School students visit Traffic Control Room learn nuances

first_imgKolkata: A group of students from Saint Xavier’s Collegiate School, along with few of their teachers, were shown the Traffic Control Room (TCR) at Lalbazar on Saturday and were sensitised about the traffic norms on Saturday.According to sources, on Saturday afternoon, 40 students and few teachers of Saint Xavier’s Collegiate School were taken to the TCR as part of their educational tour. During their visit, they were told about the functions of the Traffic Control Room. A police official was in-charge of briefing the students and teachers. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaFollowing this, the students learnt about the use of modern technology involved in the management of traffic. They were briefed about how the equipment, such as speed laser gun, speed camera, breath analyzer and others, functioned. Also, they were shown how the traffic signals turned red to green and vice versa. They also interacted with Deputy Commissioner, Traffic, Pandey Santosh. During the interaction, several questions were put across to Santosh. A few of them were about driving licenses and traffic congestion in the city. “Few of the students asked how congestion occurs and how we manage to tackle the situation. They also asked about how a driving license can be obtained and other related questions. They were also shown how our Red Light Violation Detector (RLVD), speed camera and other equipment work. We also had a brief discussion with the teachers about traffic congestion during the rush hours,” said Santosh.last_img read more

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BJP destroying social harmony economic growth in this environment not possible Yechury

first_imgNew Delhi: Accusing the BJP of injecting “venom” into society and forwarding the RSS’ “fascist agenda”, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Wednesday said economic growth could not happen in this environment. Continuing his attack on the BJP over lack of jobs and the state of the economy, Yechury in a series of tweets said the government was not addressing the issues plaguing the country. “If you work actively to destroy social harmony and inject venom into society as the BJP has done, there is no chance of any jobs being available for there shall not be any economic growth in such an environment. “Unemployment is at its highest in 50 years. Ironically, instead of tackling urgently the tumbling economy, the large-scale closures, and the laying off of jobs, dealing with the livelihoods of crores of people, the intention of this govt is to carry forward RSS’ fascistic agenda,” he said.last_img read more

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Govt withdraws Manmohan Singhs SPG cover

first_imgNew Delhi: The government has withdrawn the SPG protection given to former prime minister Manmohan Singh following a review by multiple security agencies, officials said on Monday. Singh, who was India’s prime minister from 2004 and 2014, will continue to enjoy Z plus security cover — one of the highest — to be given by one of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), preferably by the CRPF, they said. “The current security cover review is a periodical and professional exercise based on threat perception that is purely based on professional assessment by security agencies. Dr. Manmohan Singh continues to have Z+ security cover,” a home ministry spokesperson said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The decision to withdraw the security provided by the Special Protection Group (SPG), the country’s highest grade of protection, was taken after a three-month review involving the Cabinet Secretariat and the Ministry of Home Affairs with inputs from various intelligence agencies. With the removal of SPG cover from Singh, the top notch security cover will now be given by the SPG only to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Gandhis — Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka.last_img read more

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It takes special substance to be compassionate

first_imgMumbai: Actor Anushka Sharma has taken inspiration from her father Ajay Kumar Sharma to promote positivity. She says her father taught her to do the right thing and have compassion as it takes special substance to be compassionate. “My dad always told me two things – do the right thing always and have compassion in your heart no matter the circumstances. It takes special substance to be compassionate. This world is a circle of life. What goes around comes right back around,” she said. Anushka, recently, released a video property called ‘Happy Tweets’ in which she read out positive tweets on social media. On the Bollywood front, the 31-year-old actor was last seen on screen in Zero alongside superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif.last_img read more

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Revenge talk between four men just macho nonsense murder trial hears

first_imgTORONTO – Three men who sent each other text messages advocating revenge against a rival were simply engaging in “macho nonsense,” not plotting a murder, a defence lawyer told a Toronto courtroom Wednesday.All the messages show is “people play-acting like they’re in a Scorsese movie or something” in order to appear tough, lawyer Alan Gold said.And while the group may have wanted retribution against John Raposo, they sought to get it by stealing a shipment of drugs worth millions of dollars from him, not by having him killed, he said.“It was a drug conversation, not a killing conversation,” the lawyer argued in his closing submissions.Prosecutors allege a thirst for money and revenge led the men, all of whom were involved in cocaine trafficking, to orchestrate a hit on Raposo, who was also a drug trader.They argue the group believed Raposo had ratted one of them out to authorities, which resulted in a raid.The Crown alleges Nicola Nero, Martino Caputo and Rabih Alkhalil were the masterminds of the plan, while a fourth accused, Dean Wiwchar, was the contract killer tasked with carrying out the job.It’s alleged Wiwchar came from Vancouver and dressed up as a construction worker — complete with hard hat, reflective vest and dust mask, as well as a wig — to shoot Raposo in the head and neck in broad daylight.All four are charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, to which they have pleaded not guilty.Raposo was fatally shot on the patio of the Sicilian Sidewalk Cafe on the afternoon of June 18, 2012, as soccer fans gathered to watch a Euro Cup game.Wiwchar was arrested three days later. Nero and Caputo were arrested in early 2013 — the latter in Germany — and Alkhalil was arrested in Greece the following year.During trial, jurors saw a series of encrypted messages intercepted by police as part of an investigation into Nero’s alleged drug activities.Earlier Wednesday, the Crown argued those messages linked the four accused, who addressed each other by nicknames, and laid out their plans for Rapozo’s death.In at least one of those messages, Nero called Raposo a “rat” who deserved to die for the harm he had caused.“This is macho trash talk from a bunch of criminals,” Gold, who represents Nero, told the court.Saying you want someone dead doesn’t make you a party to murder, he said, arguing there is “simply no evidence of him doing anything.”What’s more, roughly a quarter of the text conversations presented in court don’t even include Nero because they were sent after May 23, 2012 — the day he was arrested on drug charges and put behind bars, where he remains to this day, the lawyer said.Gold urged the jury not to be swayed by the fact that his client was far from an upstanding citizen, with a “deplorable lifestyle of illegal money,” saying none of that makes him a murderer.Defence lawyers for Caputo, Alkhalil and Wiwchar are expected to give their closing submissions Thursday.last_img read more

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No winning ticket for Friday nights 10 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $10 million dollar jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on July 28 will grow to approximately $15 million.last_img

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Privacy czar blames RCMP after woman denied entry to US over suicide

first_imgOTTAWA – A Canadian woman was turned back at the U.S. border after information about her suicide attempt was inappropriately shared with American officials through an RCMP-administered database, the federal privacy watchdog says.The incident is just one illustration of how government agencies and private businesses must do a better job of safeguarding personal data in the digital era, privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien said Thursday.Reforms are needed to strengthen the federal privacy law that covers government agencies as well as the companion law for private-sector organizations, said Therrien, who wants new order-making powers and the ability to levy fines, bringing Canada in line with many provincial and international counterparts.“It is not enough for the government to say that privacy is important while taking no systemic measures to protect it,” the commissioner said in his annual report tabled in Parliament.“An overwhelming majority of Canadians are concerned about how the digital revolution is infringing on their right to privacy. They do not feel protected by laws that have no teeth and organizations that are held to no more than non-binding recommendations.”Therrien said he won’t wait for legislative changes, and will begin to improve privacy protections by:— Initiating more investigations on his own, rather than waiting for public complaints, given that his office is often better placed to identify emerging problems;— Specifying four key elements that must be highlighted in privacy notices, which are now often incomprehensible: the information being collected, who it is being shared with, the reasons for collection, use and sharing, and the risk of harm to people;— Spelling out information collection and handling practices that should be prohibited because they’re likely to cause significant harm to people.Therrien’s latest report comes amid almost daily headlines about digital breaches of personal information due to lax practices by companies and government agencies.in it, the commissioner describes lapses involving the information-sharing provisions of controversial anti-terrorism legislation, a federal web tool intended to stimulate discussion of electoral reform and the dysfunctional Phoenix payroll system.In the attempted suicide case, Therrien’s investigation found the sensitive information was uploaded to the national police database known as CPIC by the Toronto police service, which had responded when the woman called 911.Certain information in CPIC is shared with American law-enforcement agencies under an agreement between the RCMP and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. The privacy commissioner therefore concluded the Mounties are responsible for ensuring this sharing complies with the Privacy Act.The information about the attempted suicide was recorded by Toronto police to help officers should they encounter the woman in future. But U.S. Customs and Border Protection used the information for an entirely different purpose — a violation of Canada’s privacy law, the commissioner found.“We concluded that information about an attempted suicide can only be shared with U.S. border officials where the individual can reasonably be considered to present a risk to others,” the watchdog said.In other investigations, Therrien found:— There were significant record-keeping deficiencies related to the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act, a key element of 2015 omnibus anti-terrorism legislation that expanded information-sharing between key federal agencies.— The Privy Council Office’s MyDemocracy.ca website, part of a national dialogue on electoral reform, allowed disclosure of personal information of participants to third parties such as Facebook without their consent. However, there was no evidence PCO was using measures to identify participants or to track responses to the survey questions.— Inadequate testing, coding errors and poor monitoring of the beleaguered Phoenix federal pay system resulted in exposure of personal information of public servants. At least 11 breaches occurred and the information included employee names and salary information.In some cases, the commissioner found, information in the Phoenix system could be changed and transactions could be conducted. In addition, Therrien determined there may be lingering vulnerabilities that could lead to future breaches.When the previous Conservative government adopted Phoenix, the goal was to streamline the pay system — and save taxpayers about $70-million a year. But that plan quickly unravelled as more than 80,000 civil servants reported being underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.Ottawa has since earmarked around $400 million over two years to address lingering problems related to the program.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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In the news today Nov 21

first_imgSeven stories in the news for Monday, Nov. 20———FEDS ON ALERT AFTER U.S. DECISION ON HAITIANSA decision to end a temporary residency permits for almost 60,000 Haitians in the United States has the Canadian government on alert for a potential new surge of asylum seekers. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says he is following the situation closely and contingency plans are in place for a variety of “what if” scenarios. Haitians were placed on notice earlier this year, prompting waves of people to cross illegally into Canada to claim asylum.———MICHAEL REDHILL CAPTURES $100K GILLER PRIZEFor more than a decade, Toronto author Michael Redhill has been publishing mystery novels under the pseudonym Inger Ash Wolfe, but on Monday it was a piece of literary fiction bearing his actual name that won the $100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize. The thriller “Bellevue Square,” about a woman on the hunt for her doppelganger in Toronto, was praised by jury members for its “complex literary wonders” as it nabbed the prestigious honour.———QUEBEC SET TO UNVEIL PERSONAL INCOME TAX CUTS TODAYQuebec’s finance minister is expected to announce personal income tax cuts today as well as changes to the province’s welfare system. Carlos Leitao will give details when he releases an economic update in Quebec City. In a video posted to Facebook last week, Leitao said Quebecers in the “middle tax brackets” will benefit from the cuts.———MANITOBA THRONE SPEECH TODAYManitoba’s Progressive Conservative government is to lay out its agenda for the coming year in a throne speech this afternoon. Plans are likely to include more cost-cutting measures as the government tries to fulfil a promise to cut the deficit and balance the budget by 2024. The new session comes as Premier Brian Pallister recovers from multiple fractures in his left arm after a hiking accident in New Mexico last week.———BODY OF MISSING QUEBEC MAN FOUND IN CALIFORNIAThe body of a 25-year-old man from Sherbrooke, Que., who had been missing for two weeks in northern California, has been found. Police in Arcata say the body of Felix Desautels-Poirier was found in a marsh in a city park by a member of his family. U.S. authorities say they are awaiting a coroner’s report to determine the cause of death, but for now, they say there are no signs of criminal activity. Desautels-Poirier had travelled with friends to California and was last seen with friends in Arcata, about 500 kilometres north of San Francisco.———JURY SELECTION RESUMES AT TRIAL OF MAN IN POLICE DEATHJury selection is set to resume today in the trial of a Nova Scotia man accused of killing an off-duty police officer. Christopher Calvin Garnier is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Truro police Const. Catherine Campbell. The 29-year-old man is also charged with interfering with a dead body. Garnier has pleaded not guilty to both charges.———MONTREAL WAX MUSEUM TO UNVEIL TRUDEAU STATUEMontreal’s Grevin wax museum will unveil a statue of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tonight. It was sculpted by Paris-based artist Eric Saint Chaffray and will be housed in the museum in the downtown Montreal Eaton Centre. A spokesperson for Grevin Montreal said the real Trudeau is not expected to attend the party.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s 2017 Fall Report will be tabled in the House of Commons.— The fifth round of NAFTA talks are expected to wrap up today in Mexico City.— Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will give a speech in Ottawa on the importance of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.— Statistics Canada will release the wholesale trade figures and travel data for September.— Campaign 2000 will release its annual national Report Card on Child and Family Poverty.— Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor and Liberal MP Bill Blair will make an announcement about marijuana regulations.— The Canadian Nurses Association and MPs will discuss reducing the harms of non-medical cannabis use.— Alberta will commemorate Holodomor, a mass famine in Ukraine the 1930s that killed millions of people.— The Fraser Institute will release a study examining the economies of First Nations across Canada.— Gov. Gen. Julie Payette will visit an Ottawa-area public school being renamed in her honour.— The host of the 2018 Juno awards will be announced.last_img read more

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National blood shortage prompts call for dog donors at clinics in Alberta

first_imgEDMONTON – Parker is not yet five years old and has been giving blood regularly for nearly three of them.“He just gave his 12th donation,” said Hans Granholm of Edmonton.What makes Parker’s altruism unusual is that he’s a happy-go-lucky giant schnauzer mix. The rescue dog, which had to go through a series of tests to make sure he was eligible to donate, doesn’t seem to mind the donor sessions at all.“He’s quite a clown,” owner Granholm said with a laugh. “He’s the only dog I’ve ever met that actually smiles.“When we go in there, he just goes around and smiles to all of the girls and all of the technicians. He’s just quite a clown.”Parker, who is 4 1/2, is one of the regular donors at Edmonton’s NAIT clinic, which recently put out a call for more dogs.“Our donor pool depleted quite dramatically,” said Beth Knight, laboratory director at the Canadian Animal Blood Bank in Winnipeg. “It’s one of those challenges.”Any dog blood donated at clinics across Canada goes into the bank for use by veterinarians when a dog is recovering after surgery or from diseases such as cancer. Cats and other pets can also donate blood, but it’s a much more complicated procedure and they aren’t part of the same program.Canine donors must meet several requirements, but the clinics are always on the lookout for “sweet-natured” dogs.Knight said the clinics don’t ask too many personal questions.“We do ask about bites and fights,” she said.They also need to know about any health problems, so they take a small blood sample, she added.“Once the donor has passed these little hurdles, we give them a great big hug and ask them to lie down on the table.”A total of 450 millilitres of blood, the same volume that would be taken from a human, is drawn with a needle from the dog’s jugular vein after the area is shaved and prepared.“It takes two to three minutes,” Knight said.Each dog is different.“We have both the yin and yang of donors,” said Knight. “Some love coming; some are glad to leave. Others think they are going to get their nails trimmed, so they panic until they have this big needle in their jugular and then they totally relax.“It’s like, ‘Oh, this is what we’re doing.’”She said dogs typically recover more quickly than people after giving blood.“Every lab owner wants the dog to be slower and that will never happen,” she said. “Their head and their heart are at the same level, and their ability to recover from a blood loss is managed more easily than you and I.”There are seven major blood groups in dogs. Greyhounds, German shepherds, pit bulls and Weimaraners are more likely to have the type that’s considered universal.Each donation helps up to three dogs.Doggie donors must be between one and eight years old, weigh at least 25 kilograms and be up to date on their vaccinations.They receive free blood products — if ever required — a tag, a bandana and a free microchip after the second donation.Granholm, who has been bringing in his dogs to donate since 2004, said he regularly urges other owners to take their dogs to give blood.“It’s the same as a human giving blood,” he said. “You’re doing a service to others.”Parker gets an added bonus after he donates.“Oh yeah, he gets a treat afterward.”last_img read more

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Four Hydro One employees killed in helicopter crash in eastern Ontario

first_imgTWEED, Ont. – With little daylight at their disposal and a deep freeze setting in late Thursday, investigators quickly scoured the wreckage of a deadly helicopter crash in eastern Ontario.None of the four Hydro One employees on board the Aerospatiale AS350-B2 chopper survived the crash, which happened shortly before noon, police said.Parts of the aircraft were scattered over a snow-covered field outside Tweed, north of Kingston.While provincial police confirmed the four deaths, and said that next of kin had been notified, the names of the victims were not released.Darkness and a cold front that saw wind chill temperatures drop to near minus 30 eventually forced investigators to wait until first light on Friday to continue their probe into why the helicopter went down.“We will document the scene, photograph the scene, gather as much information at the scene as we can,” Transportation Safety Board investigator Peter Rowntree said as Ontario Provincial Police cordoned off the crash site for the night.“At some point the wreckage will be removed to another facility so we can examine it in a warmer climate.”Crews had been ferried by helicopter in and out of the area for weeks as they worked on hydro lines strung on the towers that cross the property, said Kim Clayton, who lives near the crash site and grew used to hearing choppers fly back and forth.Clayton said there was no indication of any trouble until a loud crash shook the house. She scrambled to a window, where she said she saw part of the chopper in the trees that surround an open field. Other hydro crew members were running around, yelling that a helicopter had crashed and to call 911, she said.“My heart started pounding in my chest,” said Clayton, 45, who moved onto the property just six weeks ago. “I was in panic mode.”Initially Clayton didn’t think the situation was that bad but then she said she feared for the worst when she saw ambulances turn away without transporting any of the chopper’s crew.“I then said to myself, ‘They’re not coming out of this’.”The helicopter was apparently heading for a landing, Clayton said, adding she was relieved it didn’t hit anyone on the ground or her horses, which were on the other side of the field.Clayton, whose husband was away and children in school, said she choked up when the orange tape started going up and she realized just how bad it was.“They have families, it’s almost Christmas time,” Clayton said. “I still can’t believe four guys died on this property today and it’s sad.”The Tweed fire department and several provincial police cruisers responded to the crash but there was little they could do. Ontario’s air ambulance service was also called to the scene but left without loading any casualties.In a statement, Hydro One expressed its condolences to the victims’ families.“We are deeply saddened to confirm that an incident involving one of our helicopter aircraft occurred in the Tweed area and has resulted in four fatalities,” Hydro One said in a statement.The utility also said it would do what it could to help employees and their families affected by the tragedy.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also expressed his sympathies.“Tragic news from eastern Ontario today,” Trudeau tweeted. “My deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed in the helicopter crash near Tweed.”Rowntree said investigators would be looking at a wide range of factors to determine a possible cause of the crash, including photographic evidence of the wreckage.“We’ll also be looking at pilot records, training records for the pilot, aircraft maintenance records, aircraft history,” he said.“All that stuff we’ll be looking at including weather at the time, and just looking at all the environmental factors to see if anything played a factor in what we’re seeing here.”The single-engine AS350 is a utility helicopter often used for corporate purposes and by police.In July 2007, the same model clipped a guy wire in northern Ontario and crashed, seriously injuring a Hydro One worker and the pilot. And in January 2015, an AS350 crashed in Saskatchewan during hydro cable stringing, seriously injuring the pilot. In both cases, pilot error was to blame.last_img read more

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Im a little numb Killer of BC gas station attendant Grant De

first_imgBLIND BAY, B.C. — The mother of a British Columbia gas station attendant dragged to death under a vehicle more than a decade ago, says she is “numb” to learn her son’s killer has died.Corinne De Patie says she has received a copy of the death certificate for Darnell Pratt, the man who was just 16 when he tried to drive away from a suburban Vancouver gas station without paying in 2005.Pratt hit 24-year-old Grant De Patie, who was working alone and tired to stop the theft but was dragged for several kilometres under Pratt’s stolen car.Pratt pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to nine years in prison, but that was reduced to seven years on appeal and he was paroled in 2010. De Patie’s death prompted what has become known in B.C. as Grant’s Law, which requires drivers to pay for gas before they pump it and also sets restrictions on employers whose staff work alone at night.Corinne De Patie says her family is still struggling 14 years after the loss of her son, and although Pratt’s death certificate doesn’t explain how he died, it amounts to some sort of closure.“I think I’m a little numb. Just kind of absorbing it all in, and looking at the death certificate and realizing that it’s the actual, issued government document, that it’s true,” she says.“It puts an end to it. This is the final chapter. It has an end.”De Patie says her son’s memory will live on because the BC Federation of Labour has plans to dedicate a plaque to him. It will detail Grant’s workplace death and his family’s campaign to protect other young workers facing the same risks. (News1130)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Brooke Shields Joins The American Cancer Society At The Hot Flashes Premiere

first_imgThe stars were out for the LA premiere of The Hot Flashes last week, which was followed by a star-studded charity after party.Virginia Madsen, Daryl Hannah, Brooke Shields, Camryn Manheim, Wanda SykesCredit/Copyright: Katy Winn In attendance were cast members Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Virginia Madsen, Camryn Manheim, Wanda Sykes, Eric Roberts, Mark Povinelli, Jessica Rothenberg, Charlotte Graham, Director Susan Seidelman, Writer Brad Hennig, Producer Nina Henderson Moore and Executive Producer Laurie Lacob. Special guests include Cheri Oteri and Rachel Boston.Following the screening, the entire cast and VIP guests headed to a private after party which benefited the film’s charity partner, the American Cancer Society.The Hot Flashes, in theaters July 12, focuses on an unlikely basketball team of middle-aged women that goes to comic extremes on and off the court and becomes a national media sensation when they take on the current high school girls state championship team in a charity match to raise money for breast cancer prevention.Keeping in line with the spirit of the film, THE HOT FLASHES LA premiere also served as a benefit for the American Cancer Society. In addition to the film’s cast, the premiere was attended by supporters and volunteer leaders of the Society, as well as local cancer survivors. Following the screening, there was be a private after party that raised funds for the American Cancer Society to support their ongoing crusade to finish the fight against cancer.last_img read more

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MakeAWish To Celebrate Disneys 100000th Global Wish

first_imgIt all started with the first wish in 1981, a wish by an 8-year-old boy named Frank “Bopsy” Salazar, who wished to be transported into the magical world of inspiration and motivation at Disney.Thirty-four years later, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Disney will grant their 100,000th global wish together. Since Bopsy’s wish, Disney has given wish kids with life-threatening medical conditions incredible memories that can provide the hope, strength, and joy they need to fight their illness. This February, Make-A-Wish is celebrating all Disney has done to strengthen the families and communities where we all live, work and play.Make-A-Wish America grants more than 14,000 wishes each year. More than 7,000 of them involve Disney’s help – ranging from once-in-a-life time meetings with favorite Disney talent and visits to Disney theme parks, to extraordinary trips on Disney Cruise Lines and relaxing stays at the Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii. In 2014, Disney contributed more than $14.5 million through the donation of cash and theme park tickets to help grant these wishes.“Since the very first wish, Disney has provided our wish kids with imaginative experiences and lasting memories, the type only Disney can provide,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “Nearly 35 years and 100,000 wishes later, Disney’s steadfast support of our mission continues to grow as they help us all to believe that anything is possible. We are grateful to have such a dedicated and faithful friend.”Disney’s support of Make-A-Wish extends far beyond the wish experience. In 2012, Make-A-Wish, as a signature partner, secured a grant from Disney, and every year since has received grants to help build wish infrastructure and other capacity-building programs. Disney-owned ESPN has showcased incredible sports-related wish stories on their annual “My Wish” series, this summer marks the series’ 10th anniversary; and the company encourages Disney VoluntEARS to contribute their time and talents to further the Make-A-Wish mission. The timeless bonds and memories Disney has created have helped kids through treatments, helped them overcome doubts and despair, and helped them feel and get better – because wishes work wonders.Throughout the month of February, Make-A-Wish will showcase Disney wish stories on its website at wish.org, sharing the story of just a few of the thousands of wish kids impacted by their Disney experience. Make-A-Wish is proud to call Disney its longest tenured sponsor and sincerely thanks Disney for more than three decades of generous support through granting 100,000 wishes – and counting – since that first wish in 1981.last_img read more

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Stars Attend Bette Midlers New York Restoration Project Annual Spring Picnic

first_imgBette Midler’s New York Restoration Project Annual Spring Picnic took place on June 1st at the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion.From left to right: Martha Stewart, Bette MidlerCredit/Copyright: Mia McDonaldThe evening’s host comedian and actress Sandra Bernhard joined Martha Stewart and architect/designer David Rockwell to honor award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson, the restauranteur behind New York hotspots Red Rooster, Streetbird and Ginny’s Supper Club, and The Home Depot’s Richard Gess.Video: NYRP Spring PicnicThe Spring Picnic raised over $1 million to support NYRP’s mission to transform open space in under-resourced communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City. The evening’s attendees included: Bette Midler, Martha Stewart, Michael Kors, Sandra Bernhard, David Rockwell, Marcus Samuelsson, Richard Gess and more.last_img read more

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Glenn Close Donates To Mental Health Association of Central Florida

first_imgGlenn Close has donated $75,000 to the Mental Health Association of Central Florida.The six-time Oscar winner made the donation on Thursday, prior to speaking at the organization’s fifth annual Legacy Of Champions luncheon.“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our guest speaker, Glenn Close,” said Candice Crawford, CEO of MHACF. “The community turned out to hear an actress and advocate for mental health at a very sensitive time for our city and she absolutely delivered.”The Mental Health Association of Central Florida provides mental health services, support and information to the members of the Central Florida community. Find out more here.last_img read more

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YTV BRINGS THE HEAT THIS SUMMER WITH A SIZZLING LINEUP OF NEW

first_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Adventures come in all shapes, sizes, and furs in the new animated series, The ZhuZhus premiering Tuesday, July 4 at 4 p.m. ET/PT on YTV.Based on the ZhuZhu Pets toy phenomenon, Nelvana’s The ZhuZhus features a curious bunch of fun-seeking adventurers, Pipsqueak, Num Nums, Chunk, and Mr. Squiggles, who live with Frankie and the Pamplemousse family in Anytown. With their distinctive birthmarks, undeniable charm, and fur-raising escapades, the ZhuZhus prove they are no ordinary pets – they’re extraordinary! Always on a quest for fun, the ZhuZhus have to stay on their tiny toes to keep up with the non-stop action, laughs, and adventures. Beginning Monday, July 31 at 4 p.m. ET/PT, YTV is packing its bags – and its selfie stick – for this year’s Zone on the Road, where hosts Carlos, Lisa, Suki, Jesse, and Meisha travel coast to coast in search of more photos to complete their epic Canadian collage.To decide where to stop on this year’s trip, the hosts compiled all the images from The Zone’s Canada 150 social campaign, Peaces of Canada, to see which parts of this great nation were missing. Discovering new places from B.C. to P.E.I, The Zone crew are marking their maps and embarking on a nationwide voyage to discover the missing Peaces of Canada. Tune in weekdays beginning Monday, July 31 at 4 p.m. ET/PT to watch their progress as they are met by a variety of challenges, local celebs, and iconic Canadian landmarks.Bonus content will be available on YTV’s YouTube Channel as well as ytv.com/shows/the-zone featuring vlogs, photos, and more all summer long. Viewers are also encouraged to follow the hosts’ success on social media using the hashtags #ZoneOnTheRoad and #YTVCanada150.This summer, fans will also have a chance to walk through “Haully,” the YTV Haul of Fame trailer featuring an inside peek at The Zone hosts’ lockers, exclusive footage from the Zone on the Road – Peaces of Canada, and a fun new photo booth. Check out the trailer at this year’s Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto beginning Friday, August 18. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Experience out-of-this-world adventure weekends on YTV beginning at 4 p.m. ET/PT during the Big Fun Movie block with new and returning blockbuster hits including:Despicable Me 1 and Despicable Me 2 airing back-to-back on Sunday, June 25 beginning at 4 p.m. ET/PTPaddington premiering Saturday, July 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PTMuppets Most Wanted premiering Sunday, July 2 at 6 p.m. ET/PTTangled premiering Saturday, July 8 at 6 p.m. ET/PT followed by a sneak peek of Tangled: The Series at 8 p.m. ET/PTcenter_img Join YTV as it cruises into summer with an action-packed lineup full of new shows, marathons, movies, and more. Adventure awaits with the premieres of the final L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables film Fire & Dew on Canada Day, new Nelvana series The ZhuZhus on July 4, and numerous blockbuster hits airing weekends on Big Fun Movies, from Disney’s Tangled (July 8) to Muppets Most Wanted (July 2). Plus, beginning July 31, The Zone crew is taking viewers on a cross country road trip in the Zone on the Road. Follow the hosts as they travel coast-to-coast searching for more “peaceful” photos to add to their growing collage of fan-generated pictures that celebrate the people and places of Canada.    Click here to watch the Fire & Dew trailer! In L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: Fire & Dew, Anne heads to Charlottetown to attend accelerated classes as she continues to work towards her dream of being a school teacher. While there, she is forced to adapt quickly to her new surroundings and classmates as she navigates her way through her first school experience outside of her beloved Green Gables. Anne finds herself facing daunting choices for her future, the stirrings of romance, and tragedy unlike anything she’s ever known. Meanwhile, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert contend with advancing age as they deal with financial challenges and the first signs of declining health.L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables airs Saturday, July 1 at 2 p.m. ET/PT followed by L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables: The Good Stars at 4 p.m. ET/PT. Oh, Canada! YTV celebrates the nation’s 150th birthday with a marathon of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables film series on Saturday, July 1 beginning at 2 p.m. ET/PT, concluding with the world premiere of the third and final film, Fire & Dew at 6 p.m. ET/PT. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Mark Wahlberg reportedly earned 15 million for All the Money reshoot while

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Both actors are represented by the William Morris Endeavor agency. Reps for the two did not immediately return requests for comment.All the Money in the World, about the kidnapping of the 16-year-old son of oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty, was reshot with Christopher Plummer replacing Spacey after he was accused of sexual assault by multiple men. Michelle Williams reportedly earned about 1 per cent of Mark Wahlberg’s salary during reshoots for “All the Money in the World.” (KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES) center_img Michelle Williams reportedly earned about 1 per cent of Mark Wahlberg’s salary during reshoots for All the Money in the World.The actress was paid about $80 per day to reshoot scenes including Kevin Spacey, totalling less than $1,000, according to USA Today.Wahlberg, meanwhile, earned $1.5 million. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

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A BRAND NEW ERA REFLECTING ON 30 YEARS OF CBC DAYBREAK MORNING

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Former Prince George host Mark Harvey. (Betsy Trumpener/CBC) CBC Prince George’s original reporter, Kevin Brown, returned to the studio to share memories of the bureau’s early days. (Andrew Kurjata/CBC) It wasn’t the smoothest of starts. Similar preparations were underway as Daybreak South in Kelowna launched the same day, joining existing locations in Vancouver and Prince Rupert.“Champagne corks are popping all over the place and mixing with the coffee this morning,” said Michael McEwen, then CBC’s director of radio services on the day of the launches.Years later, Victoria and Kamloops also joined the provincewide coverage. Twitter Just a few of the faces at Daybreak South in Kelowna. Clockwise from top left: David French, Brady Strachan, Jaimie Kehler, Alya Ramadan, Marion Barschel, Bob Keating (Nelson), Christina Low, Chris Walker (Daybreak South)center_img Login/Register With: Facebook Daybreak North co-host Russ Knutson remembers a pair of legs sticking out from underneath a console, just before the Prince George show went to air on Nov. 24, 1988.“It was one of the technicians from Vancouver, and there’s this little plume of smoke coming up,” Knutson said.“He was literally soldering wires together by my feet to start this show.” Thirty years ago, a brand new era for CBC Radio in British Columbia began with the launch of bureaus and morning programs broadcasting from studios in Prince George and Kelowna.“For the first time, we will be a truly provincial service that will reflect the province to itself and to the rest of the country,” announced Eric Moncur to listeners, as Daybreak North and Daybreak South went live for the first time. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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WHY DRAKES RECORDSMASHING SCORPION IS MISSING FROM THE JUNOS

first_img Twitter Advertisement When the Juno nominations were announced on Tuesday, one of Canada’s most successful musicians was missing: Toronto’s very own Drake.With the record-smashing success of his last album, Scorpion, Drake is now the most successful streaming artist of all time, according to the music streaming service Spotify.Released in June 2018, the double album dominated the Billboard Hot 100 music chart, with Drake smashing the record previously held by the Beatles. The Fab Four managed to get five simultaneous singles in the top 10 of the Hot 100 chart. Drizzy bested them with seven. Advertisement Drake performs during the “Aubrey & The Three Amigos Tour” in Toronto. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press) Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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CANADIAN ACTOR DILLON CASEY REVEALS OPIOID ADDICTION I WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYING MYSELF

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Known for his roles in such Canadian-filmed series as The CW’s “Nikita” and Global medical drama “Remedy”, Ontario-born actor Dillon Casey is revealing a secret he’s kept hidden for a long time: he was an addicted to opioids, and it nearly cost him his career.In an in-depth interview with the Toronto Star, Casey, 35, recalls how his addiction led him to be fired from a recurring role on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” when he berated the episode’s director when he asked, “Are you stoned? Your eyes looked glazed.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Dillon Casey (George Pimentel/WireImage) Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

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