OTTAWA – A new study from Statistics Canada says that Canadian children have, on average, fared better financially than their parents.The research published today finds that of Canadians who turned 30 between 2000 and 2014, between 59 and 67 per cent — depending on the year — had a family income that was equal to, or greater than what their parents earned at the same age.A similar finding came up when looking at Canadians who turned 40 during the same time period.The study says between 61 and 67 per cent — again, depending on the year being looked at — of those in the study had a higher family income at age 40 than their parents did at the same age.Statistics Canada says that any variations between years appears to correspond with general changes in the economy, a reference to the downturn in 2009 and the slow rebound that followed.A closer look at the numbers shows children with parents at the lowest income levels were more likely to have a higher family income than their parents did at age 30, while the opposite was true for those whose parents were among the top income earners.
Upset that Fortnum & Mason still sells foie gras despite international condemnation, Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson, who is in the U.K. for her appearance on Dancing on Ice, has written on PETA’s behalf to the company’s CEO, Ewan Venters, appealing to him to remove cruelly produced foie gras from the store’s shelves.Pamela Anderson Says No To Foie GrasCredit/Copyright: PETA UKShe has even offered to buy existing stock to speed up the process.“I am pretty tough, but watching this disgusting process brought me to tears,” says Anderson about undercover video footage shot at farms which supply the store’s distributor. She adds, “My ice skating may not have won a popularity contest in Britain, but I love the U.K. and its reputation as a nation that opposes cruelty to animals. That’s why I’m stunned that Fortnum & Mason sells a product that involves one of the cruellest practices in the world.”Anderson joins Sir Roger Moore, Twiggy, Ricky Gervais, Kate Winslet, and Tamara Ecclestone in taking a stand against the sale of foie gras, which is illegal to produce in the U.K. Ducks and geese who are used in foie gras production have pipes shoved down their throats several times a day to force painfully large amounts of food into their stomachs, eventually causing their livers to swell to up to 10 times their normal size. Many die from ruptured organs during this process, and those who survive are hung upside down and slaughtered.
“To share the joy of music with others is a privilege.” –Sylvia Wiggins, director, Helping Hand Mission marching band (far left, front row)by Jessie Ammonsphotograph by Travis LongSylvia Wiggins has always had a penchant for band music. But as a high school student, she couldn’t muster the courage to audition for her school’s mostly-Caucasian ensemble. “I told myself that one day I’d have a band where everyone can come,” says the founder and executive director of Helping Hand Mission, a nonprofit that provides food, clothing, furniture, shelter – and band music – to Southeast Raleigh.Wiggins was working on an anti-gang initiative for Helping Hand when she remembered her adolescent hope and founded the mission’s marching band for 7- to 17-year-olds. “We have black kids, Hispanic kids, white kids. We want everyone to feel comfortable.”The marching band fluctuates between 50 and 70 members, and teens must complete community service projects to join. No musical experience is required, and the band relies on donated instruments. “We practice a few times a week, but the kids hang out a lot, too. We have a lot of activities that … we don’t put under the title ‘practice,’ but are band-related. They dance all the time.” That dancing inspires the marching: Often, members compose and freestyle original music inspired by what’s on the radio.Wiggins leads the troupe, despite an already-packed schedule running the nonprofit’s headquarters and shelter on Rock Quarry Road. For her, it’s a non-negotiable commitment. “Teens are my favorite kind of kid,” she says. “That’s the age when a lot of people give up on them, but I know what they can be. I like to see the outcome, when they realize their potential. Band is a safe place and a structured place.” Visit helpinghandmission.org to learn more about the marching band and to donate instruments.
Aly Khalifa, owner and director of innovation, at Lyf Shoes at Designbox in RaleighTrailblazing shoe designerby Tina Haver Currinphotographs by Travis LongLast year at SPARKcon, downtown Raleigh’s annual festival of innovation and creativity, Aly and Beth Khalifa, local designers and entrepreneurs, had to apply to participate. The couple had that in common with 30 other hopeful applicants, but none of those folks also had “SPARKcon co-founders” on their resumes.“We weren’t sure we would get in,” Khalifa says, with a hearty laugh. “SPARKcon is all open-source and run by the people who organize it, so I had no say whatsoever.”Which is how the couple designed it in 2006, when they began the festival to celebrate Raleigh’s fashion week. After the first five hectic, successful years of running it – inventing and designing all the while – the pair relinquished management to the Visual Art Exchange, but not before expanding SPARKcon far beyond fashion to encompass film and technology, food and music, art and commerce. These days, the once-modest event transforms downtown Raleigh into a weekend-long hive of creative expression, with a pop-up bazaar, runway show with a sprawling City Plaza catwalk, improv comedians, and chalk art that stretches for as far as the eye can see.Aly Khalifa, owner and director of innovation, left, and Mingyn Lin, product designer and developer, work at Designbox in RaleighMaterials and patterns for Lyf shoesMeanwhile, the Khalifas are fully focused on launching Lyf, their own 3-D printed, custom-made, eco-shoe company in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Their status as festival founders gave them no free ride into the event’s Wear What You Are fashion show. But the couple needn’t have worried. Lyf was selected to become the first footwear company to debut in the Triangle’s largest annual fashion exhibition, which has emerged as a showcase for the area’s best up-and-coming jewelry, clothing, and accessories. Alumni include Raleigh Denim Workshop, Holly Aiken, and Lumina Clothing, putting Lyf in good company.Finding himself on the other side of the planning equation for the first time, Khalifa had to ask himself new quesions: What would Lyf’s models look like? How should they represent themselves as a company? “It was the first time we got to present the real package,” he says, “and it was great for us. It made us confront the brand.”That was nearly a year ago. This year, as the 11th annual festival gears up for its run from September 15 through 18, Lyf is poised for larger-scale production.Designbox beginningsIt all began at Designbox, the Khalifas’ creative incubator that, until this year, was located in the Warehouse District. Since 2003, Designbox has supported local startups with a collaborative workspace and small retail store. These days, Designbox rests atop Cafe Helios, and it’s where the Khalifas refine their newest endeavor: a line of custom 3-D-printed shoes.“For more than a decade we’ve had a 3-D printer working for clients. It’s amazing what we paid for the first one, and what a pain it was compared to new technology, which has become a lot simpler,” Khalifa says. “For the shoes, we’re using a lot of 3-D printing to do sustainable footwear.”That original ZPrinter allowed the team to go from design to prototype in three days. The team at Lyf now has five printers, and hopes to add seven more in the coming year. They’ve taken to naming the printers to quickly diagnose their quirks and variations (“Beethoven” is a particularly loud printer; “Mad Jack” is “rock solid.”)A 3-D printer prints Lyf shoe components at DesignboxFor now, the printers stack on top of each other, and if all goes to plan, the entire operation will eventually be mobile, like a food truck for shoes. Customers will get fitted in a standard pair of kicks, and then add their own customized art or design to the cotton canvas or leather. The shoes will then be assembled and ready for pickup in an hour. It’s a unique approach – but nothing new for the innovative couple.“In many ways, we talk about Lyf like we talk about SPARKcon,” says Khalifa. “If we put SPARKcon into a pair of shoes, what would that look like? Sensitivity to the environment, trying to stimulate the local economy, celebrating creativity, being a good product with good craft, all those principles are now in Lyf shoes.”One of the most intriguing prospects of Lyf is that sizes can be created and assembled without mass production, which means that someone with unusally sized feet, or feet of different sizes – one a size bigger than the other, for instance – could order a pair of Lyfs to fit them exactly. Khalifa estimates he has over 4,000 different size files available, and the number is growing.Finding a new wayThe impetus to design footwear evolved naturally for Khalifa, who worked at Performance Bicycle after earning dual engineering and product design degrees from N.C. State University. When he began designing footwear for cycling, Khalifa became “the guy who always had to be on the factory floor.” He didn’t expect an unintended side effect from his visits: an immediate, splitting headache from the toxic chemicals used in shoe manufacturing.Operations manager Joey Fralin preps 3-D printersKhalifa lays out the components of a Lyf shoeThe traditional system is inherently broken, he says: “We’re moving our footwear production with a level of ignorance, from the U.S. to Mexico to Taiwan to China to Vietnam to Burma. Each time, after one generation, people have a hard time recruiting because the toxic chemicals in shoe production can cause birth defects,” Khalifa says. “But that’s just one part of it. There are also 50 materials in an average pair of shoes.” That makes disassembling and recycling shoes nearly impossible, he says, because the cost of processing such a complex product is so high.Khalifa began to think about ways to do things differently.At Lyf, each of the shoe’s components are made of a single-source material, and the shoes are intentionally designed to come apart. Lyf also offers a 15 percent discount to customers who return their shoes after they’ve been worn. That results in a 15 percent return from its own supply chain, too, due to their materials’ infinitely recyclable nature. Khalifa points out the system is called a circular economy, where products are intentionally designed from the beginning with their entire lifecycle in mind.A Lyf shoe prototype made of 3-D printed components and recycled airplane seat material“By taking the material back, (manufacturers) don’t have to return all the way to petroleum or to the cottonseed, so it’s a really good deal for everyone,” Khalifa explains. “The trick is, the designer has to attach value after that first use. But, I think if you wouldn’t take it back, you shouldn’t put it out there. We’re designing so that when you buy a pair of Lyf shoes, the world gets better.”
Helen Yoest knows her way around a garden. A North Carolinian since 1988, Yoest says she couldn’t be happier with the terroir of the Old North State. She began her career as an air pollution engineer, and is the founder and current director of nonprofit Bee Better, which encourages backyard planting for wildlife and ecosystem benefits. Yoest is also a gardener at Fearrington Village in Chapel Hill, as well as a a guest columnist for Country Gardens magazine, has written three books, and is the recipient of the 2015 City of Raleigh Sustainability award. Intrigued by the bonafide garden expert, WALTER visited her garden to learn Yoest’s green thumb secrets.You’ve been gardening for decades now! What initially sparked your interest? My love of gardening is an extension of my desire to be outdoors. Gardening is my sport, my church, my refuge. There is no problem I can’t solve by being outside with nature all around me. As a child growing up on the coast of Virginia, there was always something to explore. It’s the same in North Carolina.Why is North Carolina an ideal spot for gardening? Well, I can’t answer for all of North Carolina, but the Piedmont and Coastal regions have so much going for them. Where to begin: we can garden year round and after our first frost, we are also tick and mosquito free! If you don’t like our heat and humidity, there are a full nine months to build the garden to suit your best season. The Triangle area is a horticultural hub! We have three of some the world’s most respected botanical gardens, including Duke Gardens, JC Raulston Arboretum, and the North Carolina Botanical Garden. N.C. State is one of the best universities producing the next generation of horticulturists and landscape architects—many of these graduates stay in our area and create world-renowned businesses like Hoffman Nursery, or run garden centers like Garden Supply in Cary. Speaking of Garden Supply, they are a good example of garden centers doing so much more than selling plants. Other garden centers have branched out to be more than a garden destination, such as Atlantic Gardening Company, with a friendly bar selling local craft beers. Garden centers are also great places to go for seasonal holiday decorating.Tell me more about the Bee Better garden.I started the nonprofit Bee Better in 2016 to help homeowners build better backyards for birds, bees, and butterflies. Our focus is on the plants. Many homeowners express interest in wanting to help the bee or the monarchs or some other celebrity insects. If we gardened more sustainability, we can save even more species. We don’t need to keep bees to help the bees—instead, plant the pollen and nectar-rich plants that satisfy their needs. For example, there is such an emphasis on native plants, but since the European honeybee isn’t native to North Carolina, they have adapted to plants native to their origin of species. We help teach homeowners to plant the best flowers for their allowed space that will benefit the European honeybee that are also not invasive. Same with the butterflies. It’s wonderful to have beautiful flowers, but if you are trying to fully sustain the life-cycle of the butterfly, one needs a diversity of plants, and most certainly a host plant on which to lay their eggs, so the caterpillar stage can feed.What prompted you to branch out into growing microgreens? Where do you sell them? As a gardener at Fearrington Village, we would buy our microgreens from a local grower. As she was winding down towards retirement, she gave the culinary gardener and me the opportunity to learn how to grow our own for the restaurant. As I began to learn the nutrient benefits of microgreens, I was hooked. While their nutrient contents vary slightly from one type to another, most varieties are rich in potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and copper. Microgreens are also a great source of beneficial plant compounds like antioxidants. The concentration level of these nutrients is much higher than when the plant is mature. I realized that Raleigh didn’t have a reliable source of locally grown microgreens, so I branched out to serve the Raleigh market. While my family benefits from these nutrient flavors, I cater to Fearrington Village and it is my hope to soon sell to some of the leading chefs in the Raleigh area. They are locally grown and freshly cut for a weekly delivery. I sell to individuals, particularly vegetarians and vegans, who understand the value of added nutrients, as well as anyone wanting to have a better tasting experience.What are some of your favorite plants native to the area?Cardinal flower, Lobelia cardinalis, as a hummingbird favorite. Coneflowers, Echinacea spp. for native bees, butterflies, and goldfinches, yaupon holly, Ilex vomitoria, for our winter resident native birds, and milkweed, Asclepias spp., is the only host plant for the Monarch and Queen butterfly. It’s important for me to know and share with others the benefits of native plants for our wildlife, not just because they are pretty.Most of us can barely keep a succulent alive—what’s your advice to a beginner gardener? Plants will die and it isn’t necessarily your fault! Know your sun. If the plant tag says shade, full sun will not be suitable, no matter how badly you want it. This may seem logical but it’s a mistake made often, by novices and even experienced gardeners. As told to Catherine Currin | photography by Juli Leonard
John O’Farrell argues that in supporting Brexit, Northern Ireland’s Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers MP is not acting in the best interests of Northern Ireland.It surely is a sign of increasing decrepitude when one realises that one has met most of the Secretaries of State for Northern Ireland since the post was created in 1972. There have been 18 holders of that cabinet post, and they have included some of the most fascinating characters in Westminster politics in recent decades. Indeed, contrary to the ‘Siberia’ nickname of the posting, the Hillsborough Castle perch was often an apprenticeship for promotion to one of the great offices of the UK state. What 17 of those London interlopers had in common was that they took seriously their job description of being Secretary of State for Northern Ireland – they acted as advocates for the region. This is about more than semantics. The creation of the role in 1972 also broke the political link between the Conservative Party and the Ulster Unionists, ensuring that no MP from Northern Ireland would ever sit around a cabinet table in Downing Street on the same basis as MPs from Scotland or Wales or even Chipping Barnett, the residence of the Prime Minister and the seat held by Theresa Villiers. Recent revelations from declassified cabinet papers reveal the brave stances taken by Thatcher’s Northern Ireland ministers. Tom King felt obliged to report what unionists really felt about the Anglo-Irish Agreement and both Atkins and Pym reported how her style and policies were alienating moderate nationalism. There seems to be no such compunction for Theresa Villiers. Questions have been raised by her behaviour and attitude during almost two years of negotiations which led to the failure of the Stormont House Agreement and the untested compromises which comprise the Fresh Start Agreement. From conversations with participants and interlocutors, it is quite clear that Villiers does not listen. She comes to the table with proposals written by HM Treasury, and backed up with threats of sanctions and fines from HM Treasury. Considering this stone-faced opposition from nameless ideologues in the granite fortress of HM Treasury, it is remarkable that any concessions were won at all by local negotiators to alleviate cuts such as those in welfare which would have been considerably more damaging in Strabane rather than Stratford. Similarly, her attitude towards dealing with the past betrays a worrying lack of empathy towards arguments from differing perspectives. This has been noted by negotiators and observers from both of the main ‘traditions’, alienating both in a manner which exceeds the way in which, for example, unionists despised Mowlam, nationalists loathed Mandelson and everybody agreed that Paul Murphy was a lovely bloke. Now, in what could be sign of hubris, Villiers has put herself forward as the voice of Brexit around the cabinet table, along with a couple of other mid-level ministers. While her membership of anti-European cult The Bruges Group has been known, her visibility on this matter should be of particular concern to anybody who has bought her spurious arguments for welfare reform or ‘rebalancing the economy’ through redundancies and privatisations and gifting large companies with a huge unearned tax cut. There is a clear ideological line and reasoning in her thinking. There is no shortage of incredibly optimistic economists happy to echo her assertions about thousands of jobs that always follow tax cuts for the rich. But advocating Brexit is a monstrous leap. If the Secretary of State really thinks that the region she works ‘for’ would prosper outside the European Single Market, let her back it up with the evidence of any other economist, or by a promise from HM Treasury that the GB taxpayer will compensate Northern Ireland for all the cash we will lose: CAP for the farmers (€714million, from 2014-2020); ESF for skills (€205million); ERDF for infrastructure (€308million), Interreg for links to Scotland and other EU regions (€283million) and Peace IV (€270million) for repairing the human and social damage of the Troubles, including support for ex-prisoners, victims and other necessary projects that local politicians avoid like the plague. This is before we add intangible but frightening costs such as making it harder to trade with the world’s richest market, the one which starts at the border posts at Newry, Auchnacloy, Belleek, Lifford and Muff. By opposing our continued membership of the EU, and by conspiring to remove Northern Ireland from a relationship widely supported by all communities, Theresa Villiers is negating more than the preposition in her job title.
Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges have launched the Metallica Scholars Initiative: $1 Million in grants to go to 10 community colleges.Ten colleges from across the country will receive $100,000 to support more than 1,000 students training to enter the American workforce. These students will become the first cohort of Metallica Scholars.Partnering with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), a Washington, D.C.-based organization that represents the nation’s 1,103 community colleges, the Metallica Scholars awards were selected via a competitive application process and are designed to provide support of relevant job skill training for community college students, reinvest in communities that supported Metallica during its recent United States tours, and leverage the influence of Metallica to elevate the importance of career and technical education.“The All Within My Hands Foundation and Metallica are proud to announce this major new initiative,” said Dr. Edward Frank, executive director of AWMH. “While the Foundation continues our support for the fight against hunger and emergency community aid, we are now expanding our mission to include support for career and technical education. The goal of our Metallica Scholars Initiative is to improve career opportunities for community college students in the trades. Equally, we hope to raise the awareness of the tremendous importance, value and impact of the education provided by our nation’s community college system. The Foundation and the band are thrilled by the quality of proposals we received from these colleges, and are excited to do our part to help educate students so that they have the skills and training necessary to find meaningful and well-paying jobs in their communities.”AWMH will work closely with AACC to implement and manage the program. “We welcome Metallica as a partner in the career and technical education work of the nation’s community colleges,” said Walter G. Bumphus, AACC’s president and CEO. “Colleges across the country provide pathways to well-paying jobs through programs, services and training that lead to in-demand skills, certificates and degrees for students. These programs are responsive to the needs of local businesses and provide a pipeline of qualified workers to local industry. It’s a win-win for our students and the local economy. For Metallica to see the benefit of these programs and invest in the communities that have supported them is a testament to the power of education and we are proud to do this work with them.”In addressing why the Foundation chose workforce education as part of its mission, Metallica’s Lars Urlich said, “All of us in the band feel fortunate that music has provided us the opportunity to be successful doing something we are passionate about. We want to share our success with others so that they can find a job where they can do the same.”In keeping with AWMH’s philosophy of enabling Metallica to give back to communities that have supported the band, the recipient colleges are all AACC members and based in and around stops on Metallica’s 2017-2019 WorldWired Tour. The 10 sites are:Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, North CarolinaClackamas Community College, Oregon City, OregonCollege of Lake County, Grayslake, IllinoisCommunity College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, MarylandGateway Technical College, Kenosha, WisconsinGrand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MichiganLone Star College, The Woodlands, TexasNorth Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene, IdahoSpokane Community College, Spokane, WashingtonWichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology, Wichita, Kansas
Grammy award-winning rock band OK Go is inviting students around the world, ages 11-18, to submit ideas for art experiments that will take place in space aboard the Blue Origin New Shepard launch vehicle.OK Go is hosting the “Art in Space” contest in partnership with the Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas, and sponsor Cognizant Technology Solutions.OK Go is known for its audaciously experimental music videos, including Upside Down and Inside Out, in which the band members choreographed an entire performance while floating in microgravity in a plane. Now, the band wants to help middle through high school students see their ideas come to life by sending student art projects up in an actual spacecraft.“Creativity is really the joy of experimentation. When we made our video in microgravity, we were just experimenting – pushing our ideas and our understanding further and further through trial and error and play,” said OK Go lead singer Damian Kulash. “We’ve made music videos by performing all sorts of art experiments that overlap with math, and science, and engineering. Now we want students to dream up their own experiments, and we will help them get their art in space.”Teams of students – even entire classes – are eligible to submit ideas for experiments. Submissions do not have to be fully engineered projects – just ideas that can be turned into space-worthy experiments with the help of OK Go’s expert partners. Previously, such experts have helped OK Go do everything from creating a 4-minute Rube Goldberg machine, to stretching a 4.2-second chain reaction into a 4-minute song, and recording an entire music video in zero gravity.In May, entries will be judged on a number of criteria, with two ideas being chosen by a team of judges including OK Go band members, engineers from the University of St. Thomas Playful Learning Lab, and aerospace experts. The winning teams will work in collaboration with Playful Learning Lab engineers to develop their art projects and prepare to send them as a payload on a Blue Origin spacecraft. Blue Origin’s New Shepard is a reusable spacecraft designed to take payloads — and soon people — into suborbital space.The contest is a project of the OK Go Sandbox, a nonprofit venture that helps teachers use OK Go videos in the classroom. Founded in 2018, OK Go Sandbox showcases new videos, challenges, and activities, based on the band’s music videos. Led by Damian Kulash, OK Go’s lead singer, and Dr. AnnMarie Thomas, director of the University of St. Thomas Playful Learning Lab, OK Go Sandbox has worked closely with educators from around the world to develop new ways to help kids experience the joy and wonder of learning.“This is about bringing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) concepts to life for students and inspiring engineers, mathematicians, makers, scientists, artists, thinkers and more,” said Thomas. “This contest will give students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see their ideas floating in space.”Cognizant, the sponsor of “Art in Space,” is one of the world’s largest technology companies, and committed to promoting creativity and inspiring interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among students from grade school through high school, as well as a broader mission to promote skills that help ensure a competitive American workforce. The company provides grants through its Making the Future education initiative for young learners, and supports technology skills education and training for adults through various corporate partnerships, and programs made possible through the Cognizant U.S. Foundation.“Cognizant helps our clients across industries – including healthcare, life sciences, banking, retail, energy and technology – solve some of the world’s most complex challenges, and we will look to the next generation of creative thinkers to further our work,” said Jim Lennox, Cognizant’s Chief People Officer. “The resources provided by OK Go and Playful Learning Lab to help teachers inspire students is so important. We look forward to seeing how young minds around the world respond to the ‘Art in Space’ challenge.”The rules of the contest are:Teams must include three or more students between the ages of 11 and 18, along with one adult mentor.Submissions must include a 500-word essay and pictures or videos of the concept.Submissions must be from students, but teachers and parents can help.Be creative, but ideas have to be technically feasible to build in real life.The deadline for the contest is May 6, 2019, at 5 p.m. PST.For details and to apply, visit okgosandbox.org/artinspace.
Last week, DKMS raised over $4.7 million at its annual gala at Cipriani Wall Street.Carson Lexington-Stewart and Seal at DKMS GalaCredit/Copyright: Dimitrios KambourisHosted by Tom Brokaw, the event honored blood cancer survivor Bob Cusimano, Managing Director, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The evening featured an unbelievable performance by Seal. The highlight of the evening came when blood cancer survivor, 11-year-old Carson Lenington and his family met Carson’s donor Luke Beckett for the first time on-stage.DKMS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancer. Founded in 1991 in Germany by Dr. Peter Harf, DKMS has expanded internationally in recent years by establishing entities in the US, Poland, the UK and Chile. Today, DKMS has over 850 employees who have helped register over 8.6million potential stem cell donors and provided more than 74,000 patients with a second chance at life.
The PEDIGREE brand has launched its first podcast, “THE DOG THAT CHANGED ME,” hosted by Katherine Schwarzenegger, a New York Times best-selling author, pet adoption advocate and philanthropist.THE DOG THAT CHANGED ME with Katherine Schwarzenegger, sponsored by PEDIGREEThe nine-episode limited series shines a spotlight on dog adoption, as guests such as Mandy Moore, Bryce Dallas Howard, Haylie Duff and more share stories of the dogs that changed their lives for the better.“Partnering with the PEDIGREE brand on this podcast has been a passion project for me,” said Katherine. “Adopting my dog Maverick was life-changing, and sharing that story, as well as being able to hear stories from others about the amazing impacts their dogs have had on their lives, has been so rewarding. I can’t wait for people to hear our episodes – I know some will bring laughs, some tears and maybe even inspire a few people to adopt or foster a dog of their own.”Throughout the podcast, listeners will hear touching stories of how dogs have helped their owners through a variety of situations – from coping with loss or divorce, to saving family members and celebrating life’s best moments – all laddering back to the importance of pets in our lives.“THE DOG THAT CHANGED ME” is currently available on major podcast streaming sites, including Spotify, iTunes and Stitcher. The first five episodes were released today, featuring conversations with:Actress and singer, Mandy MooreActress and director, Bryce Dallas HowardActress, Minka KellyActress, singer and television host, Haylie DuffUnited States Marine Corps veteran and star of a PEDIGREE brand ad, Dan LaskoThe final four episodes will be released Monday, May 20, sharing Katherine’s exchanges with:Dancer, actress and singer, Julianne HoughSinger, actress and author, LeAnn RimesOwner of Ricochet – the surfing therapy dog and star of the new IMAX film, Superpower Dogs – Judy FridonoExecutive Director of PEDIGREE Foundation, Deb Fair“We know that dogs benefit our lives and that all dogs deserve loving forever homes, and we’re excited to share that message through the new PEDIGREE podcast, “THE DOG THAT CHANGED ME,”’ said Elizabeth Barrett, PEDIGREE Brand Manager. “When people listen to the stories about the love of these dogs and the amazing things they can do, we hope they’ll be inspired to consider dog adoption and understand the countless ways that dogs truly make our lives better.”The partnership between Katherine and the PEDIGREE brand is part of the brand’s “Every Pup’s Superpower” campaign. As a part of this program, Katherine and the brand are encouraging consumers to join them in celebrating the superpowers in all dogs and promoting dog adoption by sharing what is special about their own dog on social media. For every engagement or personal story shared using hashtag #EveryPupsSuperpower, the PEDIGREE brand will donate one bowl of food, up to 500,000 bowls, to shelter dogs awaiting adoption. In addition, the PEDIGREE brand will donate $250,000 to PEDIGREE Foundation to support shelters around the country.Listen to “THE DOG THAT CHANGED ME” now on major podcast streaming sites, including Spotify, iTunes and Stitcher.
The UNHCR has been assisting the voluntary repatriation of Sri Lankan refugees by providing free air tickets, reintegration allowance of USD 75 per person, transport allowance of USD 19 per person and monitory non-food grant of USD 75 per family.Since 2011, already 4,799 refugees have returned to Sri Lanka. Over 64,000 are stationed in 109 welfare camps in India. Totally, over 100,000 refugees are currently in India. A group of 36 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in Tamil Nadu camps in India, arrived Sri Lanka today under the voluntary repatriation program facilitated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the ANI news agency reported.The refugee returnees will get back to the areas where they were from in Kilinochchi, Mannar, Jaffna, Colombo, Trincomalee and Vavuniya. Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D. M. Swaminathan, has had a discussion with the UNHCR and facilitated the process for the refugees to return. According to the Secretary to Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs V. Sivagnanasothy, a group of 20 male and 16 female refugees returned on a Mihin Lanka Airline flight from Chennai. The Sri Lankan Government under the leadership of the President Maithripala Sirisena has encouraged the voluntary refugee returnee program on a phased out basis.Minister Swaminathan has also initiated a Cabinet paper on which livelihood assistance of maximum Rs. 100,000 to refugee returnees is provided to support the livelihood activities.Further, the provision of dry ration has been already approved for 6 months. The Ministry Secretary also informed that, the refugees who lost their houses will be provided with houses under the housing program of the Ministry. (Colombo Gazette)
“The United Nations has already provided some assistance to the African Union in its efforts, particularly in terms of planning. My view is that the Organization must be ready to provide a new level of support to the African Union as the Union moves forward and for this I will, when appropriate, seek a mandate and resources from the United Nations,” he says in a new report to the UN General Assembly.The UN, in putting together packages of support for the AU, should base them on “principles of flexibility and openness,” he says.Peacekeeping in any region is strengthened by troops and equipment from other regions, he says. In the same way, “we should support any initiative that promises to add real peacekeeping capacity where such capacity is needed, while eschewing any mechanism that would limit the room for non-African Member States to shoulder some of the burden for peacekeeping on that continent.”Since many conflicts are first dealt with regionally, the UN’s support packages for the AU should focus on its start-up operations, he says, adding that he welcomes “the decision of the African Union Assembly to approve the African Standby Force concept” and the offers from some members to provide police officers for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations’ (DPKO) on-call roster.He notes, too, parallel needs in the field of post-conflict peacebuilding. After providing security in a country, he says, the UN needs to follow up “with programmes that can engender a smooth transition to a sustainable peace: disarmament, demobilization and reintegration; rule of law; democratization and good governance.””I will continue to highlight the urgent need for the international community to provide adequate support to strengthen African peacebuilding capacities” Mr. Annan says.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today issued a new urgent appeal to donors to help feed an estimated 285,000 Guatemalan victims of last month’s Hurricane Stan, warning that they face a severe hunger crisis as early as this Christmas.“We are looking at a ticking time bomb with grave consequences for thousands of people,” WFP Emergency Coordinator for Guatemala Duilio Perez said, noting that the agency had already appealed at the end of last month for $14.1 million to aid the affected population for six months. “There is a very short time-line to receive money for this crisis,” he added, directing the appeal especially to governments and corporations in Latin America to show their support for their sister country. Many people have lost some or all of their crops, especially those dependent on terracing, their homes have been damaged and in some cases destroyed, and entire villages have seen their sanitation and water systems partially or completely wiped out. “All of this has occurred in a country where even before the Hurricane struck, the rate of chronic hunger among children was almost 50 per cent – the highest in the region,” Mr. Perez said. “Many people, if they haven’t lost everything, only have enough food to last them until the harvest begins in December, assuming they will harvest anything.”He voiced concern that as the weather grew colder, people would need a higher intake of calories. Also, if their bodies were weakened by hunger, they would be more susceptible to disease. Local authorities point to a growing danger of gastro-intestinal diseases caused by damage to sanitation and water systems, which could have a devastating effect on children already suffering from chronic hunger.“We need to be able to move quickly to buy food, distribute it and prepare for the coming months,” Mr. Perez said. “As people’s dwindling supplies run out and as they gather smaller harvests, they will need food assistance – especially when you take into consideration that it will be another year before they can harvest the next crop.”
“Again, the worsening situation since the end of 2005 urgently requires every effort of the Palestinian Authority, the Israeli Government and the international community to achieve decent work for women and men in the occupied territories,” the annual International Labour Organization (ILO) report says. “The development of a viable Palestinian economy must be a priority.”While the economy rebounded moderately after a very sharp dip, 4 out of every 10 Palestinians were living under the official poverty line of less than $2.10 a day. The absolute number of the poor has risen from 600,000 in 1999 to 1.6 million in 2005. Open unemployment reached 23.5 per cent. Counting people who were employed prior to the start of the Palestinian uprising in 2000 but are neither employed nor actively seeking work, ILO estimates the jobless rate at 40.7 per cent. Moreover, every employed person supports an additional 5 persons. The report is based on missions sent to the occupied territories, Israel and Syria earlier this year and covers the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights.Barriers to mobility for persons, goods and services within the West Bank and between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank worsened in the latter half of 2005 and early 2006, it says.Lifting those barriers, together with a viable trade regime with Israel and the world, are the two most important and pressing prerequisites to alleviate the crisis and promote decent work. Israel’s pullout from Gaza, an important event, has created potential for economic and social recovery but this is hampered by continuing difficulties for Palestinian exporters, the report adds. As in previous years, it identifies discrimination against Arabs in favour of Israeli settlers in the occupied Syrian Golan as an ongoing concern. Referring to an increase in violence, with casualties on both sides, the report concludes that, “security in all its aspects – physical, social and economic – in Israel, on the one hand, cannot be separated from the same security needs of the Palestinian people living in the occupied territories, on the other.”
New regulatory costs are said to equal that spend on Happy ValleyCredit:Ben Blackall/BBC Karen Bradley MP at Downing StreetCredit:PAUL HACKETT According to tariffs published on the BBC website, the corporation pays around £900,000 an hour for high end drama, with foreign broadcasters often chipping in extra funds to pay for flagship series such as The Night Manager, which cost a reputed £3 million an episode.The new regulatory costs would amount to the rough equivalent of the BBC’s entire spend on a six-part drama series such as the crime dramas Happy Valley, or Line of Duty.Sue Owen, permanent secretary at the DCMS, is understood to have written to Sharon White, the chief executive of Ofcom, calling on her to cut the planned fees, but Ms White is said to have argued that the proposed charges are reasonable. The BBC has since invoked a little-known clause in the Communications Act, forcing ministers to arbitrate over the cost of the new regulatory regime.The corporation is said to be particularly annoyed that Ofcom has demanded £6.5 million for the past financial year, which covers a period before the broadcaster assumes its full regulatory duties.Ofcom insists that it will have a more wide-ranging role than the Trust, and will have to hold the BBC to account on new metrics such as diversity targets and new requirements to ensure that its programming is “distinctive”.An Ofcom spokesman said: “Licence-fee payers deserve a strong regulator that holds the BBC to account, and Ofcom’s new duties go beyond those of the BBC Trust.”We plan to deliver these effectively and efficiently, providing maximum value for money and ensuring the BBC meets audiences’ needs.”Ministers are yet to rule on the row. A DCMS spokesman said: “The department is having ongoing discussions with both Ofcom and the BBC Trust in the lead up to the transition of regulatory powers.”The BBC refused to comment. The BBC is refusing an order to pay £9 million a year to the broadcasting watchdog, in a behind-the-scenes row over the cost of the corporation’s new regulatory regime.Ofcom, which will take on responsibility for regulating the BBC in April, is locked in a private battle with the corporation after warning executives that it wants to appoint double the number of staff the BBC Trust, the broadcaster’s current ruling body, currently employs to regulate the broadcaster.The move will add more than £5 million to the regulatory bill currently footed by the licence fee payer, roughly equivalent to what the BBC spends on a six-part drama series. The Trust, which will be abolished under the corporation’s new royal charter, says it employs 35 regulatory staff, at a cost to licence fee payers of £3.8 million a year.Ofcom, which argues it has been given far wider powers to hold the BBC to account, has told the corporation that it plans to take on 77 staff to carry out the job – later falling to 55 – and has demanded a fee of £9 million a year from licence fee funds.The row has provoked a flurry of letters between the BBC, Ofcom and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the corporation is understood to have appealed to Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, to force the watchdog to reduce its fees.Alex Towers, director of the Trust, is understood to have warned ministers that the broadcaster, which already faces making £800 million in cuts, will have no choice but to take the additional £5.2 million a year out programming budgets. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
While the painting was not completely destroyed, the repair costs are estimated to almost equal the entire purchase fee and Dr Grosvenor admitted the artwork will never return to its pristine condition.He told The Sunday Telegraph: “I bought it in 2015 for £5,250. I probably spent the same again cleaning and reframing it. “And as I stood back to admire my handiwork, up jumped our cat, landing forcefully in the centre of the painting with a crunch. Disaster.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A BBC arts experts has revealed how his cat wrecked a rare masterpiece painted by one of his favourite artists.Dr Bendor Grosvenor, who appeared in five seasons of Fake or Fortune, paid more than £5,000 for a painting by 17th century portrait artist John Michael Wright, which was clawed by his pet Padme.He was busy restoring the artwork after two small tears had formed because a cold winter followed by a hot summer had caused a stretcher displaying the painting to move.The 41-year-old covered the front of the painting with facing paper and brushed on a warm gelatin-and-water solution to preserve it before it could be sent to London to be relined.However, Dr Grosvenor was left dismayed when his cat launched itself at the painting before raking its claws down the middle of the portrait to leave a large gaping hole. “Wright is one of my favourite artists, and I bought this example because it was in excellent condition, with all the original glazes and details wonderfully intact.”Now, it’s obviously in less good condition – but at least the cat landed on his clothing, and not his face.”He added Padme is “not a fan of John Michael Wright, and regrets nothing.”Dr Grosvenor has found many lost works of art in his career, including a 2017 discovery of the “lost portrait” of George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham at Pollok House, Glasgow, Scotland.It was thought to have been lost for more than 400 years.In 2009, he bested the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s experts, finding their portrait of Charles Edward Stuart by Maurice Quentin de La Tour was in fact a portrait of Charles’ brother, Henry Benedict Stuart, Cardinal York.According to Tate, John Michael Wright was rated as “one of the leading indigenous British painters of his generation” for his Baroque style portraits.Having trained as an artist in Scotland under the tutelage of George Jamesone, he moved to England permanently in 1656 where he painted Stuart kings Charles II and James II. Dr Bendor Grosvenor featured in five seasons of BBC’s Fake or FortuneCredit:Stuart Nicol Photography
Netflix can add another notch to its belt now that it has struck a deal with the Disney-ABC Television Group, which brings new hit television shows to the company’s instant streaming service.Hundreds of episodes from shows spanning the ABC Television Network and Disney Channel will be available including previously unavailable content from ABC Family. In addition to episodes of your favorite television series, Disney and ABC Family movies will be available including, “High School Musical,” “High School Musical 2,” “Camp Rock” and “Beauty & the Briefcase.” New movie releases will include “Avalon High,” “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” and “Revenge of the Bridesmaids.”As part of the deal, prior season episodes, new to Netflix subscribers, will be available for shows including, “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Desperate Housewives” while some shows will make their way to the Netflix catalog for the first time including, “Brothers & Sisters,” “Scrubs” and “Reaper.”For parents, the deal means your kids will get their fill of Disney Channel favorites including “Phineas and Ferb,” “Good Luck Charlie,” “The Suite Life on Deck,” “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Hannah Montana” and “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.” Disney-ABC will make new television episodes available for streaming 15 days after their initial broadcast.Netflix began as a DVD-by-mail rental service, but has grown to offer as an option a streaming-only service which it first launched in Canada and later made available in the United States. Currently, Netflix has 16 million members with memberships beginning at $7.99 for streaming only.Read more at Netflix
PALMETTO BAY, Fla. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man accused of an armed carjacking in Palmetto Bay.The crook robbed the victim at gunpoint after following him from a bank to his home in the area of Southwest 80th Avenue and 155th Street, Wednesday afternoon.According to Miami-Dade Police, he managed to get away with $100 and the victim’s car.The victim was not hurt.If you have any information on this armed carjacking, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Varanasi: The Central Public Works Department, the prime construction agency of the central government will install big LED screens for the live telecast of ”Ganga Aarti” at all ghats and the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi. According to the, the LED screens will also be installed at the proposed corridor between Kashi Vishwanath Temple and the River Ganga. As per the plan, aarti at Kashi Vishwanath Temple will also be live- telecast on these LED screens. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us According to an official, the project cost is estimated to be around Rs. 11.5 crore. “For those who are away from this ghat and cannot attend Ganga Aarti, the CPWD will install several big LED screens at other ghats, Kashi Vishwanath Temple and the proposed corridor,” the official told news agency PTI. Official said that most of the tourists visiting Varanasi attend the Ganga Aarti and installation of LED screens will beautify ghats. In September last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched development projects worth over Rs 550 crore in his constituency Varanasi. At the event, he had said that his endeavour is to bring a transformation in Kashi, while keeping intact its traditions and preserving its age-old heritage.
The law ministry ministry has sent a proposal to the Supreme Court seeking withdrawal of Barisal Chief Judicial Magistrate Ali Hossain in connection with the “harassment” of Barguna Sadar UNO Tariq Salmon after the filing of a defamation case against him, according to UNB.”A proposal has been sent [to the SC] for withdrawal of the Barisal Chief Judicial Magistrate and giving him a new posting,” law minister Anisul Huq told UNB.On Monday, deputy commissioners of Barguna and Barisal M Bashirul Alam and Gazi M Saifuzzaman were withdrawn from their respective positions over UNO Tariq Salmon’s case.Obaidullah Saju filed the Tk 5-crore defamation case against the UNO on charge of publishing a ‘distorted’ photo of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the invitation card issued on the occasion of the Independence Day.Bangabandhu’s portrait, which was drawn by a child during a painting competition organised by then UNO in Agailjhara upazila Salman of Barisal district on the occasion of National Children’s Day marking the birthday of Bangabandhu on 17 March 17, was used in the invitation card.On 19 July, Barisal CMM court sent UNO Salmon to jail after he surrendered before it in compliance with its order and sought bail in the defamation case.Salmon was granted bail on a bond of Tk 10,000, hours after he landed in jail. Later, a Barisal court quashed the defamation case.Amid public criticisms, ruling Bangladesh Awami League suspended Obaidullah Saju on Friday for filing the defamation case.