Satyarthi meets Smriti Irani discusses child welfare issues


first_imgNew Delhi: Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi met Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday to discuss issues related to child welfare. The Union minister posted on Twitter a picture of her and Satyarthi, in which the nobel laureate can be seen presenting his book to her. “Met Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi ji & discussed issues related to welfare of children,” Irani wrote on the microblogging site. On July 12, Satyarthi praised Irani for the Centre initiating steps to make the law against child pornography more stringent. “Defining child pornography under #POCSO is the 1st definitive step towards ending this crime. Congrats Smriti Irani and WCD Ministry. I wish India takes lead in demanding a legally binding UN convention against online child sexual abuse that I have been working on since last year,” he had tweeted.last_img read more

CMs panel for major reforms to transform agriculture sector


first_imgNew Delhi: With the objective to give a fillip to the agriculture sector, the high-powered committee for the transformation of Indian agriculture, which was constituted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has suggested radical reforms to transform agricultural sector with massive thrust on private investments, technological interventions and robust marketing infrastructure across the country.At its maiden meeting on Thursday at Niti Aayog, the members of the panel discussed different possible reforms that need to be adopted by states to improve agriculture sector. The panel would also examine the various provision of the Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Essential Commodities Act, besides ways to attract private investments in agriculture marketing and infrastructure and submit its report within two months. While briefing about the meeting, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the states which adopted contract farming are getting private investments. “Other states need to be encouraged to adopt contact farming with the application of new technologies like in developed countries to increase production.” Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedStressing that small farmers need to group together and increase their investment capacities, Fadnavis said, “We are also deliberating on how small farmers can get access to modern technologies. We need to find ways so that our banking system becomes farmers-friendly.” The meeting was attended by CMs of Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh and Gujarat besides Union Minister of Rural Development, Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath joined the meeting through video-conferencing. The Maharashtra CM further said that Indian agriculture is witnessing a growth rate of three to four per cent per year, while the food processing sector’s growth is just about one per cent. “Until the food processing growth rate does not exceed agricultural growth rate, farmers will not be able to realise the prices of their products,” he said, adding that the states should utilise the National Agriculture Market (eNAM) online trading platform for agricultural commodities to expand their market access.last_img read more

Azam Khans remark on BJPs Rama Devi sparks uproar in Lok Sabha


first_imgNew Delhi: The Lok Sabha Thursday witnessed a huge uproar after Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan made certain objectionable remarks against BJP’s Rama Devi while participating in the debate on the triple talaq bill. His remarks invited rebuke from BJP lawmakers who asked the Rampur MP to apologise.Rama Devi, who was officiating the House, said, “This is not the way to speak, please expunge these remarks.” To this, Khan said, “You are very respected, you are like my sister.” Click here to follow LIVE updates on Lok Sabha proceedings Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Expressing his displeasure over Khan’s remarks, Speaker Om Birla asked the SP leader to apologise. SP chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav also pressed for an apology from Khan but said his party’s leader did not say it with a “wrong intent”. “If the Speaker finds it incorrect, he can remove it,” Yadav said. Speaker Birla reminded the lawmakers to say things keeping in mind the dignity of Parliament. “It is very easy for all of you to demand ‘expunge this expunge that’, but why should the need to expunge arise at all? Once a remark is given, it is already in the public domain. Therefore, we all should speak keeping the dignity of the Parliament in mind,” the Speaker said. “I will resign if I have said anything unparliamentary,” Khan said even as clamor continued in the lower house over his remark. Khan subsequently walked out of the Lok Sabha.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Amit Jogi taken to hospital for chest pain brought back later


first_imgBilaspur: Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) chief Amit Jogi, arrested for allegedly providing wrong information in a poll affidavit, was taken to a hospital Wednesday night as he complained of chest pain.He was brought back to the jail a few hours later after treatment, a police official said. Amit, son of former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi, is lodged in Gaurela sub-jail in Bilaspur district. He complained of chest pain and breathing problem on Wednesday night. He was shifted to a local community health centre around 10.30 pm , said Gaurela station house officer Dinesh Kurre. After a check-up, he was shifted to government-run MCH Hospital in Gaurela. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Following medical tests and treatment, Jogi was sent back to the jail around 3 am on Thursday, the officer said. Amit Jogi was arrested on September 3 following a complaint lodged by Sameera Paikra, the BJP candidate from Marwahi in the 2013 state Assembly polls. Jogi had won the election. On Tuesday Jogi was produced before a magistrate who sent him in judicial remand for 14 days, rejecting his bail plea. The bail plea was also turned down by a sessions court. Paikra has alleged that Amit Jogi submitted wrong information about the date and place of his birth in the affidavit while filing nomination for the 2013 polls. Jogi mentioned his birthplace as Sarbahara village in Bilaspur district, but when he had applied for Indian citizenship he had mentioned that he was born in the United States, according to the complaint.last_img read more

Lanka Speaker poses challenge to Wickremesinghe for prez polls


first_imgColombo: Sri Lanka’s Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on Tuesday announced his candidature for the presidential race, becoming the second leader within the ruling United National Party (UNP) to challenge Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the election. Wickremesinghe had been the frontrunner to be the UNP candidate until Jayasuriya and party’s deputy leader Sajith Premadasa threw their hats into the ring for the presidential elections to he held between November 7 and December 7. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USJayasuriya, 79, who played a key role in ending a political crisis last year, in a statement expressed willingness to contest the presidential election “if blessed by all factions of the UNP”. The Speaker said over the last few weeks he had been urged by the Buddhist clergy and the civil society to come forward as the candidate based on a specific agenda. He said the UNP has steadfastly stood for the abolition of the executive presidency since 1995 and he would fulfil that task as a priority. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”I will enter the contest with the intention of abolishing the executive presidency and not to enjoy that office,” Jayasuriya said. “Since 1995, we have wanted to scrap the presidency, but failed.” Jayasuriya’s statement came as Premadasa and his band of party seniors held an early morning press conference to announce that Premadasa had officially written to Wickremesinghe declaring his intention to become the party’s candidate. If there are other candidates in the UNP let them come forward. Let’s make a final decision through a secret ballot,” Premadasa declared. Premadasa, who is backed by even some of Wickremesinghe loyalists, launched a public campaign, demanding that he be made the candidate. The party leadership’s blessings was not gained for the campaign. Wickremesinghe’s one to one’s with Premadasa to relent has not succeeded either.last_img read more

Wife lover arrested in slaying of famous Canadian hairdresser in LA


first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – The wife of an internationally known hairdresser and beauty company executive and the woman’s lover have been arrested in connection with the death of her husband, who was found beaten and stabbed to death at a Los Angeles home earlier this year.Monica Sementilli, 45, and Robert Baker, 55, were arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the Jan. 23 slaying of Fabio Sementilli, Justin Eisenberg, a deputy chief with the Los Angeles Police Department, said Friday.Investigators believe Monica Sementilli was having an affair with Baker for about 18 months before her husband was killed, Hayes said. Detectives suspect Monica Sementilli orchestrated the plot to have her husband killed and Baker and another man — who has not yet been apprehended — carried out the slaying, Capt. Billy Hayes said.Police believe the 49-year-old Fabio Sementilli had been killed for a $1.6-million life insurance policy, Hayes said. He had been stabbed several times in the face and body and was found bleeding profusely on the patio of a gated home in the upscale Woodland Hills neighbourhood of Los Angeles on Jan. 23. He died at the scene, police said.The Canadian-born Sementilli worked for decades as a trendsetting hair stylist and served as vice-president of education for beauty products giant Coty Inc.Authorities said they used forensic evidence and DNA to link Baker to the slaying. His DNA was in a law enforcement database after a prior conviction for lewd acts with a minor, Hayes said.Monica Sementilli and Baker were scheduled to be arraigned Friday. It wasn’t immediately clear if either had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.last_img read more

Shania Twain on contracting debilitating Lyme disease that led to vocal issues


first_imgTORONTO – Shania Twain was riding high in the early-2000s, coming off the smash success of the hit-packed “Come On Over” and the release of “Up!”, which topped Billboard’s album charts and got her booked to perform at the Super Bowl.Then she saw the small bug.“I saw a tick fall off me,” Twain recalled in a phone interview Thursday.The Canadian country-pop music superstar was bitten by the tick in Norfolk, Va., and started immediately experiencing symptoms that threatened her performances.“I was on tour, so I almost fell off the stage every night,” said the Timmins, Ont.-raised singer-songwriter.“I was very, very dizzy and didn’t know what was going on. It’s just one of those things you don’t suspect.”Twain sought treatment and was subsequently diagnosed with Lyme disease, a tick-borne bacteria that leads to flu-like symptoms and can spread within the body.For Twain it resulted in dysphonia, a vocal cord disorder that eventually left her unable to sing for a while and forced her to undergo extensive speech therapy and vocal training.“It’s difficult work,” she said. “It’s like dealing with an injury. I’m just glad that it’s not my heart or my kidneys or something like that. At least I can do something about it.”With a confessional new single on the charts — “Life’s About to Get Good,” off her upcoming album “Shania Now” (due Sept. 29) — Twain is talking for the first time about personal issues including her Lyme battle.Though she was diagnosed right away, she didn’t realize until recently that it was Lyme that led to her vocal issues, which audiences first learned about on the 2011 docu-series “Why Not? With Shania Twain.”“It took all these years to determine that,” said Twain. “Then it was all about, ‘Now what do I do about it? How can I fix it?’ So that took several years, just working out what therapy would work for me, without even knowing how well it would work in the end.“But with perseverance and determination, I was able to record the album and I was able to tour. Getting through all of that, I’m encouraged now and I feel like I can tour again and I’ll make more records. So I’m feeling really successful with that challenge.”The five-time Grammy Award winner cautions nature lovers to be vigilant about searching for ticks.“(Lyme) is very dangerous because you have a very short window to catch it and then treat it and then even when you treat it, you could still very well be left with effects, which is what happened to me,” she said.“Normally it can attack your nervous system or the vital organs — heart, liver, kidneys, nervous system. It’s a debilitating disease and extremely dangerous. You can’t play around with it, so you’ve got to check yourself for ticks.”Twain said she counts herself lucky that she saw the tick fall off her, noting many people don’t.“You’ve got to check out where you are and whatever region you’re in and what the rate of Lyme disease is in the region, if you’re going to go out in nature,” she said. “And I love nature, so that’s a big bummer for me.”last_img read more

About half of summers border crosser asylum cases heard so far rejected


first_imgOTTAWA – About half of the asylum claims heard so far from those who’ve crossed the Canada-U.S.. border since July have been rejected, the Immigration and Refugee Board said Tuesday.But the actual number of cases the board has heard since then is a mere fraction of the 8,000 or so claims that have been filed to date.Shereen Benzvy Miller, the head of the IRB’s refugee protection division, told a House of Commons immigration committee hearing that 240 have already been finalized, and a further 373 had been scheduled as of earlier this week, with the rate of rejection around 50 per cent.That’s in line with the historical acceptance rate for claims by Haitian nationals in past years; the vast majority of the asylum seekers who have arrived in Quebec in particular since the summer are Haitian.In August, the board set up a dedicated team of 17 members to hear asylum claims solely from the border crossers. The fate of those who crossed before July remains unclear, as those claims were just part of the board’s general caseload and aren’t specifically tracked.The dedicated team is aiming to hear about 1,500 cases between now and the end of November. After that, claims from the border crossers will go back to being part of the regular workflow.It’s a case load that has overwhelmed the board, Miller told the committee Tuesday.The board is funded to hear at most 24,000 cases a year and at present, is anticipating more than 40,000 to be filed in all of 2017.There are currently 40,000 cases in the backlog as well, she said. Wait times for a hearing are currently about 16 months with nowhere to go but up, she added.“The math is clear — unless you put more resources to this problem, then it takes longer time to schedule so there will be longer wait times.”The reason so many people have chosen to cross illegally into Canada in order to claim asylum is the Safe Third Country agreement with the U.S., which prohibits people from making asylum claims at land border entry points, though there are some exceptions.Critics of the deal say current immigration policy in the U.S. makes that country anything but safe for asylum seekers, but immigration officials insisted Tuesday they believe the U.S. asylum system is still functioning.A policy review carried out on the agreement indicated that the asylum system in the U.S. had not changed as of January, said Andre Baril, the director of asylum policy for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.Still, a legal analysis of the deal is also being done, and two international experts have been drafted to do another to “confirm the conditions that existed continue to be met,” he told the committee.Both the NDP and Conservatives have called for the Liberal government to either suspend or amend the deal. The NDP say suspension, which would allow asylum claimants to just enter at regular ports of entry, is the humane choice. The Conservatives say the deal should apply across the entire border so claims can’t only be lodged at land entry points.A report on focus groups held by the department earlier this year on immigration policy describes two predominant positions on the deal. One group couldn’t understand why illegal border-crossers are allowed to stay, while those who show up at designated points of entry are turned away.“For these participants, the agreement is counterintuitive and the logic of the agreement should be either reversed or more complete so that those who cross ‘illegally’ are also turned back.”While no one in the focus groups proposed suspending the deal, some participants agreed it made some sense when the idea was put forward as a hypothesis.“There was a sense that these refugee claims are justified and by having more, even if not all, claimants present at designated ports of entry, Canada is at least establishing more control over who crosses our border.”last_img read more

Parliamentary security force seeks harassment investigators after case backlog


first_imgOTTAWA – Parliament’s security force says it’s dealt with multiple harassment complaints and now it’s hiring outside investigators to ensure it can manage future cases.The Parliamentary Protective Service sets out its need for third-party help in a publicly posted contract tender that also says the force dealt with a backlog of cases earlier this year.The security force recently had a “significant number of active, formal harassment complaints,” according to the tender document. These have since all been dealt with, but third-party investigators are needed to guard against future backlogs, a spokesman for the security force says.While there are no longer any outstanding cases, there’s a need to ensure the organization is equipped to deal with future cases in a timely manner, said Joseph Law, chief of staff to the director of the Parliamentary Protective Service.“The reason why we are going with that (request for proposal) is because we need to be able to have our own list of vendors that we can rely on for third-party investigation,” he said.“The problem that there was a little bit of backlog was we didn’t have our own list. We were depending on the House of Commons, we were depending on other vendors, but this kind of streamlines the administrative process.”Law said he could not disclose the specific nature or the number of harassment cases that led to the previous backlog, citing privacy concerns.The security force has been following harassment prevention policies developed by the House of Commons and the Senate, which call for a third-party investigator. However, the force sought outside help because it doesn’t have internal resources dedicated specifically to implement these policies or to conduct third-party investigations.It’s in the process of finalizing its own harassment prevention policy, which is expected to be ready for implementation later this year.A report tabled in Parliament last month revealed that 35 harassment cases were brought to the attention of the House of Commons’ human resources officer over the past year — the majority of which were inquiries only.Three cases of harassment were formally investigated, two of which involved cases of sexual harassment while the other was classified as “mixed” in the report. Only one of the investigated cases was deemed substantiated, one was ruled unsubstantiated and one was deemed partially substantiated.No names or identifying information were included in the report.Allegations of harassment have been levelled against several current and former MPs over the last year.Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitterlast_img read more

Liberals face fresh trade deadline to keep Canada in NAFTA as talks


first_imgWASHINGTON – Canada is facing a fresh deadline to land a trade deal with the United States and save its place in the North American Free Trade Agreement.Trade experts say Canada and the U.S. need to present a text to the U.S. Congress by Oct. 1 in order to join the deal the Trump administration signed with Mexico last week.The overall goal is to reach a deal by a Dec. 1 deadline so Congress can give its approval to a new NAFTA before Mexico’s new president takes office.Otherwise, U.S. President Donald Trump says he will move ahead on a deal with Mexico that excludes Canada.The politically sensitive deadlines form a key challenge for Canadian and American negotiators as they resume their talks Wednesday in Washington.Canadian negotiators are set to return to the bargaining table facing an unpredictable U.S. president and trying to protect Canada’s cultural and dairy sector from American demands in NAFTA renegotiations.last_img read more

Quebec teen drowned during school swim and nobody noticed for 38 minutes


first_imgThe Canadian Press MONTREAL — A Quebec teen who drowned during a high school gym class spent 38 minutes at the bottom of the pool without anyone noticing.Coroner Louis Normandin’s report into the death of Blessing Claude Moukoko last February says swimming courses taught as part of the education curriculum must be better managed.He says gym teachers need a minimum of training if they are to give swimming lessons, and a lifeguard should provide full-time surveillance during all courses. Normandin recommends school swimming lessons be suspended until those measures are respected.Moukoko, 14, was taking part in just his third swim class as part of a high school gym course the morning of Feb. 15. Like many of the 19 students in the class, he did not know how to swim. His friends told authorities he struggled to keep his head above water and had trouble in the deep end.No one noticed the Grade 8 student’s absence when his class left the pool deck, and it was only when a second class arrived that they noticed what they thought was a dummy at the bottom of the pool.Moukoko suffered severe brain damage and remained in hospital with his condition not improving before his death on Feb. 21.Normandin says in his report that water safety, not the acquisition of technical swimming skills, should be the primary goal of basic swimming lessons in schools.last_img read more

Conservatives didnt properly investigate allegations against Dykstra report


first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — The Conservative Party of Canada is adding police checks to its candidate vetting policiesThe party hired lawyer Carol Nielsen more than a year ago to probe how Rick Dykstra was allowed to continue on as a candidate in the 2015 election after the party learned he was accused of assaulting a woman who worked for another MP.Dykstra denies doing anything wrong and lost his Ontario seat in the election before the allegations were made public.Nielsen’s report says party officials failed to make the necessary inquiries about the allegations, a failure she blames on the lack of any actual protocol for handling such complaints.The party relied on Dykstra’s word that the police had investigated and decided not to lay charges and Nielsen says one of the failures was that party officials never bothered to check with the police themselves.Police have said they dropped the investigation because the complainant did not want to proceed.last_img read more

New immigration pilot will offer permanent residency to migrant farmworkers


first_imgOTTAWA — The Liberal government is launching a new three-year immigration experiment that aims to help fill labour shortages in Canada’s agri-food sector.Over the last several years, industries such as meat processing and mushroom farming have relied on seasonal temporary foreign workers due to labour shortages, even though the work is not seasonal.This new pilot program, which is to begin in 2020, aims to attract and retain migrant workers by giving them an opportunity to become permanent residents.Currently, migrant farm workers who come to Canada through the program for seasonal agricultural workers are only given limited-term work permits and do not have a pathway to permanent residency.Under this new pilot, temporary foreign farm workers will be able to apply for permanent residency after 12 months and, if they’re approved, will also be allowed to bring their families to Canada.Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canadian farmers and food processors need a reliable workforce to be successful and this pilot will help employers to have better access to the workers they need to get the job done.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ethics committee to decide whether to dig deeper into SNCLavalin report


first_imgOTTAWA — A handful of MPs are returning to Parliament Hill to figure out whether they should dig deeper into the federal ethics watchdog’s scathing report of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s handling of the SNC-Lavalin affair.Conservatives and New Democrats pushed for Wednesday’s emergency meeting of the House of Commons ethics committee, where MPs will debate whether to invite ethics commissioner Mario Dion to testify.They could also try to call Trudeau, who was found to have violated the Conflict of Interest Act by improperly pressuring former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to halt criminal proceedings against the Montreal engineering giant.The Liberals hold a majority on the committee, however, and are unlikely to support a move that would keep the SNC-Lavalin controversy in the headlines as MPs gear up for the Oct. 21 election.Trudeau has argued he was just trying to save jobs and now says that is what voters want to focus on too.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is calling on the RCMP to investigate the matter.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Shannen Doherty Live Streams Brutal Dolphin Hunt In Taiji


first_imgActress Shannen Doherty, best known for her starring roles on the hit television series “Charmed” and “Beverly Hills 90210,” has just returned from a trip to Taiji, Japan where she served as a Cove Guardian with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, documenting the brutal drive hunt and slaughter of dolphins in Taiji’s infamous killing cove.On September 20, Doherty bore witness as the hunters quickly drove a pod toward Taiji Harbor and netted the panicked dolphins into the cove. Doherty live streamed the hunt along with Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians, shining a worldwide spotlight on what the hunters try to keep hidden behind tarps: the capture and slaughter of intelligent, socially complex dolphins and small whales.The entire pod — the fourth pod of Risso’s dolphins to be driven into the cove thus far this season — was quickly slaughtered, except for one juvenile calf who was kidnapped and sold into what amounts to slavery in the captive industry.Shannen Doherty said after witnessing the brutal hunt, “I sit at home and I watch the live streams from Sea Shepherd and I thought that I was prepared, and there is absolutely nothing that can prepare you because you’re here and there’s an eeriness to it. Especially after they’ve been slaughtered — the lapping of the water, the dead calm, people start walking away. It’s eerie. And you just wonder how they [hunters] are able to go to bed at night. …I think being here rocks even the most hardened human being, because it is just atrocious.”Speaking about how the dolphins suffer and the lengths to which the killers go to hide the suffering from the world, Doherty said: “It is a completely undignified, undeserving, horrific death, and they [the hunters] know it because they block us and they prevent us from showing the brutality, the completely inhumane slaughter of these creatures that are honestly a gift from God, and what are we [as humans] doing?”In addition to witnessing the brutal hunt at the cove, Doherty also visited Taiji Whale Museum — one of three captive facilities in Taiji — and live streamed to viewers around the world as she showed the dismal living conditions of the captive cetaceans, including a rare albino bottlenose calf captured from a pod of more than 250 bottlenose dolphins last year. The calf, named “Shoujo” by Sea Shepherd Founder, Captain Paul Watson, was kidnapped from her mother, presumed amongst the members of the pod who were slaughtered, and was the first of the pod to be captured for captivity, as the killers and trainers instantly recognized the rare albino dolphin as a lucrative find for the captive industry. Some estimate her eventual sale could fetch $500,000 for the killers.“The brutality of Taiji’s hunt does not end with the dolphins and whales slaughtered in the cove. The suffering continues for those who are taken from the ocean and imprisoned for captivity,” said Shannen Doherty. “It was emotional to join the Cove Guardians at Taiji Whale Museum, and see Shoujo and the other dolphins in these small, barren tanks where they will spend the rest of their lives. They’ve already endured so much, witnessing the deaths of their families.”Doherty and the Cove Guardians were outside Taiji Whale Museum as the Risso’s dolphin taken captive from the pod slaughtered earlier that day, was transferred there from the captive pens in Taiji Harbor. With no regard for the well being of the dolphin they just captured because it is a “replaceable commodity,” the dolphin trainers cruelly said that unless the Cove Guardians stopped filming, they would hold the calf in the tiny, dark crate in which it was being transported until closing time, when there would be no choice but to leave. Though the Cove Guardians were acting within the law by being present and documenting, the Sea Shepherd volunteers opted to stop filming and leave the location so that the suffering of the dolphin would not be prolonged. The trainers have once again shown their heartlessness, as well as the undeniable connection between the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji and the captive industry.After witnessing the brutality of the dolphin drive hunt on Sept. 20, the following day Doherty was elated to be able to live stream the hunters’ boats as they returned to harbor empty-handed from their hunt. A ‘blue cove’ day was called and it was the perfect way to end her brief but busy visit.For a staggering six months of each year – from September until March – entire family units, or pods, of dolphins and small whales at a time are driven into Taiji’s killing cove. Banger poles are hit against the side of the hunting boats to create a “wall of sound,” disorienting the sound-sensitive marine mammals and making it nearly impossible for them to escape the drive. When a large pod is captured, killers and trainers will work side-by-side to select the “prettiest” dolphins or whales (those without visible nicks or scars) for captivity. It is the multi-billion dollar global trade in captive cetaceans that funds the slaughter. The Cove Guardians have repeatedly documented that the captive selection process occurs simultaneously to the slaughter, as those who are not killed for human consumption are sold for captivity. If there are pod members remaining, they are driven back out to sea in a drive just as stressful as the drive into the cove. Most are juveniles with little to no chance of survival without the protection of their mothers. Some face death by starvation, while others may fall prey to predators.Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians are the only group on the ground in Taiji every day throughout the entire six-month hunting season, documenting and live streaming every capture and every slaughter for the world to see. The 2014-2015 season marks the fifth consecutive year of Operation Infinite Patience, and the Cove Guardians will not stop returning to Taiji until the slaughter ends.last_img read more

Win A Shiny Birthday Lunch With Nathan Fillion


first_imgPrizeo is giving you the chance to win a shiny birthday lunch with Nathan Fillion… and all you have to do to enter is donate to charity.“For a $10 donation to Sawla Children’s Home, you’ll be entered to win a trip to Los Angeles to have a birthday lunch with me!” says Nathan. “If you donate more to Sawla, we’ll give you extra chances to win and rewards at each of the different donation levels — t-shirts, signed scripts and posters, thank you videos, so many options!“This truly means the world to me, helping me celebrate my birthday by supporting such a great cause.”International Assistance Program has impacted the lives of thousands of people through its professional involvement in implementing challenging western business practices in underdeveloped countries.In June, 2007, IAP established the Sawla Children’s Home in northwest Ghana. Sawla Children’s Home has cared for almost 50 orphans, providing for their basic needs and more. Now fed and healthy, these children are rising to the top of their classes in school and are showing great promise for the future. Each child is now loved and part of an amazing family that is impacting the surrounding villages and communities.To find out more about entering, click here.“Already a lot of people excited about lunch!” tweeted Nathan. “I think I’ll start with a salad. With a hamburger on it.”last_img read more

Mariska Hargitay Honored At 7th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon


first_imgThe Women’s Forum of New York presented The 7th Annual Elly Awards Luncheon benefiting The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum on Monday, June 19th at The Plaza Hotel in New York City.The 7th Annual Elly Awards LuncheonThe awards, named for the Women’s Forum founder Elinor Guggenheimer, honor outstanding women leaders. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Education Fund of the Women’s Forum, which has helped over 200 women over age 35, whose lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity, complete their college degrees.This year’s award recipients were Carolyn B. Maloney, U.S. Representative for New York’s 12th congressional district; Daryl Roth, producer of over 100 on and off Broadway productions, including seven Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, and winner of 10 Tony Awards; and Mariska Hargitay, actress, director, producer, advocate, Emmy award-winning star of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU and founder of the Joyful Heart Foundation, received a Special Elly Award.This year’s Elly Award celebrity presenters were Carole King, celebrated singer-songwriter, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, best-selling author and activist; Jordan Roth, President of Jujamcyn Theaters, Tony Award-winning producer, Founder & CEO of, and creator of; and Sheila Nevins, President, HBO Documentary Films.Cheryl Wills, award-winning NY1 anchor and author, moderated a conversation on leadership with the honorees following the presentation of the awards.“The Women’s Forum of New York is comprised of the most accomplished and successful women in the city from every professional sector,” said Carolyn Carter, President of the Women’s Forum of New York. “We know from our own success how critical education is so our Education Fund is one way we ‘give back’ – helping women over 35 whose lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity complete their education and get their lives back on track. We hope we inspire them, because their dreams, drive and determination certainly inspire us.”“Thirty years ago, the Education Fund embarked on a mission to help women, who had overcome serious hardships in their lives, realize their dream of a college education,” said Ilene Wachs, President, The Education Fund of the Women’s Forum. “Since then, we are proud to have given over $1.25 million in grants to over 200 women to help them return to school, earn their degree and take their place in the world. Our grants have changed their lives, influenced their families and made a difference in their communities.”The 2017 Elly Awards:Legendary Chair: Lucy Jarvis.Honorary Chairs: Kay Koplovitz, Rosie Rios, Phillipa Soo.Chairs: Myra J. Biblowit, Ceci Kurzman, Suzanne Townsen.Committee: Beverly Beaudoin, Carolyn Carter, Janice Reals Ellig, Emita B. Hill, Ilene Wachs.GOLD SPONSOR: BNY Mellon.SILVER SPONSORS: Dede Thompson Bartlett, Citi, Con Edison, FIS, Lucy Jarvis, MetLife, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s, Lulu C. Wang, Linda A. Willett, Wilmington Trust.BRONZE SPONSORS: Accenture, Georgette Bennett and Leonard Polonsky, Annabelle Bexiga and Chris McConnell, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Commonfund, Janice Reals Ellig, Fiduciary Trust Company International, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Veronica Hackett, JPMorgan Chase & Co., KPMG LLP, Barbara Marcus, Pershing, a BNY Mellon company, Muriel F. Siebert Foundation, Susan Skerritt, Time Warner Inc., The Travelers Companies, Inc., U.S. Bank.FELLOW SPONSORS: Maria R. Morris, Daryl Roth, Ilene Wachs.VIP’s who attended the event included: Carolyn B. Maloney; Daryl Roth; Mariska Hargitay; Carole King; Jordan Roth; Sheila Nevins, Cheryl Wills; Carolyn Carter; Ilene Wachs; Lucy Jarvis; Daisy Holmes, Barbara Marcus; Myra J. Biblowit; Ceci Kurzman; Suzanne Townsen; Beverly Beaudoin; Janice Reals Ellig; Loreen Arbus; and Teresa Priolo.The Women’s Forum of New York is the city’s premier organization of women leaders. The invitation only membership of more than 500 women represents the highest levels of achievement across all professional sectors from finance to fine arts. Started in 1974, the Women’s Forum of New York is the founding flagship of the International Women’s Forum, a global organization of 6,500 dynamic women leaders in 35 countries and 74 Forums around the world.last_img read more

Mark Ruffalo Help Stop The Illegal War In Yemen


first_imgMark Ruffalo is urging people to join him in the fight to stop the current crisis in Yemen.Video: End the US-Saudi War on Yemen- Call 1-833-786-7927“For the past three years, a massive crime and cover-up in Washington D.C. has perpetuated the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, engulfing the entire country of Yemen,” wrote the actor in an email via “The United States has been quietly participating in Saudi Arabia’s brutal bombing campaign over Yemen, helping Saudi warplanes select targets and refueling those jets in midair as they carry out airstrikes. This U.S.-Saudi war has pushed 8 million Yemenis to the brink of famine.“Thankfully, Bernie Sanders has launched an unprecedented Senate effort to expose this illegal war and shut it down. By invoking the War Powers Resolution of 1973, Bernie is forcing the first Senate vote to end an unconstitutional war in U.S. history.“Bernie has teamed up with constitutional conservative Senator Mike Lee of Utah on a bipartisan resolution. If their effort succeeds, not only can we save millions of Yemenis, we can deter Trump and all future presidents from launching unauthorized wars in the first place.“When I think about how we can win this fight, I draw on the real-life story behind the film Spotlight, in which I played a journalist who exposes abuse and injustice that could only persist for years under cover of darkness. I believe that when the American people are presented with the facts, we will act to make our Senators stop a U.S. bombing campaign against innocent Yemenis that only serves to advance the Saudi dictatorship’s military ambitions.“Nowhere else on earth today is there a catastrophe so profound, harming so many lives, that is so easy to resolve: we can end the bombing and let food and medicine into Yemen so that millions may live. Together, we have a historic shot to fundamentally reshape our politics to promote peace and reflect the better angels of our nature.”Find out more about the scope of this crisis here.Ruffalo is urging his fans to ask their Senator to vote for the Sanders-Lee resolution to end the illegal US war in Yemen. To find out more, click here.last_img read more

David Haydn Jones Joins Supernatural As Mystery Character


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook David Haydn-Jones has landed a recurring role as the mysterious Mr. Ketch on the CW’s long-running fantasy drama Supernatural. Teased in the fall-finale episode in December, the character is an associate of the British Men of Letters – a shadowy organization of monster hunters operating in the UK.  He’s suave, handsome, totally competent — and a sociopath. Advertisementlast_img

James Cameron Isnt Happy With The Current Direction Of The Alien Franchise


first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Sir Ridley Scott’s Alien has been widely hailed as a masterpiece, but many fans actually prefer James Cameron’s action-packed sequel Aliens. Regardless of which side of the fence you land on, there’s no denying that the franchise has struggled since then thanks to the disappointing third and fourth instalments and the mixed response to so-called prequel, Prometheus.Throw in the abysmal Alien Vs. Predator movies and to say that Scott’s Alien: Covenant may end up making or breaking the series would be an understatement. However, one person who thinks that the time of the Xenomorphs is at an end is Cameron, who said in a recent interview that he believes “we’ve moved on” from the Alien franchise. Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more