National Energy Board hearings are set to start Monday in British Columbia on the detailed route of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion which would run through North Surrey, Coquitlam and Burnaby.The federal government approved the pipeline in November 2016 along a 150 metre corridor and the hearings will help determine the route within that corridor.But there is still a lot of local pushback.Municipalities and residents in Metro Vancouver are set to argue the proposed route would damage the environment and adversely impact homeowners.There have already been a number of protests and Mike Lloyd with NEWS 1130 in Vancouver said that will continue.“People setting up protest camps along some of these areas where the survey work has been done, some of the early survey work they’re doing before finalizing these routes and getting them through to the tank farms and the areas here in the coast,” he explained.Burnaby is a major opponent of the project and will present for three days during the hearings, but Lloyd said lines have been drawn within communities as well.“When you look at it a little more regionally, there is a lot of support for the expansion of the pipeline, but it certainly has been a contentious issue for many people still and that’s what we’ve seen with these protest camps,” he said.Spokeswoman Ali Hounsell said the company tried to route the new line along the old line where possible, but in some areas, urbanization made that difficult.She added they’re committed to replanting trees and minimizing the impact of construction on sensitive areas.The existing Trans Mountain line has carried oil from Alberta to B.C. since 1953.The hearings wrap January 31 before a second set of hearings is held in March.
EDGEWATER, B.C. – Celebrations and turkey often go hand in hand but growing flocks of wild turkeys in southeastern British Columbia are leaving area residents feeling anything but celebratory as the birds spend winters in the region damaging trees and properties.Edgewater residents Val and Mark Holmes are the latest to complain about a flock of as many as 80 of the large and ungainly birds.“The flock has almost doubled in size,” Val Holmes said of the birds that have roosted on her property for the last several years. “There are a lot more young ones this year, judging by the size and the look of them.”“These ones are now very habituated to town so who knows what will happen next year,” she said Wednesday.Holmes said the birds, which she described as about the size of a swan “but fluffier and not quite as long in the neck,” arrive every evening during winter and settle on the lower branches of fir trees on her property.“They get a bit more vocal in the morning, so kind of like a Don Chorus, but it’s a bit louder than your usual Don Chorus, so a bit more cackling and just chatting to each other,” she said.Month after month, lower branches of her trees are stripped bare of bark while twigs, smaller branches and all the tree needles are torn off. Even larger branches splinter under the weight of dozens of birds.“And then there is crap too, of course,” Holmes said of the excrement that must be shovelled out from under the trees every spring, along with the downed branches and other debris left by the flock.Regional District of East Kootenay director Gerry Wilkie blamed the problem on a few people who feed the birds, habituating them to human contact and encouraging them to remain near the community.Local and provincial regulations don’t cover the feeding of non-dangerous wildlife, Wilkie said, adding he is working on a regional district bylaw that he hopes will deter anyone providing food to the turkeys, though the process won’t be quick.Kimberley, Cranbrook and Radium Hot Springs are also on record as trying to manage the problem of wild turkeys, which are not native to the province, although the Atlas of Breeding Birds of British Columbia says populations in the Kootenays have climbed steadily since they were introduced in 1910.There is a hunting season for wild turkeys but it does not correspond to the period when the birds are roosting near communities, and hunting near homes is illegal.Some area residents are mulling other ways of getting rid of the turkeys, Wilkie said.“You could get a large horse trailer, bait the horse trailer, trap them in the trailer and drive them away but the birds are habituated to the town and I don’t know what you would do with them,” he said, adding any such action would have to be co-ordinated with the Conservation Service.“I think most people are hoping that public education will work and that people will stop feeding them, in which case they won’t show up anymore.”
OTTAWA – Some facts and figures about the steel and aluminum industries in Canada:Steel:Production: About 13 billion tonnes a year.Sales: About $14 billion.Jobs: 22,000 direct, 100,000 indirect.Exports: About half of production is exported, mostly to the U.S.Location: Steel is produced in five provinces, but production is concentrated mainly in Ontario.Aluminum:Production: About 3.2 million tonnes a year.Sales: About $12 billion.Jobs: 8,300 direct, 20,000 indirect.Exports: More than 80 per cent of production is exported to the U.S.Location: Aluminum is produced in Quebec and British Columbia, with Quebec the largest producer by far.(Sources: Canadian Steel Producers Association, Aluminum Association of Canada)
HALIFAX – With the remnants of one tropical storm already dumping rain across Atlantic Canada on Tuesday, residents were keeping a close watch on three other storms churning their way across the Atlantic.Special weather statements were issued for tropical depression Gordon, which was expected to deliver up to 40 millimetres of rain to parts of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland before dissipating on Wednesday.Meanwhile, hurricane Florence — the first major hurricane of the season — is heading toward the U.S. Eastern Seaboard, with forecasters warning it could be one of the most catastrophic storms to hit the region in decades.“It’s still going to be a major hurricane when it arrives along the Eastern Seaboard of the southern U.S. at the end of the week,” said Ian Hubbard, a meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Centre in Halifax.“It’s getting very close to Category 5 sustained winds over the next 36 hours … It’s still a very powerful, major storm that we have to take seriously.”A Category 5 hurricane can generate sustained winds at 251 kilometres per hour.A million people have been ordered to leave the U.S. coast and millions more prepared for Florence’s predicted arrival on late Thursday or early Friday. Seven-day rainfall totals are forecast to reach 500 millimetres over much of North Carolina and Virginia, and even 760 mm in some places.However, Hubbard said Florence is not expected to have any impact on Canada, given its predicted track into the U.S. mainland, where it will likely weaken considerably on the weekend.By the end of the week, a high pressure system is expected to park itself over Atlantic Canada, blocking Florence from a northerly advance and bringing fair weather to the region.“It’s going to keep any of that rain from this system away from us until the beginning of next week,” Hubbard said.As for the two other tropical storms spinning westward across the Atlantic — Isaac and Helene — both are also expected to steer clear of Canadian territory.Tropical storm Isaac is forecast to grow in strength, but it is expected to maintain a steady westward track through the Caribbean Sea into the weekend.“It’s well south of us,” said Hubbard. “It’s not looking like there will be any impact whatsoever on Canada.”As for hurricane Helene, it is on a predicted track that has the storm swinging to the northeast by Saturday, remaining in the middle of the North Atlantic.“It’s a long way from us,” Hubbard said. “It’s going to be staying well away from our side of the ocean.”So far this season, there have been nine named storms — five of them were hurricanes.In May, the Canadian Hurricane Centre said its forecasters were expecting a “near-normal to above-normal” number of storms this season, a prediction that has proven to be correct — so far.Last year, there were 17 named storms. Three of them — Harvey, Irma and Maria — were major hurricanes that ravaged Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and many Caribbean islands.None of the 17 storms in 2017 made landfall in Canada.“It doesn’t always play out that a busy season in the Atlantic affects us directly,” said Hubbard. “Even if you have a slow season, it only takes one storm to really have an impact and cause a lot of damage.”The hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, when the waters of the Atlantic Ocean are warm enough to produce tropical cyclones.
MONTREAL — Thousands marched through the streets of Montreal this afternoon in support of farmers who say they are threatened by the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement.Many in the crowd brandished signs and kitchen utensils and pushed shopping carts as they joined an hour-long march organized by Quebec’s farmers’ union.The union, known as UPA, says Canada made “unprecedented” concessions in the dairy sector during negotiations for the USMCA deal.They’re calling on the Quebec and federal governments to support local products and make sure any new imports have to meet the same standards Quebec producers are bound by.Monia Grenier, a dairy producer and union representative from the Estrie region, says the hardest part of the new deal is the uncertainty about what will happen to the market.She hopes Canadians will rally behind farmers and pledge to buy only homegrown products.The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER — A tempting bright-red advertisement for a new condo development in a Vancouver suburb circulated online this fall, sparking excitement from first-time homebuyers and concern among long-standing real estate observers.The developers of The Landing, a 78-unit complex in Langley, were offering to pay the mortgages for a year of the first 20 buyers and give remaining buyers a $10,000 discount.It looked like a sign of the times: had provincial and federal government measures to cool the market been too successful? Were developers stuck with a glut of inventory as sales and prices dropped off a cliff?Not really, according to the marketer behind the promotion.“The way we run our sales programs is we run basically a different promotion almost every week. I’ve been working in suburban markets for a long time and honestly, what I’m seeing right now is it’s not even at a normal market. It’s still a lot better,” said Trevor Street, CEO of the Partners Marketing Group.“What’s normal for me is having four or five other sites that are active, that are open, that buyers can go to and shop around. I remember a time marketing developments when I ran out of registers to call in our database and started cold-calling rental buildings.”That was back in 2013 or 2014, he said, before Vancouver’s real estate market exploded and a ripple effect moved through its suburbs and the rest of British Columbia. By 2016, Street definitely didn’t have to run any promotions — he even told developers not to bother building sales centres.The Fraser Valley, east of Metro Vancouver, has long been considered a more affordable haven for first-time homebuyers.After prices and sales climbed across the Lower Mainland in 2015 and 2016, the B.C. and federal governments stepped in to attempt to cool the market. In the past nine months, sales have slowed and prices have curbed their meteoric rise. But while the market is softening, it’s not over-correcting, just returning to a more normal state after a wild few years, experts say.Street said he realized about six months ago that suburban developers needed to bring back promotions to entice buyers. But while amateur investors are sitting out, professional investors are jumping on board, he said.“They’re coming in right now and it’s a feeding frenzy,” he said. “These guys know this isn’t going to last. These downturns last nine months to a year, and we’re already nine months into it.”The average price of an apartment in the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board coverage area, which includes Surrey, White Rock, Langley and other communities, was $383,204 last month, still up from $359,053 in November 2017. In the same month in 2014, it was $200,952.As for detached housing, the average price was $1,017,754 last month, up from $1,011,787 in November 2017 and considerably higher than $653,426 in November 2014.The real estate board prefers to use a “benchmark” price, which adjusts for the high and low ends of the markets, and that figure was $976,200 for a detached house last month and $422,500 for an apartment.The market started really heating up in the beginning of 2015, said board president John Barbisan.Barbisan said he uses the sales-to-active-listings ratio, referring to the number of sales compared to active listings, as a thermometer. In a balanced market, the ratio sits around 18 per cent, meaning almost two in 10 homes are selling. The higher the ratio gets, the more advantage to the seller, and in 2016 it was 60 per cent, he said.Things began to cool in the spring of this year, he said, and now the sales-to-active-listings ratio is 14 per cent.“It was like a tap turned off,” he said. “It’s as if all the buyers got together in a hall one night and decided nobody’s going to make an offer anymore.”The federal mortgage stress test initiated in January appears to be a major factor, he said. The stress test requires mortgage-seekers to prove they would be able to make payments even if interest rates rose substantially, reducing borrowing power by as much as 20 per cent.“That has to come out somewhere. They’re either buying cheaper homes or they’re not making the offers they would be,” he said.Provincial government measures, including a 0.5 per cent speculation tax on secondary homes left vacant and a 20 per cent foreign buyers tax, have had a “negligible” effect compared with the stress test, Barbisan said.But he said he’s “not at all” concerned about the slowdown, noting that he has spoken with mortgage brokers who say relatively similar numbers of people are still coming to get pre-approved. People still want to buy homes, but they may not be finding what they’re looking for or are waiting for prices to decrease further, he said.“I’m not sure what they’re waiting for, but when you want to buy a home you’re only putting it off for so long,” he said.Barbisan added he hasn’t heard of anyone being underwater on their mortgage, as prices have still risen so much that owners have a fair bit of equity in their homes.Steve Saretsky, a Vancouver real estate agent, said the market across the region is going through a downturn but it’s not “major,” and it’s to be expected after the run-ups of the past few years.“Any time you have that kind of growth, eventually it’s going to swing the other way,” he said. “Has it gone too far? I think a lot of people who are complaining about housing affordability would probably tell you it hasn’t gone far enough.”Government policies have helped move the pendulum, but it was more or less inevitable, and global housing markets are also slowing down, Saretsky said. People are quick to criticize the stress test and new provincial taxes while forgetting how easy regulators have gone on the housing market for years, he added.“Everyone in the world talks about how indebted Canadian households are. There’s no question that it’s definitely been a pretty lenient borrowing spree over the last 15, 20 years,” he said. “Now, all of a sudden everybody’s upset because the punch bowl’s been taken away. But parties don’t go on forever.”He acknowledged that it’s hard on real estate agents because sales volumes are down and they’re making less money.“But, again, I think we’ve had it pretty good for a number of years.”Laura Kane, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have charged a second public official with breach of trust over the alleged leak of cabinet secrets around a $700-million naval shipbuilding contract.The police force says it charged Matthew Matchett today with one count of breach of trust, saying he illegally disclosed government information to unauthorized parties.RCMP spokeswoman Stephanie Dumoulin says Matchett worked for Public Services and Procurement Canada.Vice-Admiral Mark Norman was suspended as the Canadian military’s second-in-command in January 2017 and is also fighting a charge of breach of trust for allegedly leaking cabinet secrets to Quebec’s Davie Shipbuilding.The RCMP says the charge against Matchett comes after an extensive investigation that began more than three years ago.Matchett is to appear in court March 5.The Canadian Press
PETERBOROUGH – Aaron Slepkov and his buddies first tossed grapes into a microwave back in the mid-1990s.Within seconds, the fruits spark like lightning.He was hooked and broke out the trick at parties.Now, the Trent University physics professor has published his examination of the phenomenon’s underlying mechanism in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The study went viral.“The project went from ‘WTF’ to ‘A-ha!’ in about five years,” said Slepkov. “It’s really discovery science, really curiosity based. Nobody starts a project and gets some undergrad to microwave grapes because they have designs on some big grant somewhere.”Well into his physics education, Slepkov began thinking more seriously about the grapes experiment.Later on he searched for more information on the phenomenon. There was no scientific literature, but he found the trick had gained popularity on YouTube with hundreds of videos and millions of views. YouTubers thought the grapes sparked due to conductivity on its surface, but there was nothing to back that up.In 2013, a young, keen student pestered Slepkov to volunteer in his lab.“He was young and untrained so I certainly wasn’t letting him near my expensive lasers,” Slepkov said. “He was so persistent, I said for the cost of a microwave oven of $100, put him in the lab and have him microwave some grapes and find out what other conditions it works — other fruits, other shapes, that kind of thing.”That summer, they discovered the grapes didn’t need to be cut.“There have to be a pair of spheres or hemispheres — a single grape doesn’t spark, it heats up,” he said.“Then we put two grapes on a concave watch glass so they couldn’t roll away, then they spark all the time.”So, he thought, if you don’t need the “skin bridge” connecting the grapes, does he even need the skin, or the grapes?“What if a grape isn’t a grape?” he thought. “What if a grape to a microwave was just a ball of water?”So they tested hydrogel beads, the absorptive material found in diapers.“When we dipped them in salt water to make ions that ionize, they spark,” Slepkov said. “We realized it wasn’t grapes held together by a skin bridge, this is about balls of water.”The team found that a microwave — with a wavelength of 12 centimetres in air — is the exact same size of a grape in water due to what’s known as water’s high index of refraction, Slepkov explained. That’s when something interesting happens, he said.Microwaves accumulate and become trapped inside the grape, he said, and those light microwaves pack themselves in the centre and the grape begins to heat up. When a second grape comes in, or the other half of a cut grape, the microwaves concentrate at the sides near each other creating an intense electrical field.“The microwave light senses the other grape and wants to move there,” Slepkov said.The electric field becomes so high, he said, that it begins stripping electrons off sodium and potassium molecules, creating ions.“Once you have an ion of sodium or potassium, then all hell breaks loose and the rest of microwave oven is feeding that spark, ionizing the air and turning it into ball lightning,” he said.Slepkov gives a lot of credit to Hamza Khattak, the final undergraduate student to work on the project who also helped with imaging because of his burgeoning photography skills, along with Pablo Bianucci, a physics professor at Concordia University, both co-authors on the study.The internet loved the team’s work, especially its accessible and lively writing.One favourite is the opening line of the paper: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a pair of grape hemispheres exposed to intense microwave radiation will spark, igniting a plasma.”It is an homage to the opening line in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”Up until a week before publication, the article was titled “Grape Balls of Fire,” but the journal balked at it.“The paper was written with a lot of lighthearted humour,” Slepkov said. “We do try to take an attitude of work as play.”He said one potential application is antenna design for cellphones or wireless routers.“We’re hypothesizing maybe you can change antenna design because the grapes are acting as a concentrator for wireless radiation or cellphone radiation — effecting how we design antennas to help act as a signal booster,” he said.“This was such a silly project I didn’t tell anyone for the first three years because I thought I’d be laughed at. We do serious research, but it turns out there is some serious science at work here. I have students funded to microwave fruit because our gut tells us the answer will be interesting. And it is.”Liam Casey, The Canadian Press
TORONTO — A lawyer for Saskatchewan says Ottawa’s carbon-pricing law amounts to Big Brother forcing its will on the provinces.He tells Ontario’s top court that it’s no coincidence the law only applies in four provinces with Conservative governments.The court is hearing from interveners today on Day 3 of Ontario’s constitutional challenge to the federal law.Like Ontario, Saskatchewan calls the federal charge imposed in four provinces on fossil fuels an illegal tax.Ottawa maintains the law is needed to fight greenhouse gas emissions in those provinces that aren’t doing enough.But Saskatchewan says the federal government is intruding on provincial authority simply because it doesn’t like provincial policies.“This Big-Brother-Ottawa-knows-best is inimical to federalism,” lawyer Mitch McAdam told the five-justice panel. “You don’t need to throw out the Constitution in this case in order to save the planet.”The federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, which levies a charge on gasoline, other fossil and on industrial polluters, kicked in on April 1. While Ottawa calls the levy — currently four cents a litre on gasoline — a regulatory charge designed to change behaviour, Ontario and Saskatchewan call it an illegal tax.“Consumers are simply told to do one thing: Pay more tax,” McAdam said. “The power to tax is the power to destroy.”Earlier, a lawyer for British Columbia, which sides with Ottawa, said Canadians elected the federal government to address climate change. The law, he said, doesn’t get in the way of provinces’ ability to do their part.“Each jurisdiction can innovate,” the lawyer said. The Canadian Press
CALGARY — A post-secondary school in southern Alberta is turning to artificial intelligence to make its buildings safer and to allow security officers to catch criminals in the act.The technology at Mount Royal University in Calgary alerts officials when anything out of the ordinary occurs in the normal flow of university hallways or on its grounds.Developed in Australia, the iCetana system breaks everything down to pixels and “learns” the movement patterns of people, equipment and vehicles across the campus over a 14-day period. It comes to recognize shapes, sizes and movement — but not people or specific objects.“What it will do if people normally walk in this hallway, and now they’re running, it’s going to … flash it on the screen,” explains Grant Sommerfeld, the university’s associate vice-president of facilities management.“All the system does essentially is track the movement of pixels. It could be a gun. It could be a backpack, a selfie stick. It’s not going to automatically know that’s a gun. It doesn’t look for images.”Sommerfeld says security officials used to watch an outdated bank of video screens, which would cycle through cameras on campus.“Security staff faced with a wall of monitors and a full shift could almost get hypnotized by it and essentially it just becomes like wallpaper.”New, high-resolution, 360-degree cameras that have been installed across campus catch details the old ones would have missed. And the screens are black unless something out of place has been detected.“When there’s a change in the movement of the pixels on these screens, it flashes up in security with 15 seconds of what was happening before the pattern changed. It fast-forwards … and presents a real-time image,” says Sommerfeld.“The human sitting at the desk decides we’ve got to go and investigate or decides, no, that’s fine.”Sommerfeld says the system also recognizes something as simple as a backpack left in an empty hallway.“It may be somebody forgot a backpack or it could be more sinister than that. It just knows that something is not normal in the movement on that hallway.”Sommerfeld says security staff can intervene right away if there is a problem, unlike previously when video was used as evidence after the fact.“It allows us to become much more proactive in terms of intervening and stopping crimes or bad behaviour,” he says. “I think it makes the school a lot safer place.”There are other artificial intelligence models being developed, especially in the aftermath of school shootings.A computer software company out of Philadelphia has it’s own AI threat detection. It identifies weapons and sends images of the firearms and the shooter to law enforcement and school officials.“We’re not in Canada right now,” says ZeroEyes spokesman Rob Huberty, who adds the technology is still part of pilot projects.Huberty says the software focuses on active shooter situations and uses video systems already in place.“We basically take all the weapons that have been used in school shootings as our models and we constantly add to our data base,” Huberty says.“A lot of people in school shootings expose their weapons fairly early, a lot of times in the parking lot, so we can let everybody know before any shot is fired.— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterBill Graveland, The Canadian Press
In today’s Big Story podcast, when a Barrie, Ont., city councillor wrote a long post criticizing two local MPs for “playing footsies with white supremacists” he might have been expecting some pushback. But nobody thought it would end in two defamation suits, an official reprimand and a long and passionate council meeting.Keenan Aylwin’s story is one that’s probably going to happen elsewhere as election rhetoric heats up. With white supremacists becoming increasingly unafraid to voice their opinions in public, what duty do politicians have to disavow their support? And if they don’t, what can those politicians’ opponents do about it?GUEST: Fatima Syed, National ObserverAudio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_07042019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
The 4th Annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, featuring headliners Alice in Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Walking Papers, Danko Jones, and others, announces Charity VIP Ticket Auctions that will put fans onstage with their favorite bands.Proceeds will benefit MusiCares.Beginning Thursday, July 11, 2013 and running for ten-days, fans can bid on eBay for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to receive two (2) VIP passes to the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival. In addition, the top bidder and their guest will watch their favorite band perform from the best seats in the house: ONSTAGE! They will also receive: Level 1 premium reserved seats OR General Admission ‘Pit’ tickets, a backstage guided tour to see the “inner workings” of a large scale concert festival (who knows who you’ll meet?), an autographed Evans custom UPROAR artwork drum head autographed by your favorite band, two UPROAR tee-shirts, and front-of-the-line access to all band signings.Fans who have purchased Charity VIP Tickets in the past state, “Worth every penny,” “Our expectations were exceeded,” “Everything as promised!,” “Unbelievable experience at the festival!, “Hands down, the best item I have ever bought on eBay,” and “The concert was awesome!”The all-day outdoor Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, drawing as many as 11,000 to 17,000+ fans per event, will make stops in 25 US and Canadian cities, coast-to-coast, beginning on August 9, 2013 in Scranton, Pennsylvania and concluding September 15, 2013 in Chula Vista, California. Each festival date features 12 of the biggest names in Hard and Alt Rock, performing on three stages, as well as other attractions, including a concourse midway filled with vendors and activities. The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, which has grown to become one of the nation’s leading, most anticipated, and successful annual concert festival events, will feature multi-platinum headliners, Alice in Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria, and Circa Survive on the mainstage. The Festival Stage will feature Walking Papers, Danko Jones, Middle Class Rut, New Politics, and last year’s Uproar battle of the bands winner, The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show. The Coldcock Spirits stage will feature The Dead Daisies, Beware of Darkness and Charming Liars.25 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival eBay Charity VIP ticket auctions will begin on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. PST, CST and EST and will run for ten days only. Those individuals interested in bidding on these very special auctions can access them at this direct link or by searching for “UPROAR VIP Tickets” on eBay.com.
The United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign and Athletes For Hope are joining forces to connect professional, Olympic, and collegiate athletes and their fans to help save lives by preventing malaria, a leading cause of death among children globally.The partnership aims to unify athletes and their fans, in every sport, to work together in fun, creative ways to raise awareness about the disease, which claims the life of a child every 60 seconds. In sub-Saharan Africa, it only costs $10 to deliver a life-saving bednet to protect families from malaria.“Nets aren’t just used in sports – they are crucial to protecting families from malaria,” said Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. “I’m excited that Athletes for Hope will introduce more athletes and sports fans to this important cause.”Founded by Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Mia Hamm, Jeff Gordon, Alonzo Mourning, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee among others, Athletes for Hope brings athletes together to educate, inspire, and empower them to help make a difference in the world. Athletes for Hope members will be introduced to the Nothing But Nets campaign and have a number of opportunities to engage their fans and communities throughout the year to join the fight against malaria.“Athletes for Hope is honored to join forces with Nothing But Nets to fight malaria,” said Ivan Blumberg, Chief Executive Officer of Athletes for Hope. “This engagement is the first global cause that our over 2,000 athlete members will have the opportunity to address.”Malaria is a deadly disease, transmitted by a single mosquito bite. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year. But nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution that can stop the spread of malaria and save lives.“The global community has already cut child deaths from malaria in half over the last decade,” said Nothing But Nets Director, Christopher Helfrich. “We are making tremendous progress and partners like Athletes for Hope are going to help us defeat malaria in this generation.”Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness, funds, and voices to fight malaria. Since 2006, hundreds of thousands of sports fans and campaign supporters have joined the campaign to send nets and save lives. Together with its UN partners, the Nothing But Nets campaign has helped deliver more than 9 million nets to families in 29 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. To learn more, visit www.NothingButNets.net.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation, its founder Sir Elton John and Chairman David Furnish attended a series of sessions, site visits and private meetings during the course of the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, which ended on Friday.Video: Elton John And David Furnish In DurbanTheir goal was to raise awareness of the continued need for funding and action in the fight against AIDS, to champion those most at risk of being left behind in the global response and to launch new initiatives that will provide HIV testing and treatment to thousands on the African continent.One such initiative is a new $10m LGBT Fund, in partnership with the Office of the Global Aids Coordinator and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), to support LGBT communities in multiple African countries. Two organizations, The International HIV/AIDS Alliance (Alliance) and the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) were announced at the conference as the inaugural recipients of the LGBT fund. Sir Elton John also joined Prince Harry for a special session focused on the needs of HIV-youth in Africa.Alliance, an organization that supports community groups in countries that are most affected by the global AIDS crisis and MSMGF, a non-profit that advocates for equitable access to HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services for gay men, were the first organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa to receive grants to help address stigma, discrimination and violence against LGBT people, and to expand their access to HIV care and prevention. At the conference, EJAF also announced an initial start-up grant it will be providing to the International AIDS Society to launch its ‘Me and My Healthcare Provider’ campaign. This campaign celebrates doctors, nurses, and other frontline healthcare workers, who deliver quality, integrated HIV prevention, care, and treatment services to key populations, including gay men and transgender people, often in the face of discriminatory laws, traditions, and belief systems.“Supporting LGBT people in the US, the UK and internationally, has been at the heart and soul of our Foundation’s mission from the very beginning,” said David Furnish, Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “By partnering with PEPFAR to award the inaugural LGBT Fund recipients, and by supporting the International AIDS Society’s new ‘Me and My Healthcare Provider’ Campaign, we are building on that commitment and expanding this lifesaving work to places where it is needed most. Places where LGBT people are much more likely to be living with HIV and far less likely to receive the essential services they need to stay healthy and alive. We believe these global campaigns will bridge the gap between LGBT communities and their service providers, which is essential for ending AIDS.”Sir Elton also participated in a special session with Prince Harry, where the two men discussed the harmful consequences of stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa, particularly among youth and adolescents. To achieve an AIDS-free world, both men stressed the need for education, access to testing and medical care, and support for young people worldwide.“Empowered young people, from all walks of life and all circumstances, have always urged us to push past the status quo and reach for a dream that is BIG and BOLD, ” said Sir Elton John, Founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “Fifteen years ago, when the International AIDS Conference was last held in Durban, 1,000 South Africans were dying of AIDS each day – nearly 1 every minute. Today, HIV medicine costs as little as 3 rand – 20 cents – a day. The rate of new HIV infections here has been cut in half; almost all babies here are being born HIV free; and 3.5 million people here are now on treatment and living full and productive lives. That is some serious progress, and it’s because young, new voices demanded that people everywhere have access to lifesaving treatments, not just those in living in rich countries. If we want HIV programs to work for young people, we can’t tell them what to do or think, we need to nurture their voices. We need to listen to them and we need them to tell us what skills and services will help create the AIDS-free generation we all dream of.”During their time in Durban, Sir Elton and EJAF Chairman David Furnish visited LGBT people, outreach workers, and staff at the Gateway clinic in Umlazi township alongside the South African health minister, Aaron Motsoaledi. Sir Elton and the Minister discussed the issue of providing pre-exposure prophylaxis medication or ‘PrEP’ to LGBT persons to protect them from acquiring HIV. The South African government has already approved the use of PrEP for sex workers – another high risk group for HIV.The Gateway Clinic is one of over 100 clinics in South Africa whose staff have been trained to support LGBT clients under a grant from the Foundation to the NGO Anova. Over 1 million HIV tests will be given to LGBT clients during the course of the programme.Sir Elton and David also visited HIV-positive adolescents at KwaZulu-Natal Children’s Hospital where he emphasized the importance of helping young people overcome their disease and stigma by expanding their access to treatment and care.Since 2013, EJAF has provided over $14.4 million in support for LGBT communities in Africa, Asia and Europe, and has invested $3.4 million to support its youth-based campaign “Young Survivors” in Harare (Zimbabwe), Kampala (Uganda), Kisumu (Kenya), Lusaka (Zambia) and Beira (Mozambique).
A new video featuring star-football players from FC Barcelona and the Spanish National 5-a-side blind football team was released today to celebrate the importance of inclusive play for children and the beginning of the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.Video: FC Barcelona and Spain’s 5-a-side blind team celebrate the power of inclusive sport for children The video features five FC Barcelona footballers playing blindfolded against Spain’s 5-a-side Paralympic football team. It is a collaboration between UNICEF, the FC Barcelona Foundation and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to show the power of sports to level the playing field for everyone.The video will be shown at sporting venues throughout the Paralympic games, which run until the 18th of September.“The Paralympic Games prove that ability, not disability, defines what a person can accomplish and this video shows that there should be no limits on what a child can aspire to — in sport, in school or in life,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “UNICEF is proud to work alongside our beloved Barça to give so many more children the chance to play, to learn and to make the most of their abilities — and thus, their lives.”IPC President Sir Philip Craven said: “Thanks to this collaboration with UNICEF and the FC Barcelona Foundation, this video shows the skills and prowess of visually impaired footballers as they take on their idols. It is clear from the response of Messi, Busquets, Masip, Rakitic and Sergi Roberto that they find playing without sight very challenging. This highlights just how impressive football-5 players are, and the pin-point accuracy required to take a penalty kick without one of your most important senses.“We hope it can show youngsters around the world that they too can do amazing things and that they have the same right to play as anyone else.”This week marks the 10th Anniversary of the UNICEF-FC Barcelona Foundation partnership. Over the last decade, the partnership has reached over a million boys and girls with access to education, sport and play for children who might otherwise be excluded. This work includes the “Open Doors” programme which operates in 15 cities across Brazil promoting inclusive education to girls and boys with disabilities.“Here at the FC Barcelona Foundation, we aim to extract the full potential of sport as a tool for inclusion, and especially that of children with disabilities. The “Open Doors” project that we are running in Brazil in conjunction with UNICEF and the Rodrigo Mendes Institute has set new standards in this field. Here at the FCB Foundation we are committed to continuing our work on projects like this that help us to make our philosophy tangible and to construct a fairer and more inclusive society for the most at-risk groups,” says First Vice-Chairman of the FC Barcelona Foundation Jordi Cardoner.The five players from FC Barcelona featured in the video are: Sergio Busquets, Jordi Masip, Lionel Messi, Ivan Rakitic and Sergi Roberto. The Spanish National 5-a-side players are Pedro Gutierrez León, Jose Luis Giera Tejuelo, Javier Alvaro Ruiz, Francisco Javier Pérez Muñoz, Marcelo Rosado Carrasco and Sergio Cano Rodríguez.
Following Idris Elba’s Valentine’s candlelit dinner auction announcement – where a lucky guest will win a candlelight dinner with Elba – the actor has been pursuing advice on how to be a good date for the big night out.The auction proceeds will benefit W.E. Can Lead, which promotes quality education, empowerment and leadership development for girls throughout Africa. From who better to seek advice than grammar school children?“In order to make sure our extraordinary night is perfect,” says Elba, “I’ve brought together a team of people who can help me think outside the box.” Check out his Valentines Day Advice from Kids video.For more information and/or to make a bid, visit Omaze.Copyright ©2017Look to the Stars
Newman’s Own Foundation, founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, is launching a campaign to encourage good deeds that could help make our world a better place.Inspired by Paul Newman, who was the quintessential humanitarian and philanthropist, the Foundation is challenging people to be “Newmanitarians” by giving back because, as Paul Newman said, “It’s just the right thing to do.”In recognition of reaching the milestone of $500 million donated to charity, Newman’s Own Foundation has launched a #Newmanitarian campaign, calling for acts of kindness. This can include small gestures of being kind, doing good deeds, and extending generosity towards others. Individuals are asked to visit Newmanitarian.org and take a pledge to give back.Newmanitarians can then share the pledge and their good deeds on social media.“Paul once asked, ‘What could be better than to hold out your hand to those less fortunate?’ and we believe, as he did, that each of us can help another in some small way,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation. “By asking people to commit acts of kindness, we’re hoping to spread the idea that philanthropy isn’t just about money. It means that we can all do something to make our world a better place.”Encouraging philanthropy is one of the key focus areas of Newman’s Own Foundation. The Foundation supports fellowships for young people entering careers in nonprofit; provides networking opportunities for businesses that give all profits to charity (similarly to Newman’s Own); and inspires individuals to give back, whether through volunteerism, donations, or just being kind to others.For more information about the #Newmanitarian campaign, click here.
SHARE Inc. announced today that their annual Boomtown Gala will be headlined by The Righteous Brothers with additional performances by Martha and the Vandellas, Louis Van Amstel of “Dancing with the Stars” and the SHARE ladies.This year’s honoree is Loreen Arbus, President of The Loreen Arbus Foundation and disability rights activist, philanthropist, producer, writer and author. The event’s MC, a SHARE legacy, will be Natalie Lander (ABC’s The Middle) – the daughter of famed actors David Lander and Kathy Fields and granddaughter of Hollywood agent Freddie Fields and actress Polly Bergen. The event will be held on May 20th 2018 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.“Boomtown is celebrating 65 years of phenomenal work on behalf of our community and we could not be more proud. This year’s event will invoke old Hollywood glamour as we remember our founding members and the hardworking women who have helped make SHARE the organization it is today,” said Corinna Fields, President of SHARE, Inc.Loreen Arbus will be receiving the Shining Spirit Award for her tireless work to help those marginalized in our community, specifically through The Loreen Arbus Foundation, which provides scientific and medical research for those with disabilities, supports racial and gender minorities, and is active in environmental causes. Arbus is an industry trailblazer who earned the distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network – a feat she accomplished twice– both at Showtime and Lifetime networks.“I am honored to be recognized by the amazing women of SHARE Inc.,” said honoree Loreen Arbus. “Their mission is in very close alignment with my own in terms of helping children who are marginalized as is their long support of children with developmental disabilities and other special challenges.”This year’s star-studded event will include a red carpet, dressy Western attire, dinner, a live and silent auction, performances and more. The production team behind Boomtown includes Anita Mann of Anita Mann Productions, a five-time Emmy Award Winning Choreographer; Christine Wallace, Producer/First Vice President of the Boomtown Gala and former professional dancer/choreographer of stage and screen; and Executive Producer, Gary Smith, former producer of The Tony Awards and “The Judy Garland Show.”Celebrity attendees and honorees in recent years have included Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, Sherry Lansing, Glorya Kaufman and more. Throughout SHARE’s illustrious history, famous supporters and performers have included Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, John Wayne, Sammy Davis Jr., Jennifer Holliday, Lucille Ball, Ronald Reagan, Johnny Carson, Dean Martin, Bob Hope, John Ritter, and K.D. Lang, to name a few.Find out more about the event here.
Source : Numeris Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement CORNER GAS ANIMATED made its much-anticipated arrival on Monday night as the strongest Canadian series debut in the history of The Comedy Network, and is on track to become the biggest debut of any series on the network. With more than 280,000 preliminary overnight viewers making the trip back to Dog River, CORNER GAS ANIMATED was the #1 entertainment specialty program Monday among all key demos (A18-34, A18-49, and A25-54).In the all-new episode of CORNER GAS ANIMATED, airing Monday, April 9at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Wanda, Hank, and Lacey attempt to trick Brent with a Sasquatch hoax. Davis and Emma’s obsession with the fantasy TV show THRONE STRIFE forces Karen and Oscar to spend time together. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter