HC declares as illegal amendment by TN govt to Centres Land Acquisition

first_imgChennai: The Madras High Court has declared as “illegal” an amendment made by the Tamil Nadu government to the Centre’s Land Acquisition Act, exempting three state legislations from its purview.It also made it clear that all land acquisitions made by the state government under the three state legislations on or after September 27, 2013, were “illegal.” A division bench of Justices S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad, which set aside the amendment on Wednesday, however, held that the lands, which had been acquired and already put to use for the purpose for which they had been acquired before September 2013, should not be disturbed.The three legislations providing for acquisition of land by the state government are Tamil Nadu Acquisition of Land for Harijan Welfare Scheme Act, 1978, Tamil Nadu Acquisition for Land for Industrial Purposes Act, 1997 and Tamil Nadu Highways Act, 2001. The matter relates to the amendment made to the Centre’s Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 by inserting a new section, 105 A. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The central act was brought out to ensure more transparency in the process of land acquisition and that the land-losers were suitably resettled. It was introduced to make sure only those acquisitions which were truly necessary took place and that land was not indiscriminately taken over by governments. During the hearing, the Advocate General of the state government brought to the notice of the bench that large extent of lands that have been acquired under the three state enactments after January 1, 2014, have been put to use and it would be impossible to return them. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedTo this the bench said, “In such cases, we can only direct that the compensation and the rehabilitation must be strictly made in accordance with the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 the New Land Acquisition Act.” For the purpose of continuing the acquisition under three state Acts, it was decided to bring in an amendment by inserting Section 105-A in the Centre’s Land Acquisition Act, 2013 in the same manner as envisaged under Section 105 of the Act, whereby the new Act was not made applicable to 13 central enactments.last_img read more

HC asks JNU to appoint chair for intradepartment sets aside VCs order

first_imgNew Delhi: In a major setback to the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration, the Delhi High Court has directed the varsity to appoint a professor from the Linguistic Centre as the Chairman. The varsity had earlier appointed a professor from the Persian Centre as the Chairperson of the Linguistic Centre. Though, the said centre falls under the same school (School of Language), according to law, the chairperson of a certain Centre should be a professor from the same Centre and the appointment is done on the basis of seniority. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder A single judge bench of the high court presided by Justice Suresh Kumar Kait directed the varsity to appoint a chairperson in Linguistic Centre from within the same centre. “I hereby direct the Executive Council to appoint Chairperson from the Linguistic Centre itself in accordance with practice and the law,” the court ruled. The court was hearing a petition filed by varsity’s professor Ayesha Kidwai seeking the court’s direction to JNU to appoint a Chairperson to the Centre based on the rule of rotation by choosing from the professors/senior fellows of the Centre itself. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings The plea also sought quashing of an order of the Vice Chancellor by which Professor Mazhar Asif was appointed as Chairperson of the Linguistics Centre. Asif is a professor of the Persian Centre and is the dean of School of Languages under which the said centres fall. Speaking to IANS, Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) President N. Sai Balaji, said: “The Vice Chancellor is shameless, he is continuously trying to perpetuate illegality in the campus through his institutions. Time and again his unlawful decisions are being scrapped by the courts but he has no respect for the courts and the rule of law.” The university’s administration responding on the order of the high court said that that the concerned appointment was “temporary”. “The appointment was interim and was done on a temporary basis but people moved the High Court against the same. It is not illegal,” Pramod Kumar, Registrar, JNU told IANS.last_img read more

Yogi transfers 26 IAS officers in UP

first_imgLucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has transferred 26 IAS officers, including Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar. Late on Tuesday, Arvind Kumar was transferred to the Transport Department and Additional Chief Secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi was given additional charge of the Home Department. Awasthi is now the Additional Chief Secretary of Information, Religious Works, Home, Intelligence, Visa, Passport, Jail Administration and Reforms and Vigilance Department. He also continues to hold the post of Chief Executive Office (CEO) of Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) and Uttar Pradesh State Highways Authority (UPSHA) . Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ However, he has been relieved from the posts of Additional Chief Secretary Tourism Department and the Managing Director (MD) of Uttar Pradesh Tourism. Navneet Sehgal, who is the Principal Secretary Khadi and Village Industries Department, has been given the additional charge of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Export Promotion. Deepak Trivedi is the new Chairman of Board of Revenue, and he succeeds Praveer Kumar who retires on July 31. Sudhir Bobde has been made the new Labour Commissioner. Jitendra Kumar who is the Principal Secretary (General Administration) has been given the additional charge of Principal Secretary, Tourism Department and MD of Uttar Pradesh Tourism.last_img read more

Female journalist secretly filmed at GK store FIR lodged

first_imgNew Delhi: Police are investigating a woman journalist’s complaint that she was allegedly filmed at a high-end lingerie store in South Delhi’s Greater Kailash M-block market, officials said. The incident took place on August 31. The shopkeeper was watching ‘live footage’ captured by a hidden camera, according to the 27-year-old’s complaint. The FIR was filed on Tuesday at the Greater Kailash police station under IPC Section 354 C (voyeurism), officials said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn the evening of August 31, the woman entered a shop to buy garments at M-block market in GK-1. There were four-five staffers, including the owner of the shop who had a TV in front of him on which he could see all CCTV footage live. In her complaint to police, the woman said she was the only customer in the shop at that time and tried a few garments. “I took some garments and asked a female staffer who directed me to a room. I went to the room outside which the owner was sitting with a TV in front of him. When I was trying the garments, ten minutes later, a female staffer came inside and asked me to go to another room. When I asked that why I was suddenly asked to go to another room for trial, the staffer told me that there was a camera in the room,” she said. The woman was half-clothed when the staffer asked her to go to another room for trial. “I was half-clothed when she insisted me to go to another room to try the garments. I saw the owner and another person were sitting near the room. I immediately put on my clothes and came out of the room,” the woman stated in the FIR. We are verifying the facts, after which appropriate action will be taken, police said.last_img read more

Resurgent Quebec economy drawing more attention from US investors

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Quebec’s finance minister smiled widely on a New York City stage as dozens of U.S. investors carefully followed his words — perhaps more closely than they had in recent years.The province’s strengthening economy was the subject of numerous questions at a conference last week that brought together American investors interested in learning more about Canada’s potential.Carlos Leitao appeared to take great pleasure in making a sales pitch for his province’s resurgent economy.“We are doing well, by the way — very well,” the beaming finance minister told the experts who gathered for the event, which was hosted by Bloomberg.“I’m very pleased to be here — I’m also very pleased to see there’s a large number of investors.”There were clear signs in the crowd that Quebec’s encouraging economic performance over the last year or so has reverberated south of the border. In the past, the province might have been overlooked because of its sluggish economy and fears over the prospect of another referendum on independence.Many in attendance probed for more information about Quebec — they discussed it inside the conference room and later over chicken at the networking lunch. Several even pressed a Canadian Press reporter for more details on the province.Their queries touched on a wide range of topics: the staying power of the surging economy in Canada’s second-largest province, its impressive run of job creation, the strength of the Montreal housing market, the city’s tech sector and the fact there’s been less talk of late about independence.The event’s participants specialize in fixed-income investments, such as the bonds offered by Canada’s federal and provincial governments.On stage, Leitao told his audience how Quebec’s growth had accelerated through 2016 and into 2017. He predicted it would continue because it had been led by a consumer-driven expansion fuelled by rising incomes — not ballooning debt.“This is growth funded by income gains, which makes it much more sustainable,” Leitao said.Earlier that morning, fresh numbers showed that Quebec’s real gross domestic product — a measure of economic growth — expanded at a robust annual rate of 2.5 per cent in the second quarter.The real GDP reading marked Quebec’s sixth straight quarter of growth above two per cent, the province’s longest run since 2007, said a research note by the National Bank.Later in the week, TD Economics said in a note that “Quebec has been firing on all cylinders” with growth projected to come in at just under three per cent for 2017 — its fastest pace since 2002. TD also noted how the province’s unemployment rate fell to a record low of 5.8 per cent in July, before rising to 6.1 per cent a month later.However, the analysis by National Bank senior economist Matthieu Arseneau pointed out that the province’s first-quarter growth was revised downward last week to 2.8 per cent from 4.3 per cent. He also pointed out that business investment fell 1.2 per cent in the second quarter.As next year’s provincial election approaches, Leitao also said the government would continue to reduce the tax load on the so-called middle class and would likely deliver a second-straight budget surplus in 2016-17. Eventually, he suggested a third surplus could be posted for the current fiscal year.One senior official from a big U.S. investment firm, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the company’s views, said it was encouraged that it had heard less talk about another referendum on independence in Quebec.Later in the day, the audience heard a panel of Canadian-based experts who compared Quebec with the bigger provincial economy next door: Ontario.Chris Kresic, a partner and portfolio manager of fixed income for Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd., told the conference that Ontario was more exposed to high household debt than Quebec, in large part because of its hot housing sector.Fellow panellist Aubrey Basdeo, managing director of fixed income for BlackRock Canada, said the Toronto housing market remained a concern for investors, particularly with the Bank of Canada on an apparent interest-rate hiking path.“(It) could result in Ontario looking weaker in a relative sense,” Basdeo said of the two provinces in an interview after his appearance.He added that the higher-rate potential, combined with Ontario’s plan to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, could be a problem for future growth.Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa also appeared at the conference to make the pitch on behalf of his province.Sousa argued that Ontario played a role in helping Quebec.In a later interview, Sousa credited the Ontario economy for its ability to withstand shocks over the years, its fiscal stability, low unemployment, infrastructure investments and measures introduced last year aimed at easing risks in the housing market.When asked about Quebec, Sousa said he had heard more talk about it.“Quebec and other provinces — their prosperity, their improvement, is good for all of us,” Sousa said.He also said that Ontario had provided billions of dollars in indirect support for Quebec through the federal equalization program.“I’m encouraged by Quebec’s ability to come to balance. That’s important. Of course, Quebec benefits from transfer payments from the federal government that Ontario doesn’t get. We’re a net contributor to the federation, always have been, even when we qualified for equalization.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Military bomb sat in Manitoba basement for more than 25 years RCMP

first_imgWINNIPEG – When Manitoba RCMP put out a call for unwanted firearms and ammunition, they weren’t expecting to come across a decades-old military bomb being stored in a basement.A month-long amnesty program began in June so people could safely get rid of firearms and ammunition.On Monday, officers received a surprising call about a bomb which had been stored in a basement in Portage la Prairie, Man., for more than 25 years.“It’s not something that we see every day that’s for sure,” RCMP spokeswoman Tara Seel said Wednesday.Bomb experts determined it was not operational and it was taken into custody.Seel said they aren’t sure exactly how long — or why — the person kept the bomb.During the amnesty period, a person can dispose of unwanted guns and ammunition, even if they are not legally entitled to own them, without facing a weapons-related charge. There is no amnesty if the weapons have been used in a crime, Seel added.She said the old explosive was certainly an unusual call for RCMP but it shows the importance of the amnesty to get dangerous devices off the streets — and out of basements.“Gun amnesty, the whole point of it is to get rid of unwanted firearms, weapons, ammunition in a safe way that ultimately enhances public safety,” Seel said.Anyone who wants to dispose of a firearm or ammunition is asked to contact the local police detachment’s non-emergency phone line to arrange for a pickup.last_img read more

Lorne Grabher wins 750 from province amid lengthy battle over licence plate

first_imgHALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government has to reimburse a retiree for a court skirmish over a report suggesting a licence plate bearing his family name supports sexual violence against women.Lorne Grabher has been trying to reinstate his personalized licence plate since it was revoked in 2016 by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles following an anonymous complaint about the plate.He was awarded $750 in court costs in a decision released this week, although he won’t actually be getting a cheque. The money matches the $750 that Grabher was to have paid the Crown for an earlier skirmish over an affidavit.The same-costs award “will do justice between the parties,” said Supreme Court Justice Pierre Muise in a decision released Thursday.In February, Grabher’s lawyer, Jay Cameron, had fought to strike a Crown report linking the plate, which reads “GRABHER,” to derogatory comments about women made by U.S. President Donald Trump.The report was done by McGill University professor Dr. Carrie Rentschler, who has expertise in communications and gender studies. She referenced Trump’s boast that he could grab any woman he pleased by her genitals, which was caught on a 2005 tape released during his presidential campaign.At the time, Cameron argued that Rentschler’s report did not consider “GRABHER” as a name, but instead inferred that the plate was a direct reference to Trump’s controversial statement.“There is zero evidence in this case that refers to Donald Trump, with the exception of this report,” said Cameron in February.“I think that the court should ask itself whether or not the freedom of expression of Canadians is influenced in any way by comments by a foreign dignitary.”Crown lawyer Alison Campbell had argued that the report is relevant and necessary in deciding the case, saying the expert was simply asked to objectively determine: “Is this phrase offensive?”“Dr. Rentschler’s report is not a salacious magazine. It is a review of academic literature on the ways in which gender violence is represented and reinforced in society,” said Campbell, adding that the report notes that language can take on new meaning as the context changes.The hearing of Grabher’s motion in February took around 2.5 hours — around the same amount of time it took to hear the registrar’s motion to strike portions of Grabher’s affidavit.In his decision this week, Muise said he partially granted Grabher’s request to strike the report, saying the opinion expressed would need to undergo “substantial revisions” before it could be admissible in court.Grabher first purchased the personalized licence plate as a gift for his late father around 1990. It then became an expression of family pride in their Austrian-German heritage.His case will resume in early September, when he will make constitutional arguments against the registrar’s regulations and its decision to revoke the plate.last_img read more

System failed Manitoba girl returned to parent without support checks advocate

first_imgWINNIPEG — Manitoba’s advocate for children and youth says a girl who suffered repeated sexual abuse and died of a drug overdose was failed over and over again by the province’s child welfare system.The girl — identified only as Angel — was born to a mother with addiction issues and was apprehended by social workers 14 times by the time she was 12, says a 118-page report from Daphne Penrose released Thursday.But each time, the girl was returned to her mother without a proper assessment of the home and without supports for the family.“The (child and family services) agency conducted no meaningful assessments as to whether Angel’s mother was ready or able to provide safe care to Angel. So inevitably, Angel would be returned home, left in the risky situations, and when the risk became so sufficient, she was reapprehended again,” Penrose said.“When she was in care, CFS did not complete any long-term planning and did not demonstrate an understanding of their legal mandate to protect and provide for Angel.”Penrose, an independent officer of the legislature, makes six recommendations in her report, including a call for greater oversight to ensure agencies are meeting minimum standards.Penrose also says children need better protection from sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.Angel was sexually abused the first time when she was 21 months old, the report said. When she was seven, her family was waiting for housing on a reserve and living at the local healing centre. While her mother was out, another resident watching over Angel fell asleep and a third resident came into the room and sexually assaulted the girl.Angel dealt with her childhood trauma by acting out, Penrose said. She numbed herself with solvents and attempted suicide at age 11. She was later forced into the sex trade, became addicted to drugs and died of an accidental overdose in 2015 at the age of 17.She was in care at the time. The man who provided her drugs later pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing death.“In Angel’s case, the public systems that should have protected her did not,” Penrose said.Penrose is also calling on government, police forces and others to expand outreach programs for exploited youth and to raise public awareness about the “relentless” sexual exploitation of children and youth.“As a community, we all have a role to play in making sure that people understand that … sexual exploitation is a violation of children’s human rights and we need to stop it from happening.”The report also calls for expanded mental-health services, specifically addressing childhood trauma and addictions. It can be hard to get a child into treatment, and even those going in voluntarily can find themselves turned away outside office hours, Penrose said.Steve Lambert, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Cousteau calls on all countries to do more to save and restore

first_imgOTTAWA — Even the family that pioneered efforts to protect the worlds’ oceans once believed you could throw garbage overboard without consequence.Jean-Michel Cousteau, environmental filmmaker and son of famed marine conservationist Jacques Cousteau, says when he was a small child and his father first took him scuba diving, they too believed the “ocean was a bottomless receptacle for whatever waste we didn’t want on land.”In a new 3D documentary, Wonders of the Sea, being released in Canada on Feb. 1, Jean-Michel Cousteau is hoping to show the rest of the world why that thinking is so wrong.The documentary comes as many countries, including Canada, are struggling to cut down on the garbage that is destroying the oceans, particularly single-use plastics like soda bottles, grocery bags and food packaging, and abandoned fishing nets and lines. Last year Canada tried to get the G7 nations to sign an anti-plastics charter aiming that by 2030 all plastics will be recycled, reused or burned for energy. Only five joined, with Japan and the United States opting out.Cousteau said plastics are an issue but so are chemicals, including pharmaceuticals that end up in the water. He also pointed to greenhouse gases, which the ocean absorbs, warming the water and acidifying it. In the process coral reefs, and the marine creatures that depend on them, are dying.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Cousteau said there are commendable efforts by world governments, including Canada, to tackle some of the problems, but much more has to happen.“We’re doing but we’re not doing enough,” he said. “We need to do a lot more. Everyone has to understand.”He said it’s not about criticizing people for their actions, but rather educating them about their impact, much as he had to be educated himself.“When I was a kid I was doing it too,” he said. “I had no knowledge, I had no education. I would throw things in the ocean just like everyone else would.”His eye-opening came when his own childhood playground, the harbour in Sanary Sur Mer in southern France, became dirtier, and the octopus and fish he loved to swim with started disappearing.“I was devastated to see where I grew up was being destroyed,” he said.The oceans, said Cousteau, are the difference between human survival and extinction. Phytoplankton, one-celled organisms that live on the oceans’ surface, produce half the earth’s supply of oxygen. It means, Cousteau notes in the film, “that every other breath you take is a gift from the ocean.”Likewise the oceans are part of the water cycle providing the other critical element to human survival.“We depend on the ocean, we depend on what’s in the ocean for the quality of life of every species whether it’s on land or in the ocean — and that is water,” said Cousteau. “No water, no life.”Cousteau said Canada’s ocean protection policies are notable, including its attempts to save the Southern Resident Killer Whales. Those whales, two of which are named after Cousteau’s famous father and his research vessel, Calypso, are dying out. No new calf has survived in the last three years.A new calf spotted in early January has a 50 per cent chance of surviving.The Liberal government in Canada has been criticized by many marine conservationists for pushing on with the new Trans Mountain pipeline expansion despite its potential impact on the whales. A Federal Court of Appeal decision last year tore up the government’s approval for the expansion partly because it didn’t consider the impact on the whales when giving the project the green light. Canada is now trying to redo the consultation process to prove it is taking steps to protect the whales.Cousteau did not wade into that debate directly, but he says oil is a problem for marine life, as are the thousands of boats that traverse their habitat every day.“I don’t want the oil industry to go out of business,” he said. “I want them to invest all their giant profits that they make into new sources of energy.”Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Drunken man fined 496 after falling asleep in strangers bed

first_imgLA PECHE, Que. — Police in Western Quebec say a man was fined $496 after he was found snoring in a stranger’s bed early Sunday.The MRC des Collines police say an older woman returned home about 2 a.m. in the village of Wakefield to find the strange man, half her age, in a deep sleep in her bed.The woman didn’t rouse him and instead went to the police station nearby to notify authorities.When officers woke up the man, he thought he was in his own home.Police say the man had been drinking and had mistaken the woman’s house for his own, which was actually 18 kilometres further north.Sgt. Martin Fournel says the fine was for being on private property without good reason.Fournel says the man didn’t break in — the door was unlocked — and the woman declined to file a criminal complaint. The intruder was taken home by police.Police did note the man’s good manners: he removed his shoes at the front door before slipping under the covers.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Amanda Holden Pictures A Better Future With UNICEF

first_imgActor and TV presenter Amanda Holden is inviting mums across the UK and Ireland to join together and support the launch of the Pampers and UNICEF Picture a Better Future campaign.“I’m supporting the campaign to celebrate the achievements of the collective power of mums across the world in the fight against maternal and newborn tetanus,” she said. “It’s fantastic to see how the efforts of mums everywhere have made a significant difference already, but is also a reminder that women and babies around the world are still at risk and continue to die needlessly from a disease that can be so easily prevented.”Get involvedYou can help Pampers and UNICEF protect pregnant women and women of child-bearing age in the developing world against MNT today. For each specially marked Pampers UNICEF pack purchased, Pampers will donate the cost of one tetanus vaccine to support UNICEF in the fight against MNT.You can also join the campaign online by uploading a photo of you and your baby to Pampers’ photo wall. Pampers will then donate the cost of one life-saving vaccine to UNICEF.Source:UNICEF UKlast_img read more

Celebrities Join The Thirst Project For Charity Beverage Tastings

first_imgCelebrity supporters joined The Thirst Project founder Seth Maxwell on Tuesday, October 30,for an evening of beverage tastings at The Avenue in Hollywood to raise awareness for the global water crisis and help to raise funds for building fresh water wells in developing countries.The Thirst Project is a non-profit organization that exists to raise awareness of and bring solutions to the clean water crisis through Education Outreach Programs that educate, equip and empower individuals to explore the human journey and take action in projects that create radical and sustainable global change, and champion hope and respect for the positive values of life. As well as build fresh water wells in communities suffering from the global water crisis. Started by college students, the Thirst Project now reaches out to colleges and high schools to educate their students on the nearly 1 billion people who still do not have access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation. In less than 3 years, its members have reached over 500,000 students and in turn raised $1.3 million. This money has provided 50,000 people with drinkable water. In these communities, disease, child mortality, AIDS, etc. drop dramatically thanks to the clean water wells.Among the celebrities in attendance were Christian Serratos (Twilight: Breaking Dawn part 2), Diane Neal (Law and Order SVU), Chelsea Ricketts (AMC’s The Killing),Drake Bell (iCarly), Geno Segers (Pair of Kings), Jillian Rose Reed (Awkward), Michael Welch (Twilight movie series), Nikki DeLoach (Awkward), Jeannie Mai (Fashion Expert), Pip (The Voice), Sarah Hackett (Artist/Singer-Songwriter), Allie Gonino (The Lying Game), Amy Paffrath (Dumbbells), Drew Seeley (Singer/Songwriter), Kristina Pesic (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) and Breann Johnson (Red Wing).last_img read more

Sarah Jessica Parker Joins Kenneth Cole To Create amfAR Handbag

first_imgFashion designer Kenneth Cole and actress Sarah Jessica Parker have joined forces in support of amfAR, The American Foundation for AIDS Research, with the creation of a limited edition evening bag that will be auctioned live at the New York amfAR Gala on February 6.Kenneth Cole and actress Sarah Jessica Parker have joined forces in support of amfAR with the creation of a limited edition evening bag that will be auctioned live at the New York amfAR Gala on February 6The bag, which features the inscription “We’re All Potential Carriers”, includes a condom inside, and was inspired by the notion that every woman should look stylish and be safe.In addition to being auctioned at the amfAR Gala, the bag will make its runway debut at the Kenneth Cole fashion show on February 7. In order to raise additional funds for amfAR, 20 of the bags will be sold during the live stream of the fashion show with 100% of the proceeds being donated to amfAR.“It’s been an amazing experience to collaborate with Kenneth Cole on the design of a handbag supporting amfAR,” says Sarah Jessica Parker. “Kenneth has used his platform as a fashion designer for nearly 30 years to advocate for amfAR’s mission to end AIDS. I’m thrilled this bag will help raise money and awareness for the 30 million people living with HIV and AIDS.”The gold-dusted black genuine snakeskin clutch will retail for $1,000 and has a gunmetal frame etched with Sarah Jessica Parker’s name. It also features a snake chain that can be tucked inside, a wrist strap, and includes a wallet with room for credit cards and a condom. After taking a hiatus from the runway for seven years, fashion designer and Chairman of amfAR wanted his return to Fashion Week to be a salute to amfAR. During the live stream of his show and throughout Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Kenneth will also be donating $1 (up to $30K) to AIDS research @amfAR for every @KennethCole follower that tweets using #KCRUNWAY.As the Chairman of amfAR, Cole is also working closely with IMG Fashion to bring the charities message to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The amfAR New York Gala, as part of the official calendar, will be kicking off the event with a special ribbon cutting with Kenneth and other top American designers. Additionally, the double red ribbon AIDS pin, which Cole re-interpreted in collaboration with the MTV Staying Alive Foundation in 2012, will be featured in the official event gift bag going to industry VIP’s. Guests of the event will see amfAR’s presence throughout Lincoln Center via special video footage and a unique instillation created by Mercedes-Benz USA.“As I returned to Fashion Week it was important for my show to be about something bigger than just fashion. While we’ve made tremendous strides towards finding a cure for AIDS, there is still much work to be done, and so it’s important to keep reminding people that we’re all potential carriers. Partnerships with amfAR, devoted role models like Sarah Jessica Parker , and organizations like IMG Fashion make a critical difference in getting the AIDS message out there,” says Kenneth Cole. “The fact that we are able to reach such an influential and inspiring group of people (with this message) during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is extremely powerful.”“Kenneth Cole is one of America’s most beloved designers and has always been an integral part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s history,” says Peter Levy, SVP and Managing Director, IMG Fashion Events and Properties. “His dedication to AIDS research is extraordinary and we hope that by supporting amfAR and featuring his Collection on our runways, we are able to further promote this critical message.”Kenneth Cole will be honored by amfAR on February 6 at the New York Gala for his 27 years of AIDS activism, and his runway show will be held the next day on February 7. Additionally, Kenneth Cole is the executive producer of the HBO documentary film “The Battle of amfAR” which premiered January 18 at the Sundance Film Festival.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Halle Berry Attends Film Screening For Friends Of 911 Fundraising Campaign

first_imgNENA – The 9-1-1 Association on Wednesday kicked off the NENA Foundation’s “Friends of 9-1-1” fundraising campaign with a special screening of the new film The Call and an in-person appearance by the film’s star, Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry. Liz Montgomery, Maria Moreno, Halle Berry, Yolanda Arroyo, and Gilbert NajarCredit/Copyright: Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc via PRNewsFotoIn the film, which opened in theaters nationwide on March 15, Ms. Berry plays a 9-1-1 operator attempting to save a kidnapped teenage girl. In preparation for the role, Ms. Berry was trained by actual 9-1-1 professionals at a Los Angeles Police Department emergency communications center. At the screening, the actress told more than 180 L.A.-area emergency call takers and other invited guests she was pleased to help launch the NENA campaign.“Like most people, I had no idea what you do,” Berry said. “But after seeing the vastness of it, I wanted to honor you in this role. And I want the world to know you are the unsung heroes of this city and every community in America.”“We are so grateful to Ms. Berry, Sony Pictures, and the entire team involved in this film for their support,” said NENA CEO Brian Fontes. “Through the Friends of 9-1-1, we are expanding our support of education and training programs for 9-1-1 professionals and raising awareness of the issues facing every local 9-1-1 agency.”The NENA Foundation, a nonprofit that develops education and training programs for current and future 9-1-1 professionals. Funds from the Friends of 9-1-1 campaign support: • 9-1-1 career training programs, including special outreach to military service veterans, high school, junior college, and vocational students; • Scholarships, continuing education, and career advancement opportunities for current 9-1-1 professionals; and • Public awareness campaigns designed to educate and inform consumers about the various human resource and other issues affecting the 9-1-1 system.Anyone wishing to support the campaign may visit www.friendsof911.org to make a secure online donation. The NENA Foundation plans to conduct additional fundraising and awareness events and activities in the coming months.Corporate sponsors of the Los Angeles event included Tracfone, Sony Pictures, Verizon, Hitech Systems, Intrado, AT&T, Cassidian, and TKC Consulting.Other special guests included one of the film’s producers, Michael Helfant, and screenwriter Richard D’Ovidio, who joined in a lively discussion session after the screening. The call takers in attendance lauded the cast and creators of the film for its realistic and ground-breaking portrayal of 9-1-1 operations.“A lot of us could relate to this film,” said California NENA President Cheri Lynn Rockwell, ENP. “It brings to life the kinds of stresses we face every day in California and across the nation, and why we need an effort like Friends of 9-1-1.”Said one 9-1-1 call taker after watching the film: “I’ve been a 9-1-1 dispatcher for 22 years, but this makes me excited to go to work tonight.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Peter Dinklage Wants You To Face Your Food

first_imgFans of Game of Thrones can’t seem to get enough of series star Peter Dinklage — and that’s why, with the hit series’ fourth season now underway, PETA is launching the Emmy Award–winning actor’s new video exposé of the meat, egg, and dairy industries.And although fans may relish the bloody battle scenes in Game of Thrones, they may be shocked by the violence revealed in Dinklage’s “Face Your Food,” a follow-up to Paul McCartney’s Glass Walls and Alec Baldwin’s “Meet Your Meat” videos.“The images that you’re about to see might make you want to turn away, but this is what you pay for every time you buy meat, eggs, and dairy products,” Dinklage begins in the video short, which debuted last week on PETA.org. “That’s why tens of millions of kind people just in the United States alone have decided to leave animal products off their plates for good.”And Dinklage is one of them: He first went vegetarian at the age of 16, and he credits his dad with helping him make that decision. “My father was a big influence on me in terms of having a great respect for nature at a young age,” he says in an exclusive video interview with PETA. And Dinklage adds that over the years, it’s gotten easier to find vegan food. “There’s so many more organic markets, soy products, restaurants,” he says. “It truly is less expensive and very easy to find.”“As you’ve seen here,” concludes Dinklage in the exposé, “by buying meat, eggs, and dairy products, you’re paying for cruelty. Please make the kind choice.”Source:PETAlast_img read more

Royals Attend Responsible Business Awards

first_imgThe Prince of Wales, President of Business in the Community was joined by his sons The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry earlier this week as he attended the annual responsible business awards.The Prince of Wales with The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry at the annual BITC Responsible Business AwardsCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgAs they arrived at the Royal Albert Hall for the evening event, they were greeted by hosts comedian David Walliams and F1 presenter Natalie Pinkham.Some 1,400 guests gathered for the event which featured performances by the Military Wives Choir and poet George Mpanga.The Prince of Wales, who is President of the Business in the Community (BITC) charity, gave a keynote speech and urged business leaders to create more training and job opportunities for former military personnel. “And that is in the opportunities available to our troops when they return home and seek employment outside the armed forces. Loyalty, integrity, teamwork and the ability to work calmly and with discipline and good humour under intense pressure are qualities that any business must surely value highly.
”However the transition is by no means easy, and we should not pretend it is, even for the able-bodied. For those who have been wounded, of course, the difficulties are greater still.”

The Prince, who has served with the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, added: “One of the biggest differences the corporate sector can make, is the development of the skills needed to fill the skills gaps and create the employment and economic independence that enable individuals to contribute fully to the community in which they live.“Employers must look for new ways to unlock talent – the extra steps they must take to find it and, most importantly, what they must do to ensure that their own practices do not disadvantage talented individuals because of the circumstances in which they find themselves.”His Royal Highness, who visited the flood-hit Somerset Levels earlier in the day, said more had to be done to create a “genuinely sustainable economy”.

”The prosperity of business and society and the whole of the natural environment on which we depend for our ultimate survival are intimately tied together. One cannot succeed without the other,” he said. “For the three of them to flourish we must create a more circular and genuinely sustainable economy.

“The recent flooding events across Great Britain demonstrate how vulnerable our economies and communities can be.

“I have seen the effects of this first hand, after floods in places like Braunton, Yalding and the Somerset Levels, which I revised only today, to see how people are recovering from the after effects.”During his speech, The Prince revealed that Marks and Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland would be the new Prince’s National Ambassador for Responsible Business. He will work with regional ambassadors to encourage responsible business practices across the UK.The awards, which celebrate companies that show innovation, creativity and a sustained commitment to corporate responsibility, are presented across 13 categories including the Responsible Business of the Year 2014.A Clarence House spokeswoman said: “For more than 30 years, The Prince of Wales has believed that being a responsible business goes far beyond the financial bottom line.“Through his charity, Business in the Community (BITC), established in 1982, His Royal Highness seeks to help businesses recognise their wider role in society and how they can help to tackle some of our most pressing social and environmental issues.”Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.org He said: “I want to look at a situation, which is just as big a concern to my sons as it is to me, where fortune very often does not favour the brave.last_img read more

Jane Goodall Calls For Release Of Surviving Primates From German Lab

first_imgInternationally renowned ethologist, Dr Jane Goodall, DBE Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace – has joined animal protection groups in Germany, the UK and France (Ärzte-gegen-Tierversuche e.V. , Cruelty Free International and One Voice) in welcoming an end to the controversial neuroscience experiments on monkeys at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (MPI) in Tübingen, and is calling for the surviving monkeys to be released to a sanctuary.In recent years, MPI has found itself at the centre of media and public controversy following a long running campaign by Ärzte-gegen-Tierversuche e.V. In 2014, MPI was the subject of harrowing undercover video footage that revealed the immense suffering of primates, who were forced to take part in neuroscience experiments using severe water deprivation and physical and psychological coercion.Two years later, in 2016, MPI announced that it would end using primates in these controversial experiments. Despite an initial move by MPI to try to place some of the surviving monkeys into a sanctuary, no information on the actual fate and whereabouts of the surviving animals has been made public. It is feared that MPI has sent at least ten monkeys to other laboratories in Europe to continue to be used in experiments.Dr Jane Goodall, who in December gave an inspiring lecture in Tübingen organized by Ärzte gegen Tierversuche during which she spoke out passionately against the use of primates in invasive and cruel experiments, has stated: “I welcome the news that the disturbing monkey experiments taking place at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, in Tübingen, Germany will no longer take place. However, I am saddened to learn that the monkeys have not been released to a sanctuary but rather sent to other laboratories presumably to be used in further experiments. I join Cruelty Free International, Ärzte gegen Tierversuche and One Voice in calling for information on their whereabouts to be publicly released and I urge the Max Planck Institute to arrange for the immediate transfer of these monkeys to a sanctuary. These poor individuals have suffered enough and deserve to live out the rest of their lives free from the deprivation and confinement of the laboratory.”One Voice, Ärzte-gegen-Tierversuche e.V. and Cruelty Free International have submitted a request to Mr. Klaus Tappeser, President of the administrative district of Tübingen, requesting information on the current whereabouts and fate of any of primates who were held by MPI in November 2016 be released.last_img read more

Jerry Garcia Foundation Promotes Butterfly And Bee Preservation

first_imgThe Jerry Garcia Foundation will once again take part in Dead & Company’s Charity Outreach Initiative at the Participation Row Charity Village as part of this summer’s concert tour.Butterfly Study: Watercolor by Jerry GarciaThis year, the nonprofit organization hopes to inspire butterfly garden plantings and interactive art in partnership with the Save Our Monarchs Foundation.The Jerry Garcia Foundation will distribute free butterfly garden seeds and pollinator seeds to the first 300 people at each concert who visit their tent at the Participation Row Charity Village on the concert tour. The audience is invited to participate in a new interactive art project by posting photos of their gardens and nature on the Jerry Garcia Foundation Facebook Page. The photos will be added to a visual art collage and shared on social media with the tags: #SaveOurMonarchs #SaveOurBees #RippleEffect.“Save Our Monarchs has generously donated thousands of Non-GMO milkweed seed packets and pollinator garden seeds to the Jerry Garcia Foundation. We are sharing these seeds in hopes that gardens will be planted to nourish butterfly and bee populations across the US,” said Keelin Garcia, Jerry’s youngest daughter and Co-Founder of the Jerry Garcia Foundation.The Save Our Monarchs Foundation is a grassroots organization devoted to the preservation of the Monarch butterflies, primarily by planting milkweed plants, which are the Monarch caterpillar’s only source of sustenance.Participation Row is a charity outreach program initiated by the nonprofits REVERB and HeadCount. The program invites environmentally and socially responsible organizations to highlight their charitable activities in a tent village at each concert on the tour.“We are grateful to Dead and Company, Reverb and HeadCount for their continued support and the invitation to participate in this charity outreach program. Jerry was an environmentalist who advocated for the preservation of the rainforests and the coral reefs. It is a blessing to continue this work in his honor,” said Manasha Garcia, Jerry’s wife and Co-founder of the Jerry Garcia Foundation.The Jerry Garcia Foundation has invited the following nonprofit partners to attend Participation Row as charity guests: Alive Inside Foundation, Bread and Roses Presents, Fender Music Foundation, Friends of the Uptown, Hard Rock Heals Foundation, HoneyLove Urban Beekeepers, One Percent for the Planet, Playing for Change Foundation, Psylodelic Gallery, Save Our Monarchs Foundation, Shimer College Great Books, WildCare and WhyHunger.The Dead & Company Band features the Grateful Dead musicianship of Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann along with guitarist/vocalist John Mayer, bassist Oteil Burbridge, and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti.Bob Weir, Grateful Dead Co-Founder, is an advisory board member of the Jerry Garcia Foundation.last_img read more

Zac Brown Band Raises Record Amount For Camp Southern Ground

first_imgOn Saturday, October 14th the multi-platinum GRAMMY award-winning Zac Brown Band took the stage at the Southern Ground Amphitheater in Fayetteville, Georgia for the sixth annual Night of Candles benefit show in support of Camp Southern Ground.Zac Brown Band at the Southern Ground Amphitheater in Fayetteville, GeorgiaCredit/Copyright: Andy SappIn a record breaking night, the event helped to raise 1.7 million dollars for Camp Southern Ground.Camp Southern Ground is located on over 400 acres in Fayetteville, GA and will serve children ages 7-17, from all socioeconomic backgrounds, races and religions, with activities to challenge, educate and inspire campers. As an inclusive camp, Camp Southern Ground will bring together typically developing children, children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), learning and attention issues, social or emotional challenges, and those with family members serving in the military.The evening’s proceeds will help to support the build out of the first residential lodge on Campus. A large portion of the night was made possible by presenting sponsor Wells Fargo who made a generous donation to Camp Southern Ground to help with the construction of the lodge, which in the non-camp season will support military families and veterans, a cause Wells Fargo supports greatly.“By working together with Zac Brown Band, and Zac’s non-profit passion project Camp Southern Ground, we believe that together we can build a better homecoming for veterans, their families, and the communities we serve,” said Jerry Quinn, Wells Fargo military affairs program manager. “Wells Fargo is proud to support Camp Southern Ground through philanthropy and volunteerism, and we are excited about the groundbreaking for their new lodge that will offer enriching experiences for our veterans.”Nine weeks out of the year Camp Southern Ground will host campers, and when camp is not in session the state-of-the-art facilities will be used to partner with military and veteran support organizations, like Wells Fargo, who will deliver their programs on the campus.“Wells Fargo’s support for veterans in transition is aligned with our mission related to serving those who have served and sacrificed to protect our freedoms and keep us safe. We are so grateful for Wells Fargo’s generous donation which will go toward building our first essential residential lodge to house veterans while on campus and military children during our summer camps,” said Camp Southern Ground President and CEO, Mike Dobbs.Another successful evening for Camp Southern Ground means another step closer to opening the doors of the campus to children and families. It’s through the support of the community and partners like Wells Fargo that Brown’s passion project continues to grow.last_img read more

The Alzheimers Association Welcomes Bill Gates to the Trenches to Dig Deep

first_imgThis week, Bill Gates announced his commitment to the Alzheimer’s cause. The Alzheimer’s Association welcomes him and applauds his efforts to seek an end to Alzheimer’s, which he details in the piece titled Why I’m Digging Deep into Alzheimer’s.”As he notes, more people are living longer than ever before and discoveries in science mean that less people die young from heart disease, cancer and infectious disease, allowing for longer lives. However, along with increased age comes a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s, a disease that is not normal aging and is ultimately fatal.Gates acknowledges that in addition to the staggering economic costs, emotional costs also run very high for families affected by this devastating disease. Sharing personal insight into his own family experience is brave and advances the public conversation about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.Those who have experienced this disease firsthand, like Gates, know the enormous impact it has on individuals and families creating, as he says, a ripple effect that is unmatched by other health conditions. Data reported annually in the Alzheimer’s Association Fact and Figures report illustrate the impact: More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and they are cared for by over 15 million family caregivers. In addition, dementia creates a staggering financial burden. Those who have dementia spend five times more annually on out-of-pocket health expenses than those who don’t have Alzheimer’s, and the disease accounts for direct American health care costs of $259 billion in 2017, with projected growth to $1.1 trillion in 2050.Gates has invested a great deal of time to better understand the full scope of the disease and how he can play a significant role in accelerating progress. The Alzheimer’s Association commends Bill Gates for digging in and joining the cause.In his letter, Gates describes how he will address this issue using a multidimensional approach. This is crucial. We are learning how the brain changes throughout life and are beginning to identify those abnormal changes early, even before symptoms occur. We also know that given the complexity of the brain, that multiple approaches to combating Alzheimer’s, including lifestyle and drug interventions, are necessary to slow and ultimately stop the disease. This will require more public and private funding, more clinical trial participants and more data sharing to push progress forward faster.The Alzheimer’s Association believes strongly in addressing Alzheimer’s through a multidimensional approach, so we’re leading initiatives, convening and collaborating through scientific projects including:1 Data sharing through through the Global Alzheimer’s Association Interactive Network (GAAIN) 2 Clinical trials examining the impact of lifestyle interventions through the U.S. Study to Protect Brain Health Through Lifestyle Intervention to Reduce Risk (U.S. POINTER) and 3 Large-scale early detection efforts such as the World Wide Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (WW-ADNI) and Imaging Dementia — Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) study.While these are just a few examples of the Association’s efforts to accelerate progress, the Alzheimer’s cause still needs much more. To that end, the Association is leading the way to increase the nation’s federal commitment to Alzheimer’s disease research. As a result, in the last five years, Alzheimer’s research funding at the National Institutes of Health has nearly tripled — and yet, this amount is still not sufficient to create the progress needed to achieve the bipartisan, federal commitment to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s by 2025.Nonetheless, thanks to all of the contributions of all of the dedicated people working to defeat Alzheimer’s, the Alzheimer’s Association is confident that together we will succeed. Having Bill Gates declare his dedication to making an impact on accelerating progress is great for the cause.last_img read more