Hong Kong activists barred from Pride march after alleged procommunist threats

first_imgMONTREAL — Activists supporting the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong say they were disinvited from marching in Montreal’s Pride parade this month after supporters of China’s communist government threatened to derail the event over the group’s presence.Henry Lam says he and husband Guy Ho wanted to march in the Aug. 18 event with their allies to express their support for fellow same-sex couples fighting for freedom and marriage equality in Hong Kong.But Lam says the authorization for their group, Action Free Hong Kong Montreal, was yanked a day before the event after police reportedly informed organizers of a threat to sabotage the parade by protesters opposed to the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement.Pride Montreal vice-president Jean-Sebastien Boudreault confirmed organizers revoked the group’s permission to participate after receiving at least 10 threats from people opposed to the Hong Kong group’s presence.He says the decision was made for security reasons and to ensure the event could take place without being derailed by geopolitical concerns unrelated to LGBTQ rights.Lam says the incident has left him saddened and made him worry for his security at future events.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Lance Armstrong Steps Down As Chairman Of Cancer Charity

first_imgLance Armstrong, founder and chairman of LIVESTRONG, made the following announcement today regarding his status as chairman of the cancer non-profit organization’s board of directors.“In 1996, as my cancer treatment was drawing to an end, I created a foundation to serve people affected by cancer. It has been a great privilege to help grow it from a dream into an organization that today has served 2.5 million people and helped spur a cultural shift in how the world views cancer survivors. This organization, its mission and its supporters are incredibly dear to my heart.“I am deeply grateful to the people of the foundation who have done such hard and excellent work over the last 15 years, building tangible and effective ways to improve the lives of cancer survivors. And I am deeply humbled by the support our foundation has received from so many people throughout the world — survivors, world leaders, business leaders and of course, the cancer community itself. We turn to this community frequently for guidance and collaboration to achieve our shared goals. They are unfailingly generous with their wisdom and counsel and I can never thank them enough.“I have had the great honor of serving as this foundation’s chairman for the last five years and its mission and success are my top priorities. Today therefore, to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship.“My duties will transfer to Vice Chairman Jeff Garvey who will serve as chairman. Jeff’s guidance and wisdom have been critical to shaping the foundation’s work since its earliest days. Jeff was this organization’s founding chairman and I have full confidence that under his leadership, the foundation will continue expanding its ability to serve cancer survivors.“My family and I have devoted our lives to the work of the foundation and that will not change. We plan to continue our service to the foundation and the cancer community. We will remain active advocates for cancer survivors and engaged supporters of the fight against cancer. And we look forward to an exciting weekend of activities marking the 15th anniversary of the foundation’s creation.”“Long before he became a household name, Lance Armstrong created a foundation to serve others facing the same fears and challenges he struggled to overcome as a result of his cancer diagnosis,” said Doug Ulman, LIVESTRONG President and CEO. “Today, thanks to Lance’s leadership, that foundation has had the privilege of raising close to $500 million to serve people affected by cancer.“Lance has made this foundation and its cause — aiding people whose lives have been touched by this disease — his life’s work. His leadership in the cancer community has spurred immeasurable progress and it has been a great privilege to work shoulder to shoulder with him on a daily basis during his chairmanship.“We are grateful to Jeff Garvey for assuming the responsibilities of chairman. Jeff has been a guiding presence for LIVESTRONG for 15 years and we look forward to a seamless transition under his leadership and a continued strong focus on our core values and mission.“Lance’s devotion to serving others whose lives were irrevocably changed by cancer, as his was, is unsurpassable. We are incredibly proud of his record as an advocate and philanthropist and are deeply grateful that Lance and his family will continue to be actively involved with the Foundation’s advocacy and service work. We look forward to celebrating 15 years of progress with Lance and his family this weekend and recommitting ourselves to the work of the cancer community for the years ahead.”last_img read more

Newmans Own Partners With Ford Motor Company To Help The Hungry

first_imgFor the 12th consecutive year, Ford Motor Company and Newman’s Own, Inc. are partnering with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to donate Ford refrigerated trucks filled with Newman’s Own food products.Food banks in four regions are receiving trucks this year including Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.With this year’s donation of four Ford F-550 trucks, a total of 107 Ford trucks and vans have been donated to Feeding America food banks to help deliver nutritious perishable foods.“While there are encouraging signs that we are coming back from the tough economic times of the past several years, many families still are struggling,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “This partnership is important because it not only provides food to families in need, it also contributes to building stronger communities and a better world.”The partnership between the two companies began 12 years ago when Paul Newman reached out to see how Ford Motor Company could join with Newman’s Own to address the critical need for fresh and nutritious food for families facing hunger. Since then Feeding America has been able to deliver more than 209 million meals to families across the country.“Meeting the needs of those who don’t have access to perishable foods was important to Paul Newman at the beginning of the program, and now, with an increased nationwide need, it’s become even more critical,” said Tom Indoe, president and chief operating officer of Newman’s Own. “Newman’s Own is proud to be part of this partnership.”The refrigerated trucks allow for delivery of perishable food to hard-to-reach communities that often are underserved, as well as urban and suburban areas where there is an urgent need for nutritious food. Besides Gleaners, other food banks receiving trucks this fall are Feeding America San Diego, Feeding South Florida in Miami and Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.“Some of the largest increases in food need are in suburban Detroit communities, many of which lack a strong network of emergency food providers,” says W. DeWayne Wells, president of Gleaners. “We’re grateful to Ford and Newman’s Own for this donation, and for continuing to strengthen the emergency food network here and across the country.”“We have seen a dramatic rise in the number of people raising their hands seeking food assistance from the Feeding America network. Today, we are feeding 37 million people each year – that’s an increase of 1 million people from four years ago,” said Matt Knott, interim president and CEO of Feeding America. “Ford Motor Company and Newman’s Own have been longtime, generous supporters of our mission. We continue to build partnerships like this to help our food banks provide more donated food to help feed more people in need.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Djimon Hounsou Joins Stars In Supporting Strong Arms Trade Treaty

first_imgAs the United Nations gears up for a final round of negotiations on the international Arms Trade Treaty, Oscar-nominated actor and Oxfam America Ambassador Djimon Hounsou joins a number of Nobel Peace Prize winners, celebrities, faith community leaders, retired generals, and civil society organizations calling on President Obama to support a robust Arms Trade Treaty.More than 325,000 people are estimated to have lost their lives because of armed violence since negotiations for the treaty were halted last year, and next week negotiators start anew in the hope of finally delivering an international treaty. Fresh from a trip to South Sudan where he saw first-hand the devastation that the poorly regulated weapons trade is having on families and communities, Hounsou arrived in Washington to make the case for Washington support.“It felt like a Hollywood movie to see young boys carrying AK-47’s,” said Hounsou. “A strong Arms Trade Treaty would help restrict the flow of such weapons and bullets to countries like South Sudan. We all have a moral obligation to bring about a robust ATT and make the world a safer place.”The proliferation of guns in South Sudan where war raged for nearly five decades has led the government to begin collecting guns from civilians. However, collection has only occurred in some areas and recently disarmed communities have fallen prey to heavily armed attackers. During the week-long trip, Hounsou visited the states of Warrap and Lakes where community members explained that the free flow of guns and ammunition have made the problem of inter-communal violence and cattle raiding worse.“For many families in South Sudan, cows are like money in the bank,” said Hounsou. “While cattle theft has been going on for generations, today, with guns instead of spears, the conflicts have turned far deadlier.”The United States has some of the strictest regulations when it comes to the export and import of weapons such as tanks, guns, missiles, ammunition and other arms, but many countries, such as South Sudan, don’t have any laws on arms imports at all. The Arms Trade Treaty would establish a global framework and bring the rest of the world more in line with the rigorous standards and regulations already in force in the United States.“As the government of South Sudan continues with the disarmament process, the international community can help slow down the flow of weapons and ammunition into the country by agreeing to the global Arms Trade Treaty,” said Raymond C. Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America. “The Arms Trade Treaty would close the loopholes exploited by irresponsible arms dealers and help prevent regional and civil conflicts from spiraling out of control.”Hounsou joined a number of other actors, musicians and directors in a letter to President Obama urging him to support the treaty.“The world looks to the United States to lead on human rights. Now is the time for us to demonstrate that leadership by endorsing the Arms Trade Treaty,” stated the letter also signed by actors Kristin Davis, Rooney Mara Q’orianka Kilcher, and Tim Roth, musicians Jackson Browne and Angelique Kidjo and Russell Simmons, as well as director Ed Zwick and artist Yoko Ono. “As Americans of conscience, we have a responsibility to ensure that children and their families, wherever they are, can live free of violence.”Four other letters from diverse constituencies, including a dozen retired generals, more than 500 legal professionals and scholars, and Nobel Peace Laureates, were also addressed to President Obama today, urging him to support a robust Arms Trade Treaty during this critical battle for responsible arms trade.“As humanitarians and peacemakers, we cannot accept the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people around the world who are gunned down each year, with millions left maimed and traumatized,” stated the Nobel Peace Laureates letter signed by Oscar Arias, Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, and Leymah Gbowee, among others. “The poorly regulated arms trade fuels conflict, violence, and serious violations of human rights, with devastating effects on health, security, and sustainable social and economic development.”last_img read more

Be The Whos Roadie For A Day

first_imgThis is a one of a kind, once in a lifetime experience for a fan of The Who – get up in the morning and join the road crew as they assemble and prepare the stage and the venue for the band’s performance.A new online auction is giving a fan the chance to spend the day working with the crew as a “roadie”, helping assemble the stage, organising and preparing for The Who Quadrophenia show on Saturday, June 15 at O2 in London.

The winner will have a bird’s-eye view of how a huge rock show is assembled from that unique vantage point: not just behind the stage, but actually right there in the middle of it.The winner will be given a videotape of the day’s activities to keep as a memento, and have a chance to interact with band members. The winner will be given some souvenir special guitar picks, and have a photograph taken with Roger Daltrey or Pete Townshend — or if they are around, both together!No singing required!Winner needs to be over 18, physically fit, and is expected to conduct themselves in a discreet fashion as a member of the road crew from morning until after the show and all of the gear is loaded up in the trucks. The winner will be insured along with the crew and any info needed by the insurance company will be required.The auction supports the Brain Tumour Research Campaign, and kicks off May 9 and runs until May 19. It can be accessed here.The Brain Tumour Research Campaign was started in 2004 by Wendy Fulcher who lost her husband to a brain tumour. Their vision is to raise public awareness of the urgent need for brain tumour research, to lead a fundraising campaign to support research into and treatment of brain tumours, and to assist the emergence of the UK’s first multi-disciplinary Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence at Charing Cross Hospital in West London. Find out more here.last_img read more

Celebs Clean Closets For A Cause

first_imgBlue Jeans Go Green (formerly Cotton From Blue to Green) today announced a unique auction designed to raise awareness about textile recycling and to help the program collect its one-millionth piece of denim.Thirteen celebrities, including Hayden Panettiere, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, Britney Spears, Ryan Phillippe, Darren Criss and more, have each signed and contributed a pair of jeans for “The Great Denim Challenge,” an online auction in which denim is the currency. The bidding begins today at www.BlueJeansGoGreen.org and concludes on November 3rd.The Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycling program, which began as Cotton From Blue to Green, has diverted over 600 tons of denim from landfills since it began in 2006. The diverted denim has been given new life in the form of nearly 2 million square feet of UltraTouch Denim Insulation, which has been provided to communities in need and public works projects around the U.S.“The denim we have received from campus drives, through promotions with retailers and brands, companies, and consumers around the country have moved us very close to the one-million mark,” explains Andrea Samber, Co-director of Strategic Alliances for Cotton Incorporated. “Thanks to the participation of Hayden and the other celebrities, the auction will help us accelerate the milestone and commemorate it in a unique and memorable way.”The auction puts up for bid 13 pairs of denim jeans, each autographed by its celebrity owner and paired with a note of thanks from the celebrity. Like traditional auctions, the highest bidder will win the item, but the bids are denim – not dollars. The bidder committing to recycle the highest number of denim apparel items for a particular celebrity’s jeans will be the recipient of that item. All the denim collected will be converted into UltraTouch Denim Insulation, a portion of which will be distributed to communities in need.Cotton Incorporated will host a media event in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, to celebrate the millionth pair milestone.For more information, visit www.BlueJeansGoGreen.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Pamela Anderson Honored At StarStudded Mercy For Animals Gala

first_imgComedian Hal Sparks and HLN Host Jane Velez-Mitchell teamed up Friday night to host the Mercy For Animals 15th Anniversary Gala celebrating animals and their heroic advocates at The London West Hollywood.Pamela Anderson and Sam SimonCredit/Copyright: Splash, Peter WhittleThe black-tie event commemorated Mercy For Animals’ 15 years of groundbreaking work saving lives and winning major victories for farm animals. Actress Pamela Anderson received The Sam Simon Award while Moby took home The Compassionate Leadership Award.Leona Lewis At Mercy For Animals GalaCredit/Copyright: Splash, Peter WhittleOther celebrities in attendance included singer Leona Lewis, Emily Deschanel, Drew Carey, Natalie Maines, Russell Simmons and more.During the celebrity-studded awards show, guests enjoyed a vegan dinner by Gardein along with a silent auction.last_img read more

Rush Honored At TJ Martell Foundations World Tour of Wine

first_imgLegendary rock group Rush and Doug Shafer, CEO of Shafer Vineyards, were honored at the TJ Martell Foundation’s 11th-Annual World Tour of Wine last week at Capitale (130 Bowery) in New York City.Rush Member Alex Lifeson Accepts HonorCredit/Copyright: Getty Images via Slate PRRush member Alex Lifeson accepted the honor on behalf of the band.Constantine Maroulis at 11th-Annual World Tour of WineCredit/Copyright: Getty Images via Slate PRAdditional guests included actors Constantine Maroulis, Montego Glover, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Karen Pittman; Radio Personality Robin Quivers, Hall of Fame Baseball Player Eddie Murray and President & Chief Operating Officer of RCA Records Tom Corson.Montego Glover at 11th-Annual World Tour of WineCredit/Copyright: Getty Images via Slate PREach year, wine enthusiasts and collectors come together to raise glasses and funds for the T.J. Martell Foundation, the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The event featured a silent and live auction with all-inclusive trips to wine country and very rare experiences in music and sports entertainment. The Foundation sources and supports early-stage research projects aimed at developing more effective clinical treatments for patients which otherwise might not be funded.last_img read more

Idina Menzel And USO Help Military Families Kick Off Holiday Season

first_imgBefore they trimmed the tree or carved the turkey, three military families kicked off the holiday season with songs, smiles and laughter at a USO meet-and-greet with broadway superstar Idina Menzel recently.Video: Broadway Star Idina Menzel and the USO Help Military Families Kick Off the Holiday Season“Each family had the most adorable children,” Menzel said. “I got to get to know them a little bit and tell them how much I appreciate the sacrifices they make.“I also recognize how difficult the holidays can be when they’re apart, so any kind of laughter or joy I could bring to the situation was nice.”In addition to meeting Menzel and getting VIP access to her Bloomingdale’s Holiday Concert and Window Unveiling show, the families enjoyed a day full of food and fun in New York City, including a pizza lunch and a trip to Dylan’s Candy Bar.“It’s been great that I’ve been able to experience these things,” said Michelle Moore, a military spouse attending the day’s events. “My husband’s in Bahrain and all my kids, especially my son, he says he misses his dad a lot. And it’s really nice when we can do other things that are cool and interesting to make the time go faster.”Source:USO.orglast_img read more

Mark Rylance Makes Plea To Prevent Annihilation Of Tribal Peoples

first_imgOscar winning actor Mark Rylance has made a film for Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, urging the public to help prevent the annihilation of tribal peoples around the world.You can view the film here.Mark Rylance said: “Tribal peoples need to be respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected. Together we can prevent the annihilation of tribal peoples. That is why I am an Ambassador for Survival International and I urge people to join the movement today.”Mark Rylance became an Ambassador for Survival International in 2010 having been involved with the organization for many years. He recently narrated a film, “Last of the Kawahiva,” highlighting the plight of the Kawahiva tribe, a tiny group of uncontacted Indians in the Brazilian Amazon who teeter on the brink of extinction.The campaign saw a dramatic response from the Brazilian government, which agreed to map out and protect the Kawahiva’s land in April 2016.All uncontacted tribal peoples face catastrophe unless their land is protected. Whole populations are being wiped out by violence from outsiders who steal their land and resources, and by diseases like flu and measles to which they have no resistance. The success of Survival’s global campaign has given the Kawahiva the chance to determine their own futures.Rylance has also joined Survival’s tourism boycott of Botswana until the country’s government allows the Bushmen to return to their ancestral lands after they were illegally evicted.The Bushmen are accused of “poaching” because they hunt to feed their families. And they face arrest and beatings, torture and death, while big game trophy hunters are encouraged.As well as campaigning Rylance has helped raise much needed funds for Survival International, putting on several fundraising events including creating and directing “We Are One – a celebration of tribal peoples” at the Apollo Theatre (2010), and a play about Bartolomé de las Casas at Middle Temple Hall (2014).Survival International is the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights. Survival is the only organization that champions tribal peoples around the world, helping them defend their lives, protect their lands and determine their own futures.Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said: “We’re delighted that Mark Rylance, who’s supported Survival for so many years, has made a film which will inspire people to join the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights. We depend on supporters like Mark to help us fight one of the most urgent and horrific humanitarian crises of our time. We won’t give up until we all have a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected.”last_img read more

eBay Gifts That Give Back

first_imgNew data released this week reveals nearly three-quarters of Americans (72%) are more excited to give someone a gift if it benefits a charity.Just in time for Giving Tuesday, eBay makes it easier than ever for shoppers to support the causes that matter most to them – delivering the widest selection of gifts that support nonprofits though eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop and a new way to give in-kind donations through Gifts That Give Back.Established in 2003, eBay for Charity helps charities of all sizes raise funds on eBay, one of the world’s most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. It also gives eBay users a secure and efficient way of donating to a charity of their choice when they buy or sell on the site.“eBay continues to leverage its cutting-edge technology to help millions of shoppers support the causes they care about,” said Hal Lawton, Senior Vice President of eBay North America. “To-date, our community of buyers and sellers has raised more than $650 million – whether it’s by listing or purchasing exclusive items that benefit charity, or making donations at checkout. This holiday season, our Giving Tuesday Charity Shop illustrates how charitable giving remains a top priority for eBay, as we’ve sourced one-of-a-kind inventory and experiences with proceeds going to charity.”eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop provides consumers with an easy way to shop hundreds of exclusive experiences and items from celebrities and athletes, all benefiting charitable organizations. The majority of Americans cite travel (49%), concert tickets (44%), and sporting tickets (36%) as top gifts. The Giving Tuesday Charity Shop is filled with hundreds of unique experiences across these categories, making it a one-stop-shop for holiday gifting. From the chance to swim with Michael Phelps or a private training session with Tracy Anderson, to signed ballet shoes from Misty Copeland and a script from Susan Sarandon, to VIP passes for the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards and a wide variety of concerts, or iconic fashion pieces from Alicia Keys’ personal wardrobe and a hand knitted scarf from Broad City’s Ilana Glazer – there really is no shortage of gifts for good to choose from with proceeds going to charity. And, as part of eBay’s partnership with the U.S. Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, eBay shoppers have the opportunity to bid on incredible experiences and artwork that directly support reducing the purchasing and selling of illegal wildlife products. Visit ebay.com/GivingTuesday to see all the unique items and experiences.Shopping in StyleShoppers who purchase any experience or item from eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop will have the chance to win an amazing Los Angeles experience, including a personal styling session with actress and style icon Rachel Bilson. To be automatically entered to win, simply bid on or purchase any of the hundreds of gifts featured in the Charity Shop between November 29 and December 25. A longtime advocate for women, Rachel will also be supporting Afghan Hands, a nonprofit organization that supports disadvantaged and disenfranchised women in Afghanistan. From December 4 through 11, Afghan Hands will be the nonprofit featured on eBay’s Give at Checkout, enabling shoppers to make a donation when completing a purchase. With these proceeds, Afghan Hands will help women gain independence, education and livable wages.“This holiday season, I’m excited to partner with eBay for Charity on their mission to help shoppers find gifts they’ll feel good about giving. eBay’s Giving Tuesday Charity Shop is curated with truly one-of-a-kind gifts – and, the best part is, they all support charity,” said actress Rachel Bilson. “In the spirit of giving back, I’m offering a personal styling session with me in L.A for one lucky winner who buys a gift from eBay’s Giving Tuesday Shop between now until December 25. I’m also proud to support one of my favorite nonprofits, Afghan Hands, which will be featured in eBay’s Give at Checkout this December. On eBay, there’s truly a gift for everyone on your list.”Gifts That Give BackTo coincide with Giving Tuesday, eBay is introducing a pilot program, Gifts That Give Back. Through partnerships with six leading charitable organizations, including the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, CARE International, Habitat For Humanity and March Of Dimes, shoppers can purchase symbolic gifts ranging from $25 to $100. With Gifts That Give Back, 100% of the purchase price will support the chosen charity and a digitally-delivered certificate means they make great last-minute gift options for friends and family who want to support a good cause this holiday season.last_img read more

International Rescue Committee YouTube And YouTube Stars Team Up On World Refugee

first_imgAccording to the latest figures, more than 65.6 million people last year were forced to flee their homes because of crisis and disaster. This World Refugee Day, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and YouTube’s Creators for Change program have joined seven YouTube stars to help raise awareness of refugee stories through a series of new YouTube videos.These #MoreThanARefugee videos are designed to help put names, faces and real stories to the people behind the staggering statistics and to help people around the world understand who refugees are and why they are displaced from their home countries.Over the past weeks, seven YouTube Creators including Mama Bee from Eh Bee Family, Tyler Oakley, Jouelzy, Fly with Haifa, Francis Maxwell of The Young Turks, Suli Breaks, and Greg and Mitch from ASAPScience traveled to Jordan, Serbia, Uganda, Greece, and a couple of cities in the U.S. to meet refugees and film video collaborations to help share their personal stories. Combined, these YouTube stars have over 21 million subscribers who regularly tune in to watch their content, and their new videos are now available on YouTube here.Each video will have a donation card enabled on it, which will allow people watching to contribute funds to help support the IRC’s ongoing on-ground support work. As part of this collaboration, YouTube and Google.org have pledged up to match up to $500,000 of these donations.“When we see refugees as people first, we are able to replace fear with recognition and hope,” said David Miliband, IRC president and CEO. “Our YouTube partnership allows us to introduce refugees in a distinctly deeper and personal way while reaching millions of people who otherwise may have remained unengaged.”“We’re proud to partner with the International Rescue Committee to support their work and help raise awareness of refugee experiences around the world. We’re also humbled to be a platform where refugees and creators alike can share their personal stories through video, and in doing so, help create empathy for the brave people who are experiencing life as a refugee,” said Danielle Tiedt, Chief Marketing Officer, YouTube.
YouTube Creators for Change is a global YouTube program dedicated to amplifying the voices of YouTube creators who are tackling difficult social issues with their channels. From combating hate speech, to countering xenophobia and extremism, to simply making the case for greater tolerance and empathy toward others, these creators are helping generate positive social change with their global fan bases.last_img read more

Heroes For Heroes 3rd Annual Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation Celebrity Poker

first_imgFor 45 years stars from TV, Film, Music and Sports along with community members have come together to show support for the men and women who protect and serve Los Angeles.On September 10, 2017 they will join together again to help raise funds for the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation at Avalon Hollywood.Proceeds from this event benefit LAPD employees and their immediate family members, who have experienced unforeseen catastrophic circumstances, including death, illness and injury. The Memorial Foundation is the cornerstone of the Los Angeles Police Departments employee wellness program and has granted over $17 million dollars without any direct taxpayer money. The Foundation takes care of the widows and orphans of Officers killed in the line of duty when they may not have any other means. The Foundation helps ensure the children of Officers killed have the funds available to go to college, and helps with medical costs and other life necessities.This year, the event will feature a surprise 90th Birthday celebration for one of the Foundation’s biggest supporters, baseball legend Tommy Lasorda. The evening will include red carpet arrivals, a celebrity poker tournament, casino games, great food, cocktails, music, photobooth, raffles and auctions. Along with dozens of unique and priceless entertainment & sports items in the auction, guests will have the chance to win an LAPD airship ride, LAPD SWAT Training Day, Training at the Emergency Vehicle Operation Center to learn pursuit & pit maneuvers, dinner with Tommy Lasorda and more.PokerStars Helping Hands, the charitable arm of PokerStars, (The Stars Group) the world’s largest online poker company has been the event’s biggest supporter since it began in 2013. “Without their support again, we may not be able to hold this event that is currently the sole fundraiser to assist LAPD families enduring serious hardships. It means a great deal to us and we are grateful to PokerStars Helping Hands for the continual support.” – Al Atkins, Executive Director. PokerStars Helping Hands also donated the Grand Prize for the Celebrity Poker Tournament. The winner will head to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at the Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island in January 2018 for a chance to win huge cash prizes. This is one of the most prestigious poker events across the globe where in 2018 participants will have a chance to play with superstars Kevin Hart, Usain Bolt, Sergio Garcia and the top poker players in the world. “PokerStars is proud of our long-standing support for the LA Police Memorial Foundation and the support they provide for the men and women in blue who protect and serve their communities,” said Eric Hollreiser, Vice President of Corporate Communications for PokerStars and The Stars Group.Poker Central is a new supporter of the event. The company delivers poker’s most premier content when and where you want it including live events such as the Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters, and the WSOP Main Event.Additional Sponsors include: Los Angeles Retired Fire & Police Association Inc., Charity Bids, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Aflac, Original Tommy’s, Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club, City Employees Club of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Police Relief Association, Los Angeles Police Protective League, Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union, Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke, Sherwin & Lee LLP, McNicholas Law, Park Regency Realty, Milken Family Foundation, Caliber Photoworks, Candy Vixen, Robo Records, LA Rams, LA Lakers, LA Dodgers.“This has become one of the top celebrity charity poker tournaments around. One of the special things about this event is the diversity of celebrities, sponsors and community members that continually come out to support this worthwhile cause.” -Traci Szymanski, CEO of Co-Star EntertainmentGuests expected to attend this year include: Board of Directors member Jerry West, Larry King, Tommy Lasorda, Al Joyner, Arianne Zucker, Barbie Blank, Baron Davis, Beau Casper Smart, Bill Fay, Brunson Green, Carl Weathers, Chuck Liddell, Corey Maggette, Danny Zucker, Donovan Carter, Galen Gerring, Gilles Marini, Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi, Jamie Gold, Jason Collins, Jayde Nicole, Joanna Krupa, Joey Fatone, John O’hurley, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Katie Cleary, Kenny Johnson, Lou Diamond Phillips, Maria Ho, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Cudlitz, Nathan Kress, Nathan Morris, Roger Cross, Ryan Kelley, Shanna Moakler, Shawn Patrick Christian, Shawne Merriman, Shawn Stockman, Steven Bauer, Tito Ortiz, Tony Denison, Torrie Wilson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Verne Troyer, Vanessa Marcil, Willie Garson with many surprise guests.James Gandolfini hosted the Foundation’s first charity poker tournament in 2013 and Don Cheadle in 2016. Additional pasts hosts and supporters of LAPMF throughout the years include Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Elton John, Sugar Ray Leonard, Vin Scully, Dennis Quaid, Luke Wilson, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris O’Donnell, George Lopez, Oscar de la Hoya, Rihanna, Andy Garcia, Gene Simmons, Marlon Wayans, David Hasselhoff, Backstreet Boys, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., and more.Tickets here.Discounted tickets available for all current & retired law enforcement.last_img read more

Conservation International Releases Virtual Reality Project My Africa Worldwide

first_imgConservation International has released its latest virtual reality project “My Africa” worldwide on the WITHIN app.Narrated by Academy Award-winning and Kenyan-raised actress Lupita Nyong’o, “My Africa” transports viewers to an elephant sanctuary in Kenya, where a community is reknitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to coexist.Viewers can also journey to “My Africa” in 360-degree video on conservation.org/MyAfrica. The film premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival VR Arcade, and is available in seven languages: English, French, Mandarin, Portuguese, Samburu, Spanish and Swahili.“My Africa” was produced for Conservation International by Passion Planet in association with Vision3 and with the support of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. Additional support for distribution was provided by glassybaby.The film opens with iconic wildlife scenes: Viewers stand in the midst of a thundering herd of wildebeest migrating across the Mara River, in front of a lioness as she captures her prey, and later, with an inquisitive baby elephant in a community-led sanctuary in northern Kenya.But “My Africa” is ultimately a story about people. A young Samburu woman named Naltwasha Leripe, with narration in English by Lupita Nyong’o, takes viewers through her community’s daily life, tending livestock, digging “singing” wells deep into dry riverbanks and rescuing a baby elephant orphaned by a poacher’s gun.Directed by four-time Emmy winner David Allen, the project was captured with virtual reality cameras in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in Samburu County of northern Kenya at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, the first elephant orphanage in Africa owned and operated by the local community. In a region where conservation has traditionally been pursued by wealthy outsiders, Reteti, and the surrounding conservancy organization, Northern Rangelands Trust, offer a different model — one grounded in local leadership and traditional knowledge.“‘My Africa’ is about a path forward for saving the miracle that is Africa — the last place on Earth where significant numbers of the world’s largest land animals still roam,” said project Executive Producer and Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan. “If we are going to save nature in a crowded world we need to entirely rethink how we go about it. This film shows a new way, one that unites, rather than divides, people from wildlife. Today, conservation is not about building fences but rather breaking down barriers, so that local communities benefit when nature thrives.”“Tiffany is proud to continue our support of Conservation International and further our wildlife conservation efforts with the release of ‘My Africa,’” said Anisa Kamadoli Costa, Chairman and President of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. “We believe people need to experience what is at risk of being lost in order to understand what needs to be protected. By transporting viewers to the majestic wildlife and natural landscapes of Kenya, we hope to inspire audiences to become more passionate advocates for conservation.”Tiffany & Co. also contributes to wildlife conservation in Africa through the company’s charitable Save the Wild collection.The project comes at a critical time for East Africa’s wildlife. Poaching, land degradation and climate change threaten the long-term survival of many of the region’s most iconic species and strain the resources that people need to survive. In “My Africa,” viewers glimpse a path forward: a place where communities work for the long-term success of the species and reap the benefits, including increased stability, opportunity and improved livelihoods. Here, in northern Kenya, is a new economy, one that enables people and nature to thrive together.“My Africa” is Conservation International’s third virtual reality project, following “Valen’s Reef” and “Under the Canopy.” The virtual reality approach, says Sanjayan, is bringing the nature documentary into the 21st century and is aimed at reaching new audiences to grow broader support for conservation. “Virtual reality can give viewers that in-depth experience that is so needed to build empathy and, we hope, inspire action.”Audiences are responding and taking action. Conservation International’s first two virtual reality projects have earned more than 3 million views to date. “Under the Canopy” helped the organization, with the backing of SC Johnson, protect 10,000 acres in an acre-for-acre match program to conserve the Amazon rainforest. Those acres will now kick off the world’s largest tropical reforestation effort, taking place in the Brazilian region of the Amazon.The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary featured in “My Africa” opened in 2016 with the support of glassybaby – and in 2017, glassybaby was awarded with Conservation International’s Global Conservation Hero award in honor of its commitment to Reteti and for conservation efforts across the globe.last_img read more

Keanu Reeves On Why He Acts I Dont Have Anything Better to

first_imgAdvertisement In an interview with Esquire UK, The Lake House star Keanu Reeves opened up about what it’s like to be Keanu Reeves in 2017. He focused on life lessons learned when discussing his past failures (The Day the Earth Stood Still taught him that actors are “always fighting for a career”), mourned lost friends (he still misses friend and My Own Private Idaho costar River Phoenix “dearly”), discussed the possibility of having children (“I’m 52. I’m not going to have any kids.”), and responded to compliments about how “nice” he is by saying, in perfect Keanuian, “I’m just a normal guy, man.”But my favorite thing about this interview, the part that reminded me of a conversation with a content 82-year-old retired person who still volunteers and/or has a part-time job, is when he gets into why he does what he does for a living. When asked if he enjoys preparing for a new role, Reeves said: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

Matrimonial property rights bill reintroduced

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Harper government has introduced a bill in the Senate to deal with matrimonial property rights.Bill S-2 is supposed to protect the rights of women and children living on reserve in the case of divorce.Reserves are not covered by provincial marriage laws and the Indian Act is silent on the subject.The bill was introduced in the Senate Wednesday.“It has been more than 25 years since the Supreme Court of Canada acknowledged that people living on reserves in Canada lack similar matrimonial real property rights and protections as other Canadians,” said Aboriginal Affairs John Duncan in a statement. “Our government is taking concrete action to address this unacceptable situation.”last_img read more

Hopes still ride on Saganash in NDP leadership race

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe race of the NDP’s top spot is nearing the finish line.Quebec MP Romeo Saganash is hoping to finish first.He’s the first First Nation person to run for the leadership of a federal mainstream political party.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith caught up with him in Toronto.last_img

New Ontario Aboriginal business directory set to be announced

first_imgAPTN National NewsSteve Bolduc is a member of the Fort William First Nation. He owns “print three”, a print shop in downtown Toronto, and he’s hoping that his participation in a two-year pilot project set to be announced by the Ontario provincial government nets him some business.The project will compile an Aboriginal business directory, helping people who want to work with Aboriginal service providers find what they need.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith sits down with Bolduc to talk about the directory, and what should be done with the pilot project following its announcement.last_img read more

Debating a wine and beer store in Iqaluit The pros

first_imgEditor’s note: People in Iqaluit are currently debating allowing a beer and wine store to open. The community has not had a store that sold alcohol since the 1970s. The opinions are passionate. Here is an example of what officials heard at a recent public meetings in Iqaluit from resident Janet Brewster who is for the store. To read an example of someone against opening a store click here.)APTN National NewsI’ve been in Iqaluit for 10 or 12 years now. I’m sorry for being late, I’ve been following the feeds, the social networking feeds, while being a parent at home, cooking and putting my son to bed. I was really moved by the things a lot of people said, and spoke about.One of the issues that kept coming up was the abuse, and the pain and suffering that alcohol caused. I don’t normally do this, but I felt compelled to come here to say, because somebody said ‘where are all these people who survived the 70s.I was born in 1970, and it made me feel like I needed to come and say, I’m a childhood survivor of sexual and physical abuse, and alcohol didn’t abuse me, people did.When we talk about, in this context, about whether we need a place for people to access alcohol, as opposed to having an addictions treatment centre, my feeling is that when we focus on treating addictions we’re not really treating the real issue, and that’s the underlying trauma that people are suffering, that could cause them to drink too much.I drink. I drink responsibly. My children know I drink, my children are around me when I drink, I keep them safe. I teach them good drinking habits, by showing them responsible drinking. I’ve grown up all over the North and all over the South, I’ve lived just strictly among Inuit, I’ve lived in places where my entire neighbourhood was non-Inuit, and alcoholism was everywhere, addictions were everywhere.Those types of issues don’t distinguish between communities. In every community, there should be access to alcohol. Do we have access to smoking? I don’t know if there is any correlation between smoking responsibly and drinking responsibly. We all have things that come at us every day that could affect our daily lives.One thing I’m most grateful for is, there were times where I was put in situations where people were drinking irresponsibly, and were being abusive, and being abused. I was also put in situations where I was able to see people drinking responsibly. I got to see people make healthy choices.  Without that, I don’t know if I would make healthy choices, but the option was there.I learned by seeing the value of those healthy choices, and having the choice. Taking the choice away from people doesn’t solve the issue. If we want to talk about where would that money go, the tax money, all that sort of thing, we know that sometimes taxes pay for programming, sometimes they don’t, sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t. Denying people the opportunity to make healthy choices, to model healthy choices for their children, doesn’t make sense to me.Thanks for listening.last_img read more

Im not the Indian Prime Minister Atleo responds to secret education agreement

first_imgBy Cara McKennaAPTN National NewsFormer Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo responded Thursday to a secret education agreement he signed with Prime Minister Stephen Harper months before the controversial First Nation Control of First Nations Education Act was tabled in Parliament, igniting a firestorm of criticism that led to Atleo’s resignation in May.The document, filed in Federal Court in September, outlines the framework and name of the now-shelved First Nations Education Act.It was signed Feb. 3 by Harper, Atleo, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt and former Clerk of the Privy Council Wayne Wouters.Atleo said in an interview Thursday that, at the time, he was pressing Harper about First Nations education, and understood the federal government would be responding positively to five educational priorities put forward by chiefs.“The details of which I was not a party to,” he said.Atleo said that only governments can forge deals with other governments, and that he wants to clarify his role was not legislative.“I always said over and over again, ‘I’m not the Indian Prime Minister,’ when I was in my former job as National Chief,” he said.“My work, as I followed the instructions by resolution, was to do exactly (what I did), and an important decision on my part. Recognizing the tasks that I felt the chiefs has sent me to Ottawa to do, I had accomplished.”APTN National News earlier reported that Atleo never told chiefs about the document. Two AFN regional chiefs also reportedly didn’t attend a Feb. 7 announcement at the Blood Tribe reserve where Harper and Atleo announced a “historic agreement” on education because of the lack of information.During the announcement, neither Harper nor Atleo mentioned that the draft proposal of the upcoming bill – “Bill C/S-X, First Nation Control of First Nations Education Act” – existed.In May, Atleo resigned suddenly after many chiefs outright rejected the legislation, which now sits in limbo with $1.9 billion in funding.He has since kept a low profile, but at a press conference at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo on Oct. 30, B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced Atleo is now taking on a new academic role working indirectly for the provincial government as Canada’s first “Speaker for Indigenous Dialogue.”The job will involve leading sessions between corporations, local governments and First Nations on various issues including resource development and land rights.Clark said Atleo has become “a great friend” and “a really outstanding example of how people of First Nations ancestry can bring both their traditional outlook … and at the same time grasp the opportunities for economic growth.”“We are very focused on trying to build partnerships in a respectful way,” Clark said.“We need to hear each other’s stories if we want to ensure those relationships work. The speaker’s role is to lead the development of dialogue sessions, research and public policy.”Atleo, who will be working through VIU’s newly formed Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation in Nanaimo, said his first role will be listening to what people have to say.He is also currently doing academic work out of the University of Toronto.“I’m honoured to continue this work on education in a different way,” Atleo said.“I’m so thankful for both the support I received as well as the sharp criticism at times, because you learn from both. And I’m thankful for all of that. I don’t think I would have done anything any differently, but of course in hindsight, you always learn a lot.”Atleo said he has been reflecting for the last few months on whether or not to return as a leader in the public eye, but started to feel a sense of responsibility and is now ready and willing to continue his work.“Life is messy, life is full of surprises,” he said.“When I came back from my last role I thought, ‘am I going to go home and be a fisher or an oyster farmer, or do something else unrelated?’ No. My heart is so full of a love for my people and my land.”When asked about a recent quote that he had “enough of Ottawa,” Atleo said his comment was misconstrued.“To be clear, I think others said that,” he said.“What I said was that I had enough of the winters in Ottawa. Six of them, if I’m counting. But I was tremendously honoured with that role, and it’s not about leaving the place. It’s about being finished with the work. It feels very good to be home.”-with files from Jorge Barreralast_img read more