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Sensex crashes 770 pts Rs tumbles to 9mth lowSensex crashes 770 pts Rs tumbles to 9mth low

first_imgMumbai: Benchmark stock indices on Tuesday crashed over 2 per cent, and the rupee tumbled 97 paise to a level not seen in over nine months as unpleasant news continued to flow in for the Indian economy. The BSE Sensex crashed about 770 points, and the NSE Nifty dived over 225 points after investors indulged in panic selloffs as dismal GDP print, weak core sector growth and disappointing auto sale numbers pointed to deepening economic crisis in the country. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe benchmark indices also saw their biggest intra-day plunge in nearly 11 months. Large selloffs in equities saw investor wealth eroding by Rs 2.55 lakh crore. Indian markets, after an extended weekend, opened on Tuesday sharply lower reacting to the country’s worsening macro-economic situation as well as weak global cues attributed to long-lasting US-China trade tiff. After plunging 867 points during the day, the 30-share index ended 769.88 points, or 2.06 per cent, lower at 36,562.91. The broader Nifty too sank 225.35 points, or 2.04 per cent, to settle at 10,797.90. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayTop losers in the Sensex pack included ICICI Bank, Tata Steel, Vedanta, HDFC IndusInd Bank, Tata Motors, RIL and ONGC – falling up to 4.45 per cent. Only two IT stocks – TechM, HCL Tech – ended with mild gains, tracking weaker rupee. The Indian rupee plunged 97 paise to close at 72.39 per US dollar on Tuesday. All sectoral indices ended in the red, with BSE metal, energy, consumer durables, telecom, bankex, finance, oil and gas, realty and capital goods indices settled 3.23 per cent lower. Broader BSE midcap and smallcap indices too closed up to 1.65 per cent lower. Public sector bank stocks also ended in significantly lower after the government announced the merger of 10 state-run lenders into four. It gives a positive signal to investors that the government is not just focusing on recapitalising the bank, but also in improving the governance in the public sector banks, experts said. However, the merger will still be painful as a result of the geographic and cultural diversity of the merging entities, they added. Despite several efforts by the government to boost the economy, market sentiment took a hit on account of weak macroeconomic data releases and a double-digit decline in auto sales in August as the sector continued to reel under one of the worst slowdowns in its history.last_img read more

Ease of living still a distant dream for most residents in NewEase of living still a distant dream for most residents in New

first_imgGurugram: Security, power and even water supply are some of the basic facilities that are being denied to a large number of families in New Gurugram as the builders have not paid the charges to the public agencies.Recently, the families residing at Dwarka Expressway said that they fear their power supply could be cut as the builders have not paid the charges to the electricity board. The stern action was taken by the public authorities even resulted in the resident’s welfare association statting that rather than focussing on the builder for the payment they would collect the amount and pay it directly to DHBVN. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderNot only power but even water supply seems to be denied due to the non-payment of dues by the builders. With over Rs 40 lakhs dues pending, the GMDA cut the water supply to a society in Sector-57. There have been over 20 residential societies that have also been served notices by the public agency for not paying for the water supply. The non-payment of salaries for more than three months also resulted in a union of security of guards of Godrej Frontier society protesting against the builder as well as the contractor. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe cost of rapid and unplanned growth of residential townships is being felt by its residents. Under debt, most of the builders have failed to apply for the licence for power, as a result 12,000 families are forced to depend on generators for their power supply. Most of the builders began their projects in 2005-2006 when the real estate business in the city was booming. The financial crisis of 2008 and the slowdown in the property market of the national capital region thereafter resulted in builders not applying for licences for power and even water connection to save costs. In the 400 residential societies that are presently there in Gurugram, around 120 of the condominiums are said to be not be provided with the power supply from the government body. Moreover, with piped water supply not being provided in most of the new sectors, the water is extracted from the groundwater reserves. All these complaints are coming out at a time when most of the builders are already facing flak over using substandard construction materials in building the residential societies.last_img read more

Parents of YouTube stars on dealing with kids who want to skipParents of YouTube stars on dealing with kids who want to skip

first_imgTORONTO – When people ask Michael Latsky about his kids he starts by proudly sharing that his eldest son is going to be a doctor. Then, with his head hung low, he’ll mutter that his youngest, Robert, dropped out of university to pursue his dream of becoming a “YouTube personality.”But it’s just a tongue-in-cheek act he plays for laughs. In reality, he’s proud that Robert — known online as MrWoofless for his video gaming content — discovered the “new economy” seven years ago. He no longer worries about whether he made the right choice.“If you told me he should go back to school I wouldn’t stop laughing,” says Latsky, recalling a few milestones of success that convinced himhis 26-year-oldhad chosen the right career path.“One of them was that he seemed to have enough money to go to my money manager, and for the money manager to be very interested in carrying his account — that was one indication. I made him go to a money manager to make sure he was under control, because a 26-year-old with whatever income he’s making may not be able to psychologically handle it.”With the massive growth of YouTube in the last decade, including the emergence of bona fide online celebrities with tens of millions of fans, it should come as no surprise that more and more kids and teens are dreaming of a streaming career when they grow up. That’s forcing parents to grapple with the idea of their child forgoing a post-secondary education for their child’s online ambitions.Latsky now understands the potential of the platform but wasn’t so sure seven years ago and had urged his son to reconsider dropping out of school.“I was afraid. I was afraid if he left school and failed, where would he be?” he says.“I sat down with him and I said, ‘That’s very nice what you’re trying to do — I don’t quite understand it — but I’m not paying for a cent towards anything you need starting from now unless you go back to school.’ My position was, if he’s not going to get a traditional education, I’m not interested in (financially) supporting him.“It wasn’t as if I blackballed him and said, ‘Never talk to me again, I hate what you’re doing and you’re an idiot,’ it was just that I was more comfortable with him being in school while he was doing it.”It was a little easier for Marsha Hughes to understand when her son Mitchell officially chose not to go to university.She recalls he was about 17 when the ad revenue he was generating for his Bajan Canadian online persona took off.“He actually started to make money in 2010, when he got a cheque from YouTube for maybe a couple hundred dollars. And then the next month it was a couple thousand dollars — and then it went crazy. And that was just the beginning,” she recalls.“We always just assumed that he’d go to college but when he was 18, in a couple months he actually made six-figures…. We realized that even if he did this for just a couple of years and invested the money wisely this was an opportunity that was once in a lifetime. He could go to college later.”YouTube also became a family business with the launch of the management firm Blackshore about three years ago. Hughes, the company’s vice-president of talent, advises parents to try to convince their kids to stay in school unless they’re already making a large income.It’s getting increasingly difficult to stand out in the crowded YouTube universe, she adds, while the platform has also raised its standards for monetizing videos.“There’s no guarantees and YouTube’s a funny world, there’s a lot of great content creators right now who aren’t doing that well and then you look at the ones who are doing well and it just doesn’t seem to make any sense,” she says.“It’s not going to happen overnight. Even for someone like Mitchell who seemed like an overnight success, he was not. It really did take time.”And nothing is forever on YouTube, even for its stars.The Bajan Canadian channel has amassed more than six million subscribers and has 1.8 billion views in a little over eight years.But the focus of the channel, the video game “Minecraft,” has gradually fallen out of fashion. Mitchell Hughes, 24, recently announced to his fans that he was rebooting his brand to focus on new topics, including the current hot game “Fortnite.”“Let’s face it, if we look at the channel, six million subscribers and 15,000 to 20,000 views a video — this is about as close to rock bottom as I’m going to get,” he said in a self-deprecating video titled “I’m Quitting.”“It’s not working, I’m moving on and I’m OK with that. And now it’s a great opportunity to be myself and do my thing.”Robert Latsky, a.k.a. MrWoofless, has seen his own success ebb and flow and has friends who were forced to quit making YouTube videos professionally and reluctantly returned to conventional jobs.“The game I started on I don’t play anymore, the second game I played I don’t play anymore, the biggest game I ever played I don’t really play anymore,” he says.“The main ways I made money I don’t really make anymore, I make it other ways. I’ve gone through countless successes and failures within my seven years.“A huge part of the thought process is ‘what’s next’ and how do we get on top of it.”It’s that resilience in an ever-evolving industry that lets Michael Latsky sleep at night.“There could be guys out there who may not be as lucky in the future but he has his head screwed on, otherwise I would’ve panicked a long time ago and I would’ve tried to do something about it,” he says.last_img read more

Negotiations ongoing between CN and conductors union after strike threatNegotiations ongoing between CN and conductors union after strike threat

first_imgMONTREAL – The union representing approximately 3,000 CN Rail employees is still in negotiations with the company’s management after threatening job action.The Teamsters union says the company plans to make changes to the current collective agreement that would “permanently and irreparably impact workers,” although a union official wouldn’t specify the subject of the negotiations.“The issues at the bargaining table are fluid, they are changing,” said Christopher Monette, a union spokesman.CN also declined to comment, except to say that both parties are working to avoid a job action.The union issued 72 hour strike notice on Saturday, putting the union in a legal strike position early Tuesday morning.The Teamsters union represents 3,000 conductors, train and yard workers. The last collective agreement between CN and the union was reached in 2014.last_img read more

Police seek international victims of 65yearold man who posed online as boyPolice seek international victims of 65yearold man who posed online as boy

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Police are looking for victims of a 65-year-old Newfoundland man who posed as a teenage boy and exploited children online.The RCMP says the Deer Lake man was convicted of possessing child pornography and child luring, and had been exploiting children online from November of 2015 until June of 2016.They say possible victims are between the ages of 10 and 15, may be unaware they have been victimized, and could be in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.Officers say the man contacted children through social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Skype.They say he used various user names, including Ammon Charlebois, and had several different email addresses.Police are asking parents to speak with their children to see if they may have had contact with anyone with that name.“It may be difficult for victims and/or their families to come forward however, any additional information is very important to the investigation and could help prevent similar crimes by online predators,” police said in a release.“Police hope to speak to as many victims as possible.”last_img read more

Donald Trumps new ambassador to Canada Im a listener Knight Craft saysDonald Trumps new ambassador to Canada Im a listener Knight Craft says

first_imgWASHINGTON – Donald Trump’s new ambassador to Canada says she intends to represent the president’s agenda with a style that appears, at first glance, to be gentler than that of her unapologetically pugnacious boss.Kelly Knight Craft spoke with CTV News about her plans for the job in her first Canadian interview airing Wednesday, the day after she was sworn in at the White House.She demonstrated that less-combative approach when asked about the NFL protest controversy currently roiling the United States — Trump’s decision to call out players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality.”This is a country that promotes freedom of speech,” Knight Craft said, when asked about the issue. ”I want to promote our constitution and the (administration’s) agenda. For me to put my opinion is not fair.”Even though I may differ, I still respect the opinion of everyone else.”Asked what she will bring to the job she said: ”Being a great listener.”A well-known sports fan, philanthropist and powerful GOP donor, Knight Craft told CTV about her friendships from different parts of her life: Drake and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, to name two.She said she became friends with the famous Canadian performer when he visited her home state of Kentucky for a basketball game. She also mentioned her friendship with McConnell, one of the country’s most powerful lawmakers who also hails from her state.McConnell has occasionally bickered with the president, whose anti-establishment, trade-skeptical, more combative stance has put him at odds with the party’s establishment wing.The new ambassador, for her part, originally supported Marco Rubio in last year’s presidential primary.She said she supports the president’s trade agenda — which involves renegotiating or cancelling NAFTA. When asked whether she agrees with his frequent threats to cancel the continental trade treaty, she repeated that she follows the president’s agenda.”We all have different tones,” she said, ”but we are all seeking the same result and that’s what I’m focused on.”She added that she knows several figures in Washington who hope for a so-called ”win-win-win” on NAFTA, meaning a deal that benefits all three countries, to use a turn of phrase uttered recently by another close ally of hers: Vice-President Mike Pence.Someone who knows Knight Craft said it’s natural for her to have her own personality — while still working for her boss.”It’s a tone of voice thing,” said Maryscott Greenwood of the Canadian American Business Council.“She has a very powerful, but understated, genteel, way about her that’s nothing like a real-estate mogul who cut his teeth in the ’70s and ’80s in Manhattan.”At her Senate confirmation hearing this summer, Knight Craft was presented by McConnell — the top figure in the Senate. The questions for her were mostly friendly, although she was asked about one area of contention for her new boss.Asked whether Russia interfered in last year’s U.S. election, she said she believed American intelligence agencies that it did.last_img read more

Fire breaks out at ice hotel near Quebec City structure still standingFire breaks out at ice hotel near Quebec City structure still standing

first_imgA fire that broke out in an ice hotel near Quebec City has left the establishment smoky but intact.While the exact cause of the fire in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier has not been officially determined, one hypothesis is that a lit candle fell on bedding.Thirteen of the hotel’s 14 rooms were occupied when the fire started in the wee hours of Tuesday.Nobody was injured, although some people suffered minor smoke inhalation.There was no structural damage and the hotel did not melt.But as there are no windows, the smoke left a strong smell.The hotel will be closed for at least a few days.In 2009, a fire destroyed the ice hotel’s administrative offices, which were in a separate building.last_img read more

A timeline of key events in the case of alleged serial killerA timeline of key events in the case of alleged serial killer

first_imgA timeline of key events in the case of alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur based on information released by Toronto police:___September 2010 — Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, disappears from Toronto’s gay village.Dec. 29, 2010 — Abdulbasir Faizi, 42, is reported missing to Peel Regional Police, west of Toronto. Police have said he was last seen in Toronto’s gay village.October 2012 — Majeed Kayhan, 58, of Toronto, is reported missing.November 2012 — Police launch Project Houston to investigate the disappearances of Faizi, Navaratnam and Kayhan.April 2014 — Police close Project Houston, saying none of their findings would classify anyone as a suspect of a criminal offence.August 2015 — Soroush Mahmudi, 50, of Toronto, is reported missing.May 2016 – July 2017 — Police believe Dean Lisowick, 43 or 44, of no fixed address, was killed by McArthur during this time span.April 14, 2017 — Selim Esen, 44, is reported missing from the area of Toronto’s Yonge and Bloor streets.June 26, 2017 — Andrew Kinsman, 49, is reported missing from the area of Parliament and Winchester streets.August 2017 — Police launch Project Prism to investigate the disappearances of Esen and Kinsman.September 2017 — Project Prism officers identify Bruce McArthur “as someone to be included or excluded as being involved in the disappearance of Andrew Kinsman.”Dec. 8, 2017 — Police Chief Mark Saunders says the force will review its practices in missing persons investigations. He denies that there is evidence suggesting a serial killer is walking the streets of Toronto.Jan. 17, 2018 — Police uncover evidence suggesting McArthur was responsible for both Kinsman and Esen’s deaths, along with the deaths of other unidentified people.Jan. 18, 2018 — McArthur is arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Esen and Kinsman. Police say McArthur is believed to be responsible for other deaths.Jan. 19, 2018 — McArthur has his first court appearance.Jan. 29, 2018 — McArthur is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Mahmudi, Kayhan and Lisowick. Police call McArthur an alleged serial killer and say more victims may be identified.Feb. 8, 2018 — Police say they’ve recovered the remains of six people from planters at a house where McArthur worked as a landscaper, and say they expect to lay more charges.Feb. 13, 2018 — Police say excavation at the home’s backyard turned up no human remains, but suggest they may “revisit the scene” when the weather warms up.Feb. 23, 2018 — Police lay a sixth charge of first-degree murder against McArthur, identify Navaratnam as one of the alleged victims whose remains were found in the planters.March 5, 2018 — Police say they’ve recovered the remains of a seventh person linked to McArthur. They also release the photograph of a dead man believed to be a victim of McArthur in the hopes the public will help identify him.April 11, 2018 — Police lay a seventh murder charge against McArthur in Faizi’s death.last_img read more

Actorcomedian Andrew Phung accuses Toronto police officer of racist commentActorcomedian Andrew Phung accuses Toronto police officer of racist comment

first_imgTORONTO – A comedian and actor said a racist incident he saw on the streets of Toronto on Saturday was not representative of the Canada he wants to live in.Andrew Phung had dropped his family off at Rogers Centre for a Blue Jays game, parked his car nearby and was walking to the stadium when he says he saw a police officer tell a driver to “go back to your country.”Phung, who stars in the CBC sitcom “Kim’s Convenience,” described the alleged incident in a series of tweets Saturday afternoon and a phone interview Saturday evening. Toronto police said they’re investigating.He said he was waiting to cross the downtown street with a group of about 20 other people when the light changed, and a driver he described as a person of colour hesitated to pull through the intersection.Phung said an on-duty police officer shouted at the driver to proceed, which the person did, but as the officer was walking back toward the sidewalk, Phung said he heard the cop say, “If you can’t drive, go back to your country.”Phung said he responded by shouting, “That’s not cool.”“Two men beside me then said, ‘Nope, totally cool. If you can’t drive, go back to your f—ing country.’ The comedian in me then burst out and then I proceeded to ask them why they thought driving ability equated citizenship in this country.”Phung said he thinks the driver hesitated because the intersection had two sets of lights that were close together, and the other set of lights was red.“I think as a whole we can all agree that we’ve all been confused before in Toronto traffic,” Phung said.“It was just so disappointing to see this coming from a police officer,” said Phung. “They’re the moral backbone of our community, they uphold the law. So when you see a police officer doing that, it empowered two other people to join in on that racism.”“We have spent the evening gathering information so we can investigate what happened,” said Mark Pugash, spokesman for Toronto police, on Saturday.last_img read more

Judicial recount set for Monday following tie vote for mayor in PeachlandJudicial recount set for Monday following tie vote for mayor in Peachland

first_imgPEACHLAND, B.C. – When Harry Gough had a chance to speak with the provincial court judge overseeing his race to serve as mayor of the small community of Peachland, B.C., he had an idea to run past her.If breaking his tie with incumbent Mayor Cindy Fortin comes down to a blind draw of two “identical” papers with the candidates names on them — could both names be his?“She didn’t think that was a great idea,” he said, laughing. “I don’t know why.”The race in the lakeside community of about 5,000 people in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is drawing attention for the unusual possibility that the mayoral tie could be broken by drawing lots — a process similar to drawing a name from a hat.How to settle election ties varies across the country. Prince Edward Island moved to a lot draw for local elections after its previous “coin toss” system fell out of favour, but it still decides provincial-level elections by heads or tails. Most provinces break ties with a byelection, with some exceptions such as New Brunswick, where the returning officer casts the deciding vote.Even ahead of the potential lot draw in Peachland, the race has been rife with twists and turns.Both candidates said the community appeared to be divided largely on a single issue: the existing council’s approval of a five-storey development along the town’s main artery of Beach Avenue, which was previously zoned for three storeys. While Fortin said it will mean positive new commercial activity in the downtown core, Gough said it represents a slippery slope that could see the beach and lake views obscured by development.On election night last week, Gough was at a restaurant with friends when his son ran in to tell him that he had won by a single vote.“Truly none of us believed him, we thought he was pulling our leg,” Gough said.Meanwhile, Fortin was at a friend’s house with her campaign team and a few other friends when she received the news that Gough had won with 804 votes against her 803.“I received a text and read it and I thought, ‘what?’” she said. “I knew immediately that it would probably come down to a recount, that the citizens of the town deserved a recount if it was a one-vote difference.”Three days after the election, Polly Palmer, the district’s chief election officer, said that a verification of the ballots revealed a tie of 804-804 between Fortin and Gough. An election official had reported that one ballot was not properly fed when a voting machine jammed.Palmer applied for a judicial recount and the provincial court judge gave it the green light on Friday.The ballots will be counted by hand on Monday and both Fortin and Gough plan to watch.If the tie stands, the town’s bylaw points to the process of drawing lots, as described in B.C.’s Local Government Act.The names of each candidate are to be written on separate pieces of paper, as similar as possible to one another. The papers are then folded in a “uniform manner” and placed in a container that is sufficiently large to allow them to be shaken, the act says.The court will pick an independent individual to draw the name.Both candidates said they prefer the idea of a “runoff election,” which is a second option identified in the act, if the tie is confirmed on Monday.Fortin said when council reviewed the town’s election bylaw in May, it had some concerns about how the mail-in voting process works, but didn’t think to debate the lot-draw option. She said that may change in the future.“Since this has happened, I think perhaps some communities will be looking at this — including our own, I hope — and changing it for future elections so that there’s a runoff election,” she said.“It should be the citizens of Peachland making a decision — not someone pulling a name out of a hat.”— By Amy Smart in Vancouverlast_img read more

Oland to enter not guilty plea finally face retrial for his fathersOland to enter not guilty plea finally face retrial for his fathers

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. — Dennis Oland is expected to enter a plea of not guilty this morning, as his retrial in his father’s murder finally gets under way.Oland will be re-arraigned in a Saint John courtroom, before the much-delayed case proceeds to opening statements and possibly the first witnesses.The murder trial will be heard by Justice Terrence Morrison alone.The New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench judge dismissed the jury yesterday, citing “improprieties” in jury selection involving an officer with the Saint John police force.Const. Sean Rocca accessed a police database to check on prospective and sworn jurors in violation of a 2012 directive from the Supreme Court of Canada on jury vetting.It is the second time Oland will face trial for the second-degree murder of his father, Richard Oland — his 2015 conviction was overturned on appeal and the new trial ordered.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Renewed efforts to find Montreal boy a year after his disappearanceRenewed efforts to find Montreal boy a year after his disappearance

first_imgMONTREAL — A year after 10-year-old Ariel Jeffrey Kouakou vanished after setting out to visit a friend in north-end Montreal, new efforts are being launched this week to find him.On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Montreal Transit Corp. will display the boy’s photo on electronic screens in all 68 stations of the city’s subway system. His photo will also appear on the CIBC’s monthly billing envelopes for the month of May.The initiatives are promoted in collaboration with the Missing Children’s Network and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.The public is also invited to join Ariel’s family and friends Tuesday evening at Saint-Joseph-de-Bordeaux church, near the riverside park where he was last seen. A mass will be celebrated for the boy.His parents, Fred and Noella Kouakou, thanked Montreal police and the public for the support and “outpouring of love” they have received in the past year.On March 12, 2018, Ariel left home to visit a friend who lived nearby, but there was nobody home. Surveillance cameras captured Ariel entering a park on the banks of the Riviere des Prairies, but he was never seen leaving the park.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Liberals hope to deal with HIV nondisclosure issue if reelected LamettiLiberals hope to deal with HIV nondisclosure issue if reelected Lametti

first_imgTORONTO — The federal justice minister says the Liberals hope to tackle the issue of criminalization of HIV non-disclosure if they are re-elected in the fall.Non-disclosure has led to assault or sexual assault charges against people with HIV because it’s been found to invalidate a partner’s consent.Justice Minister David Lametti says the government won’t be able to act on the findings of an imminent report on the issue before the October election.But he says the Liberals, if returned to power, would try to draft a criminal law provision that targets intentional non-disclosure.The federal standing committee on Justice and Human Rights has been examining the issue and is expected to release a report next week, just as the House is set to rise.Late last year, the government instructed federal prosecutors in the North that they should no longer prosecute anyone for not disclosing their HIV status to a sex partner where there is no risk of transmitting the virus.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Federal experts working to confirm if dead right whale is new mortalityFederal experts working to confirm if dead right whale is new mortality

first_imgFederal officials are working to confirm whether a dead endangered North Atlantic right whale that was seen on Sunday is a new mortality or one that was sighted last month while experts fear there “could be more dead.”The federal Fisheries Department said in a statement the marine mammal was first sighted off eastern Cape Breton on July 21.However, the whale is an “advanced state of decomposition” and the department said it is working with experts to confirm whether this is yet another whale that died or the same right whale that was originally seen June 24 by a fish harvester off nearby Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.   Fishery officers were able to take samples, which may help in identifying this whale, and could help determine the cause of death, it said.The reported dead whale seen June 24 has not been relocated and experts have been unable to confirm its identity from photos, the statement said.Martin Haulena, head veterinarian at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, said there could “certainly be more” such dead whales.“The sea is a big place and it’s not like we can find them all the time,” he said.Unlike other whales, which sometimes sink to the bottom when they die, Haulena said right whales tend to float when they are dead.“It’s actually one of the reasons they were called the right whales because it was easy to whale for them,” he said.“They are really slow-moving and so the old sailing ships can catch them without a problem … when they kill them with a harpoon they could recover them.”This case also highlights one of many challenges experts have in investigating whale mortalities, he said.The animals simply cannot be seen at all times, he said.“If one does die we often don’t find it or, if we do, it is often well after death when decomposition hinders all sorts of investigation – including even identifying individuals.”This year eight right whales have been found dead in Canadian waters.The population of the endangered species is around 400 animals.Gretchen Fitzgerald, national programs director for the Sierra Club Canada Foundation, had said earlier that seven babies born this winter down in the southern area of migration.Joe Gaydos with the SeaDoc Society out of the University of California, Davis, hoped it was the same whale.“Already too many have died this year — more than have been born and that’s not how you grow an endangered population of whales,” he said.“One more dead whale would not be good news for this population.” Hina Alam, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Edie Falco Urges Families To Skip The CircusEdie Falco Urges Families To Skip The Circus

first_imgWith Ringling Bros. headed to Brooklyn this week, Emmy-winning actor and Brooklyn native Edie Falco is starring in a new PETA video in the hope that her fellow New York City parents will keep their kids far away from the circus.In the video, she says, “I’m a mother. I cannot imagine having my children taken from me and forced to spend the rest of their lives away from everything that matters to them.” Falco’s video reveals how baby elephants—with whom females would have stayed for their entire lives in the wild — used by Ringling Bros. are stretched out, slammed to the ground, shocked with electric prods, and mercilessly beaten with bullhooks to teach them to obey and perform the confusing, unnatural, and physically taxing tricks of a circus routine.“Mother elephants in the circus cannot help their babies, but we can,” concludes Falco. “Never take your children to the circus. Let’s teach our kids to respect and show compassion for all beings—both human and animal.”Ringling Bros. has a long history of violating the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and paid the largest penalty in circus history to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to settle numerous violations of the AWA. PETA documented and reported that Ringling handlers beat and shock elephants to keep them in constant fear of punishment. The USDA is currently investigating Ringling for abuse after an arena worker reported in a sworn affidavit that he witnessed a Ringling employee strike a chained elephant with a bullhook violently, angrily, and excessively.Falco, who has won multiple awards for her starring roles in Nurse Jackie and The Sopranos, is part of a long list of celebrities — including Pink, Jada Pinkett Smith, Cloris Leachman, Demi Moore, and Alec Baldwin — who have joined with PETA to condemn circuses that use elephants.last_img read more

Meet Matthew And Camila McConaughey For Charity‏Meet Matthew And Camila McConaughey For Charity‏

first_imgOn the heels of winning his first Oscar for an incredible performance in Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey has partnered with online charity auction site Charitybuzz.com to raise funds for his foundation, just keep livin.The actor and philanthropist is offering up the chance for one lucky winner and a friend to walk the red carpet at the premiere of his highly anticipated film, Interstellar, and snap a photo with him. To get ready for the big event, they’ll also get styled by Dolce & Gabbana at the designer’s showroom on Rodeo Drive and even get to take some couture home!Charitable fans can bid here through May 15, but they better dig deep. The price has already gone up to $17,000 and can only be expected to rise in the six days before the auction closes. Proceeds will support the just keep livin Foundation, an organization founded by Matthew and Camila McConaughey to empower high school students to lead active lives and make healthy choices.Reese Witherspoon, Drew Brees, and other stars have also teamed up to help McConaughey’s cause. You can check out the full auction here.Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits by auctioning thousands of incredible experiences spanning the best of pop culture. Since launching, the company has raised over $100 million for charity by giving bidders the chance to live their dreams and make a difference.last_img read more

City Of Los Angeles Announces Stand Up To Cancer DayCity Of Los Angeles Announces Stand Up To Cancer Day

first_imgOn Wednesday, August 27, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Paul Koretz and the City of Los Angeles commended Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) by presenting a resolution declaring Friday, September 5 as the official “Stand Up To Cancer Day” in the City of Los Angeles.Marg Helgenberger and Italia RicciMayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Paul Koretz honored Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) – which was represented by Stand Up To Cancer Ambassador Marg Helgenberger and star of ABC Family’s Chasing Life, Italia Ricci as well as Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) members Lisa Paulsen, Ellen Ziffren and Kathleen Lobb. Press conference participants also included additional Los Angeles elected officials.Following the press conference, SU2C representatives also made a brief presentation at the City Council meeting.Stand Up To Cancer’s live one-hour commercial-free fundraising event which airs live on Friday September 5 8pm ET/7pm CT will feature performances from top recording artists and celebrities from film and television, engaging viewers with powerful stories of remarkable progress being made by SU2C-funded research. Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Emmy-winning producer Joel Gallen, president of Tenth Planet Productions, will join the SU2C Production Team as executive producers.This star-studded appeal will continue to build public support to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly to save lives and make cancer patients long term cancer survivors. SU2C brings together scientists from different disciplines across institutions and international boundaries to work collaboratively on promising new treatments that will impact a wide range of cancer types. The one-hour fundraising event will be simulcast live and commercial-free on ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, along with ABC Family, American Forces Network, Bravo, Cooking Channel, Discovery Fit & Health, E!, Encore, Encore Espanol, EPIX, ESPNews, FOX Sports 2, FXM, HBO, HBO Latino, ION Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Logo TV, MLB Network, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, Palladia, Pivot, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, Starz, TNT and VH1.last_img read more

LGBT Centers 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard AwardsLGBT Centers 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards

first_imgThe Los Angeles LGBT Center announced today that Co-CEO of WME | IMG Ariel Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor for the Obama Administration, will be honored at its 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards on Sat., Sept. 23, at The Beverly Hilton. American Airlines is the event’s title sponsor.This year’s star-studded, Hollywood-meets-the-Beltway evening will bring together more than 1,200 leaders from the civic, corporate, entertainment, and philanthropic communities to celebrate this year’s inspirational honorees for their unwavering support of the LGBT community and their dedication to creating positive change in the world. Guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, and entertainment, along with a not-to-be-missed silent auction that includes high-end items, packages, and experiences.Tickets are now on sale at lalgbtcenter.org/gala. For the latest event news and information, follow @lalgbtcenter on social media and join the conversation using #VanguardAwards.Emanuel and Co-CEO Patrick Whitesell have prioritized philanthropy as an integral part of WME | IMG’s corporate culture, a charge driven by Emanuel’s lifelong commitment to volunteerism and activism that was inspired from an early age by his parents’ deep involvement in pushing for solutions to social problems. After co-founding Endeavor in 1995, Emanuel and Whitesell orchestrated the largest talent agency merger in history in 2009 when they partnered with William Morris to form WME, which represents artists and experts across the book, digital media, film, food, music, television and theater industries. In 2012, Emanuel and Whitesell forged a strategic partnership with Silver Lake. Two years later, WME and Silver Lake acquired IMG, the premier sports, events, fashion, and media company.Jarrett was the longest serving senior advisor to President Barack Obama and was instrumental in helping coordinate the advancement of LGBT equality under eight years of the Obama administration. She worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates to champion the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world. She also led the Obama administration’s efforts to expand and strengthen access to the middle class, and boost American businesses and our economy.The event is co-chaired by Center board members Tess Ayers, LuAnn Boylan, Michael Lombardo, and Brad Ong and longtime Center supporter Kathy Kloves. Previous honorees include Miley Cyrus, Jane Fonda, Elton John, George and Brad Takei, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita, Wanda Sykes, and Lily Tomlin.2017 Title Sponsor: American Airlines; Diamond Sponsor: Wells Fargo; Gold sponsors: Comcast NBCUniversal, Gilead Sciences, Pauley Perrette, and US Bank; Silver sponsors: Gibson Dunn, Ralph’s, and Warner Bros.; Official Vodka Sponsor: Tito’s Handmade Vodka; and Media sponsors: The Advocate, Pride.com, and Variety.last_img read more

DJ Khaled Sells His Clothes For CharityDJ Khaled Sells His Clothes For Charity

first_imgDJ Khaled is selling his clothes for charity.The Grammy-nominated artist is selling over 250 pieces of clothing through retail and resale app Poshmark.A portion of the proceeds will benefit his Win More Music campaign with Get Schooled, which he set up for students to win music studios and production equipment for their schools.Click here to see what’s going under the hammer.last_img