After LS fireworks JK resolution cleared

first_imgNew Delhi: Parliament on Tuesday approved a resolution abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and a bill for splitting the state into two Union Territories.The resolution was adopted by Lok Sabha with 351 members voting in its support and 72 against it, while one member abstained. The bill to create two UTs -Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh – was passed by 370 votes in favour and 70 against. PM Modi hailed the passage of bills on Jammu and Kashmir in Parliament as a “momentous occasion” in parliamentary democracy and said a new dawn awaits the state which is now free from the “shackles” of vested interest groups. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe resolution and the bill were approved by Rajya Sabha on Monday. Replying to the debate on the resolution for abrogating some provisions of Article 370 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019, Home Minister Amit Shah said that India will continue to claim the territories of Jammu and Kashmir under the occupation of Pakistan and ruled out any talks with separatist amalgam Hurriyat Conference. Shah also said the Modi government will have no hesitation in restoring statehood to Jammu and Kashmir when normalcy returns. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayDefending the government’s action to put restrictions in Kashmir Valley in the last two days, the home minister said the law and order there has not deteriorated and whatever actions have been taken were all precautionary. The opposition in Lok Sabha on Tuesday accused the government of not consulting “stakeholders” before deciding on abrogating provisions of Article 370 which gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir, a charge rejected by treasury benches which said Parliament represents the will of the people. Bengal Chief Minister on Tuesday said the Centre should have consulted all political parties before deciding to scrap Constitutional provisions that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Initiating the debate on the motions, Manish Tewari tried to trace the origins of Article 370 and said the then Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir chose to accede with India. T R Baalu (DMK) said the government should have got the resolution and the bill passed as it has a “brute” majority. After the resolution and the bill were adopted, Speaker Om Birla adjourned Lok Sabha sine die.last_img read more

BJP appoints incharges for pollbound states

first_imgNew Delhi: Even as Congress is yet to zero in on a new President post Lok Sabha poll drubbing, ruling BJP is getting prepared for the next round of assembly polls as it announced in-charges and co-incharges on Friday for the poll-bound states.Assembly elections in three states – Jharkhand, Haryana and Maharashtra are due later this year, whereas, the assembly elections in Delhi is scheduled in early 2020. The party has appointed Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar as the election in-charge for Delhi, Civil Aviation minister (I/C) Hardeep Singh Puri and MoS Home Nityanand Rai as his deputies. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’For Haryana, the party high command has appointed agricultural minister Narendra Singh Tomar as the election in-charge and Uttar Pradesh minister Bhupendra Singh as his deputy. Whereas, the party’s general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Bhupendra Yadav is the new election in-charge of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and former Karnataka MLA Laxman Savadi are the co-in-charges. BJP national vice-president OP Mathur has been announced as the new election in-charge for Jharkhand and minister in Bihar Nanda Kishore Yadav will be his deputy. The new appointments were declared in a communiqué by Bharatiya Janata Party’s national president Amit Shah.last_img read more

India Bahrain call on global community to reject terrorism

first_imgManama: In a veiled attack on Pakistan, India and Bahrain on Sunday called on the international community to reject the use of terrorism against other countries as both sides agreed to further enhance cooperation in the field of security and counter-terrorism.During his two-day visit to Bahrain, the first by an Indian prime minister, that concluded on Sunday, Modi held bilateral meetings with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and prince and Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The two sides exchanged views on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest during the meetings, according to a joint statement. “Both sides called on all states to reject the use of terrorism against other countries; dismantle terrorism infrastructures where they happen to exist and to cut off any kind of support and financing to the terrorists perpetrating terrorism from all territories against other states; and bring perpetrators of acts of terrorism to justice,” the statement said without referring to any country. India has been pressing Pakistan to end its state policy of backing cross-border terrorism and its support to terror groups on its soil. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIndia and Bahrain also discussed ways and means to further promote cooperation in cyber security, including prevention of use of cyber space for terrorism, radicalisation and for disturbing social harmony. The two sides agreed to further enhance cooperation in the field of security, counter-terrorism and the exchange of intelligence and information, it said. The leaders also noted the “need for concerted action by the international community against terrorism” and “underlined the importance of comprehensive sanctioning of terrorists and their organisations by the UN”. They also said that regional connectivity projects should be based on international law, including respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of states, in an apparent reference to China’s push for its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). During the meetings, the two sides also noted the increasing trend of bilateral trade and existing potential for two-way investments and reaffirmed their desire to provide favourable environments for trade and investments. The two countries agreed to focus on enhancing cooperation in energy, covering the areas of joint exploration and training of human resources. The two leaders agreed to enhance cooperation to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf region, vital for the security and safety of sea lanes. The two sides underlined the importance of enhancing high-level political exchanges, defence and higher education cooperation, trade and economic relations and people-to-people linkages.last_img read more

Nova Scotia premier defends reinstatement of top aide who assaulted woman

first_imgHALIFAX – For the second time in four days, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil was forced off message Thursday to defend himself from attacks on gender-related issues.At a campaign stop in Halifax, McNeil said Liberal communications director Kyley Harris deserved “a second chance” after being handed a conditional discharge for striking a woman in the face during a domestic argument on May 9, 2014.Harris was a spokesman for McNeil at the time, but was fired after waiting four days to tell the government he was facing an assault charge.Harris was hired back in 2015 to do research in the Liberal caucus office and is now listed as director of communications for the central campaign in the runup to the May 30 provincial vote.The matter resurfaced after federal Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose posted on social media Wednesday saying Harris’s re-hiring sends a “terrible message,” and that Liberal leaders “need to walk the talk on violence against women.”When asked about it Thursday, Nova Scotia Tory Leader Jamie Baillie said McNeil had exercised poor judgment in putting Harris back into his inner circle.“When the premier chooses to re-employ a person who pled guilty to a domestic assault I have to question his judgment. I think it shows poor judgment,” Baillie said. “It sends a terrible message to victims of domestic assault, men and women, who feel the system of government isn’t there for them.”In response, McNeil said he was proud of his party’s record on supporting victims of domestic violence, but that people shouldn’t be held back because of their past actions.“People deserve a second chance and Mr. Harris is one of those Nova Scotians,” he said, while dismissing Ambrose’s remarks. “As far as the national leader’s comments, that’s her comment.”McNeil added that Harris was not part of either his government or inner circle as Baillie had charged.After pleading guilty, Harris was sentenced to nine months’ probation and 30 hours of community service. He read a statement in court saying his actions were “inexcusable and disgraceful.”“I made an unforgivable mistake and I am sorry,” he said at the time.NDP Leader Gary Burrill pointed out Thursday the Harris controversy comes days after the premier drew fire for comments about running women in ridings that were “winnable.”“Mr. Harris’s appointment raises honest questions for people, particularly women around the province, and these are questions that it would be reasonable for us to expect Mr. McNeil to answer,” he said.McNeil was questioned Monday about why only 12 of the party’s 51 candidates for the May 30 election are women, but the Liberal leader insisted his party “has stood beside women to have them elected in meaningful ridings.”Burrill pointed out 24 of his party’s 51 candidates are women, while Baillie stood Monday with 12 female candidates and demanded McNeil apologize for his “thoughtless and dismissive comments.”The back-and-forth over Harris overshadowed the premier’s health care announcement Thursday, as he promised $78 million over four years to create and expand 70 collaborative care teams across the province. There would also be a $5 million annual fund for the construction and renovation of collaborative care clinics.The funding, announced in last week’s proposed budget, would go toward hiring nurses, social workers, and mental health workers to work with doctors in collaborative clinics.“This investment will attract highly skilled medical professionals to our province and provide an economic boost to communities when we expand our social infrastructure,” said McNeil.But he said the Liberals also realize that more doctors are needed now, and that’s why the party has made a commitment to hire 50 new doctors a year through another $2.4 million announced in the budget.Meanwhile, Burrill announced in a Halifax coffee shop that an NDP government would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020 — helping an estimated 130,000 lower income workers.Burrill said the implementation plan would be similar to one in Alberta, and would see the current wage of $10.85 raised in three phases. He said it would start with an increase of $1 on Jan. 1, and would be followed by two increases of around $1.57.“The rest of Canada has been seriously improving the standard of living for the lowest paid amongst us while Nova Scotia has come close to a real standstill on this important measure of economic security and social inclusion,” said Burrill.He said the plan includes a commission on the economy that would consult with businesses, corporations, and not-for-profits to determine how to help them adapt to the wage increase.Baillie said a Progressive Conservative government would spend $150 million over 10 years to bring high speed Internet service to rural areas which have long done without. The funding would be cost-shared with Ottawa and municipalities, meaning the annual provincial contribution would be $7.5 million.“It is unfair to expect Nova Scotians because of where they live to be disconnected from an opportunity to make a living, an opportunity to learn and to participate in social media,” Baillie said. “In 2017 access to high speed Internet is an essential service that should not be out of reach to any Nova Scotian.”last_img read more

Roundup of Nova Scotia campaign news

first_imgHALIFAX – (NSElxn)The leaders of Nova Scotia’s three main political parties were focused on the provincial capital Tuesday.Each leader spoke before Halifax council about plans for the municipality, where some of the tightest electoral battles are expected in the May 30 provincial election.Tory Leader Jamie Baillie said he’d like the city to be designated a “provincial capital district,” though he was vague on whether that would bring additional funds to beautify Halifax’s parks and main streets.Baillie declined comment on whether the Conservatives would offer the city more than the current $2 million a year for public transit.(The Canadian Press)—(NDP-Commuter-Rail)The NDP says it will partner with the city of Halifax to bring commuter rail to the municipality if elected May 30.Leader Gary Burrill says his party will work to secure access to federal infrastructure money and will provide up to $5 million a year to support annual operating costs.He says the suburban rim around Halifax is “bursting at the seams.”Burrill says having an accessible and modern transportation system will help connect the entire municipality.(The Canadian Press)—(Liberals-Halifax-Gallery)Premier Stephen McNeil is endorsing the idea of a new provincial gallery for downtown Halifax.McNeil says the existing Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is in a heritage building, but efforts have been launched in recent years to replace it due to a lack of space and problems controlling humidity, leaks and air temperature.But he stopped short of providing firm financial commitments — telling city council that he expects Ottawa’s infrastructure program may be able to contribute, along with private donors.McNeil says he believes a larger facility would become a major downtown tourism destination.(The Canadian Press)—(NSElxn-Health-Care)Health care continues to dominate the Nova Scotia campaign as it enters its final week.The Liberals say they will invest $100 million over the next four years to improve access to health care and cut waitlists.They say the Progressive Conservative plan for improving health care “doesn’t stack up” and is short on details.But Tory Leader Jamie Baillie is pledging to fix the province’s “broken system” and is holding a health care rally Wednesday to outline his plan.The NDP is promising to open a pilot mental health hub in Sydney, reverse cuts to community support groups and invest in a mental health and addictions strategy.last_img read more

Forecasters call for cool dry Halloween across much of the country

first_imgTORONTO – Forecasters say the relatively cool, stable weather conditions expected this Halloween will feel like a particularly festive treat coming on the heels of a tumultuous week in much of the country.The Weather Network says parts of Ontario and Quebec will be digging out of a snowstorm in the days leading up to Oct. 31, while high winds are expected to batter areas including the Prairies and Atlantic Canada.Compared to those conditions, chief meteorologist Chris Scott says Halloween will feel like a reprieve across most of the country.Scott says temperatures are expected to be relatively cool and near average in most of Canada, even in regions that have experienced unseasonable highs for most of the month.He says most of the country will get a break from major precipitation that day, though bands of snow may still surface north of Fort McMurray, Alta.Scott says the areas contending with high winds may not be out of the woods come trick-or-treat day, adding that may pose some complications for Halloween decorators.“It’s not so much on Halloween day but on the Sunday and Monday leading up to Halloween,” Scott said in a telephone interview. “We will see very strong winds. And depending on where those are … some of these inflatable Frankensteins may be floating down the street.”Scott said the bulk of the windy conditions will be found in Atlantic Canada, though he said storm systems passing near the Prairies may result in stiff breezes there as well.The best conditions will be found in British Columbia, Scott said, adding that cities such as Vancouver and Victoria that typically find themselves under cloudy skies this time of year can expect dry weather and seasonably average temperatures. Southern Alberta, which will be feeling the chill from cooler temperatures in the run-up to Halloween, may also find some relief on the day of, he said.Scott said Canadians from Manitoba through Quebec may be less enthused about the Halloween forecast.Those provinces have all basked in temperatures well above seasonal norms, he said, with some areas experiencing days at a stretch where temperatures hovered around 20 Celsius.He said those balmy periods are likely done for the season, with temperatures forecast to revert to average daytime highs of up to around 10 degrees for Halloween.Scott said parents may want to consider having kids wear an additional layer under their costumes as they adjust to the return to cooler conditions.last_img read more

What is a digital currency and how does cryptocurrency mining work

first_imgVANCOUVER – Cryptocurrency is a digital currency with no physical form or intrinsic value, but is an increasingly hot commodity as Bitcoin, its most well-known iteration, flirts with a record high.Bitcoin, the self-proclaimed original decentralized digital currency, is hovering around US$8,000 as investors pour into alternative currencies.Many other types of cryptocurrencies exist, including Monero and Litecoin. These digital currencies are decentralized, meaning there is no third-party authority like a bank that oversees activity, and transactions happen directly between two individuals. This offers some benefits, such as lower fees and global use.Cryptocurrencies rely on blockchain technology. The blockchain is a public ledger of the currency’s transactions.Generally speaking, there are two ways to obtain cryptocurrencies: A person can purchase units on an exchange, or they can participate in cryptocurrency mining.Miners secure cryptocurrency networks. They receive new issues of the currency for verifying transactions, which are then recorded on the blockchain.Miners run software that can require special hardware, like asic chips — designed for Bitcoin mining. Their computers solve complicated math problems in exchange for new issues of the currency. A mathematical proof of work, created by trying billions of calculations per second, is required to confirm a Bitcoin transaction. The more puzzles a miner solves, the more cryptocurrency they earn — incentivizing miners to participate and strengthening the overall system.On Bitcoin’s network, the problems become more complex if they are being solved too quickly. As more miners joined the system and the problems grew very difficult, miners started to pool together to do this work.Once purchased or mined, cryptocurrency lives in the individual’s digital wallet and can be used to purchase items online or at local stores that accept the currency.The digital currency’s value is derived from demand. At the time of writing, one Bitcoin was worth roughly $9,800 (it is highly volatile), while Monero has yet to hit four-digit worth.Sources: PwC, Bitcoin, We Use Coins, Litecoin, Monerolast_img read more

Police investigate after trailer full of beer worth 155000 stolen in Delta

first_imgDELTA, B.C. – Police in Delta, B.C., are investigating the theft of a trailer full of nearly 2,600 cases of Coors Light beer.The Delta Police Department says in a release that surveillance footage shows a red semi-truck entering a lot before someone hooks up the trailer just before noon on Jan. 20.Police spokeswoman Cris Leykauf says based on the company’s GPS tracking system, the trailer arrived at an address in Richmond about half an hour later.She says the trailer was discovered empty the next day and the theft was then reported to police.Leykauf says it’s definitely an unusual theft and anyone who may be aware of some odd circumstances around the sale of beer should contact police.The alcohol is valued at about $155,000.last_img

RCMP in Red Deer Alta take boys under 12 in custody after

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – RCMP in central Alberta took three boys under the age of 12 into custody after four homes were vandalized with steel pipes.Mounties say the damage to the modular homes at a Red Deer business Thursday included smashed windows, cabinets, appliances, walls and light fixtures worth more than $150,000.The suspects include a seven-year-old and two 11-year-olds.Const. Derek Turner says under the Criminal Code children under 12 can’t be charged with criminal offences.He says Mounties have spoken with the parents and a Youth Intervention Team will followed up with the business owner and the families.Police say they will work with everyone using restorative justice methods.“This was a serious incident with significant impact to the business and its clients,” Turner said Friday.“Civil action remains an option for the business, but the RCMP role will be to work with the children, their families and the business to come to a resolution that supports all parties while teaching the children that there are consequences to their actions.”Randy Willie, a salesman for Best Buy Homes, said he can’t believe the extent of the damage.Willie said the company hasn’t heard from the children’s parents or guardians.“Everything is damaged and wrecked by children under the age of 12, which seems almost impossible,” he said.Willie wonders where their caregivers were and how the kids could possibly have this kind of anger and disrespect for society at such a young age. (The Canadian Press, RD News Now)last_img read more

Global Affairs acknowledges Quebecer may have been kidnapped report

first_imgRadio-Canada reports that the federal government is not ruling out the possibility that a Quebec woman and her Italian friend may have been abducted in west Africa.Sherbrooke native Edith Blais and her Italian friend Luca Tacchetto were travelling in Burkina Faso when all communication with their families “abruptly stopped” on Dec. 15, according to Blais’ sister.Melanie Bergeron Blais says the pair were last seen in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso, in the country’s southwest, and had planned to drive to the capital of Ouagadougou before crossing into neighbouring Togo.Global Affairs Canada says consular officials are reaching out to local authorities in Burkina Faso, but it won’t publish any information that could jeopardize ongoing efforts or endanger citizens’ safety.A report published by the CBC’s French-language service on Sunday says the department has not received confirmation of an abduction, but it no longer excludes that as a possibility.Meantime, Blais’ family has started a Facebook page related to the disappearance, and they say they are grateful for the help they’ve received so far.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Some seals removed from beleaguered Newfoundland town officials say

first_imgRODDICKTON, N.L. — Federal fisheries officers are assessing dozens of stranded seals causing havoc for residents of a small Newfoundland town.The wayward animals have been blocking roads, driveways and doors in Roddickton, N.L. — and residents are unable to move them because it is illegal to touch marine mammals.A Fisheries Department spokesperson said Thursday some seals have already been removed and officers and scientists are working to determine the health of the seals spotted inland.Roddickton Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald said Wednesday the group of about 40 harp seals is becoming hungry, tired and crying out, suggesting they may be too disoriented to find their way back to the ocean.Two have been struck and killed by vehicles.Town council has asked the Fisheries Department to return the seals to the ocean, which is at the edge of a frozen inlet that has trapped the animals in the area since last week.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Federal watchdog says fouryearold victims rights regime falling short

first_imgOTTAWA — The new federal watchdog for victims of crime says rules to give victims and their families a bigger voice in the justice system have fallen short of their intended mark and need to be rethought.The previous Conservative government introduced what it called a victims’ bill of rights almost four years ago that allowed victims of crime to get information about offenders and have their views taken into account when decisions are made.The regime to enforce those rights doesn’t go far enough, says Heidi Illingworth, who late last year became federal ombudsman for victims of crime.In an interview, Illingworth says she wants to see the regime strengthened to give victims “legally enforceable” rights because “we still are not there yet.”She used the example of how relatives of Tori Stafford weren’t able to provide their thoughts on transfer decisions for the two people convicted in the eight-year-old’s 2009 murder, only finding out after the killers had been moved.Illingworth says she plans to launch a special review of the framework to highlight the issue and provide recommendations.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Quebec comic Mike Ward in court defending joke about disabled singer

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec’s Appeal Court is hearing arguments about whether a comedian who joked of drowning a disabled boy should have to pay damages to the child and his family.The Quebec Human Rights Tribunal ruled in 2016 that Mike Ward made discriminatory comments about Jeremy Gabriel’s disability during shows between 2010 and 2013. The tribunal ordered him to pay $35,000 in moral and punitive damages to Gabriel and $7,000 to his mother.Gabriel has Treacher Collins syndrome, a congenital disorder characterized by skull and facial deformities. He became a minor celebrity in Quebec after he sang with Celine Dion and for the Pope.Ward joked that he thought Gabriel’s illness was terminal and people were only nice to him because he would soon die. Ward joked that after he realized the child was not going to die, he tried to drown him.The comedian’s lawyer, Julius Grey, told the three-judge appeal panel today that his client wanted to make fun of the fact that speaking badly of Gabriel was considered taboo.Grey says the joke was not discriminatory but offensive, and offensive comments must be protected in a free and democratic society.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canada to keep paying for F35 development during fighterjet competition

first_imgOTTAWA — A senior official at the Department of National Defence says Canada will remain a member of the F-35 stealth fighter program until the government knows which jet it plans to buy to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s.That means Canada will continue to pay tens of millions of dollars over the next couple of years to help pay for development of the fighter jet even though it may end up buying something else.DND’s head of procurement, Patrick Finn, says staying on as one of nine partner countries makes sense so Canada can compete for billions of dollars in contracts associated with the F-35.Partners also get a discount when purchasing the plane.Canada has so far invested roughly half-a-billion dollars in the F-35 over the past 20 years, even as successive federal governments have wrestled with whether to buy the plane or not.The Trudeau Liberals are scheduled to launch a competition to pick a new fighter jet this spring, a winner won’t be identified for several more years.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Celebrations across Canada to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO — Events are being held across Canada to mark National Indigenous Peoples Day, including a sunrise ceremony in Toronto, a totem pole unveiling in Whitehorse and the renaming of a street in Montreal.Toronto Mayor John Tory met with Indigenous leaders and community members during a traditional ceremony in Nathan Phillips Square outside city hall that included singing, drumming and a sacred fire.Later today in Whitehorse, a restored centennial totem pole will be unveiled with members of the late carver’s family in attendance.In Montreal, officials are expected to rename Amherst Street in honour of someone of Indigenous significance.British general Jeffery Amherst, who oversaw the capitulation of Montreal in September 1760, is also accused of using blankets that he knew were contaminated with smallpox to quell Indigenous rebellions.Meantime in Gatineau, Que., this morning, Liberal MP William Amos is expected to unveil an interactive map of Indigenous place names across the country.last_img read more

Trudeau Liberals pledge 150M toward bigdata cancer research initiative

first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberal government is moving forward with funding for a new cancer research network that aims to advance the science of individually customized cancer treatment.Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor was in Moncton today to highlight a five-year, $150-million investment — first announced in this year’s federal budget.The money will be used by the Terry Fox Research Institute to launch a new national Marathon of Hope Cancer Centre Network.This network is to unite top-tier cancer research institutes and clinics across the country to develop what is known as precision cancer medicine.This emerging treatment uses big data, new technologies like genomics and artificial intelligence to design treatment for individual patients based on the biological and genetic makeup of their individual cancers.The federal funding will be matched by the network’s partners to develop this new cancer research initiative.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Yao Ming Visits Africa To Raise Awareness Of Poaching Crisis

first_imgFormer NBA star and WildAid Ambassador, Yao Ming, is in Africa to document the poaching crisis facing rhinos and elephants, as a result of Asian demand for rhino horn and ivory.Yesterday he was at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, and blogged about his experiences.“[Ol Pejeta Conservancy] a private, non-profit wildlife sanctuary and home to Kenya’s highest concentration of wildlife. It’s also the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, making Ol Pejeta a key player in protecting one of the world’s most endangered species.“Together with Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), they have created an elaborate security system at the Conservancy, which combines rhino patrols, armed teams, tracker dogs, aircrafts, cattle herders and local communities, and even an electrified fence that surrounds the entire perimeter of this 90,000 acre sanctuary!“Poaching has become such a serious problem in East Africa, that last year alone, Ol Pejeta lost five of their 88 rhinos to poachers, which has been their greatest loss in twenty years. Ol Pejeta and the KWS have had to step up their game to defeat poaching, and some members of the security team undergo intensive training programs to sharpen their surveillance skills.”You can follow Yao Ming’s journey on his blog.last_img read more

Race To Erase MS Raises 18 Million

first_imgOn Friday, May 3, host, MS survivor and advocate Nancy Davis welcomed guests to the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza for the 20th Annual Race to Erase MS themed “Love to Erase MS.”The event raised $1.8 million to benefit The Race to Erase MS and its Center Without Walls program which continues to raise funds in order to provide treatment and ultimately find a cure for MS.Celebrity guests at this year’s event included host Nancy Davis, honorees Sharon Osbourne and Jack Osbourne, presenter Kelly Osbourne, performers Elton John and Taio Cruz with DJ Havana Brown, along with guests Byron Allen, Lindsay Arnold, Mel B., Catherine Bell, David Burtka, Kristin Cavallari, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Cat Deeley, Zoey Deutch, Christine Devine, David Faustino, Clementine Ford, Daisy Fuentes, Courtney Galiano, Teri Garr, Sara Gilbert & Linda Perry, Camille Grammer, Linda Gray, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Heche & James Tupper, Marg Helgenberger, Chelsie Hightower, Josh Hopkins, LaToya Jackson, Terrence Jenkins, Victoria Justice, Alexis Knapp, Robert Knepper, Swoosie Kurtz, Howie Mandel, Ziggy Marley, Aly & AJ Michalka, Shemar Moore, Demitrius Omphroy, Greg Phillinganes, Kellie Pickler, Ingo Rademacher, Kim Richards, Lisa Rinna & Harry Hamlin, Shaun Robinson, Ray Romano, Ryan Rottman, Melissa Rycroft, Gleb Savchenko, Cybill Shepherd, Barry Sloane, Matt Sorum, Rod Stewart, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Lea Thompson, Bella Thorne, Bruno Tonioli, Anna Trebunskaya, Lisa Vanderpump, Dave Winfield, Amy Yasbeck, Chris Zylka, among others.The 20th Annual Race to Erase MS included a live auction called by Howie Mandel and Shaun Robinson, during which lucky bidders walked away with items including a five-night stay at Vomo Private Island Resort in Fiji, a week charter of a gorgeous yacht to the Bahamas, and the new Aston Martin Centenary Edition DB9 auctioned in celebration of the iconic British sports car’s 100-year history.Race to Erase MS once again hosted musical performances throughout the evening, including Taio Cruz who was joined by DJ Havana Brown to perform hits “Break Your Heart,” “Higher,” and “Dynamite.” Grammy Award-winning artist and musical icon Elton John sang an incredible 8-song set which included hits “Tiny Dancer,” “Your Song,” “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues,” “Rocket Man,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” “I’m Still Standing,” and “The Circle of Life / Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” In Race to Erase MS tradition, a rendition of “Lean On Me,” was performed as the finale of the evening, led by Aly & AJ Michalka and Greg Phillinganes, who were joined on stage by Nancy Davis, Cybill Shepherd, Marg Helgenberger, Kelly Osbourne, LaToya Jackson, David Faustino, Kim Richards, and more.Guests couldn’t leave without picking up the coveted Race to Erase MS gift bag, enjoying such items as makeup from Laura Geller, certificates to Blushington, a Marware iPad case, nail polish from OPI, razor from Rolling Razor, and gift certificates to the M Day Spa, to name a few.The evening was generously sponsored by Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Associated Television International and American Airlines.The Race to Erase MS is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure for MS. Funding research is the core focus of the Foundation and significant strides have been made to find the cause and cure of this debilitating disease. All funds raised support “The Nancy Davis Center Without Walls” program, a unique collaboration of the world’s leading MS research scientists currently representing Harvard, Yale, University of Southern California, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins. This nationwide collaboration of physicians, scientists and clinicians are on the cutting-edge of innovative research and therapeutic approaches to treat MS. It is the hope of the Foundation that in addition to combating MS through research in a clinical environment, awareness will be created by educating the public about this mysterious disease.last_img read more

Kelly Ripa And Donna Karan To Host Super Saturday 17

first_imgCopyright ©2014Look to the Stars Super Saturday 17 is almost here! The most sophisticated, stylish and luxurious garage sale in the Hamptons is this Saturday, July 26th from 1PM – 6PM at Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill, New York.Super Saturday 17, is sponsored by QVC and hosted by larger than life TV host Kelly Ripa and New York native and fashion powerhouse Donna Karan. All net proceeds from this amazing family oriented event go straight to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) – the oldest and largest charity in the United States funding ovarian cancer research.Besides the world class shopping, guests are treated to gourmet goodies, beauty treatments and an on site luxury raffle. Bidding for the raffle will take place on at Guests can also swing by the Rolls-Royce photo booth to support OCRF even further. Every time you share a photo Rolls-Royce will make a donation!The best part of Super Saturday is that there is something for everyone in the family. For the children Super Saturday offers games, arts and crafts, and this year Stitched Fashion Camp makes its way onto the scene by giving children the chance to call upon their inner designer and design their own personalized tee’s with multiple designs by Swarovski.Each year major names such as Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, INTERMIX, Vince, IRO, Alexis Bittar, Bonpoint, Theory, Elie Tahari, Diane von Furstenberg, alice + olivia, Scoop NYC, Vilebrequin, J Brand, Helmust Lang and nearly 200 others set up shop in support of the cause.OCRF and QVC will air “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE,” a live broadcast from 2:00PM-4:00PM EST, offering national viewers a chance to purchase designer clothing, jewelry, and accessories. All profits will be benefitting OCRF. In previous years the live broadcast has raised more than $7.4 million for OCRF.For more information about “QVC Presents Super Saturday LIVE,” please visit: more information about Ovarian Cancer Research Fund please visit their website: read more

Kevin Nealon To Host 2014 Melanoma Research Foundation Golf Classic

first_imgActor and comedian Kevin Nealon will reprise his role as host of the annual Melanoma Research Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic on November 10th at the Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank, CA.Kevin is partnering with the MRF for the third year in a row to raise critically-needed funding to fight melanoma, a cause close to the actor’s heart. After losing a friend to skin cancer, Kevin committed to advancing melanoma research, education and advocacy.“I am happy to partner with the MRF and the Celebrity Golf Classic to help combat melanoma. I have personally felt the impact that skin cancer can have as I lost a long-time friend to this disease,” said Kevin. “The last two years have been so important and I’m proud to help fund more research, education and advocacy in the battle with this deadliest form of skin cancer.”Attending golf enthusiasts and celebrities will play an important role in advancing the fight against melanoma while playing a round of golf with some of their favorite celebrities and VIPs at one of the nation’s prestigious members-only golf clubs. Each golfing foursome will be joined by one of Kevin’s celebrity friends. Celebrities who attended the 2012 and 2013 events included Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, stars from Mad Men, Dexter, 24, Ray Romano, David Spade, Vinnie Jones, Joe Pesci, Richard Karn, Mark Moses, Scott Elrod, Joe Mantegna, David James Elliott and Gregory Harrison.“Kevin is a passionate supporter of melanoma prevention and research, and the MRF is pleased to continue fighting this disease in partnership with him,” said Tim Turnham, executive director for the MRF. “Kevin’s commitment and that of his friends help us reach more people across the nation who might not be aware of the risks of UV exposure and dangers associated with melanoma.”As tournament players conclude their rounds, cocktails will be served before a dinner reception and awards presentation. Following the awards ceremony, Kevin will host a joke telling contest in which three celebrity judges will award the funniest joke presented by any interested tournament attendee.If you would like to join Kevin and the MRF at the Celebrity Golf Classic and help advance the goal of finding a cure for melanoma, please contact Emily Lauer-Bader at (202) 742-5901. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, email MRF is grateful for the generous support of the following 2014 event sponsors: Kevin Nealon, City National Bank, Dunkin Donuts, Craig Stern, John W. Carson Foundation, One America and Crackle.last_img read more