security of their players. Minutes after the match began, an aircraft carrying the banner ”Justice for Kashmir” flew above the ground. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAfter half an hour, a similar looking aircraft flew over the stadium with a different banner – ”India Stop Genocide, Free Kashmir”. Midway into India”s run chase, a third aircraft was also seen with a banner – ”Help End Mob Lynching”. “This is completely unacceptable. We have written to the ICC, raising our concern about what happened in Headingley today. If this kind of incident is repeated in the semi-finals, it will be really unfortunate. Safety and security of our players is paramount, a senior BCCI official, who is privy to the development said. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenThis is second such incident inside 10 days as Afghanistan and Pakistan fans had clashed at the same venue on June 29 after ”Justice for Balochistan” banner was displayed by an unnamed aircraft that landed at the Bradford airport. A few fans were evicted for engaging in brawl inside the stadium premises. The ICC has zero tolerance for political or racist slogans and expressed their disappointment at another security breach. “We are incredibly disappointed this has happened again. We do not condone any sort of political messages at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup,” the ICC said in a statement.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Sunday attacked the Union government over the move to privatise 20-25 airports, alleging that it is like every other decision of the Modi government which has ended up benefiting big private players but goes against the common man.Airports Authority of India Chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra had said on Friday that the government would privatise 20-25 more airports in the next phase, having privatised six earlier. Addressing a press conference, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera claimed that the Aviation Ministry had ignored the recommendations of NITI Aayog and Department of Economic Affairs which, he claimed, were not in favour of awarding one private group contract for more than two airports. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Only 14 of 123 Indian airports are in profit and five of the profit-making ones have been handed over to one private company, he alleged. Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said the BJP leader came to power with the promise of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ (with all, development for all), but has betrayed those who believed in him. “We have been from time to time bringing before you facts which reveal and expose that every decision taken by the Modi government ends up benefiting and profiting big corporates, but goes against the common Indian,” he claimed. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe said the UPA government had decided to not award Delhi and Mumbai airports to the same group even though it had emerged as the only successful bidder. Khera said the Modi government has brought in aviation security fee in place of passenger service fee and it will cost passengers 1.5 times more. “It is very visible who is profiting and who is losing in all these decisions. All conditions which were brought for fliers’ interests are being set aside,” he said. Noting that the government amended the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Act, Khera said it means that all five airports handed over to the private group will have virtually no government control for the next 50 years. Speaking on other issues, he supported the Karnataka Assembly speaker’s decision to disqualify rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs and dismissed BJP’s criticism of it as a case of pot calling the kettle black. The Congress spokesperson also asked the BJP to not make Kashmir its “laboratory for experiments” and urged the Union government to consult all stakeholders before making any move in the state.last_img read more

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first_imgGururgam: After the rumours of a Kashmiri boy in Pathredi village of Gurugram facing threats doing the rounds, the Gurugram police have met the boy and assured him of the safety.The youth works in an e-commerce company and is residing as a tenant. The law enforcement officials not only increased the security around the area but have also told the landowner of the building to be vigilant and inform the police of any wrongdoings. The Gurugram police have also urged people to not use social media platforms to spread rumours and hatred. There are a large number of Kashmiri professionals, businessmen and even students. Taking cognisance of the security of the Kashmiri student the colleges have already begun taking measures. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe department of higher education has directed colleges to ensure that adequate security measures are adopted to ensure the safety of students from Jammu and Kashmir. Colleges have also been asked to maintain a vigil on the circulation of false, unverified news, rumours and unscrupulous messages through social media. Officials of SGT University, in Budhera, have also taken precautionary steps. “As per the guidelines issued by the higher education department, we are ensuring that students of our university stay safe. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWe have a police post on the premises of the university and police have extended their support. As a precautionary measure, the registrar has shared the contact details of the students with the police,” said Rajneesh Yadav, public relations officer of the university. “We are a secular university and do not differentiate between any students on the basis of their geographical location, be it any place in India or outside. The advisory issued by the government has been shared with the university’s hostels and various departments. The security of Kashmiri students is of primary importance for us,” said GS Bal, dean of student welfare, Amity University, Gurugram. The university has 72 students from Jammu and Kashmir in undergraduate and postgraduate courseslast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Africa arm of Bharti Airtel, which operates across 14 countries, on Wednesday said it has crossed the 100-million customers mark. Airtel Africa claims to be the second-largest mobile operator in Africa in terms of number of active subscribers. “Airtel Africa has crossed the 100-million subscriber mark. The positive momentum we have seen in customer acquisition further underpins our medium-term aspirations for revenue and profit growth,” Raghunath Mandava, chief executive officer of Airtel Africa, said in a statement. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The growth in the Africa market mitigates the impact of challenge that the company is facing in India. From peak customer base of around 381 million in June 2017, subscriber base of Bharti Airtel has now dipped to 324 million in two years. During the same period, it gained around 20 million new customers in Africa operations. “Airtel Africa’s footprint is characterised by low but increasing mobile connectivity, with a unique user penetration at 43 per cent, highlighting the potential for growth across its footprint,” the statement said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The company said a combination of an under-penetrated telecom market, a young addressable population and rising smartphone affordability, along with low data penetration and an underbanked population, will drive the growth opportunities for the data and mobile money segments moving forward in Africa. “Airtel Africa’s footprint is characterised by low but increasing mobile connectivity, with a unique user penetration at 43 per cent, highlighting the potential for growth across its footprint,” the statement said.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday remanded senior Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar to ED’s custody for nine days till September 13, in connection with a money-laundering case it is probing against him.Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar, who has been hearing remand proceedings of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram as well, ordered that family members and lawyers be allowed to meet with Shivakumar for half an hour every day during his time in ED custody. Additional Solicitor-General KM Natraj sought 14 days of custody on behalf of the Enforcement Directorate, citing Shivakumar’s non-cooperation during questioning and said that the Congress troubleshooter had been evasive in answering the agency’s questions about several transactions. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsNatraj added that Shivakumar’s custodial interrogation was required because he had personal knowledge about how proceeds of crime have been parked and other such details. However, arguing for the Karnataka leader, Abhishek Manu Singhvi pointed out that the foundation on which the ED has built its case does not hold. Singhvi was referring to the fact that the I-T complaint based on which the ED initiated its probe had itself been challenged in a High Court, which had stayed the tax proceedings against Shivakumar. Moreover, the sections under which the Income Tax department had charged Shivakumar with had no mention in the schedule of offences under the PMLA, argued Singhvi. The ED’s case is based on a I-T chargesheet filed after tax sleuths raided his premises in 2017. The tax authority had claimed that Shivakumar had contacts who would allegedly launder his unaccounted wealth through hawala channels. Shivakumar was arrested on Tuesday night after four days of questioning.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Claiming that the people are praising the Delhi government for providing free electricity, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday said the opposition BJP is troubled with the popularity of the AAP and its ‘I love Kejriwal’ campaign. Speaking during a public meeting, AAP leader Gopal Rai said the more BJP will oppose the Arvind Kejriwal government, the more people will love Kejriwal. “The statements of the BJP shows that they are troubled with the popularity of AAP and Kejriwal. The ‘I love Kejriwal’ campaign was started by the people. The BJP leaders are troubled that the campaign is becoming popular,” Rai said. He also said that people are happy with the waiver of water bills and also free electricity. “Delhi is with Kejriwal as the people are happy with his work,” Rai added.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada will take a look at what the fathers of Confederation really meant by a constitutional clause about free trade among provinces in a case that started over some cases of beer and three bottles of liquor.The court agreed Thursday to hear a Crown appeal of a New Brunswick ruling overturning a ban on bringing alcohol across provincial boundaries.As usual, there were no written reasons provided, though the court took the uncommon step of awarding costs to the defendant for the submissions.The case now stands a chance of altering over a century’s worth of provincial supply-management systems, Crown monopolies on alcohol and other non-tariff barriers erected within the federation, says defence lawyer Arnold Schwisberg.“I’ve said to the politicians, please don’t let us down, be prepared to have some kind of transitional plan in place should limitations on the cross border movement of alcohol and supply-management systems change in the new era,” said Schwisberg in an interview.The case sprang to prominence last year when a provincial court judge threw out all charges against retiree Gerard Comeau after he was ticketed for importing 14 cases of beer and three bottles of liquor from a Quebec border town.In an 88-page decision, Judge Ronald LeBlanc said the original framers of the Constitution never intended that laws should blatantly block the free flow of goods within their new country.The New Brunswick Liquor Control Act prohibits anyone in the province from having more than 12 pints of beer not purchased through a liquor store in the province, a prohibition the judge called unconstitutional.The New Brunswick Court of Appeal declined to hear the Crown’s appeal.Comeau, who was fined $292.50 in 2012, has the support of the Canadian Constitution Foundation as his fight moves to the country’s highest court.Schwisberg said he’s very confident the historical evidence expert witnesses gave at trial has the potential to overcome prior decisions by the top court.During the New Brunswick trial, historians presented fresh arguments suggesting the framers of the Constitution created s. 121 of the British North America Act with the express intention of avoiding all forms of non-tariff barriers.The section reads, “All articles of the growth, produce, or manufacture of any one of the provinces shall, from and after the union, be admitted free into each of the other Provinces.”Court heard from historian Andrew Smith that the provision was constructed to deliberately avoid referring to duties or tariffs because it was meant to prohibit all forms of trade barrier, and keep the Canadian market open at a time trade barriers were being erected by the Americans.The historian testified the original phrase in s. 121 said the goods should be “admitted free of duty,” but the British experts who reviewed the BNA Act recommended — and the Canadians accepted — that this would be too limiting a wording.“They wanted to make sure that goods flowing within Canada are also free of any non-tariff barriers,” said Schwisberg, adding that the fathers of Confederation wanted to avoid the American practice of erecting a vast array of non-tariff barriers.In a news release issued Thursday, the New Brunswick Crown said it will submit its pleas “on the important issue of Article 121 of the Constitution and its impact on provincial authority to regulate alcoholic beverages within New Brunswick borders.”“There will be no further comments until this matter is concluded,” said the release.The New Brunswick government has previously warned the Comeau case has upended decades of legal thinking and strikes at the heart of Canadian federalism.The original ruling, and a refusal by the province’s Appeal Court to review the decision, could hamper government control over interprovincial trade and create nationwide confusion around the extent of provincial authority, New Brunswick says.“The combined effect of these two decisions calls into question several judgments of this court beginning in 1921 as well as 150 years of constitutional compromise,” the government says in its memorandum of argument to the Supreme Court of Canada. “This is a decision of polarizing national interest.”An analysis last year by Malcolm Lavoie of the University of Alberta’s law faculty hinted at just how far-reaching LeBlanc’s decision could be.“The approach … adopted by the trial judge threatens to shift the structure of Canadian federalism, as well as the structure of economic regulation in Canada,” Lavoie wrote. “There is simply no question that a robust interpretation of the Constitution’s free-trade provision would restrict the power of democratic majorities, especially at the provincial level, to set economic policies.”Schwisberg said he expected the Supreme Court judges will be hearing his evidence that is critical of a key 1921 decision that came out of Alberta.At the time, in the so-called Gold Seal decision, the court interpreted the BNA Act as being predominantly aimed at prohibiting interprovincial customs duties.The defence lawyers attack this case as flawed, and have some evidence from biographical material that two of the Supreme Court of Canada judges discussed the matter with the then-federal minister of Justice prior to the case commencing.Schwisberg said he expected the Supreme Court is likely to begin hearing the case some time in the first half of next year.— By Michael Tutton in Halifaxlast_img read more

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first_imgORILLIA, Ont. – Ontario Provincial Police say a house fire that killed five people in a First Nation community last year was set by a child who was among those who died in the blaze.The victims of the Dec. 14, 2016, fire were a father and his four young children living on the Oneida of the Thames First Nation, located south of London, Ont.They were identified as 43-year old Kurt Justin Antone, Keanu Antone, 7, Kenneth Antone, 4, Kance Antone, 3, and three-month old Kyias Antone.Police did not identify the child who set the fire.They said the house was fully engulfed when emergency workers arrived on the scene.Oneida Nation of the Thames Chief Randall Phillips said after the blaze that the two-storey home was old and “basically kindling.”Earlier last year, a fire on northern Ontario’s remote Pikangikum First Nation left nine people dead, including a five-month-old baby.Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day blamed “Third World” living conditions for that tragedy.last_img read more

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first_imgGANDER, N.L. – A Newfoundland woman who bottle-fed a baby moose after it got lost in the woods without its mother says she’s heartbroken after the local SPCA put the animal down.Brandi Calder said Friday her husband was building a cabin in the woods near Glenwood, N.L., when he heard a strange crying noise and discovered the three-day-old calf on its own with no sign of its mother.“The baby moose was crossing a brook that’s normally low but this time of year is quite high and fast-moving,” she said in an interview. “The moose tried to cross it but got pulled under and almost drowned.”Calder said her husband tried to track the mother moose but she was “long gone” and the young calf stayed by his side.After waiting several hours for the mother to return, her husband decided after nightfall to bring the infant animal home rather than leave it alone overnight in the woods.“She would have died of starvation, drowned in the brook or the coyotes would have killed her,” Calder said.The baby moose, which she described as dark chocolate brown with a lighter brown face and hind legs, still had its umbilical cord attached and had long, gangly legs.“She looked out of proportion and she wobbled when she stood up,” she said. “She also looked hungry.”She bought some goat’s milk and borrowed a bottle and baby cereal from her sister, who has a human baby.“At first she didn’t take the milk,” Calder said. “So I cut the nipple so it would drip and put my finger in her mouth to open it so she could get a taste of it.”Calder and her husband took turns feeding and watching over the little moose throughout the night and called the Gander and Area SPCA in the morning.But two hours after the SPCA picked up the animal, Calder said she was put down.“They said the Salmonier Nature Park couldn’t take the calf and a veterinarian said it was dehydrated and had diarrhea,” Calder said. “I was so upset, I started to cry.”SPCA manager Bonnie Harris said wild animals cannot be taken care of in a shelter.“We followed protocol,” she said. “When there is a wild animal, any involvement with a wild animal, there are certain things you have to do.“We contacted wildlife and we contacted conservation officers,” she said, adding that ultimately “it’s not our call.”But Calder said the decision to euthanize an animal should only be taken after all other options have been exhausted.“We had a back-up plan,” she said. “We were going to take her to the cabin and take turns feeding her until she was strong enough to go off on her own or in case by some chance the mother came back looking for her.”“Even if we kept her as a pet, it would have been on her home turf.”Newfoundland and Labrador’s Fisheries and Land Resources Department issued a warning Friday asking people not to remove young animals from the wild.“Conservation officers frequently deal with moose calves, and occasionally the young of other species, being removed from the woods by well-meaning people,” spokeswoman Connie Boland said in a statement. “While most individuals have good intentions, their desire to help is usually misplaced.”Wildlife officials often can’t release a calf back into the wild because the animal’s ability to survive is compromised, she said.“An abandoned young animal has a better chance at survival if it is left in the wild,” Boland said. “The cow moose may still be in the area and will return, which provides a better chance for survival than removing the calf from the forest.”Calder said the baby moose bonded with the family dog, a 12-year-old hound that sniffed and licked the little calf and snuggled with her.“When the dog went outside with the moose, she stopped crying,” she said. “Our dog has a fleshy mole on his belly and the moose tried to nurse … it was so sweet.”Calder said it makes no sense to put a three-day-old moose down because it was dehydrated.“When the SPCA came to the house, she had just finished a bottle of milk right there,” she said. “They knew she had just starting eating again and I even gave her the leftover goat’s milk.”She also argued that loose stools are likely not a sign of serious trouble in such a young calf that had a traumatic experience.“They were quick to write her off because they didn’t have anywhere to bring her,” Calder said. “It was easier to put her down.”— By Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

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first_imgGreyhound buses have been an essential part of transportation in the prairies for nearly a century, but that ends November 1st.The company says declining ridership has forced them to take their buses off the roads of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and almost all of B.C.What happens to communities that rely on them as public transit? Should government step in?In today’s “Big Story” podcast, reporters Kaitlin Lee from 660 NEWS in Calgary and Kayla Butler from NEWS 1130 in Vancouver are hearing from Canadians about what it means when service stops.“We’ve had reaction come in from parents whose adult kids are going to post-secondary school in [places like] Kamloops and Kelowna and because they live in the Lower Mainland, they might not necessarily have a car,” explains Butler.“So, the way they get out to the Okanagan for school every year — and home again — is Greyhound. It’s affordable for people on a student budget and they don’t have to worry about those big insurance costs. Now they’re, ‘What now? I have to pay for a flight every single time I want to go back and forth?’”Lee says in Alberta, the impact will be most heavily felt in rural areas.“There are other alternatives in bigger cities like Calgary. There are other buses that can go to and from cities, but in smaller towns, this might be the only way people can get to the big city or from town to town. Especially people who don’t have a driver’s license or a car. We don’t have Via Rail service out here anymore, either. That got cut back in the 1990s. So, it’s a very key service for people in smaller, rural areas.”You can hear the full episode and subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also hear it online at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

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first_imgMONTREAL — People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier has chosen a candidate to represent his party in its first-ever Quebec election.Bernier will be in the Montreal area today to launch the campaign of Canadian Army veteran James Seale, who will be on the ballot for the party in the federal byelection in the Outremont riding on Feb. 25.Seale was a member of the armed forces for more than 30 years, and served overseas stints in Israel, Germany, Haiti and Bosnia before later becoming a military instructor and civil servant.Bernier founded the People’s Party of Canada in September after leaving the Conservative Party following a series of disagreements with leader Andrew Scheer.A spokesman says the fledgling party has taken in close to $1 million in donations since last August.The other candidates in Outremont include lawyer Rachel Bendayan for the Liberals, international development specialist Julia Sanchez for the NDP, Jasmine Louras for the Conservative Party, and artist Michel Duchesne for the Bloc Quebecois.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgSOOKE, B.C. — One teenager has died and another is in critical but stable condition after a tree fell on at least one of them at a camp near the Vancouver Island community of Sooke, B.C.Officials with the Otter Point Volunteer Fire Department say they were called to Camp Barnard after a report that a boy was trapped under a tree.One person was seen being transported by ambulance while rescuers attempted CPR on another person on a nearby river bank.Crews battling a nearby brush fire say winds hit 80 km/h around Sooke.An ambulance helicopter was sent to the area near a hatchery and the BC Coroners Service has been contacted.Camp Barnard offers wilderness camping and a variety of programs for children and young adults. (CTV) The Canadian Presslast_img

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first_imgVANCOUVER — Two southern resident killer whales haven’t been seen for a few months leaving experts worried, not just about the fates of both creatures, but for the future of the entire family of orcas.Just over 70 southern resident killer whales form the single group of exclusively salmon-eating orcas identified as J clan and the family is further divided into three groups, or pods, known as J, K and L.  The Centre for Whale Research said in a post that while all other killer whales from the J and K pods have been seen, one member from each pod is missing.“We will continue to look for J17 and K25 in upcoming encounters but the chances of finding them are starting to look a little grim,” the post said.J17 is a female born in 1977 and K25 is a male born in 1991.Martin Haulena, head veterinarian at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, worries that the failure to spot the two whales underscores the challenges facing all southern resident orcas.“I haven’t lost all hope but things are not looking good right now,” he said.Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States released photos in May taken by a drone that showed J17 had deteriorated in health since she was assessed last fall.She was showing the condition known as “peanut-head,” which indicates a significant loss of fat, or blubber, around the head, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.Haulena agreed the population is in “huge trouble.” “We’ve been working for a long time now with a number of different partners trying to figure out how we can turn around some of this.”Researchers understand the basic threats to the killer whale population, which include lack of chinook salmon that they depend on, boat noise and noise in general that interferes with their ability to forage, as well as pollution that interferes with their ability to reproduce and fight off disease, Haulena said.“But the actual individual causes of death are probably quite complicated and we’re down to the point where each of these individuals is so, so important. This population is in big trouble for sure.”The possible loss of J17, a 42-year-old female, is especially devastating because females are crucial in the “matriarchal kind” of killer whale society where pods depend on older females for foraging, Haulena said.“A whale from 1977 would be approaching the latter third of a normal, long life. They probably live 60-80 years if things are ideal but still, to lose one of those females that’s older like that would mean a whole lot to younger females,” he said.A new female calf, J56, was reported a few weeks ago but right now there are more animals being lost than being born, he said, adding that calf mortality for cetaceans can be as high as 50 per cent.The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has announced several rules to protect southern resident killer whales off British Columbia’s coast, including requiring ships to stay 400 metres away from whales, closing some salmon fisheries, and implementing initiatives to support habitat protection and restoration of chinook salmon.The killer whale population stands at 73 or 74 because of a couple of births, Haulena said.He believes humans share a bond with orcas because they are air breathing mammals that are social, intelligent and live in families.“I think we relate to them very, very closely,” he said.“Losing something like that, losing an iconic species like that, brings home the whole idea of our entire planet including our oceans being at a tipping point.” Hina Alam, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgThe Somaly Mam Foundation is proud to be partnering with The 2013 Global Citizen Festival, featuring Stevie Wonder, Kings Of Leon, John Mayer and Alicia Keys in a call to action to end global poverty by 2030.Taking place on September 28, 2013, in New York’s iconic Central Park, the festival gives Global Citizens the opportunity to join a movement of people who together are creating a world without extreme poverty. By taking action on globalcitizen.org, you can earn points to enter a chance to win one of 27,000 double passes to the festival.The focus of the Festival this year will not only be on global poverty, but accelerating progress on the issues of health, education, women’s equality, and global partnerships. Coinciding with the UN General Assembly, the Festival serves as an important platform for citizens to come together and raise their voices for change in a moment when critical leaders are gathered together.Somaly Mam Foundation is proud to be a part of the Global Citizen Festival.As an organization focused on empowering survivors of slavery, Somaly Mam Foundation believes that it is essential for women and girls to be at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda. Basic education and economic empowerment can boost a woman’s position and value within the community, erasing stigmas and encouraging gender equality.Empowering girls and women is an effective way to end cycles of poverty that often lead to situations of exploitation, and can create healthier and wealthier communities. By working together with Global Citizen Festival, the foundation hopes to engage global citizens everywhere and bring this important issue to the forefront of the post-2015 agenda.To learn more information about the Global Citizen Festival, and to start earning points to win tickets, visit festival.globalcitizen.Source:Somaly Mam Foundationlast_img read more

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first_imgOn Saturday, April 12, 2014 stars and athletes from around the country converged on the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona for Muhammad Ali’s 20th Anniversary of Celebrity Fight Night.GRAMMY Award winning superstar of country music Reba McEntire returned for her ninth year as emcee and announced that Celebrity Fight Night would become international celebrating its next event in Italy.The Phoenix Boys Choir kicked off the night with a rendition of the National Anthem. International superstar Michael Buble, entertainment icon Robert De Niro, and philanthropist John Paul DeJoria, were honored with the 2014 Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Billy Crystal were on hand to present to this year’s honorees.Following the awards guests were treated to a host of performances under the direction of the multiple GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter and producer David Foster, who returned for his 15th consecutive year as the evening’s Musical Director. Performances opened with The Band Perry who sang “If I Die Young,” and “Better Dig Too,” followed by Kenny Rogers who sang “The Gambler,” and “We’ve Got Tonight” for the crowd. Ronnie Dunn sang “Red Dirt Road” and “Boot Scoot Boogie.” McEntire took the stage again to perform duets with Kenny Rogers singing “Islands” and Ronnie Dunn singing “Cowgirls Don’t Cry.” Additional performances included, Caroline Kole, Jonathan Antoine, and a compilation of David Foster’s best hits.Michael Bublé brought the crowd to their feet, closing out the evening with an incredible performance including “Feeling Good,” “Haven’t Met You Yet,” and “Save the Last Dance.” Bublé surprised the crowd with a humorous performance of Christmas songs from his best-selling holiday album.The black tie event also featured cocktails, a silent auction, an elegant dinner and an exciting live auction including one-of-a-kind luxury items. The live auction featured a space flight experience onboard the XCOR Lynx, rocketing up to 200,000 feet in five minutes to suborbital space. The two highest selling live auction items of the night were a private dinner at the home of Reba McEntire and a special evening featuring dinner with Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal and Joe Torre at De Niro’s Locanda Verde in New York—each dinner was sold twice for $500,000. Celebrity Fight Night XX raised a total of $8 million benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as several other worthy charities. Each year dozens of celebrity guests attend the event that has raised $95 million in 20 years.Additional celebrity guests included Yank Barry, Bob Bondurant, Calais Campbell, Michael Carbajal, John Corbett, Yolanda Foster, Jim Higgins, Steve Keim, Nancy Lieberman, Nick Lowery, Harvey Mackay, Sam Moore, Lute Olson, Melissa Peterman, Chris Rich, Ralph Sampson, Richard Sherman, Mayor Greg Stanton, Terrell Suggs and many more.last_img read more

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first_imgDelete Blood Cancer DKMS has announced that Academy Award nominated actor Bradley Cooper has registered as a bone marrow donor and is joining the organization’s efforts to register more donors.Katharina Harf, Co-Founder of Delete Blood Cancer DKMS introduced Cooper to Anthony Daniels, a young man who has been battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of blood cancer for five years. Cooper was inspired to help Anthony and others who are also battling the disease. Cooper, a donor himself, is helping to raise awareness about the importance of registering as a donor.“When I lost my father to cancer, I lost my best friend, my hero and my confident. It was devastating for my whole family. When I first heard Anthony’s story, I knew that it was time I joined the fight against blood cancer and become a donor,” said Cooper. “When I signed up to be a donor, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the process was quick and pain free – a simple swab of my cheek. I hope that I can be a match for someone, and inspire others to register as well.”“I am truly moved by Bradley’s support. When I approached him, he immediately offered his help. Both of us have lost a parent to cancer. It’s devastating, but what we have both learned through this journey is that there is hope for patients battling blood cancer, and everyone can help save a life,” said Katharina Harf, Co-Founder of Delete Blood Cancer. “Delete Blood Cancer has made tremendous strides and we work with people all over the world to help find donor matches. The process is simple, painless and can truly save lives.”Each year, more than 160,000 Americans are diagnosed with a type of blood cancer. Even more staggering, blood cancers kills more children in the United States than any other disease. Of this group, 70 percent in need of a transplant cannot find a donor match within their family so they turn to the national registry to find a match. This makes Delete Blood Cancer’s bank of registered donors more important than ever to save lives.Registering to be a donor is quick and easy. It all starts with a simple swab of the cheek. Any generally healthy person between the ages of 18 and 55 can register as a donor. Interested donors can visit www.deletebloodcancer.org to register or learn more about how to help.last_img read more

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first_imgYesterday at the United Nations children joined world leaders to launch a new partnership and fund to make ending violence a public priority and a collective responsibility.Video: End Violence Against Children Launch FilmEnd Violence Against Children – The Global Partnership brings together governments, foundations, the UN, civil society, academia, the private sector and young people in driving action toward achieving the new global target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children.“The Global Partnership to End Violence against Children is mobilizing the world,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “There could be no more meaningful way to help realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”The world’s governments set ambitious targets to end violence by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Working through the Global Partnership, governments and organizations can pool their resources and expertise to make accelerated progress toward this critical goal.“Every day, in every country and every community, children are victimized by violence – and far too often, this violence is accepted as normal, permissible, or a private matter,” said Susan Bissell, Director of the Global Partnership. “Violence against children is not inevitable – if we challenge the status quo that harms the lives and futures of so many children. Every child has the right to grow up free from violence – and we all need to work together to realize that vision.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that in the past year as many as 1 billion children around the world have experienced physical, sexual, or psychological violence. Globally, one in four children suffer physical abuse. Nearly one in five girls is sexually abused at least once in her life. Every five minutes, a child dies as a result of violence.“Violence against children is a problem shared by every society – so the solution must also be shared,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, who serves as founding co-Chair of the Global Partnership Board. “When we protect children from violence we not only prevent individual tragedies and support children’s development and growth. In doing so, we also support the strength and stability of their societies.”In coordination with the United Kingdom, the multi-donor trust fund has been established to support the Global Partnership. The UK Government is making a £40m contribution to catalyze the Fund in collaboration with the WePROTECT Global Alliance. The UK funding will be dispersed over the next four years and will focus on ending online child sexual exploitation.“Online child sexual exploitation is a global crime that transcends borders, and demands a global response,” said Baroness Joanna Shields, UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security. “This important new Fund will help tackle this abhorrent crime and protect children no matter where they live in the world. I encourage countries and organizations to seek this funding, and to support the Fund’s work to tackle the violence our children face online, in their everyday lives, and in places affected by conflict and crisis.”At the launch event, government ministers from Sweden, Mexico, Indonesia and Tanzania committed to developing specific plans that will combat violence against children, including tackling behaviours and traditions that further violence, making schools and institutions safe for all children, and strengthening data collection about violence and children, among other efforts.The Global Partnership today also launched the new INSPIRE package of seven proven strategies to prevent violence against children, created with the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC, End Violence Against Children, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Together for Girls, UNICEF, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the World Bank. Drawing from decades of research and building on the progress made so far, the new INSPIRE strategies include parent and caregiver support programs, life skills training, the implementation and enforcement of laws, and services for victims.The launch of the Global Partnership includes the premier of a new PSA featuring Liam Neeson, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and international children’s peace prize winners from Liberia and the Philippines. The PSA tells the story of the impact of violence from the perspective of children, and includes powerful appeals from Åsa Regnér, Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Elisabeth Dahlin, Secretary General of Save the Children Sweden, Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility for the Ericsson Group worldwide, and others – all calling on governments, societies, communities, and families to #ENDViolence against children.last_img read more

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first_imgUNICEF has appointed world famous Jordanian pianist and composer, Zade Dirani, as Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa with a special focus on advocating for the most marginalised children especially those caught in conflict, violence and poverty.“We are deeply honoured that Zade Dirani has accepted this role. His appointment will be a strong contribution to furthering the rights of children. His amazing talent is critical at a time when the region is in dire need for peace, tolerance, and cultural understanding” said Saad Houry, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.The founder of the Zade Foundation for International Peace and Understanding, Dirani is known for his work to help young musicians promote peace and cultural understanding. Over the past years, he has worked with aspiring and world renowned musicians to spread the message of peace and co-existence, including a much acclaimed concert for peace “One Night in Jordan,” where he was accompanied by musicians from some 40 countries.“I am delighted to be a Regional Ambassador for UNICEF,” said Dirani. “I firmly believe that music transcends borders and is a powerful tool for peace and mutual respect. As we look around our region, we are reminded how critical it is to continue to raise our voices for the protection of children, especially the most vulnerable. History will judge us harshly if we fail them.”Referred to by some as a ‘piano prodigy,’ Dirani has released several billboard charting albums, and performed around the world, including by invitation of the Jordanian Royal Family. He has also performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Dalai Lama and the late Nelson Mandela.Dirani joins a prestigious group of UNICEF Regional Ambassadors for the Middle East and North Africa, including the Iraqi composer and singer Kadim Al-Sahir; Lebanese entertainer Nancy Ajram; and Egyptian actor, Mahmoud Kabil.last_img read more

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first_imgProfessional basketball player LeBron James was born into a struggling household in Akron Ohio until his mother sent him to live with a local coach.Fortunately for James, the coach introduced the boy to basketball, which was the first step in James becoming a basketball superstar.Remembering his beginnings, James has turned his attention back to Akron, where he is determined to donate the funds required to support its high school graduates through college through the LeBron James Family Foundation.Growing up in the inner city, James says that a lot of African American kids don’t think past high school because college is not on their families’ financial horizon. To change that reality around, James is providing four-year scholarships to cover tuition and the University of Akron’s general service fee, about $9,500 per year for about 1,100 kids, amounting to almost $42 million.“These students have big dreams, and I’m happy to do everything I can to help them get there,” says James. “They’re going to have to earn it, but I’m excited to see what these kids can accomplish knowing that college is in their futures.”It will be five years before the first kids receive their scholarships and arrive on campus in 2021.“It’s the reason I do what I do,” says James.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

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