Sydney: Compulsory neck guards on helmets for Australian cricketers are “not far away”, the national team’s medical chief said Monday after a sickening blow felled Steve Smith during the second Ashes Test. Australia have been at the forefront of pressing for better safety measures after the death of Phillip Hughes, who was hit on the base of the skull by a bouncer in a Sheffield Shield game in 2014. Following an independent investigation into the tragedy, Cricket Australia introduced new rules for concussion substitutes in domestic games. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh These have now been adopted by the International Cricket Council and were used for the first time when Smith was replaced by Marnus Labuschagne on Sunday against England at Lord’s after medics ruled him unfit to carry on. The inquest into Hughes’ death also recommended first-class players in Australia wear helmets made to British safety standards while batting against medium pace or fast bowling. That included the use of specially designed neck guards, known as StemGuards. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later But they are not compulsory and Smith, who collapsed to the ground face first after the vicious ball from Jofra Archer smacked into the side of his neck, in scenes reminiscent of the Hughes incident, was not wearing one. He said afterwards they made him claustrophobic and uncomfortable. Cricket Australia’s sports science and sports medicine chief Alex Kountouris said it was only a matter of time before they became mandatory, revealing the International Cricket Council, Cricket Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board, and helmet manufacturers recently completed a major review. – Australian doctor ‘thorough’ – ================================ “Helmet manufacturers did the right thing and came out with products (after Hughes’ death). There was no real knowledge of the mechanism, what exactly they were trying to protect or stuff like that,” Kountouris told the Sydney Morning Herald. “But since that time we have done a lot of research. We actually have a pretty good understanding of that now.” Now there was agreement on what the standard should look like, including the size and area that needs to be covered and the force properties it should have. Kountouris said it would take about six months for manufacturers to complete the upgraded product, which then would be trialled by players. “Obviously, at some point, we want to make it a requirement to wear but we want to make sure we have the right products — we haven’t seen what the products are at the moment,” he said. “When we get to that point, I think we’ll be comfortable to say: ‘Let’s make it a requirement’. There is still a little time to go but we are not far away.” Peter Brukner, the former doctor of the Australian team from 2012-2017, said he was astonished that some top players still don’t wear neck guards. “I think it should be (mandatory),” he told The Australian newspaper. Smith, by far Australia’s best bastman, is now facing a race against the clock to be passed fit for the third Test at Headingley later this week. While Australia captain Tim Paine said it would be “tough to stop Smithy walking out” for the match, the decision is ultimately up to team doctor Richard Saw. Kountouris said at a press conference Monday he was “100 percent happy” with how Saw had handled the situation so far. “Our doctor is an expert in his field, he’s trained to pick up even the minor signs of concussion,” he said. “Everything he did was according to the protocol, he was very thorough.”
Kolkata: Trinidadian forward Marcus Joseph led by example with a brace to inspire Gokulam Kerala FC to Durand Cup title in their debut campaign with a 2-1 win over 16-time champions Mohun Bagan at the Salt Lake Stadium on Saturday. Joseph converted a penalty in the 45+1st minute and doubled the lead with his menacing left-footer in the 51st minute. Terribly let down by their defence especially in the first-half, the Mariners stepped up the attack after the changeover and pulled one back through Salva Chamorro header from a Joseba Beitia free-kick in the 64th minute. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThree minutes left on the clock, Kerala were down to 10 players when Jestin George was shown a second yellow card for a terrible tackle on Kima. But their defence managed to hold on to their slender lead despite the numerical disadvantage clinch the Asia’s oldest football tournament for Kerala for the first time after 22 years. FC Kochin were the previous and the only Kerala club that won the trophy before while Viva Kerala, had participated in the tournament in 2007 only to exit in the league stages. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterIt was a tale of sorry state of defence led by Fran Morante as they crumbled under pressure especially when the ball came to Joseph and Henry Kisekka, who played for Mohun Bagan last season. Mohun Bagan had better possession, more shots on target but failed to convert any as they went into the half-time conceding a stoppage time (45+1st) goal by Marcus. The Mariners last won the third oldest tournament of the world way back in 2000 defeating Mahindra United 2-1 by a golden goal from RC Prakash, while this was their first final appearance since 2009. Following a tale of missed opportunities, Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Debjit Majumder made a mess of a one-on-one with Henry, when he pulled down his former teammate inside the box as referee Ajit Kumar Meitei had no hesitation in awarding a penalty to Gokulam. Their left-footed captain, with two hat-tricks in the group stage, stepped up to convert from the spot with his shot to the right of an outstretched Majumder. Six minutes into the second half, Joseph returned to haunt once again as he doubled the lead to take his goal tally to 11, something that virtually sounded a death nail for the 16-time champions. The move was initiated by Naocha Singh from the midfield as there was another another defensive lapse by two Mohun Bagan defenders who left a big gap to see Joseph making full use of the thorough pass. The Trinidadian managed to stay on side and surge past Lalchhawnkima to slot it home with his left-footer with Mohun Bagan goalkeeper Debjit Majumder not able to cover the angle in time. Earlier in the league stage, the 28-year-old had begun the team’s campaign in emphatic style with a hattrick against Chennaiyin FC, followed by a brace against Indian Air Froce in the next match.
Chandigarh: The Punjab government has released Rs 4.50 crore for relief operations in six flood-hit districts of the state, Revenue Minister G S Kangar said on Wednesday.He said Rs one crore each has been released for worst-affected Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Rupnagar districts, and Rs 50 lakh each for Ludhiana, Moga and Ferozepur districts. Kangar said the state government had already released Rs 2.10 crore for these districts. The funds were meant for providing ration, medicines, drinking water, milk powder, fodder for animals and other items, including tents, tarpaulins, to flood-hit people, according to a press release. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The minister said in a meeting of the disaster management group under the chairmanship of the chief secretary on Monday, the deputy commissioners of the affected districts had sought more funds for relief operations. In consonance with the demand received, funds were released to them for carrying out short-term relief activities, he said. People in several districts of Punjab have lost their houses, belongings, and standing crops in the recent floods. The state government has estimated that the damage is in the range of Rs 1,700 crore. State Water Resources Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria said 12 breaches in embankments of the Sutlej river were successfully plugged in Ludhiana, Moga and Jalandhar. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe work on plugging the remaining breaches in Jalandhar and Rupnagar was underway on war footing, he said. Nine breaches at Meowal and Mau Sahib villages in Phillaur sub division, one at Bholewal village in Ludhiana and two at Kishanpura village in Moga district had been plugged, he added. Following heavy rains and the release of excess water from the Bhakra dam, the Sutlej river and its tributaries had inundated villages in several areas.
Kolkata: Kolkata Metro Railway services are expected to be slow due to replacement work of high-speed circuit breakers of traction sub-station at Belgachia station. “Due to the replacement work of high-speed circuit breakers of traction sub-station at Belgachia station, restrictions in train operation will come into effect in between September 6/7 to September 15/16, 2019,” read a press release issued by Kolkata Metro Railway. Meanwhile, additional security arrangements will be made for crowd management at Dum Dum station during that period. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Not more than two trains will be allowed in the Dum Dum-Shyambazar section on both Up and Down direction during commercial hours in that period,” a Metro official pointed out. Ensuring better services to shoppers before the forthcoming Durga Puja, Kolkata Metro Railway has also decided to run special pre-Puja services on Saturdays and Sundays. At present, 236 trains run on Saturdays, while 124 trains run on Sundays. There are 284 services including Up and Down trains between Dum Dum and Kavi Subhash stations. The number of services between Dum Dum and Noapara has been increased to 107 from 104.
Since Independence, Indian Railways has undergone tremendous, yet significant changes impacting its holistic growth leaving both positive and negative imprints. But, what remains constant is the role of the government in maintaining operations of the railways in a global economy with a greater focus on the railways, which can be assessed by looking at the technology and infrastructure investments at domestic and global levels. Railways, around the world, like in the United States, have undergone changes in ownership. But, Indian railways and other railway networks in the southern hemisphere, mostly developing countries, continue to be monitored by their respective governments. Also Read – A special kind of bondIndian Railways is a social institute saddled with liabilities owing to social obligations pegged at Rs 38,000 crore, and subnormal revenue generation, given an increase in variable costs. These include staff wages with the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission, increase in both diesel and electric fuel costs and safety costs, integral to railway operations globally. Under such circumstances, it is not just impossible but also irrational to believe in the government to manage the project costs on its own without external support. Also Read – Insider threat managementLet’s understand the growing prominence of external institutions such as the World Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency in helping the government supplement its efforts to establish projects with a global outlook poised at improving the position of the Indian Railways. Variables of railway operation Before moving to the core of the discussion, it is essential to assess the growth in domestic investments over the last five years — during the first tenure of the Narendra Modi government. Despite the rapid succession of the railway ministers, the government has had a positive outlook towards the growth of railways with a greater focus on the core operative area, which forms the backbone of the railways. The government, having realised the fundamentals of efficient railway operation, undertook strategic projects aimed at improving infrastructural health. The primary element being the large network of railway tracks, much of which has depreciated over the years. The Ministry of Railways had decided to repair the tracks under a maintenance drive since the number of train accidents was going up. The expenditure on track maintenance and new line construction saw a 21 per cent increase in the fiscal budget of 2015-16. However, beyond the infrastructural costs, the movable asset costs are also to be examined. This can be broken into three components namely, Locomotives, Carriages and wagons (Freight) and Rolling stock. The induction and maintenance costs of the locomotives saw an increase of 15 per cent between fiscal years 2015-16 and 2017-18. The cost rose to Rs 6,204 crore in 2017-18 from Rs 5,273 crore in 2015-16, while the freight carriages and wagons and rolling stock, when combined together, saw a 21 per cent increase in expenditure — Rs 27,057 crore in 2017-18 from Rs 22,352 crore in 2015-16. Also, fuel expenses accounted for approximately 7 per cent of the total expenditure incurred by the railways, which can be inferred as a meagre increase in costs. The government focused mainly on electrification, for which it came up with a two-pronged strategy of lowering fuel cost and increasing speed. Capitalistic approach The current government, in its first phase, saw a drastic shift from a populist to a more policy-oriented approach. It aimed at achieving a more capitalistic approach through greater focus on foreign direct investments and promoting technological cooperation with companies like Japan, America, France and Spain. Although the initial collaboration with Spain did not take off as anticipated, India still strengthened its collaboration with Japan, America and France while rectifying and prioritising its approach at the domestic level. The increased focus of the government on gauge conversion boosts the expansion of railway network and undertaking of eco-feasible projects. These include electrification and subsequent undertaking of suburban and metro projects, which form a micro part of the larger policy-oriented approach. The resultant policy saw an approximate increase of 14 per cent to Rs 31,316 crore from Rs 27,081 crore. There has been an ever-growing need for greater investments in railways, given the turbulence in the aviation market driven by domestic and international factors, with an approximate 40 per cent increase in the railway budgetary support — Rs 66,786 crore. This budgetary support is insufficient for large magnitudes of development of railways and can be hurtful to the railways in the long run, given the need for rehabilitation of current long-term investments in infrastructure upgradation. Where do financial institutions emerge? The Indian Railways contributes to 2.9 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). Since there’s generous government support for railways, the need of financial institutions to fund railway projects must be questioned in line with domestic contributions for capital intensive projects, which the government alone cannot bear. Growing research and development costs and developing the railways in the presence of subnormal fares and growing investments make sustenance a difficult affair in the current setting. India is poised to create its position amongst the global railway systems. Therefore, it needs external cooperation and collaboration. Some of the notable investments made in the direction of Indian railways are as follows: India has signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with countries like Sweden, France, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, Slovak Republic, Kazakhstan, Canada, South Korea, China, Czech Republic and China to facilitate technical visits for better understanding of the Indian and global environment, accumulate knowledge from experts and get access to technical documents and reports and implementation training programmes, feasibility studies and projects. These are capital-intensive investments for upcoming projects aimed at improving the domestic fuel economy of the railways while boosting expansion and assets such as rolling stock, construction of train sets and increasing production of Linke Hofmann Busch (LHB) coaches under the Make in India programme. This will mark a new era in inculcating self-sufficiency and adopting innovative practices in safety improvements while improving train operations and efficiency. Let us take into consideration the two most trending projects on the Indian Railways — dedicated freight corridor and high-speed rail corridor, which has invoked the interest of the World Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency. They act as links between countries and potential technology partners helping the railways meet technology and policy obligations. This is more important as the increasing environmental liabilities pushed the railways to pursue projects that provide smart commuting solutions and participation of the Asian Development Bank, a relatively new entrant and an emerging partner in funding suburban rail projects, will help streamline connectivity. The mushrooming of metro rail networks is also an essential indicator of technical standing of domestic railways beyond mainstream railway projects. The initiative, however, comes with its drawbacks. The developing countries are heavily dependent on these financial institutions, directed by the clauses of these institutions and complemented with an increased liability of loan repayment. This, therefore, calls for introspection by governments of developing countries so they undertake projects through every ounce of reasoning and priority to attract investments that are rational, endow sustenance in the long run and withdrawal of unviable policies in both core and non-core fields. While in the international political economy, we hail the role of monetary institutions, it is to be understood that the institutions only help provide monetary support, while those investing in the assets get with modern technologies and help build hauling capacity of the railways. This improves railways’ financial standing and modernises the network. (The author is Railway Policy Analyst with ThunderBuzz. The views expressed are strictly personal)
MONCTON, N.B. – Justin Trudeau says he’s relieved that the House of Commons now has a formal process in place to deal with allegations of harassment such as those being levelled against one of his own MPs.Calgary MP Darshan Kang says he’s on medical leave thanks to allegations that he repeatedly sexually harassed a young female staffer in his office — allegations he strenuously denies.Trudeau has largely refused to comment while the new independent process runs its course.It’s a change from what happened in 2014, when former Liberal MPs Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti were accused of sexually harassing two female New Democrat MPs.Trudeau suspended the pair from his caucus while an outside lawyer was brought in to investigate; the two resigned from caucus four months later.Kang has not been suspended, and insists he plans to fight the charges.Trudeau says he’s glad to have a way to deal with what he called “very important, very serious, also very delicate matters of harassment and other allegations.”“This process, which wasn’t in place before, is now in place and it’s quite frankly a relief to everyone in that workplace that there is a clear and responsible process that can be undergone,” he told a news conference in Moncton.Trudeau was asked why he hasn’t suspended Kang as he did Andrews and Pacetti, pending the outcome of the ongoing review, but he didn’t directly answer the question.Under the new system, adopted in December 2014, an external investigator reviews the facts and interviews the complainant, the respondent and any witnesses before determining whether the complaint is partially or fully substantiated, not substantiated or frivolous.Either the complainant or the respondent can appeal if they’re unsatisfied with the final report. In that event, an appeal panel is convened, consisting of one member chosen by the complainant, one by the respondent and an external expert.Trudeau says he will wait for the process to conclude before making further comment.“This is something that I think everyone knows that I personally and our government takes very seriously and we will make sure that the proper processes, which are finally in place, are properly followed.”
About four in 10 young Canadians have sent a sext and more than six in 10 have received one, suggests a new report, which also puts a spotlight on the unauthorized sharing of sexual photographs among teens.Still, sexting happens less commonly among youth than many people believe — including nearly all of the survey’s 800 16- to 20-year-old participants, said Matthew Johnson, director of education for the non-profit organization MediaSmarts.It’s also not an “intrinsically harmful” behaviour, he said, with the majority of sexts remaining private between the sender and intended recipient.“We need to move from fear-mongering to talking about things from an ethical and moral point of view,” said Johnson, who called the report one of the first in the world to focus on the non-consensual sharing of intimate images.“We need to be talking about consent in all contexts, including digital contexts … and to really send a loud and clear message that this is not normal, and this is not OK, and nothing gives you the right to share someone’s sext except them actually telling you that you can.”Of the survey respondents who said they had sent a sext in the past, about 40 per cent said at least one of their intimate photos had been shared without their consent.“Even though boys and girls send and receive sexts at similar rates, and even though they have their sexts shared at similar rates, the harm is very much unequal, and it falls much more heavily on girls,” Johnson said.“There can be harm done to people’s reputation. Obviously, there’s an inherent harm just in the loss of privacy and violation of consent … (senders) have been blackmailed, in some cases.”Researchers also found there was a significant relationship between sharing sexts and subscribing to traditional gender stereotypes that cast men as sexual aggressors and women as “gatekeepers.”According to the study, roughly one-third of participants either said they believed that a girl who sexts outside of a relationship “shouldn’t be surprised if it gets around,” or felt “nobody should be surprised if boys share sexts with each other.”Young people’s attitudes about sexting were highly influenced by those of their peers, Johnson added, and if their friends engaged in sharing sexts, many participants said there was an expectation that they would reciprocate.“The sharing behaviours are being done by almost exclusively the same people,” he said. “All of these things point to essentially a subculture among youth that normalizes sharing, and even to a certain extent valorizes it.”While nearly two-thirds of participants said they were aware of a relatively recent law against the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, Johnson said the threat of criminal consequences does not appear to be much of a deterrent among teens.The MediaSmarts study was based on an anonymous, internet-based survey of young people around the country that was conducted in August and September 2017. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.
VANCOUVER – Walmart Canada Corp. says it is partnering with an online grocery service to bring home delivery to Vancouver by the summer, as the brick-and-mortar retailer ramps up its effort in the country to compete with Amazon.The arrangement will see Walmart work with Vancouver-based Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery to bring its food delivery platform, Food-X Urban Delivery Inc., to Walmart.ca customers in the city’s metro area.The move expands upon similar efforts announced last November by Walmart to grow its home delivery service to cover the Greater Toronto Area and nearby markets.Food-X’s resources include a soon-to-be completed 6,900 sq. metre state-of-the-art warehouse with proprietary technology SPUD has been refining for the past 20 years to get food from the supplier to the kitchen in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.Canadian grocers have been increasing their e-commerce offerings following Amazon’s $14 billion acquisition of Whole Foods last summer, which sparked speculation about its ambitions to grow food delivery in Canada.Metro Inc. announced late last that year that it was looking to expand its online grocery offerings to Ontario in 2018.
Health Canada is warning it has discovered numerous unsafe USB chargers during a national assessment of products on the market and a recall has been issued affecting more than 1.5 million units.The federal agency has released a list of more than two dozen chargers that “pose an unacceptable risk of electric shock and fire.”Consumers are advised to stop using the products immediately and either return them or throw them away.Health Canada recommends consumers check that electrical products have a recognized certification mark before making a purchase.The certification symbol should be on the product itself and not just the packaging.———A list of the recalled products: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2018/66316a-eng.php
BEIJING — China’s Foreign Ministry says it has no information about a former Canadian diplomat believed to have been detained in Beijing in retaliation for Canada’s arrest of a leading Chinese executive.While declining to confirm the detention of Michael Kovrig, ministry spokesman Lu Kang says the International Crisis Group, for whom Kovrig is an analyst based in Hong Kong, was not registered in China and its activities in the country would be illegal.The International Crisis Group says Kovrig, who previously was a diplomat in China and elsewhere, was taken into custody by the Beijing Bureau of Chinese State Security on Monday night during one of his regular visits to Beijing.Meanwhile, Lu repeated China’s demand for the immediate release of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei.Wanzhou was arrested at the Vancouver airport Dec. 1 and a B.C. judge released her on bail and under strict conditions late Tuesday afternoon after a three-day hearing.The 46-year-old could face extradition to the U.S., which alleges Huawei skirted trade sanctions against Iran.Earlier Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government has contacted Chinese authorities about Kovrig’s detention.“We are engaged on the file, which we take very seriously and we are, of course, providing consular assistance to the family,” Trudeau said in Ottawa.So far, it’s unclear whether there is any link between the two cases.— With files from The Canadian PressThe Associated Press
VANCOUVER — Huawei’s chief financial officer says she has suffered a lifetime of health problems, including thyroid cancer, sleep apnea and high blood pressure, but she is ready to fight allegations of fraud if she is extradited to the United States.Meng Wanzhou, 46, details her health issues in an affidavit submitted for a bail hearing that resulted in her release from detention Tuesday on a $10-million deposit.Meng is scheduled to return to B.C. Supreme Court in February to face possible extradition proceedings initiated by the United States based on allegations she deceived financial institutions about business Huawei did with Iranian telecommunications companies in violation of international sanctions.Speaking through her lawyer this week, Meng told Justice William Ehrcke that she wished to read a novel for the first time in years and see her doctors, if she were released.“I have had numerous health problems during my life,” she says in an affidavit dated Dec. 4, explaining she survived thyroid cancer after having surgery in in 2011.“I currently have difficulty eating solid food and have had to modify my diet to address those issues.”She says her doctor has provided her with “daily packages of medications” to treat her ailments.Meng and her husband, Xiaozong Liu, own two homes in Vancouver, and Ehrcke ordered her to remain at one of them between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.Meng, who is also the deputy chairwoman of the board of Huawei, was arrested while transferring planes at Vancouver’s airport on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States.In her affidavit, Meng says she was interrogated by Canada Border Services Agency personnel and taken to hospital to be treated for severe hypertension.“I continue to feel unwell and I am worried about my health deteriorating while I am incarcerated,” she says of her time at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women in nearby Maple Ridge.On Wednesday, Meng was seen waving goodbye to visitors at her door, with her husband in the background. A security team was on site, with a black SUV in front of the home. A throng of media were outside.At lunch, six pizzas were delivered to the house and the delivery driver was instructed to bring four of them to the reporters and photographers.Later in the afternoon, Meng was seen getting into an SUV with two security officers and driving away.In her affidavit, Meng says she first visited Canada about 15 years ago and became a permanent resident before relinquishing that status. She stays in Vancouver for two to three weeks every summer.Meng says she and her husband bought a house in Vancouver in 2009, where she is now living, and it was assessed at $5.6 million last year. In 2016, they purchased a second home in the city’s upscale Shaughnessy neighbourhood and its assessed value was $16.3 million. She says the homes have a total mortgage of $7.5 million.Her 10-year-old daughter and her extended family members would be living with her for the duration of her interim release, Meng says in the affidavit, adding she would scrupulously abide by her bail conditions.“My father founded Huawei and I would never do anything that would cause the company reputational damage,” she says. “I believe that breaching my bail conditions would cause such damage. I maintain that I am innocent of the allegations that have been levelled at me. I wish to remain in Vancouver to contest my extradition and I will contest the allegations at trial in the U.S. if I am ultimately surrendered.”Meng’s husband, a venture capitalist, provided two affidavits to the court, saying he arrived in Vancouver two days after his wife was arrested.He says his wife has three sons from previous marriages but they do not ordinarily live with them.Liu submitted several photographs between 2009 and 2018 of the couple, their children and their extended families at various locations including Banff, Alta., Victoria and in and around Vancouver to indicate they have connections to the community.“I have friends in Vancouver and consider myself to be a part of the community,” he says.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter. Camille Bains, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The three parties involved in a dispute over a plan to build a community featuring a new downtown arena for the Ottawa Senators will go to mediation to try to resolve their differences.While filing a statement of defence against Senators owner Eugene Melnyk’s lawsuit, GBA Development and Project Management president Graham Bird got the three parties (the other is Trinity Development Group founder John Ruddy) to agree to mediation on the LeBreton Flats file.The mediation with members of RendezVous LeBreton will take place before the National Capital Commission’s Jan. 19 deadline for the group to come to an agreement. If there is no resolution by that time, the crown corporation — which controls the LeBreton Flats land — has said it will look into other options.The Senators currently play at the Canadian Tire Centre in suburban Kanata.“IllumiNation LeBreton is too important to fail, and is worth salvaging,” Bird said in a statement. “We are hopeful that the parties can take this opportunity to keep the project moving forward.”Melnyk’s Capital Sports Management Inc., filed a $700-million lawsuit against Ruddy and Bird in November. Ruddy — also a member of the ownership group of the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks, the United Soccer League’s Ottawa Fury and the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s — responded with a $1-billion counterclaim last month.Judge Warren Winkler has been asked to assist in the mediation.“GBA worked diligently, and in good faith, for over five years to ensure the world’s best would come forth and make the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats a reality, as a truly collaborative partnership,” Bird said.“We believe that dream still lives on in the minds and the will of these partners, and that there is a way forward, a collective solution, through our challenges.”The Canadian Press
TORONTO – One year after the horrific van attack that killed 10 people and injured 16 more, Toronto will mark the anniversary with several vigils and commemorations.On April 23, 2018, a van drove down the sidewalk on Yonge Street between Finch and Sheppard, plowing through pedestrians and indiscriminately hitting almost everything in its path. The driver was apprehended by a single officer, Const. Ken Lam, shortly after at Yonge and Sheppard.In the days that followed, the victims were identified and included a student from South Korea and a man from Jordan:Ji Hun Kim, 22, of South KoreaSo He Chung, 22, of TorontoAnne Marie D’Amico, 30, of TorontoAndrea Bradden, 33, of WoodbridgeChul Min ‘Eddie’ Kang, 45, of TorontoBeutis Renuka Amarasingha, 45, of TorontoDorothy Sewell, 80, of TorontoGeraldine Brady, 83, of TorontoManir Abdo Habib Najjar, 85, of JordanMary Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Forsyth, 94, TorontoAlek Minassian, 26, of Richmond Hill, is facing 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder. He will stand trial in January 2020.Ceremonies planned throughout the day in TorontoCeremonies and vigils are planned Tuesday to honour those killed or injured in last year’s deadly van attack.The City of Toronto is holding an event at the Mel Lastman Square Amphitheatre at 1:30 p.m. to coincide with the time of the incident that left 10 dead and 16 injured.Ahead of the memorials, Mayor John Tory said everyone will be thinking about the innocent lives lost on that day, those injured during the attack, and all of the families of the victims.“The pain of that awful day continues to be felt by everyone who loves this city,” Tory said at City Hall. “I know that the pain of that day is the sharpest to those who were closest to it, and while a year has passed, that pain remains.”“This unfathomable loss of life left our city in mourning. We are a strong city, we have endured sadness before, but this was a tragedy the likes of which we’d never seen before.In the hours before the ceremony, the city is expected to install temporary signs in the area to commemorate what it has dubbed the “Yonge Street Tragedy” until permanent memorials are created.The city says consultations on the memorials will begin this spring.Events are also planned elsewhere in the neighbourhood where the attack took place.“One year ago, terror struck at the very heart of our capital city, our province and our country. In a series of shocking moments of evil, loved ones were lost and lives were shattered forever. This senseless and monstrous attack shook our sense of security and our identity as a free and peaceful society,” Premier Doug Ford said in a statement.“But even in our darkest moments, we always remain strong and united. In the face of such tragedy and terror, the people of Canada do what we have always done. We come together, as many will today at vigils across the city. We mourn those we have lost and comfort the families and friends left behind. And we demand that those who commit such cowardly acts of violence be brought to justice.”The Willowdale community is hosting a moment of silence, an evening vigil and a free dinner, among other events.It is also bringing in trauma counsellors and therapy dogs for those who need support.The city was gripped with grief in the wake of the attack and more than $4 million was raised in support of the victims and their families.“On the one-year anniversary of the attack on Yonge Street the thoughts and prayers of Toronto Police Service members are with the families and friends of those lost to an act of senseless violence. The healing process continues for many members of the public as it does for the Toronto Police Service and First Responders,” Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said in a statement.“I encourage anyone who is still experiencing the negative effects from that day to reach out to help, whether it be through their friends and family or through counsellors such as those at Victim Services Toronto. You are not alone in feeling the pain associated with this day.”
Mayim Bialik, known for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler on TV’s “The Big Bang Theory,” will join New York teens Sunday November 4, at 7:00 p.m., for a special screening of the award-winning film Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference.The film is part of the Step Up For Israel campaign, a new Israel education program created to reconnect people to Israel and provide fresh insight into reasons behind the country’s successes. As part of the event, Bialik will speak about her personal link to Israel, as well as her experience of being a Jewish Hollywood actress.“Israel is the country that I most identify with as mine, and I want to share that feeling and sense of belonging with others,” said Bialik. “Step Up For Israel enables me to do this, as it provides people with a connection to Israel, and offers various opportunities to get involved.”The program, set to take place at Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd Street, New York City, is in partnership with The Center for Youth Philanthropy and Leadership of the UJA-Federation of New York. Co-chairs include Wolfgang Ballinger, Ben Gargano, Robbie Jacobs, Lucy Price and Josh Rowan. Limited space is available. To register, click here.The event is being co-sponsored by: Aleph Beta Academy, BBYO, Rodeph Shalom, JerusalemOnlineU.com, Foundation for Jewish Camp, Jewish Student Connection, The Jewish Week – Write On For Israel , NFTY, New York NCSY, Project Jump, UJA-Federation of New York, USY, and Young Judea.“Our goal is to educate teens, parents and the greater community about Israel,” said Andrea Gottlieb, Executive Director of Step Up For Israel. “Israel has an amazing story to tell, which is not usually the one we see in the headlines. It is critically important that students feel a pride and connection to their heritage and homeland. This event provides a way for peers of all backgrounds to join together in solidarity for Israel.”Step Up For Israel is an international grassroots campaign that provides a strong foundation in Israel education and activist opportunities. Campaign Chairs are Professor Alan Dershowitz and Ambassador Dore Gold. Learn more here.Israel Inside examines the character traits that have enabled Israelis to overcome challenges and turn a desert into a flourishing society. Learn more here.Source:PR Newswire
The Muscular Dystrophy Association has announced a star-studded celebrity lineup that will appear on its 48th annual telethon this Labor Day weekend, Sunday, Sept. 1, 9/8c, on ABC television stations across the country.Called the MDA Show of Strength, the telethon will feature: Ryan Seacrest, Backstreet Boys, country stars Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker and Lee Ann Womack, “Glee” star Matthew Morrison, Enrique Iglesias, Paula Abdul, teenage pop sensation Austin Mahone, hip-hop dance crew Jabbawockeez, “American Idol” runner-up Jessica Sanchez, Kenny Loggins with the Blue Sky Riders, American blues rock band Vintage Trouble, and “The Voice” contestant Chris Mann.Additional presenters for the 2013 show include: ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser, “Dancing with the Stars” contestant and “Brady Bunch” mom Florence Henderson, Emmy award-winning journalist Jann Carl, Olympic gold medal gymnasts Nadia Comaneci and Bart Conner, and No Doubt drummer Adrian Young and his son, Mason Young.This year’s lineup will deliver one-of-a-kind show performances as they join celebrity presenters to engage viewers with powerful “stories of strength” and moving calls-to-action to help families affected by muscle diseases.“The MDA telethon is an American tradition, powered by celebrities, national sponsors and, most of all, generous individuals who watch and donate,” said MDA President and CEO Steven M. Derks. “This year, we’ll tell a powerful story of the progress we’re making and breaking developments under way in the fight against muscle disease. We want to share our vision of hope that new lifesaving treatments are on the horizon as told through the eyes of courageous people fighting various neuromuscular diseases.“On behalf of the tens of thousands of families we serve, MDA is remarkably hopeful and enormously grateful to all our supporters who make this progress possible. We think this year’s show will be our best ever, truly a moving and entertaining two-hour experience.”R.A. (RAC) Clark, longtime executive producer of the Academy of Country Music Awards, will return this year as MDA telethon executive producer. The week before the broadcast, MDA is planning kickoff parties in communities in every state in the nation to rally interest and engage new supporters. A public service campaign is being launched this week to promote the show.While the telethon has consistently enjoyed robust support from some of the biggest celebrities in show business, MDA says the real stars on the broadcast are the individuals and families served by MDA, including six families who will tell their stories of survival and hope during the 2013 broadcast.MDA supporters are encouraged to visit mda.org/muscle to enhance their telethon viewing experience. New this year, site visitors can vote for their favorite MDA Telethon Memorable Moments featuring classic footage that includes the legendary Jerry Lewis, who generously hosted the MDA event for decades. Visitors also can check out and share exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the telethon with celebrities and MDA families, view and submit a photo to a special Instagram gallery of “Make a Muscle” photos from around the world, and sign on to be a “Muscle Maker” for $19 a month. MDA social channels include Facebook at facebook.com/MDANational, Twitter at twitter.com/MDAnews, Google+ at mda.org/plus, Instagram at instagram/mda_usa and Pinterest at pinterest/mdanational.Source:PR Newswire
Point Foundation (Point) Scholars and Diane Warren, an award winning songwriter, were celebrated Saturday evening at the Voices On Point fundraising gala, which benefits lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit.Diane Warren accepts the Point Leadership Award onstage at Point Foundation’s Voices On Point GalaCredit/Copyright: Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Point FoundationVanessa Hudgens, Joey McIntyre, David Foster and Sam Harris performed for an appreciative audience, helping lead the celebrations of Warren and the Point Scholars.Judith Light (L) and Point Foundation alum Rhys Ernst speak onstage during Point Foundation’s Voices On Point GalaCredit/Copyright: Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Point FoundationVoices On Point took place the evening of September 13 at the Hyatt Regency Plaza in Los Angeles. During the memorable event, which raised $400,000, some of Point’s 80 current scholars joined the celebrities onstage and shared their inspiring stories about the challenges they have overcome in pursuit of a higher education. Celebrity presenters and guests included David Foster, George Takei, Hayden Byerly, Jason Collins, Terry and Heather Dubrow, Josh Flagg, Judith Light, Heather McDonald, A.J. McLean, Dan Bucatinsky, Thomas Sadoski and Jonny Drubel, among others. A highlight of the evening was the sing-along style medley of Diane Warren’s greatest hits, played by David Foster. Foster then presented acclaimed songwriter, Diane Warren, with the Point Leadership Award, which is given to an individual who has achieved prominence in their professional career and unequivocally supported the LGBTQ community. ”Voices On Point is an event where talent and achievement, created through dedication and perseverance, are recognized and celebrated,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “We were thrilled to present our Leadership Award to a great friend of the LGBTQ community, Diane Warren, and share with people some of the inspirational achievements of our Point Foundation Scholars and Alumni. The evening’s participants, sponsors, donors, and the many people dedicated to helping Point, are all part of our ensemble efforts to ensure that these deserving LGBTQ students continue to thrive and succeed.”Presenting Sponsor of Voices On Point: Wells Fargo. Premier Sponsors: Audi and Hilton Worldwide. Principal Sponsors: HBO and Viacom. Friends of Point: Air New Zealand, Grey Goose and Frontiers Magazine. National Media Sponsor: The Advocate.
Gap, the classic American clothing brand, has revealed a partnership with Ellen DeGeneres’ new lifestyle brand, ED.The ED brand, consisting of women’s apparel, accessories & decorative home, is inspired by the iconic style, values and personality of DeGeneres.GapKids x ED is an apparel collection and social movement designed to help all girls realize they have the power to do extraordinary things. The collection will be available for purchase starting August 17, 2015 through Gap.com, in all GapKids stores in the United States, and select stores in Canada, United Kingdom, China and Japan.“We know our customers love Ellen as much as we do,” said Jeff Kirwan, Gap Global President. “And we couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with her on our GapKids x ED collection. We look forward to launching the collection in time for back to school as it enables us to champion girls in a way that continues to be true to our brand’s heritage, which has long stood for supporting youth in a way that unleashes their potential.”“I am thrilled that my lifestyle brand, ED, is partnering with Gap to encourage young girls to pursue their passion, whether it’s math, science, sports, the arts,” said DeGeneres. “Following my passion allowed me to be exactly who I am today– a talk show host with a vibrant side business as a party mime.”
The 17th Annual Taste of Tennis, the World’s Premier Food and Tennis Experience, will take place at the W Hotel, August 25, 2016 from 7pm-10pm.The Taste of Tennis is widely considered The World’s Premier Food and Tennis Experience. AYS created the Taste of Tennis in 2000, to kick off two weeks of tennis excitement in New York. The event, featuring food prepared by top chefs and appearances by the world’s top tennis players was an immediate hit and has become one of the most anticipated events on the tennis calendar.This year’s marquee Taste of Tennis culinary demo will feature James Beard Award winning Chef Marcus Samuelsson and 14X Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal brought to you by Olive Oils from Spain, the world’s leading olive oil producer and exporter. The Pre-Event reception will feature Legend Billie Jean King.In addition to amazing food, this one-of-a-kind experience features a variety of themed lounges, signature cocktails and music by popular deejays — a perfect way to kick off two weeks of tennis excitement in NYC! A portion of the proceeds benefits Wellness In The Schools. Wellness in the Schools (WITS) is a national non-profit that inspires healthy eating and fitness for kids in public schools. Through meaningful public-private partnerships, WITS is fighting the childhood obesity epidemic. The organization empowers schools to provide healthy, scratch-cooked meals, active recess periods, and fitness and nutrition education. WITS’ partnership approach drives systematic, long-term change, shifting the entire culture of schools.WHEN: August 25, 2016 Billie Jean King and World Team Finals reception 4-6pm . Taste Of Tennis 7pm-10pmWHERE: W Hotel 541 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022For more info, click here.
The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF), the oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure – has announced the lineup for the 10th Annual Comedy Celebration, the foundation’s premier fundraising gala, taking place on Saturday, November 5 at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre.Actor and comedian Ray Romano returns to host a memorable night of comedy with featured performers that include Bill Burr, Jeff Garlin, Dom Irrera, Larry Miller, Kevin Nealon, JB Smoove, Fred Willard and more to be announced. All performers are subject to availability.Proceeds from the event will benefit the Peter Boyle Research Fund and support the Black Swan Research Initiative (BSRI). Renowned actor Peter Boyle died in late 2006 after a four-year battle with myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow and one of the fastest growing blood cancers in the world. Through laughter, the event honors Boyle and raises money for research to find a cure.In celebration of the event’s 10th anniversary, the evening will honor Boyle’s widow, Loraine Alterman Boyle, for her extraordinary work as the event chair for the last 10 years and unwavering dedication to raising funds towards a cure for myeloma. Since the first event in 2007, the annual celebration has featured over 50 celebrity comedians and musical performers, and raised over $5 million for the Peter Boyle Research Fund, which has supported the International Myeloma Foundation’s research. For the fourth year, the Fund is focused on the IMF’s Black Swan Research Initiative®, a bold approach to finding a cure for myeloma by detecting and eradicating the disease at the earliest time point.Additionally, the IMF developed a research arm, the International Myeloma Working Group comprised of the top myeloma researchers from 35 countries, working collaboratively with one goal – to find a definitive cure for myeloma. This year the IMF has achieved the unprecedented ability to launch two targeted Cure Trials.The evening will include a pre-show cocktail reception and silent auction for VIP guests, the Comedy Show, and a Post-Show Party featuring a live swing band and dancing for VIP ticket holders. Tickets are on-sale now at comedy.myeloma.org.The International Myeloma Foundation 10th Annual Comedy Celebration is presented by Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Takeda Oncology and Janssen.
Charitybuzz is pleased to premiere its Hollywood Auction, providing access to Fall’s newest TV shows, the most anticipated movies, incredibly talented directors, screenwriters, producers, actors and more – bidders can step on set, snag a role, or get exclusive access to previews and premieres. The best part? It’s all to benefit worthy non-profit causes.The Hollywood Auction is driven by Karma Automotive, and is part of the successful Charitybuzz Curates program, which has included themes like Broadway, Fashion, Golf and Music. The Charitybuzz Hollywood Auction is live Oct. 3-19, here.“The Charitybuzz Hollywood Auction is more than a collection of entertainment items – it can give bidders unique opportunities to advance their careers and network with game-changers in the industry, and to do so while giving back to important causes,” said Jan Friedlander Svendsen, Chief Marketing Officer at Charity Network, Charitybuzz’s parent company. “We’re thrilled to bring these once-in-a-lifetime experiences to the Charitybuzz community, thanks to our generous donors and our sponsor Karma Automotive.”Bidding is now open for the following, among dozens of other exciting lots: • Opportunity to reshoot your favorite scene from a film of your choice at the film’s original production location, and hold a private screening of your acting debut at a local theater – plus roundtrip airfare and 5-night accommodations, • Experience a walk-on role (non-speaking) on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, in Toronto, Canada, • Meet Julianne Moore at the premiere of Suburbicon, • Tour backstage at the 24th annual SAG Awards rehearsal and two front-row red carpet bleacher seats to the Awards, and • Attend your own pitch meeting with History Channel VP Sean Boyle.Additional Hollywood experiences will be added throughout the auction.Charitybuzz Hollywood Auction sponsor Karma Automotive is pleased to pay it forward. “Our link to the arts and creative community is core to our brand,” said Jim Taylor, Karma Automotive Chief Revenue Officer. “That link is even stronger when the community is coming together to help others in need.”The Hollywood Auction isn’t just an auction of “entertainment items”, it’s an auction of unique opportunities that are not only entertaining but also have the potential to provide our bidders with opportunities of advancing their career, networking with game-changers and getting a highly sought after experience alongside the best in the business.