Most Brazilians think Neymar is innocent Poll

first_imgRio De Janeiro: Most Brazilians believe Neymar did not rape a woman who has accused him of sexual assault, a poll showed on Friday, with more than 60 percent of respondents declaring him innocent. The injured star striker has been flooded with messages of support on social media from his millions of followers as the scandal dominates headlines and conversations in the soccer-mad country, days before it hosts the Copa America. Neymar, who has strongly denied the allegations, was forced out of the tournament after spraining his ankle in Brazil’s 2-0 win over Qatar in a friendly on Wednesday. In the days after the alleged rape scandal erupted last Saturday, Parana Pesquisas asked 2,071 Brazilians if they thought Neymar was guilty or innocent of the accusation. Nearly 63 percent said he was innocent, while only 14 percent thought he was guilty of raping Najila Trindade Mendes de Souza in a Paris hotel in May. More than half of those surveyed were women and nearly 60% of them said he was innocent.last_img read more

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93 terrorists killed in JK since Pulwama attack Govt tells RS

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 93 terrorists have been neutralised by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir since the Pulwama terror attack, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy informed the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.The minister said as compared to the corresponding period of 2018, the first half of this year has witnessed a reduction in terrorists initiated incidents by 28 per cent, reduction in net infiltration by 43 per cent and increase in neutralisation of terrorists by 22 per cent. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”Till date, 93 terrorists have been neutralised by the security forces since Pulwama attack,” he said in a written reply. Reddy said investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the attack so far has resulted in the identification of the conspirators, the suicide attacker and the vehicle provider. “The operations on ground have resulted in neutralisation of the conspirator, his associate and the vehicle owner,” he said. Forty CRPF personnel were killed when a suicide bomber driving a van rammed into a CRPF convoy at Pulwama on February 14.last_img read more

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Mukherjee Nagar incident Two Delhi Police cops suspended for unprofessional behaviour

first_imgNew Delhi: Two Delhi Police constables were dismissed from services on Wednesday for “unprofessional behaviour” after an inquiry report into the incident in which a Sikh tempo driver was thrashed in Mukherjee Nagar area proved them at fault, police said. The accident between a ‘Gramin Sewa’ tempo and a police vehicle occurred on June 16, following which an argument broke out between the Sikh tempo driver and policemen, which soon turned out to be violent. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn one of the videos, the Sikh man was purportedly seen chasing some policemen with a sword in his hand, while in another video the two constables were purportedly seen thrashing him with batons. Three policemen were suspended on June 16 in connection with the incident. However, an inquiry conducted by a senior police officer found the two suspended constables — Pushpendra Shekhawat and Satya Prakash — at fault, following which they were dismissed from services. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAccording to the inquiry report, Shekhawat, who was posted at the Mukherjee Nagar police station, had kicked Sardar Sarabjeet Singh on the upper part of his body with his shoes even after he was unarmed, and pinned down to the ground. Further, Prakash, deputed for patrolling duty in the Mukherjee Nagar police station on June 16, had also kicked Singh on his upper part of the body with his shoes while he was being dragged to the police station, the report said. The above act on the part of Shekhawat and Prakash is “unprovoked, indiscreet and highly unprofessional” and that too in full public view, such act is contrary to the training imparted to them. The use of feet and shoes to hit an already overpowered person is an “uncivil and abhorrent act”, it said.Such act by a few individuals portrays police in poor light, especially the Delhi Police, from which people have high expectations, police said.”They have been dismissed to set an example for others to learn and desist from such aggressive and unprofessional behaviour, which portrays bad image of Delhi Police. Not only these constables are likely to indulge in such acts in the future but also their possibility of influencing witnesses to gain undue favours during regular departmental proceedings is strong,” police said.last_img read more

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Focus on heritage with respect to contemporary times

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta University has made an elaborate plan of viewing heritage in accordance with the contemporary times focusing upon core issues and approaches relating to the tangible and intangible, movable and immovable heritage. The Centre for Public Humanities proposed by Calcutta University has laid special emphasis on rethinking of heritage exploring various sub themes like musealisation of community heritage, collections, archives, public archeology, sites and landscapes, religious sects, heritage organisations, legislations and tangible categories like traditions, art and culture, oral history, minorities and migrant communities. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The main effort will be to trace the development and positioning of heritage as a public enterprise and fountainhead of social values. Studies on the history of Kolkata will be encouraged but the horizon may be expanded to South and South East Asia and Asia as a whole,” a senior official in the Arts faculty of CU said. The CU museum has a strong tradition of collecting classical as well as regional art and craft objects. “We have plans to modernize the museum to create a platform in which the tangible results could be displayed before the public. Such platform would also be utilised for bringing heritage movement actors, custodians of popular and intangible traditions, and broader publics into conversation with academics,” he added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayApart from heritage, there are nine other broad areas that will be taken up by the proposed Centre to encourage research activities on humanities which are innovative, transparent and accessible to public. This includes- governance, Public Economics and Public Policy, Business- Society Interface, Information Network Dynamics, Literature- Society Dialectics, Inclusive Pedagogy, Religion and Applied Ethics, Digital Humanities, New Technology, Media and Public Communication and University Press and Publishing. “At various levels and across time and space community oriented research has been sourced from the university. But as it has been done in a segmented manner it has not been foregrounded in the way Public Humanities does. So we decided to set up such a Centre,” said Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, vice chancellor of CU. The DPR on the activities of the Public Humanities Centre as well as a Centre for Innovation and Societal Applications has already been prepared. The university is getting Rs 50 crores fund under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) which will be utilised for setting up the two centres.last_img read more

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Oracle Microsoft expand Cloud ties to boost office productivity

first_imgSan Francisco: In a bid to boost workplace productivity, Oracle and Microsoft have expanded Cloud partnership in which the integration of Oracle Digital Assistant with Microsoft Teams will give Microsoft 365 customers access to Oracle Cloud Applications through conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI). Enterprise customers can now access Oracle Cloud Applications through an AI-powered voice experience in Teams, the companies announced during “OpenWorld” conference here on Tuesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “Using Oracle Digital Assistant, business users can simply and conversationally interact with business applications directly from their Microsoft Teams interface just as they would collaborate with their fellow employees or other productivity tools,” said Suhas Uliyar, Vice President, AI and Digital Assistant, Oracle. The integration of Oracle Digital Assistant and Teams provides customers with a frictionless work environment to boost productivity and faster decision making. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “Together, Oracle Digital Assistant and Teams enable our customers to transform existing workflows and save time,” said Bhrighu Sareen, General Manager, Microsoft Teams Platform. In the future, out-of-the-box skills or chatbots for Oracle ERP Cloud, Oracle HCM Cloud and Oracle CX Cloud are planned to be available in Teams via the Oracle Digital Assistant. These pre-built features can enable employee self-service for scenarios spanning sales, project management, expenses, productivity, time and absence management, compensation and benefits, and recruiting. “We’ve been working closely with our partner IntraSee to create a HR digital assistant for our global employee base and Oracle Digital Assistant was the natural choice for us because of its ability to securely operate in our hybrid cloud infrastructure,” said Mark Burgess, Senior Director, HR Technology Solutions, Honeywell.last_img read more

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Quebec in spat with group representing Canadas generic pharmaceutical industry

first_imgQUEBEC – The association representing Canada’s generic pharmaceutical industry is slamming the Quebec government’s plan to resort to tendering in order to get cheaper generic prescription drugs.Health Minister Gaetan Barrette said Wednesday the government will proceed with tendering as of July 1.He said talks with the industry fell apart after its representatives walked away without giving a reason.Without accusing pharmaceutical companies of collusion, Barrette did say prices are often “very similar from one company to another, which is very surprising.”Jim Keon, president of the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association, said the organization gave Quebec a proposal earlier this month that would enable the province to save $1.5 billion over five years.“The proposal includes further price discounts on top-selling generic prescription drugs and additional savings through the launch of new cost-saving generic medicines,” Keon said in a statement.He said the government has instead decided to proceed with a “risky tendering scheme” that could threaten jobs as well as the supply of cost-saving generic pharmaceutical products.The association argues that limiting the number of suppliers for a given product increases the risk of drug shortages and could lead to higher prices in the long term as manufacturers are forced out of the market.It says Quebec’s generic pharmaceutical industry supports 4,100 direct jobs and creates a direct economic impact of $769 million.The order that represents Quebec’s pharmacists acknowledges drug costs are too high but says changing one drug for another could bother some patients.“Take epileptics for example,” Ordre des pharmaciens du Quebec president Bertrand Bolduc told The Canadian Press. “Do we want to change something that works? I’m not sure.“Do we want to change things for mental-health patients who are sometimes confused just by a change of colour in their pills? I’m not sure.“Let’s go about it intelligently and gradually.”last_img read more

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Canadas Landmark Cinemas chain sold to Belgian firm for 123 million

first_imgCALGARY – Canada’s second-largest chain of movie theatres is being sold to a Belgian firm for about $123 million.Calgary-based Landmark Cinemas says a deal to be purchased by Kinepolis Group of Ghent, Belgium, is expected to close by year-end if it receives Canadian regulatory approvals.Landmark, founded in 1965, operates 44 cinemas and a total of 303 screens in Western Canada, Ontario and the Yukon.Kinepolis reports in a news release that Landmark expects adjusted earnings of $17 million this year. It said it posted $156 million in revenue in 2016, with 58 per cent from ticket sales, 38 per cent from sales of snacks and beverages and 2.5 per cent from screen advertising.Current management will remain in place to oversee Landmark and its 1,450 employees, Kinepolis says, adding it will transfer its “self-learning and self-innovating company culture” to the new organization.Kinepolis says it has 48 cinemas and 500 screens in Belgium, Netherlands, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Poland.last_img read more

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RCMP charge three inmates with murder in death of Stony Mountain prisoner

first_imgSTONY MOUNTAIN, Man. – Manitoba RCMP say they have arrested three prison inmates in the death of a fellow prisoner who was serving a life term for killing a woman.On Sunday, Max Maurice Richard from the federal Stony Mountain Institution was sent to hospital after a fight at the prison and later died of his injuries.RCMP say Victor Ross, Michael Okemow, and Wilfred Cook have each been charged with second-degree murder.Richard was twice convicted of second-degree murder in the 2011 death of 24-year-old April Hornbrook, who the Crown argued was stomped to death after she refused to have sex with him.He was sentenced last January to life in prison with no chance of parole for 13 years.RCMP say three other inmates have been charged with attempted murder in an assault on another inmate, who suffered non-life threatening injuriesThe accused include Anthony Mitchell, James Sinclair, and Michael Roulette.last_img read more

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Health ministers meet in Winnipeg to talk over cannabis pharmacare

first_imgWINNIPEG – Provincial and territorial health ministers say they are interested in exploring a national pharmacare program and other initiatives — but only if the federal government pays its share.At the end of the first day of their annual meeting, several health ministers called on Ottawa to put up more money if it wants a pharmacare program, new mental-health treatments and opioid addictions services.“The No. 1 question today (is) what funding role will Ottawa be taking,” Quebec’s Gaetan Barrette said Thursday.“We want to provide more services. We understand what’s at stake. We understand the need. We also live on a daily basis with limitations we have … because of funding.”Barrette said the issue would be discussed further on Friday when federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor and Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott were to join the discussion.The provincial ministers said Ottawa’s annual health-transfer increases, which were reduced last year to three per cent from six per cent — are not keeping up with the rising cost of health care.Alberta’s Sarah Hoffman said new health programs could be helped by the Trans Mountain pipeline project. The federal government agreed to buy the existing pipeline, expansion project and terminals from Kinder Morgan Canada for $4.5 billion after the company threatened to walk away in April.“Projects like Trans Mountain, that bring in $15 billion in national revenue and 15,000 jobs, will go a long way to helping us move forward on these important health initiatives,” she said.Alberta refused to endorse the official statement stemming from a meeting of the western premiers in May because it didn’t include support for the pipeline. Hoffman said it was “so good to be back at the table” at the health ministers meeting.Manitoba’s Kelvin Goertzen said he is disappointed Ottawa has not released an extensive public awareness campaign to warn Canadians about dangers associated with cannabis consumption. With legalization of recreational pot coming Oct. 17, it’s incumbent on the federal government to warn people about the dangers of cannabis consumption, he said.“We’ve been disappointed that the awareness campaign, nationally, hasn’t been what we might have expected, but certainly we are hopeful … that that might change.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version dropped the last part of the federal health minister’s name.last_img read more

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Ottawa Alberta reach agreement on funding proposal for Calgary 2026 Olympic bid

first_imgCALGARY – Calgary city council will decide Wednesday whether a last-minute revamping of financial terms is enough to save a potential bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.A bid seemed destined for the dustbin after Tuesday’s meeting of the city’s Olympic assessment committee.Coun. Evan Woolley, who chaired the committee, brought forth motions to kill the bid and cancel a Nov. 13 plebiscite asking Calgarians if they want the Games or not.Those motions were referred to Wednesday’s council meeting.Woolley said the provincial and federal governments and the city could not come to a cost-sharing agreement on the $3-billion public investment asked for by the bid corporation Calgary 2026, which had estimated the total cost of hosting the Games at $5.2 billion.“The gap is too large,” Woolley said.But Calgary 2026 announced Tuesday night that an agreement was reached between the federal and provincial governments to consider a new funding proposal.The public investment required was reduced by $125 million to $2.875 billion, reducing the total estimated cost to $5.075 billion.Calgary 2026 chief executive officer Mary Moran said working with the RCMP produced $115 million in savings in the security budget and another $40 million in essential services.Under the revamped terms, the Alberta government’s commitment of $700 million would remain the same.The Canadian government’s contribution would be $1.453 billion in 2018 dollars, not the $1.75 billion in 2026 dollars the feds had offered.The remainder would be covered by the city in a breakdown that includes $370 million in cash, plus another $20 million augmenting a premium on a $200-million insurance policy against cost over-runs, for a total of $390 million.The city’s previous commitment to spend $150 million on improvements in the Victoria Park and Stampede Park area — the site of the proposed athletes’ village and potentially a new NHL arena — was also included in the city’s 2026 contribution.Calgary 2026 released a document signed by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and federal Sports Minister Kirsty Duncan agreeing to the new terms.“This is a proposal that makes sense and is a good deal for Calgarians,” Calgary 2026 board chair Scott Hutcheson said in a statement. “I’m confident we and our government partners can agree to move forward and reach an agreement in principle.“I know city council understands how important this is to Calgary, that they know what’s at stake here, and that they will show their strong leadership and allow Calgarians to decide the outcome of the Olympic and Paralympic bid at a plebiscite November 13.“These will be Canada’s games, Calgary’s choice.”Calgary 2026 was organizing a pro-Olympic rally to be held in front of city hall Wednesday morning.Advance voting for the plebiscite is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.Mayor Naheed Nenshi wasn’t ready to call Calgary’s bid for 2026 dead Tuesday.“If you know me, you know I am a Canadian football fan and in the CFL you often get that last field goal in the very last second going through the uprights,” the mayor said after the committee meeting.“What council has to do … is determine whether there’s enough there for Calgarians to vote on two weeks from today, or if they feel that the clock has in fact run out without the field goal.”Nenshi was not immediately available for comment Tuesday night.Calgary was the host city of the 1988 Winter Olympics. The venues still used for international and domestic competition and training are the foundation of a second bid.Calgary 2026 estimated $502 million would be required to get those venues Olympic-ready again.Moran predicted hosting the Games again would bring $4.4 billion into the local economy.The bid corporation says it has built $1.1 billion in capital and operational contingency funds into its draft host plan.The International Olympic Committee has committed $1.2 billion in cash and services to the 2026 host city.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the incorrect figure to get Calgary’s venues Olympic ready.last_img read more

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Trudeau not among world leaders meeting with Saudi Crown prince at G20

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Justin Trudeau will meet today with two world leaders who spoke directly to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince at the G20 summit, but the prime minister has not had direct contact with Mohammed bin Salman himself.Trudeau is set to hold bilateral meetings with British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President French President Emmanuel Macron at the meeting held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.All eyes have been on the Saudi crown prince during the trip, which marks his first major overseas appearance since the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October.May’s office says the prime minister stressed to Salman the importance of ensuring those responsible for the “appalling murder” of Khashoggi are held to account.Macron also came face-to-face with the Saudi crown prince, and an official said the tense exchange captured on video shows the president’s firm stance.On Thursday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Canada was imposing sanctions on 17 Saudi Arabian nationals the government deems linked to Khashoggi’s killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Canadian couple safe after witnessing kidnapping of American tourist in Uganda

first_imgKAMPALA, Uganda — An elderly Canadian couple came face-to-face with armed gunmen while on safari in Uganda this week, but managed to escape unharmed.Global Affairs Canada confirms two Canadian citizens were present during an ambush of tourists in the country on Tuesday.Spokesman Richard Walker says the couple are safe and have been provided with consular services.Ugandan security forces are searching for a U.S. citizen and a local driver who were abducted in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and authorities say the kidnappers have demanded a $500,000 ransom.Police say the kidnapped American is a 35-year-old woman.Abductions in Uganda’s protected areas are rare. Queen Elizabeth National Park, in southwest Uganda along the porous border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a popular safari destination.— with files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Canada suspends operations at embassy in Venezuela

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada suspended operations at its embassy in Venezuela on Sunday, saying President Nicolas Maduro’s regime has made it impossible for diplomats to continue working.In a statement, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canadian diplomats’ visas are set to expire at the end of June and cannot be renewed.Freeland says Ottawa is now evaluating the status of Venezuelan diplomats in Canada.The Canadian government has been a vocal critic of Maduro, calling him a dictator who stole an election.Instead, Canada has backed opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself Venezuela’s interim leader at the beginning of this year.Freeland says that through its work with the Lima Group — a bloc that includes Canada and more than a dozen Latin American countries — the government will continue to advocate for democracy in the South American nation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Paul McCartney Joins Call For Global Ban On Animal Tests For Cosmetics

first_imgFormer Beatle and long-time BUAV supporter Sir Paul McCartney has applauded the animal organization’s successful campaign to secure an animal testing ban for cosmetics in the European Union, and is now backing Cruelty Free International’s work for a global ban on cosmetics tests on animals.
Sir Paul McCartney said: “I have supported Cruelty Free International’s founding organization, the BUAV, over the years with its campaign to end cosmetics testing on animals. I am so proud to be part of this historic event and congratulate Cruelty Free International for succeeding in taking the cruelty out of beauty across the European Union. Together we have made a huge difference, yet animals continue to suffer because over 80% of the world still allows cosmetics testing on animals. I am now supporting Cruelty Free International with its campaign to seek a global ban to ensure that animals do not suffer for the sake of beauty anywhere in the world.”Sir Paul McCartney joins Cruelty Free International celebrity supporters Joss Stone, and Global Ambassadors Peter Dinklage and Ricky Gervais.In March 2013, the final phase of the European Cosmetics Directive came into force, banning all animal testing from taking place anywhere in the world for cosmetics products to be sold in the EU. A ban on cosmetics animal testing has already been in place in the EU for a number of years. This significant historical milestone was achieved after over twenty years of campaigning by Cruelty Free International’s founding organization, the BUAV.Despite progress in some areas, over 80% of countries around the world still allow animal tests for cosmetics, including the U.S., Australia, Korea, Japan and India. Some countries, including China, actually require animal tests before products can be sold there. Sir Paul McCartney and Cruelty Free International are joining forces to work for a global ban.Cruelty Free International Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, stated: “We have been grateful for the support of Sir Paul over the years for our campaign to end cosmetics testing in the EU. We are delighted that he will now join us on our global mission to end the use of animals to test cosmetics worldwide.”Cruelty Free International works with governments, regulators, companies and partner organizations worldwide and has placed the issue of animal testing on the agenda of many governments for the very first time as part of a global strategy to tackle product testing on animals. With offices in London, Boston and Singapore, Cruelty Free International is applying its determination and vision on a global stage to repeat its success in Europe worldwide.Find out how to get involved here.last_img read more

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Farm Aid 2014 To Be Televised Live Exclusively On AXS TV

first_imgFarm Aid announced today that AXS TV will be the exclusive television broadcaster of Farm Aid 2014, to be presented live in high definition (HD) on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. EDT/4 p.m. PDT.This partnership brings the concert experience to fans who are unable to attend the sold-out family farm festival at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh, N.C.“Farm Aid is excited to partner with AXS TV for the first time in our history,” said Jennifer Fahy, communications director at Farm Aid. “We’re glad farmers, music fans and eaters across the country can join our celebration of music, good food and family farmers and call for a strong family farm food system.”Farm Aid 2014 will feature live performances by Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson and board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, as well as performances recorded earlier in the day from additional Farm Aid artists including Jack White, Gary Clark Jr., Jamey Johnson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Delta Rae and more.In addition, the webcast, “Farm Aid 2014 Presented by Amy’s Kitchen,” will stream at www.farmaid.org.Furthermore, Willie Nelson’s SiriusXM channel (56), Willie’s Roadhouse, will air live from Farm Aid 2014, beginning at 12 p.m. EDT. SiriusXM’s Dallas Wayne will host backstage interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage of the event.Festival fans can put the entire Farm Aid experience in the palm of their hands with the official Farm Aid 2014 mobile app, which is now available for iPhone and Android devices. Fans can view the entire Farm Aid 2014 schedule and add artists, workshops and artist briefings to make their own personalized schedule for the day. To download the app, visit www.farmaid.org/app.For more information about joining the #Road2FarmAid, visit www.farmaid.org/Road2FarmAid.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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Elton John AIDS Foundations Joins Forces With US Presidents Emergency Plan For

first_imgThe Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) are today launching a $10 million partnership that will provide grants to organisations working to meet the HIV-related needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people, with an initial focus on sub-Saharan Africa.The new partnership, which will see EJAF and PEPFAR each invest $5 million to improve access to HIV services for LGBT people and help to create non-stigmatizing environments by working with community leaders, civil society, and service providers. By providing funding to grassroots organisations and targeting projects that support LGBT people within countries with a high HIV burden, the move marks an important step toward ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.The Elton John AIDS Foundation’s founder, Sir Elton John, said “Our goal is to build a quick, nimble and easily accessible fund which can get funds to the most effective public health organisations doing some of the most important work among the most at risk groups. Today’s announcement marks the culmination of tireless work from both sides to best support those helping the communities around the world which are often the hardest to support through societal stigma and discrimination.”“We will only achieve an AIDS-free generation and ensure that no one is left behind if all people have non-discriminatory access to HIV/AIDS services,” added U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Deborah L. Birx. “We are proud to partner with Sir Elton John and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Together, we are putting words into action and calling on other partners to join us in meeting the urgent HIV-related needs of LGBT people and stopping stigma in its tracks.”The announcement was delivered at a celebration at the London residence of Matthew Barzun, the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Ambassador Barzun said: “Step by step, day by day, people are doing the hard work on the ground to pave the way for an AIDS-free generation, and we’re proud to stand with them. We need the passion of people and the power of government to come together to finally eradicate HIV.”last_img read more

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David Lynch Foundation To Host The Super Mind Conversation

first_imgThe David Lynch Foundation is hosting “The Super Mind Conversation,” featuring bestselling author and psychiatrist Norman E. Rosenthal, MD, at free public events in New York City, Washington, DC, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago and Iowa—May 17, 19, 21, 25, 26, 27, respectively (see below) ) to promote his latest book, Super Mind: How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life through Transcendental Meditation (TarcherPerigee hard cover on sale, May 17).He shares the stage with iconic political reporter Candy Crowley in Washington, DC on May 19, and celebrated filmmaker David Lynch in Los Angeles on May 25.Dr. Rosenthal is the Georgetown University Medical School psychiatrist and NIH researcher who first diagnosed Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and prescribed the light therapy to treat it. His new book Super Mind opens the door to peak performance through Transcendental Meditation.According to Dr. Rosenthal, Transcendental Meditation is a powerful tool for overcoming stress — even severe PTSD — and enriching all areas of life. In Super Mind, he weaves the latest clinical research together with the results of over 600 personal interviews he conducted to define the Super Mind state, which is achieved by meditators through their regular practice. They sought (and many achieved) an expanded state of consciousness that enabled them to excel in their careers and relationships and become “super performers” like well-known TMers Hugh Jackman, Arianna Huffington, Barry Zito, Katy Perry, Jerry Seinfeld, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Martin Scorsese, Cameron Diaz, and Russell Brand.“I thought I’d shared all I had to say about TM in Transcendence, but I was very wrong. The personal growth continues to unfold in terms of success and synchronistic good luck accompanied by inner happiness and peace. It feels like the perfect antidote for the craziness that’s all around us!” Dr. Rosenthal says.Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School and the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestselling author of books including Transcendence and The Gift of Adversity. He conducted research at the National Institute of Mental Health as a senior researcher for more than twenty years, and was the first psychiatrist to describe and diagnose Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). His current work studying the effects of botulinum toxin as a treatment for depression has earned him national attention in the media and in the world of psychology.Robert Roth is Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation, a 501c3 charity which has brought meditation to over 500,000 inner-city youth in underserved schools in 35 countries, to veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress and their families, and women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.Super Mind national tour (open to the public, free of charge):New York: MAY 17, 2PM Katonah Village Library 26 Bedford Rd, Katonah, NY 10536New York City: MAY 17, 7PM Swedenborgian Church (The New Church) 114 E 35th St, New York, NY 10016Washington, DC: MAY 19, 8PM Avalon Theater 5612 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015Coral Gables: MAY 21, 2PM Books and Books Auditorium 265 Aragon Avenue Coral Gables, FL 33134Los Angeles: MAY 25, 7PM Sofitel Hotel 8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048Chicago: MAY 26, 7PM Center on Halsted – Hoover-Leppen Theater – 3656 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60613Iowa: MAY 27, 7PM Dalby Hall, Maharishi University of Management Campus Fairfield, IA 52556Find out more here.last_img read more

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Emmy Rossum To Speak At High School About Bridging The Political Divide

first_imgOn Saturday, October 28th, Emmy Rossum, the actress and women’s rights activist best-known for her role as Fiona in Shameless, will be speaking at Marlborough High School in Los Angeles urging young people to have political conversations beyond party lines.Rossum will be joined by Mark Mckinnon, Co-Founder of No Labels, political advisor to George Bush, John McCain, and Jeb Bush. Rossum and Mckinnon were brought together by one of LA’s own high school students on a mission to create unity and bridge the political divide.Clara Nevins, a senior at the prestigious Marlborough School, co-founded Bridge the Divide with Joseph Touma, a Young Republican at Huntington High School in Huntington, West Virginia. Through its op-eds, mediated discussions and in-person events, the site hosts politically-active students from 22 countries who are engaging in politically diverse debates.During the Bridge the Divide Converge Conference, student leaders will come together from all over the country at the Marlborough School in Los Angeles, California in pursuit of a unified nation. In a time of great divide in our country, it is important that young people learn to step outside of social media echo-chambers and engage with one another IRL.last_img read more

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World Lion Day Joanna Lumley Backs New Sanctuary In Africa To Help

first_imgA celebrity-backed appeal has been launched for World Lion Day (10 August) to help Animal Defenders International (ADI) build a new wildlife sanctuary in South Africa.Providing a much-needed refuge for lions in their natural homeland, the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary will also help raise awareness of the needs of lions and other wild animals, and the threats they face both in the wild and captivity.Actress and national treasure Joanna Lumley said: “Bravo to Animal Defenders International for providing sanctuary to animals in desperate need. Please support this wonderful cause and help provide a home from home for animals who have known only suffering and pain.”US actor and television legend Ed Asner is also backing the new sanctuary: “Animals deserve to live free, not be exploited for entertainment. That’s why I support the work of Animal Defenders International, and their new sanctuary, a place these animals can at last experience love and kindness.”The first residents at the 450+ acre sanctuary will be five lions – Tarzan, Tanya, Kimba, Nena and Sasha – rescued by ADI from circuses in Guatemala following a ban on animal acts. Just as the organisation has done in Bolivia and Peru, ADI is assisting the authorities with enforcement of the new law. Setting up and running a temporary rescue centre in the country, an experienced ADI team is caring for the lions until their relocation later this year.Rescuing large numbers of animals – more than 100 were saved from circuses and the illegal wildlife trade in Peru – presents a challenge of sanctuary space. After years of investing in habitats for animals rescued from Colombia, Chile, Portugal, Mozambique, Bolivia and Peru, it was time for ADI to set up its own sanctuary, enabling the group to help even more animals. Having cared for rescued big cats in South Africa for more than 20 years, the country was a natural choice.ADI President Jan Creamer said, “Having experienced a life of fear, pain and deprivation, animals coming home to the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary will enjoy a life of peace and freedom, in an environment as close to nature as possible. We hope the public and businesses alike will help ADI give animals in need a better life.”To support the ADI Wildlife Sanctuary, donate here.For sponsorship opportunities please contact angiegreenaway@ad-international.orgLions are extinct in 27 countries and possibly extinct in 7 others, with numbers across the world estimated to be as low as 23,000 individuals, compared to around 200,000 in Africa in the 1980s. It is thought that within 30 years the African lion could disappear from the wild unless urgent action is taken. Vulnerable to extinction due to hunting and habitat loss, lions are also under threat due to persecution by livestock farmers.Efforts to protect species in the wild can be undermined, research has shown, by animals being presented as objects of fun and within a human environment, such as a circus where lions spend their lives in bare cages on the back of a truck, unable to exhibit their natural behaviours and forced to perform tricks.Many of the lions rescued by ADI were mutilated in the circus to remove their claws and suffered damaged teeth; others have sight or balance problems caused by blows to the head.45 countries around the world have introduced prohibitions on animals in circuses to date. Given the constant travel and their temporary nature, circuses cannot provide animals with adequate facilities to keep them physically or psychologically healthy. Welfare is always compromised. Animals in circuses can also be subjected to brutal training methods and violence – wherever ADI has conducted an undercover investigation in the UK and around the world it has documented acts of abuse.last_img read more

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A journey through time with Eric McCormack

first_imgAdvertisement “If I could come back from the future, first I’d get a freaking haircut for one thing,” says McCormack, 53, in an interview in an office building by the Toronto waterfront. “But if Trump ever became president I’d certainly be spending a lot more time in Vancouver.”The Canadian actor, based in L.A., recently did a bit of sitcom-themed time-travelling lately, reuniting with the cast of NBC’s Will & Grace to do a nine-minute spot about the upcoming American election. Ten years after their show went off the air, McCormack got together with co-stars Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally with a message to vote.In the online segment, which trended on social media, Karen (Mullally) announces that she is voting for Trump. “Make America Bueno Again!” she enthuses. Will and Grace try to convince her otherwise. If Eric McCormack lived in the future and could send his consciousness to the present day to prevent the destruction of the universe as we know it, whose body would he inhabit?If it’s 2016, then you must be talking about presidential candidate Donald Trump. Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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