Duchess Of Cambridge Attends Fundraising Launch For East Anglias Childrens Hospices

first_imgThe Duchess of Cambridge attended the launch of a fundraising campaign this week to help East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) build a new £10 million hospice in Norfolk.The Duchess of Cambridge meets the Cottis family during the launch of the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices Norfolk Capital AppealCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgHundreds of guests at the appeal launch attended from across Norfolk and beyond including individuals, businesses, charitable trusts, voluntary and community groups who had the opportunity to learn about the appeal and see how they can help.Among them was Leigh Smith, a 33-year-old physiotherapist from Norwich whose daughter Beatrice died from a rare heart condition after just 89 days, who said that The Duchess of Cambridge wrote personally to console her following the death of her baby daughter after she wrote a letter to Her Royal Highness outlining her story.Mrs Smith said: “I was so surprised to receive a letter with such personal comments and signed by her. I was touched that she had taken so much time to carefully read my letter and then to reply herself – it shows how much she cares.“When I met her today she remembered the letter and said it was an honour to meet me. I was completely taken aback – for me it was an honour to meet her.”The new hospice for Norfolk would be called The Nook and be built on a woodland plot near the village of Framingham Earl. The charity’s current Norfolk hospice in Quidenham is one of the oldest in the UK and is extremely restricted in its facilities and development. A new hospice for Norfolk will bring the county in line with the services EACH offers in Essex, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.The Duchess of Cambridge has played an active role in the campaign and introduced ceramics manufacturer Emma Bridgewater to EACH and suggested a range of mugs could be designed to support the fundraising campaign.The Duchess also met Jack Cottis, six, from Colchester, who suffered a brain haemorrhage in the womb and has a range of associated conditions, including blindness. He uses EACH’s Treehouse hospice in Ipswich.His mother Tracy Cottis, 48, is a patient trustee at the charity. She said: “I met Kate when she visited Ipswich and her passion for the charity is clear for all to see.”The Duchess of Cambridge has been patron of EACH since 2012 – one of the first four Royal patronages Her Royal Highness took on following her marriage in 2011.The Duchess’s support of EACH reflects her personal response to this very moving issue, where she hopes her continued support will make a difference.The Duchess of Cambridge has spent part of her time on overseas tours focusing on issues that are of importance to her and where she feels she can make a real difference.In September 2012, Her Royal Highness visited Malaysia with her husband on behalf of the British Government in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, where they spent an afternoon at Hospis Malaysia, which is a leading hospice located in central Kuala Lumpur, to learn more about how the hospice movement works in Malaysia.The Duchess of Cambridge continued this tradition during the overseas tour of New Zealand and Australia in 2014. She visited the Rainbow Place in Waikato, New Zealand, and Bear Cottage in Sydney, Australia where she met families and gave a speech.Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orglast_img read more

Michael Sheen Visits Recycle And ReUse Charity In Wales

first_imgWelsh recycle and re-use charity toogoodtowaste are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and they had a special visitor visit their Ynyshir branch last week.Michael Sheen OBE attended their celebratory event on Friday 31st July 2015. Michael was inspired by the organisation after hearing all the excellent community work that they carry out and wanted to learn more about them. During his visit Michael was given a full tour of their charity showroom, including their newly extended retail space and bric-a-brac area. He was also one of the first to see their newly introduced pre-owned clothing section that they hope will be a further help to the communities they serve. Michael was also given an exciting behind the scenes tour looking at their new sort facility and training room.During the tour Michael was introduced to the dedicated, loyal volunteers and staff members in their natural working environment as well as some partner organisations that the charity works closely with.“It has been an incredibly exciting visit and a signpost into the future,” said the actor. “I’ve witnessed a real respect here for people and for the community. That is combined with a sheer happiness of people just to be working here.“You’ve got people from school age right up to older volunteers, all working together in a nurturing environment. It’s an extraordinary place. People who are in need come here and they find what they are looking for.“There is a massive inequality in our society and we all have to look after each other, to work together to get through the hard times.Read more about his visit here.Source:toogoodtowastelast_img read more

Imagine Dragons To Perform At Tyler Robinson Foundation 3rd Annual Gala

first_imgOn Friday, Sept. 30, the Grammy Award-winning band, Imagine Dragons will perform at the third annual gala benefiting the Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF).This extraordinary gala raises funds to support families affected by pediatric cancer.Chris Harrison, from ABC’s “The Bachelor,” will serve as the evening’s host. Four honorees will be celebrated for their tireless efforts and work toward fighting pediatric cancer, including: • Criss Angel: His passion for pediatric cancer research has intensified following the diagnosis of his 2-year-old son with leukemia. • Dr. Raphael Rousseau: Leader of development or the Pediatric Oncology Drug Development Team at Genentech, Dr. Rousseau has dedicated his career to focusing on hard-to-treat pediatric cancers. • Gavin, Owen, Quinn and Ethan Morrison: Since learning of TRF in 2014, this family has demonstrated dedication to raising funds and awareness through school and church groups. • Hyundai Hope on Wheels: This organization funds innovative research and creates awareness, funding more than $115 million in pediatric cancer research in the U.S.Founded in 2013 by Grammy Award-winning band Imagine Dragons and the Robinson family, TRF’s mission is to strengthen families financially and emotionally as they cope with the tragedy of a pediatric cancer diagnosis by providing hope, information, and relief through financial services, caring volunteers, and monetary grants. The TRF is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
The Tyler Robinson Foundation honors the life of a remarkable 16-year-old boy who was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in August 2011.As soon as Tyler received the diagnosis, older brother, Jesse, immediately set out to find a way to help Tyler cope with the trials of cancer treatment. As passionate music lovers, Jesse and Tyler found a connection to the Imagine Dragon’s song, “It’s Time”. Lyrics from the song became their anthem and brought them comfort: “…so this is where you fell and I am left to sell. The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell.” To understand why this song and in particular these lyrics resonated with these two young men, watch the powerful official TRF video: The Path to Heaven.Imagine Dragons’ front man and lead singer, Dan Reynolds, heard about Tyler’s story and wanted to meet him during a show in Utah. Tyler went on to develop a close friendship with Dan and the other band members, Wayne Sermon, Dan Platzman and Ben McKee.When this inspiring young man unexpectedly passed away on March 4, 2013, Imagine Dragons and the Robinson family created TRF to honor Tyler and every family fighting this battle.The TRF is supported by generous corporate sponsors including SAP, Hard Rock, and NTT Data as together they partner with hospitals across the nation including Primary Children’s Medical Center, Mattel’s Children’s Hospital UCLA, and others to assist these families.WHEN:
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Jewel To Perform At Mindfulness In America Summit

first_imgJewel will perform at the Mindfulness In America summit in NYC in October.The event, co-hosted by Anderson Cooper, will bring together leaders across multiple disciplines, including:Andy Puddicombe, Headspace Cofounder and meditation teacherArianna Huffington, Mindfulness advocateJon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness TeacherDan Harris, 10% Happier authorAlong with business leaders and activists to explore the opportunties and challenges of living with greater mindfulness and presence in our age.The event takes place at various venues in NYC on October 8 and 9. For more information, click here.last_img read more

TVOKids receives amazing critical acclaim with nominations from the Youth Media Alliance

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter The Daytime Emmy® Awards will be held on April 30. The 2017 Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence gala will take place on May 31.The complete list of nominations is below. All nominated programs can be viewed on demand at tvokids.com and on the TVOKids YouTube channel. mPower is available to educators at tvo.org/mPower.Youth Media Alliance Awards of Excellence nominationsHi Opie! (Opie’s Ladybug Friend) –Best Program, Live Action, Ages 3–5PAW Patrol (Tracker Joins the Pups!) –Best Program, Animation, Ages 3–5Annedroids (The Mother of Invention) – Best Program, Live Action, Ages 6–9Odd Squad: The Movie – Best Program, Live Action, Ages 6–9The Mystery Files (The Mystery of the Underground Railroad) – Best Program, Live Action, Ages 6–9Wild Kratts, Season 4 (Pangolin Rescue) –Best Program, Animation, Ages 6–9Giver (Amherstberg Sports Park) – Best Program, Live Action, Ages 9 +mathXplosion – Best Original Digital ContentmPower – Best Original Interactive ContentScience Max Interactive – Best Original Interactive ContentLook Kool Online –Best Cross-platform Interactive ContentOpie’s Playground –Best Cross-platform Interactive ContentDaytime Emmy® nominationsDino Dan: Trek’s AdventuresOutstanding Pre-School Children’s SeriesOutstanding Directing in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing Program TORONTO, March 30, 2017 – TVO’s leadership in digital learning was further recognized last week with 12 nominations for the 2017 Youth Media Alliance (YMA) Awards of Excellence, and a record-setting 23 nominations for the Daytime Emmy® Awards – the most TVO has ever earned for its children’s content by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.Among the nominations was an important recognition by the YMA for TVO mPower in the category of Best Original Interactive Content. mPower is a new, creative online game that helps build foundational K-6 math skills for students in the classroom. All of TVO’s nominations serve as a strong acknowledgement of TVOKids’ exciting and innovative kids content that reflects the Ontario school curriculum.“TVO is incredibly proud of this recognition of our leadership in creating a better world through the power of learning,” says Lisa de Wilde, Chief Executive Officer. “We are harnessing technology to reinvent learning in the 21st century with innovative digital media like mPower. Our multiple nominations affirm the excellence, creativity and hard work of TVO – and our production partners – in developing programs and interactive experiences that set kids up for success in school and in life.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment FacebookTwitterYouTube iTunesGoogle PlayBlackBerry WorldBell Mobile TV On air:Cable ch. 2 (may vary in some areas)Rogers channel 2Bell Fibe TV HD 1209Bell Fibe TV SD 209Bell TV 265Shaw Direct HD 39Shaw Direct SD 353 Odd SquadOutstanding Children’s or Family Viewing SeriesOutstanding Interactive – Enhancement to a Daytime Program or SeriesOutstanding Performer in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing Program (Isaac Kargten as Otis; Jack McBrayer as Weird Tom)Outstanding Writing in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing ProgramOutstanding Writing Special ClassOutstanding Directing in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing ProgramOutstanding Main Title and Graphic DesignOutstanding Single Camera EditingOutstanding Sound Mixing – Live ActionOutstanding Sound Editing – Live ActionOutstanding Costume Design/StylingOutstanding HairstylingOutstanding Makeup AnnedroidsOutstanding Children’s or Family Viewing SeriesOutstanding Performer in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing Program (Adrianna Di Liello as Shania; Addison Holley as Anne)Outstanding Writing in a Children’s, Pre-School Children’s or Family Viewing ProgramOutstanding Sound Mixing – Live ActionOutstanding Sound Editing – Live Action Advertisement Advertisement Online:tvo.orgtvokids.comtvo.org/ilc About TVOAs the technological extension of Ontario’s public education system, TVO’s vision is to create a better world through the power of learning. TVO provides learning opportunities for Ontarians through innovative educational products, in-depth current affairs, groundbreaking documentaries, and award-winning TVOKids resources both inside and outside the classroom. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.Where to find TVO Facebook Odd Squad: The MovieOutstanding Directing Special Classlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Madelaine Petsch as Teen Penelope Blossom, Lili Reinhart as Teen Alice Smith, Ashleigh Murray as Teen Sierra Samuels and Camila Mendes as Teen Hermione Gomez – The CWCamila Mendes as Teen Hermione Gomez and Cole Sprouse as Teen FP Jones – The CWThe CWMadelaine Petsch as Teen Penelope Blossom and KJ Apa as Teen Fred Andrews – The CWCharles Melton as Teen Marty Mantle, Casey Cott as Teen Tom Keller, Major Curda as Teen Daryl Doiley and Michael Consuelos as Teen Hiram Lodge – The CWAshleigh Murray as Teen Sierra Samuels and Casey Cott as Teen Tom Keller – The CWRiverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Advertisement Advertisement Riverdale ~ The CW Login/Register With: Facebook Riverdale is throwing it back!The CW drama is headed back in time on Wednesday, exploring the parents’ years at Riverdale High with a bit of creative casting — and a deadly twist.All of Riverdale’s main stars play the younger versions of their parents in the ep — with a special appearance by Mark Consuelos’ son, Michael, as young Hiram — which puts a dark spin on The Breakfast Club, as the early ’90s teens come together in detention to play an all-consuming game of Gryphons and Gargoyles. “The Midnight Club was when we all were in detention together and they uncovered this secret game that everybody started playing,” Mädchen Amicktold ET’s Leanne Aguilera ahead of Wednesday’s epic episode, which features Alice telling Betty (Lili Reinhart) the story of the group’s harrowing hijinks. “It really takes you into a dark, twisted, mental space, and then we ended up losing a life along the way.”Check out this week’s episode of Sweetwater Secrets for more on the fun flashback, and scroll down to see the cast in their ’90s duds for the epic episode! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Ship sent to drain diesel off grounded tug boat nearly sinks raising

first_imgTina HouseAPTN National NewsA ship sent to recover diesel fuel inside a tug boat that ran aground on the B.C coast nearly sank itself.A week ago, the tug hit the coast at Bella Bella north of Vancouver Island with nearly 25,000 litres of diesel on board.The incident is leading many to question whether Canada’s oil spill response is adequate to allow full sized tankers to navigate in west coast waters.thouse@aptn.calast_img

Homemade bomb goes off in Winnipeg injuring 4

first_imgShaneen Robinson-Desjarlais APTN National NewsWinnipeg police are still investigating an explosion that injured four people and destroyed a vehicle.The explosion took place over the weekend.The family is still in shock.“It’s pretty sick especially when there’s lots of kids walking around,” said Nick  and she’s a mother herself,” said Nick Chastellane who was injured in the blast.srobinson@aptn.calast_img

Valeant says its making progress halfway through planned turnaround

first_imgMONTREAL – Nearly halfway through its planned turnaround, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. says it is making progress in reducing debt, growing core revenues and resolving legacy legal matters.“While there is more work to do to complete this turnaround to be clear, Valeant today is a stronger company than it was a year ago,” said chairman and CEO Joseph Papa, who joined the company 18 months ago.Valeant’s shares surged more than 17 per cent Tuesday after the drugmaker reported a US$1.3-billion profit boosted by a tax gain.Valeant’s (TSX:VRX) shares gained C$2.66 to close at C$18.09 in Tuesday trading.Papa warned that transforming the embattled company is a multi-year process involving incremental steps.One of the biggest tasks has been cutting its total debt by 11 per cent to $27.4 billion.The company said it has reduced its total debt by $6 billion since the end of the first quarter of 2016, topping its commitment to pay down $5 billion by February.Valeant added it no longer feels compelled to sell more assets but will entertain interest in non-core assets, chief financial officer Paul Herendeen said during a conference call addressing third-quarter results.“It is more opportunistic than I would say a year ago when it was pretty much mandatory that we pursue the divestiture of a number of assets,” he said.Herendeen also said he’s watching very closely efforts in the U.S. Congress to cut corporate taxes. The largest negative impact for the Canadian-based company is likely to come from a proposed 20 per cent excise tax on payments made by U.S. entities to related foreign companies.“If this is enacted just that way this is going to be a problem not just for us, but for any multinational companies — U.S. or otherwise — that do business in the U.S. and have manufacturing and intellectual property located outside the U.S.”The company said it has resolved 21 legal cases launched against it in the past.This includes the Justice Department declining to prosecute following a 2015 investigation of payments made between its Bausch & Lomb division and medical professionals involving surgical products.A class action lawsuit against the eye-care division over consumer fraud allegations was dismissed, as was a royalty dispute over payments for diabetes pill Glumetza.Valeant still faces a string of lawsuits, including one from its former chief executive, and U.S. investigations over its drug pricing practices after questions about the company’s business model first emerged two years ago.The scrutiny caused its shares to plunge from more than $300 per share.The Quebec-based company, which reports in U.S. dollars, said it earned $1.3 billion or $3.69 per diluted share for the three months ending Sept. 30. That compared with a loss of $1.22 billion or $3.49 per diluted share a year ago.Revenue totalled $2.22 billion for the quarter, down from $2.48 billion in the third quarter of 2016, due in part to the sale of several assets in a bid to reduce its massive debt.On an adjusted basis, Valeant said it earned $367 million in its latest quarter.Revenues and adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) beat expectations, which Douglas Miehm of RBC Capital Markets said is “positive.”Valeant lowered its full-year revenue guidance to between $8.65 billion and $8.8 billion. That’s down from $8.7 billion to $8.9 billion in August and $8.9 billion and $9.1 billion in May.The forecast for adjusted EBITDA was maintained at $3.5 billion to $3.75 billion.last_img read more

Bank of Canada remains cautious on future rate hikes due to low

first_imgTORONTO – The Bank of Canada remains cautious about future rate hikes as it measures the risk posed by low inflation that continues to fall short of the central bank’s two per cent target, senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins said Wednesday.“Just three weeks ago, the bank decided to leave the policy rate unchanged. We said at the time that while less monetary policy stimulus will likely be required over time, governing council will be cautious in making future adjustments to the policy rate,” Wilkins said in remarks made in New York.“One of the motivations for caution is that inflation has been in the lower end of the inflation target bands of one to three per cent for quite some time.”Inflation in Canada slowed over the first half of this year and remained in the lower half of the Bank of Canada’s target range even as the economy grew quickly.Caution, however, has its limits in times of uncertainty, Wilkins added, including those related to monetary policy and financial stability.“Whether it is about how aggressive or how cautious policy should be — getting the dosage right demands sound judgment about complex trade-offs,” she said.“And, like many businesses and households, central banks have established techniques to reduce, where possible, the level of uncertainty they experience.”Speaking before the Money Marketeers of New York University, Wilkins said the central bank is particularly focused on data that indicate how wages and potential output are progressing, as well as the effects of the two interest rate increases made over the summer. The bank is also following NAFTA negotiations closely.While higher household debt has likely heightened the sensitivity of spending to interest rate increases, Wilkins said it is difficult at this time to know by how much. There is also uncertainty about the interaction of interest rate increases with the recent tightening of macroprudential rules.To understand how the bank factors uncertainty into its policy decisions, Wilkins paralleled a scenario involving business people considering large capital expenditures who have the option value of waiting until they are more sure of the returns.“As with investment, fixed costs of changing policy direction may explain a central bank’s aversion to reversals and motivate a wait-and-see approach to policy,” she said.That said, she added, it’s unclear how costly policy reversals are for the real economy.“It is possible that the perceived costs are self-reinforcing because reversals are so rare that they are viewed as policy errors when they do occur, rather than as a sensible reaction to new information.”last_img read more

In new rule Trump tries to deliver a health care promise

first_imgWASHINGTON – Striving to fulfil a campaign promise, the Trump administration moved Thursday to facilitate the interstate sale of health insurance policies that cost less but may not cover as much.The proposed regulation from the Labor Department would provide more health insurance options for self-employed people and small businesses, but its success depends on buy-in from insurers, state regulators, plan sponsors and consumers themselves. Some groups already have concerns.Don’t look for revolutionary changes, said analyst Elizabeth Carpenter of the health industry consultancy Avalere Health. “The impact on the markets and on consumers really may depend on whether it is easy enough for the groups potentially affected to take advantage of the rule,” she said.No sweeping consequences are seen for the more than 170 million Americans with employer-sponsored coverage, or the nearly 30 million still uninsured.The complex proposal aims to deliver on President Donald Trump’s long-standing pledge to increase competition and lower costs by promoting the sale of health plans across state lines. Unable to repeal the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, the administration is pursuing regulations to change the marketplace.The new rule would make it easier for groups, or associations, to sponsor health plans that don’t have to meet all consumer protection and benefit requirements of the Obama law. Those requirements improve coverage, but also raise premiums.Insurance industry groups are skeptical of Trump’s idea, saying it could undermine the current state markets. Patient groups are concerned about losing protections. Some state regulators object to federal interference.In a recent interview, Trump predicted big changes would result from the combination of this expected proposal, known as “association health plans,” and the GOP’s recent repeal of the ACA’s requirement that most people get health insurance or risk fines.“So now I have associations,” Trump told The New York Times last week. “I have private insurance companies coming and will sell private health care plans to people through associations. That’s gonna be millions and millions of people. People have no idea how big that is. And by the way, and for that, we’ve ended ‘across state lines.’ So we have competition.”Trump appeared to be referring to current obstacles that deter an insurer in one state from marketing to customers in another state. Some of those barriers have to do with state regulations that differ in the kinds of benefits that insurers must cover. For example, one state may require robust coverage for children with autism, while another may not.Under the administration’s proposal, health plans sponsored by associations would gain enhanced status under a federal law that generally exempts large employer plans from state regulation. Experts are poring over the proposal to determine precisely to what degree such exemptions would apply to the new plans.The Labor Department said the proposal could benefit up to 11 million people who are self-employed or work for small businesses, and lack employer coverage. Association plans, called “Small Business Health Plans” in the proposal, would be open to small employers and sole proprietors and their families.The plans could be organized along the lines of an industry, enabling them to market anywhere in the country. Or they could be set up to serve communities, including major metro areas that span several states, such as the tri-state New York-New Jersey-Connecticut area.The department said such plans would not be able to charge individuals higher premiums because of health issues or turn down applicants with medical problems.“The Affordable Care Act’s ending of discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions has become almost sacrosanct,” said Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.However, the regulations allow higher premiums based on age, gender and other factors, said legal analyst Timothy Jost. Interested parties have 60 days to comment.The main insurance industry groups, along with organizations representing patients and consumers, worry that the administration’s approach could siphon healthy people away from the health law’s insurance markets, creating a spiral of rising premiums for people who need comprehensive benefits.“We are concerned that this could create or expand alternative, parallel markets for health coverage, which would lead to higher premiums for consumers, particularly those with pre-existing conditions,” according to a letter last month to state regulators, signed by America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.Even before Thursday’s development, Pennsylvania’s acting insurance commissioner, Jessica Altman, had her own concerns. “Generally speaking, these types of plans are exempt from state law and outside my jurisdiction,” the Democratic appointee said in an interview. “That means any issues that consumers have, I won’t be able to help them. More and more people would fall under the jurisdiction of the federal government, and I think state regulators would say we really do it better.”The administration plan won accolades from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., long an advocate of association health plans. But groups on the political left denounced it as another attempt to sabotage former President Barack Obama’s health law.__Associated Press Health Writer Tom Murphy contributed to this report.last_img read more

Toys R Us Canada carries on business as usual amid reports of

first_imgTORONTO – It’s business as usual at Toys R Us Canada, the company says, even as reports claim the toy retailer’s American counterpart will soon liquidate its U.S. operations.“We have no information or comment on the U.S. stories,” said Clint Gaudry, vice-president of marketing, in an emailed statement late Thursday.Media reports Thursday cited unnamed sources familiar with the matter that said Toys R Us Inc. has so far failed to find a buyer or reach an agreement with its creditors. The company, which filed for court protection for its American and Canadian divisions in September 2017, could close all 880 of its U.S. stores as a result, according to the reports.A spokeswoman for the U.S. division declined to comment in an email Thursday.However, Gaudry said the Canadian business “is operating as usual.” The company has about 82 stores in Canada, as well as an e-commerce site.The company continues to honour all of its customer policies and programs such as its baby registry, gift cards and loyalty points, he said.In January, the Toys R Us announced it would close about 180 stores in the U.S. “in the coming months.”At the time, the Canadian division also said it was business as usual and reiterated its commitment to the same policies and programs. The company said it also planned to roll out enhancements to its baby registry and loyalty programs, among other changes in 2018.last_img read more

In GM country workers arent abandoning Trump – so far

first_imgLORDSTOWN, Ohio — Since General Motors announced its decision this week to shut down its hulking Lordstown plant — the anchor of this northeast Ohio town — workers on the line have had nothing but questions. Will they have jobs come spring? Should they put in for transfers and move their families to Texas or Tennessee? How much should they spend on Christmas?One they haven’t yet answered: Who is to blame?It was working-class voters like these who bucked the area’s history as a Democratic stronghold and backed Donald Trump in 2016, helping him win the White House with promises to put American workers first and bring back disappearing manufacturing jobs. Whether they stick with him after the GM news and other signs that the economy may be cooling could determine Trump’s political future.For now, many people here are still behind the man who won them over with his sky-high promises. But they took those pledges seriously, and still expect him to fulfil them.“Do I feel like there’s still time to put down Twitter and stop doing what he’s doing and focus on us? Yeah,” said Tommy Wolikow, who followed in his father’s footsteps to work at GM Lordstown before he was laid off on the same day as Trump’s inauguration.The 36-year-old father of three was in the crowd at a 2017 rally in Youngstown when Trump boasted he would bring jobs back.“Don’t sell your house,” the president said — and Wolikow took him at his word. But things only got worse. He’s since started travelling to Trump rallies to draw attention to the troubles in Lordstown and elsewhere where he says promises haven’t been kept. But he says he will support Trump again if he sees action, not just words.“If you help get jobs back here in our community … you’ll have my vote,” he said.GM said Monday it would cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and marked five plants for possible closure, including the Lordstown plant, which previous rounds of layoffs already had left operating with just one shift. Once-full parking lots around the plant now sit largely empty. Assembly plants in Detroit and Ontario and transmission plants near Baltimore and in Warren, Michigan, also could be shuttered.Michigan, like Ohio, was among the states with large numbers of once-reliably Democratic union workers who backed Trump two years ago. But Michigan seemed to be swinging back to the left in the November midterm election, when Democrats won the governor’s office and other statewide races and picked up two congressional seats.Ohio seemed to be holding firm for the GOP. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown — a possible 2020 presidential candidate — won re-election, but Republicans won the governor’s race and four other statewide offices for the third straight time, an outcome Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper attributed partly to Ohioans’ loyalty to the president. “The Trump factor,” he said.In northeast Ohio, where Democrats for decades took 60 per cent or more of the vote, the GOP picked up steam. While statewide Democratic candidates won in Mahoning County, where Youngstown is located, it was by much smaller margins than four years ago. County GOP Chairman Mark Munroe credits Trump and a “newfound sense of optimism.”“If anything, support for the president has gotten stronger,” he said. “People have an appreciation for what the president has done. I think he’ll do even better in 2020.”The Trump presidency has coincided with factory job gains, although not in some of the traditional manufacturing centres that he promised to revive. The number of people working in factories has not passed the totals of a decade ago, right before the 2008 financial crisis forced a crushing wave of layoffs.Ohio has shed auto-making jobs on Trump’s watch, while Michigan, California and Kentucky have seen growth.Trump does appear to be getting credit for the economy, even from those who aren’t personally benefiting.With low unemployment and a largely strong stock market until relatively recently, nearly two-thirds of midterm voters nationwide considered the economy to be good, according to VoteCast, the Associated Press’ survey of the electorate. And while just 44 per cent of voters said they approved of his job performance overall, 55 per cent gave him high marks on the economy.In rural and small-town America, the heart of Trump’s support, a solid majority — 58 per cent — of voters making less than $50,000 said they approve of his handling of the economy. That’s only a slightly smaller share than rural voters overall.In Ohio, backing for Trump and his handling of the economy was strong. Even as voters nearly split evenly on their opinion of Trump overall, 57 per cent gave him good marks on the economy.“I don’t think he can perform miracles,” said Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill, a Trump supporter who, like others in this community near Youngstown, is hopeful GM will assign the plant another product to replace the Chevy Cruze, a model workers here produce but the company is abandoning. He blames market forces, not Trump or GM, and says the community is otherwise doing well.“If we were giving out grades, I’d give (Trump) a B right now,” Hill said. “If Lordstown gets another product, I’ll give him an A.”Trump criticized GM and the company’s chief executive officer, Mary Barra, after the shutdown announcement, noting on Twitter that the company isn’t closing plants in China or Mexico.“The U.S. saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get!” he wrote. The president also said this week he wants to cut federal subsidies for the company, and signalled he may place tariffs on car imports.The White House has not clarified those comments, and there are questions about whether the president has the authority to act without congressional approval.Union leaders and Democratic officials say Trump should have done more, and sooner. After the latest round of layoffs in July, Union President Dave Green sent a letter to Trump asking him to get involved and noting a large number of union members voted for him. Trump’s silence on the situation, Green wrote, was “disturbing.”Trump this week pinned blame on others, including Brown, telling The Wall Street Journal the senator “didn’t get the point across” to GM. Brown said the president should stop “pointing fingers” and called on him to sit down and discuss ways to save the plant.News like the GM announcement could sway opinion and create a line of attack for a Democratic candidate. And there are other indications of U.S. economic trouble: Sales of new U.S. homes dropped in October by almost 9 per cent, and the number of unsold, newly built homes on the market reached its highest level since 2009.Tim O’Hara, vice-president of United Auto Workers 1112, says whether support for Trump continues is a matter of “wait and see, like everything else.” He said he believes a Democrat still has a chance to win in Ohio if that candidate talks about issues people care about, like jobs and trade.O’Hara, who backed Hillary Clinton in 2016, retired from the plant earlier this year after 41 years, though his wife still works there. He said a lot of people in the area “seemed to buy in to Trump” two years ago, and he agreed most are still with the president.“But worst-case scenario — let’s say the plant closes for good — I don’t know what their opinion is going to be at that point,” he said.___Associated Press writers Hannah Fingerhut and Josh Boak contributed from Washington.Sara Burnett, The Associated Presslast_img read more

TransCanada sells US power plant in Arizona to Southwest Generation for 623M

first_imgThe Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP) CALGARY — TransCanada Corp. has signed a deal to sell its Coolidge Generating Station in Arizona to a subsidiary of Southwest Generation Operating Co. LLC for $623 million.TransCanada chief executive Russ Girling says the sale, worth US$465 million, is part of a plan to help fund the company’s capital spending program.The 575-megawatt natural gas-fired power in Coolidge, Ariz., is underpinned by a long-term power purchase agreement.Under the terms of the PPA, Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District has a right of first refusal on a sale to a third party.TransCanada owns and operates pipelines across North America as well as power generation assets including a stake in the Bruce Power nuclear power plant in Ontario.last_img read more

The Latest Switzerland secures UK deal on citizens rights

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Britain’s upcoming exit from the European Union (all times local):11:40 a.m.The Swiss government has approved an agreement with Britain for the two countries to safeguard the rights of each other’s citizens after the U.K. leaves the European Union.Switzerland isn’t an EU member but is surrounded by members of the 28-nation bloc and is closely tied to it by an array of bilateral agreements. It is part of Europe’s passport-free travel zone, the Schengen area, and allows EU citizens the right to live and work in the country.Switzerland’s governing Federal Council said it has approved a deal with London to safeguard for life the existing residence rights of Swiss citizens living in Britain and Britons living in Switzerland. It also covers their entitlement to social security and recognition of professional qualifications.Britain is due to leave the EU March 29.___11:20 a.m.British lawmakers are heading off for a holiday break with visions of Brexit dancing in their heads, and a big decision to make.Parliament breaks up Thursday for a 17-day Christmas recess, with no decision on whether to approve the government’s divorce deal with the European Union.Prime Minister Theresa May postponed a vote on the deal last week to avert heavy defeat. It has been rescheduled for the week of Jan. 14, but opposition remains strong across the political spectrum.Amid the impasse, Britain and the EU have triggered plans to try to limit the economic chaos if Britain leaves the bloc on March 29 with no deal.The government hopes the prospect of a disruptive Brexit will persuade lawmakers to vote for May’s deal when they come back.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Relocation of ravens rewarding for Conservation Officers in Fort St John

first_imgAnd now for something completely different. Today the Peace BCCOS assisted in the movement of an occupied Raven’s nest so a stack could be repaired. Improvisation occurred to protect all from the dive bombing parents. All reunited. Quoth the Raven “Nevermore!” Edgar Allan Poe. pic.twitter.com/nwldcZGCsQ— BC CO Service (@_BCCOS) May 17, 2018The story is a heart-warming one, as Kneller explained that though there is currently an open season on ravens in the area, the property’s customers preferred having the birds around, just not at that specific location. Three raven fledglings whose nest was relocated in Fort St. John. Photo by BC Conservation Officer Service/TwitterAccording to Kneller, the two parents have successfully returned to their relocated nest and are once again rearing their young. He said that if all goes according to plan, the fledglings should be ready to leave their nest in a few weeks. Kneller said that he and Service biologist Audrey Gagne-Delorme commandeered a crane that was at the site and donned helmets and goggles to protect themselves while they attempted to relocate the nest. Using a snow shovel instead of his phone, Kneller took care of the angry birds while Gagne-Delorme scooped the nest into an open dog kennel. The pair then took the nest and placed it, chicks and all, on top of a sea-can located on the other side of the property.  FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A story that might have ended like Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller The Birds ended up with a happy ending yesterday after Conservation Officers were called out to deal with a raven’s nest that was perched in an inconvenient location.Conservation Officer Micha Kneller said that employees of Crop Production Services called the B.C. Conservation Officer Service on Wednesday to help deal with a pair of ravens that were dive-bombing staff that needed to gain access to some silos on the property. As it turns out, the two ravens had built their nest on one of the silo’s towers, and were protecting their three chicks.  A raven's nest seen perched on a silo tower in Fort St. John. Photo by BC Conservation Officer Service/Twitter A raven’s nest seen perched on a silo tower in Fort St. John. Photo by BC Conservation Officer Service/Twitter Conservation Officer Micha Kneller and biologist Audrey Gagne-Delorme suited up before relocating a raven's nest in Fort St. John on Wednesday. Photo by BC Conservation Officer Service/Twitter Conservation Officer Micha Kneller and biologist Audrey Gagne-Delorme suited up before relocating a raven’s nest in Fort St. John on Wednesday. Photo by BC Conservation Officer Service/Twitter last_img read more

Manika Batra’s voter awareness video with ECI for clearance

first_imgNew Delhi: A video of ace table tennis player Manika Batra urging citizens to cast their vote has been sent to the Election Commission Of India for approval before it is played in cinema halls, malls and other public places, officials said Monday. The office of the CEO had chosen the Commonwealth Games medallist as an ambassador for spreading voting awareness. “The video message has been sent to the Election Commission Of India for approval. After which, the message will be played in cinema halls, malls and other public places,” an official said. Cricketer Rishabh Pant, who is another brand ambassador of the CEO, has also recorded an awareness video which is currently in the editing phase and will be sent to the Election Commission soon. CEO of Delhi Ranbir Singh Monday said returning officers have been directed to ensure voter awareness activities are carried out.last_img read more

Gangster involved in day light murder arrested

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Thursday said that they have arrested a gangster from Rohini area who was involved in day light murder case in Narela area.The accused was carrying the reward of one lakh rupees. Police identified the accused as Dushyant alias Monu Bajitpur and recovered one loaded semi automatic pistol. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Kushwah stated that the arrest was made on the basis of tip off that Monu would visit Sector 16, Rohini, Delhi near nullah to meet his associate. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe DCP further said that on February 1, a day light incident of murder was executed near school in Narela. In this incident, the accused and his associates were found involved in the murder of one Vikas Chauhan. “This incident raised several concerns regarding the increasing incidents of gangwars in Delhi. After this incident efforts were made to arrest Monu Bajitpur. A reward of Rs. 1 Lakh was also subsequently declared on information leading to his arrest,” said DCP Special Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsCell. Police said that the accused is a close associate of dreaded Neeraj Bawania gang. Initially in the year 2010, he came in contact with the Kala Asodiya and Neeraj Bawania through his maternal uncle, Krishan, who was also a gangster. “His association with Kala Asodiya and Neeraj Bawania resulted in his rivalry with the dreaded gangs of Neetu Dabodia and Ashok Pradhan. Neetu Dabodia gang was subsequently taken over by Ashok Pardhan and Rajesh Bawania after Neetu Dabodia died in an exchange fire with Special Cell, ” police said. This gang rivalry has resulted in killings of several persons from both the sides. There has been three attempts to kill Monu Bajitpur in the past by the rival gang.last_img read more

1,000 kg explosives haul: One of prime accused held in Odisha

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police arrested one of the prime accused in connection with the recovery of 1000 kgs of explosives from a matador that was intercepted at the northern slope of Tala bridge on BT Road under Chitpore police station on March 9.”We have arrested Mustafa Shiekh alias Bomb Mustafa from Odisha in connection with the case of explosive recovery, “a senior STF official said. Mustafa was produced at Bankshal court and was remanded to police custody till April 12. He was brought to Kolkata by the STF sleuths after the local court in Odisha had granted two days transit remand. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA resident of Dantan in West Midnapore Mustafa is suspected to be the linkman in the case and the police was in the look out for him soon after the recovery. According to STF sources investigations in the case have identified one Sahoo in Odisha as the manufacturer of such explosives. Mustafa was the prime architect in establishing the link between Sahoo and the recipients of such staff in Bengal. It may be mentioned that the STF had arrested the driver and the helper of the vehicle that was carrying the explosive at the time of the haul. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt was coming from Balasore in Odisha and was headed towards North 24 Parganas. The explosive substance was primarily identified as ammonium nitrate and was carried in 27 pieces of gunny bags. Both the arrested duo. Indrajit Bhui (25) and Padmolochon Dey (31) were residents of Balasore in Odisha. Bhui was the driver of the vehicle while Dey was the khalashi. The sleuths later arrested one Rabiul Islam of North 24 Parganas who used to procure the explosive from Sahoo. The sleuths are not ruling out the involvement of Mustafa in the supply of explosive from Vijaynagar in Andhra Pradesh to Bengal. “We have taken him into custody and will grill him for further leads in the case,” an STF officer said.last_img read more

Facebook removes 687 pages, accounts linked to Congress IT Cell for ‘inauthentic behaviour’

first_imgNew Delhi: Social media giant Facebook Monday said it has removed 687 pages and accounts linked to individuals associated with an IT Cell of the Congress party as it cracks down on fake accounts and spam. These accounts, it said, were part of a coordinated networks and were removed not based on content or fake news but for “inauthentic behaviour” and for pushing spam. Besides, Facebook has also removed 103 pages, groups and accounts on its platform and Instagram for engaging in similar behaviour as part of a network that originated in Pakistan. Facebook Head of Cybersecurity Policy Nathaniel Gleicher told reporters that Facebook has removed 687 Facebook Pages and accounts – the majority of which had already been detected and suspended by its automated systems – that engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” in India and were linked to individuals associated with an IT Cell of the Indian National Congress (INC). “When we remove one of these networks, the reason we remove them is because of their coordinated inauthentic behaviour, that they are using network of fake accounts to conceal their identity….to mislead who’s behind them. That’s the basic reason for removal,” he told reporters. He asserted that the removal was not based on the content that was shared by these pages and groups. “We are constantly working to detect and stop coordinated inauthentic behaviour because we don’t want our services to be used to manipulate people. We’re taking down these pages and accounts based on their behaviour, not the content they posted,” he said. No immediate comments could be obtained from the Congress. Facebook, which has been facing flak globally for instances of user data breach, has been ramping up efforts to ensure that its platforms (that includes WhatsApp and Instagram) aren’t misused to spread misinformation, especially ahead of polls in India. It has recently started providing details of political ads on its platform in a bid to enhance transparency. It is also strengthening its team of fact checkers and deploying technology tools to flag fake news. With ensuing general elections, the Indian government had warned social media platforms of strong action if any attempt was made to influence the country’s electoral process through undesirable means. Talking about the steps taken post the removal, Gleicher said: “We have reached out to the INC to educate them about what we have seen and answer questions they have. We have also reached out to policy makers and government to ensure that they understand the types of behaviour we are seeing and what we are learning”. He explained that the page admins and account owners typically posted about local news and political issues, including topics like the upcoming elections, candidate views, the INC and criticism of political opponents including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “While the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities, our review found that it was connected to individuals associated with an INC IT Cell,” Gleicher said. In a blog post, Facebook – which has over 200 million users in India – said the pages and accounts removed had spent around USD 39,000 for ads on Facebook, paid for in Indian rupees. The first ad ran in August 2014 and the most recent ad ran in March 2019. Separately, Facebook has also removed 15 pages, groups and accounts for engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” on Facebook and Instagram that were linked to individuals associated with an Indian IT firm, Silver Touch. These account owners used a combination of authentic and fake accounts to share their content like local news and political events, including topics like the Indian government, the upcoming elections, the BJP and alleged misconduct of political opponents including the INC. These pages spent around USD 70,000 for ads on Facebook, paid for in Indian rupees. The first ad ran in June 2014 and the most recent ad ran in February 2019. Referring to the removal of pages linked to a network that originated in Pakistan, Gleicher said the individuals behind this activity used fake accounts to operate military fan pages, general Pakistani interest pages, Kashmir community pages, and hobby and news pages. “They also frequently posted about local and political news including topics like the Indian government, political leaders and military. Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities, our investigation found that it was linked to employees of the ISPR (Inter-Service Public Relations) of the Pakistani military,” he added. This network spent about USD 1,100 for ads on Facebook that was paid for in US dollars and Pakistani rupees. The first ad ran in May 2015 and the most recent ad ran in December 2018. In addition, the US-based company has removed 227 pages and 94 accounts in India for violating its policies against spam and misrepresentation. “These pages and accounts were engaging in behaviour that expressly violate our policies. This included using fake accounts or multiple accounts with the same names, impersonating someone else, posting links to malware, and posting massive amounts of content across a network of Groups and pages in order to drive traffic to websites they are affiliated with in order to make money,” Gleicher said. He added that unlike the takedowns for coordinated inauthentic behaviour, this activity was not part of one coordinated operation.last_img read more