Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will recruit employees in different departments to provide better services, Mayor Firhad Hakim said on Wednesday.Hakim said some junior assistants will join the KMC soon followed by sub-overseers and engineers. The KMC has already sent a requisition to the state government regarding this. “Today a delegation of DYFI members met me and wanted to know about the recruitment of new employees. I told them that they should ask the Left Front Mayors Prasanta Chatterjee and Bikas Ranjan Bhattacharya as to why did they not go for major recruitment drive. There was some recruitment during the time of Subrata Mukherjee. To recruit employees, certain norms are to be maintained and it takes some time. We are likely to recruit new employees by October-November,” he added. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHakim attended the fourth edition of “Talk to Mayor” on Wednesday. He received a complaint that trade license had been issued in the name of a dead person. The KMC initiated an inquiry and show-cause notices will be issued against those who are found guilty. The civic authorities have decided to present saplings replacing flower bouquets that are given to the guests who come to attend functions organised by the civic authorities or visit the KMC to see the Mayor and other Mayor-in-Council members. “When we have decided to turn Kolkata into a clean and green city, we should take the initiative to plant saplings to conserve the environment,” he said. “Talk to Mayor” witnessed the fourth edition on Wednesday and has received tremendous response from the people who get to speak to the Mayor and their complaints get addressed within three days.
New Delhi: With the Yamuna flowing near the warning level, Delhi agencies are closely monitoring the situation to deal with any possible flooding, an official said on Saturday.According to the official, at around 4 pm on Saturday, Yamuna’s water level reached 203.27 metres, slightly below the warning level of 204.5 metres. The official said that at 10 am, over 21,000 cusecs water was released from Hathani Kund Barrage in Haryana. Besides, around 17,000 cusecs water was also released from the barrage. “We have been closely monitoring the water level of Yamuna. Preparations are being made to deal with flood-like situation,” the official said. In July last year, traffic movement on Old Yamuna Bridge in Delhi had been closed for a few days after the water level breached the danger mark. Last year, river Yamuna’s water level had reached 205.5 metres.
New Delhi: The Union government has proposed to set up a total of 1,023 special fast-track courts for expeditious trial of over 1.66 lakh pending cases of crime against women and children across the country.Each of these special courts is expected to dispose of at least 165 such cases per year, said a proposal by the Department of Justice under Union Law Ministry. A total of 1,023 FTSCs will be set up, out of which 389 courts, as per a Supreme Court direction, will exclusively handle cases registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, it said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe remaining 634 FTSCs will deal with either rape cases or both rape and POCSO Act cases depending upon the pendency and requirement. “Each FTSC is expected to dispose of 41-42 cases each quarter and at least 165 cases in a year,” the proposal added. According to the Department’s proposal note, a total of 1,66,882 cases of rape and those under POCSO Act are pending trial in various courts across the country. There are 389 districts in the country where the number of pending cases under the POCSO Act exceeds 100. Therefore, as per the apex court directives, each of such districts will have one exclusive POCSO court, which will try no other cases, the note said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe process of setting up of these FTSCs is likely to begin on October 2; the Law Ministry had earlier said. The Department of Justice had proposed to set up 1,023 fast-track courts at a total budget of Rs 767.25 crore. The Central support of Rs 474 crore for one year will be funded from the Nirbhaya Fund.The Centre created the fund in 2013 after December 16, 2012, gang-rape and murder of a student in Delhi. It was created to support the initiatives of governments and NGOs working towards the safety of women. In a letter to the Cabinet Secretariat on August 8, the Department of Justice had said after the recommendation of the expenditure finance committee on July 11 and approval of the law minister; the proposal has been forwarded to the Finance Minister for approval. Simultaneously, other connected actions are being taken as setting up of FTSCs is planned to start from October 2 2019,” the Department wrote.
IQALUIT, Nunavut – The life story of Nunavut’s new premier reads like a modern history of the Inuit. But Paul Quassa says he wants to look forward, not back.“We want Nunavut to shine,” says Quassa, who was sworn in last week as the territory’s fourth premier. “We want to see a truly brilliant territory.”Quassa, 65, was born near Igloolik on the Melville Peninsula, where the west coast of Hudson Bay flicks up toward Baffin Island.“I was born in an igloo,” he says. “My generation is the last generation to have experienced the traditional way of living prior to people being moved into communities.“I have that sense of truly traditional Inuit values.”Quassa may have been born on the land, but he didn’t grow up there. At the age of six, he was taken to a residential school in Churchill, Man., where he was to spend his next 13 years.His memories, unlike those of so many others, are fond.“I always feel so fortunate. I received a very strong education at that time. That’s the positive side about residential school — it was a very strong educational process. I retained a very strong sense of my identity.”It wasn’t long after he left school that Inuit identity and politics became Quassa’s main concern. By 1972, he was involved in Inuit organizations and eventually became one of the chief negotiators of the Nunavut Land Claim. Quassa’s signature is on the 1993 agreement.Since then, Quassa has led the group that administers that land claim. He spent the better part of a decade as a CBC journalist. He’s worked for Isuma Productions, an award-winning film and video studio in his home town of Igloolik.A 13-part series on traditional Inuit life he helped produce is still being shown.He was the education minister in the last Nunavut government, where he oversaw an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to modernize territorial legislation to promote fully bilingual students.It’s hard to pin down where Quassa hopes to lead the territory. Under Nunavut’s consensus-style government, legislative priorities aren’t set until all new legislature members sit down and thrash them out together. That meeting won’t happen until the new year.Quassa uses the phrase “social development” a lot when he talks about his own priorities.“Housing. Social services. Training. Health,” he said. “Social development can mean so many things.”The list of Nunavut’s problems is long and it can seem as if they are tangled irretrievably together. Quassa has his own ideas about where to start tugging at the knot.“Education, training,” he says. “Our territory is a very young territory. We have to think in a long-term plan and we have to think about our future generation.”Look for another version of that failed Education Act during the new session, Quassa hints.“Education is always a big issue in the territory. This is one of the areas we’ll be talking about when we talk about our new mandate.”Expect continued funding requests of the federal government for infrastructure, too. Quassa points out Nunavut remains the only jurisdiction in Canada with no outside road links.“We are part of Canada,” he says. “Coast to coast to coast.”One thing he’d like to see more of in Nunavut over the next four years is confidence.“We want a population that’s vibrant, that’s not afraid to get into the workforce, a population that is more educated in both Inuktitut and English. We want a population that’s outgoing and positive.”Quassa says it all goes back to the presence of his signature on the land-claim document that helped create the territory he now leads.“I knew the vision then and the vision hasn’t changed.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960.
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer are going with a family theme on their Christmas — or holiday — cards this year.Trudeau’s card features a dozen small photos of him, his wife and his three children in various combinations and different locations.The main message: “From our family to yours, Happy holidays.”Scheer, his wife, their five kids and the family dog are on the front of his card.The inside features nine family photos going back through the years.His message: “Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Happy Holidays”.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s card is a shot of him greeting people at what appears to be a party function.He has his own message: “Happy Holidays. With Love and Courage.”
BRAMPTON, Ont. – The director of an Ontario company has been sentenced to jail time and fined for improper handling of equipment containing toxic PCBs.Environment and Climate Change Canada says Collingwood Prime Realty Holdings Corp. and its director, Issa El-Hinn, were sentenced Tuesday in a Brampton, Ont. court for offences under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.A ministry investigation found that two transformers and eight capacitors containing higher-than-allowable PCB levels had not been sent to an authorized facility for destruction.The court sentenced El-Hinn to a 45-day jail term, which will be served on weekends, for failing to comply with an environmental protection compliance order.The court also sentenced the corporation and El-Hinn to pay a combined penalty of $420,000, to be directed to the federal Environmental Damages Fund.The defendants pleaded guilty on Sept. 26, 2017, to 10 counts of contravening the PCB regulations and one count of failing to comply with an environmental protection compliance order.PCBs are toxic industrial chemical substances that are harmful to aquatic ecosystems and species that feed primarily on aquatic organisms.As a result of the conviction, the company’s name will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry.
FREDERICTON – A Liberal candidate vying for a seat in New Brunswick’s upcoming election is ringing alarm bells about the Progressive Conservative leader’s ties to Jason Kenney — concerns Blaine Higgs is brushing off as overblown.Liberal candidate Brent Mazerolle said he wants to know if Higgs supports some of the views expressed by the leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party, who has drawn criticism in the past for some of his socially conservative beliefs.“We’re 29 days out (from the election) and we still, as New Brunswickers, aren’t sure where Mr. Higgs stands on a lot of issues,” said Mazerolle.Kenney was to join Higgs at a fundraiser Sunday evening and a campaign announcement Monday morning.Kenney drew criticism last year for saying he would like to have parents notified if their child joined a gay-straight alliance at school, in cases where joining could put the child in harm’s way.But after party members voted at their founding policy convention in May to essentially out students who join so-called GSAs, Kenney said he wouldn’t implement the policy if his party forms government.Mazerolle, a former schoolteacher, said Kenney’s original stance stuck with him. The Liberal candidate for Riverview said LGBTQ youth need to have a safe place outside their homes if their parents don’t accept them.“Potentially outing schoolchildren in their one safe place in their life, that’s not a gay issue, that’s a safety issue,” he said.“Kids who are struggling with these issues, they’re in serious danger a lot of the time in certain communities.”Mazerolle also said he doesn’t know where Higgs stands on the issue of abortion, which Kenney is against, although he’s said he won’t legislate on the issue.In a phone interview, Higgs chalked his meetings with Kenney up to a matter of business and said the Liberals are “trying to make issues where none exists.”He said he believes it’s important to liaise with other political leaders in the country, especially during an election.“I respect everyone’s views, and their own personal beliefs, and I think that’s what makes our province and our country strong,” said Higgs.“It isn’t for me to get in the middle of those personal discussions, and that isn’t the discussion I’m going to have with Jason Kenney. We’re going to be talking about issues that affect our country.”Higgs accused the Liberal government of playing politics and said there are bigger issues at play in New Brunswick, including the economy and how the province should address carbon pricing.“Regardless of one’s political views, there’s a lot of centric issues here,” said Higgs.Thomas Bateman, a political science professor at Fredericton’s St. Thomas University, said the Liberals’ criticism of the Tory leader’s ties with Kenney could be an attempt to pull centrist voters to their side.Bateman said he believes the New Brunswick Tories could have Kenney on the election trail to support Higgs’s stance on hydraulic fracturing. In the past Higgs has said he would be willing to revisit the province’s moratorium on fracking in some regions.Kenney “undoubtedly would tout the benefits of natural resource exploitation for New Brunswick, because it’s worked so very well in Alberta,” said Bateman.“I can’t say this for sure, but I suspect the conservatives might want to emphasize the need for natural gas development in the province — which would require fracking — and Mr. Kenney might be witness number one to suggest it is environmentally manageable and economically very promising.”Health care and senior care remain as top issues this election season. Liberal leader Brian Gallant announced Sunday that a re-elected party would recruit more staff and increase hours of care in nursing homes, just a day after he pledged to build three new nursing homes and add 86 memory-care beds throughout the province.Higgs, meanwhile, took a less bricks-and-mortar approach to senior care, saying a Progressive Conservative government would consult with seniors about how they want to live and provide supports so they can remain in their own homes longer.The Green party, led by David Coon, will launch its campaign platform Monday morning.— By Alex Cooke in Halifax
FREDERICTON – A Fredericton man accused of killing four people, including two city police officers, is due back in court next month after his case was adjourned today.Matthew Vincent Raymond faces four counts of murder in the deaths of Const. Sara Burns, Const. Robb Costello, Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.The police officers and civilians were gunned down Aug. 10 outside an apartment complex in the New Brunswick capital.Court documents say the incident ended after police shot the alleged gunman in the abdomen.Defence lawyer Nathan Gorham told the court he had just received a large volume of material and needed time to review it.The matter is set to return to court on Oct. 22.Gorham has said earlier that he expects his client will enter a plea of not guilty and request a preliminary hearing.
DRUMHELLER – Today’s Google doodle features a man standing among large dinosaur bones in the Alberta Badlands.It’s in honour of Joseph Burr Tyrrell, who was born 160 years ago in Weston, Ont.Tyrrell, who died in 1957 at the age of 98, was a Canadian geologist, cartographer and mining consultant.He discovered coal deposits and dinosaur bones in southeastern Alberta.The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller is named in his honour.Google says on its site that doodles are changes made to the usual Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries and the lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists.
As the Toronto Raptors gear up for a game that could mark a milestone in team history, fans at home and abroad are making preparations of their own.Social media was abuzz with talk of organizing viewing parties for Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference final between the Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks, blowing off long-held plans to tune in the game, and finding ways to modify previously scheduled events to include their favourite team.The Raptors currently lead the best-of-seven playoff series 3-2, and a win on Saturday night would vault the team into the NBA finals for the first time in franchise history.Calgary native Braden Lunn is hoping his friend’s birthday festivities can turn into a Raptors victory party instead.The 26-year-old software developer says he and his Ontario-born girlfriend will be the only Raptors fans at the party, held in honour of an avid Bucks booster.Lunn says he intends to make sure the game is aired at the Seattle-based winery where the party is taking place, adding the drinks expected to flow would make the perfect celebratory touch.“We’re going to roll it into a Raptors win,” he said.But Lunn’s confidence is tempered by what happened the last time he and his girlfriend spent time with the birthday girl and her partner. The two couples got together to indulge their friendly rivalry during the first two games of the Raptors-Bucks series, both Toronto losses.“I’m pretty superstitious, so I’m worried that now that I’m watching games with them again the Raptors are going to lose,” he said. “So we’ll see how that goes.”Closer to the Raptors’ home base, fans were already laying plans to flock to Jurassic Park, the tailgate zone near the team’s home arena that’s hosted game viewings since the playoffs began.Others mused on Twitter about ways they could alter their previous engagements to accommodate what they hope will be a date with destiny.“My daughters wedding is Saturday, do you think she would mind if I missed it?” quipped one Twitter user.“Gonna be streaming Raptors game while DJing Saturday’s wedding,” wrote another.Others are getting ready for the game by placing bets on the prospective antics of Drake, the Toronto rapper who’s become a vocal and polarizing ambassador for his home team.SportsBetting.ag began taking bets on Friday over the Drake-related shenanigans that could unfold during Game six.Possible options included whether Drake touches Raptors head coach Nick Nurse like he did in Game 4, and whether Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo will speak to Drake.Other wagers on offer include: Will Drake step onto the court? Will the NBA publicly warn Drake regarding his on-court behaviour? Will Drake be removed from Game 6 by security?Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press
LILLOOET, B.C. — Officials are uncertain whether limited success in getting some salmon species past a rock slide in British Columbia’s Fraser River will work with smaller fish expected to arrive in the coming days.Michael Crowe, with the Department Fisheries and Oceans, says an estimated 1.5 million pink salmon will pass through the remote area but they’re weaker swimmers than chinook and sockeye, and coho and steelhead will show up soon afterwards.He says engineering work to blast rock obstructing the passage of five species of salmon is challenging.Crews have managed to transport nearly 60,000 salmon by helicopter since the slide was discovered in June.Crowe says plans are underway to get a so-called spider excavator to the base of the slide so it can use wheels or legs to go around difficult terrain and allow for rocks to be blasted and removed.He says federal, provincial and First Nations officials are working to deal with challenges in the area where a new road has been built to transport fish at night when helicopters can’t fly.The Canadian Press
The red carpet premiere of Loving the Silent Tears: A New Musical, anticipated as one of the most star-studded, spectacular year-end events, will be held on October 27 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.The event will also feature red carpet arrivals, an art exhibit and the live performance. Ranging from $45 to $75, Tickets are available now at the Grove Concierge, as well as Ticketmaster.com. The show will donate a portion of the proceeds to such charitable organizations as: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Amnesty International, Animal Defenders International and Worldwide Veterinary Service.The first of its kind in theatre history, Loving the Silent Tears will take the audience on an elevating journey across six continents and 16 countries, to tell a compelling story about humanity’s search for inner peace and happiness.The musical will star two-time Grammy-winning artist Jon Secada, Grammy-winning icon Jody Watley, and Broadway stars: Tony winner Debbie Gravitte, Tony winner Kiril Kulish, Emmy winner and Tony nominee Liz Callaway, and Tony nominee Patti Cohenour.They will be joined by Grammy-winning reggae legends Black Uhuru, Arab singer Camellia Abou-Odah, Italian tenor Mark Janicello, Korean pop star Brian Joo, award-winning Israeli singer Liel Kolet, Irish soprano Katie McMahon, Korean singer Heather Park, award-winning Brazilian singer Fabiana Passoni, Persian superstar Siavash Shams and Chinese platinum pop star Kay Tse.“It is very special to be a part of something of this magnitude,” said Jody Watley. “What a great cast and collection of musicians, composers, artists, the global message, the magnificence!”Loving the Silent Tears promises the ingenious direction of Tony nominee Vincent Paterson (Michael Jackson’s Bad and Madonna’s Blond Ambition tours), lively dances choreographed by Emmy-winning Bonnie Story (High School Musical), the imaginative stagecraft of Emmy-winning set designer John Iacovelli (Peter Pan), and a vibrant display of costumes by award-winning designer Sharell Martin (Chicago).Vincent Paterson stated, “It will be a wonderful evening of theatre – beautiful costumes, great sets to look at. They’re going to hear great music. They’re going to see great dancing. There are some beautiful messages here.”With all elements in place to make for absolutely thrilling musical theatre, the show was inspired by a poetry anthology titled Silent Tears, written years ago by world-renowned spiritual teacher, humanitarian and artist Supreme Master Ching Hai.Award-winning playwright Cynthia Ferrell noted, “What interested me most in Loving the Silent Tears, honestly was the poetry. The poetry is so beautiful and the message of the poetry, it’s so consistent throughout the piece, and the nuances of it are gorgeous and it’s just so inspiring. It just makes you come to the project with a happy heart.”Taking a unique approach, multiple eminent composers have come together to set Supreme Master Ching Hai’s soulful verses to soaring melodies: 6-time Grammy winner and 2-time Oscar nominee Jorge Calandrelli (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), 2-time Oscar winner Al Kasha (The Poseidon Adventure), Emmy winner Doug Katsaros (Footloose), 2-time Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), Tony and Emmy winner Don Pippin (Oliver!), Grammy winner Nan Schwartz (Harry Potter), and Oscar and 2-time Grammy winner David Shire (Saturday Night Fever). With the sheer volume of brilliant musical minds so generously pouring their creativity into the score, it’s evident that music lovers are in for a treat.Jon Secada will also be debuting a song that he composed for the musical, based on Supreme Master Ching Hai’s poetry.Composer Al Kasha stated, “All these composers who are the best in the world and all of these singers who won Grammys and Tonys from Broadway worked on this piece. I think it will lift the audience up inspirationally, I really do.”With a superb cast and creative team, beautiful poetry as lyrics, and accompaniment by a 30-plus member dancing ensemble and a live orchestra, Loving the Silent Tears will be an unprecedented show of grand proportions and five-star production value.The evening will commemorate the 19th anniversary of Supreme Master Ching Hai Day honoring the values of philanthropy and peace. A pre-show art exhibition at the venue will feature Supreme Master Ching Hai’s uplifting creative works, with free admittance for all musical attendees.
With the 2014 Winter Olympics kicking off in Sochi, Russia on February 6, LookToTheStars.org is proud to bring you this special feature showcasing some of the Team USA athletes taking part and their favorite charities.Amy Purdy Snowboarding / ParalympianCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCAmy Purdy – Snowboarding / ParalympianI have worked with many [charities] including Challenged Athletes Foundation, National Meningitis Association and I have a non-profit organization that I started myself called Adaptive Action Sports! I volunteer a lot of time for the organization helping others with disabilities learn and progress at snowboarding. The organization gets youth, young adults and wounded vets all with permanent physical disabilities into action sports. My boyfriend of 10 years – Daniel – and I are the founders and Daniel is the Executive Director. AAS is my passion our motto is “Live Beyond Limits”. The organization helped to get snowboarding into the Paralympic Games!Charlie White and Meryl Davis Figure Skating / Ice DanceCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCCharlie White & Meryl Davis – Nominated to teamFigure Skating / Ice DanceGiving back to the community is very important to us. We are part of a program called Classroom Champions. It’s a program that gets Olympians involved in high-need classrooms around the country. We send inspirational and educational videos to our designated classrooms once/month and interact with the students to hear how they’re progressing. We so love being involved with this program as education is one of our greatest passions.Chas Guldemond Snowboarding / SlopestyleCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCChas Guldemond – Nominated to team, Snowboarding / SlopestyleMy wife – Drea – and I try to help with anything animal related. Our two dogs are our children so we do our best to help the animals. We tend to save dogs that get out of their yards a lot too. Also High Fives Foundation that helps injured athletes.Devin Logan Freeskiing – Halfpipe/SlopestyleCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCDevin Logan – Nominated to team, Freeskiing – Halfpipe/SlopestyleI support POW (Protect Our Winters) to help educate the younger generation about global warming and how it effects winter sports!Emily Cook Freestyle Skiing – AerialsCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCEmily Cook – Freestyle Skiing – AerialsI am involved with Right To Play and The National Ability Center, on the board of the Speedy Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to understanding mental illness, preventing suicide and fighting stigma through education, research and advocacy.Gracie Gold Ladies’ Figure SkatingCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCGracie Gold – Ladies’ Figure SkatingMost of my volunteering has been involved with skating. I have participated in numerous shows benefiting organizations, such as the American Cancer Society; individuals in need; schools and clubs. I try to give back to the sport of figure skating by volunteering for activities with home clubs and at skating competitions/events. I am currently a member of US Figure Skating’s D.R.E.A.M. Team, developed to promote and support skating.Hannah Kearney Freestyle Skiing – MogulsCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCHannah Kearney – Freestyle Skiing – MogulsI helped start the Gold Medal Fund at my hometown’s public library. The fund buys books that encourage kids, especially girls to be confident, involved and active.Hannah Teter Snowboarding – HalfpipeCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCHannah Teter – Nominated to team, Snowboarding – HalfpipeI have had my charity Hannah’s Gold running for 7 years, providing clean water to a village of 70,000 in Kirindon Kenya. Find out more at Hannahsgold.com.I also have the newest venture, Sweet Cheeks Panties, for sale now all over the USA, thanks to our collaboration with Burton Snowboards. More than 40% of the profit generated goes to Children International.Jeremy Abbott – Men’s Figure SkatingCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCJeremy Abbott – Nominated to team, Men’s Figure SkatingI am involved with World Aids Day Detroit. I do a lot of skating shows for various charities; one is Figure Skating in Harlem, and I started a fund that helps young boys in competitive figure skating to help their families with the cost and hopefully motivate them to continue in the sport.Kelly Clark – Snowboarding / HalfpipeCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCKelly Clark – Nominated to team, Snowboarding / HalfpipeI am the Founding Director of the Kelly Clark Foundation. We aim to help youth be successful through snowboarding. We have given out nearly 50k in the last 3 years to youth across America. We fund high-level athlete’s tuition to mountain schools and partnering with other snow related non-profits getting at risk youth out on snow.Rico Roman – Sled Hockey / ParalympianCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCRico Roman – Sled Hockey / ParalympianI’m really involved with www.operationcomfort.org in San Antonio, which helps introduce and supports wounded warriors to participate in a wide variety of sports to complement their rehabilitation after severe injuries. I also travel around to various sled hockey clinics to help teach the future of USA sled hockey what it takes to make it to the international level. I also am the Captain and Coach the local all veteran Sled Hockey team the San Antonio Rampage sponsored by Operation Comfort.I also mentor and meet new and recently wounded service members that are sent to the military Hospital in San Antonio. I obviously try to recruit the big, strong, and mean ones to try out sled hockey. We have a close knit group of wounded service members in San Antonio that try to give back and help be an example for the newly injured soldiers returning from war.Steven Holcomb – BobsledCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCSteven Holcomb – BobsledI support Right To Play. I was fortunate to grow up in the right place at the right time, and it has led to my success. Right to Play helps children who are not in the right place or right time for anything. I feel like I can help change that. In addition, I support the Wounded Warrior Project.Steve Langton – BobsledCredit/Copyright: NBC Olympics / USOCSteve Langton – Nominated to team, BobsledGiving back is so important to me and is something I would like to be involved in more often. At my suggestion, the USBSF (US Bobsled & Skeleton Foundation) partnered with Autism Speaks a few years ago, and since then, each season, one of our sleds is wrapped with their logo. My cousin, Joey is 23 and autistic. Having spent my entire life spending time with my cousin, I have quite a bit of experience with the spectrum disorder. I was away so often in 2007 and could not spend as much time with Joey as I did prior that I thought aligning my NGB (National Governing Body) with Autism Speaks was a way to show my love and invoke awareness, even though I was not physically around.You can find a full rundown of schedules, athlete videos, Olympic protocols and more at NBCOlympics.com or TeamUSA.org.You can watch the first competitions of the Games on NBC starting February 6th – even though the opening ceremonies are February 7th – and run through February 23rd. The Paralympics are two weeks later in Sochi March 7-16.
BTIG, LLC, a global financial services firm specializing in institutional trading, investment banking, research and related brokerage services, announced today that it will host its 14th annual BTIG Commissions for Charity Day on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.The event will take place across BTIG’s 14 global locations including its U.S. offices and affiliate office locations in London, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.BTIG Commissions for Charity Day is a global initiative supported by the firm’s institutional and corporate client base, in addition to employees across four continents and a diverse and growing list of celebrity guest traders. Each year, BTIG donates the day’s commissions to charities, many of them supporting children in need. Throughout the day, cultural icons, all-star athletes, top-recording artists and celebrities from film and television act as guest traders alongside the firm’s institutional trading team, while clients partner with some of their favorite stars to support meaningful causes.“Our participants work to make BTIG Commissions for Charity Day a great success each year. We are honored by the dedication demonstrated by clients and our celebrity partners, and are very proud of our team’s continued commitment to donating to hundreds of organizations around the world,” said Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG.BTIG pioneered its first Commissions for Charity Day in 2003, raising funds for three charities in the U.S. In the last thirteen years as BTIG has grown, so has BTIG Commissions for Charity Day. Since the inception of the event, BTIG has raised more than US$35 million for hundreds of charitable organizations around the world, including over US$5 million from this event in 2015. Charities are nominated by clients and celebrity guest traders, and the firm encourages the selection of child-focused charities.Celebrities committed to join BTIG this year so far include Shaquille O’Neal, Alex Rodriguez, Petra Nemcova, Mark Teixeira, Victor Cruz, Joe Girardi and Bruce Beck. Some of the previous participants have included Allan Houston, Beth Ostrosky Stern, Blake Griffin, Bobby Valentine, Bode Miller, Bridget Moynahan, Brooke Shields, Carmelo Anthony, CC Sabathia, Charles Oakley, Chris Mullin, Chrissy Teigen, Damaris Lewis, David Diehl, David Muir, David Wright, Doug Ellin, Eduardo Garcia, Eli Manning, Eric LeGrand, Geoffrey Zakarian, Hannah Davis, Hannah Storm, Jeremy Roenick, Joe Namath, John McEnroe, John Starks, John Sterling, Josh Capon, K. Lee Graham, Kelly Ripa, Kelly Rutherford, Kristin Davis, Lawrence Taylor, Mariano Rivera, Mark Cuban, Mark Messier, Matt Dillon, Michael J. Fox, Michael Strahan, Mike Maccagnan, Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Nia Sanchez, Padma Lakshmi, Rachel Robinson, Rebecca Jarvis, Reggie Jackson, Rex Ryan, Rick DiPietro, Steve Weatherford, Tom Coughlin, Tommy Hilfiger, Tutan Reyes and Woody Johnson in New York; Barry Bonds, Joe Morgan, Marshawn Lynch, Ronnie Lott and Vida Blue in San Francisco; Jason Collins, Marcus Allen, Michelle Monaghan and Tony Gonzalez in Los Angeles; and Mike Gatting OBE, Chris Tarrant OBE, Aled Jones MBE, Brian Conley, Charlie Webster, Francine Lewis, Jamie Laing, Miles Jupp, Pandora, Sinitta and Vogue Williams in London.“Driven by passion to help those in need, we are inspired by the success stories that come from the charities we collaborate with each year,” said Scott Kovalik, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of BTIG. “It’s a privilege to be a part of this event and we are grateful for our supporters, many of whom continue to participate year after year.”BTIG plans to announce additional celebrity participants throughout the coming months
HuffPost Originals announced today the launch of “Celebs Have Issues”, an original video series aimed at solving the world’s problems one comedy sketch at a time.Each star-studded episode spoofs a commercial, promo, or PSA and puts serious causes such as equal pay, transgender rights, and mental health in the spotlight, using wit and laughter as a means to fight the good fight.Each week, celebrities including Kristen Bell, Drew & Jonathan Scott, Mayim Bialik, Ty Burrell and Reid Scott will star in a custom sketch highlighting a cause of their choosing. Each individual episode will align with a charity in order to promote awareness – from I Am That Girl and Straight But Not Narrow to the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Kids In The Spotlight. The Huffington Post will work with these celebrities to create a real difference while making audiences laugh along the way.In the premiere episode, debuted this week, Kristen Bell stars as a hilarious advocate for the very unfunny issue of women’s inequality in the workplace. The episode begs the question, “Why outsource all your production to far away countries like India, China and Narnia when we have the cheapest and best workforce right here in the good ole’ US of A: Women.” Looking for employees who smell nice, bring in baked goods and don’t complain about their working conditions? Pinksourcing is the answer for you.Click here to watch the full episode online. New episodes will be available every Wednesday.
Prince Harry, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, today officially launched the 500 day countdown to the fourth Invictus Games which will take place in Sydney from 20-27 October 2018.His visit was a chance for Prince Harry to learn about the preparations already underway as well as spend time meeting members of the Australian squad hoping to be selected for this year’s Invictus Games in Toronto and their families.In just 500 days time, over 500 competitors from 18 nations will compete in 10 adaptive sports events. The events will be staged across Greater Sydney, including Sydney Olympic Park and on and around Sydney Harbour. Invictus Games Sydney 2018 today also announced that sailing had been added to the roster of sports.Prince Harry first attended a launch ceremony at Admiralty House hosted by Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove, where he joined dignitaries including Prime Minister Turnbull, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the Chair of Invictus Games Sydney 2018, Lt Gen Peter Leahy (Ret’d). He then joined a reception attended by members of the Australian Invictus Games squad and their families where they shared how their preparations for Invictus Games Toronto 2017 are going.In a speech given at Admiralty House, Prince Harry explained: “Sydney will soon be the custodian of the Invictus spirit and the focus for hundreds of men and women using the Invictus Games to motivate their recovery from physical and mental injuries. I know that people across the country – from Perth to Sydney and Darwin to Adelaide – will embrace the Invictus Games and show their support for competitors from their local towns and right around the country.“I have no doubt that the Sydney public will make these games their own. I can promise that when they do, they will witness the very best of human spirit – courage, inspiration and defiance – on the track, on the court and in the pool. The Invictus Games shows us that it is possible to overcome adversity, and that the impossible is possible, if you have the will.”Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull explained: “Today we best honour the diggers of a century ago by supporting the servicemen and women, the veterans and their families of today. We are providing comprehensive support for our veterans to support them in a successful return to civilian life. The Invictus Games are another great opportunity for the whole community to show our veterans, and those who serve today, that their nation and their community is behind them and will support them every step of the way as they recover from the injuries of war and as they go on to lead and succeed in civilian life.”Governor General and Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Ambassador Sir Peter Cosgrove said: “The Invictus Games provides an important platform to recognise those who serve our country, both on active duty and veterans; and to be inspired by their spirit to have a go and rise above physical and mental challenges. The Invictus Games in Sydney will acknowledge the vital role played by family and friends who give love and support to help guide the rehabilitation and recovery of our wounded, injured and ill competitors – from the frontline to the finish line.”2014 and 2016 Invictus Games competitor, Curtis McGrath, said it will be an event to remember: “At the Invictus Games you will witness people overcoming their injuries and adversities to achieve sporting greatness and get their competitive drive back. It is something very special and the Invictus Games raises awareness and helps people understand what we have been through. The event also supports the networks that support us to rehabilitate. I am very proud and excited to be an Ambassador for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 cause.”Following the launch at Admiralty House, Prince Harry took to the water to observe a demonstration of sailing in around the iconic Sydney Harbour and met veterans who have used the sport to help with their recovery. He then made his way to the Ocean Passenger Terminal where he watched demonstrations of a range of Invictus Games sports, including sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby.The Invictus Games is the only international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women, both serving and veterans. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for our armed forces around the world. The inaugural Invictus Games took place in London in 2014, followed by Orlando in 2016. Toronto will host the third Invictus Games from 23-30 September 2017 and will welcome over 550 competitors from 17 nations. Tickets for the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 will go on sale on 15 June and can be purchased from www.invictusgames2017.com.For more information on the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 please visit www.invictusgames2018.org.
Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund as joined the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty to launch the State Index on Youth Homelessness – a first-of-its-kind resource that evaluates all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness.According to the True Colors Fund: “The State Index provides a snapshot of some of the legal, systemic, and environmental barriers that youth experiencing homelessness face. The State Index assigns all 50 states and the District of Columbia a score of up to 100 and provides concrete steps that states can take to protect the safety, development, health, and dignity of youth experiencing homelessness.”“It doesn’t matter if you’re from Kansas or California. In the United States of America, everyone deserves a place to call home. As Americans, we have a responsibility to protect the safety, health, and dignity of every young person experiencing homelessness,” added Cyndi Lauper, co-founder and board member of the True Colors Fund. “Youth who experience homelessness are the most resilient young people I know. It is our our dream for this State Index to help each state amp up its work to ensure these young people can reach their full potential.”To find out how your state scores, click here.
Celebrity ambassador Ty Burrell (Modern Family) will host The annual screening and awards show, “Movies by Kids” on behalf of Kids in the Spotlight on Saturday, November 3 at Fox Studios.Founded in May 2009, Kids in the Spotlight trains youth in foster care programs and other underserved youth to create, write, cast and star in their own short films. This training culminates in an annual film festival competition, “Movies by Kids,” allowing kids to express themselves through the art of filmmaking and encouraging interest in careers in the film industry. “Movies by Kids” will feature eight (8) short films created by foster youth between the ages of 11 and 24. The screenplays written by the participating youth are registered with the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW), which issues each student a certificate for their registered script.The organization thanks celebrity ambassadors, including Cady McClain (All My Children, As the World Turns), Alphonso McAuley (Love that Girl) and Robert Munic (Co-Executive Producer and Writer, Empire & Co-Executive Producer, Star) for volunteering their time to guide the students in their filmmaking. This year, confirmed guests to attend “Movies by Kids” include additional celebrity volunteers who help the young filmmakers – R&B legend, Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind, and Fire, whose foundation MUSIC is Unity is the title sponsor; Kenny Lattimore; Aliyah Moulden, Finalist on NBC’s The Voice (also appears in one of the KITS films) and Dawnn Lewis, actress-singer-humanitarian (A Different World). Additionally, award presenters include Eion Bailey (actor-director, ABC’s Once Upon a Time); Kylee Russell (Disney’s Z.O.M.B.I.E.S.); Jadah Marie (Mann and Wife).This program is offered completely free-of-charge to the kids who participate. Kids in the Spotlight shoots up to 10 short films per year at an estimated cost of $10,000 each, relying solely on sponsors, grants and tax-deductible donations for both the operating and production budget of the program. It is the hope of Kids in the Spotlight that you will be compelled to support this great organization with both financial and in-kind contributions. “Your contribution empowers us to empower our kids.”Date: Saturday, November 3, 2018Time: 2:00 PM – Blue Carpet Arrivals 3:00 PM – Screening & Awards 5:30 PM – ReceptionTickets: $30 – www.kitsfilmfestival.eventbrite.comLocation: Fox Studios, Zanuck Theatre 10201 W. Galaxy Way, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Advertisement The series is a sports drama featuring five sixty-minute episodes produced by Pixcom Productions, and will begin airing on March 15, 2017, on Historia, along with an hour-long documentary and a web documentary.About Corus Média Corus Média operates the French-language specialty television brands Historia, Séries+, Télétoon and La chaîne Disney in Quebec. It is a subsidiary of Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CRJ.B), a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across many platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s multi-media service portfolio includes 45 specialty TV channels, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional TV stations, international distribution, digital content, events, children’s book publishing, animation creation software and technology and media services. Corus’s collection of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. Historia is revealing the remarkable cast of the dramatic series Jean Béliveau about the life of a national hero, the “gentleman of hockey,” which began filming on October 20. Pierre-Yves Cardinal will have the honour of playing the famous Number 4 and former captain of the Canadiens, alongside Madeleine Péloquin who will play his wife, Élise Béliveau. Co-stars will include Patrice Bélanger (Boom Boom Geoffrion), Marc Beaupré (Henri Richard), Frédéric Blanchette (Butch Bouchard), Bruno Marcil (Maurice Richard) and Stéphane Crête (René Lecavalier). Jacques Savoie is writing the script for this original series, a first for the channel, and François Gingras is directing it.“We’d like to honour the memory of this national hero with this major historical series. It is an unprecedented project for Historia. As the channel’s first original dramatic series, we are sending a clear message about our commitment to encouraging independent Quebec productions,” says Brigitte Vincent, Vice-President of Content and Programming. “We are particularly proud of having brought together such a solid cast to tell the story of this exceptional man, Jean Béliveau, through this major project,” adds Nicola Merola, President of Pixcom Productions and executive producer of the series.Jean Béliveau left a mark on Quebec. He was a symbol of success, both socially and professionally. Known as the gentleman of hockey, he was not only a star, but a businessman, husband and father who earned widespread admiration and respect. Béliveau is a hockey legend, and though he was constantly under pressure, he was armed with unmatched strength of character and overcame several injuries. Relive the highlights of this national hero’s career, which spanned from 1950 to 1971. Originally from Victoriaville, he began playing for the Citadelles in Quebec City, followed by the Quebec Aces before he went on to become the captain of the Montréal Canadiens, earning five Stanley Cups. Béliveau was considered one of the best hockey players of his time. Young players sought to imitate him on the ice, while older ones revered him as a model of loyalty, rectitude and resilience. Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter
Advertisement Advertisement Facebook TORONTO, Dec. 1, 2017 – Canadian music legend Neil Young‘s hometown of Omemee, Ont. plays host to his previously announced livestreamed concert tonight. It has been confirmed that all proceeds from tonight’s concert event are going to the Scott Young Public School in Omemee, the school which carries his father’s name.With no public tickets available for tonight’s event, fans can tune in at 8 p.m. ET for Young’s intimate acoustic show, streaming live on CTV.ca, CTV GO, and as an iHeartRadio Secret Session on iHeartRadio.ca in Canada, and on Facebook around the world. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Neil Young will perform somewhere in Canada for a concert to be livestreamed at CTV.ca on Dec. 1. (RICH FURY / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO) Twitter