Ireland take 42run lead vs England at tea on Day I

first_imgLondon: Andy Balbirnie scored an unbeaten half century as Ireland took a 42-run lead against England after bowling them out for a paltry 85, at tea on Day 1 of the only Test here at Lord’s, where a little more than a week ago, the hosts lifted the 50-over World Cup. Balbirnie was batting on 51 off 61 balls (9×4) with Paul Stirling for company, batting on 35 off 37 balls (4×4) as Ireland were 127/2 in 32 overs. For England, Sam Curran (2/21) removed both openers, skipper William Porterfield (14) and James McCollum (19) before Balbirnie and Stirling joined hands for an unbroken 82-run stand for the third wicket. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhStuart Broad, leading the attack in the absence of injured James Anderson, had two chances go by. First World Cup winning wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow did not dive for a regulation caught behind off Balbirnie when batting on 10 as the edge went for four. In Broad’s next over, England skipper Joe Root dropped Stirling on 17 at first slip. Earlier, led by Tim Murtagh’s maiden five-for, Ireland stunned the cricketing world as England was bowled out for less than 100. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterLondon-born pacer Murtagh, 37, returned spectacular figures of 5/13 in nine overs as Mark Adair (3/32) and Boyd Rankin (2/5), who became the first player in over seven decades to play Test cricket for and against England, supported him well. This was Murtagh’s 14th first-class five-for at Lord’s – but the first to get him on the honours board. For England, who won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket which had carry and seam movement, Joe Denly top-scored with 23 while 25-year-old fast bowler Olly Stone played an entertaining 18-ball 19, his cameo laced with four good-looking boundaries. England, who got past New Zealand on more number of boundaries hit in the rip-roaring final on July 14 where both the match and the Super Over ended in ties, had five World Cup winners in their ranks. But together, all of them failed collectively as the Irish ran riot at lunch on Day 1 of the four-day affair. Ireland were at it from the word go with Adair having debutant Jason Roy plumb in front in the second over itself, only for the umpire to call it a no ball. Roy, who had a brilliant World Cup, could not make the most of the reprieve, getting caught by Paul Stirling at first slip off Murtagh for 5. Denly looked good for his 23 off 28 balls (4×4) but Adair trapped him in front with a delivery that shaped back beautifully into his pads on a tight line. Rory Burns (6) was caught behind by wicketkeeper Gary Wilson off Murtagh and England could never recover from there with skipper Joe Root falling for just 2, lbw Adair. The five World Cup winners in the England team managed just seven runs among them as Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes all failed to trouble the scorers. Ali’s wicket was Murtagh’s fifer as he and his Ireland teammates rejoiced their finest day yet in Test cricket. Curran scored a quickfire 18 before Rankin got his back. In the end, Jack Leach remained not out on 1 as veteran pacer Stuart Broad (3) also failed to make the most of his batting skills. Brief scores: England 1st innings 85 all out in 23.4 overs; Joe Denly 23, Tim Murtagh 5/13, Mark Adair 3/32) vs Ireland 127/2 in 32 overs (Andy Balbirnie 51, Paul Stirling 35; Sam Curran 2/21).last_img read more

Hamilton takes pole as technical failures rule Ferrari out

first_imgHockenheim (Germany): Mercedes Lewis Hamilton clinched pole position for the upcoming German Formula One Grand Prix after Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were forced out due to car problems.The defending World Champion clocked 1:11.767 to take his 87th pole, ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen (1:12.113) and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas (1:12.129) on Saturday.”I do not know really how we did it today,” the 34-year-old Briton said on the F1 Twitter account. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I am not quite sure what happened to the Ferraris. It is so important to us, at our second home Grand Prix,” he addedVettel of Germany failed to set a time in Q1 of the qualifying and will start his home race from the back of the grid.”I do not know what happened. Something was broken with the turbo. It is bitter for us. The car feels great and we have missed a big opportunity here,” he said.Leclerc of Monaco gave a good performance in Q1 and Q2, but could not leave the garage in Q3 and is set to start in the tenth position, reported Efe news. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”I have no idea if it was the same issue as Sebastian, on my side it was a fuel system problem,” he said. Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen placed his Alfa Romeo in the fifth position, with Haas driver Romain Grosjean in the sixth.Spain’s McLaren driver Carlos Sainz will take off from the seventh, while Racing Point’s Sergio Perez of Mexico is to start in eighth and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg in ninth.The top-10 drivers in the timesheet are as follows:1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain / Mercedes) 1: 11.767 2. Max Verstappen (Holland / Red Bull) +0.3463. Valtteri Bottas (Finland / Mercedes) +0.3624. Pierre Gasly (France / Red Bull) +0.7555. Kimi Raikkonen (Dinland / Alfa Romeo) +0.7716. Romain Grosjean (France / Haas) +1.0847. Carlos Sainz (Spain / McLaren) +1.1308. Sergio Pérez (Mexico / Racing Point) +1.2989. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany / Renault) +1.35910. Charles Leclerc (Monaco / Ferrari) No time.last_img read more

Delhiites hail CMs announcement BJP and Congress call it poll stunt

first_imgNEW DELHI: Reactions poured in after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s announcement that people consuming up to 200 units of electricity won’t have to pay power bills. While general people welcome the step, the opposition BJP and Congress said that it was nothing but a “poll stunt”. “This will help to keep our electric bill down and for working people like me, it is a very welcoming step. In winter the cost will become zero and help us to save,” said Neerja Ahuja, who works for an advertising firm. On the other hand, auto driver Ravinder Singh said that for poor people who use lesser electronics for them this step will work as a life changer. “Every month I spend more than Rs 500 for electric charge and now it will be free. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt will help me to save money which I can save for my children,” he said. However, the opposition parties slammed the AAP for such a decision. Responding to the announcement, BJP MP and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari claimed that Kejriwal took the decision after tremendous efforts made by BJP and other NGOs over the increased prices of electricity. “This is not the decision of Arvind Kejriwal. It is the result of the constant fight put up by BJP. Since the day they have increased the fixed charge, BJP has been struggling. This is the fight put by us, NGOs and other forces and we have won,” Tiwari said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAdding that the freebies are being announced ahead of the elections, he questioned Arvind Kejriwal over the whereabouts of the crores of money that the AAP government took from Delhi people over the past 55 months with increased rates. “We can only make up two things with his announcement. It is a way to fool the citizens ahead of the elections like the way he did before the 2015 elections. Now elections are again here. So they are trying to lure the citizens. But the increased rates that you took in the past 55 months, almost Rs 7,000 crore you have looted from the people of Delhi, when will you return that,” the BJP leader added. Similarly, the Delhi Congress said that AAP Government should give free power to the people of Delhi for at least one year for fleecing them for the past one and a half years in the name of fixed charges and pension fund.last_img read more

Kompany blames football authorities for racism outburst

first_imgLondon: Former Manchester City captain and Belgian defender Vincent Kompany feels that football organisations and authorities are the real problem when it comes to racism which is a constant menace in the sport. Speaking in the wake of fellow Belgian Romelu Lukaku being subjected to monkey chants during his club Inter Milan’s Series A match against Cagliari on Sunday, Kompany told Sky Sports News: “Romelu is a victim of something disgraceful, not just in football, but also in society.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”It goes back to who is expected to make a decision on these issues, and it’s in these organisations that the problems lie.”The real racism lies in the fact that none of these institutions have representatives that can actually understand what Romelu is going through. “You are dealing with a crowd of people and decision-makers who are telling him how he should think and feel, when you have no decision-makers who are remotely in touch with what he has experienced in his life. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”That’s the real issue — if you go through the boards at UEFA or FIFA, the Italian League or the English League, there is a real lack of diversity. If you don’t have diversity in places of power like boardrooms, then you can’t have the right decisions in terms of sanctions — it’s as simple as that,” Kompany said. Lukaku, who moved from Manchester United to Inter Milan this season, netted the winner from the spot in a 2-1 victory over Cagliari on Sunday, but the game was marred by monkey chants. A statement from Inter fan group Curva Nord later said “Italian fans are not racist” and that the abuse was “gamesmanship”, as reported by BBC. “We are sorry you thought what happened in Cagliari was racist,” it added.last_img read more

Gurugram traffic police to spread awareness on new Motor Vehicles act

first_imgGurugram: In news for levying heavy fines, the Gurugram tarffic police will now also hold awareness making commuters know about the high amounts if caught breaking traffic rules.However as expected the law enforcement officials will not suspend it operations of levying fines on the traffic offenders. The senior officials however confirmed that over 150 machines that are used for the challans will be sent for the upgradation. The Gurugram police have been on proactive in levying fines on the traffic offenders ever since the new motor vehicles has been set in from September 1. On day one most of the fines that were levied were on the offenders who were not wearing the seat belts and helmets. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder]One of the major challenges however being faced by the law enforcement officials is the lack of upgradation of the software that is resulting in the delay in the process of levy of fines. “Our officials are on the ground to ensure that there are no violations that are committed. One of the major challenges faced by our officials is the lack of upgraded software that is delaying the process of levying the fines in certain cases,” said a senior official from Gurugram police. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsEver since the new motor vehicle act has come in more than 2000 vehicles have been resulting in more than Rs 12 lakh in just three days. If incidents of auto driver being levied a fine of Rs 32,500 and two scooty driver being Rs 23,000 and 24,000 was not enough, On Wednesday a trolley driver in Gurugram was fined Rs 59,000. these new fines are a result of amendments made to the 1988 Motor Vehicles Act. The amendments were cleared by Parliament earlier this year and significantly increased fines imposed for flouting traffic rules.last_img read more

Bhutanese nabbed with leopard skin

first_imgJalpaiguri: A Bhutanese was apprehended in Jalpaiguri district and a leopard skin seized from his possession, a forest official said on Monday. The alleged smuggler was apprehended by a special task force of Baikunthapur forest division in Dooars region. Thirty three-year-old Daw Tshering Doya was nabbed from Old Hashimara area of the district on Sunday evening and an 11-foot leopard skin recovered from him, forest ranger Sanjay Dutta said. He said preliminary investigation has revealed that the leopard skin was being smuggled from Bhutan to some other country via India. The forest department has taken the accused into their custody will produce the accused in Jalpaiguri district court, Dutta said.last_img read more

Libs pare rules changes to basics wont formalize PMs question period

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government will press ahead with plans for a weekly prime minister’s question period, but is giving up trying to codify it in the formal House of Commons rules.Instead, Trudeau will make it a convention to field all the questions himself once a week, rather than formalizing it within the so-called standing orders of the House.The government has filed a formal notice of motion that preserves just a few pieces of what was once a major effort at modernizing the way the House of Commons works.Those include: letting the Speaker allow separate votes and committee studies on different sections of omnibus bills; requiring the government to explain its reasons for proroguing Parliament; changing the schedule for the release of spending estimates; and allowing parliamentary secretaries to sit on committees as non-voting members.The government backed away from a number of other ideas earlier this year, including a proposal to use “programming motions” to set in advance the amount of time to be devoted to debate and committee study of each bill, and a time limit on MP speeches during committee hearings.Opposition parties unanimously panned those recommendations, calling them a bid by the Liberals to control the parliamentary agenda and hamstring their efforts to hold the government to account.Conservative MP Chris Warkentin said the government is trying to break with decades of political convention by trying to ram through changes to the standing orders, rather than seeking all-party approval.“This is the way Parliament is governed,” Warkentin said. “It’s quite frankly disappointing to see that this government has taken a tack of, ‘Take it or leave it.’”He said the Conservatives would look at what the government is proposing and decide whether to support the changes.“In the past, as was the case in the last Parliament, there was a committee that was set up of all members of the recognized parties and effectively there was a veto power from all the other parties,” he said.“In this case, the government brought the proposal forward, demanded that the opposition parties support it and threatened to use their majority to pass these provisions if in fact we didn’t.”Government House leader Bardish Chagger has also dropped plans to test electronic voting, rather than forcing MPs to stand in the Commons for all votes.The idea of eliminating sparsely attended, half-day Friday sittings of the Commons, reallocating the time to other days or weeks in the parliamentary calendar, has also been deferred.Chagger said the few changes she wants to see implemented were part of the Liberal election platform.“All of these changes will strengthen the House of Commons and make the government more accountable,” she told a Commons committee Thursday.The prime minister’s question period idea is similar to what is standard practice in Britain.“This special question period would be in addition to the other days of the week when (Trudeau) attends the regular question period to answer questions with his cabinet ministers,” she said.“Already, our prime minister has shown he is committed to this reform. He has attended six special question periods on Wednesday, answering a total of 233 questions from MPs on those six days alone.”last_img read more

Ai Weiwei on the need for humanity in the worlds refugee crisis

first_imgTORONTO – Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei says Canada holds a very important role in welcoming refugees as other countries close their borders.The outspoken artist was in Toronto to accept the Adrienne Clarkson Prize for Global Citizenship and promote a documentary that showcases the plight of displaced people around the world.Ai praised Canada for having a “very open attitude” in its refugee record, and bemoaned a global far-right movement that has demonized immigrants.The prolific and provocative artist is known for large-scale installations that deal with freedom of expression, human rights and technology.He’s lived much of his life in exile. His political criticism of the Chinese government resulted in his detainment for 81 days and the loss of his passport for two years.Ai bemoaned the U.S. administration’s plans to cap refugee admissions to 45,000 in the coming year, but says it reflects a broader antagonism in the West that must be confronted.The anti-immigrant stance trumpeted by U.S. president Donald Trump is an unfortunate product of our democracy, says Ai.“He is a true product of the West, of democracy,” Ai said Thursday as he met with several reporters, taking the time to post tweets and Instagram on his smartphone between chats.“We have to admit that. By admitting that then we see what is the potential danger.”Ai says the U.S. has a particular responsibility to offer safe haven to those fleeing war, hunger and persecution.“For the U.S., such a powerful nation and as a kind of leader in the democratic world, to set up this kind of bad, bad example, to limit even less than half of the previous administration promised, which is not a big number even, that means they are withdrawing their responsibility,” said Ai, who’s upcoming film “Human Flow” reveals harrowing tales from various refugee camps around the world.“I think all those far-right movements really show the nations which lack in the confidence and lack understanding of what humanity is about. To just simply push people away and to refuse to accept people who are in danger … is such a shame.“We can see very bad cases in the past of what happened and we better learn something from our past.”last_img read more

Employment rate is a better indicator The Fraser Institute

first_imgAn economic think tank says it’s time to update how employment is measured in Canada. The Fraser Institute believes the unemployment rate doesn’t truly reflect how the economy is producing jobs. It states that too many people are leaving the workforce due to retirement, or to go back to school, and such changes are throwing off the jobless numbers.The think tank suggests the employment rate is a better way to evaluate how the economy is producing jobs as it measures the over all percentage of people working, not just those actively participating in the workforce.last_img read more

Ottawa announces 189M to extend employment insurance for seasonal workers

first_imgESCUMINAC, N.B. – Seasonal workers in certain areas of the country will get up to five more weeks of employment insurance benefits under a $189 million pilot project announced Monday by Ottawa.Jean-Yves Duclos, the minister of Families, Children and Social Development, made the announcement at a fisheries plant in Escuminac, N.B., as other Liberals touted the project in Atlantic Canada and in Quebec.An estimated 51,500 workers — in parts of Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Yukon — will benefit from the extra weeks of employment insurance.“We know that some seasonal workers have long struggled to find sufficient hours of work to qualify for enough EI benefits to carry them through the off-season,” said Duclos.“Economic diversification and economic development are key to finding long-term solutions to help seasonal workers, but our government also understands that this is a pressing issue that requires short-term actions.”Duclos said up to five more weeks will be provided to eligible workers in seasonal industries in 13 regions who start a benefit period between Aug. 5, 2018 and May 30 2020.Those economic regions include eastern and western Nova Scotia, Madawaska–Charlotte in New Brunswick, central Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador, excluding St. John’s, N.L.“This means families will have more support to help them go through the winter. Today’s announcement will also help close the income gap and help give individuals and families the support they need when they need it most,” said Duclos.The Liberals currently hold every seat in Atlantic Canada and the lone Yukon seat, and hope to make gains in Quebec in a federal election scheduled for October 2019.The government said it was targeting areas with higher proportions of seasonal claimants to the total labour force and higher than average employment insurance unemployment rates in 2017.The federal government said it would also provide up to $41 million over two years to all provinces and territories through labour market development agreements to provide skills training, wage subsidies and employment supports for workers in seasonal industries.Ottawa said the funding was part of a budget commitment to provide $230 million to help workers in seasonal industries.—A list of economic regions included in Monday’s announcement:1. Bas-Saint-Laurent–Côte-Nord2. Central Québec3. Charlottetown4. Chicoutimi-Jonquiere5. Eastern Nova Scotia6. Gaspesie–Iles-de-la-Madeleine7. Madawaska–Charlotte8. Newfoundland and Labrador (excludes capital city)9. North Western Québec10. Prince Edward Island11. Restigouche–Albert12. Western Nova Scotia13. Yukon (excludes capital city)last_img read more

Transforming health care with AI tons of potential but not without pitfalls

first_imgSheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press TORONTO — It’s already crept into so many aspects of everyday life, from powering digital assistants like Siri and Alexa to personalizing entertainment choices on streaming services like Netflix to driving the development of autonomous vehicles.Now artificial intelligence is poised to revolutionize key aspects of how doctors practise medicine and the ways in which patients are diagnosed and treated.AI systems, specifically machine learning, have the ability to analyze massive sets of anonymized patient data and look for patterns in a way that the human brain, as elegant and complex as that organ may be, cannot begin to approach.Take, for instance, the myriad forms of medical imaging that need to be scrutinized by radiologists, pathologists and other specialists to look for anomalies that might indicate disease — from cardiology and cancer to fractures and neurological conditions.    An example is using an AI system to assess photos of skin lesions to determine if they’re cancerous. And if so, what kind of cancer?“If you train (the systems) on 100,000 examples, then you’re about as good as a dermatologist at that, maybe slightly better,” says Geoffrey Hinton, chief scientific adviser at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence and head of Google’s Brain Team Toronto.“We know that if you were to train on 10 million examples, you’d be much better than the best dermatologist.”That’s because the machines are able to pick up every pixel in the image and discern subtle distinctions that aren’t visible to the human eye, giving the system  “extraordinary accuracy” and consistency, Dr. David Naylor, former president of the University of Toronto, explains during an interview at his home with Hinton. Not only can AI/machine-learning systems free up clinicians from tedious, time-consuming tasks, they also aren’t subject to conditions that can lead to human error.“It doesn’t worry if the dog is barking at the neighbours or there’s domestic distractions or a bad night of sleep,” Naylor says.“It doesn’t get bored, either,” quips Hinton, renowned as the “godfather” of deep learning — computer systems modelled on the human brain called neural networks.“In a few years time, a doctor who wants to compete with some of these systems that’s been trained on a huge amount of data will be like someone who wants to have a tug of war with a steam engine,” he says. “It’s not what we’re good at.”However, some worry that artificial intelligence will erode the role of physicians, nurses and other providers, potentially at a cost to patient care, a position that both these proponents of the technology strongly dispute.“These are enormously important tools in support of an efficient health-care system,” stresses Naylor. “They don’t supplant physicians and nurses en masse.“Caring still matters. Much of this will involve high touch, as well as high tech.”Brendan Frey, a former student of Hinton’s at the University of Toronto, is now using machine learning to discover how mutated genes give rise to abnormal processes inside cells that cause disease.At Deep Genomics, a startup he founded in 2015, Frey and a team that includes geneticists, biologists and chemists are using deep learning to winnow out potential drugs for treating gene-based neuromuscular diseases, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy.  The technology scans and analyzes a patient’s genetic mutation and pinpoints what’s going wrong inside the cells. The next step is to design drugs that could correct the problem, at the cellular level.The idea is to treat drug development in the same way as the discipline of engineering, with proven constructs, says Frey, instead of a scattergun approach of trying out numerous chemical compounds with the hope of hitting on an effective medication.“So instead of this old-school way of trying every drug experimentally, we take an intentional approach,” says Frey. “Because that approach of just throwing stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks, it’s not going to work out anymore.“I really believe that this field of machine learning, and deep learning in particular, has the potential to learn very complicated relationships and go beyond what humans are capable of.” Still, the incorporation of AI/machine learning into expanding aspects of medicine is not without potential ethical and legal pitfalls, says Ian Kerr, Canada research chair in ethics, law and technology at the University of Ottawa.Once machines outstrip human capabilities in certain forms of diagnostics and treatment options, there will be pressure on the health-care system to adopt AI decisions as the standard of care, he predicts, adding that doctors and hospitals who haven’t adopted such systems might fall short of that standard — potentially opening themselves up to medical malpractice suits.There’s also the danger of an AI system making a mistake in a patient’s diagnosis or recommended treatment. In such a scenario, who would be liable — the doctor? The hospital? The company that created the machine learning software?That’s why, suggests Kerr, malpractice laws will need to be tweaked as machine-based decision-making is increasingly introduced into health care.Another concern is a distancing from comprehensive medical knowledge among future practitioners, who may not be trained in areas that have been taken over by AI systems, he says.“Some of the dangers are around the loss of knowledge that’s potential to humans and another set of the dangers is what happens when we can’t connect to what the machine is doing and then we can’t foresee and try to prevent mistakes that the machines might make.”As with any major societal shift driven by new technology, it takes time for people to understand and adapt to the concept of machine learning, says Joelle Pineau, co-director of the Reasoning and Learning Lab at McGill University in Montreal and head of the Facebook AI Research lab.Pineau is also a member of Mila – Quebec artificial intelligence institute, one of three major artificial intelligence hubs in Canada, along with the Vector Institute and the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, or Amii, in Edmonton.“I think interdisciplinary training of the next generation is going to be really important,” she offers. “How do we make sure that the next generation of young doctors that we train is equipped to understand some of the complexity of the technology, at least to know what questions to ask and what to be concerned with?”Pineau has begun having conversations with various medical schools about how they might integrate some computational knowledge into their curriculums.“I try to make them think long-term, like you’re preparing the doctors not for the graduation class of 2022, you’re preparing the doctors who are going to be practising in 2050.”As for patients, she believes AI/machine learning will allow doctors to achieve a much more holistic picture of an individual’s health, allowing for more personalized treatment.  “So if you have a particular condition and we can draw on information from many other patients that have similar conditions, then we can build much more systematically the link between condition and treatment. I think AI can help us do that much more rigorously.”last_img read more

Alberta premier says provincial carbon tax will die May 30

first_imgEDMONTON — Alberta’s premier says the province’s carbon tax will no longer exist as of May 30.Jason Kenney says a bill to eliminate the Alberta levy is to be introduced next week when the legislature begins sitting.He says the United Conservative government wants to review court decisions in Saskatchewan and Ontario before it decides if it will challenge the federal tax in court.The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal recently ruled in a split decision that the federal tax imposed on provinces without a carbon price of their own is constitutional.The Ontario government is waiting for a decision on its court challenge.Kenney campaigned for — and won — Alberta’s election last month on a platform that included repealing the provincial carbon tax.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Alec Baldwin Attends Research Without Cruelty Event

first_imgAlec Baldwin and Peggy McCay joined a group of physicians at the home of Amagansett resident John Bradham on August 25 to champion compassion in medicine: a dual cause that involves removing animals from medical research laboratories and preventing disease through plant-based diets.PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D. with Alec and Hilaria BaldwinCredit/Copyright: Jessica Frost, PCRMThe benefit, Research Without Cruelty, supported the work of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).PCRM Vice President Betsy Wason, PCRM president Neal Barnard, Dennis Erdman and Alec BaldwinCredit/Copyright: Jessica Frost, PCRMFounded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.Neal Barnard and Peggy McCayCredit/Copyright: Jessica Frost, PCRMlast_img read more

Hugh Jackman Leads Host Committee For Global Citizen Festival

first_imgThe Global Citizen Festival has announced the official 2014 host committee will be led by Hugh Jackman.The committee will also include Adrian Grenier, Alek Wek 
”H&M Conscious Foundation Ambassador,” Allison Williams, Amani Toomer, Bonnie Wright, Bridget Moynahan, Connie Britton, Deborra-lee Furness, Dianna Agron, Erin Heatherton, 
Erin Richards, Eve Hewson, Gayle King, Jessica Alba “Founder of the Honest Company,” 
Katie Holmes, Kweku Mandela, Maxwell, Ndaba Mandela, Olivia Wilde, Rachel Brosnahan, 
Shantell Martin, Soledad O’Brien, Tamzin Merchant, and Zachary Quinto.The 2014 Global Citizen Festival is also proud to announce its new partnership with H&M, who will serve as the official retail partner of this year’s Festival, which continues the worldwide movement to end extreme poverty by 2030. The free-ticketed concert will feature performances by JAY Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., The Roots, and Tiesto from the Great Lawn of New York’s iconic Central Park on September 27, 2014. NBC News will produce a one-hour primetime special of the event to air on NBC at 9 p.m. on September 27, 2014, and MSNBC will broadcast and stream the full concert on cable and, respectively.These artists and hosts will once again dedicate their time to encourage fans and friends to become ‘Global Citizens’ by taking actions to end extreme poverty by 2030. The Festival coincides with the United Nations General Assembly and will call for tangible commitments from world leaders in the areas of vaccines, education and sanitation, and will focus on ensuring that all the world’s children and young people can survive and thrive.Hugh Jackman stated, “I am thrilled to be a part of this year’s Global Citizen Festival to further the movement to end extreme poverty. This is a cause that has been close to my heart for many years, and I look forward to joining 60,000 Global Citizens in Central Park as we change the world for the better.”Free tickets to the Festival can be earned at where fans can take online “actions” to earn their admission. Fans can register to become a Global Citizen, choose from a variety of actions to earn points, and use their earned points to qualify for free tickets to the Festival. One of the actions fans can take is to sign a petition calling on Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, to contribute $200 million to the Global Partnership for Education. Fans can also purchase a limited edition Global Citizen H&M t-shirt with the IMPACK, the Global Citizen Action Pack, at partners of the 2014 Global Citizen Festival, include: Caterpillar Inc., Citi, World Childhood Foundation, The Riot House, Noise4Good, EKOCYCLE, BidKind, Universal Music Group, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, and The Paramount Hotel. The Festival has also partnered with leading non-profit groups, including: UNFPA, the Global Partnership for Education, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, The Malala Fund, WaterAid America, Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council, WASH Advocates, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and more. MSNBC and NBC News are the official media partners for this year’s Festival.People everywhere are invited to sign-up and take actions to be entered in the ticket lottery. For more information about the bands, artists, and event, visit: read more

Paul Simon And William Shatner To Take Part In Annual Simply Shakespeare

first_imgThe Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (SCLA) presents its 24th Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit reading of “As You Like It,” September 22, 2014 at the Freud Playhouse, UCLA Campus.This year’s event will honor the Entertainment Industry Foundation and its President and CEO, Lisa Paulsen for their continued dedication to bringing about positive change within health, educational and social causes. Hosted by Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, the hilarious evening of impromptu Shakespeare and song will feature a star-studded cast including Paul Simon, Rita Wilson, William Shatner, Steve Carell, Martin Short, Colin Hanks, Gillian Jacobs, Christopher Lloyd, Glen Howerton, Kaitlin Olson, Bill Irwin and Sam Waterston. Additional participants will be announced.The evening includes a pre-show cocktail reception, followed by a post performance reception with the cast. All proceeds from the event support the SCLA and its arts based veterans employment and youth employment programs for inner-city youth, arts education in local schools, and professional union contracted productions at the Japanese Garden on the grounds of the West Los Angeles Veterans Medical Center.The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), as a leading charitable organization of the entertainment industry, has distributed hundreds of millions of dollars to support charitable initiatives addressing critical health, education and social issues.Since 1985, SCLA has been a vibrant hub of unique programs, performances and events designed to make Shakespeare accessible and engaging to all. SCLA continues to build community through its innovative outreach programs including “Will Power to Youth,” an academic enrichment program that combines hands-on artistic experience with paid job training and arts education for at-risk youth.SCLA’s “Veterans in Art” program represents an innovation in veterans programming that explores how the arts can contribute in a meaningful way in the efforts to assist veterans to recover and reintegrate into mainstream Los Angeles civilian life.The SCLA Simply Shakespeare reading of “As You Like It,” is made possible by the support of its Title Sponsor, Entertainment Industry Foundation and Premiere Sponsor, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management.Tickets, $750. For tickets and information, contact on 2 VIP tickets here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Star Support Raises Almost 30000 For Wild Tigers

first_imgStar supporters of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s TigerTime Campaign came together this autumn to help raise almost US$30,000 for tiger conservation in Assam.As a partner of Animal Planet’s annual matched giving campaign ‘ROAR’ the charity urged supporters to donate during September to receive matched giving on their donations and, with bonus prizes for the most unique visitors to the site and the loudest ROAR generating $10,000 each it was an amazing international effort.“Our social media and celebrity reach created a huge buzz for our tiger project in Assam driving traffic to the site and reaching out to almost 15 million people,” says TigerTime campaign manager, Vicky Flynn. “It’s great to see the power of social media transformed into real, conservation benefit for the tiger.”With as few as 3,000 tigers left in the wild the TigerTime Campaign is working hard to fund conservation, education, anti-poaching, community outreach and undercover investigations in India, Thailand and Russia through a growing global social media supporter base. You can find out more at: and see the full list of celebrity supporters at here. You can find out more about the project by clicking here.Star tweeters who ROARed for the tiger this autumn included: Actor and blogger Stephen Fry; actor, director Ricky Gervais; singer songwriter Melanie C; best-selling novelist Jane Fallon; business woman Deborah Meaden; footballer and artist Jody Craddock; actor Ayden Callagher; tv broadcaster Kirsty Gallacher; model and actress Lucy Pinder; actor Brian Blessed and Australian media personality Darryn Lyonslast_img read more

LeAnn Rimes Teams Up With Save the Children This Holiday Season

first_imgGrammy Award-winning artist LeAnn Rimes is spreading the joy this holiday season to children in need.Rimes is kicking off her holiday Christmas tour and teaming up with Save the Children to support the agency’s child sponsorship program.“Save the Children is a wonderful organization that gives children hope for a better future,” said Rimes, who sponsors a child in Haiti through Save the Children. “I couldn’t think of a more appropriate partner for this holiday tour or a better time to ask my fans, who are always the most generous and kind people out there, to give a little to those who truly need it this holiday season and throughout the year.”Rimes will embark on a 10-city holiday concert tour on Friday, Dec. 5. Starting out in Rutland, Vt., she will perform fan favorites and songs from her newly released ONE Christmas: Chapter 1 holiday album, which is available on digital platforms and in retail stores across the country. For a full list of tour dates and locations, go here.Fans will have a chance to add the gift of child sponsorship to their shopping list for friends and family at any one of the Save the Children booths at the holiday concert venues. For $1 a day, child sponsorship makes a lasting change in a child’s life through nutrition, health, education and more.“Child sponsorship helps children living in poverty in the United States and around the world, not only during the holidays but all year round, and we are grateful that LeAnn Rimes is sharing the message with her fans,” said Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children. “Child sponsorship lifts communities from poverty by giving children a healthy start and an opportunity to learn that every child deserves.”Prior to taking her show on the road, Rimes will premiere her new holiday songs on NBC’s TODAY show on Dec. 2, and at NBC’s 82nd annual “Christmas in Rockefeller Plaza” live-broadcast tree-lighting concert in New York City on Dec. 3 (8-9 p.m. ET). Check local listings.last_img read more

Anne Hathaway Speaks At UN Official Commemoration Of International Womens Day

first_imgUN Women Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway has spoken today at the UN official commemoration of International Women’s Day in New York.Anne Hathaway, UN Women’s Global Goodwill Ambassador“In late March, last year, 2016, I became a parent for the first time. I remember the indescribable — and as I understand it universal — experience of holding my week-old son and feeling my priorities change on a cellular level,” she said. “I remember I experienced a shift in consciousness that gave me the ability to maintain my love of career and cherish something else, someone else, much, much more. Like so many parents, I wondered how I was going to balance my work with my new role as a parent, and in that moment, I remember that the statistic for the US’s policy on maternity leave flashed through my mind.“American women are currently entitled to 12 weeks’ unpaid leave. American men are entitled to nothing. That information landed differently for me when, one week after my son’s birth I could barely walk, when I was getting to know a human who was completely dependent on my husband and I for everything, when I was dependent on my husband for most things, when we were relearning everything we thought we knew about our family and relationship. It landed differently.“Somehow, we and every American parent were expected to be “back to normal” in under three months. Without income. I remember thinking to myself, “If the practical result of pregnancy is another mouth to feed in your home and America is a country where most people are living paycheck to paycheck, how does 12 weeks unpaid leave economically work?”“The truth is, for too many people it doesn’t. One in four American women go back to work two weeks after giving birth because they can’t afford to take any more time off than that. 25 per cent. Equally disturbing, women who can afford to take the full 12 weeks often don’t because it will mean incurring a “motherhood penalty”— meaning they will be perceived as less dedicated to their job and will be passed over for promotions and other career advancement. In my own household, my mother had to choose between a career and raising three children- a choice that left her unpaid and underappreciated as a homemaker- because there just wasn’t support for both paths. The memory of being in the city with my Dad is a particularly meaningful one since he was the sole breadwinner in our house, and my brothers and my time with him was always limited by how much he had to work. And we were an incredibly privileged family—our hardships were the stuff of other family’s dreams.“The deeper into the issue of paid parental leave I go, the clearer I see the connection between persisting barriers to women’s full equality and empowerment, and the need to redefine and in some cases, destigmatize men’s role as caregivers. In other words, to liberate women, we need to liberate men.“The assumption and common practice that women and girls look after the home and the family is a stubborn and very real stereotype that not only discriminates against women, but limits men’s participation and connection within the family and society. These limitations have broad-ranging and significant effects, for them and for children. We know this. So why do we continue to undervalue fathers and overburden mothers?“Paid parental leave is not about taking days off work; it is about creating freedom to define roles, to choose how to invest time, and to establish new, positive cycles of behavior. Companies that have offered paid parental leave for employees have reported improved employee retention, reduced absenteeism and training costs, and boosted productivity and morale. Far from not being able to afford to have paid parental leave, it seems we can’t afford not to.“In fact, a study in Sweden showed that every month fathers took paternity leave, the mothers’ income increased by 6.7 per cent. That’s 6.7 per cent more economic freedom for the whole family. Data from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey shows that most fathers report that they would work less if it meant that they could spend more time with their children. How many of us here today saw our Dads enough growing up? How many of you Dads here see your kids enough now?“We need to help each other if we are going to grow.“Along with UN Women, I am issuing a call to action for countries, companies and institutions globally to step-up and become champions for paid parental leave. In 2013, provisions for parental leave were in only 66 countries out of 190 UN member states. I look forward to beginning with the UN itself which has not yet achieved parity and who’s paid parental leave policies are currently up for review. Let us lead by example in creating a world in which women and men are not economically punished for wanting to be parents.”To read her full speech, click here.last_img read more

Jeff Ross on the art of roasting comedy style

first_imgMONTREAL—Jeff Ross has an idea for how to resolve the contentious U.S. presidential election.“I would love to see Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, two great minds, settle this not in a debate but in a roast battle,” says the comedian, who knows a thing or two about roasts. He’s been a major player in many of them, including celebrity TV roasts for Canadian-born entertainers such as Justin Bieber, William Shatner and Pamela Anderson.The New Jersey native, long a mainstay at Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy festival, is back this year with Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle. The four-night, 16-comic tournament will be broadcast Thursday through Sunday at 10 p.m. on the Comedy Network and simulcast on Comedy Central in the U.S. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Ross road-tested the format in a tourney held last year in Montreal. This year, however, the hand-picked comedians — including Toronto native K. Trevor Wilson (Squirrelly Dan on CraveTV’s Letterkenny) — are vying for a share in a $100,000 purse. “The money adds a little extra tension,” says Ross.Celebrity judges have also been added, including Kevin Hart, Whoopi Goldberg, Judd Apatow, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, David Spade and Anthony Jeselnik. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter We met up with Michael recently and had the opportunity to ask him some questions about acting and his career.  Michael resides currently in Vancouver, Canada.As a child, did you want to be an actor or did it fall into place through other activities? Yes I wanted to be an actor since I was in grade 2. My brother asked me if I wanted to audition for his high school musical South Pacific and I ended up getting the part of little Jerome. My parents also took me to see a lot of broadway musicals such as Cats, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera etc..Who inspired you to follow your dream to pursue acting?I don’t think anyone really inspired me. I just knew it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life..What challenges have you faced in the entertainment industry?  What has been your most rewarding experience? Like many actors in the industry I have had to deal with rejection … Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more