Gurugram: Headed by District Commissioner Amit Khatri, a commitee of experts have identified eight accident-prone sites at Golf Course Road which is popularly known as Raghvendra Marg.These sites are Bristol Chowk, Jan Prathinidi route, Genpact route, Belmonte route, Sector-55 cut, Sector -42 cut, AIT Chowk and SPR cut. Based on the survey the public officials are now thinking of implementing facilities that may avoid mishap involving either commuters or pedestrians. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderResidents and office goers who use the route daily complain that lack of action by the authorities can result in a major tragedy. Grievances are also being shared of how the bikers are brazen enough to violate traffic rules even in the peak traffic hours. Shortage of facilities like a foot over bridges and footpaths also increase the perils of the pedestrians. Even as plans are being executed to widen the city roads, a large number of people are having a grouse that the authorities are not allotting space for city cyclists. Recently, Golf Course Road, upgraded. Yet it is still to create dedicated tracks for cyclists and better facilities for the pedestrians. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWith cyclists, pedestrians and commuters on two-wheelers being the most vulnerable on city roads, for long there has been a demand that the roads in the modern city must also have space for the cyclists. The voices over this issue have again found resonance after the air pollution in the city has spiralled to hazardous levels owing to a large number of vehicles on city roads. Moreover, the commuters continue to grapple in huge traffic jams even in the recently reconditioned roads. “The planning by public and private authorities does need a complete overhaul and needs to encompass all forms of commuters. Unfortunately, because of vested interests, it will never be followed. The civil society must continue to raise its voice with regards to the development of facilities for cyclists and pedestrians,” said Sarita Bhargava, a city resident.
Month: October 2019
TORONTO – Mandi Gray admits she’s anxious about being the face of the new Canadian documentary “Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial.”“Even coming here today, it was really nerve-racking,” she said in a recent interview at a press conference for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.“The media hasn’t been kind to me. I receive a lot of death threats, rape threats regularly. There are a lot of consequences to being someone that speaks publicly about sexual assault.“But I’m also very supported and my community has been amazing,” she continued.“They’ve supported me in so many different ways that I feel that it is an absolute necessity to keep going — because we need to continue having this conversation.”“Slut or Nut: The Diary of a Rape Trial” screens Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at Hot Docs.It follows Gray as she navigates the Canadian legal system and faces online harassment after accusing a fellow PhD candidate at York University in Toronto of sexual assault.Last July, the accused had his conviction overturned after an Ontario appeal court found the trial judge relied too heavily on “rape literature.”In the era of #MeToo and Time’s Up, in which women are being encouraged to report sexual assault, the film shows the difficulties of taking accusations to school officials and authorities in Canada.Gray and others explain the process involved in reporting sexual assault cases — from going to the police and hospital, to meeting with a sexual assault counsellor and proceeding to court.At trial in Canada, sexual assault complainants don’t get legal representation unless they pay for it, which Gray hopes will change.“Getting lawyers to represent me at both the university and through the legal process was absolutely life-changing,” said Gray, who has become a prominent sexual assault activist and is doing her PhD in sociology.“Legal counsel is not accessible to most, but that was absolutely fundamental in terms of how I was able to be a self-advocate in these systems and then also be supported through understanding and learning the laws.”Other speakers in the doc include Gray’s mother, a sexual assault nurse, and two sexual assault survivors identified only as Jane Doe.Kelly Showker directed and incorporated footage Gray shot of herself on her laptop and phone.Gray said she shot video diaries and wrote detailed journals of her experience as a way of documenting it for her own purposes. She had no idea the footage would one day wind up in a feature-length documentary.“The film not only has empowered me to share my story but a lot of others have come forward as a result of hearing about the film or being involved in the film,” she said.“So we have a number of almost entirely women artists who’ve donated their time to the film, who have contributed to the film in a number of different ways.“It’s been really empowering to work with this amazing community of women artists, filmmakers, to put this film together. I really hope that it encourages young women to get involved in film and to create and use art as a medium of talking about difficult subjects.”She also hopes the film will help discourage immediate dismissals of sexual assault claims.“I find that there’s a lot of support of the nameless, faceless survivor but when we actually hear stories, especially when it’s a perpetrator who’s in a position of power, then we begin to dismiss the stories,” Gray said.“So I really want people to see that these victims, these survivors, are actual real, living people who have lives that are completely damaged and turned upside down in response to sexual assault — and not just the sexual assault but the institutional failures to respond to sexual assault.”
BRIDGEWATER, N.S. – Girls as young as 13 felt pressured to send intimate photos and were unaware they were being shared among a group of boys, a Nova Scotia court has been told.Six Bridgewater, N.S., boys have admitted distributing intimate images of at least 20 girls between the ages of 13 and 17.Documents submitted in Bridgewater provincial court Tuesday said one 13-year-old girl was repeatedly asked by one accused for sexual photos over several days and felt pressured to send them.“She felt he would not let her change the subject. She said no several times. The next day at school (the boy) and his friends were clustered near her locker and gave her the impression that they were talking about her. She felt pressured,” the agreed statement of facts said.The girl ended up sending four or five photos, but did not give permission to distribute them and was told they would not be saved, the statement said.“She felt horrible when she sent them, but felt that if she did not he would spread some rumour about her at school or confront her about it. She felt guilty and awful after it.”At the time the charges were laid in July 2016, four of the accused were 15 years old, and the other two were 18. All were under 18 when the offences were committed, and their identities are protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The victim’s identities are also protected.All were students in Bridgewater.The document said two Dropbox accounts were created for the purpose of sharing intimate images of girls in various states of undress, including bare breasts and fully nude.Most photos were sent through an app called Snapchat — in which images disappear after 10 seconds — but the boys circumvented the time limit by using other phones to take a photo of the photo.The statement said a 14-year-old girl sent photos to a boy she had known since they were young children. She felt she “could trust him that no one would find out.”“They would talk in class. He would compliment her looks and tell her that he likes her. She found him ‘sweet.’ He would also talk about how they could trust each other and then ask her for photos, including full nudes,” the statement said.“He would ask for photos of certain body parts including breasts or vaginal area. He asked her repeatedly and explained that it was ‘no big deal’.”Another girl was 13 years old when she sent an intimate photo of herself to one accused.“She felt pressured into sending it. He kept asking for ‘inappropriate’ photos of herself. She would repeatedly tell him she would not, but when she learned that other friends of hers were sending photos, including one friend… who was believed to have sent nude photos, (the girl) eventually gave in to the requests,” the statement said.“After sending the photo she begged him not to send the photo. She came to believe shortly after sending it that it was a mistake and regretted it. Later when she heard rumours of him keeping it, she asked him to delete it.”In another instance, a girl was 14 or 15 years old when one of the accused started texting her, asking for intimate photos.“She was concerned that if she did not send photos he would not like her. She found him ‘pushy’,” the document said. “Finally one time she decided to send him a picture. She believed that she could trust him to keep the photo private.”One 14-year-old girl sent nude photos to three boys, the document said: “She has no idea of the total number of photos she shared.”In some cases, boys sent unsolicited intimate images of themselves to girls.The agreed statement of facts said some of the accused played sports together and had a private Facebook group. The subject of exchanging intimate photos of girls came up, and a Dropbox account was created to facilitate the sharing of the photos.Approximately 60 photos of 20 girls were stored in this Dropbox account, which was accessed by a single username and password. No fewer than nine devices logged on to the account.A second Dropbox account was created because one of the accused was not able to access the first one. A log shows files were uploaded to the account 46 times and that seven girls were depicted, and no fewer than seven devices logged on to the account, the statement said. Photos of all but one girl also appeared in the first Dropbox account.The first Dropbox account was deleted around April 12, 2015, “once it became clear to them that others knew about the Dropbox account including (school) officials and female students,” the statement said. The second account was removed around April 17, 2015.“Everyone who uploaded photos knew or were wilfully blind to the fact that the subjects were not consenting to their distribution,” the document said.The boys will be sentenced July 31.The case is one of the first in Canada involving legislation introduced in late 2013 after the death of Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons, which captured national attention amid a heated public debate over cyberbullying.The 17-year-old attempted suicide and was taken off life support after a digital photo — of what her family says was a sexual assault — was circulated among students at her school in Cole Harbour, N.S.The intimate images bill became law in March 2015.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.
CALGARY – Sentencing is to resume in October for two brothers who randomly kidnapped a teenage girl and repeatedly sexually assaulted her.Corey and Cody Manyshots pleaded guilty in October 2015 to kidnapping, uttering threats, sexual assault and robbery.Sentencing arguments had already begun last year, but tests ordered for the brothers last December indicated both suffer the effects of severe fetal alcohol syndrome.That led to discussions about whether the brothers are not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder.Psychiatric tests on the two men were conducted at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre.“The reports are done. They were appropriately returned to remand,” Mitch Stevenson, who represents Corey Manyshots, said at a Thursday court appearance.He said outside court that the findings of psychiatrists regarding criminal responsibility would be released when sentencing resumes Oct. 5.Court has heard that the mother of the two men drank heavily during both pregnancies. Effects of fetal alcohol syndrome can include lifelong physical, mental and behavioural difficulties, as well as learning disabilities.The pair approached the 17-year-old girl at a northeast Calgary bus stop in November 2014, forced her into an alley and sexually assaulted her.The brothers, both in their 20s, then abducted the Grade 12 student and took her to their home, where they sexually assaulted her another 15 times until she was able to escape about eight hours later when they fell asleep.In its original sentencing arguments, the Crown asked for 12-year jail terms for each of the men.In June, lawyer Alain Hepner, who represents Cody Manyshots, told court he believed the two young men had “fallen between the cracks of life.”Hepner said if the two are found to be not criminally responsible, the public doesn’t have to worry about them being set free.“They’re going to an institution either way,” he said.“It might be a psychiatric hospital. It might be a jail. That’s what’s going to happen. They’re not getting out of jail. Not any time soon.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
FREDERICTON – Flood forecasters in New Brunswick are using new technology to track snow loads and ice movement, hoping more information leads to less damage.Jasmin Boisvert, a water services specialist with the Department of Environment and Local Government, says officials will be testing a new flow forecast model that the province has been developing with the National Research Council and the University of Waterloo.He says they’ve also upgraded their flood early warning system and are sharing the information with partners like NB Power to help better manage operation of dams on the rivers.Greg Carroll, an operations superintendent with NB Power, says they’re even putting GPS devices in barrels on the ice to help alert when the ice starts moving.The annual River Watch gets underway next week and Greg MacCallum, director of the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, says the potential for flooding will be determined by the amount of rain and ice jams that occur.Officials say the amount of snow on the ground in northern New Brunswick is about normal, but has twice the water content as last year.
FREDERICTON – The 28th premier of New Brunswick has died, according to a press release issued Saturday by the provincial government.Ray Frenette represented the Moncton East riding as a Liberal MLA for 25 years and briefly served as premier between 1997 and 1998 — after Frank McKenna stepped down and before Camille Theriault took the post.After resigning from the legislature, Frenette was appointed by former prime minister Jean Chretien as director of Atomic Energy Canada, where he later served as chair.In the government’s release, New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant says Frenette acted as a mentor and adviser to him when he was first considering getting into public service.He added: “We’ve lost a great New Brunswicker.”The cause of death has not been released.
OTTAWA – The Trudeau government has asked for a NAFTA review of a Trump administration tariff on solar panel cells, saying the 30-per-cent charge is illegal and unfair.The Liberal government considers the latest trade challenge a part of its broader defence of the international-rules based trading order — something U.S. President Donald Trump is regularly accused of undermining with his “America First” protectionist policies.The request Monday for a review under NAFTA’s chapter 20 provision comes one day after Mexico’s president- elect publicized a letter to Trump, calling for a reboot of the talks towards a new three-way continental trade pact.Global Affairs Canada said the tariff has hurt workers in the clean energy sector on both sides of the border.“Canada is a strong supporter of rules-based international trade and looks to its trade partners to also uphold their international obligations,” the department said in a statement.The move comes after three Canadian solar panel manufacturers filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government in February. The suit claimed that a 2017 investigation by the U.S. International Trade Commission concluded the Canadian products don’t significantly harm American manufacturers.The tariff on solar cells was also challenged at the World Trade Organization by the European Union, China, South Korea and Taiwan.“Canada is using every available avenue, including the mechanisms within the NAFTA, to challenge the Trump administration’s protectionism and defend Canadian interests,” said Roland Paris, a University of Ottawa international relations expert and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s former foreign affairs adviser.The NAFTA challenge comes as the three countries take a pause from renegotiating the pact, and as Mexico and Canada fight back against punishing U.S. tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.The spat over metals has diminished relations between Canada and the U.S., with Trump hurling personal insults at Trudeau on Twitter, and raising questions about whether the NAFTA talks can proceed.Last week, Trump mused about separate deals with Canada and Mexico.The NAFTA renegotiation has been on hold since late spring because of the July 1 Mexican presidential election that will see Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sworn in this coming December.Obrador sent Trump a letter that urges a restart of the NAFTA renegotiations.“I think that prolonging the uncertainty could slow down investments in the medium- and long-term, which obviously hinders economic growth in Mexico,” wrote Obrador. He said his transition team members would take part in the talks with current government members.The office of Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland had no immediate comment on the letter.Freeland, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and International Trade Minister Jim Carr travel to Mexico City this week to meet the incoming Mexican leader.Paris said Obrador’s message is a welcome development, “but it won’t reduce Canadians’ apprehensions about President Trump and his administration.”Paris cited the results of research conducted by Earnscliffe Strategy Group for the Department of National Defence. One question asked respondents for their biggest national security concern.The top answer was terrorism at 29 per cent. But Paris said he found it “striking” that the runaway second-place result — at 16 per cent — was the “United States (and) Canada’s proximity to the U.S.”He said the answer has less to do with traditional perceptions of threats to national security, and “reveals a more general concern about the impact of the Trump administration on Canadian interests, including our economic interests.”The research was conducted between February and April and included eight focus groups and a telephone poll of more than 1,500 respondents. It had a margin of error of 2.5 per cent.
OTTAWA – A Liberal MP is under fire for presenting a “certificate of appreciation” to a man one Jewish advocacy group labels a purveyor of anti-Semitism.B’nai Brith Canada has started a petition demanding that Mississauga-Erin Mills MP Iqra Khalid apologize and rescind the federal certificate she presented last week to Amin El-Maoued, the public relations chief of Palestine House.The Jewish group accuses El-Maoued of leading a July 2017 rally “laden with hate-filled and anti-Semitic slogans,” including chants of “Israel and Hitler are the same.”Palestine House, which describes itself as “an educational, social and cultural centre of the Palestinian-Canadian Community,” lost all federal funding in 2012. The Conservative government at the time cited what it called a “pattern of support for extremism.”The B’nai Brith Canada petition asserts that “anti-Semites, racists and bigots of all sorts do not merit recognition from the Canadian government or its elected officials.”It demands that Khalid, who could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday, rescind the certificate and apologize to Canadians for what it calls her “insensitive and dangerous actions.”B’nai Brith CEO Michael Mostyn made the same demand Tuesday in a letter to Khalid, to which the group says the MP has not responded.“It is not only disappointing, but frightening that you would see fit to reward his dalliances with anti-Semitic discourse and incitement, while simultaneously ostensibly working to eliminate all forms of discrimination in Canada,” Mostyn wrote.“There is simply no reconciling these two worlds. Presenting El-Maoued with official recognition on behalf of the Canadian government both sanitizes and normalizes the anti-Semitic rhetoric and attitudes that he has purveyed and facilitated.”Khalid received hate mail and death threats last year after initiating a motion calling on the House of Commons to condemn Islamophobia and all other forms of discrimination. Conservatives and other critics argued that the non-binding motion would limit free speech.Khalid was criticized last April for giving El-Maoued another award on behalf of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at an event that featured a Palestinian archbishop who had purportedly defended terrorists and suicide bombings.
Damage from a pair of explosions in Sherwood Park, Alta has been estimated at $14 million.Council said that money will come from unbudgeted expenditures and that the incident was uninsurable.Strathcona County policy is to seek council approval for any expenditures over $2 million.The 14 million is only an estimate at this point, as environmental assessments are still being performed and the final cost won’t be known until restoration work is complete.“We thank everyone for their patience. This is a large incident with many moving pieces, and we are grateful for the high level of professionalism demonstrated by recovery experts and staff,” Mayor Rod Frank said in a news release. “We continue to move forward as swiftly, and safely, as possible to return to normal business.”County Hall is open but the community centre, which includes the library and is situated over the parkade, is still closed and is expected to stay that way for the next 90 days.Council offices are now temporarily located in County Hall in the space where Economic Development and Tourism operates.As for the incident itself, the RCMP continues to look into the motive behind the explosions.READ MORE: Man dead after two explosions in Sherwood ParkEmergency crews were called to reports of a fire on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at a complex that houses the Strathcona County office and council chambers in Sherwood Park.The first call came in at 6:15 p.m. and when emergency crews arrived, they found a man inside a vehicle where the explosion was reported. He was transported to hospital, but died a short time later.At around 8:15 p.m. that same day, while members from the Emergency Response Team (ERT) along with the Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) were on scene investigating, a second explosion occurred while they were in close proximity.Mounties say an autopsy was performed on 21-year-old Kane Kosolowsky and that he died of a gunshot wound after a pair of explosions in Sherwood Park.READ MORE: 21-year-old suspect in Sherwood Park double explosions identifiedInvestigators earlier released that the man had been injured and sent to hospital and that it was not related to an interaction with police.Kosolowsky was the only person found at the scene of two blasts at a complex that also houses a library and a restaurant.
The widow of one of the victims of Quebec City’s mosque shooting has won her battle for compensation.Lawyer Marc Bellemare says Khadija Thabti and her children have been recognized as victims of crime by the provincial body that compensates them.Bellemare said the decision means Thabti will be reimbursed for lost income and travel fees and can obtain the psychological help she needs.Thabti’s husband, Aboubaker Thabti, was one of the six men that died when a gunman stormed a Quebec City mosque on Jan. 29, 2017 and opened fire.Bellemare said the widow was twice turned down for compensation because she hadn’t been at the scene of the crime as it occurred.He said provincial Justice Minister Sonia Lebel intervened in the case on Friday to help bring it to a close, just days before the two-year anniversary of the shooting.The Canadian Press
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has declared a state of emergency over flooding along the Ottawa River and other waterways.In the declaration, the mayor’s office says the water levels pose “an ongoing threat” to property, health and safety of nearby residents.Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement forecasting up to 35 millimetres of rain in the capital region by Saturday.The mayor’s office says the combination of already high water levels and further rainfall give rise to a situation that “constitutes a danger of major proportions that could result in serious harm.”Watson says about 400 soldiers with the Canadian Armed Forces are expected to assist with flooding efforts in the city.He says the declaration will help city crews, volunteers and residents in affected areas, which are mainly in outlying suburbs.The Canadian Press
Habitat For Humanity and President Carter are coming together to provide housing to people across the US, and you can join them.The 2013 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project will take place between Oct. 6-12, and coincides with the United Nations-designated World Habitat Day.Celebrating 30 years of building safe homes.An estimated 3000 volunteers will be on hand to build and repair more than 80 homes across the chosen locations. Volunteers will help improve homes and communities through a range of tactics from new, energy-efficient construction and critical home repair to rehabilitation, weatherization and home preservation.The events will be hosted in four states – California, Colorado, New York and New Jersey – and honor the three decades of service by the former President and his wife.Every year since 1984, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have dedicate a week of their time to help build Habitat homes somewhere in the world. It all started when the former president led a group to New York City to renovate a six-story building for 19 families in need of decent, affordable shelter. Events since then have taken place in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Hungary, South Africa, South Korea, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Laos, Vietnam, and the past two years, in Haiti.This year Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will be joining President and Mrs. Carter at receptions in California, Colorado and New York, with each location seeing additional local celebrities and politicians in attendance. Among others, Susan Sarandon will be attending in New York, Mark Curry will attend the California event, and Isaac Slade, lead singer from the Fray, will be there for Denver’s Raise The Roof gala.Volunteers are a key part of the program’s success, and this year’s volunteers are being invited to create a personal fundraising page, with a chance to win a trip for two to the New York build to meet President and Mrs. Carter. Volunteers who register by September, 15th will be entered into the random drawing to win a slot in the October, 15th build.To start a fundraiser and enter to win a trip to NY to meet President Carter, visit helpbuild.habitat.org.Learn more about the needs of the 2013 locations here.For more information about the 2013 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, click here.Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
Actress and multi-platinum recording artist Selena Gomez will perform LIVE at AT&T Stadium during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys game against the Oakland Raiders on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, which kicks off The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign.Selena Gomez joins Major Ron Busroe of The Salvation Army, Jerry Jones and Charlotte Jones Anderson of the Dallas CowboysCredit/Copyright: Multivu.comThe halftime performance marks the 17th year the Dallas Cowboys have partnered with The Salvation Army to launch the campaign, which raises millions of dollars throughout the holiday season. Last year, the Red Kettle Campaign collected $148.7 million. Donations help provide meals and shelter for families in need and Christmas toys for millions of children, among numerous other social services.Video: Join Selena’s Red Kettle Team“Dallas is my hometown, and to be invited to perform on behalf of The Salvation Army is such a great honor,” said Selena Gomez. “Giving back is so important, and I am looking forward to kicking off the iconic Red Kettle Campaign and getting those bells ringing across the nation to help families and children in need.”Selena hanging out with some of the children from The Salvation Army Arlington CorpsCredit/Copyright: Multivu.com“We are thrilled to have Selena kick off the Red Kettle Campaign and be a part of this time-honored tradition. Her amazing performance, a national stage and a huge, enthusiastic fan base will be a powerful start to Red Kettle 2013,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and Chief Brand Officer for the Dallas Cowboys and national advisory chairperson for The Salvation Army. “The Salvation Army touches so many lives and provides nourishment, shelter and support for children and families in need. Together with Selena, we celebrate the important impact of The Salvation Army’s work in doing the most good.”Selena Gomez will take the stage for this year’s Red Kettle Kickoff Halftime performance during the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game Credit/Copyright: Multivu.comThe Red Kettle Campaign runs from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Eve and is the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind. The campaign raised $148.7 million last year alone, with more than $1.75 billion raised since the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day partnership began in 1997. With the Thanksgiving holiday falling later in the month than usual, this year’s Red Kettle Campaign is more critical than ever.“Though the Red Kettle Campaign is five days shorter this year, we are confident that the attention that partners like Selena Gomez and the Dallas Cowboys are bringing to the cause will more than make up that difference,” said Major Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. “We strive to help America’s most vulnerable – children, and ensure that they have a warm, comfortable place to sleep and hot food to eat and toys to play with at Christmas.”In support of the Red Kettle Campaign, Selena will host her own Online Red Kettle and encourage fans to join her team and donate to The Salvation Army. Fans can join her team by visiting www.onlineredkettle.org/selenagomez. Eight fundraisers on her team will receive the chance to virtually connect with Selena through a Google Hangout.Selena Gomez is the newest addition to a list of Red Kettle Kick-Off celebrity halftime performers including Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Daughtry, the Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gilman, Clint Black, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.In addition to giving online or to the more than 25,000 traditional bell ringers, supporters can donate through the Army’s text-to-give program. By texting the word “KETTLE” to 80888, donors can send $10 to the Red Kettle Campaign.From its humble beginnings as a Salvation Army captain’s startup program in 1891 in San Francisco, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers throughout the country ring bells and solicit donations to the red kettles.Source:Multivu.com
“If you’re thinking about going to a circus that uses animals, please reconsider.” That’s the message in the brand-new PETA Latino video narrated in both English and Spanish by Kate del Castillo.Kate del Castillo Unveils PETA PSACredit/Copyright: PETAThe La Reina del Sur star debuted the video — which reveals how circuses chain elephants and cage tigers for hours on end and whip, beat, and shock them in order to force them to perform — in front of Miami’s Stephen P. Clark Government Center this week, one day before the opening night of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.“Animals deserve better than this sad, lonely, dismal life,” says del Castillo in the video. “They deserve the opportunity to be free—to live as nature intended, not as slaves for our entertainment. Please do not support cruelty to animals by taking your family to a circus.”In Miami, del Castillo also answered questions about the letter she sent on PETA’s behalf to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez calling on him to enforce Florida’s law against forcing crippled animals to perform, when Ringling starts its performances at AmericanAirlines Arena. As she points out in her letter, Ringling Bros. routinely forces elephants suffering from painful arthritis and lameness to perform.“Florida has the strongest, clearest law in the country against exhibiting crippled animals, which gives officials the ability to intervene in situations such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ infamous use of ailing elephants,” she writes. “I urge you to ensure that this law is enforced during Ringling’s stay in the city.”Del Castillo is part of a growing list of celebrities — including Wilmer Valderrama, Chilli of TLC, and Pablo Azar — who have teamed up with PETA to speak out against circuses that use animals.For more information, please visit PETALatino.com.Source:PETA
On June 2, 2015, Cesar Millan became the third American to receive an honorary diploma from Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand.CESAR MILLAN IS AWARDED HONORARY DEGREE FROM CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITYMillan was honored for his humanitarian services to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abandoned and abused dogs around the world. In receiving the prestigious award, Millan was also recognized for his contribution to veterinarian and behavioral sciences. Millan received the award from the university’s faculty on the 80th Anniversary of the founding of their Veterinary department.“Responsibility for lives is our theme for the 80 year anniversary of Chulalongkorn University-Faculty of Veterinary Science,” said Roongroje Thanawongnuwech, Dean of Chulalongkorn University. “The University wishes to recognize the contribution Cesar Millan has made to improving the conditions and care for dogs all over the world, as well as, for his tireless work to advance instinctual learning of canine behavior.”“I am honored and humbled to have received this award from Chulalongkorn University,” said Millan. “It has been a privilege to be able share my instinctual approach to dog rehabilitation over the years and in so many Asian countries. I am pleased that the international community is embracing instinctual learning.”Millan has championed countless projects worldwide for animal advocacy. In 2007, he launched the Cesar Millan Foundation (CMF), a national non-profit organization, with the mission of promoting animal welfare by supporting the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of abused and abandoned dogs; establishing and fortifying community humane education programs and curricula; and building a balance between dogs and people through the animal behaviourist teachings and philosophies he had honed throughout his career. The foundation has donated over 1 million dollars to develop and support Humane Education, supported the efforts of 3,000+ no-kill shelter affiliates, and has been instrumental in many other animal advocacy initiatives.Millan received this award while on tour in Thailand for his live show, Love Your Dogs. The show is an educational and entertaining live show, in which Millan demonstrates his instinctual techniques on how to establish a balanced and happy relationship with dogs. The goal of the tour is to educate the international community of dog owners on how to create better relationships with their canine companions.Chulalongkorn University is more than a century old, making it the oldest university under the modern Thai educational system. The institution is highly regarded in the nation and bears the Royal family’s crest. Previous Chulalongkorn University honorary degree recipients include former United States Presidents Bill Clinton and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Sir Richard Branson is saddened by the growing chorus of US governors who say they won’t allow any Syrian refugees to be settled in their states following the news that one of the Paris attackers may have entered Europe via Greece.“I understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens from violence and terror,” blogged Sir Richard. “But to impose collective punishment on tens of thousands in their moment of greatest despair, in false hope it might stop a determined few, may well be counterproductive. And it is profoundly inhumane.“Much of this may be the kind of raucous political posturing you’d expect in an election season. But some of these governors, like Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, are themselves children of refugees. He and others should know that welcoming the downtrodden, the disadvantaged, and the despondent with open arms has been one of the most enduring and positive chapters of the American narrative; and it has helped the country move from strength to strength – culturally, politically, and economically. People like Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan know what I mean. When I met him this June, we talked about the enormous positive contributions refugees have made time and again, and he was keen on welcoming more Syrian refugees to the Motor City. I hope Detroit’s doors will remain open, even as Michigan’s governor disagrees.“Personally, I couldn’t think of a more powerful response to ISIS’ threats than to embrace those who have escaped their daily horrors with understanding, kindness and love. Syria may be today’s heart of darkness, but its wonderful people have the same dreams, goals and aspirations as most of us. As Ted Kennedy put it “what divides us pales in comparison to what unites us.” Let’s build on that. Openness and tolerance may prove the strongest force we have.”To read the full blog, click here.
Actor Colin Farrell will deliver the keynote address at Gatepath’s annual Power of Possibilities recognition event on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the San Francisco Airport Marriot Waterfront in Burlingame, CA.As a parent of a child with special needs, Farrell has a personal connection to Gatepath’s mission of creating a world where people of all abilities are fully accepted, respected and included. At this memorable event, you will be inspired by Farrell’s story and the stories of people with developmental disabilities who have made extraordinary achievements and accomplishments when given the opportunity to reach for their dreams.Farrell, who has a 13-year-old son diagnosed with Angelman syndrome, will share his insights and journey as a parent in a heart-warming conversation moderated by esteemed Bay Area news anchor and journalist Diane Dwyer. The accomplished Irish-born actor won a Golden Globe for his role in “In Bruges” and is celebrating a Globe nomination for “The Lobster”.“As the parent of a child with special needs, I have learned that disability is often imposed upon a person. Yet what one person deems a disability, another person deems a challenge and, most importantly, an opportunity to show the strength and deep reserve of the human spirit,” Farrell said. “Raising a son with special needs gives me a new perspective on living and thriving with disabilities.”The Power of Possibilities is known for its powerful keynote speakers. Last year, actress and activist Holly Robinson-Peete gave an inspiring speech regarding her son with autism. Popular Glee actress Lauren Potter, and former San Francisco 49er quarterback Steve Young were also previous guest speakers.Gatepath is celebrating 96 years of serving children, youth and adults with special needs and developmental disabilities in the Bay Area and providing support to families.“We are honored to have Colin Farrell join us at this very memorable event,” said Gatepath CEO Bryan Neider. “His voice and personal perspective can truly help raise awareness about the importance and value of creating a culture of acceptance and inclusion in all aspects of life.”Tickets on sale now. There are a limited number of the tickets available. Learn more about this event or reserve your seat today at www.gatepath.org/POP.
It’s the height of the awards season, and film and television icon James Cromwell is to receive PETA’s annual Hero to Animals Award at a special dinner honoring him on Thursday at South Florida’s Sublime Restaurant & Bar.When: Thursday, January 11, 5:30 p.m.Where: Sublime Restaurant & Bar, 1431 N. Federal Hwy., Fort LauderdaleThe outspoken Babe and American Horror Story star teamed up with PETA to take over SeaWorld’s “Orca Encounter” show, narrated gripping exposés of cruelty in the horse-racing and pig factory farming industries, and marched against experiments on cats at the University of Wisconsin and monkey shipments by Air France. A vegan since getting to know the pig who played Babe, Cromwell says that he can’t wait to try Sublime’s vegan key lime cheesecake.“We’re honoring James Cromwell for his unerring social activism for animals,” says PETA Honorary Director Nanci Alexander. “He offers a strong and clear voice of freedom for captive marine mammals, cats and primates held in laboratory cages, and pigs who are abused and slaughtered for food. His kindness to all beings, great and small, makes the world a better place.”For more information, please visit PETA.org or SublimeRestaurant.com.
Model Ireland Basinger-Baldwin will speak out against Canada Goose during its online annual meeting on Friday by calling on the company to stop selling jackets made with coyote fur and down feathers.Submitting the question on behalf of PETA, Basinger-Baldwin — who recently starred in an anti-fur campaign for the group — writes, “Canada Goose uses fur from coyotes who are often immobilized in steel traps that can cut deep into their flesh, crush their limbs, and cause animals to languish for days before being crudely killed when the trapper finally returns…. Down production is also inherently cruel…. So my question is, when will Canada Goose stop using fur and down?”PETA has released a video exposé revealing that workers at a Canada Goose down supplier rounded up terrified geese who piled on top of one another in an attempt to escape, causing suffocation and death. Coyotes used for Canada Goose’s fur trim can suffer in traps for days before they’re shot or bludgeoned to death. Trapped coyote mothers desperate to get back to their starving pups have even attempted to chew off their own limbs to escape.PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear,” notes that a wide variety of brands — including HoodLamb, Save the Duck, Vaute, and Wully Outerwear — sell warm, stylish, cruelty-free coats.
Advertisement Ben Mulroney and Anne-Marie Mediwake are talking animatedly in a small office at CTV’s headquarters on Queen St. W. The banter is non-stop and effortless, a preview of things to come for their new flagship morning show, launching Aug. 22 to replace the venerable Canada AM.Mulroney: “I do all the Harry Potter voices for my kids. Here’s one. (Deep voice) ‘You’re a wizard Harry.’”Mediwake with a puzzled look: “Who’s that?” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “Look, he’s got like seven jobs; I only have two. It’s scheduling,” says Mulroney in his first sit-down interview, along with Mediwake, since the show was announced.A lot is riding on the success of Your Morning. Fans didn’t appreciate that Canada AM, which would have celebrated 44 years this September, was yanked unceremoniously from the schedule two months ago with a mere 24 hours notice. Advertisement Twitter Mulroney: “It’s Hagrid. I didn’t say I was good at impressions.”Mulroney so far is doing a pretty good Canadian take on American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, who seems to be everywhere in the entertainment landscape south of the border. As well as hosting Your Morning, Mulroney will continue to work for entertainment show eTalk. Login/Register With: Facebook