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Manipurs 9yrold green ambassador wants to create awareness on nature conservation

first_imgImphal: A nine-year-old girl, who has been appointed as the state’s green ambassador after a video showing her crying over felled trees won hearts on the Internet, said she wanted to be a forest officer when she grew up and generate awareness on environment conservation.The video clip, which went viral on social media, showed Valentina Elangbam, a resident of Hiyanglam Makha in Kakching district, weeping inconsolably as two Gulmohar trees that she had planted four years ago have been chopped down. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Chief Minister N Biren Singh had announced her appointment as the green ambassador last week. “She cry for felling down of 2 trees which she planted when she was only in class 1.We rushed at her place and tried to console her providing more saplings. Now, she will be the State government’s “Green Ambassador” for CM’s Green Manipur Mission, “let’s follow her, save nature (sic),” he had tweeted. The CM had also ordered the forest department to gift 20 saplings to Elangbam to compensate for her loss. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KExpressing gratitude over her appointment, the nine- year-old said she would reach out to people and explain to them the importance of conserving the environment. “I don’t understand why most people do not care about the importance of preserving our environment. I want to become a forest officer when I grow up and reach out to them and tell them it was necessary,” she said. Her father, Premkumar, said the Class 5 girl waters trees and flowering plants every day before going to school. “Valentina had been nurturing several flowering plants and trees near our place for the past few years. The two Gulmohar trees were felled due to a road widening project. We could not have stopped it,” he said. A statement issued by the state Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) said Valentina has been appointed as ‘brand ambassador’ for ‘Chief Minister’s Green Manipur Mission’ for one year “in recognition of her immense love and affection for trees and to generate mass awareness on conservation of environment”. It also said that Elangbam will be a part of the government-sponsored plantation programmes.last_img read more

SER to replace rakes with modern LHB coaches

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to provide comfortable journey to the passengers, the South Eastern Railway (SER) has decided to convert two rakes of Kriyayoga Express with most sophisticated and modern LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) coaches replacing the existing conventional coaches.”We have taken this initiative to ensure comfortable journey to the passengers. This apart, there will be an increase of 120 reserved capacity in each trip,” said Bidhan Chandra, public relations officer, SER. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaLHB coaches are the passenger coaches of Indian Railways. It is mostly produced by Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, India. These coaches are designed for an operating speed up to 160 km/h and could go up to 200 km/h. Kriyayoga Express is an Express train belonging to South Eastern Railway zone. It runs between Howrah Junction and Hatia. It consists of 22 coaches having revised composition of First AC-1, AC 2 Tier-2, AC 3 Tier-4, Sleeper Class-11, General Second Class-2. Meanwhile, the second foot over bridge at Santragachi railway station will see its inauguration before Puja this year. “The new foot over bridge will be Puja gift to the passengers,” said Chandra.last_img read more

US adds Canada to priority watch list on intellectual property

first_imgThe United States on Friday added Canada to a priority watch list of countries that it says have failed to enforce intellectual property rights, citing concerns over poor border control and pharmaceutical practices.The Office of the United States Trade Representative moved Canada from its watch list to its priority watch list, which includes 11 other countries including China, India and Russia.In a news release, the office criticized Canada for “failing to make progress on overcoming important IP enforcement challenges” such as border enforcement, particularly when it comes to inspecting or detaining counterfeit or pirated goods shipped through Canada.It also cited procedures related to pharmaceuticals, copyright protection, and inadequate transparency regarding the protection of indications of origin.The office’s priority watch list includes countries that the U.S. deems to have failed to protect or enforce intellectual property rights or otherwise denied market access to American creators.The news release said the countries on the list would be the subject of what it called “intense bilateral engagement” during the coming year.“This report sends a clear signal to our trading partners that the protection of Americans’ intellectual property rights is a top priority of the Trump Administration,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said in a statement.The report comes as Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has been engaged in heated talks over the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.A Canadian close to those talks has said intellectual property is one of several issues that remain unresolved, along with dispute settlement and the U.S. push for a sunset clause.The Canadian government unveiled its long-awaited intellectual property strategy on Thursday, after committing $85 million over five years towards the initiative in its most recent budget.In launching the measures, Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains called intellectual property the most valuable business asset in the knowledge economy.The government’s plan includes amending laws to eliminate barriers surrounding intellectual property, as well as better tools to expand its use.Ottawa also hopes to address what it calls “bad behaviour” in the country’s existing IP regime with help from legislative amendments to curb intimidation and inappropriate “trolling” of some businesses by patent holders.Bains did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Canada’s placement on the priority watch list.last_img read more

Superman actress Margot Kidder dies at age 69

first_imgThe sister of Canadian-born “Superman” actress Margot Kidder says she shared a courageous spirit with the tough-as-nails journalist she played on screen as Lois Lane.Kidder, best known for her role opposite Christopher Reeve in the “Superman” films of the 1970s and 1980s, has died at age 69, a Montana funeral home confirmed on Monday.Annie Kidder said her sister was an activist all her life, and much like Lane, wasn’t afraid to speak out for what she thought was right.“She was kind of an indomitable person,” she said in a phone interview. “She was a fighter. She was determined, outspoken. She was all those things in the same way as (Lane).”Annie Kidder said she does not know the cause of death at this time, and no funeral arrangements have been made.Born in Yellowknife, Margot Kidder was part of a mining family that moved around remote regions of the country when she was young, her sister said, but after seeing shows on Broadway in New York City, she became “determined that she was going to be a star.”She said fame turned out to be a “mixed blessing” for the budding actress, who was thrust into the spotlight after landing a role in one of the first superhero movies to make a splash at the box office.“You’ve reached the goal, the thing that you said you wanted … but also, it makes your life incredibly public,” said Annie Kidder, who is based in Toronto.She said her sister found her calling as a mental-health advocate, drawing from her own experience with bipolar disorder, which she spoke about openly at time when it was highly stigmatized.“She was courageous about everything,” she said. “In struggling with her mental health, she was also determined that there shouldn’t be a stigma around that. It was important to be open about those things. There was nothing to be ashamed of.”After an infamous breakdown on the streets of Los Angeles in 1996, Margot Kidder credited a homeless man with showing compassion for her and saving her life during her “big, public flipout.”“We are all … a breath away from mental illness, homelessness, all of these things we tend to so look down on,” she said in 2006.“We are all one human family and we really have to take care of each other.”Her sister said the actress treasured some of the smaller roles she had later in her life.Margot Kidder continued to work in TV and film through her struggles and won a daytime Emmy in 2015 for outstanding performance in a children’s or pre-school series for “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.” She also starred in films including “Black Christmas” and “The Amityville Horror” and TV series including CTV’s “Robson Arms.”Also known for her political activism, she was among a group of environmentalists to be arrested outside the White House in 2011 during a protest against TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline.Kidder, who became an American citizen, had settled in Montana to live in a “culture-free zone” away from the spotlight and close to her daughter and grandchildren.“She was very, very happy living with her dogs in Montana and being part of a really strong community,” said Annie Kidder. “That’s how she wanted to live her life.”Kidder was married and divorced three times and was also famously linked to former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. She was credited with influencing Trudeau’s decision to launch a global peace initiative during his final months in office, according to the 2009 biography “Just Watch Me: The Life of Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1968-2000.”Canadian director Norman Jewison recalled casting Kidder for her first big film role, the 1969 comedy “Gaily, Gaily,” and how she was “full of life” and “did a heck of a good job.”“I guess she will always be known for Lois Lane; she will be known for the most popular film she was in. But I think she’ll be remembered also for her political stance that she took because she became a very strong leader … for young people, and I was always kind of proud of her,” Jewison said in a telephone interview.“She became politically active and I thought she was very interesting in her feistiness and rebellious nature in life.“I just kind of admired her strength. She was a very devoted person to her art and to film.”Tributes to Kidder were posted to Twitter in the hours after her death began making headlines.“She was a joy to be around,” wrote English actress Sarah Douglas, who co-starred alongside Kidder as supervillain Ursa in “Superman” and “Superman II.” “We continued to have fun together over the last 40 years.”American actress Teri Hatcher, who played Lane in the 1990s television series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” tweeted that it was a “privilege” to have shared the role with Kidder.“She led the way brilliantly,” Hatcher wrote.Actor Mark Hamill said Kidder’s legacy would “live on forever.”“On-screen she was magic. Off-screen she was one of the kindest, sweetest, most caring woman I’ve ever known,” he wrote.Actor and writer Kumail Nanjiani also tweeted about the actress’s impact on the film industry.“RIP Margot Kidder. One of my favourite movies of hers is the original Black Christmas. It introduced some elements that are now genre tropes and she’s fantastic in it,” he wrote.last_img read more

Alberta to ban people from under 18 from using UV tanning beds

first_imgEDMONTON – After years of lobbying by health groups Alberta is finally moving to ban young people from using indoor tanning beds over growing fears about skin cancer.The government says youths under 18 will not be allowed to use ultraviolet tanning machines starting on Jan. 1.Businesses will also be prohibited from advertising such machines to minors and must post signs about the age restrictions and the dangers of UV tanning.“Research has shown that using artificial tanning when you are under 35 dramatically increases your risk for melanoma,” Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said Wednesday.“The changes we’re making will help protect our youth from a disease that affects hundreds of Albertans every year and gives Albertans better information about the risks of artificial tanning.”Alberta’s Skin Cancer Prevention (Artificial Tanning) Act was passed by the legislature in March 2015 but has just been proclaimed.The government said it needed time to consult with businesses and health groups before setting a date for the ban.Alberta is the only province that still allows people under the age of 18 to use indoor tanning equipment.The Canadian Cancer Society had been urging the NDP government to take action, warning the delay has been putting young people at risk of developing skin cancer, including potentially deadly melanoma.The society outlined its concerns about the delay to Hoffman in a letter on March 6.Dan Holinda, a Canadian Cancer Society spokesman, praised the government Wednesday for proclaiming the legislation.“Preventing teen use of artificial tanning equipment will reduce skin cancer, which, despite being highly preventable, is one of the fastest-rising cancers,” Holinda said in a release.“As a survivor of this disease myself, I want to thank the government for proclaiming this act — it will save lives.”Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Alberta and accounts for more than one-third of all new cancer cases.UV radiation exposure accounts for about 82 per cent of melanoma, which is the deadliest form of skin cancer.Melanoma is one of the fastest-growing preventable cancers and research indicates that using indoor tanning equipment during youth increases the risk of melanoma by nearly 60 per cent.The society estimates that one-third of 17-year-old girls have used tanning beds.In 2014, there were 665 new cases of melanoma in Alberta and 64 deaths due to the disease.last_img read more

Premier Wall says 60s Scoop apology ready no decision on compensation

first_imgREGINA – Premier Brad Wall says the organization representing Saskatchewan First Nations has requested financial compensation be tied to an apology to victims of the ’60s Scoop.Wall won’t say how much the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is asking for in compensation.“We wanted to make a decision around the apology,” he said Wednesday.“It was offered informally, and now we’ve been working for a very long time to accommodate a more formal apology at the location and the time of the choosing of the Metis Nation and the FSIN.“I respect the fact that they’ve now added an ask for money, a financial commitment from the government, but we haven’t made the decision.”Wall announced two years ago that an apology would be coming for the policy that removed Indigenous children from their homes and placed them with non-Indigenous families — a practice that stripped the children of their language, culture and traditions.He said at the time that the province did not intend to offer cash to the victims.The FSIN could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.Saskatchewan radio station MBC reported last month that federation Chief Bobby Cameron said he would be seeking the same settlement — or at least half of — a federal promise of up to $800 million for victims.Wall said that’s not something the government’s going to be doing.“You a can have an apology without money,” Wall said. “We still would like to go ahead with it.”Wall has said he hopes the apology can take place before he retires in January.Manitoba became the first province to apologize to Indigenous adoptees in 2015.last_img read more

In the news today March 5

first_imgThree stories in the news for Monday, March 5———‘SHAPE OF WATER’ OSCAR WINS A ‘WATERSHED MOMENT’ FOR CANADAThe Canadian talent behind the movie says “The Shape of Water”‘s Oscar wins for best picture and best production design reflect Toronto’s growth into a film and TV production powerhouse. Toronto producer J. Miles Dale, who shared the best picture Oscar with director Guillermo del Toro, called the achievement “a watershed moment” for Toronto and the Canadian film industry at large. The film was shot in Toronto and Hamilton and besides del Toro and the movie’s cinematographer, most of the crew members were Canadian.———GUIDELINE DEVELOPED FOR TREATING OPIOID ADDICTIONA network of doctors has developed a new Canadian guideline for managing opioid use disorder, including a recommendation of which replacement medication should first be used to treat those addicted to the powerful narcotics. The guideline, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, was created for a wide range of health-care providers to address the urgent need for treatment of opioid use that’s causing a national crisis of overdoses and deaths.———ROBOTIC SAILBOAT RETURNS HOME AFTER RESCUE AT SEAShe lost her sail and has a few dents, but a robotic sailboat has returned home to Vancouver in relatively good shape after spending a long time lost at sea. A team of UBC students spent years designing the 5.5-metre solar-powered, self-navigating “sailbot.” It departed for Ireland from St. John’s on what should’ve been a three-week voyage in August 2016. But it ran into trouble just days after setting out, and it wasn’t until last December that it was finally rescued off the Florida coast.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— The seventh round of the NAFTA renegotiations continues in Mexico City.— Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard will meet with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.— Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks at the SheEO 2018 Canadian Summit in Toronto.— Municipal leaders, scientists and academics from around the world are in Edmonton for inaugural Cities and Climate Change Science Conference.— RCMP hold a town hall meeting in Biggar, Sask., where rural crime has been a major issue in recent months.— Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh continues his B.C. tour in Campbell River and Courtney.— Alberta United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney will take media questions in Vancouver regarding his trip to British Columbia.last_img read more

Green party appoints veteran journalist JoAnn Roberts as deputy leader

first_imgHALIFAX – Green party Leader Elizabeth May has appointed veteran journalist and broadcaster Jo-Ann Roberts as the party’s deputy leader.May made the announcement Monday at a news conference in Halifax.Roberts ran as the Green party candidate in Victoria, B.C., during the 2015 federal election, finishing second in the West Coast riding.May said Roberts brings a “wealth of experience” to her new job as a communicator, “but also as a tireless advocate for public broadcasting and a dedicated campaigner on climate change, income inequality, housing, and democratic reform.”Roberts replaces outgoing deputy leader Bruce Hyer, who is stepping down to focus on provincial Green party efforts in Ontario.Roberts, who was a host on CBC radio for 20 years, said in an interview that she and her family recently moved back to Halifax to be close to her mother.She said although she sits on the party’s shadow cabinet, she thought her more active days were behind her.Roberts said that changed last November after a second provincial Green party member was elected to the legislature in Prince Edward Island. She said May convinced her it was important for the party to try to continue to build on that momentum.“I think there is real value in having leadership individuals in different parts of the country,” Roberts said.Still, she admits to a challenge in a region that has largely stuck to established voting patterns.“I’m not a Pollyanna, I realize this is a long game not a short game,” Roberts said. “But I think Maritimers, we align so well with the values of the Green party that it is important that it become a viable option and that’s my goal.”Montreal-based environmentalist Daniel Green will continue as the party’s other deputy leader.last_img read more

Man charged in death of female employee in Quebec bar fire

first_imgSAINT-GABRIEL-DE-BRANDON, Qc – A 52-year-old man is scheduled to appear in a Joliette, Que., court on Tuesday morning in connection with a fatal weekend fire.The body of a 22-year-old woman was discovered in the rubble of a fire at a restaurant-bar in Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon, about 90 kilometres north of Montreal.When the body of employee Chloe Bellehumeur-Lemay was found, police believed she had died in the fire.But provincial police say her body bore signs of violence and they now suspect the fire at Resto-bar 239 was lit to conceal a homicide.An unidentified suspect was arrested Monday at his home in Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon.He was to remain in custody pending his court appearance. There was no immediate information on the charges he faces.last_img

Supreme Court set to rule on voting rights for longterm expat Canadians

first_imgTORONTO — Long-term Canadian expats are set to find out on Friday whether a 25-year-old law barring them from voting in federal elections is constitutional.The pending decision by the Supreme Court of Canada should settle a legal battle begun in earnest during the former Conservative government of then-prime minister Stephen Harper, and which gained prominence in the election that brought the Liberals under Justin Trudeau to office.Observers said they would be watching to see whether the country’s top court might justify limits on a constitutionally guaranteed right that potentially affects more than one-million Canadians who live abroad.“What makes this case so interesting is that the Constitution sets no limits on citizen’s voting rights, so does that mean legislatures get to impose one?” Toronto-based lawyer Andrew Bernstein said on Thursday. “Do the reasons why someone has moved make a difference? How strict will the court be when the government seeks to justify an infringement?”While the Constitution guarantees all Canadian citizens the right to vote, Canadians who have lived abroad for five years or more lose that right under provisions of the Canada Elections Act enacted in 1993. However, it was only under Harper that Elections Canada began enforcing the provisions more strictly, prompting the court battle.Two long-time expats living and working in the United States launched the charter challenge after they were denied the right to vote in the 2011 federal election.Essentially, Jamie Duong, of Ithaca, N.Y., and Gill Frank, 40, an academic living in Richmond, Va., argued nothing warranted the abridgement of their constitutional right to vote. They insisted they maintain deep ties to Canada, and taxes and other laws passed by Parliament could still affect them.For its part, the government maintained the rules were reasonable and fair to Canadians living in Canada, who are more directly impacted by what goes on in Ottawa. The case, which garnered attention from civil liberties groups, initially went in favour of Duong and Frank when an Ontario Superior Court justice sided with them in 2014. However, the federal government appealed and in a split decision in 2015, the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned the earlier ruling, paving the way for the current Supreme Court tussle.While the Appeal Court agreed the law infringed on the rights of citizens, the majority found the infringement was justified in a democracy because the rules preserve the “social contract” between voters and lawmakers.In arguments before the Supreme Court, the government noted almost all Canadians living abroad were barred from voting before the 1993 law changes. Ottawa also argued the five-year rule was a policy decision that aimed to maintain the fairness of the democratic system given that long-term non-residents have “different and less onerous responsibilities” under Canadian law.The expats responded by calling the five-year threshold an arbitrary marker that did not take into account their ongoing connection to Canada.In the 2015 election, celebrities such as Donald Sutherland, Canadian business groups abroad and other expats rallied against Harper and the expat voting ban.The campaigning Liberals promised a review and the Trudeau government, which faces an election campaign in October, introduced legislation in November 2016 to extend the franchise to all Canadians abroad. The legislation never got beyond introduction despite government claims it was a priority.The issue, Frank has said, is that voting rights should not be “subject to the political whims of Parliament.”Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canadas threat level not changing in wake of New Zealand mass shooting

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Canada is offering New Zealand its full support as an ally and intelligence partner, following the horrific mass shooting at two mosques in that country.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale saying he is closely following developments and our threat level remains at medium.He says there are no known Canadian connections, despite unconfirmed reports the shooter in Christchurch, New Zealand may have been influenced by the gunman in the Quebec mosque shooting two years ago.RELATED: ‘Worst kind of shock’: Vancouver Muslim community reacts to deadly Christchurch mosque shootingIn a statement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is appalled by this terror attack, saying hate has no place in the world and diversity is a strength. Trudeau says Canada remembers all too well the pain caused by senseless violence.“To the people of New Zealand and to Muslim communities around the world: you are in our hearts and minds. We join in your grief and stand with you at this incredibly difficult time.”We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends who lost loved ones in the terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand. Please read my statement on this senseless tragedy: https://t.co/hSxGVQCTZE— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 15, 2019“We must all confront Islamophobia and work to create a world in which all people—no matter their faith, where they live, or where they were born—can feel safe and secure,” Trudeau added in his statement.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna echoed Trudeau’s sentiments. “We need to stand up against Islamophobia. We need to stand up against hatred of all kinds.”The flag on top of the peace tower is flying at half mast in memory of the victims.Today, the flag on the Peace Tower will be flown at half-mast until sunset in memory of the victims of the tragic events in two mosques in New Zealand. #SenCA pic.twitter.com/syQGgIj1b9— Senate of Canada (@SenateCA) March 15, 2019NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says he is heartbroken, saying Islamophobia has no place anywhere in the world.Heartbroken by the devastating news of deadly shootings at two mosques in New Zealand.My heart goes out to the families of the murdered and all those impacted by this act of terror. Islamophobia kills – and has no place anywhere in the world.— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) March 15, 2019Conservative leader Andrew Scheer took to Twitter on Thursday night, calling it a “despicable act of evil.” He faced some criticism though for not mentioning the mosque, Muslims, or Islamaphobia in his initial statement.There are no words strong enough to condemn this kind of vile hatred. I am praying for peace for the families of those lost and recovery for those injured. 2/2— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) March 15, 2019On Friday morning, he issued an extended statement on Facebook.“As Canadians are learning the horrific details of last night’s terror attack at two New Zealand mosques, I wish to express both my deep sadness at the tragic loss of innocent life and my profound condemnation of this cowardly and hateful attack on the Muslim community.“Houses of worship, like the two mosques attacked last night, should be places where all people can meet freely and without fear. We stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters to ensure that they remain this way. We must condemn, in the strongest terms possible, the type of extreme and vile hatred that motivated this despicable act of evil.”Four people were taken into custody following the shooting, in which 49 people were killed at two mosques. Three were said to be linked to the attack, with the country’s prime minister saying one of the suspects had publicly stated they were Australian born.“It is clear that this is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, calling it an act of “unprecedented violence” that has no place in New Zealand.New Zealand’s national security level has been lifted from low to high.RELATED: QuickQuotes: Canadian reactions to New Zealand mosque attacksPolice say officers found two improvised explosive devices in different vehicles, adding a hospital was a target.A live stream of the incident apparently taken by a shooter surfaced online. Police have confirmed its authenticity and are asking people to stop circulating the “extremely distressing footage.”The same person is believed to have shared a manifesto online before the shooting. – With files from Estefania Duran, Mike Lloyd, Hana Mae Nassar, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Travel expected to be slowed by fallout from fire at Torontos Pearson

first_imgTORONTO — Travel at Toronto Pearson International Airport was still being snarled this morning after a fire caused smoke to fill part of the sprawling structure, leading to an evacuation and major flight disruptions.The airport said on its Twitter feed early today that both Terminal 1 and 3 were operating normally, though U.S. departures at Terminal 1 where the fire started were expected to see continued delays.Travellers were advised to check their flight status today before heading to the airport, which is Canada’s busiest.All U.S.-bound flights from Terminal 1 were cancelled Sunday night after the fire broke out near a security checkpoint around 6:30 p.m.  The fire was quickly extinguished, however, there was no immediate word on how it started.Photos posted on social media Sunday, as well as television footage, showed thick smoke in parts of the airport and frustrated passengers crowding the terminal’s main concourse.Paramedics said one woman was taken to hospital in stable condition, while another was treated at the scene and released.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

New Zealanders gather at Vancouver vigil while remembrance ceremonies take place back

first_imgMakeshift memorial at New Zealand memorial ⁦@NEWS1130⁩ pic.twitter.com/jL82Ae0aEq— Renee Bernard (@Renee1130) March 22, 2019Some say they still can’t believe what happened.“It still feels surreal that something like this could happen in New Zealand. You never expect to wake up and see the news that there’s been a terrorist attack,” said a young woman, who lingered after the vigil.Others were glad to see a crowd.“I’m proud of New Zealanders for coming together not just here but in New Zealand. We take the good out of such a horrible event. It’s good we can get so many people together and unite,” said one man.Along with the songs and words of condolence, mourners were encouraged to turn and deliver hugs to one another.New Zealanders at vigil at Sunset Beach give each other hugs @news1130 pic.twitter.com/gtoEFhrr7q— Renee Bernard (@Renee1130) March 22, 2019 VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A setting sun was the backdrop for New Zealanders to gather at a vigil in the West End Thursday night, one week after the massacre at Christchurch.Gathering on the slopes of Vancouver’s Sunset Beach, the expats sang their anthem along with other traditional hymns, with the help of lyrics handed out by organizers.Anastasia Sillick was one of the people who decided to put the vigil together.“We wanted to create a space for New Zealanders to come together. The timing of it is in sync with the remembrance ceremonies happening in New Zealand.”She shares what’s been preoccupying her thoughts over the last week.“The families, I think. Today is about creating a space for people to reflect on those at home.”Two flags were placed on the grass: one, New Zealand’s national flag; the other a flag with the words “Kia Ora Vancouver,” which is the name of a local organization, based on the Maori word for “Hello.”New Zealand’s flag at Sunset memorial ⁦@NEWS1130⁩ pic.twitter.com/Qii4Atj63Z— Renee Bernard (@Renee1130) March 22, 2019last_img read more

WilsonRaybould says she never had an end game planned during SNC affair

first_imgOTTAWA — Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says there was never a specific “end game” for her during the SNC controversy that had anything to do with power.Some of Wilson-Raybould’s former Liberal colleagues and other political observers have questioned what she wanted to achieve by speaking out about pressure she felt to intervene in the criminal prosecution of Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denied he or his staff acted improperly but he has conceded there was an “erosion of trust” between his office and the former justice minister.Wilson-Raybould tells The Canadian Press she simply wanted to do her job.Though the affair saw her kicked out of the Liberal caucus, she says she’s comfortable with being an Independent member of Parliament and she’ll keep doing the work she’s always wanted to do.This week, she and former Liberal cabinet minister Jane Philpott —who also resigned over the government’s handling of the controversy — announced they would run for re-election as Independents in the upcoming general election.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

PETA India Announces Hottest Vegetarian Celebrities

first_imgThe competition to be named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity of 2013 was fierce.Kangana Ranaut – PETA India’s Sexiest VegetarianCredit/Copyright: R. Burman via PETAEarly leaders Jacqueline Fernandez and Shahid Kapoor as well as Amitabh Bachchan, R Madhavan, Kareena Kapoor and Vidya Balan put up a real fight. But after thousands of votes were cast to help PETA India choose the winners, the results are in, and Bullett Raja hottie Vidyut Jammwal and Krrish 3 star Kangana Ranaut have taken top honours.Vidyut Jammwal – PETA India Sexiest Vegetarian“Bollywood stars are truly shining for animals by choosing to go meat-free, and Vidyut’s six-pack abs and Kangana’s beauty are proof that a great way to get a killer body and looks is by not eating animals”, says PETA UK Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi. “All of PETA India’s nominees are winners for animals because they do not eat them.”Jammwal recently appeared in a PETA India ad promoting the health benefits of vegetarian foods. “I believe that everybody should be vegetarian because it has a lot of benefits”, he says. “Being a vegetarian keeps you agile, keeps you on your toes and doesn’t make you feel lazy. I personally believe that being vegetarian is the way because I have felt the changes – I have seen myself evolve as a human being, mentally as well as physically.” And Ranaut, who recently went vegetarian, says, “We must not eat other animals. Besides, vegetarian organic food is far more healthy minus all the toxins”.In addition to causing animal suffering on a massive scale, eating meat has been conclusively linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer and obesity. And a United Nations report concluded that a global shift towards a plant-based diet is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.PETA India selected the winners based on several factors, including vote count. For more information on healthy and compassionate vegetarian food or to order your free vegan starter kit, please visit PETA.org.uk.last_img read more

Trent Tucker To Host Celebrity Bowling Tournament

first_imgSince posting the following item, LookToTheStars.org has been advised that the event has been postponed. We will update you with more info when available.On Saturday, November 1, 2014, NBA World Champion and former three-point threat Trent Tucker will host a celebrity bowling tournament to kick off National Diabetes Month benefiting JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) at Frames in New York City.Top sponsors will have the opportunity to bowl with Trent Tucker and other celebrities in attendance which include former NY Knicks teammates John Starks and Anthony Mason, NBA star Anthony Avent and NY Giants Super Bowl Champion Steve Weatherford, to name a few.The bowling tournament will include a VIP meet & greet lounge, a live and silent auction, great music, cocktails and a delicious array of food and sweet treats by Jala and Oscar William Gourmet Cotton Candy. All participants will have a chance to bowl and compete for the highest score to win prizes.“I’m looking forward to coming to NY and hosting my Celebrity Bowling Tournament which will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF),” said Trent Tucker. “With diabetes on the rise affecting both children and adults, more people inflicted with the disease are facing life threatening challenges. With the help of all the generous celebrities, supporters and participants, we are hoping to Strike Out Type One.”“JDRF is thrilled to be the beneficiary of the Trent Tucker Celebrity Bowling Tournament, “said chapter executive director, Kristin DiFoglio. “In the United States more than 3 million children and adults diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) struggle with this life threatening disease, and the numbers are growing. They face a lifetime of potentially fatal complications from this disease, a disease that never sleeps. Thanks to the generosity of people like Tucker and all those expected to participate in this event, JDRF leads the world in funding type 1 diabetes research. We are confident that together, we will reach our goal and ultimately Turn Type One into Type None.”JDRF’s mission is to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications through the support of research. JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $568 million in scientific research in 17 countries. In 2012 alone, JDRF provided more than $110 million to T1D research. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education. In 2012, Forbes magazine named JDRF one of its five All-Star charities, citing the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness.WHEN:Saturday, November 1, 2014WHERE:Frames550 Ninth AvenueNew York, NY 10018Find out more here.last_img read more

Chris Pratt And Chris Evans Visit Seattle Childrens Hospital

first_imgChris Pratt and Chris Evans have visited Seattle Children’s Hospital as part of a bet made during January’s NFL playoffs.Chris Pratt and Chris Evans visit Seattle Children’s HospitalCredit/Copyright: Seattle Children’s HospitalFrom the Seattle Children’s Blog: “Evans, a New England Patriots fan, and Pratt, a Seattle Seahawks fan, both wagered on who they thought would win the Super Bowl. Depending on the outcome, they promised to either visit the children of Christopher’s Haven in Boston (Evans’ charity of choice), or patients and families at Seattle Children’s Hospital. After the Seahawks were defeated in the Super Bowl, Pratt stuck to his word and visited Christopher’s Haven with Evans. Pratt even wore a Tom Brady jersey, much to his chagrin.But in true superhero fashion, there were no losers in this bet. Evans announced on Twitter he would still visit Seattle Children’s.“Since the initial bet began in January, Pratt and Evans have helped raise more than $27,000 for Seattle Children’s and Christopher’s Haven.“‘We are grateful that real-life superheroes Chris Pratt and Chris Evans turned their sports rivalry into an opportunity to support kids in their communities,’ said Lisa Brandenburg, president of Seattle Children’s. ‘We are delighted that patients and families at both Seattle Children’s and Christopher’s Haven will benefit from these generous donations.’”Donors can continue to support Seattle Children’s and Christopher’s Haven through their respective fundraising websites or by texting TEAMPRATT (for Seattle Children’s) to 501501. Donations will be accepted through the end of the week.To read the full blog about the visit, click here.last_img read more

Pamela Anderson Appeals To French Assembly To Ban Foie Gras Cruelty

first_imgEarlier this week, the French deputy minister of ecology introduced a proposed law to ban the force-feeding of animals, and to help kick off the debate, he invited animal-rights activist Pamela Anderson to address ministers in Paris.Anderson commenced her impassioned speech by recalling a time in her youth when Brigitte Bardot came to Canada to focus international attention on the slaughter of baby seals. She explained that it’s in honour of Bardot that she, as a Canadian, has come to France to voice her opposition to cruelty as severe as the massacre of baby seals: that of the foie-gras industry, which slaughters ducks and geese for another non-essential luxury product.“Historically France has blazed a path on many fronts for human rights, for freedom, for conservation and the environment. Now is the time to champion the rights of animals to be free of suffering”, said Anderson. “I would like to respectfully request that France embrace the qualities of compassion, empathy and respect for the lives of animals.”The proposed bill is backed by studies revealing the cruelty of force-feeding ducks and geese, and a poll conducted in December found that record numbers of French citizens support a ban on force-feeding.Anderson joins Ralph Fiennes, Ricky Gervais, Sir Roger Moore, Twiggy and Kate Winslet in taking a stand against foie gras. Ducks and geese who are exploited for foie gras production have pipes shoved down their throats several times a day to force painfully large amounts of food into their stomachs, eventually causing their livers to swell to up to 10 times their normal size. Many die from ruptured organs during this process, and those who survive are hung upside down and slaughtered.last_img read more

Duchess Of Cambridge Named Patron Of Royal College Of Obstetricians And Gynaecologists

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge has become Patron of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and Patron of the Nursing Now campaign.Duchess of Cambridge At RCOGCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukThe new patronages were announced ahead of Her Royal Highness’ visit to the RCOG and St. Thomas’ Hospital afterwards, where The Duchess officially launched the Nursing Now campaign.Founded in 1929, The RCOG is a medical charity that champions the provision of high quality women’s healthcare in the UK and beyond. The college now has over 16,000 members around the world.During the visit, HRH learnt more about the college’s global health programmes to reduce maternal and new-born mortality worldwide, before attending a roundtable discussion on tackling the stigma around women’s health.After learning about the training programmes for doctors specialising in the field, The Duchess then saw how the College’s workshops continue training support for trainee doctors. These allow doctors to develop safe surgical techniques and essential clinical skills in obstetrics and gynaecology.The Duchess also heard about the RCOG’s Centre for Women’s Global Health, which supports communities across the world with women’s maternal and gynaecological health – and works to reduce maternal and newborn fatalities. The RCOG also runs the Leading Safe Choices programme, which operates in South Africa and Tanzania.The Nursing Now campaign is a major global campaign aimed at raising the profile and status of nursing and nurses worldwide. The campaign will support more nurses to play a greater role in health policy decision-making, helping countries meet the pressing health challenges of the 21st century.The global campaign will run over the next three years in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses and the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is a programme of the Burdett Trust for Nursing.The Duchess of Cambridge becomes the RCOG’s second Patron, after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

The alluring mystery of Doctor Strange costar Rachel McAdams

first_imgAdvertisement Rachel McAdams knows how to hide in plain sight. More on that in a minute.She knew she wanted to be an actor from the day, age 12, that she stepped on stage at a children’s theatre camp in her hometown, St. Thomas, Ont., playing a fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. All her senses were firing. She remembers every single thing about it – the curtain going up, the sound of the audience. “There was something inexplicable about it,” she said in an interview in Toronto last week.The jobs she’s landed since keep proving her 12-year-old self right. Her first gig, playing the head of an all-girl, alternative-universe crime-fighting squad in the 2001 telefilm Shotgun Love Dolls, conflicted with a Caribbean cruise she was about to take with her parents, but she didn’t care. She was much more excited about being employed. The Canadian series Slings & Arrows gave her the opportunity to be a luminous Ophelia. Then it released her to Hollywood, where she played the archetypal high-school evil queen, Regina, in the smash hit Mean Girls, followed directly by the archetypal spunky romantic heroine, Allie, in the even smashier hit The Notebook, the weepie that shot both her and her cute Canadian co-star, Ryan Gosling, to stardom. In any career, that’s known as an excellent start. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement McAdams, who turns 38 this month, has a reputation for saying no more often than she says yes. “If I can’t hook into a role, I feel like I’m going to let everyone down,” she says. “That’s the only part I can control.” The first half of that statement strikes me as extremely Canadian. The second half, though – that’s experience. She certainly looks like a star, in a sleek white dress with black mesh accents and ankle-challenging studded strappy sandals. Her hair is shiny golden blond. She wears a couple of diamonds in each ear, and a couple of delicate, webby diamond rings on several fingers – including the ring finger of her left hand, which we don’t talk about. (Her ex-boyfriends include Gosling and actor Michael Sheen; her current one is screenwriter Jamie Linden.) Twitter Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more