Kartarpur corridor will be opened Nov Pakistan

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal has said despite tension with India his country is committed to open the Kartarpur corridor for Sikh pilgrims from November. “Pakistan is committed to open the corridor in November on the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak”, he said here on Thursday. A meeting on the corridor would take place soon, he added. The proposed corridor will allow Sikhs to visit the shrine, located only a few km from the border, without visa. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details However, Faisal said he was not sure if India would remain committed to the project, which many thought could help bridge differences between the two countries. On the reports of stranded Indians in Pakistan after snapping of rail and bus links, Faisal said he had no knowledge of any Indian citizens in Pakistan. “If there were any, we are ready to facilitate their return. They can go back on foot through the Wagha border because that is open,” he said.last_img read more

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Hawkers lynch man after he refused to purchase headphone

first_imgNew Delhi: A man, identified as Mohammad Qari Mohammad Owais, was brutally lynched to death after he refused to buy a headphone from hawkers outside the exit gate of Old Delhi Railway Station on the night of 26 August.Owais was a resident of Kandhla in Shamli district. He was rushed to Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital, Delhi but was declared brought dead. The police has said that the scuffle was triggered by an argument over a pair of headphones between the deceased and two hawkers and that there is no communal angle. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt is said that the victim asked the price of the headphones but was leaving without buying. This irked the hawkers and they ganged up and started abusing Owais. They later surrounded him and started beating him. Owais later fell on the pavement. The police later identified the hawkers. “The two hawkers have been identified as Lallan and Ayub alias Sarfraj. Both have been arrested,” Harendra Singh, Additional DCP North said. One eyewitness said, “The boy was assaulted brutally by the hawkers and they also twisted his hands. He fell down later on the pavement and did not get up”. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Owais was the classmate of my brother. The police then contacted by brother through Owais mobile phone who later informed me. He was the resident of Kandhla in UP. When I came here he was already dead,” said Mubarak Badri. “We have registered a case under 304 ( culpible homicide not amounting to murder) under the IPC and have handed over the body to the family of the deceased,” said Additional DCP North Harendra Singh. The hawkers in the areas like the bus terminals and railway stations and several tourist spots where the floating population is seen are often seen engaging into a fight with the commuters in case they fail to buy the product and move away just after aking the price.last_img read more

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Major automobile manufacturers report sharp decline in Aug sales

first_imgNew Delhi: Major automobile manufacturers including Maruti Suzuki India, Hyundai, Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors and Honda on Sunday reported a high double-digit decline in their sales in August as the Indian auto sector continued to reel under one of the worst slowdowns in its history. While Maruti reported a 33 per cent drop in August sales at 1,06,413 units, sale of passenger vehicles by Tata Motors fell 58 per cent during the month under review. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSimilarly, Honda Cars India and Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) sales dropped 51 per cent and 21 per cent, respectively. Commenting on the sales performance, Tata Motors President Passenger Vehicles Business Unit Mayank Pareek said the market continued to be challenging, but the company has focused on improving its retail sales, which saw an uptick of 42 per cent. The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India reported a 32.7 per cent decline in sales at 1,06,413 units in August. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostDomestic sales declined by 34.3 per cent at 97,061 units last month as against 1,47,700 units in August 2018, it added. Sales of compact segment, including models such as Swift, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno and Dzire, fell 23.9 per cent at 54,274 units as against 71,364 cars in August last year. Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) total sales dipped to 36,085 units in August as against 48,324 units in the corresponding month last year. In the domestic market, sales were down 26 per cent to 33,564 units last month, compared to 45,373 units in August 2018. In the passenger vehicle segment, which includes utility vehicles, cars and vans, M&M sold 13,507 units last month as compared to 19,758 vehicles in the same month of 2018, a drop of 32 per cent. In the commercial vehicle segment, the company sold 14, 684 vehicles as against 20,326 units a year ago, down 28 per cent. Similarly, Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) domestic sales dropped to 8,291 units in August as against 17,020 units in the same month last year. “The auto sector continues to witness high de-growth due to poor consumer sentiment,” HCIL Senior Vice President and Director, Sales and Marketing, Rajesh Goel said in a statement. This is despite the high discounts prevailing in the market which makes it the best time to buy cars, he added. Hyundai Motor India domestic sales contracted by 16.58 per cent to 38,205 units. Toyota Kirloskar Motor too reported a decline in total sales at 11,544 units in August. Sales in the domestic market stood at 10,701 units as compared to 14,100 units in August 2018, down 24 per cent.last_img read more

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Farmer commits suicide in Punjab fifth in family to take extreme step

first_imgBarnala: Unable to pay an old loan of Rs 8 lakh, a farmer in Bhotna village allegedly committed suicide, the fifth member in his family to take the step.Lavpreet Singh (22) killed himself on Monday by consuming some poisonous substance as he was under stress over the unpaid loan, they said. Villagers said that earlier his great-grandfather Joginder Singh, grandfather Nahar Singh, his father Kulwant Singh, and uncle Jagtar Singh too had committed suicide over the loan of Rs 8 lakh, the villagers said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsHis mother Harpal Kaur said that he took the extreme step because he was unable to repay the loan. She demanded a government job for Lavpreet’s sister Manpreet Kaur and a loan waiver by authorities. The family had about 14 acres of land, out of which only one acre remains as the rest was sold to repay loans, a villager said. Deputy Commissioner T P S Phoolka said the state government has included all eligible farmers in its debt waiver scheme. He said that the state government had waived a debt of Rs 57,330 in the name of Kulwant Singh, Lavpreet’s father last year. The police said that it has registered a case and started investigations.last_img read more

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Saskatchewan to introduce mandatory semitrailer driver training

first_imgIn the wake of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash which killed 16 people and injured 13, Saskatchewan has decided to introduce mandatory training for truck drivers.The required 70 hours of Class 1 driver training is expected to be in place by 2019.Once the new legislation is in place, a driver will need proof they’ve completed the training or they won’t be able to take the road test to become a Class 1 driver.The move, outlined in a Saskatchewan Government Insurance memo, may just be the first step.It hints the province may also opt for a course consisting of the 103.5 hours mandated by Ontario.Ontario is the only province which has mandatory training, all other provinces simply require commercial drivers to pass written, medical and road tests.last_img read more

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Woman defends sending friendly emails to RCMP inspector after alleged assault

first_imgVANCOUVER – A woman who has accused British Columbia’s former RCMP spokesman of sexual assault defended sending him friendly emails after the alleged attack during a heated cross-examination Monday.David Butcher is representing former inspector Tim Shields in provincial court and he presented the woman with printed copies of emails she sent to his client while she was a civilian RCMP employee.In various emails, she asked if he had any “magnificent inspiring revelations” while he was on vacation, praised his “beautiful” photography and inquired about his ailing father.Butcher repeatedly pressed her to explain the tone of the emails. The woman, who cannot be identified, appeared to grow frustrated, at times rolling her eyes and raising her voice.“I’m suggesting to you that’s a very friendly thing to do … ” Butcher began to say at one point, referring to her email about Shields’s father.“Friendly is not an invitation to sex,” she interjected. “Friendly is not coming on to someone. In 2017, that there’s even an insinuation like that is beyond me.“If you choose to interpret them another way, that is your thought process. It has nothing to do with the intent of the email.”Butcher replied that all the messages were sent “after the fact,” referring to the alleged assault.“They were all after the fact, yeah, the fact that I wanted to just forget about it and move on with my life,” she said.Shields has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault.The woman has previously testified he led her to a washroom in their Vancouver workplace in the fall of 2009, locked the door, touched her breasts and put her hand on his genitals.Butcher has suggested the woman allowed Shields to lead her into the washroom to participate in sex acts.In 2011, when Shields was sent to a detachment in Burnaby the woman sent a note to a colleague who was putting together a scrapbook that wished him well.“You weren’t wishing him any ill at this point, were you?” Butcher asked.“No,” the woman responded. “Why wouldn’t I write him a nice message? … I’ve sent countless messages to people when they are leaving, transferring and I bet they’re all very similar.”Shields left the RCMP in December 2015 and was charged the following May.The woman has told the court she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after leaving her civilian job with the RCMP.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

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The Thursday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Thursday, Aug. 3———ASYLUM SEEKERS FLOOD OVER BORDER INTO QUEBEC: Quebec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil says there has been a surge in the number of people illegally crossing from the U.S. seeking asylum. Weil told a news conference Thursday that in the past couple of weeks roughly 150 people are coming over the border each day. She says Quebec has already received 6,500 asylum seekers as of the end of June.———DEGRASSE INJURY BLOW TO CANADIAN TRACK TEAM: Andre De Grasse’s withdrawal from the world championships with a hamstring injury is a huge blow for the Canadian team. De Grasse’s coach Stuart McMillan says it’s a disappointment that he won’t have a final chance to race Usain Bolt. All signs pointed to a solid world championships for De Grasse. He was undefeated in the 100 and 200 in his last four Diamond League meets.———LEAK OF TRUMP PHONE CALL TOUCHES ON CANADA: A leaked transcript of a phone call between Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto shows the American president had a positive attitude about Canada when he took office. The transcript was published Thursday by the Washington Post. The conversation turned to the North American Free Trade Agreement and Trump is quoted as saying that he wasn’t worrying about Canada and that his administration has a fair relationship with Canada. Trump has since complained about Canadian dairy and lumber policies.———TORONTO TAKES MEASURES TO DEAL WITH OVERDOSE DEATHS: Toronto is moving to more quickly open three supervised injection sites in the wake of a rash of drug overdoses in the city last week that included four deaths. Mayor John Tory is also asking police to consider having some officers carry the opioid overdose antidote naloxone. Tory said Thursday that every overdose death is a preventable death.———FEDS PROMISE TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO PROTECT RIGHT WHALES: Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc says the government will do everything possible to protect right whales in the face of 10 deaths in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the past two months. LeBlanc said Thursday that the government will bring in the necessary resources to protect the population. LeBlanc said he’s concerned the whale deaths could hurt the reputation of the Canadian fishing industry, so the department and fishermen are eager to protect the whales.———RESEARCHERS FIND WORM FOSSIL: Canadian and American researchers have discovered the fossil of a spiky-headed worm that they think would have terrified other creatures swimming in ancient seas. Jean-Bernard Caron of the Royal Ontario Museum says the creature would have been an efficient predator and a frightening sight to many of the smallest marine creatures that lived during that time. Some 50 specimens of the creature were found in the Burgess Shale fossil beds, a UNESCO World Heritage site in British Columbia.———WHAT’S IN THOSE SAUSAGES: A study funded by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says that 20 per cent of sausages sampled from Canadian grocery stores contained meats that weren’t on the label. The study published this week in the journal Food Control was conducted by researchers at the University of Guelph. Researchers say about one in five of the sausages tested had some off-label ingredients in them, which they call alarming. The agency set the wheels in motion for the study after the European horse meat scandal in 2013, where food labelled as beef was found to have horse meat.———ENVIRONMENT MINISTER TARGETED IN LAWSUIT: Several environmental groups are taking legal action against Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, accusing the federal government of dragging its heels on investigating Volkswagen for duping Canadians with diesel engines. Volkswagen pleaded guilty in the U.S. in March after software was found in certain diesel vehicles that made it appear as though the cars were producing fewer emissions than they really were. A statement from McKenna says her department is investigating but Environmental Defence and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment say they’re tired of waiting.———ENERGY EXEC PREDICTS KEYSTONE PIPELINE WILL BE BUILT: The head of Canadian Natural Resources says he is sure the Keystone XL pipeline will be built despite doubts in the face of lower oil prices and regulatory obstacles. Steve Laut said Thursday his company is committed to use almost a fifth of the capacity on the 830,000-barrel-per-day conduit from Alberta to markets in Oklahoma and the U.S. Gulf Coast. U.S. President Donald Trump approved the controversial project in March, but questions have been raised about its economic viability.———TORONTO HOME SALES COOL LAST MONTH: New figures show home sales in the Greater Toronto Area fell last month by 40.4 per cent compared to July 2016 after a bout of frantic buying at the start of the year. The Toronto Real Estate Board attributes the decline in property transactions to fewer sales of detached homes in Toronto and its surrounding areas. In April the provincial government introduced more than a dozen measures — including a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers — aimed at improving home affordability.last_img read more

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Firefighters in Surrey BC help develop software to combat overdose crisis

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – Firefighters in Surrey, B.C., have turned to technology in the battle against opioid overdoses.The fire department has partnered with Vancouver-based software developer GINQO to create a program that mines data from dispatch calls in real-time to identify clusters of overdoses.Those clusters can be a sign that a batch of tainted drugs is circulating on the streets and the program can alert first responders to a potentially escalating situation.The software kicks in automatically when data from emergency calls corresponds with specific criteria, such as more than three overdoses within one square kilometre in a four-hour period.The Surrey Fire Service started using the program late last June and has since received 10 alerts about overdose clusters.Fire Chief Len Garis says when the department gets an alert, they can make sure they have the resources available to respond properly.“We were basically sitting and waiting for things to happen and now we can see the surges coming and we can adapt to it,” he said.The department was inspired to take action after 17 overdoses over a 72-hour period in December 2016, Garis said. The overdoses were later linked to what appeared to be tainted batches of crack cocaine and pure cocaine, he said.The firefighters responded to an average of 7.5 overdose calls per day in Surrey last year.“There’s a huge strain on our first responders because we’ve been running pillar to post trying to address this,” Garis said.The department has also formed a partnership with Statistics Canada aimed at trying to determine a typology on individuals who are overdosing.Officials and software developers are working to make the alert program predictive so it can say when and where overdoses may occur.That will help first responders become proactive instead of reactive, allowing them to prevent overdoses, Garis said.“It’s giving us some hope that we’re trying to get in front of this thing,” he said.The Surrey Fire Service said government and public health officials from across North America began requesting information and presentations about the alert program within months of its development.The latest figures from the British Columbia coroner’s service show there were 1,208 illicit drug overdose deaths across the province between January and October last year.The data shows the powerful opioid fentanyl was detected in about 83 per cent of the deaths.last_img read more

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Men ask court to overturn towns decision to keep swastika in street

first_imgTwo residents of a southwestern Ontario town are asking a court to overturn the municipality’s decision to keep the word “swastika” in the name of a local street, arguing the term is offensive to many.The Township of Puslinch decided not to change the name of Swastika Trail in December after a group representing residents of the privately owned street voted in favour of maintaining the name.Randy Guzar, who lives on Swastika Trail, and William Knetsch, who lives nearby, filed an application for judicial review this week, asking a court to quash the township’s decision and the result of the vote by the Bayview Cottagers’ Association.“Given the evils associated with the swastika, Swastika Trail’s name is a matter of significant controversy and is offensive to many on the street, in the Township, in the province, and nationally,” the men argue in their application.The township’s decision to keep the name was unreasonable, the men claim.“The Township relied exclusively on the result of the Nov. 1 vote — a vote which … was plagued by procedural errors and was not even conducted in accordance with the Cottagers’ Association Constitution,” their application alleged.Puslinch’s chief administrative officer and clerk, Karen Landry, said in an interview that the township followed the processes of the Municipal Act on the matter. The town council will review Guzar and Knetsch’s legal application before deciding what course of action to take in response, she said.Bayview Cottagers’ Association President Donna O’Krafka declined to comment on the legal action, but said she does not believe a name change for Swastika Trail is necessary.Swastika Trail was named in the 1920s before the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, local residents have said. Those in support of keeping the name have argued the swastika had a long history as a symbol of peace prior to the Second World War, but others have argued the name is now associated primarily with hate and genocide.The street in Puslinch is owned by a numbered corporation controlled by a man who lives on Swastika Trail, Guzar and Knetsch’s legal application says.The men claimed in their application that when they attended the meeting of the Bayview Cottagers’ Association last year, they did not know that they would be voting on the trail name issue, or that the township would treat the result of that 25-20 vote as “binding and determinative.”The association only allowed members who live on Swastika Trail to vote on the issue, contrary to the group’s constitution, the men alleged.The association’s notice of the meeting was “one-sided and tainted by bias,” containing a link to an article about the history of the swastika before its use by the Nazis, and a list of over 30 items — such as driving licenses and passports — that residents would have to have updated if Swastika Trail received a new name, Guzar and Knetsch alleged in their application.They also argued that no one in favour of changing the trail’s name was allowed to contribute to the notice circulated in advance of the vote, or the agenda of the meeting at which the vote took place, though they acknowledged that Guzar was allowed to read a letter from a Jewish advocacy group opposing the street’s name at the meeting.Association executives also distributed pamphlets to members arriving at the meeting, urging them to “reclaim the swastika” and reminding them that the swastika has been a sign of peace for hundreds of years, the application said.Guzar and Knetsch alleged in their application that the township “abdicated its responsibility under the Municipal Act and exercised no independent judgment,” in allowing the cottagers’ association vote to determine the name-change issue.last_img read more

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Teenage shooting victim attends soldout Danforth benefit concert

first_imgTORONTO – A young victim of the mass shooting in Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood was among the crowd at a benefit concert held Saturday night to raise money for those impacted by last month’s violence.Samantha Price, a recent high school grad, said she was on Danforth Avenue eating ice cream with 18-year-old Reese Fallon and some other friends on the night of July 22 when a gunman opened fire into crowded restaurants and patios.A bullet pierced Price’s upper thigh, she said, and her friend Fallon was killed. Ten-year-old Julianna Kozis was also killed and 12 others were injured before the gunman ended his own life.Price, still on crutches, and accompanied by her father, Ken Price, returned to the Danforth Saturday night to attend the concert organized by Canadian rockers Billy Talent, who have a studio just steps from where the shooting happened.The mood at the concert was one of celebration and kinship, but it was also punctuated by solemn moments as the various musicians paused on stage to remind the enthusiastic audience, and themselves, why they were there.Tickets cost about $50 and the venue’s 1,500 seats were sold out, with proceeds from the show to be donated to the #TorontoStrong fund.Billy Talent headlined the concert along with musicians City and Colour, Pup, Finger Eleven and Maestro Fresh-Wes.Ken Price appeared on stage after City and Colour performed, to thank the audience for supporting the shooting victims. As Samantha looked on from the balcony level, he also thanked the first responders who tended his daughter’s wounds.“Sam is lucky, she will get to recover and attend university, but all of us will carry this forward,” he said.After leaving the show Samantha, who will begin studies at Western University in the fall, indicated that her recovery has been a “roller-coaster” process.“There are ups and downs every day, but I’m recovering pretty well,” she said, adding that returning to the Danforth area was an emotional experience.“I’m overwhelmed but I’m amazed at the amount of love the community has shown,” she said.Finger Eleven kicked off the show following a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” performed by local singer Alexander Stewart, 18. He also performed the song a day earlier at the opening of the area’s Taste of the Danforth Festival.Maestro Fresh-Wes hyped up the crowd performing some old hits including “Let Your Backbone Slide,” while Toronto band Pup had concert-goers crowd surfing to their music. Pup lead singer Stefan Babcock even plunged into the crowd himself, delighting those near the front of the stage.But it was when Billy Talent appeared to begin their set with “Devil In A Midnight Mass,” that the crowd really made it clear who they’d been waiting for.The band also performed “White Sparrows,” which lead singer Ben Kowalewicz noted they don’t usually do. The song’s lyrics, which discuss the tragic death of a woman, served a poignant reminder to the audience about the shooting victims.At one point during the set Kowalewicz climbed on top of a speaker to talk to the crowd, that included Toronto Mayor John Tory.“We love this city,” he said, adding that the band knew it had to do something in the wake of last month’s terrible tragedy.“We need to stand up and make sure the rest of the world, and let the community, and let the Danforth, and let the city of Toronto know that we are a people of love, compassion and kindness,” he said. “Take this feeling from tonight, and when you leave these doors, remember the feeling of tonight and pay that forward.”In closing the show, all of the musicians gathered on stage to perform a rendition of The Tragically Hip’s “Bobcaygeon.”Later, outside the venue, Yasmin Afshar, 23, said that hearing Ken Price talk about his daughter really struck a chord.“I think it really touched everyone,” she said, adding that music has a way of bringing people together.“Any event you go to in Toronto, you realize how many people are here, with you, supporting you.”last_img read more

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American cities look to Vancouver for overdose crisis response model

first_imgVANCOUVER — As an overdose crisis began taking shape in Denver, Colo., one of the places the city’s leaders looked for answers was north of the border.Coun. Albus Brooks says he hopped on a plane to Vancouver last year before putting together a recent proposal to open what could become the first legal supervised consumption site in the United States.“I went out there personally to meet with council members, the chief of police, community members, business folks — I interviewed them all,” he said.Last month, Denver council approved a proposal for a two-year pilot project allowing a safe consumption site, which lets people use drugs under the supervision of staff who are trained in overdose response.The program must win approval from the state legislature, which is now under Democratic control after the November election. Earlier this year, the Republican-controlled state Senate killed similar legislation.Other U.S. cities, including San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Philadelphia, have also expressed interest in opening supervised injection sites. California lawmakers passed a measure that would have protected workers and participants in a San Francisco pilot program from state prosecution, but Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed it in September.Brooks said Denver council reviewed models in hundreds of other jurisdictions and also visited Barcelona. But it took several lessons from Vancouver, including the effectiveness of free drug testing and the importance of working across sectors and with many stakeholders.He said he was struck by the high number of overdose deaths in Vancouver, which has been the epicentre of the crisis in Canada, but also the general consensus on the importance of harm reduction as part of a continuum of care that has been harder to achieve in the United States.The BC Coroners Service recorded 369 overdose deaths in Vancouver last year, while Denver recorded 163 drug-related deaths, according to Colorado’s vital statistics program.“Everyone seemed to say that harm reduction models were effective and an important part of an overall strategy,” Brooks said. “That’s not understood in the United States.”Support hasn’t been universal in Canada either. When Insite opened in Vancouver in 2003, making it the first safe consumption site in North America, some argued it would just enable addicts. And as recently as August, the Progressive Conservative government in Ontario under Premier Doug Ford announced it was halting the opening of new overdose prevention sites pending a review. But data suggests they have been effective. According to the BC Centre on Substance Use, a systematic review of 75 peer-reviewed journal articles on safe consumption sites found that no overdose-related death was ever reported within a site involved in the studies.A 2011 study in Vancouver also found a 35 per cent decline in overdose deaths in the area around Insite, the centre said.While the BC Coroners Service does not collect data on “life-saving” measures, spokesman Andy Watson said he believes significantly more people would have died in the crisis if not for harm reduction services.“We understand the death toll probably would have tripled, based on information we’ve received from other agencies,” he said.Insite has been a popular destination for both Canadian and American politicians considering the model, with visitors also coming from nearby Seattle, said Carrie Stefanson, spokeswoman for Vancouver Coastal Health, which co-manages the site with non-profit PHS Community Services Society.“They come on kind of a fact-finding mission or a tour. We have people coming all the time,” she said.Sarah Blyth, who runs the Overdose Prevention Society on the city’s Downtown Eastside, said it can be overwhelming to host so many visitors. There are visits almost every other day from politicians, grassroots organizers, nurses, students and others curious about the model — from as far away as Belgium and France and as close as other B.C. cities.“It’s a bit too much, to be honest, but at the same time it’s so important because they get to bring back education and what we’re doing to other places,” Blyth said.“And we get to discuss how it’s helpful and answer questions about how you can do it — how it’s easy and affordable and not hard to do.”Amy Smart, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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China denies detained Canadian his diplomatic immunity

first_imgBEIJING — China says a former Canadian diplomat detained in China last month does not enjoy diplomatic immunity, rejecting a complaint from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Trudeau said last week that Chinese officials are not respecting the diplomatic immunity of Michael Kovrig. He was arrested along with Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor on vague national security allegations after a top Chinese executive with telecommunications giant Huawei was detained in Canada on Dec. 1 at the request of Washington.However, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters Monday that Kovrig is no longer a diplomat and entered China most recently on an ordinary passport and business visa.Kovrig, a Northeast Asia analyst for the International Crisis Group think-tank, took a leave of absence from the Canadian government.The Canadian government has been able to gain access to Spavor and have said it wants to continue to meet with him.Global Affairs says it remains deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention of the two men and reiterates a call for their immediate release.last_img read more

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In the news today Jan 17

first_imgFive stories in the news for Thursday, Jan. 17———U.S. DENOUNCES DEATH PENALTY AGAINST CANADIAN The U.S. has denounced a death sentence imposed on a Canadian man in China as “politically motivated,” adding heft to Ottawa’s effort to intensify international pressure on Beijing to spare his life and to release two other detained Canadians. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland conferred Tuesday and “expressed their concerns about the arbitrary detentions and politically motivated sentencing of Canadian nationals,” U.S. deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said in a statement Wednesday. Earlier this week, a Chinese court applied the death penalty to Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, who was originally sentenced in 2016 to a 15-year term for drug smuggling. The court delivered the new sentence after reconsidering his case.———JUDGE TO INSTRUCT JURY IN ONTARIO TERROR CASEAn Ontario judge is expected to give his final instructions today to jurors weighing the case of a Toronto-area woman facing terror charges in an attack at a Canadian Tire store.  Rehab Dughmosh was arrested in July 2017 on allegations she tried to attack employees with a golf club and a butcher knife at a location at a mall in east Toronto. She initially faced a total of 21 charges, but court documents filed this week show she now faces four. They include two counts of assault with a weapon and one of carrying a weapon — all in the name of ISIS. Dughmosh is also charged with leaving Canada for the purpose of committing a criminal offence in connection with an attempted trip to Syria in April 2016.———MORNEAU OPTIMISTIC ABOUT CANADIAN ECONOMY Finance Minister Bill Morneau painted a rosy picture of Canada’s economic future Wednesday, despite diplomatic and political upheavals around the world that could disrupt global trade and impede growth just as this country prepares to head to the polls in October. Morneau’s upbeat assessment came as he arrived for the start of a three-day cabinet retreat — the first meeting of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet since he conducted a small shuffle earlier this week. The retreat is taking place against a backdrop of chaos engulfing the British government as it tries to extricate the United Kingdom from the European Union and escalating diplomatic tensions between Canada and China.———ONTARIO SET TO ANNOUNCE TUITION CUTS TODAYThe Ontario government is set to announce a 10 per cent cut to tuition fees in the province, but critics and others worry the announcement will be paired with cuts to student grants. Documents indicate that Merrilee Fullerton, the Progressive Conservative government’s minister of training, colleges and universities, will announce the mandated drop in tuition for colleges and universities today. The Canadian Federation of Students wrote on Twitter that it was concerned about the government’s intentions, and whether the move would truly make education more affordable in Ontario.———FOUR TRUDEAUS, A CANOE AND A KENTUCKY BILLBOARDYou might think the last thing you’d stumble onto on a rural road in central Kentucky is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. But there about two hours south of Louisville is a giant billboard advertising the Mammoth Cave Canoe and Kayak operation with a photo of a smiling family of four in a canoe. It clearly shows the Canadian prime minister, his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, and their two oldest children, Xavier and Ella-Grace. A call to Mammoth Cave Canoe and Kayak went unreturned Wednesday, but a man who owns a cabin rental operation across the street from the billboard confirmed its existence. He said he hadn’t looked at it that closely before and was surprised to learn it featured Trudeau.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— First Nations leaders from northwestern Ontario will hold a press conference to ask the Government of Ontario to prevent unnecessary delays to an important electricity transmission project.— Renee Allison Webber is scheduled to be sentenced today in Halifax on pimping-related charges, including trafficking a person under the age of 18.— Toronto Mayor John Tory will be making a transit announcement today.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Quebec agriculture minister says he was wrong to endorse firing of whistleblower

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec’s agriculture minister says he went too far when he endorsed the firing of a whistleblowing bureaucrat who had raised concerns about pesticide use.Last week, Andre Lamontagne said he personally approved the dismissal of department agronomist Louis Robert for transmitting a confidential document to a journalist.The minister told reporters this morning he had misspoken and the firing was an administrative decision. He said he has asked the Quebec ombudsman to investigate the case.Robert, a seed expert, spoke out last year against what he said was private-sector interference in a public study on pesticide use. He was fired Jan. 24.Quebec’s whistleblower law protects employees who disclose information within their department. But disclosure to the public is protected only if the employee believes there is a serious risk to health, safety or the environment.Robert’s union has vowed to contest his firing, saying it was unprecedented for a minister to intervene in the dismissal of an employee five levels below him in the bureaucratic hierarchy.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Falls are leading cause for seniors hospitalized due to injury report

first_imgTORONTO — Falls appear to be the leading cause of injuries that land seniors in hospital, according to newly released data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information that has experts calling for more preventative education on the issue.The data collected from participating hospitals across the country shows that of the roughly 138,000 people aged 65 and older who were hospitalized for injuries between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018, 81 per cent of them were hurt in a fall.The CIHI said it chose to zero in on seniors to help educate the elderly about the injuries most likely to affect them.“We do have an aging population, so we really wanted to focus on what’s happening to our seniors,” said Nicholas Gnidziejko, manager of clinical administrative databases operations at the non-profit.Fifty-one per cent of people admitted to hospital during the period analyzed were 65 or older, he noted, adding that in many cases the injuries that brought those patients to hospital were preventable.One falls prevention expert who looked at the data said falls are a particular problem for the elderly because they can lead to a litany of complications.“Falls are the scourge of growing older,” said Geoff Fernie, a senior scientist and falls prevention officer at the University Health Network and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.“If you get older and you get admitted to hospital, it doesn’t take long before you can’t get up. You don’t have the strength, you don’t have the muscle mass. You also become depressed and isolated and your gut stops working.”The number of people injured or killed as a result of falls is likely underestimated because the falls themselves often aren’t reported, he said.“It’s the pneumonia that they eventually die of, or the other complications,” he said.There are a few key things seniors can do to prevent falls, Fernie said, and wearing shoes and boots with proper traction is chief among them. Be it icy winter or soggy spring, Canadians should check that their shoes still have functional treads.“You wouldn’t drive around with bald tires,” he noted.Seniors should also invest in a pair of running shoes to wear when they’re walking around the house, because wood floors and tile do not mix well with socks and stockings, he said. Seniors should also be careful to make sure they’re lifting their feet up when they walk, rather than shuffling around, which can lead to tripping or stumbling.Another thing to add to the list of precautions is installing banisters on both sides of staircases in the home.Seniors should also make an effort to use handrails in public, Fernie said, though he noted that those worried about germs may find the idea distasteful. To mitigate the ick factor, he suggested carrying around a little bottle of hand sanitizer to use periodically.The elderly should also make sure that if they’re getting up on a ladder — be it to fix something in the house or to clear out the eavestrough — someone is there to keep them steady.Fernie said keeping such tips in mind should help prevent nasty falls that can lead to hip fractures, which are the most common result of an elderly person’s fall, and concussions, which come in second.Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Stars Come Out For Loving The Silent Tears

first_imgStars came out for the red carpet premiere of Loving the Silent Tears: A New Musical at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.Loving The Silent TearsCredit/Copyright: Supreme Master TelevisionAmong the stars who attended were Jon Huertas, Corey Feldman, Kyson Lee, Craig Robinson, AJ Buckley, Kristoff St. John, Kelly Packard and many more.The first of its kind in theatre history, Loving the Silent Tears took 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. With all elements in place that made 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.The musical starred 2-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 were 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.Loving the Silent Tears was directed by Tony nominee Vincent Paterson (Michael Jackson’s Bad and Madonna’s Blond Ambition tours), the lively dances were 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 were created by award-winning designer Sharell Martin (Chicago).Celebrities, dignitaries and special guests turned out for this special one night only celebration, with proceeds benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Animal Defenders International and World Wide Veterinary Service. Each organization received $100,000 each for a grand total of $300,000 given to charity.last_img read more

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Stars Shocked By Tropical Disease Images

first_imgIn a hard-hitting new video released today, celebrities from around the world called for support in the global effort to control and eliminate seven diseases that plague more than 1 billion people around the world, including 500 million children.In the video, international actors and musicians witness the devastation neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) cause and encourage their fans to be part of the solution. The video is part of the END7 campaign, the first global public awareness initiative dedicated to controlling and eliminating the seven most prevalent NTDs by 2020.Emily Blunt (“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” “Devil Wears Prada”); Eddie Redmayne (“Les Miserables,” “My Week with Marilyn”); Tom Felton (“Harry Potter” series); Yvonne Chaka Chaka (South African pop star); Tom Hollander (“Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Pride and Prejudice”); and Priyanka Chopra (leading Bollywood actress and international recording artist) are featured in the video. These celebrities join a growing cast of supporters including Katy Perry, Ewan McGregor, Alyssa Milano, Norah Jones, Rosanna Cash, Paula Abdul and Stella McCartney to help raise public awareness about NTDs.“Until recently, I didn’t even know these diseases existed,” said actress Emily Blunt. “The serious disabilities and suffering they inflict on the world’s poorest people is heart-wrenching. But I was inspired to join the END7 campaign because, for once, the solution is simple and available now. And the cost for treatment is so low that almost anyone can make a big difference by giving just a few cents.”END7 relies heavily on individuals spreading the word and getting involved through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. It aims to raise the public awareness and funding required to cover the cost of distributing medicine and setting up treatment programs for NTDs. END7 is encouraging supporters to sign a pledge to inspire global policy leaders and philanthropists to take action and help end these diseases by 2020.It costs approximately 50 cents to treat one person against the seven most common NTDs for an entire year. Pharmaceutical companies have donated billions of pills to treat these diseases, and many programs use existing infrastructure, such as schools and community centers, as distribution points, making NTD treatment one of most cost-effective public health initiatives available today.The seven most common NTDs—hookworm, ascariasis (roundworm), trichuriasis (whipworm), schistosomiasis (snail fever), lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), onchocerciasis (river blindness) and trachoma—infect more than one in six people worldwide, including more than 500 million children. They cause blindness, massive swelling in appendages and limbs, severe malnutrition and anemia. NTDs prevent children from growing and learning. They reduce adults’ economic productivity and ability to care for their families, keeping communities trapped in a cycle of poverty and disease.“In India alone, nearly 700 million people are at risk for elephantiasis and more than 200 million children are at risk for worm infections,” said Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra. “Through the END7 campaign, we can offer a solution that will change the lives of millions of people living in poverty in Asia and around the world. I am proud to be a part of the global effort to end these diseases.”The END7 campaign was launched in 2012 by the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases, an initiative of the Sabin Vaccine Institute. Wunderman UK leads the creative direction for the campaign, which includes this latest video along with the campaign’s website, Facebook hub and previously released “Mission in a Minute” video.“We are building a movement that allows nearly everyone to play a part in making these diseases history,” said Dr. Neeraj Mistry, managing director of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases. “Since last January’s London Declaration we have seen a significant increase in support for NTD control and elimination among global leaders. What we need now is for the general public to get involved in our cause.”To watch the video and learn more about the END7 campaign, visit www.end7.org.last_img read more

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Miranda Lamberts MuttNation Foundation Helps Mutts Across America

first_imgMiranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation is thrilled to announce their Mutts Across America: 50 States/50 Shelters initiative.A total of $253,660 was donated to shelters in each of the 50 states, with the minimum donation to an individual shelter being $3000.Miranda Lambert said, “We are thrilled to be able to reach out to every state and recognize shelters and organizations working at a grassroots level to help animals. It’s those people on the ground, day in and day out, who really make a huge difference.”The MuttNation Foundation board along with partners at the RACE (Ran’s Animal Care Express) team worked diligently to find the most deserving shelters in each of the 50 states. Operating under the premise that fans, friends, colleagues and benefactors across the US have sown into MuttNation Foundation in the past year, they launched a plan to select a shelter in each of the 50 states to lend a financial hand. The criteria used in their decision to grant funds were:• High adoption per intake rate: At least 90% successful adoption rate. Low euthanasia rate (10%)• High volunteerism: People rarely jump on/stay on a sinking ship.• Are they fiscally responsible? (Low administrative/staff costs)• High activity/fundraising. Are they working hard to earn income?• Do they have a specialty – MNF selected a zoo, a horse sanctuary, disabled pet farm, and an elderly/senior pet sanctuary, a last chance rescue for animals from other shelters and a blind farm to name a few.• Do they work outside of the shelter to adopt out or minister to elderly, schools, etc.? Do they have a presence in the community?• Is the website up to date with activity? Do they send newsletters? Are they current? Do they appear to still have the “fire”?•Are they heavily advocating/helping in spay and neuter campaigns, clinics and activities?• Are the hours of operation conducive with adequate adoption times? EX: are they open on weekends, nights, and/or weekdays? How many hours?As explained by MNF co-founder Bev Lambert, “We believe these criteria enabled us to find those shelters standing as examples in the fight to end animal homelessness, abuse and neglect as well as those that encourage adoption, spay and neuter programs and avoid needless euthanasia. We are confident and proud to award funding to the shelters we selected so they may continue the efforts that they have exhibited in the fight.”A complete list of the shelters that received donations is available at www.muttnationfoundation.com.Miranda’s love of animals led to the formation of MuttNation. The foundation has successfully raised money across the country in order to aid organizations, government institutions or entities that build animal shelters for better care, increased pet adoption and encouragement of responsible pet guardianship, rehabilitation of sick or unsocialized animals, spay/neuter programs, reduce/eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals, and train shelter dogs for purposes of therapy programs, assistance for wounded military personnel, and dogs-in-prisons programs. The mission of the organization is to end animal suffering and homelessness on every front.Donations can always be made at www.muttnationfoundation.com.last_img read more

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Angelina Jolie Helps Open Global Summit To End Sexual Violence In Conflict

first_imgForeign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie opened the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict today.Video: UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie speech at opening of Summit FringeThe Summit will welcome governments from over 100 countries, over 900 experts, NGOs, Faith leaders, and representatives from international organisations across the world. It is the biggest ever international meeting on this issue. It demonstrates the global commitment to end sexual violence in conflict and to take decisive action against this crime.The Foreign Secretary pledged a further £6 million to support survivors of sexual violence in conflict to rebuild their lives and communities.Opening the Summit, the Foreign Secretary said: “From the abolition of slavery to the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, we have shown that the international community can tackle vast global problems in a way that was once considered to be impossible. There is power in numbers and if we unite behind this cause we can create an unstoppable momentum and consign this vile abuse to history.”Angelina Jolie added: “We need to shatter that culture of impunity and make justice the norm, not the exception, for these crimes. We need political will, replicated across the world, and we need to treat this subject as a priority. We need to see real commitment and go after the worst perpetrators, to fund proper protection for vulnerable people, and to step in to help the worst-affected countries. We need all armies, peacekeeping troops and police forces to have prevention of sexual violence in conflict as part of their training.”last_img read more

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Katherine Heigl Supports Remember Me Thursday

first_imgIn the wake of last year’s overwhelming global support, Helen Woodward Animal Center is uniting with animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations worldwide for the 2nd Annual Remember Me Thursday global pet adoption awareness campaign.Remember Me Thursday 2014 official spokesperson Katherine Heigl with Oscar,one of her adopted dogsNow some very big names are stepping forward to lend their support to the cause, including Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominated actress, Katherine Heigl, who has been named official spokesperson for the 2014 campaign.Around the world, candles will be lit on the exact same day, honoring the millions of pets who lost their lives over the past year without the benefit of a loving home. Helen Woodward Animal Center encourages the community to take part at scheduled candle-lighting ceremonies or online Thursday, September 25th, 2014 and bring attention to adoptable pets still waiting for forever families.The first Remember Me Thursday took place on the fourth Thursday in September, 2013. Moved by the staggering statistics of homeless pets who lose their lives each year (The Humane Society of the United States approximates this number at 3.4 million annually in the US.), Helen Woodward Animal Center President Mike Arms put out a call to rescue organizations in an attempt to create a global awareness campaign. As creator of both the International Pet Adoptathon and the International Home 4 the Holidays program which, in partnership with national animal organizations, has placed 9.3 million pets in homes since 1999, Arms was able to send out an expansive request and the response was significant.139 countries united to support the movement including Germany, Mexico, Canada, Spain, the Philippines, Japan, Puerto Rico, Australia, the United Kingdom, and many more, with over 100,000 individuals holding candle-lighting ceremonies of their own, spreading the message through social media, visiting the Remember Me Thursday website or lighting a virtual candle.Now in its second year, the Remember Me Thursday campaign continues to expand with multiple candle-lighting ceremonies and special events already organized internationally, as well as an A-list lineup of celebrity supporters.As official spokesperson, Katherine Heigl adds another charitable title to her growing list of animal-focused endeavors. The award winning actress, best known for her starring roles in such films as 27 Dresses and Knocked Up, and her portrayal of Dr. Isobel ‘Izzie’ Stevens in the television medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, is co-founder of the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, an organization dedicated to animal welfare. A dedicated mother of two girls, and loving guardian to a menagerie of pets, Heigl is also set to star in the NBC drama series State of Affairs this Fall. She is taking time out of her busy schedule to champion homeless pets and is featured with Oscar, one of her adopted dogs, in a downloadable poster for participating animal organizations.“Every day in America, 10,000 pets are killed for lack of a good home,” stated Heigl. “It is important to not forget those animals who have been euthanized in our shelters across America and to focus on those still waiting for a home. Remember Me Thursday is our opportunity to bring to light these homeless pets and I am honored to be the spokesperson for such an important and powerful message.”Heigl is not the only celebrity supporter. Accomplished Emmy and Tony-award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth is lending her voice once again by offering her inspiring song “It Will Be Me” as the official anthem of the Remember Me Thursday campaign video. Other actors, comedians, pet behaviorists and professional athletes are showing their love for orphan pets by taking the title of campaign “Luminaries,” reminding the public to light a candle Thursday, September 25th, 2014.Animal loving celebrities are also sharing their thoughts on pet adoption via video PSAs (public service announcements) in a special online gallery and via their social media accounts. At press time, luminaries include:Alan Cumming – currently starring on Broadway in his Tony Award winning performance as the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret, as Eli Gold in the CBS series The Good Wife and author of the upcoming memoir, Not My Father’s Son (Day Street Books, October 2014);Anže Kopitar – professional ice hockey player, Olympian, two-time Stanley cup winner, and the alternate captain of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings;Beth Stern – TV host, model, author (Oh My Dog! Gallery Books, 2010), animal advocate, and the national spokesperson for North Shore Animal League America;Carrie Ann Inaba – award winning television host, choreographer and producer, best known for her role as a judge on the ABC hit, Dancing With The Stars and founder of charitable organization The CAI Animal Project;David Backes – NHL hockey player and captain of the St. Louis Blues, two-time Olympian and Silver medalist, co-founder with wife Kelly of the non-profit organization, Athletes for Animals, a united team of professional athletes with a shared passion for rescuing and protecting the welfare of homeless pets nationwide;Diane Keaton – American film actress, director, producer, screenwriter, and author. Diane is a lifelong animal lover, Board Member of Helen Woodward Animal Center, and proud guardian of many rescued creatures;Eric Roberts – Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actor of both film (Runaway Train, Pope of Greenwich Village, The Expendables) and television (Less Than Perfect, Heroes, Crash);Ian Somerhalder – American actor and philanthropist, best known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost and Damon Salvatore in the TV drama The Vampire Diaries and founder of Ian Somerhalder Foundation which aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures;Jackson Galaxy – cat behaviorist with more than fifteen years of experience – and the host of Animal Planet’s hit show My Cat From Hell;Jeff Carter – Olympic Gold Medalist, two-time Stanley cup winner, current player for the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings;Kathy Najimy – acclaimed actress of film (Sister Act 1 & 2, Hocus Pocus, Rat Race, Wall-E), television (VEEP, The Big C, Numb3rs, Veronica’s Closet, King of the Hill), and stage (The Kathy and Mo Show, Dirty Blonde) and outspoken activist on women’s, gay, and animal rights;Kristin Bauer van Straten – American film and television actress including HBO series True Blood, Seinfeld, and sorceress Maleficent in the ABC series Once Upon a Time, and producer of Out For Africa, a documentary about the plight of endangered elephants and rhinos;Kristin Chenoweth – Emmy and Tony Award winner and Hollywood Bowl and Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee, Kristin Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, television, film and an accomplished singing career. This fall, she will host the PBS Arts Fall Festival and release a live concert CD/DVD entitled Coming Home. Next year, she will co-star in the Universal film The Boy Next Door and make her return to Broadway in On the Twentieth Century;Mark Buehrle – professional baseball player, World Series Champion, five-time World Gold Glove Award winner, and starting pitcher of the Toronto Blue Jays;Sara Rue – critically-acclaimed actress best known for the roles she played as Claudia Casey on the sitcom Less Than Perfect, Carmen Ferrara on the comedy-drama Popular, and Kim on Malibu County;Tamar Geller – famed canine coach and author of The Loved Dog: The Playful, Non-Aggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior (Gallery Books, 2008) and 30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog (Simon and Schuster, 2011) and founder of nonprofit Operation Heroes & Hounds pairing shelter dogs with injured military.Remember Me Thursday asks organizations and individuals to dedicate the fourth Thursday of September, annually, to remembering the millions of homeless pets who lost their lives over the last year. By uniting in this way, the worldwide awareness campaign hopes to shine a light on the millions of healthy and loving orphan pets still awaiting adoption. Individuals can get involved by attending a candle-lighting ceremony at their local shelter, or assisting with organizing one; lighting a virtual candle on-line at www.remembermethursday.org; changing their social media profile pictures to the Remember Me Thursday icon all day, September 25th; spreading the word about Remember Me Thursday on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media channels using #LIGHTFORPETS; and most importantly by always adopting and encouraging friends and family to do the same.For more information on Remember Me Thursday and a full list of participating celebrities and animal welfare organizations, go to www.remembermethursday.org.last_img read more

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