Discussed VRS with PMO on July 18 Garg

first_imgNew Delhi: Newly-appointed Power Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg on Friday asserted there is no connection between his transfer from the high profile Finance Ministry and decision to take voluntary retirement, saying he had already discussed the retirement matter with the PM Office on July 18. Garg, who was the senior-most officer in the Finance Ministry, was shifted to the Power Ministry on July 24 as part of a major bureaucratic reshuffle by the government. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’On July 25, Garg announced that he has applied for voluntary retirement from service, leading to speculation that he was miffed over his transfer from the Finance Ministry. “I joined today from the Ministry of Finance to Power. The proposal that I would take VRS, was discussed with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on July 18. Much before the transfer order. There is no connection with that (VRS),” Garg told reporters after taking the charge of the Power Ministry. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAsked about the reasons for putting in his papers ahead of his superannuation, he said, “I don’t think we should discuss those reasons. Let’s rest that matter as that was discussed and I conveyed my decision much before. So, this move has nothing to do with it.” About reconsidering his early quitting the job, he said, “I don’t think that question is again relevant.” When asked about lowering his stature by transferring to the Power Ministry, he said, “We should not discuss these issues. It is the government’s prerogative to decide..all positions of secretary are equal…”last_img read more

1000 new buses Kejriwal flags off first batch of 25

first_imgNew Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Tuesday flagged off first batch of 25 new buses of the 1,000 standard floor ones to be procured in a phased manner by the Delhi government.He said no new buses were added to the public transport in last seven-eight years. The 25 new buses are equipped with hydraulic lifts for differently-abled commuters, besides CCTV cameras, GPS, and panic buttons. In September, the second batch of 125 standard floor buses under cluster scheme will be rolled out, Kejriwal said. The entire fleet of 1,000 standard floor buses will be delivered by January next year.last_img read more

Chinmayanand case SIT formed to probe cross FIRs

first_imgLucknow: Acting under Supreme Court’s order, the Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday constituted a Special Investigation Team to probe charges levelled by a Shahjahanpur woman against former Union minister and BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand. The SIT to be headed by an IG-rank police officer will look into the two cross FIRs filed in the high-profile case. A statement issued by the UP Home Department said, “A decision has been taken by UP Chief Secretary RK Tiwari to constitute an SIT, which would be headed by a IG (Public Grievance) Naveen Arora.” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Directions have also been issued by the state government to include policemen with a clean image in the probe panel. “This SIT will ensure impartial investigation into the two cross FIRs filed in the Shahjahanpur case and also probe the allegations levelled,” the statement said. Instructions have been issued to Divisional Commissioner (Bareilly) and Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Jyotibha Phule Ruhelkhand University, Bareilly, to admit the law student and her brother at Mahatma Jyotibha Phule Ruhelkhand University, Bareilly or any affiliated college. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Directions have also been issued to the Superintendent of Police, Shahjahanpur to provide adequate security to the law student, her parents and other members of her family, it said. The move by the UP government comes a day after the Supreme Court directed it to set up an SIT, headed by an IG-rank officer, to investigate the charges levelled by the woman. The apex court had said that an Allahabad High Court bench will monitor the probe. The law student had gone missing after levelling allegations against Chinmayanand in a video and was later found in Rajasthan by UP police. The apex court judges said the woman had raised certain grievances against the institution where she studied and her mother and father had some apprehensions about the safety of their children. The top court said the Delhi Police will accompany her parents to their residence in Shahjahanpur and the woman will continue her stay in the national capital till September 12. The matter was listed for further hearing on September 5. The apex court had taken suo motu cognisance of the case after a group of lawyers had written a letter to the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi urging him to take up the matter. The Shahjahanpur police had on August 27 lodged an FIR against Chinmayanand after the student went missing following her allegation in a video clip that he had been harassing her. She also spoke about threat to her and her family’s life in the video clip. Her father had filed a complaint with police accusing Chinmayanand of sexually harassing her, a charge refuted by the BJP leader’s lawyer who claimed it was a “conspiracy” to blackmail him. The woman’s father had alleged that she went missing at the behest of the 72-year-old BJP leader, who heads Mumukshu ashram. She is a post-graduate student in one of the colleges run by the ashram.last_img read more

Two Canadians among dozens injured in bus crash in Peru that killed

first_imgLIMA, Peru – Peruvian officials say a double-decker tour bus went out of control and rolled over on a narrow road in the hills in the country’s capital, killing nine people and injuring 48 others, including two Canadians.The Ministry of Health says the rollover happened Sunday night about two kilometres from the presidential palace in Lima.The agency says eight foreigners — two Canadians and six Chileans — were among the injured being treated in local hospitals.Prosecutor Luz Pena said the bus was driving on San Cristobal hill to give the passengers a panoramic view of the city and appeared to have been moving at excessive speed.Global Affairs Canada says it is following the situation in Lima and is providing consular assistance to the Canadian citizens been affected by the accident.— With files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BC Liberals remove Darryl Plecas from party after he takes role as

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s Liberal party has kicked out one of its caucus members for taking the role of Speaker in the NDP minority government.Darryl Plecas, MLA for Abbotsford South, took the Speaker position Friday to the surprise of his party.By taking the role, Plecas gave the New Democrats more breathing room in the legislature where they hold a razor-thin minority, with a one-seat majority with the support of Green party member votes.Liberal party president Sharon White said Plecas had broken his trust with constituents and the party by taking the position after having repeatedly promised that he would not do so.“None of us are happy about these events,” White said in the news release Saturday. “As BC Liberals, we pride ourselves on working hard together, sticking together when times get tough, and having respectful debates within a strong, united party.”The party said the Abbotsford South riding association requested to revoke Plecas’s membership to the party hours after he was acclaimed. The executive approved the request Saturday.White said revoking his party membership was “the strongest action available to us.”Plecas was first elected to the B.C. legislature in 2013.Interim Liberal Leader Rich Coleman said Friday that Plecas betrayed his own party and effectively joined the NDP by accepting the Speaker’s post.“The caucus had agreed and everyone had committed, including Mr. Plecas, to not run for Speaker, so to change your mind and not inform me when you change your mind until after the fact, I would still think that’s a betrayal,” Coleman said.But Premier John Horgan called Plecas’s decision to take the post “an honourable thing.”“I’m very pleased not just for the stability it brings to this legislative session, but for the symbol it sends to British Columbians that New Democrats, Greens and a Liberal have demonstrated that we can work together on the things that matter to people,” he said following the speech from the throne Friday.Green leader Andrew Weaver said the Liberals reacted poorly to Plecas’s decision when they should have congratulated him on stepping forward.“I thought the Liberals did themselves a lot of damage in the public eye today based on their almost, ‘pick up my baseball bat and go home kind of approach,’” he said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the incorrect first name of the B.C. Liberal party president.last_img read more

Canadian weather in 2017 saw too much of everything chief climatologist

first_imgIt was the year of too much — too wet, too dry, too hot, too cool.“It wasn’t a typical Canadian kind of year, where if you don’t like the weather out your front door, look out your back door,” says David Phillips, Environment Canada’s chief climatologist.Phillips has just released his list of Canada’s Top 10 weather stories of 2017. If there is a common theme, it’s one of normal weather becoming abnormal simply by not changing.For example, last spring the rain in British Columbia just wouldn’t stop. That was immediately followed by the province’s driest summer ever.The result was the most disastrous fire season in B.C.’s history. Those fires, which forced 50,000 people from their homes, are Phillips’s nod for top weather story of the year.All across the country, weather patterns that would normally move on after a few days lasted and lasted.A huge dome of hot temperatures sat over the Prairies for most of the summer. Calgary had its hottest May through August since 1881.The central Canadian spring began with floods in Quebec and eastern Ontario after persistent rains saturated a snowpack only half melted. The Windsor area recorded two storms of the century in less than a year.Ontarians are calling 2017 The Summer That Wasn’t — a cool, damp season of unrelenting disappointment. The province had more warm days after the official start of autumn than before.Newfoundland was hit by a slow-moving blizzard that ravaged the island with winds of 190 kilometres an hour. It yanked trees from the ground, toppled traffic lights and blew off roofs as if they were dust specks.Every part of the country, in every season, saw weather patterns that just wouldn’t quit, for good or ill. For an explanation, Phillips looks to the jet stream, a high-altitude, high-speed current of air that helps produce what we’ve come to call normal.It usually flows west to east in a more or less straight line from Victoria to St. John’s, Nfld., cold air to the north and warm to the south. Last summer, it looped north of Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., then south of the Great Lakes, before heading back up to the Maritimes.The so-called “loopy” jet stream tends to produce weather patterns that get stuck.Emerging science suggests the unstable jet stream also may be linked to shrinking Arctic sea ice, says Phillips.“I think it was a factor.”Phillips, like most scientists, stops short of blaming 2017 on climate change. But if it were climate change, 2017 is what it would be like.“People think with climate change, it’s all about warm, warm warm. But what you get is a shift in weather patterns, where you can actually end up with opposite of what you might think.”After a 22-year career in weather, Phillips says things have truly changed.“I remember when I started my career, you’d get one season that was interesting. Now, every one has something to write about.“The weather is changed. It has a different character, a different personality to it in its duration and intensity.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

Newfoundland and Labrador will target revenge porn with new law

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador is joining a growing list of provinces targeting so-called revenge porn with new legislation aimed at those who threaten or actually share intimate images without consent.Justice Minister Andrew Parsons said Monday the goal is to deter harassment that can be devastating.“We’re not talking about something that’s just humiliating or embarrassing,” he said in an interview. “This can alter a person’s life.“We’ve seen people take their lives from this.”Parsons said the legislation, to be introduced by this fall, will allow victims to sue in civil court and give judges leeway to order the removal of internet images.“It’s going on so often now, across multiple age brackets, but obviously I have a big concern when it comes to youth.”Parsons said the Criminal Code was updated in 2015 to outlaw distribution of intimate images without consent, but civil law has lagged.The new legislation would also allow judges to award damages so that offenders would literally pay for their actions.“The threat of doing this, even the threat, is enough that it can ruin a person’s life,” Parsons said. “It’s not something I dealt with 10 years ago but seeing it now, it’s something new and it’s something we have to combat.”Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and Nova Scotia have so far taken similar action, he added.Bridget Clarke, who works with the Safe Harbour Outreach Project in St. John’s, said the impacts of unwanted image sharing are vast.“They range from emotional, social, financial, psychological — and all these damages in many ways are immeasurable … In some people, we have seen that they’ve died by suicide because of how all this unfolded.”Clarke stressed that consenting adults have the right to do as they want with their own bodies, including taking pictures.“But with everything, consent is mandatory,” she said. “The threat or the action to share intimate or nude photos of someone without their consent is ultimately about power and it’s about control.“Women feel they aren’t able to leave relationships because they have the threat of this looming.”Whether it’s called revenge porn, cyberbullying or something else, Clarke said it’s a form of sexual violence.“And we know sexual violence is prevalent in all of our communities.”Jane Bailey, a law professor at the University of Ottawa specializing in technology-assisted violence against women and girls, said the legislation is a good step — especially if it infers harm done by revenge porn and eases the burden of proof on complainants. Still, lawsuits are expensive and slow when time is of the essence, she said in an interview.“For a lot of people who are victimized by this behaviour, one of their major priorities is a quick remedy — which civil litigation doesn’t necessarily give you.”Bailey would like to see more support offered through administrative bodies that can swiftly connect victims with internet providers to remove non-consensual images.In Manitoba, for example, residents can file a report with Cybertip.ca.Australia has an eSafety Commissioner’s office that handles reports of image-based abuse.“It’s real, tangible, technical support,” Bailey said. “The sooner the content is removed from the place it’s originally posted, the better the chance you have that it’s not going to get replicated on numerous sites. Once that happens, it becomes very difficult to remove.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

A really good feeling Paralyzed Humboldt Broncos players back on the ice

first_imgDENVER — It was just a pickup hockey game between family and friends but the significance was not lost on former Humboldt Broncos teammates Ryan Straschnitzki and Jacob Wassermann.The two young men tested out sledge hockey sleds at an arena in Denver in anticipation of a short exhibition game during an extended first period of a National Collegiate Athletic Association game between the University of Denver Pioneers and the Providence Friars on Friday night.It soon turned into a game of shinny marking the first time both Straschnitzki and Wassermann were on the ice together since the junior hockey players were seriously injured in a fatal bus crash near Tisdale, Sask., last spring.“Some of those guys out there are really … good and being out with Straz was amazing,” said 18-year-old Wassermann, who was set up  by Straschnitzki for a goal. “I haven’t been out on the ice with him for some time so that was a really good feeling.”Wassermann was playing as a forward, instead of his former position as a goaltender, so he could get used to using the sled.“I’ve been a goalie my whole life, so I’m not really a scorer or anything. All that playing out there is pretty much new to me, being a goalie when I was very young, but it’s fun though.”Straschnitzki, 19, has had a lot more time playing sledge hockey and was impressed with Wassermann’s goal.“I set him up for a nice one. I think it was pretty cool. We got to see each other on the ice and it was fun. This was just a little warm-up for tonight,” he said.The two players were presented with autographed Hanson Brothers jerseys from the original movie “Slapshot.” There was a lot of laughter and on-ice banter.“That was fantastic to see them. That was the first time they’ve been on the ice together since April 5 and the smiles those two had and the chit-chats,” said Ryan Straschnitzki’s father, Tom Straschnitzki.“I think they were trying to hit each other too.”The junior hockey careers for the two players ended April 6 when the Humboldt Broncos team bus and a semi-trailer collided. Sixteen people were killed and 13 injured. Straschnitzki was paralyzed from the chest down and Wassermann from below the navel.Wassermann’s father, Kirby Wassermann, had mixed feelings as he watched the two former teammates play.“It’s really nice to see them out there again together. It’s been since April and I know Jacob’s been really excited for the trip,” he said.“But at the same time it brings a lot of things back and … it’s hard too.”— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterBill Graveland, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Manitoba Premier says tax cut will come even if opposition delays bill

first_imgWINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says his long-promised cut to the provincial sales tax will take effect July 1, even if the opposition delays the legislation that enacts it.Opposition parties in the Manitoba legislature are allowed to choose up to five bills each spring and hold them back until the fall. Pallister said Friday his government will make the cut effective as of Canada Day, even if the bill is still before the legislature.“Just as the NDP did,” Pallister told The Canadian Press, pointing to 2013 when the then-NDP government raised the sales tax to eight per cent from seven on July 1, even though the Progressive Conservatives opposition delayed passage of the relevant bill until December.“We stayed here through the long hot days of the summer on principle, opposing their attempt to break their word to Manitobans. But they still imposed the (tax) hike.”Pallister promised to reverse the tax increase during the 2016 election campaign. On Thursday, the government introduced a budget that, among other things, would bring the sales tax back down to seven per cent.Opposition NDP Leader Wab Kinew said Friday his party has not yet decided whether to delay the budget bill, which would also change some income tax measures and eliminate a subsidy to political parties.“We want to see what else this government’s legislative agenda looks like,” Kinew said.Kinew acknowledged the government has the ability to enact the tax cut as scheduled, regardless of his efforts.It’s common for governments to raise taxes on items such as tobacco and fuel immediately on budget day, even though the budget bills are not passed into law for weeks or months.But last year, the NDP delayed a bill that would have enacted a provincial carbon tax beyond the initial Sept. 1 start date. The government reacted by pushing back the start date to December and later, in a dispute with the federal government, abandoned the tax altogether.Kinew and Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont have already indicated they will vote against the sales tax cut, although they cannot block it due to the Progressive Conservative majority in the legislature.Kinew said the tax cut is coming at the expense of proper funding for health care, education and other programs.Pallister said the cut will put a little extra money in people’s pockets.“The money is staying with the senior couple that’s trying to make ends meet … the money is staying with the single mom trying to support her kids, the money is staying with a family-owned business that’s trying to create jobs.”Steve Lambert, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Canada wellpositioned to benefit from nonmeat alternatives Beyond Meat founder

first_imgMONTREAL — The transition from animal meat to plant-based alternatives will unleash a new era of agricultural productivity and Canada is well-positioned to benefit, Beyond Meat founder Ethan Brown said Tuesday.The burger patties and sausages of the Californian company that are made from plant proteins have stormed the market, and even the stock market since the company’s listing last month on the Nasdaq composite.Beyond Meat sells products made from peas, canola oil, mung beans and rice protein that contain no soy, gluten or genetically modified foods.Brown took part in a discussion on “The Next Agri-Food Revolution” at the Montreal Conference of the International Economic Forum of the Americas.In addition to the health benefits of his products, he believes that if water and farmland can be used to grow vegetables and other plant foods, the amount of food for human consumption will be exponential.He pointed to a study indicating that a plant-based burger requires 99 per cent less water and 93 per cent less arable land to produce, not to mention reducing greenhouse gas emissions.Canada can take advantage of this windfall, he said, citing the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, where farmland is vast.There are so many possibilities with the food products used by Beyond Meat, including yellow peas and mustard seeds.“You have the ability to grow them in abundance,” said Brown, whose father teaches at the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at McGill University.In Canada, the A&W fast food chain offers a hamburger containing a Beyond Meat patty, which is now available in many grocery stores.Not wanting to be left behind, Tim Hortons has begun testing three new Beyond Meat lunch sandwiches and could distribute them across Canada by the end of the summer. Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR, TSX:AW.UN)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

How medical technology reveals the secrets of ancient Egyptian mummies

first_imgMONTREAL — Nestawedjat, a wealthy, married “lady of the house,” died in the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes sometime around 700 BC.Some 2,700 years too late to save her, she was brought to a British hospital to undergo a thoroughly modern medical procedure: a CT scan.In recent years, medical technology has allowed researchers to learn intimate details of the lives of ancient Egyptian mummies that go far beyond the biographical details gleaned from their tombs.Nestawedjat, for example, likely died between the ages of 35 and 49, her teeth probably hurt and she had lesions on her spine that are often associated with athletes or the elderly — even though she died at what would be a considered a young age by today’s standards.On Wednesday, Nestawedjat’s remains sat under a spotlight on a table at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts — one of six mummies that will be on display beginning next month as part of the British Museum’s exhibit, “Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives” that has previously toured Hong Kong, Australia and Taiwan.Reporters and photographers panned cameras over her body, perfectly bound in linen without a single loose edge or fray, as nearby glass cases displayed the jars that would have contained her organs and two of the three ornately painted wooden coffins that were nested one inside the other, like Russian dolls, with her body at the centre.Thanks to CT scans, and occasionally large-animal veterinary equipment for the bigger pieces, researchers have been able to glean information on the mummies’ medical status, diets, and burial rites without unwrapping — and risking destroying — the fragile remains, according to Caroline Barton, the assistant collection manager in the British Museum’s Egypt and Sudan department.“We have found we can penetrate quite deeply into the human remains, and virtually peel back the mummification layers, the resin layers, the skin layers, the musculature,” she said Wednesday in Montreal, where she’s helping prepare the upcoming exhibit.Nestawedjat’s scan, for example, revealed her heart is still present in her body. It also showed the amulets placed on her body as part of the burial ritual that saw her eviscerated, salted, anointed with oils and filled with packing materials.Barton said technology is also partly responsible for the exhibit being in Montreal at all. While some of the artifacts would have been considered too fragile to transport just a decade ago, new and better packing techniques have given the museum staff the confidence to send them around the world.Barton, an expert “mummy packer,” oversaw this process herself, using custom cut polyethylene soft foam and a support fabric called a bondina to ensure the precious cargo wouldn’t be damaged by a bumpy air and road journey.“We have to very sympathetically think about where the pressure points will be, what can break and what can’t,” she explained.Laura Vigo, the curator of the Montreal presentation of the exhibit, said she hopes that by exposing the intimate secrets of the mummies — such as the fact that one likely died of sepsis from a tooth infection, while another likely had clogged arteries — the public will feel close enough to “hear their voices.”“We have for centuries, for millennia, been infatuated with the idea of the Egyptian mummy,” she said. The exhibit, which runs from Sept. 14 to Feb. 2, 2020, offers a chance “to really understand how they lived, not just the mummy, but as persons.”Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Swedens Saab undecided on whether to bid on Canadas fighterjet contract

first_imgOTTAWA — Swedish fighter-jet maker Saab says it has not decided whether it will participate in the $19-billion competition to replace Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18s.Saab’s Gripen fighter is the only non-U.S. plane still in possible contention after fellow European firm Airbus Defence and Space pulled its Eurofighter Typhoon from the race last week.Airbus blamed the cost that non-North American companies must bear to ensure their planes meet a specific security requirement, which French firm Dassault had also cited when it withdrew its Rafale fighter from the competition last year.Airbus also took issue with the Canadian government’s decision to ease a policy that required bidders to legally commit to investing in Canada following a U.S. complaint that the policy violated Canada’s agreement as a partner in developing the F-35 stealth fighter.Saab Canada president Simon Carroll tells The Canadian Press his company is very interested in entering the Gripen into the Canadian fighter-jet competition but is still reviewing the security requirement, among others, before making a decision.Boeing’s Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin’s F-35 are the other two fighters beside the Gripen still in contention in the high-stakes competition, which officially kicked off in July.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Nick Cannon To Host Kidney Walk

first_imgAward winning actor, comedian and host of NBC-TV’s top rated “America’s Got Talent” Nick Cannon will soon shine the spotlight on the body’s least known but most hardworking organ—the kidney.Nick Cannon To Host Kidney WalkNick Cannon, who never gave his own kidneys a second thought, was hospitalized last winter for acute kidney injury and diagnosed with lupus nephritis. His condition has stabilized and he’s now stepping out in support of the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Walk to spread the word about kidneys and kidney disease.“The kidneys filter out toxins in the blood, acting as the body’s purifier, but unless they stop working, people pay no attention. The fact is there are 26 million Americans with kidney disease and most don’t know it. One in three people in this country are at risk because of high blood pressure and diabetes—the two leading causes. So none of us can afford to ignore this anymore,” says Cannon.Cannon will host and help kick off the Kidney Walk in New York City on October 14 at South Street Seaport, a 5K event that will draw 7,000 walkers who will help raise awareness and funds to support the fight against kidney disease.“This walk will help those at risk take the lifesaving step of getting their kidneys checked,” said Cannon. “By participating in the Kidney Walk, we’re all helping get the word out about screening and the importance of healthy lifestyle in preventing kidney disease. I had very unhealthy eating habits but I now know that eating low fat, low sodium and low sugar diets and keeping blood pressure and blood sugar under control can prevent kidney damage.”Onsite registration for the NYC Kidney Walk begins at 9:30 am and the Walk starts at 10.30 am. Walkers participate as individuals or form teams with family, friends or colleagues. Cannon is urging New Yorkers to step out with him as part of Team Nick Cannon. To support his efforts, those in New York or anywhere in the country can make a contribution by visiting www.Teamnickcannon.comThe National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of patients and families affected by this disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.The NYC event is one of nearly 100 Kidney Walks held by the National Kidney Foundation in cities around the country. For more information or to support the event, visit www.kidneywalk.org.last_img read more

Chelsea Handler To Be Honored At Visionary Ball

first_imgThe UCLA Department of Neurosurgery will be holding their annual fundraiser “The Visionary Ball” on Thursday, October 25th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.A VIP cocktail reception will start at 6:00pm and dinner, awards and entertainment at 7:00pm. Maria Menounos, host of “Extra,” will emcee and Robin Thicke will headline the entertainment.The event will be hosted by Dr. Neil Martin, Chairman and W. Eugene Stern Professor of the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery, with co-chairs Edie Baskin Bronson, three-time Emmy Award nominee and former Saturday Night Live photographer; Beth Friedman, UCLA Neurosurgery Advisory Board Member and community advocate; and Tony Pritzker, managing partner of the Pritzker Group and philanthropist.This year’s honorees include PayPal founder Elon Musk, who will be receiving the Visionary Award, and comedian/talk show host Chelsea Handler who will be receiving the Rodney Respect Award.Other honorees include Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, Director of Imaging for the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center and Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Ted Gagliano, President of Feature Post Production at 20th Century Fox; and Kate Berg, founder of the fashion sales showroom Showroom Sixfifteen.The Rodney Respect Award, presented by the comedy legend’s widow, Joan Dangerfield, honors those who have achieved ultimate success in the field of entertainment. Recognizing those who have truly distinguished themselves as masters in entertainment, the Respect Award celebrates the joy each honoree brings to the community and the UCLA Neurosurgery department’s patients. Rodney Dangerfield successfully underwent rare and technically difficult brain bypass surgery in April 2003 at UCLA Medical Center to improve brain blood flow impaired by a blockage in his right carotid artery.To purchase tickets please call Grant Associates at (323) 904-4400.last_img read more

Dr Phil Helps Baby Paralyzed By Teen Drunk Driver

first_imgDr. Phil stunned his unsuspecting guests, Jacob Wallis and Lucy Verde, with a new car during yesterday’s Dr. Phil Show.The young couple appeared on the show through the efforts of the Passion 4 K.I.D.S. charity to share their heartbreaking story of how their 18-month-old son, Izaiah, was internally decapitated and permanently paralyzed by an illegal and uninsured teen driver who was both drunk and high when he lost control of his car, violently crashing into the baby who was on the sidewalk being wheeled in his stroller by his grandpa on the way to the park.After discussing their $1 million plus medical bills and daily struggles for Izaiah’s survival, Dr. Phil presented the couple with a brand new, top-of-the-line Acura Hybrid. In addition, he told how he was so saddened by this story that he was creating a page for Izaiah on the Dr. Phil Foundation website so that viewers around the world could contribute to help him at which point Dr. Phil kicked off the fundraising with a $10,000 contribution from the Dr. Phil Foundation.Passion 4 K.I.D.S. has been helping Izaiah’s family since the accident and reached out to the Dr. Phil Show in an effort to have the family share the consequences of drunk driving during this holiday season in particular. While on the show, Izaiah’s parents spoke to the teen who paralyzed their son for the first time ever. Izaiah has severe brain damage, is paralyzed from the chest down, is on a ventilator with a feeding tube, tracheotomy and ilieostomy.To learn more about Izaiah’s story, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Stars Attend Les Girls Cabaret For Charity

first_imgOn Monday, October 6, the wildly popular cabaret benefit, Les Girls returned to the stage for its 14th annual celebration.Allison Janney attends the 14th annual ‘Les Girls’ arrivals at AvalonCredit/Copyright: Todd Williamson/ Invision for Les Girls/ AP ImagesHosted by Allison Janney and honoring Dr. Judith Reichman, the event kicked off with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a sexy and wickedly funny evening of entertainment, made possible by the donated performances of some of Hollywood’s top personalities! All proceeds will support the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund’s Breast Cancer Deadline 2020, a strategic plan of action with a January 1, 2020 deadline for knowing how to end the disease.Seamus Dever and Juliana Dever attend the 14th annual ‘Les Girls’ arrivals at AvalonCredit/Copyright: Todd Williamson/ Invision for Les Girls/ AP ImagesAmong the stars who attended were Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Bellamy Young (Scandal), Peri Gilpin (Frasier), Shanola Hampton (Shameless), Seamus Dever (Castle), Jon Huertas (Castle), Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy), Brit Shaw (Nashville), Alicia Witt (Justified), Keith David (Enlisted), Gary Dourdan (Mistresses), Michael Stahl-David (My Generation), Bojana Novakovic (Rake), Alexis Carra (Mixology), Jonathan Sadowski (Young & Hungry), Juliana Dever (Castle), Adrienne Frantz (The Young and the Restless), Scott Bailey (The Bay), Nicole Parker (MADtv), Shoshana Bean (Wicked), Spencer Garrett (The Legend of Korra), Eric Martsolf (Days of Our Lives), Micah Sloat (Paranormal Activity) and The Company Men, among many others!last_img read more

Snoop Dogg and Ron Conway Declare ImUnloading Against Gun Violence

first_imgIn a partnership between Unload Your 401k and anti-gun violence campaign, No Guns Allowed, entertainment icon Snoop Dogg and tech leader Ron Conway are joining forces to call for divestment from the gun industry.Video: #ImUnloading: Snoop Dogg Unload Your 401kThrough the surprising union, they are using #ImUnloading in a new PSA to turn their pledge into reality, joined by athletes Bobby Wagner of the Seattle Seahawks and Matt Barnes of the Los Angeles Clippers; actress/singer Margot Bingham; singer/songwriter/producer Aloe Blacc; singer/songwriter Jhene Aiko; and League Of Young Voters’ Executive Director, Dr. Rob Biko Baker.Gun Violence is an epidemic, with 20 children every day admitted to hospitals with gunshot wounds. In an effort to create change, Conway is calling on the C-Suite of tech companies to offer socially-responsible, “no guns allowed” investment options, and Snoop Dogg is enlisting the support of the entertainment industry and his fans to declare #ImUnloading in the name of those touched by the tragedy of gun violence.“I’m unloading for my loved ones that I’ve lost,” Snoop Dogg said. “I’m going all in for gun free investing.”“Every American is at risk of gun violence, but we all can also be part of the solution,” Conway said. “I am reaching out to my entire network to encourage companies of every size to divest their retirement portfolios from the gun industry.”The PSA, from Campaign to Unload and States United to Prevent Gun Violence, is the second installment of support for Unload Your 401k, a program designed to raise awareness of divestment as a unique and powerful strategy to help make a meaningful change in preventing gun violence.“There is a straight line from gun industry investment, to gun industry profits, to funding of the NRA. Half the value of these companies comes from mutual funds and most of the ‘investors’ in these funds have no idea they are inadvertently part of the problem. Now they can be part of the solution,” said Jennifer Fiore, executive director of Campaign to Unload.“Greedy gun corporations are benefitting from the pain in our community,” said Baker. “It’s important that we vote with our money.”UnloadYour401k.com offers visitors an easy way to look-up their 401k retirement plan to see if it is supporting the gun industry and its lobbying group, the National Rifle Association. Employees now have the tools available to get their money out of gun investments.“It is long past time for government to act to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in America, but it is also long past time when we can believe that they will,” said Julia Wyman, executive director of States United. “Americans want change and thanks to our partners in this effort, more Americans will be aware of their economic power to take power into their own hands.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Not Long Left To Preregister Bids On One Night For One Drops

first_imgOn Friday, March 18, guests at the fourth edition of One Night for ONE DROP imagined by Cirque du Soleil, featuring Leona Lewis, and presented by MGM Resorts International, Zappos.com and McLaren Automotive will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of luxurious items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences at an exclusive auction.With the striking array of items ranging from $1000 to $400,000, patrons will have the option to bid openly or discretely through a live or silent auction.Prizes include the ultra rare McLaren 675LT Coupe, a vehicle customized especially for ONE DROP by presenting sponsor McLaren Automotive. Valued at $400,000, this 675LT Coupe was created in conjunction with Formula One world champion Jenson Button and features an autograph by Button on the carbon fiber sill panel. Other remarkable items and experiences include:• Takashi Murakami Arhat painting – valued at $400,000, this original artwork has been created specifically for One Night for ONE DROP 2016 by one of today’s leading contemporary artists, Takashi Murakami.
 • One week of aquatic adventure onboard luxury yacht, TIARA – valued at $250,000, this week-long adventure in Southeast Asia is complete with an experienced crew, extraordinary diving experience, high-tech amenities, outdoor entertainment, kite surfing equipment, Jacuzzi and more aboard the 175-foot luxury yacht Tiara.
 • A stunning Richard Mille timepiece –A stunning new Richard Mille timepiece — valued at $85,000—the RM 67-01 Automatic Extra Flat in titanium will arrive in boutiques this fall. But the prototype is available exclusively at One Night for ONE DROP 2016. This Swiss-made creation represents Richard Mille’s pillars of quality, including the best in technical innovation, artistry, architecture and the heritage of haute horlogerie.
 • Exclusive foursome with PGA tour professional Sergio GarcÍa – Of priceless value, this unique golf package includes an intimate golf session for four with Sergio GarcÍa at the Indian Creek Country Club, private jet transportation, a two-night stay at the Grand Beach Hotel Surfside in Miami, a roundtrip limousine service from the hotel to the golf course and more.For more information and to make a bid in the last few days before Friday’s event on any of the five live auction items, click here for the live auction.• Two-night stay in the Kingpin Suite at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas – valued at $30,850, this extravagant Las Vegas vacation is up for bid in the silent auction and will feature a two-night stay at the plush Kingpin Suite at The Palms. Guests will also enjoy dinner credit for two at the N9NE Steakhouse or Nove Italiano, a table and complimentary bottle at Ghostbar, a spa credit at Drift Spa and airport limousine pick-up and return. 
 • Two VIP tickets to the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show – valued at $25,000, this bombshell package includes two coveted tickets to the most highly anticipated fashion event of the year. As part of the silent auction, this prize will grant the winning bidder a prime seat location at the show, entrance into the VIP after-party and more. 
 • One-Week Backstage Experience on Tour with Cirque du Soleil – valued at $7,500, this exclusive tour will give the winner a firsthand experience under the iconic yellow and blue big top including rare meet-and-greet opportunities with Cirque du Soleil artists, an inside look at rehearsals and the opportunity to work with the crew as they put together remarkable shows. This item is up for bid in the silent auction.To view the complete list of silent auction items and to make a bid in the last few days before Friday’s event, please click here .Presented by MGM Resorts International, McLaren Automotive and Zappos.com, One Night for ONE DROP will feature GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Leona Lewis, TV star Miles “Baby Boogaloo” Brown, Cirque du Soleil artists from all eight shows in Las Vegas and more. Show-only tickets are now on sale starting at $100 with VIP packages available for $3,000. All proceeds will benefit ONE DROP’s global initiatives, along with innovative educational programming in Nevada through a partnership with the Las Vegas Springs Preserve.last_img read more