Will have to work harder to get into Test team says Navdeep

first_imgNew Delhi: An impressive T20 International debut under his belt, speedster Navdeep Saini hopes to play Test cricket in future but feels he will need extra hard work to break into the “strong” bowling unit of the national team. The 26-year-old Saini, who plays domestic cricket for Delhi, made his T20 International debut against the West Indies in Florida and won the Man of the Match award in his maiden appearance last month. “Our bowling unit in the Test format is very strong. When I was with the team (in West Indies) I realised that I’ll have to work harder to get into the side. Only by doing that a I might get a chance,” Saini told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of All India Public Sector T20 cricket tournament. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe Indian pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami have been extremely consistent helping the side claim some of its biggest overseas Test wins in the last couple of years. With Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar also competing for spots in the playing XI, breaking in to the Indian Test side seems tough. However, the Indian team management sees Saini as a future prospect in red-ball cricket. To groom him in the longest format of the game, the management used him as a net bowler in the Test series against West Indies and the youngster said he learnt a lot from his experience with the senior team. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”When I speak to bowlers like Shami, Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar in the nets I get a lot of help from them. At the international level error of margin is very less so I learn how to work around it in practice,” Saini said. Saini was in the reckoning for selection for India’s home Test series against South Africa next month but did not figure in the 15-member squad announced on Thursday. Talking about skipper Virat Kohli, who also captains Saini in the IPL in the Royal Challengers Bangalore team, he said: “Playing under Virat bhai’s captaincy helps me a lot. He always talks about commitment. He says if you have to achieve anything you should be committed to it completely.”last_img read more

Rajkummar Rao put on 8 kgs for Made in China role says

first_imgMumbai: “Made in China” director Mihil Musale is impressed with his lead star Rajkummar Rao’s physical transformation that required the actor to put on eight kgs of weight. “I really don’t know how he did it. And that too, in such a short time span. That’s his secret and that’s honestly the magic of a performer as incredible as Raj. I think he’s spoiled me for life as this was my first Hindi film and I was fortunate enough to work with possibly the most collaborative artist,” Mikhil said in a statement. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The director said that soon after Rajkummar came aboard the film, he started preparing for it, which included a recce of Ahmedabad, where the team was set to shoot. “Raj and I had many conversations to solidify the space of Raghu Mehta’s world. Next thing I know, I get a call from him telling me that he is in Ahmedabad. And this was a month before the shoot. “He took a video camera and visited many busy areas of Ahmedabad from Lal Darwaja to Gandhi market to Manek Chowk and also a few places that lots of people don’t know about. He visited these places completely under the radar – going virtually unrecognisable. He spoke to local store owners, young people shopping in those areas and also ate food from the local places to sink his teeth into the colloquialism and the culture.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “Made in China” marks yet another collaboration between Rajkummar and producer Dinesh Vijan. The actor said, “‘Stree’ and ‘Made in China’ despite being completely different genres of cinema, needed a solid framework to put it out there effectively… I am so glad Dinoo made me a part of ‘Made in China’ and I got an opportunity to play such a wonderful character, Raghu.” Dinesh said the film is yet another step in his “strong and fruitful relationship” with the actor. “At Maddock, we have always believed in bringing forth cinema that is strong and socially relevant, while still being commercially viable and entertaining. I’m happy to have found like minded people in this journey, and I hope to that our association grows from strength to strength,” he added. Also featuring Mouni Roy, Sumeet Vyas, Gajraj Rao and Paresh Rawal, “Made in China” is scheduled to be released on Diwali.last_img read more

One suspect in Mississauga Ont restaurant explosion may be female police say

first_imgMISSISSAUGA, Ont. – One of two suspects wanted in connection with an explosion that injured 15 people at a restaurant west of Toronto may be a woman, contrary to earlier reports, police said Tuesday.Investigators originally said both suspects wanted in Thursday night’s blast at the Bombay Bhel restaurant in Mississauga, Ont., were men, but new video evidence and witness input suggests at least one of the suspects could be female, said Peel regional police Supt. Rob Ryan.Police have finished their work at the scene of the blast and are now analysing a collection of evidence that includes fingerprints, DNA, surveillance video, interviews with people present at the restaurant that night and remnants of the explosive device itself, Ryan said.“Investigators spent hundreds of hours over the weekend combing the scene for every fine detail that might help them to understand what happened that night,” he said.“What led the two suspects to detonate this device is still not clear,” he added. “We do not have clear motive and no one has claimed responsibility.”Peel police have spoken to the RCMP and law enforcement and intelligence agencies across Ontario and currently have no evidence to suggest the bombing was an act of terror or a hate crime, Ryan said, nor is there any indication another attack may be imminent.“We don’t have any messaging from before the incident or during the incident from these (suspects), no conversation that we are aware of,” he saidRyan thanked members of the public for their patience, and pledged to keep them updated as the case evolves.“While we understand this investigation is drawing extensive public interest from around the world, we want you to understand this is a complex case and it’s going to take time to solve,” he said, adding that Peel police have established a full-time task force to investigate the blast.The suspects — who, if caught, will be charged with attempted murder and several other offences related to the explosion — were in and out of the restaurant in a short amount of time around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, and fled the scene on foot before their homemade explosive device detonated, police said.Investigators have traced the suspects’ escape route with drones and dogs, and believe the pair headed east from Bombay Bhel, cutting through a construction site and then a residential subdivision, Ryan said.Police have said they think the suspects ultimately got into a vehicle.Ryan said assistance from the community would be “critical” to the investigation, and urged anyone with information to contact police, whether they were in the area of the restaurant on the night of the bombing, or know something about the suspects.“We know there are people out there who know who did this and it’s time for them to do the right thing and come forward,” Ryan said.The 15 people injured in the blast, ranging in age from 23 to 69, were all treated and released from hospital within 24 hours, police said.last_img read more

Quebec woman who stopped on highway for ducks causing fatal crash loses

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s highest court has upheld the verdict and sentence in the case of a woman who stopped to help ducks along a highway causing a crash that claimed two lives.The Quebec Court of Appeal on Thursday rejected Emma Czornobaj’s challenge in a 35-page written decision that came nearly seven years after the events.Shortly after Czornobaj, now 28, stopped her car in June 2010 to rescue ducklings on the side of a provincial highway just south of Montreal, a motorcycle carrying Andre Roy and his teenage daughter, Jessie, slammed into the idling vehicle. Both died as a result of the crash.Roy’s wife, Pauline Volikakis, was on another motorcycle behind the victims, but was able to stop and avoid serious injury.Czornobaj, who was 21 at the time, wasn’t in the car, which was stopped in the left lane.She told her trial she wanted to bring the ducklings home.“I just wanted to pick all these ducklings up and put them in my car,” Czornobaj testified at the time. “I know it was a mistake.”Confronted during cross-examination by the Crown, she disagreed her actions were illogical.“At the time, it’s what I decided to do,” Czornobaj said. “Obviously now I would not have stopped.”A jury convicted her in June 2014 of two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing death.She was sentenced in December 2014 to 90 days in jail to be served on weekends, three years’ probation and 240 hours of community service, and given a 10-year driving ban.Czornobaj appealed in early 2015, and her sentence was put on hold.The appeals were heard in April by three justices. Her lawyer sought to have her conviction set aside due to what he called inadequate instructions to the jury by the trial judge.Her lawyer, Jean-Francois Bouveret, appealed the conviction and sought to have the decade-long driving ban reduced, but he failed.“In short, both the objective and subjective gravity of the offence allowed the imposition of the sentence imposed by the judge, including the prolonged prohibition on driving,” Justice Etienne Parent wrote in a unanimous decision.“I recall that the period of incarceration inflicted on the appellant, 90 days to be served in a discontinued fashion, is an exceptionally lenient punishment.”A call to Bouveret was not immediately returned on Thursday.last_img read more

Quebecers accused in Australian cocaine bust have trials delayed until 2018

first_imgSYDNEY – Two of three Quebecers accused of importing cocaine into Australia aboard a luxury cruise ship last year have had their trial put off until next February.The trial for the man and woman was scheduled to begin this week.While their names have been published in the past, an Australian court employee said in an email Tuesday a publication ban is now in effect.The third accused has already pleaded guilty and is awaiting her sentence.The three boarded the MS Sea Princess in England and were arrested when the ship docked in Sydney last August.Australian authorities used sniffer dogs to find what they said was 95 kilograms of cocaine packed in suitcases.They said the drug had an estimated value of $30.5 million.last_img read more

PQ members endorse JeanFrancois Lisees with 928 per cent confidence vote

first_imgMONTREAL – Parti Quebecois members have resoundingly endorsed the leadership of Jean-Francois Lisee in a confidence vote.Lisee received 92.8 per cent support from the sovereigntist party’s membership in a vote at a party convention in Montreal.The vote is a boost for Lisee, who has said he will forgo any independence referendum in a first Parti Quebecois mandate if he wins next year’s provincial election.Earlier on Saturday, party delegates proposed a resolution that would gradually cut funding to English junior colleges.The resolution, which could be adopted Sunday, proposes slowly aligning the schools’ funding with the size of the anglophone population, despite the fact that many francophone and allophone students choose to attend.The party, however, rejected the idea of extending the province’s Bill 101 language law beyond the secondary school level in order to bar non-anglophones from enrolling in English college.last_img read more

Man charged with seconddegree murder in double homicide of Vancouver couple

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver police say a 25-year-old man has been charged in the deaths of a married couple more than a month ago.Police say 65-year-old Dianna Mah-Jones and 68 year-old Richard Jones were found dead in a residence on Sept. 27.Vancouver Coastal Health says Mah-Jones was a highly respected occupational therapist who worked at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre and Vancouver General Hospital.Const. Jason Doucette said at the time there was no evidence to suggest the incident was “anything but a random crime” and investigators were trying to determine a motive.Rocky Rambo Wei Nam Kam of Vancouver is charged with two counts of second-degree murder.Police say more information will be made public on Wednesday.last_img read more

Nova Scotia principals to get a year to decide status with union

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia public school principals and vice-principals will be given a year to choose between losing their union membership or returning to classroom teaching and remaining in the union.Education Minister Zach Churchill announced the step Thursday as he continued a provincial tour to discuss education reforms arising from a report released last month by consultant Avis Glaze.Churchill said he has been meeting with superintendents, teachers, principals, and parents, along with other representatives of school advisory councils.“There has been good discussion with principals around removing principals and vice-principals from their union,” he said in a statement. “This will give them more time to consider their options before they make this important decision.”The announcement comes after the union said it would hold a strike vote next Tuesday as it combats the removal of about 1,000 of its members.Churchill has said administrators can face a conflict of interest when supervising staff while also receiving directives from their union.Union president Liette Doucet said Churchill’s announcement does nothing to change the union’s position.“The government needs to halt the implementation of the Glaze report, and collaborate with teachers, students and parents to help create meaningful change in our schools,” Doucet said in a statement.She said the union has been hosting its own community meetings for the past two weeks.“It is clear from these discussions that the public is not comfortable with the government’s implementation of the Glaze report,” said Doucet.Legislation enacting many of Glaze’s reform recommendations is expected in a legislature session that begins Feb. 27.Her report makes 22 recommendations including elimination of the province’s seven English-language school boards and creation of a provincial college of educators to license and regulate the profession.Churchill said a recommended student progress assessment office was also raised in talks with teachers this week, even though the government said no change is imminent.“I want to reassure teachers that any changes involving student assessment will not be part of the spring legislation,” he said. “We will continue to talk to and listen to teachers while we determine how to address this recommendation.”last_img read more

Canadian Alberta governments backing possible Calgary bid for 2026 Games

first_imgCALGARY – The governments of Canada and Alberta will support Calgary in creating a bid corporation for a possible 2026 Winter Games bid.30 years after Calgary hosted the 1988 Olympics, the #GoC is proud to support the creation of a bid corporation to further develop plans for hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Calgary.https://t.co/Fqs4jzH9nq#SupportSport pic.twitter.com/5tf2jWYuLS— Sport Canada (@SportCanada_EN) March 29, 2018The three levels of government made the announcement Thursday in a joint press release.Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi repeatedly said a bid can’t happen without financial backing of the provincial and federal governments.IMPORTANT: Alberta Minister of Culture and Tourism says provincial funding is contingent on Calgary holding a plebiscite on a potential 2026 Olympics bid. #yyc #yyccc— Lucas Meyer (@meyer_lucas) March 29, 2018The city wanted a three-way split on the cost of a bid estimated to be $30 million.The International Olympic Committee will invite interested cities to bid in October with the winning bid unveiled in September 2019.Calgary was the host city of the 1988 Winter Olympics.last_img read more

In the news today April 16

first_imgSix stories in the news for Monday, April 16———TRUDEAU LANDS IN PARIS AFTER PIPELINE MEETINGJustin Trudeau has landed in France as he continues more than a week of globetrotting following a brief stop in Ottawa Sunday to discuss the Trans Mountain pipeline crisis with the premiers of Alberta and B.C. With that highly charged meeting out of the way, the prime minister will turn his attention to his first official visit to France, where he’ll meet with President Emmanuel Macron and address the National Assembly.———STORM BLACKS OUT THOUSANDS ACROSS SOUTHERN ONTARIOTens of thousands of people across southern and central Ontario remained without power Monday morning as the province’s massive ice storm transitioned to drenching rain. The mix of snow, freezing rain, ice pellets, rain and powerful winds that battered the region Saturday and Sunday made driving treacherous, played havoc with flight schedules and stoked fears of localized flooding.———BROTHER REMEMBERS BRONCOS HOCKEY PLAYER AS HUMBLE, HONEST, HARD-WORKINGJustin Wack says he’ll always remember his older brother Stephen for his many fine qualities, especially his honest, humble nature and his strong work ethic. Stephen was among those killed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. The big defenceman played with the Broncos for the past two seasons. His funeral will be held Tuesday at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The public memorial also includes Broncos teammates Logan Hunter, Jaxon Joseph and Parker Tobin.———INDIGENOUS SAFE-RIDE SERVICE CAN’T KEEP UP WITH DEMANDA Winnipeg non-profit begun in 2016 after Indigenous women came forward about their safety concerns in taxicabs is now a big success. It’s called Ikwe Safe Rides. Ikwe — which means woman in the Anishinaabemowin language — has provided more than 46,000 rides. The Facebook-based group has more than 15,600 members and 43 drivers. Ikwe passengers often share stories about inappropriate sexual comments and even violent encounters they’ve endured while taking regular taxis.———HOME-GROWN POT WILL BE BIG MUNICIPAL HEADACHEMunicipalities will have to grapple with many thorny issues once recreational marijuana is legalized in Canada — but it’s home-grown pot that’s likely to cause them the biggest headaches. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has developed a guide to legalization to help identify the challenges and regulatory options for dealing with them that municipal governments will face once the cannabis prohibition is lifted later this year.———NEW WEB STANDARD TRADES PASSWORDS FOR BIOMETRICSThe death of the password may be upon us. A new security standard recently endorsed by the World Wide Web Consortium has experts excited about the prospect of making logins “unphishable” and ending the vulnerabilities that currently exist due to poor “password hygiene.” The Web Authentication (WebAuthn) standard allows web surfers to use biometrics such as fingerprints or facial scans instead of inputting a password.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Funeral in Saskatoon for 18-year-old Humboldt Broncos player Evan Thomas, who was killed in the April 6 team bus crash.— Nicholas Butcher, accused of second-degree murder in the death of Kristin Johnston, stands trial in Halifax.— Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale discusses key law enforcement priorities.— The Senate holds a special committee on the Arctic to discuss the significant and rapid changes to the region.— Rogers Communications makes an announcement in Toronto regarding its wireless 5G network and holds a demonstration.— Press conference in Vancouver on multiple jurisdictions’ opposition to Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion.———last_img read more

Doctors getting smaller payment increases doctors per person rising Institute

first_imgOTTAWA — The Canadian Institute for Health Information says doctors in Canada are seeing smaller payment increases at the same time that the number of doctors per Canadian is rising.The not-for-profit says that in 2016-2017, total gross clinical payments to physicians increased 2.8 per cent to $26.4 billion.That’s the lowest single-year increase since the organization started collecting data in 2000.In the same year, the average payments to physicians remained “virtually unchanged” at $342,000, or a 0.6 per cent increase over the previous year.The institute says gross clinical pay covers the cost of running a practice for most physicians, so it should not be considered equal to take-home pay.Meanwhile, it says the number of doctors per Canadian increased for the 11th consecutive year.The number of doctors grew by more than double the rate of the general population between 2013 and 2017, with 11.5 per cent more doctors and 4.6 per cent population growth.“Over the last few years, we’ve seen an increasing number of physicians per person and slowed growth in average gross clinical payments across the country,” Geoff Ballinger, CIHI’s physician information manager said in a statement.“To optimize efficiency and ensure that health care is sustainable, the provinces and territories can use our information to help determine the proper balance of physician supply and payments needed to best serve their populations.”The institute’s report released Thursday shows more details of the change in payments and workforce.Average gross clinical payments ranged from $274,000 in Newfoundland and Labrador to $386,000 in Alberta in 2016-2017.Those payments decreased for family doctors by just under one per cent to $277,000, while medical and surgical specialists saw them rise by about one per cent to $357,000 and $477,000, respectively.The number of female physicians is growing faster than male physicians, it says.And about 30 per cent of family doctors and 22.5 per cent of specialists received medical degrees outside of Canada, with almost one third graduating from South Africa, India and the United Kingdom.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

CP reopens mainline after fatal train derailment in Field BC

first_imgFIELD (660 NEWS) — Canadian Pacific has reopened their mainline through Field, BC after Transport Canada conducted safety checks. According to a spokesperson for CP, crews and contractors remain at the scene working through challenging conditions to remove the damaged rail cars and equipment.Three men from Calgary were killed after over one hundred rail cars derailed in Field on Feb. 4. The cars, carrying grain, were parked for two hours when it started rolling through a dangerous passage, building up speed in excess of 32km/h, and eventually careened off a bridge into the Kicking Horse river below.READ MORE: TSB says derailed train began to move on its ownThe Transportation Safety Board investigation will now focus on why the loss of control took place. According to a spokesperson with TSB, it’s too early to say what contributing factors were present during the crash. He described this area as the most challenging railway territory in North AmericaThree workers: conductor Dylan Paradis, engineer Andrew Dockrell and trainee Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer were killed in the crash. A colleague of the men has set up a GoFundMe campaign for the victims’ families. Over $63,000 had been raised as of Wednesday night. Dylan Paradis, Andrew Dockrell and Daniel Waldenberger-Bulmer. (GoFundMe) READ MORE: ‘Lives are changed forever:’ outpouring for families of B.C. train crash victimsAccording to Teamsters Canada, the union representing the victims, eight people have lost their lives in rail incidents within the past year. Now the union is calling on the federal government to make a change to prevent rail-related crashes.The recent crash has reignited fear in residents in the small town of Field where the derailment occurred.“I don’t think it helps to panic or live in fear too much, but there is that concern obviously,” Jennifer Coffman, a local restaurant owner, said. “There are over 25 trains daily that go through here — they are transporting all sorts of goods.”last_img read more

Saskatchewan again asking Ottawa to help canola farmers after China ban

first_imgREGINA — Saskatchewan’s premier is again asking Ottawa to increase its cash advances to canola farmers.Scott Moe says in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, posted on Twitter, that he’s been waiting nearly a month for a response since he first asked for help.Saskatchewan wants the amount of money available to canola farmers through a federal advance payment program to increase to $1 million from $400,000.The province also wants the program’s end-of-March deadline extended by one month and that no interest be charged on the maximum payment amount until the issue with China is resolved.The province has been looking to the federal government for aid since China decided to block imports of the oilseed from Canada.The ban on $2 billion worth of canola imports has caused trade uncertainty in the industry.China’s move is perceived to be part of a growing rift between the two nations since Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, daughter of the founder of telecom giant Huawei, at the behest of the United States.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Inuit sue federal government over medical experiments that included skin grafts

first_imgFive Inuit have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over medical experiments they say were performed on them.A statement of claim filed in Iqaluit, Nunavut, says the experiments included skin grafts and being made to stand outside in the cold while improperly dressed.The plaintiffs also allege they were prodded with sharp instruments to assess their reaction to pain.The claim says the experiments were performed in Igloolik between 1967 and 1973 and involved three Canadian universities working with an international scientific program.Edmonton lawyer Steven Cooper says he’s aware of at least 30 people in two different communities who were affected.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Blaring car alarms anxious dog prompt alleged vandalism on BC ferry police

first_imgDELTA, B.C. — Police are investigating a report of alleged vandalism at the Tsawwassen ferry terminal south of Vancouver that’s possibly linked to concern for a pet.Authorities in Delta, B.C., say they got word on July 9 about a suspected vandal on the deck of an arriving ferry.Police spokeswoman Chris Leykauf says witnesses claimed the man was threatening to use keys to scratch the paint of other vehicles on the vessel.Investigators found what they call fresh, key-like paint damage on two vehicles and arrested a man on suspicion of mischief.Leykauf says police were told the man warned that any vehicles with activated car alarms would be damaged because the blaring noise was upsetting his dog.There was no immediate word on charges. (CTV)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Nurses battle over fine for Facebook comments before Saskatchewan Appeal Court

first_imgREGINA — The lawyer for a Saskatchewan nurse who was disciplined for criticizing her grandfather’s care on Facebook says the decision to punish her was based on numerous legal errors.Carolyn Strom was found guilty of professional misconduct by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association in 2016 and fined $26,000.She’s appearing before the Saskatchewan Appeal Court to ask the court quash that decision.Her lawyer, Marcus Davies, argues that the association’s discipline committee misquoted from legal decisions and directly misrepresented the outcomes of cases it relied on to reach a decision.In February 2015 Strom made Facebook comments that some unnamed staff at her grandfather’s long-term-care facility in Macklin, Sask., were not up to speed on delivering end-of-life care.The nurses association is asking the Appeal Court whether professionals have the charter right to say whatever they want on social media, and publicly embarrass health-care facilities without getting all of the facts.The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, Canadian Constitution Foundation and the BC Civil Liberties Association are intervening in the case.“If this ruling is upheld and her $26,000 fine is upheld, it’s really sending a message that you can’t criticize anything about the health-care system if you are a nurse,” said Megan Tweedie, litigation counsel for the civil liberties group.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jill Flint Hosts United Cerebral Palsy Of NYC Celebrity Dinner

first_imgThe 11th Annual UCP of NYC Golf Tournament and Celebrity Dinner was held on Monday, July 23, 2012, at Brae Burn Country Club and Century Country Club in Westchester County, New York.The annual tournament attracted over 200 golfers from the tri-state area for a fun day of golf and entertainment. All proceeds from the event support the vital programs provided by UCP of NYC to thousands of New Yorkers with disabilities and their families.Jill Flint, star of the hit series Royal Pains and a committed supporter of UCP of NYC, served as Host for the event. Eight time Emmy-Award winner, New York Times Bestselling author & Sports Commentator Len Berman, who is currently seen regularly as a commentator on NBC’s TODAY and for Fox 5 television, was Emcee for the Celebrity Dinner. Edward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC), provided opening remarks. Sports Commentator and longtime UCP of NYC supporter Spencer Ross was the key presenter for the evening.This year’s Celebrity Dinner marked the inaugural presentation of the UCP of NYC Champion Award, which recognizes individuals with disabilities who demonstrate the power to inspire and lead as role models for people with and without disabilities. UCP of NYC honored as the award’s first-ever recipients Frank Kineavy and Nicholas Gaynor, student managers for Villanova’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball Program, with this important new award.Co-Chairs (both in attendance) for the 11th Annual UCP of NYC Celebrity Golf Tournament & Celebrity Dinner were Christopher Laul, Senior Principal at HOK, and John Lombardo, Vice President, BNY Mellon.VIPs attending the event included: Edward R. Matthews, CEO, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC); Ken Auerbach, UCP of NYC board member, & Susan Auerbach; Camilla Barungi, top model of Project Runway fame & founder of African Moringa; Josh Folan, All My Children and star of the films All God’s Creatures and What Would Bear Do?; Alan Kalter, television announcer, Late Show With David Letterman; Lauren LoGiudice, star of the film When Harry Tries to Marry; Jonathan D. Lovitz, star of Legally Blonde and former Host of the MTV/LOGO Series Setup Squad; Timothy Mandala, star of the The Young and the Restless and the hit Vin Diesel series The Ropes, & Debi Mandala; Spencer Ross, Sports Commentator, & Pat Sellers Ross, and Zachary A. Schmahl, Founder of Schmackary’s Cookies.United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC) is one of America’s most established non-profits offering services, information, and support to children and adults with disabilities throughout New York City. UCP of NYC currently serves more than 14,000 individuals and family members through more than 75 comprehensive programs. The mission of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City is to create opportunities for people with disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives. UCP of NYC is proud to be a provider, partner, and employer of choice. For more information on the ongoing work of UCP of NYC, please visit www.ucpnyc.org.last_img read more

Jennie Garth Honored With Campbells Healthy Heart Award

first_imgCampbell Soup Company is continuing its support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement by honoring actress, heart health advocate and mom, Jennie Garth, with the Campbell’s Healthy Heart award at the annual Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards in New York City on Feb. 11, 2014.Jennie Garth, right, accepts the Campbell’s Healthy Heart Award from Vice President – U.S. Soup for Campbell Soup Company, Leah Dunmore at the 2014 Woman’s Day Red Dress AwardsCredit/Copyright: Evan Agostini/Invision for Campbell Soup/AP ImagesThe award recognizes a woman who has made a commitment to improving heart health among women.Jennie Garth arrives at the 2014 Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards to accept the Campbell’s Healthy Heart award for her commitment to improving heart health for womenCredit/Copyright: Evan Agostini/Invision for Campbell Soup/AP Images“Almost 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease – and that’s a number that I know we can change,” said Garth. “That’s why I’m so honored to receive the Healthy Heart award from Campbell Soup Company – together we can help make a difference for women across the country by encouraging women to make heart-healthy choices and supporting them along the way.”Now in the eighth year of its sponsorship with the American Heart Association and its support of the Go Red For Women movement, Campbell Soup Company has announced the launch of the Campbell’s Address Your Heart Pantry Project sweepstakes in an effort raise awareness of heart health. Heart disease continues to be the number one killer of Americans and, according to the American Heart Association, a healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons in the fight against heart disease. Campbell will give consumers the chance to win over a thousand prizes designed to help them kick start heart-healthy habits in their kitchen pantries.Additionally, Campbell is introducing two new flavors of Healthy Request soups, Southwest-Style Bean & Barley and Tuscan-Style Lentil, making it even easier for people to start refreshing their pantries.“As a proud long-standing supporter of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, we are committed to encouraging Americans to make heart-healthy choices each day through our products and resources,” said Leah Dunmore, Vice President, U.S. Soup, Campbell Soup Company. “This year, we are looking at the kitchen pantry through the Campbell’s Address Your Heart Pantry Project to show women that they can take small steps towards big improvements in their heart health.”To enter the Campbell’s Address Your Heart Pantry Project sweepstakes, U.S. residents ages 18 and older can visit www.addressyourheart.com by Feb. 28, 2014 and submit a photo and caption that shares how their pantry inspires their heart-healthy lifestyle. No purchase is necessary for entry. The prizes range from storage tools, organizing solutions and Healthy Request soups to one grand prize of a $5,000 complete pantry makeover. The website also features American Heart Association certified recipes and cooking tips.last_img read more

Ariana Grande And Andy Hurley Named As Sexiest Vegetarians

first_imgPop superstar Ariana Grande and Fall Out Boy’s Andy Hurley have just been crowned peta2′s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2014.“Problem” and “Break Free” singer Grande snagged the title over tough competitors, including Ellie Goulding, Ellen Page, and Carrie Underwood, among others. Pop-punk drummer Hurley triumphed over No Doubt’s Tony Kanal and Blink-182′s Mark Hoppus as well as Thomas Dekker, Jason Mraz, and more.Grande went vegan after watching Forks Over Knives, from which she learned how unhealthy cow’s milk is for humans, and now that she knows more about the meat industry, she’s quick to point out on Twitter that factory farms are “beyond horrifying … shocking, disgusting, and heartbreaking.”Hurley, a vegan since the age of 16, credits the hardcore music scene with first exposing him to the horrifying conditions of factory farms and inspiring him to embrace the “ethical concept” and make the ethical “choice and decision” to go vegan—part of his overarching desire to make the world a better place.“When you realize that you can change yourself in such hugely important ways,” he says, “you start to realize, what can’t you change?” After going vegan, Hurley went from being a vegetable-hating kid to the health-conscious, fitness-minded musician he is today.This year’s runners-up are America’s Worst Tattoos star Megan Massacre — a longtime peta2 collaborator who says, “It makes me feel good knowing that I can enjoy food just as much as the next person but I didn’t have to kill an animal to eat it” — and Blink-182′s Travis Barker, who states, “It’s 2014, we have so many other delicious options without having to hurt any animals.”peta2 — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” — previously awarded the title of Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity to such stars as Zendaya, The Wanted’s Jay McGuiness, Kristen Bell, Davey Havok, Gabe Saporta, and Christofer Drew, among others.last_img read more

More Stars Join Host Committee For Global Citizen Festival

first_imgSome of the world’s biggest artists, advocates and influencers will again join the Global Citizen Festival on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park on September 26, with the goal to galvanize the largest movement to end extreme poverty by 2030.The 2015 Global Citizen Festival, headlined by Pearl Jam, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, and Coldplay, is timed to coincide with the launch of the United Nations’ new Global Goals designed to fight inequality, protect our planet and eradicate extreme poverty. Common, Tori Kelly, Sunidhi Chauhan and others will perform as special guests at the free, ticketed event.The Host Committee of the 2015 Global Citizen Festival includes: Amani Toomer, Bill Nye, Bonnie Wright, Bridget Moynahan, Camren Bicondova, Colin Hanks, Connie Britton, Daymond John, and Erin Heatherton, along with Erin Richards, Eve Hewson, Freida Pinto, Gayle King, Isha Sesay, Jake Clemons, Jason Ralph, Katie Holmes, Laverne Cox, Malin Akerman, Miri Ben-Ari, Nev Schulman, Rachel Brosnahan, Shantell Martin, Soledad O’Brien, Sophia Bush, Tamzin Merchant, Tim Fain and Usher. Host Committee members will participate on-stage and backstage at the ‘Global Citizen Action Hub,’ where they will engage with fans and take actions on social media to help end extreme poverty.The announcement of the Host Committee and special guests coincides with the Global Citizen Day of Action for girls and women’s equality. Girls and women are at a disadvantage across nearly every segment of society and are disproportionately affected by lack of access to education, proper healthcare, water and sanitation, food and nutrition, and work opportunities. These factors keep girls and women trapped in a cycle of poverty, which, in turn, prevents entire communities from developing. Today, global citizens everywhere are encouraged to take action by tweeting at world leaders from Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden, as well as World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim and asking them to invest in water, sanitation, and hygiene for girls and women.In August, Global Citizen announced that Stephen Colbert, CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder Salma Hayek Pinault, Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde will appear as the lead hosts for the Festival. MSNBC will air a live simulcast of the full concert on MSNBC and MSNBC.com. YouTube will carry the livestream. NBC will air a one-hour special of the event on Sunday, September 27 and BBC One in the UK on Monday, September 28. BBC Worldwide will serve as the global distributor for the TV special.Proud core partners of the 2015 Global Citizen Festival include: Presenting partner Gucci and the CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Citi, Unilever, YouTube, TIDAL, Google, iHeartRadio, Clear Channel Outdoor, msnbc, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, H&M, and T- Mobile. Supporting partners are BBC Worldwide, Universal Music Group Distribution, Pratt Foundation, Waislitz Foundation, The Huffington Post, Milk Studios, RYOT and Riot House.People everywhere are invited to sign-up and take actions to be entered in the ticket lottery. The last ticket draw for free tickets to the 2015 Global Citizen Festival will take place on Thursday, September 17.For more information and to sign up to become a Global Citizen, visit: www.globalcitizenfestival.com.last_img read more