Infrastructure bank looks to avoid distraction from election talk CEO says

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA — The chief executive of the federal infrastructure financing agency says the pitched political debate about the future of the Crown corporation doesn’t reflect behind-the-scenes talks on projects with provincial governments of various partisan stripes.Pierre Lavallee says staff at the Canada Infrastructure Bank are trying to block out the electoral debate about the agency’s future to avoid getting distracted from delivering on their mandate.The Liberals gave the agency $35 billion in federal financing to help fund new water, transit and energy projects nationwide by enticing private sector cash to ease the fiscal strain on the federal treasury.Conservatives and New Democrats have been explicit in their desires to see the agency dismantled if either is elected to govern after voting day on Oct. 21.The agency’s public announcements will cease during the writ period when the campaign officially takes place, giving the bank one month to prove its value to parties and taxpayers.This week, the bank unveiled its latest investment in an energy project in Richmond, B.C., and Lavallee says there will be more announcements as August rolls on.last_img read more

In the news today Aug 28

first_imgSix stories in the news for Wednesday, Aug. 28———FIRST INTERIOR SHOTS OF HMS TERROR RELEASEDParks Canada has released the first pictures from inside the HMS Terror, one of the two ships in the doomed Franklin Expedition. The pictures show a vessel amazingly shipshape despite more than 170 years beneath the Arctic seas. Parks Canada archaeologist Ryan Harris says a robotic camera showed everything from neatly stacked plates to chamberpots to scientific instruments still in their cases. He says the camera was able to peer into the private quarters of the ships officers. The Terror and its sister ship the Erebus set out from England in 1845 in search of the Northwest Passage. Neither Sir John Franklin nor his 129 were ever heard from again. But with a blend of Inuit oral history and systematic, high-tech surveys, the Erebus was found in 2014 and the Terror two years later.———CITIES ASK PARTIES TO FILL HOUSING-PLAN GAPSCanada’s cities are asking federal parties to add more than $500 million a year to the national government’s decade-long housing strategy. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities says the measures are needed to fill gaps in the plan over its remaining eight years, to make renting more affordable and keep people from going homeless. Among the requests are a new fund to help seniors pay for refits so they can stay in their homes longer, another to help build more housing for urban Indigenous people, and a separate program to pay for units for homeless people with mental illnesses. Cities are also asking parties to consider a combination of subsidies and tax credits for owners of aging rental buildings to pay for upgrades and maintain the apartments as low-cost units. The measures in the platform being made public today would cost about $580 million a year over the remaining eight years of the existing housing strategy.———GIRLS AND WOMEN BECOMING MORE INVOLVED IN B.C. GANGSGirls and women are not immune from gang violence in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. Females often become involved as girlfriends, but experts say they’re increasingly active participants, carrying guns and drugs or providing their names for houses, cars, credit cards and phones. While females sometimes mistakenly believe they’re safe from gunfire, several have been killed over the years. Now, prevention programs are targeting girls and women to keep them out of gangs. Vancouver police Detectives Sandy Avelar and Anisha Parhar have started a program called Her Time that educates girls about the dangers of the gang lifestyle. Parhar says females are often assumed to be naive bystanders or helpless victims, but some girls and women are more deeply involved than they’re letting on.———CLOSING ARGUMENTS TODAY FOR GERMAN TOURIST SHOOTINGClosing arguments are scheduled today in the trial of a youth accused of shooting a German tourist in the head on a highway west of Calgary. The teen from the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, who cannot be identified because he was 16 at the time, faces several charges that include aggravated assault. Court heard that Horst Stewin was driving a black SUV through the First Nation with his family last summer, when someone in a passing car shot him. The car veered off the highway and crashed into some trees. Stewin survived but is paralyzed on his right side, gets confused and has memory issues. Other people in the car identified the shooter as the youth, who had been sitting in the back seat, but Stewin’s wife testified the shot came from a man in the front of the vehicle.———CANADIAN SENTENCED IN CUBA WAS SET UP: LAWYERA Canadian man sentenced to 10 years in a Cuban prison says he is innocent, and his lawyer says his client was likely set up following a night of partying in a seaside town outside the popular resort destination of Varadero. Benjamin Tomlin, 46, was arrested in August 2018 and charged with having sex with a 15-year-old. The age of consent in Cuba is 16. Tomlin’s Canadian lawyer, Ricardo Alcolado Perez, said the legal proceedings were plagued with irregularities. None of the witnesses in the case — including the minor with whom he is accused of having sexual relations —identified Tomlin in court, Alcolado Perez said. Tomlin’s sister, Caroline Simpson of Montreal, said he has not received adequate consular services because of staffing shortages due to the mysterious “Havana syndrome” that has sickened employees at the Canadian and U.S. embassies.———RESEARCHERS CALL FOR CALORIE LABELLING ON ALCOHOLA study suggests the average Canadian drinker receives more than one-tenth of their daily recommended calories from alcoholic beverages, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the label. Researchers at University of Victoria looked at Statistics Canada data on alcohol sales and consumption between 2015-2016 to calculate how many calories Canadians consume from booze. The study, originally published in the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research in February, estimates the average Canadian drinker consumes 250 calories from alcohol per day — the equivalent of a grab bag of chips.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— MP Kent Hehr will announced funding for the preservation of Indigenous languages in Calgary and surrounding area.— Manitoba political leaders take part in a 50-minute televised debate today in Winnipeg.— The trial continues today in Vancouver for Andrew Berry, who is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his two daughters.— Minister of Economic Development Ranj Pillai and Philippines Secretary of Labour and Employment Silvestre H. Bello will make a labour and immigration announcement today in Whitehorse.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Calgary Zoo says baby giraffe born this week died overnight

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — The Calgary Zoo says a giraffe that was born there earlier this week has died.In a Facebook post Saturday, the zoo says the male calf that was born last Sunday to an eight-year-old Masai giraffe named Emara passed away overnight.The post says staff knew when he was born “so tiny” that his survival would be an “uphill battle,” but they had “high hopes that the love of his Mama and round the clock care” would be enough to help him begin to thrive.Emara had three previous pregnancies, but two ended in miscarriages and a third produced a calf that died due to birth defects.This time around Emara received progesterone supplements — a treatment apparently not tried on a giraffe before.The post notes that the zoo is “heartbroken.”“We are supporting Emara and our team through this devastating outcome. Please join us in remembering our littlest tower,” the post said.Zookeeper Mona Keith had said after the calf was born that he was a little smaller than expected, indicating he probably arrived at the early end of the 15-month gestation period.Emara arrived at the Calgary Zoo in the summer of 2016 from the San Diego Zoo.Progesterone supplements are commonly provided to women, as well as domestic animals, with a history of miscarriage.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 5, 2019.last_img read more

Vanessa Williams Launches Handbags Hearts Campaign For Womens Heart Health

first_imgBayer HealthCare, the makers of Bayer Aspirin, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, and actress, singer and author Vanessa Williams today announce their partnership to launch Handbags & Hearts, a national campaign that leverages the link between women and their handbags – the one item they do not leave home without – and urges women to take the Handbags & Hearts pledge to carry aspirin at all times to be prepared for a sudden heart attack.Being prepared by carrying aspirin, knowing the symptoms of heart attack and not putting off calling 911 if a heart attack is suspected, can be the difference between life and death.More than 250,000 women die of a heart attack each year, yet most women’s handbags are better prepared for a broken nail (55%) or bad hair day (36%) than a heart attack (17%). In fact, in a recent survey, less than one-quarter of women said they carry aspirin in their handbag. When taken during a suspected heart attack and for 30 days thereafter, aspirin has been shown to reduce the risk of death by 23 percent and lessen a heart attack’s damaging effects to the heart muscle.“I am passionate about this campaign and its message, as both of my grandmothers died from heart attacks at a young age. As Mother’s Day nears, I’m joining Bayer HealthCare and WomenHeart to urge all women to make their heart health a priority and to take the Handbags & Hearts pledge to carry aspirin in their handbags at all times and learn the symptoms of a heart attack in women. I took the pledge and have encouraged all the important women in my life to do the same,” said Vanessa Williams, currently starring in “The Trip to Bountiful” on Broadway. “Calling 911 if you think you may be experiencing a heart attack, and having aspirin on hand if needed, can help save lives, yet so many women aren’t doing this.”Saving Hearts, One Handbag at a Time
For every pledge to make over a handbag by adding potentially life-saving aspirin, and every share of the message with friends made on, Bayer HealthCare will make donations to WomenHeart ($1 for pledge, $2 for share) up to a total of $200,000 to support WomenHeart in serving the 42 million American women living with or at risk for heart disease. WomenHeart is a national network of women living with heart disease, aligned with a scientific advisory council composed of many of the nation’s top cardiologists and other healthcare experts, all committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives.In addition, consumers can also visit to order a Heart Attack Preparedness Kit for a $5 donation to WomenHeart. The Kit includes aspirin and tips for what to do in case of a sudden heart attack.Women Don’t Know the Signs of Heart Attack
When it comes to heart disease, men and women are not always created equal. In a recent online survey of 1,000 women, most had limited knowledge of heart attack symptoms different to them such as nausea (57%) and cold sweats (64%). And while most women (61%) surveyed said they now fear they are likely to have a heart attack in their lifetime, many said they did not ask their doctor about their “overall heart health” at their last physical.“I see many women in my practice who are busy taking care of everyone but themselves. Don’t be passive about your health; ask your doctor about your coronary risks and a plan you can put in place to address those risks – before you have a heart attack,” said Tracy Stevens, MD, FACC, member of WomenHeart’s national Scientific Advisory Council, WomenHeart’s advisory group of the nation’s leading experts on women’s heart health. “And take the time now to know the signs of a heart attack in women. If you suspect a heart attack, calling 911 and taking aspirin as directed by a physician can be life-saving. Trust your gut – if something doesn’t seem right, don’t delay. Taken immediately at the onset of heart attack, aspirin can prevent the formation of additional blood clots that block the blood flow through the arteries and can reduce the risk of death. Carrying aspirin in case of emergency is a no-brainer. It’s one small change that can make all the difference.”To learn more about Handbags & Hearts and to take the pledge, visit read more

Jack Nicklaus New Ice Cream Benefits Charity

first_imgFans and competitors of Jack Nicklaus knew he had very few weaknesses in his legendary, record-setting golf career. There is, however, one weakness he confesses to off the course — ice cream — and now he’s giving into it and sharing it with the public.Salted Caramel Toffee, one of the seven rich and creamy varieties in the new line of Jack Nicklaus premium ice creamIn a partnership between two great family-owned companies, rooted in the Midwest, comes Jack Nicklaus premium ice cream, manufactured by a division of The Schwan Food Company — the 60-year-old Minnesota-based manufacturer and marketer of fine frozen foods and nationally renowned for its home delivery service.The new Jack Nicklaus pint-sized ice cream will be available at Winn Dixie, Bi-Lo and Kroger stores in select markets with a suggested retail price of $1.99. The ice cream comes in seven rich and creamy varieties, loaded with real ingredients. Flavors include: Warm Spiced Butter Pecan, Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl, Salted Caramel Toffee, Strawberry Lemonade, Triple Chocolate, Coffee and Donuts, and Homemade Vanilla.To launch the new business endeavor, Jack Nicklaus teamed up with Schwan’s Global Supply Chain, Inc. (“Schwan”). With a shared commitment to philanthropy, Schwan has become a supporter of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation ( The Foundation’s goal is to provide families access to world-class pediatric healthcare. Beyond the ice cream pilot program in 2015, the Nicklauses hope to tie in other children’s charities to sales of the product.Between Jack, his wife Barbara, and Schwan, there was a detailed collaboration to perfect the line.“It’s no secret that I love ice cream,” Nicklaus confessed. “Needless to say, I have never had so much fun in the research and development of a product. The team at Schwan has a world-class product development center. Together, we have created a variety of flavors — all with real ingredients — for a quality, premium ice cream at a value price.”The ice cream introduction extends the Nicklaus Companies efforts to celebrate the life and lifestyle of Jack Nicklaus by introducing quality consumer products, with a philanthropic tie-in. Among the Nicklaus-branded or licensed products introduced in recent years that benefit children’s charities are water, wine, lemonade, sunglasses, and golf balls.“Jack’s whole life is synonymous with excellence, family, and charity,” said Nicklaus Companies Co-Chairman Howard Milstein, “And our new collaboration with Schwan embodies all three values in a hand-picked selection of delicious ice cream flavors that also supports children’s healthcare. What could possibly taste better?”last_img read more

Food Bank For NYC Raises 2 Million At Can Do Awards Gala

first_imgFood Bank For New York City — the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs — raised more than two million dollars this week, with donations still coming in, at the organizations star-studded, 13th Annual Can Do Awards Dinner, presented by Bank of America at Cipriani Wall Street.Tom Colicchio speaks onstage during the Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards Dinner GalaCredit/Copyright: Thos Robinson/Getty Images Food Bank For New York CityTom Colicchio and Lori Silverbush, Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Sandra Lee-Simply Living Publishing were honored for their commitment to hunger relief. Mario Batali, Carla Hall and Daphne Oz of ABC’s ’The Chew” emceed the event. Mario Batali and Susan Cahn, long time Food Bank supporters and the 2013 Can Do Honorees, served as Honorary Chairs.Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson speaks onstage during the Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards Dinner GalaCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York CityMore than 600 people came out to support Food Bank For New York City in the fight against hunger, including Nashville’s Grammy Award-winning country music group and ACM Vocal Group of The Year, Little Big Town, who brought the house down. Presenters for the evening included award-winning musician, producer and actor, 50 Cent, TODAY’s Erica Hill and Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman. Notable attendees included Jon Bon Jovi, Michael J. Fox, Tracy Pollan, Michael Strahan, Rachael Ray, Steve Higgins, Paul Sorvino, Mike Mills, Lauren Bush Lauren, Jill Hennessey, Ted Allen, Anne Burrell, Gabriele Corcos, Gail Simmons, Kelly Bensimon, Selita Ebanks, Jill Martin, Kelly Ford, Michael Schlow, Franklin Becker, Nia Sanchez, Lisa Ramos, Jeff Mauro, Joy Bauer, Rene Lopez, Melanie Dunea, and many more. Michael J. Fox (L) and Tracy Pollan attend the Food Bank For New York City Can Do Awards Dinner GalaCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City“Food Bank For New York City is honored to have the support of our extraordinary partners and honorees as we strive to provide New Yorkers in need with access to food and services,” said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. “We will continue to work hard to earn the right to be the recipients of your best intentions for our city. We thank you for choosing to invest in us tonight, and until we are victorious – when no New Yorker is denied access to healthy, nutritious food.”New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (L) and chef Mario BataliCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York CityThe evening’s auction, led by auctioneer Lydia Fenet of Christie’s Auction House, featured celebrity-donated and exclusive items. The big tickets items included the return of the Three Castrate — a once-in-a-lifetime, sit-down dinner for 16 people catered by legendary chefs Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio, and David Chang; Bank of America’s luxury double-suite at Yankee Stadium, including 38 seats, plus a custom ballpark menu catered by one of Food Bank’s fabulous Culinary Council chefs (generously donated by presenting sponsor Bank of America); and Questlove will deliver a pulsating two-hour set at the venue of the recipient’s choice anywhere in the five boroughs!Can Do Honorees Tom Colicchio and Lori Silverbush were honored for their commitment to giving a voice to the millions who struggle to afford food, and for shining a light on the inequalities that exist in our society, thus inspiring many to action. Together, they have been a leading force for change and true advocates for those struggling to put food on the table every day.Can Do Honoree Stavros Niarchos Foundation has supported Food Bank For New York City’s hunger-relief efforts since 2009. In 2011, The Foundation made a transformational gift to help create a technology solution that enables Food Bank to connect New Yorkers in need with emergency food and other services. The initiative tracks New Yorkers accessing food and other services through Food Bank’s network of 1,000 community partners. The project will play a key role as part of Food Bank’s strategic vision to create networks of organizations connecting clients with food and other benefits in an effort to reduce and eliminate the “meal gap” (the city’s official measure of food insecurity).This year’s Corporate Can Do Honoree was Sandra Lee-Simple Living Publishing, who has made ending hunger a cause she is deeply committed to, having known first-hand what it is like to live with the worry of not knowing where a next meal was coming from. Sandra has partnered with Food Bank on many campaigns over the years, including helping raise critical support for Food Bank’s Sandy Relief efforts. In 2013, she hosted the World’s Largest Bake Sale, which raised more than $50,000 for Food Bank’s vital programs.The Can Do Awards Dinner is instrumental in helping provide support for the 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on Food Bank programs and services, including one in five children. New York’s most vulnerable families have lost more than 56 million meals as a result of the November 2013 cuts to SNAP (formerly known as food stamps). Food pantries and soup kitchens have confronted additional need without an adequate supply of food. Can Do celebrates what each of us ‘CAN DO’ to help fight hunger in New York City. Since their inception, the Can Do Awards have raised more than 12 million dollars, helping to provide 60 million meals for New Yorkers in need. Every dollar donated to Food Bank For New York City helps provide five meals.last_img read more

David Beckham Visits Cambodia With UNICEF

first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham has travelled to Cambodia to see how UNICEF and its partners are helping children who have endured physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and protecting vulnerable children from danger.David Beckham In Cambodia With UNICEFCredit/Copyright: © UNICEFEarlier this year, in his 10th year as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, David Beckham and UNICEF launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund to help protect children in danger. David has committed to using his powerful global voice, influence and connections to raise vital funds and encourage world leaders to create lasting positive change for children.The Fund will help UNICEF deliver life-changing programmes for children across the world, including those affected by violence in Cambodia.David Beckham, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador said, “I am here in Cambodia to meet children who have experienced violence, hear their stories and see what UNICEF and its partners are doing to keep these children safe. It is shocking that every five minutes a child dies because of violence somewhere in the world. This has to stop.”last_img read more

Questlove Entertains At Holiday Rock Roll Bash

first_imgOn Wednesday evening, December 16, Cablevision Systems Corporation, The Madison Square Garden Company, and AMC Networks hosted the 15th annual Holiday Rock & Roll Bash to benefit The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation’s largest private nonprofit funder of pancreatic cancer research.DJ Questlove entertained the crowd at The Lustgarten Foundation’s 15th annual Holiday Rock & Roll BashHeld at TAO Downtown in New York City, the event raised more than $2 million for the second consecutive year. Due to the support of Cablevision, 100 percent of every dollar raised goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.Entertainment for the event included a special performance by DJ Questlove, popular drummer of The Roots (house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), along with an exclusive Radio City Christmas Spectacular performance by the world-famous Rockettes. More than 1,000 guests attended this year’s Bash.“Marking its 15th anniversary this year, the Holiday Rock & Roll Bash is a beloved annual tradition that unites us all for an important cause: to beat pancreatic cancer,” said Kerri Kaplan, executive director and chief operating officer of The Lustgarten Foundation. “Since it was created, the Bash has raised $21 million for research, and we are so grateful to our many generous supporters. As a result of Cablevision’s financial support, all of the money raised for the Bash goes directly to research to develop an early detection test and more effective treatments so that patients can live longer lives.”During the program, James Dolan, chief executive of Cablevision and executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company, welcomed guests, along with Andrew and Jessica Lustgarten, the children of Marc Lustgarten, who paid homage to their father’s legacy. James Dolan and Cablevision Chairman Charles Dolan helped establish The Lustgarten Foundation in 1998 in honor of Mr. Lustgarten, who served as the former vice chairman of Cablevision and chairman of Madison Square Garden before he died from pancreatic cancer. Cablevision has worked closely with the Foundation throughout its history in support of its mission to advance pancreatic cancer research. That support includes underwriting the Foundation’s administrative expenses and partnering with the Foundation for the curePC public awareness campaign.Pancreatic cancer is swift and silent, often undetected until it is too late. The overall five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer is seven percent and most with advanced cancer die within a year. There are no early detection tests, no effective long-term treatments and, unless the cancer is surgically removed in its earliest stages, no cure. It is the fourth-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.Since its inception, The Lustgarten Foundation has contributed more than $110 million toward pancreatic cancer research. Recent research progress funded by the Foundation includes international clinical trials with patients to develop a routine early detection test, as well as trials to identify new drug combinations and immunotherapies that would more effectively treat the disease. In addition, at The Lustgarten Foundation’s Pancreatic Cancer Research Lab at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Dr. David Tuveson, research director of The Lustgarten Foundation, has developed a new human culture system for pancreatic cancer that offers a path to personalized treatment approaches in the future.Visit to learn more about The Lustgarten Foundation and Cablevision’s fight to defeat pancreatic cancer.last_img read more

Stella Artois Teams Up With Matt Damon And Waterorg

first_imgStella Artois today announced it is once again partnering with and its Co-Founders Matt Damon and Gary White on their second ‘Buy a Lady a Drink’ campaign.Stella Artois joins forces with and Co-Founders Matt Damon and Gary WhiteThe campaign aims to drive awareness of the global water crisis that affects 663 million people around the world who lack access to clean water, and calls on consumers to help leave a legacy as the generation that ends this crisis, once and for all.Video: Leave a Mark with Matt Damon and | Buy a Lady a Drink | Stella ArtoisThe ‘Buy a Lady a Drink’ campaign was first launched in 2015 to utilize Stella Artois’ global footprint to help positively impact this important issue. Water has played an important role in Stella’s 600-year heritage, and is an essential ingredient in the Stella Artois that is brewed today. Last year the campaign focused on women’s long journeys for clean water. This year, the campaign showcases the positive impact that access to clean water can have, while inspiring consumers to leave a positive mark on the world.“I’ve seen how the lives of women and their families can change when they get access to clean water,” said Co-Founder Matt Damon. “Access to water is access to education, access to work, access to the kind of future we want for all humankind. Thanks to our partnership with Stella Artois, this year’s ‘Buy a Lady a Drink’ campaign helps us tell this story – and gives consumers the chance to help us change it.”“ is committed to making clean water accessible so everyone in the world has the opportunity to prosper,” said Co-Founder and CEO, Gary White. “We’re proud to partner with Stella Artois again this year to help us change more futures around the globe.”This global, multi-channel partnership launches today with several opportunities to engage in the effort.New Limited-Edition Chalices Designed by Local Artists in Kenya, Peru and HaitiStella Artois will release a new set of limited-edition Chalices designed by three artists from Kenya, Peru and Haiti
Today, Stella Artois will release a new set of limited-edition Chalices designed by three artists from Kenya, Peru and Haiti: Daniel Cortez Torres from Peru, Wini Awuondo from Kenya and Michele Manuel from Haiti. Each design represents the specific water problem faced by women in their country.Consumers can purchase one of the exclusive Chalices for $13 at For every Chalice sold in the U.S., Stella Artois will donate $6.25 to, up to 90,000 chalices, to help provide five years of clean water for one person in the developing world.“Water is woven into the very fabric of Stella Artois – it has allowed us to leave behind a proud brewing legacy, and we want others to have that same opportunity to leave a mark on the world,” said Ricardo Marques, vice president, Stella Artois. “Thanks to our continued partnership with, we have been able to change the lives of more than 290,000 people in the developing world through access to clean drinking water. Small actions, like the purchase of a Chalice, can have a big impact.”New Short Films 
The campaign will also feature three new short films. The first film showcases a zoetrope animation, a moving image device that features individual Stella Artois Chalices painted with different scenes of the positive impact that access to clean water can bring – such as growing crops, earning an income and going to school. The second film, featuring Matt Damon with the zoetrope, asks consumers to consider their own personal legacies and challenges them to become part of the generation that ends the global water crisis. Finally, the third film is a YouTube 360 video, which brings to life the experience of one woman and her family in Honduras via virtual reality on consumers’ mobile devices.Debut of New Documentary Series 
To further underscore the power of water and inspire social action, Stella Artois has commissioned 2015 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Winner Crystal Moselle to create a three-part documentary series showcasing the impact of the global water crisis on women and their communities in Haiti, Kenya, and Peru.Moselle and her Academy- and Emmy Award- winning producer Fazeelat Aslam recently traveled to Haiti, where they met Marie, a midwife living in a community with no access to clean water. In her daily struggle to provide for her large family and service her community, Marie’s resilience became immediately apparent. Her story inspired the filmmaking team’s first chapter of an eye-opening look at the water crisis around the world.“Clean water is something that’s easily taken for granted. Many of us don’t realize how much it impacts a community’s livelihood and sense of hope for the future,” said Moselle. “On our visit to Haiti, we met so many amazing women dealing with the crisis on several levels. These stories of strength, hope and perseverance really resonated with us, and we hope they will inspire viewers enough to take action.”The films will be produced in partnership with Stella Artois, and with advisory support from The series will debut to coincide with World Water Day.Stella Artois Leaves a Mark at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival 
Stella Artois will showcase its commitment to making a difference at this year’s Festival in Park City.• Co-Founders Matt Damon and Gary White will host a panel session along with Todd Allen, Global Vice President, Stella Artois. The discussion will be centered on the current global water crisis, and what needs to be done to end the long water collection journeys many women in developing countries have to make each day. • Stella Documentary Series filmmaking team Crystal Moselle and Fazeelat Aslam will lead a discussion about powerful storytelling through film. The duo will debut a manifesto video from their experience in Haiti and discuss their new documentary series. • The Stella Artois Filmmaker Lounge will highlight up-and-coming directors and films that empower women, and much more, to further inspire others to leave their mark on the world.To learn more about the global water crisis, how to leave a mark on the world and purchase a limited-edition Stella Artois Chalice, consumers can visit read more

Operation Smile To Honor Kate Hudson

first_imgOperation Smile will honor Kate Hudson, Andrew Dolce, and Mediterranean Shipping Company at this year’s 14th Annual Smile Event in New York City.The evening will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 12th at Cipriani 42nd Street and will help to raise funds and awareness for children around the world suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities. Longtime Smile ambassador, Brooke Burke-Charvet, will be the master of ceremonies.Kate Hudson will receive the Universal Smile Award for her dedication to improving the lives of others and setting an example of exceptional leadership. Operation Smile Co-Founders Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee will present Andrew Dolce with the John Connor Humanitarian Award and Mediterranean Shipping Company will receive the children’s medical charity’s Corporate Humanitarian Award.Guests will celebrate over 240,000 life-changing surgical interventions, and learn about how we are expanding our reach to include permanent cleft care centers, while training and educating local professionals to help us find the patients who are the hardest to reach in the most remote regions.“We are so excited to celebrate the hard-work of Operation Smile and our supporters. We believe every child deserves exceptional surgical care and that they deserve to be treated as if they were our own,” says Dr. Bill Magee, CEO and Co-Founder of Operation Smile. The evening will include a cocktail reception, premier dinner, live auction, and entertainment followed by an after party with music from DJ Eric Hutchinson.Fellow supporters and committee members, Nancy H. Arias, Chris Ashley, Jared S. Baumeister, Stacey Bendet-Eisner, Joe & Ann Berkery, Cyndi Berzow, Jason Binn, Alison Brettschneider, Jess Levin Conroy, Dori Cooperman, James and Cory Cotto, Claudine DeNiro, Dr. Forouzan Ghaffari & Associates , Johnson & Johnson, Rich & Jana Kleiman, Mat and Lisa Lori, James and Barbara Majeski, Corey Reese, Charlotte Ronson, Amy Sacco, Jennifer Salke, Dani Stahl, Mark & Candy Udell and Randi Udell- Alper will also be in attendance to lend their support to this year’s event.For more info, click here.last_img read more

Be The Match To Rally Black And African American Marrow Donors

first_imgBe The Match, the organization that operates the world’s largest and most diverse donor registry, and Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, have teamed up on a new public service announcement campaign, Heritage Holds the Cure, to urge Blacks and African Americans to register as potential marrow donors.Heritage Holds the Cure celebrates the rich heritage of the Black and African American community. The campaign encourages those within that community to join the Be The Match Registry and spread the word about the need for more Black and African American marrow donors.“Family isn’t defined by blood,” Conley said. “As an athlete, I’ve always been surrounded by family, whether it’s a teammate or a fan – the love is there. My community is my family and knowing the heritage that binds many of us has the potential to save other members of our ‘family’ is incredible. It’s something I want to be a part of, especially since I’ve watched two of my cousins battle sickle cell disease.”Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. It manages the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world with 16 million members. Of those members, 5 percent identify as Black or African American. Given the current makeup of the registry, Blacks and African Americans are the least likely to find a suitable match.“Currently, individuals of Black and African American ancestry are underrepresented on the registry, making it more difficult to find donor matches for those suffering from blood diseases like sickle cell,” said Mary Halet, Director of Community Engagement at Be The Match. “With this new campaign, our hope is to raise awareness of the registry, dispel some of the myths about marrow donation, and get more young people of diverse backgrounds to sign up as potential lifesaving matches.”A patient’s ethnic background plays a large role in human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing, which is used to match patients with donors for bone marrow or cord blood transplants. Since HLA types are inherited, the best chance of finding a suitable donor may be with someone of a similar racial or ethnic background.For thousands of Black and African American patients with life-threatening blood diseases like sickle cell, a potential cure is available. But the combination of rich heritage, complex tissue types and a smaller pool of potential donors, makes it harder to find a match.For more information and to register, visit read more

WE Day National Special To Air On CBS

first_imgToday, WE announces that the third annual U.S. National Special of WE Day will air commercial-free on August 4, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on CBS.Highlighting some of the most important social issues facing America and the world today — from equality and accessibility, to homelessness and poverty, to inner city violence and social activism, to education and literacy — WE Day unites likeminded individuals and provides a platform for youth and families to create change in their communities and around the world. WE Day is brought to you by Title Sponsor The Allstate Foundation, alongside Presenting Partners Unilever, Walgreens and Microsoft and Supporting Partner, KPMG.Hosted by Selena Gomez, alongside international activists and WE co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, the special will feature a star-studded lineup of speakers and performers including Alessia Cara with STOMP, Josh Gad, Tyrese Gibson, Alicia Keys, DJ Khaled, Demi Lovato, Mpumi Nobiva, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Statler & Waldorf, Lilly Singh and more. With special appearances by James Franco, Evan Goldberg, Hannah Simone and Seth Rogen and a surprise appearance by Oprah Winfrey, the all-star cast will come together to celebrate the WE movement — a generation of people empowered to act and lead with compassion and the conviction that when united together, simple actions can transform communities, the country and the world.The one-hour special will feature energetic and moving performances combined with motivating speeches, comedic interludes and documentary-style features highlighting remarkable young Americans who are making a difference. Bringing families together for an evening of empowering conversations WE Day will spark ideas and inspire action, uniting Americans to stand together for change.“My first WE Day experience was 3 years ago and to say I was impressed is an understatement,” said actress, multi-platinum recording artist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and host of WE Day Special, Selena Gomez. “The electricity of an arena full of thousands of young people who are making real change in the world is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I am grateful to be a part of such a supportive community and hope I can inspire the kids at WE Day just as they continue to inspire me.”Parts of the WE Day special were filmed at WE Day California, which took place on April 27, 2017 at The “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood. WE Day California is just one of more than 20 WE Day youth empowerment events that take place across North America and the U.K each year. WE Day celebrates and inspires this generation’s shift from me thinking to we acting, building a better world where everyone has the power to speak out and make choices that have positive impacts.“When young people are given the tools and support to speak out and act on issues they are passionate about, there is no limit to the impact they can have on the world, and ultimately one another,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “In the last academic year, students from around the world who are involved WE’s programs donated more than 2.1 million pounds of food to their local food banks, volunteered over 7.6 million hours of service and raised over $17 million in support of local and global causes. Social change is possible — when united, people young and old can push the needle on the issues that weigh heaviest on our communities.”You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day events — students from across the country earn their way by taking action on one local and one global cause of their choice. More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the free, yearlong educational program WE Schools. Providing schools and community groups with curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns, the program is designed to enhance a school’s existing social initiatives or spark new ones. WE Schools encourages students to further their curricular learning, develop life skills for success beyond the classroom and become change-makers. As part of the program, educators and community leaders can access the free, interactive WE Schools Kit, which helps them collaborate with students as they create actions plans throughout the year. Together, WE Day and WE Schools are a blueprint for building the next generation of change-makers. Globally over 3.4 million students are part of the WE Movement, taking part in service learning programs and campaigns.Beyond the classroom, WE offers free family resources, providing tools to help Americans create change together as a family. WE Families provides parents the support they need to raise caring and compassionate children and set them on a path for life success. Bonding together, families rally around causes that matter to them and in turn, grow closer as a family unit.last_img read more

Fran Drescher To Host 3rd Annual Cancer Schmancer Health Summit

first_imgCancer Schmancer presents its third annual Health Summit, hosted by Fran Drescher.This information-filled day is educational and will transform attendees from patients into medical consumers. There will be a multitude of interesting, informative panels and Q&A opportunities on topics including robotic surgery, biodynamic farming, natural alternatives to overcoming addiction and dependence on prescription drugs, detoxing your home, current environmental issues like water quality, bio-identical hormone replacement, using snake venom to “paint’ and identify cancer cells, nutrition, exercise, heart health, dealing with trauma, and much more. Speakers include Dr. Hyla Cass, Dr. Aly Cohen, Dr. Gail Jackson, Dr. Zuri Murrell, Dr. Mel Kurtulus, Cristina Ferrare, Samantha Harris, Leslie Michaelson, Dr. Zuri Murrell, Dr. Jim Olson, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Pam Taub, and many others.Funds raised support Early Detection Fran Vans which offer free mammograms to marginalized women who don’t have access to healthcare, and Cancer Schmancer’s School Assembly Prevention Program that teaches middle and high school students to make healthy choices and avoid toxins in their daily lives.Purchase tickets by visiting VIP tickets are $500 and include a post-event VIP reception with Fran and select speakers, and premium seating. General admission is $300. All ticketholders receive beverages, breakfast, lunch.last_img read more

Live competitive painting championship hits TO

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Art Battle gives a whole new meaning to ‘painting the town red.’If you’re looking to hang out with friends while drinking and listening to music, you might want to take a break from the usual patio spots or summer concert scene to check out something new – like live competitive painting.Well, the idea isn’t necessarily new, since Art Battle was created in Toronto in 2009, but the artists in action during this week’s 2016 Art Battle National Championship are truly the best from the live painting world. They’ve qualified through local city events and regional finals across Canada, and they’ll be battling for the championship title on Thursday, July 21 at The Great Hall in Toronto. Login/Register With: Twitter “These painters can create near-studio quality work in 20 minutes,” says Art Battle co-founder Chris Pemberton. “It’s just mind-blowing. We’ve seen thousands of paintings now, and we’re continuously surprised.”The tournament features three 20-minute rounds, with audience members voting for their favourite art pieces at the end of each round. The 15 Canadian regional champs – plus a wild card winner selected at a preview event happening the night before – are split between the first two rounds. Then, the top two winners from each of the first two rounds face off in a four-way contest in the final round.In a sense, Art Battle combines elements from concerts, reality shows and theatrical performances – and then packages the whole thing in an artistic sheen. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Five directors up for Siminovitch Prize

first_imgFive directors are in the running for this year’s $100,000 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.Edmonton’s Jonathan Christenson, Toronto’s Ravi Jain and Ross Manson, Christian Lapointe of Quebec City and Nadia Ross of Wakefied, Que., are on the short list, which was increased from four to five this year due to the “high quality of nominations.”“The jury found the work of these five shortlisted directors breathtaking,” jury chairman Bob White said Monday in a release. “These are bold visionaries who are shaping the future of theatre now in creating experiences that are challenging, transformative and magical.” Twitter The prize, Canada’s largest in theatre, will be awarded Oct. 28 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.Created in 2001 in honour of scientist Lou Siminovitch and his late wife Elinore, the prize recognizes a body of work in design, direction and playwriting in three-year cycles.Recipients of the prize choose a protege to whom they award $25,000 of the total prize money.The 2016 jury includes White, Micheline Chevrier, Linda Gaboriau, Mieko Ouchi and Sarah Garton Stanley. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

Gina Yashere rides wave of success into JFL 42

first_imgAdvertisement Gina Yashere knows who’s boss. She is.The British comedian comes back to town for JFL 42, and continues to ride a wave of success as she constantly tours the world, creating and selling her own comedy specials and recently joined the The Daily Show as the show’s resident Brexpert.Caught on the treadmill at her hotel in Birmingham, Ala., Yashere is almost perfectly built to take on identity politics, just because she comes from so many backgrounds. She’s Black, from Britain, emigrated to America, lives in Brooklyn and is a lesbian. She says she’s always reading audiences to figure out what the best tack to take. Twitter Facebook “I do constantly, and I work with all kinds of crowds. I’m in Alabama right now, so it’s a very Christian. I’m an outsider, so I can say things about Americans that they may not take from somebody who’s American,” she says.“I don’t come out and say, ‘Oh, Americans are so vicious,’ I come at it from a point of naiveté almost. I go ‘I’ve been here a little while, and I’ve noticed this, that’s weird,’ and I do it in that way, so they can go, ‘Oh that’s right, we are that way.’ I don’t do it in a way that I’m preaching that ‘you people are so stupid.’ You’ve got to find that balance. You don’t want people to feel bombarded, or abused, or belittled, which is why I come at it that way.” Advertisementcenter_img Gina Yashere has taken the comedy business into her own hands, creating her own specials and selling them herself. (SUPPLIED PHOTO) Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Torontos Cinesphere at Ontario Place set to reopen

first_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisement The website announce states: “The future of movie-going has arrived.” Which is ironic given that the venue, Toronto’s venerable Cinesphere at Ontario Place, turns 46 this year. But after being shuttered for five years, the giant IMAX screen returns to operation this weekend with screenings of Dunkirk and Beauty and the Beast.Built in 1971 as the world’s first permanent IMAX theatre, the massive Cinesphere is a geodesic-type dome containing an 18-by-24-metre screen and, as of the latest upgrades, a digital IMAX-with-laser projection system that can also handle 70 mm film.The huge dome was re-opened during the recent Toronto International Film Festival for a special screening of Dunkirk and several showings of North of Superior, Graeme Ferguson’s 18-minute travelogue that was commissioned when the venue was new, and remains an awe-inspiring time capsule. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Details on future screenings are scarce but they will include showings of North of Superior. And given that the Cinesphere advertises 615 seats for regular screenings and 527 for 3D, expect some 3D films as well.The revival is part of the Ontario government’s plan to bring Ontario Place back to life as parkland and an event space. The “pods,” rising above the lake on steel stilts next to the domed cinema, are also expected to be refurbished and brought back online soon.More information and tickets here. Advertisementlast_img read more

Rio Theatre site put up for sale but operator Corinne Lea emphasizes

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img The Rio Theatre has been near the corner of East Broadway and Commercial Drive for 90 years. – PHOTO BY STEPHEN THOMSON An East Side cultural landmark near the corner of East Broadway and Commercial Drive has been put on the market.Leonard Schein has listed the Rio Theatre property for sale. However, the operator of the business, Corinne Lea, points out that she has eight years remaining on her lease.“I want to reassure you all that the Rio is not going anywhere as long as we have anything to say about it!” Lea said in a statement on the Rio Theatre’s Facebook page. “Yes its true The Rio property is for sale and is in danger of being developed and turned into a multiplex. But we have plans to buy it, so we can save it from being torn down.” Login/Register With: The multimedia business is more than a single-screen theatre, as it also hosts concerts, comedy peformances, burlesque events, and fashion shows.The CBRE listing describes the 90-year-old Rio Theatre as a “high density residential development site” that’s just steps from the Commercial-Broadway transit hub. It notes that there is “strong assembly potential” with adjacent properties.last_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement “EVERY DAY for the last few weeks of filming, Keanu treated the stage hands and ‘grunt workers’ (including myself) by taking us out for free breakfast and lunch. He was genuinely a very nice guy to work with.“Since then, I’ve worked on about 30 different sets and have never met an actor as generous and friendly as him. Most actors I’ve seen and worked with are total d——- who always think they are better than us. Keanu on the other hand, at the very least, was socially approachable and definitely kindhearted.”Keanu Reeves qualifying for the 2016 MotoGP of Australia at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on Oct. 22, 2016. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)This is just one story amongst hundreds, but Keanu isn’t the type of guy who makes a habit of turning his generosity into a PR stunt. He doesn’t need to be recognized for his charity, as evidenced in a revelation that he’s been secretly financing children’s hospitals around the world.According to Snopes, in 2009 he told the Ladies’ Home Journal: “I have a private foundation that’s been running for five or six years, and it helps aid a couple of children’s hospitals and cancer research. I don’t like to attach my name to it; I just let the foundation do what it does.”This level of humble generosity is not a surprise coming from the man who, according to Mail Online, silently gave $100 million of his proceeds from the Matrix trilogy to the costume and special effects teams. Do these good deeds make Keanu Reeves the nicest man in Hollywood? We’d like to think it does, so move over, Tom Hanks!US actor Keanu Reeves poses for photographers on the red carpet ahead of the premiere of the film “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” in Berlin, Feb. 9, 2009. (Axel Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images)BY DAN, ET Facebook Advertisement Twitter Few people are as acquainted with loss as Hollywood superstar Keanu Reeves. Despite all of his success on the big screen, the actor’s off-screen life can aptly be described as tragic. However, he’s made it his life mission not to let these tragedies deter him from giving back and helping others as much as possible.Actor Keanu Reeves accepts the Vanguard Award during the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards in Las Vegas, April 14, 2016. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)When Keanu Reeves was only 3 years old, his father abandoned his family. Keanu spent his school years at four different high schools while struggling with dyslexia. He eventually graduated but lost his best friend at the age of 23 to a drug overdose, his first child to a miscarriage, and the love of his life to a car accident. When it seemed like things couldn’t get any worse for Keanu, his sister was also diagnosed with leukemia.Thankfully, his sister recovered, but Keanu has dedicated his life to helping others. The internet is resplendent with stories of his generosity. One Reddit user, bo2dd2, explains: “Back in the late 90s and fresh out of college I got my first job as an assistant prop designer on the set of Chain Reaction (Keanu was a supporting actor with Morgan Freeman). Advertisementlast_img read more